Photo: Illustration. Royal Canadian Navy file photo The Canadian government has initiated a process to add a third shipyard as a strategic partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) to build new icebreakers for the Coast Guard.A total of six icebreakers are to be built by this shipyard, officials announced last week.Through an “invitation to qualify”, the government would establish a short list of pre-qualified shipyards that will be eligible to submit a formal proposal to become the third strategic partner under the NSS, joining Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards.Interested suppliers have 15 days, starting August 2, to respond to the invitation to qualify, it was said.On May 22, 2019, prime minister Justin Trudeau announced the government’s plan to invest C$15.7 billion to renew the Coast Guard fleet, with up to 16 multi-purpose vessels to be built at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards and two new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships to be built at Irving Shipbuilding Inc.“Demands on the Coast Guard will only grow as the impacts of climate change become more frequent and intense,” Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, said.“By adding the new program icebreakers to renew the fleet, we are ensuring the women and men of the Canadian Coast Guard have the equipment they need to deliver icebreaking services in the Arctic, on the St. Lawrence waterway and on Canada’s East Coast.” View post tag: NSS View post tag: Canadian Coast Guard View post tag: Icebreakers Share this article
News that the upcoming Red Dress Couture Ball will be auctioning off prestigious summer internships in the name of charity has sparked controversy among aspiring lawyers and OUSU officials.The auction will take place immediately after the Runway Show, for which tickets are priced between £40 and £300. Co-director of the event Sam Friedman, confirmed ‘you can only come to the auction if you have paid for a ticket’.The most contentious items on the auction list include a mini-pupillage with Neil Kitchener QC, a summer placement at Clintons Solicitors, and a PR-Marketing internship in Escada’s London office.Nathan Jones, OUSU Access Officer said, ‘There is something deeply unfair and extremely distasteful about an auction selling off prestigious internship opportunities.‘Oxford University should be a bastion of social mobility and should support all its students in reaching their fullest potential through dedicated study and hard work.‘Endorsing an auction which allows the richest of our peers to buy themselves life-changing opportunities is utterly wrong, deeply unmeritocratic, and can only perpetuate traditional stereotypes about the institution and its students.’Ben Lyons, Co-Founder of Intern Aware, said ‘It is perverse that the money from this auction will both improve educational standards in developing countries but also increase inequality in Britain.’A Worcester law student said, ‘Even those with very good academic credentials often struggle to secure vac schemes, so this auction is grossly unfair.’ Charlotte Carnegie, a second year Law student at Wadham, echoed these sentiments. ‘People should be able to get internships on their own merit, not on the bank balance of themselves or their parents. Surely firms would want the best people, not the richest people.’Hannah Cusworth, OUSU Academic Officer, added, ‘People without money will lose out as they can’t afford to bid in the first place, and they wouldn’t be able to support themselves through the internship.’QC Neil Kitchener who is offering a mini-pupillage as a prize to the chief auctioneer, told Cherwell, ‘The mini-pupilage offered is very much personal to me and is not part of any wider scheme operated by Chambers. I have offered to do this to help raise money for good causes.’Sam Frieman, a co-director of the event, said, ‘In repsonse to the criticism that a lot of people could be priced out by the auction, I would say ‘That’s life’. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for charity.’The Ball is taking place on Friday of 8th Week. An ‘exclusive dinner’ at the Cherwell Boathouse will be followed by the Runway show and auction, and a ‘VIP after-party’. The event is raising funds for charities H.E.L.P. and Teach a Man To Fish.Some students feel that throwing lavish balls is a distasteful way to raise money for charity. A law finalist said, ‘These charity fashion balls are an exercise in self-righteous self-aggrandisement by a self proclaimed self-obsessed social elite. The closest they have ever come to poverty is not knowing where their next latte is coming from.’
Speaking to Cherwell,McDermott outlined the group’s plans for Trinity term: “We are aiming to have ameeting at the beginning of Trinity term. From then we will be organising moreevents, and hope to have one of the TIG MPs visit Oxford. Five committee positions were announced on the new websiteof group, officially called ‘Oxford Students for the Independent Group’. CorpusChristi’s Lily McDermott is listed as President, with Rhodes scholar James Nortonas Secretary, Nicole Bussey as Treasurer, Somerville’s Joe Rattue as IT Officerand former Cherwell editor LibbyCherry as Communications Officer. “We call for a new kind of politics, a kind of politicswhich unites the people, ensures wealth and prosperity, and fosters diversityand equality.” McDermott declined to say whether the group would campaign in the upcoming local elections and how they would differentiate themselves from the Oxford University Liberal Democrats, who share CUK-TIG’s centrist and pro-European political positions. McDermott told Cherwell: “The hope is that we are moving away from tribal politics and wish to work with parties that support evidence-based progressive policies.” The group is part of Young Independents, the youth wing of theIndependent Group – Change UK (TIG-CUK), a new political party founded byformer Labour and Conservative MPs to oppose Brexit. The group’s mission statement reads: “The current politicalsystem is not working. The Conservative Party has been taken over by theextreme far right, and Labour is run by the hard left. “We have requested to take part in the Three Party Debatehosted by The Oxford Forum and are waiting to hear back on that front.” “British politics has become increasingly polarised inrecent years, and has caused public discourse to stagnate in the same hackneyednarratives which are not only incapable of the pragmatic compromise necessaryfor government, as the Brexit Crisis demonstrates, but have also produced anincreasingly hostile atmosphere which serves only to divide the UK. A group of Oxford students seeking to set up an Independent Group political club have applied to the Students’ Union for recognition.
ON THE ICE — Robinson’s 2nd graders went ice skating at the Richard Korpi Ice Rink. Pictured are the closes enjoying time on the ice with their friends. ×
On Feb. 12 the Faculty Council heard a proposal regarding simultaneous enrollment.The Council next meets on Feb. 26. The preliminary deadline for the March 3 meeting of the Faculty is Feb. 18 at noon.
Student Senate debated resolutions to improve the transparency of Hall of the Year selection process at Wednesday’s meeting. Department of internal affairs director Ben Noe dominated Wednesday night’s Student Senate meeting by presenting a resolution to improve the Hall of the Year process. Both internal affairs and Hall Presidents’ Council (HPC) debated a resolution regarding the selection process and scoring system for the Hall of the Year, Noe said. “The process for Hall of the Year has been changed a few times in the past few years, but hopefully this time we have it just the way we want it,” Noe said. “Currently, Rockne [Awards] are given to one winning dorm per month and count as bonus points added onto the dorm president’s presentation score. Our new system scores the Rocknes on a non-competitive rubric, counting as 30 percent of final score while presentations will constitute the remaining 70 percent.” Morrissey Manor senator Billy McMahon said his constituents were unhappy with the results of last year’s Hall of the Year race as a result what they alleged were flaws in the scoring system. “We won almost all the Rocknes last year and then nothing happened for us afterwards,” McMahon said. “When you’re giving 70 percent of the weight for Hall of the Year on a one-time presentation, it gets to be which dorm can put together the best Prezi or which dorm has the most charismatic speakers, not the day-to-day work the entire dorm puts in.” Noe said this resolution intends to assuage concerns about the scoring system by giving more weight to the monthly Rockne awards, which previously constituted only about 10 percent of a hall’s final score. HPC co-president Matt Lynch said the changes to the scoring system will likely promote greater participation by all residence halls. “This year’s potential 30 percent more is more than last year,” Lynch said. “It’s not competitive because instead of there being only one Rockne winner per month, it’s more if you turn it in, you get credit, like attending class.” Sophomore class president Tim Scanlan suggested an amendment to the Hall of the Year resolution to add the publication of the rubric used to judge the hall president presentations, The Senate approved this resolution.Noe presented another resolution regarding special interest student organizations, including the gay-straight alliance (GSA), Bookstore Basketball, Junior Parents Weekend, Knights of Columbus, student campus orientation committee and the debate team. “It was brought to our attention in December that there are organizations that are not officially student organizations but are not clubs either, they are in a sort of gray area,” Noe said. The proposed resolution would allow these special interest groups to access to the large pool of money available to the Student Union, Noe said. “The Student Union constitution contains rules for the allocation of the $850,000 Student Union funds,” Noe said. “We are suggesting a total distribution of .25 percent of these funds, about $2,000, to the six special interest groups. It will be allocated based on a presentation as well as need.” The groups will receive these funds in addition to funding provided by various outside sources, Noe said. “These organizations need to have access to a sort of contingency money in case they need something not included in the outside funding budget,” Noe said. “The best example I can think of is Bookstore Basketball. It operates pretty much break-even because of the charity donations, so if they need new basketballs or other equipment they should be able to do so in a sort of emergency situation.” Noe said this plan is one of several formulated since the Senate began to discuss how to include interest groups in budgetary considerations began in November. “In conclusion, many plans have been considered, countless phone conversations have been had and ultimately this plan has the greatest benefit with the least amount of complication,” Noe said. The resolution passed with just two opposing votes. Current Student Union Board (SUB) manager Ashley Markowski presented her nominee for next year’s position, Kaitlyn Keelin, a junior Science-Business major from McGlinn Hall who has been involved with SUB since her freshman year. The group voted in favor of Keelin taking over this position. Contact Maddie Daly at [email protected]
Brian d’Arcy James(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Brian d’Arcy James is Mr. Hollywood, now. After starring in the Oscar-winning Spotlight, the Something Rotten! Tony nominee has now been tapped to appear in Molly’s Game, according to Deadline. The film, which will mark Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, will star Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba.Based on the memoir by “Poker Princess” Molly Bloom, the film follows an aspiring Olympic skier who becomes involved in the high-stakes world of celebrity gambling. Bloom organized numerous invite-only poker games for A-listers and eventually became the target of an FBI investigation.D’Arcy James has a number of additional screen projects lined up. He is currently shooting the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, helmed by Spotlight director Tom McCarthy. He is also attached to Felt, Rebel in the Rye and Trouble.Prior to Something Rotten!, d’Arcy James received Tony nominations for his performances in Shrek and Sweet Smell of Success. His additional stage credits include the off-Broadway production of Hamilton, Macbeth, Time Stands Still, Next to Normal and The Apple Tree. View Comments
Kiernan was inspired by Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ and wanted to tie in Susquehanna’s historic landmarks including — the Starrucca Viaduck bridge. SUSQUEHANNA, Pa (WBNG) — A mother-daughter duo painted a mural to celebrate a part of Susquehanna’s history. “Just so that we can get some pride and bring some awareness to the community and some happiness,” Michelle said. “Especially in these troubling times.” Michelle Kiernan and her daughter, Meghan, won a contest posted by the Susquehanna Community Development Association. It’s taken Michelle and Meghan about 20 hours so far to complete the mural. Meghan mentioned even though there are some stressful times during the process, she’s happy that she was able to do this project with her mom. Michelle says it was important for her to include Susquehanna’s landmarks in the mural.
The East Jakarta Police have arrested a Quran teacher in Jakarta who allegedly molested three children. East Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr Arie Ardian said the teacher, identified only as FS, did not put up a resistance and confessed his crimes to the police.Arie explained the incident happened at around 2:30 p.m on Sunday. FS, who also worked as a mosque caretaker, was teaching the victims, aged between 9 and 10, to read the Quran. He said FS groped his victims during the teaching session. The suspect tried to justify his actions by saying it could help the victims with Quran reading. He also asked the victims not to tell anyone about his actions. “He told the victims to keep it a secret to avoid misunderstanding,” Arie said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday. However, upon learning about the incident, the victim’s families immediately reported FS’ actions to the police on Aug. 20. (dpk)Topics :