INEOS’ £100m donation to University criticised by climate groups

first_imgA report published last year revealed that Ineos’ manufacturing plant in Grangemouth, Scotland was by far the nation’s largest polluter. Moreover, Ineos’ CEO Sir Jim Ratcliffe is a vocal critic of the UK government’s anti-fracking legislation. Earlier last year, he said: “The government’s position is unworkable and unhelpful… We have a non-existent energy strategy and are heading towards an energy crisis that will do long-term and irreparable damage to the economy and the government needs to decide whether they are finally going to put the country first and develop a workable UK onshore gas industry.” Image: Paul McIlroy / Petrochemical plant / CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons OCJC’s statement included a reminder that “campaign groups such as Oxford Against Schwarzman and Disarm Oxford, as well as OCJC have long been calling for greater transparency from the University’s Committee to Review Donations and Research Funding.” It continued: “Safely severing financial ties with fossil fuel companies cannot happen overnight, but we believe that with due consultation, thought, effort and prioritisation it can and should happen in the very near future”.  A spokesperson from Ineos told Cherwell: “On the Grangemouth emission claim, the site is energy intensive and is, by far, Scotland’s largest manufacturing site.  It represents 4% of Scottish GDP so the claim that it has the highest emissions in Scotland is related entirely to the fact that it is Scotland’s largest manufacturing site.” The firm’s response also stated: “INEOS has no fracking activity. The company has licenses in the UK but has never progressed beyond the stage of geological survey and is unlikely to do so given the government moratorium on fracking.”  A statement from the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign (OCJC), seen by Cherwell, states: “Though the benefits of these research facilities cannot be denied, this is a clear example of greenwashing: INEOS is an environmentally damaging organisation, involved in drilling and petrochemical production, but thanks to this donation it can parade an ethical donation front.” The University published a statement on January 19th detailing its plans for the Ineos Oxford Institute for AMR research (IOI), which it states will research bacterial resistance and design new antimicrobial drugs. Its main aim is to tackle antimicrobial resistance, caused by overuse and misuse of antibiotics, which it states “is arguably the greatest economic and healthcare challenge facing the world post-Covid.” Climate activists are concerned about “greenwashing” as Oxford University accepts a £100m donation from petrochemicals company Ineos, in order to build a new research institute to fight antimicrobial resistance.  However, there are concerns that in accepting the donation from INEOS, Oxford University is helping ‘clear’ the company’s name, as it is increasingly scrutinised in terms of its impact upon the climate. INEOS is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of chemicals and oil products, including the production of solvents, biofuels, plastics, synthetic oils and insulation materials.  An open letter penned by academics and students, published in 2019, stated: “The “Schwarzman Centre” will be built with the proceeds of the exploitation and disenfranchisement of vulnerable people across the world…Recent controversies surrounding donations by the Sackler Family and Jeffrey Epstein have shown how institutions that have ignored the concerns of their members have gone on, deservedly, to suffer significant damage to their reputations. We believe Oxford is leaving itself open to such future damage.” This is not the first time that the University has come under scrutiny for accepting donations from controversial donors. These last two years have seen criticism regarding Oxford’s decision to accept a donation from Stephen Schwarzman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone, an investment firm, to build a new humanities centre.  The statement continues: “Investing in wholly unrelated fields is not new to INEOS: the British-owned chemical giant owns the former Tour de France Group Sky and funded Eliud Chipchoge’s successful attempt to beat the 2 hour marathon. This donation is part of a strategy aimed at distracting from their appalling environmental and ethical record.”  The University spokesperson told Cherwell: “We have very clear policies when accepting gifts that they should not influence academic freedom or content and this gift is no exception. The agenda for research will be determined by our academics at all times. INEOS will naturally very interested in the research and the changes it can bring about and we will be updating them regularly on progress.” A spokesperson from Oxford University told Cherwell: “As with all donations to the University, INEOS has been approved by our rigorous due diligence procedures which consider ethical, legal, financial and reputational issues. All decisions about funding are made by the University’s Committee to Review Donations. These decisions are made in confidence and on their own merits and without consideration of, or reference to, any other University donors or any outside party.”last_img read more

USI Swept Doubleheader From University of Illinois Springfield

USI Swept Doubleheader From University of Illinois SpringfieldEVANSVILLE, Ind. – The 30th-ranked University of Southern Indiana baseball team returned to form and swept a doubleheader from University of Illinois Springfield, 9-1 and 14-1, Sunday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI saw its record rise to 16-10 overall, 5-3 in the GLVC, while Illinois Springfield finished the series 11-12 overall, 4-4 GLVC.The Screaming Eagles got back on track in the opening game behind the strong seven-inning performance of junior right-hander Devin Williams (Evansville, Indiana). Williams (3-3) held the Prairie Stars to one run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six in the complete game win.Offensively, the Eagles jumped out in front with a three-run third inning, highlighted by the two-run double by senior first baseman Andrew Cope (Evansville, Indiana). USI would add a run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and three more in the sixth to seal the victory.USI senior third baseman Trent Gunn (Tell City, Indiana) led the way at the plate with three hits and three runs scored. Cope and sophomore first baseman/designated hitter Drake McNamara (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) had two RBIs each in the contest.In the nightcap, USI senior rightfielder Kyle Kempf (Evansville, Indiana) drove in a career-high five runs and freshman right-hander Austin Krizan (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) gave the Eagles seven strong innings in the 14-1 win. The Eagles scored all of the runs they would need in a five-run second inning before pushing nine more tallies across the plate over the next five frames to seal the victory.Kempf finished the second game four-for-four, tying a career-high for hits for the fifth time in his career, while driving in the five RBIs and scoring once. Senior centerfielder Hamilton Carr (Evansville, Indiana) followed with three RBIs and three runs scored, while sophomore second baseman Sam Griggs(Evansville, Indiana) posted three hits, two RBIs, and two runs scored in the series finale.On the mound, Krizan (2-0) was dominating through seven of the nine innings. He scattered three hits and three walks, while striking out three. Junior right-hander Nick Coudret (Newburgh, Indiana) and senior right-hander Ben Blaize (Henderson, Kentucky) pitched the final two innings to close out the game.USI hits the road for the next 10 games, beginning the re-scheduled non-conference game versus the University of Missouri-St. Louis Wednesday at 2 p.m. in St. Louis, Missouri. The Eagles hold a 49-41 lead over the Tritons all-time after splitting a four-game series in 2015 in St. Louis.The Tritons are 18-7 overall in 2016 after splitting a four-game series with William Jewell College over the weekend.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare read more

RWJBarnabas Health receives highest scores for patient safety yet

first_imgEight RWJBarnabas Health facilities were awarded with “A” Hospital Safety Score ratings by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, giving the hospital system its best scores yet. The eight RWJBarnabas Health facilities include: Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston Community Medical Center in Toms River, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus in Lakewood, RWUJH Somerset and RWJUH Hamilton.The scores also mark Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s 14th A-rating in a row. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the only hospital in the state and one of only 42 in the country to earn an A in each report since the Leapfrog Surveys began. The latest Leapfrog scores also mark Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s strongest scores to date. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has jumped from a B to an A rating for the first time.Updated twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital rating focused on hospital safety. Its A, B, C, D or F letter grades are an easy way for consumers to choose the safest hospital to seek care and have quickly become the gold standard measure of patient safety. Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Safety Grade assigns letter grades based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Only 855 of the more than 2,600 hospitals analyzed nationwide earned an “A” – the highest rating – in the latest update to Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Scores.For more information on the Leapfrog Group and the fall 2018 scores, please visit: read more

Data in the age of the consumer

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The world of data is nothing new. Information has been captured and stored in databases for decades. If you think about it, consumers’ expectations for personalization and customization used to be fairly minimal. Information on a person such as name, address, age and birth date was likely the extent of a financial institution’s (FI’s) data library.Now, enter the age of technology and the development of consumer electronic devices. This has brought about a new era – the Age of the Consumer. Today, consumers are driven by three basic needs: Convenience – Accommodate my busy life and make it easy.Customization – Make everything personalized to my needs.Connection – Help me be a part of the Internet of Everything.Creating the optimal consumer experience, however, requires the use of both big and small data. While big data can help spot business trends and support fact-based decision making, small data contains the real information – the traces of consumer behavior left behind by actions taken every second of every day. continue reading »last_img read more

Twitter Allegedly Working on New Option to Filter Graphic Media Sent Via Direct Messages

first_imgTwitter is reportedly working on an option that will let users decide whether to view or filter graphic media sent to them via direct messages or DMs. Reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong spotted the feature that could be exclusive to direct messages. According to the screenshot Wong shared, users will be able to enable or disable the ‘Filter graphic media’ option on Twitter. On enabling the feature, users will get a warning displayed over the messages that potentially contain graphic media with an option to view the content with an extra step.Reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong shared the information of the allegedly upcoming Twitter feature on the platform itself. The option to ‘filter graphic media’ will be displayed in direct messages. It is likely to filter the content and display a warning when enabled but let the content be visible when disabled.- Advertisement – Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –center_img It is not clear whether users will get the option to further personalise the kind of graphic media they’d want to be able to view without a warning sign. All graphic media (nudity, sexual content, or violence) may be grouped together on Twitter. It is also not clear if the new filter will only apply to new message requests or if all messages will fall under its purview including from senders previously allowed.The graphic media filter is not live on the micro-blogging site nor have any users reported spotting it. Twitter hasn’t officially said anything about such a feature being in the works, either.Twitter could also be working on another feature for direct messages, as reported last month by Wong. The social media platform may soon give users the option to selectively mute incoming DM requests. This would disable notifications for repeated requests from the same sender and take the unaccepted conversation to the end of the users’ message request list.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Govt inks agreement on Surakarta-Yogyakarta toll road with private-led consortium

first_imgA consortium of state-owned and private firms, PT Jogjasolo Marga Makmur, signed a toll road concession agreement (PPJT) with the government on Wednesday to build and operate a Surakarta-Yogyakarta-New Yogyakarta International Airport (NYIA) toll road.The Surakarta-Yogyakarta-NYIA toll road will span over 96.5 kilometers with an investment value of Rp 26.6 trillion (US$1.8 billion). Part of the toll road is scheduled to open in 2023, with the full toll road expected to be open by 2024.The consortium consists of state-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga and construction firm PT Adhi Karya, as well as the private firms, namely construction firm PT Daya Mulia Turangga and PT Gama Group, whose combined stakes make up the majority of the consortium. The consortium gets a 40-year concession for the toll road. Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono praised the private companies’ involvement in the project, which he expected to become a model for future projects.“Alhamdulillah [Thank God] the consortium is led by private companies, while Adhi Karya and Jasa Marga are involved to share their expertise,” he said during the agreement signing ceremony.“The toll road entity can soon start the construction so it can open fully by 2023,” Basuki added.The toll road will boost the connectivity of the so-called “golden triangle” of Yogyakarta-Surakarta-Semarang (Joglosemar) in Central Java and Yogyakarta, as well as nearby tourist destinations such as the historic Prambanan and Borobudur temples. Basuki said the government expected to sign another PPJT for a Bawen-Yogyakarta toll road in October to further boost the Joglosemar area.“The Joglosemar region will be fully connected and will become a golden triangle for economic growth, especially for the tourism sector,” he said.During the ceremony, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said toll road construction projects would also help to boost Indonesia’s economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.The economy shrank 5.32 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter this year as all components of economic activity fell.“Toll road construction projects help mobilize our economy through the sale of cement, steel and other raw materials. Furthermore, the projects also absorb our workforce,” he saidHe further urged the Public Works and Housing Ministry and related agencies to ensure the toll road’s quality through a thorough planning process from designing to monitoring, as many investors are keen to be involved in joining the projects.“Many investors are interested in Indonesia’s industries. Therefore, we need to make good of our promise to make them comfortable when they do business with us,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

‘Fat hatred’ should be banned 11 July 2012Smartphones to get police on the beat Crushed boyracer car to help teach safety  Couple charged with ill-treating newborn Need for ‘new direction’ behind moves at Te Papa Wellington dog owners plead guilty Gales on the way for weekend Ostrich egg hurled at wife over pig Singers shrug off sickness to win  “Fat hatred” should be banned like racism or sexism, says a pro-fat scholar who argues that obesity isn’t a health problem. Massey University lecturer Cat Pause says “the war against fat” and “fat phobia” were much more damaging than carrying a few extra kilos or, in her case, a lot. “Obesity is not a big health problem. If you really look at the science, that is what comes through.” Her claims fly in the face of an obesity epidemic taking hold of the Western World. Governments are fighting health budget blowouts, hospitals are buying bigger beds and equipment, and airlines are charging travellers for their overflowing flab. In New Zealand – the world’s third-fattest nation – more than a quarter of the population are classed as obese. But Dr Pause, who has a PhD in human development, says it is “fattism” that should be feared, not expanding waistlines. Mum calls for an end to ‘thinism’ 11July 2012 Miranda Johnson is still traumatised by childhood bullying that saw her dubbed  ”chicken legs” by a teacher. As a St Martins School pupil in Christchurch she was teased by teachers and peers for being thin. Now the 25-year-old, size-6 mother of one, standing 1.67 metres and weighing 44 kilograms, is too self-conscious to go swimming. ”I love swimming, but I hate getting into the pool in the daylight because people stare at me and I hear them whispering,” she said. ”I like going to the Tekapo hot pools because in the dark nobody can see me.” Johnson, an interior design student juggling her correspondence study with the care of 2-year-old daughter Xanthe, said even as an adult she was hassled about her weight. read more

Momentum, perfect line carry Sweigart to IMCA RaceSaver Keystone Challenge win

first_imgNewlin finished second while Dodson took third. Feature results – 1. Nick Sweigart; 2. Zach Newlin; 3. Doug Dodson; 4. Garrett Bard; 5. Chris­tian Rumsey; 6. Ken Duke Jr.; 7. Devin Adams; 8. Kevin Nagy; 9. Jeff Geiges; 10. Jaremi Han­son; 11. Ian Cumens; 12. Kenny Heffner; 13. Jonathan Jones; 14. Erin Statler; 15. Dylan Proctor; 16. Jon Haegele; 17. Tim Tanner; 18. Brad Mellott; 19. Scott Frack; 20. Domenic Melair; 21. Kruz Kepner; 22. Ryan Lynn; 23. Larry McVay; 24. Kyle Keen. With 50 cars from six states in the pits for this year’s race, the annual Founders Cup race for non-qualifiers also was good one, with the race’s defending winner Kassidy Kreitz providing an ending that all but equaled that of the feature. Sweigart fired his ride into the narrow space outside of Dodson and went by both cars. Newlin got to the inside in turns three and four, but Sweigart’s outside momentum and perfect line enabled him to take the checkered flag.  Founders Cup results – 1. Kassidy Kreitz; 2. Drew Ritchey; 3. Jay Krout; 4. Justin Clark; 5. Wally Eshenaur; 6. Mike Alleman; 7. Nathan Gramley; 8. Jared Zionkowski; 9. John Fiore; 10. Derek Hauck; 11. Will Brunson; 12. Dave Guss; 13. Fred Arnold; 14. Daren Bolac; 15. Chase Me­theney; 16. Cassandra Minium; 17. Jimmy White; 18. Matt Kline; 19. Dave Graber; 20. Tylor Cochran. “It all just kind of played out there in that last lap,” Sweigart said from victory lane. “Those two guys were in a helluva race the entire race, and it’s just racing, they were trying their best, and I was sitting back there in third, could see what I needed to do and it all worked out.”  “I knew we were right there and we just needed something to go our way, and that’s all we needed,” he continued. “I definitely had the car, the crew had it hooked up and it all panned out.”  “I really wasn’t sure,” Kreitz said in victory lane. “I knew it was going to be close, but I think that lap car held him up and it definitely helped me there.”  Newly crowned national champion Ken Duke Jr. finished sixth after starting 21st. By a margin of .02 of a second, Kassidy Kreitz repeated as winner of the Founders Cup race. (Photo by Frank Buhrman) The margin of victory was two hundredth’s of a second.  PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Oct. 12) – Nick Sweigart saw an opening on the last lap and seized it, pass­ing both cars battling for the lead and holding on to win the eighth annual Keystone RaceSaver Challenge Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway. Making the most of a last-lap opportunity, Nick Sweigart won the Keystone Chal­lenge for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. Immediately behind the lead trio and looking for an opening while engaging in their own battle for position were super rookie Garrett Bard and New Yorker Christian Rumsey. They had charged to the front from ninth and 11th place, respectively.  Following Kreitz and Ritchey across the line were Jay Krout, Ohio’s Justin Clark and Wally Eshenaur.  Sweigart, who had started 10th in the Blue Collar Classic for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, had fought his way to third place when Doug Dodson, running second, dove to the inside of leader Zach Newlin in turn two of the 25th and final lap, and Newlin came down to try for a crossover to regain first. Pole-sitter Drew Ritchey raced out to a nearly two second lead in the 15-lap event, only to have third-starting Kreitz reel him in over the final five laps. On the final lap, the two leaders needed to lap a slower car, and when Ritchey went high, Kreitz dove low and came out ahead on the final run down the straightaway. last_img read more