Oxford University is encouraging potential Indian students not to be put off by changes to Visa regulations that mean fewer international students will be able to stay in the country after graduating.The new rules mean that only those who have found work with a recognised employer will be allowed to stay on in the country after finishing their courses.There are 350 Indian students currently studying at Oxford, and most of them are post graduates. The immigration minister Damian Green estimates that around 70,000 fewer student visas would be issued next year due to the recent changes.Arghya Sengupta, president of Oxford’s 150 year old Indian Society, described the changes as “too drastic,” criticising what he sees as the “intellectually lazy approach” of “a blanket ban.” He suggested that “a more targeted immigration policy is desirable” and argued that Indian students “contribute to the British economy rather than hinder it”.Students from outside the EU bring 9 billion pounds to the British economy each year as well as much needed revenue to universities. Sengupta added that he believed that the new policy means “several Indian students will re-assess their options regarding joining a British university”.A spokesperson for Oxford University stated that the issue is one that affects all international students, not just Indians. The spokesperson said, “We would certainly encourage international students to continue to apply” and added that the University is confident that “students will continue to see the high value of an Oxford education.”Despite the fact that international students will find it more difficult to find work in the UK, the spokesperson stressed the fact that “the high-level skills and knowledge students obtain at Oxford will give graduates a head start in any country.”Prajwal Parajuly, an Indian student echoed this more positive outlook as “the kind of students” Oxford attracts would not be “discouraged to apply simply because of changes in the visa rules”.Other universities are also worried about the changes. Umbrella group Universities UK commented, ‘We think some legitimate students may be being put off by the changes,” yet warned, “The message must be that the UK remains open to legitimate international students.”
AT THE STATE BOARD ELECTIONS — Lincoln Community School’s Student Council visited The College of New Jersey in Ewing to attend the State Board of Elections. From the left are Miriam Gurguis, President, Bridget Garces-Blanca, Sergeant at Arms, Julia Lapinski, Treasurer, Bilal Touzani, Vice President and Alyssa Johnson, Secretary. ×
By Master Sgt. Clifton McDonald/U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs November 09, 2016 The workshop, held at the “27 de febrero” Naval Base, was sponsored by SOUTHCOM and is part of the Caribbean nation’s six-month long NCO development course. SOUTHCOM NCOs facilitated the event, the second NCO Leadership Workshop held for the Dominican Republic Armed Forces. The workshop is part of the Dominican Republic’s professional NCO course and was attended by 48 NCOs from all branches of the Dominican Armed Forces, including 23 Army, 13 Navy, and 12 Air Force members. The main focus of the workshop was to work with partner-nation NCOs to enhance their basic leadership skills. The students represented a diverse educational background. Many hold college degrees, while others had earned a law degree. The goal of the program is to empower the NCOs with the knowledge and confidence necessary to become effective leaders in their respective units. The workshop began with Master Sgt. Zajira Alleyne, of the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, facilitating a discussion on identifying different personality types. During the discussion, Master Sgt. Alleyne used the “4-Lenses Assessment” tool by the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator. NCOs were challenged to acknowledge their own personal strengths and weaknesses. Most participants agreed with the results of the assessment, recognizing their own personality types. Some students were eager to share this assessment with their home units upon their return. Participants were also challenged with a three-word question: “What is leadership?” The question steered the rest of the discussions throughout the event, serving to generate numerous ideas and discussions about their own roles as leaders. SOUTHCOM’s Army Sgt. 1st Class Rulberto Ojendismiranda and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Southern’s Gunnery Sgt. Juan Morales led a session to introducestudents to a leadership model used by the U.S. Army that aligns leader development to a set of characteristics called attributes and competencies. Attributes such as character, presence, and intellect are competencies to be developed and skills to be learned and enhanced. Dominican Army Lieutenant Colonel Juan Miguel Oviedo Montero believes the leadership workshop helps bridge the gap between NCOs and officers. Although NCOs don’t yet hold any leadership positions, there are plans to incorporate them into positions of leadership at the company, battalion, and brigade levels in the near future. “That’s why it’s imperative to incorporate leadership training to build the confidence and knowledge the Dominican Republic NCOs need to advise officers and lead personnel,” he said. Lt. Col Oviedo said he has seen an improvement in the NCOs who have been through the first Leadership Workshop and he is looking forward to future training workshops with SOUTHCOM.
Before MN, Cartigny worked in various investment roles at ABN AMRO Asset Management. He currently also serves as a board member of DUFAS, the Dutch fund association, and as vice chairman of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change. Vækstfonden — The DKK9.6bn (€1.3bn) Danish Growth Fund has appointed Rolf Kjærgaard as its new chief executive. He was previously the state financing fund’s CIO and, as of 2 July, has replaced its most recent chief executive Christian Motzfeldt, who announced in February he wanted to step down after working for the fund for 18 years.Kjærgaard has worked at Vækstfonden for almost 18 years, as CIO for the last four. Prior to this, his professional roles included that of national expert for the EU Commission and special consultant for the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.State Street Corporation – Jörg Ambrosius has been promoted to head of the asset manager’s UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa business, succeeding Liz Nolan, who earlier this year became head of State Street’s global delivery team. Ambrosius was most recently co-head of State Street’s global services business in EMEA and head of its global sovereign wealth servicing business. In his new role he will also serve on the asset manager’s management committee. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan – Jo Taylor has been named the Canadian pension fund’s new president and CEO, effective 1 January next year. Currently executive managing director, global development, he will succeed Ron Mock, who retires at the end of 2019 after almost two decades at the now $191bn (€167bn) pension fund.Taylor joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2012, and in his current role is responsible for overseeing the investment teams operating in its international offices, setting strategy, and reviewing investment proposals, among other tasks.Dalriada Trustees – Judith Fish, formerly head of pension risk at Santander UK, has joined the firm as a professional trustee. Fish left Santander at the end of June and has previously also worked at HSBC Actuaries and Consultants, which was acquired by JLT, and Deloitte. She has more than 25 years of experience in pensions, serving as a trustee, scheme actuary, corporate adviser and employer.Insight Investment – Andrew Stephens is the asset manager’s new head of distribution for EMEA. He joined from BlackRock, where he spent 19 years, most recently as head of UK institutional client business.Gresham House – The specialist alternative asset manager has hired Catriona Buckley as institutional business development director. She joined from Fidelity International, where she was responsible for manager research and field consultant engagement with global and domestic investment consultants in the UK, and for direct client relationships in Ireland. Before joining Fidelity she was client director at Pioneer Investments, now Amundi. Osmosis Investment Management – The sustainable investment specialist has announced three new appointments, including Anthony Chisnall as product distribution manager and Susan Hunnisett as a new member of the investor relations team, with a focus on European business development. Chisnall’s previous roles include head of marketing and investor relations for Gulf International Bank Asset Management while Hunnisett worked for European equities specialist SW Mitchell Capital before joining Osmosis.Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) – An organisation providing a framework for sustainability reporting, GRI has recruited Marco van der Ree for the new position of chief development officer, which he will take up on 15 July. According to the GRI, he will lead work to diversify and implement the organisation’s fundraising strategy and oversee outreach to institutional, foundation and public donors. Van der Ree was previously director for business development and fundraising for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Climate Knowledge Innovation Community. Swiss Life Asset Managers – Nelufer Ansari has been named head of ESG, a new role in which she will be responsible for extending the company’s sustainable investment approach to all asset classes and countries in which it operates. She will assume the task in her role as head of strategic and special tasks, which she has held since March, and will also be responsible for developing a cross-border ESG strategy spanning all products for the manager. Ansari started her career at BEOS, which has been part of Swiss Life Asset Managers since 2018. MN, GSAM, Vækstfonden, State Street, Ontario Teachers’, Dalriada Trustees, Insight Investment, Gresham House, Osmosis IM, GRI, Swiss Life Asset ManagersGoldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) – Gerald Cartigny is set to leave MN, the €135bn asset manager for Dutch sector pension schemes PMT and PME, to become head of GSAM’s client business in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg as of the beginning of October.Cartigny will have spent seven years at MN, becoming its chief investment officer in 2014. In a statement about his time at MN, Cartigny highlighted the manager’s work on socially responsible investing, saying that this had been fully integrated into the investment approach and that MN was “internationally recognised as a leader in ESG integration”.At MN Cartigny also oversaw the merger of its individual asset management and fiduciary management groups into a single unit.
When Diaz returned, he reached inside the victim’s car with the gun and continued to argue with him.At that point, the victim drove off, as Diaz fired at the car, hitting its tire.Diaz was detained at the scene and was later taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.He is facing charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, occupied vehicle burglary with a firearm and discharging a firearm in public. The victim was driving by the area, when he lowered his window and began talking to Diaz.Officials say the person then proceeded to drive away, but turned around and returned a few moments later.The victim and Diaz began arguing, at which point Diaz obtained a pistol from his car, police say.BREAKING: Gun fired during argument near Trump appearance in Doral https://t.co/CZapB5NF8h— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) July 10, 2020 A 73-year-old man was arrested late Friday, after he opened fire during President Trump’s visit to the U.S. Southern Command, according to Doral Police.Police say Miami resident Luis Orlando Diaz was part of a group of people who gathered near NW 87th Avenue and 29th Street for the president’s visit.
4 July 2007South Africa is to spend R22-billion over the next seven years on upgrading and expanding the freeways in its busiest province, Gauteng. Construction is expected to begin in the first half of 2008, following an environmental impact assessment.According to the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), growth in vehicle ownership in Gauteng has led to heavy congestion, especially on the N1, where over 180 000 vehicles travel between Johannesburg and Pretoria daily.The agency said congestion on main routes has affected the amount of time families spend together, productivity in the workplace, individual levels of frustration and stress on the environment due to excessive emissions.“We hope to finance the whole scheme through tolling. Therefore, all upgraded freeways will be tolled,” said Sanral’s northern region project manager, Alex van Niekerk.Sanral communications manager Priya Pillay told BuaNews that new technologies such as electronic toll collection systems would be used to allow for a smoother flow of traffic“[Its] just like a pillar across the road that bills you automatically when you drive past,” she said, adding: “We are still busy working it out and the price is not yet finalised.”Pillay said the toll would only be implemented after 2010, and the agency was sure there would be discounts for regular usersAccording to Sanral, they are working with the Gauteng provincial government and the three metropolitan municipalities of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane to optimise movement of freight and road-based public transport.“The current priorities [for upgrading] are the N1 from Soweto to the N4 in Pretoria, the N12 between Gillooly’s and Benoni, and the R21 airport road,” Van Niekerk said.Intelligent transport systemsHe added that some routes did not require widening at the moment, such as the N4. However, the freeway would be equipped with intelligent transport devices such as cameras and electronic signs, as seen on the N1 between the Brakfontein and Buccleuch interchanges, as well as more lighting.The project also entails the construction of an interconnected network of inner and outer ring roads around the three metros, extending over 500 kilometres, which are to be completed in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Part of the project includes the implementation of inter-modal transport hubs to surface and rail based public transport facilities.Sanral will also promote concepts such as travel demand management through the provision of dedicated, high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and associated infrastructure.Van Niekerk said, however, that the HOV concept would be different from previous experiments, as when existing lanes between the Buccleuch and Allandale interchanges were converted into HOV lanes.“The lanes added to the freeway will become HOV lanes,” he said.The construction of new freeways such as the PWV 14, PWV 9, PWV 5 and N17 will go ahead after 2010, the agency added.Source: BuaNews
25 May 2011The smooth running of last week’s local government elections once more demonstrated South Africa’s growth as a democracy and how it continues to attract the respect of the international community, President Jacob Zuma said after a meeting with the board of the International Marketing Council of SA on Tuesday.“For us, the elections, like many events we have held before, are once again proof of how we can help market this brand called South Africa,” Zuma said after the meeting in Pretoria.“To be a democratic country is very important because now we have people who are able to link their vote to their living conditions, and that markets SA in terms of its democracy.”The elections also helped South Africa to boost its international marketing both politically and economically, Zuma said.The meeting, also attended by businesspeople and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, discussed at length the need for business and government to work together to market the successes of the country domestically and to the world.Established in 2002, the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) is tasked with developing and implementing proactive and coordinated marketing and communication strategies for the country.IMC chairperson Anita Soni said South Africa’s advanced telecommunications and research infrastructure made it one of the most attractive and competent countries in the world.“What we discussed in this meeting is that, considering the things we have, it is very important moving forward that we as South Africans become brand ambassadors for our country, because we have a lot to be proud of,” Soni said. “But it will take all of us to achieve that,” she added.Zuma used the meeting to appoint Geoffrey Rothschild, Moss Leoka, Sindi Mabaso-Koyana and Ramasela Moloto, all from the private sector, as the new members of the IMC board.New government representatives on the board are Presidency Director-General Cassius Lubisi, Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October, Arts and Culture Director-General Sibusiso Xaba, and Timothy Scholtz from South African Tourism.Source: BuaNews
India Today Mind Rocks, the country’s most eagerly awaited youth event, is coming to rock the national Capital once again. The event is an interactive platform where youngsters get a chance to meet and interact with the country’s biggest icons from all fields. It’s a festival that celebrates ideas, music and art by recognising the best in the field and also giving youth a stage to create, perform and engage.The ninth Mind Rocks will be held at Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium on September 6. Like previous years, this edition too will see top politicians, businesspersons, sports personalities and filmstars sharing their success stories and discussing issues of national interest with the audience. The ninth Mind Rocks will be held at Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium on September 6.The Siri Fort Mind Rocks will be attended by actor Deepika Padukone, singers Yo Yo Honey Singh and Rabbi Shergill, comedian-cum-politician Bhagwant Mann, actor-turned-politician Chirag Paswan, cricketers Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj, Olympic medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and footballer Gouramangi Singh.The finale of the event will be a live performance by Sufi rocker Shergill, who shot to fame with soulful numbers such as Bulla Ki Jana and Challa. The past eight summits have been very successful with participaition of celebrities such as Ajay Devgn, Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Dhanush, Shruti Haasan, Sonam Kapoor, Mary Kom and Nandan Nilekani etc.To register, youngsters between the age of 18 and 32 can go to www.indiatodaymindrocks.com
Five stories in the news for Thursday, March 29———ONTARIO BUDGET: NEW SPENDING & DEFICITSOntario Premier Kathleen Wynne will speak to a business audience in Toronto today to sell her new provincial budget. The spending package rolled out Wednesday pumps billions into health care, child care, and support for seniors while sending the province back into deficit, with the books expected to stay in the red for six years.———PM TRUDEAU SPEAKS AT SWANKY FUNDRAISERPrime Minister Justin Trudeau touted his government’s tough stance on the wealthy Wednesday night at a high-priced fundraiser in Montreal. Tickets cost $1,500 per person over 35 years old and $750 for anyone younger. Trudeau said he recognized the audience represented people “who have really succeeded” while acknowledging that raise taxes on the wealthy “can be frustrating.”———BARRICK GOLD FOUNDER PETER MUNK DIES AT 90Peter Munk, whose founding of Barrick Gold Corp. was just one of his numerous accomplishments, has died at the age of 90. He was born in Hungary and fled the Nazis in 1944 with his family before settling in Toronto in 1948 at age 20. He then launched a number of business ventures before founding Barrick in 1983 and building it into a huge gold mining company. And, along the way, Munk also became one of Canada’s best-known philanthropists.———HEALTH MINISTER TOUTS POT AWARENESS CAMPAIGNHealth Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says millions of young people have been reached through various campaigns to inform them about the health and safety risks of using cannabis. But the lack of a visible, national campaign is among the top concerns of senators who are studying the bill to legalize recreational pot. Petitpas Taylor says the campaigns are not aimed at people in the senators’ age group and appear primarily on social media platforms and web banners.———POKEMON GO CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT ABANDONEDAn Alberta-based class-action lawsuit against the creators of Pokemon Go has been dropped after the company took steps to deal with what the plaintiff said was an invasion of privacy. Pokemon Go sends players into the real world to seek out digital monsters known as Pokemon, which appear on screens when users hold up smartphones. The plaintiff complained that players were inundating her home because it was the site of a Pokegym.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Finance Minister Bill Morneau is in Asia to discuss the federal budget and business opportunities.— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is in South Korea to discuss commercial and security ties.— N.L. Premier Dwight Ball will make a funding announcement to support mental health and addiction programs.— Statistics Canada releases include GDP by industry for January and industrial product and raw materials data for February.— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will visits a steel fabrication plant in Burnaby, B.C.— Play Ball! The Toronto Blue Jays open the regular season this afternoon at home against the New York Yankees.
West Brom’s head coach Darren Moore has labeled the game against Derby County as “bizarre” after losing at home to a more clinical side.The Baggies’ five-game winning streak in the league at home came to an abrupt end tonight after losing to Derby County by four goals to one in front of their home fans.Darren Moore felt his side was denied what appeared to look like an obvious penalty just before the halftime marker when Dwight Gayle was trapped inside the 18-yard box.The referee turned down West Brom’s plea for a spot-kick even after replays showed Scott Malone had caught Dwight Gayle’s leg faintly in the penalty area.“I thought the changing part of the game was the incident with Dwight,” Moore said as quoted by Birmingham Mail.“Dwight wouldn’t go down like that, not when he has the chance to score. Whether it was a penalty or a free kick I’m not sure. My players stayed on it and huffed and puffed to the end”Ashley Cole announces his retirement from football Andrew Smyth – August 18, 2019 Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 38.“Well done to Derby. They had some clinical finishes and ran out winners.”Albion were jittery and made too many errors at the back that their opponents capitalized on. Derby would have extended the score line but Sam Johnstone was resilient in goal.Yet Moore believed things could have turned out differently and felt his boys dominated some parts of the game.“It was a bizarre game,” he said. “Obviously they were very clinical in their finishing. The first goal they got up and there was a clinical second finish.”“I thought West Brom were in the ascendancy all the way. We had half-chances, which in recent weeks we’ve capitalised on and been devastating with our finishes. It just wasn’t to be. Call it what you want, whether it was a bizarre game or a bad day at office.”West Brom are now fourth on the Championship table with 24 points just behind Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and Leeds United who all share 26 points but ate separated by goal difference. The Baggies will host Blackburn Rovers on the 27th of October in round 15 of Championship matches.