DEBATE: A new review recommends cutting university fees to £7,500 a year – is this a good idea?

first_img Matteo Bergamini and Joanna WilliamsJoanna Williams is director of the think tank Cieo DEBATE: A new review recommends cutting university fees to £7,500 a year – is this a good idea? whatsapp Share Opinion A new review recommends cutting university fees to £7,500 a year – is this a good idea?Matteo Bergamini, founder and director of Shout Out UK, says YES.Lowering tuition fees makes training for your future a little more affordable and provides better value for money. The current £9,000 fees act as a deterrent for the poorest in our society. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Tags: Trading Archive More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org If you look across Europe at some of the countries with the best, most accessible higher education systems, you start to notice a trend.Studying in Germany is free, studying in France is free or low-cost, and studying in any Nordic country is free too. Indeed, the UK is by far one of the most expensive countries for higher education in Europe, able to charge such rates purely due to the myth that we have one of the best university sectors in the world – a myth that is dying a slow death.We need to see education as a collective investment in our future, not as a cost to be cut or passed onto young people. I welcome this proposal, and the recommendation to replace the reduction in fees by direct funding to universities from the government.Read more: Our broken university system is setting future Britain up to failDr Joanna Williams, head of education at Policy Exchange, says NO.Cutting tuition fees might win student votes, but it will leave few graduates better off. Monthly repayments, which depend on earnings, will remain exactly the same as they are now. High-earners will see their repayments stop a few months earlier, but most people will not notice any difference. whatsapp Nor is reducing fees likely to widen participation in higher education. Almost all 18-year-olds with goodA-levels go to university, irrespective of their background.In Scotland, where students do not pay tuition fees at all, fewer working-class youngsters enter higher education than in the UK.Some universities are already feeling a financial squeeze. Without plans to make up the shortfall from a cut in fees, there will be less funding for higher education. Courses will be cut and staff-student ratios will increase.For the past two decades, we have obsessed over how much going to university should cost and who should pay. Meanwhile, more important questions about what higher education is for, who should go to university, and why, remain unasked. Wednesday 29 May 2019 7:41 am Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionUndoDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemUndoPost FunThe Deadliest Snakes Ever Found On The PlanetPost FunUndolast_img read more

After backlash, including from Trump, House GOP drops weakening of Ethics Office

first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | PoliticsAfter backlash, including from Trump, House GOP drops weakening of Ethics OfficeJanuary 3, 2017 by Brian Naylor, NPR Share:After a storm of criticism, including from President-elect Trump, House Republicans have reversed themselves, and restored the current rules of the Office of Congressional Ethics, NPR’s Susan Davis confirms.In a surprise action Monday night, before the new Congress was sworn in, the GOP members had voted to significantly weaken the office.But Trump, and outside groups blasted the move. Trump questioned, via Tweet, Congress’s priorities. Trump tweeted in a pair of posts that while the OCE was “unfair,” Congress had more important issues to take up, including tax reform and health care.Other opposition to the gutting of the office was swift, and came from some unexpected sources.Exhibit A: Jack Abramoff, the former lobbyist, who’s conviction on influence-peddling charges helped lead to the creation of the OCE, told Politico the Republicans’ action was “exactly the opposite of what Congress should be doing.”Former Congressman Bob Ney, who also served time after being convicted as part of the same scandal, said, “House Republicans should not have done this and also the way they did it without announcing it is not a public policy to be proud of.”Judicial Watch, the conservative group that has led efforts to release former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, called the House rules change “shady and corrupt,” and a “drive by effort” to eliminate the OCE, and “a poor way for the Republican majority to begin “draining the swamp.’”House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a statement saying many members feel that after eight years, the office “is in need of reform.” Ryan said the office will continue to operate independently and still take complaints from members of the public. He said the House Ethics Committee will merely provide oversight of the complaints office but he insisted that the office “is not controlled by the committee.”The Project on Government Oversight also chimed in, saying ethics watchdogs like the OCE “need to be strengthened and expanded-not taken out back and shot in the middle of the night.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

Taku winds, cold temperatures roar back for an early spring encore

first_imgJuneau | Southeast | WeatherTaku winds, cold temperatures roar back for an early spring encoreMarch 31, 2020 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Taku winds pummel the Douglas harbor breakwater in January 2015. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/KTOO)A high pressure system over northwestern Canada has cleared the skies of clouds and funneled cold air down into Southeast Alaska.That creates the chilly Taku winds that make Juneau and Douglas residents shiver.“We did have temperatures reported down to 13 degrees at the midnight observation,” said Kimberly Vaughan with the Juneau office of the National Weather Service. “So it may have gotten a little bit colder. Coldest temperature usually happens right around sunrise.”Vaughan said they recorded 90-mph peak wind gusts at the AJ Dock Monday morning.Gusts of 72 mph to 85 mph were also recorded Monday at the South Douglas boat harbor and at the Rock Dump.Vaughan said it’s really not that unusual to have such weather so late in the winter.“March is considered our transitional month. And so, some days it wants to be winter and some days it wants to be spring,” Vaughan said. “So it’s not that uncommon. We could still see events like this, certainly, even into April.”’It’ll likely remain clear and cold at least through Wednesday night. Then, Vaughan said it will warm up a little and we may get some snow and rain this weekend. The past few days SE Alaska has been experiencing northerly outflow winds. These winds will continue to relax through today. Here is a look at some of the highest gusts that were observed. #akwx [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]_FM pic.twitter.com/iU7YKCen8g— NWS Juneau (@NWSJuneau) March 31, 2020Share this story:last_img read more

London’s worst football fans revealed: Chelsea and Millwall rated bottom of the league

first_img whatsapp London boasts some of the best football clubs in the world but the reputations of these institutions are not limited to what happens on the pitch.English football fans gained a reputation for violence from the 1970s and was once dubbed the “English Disease”. Since the mid-1980s, efforts by clubs and the government have helped cut football hooliganism making football today safer than its ever been. However, the game remains far from squeaky clean and old memories still linger in the minds of fans and the public at large. Polling company YouGov has released  a survey examining how Londoners rate the fans of the capital’s top football clubs.In line with the historical trend and popular stereotype, Londoners were most likely to have a negative impression of Millwall fans. Almost half of those surveyed has a bad impression of Millwall fans compared to just seven per cent who had a positive impression.The hostility between West Ham and Millwall fans means the Met puts derbies between the two teams in the C category, indicating a greater risk of violence.Millwall fans are hardly alone in eliciting a bad public image. Chelsea fans trail their Millwall counterparts by just two per cent with 43 per cent having a poor impression of the central London club.”Chelsea fans have taken the spotlight, after the police launched an inquiry into reports of two incidents of racist behaviour, one on the Paris Métro and one on a train to Manchester”, writes YouGov’s Will Dahlgreen . Arsenal fans are seen as the most gentile by Londoners followed closely by Fulham.  whatsapp London’s worst football fans revealed: Chelsea and Millwall rated bottom of the league Wednesday 4 March 2015 11:06 am Show Comments ▼center_img Share Jeff Misenti Tags: NULL last_img read more

EPA chemical review would exclude millions of tons of toxins

first_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. EPA chemical review would exclude millions of tons of toxins BILLINGS, Mont. — Spurred by the chemical industry, President Donald Trump’s administration is retreating from a congressionally mandated review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: millions of tons of asbestos, flame retardants, and other toxins in homes, offices, and industrial plants across the United States.Instead of following President Barack Obama’s proposal to look at chemicals already in widespread use that result in some of the most common exposures, the new administration wants to limit the review to products still being manufactured and entering the marketplace. Asbestos removal professional Megan Eberhart wears protective gear on the job in Howell, Mich. Paul Sancya/AP Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? Politics By Associated Press Oct. 25, 2017 Reprints Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Tags policy What’s included? Associated Press About the Author Reprints Log In | Learn More GET STARTEDlast_img read more

Pharmalittle: J&J denies design of its Covid-19 shot may explain blood clots; second trial against opioid makers begins

first_img Alex Hogan/STAT Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. Once again, another delightful weekend respite has come and gone, leaving us with the familiar challenge of tackling virtual meetings, deadlines, and a growing to-do list. No doubt, you can relate, yes? So please join us as we enjoy another cup of stimulation — as you know, a prescription is not required — and dig in for another busy day. Meanwhile, here are a few items of interest. Hope you have a smashing day and do stay in touch. … By Ed Silverman April 19, 2021 Reprints Pharmalittle: J&J denies design of its Covid-19 shot may explain blood clots; second trial against opioid makers begins [email protected] @Pharmalot GET STARTED Ed Silverman What’s included? Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDcenter_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Pharmalot About the Author Reprints What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Log In | Learn More Tags STAT+last_img read more

Learn to Jive – no partner or experience needed

first_img GAA Home Sponsored Learn to Jive – no partner or experience needed Sponsored Pinterest Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest Learn to Jive – no partner or experience needed Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results How many times have you been in a social setting and wished that you could dance properly?Have you marveled at those who can jive? Would you like to learn?Well, now you can. Tom Jive is bringing the jive to Offaly, Laois and Kildare where you can learn to jive in four weeks. Durrow, Birr and Naas are the three locations with Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday classes.The four-week course costs just €40 and is payable at the first class.No partner or experience is needed (indeed this course is for total beginners) and you’ll dance away to the catchy classics from the likes of Nathan Carter, Derek Ryan and Mike Denver.For further information, contact Tom on 087 3995877 or visit www.tomjive.com. You can check out Tom Jive’s Facebook page here. The full schedule of classes is as follows.County Arms BirrStarting Tuesday, November 5th – 8 to 9.30pmCastle Arms, DurrowStarting Wednesday, November 6th – 8 to 9.30pmOsprey Hotel, NaasStarting Sunday, November 10th – 4.30pm to 5.45pm or 7 to 8.15pmSEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday TAGSDurrowJive Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th November 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Previous articleLaois man was world renowned cinematographerNext articleGood news for Laois commuters as new M7 set to return to 120km speed limit LaoisToday Reporter Twitter GAA Facebook Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

Laois GAA TV proves a huge success as profit of almost €55,000

first_imgHome Sport GAA Laois GAA TV proves a huge success as profit of almost €55,000 SportGAA Laois GAA TV proves a huge success as profit of almost €55,000 Twitter By Steven Miller – 30th November 2020 Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Electric Picnic Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, November 30, 2020Next article‘Let the kids play’ – Midlands League secretary pens open letter to FAI and politicians Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterest WhatsApp Electric Picnic Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date The Laois GAA TV service, which allowed supporters to subscribe to watch matches that were played behind closed doors, brought in a profit of almost €55,000.The 2020 Laois GAA accounts show that the live streaming income was €70,580 with expenses amount to €15,660.Laois GAA secretary Niall Handy highlights in his report to this year’s convention that they streamed almost 50 games. He had particular praise for PRO Paul Dargan and Michael Egan, who initiated the Laois GAA TV service, as well as John Moynihan from All Rounder Sport.“I want to take this opportunity to thank Paul Dargan and Michael Egan for firstly making this happen and it had happen to fast, with confirmation of streaming only happening in the days leading into our first championship game,” wrote Handy in his report.“I must say the quality of the service was excellent, with the one exception being theday of Storm Alex.“In total we streamed almost 50 games, which returned a revenue profit of in excess €55k, which we certainly had not budgeted for at the outset, where the initial intention was just to provide a service for our members to watch their clubs playing.“It is an initiative Leinster Council GAA is considering expanding and exploring, and whilst exemption was permitted this year under the unusual circumstances we found ourselves, it has the potential to be inhibited in the future under the terms of the National broadcasting deals.”PRO Paul Dargan also addressed its success in his report. “With games behind closed doors or limited attendance we had sleepless nights to create, build and stream the games to the people of Laois all over the world,” he wrote.“It was extremely testing to build but thanks to the help of John Moynihan of All RounderSports we created what was an amazing platform to bring the games to people from Borris in Ossory to Brisbane, Portlaoise to Portugal and Graiguecullen to Germany.“The first weekend alone we had people logged on from every county in Ireland and all over the world.“We had thousands of people log on for games in all codes. The kind messages we received from people all around the world made up for the challenges that we faced with every broadcast.“Thanks to all our commentators and co commentators who helped during the games, so many of you helped out and you made it possible but also professional in every way.“We were ahead of all other counties in our production and that’s down to all your hard work and involvement.“We stood in the wind and rain on many a night but thankfully we still managed to stream the games to the people we missed and couldn’t attend the games.”SEE ALSO – Contest expected for top Laois GAA positions as challengers emerge TAGSLaois GAALaois GAA TVNiall HandyPaul Dargan last_img read more

Manulife gets negative outlook from Fitch

Laurentian Bank reports $53.1M profit in Q2, beats expectations Fitch Ratings Tuesday revised its outlook on Manulife Financial Corp. to negative, while also affirming its current ratings on the firm. The rating agency says the move to a negative outlook is driven by concerns about negative trends in adjusted earnings and the company’s financial leverage, which is at the high end of rating expectations. It notes that Manulife’s run rate profitability has been negatively affected by the unfavourable reserve adjustments for product-related experience and policyholder behaviour. Over the near term, Fitch expects reported profitability to be negatively impacted by an extended period of lower interest rates. It also says it considers the insurer’s debt service capacity as below average for the rating. Fitch says that a downgrade could be triggered if adjusted earnings were to come in below $2.5 billion for 2012; or if leverage increases notably from current levels; among other things. That said, Fitch says the rationale for its ratings on Manulife includes the firm’s strong capital position, below-average exposure to credit-related risk, good liquidity and strong business profile with significant geographic and product diversity. Additional positive considerations include the insurer’s progress in hedging the volatility of earnings and capital related to interest rate and equity market risks. No change following DBRS review Separately, DBRS reports that it has reviewed Manulife’s recent fourth quarter results, and that it believes there were no surprises, and no rating implications. The rating agency says that the most notable news in the Q4 earnings release was the announcement that the firm’s current chief financial officer will be leaving the company. It notes that the outgoing CFO “appeared to have been instrumental to the re-engineering of the company’s product lines and risk policies, procedures and mitigants, which have positioned the company to remain a going concern.” It says that while his departure could be a source of uncertainty in the short run, DBRS believes that there is a depth of management expertise and capability which can “drive brighter earnings prospects with reduced risk exposures”. James Langton Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Related news Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Keywords Credit ratings,  EarningsCompanies Manulife Financial Corp. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Red Mud Pond at Mount Rosser to be Rehabilitated

first_imgRelatedRed Mud Pond at Mount Rosser to be Rehabilitated RelatedRed Mud Pond at Mount Rosser to be Rehabilitated FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Information and Development, Donald Buchanan has said that the red mud pond at Mount Rosser will be rehabilitated over a five-year period followed by another three years of continuous monitoring.Mr. Buchanan, who was making his contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 5) noted that the pond has been a long-standing issue of concern and was a matter that Alcan had formally agreed to deal with when the bauxite company pulled out of Jamaica in 2001. “The so-called Alcan Closure Plan for the remediation of the Mount Rosser mud pond, which incidentally, will be the first industrial waste area closure in Jamaica, has been developed and is now going through the NEPA (National Environment and Planning Agency) environmental approval process,” he informed.He told the House that work is also progressing at Kirkvine, where a number of small ponds are to be closed as part of the same agreement.In the meantime, Minister Buchanan said that the government is responding to the issues and concerns raised in regard to the Cockpit Country. These include: watershed protection, preservation of biodiversity, protection of unique or endangered species, eco-tourism, history, tradition and culture associated with the area and the potential for heritage tourism.He informed that the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands has launched a study to adequately and scientifically define the boundaries of the Cockpit Country and to outline the criteria by which to “define the sort of activity that can be sustained and from which a preservation and or developmental strategy can be elaborated.all the stakeholders are being consulted as part of the process to develop this comprehensive approach”. RelatedRed Mud Pond at Mount Rosser to be Rehabilitatedcenter_img Red Mud Pond at Mount Rosser to be Rehabilitated UncategorizedJune 6, 2007 Advertisementslast_img read more