Men dominate in Oxford societies

first_imgThe three main University political societies are also still male-dominated. Oxford University Conservative Association has been embroiled in a number of sexism rows in the past couple of years. Currently, there is only one female member of the 15 person OUCA committee.OUCA President Henry Evans said, “During my time in Oxford, there have been women holding officerships in OUCA in every term, one of whom became President. Over a third of our membership are women. I do not think this is a result of sexism within OUCA. This is a problem, but it is not just a problem with Oxford student politics, but with politics across the country, including at Westminster.“It is worth remembering that OUCA had had two female presidents before the Union even allowed women to join as members, one of whom went on to be this country’s first, and so far only, female Prime Minister.”The Oxford University Labour Club committee is also male heavy, with only 34% of the committee composed of women in the past year. Co-chair Kat Shields told Cherwell, “OULC is a progressive society. However, not even OULC are immune from the persistent problem of the gender gap in Oxford societies.”Shields said that the gender balance needed to be actively redressed to show that OULC were “serious” about the issue, and to “buck the trend” of male dominance in societies at Oxford.The low number of female JCR presidents has left many asking why so few women run for this particular position.  Charlotte Meara, Trinity JCR President, said “It is important to encourage women to run for positions on the JCR Committee,” but added that, “these attempts must not become patronising – for example, the suggestion of ‘female only hustings’.”She continued, “I did not feel deterred from running for President, nor have I encountered any difficulties, as a result of my gender.” Meara suggested that “an inherent lack of confidence in their own abilities” may deter some women from running for executive positions. Men still dominate the top ranks of Oxford societies and JCRs, a Cherwell investigation has found. Just 35% of current society presidents are women, whilst there are only five female JCR presidents from 31 colleges.Male dominance of senior committees occurs in almost all Oxford societies, with just one third of executive positions currently held by women.Students have expressed their concern that many Oxford societies remain dominated by men, with this especially being the case for the most senior positions within these societies.Only eight out of the 26 Oxford Union Presidents between 2000 and 2010 have been women, and female representation is far worse on the lower committees of the Union. Martha Mackenzie was elected last term to be the first female president of OUSU since 2006, and described the lack of female JCR presidents as “terrible”. “There is a often a cultural barrier which stops women from getting involved with politics,” she said.OUSU VP for Women, Katharine Terrell, told Cherwell that when women run for office “it seems they are just as likely to be elected as a man running… We can’t just wait and hope that women will eventually reach the top positions – we need to be taking action now.” Terrell added that some female candidates, “feel that they will be judged on their gender or personal life far more than men.”In an article for Cherwell in Trinity 2010, the then-Union President, Laura Winwood commented, “The misleading perception of the Union as an aggressive, male-dominated political institution… may discourage some from participation.” She also said that it was “vital that you challenge [men] on their own turf.”An OUSU report published in 2010 said, “An attempt was made a couple of years ago to encourage more women to participate in meetings… it seems to have made very little impact.” Reena Virdee, of Oxford Women in Business, agreed on the importance of perception, “The trend will not change if more and more women decide that a role in a society is ‘not for them’.”Mackenzie, OUSU’s President-elect, added, “I think women are just as likely to and just as keen to get involved with politics, but can lack the confidence and support to take the plunge, especially when there is such low visibility.“Often it is just about breaking this cycle: those JCRs that have recently had a female president often go on to re-elect women.  “In running for election I think as a woman you can be placed under greater scrutiny; often your authority and strength are questioned to a far greater degree. Such a male-dominated environment can be intimidating but when women get involved they often go on to be very successful.”On some societies’ committees, however, women form the majority. Across the last three terms, 53% of the Law Society committee has been female. Whilst the last two presidents have been male, there have been eight successive female treasurers, and the top four positions were all held by women in Trinity 2010.Current President Oscar Robinson, said, “As the figures demonstrate, LawSoc is not a male-dominated society. I believe that the opportunity to reach the top positions within the society are open to those willing to put in the time.”OULC currently runs a Women’s Caucus to try to encourage more women to join and run for elections, with speaker events, socials and other female-oriented events. OUSU, the Oxford Union and OULC joined together to host ‘Women’s Campaign Training’ this week.Former President of Oxford Women In Politics, Krisztina Csortea, said that these events “go a long way towards encouraging women to get involved.” However, she noted, “Societies with a poor track record of women running for committee positions have to address the root causes of the problem themselves.”The Union has also established a Women’s Initiative, with public-speaking events put on to help women practice for hustings.Joanna Farmer, a previous chairman of the Debate Selection Committee, said that the Union is “definitely perceived to be an old boys’ club, but I have rarely experienced that first hand.” She pointed out that the Oxford Women’s Open competition had been established as “an active step to get more women involved.”last_img read more

Evansville Based Company Ordered To Pay $31.9M To SEC For Biofuel Fraud

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Dave Stafford for Evansville-based Imperial Petroleum Inc. has been ordered to pay nearly $32 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission after it failed to reply to the SEC’s court filings seeking damages in a biofuels fraud case that resulted in prison time for the former company president.Senior Judge William T. Lawrence on Friday ordered Imperial to disgorge $26,776,235 in the SEC’s enforcement action along with $5,124,823 in prejudgment interest.The SEC initiated an enforcement action against Imperial in 2013, claiming the company had cheated victims out of more than $100 million. The SEC claimed Imperial subsidiary E-biofuels of Henry County falsely claimed it was producing biofuels to fraudulently obtain tax credits and government incentives. The company was accused of passing off biofuels purchased from other sources as its own to claim the credits.E-biofuels filed for bankruptcy in April 2012, but its founders and Imperial’s former president were sentenced for the federal prison in 2016. Former Imperial president Jeffrey Wilson was sentenced to 10 years, while E-biofuels co-founders Chad Ducey was sentenced to seven years in prison and his brother Craig Ducey received a term of six years, two months behind bars.Wilson’s convictions on 21 counts of securities fraud and making false statements was affirmed in January by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.last_img read more

Rethinking Olympic glory

first_imgEveryone loves the ideals of the Olympics.But a group of scholars speaking at a Harvard symposium on Friday wondered if today’s Games are living up to their promise of excellence and sportsmanship.Danyel Reiche, a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science and an associate professor for comparative politics at American University of Beirut, convened the symposium, “Who Will Win in Rio?,” with just four weeks until the opening ceremony for the Summer Games in Brazil. Numerous controversies surround the first South American city to host the Olympics, including infrastructure delays, health concerns (Zika virus, water pollution), and security.“Whether the host cities benefit or not, what’s been going on in Rio is extraordinary and tragic,” said Andrew Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College.Calling the International Olympic Committee “out of touch,” Zimbalist, the author of “Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and World Cup,” cited the displacement of impoverished Brazilians, the design of a golf course on an environmental reserve, and the development of a subway line from the beach to a wealthy suburb as ill-conceived uses of funds in Rio.When an audience member suggested the creation of an Olympic Island, Zimbalist agreed that the infrastructure for the event should be developed once instead of every four years.“My plan is to give it to Los Angeles,” he said. “They have a surplus of venues. It’s not going to help Los Angeles one whit, but they won’t lose.”Andrew Zimbalist discusses the myriad difficulties facing host governments, and the merits of designating a static, reusable Olympic venue. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerReiche’s own research on winners and losers has looked at the Games through the lens of medals, in which goals can range from winning at least five (Botswana) to a first-ever gold in soccer (Brazil).National goals for the Games “are about quantity, not quality,” said Reiche, who recently published “Success and Failure of Countries at the Olympic Games.”The fixation on specific goals has upended the spirit of the Games, he said. Great Britain, for example, dramatically cut funding for basketball after the poor showing in the London games.“The obsession has gone quite far,” said Reiche, who suggested combating the winning-is-everything philosophy by having players from different countries compete together on the same team.The morning conversation also covered research on host-country advantage by Stephen Pettigrew, a doctoral candidate in the Harvard Department of Government, and analysis by researcher Mark Glickman of individual performances.Using women’s beach volleyball as an example, Glickman, the founding head of the Sports Analytics Laboratory in the Department of Statistics, compared the ranking system of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) to probabilistic systems (Elo, Glicko, Glicko-2, and Stephenson).The teams of April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings (United States) and Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca (Brazil) consistently topped the probabilistic systems, but the latter didn’t appear in the Top 10 of FIVB’s rankings.“The FIVB ranking approach makes no distinction between losing and not competing. From a statistician’s point of view, there’s information on losing that doesn’t get factored into the ranking,” he said of the FIVB rating.Before the symposium, Reiche talked about how countries less medal-focused define success. In 2012, 120 out of 205 participating nations didn’t take home any hardware. Still, they viewed participation as “a sign of statehood.”“It’s like having a national anthem or currency. It’s part of being part of [the] world community,” he said. “Plus, it’s the greatest sporting event. Being an Olympian is something you can write in your CV.”SaveSaveSavelast_img read more

New Executive Order Allows ‘Non-Essential Gatherings’ In NY

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new executive order allowing “non-essential” gatherings of up to 10 people.The Governor dropped the state ban on gatherings of any size.Now, up to 10 people are allowed to be together as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.The order is one of the biggest steps the state has taken to loosen rules that were adopted in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more

Matilda Alum Ripley Sobo Will Appear in Upcoming Steve Jobs Biopic

first_img In addition to Sobo, the cast will include Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Tony nominee Jeff Daniels, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Katherine Waterston. Ripley Sobo, who recently starred on Broadway in Matilda as the titular bookworm, will appear in the upcoming Universal biopic of Steve Jobs, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Aaron Sorkin has penned the screenplay, which is adapted from the Apple founder’s biography by Walter Isaacson. Danny Boyle will direct. Sobo will play Lisa, Jobs’ daughter. In addition to Matilda, she appeared on Broadway in Once. Sobo’s previous screen credits include Kid Witness, Winter’s Tale and Batman v Superman.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

DWI Suspect Charged With Hitting Officer, Fleeing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Sea Cliff woman was arrested for allegedly hitting a Suffolk County police officer with her car and fleeing the scene while driving drunk in Hauppauge on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.Officer Dennis Hendrickson was standing on the shoulder of the Long Island Expressway while directing traffic after a crash near exit 56 when he signaled for a Volkswagen to slow down, but the driver, Theresa Finnin-Hunt, hit the officer on his right arm and hand as he tried to get out of her way shortly after 2 p.m., police said.Officers pulled the 52-year-old woman over on the service road near Wicks Road in Brentwood shortly later. She was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury and unlawful fleeing of a police officer.Officer Hendrickson was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Finnin-Hunt will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Could small loans equal big opportunity for credit unions?

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Miriam De Dios Woodward Miriam De Dios Woodward is the CEO of PolicyWorks, LLC. She also serves as Senior Vice President of AMC, the holding company of the Iowa Credit Union League and parent … Web: Details A new set of proposed rules from the CFPB may put payday lenders out of business. For credit unions, particularly those working to build relationships with consumers who use non-traditional financial services, this could be an exciting door opener.An important segment of the population relies on small-dollar loans for emergencies, making the exit of these businesses from the marketplace somewhat precarious. A sizable portion of the fast-growing and influential Hispanic segment, for instance, turns to payday loans even for non-emergencies.If those lenders disappear, can credit unions fill the void? Should they?If approved, the rules will require lenders to measure a borrower’s ability to pay back the loan, a competency for most credit unions. Payday-loan operations, on the other hand, would need to establish entirely new policies and procedures for compliance with such a rule. This could prove too burdensome for the mom-and-pop (and even some of the national and regional) payday loan businesses.According to Cindy Williams, vice president of regulatory compliance for PolicyWorks, there may be other unintended consequences should the CFPB adopt its proposed rules.“Ability-to-repay requirements will likely extend the amount of time it will take to get money into the hands of borrowers,” said Williams. “This could have a sizable impact on individuals with urgent funding needs.” In addition, Williams says, the CFPB’s proposed requirements could also exclude some borrowers altogether, leaving these individuals without an option for credit.When asked if credit unions should attempt to become that option, Williams advised credit union lenders to investigate the opportunity thoroughly, thinking through the sustainability of such a strategy. “The new, additional requirements of the CFPB’s proposal could make small-dollar or payday loans less attractive even to traditional financial institutions simply because the margins on small-dollar loans are already so low.”Although many credit unions are competent, compliant lenders accustomed to adapting to new regulatory standards, management must first determine if the returns of a payday lending alternative are worth the investment.What are the potential returns? For starters, a payday loan alternative or small-dollar loan has the potential to introduce the credit union to an entirely new segment of consumers looking for financial help. This meets two core objectives for credit unions: it fulfills the “people helping people” mission and provides fair, dignified services to more members of the Hispanic community and beyond.When thinking through potential products, brainstorm beyond payday loans. Introducing different small-dollar loans, such as credit builder products, may provide better margins for the credit union. These types of loans can also help individuals escape the payday lending cycle that has caught the attention of regulators and other consumer protection groups. Importantly, they have the potential to get people started on a path to a long-term financial relationship with a responsible partner.Because credit unions value relationships over transactions, borrowers who transition from a payday lender to a cooperative have a real chance to reduce their dependence on emergency funds. With an intentional strategy to migrate emergency-loan borrowers into life-long savers, credit union staff can have a significant impact on the lives of more neighbors.If part of your growth plan includes developing more long-term financial relationships with those individuals who need them the most, do as PolicyWorks’ Williams suggests. Sit down with your teams today and evaluate the potential for payday alternatives. The time to act is now. A sizable gap in the availability of credit is coming. If there’s anything we’ve learned in the last few years, it’s that startups and fintech innovators are masters at filling gaps.last_img read more

How to harness your data for personalized marketing that drives top-line results

first_imgCredit unions are sitting on a mountain of member data. That information can be a goldmine for understanding members, their needs, and what motivates them. Utilizing that data to drive a smarter approach to marketing is the key to building a personalized strategy to engage your members with relevant products and solutions.Personalized marketing can drive five to eight times the response of “product of the month” marketing[1]. If any of that old marketing still exists at your credit unions, kill it! Product marketing doesn’t work anymore. Members need to feel connected and engaged like their institution cares about understanding them and their needs.Useful data can come from a variety of sources:Internally – CRM, website, mobile app, core processing systemExternally – Callahan’s, credit bureaus, third-party providers, public informationIt can be very challenging for credit unions to harness data from so many locations, but they can be brought together either through a data warehouse solution or more traditional data reports from your IT or Business Intelligence teams. Select two primary data categories that help you select the right members – don’t choose products as part of the data, consider looking at transaction patterns and stage of life. Who is at the top of these lists? Understanding and knowing who is the most valuable to your organization and who has the potential to be valuable is critical. Often the most active members aren’t your most profitable, and it’s easy to get distracted in marketing by trying to serve your largest segments or most active members. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Two more leisure parks for MWB

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Arsenal want Matteo Guendouzi sale as Marseille open talks over loan

first_imgArsenal want Matteo Guendouzi sale as Marseille open talks over loan Matteo Guendouzi returned to first-team training with Arsenal last month (Getty Images)Guendouzi has also been offered to Atletico Madrid in Arsenal’s bid to land Thomas Partey but again the Spanish side did not want the French midfielder included in the deal.Despite not featuring for Arsenal so far this season, Arteta indicated last month that Guendouzi would be in contention to win back his place.‘Matteo has been training like any other player in the squad,’ said the Arsenal manager.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It is a new season and we had some really positive conversations between both parties, now he’s back with the group, he is training really well.’Arsenal, meanwhile, are continuing to work on a deal to sign Aouar from Lyon before the transfer window closes on October 5.The Gunners had a £32m offer for Aouar rejected last week as Lyon continue to hold out for a fee closer to £55m.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Matteo Guendouzi is wanted by Marseille on loan (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal and Marseille are in talks over a deal for Matteo Guendouzi, according to reports in France.The 21-year-old returned to first-team training with Arsenal last month after he was exiled for taunting Brighton’s players over the money they earned during the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at the Amex Stadium in June.After a meeting with Mikel Arteta and Arsenal’s hierarchy about his attitude, Guendouzi did not play for the Gunners for the remainder of last season and is yet to feature this term.According to Telefoot, Marseille have made an approach to Arsenal about signing Guendouzi on loan for the remainder of the campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal, however, have told Marseille that they will only consider selling Guendouzi and are not willing to let him leave on loan.The Gunners have already attempted to offer Guendouzi to Lyon as part of their bid to sign Houssem Aouar but the French club refused. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Oct 2020 10:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more