Outgoing Vice-Chancellor John Hood expressed his grave concern about the University’s finances at his outgoing speech.Hood called many university facilities “unfit for purpose” and claimed that an investment of £1 billion will be needed to raise them to “world-class” standard. He also revealed that the University is budgeting for a loss this year, with an £8000 shortfall per undergraduate in funding the tutorial system.These announcements overshadowed the news that the ‘Campaign for Oxford’, the University’s fund-raising initiative of five years, has raised over £120 million in the last year. Its total now stands at £770 million. John Hood commented, “Across the disciplines, many of the University’s facilities remain unfit for purpose for the current and projected levels of research undertakings and graduate study. By my calculation, the investment that would be required to bring the University’s estate up to world-class standards for its current activities is quite considerably in excess of £1 billion.”“If that is to be achieved during the next decade or so, considerable funding ingenuity and organisational development will be required. This is at a time when colleges too have substantial capital funding demands.”The University was unable to say either which facilities were “unfit for purpose” or how the figure of £1 billion was calculated.“Unfortunately we are unable to comment on the remarks made by John Hood as these are his own views,” said a statement.Dr Hood also highlighted the £8 million loss the University is expecting to make this year commenting, “For the fourth year in a row the University is budgeting for a loss, again in the vicinity of £8 million or around 1 per cent of revenues. The situation is serious for the physical sciences and even more serious for the humanities … College budgets too are under pressure owing, in particular, to endowment volatility.”Hood said the funding of the tutorial system costs £8,000 more per year per undergraduate than is received in tuition fees. He criticised other universities for increasing their intake of foreign students simply to raise more in fees.“Unlike some of the leading Russell Group universities, Oxford has not (to date) succumbed to the temptation to fill out its teaching revenues by very substantially increasing its proportion of full-fee international undergraduates at the expense of Home/EU student numbers. “Neither has it resorted to reducing its teaching costs by disproportionately placing responsibility for undergraduate teaching with graduate students and temporary college lecturers, although the pressure to do so is intense.“From a financial perspective these are genuinely worrying times. Government budgets are over-stressed and endowments are extremely volatile, as are the markets for our entrepreneurial activities.”Alistair Strathern, a second year PPEist said, “I would never complain at the prospect of better facilities, but as long as it wasn’t at the cost of higher fees which would inevitably deprive the opportunity of studying at Oxford to those who need it most.”On the subject of the shortfall in funding for the tutorial system he added, “Given that we’ve managed to fund tutorials for centuries, it seems strange to have a pressing lack of funding for it.”
Online streaming giant SoundCloud has been in financial trouble for some time now, and it seems the company’s founders are considering drastic steps to maintain their product. According to a news item in Bloomberg, the owners of the German-based company are mulling over the option of selling their company for a steep $1 billion sum.Though Bloomberg’s sources wished to remain private during any potential negotiations, SoundCloud is indeed “exploring strategic options” for the business. While they may ultimately opt not to sell, it appears as though serious measures will need to be taken in order to make SoundCloud profitable. The streaming site found a niche as a place for anyone to share and discover music, such as their recently-introduced premium service with fewer ads and increased access. There are also premium accounts for artists, based on storage space and additional features.If SoundCloud is priced at $1 Billion, we can only hope that any corporate entity looking to take over the site doesn’t change it for the worse.
View Comments Star Files Come on, Sugar Daddy, bring it home! Two-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Darren Criss will launch the national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch this fall. Featuring a book by original star John Cameron Mitchell and a score by Stephen Trask, the touring production of Hedwig will kick off at San Francisco’s SHN Golden Gate Theatre on October 4, where it’ll run through October 30. The show will then move to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles from November 1 through 27. Following San Francisco and Los Angeles with Criss, the tour will subsequently continue across North America.The members of Hedwig’s band “The Angry Inch”—aka “Tits of Clay”—will be music director Justin Craig (guitar and keyboards), Matt Duncan (bass), Tim Mislock (guitar) and Peter Yanowitz (drums), all of whom originated their roles on Broadway. Additional casting will be announced soon.Criss played Hedwig on Broadway for 12 weeks in 2015 and earned the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement. He made his Great White Way debut in 2012 as J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role that earned him his first Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement. Perhaps best known for playing Blaine on the Fox series Glee, Criss’ additional film and TV credits include Girl Most Likely, Eastwick and Little White Lie.“When I found out that the tour would be kicking off in my hometown of San Francisco—the city where I was introduced to Hedwig and the Angry Inch—I could think of no better excuse to get back into the heels of a character I loved and missed so very much,” Criss said in a statement. “And since Los Angeles has become a second home for me, I relished the idea of seeing what kind of fun Hedwig would bring to the heart of Hollywood. Getting to share this fantastic Broadway production with the two great Californian cities of my own life story will hopefully be as much of a joy for me as it will be for audiences who will experience Hedwig’s life story on the West Coast!”Directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. Trask’s score features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more.The 2014 Broadway revival of Hedwig ran for over 500 performances and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. Over the course of its run, the role of Hedwig was also played by Neil Patrick Harris, who won the Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award for his performance, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, Taye Diggs and creator Mitchell. Darren Criss(Photo: Joan Marcus) Darren Criss
By Dialogo April 05, 2012 MEXICO CITY — One of the alleged plotters of a deadly Mexican casino attack in which more than 50 people died has been killed in a battle with troops, the defense ministry said. “The Mexican army repelled an attack in which Francisco Medina Mejía, aka El Quemado (The Burned), one of the masterminds of the attack on the Casino Royale, died,” the defense ministry said late April 4. Another three alleged criminals were killed in the gun battle, which took place near the violence-wracked northern border city of Nuevo Laredo. The casino attack in Monterrey last August — in which 52 people burned or suffocated when armed men set the crowded building ablaze — was one of the deadliest attacks yet in a brutal five-year crime wave. Mexican authorities have said five local leaders of the feared Zetas drug cartel, including Medina Mejía, planned the attack. The Zetas are believed to have ordered the attack after the owner refused to pay protection money. In January, authorities, who have offered more than US$1 million in reward money, claimed to have captured three of the five suspects. [AFP, 05/04/2012; Eluniversal.com.mx (Mexico), 05/04/2012]
Bar panel encourages minority attorneys to get more involved Bar panel encourages minority attorneys to get more involved Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Florida Bar officials and representatives from minority and speciality bar associations agreed recently that more needs to be done to draw a broader cross- section of the Bar’s membership into its activities.The best ways to do that occupied much of the discussion at the recent meeting of the Membership Outreach Committee. The panel, chaired by Bar President-elect Alan Bookman, was created by President Kelly Overstreet Johnson to work on recommendations from the Bar’s Diversity Symposium held last April.The symposium made recommendations pertaining to the judiciary, law schools, the legal profession, and the Bar, and set an overall goal of having the Bar membership reflect the state’s diverse population by 2014.“What I’d like this committee to do is review this report [from the symposium], see how it fits within this committee’s structure, and make recommendations on what other sections and committees should look at this,” Bookman said at the start of the meeting.Johnson noted that the Bar’s Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee and the Law Related Education Committee will be studying part of those recommendations, as will the Equal Opportunities Law and the Public Interest Law sections.Bookman added he saw the committee’s role as looking at the symposium recommendations affecting the Bar, and coordinating the work of the other sections and committees.Johnson reiterated her frustration — expressed in other venues — with not getting enough minorities to apply for Bar positions.“I basically put a minority on every committee that I could, but I had to go out and recruit people,” she said. “We have to have people willing to volunteer and then we have to have people actually willing to come and participate.”Committee member Allison Bethel, who works in the Ft. Lauderdale Attorney General’s Office, suggested the Bar compile a list of minority and speciality bar meetings, including their special functions such as scholarship dinners. Then Bar leaders, including Board of Governors members, should be encouraged to attend as many as possible.“Make your presence known,” she said. “You need to know what’s going on. It’s got to be a concerted effort where you see white people from the Bar at all of the events you have. People then say, ‘Hey, you’re really sincere.’”Bookman agreed, adding, “This applies to all bar associations, not just black bar associations.”Johnson noted she and Bookman are already attending as many speciality Bar functions as they can as a show of their commitment to improving diversity in Bar operations. She also said she wants to reach out to other segments of the Bar, such as rural, small town, and government lawyers.Among suggestions made at the meeting:• Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins noted that African Americans have had trouble winning contested elections to the Board of Governors. She said having “protected” spots on the board would encourage more minorities to run and participate.• After Johnson said the Bar has had trouble attracting minority applications for judicial nominating commission openings, National Bar Association Florida Chapter President Ben Crump agreed with the president that communication needs to be improved from both sides. He said the NBA would arrange for applicants from every circuit where it has members. Added committee member Ardyth Walker of the Equal Opportunities Law Section, “A lot of the problems and hurt feelings on both sides came from a lack of communications. If you really want to be serious about increasing diversity, this is the sort of miscommunications you cannot afford.”• There is a need to get better demographic information about Bar members. Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., said Bar information indicates that membership on its committees generally reflects the ethnic and gender makeup of the Bar membership as a whole. But he noted that the Bar does not have demographic information on more than 23,000 of its members, and those are mostly younger members who tend to be more diverse in gender and ethnicity.Several committee members said they would like to get that information, but Harkness noted it’s not an easy process. He said the Bar sent e-mails requesting that data to about 30,000 members without demographic information. About 9,000 members sent the info, but several expressed hostility that the Bar would ask for such data, he reported.The Bar is also considering asking the Supreme Court to allow the Bar to get the information from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, something the court has rejected in the past. Harkness noted that if the Bar did get some demographic information, it would be public record. That would mean anyone could request the gender and ethnic background of any Bar members, or ask for a list of all Hispanic or African American members, he said.As of September 30 the Bar’s data showed 62 percent of its membership are white males; 25 percent are white females; 4 percent are Hispanic males; 3 percent are Hispanic females; 2 percent are African American females; and 1 percent are African American males. On committee memberships, 57 percent are white males; 30 percent are white females; 4 percent are Hispanic males; 3 percent are Hispanic females; 3 percent are African American females; and 1 percent are African American males.Both Johnson and Bookman said they plan to hold follow-up diversity symposiums during their presidential years, but also that they want to do more than just repeat the discussions of the first one earlier this year, convened by immediate past Bar President Miles McGrane.Bookman also said the committee will meet again in January at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting, and may hold a teleconference meeting before then. November 1, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York 8.19% to 9.31%The average increase that the majority of LIRR commuters will see in their ticket prices, as of March 1, depending on type and zone, as new fare hikes take effect.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A West Islip man has been arrested for allegedly chaining a cinder block to his family’s dog, which he then threw into a canal, drowning the pet eight months ago, authorities said.Suffolk County SPCA investigators charged John Shultz with felony animal cruelty. He was released without bail following his initial court appearance. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison.Authorities said the 66-year-old suspect tied the block around the neck of family’s 7-year-old female Rottweiler mix before tossing the dog and the block into the canal behind his family’s Secatogue Lane East home last year.An anonymous tipster reported finding the dog floating in the canal on Sept. 18. A veterinarian later confirmed that the dog fatally drowned.Shultz is due back in court July 21.
While this may raise some concerns about the airport, Aviation Commissioner Mark Heefner says this won’t effect the airport in the long term. Looking forward the airport is planning a $7.1 million construction project fully-funded through the federal government. “I think the flight departments and the people that have been flying in the past are going to come back to the airport and support the airport,” he says. Now there is a bright side to all of this, with the recent CARES act being passed the Greater Binghamton Airport will see some funding that will help them stay on track for their summer construction projects. “I think once we start pulling out of the coronavirus stuff, when we get out of it as a nation, I think everyone is going to start bouncing back,” says Heefner. TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — Airlines across The United States are reducing flights due to the COVID-19 outbreak, here in the Southern Tier, the Greater Binghamton Airport is also seeing that effect. Mark Heefner says this project will generate local jobs and help stimulate the economy and hopefully get people back to work once the pandemic subsides. Heefner says the airport is still open for general aviation purposes, they assist in organ transports coming in and out of the airport, as well as delivering packages through Amazon. Delta Airlines has limited its flights to Binghamton one flight a day in April.