Nigerian lawyer sues University over dictionary definition

first_imgActivist Ogedi Ogu has asked a Nigerian high court to direct Oxford University Press to pay N10m (£20,500) in damages for allegedly defining a word incorrectly.Ogu represents claimant Emmanuel Ofoegbu, who is bringing a case to the Lagos High Court Igosere against the University of Oxford and Oxford University Press (OUP).On behalf of the claimant, Ogu ordered the court to direct OUP to ensure that every dictionary they publish includes the phrase: “The dictionaries are made available as a reference tool only, and that anyone who relies on definition of words in their dictionary as an alternative to seeking independent legal or financial advice, does so at his own risk.”Ofoegbu, for whom English is a second language, said that the University of Oxford is reputed as the world authority for the English language and that many people rely on its definition of English words.The claimant allegedly purchased two dictionaries published by the OUP, the Oxford Mini Reference Dictionary and the Oxford English Mini Dictionary, in 2005 and 2006 respectively.Ofoegbu alleged that the dictionaries defined the word “mortgagee” as the borrower in a mortgage transaction, and the work “mortgagor” as the lender. He said he relied on these definitions while providing legal advice to a professional colleague.He then alleged that the colleague corrected his definition by directing him to other dictionaries, not published by OUP, that define the mortgagee as the lender and the mortgagor as the borrower.Ofoegbu claims this incident led his colleagues to stop asking his opinion or advice on legal issues, causing him embarrassment and a loss of professional esteem. Ofoegbu said that on 4th November 2016, he directed his lawyers to notify the defendants of his intention to press charges for their wrong definition.The defendants allegedly replied to his letter on 30th November 2016, admitting to the supposed wrong definition but refusing to accept liability.The defendants added: “Our dictionaries are made available as a reference tool only; they are never held out by OUP as being an alternative to seeking independent legal or financial advice, and we cannot take responsibility for an individual’s decision to use them as such.”An OUP spokesperson told Cherwell that the publishing company was aware of the intended action, having received papers from Source Chambers. Cherwell has contacted the University for comment.last_img read more

Trump’s Acceptance Speech

first_imgby Carl Thomas for TOWNHALLDonald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was too long — 75 minutes — and too loud. Modulation is the key to good public speaking. One’s voice should rise and fall like the tide, which allows really important points to be made whether the volume is low or high. His adult children are better speakers.Having said that, Trump hit mostly high notes — the country is on the wrong track. The latest Real Clear Politics data shows 69.3 percent of those surveyed believe we’re on the wrong track. One has to go back to the ’70s and Jimmy Carter to see similar numbers.Crime and violence are serious concerns. Trump promised to be a “law and order” president, specifics to come. Many believe race relations have deteriorated since President Obama took office. The police are under attack. Poor children are trapped in failing public schools and Democrats won’t let them escape. Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, promise school choice. Terrorism is on the rise at home and overseas. Instead of focusing on battle readiness, our depleted military focuses on the inclusion of transgender and women soldiers. Veterans are not being adequately cared for.Speaking to blue collar “Reagan Democrats,” who haven’t had a significant pay raise in years, or who are unemployed or underemployed, thanks to the policies of the Obama administration, Trump said, “I am your voice.”Whether Republicans are united enough to win the election remains to be seen, but the left, the establishment and the media are united in their opposition to Trump. They claim Trump is playing on fears, but they have fears of their own; fear of losing control of government and their lucrative positions.Fear is not a bad emotion to arouse if it is based on genuine threats and there are plenty of those, as anyone paying the slightest attention can attest.Liberal media coverage and commentary on the convention was mostly the same. Friday’s headlines, editorials and columns in various publications exposed not just bias, but the fear the media have in losing their influence.Here are just a few samples: “Mr. Trump’s Apocalypse Now” (Washington Post editorial). “A Foreign Policy Wrecking Ball” (second Post editorial). “Seeking Victory by scaring the country to death” (columnist E.J. Dionne Jr.)The predictable New York Times also had a lead editorial about “Donald Trump’s Campaign of Fear.” Columnist David Brooks wrote about “The Death of the Republican Party.” Online, the column headline read “Make America Hate Again,” just in case readers didn’t get the message. A front-page “news analysis” in the Times speaks of Trump’s alleged “Failed Chance to Humanize Outsize Image.”A column by Matthew Continetti in the Washington Free Beacon was headlined “The Demagogue Rises.” Batman, call your office.Like the definition of love in the book and film “Love Story,” being a liberal means never having to say you’re sorry about your failed programs and failed philosophy. That’s because liberalism is not based on results, but on feelings and intentions. Trump is saying the left has failed and liberals don’t like the prospect of being held accountable for the damage they’ve done to America.That’s why the media will stage a love-in for Hillary Clinton and all things Democrat at their Philadelphia convention. Don’t expect a question like this: “Your party has spent huge amounts of money on the poor and yet there are about as many poor people today as when the War on Poverty began half a century ago. Same with education. Isn’t it time to try something else?”You won’t hear that question because the left thinks the problem is that government isn’t taxing, spending and regulating enough. That attitude has fueled the rise of Donald Trump and some like me, who were once skeptical of him, would like to see Trump shake up Washington, if only to watch the expressions on the smug faces of the left.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Borderland Music & Arts Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Gov’t Mule, Greensky Bluegrass, Mavis Staples, More

first_imgThe Borderland Music & Arts Festival has announced the lineup for their 2019 event, going down September 21st and 22nd at Knox Farm State Park in New York. The “festival beyond boundaries” will feature over 20 bands on three stages with a diverse mix of national and regional Americana and roots artists.2019 will host Gov’t Mule, Greensky Bluegrass, Shakey Graves, Mavis Staples, The Wood Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, a very special, first-time collaboration with Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass featuring Oteil Burbridge, along with The Infamous Stringdusters. Oteil will be returning to Buffalo after his debut performance with Oteil and Friends in 2018 at the inaugural Borderland.Other national acts include Rayland Baxter, The Sheepdogs, The Felice Brothers, and Ghost Light, as well as regional artists, Floodwood featuring Vinnie Amico of Moe. and Rochester artist, Mikaela Davis. Up and coming bands, Liz Cooper and the Stampede, Grant Farm, and Booty and the Kidd, as well as 8 local bands will also be performing at the Buffalo festival.In addition to the music, The Borderland Festival will celebrate the rich artisan history and renaissance of the Buggalo Niagara region, and showcase the burgeoning New York State craft industry by featuring craft beers, cider, and distilled spirits. Additionally, the historic stables at Knox will be converted to “Artisan Alley” where fans can engage with some of the most talented artists in the region. Local artists and craftsmen will offer hands-on exhibitions to provide festival attendees with a truly immersive experience.Tickets for the festival will go on sale on Friday, April 5th at 10 am EST here.last_img read more

Harvard Athletics sports solar panels

first_imgHarvard College senior Justin Lanning had been running the stairs in Harvard Stadium since January, but it was early this spring when he noticed something different as he reached the top of the steps and took a quick rest before heading back down. Across a parking lot, on the roof of the Gordon Indoor Track and Tennis building, workers were beginning to install rooftop solar panels as part of what has become Harvard’s largest solar energy project.“I thought to myself, what a great idea,” said Lanning, who watched the project unfold “like a flip book” on a weekly basis as he trained for competitive races and triathlons. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXe-VtBpRuo” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/LXe-VtBpRuo/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> The renewable energy project was installed as part of Harvard’s commitment to sustainability and its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016 (from a 2006 baseline). During the course of six weeks, a local construction crew installed 2,275 solar photovoltaic panels on 1.5 acres of roof space. The entire project is expected to create 591.5 kilowatts of electricity from the sun’s energy — enough electricity to power approximately 100 traditional residential houses for a year. (The average home could be powered by a 6-kilowatt solar array, explained Joe Harrison, 
senior project developer for Borrego Solar Systems, the company that installed the panels.) This would save nearly 480 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the Earth’s atmosphere.The solar panels will deliver the electricity directly to Harvard’s electrical grid via an inverter that converts direct current (DC) from the panels into alternating current (AC). The resultant electricity can be used to provide energy to homes, buildings, and even the lighting for Harvard’s athletic fields.According to Borrego Solar, the system was designed as efficiently as possible to allow for only 5 percent loss of electricity as the power runs from the panels to the transformer at the end of the line.“Harvard Athletics is incredibly proud of this project and the many initiatives we’ve undertaken to help Harvard achieve its sustainability goals,” said Assistant Director of Athletics Jon Lister.  “We see it as a project that benefits the entire campus, and it couldn’t have been possible without a team effort that included employees from FAS [Faculty of Arts and Sciences] Physical Resources and Planning, Energy and Utilities, EH&S [Environmental Health and Safety], and [Office for] Sustainability teams at Harvard Campus Services.”The electricity produced by the solar panels and the solar panels themselves will be owned by Harvard Athletics and will be used to meet the University’s requirements under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires Harvard to buy an increasing percentage of electricity from renewable sources. The project is expected to pay for itself within six to 10 years.Harvard Athletics’ commitment to sustainability and waste reduction also includes recycling at football games and tailgates, the creation of a student-led green team, and the installation of a cogeneration unit used to heat pool water and domestic water for showers at the Malkin Athletic Center complex by generating heat and electricity from a single power source that reduces 197 tons of emissions annually.“Harvard Athletics is showing that sports and sustainability go hand in hand,” said Heather Henriksen, director of the Harvard Office for Sustainability. “By building Harvard’s largest solar project, the team at Athletics [is] not only producing clean, renewable energy that will help Harvard get one step close to our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they are also demonstrating a pragmatic approach to their operations that will ultimately reduce costs,” she added.The 501-kilowatt solar project on Harvard-owned Arsenal Mall, installed by Harvard Real Estate in 2009, is the University’s second-largest solar array. A solar thermal and steam heat recovery system installed on the roof of Canaday Hall in 2010 is expected to provide 60 percent of the domestic hot water needs for all buildings in Harvard Yard. Across campus there are more than a half dozen solar projects on the roofs of buildings at the Harvard Business School, in the Harvard Forest, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and throughout the Faculty of Arts Sciences.The Gordon Indoor Track and Tennis building now sports the University’s largest solar energy project.last_img read more

Faculty Council meeting held Sept. 11

first_imgOn Sept. 11, the Faculty Council welcomed new members, reviewed history and policies, elected subcommittees for 2013-14, discussed the work of the council in the new academic year, and discussed proposed changes to the Q Guide.The council next meets on Sept. 25. The preliminary deadline for the Oct. 1 meeting of the faculty is Sept. 17 at 12:00 p.m.last_img

Turning Listening into Action

first_imgThe weeks leading up to the publishing of our 2020 D&I Report have been incredibly difficult. Here in the U.S. and across the globe, we have grieved the murders of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor and others. We have reflected on the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on minorities and watched as people of all colors and creeds engage in justified civil unrest against longstanding racial injustice around the world. Here at Dell Technologies, Michael Dell asked us all to take the time to listen and think about our role in driving change.It is now time for our listening to turn to action.As we work to achieve racial equity, one quote from Dr. Martin Luther King resonates: “We cannot walk alone, and as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.” These last several weeks have revealed hard truths — about ourselves and our communities. But while there are problems we must solve, I have never felt so inspired by the collective will to do better. We will never go back to the way things were.At Dell Technologies, we know we have work to do. Today, our senior leadership does not reflect the diversity of the people we serve. In this report, you’ll see data and initiatives that represent our workforce and efforts between Feb. 1, 2019 and Jan. 31, 2020. This report, and our 2030 goals, are important tools to keep us accountable. Of the 22 Progress Made Real goals, two in particular will propel us forward in the area of diversity and inclusion. By 2030:50 percent of our global workforce and 40 percent of our global people leaders will be those who identify as women.25 percent of our U.S. workforce and 15 percent of our U.S. people leaders will be Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino minorities.Achieving racial equity will also mean solving socioeconomic disparity. This requires our ongoing commitment to remove racial bias, increase representation, champion truly inclusive policies, and support the Black community inside and outside our four walls. Our first phase of action outlines our executive leadership’s accountability for these commitments — ensuring diverse hiring, retention, development and promotion, as well as the inclusion of diverse team members in succession planning. Data-driven plans are in place for each Dell Technologies leader to drive diversity on their team.And it is equally important we are tuned into the discussions happening externally and responding in ways that demonstrate our commitment to positive change. It’s why we made the decision to pause our Facebook activity while they work to address issues of hate speech brought to light by the #StopHateforProfit movement. We’re also taking steps to eliminate non-inclusive language from content across our global operations and engage with peers and communities to establish new industry-standard inclusive language. These are just some of the ways we’re continuously looking across the business to make sure our practices align with our commitment to inclusion.As we look ahead, our larger remote workforce means we can attract the best talent from every corner of the globe, as proximity to a specific location will no longer be a priority. We will continue to champion for inclusive policies that support women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with different abilities and other underrepresented groups. These conversations will be ongoing, as we continue to identify — with intention — the further actions we can take.And throughout our discussions, we will not let up on transparency, accountability or our end goal — to achieve racial equity and be the employer of choice for all.last_img read more

Flavor of Georgia

first_imgConfections:Abundtant Love, Gluten-Free Cake Mix, Canton, Shannon AldridgeByrd’s Cookie Company, Georgia Peach Cookies, Savannah, Katie WellsRC’s Golden Flan, Alpharetta, Roda Lopez Jams and Jellies:Fairywood Thicket Farm, Strawberry Lavender Jam, Fairburn, Kim and John ConnerUnicoi Preserves, Georgia Apple Cider Pepper Spread, Sautee, Clark NealWisham Jellies, Cranberry Pepper Jelly, Tifton, Eric Wisham Beverages:Friendship Coffee Company, Smooth and Black Cold-Brewed Coffee, Savannah, Gay FortsonLulu’s Chocolate Bar, Sipping Chocolate Sauce, Savannah, Rebecca RadovichPaulk’s Pride, 100% Purple Muscadine Juice, Wray, Erin Boettger Dairy:Honeysuckle Gelato, Snacks on a Plane Gelato, Atlanta, Wes JonesMountain Fresh Creamery, Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Clermont, Jennifer GloverProper Pepper, Get Back Jack Pimento Cheese, Sandersville, Deana Bibb Entrepreneurs, farmers and chefs from all over Georgia will converge on the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta March 9-10 for the final round of judging in the University of Georgia’s 2015 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. Winners will be announced following a public open house and tasting from 10 a.m. to noon March 10 as part of the Governor’s Ag Day festivities at the depot. This year, 30 finalists were selected from a field of more than 100 products in 10 categories, one of the largest fields in the contest’s history. Many are from metro Alanta. Flavor of Georgia was launched in 2007 as a chance for food businesses to highlight innovative and time-tested products and receive feedback from a panel of food industry professionals. “The Flavor of Georgia contest allows food entrepreneurs from every corner of the state to highlight their creative and delicious products that make Georgia’s food scene one of the most vibrant and diverse in the nation,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. Kane, a food business development specialist, and her colleagues at the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, have organized the annual contest since 2007. Winners will receive an award and membership in the state Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program, statewide notoriety and bragging rights. All winners and finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2015 Flavor of Georgia logo. They also gain exposure to grocery buyers and food industry professionals who judge the final round of the contest. The Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is sponsored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in partnership with the Office of the Georgia Governor, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Walton EMC Natural Gas and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. More information about this year’s contest can be found at http://flavorofga.com or by following @Flavor_of_GA on Twitter. This year’s finalists include: Barbecue Sauce:Buzzy’s Savannah Slather Barbecue Sauce, Savannah, Christopher MyhreCausey’s Hot BBQ Sauce, Smyrna, Wynn BakkeSugar Hill Smokehouse, Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce, Sugar Hill, Michael O’Rouke Snack Foods:Southern Straws, Short Straws (original), Columbus, Margaret AmosStripling’s, Pork Jerky, Moultrie, Ashley GossVerdant Kitchen, Savannah Snaps, Duluth, Chandler Casecenter_img Salsas, Chutneys and Condiments:Abby J’s Blackhawk Farm to Table, Black Bean and Herb Salsa, Clarkesville, Abby JacksonTulla’s, White Balsamic Vinaigrette, LaGrange, Tulla and Britt WhiteAlta Cucina Italia, Balsamico Al Mirtillo, Marietta, Adriana Coppola Meat and Seafood:Hunter Cattle Company, Grass-Fed New York Strip Steak, Brooklet, Del FergusonStripling’s, Jalapeño and Cheese Smoked Sausage, Moultrie, Ashley GossWhite Oak Pastures, Turkey Sausage with Dried Cranberries, Bluffton, Reid Harrison Marinades, Sauces and Rubs:Sinclair’s Special Sauce, Stone Mountain, Austin JohnsonThe Original Maryland Fried Chicken Hot Hot Sauce, Blackshear, Richard HeavilonThe Salt Table, Tybee Island Coastal Blend, Pooler, Carol and Dave Legasse Miscellaneous:Back to Organic, Bloody Mary Himalayan Pink Salt, Atlanta, Julie FeaginOliver Farm, Infused Sunflower Oil, Pitts, Clay OliverZeigler’s Honey Company, Georgia Wildflower Honeycomb, Stockton, Robert Edmondsonlast_img read more

NIFA Grants

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) plant breeders almost $1 million in grants this fiscal year to produce improved cotton and peanut varieties.These plant breeders have been tapped to make Georgia’s most profitable row crops more sustainable and productive.Searching for softer cotton Regents’ Professor Andrew Paterson, director of the Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory and member of the CAES Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the Franklin College departments of Plant Biology and Genetics, and Peng Chee, his fellow crop and soil sciences professor, are pinpointing cotton genes that affect the length of cotton fibers.Longer fibers lead to softer cotton fabrics and a higher per-pound price for farmers.Paterson and Chee will focus on upland cotton, which is a common name for the cotton species most widely grown in the U.S. Georgia farmers grew more than 1 million acres and $967 million worth of upland cotton in 2016.Upland cotton typically produces cotton with short or medium fibers, and those fibers can be even shorter if the cotton plant is stressed. However, mutations of upland cotton created by the researchers produce longer fibers.Supported by a $490,000 NIFA grant, Paterson and Chee will map genes connected to superior fiber qualities in this mutated upland cotton. Eventually, they will incorporate those genes into cotton varieties known for their hardiness, productivity and efficiency.“The long-term goal of the proposed project is to enrich genetic diversity and accelerate the breeding progress in the elite gene pool of one the most economically important and genetically vulnerable major U.S. crops: cotton,” Paterson said.For more information on Paterson and Chee’s proposal, visit tinyurl.com/uplandcotton.Looking to the peanut’s rootsThe average American eats about 6 pounds of peanuts a year. To meet that demand, farmers in Georgia grow more than 700,000 acres of the state’s signature legume.For each of those acres, farmers invest between $500 and $770 into seeds, pesticides, irrigation and herbicides. Tapping into the resilience of the peanut’s wild ancestors should substantially bring down that per-acre price, said Soraya Leal-Bertioli, UGA senior research scientist.Bertioli, who worked with the international team of scientists that traced the evolution of the modern peanut to its wild ancestors in the Andes Mountains in 2016, received a $445,000 grant from NIFA to find the genetic traits that protected ancient peanuts from fungal and insect problems as well as other diseases.“In the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, hundreds of wild peanut populations were collected from the wild and deposited in the USDA seed bank,” she said. “Several studies show that these species carry resistance to pests and diseases that affect the peanut crop.”Most of these species have never been bred with modern varieties. By using modern techniques, Bertioli hopes to introduce these ancient, naturally-occurring resistance traits into modern lines of productive peanuts.Breeding peanut varieties with the resistance of their wild relatives that can keep up with modern production levels will allow farmers to produce peanuts with fewer chemicals at a lower cost.For more information on Bertioli’s proposal, visit tinyurl.com/sustainablepeanuts.last_img read more

Chile Creates New Emergency System for Future Disasters

first_imgBy Dialogo February 24, 2011 On 22 February, Chile announced the creation of a new national emergency system, five days before commemorating the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated south-central Chile on 27 February 2010, when the possibility of a seaquake was prematurely and mistakenly ruled out. The new system includes a National Early-Warning Center – which was inaugurated on 22 February – and a plan to create a National Civil Protection Agency to replace the National Emergency Office (Onemi), criticized for its belated reaction to the earthquake in 2010. “Unfortunately, Onemi wasn’t prepared, and a few seconds were enough for our entire country to realize the degree of confused improvisation ruling in that office,” President Sebastián Piñera said upon announcing the new structure. Piñera also said that the creation of a national fund for civil protection is under consideration, as is a satellite communications network, in order to tackle the communications problems revealed after last year’s earthquake, which took a toll of 524 dead. “The new national emergency system is going to be world-class in technology, in procedure,” indicated Piñera, who took office twelve days after the earthquake. Following the earthquake – which struck at 3:34 a.m. on 27 February – then-president Michelle Bachelet, on the basis of inexact reports from Onemi and the Navy, prematurely ruled out the possibility of the tsunami that devastated the coasts of the Bíobío and Maule regions, in central and southern Chile.last_img read more