Official Norrington released

first_imgOxford University has published an official academic ranking of its 30 undergraduate colleges for the first time in its history. Merton came top, closely followed by St John’s, with Balliol in third place.There are significant differences between the positions in the official Norrington table and this year’s unofficial version, as published in The Times, which puts St John’s first. The largest discrepancy is Pembroke’s rank – ninth in the unofficial and seventeenth in the official table.The University hopes that its own table will make the inaccurate, unofficial one redundant. For this to happen, the University may have to release its table more quickly – the Times published its version on 22 July, the University on 6 September.In February 2005 it emerged that the University had secretly been compiling its own Norrington table for internal distribution; a revelation which hastened the University’s change in policy.Dame Fiona Caldicott, chairwoman of the Conference of Colleges, which represents the colleges’ interests, said, “Ranking colleges on the basis of degree results is not very significant, as the numbers involved per college are small, and the results are dependent on the performance of a particular group of students in a particular year, rather than on the college itself.“However, in order to be open and transparent, we are publishing these tables so that the public has access to the full, accurate data.”The Norrington table was originally proposed by Sir Arthur Norrington, a former President of Trinity College and Vice-Chancellor, and first published in 1964. The Norrington Score which determines each college’s rank is calculated by allocating a certain number of points for each degree class: five points for a first, three for an upper second, two for a lower second and one for a third. The total score is then expressed as a percentage of the maximum possible score (i.e. if every student obtained a first the college would score 100 percent).Unofficial versions of the Norrington table are published annually in some national newspapers. However, their methods of data collection are unreliable when compared to the University’s access to full, accurate tables of results.The newspapers compile their tables by paying enterprising graduates to copy down the finals results posted outside the Examination Schools on the High Street, a method which has obvious potential for errors. Furthermore, under the Data Protection Act, students can opt out of having their results publicly posted, and so for several years the unofficial tables have been based on incomplete data.From year to year there is much movement within the table – University College shot up from 26th in 2004 to fifth in this year’s unofficial Norrington table. Merton, however, has come top for five of the past six years.Claire Palmer, a student at St Edmund Hall, said, “We are a nation obsessed with league tables. We need to remember that there’s more to a college than its position in the Norrington Table.”ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

Playing the hard way

first_imgWho would live in the olden days? The poor sods had it hard. The minor matter of world wars and inadequate healthcare aside, everything was just so basic. Can we even imagine living in a world without dishwashers and washing machines, internet and mobile phones? We gripe about it now of course, this proliferation of modern technology turning us all into wired-up electronicjunkies, but we wouldn’t be able to go back to the days of sitting round a wireless to hear Churchill’s broadcasts – and most of us wouldn’t want to. The developments of science havemade our lives easier, but also richer and more expansive.But there is also an invisible line in this technology business, which we seem to have crossed. There seems to be a point up to which technology can only improve your appreciation of and ability in a certain field, but after which it rather seems to detract from it. The prime example is the world of music.Music as we know it has changed immeasurably with scientific development, perhaps more than almost any other field. Recording quality is leaps and bounds better than the crackling racket that used to pass for reproduction. Mixing desks have facilitated experimentation with styles and sounds, and even given birth to new genres like dance.Increased accessibility of equipment has made it possible for every household to have one or multiple sound systems. Instruments have been tweaked and honed, and new resources,such as the internet sharing system, have sprung up. In short, the position of the music lover has become easier. But the word ‘easier’ is a false friend – or certainly a two-faced one. Ofcourse the increased accessibility of music is a good thing, but the fact is easier doesn’t always mean better, and can sometimes mean worse. Just look at the iPod. The sleek, white(or pink or blue or olive green) little genius can store thousands of tracks in its clever memory. A few hours on the computer and you can have your entire music collection to be carried around with you on the train, to a lecture, available at the touch of a fingertip. Software like iTunes andthe much debated myTunes enable you furthermore to download tracks onto your computer and from there to your iPod like turning on a tap. It all, undoubtedly, makes much more sense than carting round a hundred CDs in one of those irritating wallets, or worse, faffing around with tapes. But with this ease and efficiency has disappeared much of what is wonderful about being a music lover. Scouting around record shops looking for a rare copy of an album, or nosingthrough random stacks to find something that grabs your attention just because of the cool cover (and then getting it home and discovering it is the best record you have heard in years); these are things of no value in a virtual cyber world. Most of all has gone the sense of slow, deliberate carethat record collectors take over their babies. Putting your iPod tracks in alphabetical order just doesn’t bring the same joy as pouring over your CD collection, carefully wiping jewel casesand dust-jackets and wondering why you never took Captain Beefheart out of his plastic jacket.The same is true of the machines themselves. As controversial as it may sound, an iPod, while a thing of aesthetic finesse, is not a machine designed to be loved. To be flaunted, yes, and flashed around and occasionally stroked in wonderment at its smooth, sleek shininess. But it is not like a record player. Record players are the true music lover’s dream. The machines themselvesare large and cumbersome and cannot be easily transported. They take quite a bit of looking after, what with cleaning their needles, changing their cartridges, investing in antistatic pads and the like. Records, too, must be meticulously looked after; no leaving them around on the topof a cupboard, because once they get scratched they are dead. The process of putting a record on a deck must be done slowly and carefully so as not to damage the record or the stylus. Andof course, you have to get up halfway through to change them over. You can’t skip between tracks except by physically moving the needle, and you can’t arrange playlists or shuffles. They are, in short, hard work. And yet despite all that, or perhaps because of it, they are beautiful, wonderful things.So what can record players teach us about listening to music? That what is quick and useful is not always better, neither in terms of effect nor in terms of overall appreciation. Anything in life worth doing is worth taking time over, and care and conscientiousness are rewarded in an increased overall pleasure. Record collectors unite! And just slow down a little.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more

Croatian tourist offer presented in South Korea and Japan

first_imgBy the way, Korean tourists visit Croatia in a significant way in an organized manner, about 73 percent, but more and more individually, often as part of a wider European cruise. On the other hand, in the traffic of Japanese tourists to Croatia, there is an increase in the number of individual trips compared to organized trips. According to the number of overnight stays, the destinations with the highest turnover from the Korean and Japanese markets are Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Opatija, Zadar and Plitvice Lakes. During their stay, Korean and Japanese guests most often choose to stay in hotels. Korean tourists most often stay in three- and four-star hotels, while Japanese prefer four- and five-star facilities. In terms of seasonal distribution of traffic, the Japanese and Koreans contribute above average to the affirmation of pre- and post-season, given that the peak of traffic in Croatia is recorded in May and June, and in September and October. Let us add that 5 Croatian entities are participating in the workshops in Seoul and Tokyo on the Croatian side, including the Tourist Boards of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Split-Dalmatia, Istria and Zadar County and the City of Zagreb, with the Kvarner Tourist Board presenting itself in Tokyo. Croatian Ambassador to Japan Dražen Hrastić. Ljubljana Tourism and the Julian Alps are participating on behalf of the Slovenian Tourist Board. A prize game was prepared for the participants of both workshops, which includes Turkish Airlines tickets to Croatian and Slovenian destinations. According to the CNTB, the first workshop, intended for representatives of tour operators and agencies, which was also visited by the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Republic of Korea Dr. Damir Kušen, was held yesterday in Seoul, while the second is held on Thursday, September 19 in Tokyo. in Japan. The Croatian National Tourist Board in cooperation with the Slovenian Tourist Board in South Korea and Japan organizes educational workshops “Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia” which aim to promote Croatian and Slovenian tourist offer, but also education of agents who offer or will offer Croatia and Slovenia. Among the travel agencies and tour operators in Seoul were Interpark Tour, the most important Korean online travel agency, Mode Tour, one of the most important agencies for organizing individual and group arrangements, and SM Town Travel, an agency that brings a large group of prizes to Zagreb and Dubrovnik in October this year. Amway’s motivational trip. The workshop, which was led on the Croatian side by the newly elected director of the CNTB Representation in Seoul, Zoran Horvat, was also visited by 11 representatives of the Korean media specializing in lifestyle and travel. Photo: Croatian National Tourist Board / Cover photo: MINT A typical “Croatian” tour for Korean and Japanese tourists includes Zagreb, Plitvice, Zadar, Split, Trogir and Dubrovnik. “The educational workshop in Seoul is being held at the very moment when we are in the phase of the last formal procedures for the opening of the CNTB office in South Korea. The great interest in the workshops attended by over 60 established partners is proof that our activities aimed at the Korean market are yielding results.”, Said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that in the current part of the tourist year, 377 thousand overnight stays were realized from the Korean market, which is an increase of 5 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. “In addition to the long-term charter connection between Croatia and Korea, since last year Seoul and Zagreb have been connected by a direct scheduled airline of Korean Airlines, which successfully continues to operate during this tourist year.”, Stanicic pointed out.last_img read more

PREMIUMMinistry backtracks on controversial decision to relax wood export requirements

first_imgLinkedin #environment environment forest #Forests timber SVLK Timber-Legality-Assurance-System-SVLK Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Indonesia has backtracked on a decision to relax export requirements for timber products months after issuing a deregulation policy that environmental groups criticized for threatening to put sustainable timber trade at risk.The Trade Ministry issued on May 11 a regulation annulling its previous regulation in February that scrapped the requirement for Indonesian companies to secure the so-called V-legal documents, which indicate that timber products being shipped come from legal sources.V-legal licensing has represented an important tool of the timber legality verification system (SVLK) managed by the Environment and Forestry Ministry, which has helped improve Indonesia’s reputation in global sustainable timber trade.The Trade Ministry previously defended its February decision – which was supposed to take effect on May 27 – by saying that it only regulated the… Google Topics : Forgot Password ? Facebooklast_img read more

Burpengary home complete with tennis court and pool up for sale after 25 years

first_imgThe bedrooms are spacious.Mrs Frederiksen said the home was only a couple of years old when they bought it, and they added a rumpus room, an in-ground swimming pool and a shed in the years that followed.She said the home was perfect when bringing up their two children.“The tennis court was well used when the kids were home,” Mrs Frederiksen said.“We joined in as well.” Imagine playing tennis with the kids out here.One of Mrs Frederiksen’s favourite spaces at the property is the alfresco dining and entertaining area.“The outdoor area is really good,” she said.“We use it a lot when we have people over and we go and sit out there to have coffee in the morning to enjoy the quiet.” The rumpus room could be kept as a man cave, or turned into a kid’s retreat.The rumpus room is also a great space for kids, but currently houses a pool table and bar.The home is in good nick, with the ensuite updated two years ago, and the kitchen five years ago.Mrs Frederiksen said the home is never cluttered due to an extensive amount of storage.“As a person who likes to keep and hide things away, it’s very easy to keep clean because everything is in cupboards,” she said. The house at 16 Manikato Ct, Burpengary, is up for sale.The grandchildren of Charlene and James Frederiksen love their Burpengary home so much they tried to convince their parents to buy it.The Frederiksens are selling their 16 Manikato Ct home after living there for the past 25 years. The kitchen was updated five years ago.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019In more recent times, their grandchildren have enjoyed the property.“We have a table tennis table we put out in the backyard and play with the grandchildren,” Mrs Frederiksen said. “They even suggested their parents could buy the house.”The single-level home is a dream for parents with active kids, with 3056sq m of land to let them run.last_img read more