Oxford launches Springboard program

first_imgOxford University Careers Service have launched a new program of assertiveness classes exclusively for female undergraduates.Based on the Springboard Women’s Development Program, a course offered by Springboard Consultancy, it aims to “ensure female undergraduates are equipped for their career after graduation – be it in academia, business or the third sector!”.The four day program had its first run last week, and consists of three one-day workshops, as well as guest speakers from RBS and BP, which are sponsoring the course. A small number of sought-after internships at the two companies will be made available to the Oxford course participants.The program hopes to encourage undergraduates in “taking initiative when making decisions in lives, careers and academic work’, improved ‘confidence and assertiveness as women’ as well as ‘increased awareness of their place as women in society and the world around them”.Jonathan Black, Director of the Careers Service, said, ‘The program aims to give women the chance to focus on and understand their values, set meaningful goals, and build confidence and assertiveness so they feel more able to reach for their aspirations. It’s not about making them more aggressive or demanding to adjust to a man’s world, but encouraging them to be confident in themselves. The three day course also provides very practical steps from female professionals on how to achieve their goals.“When we did a survey three years ago with the student union on what Oxford undergraduates thought about the industry, and what we found was women in general aren’t applying to high achieving jobs. In more male dominated industries they count themselves out before they’ve even applied because they think ‘they won’t want me’. We’re not saying that all women should aspire to these jobs in the City, but we are trying to show that they should feel able to apply for them.’“What we find is that women can be pretty assertive in some parts of their lives but not in others,” said Jenny Daisley, the chief executive of the Springboard Consultancy which will run the programme along with staff at the university.“The undergraduate sitting quiet as a mouse in supervision, giving the impression that they have not got anything to say, may have lots to say but needs positive advice so that they are not invisible.”Balliol undergraduate Alice Hallewell, who took the course in 0th week, told Cherwell “I decided to apply for the program as I felt that I lacked academic and professional confidence, and this was holding me back in my uni work but also in pursuing my career goals. I had an overall aim or wish but no way in which to start working towards it. The highlight of the course for me was meeting a lovely supportive group of women and being able to open up to each other in a very honest way, it was quite liberating.” “The program provided frameworks of how to approach things and take a step back to reflect on things before making decisions. It’s helped me to focus on what I really want and how to go about finding out about it and starting to take small, acheivable steps towards it. I now feel more confident in professional situations and more confident that I am making decisions and taking action for myself.”Brasenose student Anna Broadley commented “Boys seem to have more self conviction, even when their self-belief is not necessarily based on any greater academic merit. While the girls are freaking out about whether they have done enough work for a tutorial, the boys are more likely to say ‘I’ll just blag it”.last_img read more

Our Editor’s Cat Sitter Knows The Guitarist From Lettuce

first_imgSources today confirmed that Mari, the cat sitter to L4LM editor Dave Melamed and his amazing hetero-life mate Jocelyn Schreier, is acquaintances with Lettuce guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff. Melamed and Schreier are the caretakers for the grey tabby cat Cassidy, who is seen below in close-up, stoner form:According to the report, Mari and Shmeeans partied together on a recent trip to Florida. The whole story comes full circle, as Melamed and Schreier were photographed with Shmeeans at the Brooklyn Bowl, after Lettuce’s funky performance on January 2nd.When pressed for a comment, Cassidy cat said, “Meow.”last_img

US Senator Cruz self quarantines after contact with coronavirus carrier

first_imgCruz is one of the highest-profile Americans to undergo coronavirus self-quarantine since the United States reported its first COVID-19 case in late January.The American Conservative Union political group on Saturday said the CPAC attendee who tested positive for coronavirus was receiving medical care in New Jersey. “I’m not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy,” Cruz said in the statement.Topics : US Senator Ted Cruz on Sunday said he would self-quarantine after he had contact with a CPAC political conference attendee who tested positive for coronavirus. Cruz “briefly interacted” with the person at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, in Maryland ten days ago, according to a statement by the former Republican presidential hopeful.“Out of an abundance of caution, and because of how frequently I interact with my constituents, I have decided to remain at my home in Texas this week, until a full 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction,” he said. last_img read more

Bahamas Insurance Association Paid Courtesy Call on Minister of Financial Services

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 19, 2017 – Nassau – Dr. Rhonda Chipman-Johnson (fourth, right) and members of Bahamas Insurance Association paid a courtesy call on Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette at the offices of the Ministry on Thursday, June 8, 2017.(BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Peaceful bypolls in Darjeeling Islampur

first_imgDarjeeling: Assembly by-polls were peacefully conducted in Darjeeling and Islampur in North Bengal on Sunday. “There were no incidents of violence. However, there were some complaints, which have been addressed. The voting till 5pm stood at 62 per cent,” said Koushik Sinha, SDO, Darjeeling.”An FIR was lodged at the Darjeeling Sadar Police Station but no one has been arrested,” said Amarnath K, Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling. A scuffle took place in Badamtam tea estate. There were allegations from the GJM (Binoy Tamang faction) that outsiders had entered booth number 112, Badamtam Higher Secondary School. After the scuffle ensued, additional security forces arrived. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn Darjeeling, BJP candidate Niraj Zimba entered the Turnbull school polling station with his armed guard to cast his vote. The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel asked his bodyguard to leave. On his way back after casting his vote Zimba and his supporters had a heated exchange of words with GJM (Binoy supporters) on Gandhi road. GJM supporters alleged that Zimba and his men manhandled GJM workers. Zimba however denied the allegation. Binoy Tamang, the GJM president and an Independent candidate backed by the TMC and GJM (Binoy faction) while talking to mediapersons appealed to maintain peace in the Hills. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThere are 321 polling stations in the Darjeeling Assembly constituency. Altogether 45 polling stations have been declared as critical. There are 2,34,758 voters, including 1,15,665 males and 119093 females. There are 3,950 service voters. Along with state forces, 16 companies of CAPF were deployed in Darjeeling for the polls. Except for a stray incident at Madaripur, Islampur the by-polls passed of peacefully. One person was arrested in Islampur. Polling stood at 71 per cent. The number of voters in Islampur Assembly constituency is 2,03,891. The number of male voters stood at 1,07,255 and female voters 96,634. There are 219 polling stations in Islampur. With Congress MLA Kanailal Agarwal resigning from the Assembly and contesting the Lok Sabha elections as a TMC candidate, the seat had fallen vacant.last_img read more

ggplot2 300 releases

first_imgggplot2 team has announced a new version 3.0.0 with breakthrough changes. This new release brings some revolutionary changes within their library to ease advanced data visualizations and create appealing aesthetics. ggplot2 is an open source library in R which allows you to create visual representations. It follows a process of breaking up the advanced graphs into semantic components such as scales and layers. ggplot2 has grown in use considerably within the R community thus becoming one of the popular R packages used today. Some of the noteworthy changes in the library are: Tidy evaluation ggplot2 now supports tidy evaluation. This allows you to easily build plots in the same way you can programmatically build data manipulation pipelines with dplyr Now you can use quasiquotation in aes(), facet_wrap(), and facet_grid() ggplot2 is now more easily programmable and consistent with the rest of the tidyverse packages New features added to the library It supports all simple features using sf with geom_sf() and coord_sf() It can automatically align CRS across layers, draw a graticule, and can set up the correct aspect ratio New stat() function now offers a cleaner and better-documented syntax for calculated aesthetics variables You can use syntax aes(y = stat(count)), thus replacing the old traditional approach of surrounding the variable name with … (Example – aes(y = ..count..)) A new tag label has been added for identifying plots in addition to title, subtitle and, caption. Layers: geoms, stats, and position adjustments Now you can arrange the horizontal position of plots with variable widths for bars and rectangles in addition to box plots using the new function position_dodge2() There are many other functions and new parameters added to enhanced the layers of the graphics. To know more, you can refer to the GitHub page. Scales and guides Improved support for ordered factors and mapping data/time variables to alpha, size, color, and fill aesthetics, including date_breaks and date_labels arguments Several new functions have been added to make it easy to use Viridis colour scales – scale_colour_viridis_c() and scale_fill_viridis_c() for continuous, and scale_colour_viridis_d() and scale_fill_viridis_d() for discrete To know more about the enhanced support, you can refer the GitHub page. Nonstandard aesthetics Improved support for nonstandard aesthetics. They can now be specified independently of the scale name. There is a huge list of bug fixes and improvements done to the library, if you want to refer to the changes done, you can refer Minor bug fixes and improvements page. You can find the complete list of new updates and changes done to the library along with how to handle common errors and ways to work around them in the breaking changes section of ggplot2 GitHub page. Read next R interface to Python via the Reticulate Package Why choose R for your data mining project 15 Useful Python Libraries to make your Data Science tasks Easierlast_img read more