I think this government programme will help people who want to go into these. I’m not really interested into going into these industries. I want to take a post-graduate course, but that decision hasn’t been affected by the credit crunch.”In the ‘milkround’ industries, many gradates are facing a tough time. Paul Kavanagh, an Economics and Management finalist, despite a predicted first class degree has been rejected from several investment banking posts. He said, “From what I’ve experienced…everyone is finding getting a job in investment banking really difficult this year and given the number of applications to jobs being offered, unless you have had prior investment banking experience, such as an internship or close family connections in the industry…it’s really hard to secure a job, whereas any other year it would have been relatively easy.”As a result, Kavanagh is applying for a Masters degree, even though it’s going to be a “financial struggle”. He admits, “The only reason I’m applying for a masters is because of the job situation. As I feel it’s better to do something constructive…rather than just wasting a year.”Jonathan Black emphasizes that the competitive environment in the investment banking does not mean that the majority of undergraduates will be negatively affected.He said, “There are clearly fewer jobs in the traditional sector. However, it is important to keep in mind that only 4% of our graduates go to work in investment banking. Only 100 students or so will have to think about different industries. For example, some retail companies have pockets expanding and will recruit for management.”The consensus is that the credit crunch forces graduates to look beyond the financial industry. Another E&M finalist said, “I think now the economic crisis has made a lot of people look into other sectors or even post-grad study which they probably wouldn’t have considered before.”Anna Hill added, “Despite so many negative effects, the credit crisis is certainly encouraging people to think of creative solutions and I think we could see an increase in entrepreneurship amongst graduates who are so often stereotyped as blissfully unaware of life outside of comfortable grad schemes.” Government announced plans for a National Internship Scheme to help graduates facing toughest job market in a generation.John Denham, the Skills Secretary, said that the scheme would incorporate up to three months’ paid work experience. He revealed that four well-known companies, including Microsoft and Barclays, have agreed to take part.While the internships will not pay a full salary, pay levels will be set slightly above the combined total that a student would earn in that time from a grant and a loan. This means that the interns’ income will not suffer.The minister justified the scheme saying, “They [new graduates] will be a very big group. We can’t just leave people to fend for themselves.” He added that he hopes the placements will lead to permanent positions. He said, “At the end they will be more employable, and some of them will get jobs.”The director of the Oxford University Careers Service, Jonathan Black, praised the scheme, “In general, it is a jolly good idea. It is better to be doing an internship rather than bar work. It is important to tackle long-term, young unemployment. It can blight an entire generation like in the 1980s.”Similarly, students are positive about the government initiative. Anna Hill, a modern languages finalist at New College said, “The national intern scheme is a step in the right direction, as long as the participating graduates don’t get their hopes up too much about the possibility of permanent employment as a result.”However, the scheme has not yet been confirmed. A Barclays spokesperson said, “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We are in on-going talks with the government. It is too early to sign anything yet. However, we look forward to exploring how any government initiative can be integrated with our own programmes.”Some students think that the scheme will only help graduates in traditional ‘milkround’ industries. A St Anne’s finalist said, “I think people at Oxford are really split into two in terms of careers. Either they are into Law/Banks/Accountancies or they are really not.
The Rhodes Trust, which sponsors the selective Rhodes scholarships at Oxford, has signed a series of agreements to expand reach and access.A £75 million partnership with international limited-life foundation The Atlantic Philanthropies is to open up new scholarships and work with a diverse group of Atlantic Fellows, described in the Rhodes Trust’s press release concerning the extension as “Dynamic, accomplished leaders and thinkers” supporting a common set of values.The expansion of the Trust will also cover new geographic areas thanks to international donations and partnerships with a large number of foundations, with scholarships being opened in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.The donors include the Saïd Foundation and a selection of Oxford colleges. The Cohen Charitable Trust, among others, facilitated the multiplication of scholarships in West Africa particularly, which was announced as the next area of focus for 2017 extensions.The Atlantic Institute, created as the product of the Rhodes Trust and the Atlantic Philanthropies’ partnership, will enable for innovation prizes to be awarded to Fellows or alumni and foster worldwide collaboration between them.Christopher G. Oechsli, President and Chief Executive Oﬃcer of The Atlantic Philanthropies expressed his satisfaction with the partnership, saying “Atlantic’s grant to the Rhodes Trust is one of a series of big bets to create an interconnected set of Atlantic Fellows programmes.”Oechsli added, “The Rhodes Trust’s experience and their vision to amplify the impact of the existing network of Rhodes Scholars make them an ideal partner to connect and strengthen the new Atlantic Fellows programmes and their prospect for impact.”Increasing the total number of Rhodes scholarships awarded each year from 83 to 95, this announcement follows an extension which was made last year and added four scholars from China to the estimated total of 250 studying at Oxford at any one time.Oxford University Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson said she was “absolutely delighted that there will now be Rhodes Scholarships for students from across Israel and the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and more Rhodes Scholarships in West Africa.“Embracing global talent and diverse perspectives is a hallmark of pre-eminent universities and bringing more Rhodes Scholars to the University will enhance Oxford as a truly international community of scholars.”“Scholars receive a fully funded place,” Rhodes Trust spokeswoman Babette Tegldal told Cherwell, “so the Scholarships do facilitate students to attend Oxford who might not otherwise be able to attend – though that is the case with other scholarships to Oxford as well. The Rhodes Scholarship is distinctive in the fact that it looks for not only academic potential but also a commitment to serving others and leadership potential.”Rhodes House, which hosts conferences and alumni reunions, is equally to be expanded in order to increase its capacity to 750 attendees. read more
Five key quotes as Jacob deGrom, Mets are on the clock The Mets have added infield depth.New York has signed free agent Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor-league contract, according to a report from Newsday, which cites an unidentified league source. The deal includes an invitation to MLB spring training, the report says. The Mets finished 2018 with a 77-85 record. They’ve made multiple moves this offseason, including acquiring Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Mariners as well as signing infielder Jed Lowrie. Robinson Cano feels 25 again heading into Mets’ spring training The 29-year-old has experience at both middle infield positions and third base. He has hit .254 over his seven-year career. Related News Source: The Mets signed Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp.Hechavarria, 29, is a glove-first shortstop who has also played second and third. He has a good shot at making the roster, which doesn’t have a second natural shortstop.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) February 17, 2019Hechavarria registered a .247/.279/.345 slash line in 79 total games for the Rays, Pirates and Yankees last season. He also hit six home runs and tallied 31 RBIs. read more
Raymond Wirtz of Winfield died Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015 at his home.Born on July 15, 1939 in Caldwell, he was the son of Roy Orville and Anna Evelyn (Ferguson) Wirtz. He was raised and received his education in Wellington, graduating from Wellington High School in 1958.A veteran of the Vietnam War, Raymond proudly served his country in the United States Army where he was in the Engineer Corps. He was honorably discharged on April 27, 1964.He was united in marriage to Norma F. Adams on September 28, 1973 in Wellington. He was employed for General Electric from 1969-1971. He later worked for AT&T and Southwestern Bell as a computer technician, covering the state of Kansas. The couple moved to Winfield in 1996 and he retired on May 2, 1998.Raymond was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association.His family includes: His wife: Norma of the home; His sons: Doyle Wirtz and wife Kathy of Arkansas City, KS; Adron Wirtz and wife Kim of Winfield, KS; and James Wirtz and wife Andrea of Sapulpa, OK; His daughter: Kendra Allen of Arkansas City, KS; and His sisters: Almetta Iverson and husband Dennis of Wellington, KS; and Wanda Peterson of Wellington, KS; His half-sister: Desi Lu Scott; and His 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2015 at Miles Funeral Service. Private inurnment will take place at a later date.Memorials have been established in Raymondâ€™s name for Johnsonâ€™s Vet Clinic, and the Cowley County Humane Society. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. read more
Montreal, Canada | AFP |Kenya’s participation at the Olympic games was thrown into question on Thursday after the World Anti-Doping Agency declared the country’s drug-testing regime to be in breach of strict international standards.In a ruling announced during a WADA meeting in Montreal, officials said recent efforts by Kenya to improve its anti-doping capability were inadequate.René Bouchard, Chairman of WADA’s compliance review committee (CRC), said Kenya’s drug testing agency was declared “non-compliant with immediate effect.”“The CRC cannot ignore the legislation is not in line with the code,” Bouchard said, citing “inconsistencies” in Kenyan rules.Kenyans have missed two WADA deadlines to show they are tackling doping, with world athletics chief Sebastian Coe warning earlier this year the country’s athletes could be barred from August’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro if they were deemed non-compliant. Kenya hits backThursday’s WADA declaration was greeted with dismay by Sharad Rao, the Kenyan official appointed by the IAAF ethics commission to investigate doping in his country.“In view of the circumstances, the decision is counter-productive and too drastic,” Rao. “If, one way or another, the law does not meet WADA expectations, it can be corrected.”Kenyan athletes also hit back at the ruling, with world champion javelin thrower Julius Yego insisting the current anti-doping regime was yielding results.“The news is not good for us athletes, who have been working extra hard at training to prepare for the Olympic Games,” Yego told AFP.“It is not only about the risk of not going to Rio, but it is also that the good name of Kenya is at stake here. Those athletes who were found to have taken drugs have been disciplined.”Kenya, a traditional stronghold of distance running, topped the medals table at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing.However, the country has been the subject of intense scrutiny, with more than 40 Kenyan athletes suspended for doping in the past two years.In December, three top Athletics Kenya officials — president Isaiah Kiplagat, deputy president David Okeyo and former treasurer Joseph Kinyua — were suspended by the IAAF ethics Commission for alleged corruption and covering up doping.The IAAF confirmed last November that ex-Athletics Kenya vice-president Okeyo had been under investigation by Kenyan police over allegations of doping cover-ups.A German broadcaster alleged that Kenya officials were extorting money from athletes and coaches to cover ups failed drug tests, in return for lenient doping bans.Kenyan runner Francisca Koki, suspended for doping, told AFP in February that she and fellow runner Joyce Zakari were both asked to pay bribes totalling nearly $50,000 to help their respective cases.Koki said the request came from Athletics Kenya chief executive Isaac Mwangi. Mwangi rejected the claims, with Athletics Kenya descbribing them as “spurious and farfetched.”Share on: WhatsApp Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta signed a new anti-doping law on April 22, which it had been hoped would allow the African athletics powerhouse to be given the green light by WADA.However, the move was deemed insufficient by WADA, with the compliance committee finding that Kenya was in breach of its code.The WADA ruling comes after Russia was declared non-compliant by the global doping watchdog last year.It followed a bombshell WADA independent committee investigation which detailed a state-sponsored doping regime in Russia.The participation of Russian athletes in Rio is hanging by a thread. Unless an international suspension of the country’s athletes is lifted, they will be barred from competing in Brazil.The likelihood of action being taken against Kenya had risen steadily over the past year, with the country being placed in “critical care” over failings in its anti-doping programme. read more
Egypt’s Mohamed Salah vies for the ball against Congo’s Tobias Badila during their World Cup 2018 Africa qualifying match between Egypt and Congo at the Borg el-Arab stadium in Alexandria Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Hosts Egypt are favoured not only to win Group A at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations this June, but to go on and lift the trophy a record-extending eighth time.They possess in serial Liverpool scorer Mohamed Salah an African superstar and can expect passionate support as they seek a first title since edging Ghana in the 2010 final.Egypt have faced all their group rivals, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe, before at the Cup of Nations, winning seven matches and losing only one.While the hosts are poised to top the standings, there is little to choose between the other three teams with the top two finishers guaranteed round-of-16 places.Here, AFP Sport assesses the prospects of the Group A sides ahead of the June 21 tournament opener between Egypt and Zimbabwe in Cairo.DR CongoThe two-time champions struggled to qualify with a nervous 1-0 last-match win over modest Liberia in Kinshasa squeezing them through as runners-up beneath Zimbabwe.An experienced squad, the Congolese are extremely unpredictable when it comes to the Cup of Nations as their last two appearances demonstrated.Outsiders in 2015, they finished third behind the Ivory Coast and Ghana in Equatorial Guinea, then made a timid last-eight exit two years ago in Gabon when more was expected of them.Cedric Bakambu brings stealth and Yannick Bolasie and Elia Meschak pace to the attack while the defence is likely to include Arthur Masuaku from Premier League club West Ham United.Verdict: Could be heading home after first round, or reach the quarter-finalsEgyptAs Egypt prepare to stage the Cup of Nations a record fifth time, they can draw confidence from an outstanding record when they play host to the best African national teams.They won in 1959, 1986 and 2006 and finished third in 1974 after coming up short in a five-goal semi-final thriller against World Cup-bound Zaire (now DR Congo).Fanatical support has always been a key factor with numerous visiting coaches complaining that the endless noise from the stands prevents their touchline instructions being heard.Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Thursday 6/12/2019 – 18:01 UTC-7 | 630 wordsHosts Egypt are favoured not only to win Group A at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations this June, but to go on and lift the trophy a record-extending eighth time.They possess in serial Liverpool scorer Mohamed Salah an African superstar and can expect passionate support as they seek a first title since edging Ghana in the 2010 final.Egypt have faced all their group rivals, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe, before at the Cup of Nations, winning seven matches and losing only one.While the hosts are poised to top the standings, there is little to choose between the other three teams with the top two finishers guaranteed round-of-16 places.Here, AFP Sport assesses the prospects of the Group A sides ahead of the June 21 tournament opener between Egypt and Zimbabwe in Cairo.DR CongoThe two-time champions struggled to qualify with a nervous 1-0 last-match win over modest Liberia in Kinshasa squeezing them through as runners-up beneath Zimbabwe. An experienced squad, the Congolese are extremely unpredictable when it comes to the Cup of Nations as their last two appearances demonstrated.Outsiders in 2015, they finished third behind the Ivory Coast and Ghana in Equatorial Guinea, then made a timid last-eight exit two years ago in Gabon when more was expected of them.Cedric Bakambu brings stealth and Yannick Bolasie and Elia Meschak pace to the attack while the defence is likely to include Arthur Masuaku from Premier League club West Ham United.Verdict: Could be heading home after first round, or reach the quarter-finalsEgyptAs Egypt prepare to stage the Cup of Nations a record fifth time, they can draw confidence from an outstanding record when they play host to the best African national teams.They won in 1959, 1986 and 2006 and finished third in 1974 after coming up short in a five-goal semi-final thriller against World Cup-bound Zaire (now DR Congo).Fanatical support has always been a key factor with numerous visiting coaches complaining that the endless noise from the stands prevents their touchline instructions being heard.While Salah is the talisman, he will be surrounded by vastly experienced internationals like Tarek Hamed, a tireless midfield enforcer and often an unsung hero.Verdict: Salah, home advantage and history makes them favouritesUgandaAfter going 39 years without qualifying since finishing 1978 runners-up to hosts Ghana, Uganda will make back-to-back appearances in the Cup of Nations.They had a comfortable qualifying passage under French coach Sebastien Desabre, not losing nor conceding in five matches before a dead-rubber defeat in Tanzania.Winless in Gabon two years ago, the Cranes are banking on veteran South Africa-based goalkeeper Denis Onyango to inspire a better showing this time.“Denis is utterly dependable and his experience will hopefully rub off on the other players,” says Desabre. “Our target is decent results, especially in our opener against DR Congo.”Verdict: Will do well to reach knockout phaseZimbabweThe lowest ranked of the four teams will rely heavily on stars based in South Africa as they aim to progress beyond the group stage for the first time in four attempts.But the reliance of coach and former national team captain Sunday Chidzambwa on those operating in their neighbouring country has drawn criticism from a former star.“The coach should have cast his net wider and found places for the best local talent,” said ex-national team defender David Kutyauripo of a squad lacking any home-based stars.Coaches emphasise the importance of not losing their first match in a tournament, but it is the probable back luck of Zimbabwe that they must face Egypt and Salah on opening night.Verdict: Capable of making second round for first timeShare on: WhatsApp read more