A study conducted on 3,000 students at universities across the country has revealed that they had expectations of earning 10% more than the average graduate wage, estimated at £16,450.The most unrealistic expectations came from first-year students and linguists in particular. In some cases starting wages were overestimated by over 3,000. Finalists had more pessimist views on salaries and in many cases estimates fell below the average.John Jerrim, a PhD student at the University of Southampton carried out the study and presented his results to the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference.His findings have left him eager to encourage people to decide on a university and a course only after they have spent enough time investigating the job market.He said, “It is vital that students thoroughly research their future employment prospects when going to university, so they can make informed choices about the subject they study and institution they attend.”He voiced his fears that students were totally adrift of likely graduate wages commenting, “Some young adults enter university with unrealistic ambitions about future income levels. Simply having a degree does not guarantee a graduate job and a silver-plated salary.”Jonathan Black, the director of the Careers Service at the University of Oxford told Cherwell, “average starting salary for the graduation year of 2008 has risen by 6.5%, which in itself is a 6.5% rise on the year before.”Class of 2009 at Oxford can expect earnings of £25,500. However, only 33% of finalists are expected to join the graduate job market at the end of their students.Jonathan Black believes that the 90% employment rate for Oxford graduates is proof that “most graduates are content with the pay packages they are receiving upon leaving the university.”The number of Oxford students going into research has seen a rise in the last two years. Although many have seen this as a reaction to the current financial climate, Black was eager to highlight that we should not be too hasty in exaggerating the crisis as far as Oxford is concerned.He commented, “One of the first places where recruiters look is still Oxford. It is not all doom and gloom for people graduating at the moment.”Secondary education is the field where the largest proportion of students is going to for jobs. Social Sciences is the division which offers the prospect of the highest average starting salary, at 28,000.Students of humanities have the lowest average starting salary to look forward to, at 7,000. However, for all divisions at the University of Oxford the average starting salary has grown in the last few years.
The agency’s cereal price index rose 1.9% in August from the month before and 7% above its value a year earlier.Among the major cereals, sorghum, barley and rice prices rose the most, FAO said. Maize also climbed strongly, pushed up by concerns over US production prospects following recent crop damage in Iowa.The vegetable oil price index climbed 5.9% month-on-month, returning to around the levels registered when the coronavirus crisis hit the world at the start of the year.Palm oil was buoyed by expected output slowdowns in major producing countries, which, combined with firm global import demand, were expected to result in lower inventory levels. Average sugar prices rose 6.7% from July, reflecting forecasts of a reduction in production due to unfavorable weather conditions in the European Union and Thailand. Strong import demand in China also helped push prices higher.By contrast, the dairy index was little changed on the month, with falls in cheese and whole milk powder offset by stronger butter and skim milk quotations.The meat index was also largely steady, with bovine and poultry prices in retreat while pig meat prices rose after four consecutive months of declines, as Chinese imports jumped.FAO revised down its forecast for the 2020 cereal season by 25 million tons, largely due to expectations of a lower maize production in the United States.However, despite this reduction, the agency still expected a record harvest this year of almost 2.765 billion tons, up 3% on 2019 levels.”Record maize harvests are forecast for Argentina and Brazil, while global sorghum production is expected to grow by 6% from the previous year. Worldwide rice production in 2020 is also expected to reach a new record of 509 million tons,” FAO said.The forecast for world cereal utilization in 2020/21 hit 2.746 billion tons, up 2% on the 2019/20 level. The estimate for world cereal stocks by the close of seasons in 2021 was 895.5 million tons, down 33.4 million tons since July. World food prices rose for a third month running in August, led by coarse grains, vegetable oils and sugar, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.The Food and Agriculture Organization’s food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 96.1 points last month versus 94.3 in July.The Rome-based FAO also said in a statement that worldwide cereal harvests remained on course to hit an annual record in 2020. Topics :
Banega has played 65 times for Argentina during his career (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to re-open talks with La Liga side Sevilla over the potential signing of Ever Banega this summer, according to reports.The Gunners wanted looking to bring the midfielder to the club in January, but were restricted with what they could offer due to a shortage of funds.According to The Mirror, Arsenal are still exploring the possibility of signing the Argentina international this summer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnai Emery is a known admirer of Banega’s talents having coached him at Sevilla between 2014 and 2016, as well as a four-year stint at Valencia.ADVERTISEMENTThe Spanish manager signed Banega for Sevilla from Valencia back in 2014, and he now wants to bring the 30-year-old to help solidify his Arsenal midfield in the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe pair won the Europa League together twice at Sevilla before Emery left the club for Paris-Saint Germain.It remains to be seen how much will be required to prize Banega to the Emirates, but it is reported he has a £17 million buy-out clause in his existing contract.Arsenal’s next fixture is against Southampton in the Premier League on February 24.MORE: Arsenal approach Overmars to replace MislintatWill Arsenal finish in the top four?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 18 Feb 2019 5:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link363Shares Arsenal set to re-open talks with Sevilla over possible Ever Banega signing Advertisement Advertisement
Hosted by CPF co-directors Robert Shrum and Michael Murphy, the political podcast typically derives from live events put together by the center, which are converted into a podcast that can be accessed online. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the podcast has shifted to hold events virtually. As part of the CPF team that put together regular panels and political events with former White House staff and campaign strategists, Shrum and Murphy looked to create an outlet that would allow audiences to listen in even when they cannot attend in person. A panelist in the Super Tuesday Watch Party, former assistant managing editor of the Los Angeles Times Christina Bellantoni said the podcast is an effective way to reach out to students who are now turning to podcasts to obtain information. “We do get a lot of interest from community members who will drive from miles away and regularly attend our events, which we love, but we’re always wanting to kind of cast a wide net and let more people know about these important discussions that we’re having,” said Erika Maldonado Singh, community engagement manager of CPF. As the 2020 presidential race rolls along, the Dornsife Center for the Political Future has created “Election R&D: 2020 and Beyond,” a political podcast showcasing views from strategists, journalists and politicians aimed at informing students on the candidates, their platforms and the importance of voting. As the audience continues to grow, both Maldonado and Akhvan said the podcast will continue to expand by including topics on climate change and the spread of misinformation through social media platforms, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic. CPF aired its first episode with Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci in early January. Since then, the podcast has quickly gained popularity, with nearly 900 downloads across their listening platforms, including Libsyn and TuneIn. Center for the Political Future co-directors Robert Shrum and Michael Murphy launched the podcast to create an online outlet for those outside USC’s campus to engage with their nonpartisan political discussions. (Photo courtesy of the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future) CPF’s most recent event, “Dornsife Dialogues: The Pandemic Election,” took place Thursday over Zoom, where the organization set up a virtual discussion about the impact of the coronavirus on the upcoming presidential election. Though the event will not be converted into a podcast until a later date, Shrum considered the event his favorite addition to “Election R&D.” Both he and Murphy hosted the event, but their roles in the podcast can vary depending on the context of each episode and whether they will be the sole speakers or a moderator among other guests. “Students tend to listen to podcasts — I’ve been really surprised, actually,” Bellantoni said. “I listen to podcasts when I have the time in my car, and that’s not very frequently. Students tell me they listen to them all the time. They’re skateboarding around campus and they’re listening to them. They’re at the gym, they’re listening to them. So it’s a growing young audience.” The two come from different political backgrounds: Shrum is a Democratic strategist who has served as an adviser to presidential candidates including Al Gore and John Kerry and Murphy has served as a political consultant for Republicans including current Utah Senator Mitt Romney and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Despite the circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and the group having to move political dialogues remotely, Shrum hopes to see continued audience engagement with the podcast. “Podcasts are all the rage right now — everyone has a podcast,” Maldonado said. “So we figured it was just another vehicle to share these important conversations that we’re having.” “Our center is devoted to bipartisan explorations of the biggest issues facing our country and our community and the podcast is a reflection of those conversations,” Akhavan said. “You can hear us in conversation and discussion with many of the top political strategists, elected officials, political journalists and practitioners to help us understand what’s going on in the world from a nonpartisan perspective and show that we can disagree with each other and still be civil.” But their contrasting histories are beneficial to the podcast’s goals of facilitating civil and nonpartisan discourse, CPF Executive Director Kambiz Akhavan said. “Election R&D is our effort to continue to have a dialogue,” Shrum said. “Not just with students, but with a wider community about what’s going on in politics, even in this terrible time.” “We’re creating the schedule as we go now,” Shrum said. “The truth is, if everything had remained normal, we would have turned each of the events that we’ve now had to cancel through the rest of the semester into a podcast. Now, we are beginning to work as hard as we can on finding ways to do this remotely.” As one of the podcast producers, Maldonado said the series also allows students to find another outlet to become involved in political conversations. The strong appeal of the medium encouraged the team to use a podcast format for “Election R&D.”
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo believes the 2020 NBA title will be the “toughest championship you could ever win” due to the coronavirus pandemic.The 2019-20 NBA season is set to return via a 22-team format at the Disney World complex in Orlando, Fla., on July 30 after the campaign was halted due to COVID-19 in March. Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee boasted a league-best 53-12 record prior to the postponement, ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference.DeCOURCY: 2020 champs should have your respect, not your asteriskAs teams prepare to be based in an Orlando bubble, reigning MVP Antetokounmpo insisted this season’s championship should not come with an asterisk.”I feel like a lot of people say that there’s gonna be a star next to this championship,” Antetokounmpo said.”I feel like, at the end of the day, this is gonna be the toughest championship you could ever win — because the circumstances are really, really tough right now. So whoever wants it more is going to be able to go out there and take it.”Antetokounmpo added: “Everybody has concerns about their health. Nobody wants to put themselves in risk out there, but at the end of the day, that’s what the NBA chose, and we’re gonna resume the games, and we’ve all gotta do our job.”And my job is to play basketball and go out there and support my teammates and represent the city. But for sure, I think me, my teammates, my family — especially my mum — everybody has concerns about our health, and my health.”35 Days.#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/rMORY1kuTF— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) June 26, 2020The Bucks will return to action against the Boston Celtics on July 31 as Milwaukee eye their first championship since 1971.”I feel like the champion from this experience, from this season, I think is going to be more worthy and probably more special than any [other] champion,” Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said.MORE: Full schedule for NBA restart Antetokounmpo was averaging 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game prior to the NBA’s suspension.”I want to be one of the best players to ever play the game,” four-time All-Star Antetokounmpo said. “I did the best job I could do trying to stay ready and trying to have my team ready for this journey that we’re about to go on to leave and play games.”But as I said, whoever wants it more, whoever is mentally prepared for all this, what’s going on in Orlando, that’s the team that’s gonna come out on top.”
Area mayors continue to advocate for a designated bike lane along county roads through much of the Two River area. County freeholders, however, would like the responsibility and cost shouldered by the municipalities. Photo by Tina ColellaIN NEW JERSEY, only 0.3 percent of people bike to work; others believe it is “too dangerous,” said Cyndi Steiner, Executive Director of the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition.Steiner joined local elected officials and other pedestrian and cycling advocacy groups for a press conference last week in Fair Haven to outline their goals in improving safety for those who share the road with vehicles.It was more evidence of a divide between the Two River Council of Mayors and the Board of Chosen Freeholders over the cost of bicycle paths that would traverse several towns. Neither side wants to bear the brunt of the cost.Without bike lanes, cars drive too close to cyclists or simply do not see them, often speeding past and nearly clipping them, the press conference group agreed. In order to make transportation safer for both drivers and cyclists, Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli seeks to fund bike and safety transportation, which is at the “bottom of the list for funding,” according to Cathleen Lewis, Regional Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for AAA New Jersey Automobile Club.Lucarelli advocates, with Rumson Mayor John E. Ekdahl, for bike lanes on a number of county roads, such as Rumson Road and Ridge Road, where many cyclists travel.A few other things Lucarelli and safe cycling advocates are looking to do is to include using the funding from the state Transportation Trust Fund to repair sidewalks and other smaller, local projects. Lucarelli has been working with advocacy groups to include cyclist information in driver’s manuals in local schools. The groups are also seeking the passage of the state safe-passing bill that calls for four-foot distance when driving next to cyclists, and to better educate children on bike safety.That bill is currently languishing in the Assembly, according to Janna Chernetz, senior New Jersey policy analysis for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, one of the advocacy groups involved.The AAA Mid-Atlantic is also contributing, offering roadside bicyclist assistance for the first time. As announced by AAA Mid-Atlantic news release, “in the event a bicyclist needs assistance, AAA will be ready to provide the same quality road service that has been offered to motorists for over 110 years.”According to Chernetz, biking improves the economy by saving money, improves health by relieving stress, and improves the environment by reducing congestion. Funding the bike and safety transportation will promote safety for everyone on the road while “increasing the vibrancy of downtown,” Chernetz said.The municipal money is tight, said Lucarelli, and funding would come from local taxpayers.And that’s the rub.Area mayors seeking county support for designated bike lanes through much of the Two River Area were dealt a blow by the freeholders’ recent decision.The freeholders adopted its bicycle facility policy and guidelines, based upon one used in Ocean County, following an April 23 executive session that says the municipalities are responsible for studying and paying for proposed cycling paths.“It’s very frustrating,” responded Rumson Mayor Ekdahl about the dealings with county government and engineering as locals advocate for the designated bike route along county roads.Town engineers would be expected to prepare a plan “showing the design and layout of the bicycle facility” including lane widths, pavement markings and proposed signage along the route, meeting state standards, according to the county’s approved guidelines.Once completed the plan would have to be for warded to the county engineering department for its approval and that of the freeholders. The municipalities “will, at its expense, install or cause to install” the final project requiring the county engineer to sign off on it.County Engineer Joseph Ettore estimated the cost of the project would be approximately $15,000 per mile for striping and signage.Ekdahl and Lucarelli have said recently this was a step back in their attempts to get the multi-town bike route established.Ekdahl said this week he had told freeholders “This is the future,” encouraging people to get out of their cars and bicycle to work, school and for recreation and providing a safe lane for them. “You want to get out ahead of this. You don’t want to be the county that is trying to catch up.”“We’re hoping the freeholders will go back and reevaluate the situation due to the fact that it’s impractical,” Lucarelli said, “because the county roads travel through multiple jurisdictions.“We hope the freeholders will reconsider,” he added.“If local roads will tie in with county roads that’s a good thing,” for cycling safety, said Freeholder Tom Arnone in response to the mayors’ assertions. “But there is a cost, there are issues. There’s a safety issue, cost and logistics. Safety being the most important.”The county oversees and maintains roughly 1,000 lane miles, “And it’s difficult to meet all the local demands,” said Freeholder John P. Curley.Lucarelli and Ekdahl have been spearheading a proposal that would have designated bike lanes, striped and stenciled, that would run along county roads starting at Red Bank’s border and continue east to Sea Bright and continue south to Monmouth Beach, making its way through Oceanport on the border of Long Branch, and making its way back through the towns, toward Red Bank. “It worked out to a nice loop,” Ekdahl said. “It seemed like a great plan.”The concept won the support of the Two River Council of Mayors, an informal coalition of local officials who regularly meet to discuss issues of common interest. And Ekdahl said the mayors saw an opportunity given the county had just re-milled and repaved Rumson Road – with county officials agreeing to not complete the striping just yet – and are planning to work on Ridge Road shortly. Ekdahl and Lucarelli thought this would be the ideal time to start to get the lanes installed.“This just seemed to just pop up,” Curley said.“Our answer to that is we’re only advocating for this because these roads were just paved. We’re not to go back and start doing old roads,” Ekdahl said. “And that should be your policy going for ward,” he said for the freeholders’ benefit.Ekdahl said Rumson would consider paying for some of it. And Lucarelli said he would be willing to take this to his borough council. “That is something that is up for consideration,” he said.However, getting all of the municipalities to offer financial support for a project that is intended for county roads would be difficult. And given the roadwork in the area at this point, “If we can’t make it happen here then it’s not going to happen anywhere else,” Ekdahl said.John Burton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-219-5788.Editors Note: The Two River Times is sponsoring an editorial initiative called Crossroads to find practical and proactive ways to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety throughout the Two River area. Post pictures and comments regarding positive or negative experiences with pedestrian and cycling.
RSS Student Brogan Pastro was the face of Rossland’s Interact at Tuesday night’s council meeting and did the group proud by presenting a well-spoken, well-thought-out presentation and request for City Council’s assistance in their latest project. Looking for approval to fundraise and physically build one of the trails outlined in the City’s Active Transportation Plan, the group is now facing a scheduling time-crunch with looming exams and summer holidays. As is typical for delegations presenting at council, the issue will not come back before council for decision for two weeks. With their volunteer labour force ready to go this weekend or next before scheduling become difficult, the group’s project site is in limbo as they wait for a response from council and may be pushed into the summer or early fall for completion. The Interact club, with a dedicated core of 12 to 15 members keen to see the trail building project through, are a volunteer committee in partnership with the Rossland Rotary Club. Their simple yet noble goal is to strive for the betterment of the world community. Each year the group takes on a project with the aim of alternating years between international and local projects. Last year’s project involved travelling to Roatan in Honduras to volunteer at an AIDS clinic. “This year we’re keeping it local,” said Pastro, “because Rossland is such an active community our club felt it should involve the great outdoors. Trail building seems like a natural project fit.” Connecting with City Staff as well as Stu Spooner, head of the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS) as well as developer of the City’s Active Transportation Plan (ATP) a couple of years back, the group had two trail segments suggested as appropriate for them to take on: trail number 18 (the Old Railgrade Road – Butte Street segment) and trail number 22 ( the Eighth Avenue – Columbia Kootenay Road connector). Breaking the Old Railgrade Road-to-Butte Street trail into two segments and working on either end (each can act as functional mini-trails on their own) appears to be the better choice of the two. The centre section would require some higher end trail work through the rock cut that would be beyond the basic labour the volunteer group provides, so it was suggested they come at it from either end. Ultimately, the City will complete the centre section. Although not entirely without legal and land use issues, Spooner has already been negotiating the proposed sections with landowners. When questioned by council as to why they chose trail projects that were both listed as low priorities in the ATP, it was discovered that that very fact was one of the significant reasons they did suggest these two trails. Marilyn Nelson, the RSS facilitator of the club, jumped in and opined that “because of its low priority, it won’t likely get done soon by the City if Interact doesn’t undertake it. They both lend themselves to a lot of manual labour, don’t require heavy equipment and most trails don’t need expert trail builders. It’s all grunt work which we’re very good at–plus its costs an amount of time that fits our schedule. Those three criteria were really important in selecting those sites.” The full trail was costed out in the ATP as a $9,350 job. Cutting down the length of the trail for the Itneract club’s contribution is expected to come in closer to the $7,000 mark. Getting council to approve the project in a time that works for the club now appears to be the major remaining hurdle. As per Council policy, however, recommendations brought forward by delegations are to be addressed at the following council meeting. In this case that next meeting will come in two weeks on the 6th of June. That date, of course, is beyond the two ideal work weekends for the club. Remaining stoic, however, as he learned that getting started on the project in the next few weeks would be unlikely, Pastro acknowledged that the club would make the project happen through the summer or next fall if need be. “Of course Interact will be dedicated to their work, but I wanted council to be aware that it can be very difficult to coordinate a work force around family holidays as those have likely been in place long before a list of volunteers and dates. We wouldn’t like to get ahead of ourselves in undertaking a project that we cannot accomplish. That is contradictory to the way interact works and our work ethic.” Councilor Jill Spearn noted that it would be possible for council to potentially hold a special meeting to approve the recommendation once staff had a chance to look at and deal with any potential issues around land use or legalities. No immediate decision was made in that regard, however, and Pastro was advised to stay in touch with the City Planner. The decision is likely to come back to council in two weeks.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Moisture held on better than expected yesterday out of a frontal boundary that looked like it wanted to fall apart before it got here in our forecast last Friday. Unfortunately, we still have some moisture around today over southern Ohio, with another few hundredths to half an inch of liquid possible from I-70 southward. However, the moisture will be trying to move away off to the east and south through the day. We just are not sure it can be completely gone before mid afternoon. Northern parts of the state see some clouds holding, but those will be trying to break up too. Clouds are likely more of an issue today than tomorrow, as we should start toe see better sunshine emerge as we go forward. Tomorrow there can be some lake effect cloud cover in northern Ohio, but generally we expect a little more sun than today.Mostly sunny and dry for Wednesday and Thursday (Thanksgiving Day). Temps will move slightly higher on Wednesday but should start to move up faster on Thanksgiving. We keep dry weather around for Black Friday too, but clouds will be on the increase there. We have not major travel problems expected for Thanksgiving due to weather.Rain arrives closer to or even a little after midnight Friday night and continues through Saturday. Rain totals will run from .05”-.5” with coverage at 100% of the state. Rains of .25”-.5” will mostly be from I-70 southward, while northern Ohio will be more from a few hundredths to .25” All action is done by midnight Saturday night. We will be dry for a large part of Sunday.Rain is back by Monday afternoon and precipitation holds on all the way through the end of next Tuesday. Rains to start Monday afternoon, Monday night and early Tuesday will bring up to .6” of liquid to 90% of the state. Then, as cold air barrels in through the balance of Tuesday, rain changes to snow, especially in northern Ohio, where we can see a coating to an inch or two out of another .25” of moisture at least. All told, for the entire event, we expect liquid equivalent precipitation to range from .2”-1” with coverage at 100% of the state. This system will also bring a significant colder push, taking temps back to below normal levels statewide. Light snow can continue off and on through next Wednesday morning from US 30 northward. The map at right shows potential combined precipitation (liquid equivalent) for the next 10 days, with the largest part of this coming Friday night in to Saturday and then the first half or next week.The extended forecast period is tough to get a handle on this morning. The cold air pattern that emerges after the system early next week would be supportive of more “clipper-like” systems. The track of these favors the upper Midwest and Great Lakes, rather than the full ECB including all of Ohio. However, models are not in much agreement either. For now, we are going to allow for moisture off and on in NW Ohio next Wednesday the 28th, as mentioned above, but are taking moisture out for the 29th. A chance of snow moves over the northern half of Ohio for Saturday December 1st but is not well organized. Right now, the pattern looks to dry to us, so we expect some strengthening of that system to start December, and it may turn into a bigger even for the 2nd and 3rd. For now, though we are just going to watch it. Temps through the 11-16 day period will be below normal.