Is this 5% yielding dividend stock a no-brainer?

first_img See all posts by Kevin Godbold Is this 5% yielding dividend stock a no-brainer? Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 | More on: BHP Image source: Getty Images. center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge FTSE 100 mining giant BHP (LSE: BHP) today delivered its operational review for the trading half-year to 31 December 2020. Chief executive Mike Henry said in the report the company achieved a “strong” operational performance in the period. The stock moved higher today in early trading, continuing a strong rebound from the lows of last spring. And with the share price near 2,158p, it’s close to its all-time high of just above 2,200p achieved just under a decade ago.BHP’s ‘lost’ decadeThat situation underlines a pertinent fact. If I’d invested a decade ago near the previous high, I’d only now be near to breaking even on my original invested capital. Of course, there have been dividends along the way to soften the blow a bit. But essentially, the value of my invested capital will have been underwater until now.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I reckon there’s been a huge opportunity cost for those holding BHP for 10 years. Many great stock investments have passed my screen over that time and my money could have been in many of them, working hard for me. Instead, though, it would have been languishing in BHP.Meanwhile, the dividend record is a little patchy. For example, in 2015 the total dividend was $1.29. In 2016, it was $0.29. City analysts expect the shareholder payment to be around $1.79 this year but to drop to about $1.62 next year. And that level throws up a forward-looking yield of around 5.5%.The share price has been all over the place too, even dropping as low as about 600p in early 2016. In hindsight, that would have been a good time to load up with the stock to ride the cyclical recovery. But what about now? I’m not so sure.Commodity prices riding highIt almost goes without saying the trading outcomes for a cyclical mining company like BHP are heavily dependent on the prevailing prices for the commodities it deals with. BHP has operations in things like copper, iron ore, coal, nickel, and oil. And a quick glance reveals prices for all those commodities have been riding high lately.I reckon robust commodity prices potentially signal a decent general economic recovery brewing. But I’d question whether a miner like BHP is the best way for me to benefit. It’s tricky timing a good entry into out-and-out cyclical stocks. And dividend yields can be an unreliable indicator. For example, the UK-listed banks had high-looking yields for years – and then they crashed.However, Henry reckons BHP is “well-positioned to sustainably grow shareholder and social value as the global economy recovers from the pandemic”. But for me, there are stocks with high dividend yields and the potential for capital growth elsewhere. And rather than being a no-brainer, I’d put cyclical shares like BHP on the ‘too tricky’ pile.Instead, I like the consistent cash-generating and dividend-paying qualities of companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, National Grid, and Tate & Lyle right now. So, I’ll stick with those for the time being. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Quinta das Paineiras House / Ricardo Ropelle Felippi Arquiteto

first_img 2015 CopyHouses•Vila Alvorada, Brazil Photographs Brazil ArchDaily Quinta das Paineiras House / Ricardo Ropelle Felippi Arquiteto Photographs:  Priscilla Paggiaro Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Priscilla Paggiaro+ 25Curated by Pedro Vada Sharecenter_img Area:  446 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Quinta das Paineiras House / Ricardo Ropelle Felippi ArquitetoSave this projectSaveQuinta das Paineiras House / Ricardo Ropelle Felippi Arquiteto Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: Abraccio Móveis, Conceito Marcenaria, Lustres Baronesa, Portinari, Solarium Revestimentos, Terracor Tintas e RevestimentosStructural Engineer:Rubens de OliveiraElectrical And Hydraulic Systems Engineer:Mega Watts Projetos Elétricos e Hidráulicos – Daniel BissoliElectrical Engineer:Daniel BissoliHydraulics Engineer:Daniel BissoliCity:Vila AlvoradaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Priscilla PaggiaroRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40Text description provided by the architects. The house was designed on a land with prime location within the allotment. The lack of neighbors on their sides facing the street allowed generous openings without loss of privacy and incorporating to the internal environment the natural light and the sky with its transformations.Save this picture!© Priscilla PaggiaroThe project proposes two blocks with different uses and forms to clearly separate two programmatic concepts of living: socialization and recollection.Save this picture!PlanSocialization is experienced in the “open house”. Fully integrated with the garden and the landscape, it proposes a new form of relationship between people, landscape and place. In this part of the house are located the living areas, cooking, socializing and entertainment.Save this picture!© Priscilla PaggiaroLarge sliding doors along the main space bathe the interior with natural light and allow the garden and the sky to be part of the internal environment, accentuating the connection between the internal and external spaces, without limitations to the circulation between these spaces.Save this picture!© Priscilla PaggiaroThe gathering happens in the “closed box”, designed for the protection of individuality. With its back to the social areas, the atmosphere is suitable for both rest and reflection. A place to take care of body and soul.Save this picture!© Priscilla PaggiaroIn this block, which floats on the garden, are located the bedrooms. Its windows facing east and the forest allow us to witness the sunrise and enjoy the silence of nature.Save this picture!Sketch SectionThe volume of the dorms is supported by two elements with opposite characteristics. On one side the heaviness of a stone block, where the office is located and on the other the lightness of the unfilled garage with a garden in the background. Save this picture!© Priscilla PaggiaroThe concept of landscaping was the expansion in the variety and freedom of use in social areas. The lawn is proposed as an extension of the indoor areas and pool terrace. For privacy, tall species have been placed along the boundaries of the land and a hedge replaces the traditional closing walls. Save this picture!© Priscilla PaggiaroWalking around the house is an experience to feel different atmospheres, textures, sensations, sounds and visuals.Project gallerySee allShow lessOlson Kundig Chosen To Design The Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, OklahomaArchitecture NewsALA Architects’ Central Library Oodi and JKMM’s Amos Anderson Art Museum Near Comple…Architecture News Share Architects: Ricardo Ropelle Felippi Arquiteto Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeRicardo Ropelle Felippi ArquitetoOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVila AlvoradaBrazilPublished on June 29, 2018Cite: “Quinta das Paineiras House / Ricardo Ropelle Felippi Arquiteto” 29 Jun 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Charities face £12.4bn shortfall in income for year

first_img Tagged with: COVID-19 Finance About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via “This new research shows that the impact of coronavirus is going to have a hugely significant impact on charity finances for the year ahead. With social distancing remaining in place for the foreseeable future, and an exceptionally difficult time ahead for the wider economy, the fact that the charities who responded to the survey are planning for a loss of almost a quarter of their total income is extremely worrying.The government urgently needs to review and enhance its emergency support for charities, with a further bespoke package of support, an extension to the Job Retention Scheme that specifically supporting those charitable activities which are still unable to take place, or both.”Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive at the Charity Finance Group, also commented:“Charities are telling us that they are planning for a substantial decline to their incomes for the year ahead, at a time when the need for their services has never been more acute. We calculate that drop to be in the region of £12bn. These survey results are strongly indicative of the scale of loss being suffered and is consistent with what our members and other data points are also telling us.“I cannot stress enough however, that this isn’t about the survival of the institution of charity or individual charities, but the devastating impact that this will have on those who rely on the services charities provide. From providing food to the most disadvantaged in our society, to supporting people through cancer, if charities are not there to meet the need, someone will have to pick up that work or that need will go unmet. It’s not about us it’s about them. Failing to invest in us now will be false economy and will let those most marginalised and disadvantaged shoulder the greatest fall out from this crisis.” Charities face a £12.4bn shortfall in income for the year due to impact of coronavirus, according to the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and Charity Finance Group (CFG).Following a previous impact survey conducted in March 2020, just as lockdownwas beginning, the new survey carried out by IoF, CFG, and NCVO, and supported by PwC found that respondents were expecting a reduction of 24% to their total income for the year, which would mean a £12.4bn loss of income if the average was applied to the sector as a whole.It also found that during lockdown (between 23 March – 12 May 2020):Charities received 29% less income than they had budgeted for84% of charities reported a decrease or a significant decrease in their total income92% of charities reported a fall in trading income during the lockdown with just 5% reporting that income from trading had increased20% reported that that their voluntary income had increased or significantlyincreased during lockdown15% of charities reported an increase or a significant increase in their total incomeThe performance of income sources varied widely with respondents reporting on average that trading income was 72% lower than expected, and voluntary income 14% lower. However, income from grants from trusts and foundations was 29% higher than expected, and income from government in the form of grants and contracts was 51% higher than expected.When looking at the year ahead, charities:Expect to see their total income significantly reduced, with their total income on average 24% lower than previously forecastedAre planning on an average fall of 57% on trading incomeHave revised their voluntary income for the year down by an average 42%In total, 91% of the charities that responded are forecasting a drop in their budgeted income with 56% believing it will decrease and 35% expecting a significant decrease.Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, said: Advertisement  1,556 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Charities face £12.4bn shortfall in income for year Melanie May | 19 June 2020 | News  1,557 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4last_img read more

Puerto Rico: ¡Fuera LUMA!

first_imgEl llamado a la acción sobre Puerto Rico se manifestó el 13 de abril en Union Square de la ciudad de Nueva York para decir ¡Fuera LUMA!Exigimos la cancelación de este contrato del gobierno colonial de $1.5 mil millones con LUMA. Esta es una empresa creada para privatizar la red energética de la isla. La misma impulsará el aumento en las tarifas de electricidad y utilizará empresas financieramente débiles como apoyo a su trabajo privatizador. Con miras a los fondos federales asignados a Puerto Rico, LUMA podrá retirarse dejando la Isla a la merced de cualquier desastre sino se materializan en el nivel o en el calendario previsto dichas transferencias.  LUMA promueve el uso continuo del consumo de combustibles fósiles promoviendo el gas natural como principal fuente de energía.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Farm Futures Releases Crop Production Survey

first_img SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 6, 2018 Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Futures Releases Crop Production Survey Previous articleSteady 4-H Numbers and Ham Breakfast Tradition Continues at Indiana State Fair on the HAT Monday Morning EditionNext articleNorth Carolina Hog Farm to Pay $473.5M in Nuisance Lawsuit Hoosier Ag Today Farm Futures Releases Crop Production Survey The growing season has been wide and varied for America’s corn and soybean crops. Harvest seems to be on track for good, but not great yields. That’s according to a Farm Futures August crop production survey. However, even above average yields for the sixth-straight year could leave prices struggling, especially in a soybean market that’s getting hammered by tariffs on exports. While growers aren’t expecting record yields, the survey shows that this year’s soybean crop could still possibly be a record high.The survey puts average soybean yields at 49.8 bushels per acre. That would put total harvest at 4.42 billion bushels, 30 million above the 2017 record. The survey puts the corn yield at 175.4 bushels per acre, 1.2 bushels per acre shy of the record set last year. Acreage is also down from last year, which could drop overall production to 14.36 billion bushels, a 240 million bushel drop from 2017. USDA will release its first crop production survey on August 10, a key milestone for the grain market every summer.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

L.A. County Summer Jobs Program for Underserved Youth Begins

first_img 28 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Subscribe Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News L.A. County Summer Jobs Program for Underserved Youth Begins STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 | 5:02 pm HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Gift Ideas Your New BF Will Definitely LikeHerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News Business News Los Angeles County was looking for employers and prospective workers to participate in [email protected], a regional program to prepare underserved youth for jobs and careers in the local reopening economy, officials said [email protected] pairs paid work experience for youth ages 14-24 with a comprehensive and strategic set of employment, training and support services provided through the county’s network of America’s Job Centers of California.The program focuses on serving those with the highest need, including justice-involved youth, youth experiencing homelessness, foster youth, transition age youth, low-income, LGBTQ+ and CalWORKs youth. As the county subsidizes participants’ wages, employers also benefit greatly from this program, officials said.“I was so proud to lead the effort in restoring $15.7 million in one- time funding and identifying long-term funding for Los Angeles County’s [email protected] jobs program last year when so many young Angelenos were facing difficulty in finding work to assist vulnerable family members impacted by COVID-19,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis. “Investing in our youth and strengthening our jobs safety net is necessary for a full economic recovery. Through this program, our young adults will be able to access the work experiences they need to succeed in life and recover from the pandemic.”Over the last year, the program provided training and employment, including remote work experience, in food distribution and PPE manufacturing, among other areas. For example, 163 [email protected] participants assembled more than 100,000 face shields which were donated to local hospitals and other health care providers. Young workers also worked at local food banks and distribution centers while others were placed at Project RoomKey for the homeless.“[email protected] is an exciting on-ramp for our county’s future workforce,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “It offers 120 hours of paid training and work experience for young people looking to learn and grow, and provides our businesses with up to 100 hours of subsidized wages. It’s a win-win for business owners and the young employees they hire!”For more information about [email protected] and to complete the interest form, employers and youth should go to CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Analog Devices wins prestigious technology award in Dublin

first_imgSt Patricks NS win battle of the bots at Limerick’s Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Competition Print Advertisement Linkedin TAGSADIAnalog DevicesCity WestCorkgala dinnerhiberniaIreland’s National Tech Excellence Awards Facebook Analog Devices International presented with the Hibernia Award 2018. Accepting the award from Intel are L-R Vincent Troy, Jim Nagle, Brendan O’Dowd & Ann O’Sullivan, Analog DevicesAnalog Devices Inc (ADI), a world-leading semiconductor company with facilities in Limerick and Cork, was presented with a prestigious technology award at Ireland’s National Tech Excellence Awards on Thursday 24th May at a gala dinner in City West.ADI received the “Hibernia” award, formerly known as “Multinational of the year” award, for its outstanding contribution to the technology sector in Ireland and in particular its investment in job creation, working with academia and developing the ecosystem. Previous winners include Microsoft (2017) and Intel (2015).Accepting the accolade, Brendan O’Dowd, General Manager, Industrial Automation, ADI, said “We are honoured to accept the Hibernia Award and receive this recognition for our innovation and ongoing investment. For over 40 years our operation has held a formidable presence on the Irish technology scene and today stands at the forefront of technological development. Our resulting products have a profound impact on people’s lives and on our environment as we deliver solutions for diverse applications including autonomous driving, highest bandwidth 5G mobile access, connected industry and next generation preventative healthcare. I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of our very talented people.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ireland’s National Tech excellence awards represent the most prestigious recognition of achievement in the Technology sector. The awards celebrate the technology sector in Ireland and the annual prize giving and black tie gala dinner is the biggest social event in the tech business calendar with over 600 attending each year. This year’s event took place on Thursday 24th May in City West Hotel, Dublin.The Awards were adjudicated by industry experts Eoin O’Driscoll (Tyndall National Institute), Dr Jim Mountjoy (Science Foundation Ireland), Peter McManamon (Atlantic Bridge), Dr Seán Baker (Lero), Louise Nichols (Brown Bag Films), Tom O’Sullivan (Irish Computer Society) and Aisling Cunningham (Ervia).More about business here. Twitter Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleCompetition winnerNext articleLimerick Senator encourges public to attend meeting in Castletroy Staff Reporter Several Limerick charitable organisations welcome Lifeline Donation from Analog Devices WhatsApp Limerick captain Hannon revelling in return to defensive role “Justifiably they are favourites but that’s not going to deter us” – Kiely NewsBusinessAnalog Devices wins prestigious technology award in DublinBy Staff Reporter – May 29, 2018 2451 Limerick reach All-Ireland Hurling Final after stunning comeback Morrissey helping bridge the gap for Limerick’s young gunslast_img read more

Crewmember on Navy hospital ship Comfort tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adelola Tinubu/Released(NEW YORK) — A crew member aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has tested positive for novel coronavirus and is currently in isolation aboard the ship that is currently docked in New York City, according to a U.S. Navy statement.The news comes on the same day that the hospital ship was designated to begin treating COVID-19 patients in New York City, a reversal from the earlier policy that it could only treat patients not infected with the coronavirus.“There is no impact to Comfort’s mission, and this will not affect the ability for Comfort to receive patients,” according to the Navy statement. “The ship is following protocols and taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of all crewmembers and patients on board.”“The crew member had no contact with patients,” the statement said.Because the crew member did not come into contact with patients, it is highly likely that the crew member was asyptomatic when the Comfort left its homeport of Norfolk, Virginia, on March 28.Other crew members who had contact with the crew member have tested negative for the virus, said a Navy official. But the official added that out of an abundance caution they will remain in isolation for several days regardless of the test results.On Monday, President Donald Trump approved the hospital ship’s transition to treat coronavirus patients due in large part to the small number of non-coronavirus patients the ship has treated during its week in New York City while civilian hospitals were overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.“Taking on more patients as quickly as possible is critical to helping the city of New York during this pandemic crisis,” said Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of the U.S. Second Fleet. “We listened to the feedback from area health professionals and the community and believe this is the best way we can help our fellow Americans.”The field hospital at the Javits Center will be the military’s primary facility for COVID-19 patients, but beginning immediately, the Comfort will accept trauma, emergency and urgent care patients without regard to their coronavirus status.To minimize the risk to the ship’s crew, they will be kept apart from the medical staff aboard the Comfort to prevent any inadvertent exposure of the virus.And in a further step to prevent exposure, some of the ship’s medical personnel — who will be in contact with COVID-19 patients — will be moved to a local hotel. That will reduce the number of personnel staying in the ship’s berthing areas and improve social distancing. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Leave the bin outside

first_imgIn the first week of this term, Cherwellprinted the sorry tale of Brian Butterworth, first-year psychology student at Merton, who was sent “into digs” for sleeping with a woman on college accommodation. Scandalous, yes; but ameliorated considerably by the fact that the story in question was reprinted from a 1964 edition. Surely, then, in 40 years, the University has moved on; surely such stifling moral interference is long gone by now? Perhaps in theory. Unfortunately, though, the moral stance taken by Oxford’s educational institutions is, in practice, still repressed and repressive. While colleges clearly cannot prevent consenting men and women (in any combination) having sex on their own time (not least under the European Convention on Human Rights), there are still regulations in place regarding accommodation for which the only purpose seems to be discouraging sexual contact. Many colleges, for example, operate a system of signing in and out guests who are to sleep in a member’s room. This may seem perfectly reasonable for a parent, or a sister, yet shows a complete misunderstanding on the colleges’ behalf of the nature of modern sexual relationships. If I’m considering bringing a woman or man I’ve met in a club, say, back to my room, on the premise of a coffee, my chances of sleeping with her are likely to be greatly diminished by requesting she give her signature to the duty porter first. My own college, St John’s, operates just such a system, and threatens all kinds of punishments for refusal to comply with its sexually crippling procedure. So why should we stand up for our right to have one night stands? Rather than arguing fervently in favour of sexual promiscuity (next week, perhaps), the most compelling reason is that we should be free to engage in any sexual activity that we wish, as consenting adults. It is not the place of the college to impose its own archaic morality on us – it exists as an instituion to teach us, and we live in its accommodation. However, we pay for this privilege, and accordingly it does not have the fallback that parents do when they demand you abide by their rules (“As long as you live under my roof etc.”). The relationship is not what schools call in loco parentis; rather, it is one of landlord and tenant. The colleges that operate such systems will undoubtedly claim all sorts of practical reasons for maintaining them: St John’s’ favourite is to cite the fire risk of not knowing exactly who is in the building at night time. These are clearly rubbish. In the event of a fire, I would either be in my room with the person in question, in which case when I was found he or she would also be discovered, or, on the off-chance that I was in the toilet when such a hypothetical blaze erupted, the authorities would either assume I was in my room (in which case they’d discover my guest when looking for me there), or find me first, and I would point them in my guest’s direction. Such a mix up, with one person in the toilet and the other trapped in the room (or whatever precisely the college fears), is just as likely to happen during the daytime. The most farcical aspect of the whole system, though, is that only if the two of us are going to be asleep together do we need to sign in – in which case, we’ll both be in the same room, and as soon as the potential rescuers discover me, my guest’s presence will be obvious. Surely the real fire risk is the college-mate from the quad next door who pops up for a chat at three in the morning? He genuinely might get lost in such a disaster. At the end of the day, though, if St John’s really cared about fire risks, it would have had more than one smoke alarm per stair case when the Tommy White building caught fire last term. What actually lies at the heart of this ‘safety’ measure is an instinctive conservatism to which institutions such as Oxford colleges are inevitably prone. The desire of the powers that be to i m p o s e their own m o r a l i t y onto us should be resisted fiercely – it is the sort of infringement of civil liberty that adults should not have to suffer once they leave school, and which, at any non- Oxbridge university, would be laughable. The whole concept of the scout, insidiously checking that we behave, is similarly ridiculous. Yes, we are grateful for the option of having our rooms cleaned, but the idea that our rooms be inspected at least once every two days is patently absurd, and implies the colleges see us as little children to be monitored carefully. While it may seem petty to become so irate over whimsical sexual encounters, the problem of college restrictions on guests is far more wide-ranging. Relationships, both inside and outside college, become difficult to manage. At St John’s, special permission is required from the dean if a guest is to stay for more than two consecutive nights, because of the strain on college resources. In fact, of course, a guest requires no resources at all, aside from a little extra water to brush his or her teeth with. Such an utterly farcical explanation from the college does not justify the seriously significant amount of bureaucracy that is invoked in order to have your girlfriend or boyfriend stay over for a long weekend. There have always been conspiracy theories about the way in which colleges attempt to manipulate people into working. The dire nature of some college bars, for example, is often put down to an attempt to encourage students to stay in and work – or at least an apathy about any part of life not academically fruitful. While these may or may not sound credible, the immense difficulty of sustaining a long-term relationship if your partner is unable to stay in college accommodation without decanal permission, is real and tangible. Ultimately, it is high time that some of the Oxford Colleges realised that the happiness of their members is the true mark of success in a college, and long-term, colleges that stifle their undergraduates will not attain the high application rates that they need to achieve academic success. St John’s is the perfect example of this: despite its superior wealth and placement in the Norrington tables, it receives far fewer applications than its more casual neighbour, Balliol. Moreover, the University as a whole already has a reputation for being a lot less fun than non-Oxbridge institutions. If it doesn’t wish to see its prized academic success disperse into the university system as a whole, then Oxford needs to abandon its authoritarian instincts. Unable to reconcile sexual freedom and the elusive Oxford dream, I’m packing my bags and heading off to study under the Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University College London, a certain B. Butterworth (BSc, Oxon).ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img read more

OCHS Key Club, One Day Without Shoes 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

first_imgEvent Timing: May 7th, 2016 at 9:00 amEvent Address: BAREFOOT 5K Course on the Beach: 23rd-40th and back – 1 Mile Walk on the Beach: 23rd-18th and backCost: $10.00 for Students and $20.00 for Adults (Race Packet Includes: Bib number, Tee Shirt, refreshments after race)< Click here to register >Contact us: [email protected]*Race Day Registration and Race Packet Pick-Up will be from 7:00-8:45 at the edge of the Boardwalk on 23rd Street.**You MUST have a completed waiver form in order to participate in the event.* RequiredOcean City High School Key Club and TOMS present… The OCHS Key Club is hosting an amazing event in conjunction with TOMS: One For One Shoes.  The event, One Day Without Shoes 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, is a barefoot run on beginning on the 23rd Street beach in Ocean City. Key Club is sponsoring this day to bring awareness to children’s health and education by going without shoes; for each race participant, TOMS will be donating a pair of shoes to a child in need.The idea of a 5K came from Key Club Treasurer, Senior Sammi Bornhardt. She learned of One Day Without Shoes and decided to create and support TOMS by holding a barefoot race/walk to get as many participants as possible. She wrote a grant that was accepted by Kiwanis International, as well as filled out the application for the City. She wrote to TOMS because, “we have many of the same beliefs as TOMS and we are founded on community service, helping those not only in our local community, but around the world. We hope to make an impact on the world, literally one (barefoot) step at a time.”Please save the date.  We need you there! Also, please check out our Facebook page and LIKE us!  Search for OCHS Key Club, One Day Without Shoes 5K…this page will keep you up to date with news as well.last_img read more