Oxford profits from arms research

first_imgOxford is receiving sponsorship contracts from arms companies worth at least £19 million, a report published last week has revealed.The report, Study War No More, was published jointly by the Campaign Against Arms Trade and the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and looked at the contracts of 26 universities between 2001 and 2006.Oxford has received funding for 124 projects, the third most of any of the universities surveyed. It has received the 8th largest amount of money.Daniel Lowe, OUSU Environment and Ethics Officer, said the funding could contradict OUSU’s campaign for Socially Responsible Investment. He said, “Some years ago, OUSU began a campaign for socially responsible investment. The committee doesn’t ban investments per se, but provides a framework for removing unethical investments without harming the University’s revenue. What is ethical will be determined by committee policy, but the arms trade is one of the most likely contenders to be included.”Rolls Royce and QinetiQ are amongst the University’s top research sponsors. Their business interests include the study of marine electrical systems, development of fuel systems, and defence and security.In the past, they have worked with Oxford to investigate the properties of nickel alloys and contributed to research of computational fluid dynamics. Along with research grants, arms companies were found to have sponsored a number of bursaries, industrial placements and careers fairs.In 2005 the University laid out the benefits of the funding when announcing a collaboration with QinetiQ. A spokesperson said, “University and the company [will be] working together to identify areas of common technological interest. The partnership will allow QinetiQ to access the science and technology expertise of Oxford, and maintain an active involvement in its research innovations.”A spokesperson for the University stressed that the companies are not necessarily military ones, saying, “The legitimacy of the report relies entirely on whether its definition of ‘military’ projects is sound.”According to one analysis, the Ministry of Defence is in need of new weapons and University research is instrumental to the development of these.Professor Hartley of York University’s Centre for Defence Economics said, “Production of such weapons requires both research and development. Research precedes development and generates new technical knowledge… Development involves engineering design, manufacture and testing which might result in the eventual production of the equipment for the Armed Forces.”by Omotola Akerelelast_img read more

CVPS Shareheat nets record contributions

first_imgCustomers, shareholders and several Vermont businesses have contributed to a banner year for CVPS Shareheat, raising a record amount of money to help Vermonters avert heating crises.With donations continuing to come in, more than $375,000 has been raised for the 2008-2009 heating season, raising the program total to nearly $3.2 million since its inception in 1987.  The previous record was less than $250,000 in one year.With heating prices skyrocketing, CVPS began its annual campaign with an unprecedented July kickoff, and committed $100,000 in shareholder funds to the program.  A host of Vermont businesses were recruited as partners, which donated to the matching pool to leverage customer donations. Altogether, $182,000 was available in the Shareheat matching pool, and customers have donated $193,000.  Hundreds of Vermont families benefited. We have been able to meet tremendous needs through incredible support from customers large and small, CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said.Carris Reels, Chittenden Bank, Merchants Bank, National Life Group, Omya, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Vermont Country Store and Weidman Electrical Technology joined CVPS as partners in the Shareheat program this year, donating $5,000 to $20,000 each.  Other significant donors included Vermont Electric Power Company and Hubbardton Forge. Without these major partners and donors, which helped leverage donations from across the state, we would never have raised so much to help those in need, Costello said.CVPS is already looking ahead to next winter. We will be seeking new and continued partnerships to keep Shareheat funds flowing, and hope to repeat this year s success for next winter, Costello said.Businesses interested in becoming CVPS Shareheat partners may contact Ann Warrell at 747-55697.Source: CVPS, RUTLANDlast_img read more

Batesville leaders recognized for support of ‘Star Spangled Symphony’

first_imgBatesville, In. — At the most recent Batesville city council meeting representatives from Hillenbrand and the Rural Alliance for the Arts thanked city council members and the mayor for their efforts during the Star Spangled Symphony.Many committees, individuals and local businesses were lauded for their unselfish participation to make the event a success. Everyone involved successfully planned and executed the event, with limited time, resources and no margin for error.It is estimated that 3,000 people attended the event.last_img read more

Real Madrid confirm Ramos nose break

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos (centre) in action during the Spanish league match against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Nov 19 – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos had his nose broken in a bad-tempered Madrid derby at Atletico Madrid, tests confirmed on Sunday.Ramos had to be replaced at half-time of Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano which left both sides 10 points behind runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona. “After tests carried out on Sergio Ramos by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical team, he has been diagnosed with a fractured nose,” Madrid said in a statement.Real were furious referee David Fernandez Borbalan didn’t award a penalty when Lucas Hernandez’s boot caught Ramos flush in the face.The club didn’t state how long Ramos will be sidelined, but Madrid-based sports daily Marca reported he could return as early as next weekend for Malaga’s trip to the Santiago Bernabeu, with the aid of a protective mask.“I would bleed a thousand times for this badge and this shirt,” Ramos posted on Twitter alongside pictures of his bloodied face.“Thanks for your support. I’ll be back in no time.”Ramos is expected to miss Real’s Champions League trip to APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday where a win will secure the European champions’ place in the last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more