Naval Drills Unrelated to Tensions, China Says

first_img Naval Drills Unrelated to Tensions, China Says China has said a series of recent naval drills are “routine” and unrelated to simmering tensions in the South China Sea involving a range of…(channelnewsasia)[mappress]Source: channelnewsasia, June  30, 2011; View post tag: china Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Unrelated View post tag: Drills View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: says Back to overview,Home naval-today Naval Drills Unrelated to Tensions, China Says View post tag: Navy June 30, 2011 View post tag: Tensions Share this articlelast_img read more

Notre Dame passes reaccreditation review

first_imgThe Higher Learning Commission (HLC) gave Notre Dame the highest marks in all criteria in its decennial reaccreditation review, according to Fr. John Jenkins, president of the University.“The report praised the academic distinction of many departments and observed that faculty showed an ‘unusual’ commitment to their undergraduates,” Jenkins said in a faculty address. “‘In short,’ they wrote, ‘Notre Dame [provides a high-quality education across the broad] in a way that is truly exemplary.’ … I thank every faculty member for making the University a place that merits such high praise.”Dan Hubert, accreditation program director, said the University must complete this process every 10 years in order to remain accredited.“Without being an accredited institution, [Notre Dame] does not qualify for federal financial aid, we don’t qualify for federal research dollars,” Hubert said. “Your credits, if you transfer somewhere else, may not transfer and as well as accepting credits from another institution coming in, they have to be accredited. There’s a lot that plays into being an accredited institution.”The reaccreditation process consists of a self-study based on HLC criteria and a follow-up visit during which an evaluation team verifies and further explores the report, Hubert said.“It was about a two year process for us to thoroughly look at the University,” Hubert said. “… We worked with about 120 faculty to gather the information to address these five criteria that the Higher Learning Commission has for us. We then had to write that up into a report for submission: it was a 245-page report, with links to almost 1,000 other documents.”The five overarching criteria components that a university must meet are mission; ethical and responsible conduct; teaching and learning: quality, resources and support; evaluation and improvement; and planning and institutional effectiveness, according to the HLC website. Hubert said each criteria component had a team assigned to it.“When we design the self-study team we chose faculty leaders to head up each of the five criteria areas,” Hubert said. “They shepherded the process and were well-respected faculty that had also held previous leadership roles on campus … It is one of the thankless things that the faculty and staff do on campus.”Hubert said the Higher Learning Commission is in the process of adopting a different reaccreditation schedule.“Instead of going for a full 10 years and having to do a whole report every 10 years, we are on a new system called Pathways, which in four years, we will provide an update to [the HLC],” Hubert said. “Then, three years after that, we will provide another update, and then at the 10-year mark, we will provide another update but it will only be for a three-year period. We will be continually updating our report along the way.”Hubert said the report was an overall success.“We hit everything because across the board, they gave us the highest marks that you could receive, so we really give kudos to the faculty and staff that worked on it to make sure we had everything covered,” Hubert said.Tags: Higher Learning Commission, HLC, reaccreditation reviewlast_img read more

SPOTY 2016 – Murray to Mount up Titles

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit GVC hails SportsAid programme developing next generation of British athletes August 7, 2020 Share With sixteen nominees as opposed to the usual ten, and still the likes of Chris Froome missing out, it just goes to show that, whilst the rest of us suffered, it’s worth remembering that British sports had a good 2016. Tim Reynolds, Sun BetsAfter the best year of his career to date which pivoted him to number one in the rankings having won Wimbledon, the ATP World Tour and an Olympic gold for good measure  Andy Murray is the strong bookies’ favourite.The gambling world is in serious doubt that anyone else can prevent the Scot from securing another SPOTY title, and the claim of being the only sports star to win it three times.Sun Bets Spokesman Tim Reynolds commented: “Andy Murray is one of the greatest sportsmen in British history, and ought to win SPOTY at an absolute canter- so we rightly make him our 1/10 favourite to hold on to his crown. Of course there’s a risk that the public will tire of voting for him, but equally it’s factored into his price that he’s got a track record of a big fanbase supporting him on the night.”A year of impressive sporting feats from countrymen and women however could mean an upset is on the cards. Mo Farah for instance, is priced as high as 20/1 in places, whilst Alistair Brownlee is generally at the 7/1 mark and Laura Kenny is at 25/1 with Stan James.Also reportedly somewhat in the running is Welsh hero Gareth Bale (best odds of 33/1). Reynolds noted: “There’s a strong case for third favourite Mo Farah at 16/1, much as there was in 2012. He’s a popular character but for whatever reason, doesn’t seem to motivate the public to back him strongly enough- just 8% voted Farah when he won Olympic Gold in the 5000m and 10,000m in 2012.“Quite frankly if 7/1 second favourite Alistair Brownlee wins for helping his brother over the line in an event that almost no Brits watched live, it’ll make a mockery of the award. If two American or Kenyan brothers had done the same thing, denying a Brit of a medal- we’d be calling them cheats!”It’s important to note that this is a public vote, and that following his Olympic heroics Brownlee won hearts and minds when he sacrificed his own race to help brother Jonny cross the finish line in the Triathlon World Series in September.William Hill is so convinced that Murray will make it a hattrick of titles that they’ve opened up betting for who’ll finish second to him. William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams commented: “Andy Murray is nailed on to win this year’s award, in fact we are so sure he will win that we have opened betting for who will finish second to Mr Murray.”last_img read more