2020 will see a continuation of the PUBlic Lecture Series, the creation of ‘The Uncomfortable Oxford Podcast’, and collaboration with ‘The Whip’, a new play by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Two DPhil students in the Department of History, Olivia Durand and Paula Larsson, founded the project in 2018. It aims to “‘raise awareness and create discourse’ about the ’uncomfortable’ legacies of inequality and imperialism in the city and the university’”. The 2019 newsletter describes how this involves colonisation and imperialism, race and racism, gender and women’s history, LGBTQ+ history, slavery, violence, and wealth and financial ethics. ‘Uncomfortable Oxford’, a project encouraging awareness of Oxford’s ‘legacies of inequality and imperialism’, has experienced rapid growth since its creation in 2018. Almost 3000 people attended events over the past year, according to their 2019 Impact Report. These include tours, lectures, and workshops. ‘Uncomfortable Oxford’ started a series of talks about the British Empire, the PUBlic lectures. They also attended the Being Human festival, co-hosting a ‘Death Café’ style-event to encourage reflection on how “stories of historical deaths are used socially and politically”, and ran an Activism Café at the East Oxford Community Centre. The Impact Record also records how awareness has increased throughcollaborations, events, and publications. Co-directors Olivia and Paulapublished ‘The Maps We Inhabit: Storytelling, Memory and Uncomfortable Oxford’in online journal Living Maps Review and were interviewed on the ‘NakedHumanities’ and ‘For Art’s Sake’ podcasts. These figures are reflected in the large quantity of positivefeedback, with the walking tours averaging 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Visitorscommend the knowledge of guides, the global outlook, and the barriers broken downto spark discussion. The organisation has run over 159 walking tours, reaching people from over 31 different countries. These tours are led by students and “encourage analysis and discussion about uncomfortable subjects within the city”. The most popular event has been ‘The Original Uncomfortable Tour’, with 1260 people attending in 2019. Further walking tours include the ‘Uncomfortable Literature Tour’, the ‘Oxford and Empire Tour’, and the ‘Follow the Money Tour’.
About Mack MoldingMack Molding is a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services. Mack specializes in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, full-service machining, and medical device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, Mack is a privately owned business that operates 10 facilities throughout the world. Don Kendall is president and CEO. For more information, go to www.mack.com(link is external). About PediaVisionPediaVision (Lake Mary, Fla.), inventor of the Spot vision screener, is dedicated to solving the critical problem of undiagnosed vision problems through automated and objective vision screening. Supported by ophthalmologists, optometrists, scientists and leading technology innovators, the Spot vision screener is breakthrough technology that empowers public health organizations and private medicine to positively affect the outcomes of a child’s educational performance. For more info, contact Jeff Mortensen, [email protected](link sends e-mail) or visit www.pediavision.com(link is external).ARLINGTON, Vt. (Oct 17, 2011) ‘ Mack Molding PediaVision, inventor of a new breakthrough vision screening device called Spot, has chosen MackMedical/Mack Molding as its manufacturing partner. The first customer shipments were released earlier this month. Geared toward children, the patent-pending technology can assess a child’s vision quickly, accurately and objectively, eliminating the subjective analysis that results from many of today’s vision screening tools. Easy to useThe wireless, handheld, screen-anywhere device makes vision screening as easy as taking a photo, which is particularly important for toddlers and young children. Similar to a point-and-shoot camera, Spot captures results in less than one second, making it equally efficient for use in a physician’s office or a large-scale public screening. For example, a typical school can be screened in one day, dramatically lowering the cost to screen students. A five-inch touchscreen clearly displays results in an instant, immediately followed by a printed report that graphs where key measurements fall within an industry-defined standard. Built on a robust technology platform and new optical design, Spot produces high-quality imagery and data, according to PediaVision President & CEO David Melnik. ‘We’re also using new processes to analyze the data, resulting in consistent, predictable accuracy across a wide range of measurements, and a very low false positive rate,’ he adds. Spot screens for several common vision issues, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, blurred vision, unequal refractive power, structural abnormalities and unequal pupil size. When the screening is completed, the resulting report indicates whether all measurements are in range or a complete eye exam is recommended. Reaching full potentialThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children. Approximately 80 percent of what children learn in their early school years is visual; so if they can’t see a teacher’s writing on the blackboard, for example, they will struggle. To complicate the issue further, vision problems rise as children get older. In children six to 11 years old, an estimated 21.5 percent have a vision problem. In students 12 to 17 years, 24 percent are affected. In a recent study of the top seven health issues in schools, vision disability was ranked number one. Yet, according to the CDC, less than 15 percent of all preschool children receive an eye exam, and fewer than 22 percent receive any type of vision screening. Of all school-age children across the U.S., 25 percent suffer from a vision problem.2 ‘Our goal is to give every child the opportunity to reach his or her full potential,’ says Melnik. ‘Many of the things we can do to move the educational performance bar in this country require long-term, big-ticket investments. Ensuring that young people have an opportunity to see clearly does not. So we must do better. The status quo simply isn’t working.’ Why MackPediaVision wanted Spot to be designed and manufactured in the U.S., according to Melnik. ‘I liked the notion of manufacturing at home rather than going overseas. Mack provides the high quality, knowledge and experience we were looking for, plus they got it ‘ they saw the value of our product and got legitimately excited about wanting to be a part of it. That was really important to us,’ adds Melnik. Mack wrote and executed the validation process for manufacturing Spot. The company molds four unique parts from three tools for the exterior skins, and machines the lens holder from aluminum. Additionally, Mack manages a supply base of 35 vendors for 65 unique parts, and totally assembles the product. After performing 14 functional tests, Mack ships the product directly to PediaVision’s customers.
Eric Wiegmann – Jay Cutler is awesomeBears down. With an injury plagued roster, the last few weeks of the season look pretty bleak. But, putting the horrors of a Caleb Hanie-directed offense behind us, it’s time to look to the future, a brighter future.That brightness emanates from one Jay Cutler.Even though he’s currently under the weather, a healthy Jay is no doubt the best quarterback touching the upper Mississippi. Now, before your head explodes in a splatter of cheddar cheese, hear me out.Yes, Jay Cutler may be slightly inferior to cheesehead QB counterparts in the numbers column with a 19-point deficit in his QB rating, no Superbowl ring and a 1-3 record versus the Pack.But, where he excels over Rodgers is in two ways: the lady-charming division and not being a jackass.Jay Cutler recently wooed his way back into Kristen Cavallari’s life and put a ring on it, for a SECOND time. Billiard.Unfortunately for Rodgers, the ladies are not his strong point. Resorting to a childhood crush, Rodgers is rumored to be dating Destiny Newton. Two words: tramp stamp. I guess that is something to championship belt to, right?Whether it’s a championship belt or a tramp stamp belt (no, literally it wraps around to her stomach), Chicago will be singing “Cutty Come Back” for the rest of the season.Welcome to Aaron Rodgers’ neighborhood; it’s the bestOk, let’s be real, is this even a question?Jay Cutler, better than Aaron Rodgers? Excuse me while I pass out from laughing.Cutler may have shown some of his worth this year leading the Bears to some decisive wins over Atlanta, New Orleans and Detroit, not to mention a mid-season six-game win streak, and is apparently essential to Chicago’s success given the three-game losing streak they’re currently on without him.But everyone saw these two quarterbacks face off in one of the most important games of last season. It was Rodgers who led the Packers to a National Football Conference title and ultimately a Super Bowl victory.Aaron boasts a 103.7 career passer rating with 16,848 yards and 126 touchdowns.Jay has a measly 84.5 career passer rating and 117 touchdowns, but does outpace Rodgers for 18,283 yards.End of argument.Also, Rodgers has led Green Bay to an undefeated season so far and 19-straight wins stretching back to last year.What has Cutler done? Been a little pussy.In the NFC Championship Game last season, he suffered a knee injury, sidelining him for much of the second half.Now I’m no football player, but I know guys are constantly suffering injuries and playing through them. When your Super Bowl hopes are on the line, you find a way to play through it. Seriously. And a sulky Cutler does not make for an interesting sideline shot, Fox Sports.Aaron Rodgers is far and away the better quarterback on the field and in the lady-charming division.
Africa’s leading pay-TV service operator StarTimes in collaboration with the German Bundesliga, have rolled out a project targeted at developing young football talents and coaches in Ghana.The event dubbed Bundesliga Football School, is a partnership project between Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) and StarTimes, the official broadcaster of the German Bundesliga in all Sub-Saharan Africa. The Bundesliga Experience is a unique event which will give football fans in Ghana a taste of ‘Football As It’s Meant To Be’.The event allows local fans to experience a physical connection to Germany’s top tier league through a number of fun and inclusive activities.The Bundesliga Football School, which has been slated for December 14 – 18, 2019, is a new partnership model targeted at developing and promoting young talent worldwide. The approach is to join with national soccer associations, soccer leagues and professional clubs to encourage talented young soccer players at the local level.Over the course of one week, soccer players (boys and girls) between the ages of 13 and 17 will receive targeted assistance in a series of compact training sessions and workshops, enabling them to showcase their talent.The sessions will be ran by experts and licensed coaches from the youth training centres of Bundesliga clubs with assistance from selected Ghanaian coaches.Former German international Renate Lingor, 2x World Cup Winner, 2x European Champion and 3x Bronze Medal Olympic Games winner together with other UEFA license A coaches such as Tobias Süveges of SV Werder Bremen, Arne Stratmann of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Bjoern Nass of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and head coach of the Bundesliga Football school, Birger J. Nass will lead the course.Ghanaian coaches will also benefit from the project which seeks to expose them to new methods of developing young talents and build a new working corporation as they work together with the German coaches.Former German captain and a 1990 FIFA world cup winner, Lothar Herbert Matthäus will also be in Accra during the period in a legends tour campaign to encourage the young talents and share his footballing experience.The German Bundesliga is a role model for youth development, with future talent emerging in the league every season.In 2002, it became mandatory for all Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs to have youth academies and since then, €1.6 Billion has been invested by clubs in youth development.The Bundesliga is therefore the perfect partner for this football school.To participate in the Bundesliga Football School, Ghanaian football talents (Boys & Girls) between the ages of 13 to 17 who can confidently exhibit their skills should download the StarTimes ON APP from Google Play Store and follow the process on the homepage to register from now until December 1, 2019.In a press launch held at Tang Palace Hotel today, Head of Marketing at StarTimes Ghana, Mrs. Akofa Banson revealed the need to invest in the development of Ghana football.“StarTimes, the brand that introduced affordable pay-tv to Ghanaians 3 years ago is seeking to give back to Ghanaians with this Football school project through our partnership with Bundesliga.”“We will continue to improve our brand, offer more value to our customers and contribute our quota to the growth of Ghana Football.”