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Washington DC, 8 March--There five ways to guarantee women can speak up and speak out, according to Oxford MPhil and former director of Policy Planning for the US State Department, Anne-Marie Slaughter. Slaughter writes in the UK’s Financial Times today to help male leaders “make sure everyone is heard.”

  1. 1.Always give a woman credit when she deserves it

  2. 2.Make sure all the women at the table have a

    chance to speak

  1. 3.When a woman is speaking, listen in a way

    that communicates to her and everyone else  

    that you actually want to hear what she has

    to say

  1. 4.If a woman is interrupted, make sure either

    to forestall the interruption or to come

    back to her

5. Ask a man to do the office housework

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Oxford MPhil: “Five ways to make

sure women are heard”

Maine, 16 March -- The lack of a comma in a series of nouns in a Maine (US) labour contract proved the key element in an overtime pay dispute, reports the Guardian newspaper.

The Oxford

comma is useful

in making the

sense clear when

there can other-

wise be ambiguity.

The Guardian in

its style guide gives the example: “I dedicate this book to my parents, Martin Amis and JK Rowling.” The sentence needs an Oxford comma after “Amis”. “Eats shoots and leaves” is another well-known example where a comma can dramatically change the sense.

The Maine dairy delivery drivers, arguing for overtime pay, said their contract implied overtime should be paid for distribution of products. The employer claimed that a list in the contract of activities excluded from overtime pay meant no overtime for distribution.

In the list of activities not eligible for overtime pay, a comma inserted after “shipment” would have changed the verdict.

“The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of:

(1) Agricultural produce;

(2) Meat and fish products; and

(3) Perishable foods.”

Oxford, 20 March --Archives from Ducker & Son, the long-established shoeshop in the Turl, are to be transferred to the Bodleian according to an article in today’s Financial Times.

Ducker customers included Evelyn Waugh, J R R Tolkien and Herbert Asquith. Ducker closed last year after 118 years providing footwear for Oxford’s elite.

Ducker’s shoeshop records go to Bodleian

Oxford comma sways Maine labour dispute

Shenzen, 6 April --One of China’s top universities has acquired Foxcombe Hall, a medieval campus at Boars Hill near Oxford, and is setting up a business school there, according to Caixin, the Chinese media group.

The Guardian’s Beijing correspondent said this comes just months after President Xi Jinping called for Chinese universities to be transformed into strongholds of Communist party rule.

Peking University, an elite Beijing institution where Mao Zedong once worked as a librarian, will open a branch of its HSBC Business School in Oxford early next year, Caixin reported.

The school is setting up camp in Foxcombe Hall which it recently purchased for a reported £8.8m. The 19th century manor was home to the eighth earl of Berkeley.

Peking University plans HSBC school in Oxford