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Hertford JCR criticises failed outreach scheme

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first_imgHertford JCR has criticised college authorities after they failed to offer the Reach Scholarship, which offers free education to students from developing countries. A JCR motion mandated JCR members to send emails to Senior Tutor Alan Bogg, Principal Will Hutton, and Tutor for Admissions Peter Bull, expressing “deep concern” regarding their decision.The Reach Scholarship programme is a university-wide scheme which offers financial support to a number of students from low income countries who, for political or financial reasons, or because suitable educational facilities do not exist, cannot study for a degree in their own countries. The scholarship covers university fees, college fees, a grant for living expenses and one return air fare per year.A short-listing panel meets every year to recommend six applicants to the colleges that accept Reach scholars. This can result in applicants being offered a place in one college, while being awarded a scholarship in another, and therefore having to change college before coming up.Hertford JCR adds a sum of £3 per term to every student’s battles payments which funds half of one Reach scholarship for an undergraduate at Hertford. However, this year college authorities decided not to accept such a scholar.A representative for Hertford College told Cherwell, “The college is wholly committed to the Reach scheme. There was a communication gap between us and the JCR in this the first year of its operation, but after talks with the JCR we believe it will not be repeated. More broadly we share the same commitment to outreach and widening access as the JCR.”Hugh Baker, Hertford College’s JCR President proposed the motion. He said the decision “completely goes against Hertford’s strong tradition of access work, and effectively denies strong academic candidates the chance to study at Oxford.”The JCR argued “that the college’s decision not to accept a Reach Scholar for the coming year flies in the face of our access program” and “that the JCR should have had far greater influence on the college’s decision given that 50% of the funds for the scholarship come from the JCR.”An amendment was made to the initial motion, which read, “the JCR resolves to urge the JCR President to strongly consider bringing this story into the public eye.”Following the motion, over 120 emails were sent to College expressing dissatisfaction with the decision.The proponent and seconder of the motion subsequently met with the Principal, the Tutor for Admission, and the Senior Tutor to discuss the decision over the Reach Scholarship. Following this meeting, Baker emailed the JCR saying, “The act of migrating a scholar from another college to Hertford was fraught with complications, and individual subject tutors’ decisions realistically had to be made mainly on academic grounds once the short-list had been compiled.”Baker continued, “It is clear that college are completely supportive of the Reach scheme and have been trying to do the best they can in an essentially flawed framework for awarding the scholarship. The response of the JCR…has made it very clear of the strong moral views of the JCR surrounding Hertford’s access work.”OUSU and the JCR have resolved to work with college and the university to make changes to the scheme.last_img read more

Living Wage campaign gathers speed

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first_imgThe Oxford University Living Wage Campaign has seen two major developments this week, with St. Anne’s launching a petition and a protest being held in Wellington square.Yesterday, the University’s Personnel Committee hosted a public meeting in Wellington Square to discuss the issue, and to demonstrate in support of a living wage for Oxford University staff. The event was convened by Dan Tomlinson, OUSU Vice-President for Charities and Communities, and Andrew Grey, chair of the University’s Living Wage Campaign.Tomlinson said, “An important university committee was meeting yesterday to discuss whether or not the central university should take more action on the Living Wage. We held an event outside the building as the committee members were arriving to celebrate the Living Wage and show our thanks to University staff for working hard for us.“More than 30 students attended our action and the Chair of the University committee came out and spoke with members of the campaign. We have been in constructive dialogue with the University for a number of months now and it was the University that pro-actively decided to discuss the Living Wage at the meeting yesterday. I look forward to more productive meetings with them in the future.”The national Living Wage is currently set at £7.65 an hour for workers outside London. The figure takes into account the costs of living, including rent, food bills, child-care, and utility costs.Currently, only five Oxford colleges pay its staff the Living Wage. However, this week also saw St Anne’s student launch a campaign petitioning college authorities to engage in discussions about the its introduction. George Gillett, the OUSU rep for St Anne’s, told Cherwell, “At St Anne’s, we’ve been campaigning for the past year to encourage the college to become a Living Wage employer. Unfortunately, despite numerous meetings with the College Treasurer, as well as passing a JCR motion with unanimous support, the College authorities are still denying our request to even start communicating with staff about their pay and working conditions. “We felt that a petition would be a good way to show how important paying the Living Wage is to students, tutors and staff alike. The petition has received over 330 signatures in less than a week, clearly showing that a large proportion of the College community actively support the Living Wage.”St Anne’s JCR president, Christina Toenshoff, pointed out “the fact that not only students, but also staff and even Governing Body fellows have signed it shows very clearly that this is not just a movement from within the student body, but something that has support on all levels within college.”Jo Hynes, a St Anne’s geography student, stressed the importance of the student-led campaign. “College so far have been very much against the introduction of a Living Wage at St Anne’s, consistently suggesting that staff are paid a living wage when bonuses and other benefits are accounted for – despite the fact that these have been decreasing in recent years and not all staff on the lowest pay receive them. In spite of its purported image as a more forward-thinking college, St Anne’s does not seem to value paying all its employees a wage suitable to live off.”Oxford colleges which pay the Living Wage to all of their staff include Green Templeton, All Soul’s, Brasenose, New, and Mansfield. OUSU Vice-President Dan Tomlinson argued, given that Mansfield is one of the poorer colleges, other colleges could also follow suit, commenting, “The University is making good progress towards paying a Living Wage and is actively considering it for central university buildings and departments, so some colleges really need to catch up.”Not all Oxford students have seen the St Anne’s campaign in a positive light, however. Several students have questioned the economic efficiency of implementing the Living Wage. Duncan Heagan, an undergraduate at New College, said, “The Living Wage is one of those things that we do to try and assuage our guilt at being privileged. It seems like a good idea on paper, but in practice, less so. I am by no means aware of the full impact which adopting the Living Wage has had on the staff of New College, but I understand that it resulted in many being laid off and the College cutting back in other areas as well, e.g. students now have to provide their own bedding. Granted, if providing my own bedclothes means someone else can enjoy a higher standard of living, than I’m okay with it I suppose, but I’m not sure to what extent this is the case.”Despite this, Kath Nicholls, JCR President at New College, affirms that a recent Living Wage Campaign similar to St Anne’s current petition was passed “with overwhelming support last year” in her college’s JCR.Last year, the University committed to paying all of its direct employees the Living Wage.last_img read more

Palmer and Harvey launches Bakedirect bread delivery operation

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first_imgWholesaler Palmer and Harvey has expanded its direct van sales operation with the launch of new service Bakedirect to help deliver bread and morning goods across London.Joining Palmer and Harvey’s existing direct van sales brand – Sweetdirect and Snackdirect –Bakedirect will operate a fleet of 25 vans and work in conjunction with suppliers including Warburtons, McVitie’s and Premier Foods within the M25 area.Palmer and Harvey said the introduction of Bakedirect will ensure retailers can expect a regular and reliable service, with no minimum drop charge and time savings compared with cash & carry visits.Warburtons said it was “extremely proud” to play a role in bringing Bakedirect to fruition.“Not only will this partnership allow us to bring some of the nation’s number one bakery products to even more shelves and shoppers in the London area, it also builds on our legacy of strong relationships with the independent retail sector,” added Warburtons sales development head Mark Jones.Noel Robinson, managing director of direct van sales at Palmer and Harvey, said expanding the company’s direct van sales offering with Bakedirect was in line with the company’s ongoing commitment to retailers.“Our expertise in this area ensures that retailers not only have unrivalled service, but also guaranteed profit when it comes to their impulse and baked ranges,” he said.“We look forward to working closely with our suppliers on this new venture, with a view to further expanding the Bakedirect offer in the future.”Palmer and Harvey claims to be the UK’s number one delivered wholesaler and has an annual turnover of more than £4bn.last_img read more

Treasury borrowing drops but could rise with new COVID aid

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first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says it plans to borrow $274 billion in the current January-March quarter, down 54.1% from last three-month period. But officials concede that figure could rise significantly depending on what type of new coronavirus relief package is approved by Congress. Treasury’s projected borrowing figure for this quarter is down from the $597 billion in actual borrowing it did during the October-December quarter. The government ran up a record $3.1 trillion deficit for the 2020 budget year. Federal finances were strained by trillions of dollars spent to support an economy that went into freefall in the spring when a global pandemic hit, pushing millions of people out of work.last_img read more

Doctor your plants

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first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWillie Chance isn’t a doctor, but he thinks like one. Chance, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Houston County, helps homeowners bandage and prevent injuries and illnesses on their landscape plants. Just as humans are responsible for the upkeep of their bodies, homeowners are ultimately responsible for what they allow to happen in their landscape. “When we go to the doctor, we want a shot so we’ll feel better right away,” Chance said. “We don’t want to be told we need to cut back on certain foods and increase our intake of water and vitamins.” Fertilizer isn’t food Don’t over water “Some people tell me all the things their landscape company has done, but they don’t admit to what they personally haven’t done,” he said. “A professional company just comes to your home once a month or so. You’re there every day.” React to emergenciesJust like with humans, emergency situations can lead to situations that contradict the rules. People need water to survive and so do plants. But don’t give your plants too much of a good thing. “When a person tells me they know their problem isn’t water-related, I know it very likely is,” he said. “People are actually killing plants during a drought by watering them too often.” “If your plant is wilted, give it water,” he said. “It’s like when a diabetic person’s blood sugar level drops. They aren’t supposed to eat sweets, but you give them a candy bar to bring their sugar level up quickly.” Watering plants too much can actually cause more harm than good. Excess water deprives roots of oxygen and creates a perfect environment for fungi and water molds to attack and kill roots, Chance said. Be responsive Annual plants and vegetables should be watered twice a week. Woody plants should be pruned during their dormant period. For many plants this is December through March, he said.center_img Fertilizer does provide nutrients so that a plant can make its own food through photosynthesis, he said. However, fertilizer usually won’t “cure” a plant of its aliments, he said. “You can prune later,” Chance said. “But expect pruning during the growing season to slow plant growth more than dormant pruning.” “Nutrient deficiency will stunt a plant, but it doesn’t kill them very often,” Chance said. “You also have to add the correct nutrient. If I’m calcium deficient, it won’t help for me to pump myself full of Vitamin C.” Homeowners react the same way when Chance tells them how to solve their landscape problems. What they need to do isn’t always what they want to do. Spring flowering plants should be pruned after they bloom but before mid-July. “You want to prune before the new buds begin to form for next year,” Chance said. Prune non-blooming plants from late December through mid-September. “When you go to doctor and find out you have high cholesterol and you’re over weight, the doctor isn’t going to talk to you about trimming your toenails,” he said. “You have to address the real problem — not add a bandage to it and hope it heals itself.” For landscape advice from your county UGA Extension agent call 1-800-ASK-UGA1. “It’s best to water your plants very deeply, once a week,” he said. “If you water every day you are creating a shallow root system. The secret is to water deeply and infrequently.” When humans need surgery, they rely on anesthesia to prevent pain. Plants appreciate the same treatment, Chance said. “A lot of people rely heavily on fertilizer as the magic cure-all,” Chance said. “Fertilizer for a plant is like vitamins for us. It provides nutrients, but it’s not a food source.” (Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

TrailMix Virtual Festival – Celebrating 25 years of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

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first_imgCelebrate 25 Years of Blue Ridge Outdoors during the TrailMix Virtual Musical Festival Thursday July 30, 2020 – Tune in HERE Click here to order yourself a TrailMix Virtual Festival Poster! Friday, July 31, 2020 – Tune in HERE 3:30 PM Deau Eyes4:10 PM Andrew Alli & Josh Small5:00 PM Velvet Kove5:30 PM Erin Lunsford6:05 PM The Mighty Pines7:00 PM Leftover Salmon7:35 PM Kendall Street Company Cheers to 25 years! The festival, sponsored by Starr Hill Brewery, features a lineup of amazing musicians including Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Judy Chops, The Mighty Pines, Kendall Street Company, Sally Rose, Erin Lunsford, Deau Eyes, Andrew Alli & Josh Small, Velvet Kove, Jacob Ritter & Graham Stone Music, and Genna Matthew Music.  Schedule 3:30 PM Genna Matthew4:20 PM Sally Rose4:55 PM The Judy Chops5:55 PM The Infamous Stringdusters7:00 PM Yonder Mountain String Band7:55 PM Jacob Ritter & Graham Stone Life is hard right now, but there’s still plenty of joy to be found. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating 25 years of sports, health, adventure and the amazing outdoor experiences we are lucky enough to have at our fingertips right here in the blue ridge.  Why celebrate with a virtual music festival? When the pandemic hit back in the spring, Blue Ridge Outdoors began hosting Friday TrailMix Live shows in the hopes of lifting the spirits of our readers. So, to celebrate 25 years in print we thought there was nothing better than hosting one big festival right before our anniversary issue releases next week. For 25 years Blue Ridge Outdoors has been bringing you everything you need to know about sports, health, and adventure travel in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Help us celebrate this momentous anniversary by joining us for an epic two days of amazing music during the TrailMix Virtual Festival taking place on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31. Grab a beer, hang a hammock, and tune in for two days of incredible music. RSVP here. Comment during the two day festival for a chance to win a sweet Ramble On swag bag from Starr Hill Brewery, stuffed with goodies, shirts, hat, sweatshirt, and more! last_img read more

Families look to secure an executive lifestyle in a premium spot

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first_img52 Kew Rd, GracevilleThe auction attracted nine registered bidders, and a crowd of more than 100 people watched on. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“We had heaps of interest in this property and about 55 groups through the home over the four-week campaign,” Mr May said. “Buyers were mostly families looking to secure an executive lifestyle in a premium high side location. Kew Rd in itself is one of the best streets in the area.” 52 Kew Rd, GracevilleAN executive home in a popular high side Graceville street has sold under the hammer to a family buyer. Doug May, of Nanette Lilley Property, said the five-bedroom property at 52 Kew Rd sold for an undisclosed amount. 52 Kew Rd, GracevilleMr May said seven of the bidders actively took part in the auction.“We did hit and exceed the reserve,” he said. The Graceville-based agent said the successful buyers were overjoyed with securing the 810sq m property with a two-storey home. center_img 52 Kew Rd, GracevilleMr May said he wasn’t surprised the home attracted so much interest as the whole suburb was proving popular with buyers. “Graceville, with its lifestyle, proximity to the city and fantastic infrastructure, is one of the hotter suburbs in Brisbane,” he said.last_img read more

Black Stars legend reveals how AFCON 2008 cost him Manchester City deal

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first_img Loading… Then on the books of Italian side Udinese, the frontman had a challenging tournament for the Black Stars on home soil as he fell out with fans for perceived ‘underwhelming’ performances. He netted once at the championship – a penalty in the opening game against Guinea. “I regret playing at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations because I was injured but I felt I needed to sacrifice but yet I was criticized [for my performance],” Gyan told GTV Sports+. “I really regret playing in the tournament because even after that I had to go out for five months.Advertisement “I was supposed to sign for Manchester City but I missed. “That has been one of my biggest regrets with the National team.” After the second group game, Gyan threatened to walk out of the Ghana team after it emerged his family was attacked by angry fans following the match. read also:My relationship with former Ghana coach Appiah still broken – Gyan Reports said it took a presidential intervention to prevent him from leaving the camp. After the tournament where the Black Stars suffered a semi-final elimination, Gyan moved from Udinese to French side Rennes in the summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ghana striker, Asamoah Gyan, has disclosed playing at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) cost him a big move to Manchester City. Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFascinating Ceilings From Different Countries7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Howson progress earns new deal

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first_img Press Association Howson, 25, joined the Canaries from Leeds in January 2012 and has made 60 appearances, scoring five times including a fine individual effort on the final day of last season at Manchester City. Hughton – who brought in half-a-dozen new signings in the summer – has selected Howson in each of Norwich’s 16 Premier League matches so far this season, and is delighted with the midfielder’s development as the Canaries have slowly started to climb the table. Norwich manager Chris Hughton is confident there is more to come from Jonny Howson after the midfielder signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal at the Barclays Premier League club. “A new contract comes in line with Jonny’s form this season, which has seen him be a mainstay of the team and put in some impressive performances,” Hughton said on the club’s official website, www.canaries.co.uk. “In the period of time that Jonny’s been here, there’s been progression in his influence in the team and in the matches, and we’re delighted to be able to secure his services for the next four-and-a-half years.” Howson joins team-mates John Ruddy, the England goalkeeper, and club captain Sebastien Bassong in penning contract extensions to commit their long-term futures to the Norfolk club. The former Leeds trainee hopes to build on his promising start to the 2013/2014 campaign. He said: “As soon as I found out there was an offer there I was very interested in getting it signed. I am very settled here and happy to sign. “I have really enjoyed the season so far and have had a good run in the side. I just want that to continue, and obviously staying here longer gives me the chance to do that.” Norwich drew 1-1 with Swansea on Sunday to edge up into 14th place, five points clear of the relegation zone and head to bottom club Sunderland this weekend. Club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel could be involved at the Stadium of Light, having been sidelined since the end of October by a toe problem. Winger Robert Snodgrass continues his recovery from a knee injury sustained in the build-up to the Newcastle match last month, and the Scotland international may well come back into contention for the festive fixtures against Fulham on Boxing Day and Manchester United. “I am progressing nicely, but I don’t want to put a timescale on it. I will leave it to the head physio to tell me when I am ready,” Snodgrass said on the club’s official website. “We got it scanned and the outcome was four to six weeks, these things happen, but I am big enough to just work hard and look forward.” Snodgrass is confident he will rejoin a side now looking up the table after slowly building some positive results. “I know the players are ready for the challenge ahead. I am sure the supporters have not been happy with some of the performances like at Manchester City and Liverpool, but we have also picked up some decent results and I think you can see every point is vital in this league.” last_img read more

Kaymer closing in on title

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first_img Press Association Martin Kaymer had his overnight lead intact as he closed in on a second major title at the end of a historic week in the US Open at Pinehurst. Successive rounds of 65 – the lowest in a US Open at Pinehurst – meant Kaymer had equalled the lowest halfway total in major championship history (130), as well as eclipsing the US Open record of 131 set by Rory McIlroy at Congressional in 2011. The 29-year-old’s six-shot halfway lead also matched the championship record shared by Tiger Woods (2000) and McIlroy (2011), while he joined McIlroy in becoming the only players to reach double digits under par in the first two rounds. A third round of 72 after the USGA set testing pin positions on 17 of the 18 holes succeeded in only reducing his lead by a single shot, and Kaymer was quickly among the birdies in the final round. The tee on the par-four third had been brought forward to tempt players into driving the green and Kaymer did precisely that, two-putting from long range for birdie to move to nine under par. A bogey on the seventh saw Kaymer’s lead reduced to four shots after American Erik Compton picked up his second birdie of the day on the eighth, but the 34-year-old promptly bogeyed the ninth after failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker. Kaymer made no such mistake with a superb tee shot setting up a birdie from five feet, but after Compton reduced the gap once more on the par-five 10th and Kaymer took six on the same hole after thinning his third over the green, Compton released the pressure with a bogey on the 11th. Another bogey on the 12th saw Compton fall further off the pace and, when Kaymer holed from 20 feet for birdie on the 13th, he had a seven-shot lead with five holes to play. center_img Looking to become the first German player to win the title but the fourth European in the last five years after Ryder Cup team-mates Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose, Kaymer took a five-shot lead into the final round. And although an easier course set-up meant eight players had already broken 70 compared with just two all day on Saturday, none of those scores had come from Kaymer’s nearest challengers. last_img read more