£10,000 spent on fake Oxford room

first_imgA sixth form college in Hackney has spent £10,000 creating a copy of an Oxford tutor’s study.Formerly a staff room, the “Red Room” in BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College has been designed to make inner-city students feel less intimidated by interview surroundings. It aims to help encourage them to apply to Oxford and other top universities. £4,000 was spent on building the room and £6,000 on appropriate furnishings, including an adjacent garden with replica classical sculptures. It is modelled on the colours of Pembroke College, Oxford, as part of the “Pem-Brooke” partnership programme between the school and the College. Dr Peter Claus, senior research fellow in history at Pembroke, teaches BSix students in the Red Room three days a week, running tutorials and seminars throughout the year. He believes that all academics ought to perform a similar “public duty” in light of “urgent” social mobility problems.Last year, three quarters of the 319 BSix students who went to university were the first in their family to do so. Only 10 of those attended Russell Group institutions while just one student went to Cambridge in 2011, and another to Oxford in 2010. Headmaster Ken Warman said he was keen to grow the strategy and improve such figures. He told Cherwell, “We work with 13 other universities on similar programmes. In 2010, 10 students were on such a scheme. Our goal is that, by 2015, every student will be.”Luke Pearce, a 16-year-old student at BSix, who wants to be the first in his family to study at university by reading PPE at Oxford, approves of the room, saying, “Just stepping in makes you feel quite inspired and privileged.”Mr Warman stressed that, “If you go to Oxford it is a daunting experience. But if our students have already done it, they will be much more able to cope without being thrown by the unfamiliar surroundings.”A first-year at Wadham, also educated in East London, commented, “Although it seems like a good idea, I feel there is more emphasis on “style over substance’”, but went on to state, “that said, this style of practice might be the perfect stimulus for some students, especially in regards to self-esteem and their perception of Oxford”. Simone Webb, a first-year PPEist, was more critical, responding, “I think that £10,000 could be better spent on improving the quality of education at the sixth form, which would far better prepare students for Oxbridge admissions.”However, Mr Warman pointed out that he was “devoting the whole institution to the pursuit of high standards for all” and explained that use of the room would be open to all Hackney schools.Helen Robb, St Anne’s JCR President, felt that, “At interview, one of the most important things for all applicants is to feel confident in expressing their ideas regardless of their environment. If the study can help this in any way, then of course it’s a good thing for those applicants who have access to it.”Yet Hertford student Rhys Owens remarked: “If you’re the kind of person who gets intimidated by a building or a room, I’m doubtful as to whether applying to Oxbridge would really be the right choice.”Reacting to accusations that it was “intimidating”, the University emphasised that it is “holding more than 1,500 outreach events across the country, trying to break down some of the myths that still persist about Oxford and its admissions process”.Charlotte Hendy, Pembroke JCR President, was supportive of the scheme, adding, ‘The link between Pembroke and BSix has been an extremely successful initiative. The replication of the study at the school is just one of a number of phases that students go through to give them insight into what studying at Oxford, and other such institutions, is like. It recognises just how important it is to make the student feel comfortable and prepared for the interview process, and we hope that it will aid the scheme as it continues to go from strength to strength.’Formerly a staff room, the “Red Room” in BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College has been designed to make inner-city students feel less intimidated by interview surroundings. It aims to help encourage them to apply to Oxford and other top universities. £4,000 was spent on building the room and £6,000 on appropriate furnishings, including an adjacent garden with replica classical sculptures. It is modelled on the colours of Pembroke College, Oxford, as part of the “Pem-Brooke” partnership programme between the school and the College. Dr Peter Claus, senior research fellow in history at Pembroke, teaches BSix students in the Red Room three days a week, running tutorials and seminars throughout the year. He believes that all academics ought to perform a similar “public duty” in light of “urgent” social mobility problems.Last year, three quarters of the 319 BSix students who went to university were the first in their family to do so. Only 10 of those attended Russell Group institutions while just one student went to Cambridge in 2011, and another to Oxford in 2010. Headmaster Ken Warman said he was keen to grow the strategy and improve such figures. He told Cherwell, “We work with 13 other universities on similar programmes. In 2010, 10 students were on such a scheme. Our goal is that, by 2015, every student will be.”Luke Pearce, a 16-year-old student at BSix, who wants to be the first in his family to study at university by reading PPE at Oxford, approves of the room, saying, “Just stepping in makes you feel quite inspired and privileged.”Mr Warman stressed that, “If you go to Oxford it is a daunting experience. But if our students have already done it, they will be much more able to cope without being thrown by the unfamiliar surroundings.”A first-year at Wadham, also educated in East London, commented, “Although it seems like a good idea, I feel there is more emphasis on “style over substance’”, but went on to state, “that said, this style of practice might be the perfect stimulus for some students, especially in regards to self-esteem and their perception of Oxford”. Simone Webb, a first-year PPEist, was more critical, responding, “I think that £10,000 could be better spent on improving the quality of education at the sixth form, which would far better prepare students for Oxbridge admissions.”However, Mr Warman pointed out that he was “devoting the whole institution to the pursuit of high standards for all” and explained that use of the room would be open to all Hackney schools.Helen Robb, St Anne’s JCR President, felt that, “At interview, one of the most important things for all applicants is to feel confident in expressing their ideas regardless of their environment. If the study can help this in any way, then of course it’s a good thing for those applicants who have access to it.”Yet Hertford student Rhys Owens remarked: “If you’re the kind of person who gets intimidated by a building or a room, I’m doubtful as to whether applying to Oxbridge would really be the right choice.”Reacting to accusations that it was “intimidating”, the University emphasised that it is “holding more than 1,500 outreach events across the country, trying to break down some of the myths that still persist about Oxford and its admissions process”.Charlotte Hendy, Pembroke JCR President, was supportive of the scheme, adding, ‘The link between Pembroke and BSix has been an extremely successful initiative. The replication of the study at the school is just one of a number of phases that students go through to give them insight into what studying at Oxford, and other such institutions, is like. It recognises just how important it is to make the student feel comfortable and prepared for the interview process, and we hope that it will aid the scheme as it continues to go from strength to strength.’last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Showcases Their Soulful Side For Night 2 Of Beacon Run [Videos]

first_imgOn Saturday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to New York City’s Beacon Theatre for the second night of their annual residency, which will find the band performing six shows from October 5th to 13th, including shows featuring special guests Steve Earle and JJ Grey on October 9th and 10th, respectively. For their second Beacon show last night, the band offered up one of their classic “Evening With” performance, a two-set show without openers. Following Friday night’s guest-filled second set, TTB kept things “all in the family” last night, offering up two hearty sets of originals and covers.The first set of Saturday night’s show saw the twelve-piece sounding loose and feeling at home, anchored by the husband-and-wife duo of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. Opening up with a cover of the late Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)”, Tedeschi found herself front and center out of the gates, before sandwiching a take on the Derek Trucks Band’s “Mahjoun” between two songs off of 2016’s Let Me Get By, “Laugh About It” and “Just As Strange”. After moving through a soulful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On The Wire”, the band launched into one of their setlist staple Bob Dylan covers, “Down In The Flood”, which made way for “Bound For Glory”. Tedeschi Trucks Band closed out their first frame with a cover of Van Morrison’s “Call Me Up In Dreamland”.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “I Never Loved A Man” – 10/6/2018[Video: Sean Roche]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Call Me Up In Dreamland” – 10/6/2018[Video: Sean Roche]Following a brief set break, Tedeschi Trucks Band opened up set two with “Don’t Let Me Slide”, as the twelve-piece decided to continue delivering original material, with “Midnight In Harlem” and “Right On Time” following suit. Up next was a cover of Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers’ “How Blue Can You Get?”, before offering up renditions of “Going Down Slow”, “Shame”, and “Don’t Know What It Means”, with the band firing off on all cylinders. TTB brought the second set to a close with a pair of covers, Derek & The Domino’s “Keep On Growing” followed by Roosevelt Sykes’ “Night Time Is The Right Time”.After a short break before encore, the twelve-piece band returned, with Susan Tedeschi taking a moment to address her parents in the crowd. Tedeschi got emotional as she dedicated the encore to her loved ones, coasting into a moving rendition of Leon Russel’s “A Song For You”, before closing out the show with a cover of Joe Cocker’s “Space Captain”.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Shame” – 10/6/2018[Video: Evan Pragliola]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “A Song For You” – 10/6/2018[Video: Evan Pragliola]Tedeschi Trucks Band returns to the Beacon Theatre Tuesday, October 9th, for a show featuring special guest Steve Earle. Head to the band’s website for more information.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 10/6/2018Set One: I Never Loved A Man, Laugh About It, Mahjoun, Just As Strange, Bird On The Wire, Down In The Flood, Bound For Glory, Call Me Up In DreamlandSet Two: Don’t Let Me Slide, Midnight In Harlem, Right On Time, How Blue Can You Get?, Going Down Slow, Shame, Don’t Know What It Means, Keep On Growing, Night Time Is The Right TimeEncore: A Song For You, Space Captainlast_img read more

Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests negative for coronavirus

first_img“Don’t believe in the fake news media!” he wrote.Media reports said earlier that Bolsonaro had tested positive for coronavirus and was awaiting the results of a second test to confirm.Bolsonaro, who had previously called coronavirus fears “overblown,” was left in a delicate position Thursday by news that his communications chief, Fabio Wajngarten, had tested positive for COVID-19.The test result came after a trip to the United States during which both Bolsonaro and Wajngarten met Saturday with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and a slate of other top US officials. Topics : Wearing a face mask, Bolsonaro said in a video address Thursday night that he would know “in the next few hours” whether or not he was infected with the virus that has caused a global pandemic.He cancelled a scheduled trip to northeastern Brazil on Thursday and had no events on his agenda Friday.He took his test result as a personal victory.The image he chose to accompany his Facebook post neatly summed up the provocative persona of a president, who has been dubbed the “Tropical Trump.”Bolsonaro, a former army captain who is openly nostalgic for Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964-1985), has repeatedly made the arm gesture — widely known as an “F-U,” “Italian salute,” “Iberian slap,” “bras d’honneur” or, in Brazil, “banana” — at journalists, accusing the media of being biased against him.center_img Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday he had tested negative for the new coronavirus, after a scare over a trip on which at least one infected member of his staff rubbed shoulders with Donald Trump.”The Armed Forces Hospital and [diagnostic laboratory] Sabin have returned a negative test result for COVID-19 for the President of the Republic Jair Bolsonaro,” said a post on the far-right leader’s Facebook page.It was accompanied by a picture of Bolsonaro flashing an obscene arm gesture at the press.last_img read more

Pertamina expects to begin running Cilacap biorefinery in 2021

first_imgState-owned oil giant Pertamina expects its new biofuel refinery in Cilacap, Central Java, to begin first-phase operations next year as part of the government’s biodiesel push.The facility will have a “small capacity” of 3,000 barrels per day (bpd) but the output will be “100 percent made from crude palm oil,” said Ignatius Tallulembang, president director of Pertamina’s refinery arm, PT Kilang Pertamina Internasional (PT KPI), on Wednesday.“Late next year we will have a capacity of 3,000 bpd. We will raise the capacity to 6,000 bpd by 2022,” he told House of Representatives lawmakers in Jakarta. The biorefinery is small compared to Pertamina’s headline oil refinery projects, whose output levels are over 100,000 bpd each. Such projects include another refinery in the Cilacap compound from which development partner, Saudi Arabia’s Aramco, recently pulled out.“We will focus on our biorefinery first,” said Ignatius.The Cilacap refinery will support the government’s ongoing 30 percent palm oil-mixed (B30) biodiesel program meant to slash Indonesia’s oil imports, which are a major contributor to the country’s gaping trade deficit.However, the palm oil industry behind B30 has also been linked to deforestation and raging forest fires that environmentalists warn may offset carbon emission reductions from reducing oil consumption.Topics :last_img read more

UK government exploring options for CDC [updated]

first_img“The subject is difficult to legislate and would require sufficient input from pension funds as well as time,” he said. “However, we are working with Royal Mail to understand its concept.”“The subject is difficult to legislate and would require sufficient input from pension funds as well as time”Julian Barker, DWPHe indicated that parliament was also short of time to deal with the matter.Barker told IPE that there was hardly any demand from pension funds for secondary legislation for CDC.Royal Mail’s Hall said the group would not switch its pensions arrangements to CDC without proper legal backing. It wants to offer a CDC target pension combined with a DB-style lump sum at retirement for the fund’s 142,000 participants.The group’s current pension plan was unaffordable, Hall said, as the employer contribution was set to increase from 17.1% to 50% this year to fund its pension promises.As one of the advantages of CDC, Hall cited a less conservative investment strategy in the years prior to retirement with the potential of higher returns, as well as “less complexity for participants, who don’t have to make investment decisions as required in pure defined contribution [DC] plans”.In 2014 the UK parliament passed primary legislation supporting the concept of defined ambition – also known as CDC – allowing pension plans to provide for arrangements in between the guarantees of DB and the non-guaranteed DC.However, it later postponed indefinitely the full introduction of the concept.During the conference, David Blake, director of the pensions institute of Cass Business School, had said there were no less than 11 separate definitions of CDC.Edit: The DWP has told IPE that secondary legislation for CDC has not been permanently ruled out. The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is not planning to introduce secondary legislation to legally accommodate collective defined contribution (CDC) plans, an official has said.Speaking during a conference hosted by Cass Business School on Monday, Julian Barker, defined benefits strategy team leader, indicated that the DWP would explore existing legislation for ways to provide legal backing for the introduction of CDC. Barker was responding to a presentation by Jenny Hall, head of regulatory engagement at Royal Mail. The postal service group agreed with its union in February that it would explore switching from its current defined benefit (DB) plan to a CDC arrangement.Barker said the DWP had not yet started drafting legislation and could not provide a timeframe for doing so, or predict the outcome.last_img read more

Italian railways scheme launches search for private debt managers

first_imgEurofer, the Italian railway workers’ pension scheme, has launched a search for private debt fund managers.The €1bn second-pillar scheme will select one or more closed-end private debt funds, aiming to invest up to €25m, according to a document published on Eurofer’s website.The investment will be allocated to the ‘Bilanciato’ fund, the largest of its three funds (Garantito, Bilanciato and Dinamico) that the scheme offers. The Bilanciato fund had around €886m in assets as of June this year.Eurofer said it wanted funds investing mainly in the European Union or the European Economic Area. Successful bidders would invest primarily in debt financing for infrastructure projects, real estate projects or unlisted real estate companies, the pension fund said.It expressed a preference for medium-term loans to be held to maturity. The scheme intends to evaluate the risk profile and seniority level of the underlying investments. It aims to obtain a net return of between 5% and 8%.The funds must comply with AIFMD rules and have a target size of at least €250m.Consultancy firm Bfinance is assisting Eurofer in the selection process. More information can be found on its website.Eurofer, an industry-wide scheme, was among the first Italian schemes in its category to invest in real estate when it backed a pan-European real estate fund in 2012.In 2016, the scheme added to its alternatives portfolio with an investment in a core infrastructure equity fund.Italian pension funds increased their allocation to alternative assets in general throughout 2017 and managers expect the trend to continue this year.Private debt investments in Italy grew 35% in 2017, according to AIFI, the Italian private equity, venture capital and private debt association. Last year managers invested €641m, bringing the size of the market to over €1.5bn.last_img read more

Hughes: Everton fans can work against Tom Davies development

first_img Loading… Hughes explained to Tribalfootball.com: “(Davies) was a breath of fresh air. I remember going to Goodison and they were playing Man City. Man City were the best team and he was head and shoulders the best player, scored his first goal. “I don’t know if its just when you come onto the scene, you’re playing on adrenaline or whatever, but he was ghosting past players and you look at him now and he just looks like a complete shadow of himself. “I used to watch him and if he had one or two games not going for him, the fans would get on his back and then you think to hang on a minute the hardest part of football is going past players and trying to create things, you don’t realise how hard it is, and scoring goals, and he had that in his locker and then fans would get on his back and his confidence went down and he was a bit of a scapegoat and he’d get dropped. read also:Everton: Davies salutes Ancelotti,others “He’s just been a shadow of the player he was when he first came on the scene. He’s obviously a tremendous player, he was captain of the England U21’s. So I just think they should be careful what they wish for.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Now 21, the midfielder has managed 22 appearances this season, and saw a full 90 on Sunday for the goalless draw with Liverpool. But Hughes believes Davies has battled to fulfill the promise he showed when first bursting onto the scene four years ago as a 17-year-old. The youngster would wear the captain’s armband two years later at 20 years of age. Hughes came through the junior and youth system at Everton like Davies, making his first team debut with his hometown club and captaining the Toffees’ U23s. The 33 year-old remains a big Everton fan and keeps a close watch on developments at Goodison Park. And he admits he was hoping for much more from Davies this season – convinced some of the natural edge he displayed as a young player has been forced out of him due to supporters’ expectations.Advertisement Accrington Stanley defender, Mark Hughes, believes Tom Davies has lost his way at Everton. Promoted Content8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeThe Best Cars Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least OnceA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locationslast_img read more

Wilbur’s Run to be held Sept. 1 at Blue Hill Fairgrounds

first_imgBLUE HILL — The sixth edition of Wilbur’s Run is scheduled to be held Sept. 1 at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds.The race, which is held annually as part of the Blue Hill Fair’s Saturday festivities, is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. following registration at 7 and a fun run for children at 7:30. The cost to register is $20, and the first 50 runners to do so will receive a free T-shirt.Evan Merchant of Beals was the overall winner last year with a time of 17 minutes, 44 seconds, and Abbey Frost of Ellsworth was the women’s winner with a time of 23:30.27. Phil LeBreton of Blue Hill won the 2016 race with a time of 17:35, and Haley Harwood of Portland crossed the finish line in 20:56 to be crowned the top women’s finisher.Registration forms are available on the Down East Family YMCA website. For more information, contact Blue Hill YMCA Fitness Director Joy Bragdon via phone at 374-2248 or via email at [email protected] is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Blairmont Cup Floodlight Reload set for April 30

first_imgTHE Blairmont Cricket Club will be hosting its annual fund-raiser, the Blairmont Cup Floodlight Reload, on April 30 at the Blairmont Estate ground. This is the third consecutive year that the competition would be held.Ten top teams will be competing in the main event – the 10/10 cricket competition. The teams likely to participate are: Blairmont Cricket Club Blazers, D’Edward Super Kings, Cotton Tree Die Hard, Albion Sports Club, Rose Hall Youth and Sports Club, Cold Fusion, Young and the Restless, Bush Lot, Enterprise and Young Warriors.In 2016, Blairmont Cricket Club’s West Side Titans were the winners and Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club were runners-up. In 2015, Cotton Tree Die Hard emerged champions, while Blairmont Cricket Club came in as runners-up.“The tournament will have nine exciting matches, while there will also will be an Over-40 exhibition game. There will be live commentary by international commentator, Inderjeet Persaud, while tassa drumming and air horn giveaway will make the atmosphere buzz,” the organisers said in a release.There will also be a dominoes competition involving 15 teams, starting at 12:30hrs, and a three-a-side volleyball tournament, geared at encouraging individuals to participate in physical activity.Other attractions on the day will include barbecue sale, tassa drumming, bouncy castle, ice cream giveaway and cartoon characters walking around.last_img read more

Journalism start-up site comes to LA

first_imgThe non-profit journalism website Spot.Us, which allows community members to choose and fund news stories, branched out to Los Angeles last week through a partnership with USC’s Annenberg School for Communication.Spot.Us, which is attempting to implement a new business model for journalism, allows community members to donate money to fund stories that will be written by freelance reporters. The website also lets members of the public give reporters “tips” for ideas that could potentially turn into stories.Once the stories are complete, outside media outlets can also pick up the stories for publication if they donate an amount equal to 50 percent of what community members donated for the story.“We need to experiment in different ways of doing and supporting journalism,” said David Cohn, founder of Spot.Us. “It’s an important part of our democracy; you need citizens to make informed decisions and journalism is what helps them stay informed.”Spot.Us has partnered with Annenberg to take advantage of its connections to the local journalism community. The school will assist in hiring of a project managing editor for Spot.Us Los Angeles and will provide funds to help the site succeed.“The economic model is broken; we’re at a time of reinvention and I think Spot.Us is a piece of the reinvention,” said Geneva Overholser, director of the Annenberg School of Journalism.It can become an important contributor to meeting the public information needs and as a new economic model for news — one of many.”Cohn originally pitched the idea of expanding Spot.Us to Los Angeles to Overholser at a conference in New York last year, and Overholser proposed a partnership with Annenberg.About three or four months ago, Cohn proposed the expansion of Spot.Us to the Knight Foundation, a journalism organization based in Miami which funds a number of promising journalism projects.After the proposal, the Knight Foundation gave Annenberg a $250,000 grant to roll out Spot.Us in Los Angeles.The grant will fund Spot.Us LA for 18 months, after which Overholser said they will have hopefully figured out a way for the branch to support itself, as the original site does.Cohn said he has high hopes for the partnership with Annenberg.“The Annenberg School of Journalism is a very well respected institution and also Geneva Overholser is someone I know and trust,” Cohn said.I think Annenberg can use Spot.Us in a very positive way; they can help be the on-ground hub for Los Angeles investigation.”Overholser said she believes non-profits will become increasingly important in the media landscape because the economic model is increasingly untenable. Projects likeSpot.Us, she added, could eventually support a new model for journalism.“This is a way for [everyone] to help shape journalism because they get a voice in deciding what stories are covered,” she said. “That’s big because in the past with commercial journalism, the public didn’t have much a say and now this model can help change it.”According to Annenberg Digital News Director Marc Cooper, although Spot.Us has been successful in the Bay Area, it is still too early to know if the model will prevail everywhere.“It’s still unproven in other areas and as it grows in LA we will be able to evaluate whether in the long run it is a reliable model,” Cooper said. “It is too early to have a definitive judgment but it’s worth trying.”The model also comes with a setback, according to Cooper, especially for certain types of stories that will lose their “element of surprise” by publicly displaying information about the story online.“The transparent nature of Spot.Us could make certain types of investigative journalism difficult because it gives the target of investigation a heads up that they are being investigated,” Cooper said.Maybe one solution is that they won’t put up those types of stories and that’s fine.”Cohn said the expansion to LA will be just one step for Spot.Us, which he hopes to bring to a number of other metropolitan cities in the United States within the next few years.last_img read more