Study shows eight schools dominate Oxbridge admissions

first_imgA study by the Sutton Trust revealed that eight elite schools admit more pupils to Oxbridge than over 2900 other schools combined.The report revealed that the group of eight schools, which includes top schools such as Westminster, Eton, and St Paul’s Girl’s School, collectively sent 1310 students to either Oxford or Cambridge between 2015 and 2017, while 2900 other English schools sent a combined 1220 students to the universities in the same period.Based on published admission statistics, Cherwell understands that just two of the eight are state schools: Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge and Peter Symonds College in Winchester.The Trust’s study also highlighted geographical disparities between regions, with areas such as Rochdale, Salford and Southampton sending just two or fewer state school pupils between 2015 and 2017.Founder of the Sutton Trust, Sir Peter Lampl, said: “If we are to ensure that all young people, regardless of their background, have a fair chance of getting in to our top universities, we need to address the patchwork of higher education guidance and support.“All young people, regardless of what area they grow up in, or what school they go to, should have access to high quality personal guidance that allows them to make the best informed choices about their future.“The admissions process also needs to change. We have made the case for giving poorer students a break through contextual admissions, but we also need universities to make it clear what grades these students need to access courses.”The charity recommended that universities should publicise their criteria for contextual admissions more widely, and explain clearly how they can affect an application. The report suggested implementing an “easy-to-use lookup tool on university websites” which would allow “candidates to enter their details and find out whether they qualify”.They also suggested that universities introduce a “geographic” element to be included in university access agreements, focusing on “peripheral areas”.Cherwell has contacted Oxford University staff for comment.last_img read more

Statement to Parliament: Extended measures to protect more areas of England from coronavirus

first_imgMr Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a statement about the work to tackle coronavirus.This virus continues to spread.Yesterday, there were 7,108 new cases.However, there are also early signs that the actions that we’ve collectively taken over the past month are starting to have a positive impact.Today’s REACT study, from Imperial College, suggests that whilst the R number remains above 1, there are early signs that it may be falling.We must not let up, but people everywhere can take some small hope that our efforts together may be beginning to work.I put it no stronger than that. Cases are still rising.However, as the Chief Medical Officer set out yesterday, this second peak is highly localised.And in some parts of the country the virus is spreading fast.Our strategy is to suppress the virus, protecting the economy, education, and the NHS, until a vaccine can make us safe.Earlier this week Mr Speaker, we brought in further measures in the North East.However, in parts of Teesside, and the North West of England, cases continue to rise fast.In Liverpool, the number of cases are 268 per 100,000 population.So together, we need to act.Working with council leaders and the mayors, I am today extending these measures that have been in place in the North East since the start of this week to the Liverpool City region, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.We will provide £7 million of funding to local authorities in these areas to support them with their vital work.The rules across the Liverpool City region, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough will be as follows.We recommend against all social mixing between people in different households.We will bring in regulations, as we have in the North East, to prevent, in law, social mixing between people in different households in all settings except outdoor public spaces, like parks and outdoor hospitality.We also recommend that people should not attend professional or amateur sporting events as spectators in the areas that are affected.We recommend that people only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances.And there will be guidance against all but essential travel – essential travel of course includes going to work or school.Mr Speaker, I understand how much of an imposition this is.I want rules like this to stay in place for as short a time as possible.I am sure we all do.The study published today shows us hope that, together, we can crack this.And the more people follow the rules and reduce their social contact, the quicker we can get Liverpool, and the North East, back on their feet.We are also aligning the measures in Bolton with the rest of Greater Manchester.And I’d like to pay tribute to David Greenhalgh, the leader of Bolton Council, for his constructive support.And the Bolton MPs for all they’ve done in support of Bolton.There are no changes to measures in West Yorkshire, West Midlands, Leicester, Lancashire or the rest of Greater Manchester.It is critical that the whole country acts, together, now, to control the spread of this virus.So please, for your loved ones, for your community, and for your country.Follow these rules and do your bit to keep this virus under control.HospitalityMr Speaker, by its nature this virus spreads through social contact.And so it’s had a terrible impact on the hospitality sector, who, in good times, exist to encourage that very social contact that we all enjoy.So, we have had to take difficult but necessary decisions to suppress the virus.The only alternative to suppressing the virus is to let it rip and I will not do that.So whilst I know that many of the individual rules are challenging, they are necessary, and there are those early signs that they are working.In the measures we have introduced, including the 10pm restriction, we are seeking to strike a balance.Allowing people to continue to socialise safely, where that’s possible, while reducing the social contact that the virus thrives upon.Elsewhere in the world, they’ve introduced an evening restriction, and then seen their case numbers fall.And we know that later at night, people are less likely to follow social distancing.Now of course, we keep all of our measures under review, and we will closely monitor the impact of this policy as with all the others, while continuing our unprecedented support for hospitality businesses.Like cutting VAT, supporting the pay of staff, offering rates relief for businesses and giving billions of pounds of tax deferrals and loans.Mr Speaker, our hospitality industry provides so much colour and life in this country.And we will do whatever we can to support them – while acting fast to keep this virus under control.ConclusionI know that these measures are hard.And that they are yet another sacrifice, after a year of so many sacrifices already.But there are some signs that what we are doing together, to respond to these awful circumstances, is starting to work.So don’t let up.Let’s, all of us, keep doing our bit.And one day, over this virus, we will prevail.last_img read more

CashorTrade Announces Official Ticketing Partnership With Billy Strings

first_imgOn Wednesday, CashorTrade announced a new partnership with bluegrass guitar virtuoso Billy Strings. The official secondary ticketing partnership will help Strings’ fans score tickets at face value and avoid scalping, fees, and fraud.CashorTrade co-founder and CEO Brando Rich explained,We really appreciate Billy Strings’ commitment to his fans and could not be more excited to partner with him. As Billy continues to rise, we will follow him every step of the way to help make sure his fans can score tickets at face value.Strings is the first in a line of artist partnerships that CashorTrade plans to unveil this summer, as well as new festival partnerships. The face value ticketing website recently announced a partnership with Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL. JamBase adds, “In addition to working jointly to avoid scalping and to drive Strings’ fans to CashorTrade, the partnership will include ticket giveaways and content creation between Strings and the Osiris Podcast Network.”Tonight, May 1st, Billy Strings heads to Tipitina’s in New Orleans for a scheduled performance. For a full list of Strings’ upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Police arrest 23 students at party

first_imgTwenty-three students were arrested for minor consumption of alcohol at an off-campus party Friday night. South Bend police received a call of a noise complaint at the 1300 Block of North St. Joseph St., the police report said. When police arrived, those attending the party began to flee the premises. “As officers were pulling up, a bunch of people went tearing out of the house, out the back door,” Sgt. Anne Schellinger said. Police entered the house and allowed those who could prove they were at least 21 years old to leave the party. Those who were underage were asked to take a portable breathalyzer test. The Indiana State Excise Police were not involved. The suspects were 18 to 20 years old and were taken to St. Joseph County Jail. A list of blood alcohol contents was not available. This incident raises the number of students arrested for minor consuming since returning to school to 26. Three students were arrested for minor consuming last weekend. Police also busted a party in July at 1017 East Washington St. and took 43 people to jail for various alcohol charges. Those arrested included eight football players, one basketball player and nine hockey players.last_img read more

Lung cancer claims former Chief Justice Alan Sundberg

first_img Lung cancer claims former Chief Justice Alan Sundberg February 15, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News Mark D. Killian Managing EditorFormer Chief Justice Alan Sundberg was remembered by friends and colleagues attending a packed memorial service at the Supreme Court as a man “who walked with kings” yet never forgot the common touch.Sundberg, a member of the Florida State University Board of Trustees and one of the most highly regarded appellate lawyers in the state, died January 26. A Tallahassee resident, he had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. He was 68.Chief Justice Charles Wells said Sundberg was a positive force for the court, the state, and the nation and said his life was dedicated to service to others. Wells also said Sundberg was a very close friend of those serving on the present court, and his counsel and guidance will be missed.Former Attorney General Jim Smith remembered his good friend and law partner as a brilliant Harvard-educated attorney with a down-to-earth manner who throughly enjoyed the outdoors.“Alan could sit up here during the week and do battle with the greatest legal minds in Florida and on the weekends go to the hunting camp or the fishing camp and just be one of the guys,” Smith said.Sundberg was born June 23, 1933, in Jacksonville and graduated from Florida State University in 1955 and Harvard in 1958. He practiced in St. Petersburg for 17 years before Gov. Reubin Askew appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1975. Askew and many others credited him with rebuilding the reputation and image of the court. Sundberg served until 1982 and was chief justice from 1980-82.Probably Justice Sundberg’s most significant opinion was in 1979, a landmark case allowing cameras in state courtrooms. He wrote the opinion that found that having cameras in courtrooms was consistent with the state’s commitment to open government and did not violate defendants’ constitutional rights. After leaving the court, he was a partner in the Carlton Fields law firm in Tallahassee.FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte then brought Sundberg to FSU to serve as the university’s general counsel in 1997. Sundberg returned to private practice in 2000 at the Smith, Ballard & Logan firm in Tallahassee.D’Alemberte said Sundberg gave Florida State great legal advice, “but more than that he was a wise counselor — a lawyer statesman.”“He was tall and jovial and bright; he was large and never intimidating; interested but never invasive; principled but certainly not stuffy; intelligent but not arrogant; humble but not reserved,” D’Alemberte said.Arthur England, who met Sundberg when they both served on the court, remembered him as a man who was “unfailingly kind” to everybody, from the other justices to clerks in the mail room.“He was a man who believed the law was a profession,” England said. “He was a man who was invariably fair to the people who opposed him, just like he was to the people who supported him.” And he possessed a common sense that served him, and the state, well.“Alan loved the intellectual aspects of decision-making as a justice of the Florida Supreme Court and he vigorously applied this intellect in every single thing he did on this court,” England said. “Yet Alan never let the intellectual side of decision-making interfere with his practical common sense.”England said Sundberg could be humble and had a special way of reminding himself that he did not always have all the answers.“With almost every decision this court rendered. . . on the Wednesday before those decision were released. . . he would say to me, ‘How will this play in Perry?’” England recalled. “What he meant by that is: How will this decision be received by the people 50 miles down the street in Perry, Florida? Will it affect their lives? Will it make a difference? Will they even care? And that’s how he worried.”Miami lawyer and longtime Sundberg friend Robert Parks served as Sundberg’s campaign manager for a Supreme Court election in 1976 and remembered an eventful day during the campaign as he was driving Sundberg to the airport in his small sports car.Running late to catch a flight, Parks said the 6-foot-6 justice split his pants “from waist to crotch” when he climbed down into Park’s Datsun 240Z. Not wanting to miss his flight, Sundberg told Parks to “keep driving” as he climbed into the back of the small hatchback to change.“He said, ‘If you don’t get me to the plane on time, your appellate career is history,’” Parks said. To which Parks replied: “If I get stopped going 80 miles an hour with a half-clothed Supreme Court justice in my car, we’re both history.”Sundberg is survived by his wife, Betty Steffens, a lawyer in Tallahassee; his son, William L. Sundberg, also a lawyer in Tallahassee; daughters Allison Lane, La Jolla, Calif.; Angela Estes, Winter Park; and Laura Sundberg, Orlando; a brother, Richard Sundberg of Jacksonville; and eight grandchildren. Another son, Alan Jr., died of skin cancer in 1998.In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Florida Skin Cancer Foundation, 335 Beard St., Tallahassee 32303, or the American Diabetes Association.center_img Lung cancer claims former Chief Justice Alan Sundberglast_img read more

Telemarketing sales rule . . . does it matter?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » From time to time, the NAFCU Compliance team receives questions about how to comply with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Many of these questions relate to the different kinds of consent (e.g., prior express consent versus prior express written consent) that might be required depending on whether the call is to a wireless number or to a residential landline or the call uses an artificial or prerecorded voice or an autodialer. This NAFCU Compliance Monitor article from July 2017 explains some of the operational challenges that arise in the context of the TCPA and obtaining the proper consent.Over the past few years, NAFCU has blogged about the following issues related to the TCPA: the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacating part of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2015 Omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order,the split among some United States Courts of Appeals about what constitutes an autodialer,a TCPA status update at the beginning of 2019, andthe FCC’s recent attempts to address robocalls.There is, however, a federal rule that has not received the same fulsome coverage from the NAFCU Compliance team: the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). The TSR implements the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act (Act). See, 16 CFR § 310.1.last_img read more

The Rijeka 2020 project won the Melina Mercouri award worth HRK 1,5 million

first_imgIn addition to the cultural and artistic program for 2020, the presentation and discussions highlighted the heritage of the project, which remains a lasting value in cultural facilities that are being renovated and built in Rijeka, but also in encouraged activities of citizens who are strongly involved in the project. In several ways, among other things through a rich training program, the Rijeka 2020 team points out. Namely, the European Commission wants to influence the integration of culture into the long-term development of cities with the European Capital of Culture project. Director of the company Rijeka 2020, established for the implementation of the European Capital of Culture project, Emina Visnic points out that the Melina Mercouri Award is a great and important financial confirmation that the project is being successfully managed and developed. “This award is a symbolic confirmation that Rijeka is and that Croatia is in line with European cultural values, that we carry and transmit the values ​​of the European cultural circle, that we write new messages for the future in this project and that we truly belong to it as European citizens.”Visnic pointed out. With these values, the project of the European Capital of Culture was founded, which connects European citizens and raises awareness of the fact of common belonging to the European cultural circle. This is a valuable financial award, which also carries a message of success in the work done so far on the development of the project “Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture”. This award for Rijeka means that it has met all the highly set criteria by the expert panel and that by seriously managing the project by the year of holding the ECOC title, it has achieved all the tasks set before it. The decision to award the prize worth 1,5 million euros was made in Galway after the meeting and the third monitoring of the implementation of the project “Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture”.center_img The Melina Mercouri Award, named after the Greek Minister of Culture who is considered the most deserving for founding the European Capital of Culture project, was won by Rijeka on the recommendation of an expert panel of the European Commission assessing the seriousness and success of the project. Source / photo: City of Rijeka; Rijeka 2020; Pixabay Melina Mercouri, back in 1985, advocated for better mutual knowledge of European citizens, for exchange and conversations about culture. Understanding Europe as a place of a common cultural past, but also a future, she argued that the whole of Europe should be united and that culture carries the strongest potential for peace.last_img read more

Armenia’s virus battle crippled by disinformation

first_img“[The authorities] want to use their own people as experimental animals to test a vaccine,” said Khachatryan, who also believes the virus was created in a laboratory.The Armenian government has come under fire for responding too slowly to the pandemic, which has seen the country’s prime minister infected, quarantine rules ignored and hospitals overwhelmed.But critics also say authorities are failing to stamp out viral disinformation like Khachatryan’s posts that fuel the pandemic and undermine lockdown rules.”Quarantine didn’t work in Armenia,” virologist Nuneh Bakunts told AFP, because people believed disinformation online and didn’t “take the threat seriously.” Claims that the virus is a global conspiracy led by the US business magnate Bill Gates and that 5G telecommunication technology is being used to spread the infection are commonplace in the country.A recent investigation by the UK-based website openDemocracy found that controversial local news portal was spreading “incredibly dangerous” virus disinformation. ‘False rumors’ One article described vaccines currently being developed as “biological weapons” and warned Armenians against participating in vaccination programs.The post was viewed at least 131,000 times and had 28,000 Facebook likes — a huge number for a country of just three million people.Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who announced on his birthday on June 1 that he had tested positive for the virus, has admitted failings in his government’s response to the crisis.He conceded earlier this month that overwhelmed hospitals can no longer cope with the number of coronavirus patients and that people are dying due to a lack of intensive care beds.But he has placed blame for widespread quarantine violations on “false rumors that the pandemic is a fiction”.Armenians largely ignored a lockdown to contain the outbreak imposed in late March, with many continuing to gather in public without mandatory face masks.”Armenian media is full of false information about the coronavirus and that harms our fight against the pandemic,” government spokeswoman Mane Gegorgyan told AFP.Analysts said, however, that the government had also sent mixed messages and unclear guidelines to the public. ‘Dangerous disinformation'”Officials were calling for the wearing of face masks, but didn’t wear them themselves until recently,” analyst Samvel Martirosyan said.Adding to that, rights campaigner Zhanna Aleksanyan told AFP that the government’s response to false virus news had fallen short, and that it had “only recently engaged in a dialogue with the public about dangerous disinformation.”The Caucasus nation has seen new infections rapidly increase in recent weeks to a total 17,064 with 285 coronavirus deaths, while the situation looks set to further deteriorate.Pashinyan last week compared the pandemic to “hell” and said the real number of people infected could be as high as 100,000.Officials have scrapped the idea of reimposing the lockdown they lifted on May 4 citing frequent violations and they have yet to devise a strategy to tackle the disinformation that undermines anti-virus guidelines.The government “doesn’t have a recipe ready against this,” said Gegorgyan, the government spokeswoman, referring to false news about the pandemic.”What we can do is to have an open dialogue with people.”center_img Marina Khachatryan is not the only person in ex-Soviet Armenia who believes the coronavirus is a government conspiracy. But her large following online means her skepticism has a wide, potentially even dangerous reach.The unemployed surgeon runs the Facebook page of a local group critical of the government’s health policies, where thousands of followers are treated to a regular dose of false claims about the pandemic. Topics :last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Message on Memorial Day (VIDEO)

first_imgThe fundamental rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have been courageously protected by millions of Americans willing to give their lives so that others may be free.On the 148th observance of Memorial Day – once known as Decoration Day – we ask that Americans pause to give thanks for the brave men and women who died to preserve our freedom.More than 70,000 Americans from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have given the last full measure of devotion for this country since it first proclaimed itself an independent nation in 1776.Many of these patriots are interred with comrades in hallowed memorial grounds in America, Europe, and the Pacific. They lie in simple country plots, urban memorial parks, unmarked graves, and among friends and family.On Memorial Day, and every day, we thank them for their sacrifice and acknowledge our eternal debt to them. We pray that the devotion to patriotism and citizenship they displayed through service to this country will never be forgotten. Through their deeds, we have learned to appreciate the freedoms that are the legacy of their sacrifice.A new generation of men and women in uniform have faced, and continue to face, their own “great task remaining before us,” on the city streets and desert sands of Iraq and in the mountains of Afghanistan. The proud contingent who today wears America’s uniform is tied to all other veterans by the same ethic of service in the name of freedom.Today we gather to demonstrate our unity, remember our losses, and ask that all citizens of the commonwealth recognize our unwavering commitment to a future filled with opportunity, justice, and hope for all people.Today, I urge all Pennsylvanians to join with others across the United States to demonstrate our gratitude as we reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Message on Memorial Day (VIDEO) By: Governor Tom Wolf May 30, 2016 The Blog,  Videos SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

NZQA says ‘date rape’ drug question was appropriate for chemistry exam

first_imgStuff 21 January 2015Scholarship students sitting their chemistry exam at the end of last year were asked to explain the reaction process that takes place in a date-rape drug.In the NCEA exam administered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) students were told rohypnol, commonly known as roofies, was a “controversial sedative which has sometimes been used to spike people’s drinks”.An NZQA spokeswoman said the exam papers were written by a team including experienced teachers who were currently teaching at scholarship level.“All examination papers undergo a sensitivity check and this examination did go through that process.”Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said teenagers needed to be aware of the effects drugs such as rohypnol, marijuana, methamphetamine and party pills had. Knowing the chemical process and reaction involved was a good thing and, while he understood some people might think it gave teenagers the wrong idea, most of them knew about those drugs already.“There would be a red flag if it was glamourising or condoning it, but given it’s a technical question then education is actually key. Hopefully it will be a deterrent more than anything,” he said. read more