Students have expressed frustration over the questions and comments of a parliamentary committee toured Oxford over the Easter vacation.The Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills (IUSS) select committee visited Said Business School and Oxford Brookes on 30th March. While there they grilled a number of students, senior tutors and staff from the two Oxford Universities, including the head of admissions at Oxford, Mike Nicholson.Much of the questioning focused on Oxford’s admissions policy, and there were questions about Oxford employing targets for state school or ethnic minority admissions.Students later criticised the committee, with some saying they seemed to have ‘out-dated’ ideas about Oxford.Jim O’Connell commented: “The MPs seemed quite irritated as, although access schemes were talked about, there isn’t any form of targets or quotas built into the admissions system itself. It definitely sounded as though the MPs were pushing an agenda in this respect, and trying to make out that Oxford isn’t doing enough in terms of access.”Oxford’s official line on quotas is that the University will not use positive discrimination; all candidates who apply are assessed on their academic merit.One student said, “It seemed that they had they had come with an intent of writing a story about an Oxford they experienced 20-30 years ago.”University sources denied that there had been any misunderstanding or controversy at the question sessions. A press Officer said “the government is clear that no University is expected to apply quotas, and Oxford is very clear (in the way that we publish our statistics) about our record”.Laurence Mills, Magdalen JCR President, said the committee did seem to “take on board” what the students said. Yet while the committee accepted their evidence, the students were frustrated that they had arrived at Oxford with such biased views: “It is an example of a wider perception problem at Oxford.”The IUSS committee was formed in 2007 to examine the administration, expenditure and policy of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. They have been conducting an inquiry into higher education since October. The inquiry covers admissions, the balance between teaching and research, degree completion and classification, and mechanisms of student support and engagement.Amongst the MPs on the committee was Dr Evan Harris MP, Liberal Democrat, of Oxford West and Abingdon.Controversy also broke out when the committee toured Oxford Brookes. The relationship between Oxford’s two universities was discussed, and one student expressed anger over a rumour that Oxford students refer to Brookes as the ELC – Early Learning Centre.None of the committee were available for comment and the result of their inquiry is yet to be published.
Bakehouse (Bagshot, Surrey) has launched mini versions of its All-Butter, Chocolate and Almond Croissants. Ideal for sharing and multipacks, the Mini Croissants are made near Lille, France. The company uses a long dough resting system, which gives a light, open dough structure with a rich, buttery flavour. The croissants bake from frozen in 15 minutes.
Notre Dame Food Services decked the dining halls Tuesday night for the annual Student Christmas Dinner, a tradition senior Susan Garabedian anticipates each year. “I’ve been looking forward to this,” she said at Tuesday’s meal. “I told all my roommates that we had to go together.” Staff did their part to make the meal special. Christmas music played, red and green Hershey’s Kisses adorned the tables and a Christmas tree and Santa Claus ice sculpture were displayed. The Handbell Choir performed carols at 6 p.m. North Dining Hall’s Christmas Dinner featured red and green candles, garland and poinsettias. Garabedian said she enjoyed the festivity of her meal at South Dining Hall. “I enjoy sharing a Christmas meal with my best friends,” she said. “It’s my favorite dining hall day of the year.” Garabedian and her roommates brought some holiday cheer of their own, donning Santa Claus hats. “We thought about dressing up but decided to go festive instead,” said senior Adriana Taylor, Garabedian’s roommate. John Ritschard, a University employee, said he has swiped students’ ID cards at South Dining Hall at four Christmas Dinners. “It’s the best dinner of the year, especially the decorations and prime rib and all the trimmings,” he said. “They do all the good stuff, and everybody on campus looks forward to the evening because it’s really special.” Christmas Dinners are much busier than other dinners in the dining halls, Ritschard said. He said the menu, featuring prime rib and swordfish, is the same every year. “Like I say, it’s always good food for good people,” Ritschard said. John Ritschard’s wife, Lila Ritschard, also swiped students’ ID cards at Christmas Dinner. She said the meal was “fabulous.” “You just can’t beat it, especially for the price,” Lila Ritschard said. “It’s more elaborate [than other dinners],” she added. “It’s more in line with the candlelight dinners after football.” Sophomore Lance Mulcahey said he attended last year’s Christmas Dinner as well. “I think the food is spectacular, considering the standard of the dining hall food,” Mulcahey said. “Although [the food is usually] good, this kicks it up a notch.” Sophomore Kim Halstead said she really enjoyed the meal. “Overall, I really, heartily enjoy the decorations, especially the glistening Santa Clause [ice sculpture],” she said. “The atmosphere in general is warm and inviting, and I want to steal that Santa Claus and keep it in my fridge.”
View Comments After an acclaimed run off-Broadway last fall, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s popular alter egos Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland will make their debuts on the Great White Way in Oh, Hello on Broadway. Directed by Alex Timbers, tickets are now available for the production, which will play a limited engagement September 23 through January 8, 2017. Opening night is set for October 10 at the Lyceum Theatre.Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney) are outrageously opinionated, 70-something, native New Yorkers that Kroll and Mulaney first began performing on the alternative comedy stages in NYC. Honed for over a decade, the fictional duo garnered a cult following and found their way onto a Comedy Central special, viral videos and late night couches everywhere. Oh, Hello on Broadway is Gil and George’s “memoir for the stage”—a laugh-a-minute two-man tour-de-force that’s part scripted, part spontaneous comedy, and totally unprecedented.The production will feature sets by Scott Pask, lighting by Jake DeGroot, sound by M.L. Dogg and costumes by Emily Rebholz. Related Shows John Mulaney & Nick Kroll in ‘Oh Hello, on Broadway’ Oh, Hello on Broadway Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 22, 2017
For more coronavirus coverage, click here. “The difficult part is when you think it’s coming and it doesn’t show,” Dutcher said. “Then we have to struggle and maybe switch our lunch specials around.” “It’s very important. We are a community-based business, and we’re very involved in the community,” Dutcher said. “We want to give the people what they want, what they need.” “We can’t serve nice fresh cut meats if we can’t get them from our suppliers,” says owner and chef Jesse Dutcher. But the shop isn’t giving up, choosing to step up and meat the challenges ahead. “We’re going to search high and low to get everything we need to get the butcher shop open,” Dutcher said. But despite the order, Red and White have had issues with suppliers. Dutcher told 12 News the meat display case at the butcher shop is currently between 30 and 40 percent of its total capacity, and fears beef could be the next meat product to be hard to find at shops. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring meat processing plants “critical infrastructure,” an attempt to curve the possibility of a nationwide meat shortage. His brother, Matt Dutcher, serves as the stores general manager, and says product as been hard come by at times. Additionally, he explains Red and White has had to reduce some products they offer because of those supplier issues, putting out less chicken spiedies and marinated chicken. Jesse Dutcher emphasized the store is bigger than any one product or person. Matt Dutcher told 12 News the store is hoping to get three supply shipments in the next coming days to hopefully restock their cases for the weekend. TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) – The Red and White of Chenango Bridge’s deli and butcher shop is one of many butcher shops across the country feeling the heat during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve struggled getting pork for the last two weeks,” Dutcher said. “Suppliers are telling me it’s going to be okay… but when the truck shows up, we’re not always getting what we need.”
The government claims it has ensured there will be a sufficient supply of food to avoid a potential food crisis following the COVID-19 outbreak.The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned in March of the impacts of the pandemic on the world’s food supplies, with the shipping industry experiencing a slowdown in activity due to port closures in several regions.Maximo Torero Cullen, the organization’s chief economist and assistant director general of economic and social development, said these logistical barriers would potentially disrupt the food supply chain over the next few weeks, as reported by tempo.co. He added that the government would focus on strengthening the country’s food production capacity from June until September in response to the FAO’s warning.“We have no doubts that we can get through all of this. We have temporary and permanent plans.”Syahrul said the government had prepared alternative plans if the situation worsened, such as converting swamps into fields and plantations. “We have around 160 ha of land in Central Kalimantan that can be used to produce around 70,000 tons of rice.”Another option is to diversify local food products to fulfill demand across the country.“We’re also going to make use of regions’ reserves to fulfill demand in various provinces,” Syahrul said, adding that regional administrations would provide support to farmers in the form of seeds and fertilizer.In addition, the government will promote household and urban farming to help meet national food needs.Topics : Responding to the warning, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said on Thursday that the government had anticipated the issue by ensuring there were supplies of 11 basic food products: rice, corn, shallot, garlic, red chili, red-eye chili, beef, chicken, egg, sugar and cooking oil.He added that the government had dedicated around 6 million hectares of land for the production of such food products. “In the meantime, our rice stocks remain sufficient, as we will still have around 6.84 million tons by of the end of this month”, said Syahrul.Read also: Indonesian farmers suffer pandemic-related losses in May
This block of units sold for $2 million.THE multimillion-dollar sale of a block of three units on a prestigious Gold Coast street has made the owners $300,000 within 12 months.John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach director Luke Henderson said the $2 million sale of the units at 182 Hedges Ave showed how much the Mermaid Beach market had jumped within the space of a year. 182 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.“The vendors bought the units only 12 months ago for $1.7 million but their circumstances changed so they released the units back onto the market,’’ Mr Henderson said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“The property was not on the market long before it was snapped up by another investor for $2 million. “It just shows you how strongly the market is running at the moment.”The vendors had only given the property minor updates after buying it last year. 182 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.Mr Henderson said the suburb was also undergoing a period of revitalisation with homes either being renovated or replaced and commercial properties along the Gold Coast Highway being overhauled. 182 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.Mr Henderson said the median prices for houses and apartments in Mermaid Beach had surged during the past five years.CoreLogic data shows the median price of houses is up 6.4 per cent over 12 months to $1.49 million, while unit values are up 4.3 per cent, to $417,250.“There has been a number of factors influencing the demand, but I think one of the key reasons why Mermaid Beach is in strong demand is that it is one of the few beachfront suburbs on the Gold Coast where high-rise towers are not allowed,’’ he said.“That means property buyers can be guaranteed that will still have that quiet neighbourhood feel while still having all the benefits of living close to the beach.”
On 43.3 hectares in the Mission Beach hinterland, 48 Reichardt Rd in the locality of Silkwood comes with its own cool, deep swimming hole fed by the pristine spring waters from the adjoining World Heritage National Park.Mr Williams said the three-bedroom timber home was solid and constructed with French doors and windows throughout. The 12m long and 3.5m wide veranda is stunning with views down towards one of two permanent creeks on the property.“At 200ft above sea level the home is situated in the centre of the property, with panoramic views out to the coast,” he said.“Other features include a four-bay powered shed, 38,000L rainwater tank and mature tropical fruit trees such as avocados, mangosteen, citrus, jackfruit and lychees. There are birds and wildlife to spot, plenty of privacy and the opportunity to take advantage of the unique eco-tourism potential.” On 43.3 hectares in the Mission Beach hinterland, 48 Reichardt Rd in the locality of Silkwood comes with its own cool, deep swimming hole fed by the pristine spring waters from the adjoining World Heritage National Park.NESTLED in the foreground of Japoon National Park and Tully Gorge National Park lies a home and sprawling land that will entice even the most hardcore citydweller for a peek at what life could be like.On 43.3 hectares in the Mission Beach hinterland, 48 Reichardt Rd in the locality of Silkwood comes with its own cool, deep swimming hole fed by the pristine spring waters from the adjoining World Heritage National Park.Ray White Mission Beach agent Dick Williams said it was an exciting opportunity to list the idyllic property just 30 minutes from Mission Beach, 15 minutes from Kurrimine Beach and 30 minutes from the business centre of Cassowary Coast capital Innisfail. On 43.3 hectares in the Mission Beach hinterland, 48 Reichardt Rd in the locality of Silkwood comes with its own cool, deep swimming hole fed by the pristine spring waters from the adjoining World Heritage National Park.“The owners have moved onto the coast because they needed more space for cattle. They had a great life bringing up the family there,” he said.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“I think it’s really appealing to people from Cairns or the greater region, it’s an escape, something for someone to get to on the weekend — it has a decent home and shed. “It’d be lovely for someone who is locked in Cairns for work to have this place that they can escape to on the weekend.”There are 25 acres of cleared land including a fenced eight-acre and one- acre paddock. Another 15 acres could be cleared with minimal effort. There is also 40 acres of old growth rainforest with Silky Oak and other species.
Norway-based shipowner 2020 Bulkers has entered into a time charter agreement for one of its Newcastlemax newbuilds with a subsidiary of commodity trading and mining company Glencore.The ship, Bulk Shanghai, is scheduled for delivery in early November 2019.The newbuild is the fourth ship that would be handed over to 2020 Bulkers from New Times Shipbuilding in China this year.Under the latest agreement, the 224,100 cbm bulker will commence an 11-13 month time charter upon delivery. It will earn an index-linked rate, reflecting a significant premium to the Baltic 5TC index, according to 2020 Bulkers.The time charter also includes a profit sharing of any economic benefit derived from operating the vessel´s scrubber, the company added.In July, the company also agreed time charter agreements for the first three vessels with Koch Supply & Trading, part of Koch Industries.2020 Bulkers has two Newcastlemax drybulk vessels in operation and six Newcastlemaxes under construction in China. All vessels are expected to be delivered by May 2020 and will be fitted with scrubbers.Related:First Newcastlemax Newbuild Joins 2020 Bulkers2020 Bulkers Welcomes Second Newbuild