Golden Star Resources Limited ( HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgGolden Star Resources Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Golden Star Resources Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Golden Star Resources Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Golden Star Resources Limited (  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileGolden Star Resources Limited is a gold mining and exploration company which owns and operates the Wassa open-pit gold mine and Wassa underground mine in Ghana as well as a carbon-in-leach processing plant located near Tarkwa, Ghana. The gold mining company also has interests in the Bogoso gold mining and processing operation, Prestea open-pit mining operations and the Prestea underground development project located near Prestea, Ghana. Golden Star Resources Limited holds and manages interests in various gold exploration properties in Ghana and Brazil. Its headquarters are in Toronto, Canada. Golden Star Resources Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Palm Beach Blue House / Benn + Penna Architecture

first_imgArchDaily Australia Project gallerySee allShow lessDois Trópicos Shop / MNMA studioSelected ProjectsYONG Building / DAALSelected Projects Share “COPY” Selena Hannan Landscape Design Landscape: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Photographs Projects Architects: Benn + Penna Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Palm Beach Blue House / Benn + Penna ArchitectureSave this projectSavePalm Beach Blue House / Benn + Penna Architecture Photographs:  Andrew Benn, Tom Ferguson, Katherine Lu Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project center_img Design Team:Andrew Benn, Sean TranEngineering:BG&ECity:Palm BeachCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Andrew BennRecommended ProductsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineText description provided by the architects. Palm Beach Blue is a new house perched upon a steeply sloping site at Observation Point, Palm Beach, NSW. The project is a holiday home for a large intergenerational family, designed with the flexibility to accommodate a variety of occupants in short term stays.Save this picture!© Andrew BennSave this picture!Cross sectionSave this picture!© Tom FergusonThe home contains 4 bedrooms, each separated by open space, along with a variety of living spaces, both inside and out. The site is situated just beneath the ridgeline of a natural rock shelf, with majestic views of Pittwater Basin and Barrenjoey Headland that are framed by the lush vegetation typical of the peninsula. The project is best understood as drawing from the landscape, enabling the occupants to immerse themselves in their surroundings. The restrained architectural form and deliberately modest built imprint ensure the client’s requirements for a comfortable and relaxed holiday experience don’t conflict with the natural beauty of the site. In this sense, the design contributes greatly to our understanding of how a relatively simple design can sit within the local environment, drawing from but not dominating it.Save this picture!© Tom FergusonAs the magical Australian coastline becomes increasingly developed this house can act as a blueprint of appropriate design. Thorough geotechnical and structural engineering studies of the challenging site were required along with the sympathetic selection of new vegetation by the landscape designer to integrate the design back into the hillside. The clients have a long family history in the area and the new house replaces a cabin built by the family’s previous generation that was typical of the post-war era.Save this picture!© Tom FergusonSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Tom FergusonVarious fragments of the original cabin are retained, whilst others are reimagined to provide a subtle link with the past. An existing stone terrace is retained and extended along the landscape contour, establishing a platform for the new house to stretch across the views whilst seemingly growing from the nearby cliff-face. The main building mass contains the bedrooms and is conceived as an elevated timber canopy, punctured by voids that channel light and air through the house whilst separating the bedrooms to provide additional privacy. Openings on this level are more discreet and playfully frame views both inside and outside the home.Save this picture!© Katherine LuThe pale blue canopy façade, akin to the colour of the water below and the sky above, enables its silhouette to recede into this background. The canopy and the platform are deliberately distinguished to intensify the function of each of these elements. The living space is contained between the two elements, framed by the canopy’s gently arcing underbelly. This space can be entirely open or closed to the landscape allowing climatic and programmatic versatility as required. The project demonstrates principles that relate to both the private and public domains in its determined preservation against the eroding effects of time. What is passed down is not only a construction technique that is of wider public benefit but also a continuance of family history, connectivity, and values. Area:  200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2019 CopyAbout this officeBenn + Penna ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPalm BeachOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on July 24, 2020Cite: “Palm Beach Blue House / Benn + Penna Architecture” 24 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Save this picture!© Andrew Benn+ 25Curated by Paula Pintos Share Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Palm Beach, Australia Palm Beach Blue House / Benn + Penna Architecture Manufacturers: Brodware, Nemetschek, Vola, Mosa, Murobond, NavUrbanlast_img read more

Iraqi regulator wants to suspend Reuters over coronavirus reporting

first_imgNews “We call on the Communications and Media Commission to rescind its decision and not apply the envisaged sanctions,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The authorities can exercise their right of response if they think the facts reported by the news agency are inaccurate.” News Organisation The decision was announced by the Communications and Media Commission (CMC) on its Facebook page just hours after Reuters published a story headlined: “Iraq has confirmed thousands more COVID-19 cases than reported, medics say.” February 15, 2021 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Iraq is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Follow the news on Iraq to go further From September to November last year, the CMC imposed suspensions on ten media outlets because of their coverage of anti-government street protests. It also suspended the US-funded Arabic-language TV channel AlHurra for broadcasting a report about corruption within Iraq’s religious institutions. RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Denying the story, the CMC statement said that Reuters, “which is supposed to be  professional (…) and report news from official sources,” was instead “relying on vague sources and false, fabricated and untrue information on the ground” and was therefore violating the rules of media reporting. News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” “Iraq has thousands of confirmed COVID-19 cases, many times more than the 772 it is has publicly reported,” the Reuters story said, citing “three doctors closely involved in the testing process.” They could not be named because the “Iraqi authorities have instructed medical staff not to speak to the media,” the report said. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Iraqi authorities to rescind their decision to suspend the Reuters news agency’s licence to operate in Iraq for three months because of an article suggesting that the government was vastly understating the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases. News Help by sharing this information As well as suspending Reuters’ licence, the CMC said it was fining the news agency 25 million dinars (20,000 euros). “We have not received notification from any Iraqi authorities regarding our licence and are currently seeking clarification on the matter”, Reuters said.  April 3, 2020 Iraqi regulator wants to suspend Reuters over coronavirus reporting December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Welcomes New Leader to its Sales Team

first_img Make a comment Community News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Chris Ong. Photo courtesy The Langham Huntington PasadenaThe Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Southern California’s iconic landmark hotel has added a new leader to its senior management team. Chris Ong brings her own unique hospitality industry experience and knowledge to the Pasadena hotel as the Director of Catering Sales and Conference Services.Chris Ong, a seasoned hospitality professional, joins the hotel in her new role with a background of almost 20 years in the industry. Mrs. Ong began her career in hospitality at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa and most recently served as Director of Catering for other notable hospitality outlets such as, Wyndham Worldwide, and the Hotel del Coronado. In her new role, Ong will oversee the overall performance of the catering and conference services department with key market segments including weddings, group meetings, conferences and special events.“We are thrilled to welcome a high-caliber professional like Chris to our existing team” said Steven Parker, Managing Director for The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. “Her expertise and demonstrated passion for hospitality and exceptional service will be a tremendous asset for our property.”The hotel is located at 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena. For more information and to make a reservation, visit The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los AngelesCapturing the grace and elegance of classic Southern California, The Langham Huntington is an iconic landmark hotel located at the base of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, just minutes from downtown Los Angeles in beautiful Pasadena. A renowned Pasadena hotel for more than 100 years, the property features 380 guestrooms including 38 suites, eight cottages, world-class dining and an award-wining Chuan Spa featuring treatments inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine and cutting-edge skin care technology. For more information, visit Business Newscenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Herbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. People The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Welcomes New Leader to its Sales Team Chris Ong Named Director of Catering Sales and Conference Services From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 1:32 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Challenges and Opportunities in Single-Family Rentals

first_img September 16, 2018 3,453 Views Share Save 2018 Five Star Conference FSC 2018 Homes HOUSING Rental SIngle-family 2018-09-16 Seth Welborn Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Challenges and Opportunities in Single-Family Rentals Tagged with: 2018 Five Star Conference FSC 2018 Homes HOUSING Rental SIngle-family Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Challenges and Opportunities in Single-Family Rentals Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. On Sunday, the Five Star Conference began with the second Single Family Rental (SFR) Roundtable, a hyper-focused event that allowed attendees to engage in conversations on important topics of the day for investors, mortgage servicers, real estate organizations, and property preservation companies dealing in the SFR market. Critical decisions on the direction of the housing market and rental strategies were revealed at this year’s event as expert panels gave insights into rehab, acquisition, funding, market overview, due diligence, and technology innovations to provide the building blocks for a successful business strategy.Speaking before the roundtable, Kevin Ortner, President, and CEO of Renters Warehouse and the Lab Director for the Roundtable said that the event was a chance to bring together industry experts and learn about what’s coming down the pipeline for SFR. “Whenever we come to this event, being able to talk about the challenges the SFR market is facing, what the top experts in the industry are doing, where they see it going, and talking to visionaries to get an idea on what’s next, is what makes this roundtable special,” Ortner said.The big topic of the day was acquisitions in single-family rentals, especially overcoming challenges on acquiring assets. With the industry changing in the last five years, the single-family rental market has come a full circle, according to Ortner. “Five years ago it was all about finding assets that were distressed; then it shifted to financing to acquire those assets and operating them. Now, we’re back to investors saying that they want more inventory and product,” he explained. “This is the challenge in today’s environment since the real estate market is so different from what it was before.”During the session on acquisitions, panelists spoke about where investors could find the inventory and where the market needed to go from there.Panels also included tips and strategies on rehabbing an investors portfolio where an expert panel spoke about capitalizing on investment and determining if local or national partners were the best choice.In an afternoon keynote, Dennis Cisterna, CEO Guardian Residential, touched upon hot topics like the state of the SFR investment market, housing market and economic trends, and how different issues such as household income and building permits were creating one of the most unique housing markets in the past 100 years. The day ended with sessions on how investors could use technology for valuation, money exchange and pinpointing high-return markets and how title and tax research, as well as how insurance and compliance, could help investors in SFR stay ahead of the competition. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: The Week Ahead: The Pulse of the Housing Market Next: Improving REO through Discussion Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post About Author: Seth Welbornlast_img read more

American family of 4 ‘went to sleep and never woke up,’ cousin says

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Four members of an Iowa family were found dead in Mexico after they were reported missing just after midnight Friday.The bodies of Kevin Wayne Sharp, 41; his wife, Amy Marie Sharp, 38; Sterling Wayne Sharp, 12; and Adrianna Marie Sharp, 7, were found at the condominium where they were staying in Tulum, according to the Creston Police Department.Autopsies are being conducted in Mexico, police said.According to ABC Des Moines affiliate WOI-TV, the family left for Mexico on March 15 and were expected back in the U.S. on Wednesday.Amy Sharp’s cousin Jana Weland told ABC News the family flew out of St. Louis and called Amy Sharp’s mom that same day to let her know they had arrived.It was the family’s second time in Mexico, and their planned activities included meeting up with some friends and going to a water park, Weland said.But “they never showed up at that water park to meet them,” Weland said.On Thursday night, the family had a “gut feeling” that something was wrong when they watched for the last flight to St. Louis and they “didn’t hear from them,” Weland said. She added that it was “unusual” that they weren’t posting photos because “last year they shared pictures about every day.”“I guess we were all kind of hoping for the best — that maybe they were just planning to stay another day,” she said.ABC affiliate KETV in Omaha reported there were no signs of foul play.“To my knowledge, they went to sleep and never woke up,” Weland said.No further details were released by police.In a statement, the U.S. State Department said: “We are able to confirm the deaths of four U.S. citizens in Akumal, Mexico. We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. Our consulate in Merida is providing consular services. Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New wildfires started by lightning in West, Tropics turn active with three new systems

first_imgThe Loyalton fire is 44,147 and 30% contained with five homes and six buildings destroyed and mandatory evacuations remain in effect.Meanwhile, more fires are burning in Colorado, where the Pine Gulch fire is now 87,770 acres and is the third largest fire in Colorado history.Elsewhere in Colorado, the Grizzly Creek fire is now 27,269 acres and Interstate 70 continues to be closed for the second week in a row because of it.In addition to all the fires burning in the West, historic heat is also gripping parts of the country.Some of the heat records include Anaheim, California which reached 105 degress, which is the hottest temperature ever recorded there in August.Elsewhere, Denver hit 100 degrees for the first time this year, another record fell in Phoenix at 115, Salt Lake City peaked at 101, Cedar City, Utah reached 100 degrees for the third straight day which has never happened in August before, and a record high was broken in Burbank, California at 109 degrees.The bad news continues in the West as Red Flag Warnings have been issued for more dry lightning and erratic winds from thunderstorms.Heat Warnings and Advisories remain Wednesday and more record highs are possible Wednesday in the West, including another triple-digit reading in Salt Lake City.There is no major relief from the heat forecast, only a slight drop in some of the record heat, but readings will still be close to 100 degrees for most in the West for the next few days.Elsewhere, it is becoming very active out in the Atlantic Ocean as three tropical waves stretching from Africa all the way to the Caribbean are all lined up and forecast to possibly develop into tropical depressions or storms in the next few days.The tropical wave that is the closest to the U.S. is located in the Caribbean Sea and has an 80% chance to develop into a tropical depression or a storm in the next few days.The computer models take this system over the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico by early next week although it is too early to say how strong it will be by the time it gets into the Gulf.The second tropical wave is still in the middle of Atlantic Ocean and has a 90% chance for development into a tropical depression or a storm.The computer models take this system near Puerto Rico by this weekend and into the Bahamas and possibly Florida early next week. It is too early to say how strong it will be when it gets to Florida and the U.S.Finally, there is now a third tropical wave we are monitoring that is about to come off the African coast.It is way too early to say if this one will reach the United States but the peak of hurricane season is coming in the next several weeks and Sept. 10 is the climatological peak of Atlantic hurricane season. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — More wildfires have exploded in the West, particularly in California, due to numerous lightning strikes.At least 26 wildfire complexes are burning in California and some of these fire complexes contain several smaller fires. Here is the latest on the recent fires in California:The LNU Lightning Complex fire in Sonoma and Napa Counties is 32,025 acres and 0% contained. Three structures have been destroyed with 1,900 more threatened and evacuations are in effect. The CZU August Lightnight Complex fire in San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties is 7,500 acres and currently 0% contained. It is made up of multiple large lightning-caused fires and mandatory evacuations in place with 1,200 structures threatened. The SCU Lightning Complex fire in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties is made up of approximately 20 different fires, is 35,000 acres and is 4% contained with 1,200 structures threatened and evacuations in place. The Holser fire in Ventura County is 3,000 acres and is now 20% contained. If the fire holds through the night then all evacuation warnings would be lifted.last_img read more

SBM Offshore secures $1.14bn financing for Liza Unity FPSO

first_img Image: In May, ExxonMobil and Hess decided to move ahead with Liza Phase 2 project in Guyana. Photo: courtesy of Hess Corporation. Dutch offshore services provider SBM Offshore has secured a total of $1.14bn project financing from a consortium of nine international banks, for the Liza Unity floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).The company will build the FPSO for use on the Liza Phase 2 development offshore Guyana and is expected to draw the full loan, phased over the construction period of the FPSO vessel.SBM Offshore stated: “The financing will become non-recourse once the FPSO is completed and the pre-completion guarantees have been released. The project loan has a tenor of two years post completion, in line with the duration of the charter, and carries a variable interest cost of LIBOR plus 1.50%.”Operated by Esso Exploration and Production, an affiliate of ExxonMobil, Liza field is located approximately 200km offshore Guyana in the Stabroek block.The Stabroek Block is owned by Esso with 45% interest, Hess Guyana Exploration with 30% interest and CNOOC Petroleum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC, with 25% interest.SBM Offshore to design Liza Unity FPSO based on Fast4Ward programmeThe new FPSO will have a production capacity of 220,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd), associated gas treatment capacity of 400 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of 250,000 barrels per day.The FPSO is intended to be spread moored in water depth of about 1,600m and the vessel would be able to store approximately 2 million barrels of crude oil.SBM Offshore said that the design of Liza Unity FPSO is based on its Fast4Ward programme, which incorporates the company’s new build, multi-purpose hull combined with several consistent topsides modules.In May 2019, SBM Offshore secured a contract from the affiliate of Exxon Mobil to construct and install the FPSO, after ExxonMobil and Hess decided to move ahead with the $6bn Liza Phase 2 development.First oil from the Liza Phase 2 development, which will pursue the development of nearly 600 million barrels of oil, is targeted to be drawn by mid-2022. The company will construct the FPSO for use on the Liza Phase 2 development offshore Guyanalast_img read more

Uni announces two new access schemes in “sea change for admissions”

first_imgThe first programme, Opportunity Oxford, will introduce a studyprogramme for up to 200 students who have lodged a “normal” application to theUniversity and are on course to achieve their entry grades but need additional supportto “bridge the gap” between secondary school and university. “Itis a significant step towards ensuring that those who are capable, and have hadto endure unique circumstance and hardship through no fault of their own, areafforded the opportunity to succeed as much as anyone else.” MeanwhileSU President Joe Inwood said: “This is a major step forward in improving accessto Oxford. Students are excited to see the University commit to these newinitiatives, and it is a reflection on student efforts to bring this to theforefront of the University agenda. According to the University, this will allow these students to “beginundergraduate study with greater confidence, new friends and familiarity withlife at university.” The programmes are inspired by Univ’s existing Opportunity Programme and LMH’s innovative Foundation Year scheme. The programme will provide a structured course of study at home, as well as a two-week residential study course before the start of the first term. It will introduce students to lectures, tutorials, and university level group and individual work, and will also work to build on the students’ subject knowledge and academic abilities. Some students on the Opportunity Oxford programme may be those who have previously failed to meet the University’s entry requirements. The current plan is for the University to phase these programmes in, building to 200 Opportunity Oxford and 50 Foundation Oxford places by 2023. CherelleMalongo, another student, who took part in the LMH foundation year and nowstudies Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, argued that “I am verypleased to hear that the University will be introducing Foundation Oxford. According to the University, “The scheme aims to open up places tostudents with high academic potential who, owing to their circumstances, arenot yet in a position to make a competitive Oxford application. The second programme, Foundation Oxford, will run a university-wideversion of the “Foundation Year” scheme pioneered at Lady Margaret Hall, andwill “be offered to students who have experienced personal disadvantage or severelydisrupted education.” The University of Oxford has announced two ambitious new access programmes, set to bring in up to 250 students from disadvantaged backgrounds annually by 2023. According to the University, the new programmes will “build on the success of Oxford’s existing activities to open its doors to a wider field of students. These include the UNIQ summer school, the Oxnet communities initiative and the use of contextual information to select students for undergraduate courses. “Thissummer will see UNIQ expand by 50% to help a total of 1,350 state school pupilsfrom disadvantaged backgrounds transform their chances of making a successfulapplication to Oxford.” “This represents a significant step change for the University, boosting the proportion of students coming to Oxford from underrepresented backgrounds from 15% of the current UK intake to 25%.”center_img “Bythe end of their programmes they will have developed the confidence to meet thechallenges of a demanding undergraduate degree. Both schemes will be free andstudents’ residential and living costs will be fully funded throughout thecourses.” According to the University, “The schemes offer students the chance to immerse themselvesin the Oxford environment, developing their study skills and their subjectknowledge. The students will benefit from the University’s internationallyoutstanding teaching facilities while living and studying in a collegecommunity. “Eligible students could include refugees and children in care orwith care responsibilities themselves. Once in operation, offers for FoundationOxford will be made on the basis of lower contextual A-level grades, ratherthan the University’s standard offers.” “Oxford SU has long held access at the heart of our work, so this is excellent news for Oxford students.” According to a University press release, “When fully up and running, these major new programmes will offer transformative paths to outstanding education for up to 250 state school students a year, representing 10% of Oxford’s undergraduate intake. “As a young woman from Newham, Oxford seemed a distant dream, but since arriving in September 2017, I can’t imagine being anywhere else. The Foundation Year has changed my life and today’s announcement means many more lives will be transformed in the future.” The two new programmes, Opportunity Oxford and Foundation Oxford, both aim to increase the number of students from socio-economically or otherwise disadvantaged groups, including carers and refugees. Ffion Price, who studied on Univ’sBridging Programme, said: “As astudent who knows first-hand the benefits of access initiatives such as theUniv bridging programme, I could not be happier to see the University takingthe necessary steps to ensure that more prospective students of the future areextended the same life-changing opportunity. “Itis a turning point for this institution – a recognition that, whileunfortunately students up and down the country are not afforded a level playingfield, as an institution we are capable of generating initiatives that help tocombat that. Successful applications will then undergo a one year,subject-specific programme building their capacity for university level study:those who are successful will then move onto the Oxford undergraduate degreefor which they were admitted. “Asa beneficiary of the LMH Foundation Year, I am heartened to know many morestudents will benefit from an Oxford education. TheVice Chancellor, Louise Richardson, claimed: “This is a sea change in Oxfordadmissions. Colleagues from across the University, its colleges and departmentshave united behind a commitment to accelerate the pace at which we arediversifying our student body and ensuring that every academically exceptionalstudent in the country knows that they have a fair chance of a place at Oxford.” “Mostrecent figures for the 2019 intake show a record 64.5% of offers were made tostudents from state schools while 15.7% of offers went to students from themost under-represented backgrounds. last_img read more

Press release: Planned Israeli settlement: statement by Minister for Middle East

first_imgFor journalists Minister Burt said: Media enquiries Follow Minister Burt on Twitter @AlistairBurtUK Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook The UK strongly condemns the Israeli government’s decision to establish a second new settlement deep in the West Bank in less than a year. These plans could involve the retroactive ‘legalisation’ of the outpost of Havat Gilad. Settlements are illegal under international law and undermine the physical viability of the two-state solution. We call on both parties to refrain from actions which make peace more difficult. Email [email protected] Further information Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedInlast_img read more