Students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to be awarded first class degrees than their peers, Oxford University data has revealed.The statistics show that 22.9 per cent of undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds received a First, compared to 30.3 per cent of their course mates.The figures, obtained by Cherwell via Freedom of Information requests, compare degree classes for flagged and non-flagged students at the university.Flags are given to undergraduates who meet a number of criteria including living in a deprived postcode, coming from a school which sends few pupils to Oxbridge or having lived in care.The investigation also found that flagged students are more likely to withdraw from their studies or take longer to complete their course.Only 76.2 per cent of flagged students had completed their degree by the time statistics were obtained by Cherwell, compared to 82.3 per cent of non-flagged students.The findings, taken from data about undergraduates admitted between 2010 and 2013, mirror the “gender gap” which exists in degree results at the University. However, these statistics are the first to identify an association between degree outcome and socioeconomic background.Eden Bailey, VP for Access and Academic Affairs told Cherwell, “Oxford has a serious problem with attainment gaps. A working group is already well in progress to tackle the gender and race attainment gaps, and at OUSU we’re glad the central University is acknowledging the present situation, which is unacceptable.“It’s really important that ‘access’ work doesn’t just stop at admissions, but the University is doing everything they can be to ensure that all students have access to educational opportunities, and filling their full academic potential, regardless of their background, identity, or circumstance.“I am very conscious that OUSU doesn’t have a liberation campaign relating to class or socioeconomic disadvantage, and would love to hear from students who would be interested in this.”In response to the findings, a university spokesperson commented, “Oxford and its colleges offer highly personalised academic and financial support to students, and students with contextual flags at Oxford still have drop-out rates that are among the lowest in the sector, and do extremely well in achieving top degrees. The university will continue to work to ensure all students are well supported in their studies academically, personally and financially.”The spokesperson added that Oxford was not alone in facing this type of problem and that it may be too early to draw conclusions given the sample size. They highlighted that the distribution of Firsts may also be affected by degree programme choices and other factors.Previous studies have suggested that the comparatively lower success rate of Oxford students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds is not reflected nationally. A report by the student think-tank OxPolicy into the effect of socioeconomic background on degree outcome found that “at no Higher Education Institution did under-represented students perform worse than their peers.”
During the holiday break, and as we enter into a new year, I always like to reflect on the world of technology–where we have been and where we are heading. Not sure my wife Julie, 25 years on Jan 8th, I might add, shares the same enthusiasm on the technology front. However, I figured I could give her a shout out in a blog for a 25th anniversary; I’ll let you know how that goes.Thinking about compute on the enterprise side, there is so much going on I thought it best to write them down and share a few thoughts. These are the things I’m thinking about as we end the year—a moment in time as our CTO team and I are continually looking to the future.Right now, we are in the midst of a 50-year perfect storm on both the technology and business front. Businesses must transform and embrace the digital world or get run over by a new and more agile competitor with a new business model benefiting from advanced technologies like data analytics, AI, ML and DL. No business is safe from the wave of digital disruption. In this case, disruption is a GOOD thing. Options for mining data are opening new opportunities that are making businesses smarter and bringing customers and businesses closer together.It is all about the data – “computing on” and the “science of.” Those that harness the power of data will win; there is no doubt. On the technology front, we are in a silicon renaissance due to many factors – impact of Moore’s low slowing, parity on silicon fabrication processes, new and real competition on the CPU front, shared wafer economics, etc. Seems like all of the laws are against us – Moore, Amdahl, Wirth, Gustafson, Brooke – couple that with the fact we are moving from an era where we used compute to create data (“compute centric” era) to the new era where we use compute to consume data (“memory centric” era). We are finding our systems and architectures can be better optimized for this new era of data consumption.Hence, you see the rise of all these “Domain Specific Architectures” – GPUs, IPUs, FPGA, ASICs… Businesses that fail to embrace or choose poorly can be disrupted by a rival they were not even tracking, a poor technology choice could lead to 100, 1000, 50k performance disadvantage vs. the competition. The stakes could not be any higher. We are seeing some of our beloved software abstractions starting to fail – not surprising when you consider we have spent last 30+ years trying to get out of the weeds – but at what cost? I never have had more discussion in my life or seen the interest in bare metal and performance optimization with Domain Specific Architectures.To top it all off, the data we care about is not conveniently located in the same spot or has real-time aspects. And, as we have done since the dawn of computing, the compute follows the data, leading to the rise of edge computing. We have seen this before; terminal-mainframe gave way to client-server to mobile-cloud and now IoT-Edge. Every swing of the pendulum has simply created a new and even bigger market. Finally, we have a new exponential; security threats and data growth are the new exponentials and these may be the exponentials that do indeed last forever.Given the state of business and technology disruption, what should businesses do to take advantage of innovation available to them to remain competitive? What do they need to do keep pace with the rapid change of IT? Move fast and pick the right tool for the job, focus on being the disruptor to avoid becoming the disruptee – leading is easier from the front. Along the way, pick a trusted partner for the journey – everyone needs a friend.
Ever rented? You could be on a tenant blacklist without even knowing it.HERE’S a scary prospect.If you’ve ever rented at some point in your life, did you know you could be on a tenant blacklist without even knowing it? Tenancy databases are privately owned lists which contain certain people’s rental history. The main one in Queensland is the Tenancy Information Centre of Australia (TICA).If you’re on the list, in most cases it means an agent or landlord has reported that you haven’t complied with the terms of a lease.Karen Herbert, founder and CEO of property management company, Arrive, says once you’re on a tenant blacklist, you’re on it for seven years.“During that time, primarily, you won’t be able to get rental accommodation,” she said.“Most property managers will say no because you’ve got a bad history, but rather than tell the applicant, they’ll just decline them.Here are the main reasons you might end up on a tenant blacklist and how to avoid it: 1. RENT ARREARS — This is the most common reason people end up on a tenant blacklist, according to Ms Herbert. She advises always keeping a record of your own rent and paying the agency yourself. DON’T give it to another tenant to pay. “You need to be responsible for your own money,” she says. 2. ABANDON PROPERTY — This is the second most common reason tenants end up on a database, according to Ms Herbert. If you decide to flee a tenancy for whatever reason (bad breakup, domestic violence, unresolved dispute), you can automatically end up on a blacklist. Ms Herbert says it’s your responsibility to pay rent until a new tenant is found. “Face your demons and talk to your property manager,” she says. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago 3. CHANGE OF TENANCY — Someone at your rental premises decides to leave, possibly leaving you with a big mess AND their rent to pay. Ms Herbert advises picking up the phone pronto and calling your rental agency. “Speak to the property manager and ask ‘what do I do now?’” They will advise you about how to proceed with finding a new tenant and follow up with the previous tenant. 4. ENTRY CONDITION REPORT — Probably the most vital piece of paper involved in a tenancy agreement. Ms Herbert said if the entry condition report doesn’t marry up with how the property appears at the time of vacation, the tenants could end up on a blacklist — or required to fork out money. “The cost of repairs might outweigh the bond,” she says. Her advice? Mark everything down, take photos, record everything — even throughout the term of the tenancy, not just at the start. 5. MALICIOUS/ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE — Ms Herbert says it’s the tenant’s responsibility to report any breakages or incidents. “They need to fess up,” she says. “If they don’t report it, they could be held responsible to pay for it.” And make sure you report it straight away, not at the end of the tenancy as it could be too late by then. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE How do you find out if you’re on a tenant blacklist?•Find out who listed you. You can pay $55 to TICA and it will provide you with who listed you, when they listed you, what the property address was, what it was for and the dollar amount.•Tenants can’t remove themselves from the database. If you can resolve the reason with the property agency or landlord who listed you, they then need to ask for your name to be removed.•If you feel your name has listed incorrectly, you can take the case to the small claims tribunal and ask for a hearing. There are tenants’ unions in most states that can help.
Terms agreed by the French and British governments on December 19 for extending Eurotunnel’s concession by 34 years include a substantial reduction in the cost of sending Anglo-German rail freight through the Channel Tunnel. This is the first time Eurotunnel has agreed to vary tariffs set out in the Railway Usage Contract agreed with SNCF and British Rail in 1987.The governments will receive 40% of profits from the Channel Tunnel from 2052 to 2086. Agreement could have been reached much earlier had Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott not demanded acceptance by Eurotunnel and SNCF of specific measures to boost rail freight. This reached 2·9 million tonnes last year, barely 40% of the figure forecast for 1997 when the RUC was signed a decade earlier.Assurances have been given by Eurotunnel to existing operators – SNCF and Railfreight Distribution (now owned by English Welsh & Scottish Railway) – regarding charges to be levied after the RUC expires in 2006, but Prescott failed to secure guarantees of open access through France. However, under pressure from government, Réseau Ferré de France has signed an undertaking to facilitate the creation of Trans-European Freight Freeways from Britain to Metz, Strasbourg and Lyon, and eventually to Italy and Spain.The big prize was always Germany, Britain’s biggest trading partner in the EU. It is scandalous that not one of some 160 trains scheduled weekly through the Tunnel enters that country because DB deliberately distorts tariffs to favour German ports. The existence of this policy was confirmed late last year when the Court of First Instance upheld a fine of ECU11m imposed by the European Commission because DB inflates tariffs for containers using Dutch and Belgian ports.Eurotunnel will now offer special low rates for new traffic provided it is destined for or originates within Germany. Freight which merely transits Germany, or is reconsigned within that country, will continue to be charged at the RUC tariff.For the time being, Eurotunnel will continue to invoice British Rail and SNCF for the Minimum Usage Charge as laid down by the RUC, and will not receive extra revenue from new German traffic in the short term. However, the hope is that substantial additional tonnage will be attracted, advancing the date at which Eurotunnel’s total rail freight charges break through the MUC ceiling, thus generating more revenue than the company could otherwise have expected to receive.Eurotunnel has settled all outstanding claims and disputes with Transmanche-Link, the consortium which built and equipped the Channel Tunnel. TML will pay Eurotunnel £40m and maintain its 10 year warranty covering the Tunnel infrastructure, but Eurotunnel has assumed responsibility for all TML’s subcontracts relating to rolling stock. o
PowaKaddy, the number one name in electric trolley function, design and performance confirmed today that it has built on its partnership with England Golf following the presentation of a new fleet of PK SPORT models to the Boys Squad. The brand’s award-winning powered cart will now be used by country’s finest U18 talent as they practice and compete on official duty for their country.PowaKaddy recently reaffirmed its support of England’s emerging young prospects by signing a new multi-year agreement in March to continue in its role as ‘Official Trolley Supplier’ to England Golf. Now every member of the Main and Boys Squads have been equipped with PowaKaddy’s flagship PK SPORT model, featuring a whole host of innovative design features and performance boosting technologies to ensure they have the very best equipment as they take to the course. PowaKaddy has also customised all trolleys with all-white frames embossed with the striking, new England Golf logo to specifically match the national team colours.Simon Homer, PowaKaddy’s Sales and Marketing Director commented, “We are delighted that the next level of emerging talent will now be using our cutting-edge PK SPORT model and have no doubt that they will all benefit from the performance and fitness benefits of using an electric trolley throughout the season. Our relationship with England Golf is extremely important to everyone within the company and we are keen to play a part in the development of young golfers that I am sure we will soon see playing at the very highest level.”“I am personally a big advocate of all of our squad members using electric trolleys when they are competing, so naturally the announcement that PowaKaddy was to provide our Boys Squad with a new fleet of PK SPORT was a significant one,” said Hugh Marr, the England Boys Squad Lead Coach. “We have begun the season well and I am confident that the players will now gain an instant advantage by using an electric trolley, conserving more energy and avoiding niggling injuries that may occur from carrying.”The award-winning PK SPORT trolley that the Boys Squad will be using is a state-of-the-art electric trolley that combines strong and lightweight materials with a powerful yet whisper quiet 200 watt motor, for the ultimate in performance and reliability. A host of practical features come together to make the it the market leading brand’s most complete design and the only choice for the UK’s finest amateur players.For further information visit www.PowaKaddy.com 31 May 2012 Powakaddy strengthens partnership with England Golf
Now’s not the time to break out the champagne, but grabbing three of the possible four points is a reason to celebrate for the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club.The Ice tied 6-6 and won 3-1 over North Island Silvertips during a BC Hockey Major Midget League series at the NDCC Arena.“It was a real good weekend for us . . . we had no passengers,” said Ice coach Brian Jones.“Goaltending was strong all weekend . . . Curt Doyle played Saturday and Ben Kelsch Sunday,” Jones added.“Connor Seib had a strong weekend on the blue line while Bradley Ross, Aiden Jenner Hunter Floris and Shawn Campbell supplied most of the offense.”Jones and the Ice players felt they let a point slip away when Keaton Mastrodonato, with this second of the game, scored with 28 seconds remaining in the game Saturday to allow North Island to steal a 6-6 tie.“We were up 4-1 after one but a lack of discipline against a very chippy North Island team got the best of us in the second period,” Jones explained. “I thought we deserved better.”Floris and Ross, each with a pair, led Kootenay in scoring while Jenner and Campbell added singles.Kootenay scored three times on the power play during the contest.Sunday, after a scoreless first period, Kootenay took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jenner.North Island’s Kyle Pow tied the game four minutes into the third before Kootenay struck for a pair of goals to secure the victory.“I thought we kept our composure and were patient and stuck with our system,” said Jones.“We got a power play goal with a 1:30 left and then an empty netter.”Kootenay remains in the cellar of the BCMMHL, three points behind the Silvertips.The Ice travels to Abbotsford this weekend for a pair of games against the fifth-place Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.Kootenay concludes the season at home February 27-28 hosting the third-place Vancouver Northwest Giants.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the 3rd year in a row, Clark County’s Paige Pence will be in the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. Her Grand Champion Market Goat is the first entry into this year’s event and the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with her just after the big win.
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We wanted the ball to go to Walker but there was also an option for Maliksi,” Isaac said.The ball did go to Walker, who then set Maliksi up for the game-winning jumper from the free-throw line with 9.5 seconds left.The Hotshots did not need as tight a finish as the Elite did, putting together a strong second half to overcome an NLEX squad that was seeing action in its first playoff stint under coach Yeng Guiao.The hard-fighting Road Warriors looked headed for a do-or-die as they stormed out of a deadlock at halftime to take a 63-55 lead in the third quarter.But Star went on a strong run to take a 69-63 edge before stretching the lead to 10 late in the fourth period behind huge baskets by Paul Lee.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Import Kristofer Acox and Lee carried the Hotshots in the second half and finished with 21 and 18 points, respectively, for Star, which at one point in the tournament was staring at a possible seventh seed in the playoffs.“We came from seventh spot and we were able to get No. 4 so we just took advantage of it,” said Star coach Chito Victolero.Acox also had 12 rebounds and two steals for Star.In contrast, NLEX started the Governors’ Cup strong and was one of the early favorites to nab a crucial twice-to-beat advantage but the fickleness of the tournament, where the closely-packed standings meant one loss could spell doom for a team’s chances, dropped the Road Warriors out of the top four.Walker and Maliksi carried the Elite down the stretch but it took team effort in the waning seconds to pull off the defensive stop on the Bolts, whose last shot—a one-hander from just inside the 3-point line by Mike Tolomia—went off target.“We played good defense and made the stop,” Isaac said.The dramatic win was Blackwater’s first in the playoffs since joining the league in 2014. And it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Elite facing the formidable Bolts, who won nine games against only two losses in the elimination round.Walker had only 11 points in the first three quarters before taking over when it mattered most. He exploded for 19 in the fourth quarter, scoring Blackwater’s first 18 points there.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, logged a total of 30 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, one steal and a block.The 30-year-old Maliksi, who was acquired from Star in a four-player trade on Sept. 10, wound up with 15 points and four rebounds. Starting guard Mike DiGregorio added 20 points. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Reigning Best Import Allen Durham posted 18 points—including an inside basket that gave the Bolts a 91-90 edge with 15.8 ticks remaining—21 rebounds and seven assists while Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge had 19 and 18 points, respectively.Blackwater tries to become only the fourth team to knock off the No. 1 seed when it tangles with Meralco on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. 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The Bolts, who finished second in this tournament last season, could have gotten to the semifinals ahead after drawing an earlier game time and a quarterfinal pairing against eighth-seed Blackwater.But Allein Maliksi came out eager to prove that the Elite made a good decision in trading for him late in the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMaliksi came up clutch as the Elite took down the Bolts, 92-91, to force a do-or-die in their pairing.“Going into the final 15 seconds of the game with Meralco up by one, the instruction was to have a good shot and if there was an opening, we take it,” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac after the gripping showdown between seeds at the opposite end of the spectrum at Mall of Asia Arena. 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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Schalke centre-back Matija Nastasic excited by Man City reunionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke centre-back Matija Nastasic has welcomed their Champions League draw with Manchester City.Nastasic spent three seasons at City between 2012 and 2015:He said, “I’m pleased we have drawn Manchester City. “These will be two very special matches for me as I played for City before signing for FC Schalke 04. Consequently, I will get to meet a few familiar faces. We know how strong our opponents are but we will give it our best shot.”The tie also means a reunion for City winger Leroy Sane.