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May
3

Oxford honours A-level students’ offers after government U-turn

first_imgIn January, Oxford made 3,900 offers for an expected 3,287 places. Before the Government announcement on Monday, Oxford confirmed 3,440 students had received offers, including over 300 students who missed their grades under the Ofqual algorithm. As a result of the larger cohort, Oxford is facing “significant capacity constraints both within our colleges and on our academic courses.” The University’s policy does not apply to courses with externally enforced caps on student numbers such as Medicine. The University of Oxford will honour its offer to all applicants whose A-level Centre Assessed Grades meet their conditional offer, although some may have to defer to 2021 entry. “We will need to ensure we minimise the risk to the health of our staff and students caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst also protecting the quality and the personalised nature of our teaching. We are now working to ensure everyone who has met their offer conditions under the new CAG policy can be admitted either this year or next. As such, we are reviewing the capacity on our courses and within colleges and will confirm the position to offer holders as soon as we can. The University said: “Since results day, Oxford University and our colleges have been working hard to support offer holders from disadvantaged backgrounds who were disproportionately issued grades below their conditional offer. We felt this was an unacceptable situation, having previously shared our deep reservations about the algorithm approach with Ofqual. As part of our admissions process, and after carefully reviewing each applicant, we accepted over 300 students who missed their offers under the Ofqual algorithm… Oxford said it “welcomes the government’s announcement” andis “delighted” to admit additional students. “We warmly congratulate all our successful new students and look forward to welcoming them to Oxford.” This comes after the government announced that A-level results will be based on teachers’ predictions rather than the Ofqual algorithm, increasing the number of students who meet their offer. Before the government’s announcement, the University had rejected some unsuccessful offer-holders and says that it now has “many more offer-holders meeting their grades than in a normal year”. It has committed to admitting all new offer-holders “either this year or next”. Oxford has not stated how many more offer-holders will be admitted for 2020 entry. After A-level results day, the University told Cherwell: “We… do not have space to admit any more students while meeting social distancing restrictions and other health and safety challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.”last_img read more

May
3

Korean War Veteran Honors Fellow Soldiers 65 Years After Ceasefire

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Korean War Veteran Honors Fellow Soldiers 65 Years After CeasefireJULY 28TH, 2018  TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANAJuly 27th, 2018 marks the 65th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement putting an end to the war between North Korea and United Nations forces fighting with South Korea. The agreement returned troops home including Evansville native Jim Voelker who joined the military before the Christmas of 1952.“When I was in Korea, it was cold and we had to keep warm by staying active,” says Voelker.He says it wasn’t long before he was sent overseas. “I did my training at Fort Benning and wasn’t too long I had orders to go to Korea,” says Voelker.During his time in the war, the Evansville man spent a lot of time above the war zone rather than on the ground. “I was a rigger. A rigger is a guy that packs parachutes and in Korea, we made many flights over North Korea dropping supplies to the troops below,” says Voelker.While the majority of the fighting ended decades ago the tension between the countries remains high but following talks between U.S. leaders and the North Korean government the remains of 55 U.S. soldiers from the Korean War are finally back home.Like many veterans, even though his time in active duty is over Voelker continues to serve his community.“Well, I do a lot of military funerals that keeps us pretty busy,” says Voekler. TwitterFacebooklast_img read more

May
2

Prieto says he may have made a mistake by supporting ‘newspaper…

first_imgBecause many newspapers receive a considerable amount of revenue from legal ads, and many outlets had critical coverage of Gov. Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal last year, some observers referred to the matter as Christie’s “Newspaper Revenge Bill.”It was up for a vote at one of the last legislative sessions of last year, along with a measure that would have allowed Christie to sell his memoir while in office.The measure failed at the last minute after residents and newspapers contacted legislators asking them to hold off.Lat month, the New Jersey Press Association contradicted the Republican numbers, saying they provided the state legislature with information that state’s more than 550 municipalities spent $32 million in printing public notices last year — but taxpayers only funded $7.3 million of that, an average of less than $15,000 per town. When asked individually, the town of Secaucus, which Prieto represents, said it spent about $100,000 to publish the notices last year.Speaking at a fundraiser for the Team Guttenberg slate in West New York last month, Preto said of his support for the bill in December, “Since then, the Press Association has gotten engaged, and has actually come back to us. They gave us some numbers now that are not what we were being told. So I guess we’re looking at it, and I am working with the Press Association to see what we should be doing, and working collaboratively together.”So, if such a bill were to return to the legislature, it “would be something of a different bill than what you would’ve seen in December,” he said. “I haven’t seen all the numbers yet. We’re not trying to hurt that industry; we just wanted to find cost-savings. So we will work together to get it right.”In January, the state Republicans fired off a Tweet saying, “Legislature should be offended they were lied to by newspaper publishers. Time to end the mandated printing of taxpayer-funded legal notices .” When the Reporter Tweeted back to ask for a breakdown of funds and asking whether the GOP was including government ads reimbursed by private developers and attorneys, the GOP failed to respond. SECAUCUS – Assembly Speaker Vincent Preto said recently that his sponsorship of a bill to cut down legal notices in newspapers in December may have been a mistake.Some scratched their heads when the Democrat backed an effort by Gov. Chris Christie to change state law so that numerous types of government and other legal notices — such as those before a public hearing — did not have to appear in newspapers. While some of those ads are actually funded by developers and attorneys who have to alert the public of various actions, Republicans floated numbers claiming governments were paying $80 million annually to newspapers. ×last_img read more

May
2

Time for legal cannabis in New Jersey

first_imgEdward GrimesMedical Cannabis Patient Dear Editor:Throughout the nation, the move to legalize cannabis for medical reasons and recreational purposes is gaining momentum. More than a dozen States have already taken action to allow the use of cannabis to help alleviate the pain and suffering of the many thousands of individuals who are afflicted with various maladies. Here in New Jersey, there is a bi-partisan effort underway in Trenton to enact a similar law to help the residents of the Garden State. While this legislation is being sponsored by a Democrat, it also has the support of many Republicans. New Jersey needs Cannabis Patient Rights (CPR), and we need it now. It is time we legalize it, and provide for the insurance companies to pay for it.This will result in people being weened off unnecessary and higher priced pills and prescriptions, and away from dangerous street drugs, too. It is time for New Jersey to join the Cannabis Campaign in the name of the health and welfare of its citizens. Unfortunately, our local officials – including the members of the Bayonne City Council – are doing nothing to promote this vital issue. They are standing back and letting people continue to suffer. They are refusing to help the many seriously ill persons in our community who would benefit enormously from the passage of this legislation. Fortunately, however, we do have one civic leader who is standing up for patient rights. Michael Alonso, who is running for the Assembly at the urging of Democrat Freeholder Bill O’Dea, is in the forefront of the statewide effort to help the sick and disabled by allowing them access to alternative treatments.Michael Alonso cares about people. He is committed to assisting those in need, and expanding the freedoms and rights of individuals in our society. Especially the disabled, unlike Asw. Angela McKnight, whose taxpayer funder office has a STEP and no access for wheelchairs, there’s even a video on YouTube of McKnight getting called out and embarrassed by Mike Alonso on this issue. Her office actually called the cops, cursed out and threatened the woman and her caregiver. Is that the representation we want in Trenton? It’s time for all of us in New Jersey who need and would benefit from legalized medical cannabis to stand up and speak out. Join Michael Alonso and other State leaders and support legislation for Cannabis Patient Rights. Its time New Jersey moved into the 21st Century. last_img read more

May
2

Police Beat Compiled by Marilyn Baer

first_imgAlleged bedtime intruder arrestedJersey City resident Clyde Miller, age 36, was arrested and charged last week with burglary, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Suboxone, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of public housing and 1,000 feet of a school. He also had two outstanding warrants, one from Jersey City and one from Union City, police said in a release.According to the release, police received a call at 8:30 p.m. from a woman in the area of Seventh Street and Willow Avenue regarding a burglary.The woman said she was putting her children to bed when she heard the front door open. She expected it to be her husband, but instead saw an unknown man.She said she begged the man to leave, but he ignored her and walked around the first floor. He took her $200 purse, which had about $400 in it, and left.Officers reviewed footage from the area and got a description.The description was given to all officers. About an hour later, Officer William Bullock arrested the alleged perpetrator, Miller, near First and Jackson streets. Miller was placed under arrest and transported to Hudson County Correctional Facility. Drug store arrest leads to discovery of gun and bulletsHillside resident Miya Singleton-Ward, age 24, was arrested on Friday Oct. 20, at 3:56 a.m. She was charged with unlawful use of a credit card, credit card theft, theft, criminal attempt theft, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of body armor-penetrating bullets.Officers were dispatched to the downtown CVS on a report of a woman attempting to purchase gift cards using a credit card that was not hers. The officers arrived to find the woman in question at the register, allegedly in the process of making the purchases and swiping the credit card. The officers questioned the woman about the credit card and she was allegedly evasive in her responses.The store staff said they recognized the female from a prior incident in which she allegedly purchased gift cards with the credit card and left the store.The officers were able to confirm the cards were not hers and placed her under arrest. At headquarters, Singleton-Ward allegedly made statements prompting detectives to speak with her further.It was later determined that the woman had a Colt .38 special gun in her vehicle, which they were able to retrieve. She was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Allegedly broke a commandmentJersey City resident Antonio Figueroa, age 57, was arrested and charged with burglary, theft, burglary tools, and bail jumping on Wednesday Oct. 25 at 2:48 p.m.Officers Harry Montalvo and Jeffrey Lehbrink were sent to a church in downtown Hoboken on the report of someone calling for help. The officers spoke with a victim about a man entering the church and allegedly taking money from the collection box using what appeared to be a wire hanger. He allegedly took approximately $20.After a description of the man was given to uniformed officers, detectives found a man fitting the description near Second and Washington streets. After further investigation they believed he was the man who allegedly took the money. He was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. He was found to have an outstanding warrant from Jersey City and a warrant from Hoboken for similar charges.After investigating further, he was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing. Alleged robbers nabbed by police on HalloweenJersey City resident Nicholas Rosato, age 48, and Bayonne resident Yasmin Andino, age 43 were arrested on Tuesday Oct. 31 at 5:45 a.m. at an uptown Rite Aid.Rosato was charged with robbery, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of hypodermic syringe. Andino was charged with robbery, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence.Officers Joseph Dimartino and Michael Losurdo were dispatched to the store on a shoplifting report. The stores employee said that two men were seen allegedly taking merchandise from the shelves and placing it inside their personal bags. When the employee attempted to stop them by blocking the exit, he was shoved out of the way. He did not suffer any serious injuries.The officers received a description of the alleged culprits. The officers relayed a description to all units. Officer Michael Straten saw two people who fit the description walking near Second Street and Sinatra Drive. They were positively identified and placed under arrest. They were searched and they were found to allegedly have the stolen merchandise, along with drug paraphernalia and syringes allegedly in their possession. They were both transported to headquarters for processing and then to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Man arrested for aggravated assaultRidgefield Park resident Daniel Sigel, age 23, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on Saturday Oct. 21, at 2:49 a.m.Units were dispatched to a bar in downtown Hoboken on a report of a fight. When they arrived, they saw a man without a shirt, a woman standing in the middle of the street, and a second man with a cut above his left eye and blood on his face. The victim’s eye was swollen shut and he was unable to see. The officers separated everyone and spoke to them individually.According to the victim, he saw the man and woman sitting on the steps leading into a building and asked them to leave. He alleged that when the man and woman allegedly began to yell and argue. The man allegedly punched the victim in the head. The man, Sigel, was placed under arrest. He was transported to police headquarters for processing and released on a summons, with a court hearing to come. The victim was transported to Hoboken University Medical Center for further treatment.last_img read more

Mar
2

Phish Drummer Jon Fishman Joined Katy Tur Today On MSNBC Live. No, Really… [Watch]

first_imgUPDATE [11/28/18, 3:15 p.m. EST]: “Thank you, Mr. Mainer!” Jon Fishman joined Katy Tur toward the end of MSNBC Live‘s 2 p.m. hour to chat about ranked-choice voting. You can watch cell phone footage of the segment below:Jon Fishman Talks Ranked-Choice Voting with Katy TurEarlier in the hour, ahead of her interview with Fishman, Tur also traded some Phish (and Kasvot Växt) references with Politico correspondent and fellow Phish-loving news personality Jake Sherman.MSNBC political correspondent Katy Tur has never been shy about her love for Phish, even when she’s on the air… Especially when she’s on the air… As you’ve no doubt seen and heard over the last couple years, Tur has developed a reputation within the Phish community for sneaking references to the band’s lyrics into her news scripts. Like, all the time… It’s become a fun thing to look out for and joke about with others in the know.EXCLUSIVE: MSNBC’s Katy Tur Talks Her Love Of Phish & Sneaking Lyrics Into The NewsBeing a high-profile political correspondent, Katy Tur has spent plenty of time chatting with highly influential politicians and pundits. However, we have a feeling that her guest on MSNBC Live this afternoon will give her a few more butterflies in her stomach than even the most powerful world leaders. On the 2 p.m. EST hour of the news program, Katy Tur will welcome a certain local Maine politician as a featured guest to talk about his recent push for ranked-choice voting in his home state. You may have heard of him. He sometimes goes by Henrietta. Other times he’s Friar Tuck. Earlier this month, he was Bob Weaver. But most people know him as Phish drummer Jon Fishman. Tune in to MSNBC at 2 p.m. to catch Jon Fishman’s chat with Katy Tur. This should be good…[H/T Relix]last_img read more

Jan
18

Lana Gordon to Take Over as Velma Kelly in Chicago

first_img Related Shows Lana Gordon View Comments from $49.50center_img Chicago Lana Gordon can’t do it alone! The Broadway alum will begin performances as Velma Kelly in Broadway’s Chicago on August 15. She steps in for Amra-Faye Wright in the role at the Ambassador Theatre.Gordon previously appeared on Broadway in the original casts of The Lion King and the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Over the last 10 years, she has performed extensively throughout Europe in various productions including Chicago as Velma Kelly, Sister Act as Deloris Van Cartier, Tarzan as Kala, West Side Story as Anita, and the title role in Carmen Cubana.The cast also currently includes Bianca Marroquín as Roxie Hart, Tom Hewitt as Billy Flynn (through August 23—Jason Danieley returns to the role on August 25), Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, Ron Ryan as Matron “Mama” Morton (through September 4—NaTasha Yvette Williams returns to the role on September 5), and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.  last_img read more

Jan
1

Third Sector Systems and Entango Partner to Offer Nonprofits a Totally Integrated Technology Solution.

first_imgThird Sector Systems, developers of software that integrates a nonprofit’s departments, tracks constituent contact and measures outcomes, announced today that it is joining with Entango, a pioneering provider of personalized and secure online services, to offer nonprofits a complete technology solution from online donations to outcome reporting.Third Sector Systems CEO Yves Gonnet said “Entango’s services enable an organization to provide their constituents with the opportunity to donate, register for events, start or renew their membership, and purchase merchandise from their own website.”Gonnet continued “Then, all of the information is seamlessly integrated into our software which the organization uses to manage all the details of their work — the programs and services they provide as well as advocacy, fundraising and membership.Entango CEO Steve Harkness added “In Third Sector Systems software, the outcomes the organization achieves are automatically measured, tied to funding sources and reported on. Once that’s done, organizations can use our email outreach services to share their successes with their supporters, constituents, community and legislators.”Since 1998 Third Sector Systems has provided an organization-wide system to integrate a nonprofit’s departments, and track each constituent’s contact — as service provider, prospect, donor, volunteer, attendee, client, board member — or any other role. Nonprofits of all types and sizes nationwide have replaced their disconnected spreadsheets and databases and integrated their organizations with our software. For further information, please visit our website at www.thirdsectorsystems.com(link is external) or www.firstchair.com(link is external). Third Sector Systems has offices in Waterbury, VT and New York, NY.San Francisco-based Entango has provided personalized and secure online services that enable nonprofit organizations a way to connect with supporters since 1996. Its competitively priced services include online donation, event registration and membership/renewal processing, merchandising, email outreach, creative services, reporting, and receipt fulfillment. Entango’s customers include the national chapter of Toys for Tots, the Glaucoma Foundation, national and local chapters of the Children’s Starlight Foundation, the Rutgers University Foundation, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and local chapters of the American Red Cross, and the United Way. For more information, please visit www.entango.com(link is external) or call 1.877.ENTANGO.last_img read more

Dec
31

Delhi approves state subsidies for rooftop solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The Delhi state government has approved the Mukhyamantri Solar Power Scheme, which offers five-year subsidies on electricity bills for group housing societies and individual consumers installing rooftop solar panels. Under the scheme, the Delhi government will provide a generation-based incentive (GBI) of Rs 2 (US$0.027) per unit against the initial solar power generation cost of Rs 3 ($0.041) per unit. In effect, the consumer will pay just Rs 1 ($0.014) per unit for five years.This is not the first time the state government has offered electricity subsidies. Under the Delhi Solar Policy 2016, the Rs 2 per unit subsidy was valid for just three years. As the scheme did not find many takers, the government has now extended it from three to five years. Chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Cabinet also approved half-yearly, instead of annual, disbursal of GBI by [distribution companies].Addressing a press conference, Power Minister Satyendar Jain said that group housing societies that wish to participate in the scheme will not have to pay the installation costs, which will instead be borne by the company. “The cost of solar power will also depend on the space provided by the society for the installation of solar panels. In case the society provides more space for solar panels than its requirement, they will get the benefit in return in terms of further reduction in the price of solar power,” Jain said.The Delhi government is also planning a Solar Rooftop Demand Aggregation Program, which will benefit consumers, including residential, schools, hospitals, and municipal segments with an expected aggregated demand of 40 MW using the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model.Delhi has an installed solar capacity of 100 MW, of which 5 MW is in the domestic sector. The state aims to generate 1 GW by 2020 and 2 GW by 2025 through rooftop solar installations.More: Delhi cabinet approves rooftop solar scheme Delhi approves state subsidies for rooftop solarlast_img read more

Dec
18

2 NYPD Officers Shot and Killed in Brooklyn

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two NYPD officers were killed Saturday afternoon when a gunman reportedly fired from close range into their patrol car in Brooklyn, according to multiple reports. The gunman fled to a nearby subway station where he reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police recovered a gun from the scene, according to The New York Times. The tragic shooting occurred in Bedford-Stuyvesant. “The perp came out of the [Tompkins] houses, walked up behind the car and lit them up,” an anonymous police official told the New York Daily News. A witness told the News that the suspect was being pursued by cops when he ran toward the subway station. The New York Post reported that the officers were working overtime when they were fatally shot. Multiple reports stated that at least one officer was shot in the head. Our prayers are with the family of the 2 #NYPD who lost there lives today. #BeSafe— NYPD 52nd Precinct (@NYPD52Pct) December 20, 2014 My thoughts are with the families of the #NYPD officers shot in the line of duty, in an act of horrific violence. We all mourn this tragedy.— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) December 20, 2014last_img read more