first_imgIn an official statement available on the University website, and emailed to all students, the Vice-Chancellor also said, \”It is deeply regrettable, as the University has made clear, that the Government is reducing drastically direct public investment in university teaching – and that in a country which already spends less in percentage terms than the OECD average on higher education.\”Many students and tutors have expressed concerns about the University\’s decision. The Oxford University Committee for Higher Education (OUCHE) have been actively campaigning for a complete scrapping of tuition fees and are still working to amend the Council\’s decision.One of the founding members of OUCHE, and a fellow and tutor in Physiological Sciences at Worcester, John Parrington, commented, \”I know the University is planning bursaries, but I fear that the students most in need of them will have the least information and confidence to apply for them.\”Univ Politics tutor, Dr Pablo Beramendi, agreed that there were issues with the proposals. He said, \”The current solution hurts everyone because it combines a compromise that means a lot of effort to middle and low income families and extracts far too little from high income families.\”Beramendi also expressed his view that fees should rise even more for those from higher income backgrounds who were able to afford them, in order \”to avoid this perverse redistribution effect\” and to provide funds \”which fully support talented candidates from middle and low income backgrounds\”.On the other hand, Jon-Paul Spencer, a first year PPE student at Univ, said, \”As long as the University increase bursaries and advertise the fact that graduates rather than parents pay back the fees then the changes won\’t be as bad as they first seem.\”Hannah Booker, the JCR Access and Academic Affairs Officer at Lincoln, commented, \”it would have been a powerful message for Oxford to send by not setting fees at the maximum possible level.\”She added, \”this large raise may put some people off applying who are otherwise very able to get in. I think Oxford need to ensure they publicise the fantastic bursary scheme they have in place to ensure this doesn\’t happen.\”Corpus Christi JCR President, Jack Evans, said, \”While this package doesn\’t go far enough as I would have liked, I think this does show the impact both JCRs and OUSU can have on policy making decisions within the University.\”David Barclay and OUSU must be congratulated by students in leading the way on this issue and making sure Oxford remains a institution which is avaliable for everyone, regardless of their financial position.\”At certain points during this campaign it seemed like the Bursary scheme would be cut, so to get an increase is a massive achievement. Overall this is a day in which, despite the awful situation presented to us by the coalition, Oxford students can be proud.\”The President of OUSU, David Barclay, told the BBC that he supported the steps the University is taking to lessen the blow to the poorest students and said, \”Oxford has sent out a message that we will not leave a generation of bright young students confused and excluded by the new fees system.\”The percentage of successful applicants to Oxford who come from state schools has increased by 3% on last year\’s figures, to 58.5% for 2011 entry. If, as many fear, the increased fees discourage students from poorer backgrounds from applying then it will be widely seen as undoing this progress that has been made in widening access to Oxford.The government has told universities in England that they could be denied the right to charge fees up to the highest level of £9,000 unless they take measures to attract a wider mix of students. Oxford University is going to increase tuition fees to the maximum £9,000 per year from 2012, a decision which came after a meeting of the University\’s ruling council on Monday.The new fees system, which will come into operation from 2012/13, will work on a sliding scale with students from the lowest income households having their tuition fees capped at £3,500 for their first year, and £6,000 in the following years. Students on household incomes of higher than £25,000 will be charged the full £9,000.When the details are finalised on Thursday, this week\’s decision will make Oxford the fourth university to officially decide to increase fees to the new maximum level, along with Cambridge, Imperial and Exeter.The government\’s Office for Fair Access has declared that any universities that choose to increase fees to the new maximum level must invest up to £900 from every £9,000 fee paid in targeting applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds.Oxford has pledged that, out of the £10 million of extra income that the changes will bring in, the university will ring-fence £7 million to be spent on increased outreach schemes, bursaries and student support services.Details of the proposed new bursaries were outlined, which will see around 10% of students receive the highest bursary of £4,300 in their first year of study, and £3,300 thereafter. Bursaries will also extend to students with annual household incomes of up to £42,000, on a sliding scale. The Oxford Opportunity Bursary is currently awarded on a sliding scale to those with household incomes up to £50,020.Cambridge University made a decision in the last few days to offer students a choice of a bursary or a fee waiver, rather than both as outlined in Oxford\’s decision, after protests from academics and students against a proposal to cut bursaries.The Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Professor Andrew Hamilton, has said, \”These proposals show the strength of our commitment to being accessible for all, and to attracting the very brightest students, whatever their circumstances.\”last_img read more


first_imgLightbody Cakes, part of the Finsbury Food Group, is playing host to a BBC children’s show called Beat the Boss.In the show, a group of three children pitched their talent against three business professionals to come up with a new birthday cake for the children’s market. The two teams worked with Lightbody to design a prototype for their cakes, including packaging. The prototype cakes were then tested by 25 children.The programme will be screened from March 3, 2008 on BBC1, BBC2 and CBBC.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New Life CrisisThis highly original four-piece group constantly evolves with the technology of the time to present the most polished live sound on the circuit to date! Their captivating set list consists of an endless stream of material that is never the same twice. They rise to any occasion. The Space At Westbury, 250 Post Ave, Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. January 28.  Ice Nine KillsThis Boston-based experimental metalcore quartet is touring to promote their fourth album Every Trick in The Book, which was released just last month. Warming up the crowd will be Affiance, More To Monroe, Come & Rest and As Days Fade. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd, Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $15. 6 p.m. January 29.  Marianas TrenchThis Canadian pop-punk band’s The Hey You Guys!! Tour is coming to Long Island in support of the band’s fourth studio effort, Astoria, which dropped last fall. Opening the show will be Mainland. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$45. 8 p.m. January 29.  Robyn HitchcockA surrealist poet, a talented guitarist, a cult artist and a musician’s musician. Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and the closest thing the genre has to an English Bob Dylan. Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as “paintings you can listen to.” Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $29-$44. 8 p.m. January 29.TAO: Seventeen SamuraiThe new show will bring you athletic bodies and contemporary costumes combined with explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography. TAO: Seventeen Samurai has critics raving about TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy and stamina. They’ve got the rhythms that go pounding into the pleasure center of the brain. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $20-$75. 8 p.m. January 29.Tony & Tina’s WeddingIn this live theatrical smash, the audience members become part of the action as they partake in a wedding gone awry. The New York Times has called this outrageous comedy “audaciously imaginative.” Price-fixed dinner included. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $69.50. 7 p.m. January 30.Ron WhiteRon “Tater Salad” White is best known as the “Blue Collar Comedy” funnyman whose TV special They Call Me Tater Salad earned Comedy Central’s highest-rated Sunday in its history. His vices are his virtues. He is a cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking comedian with a witty charm that his fans absolutely love. Don’t miss this gig. NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.75. 8 p.m. January 30.  Marshall Crenshaw & The Bottle RocketsBorn in Detroit, Marshall Crenshaw grew up when the Motor City was hot and happening. He’s drawn upon his roots to carve out a unique career that evokes echoes of Buddy Holly—especially when he hits those high notes and his fingers are flinging out chords faster than a Ford Thunderbolt. He’s also a great songwriter with an ironic twist that he’s deployed to full effect as he chronicles the human condition of our time. And as fans of his WFUV-FM show “The Bottomless Pit” know well, Crenshaw’s record library rivals the Smithsonian. This uncompromising musician is the real deal. “Someday, Someway” simply has to be heard live. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. January 30.   Roaring ’20s PartyThe Aaron Johnson Quintet jazz band leads the party, featuring Prohibition Era cocktail specials. Free select cocktails for those who dress the part. And you don’t even have to hide your booze when The Man comes knocking. Just raise a toast to the good times you’re having and ask the barkeep for another round! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. January 30.  Kyle DunniganThis standup comedian and actor is best known for his role as Craig, aka The Truckee River Killer, in the hit Comedy Central series Reno 911! among his many other TV appearances. If you don’t enjoy Kyle live, there might be something wrong with you. No, seriously, you should get that checked out. Maybe your insurance will cover it. Heck, you never know, and the cure may be worth it! Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $22. 7, 9:30 p.m. January 30.Junie B. Jones, The MusicalIt’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Junie also has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. This is family fun at its best! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $15. Times vary. January 30 through March 6.Long Island Bacon BashYou like bacon? Then this is the event for you. You can revel in bacon tastings and bacon buying so you can really bring home the bacon. There’s all kinds of bacon—cured, uncured, smoked, you name it—plus bacon bits, bacon desserts, chocolate-covered bacon, various foods and more. Vendors include Bespoke Bacon, Willie B’s, Bulls BBQ, Bacon Hot Sauce, Catskill Food Company and Madhouse Creations. Come pig out! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $6-$18. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. January 31.Cesar MillanThe Dog Whisperer is back and just in time, because our pups stopped listening to us a long time ago. Harris! Davis! Get over here! Oh, Millan is gonna have a field day with you two! NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50-$49.50. 3 p.m. January 31.  Reel Big FishThis California-based ska-punk band that survived many line-up changes is coming back to play their catchy upbeat hits, including “Sell Out,” “Beer” and “Everyone Else is an Asshole.” Get ready to skank! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$35. 8 p.m. February 1.Groundhog DayWhat better way to celebrate Groundhog Day than by watching Bill Murray’s 1993 movie of the same name on the big screen? When it’s over, you may want to see it again. And then see it again. To quote Yogi Berra, it’s deja vu all over again. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $8. 7:30 p.m. February 2.Mulholland DriveAuthor Dennis Lim will sign copies of his book David Lynch: The Man From Another Place, during a rare big-screen showing and exploration of the filmmaker’s modern masterpiece released in 2001. After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in Lynch’s dazzling venture that goes beyond dreams and reality. Cinema Arts Centre. 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 2.Oscar-Nominated Short Film ScreeningsThe Gold Coast International Film Festival will screen the five nominees for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2016 Acedemy Awards. They will also host a Q&A with Mara Kassin, an Oscar-winning short film producer, and Joe Bakhash, a short filmmaker. The shorts to be screened include: Ave Maria, about five nuns living in the West Bank who need to break their vow of silence to help a family of stranded Israeli settlers; Shok, about two boys living in war-torn Kosovo who find their choices threaten their lives; Everything Will be OK, chronicling the fateful journey of an 8-year-old girl visiting her divorced father; Stutterer, following a the struggle of a lonely typographer looking for love online; and Day One, about an Afghan-American woman who joins the U.S. military and is deployed to her homeland to serve as an interpreter. Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastfilmfestival.org $10, $15. 7:30 p.m. February 3.-Compiled by Timothy Bolger & Spencer Rumsey.last_img read more


first_imgOriginal Story- Wednesday, troopers with the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post arrested a 21-year-old Jennings County man on charges of Child Molesting and Child Solicitation.The investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives began when allegations of child molesting were made against Jon W. Anthony, 21, North Vernon.During the course of the investigation, Detectives determined that Anthony allegedly molested a child under the age of 14 at a location in Jackson County.  The investigation also determined that Anthony contacted a second child under the age of 14 on social media and attempted to solicit the child for sexual contact. Allegations have been stirring for months on a popular North Vernon social media page with screenshots of his interactions on social with young girls allegedly using different aliases.  The investigation ultimately led to a warrant being issued for Jon Anthony. Anthony was arrested Wednesday without incident at his residence.  He was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail pending his initial appearance in the Jackson County Circuit Court on allegations of Child Molesting and Child Solicitation. Seymour, IN—Update—On Wednesday, Indiana State Police Detectives arrested Jon Wesley Anthony, age 21, North Vernon, on Jackson County charges of one count of Child Molesting and one count of Child Solicitation after an investigation into allegations made against Anthony.  The investigation determined that he contacted two children under the age of 14 on various social media accounts.  He met one of the victims and had sexual contact with the victim in Jackson County.  Anthony allegedly attempted to solicit the second victim for the purpose of engaging in sexual contact.Anthony was arrested Wednesday and incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.Today, an additional warrant out of Jennings County was issued for Jon Anthony.  He faces two additional counts of Child Molesting and one count of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.  The new charges stem from the same investigation where Anthony allegedly contacted the underage victims on social media.  Anthony often contacted the victims while stating he was a hair stylist and wanted to meet them to cut their hair.  Anthony then allegedly had inappropriate contact with the victims when they met.The new warrant was served on Jon Anthony while he remains incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.  After his initial hearing in the Jackson County Circuit Court, Anthony will soon face an initial appearance in the Jennings County Circuit Court.last_img read more