‘Oxbridge’ academy set up

first_imgA new free academy for bright students from low-income families has been set up by the Harris Federation in tandem with Westminster School. The Federation’s CEO, Sir Dan Moynihan, hopes that half the students will go on to Oxford or Cambridge.The academy, called the Harris Westminster Sixth Form, is likely to rank as one of the most selective schools in Britain. Set up under the Government’s free schools programme, it is set to take on 125 students in September 2014, with that number increasing to 250 in future years. These admissions will be open to children from all across London, but priority will be given to those entitled to free school meals.The Harris Federation, which has around 1600 to 1700 students in academies, is a non-profit educational charity.James Handscombe, the new academy’s Principal, said: “Getting into Oxford is never easy but it is a sight harder if your school has no history of sending students there, no experience of navigating the admissions system and no peer group of similarly bright and ambitious pupils to support and encourage each other.”He added, “Harris Westminster is the Harris Federation’s solution to this problem.”The new sixth form will be sited close to Westminster School itself, which sends 90 pupils to Oxford and Cambridge each year. The aim of a partnership with Westminster is that it can provide high quality educational standards to the new academy through joint departmental meetings and shared staff training. Sir Moynihan remarked in the Times: “We want to get more A* and A grades at A-level and Westminster has that expertise.”Handscombe said the sixth form will be “adopting many aspects of Westminster’s education model, including the development of cultural capital in the pupils.”“In order to take advantage of an Oxford education, and therefore in order to be offered a place, pupils need not just academic potential but also academic achievement: they need to have read about their subject, to be enthralled by it and to have pushed themselves to achieve in exams. Most people will do these things more successfully with support from their school than without it.”An Oxford University spokesperson said: “We would like to see an increase in the proportion of UK students from the lowest income bracket of below £16,190. Every year we hold over 2,400 outreach events, spending over £5m on this work and speaking to schools in every local authority in the UK.”St Anne’s Access Rep Will Carter said, “The school looks like a fantastic opportunity for some, but we shouldn’t let high publicity developments like this distract us from making Oxford and the university in general as accessible as possible to as many people as possible.”last_img read more

Casella Waste Systems opens compressed natural gas fueling station for its vehicles

first_imgAs part of its ongoing effort at resource conservation, and to explore and deploy clean, fuel-efficient vehicles, Casella Waste Systems today opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Chittenden County, its first facility companywide. Natural gas-powered trucks and vehicles are among the cleanest vehicles available and, with the discovery of new natural gas in North America, natural gas prices have decreased significantly.  In addition they also have significantly lowered tailpipe emissions.‘We are thrilled to cut the ribbon on this facility, and to add three natural gas-powered trucks to our fleet,’ John Casella, chairman and chief executive officer of Casella Waste Systems, said.  ‘Several years ago we began to explore replacing existing diesel trucks with natural gas-powered trucks.  We quickly discovered that the environmental and economic benefits were obvious ‘ these vehicles cut particulate emissions by 95% and carbon monoxide by 75%, they’re quieter than traditional diesel engines and, because of the lower cost of natural gas, they offer potential economic savings as well.’ ‘I congratulate Casella Waste Systems on its leadership in becoming an early adopter of cleaner fleet vehicles,’ said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.  ‘We have significant opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont through alternative fuel-powered vehicles in the transportation sector. Casella Waste Systems has made an enormous impact by choosing natural gas.  Moving off foreign oil to cleaner alternatives like natural gas is an excellent step that I hope other businesses will examine closely as they build to replace their fleet vehicles,’ Shumlin said. ‘Casella Waste Systems is a thoughtful company, combining positive business practice with respect for the environment,’ said Don Gilbert, President and CEO of Vermont Gas Systems.  ‘While there are many natural gas vehicles in service around the world and in other states, currently Vermont only has a few.  The strong North American based gas supply and its relatively low price combined with our desire to decrease greenhouse gas emissions create a unique opportunity for Vermont.  Casella’s leadership has demonstrated how Vermont businesses can save money and promote a cleaner environment through utilizing natural gas vehicles in their fleets,’ Gilbert said.Casella’s new facility consists of six fueling stations, allowing vehicles to be refueled overnight.  Currently, Casella deploys three CNG-powered (Compressed Natural Gas) vehicles in Chittenden County and expects to take delivery on three more vehicles by mid-summer 2011, at which time 20 percent of the company’s daily collection routes in the county will be serviced by CNG vehicles.While natural gas vehicle (NGV) technology has been available for years, the strong supply outlook and decline in prices for natural gas in North America has made transitioning to NGV’s more economical. Casella plans to add several more CNG-powered vehicles to its fleet this coming year, and has planned to build 2 additional fueling stations in other communities it serves throughout the northeastern US. About Casella Waste Systems, Inc.Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, provides solid waste management services consisting of collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in the northeastern United States. For further information, contact Joseph Fusco, vice president, at 802-772-2247, or visit the company’s website at http://www.casella.com(link is external). PHOTO: John Casella, Governor Shumlin, Joanna Underwood from Energy Vision, and Don Gilbert. (Vermont Business Magazine)WILLISTON, VT. (May 13, 2011) ‘last_img read more

Celebrity doctor sells Brisbane riverfront investment property

first_imgDr Ingrid Tall, owner of Cosmetic Image Clinic, has sold her Norman Park investment property. Photo: Bruce Long.FORMER Australian Medical Association Queensland boss, media identity and political aspirant Dr Ingrid Tall has sold her Norman Park investment property for a tidy $2.32 million.Dr Tall, who now runs Cosmetic Images Clinics in the Brisbane CBD, has owned the property at 8 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park, for two decades.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThis property at 8 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park, has just sold for $2.32m.The home at 8 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park, as seen from the front.The home has been snapped up by a couple of empty nesters moving from a large acreage property on Brisbane’s southside.While they might be downsizing in terms of the land and house, the buyers are certainly upsizing when it comes to views.MILLIONS CHANGE HANDS DURING HUGE AUCTION WEEKThe kitchen in the home at 8 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe view from the deck at 8 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.The four-bedroom riverfront home offers spectacular, panoramic views of the river and city.The traditional Queenslander-style house has a timeless gabled white and navy facade and retains original features such as wooden floors, VJ walls and high ceilings.BRISBANE HOUSE PRICES LEAVING SYDNEY FOR DEADInside the home at 8 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.The property is very private, bound by only one neighbour and with Norman Creek on the other side.The house is two-storey and split into two completely separate, self-contained living zones.Sarah Hackett of Place negotiated the sale.Records show the property last sold for $822,000 in 2001.WHAT QUEENSLANDERS WANT IN A HOMEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChris Hemsworth’s Byron Bay mega-mansion00:29last_img read more

Pulev may step aside for Joshua, Fury clash

first_imgKubrat Pulev has hinted that he would be prepared to accept step-aside money if Anthony Joshua wants to skip their mandatory bout and lock horns with Tyson Fury next instead.Joshua was originally due to face IBF mandatory challenger Pulev on June 20, only for their clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to be postponed as a result of the global coronavirus crisis. It is not the first time the Bulgarian has hit a stumbling block in his bid to dethrone AJ, with injury forcing him to pull out of their first proposed meeting back in 2017.And now reports suggested that the Brit is looking to leave Pulev in the cold once more to set up and undisputed heavyweight battle with Fury.Ever since the Gypsy King snatched the WBC crown from Deontay Wilder in February, talk of a showdown with unified champion Joshua – which would crown a first undisputed king of the division in two decades – has been rife.Yet for that dream match-up to materialise both Pulev and Wilder, who has already triggered his rematch clause with Fury, would need to step aside and clear the path for an undisputed bout.Wilder’s camp have already made it clear the Bronze Bomber has no intention of doing so, but Pulev says he would consider stepping aside if the offer is right. “We have signed contracts for that fight and everything is ready,” the 38-year-old told BoxingScene.“We worked on this contract for maybe two months and it was not so easy. But now we have this contract and I am ready.“I don’t want to wait. I want the title fight with Anthony Joshua and I will beat him really good and get the second knockout against him.“I am the mandatory challenger and these are the rules. It doesn’t matter who wants to box him or who he wants to box. Anthony Joshua has to box me.”However, he then added: “I am ready for this fight against Joshua, so I don’t know. Nobody knows. I want this fight. “When somebody comes to me and tells me something and offers me something, maybe. I don’t know, but I want this fight.“I am ready for this fight and I believe this fight will happen this year.“I’ve waited a long time for this fight with Anthony Joshua. I am the longtime mandatory for this fight, but I am open for talking, no problem.“But I want this fight. That’s it.”RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Tags: Anthony JoshuaCoronavirusKubrat PulevTottenham HotspurTyson Furylast_img read more