No affordable houses built in Oxford

first_imgOxford County Council has revealed that not one affordable home was built in Oxford between April 2013 and April 2014. The Council also found that at least 30,000 new homes are needed to address the city’s housing crisis.Only 70 new homes were built in the period 2013-14. The council has highlighted that the construction dip is a “very short-term one”, as 1,350 homes were granted permission by the planning commission. However at this rate it would take 22 years for the required 30,000 homes to be constructed.Students at Oxford often have to rent privately in at least one year of their studies, and have been active in housing campaigns. This month’s ‘House of Commons’ protest occupied the University owned Old Power Station to hold a conference about the housing issue.According to University of Oxford Fees and Funding, typical accommodation costs, regardless of whether provided by the University or private sector, range between £116 and £149 per week (£132.5 per week on average). The University and OUSU compile these numbers after conducting a annual living costs survey.A study conducted by HSBC in August, which looked at Britain’s 20 highest populated University cities and towns, discovered that the most expensive self-catered accommodation is offered by the University of Oxford, at £137 per week. The cheapest rates are offered by Newcastle (£87), Leicester (£91), and Cardiff (£94).A spokesperson from the University commented for Cherwell “The University of Oxford provides extensive accommodation for its students: most colleges provide at least two and often three years of accommodation for undergraduates, in contrast to most universities, which provide one. The University is committed to creating more student accommodation to further ease pressure on the local rental market.”She added “The University and the colleges have made significant investments in providing additional student accommodation over the years. Over 500 additional accommodation places were available at 1 December 2013 compared with the same point in 2012, with a further 200 under construction.”last_img read more

Group advocates for inclusion

first_imgIn their final meeting of the semester, members of Campus Life Council (CLC) discussed how to best advocate for the expansion of inclusion on the basis of sexual orientation, race and ethnicity in student government’s Year End Report to the Board of Trustees. Student body president emeritus Pat McCormick said student government regularly reports student concerns to a Board of Trustees committee responsible for the Board of Student Affairs. These reports usually happen two to three times each year. “In the fall, we presented students’ advocacy of sustainability, informing the building of a Notre Dame for the 21st century,” McCormick said. “We thought this time it would be especially valuable to talk about how we might expand inclusion in the Notre Dame family, particularly ethnicity and race, as well as sexual orientation, based on events in the past couple of months.” Ed Mack, rector of O’Neill Hall, said although student government has tried to expand inclusion in the past, there might be better ways to work with the University administration.“ “I’’m wondering if after the presentation we can ask, ‘‘What are we missing?’’ What’’s their advice to us?” he said. ““The best and brightest of student government have worked on this for several years and there hasn’’t been much progress.”“ McCormick said Student Senate passed resolutions requesting the addition of sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination clause and the approval of a gay-straight alliance (GSA) or equivalent student group. “The University ran a press release last week on their intent to expand inclusion. We don’t think it has been unsuccessful,” McCormick said. “I hope this year’s work speaks to a broad consensus on all sides on sexual orientation and race that we have made progress.” Members of CLC also discussed concerns students have voiced in the past week. Former Zahm Hall Senator Kevin Noonan said students thought the administration’s press release was ambiguous. (Editor’s Nnote: Noonan is the Scene editor for The Observer.) “There’s been a lot of student support, specifically for a GSA and a sexual orientation clause,” he said. “I think for the very least, ask [in the Year End Report] for an explanation, a public explanation, of what’s holding it back when students have supported this for so long.” The work of several campus stakeholders was essential to the progress made this year, McCormick said. “We are committed to ensuring discrimination in every form is confronted,” he said. “Students have advocated in extraordinary ways and in ways that remain in line with the mission of the University. We hope to express our gratitude that engagement from other stakeholders has occurred and hope to progress in weeks to come.”last_img read more

Lakers’ Lonzo Ball struggles with shot in summer league loss to Clippers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s not as clear if Ingram will play in any of the remaining games.“I wanted to play,” Ingram said. “But I understand.”Ingram stood up on his own accord and later cheered on his teammates while standing along the baseline. Before his fall, Ingram had a team-high 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting with three assists, three steals and two blocked shots in 31 minutes.“I’m playing against guys that just came out of college. That’s nothing compared to the league,” said the 19-year-old Ingram, who said he has grown a bit taller and has added weight this offseason. “When you come out here, you expect to play like this. It was a no-brainer for me.”The Clippers were led by second-year big man Brice Johnson (23 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots) and rookie forward Sindarius Thornwell (26 points). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As for Ball, he made up for some of his poor shooting performance with superior passing (five assists) and rebounding (four), adding two steals and one blocked shot on defense.Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar, maintained his son did “a good job,” before offering qualified praise.“They lost by three or four points playing his worst game ever. So if he’s just all right, he’ll win,” LaVar Ball said. “He won’t be discouraged. This is the worst you can do. You can’t go nowhere but up. You still keep your team in the game playing the worst game ever.”Lakers assistant Jud Buechler, who is coaching the summer squad, said the rookie struggled with keeping that mindset in what he called “a tough night.”“You can see there is frustration in his debut, he would have like to have shot the ball better,” Buechler said. “I’m sure he’ll look back five years from now and laugh about tonight.”For now, though, Ball looked at the game another way.“It’s on me,” Ball said. “I was missing a lot of shots.”It’s not exactly what Lakers fans anticipated.League organizers estimated nearly 9,000 fans arrived at the arena about two hours before tipoff. The game eventually sold out. Lakers fans cheered for everyone, including Ball, and his father.Ball threw a lob to Ingram for a dunk on their first possession. On the next play, he set up Ingram in the post before he converted on a reverse layup. Moments later, Ball missed a pull-up 3-point attempt – he finished 1 for 11 from 3-point range.His father paid little attention to that.“Look at how many Lakers fans are out here,” LaVar Ball said. “He changed the culture. It’s not about him being a superstar. He changed the culture. Instead of going to the movies, everybody coming to watch the Lakers and Big Baller Brand.”center_img LAS VEGAS >> One prized rookie struggled with his shooting accuracy, and another promising young player gave everyone a scare after taking a tough fall.It was not exactly the Summer League debut Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and second-year forward Brandon Ingram had in mind. In the Lakers’ 96-93 overtime loss to the Clippers on Friday at Thomas & Mack Center, Ball was held to five points, while shooting 2 for 15 from the field (1 for 11 from 3-point range).“I like the shots,” Ball said. “A lot of them were open. I just missed open shots.”Just before overtime, Ingram took a fall that left him on the floor for a few moments. As he sat anxiously at his courtside seat, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson signaled to Ingram and the coaching staff to sit him for the rest of the night. Afterward, Ingram said he simply had “a cramp.”last_img read more

Liverpool to sign Man U CL winner and brilliant midfielder ‘deal done’ – latest news and rumours from Anfield

first_img One of the best young players in Europe ‘going to Liverpool’ – read all about the report from Italy, below, then find out the latest on Carlos Tevez’s proposed move to Liverpool by clicking the yellow arrow above, right! – According to Italian outlet Tuttosport, Kovacic is on his way to Anfield. They claim Liverpool will cough up £16m to sign the Inter and Croatia star – who played for his nation in their 1-1 draw against Italy in the Euro 2016 qualifiers – with an extra £2m to be paid in add-ons. Tuttosport’s headline, translater into English, reads: “Inter’s Kovacic goes to Liverpool”. The signing of Paulo Dybala by Juventus could pave the way for Carlos Tevez to sign for Liverpool – read all about it below, then click right to find out which highly rated international defender could move to Anfield instead of Old Trafford! – The Liverpool Echo suggest that “Liverpool could complete a shock move for Carlos Tevez this week”, as the Argentine’s spell with Champions League runners up Juventus comes to an end. The local Liverpool newspaper report that the talk coming from Italy is of an Anfield move potentially luring the former Manchester United striker back to the Premier League, in the face of competition from Atletico Madrid and Boca Juniors. The fee would likely be a potentially bargain £10m, although with Tevez now 31, this goes against the grain of the ‘re-sale value’ policy favoured by the Reds’ owners, Fenway Sports Group. Liverpool to improve initial bid for Nathaniel Clyne and thwart Man United, claim the Mirror – read all about it below – The Reds’ initial £10m bid for Southampton right-back Clyne was turned down by Southampton, probably mindful of the millions they got from Liverpool last summer and the interest of Man United in the England defender. Now the Mirror claim Liverpool are ready to up their original offer, potentially to the £15m the Saints are hoping to secure for Clyne’s services. Is he worth the money? Join the debate, below! 3 3 3 For all the latest Liverpool transfer news and views, bookmark for your Liverpool fix on Facebook, head to would you like to see Liverpool sign this summer, following the relatively cheap additions of James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan?Share your views on Liverpool’s transfer business – just leave a comment below, we would love to hear from you!last_img read more