The Aim for Access programme was initiated in September, and a statement from Christ Church said at the time: “The North East of Eng- land is the most under-represented region at Oxford, and we believe deeply that diversity is essential to the flourishing of a lively academic community and to Oxford’s future as a hub of social mobility and intellectual exchange. Geographical The North East has traditionally been one of the most poorly represented areas at Oxford – according to the University’s own statistics, the region contributed only 2.1% of the 7,470 students admitted between 2016 and 2018. The launch took place at New- castle Sixth Form College, a coeducational college in the middle of the city. diversity is something Oxford needsto continue to work on and we areexcited to be part of that throughAim for Oxford”. St Anne’s launched its “new sustained outreach program” Aim for Oxford alongside Christ Church on Saturday. Up to 40 students will be assistedfrom the beginning of sixth form,throughout the application processand up to their arrival at Oxford.The College has specified that theinitiative is aimed at economicallydisadvantaged students and thosefrom underrepresented groups,alongside strong academic results atGCSE. Meanwhile, Christ Church’s outreach team visited schools south of the River Tyne, talking to Year 12s at Hetton School in Sunderland as well as younger students at Jarrow School, near South Shields, before heading north to King’s Priory School in Tynemouth, displaying the College’s ambition to forge concrete links across the region. In her opening address, St Anne’sprincipal Helen King explained that“you’re only the best if you attractthe brightest talent [and] the hard-est working people to you.” Theprogram aims to forge stronger tiesbetween the University and areato establish a clearer pathway forapplicants who may otherwise nothave applied. The scheme is aimed at emboldening students attending North East state schools to apply to Oxford, bridging what has typically been a large divide between one of England’s most economically disadvantaged areas and one of its most vaunted academic institutions. Beyond this, Christ Church has also advertised a History Competition open specifically to North-Eastern state school students. The competition is focused upon oral history, asking applicants to “conduct an interview with a member of their local community about their experiences of migration. They should then submit a short essay, summarising their findings.” A number of applicants will then be chosen to discuss their project with an Oxford historian.
On Friday night, Athens, Georgia road warriors Widespread Panic opened up the 2019 edition of Panic En La Playa, their annual beachside destination event, at Riviera Maya, Mexico’s Hard Rock Hotel.For their first show of 2019, Widespread Panic appropriately opened up their first set with “Coconut”, as the six-piece powerhouse set the tone for the evening alongside the picturesque Caribbean coastline. Next, keyboardist JoJo Hermann took the vocal lead on “One Arm Steve”, before WSP worked through solid, seamless takes on “You Should Be Glad” and “Junior”. Following “Junior”, Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville joined the stage to lead the band through a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman”, and stayed up on stage to help close out “You Should Be Glad”.Widespread Panic w/ Ivan Neville – “Pusherman”[Video: Eric Nelson]Neville exited the stage and Widespread Panic pushed forward with “Diner”, with John Bell shining bright on lead vocals. Guitarist Jimmy Herring then took the lead, firing off a roaring solo on his beautiful PRS guitar. The band harnessed the crowd’s infectious energy, as they moved forward with “Stop Breakin’ Down Blues” and “Time Zones”, before bringing the first set of the weekend to a close with a raucous rendition of “Imitation Leather Shoes”.Following a brief break that gave attendees a chance to refill their cups and take a breather, Widespread Panic came back out to open their second set with “1 x 1”, before Duane Trucks and Sunny Ortiz led the band into “Worry”. With Bell leading the way on vocals, Herring showcased some intricate work on his 6-string, eventually peaking as he reached a monumental high-note. A cover of Vic Chesnutt’s “Aunt Avis” came next, before moving forward with the fan-favorite “Driving Song”. WSP left the scorching hot “Driving Song” open-ended, as they dove head first into “Impossible”, which featured an extended jam on the Grateful Dead’s “The Other One”.Widespread Panic – “Driving Song” > “Impossible” > “The Other One Jam” > “Rock”[Video: Eric Nelson]Widespread Panic landed into “Rock” out of their “The Other One” jam, and finally returned to “Driving Song”, giving the rocker the proper closure. Following a bluesy take on “One Kind Favor”, the six-piece brought their second set to a close with “All Time Low”. WSP delivered a two-song encore with a cover of The Band’s “Ophelia” followed by “North”.Widespread Panic – “One Kind Stranger”[Video: MrTopdogger]Widespread Panic – “Ophelia”, “North”[Video: Eric Nelson]Check out a beautiful gallery of photos from last night’s show courtesy of photographer Dave Vann.Tonight, Widespread Panic returns to Rivera Maya, Mexico’s Hard Rock Hotel for the second night of their Panic En La Playa destination event.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Panic En La Playa | Riviera Maya, MX | 1/25/2019Set One: Coconut, One Arm Steve, You Should Be Glad > Junior > Pusherman* > You Should Be Glad**, Diner > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Time Zones, Imitation Leather ShoesSet Two: 1 x 1, Worry > Aunt Avis > Driving Song > Impossible > The Other One Jam > Rock > Driving Song > One Kind Favor > All Time LowEncore: Ophelia, North* Ivan Neville on keyboards & vocals, ** Ivan Neville on keyboardsWidespread Panic | Panic En La Playa | Riviera Maya, MX | 1/25/2019 | Photos: Dave Vann Load remaining images
Townsville’s housing market is experiencing a pick-up in demand. Photo: Megan MacKinnon.ONCE down and out, regional Queensland property markets are back in business with buyers, with some areas recording a surge in demand of more than 50 per cent in a year.New research from realestate.com.au reveals a strong pick-up in interest in houses and units in the main regional centres in the north and centre of the state.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREEvery regional local government area in the state experienced a pick-up in demand in the past 12 months, except the Gold Coast, which appears to be experiencing a post Commonwealth Games hangover, according to the realestate.com.au Property Outlook report.Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.But with very high demand in some Gold Coast suburbs, that was likely to be short-lived, particularly given how popular the region was with Sydney-based property seekers, the report noted.Gladstone experienced the biggest jump in demand in the past year, with interest from potential buyers rising close to 40 per cent.HOME FIT FOR HARRY AND MEGHANBoats moored at the Gladstone marina.Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast both enjoyed an increase in interest of more than 30 per cent in the past 12 months.Even Townsville, where high unemployment has weighed heavily on the housing market, has made a solid recovery — up nearly 11 per cent.GOLD MINE FOUND IN BRISBANE BACKYARDTownsville’s housing market is recovering. Picture: Megan MacKinnon.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the end of the mining downturn and government investment in locations like Gladstone had helped boost regional housing markets.Ms Conisbee said government grants could have a significant effect on a regional location.“It allows more jobs to be created and that flows through to housing demand,” she said.The change in fortunes is a welcome reprieve for regional homeowners and investors who could only sit back and watch as their once valuable investments tumbled, in many cases, to less than a quarter of their sale price during the mining boom.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoDEMAND FOR HOUSES AND UNITS IN REGIONAL QLD IN PAST 12 MONTHSLGA Property views per listing (last 3 months) Year on year changeBUNDABERG 401 30.2%CAIRNS 825 6.5%DOUGLAS 470 19.3%FRASER COAST 673 33.8%GLADSTONE 434 39.1%GOLD COAST 1173 -9.1%GYMPIE 657 32.2%MACKAY 574 31.1%NOOSA 1795 24.2%ROCKHAMPTON 360 5.6%SUNSHINE COAST 1328 6.5%TOOWOOMBA 682 4.8%TOWNSVILLE 578 10.9%(Source: realestate.com.au)