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Oxford top again

first_imgOxford has for the fifth time topped The Guardian’s University League Tables, which were published last Tuesday. The university scored highly on the quality of teaching, career prospects and student satisfaction.Cambridge University retained its second-place ranking, but it overtook Oxford in several subjects including Biology and Law.However, in both The Guardian and The Independent’s university guides, St Andrews topped student satisfaction tables.The Guardian’s guide is designed for first-time students, concentrating on teaching and the experience of students at each institution, not research ratings.It was also reported that Oxford spends the highest amount per student. This information comes in the wake of the vice-chancellor’s warnings that Oxford has been suffering ‘unsustainable losses’, primarily due to the cost of teaching.last_img read more

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Burglaries in SJC and Hilda’s

first_imgA burglary in St Hilda’s has led to a finalist’s laptop being stolen, containing all their exam notes and almost completed coursework. In a similar incident, a burglary on St John’s College property led to phones, a laptop and money being stolen last Wednesday.Questions are now being asked about the safety of the College-owned accommodation.The Hilda’s burglary took place on Tuesday evening, when third-year English student Lauren Carter, who lives in the Christina Barratt Building, left her room unlocked and went to “get some fresh air”. When she returned her laptop was gone.“I’m the kind of person who does everything on their laptop,” she said. The computer contained incomplete coursework, and “the proctors won’t give me an extension.”Carter said she did not know why her room was targeted. “You can’t just come into college and see it, you have to know your way around college. It is on the third floor.”However, another student who lives in the same building questioned the college’s security policy. “It’s very poor,” she said. “Anyone can walk into this building. This has happened several times around college now. Everywhere else has fobs – they should definitely improve security.”Dr Margaret Kean, the Dean of the college, circulated an email among students warning them “to be both extra vigilant and extra careful with your belongings.”The St John’s incident on Wednesday took place in College owned houses. The victim of the burglary was a second year student.A Thames Valley Police Spokesperson confirmed the incident. Two mobile phones, a laptop and money were stolen. The spokesperson also said that the laptop was left on a desk in clear view of a window. The spokesperson told Oxford students to be “vigilant” and to make sure that valuables are put away when students leave their rooms.This serious incident has raised concern among St John’s students. JCR President Martha Mackenzie, speaking the day after the crime said, “This is an upsetting incident which has been very distressing for all involved.”She added, “This easily could happen to someone else.”The burglary has lead to a security review at St John’s, conducted by the Head Porter. The JCR committee are calling for the review to be held as soon as possible.As the richest college in Oxford, St John’s has many individual properties that it lets out to students.This is unlike the arrangements of other colleges such as Merton, Brasenose and New College who have annexes where students can live. In such situations, the responsibility of securing this property falls with the Colleges themselves who employ security staff and porters to police the accommodation.last_img read more

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Lakers reportedly ‘re-engage’ Spurs on Kawhi Leonard trade talks, extend qualifying offer to Julius Randle

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLeonard and George are Southern California natives and have expressed interest in returning to play for the hometown Lakers, whose initial talks with the Spurs about Leonard didn’t go well, according to reports. George is said to be leaning toward re-signing with the Thunder.It’s also possible James remains with the Cavaliers and Leonard and/or George join him there.Randle, 23, played all 82 games at center this past season, starting 49. He averaged a career-high 16.1 points on 55.8 percent shooting while helping the Lakers to 35 victories, their highest win total since 2012-13. He also averaged 8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. As a starter, Randle averaged 18.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.Though Randle’s qualifying offer is $5,564,134, as a restricted free agent he’ll take up $12,447,726 of their cap space. They can free themselves of that cap hold by withdrawing their qualifying offer and renouncing their rights to Randle, something they would do only if they need the cap space because elite free agents have agreed to sign with them.Randle can accept the qualifying offer, but he is obviously looking for (and is sure to find) more. If Randle signs an offer sheet with another team, which he can do starting July 6 at 9 a.m. PT, the Lakers will have 48 hours to match the offer. Randle’s agent can begin negotiations as soon as the market opens. Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Johnson also said he would quit if the Lakers whiff in free agency this season and next when the class is expected to be even better than this one. He pleaded for patience but placed an extraordinary burden on his own shoulders to deliver the goods and return the Lakers to elite status in the NBA.“If I can’t deliver, I’m going to step down myself,” he said. “She won’t have to fire me.”Johnson referred to Jeanie Buss, the Lakers’ owner.He also stressed that the Lakers’ rebuilding effort would be a two-summer project.“We don’t know what people are going to decide to do and we can’t control that,” he said Tuesday. “So, if guys decide not to come here, it’s not a failure. We turn to next summer. Next summer, if nobody comes and I’m still sitting here like this, then it’s a failure.” VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” center_img Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie The Lakers extended a $5.56-million qualifying contract offer to forward/center Julius Randle on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent and possibly setting the stage for his departure after 238 career games over four seasons in Los Angeles.Randle’s name has been linked to a potential sign-and-trade deal that would net the Lakers disgruntled San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and kick-start their pursuit of four-time league MVP LeBron James. ESPN reported Wednesday that there’s pressure on the Lakers to acquire Leonard, adding that the teams “re-engaged” in trade talks Wednesday night.James isn’t likely to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for Los Angeles without one or two top-tier plays joining him to form a super team to battle the Golden State Warriors for NBA supremacy. James and Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder have until Friday night to exercise their contract options on 2018-19.San Antonio is likely to command a considerable package of young players and draft picks for Leonard, a two-time All-NBA first-teamer and a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. If the Lakers are also willing to absorb another big San Antonio contract (Pau Gasol? Patty Mills?) in the process, the deal could become more attractive to the Spurs, who could come away from the deal with young talent, draft picks and future cap space. Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Free agency begins at Saturday at 9:01 p.m. PT.The Lakers have roughly $60 million in salary-cap space to work with this summer.Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, said Tuesday he felt no pressure to acquire James, George, Leonard or any other top-flight free agents this summer. Neither he nor Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka named names, but it was clear who they spoke of Tuesday.Related Articleslast_img read more

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Career in limbo, Steelers LB Shazier helping in other ways

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — At least one portion of Ryan Shazier’s daily routine hasn’t changed much from the previous time the Pittsburgh Steelers were preparing to face Cincinnati, even if the rest of the injured linebacker’s life is hardly the same. Shazier still makes his way to the club’s practice facility around 7 a.m. most days. Any teammate willing to drop by Shazier’s usual spot can feel free to pull out a notebook and start jotting Shazier’s thoughts while he serves as both peer and professor.“He’s just trying to find little nitpick things,” Pittsburgh rookie safety Terrell Edmunds said.It is Shazier’s way of staying connected to the game even as he continues his long and inspiring recovery from that frightening moment last December when the Pro Bowler lowered his helmet to hit Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone late in the first quarter, a play that ended with Shazier clutching his lower back in agony while players knelt around him in prayer and Paul Brown Stadium feel eerily silent.Ten months later, the sight of Shazier being taken off the field on a stretcher before being placed in an ambulance remains fresh as the Steelers (2-2-1) brace themselves for their annual visit to Cincinnati (4-1) on Sunday.“It was just a really weird feeling after that happened,” Pittsburgh linebacker L.J. Fort said. “You’d make a good play but nobody was really jumping around or was excited or anything like that, so it was really sobering moment and brought to the forefront that football is not the most important thing in life.”Playing amid a mixture of fear for their friend and uncertainty over Shazier’s status, the Steelers rallied for a 23-20 victory .Asked how they managed to recover emotionally in time to put together a stirring rally, they’re still not sure. In the immediate aftermath of Shazier’s injury there was only chaos and confusion.Outside linebacker Bud Dupree admitted he and inside linebacker Vince Williams — two of Shazier’s closest friends on the team — were under the impression Shazier had been blindsided by a member of the Bengals. The two spent the rest of the first half looking for revenge.“We were just walking around trying (to hit) the first person we see,” Dupree said. “We weren’t worried about football. We wanted to take up for our brother.”In the end, it’s Shazier who has taken up for his teammates.Though the 26-year-old remains open to the possibility of playing again — he’s able to get around the practice field without assistance these days and his practice clothes remain hanging in his locker much as they have been before he got hurt — he’s intent on helping in other ways.His mere presence provides an emotional lift, but Shazier is intent on being something far beyond an avatar for inspiration. He’s become a go-between of sorts between the coaching staff and the defense. He can cut through the clutter and deliver some “real talk” when necessary.During last Sunday’s 41-17 romp over Atlanta, Shazier sat on the bench with a tablet in hand. After every series the inside linebackers would crowd around him looking for instruction and insight. Shazier would offer words of encouragement when necessary or tips on how to avoid mistakes.“Since he’s not playing, his mental part of the game is so great,” Dupree said. “He shares a lot of stuff with us. He lets us know stuff ahead of time before the coaches even tell us. We already know it. It keeps us on our toes.”And it keeps Shazier engaged. There remains no timetable for when he will make a decision on whether returning to play is feasible. There’s so much going on in his life — from his physical recovery to his new role with the team to becoming a father for a second time — it hardly matters.Football remains an integral part of his plan no matter how his physical recovery goes. When asked if he believes Shazier could become an effective coach whenever his playing career ends, linebacker Tyler Matakevich nods enthusiastically.“You look at him, what he’s been through, how he’s handled it combined with his love for the game and his mind for the game, it’s amazing,” Matakevich said. “It hasn’t changed him. He’s been the same guy since the day I got here.”And in a way, Pittsburgh is counting on it. Shazier will be back on the turf in Cincinnati with the rest of the team on Sunday afternoon as the Steelers look for their first winning streak of the season. When the defense runs onto the field, he’ll linger behind, a feeling that will probably never truly feel normal.Yet if this is the best way for him to contribute, he’ll take it. So will the teammates who have come to rely on him in so many ways.“The only time he really doesn’t come is when he’s tired from rehab,” Dupree said. “You see him on the sideline. He’s active at practice. In the meetings. Never sleeping. Attacking every day like he’s still here.”NOTES: S Morgan Burnett (groin), LB L.J. Fort (ankle) and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. … LB Vince Williams (hamstring) and Edmunds (calf) were full participants.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL In this Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers injured linebacker Ryan Shazier, right, poses with Pittsburgh Penguins NhL hockey player Sidney Crosby before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)last_img read more