OUSU may ignore vote

first_imgA motion has been tabled for today’s OUSU Council which would allow the student union to tacitly ignore the result of the recent higher education referendum and to continue with their current policy. The referendum was clearly won by the ‘reduce student numbers’ option, and OUSU President Helena Puig Larrauri and President-Elect John Blake have both agreed to change OUSU policy on higher education to reflect this. Yet today’s motion would “permit OUSU officials to interpret the phrase ‘decrease student numbers’ according to their own understanding of it”. The motion goes even further by calling for OUSU’s policy to be clarified as “to campaign for the abolition of tuition fees and the full restoration of maintenance grants, and for the higher education sector to be funded out of progressive general taxation” with no mention of campaigning to reduce the total number of student numbers. Ed Griffiths and Vladimir Gligorov, who framed the motion, claim that “our policy to ‘decrease student numbers’ does not in itself answer all the questions surrounding higher education funding,” and so they must “clarify certain details which it leaves ambiguous”. Mr Griffiths is a self-styled Communist and it is not thought that he carries the support of the majortiy of OUSU. However, Alexander Clark of the Educational Reform Group (ERG) told Cherwell that “OUSU are very supportive of the referendum results and both OUSU and the ERG are working together to tie down the details of the policy. This motion is not a serious threat to the integrity of the referendum result and should be dismissed as such.” Mr Clark dismissed Mr Griffiths and Mr Gligorov as “extremists and not the sort of people you want in any organisation let alone a student union.”ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more

Dine with the fishes at this quirky kitchen in Surfers Paradise

first_img33 Sunrise Blvd, Surfers Paradise.The bought the property at 33 Sunrise Blvd in 2015 and renovated it to create a luxury home with unique features. A vertical garden wall in the bathroom, a 60-bottle wine cellar and a 2.7m aquarium-style splash back are a few of the fancier touches the pair made to the property. Property hits the market with an aquarium as a splashback in the kitchen. Emma Hoger-Jefferies is the owner. She is also a real estate agent. She renovated the property and is sad to be selling it. Picture: Richard GoslingBut Mrs Hoger-Jefferies said the home isn’t easy to spot from the street front. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It’s originally a 1980s home that we have completely gutted,” Mrs Hoger-Jefferies said. 33 Sunrise Blvd, Surfers Paradise.“The kitchen is really special and we wanted to create a calming style throughout the house and thought there was nothing more relaxing than watching fish.“Glen’s style is very black and white and mine is to use lots of different shades of colour and our design has really captured that.” 33 Sunrise Blvd, Surfers Paradise.IT’S the house that puts a splash in splashback. Welcome to the unique aquarium-kitchen home in Surfers Paradise that offers underwater views right at the kitchen sink.Homeowners Emma Hoger-Jefferies and her partner Glen Dobson share their four-bedroom home with dozens of tropical fish and blue claw crayfish. 33 Sunrise Blvd, Surfers Paradise.“It was a really small space with lots of stuffy rooms and peeling wallpaper, but my husband Glen was sold on the potential and the challenge of doing it up.“Glen could really visualise transforming it into a luxury home, it was a solid house and you can’t go wrong with concrete.”Mrs Hoger-Jefferies said the transformation was completed in eight months after the couple bought the home. 33 Sunrise Blvd, Surfers Paradise.“Glen took out 12 walls and we changed the kitchen design five times even after we had finished it we ended up ripping it up again and trying to perfect it.“What we came up with was better than what we ever imagined. Emma Hoger-Jefferies is property owner and real estate agent. She recently renovated a property in Surfers Paradise with an aquarium kitchen splashback. Picture: Jerad WilliamsThe kitchen has Tasmanian oak finishes, ultra-modern pedant lighting and matt black tap ware.A blue and white LED light is featured throughout the living room and brings the space to life.Mrs Hoger-Jefferies describes the duplex as a penthouse. “We are yet to renovate the front of the house and because it’s a duplex, it’s a bit tricker to renovate the top floor,” she said.last_img read more

Laudrup ready for ‘special’ games

first_imgMichael Laudrup is confident his Swansea side can overcome any ring-rustiness when they begin a “special” Europa League campaign against Malmo on Thursday night. Press Association The third qualifying round first-leg meeting at the Liberty Stadium will mark the first time Swansea have taken part in continental competition since 1991, when they were thrashed 10-1 on aggregate by star-studded Monaco in the Cup Winners’ Cup. Their appearance in Europe comes courtesy of their Capital One Cup success last season and Laudrup is eager for the Welsh club to savour the experience earned by their Wembley triumph. “Of course it is special,” said the Dane, who was no stranger to success in Europe during his playing career, helping Barcelona win the European Cup for the first time in 1992. “Suddenly as a player and a manager you are against sides you are not used to facing. In the league you play and you go on and on, here you have two games and one team will go out. “The only time we tried it last season was the fantastic semi-final against Chelsea in the cup. “But even with the cups here in the UK it is usually one game, here it is two legs and even in the first game you have to think ahead. It is very different.” But Malmo look set to be a tricky proposition for the Swans, having handed a comprehensive 9-0 beating out to Hibernian in the last round. The Swedish club, beaten European Cup finalists in 1979, also have the advantage of being 17 games into their Allsvenskan campaign which started in April and sit second in the table, while Swansea are still rounding off their Premier League preparations. But Laudrup is confident his side have the quality and the fitness to handle the visitors, but has stressed the importance of not conceding on home soil. He said: “They are a good side but it always difficult to compare them with us. “The Allsvenskan is not the Premier League, but they are 17 games, plus a couple of European fixtures, into their season, whereas we are just starting. “They have played a lot of games with the same 12-13 players, we have new ones coming in. “If this game were played in three months time we would be favourites; now I think it is much more even.” He added: “Perhaps at the end of the game there could be some rustiness. “But if you look at the three pre-season games, we have done well. “Against Reading last weekend we were 3-0 up with 20 minutes to go. “Maybe in the last 15 minutes there could be something but I think the players will be just fine. “We want to win but we know it’s important not to concede as away goals are so important in this competition.” Laudrup looks set to be without centre-half Chico Flores against the Swedish side as the Spaniard struggles with a thigh problem. Jordi Amat is set to deputise alongside Ashley Williams and make his Swansea debut, with fellow summer recruit Wilfried Bony also in line to make his bow. last_img read more

Road environment to test young USC squad

first_imgSo far it’s been a familiar setting for USC: “Tribute to Troy” blaring over the loudspeakers, the fourth-quarter torch lighting and Traveler prancing down the Coliseum sidelines.That changes Saturday, however, when the Trojans head to Tempe, Ariz., to take on Arizona State in their first road game of the season.It’s often hard to truly gauge any team until it plays in unfriendly confines, and USC is going to face a difficult challenge Saturday in trying to duplicate its success away from the Coliseum.But if the team can figure out quickly how to play on the road, it’s going to make things very interesting down the line for games against Notre Dame and, more interestingly, Oregon.Last year, USC was not a particularly bad team on the road. Just two of its five losses came when donning white uniforms, including one at Oregon State, the Trojans’ infamous deathtrap. The other loss? That came against then-No. 16 Stanford, a team that ended up obliterating Virginia Tech to win the Orange Bowl. And let’s not forget the Trojans lost by only two points on a last-second field goal shrouded in controversy about improper timekeeping.On the ground and in the air, USC’s offense was markedly better on the road last season. The team threw for 243 yards per game and 2.4 touchdowns away last season, compared to just 240 yards and 1.8 touchdowns at home. Similarly, the Trojans rushed for 207 yards per game and 1.6 touchdowns on the road last year, compared to only 168 yards and 1.5 touchdowns at home.The defensive home-away splits were about equal, but last season’s defense was atypically dreadful altogether.Really, though, the catch about playing on the road is the degree of unpredictability that comes along with those games. No one predicted the Beavers’ 36-7 slaughtering last season, where junior quarterback Matt Barkley suffered an injury to his left ankle, and it shouldn’t have happened.But things that shouldn’t happen often do on the road, and as a result, USC will need to be prepared for anything.Arizona State should prove a worthy test in the first road game of the season, as the Sun Devil Stadium crowd appeared to play a role in the team’s week two win over then-No. 21 Missouri in overtime. The Tigers amassed 11 penalties for 110 yards, showing a lack of discipline often associated with playing under pressure in front of a hostile crowd.At times, Barkley has struggled managing to get snaps off before the play clock expires, taking delay-of-game penalties and sometimes using timeouts at inopportune times. And that’s when the student section is quieting the crowd down to make things easy for him.Sun Devil Stadium won’t be so accommodating, and USC will likely suffer a handful of delay-of-games and false-start penalties, particularly for a young offensive line.USC has a handful of freshmen starters who have yet to experience an opposing crowd at the college level. Wide receiver Marquis Lee, tight end Xavier Grimble, guard Marcus Martin and linebacker Dion Bailey will have to learn on the fly how to deal with the lack of support.Significantly more important than the team’s reaction to the surroundings, however, is the reaction of Andre Heidari, the freshman kicker who has attempted just three field goals so far this season and made two.Consistent with the Trojans’ performance to this point in the season, the game’s probably not going to be a blowout. In fact, there’s a good chance it’s going to be close.As USC knows better than almost any other team over the last two seasons, a field goal at the end of the fourth quarter is a remarkably critical play, loaded with pressure.It can be hard for a kicker to face the deafening roar of a crowd expending all its energy to make sure that ball spins wide when there’s no room for a mistake. It’s tough for any kicker, to be sure — overwhelming, probably, for a freshman.On top of all that, there’s a sharp coach on the opposite sideline, Dennis Erickson, who will surely use his timeouts to ice Heidari — more likely to make him sweat more than anything else.Success or failure in a moment like that can be determined instantly for a player, at least in the eyes of fans, and Heidari has a real opportunity to endear himself to an entire fan base.After all, it’s about time USC was on the winning end of a one- or two-point victory sealed by a clutch field goal.But who can really predict what will happen on the road? “Suicide Blitz” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Danny at [email protected]last_img read more