Travel grant offered to Eton students only

first_imgBalliol College offers a travel grant worth up to £4,000 available only for students who have previously attended Eton College, Cherwell has learnt.Conditions for the award further stipulates that the Old-Etonians must spend the money travelling to a foreign university and engaging in “a study of the social conditions of the common people.”The Vaughan Memorial Travelling Scholarship, established by the will of the late Mrs D.J. Vaughan, requires that candidates must be current undergraduates of limited means who have spent at least part of their previous education at Eton College. Although preference is given to Balliol students, all former Eton students are eligible to apply.Balliol student Henry Edwards responded that few students were aware of the scholarship, commenting, “I haven’t heard people talk about this grant at all here. I’m guessing it’s quite old and that it was offered to the college at a time when they did accept unfair or exclusive stipulations like that.”Another student added, “There hasn’t been much of a reaction from Balliol students to this as it hasn’t been promoted, at least not to my knowledge. Perhaps it has been promoted only amongst old Etonians.” She said, “It seems extremely unusual that Balliol would limit a grant based on schooling and especially in such an elitist way.“It doesn’t fit with how much effort the college and the JCR put into access schemes and equality of opportunity amongst college members. Balliol has exceptional bursary provision and provision of travel and other grants open to all students, so I’m not sure why this type of discrimination based on schooling would be allowed.”A former Eton student currently at Balliol said, “Perhaps it is unfair,” adding, “Unfortunately we don’t get to choose who should and shouldn’t be able to apply to any grants. That’s the choice of the generous person who sets up the grant. In an ideal world all the money would go in a big pot and be distributed equally.” An Oxford University spokesperson said, ‘This legacy was made to Balliol College back in the 1950s, and by modern standards it does seem absurd – in fact, if a gift were offered today with those terms, an Oxford college would simply not accept it. However, the college can’t change the terms of the will retrospectively.’The spokesperson added, ‘Importantly, Balliol College regulations allow any unspent funds to be transferred to the general college funds – and the college, alongside the university, makes extremely generous financial provision for all students, especially those from lower-income backgrounds. From this year, Oxford University will offer the most generous, no-strings-attached financial support to the poorest students of any university in the country, worth up to £22,000 over three years.’St Anne’s Classicist Jasmine Krishnamurthy-Spencer commented, “I just think it’s weird above anything else. If you want to give your money away, why make the conditions so limited? I mean, I know over twenty percent of students are on some form of financial support but there can’t be that many of them at Balliol.”Edwards agreed, commenting, “I’m guessing it’s rarely claimed, as there are currently only about two former Eton students I know of in the entire student body.”Balliol JCR President Ben Marshall released a statement on behalf of the student body, explaining, “The Vaughan Memorial Travelling Scholarship is awarded to undergraduates of limited means to help fund a postgraduate year at a foreign university. It was established in the will of the late Mrs Vaughan, and at that bequest there are a number of stipulations, including the type of study undergone and the attainment of a 2:1 or above.“The fact that applicants must have spent at least some of their time in education at Eton is another condition of the will of Mrs Vaughn, and not one imposed by Balliol College. Since the establishment of the Vaughn Scholarship, the Development Office have altered their donation acceptance requirements so that this type of grant is no longer introduced, a change welcomed by the JCR.”Dr Nicola Trott, senior tutor at Balliol College, declined to comment.last_img read more

Ronald Koeman set to give Gaston Ramirez chance to prove himself at Southampton

first_img “I spoke to him before starting the pre-season and for the first time he had a normal holiday. “And after seven or eight days of the pre-season, he got an injury and lost three weeks in the pre-season. Then you know it is difficult. “Still, he isn’t the first choice on the position in front, but I know his qualities. “He is technically a very good player and if he is physically on level, yeah, why not? Why not? It’s competition. “It’s all about your performance during the whole week and if you get the opportunity to play show your qualities.” Koeman believes oft-injured Ramirez has to be 100 per cent physically to perform in a league which sometimes proves “too physical” for the South American. A lack of on-field discipline has also frustrated the Saints boss, although he spotted a few positive signs in Milton Keynes. “He is a player who likes to take freedom on the pitch,” Koeman said. “I say always to the players take freedom out of your position. What he did yesterday was different than sometimes when he played (as he played with discipline). “He played more from the right and then he can go in. That’s the freedom that every attacker, every forward, needs. “But, in my opinion, he took too much freedom and then it is difficult for your organisation in the team.” Upon promotion back to the Premier League three years ago, Saints spent a lot of time, effort and money bringing the Uruguay international over from Bologna. Much was expected of the then club-record acquisition, although Ramirez has only showed fleeting glimpses of his undoubted talent during that period. The attacking midfielder spent last season on loan at relegated Hull and looked set for a summer exit from St Mary’s, with Koeman admitting it looked “very difficult” for him to stay. Saints had even considered tearing up his deal, as they did with Dani Osvaldo, after failing to shift him before the window closed, although he could now get an unlikely chance to shine in the final season of his deal. The 24-year-old looked decent off the bench in Wednesday’s 6-0 Capital One Cup mauling of MK Dons – a first appearance for the club in 13 months that Koeman suggests could be followed by more. “What’s changed? What has changed is we passed the transfer window,” the Dutchman said. “We had some injuries with some players and I gave some players a rest. “Of course, normally, it is a possibility to take one of the strikers from the under-21s, but they played on Monday for 90 minutes. “He is part of the team, he is training well, his behaviour is positive. I’m the first to give that kind of player a chance when we need somebody. “(Injuries are) one of the big problems for Gaston. Southampton were prepared to write Gaston Ramirez off as a £12million flop, but now manager Ronald Koeman is ready to give him a chance to belatedly prove his worth. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ilma Kazazic: My greatest Wish is the Success at the “Paralympics”

first_imgIn the field of ​​alpine skiing for persons with disabilities, 19-year-old girl from Sarajevo, Ilma Kazazic, is the first competitor from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to reach the norm for the next “Paralympic Games 2018”.This young Paralympic skier won two European medals in alpine skiing last year. Even cerebral palsy, for which she says is a condition not a disease, which was most likely caused during the birth, did not stop her.“We think that it happened during the birth or it was innate, we are not sure. Mainly, it was a greater fate and a nerve damage happened. In the third year I was diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy, ” Ilma said at the beginning of the interview.Her parents who never gave up on the exercise played a key role in her success, and before the skiing, Ilma was involved in various sports to improve her health.“My father tought me how to ski. He had the courage to put me on skis when I was four years old. Besides skiing, I was training rhythmic gymnastics and swimming. My coach Senad Turkovic, who recognized my potential, urged me to start skiing more seriously, thus I am professionally engaged in this sport today, “ this young and brave skier emphasized.Besides skiing, her first love was a computer science, and that is why she enrolled at the Faculty of Information Technology in Mostar.“Besides skiing, my love is also the computer science which I am studying. Honestly, it is hard to coordinate everything, but when you like something, you can always find time. I think anyone can succeed in life, because it is all about will and desire, “ said Ilma, adding that she has also graduated from Primary Music School, and that she likes to play the piano.The secrets to Ilma’s success are: persistence, hard work, a lot of sacrifice, and parent support.“My biggest motivation are my parents who were, above all, responsible for my success and financially supported my skiing, together with my sponsors who later became involved in all of this. The Paralympic Committee of BiH has supported us this season before IO, by funding equipment and races. Now, I would like to thank them and all my sponsors who have helped us to realize all of this,“ our snow heroine stressed out, and advised young people not to give up on their dreams, because they can accomplish anything they truly want.Her goal is, as she says, to make a great achievement at the “Paralympic Games” , and to graduate, since the college is high priority for her.Ilma Kazazic is currently doing workouts, in order to prepare for the upcoming “Paralympic Games” to be held in the South Korea. (Source: radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

Stephen Curry and the 3: How both have changed the NBA

first_imgThe figure since 2015-16 stands at 24.1 percent.A new NBAThe upward trend across the league can also be seen when looking at the top scorers in a season. Before 2013-14, no more than four of the leading 10 players in points per game in a given season had made more than two 3-pointers per game. Since then, at least five have done so in six of the seven seasons. As things stand in 2019-20, the number is up to an unprecedented seven.Indeed, there are 18 players in the top 25 for points-per-game this season who have averaged more than two 3-pointers. Five years after Curry claimed the first of his two successive MVP awards, we use Stats Perform data to analyze the increasing importance of success from beyond the arc:Deadly from distanceCurry entered the league as the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft, with Ray Allen proving the benchmark when it came to 3-point shooting.MORE: Curry jokes about dropping 60 on ‘everybody’No one has hit more shots from downtown than two-time NBA champion and 10-time All-Star Curry’s 2,973.Prior to 2012-13, he also held the record for the most 3-pointers made per game in a season when he averaged 3.4 in 2005-06. Curry has beaten that mark six times in his eight campaigns since.The Warriors guard set a record of 5.1 3-pointers made per game in 2015-16 and, after dipping to the still-impressive averages of 4.1 and 4.2 in the two subsequent seasons, he matched it in 2018-19.On course for historyCurry has played 699 games in the NBA and has made 2,495 3-pointers. That is close to 700 more than the next-best record for successful 3-pointers in a player’s first 700 games, which is teammate Klay Thompson’s total of 1,798 in 615 appearances.The most previously was 1,632 by Allen.Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have each made at least five 3-pointers in the same #NBAFinals game four times. No other duo in @NBAHistory has more than one such game. pic.twitter.com/uMmX1cTb9U— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) June 11, 2019A leaguewide trendIt’s not just Curry, though. The average number of 3-pointers made per game has been a league record in each of the past eight seasons. Furthermore, the rate of 24.3 combined 3-pointers made per game in the NBA this season is more than twice that from 2005-06 (11.5).Consistently accurateIn Allen’s 2005-06 season, he made a record 269 3-pointers – that is now the 11th-best total all time. Five of the top 10 tallies belong to Curry, including the top two. He set a benchmark when he made 402 shots from downtown in his MVP season.James Harden (378 in 2018-19 and 271 in 2019-20), Paul George (292 in 2018-19), Buddy Hield (278 in 2018-19) and Thompson (276 in 2015-16) are the other top-10 entries.There have been 38 player seasons in NBA history with at least 600 3-point attempts; six of those were by Curry. In those 38, the Warriors star’s percentages rank first, second, third, fourth, eighth and 11th.Often prolificWhen Curry entered the league, the record for the most games with at least eight 3-pointers made was held by Allen, who at that point had nine. Since then, Curry has racked up 48 such games, more than twice as many as Harden, who is second all time with 21.Only four players had managed to score 11 3-pointers in a game before Curry’s emergence, and each of them had only done it once. In his NBA career, he has managed to achieve the feat eight times.The first to ever hit 13 treys in a game?Stephen Curry.A video with all 13?Right here #WarriorsArchive pic.twitter.com/35I3iy9bB3— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 20, 2020Not just the guardsThe big men are also getting involved.Players who are 6-8 or taller are attempting more of their shots from 3-point range. From 1979-80 to 1984-85 just 0.9 percent of their field-goal attempts were from beyond the arc; that increased to 8.7 in the seasons from 1995-96 until 1999-2000. The NBA is very different place than what it was when Stephen Curry came on the scene.The Warriors star has been at the forefront in a dramatic shift to the way the game is played. Gone are the days when physicality was the predominant attribute required to succeed. Now, the 3-point shot reigns supreme.last_img read more