Construction projects anger students

first_imgConstruction work has been continuously disrupting the lives of students with some Oxford colleges providing no compensation for the distress.Wadham, Somerville, Christ Church, St Peter’s and LMH have all been undergoing building works with the noise pollution disturbing students’ revision for exams.The noise from the building site in Wadham’s back quad has prompted some students to request alternative accommodation arrangements, as the rooms close-by have proved impossible to work in.One Wadhamite commented, “The noise during the day has driven one of my housemates out of our staircase, and the noise almost drove me out as I could not work in my room.”He added, “No compensation was offered, or even talked about, which from a college the size of Wadham was unexpected.”Residents of Staircase 9 have also suffered from visual pollution with the view on the lawn replaced by a dusky building site. The construction works have made access to the rooms very difficult.One inhabitant of the staircase complained, “The works have turned our staircase from one of the best located, opening out onto a green lawn, to one of the most remote and inaccessible…Additionally, the view upon leaving the staircase is of the grey wooden fence which surrounds the site.”The college authorities were unavailable to comment.Somerville students have been disturbed by the drilling noise from the development of Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. The construction site backs onto Somerville College, and the early morning drilling has infuriated students.Grace Benton, a 2nd year Somerville student complained, “My room backs onto it so when they’re doing drilling I get woken at eight by my room vibrating. Quite a lot of other people have said the same.” Working in the library is not an option for those hoping for a quiet place to revise. Hannah McDougall, a third year historian pointed out, “It’s so inconvenient that every time you go into the library all you can hear is drilling. The desks shake.”The building project includes the development of a new humanities centre, along with a Mathematical Institute and additional accommodation for Somerville students. The dates for completion of the project have not been confirmed, since the planning process is ongoing.The University has explained that the work carried out is the demolition of existing buildings. “The work has been discussed with both the adjoining colleges, as part of an ongoing dialogue on all work we intend to carry out on the site. At Somerville, they have moved students nearest to the noise when particularly noisy work has been going on and they have been involved throughout the work and informed about what is happening when”, the spokesperson has explained.Students at Christ Church have also struggled to cope with the noise pollution. The renovation work to the library on Peckwater’s quad has caused many difficulties to finalists. One Christ Church historian commented, “though I understand the necessity of the work, its timing, which so neatly coincides with a hundred students’ finals, is impeccably awful – some people still manage to work in the library, but god knows how. Builders’ chat whilst leaning against your window isn’t exactly helpful either.”Students have not been compensated for the inconvenience.Other colleges have been more responsive to the demands of students. St Peter’s offered reduced rent for the renovation work done on a college staircase.JCR President, Sanjay Nanwani explained, “The entire project was very professionally run with adequate signage and notice given to students. Prior to the work, there was an agreement that there may be a need for compensation for any inconvenience or disruption to students.”LMH students have also been disrupted by the ongoing construction work, which started in February 2008. Although the building of new undergraduate accommodation has already run over schedule, it is thought it will be finished later this year.Arrangements were made by the college to minimise disruption by ensuring the noisier work was scheduled over the vacation periods. Students were also made aware of the likelihood of disturbances in accommodation close to the site before room selection took place last year.JCR President Sourav Choudhury expressed satisfaction with the manner in which the college carried out the process, explaining that the college has accepted applications for rebates from students. He pointed out, “each application was considered on a case by case basis with myself present to ensure transparency and fairness.”“As well as this, the domestic bursar sends a weekly email detailing the progress on the buildings project, and he has come into a few JCR meetings to field any questions or concerns that the students may have”, he added.last_img read more

Duncan must respect senior players: Adjei

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak’s most experienced goalkeeper Sammy Adjei have cautioned Coach Duncan for the way he has constantly ignored him in his lineups in the Ghana Premier League.The veteran goalkeeper lauded coach David Duncan for his rotation policy in relation to goalkeeping when Duncan took over from CK Akunnor and has now made U-turn to condemn the policy.The former Black Stars No. 1 is very unhappy that the rotation policy has kept him out of favour suddenly.“What Duncan is doing is very bad, everyone was having the chance to be in the post, match by match but this time he has kept me out despite my consistent training and hardwork and I don’t understand , this shows he doesn’t respect me ” Adjei said.Hearts of Oak currently have three goalkeepers namely Adjei, Tetteh Luggard and Philemon McCarthy and at the beginning of the season it has been Luggard, who has been manning the post with the rest always on the sidelines.But sources within the Hearts fraternity reveals archivals Kotoko have shown interest in signing the experienced goalie for next season.last_img read more

Jamie George try caps stirring comeback as Saracens retain their title

first_imgSaracens Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Exeter Chiefs’ Jonny Hill scores their third try at Twickenham. Photograph: Paul Harding/PA Read more Twitter Share via Email Saracens win Premiership after beating Exeter in thrilling final – as it happened Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Topics Share on Facebookcenter_img Read more Exeter match reports Rugby union Share on Messenger Share on Twitter The Observer Exeter gave it everything but that is rarely enough against Saracens. On the hottest day of the year the two leading teams in the Premiership both set out to show why they were so far ahead of the rest and, while the Chiefs scored in the opening and final minutes and were dominant in the second and third quarters, they lost the title at the very moment it appeared to be in their grip.There were 20 minutes to go and Exeter had gone ahead 27-16, having scored their fourth try through Henry Slade who finished a sweeping move with a flourish. Saracens had taken charge after Nic White scored 26 seconds into the match after George Kruis had lost control of the ball from the kick-off, vexing the Chiefs through their speed of delivery at the breakdown, but were gradually worn down by the persistence, pressure and power of their opponents who in 37 minutes either side of the break scored 20 points and conceded three.Exeter had been well beaten in their two previous finals against Saracens but this time they did not look out of place. The build-up was marked by a debate over whether the Chiefs were boring, a strange tag given that during the game they became the first team to score 100 tries in a Premiership campaign, but style of play should not have been the issue. Exeter’s rise from the depths of the English league system has been remarkable and in recent seasons they have become the most consistent team in the Premiership, again finishing the regular season at the top of the table, rarely dipping from a high level. Saracens have learned to pace themselves and peak when it matters, even if there were moments in the final when it looked as if the climb had become too steep.The Chiefs reacted to Slade’s try euphorically, not taking victory for granted but knowing that, the way they were playing, they were controlling their destiny and 11 points ahead. Saracens had lost their early 13-7 lead and, at times, looked uncomfortable. They were forced into basic errors, were knocked back in contact and, after the early initiative they seized through the speed of ball they enjoyed at the breakdown faded, they showed signs of malfunctioning.Saracens have become Europe’s leading side because, when it matters, they have players who make a difference. Here it was Owen Farrell: he had earlier missed two conversions and was to hook a short-range penalty from just to the left of the posts but, when he gathered the ball on Exeter’s 22 and saw Liam Williams free on the right wing, he kicked across the field.Joe Simmonds, Williams’s closest challenger, conceded a few centimetres, but the way Farrell kicked the ball meant that, at the last moment, it swerved away from the Exeter fly-half. It meant he could not contest the catch with Williams for risk of taking him out in the air and being landed with all manner of sanctions from a red card to a penalty try. All the Saracen had to do to score was catch the ball.The gap was now four points but Saracens were in full pursuit of their prey. It was not Exeter who were making the minor errors: it was the hottest day of the year but even more heat was being applied by Saracens who seized the moment with 13 minutes to go when Richard Wigglesworth spotted space around the fringe of a ruck and set off. He was supported by the front-rows Jamie George and Ralph Adams-Hale before Saracens quickly moved the ball to Sean Maitland on the left wing. Having come from 10 points down against Leinster to win the Champions Cup last month, Saracens went one better. The three-point lead became 10 when George scored his second try of the afternoon after Maro Itoje stole an Exeter line-out with four minutes to go.After George and Ben Spencer had replied to White’s try, Exeter played probably their best 40 minutes since their promotion to the Premiership. At one point they had 70 per cent of possession and had attempted 100 fewer tackles than their opponents. There is no team more difficult to stop close to the line and, when Dave Ewers and Jonny Hill scored from close range in the second quarter, 10 of their last 14 tries had been claimed by forwards. Saracens were, for once, losing the physical battle. They trailed 22-16 at half-time, Farrell’s penalty cancelled out by Joe Simmonds at the end of the opening period, although the Chiefs’ head coach Rob Baxter felt they should have kicked to touch and gone for a try.It had bone a half in which 25 points were scored when a player was in the sin-bin: Slade was first for a deliberate knock-on three minutes in followed by Itoje for slowing down the ball at a ruck.Exeter did not lose because they accepted the gift of three points under the posts. When Slade extended their lead after 57 minutes, a team that a year ago vowed to make up for finishing a distant second to Saracens in the final looked to have lived up to their word – except they were playing Saracens, a team that had won theirprevious six finals. They knew what it took and it is the Chiefs who now have to learn from this experience if they are to turn from very good into something rarer. Premiership Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Jim Mallinder dismisses speculation he could become next England head coach Since you’re here…last_img read more