Save this picture!© John Linden+ 13 Share Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects Area Area of this architecture project United States Houses Year: Yin-Yang House / Brooks + Scarpa Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/805563/yin-yang-house-brooks-plus-scarpa-architects Clipboard Projects “COPY” Area: 4700 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs CopyAbout this officeBrooks + Scarpa ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLos AngelesUnited StatesPublished on February 17, 2017Cite: “Yin-Yang House / Brooks + Scarpa Architects” 17 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Tân Thới Nhất, Vietnam Projects Architects: MDA Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Area: 450 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: ArchDaily Save this picture!© Quang Tran+ 23Curated by Hana Abdel Share “COPY” Vietnam Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Jotun, Adobe, Eurotile, Gachcoviet, Trimble Navigation, VinaLED, XingfaDesign Team:Vu Ha Anh, Than Tien HoangModerator:Vu Van MinhCity:Tân Thới NhấtCountry:VietnamMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Quang TranRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoText description provided by the architects. The house was designed based on the owners’ aspiration: at once a serene place for weekend relaxation and a precinct filled with greenery, light and absolute privacy. Therefore, the design team decided to separate the house into 2 parts with a twist of split-level arrangement to create privacy and optimize the space of the internal frontage. As this area is used for many mobility activities, each balcony and set of stairs is particularly customized and vary from floor to floor to avoid repetition in moving and maximize the utilization.Save this picture!© Quang TranSave this picture!Third Floor PlanSave this picture!© Quang TranSave this picture!© Quang TranAcknowledging the inefficient use of a house’s roof in such fast-growing cities, as well as the distance barrier between the house and public parks, the design team came up with an idea of hybridizing a “terrace park” for the house. The family members can stay indoors and experience their early morning activities such as doing exercises or relaxing under the shade of trees right on top of their house. Since there are lots of spare spaces, the terrace park could also transform into a botanic garden where vegetables and plants are grown for consumption.Save this picture!© Quang TranSave this picture!Section 01Save this picture!© Quang TranThe balcony compartments are pressed with red bricks resemble large and small plant containers. They are arranged in a disoriented order and take place in many parts of the house for practical planting activities. By doing this, the house is always covered with greenish color which bring relaxation and stress relief for the family.Save this picture!© Quang TranProject gallerySee allShow lessURBAN Photo Awards 2020 Selects its List of Best PhotographersArchitecture NewsChristensen & Co. Imagines Viby Library and Cultural House in DenmarkArchitecture News Share Photographs: Quang Tran Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2019 Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/943116/park-roof-house-mda-architecture Clipboard Photographs Park Roof House / MDA ArchitectureSave this projectSavePark Roof House / MDA Architecture CopyAbout this officeMDA ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsTân Thới NhấtOn FacebookVietnamPublished on July 07, 2020Cite: “Park Roof House / MDA Architecture” 07 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Home Indiana Agriculture News Make a New Year’s Eve Menu Splash with Pork SHARE Make a New Year’s Eve Menu Splash with Pork By Andy Eubank – Dec 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pork-for-New-YearsHappy New Year greetings are in order on this final day of 2019, and for last minute inspiration on great food items to serve tonight check out the Pork Checkoff online. National Pork Board Marketing Communications Director Jason Menke says they offer many New Year’s Eve ideas, including Chinese food for those who count that as one of their traditions.“We’ve got a number of Asian-inspired recipes on the pork board’s YouTube page,” he said. “We’ve added some really great recipes there. There’s a stir-fried pork in garlic sauce. We’ve got sheet pan Korean pork chops, so if you’re looking to add a little more Asian flavor for your New Year’s Eve meal, we’ve certainly got you covered there. If you’re looking for something a little bit more formal, about a month ago we posted a fantastic recipe for herb crusted pork rib roast in a red wine sauce.”The Pork Checkoff is utilizing social media and YouTube for good reason, according to Menke.“With the decline of people taking family and consumer science classes and home ec classes in high school, people are learning how to cook differently,” he explained. “They’re all going online for those moments of ok, I’m cooking for my family or I’m having friends over for a holiday celebration. What do I do and how do I do it? So, we’ve really put a lot of time and energy into not only creating our own content on our channel, but also working with YouTube influencers that work in the food space as well as some of the health and nutrition creators to make sure that we’re engaging them and they’re providing content to their audience that they find meaningful and useful and relevant.”For more visit https://www.pork.org/ and for Indiana Pork’s recipes visit https://www.forkmorepork.com/. SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleBurnin the Bean Episode 21 -Evolution of Soybean Crushing as Seen By a 40-yr Veteran of the IndustryNext articleReport: Phase One Trade Deal Signing May Happen This Weekend Andy Eubank
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Economic Improvement Predicted for the Rest of 2015 Despite Market Volatility Despite recent market volatility, economic growth in the second half of the year is expected to improve, according to data released by Fannie Mae on Wednesday.Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group found that consumer spending and other solid domestic fundamentals are predicted to be key drivers of the rest of the year economic growth.“Our forecast for the year is largely unchanged despite recent market volatility. Fundamentals are positive, suggesting potential for some improvement in the fourth quarter,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s chief economist.Various data reports over the last month reveal positive economic activity despite stock market volatility, Fannie Mae explained.According to the research and the Bureau of Labor Statistics job report, consumer spending rose in July and August, while full-time employment exceeded its pre-recession peak.“On balance, growth in the second half of the year is expected to come in higher, albeit modestly, than the first half,” the report said.Housing market strength was also highly unbothered by the volatile stock market, performing strong in a number of areas.“Continued strong performance of year-to-date home sales and modestly weakening leading indicators confirms that our prior forecast of existing home sales this year remains valid. However, lower actual and projected cash sales led us to revise slightly higher purchase mortgage originations,” Duncan noted.However, sub-par single-family construction was a little disappointing, causing Fannie Mae to lower its projected single-family starts projection for 2016.The research group expects that total mortgage originations will increase by about 25 percent for all of 2015, total production volume to fall about 18 percent, and the refinance share to decline about 15 percentage points.“Overall, we anticipate economic growth of 2.4 percent for 2015, up slightly from 2.1 percent in the prior forecast,” Duncan said. “Consumer and government spending as well as nonresidential and residential investment are expected to contribute to growth while net exports and inventory investment will likely pose headwinds.”Click here to view Fannie Mae’s full report. September 17, 2015 951 Views Previous: Experts Believe Single-Family Rental Market is Here to Stay Next: Three States Account for Nearly One-Third of the Country’s Negative Equity Consumer Spending Fannie Mae U.S. Economy 2015-09-17 Brian Honea Tagged with: Consumer Spending Fannie Mae U.S. Economy The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. About Author: Xhevrije West Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Economic Improvement Predicted for the Rest of 2015 Despite Market Volatility The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe
Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The nation saw multiple, unprecedented natural disasters this year, from the deadliest wildfire in California’s history to the worst hurricane to hit the East Coast since 1969.Reports from the National Centers for Environmental Information have found that climate change plays a major role in causing natural disasters to be more intense, destructive and costly to the country, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokesperson told ABC News. Hurricanes Michael and Florence both set records in several states.“Climate change increases the probability that you’re going to see these kinds of storms,” Dr. David Easterling, a physical scientist with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, said of hurricanes Florence and Michael.“The fact that Florence brought so much flooding was likely due to the warmer atmosphere,” Easterling explained, and while an individual hurricane “is not necessarily due to climate change,” he said an increase in strength — like the record high winds seen in Michael — can be linked to climate change. ”“We expect to see not necessarily more… but the ones that we do have are going to be more powerful,” Easterling said. “You’re going to have stronger winds and heavier rain. And on top of that, as sea level continue to rise, then storm surge from those storms will also get worse.”Increasingly powerful storms can mean both higher death tolls and more devastation. In the fourth National Climate Assessment released on Nov. 23, 13 federal agencies estimated that the the U.S. could lose as much as 10 percent of its GDP by the end of the century.Here is a look back at the human and financial toll of five of the biggest natural disasters to devastate the U.S. in 2018.January: Montecito mudslidesRain and mudslides hit wildfire-scarred areas of Montecito, California, in January, flattening homes and covering freeways. Twenty-one people were killed, including children and the elderly.Montecito saw more than half an inch of rain fall in just five minutes. When rain falls at a rate of more than 0.4 inches per hour, it can cause debris flow, especially in fire-scarred areas where soil may be looser, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.Actor Rob Lowe, who lives in Montecito, described it as a “perfect storm of bad events.” Lowe, who wasn’t home at the time, told the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” he received a video call from his son, who was at the house.“Fires [were] everywhere, because gas lines were rupturing,” Lowe said, describing the picture his son showed him. “It was like ‘Armageddon.’”“People who saw the fires, they woke up, went out to see what was going on, and then were washed away,” he said on the January show. “The sadness … I can’t kind of get beyond it.” May: Maryland floodingFlash flooding devastated historic Ellicott City in May, with residents and tourists scrambling to flee streets that turned into raging rivers. More than 8 inches of rain fell there in just a few hours.Megan Clark, the owner of a local toy store, was at work when the water “burst” through, rising from her ankles to her waist in minutes, she told ABC News.Maryland National Guardsman and Air Force veteran Eddison Hermond was at an Ellicott City restaurant at the time, and he jumped into help. He was swept away to his death. Howard County County Executive Allan Kittleman said the 2018 flood was worse than the one that hit Ellicott City two years before. In the 2016 flood, two people were killed and the city suffered millions of dollars in damages.“My heart’s broken when I walk through the town and see it,” Kittleman told “Good Morning America” in May. “All I’m thinking about is the folks whose lives have been devastated for a second time in two years.” September: Hurricane FlorenceAt least 43 people died in Hurricane Florence, which flooded the Carolinas in September.North Carolina was hit with 36 inches of rain and South Carolina got 24 inches — both surpassing statewide records.North Carolina’s Cape Fear River reached an all-time high level of 8.27 feet in Wilmington, surpassing its previous record of 8.2 feet, which was set during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Beaufort, North Carolina resident Sara Felton and her husband were among the many whose homes were destroyed.They waded through ankle-deep mud and marshland to return to their trailer only to discover the windows were blown out and the living room ceiling had collapsed.“I’ve never seen my husband cry before, and he was just in tears,” she said. “Everything was underwater.”“Our entire deck,” she added, “it’s like it just got lifted up and the sky just swallowed it.”Felton said when she went to her daughter’s bedroom, “We could just feel the floors, it was about to collapse. We couldn’t even step into the room.”“Our whole entire place was just destroyed,” she said. October: Hurricane MichaelFerocious and historic Hurricane Michael left a trail of destruction across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas in October, becoming the strongest storm — based on pressure — to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Camille in 1969.Michael also brought the strongest winds seen since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. It was also the first Category 4 hurricane to ever make landfall on the Florida Panhandle and “the worst storm” that area has ever seen, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.The hurricane devastated Panama City, Florida, and nearly demolished the small town of Mexico Beach. Michael sounded like a freight train when it barreled into Panama City with 150 mph winds, resident Jackie Lane told ABC News.Lane, her husband and her son rode out the storm in the second story of an inn down the street from their home. She and her son raced into the bathtub, she said, as her husband sat on the floor and put his feet up against the bathroom door. “It was already splitting,” she said of the door, her voice shaking, “and the roof came, the ceiling came off.”“For about three hours it just sucked us in and sucked us out, sucked us in and sucked us out,” she said. “I thought I was gonna lose my husband ’cause the door was cracking. And the stove and refrigerator that was in there, we could hear them just banging together and clanging around. We seen the stove fly across us. We seen all the debris, trees, pieces of everything.”“We’re lucky to have our lives,” she said.After wreaking havoc in Florida, Michael swept north, becoming the first major hurricane (a Category 3 or higher) to track into Georgia since 1898.Michael also blew through the Carolinas, which were still reeling from Hurricane Florence just a month earlier, before blowing through Virginia.Michael killed 43 in Florida and at least 10 people in other states. November: California wildfiresUnprecedented wildfires swept through the Golden State in November, from the Camp Fire in Northern California to the Woolsey Fire in Southern California.While three died in the Woolsey Fire, 85 people were killed in the Camp Fire, which has become the deadliest in California history. Among those running for safety was Nichole Jolly, a nurse at a hospital in Paradise, who looked to save herself after she finished evacuating her critically sick patients.She started driving but “the fire was blowing in so fast.” “There was sparks and flames hitting the side of my car,” she told ABC News. “My car started to fill up with smoke.”“I knew I was gonna die if I stayed in my car,” she said, so she jumped out.With her pants on fire, she tried to take shelter in a colleague’s car. But when that car filled with smoke, Jolly said she got out and started running.The sky was pitch black, Jolly said, and the air burned her lungs.“I thought I was gonna die right there,” she recalled. “There was no oxygen.”Then out of the darkness, she said, a fire truck appeared. Two firemen extinguished her pants, put a fire blanket over her and lifted her into the truck, she said.Though Jolly’s home was destroyed in the blaze, “it can all be replaced,” she said.“I’m alive and I thought I was gonna die multiple times, so, it’s just stuff,” she said. “My life, my kids’ life, my mom’s life, my husband, that can’t be replaced.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) — At the trial of Patrick Frazee, a Colorado man accused of killing his fiancee, an inmate told the jury in bombshell testimony Friday that Frazee recently asked him to use his connections to a prison gang to kill a number of witnesses in the case.Frazee is accused of attacking his fiancee Kelsey Berreth with a baseball bat at her Woodland Park, Colorado, home on Thanksgiving Day 2018 while the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, sat in a playpen in a back room.Prosecutors allege Frazee, who’s on trial for murder, put 29-year-old Berreth’s body in a black plastic tote and burned it on his property.But the defense has stressed that a body and a murder weapon have never been recovered. The inmate who took the stand Friday said among the witnesses Frazee wanted killed was Frazee’s ex-girlfriend, Krystal Lee.Lee, a star witness for the prosecution, has testified that Frazee called her to come to Berreth’s house, where she claims she cleaned up the bloody aftermath. Lee told the jury that Berreth’s last words, as told to her by Frazee, were “please stop.”The inmate says he and Frazee were housed near each other in Teller County Jail for three weeks between Sept. 26 and Oct. 12, 2019. ABC News is not naming the inmate because he testified that he fears reprisals from members of his former prison gang.The inmate said Frazee asked him about his tattoo representing a prison gang, and eventually asked him if he could help eliminate a number of witnesses set to testify against him.“He would pass me notes if his information was too sensitive,” the man said, claiming Frazee told him he’d take care of him financially when he got out.In court, Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater read from a number of those notes, which were written on paper towels and napkins. The notes, Slater testified, contained hit lists, along with detailed instructions on where to find the witnesses.The hit list included Lee, her parents and her ex-husband. “They all need to disappear, unseen until 11/22 after the trial,” said the letter, which Slater testified appeared to be in Frazee’s handwriting.“I’d really like to see Krystal with a bullet in her head,” read Slater from the handwritten notes. “No video, no weapon, no body, no forensics.”The letters had instructions to flush them down the toilet after they’d been read.“Flush when you’re done,” Slater read from one letter.Instead, the witness kept the letters and presented them to investigators this week.When questioned by the defense, the inmate admitted he wanted a plea deal in exchange for the letters and is hoping for a lighter sentence.“I was kind of torn about what to do. I decided to come forward. It seemed like the right thing to do,” he testified.A former homicide investigator took the stand earlier Friday, telling jurors that the amount of blood reportedly found in the victim’s home suggests it may have taken 10 to 15 blows from a baseball bat to kill the young mom.“People aren’t easy to kill,” veteran former homicide investigator Jonathyn Priest said as he testified for the prosecution Friday. “They’re very resilient. Beatings are nasty, in that they don’t have the effect that they have on television.”Frazee is accused of attacking his fiancee Kelsey Berreth with a baseball bat at her Woodland Park, Colorado, home on Thanksgiving Day 2018 while the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, sat in a playpen in a back room.Prosecutors allege Frazee, who is on trial for murder, put 29-year-old Berreth’s body in a black plastic tote and burned it on his property.But the defense has stressed that a body and a murder weapon have never been recovered.Prosecutors on Friday showed photos depicting tiny drops of blood found on Berreth’s fireplace and chairs, as well as blood that appeared to have seeped down between hardwood floor boards that were later removed by investigators. Two “significant indentations” on one floor board, Priest testified, could have been created by the strike of a baseball bat.During this testimony, the jury was shown body camera video recorded on Dec. 21 in which Frazee’s ex-girlfriend, Krystal Lee, guided investigators through the condo where Frazee allegedly beat Berreth to death.Lee testified that Frazee called her to come to Berreth’s house where she claims she cleaned up the bloody aftermath. Lee told the jury that Berreth’s last words, as told to her by Frazee, were “please stop.”The 15-minute video begins with Lee pointing out a spot where she says she found blood spatter on the rocks around the fireplace.“Is that consistent with someone being beaten with a bat?” prosecutor Dan May asked Priest.“Certainly it is,” Priest responded.As Priest testified about the blood stains, Berreth’s father put his head in his hands and sobbed.In the video, Lee walked investigators through Berreth’s kitchen, telling them how she wiped blood off of the stove and coffeemaker. She said she found blood on tinfoil that covered a pan of cinnamon rolls.In one shot, Lee used a long piece of wood to point out where she said she found bloodstains high on a wall above the kitchen cabinets. Later in the living room, Lee told investigators she found blood on the drapes that she removed from the home.Priest testified that the type of radiating blood patterns Lee described finding on the wall are consistent with what he called blunt force impacts.When prosecutors showed a photo of the underside of a toilet bowl stained with blood, Priest responded, “Something bloody contacted this toilet.”Lee, who has admitted to disposing of Berreth’s phone, has pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence. She is awaiting sentencing once Frazee’s case concludes.During cross-examination last week, public defender Adam Steigerwald recounted the three times that Lee came to Colorado at Frazee’s behest when the defendant allegedly wanted her help killing Berreth. The public defender pointed out that if Lee had been charged with attempted murder and if convicted, she could have faced decades in prison.Instead, prosecutors allowed Lee to plead guilty to moving Berreth’s phone, and now her worst-case scenario is three years in prison, the defense stressed.Lee began to cry on the stand as Steigerwald repeatedly got her to admit that, even though she drove from her Idaho home to Colorado multiple times when Frazee allegedly wanted her help killing Berreth, she never took her suspicions to Berreth’s family, her own family or police.“You were looking at essentially the rest of your life in prison,” Steigerwald said. “Instead, the district attorney allows you to plead guilty to moving Kelsey Berreth’s cell phone.”“Your worst-case scenario is three years in prison, correct?” Steigerwald asked. “You could get probation with no jail.”“Yes,” said Lee, through tears.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The detailed transition plan prepared with NEO Energy will ensure a smooth transfer of operations Total sells non-core UK assets to NEO Energy. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) Following the regulatory approvals and the agreement of partners, Total closed the sale of UK North Sea non-core assets to NEO Energy.” As announced on May 20, we have worked closely with HitecVision and its portfolio company NEO Energy to conclude this sale. This sale of assets contributes to the action plan currently being implemented to address the economic crisis by focusing on cash delivery and demonstrates our ability to relentlessly lower the breakeven of our portfolio. ” declared Jean-Pierre Sbraire, Chief Financial Officer of Total. .The detailed transition plan prepared with NEO Energy will ensure a smooth transfer of operations. Source: Company Press Release
View post tag: News by topic Sea King Mk4 Trains with French Navy’s FS Dixmude View post tag: FS Dixmude View post tag: Trains Back to overview,Home naval-today Sea King Mk4 Trains with French Navy’s FS Dixmude Share this article October 23, 2014 View post tag: Naval View post tag: French Navy View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: Sea King Mk4 A Sea King Mk4 from 845 Naval Air Squadron of the Commando Helicopter Force seized a rare opportunity to visit and train with the French Naval Ship, FS Dixmude.This provided an excellent opening to exercise UK/FR interoperability, with both the UK and France having key roles to play in leading and shaping the defence and security of Europe.Whilst on board, the crew enjoyed hospitality from the ship’s company, before conducting integration briefs and Deck Landing Training serials, prior to flying back home to RNAS Yeovilton.FS Dixmude is an amphibious assault ship, similar in design to HMS Ocean, and she is the third of the Mistral class ships currently in the French Fleet. FS Dixmude recently took part in Operation Serval, ferrying elements of the 92ème Régiment d’Infanterie to Mali.‘A’ Flight from 845 NAS have been operating to foreign vessels regularly during their current deployment on Exercise Cougar 14, including the USS San Diego, the German Ship Schleswig-Holstein and the FS Courbet. However opportunities to interact with foreign vessels on a day-to-day basis in UK coastal waters are rare.Commander Gavin Simmonite, Commanding Officer of 845 NAS said:This was a great opportunity to work with our French Navy colleagues onboard FS Dixmude.It provided us with a chance to extend our maritime flying skills, develop our mutual understanding of amphibious aviation and enhance the close friendship with our French counterparts.Despite only having 18 months left before the mighty Sea King Mk4 retires, 845 NAS and the Commando Helicopter Force are firmly focussed on honing their skills in the Maritime environment, thus justifying their status as the Joint Helicopter Command experts in Littoral Manoeuvre operations.Press release, Image: UK Navy View post tag: europe
Oxford applicants for 2010 and 2011 will not have to face the additional hurdle of achieving the new A* grade at A-Level, the University has announced.A spokesperson for Oxford University said, “as with any new grades/qualifications we are interested to see how they correlate with our own selection procedures.”The University has not ruled out the possibility of using A*s in the future. “If it becomes apparent that A* grades are a good indication of aptitude for Oxford courses, we will be interested in looking at them,” said a University spokesperson.Several students have praised Oxford’s decision to delay using the new grade, which carries a pass mark of 90%.Elena Lynch, the chair of Target Schools, which is an OUSU initiative aiming to improve access to Oxford, said, “the A* grade is a new grade for A-levels and we should wait to see how it works and which students are getting this grade before we make offers on it.”But she expressed her support for the introduction of the grade, saying that it could help universities distinguish between the numerous straight-A students.She said, “Oxford currently receives thousands of applications a year, and an A* grade, provided the university’s concerns are satisfied, would probably help to choose between them but only along with the whole process of interviews, personal statements and academic work.”Another student commented that Oxford’s decision not to immediately use the A* grade, “prevents the students at this present moment in time who are the ‘guinea pig’ year from worrying about the new system and the effects it will have on their application to Oxford.”Oxford’s decision comes after Cambridge University announced that it would require at least one A* from 2010 onwards. Cambridge’s criteria are set to rise to two A*s and an A “in the fullness of time.”