first_img Show Comments ▼ KCS-content whatsapp FINANCIAL TIMESFSA CHIEF WARNS ON BANK RULESEnsuring that the heads of failed banks face punishment would likely require a set of rules that held them to higher standards than other company directors, the head of the City watchdog has warned. Lord Turner, chairman of the Financial Services Authority, makes this argument while defending the FSA’s decision last week not to take action against the directors of Royal Bank of Scotland – whose £24bn loss in 2008 was the biggest in British corporate history and saw the government take a 70 per cent stake in the bank.BLACKSTONE’S SENIOR MANAGERS TO FILL IN WHILE SCHWARZMAN IS AWAYBlackstone is looking to increase the responsibilities of several senior managers as Stephen Schwarzman, its chief executive, prepares to spend much of the next six months outside the US, mostly in Paris, people familiar with the matter say. The move by Schwarzman, 63, has been described by the people as a personal decision, partly led by a request by his wife.XSTRATA STEPS UP SPENDING PLANSXstrata, the acquisition-built mining company, is again stepping up spending on its internal portfolio, budgeting $23bn for new mines, smelters and other expansionary projects between 2011 and 2016. With copper price at an all-time nominal high, the Anglo-Swiss miner will focus expansionary spending on projects in copper and coal and nickel.VICTREX RECOVERY SPARKS SPECIAL DIVIDENDVictrex, the producer of high-tensile, heat-resistant plastics used in cars, aircraft and hip replacements, is to pay out a special dividend of 50p following a strong recovery in full-year revenues and profits. THE TIMESROYAL MAIL IS BEING “FATTENED UP” FOR SALEThe draft legislation to privatise Royal Mail is being unfairly skewed tomake the state-owned group more attractive to future investors, a leading private sector competitor has complained. Ahead of the Postal Services Bill coming to the end of its committee stage in the House of Commons today, TNT Post UK said that the draft legislation as it stands would restrict, not enhance, competition in the postal market.TWO MEN ARRESTED OVER CROWN CURRENCY COLLAPSETwo men were arrested yesterday in connection with an inquiry into Crown Currency Exchange, the Cornwall-based holiday broker that collapsed owing customers about £20m. Devon and Cornwall Police has detained two men, aged 68 and 70.The Daily TelegraphCARL SHAPIRO AGREES TO FORFEIT $625M TO BE GIVEN TO BERNARD MADOFF VICTIMSOne of the first investors in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and a lifelong friend of the fraudster has reportedly agreed to forfeit $625m to be given to victims of the fraud. Businessman and philanthropist Carl Shapiro and other representatives of “Shapiro investment advisory account holders entered into an agreement with” US prosecutors in New York.JIM ROGERS: “US GOVERNMENT’S INFLATION DATA IS A SHAM”Leading investor Jim Rogers has blasted the US government’s inflation data as a “sham” that is causing the central bank to massively understate price pressures. Rogers, who shot to fame co-founding Quantum Fund with George Soros, said the Federal Reserve relies too much on housing prices.THE WALL STREET JOURNALMICROSOFT TO ADD “TRACKING PROTECTION” TO WEB BROWSERMicrosoft Corp. says it will revive a powerful privacy feature in Internet Explorer similar to one it dropped from an earlier version of the Web browser because of concerns about alienating advertisers. The software giant said the next version of its browser, Internet Explorer 9, will allow users to stop certain websites and tracking companies from gathering information about them.BOFA TO PAY $137M TO END MUNI BID-RIGGING CASEBank of America Corp. agreed to pay $137m to federal and state authorities for municipal bid-rigging practices in the late 1990s and earlier this decade.The agreement is part of a larger push by the nation’s largest bank by assets to rid itself of legal headaches predating the financial crisis. Tuesday 7 December 2010 9:12 pmcenter_img Tags: NULL Share whatsapp WHAT THE OTHER PAPERS SAY THIS MORNING last_img read more

Scattered Florida beaches reopening ’to exercise not to socialize’

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Johandys Comas (right) talks with beach goer Randy Botelho about the beach closing down, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. Lynne Sladky / AP Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Duval County already planned to open its beaches and did so Friday with restricted hours, 6-11 a.m. and 5-8 p.m., for walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running, swimming, pet-walking and surfing; anything but sitting and sunbathing.Beach gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited, as are chairs and coolers, and social distancing protocols remain in place on Duval beaches.“Folks, this could be the beginning of the pathway back to normal life, but please respect and follow these limitations,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted. “We’ll get back to life as we know it, but we must be patient. Don’t ruin this for everyone.”St. Johns County announced Friday its beaches will open daily beginning Saturday from 6 a.m. to noon for walking, running, surfing, biking, fishing, exercise and swimming.“Walk to exercise not to socialize,” Florida Department of Health St. Johns County Health Officer Dr. Dawn C. Allicock said. “As long as individuals adhere to the CDC guidelines of social distancing, getting exercise and fresh air can be beneficial for our citizens’ physical and mental health.”St. Johns County Administrator Hunter Conrad cautioned residents to tread carefully and adhere to social distancing protocols.“We are urging all who use the beach to follow the restrictions in place,” Conrad said. “Our hope is this becomes a great mental health release for so many and becomes the first step of many in the coming weeks and months in our return to normal life.” By John Haughey | The Center SquareGov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that Sunshine State beaches and parks should reopen if municipal governments deem it safe to do so. Please enter your name here Nearly all Florida beaches have been placed off-limits by municipal governments, although those in several Panhandle counties remain open. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear TAGSCOVID-19Florida BeachesGovernor DeSantisRestrictionsThe Center Square Previous articleOrange County latest update: Task force formed to help reopen business, virtual pet adoptions, and moreNext articleAdventHealth to open new drive-up COVID-19 testing in Sanford Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Volusia County beaches, which includes Daytona Beach, remain open for anything other than sitting and sunbathing while Monroe and Brevard county beaches are open to residents only.DeSantis has been criticized – and sued – for not issuing a statewide beach closure order and local governments have been lambasted and taken to court for shutting down beaches.Two North Florida attorneys, Gaultier Kitchen and Daniel Uhlfelder, sued DeSantis in state court seeking an injunction requiring him to shut down all beaches. That lawsuit was dismissed.Oceanfront landowners in Walton County, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, asked a federal judge to block a local ordinance that made all beaches off limits, claiming the restriction does not legally apply to private property, violates due process and prevents them from using their “backyards.”U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson on Monday refused to suspend the ordinance.“Certainly, this is a national emergency. It’s a state emergency. I think without question the county has authority to take whatever measures they think are necessary to meet that need, as long as it’s narrowly tailored to meet that interest,” Vinson ruled.Vinson said any harm would be “temporary” and “relatively minimal compared to the harms that might result if you have exposure to a communicable virus.” “Do it in a good way. Do it in a safe way,” DeSantis said during a Fort Lauderdale news conference, saying beaches and parks would offer house-bound residents an outlet to be active and provide a psychological lift during the COVID-19 pandemic.The governor’s April 1 safer-at-home order left discretion regarding beaches and municipal parks to local governments, so his Friday comments were more encouragement than policy. State beaches and parks remain closed. DeSantis shut down Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade county beaches in March after they were thronged by spring-breakers and “COVID refugees” fleeing quarantine orders elsewhere. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Yeongdo Haedoji Village Sight Tree / ADDarchi Architects Group

first_imgArchDaily South Korea Houses Construction Team: “COPY” Save this picture!© Yoon Joon-hwan+ 36 Share Yeongdo Haedoji Village Sight Tree / ADDarchi Architects Group ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/784790/yeongdo-haedoji-village-sight-tree-addarchi-architects-group Clipboard TaeRim Construction Photographs CopyAbout this officeADDarchi Architects Group OfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBusanSouth KoreaPublished on April 04, 2016Cite: “Yeongdo Haedoji Village Sight Tree / ADDarchi Architects Group ” 03 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFaucetsDornbrachtKitchen Fittings – EnoWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXPleated ShadesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodBlumer LehmannCNC Production for Wood ProjectsMaterials / Construction SystemsCaneplex DesignPoles – Tonkin BambooFibre Cement / ConcreteTegralFibre Cement Slate Roofing – Thrutone Endurance SmoothMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?影岛区Haedoji 村庄里的“景观树” / ADDarchi Architects Group是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Yeongdo Haedoji Village Sight Tree / ADDarchi Architects GroupSave this projectSaveYeongdo Haedoji Village Sight Tree / ADDarchi Architects Group “COPY” Architects: ADDarchi Architects Group Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img Structure: SeMyeong Structural Engineering, JoEun Engineering, Dream Engineering Group Year:  CopyHouses•Busan, South Korea Structural Engineering: Projects RC ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/784790/yeongdo-haedoji-village-sight-tree-addarchi-architects-group Clipboard 2015 Photographs:  Yoon Joon-hwan Site Area:190m²Building Area:37.62m²Gross Floor Area:58.35m²Architect In Charged:Yoo Sang-hoonDesign Team:Kang Seo-hyun, Kwon Jin-ju, Choe Hee-jeongCity:BusanCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yoon Joon-hwanRecommended ProductsSkylightsKalwall®Skyroofs® – Specialty Skyroof® ApplicationsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornCeramicsApariciPorcelain Tiles – TangoEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAText description provided by the architects. Located aside atop the Bongnaesan Hill, Yeongdo, Busan, this village was named the ‘Haedoji Village’ (Sunrise Village) on which the refugees gathering here after the Korean War imposed the hopeful meaning: ‘Let’s also be well-off.’ This is one of the backward residential areas on a typical hillside roadway proper to Busan, which has such inadequate conditions as the difficult access to the upland and the increase of vacant or deserted housing.Save this picture!© Yoon Joon-hwanHowever, so strong was the will of residents to construct the village community and promote the resident-led urban regeneration that the budget was raised to the public invitation of their ideas as well as that the constructions of the Bongnaesan Dulle-gil Trail course were promoted amongst which the ‘Bongnaesan Dulle-gil Viewing Lounge’ was placed thanks to its advantageous location optimal for viewing the Busan North Port.Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Yoon Joon-hwanSave this picture!SectionThe Huimang (Hope) Village formed on top of the Mt. Bongnae, Yeongdo, is situated on a north-faced slope and made up of spontaneous alleyways so as to enable automobile access only from the northern low entrance. The site is at the intersection of the central alleyway in the village with its uppermost Bongnaesan Dulle-gil Trail: here, one can see all the panorama of Busan, ranging from Daecheong-dong and the Hillside Road in Choryang to the region around the North Port, the North Port Bridge, and the Oryukdo Island.Save this picture!© Yoon Joon-hwanUsually, the northern low roadway through which local residents approach the village serves as the main entrance, but this site where the central village alleyway intersects with the Dulle-gil Trail, I thought, has an advantage of providing another new entrance to the village that enables contact with outsiders who use the Trail.Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Yoon Joon-hwanSave this picture!SectionLocated at the village entrance are the traditional totem poles (Jangseung) and Dangsan Trees which have been used from old days as the leisurely place central to the village, signifying its guardian and marking the border. Likewise, we represented the lush image of leisure that tree branches create by intermingling in harmony. The skip-floors based on the difference of elevation (about 2m) between the site and the Trail accommodate various programs and enable the multi-level perspectives from which one can take a rest viewing excellent landscape, in order to make a new iconic building of the village that has the image of a ‘sight tree.‘Save this picture!© Yoon Joon-hwanIn order not to give a sense of visual pressure to those who climb from the central village alleyway, the building was placed aback on the site so as to be recognized with the front yard. The lower part was made into a piloti so as to enable natural use of the front yard. Classified as a natural green zone by the building code, the site must fulfill the functional needs within the building area sized 37 sq. m. For this matter, we designed toilet at the remaining space under the entrance staircase running from the Trail, while on the remaining 2nd floor space other than the staircase, designing three-dimensional spaces like multi-level hideouts running from the front open space to the back kitchen and to the circular staircase.Save this picture!© Yoon Joon-hwanThe interior floor-to-ceiling windows, the horizontal and vertical windows, and the three-dimensional frames wrapping up the outdoor stairs and the rooftop observatory are the most important architectural devices in this project. These devices serve as the fields of social exchange that naturally circulate movements into the building at the interface between the village alleyway and the Trail. The scene of the stairway in which movements smoothly become multi-level circulations and reach the rooftop observatory was to signify the unique local characteristic of this area by mimicking the landscape of the Hillside Road created in negotiations between topography and landscape.Project gallerySee allShow lessGaze / APOLLO ArchitectsSelected ProjectsHenning Larsen Designs Sail-Inspired Denmark Pavilion for the 2016 Summer OlympicsIn Progress Share Area:  190 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Lockdown restrictions cancelled out charity retailers’ promising start to Q4

first_imgLockdown restrictions cancelled out charity retailers’ promising start to Q4 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 18 February 2021 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Lockdown restrictions took their toll on the performance of charity retailers in the final quarter of 2020, with the outlook for 2021 remaining very uncertain, according to accountancy and business advisory firm BDO.BDO’s Charity Retail Sales Tracker, produced in association with the Charity Retail Association, found that charity retailers had performed relatively well compared to commercial high street stores in October 2020. Total like-for-like sales were down by -19.2% during the month, versus a like-for-like decline of -27.7% in in-store commercial high street sales.However, as new lockdown restrictions were put in place towards the end of the month, charity shops felt an immediate impact on trade.With few charity retailers able to operate in November, no data was collected for this month. However, as stores reopened in December, pre-Christmas sales provided an initial boost before stricter lockdown measures suppressed sales in the second half of the month. Total like-for-like sales were down by -26.2% in December, although performance was again slightly ahead of commercial high street like-for-like sales which fell by -31.4% in the same period.While many commercial retailers have been able to rely on their online channels to offset the impact of lower in-store sales, many charity retailers are not in the same position. However, a recent poll of charity retailers conducted by BDO suggests that 85% are looking to expand current online sales operations and 8% are looking to introduce online sales where none previously existed.Fiona Condron, charity retail partner at BDO said:“We were beginning to see encouraging signs at the beginning of quarter four, but new lockdown restrictions brought any hopes of a sustained recovery to an abrupt halt.“Unsurprisingly, the outlook for 2021 remains very unclear, although a faster than expected vaccine roll-out does provide some hope that restrictions may be eased in the not too distant future.“However, it’s clear that the pandemic is forcing many charities to rethink their retail strategies. Many are now looking carefully at how e-commerce operations might complement their high street presence to help drive up income.”center_img Tagged with: charity retail  121 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisementlast_img read more

When The Dust Settles: An Ode To India’s Incarcerated

first_imgColumnsWhen The Dust Settles: An Ode To India’s Incarcerated Zaid Sufi Wahidi5 Sep 2020 12:05 AMShare This – xThis story has been told before. But it is important that it be told at every given opportunity. This is the story of how the state subverted the rule of law to stifle dissent. This is a story of how the judiciary in part – abetted – and in part – thwarted the state’s attempt to incarcerate those who dared to speak against its excesses. Above all, it is a story of the resilience…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThis story has been told before. But it is important that it be told at every given opportunity. This is the story of how the state subverted the rule of law to stifle dissent. This is a story of how the judiciary in part – abetted – and in part – thwarted the state’s attempt to incarcerate those who dared to speak against its excesses. Above all, it is a story of the resilience and unrelenting courage of those incarcerated. Two legislations have been deployed by the executive to lend credence to these incarcerations. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (‘UAPA’) and The National Security Act, 1980 (‘NSA’). Besides these, the Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978 (‘PSA’) has been used to detain former Chief Ministers and other political leaders in Jammu & Kashmir. These laws are distinct from the standard criminal procedure, in that they provide for detention up to a year without charge or trial. What characterizes these acts are the loosely worded definitions of words such as – “unlawful activity” in the UAPA, “security of state”, “public order” and “defence of India” in the NSA. While the executive has historically abused and continues to abuse the vagueness of these words, it is within the remit of the courts to ensure that these legislations are not misused to silence contrarian voices. The jury is out on how successful the courts have been in achieving this. The UAPA has been used to jail, amongst others, an octogenarian poet (who eventually tested positive for Covid-19 while in jail), a tribal-rights lawyer and a pregnant research scholar alike. The NSA has been seen to be used by the Uttar Pradesh Government to extend the detention of those who were otherwise granted bail by courts, almost vengefully. Two recent events that triggered the executive’s clampdown were the Bhima Koregaon violence and the Anti-CAA protests. Last year, Sudha Bharadwaj, a tribal-rights lawyer, was celebrated by Harvard Law School as a “woman inspiring change” while she languished in jail, courtesy being booked under the UAPA for her alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence. In 2013-14, she was offered to join the Bench at the Chhattisgarh High Court. She declined in order to continue fighting for tribal rights. She was also a visiting faculty at the National Law University, Delhi. The breadth of accusations against her are innovative and wide-ranging with no concerete evidence to back them up – from planning to assassinate the Prime Minister to the Bhima-Koregaon violence being her brainchild. On 28th August, she completed two years in jail. She has been denied bail four times since her arrest and her trial is yet to commence. She is part of a group of 12 people – academics, poet, lawyers et al incarcerated under the UAPA in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. Justice Chandrachud had noted in his dissenting judgment in a Petition seeking the appointment of a SIT for investigating the case that there is a real likelihood of derailment of a fair investigative process in the case. The most prominent arrest amongst the many Anti-CAA protestors who were arrested was that of Dr. Kafeel Khan. He was picked up from the Mumbai airport and jailed in Mathura by a special team of the UP Police in January 2020 after a speech he made at an Anti-CAA gathering in Aligarh in December 2019. Upon being granted bail by the Magistrate in February, he was immediately booked under NSA, ensuring he remained incarcerated, The Supreme Court transmitted a habeas corpus petition before it to the Allahabad High Court. On 1st September, the High Court revoked the NSA charges against Khan. It ordered that Khan be released immediately, having spent 217 days in jail. In doing so, it held that Khan’s speech was a call for national integrity and unity. It could not be read to promote hatred or violence. Importantly, the Allahabad High Court reiterated that preventive detention was an exceptional mode to curtail liberty and that the “subjective satisfaction” of the detaining authority does not mean its whim or caprice. In the court’s judgment, there is hope. Hope – that more courts will follow suit. Hope – that a relentless onslaught by the executive on well-meaning citizens will be halted by the courts. Hope – that liberty will not be compromised – and when compromised – will be restored by the courts. Hope – that when the dust settles, those incarcerated will meet freedom. Freedom hyphenated by a justice system that can fail its people when subdued by the executive – but – is their last hope to achieve the liberty constitutionally guaranteed to them. Hope, in the words of Percy B. Shelly, that “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” This piece, on a day that marks two years since Gauri Lankesh was shot dead, is a tribute to the ones named here and otherwise, who continue to remain incarcerated. When the dust settles, you shall meet freedom.Views are personal only. (Zaid Sufi Wahidi practises law at the Bombay High Court. He may be reached at [email protected] He tweets @zaidwahidi.) Next Storylast_img read more

Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Schlumberger announce launch of the Egypt Upstream Gateway

first_imgInnovative national digitalization project to promote Egypt’s exploration and production potential worldwide Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Schlumberger announce launch of the Egypt Upstream Gateway. (Credit: WhisperToMe/Wikipedia.org) The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Schlumberger announced today the launch of the Egypt Upstream Gateway, an innovative national project for the digitalization of subsurface information. This digital platform will also enable global access to the country’s subsurface data, which is kept evergreen by enhancing legacy datasets through reprocessing and new studies. This unique digital initiative will be used to unlock the potential of Egypt’s petroleum sector and promote the country’s exploration and production potential worldwide.“Egypt is in the process of launching the Egypt Upstream Gateway, a digital subsurface platform that will act as an up-to-date repository of the country’s subsurface data,” said  H.E. Eng. Tarek El-Molla, minister of petroleum and mineral resources, Egypt. “ The Egypt Upstream Gateway will digitally promote Egypt’s oil and gas bid rounds through seamless online access to the sector’s data, as well as endorsing our exploration potential worldwide.”“The Egypt Upstream Gateway is the embodiment of the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum’s vision, leveraging digitization to modernize the country’s petroleum sector,” said Rajeev Sonthalia, president, Digital & Integration, Schlumberger. “With the launch of this industry-first platform, the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and its affiliates—EGPC, EGAS, GANOPE—can digitally showcase national assets to investors worldwide, in addition to leveraging the latest digital technology and solutions to accelerate discovery throughout the country.”The Egypt Upstream Gateway provides digital access to over 100 years’ worth of accumulated national onshore and offshore seismic, non-seismic, well-log, production, and additional subsurface data under a single platform. This data, which empowers de-risked decisions through the ability to explore multiple basins and evergreen data, can be accessed virtually from anywhere using the platform’s online portal. In addition, the Egypt Upstream Gateway will host Egypt’s upcoming bid round highlighting lease availability information to national and international investors worldwide. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Threats for animals

first_imgAnimal rights activists have intensified their campaign against University plans to build a new research centre in South Parks Road. OUSU is, meanwhile, debating whether it should offer support to University members or staff who are intimidated or threatened by campaigners. The new centre will offer “a higher quality of accommodation for animals” says the University. Animal rights group SPEAK is angry about the plans, but spokesman Mel Broughton told Cherwell that the group is organising “legal, lawful campaigning” against Oxford’s intentions. The aggressive tone of SPEAK’s website and the group’s reputation, however, is causing concern among University staff who fear the campaigning will escalate into more threatening forms. One ‘Action Report’ on their website comments on a recent demonstration, “Receiving a visit was ******* a head of department at Oxford Uni, again no reply but there was a very noisy calling card left. Rest assured all those living around ******* Road, Oxford now know exactly who you are and the fact they have collaborators in animal torture in their midst.” These threats have forced OUSU to discuss the issue in its Council meeting. A motion, seconded by President Helena Puig Larrauri and due to be debated today noted, “Council believes that whatever members of OUSU believe about the necessity, acceptability and desirability of experimentation on animals, in a democratic state it is wholly unacceptable and morally abhorrent to use terror, violence and intimidation of innocent people as a means of effecting political change.” Association of Medical Research’s Dr Simon Festing said SPEAK’s “claims that they’re legitimate are ridiculous, there is always an escalation to threatening letters and threatening phone calls.” The University reasserted that while “we respect people’s rights to protests lawfully, we will not accept unlawful harassment. The building will go ahead.”ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more

Motion to open up discussion of reading weeks passes

first_imgOUSU Council has passed a motion to mandate the VP for Access & Academic Affairs to include support for a reading week in the OUSU Education Vision, when the full proposals are brought to Council for approval at the start of Trinity.The Education Vision will be a document setting out long-term goals for OUSU and aspirations of students with respect to all aspects of how learning happens at Oxford.There is an ongoing debate in the student body both at Oxford and at Cambridge about the possibility of adding a reading week in the middle of term, creating two four week half terms.The motion, proposed by James Blythe, OUSU VP for Access & Academic Affairs, and seconded by Nick Cooper, OUSU VP for Grads-elect, stated, “A reading week would be one way to mitigate the impact on student mental health of an Oxford degree”. It continued, “Such a week would enable students to read more diverse and enriching texts to support their academic development.”The motion passed with four amendments, including to define reading weeks, to insert a clause demanding such a change would be cost neutral and to make clear that the Oxford workload more generally also affects mental wellbeing.There were 41 votes for the motion and 14 against it, with five abstaining. Only 60 people voted; 70 people fewer than the number who voted on the anti-BDS motion.Cooper commented, “James [Blythe] and I brought the motion to Council given the discussions that had taken place around reading weeks among students. A reading week could be a good way to allow students a chance to recuperate during the intensity of term time – this could be through catching up with reading, or if the student finds it more helpful for their wellbeing, as a chance to rest before a new 5th Week.“Reading weeks are, though, a long term vision and are not a perfect solution: we hope bringing this motion will highlight the effects of Oxford life more generally, and encourage the University to pay closer attention to student welfare and workload.”OUSU’s Disabled Students Officer, Lindsay Lee, commented, “The Oxford academic calendar currently is extremely demanding and very unorthodox. Oxford is demanding, as it should be, but it’s important to consider the health ramifications of this academic calendar for students, especially those with mental health issues.“A reading week would reduce stress for everyone, but it could mean the difference between graduation and rustication for a student with a mental disability. For that reason, I’m very supportive of the motion.”Louis Trup told Cherwell, “There is clearly a lot of interest in the issue of a reading week. It is something I mentioned when I was running for my job, but the increased debate on this now certainly merits a discussion in OUSU Council, where policy can be set. OUSU is probably the best place for us to make change in our university and I hope this change is something which students and the University seriously consider.”last_img read more

BSB announces latest golf day

first_imgThe British Society of Baking will hold its annual golf day at the De Vere Belfry in the West Midlands on 3 May.Members will be playing over the Brabazon Course, which has hosted the Ryder Cup four times.There will be a shotgun start – teams of four all starting and finishing together at different holes.Puratos, which will be giving away prizes for any golfer catching the green in one, will also sponsor the 10th hole. And Danisco will be sponsoring the 18th hole, offering prizes for anyone making the green in two. Prizes for nearest the pin, longest drive, individual and team will also be up for grabs.The cost of the day will be £115 per person. For details contact Keith Houliston on 01869 247098 or [email protected]last_img read more

Interpol Details New EP, ‘A Fine Mess’, Shares First Track [Listen]

first_imgInterpol is officially back with a new EP, A Fine Mess, due out May 17th.The follow-up to last year’s Marauder, the band’s first album since 2014, Interpol’s latest collection of music will feature five new songs including the previously released title-track, and today’s offering “The Weekend”. Listen to the new Interpol track below:Interpol – “The Weekend”[Audio: Interpol]A Fine Mess EP Tracklist:01. Fine Mess02. No Big Deal03. Real Life04. The Weekend05. ThronesView TracklistingIn support of their new 2018-2019 music, Interpol will embark on a world tour that includes festival appearances at Lollapalooza‘s Argentina, Brazil, and Chile events, All Points East Festival, Osheaga Festival, and Primavera Sound and a few dates alongside Sunflower Bean, Car Seat Headrest, and Foals. For more information on upcoming concerts and tickets, head to the band’s website.Interpol 2019 Tour Dates03/28 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Teatro Vorterix03/29 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina03/30 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile04/02 – Asuncion, PY @ Asuncionico04/05 – Bogota, CO @ Estereo Picnic04/07 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brasil04/09 – Lima, PE @ Domos Art05/01 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks #*05/02 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre %05/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival05/05 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston PAC05/07 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre05/08 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater05/10 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore05/11 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live05/25 – London, UK @ All Points East Festival05/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound06/01 – Kvaerndrup, DK @ Heartland Festival06/02 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret06/04 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium06/05 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof06/07 – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound06/10 – Moscow, RU @ Adrenaline Stadium06/12 – Kiev, UA @ Green Theatre06/21 – Neuhausen ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival06/23 – Scheeßel, DE @ Hurricane Festival06/25 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy06/26 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Dome06/30 – Marmande, FR @ Garorock07/02 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia07/04 – Belfort, FR @ Les Eurockeennes07/07 – Hérouville-Saint-Clair, FR @ Beauregard Festival08/02 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival* = w/ Sunflower Bean# = w/ Car Seat Headrest% = w/ FoalsView Tour Dateslast_img read more