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Town calls for sports access

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first_imgOxford City Council is asking Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities to increase local residents’ access to their sporting facilities.An Independent Working Class Association motion asking the universities to explore ways of increasing community access was carried at an Oxford City Council meeting on 24th January.The motion stated, “The current economic crisis is likely to have an adverse impact on the availability of affordable sports, recreational and educational facilities to Oxford residents – especially those from working class backgrounds.”“A lot of our children will never get to go to these universities,” said Stuart Craft, the Independent Working Class Association councillor for Northfield Brook.“A mark of an institution’s commitment to social justice isn’t sending a few students to do a bit of charity work; it’s opening up their resources to locals. “What’s more, students don’t pay council tax fees – we do.”Jim Campbell, the Liberal Democrat councillor for St. Margaret’s, seconded Craft’s motion. He stated, “In these hard times, we wanted to encourage the authorities at both the university and the college level to extend the access they already offer.  “I think it’s important to remember that there are a number of organisations, such as KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now), doing brilliant work for Oxford residents.”KEEN is a charity run by Oxford and Brookes students along with other young people which provides sporting and recreational activities for children and young adults with special needs in Oxfordshire.Many of the universities’ facilities, such as Oxford’s swimming pool and gym at Iffley Road, are already fully available for community use.“The University maintains an excellent relationship with the local school sports coordinator, with whom we host many community sports events for children throughout the year,” said a spokesperson for Oxford University.  According to a statement issued by the University, local students and residents should benefit from the planned redevelopment and expansion of the Iffley Road stadium and sports centre. Some University sports clubs may even become open for community members to join.Oxford Brookes allows Oxford community members to join their gym and use their sports facilities, but charges locals higher fees than students.Craft and the city councillors also hope that facilities such as boathouses, which are owned by individual colleges, could be made available to the public.Jake Lancaster, who rows for Keble, disagrees. “The boats fall into disrepair often enough with just students using them,” he said.“If sports teams and clubs would like to hire college facilities when students and members are not using them, they should contact the college sports clubs directly and some arrangement may well be possible,” an Oxford University spokesperson, told the Oxford Mail.last_img read more

Phil Lesh Welcomes Chris Robinson, John Scofield & More For Outdoor Celebration [Watch]

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first_imgJust a few weeks ago, Phil Lesh marked the opening of his Terrapin Crossroads venue with a soul’d-out Friends performance that featured the entirety of Soulive, Jackie Greene and more. Yesterday, Lesh put that outdoor space to good use once again, throwing a “Spring Fling” that included performances from Colonel & The Mermaids, Lorin Rowan’s Rattlebox, and, of course, Phil Lesh & Friends.This particular Leshian ensemble included some all-star talent, including John Scofield, Chris Robinson, Scott Law, Jason Crosby and Tony Leone. The group jammed their way through a number of folk and Grateful Dead classics, opening up with Hank Ballard’s “Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go” before dusting off favorites like “Mr. Charlie” and “Bertha.”Watch some of “Bertha” below, courtesy of Matthew Kahn:The band also worked in the classic Otis Redding song “Hard To Handle,” a tune that was repopularized by Robinson in the Black Crowes. Check out the joyous blues cover below.The show ended with a rockin’ “New Minglewood Blues,” with each band member taking turns delivering some crisp leads. Check ito ut below, via lowplainsdrifter on YouTube:You can see the full setlist below, courtesy of PhilZone.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA – 5/21/16Set 1: Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go, Mr. Charlie, Jesse James, Bertha, I’m a Hog For You Baby, Brown Eyed Women, Mason’s Children plSet 2: Shakedown Street > Hard To Handle, What’d I Say, She Belongs To Me, New Speedway Boogie, St. Stephen pl sl > Franklin’s Tower pl, Turn On Your LovelightEncore: New Minglewood Blueslast_img read more

Max von Essen Enlisted for Yours Unfaithfully Off-Broadway

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first_imgMax Von Essen(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Max von Essen, who recently finished up a Tony-nominated run in An American in Paris, has been tapped for Miles Malleson’s Yours Unfaithfully, an “un-Romantic Comedy” about the price of free love. Directed by Jonathan Bank, the production will play a limited engagement December 27 through February 18, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for January 26 at the Beckett Theater at Theatre Row.Along with Essen as Stephen Meredith, the cast of the world premiere will also include Todd Cerveris (South Pacific) as Dr. Alan Kirby, Mikaela Izquierdo (Cyrano de Bergerac) as Diana Streatfield, Elisabeth Gray (Breakfast at Tiffany) as Anne Meredith and John Hutton (Lincoln) as Gordon Meredith.Yours Unfaithfully was published in 1933 but never produced, making this Mint Theater production a very belated world premiere. The play is an intimate peek behind the closed doors of an open marriage. Stephen and Anne, blissfully happy for eight years, are committed to living up to their ideals. When Stephen, a writer who isn’t writing, begins to sink into a funk of unproductive moodiness, Anne encourages him to seek out a fresh spark. Can their marriage survive uncompromising generosity, sacrifice and love? Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 18, 2017 Yours Unfaithfullylast_img read more

Precision teaching

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first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaYarbrough Consulting beat four other precision agriculture consulting firms to win a $100,000 contract from Pike Creek Turf, a major Southeastern turfgrass farm. Too bad they’ll never get to spend the money.Yarbrough and its competitors are all companies formed by students taking the “Principles of Precision Agriculture” class taught only on the University of Georgia Tifton campus.Fake firms, real grassSouthern Dawg Ag Consulting, Getting Mean in the Green, Big Dawg Consulting, BAJK Consulting and Yarbrough Consulting aren’t real companies. But Pike Creek Turf is very much a real and successful firm.The Cook County family operation, in south-central Georgia, is owned by the brother-sister team of Jaimie Allen and Kim Allen Boling. They manage 3,000 acres of 11 turfgrass varieties used mostly for golf courses. They employ 200 people.”They’re definitely one of the top turfgrass producers around,” said George Vellidis, a professor and engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He teaches the class.Precision farmingThe class introduces students to precision agriculture, which helps farmers put things like water and fertilizers exactly where they need to be in exact amounts. That saves them money. It’s generally better for the environment, too.The students learn how Geographical Information Systems, a technology used to analyze data from a geographic perspective, and Global Positioning Systems, which uses satellites to locate pinpoints on Earth, can be used to auto-steer tractors or turfgrass mowers.They learn about remote sensing, too, using methods like satellite images to run variable-rate irrigation, which places water exactly as plants need it.For the final project, students were given the scenario that the Allens are interested in using precision agriculture on their farm and have decided to hire a consulting firm to make a plan for them.”I got a lot more out of this project than if I’d just read books,” said Gerome Morgan, a junior agriculture education major. He was on the Yarbrough team.”We were out there using the equipment,” he said, “and then really figuring out what would be best used and how for the Allens’ particular needs. Made it more interesting.””It puts the students in a real-life scenario,” Vellidis said, “and makes them apply what they have learned in the class.”The presentationEach team was required to submit a written, formal proposal to the Allens and Vellidis and give a 20-minute presentation.”The plans needed to be detailed enough for the Allens to really implement on their farm if they wanted,” Vellidis said.The students toured the Pike Creek Turf to prepare for the project. Just as it is in the real world, a slight information edge can be the difference between a big deal and the one that got away.During the farm visit, Yarbrough members noticed trucks hauling timber from the farm. After a few questions, they learned that the Allens also manage large tracts of timber land. Though the final project leaned toward turfgrass, the Yarbrough team included ways to improve timber lands, too, in their precision agriculture plan.That was the deciding factor.”All the teams made strong points,” Allen said. “We got some good ideas about some things we could implement in our operation.”This is the third year the class has been offered. Twenty-one students took the class this year. Students in previous classes made plans for a large vegetable farm and a grass-fed beef operation.The students probably won’t go on to work for a real precision ag consulting group, Vellidis said. But they’ll be entering the work force soon. Conducting research and organizing an effective presentation are both important skills in professional jobs.Yarbrough members weren’t sure how they would divide the big, fake, $100,000 check.last_img read more

This ICU Day, let’s aim for engagement!

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first_imgI’m a huge fan of the credit union mission and all it contributes to our communities. You’d know that if you’ve read more than a few lines of any previous post. Of course, you’d also know that I’m not afraid to call out things when they could be improved.On that note, I have just a few suggestions for this year’s International Credit Union Day campaign. In case you weren’t aware, the theme is, “Find Your Platinum Lining” (at a credit union). Because it’s the 70th anniversary of the event. And 70 means platinum. You knew that, right? I didn’t. Honestly, I thought it was for 75. Turns out that’s diamond (jewelry, to be precise). In fact, all I could find about the 70th anniversary linked it to UK tradition. Thus, Americans will have limited exposure to this “platinum year”. I’d be curious how many people under the age of 70 even make the connection. I asked some people of a variety of ages; none knew that Platinum and 70 went together.Which raises another point: If our goal is to attract younger members, why use a terminology which they are unlikely to understand or relate? Of course, we’re not only looking to attract younger people, but, let’s be honest, they’re who you want. More Boomers are great, but a member with 50 years of major purchases and life changes ahead of them is substantially more valuable. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Forty agencies received ISO 9001: 2015 certification

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first_imgThe Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) together with its forty agencies has successfully implemented a project to renew the quality management system certificate according to ISO 9001: 2008 and the transition to ISO 9001: 2015, and the certification was carried out by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance.The ISO 9001: 2015 standard is an internationally recognized standard introduced by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for quality management systems. Successfully implemented quality management system according to ISO 9001: 2015 and operating in accordance with the requirements of this standard is a generally accepted way of working to ensure current and future customers or partners the expected quality of products and services. ISO 9001 certified travel agencies prove their commitment to providing quality services, a system of quality control of products and services and a focus on their continuous improvement.Quality management helps to better understand and monitor customer needs, achieve a greater degree of customer satisfaction and trust, more efficient business, increase productivity and profitability of the company, improve internal communication and achieve continuous growth and development. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli emphasized the importance of tourist agencies and their employees for the quality and sustainable development of Croatian tourism and expressed the full support of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board for UHPA projects. “Congratulations to all the agencies that have earned this prestigious certificate for their dedicated work and the establishment of a quality management system that makes them more competitive in the tourism market, but also the Association itself. The offer of travel agencies is one of the most important things in the development of tourism, the motivator of the arrivals of our visitors and provides additional value to the entire tourism. Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism will continue to monitor and support the work of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies and its members who have been working for years on quality and guarantee that guests know what to expect from travel agencies. “The ISO certification project was launched by UHPA in 2012, which resulted in the certification of the first group of members of the Association in 2014, the second group in 2015, and the recertification of forty members in 2017. Today, UHPA is the first professional association in tourism in Croatia to hold the ISO 9001: 2015 certificate and one of the few to enter the certification process with a network of its members and successfully implement a project to implement and certify a quality management system. “Behind us is a great tourist year in which we achieved a record 100 million overnight stays. Travel agencies have certainly made a great contribution to this success. Looking at the turnover achieved this year, I especially want to draw attention to the increase in turnover in the pre-season and post-season. In that period, the majority of traffic is generated through travel agencies. It is nice to see that agencies are an important factor in the tourism sector, and we will certainly remain so with our work, creativity and in the future, regardless of all the challenges and threats that lie ahead.and “, stated Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA.List of agencies that have been awarded the ISO 9001: 2015 certificate Related news:CROATIAN TRAVEL AGENCIES URGENTLY NEED TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESSHOW CAN TOUR AND ACTIVITY ORGANIZERS COMPETE WITH LARGE ONLINE BOOKING PLATFORMS?last_img read more

New figures reveal almost 70,000 Brisbane homes are sitting empty

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first_imgSome homes were empty because they were awaiting demolition.NEW figures reveal almost 200,000 homes were empty in Queensland on Census night.Analysis of the 2016 Census data by SGS Economics and Planning, revealed 7.6 per cent of homes in Greater Brisbane — 68,386 dwellings — were empty on the night of the count.There were even more in regional Queensland with 11.7 per cent of homes — 127,171 dwellings — empty.Nationally Census figures revealed there were more than 1 million homes unoccupied on the night.The report found that figure, which represented 11.2 per cent of dwellings, was only 0.5 percentage points higher, than the previous census in 2011, and had been fairly consistent since 2001.It analysed the recent census data after discussion around whether the high number of empty homes was because of investors intentionally leaving homes unoccupied in capital cities and the rise of properties being used for Air BnB. While previous Census in the eighties would ask why a property was unoccupied, that question was no longer asked.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoSome homes were only empty on Census night because they were between tenants. Picture: ThinkstockIn the eighties about 65 per cent of homes were empty on Census night because it was a holiday home or the residents were away that night.To determine if those reasons where still the same or if investors were leaving properties sitting empty, SGS Economics and Planning analysed data from other sources to work out a similar breakdown.It found the majority — about two thirds — of unoccupied dwellings on Census night were empty because they were holiday homes or the resident were absent.“The share of holiday homes is lower than the estimates from the eighties,’’ it said.“Which makes sense given falling home ownership rates. Residents absent was higher which given the increased mobility of households would also appear to make sense.“While this analysis has limitations, it suggested that most of the dwellings were unoccupied on Census night were unoccupied for a very valid reason.“There does not appear to be a large pool of dwellings being withheld from the housing market.’’The report also revealed that the Moreton Bay area had the lowest rate of unoccupied dwellings in Queensland. It attributed this to a high level of demand in the area, low vacancy rates and properties selling faster.last_img read more

Addax extends FPSO Adoon charter

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first_imgNigeria-focused oil company Addax has extended the charter for the Yinson-owned FPSO Adoon.Yinson, a Malaysia-based provider of floating production units to the international oil and gas industry, on Tuesday said that the contract extension notice sent by Addax on October 19, will see the FPSO employed until January 16, 2019.The 1985-built vessel, moored at the Antan field offshore Nigeria, won its first contract with Addax in October 2006. After the original contract expired on October 16, 2014, it was extended for another year.After that, the contract was extended for another three years to October 16, 2018.Commenting on the latest extension, Yinson said: “The extension of contract on an interim basis is expected to contribute positively to the revenue and earnings of Yinson Group for the financial year ending 31 January 2019. The company will make appropriate announcement(s) to Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in relation to any material developments concerning the aforesaid extension.”last_img read more

Cahill: Terry can handle QPR taunts

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first_imgChelsea defender Gary Cahill has backed captain John Terry to shrug off a hostile reception when they head to Loftus Road to face QPR on Sunday. It was on the same ground in 2011 that Terry was caught up in a race controversy with ex-QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, later cleared in court of racially abusing the player but banned for four matches and fined £220,000 by the Football Association for ‘using abusive language related to colour’. “He has been through a lot football-wise in his career,” Cahill said in several national newspapers. Press Associationcenter_img “He has been through so many good times, winning trophies and whatnot, and bad times. So in terms of personality he is obviously thick-skinned and that’s why I say it won’t affect him, and it won’t affect us.” Terry was stripped of the England captaincy amid the fall-out, and subsequently announced his retirement from international football. On Sunday, he may come up against Anton Ferdinand’s brother Rio, who branded him an ‘idiot’ over the affair, and the QPR fans can be expected to remind him of what happened. But Cahill added: “It’s a local derby so the atmosphere will be intense and it will be another huge game to try to win. “I think he has been there already. It’s not as if it’s the first time he has been back, he has played there.” Chelsea go into the weekend seven points clear of Arsenal having played a game less, but Cahill said there was no sense of easing up, with the Gunners still to come on the fixture list. “There is still that element of pressure to finish the job,” he said. “We’ve worked so hard this season to be where we are and to put ourselves in the position we are in, so we want to go all the way and finish it.” last_img read more

Ugwuanyi Rejigs Rangers Management, Appoints Chukwu as GM

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first_imgEnugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has announced the appointment of former Green Eagles captain and coach, Christian Chukwu, as the new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu.Speaking after a fact finding tour of the club that ended its trophy drought after 32 years last football season, the governor appointed the ex-international who is also a former Rangers captain as the new helmsman to take over from Ozo Chibuzor. As defending champion of the NPFL, the Flying Antelopes are languishing in the 11th spot of the five-week old league with just a win and three draws to earn just six points from a possible 15. Rangers drew their last weekend’s home game with visiting Niger Tornadoes 1-1 at the Cathedral in Enugu.But in his determination to halt the trend, most especially as Rangers will be flying Nigeria’s flag in the CAF Champions League, the governor met with stakeholders of the club like the board, management, players and supporters where it was unanimously agreed to put ‘Chairman Chukwu’ in-charge of its affairs.While reacting to the development, the new General Manager of the club, Chukwu thanked the governor for the appointment and his prompt intervention and promised to put in his best to ensure that Rangers retains its current status in Nigeria football.He called for the cooperation and support of the board, management, players and all other stakeholders of the club to take it to an enviable height.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more