Oxford City Council proposes renaming St Clement’s ward

first_imgOxford City Council has proposed changing the name of St Clement’s ward to Bannister in memory of Sir Roger Bannister, an Oxford athlete and former Master of Pembroke College who passed away in March.The proposal comes as part of the council’s review of city wards, which began last November.Source: The Local Government Boundary Commission for EnglandThe ward in question – which is surrounded by the wards Holywell, Churchill, and Bartlemas – includes the Iffley Road running track, where Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes in 1954.After winning a gold medal at the 1954 Commonwealth Games, Bannister went on to become a leading neurologist and served as Master of Pembroke College between 1985 and 1993. He was knighted for his services to sport in 1975.Bannister was also conferred the Oxford Freedom of the City in 2004 and is an Honorary Fellow of both Exeter and Merton Colleges.Councillor for St Mary’s ward and Green Party member Craig Simmons proposed the name change as a way of honouring Bannister. His party’s original proposal to the Council and Boundary Commission was to rename the extended St Mary’s ward, but the Labour-run Council made a counter proposal which instead applies the Bannister name to a re-shaped St Clement’s ward.Simmons told Cherwell: “I had the great pleasure of meeting Sir Roger Bannister on a number of occasions and, following his death earlier this year, it felt right to further honour his contribution to the City of Oxford.“The opportunity came when the City was asked to by the Boundary Commission to review its ward boundaries. The area currently known as St. Mary’s Ward, which I represent along with Councillor Dick Wolff, includes the north edge of the running track on Iffley Road. It needed to grow slightly to accommodate demographic changes – and it seemed obvious that the streets to the east of the running track should be included.“This expanded ward needed a new name and, as it wraps around the running track with Bannister Close at its heart, it seemed an obvious choice to name it after Sir Roger.“Of course, as an eminent neurologist, his contributions to modern medicine extended well beyond his relatively brief time as an athlete and I hope that this small contribution to his memory is seen within this wider context.”Simmons added that there was a “good chance” the ward would be renamed. However, he worried that renaming St Clement’s as opposed to St Mary’s made less sense geographically and community-wise because people in St Mary’s associate much more with Iffley Road, their main route into Oxford.Council leader Sarah Brown confirmed that the name of St Clement’s Street (A420) would not change as part of the new plans. She added: “It’s a really important tribute to a lovely, lovely man who deserves the honour.“I suspect lots of people in the city don’t know which wards they live in, but we try to reflect, with the ward names we choose, the local area in some way.“I hope he would understand this is a small way the city can honour that connection with him and it seems entirely appropriate considering this area includes the track in which he made that absolutely astonishing historic achievement.”last_img read more

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Carrs predicts a tough year

first_imgCarrs Milling Industries said in an AGM statement this week that a massive increase in wheat prices, combined with high energy costs, will make it a tough year for its food division.Company chairman, Lord Richard Inglewood said: “There remains an inevitable lag in successfully passing on cost increases to customers. With little change likely in the foreseeable future, we are continuing to look for both cost savings and volume increases to protect the bottom line.”In the 52 weeks to 2 September 2006, Carr’s saw an eighth successive annual increase in both adjusted pre-tax profit and adjusted basic earnings per share across its business. Revenue increased by 26.3% to £242.6m, partially due to its new Meneba flour business, acquired in November 2004.last_img

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Revealed: the stars taking part in Bake Off 2020

first_imgLouis Theroux, Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss and singer James Blunt are among the celebrities who will enter the famous tent for the 2020 Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off.The five-part series, which is set to return later this year, will see the 20 celebrities split into groups of four to battle it out for the title of star baker by competing in three rounds – the signature, the technical and the showstopper.Actor James Buckley – famous for his role as Jay in The Inbetweeners – is also among the line-up, alongside TV show Queer Eye’s fashion expert Tan France and TV judge Rob Rinder.Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are also set to return, alongside presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, for the special edition of the series which aims to raise money for Cancer Research UK.Here’s the full line-up of contestants:Singer James BluntModel and actress Kelly BrookActor James BuckleyTV presenter Joel DommettOscar-winning actor Richard DreyfussNovelist and comedian Jenny EclairQueer Eye’s fashion expert Tan FranceStand-up comedian Mo GilliganTV personality Alison HammondComedian Russell HowardTV presenter Alex JonesTennis player Johanna KontaTV personality Scarlett MoffattActress Patsy PalmerActress and TV presenter Caroline QuentinTV judge and criminal barrister Rob RinderBasketball player and Love Island star Ovie SokoYouTuber Joe SuggDocumentary maker Louis TherouxTV personality Carol VordermanPrevious celebrity contestants include comedian Russell Brand, Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murphy, actor John Lithgow and broadcaster Jeremy Paxman.last_img read more

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Happy Opening to Off-Broadway’s Every Brilliant Thing

first_img View Comments The 16-week limited engagement, directed by George Perrin, will run through March 29, 2015. Every Brilliant Thing previously played London and Edinburgh, as well as a U.K. tour. The North American premiere of Duncan Macmillan’s Every Brilliant Thing opens officially on December 14 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Jonny Donahoe, who co-wrote the play, stars in the off-Broadway production. 1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Christopher Walken’s voice, 5. Rollercoasters. In Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother’s depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world—everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Related Shows Every Brilliant Thing Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015last_img read more

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Market Turmoil: What It Means for Vermont

first_img“Market Turmoil: What It Means for Vermont”Panelists Phil Daniels, CEO, TD Banknorth, Burlington; Tom Torti, President, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Art Woolf, Vermont Economy Newsletter; Jack McMullen, Cambridge Meridian Investors; George Ewins Sr, Merrill Lynch-Burlington (retired)discuss the Wall Street turmoil and the economy.Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Program from 5-6:30pmSheraton Burlington Conference Center – Emerald BallroomDiscussants: Phil Daniels, President and CEO, TD Banknorth, Burlington Tom Torti, President, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Dr. Art Woolf, Vermont Economy Newsletter Jack McMullen, Cambridge Meridian Investors George Ewins Sr. , Merrill Lynch-Burlington (retired)Sponsored byThe Ethan Allen InstituteThe Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of CommerceVermont Business MagazineVermont Economy NewsletterPublic invited – $10 contribution requestedlast_img read more

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Fluence rolls out latest battery storage product, with signed orders for 800MW

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Fluence is launching the sixth generation of its integrated grid storage product and has already signed orders for 800 megawatts/2,300 megawatt-hours.The new version comes in a 10-foot cube shape, which the company plans to use as the building block for storage plants small and large, in place of the long rectangular containers from previous iterations. The first installations will happen by the end of the year, COO John Zahurancik said in an interview.The 800-megawatt roster of orders, which amounts to considerably more than all the grid storage installed in the U.S. in 2019, comes from Enel, LS Power, sPower and Siemens. Fluence declined to specify where these projects are located, other than that they span North America, Europe and Asia. The new purchases bring Fluence’s tally of built or contracted storage capacity to 2.1 gigawatts.The new product marks the first new addition since Fluence formed as a joint venture between AES and Siemens in 2018; AES Energy Storage had previously developed the Advancion product. It follows similar product updates from other leading storage integrators, including Tesla’s Megapack and Powin Energy’s BESS.The sizing of Fluence’s new product is such that a commercial or industrial customer could buy just one cube to meet its needs, while a major front-of-meter project could fill a field with them. That flexibility foreshadows an expanding addressable market for Fluence, which previously focused on supplying some of the largest battery projects in the world.The design shifts labor from the field to the factory, where more systems and quality checks will take place than with previous generations. Fluence used to install batteries into enclosures onsite; the cube will ship with batteries already assembled, eliminating the variables that arise from installation in the field.[Julian Spector]More: Fluence launches next-generation battery storage product with 800MW of orders Fluence rolls out latest battery storage product, with signed orders for 800MWlast_img read more

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Trauma Tuesday: What’s a Whipper?

first_imgFalling while climbing isn’t funny. But there’s nothing that gets the adrenaline flowing more than a solid whipper where no one is actually injured. Here’s a few that will make you glad you are solidly planted on terra firma.Whipper Therapy: Katie’s scary Tombstone fall Extreme Climbing Fall Compilation (some explicit language)last_img

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It’s All In The Numbers For Military World Games

first_imgBy Dialogo July 25, 2011 The 5th Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro ended with great numbers, both in the events and in their organization. According to organizers, 4174 military athletes from 110 countries competed in the event, which also featured 281 referees from around the world. All who competed hoped to win at least one of the disputed 1421 medals: 459 gold, 459 silver, and 503 bronze (the combat sports award two bronze medals per category). To receive and house all these athletes, organizers of the Military World Games also had to prepare on a grand scale. Three villages were built with a total of 1,036 rooms. The cafeterias served 257,832 meals. Additionally, the buses that were used to transport the delegations and members of the organization, made 400 trips a day to Rio de Janeiro, the second most populated city in Brazil. Numbers aside, the athletes were very appreciative with the effort that the hosts put forth. “I felt very good and capable of competing in the best conditions. I liked the way we were treated, both in the training venues and the food,” said Cesar Reyes of Peru, who competed in judo. “Our country is very large and, with these Military World Games, demonstrated that we can receive any grand event type of competition. We showed a sense organization that must be repeated for all the events that are to follow,” said Sergeant Anderson Rodrigues, of the Brazilian Army, who competed in volleyball. From now until 2016, when the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be held, Brazil will host the FIFA Confederations Cup (2013), the FIFA World Cup (2014), and the Copa America (2015). Hosts dominate the medal count Brazil topped the medal count with a total of 114 Brazilian athletes grabbing medals (45 gold, 33 silver and 36 bronze). The hosts outscored China, which came in second with 37 gold medals, 28 silver and 34 bronze. Another South American country that stood out was Chile, which won two gold medals, all on horseback. On Sunday, July 24, the last day of competition, the Chileans were crowned champions in Eventing category of Equestrian. Suriname, the smallest country in South America, managed to returned home with one medal – a bronze – won by Corporal Ronnie Jackson in taekwondo. “It was a historic moment for taekwondo in Suriname and also for our sport,” said Kenneth Slijngard Surinamese. 1. Brazil: 45 gold, 33 silver and 36 bronze 14. Chile: 2 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze 22. Venezuela: 1 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze 30. United States: 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze 37. Ecuador: 1 gold 42. Dominican Republic: 1 silver and 2 bronze 47. Uruguay: 2 bronze 51. Argentina: 1 bronze 51. Suriname: 1 bronzelast_img read more

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Is your document imaging system holding you back?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How do credit unions create value for their members? The answers are not always apparent on the surface. By examining your employees’ every day activities, deeper insight into value creation begins to emerge, and the hidden areas that need improvement are revealed.Creating value means, for example, investing in products and services, originating loans, boosting member service levels through hiring and training, and expanding member relationships by offering new products and services they want. And all of these require employees to be productive and member-focused. When their time is monopolized instead by low-level administrative tasks or manual, repetitive processes, opportunities to create value are squandered.According to the most recent CUNA Technology Spending Survey, 50% of credit unions have increased their technology budgets. These credit unions have a perfect opportunity to evaluate the systems, technologies and tools their employees use to do their jobs.This white paper examines the activities that destroy value for members. It then identifies the underlying causes. It details five incredibly common pain points and shows how they hamstring member service delivery, curtail productivity, and, ultimately cause significant value loss. Finally, the paper highlights technology solutions and alternatives that can produce significant turnarounds in efficiency and accuracy. continue reading »last_img read more

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Biden’s Team Steps Up Transition Plans, Mapping Out a White House

first_imgMr. Biden, 77, has told associates that he considers his two terms as vice president and his knowledge of how a White House operates from the inside as crucial advantages in building out a government. And he has made it plain in public and private that a diverse team is central to his mission.“Men, women, gay, straight, center, across the board, Black, white, Asian,” Mr. Biden said this spring when talking about his prospective cabinet. “It really matters that you look like the country, because everyone brings a slightly different perspective.”Though Mr. Biden and Democrats had aggressively pushed to take control of the Senate, the party fell short in hotly contested races this week. Now Senate Republicans are likely to hold veto power over his most senior appointments, a reality that looms large over conversations, even if Democrats could still conceivably control the Senate if they win two runoff elections in Georgia in January. Lael Brainard, who sits on the Federal Reserve’s board of governors and served in the Treasury Department under Mr. Obama, is the most talked-about candidate to run the department, especially if the Senate is controlled by Republicans, which would make it harder to confirm a more progressive choice like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Mr. Biden’s team quietly began raising money for his transition operation in May and has raised at least $7 million to pay for its efforts. The Biden camp has prepared for multiple scenarios in case Mr. Trump refused to concede and his administration would not participate in a transition.- Advertisement – So far, officials in Mr. Trump’s government have worked in good faith, according to Biden officials, who said they hoped and expected that cooperation to continue.As coronavirus infections hit new highs, Mr. Biden’s aides are planning for the first critical transition decisions to focus on health care and addressing the pandemic, the central theme of his campaign in the final months. They have assembled an internal group of roughly two dozen health policy and technology experts to look at the development and delivery of a vaccine, improving health data and securing supply chains, among other issues.Among those expected to play a key health care role in a Biden administration is Vivek Murthy, a former surgeon general under President Barack Obama, who has privately advised Mr. Biden for months on the pandemic and is expected to play a large public role as a face of the potential Democratic administration’s response to the virus, dispensing advice on mask-wearing and social distancing.- Advertisement – Like Mr. Biden, Mr. Kaufman is seen as an institutionalist, and he in fact wrote the law devoting additional government resources to transition teams. Yohannes Abraham, who worked in the Obama White House as a top aide to Valerie Jarrett and the National Economic Council, is overseeing the day-to-day operation.Given his decades-long career in Washington, Mr. Biden has numerous relationships from his time in the Senate and the White House with people across various policy areas. That history also means that his transition team has faced a crush of outside advice and former Biden associates jockeying for jobs and influence.Parts of the cast that had Mr. Biden’s ear throughout the presidential campaign — Anita Dunn, a senior adviser; Steve Ricchetti, another former vice-presidential chief of staff; and Mr. Klain — are among those guiding the formation of a would-be government. Senator Kamala Harris of California, his running mate, is generating names and speaks regularly to Mr. Biden. In Mr. Biden’s policy orbit on the campaign, Jake Sullivan and Antony J. Blinken are widely seen as the most influential figures, and both are expected to hold senior posts in a potential administration. Even before it was clear that Democrats would not win a clear majority in the Senate, Mr. Biden’s advisers began gearing up for bruising cabinet confirmation battles, bringing in top Obama veterans to run what is informally being called a transition war room. If Mr. Biden wins, he is expected to initially focus on filling top posts at the White House, including chief of staff, the most powerful single staff position. Ron Klain, his former chief of staff as vice president, who served as the White House Ebola response coordinator under Mr. Obama, is seen to have the inside track for that job, though others are still reportedly under serious consideration.At the center of Mr. Biden’s transition planning is Ted Kaufman, his former chief of staff in the Senate, who was appointed to replace Mr. Biden as a senator after he became vice president, as well as Jeff Zients, a former Obama administration official. The behind-the-scenes activity underscored that even as Mr. Biden publicly offered a disciplined message about counting every vote and refrained from claiming victory, he was already mapping out a quick start in office as the nation faces a worsening pandemic and a damaged economy.Mr. Biden, who ran from Day 1 on a message of bringing the country together, is said to be interested in making a bipartisan gesture as he plans a prospective government after a divisive election whose results President Trump has tried to undermine. Mr. Biden is looking to fill out his possible White House staff first, with cabinet posts not expected to be announced until around Thanksgiving, according to more than a half-dozen people familiar with the planning process who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the transition. Some Democratic House members who endorsed Mr. Biden early, such as Representative Filemon B. Vela Jr. of Texas and Representative Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania, could be in line for administration positions if they wanted them.“We have an expression where I come from: You never forget those who brung you to the dance,” Mr. Biden said at a stop with Mr. Boyle in Philadelphia this week.The Biden operation is preparing for Mr. Trump to potentially put up transition roadblocks. The transition team has already assembled a staff of more than 75 officials, with plans for that number to balloon to roughly 300 transition staff members by Inauguration Day in January. The administrator for the General Services Administration has the legal authority to release about $6.6 million in federal funding to Mr. Biden’s transition, and in past years has done that soon after the race is called.Pamela Pennington, a spokeswoman for the G.S.A., said in a statement that Emily W. Murphy, Mr. Trump’s appointee as the agency’s administrator, would start the official transition when it was clear that the race was over.“The G.S.A. administrator does not pick the winner in the presidential election,” Ms. Pennington said. “The G.S.A. administrator ascertains the apparent successful candidate once a winner is clear based on the process laid out in the Constitution.”Reporting was contributed by Jonathan Martin, Jim Tankersley, David E. Sanger and Katie Glueck. Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s advisers accelerated their transition planning on Friday as election results showed him with an advantage in battleground states that could hand him the presidency, with the first senior officials in a potential Biden White House possibly named as early as next week.In Wilmington and Washington, Mr. Biden’s advisers and allies are ramping up their conversations about who might fill critical posts, both in the West Wing and across the agencies, guided heavily by Mr. Biden’s plan to assemble what would be the most diverse cabinet in history.- Advertisement – Where they land is considered one of the early decisions that would help determine other appointments. Mr. Sullivan, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton, is lined up for one of a number of posts, while Mr. Blinken, who served as national security adviser to the vice president, is considered the leading candidate for national security adviser.Some of the most powerful cabinet positions in a possible Biden administration already have perceived front-runners.The top candidate to lead the Defense Department is Michèle Flournoy, a former under secretary of defense for policy who worked with Biden officials during the campaign. She would be the first woman ever to be appointed to the job. Susan Rice, a former national security adviser during the Obama administration whom Mr. Biden vetted for vice president, has been considered a leading choice for secretary of state, but the threat of Senate Republicans blocking her from becoming the nation’s chief diplomat in 2012 led to her withdrawal, and her nomination now would surely set off a fight.Mr. Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state, has been discussed among Biden allies as a possible choice, along with Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a top Biden supporter who in October wrote an article in Foreign Affairs magazine on his worldviews.Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, one of Mr. Biden’s campaign co-chairs and an adviser, is widely expected to take some role in the White House if the Democratic nominee wins. Another campaign co-chair, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, who also served on Mr. Biden’s search committee for vice president, could join a prospective administration, though it was not clear what post might lure him to Washington.Leaders of the Biden transition are aware that many civil servants throughout the federal bureaucracy have become demoralized and have felt marginalized during the Trump administration. In a small gesture, they are calling their potential first arrivals at agencies “agency review teams,” as opposed to what the Trump operation called “landing teams” in 2016. Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 10:06 p.m. ET – Advertisement – Transition officials are also looking at what types of economic actions could be taken almost immediately, including rolling back some of Mr. Trump’s executive orders, part of a tradition in which new presidents move quickly to change or reverse regulations across federal agencies. Already hanging over the discussions are the midterm elections, in 2022, which have traditionally been a struggle for whichever party holds the White House and which could be especially complicated for Democrats during an era of increasingly common progressive primary challenges.last_img read more

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