Oxford announces review of Brunei Sultan’s honour after 56,000 sign petition

first_imgOxford University has announced that it will review itsdecision to grant an honorary degree to the Sultan of Brunei in light of newlaws which will make homosexuality punishable by stoning to death. More than 56,000 signed a petition calling for theUniversity to rescind the degree, a call which was echoed by the StudentsUnion. A statement on Wednesday in which the University announcedit had not made any new decision regarding the Sultan’s honorary degree provokeda backlash from students, activists and MPs. Robinson replied: “Which may be one reason they’re a littlenervous.” Pressure on the University reached a crescendo yesterday asboth of Oxford’s MPs, Layla Moran and Anneliese Dodds, urged Oxford to revokethe degree. The MPs wrote: “It is time to listen to your University communityand your conscience.” Speaking to presenter Nick Robinson on Radio 4’s Today programme, journalist and former Oxford student Owen Jones spoke in support of the petition: “Oxford University shouldn’t be handing out honorary degrees to despots and dictators anyway, but Oxford University now has to make a statement that gay lives matter by stripping this. They continued: “It is not enough simply to pay lip serviceto advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. Refusal to rescind the honorary degree to manypeople implies a tacit endorsement of Brunei’s anti-LGBTQ+ stance and a failureto stand up for the rights of the international LGBTQ+ community.” Jones argued that the University should go further than areview: “They need to make clear that they stand with gay people and that meansthey need to immediately rescind it. Aberdeen University have also given anhonorary degree to the Sultan, and they’ve said they’re reviewing it. That’s notgood enough either. “There are other problems as well, for instance the fact that there’s huge amounts of money from the Saudi royal family, another regime which, of course, kills gay people. For the Ashmolean museum and Said business school – Saudi money ploughed in there.” “There are lots of gay students from all over the world atOxford University. They need to know that their university, which has hugeinternational kudos, is prepared to make a statement, prepared to make a stand.” The University has been contacted for comment. The Sultan’s son and heir Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah graduated from Magdalen College in 1997. The move comes in response to a global boycott campaign inresponse to the harsh new laws. The University was criticised this week for notimmediately following the example of King’s College London and the Universityof Aberdeen in announcing a review.last_img read more


first_img88, passed away on May 5, 2017 surrounded by her family. Born and raised in Bayonne, Jane’s career spanned several occupations which included district manager for Avon, a keypunch operator, the proprietor of two novelty shops, and a domestic for Stanley Dancer. In her retirement, Jane served as a board member for her residence’s Unity Club. Jane was predeceased by her parents, Katherine and Matthew Szaro, her siblings Dr. Stephen E. Szaro, Adolf (Rudy) Szaro, Chester Szaro, and Jean (Szaro) Maceiko. She is survived by her son Louis Dall’ava, son Michael Mastrangelo and his wife Paula, daughter Michele Mastrangelo and her boyfriend Douglas Banta (Jane’s “Auggie”), grandson Evan Dubil, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her lifelong friend Evelyn Carey, sister-in-law Norma Szaro and cousin Helen Warzecha. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jane’s memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Funeral arrangements by DWORZANSKI & SON Funeral Home 20 E. 22nd St.last_img read more

Council Agenda: First Look at Draft Budget of About $70 Million

first_imgCity Hall in Ocean CityMayor Jay Gillian’s administration will introduce its proposed budget for 2015 at the City Council meeting on Thursday (Feb. 12) at City Hall.The draft budget gives property owners a first look at what they might pay in taxes next year. The presentation is the first step in a process that leads to City Council’s adoption of a final budget in the spring.City Council last year adopted a 2014 municipal budget that called for spending a total of $69,861,685 and raising $44,793,202 from local taxpayers (a 2.57 percent increase). The owner of a $500,000 home in Ocean City last year saw an increase of $73 in municipal taxes (an increase of $14.60 for every $100,000 of assessed value).That figure did not include school or county taxes. The municipal budget and a small library tax accounted for about 50 percent of a property owner’s tax bill in 2013. The other half was divided evenly between county taxes and school taxes.The tax rate increased by 3.78 percent (compensating for a decreasing ratable base). But with a three-year, in-house program to reassess 17,000 properties in Ocean City now complete, tax rates should begin to stabilize. After years where as many as 800 properties won tax appeals, only a handful did this year.On the expense side, Ocean City’s biggest budget item is salaries and wages for about 256 full-time employees: $28.6 million in 2014.See more detailed information on Ocean City’s 2014 municipal budget.Thursday’s public meeting will also include a number of other agenda items that might be of interest:No Jumping From Bridges: City Council will consider the second and potentially final reading of an ordinance making it unlawful to jump from any bridge within the city limits (a tool Ocean City police currently do not have). The practice apparently is more a problem on the Russ Chattin Bridge near Corson’s Inlet State Park. Another amendment would allow police to claim as abandoned any bicycle left unmoved on public property for more than 7 days. (See full text of ordinance in agenda packet below.)Dredging Bayside Lagoons and Channels: City Council will vote on the second reading of an ordinance authorizing the spending of $5 million ($4.75 million of it to be borrowed) this year to dredge lagoons and bayside channels that are too shallow for boat traffic. The bond ordinance would allow the emptying of an existing spoils site that is filled to capacity. It also would include money for the start of a dredging project at an unspecified area. Read more: A $5 Million Promise: “They Better Be Dredging by July 1.”Ice-Cream Vendors: City Council will consider the second reading of an ordinance that: reduces the number of bicycle-cart licenses from 20 to 12; allows one vendor to bid on all 12 licenses; changes hours of operation to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (from 10 a.m. to sunset); raises minimum bids from truck vendors from $1,500 to $2,000; and prohibits more than one vendor from selling at the same street end at the same time.Housekeeping Ordinances: City Council will consider the first readings of two ordinances: one that changes an outdated law making it possible for the mayor and City Council to appoint a replacement for a retiring tax collector, the other more clearly delineating the line of authority to help with an Ocean City Police Department re-accreditation application.New 5-Year Leases for Yianni’s (at Community Center) and Airport Diner: City Council will consider approving new five-year leases for the existing restaurant vendors at the Ocean City Community Center (Ioannis Signs of SoHoRo LLC, Yianni’s Cafe) and the Ocean City Municipal Airport (John Kurz of Lo-Jo Enterprises, Airport Diner). Both companies were the sole bidders on their respective concession contracts.Bayside Park and Marina: City Council will vote to approve a $191,561 contract with K&G Marine Contracting of Manahawkin for bulkhead improvements. The work will replace the bulkhead at the Tennessee Avenue boat ramp (near 22nd Street) and also restore the south pier in the public park on the bay at Second Street. The pier was destroyed in Superstorm Sandy, and work would include replacing boat slips,  power and water. The work will restore what existed before Sandy, and will likely be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).For the full text of all agenda items and supporting documentation, see the City Council agenda packet below.Download (PDF, 22.41MB)last_img read more

NPD drives fresh soft drinks surge

first_imgWith today’s consumer ever-more pressed for time, the need to be able to find everything in one place has never been greater. So bakery retailers need to stock the right soft drinks to offer consumers with their lunchtime sandwich or afternoon hot savoury.The latest research shows the soft drinks market has returned to a high level of growth, up 6.6% in 2010 (Nielsen, Total Coverage) from growth of 2% in 2009, according to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Impulse sales have returned to positive growth, up 7% last year, from -2.6% growth in 2009. All major soft drink categories saw increases last year, including the ’good for me’ sector (up 4%), which had seen falling sales in the midst of the recession. Sports and Energy drinks saw the highest growth, up almost 17% growing £122m in value in the past year (Nielsen, Total Coverage 02.10.10), followed by fizzy drinks (up around 8%), and juice drinks (up around 6%), says GSK. The growth in the sports and energy sector has been primarily driven by Lucozade, claims the firm.The soft drinks manufacturer says NPD really helps to drive the top performing segments, and it certainly cannot be accused on resting on its laurels when it comes to innovation. Last month it launched a whole host of new drinks on to the market: Lucozade Energy Blackcurrant, Lucozade Sport Lite Orange, Lucozade Sport Cherry, and Ribena Sparkling in blackcurrant and raspberry varieties.According to the latest convenience store data from Nielsen (to 25.12.10), the top 10 ’drink now’ brands made up nearly 60% of the total soft drinks category sales. These were: Coca Cola, Lucozade, Red Bull, Diet Coke, Lucozade Sport, Ribena, Oasis, Dr Pepper, Fanta and Volvic.What else is new?Coca-Cola Enterprise’s (CCE) latest activity includes: the launch of the Coca-Cola ’Open Happiness’ campaign last month, which aims to recruit a new generation of consumers; a new Coca-Cola Zero ad campaign, with a new television creative; the launch of a new Relentless variant Libertus; and the launch of the new Powerade ION4 drink. The new Powerade variety, an isotonic sports drinks, has been developed with sports scientists and will be used by Team GB and ParalympicsGB to help them prepare for London 2012, says the firm. It is available in Berry & Tropical, Cherry and Orange varieties and is being supported by in-store POS and a new marketing campaign. Its ’Open More Business’ initiative shares evidence based insights on how people shop the soft drinks category, so should be a key tool for retailers when deciding on their ideal range, says the firm.AG Barr’s Rockstar Energy Drink is also hoping to boost its presence through a new multi-year sponsorship deal with MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo. Special activities and promotions will be run across all channels, giving retailers and consumers the chance to win VIP weekends and meet Jorge Lorenzo at the Great Britain MotoGP on 12 June at Silverstone, according to Adrian Troy, head of marketing. Points to think about Source: GlaxoSmithKlinel Stock a range that meets shoppers’ needs and is easy to manage in-store 60% of category sales come from just 10 brands, so it is key to stock the top brand products, not just low-priced alternatives.l Support new products and keep your range up to date to align to changing shopper demands 80% of sales come from just 20% of SKUs.l Give your customers value for money.l Over 70% of people are likely to buy a product that has a price-marked pack.l Value isn’t the same for everyone. But remember, lowest price doesn’t offer the highest margins.last_img read more

Deadline to request a vote by mail ballot is Thursday at noon

first_img By Tommie Lee – May 20, 2020 0 368 Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Twitter (“voters” by KOMUnews, CC BY 2.0) Those seeking to vote by mail Indiana Primary Election need to request a mail-in ballot by noon Thursday.You can get your request in ahead of the state deadline by visiting IndianaVoters.com, and following the links for Vote By Mail. The process is fast and simple and requires little information through your My Voter Portal section of the website. But that deadline is May 21 at Noon.So far a record-breaking 400,000 Hoosiers have requested an absentee ballot for the June 2 Primary election. Pinterest Facebook Google+ Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Deadline to request a vote by mail ballot is Thursday at noon Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleStarke County cancels 2020 4H fairNext articleMost of Indiana in Stage 3 of Back On Track plan Tommie Leelast_img read more

Open consultation: Nutrition labelling, composition and standards (NLCS) legislation from 1 January 2021

first_imgIn July 2020, DHSC launched a consultation exercise, inviting comments from the food and nutrition industry, representative groups, the public and others on the proposed approach to reflect the Northern Ireland Protocol in law, and ensure that the aspects of the law relating to nutrition continue to operate effectively after the end of the transition period.This document provides a summary of the responses received and the government’s response.,The proposals aim to ensure certain aspects of the law relating to nutrition continue to operate effectively after the transition period from 1 January 2021.The changes would: amend the Nutrition (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 in order to reflect the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (NIP) in law revoke the Nutrition (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 account for changes in EU NLCS legislation since March 2019last_img read more

Bob Weir To Host Album Preview And Q&A Session At AmericanaFest

first_imgWith a new album due out on September 30th, beloved Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir has announced plans to support the album with a fall tour. Before that tour and album kick off, however, Weir has been tapped for an album preview event for the AmericanaFest in Nashville, TN.As the album features all new music from Weir for the first time in 30 years, anticipation is running high for Blue Mountain. The show will be a mixture of track listening and acoustic performing from the guitarist, followed by a Q&A session led by Nashville musician Buddy Miller.Weir is part of a tremendous lineup for the annual Americana Music Association conference, which also features Dwight Yoakam, T Bone Burnett and Jonathan Taplin, Margo Price & Friends, Del McCoury, John Paul White, Lori McKenna, Wanda Jackson, Ann Powers, Bob Boilen, and Barry Mazor. You can read all about the event and find ticketing information here.Meanwhile, for those who haven’t yet listened, check out the first single from Blue Mountain called “Only A River” by following this link.last_img read more

[The Source Podcast] #DellTechWorld Expo Hall Live Walkthrough

first_imgSPECIAL REPORT: Dell Technologies World 2018 “Make it Real”To say that the first Dell Technologies World is an amazing experience is an understatement.  From General Sessions, Guru Sessions, Breakout Sessions, Hands-on-Labs Training, Certifications and Customer Briefing Experience all topped off with an incredible Customer Appreciation Event.The Solutions Expo provides a perfect opportunity for direct interaction with Dell Technologies Sponsors and Exhibitors, and every year the Solutions Center gets bigger.Incorporating all aspects of Dell Technologies, the centerpiece of this year’s Expo Hall is all about realizing 2030 and enabling human progress in the ‘Engines of Human Progress” showcase.I spent some time with Adeel Omer (@GeekinAustin) touring the Solutions Expo attempting to capture as much of the expo as possible.  Join for this special LIVE report form Dell Technologies World 2018.Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Susan Collins Wins in Maine, Denying Democrats a Crucial Senate Pickup

first_imgThe pandemic offered an opportunity for Ms. Collins to counter the narrative by highlighting her work with Democrats, as she championed what would become a popular federal loan program to stabilize thousands of small businesses across the country in the $2.2 trillion stimulus law enacted in the spring. The creation of the Paycheck Protection Program, along with a series of measures to overhaul and replenish it, also allowed Ms. Collins to draw a sharp contrast with Ms. Gideon, who adjourned the state’s legislature in March and failed to secure bipartisan support to reconvene it.In the days leading up to Tuesday’s election, Ms. Collins crisscrossed the state in her campaign bus, visiting small businesses that survived the pandemic by taking advantage of the loan program and Maine towns that had benefited from her work on the Senate Appropriations Committee. But ultimately, to a soundtrack of “Still the One” by Orleans and “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John blaring in the snowy hotel parking lot, it was Ms. Collins who prevailed. Ms. Collins, 67, who had trailed in most public polling this year, overcame the liberal groundswell in part by centering her campaign on local issues and distancing herself from Mr. Trump, even declining to say whether she would vote for him.Toiling to preserve an image she has carefully cultivated as an independent-minded moderate, she reminded voters of her accomplishments for the state and emphasized her likely ascendance to the helm of the powerful Appropriations Committee, which allocates federal spending, should Republicans keep the majority, as well as her personal relationships in the state. National Democrats, furious after Ms. Collins became a key vote in support of Mr. Trump’s tax plan and the confirmation of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in 2018, had singled out Ms. Collins as a top target on their path to reclaiming the Senate majority. As a result, the race had become the most expensive in Maine history, with national donors flooding the state with tens of millions of dollars and an onslaught of negative campaign ads.Ms. Gideon, the speaker of Maine’s House, had sought to frame the campaign as a referendum on Republicans, painting Ms. Collins as out of touch with the state and in lock-step with Mr. Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader. She capitalized on the growing polarization of the state in the Trump era, as Democrats and independent voters became increasingly frustrated with Ms. Collins’s pattern of expressing distress at the president’s language and actions, only to side with her party on crucial issues.But Ms. Gideon ultimately fell short, failing to keep Ms. Collins from attaining the 50 percent threshold required for outright victory under the state’s ranked choice voting system. Republicans had feared that the system could harm her chances, potentially consolidating liberal opposition to her given the presence in the race of a progressive, Lisa Savage, who had openly encouraged her supporters to list Ms. Gideon as their second choice.- Advertisement – “I feel that this is an affirmation of the work that I’m doing in Washington to fight hard every day, to fight hard every day for the people of Maine,” Ms. Collins said to a small crowd of masked supporters cheering in a Hilton Garden Inn parking lot, shortly after Ms. Gideon called her to concede the race. “I will serve you with all my heart, I will work hard for you, each and every day, and together we will come together to work on the problems and challenges that are facing our state and our country.”- Advertisement – “I am taking the same approach that I have always taken,” Ms. Collins told reporters on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, called her, she said, seeking a meeting in the coming days to hammer out the persistent impasse over another coronavirus relief package.Ms. Collins, whose vote for Justice Kavanaugh spurred critics to amass nearly $4 million for her eventual opponent, further burnished her credentials as a moderate willing to break with her party when Senate Republicans rushed to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left in September by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Ms. Collins became one of only two senators in her party to object to moving forward to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the election, and the only one to vote “no.” She pointed to her objections after her fellow Republicans stonewalled Judge Merrick B. Garland, President Barack Obama’s pick to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia after his death in 2016, when they insisted such a seat should not be filled in an election year.With Republicans otherwise nearly united on moving forward, they did not need her vote anyway, and the unusual circumstances allowed Ms. Collins, who supports abortion rights, to sidestep the question of whether to confirm a nominee who personally opposed abortion.Democrats scoffed at the vote, arguing that it did little to affect the process and used the vote to try to boost Ms. Gideon’s chances in the final days of the campaign.center_img Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 3:02 p.m. ET BANGOR, Me. — Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, claimed victory on Wednesday in her bid to secure a fifth term, beating back an avalanche of Democratic money and liberal anger in the most difficult race of her career to defeat Sara Gideon, a Democrat, and strengthen the party’s hold on the Senate.Her triumph, reported by The Associated Press, preserved Ms. Collins’s status as the only remaining New England Republican in Congress. She became the first senator in the state’s history to be directly chosen by voters for a fifth term in the upper chamber, dashing Democratic hopes of a crucial pickup as their ambitions of a Senate takeover hung by a thread.- Advertisement – “Mainers rallied around our campaign in a way I’ve never seen before, and while we came up short, I do believe Mainers in every corner of this state are ready to continue to work together to make a difference,” Ms. Gideon said in a somber concession speech. “Regardless of the result, together we built a movement that will help us make progress for years to come.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Paul Mullin interview: Cambridge striker on idolising Fernando Torres, a Spanish adventure and enjoying football again | Football News

first_img“I look back now with good memories but at the time, it did all go badly as they were in financial trouble. I was grateful to come back home as I was homesick, being a young lad over in Spain. It was quite a relief to come back but looking back it was a shame.”Having missed the deadline to sign a scholarship at an EFL club as a result of his exploits on the continent, ironically, it was the Liverpool FC Foundation Football College that helped Mullin get back on track.“It was a good time that just gave me time to enjoy football and really find where I wanted to play because at Liverpool I was playing out of position and sort of lost what I was. It gave me time to reassure myself that I was a centre forward and enjoy playing football again.”A friendly against Huddersfield piqued the Terriers’ interest, which led to a one-year contract but it was at Morecambe where he began to make a name for himself, missing just 16 fixtures of a possible 138 across three League Two seasons with the Shrimps.Mullin initially joined Cambridge on a six-month loan in January, having made just 17 league starts across two frustrating seasons with Tranmere, and scored twice in six appearances at the beginning of Mark Bonner’s initial spell as caretaker boss. – Advertisement – Mullin has scored 13 goals in just 14 games for Cambridge so far this termImage:Mullin has scored 13 goals in just 14 games for Cambridge so far this term It didn’t take long for him to realise that the Abbey Stadium was where he wanted to write the next chapter of his career.“I went to see the manager [Micky Mellon] with a couple of days left of the window and I said I wanted to get more game time and if he couldn’t guarantee it, I’d like to move on, especially with my contract coming to an end. Micky was sound and said I wasn’t going to play as much as I’d have liked, so he’d let me go. On the last day of the window, Cambridge gave me a ring and I jumped at the chance to go and enjoy football again.“When I first came, the lads were great with me but, more importantly, the manager. He got the way I play and he wanted to play the way I enjoy playing, which played into my hands. Then, come the summer, it was an easy decision for me as I’d been there, knew what it was about and I knew the manager liked me and I really liked him. I think that’s a big thing in the football game really.”Bonner was appointed head coach on a permanent basis on March 9 and in late July, Mullin signed a one-year deal. “I had the option to sign for longer but my decision was more of a family one – I’ve got a little boy back in Liverpool,” he says.In no uncertain terms, Mullin credits Bonner’s trust and support as the most significant factor in what has been a remarkable start to his time as a permanent member of the Cambridge squad. “It was enjoyable and, looking back now, it was an unbelievable experience,” he continues. “The football was different and the lifestyle would’ve been totally different. During the time I was there, we’d train in the evenings, so you’d have the daytime to go to the beach, which was great. “It was a dream to play there and I always hoped there could be a chance I could make the first team. It was quite naïve of me at the time looking back but it was a dream and something I can always tell my son.“When I was younger, Fernando Torres was one of my idols. I used to go to the games every week when he was at Liverpool and watching him play every week was just a joy. I was sitting watching the other day with [Ipswich striker] James Norwood, who I live with and I was reading out every goal as it came on – I’ve memorised them so much!”Upon his eventual release, a 16-year-old Mullin flew to Spain for a trial with Racing Santander, who were in competing in La Liga at the time. After a month on the Cantabrian coastline, however, a combination of factors brought him back to Merseyside.- Advertisement – preview image His journey really could have been so different.“At first I was at Everton and then I left to go to Liverpool,” he explains to Sky Sports. “I’ve always supported them so it was a dream for me.“When you are a kid you think you are going to play for Liverpool but my mum and dad always did try and warn me that things could go wrong. There were times when I could’ve moved on to other clubs before I eventually got released and chose not to against my mum and dad’s advice. Paul Mullin has only played 14 games this season.In those 14 games, however, the Cambridge striker has chalked up an astonishing 13 goals. It’s the best return the 26-year-old has ever posted and the campaign is little more than three months old. There are still 35 league games to play.- Advertisement – Saturday 14th November 2:00pm – Advertisement – “When you are a forward, you are judged on the goals you score,” he adds. “Other times in my career I moved positions to play out wide and was still judged on the goals I scored because I was still classed as a forward player. Since I’ve been here, I’ve had a manager who has really trusted me to play up front.“The gaffer fully trusts me, believes in me and respects what I do. He’s brilliant with me and has really brought us together as a group and stamped down the way he wants us to play. Thankfully we’ve been doing him a favour but he also does us a lot of favours; he takes pressure off us and just outlines what we need to do every week.“Equally important is the fact I’ve got players around me who are creating chances for me and giving me a platform to go and play well and score the goals.”Taking Mullin under his wing might just be the single most important decision Bonner makes all season. 1:37 Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Cambridge and Salford. Gillette Soccer Saturday  Image:The 26-year-old spent two years with Tranmere before his move to the Abbey Stadiumlast_img read more