HBLB to open racecourse loan applications from 1 September

first_img The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) will accept applications for loans, intended to be used as emergency support to the British horseracing industry to help it to manage the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, from 1 September.This new window of applications is the second opened by the HBLB – which is responsible for collecting and administering the British horse racing levy to support the racing industry – in 2020.The board said in April that it intends to contribute £3.75m of funding towards racecourses, with the Racing Foundation – which oversees the distribution of funds to charitable causes in racing – offering the same amount itself as the two bodies combined to offer more than £22m to the racing industry.Individual racecourses may apply for working capital loans for a maximum of £200,000, while racecourse groups may apply for loans for up to £1m. In addition, racecourses may apply for loans to support a new project, which have no limit but may not exceed 75% of the cost of the project itself.While the HBLB has not put a cap on the amount that can be handed out in total, it noted that previous funding applications had seen sums in the “low single millions of pounds” awarded.All loans will carry a 4% interest rate with a four-year repayment plan and the applications must be made between 1 September and 30 September. The Board will then make decisions on whether to grant these loans in October and November, with an intention to issue the funds in December.Loan applications for more than £200,000 will require “external due diligence by the Levy Board’s professional advisers” as well as an arrangement fee of 1.5% of the total loan value. The Board may also request security against a loan. Regions: UK & Ireland The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) will accept applications for loans, intended to be used as emergency support to the British horseracing industry to help it to manage the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, from 1 September. Email Address HBLB to open racecourse loan applications from 1 September 10th August 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Finance Tags: Race Track and Racino AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Finance Sports betting Horse racinglast_img read more

CJ Stander was praised for how he dealt with Owen Farrell but it should never have happened

first_imgMonday Feb 24, 2020 CJ Stander was praised for how he dealt with Owen Farrell but it should never have happened While England were ultimately convincing 24-12 winners in Sunday’s Six Nations clash, Ireland – and indeed other – fans certainly took note of an incident early in the second half. ADVERTISEMENTFootage of Owen Farrell holding on to CJ Stander for a ridiculously long time at the bottom of a ruck was highlighted on social media, catching the attention of many fans on twitter in particular.Players hanging on to others has long been considered an area of the game that officials need to be watchful for. Time and time again, it isn’t noticed, so players take the law into their own hands.OUCH: George Ford celebratory kick drills spectator in the faceThe way that Stander dealt with him, by striking repeatedly to try to get him to let go, has been lauded,  although that too seems a little bit counterproductive.Officials of the game need to find a way to punish players for holding others back, a regular occurrence. If not, it will continue to happen and retaliators will continue to look like the bad guys, even if fans seem to be fully in support of whatever form of justice they dish out.ADVERTISEMENTSome definitely saw the funny side of it anyway.There has been much talk about the officiating, with the breakdown a bit of a mess at times.This instance in particular, just four minutes in, shows the chaos forwards were getting away with.ADVERTISEMENTWhat did you think of the officiating in this match? Let us know in the comments below! Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Perfect Badminton Team Season Dashed By San Diego City, 11-10

first_img 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Subscribe Community News Sports Perfect Badminton Team Season Dashed By San Diego City, 11-10 By Robert Lewis, Sports Information Published on Friday, May 1, 2015 | 11:36 amcenter_img HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Rebecca Tzou goes to the backhand for a shot during the SoCal Regional final Thursday at San Diego City College, image by Richard QuintonAfter winning 13 consecutive matches, the Pasadena City College women’s badminton team met its match in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion San Diego City College. The Knights ended the Lancers’ team season run with an 11-10 triumph in the Southern California Championship final played Wednesday at SDCC.The Lancers, the South Coast Conference champions, led 4-2 after the first round of singles, but the lead dropped to one point, 6-5, after two rounds and then became a SD City lead at 9-8 going into the final two doubles matches.While PCC’s No. 1 team of Rebecca Tzou and Zin Win Maw downed SDCC’s top team of Gina Niph-Cassandra Ka, 21-10, 21-10, PCC’s No. 2 of Eugenia Mendez and Carmina Ortiz were taken down by Thau Le and Shessira Paredes, 21-11, 21-13. The two points for the win was enough for San Diego to win the SoCal title and advance to its fourth straight CCCAA State Championship final.The Lancers problems in the regional final continued as they are now 1-8 all-time in the event and have only advanced once to the state final back in 2010 (lost to City College of San Francisco).PCC first-year head coach Jennifer Ho was proud of her team’s battle, and was excited about the play of No. 1 player Tzou.“She stepped it up for us and played with a lot of desire and heart,” Ho said. “She was outstanding in the biggest match of the season. We just didn’t get it done in a few close matches.”Tzou beat SD City’s Le, 21-18, 16-21, 21-17 after ralling from 1-0 sets down to beat No. 2 Niph, 16-21, 21-13, 21-15. She won both doubles and was part of six of the Lancers’ points.Maw, the Lancers’ No. 2 player, also beat Le, 21-9, 21-19, but dropped her match v. Niph, 21-12, 21-16. Ortiz also split her matches, winning v. Paredes, 13-21, 21-19, 21-19 after losing to Ka, 21-18, 21-15. Mendez beat Paredes, 21-17, 23-21, but lost to Ka, 21-10, 18-21, 21-15. PCC No. 6 Priscilla Lam won 21-14, 21-17 over No. 5 Trinh Lang but then lost to SD City’s No. 6 Margaret Do, 21-15, 18-21, 21-5.Another key loss was PCC’s No. 3 doubles when the duo of Karina Bustillos and Yinghong Lin fell 21-16, 22-24, 21-17, to Lang-Do. The point was pivotal. In all, lost three matches that went three sets (won three also).The Lancers continue the individual side of the season with Friday’s South Coast Conference Individual Championship Tournament at Manhattan Beach Badminton Club. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community Newslast_img read more

Canidates Remain Silent on Housing Policy

first_img  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Canidates Remain Silent on Housing Policy Related Articles September 26, 2016 1,302 Views About Author: Kendall Baer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Baer now works as the online editor for DS News. Not unlike the primary debates for the 2016 presidential nominations, Monday night’s first presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, and Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, covered topics hotly debated this election season, but left out any discussion on housing policy and legislation.Despite their lack of discussion on the housing market during the primary debates and now the first presidential debate on Monday, both candidates have expressed their stances on housing sporadically throughout the race.Trump spoke at the National Association of Home Builders’ 2016 Midyear Board of Directors Meeting in Miami, Florida and stated he believed overregulation was the source of many issues in the housing industry including the job growth.“The U.S. economy today is 25 percent smaller than it would have been without the surge of regulations since 1980,” said Trump. “So many businesses knocked down. We will issue an executive order to impose a temporary regulation moratorium on new agency regulations.”Furthermore, he has stated that he plans to discontinue funding of at least some government housing programs and work to ease the current regulatory framework if elected. He has specifically alluded to the possibility of eliminating The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.Clinton on the other hand as shared via her website that she plans to “reduce barriers to lending in underserved communities,” and “support housing counseling programs.” She has also noted that if elected she will “provide the resources necessary to overcome blight, giving communities a chance to rebuild and renew with new businesses, new homeowners, and new hope.””For Hillary Clinton, growing middle class jobs and middle income security is the single lens in which she will judge economic policy,” said Gene Sperling, a top economic advisor to Clinton, in an address to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Board of Directors at their Midyear Meeting in Miami. “What better helps the middle class than housing? Housing creates jobs in the United States. There is probably no other sector that creates jobs throughout income levels – from construction jobs to professional and servicing jobs.”Though Trump and Clinton remained did not discuss their housing policy stances during the debate, their was a brief exchange regarding the foreclosure crisis in which Clinton resurrected an accusation she made against Trump earlier this year.”Well, let’s stop for a second and remember where we were eight years ago,” Clinton said. “We had the worst financial crisis, the Great Recession, the worst since the 1930s. That was in large part because of tax policies that slashed taxes on the wealthy, failed to invest in the middle class, took their eyes off of Wall Street, and created a perfect storm. In fact, Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. He said, back in 2006, ‘Gee, I hope it does collapse, because then I can go in and buy some and make some money.’ Well, it did collapse.”Trump responded to the accusation by saying, “That’s called business, by the way.”Clinton continued, “Nine million people—nine million people lost their jobs. Five million people lost their homes. And $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out. Now, we have come back from that abyss. And it has not been easy. So we’re now on the precipice of having a potentially much better economy, but the last thing we need to do is to go back to the policies that failed us in the first place.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 2016-09-26 Kendall Baer Home / Daily Dose / Canidates Remain Silent on Housing Policy Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Winner of Fannie Mae’s Non-Performing Loan Pool Takes It All Next: Why is Miami Ranked Among Weakest Markets?last_img read more

Delhi Court Rejects Umar Khalid’s Plea Seeking Permission To Meet Family During Police Custody [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi Court Rejects Umar Khalid’s Plea Seeking Permission To Meet Family During Police Custody [Read Order] Karan Tripathi21 Sep 2020 6:43 AMShare This – xA Delhi Court on Monday rejected Umar Khalid’s plea seeking permission to meet his family members during his police custody. While rejecting the plea, Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat noted that the accused is already allowed to have meetings with his legal counsel. The court further observed that while remanding him to police custody, the court had also taken…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?LoginA Delhi Court on Monday rejected Umar Khalid’s plea seeking permission to meet his family members during his police custody. While rejecting the plea, Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat noted that the accused is already allowed to have meetings with his legal counsel. The court further observed that while remanding him to police custody, the court had also taken into consideration his security concerns and had directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police to ensure his safety in police custody. On September 14, the court had remanded Khalid to 10 days police custody in connection with accusations against him for allegedly instigating Delhi riots. Khalid had moved the present application to seek meeting with his family members for at least 30 minutes every day. The prosecution challenged this application by arguing that there’s no provision in the Criminal Procedure Code to allow family meetings to the accused during police custody. ‘Accused is only allowed family meetings when he is in judicial custody, and that too, as per Prison Rules’, prosecution argued. The prosecution further argued that the accused is being confronted with huge data on a regular basis and he is not cooperating with the investigation. While rejecting the plea the court noted that: ‘The Counsel for the accused had made specific request for allowing the meeting time of accused with the Counsel during police custody remand and the same was allowed for every day for 30 minutes during the entire PC remand. Ld. Counsel for the accused is meeting the accused every day during the remand in terms of the order dated 14.09.2020. There was also an apprehension of safety raised by the Ld. Counsel for the accused and thus a specific direction was also given to the concerned DCP to ensure the safety of the accused. The police custody remand of accused is going to get over as he will be produced on 24.09.2020.’Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Brown performs ‘Become my Blood’ at album reception

first_img Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Brown performs ‘Become my Blood’ at album reception Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Messenger photo/Jaine TreadwellThe Johnson Center for the Arts hosted an album release concert for local singer/songwriter Perry Brown Friday night. Brown’s album “Become My Blood” features songs about fatherhood and friendship and fulfilling God’s plan for one’s life. Brown is also the lead singer for the local band “Fire Mountain.” James Mullis of Early James and the Latest opened for Brown.The mission for the Johnson center for the Arts is to become a complete cultural arts center. Latest Stories Published 3:00 am Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skipcenter_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like Janoska ensemble performs Messenger Photo/Jaine Treadwell The Janoska Ensemble, a Vienna-based ensemble, gave an encore performance at the Claudia Crosby Theater Friday night…. read more By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Contentlast_img read more

London Mayor must build homes

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » London Mayor must build homes previous nextLand & New HomesLondon Mayor must build homesThe Negotiator13th May 20160647 Views London business leaders have demanded that the next Mayor of London must commit to developing at least 50,000 new homes a year to help meet growing demand for housing.The CBI’s London Manifesto aimed at candidates in the Election, which will be held on 5th May, insists that the successful candidate must remain firmly focused on business growth, to ensure thatthe city is an attractive hub for investment, creativity, skills and tourism.Lucy Haynes, CBI London Director, said, “From building the 50,000 homes a year the capital needs to house its talented workers, and a new runway that will boost our exports to high growth markets, to making the city a global beacon for digital and technological skills, London’s next leader has a unique opportunity to plan ahead, and position the city at the head of the pack.”London Mayor land and new homes London London housing new homes for Londo developing new homes May 13, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Through the grapevine

first_imgby Cathy Thomas and Beth WilliamsHave you ever heard someone compare a wine’s aroma to “cat’s pee on a gooseberry bush” or a pile of grey flint? Wine buffs have a reputation for overblown adjectives and can seem to have a language of their own. Half the skill is in flaring one’s nostrils delicately over the glass in an attempt to demonstrate wining prowess; the other half is about having the imagination to catch a whiff of petrol or leather. Doesn’t sound appetising? The good news is that the smell of wine isn’t necessarily a reflection of whether you’re going to like it. We both agree that our favourite has a whiff of soggy trainers left to fester under the stairs for a couple of years. Very Jilly Goolden. What’s more, don’t feel obliged to drink the whole bottle just because its got an impressive tag on it…trust your taste buds. If they revolt when your father proudly presents his finest vintage, tucked away in the garage since he bought the house, then don’t feel you have to merrily drink the stuff as it ruins a good meal. Beginner or not, the first and most important thing you are taught is that despite the wealth of wine-related know-how, there is no substitute for being confident in your own senses. Rule number one: there are no rules. This should be a breeze then…Wine tasting, as Bacchus President Catherine Lee explains, is a ‘contact sport’: you have to learn by doing. At the meeting, armed with a brightly coloured and amusingly-labelled tasting wheel and some guidelines, we set to examining the wine’s appearance, nose and palate. Wine tasting isn’t about knocking back glasses of the stuff: it’s about analysing smell, taste, acidity, alcohol and tannin. Swirl the wine to release its smell, and do really smell it, as so much of a wine’s taste is wrought together with its nose. And remember, what one person may smell and taste can completely diverge from the next person’s opinion. We took encouragement from this when our views clashed horribly with those around us.Wine is also an academic subject: the beginners’ classes certainly open your eyes up to how much there is to learn about wine production and its cultural significance. The ‘Five Vs’ hint at the myriad variables that make one wine taste the way it does: vines, vineyard, vintner, viticulture and vitification. The beauty of Bacchus is that it enables you to keep building up from the foundations laid by the beginners’ course, so that the next time you’re tasting in a posh restaurant, you can use wonderful little phrases such as “this wine’s a little too young to be up so late” with aplomb. Why does wine tasting matter? Maybe you want to make an impression on a first date. Maybe you need to choose the wine for a birthday party. Whatever the reason, skilled tasting makes you appreciate wines and their individuality: you can work out what it is you like in a drinnk and what you don’t. Experimenting with wine is fun, especially with friends. Unlike certain members of the class, we don’t profess to be connoisseurs (or perhaps that’s just Beth being bitter because she couldn’t tell the difference between a £3 and a £30 wine) but here are a few skeletal tips to get you going.Although expensive wine does not necessarily equal good wine, spending a few extra pounds can make a world of a difference. Roughly £1.90 of how much you spend on a wine will go towards duty; a decent cork will cost upwards from £1; pasting a brand label on a bottle will add another £1. If you’re spending under £5 on a bottle, think how much it cost to actually produce the wine you’re about to drink: it doesn’t take a genius to realise it’s unlikely to taste phenomenal.Some wines are delicious on their own but others taste wholly different when used to complement food. The easiest way to choose the best wine for meal is to take recipes and wines from the same region, where they will have developed in tandem. Red wines are often served far too warm, and whites too cold. The colder the wine, the less aromatic and flavoursome it is. On the other hand, you might get away with pouring an abominable wine for unsuspecting friends if you serve it cold enough. If you like the way a wine tastes now, drink it now: a wine can taste completely different with age. A bad wine will always age badly. Screw caps are nothing to be ashamed of: for young, floral whites, they’re the best way of trapping in their light flavours.Having been enlightened by the classes, we have decided to turn over a new leaf. No more Oddbins’ special in plastic cups, no more bargain bin deals. Cheese and fine wine soirées are the future.last_img read more

St John’s alumni threaten to withhold donations

first_img“In response we would like to tell you what we are currently doing with regard to the College’s investments, to detail the actions we are taking to lessen the environmental impact of the College’s activities, and to explain what we did in relation to last week’s demonstration. Alumni of St John’s College, Oxford, are threatening to withhold donations unless it commits to divestment from fossil fuel companies. “Now the heat has really turned upon the colleges who have their ownendowments. They can make just asstrong a statement about aligningthemselves as climate justice as canthe university.” The letter, sent to the Principal Bursar Professor Parker and the college’s President, says: “In light of your troubling response to this peaceful occupation and continued refusal to align your endowment with climate justice, as alumni and alumnae, we cannot in good faith donate to St John’s, the University of Oxford, or any college which has not made a divestment commitment at this time.” The wealthiest college in Oxford, St John’s currently invests around £8 million in BP and Shell, two of the corporations most guilty for worldwide ecological destruction. “We take environmental concerns seriously, both in the refurbishment of our existing buildings (the oldest of which date back to the fifteenth century) and in the planning of new buildings, such as our newly opened Study Centre.” St John’s was further criticised for its treatment of student protesters during their occupation. The five-day student occupationended with organisers promising to“continue to hold the College, and theUniversity as a whole to account.” Hundreds of graduates have signed a letter accusing the college of “dismissing” the action taken by students, urging them to “cut all ties” with fossil fuel companies. Both the protest and the letter come shortly after Balliol College committed to divesting from fossil fuels “as far and as fast as is practicable.” This follows last week’s eventswhich saw students occupying StJohn’s front quad to protest againstinvestments. “The College is conscious of many calls for divestment. We are, of course, asking ourselves how to move in the right direction and to identify the resources necessary to bring about change. We hope to be able to apply those skills that we do have to ensuring incremental progress towards a better future for the College, its students and, we hope, the wider community. “This is a moment where Oxfordleadership have clearly seen theamount of public support among thestudents, the faculty and the alumni.This kind of thing has never happenedat an Oxford college. “This work will, of course, continue and we expect to bring recommendations to Governing Body by the end of the academic year. The College is working with all the colleges in the University of Oxford on sustainability. center_img “We set up a working group in autumn 2019 made up of Fellows and students. This is conducting a wide-ranging review of current policies, sustainable finance and ‘intentional’ investing – how trustees might reflect their charity’s aims and values in their investment policies. St John’s College said in a statement on their website: ” Thank you for the open letter concerning the recent demonstration in the Front Quad of St John’s College. “In our five-day occupation, we brought divestment to the forefront of people’s minds. We have reignited a conversation not only within St. John’s, but across the University. We will continue to hold the College accountable throughout the divestment process. We are glad that the College has recognised the importance of this issue. We hope that the College will continue to make this a priority. If they do not, we will be back,” they added. “Yesterday, our representativesmet with President Maggie Snowl-ing to discuss our demands. ThePresident acknowledged that ouroccupation had brought divestmentto the top of the agenda, and we arepleased to say that she has promisedto make some small steps in the rightdirection. She agreed to increasestudent representation in theirEthical Investments Working Group,and will no longer invite BP andShell employees to advise on Collegeinvestment practices. Finally, shesaid that the working group plansto put forth a recommendation tothe Governing Body by the end ofthe year – two years after St. John’sstudents first raised divestment.” Direct Action for Divestment (DAD), a large group of students from across Oxford University, set up camp last Wednesday in protest of St John’s College’s investments in fossil fuel companies. Their exit statement read: “During our occupation, the College disabled the keys of St. John’s students seen to be assisting the protest. They have prevented us from bringing food, hot water, and blankets in from outside, and even responded to our demands with trivialising suggestions that the College switch off the central heating. “In contrast to the antagonism from College administration, Oxford has united in a show of heartening support and solidarity. Students inside the College have brought food and hot tea; tutors have made our case to senior College officials; alumni have spoken out in support of our cause. We would like to express our deepest gratitude, and crucially to thank college staff for their understanding. This gives us confidence that the discussions around divestment will continue after we leave, on every level of college life.” “We can assure you that, like many of our students, the President, Bursar and Fellows of St. John’s are deeply concerned about climate change – indeed some are directly working on aspects of the subject. “You will appreciate that we have received a lot of correspondence following on from last week’s protest at St John’s and, it is fair to say, the views expressed have been varied on both sides of the debate. Julia Peck, who initiated the alumni open letter, told the Independent: “I think this occupation will be a watershed moment. It comes at a really crucial time when student campaigners are actively taking divestment proposals to the highest decision- making bodies of the university. Balliol joins four other colleges (Wadham, Wolfson, Oriel and St Hil- da’s), as well as over 70 UK universities in divesting. ” The College is in a similar position to much of the UK and many other countries in that it is not immediately possible to move all the College’s buildings to combustion-free sources of heating. There are other changes that the College is implementing which will make important incremental carbon-reducing contributions, notably the replacement of existing gas boilers by modern energy efficient boilers, better glazing and better insulation all contribute. These are routine steps in every building or maintenance project and the College is very grateful to the workforce in planning and implementing these improvements. “It is absolutely crucial in our view, that divestment does not become a divisive debate. Responding specifically to your comments about the College’s approach last week, the majority of the demonstrators who occupied the College were not members of St John’s and could not be in a position to speak on behalf of the entire student community of the College. We would like to assure you that the protesters were treated courteously whilst camping in Front Quad and that the only security measures taken were to protect the safety of College and its members.”last_img read more

St Pierre Groupe receives Queen’s Award

first_imgManchester-based St Pierre Groupe has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade yesterday.The food manufacturer was presented the award this week (3 December) by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant at its new offices in Didsbury.St Pierre Groupe’s brand portfolio includes St Pierre, Baker Street and Paul Hollywood. Its export range encompasses 77 products, listed in more than 35,000 stores worldwide.“Winning the Queen’s Award is a huge achievement for us. It follows a successful few years for our business that includes rebranding from Carrs Foods earlier this year and being well on our way to doubling our turnover in the next three years to reach £150m by 2022,” said Jeremy Gilboy, founder of St Pierre Group.“Our business has grown exponentially in the past 12 months and as well as receiving the prestigious award, we have also moved to new, larger offices to continue our ambitious expansion plans.”St Pierre Groupe supplies European bakery products to the UK, Ireland and worldwide export markets through multiple, convenience and wholesale channels.The company has also secured a top 10 place in The Sunday Times International Track 200 for the third consecutive year.last_img read more