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Oddbins to close

first_imgWine retailer Oddbins on High Street will be closing down, as landlords Oriel College have chosen not to renew their lease. The drinks chain which went into administration in April last year was subsequently bought up by a new owner. Many stores were kept open. A spokesperson from the shop told Cherwell that they had been in negotiations with the college since the takeover six months previously, but that there was “under a month’s notice for staff” who will lose their jobs. She went on to express her “anger at Oriel” noting that “differences have not been resolved.”Wilf Stephenson, Treasurer at Oriel explained that “the College has been seeking to ensure that the best possible new tenant takes a lease of the shop in Oxford High Street whether this is the company that acquired the Oddbins name or another retailer.” He added, “Agreement has now been reached with the administrators for surrender of the lease and negotiations continue with the College’s preferred new tenant.” It is thought Oriel is likely to lease the premises to another drinks chain.Nevertheless those at Oddbins said “it would have been nice if Oriel had let us stay.” The shop is popular with students, with one 2nd year at Oriel noting, “people go there last minute to buy some cheap booze before they go out.” The current management at least believe that they will not be easily replaced, adding “we will be sorely missed, there are few other independent wine shops in Oxford and we are integral to the community.”Aspire Style is also situated on High Street and has Brasenose College as its landlord. The manager told Cherwell, “It can be a mixed blessing being looked after by a college. Last summer the landlord decided to re-do the outside of some of the buildings on High Street. This was done outside of term time so students weren’t inconvenienced, but the fact it was peak tourist season, and the busiest time for businesses was not taken into account.” Despite this, others were positive about their relations with college landlords. Past Times on Turl Street occupies a unit owned by Lincoln College. They remarked that they “had not had any problems” and that “the landlords are always attentive and polite.” It was a similar story at nearby Celebrations, also owned by Lincoln, whose manager registered no complaints “except for high rent”, but he added “that’s just part of being in central Oxford.”One retailer, whose premises were leased by University College, however, had sympathy for Oddbins, noting “any landlord would be stupid to be getting rid of tenants in this climate.” The wine retailer will be shutting up shop on High Street by the end of next week, according to its management, but the branch on Little Clarendon Street is understood to be remaining open.last_img read more

£43bn Border to Coast pool appoints Fiona Miller as COO

first_imgSource: IPEFiona Miller (right) receives the Pension Fund Achievement of the Year award in Berlin last yearIn addition to the COO appointment, the partnership has also named two non-executive directors for its board, chaired by outgoing Railpen chief executive Chris Hitchen.Enid Rowlands is a former trustee of NEST, the defined contribution master trust set up by the UK government to help meet demand for auto-enrolment provision. She has also served on the boards of UK public bodies such as the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the General Medical Council.Tanya Castell chairs the Quality Assurance Scheme for the UK’s Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and is a former pension fund trustee. Her current non-executive roles include positions on the boards of Faster Payments Scheme – set up to improve money transfer speeds between bank accounts – and Scottish Canals. She was awarded an MBE earlier this year for her work to promote diversity in boardrooms.Hitchen said: “In Rachel, Fiona, Enid and Tanya, I now have highly talented board colleagues with diverse and complementary skills. We have a lot of work to do to build Border to Coast into an investing institution which succeeds for the long term, but this is a great place to start.”BCPP’s founding funds include the pension schemes for Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Durham, East Riding, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, South Yorkshire, Surrey, Teeside, Tyne & Wear and Warwickshire. Fiona Miller will join the Border to Coast Pensions Partnership (BCPP) as chief operating officer in January.Miller has been a driving force behind the creation of the £43bn (€48.2bn) BCPP collaboration and the wider pooling project among local government pension schemes (LGPS). In December she was presented with IPE’s Gold Award for Pension Fund Achievement of the Year for her efforts.She is currently head of pensions and treasury at Cumbria County Council where she oversees the £2.5bn pension scheme.Miller will join CEO Rachel Elwell, who was appointed last month and will take up her role in December. In a statement announcing the appointment, BCPP said it expected to build a team of roughly 70 staff to be based in Leeds. Miller said: “I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to continue to take a leading role in the next phase of the journey that I started with our partner funds over two years ago, which was to create a long-term investment-driven pool, working solely for the benefit our members, sponsoring employers and taxpayers.”last_img read more

Over 1100 new cases of COVID-19 in Iowa over the weekend, 48 in our listening area

first_imgArea Total59939 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Butler553 Mitchell372 Worth Wright1 Winnebago Franklin512 Butler414 Cerro Gordo16620 Worth192 DES MOINES — The state of Iowa reported over 1100 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, with 48 of those new cases being reported in our listening area.State public health officials reported 786 new cases between Friday and Saturday and another 321 cases by Sunday morning. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 31,243. 721 people have died from coronavirus in the state with 24,671 having recovered.In our listening area, 20 of the new 48 cases were reported in Cerro Gordo County; seven more in Franklin; five in Wright; three new cases each in Butler, Floyd, and Hancock; two each in Kossuth, Mitchell and Worth; and one new case in Winnebago.The 48 new cases brings the area’s overall total to 938 — 382 in Wright; 166 in Cerro Gordo; 91 in Franklin; 73 in Floyd; 55 in Butler; 52 in Hancock; 37 in Mitchell; 35 in Kossuth; 28 in Winnebago; and 19 in Worth.Six people in our area have died since the start of the pandemic — two each in Butler and Floyd, and single cases in Cerro Gordo and Wright.39 new cases have recovered in our area for a total of 599 overall. The new cases include 16 from Wright; 11 from Cerro Gordo; four in Butler; two each in Floyd and Franklin; and single recoveries in Hancock, Mitchell and Winnebago. Area Total6 Hancock411 Wright3825 Floyd542 Mitchell Hancock523 Kossuth352 Hancock Butler2 Floyd733 Worth11 Wright28916 Cerro Gordo1 Mitchell111 Area Total93848 Winnebago161 Floyd2 Kossuth211 RecoveredNew Recovered Deaths Cerro Gordo6411 Kossuth Winnebago281 Franklin Franklin917last_img read more

Relay for Life celebrates amazing €125,000 total for 2019 – Picture Special

first_imgThe Relay for Life committee has announced that an incredible €125,196.54 was raised for the Irish Cancer Society at this year’s event.The charity group presented a cheque to Mark Mellett of The Irish Cancer Society at a team celebration evening in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Monday.Relay for Life Donegal’s successful summer event brought the community together again to fundraise for vital research and services of the Irish Cancer Society. Money raised is spent locally, including support and care for cancer patients and their families and a clinical research programme at Letterkenny University Hospital. The Relay for Life team has thanked every person who was involved in the 2019 event and made it a success, including team members, entertainers, volunteers and many more individuals and businesses.The 2020 Relay for Life Donegal date has now been set for Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of May 2020 and planning is already underway for next year.See all the photos by Clive Wasson from the cheque presentation here:Optum’s Super Heroes Amanda McFadden and Anne Marie Gallagher with Seamus Murphy, Drew Corry and Robert O’Connor at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonKelly’s Centra, Letterkenny presenting their cheque at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonRelay for Life Committee members with the €125,196.54 raised at this year’s Relay For Life at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel from left are Seamus Devine, Eimear Kavanagh, Seamus Quinn, Ena Barrett, Seamus McBride, Seamus Murphy, Donal Kavanagh and Drew Corry.Photo Clive WassonRobert O’Connor speaking at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonMembers of the Kernans Team who raised €10,000 at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonPrancers Agains Cancer present their cheque at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonCathy’s Team Members with Robert O’Connor and Charlie Quinn at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonThis years figure of €125,196.54 is revealed at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonMark Mellett, Head of Fundraising receives the cheque for €125,196.54 from Drew Corry, Relay for Life Donegal Treasurer at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonMark Mellett, Head of Fundraising Irish Cancer Society receives the cheque for €125,196.54 from Drew Corry, Relay for Life Donegal Treasurer with Teams at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonEntertainers from the Relay For Life at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Front from left are Andrew McBrearty, Denis Curran, Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising Irish Cancer Society Paddy Bradley and Oisin Bradley. Back from left are Paul McCahal, Caolin, Aidan Murphy, Conor McLaughlin, Hilary Anne Heatherington, Amy Meehan and Charlie Collins. Photo Clive WassonUlster Tyres group at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonEna Barrett with Aoife Gallagher and Anita Gallagher who donted hair to the princess trust for the last three years at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonBrenda Curran and Harry Curran from the Curran Dason Gallagher Team with Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising, Irish Cancer Society at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonAnne Marie McGrath and Eunan Walsh with Seamus Murphy, Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising, Irish Cancer Society and Charlie Quinn at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonEileen Tourish from Team Andies Stranorlar with Charlie Quinn, Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising Irish Cancer Society and Eimear Kavanagh at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonTeam Donegal ETB members Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising Irish Cancer Society at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Clive WassonEileen Tourish from Representing Team Conkers Stranorlar with Mark Mellett, Head of Fundraising Irish Cancer Society and Robert O’Connor at the presentation of the Relay For Life cheque on Monday night last in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Photo Clive WassonRelay for Life celebrates amazing €125,000 total for 2019 – Picture Special was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Irish Cancer SocietyRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Non-Coding DNA: Whatcha Calling Junk?

first_imgThe focus on genes continues to blur, as more geneticists look outside the box.  Some 98% of DNA in the nucleus of human cells does not code for genes.  Long dismissed as genetic junk, much of it may turn out to be the hands on the controls.    A press release from Johns Hopkins Medicine reports “Junk DNA May Not Be So Junky After All.”  It may contain vital control regions that switch the genes on and off.  Researchers found that control regions don’t have to look the same between different species.  They found a case where a control region for a human gene looked very different from one in a zebrafish, but both performed the same function.  This hints that the non-coding regions are filled with enhancers and suppressors that we are only beginning to understand.Evolutionists baffled, not a simple story of descent, natural phenomena more complex than realized, design scientists vindicated; watch this space.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Driving Less

first_imgRarely a day goes by that I don’t hear people complaining about how much money they’re spending on gasoline. Indeed, filling up costs three times what it did just a couple years ago; it’s understandable that people are upset.So how can we reduce our costs of getting around? This week, I’ll address the best strategy—driving less. Next week, we’ll look at how to get better mileage from our cars.Some recommendations:Telecommute. I’m fortunate in my job that I’m able to work from home two days a week. Those are two days that I’m not driving that 14-mile roundtrip. Clearly this “telecommuting” isn’t an option for most workers, but think about whether your job could be done from home. If it’s even remotely practical, talk to your supervisor and explain how working from home a few days a week may boost your productivity.Find entertainment near home. Stay close to home instead of going out. Spend time at home with family, and visit close neighbors who are within walking or bicycling distance.Combine trips. When you need to drive your car, do a little advance planning to figure out how you can satisfy multiple needs on the same trip. Do your grocery shopping on your way home from work, rather than making a special trip into town. Aggregate your errands; instead of driving into town to pick up that can of paint, start a list and wait until your have three or four errands to run. Building contractors who drive to the jobsite can do the same; don’t make a separate trip for every item needed at the building supply center.Shop from home. A recent article in the New York Times reported that online sales are rising fast, while in-store sales are dropping. In the first quarter of this year, for example, online sales at the Gap jumped 21%, while store sales fell 11%; consumers are willing to trade the $10 shipping charge for the $30 in gasoline to get to the mall. By the same token, order your rental movies online through Netflix instead of driving to the video store. When you must drive, patronize nearby (locally owned) businesses.Ride a bicycle. If the weather’s all right and you don’t need to go too far, consider a bicycle. I pedal the seven miles to work whenever the weather’s good for biking and I can afford the extra 20 minutes each way. I’m not hardcore about it; I bike when it’s easy. When I do ride into work, though, I find an extra bonus: it’s one of the only times when I have my thoughts to myself—no phone calls, no radio, no talking. The ride gives my mind a chance to wander, and that’s a good thing. It doesn’t hurt that I also get some exercise!Walk, don’t drive. When I’m at my office in town and need to go downtown for lunch or to run an errand, I try to leave enough time to walk. If you’re in reasonably good shape, walking a mile should take 15 or 20 minutes. During a workday, the fresh air will do you good. Walking will also benefit your kids—though, of course, safety along roads is also a consideration.Take the bus. Unfortunately, this is a classic Catch-22. In a place like Vermont, taking public transit often doesn’t make sense because the buses aren’t frequent enough to be convenient. But the frequency of buses won’t improve until demand increases—until more people take the bus. There isn’t an easy solution to this quandary; it often helps to subsidize bus fares or even make busses free to build ridership, but then the riders may not cover the costs of operating the busses. Around here, bus services are being cut back because of rising fuel costs.Carpool or share rides. If you can share rides to work with a neighbor, alternating the driving, you can halve your commuting energy use. That’s equivalent to dropping the price of gasoline back to $2 per gallon. Not bad! Park-and-ride locations make ride-sharing easier by providing designated places to park and leave a car; we need more of these in the Brattleboro area. Sure, ride sharing is a hassle; you have to coordinate your schedule with someone else’s; your flexibility drops. But as gasoline prices rise, that inconvenience is more and more acceptable.last_img read more

Police Stop 5 Weapon-Carrying Ajax Fans Ahead of Juve Game

first_imgTURIN, Italy — Italian police have stopped five weapon-carrying Ajax supporters on the eve of Tuesday’s Champions League match against Juventus.The fans were stopped aboard buses on the outskirts of Turin on Monday.Police are on high alert following clashes between Ajax and Juventus supporters ahead of the first leg of the quarterfinals in Amsterdam last week, when water cannons were used by the authorities and dozens of fans were arrested.Turin police say the fans aboard the buses were also found in possession of armored gloves, mouth guards and various types of fireworks and smoke bombs.Interior Minister Matteo Salvini tweeted, “We’re fighting against every type of violence inside and outside stadiums. Certain DELINQUENTS should never step foot in a football ground again!”The first leg, which ended 1-1, also included a fan jumping over the barriers and approaching Cristiano Ronaldo when the Juventus star scored. UEFA is investigating the incident and Ajax faces disciplinary charges after supporters threw objects the game.More than 2,000 Ajax supporters are expected to attend Tuesday’s match at Allianz Stadium.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Oxford strips Suu Kyi of citys freedom

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