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Editors’ Blog: Welcome to MT2007

first_imgHello to everyone, freshers and returning students – We’d like to welcome you to Michaelmas 2007 with Cherwell 24. Our redesigned site, launched last term, continues to grow and in the next few weeks you can expect to see new video news stories, podcasts, blogs, and comment functions. We encourage you to register to enjoy the full interactive capabilities of the site. A particularly warm welcome to the freshers – we hope you enjoy Oxford and turn to Cherwell 24 to stay updated on what’s going on around the city. Check out our Culture section for what’s going on in theatre, music, art, and film in Oxford that week, and keep an eye on our News ticker for breaking stories. If you’re interested in getting involved with Cherwell 24, we’re always looking for contributors in any section. You can get in touch with out section editors as follows:News: Laura Pitel (St Anne’s)Features: Charlotte King (Balliol)Stage: Sinead Mattock (Brasenose)Music: Vikram Joseph (New) and Joseph Rowan (Balliol)Books/Exhibitions: Daisy Dunn (St Hilda’s)Science: Connie Han (Madgalen)Sport: James Beard (Wadham)Comment: Matthew Burn (Wadham) and Samuel Counsell (Trinity)Additionally, we’re expanding our multimedia section, so if anyone has experience or interest in working with internet video, audio, and other user-interactive features, or you’re interested in an area not covered by the sections above, drop the editors a line at:online(at)cherwell.orgWe’d love to hear from you. Enjoy Michaelmas and see more – see 24.Leah Klement (St Anne’s) Fiona Wilson (Hertford)Editorslast_img read more


Press release: Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya – April 2019

first_img 2002 to 2004 FCO, Strategic Policy Adviser, Strategy and Innovation Directorate 2014 to 2018 FCO, Principal Private Secretary, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 2011 to 2014 Pretoria, Deputy High Commissioner 2005 to 2006 FCO, Head, Enlargement Group, EU Directorate Further information 2007 to 2011 Brussels, Counsellor, Trade, Development and Wider World, UK Permanent Representation to the EU Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Mr Martin Reynolds CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya in succession to Mr Frank Baker CMG OBE who will be leaving the Diplomatic Service. Mr Reynolds will take up his appointment in April 2019.CURRICULUM VITAEFull name: Martin Reynoldscenter_img 1998 to 2002 Singapore, Second Secretary, Economics Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists 2006 to 2007 Brussels, First Secretary, Enlargement and Western Balkans, UK Permanent Representation to the EU 2004 to 2005 FCO, Head, Enlargement Section, EU Directorate 1997 to 1998 FCO, Desk Officer, Falkland Islands Email [email protected]last_img read more


Two boys suspected of taking handbag with cash from office

first_imgGardai are searching for two young boys suspected of stealing a handbag containing a substantial amount of cash from an office in Letterkenny.The robbery took place at Pearse Road at 9.30am on Saturday morning last.The suspects are described as being either 14 or 15 years old. The first is described as wearing an 11 degrees navy hooded with grey tracksuit bottoms.The second suspect is about 15 years old with red, short or sandy hair and he was wearing a navy hoodie and navy tracksuit bottoms.The area would have been quite busy that morning as the local car boot sale takes place at nearby Letterkenny Community Centre.Anybody who may have spotted these suspects or may know anything about the crime should contact Letterkenny Gardai. Two boys suspected of taking handbag with cash from office was last modified: August 27th, 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:handbagletterkennyPearse Roadtheftlast_img read more


Sharks sign Erik Karlsson to biggest deal in team history; Where does that leave Joe Pavelski?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Defenseman Erik Karlsson said May 23 after the Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs that he would need some time to decide whether he wanted to remain with the organization for the long term or become a free agent.Less than four weeks later, Karlsson made up his mind, and now he’s the owner of the richest contract in Sharks franchise history.The Sharks on Monday signed Karlsson to a massive …last_img


Raiders straight talk: A realistic look at playoff aspirations

first_imgALAMEDA — If the Raiders beat the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field, the pipe dream becomes real.Whether they make the playoffs or not, getting to 4-2 with three straight wins far from home against teams that are postseason worthy would stamp Jon Gruden’s team as playoff contenders.Granted, we’re not even at midseason, but the AFC has already begun to take shape in terms of who can play and who can’t. And it appears there are at least seven teams whose record and play has made it …last_img


Seeing Africa in a new light

first_img10 October 2006By this time next year, global perceptions of Africa could be changing radically as two major new international television stations project a different image of the continent and provide African viewers with a global context to better understand global forces and seek advantage for the continent in trade, investment and tourism.The two new stations – CNBC Africa and Al Jazeera International, which are both set to go live in the next six months or so – will intensify the media spotlight on Africa at a time when the northern hemisphere view of the world is being increasingly challenged by economic realities and reforms at the United Nations and multilateral institutions.New global realitiesA recent cover story in the influential Economist pointed out that the developing world now accounts for more than 50% of global economic output measured in purchasing-power parity.The rise of major industrialising developing powers – such as China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Korea and Turkey – have prompted reforms at the UN, IMF and World Bank as the global centre of gravity shifts closer to the developing countries.Major corporations in the developing countries – such as India’s Tata Industries and South Africa’s SABMiller – now account for more than a third of all foreign direct investment in the developing world.South-south co-operation is no longer a political slogan – it has become an economic reality. Increasingly, global economic growth depends on the economic growth of developing countries.24-hour Africa business channelIn recognition of these new realities – and the emergence of Africa as a major trade and investment partner of China and the new developing powers – CNBC, the global business TV leader, is set to open a 24-hour Africa business channel by mid-2007 with an initial investment of R190-million (roughly US$25-million).CNBC Africa, an autonomous unit with its headquarters in Johannesburg and set to train a new genetation of African financial journalists, will beam six hours of dedicated Africa programming each week day and will have correspondents in Cape Town, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and London. It will also incorporate its Asian, Middle Eastern and European services for its African viewers.Zafar Siddiqi, chairman of CNBC Africa, said that the new service would address dysfunctional broadcasting policies between African countries, poor communications and inadequate marketing on the continent and an over-sensationalisation of news.“We will set a new standard in broadcasting on the continent that will spur others … we will work closely with all broadcasters around Africa,” Siddiqi told the the first International Media Forum in Johannesburg last month.The Forum, which was partnered by the International Marketing Council of South Africa, sought to promote a dialogue between international media and South Africans about mutual perceptions of the country and the African continent.Al Jazeera: five new Africa bureauxAl Jazeera International, a new English-language station spawned by the successful Qatar-based Arabic station serving the Middle East, is due to go live before the end of the year with a 24-hour global news service with five bureaux in Africa.Al Jazeera has hired some of the top names in British journalism, including the legendary interviewer David Frost and former BBC heavyweight Nigel Parsons, who heads the station. It seeks to portray global news from a centre of gravity which lies outside of the industrialised world, and will portray global news from a developing world perspective, thus reflecting the new global realities.“We will set out to normalise news coverage in Africa,” said Andrew Simmonds, Al Jazeera International’s Africa bureau chief, who attended the Forum.The renewed interest in Africa is being driven by a confluence of forces: increased global interest in Africa’s rich resources – particularly oil and steel – the rapid rise of the continent as a destination for Chinese and Indian investment and trade, major growth in South African investment in Africa, and a deeper understanding of the link between terrorism, poverty and failed states.No built-in bias against AfricaDelegates to the International Media Forum heard a succession of influential speakers representing the world’s leading news organisations – CNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal, BBC, DowJones Newswires, Reuters and Africa Confidential – sketch the news global realities and the rising importance of Africa in a globalised world.The messages that come through repeatedly were that news organisations are driven by what their readers and subscribers want – rather than focussing on either negative or positive news – that there is no built-in bias against Africa, and that African countries and companies need to develop better communication strategies to compete in the global market place if ideas and enterprises.South African Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad, who spoke at the conference, welcomed the tone of speeches from the international editors and suggested that South Africans should revisit the view that the global media was a monolithic bloc that sought to marginalise the continent and entrench negative stereotypes.“We cannot simply dismiss negative reportage as the product of the racist or the colonial mindset, nor must we paint all reporters with the same brush,” he said. “We also need to be more open to investigative journalism.”Randy Walerius, London-based Africa and Middle East editor at Dow Jones Newswires, said that the slogan and driving force of his news organisation was: “news to profit by”.“We don’t look at news as positive or negative,” he said. “It’s whether the news offers news [for readers and subscribers] to profit by.”Importance of open communicationThemba Maseko, the new director-general of South Africa’s Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), presented the government’s new communications strategy, which seeks to correct preceptions by clear and repeated communication of government policy and its achievements, and promised better access for journalists.Addressing a dinner of the international media and invited guests, Pahad suggested that the Forum should become a regular event on the annual calendar.The Forum kicked off an overdue debate between the international media and South African stakeholders in business and communications about differing domestic and international perceptions of South Africa and the importance of open and clear communication to promote good governance and economic transparency.South Africa’s challenge is to ensure that just as opportunities open up for Africa and South Africa with changing international perceptions, we do not become prisoners to our own stereotypes that global opinion is biased against us and always looking to reinforce the negative.It is time to open ourselves to international scrutiny and put our case more convincingly and more professionally.John Battersby is the UK country manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, based in London. He recently accompanied a group of leading international journalists, editors and managers on a visit to South Africa to attend the first International Media Forum. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


Energy Code Development Begins: Commercial Proposals

first_imgThis article is the second of a two-part series. To read about residential code proposals, click here.With millions of commercial and apartment buildings in the United States, an improved model building energy code can make a significant difference when it comes to reducing energy waste, saving owners and tenants money on their utility bills, and avoiding power plant pollution. Updating the code also is a critical policy tool for states, counties, and cities working to stave off the worst impacts of the climate crisis.That’s why code officials, builders, energy efficiency advocates, and others met last month in Albuquerque on proposals to update the next model residential and commercial building codes for homes and the commercial energy code. In Part One of this series, I discussed the proposals at play for the residential energy code. Today we’re examining the commercial energy code, which covers building elements like insulation, windows, and mechanical equipment in non-residential buildings and multifamily structures over four stories in height.The processAs part of the process of updating the energy code, the Natural Resources Defense Council and many others submitted proposals to the International Code Council back in January, offering a variety of ideas for modifying the energy code.The Committee Action Hearings in May gave proponents and opponents of each proposal the opportunity to hash it out in front of a technical advisory committee, which then voted on each one. Next, proponents can revise and resubmit proposals, which will be discussed again during the Public Comment Hearings in October. Governmental voting members like city code officials or sustainability directors have the final word, and they’ll get to vote on each proposal in November.While governmental officials hold the ultimate power on what goes into the new building energy code, the commercial code committee’s action this month is still important: a favorable recommendation means a proposal only needs a simple majority of governmental official votes to pass and become part of the code, while a committee recommendation for disapproval means that a proposal requires a two-thirds majority of votes to reverse it to become part of the code.Commercial proposalsWe’ve previously noted how difficult it is to get good energy efficiency proposals passed by the notably challenging residential code committee. Well, I’m happy to report that the commercial committee was much more favorable to energy efficiency, and if all goes well in the November vote, there will be substantial energy efficiency improvements in the commercial energy code.Electric vehicle chargingA proposal for electric vehicle charging infrastructure (CE217 Part 1) received a favorable recommendation from the committee, which is great news. While promoting electric vehicles may initially seem like a completely separate issue from the building energy code, where do you charge your electric car? Generally at the building where you live or work. And it’s much cheaper and easier to install the charging infrastructure, which includes conduit and wiring and space on the electric panel, at the time of construction.Electric vehicles are key to the fight against the climate crisis. More than 95% of the energy used in transportation comes from oil, which means high levels of pollution and emissions. Electric vehicles have much lower emissions, and every major automaker plans to electrify a significant portion of its vehicle fleets in the coming years.However, a key barrier to customer adoption is the lack of access to EV charging stations. This proposal would require a certain percentage of parking spaces in commercial buildings to be ready to support electric vehicle charging infrastructure, which makes sense for drivers, building owners, and the Earth.InsulationThe committee also passed a swath of proposals that will improve the insulation required in roofs (CE61), above- and below-grade walls (CE63 and CE64, respectively), floors (CE66) and building slabs (CE68 and CE69). Each of these proposals would have a moderate impact on a building’s energy efficiency, but taken together they will result in buildings that use less energy and are more comfortable.Furthermore,  these proposals make improvements based on extensive research and cost-benefit analyses used to support ASHRAE 90.1, which is another type of building energy standard commonly used for commercial building construction. By selecting the most efficient, cost-effective requirements from the IECC and ASHRAE 90.1, these improvements will help ensure that commercial buildings reap the benefits of efficiency. And since insulation is likely to remain unchanged over the useful life of the building (70-100 years or more), these improvements will benefit generations of building occupants.Plug loadsMiscellaneous electrical loads – meaning all the things you plug in, like monitors, printers, and space heaters – use more than one-third of the energy in the average commercial building. That number is projected to grow to nearly 45% over the next 15 years. Lots of energy is wasted by printers or monitors that consume energy in idle mode, even when nobody is there to use them. A proposal passed the committee (CE216) that will require at least half of all electrical outlets to have automatic shutoffs, to cut down on this “vampire load.”FenestrationWhen it comes to fenestration (meaning any openings in the building’s envelope, like windows or doors), there were multiple proposals (CE84 and CE87) that will significantly increase efficiency. A broad range of representatives in the fenestration industry reached a consensus that will both improve the efficiency and comfort of windows, and also align the IECC and ASHRAE 90.1, making compliance and enforcement easier.That’s great news for anyone in an office building or a high-rise multifamily building who sits near a window that is too hot in the summer: improved fenestration saves energy while making buildings more comfortable and reducing solar heat gain.…And more!My colleagues Dan Bresette at the Alliance to Save Energy and Kim Cheslak at the Institute for Market Transformation give a great overview of some additional proposals that passed the commercial committee, including proposals that would require energy-monitoring systems (CE215), improve the efficiency of ventilation in multifamily buildings by requiring energy recovery ventilation systems, and making changes to the structure of the code to make it clearer and easier to use (CE41, CE42 Part 1, and CE218, among others).There’s also an interesting proposal (CE264) to codify Architecture 2030’s ZERO CODE as an option for code compliance. And just like in the residential code, efficiency advocates were successful at ensuring that the commercial code doesn’t slide backward, in spite of numerous attempts to weaken it by some attending the committee hearing.It was a great few weeks in Albuquerque, and we’re off to a solid start to make the 2021 energy code the best one yet.Lauren Urbanek is senior energy policy advocate at the NRDC’s Climate & Clean Energy Program. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog.last_img read more


Pawar not to contest MCA election; Vengsarkar, Vilasrao vie for top post

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) president, Sharad Pawar, has decided not to seek re-election as the president of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for a sixth term.Spooked by the MCA’s residency clause, Pawar took the decision as he is not a permanent resident of Mumbai, Thane or Navi Mumbai, which is a pre-requisite for holding a post in the association.Pawar, who was elected as the MCA chief for the first time in 2001, has lived in Mumbai for over 40 years. However, he had shown himself as a native of Baramati in Pune for the Lok Sabha election in 2009.The development means the MCA election would now be a straight fight between former Indian skipper Dilip Vengsarkar and Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.The Shiv Sena has backed Vengsarkar for the MCA president’s post.last_img read more


Claudio Pizarro nets late to become Bundesliga’s oldest goal-scorer

first_imgView comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town It looked like Davie Selke’s first-half goal against his former side was enough for Hertha to win, but Pizarro came on as a substitute with half an hour remaining and had the final say.The veteran Peru striker also became the first to score in 21 different calendar years in the Bundesliga with his 195th league goal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe goal denied Hertha sixth place and kept 10th-placed Bremen one point behind the home side.STUTTGART DENIED Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Stuttgart’s hopes of a reprieve after another week of turbulence went unanswered as Leipzig won their game 3-1 to consolidate fourth place.Danish forward Yussuf Poulsen scored twice to help Leipzig move one point below Borussia Moenchengladbach and stay six clear of Wolfsburg, which defeated Mainz 2-0 at home.Stuttgart sought its first win in seven games to ease the pressure on coach Markus Weinzierl. Weinzierl kept his job after last weekend’s 3-0 loss at Fortuna Duesseldorf, but sporting director Michael Reschke was told to go on Tuesday.Former Aston Villa and Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, who helped Stuttgart win the Bundesliga in 2007, was appointed in Reschke’s place.Stuttgart had the worst defense in the league (47 goals conceded), in contrast to Leipzig (18), which duly scored with the game’s first attack in the sixth minute when Yussuf Poulsen took advantage of some lax defending to score from close range.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES MOST READ But Steven Zuber equalized from the penalty spot 10 minutes later after the video referee intervened when Leipzig captain Willi Orban appeared to push Mario Gomez and deflect the ball out of play with his hand.The home side pushed for more — Leipzig ‘keeper Peter Gulacsi made a great save to deny Santiago Ascacibar in the second half — before Marcel Sabitzer restored the visitors’ lead from a free kick in the 68th.Midfielder Tyler Adams then won a challenge before setting Poulsen through to seal it in the 74th. It was Adams’ first assist in his fourth game since his winter transfer from the New York Red Bulls.SCHALKE FRUSTRATEDSchalke, which hosts Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, was held at home by Freiburg to 0-0.Schalke midfielder Suat Serdar was shown a straight red card minutes before the break for a studs-up lunge at Freiburg captain Mike Frantz, who needed treatment.Both sides finished with 10 men after Freiburg’s Christian Guenter was shown his second yellow card in injury time for colliding with Mark Uth.Hoffenheim defeated Hannover 3-0, though the home side should have won by more. BERLIN — Claudio Pizarro scored in the sixth minute of injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw for Werder Bremen at Hertha Berlin and become the oldest ever goal-scorer in the Bundesliga on Saturday.Pizarro, aged 40 years and 136 days, broke the previous record held by Bremen midfielder Miroslav “Mirko” Votava (40 years, 121 days) from 1996, when he fired his free kick through a host of Hertha legs and past the helpless Rune Jarstein in goal.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Tim Tebow says he advised Kyler Murray to follow his heart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


Friedrichs’ Grateful For Community Support

first_imgEarly in 2011, Georgie and Abi Friedrichs and their family’s home, in Murphys Creek near Toowoomba, was devastated by flooding, damaging their home beyond repair. While their living situation since hasn’t been ideal, the help of their local community, including the Touch Football community, has helped the family get back to some sort of normality. And it wasn’t just support from the South West Queensland Touch Football community that helped the Friedrichs’ family, with Touch Football ACT also donating money to the cause. Earlier in the year, Touch Football ACT held a Charity Cup event after parts of Queensland were devastated by floods. They raised $4,000 from the event, and after hearing about the Touch Football-loving Friedrichs’ and their situation, decided to contribute the money to the family. For 18-year-old Abi and 16-year-old Georgie, the generosity of people, some they didn’t even know, overwhelmed the girls, who are extremely grateful for the amount of help that they’ve received. “We’ve had heaps of support from people that we don’t even know or remember, just workplaces and friends from when you were little. Our Touch friends as well, our club sides, have been really helpful, just helping you move on from what happened and actually realising that you are not exactly the same as you were so that’s been really good,” Abi said. The Friedrichs’ have been through a lot this year, but their positive outlook has held them in good stead, while they’ve also realised what is important. “It’s just figuring out what you haven’t got, like clothes, and things that you took for granted, just small things and things that you can’t get back like photos and books. You figure out what you haven’t got and figure out if you need it again because once it’s gone you realise that you didn’t really need it.”Touch Football has been a big part of the girls’ lives, with Georgie recently making the Queensland Under 16’s team that will travel to New Zealand in December. Attending the National Youth Championships is something that they both enjoy, with the opportunity to play teams from across Australia an exciting part of the event for the girls. “Being able to play against different states and different teams from different regions, you get so used to playing the regions that you are in, you get so used to seeing the same faces, it’s just good to play other teams,” Abi said. The Friedrichs’ received good news recently when they got approval to build a new house on their property, this time on higher ground.“We’ve actually been living in the house that’s been destroyed, we had some very nice people rebuild the side of the house and do the chip rocking, it’s smaller and is more open to the elements than it was but it is liveable,” Abi said. “Hopefully building starts this weekend. It took forever to get the approval but now that we’ve got it, it will hopefully be back up by Christmas.”last_img read more