Union blames protesters for forum chaos

first_imgBy Mike Sweeney Thames Valley Police and the Oxford Union have both denied making security mistakes during the Free Speech forum last term at the Union, during which a group anti-fascist protesters seriously disrupted the event. Despite making what both sides have described as extensive security plans, the Free Speech forum on 26th November was delayed by over an hour when more than thirty anti-fascists protester broke in to the main debating room and staged a sit-down protest. Superintendent Brendan O’Dowda, local Police Commander for Oxford, rejected suggestions that the police should have prevented such disturbances. He said, “The police engaged in a considerable amount of planning and preparation prior to this event. There was a memorandum [with theOxford Union] as to what the roles and responsibilities were. One thing that the police were not responsible for was checking and quality assurance of those that were entering the debate.” He added, “Not a single person was arrested and no criminal offences have taken place. In policing terms, the event passed in line with our strategic objectives.” The Oxford Union also refused to accept that their security had been at fault, alleging that the disruption had occurred as a result of a “deliberately planned challenge by protesters.” In a joint statement Luke Tryl and Emily Partington, the current president of the Union, said protesters had exploited a safety measure by security officers to prevent people being crushed.“Our qualified security team allowed in several protesters at the gate who were being crushed in order to avoid any harm coming to them, but whilst they were undertaking to ensure the safety of all at the gate several protesters scaled the Union walls at their own risk,’ they said. “There were people sitting on top of the railings next to the gate and right up against the gate when for some reason it opened for about half a minute and around thirty people managed to force their way through.” “The security guards tried to grab us but there were too many and we managed to get into the debating chamber.” Students who had acquired tickets to attend the debate failed to get into the Union because the crowd was blocking the entrance and jeering at those who tried to enter. Some ticket holders resorted to climbing over the Union walls themselves. Ruby Thompson, a history and politics student at Brasenose college, was able to enter through a side entrance. “The crowd was shouting verbal abuse at those who tried to get in. Some people gave up,” she said. “I suppose the police could have made it safer to get in, but it was reckless of the Union to hold the debate and they really should have taken more responsibility.” “I think it’s unfair to impose such a burden on the police for what was essentially a publicity stunt,” sheadded. Asked if they would apologise to their members for the level of disruption at the debate, Luke Tryl and Emily Partington said, “The Union is, of course, sorry that members may have felt intimidated as they tried to attend the forum, but we feel that the blame for that intimidation must lie with the protesters themselves”. Facsists try to name student protesters on Redwatch Photographs of students involved in protests against the Free Speech forum last term have been posted on a far right website which encourages its viewers to post the names and addresses of the protesters. ‘Redwatch’ claims to have been set up in retaliation against the activities of anti-fascist groups who it says have published the details of British Nationalist campaigners. A statement on the website says, “Fight back- send us details of your local red scumbags- we want their names, addresses, phone numbers, photographs, work details- anything and everything about them to publish here.” Duncan Money, a second year at Balliol, whose details appear on the site, is an anti-fascist campaigner who has received threats from far right groups. However, he said that those who had appeared on the site had no reason to worry. “A couple of attacks have been connected to Redwatch, a teachers car got torched in Leeds and a trade unionist was stabbed in the face in Liverpool, but it’s important to stress these are isolated incidents. There are literally thousands of people shown on the website.” “The protesters have only their faces on the site and it is far, far more likely they will be run over by a car then experience fascist violence.”last_img read more

Working wheat

first_imgOn a sunny day in the first week in August, British Baker went to visit a farm in West Sussex, one of the many to supply Warburtons with wheat, to find out more about the seed-to-crumb process.Bignor Farm is tucked away in a picturesque setting at the foot of the South Downs, and grows a range of arable crops, including 200ha of the winter wheat varieties Hereward and Solstice, which it supplies to the plant bread manufacturer.As well as supplying UK markets, the family-owned business, run by Tom and William Tupper, also exports from Shoreham and Southampton, and Tom Tupper welcomes the sight of greater availability of Warburtons’ products in the south of England, since the opening of the Bristol plant operational since December 2008.Tupper, who is also West Sussex County chairman of the National Farmers’ Union, has been working with Warburtons for around nine years. The farm is part of OpenField, a farmer-owned business and the UK’s largest grain exporter. Its aim is to maximise value for all in the supply chain by securing long-term business stability for UK farmers and customers alike, through marketing and logistical innovation.Warburtons works with around 320 farmers that all grow Hereward and Solstice wheat to a unique specification, explains Warburtons’ purchasing director Bob Beard. He adds that the founding fathers of the bakery business had a relationship with UK growers a trend which has seen the firm sourcing more and more wheat from the UK over recent years.”We work with OpenField for security of supply, quality and provenance, but the wheat is all grown in the Warburtons way. It’s about balancing what we do in the UK with our supplies from Canada,” says Beard. “We’ve got new wheat varieties that we’re looking at, which we hope will outperform Hereward and Solstice, and we’ve got a plan with Tom for the next 10 years.”Taking us to a field of Hereward itself, Tupper explains the process the wheat goes through before it ends up in a loaf of bread. “The sure-fire sign of when the wheat is ready to be harvested is when the ears of the wheat have tipped over,” he says.The bottom grains at the stock end tend to be the least ripe and he needs to know the moisture content before harvesting. It is then combine-harvested at 24% moisture and dried twice. Warburtons’ target protein level is 12-13%, with a minimum Hagberg falling number of 250.Tupper explains that key factors in terms of establishing the quality of the wheat, are the level of protein and the Hagberg number, because if the wheat gets too damp, it germinates and becomes nothing better than low-grade feed wheat. Hereward is a premium milling wheat, but doesn’t hold on to its Hagberg falling number “it’s the most delicate wheat we grow,” says Tupper whereas Solstice, a slightly thinner crop, but with bigger ears of wheat than Hereward, holds on to it for longer.There are approximately three-and-a-half tonnes of wheat per acre and, at harvest time, the farm’s single combine is capable of harvesting 110 acres a day. Last year, the farm supplied over 600 tonnes of wheat and, this year, is contracted to supply around 455 tonnes, which Beard says is enough to keep one of the machines at the factory going for only 24 hours straight, such is the level of production at the site.”Hereward is the best UK bread-making wheat available,” says Beard. “But we’re always looking to find other wheats that perform ever better. To bakers, the most important thing is consistency.”last_img read more

Howard Park Ice Trail and Pond to reopen on Friday

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – November 25, 2020 0 373 Howard Park Ice Trail and Pond to reopen on Friday Google+ Twitter WhatsApp (Photo supplied/City of South Bend) South Bend Venues Parks & Arts has announces plans to open ice skate season at the Howard Park Ice Trail and Pond at 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.With the approval of the St. Joseph County Health Department, Howard Park will be implementing additional precautions this season.The Ice Trail and Ice Pond will be operating at approximately 40% capacity and limited to defined time blocks.Visitors must reserve skate times online in advance at visithowardpark.com to reduce lines and touchpoints. Tickets may be purchased beginning Monday, November 23.Masks will be required by all visitors at all times throughout the entire park.The indoor space will not be available to public skaters except for restroom usage.  Visitors are encouraged to dress warm and leave valuables at home. All skate changes will be made outdoors.According to state ordinance, visitors must be seated when consuming food and beverages.For a full list of Howard Park staff and visitor precautions, please visit: https://visithowardpark.com/covid19/As health officials continue to monitor the ongoing pandemic and its impact in our area, or in event that the St. Joseph County status changes, the will re-evaluate their operational plan. Facebook Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Facebook Previous articleGrowing number of scammers trying to get unemployment benefitsNext articleMichigan restaurant group unveils “Thanksgiving To Go: A Takeout Tradition.” Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Joey Porter’s Juno What?! Gets ‘Shameless’ In Fort Collins [Video]

first_imgJoey Porter doesn’t get out much with his Juno What?! side project much these days. But when he does, you can be sure it’s going to be one hell of an electro-funk and disco dance party. Last night at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins, CO was just that. Donned in Adidas track suits, The Motet keyboardist and company got things started early and didn’t let up at all, after a solid opening set from Space Orphan. The group, made up of Porter on keys and talk box, fellow Motet bandmate Garrett Sayers on bass, Dan Schwindt on guitar, and Tyrone Hendrix from Stevie Wonder‘s touring band on drums, played uber-funky tracks like “Take You Home” from 2014’s Stranger, “Take Control Of Your Body” from 2012’s Shameless, and the title track from the same album. Check out full video of “Shameless” below:last_img read more

Scientists create an enzyme that can recycle plastic bottles in a matter of hours

first_imgTemperature and weather events determine how early leaves and blooms arrive each spring. The First Leaf Index and First Bloom Index are based on the leaf out and flowering of lilacs and honeysuckles, which are among the first plants to show their leaves and blooms each spring.  The enzyme was first discovered in a compost pile of leaves. The scientists that discovered the enzyme were able to use it to break down a ton of plastic bottles in 10 hours, and then turn the waste plastic into new food-grade plastic bottles. Need a little pick-me-up? Check out the National Zoo’s cheetah cub cam French researchers have discovered an enzyme that can break plastic bottles down into their chemical building blocks in several hours. Those chemical building blocks can then create new, high-quality plastic bottles, The Guardian reports. Traditional recycling methods usually produce low-quality plastic that can only be used in clothing and carpet. First leaves and first blooms have arrived in the Southeast this year much earlier than the long-term average (1981-2010), the USA National Phenology Network reports. In parts of the Southeast and Northwest, this year’s spring is the earliest in the 39-year record.   On Wednesday, a 5-year-old cheetah named Echo gave birth to four cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute National Zoo in Front Royal, VA. Animal care staff are leaving Echo alone to bond with her cubs and are monitoring the well-being of mother and babies via webcam. Lucky for all of us, there’s a live streaming Cheetah Cam to watch the adorable action.center_img Spring leaves arrive in the Southeast 3-4 weeks earlier than long-term average Scientists create an enzyme that can recycle plastic bottles in a matter of hours Photo of trash pick up from Getty Images “It’s thrilling and humbling to witness something as special as an animal birth,” said Steve Monfort, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. “I’m eager to watch the newborn cubs in their early days. During this extremely tumultuous and isolating time, we want the new cheetah cam and all our live animal webcams to provide much needed moments of relief and inspiration from our natural world.”  last_img read more

Ellie Mae: Purchase loans lagging in 2015

first_imgby: David MorrisonThe proportion of mortgages made to borrowers purchasing property versus refinancing existing loans jumped 6% in May 2015, but still lagged compared to where it had been in May 2014, according to mortgage software firm Ellie Mae.The company’s Origination Insight Report for May 2015 revealed 58% of mortgages originated by lenders using its Encompass mortgage origination platform went to borrowers buying property, while 42% went to borrowers refinancing previously existing loans. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NextGen Know-How: Leadership is a behavior

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » A few weeks ago, I attended an event for professional speakers where a well-known presenter shared ways to create connection with your audience. During his speech, he mentioned the town in upstate New York where he grew up. He grew up only 15 minutes from my hometown, so I was excited to talk with him afterwards. He certainly created a connection with me in that moment. We had something in common.After the session concluded, I walked up to him to say how great his speech was and started to tell him where I was from, when…he totally blew me off. He was so busy getting his marketing materials together that he didn’t even make eye contact with me. I was disappointed. Not because I had a need to connect with him on a personal level, but because he wasn’t practicing what he had just taught in his speech. The content of his speech was excellent, but the feeling I got from him afterward totally turned me off.In the speaking industry, there’s an unwritten rule that your speech is not really over when you leave the stage. You may have finished the content, but it’s important to stay connected to your audience until you leave the building. Until then, you are still “on” and your audience is still judging you based on your interactions.The same is true for leadership. As a leader, people observe your actions, even in the small moments that may not seem to matter. Leadership is a behavior, not a role. Everything you do has impact. Even when you are working late and only one person is in the office with you, or when you’re at the company barbecue, or when you’re at a conference out of town, you have an impact.last_img read more

Happy Diwali 2019! A look at the best greetings, wishes and memes

first_img Jack SlaterSunday 27 Oct 2019 12:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link (Picture: Twitter) (Picture: quora)MORE: What is Diwali and what to say to someone celebrating the festival?MORE: The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar breaks social media silence after four months to celebrate Diwali Happy Diwali 2019! A look at the best greetings, wishes and memes (Picture: Twitter)Diwali memesOf course, this being the generation of social media and memes, it wasn’t long until those taking part in celebrations started to poke fun at some of the quirks. (Picture: Twitter) Advertisement Advertisement Comment (Picture: Quora)A big message for this year’s Diwali was to try and limit how many firecrackers are lit, in a bid to make the festival more environmentally-friendly. People are joining in with the festivities online too (Picture: Rex Features)The festival of lights is lighting up social media.As Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world kick off Diwali celebrations, people have taken to social media to share heartfelt wishes, greetings and, of course, memes – with Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar breaking his four-month silence to join in.Here’s a round-up of what social media users and celebs are sharing for Diwali 2019.Celebrities wishing a Happy DiwaliMayor of London Sadiq Khan is just one of the many public figures sharing his Diwali wishes online.ADVERTISEMENTJeremy Corbyn, Arsenal FC and Boris Johnson have also posted messages of support and celebration. (Picture: Twitter) (Picture: Twitter)  (Picture: Twitter) The FixThe daily lifestyle email from Metro.co.uk.Sign upFind out morelast_img read more

UK public fund to sue Chilean chemicals company

first_imgIt is also alleged that, as a result of SQM’s bribery scheme and defendant’s false statements, the price of SQM American Depositary Shares (ADSs) was artificially inflated between 30 June, 2010 and 18 June, 2015, peaking at more than $66 (€60) a share in July 2011.TWPF claims it suffered losses of more than $4.4m on its shares during the period as a result of SQM’s securities violations.SQM had applied to have the lawsuit dismissed on the grounds of failure to state a claim, and “forum non conveniens” (the power allowing courts to dismiss a case where another court or forum is much better suited to hear it).But Judge Edgardo Ramos, of the district court for the Southern District of New York, held that the plaintiff had adequately alleged that SQM made materially false and misleading statements in its Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings regarding its compliance with applicable law, effectiveness of internal controls, and financial reporting.Judge Ramos also rejected assertions that the claims should be addressed in Chile, because the documents were filed with the SEC in the US, and relied upon by investors to purchase ADSs on the New York Stock Exchange. He said: “The US has a strong interest in upholding its federal securities laws… The defendant claims that the court will have to interpret a novel issue  of Chilean law, because a Chilean court has not determined whether [the] actions constitute a criminal tax violation. However, plaintiff alleges strictly federal securities violations – to which SQM has already admitted.”Last January, SQM paid a total of $30m to settle cases brought against it by both the US Department of Justice and the SEC.Patrick Daniels, partner at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, the lawyers acting for TWPF, said: “There are no class actions in Chile and as an emerging market, there are very significant concerns as to the independence and fairness of the judicial system. European – or any other – investors would not have much recourse if the US case was not available to pursue.”Daniels added: “The US case is only for the US-listed ADSs, but is large enough to have a significant impact on SQM going forward. There will be enough leverage on the case in the US to influence the board’s and executives’ behaviour, and ‘fix’ some of the major problems that led to the breakdown of governance and internal audits.” A UK public pension fund has been given the green light to file a lawsuit in the US against a Chilean mining company accused of bribery.The £6.4bn (€7.6bn) Tyne and Wear Pension Fund (TWPF) – which provides pensions for local government employees in the north-east region of the UK – is lead plaintiff in an investor action against Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM) and individual executives. SQM is one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of speciality fertilisers and industrial chemicals.The case alleges that SQM made materially false and misleading statements and failed to disclose that it made secret, illegal payments – primarily through its then CEO, Patricio Contesse – to electoral campaigns for Chilean politicians and political parties, as far back as 2009.SQM is also accused of filing millions of dollars worth of fictitious tax receipts with Chilean authorities in order to conceal the payment of bribes, and producing financial statements which were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.last_img read more

Carnival 2011 Highlights

first_img Share The Real Mas 2011 was colourful, vibrant and exciting as is dipicted in this photo gallery. Never before have we seen such colour, pagentry and organization displayed in the streets of Roseau. Participants turned out in thousands filled with vibrancy ready to have a grand time. We can safely say that Dominica’s carnival has been taken to a higher level.Photography by: Abigail Antoine[nggallery id=16] 314 Views   no discussions EntertainmentLocalNews Carnival 2011 Highlights by: – March 10, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more