University and City Council release pro-European statements

first_imgEilidh Macfarlane, a co-chair of Oxford Students for Europe, told Cherwell, “It is not surprising that [the University] feel the need to intervene in the referendum debate in order to highlight this. Leaving the EU would be damaging to Universities across the UK which benefit greatly from EU led cooperation over research, free movement for staff and students and research funding.”AnalysisOn 23 February, 198 business leaders, including thirty 36 FTSE 100 companies, signed an open letter backing the campaign to stay in the EU. 103 university vice-chancellors earlier penned their own letter in which they “urge the British public to consider the vital role the EU plays in supporting our world-class universities.” More recently, President Obama angered members of the ‘Leave’ campaign with his warning about the potential trade ramifications of Brexit. Slowly but inexorably, big institutions and their leaders are lining up behind the ‘Stay’ banner.The slightly cynical explanation for the trend is economic rationale. The business leaders wrote that “Business needs unrestricted access to the European market of 500 million people to grow, invest and create jobs”; these new statements draw attention to £66 million university funding in 2014/15. It’s quite possible that some of the estimates warning against Brexit would prove accurate, and that the leaders of these big institutions are making a calculated judgement on that premise.It’s also possible, however, that this trend is more emotionally based. Big institutions are rarely fervent opponents of the status quo: lots to lose, little to gain. The financial implications of a post-renegotiation Brexit are near impossible to calculate; the effect of uncertainty on consumer or investor confidence is apparent with every newspaper article. For large organisations, unpredictability causes logistical headaches, and so the safest approach might be to hope it all blows over, irrespective of each sides’ merits. If this is true, it doesn’t follow that these ‘Stay’ supporters are misguided; it does mean, however, we should view their statements critically.Dan Sutton The University and City Council have both released pro-European statements this week. The statements reflect the views of the majority of Oxford students who, according to Cherwell’s survey of over 750 students last term, want Britain to remain in the EU by a margin of over 65 percentage points.The Registrar of the University, Professor Ewan McKendrick, released a statement in favour of the EU which was sent to all students last week. The full statement, stresses the exchange of the ideas, the participation in pan-European research and access to EU research funding, £66 million in 2014/2015.It reads, “The mobility that EU membership affords, which enables staff and students from across the EU to come to Oxford, and Oxford staff and students to work and study in Europe, is central to our Strategic Plan. This contains at its heart the exchange of ideas that strengthens our ability to contribute to society and to the national and local economy, and provides intellectual benefit in partner universities and research institutes.”“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed by our University’s statement”Oliver ShoreThe City Council recently voted to pass a Green motion in support of the referendum, “The City Council has benefited directly from more than £1 million of EU funding and, in May 2015, the City’s Finance Panel took evidence from three of the South East regions MEPs identifying more than seven other potential EU funding streams that the City Council could apply for.”Oliver Shore, co-chair of Oxford Students for Britain, a group campaigning to leave, commented, “I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed by our University’s statement” but responded to the points raised by the University: “To go through a couple of examples pertinent to universities, the majority of EU funding for academic institutions is channelled through a programme called Horizon 2020, which also funds projects in Iceland, Norway, Turkey, and Israel… The same goes for the cherished Erasmus scheme.”last_img read more

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Council rejects Plush’s application to stay open later

first_imgThe council cited fears that it could lead to more crime and posed a risk to clubbers as well, who would be more likely to be victims of crime after leaving the club. Plush stated that given the police’s praise, it is “all the more disappointing [that] the Thames Valley Police has decided to refuse an application which, rather than extending the hours that Plush is able to trade, simply aims to reinstate the hours that Plush has always traded, but at its new venue.” Plush’s application to sell alcohol until 3.30am on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as staying open until 4am, has been turned down by the council. In a statement, Thames Valley Police said: “We recognise that there is a wish within the public to be able to go out and enjoy the consumption of alcohol and regulated entertainment in a safe and pleasant environment.” The LGBTQ+ nightclub moved from their old venue on Park End street in January into the former Purple Turtle site off Cornmarket Street. Plush is situated within Oxford City Council’s Special Saturation Policy area. This meant that for the application to succeed, Plush had to demonstrate that it would not add to the existing impact of licensed premises on alcohol-related disorder and antisocial behaviour in different parts of Oxford. Police licensing officer Alex Bloomfield said: “We’re not solely talking about people getting drunk and getting into fights. We’re talking about people who, yes, might have consumed alcohol, but also the likely increase of them being victims of crime as Council rejects Plush’s application to stay open later Ana Gheorge well as being the perpetrators.” Despite Thames Valley Police saying that Plush’s record in terms of crime was ‘exemplary’, police persuaded the council not to allow the later closing times as it would have placed pressure on police in the city centre. However, they added that Plush’s plans would be “likely to add issues in the night time economy”. Thames Valley Police also stated: “the management team of Plush are…one of the most responsible operators”, and that “matters at the old site, as well as the current one have always been well managed and when incidents have occurred the venue has been exemplary in the way they have dealt with it”. Plush had been hoping to bring the newly-relocated venue in line with its former licence at Park End Street. Plush can appeal against the decision, which Mr Lygo said had been reached by a majority verdict on the three-person panel. Currently, only The Varsity Club and Cirkus can sell alcohol until 3:30am on Fridays and Saturdays. Stuart Hayles, one of Plush’s directors, said: “On the basis we’ve been trading for nine years with the hours we’re asking for, without any incident, without affecting the Special Saturation Policy, we don’t believe there’s evidence to indicate we will suddenly have an impact.” last_img read more

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Mayor’s Update July 22

first_imgOcean City had a spectacular Night in Venice last weekend, and we’re already planning for a bigger and better event next year. I would like to thank everyone involved for all of their hard work on the parade and fireworks, and thank our special guests for participating. I invite you all to stop by the Ocean City Music Pier tomorrow (July 23) for the seventh annual Tribute to the Philippines. The event celebrates Filipino culture and a bond between our two nations. Representatives of Cape May County were in town on Monday to provide information on a redecking project on the 34th Street Bridge that will reduce traffic to one lane for the next two off-seasons. The bridge is the county’s most heavily traveled, and there’s no sugar-coating it – the county project will cause potential delays for anybody who uses Roosevelt Boulevard to get in and out of town between October and May. The full presentation is available here. Even though it may take longer for people to get where they’re going, the city is in full support of this and all infrastructure improvements. This Cape May County project is designed not only to make travel smoother but to fix a deteriorated roadway that could become dangerous if not addressed. The short-term sacrifices will be well worth the long-term improvements. The county also made a presentation on Monday about a plan to replace the bridge on West 17th Street. Single-lane access to all traffic and utility service will be maintained throughout all parts of this project, which will start in October and be complete by Memorial Day in 2017. If you have questions, you can call the Cape May County Engineers Office at 609-465-1035 or visit the county’s reports and studies . Warm regards, Dear Friends,center_img We’re heading into the heart of summer, and, as always, I urge you to shop and dine local. But remember, if you’re traveling by bicycle, please don’t ride on the sidewalks, particularly in the downtown area. And I ask all drivers to respect crosswalk laws, and all pedestrians to make eye contact with drivers before crossing. The county’s plan calls for an alternating traffic pattern using a single lane on the bridge roughly from Columbus Day through the first weekend in May (with some additional delays throughout May and early June). Both lanes of traffic will reopen for the summer. Half the bridge closest to Ocean City will be completed in 2016-17. The other half will be finished in 2017-18. I urge all business owners to ask truck drivers to plan for alternative routes during this construction project. Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

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A Day of Thrills at the Ocean City Air Show

first_imgPhoto Credit: Steven King By Donald WittkowskiWhen you’re flying a mere 5 feet apart while zooming along at 230 mph, you’ve got to trust the pilot in the plane next to yours.Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker, professional air show pilots who have been flying together for 10 years, said they have complete confidence in each other.Thocker, in a touch of dark humor, noted that he and Rieder have a pact. “If you promise not to fly into the ground, I promise not to hit you,” Thocker said, smiling.Thousands of air show spectators watched the action unfold overhead from prime spots on the beaches between Sixth and 14th streets.The breathtaking aerial choreography Sunday between Rieder and Thocker thrilled tens of thousands of spectators on the beaches and Boardwalk during the annual Ocean City Aerobatic Air Show.City spokesman Doug Bergen said the air show draws an estimated 75,000 people. It is one of the centerpieces of Ocean City’s lineup of family-friendly fall events to continue attracting tourists to town after the peak summer beach season is over.Pilots Jon Thocker, left, and Ken Rieder greeted fans and signed autographs after their performance.For nearly two hours Sunday, spectators gazed into cloudless, blue skies to watch an assortment of planes and jets execute some death-defying rolls, loops and head-on passes just hundreds of feet above the ocean.Photo Credit: Steven KingRieder, 51, and Thocker, 58, both of Cincinnati, entertained the crowd with a series of steep climbs, high-speed dives and wingtip-to-wingtip flying in their small, RV-8 planes.Pilot Scott Francis shakes hands with one air show fan.“They make it look so easy,” exclaimed Howdy McCann, the air show announcer.Rieder said he and Thocker fly as close as 5 feet next to each other while hitting a top speed of 230 mph.“It takes eye-hand coordination and some really good eyesight. My trust level has to be real high with his abilities,” Rieder said of Thocker.Photo Credit: Steven KingScott Francis, another air show performer, drew gasps from the crowd when he swooped down in a corkscrew motion that brought his remarkably agile MXS plane within 500 feet of the ocean.“It makes you a little dizzy, but it’s fun,” Francis, 49, of South Riding, Va., said of the corkscrew maneuver during an interview after the show. “If that doesn’t get your adrenaline going, nothing will.”At one point, Francis made his plane hang motionless in midair for several seconds. His performance also included high-arching loops converted into 300 mph dives.Photo Credit: Steven KingWhile Francis, Rieder, Thocker and other performers were soaring overhead, the spectators were soaking up the action from prime spots on the beaches and Boardwalk between Sixth and 14th streets.Jackie and Bob DeWire, a married couple from Milford, Hunterdon County, said they come to the air show every year. They have a summer vacation place at the Whippoorwill Campgrounds in Upper Township.Bob and Jackie DeWire, of Milford, Hunterdon County, attend the air show every year.As they usually do, the DeWires staked out a vantage point on the 11th Street beach to be in the heart of the air show’s fly zone.Jackie DeWire said she loves the aerobatic flying, but is frightened at times when the pilots come so close to the water.“It’s exciting when they do great stunts just above the water and then shoot up again,” she said. “Sometimes, I’m scared they’re going into the water. It’s breathtaking.”Air show fan Carol Tettemer, of Doylestown, Pa., was accompanied by grandson Quin and granddaughter Sabrina on the 11th Street beach.Carol Tettemer, of Doylestown, Pa., brought her 10-year-old grandson, Quin Tettemer, and 8-year-old granddaughter, Sabrina Famularo, to the air show. Stretched out on a blanket on the 11th Street beach, they anxiously waited for the flying to begin.“I like it when the planes fly low and make noise,” Quin said. “I really like the tricks.”Photo Credit: Steven Kinglast_img read more

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City Council Tells Police Department, “We Have Your Back”

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKICity Council expressed strong support for the Ocean City Police Department Thursday night, saying that it would never consider any efforts to defund the department or reduce public safety in a town that has cultivated an image as “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”Councilman Keith Hartzell said the “No. 1 reason” tourists choose Ocean City as their vacation destination and residents decide to make their homes here is its reputation as a safe, family-friendly community.“You do a damn good job in keeping us safe,” Hartzell said in comments underscoring his support for the department and Police Chief Jay Prettyman.During a discussion at a Council meeting Thursday, Hartzell said he was saddened that some communities across the country are defunding their police departments amid a national reckoning over police brutality.He emphasized that he would not tolerate police misconduct, but said he has never heard any complaints about the Ocean City Police Department.“In Ocean City, we have a professional police force,” he said.The police department was widely praised for the way it handled hundreds of protesters  in June during the peaceful Black Lives Matter march that ended in front of Ocean City’s Public Safety Building.Members of City Council state their support for the police department during their meeting Thursday night.Other members of Council joined Hartzell in declaring their support for the department. They also said they would not consider defunding the police.“We have your back,” newly elected Second Ward Councilman Tom Rotondi said in comments directed at the police department.“We will back you 100 percent of the time,” added Rotondi, who formerly served as a police officer in Lower Township.Rotondi called Prettyman “one of the best law enforcement officers I’ve ever had a chance to speak with.”Echoing the comments of other members of the governing body, Councilman Michael DeVlieger praised the police department for doing “a great job.”Newly elected Third Ward Councilman Jody Levchuk said he fully agreed with Hartzell’s remarks.Council President Bob Barr, seated next to City Clerk Melissa Rasner, says the governing body will not consider defunding the police.Council President Bob Barr forcefully said there will be no thought given to defunding the police.“We’re not going to do that. That’s not what we’re about,” Barr said.He continued, “We support our police to the best we can, and we always will.”Councilwoman Karen Bergman called on city officials and members of the community “to lead by example” by supporting the police.She urged everyone to thank police officers for their service the next time they see one.In other business, Council approved the appointment of Brian Logue to the city’s Zoning Board.Council also convened in closed session to interview other candidates for appointment to the Zoning Board. The Ocean City Police Department was part of an investigation leading to the arrest of a former high school teacher for an alleged sex assault on a student. last_img read more

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Press release: Appeal your tax bill online

first_img Launching the first divorce application services online at four sites – making the process easier to understand for divorce applicants and helping to progress applications. A new paperless system, in operation at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court, which means thousands of offenders caught dodging fares or using fraudulent tickets can now be punished more swiftly and effectively. The increased use of video links – meaning more vulnerable victims can give evidence away from the courtroom and without having to meet their attacker face to face. We are spending £1billion on transforming the justice system so it is fit for the digital age. Allowing people to submit their tax appeals online is just one example of how we are making the system quicker, smarter, and much more user-friendly. The initiative means people no longer have to print out, manually fill in and post their forms. It is also drastically cutting the number of applications being returned, as incomplete or inaccurate forms can be amended over the phone with the help of HMCTS staff.Over 2,000 taxpayers have already benefitted from the quicker, streamlined system, with on average a quarter of appeals made online since the scheme was introduced.The move is part of the Government’s £1 billion investment to digitise the court service, making it quicker, simpler, and easier to access for everyone.Justice Minister Lucy Frazer said:center_img Online appeals are submitted to the tax tribunal service so that the case can be considered by a judge and, if necessary, proceed to a hearing.The simplified forms spell out exactly what steps applicants must have already taken, preventing people from wasting time submitting applications which are then returned.The online tax system continues to develop and in the early stages of 2018 will be extended to cater for an increased range of business.Other examples of the government’s court reforms which are making access to justice easier for everyone include:last_img read more

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Eventbrite Partners With Instagram To Sell Concert Tickets

first_imgEvent promoters who utilize Eventbrite can now add a prominent “Get Tickets” button to their business profile on Instagram. Previously, promoters were only able to add their website’s URL to the profile. The development is part of a new partnership between Eventbrite and Instagram that will help users on both ends more easily sell and purchase event tickets. The visual “Get Tickets” buttons, which can be added to a profile via Instagram’s Business Settings, will drive users directly to the necessary Eventbrite listing.In many ways, the partnership seems like a sensible move for both parties. Promoters have used Instagram to get the word out about their shows for years, and the social media platform is already one of the largest drivers of web traffic to Eventbrite. This new development just streamlines the process, bringing more people to the ticket seller and bringing Instagram one step closer to becoming a one-stop shop for many of its users (the platform has been expanding is shopping capabilities for the past year or so). In fact, users won’t even need to input their email address and other personal info during checkout because it will already be pulled from their Instagram account, which could be a blessing or a curse depending on how you look at it.Instagram users and event promoters can get more information on the new partnership via Eventbrite’s website.last_img read more

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Alex Coccia | Nancy Joyce

first_imgWho they are: Presidential candidate Alex Coccia is a junior from Columbus, Ohio, who resides in Siegfried Hall. An Africana studies and peace studies major, Coccia serves as co-president of the Progressive Student Alliance and was a founding member of the 4-to-5 Movement on campus. Vice presidential candidate Nancy Joyce, a junior resident of Welsh Family Hall, is an Akron, Ohio, native studying Arabic and economics. She currently serves as Arabic Club vice president and is a member of Junior Class Council.   First priority: Joyce said she and Coccia will immediately focus on “smaller but more concrete” platform items relevant to daily life, such as installing a Redbox on campus. Top priority: Institutionalizing a student town hall forum every month to foster communication between students and the administration. Best idea: Creating a new Director of National Engagement and Outreach position on the Executive Cabinet to promote relationships with peer institutions across the country, create benchmarks for student government and respond to national issues from a Notre Dame perspective. Worst idea: Instituting an on-campus bike rental system. While many students choose to use bikes to get around, they aren’t absolutely necessary on a campus the size of Notre Dame’s.  Most feasible: Coccia and Joyce propose “Student Government Night Out” events to connect student government with the rest of the Notre Dame community in the vein of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s “Mayor’s Night Out” events.  Least feasible: Coccia and Joyce plan to advocate for the inclusion of medical amnesty, Good Samaritan and emergency clauses in official University policies, but these changes could not be accomplished in a year in which du Lac is not eligible for revision.  Fun facts: Coccia has bungee jumped on the Nile River. Joyce’s great-grandfather was one of the legendary Four Horsemen of Notre Dame.  Notable quote: “I think student government as a whole was created as an advocacy organization, and I don’t think it’s reached its potential to be that yet and to be the voice for the students to the administration.” – Coccia, on the role of student government in campus life Bottom line: The relationships Coccia has formed as a driver of GLBTQ inclusion would provide an invaluable head start toward the ticket’s long-term goals through communication and collaboration with University administration. The Coccia-Joyce vision is comprehensive but does not necessarily include any truly groundbreaking ideas.last_img read more

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All Customers asked to call CVPS if power is still out Friday morning

first_imgAll Customers asked to call CVPS if power is still out Friday morningCVPS is asking that all customers who are still without power as of Friday morning to contact the company at 1-800-451-2877.Due to damage in some areas that are affecting only single and small groups of customers, some without power may not be listed in the outage management system. As restoration efforts near a close, the company wants to assure that no one is left without power.If customers see that others in their neighborhood have power, but they do not, CVPS asks that those customers switch their breakers off and on to assure the problem is not localized inside their home.The company also reminded customers that while service lines or overhead wires that run from a pole to a house or business are the utility’s responsibility, the service cable that runs along the side of the house is the customer’s responsibility.If those service cables are damaged, customers should contact an electrician. The service bracket that attaches the service line to the house is generally maintained by CVPS. However, the weather head, attached to the service cable, which prevents water damage to the wiring, is maintained by the customer’s electrician.last_img read more

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Brazilian Navy Trains 2,250 Service Members in Amazon Region

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo June 23, 2017 The currents and high flood levels in the rivers of the Amazon, not to mention the type and the lay of the river banks, the presence of natural floating or underwater barriers, poisonous animals, and tropical diseases, are some of the aspects that the Brazilian Navy takes into account to operate in that region. “All of this can restrict mobility for our naval forces in river channels, as well as requiring additional planning measures, vaccinations, and first-aid training,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Robson Clair da Silva, the commander of the 2nd Riverine Operations Battalion, a unit under the 4th Naval District Command. To keep its troops ready to operate in this environment, the 4th and 9th Naval District Commands conduct Operation Ribeirex annually. Together, both units cover nearly all of the states in northern Brazil, with the exception of Tocantins, and two states in the northeast (Maranhão and Piauí). In 2017, the operation took place in locations close to the city of Santarém in the state of Pará, with 2,250 service members from the two commands participating, 200 of whom were marines from the 2nd Riverine Operations Battalion located in Belém, Pará. In the first phase of the exercise, carried out from April 25th to 27th, the goal was to deploy the marines, who departed Belém for Santarém, in addition to the deployment of eight ships also participating in the training. While in transit to the area of operations, the crew performed onboard activities such as firefighting, overseeing ship repairs, and navigational studies. “The navigational training is aimed at familiarizing the officers with the navigational peculiarities of the rivers in the Amazon, which are powerful and have banks that shift quite frequently,” explained Captain Ricardo Jaques Ferreira, the commander of the Northern Naval Patrol Group, a unit under the 4th Naval District Command. During this period, some exercises were still being conducted, including the launch of support vessels that would be used in the second phase of Ribeirex. “The goal of the entire first phase was to elevate the level of vessel training to operate in working groups, in order to increase their efficiency during the second phase of the operation, when the riverine operation was carried out,” Capt. Ferreira said. River landing The second phase of the operation, which ran from April 28th to May 1st, had two focuses: an exercise in river landings and the control of traffic on the Amazon River. Upon landing, the marine troops left the ships to advance towards an area on the river bank, aiming to secure that space and to maintain certain objectives for each participating group. “This activity requires a high degree of coordination, control, and speed in order to execute it safely and effectively,” Lt. Col. Clair explained. During the exercise, the service members also faced the challenge of simulating a so-called “casualty evacuation,” having to be aware of first-aid procedures and having to take each participant who had been “hit” to the best-equipped healthcare facilities. The point chosen for the riverine operation was the area where the river enters the Great Lake of Curuai, a lake with muddy waters like those of the Amazon River, to which it is connected, north of Santarém. “This area of operations was chosen because of the natural features of the region, considering the high flood level of the Amazon River,” Capt. Ferreira said. In addition to the ships, an Esquilo (UH-12) helicopter from the Navy’s 3rd Helicopter Squadron was employed to support the operation. “The union between the troops and the resources of both commands led to increased interoperability and to a mutual understanding of their capacities and limitations in operations,” Capt. Ferreira assessed. Lt. Col. Clair also considered the results of the 2017 edition of Operation Ribeirex to be positive. “I consider the operation to have been successful since it was possible to keep the Navy’s troop training in the Amazon region at a high level of readiness without any incident that would have compromised the safety of the personnel or equipment.” He added that “it was also important to have the marines experience the characteristics of our Amazon.” Controlling river traffic Controlling river traffic is the responsibility of the Navy, charged with promoting the safety of navigation, preventing water pollution, and protecting those who use the waters in their daily lives; operations that become more complex due to the features of the Amazon. The length of the Amazon River is one of the factors, according to Capt. Ferreira. He also commented on the existence of holes and lakes in the region, a fact that requires service members to diversify the ways in which they control river traffic, trying out new operational strategies and expanding the presence and capacity of the Navy. In general, operations like Ribeirex are guided by a constitutional decision. “The Armed Forces, in accordance with Article 142 of the Federal Constitution of 1988, is dedicated to the defense of the homeland, to preserving constitutional powers and, by the initiative of any of those powers, maintaining law and order,” Lt. Col. Clair affirmed. “For the defense of the homeland, the Armed Forces need to be well trained and to have credibility in putting their training to use, being able to operate rapidly and successfully against acts of aggression. As such, it is only with ongoing training, which is achieved through in-service training and in operations such as Ribeirex, that it is possible to carry out our constitutional role and dissuade a domestic or external threat,” Lt. Col. Clair concluded.last_img read more

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