Oxford MP and Oxfam CEO launch Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal

first_imgOxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring and local MP Nicola Blackwood briefed Oxford residents on the Syria refugee crisis at Oxfam House in Cowley on Thursday. The event was the launch of Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal in Oxford.Goldring recently visited the crowded refugee camps on the Syria/Jordan border and Blackwood travelled with Oxfam to work with refugees in Lebanon.He stated, “The people I met arrived in the refugee camp with virtually nothing, having fled terrible violence in Syria. Often their homes have been destroyed and they have no idea when, or if, they will be able to return.”Goldring continued, “Oxfam is doing everything we can, but we urgently need to raise funds so we can continue our life-saving work.”Currently, nearly seven million are in need of humanitarian help in Syria. Local supporters of the Appeal include Oxford Oxfam Student’s Group and the 02 Academy. Oxfam hopes to receive further support from other businesses and individuals over Oxford.A major street collection will take place over Oxford on Saturday 8th June among other fundraising events.MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Nicola Blackwood, said, “Having seen the desperate situation that thousands of Syrian refugees are experiencing in Lebanon for myself, I feel very strongly that this is a humanitarian emergency the people of Oxford simply cannot ignore.“I know the Oxford community is extremely caring and I hope local people will be moved to get behind Oxfam’s emergency appeal.”last_img read more

Franklin Square Tow Truck Driver Arrested for Extortion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Bumble Bee Towing owner Christopher Capurso of Franklin Square was arrested for allegedly extorting victims in Floral Park. (Nassau County Police Department Mug Shot)A Franklin Square tow truck driver was arrested on April 19 for extortion, after police say he posted his own “no parking” signs in commercial lots, enforced them illegally by towing parked vehicles, then demanded money from his victims.Bumble Bee Towing owner and tow truck driver Christopher Capurso, 22, of Franklin Square was “holding cars hostage,” Floral Park Village Police say, preying upon customers of local businesses who did nothing wrong.The fraudulent signs read: “Customer/Tenant Parking Only 24 Hours – 7 Days A Week Unauthorized Vehicles Will be Towed at Owners Expense… Cars released by appointment only.”Police say after temporarily posting the signs in various locations, Capurso hooked up parked vehicles to his truck, waited for the owners to return and then charged his victims $150-$200 to release their vehicles, before removing the signs.Capurso was charged with seven counts of grand larceny, but police say they are investigating more than a dozen similar complaints against Bumble Bee Towing In Nassau County.Capurso had his tow truck operator license revoked and was released on $500 bond. He will appear in Nassau County First District Court on May 10.last_img read more

Lending leaders and laggards

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The New York Fed’s quarterly release of consumer lending data received more attention than usual this cycle thanks to a certain milestone. For the first time, overall U.S. consumer debt of $12.7 trillion exceeded the previous high established in late 2008, just as the extent of the Great Recession was becoming apparent.Even at a high level, this statistic provides an opportunity to separate the “glass half full” types from the Negative Nellies. Does it mean our economy has finally recovered—or that we’ve simply created a new bubble for ourselves?Probably neither, although a closer look at the data could provide pockets of support for either argument. If you like numbers nearly as much as I do, I encourage you to download the New York Fed’s deck and easy-to-navigate spreadsheet, both of which contain plenty of worthwhile nuggets.Here’s my take on the high points.Of the six underlying consumer debt categories, four remain well off their highs while two have grown—and one of those is a doozy. continue reading »last_img read more

Football News Atalanta keep UEFA Champions League qualification alive with 1-1 draw vs Juventus

first_img Milan: Departing Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri bid farewell to the Turin fans in the team’s final home game this season on Sunday, a 1-1 stalemate against Atalanta that kept the visitors’ hopes of a first-ever Champions League qualification alive. The Juventus fans paid tribute to Allegri, who the club’s management have decided will not be their coach next season, despite winning 11 trophies in five years, but missing out on winning the Champions League.    Juventus have already wrapped up their record eighth consecutive title, which was Allegri’s fifth. The team were officially presented with this year’s Serie A trophy — the first for Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.    Former World Cup winner Andrea Barzagli played his final home game after eight years in Turin and received a resounding ovation when he came off after an hour. On the pitch, forward Mario Mandzukic struck ten minutes from time to cancel out Josip Ilicic’s 33rd-minute goal for Atalanta.RELATED    The point keeps Atalanta’s hopes of a first Champions League campaign alive, which they can seal if they beat Sassuolo in their final game next weekend.    Atalanta moved third ahead of Inter Milan on head-to-head after Luciano Spalletti’s side lost 4-1 at Napoli. Juventus and second-placed Napoli are already through to the Champions League next season. AC Milan is just one point behind Inter and Atalanta in fifth after Krzysztof Piatek and Suso struck in a 2-0 win over Frosinone.    Inter will play their final match against Empoli, who are trying to avoid relegation. Polish striker Piatek got back scoring on 57 minutes at the San Siro, with Spanish winger Suso adding a second nine minutes later.    Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved a Camillo Ciano penalty before Piatek broke his five-match scoring drought with his 22nd goal of the season. Milan is at least assured of a place in next season’s Europa League, along with Roma, who were held to a goalless draw at Sassuolo on Saturday.    The two teams benefited from seventh-placed Torino’s shock 4-1 defeat at Empoli, which ended the northerners’ European hopes. Lazio, in eighth, is sure of playing in the Europa League group stage thanks to their Coppa Italia victory. Empoli moved out of the relegation zone at the expense of Genoa, who were held 1-1 by Cagliari, and are now 18th ahead of next week’s clash with Fiorentina, themselves just three points off the drop zone. highlights Juventus secured their eighth consecutive Serie A title.Atalanta is aiming to secure a UEFA Champions League spot for the first time.Mario Mandzukic and Josep Ilcic scored for their respective teams.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Playing their best, PH gals falter vs world-class Thais

first_imgPolice seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ It had its chance to top the group stage but the Philippines yielded a straight-set loss to Vietnam (26-24, 25-12, 25-23).Vietnam, the silver medal winner in the last SEA Games, and Indonesia were locked in the other semifinal battle.If Vietnam wins, the Nationals will have to deal with Indonesia, a team led by explosive spiker Aprilla Manganang.Manganang had a beef to settle against the Philippines, whose officials questioned her gender during the 2015 Singapore edition.However, the 25-year-old Indonesian said the controversy is now water under the bridge when she came to the Philippines last year for the Asian Club Championships.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The defeat sent the Philippines to the bronze-medal match against either Indonesia or Vietnam.Coming into the SEA Games, the Nationals were aiming to end their medal drought in the biennial meet that dates back to the 2005 Manila edition, when they bagged a bronze.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We still have a chance to medal. This is still an achievement for us, making the semifinals,” said PH coach Francis Vicente.Formed just three months ago and playing as one team just six weeks back, the Philippines barged into the Final Four with a rousing win over Malaysia (25-18, 25-11, 25-16) Thursday. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Philippines’s Jovelyn Gonzaga (top L) returns the ball against Thailand players during their volleyball women’s semi-finals match at the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine team displayed its best form in the tournament but still failed to measure up to Thailand to lose a 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 decision Saturday in the Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball semifinals here.The Thais, who regularly play in top-level tournaments like the World Championship and Olympics, didn’t hold their punches against the all-heart Filipinos and played their best players up until the end.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Khan fears for McGregor in Mayweather bout What’s in store for your animal sign this year National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Kraemer Ties Program Record To Lead Bulldogs Past Moundbuilders

first_imgStory Links Box Score (HTML) Sophomore Mitch McFarlane led the young receiving corps with seven catch for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Fellow sophomore Daeonte Calvert caught four passes for 45 yards. Kraemer’s six touchdown passes tied Ira Vandever’s performance against San Deigo in 2002. Kraemer ended up throwing for 313 yards and completed 20-of-27. Junior Danny Donley kept the Bulldogs prefect in the red zone with a pair of field goals, 43 yards and 26 yards, respectively. The second-half was all Drake. The Bulldog defense smothered the Moundbuilders as they didn’t allow a first down and gave up just five yards of total offense. Listen Live Watch Live On the first play of the second-quarter, Kraemer found Devin Cates in the middle of the end zone for his first career touchdown catch and put Drake up 14-0. Fifth-year senior Tanner Evans led the defense with five tackles, two for a loss and a sack. Mack Marrin recorded four stops, including a game-high two sacks.Offensively, Kraemer found McFarlane for the third time in the third-quarter and then completed his sixth touchdown pass to Connor Ostrander early in the fourth. Next Game: Box Score (PDF) The Bulldogs wasted little time to get on top of the Moundbuilders as Kraemer completed 66-yard touchdown pass to McFarlane on the second play of the game. “Grant did a great job. He managed the offense really well, he didn’t force it and that’s what you got to do, especially as a mature quarterback,” said Drake head coach Rick Fox. “We’ve got a nice young group of receivers and it was good for them to have some success tonight and feel that, because we think that group looks pretty good moving forward.” Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350AM ESPN Des Moines The Bulldogs were put in exceptional field position to start the second-quarter because of Cooper Christiano’s first career interception that ended the opening quarter. The Bulldogs’ offense was put in good field position again, but this time courtesy of the special teams. Cates got his hand on SC’s Mario Esparza punt, resulting in a 17-yard punt and putting DU’s offense on Southwestern’s 42-yard line. at South Dakota State 9/16/2017 – 6 p.m. Sophomore Jacob Clay capped off the Bulldog scoring with a one-yard touchdown run in the final minutes of the game for a final score of 55-14. The Moundbuilders managed to get on the broad late in the second-quarter and then took advantage of a Bulldog miscue in the final minute to cut their deficit to 28-14 at halftime. The Bulldogs will begin the road portion of their schedule next week as they travel to No. 4 South Dakota State on Sept. 16. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Kraemer and company took full advantage of the short field as Kraemer threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior Cole Neary to extend Drake’s lead 21-0. On the Bulldogs’ next possession, Kraemer orchestrated six-play 65-yard scoring drive, which was capped off by a 25-yard touchdown pass to McFarlane. Full Schedule Roster DES MOINES, Iowa – Senior quarterback Grant Kraemer tied the program record with six touchdown passes to lead the Drake University football team past Southwestern College (Kan.), 55-14, Saturday night at Drake Stadium.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

South Africa pushes ‘e-skills’

first_img27 August 2007The South African government is to establish a council to oversee the development of “e-skills” in the country, while a number of leading local and international IT companies are to set up new training centres in SA, it was announced on the weekend.Speaking to journalists after meeting with an advisory council on information society and development in Kwazulu-Natal, President Thabo Mbeki said that improving South Africa’s information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure would be futile if people did not possess the necessary skill to use the technology.The new e-skills council, comprising members of government, business and academia, would “very rapidly” drive the process of improving ICT skills in the country, Mbeki said.Mbeki, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri were among those who attended the latest meeting of the council, set up to advise the government on ICT trends and ways of encouraging economic development.At the meeting, a number of corporations outlined their plans for contribute to skills development in South Africa.Hewlett Packard (HP) announced a R150-million initiative, dubbed the HP Business Institute, designed to provide subsidised training to small black-owned ICT companies.Ken Willett, MD of HP Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa, said the institute would provide its students with comprehensive training, including not only traditional IT-related training but also general business training in areas such as marketing communications and business management.Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle also announced proposals for the launch of centres to provide ICT training and job placement.Oracle said that, according to industry statistics, the demand for skills in South Africa’s ICT sector – which currently employs approximately 200 000 people – would exceed the supply by as much as 24% by 2009.“The skills shortage in the manufacturing sector alone will lag by 14 000 ICT specialists in 2010,” the company said in statement.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

KwaZulu-Natal mulls automotive supplier park

first_img6 February 2014 The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government is considering establishing an automotive supplier park to boost the auto manufacturing sector in the province, Premier Senzo Mchunu said on Monday. Speaking at Toyota South Africa’s Prospecton plant in Durban, at a ceremony marking the start of full production of the new-generation Toyota Corolla, Mchunu said the government was looking in the vicinity of the proposed dug-out port, on the site of the old Durban International Airport, for a possible venue for the supplier park. “In 2012 the provincial government started negotiations with Toyota management in Japan, and we asked them to help us convince automobile suppliers to consider setting up their plants in this proposed park,” Mchunu said. “There are also opportunities for automotive leather upholstery manufacturers to be located in the park and to supply automotive suppliers and manufacturers across the country and the international market.” Mchunu commended Toyota for its contribution to job creation and skills development in the country, and said the provincial government was committed to working with the company to strengthen the automobile industry. “Toyota has been producing vehicles here in Durban since 1962. Records show that in 2013 alone Toyota built more than 156 000 vehicles, of which 80 000 units were exported to Europe and African countries.” Toyota’s Durban plant boasts an annual production capacity of more than 220 000 units, while the company supports more than 8 000 jobs in Durban and Johannesburg. “Importantly, the government appreciates investments by Toyota towards skills development,” Mchunu said. “Thousands of employees who will be working in this production line have benefited from Toyota’s skills development programme.” Toyota’s production of the new-generation Corolla follows a R1-billion investment made by the company in its Prospecton plant. In a statement issued on Monday, Toyota South Africa CEO Johan van Zyl said the R1-billion investment was the second to be announced in the current phase of a capital expansion programme that started with a R363-million new parts distribution centre in Gauteng province in 2012. This followed a R8-billion investment programme that was completed in 2008 and that saw Toyota’s local production capacity increase to 220 000 units. In December, the company celebrated the production of its 1-millionth South African produced Corolla. SAinfo reporter and KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Governmentlast_img read more

Dairy groups support Trump Administration examination of India, Indonesia compliance under generalized system of preferences

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) accepted a petition from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) to examine India’s failure to follow through on its obligations to provide “equitable and reasonable access to its market” for dairy products. In addition, Indonesia, which has also been pursuing dairy trade distorting policies, will be included in USTR’s review to assess that country’s compliance with its market access obligations.India has for many years maintained unjustified market access barriers to U.S. dairy products, despite receiving preferential access to the U.S. market under a special duty-free trade arrangement called the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). India abruptly began denying dairy exports in 2003, citing safety concerns and demanding revised government-issued health certificates. The U.S. industry and U.S. government have worked in good faith over the last 15 years to remove this intractable barrier, but have been met with a shifting litany of demands not founded on sound science.Meanwhile, since last year Indonesia has been advancing a policy aimed at mandating that importers and manufacturers in its country purchase local milk or contribute monetarily to support the local dairy industry, even though this runs counter to its WTO commitments.GSP benefits come with the expectation that the trading partners using the program comply with a baseline level of requirements, including those related to reasonable market access terms. USTR has rightfully determined that a thorough examination of these countries’ adherence to these terms of the deal is necessary.Industry officials praised USTR’s decision to review India’s and Indonesia’s GSP status, and are hopeful that the move will force the countries to halt unfair trading practices that harm U.S. farmers.“Dairy farmers across the country applaud the White House and USTR for taking this step and holding these countries accountable for their unlawful actions,” said Jim Mulheron, NMPF president and CEO. “We’ve been wrongly blocked from the Indian market for more than a decade, and Indonesia has recently been heading down a similar route. If these nations refuse to embrace free and fair trade, there must be consequences.”“We export dairy products to more than 100 countries and our products are universally recognized as safe,” said Tom Vilsack, USDEC president and CEO and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “Exports are essential to rural America’s future, and our government must prioritize the removal of trade impediments like this to foster an open and healthy market.”The two organizations thanked the Trump Administration for sending a strong message that trade should be a two-way street. They said USTR has the opportunity to lead on other key dairy trade issues, such as tearing down policies erected by Canada that are harming U.S. dairy exports and run counter to what is needed from a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement.USTR indicated that a public hearing and comment period for the new GSP reviews of India and Indonesia will be announced in an upcoming Federal Register notice.last_img read more

The 10 coolest winter geocaching tips

first_imgShare with your Friends:More 4. …but know your limits:You’ll get cold, tired, and numb. The cold weather can make a single mile feel like ten, and you’ll exhaust easier. Not to mention it gets dark earlier in the winter. Be at peace with turning around sooner rather than later, then (safely) grabbing the cache another day.It’s OK to turn around and come back another day for the geocache5. Extra juiceBring backup batteries for your GPS device. Cold weather causes batteries to drain faster than in warm weather.Juice up for a long trek in cold weather to make that big find!6. BYOPencilPencils work at any temperature, but pens can freeze up when it’s cold. Make sure your efforts are worth it and you can sign that log!BYOPencil so you can sign that log!7. Can it be done?Has this cache been found since the last time it snowed, or should this one wait until the spring thaw?Has the geocache been found since snow has fallen?8. TOTTBring Tools of the Trade (TOTT) such as a small shovel for snow and a screwdriver to pry open frozen containers. But be careful since plastic containers can crack easily in cold temperatures.Make sure you have the right Tools of the Trade (like snowshoes) for the environment9. If you’re a Premium Member, run a Pocket Query for geocaches that have the “Available During Winter” attribute.Make sure the geocache is available in winter10. Walk on waterSome geocaches can only be accessed after a lake freezes over in the winter. How’s that for a new challenge?Walk on waterIf snowmageddon is just too overbearing, cozy up with a mug of hot cocoa or coffee by the fire and solve some Puzzle Caches. Or, you can always wait until spring to start your streak all over… Again. 😉Cache coffeeShare your tips for winter geocaching in the comments below! WintercachingWhat’s a little snow when you’re determined to up your find count? When the temps go down, it’s time for you to get up and get caching. Here are 10 tips for geocaching in a winter wonderland.1. Safety firstAlways tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return. Take a friend (or two) with you because safety truly comes in numbers.Geo-friends no matter the weather!2. Dress for successDress in layers for optimal comfort. Your base layer should wick moisture away from your body, an insulating layer should keep you warm, and your outer shell should protect you from the elements. Waterproof boots and gloves are mandatory since you’ll be “digging” snow away. Lastly, listen to your mother and wear a hat — it’s cold outside!Dress for (geocaching) success!3. Go the distance…If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Get yourself a pair and learn how to put them on properly to fully enjoy your journey.center_img SharePrint RelatedFrom the Desk of Moun10Bike: How to Keep Your Geocaching Streak Going in the SnowDecember 18, 2013In “Community”Signal’s tips for barbecuing–whether it’s hot or coldJanuary 2, 2018In “Community”Beware the Tall Grasses! Or, Death of a BatteryMay 20, 2014In “Maker Madness”last_img read more