Permission granted for University housing project

first_imgUniversity plans to build hundreds of postgraduate student flats and bed­sits on a former rail site have been approved.Planning permission was granted to the University last Wednesday, which allows 312 flats and bedsits over four and five storeys to be built at unused former railway land near the station.The new buildings will be an ex­tension to student accommodation at Castle Mill in Roger Dudman Way, which provides graduate housing for couples and families, and will include 208 study rooms, 90 one-bedroom flats, 14 two-bedroom flats, 360 cycle bays and three car parking spaces. It is phase two of a scheme that will provide a total of 436 gradu­ate student units.However, concerns over the build have been raised, particularly as Wal­ton Well Road is expected to be closed during construction, meaning ac­cess only be available through Roger Dudman. Members of the public, in a report to Oxford City’s west area planning committee, have refereed to existing access along Roger Dud­man way as “poor and dangerous” for both pedestrians and cyclists, as well as calling the project “over ambitious in scale”, and expressing worries over noise levels and working hours during construction.The Cripley Road Allotment As­sosiation, representing holders of allotments neighbouring the site, also noted potential flooding to al­lotments.But the report also acknowledged that the land was well-suited to the university’s graduate students be­cause of its good footpath and cy­cle links to the city centre, Walton Street and North Oxford.As part of the development, a new footbridge will be built to Fid­dler’s Island and paths and light­ing in Roger Dudman Way will be improved. The university has also agreed to re-fence Cripley Road Al­lotments.Tom Arnold, a Balliol DPhil stu­dent currently living in adjacent Venneit Close accommodation, said “So far, the construction hasn’t been too intrusive or disruptive. It’s a good move from the university in that it’s a good location to develop; but I do feel bad for the holders of the neighbouring allotments, as the finished building will overshadow them and construction may well af­fect them. “The really annoying thing is the closure of the cycle path to Jericho – it was a major advantage of Castle Mill which is now significantly less ‘central’.”OUSU Graduate Officer Jim O’Connell commented, “It’s great the University is building affordable quality accommodation for its grad­uate students. There will be some dis­ruption during the building process, but we are working to minimise this. However, it’s absolutely crucial the University shows it appreciates the pressures on graduate students right now as well by making sure it does not raise rents by more than inflation this year, especially after last year’s dramatic increases and the freezing of research stipends.”A spokesperson for the University of Oxford said, “The University has received planning permission to con­struct 312 units of accommodation for graduate students on its existing site at Castle Mill which is located to the north-west of the railway station off the Roger Dudman way.“This development is significant because it demonstrates the Univer­sity’s commitment to attracting the most talented graduate students to Oxford and to relieving the burden on Oxford’s rental market by provid­ing accommodation to hundreds of additional students.“127 units were built by the Uni­versity in 2001 so this development will expand the amount of accom­modation provided on that site. The new units will be provided within 8 blocks which will be a mix of 4 and 5 storeys.”In response to allegations that de­velopment of the site began before permission was granted, the spokes­person continued, “Building on the site did not start until planning per­mission was received – there is other non-University construction work happening in the area.”last_img read more

In Short

first_imgNAMB 125th banquetThe National Association of Master Bakers will host its 125th Anniversary Banquet on 3 November 2012 at The Guildhall, London. For details, call 01920 468061 or visit www.masterbakers.co.uk.Scots’ 40 GroupIndustry body Scottish Bakers has re-established its 40 Group, which is open to all managers and directors in the bakery sector who are under the age of 40. Its first meeting will take place on 17 January at Atholl House in Edinburgh at 1pm.Call for salt researchThe baking industry has called for further research into the role of salt in bread, following reports the government wants to scrap salt reduction targets in 2012. Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers, said the industry “cannot reduce salt beyond the 2012 targets”.Egg commitmentBakery ingredients supplier BAKO has promised all its own-label egg products will be fully compliant with new EU legislation by 1 January. The law means egg suppliers will have to use enriched cages, larger than battery types, providing perches and room for nesting.Festive export dealIn its first ever export contract, craft bakery Dorringtons, based in Sawbridgeworth, Herts, has supplied 2,000 handmade festive fruit cakes to an upmarket online retailer in Germany called Hagen Grote.last_img read more

Tesco suffers record loss

first_imgTesco has posted a record £6.4bn annual pre-tax loss for the year to the end of February.This compares to a pre-tax loss of £2.26bn last year, and is the biggest loss suffered by a UK retailer in history.Around £4.7bn of the losses were due to the fall in property value of its UK stores, 43 of which it said would close earlier this month. A further £416m was down to restructuring costs.Like-for-like sales in the UK, not including fuel, were also down 3.6%.Dave Lewis, chief executive of the food giant, was not in denial about the torrid time the supermarket had been having, and said: “It has been a very difficult year for Tesco.”The retailer is still under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after it overstated its half-year profit forecast in August by £263m.Lewis continued: “The results we have published today reflect a deterioration in the market and, more significantly, an erosion of our competitiveness over recent years. We have faced into this reality, sought to draw a line under the past and begun to rebuild, and already we are beginning to see early encouraging signs from what we’ve done so far.”Bakery linesIn order to take on the challenging market place, Tesco has outlined plans to improve pricing on branded products, and said further price cuts on “essential products” such as bread had taken effect last month.As the supermarket price war escalates, the retailer has also dropped Kingsmill bread from its shelves as it follows a more volume driven strategy.In the preliminary results, it said it would be carrying out a review of product ranges over an 18-month period – with one source outside the company suggesting there could be more bakery delistings.Lewis said: “By focusing on the fundamentals of availability, service and targeted price reductions, we have seen a steady increase in footfall, transactions and, most significantly, volumes. More customers are buying more things at Tesco.” OutlookThe retailer said it did not expect the challenging market to change in the near future and would continue to focus on three main priorities- regaining competitiveness in its UK business; protecting and strengthening the balance sheet; and rebuilding trust and transparency in the business and the brand.It said: “The immediate priority for these and any other savings delivered is reinvestment in the customer offer in order to further restore UK competitiveness.”last_img read more

This Festival Combines A 5K Race With Craft Beer And Music

first_imgMusic, running, and beer: a seemingly unlikely combination. However, The Brew Hop, a brand new event coming to NYC next weekend, has managed to seamlessly fuse the three elements into one stacked day. Beginning with a 5K race and concluding with music provided by the High and Mighty Brass Band and Argonaut&Wasp, along with craft beer from more than a dozen local breweries included in the ticket price, this is sure to be a unique and exciting event. The Brew Hop will take place on Sunday, September 18th at Randall’s Island. Tickets are available here.The day kicks off strong with a 5K race, which attendees are welcome to either run or walk. Following the race, patrons will be rewarded for their hard work with unlimited beer, along with a medal, a souvenir pint glass, a beer koozie, and access to the festival for the rest of the day.Brass favorites the High and Mighty Brass Band will provide high-energy, New Orleans-style funk, while Brooklyn-based Argonaut&Wasp will kick the party into gear with a DJ set.The event’s featured breweries include Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Brewery, SingleCut Beersmiths, Third Rail Beer, Bronx Brewery, Gun Hill Brewing Company, Rockaway Brewing, KelSo Beer Company, Alphabet City Brewing, Blue Point Brewing Company, Great South Bay Brewery, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company and more TBA. The festival will also feature food provided by Bareburger, Ponti Rossi, and Blossom Ice Cream, as well as live music, lawn games, a photobooth, art installations, lounge areas, and more.A portion of proceeds will go towards benefitting City Harvest, a great organization that helps feed more than one million New Yorkers facing hunger each year. There will also be a food drive on-site for attendees who wish to bring nonperishable food items to donate.Get tickets to the inaugural Brew Hop on Sunday, 9/18 here, or enter to win them below.last_img read more

What is the Best Dell Monitor for Photo Editing?

first_img1 Available for download from Dell.com/support2 The X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter is available in selected countries for purchase from Dell. Contact a Dell representative to find out if it is available in your country. i1Display Pro is also available from X-Rite’s North American and Pantone online stores, and also from X-Rite’s worldwide network of resellers.3 Dell’s software development kit enables you to customize Dell UltraSharp Monitors to your preferred in-house custom system, allowing you to easily manage color space and control video layout. There’s nothing worse than editing photos on one display and then seeing them on a different screen and the colors are “wonky” a photographer friend recently told me.You want a monitor that not only provides precise, accurate colors right out of the box with broad coverage of industry color standards, but also offers crisp images and consistent color viewing at any angle.To find that, I looked both inside Dell and outside to professional photographers and reviewers.Dell Pros Say Go UltraSharp with PremierColorWhen I asked some of our Dell display experts which monitor is best for photo editing, they recommended one from our Dell UltraSharp monitor with PremierColor family because it offers the ideal tools for color-critical projects.And there are several of Dell UltraSharp with PremierColor monitors to choose from to meet your specific needs and budget, including:Dell UltraSharp 32 8K Monitor – UP3218K – The world’s first 31.5 inch monitor with 8K resolution, announced at CES 2017Dell UltraSharp 32 4K Monitor – UP3216Q– 32 inch UltraHD 4k MonitorDell UltraSharp 30 Monitor – UP3017” 32 inch 16:10 aspect ratio, UltraHD 4k MonitorDell UltraSharp 27 4K HDR Monitor – UP2718Q –  27 inch 4k monitor is the world’s first UHDA Premium certified HDR10 monitorDell UltraSharp 27 Monitor – UP2716D – 27 inch QHD monitor with ultrathin bezelsDell UltraSharp 25 Monitor – UP2516D-25 inch QHD monitor with ultrathin bezelsDell UltraSharp Monitors with PremierColor offer the ability to calibrate and color match to a specific color space, for consistent color results with very little deviation between individual monitors. They have compatibility to major industry standards, such as AdobeRGB and sRGB, giving photographers the flexibility to select and use their preferred color space.You can also calibrate the monitor in-house using Dell UltraSharp Color Calibration Solution software¹ with the optional X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter² (sold separately), or tweak color parameters according to their proprietary color solution with the SDK3.Reviewers and Professional Photographers ConcurBut don’t just take our word for it that the UltraSharp with PremierColor monitors are great for photo editing. TechRadar recently listed the Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q and the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K among their top screens for photographers.And professional photographer Jack Fusco, whose work has focused on the landscape-astrophotography field, recently shared an in-depth review of that 8K model.“In a year where I plan on upgrading one of my main camera bodies, I believe this monitor will be an even bigger asset in improving the quality of my work,” Fusco said.This monitor was called “stunningly ahead of its time” by The Verge last year, who also noted that the world needed to do some catching up “to Dell’s impressive technological achievement.” (their words, not mine.)But, Fusco believes that it can be good to be ahead of the curve.“Very often, expensive gear needs to be replaced or is outdated in a short amount of time,” he said.  “Because people are still making the move to 4K, moving your workspace to 8K now means you’ll have plenty of time before you have to worry about upgrading again.”The World’s Favorite MonitorsYes, we can claim to be the world’s favorite because Dell monitors have been #1 worldwide for five consecutive years (2013 to 2017) according to IDC Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker, Q1 2018.By choosing a top-tier monitor with added features specific for color critical tasks, photographers can enjoy color depth of 1.07 billion colors (64 times more color depth than standard monitors) for smooth gradations in color and exceptional clarity – even in dark areas.Each monitor mentioned in this post is factory color calibrated on AdobeRGB and sRGB to a Delta-E < 2 and comes with a complete factory calibration report, giving you the confidence that colors will be accurate right from the start.All of this means photographers who chose Dell UltraSharp Monitors with PremierColor can feel confident that they’ve picked a winner.last_img read more

“Don Mario,” The Most Feared And Wanted Drug Trafficker In Colombia, Is Captured

first_imgBy Dialogo April 16, 2009 The most wanted drug trafficker in Colombia, Daniel Rendón Herrera, alias “Don Mario,” was captured today in a rural area of Urabá, a northern region of the country in which he established a major drug smuggling route, imposed his law, and terrorized the local population for several years. “Don Mario,” a feared paramilitary who earned over two million dollars a month from the sale of drugs – the same amount of reward offered by the government of President Álvaro Uribe for his capture – was responsible for 3,000 killings in the past 18 months, said National Police Director Óscar Naranjo. He was arrested after a police pursuit lasting eight days, and in his final five hours of freedom he was under siege by 300 police commandos mobilized for the raid. “He was surrounded, literally like a dog, eating rice with his hands, which was all that he had left,” said the head of the Judicial Police Directorate (Dijin), Colonel César Augusto Pinzón, one of the coordinators of this operation. The mafia chief, aged 45, was captured in the countryside area of Manuel Cuello, belonging to the town of Necoclí, located in the Caribbean region of Uraba, where in 2006 he created an armed group with more than 1,000 paramilitary troops to control drug trafficking. From Rio de Janeiro President Uribe, who made an official visit to Brazil today, called the event “good news” and was pleased that “after long months of patient persecution, one of those recidivist ex-paramilitaries, one of those drug trafficking criminals most feared in the world (…)” had been captured. In this way, the Colombian police terminated an operation started nine months ago, during which about fifty paramilitaries associated with him were captured, and operating assets valued in more than $100 million were seized. “He was virtually like a dog; he had been cowering under a palm tree for two days,” said Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos, to whom the prisoner was “a very valuable target.” Santos made these statements to the press after “Don Mario” was moved from Urabá to Bogotá, where he was immediately taken to the judiciary police after being seen for the first time since he had escaped from prison three years ago. “This individual had become a coordinator of criminal gangs from the Chocó to Guajira (across the northern part of the country from west to east), and in the process he encouraged a war and a number of murders that the country is aware of,” Santos said. According to the minister, there were “more than 3,000 homicides committed during the process of controlling territory for drug trafficking and committing illegal acts.” “Don Mario was Urabá’s controller, but also in his struggle to control territory” he was the “cause of homicides in cities such as Medellín; that is why this capture is of special importance to the safety of Colombians,” added the Minister of Defense. Santos took the opportunity to ask other drug kingpins to surrender, especially Oliveiro Pedro Guerrero, alias “Cuchillo,” leader of the group operating in the eastern plains and jungles of Colombia, now considered the next target of the authorities. “This means that there is no place in Colombia or in the world where these drug lords can hide, no matter how powerful they may be,” Santos said, before congratulating the police for the operation. “I want to say that my problem is inherited,” were the only words that “Don Mario” said to the journalists who had awaited his arrival in Bogotá.last_img read more

Fresh training approach taps staff expertise

first_imgMany credit unions feature training departments staffed by generalists who train others on internal processes and other facets of business.Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU) in Eugene, Ore., however, takes a different approach to technical training.Under the leadership of President/CEO John D. Iglesias, the $1 billion asset credit union develops internal content experts for the role of technical training. The approach deepens the accuracy and credibility of training as these “trainers” actually perform the job every day.“We’ve always maintained that our success as a credit union is due to the people who work here,” Iglesias says. “Now we can proudly state that our success is a reflection of the people who grow here.”NWCU staff have embraced the new approach.“It only makes sense to have people who understand the job train employees. There’s no better teacher than experience,” says Kara Spence, NWCU’s support services specialist. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Engaging the busy business customer

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Prager Prior to forming Prager Creative, Ben worked with design studios, branding firms and advertising agencies to push great strategy and design for all his projects. His experience with all aspects … Web: www.pragercreative.com/creditunions Details We all know that customers today are bombarded by advertising everywhere they turn. When it comes to business banking, you’re not just competing with other financial institutions; you’re also competing with the busy needs of a business owner. To really connect with the business owner mindset, it’s important to understand where they are coming from to really plan a strategy that catches their attention.Business owners start what they’re doing because they have a passion for their product or offering. They go through roller coasters of emotions, unexpected challenges, long hours and lone decision making because they relish in seeing their hard work pay off. They need a financial institution that supports these passions, is ready for the challenges and gives smart advice for financial decisions. If your credit union is that financial institution, it’s time to reach your customers.Pinpoint their needsThere’s no point in speaking to someone who isn’t listening. A business owner may have an office, but they’re rarely found sitting behind the desk. They’re on the go, always multitasking, and they expect those around them to work just as hard. They’re looking for financial support and want a credit union that can fit specific needs. Things like cost of doing business, availability to access finances, and opportunities for new capital are top priority.Tell them how you can helpFor years, surveys of small business owners reveal one of the biggest challenges is funding. In the last year, 63% of business owners reported difficulty getting a loan, and 77% decided to start a business relying on personal savings entirely. Knowing challenges like this creates a huge opportunity to reach your customer where they are most likely to listen. Don’t tell them what you do, tell them how you can help them. Get them to listenCreate a conversation all about the customer. After sharing how your credit union’s services can help, give them a chance to respond. Gallup found that only 29% of B2B customers are currently engaged, but if engagement happens it leads to higher revenues, profitability and share of wallet.Business owners may be busy people, but they’re also very focused on what helps their business succeed. It’s all about understanding, engagement and persistence. Be what they need when they need it. Figure out their priorities, then prove you’re there to support each one. *Statistic information found through data from Business 2 Community, Wells Fargo Works and Gallup.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 smart tablet serves your rugged professional needs » Gadget Flow

first_imgWith the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 smart tablet at your side, it won’t matter how rugged your work gets. Wherever you work and whatever your job site looks like today—or tomorrow—this smart tablet can handle it. Both sleek and compact, this portable Samsung tablet ups your productivity. If you wear gloves in the hospital or on a construction site, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 offers advanced touch sensitivity that senses your fingers through your gloves. What’s more, it has MIL-STD-810H certification, boasting shock absorption that can handle 1.5-meter drops. Furthermore, its dustproof and water-resistance rating of IP68 means you can take on any outdoor environment. Inside, it has an Exynos 9810 processor, four gigabytes of RAM, up to 128 gigabytes of storage, and Wi-Fi 6 with MIMO connectivity. You’ll love the replaceable 5,050 mAh battery, 13-megapixel rear camera, and IP68-certified S Pen for use on the go. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sustainable packaging unwrapped: UK consumer views

first_imgThe current mood is focussed sharply on how brands can reduce their impact on the environment with improved packaging solutions.With press coverage intensifying, how can we be sure that public discussion on packaging actually reflects how consumers feel, deep down?Brands focussing on a strong CLV long-term can benefit from putting the sustainable packaging debate in context alongside other key shopper metrics. This white paper from GlobalWebIndex details the reasons why consumers in the U.S. and UK will opt for responsibly packaged products.Key insights into consumers’ traits and behaviors will help brands understand how to delight and deliver to this group.Find out what values consumers expect brands to uphold, and how they balance decisions regarding eco-friendly packaging.Fill in your details below to access the paper now. The Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email or by phone. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to [email protected] More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice. By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Notice.last_img read more