The Oxford Union Standing Committee has voted this term against waiving the room hire fee for the Oxford Hub to hold their weekly Series programme.The motion, proposed by President Stuart Cullen, which would have seen the continuation of the arrangement begun in Trinity Term 2009, was rejected by the Standing Committee with 8 opposing and 2 abstaining.Over the previous two terms, the Series has provided the Union with several high profile speakers secured through Oxford Hub contacts, such as Rwandan genocide survivor Jean Baptiste Kayigamba and Eliot Whittington, the climate specialist for Christian Aid.However, the Union stated that this term’s crowded term card, including former UN Ambassador Sir Jeremy Greenstock and Conservative MP Damian Green, has made it impossible for them to accommodate the Series event on the Wednesday evening slot.Cullen explained, “We felt that the series did not contain speakers which merited cancelling or moving these speakers and events to later dates.”The Oxford Hub President lobbied the Union to allow the arrangement to continue in a letter outlining the benefits provided to the society.The letter stated that the Series’ diverse range of speakers and coverage of ethical and environmental issues, helped to encourage a wider variety of students than usual to attend the Union, providing an ideal opportunity to recruit new members. However, Standing Committee doubted that this was a tangible benefit.Some felt that by offering free use of the rooms to Oxford Hub, the Union is allowing it an unfair privilege over other student societies.It has also been revealed that there may be other issues which contributed to the Standing Committee’s decision; the arrangement stipulated a mutually beneficial advertising campaign from both organisations, however some have felt that the arrangement has not performed as well as expected.What the Union’s withdrawal from the arrangement means for the future of the two societies’ partnership is not clear. Union President Stuart Cullen stated that “This is in no means a reflection on the work of the Oxford Hub, which the Union looks forward to working with in terms which are slightly less hectic!”Meanwhile the Oxford Hub Series has relocated to the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College, with the first debate on climate change including Simon Berry, founder of Cola Life and a representative of supermarket giant Tesco.One member of the Union commented, “Although it is a pity for OxHub to not have use of the Union rooms, Exeter is still a central, convenient location for a lot of students.”
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The NOAA forecasted track for Hurricane Edouard. The storm is expected to reach Category 3 status and generate big surf for the East Coast on Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 17 and 18).A tropical storm named Edouard became a hurricane on Sunday, and while its track over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean will be thousands of miles away from Ocean City, there’s a good chance it will send big waves and strong currents to the island by mid-week.At 11 a.m. Monday, Edouard was a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of 105 mph. But forecasters expect it to strengthen to a major hurricane (Category 3 with winds of at least 111 mph) by tonight.The storm was 655 miles east of Bermuda on Monday afternoon, and its projected track remains far from the the East Coast. It will not bring any sort of rain or wind to Ocean City.But because the storm is so strong, forecasters expect it to generate waves that will travel across the Atlantic and reach the East Coast.“Swell from this storm is forecast to arrive as early as Tuesday evening and linger through Friday,” according to the surf report from Ocean City’s Surfers Supplies. “Wednesday afternoon and Thursday look to be the peak of the swell.”The forecast calls for waves that will top out in the 5- to 7-foot range.The Surfline forecast provided by 7th Street Surf Shop calls for waves of 5 to 8 feet in Ocean City, peaking at noon Wednesday.The marine forecast calls for steady north winds on Wednesday, fading a bit on Thursday.“Expect head high to overhead surf Wednesday,” Heritage Surf suggests in its surf report. “Still plenty of swell early Thursday and we should see a little more west in the winds so it could be pumping in some spots.”__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts
GM Freeze has launched a new campaign – ‘GM Wheat? No Thanks!’, in protest at the government’s approval of an open-air field trial of GM wheat by Rothamsted Research.It calls on individuals, farmers and food businesses to pledge not to use or buy GM wheat, and demands that research money be directed to more sustainable food production methods.The trials at Rothamsted, announced in September, are to begin this year, after Defra granted it permission to release wheat lines genetically modified for resistance to aphids.However GM Freeze said the encouraging natural aphid parasites and predators, such as ladybirds, already works, without the risks of GM to the UK’s farming, food chains and exportsThe GM Freeze campaign is supported by an alliance of organisations, including the Real Bread Campaign, sharing the public’s deep concern about the speed at which genetic engineering is being introduced into food and farming.Chris Young, from the Real Bread Campaign, said: “The Real Bread Campaign works to find ways to make the whole chain, from seed to sandwich, better for us, better for our communities and better for the planet. Has GM technology ever done anything that supports any of these aims? If it has, could the same or better results have been achieved by non-GM means? We need to be working with nature, not against it.”Pete Riley, campaign director at GM Freeze, said: “Defra approved this GM trial against public and scientific objections. It is risky, unnecessary and unwanted.“The UK has successfully avoided the serious agronomic problems caused by GM in other parts of the world, such as the rampant spread of super weeds in the US. We should be learning from that experience and protecting our food and farming, not chasing GM pipe dreams.“One of the biggest mysteries of this GM wheat is who is expected to buy it? There is no market anywhere in the world for GM wheat, so why are we putting our countryside at risk?”
Mike Gantzer and Rob Houk from Aqueous and Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz have an exciting new side project on the horizon. While Aqueous is rooted in the more traditional jam band genre and Turkuaz is currently one of the most buzzed-about funk acts on the scene, this new project dubbed SYNCPULSE will allow the three musicians to explore more electronic side of music. As Craig Brodhead described in a Facebook post, “I’ll be doing live sequenced synths and loops with Mike and Rob on guitar and drums! It’s gonna be fun and weird and awesome.”SYNCPULSE makes its debut on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 25th, at the Grog Shop in Cleveland, Ohio. To check out this exciting new electronic-inspired project from Gantzer, Houk, and Brodhead, you can purchase tickets here.
In October, The Claypool Lennon Delirium announced their second album together, South of Reality, due out February 22 via ATO. South of Reality is the follow-up to 2016’s Monolith of Phobos, the band’s debut record that displayed their fascinatingly raw authenticity, and 2017’s Lime And Limpid Green EP, which featured psychedelic covers of Pink Floyd, The Who, King Crimson, and Flower Travellin’ Band. Along with the duo’s exciting album announcement, The Claypool Lennon Delirium shared the album’s first single, an epic, 6-minute and 30-second composition, “Blood and Rockets (Movement I, Saga Of Jack Parsons – Movement II, Too The Moon)”. On Wednesday, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon shared a new psychedelic video to accompany the song’s two movements. Created by Rich Ragsdale, the animated masterpiece cleverly follows the song’s lyrical narrative, with splashes of explosive color and light sprinkled in. Watch The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s new video below:The Claypool Lennon Delirium – “Blood and Rockets (Movement I, Saga Of Jack Parsons – Movement II, Too The Moon)”[Video: TCLDeliriumVEVO]For a full list of The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing, head to the band’s website.
Record flooding in West Virginia has killed at least 24 people, destroyed hundreds of homes, and stranded thousands. Parts of West Virginia received 10 inches of rain, swelling mountain creeks and rivers across the region. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency for 44 of West Virginia’s 55 counties as boats, helicopters, and National Guard troops rescue people from rooftops and cars.In the aftermath, several local and regional organizations have stepped up to help. The Ohio Valley Environmental Council (OVEC) have established drop-off locations for supplies that will be distributed across West Virginia. A complete list of drop-off locations can be found at their website. Items most in need include bottled water, nonperishable food items, clothing, toiletries, diapers, and flashlights. OVEC is also seeking volunteers to help load and distribute emergency supplies: ohvec.org.Relief supplies can also be donated at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.West Virginia American Water is supplying tankers of water while they work to restore water service to the region. Residents should bring their own containers to fill. Tanker locations can be found at facebook.com/wvamwater.The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Society is coordinating the search for lost and missing pets: 304-342-1576.For those outside the area wishing to help, donations to the Red Cross is the best and most reliable way. Donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.Interested in lending a hand? The Red Cross also needs on-the-ground volunteers: volunteerconnection.redcross.org.West Virginia University is also leading donation and volunteer efforts. Its Dollars for Disaster West Virginia Flood Relief is partnered with the American Red Cross and United Way; donate here.
April 1, 2005 Regular News Ad rules, no new fees budget on the agenda Board of Governors also to take up revenue splits and gay adoptions at its Tallahassee meeting Proposed new advertising rules and a possible alteration of how revenues are split between the Bar and its sections are on the agenda for the Bar Board of Governors’ April 8 meeting. The board is also expected to revisit the gay adoption issue, although in a somewhat different form.And if that won’t keep it busy, the board will get the 2005-06 budget — which calls for no increase in annual fees — to consider and pass on first reading.The Advertising Task Force 2004 has been working since early last year reviewing Bar ad rules and taking public testimony. The task force presented its final recommendations to the board at its January 28 meeting.Among the recommendations, the task force proposed a voluntary ad screening program. That would give lawyers immunity from prosecution if they submit their ads for review and don’t publish until the Bar approves them, and then a rule violation was later discovered. The task force also recommended against a proposal that would have extended the 30-day waiting period for direct mail solicitations to criminal and traffic cases.Board members, though, have said they may consider alternatives to both of those proposals. One would be a requirement that all ads that contain more than basic, approved information be submitted to the Bar for approval before those ads are published or aired. Some also favored extending the direct mail solicitation waiting period to criminal and traffic cases.Another potential point of debate is the task force’s recommendation that lawyer Internet Web sites be treated as information provided at the request of a potential client. That would exempt the sites from the ad rules, although they would still be bound by general rules that prohibit them from being false, misleading, or deceptive.But some board members have said they favor regulating Web sites, likening them to Yellow Pages ads and saying in a technological age they could be even more heavily used by consumers in the future.The issue with the sections is over how revenues for CLE courses are split and how the Bar supports section operations in other ways. A report to the board in January noted that the Bar loses hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in direct and indirect administrative support for the sections, more than is made from CLE profits. The report also noted that a couple years ago, the Bar lost more than $200,000 on section CLE operations, although policies have been changed to make that less likely.Section officials have advocated that there be no change, noting that the Bar — not sections — controls the administrative expenses it is worried about.Board members in January said they are interested in a solution amenable to the sections, but want the Bar to lose less money in supporting sections. They noted that most Bar members do not belong to sections and it’s not fair to use their membership fees to extensively subsidize sections.No less contentious is the issue of gay adoption. At its December meeting, after extensive debate, the board rejected 31-13 a request by the Family Law Section, Public Interest Law Section, and Equal Opportunities Law Section to support the repeal of a state law that bans homosexuals from adopting.Under Bar policies, once a proposed position has been rejected, a section cannot again request it during that legislative year.But the Family Law Section is now seeking permission to lobby for a more limited bill that has been introduced in the House. Instead of repealing the ban, it would provide that the statute did not apply in the case where a foster parent or parents had cared for the child for 36 months, had formed a bond, and a judge found it was in the best interests of the child.A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate, but without the 36-month requirement.Under Bar policies, sections — which have a voluntary membership and use their own money — are given a wide latitude on issues they want to lobby. Sections, though, must identify that they are representing only the section and not the entire Bar and cannot take a position opposite a Bar-wide position.Another legislative issue, tabled at the last meeting, is a proposal from the Bar’s Special Committee on Constitutional Amendments. The committee recommended that all amendments, whether proposed by amendment or by initiative petition, be reviewed by the Supreme Court to ensure they belong in the state’s basic governing charter. According to the committee’s motion, those amendments should deal with existing sections of the constitution, with the structure of state government, or basic rights of citizens.On fiscal matters, the board will get its first look at the 2005-06 budget. Tentative numbers project that no increase in annual fees will be needed. Tentative numbers project that the Bar will have an income of around $30.5 million with a budget surplus of around $500,000.The board will pass the budget, with any amendments, on first reading and then publish in the Bar News. Any comments from Bar members will be considered at the board’s June 3 meeting, when the budget will receive final approval and then be forwarded to the Supreme Court.Activities related to the April 8 meeting will include the Supreme Court’s annual pro bono awards, presented at the court the day before the board meeting. Also, Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente is expected to make brief remarks at the board meeting. Ad rules, no new fees budget on the agenda
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Kings Park woman has been indicted on upgraded charges that include vehicular homicide for allegedly driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a 59-year-old man in Smithtown two months ago.Natalia Simons pleaded not guilty at Suffolk County court Wednesday to that count and 11 other charges, including vehicular manslaughter, assault, reckless driving, speeding and failure to maintain lane. She was initially charged with driving while intoxicated.Prosecutors said the 36-year-old woman was driving a Nissan Rogue northbound on Route 25A when her vehicle crossed over into the opposite lane of traffic and struck a southbound Toyota Camry shortly after midnight Friday, March 13.The other driver, Larry Garwood, of Island Park, was taken to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The victim was employed at the hospital as a radiology supervisor.Judge Fernando Comacho set bail for Simons at $50,000.
NCUA headquarters 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Credit Union Association outlines basic requirements for business continuity planning, but are they stringent enough to protect your credit union? At Ongoing Operations, we believe that a business continuity plan should cover all contingencies, and below are just a few of our suggestions.All credit unions must adhere to the NCUA standards for business continuity planning, but those guidelines are a bare minimum for operations. While some jokes about bare minimums come to mind (e.g. “Q: What do you call the person who graduated last in their class in medical school? A: Doctor”), it bears noting that the punchlines indicate a certain lack of trust placed in the expertise of those doing the bare minimum. If credit unions wish to gain the trust of their members and their board, they should expect to go above and beyond the minimal requirements set forth by the NCUA.Testing Your Continuity PlanWhen you’re testing your business continuity plan, whether it be through a tabletop exercise involving your employees or disaster recovery testing for your technology and processes, it’s important to remember that the NCUA guidelines mandate only general solutions for general problems. At Ongoing Operations, we recognize that not all risks to your credit union will fit under that general mandate umbrella. continue reading »