first_imgThe trial of an animal rights activist accused of conspiracy to burn down parts of Oxford University collapsed yesterday after the jury failed to reach a verdict.Supporters of Mel Broughton wept in court as he was found not guilty of possessing an explosive substance with intent – despite him having packets of sparklers hidden in his home.The jury failed to reach a verdict on the two other charges against the 48-year-old however; of conspiracy to commit arson, and possession of an article or articles with intent to damage or destroy property.Broughton had been on trial at Oxford Crown Court for the previous two weeks on charges of waging a ‘terrorist campaign’ against the University’s plans to build a controversial animal testing laboratory.A re-trial is now expected to take place early next year.The charges related to a fire that ripped through a sports pavilion owned by The Queen’s College in 2006. Two other unexploded bombs were also found underneath a portacabin used by the then Templeton College, in February 2007.Broughton, aged 48 years, was charged after the seemingly innocent items were found concealed in an old water tank in a shared bathroom at his home.Police claimed they were to be used in attacks on the two Oxford colleges in protest at the building of the controversial research laboratory in South Parks Road.During the trial, Broughton admitted the sparklers were his and that he had hidden them away.The outspoken veteran activist claimed he was under such intense pressure and monitoring by police that he was paranoid and not thinking straight when he concealed them.He had bought the sparklers from a firework shop near his home, in Northampton, with the aim of using them at one of the weekly protest vigils at the lab site in Oxford, he told the court.He explained to the jury that he was “too high-profile” to risk carrying out the attacks as he was a well known activist.His defence barrister David Bentley also said that the police had been waging a “dirty war” against his client.Prosecuting, John Price, told Oxford Crown Court that Broughton was the founder and “a leading light” in the protest group SPEAK, labelling him as a self proclaimed animal rights “fanatic.”However, after nine hours and 28 minutes of deliberations, the jury returned the not guilty verdict on count three.Judge Patrick Eccles QC asked the foreman if further time would help the jury reach a verdict on the remaining two charges to which the foreman replied that it would not.The judge told the jury: “I am going to discharge you from returning any further verdicts.”Prosecuting, Ian Hope, asked the judge for a retrial on the two remaining counts, which is expected to take place in the new year.Supporters and members of Broughton’s family gasped as the not guilty verdict was read out and one female in the public gallery burst into tears.Broughton, of Semilong Road, Northampton, was remanded in custody for a further hearing at Oxford Crown Court within the next two weeks.Defending, David Bentley, said he would like his client’s custody reviewed at the next hearing, in the light of the jury’s not-guilty verdict.last_img read more

first_imgPremier Foods’ group marketing director Jon Goldstone has announced that he will be leaving this position later this month.Following the company’s announcement that it will increase its marketing spend to more than £50m to promote its Power Brands, Iwan Williams, managing director of grocery and bakery, will now lead Premier Food’s marketing function, which has been integrated into the business’ commercial structure. Goldstone has decided to pursue other senior marketing opportunities outside Premier Foods.Speaking of the move, Williams said: “Jon has made an outstanding contribution over the four years that he has been with the company, leading our marketing strategy for Hovis before taking on the role of group marketing director.  During this time, he has been responsible for some excellent marketing campaigns, including the award-winning ‘Go on Lad’ Hovis commercial. We wish him all the best for the future.”Both Goldstone and Williams have worked closely in the past few months to develop Premier Foods’ marketing strategy for its core brands in 2012, which include TV advertising campaigns for Mr Kipling and Hovis.Towards the end of last year, the company also announced that, in order to achieve its cost reduction target of a £40m saving by 2013, it will be cutting 600 jobs – 5% of its 12,000 employees.last_img read more

first_imgHome Office research shows 60% the roles on its shortage list are in the STEM sector while the 2017 Employer Skills Survey found that there is significant demand for skilled and qualified professionals in IT and engineering, as well as a need for complex numerical and statistical skills.Since 2010, the number of women accepted onto full-time STEM undergraduate courses increased by 25% and women accounted for 54% of UK STEM postgraduates.We have invested in programmes to encourage take up in STEM-related subjects and courses, including announcing substantial spending commitments in the Autumn Budget 2017 on maths, digital and technical education. School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has called on teachers, parents and society in general to challenge and dispel misconceptions some girls have about Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.New data published for the first time today by the Department of Education shows school girls in England are substantially less likely than boys to consider taking STEM subjects at A Level than boys.Whilst the number of girls taking STEM A Levels has increased by 26% since 2010, the research shows 15-year-old boys are more likely than girls to see STEM subjects as being useful when it comes to getting a job and that girls are less likely to consider a STEM subject as their favourite.Speaking on International Day of Women and Girls in Science, School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: The research published today is based on a survey taken by 10,010 15-year-olds in 2015, as part of a longitudinal study. It shows: Girls enjoy STEM subjects less than boys: The proportion of male pupils who ranked KS4 STEM subjects first for enjoyment was almost twice that for females: 59% vs. 32%. Girls are less likely to say STEM is their best subject: When asked which subject they were best at, the proportion of male pupils who ranked a STEM subject first was 60%, which again was almost twice as high compared to females at 33%. Boys are more likely to think STEM leads to a job: When asked about which subjects were most likely to lead to a future job, 69% of male pupils ranked a STEM subject first compared to 51% of females. Girls and boys both name STEM as leading to highest paid jobs: When asked which would lead to the highest paid job, 81% of male pupils named a STEM subject compared to 77% of females. Girls are less likely to pursue STEM at A level: When asked what they planned to study at A-Level, female pupils made up the minority of those naming STEM subjects. Particularly, in Engineering (14% / 86%), Computing (15% / 85%) and Physics (22% / 78%). There is growing demand for STEM skills, particularly for sectors such as engineering, construction and manufacturing, and it’s essential that gender is no barrier to ensuring that all young people have the knowledge and skills to succeed in our outward looking and dynamic economy. We’ve made considerable progress in increasing girls’ participation in STEM subjects since 2010, with the proportion of girls taking STEM A Levels increasing by a quarter, and 25% more women accepted onto full-time STEM undergraduate courses. We are determined to continue this trend, and that’s why we are funding programmes to increase the take up of maths, computing and physics, and have reformed the school curriculum to make sure it meets the needs of employers. This research, however, shows that certain misconceptions are still prevalent, and we all have a part to play, including parents and teachers, to dispel misconceptions about STEM subjects and help encourage our scientists of future generations.last_img read more

first_imgThe rumors floating around the Summer Camp Music Festival of a possible moe./Twiddle acoustic set turned out to be true, as the merchandise tent filled to capacity on Saturday for a special “In-The-Round” jam session. Considering their upcoming collaborations at the returning moe.down Music Festival and upcoming collaborations at Red Rocks and the Boulder Theater, elements of each band gave delighted fans an epic sneak preview of some sure-to-be-excellent shows.After word of the potential surprise got out, it spread like wildfire. The tent was besieged with muddy fans who slogged through a small, quickly-drying lake that had formed after the torrential downpour that soaked the festival earlier in the day. After the cancellation of their afternoon set due to inclement weather, moe. had a surprise up their sleeve in the form of an acoustic jam with Twiddle’s .Twidddle’s Zdenek Gubb and Brook Jordan joined moe. drummer Vinnie Amico and guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey for a four-song mini-set that eventually turned into a surround-sound experience for the lucky fans in attendance. Luckily, our own Rdex Thomson, the mayor of moe.down himself, was on hand to capture the amazing goings-on up-close-and-personal! Check out the tunes from The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley and Johnny Cash below!“Stir It Up” — Bob Marley “Rocky Raccoon”– The Beatles “Friend Of The Devil” — The Grateful Dead“Folsom Prison Blues” — Johnny CashThere is still time to get tickets and get to upstate New York for three days of moe., Twiddle, Blackberry Smoke, Fishbone, Railroad Earth and many more. With that much talent on the bill there are sure to be more incredible collaborations like the ones included here!  You won’t want to miss all the fun, so get your tickets soon, they’re going fast! Tickets for moe.down are available HERE.Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Passes + Meet & Greet To moe.down Below!last_img read more

first_imgFans at LOCKN’ Music Festival were treated to another huge surprise last night, as Joe Russo’s Almost Dead midnight set welcomed Grateful Dead guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir for a total of five songs. On Friday night, the Grateful Dead-inspired quintet–Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, and Dave Dreiwitz–delivered a stellar showcase packed with curveball surprises, including special guest performances from Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Nicole Atkins. It was an undeniable highlight of Friday’s lineup, next to Bobby and Phil Lesh‘s reunion with the Terrapin Family Band earlier in the night. Super VIP attendees were treated to a surprise set from Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and Joe Russo on Saturday, but the collaborations between the musicians were thankfully extended for all fans to see at the Relix Stage.LOCKN’ Sees Led Zep & Dead Covers, Powerful Collaborations, And More On Day 2 [Photos]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead relied heavily on the Grateful Dead catalogue on Saturday night, welcoming Bob Weir for “Black-Throated Wind,” “Good Lovin,” and “Jack Straw” early on in the set. He returned for a set-closing “Samson and Delilah” before a “One More Saturday Night” encore. The Grateful Dead guitarist has shared the stage with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead once before in Oakland at The Fox Theatre on 11/12/16 for a number of acoustic collaborations. Thanks to YouTube user monihampton, you can watch the videos from LOCKN’ below: We’ll be back with a full Saturday recap, as the party continues on the grounds of LOCKN’ with sets from Phil.moe, The Avett Brothers with Bob Weir, The Revivalists, and more, later today. For a complete schedule, head to the festival website.For fans who can not attend the festival, a free LOCKN’ stream is available, courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s, Airstream, and YouTube, in conjunction with Relix and Headcount. Viewers are encouraged to make a donation, with proceeds going to the Heal Charlottesville Fund. Funds raised will go towards assisting local residents seeking trauma counseling, supporting victims involved in the car attack who need help with their medical expenses, and towards helping law enforcement to prevent future attacks. Click here for more information regarding donations, as well as how to link up to the live stream.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | LOCKN’ | Arrington, VA | 8/26/17Althea, Black-Throated Wind*, Good Lovin’*, Jack Straw*, The Wheel, Bertha, Throwing Stones, He’s Gone, Playing in the Band, Samson and Delilah*E: One More Saturday Night**w/ Bob Weir[photo by Whitney Wangsgaard]last_img read more

first_imgChristiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent with CNN and anchor of the daily interview program “Amanpour,” has been selected as the 2010 Senior Class Day speaker. She will address Harvard College graduates and their guests on May 26 at 2 p.m. in Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard.“Christiane has reported from every major crisis of our generation,” said Nworah Ayogu ’10, first marshal of the Class of 2010. “Based on her life experience and perspective, we are extremely excited for her speech. The Class of 2010 is honored to have one of the greatest journalists of our time as our Class Day speaker.”Senior Class Day is a student-focused, somewhat informal celebration that takes place the day before Commencement. In addition to a featured speaker selected by the Senior Class Committee, the exercises include award presentations and undergraduate orations.In her work as an internationally renowned journalist, Amanpour has covered stories on the Gulf War, the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina. She has reported on crises in the Palestinian territories, Pakistan, Somalia, and Rwanda.Throughout her career — which has spanned a quarter century — Amanpour has interviewed many world leaders, including Iranian presidents Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and the presidents of Afghanistan, Sudan, and Syria. She was the first international correspondent to interview British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac, and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after 9/11.In recognition of her coverage of the Bosnian war, the city of Sarajevo named Amanpour an honorary citizen in 1998.Amanpour has received nine news and documentary Emmys, four George Foster Peabody Awards, three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, an Edward R. Murrow award, and an inaugural Television Academy Honor. She has received honorary degrees from the American University of Paris, Georgetown University, New York University, Smith College, Emory University, and the University of Michigan.Amanpour started her career at CNN in 1983. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She lives in New York City.For more information on Harvard’s 359th Commencement, including its schedule.last_img read more

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan shopkeeper convicted of inciting separatism based on his comments in a New York Times documentary has been released after serving a five-year prison sentence. Tashi Wangchuk’s release Friday was reported by the writers group PEN America and the International Campaign for Tibet. There was no official comment and his lawyer did not answer calls to his cellphone. Tashi was detained in 2016 after his comments appeared complaining about the erosion of Tibetan culture and language in the tightly secured region. PEN America said Tashi never received a fair trial and was a victim of a “broader campaign of Chinese authorities cracking down on ethnic minority rights.”last_img read more

first_imgCounty and city officials in the Southeast spend millions of dollars each year to combat mosquitoes. But those costs are only a fraction of what Southeastern families spend to keep their furry family members safe from mosquito-born parasites. Each year Georgians spend between $9 million and $14 million treating heartworms in their dogs, said Elmer Gray, an Extension entomologist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Dog owners across the country spend about $1.2 billion on heartworm prevention, and Gray estimates that about $40 million of that amount is spent in Georgia. Those price tags dwarf the $7 million cities and counties in Georgia spend to keep mosquito populations under control and make heartworms the largest mosquito-related expense in the state. “It really is the most expensive cost associated with mosquitoes,” Gray said. Heartworm-related expenses are sometimes left out of studies calculating the economic impact of mosquitoes, but Gray believes these costs should be included. “If it wasn’t for mosquitoes, there would be no dog heartworm problems,” Gray said. ”So consequently, the cost associated with heartworms – in my mind – is directly attributed to mosquitoes, thereby adding to the cost of dealing with this insect.”He estimated the cost of prevention and treatment of heartworms with data provided by the UGA College of Veterinary Sciences and from Merial, a company that makes heartworm preventatives and other pharmaceuticals for animals. The cost of preventative heartworm medicine is about $15 a month, and the cost of treating a heartworm infection can vary from between $600 and $1,000. There are at least six species of mosquitoes that can transmit the heartworm parasite in Georgia. The flying insects pick up young heartworms, called microfilariae, when they feed on the blood of an infected animal. The microfilariae spend about two weeks maturing into larvae inside the mosquito, according to the American Heartworm Society.When the mosquito takes its next meal, the larvae are deposited into the new host animal where they will mature into adult heartworms over the next six months.< \p> Without treatment, the worms congregate around the right side of the heart and the arteries of the lungs where they can eventually cause heart failure or liver failure. Dogs, cats and even humans can all be infected by heartworms, but the infections are most serious and most prevalent among dogs. While cities and counties will continue to battle mosquito populations in Georgia, there is no way to reduce populations enough to prevent dogs and other animals from being infected with heartworms without medication. “It would be impossible to prevent heartworm infections by controlling mosquito populations,” Gray said. “However, treating dogs with the proper preventative medicine is 100 percent effective at preventing the disease.” Southeastern states have the greatest prevalence of heartworm infections, and there’s an almost 100 percent chance that a dog living Georgia will have the disease by age 5 if its owners don’t give it monthly preventive treatment, Gray said. last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Talk about an “Electric Youth”! Deborah “Debbie” Gibson burst “Out of the Blue” when she was barely 17 with a string of hits on the Billboard charts such as “Foolish Beat,” “Only in My Dreams” and “Shake Your Love” that made this extraordinarily talented Long Island teenager the favorite of music fans everywhere and established her forever in America’s pop pantheon.Gibson scored nine Top 40 Hot 100 hits between 1987 and 1991 and remains the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a number-one single, according to Billboard.Though born in Brooklyn, she grew up in Merrick, and Gibson credits her early experiences performing in musicals at churches and temples and the Long Island Teen Repertory Theater, as well as the WINGS program at Camp Avenue Elementary School and her teachers at Sanford Calhoun High School as helping propel her career.“Long Island has always been great for the arts,” she says. “There was always somewhere to go perform.”Debbie Gibson performing (Photo credit: Gene Kublanov)On June 8, Gibson will be performing at the Long Island Pride 2013 festival in Huntington’s Heckscher Park. For her, it was a no-brainer.“I could not say no!” she says. “It is a smaller Pride in relation to, let’s say, Chicago or Denver or many others I have done, but come on! It is Long Island! I fully expect my hometown peeps to out-Pride and be louder than anywhere I have previously performed!”She remembers winning contests on WPLJ when she was a teen and listening to Z100 and especially Hot 97, which broke her first hit, “Only in My Dreams.”“They were all faves,” she says fondly. “I was influenced by everyone from Mozart to Madonna, Elton John and Billy Joel, as well as Broadway performers.”Indeed, it was her wanting to be cast as “Annie” that brought her and her family regularly into Manhattan for auditions. In 1992, she played Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway—the first of many theatrical performances on and off The Great White Way.Though she now makes her home in L.A., she still has close ties to the Island, referring to her aunt, uncle and cousins, such as Buddy, her choreographer, and her hometown friends Dee Snider, Ron Luparello and Mike Provenz. She also still regards Galleria Pizza on Merrick Avenue as “the best!”Who would dare to argue with that? Back in the day, she supposedly had a rivalry with another young pop phenom, Tiffany, but that was just media high jinx.“There was no divide—ever!” she says. And to prove it, the pair did do a “crazy” Syfy original movie together later in their careers called “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid,” and have toured together.“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” she insists.Gibson competed in last year’s season of The Celebrity Apprentice, is about to become a judge on ABC TV’s upcoming Sing Your Face Off, and has begun working on a new album.Now 42 years old, the former teen sensation is in a good place these days, she says.“I am super-private, having grown up in the spotlight,” she admits, “But let’s just say at long last I have found balance!”Debbie Gibson will be performing at the Long Island Pride 2013 festival on Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. in Huntington Village’s Heckscher Park. For more information visit www.LIPride.org.last_img read more

first_imgI hear a lot these days about the on-going changes that our industry is facing. But far and away the biggest concern seems to be how technology is affecting every aspect of service delivery – from deposits to account management to lending – and what it takes for a credit union to successfully transition from traditional service delivery to mobile and omni-channel strategies.There is no denying that mobile banking is changing the way consumers access and utilize financial services. According to research by Aite, practically every usage category for mobile is expected to more than double over the next couple of years. Some are expected to grow three to five times over the next four years. Aite projects that the number of U.S. consumers using a mobile device to access their bank account will increase from 33 million to 96 million this year.I learned first-hand recently about the real challenge web-based banking services pose for traditional financial institutions when a young relative tried to get a car loan from her credit union. As a recent college graduate, she didn’t have much work experience. As is often the case in this situation, her credit union couldn’t help with the loan. The car dealer suggested that she check out an online lender that he had worked with before. So, she went to the website and within a short amount of time she was able to secure the loan – at a favorable interest rate as a bonus.With mobile and omni-channel products and services opening new opportunities for consumers, financial institutions are feeling pressure to develop technology-based strategies to keep up with the rapidly growing demand.But, “How,” I am often asked, “do you balance the transition from brick and mortar to technology while maintaining adequate staffing, and how do you manage your investment without blowing the budget?”Take a hard look at your situationNow is a great time to take a look at your internal structure. You must make sure you have the right number of facilities and adequate staffing to maintain your traditional service delivery systems while you plan your strategy – if you haven’t started – or fine-tune your plans for providing new service options for your current member base and potential market.Then determine how much technology you anticipate it will take to meet the current and future needs of your account holders. And while you may be tempted to base this on generally-accepted assumptions that Millennials are the primary users of mobile technology, I have seen plenty of evidence that Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are tuning in to the convenience and flexibility that mobile banking provides.Don’t leave it to assumptions to make this important decision. Make sure your front-line staff has the training necessary to obtain this information from your account holders. How often do they visit a branch? Do they use an ATM? Do they access their account on a mobile device? Do they rely on the credit union as a resource for financial advice? If they don’t currently use mobile banking services, might they use them in the future?Another important consideration is the demographics of your institution’s future account holders. While you may have a mix of service preferences with existing account holders, planning for future needs now will save you time and help with budgeting over the long-term. In addition to the cost to implement new technology, don’t forget to factor in the cost of employee training and member communications materials.Communication is key to a successful transitionJust remember, any major change in your operational structure will impact your staff as well as the quality of service provided to your members. You can lessen any negative impact this might have by making sure all employees are well-informed throughout the process and have an opportunity to provide input into how the changes will affect their work environment.Plus, your front-line, member-facing employees can provide a great deal of valuable input on what your account holders want and need. They can also serve as important ambassadors to promote the products and services you offer, and explain the benefits they provide to account holders.Is your current branch structure making you less competitive?A branch profitability study can help you to determine if you have the right products and fee strategy in place to maximize your potential income, as well as to meet your members’ current and future product and service needs.A review of your existing non-labor and non-interest expenses can also help to make sure you aren’t paying too much for your service contracts. This can help you find the resources you need to invest in new technology, and provide the new programs and services necessary to grow your institution and remain competitive in your market. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Roe Prior to joining JMFA, Mark was a sales manager in the Texas market for a major bank with headquarters on the West coast. His experience also includes managing the accounting, … Web: www.jmfa.com Detailslast_img read more