Police to crack down on Oxford’s drug dealers

first_imgThames Valley Police and Oxford City Council have introduced new measures to tackle Oxford’s drug problems.Improved CCTV, lighting, and security features will be funded by a £40,000 budget. The City Council will spend a further £70,000 on recruiting two new Police Support Community Officers, while the Oxford Community Safety Partnership has offered £45,000 towards a problem solving position.A post on the Thames Valley Police Facebook page announced the task force on 26th March, saying: “Both Oxford City Council and Thames Valley Police have seen increasing concerns about drug dealing and use over recent months, with the number of discarded needles found in public places increasing, and both local dealers and organised crime groups from other cities operating in Oxford.”Superintendent Joe Kidman, Local Police Area Commander for Oxford, said: “Drug dealers prey on and exploit some of the most vulnerable in our community; we do not want these people in our city. It is clear that, despite considerable efforts, enforcement alone will not work.“I welcome the commitment of Oxford City Council and other partners to work together through the taskforce. This is a significant step forward in our on-going efforts to tackle drug dealing and misuse and will play a vital role in safeguarding vulnerable people, disrupting criminality and bringing offenders to justice.”A Thames Valley Police spokesperson told Cherwell: “Thames Valley Police is working in partnership with Oxford City Council to create a joint taskforce to tackle open drug markets.“Dealing and using controlled drugs on the streets is the manifestation of organised crime and has a significant impact on the quality of life for local communities.“The taskforce will take a problem solving approach to target key locations and arrest and disrupt offenders.“They will also draw on the resource and expertise of Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Turning point to reduce the harm and exploitation associated with drug markets.”Chief Inspector Marc Tarbit, the deputy LPA commander for Oxford City said: “Buying drugs on the street puts money into the pockets of criminals, erodes communities and is often linked to violence and knife crime.“The impact of organised crime seeps across all aspects of society and we must work together to prevent it.”The University declined to comment on the developments.last_img read more


first_imgAmerican firm CH Babb (stand D300) will be showing its custom-made tunnel ovens. The company says it has moved to new premises in Raynham, just outside Boston, and is expanding its test baking facility to enable customers to carry out trials on site. CH Babb has recently completed an installation of four air impingement ovens for Avana Bakeries.last_img

Project HEAL promotes healthy living

first_imgSaint Mary’s senior Mackenzie Woods has seen Project HEAL make a difference on campus since it was recognized as a campus organization last spring. HEAL stands for Help to Eat, Accept and Live, and the Saint Mary’s chapter is one of several in a larger national non-profit organization that aims to contribute to education about eating disorders and support for those who struggle with such diseases.Photo courtesy of SMC Project HEAL Woods said eating disorders affect roughly 30 million Americans, yet the diseases are often overlooked, especially on Saint Mary’s campus. Project HEAL is a resource for those who are faced with unhealthy body images and eating disorders, providing women with a positive outlet and support system, she said.“Project HEAL’s national goal is to provide scholarship funding for people with eating disorders who cannot afford treatment, to promote healthy body image and self-esteem and to serve as a testament that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible,” Woods said.Woods said it is estimated that 25 percent of college students suffer from eating disorders.“Those statistics are staggering, and I believe these are issues we must bring to the limelight, especially on an all-women’s campus,” Woods said.Woods fully understands the struggles brought on by eating disorders, as she herself has faced the challenge of overcoming anorexia.“As a recovered anorexic, I know all too well the feelings of loneliness and unworthiness that accompany an eating disorder,” Woods said.  “Saint Mary’s is a tight-knit sisterhood, and we need to be empowering and building each other up. You never know what your fellow sister may be going through.”As the founder and chapter leader of Project HEAL at Saint Mary’s, Woods has big plans for the semester, including fundraising and awareness events. On Wednesday, the Five Guys franchise located on Eddy Street will host a Dine and Donate night for the chapter.“Mention Project HEAL SMC [at Five Guys on Wednesday] and a portion of the day’s sales will be donated to our organization,” Woods said.The Saint Mary’s chapter of Project HEAL also plans to contribute to the national scholarship fund for treatment, which is made possible through donations of more than thirty Project HEAL chapters.“Each quarter, [the national chapter of] Project HEAL reviews applications for the scholarship and grants money for treatment to a qualifying individual,” Woods said. “Since its founding in 2008, Project HEAL national has raised over $400,000 and has sent eleven applicants to residential and intensive outpatient treatment.”Woods said Project HEAL hopes to host guest speakers, screen documentaries and open-forum discussions to educate and promote healthy body image and self-esteem.The chapter also plans to sell merchandise on campus and offer a canvas-painting event to create awareness of Project HEAL’S mission.As interest grows from Activities Night and by word of mouth, Woods said she hopes to expand the mission into an awareness certification program to reach the larger community.“… Members of Project HEAL learn how to lead by example in being positive in their comments toward others and refraining from body bashing,” Woods said.Woods said more information on Project HEAL is available on the club’s Facebook page — Project HEAL Saint Mary’s — or on Instagram @projectheal_smc. Students can also get in contact with the chapter at [email protected]: club, eating disorders, HEAL, saint mary’s, SMClast_img read more

University announces updates to student life, campus dining for fall

first_imgErin Hoffman Harding, vice president for student affairs, announced additional information regarding residential life and dining options for the fall semester in a Thursday email to the student body.Students living in undergraduate residence halls will be required to wear a mask in all spaces in halls other than their personal room. In addition, daily midnight parietals will be enforced for at least the first three weeks of the academic year. Shared fitness rooms and kitchens will be available for students to use by appointment only.In regard to campus dining, North and South Dining Halls will offer takeout only. Students are encouraged to eat their meals in “tents on North Quad and South Quad, the LaFortune and Duncan Student Centers, the Pizza Pi patio, the concrete pads outside the Duncan Student Center, other outdoor campus locations or their residence hall rooms.”Due to the change in dining access, students will have more flex points added to their on-campus meal plan for the semester, and unused flex points in the fall will roll over to the spring semesterA McDonald Center for Student Well-Being survey where it was found that “82% of students are somewhat concerned or more, with 37% very or extremely concerned” for their emotional well-being. Hoffman-Harding said the University is increasing its health and safety protocols designed for students’ physical and mental health.Finally, the Student Activities Office updated its club and organization protocols and suspended student group travel and off-campus events, indoor choral activities, student dances, races and runs, and the student group concession stand program. Students are encouraged to partake in virtual programming, spend time outdoors and choose safe social options that will not harm their ability to wear masks or social distance.Tags: COVID-19, Erin Hoffman-Harding, fall updates, Residence Lifelast_img read more

Check Out The Today Show’s Musical Extravaganza

first_img View Comments One-time Broadway lyricist Kathie Lee Gifford is at again! TODAY! The Musical, the 18-minute musical spectacular, premiered on The Today Show on December 29. The Fourth Hour co-host penned the lyrics, collaborating once again with Scandalous composer David Friedman. The TV tuner was packed with the Today cast and crew, as well as the man of the hour Regis Philbin and breakout star Sal Cacciato. Grab a glass of wine and check it out below. Congrats, all! Now, any chance this can be worked into a full two and a half hour production? Preferably starring Carolee Carmello?last_img read more

World Cup Preview: Paraguay

first_imgBy Dialogo June 04, 2010 *PARAGUAY* *Nickname*: La Albirroja *World Cups*: 8 (1930, 1950, 1958, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) *Championships*: 0 *Runner-up*: 0 *Third*: 0 *How it qualified*: The Paraguayans finished third in the 10-team CONMEBOL region. The squad went 10-3-5 to finish with 33 points and lost the tiebreaker to Chile on goal differential, 10-8. Paraguay’s 10 wins tied Chile, and its 16 goals allowed were the second fewest in CONMEBOL, behind Brazil’s 11. *Coach*: Gerardo Martino *Projected starting lineup:* *Goalie*: Justo Villar *Defense*: Darío Verón; Julio César Cáceres; Paulo Da Silva; Aureliano Torres *Midfield*: Jonathan Santana; Edgar Barreto; Víctor Cáceres; Christian Riveros *Forward*: Roque Santa Cruz; Nelson Haedo *Pool Play*: Paraguay, which is ranked 30th in the world by FIFA, is in Group F with fifth-ranked Italy, 38th-ranked Slovakia and 78th-ranked New Zealand. *Schedule*: June 14 vs. Italy at Cape Town Stadium; June 20 vs. Slovakia at Mangaung/Bloemfontein’s Free State; June 24 vs. New Zealand at Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba *Did you know?* Paraguay is one of five teams in the Western Hemisphere to have qualified for each of the past four World Cups, joining Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and the United States. In CONMEBOL play, Paraguay posted victories over Brazil and Argentina – two of the world’s most illustrious teams. Villar and Torres were members of the country’s squad that earned the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics. In 61 career games with the national team, Santa Cruz’s 20 goals rank second-most in the country’s history. José Saturnino Cardozo scored 25 in 82 games from 1991-2006.last_img read more

Joint Task Force-Bravo Hosts Central American Firefighters for Training Exercise

first_img The training consisted of classroom instruction, hands-on training in fighting fires in buildings, vehicles and aircraft, and an obstacle course. “The obstacle course was the most challenging. You had to drag the hoses, pull the dummy, and run with the Jaws of Life. The overall training is excellent and I can’t wait to take back what I’ve learned,” said Manuel Tarasena, a Guatemalan firefighter. The Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experiences (CENTAM Smoke) Exercise included JTF-Bravo firefighters who trained alongside Belizean, Costa Rican, Guatemalan, Honduran, Panamanian, Nicaraguan and Salvadoran firefighters. Joint Task Force-Bravo hosted an exercise on the last week of August at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras that focused on firefighting skills. By Dialogo September 06, 2013center_img The primary objective of the exercise is to foster a strong professional relationship with partner nation firefighting personnel by promoting dialogue, improving information sharing as well as refining existing tactics, techniques, and procedures. Since 2007, Joint Task Force-Bravo has trained more than 800 firefighters from all Central American countries.last_img read more

Long Island Earth Day 2013 Events

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island parks and environmental groups are hosting a slew of events in honor of the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, such as tree plantings, exhibitions, presentations, and sight-seeing hikes aimed at educating communities about the importance of taking care of the world.From defeating the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant in the 1980s to more recently sinking a proposal to build a Broadwater LNG hub in the Long Island Sound, local environmentalists have a proud record of accomplishments despite the daunting fights that remain. But the annual Earth Day celebrations give advocates and the public a moment to pause and reflect.“Earth Day continues to be a global movement to raise the consciousness of individuals, families, communities, businesses and government about how to co-exist with the environment in a sustainable manner,” said  Joseph Martens, commissioner of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.Earth Day was founded by Wisconsin U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson after observed the catastrophic Oil spill in Santa Barbara, California on January 29, 1969. A year later an estimated 20 million Americans protested for a more balanced and healthier environment. As a response for the publics demand for a cleaner environment, the state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were created.Through the following events, the DEC and other entities hops to continue the mission of maintaining a cleaner, healthier and well balanced environment.Event: Old Mastic Earth Day Hike The public is invited on a 2 to 3 mile round trip walk to celebrate Earth Day and National Park Week. Place: Fire Island National Seashore: William Floyd Estate Date: Sunday April 21. Time: 9- 11: 30 a.m. Fee: FreeEvent: National Park Week Old Inlet Breach Hike Celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day with a 3-mile hike Place: Fire Island National Seashore: Wilderness Visitor Center Date: Sunday April 21. Time: 1-3 p.m. Fee: FreeEvent: Lyrids Meteor Shower Viewing at State Parks Place: Jones Beach State Park – West End II Place: Goy Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park – Field 3 Place: Montauk Point State Park – Upper Parking Lot Place: Wildwood State Park – Main Parking Lot Date: Sunday April 21 and Monday April 22. Time: Peak time 2 a.m. – 4 a.m. Fee: FreeEvent: ‘Be A Good Egg’ Students from the Drexel Elementary School will install signs they have made on the beach as a way to raise awareness about the birds that nest on the sand of N.Y. and N.J. beaches. Place: Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center – Jones Beach State Park Wantagh, NY Date: Monday, April 22. Time: 10 a.m. Fee: FreeEvent: The Barns on the Farm The community is welcomed to tour several historic barns on the William Floyd Estate. Place: Fire Island National Seashore: William Floyd Estate Date: April 27. Time: 10- 11 a.m. Fee: FreeEvent: Lecture Series: Hurricane Sandy: Before and After The public is invited to attend an indoor presentation detailing how Hurricane Sandy has changed the beach. Place: Fire Island National Seashore: Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal Date: April 27. Time: 2 -3 p.m. Fee: FreeEvent: In Honor of Trees Journey around the William Floyd Estate to see trees planted by Floyd family members more than 150 years ago Place: Fire Island National Seashore: William Floyd Estate Date: Sunday April 28. Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. Fee: FreeEvent: Heckscher Spring Festival Long Island’s premiere Earth Day Festival Place: Heckscher State Park, Heckscher Parkway Field 1, East Islip N.Y. Date: April 27 and April 28. Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fee: Freelast_img read more

RBA to hold rates at record low

first_imgUniversity of Queensland School of Economics’ Clement Tisdell said some areas of concerns for the RBA would be that wage growth was slow and the “exchange rate needs to be lowered somewhat”. Finder.com.au insights manager Graham Cooke agreed “the high Australian dollar is a potential area for concern, as highlighted by the panellists, but it’s not enough to drive a rate change just yet”.Concern over escalation in real estate prices had also eased, with LJ Hooker’s Mathew Tiller confirming “property markets have seen prices begin to soften, thanks to an increase in listings and a moderation in investor demand”. The RBA is expected to keep interest rates on hold at an all time low of 1.5%. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins.HOMEOWNERS can expect another month of record low mortgage charges with the Reserve Bank widely predicted to sit on its hands in March.The RBA board meets Tuesday for its monthly monetary policy meeting where members were expected to continue the record low rate run, keeping the cash rate at 1.5 per cent.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoAll 33 experts in the finder.com.au Economic Sentiment Tracker were unanimous in the hold position, with many pointing to wages, business confidence and the Aussie dollar as factors that set to twist the RBA board’s arm.Queensland University of Technology’s Noel Whittaker put it succinctly: “Property prices falling — our dollar weakening — no reason to move”. REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee who said the “economy (is) still not strong enough to start increasing”. Metropole Property Strategists’ Michael Yardney said even if overseas interest rates rose in the next few months, RBA Governor Philip Lowe had made it clear that “Australian rates don’t need to be in lock step with overseas rates”.last_img read more

Brian Edwards – Why I Am Opposed To Gay Adoptions

first_imgBrian Edwards BlogI am opposed to any change in the law which would allow gay couples to adopt children. My opposition is not rooted in homophobia. I was an early and vocal supporter of homosexual law reform in New Zealand; I approve of civil unions; I can see no good reason why gays should not be able to marry; I don’t doubt that a gay couple can be loving and responsible parents; I regard the argument that children raised by gay parents will turn out to be gay themselves as nonsense. Sexual orientation is genetically determined.My opposition to allowing gay couples to adopt is rooted in my own early experience as the only child of a solo parent, my mother. I never knew my father.  I described the  lifelong effect of that situation in my memoir Daddy was a German Spy: Having lived for 70 years, I still have no idea what it means to be a man, what you’re supposed to feel, how you’re supposed to behave, what you’re supposed to do. I’m going to get into trouble for staring at men in buses. My defence will be that I was wondering whether the person opposite me met the criteria of ‘manness’. According to my wife, the ones I think might meet the criteria are ‘knitting pattern models’ – good-looking guys with lantern jaws, strong arms and Aran sweaters. I don’t know. It’s the not-knowing that’s the problem, because it robs you of confidence. I don’t particularly want to know how to be a good man, but how to be any sort of man, how to be comfortable in my man’s skin…. I’ve come to the conclusion that, with the exception of violence or abuse, a poor model would have been preferable to no model at all.Of course lots of boys end up with one parent these days, most often their mother. It’s commonplace. It wasn’t commonplace when I was kid. I didn’t know anyone, either at school or in the town where we lived,  who didn’t have two parents – one of either sex.  I was unusual, different. I didn’t want to be unusual or different. Most kids don’t. I wanted to be ‘normal’.There will always be kids without gender models – boys without fathers and (fewer) girls without mothers.  Those, if you like, are the breaks. But that is very different from setting out,  planning to deny a child the experience of having both a father and a mother.http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2009/08/why-i-am-opposed-to-gay-adoptions/last_img read more