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Oxford fails in “Green” League Table

first_imgMadeleine-Ellis Pietersen, a Magdalen student who launched the Hog Roast Café last weekened in Hogacre Common, commented, “I find it quite striking how little environmental activism there is amongst the student body given how many amazing and pioneering eco-projects there are in Oxford. Having said that, incredible projects like the OxCoop and Oxgrow were started predominantly by students. ““Lots of colleges are run in a hugely environmentally unfriendly way, and there is a reticence to be innovative — for example, despite huge grounds, Magdalen is hugely reticent to allocate land for student allotments, and the plots available are tiny.”A slight change in the employment of methodology might account for Oxford’s drop in the League Table over recent years. People and Planet explain on their website that “The methodology for People & Planet Green League 2013 is developed in close consultation with key sectoral stakeholders and has evolved gradually over the seven years since its first publication”. Criteria such as independence, transparency and uniform metrics are highlighted as particular areas of importance in the development of methodology. A spokesperson for People and Planet told Cherwell: “Oxford has some catching up to do with the rest of the higher education sector, particularly in actual performance and the areas of carbon management, ethical procurement and staff and student engagement.”“However, we’re hopeful that Oxford will be able to reverse this downward trend with the aid of Harriet Waters, the new Head of Sustainability at Oxford University, who comes from Oxford Brookes where she drove forward huge institutional changes in sustainability.”Chris Garrard, a postgraduate student commented that “Oxford is a hub for student campaigning alongside research that is having a powerful influence on international development and the environment. The trouble is, this positive activity becomes rather tainted when the Vice-Chancellor and others at the top set a tone of profit before people, and deals before ethics. Deals such as the one agreed with Shell, represent a conscious choice to invest in a more unjust and potentially unstable world that the current students will inherit. That’s enough to justify a fail.” A Green League Table of UK universities published by The Guardian placed Oxford 132nd in the country for environmental standards, dropping 13 places since last year. 143 higher education institutions were analysed in the ranking, which was topped by Manchester Metropolitan University, followed closely by Plymouth.  The ranking, compiled by environmentalist website “People and Planet”, took into account factors such as Environmental Policy, Energy, Waste and Ethical Investment. Oxford was given a “fail” for its efforts across a whole range of these areas.In particular, Oxford fared poorly in the “Ethical procurement and Fair Trade”, “Waste and Recycling” and “Carbon Emissions” categories. Stronger points included “Ethical Investment” and “Student and staff engagement”. In total, Oxford Scored 22 points out of 70. A spokesperson for the University told Cherwell, “Although the University’s performance in the ‘green league’ is disappointing, this ranking omits some key environmental benchmarks. One of these is transport, which we have long prioritised with successful results. Fewer than 20% of staff and 5% of students working in the city centre now drive to work. Unlike many universities we also have a water management strategy to reduce water consumption and we are also devising strategies for biodiversity and sustainable purchasing.” “Nonetheless we recognise there is a lot of work to be done and we are looking very carefully at our sustainability impacts, dedicating up to £14 million to carbon reduction projects and annual grants of £100,000 to sustainable transport initiatives as well as £100,000 to other sustainability initiatives.”The University of Cambridge was ranked slightly above, at 113th, whilst London Business School and Heythrop College trailed at the bottom of the table. last_img read more

Trail Mix – Tyler Grant

first_imgThere is no questioning Tyler Grant’s flatpicking prowess.The Colorado-based singer and guitar player has racked up flatpicking championships across the country and toured with jam band heavyweights like the Drew Emmitt Band and the Emmitt-Nershi Band.He is also the driving force behind his own project, Grant Farm.Late last month, Grant released Kanawha County Flatpicking, a collaboration with renowned flatpicker Robin Kessinger. Recorded in Kessinger’s native West Virginia, the new record explores and reinvents old-time music while showcasing the fretboard acumen of two of the genre’s finest players.I recently chatted with Tyler about returning to, and recording in, the wellspring of mountain music, pickin’ with Robin Kessinger, and the history of his 1953 Martin guitar.BRO – You and Robin recorded the tracks for this record in West Virginia. I know folks play mountain music all over the world, but is there a particular inspiration that comes with playing songs like this in the mountains from from which they sprang?TG – Absolutely. When I am in certain areas of West Virginia, I feel the old-time music just ringing from the hills. I believe there are places that have ancestral musical power. For instance, in Nashville, I fell the country music seeping from the Cumberland River. There are stories of native tribes that used to meet on the banks of the Cumberland for musical ceremonies in ancient times. I believe this is true of certain parts of West Virginia as well. Kanawha County is the home of the Kessingers, all the way back to Robin’s great-uncle, Clark, so it is the origin of Kessinger musical culture and it was special to record there.BRO – Best part about playing music with Robin?TG – He makes me laugh and is a total goofball. But, seriously, Robin is a conduit to another place and another time. Flatpickers have studied his style for years. He is a master of playing old-time melodies in the flatpicking style and is one of the last of his breed who really sticks to the melody and has an authentic sense of timing.BRO – How much of the history of your 1953 Martin do you know? Does it have any good stories to tell?TG – The ’53 has some bluegrass pedigree. It used to belong to Red Allen, so I call it Red. The story goes that Harley, Red’s son, sold it to buy a fancier guitar, a Martin D-42, I believe, from Kitty Wells. Red was then played for years by a professional guitarist in Cincinnati, who sold it to the fellow I bought it from in Paducah, Kentucky. There was news about this guitar spreading around for a while. The man in Paducah was trying to find a player who could use it and was offering a pretty good price. So I sold my Wayne Henderson guitar, which was awarded to me the day I met Robin, who was judging the flatpicking contest at Wayne’s festival in 2005, and I bought this Martin. It is my best bluegrass/old-time sound guitar. It has true Martin tone.BRO – Got a favorite contemporary luthier out there making guitars the right way?TG – I should mention that I also endorse Bob Thompson guitars. He is located in Ravenswood, West Virginia. Robin also endorses him and plays a Thompson Curly Koa Cutaway on Kanawah County Flatpicking. There is also a master luthier in Fort Collins, where I live, who does all my repair and set up work these days named Michael Bashkin. His guitars are outstanding and he also hosts an entertaining podcast.BRO – In five words or less, tell me what’s going through your head just before you hit the first note in a flatpicking competition.TG – God help me!Tyler Grant is on the road this weekend in Oregon with Grant Farm. For more information on Grant Farm dates, along with when you might be able to catch Tyler Grant and Robin Kessinger in concert or how to grab a copy of the new record, please check out his website.Be sure to check out “My Blue Ridge Mountain Home,” by Tyler Grant and Robin Kessinger, along with new tracks from Chad Elliot & The Redemptions, The Cody Sisters Band, and Brother Reverend on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

Chevrolet Performance renews lucrative cash bonus program with IMCA through 2019

first_imgGRAND BLANC, Mich. – Chevrolet Performance has renewed a lucrative cash bonus program rewarding IMCA drivers and sanctioned tracks through the 2017-2019 race seasons.Drivers winning track championships while competing exclusively with 602 or 604 crate engines receive a $250 bonus. Tracks sanctioning any combination of the Modified, Hobby Stock and SportMod divisions and displaying Chevrolet Performance banners become eligible for cash bo­nuses of their own.“This is a program that paid cash back to our drivers and sanctioned tracks to the tune of $75,000 last year. It is easily our biggest cash bonus program for drivers,” emphasized IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “This is a big deal. A lot of money will get paid directly to drivers and tracks that support IMCA and Chevrolet Performance.”Driver bonuses will be paid after point standings become official; track bonuses will be paid through­out the season.The Chevrolet Performance IMCA crate engine bonus program originated in 2005 with cash awards to eligible Northern SportMod drivers finishing in the top five in track standings.It expanded to include Modified, Hobby Stock and Southern SportMod divisions and began paying track championship bonuses in 2010.One hundred and twenty-one drivers earned Chevrolet Performance bonuses last year. The pro­gram has seen more than $200,000 paid to IMCA drivers in its first 12 seasons.“It’s important to note that four of Chevrolet’s biggest dealerships in the United States are IMCA sponsors,” Yoder said. “I would encourage our member drivers to return the support of Karl Chevro­let, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center, Friesen Performance and Kupper Chevrolet when they have the opportunity to do so.”Information about the Chevrolet Performance bonus program is available from Yoder at the IMCA home office, 319 472-2201.last_img read more

NFF Files  Appeal, , Motion to Vacate Order and Stay-of-Execution against…

first_img“This is a sad one primarily because we have enjoyed a period of peace and have been able to work without the court-today-court-tomorrow situation of the last half of 2014.“We have filed for stay-of-execution and that means the status quo remains and anything done is done at the actors’ peril. I can assure football –loving Nigerians that there is no reason to panic as we are in full charge and there is no trouble whatsoever. There is no order for the Giwa group to take over the Glass House. In fact many of his so called board members have called to dissociate themselves from the matter,” NFF 1 st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi said on Friday.It would be recalled that the Ambassador Giwa led group had gone to court and withdrawn the case in October 2014, but then later went to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, which threw out their case.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Football Federation has swiftly moved to file an appeal, a motion to vacate the order and a motion for a stay-of-execution against the judgement of the Jos High Court, which on Friday decided to re-list a case brought by Ambassador Chris Giwa against the validly –elected NFF administration of Amaju Melvin Pinnick.In re-listing the case for hearing on 30 th May this year, the court shockingly also restored the order that the election and Congress of 30 th September 2014 be nullified.However, since an appeal, a motion to vacate the order and a stay-of-execution has been filed, on the same day as the judgement, the status quo remains.last_img read more

Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. reportedly suffers knee sprain, should be ready for training camp

first_img Jimmer Fredette leaves Warriors summer team after two games, ponders overseas options Just when Michael Porter Jr. thought he was ready to return to the court, the Nuggets youngster has experienced another setback.Porter suffered a left knee sprain during a minicamp scrimmage Wednesday night and he’s expected to miss Denver’s Las Vegas Summer League games, according to The Denver Post, which cited unidentified sources.  Nuggets pick up $30 million option on Paul Millsap Porter said he was cleared to play in May and had hopes of making his debut this summer. “To be honest, going into the season, I didn’t really expect myself to be able to play at 100% if I was to come play,” Porter said (via The Post). “But, like, the way I feel now, it’s leaps and bounds beyond where I thought I’d be at this point. I feel so good … I feel like I’m a better player than I’ve ever been.”Porter, 21, likely will be on the sideline when the Nuggets open their summer league schedule against the Suns on Friday (11:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). Nuggets sign Jamal Murray to 5-year extension Oh you were waiting for some MPJ highlights from tonight’s scrimmage?We got you. 😏 pic.twitter.com/OufYmmZKGc— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) July 4, 2019Porter was selected by the Nuggets with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but he missed all of last season after he had a second back surgery. He also was sidelined for all but three games during his lone season at Missouri before making the jump to the NBA. Porter’s injury isn’t expected to be a long-term issue, but his debut will likely be postponed for precautionary reasons as Denver doesn’t see any reason to rush him onto the court, the Post notes. He is expected to be ready for training camp, but the Nuggets are “bummed” with this setback because he had been playing well in practice without any back issues, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified source.  Related Newslast_img read more

“Sarajevo” Footballers hosted Students of the Football School “Respekt”

first_img(Source: fokus.ba) Footballers of the Football Club (FC) “Sarajevo” yesterday hosted students of the Football School “Respekt”, and players and members of the professional staff gave gifts to all kids.“I would like to thank FC Sarajevo for a wonderful meeting with the students of our Football School. The cooperation with the FC Sarajevo lasts for a long time, and I can say that today has been a great day for children. Many of our students are cheering for FC Sarajevo, and they had the opportunity today to meet the players and trainers in the club’s top training center, which provides excellent working conditions. I hope that we will cooperate in an even better way in the future, “ said Emir Hujdur, director of the ‘Respekt’.“The Football School “Respekt” provides the opportunity for children with developmental disabilities, typical children and children which are part of the Roma population, regardless of their social status, to participate in sport and to have equal participation in football competitions,“ it was said from the FC Sarajevo.The Football School is primarily intended for medical and educational purposes, and the main goal is to prevent deviant behavior, obesity and to improve sports socialization of children.last_img read more

Nelson’s Dryden Hunt caps amazing Junior career with WHL Player of the Year award

first_imgAnd the awards just keep on coming for Nelson Minor Hockey grad and Moose Jaw Warriors sniper Dryden Hunt.Hunt, who beat out Western Conference and Victoria Royals defenceman Joe Hicketts, was crowned with the WHL’s highest honour Wednesday in Calgary when he was handed the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the league’s player of the year.Hunt was the Eastern Conference Four Broncos Memorial Trophy winner.The WHL’s top honour completed the storybook season for the 20-year-old forward, who was passed over in the 2010 WHL bantam draft.The 6-foot, 200-pound left-winger finished the regular season with league-high 58 goals while playing all 72 regular-season games in his final junior campaign. Hunt finished second to Adam Brooks of the Regina Pats in the WHL scoring race with 116.Hunt recorded five hat tricks in the month of February and has six on the season. He was named WHL player of the month for January and player of the week in February.Before scoring 58 times this season, Hunt’s best season came in 2014 when he registered 21 goals.Over his WHL career, Hunt scored 117 goals, had 132 assists for 249 points in 269 games.After being passed over in the bantam draft, Hunt found a home with Regina Pats for three plus seasons before begin traded to Medicine Hat Tigers midway through the 29014-15 season.Moose Jaw acquired Hunt before the start of the 2015-16 WHL season.Hunt, who attended off-season development camps in Carolina and Montreal, was also passed over in the NHL entry draft before landing an entry-level deal with Florida Panthers in March of this year.Hunts parents, Carla DeBiasio and Jeff Hunt, were in Calgary for the awards presentation.Check out the YouTube link of the award ceremony.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 19, 2017

first_imgSANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jerry Hollendorfer12326192221%54%$1,701,389 BALTAS HAS NEAR-PERFECT ENTRY RECORDA day without Baltas at Santa Anita is like a day without sunshine, and while there has been more than enough erratic weather during the 12-week old Winter Meet, trainer Richard Baltas has been a constant, a racing secretary’s dream with 125 starters, second only to three-time Santa Anita training king Doug O’Neill’s 150.Baltas couldn’t recall the number of days he did not have a starter from his barn of 83 head based at Santa Anita and San Luis Rey Downs, but added with a laugh, “There haven’t been many, maybe a couple. That’s what I’m here for, and it’s hard to win at 18 percent when you run 125 horses.“Yesterday I thought we’d win two but we only won one, and we had one second and one third, so all three horses hit the board.”The fact is, Baltas has missed only one of 45 racing days without entering a horse this meet, that being Feb. 11.Baltas, who turns 56 on May 30, could add to that ever-expanding number with at least two more starters next weekend, Inordinate in Saturday’s San Luis Rey Stakes for older horses at a mile and a half on turf and Kiss At Midnight in Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes, part of the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, this for older fillies and mares at a mile on dirt.Inordinate, a five-year-old full horse by Harlan’s Holiday, ran second in an overnight race at a mile and a quarter on turf Feb. 25 in his only start for Baltas, who obtained the Kentucky-bred bay out of the November Fasig-Tipton Sale. Bred by Juddmonte Farms and previously owned by the internationally acclaimed Thoroughbred operation, Inordinate had been trained by 2016 Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown.“He ran well for us first time out and I believe he probably needed the race (his first since last Aug. 27),” Baltas said. “He’s come back to train well. He worked (six furlongs) in 1:12 and two on March 14. It looks like he might have a chance in the race. We’ll see.”Inordinate will be ridden by resurgent Corey Nakatani, who has enjoyed noticeable success with Baltas, winning nine times in 26 tries for the trainer.Kiss At Midnight was claimed for $25,000 in April of 2015 and has been second in four Cal-bred stakes, including last year’s Dream of Summer. The five-year-old Decarchy mare has earned $357,793, most of that under the direction of Baltas.Baltas, a native of Gary, Indiana, hometown of Tony Zale, the great middleweight champion of the 1950s, has had great success with claims. He posted his first stakes win with $32,000 claim Freedom Crest in the Grade II San Pasqual Handicap in 2001 and also the Grade II, $488,000 Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap in which Freedom Crest defeated 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow. On the bargain list as well is Big Macher, who was taken for $20,000 in 2013 and gave Baltas his first Grade I win, in the Bing Crosby Stakes in 2014. Big Macher was on the work tab Sunday morning, going three furlongs in 36.80.Baltas, who now resides in Los Alamitos with his wife, Debby, moved to Huntington Beach when he was nine, graduated from Marina High School in 1979, attended the races with his late father, Gus and fell in love with the sport.“I started going to the races when I was 13 with my father,” Baltas said. “My mother was at the races the other day. She’s 88. My Dad died when he was 74.”At 21 and wanting to break into the game, in 1983 Baltas moved to the heart of the Blue Grass country in Lexington, Kentucky, attended the Kentucky Equine Institute and began working at Spendthrift Farm where resided Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed.He rubbed yearlings and worked as a groom, learning the business “from the ground up,” through trainers such as Tom Skiffington, Eric Guillot, Barry Abrams, Craig Dollase and Richard Mandella.Baltas took out his trainer’s license in 1991 and won his first race at Hollywood Park with Latchburn.His wife, Debby, the “Julia Child of Racing Repast,” calls the shots at the track kitchen on Santa Anita’s backstretch. Her family ran the track kitchen at Hollywood Park until the track closed in December of 2013.Debby’s Mom, Norma, serves hungry patrons at the Fresh Gourmet, “a great stop for lunch or dinner” on 2004 Huntington Drive in San Marino, a few furlongs from Santa Anita.The San Luis Rey is expected to draw a full field. Probables include Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens; Buster Douglas, Santiago Gonzalez; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc; Inordinate, Corey Nakatani; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze; Liam the Charmer, Victor Espinoza; Papacoolpapacool, no rider; Site Read, Stewart Elliott; Some in Tieme, Tiago Pereira; Syntax, no rider; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo; Up With the Birds, no rider; and Wanstead Gardens, no rider.Liam the Charmer and Site Read worked in company for Michael McCarthy Sunday, going five furlongs in 1:00.60 and 1:00.80, respectively. Asked how he liked the works, the on-the-run trainer said, “Loved ’em.” Bob Baffert601481023%53%$1,543,516 Kent Desormeaux14130171721%45%$1,706,151 Mark Glatt769111112%41%$460,215 Corey Nakatani76138917%39%$806,207 Martin Pedroza11615212313%51%$699,512 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 Jamie Theriot7497512%28%$440,570 Tiago Pereira10712111711%37%$415,991 Philip D’Amato8918121320%48%$1,191,840 SINGLE PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $317,374 Flavien Prat22852384323%58%$3,285,875 Tyler Baze24743463017%48%$2,375,552 (Current Through Saturday, March 18) Mike Smith561861432%68%$1,871,827 Rafael Bejarano13823232317%50%$1,656,326 Richard Baltas12522222018%51%$1,261,832 FINISH LINES: Las Virgenes winner Unique Bella, prepping for the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 8, worked six furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer Saturday in a bullet 1:11.20, fastest of 10 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:13.96. Unbeaten California Cup Oaks winner Sircat Sally also worked for Hollendorfer, going four furlongs in 48.40 . . . John Shirreffs reports Gormley and Royal Mo came out of their races in the San Felipe Stakes and Rebel Stakes in good order despite finishing unplaced and are being considered for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8 . . . There is a single ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover today of $317,374.27 . . . Santa Anita presents a Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship on Saturday, April 1. Patrons can taste delicious samplings from masters of BBQ and enjoy a day of Thoroughbred racing. Special packages are available at santaanita.com/events . . . The annual Santa Anita Derby Day 5K Run and Walk takes place on Saturday, April 8. Visit derbyday5K.com or call 760-434 5255 for further information . . . According to Santa Anita statistician Jason Hom, favorites overall are winning at a 36.55 clip at the Winter Meet (144 out of 394) and at an even greater rate on dirt, 38.46 (115 of 299). The number drops to 30.53 on turf (29 of 95). Odds-on favorites are winning at 62.03 percent (49 of 79); in the money favorites at 72.08 (284 of 394); and in the money odds-on favorites at 94.94 percent (75 of 79) . . . Agent Nelson Arroyo has brother Norberto Jr. booked to ride Palos Verdes winner St. Joe Bay for leading trainer Peter Miller in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai next Saturday . . . Barretts Sales at Del Mar will be conducting their Select 2-year-old in Training Sale on Wednesday, March 29. Their training track preview will be on Monday, March 27, beginning at 10 a.m. The sale catalogue is available in the Santa Anita Racing Office and the complete catalogue is available on line as well at [email protected] . . . Condolences to the family of longtime Thoroughbred owner Nick Barron, who passed away earlier this month at age 85.  The owner of Hallett Boats, now Barron Boats, Inc., Barron and his wife Shirley resided in nearby Glendora. Services were held this past Wednesday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Monrovia. Victor Espinoza62915715%50%$755,487 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won -more- Peter Miller9828221029%61%$1,378,586 UNIQUE BELLA BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA OAKS JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won GORMLEY, ROYAL MO SANTA ANITA DERBY BOUND? Joseph Talamo15924162115%38%$822,023 Steven Miyadi60816613%50%$396,906 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.10219111019%39%$841,556 William Spawr32114534%63%$347,000 Stewart Elliott15417162411%37%$827,993 ELLIOTT TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON SUNDAY Doug O’Neill15018292112%45%$1,641,356 John Sadler6010121217%57%$625,380 Edwin Maldonado771291116%42%$372,616 Peter Eurton58116719%41%$600,402 3/3/3/3 Vladimir Cerin51912918%59%$491,664 ELLIOTT TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD NEXT SUNDAYVeteran jockey Stewart Elliott, who was named winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award on Feb. 24, will receive the prestigious trophy, which depicts the legendary George (The Iceman) Woolf, in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races at Santa Anita next Sunday, March 26.Established to honor the memory of Woolf, who died following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, the Woolf Award was first presented by Santa Anita in 1950 and this year marks the 68th anniversary of the honor that can only be won once.Voted on by jockeys nationwide, the Woolf Award seeks to recognize riders who have not only achieved a high degree of success in the saddle, but who have conducted both their personal and professional lives in a manner that brings credit to the sport of Thoroughbred racing and to them personally.Born in Toronto on March 11, 1965, Elliot celebrated his 52nd birthday on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 11. A strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott, best known for capturing the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Smarty Jones, has now amassed more than 4,700 career wins.One of five 2017 Woolf finalists, Elliott outpolled contemporaries Kerwin Clark, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens. Santiago Gonzalez13113221710%40%$675,443 J. Keith Desormeaux4494620%43%$509,505 KING RICHARD ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITA 24/7 James Cassidy4588318%42%$427,091 -30-last_img read more