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Oxford gears up for Pride Festival

first_img“We are also thrilled to be working with Westgate to create our first Community Area in Leiden Square. This will be complete with a community stage featuring local acts that will also include a few well-known faces. The festival this year has the theme HoldTight, in response to a government survey in 2018 which showed that over 2/3 of LGBT+ people have avoided holding hands with others for fear of backlash from others. The Pride Festival is running between May 17 and June 2. It is described by Oxford Pride as “a fabulous festival celebrating queer life in Oxfordshire and our unique city of Oxford.” The festival is focused partly on showcasing the cultural output of Oxford’s queer community. Oxford Pride describes their goal as curating “an open group show and also promoting exhibitions arranged by other associated artists, galleries and venues around Oxford during the annual Oxford Pride Festival”. Events have included a Queer Arts Exhibition in the University Church, exploring the HoldTight theme. Debbie Brixey, chair of Oxford Pride, said: “Our Festival and events aim to encourage everyone to hold tight to those that they love and celebrate the good things we have accomplished so far. This year we are pleased to form new partnerships with a number of Faith groups. The affirmation service on Pride Day at Bonn Square has been created to celebrate all relationships in whatever form they take. Henna Khanom, Co-Chair of the OUSU LGBTQ+ campaign, told Cherwell: “This years’ Pride offers a chance for the city and student communities to come together to celebrate queer histories, movements and legacies. Particular highlights are the Alain Locke Memorial Lectures, the Beyond Brideshead: Queer Oxford talk at the Ashmolean, and of course the day itself, which thousands of people are expected to attend.” “#HoldTight is also to remind people that we should be holding onto our values and the fight for equal rights. Even in some parts of the UK equality still has a long way to go; in Northern Ireland same sex marriage has been vetoed five times by politicians there despite it being part of British law, and gender recognition, discrimination and conversion therapy all fail to match laws in the rest of the UK.” center_img There will also be a comedy night, involving performances from the Oxford Imps and several of Oxfords stand-ups. The Pride march itself will culminate in a wide range of LGBT+ musical acts and other performers playing at Leiden square in Westgate. “The LGBTQ+ Campaign will be marching as while the Queer movement has accomplished so much, there is so much left to be done; something especially important given that this year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.” Other speakers participating included Hannah Boschen, a Stonewall Role model at the University of Oxford. The event also involved two panels, including a Queer Panel considering how to move forward into a new era. Oxford Labour Councillor Tom Hayes participated in the panel, alongside Valentino Vechietti and Charlotte Stacey. Oxford Brookes also hosted the Oxford Pride Symposium on Thursday, inspired by 2019 being 50 years since the Stonewall riots. The symposium involved performance and debate from a lot of different groups. Ashanti, a poet, writer and actor, gave a spoken word performance at the event. As Oxford gears up for it’s sixteenth Pride parade on June 1st , a wide range of events to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community are running both within the University and across the city. last_img read more

Creating a culture of workplace safety for your employees

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When you own or run a business, ensuring the safety of your workplace and employees is a top priority. Improving safety at your business is one way to help mitigate risk and provide a positive workplace environment for your employees. When members of your team are actively involved in safety programs and culture as part of their workplace training, it creates a sense of personal investment and ownership in the safety and overall success of the company.Workplace safety is critical for the health of your employees and the bottom line of your business. Companies with safety and health training enjoy improvements in the well-being of their employees and in their organization’s profitability. In this blog post, we’ll give your tips for creating a culture of safety for your employees through education and workplace training programs.Leveraging Technology and Education to Encourage EngagementOver the years, the landscape of learning has dramatically evolved, and technology has given us the ability to learn anytime, anywhere from a computer or a mobile device. eLearning programs have allowed businesses to create meaningful, real-world learning processes for all types of learners to engage with digitally.There are a number of learning management systems available that offer robust technology and functionality to help identify specific learning paths that can enhance workplace safety. These tools can be custom tailored by industry, role, and business goals to create content that is hyper-specific to your employees, which will help get them more engaged in the learning process.last_img read more

Shopping for furniture can be a tough gig, but this store is a treat

first_imgL’Americano Espresso Bar. Photo: SuppliedHeard the news?Coco Republic – the place you can shop for high-end furniture and homewares – is also the perfect place to grab a bite to eat while you decide on the new lounge for your living room.But don’t be fooled into thinking you can grab a snag on a slice of white bread here.I’m talking, dry martinis, a cheeky glass of Veuve Clicquot, or a tame drop of vino.After all, L’Americano is about transporting diners to the Italian Riviera – on Fortitude Valley’s Wickham Terrace. Recently my colleague Elizabeth Tilley and I had a walk through the interiors stores and conveniently stopped to enjoy the Chef’s Tasting Plate ($45), which included a selection of five mini crostinis.It was all absolutely delicious and fulfilling, as were the espresso and dirty martinis ($16 each). One of the many items on the menu at L’Americano.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoHaving opened only a year ago, L’Americano Espresso Bar venue manager Jean-Remy Didier said Brisbane shoppers have loved the fact they can come in and browse the showrooms of Max Sparrow and Coco Republic and then pop into L’Americano situated in the middle of both for brunch or just a coffee.“It all makes for a beautiful and convenient shopping experience,” Mr Didier said.“It is very on trend for high-profile retailers around the world to offer a hospitality outlet into fashion or interiors stores, making the overall shopping experience so much more enjoyable and easy for their customers.”L’Americano has been designed to reflect Coco Republic’s Anthony Spon-Smith’s love of the Italian Riviera and the California coast. The interior was inspired by the popular movie, The Talented Mr Ripley, so customers can feel like they are on holiday on the Italian Riviera in the heart of Brisbane. With a seasonal menu offered, diners can indulge in the new winter menu.Currently the most popular item is the prosciutto and avocado toast with two poached eggs, and the L’Americano signature salad is also a winner.center_img Reshni Ratnam and Elizabeth Tilley at L’Americano. Photo: Suppliedlast_img read more

Breaking: Thousands without power as West Donegal hit by major fault

first_imgMore than 2,300 homes are without power in West Donegal tonight following a major fault.The fault has occurred in the Derrybeg area in the past hour.The ESB say they are working to restoring power to the area as soon as possible.    Breaking: Thousands without power as West Donegal hit by major fault was last modified: August 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:derrybegdonegalelectricityESBfaultPowerlast_img read more

Chelsea lining up January transfer targets

first_imgA solid start in the league and in Europe while playing some attractive football – it’s been a successful few months for Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.While much of the focus has been on Manchester City’s seemingly inevitable battle with Liverpool for the title, the Italian has settled into life extremely well in West London since being appointed in the summer, guiding his side through the opening four months without incident, aside from their recent defeat to Spurs, putting the club into a great position heading into the new year. While the Blues have had a relatively kind few months in terms of fixtures, not many expected Chelsea to be in this position as we neared the busy festive period.via GIPHYChelsea’s start to the season has made the January transfer window even more important than it would have been if they were off the pace. With Manchester City and Liverpool both expected to have somewhat quiet Januarys, the question is whether Chelsea can strengthen enough to not only keep pace with the league leaders, but potentially even overtake them as the season enters the final few weeks. It’s fair to say the bookies don’t think Chelsea can do it, priced around 17/1 to win the title, but those looking to use the free bet offers available at Oddchecker to back the Londoners to finish in the top two this season could do a lot worse.The title might be a bit beyond them this year, but you never know in the Premier League, and Sarri’s men may well prove a lot of people wrong and push City and Liverpool all the way. But, if Chelsea are going to upset the odds, you’d think they need to add a couple of fresh faces to the squad in January. So let’s take a look at those players Sarri could be targeting in the new year.Alex Sandro (Juventus)Ever since making the move to Juventus from Porto in 2015, the Brazilian has established himself as one of the world’s best left backs. The defender was a crucial part of the Juventus team who won a domestic double in 2016/17 and reached the Champions League Final. It was then that Sandro caught the eye of the Chelsea scouts, with Antonio Conte willing to spend £62 million on the defender, only for the departures of Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci to put paid to any chance the Premier League side had of signing their man.A lot has changed since then, though, and while Juventus would rather keep Sandro in Turin, the Brazilian’s desire to move to England may well be a factor in the Serie A champions deciding to sell him. Sarri’s desire to add some cover and competition for Marcos Alonso on the left side of defence saw Emerson Palmieri arrive from Roma in the summer, but Sandro would likely be the first choice option despite the presence of two international left backs in the squad.Houssem Aouar (Lyon)Another player of Sarri’s radar is Lyon’s young playmaker Houssem Aouar. The France under-21 international has been in electric form for the Ligue 1 side this season, scoring five goals and recording three assists in the Champions League. The attacking midfielder is only in his second full season since breaking through at his boyhood club, but it hasn’t taken long for Aouar to catch the eye of some of European football’s biggest clubs. While Lyon has insisted they aren’t looking to sell the Frenchman, that could change if they receive a huge bid in January.As well as Chelsea, Barcelona are long-time admirers of Aouar, although it’s unlikely the 20-year old would be thrown into the first team straight away at the Nou Camp. While it remains to be seen whether Sarri feels Aouar is someone he could use this season, the exciting youngster is clearly on the Italian’s list of potential signings. Arsenal are another Premier League club who have been credited with an interest in Aouar, who are looking for an energetic midfielder to replace the outgoing Aaron Ramsey. Liverpool actually offered the Frenchman a contract before he signed his first professional deal with Lyon and have continued to monitor Aouar since then. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Jean Barton: Local women honored at Common Threads banquet

first_imgCommon Threads North is a collaborative effort between the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, CA Foundation for Ag in Classroom, CSU-Chico, CA Women for Agriculture, Farm Bureaus, Center for Land-Based Learning, Resource Conservation Districts, and UC Davis.The program was designed to recognize Northern California’s extraordinary women who have deep roots in agriculture and who have chosen to make a difference in their communities through their contribution of time, talent and …last_img

South African expats vote abroad

first_imgThousands of South Africans living abroadare casting their votes ahead of thenational elections taking place on 22 April.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library.)Khanyi Magubane South Africans living abroad have been descending on high commissions and various embassies around the world where they will cast their votes today.About 16 240 registered South Africans abroad are expected to cast their ballots, in a process to be supervised by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in 124 missions.Those who are momentarily outside the country on holiday, a business trip, attending a tertiary institution, on an educational visit or participating in an international sports will also be allowed to vote.All the voting stations opened at 7am and will close at 5pm at the local time of the country.The largest turnout is expected in London, where approximately 7 472 expatriates are expected to cast their ballots today.Early morning reports indicated that long queues had already formed outside the South African High Commission in London, where the IEC’s chief electoral officer, Pansy Tlakula, also arrived to encourage voters.Most of the South Africans in the queue had taken leave from work in order to vote, or had been granted a leave day, or “voting day” by employers.Many of the London-based nationals celebrated their democracy by wearing South African national sport team jerseys and carrying South African flags.In other parts of the world, voting in Australia, which is several hours ahead of South Africa, is almost completed. About 1 230 registered South Africans showed up to cast their vote.In Dubai, 900 South Africans living and working in the country are also voting today. In Wellington, New Zealand, over 400 South Africans are expected to vote today.The Hague in the Netherlands reported 378 registered voters, while Dublin, Ireland, is expecting at least 360 South Africans to vote.A low turn out is expected in the Middle East, as only 75 people registered to vote at the South African Embassy in Ra’anana, and only one in Ramallah in the West Bank.A possible contributing factor to the low number of voters could be that today is the last day of the Jewish festival of Pass Over and observant Jews are not allowed to work, let alone vote on that day.Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, accompanied by a South African delegation, will cast her vote in Geneva, Switzerland later today.Dlamini-Zuma will not be in the country when local voters head for the voting stations.She will be attending the UN World Conference Against Racism, Xenophobia and related Intolerances.This will be a follow up to the first Racism conference held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, in 2003.Ensuring a safe voteIn a bid to ensure that the overseas votes remain safe and secure, the IEC has set up a two-envelop system.Each voter will receive a ballot paper and will vote for their political party of choice.Once the voting has been completed, the ballot paper will be placed in an unmarked envelope and sealed. The marked envelope will then be placed in another envelope with the voter’s name, ID number and voter district number.The envelopes are then placed in a ballot box, which will be sealed and flown to South Africa.On Election Day, 22 April the details on the marked envelope will be checked to verify that the voter is indeed registered to vote and checked for any irregularities. The vote will then be taken out and placed with other votes that have been cast locally.The IEC says this system will ensure that all overseas votes are anonymous when the final ballots are counted.Related articlesExpats allowed to vote overseas SA passport made more secure UK promises visa flexibilityGuide to reporting on electionsUseful linksIndependent Electoral CommissionDepartment of Home Affairslast_img read more

ODA announces new ag easements

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced approval for local sponsors to purchase agricultural easements on 62 family farms representing 7,919 acres in 31 counties.Local sponsoring organizations, which include land trusts, counties and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, receive funding from the Clean Ohio Fund to manage the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). The easement ensures farms remain permanently in agricultural production. The program supports the state’s largest industry, food and agriculture.To be eligible for the program, farms must be larger than 40 acres or next to a preserved farm, actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program, demonstrate good stewardship of the land, have support from local government and not be in close proximity to development. Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish, but most reinvest it in their farm operation.Communities wishing to participate next year can apply to be Certified Local Sponsors between September 14 and October 14, 2016. Certified Local Sponsors assist landowners interested in selling easements with the application process, easement closing and monitoring, and are ODA’s valued partners in carrying out the Ohio Farmland Preservation program.Funding for the state’s farmland preservation efforts is derived from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, approved by voters in 2008, and used to purchase agricultural easements from willing sellers through a competitive process. From 2002 to 2015, 294 family farms in 55 counties have collectively preserved 52,419 acres in agricultural production. Permanent easements preserved under related programs bring the total acres currently preserved in Ohio to 63,049.For more information go to: www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/FarmLand/FarmLand.aspx.last_img read more

Salesforce Is Making Its Play For The Mobile Enterprise Developer

first_img“As far as I can tell, it is a renaissance in mobile right now,” said Salesforce VP of developer relations Adam Seligman. “There are hundreds of new libraries and frameworks popping up right now. There are hundreds of thousands of new apps popping up. We want to be right in the middle of that and make sure that the enterprise and customers have these hundreds of thousands of apps for business.”Consumer Solutions For Enterprise ProblemsOne of the reasons that apps have exploded in the last couple of years is that companies have worked to lower the barrier to entry for building and designing mobile apps. Services like Conduit have created templates and libraries that make it easy to turn any website into a mobile app, providing all the cloud integration, design templates and app functionality that a consumer-facing app would need through a few simple clicks. Salesforce’s goal is to take that approach and apply it to the enterprise.As Gold told me by email:Salesforce, while it has some tools of its own, is not really a leader in any mobile app dev sense of the word. It is specific to its own platform, and not going after a general purpose audience of mobile developers. Still, this is not a bad strategy as it can quickly build up a portfolio of mobile apps tied to its backends that preempts its large customer base from thinking about switching (although the alternative players in this space aren’t so great at mobile either).What has Salesforce really done here? It has made it pretty easy to build your apps … on Salesforce. Despite the open source library of app templates, Salesforce really only cares about getting its clients to use its cloud, its services, its data integration. In that way, Salesforce is really no different from the rest of the mobile ecosystem full of companies that want to lock you into their proprietary platforms.  Tags:#app development#cloud services#enterprise Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Salesforce wants to make itself a one-stop-shop for mobile enterprise developers.The cloud services and customer management company is aiming to place itself at the center of the enterprise app revolution. Just like it did when enterprises started coming online over the last 15 or so years, Salesforce is building toolsets for enterprises developers—ones that Salesforce says they can use to build just about app their companies will need for smartphones or tablets.See also: Why Mobile Developers Are Really Starting To Embrace The EnterpriseSalesforce isn’t alone in its mobile-enterprise ambitions, of course. Appcelerator has a similar suite of tools for developers to build enterprise apps, while IBM, Google and Apple all have programs to help companies take their data to the cloud and to build the apps they need. Mobile cloud service companies (often known as “backend as a service”) like Parse, StackMob, Kinvey and others have focused on enterprise data and integration.Salesforce also battles its traditional rivals such as Oracle, Microsoft and SAP for mindshare among enterprise developers. This group (outside of Microsoft’s Windows-focused mobile products) has not been particularly adept at handling the mobile revolution. Salesforce’s aim is to out-nimble its old competitors while getting developers to build apps that hook into its existing cloud and customer relationship products as quickly as it possibly can.Where Salesforce Fits In“Salesforce is trying to extend its ability to get lots of smallish apps quickly tied into its platform for mobile Salesforce users,” said Jack Gold, principal analyst at J.Gold & Associates, in an email to ReadWrite. “That is their key objective. Doing it through supporting various templates and various programming models widens their ability to get big numbers of apps (much as they did in the early days with PC apps).” The mobile revolution still has a long way to move through the large organizations of the world. Companies that have built one or two core apps now find themselves in need of an app for everything they do, be it customer relations, marketing or internal efficiency. Enterprise is not a monoculture world of iPhone or Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry or the mobile Web. Corporations across the world use all of these platforms. Their apps need to work across all the mobile platforms and enterprise developers need a toolset that gives them the flexibility to work within any environment they need.In April, Salesforce tossed its hat in the ring with a product it called Salesforce Platform Mobile Services. This suite was really a set of tools meant to accelerate the production of enterprise apps that use Salesforce data.On Tuesday, Salesforce expanded its platform with refinements that intended to make it easier for enterprise developers—who may or may not be using Salesforce for customer management or cloud data—to design and develop mobile apps.Salesforce mobile app galleryThe addition to the Salesforce Platform Mobile Services includes four main ingredients:Design templates for enterprise apps: Seligman said that Salesforce saw that a lot of enterprises have the developers they need to build functional apps, but not the designers. So, Salesforce did the work for them and has come out with 20 templates for app design that can be easily integrated by enterprise developers. The templates are open source, made from HTML and CSS and link to a GitHub repository where enterprise developers can cut and paste or modify the code as needed. Developers that don’t use Salesforce for their cloud data will also be able to use these templates.Mobile Gallery: After the announcement of the Mobile Services platform, Seligman and his team went on a tour around the world to see what enterprise CIOs and developers wanted. The reaction?Show me. While Salesforce talks a big game about how it is trying to making enterprise developers lives easier by providing tools and easy framework integration, CIOs wanted to see what could really be done. So Salesforce created the mobile gallery of work from other companies for inspiration to sell mobile services.Mobile Packs: As mentioned above, not every enterprise is built the same or has the same processes. Salesforce is well aware of this. Hence Salesforce is creating the ability for enterprise developers to work through as many different integrated developer environments (IDE), tool sets and programming languages as possible to build apps. The Mobile Packs in the latest version of the Salesforce Mobile Platform integrate frameworks like Knockout.js, Appery.io, Sencha Touch and Xamarin.SmartSync Data Framework: A lot of progress has been made in the last couple years for mobile developers to create online/offline modes for mobile content. The ability to cache data from the cloud within an app has been an ongoing developer issue. SmartSync is Salesforce’s instantiation of online/offline mode, creating JavaScript plumbing that developers can use to build apps that work wherever their users happen to be. Related Posts dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Trinamool Congress has not taken a penny from Saradha: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said Trinamool Congress (TMC) “has not taken” a penny from the scam-hit Saradha Group and accused the Opposition parties of protecting the “real culprits”.Under fire from the Opposition after the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is probing the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, arrested a Trinamool leader Rajat Majumdar and interrogated a number of her party leaders and MPs, Banerjee said the issue was raised by her opponents only before elections.”When did the Saradha scam happen? When the Left was in power. So many other chit fund scams happened during the Left Front rule (1977-2011) – like Sanchayini and Sanchaita. The Congress, the BJP and the Left are trying to protect the real culprits. Trinamool has not taken a penny from Saradha,” she told a local television channel.Banerjee said the Opposition parties had campaigned on the issue before the panchayat polls last year and this year’s general elections, but their tactics did not work. “The people showered us with their blessings in both the elections.”Noting that the Union government had given clearance to the media channels run by the Saradha Group, she asked why the Congress and the BJP – who led the central regimes – did not take any action.Banerjee said her government could not be held responsible just because “a few Durga Puja committees took Saradha’s sponsorship”.Referring to a company which she called scam-tainted, Banerjee said it sponsored some national sports teams. “So can the national sports team be accused of taking illegally earned money?”advertisementIn a veiled attack on the BJP, she said: “Some people, who indulge in politics of division and communalism, are saying I cheated 17 lakh people. What audacity is that?””They do not know the facts. 12 lakh people, not 17, were duped by Saradha. Moreover, after coming to power, we passed an anti-chit fund law. The centre kept sitting on it. They suggested changes, we made the amendments. Why have they still not cleared it?”Pooh-poohing a query that her party’s image has taken a hit, she charged the media of running a “smear campaign”.”The media is engaging in cheap lies and malicious propaganda. They are showing the State in bad light.”Iterating that the people were the “biggest judge”, Banerjee said she was answerable “only to the masses”, who will “decide Trinamool’s future”.”I listen to the voice of the people, not what media says.”last_img read more