Fight to save Oxford’s libraries

first_imgRenowned author and Oxford alumnus Philip Pullman addressed hundreds yesterday over the planned closure of almost half of Oxfordshire’s libraries.Speaking in Oxford’s Town Hall alongside MP Andrew Smith, the ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy author turned his scepticism of worship towards a more secular target: the market.Pullman had already publicly condemned the closures saying, “We measure the value of a civilized society by the number of libraries it opens, not the number it closes down.“To deprive citizens of access to this most precious thing, a library, is to surrender to a savage and stupid fundamentalism, the worship of the market. We do not need to do this. We should resist it passionately.”Pullman told Cherwell, “This [issue] is very close to my heart, as I love libraries, and as a citizen of Oxford.”He also commented that he supported student action regarding tuition fees, stating, “[The government] are pricing people out and making it very difficult for people from poor backgrounds. I am immensely sympathetic. Unless your parents own a chalet in the south of France, it will be difficult for most people to pay that much. “Oxford and Cambridge won’t find it difficult to recruit students and I fear that even more will come from private schools, that will be inevitable,” he added.Government cuts would see 20 of Oxford’s 43 libraries shut down. Organisers hope that authors support will lend extra fervour to the campaign’s efforts, and change politicians’ minds. The Oxford Education Campaign, a mainly student organisation responsible for last term’s protests which ended in the occupation of the Radcliffe Camera, are seeking to establish a long term relationship with the libraries, both for symbolism and solidarity.When asked whether he would help campaign on student issues Pullman commented, “I am immensely busy and I can’t give time to everything. But my heart is with you on this.”Next Wednesday has been designated as a day of national anti-cuts action, and the group are planning a “fluid” protest that will end in the occupation of a public building such as one of the closing libraries. Other locations such as the Sheldonian Theatre were discussed.Julie Simmons, an ex-library worker and the current secretary for the Oxfordshire Anti-Cuts Coalition, noted the social impact that the closures would have. She commented, “many young people simply can’t afford to buy what they like or need to read.”At OEC’s Monday meeting the effects of the cuts for young people who don’t yet and may not enjoy the privilege of attending a place like Oxford were also raised.Efforts to save libraries include Stony Stratford, where residents collectively removed almost all of the library’s 16,000 books by each withdrawing their maximum allowance.last_img read more

Allied faces potential redundancies

first_imgAllied Bakeries could make up to 40 workers redundant at its Liverpool site after failing to boost its morning goods business.The firm is looking to restructure the bakery, which makes crumpets and pancakes, by the end of October, following a strategic review of UK operations. Back in March, workers feared for their jobs after Tesco reduced its business with the firm.Allied has started a consultation with its 144 employees, which it said could result in about 40 redundancies.The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union is in talks with Allied although regional officer Roy Streeter said it was not particularly hopeful that it could reduce the number of job losses.Tim Bright, site manager for the Liverpool bakery, said that while Allied’s snacks business was growing, projected volumes were not sufficient to prevent it from having to restructure the operation.last_img read more

UN Appeals for Haiti Cholera Aid to Avoid Being ‘Overrun’

first_imgBy Dialogo November 16, 2010 The United Nations on 12 November appealed for nearly 164 million dollars in aid to tackle cholera in Haiti and avoid being “overrun” by the growing epidemic. “We hope we can get this otherwise all our efforts will be overrrun by the epidemic,” said Elisabeth Byrs, a spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Byrs said UN, other aid agencies and Haiti’s health ministry needed 163.8 million dollars for a strategy to stifle the sudden epidemic, which has infected more than 11,000 people and killed 724 since October.last_img

Deborah Hill Cone: Stop dumping kids in ‘factory farms’

first_imgNZ Herald 6 August 2018Family First Comment: A controversial but timely commentary (will this be classified as hate speech now?!)“Little children, babies even, are farmed out to for-profit childcare centres, sometimes for 10 hours a day, because their parents have to go back to work, to become productive economic units. Is this process “good enough”? I don’t think so…. A businessman in the childcare sector confessed over a glass of wine, that his business is like farming chickens. You have the free-range ones (infants cared for in the home) who are well treated. And then you have the caged ones, to maximise profits. That little girl will give up protesting about going to daycare, because she has to. But doing so comes at a price. She learns to abandon herself and choose her parents’ needs over her own… We need to find some other options. Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has not put her new baby into a daycare centre.”Read our 2012 report “WHO CARES? Mothers, Daycare and Child Wellbeing in New Zealand” https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/research/who-cares-daycare-report/Instead I kept walking to my class, where I learned some more terribly uncomfortable truths about child development.I learned that Daniel Stern, an expert on mother-child bonding, found a mother’s instinctual focus on and devotion to her infant were critical to the child’s development.I learned that the legendary paediatrician Donald Winnicott encouragingly said children don’t need a perfect mother, but a “good enough” mother. But he found for the infant to begin to develop a capacity to experience a relationship to external reality, or even form a conception of external reality, to start with the mother must have total empathic atunement to her baby’s needs. Later the infant learns to tolerate frustration. Even then that needs to be a gradual process.Winnicott said: “Not having to react is the only state in which the self can begin to be.”So we learn all this theory about human development, yet out in the real world, well, it’s hardly optimal is it? It’s like we don’t even know this stuff.Little children, babies even, are farmed out to for-profit childcare centres, sometimes for 10 hours a day, because their parents have to go back to work, to become productive economic units. Is this process “good enough”? I don’t think so.I suspect we don’t want to examine too closely what effect this has on the developing self. If we knew about it we might have to stop being in denial and face the truth. If you went to visit an abattoir you might find it hard not to become a vegetarian.It is easier not to know. And even when we gain knowledge, so often it is used not to lead social change but to shame women.I fully acknowledge I might be projecting my own neuroses on to others.As a sensitive and cautious child, I hated being left with strangers. I still can’t tolerate loud noise and crowds. (One of the worst experiences of my life was being left in the kids’ club on an Italian cruise liner for three weeks when we emigrated to New Zealand. I swear those little thugs were mafia dons in training.)Of course, not every one is like me. Maybe there are some children who are quite happy, or at least more compliant, about being brought up in daycare.But as I have learned more about the science of attachment, I am not so sure anyone comes out of the industrial-scale childcare complex unscathed. There is a reason that communal child rearing on the kibbutz was discontinued.A businessman in the childcare sector confessed over a glass of wine, that his business is like farming chickens. You have the free-range ones (infants cared for in the home) who are well treated. And then you have the caged ones, to maximise profits.That little girl will give up protesting about going to daycare, because she has to. But doing so comes at a price. She learns to abandon herself and choose her parents’ needs over her own.Maybe parents can’t hear what their children are telling them, or showing them, because it brings up too much guilt and painful feelings to be acknowledged. Maybe yoga pants mother does not see any other option. We need to find some other options. Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has not put her new baby into a daycare centre.And we can change as a society. It is no longer okay to hit kids, to conduct experiments without informed consent, to smoke inside, to send children to orphanages. And one day we will change in our approach to factory-farming daycare too.I hope one day we will expand our psyches and become generous enough to give to our children something we never received. In the meantime I may have to walk a different route to class: like everyone, there are painful truths I can’t bear to see.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12101518Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

I couldn’t sleep for four days – Tuyisenge

first_img“I couldn’t sleep. Every time I was thinking of this game especially because last year we came close but couldn’t achieve it. I was very anxious about everything and all I wanted was to come to the pitch and fight for the badge, fight to see the team qualify,” Tuyisenge, with a smile brandished all over his face told Capital Sport.The Rwandese, bought by Gor at the beginning of the 2016 season for a reported record fee of Sh4mn showed nerves of steel to step forward and slam home the penalty in the wake of pressure and a huge numerical disadvantage.And he showed his passion with a wild celebration, nearly bursting into tears as he wheeled down the left flank to leap in celebration.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge wheels away in celebration after scoring the lone goal in the club’s 1-0 win over Angola’s Petro Atletico in a CAF Confederations Cup Group D clash at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on March 17, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“I have played tough games in my life, I have scored goals, but none can compare to this. As a team, our aim was to go there and make history and see the team in the quarter finals. We believed and we ensured it happened,” Tuyisenge added.He has also lavished praise on the club’s fans who turned out in large numbers, braving the Kasarani cold to cheer the side on as they chased history.“I want to thank the fans for their support because if they were not there, what we achieved today would not have been possible. They came in handy especially when we were nine men down. Whenever you felt the slightest hint of fatigue and you heard their voice on the stands, you got the energy to play on,” he said.Adding; “For us strikers, we got the energy to run up and down to defend and try get a goal at all costs and you couldn’t think of giving up because of the fans. You could even say you’d rather leave your all on the pitch than let them down.”A placard by a fan urges Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge to score during their CAF Confederations Cup Group D clash against Angola’s Petro Atletico in a at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on March 17, 2019.The upbeat Tuyisenge now believes the club can go all the way to the final after earning a ticket into the knockout rounds and says more should be expected from the team.“The knockout stage is all about keen planning. If we do our homework well we can achieve anything we want. I am telling you, we can even go to the final,” stated the striker.Gor Mahia will know their quarter final opponent on Wednesday evening when the draw is conducted in Cairo. Group winners (Zamalek, RS Berkane, CS Sfaxien and Al Hilal) have been seeded and will be pooled against second placed teams (Gor, Hassania Agadir, Etoile du Sahel, Nkana).Teams from the same group cannot be paired against each other meaning Gor cannot draw Zamalek in the quarters. They will either face Berkane from Morocco, Tunisia’s Sfaxien or Sudan’s Hilal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge wheels away in celebration after scoring the lone goal in the club’s 1-0 win over Angola’s Petro Atletico in a CAF Confederations Cup Group D clash at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on March 17, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge has revealed he could not sleep for four days prior to the club’s CAF Confederations do-or-die Group D tie against Petro Atletico, saying he couldn’t stop thinking of getting the team into the quarters for the first time ever.Tuyisenge delivered the all important goal, scoring a 56th minute penalty as the nine men of Gor soldiered against the 11 of Petro to sail into the last eight, a historical feat that will forever last in the Rwandese’s memory.last_img read more

Former 49ers GM: Team made the right call on Reuben Foster, who faces a rough road in Washington

first_imgIn the nine years since he left the 49ers, former general manager Scot McCloughan hasn’t missed many chances to drop a judgment call on his former employer.Two recent examples: During a recent game, McCloughan took to Twitter to criticize quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, recovering from surgery to repair his left ACL, for watching the action from a suite.Why is Jimmy G in a suite when all his teammates are on the field fighting to get a W?— Scot Mccloughan (@MccloughanScot) November 13, 2018 …last_img

SUNMAY 100% Real Human Hair 16 inch Full Head Clip in Remy Hair Extensions – Five Stars

first_img So pleased i have very thin hair and this product is perfect only needed the 1 pack will deffo order again in future. Nice hair clips, good for curling too. Would defiantly buy this again as long as the price is right. Reviews from purchasers :Good quality for price and light enough to be turned silver. Beautiful on and great value for money. I’ve had them a while now and they are still in good condition :). One pack is not enough for a full head too thin. I bought two packs but they are far to heavy on my head the hair is ok and the clips are fab the really stay in your hair but i’m just going to get my weave in on thursday £150 and going to be worth it i’m sick of buying these stupid clip ins. Perfect match to my hair colour very happy with them. Though are abit thin but another set will do the job :). Received my purchase very very quick, was pleased with my purchase very good quality haven’t any faults yet they look amazing i would defiantly recommend and i will be buying from you again thank you. Quick delivery and nice hairpiece. It was ok, but three of the clips were broken. I loved these hair extensions, you do get what you pay for however, so the hair does thin out towards the end and there isn’t that much weight to one set. However they are great for adding volume or reviving old extensions, and can be bought in multiples to add enough volume for your hair. I have silver hair and found this colour light enough that i could use purple shampoo on them to turn them a really nice silver. Fast delivery and great product. Would recommend buying two packs as the hair is thin and would buy from again. Good quality hair blends well perfect match. Lovely item and can a lot quicker than expected. Very good had them nearly a year now and have lasted well. No one has realised they are not my real hair and they take heat well (can curl and straighten hair without problems). They look and feel very natrual, worth the money. Fantastic product hair was way too yellow at first to match my own hair but a silver shampoo wash later it was a perfect match. Thin as people state on other reviews but perfect for my hair as it is thin also i found the quality to be very good even after a wash dry and straighten quick delivery and over all very pleased can’t beat the price considering i pay £90 for a full set of hair locally but its only 14′ even if i was to buy 4 packets of these it would still be cheaper than what i would pay normally so for that i will be purchasing again. Can’t fault product i would highly recommend but get 2 packets as not enough hair with one. Arrived very quick, great colour match to my hair would recommend getting two sets as they are thin but great for the money paid. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-03-16 11:47:32Reviewed Item SUNMAY 100% Real Human Hair 16 inch Full Head Clip in Remy Hair Extensions (16, #2)Rating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  37  reviews Five Stars ok for a night outcenter_img Posted on March 16, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags SUNMAY I’ve worn extensions since i decided to cut my hair very short, i’ve paid hundreds of pounds on fake hair and this is by far the best hair if had. Delivery is fast and quick as well even though it says can be awhile. Look and feel like real hair but a tad thin at the bottom. Could do with being thicker and fuller. Very realistic, two sets needed for full head of thick hair. Here are the specifications for the SUNMAY 100% Real Human Hair 16 inch Full Head Clip in Remy Hair Extensions:Hair Type : 100% Remy Human HairHair Style : StraightNo. of Wefts : 8 No. of Clips : 18Hair Length: 16″(40cm) Set Weight (grams) :16″(60g)Color: #2 Darkest Brownlast_img read more

10 months agoFulham eyeing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida

first_imgFulham eyeing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vidaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing World Cup star Domagoj Vida.Fotomac says Fulham are looking to strengthen their defence with the World Cup finalist.Croatia’s Vida – currently at Besiktas – is a target for Claudio Ranieri.Besiktas have already lost Pepe, who cancelled his contract earlier this month, so the club may try and drive a hard bargain for Vida, although their money troubles may mean that they can’t afford to be too stubborn. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img