St Hugh’s JCR votes for “the alpacas this college deserves”

first_imgSt Hugh’s College JCR voted this week in favour of a motion entitled “The alpacas this college deserves,” which proposed to investigate the purchase of a college alpaca.The motion, which passed by 26 votes to four, followed from the Hugh’s MCR welfare reps organising visits by alpacas to the college.The motion stated: “Everyone in college at the time [of the visit] enjoyed the alpacas immensely, as evidenced by the number of Facebook posts and Instagram photos,” as well as noting that “alpacas are fluffy and cute and adorable and basically represent everything good in this world”.The motion supported the idea of a pet alpaca on student welfare grounds, as “seeing them on a daily basis would significantly increase student welfare”.The motion resolved to “mandate the JCR Committee to look into getting an alpaca as a college pet”, and “to look into the practical elements and care required for having an alpaca permanently on college”.The JCR Committee will report on their findings at the next JCR Meeting.Deborah Walnicki, the MCR Welfare Rep who organised the alpaca visit, told Cherwell: “We were inspired by an event that took place in Michaelmas term… we were able to bring four halter-trained alpacas for four hours.“The event brought together the MCR, JCR, and college staff in a unique way. Furthermore, studies have shown therapeutic benefits associated with spending time outdoors, as well as interacting with animals.”Many colleges already have college pets, ranging from cats and dogs to tortoises, including Regents Park College’s pet tortoise Emmanuelle, who recently celebrated her 114th birthday.Corpus Christi College even has a Facebook page entitled ‘The Corpus Christi College Tortoise’ which describes itself as ‘The official page of Foxe, the tortoise of Corpus Christi’.JCR President Ana Pavlova told Cherwell: “The St Hugh’s JCR passed a motion mandating the JCR Committee to look into the practical aspects of getting two alpacas for the college. The motion was proposed following an MCR-organised welfare event with four alpacas which prompted an alpacalypse of photos with the hashtag “#hughsalpacas” on social media.”Pavlova added: “The JCR believes that getting two alpacas to reside in St Hugh’s on a permanent basis would greatly improve student welfare and we also have some ideas involving expanding the range of college stash to include some alpaca-fur jumpers.”last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua prefers Wilder fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua is as hungry to unify the heavyweight division as fans are to see him try, revealing he would prioritise a Deontay Wilder bout over meeting Tyson Fury in the ring. The Watford-born champion cruised to victory in his rematch with Andy Ruiz earlier this month – putting him back on course for an iconic clash with either of the other ‘big three’ members. Fury and Wilder will fight for the second time in February, with the ‘Gypsy King’ challenging for the American’s WBC belt – while Joshua holds the IBO, IBF, WBO and WBA belts. Joshua was asked which of his rivals he would prefer to fight next: “I really don’t know. Either one of them, it doesn’t matter. “The preference would be the champion Wilder because it’s a championship fight, but Fury is so talented as well and it’s the best of British so why not? I’ll fight either one of them. “The dream would be to go for the fifth belt in 2020.” Wilder has voiced his doubts over the unification bout, and was highly critical of Joshua’s careful tactics in the ring against Ruiz. However, with Joshua’s audience figures dwarfing the American’s in his recent Luis Ortiz fight, Wilder can’t sniff at the opportunity of taking on Joshua. The ‘Bronze Bomber’s’ Fury saga is expected to become a trilogy, after the pair reached a split-decision draw at the end of 12 thrilling rounds in their first bout a year ago. Joshua re-ignited talk of fighting either man with his dominant unanimous decision win against Ruiz in Saudi Arabia, showing outstanding mental strength to reverse his embarrassing defeat to the Mexican in the summer. Talking on the shock loss, he said: “I feel that if you always look back you can always find a reason as to why you could have done things better, but honestly, I just got beaten by the better man. “I have to take it on the chin and do it better next time.”Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderTyson Furylast_img read more

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Nelson Rep Teams bring home lone medal at BC Soccer Provincial Cup tournaments

first_imgMeanwhile the U14 played well, but finished eighth overall in the tournament after losing 1-0 to Terrace.The Selects lost to Vernon (2-0) and Cowichan Valley (1-0) before drawing against host Chilliwack Attack (1-1).It appeared a goal by Abby Beauchamp 10 minutes into the contest would be enough to secure a win for the Select against the Attack. But the host team scored in the final seconds of the game to pull out the draw.In Richmond, Terrace pulled out a 3-2 win over the U18 Boys Selects to drop the Nelson squad into sixth spot in the standings.The U18 Selects finished with a 1-1-1 record, narrowly missing a medal round game after drawing against division winning Kamloops Blaze 1-1 in the final game of the round robin.Nelson defeated Richmond 2-1 to open the tournament before losing 3-0 to CCB Elite.In the U15 Boy’s Division, Nelson lost 3-2 to RYSA Lightning to finish sixth overall.The Selects tied Terrace (1-1) to open the tournament before dropping a decision to Penticton (3-0). Nelson defeated Prince George (1-0) in the in final round robin game. Nelson Youth Soccer teams returned with one medal as the U17 Selects took bronze at the BC Soccer Girls Provincial B Cup and Les Sinnott Memorial Boy’s Tournament this past weekend in Chilliwack and Richmond, respectively.The 17 Selects dumped Chilliwack Attack 6-1 to claim the bronze medal.Other results had the Nelson U13 Girls scoring a 3-0 shutout of RGSA Riot to capture fifth spot in the eight-team field. The Select finished pool play with a 1-2 record after a win over Bulkley Valley Rapids (3-1) and losses to North Shore (4-0) and Powell River (2-0).The U15 Selects finished sixth overall after dropping a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to Aldergrove Vipers.The Selects lost to Langley (4-2) and to Chilliwack (4-0) before stopping Kootenay rival Storm from Trail/Castlegar 3-0.last_img read more

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Mabaruma resident gets bail for ganja possession

first_imgRawle Ramsindo, a resident of Hopo Hill, Mabaruma, North West District (NWD) was on Monday arraigned for the possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The 30-year-old stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him. Police stated that on March 28, 2019, at Hopo Hill, Mabaruma, the poultry farmer had 170 grams of cannabis. The illegal substance was reportedly discovered in his bedroom by police ranks who conducted a search on his premises.He was arrested and charged. Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield had no objection to bail provided that it is granted under the condition that the defendant reports to the Mabaruma Police Station.Bail was granted in the sum of $200,000 and transferred to the Mabaruma Magistrate’s Court for May 21, 2019.last_img read more

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States Step Up for Progress on Efficiency Standards

first_imgIn the face of threatened rollbacks and inaction on national appliance energy efficiency standards by the Trump administration, the states are stepping up to protect their citizens and climate. Driven by their desire for climate leadership as part of the U.S. Climate Alliance, states including California, New York, and Washington are hard at work to ensure that their citizens will save energy and money with more efficient appliances and equipment.When states with large populations and markets (like California and New York, which taken together have nearly 20% of the population of the U.S.) set state standards, customers in other states benefit too. For many products, manufacturers will distribute the more efficient product nationwide rather than create a separate product for one or two states. As more states adopt efficiency standards, there’s even more likelihood of positive spillover benefits. WashingtonThere may not be much progress happening in Washington, D.C., on appliance standards, but efforts underway in the state of Washington are promising. The first hearing for House Bill 2327 to require standards for more than 20 new products including faucets, showerheads, and computers was held in January. This isn’t the first time Washington has tackled efficiency standards — the state already has them for products including pool pumps and water dispensers, which are already saving money and energy. Efficiency standards bills have been introduced in recent legislative sessions, but none have been as wide-reaching as the new bill.If it becomes law, residents will save big — more than $200 million on their utility bills by 2025. The savings grow to $365 million in 2035, while reducing carbon pollution by 400,000 metric tons annually, equivalent to eliminating the emissions from 85,000 cars. To be clear: those are the benefits Washington households and businesses will receive each year thanks to the proposed state standards — real savings that can be spent and invested in other parts of the economy. CaliforniaCalifornia has long been a leader on state appliance standards, adopting them in 1976 for room air conditioners, central air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezers. Many of the standards that are now federal law started as California standards.The state approved the nation’s first energy efficiency standards for computers and monitors at the end of 2016. And because California is home to one in eight U.S. consumers and manufacturers typically do not maintain separate inventories for different states, the savings are likely to have an impact nationally and even globally. Once in full effect, they will save Californians $370 million a year on their utility bills, and, we believe, lead to de facto national standards and far greater health, environmental and economic benefits. New YorkNew York adopted state appliance standards for products in the 1980s, but the majority have since been preempted by federal action. Given the lack of current federal leadership, New York is getting back into the appliance standards game in a big way.Governor Cuomo touted state appliance standards in his recent State of the State address, highlighting them as a proven way to achieve significant energy savings, as part of New York’s overall strategy to establish a strong overall energy efficiency target by Earth Day. We expect to see legislation for a number of products offering significant savings for New Yorkers, as well as focus on appliance standards by the U.S. Climate Alliance to advance standards across the Alliance and around the country. RELATED ARTICLES California Gets New Light Bulb Efficiency StandardHuge Water Savings in a Small Product Efficiency Standards: A Few Steps Forward, A Few Steps BackNo Reason to Delay Efficiency StandardsCalifornia Approves Efficiency Standards for ComputersNew Energy-Saving Standards from Barack ObamaNew Efficiency Standards for ‘Wall Warts’Should the DOE Increase Furnace Efficiency Standards?Water Heaters Get an Efficiency MakeoverA New Efficiency Standard for Gas FurnacesNew Rules for Fluorescents and Gas FireplacesRefrigerators Get New Efficiency StandardsGovernment Orders More Efficient Furnace Fans President Obama Orders Energy Department to Raise Appliance Efficiency Standardscenter_img Why state standards?The federal appliance standards program sets minimum efficiency levels for the appliances, equipment, and electronics we use every day. But the federal government isn’t the only player in this space — states have been setting their own standards since the 1970s, and continue to do so today.Over the past decade or so, the federal government has done most of the heavy lifting on efficiency standards, but the Trump administration has signaled that it plans to slow progress. While we’re going to keep fighting to protect and preserve national standards and the trillions of dollars in savings for consumers, states can help lead the way by pushing forward standards for additional products.Under federal law, states are generally “preempted”— or prohibited — from establishing state energy-efficiency standards for products that are covered by federal standards, although there are a number of important exceptions to that rule. However, states are always free to establish energy efficiency for products that are not covered by the federal appliance standards program, such as computers, computer monitors, and air purifiers; a full list of state standards that the Appliance Standards Awareness Project is recommending is shown in the table below.State efficient standards for these 21 products would save consumers nearly $16 billion annually by 2035, according to the Appliance Standards Awareness Project.Products not covered by federal standards still have the potential to save a substantial amount of energy. Water-saving products represent some of the biggest savings: if all states adopted standards for faucets, showerheads, lawn spray sprinklers, and toilets, consumers would save more than $10 billion annually on their utility bills by 2035. Saving water saves energy, too: by using less water, energy savings are achieved by not having to pump and treat the water — or heat as much hot water.NRDC’s staff has worked with the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) to develop a model bill for adoption by interested states. According to an analysis by ASAP, adoption of state standards for the 21 products listed in the table would save consumers nearly $16 billion annually by 2035. (Note, these numbers are based on the normal replacement cycle for installed products.)Let’s take a look at recent progress happening at the state level. VermontIn May 2017, the Vermont Legislature enacted, and Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into law, legislation that adopts current federal energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment, “so that the same standards will be in place in Vermont should the federal standards be repealed or voided.” This is an important precedent that other states should follow.And there’s more. Several additional states have efficiency standards bills under consideration, and others will be introducing them in the near future. While states are limited in what they can do because of preemption, this level of state interest and action underscores the importance and impact of efficiency standards. States know that standards are good for their residents, businesses, and manufacturers — and for cutting power-plant emissions. The federal government should follow their lead. Most recently, California moved forward with improved energy efficiency standards for the everyday screw-based lightbulb. The California standards cover the common light bulbs we use in our homes and require bulbs manufactured on or after January 1, 2018, and offered for sale in the state to achieve a minimum efficiency level of 45 lumens per watt — that’s three times more efficient than the old incandescent.This same standard will take effect at the national level in 2020, but putting the requirement in place sooner means Californians will start saving sooner. With around 250 million sockets in California still containing inefficient bulbs, the savings really add up. Once all of these sockets switch to a more efficient alternative — CFL or LED bulbs — California consumers and businesses will save an estimated $1 billion every year on their electric bills. To learn more, see NRDC’s fact sheet. Lauren Urbanek is senior energy policy advocate, energy and transportation program, at the Natural Resources Defense Council where this article was originally posted.last_img read more

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NAB 2017: Camera Rumors and New Lenses

first_imgAs NAB 2017 draws near, we’ve rounded up the juiciest rumors to get you thinking about your next camera upgrade.Whether you are looking for a new camera, lenses, or some nice upgrades from Canon, here are the latest camera rumors heading into NAB.C-Log Is Coming to the 5D Mark IV and More Canon UpdatesThe latest from Canon Rumors suggests that 5D Mark IV users will soon have the ability to capture footage in C-Log, which had previously been reserved for Canon Cinema EOS cameras. While many hope this may be as easy as paying for a firmware upgrade, it looks like users might have to send their cameras in for Canon Service for the ability to shoot C-Log.There is no update yet on whether the same feature will be available for 1D X Mark III, but if this is a success for the 5D line, it’s bound to make its way to Canon’s other top-tier DSLR bodies.In other Canon news for NAB, expect to see a new Cinema EOS lens and maybe — just maybe — an update on the rumored Canon 6D Mark II. As far as a new C100 Mark III  — the rumor mill has been pretty silent. Perhaps we will hear more later in the year.New Sony 8K Pro Camera and New a7 III CameraThe rumor mill has plenty to say about what Sony may have in store for NAB 2017. There has been plenty of discussion about new E-mount lenses, as well as suggestions for some new cameras.The biggest rumor, according to Sony Alpha Rumors, is a new 8K pro camcorder that will have a global shutter and will capture 8K footage. The body is supposedly similar to the F5 and F55, which would make it a CineAlta camera.In our original camera rumor roundup in January, we expected to see news of the Sony a7 III in Q2 — which would be just on time at NAB. The a7 III rumors price the camera body around $2,500 with a shipping date in mid 2017.  If it’s not the a7 III, Sony may end up announcing the a9.Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro, DaVinci Panels, and MoreBlackmagic Design has already announced the new URSA Mini Pro and two new portable control panels for Resolve, but rumors suggest there may be even more in store at NAB. Most likely, it will be new production gear designed for DITs and colorists.We will have plenty of NAB 2017 coverage coming soon, so stay tuned!last_img read more

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PH needs to ‘continue to get better’ as rest of Southeast Asia catches up

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But amid all that, the Filipinos vow to work and fight harder to keep the Philippines on top of the cage competitions in the region.“No matter who’s in the lineup, we know that we’ll always give our all,” said Ravena.“Every man in front of me will compete. It doesn’t matter if we have one day or one month to prepare, we’re all going to fight. That’s the message we have for these guys and it’s very consistent,” said Reyes. “We might be outplayed, we might be outmatched, we might be outsized, but we’ll never be outfought.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes. Photo from Fiba.comOne of the biggest realizations of Gilas Pilipinas from the 2017 Southeast Asian Games is that everyone else in the region has caught up in terms of level of competition.Though the Philippines came away with the gold medal in men’s basketball, it faced a tall challenge from regional rivals like Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Chot Reyes admitted that the Philippines should start developing its ranks from the ground-up, and it starts in the biennial games.“We have to continue getting better, not only for our Southeast Asian opponents, but for Asia as well, and not only for Asia, but also for the world,” Reyes said on Thursday at the homecoming presser hosted by Chooks-to-Go at Marco Polo in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFour-time SEA Games gold medalist Kiefer Ravena echoed those sentiments, noting that unlike before Gilas couldn’t simply just turn it on when it wanted to against quality competition.“Before, we could be lenient in practice and still expect to come out on top. But as they grow and get better, the task of getting a gold medal just gets harder and harder. For us with this type of program, we really have to have the dedication because we already know how tough the opposition will be,” he said. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIEScenter_img Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Despite streak, Cone wary of upcoming tough stretch for Kingslast_img read more

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Former Kansas Football Player Found Dead

first_imgBrandon Bourbon cheers from the sideline.Former Kansas football player Brandon Bourbon, who had been missing since the night of April 2, was found dead Friday, according to 13 News WIBW.Former @KU_Football and @WU_Football player Brandon Bourbon found dead. https://t.co/cVfsNOFvVB pic.twitter.com/eIuyhlCRZW— WIBW (@wibw) April 9, 2016According to the Maries County Sheriff’s Office, Bourbon’s body was discovered on a secluded riverfront property, just north of Vienna, Missouri. The sheriff’s office revealed the cause of death to be suicide.Bourbon was a member of Kansas’ football team from 2010-2013 before missing his senior season with an injury. As a junior, Bourbon started all 12 games for the Jayhawks and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. His former Kansas teammate Ben Heeney posted this tribute to Twitter following the tragic news. Rest in peace to my best friend, my brother, my beard bro. U affected so many lives Brandon. I love u more than you know. @BeastmodeBourb— Ben Heeney (@henbeeney) April 9, 2016Our thoughts are with Bourbon’s friends and family during this difficult time. [13 News]last_img read more

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Toronto faces studio pressures as filming booms

first_img Facebook “2016 is the third consecutive record-breaking year in Ontario for film and TV production,” commented Eleanor McMahon, Ontario’s tourism, culture and sport minister.“Our government has worked hard to create the right conditions to help our film and TV industry succeed.”Paul Bronfman is chairman and CEO of film equipment supplier William F White International, and is also chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios. He praised the Ontario government for its support of the production industry, but also called for authorities to provide financial backing for more studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter.In January the mayor of Toronto led a delegation to Los Angeles partly to address Hollywood concerns about available studio space in the Canadian city.The issue is not unique to Toronto. Many of the world’s top production hubs – including Vancouver, New York, London and Cape Town – are under pressure to expand their studio facilities.In many cases development is already underway but takes time. Vacant industrial buildings are frequently used as adapted filming spaces when studios are unavailable and they can often be cheaper, especially for lengthier TV shoots.Source: KFTV Advertisement Advertisement Toronto faces pressure to expand its studio facilities after another successful year of location filming in 2016.Production spending in Ontario as a whole surpassed a billion dollars for the sixth year in a row and contributed CA$1.7bn to the provincial economy overall, according to government figures.This month there are 26 projects either filming now in Ontario or in pre-production, including Kiefer Sutherland’s drama Designated Survivor, true-life hostage crisis feature film Stockholm and the new Star Trek series Discovery. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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