Oxford Pubs Face Closure

first_imgOxford pubs are under threat, with as many as one pub closing every eight weeks as a result of the smoking a ban.Since September, both the White House pub in Botley Road and the Marlborough House, at the corner of Western Road, have both closed and with the winter months setting in, it is predicted that the problem will worsen, with smokers reluctant to stand outside to smoke.Tony Goulding, chairman of the Oxford branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) said: “Pubs are closing at an alarming rate and the situation is getting critical. In the old days, people went to the pub and the cinema – those were their main distractions – but people lead such busy lives nowadays and it’s hard to get them to come out to community pubs.”In Oxford, estimates suggest that trade in pubs has dropped by around 25%. According to the Oxford Mail, there are currently 28 pubs for sale in Oxfordshire, including four within Oxford. John Madden, of the Guild of Master Victuallers, said the problem is worse when considered on a national scale, with as many as two to three pubs closing daily.last_img read more

Proposal for industry-wide pensions in Germany ‘likely to succeed’

first_imgUnder the new draft, a minimum guarantee will have to be made – but by the pension fund itself rather than the employers.Buchem told IPE that a pure DC plan including the possibility of total loss “would not have matched the idea of the German second pillar”.He said it was therefore important that a minimum guarantee be re-introduced and “absolutely” welcomed the new proposal.Because of this change, the government’s revised draft is “likely to succeed”, he added.The amendment also means that, for the first time, pension plans themselves will have to become members in the solvency protection fund PSVaG.Its director, Hans Melchior, declined to comment on this proposal.Details are still being negotiated, and Buchem noted that it “remains to be seen whether the PSVaG in its current form is suitable” to take on this unique new “constellation” of pension funds and employers being members of the same protection scheme.Buchem said, depending on how well the new collective pension plans were received, they could accrue large amounts of assets in future, presenting “a whole new challenge” for the PSVaG.And all employers, “including those opting not to join a Tariffonds, would have to pay in the event of an insolvency”, he added.According to Buchem, the contributions to the PSVaG from these new Tariffonds might be based on their asset allocation.Further, given their similarity to existing Pensionsfonds with a minimum guarantee, they might be allowed a similar discount to those vehicles.It also remains to be seen whether these new plans will be set up as completely new entities, which would entail a minimum start-up cost and separate administrative structures.On the other hand, they might be included in existing Pensionskassen or Pensionsfonds, but all these details are yet to be debated, Buchem said.Click here for more details on the new proposal by the German government on industry-wide pension plans The German government could produce a legal framework for industry-wide pension funds as early as this year, Uwe Buchem, Mercer’s market business lead for retirement in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, has said.The new industry-wide arrangements would be similar to the so-called Dutch model insofar as they would be set down in collective bargaining agreements, hence their “working title” in German – Tariffonds.The German pension industry’s response to a first draft of paragraph 17b of the law governing occupational pensions has been lukewarm at best.The government’s revised proposal, however, has addressed many of the industry’s major concerns, such as the introduction of pure defined contribution (DC) schemes, which would have been a first in the country’s second-pillar system.last_img read more

Chinese linguist helping to save dying Tanzanian languages

first_imgWe have been looking at the lives of some Chinese people living and working in various African countries in our ‘Making it in Africa’ series.Today, lets introduce you to Shen Yuning, a scholar who’s helped to compile a Swahili-Mandarin dictionary.He is now helping a group of scholars to try save a remote tribal language in Tanzania. Only 5,000 people speak Kisegeju, but Shen hopes to change that. Dan Ashby joined him on his fieldwork in northern Tanzania. Chinese investors helping boost Lagos infrastructure Related Tanzanian universities roll out Chinese language courses Former poachers now helping to save endangered turtleslast_img read more

St Vincent reminds rich nations of unfulfilled pledges

first_img Sharing is caring! 13 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional St Vincent reminds rich nations of unfulfilled pledges by: – December 14, 2011 Share Camillo Gonsalves, Permanent Representative of St Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations. UN Photo/JC McIlwaineUNITED NATIONS — Rich countries must honour their pledges of development assistance to poorer nations, especially in the wake of the global economic crisis, said Vincentian Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves at the fifth United Nations high level dialogue on financing for development.Gonsalves, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations, told the high-level dialogue that “[Official Development Assistance] is not charity. It is an investment in international peace and security, and it is a necessary counterweight, albeit an inadequate one, against systemic inequalities in global trade and capital flows that are fundamentally unbalanced and disadvantageous to many developing countries, particularly small states.”Since 1970, developed countries have been pledging to devote 0.7% of their national incomes to development assistance, said Gonsalves. Despite repeating that pledge in 2002, 2008 and 2009, rich nations delivered less than half of the promised assistance in 2010, according to Gonsalves.“Developing countries that have spoken today to highlight the massive shortfalls between [assistance] pledged and [assistance] delivered are neither blaming nor begging,” said Gonsalves. “We are simply reminding our partners of the longstanding commitments that they made, upon which we rely, and which we expect to be honored.” “It remains a constant source of amazement that many states can regularly conjure up billions of dollars to prosecute discretionary wars and unilateral military interventions, almost on a whim, while developmental assistance stagnates, falls short of commitments, and is subject to all forms of creative accounting or empty sloganeering that have no impact on the bottom lines of developing states,” said the ambassador.The Vincentian envoy also highlighted an “urgent” call for debt relief to be extended to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). He pointed out that five CARICOM states have debt-to-GDP rations in excess of 100%, while another four exceed 70%. However, because of CARICOM states’ “middle-income” status, they were often excluded from debt-forgiveness schemes, a stance that Gonsalves called “shortsighted and ultimately counterproductive.”Providing negotiated debt-relief to CARICOM states “on a regional basis… is the morally correct, fiscally prudent, and developmentally logical approach to our region’s growing debt burdens,” said Gonsalves.Although the current high-level dialogue on financing for development is occurring in the shadow of the worst financial and economic depression in decades, the Vincentian diplomat stated flatly that the global meltdown “is not an excuse for failure to meet ODA commitments.” Citing the outcome of the 2009 United Nations high level conference on the world economic and financial crisis and its impact on development, which was co-chaired by St Vincent and the Grenadines, Gonsalves reminded delegates that the “consensus outcome of the UN conference on the crisis stressed that the crisis, in and of itself, necessitated urgent compliance with existing targets.”“In this time of global economic recession, the focus should not be on delaying or avoiding the implementation of FFD commitments, but rather on accelerating and strengthening those promises in the assistance of those who played no role in creating the crisis in the first place,” he said.At the same time, Gonsalves expressed appreciation for “the efforts of all of our development partners – particularly in these times of increased global economic instability.”However, despite gratitude for the assistance that his country and other developing states have received, Gonsalves stated that “the inescapable fact is that total ODA is far short of the required or promised minimums.” Paraphrasing Bob Marley’s hit song “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry),” Gonsalves said “the developmental pot may be cooking, but the food in it is not enough.”“Development costs money, and while many states have demonstrated an unerring ability to renege on their commitments to assist, our governments cannot renege on our own solemn commitments to the people-centered development and advancement of our populations,” he said.The fifth United Nations high level dialogue on financing for development was organised under the theme “The Monterrey Consensus and Doha Declaration on Financing for Development: status of implementation and tasks ahead.” The Monterrey Consensus was the outcome of a 2002 United Nations conference that took place in Monterrey, Mexico. The Monterrey Consensus was adopted by all countries as a blueprint for mobilising and utilising financing for development. The Doha Declaration on Financing for Development was a 2008 follow-up to the Monterrey Consensus, which sought to add greater detail to the broad areas of agreement that were arrived at in Monterrey.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Simeone: Jan Oblak is our Lionel Messi after UCL heroics

first_img “But in Oblak we have the best goalkeeper in the world, that is true.” “He is as important to us, as Messi is to Barcelona.”Advertisement Read Also: Liverpool crash out of Champions League, Atletico advance to quarters The attention was shone on opposite number Adrian in extra time, as his error allowed Llorente to score Atletico Madrid’s first goal. But Oblak has offered a timely reminder of his ranking as one of the world’s finest keepers, to push Atletico into the quarter finals. Simeone will now wait to see who Atletico Madrid are paired with in the last eight, with Atalanta, RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain already through. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Oblak was in outstanding form through the game, with first half saves from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino underlining his enduring importance to Atletico Madrid. Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has lauded goalkeeper Jan Oblak following his outstanding display in their 3-2 Champions Legaue win at Liverpool. The Slovenian international made save after save to keep the Premier League side at bay at Anfield, and keep the visitors in the game at Anfield. Extra time goals from Marcos Llorente and Alvaro Morata secured Atletico’s dramatic passage into the last eight, but Simeone was clear on who the hero was against Jurgen Klopp’s side. “He (Oblak) is as important as the others, as much as Savic, Lodi, Felipe, Felix,” he told a post match interview with Marca. Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets Loading… last_img read more

Guardiola makes surprise U-Turn on Messi chase – Reports

first_img President Josep Maria Bartomeu has taken a strong stance that Messi’s release clause of €700 million would need to be activated if he is to leave, a fee that is seemingly impossible for any club in the world to spend now. The same publication stated that Guardiola has told the six-time Ballon d’Or winner it would be best for him to stay at Barcelona, where he has been since he was 13 years old. Loading… Advertisement Pep Guardiola has made a huge U-turn on the situation despite Lionel Messi’s apparent eagerness to swap FC Barcelona for Manchester City, according to report coming out of Spain. Read Also: Barcelona table strange condition to let Messi leave for free The Premier League side reportedly does not want to attract further attention from football’s continental and international governing bodies, having already been forced to pay a €10 million fine this year for breaching UEFA rules. These surprising reports come just a day after Messi failed to turn up to Barca’s first training session under Ronald Koeman, seemingly believing he is free to leave the Blaugrana. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 According to Mundo Deportivo, the Citizens are believed to be willing to let go of the idea of signing the 33-year-old forward in this transfer window. It has been claimed the Premier League giants do not believe it is financially viable to move for Messi at this time, with Barcelona insisting he will not be allowed to leave the club for free. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksHere Are The 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes9 Best Movie Robots Of All Timelast_img read more

Arter called up by Ireland

first_img Squad: David Forde (Millwall), Shay Given, Ciaran Clark (both Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (Birmingham), Rob Elliot (Newcastle), Richard Keogh, Cyrus Christie, Jeff Hendrick (all Derby), Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan, Jon Walters (all Stoke), Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady, Darron Gibson (all Everton), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce, Simon Cox (both Reading), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Paul Green (Rotherham), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff), James McClean (Wigan), Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler, Paul McShane (all Hull), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick (both Ipswich), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Anthony Stokes (Celtic). Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland on March 29. Press Associationcenter_img Arter, 25, was included among an initial 35-man party, named by manager Martin O’Neill on Thursday morning, which will be reduced before the players meet up on March 22. There was a place too for defender Paul McShane following his return to action at club Hull, although not for Crystal Palace counterpart Damien Delaney. last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgOther NBA contests find the Knicks at Washington, the Bulls hosting the Cavaliers, Orlando at Memphis, the Mavericks in San Antonio, and the Trail Blazers hosting Phoenix.NBA-NEWSAP Source: Cavs, Bickerstaff agree to multi-year contractCLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the deal tells the Associated Press that the Cleveland Cavaliers and coach J.B. Bickerstaff have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract. The person spoke with AP on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. Bickerstaff took over the Cavs when former Michigan coach John Beilein suddenly resigned last month. Bickerstaff had been serving as an associated head coach under Beilein, who cited personal health issues as one of his reasons for stepping down after 54 games. Since Bickerstaff took over, the Cavs are 5-5.NHL-SCHEDULE Flyers seek ten in a rowPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers, now a point behind Washington in the Metropolitan Division, carry a nine-game winning streak into tonight’s game at home against the Boston Bruins. The Flyers are 25-5-and-4 at home, where 21-year-old goalie Carter Hart has been nearly unbeatable — he has a record of 20-2-and-2 in home games.After losing eight of their last ten, the Pittsburgh Penguins are as close to missing the postseason as they are to first place in the Metropolitan Division, with just a month left in the regular season. They are looking to turn things around tonight in New Jersey against the Devils.In other NHL action, Tampa Bay skates at Toronto, the Canadiens host Nashville, the Red Wings host Carolina, the St. Louis Blues are at home against Florida, the Rangers are at Dallas and the Vancouver Canucks host the New York Islanders.NFL-LABOR The Providence, Rhode Island-based league also announced that it will limit spectators at all other sporting events for the rest of the spring season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SANTA CLARASharks and NHL discuss what to do with San Jose gamesSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Sharks and the NHL are still determining how to proceed with three scheduled games in San Jose, California, this month.Santa Clara County health officials have banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people in response to the spread of the coronavirus. The Sharks and the league say they will abide by the guidelines. The 35-year-old right-hander said his right side has lagged behind the rest of his body as he attempts to build strength in preparation for the season.Scherzer had made three spring training starts. He expects to pitch Sunday against the Mets and remain on track to start the World Series champions’ opener on March 26 at New York. Nationals manager Dave Martinez has not announced his opening day starter.In other news from spring training:— New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has strained an oblique muscle on his right side, but it’s too early to determine whether he will be able to play on opening day against World Series champion Washington on March 26. Conforto was injured Saturday while catching a flyball against the Nationals and returned to New York on Monday night to meet with Mets medical staff. Conforto was an All-Star in 2017 and set career highs last season with 33 homers and 92 RBIs while batting .257 with an .856 OPS in 151 games.HORSE RACING-MAXIMUM SECURITY Associated Press The Sharks have games scheduled for March 19, 21 and 29 at the SAP Center in San Jose. The could move those games to a neutral site, postpone them or play without fans in the arena.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKVirus concerns spread in Europe, touch on MLB opening dayUNDATED (AP) — With just over two weeks until baseball’s opening day, Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos says he is “a little bit” concerned about traveling to Seattle with Washington state having an outbreak of the coronavirus.Postponements, cancellations and empty-stadium games have become common outside the U.S. Baffert to train Maximum Security after trainer Servis was indicted on charges of using illegal substancesUNDATED (AP) — Owner Gary West is removing all of his horses from Jason Servis’ barn after the trainer was indicted on multiple counts of administering illegal substances and performance-enhancing drugs.That includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security.West says the news of Servis’ behavior is extremely disturbing and disappointing. West and his wife, Mary, have sent horses to Servis for the past five years. West says horses will be taken away from Servis as soon as arrangements can be made with other trainers.Maximum Security is being sent to two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert. — The Cleveland Browns have released Christian Kirksey after six seasons. The veteran linebacker was one of team’s leaders, but Kirksey and team couldn’t agree on re-working his contract. The 27-year-old made 54 starts for Cleveland but has been slowed by injuries the past two seasons. A chest injury last year kept him out of all-but two games.— The Panthers have signed quarterback Kyle Allen to a one-year contract extension. Allen was an exclusive rights free agent, meaning the Panthers essentially held his rights. The 24-year-old Allen replaced Cam Newton in Week 3 last season. He started off his second NFL season by leading Carolina to four straight wins, but struggled down the stretch and was eventually replaced by rookie Will Grier.MLB-NEWSScherzer scratched from startUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start against Miami because of fatigue on his right side. Ravens guard Yanda retires, Browns cut lineback, Panthers extend QBUNDATED (AP) — Ravens guard Marshal Yanda is retiring after 13 seasons in which he was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and helped Baltimore win the 2012 Super Bowl.The Ravens made the announcement Tuesday morning on Twitter. Yanda will formally step down during a news conference Wednesday.The 35-year-old Yanda played in 191 games, including playoffs, and has been an anchor on the Ravens offensive line since being picked out of Iowa in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft. He was a first-team AP All-Pro twice and named to the second team four times, including last season.Elsewhere around the NFL:center_img March 10, 2020 NFL and players put off deadline for applying tagsUNDATED (AP) — The deadline for applying franchise and transition tags to NFL free agents has been moved from Thursday to Monday by the league and the players’ union.The decision comes because the NFL Players Association’s members are still voting on a propsed labor agreement the owners already have approved. That deadline was extended by two days to just before midnight on Saturday.The last time to use the tags at Thursday made little sense. There would be different tag requirements under each collective bargaining agreement.NFL-NEWS SANTA ANITA FATALITIESRacing board finds no use of illegal medications in horse deathsLOS ANGELES (AP) — A report released by the California Horse Racing Board on a spate of horse deaths at Santa Anita found that no illegal medications were used on the animals and 39% of the 23 fatalities occurred on surfaces affected by wet weather.The long-awaited report focused on 23 deaths as a result of racing or training between Dec. 30, 2018, and March 31, 2019. The fatalities roiled the industry and led track owner The Stronach Group to institute several reforms involving safety and medication.The 77-page report found no evidence of animal welfare violations. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS-IVY LEAGUE TOURNAMENTS CANCELEDCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Ivy League is canceling its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.The four-team tournaments were scheduled to be played Friday through Sunday at Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Ivy League says it will award its automatic NCAA Tournament bids to regular-season champions Princeton women and Yale men. Ohio’s governor is calling for all indoor sports to be played without fans.All upcoming professional soccer games in Spain, France and Portugal and some others in Germany will be played in empty stadiums because of the outbreak.But, UEFA is asking governments across the continent to ensure the European Championship goes ahead in three months despite the coronavirus outbreak. UEFA says it’s “completely untrue” that European football federations had requested the 24-team tournament is moved to next year.Based on advice received from the World Health Organization, UEFA believes a city can host Euro 2020 games if it has the medical infrastructure to treat COVID-19 patients while still providing the necessary facilities to cope with tens of thousands of fans. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the planning. NBA-SCHEDULE Update on the latest in sports: Lakers host NetsLOS ANGELES (AP) — With wins in their last four games, and 11 of their last 12, the Los Angeles Lakers hope to continue that streak at home tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. It’s the first of three home games for the Lakers this week.The Los Angeles Clippers, meanwhile, play at Golden State — they’ve beaten the Warriors in both meetings so far this season.The Houston Rockets are trying to snap a four-game losing streak when they host Minnesota. The Rockets had won six in a row before hitting a rough patch. During their winning streak, the Rockets were looking to move up in the Western Conference standings and get one of the top three seeds. But now they’ve tumbled into sixth place in the West and need to find a way to get back on track with five weeks left in the season.After losing four straight at home, the Boston Celtics get back on the road against the Indiana Pacers.last_img read more

ITF Selects Quadri, Marylove, Osewa for Junior Masters in Kenya

first_imgSouth Africa, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Seychelles and Kenya are the other countries that will be featuring in the championship which will has eight boys and eight girls jostling for honours.Of the three players, Quadri was the star performer for Nigeria winning the girls singles in the 14 and Under event of the West and Central Africa qualifiers for the African Junior Championship held January in Abuja before spicing it up with a historic triple title at the last ITF 18 and Under tournament in Benin and Togo in September – a feat that catapulted the 13-year-old to the top 500 in the world Junior rankings from her previous unranked status.Osewa, 14, had a memorable year by reaching the final of the AJC in Pretoria, South Africa which is Nigeria’s best outing at the tournament.On her part, 11-year-old Marylove, also made a lasting impression on ITF officials for her promising displays at the Junior Masters held in August in Morocco in addition to her eye-catching outings at the AJC events in Abuja and Pretoria.Osewa and Marylove will depart alongside Coach Mohammed Ubale on Monday while they will be joined on the same day by Quadri from her base in Morocco.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian trio of Oyinlomo Quadri, Marylove Edward and Michael Osewa will slug it out with their counterparts from six other countries in the 2016 ITF/CAT 14 and Under African Junior Masters billed for 7th -14th November in Nairobi, Kenya.According to the ITF, the three Nigerians were selected for the championship, which will see the top players bagging grants to feature in international tournaments in 2017, due to their impressive performances in ITF/CAT organised tournaments this year.last_img read more

Solanke Threatens Umar’s Position at Glasgow Rangers

first_imgUmar and Ejaria, who both joined The Gers in the summer have not found their going so smooth at the Ibrox club, but the latter of the two could yet be around to receive Solanke other things being equal.This is sequel to reports out Queensland, indicating that Solanke is set for a move to Rangers, as he is unable to get much first team action with The Reds so far this season.Solanke could now be heading out on loan when the transfer window reopens in January, only for Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medalist, Umar to make way for him.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LEICESTER, ENGLAND – Saturday, September 23, 2017: Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda) Glasgow Rangers of Scotland attacker, Sadiq Umar is set to lose his spot in the team to incoming Nigerian-born striker, Dominic Solanke from Liverpool.Umar, who has been on loan at The Gers from AS Roma of Italy, has failed to impress Rangers’ boss, Steven Gerrard, and is set to give way to former Chelsea youngster, Solanke.While Umar is set to lose out, fellow-Nigerian-born attacker, Ovie Ejaria may still be around at Ibrox to say ‘welcome’ to Solanke in January.last_img read more