Video: Together

first_imgSermons and Lessons Video: Together Delivered by REV. GREG WAYBRIGHT, LAKE AVENUE CHURCH Published on Monday, January 20, 2014 | 4:07 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS This sermon was delivered by the Rev. Pastor Greg Waybright, Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena on Sunday, January 12, 2014. Gregory L. Waybright was president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He assumed this position on September 1, 1995. Prior to working at Trinity, Dr. Waybright had been pastor of the Arlington Heights Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois. In his 20 years as a pastor he has also served as senior pastor of Grace Bible Church in Arroyo Grande, California and as assistant pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Racine, Wisconsin. Prior to 1978, Dr. Waybright served in ministry roles with youth and music in churches in Wisconsin and Illinois. For more than four years he served as music director and soloist for the Guenter Tesch Evangelistic Association, headquartered in Hamburg, West Germany. This mission work provided Dr. Waybright with ministry opportunities throughout Western Europe, Scandinavia, and India.Lake Avenue Church, 393 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 844-4700 or visit www.lakeave.org. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community Newscenter_img Community News Top of the News 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

Tanker runs aground in Greencastle

first_img Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – December 29, 2020 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications A large tanker vessel has run aground in Greencastle.Just after 9.10am this morning the North’s Coast Guard received information from the Irish Coastguard that the ship was stuck close to the mouth of Lough Foyle.Contact was established with the master of the vessel this morning and no damage to the vessel or pollution was reported.It is understood that the vessel was empty at the time.However, a spokesperson confirmed that the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Counter Pollution branch have been made aware of this incident and are supporting HM Coastguard’s response.The ship has since been discharged at Lisahally and tugs are assisting.The vessel will continue to be monitored until it is able to be re-floated.Foyle Port says they expect the ship to be re-floated as early as this afternoon.Port officials are at the location of the incident and continue to monitor the situation. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Homepage BannerNewscenter_img WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleConcern over omission of Clonmany care facility in vaccination programmeNext articleRossnowlagh homeowners being urged again to check oil tanks for leaks News Highland Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Tanker runs aground in Greencastlelast_img read more

Monaghan accused suspected of involvement in previous incident involving same garda

first_img Monaghan accused suspected of involvement in previous incident involving same garda It’s emerged that the driver suspected of injuring a garda and killing an innocent man in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, was wanted in relation to another hit-and-run charge.47 year old father-of-two Stephen Marron was killed, and 31 year old Garda Michael Devlin, who is from Letterkenny, was treated in hospital for injuries sustained in the incident.The Irish Independent is reporting that the 34 year old man arrested in relation to the incident was suspected of being involved in another incident that happened in November 2010.In the course of the hit-and-run eight years ago, Gda Devlin was injured when a car collided with his patrol vehicle at Latlorcan, Co Monaghan.The suspect arrived in Castleblayney garda station before 11.30 on an unrelated issue on Tuesday night, and was recognised by Gda Devlin, who is not normally stationed there.When he tried to leave, Gda Devlin tried to stop the car but was dragged from the station to the Main Street around 500m away. Homepage BannerNews Facebook Previous articleGAA Programme Special LIVE from Gaoth DobhairNext article“Call of the Wild” seeks to extend the Donegal tourist season News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – November 29, 2018 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Google+center_img WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Consignia’s deal with CWU safeguards Christmas post

first_imgConsignia’s deal with CWU safeguards Christmas postOn 16 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Consignia has signed a three-month no-strike deal with the CommunicationWorkers’ Union in an effort to ensure that this year’s Christmas post escapesindustrial action. Under the agreement, which expires on 12 January, the Royal Mail, which isowned by Consignia, will not implement any changes in working practices atlocal level. The deal is geared towards achieving the lengthy strike-free period that wasone of the recommendations in Lord Sawyer’s report on industrial relationsbetween the Royal Mail and the CWU, published in July. Mick Linsell, managing director of the Royal Mail, believes the agreement isa step towards ensuring better working relations. John Keggie, deputy general secretary of the CWU, added, “Members wantto play a full role in creating a long-lasting period of industrialstability.” Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 2/25

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys Basketball3-A State Quarterfinals @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-Ladd Ivins posted 28 points and 6 rebounds and made all 10 of his free throw attempts as the No. 5 San Juan Broncos outlasted No.4 Grand 71-67, pulling off the slight upset at the 3-A state quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center Thursday. Moroni Seely-Roberts had 26 points and 9 rebounds on 11-15 from the field for the Red Devils in defeat. The Broncos advance to Friday’s 7:00 pm semifinal at the Sevier Valley Center against No. 1 seed Grantsville.RICHFIELD, Utah-Tuhker  Mulford had 14 points on 5-10 from the field as the No 1. Grantsville Cowboys overpowered No. 8 Carbon 50-37 Thursday in the 3-A state quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center. Preston Condie had 10 points on 4-8 from the field for the Dinos in defeat. Carbon next plays Grand in the consolation bracket Friday at 12:00 pm.RICHFIELD, Utah-Ty Allred posted 18 points and 11 rebounds on 8-10 from the field as the Juab Wasps dismantled Richfield 53-30 in the 3-A state quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center Thursday. Dawson Olsen added 14 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds on 6-8 shooting as the Wasps shot 66 percent (21-32) for the game en route to their 20th win of the season against three losses. Max Robinson had 10 points in defeat for the Wildcats. Juab next advances to the 9:00 pm semifinal Friday at the Sevier Valley Center against Judge Memorial.RICHFIELD, Utah-Dom Burns amassed 31 points on 10-16 from the field as the Judge Memorial Bulldogs upset defending state champion Manti 61-47 Thursday during the 3-A state quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center. Grady Thompson had 20 points and 7 assists in defeat for the Templars. Manti plays Richfield Friday at 1:30 pm in the consolation bracket.1-A First Round State TournamentGREEN RIVER, Utah-Corbyn Dalton posted 16 points as the Milford Tigers downed Green River 59-54 Thursday in the first round of the 1-A state tournament. Milford next faces No. 1 seed Bryce Valley Saturday at 1:00 pm in the second round of the state tournament. Rad Hughes posted 21 points in defeat for the Pirates.SALT LAKE CITY-Jake Batty netted 15 points as the Wayne Badgers bested Intermountain Christian 48-39 in the first round of the 1-A state tournament Thursday. Myles Simoncini had 13 points in defeat for the Lions. Wayne next visits Wendover Saturday at 1:00 pm in the second round of the state tournament.HURRICANE, Utah-Zack Vasser had 16 points and the Diamond Ranch Diamondbacks smacked Dugway 66-47 Thursday in the first round of the 1-A state tournament. Kota Bear’s 16 points led the Mustangs in defeat. Diamond Ranch next visits Manila Saturday at 1:00 pm in the second round of the state tournament.Girls Basketball3-A State Quarterfinals @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-Lyndee Mower made a pair of pressure-packed free throws in overtime and the Carbon Dinos downed Richfield 52-49 in the 3-A state quartefinals at the Sevier Valley Center Thursday. Madison Orth led the Dinos with 17 points on 6-9 from the field in victory. Rebecca Poulsen had 13 points in defeat for the Wildcats. Carbon plays Morgan Friday at 3:00 pm in the state semifinals.RICHFIELD, Utah-Janel Blazzard posted 17 points and Alexandria Trussell added 15 points and 9 rebounds as No. 8 Morgan upset No. 1 South Sevier 50-43 at the Sevier Valley Center Thursday during the 3-A state quarterfinals. Presley Chappel had 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat for the Rams. South Sevier and Richfield meet in the consolation bracket at 9:00 am Friday at the Sevier Valley Center.RICHFIELD, Utah-Tatum Tanner posted 12 points and 6 rebounds as the Emery Spartans humbled Delta 40-33 at the Sevier Valley Center as part of the Thursday 3-A state quarterfinals. Jadee Dutson netted 9 points and 8 rebounds in the loss for the Rabbits. Emery next faces Grantsville Friday at 5:00 pm in the state semifinals at the Sevier Valley Center.  Delta next draws Judge Friday at 10:30 am in the state consolation bracket.RICHFIELD, Utah-Emily Backus posted 19 points on 8-14 from the field off the bench as Grantsville bested Judge 58-46 to conclude the 3-A state quarterfinals Thursday at the Sevier Valley Center. Teya Sidberry posted 23 points and 8 rebounds in defeat for Judge. February 25, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 2/25center_img Brad Jameslast_img read more

Political leaders vow to tackle housing crisis

first_imgHigh residential property prices are the single biggest concern among home-hunters, a new Rightmove survey reveals.The latest data from the property portal shows that asking prices for homes on sale in England and Wales hit an all-time of £288,133, on average, in the month to early April, pushed up by a drop in the number of properties on the market, creating a lack of choice in the market, which incidentally, is the second biggest concern for house-hunters.Miles Shipside (right), Rightmove Director and Housing Market Analyst, commented, “April’s Rightmove House Price Index reported an all-time high in asking prices this week of £286,133, setting an interesting challenge for political leaders. Failure to meet house-building targets since the eighties, nineties and noughties to match forecast housing demand has been a major factor in upwards price pressure both in the property sales and private rented sectors. “As the cost of housing is a key concern for many home-hunters Rightmove asked David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg for their proposed solutions to make more affordable homes available, and what else they would do to try and solve the UK’s housing problems.Here are extracts from the interviews with the three main party leaders:Q1: We’ve seen strong growth in the housing market over the past five years, but this has made it harder for people to get on the housing ladder. What would you do to address this over the next five years if you win the election? David Cameron: “I want Britain to be a country where people who work hard are able to buy a home of their own. So we’ll continue doing everything we can to remove the barriers that stop people taking that first step onto the housing ladder. We came to office after the deepest recession in our peacetime history. Construction had all but ground to a halt. We’ve done everything we can to turn that around by getting our economy growing and reforming planning. And it’s working. The builders are building again – and today there are 700,000 more new homes than there were at the end of 2009. We will build on that, so there are even more homes for people to buy. Another problem we found was many would-be homeowners earning the money to pay a mortgage but not enough for a deposit. That’s why we stepped in with Help to Buy, helping them get over that hurdle. The effects are clear: over 204,000 households have been bought or reserved through government-backed schemes in the last 5 years. And we will do something else too – continue turning our economy around, so mortgage rates remain low and even more people can have that amazing feeling of getting the keys to their own home.”Ed Miliband: “A huge part of the problem is supply. There just aren’t enough homes being built – less than half of what is needed to keep pace with demand. So our focus has got to be construction, and making sure ownership is a realistic ambition for younger buyers. To help young people and families get on the housing ladder, we will give local authorities the power to give first time buyers priority access to new homes in areas of housing growth. We will create a Future Homes Fund, which will require that the billions of pounds saved in Help to Buy ISAs are invested in increasing housing supply. We will tell developers who are hoarding land and waiting for it to rise in value: you have to use it or lose it. Our devolution plans will give local authorities more powers to designate unused or abandoned sites as priority areas for house-building.”Nick Clegg: “The most important job for the next government is to finish fixing the economy, but to do so in a way that is fair. A strong economy means more house building, and more money in people’s pockets to pay the mortgage or rent. And a fair society means more tax cuts for those on lower and middle incomes, and protecting the vital public services we all depend on.“We cannot sit on our hands while a whole generation of people are squeezed out of the housing market. Liberal Democrats want to see 300,000 new homes a year by the end of the next parliament, including ten new Garden Cities in the areas where homes are most needed. This should include “rent to own” homes – where your rent payments gradually build you a stake in a property – to help those who can’t afford a deposit.And we all know that housing isn’t just about bricks and mortar. We need to create communities, whole towns with the infrastructure and amenities they need – places where people genuinely want to live.“No ifs, no buts – too many governments have failed on housing and this is now just something we have to get on and do.”Q2: What is your house building target and how would you ensure a large proportion of them are affordable?David Cameron: “Labour’s top-down housing targets built nothing but resentment. But we are working with councils and house builders to get Britain building. In 2014, a total of 253,000 new homes got planning permission in England. Our goal now is to get those started on site. We also have a Government-backed affordable housing programme which will deliver 275,000 new affordable homes in the next Parliament, bringing in the public and private investment we need to have more new affordable homes in this country.”Ed Miliband: “We will get at least 200,000 homes built a year by 2020. Local authorities will have greater flexibility to build more homes, which will allow them to build more social housing.“We will also make sure developers face tougher rules about honouring their obligations to provide affordable housing. And finally we will prioritise capital spending on housing.”Nick Clegg: “We have set an ambitious target of building 300,000 more homes a year by the end of the next parliament – because the way to make sure homes are affordable is to build the homes we need now, and also deal with the historic failure to keep up with demand. Labour and the Conservatives are yet to match this – and appear to have failed to grasp the scale of the challenge.“We will also make sure these homes are green and energy efficient – meaning better insulation and therefore lower heating bills.”Q3: How do you think the Help to Buy ISAs will help? Roughly how many people do you think will sign up to this scheme?David Cameron: “When we came to office, one of the problems we found was young people who had decent jobs, who could afford mortgage payments, being completely unable to get together that lump sum they needed to buy a home. For that reason they were trapped – stuck renting or living with parents, with their own place remaining just a pipedream. That’s what Help to Buy has been changing: helping people – the majority of them first-time buyers, the majority outside London – with that deposit so they can turn their dream into reality. This ISA will go even further. It will give young savers a 25 per cent bonus on a final savings balance to contribute towards a first home, including a Help to Buy home. That’s worth up to £3,000 on savings of £12,000. Help to Buy has already helped 88,000 people get the keys to their own home. When it’s launched in the autumn, I hope the ISA will help many more thousands more to follow in their footsteps onto the property ladder.”Ed Miliband: “The First Time Buyers ISA should help many more first-timer buyers on to the first rung of the housing ladder. The Treasury has forecast that 60% of first time buyers will take this up, which seems a reasonable working estimate for now.“It’s important to slow down the numbers renting long into their 30s, to limit the numbers in the so-called ‘generation rent’. We support the new ISA but, as I said above, the important thing is to reinvest the funds to build more homes rather than just stoke demand. Done like that we think ISA funds can create 125,000 new homes over a five-year parliament.”Nick Clegg: “There was a particular need to increase the supply of credit in the market at a particular moment in time, in order to restore confidence to the house building sector. But that period has now come to an end and it is right that the Bank of England phase this policy out. Our focus will be on making housing more affordable by building more of them.”Q4: Do you think the private rented sector needs further regulation?David Cameron: “I’m in no doubt that standards and landlords’ professionalism need to keep improving. The risk is that more red tape and unnecessary regulation would make life worse for tenants. That’s why we’ve been very careful to strike a balance – and I believe we’re doing so. With our “How to Rent” guide, we’re making tenants aware of their rights and responsibilities. With our Model Tenancy Agreement, we’re helping to reduce agency fees. We’ve introduced a new code of practice for landlords; we’ve given councils more powers to target the rogues. Every step of the way we’ve rejected Labour’s calls for rent controls. Why? Because this interference would be disastrous for tenants, with fewer houses to rent, higher monthly payments and poor quality housing. We’ve seen the proof with Labour’s calls for energy price controls – they actually have the reverse effect of making energy bills more expensive.”Ed Miliband: “Absolutely. Renters need more stability, because at the moment rents can jump massively from one year to the next. To combat this we will introduce three-year tenancies with a ceiling on excessive rent increases, though tenants will still be able to give notice when they want.“We will also ban the letting fees charged by agents to tenants – up to £500 every time someone moves. To us, that just looks like a rip-off.”Nick Clegg: “Yes. It was the Liberal Democrats in coalition who have led work to tackle those landlords who were not behaving fairly. No one should be evicted from their home because they make a reasonable complaint or ask for repairs – we have legislated to stop revenge evictions.“The next step is to make sure that renters have more stability – just because you are renting doesn’t mean you don’t want to put down roots, decorate the way you want and feel settled in your home. So we will encourage family friendly tenancies for renters.”Q5: What other housing policies would you introduce if you were elected?David Cameron: “We would introduce Starter Homes – 200,000 brand new houses that are only for first-time buyers under 40, which are 20 per cent cheaper than normal. Buy-to-let landlords can’t snap them up, nor can foreign investors. Our housing policies are all about saying to young people “if you work hard and you want your own home, this is a country where you can fulfil that dream” – and Starter Homes will be a huge part of that.”Ed Miliband: “Lots of voters – especially in London and the south-east – are rightly concerned about overseas investors buying flats as piggy banks with no intention of ever living in them. We’ll give councils the power to double council tax on homes left empty for a year. We will also require new homes to be marketed in England first, rather than sold off-plan overseas.”Nick Clegg: “For many people, particularly young people, getting a deposit together has become an impossible hurdle to both renting and buying. We need to give people a helping hand – so I want to see a government backed tenancy deposit loan for the under 30s, and a “rent to own” scheme so that each month’s rent is buying a share in your home, until you own it outright.”house prices more homes built political leaders house-building targets UK’s housing problems affordable homes ban letting agent fees May 1, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Political leaders vow to tackle housing crisis previous nextRegulation & LawPolitical leaders vow to tackle housing crisisThe main political leaders tell Rightmove that significantly more homes need to be developed to help curb rising house prices, and yes, Ed Miliband is still planning to ban letting agent fees.PROPERTYdrum1st May 20150578 Viewslast_img read more

Dying for Drugs

first_imgIf you had the power to save someone’s life, would you let them die? The pharmaceutical industry is the most powerful and profitable business on earth yet it is effectively denying millions of people access to the drugs that could save them. Twelve-year old Jairo is one of many who die of AIDS-related illnesses in the developing world, but unlike them, he will not go unnoticed. Jairo’s last weeks are captured on Dying for Drugs, a documentary by Brian Woods, the maker of the Emmy award winning The Dying Rooms. The film is the result of a two-year investigation into how far drugs companies will go to get their drugs approved and obtain the prices they want. It shows the human cost of corporate greed in stark and harrowing detail. The film begins in Kano, a town in Nigeria, where the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer carried out experiments for a new meningitis drug on children, without the knowledge or consent of their parents. In Canada, it recounts the experiences of Dr Nancy Olivieri, a leading expert at the University of Toronto on the blood disease thalassemia. Olivieri spotted flaws in L1, the drug produced by the company Apotex; when she raised her fears she was removed from the programme by the drugs company and legally gagged. In South Korea, Woods highlights the cases of leukaemia patients who were the test subjects for Glivec, produced by the Swiss-based company Novartis. Following the successful trial the drug was introduced at a price of 19 dollars a pill – around 55 000 for a year’s treatment. One patient, Yung, can only afford Glivec for a few more months, and can’t bring himself to tell his wife. And in Honduras, Woods meets Jairo whose family could not afford the drugs to ease his suffering. As Woods points out, “It’s very easy for people in Europe and the US to read about people in the developing world suffering because they can’t afford drugs, but these changes are going to affect the price of medicine here.” In fact, the power of the pharmaceutical companies is all pervasive; Woods first became aware of the issue in the research for his last film on Slavery in the Ivory Coast. “Once you start looking at the pharmaceutical industry, once you start digging, then you realise that all sorts of bogeys start coming out of the woodwork.” With the first half of the programme he therefore aims to open our eyes to these practices – “What we were seeking to do by demonstrating the way unethical practices have been followed in the past in Nigeria and Canada is to make it more difficult for companies to undertake unethical trials in the future. The only reason people do these things is because they think they’ve got away with it and if they’re aware that they probably won’t get away with it then they probably won’t do it, so the film has an important preventative role.” The implications of Yung’s and Jairo’s stories are potentially even more threatening. At present, companies like Pfizer and Novartis have patents on their products in most jurisdictions which means that the only hope for patients of finding drugs at a lower price is to obtain a generic drug – one that is effectively the same as the expensive drug but produced using different methods. India is currently the source of many of these generic drugs which are sometimes sold for less than one dollar a pill, in the case of Glivec, one twentieth of the cost of Novertis’ product, but the World Trade Organisation, under pressure from the pharmaceuticals, has decided that India must introduce full patent protection from the end of next year. Dr Drummond Rennie of the Journal of the American Medical Association regards the patenting measures that the big companies are seeking, as the “worst possible future,” that they are “pushing life or death.” This is nowhere more evident than Woods’ portrayal of Jairo’s final days. “Filming Jairo was the hardest piece I’ve ever done. When we met him, although he was terribly ill and desperately thin, you think, well he’s going to die probably, but maybe he’s going to die within a few months. In the week or so we were in Honduras he went dramatically downhill but before he did, he was up and about, he was making jokes. There’s a bit in the film when Mercedes, his grandmother says “Oh Brian speaks Spanish” – I can’t really speak Spanish – so I say “How are you?” and he just looks at me for about ten seconds and then says, “Is that it?” We established a relationship with him and therefore to literally see him dying in front of me… I was in the back of the pick up and he was in front in the cabin and his uncle just banged on the window and that was it, he was dead… it was very tough.” Dying for Drugs was watched on the night by a million people. Since then Woods says that Oxfam and Medecins Sans Frontieres have been inundated with calls. The day after the programme aired, GlaxoSmithKline announced a huge cut in the price of its AIDS drugs in the developing world, “I can’t believe that that was a coincidence. I’m sure they didn’t do it immediately, but I’m equally sure that the timing was influenced by the film…I’m sure that this film made a difference.” The film-makers have not escaped the legal threats that Olivieri encountered. The day after it aired, True Vision, the production company, received a letter from Apotex’s lawyers stating that if the film was shown again, as it was scheduled to be, then it would be regarded as malicious and would be reflected in any subsequent damages from legal prosecution. Woods however, stresses the importance of media exposure of these issues, “The turning point was The Dying Rooms because that really has transformed the situation in orphanages in China.” Woods believes that under increasing pressure from the media and the public, the patenting system that the drugs companies are lobbying for cannot continue. The British government is currently drawing up a parallel pricing policy with the British based pharmaceuticals that makes drugs available under different names and lower prices in the developing world. Even in the US, where George Bush’s cabinet includes several ex-CEOs of pharmaceutical companies, there have been recent concessions over the price of drugs because so many senior citizens cannot afford the medicine. These recent developments reflect the fact that the pricing and patenting practices of the pharmaceuticals are a global problem; as Woods says “this is so important that I’m sure it will have to change.” Like so many people, Woods says that he had “always wanted to do something ‘important’, but didn’t really know what that was going to mean, what that was going to be, but then I started to make documentaries and realised that you could actually, with the right kind of film, make a difference.”ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

Council votes to open up council and University buildings to the homeless

first_imgFollowing the eviction of the Iffley Open House (IOH) group from their third squat, the city council passed a motion on Monday to make vacant buildings in Oxford available for use as temporary homeless shelters.Liberal Democrat, Green and Labour councillors all showed support for the motion, which was passed by 30 votes to eleven.Proposed by Green councillor David Thomas, the motion recognises the growing number of individuals sleeping rough in Oxford, as well as an increased awareness of homelessness in the city.Councillors are also seeking to encourage landowners of vacant properties, including the University, in Oxford to make their buildings available for the homeless. There will also be a report commissioned in September, looking at how empty buildings could be used as temporary homeless shelters.At the meeting, Councillor Rowley said: “The holy grail would be premises there for a reasonably long period of time, [for homeless people] to sleep, store possessions, and gain access to help.”Former Lord Mayor and IOH volunteer Elise Benjamin told Cherwell:“The motion is an encouraging step in the right direction.“The success of Iffley Open House has shown that it is possible to provide temporary accommodation in empty buildings and that this will give the short-term support many homeless people need to get their lives back on track.”However, she continued: “It’s sad that the petition to re-open Lucy Faithfull House (a homeless shelter) was met with a ‘do-nothing’ response from Council leaders and shocking to the homeless people who were at the Council.”Turl Street Homeless Action volunteer and student Sam Fletcher also expressed disappointment at this decision of councillors to vote against reopening the shelter.“No-one who simply walked around central Oxford could fail to see the absolute necessity for better provision and support for our city’s homeless,” he said.Lucy Faithfull House was a homeless hostel with 61 beds, and provided homeless support for 30 years. It closed in January 2016, after the council withdrew its £500,000 funding.More than 2,398 people have signed the petition calling for its re-opening.Speaking at the meeting, Neo, a homeless man and member of Iffley Open House group said: “Reopening it would solve a massive issue and get a lot of people off the streets.“There are a lot of people out there who want help, the people who you see on Cornmarket are just a tiny proportion of the homeless people out there.”A housing solicitor at the meeting said that there had been a 300 per cent increase in the number of rough sleepers in Oxford, and described the motion to re-open Lucy Faithfull House as “one of construction and compassion”.In response, councillors said that all of the beds that were available at Lucy Faithfull House have been replaced, with new, more suitable accommodation being provided.last_img read more

Local councillor appears to insult cyclists

first_imgMr Walker has also stated that he is “sorry if anyone was offended” and denied that he was attempting to discourage people from adopting more sustainable transport methods. He has also addressed the resignation of former Oxfordshire cycling champion Suzanne Bartington, calling it “a great shame” and promising that active transport remains on the council’s agenda. Both the tweet and Walker’s reply have since been deleted. In an article by the BBC, Walker is quoted as saying that he “implied [he] agreed with the view” that people who supported a “pro-bicycle” outlook should move to the Netherlands, and states that it was “a tongue-in-cheek-comment”. A Twitter user replied to the post, suggesting that cyclists who praise the Netherlands for its attitude to cycling should simply relocate there, to which the councillor replied that it was “well put”. This tweet met was met with widespread negative reactions from local cyclists and residents, among these being Green Party councillor Dick Wolff’s letter calling for the councillor to be dismissed.  Image Credit: Tejvan Pettinger.center_img Liam Walker, an Oxfordshire councillor for transport, became subject to scrutiny last week after responding to a tweet insulting cyclists. There has since been a formal complaint against Walker, which is under investigation by the Oxfordshire County Council.  The tweet came in response to a suggestion from the Twitter account Build Back Better Ox, which cited superior infrastructure as the best means of improving cycling capacity in Oxfordshire and linked to a YouTube video demonstrating the efficiency of the Dutch system. last_img read more

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first_imgEscher Mixers (stand P255) has recently opened a UK office and distribution warehouse in order to deal directly with UK customers. The company holds a large stock of mixers and spare parts, which are available for immediate delivery and offer 24-hour nationwide back-up service.Escher exports to over 35 countries worldwide from its factory in Schio in Vicenza, Italy. The new UK operation is run by Mr Stephen Steadman. He has worked in the equipment side of bakeries for over 12 years mainly at Sainsbury’s where he was responsible for bakery equipment. He was also a director of Scobie & McIntosh Bakery Engineers. The company has launched two machines to its range of removable bowl mixers. These have 80kg and 120kg capacities to supplement the larger 160kg and 200kg machines. The smaller machines offer good value for money and are aimed at giving better flexibility to the smaller industrial and large independent bakers, says Escher.last_img read more