first_imgOxford is the biggest bicycle theft hot spot in Britain, a survey has revealed.Out of the 30 UK university towns and cities evaluated by a Hiplok survey, Oxford ranked highest in bike related crimes.In the year to May 2017, 932 incidents of bicycle theft were reported to police in the Oxford city area. The second highest location for bike theft, Cambridge, saw nearly 700 bike-related crime reports over the same period.In 2016, 17% of working residents in the city cycled to work regularly. According to national cycle database Bike Register, over 4000 bike thefts were reported in the city last year. Belinda Hopkins, Crime Prevention and Reduction Advisor at Oxford’s Security Services, said that in the last five years, bike crime has risen significantly.Hopkins commented: “We have installed surveillance cameras in all the top hotspots for bike theft, and have about twelve security officers a day patrolling these areas. Several thieves have been caught so far, but I don’t know what the police are going to do about it at this point.“The majority of these incidents would be preventable, if people knew how to properly lock their bike. That means having a metal D-lock and locking the back wheel and frame to the pole.”Earlier this year, an Oxford resident was caught with a stash of a 164 stolen bicycles in his backyard.New College student Michael Rope told Cherwell: “A while back I left my bike locked up outside Tesco on Magdalen Street. I was only in there for ten minutes, but came out and saw someone hacking at my lock – I couldn’t get there quickly enough.”As an additional safety precaution, Security Services have teamed up with Bike Register, where students can register their vehicles and change their status from “sold” to “stolen” accordingly. This method involved fitting QR coded stickers to the registered bicycle, so that it can always be tracked.last_img read more

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident recently shared news of their “Sound Lab,” a creative workspace for the band to create and release new music on their own schedule. When we spoke to Michael Kang about the lab, he mentioned that it was not only SCI who would be using the space. Now we have our first taste of non-SCI music from the “Sound Lab,” in the form of a new song from the Kyle Hollingsworth Band.Released today, Hollingsworth’s “Tumbling” has a great summery feel to it. Hollingsworth talks about the song’s inspiration, saying: “Tumbling” started out as a groove that was in need of becoming a song. It was one of those feels that I had done in the past, but with a more indie vibe to it. Lyrically it speaks of my first love and first loss all around a trip to the see The Grateful Dead in Pittsburgh. Sometimes I struggle to form a cohesive theme and groove, but this came together fairly easily and quickly. I like where this ended up, I hope you enjoy!”The String Cheese Incident Jams Hard, Welcomes Tony Furtado In Atlanta [Full Audio]Listen to “Tumbling” below:last_img read more

first_imgSince the recent release of their album titled, Apparitions, Funk You has been hitting the road on a debut tour across the country. The band has been working for five years to get to this point, so to say they’re excited is an understatement. Starting in Augusta, GA reaching all the way to Colorado and hitting most everything in between, this tour is quite literally putting Funk You on the map.The tour features some great stops for the band along the way. Their first Denver play will be opening for The Motet’s side project, Juno What, at Cervantes. The band will also be performing a funky Phish after party with Dumpstaphunk at the Variety Playhouse on October 21st. They also end in the beautiful horsepens 40 in Steele, AL at the Cuko Rukko Music & Arts Festival.This year has already been special in many ways, and we’re excited to share some great moments at the band’s sold out Sweetwater 420 Fest after party and album release party at Aisle 5. Take an exclusive look at their original song titled “Funk You,” as well as their cover of Prince “1999”. Justin Hasting of Zoogma sat in on guitar for both of these songs. Check him out battling with Funk You’s guitarist, Evan Miller. Also joining Funk You is Amy Middleton Taylor of IRE and B Courtland Saxon on saxophone, both of whom appeared on the band’s new Apparitions album.Watch the two videos below! Funk You is really doing it right these days, so don’t miss them on tour in support of Apparitions. To check out the new album, head here. You can see the band’s full tour schedule, below.last_img read more

first_imgby Anne Galloway March 29, 2011 Darcie Johnston, a political campaign consultant for GOP candidates, is galvanizing support ‘ and money ‘ for a campaign to kill the universal health care bill that just passed in the House. Johnston started her organization Vermonters for Health Care Freedom, a ‘free’ market group that opposes a ‘single-payer’ style medical coverage system for the state, just a few weeks ago as a Facebook campaign.Her mini movement has ‘ thanks to money from an unnamed source ‘ migrated from the somewhat limited realm of social networking sites to a website and a burgeoning list of 200 donors, ‘friends’ and supporters. Johnston, who is the volunteer prime mover of a faction of disaffected conservatives, rallied the anti-single payer flag and got dozens of opponents of H.202, the universal health care bill, to come to the Statehouse last weekend to decry the evils of government-controlled payment systems for medical care.Johnston has formed a 501(c)(4) to collect anonymous donations for the cause, and just today launched a website featuring a V-shaped, ultra-patriotic logo wrapped in the American flag and crowned with three gold stars.DOYLE POLL SHOWS SUPPORT FOR VERMONT YANKEESen. Bill Doyle, R-Washington, a political science professor at Johnson State College, has released the results of his annual town meeting survey. Though the survey is unscientific, it’s considered to be a indicator of public opinion. This year about 15,000 Vermonters filled out the survey, representing 142 cities and towns. Doyle says it’s one of the biggest responses in the 42 years he’s conducted the survey.Forty-five percent of respondents supported renewing Entergy Corp.’s license to operate Vermont Yankee, while 41 percent said no and 14 percent were unsure.Doyle also asked Vermonters whether ‘physician-assisted suicide’ should be legalized. Fifty percent of those polled said yes; 37 percent said no; and 13 percent weren’t sure.Here is a rundown on some of the ‘yes votes.’Tougher DUI law 75 percentExpand bottle deposit 79 percentPay more for locally grown foods 63 percentRequire use of motorcycle helmets 90 percentGOLD PLATE DINNER FOR DEMSIt’s never too early to start raising money for the next campaign cycle, which is now 13 months away. Gov. Peter Shumlin began tapping donors just eight weeks into his first term as governor. The Democratic House Campaign isn’t far behind. On April 7, Democratic Party devotees will have an opportunity to break bread with House Speaker Shap Smith and three other members of his leadership team at the Chef’s Table in Montpelier for $500 a plate. Want cocktails with that? Donate $1,000 to the party and you can sip away at martinis, too.NRA TARGETS ‘RIGHT’ ANSWERLast weekend the National Rifle Association called my husband (they wouldn’t speak to me) as part of a telephone survey and wanted to know if he was concerned about the bureaucrats taking away his right to bear arms. The caller then played a recorded message from the CEO, Wayne LaPierre. The message? A secret U.S. Senate subcommittee is looking to hit the delete button on the right to bear arms. And they asked what my husband (who happened to purchase a hunting rifle for our son a few years ago) would do about it. My husband wasn’t aware that secret Senate subcommittees could change the Constitution without state ratification.When he replied that he was a proponent of gun control, the caller, a self-professed NRA member, said ‘Oh. That’s alright then. Good-bye.’ Survey completed.It wasn’t clear why the NRA would make such a concerted effort to reach out to Vermonters. Maybe it’s because as Kate Robinson reported earlier this month, Vermont has among the most liberal ‘carry’ gun laws in the nation for the carrying of concealed or visible weapons’in a car or on your person’without a permit. ‘There are no gun licensing or registration requirements, no waiting period to buy a gun, no requirement for firearms safety training before you can buy a gun, private sales do not require records and there are no state laws limiting who can buy a gun,’ Robinson wrote.The bill the NRA was worried about, H.83, which proposed stiffening penalties for gun owners whose guns have been used in teenage suicides, has gone nowhere this year.H. 244, however, a bill allowing Vermont law enforcement officials to use gun silencers was introduced in February.THE GRASS ISN’T GREENER IN VERMONTJohn Gregg reports this week in the Valley News that population growth in towns along the Connecticut River is decidedly lopsided. More people are moving to sort of tax-free New Hampshire (the Granite state does charge a 5 percent tax on unearned income) than the Green Mountain State. Gregg analyzed Census reports as the basis for his story, which appeared in theSunday edition of the Valley News.  Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.orglast_img read more

first_img continue reading » While cryptocurrencies and digital payments apps are all the buzz lately, the need for access to quick hard cash seems to never go away. Among the many great services that credit union’s provide, a proprietary or shared-branch ATM still remains one of the most convenient methods to grant members (and non-members) 24-hour direct access to account funds. Wherever you are in the world, one can simply slide in a card, enter a pin, and viola, out comes cash! So, what should we include on these magic money devices?The notices or signage that credit unions may need depend in large part on the ATM’s capabilities. Since state laws may also provide additional varying requirements, here is a non-inclusive list:Regulation E Notice. Section 1005.16(c) requires ATM operators to include a notice on the screen or on paper disclosing any fee that may be imposed for transfers or balance inquiries. Credit unions are only permitted to impose such fees if the consumer is provided notice of the fee amount and elects to continue the transaction or inquiry after receiving this notice. Although notice is only required for non-account holding consumers, this distinction may be difficult to execute on a practical level. Thus, credit unions often make the business decision to provide this notice on the screen for all users.Regulation CC Notices. Reg CC requires a notice to be posted or provided which explains that funds deposited in the ATM may not be available for immediate withdrawal. When it comes to off-premises ATMs in which funds are removed two times or less per week, credit unions are required to also disclose the days on which deposits made at the ATM will be considered received. See, 12 CFR 229.18(c-d). ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgSide dish: Decision on project selection and award of grants under the 2019 Program for the Development of Public Tourism Infrastructure This Decision approves funds from the Tourism Development Fund for co-financing development projects in six categories: beaches, visitor centers / interpretation centers, public tourism infrastructure for active tourism, tourism development sustainability studies and reception capacity with action plan and quality management studies in tourism. The Ministry of Tourism has made a decision on the selection of projects and the allocation of grants under the Program for the Development of Public Tourism Infrastructure in 2019.center_img Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

first_imgSome 40 percent of the around 1,000 people surveyed on April 29 and 30 said they approved of the president.His government faces growing criticism of its post-lockdown plans, in particular the move to start reopening schools next week even though students in hard-hit Italy and Spain will not return to school until September.Nearly 330 mayors in the greater Paris region have urged the government to delay the school openings, saying strict health measures including a limit of 15 students per class are proving difficult to implement.But parents worried about exposing their children to infection will not be forced to return them to school.”I understand their questions, their concerns,” Macron said, though he added: “For a child, being forced to stay home for two months is quite a traumatic experience.” He said his goal was “for all students who need to return, because they are falling behind, because their families are unable to help them study, because their parents have to work… that they are able to go to school”.Ministers are set to meet on Thursday to finalize post-lockdown measures and determine which regions are still facing critical risks, which could limit any easing of travel restrictions.Macron also urged people to continue with social distancing and other protections to limit the outbreak.”We don’t want to start sliding back after three weeks,” he said. “We’re going to limit major international travel, even during the summer holidays. We will remain among Europeans, and maybe we will have to limit that even more,” he said.Scores of events have already been cancelled and people arriving from outside Europe will need to spend two weeks in isolation, a blow to the tourism industry in the world’s most-visited country.”The virus is still here, we have not beaten it,” Macron said.The president’s approval rating slid six points down in a month, according to a poll by Ifop-Fiducial out on Tuesday. It is too early to say whether summer holidays will be possible, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday, as the country prepares to ease a two-month coronavirus lockdown.School and business closures and stay-at-home orders imposed in mid-March will begin to be lifted from May 11, but businesses like cafes and bars will remain closed and people will not be allowed to travel more than 100 kilometers from their homes.Macron said in a televised interview that officials should know by early June if France has averted a new flare-up of COVID-19, as the country’s death toll rose to 25,531 on Tuesday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_img January 27, 2016 Blizzard 2016,  The Blog,  Videos,  Weather Safety Throughout the entire winter storm, state agencies have worked tirelessly to make sure our roads and citizens were kept safe. Governor Wolf and other state officials were constantly updating the public throughout the storm to ensure the most up to date information was being communicated. Take a look at what Governor Wolf had to say about PennDOT, State Police, PEMA, and the National Guard’s response to this historic snowstorm.Check out some of the information the Governor’s Office provided during the winter storm. To view all information on Blizzard 2016 that was provided to the public from the Governor’s Office, click here.JANUARY 21Governor Wolf Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Winter StormGovernor Wolf, State Officials Provide Update on Winter Storm Preparations, Resident SafetyJANUARY 22BLOG: If You Must Drive in Winter Weather, Follow These TipsRemarks by Governor Wolf on Approaching Winter Storm from Emergency Operations CenterPennsylvania Provides Update on Winter Storm; Activates Emergency Operations CenterJANUARY 23Governor Wolf and Transportation, Emergency Management Provide Update on Winter StormGovernor Wolf Gives Winter Storm Update, Strongly Urges Public Not To TravelWolf Administration Gives Update on Winter Storm, I-76 SituationJANUARY 24Wolf Administration Gives Update on Winter Snow StormBLOG: Turnpike Response Kept People Safe Despite Historically Dire ConditionsJANUARY 25BLOG: How to Stay Healthy in Harsh Winter WeatherGovernor Wolf and Secretary Richards Thank PennDOT Crews Who Worked Winter Storm WeekendBLOG: Thank You PA National Guard, For Keeping Us Safe During The StormJANUARY 26Wolf Administration Advises Motorists to Avoid Interstate 78 West of Allentown As Crews Clear Multi-Vehicle Crash, Urge Caution Traveling in Areas Across StateBLOG: State Police Served and Protected During Winter’s WorstBLOG: New Plow Tracking Technology Put To The TestBLOG: Local Responders in Somerset, Bedford Show What It Means to Be Pennsylvanian BLOG: Blizzard 2016 in Review By: Mark Nicastre, Director of Communicationscenter_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img32 Abbott St, New Farm.CLASSIC grandeur and contemporary features offer the perfect blend of old meets new in this inner-city renovation.On a 405sq m block, the residence at 32 Abbott Street in New Farm is near the river and New Farm Park, and has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a double-car garage.The home, which is for sale via auction at 10am on October 7, is open for inspection by appointment.A fence with hedging opens to a courtyard with steps up to a covered veranda with timber latticework.From the veranda is entry to the first floor of the house, featuring high ceilings, VJ walls, squared archways and polished timber floors. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoA contemporary kitchen with a nod to the past.A central hallway passes two bedrooms, both with built-in wardrobes and access through double doors to the veranda. The hallway then opens to a study/library with built-in shelving and an original fireplace. Adjoining this space is the house’s main bedroom, including a walk-in wardrobe and access to a bathroom with a separate bath and shower.To the rear of the level is a recently renovated kitchen with an island benchtop, industrial-sized sink, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar and timber-finished cabinetry.Near the kitchen is an open-plan living and dining space, with bi-fold doors opening to a covered veranda with garden views. The home has been opened up to allow for open plan living.Back inside, floating stairs lead down to the residence’s ground floor, with the staircase adjacent to double-storey glass panels that have been installed to allow for maximum natural light. The lower level includes a rumpus room with a built-in entertainment unit, undercroft storage and two utility rooms with modern ensuites and walk-in wardrobes.Bi-fold doors open the rumpus room out to a covered deck and backyard surrounded by hedges and trees.Other features of the pre-war house include a laundry, airconditioning and a double garage. Agent Brandon Wortley of Ray White New Farm said the residence offered a genuine sense of comfort and warmth with a versatile layout to suit multiple buying demographics. Wooden floors have a charm all their own. The rear of the home has ample family living space.“An unassuming and quaint streetscape masks the true size of the home, with the rear extension offering ample family living and a delightful northeast facing veranda,” said Mr Wortley, who was marketing the home with Nicholas Given.“This is a classic family home that ticks all the boxes while providing an abundance of character.”last_img read more

first_imgAn epidemic of transgender children is Safe Schools’ legacyHerald Sun 16 April 2017Family First Comment: Bravo Miranda Devine for calling the programme out. Wish we had similar commentators in NZ!THREE years after it was launched by the Abbott government, the insidious Safe Schools program is to be axed in NSW and replaced with a real anti-bullying program.Kudos to Rob Stokes, the only education minister in the nation honourable enough to tackle the sexual indoctrination program loathed by most parents and defended to the death by fanatical education bureaucrats.“Bullying is a problem, whether you’re being bullied because you’re struggling with your sexuality or being fat or wearing glasses,” said an education source. “All this nonsense about gender fluidity has nothing to do with bullying.”Funding has been allocated for a new program, expected to be ready by Term 3.But incalculable damage already has been done by teaching children that gender and sexuality is fluid, that heterosexuality is not the norm, and that sex is arbitrarily assigned by a doctor at birth.One consequence has been an epidemic in “transgender” children presenting to medical clinics since the advent of Safe Schools in June 2014.Referrals for gender services to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, have tripled. Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital had 250 children last year presenting with “gender dysphoria”, distress experienced because you feel you were born the wrong sex.The NSW Education Department reports a “spike” in transgender students, including a four-year old in kindergarten this year “who has identified as transgender”.Official statistics are tightly held but, anecdotally: one public school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs has five transgender children, according to the relative of a student; a regional NSW government Safe School had five transgender students at the start of last year, according to a former teacher; a Safe School in outer Sydney had 5 or 6 “transgender” children last year in Year 8, all girls, according to a concerned teacher. “Safe Schools definitely had something to do with all this,” he says. “We are losing this fight… very badly”.One teacher has spoken to parents who, “suddenly received a note from their 14-year-old daughter claiming that she is trans and wants to be called a new name.” But, after her parents moved her to a non-Safe School, “she is largely over the confusion now”.Last year a 15-year-old child known as “Lincoln” had both breasts removed at a Sydney hospital with the permission of the Family Court in order to “transition” to the male sex. Born female, Lincoln decided in September, 2014, at age 13, to begin living as a boy and was prescribed puberty-blocking hormones the next year.One of the few doctors willing to criticise the “fashion in child surgical abuse” is Dr John Whitehall, Professor of Paediatrics at Western Sydney University, who questions the “massive intrusion into the minds and bodies of children… It’s a collective madness.”Most transgender children will, “grow out of it through puberty if parents do little more than gently watch and wait… The worst thing that can happen is the child is adopted as a poster child for the school.”With teachers being trained by Safe Schools to think gender is whatever you feel like, “it’s not surprising we’re seeing more kids responding to this propaganda and parents getting on board. It’s very hard for professionals to speak out.”READ MORE: read more