US – #WeeklyAddress: August 5 – August 11: Trump administration floats draft of social media “censorship” executive order

first_imgThe United States ranks 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. President Trump paints media as hate-mongers in the wake of two mass shootings April 28, 2021 Find out more Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of August 5 – August 11: Help by sharing this information Just days after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump took to Twitter on August 5 to blame “Fake News,” which he said has “contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years.” The president tweeted this amidst public scrutiny that he had fueled the shooter in El Paso with the anti-immigrant rhetoric of his presidency and presidential campaign, which was mirrored in the shooter’s manifesto. In a 2,300-word diatribe posted on the online forum 8chan, the shooter made references to an “invasion” to quell at the US-Mexico border and “Fake News,” among other classic Trumpian language. The shootings, which left at least 31 people dead, are the latest in a swell of mass shootings that have ravaged the United States in recent years. Follow the news on United States NICOLAS KAMM / AFP News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more IN CASE YOU MISSED IT… United StatesAmericas News Newscenter_img Receive email alerts The White House floated a draft of an executive order which could put the impetus on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to regulate the way social media platforms moderate content on their websites, CNN reported August 10. Dubbed “Protecting Americans from Online Censorship,” the draft order would charge the FCC and FTC with creating new regulations that determine when social media platforms are protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in their decisions to suppress or delete content. In its present form, the draft could undermine Section 230 and significantly impact how people post online. This comes amid mounting accusations from President Trump against social media companies like Twitter and Facebook of systemic, yet unproven, anti-conservative bias. This is not the first time the White House has made efforts to take action against this unproven bias; in May, it launched a website inviting citizens to report perceived instances of anti-conservative bias on social media and in July, the President held a meeting with right-wing social media activists to air their grievances. Trump administration floats draft of social media “censorship” executive order RSF_en Organisation to go further United StatesAmericas June 7, 2021 Find out more U.S. PRESS FREEDOM TRACKER: Colorado reporter and chief photojournalist assaulted, equipment attacked Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say August 13, 2019 US – #WeeklyAddress: August 5 – August 11: Trump administration floats draft of social media “censorship” executive orderlast_img read more

Militants butcher four members of journalist’s family, kidnap three others

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan RSF_en April 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Militants butcher four members of journalist’s family, kidnap three others News News PakistanAsia – Pacific News Organisation Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists to go furthercenter_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders voiced shock today on learning that militants killed four members of the family of Din Muhammad, a journalist based in the northwestern Waziristan region, and kidnapped three others on 27 March. A reporter for the Urdu-language newspaper Inkishaf, Muhammad is one of the few journalists working in this mountainous region next to the Afghan border.“We urge the appropriate authorities to carry out a thorough investigation and render justice to the Muhammad family,” the press freedom organisation said. “We also call on them to do everything possible to free those family members still being held by their abductors. This journalist performs a valuable service in the high-risk Tribal Areas.”Unidentified militants went to the Muhammad family home on 27 March and killed Muhammad Islam, the journalist’s 15-year-old brother, Muhammad Amir, his father, and his cousin. They also kidnapped four other close relatives including his uncle, who they killed soon afterwards. The journalist had meanwhile managed to flee. He found refuge and is unhurt, his editor, Syed Fayyaz Hussain Bokhari, said.The attack took place two days after Muhammad accompanied a group of national and international journalists to meet with tribal commanders in Wana. It was the first time news media had entered that war-torn area in several years.Mustaq Yousafzai, a reporter for the English-language daily The News, told Reporters Without Borders: “Muhammad played a key role in our trip to Wana.” April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

SC Imposes Costs of Rs. 10,000 and Dismisses Petition Seeking for Use of “Physical Distancing” Instead of “Social Distancing” [Read Order]

first_imgTop StoriesSC Imposes Costs of Rs. 10,000 and Dismisses Petition Seeking for Use of “Physical Distancing” Instead of “Social Distancing” [Read Order] Radhika Roy8 May 2020 9:58 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking for directions for use of the term “physical distancing” instead of “social distancing” and imposed costs of Rs. 10,000/-. The plea, filed by Advocate-on-Record Satya Mitra on behalf of Shakeel Qureshi, and argued by Senior Advocate S.B Deshmukh, averred that states such as Uttar Pradesh and others were using the word “social distancing”;…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking for directions for use of the term “physical distancing” instead of “social distancing” and imposed costs of Rs. 10,000/-. The plea, filed by Advocate-on-Record Satya Mitra on behalf of Shakeel Qureshi, and argued by Senior Advocate S.B Deshmukh, averred that states such as Uttar Pradesh and others were using the word “social distancing”; they were also allegedly using “samajik doori” in Hindi. Deshmukh submitted to the Court that directions should be given for the use of the term “physical distancing” and not “social distancing” due to notions of caste that are embedded in the country’s history. It was further contended that it was a means to discriminate amongst the minorities. The Supreme Court, however, was not inclined to entertain the petition. A Bench comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul and BR Gavai dismissed the petition with cost of Rs. 10,000/- which is to be deposited in the Supreme Court Mediation Centre within a period of eight weeks.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

PLAS offers new science lab

first_img PLAS offers new science lab Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 12:30 am Friday, August 5, 2011 By Jaine Treadwell Pike Liberal Arts School has dedicated its new science lab, which will make possible additional educational opportunities for its students. Pictured from left, Kim Wise, John Ramage, Natalie Lankford (board chair), Brian Saunders, Meredith Saunders, Muriel Saunders, John Collier, Ceil Sikes (headmaster), Al Rotton and Deanne Baggett. (Submitted Photo)Pike Liberal Arts School dedicated its new science lab this week bringing to fruition several years of planning and working toward the project.“Something that, for a few years, was a dream has now become a reality,” said Headmaster Ceil Sikes. “With the amazing efforts and determination of so many Pike family members, time and perseverance has paid off for our young people and that is truly what this new science lab is all about.  It will provided many educational opportunities for our students.”Sikes said everything that is done at PLAS is done with the focus of providing the best possible preparation for the students. Email the author Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like Metzger chairs committee Richard Metzger, center, has been named the chair of the Downtown Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. He… read morecenter_img Print Article Latest Stories The dedication allowed guests to walk through the new science lab and also view the renovations done to the original lab in the high school building.“There is no substitute for hands-on, inquiry-based laboratory experiences,” Sikes said. “We are thrilled with the opportunities that the efforts of so many PLAS ‘family members’ have provided.” Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen “We want to continue to nurture, encourage, and motivate all of our students to perform to the best of their abilities in order that they may assume their individual roles as productive members of society,” Sikes said.The theme for the dedication was “Family” because the extended PLAS family and local businesses pulled together to make the dream a reality.“Local businesses, parents, grandparents and staff pulled together and made this lab possible by determining a need, creating a long-range plan and providing the funding through fundraisers, private donations and support in so many ways to make this a reality,” said Deanne Baggett, PLAS board member. “Muriel Saunders’ enthusiasm and support put us in a position to truly get here in this amazing facility.”last_img read more

Employers welcome move to tame tribunal spiral

first_imgEmployers welcome move to tame tribunal spiralOn 31 Jul 2001 in Vexatious claims, Personnel Today Plans to reform the tribunal system have been met with relief from employerbodies. For them, the radical proposals hold the key to establishing effectivecompany grievance procedures and tackling the claims explosion.  By Ben WillmottProposals announced by the DTI to reform the employment tribunal system havereceived an enthusiastic welcome from employers. The CIPD called the plans “a watershed” and the CBI, BritishChambers of Commerce and the Engineering Employers’ Federation have givenbacking to the government initiative (News, 24 July). Employment relations minister Alan Johnson, who announced the proposals,believes they will promote conciliation in the workplace and put a brake on thesoaring number of employment tribunals. Figures released by the Employment Tribunals Service show that applicationsfor employment tribunals have increased from 43,243 in 1990-91 to more than130,000 last year. “More than three in five applications to tribunals comefrom applicants who have not attempted to resolve the problem directly withtheir employer first. Many of the disputes concerned could potentially havebeen resolved before they reached the tribunal stage. They are often minordisagreements that escalate,” said Johnson. The proposals published in a consultation document would give employmenttribunals the power to penalise employers and employees if they fail to useinternal grievance procedures as a first step in any rift. The Government also wants to charge employees for making tribunalapplications, which they would get back if their claim was successful. Peter Martin, director of employment for the EEF, whose members haveexperienced a 50 per cent increase in the number of claims submitted since1998, says the DTI’s plans will prove very helpful. He told Personnel Today that the organisation’s lawyers had handled morethan 3,000 claims on behalf of employers last year, yet only 6 per cent ofcases were upheld. “There is widespread concern among employers over the ever-increasingnumber of employment tribunal cases. Government must act swiftly and firmly toensure that no claim proceeds to tribunal without proper attempts to resolvethe dispute first,” said Martin. The EEF would like to see greater emphasis on promoting Acas as a means ofresolving disputes, with additional resources being allocated to thedevelopment of the service. CBI deputy director general John Cridland is confident the DTI’s plans fortribunal reform will help avoid unnecessary tribunal cases but not handicapindividuals who are pursuing legitimate grievances. He does not think it unreasonable to charge employees before they are ableto use the tribunal system. “There is plenty of evidence of the employment tribunal process gettingout of control. Given the record number of cases, the Government is right tothink radically about employment tribunal reform and better dispute resolutionwithin companies “These are reasonable ideas which should reduce the continual spiral ofclaims to employment tribunals without threatening anyone’s right tojustice,” said Cridland. The government review will create a more efficient employment tribunalprocess and encourage better handling of disputes in the workplace, accordingto the BCC. David Lennan, BCC director general, claims the Government has responded tothe organisation’s calls for a system that allows employers and employees moreopportunities to resolve disagreements before the tribunal machinery is set inmotion. “It is a ridiculous and costly way of resolving disputes when anemployer has to answer a complaint through a tribunal before having anopportunity to discuss the dispute internally,” said Lennan. The CIPD described the DTI’s reform plans as a watershed in the Government’sapproach to resolving issues about employment rights. Mike Emmott, CIPD employee relations adviser, feels the proposals willenable workplace disputes to be tackled at an earlier stage and more flexibly. “We share the Government’s belief that, where an employee is not happywith the way in which they are being treated by the employer, the issue shouldas far as possible be resolved in the workplace. “We welcome the Government’s recognition that it is preferable to dealwith issues on a voluntary basis rather than have recourse to legalenforcement. It cannot be right that in two-thirds of all complaints toemployment tribunals, the first an employer knows about it is when the tribunalapplication is lodged.” But The Industrial Society and the TUC are both opposed to the tribunalreform proposals, claiming that they would unfairly penalise workers. “Charging tribunal applicants is not the way forward. It willdiscriminate against low earners and ration justice to the better-off,”said Patrick Burns, head of policy at The Industrial Society, Burns is also unhappy that the Government has not increased funding forAcas, which he says already has a proven record of conciliating cases beforethey get to tribunal. “A major expansion in Acas services would repay the Government’sinvestment by curbing the employment tribunal explosion, while helpingemployers install the kind of procedures that ensure problems don’t turn intodisputes.” TUC general secretary Bill Morris commented, “Plans to charge employeeswho seek to take cases to employment tribunals are yet another punitive attackon workers seeking justice.” Road to reform: steps to shake up the system– All organisations are to have dispute resolution procedures in place– Claimants will be charged for use of the employment tribunal system(exemptions for those on benefits and in cases of genuine need)– Awards will be increased against employers and reduced for staff if eitherparty has not used internal grievance procedures – Improvements will be made to the existing statutory requirements foremployers to provide a written statement of employment terms to employees(currently businesses with fewer than 20 employees are exempt)– There will be a limited extension to the time limit for lodging tribunalclaims where an internal disciplinary or grievance procedure is still in play –in order to increase the chance of an early resolution– A fixed period of conciliation will ensure both parties make every effortto come to a settlement– A limited amendment to unfair dismissal legislation will allow employmenttribunals to disregard minor procedural errors by employers, provided sucherrors have made no difference in practice and the dismissal is otherwise fair– A fast-track system will be introduced for certain jurisdictions (such asunlawful pay deductions and breach of contract)– Tribunals will be allowed the discretion to award wasted non legal costs(such as a party’s overnight expenses) in circumstances where a party has actedvexatiously– Presidents of employment tribunals will issue practice directions toachieve greater consistency throughout the countryA background paper on dispute resolution and employment tribunals isavailable at must be returned to the DTI by 8 October New laws designed to weed out weak claims in the employment tribunal systemcame into force on 16 July. The maximum deposit which tribunals can impose as aprecondition of continuing a case where the tribunal believes a claimant has noreal chance of success has been increased from £150 to £500 and the award levelhas been increased from £500 to £10,000Feedback from the professionMike Taylor, group HR director for Lorne Stewart, welcomes most ofthe proposals for tribunal reform but he thinks there should be more scope foremployers to recover their costs if they have been forced to defend a vexatiousclaim.”I think these proposals will help but I am disappointed that theGovernment is not planning to introduce recovery of costs as a generalprinciple,” he said.Taylor is also opposed to plans to extend the time limit for lodgingtribunal claims when a company’s disciplinary procedure is still in play.Philippa Harrison, HR manager for Britannia, wants the DTI to take aneven tougher line on employees who make tribunal applications without firstgoing through employers’ internal grievance procedures.She explained, “If an employer has a proper procedure in place and theemployee is aware of that process but there is no attempt to resolve the issuethen the employee should not be allowed to go through the employment tribunalsystem.”Russell McCallion, HR director for London Luton Airport, isoptimistic that the reform package will reduce the burden on the tribunalsystem. “I would be strongly in favour of most of the proposals contained inthe paper, especially those that encourage settlement of grievances at anappropriate level and force parties to realise that application to tribunalought to be a last resort rather than a first resort, as often seems to be thecase under the current environment,” he said.Marie Cleary, HR manager for Poole Hospital NHS Trust, believes theHR profession will have a major role to play if the DTI’s plans are  to be successful.”The changes present a clear message to organisations that competenthuman resources policies, procedures, advice and expertise in managing suchconciliation needs to be available,” she said.Legal The Employment Lawyers Association has highlighted a number of controversialissues in the DTI’s proposals to reform the employment tribunal system.Raymond Jeffers, chairman of the legislative and policy committee at theELA, believes the consultation paper is a positive document but he is concernedabout new rules concerning staff contracts and procedural errors.He told Personnel Today, “One suggestion is that tribunals would beable to make an additional award to reflect the absence of a written statementof employment – that is, the statutory obligation upon employers to providewritten particulars.”However, if the absence of written particulars was not to thedetriment of the employee, one might question why the employee should beawarded compensation. Further, how do you value – in compensatory terms – theabsence of a written statement?”Jeffers is also dubious about the plan to remove the Polkey rule which wouldmean employers could still win unfair dismissal cases if they have made minorprocedural errors, providing the mistakes made would have made no difference.He added, “Employees might query why employers are seemingly beinggiven a green light to ignore procedure. Also, this proposal seems somewhatinconsistent with an earlier proposal in the consultation document whichpromotes the use of disciplinary and grievance procedures.”Makbool Javaid, a partner with DLA, thinks that the proposal which wouldhave the biggest impact is the plan to allow tribunal presidents to issuepractice directions in order to achieve greater consistency throughout thecountry.He said, “First, this will help introduce consistency throughout thecountry and, second, it will give tribunal chairmen guidance about using thepowers they now have. It is all very well having the power, but if you don’tuse it then it is not going to get you very far.”Javaid is not sure that giving tribunals power to alter awards whereemployers or employees have not used an internal grievance procedure will beworkable or fair.Javaid explained, “The person the employee has the grievance againstcould be well connected in the company and so they might feel they will not geta fair hearing from the internal disciplinary procedure.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

UK: Two Island Class Patrol Boats Join Royal Marines’ Fleet

first_img View post tag: fleet Royal Marine Commandos at HM Naval Base Clyde have a new tool to help protect high-value shipping. 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines (43 Cdo FPGRM) have recently taken delivery of two Island Class Patrol Boats.The versatile vessels – called “Mull’ and “Rona” – are former MOD Police boats which have undergone extensive refitting at their manufacturer in Anglesey.As well as major reworking of their upper decks, the patrol boats have also been fitted with three new weapon mount positions, enhanced protection for coxswains and crew, as well as an enhanced communications package.The end result is an ideal platform for Royal Marines to operate on while undertaking vital protection and patrolling duties on the Gare Loch, Loch Long and on the Clyde.Since the arrival of the vessels the Royal Marines have been busy putting the Island Class through their paces. An extensive crew training package has been undertaken as well as live firing exercises at nearby sea ranges.Colour Sergeant Sid Blake from 43 Cdo’s R Squadron said:“Anyone who has experienced a ride in an Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC) will know how wet you can get even on a mild summer day.“When you think that we can be patrolling or exercising on the West Coast of Scotland for between six to 15 hours at all times of the year then it’s easy to imagine how much of an endurance test it can become.“The new Island Class vessels offer us everything an ORC can but with a number of key improvements. They are highly versatile vessels and give us the ability to rotate the crew and gunners through the protection offered by the heated cockpit.”On Friday, February 22, 43 Cdo hosted Chief of Defence Materiel (CDM), Bernard Gray, on an inspection and demonstration of the new boats.Accompanied by the 3 Commando Brigade Commander, Brigadier Martin Smith MBE, Commanding Officer of 43 Cdo, Colonel Alan Litster OBE, and senior members of DE&S’ Boat Team, CDM was taken to sea and shown the full range of the impressive vessels’ capabilities.Colonel Litster said:“These new vessels give us a significant uplift in our capability to protect high-value shipping in the Firth of Clyde.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 8, 2013; Image: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Two Island Class Patrol Boats Join Royal Marines’ Fleet UK: Two Island Class Patrol Boats Join Royal Marines’ Fleet View post tag: Royal View post tag: Patrol View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: join View post tag: class View post tag: two View post tag: UK View post tag: Navy View post tag: Boats View post tag: Island Industry news View post tag: Marines View post tag: Naval March 8, 2013last_img read more

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Administration of Justice

first_imghealth and dental coveragelife insurancelong-term disability403B plantuition benefits and more Application Instructions:Applicants must apply online by providing a cover letter, resume,teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. SalveRegina University, as a comprehensive Mercy, Catholic University,welcomes people of all beliefs and encourages students to work fora world that is harmonious, just, and merciful. In your coverletter, please highlight how your teaching, scholarship,leadership, and service might serve to support the University’smission and its commitment to diversity, dialogue, and lifelonglearning. Pre-employment background checks and reference checks arerequired of successful candidates. Salve Regina Universityparticipates in E-verify.For any questions regarding the position, please contact Paul Joyceat [email protected]: About Salve Regina University:Salve Regina University, ranked among the best institutions ofhigher education in the United States by U.S. News & WorldReport, is a comprehensive Catholic University located in scenicNewport, Rhode Island. Salve Regina offers challenging academicprograms in a highly supportive environment and an innovative corecurriculum that provides students with a solid foundation andbroader perspective. The historic, 75-acre campus enrollsapproximately 2,500 men and women and offers Associate,Baccalaureate, and Master’s degrees, the Certificate of AdvancedGraduate Study, and three doctoral programs. possess a strong and demonstrated commitment to teachingexcellence and scholarly research. We are particularly interestedin candidates who exhibit the ability to teach core and electivecourses in our curriculum.exhibit excellent interpersonal skills, including the abilityto work cooperatively and collegially with colleagues, staff,outside justice agencies, and community organizations.demonstrate a genuine interest in student development andsuccess.willingness to accept additional responsibilities as necessaryfor the growth of the ADJ program.champion social justice and ethical issues within the justicesystem.contribute to the university’s achievement of success through acommitment to its mission, vision, and values. Additional Information:Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligibleemployees including:center_img Job Description:Salve Regina University seeks candidates with an earned Ph.D. incriminal justice or criminology (with a concentration in criminaljustice) for the tenure track position of Assistant Professor inthe Administration of Justice Department. ABD candidates will beconsidered, but it is expected that the Ph.D. will be earned by thedate of appointment, September 1, 2021.To fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity andinclusion on our campus, we actively seek candidates who haveexperience working with, teaching, and mentoring students fromunderrepresented communities, as well as those whose researchinterests involve or integrate an understanding of underrepresentedpopulations and communities.Salve Regina University is devoted to the principles of equity,diversity, and inclusiveness and aspires to create a community thatembraces all cultural and ethnic traditions. Salve ReginaUniversity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities are encouragedto apply. Salve Regina University strives to provide equal opportunity inemployment and education to all employees, students and applicants.No employee, student or applicant shall be discriminated against orharassed on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin,sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion,disability, age, marital or parental status, military or veteranstatus, genetic information or any other basis protected byapplicable federal or state law, in the administration of SalveRegina’s employment policies, education policies, admissionpolicies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and otherUniversity administered programs. In accordance with Title IX, itdoes not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its educationalprograms or activities. Salve Regina is also committed to makingits programs and campus accessible to its visitors and compliantwill all applicable non-discrimination laws. Requirements:The teaching load is a 4/3 and the ideal candidate must:last_img read more

Review: Grand Cafe

first_imgThe Grand Café, with its opulent – some might say a touch overdone – décor, unintrusive background music, and friendly staff, has an atmosphere a world away from the bustle and dust of the High Street outside. Breakfast is served in the morning, brunch from mid-morning onwards, and afternoon tea from 2 until 5. With the residing atmosphere being either that of a literary salon or a colonial tea house, the Grand Café is perhaps the last bastion of Oxonian decadence. Chandeliers hang for the ceiling, Earl Grey and lashings of clotted cream fill the menu, and old ladies from North Oxford meet regularly to discuss the latest goings-on at the Conservative club or how their grandson is doing at the Dragon School. All in all, a fine example of good old bourgeois frivolity.Arriving a little past midday, my boyfriend and I gravitated toward the brunch menu, which at £6 for most dishes is a little more expensive than my typical post-lecture sandwich. The food was, however, utterly worth it. I ordered the kedgeree, a substantial portion of curried rice and peas with delicious, firm chunks of smoked haddock, topped with a knob of butter which melted into the dish as I ate. My companion’s smoked salmon bagel with scrambled eggs was even more tasty; the bagel toasted just right, the smoked salmon perfect. Desserts, too, come highly recommended, my chocolate cake neither too dry nor too moist, and the Belgian waffles well-dressed with maple syrup and ice-cream. The pot of Darjeeling that accompanied our meal was good, but the Grand Café excels in its cocktails, which are half-price after 7pm. The brandy Alexander looked as appetising as it tasted, the elderflower Collins was refreshingly minty, and, best of all, even champagne cocktails are included in the half-price offer. The service was discreet enough that I felt relaxed, but our attentive waitress noticed, without fail, when our teapot was empty and our plates needed to be cleared. In the evening, the tables are adorned with candles, and even when my friend managed to knock one over and spill wax on a chair, the staff were good-humoured and patient concerned only that he might have burnt himself. While the tables are perhaps a little too small to accommodate the medical textbooks I prepare essays with, at least one table was occupied by a student, his cup of tea, and a book that looked far too boring to be read for pleasure. I almost expected to look over my shoulder and see a huddle of long coated intellectuals.While the café was busy, it was quiet enough to make it not only an attractive lunch venue, but an ideal venue for a date or meeting. With cocktails as cheap as £3.50 in the evening, the Grand Café has the potential to rival even the illustrious Duke of Cambridge, not least due to its more central location. And the food is as fine as the drinks – while the prices make lunch here a luxury, treat yourself to it at least once; it’s worth it.last_img read more

News story: Sopra Steria has been awarded a new UKVI contract

first_img Sopra Steria has a proud history of delivering services on behalf of government and has been delivering forward-thinking solutions for over 50 years. We are excited to continue this tradition, offering people in the UK a new model of public service delivery, as well as a great customer experience. In addition, people will be given the choice to pay more for added value services, so they can create their own bespoke service to meet their specific needs. This is a great, tangible example of transformation at work and goes to the heart of our business here at Sopra Steria, which is to make the public service experience for people in the UK a world-leading one. Sopra Steria has been awarded the contract to deliver a new service for people applying for a work or study visa, settlement or citizenship from within the UK, the Immigration Minister announced today (Thursday 17 May).The new service will deliver a more streamlined application process from over 60 locations across the UK, including 56 local libraries.Under the new arrangements people using the service will be able to submit biometric information including photos, fingerprints, and signatures and their supporting evidence at a single appointment. The evidence will then be copied and sent to UKVI, meaning that people won’t have to hand over important documents, such as passports, whilst the applications are processed.In addition, the new process will mean that individuals can choose to upload digital files in advance of their appointment, saving even more time.The Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes said: Managing Director of Sopra Steria’s government business, Adrian Fieldhouse, said: The new service will help build community links through working in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians and utilising their reach into local communities across the UK.Alongside the new service, UKVI Service Centres will continue to offer appointments for anyone who needs a face to face interview with a caseworker.Sopra Steria will take on the contract in October 2018. The new streamlined service will make the visa application process quicker and easier to access than ever before for people in the UK, through increasing the use of digital services. We look forward to working with Sopra Steria to continue to deliver a world class and convenient service for UKVI customers.last_img read more

Dooley professorship

first_imgBy Kim CretorsUniversity of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia Athletic Association has announced anew professorship in horticulture that, if approved, will bearthe name of outgoing athletic director Vince Dooley.UGA President Michael F. Adams, chairman of the AthleticAssociation board, announced the professorship during the group’sannual spring meeting.With the University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ approval,the Vincent J. Dooley Professorship in Horticulture will beestablished during the 2004-2005 academic year.Nonathletic renown”Over the years, Vince Dooley has pursued a personal interest ina number of areas beyond intercollegiate athletics,” Adams said.”He has achieved renown in his own right for his knowledge andpractice in the field of horticulture. The creation of this namedprofessorship is especially appropriate given his passion forgardening and is a step that will strengthen our academicprograms in this area.””I was very surprised, yet very grateful,” Dooley said of theannouncement. “Over the years, I’ve enjoyed auditing courses atthe university in a variety of disciplines, but my latest suchventures have been in horticulture. Due to the enthusiasm of somegreat teachers like (UGA horticulture professors) Michael Dirrand Allan Armitage, I developed a real passion for gardening. Forthat reason, the endowed professorship is very meaningful andspecial to me.”‘Dooley’ bloomsDooley has a hydrangea variety (Hydrangea macrophylla’Dooley’) named after him.The plant is a “remarkable, cold-hardy, mop-headed selectiondiscovered in the garden of Coach and Mrs. Vince Dooley,” reportsDirr’s Web site ( After an early Marchfreeze in 1996, the site notes, the only hydrangea plant in thearea with significant flowers was “the 6- to 7-foot-high, robustplant in Coach Dooley’s garden.”Starting in 1999, Dooley helped secure a designation for theentire UGA campus as an arboretum. He chaired the committee thatled to a campus tree tour and a set of plaques that identify manytree and plant species.The Athletic Association has designated $250,000 from recentcontributions to establish the professorship. The association hasgiven more than $2 million to a fund that supports nonathleticacademic programs at UGA.”We’re particularly pleased the Athletic Association designatedresources to establish a professorship honoring Coach Dooley,”said Gale Buchanan, dean of the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.”Such a professorship honors a man of many talents,” Buchanansaid. “While his many accomplishments in athletics are widelyknown, this professorship recognizes his commitment andlong-standing support of academic pursuits.”(Kim Cretors is the news bureau manager with the University ofGeorgia Office of Public Affairs.)last_img read more