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Oxford City Council backs a People’s Vote

first_imgOxford City Council have voted overwhelmingly to support a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. The motion was initially suggested by Green Party councillors, and follows a letter signed by 16 Labour councillors calling for a referendum on the final deal, joining their Liberal Democrat and Green colleagues.34 councillors were in favour of the motion, with six against and two abstaining.Green councillor for St. Mary’s ward, Craig Simmons, said: “I am encouraged by the cross-party support for this Green Group motion calling on a People’s Vote on the terms of any Brexit Deal. It is important to now spread the word and encourage other local authorities to pass similar motions. “In this way we can build upon the groundswell of support for a second referendum and give MPs the courage to take a different path.”Oxford SU President, Joe Inwood, told Cherwell: “We need a People’s Vote to tell the government it has taken the wrong path through the Brexit process.“Oxford students know how to spot a debating society charlatan when we see one – Boris Johnson needs holding to account for his false promises. The voices of students and young people have been ignored ever since the referendum. A bad deal will hit us hardest, yet the government are totally deaf to our concerns.”Speaking to Cherwell, Dominic Brind, a Magdalen student and spokesperson of Our Future Our Choice, said: “This is great news and shows that the Council are awake to the democratic necessity of a People’s Vote. “It shows a willingness to give the student body, who make up a sizeable portion of the city’s population, the opportunity to have a say over their futures that many of them lacked in 2016’s deficient referendum.”Councillor for St Clement’s ward, Tom Hayes, was one of the principal organisers of the Labour councillors’ letter, which said Brexit would “harm all our futures” and underlined the potential dangers for the NHS following a trade deal negotiated with “chest-thumping nationalist” Donald Trump. Cllr Hayes told Cherwell: “Theresa May is in office, but Jacob Rees-Mogg is in power.“The people who recently re-elected me with a larger majority and vote did so because I was calling for a People’s Vote. Since co-signing the letter, I’m pleased to have received 100% support from my ward.“The Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit, Sir Keir Starmer, is on record as being open to a People’s Vote, as are a large number of constituency Labour Parties and MPs including David Lammy. “As Europe’s biggest party, Labour is a highly democratic member-led organisation, and I’m calling for a People’s Vote and standing on this platform in the elections to the National Policy Forum of my party.”A survey undertaken by Opinium for the People’s Vote campaign found in May that 69% of Labour voters supported a vote on the final Brexit deal, compared to 53% of voters nationally.The Labour councillors’ letter also deemed Brexit a “disaster for working people”. Most obviously at risk are the 4,500 staff employed at Cowley’s flagship MINI plant. In June, BMW announced that they would be forced to close down sites in the UK if Brexit caused customs delays during the shipments of car parts. The Guardian reported that a “full or part closure would have a devastating impact for the surrounding area.”Labour councillors who voted against the motion included Sajjad Malik, Deputy Lord Mayor, whilst council leader, Susan Brown, abstained.The Liberal Democrat candidate for Carfax ward, Conor McKenzie, told Cherwell: “It is great to see that some Labour councillors have joined the cause, though still a shame that many have followed the party’s lead nationally of either supporting the Conservatives’ pursuit of a Hard Brexit or dithering with people’s future by abstaining.“What disappointed me most is that a Labour councillor in each Holywell, Carfax and North wards voted against this motion. These areas are overwhelmingly student and voted by more than 80% to Remain, so this is a huge let-down.”Only Liverpool and Oxford City Councils officially support a People’s Vote. Other councils, such as Swansea, are exploring the possibility of voting on the matter.last_img read more

Yemen Huthis uphold death sentence for Baha’i, community says

first_imgA court run by Yemen’s Huthi rebels has upheld the death sentence of a Baha’i over his religion in defiance of international appeals, the community said Monday.Hamed bin Haydara, who has been detained since 2013, was not allowed into Sunday’s hearing in the capital Sanaa that rejected his appeal against the sentence imposed more than a year ago, the community said.The Baha’i International Community in a statement said it was “utterly dismayed at this outrageous verdict” and urged the court to overturn it. The Baha’i faith calls for unity among religions and equality between men and women.Haydara is one of six Baha’is detained by Yemen’s Huthi rebels and has spent months in prison where he suffered beatings and electric shocks, according to the community.Huthi courts have started prosecution of more than 20 Baha’is and called for the dissolution of the faith’s institutions in Yemen.The Huthis control much of Yemen despite a US-backed military campaign led by Saudi Arabia, which has been widely criticized for attacks that have killed civilians.Topics : “At a time when the international community is battling a global health crisis, it is incomprehensible that the authorities in Sanaa have upheld a death sentence against an innocent individual solely because of his beliefs instead of focusing on safeguarding the population, including Baha’is,” said Diane Ala’i, the community’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva.The United States and other nations as well as human rights groups have voiced alarm over the Huthi rebels’ treatment of Yemen’s small Baha’i community.The rebels are linked to Iran, whose Shiite clerical regime bans the Baha’i faith, even while granting religious freedom to other minorities including Christians and Jews.The Baha’i faith was founded in the 19th century by an Iranian, the Baha’u’llah. Believers consider him a prophet, a sharp contrast with the orthodox Islamic view that Mohammed was God’s final messenger.last_img read more

Etiquette classes for young ladies in Russia

first_imgEgypt and Russia mourn crash victims Schools of etiquette have long been popular in Russia, but the Austrian Higher School of Ladies claims to offer the first courses modeled on European aristocracy.Schooling in the social graces can begin as early as the age of three, according to an etiquette school in Russia. Table manners, horseback riding, and ballroom dancing are among the disciplines that accomplished women of any age can acquire. Ebola Xenophobia in Russia Related EgyptAir barred from Russialast_img read more

Parents’ demands and expectations change

first_imgParenthood might be one of life’s most fulfilling roles, but it can be hell on a marriage. Just ask Deanna Emad, who gave birth to twins six months ago at the age of 45. “It feels like you lose your freedom completely,” Emad said. The Sherman Oaks mother said caring for the babies was so challenging in the beginning, and she was so sleep-deprived, that she fantasized about getting a divorce. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I had it all worked out. I thought, we’ll get two town homes next to each other and trade off taking the babies. At least then I could sleep three nights a week.” The answer for this couple was a night nanny hired to get up with the babies in the wee hours. That’s when things began improving between Emad and her husband, Behzad “After two weeks of having night help, it’s like I fell in love with him again. We pay more in child care than our mortgage. But it is so worth it; without that, we lose our family.” There’s nothing new about kids sapping the romance out of a relationship. Children are life’s greatest joy, but they require a huge amount of effort and attention – and there’s the added financial pressure. What has changed, researchers say, is parents’ expectations and demands. The National Marriage Project, a research initiative based at Rutgers University, concludes in its 2006 State of Our Unions report that parents report significantly lower marital satisfaction than nonparents because they have had happy periods in their adult lives without children. “Today, the expanding non-child-rearing years have become life stages in their own right. These years have been invested with positive meaning and purpose. Against the pressures and responsibilities of life with children, the ‘child-free’ stages hold out the alluring prospect of fun, freedom and fulfillment.” Previous generations reported more satisfaction, the theory goes, because they had children at a much younger age, didn’t have the experience of life as an adult without kids, and didn’t know what they were missing. For today’s parents who have already lived entire lifetimes before children, suddenly switching gears in middle age can be jarring. Diane Connell, an office manager in Encino and stepmother to two preteen boys, had no idea what lay ahead. Before marrying four years ago, she and her husband had plans to do things by themselves every weekend. Now, every outing is a family affair, and Connell is more involved in the kids’ homework, doctor appointments and disciplinary struggles than she ever imagined. Quality time with her husband means watching the Discovery Channel after the kids are asleep. “I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t this,” she said. “I didn’t expect it to be this much of a struggle.” Calling in a professional That’s another relatively new development in how people react to becoming parents. In a Dr. Phil society, there’s a much greater willingness to call in a professional – whether it’s to take over the night feedings or to repair a marriage tested by demanding kids. “Couples therapy has lost its stigma,” said Barbara Swenson, a marriage and family therapist who said she’s been getting more calls from couples experiencing extra strain on their relationship after the birth of a baby. “I find a lot of couples really fearful of divorce. People are more willing to admit it’s rough sailing.” Marriage and family therapists all agree that a happy couple makes happy children, and spending time away from the kids is absolutely essential. That doesn’t have to mean going away for the weekend or getting a baby sitter every weekend. Dr. Kerby Alvy, founder of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring in Studio City and author of a new book, “The Positive Parent,” has a suggestion for stressed parents living in traffic-choked Los Angeles: At-home dating. That’s where you cook a gourmet meal together and eat it in peace after the kids go to bed. For other couples, the problem isn’t about a lack of communication, but about the quality of the communication. For Connell, the stepmother in Encino, the bickering with her husband about disciplining the kids escalated to the point that she felt she needed to bring in a professional. Her husband agreed to see a counselor, even though he also said he didn’t see a problem. But since going, Connell has seen major improvement in communication. “We’re approaching each other differently when we discuss things. Before reacting emotionally, now we take a moment to take a breath. You think about what it is you are feeling and then think about what conclusion you want out of it. It takes a lot of restraint to wait and pace it out.” [email protected] 818-713-3662160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Play Your Part series episode two: Get involved with the initiatives

first_imgThe Play Your Part television series this week shows how entrepreneur and radio host Zareef Minty, Nina Venjakob of the initiative Out of the Box, and Yusuf Randera-Rees of the Awethu Project, contribute to making South Africa a better place. Here’s how you can get involved.Nina Venjakob, founder of the Out of the Box Learning Centre in Johannesburg says she got the idea to start the NGO of craft making when she lived in Venezuela. The centre helps unemployed people get off the street, and shows them how to start their own businesses. (Image: Play Your Part TV series)Brand South Africa reporterIn Episode 2 of the Play Your Part television series, three extraordinary people share their stories about how they are shaping economic upliftment through education, empowerment, entrepreneurship, and active citizenship.The episode, which will air on Saturday, 2 September 2017 at 18:00 on SABC 2, is hosted by Play Your Part ambassador, Kabelo Mabalane. Mabalane, a local artist is also a co-founder of the initiative Shout for a Safer South Africa.The 26-episode Play Your Part series aims to inspire viewers to be active citizens and take part in volunteerism by profiling South Africans across the country who are doing extraordinary things to change people’s lives for the better.Episode 2 features entrepreneur and radio host Zareef Minty, Nina Venjakob of the initiative Out of the Box, and Yusuf Randera-Rees of the Awethu Project.Some of the things they share include:How they started their journeys and the challenges they face, and;How they are improving lives of people in South Africa.Nina Venjakob of Out of the BoxNina Venjakob is the founder of the Out of the Box Learning Centre in Germiston. The non-governmental organisation focuses on training, educating and empowering unemployed South Africans to break the cycle of poverty.Besides learning the basics like reading, writing, and business management, people can learn practical skills like lamp shade making, sewing, candle and soap making, screen printing, shoe making and beading. These skills teach people how to create their own products and run businesses from their homes.Last year, Venjakob was named the 2016 December Lead SA hero for her work through Out of the Box.ContactTelephone: 011 872 0967/8Email: [email protected]: outofthebox.org.zaTwitter: @ninaoutoftheboxZareef MintyZareef Minty encourages youth to do things like start their own business, and not allow their age to limit them. He was 16-years-old when he started a T-shirt business.Zareef MintyThe 23-year-old has an LLB Law degree and is the winner of the television show One Day Leader Season 4. Minty runs his own public relations company. In this episode, he speaks about the importance of mentorship and networking.Minty was also included in 2014’s Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian.He is involved in many charities; among them is the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation Adopt a School, for which he does motivational talks at schools.ContactTwitter: @ZareefSMBAdopt-a-schoolWebsite: www.cyrilramaphosafoundation.org/project/adopt-a-school/Khanyisa MaphahaEmail: [email protected] or [email protected]: 011 592 6560The Awethu ProjectYusuf Randera-Rees started the Awethu Project in Alexandria when he was 26-years-old.The Awethu Project helps entrepreneurs through incubation centres, online mentorship and also assists with building networks and obtaining funding. The initiative has incubated over 2 000 people and raised over R450-million to invest in the mission to improve South Africa through entrepreneurship.Its focus is informal entrepreneurs who run businesses alongside the road.Yusuf Randera-ReesThe Awethu Project has also launched an app in June this year. Their incubation service lives off the app and is available to anyone downloading it.ContactWebsite: www.awethuproject.co.zaTwitter: @AwethuProjectTelephone: 011 024 1606Watch the Play Your Part TV series on Saturdays on SABC 2 at 18:00.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa, here’s what you can do:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolvedOr find out about initiatives on Play Your Part via https://www.brandsouthafrica.com/play-your-partTell us how you Play Your Part: @PlayYourPartSA.Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA.Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Gauteng motorists urged to ditch cars

first_img1 April 2014Cycling and walking are being promoted by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport as a viable alternative to motorised transport, helping to reduce congestion and create cleaner and sustainable cities.The Gauteng Transport Commission hosted a cycling indaba in Boksburg on Monday to discuss non-motorised transport infrastructure in the province’s municipalities.There are plans to distribute 3 000 bicycles to scholar transport and to create 5km of cycle lanes in Vosloorus (east of Johannesburg) and 10km in Kaalfontein (north of Johannesburg), Octavia Mamabolo, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, said in a statement. This would help learners get to school safely and in reduced time.Mamabolo said the creation of a “dedicated network of high-quality pedestrian and cycling routes will promote social integration among city residents. Integrating cycling at public transport nodes by making cycling cool through awareness and mind-set change [would also help to promote integration].Integration“Amending relevant technical roads standards and planning requirements will also reduce road deaths, amounting to 40% of road fatalities, which occur at intersections and cost the public health system, police, traffic departments and third party claims to escalate.”The City of Joburg’s infrastructure roll-out programme includes the township of Alexandra in the north of Johannesburg by integrating walking, cycling and public transport.The plan is expected to improve the township’s pavements, and there will also be dedicated cycle paths and safe links to Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport system.Mamabolo said the department acknowledged the need to shift to “a new paradigm and policy approach for making non-motorised transport a mode of choice for short distances as well as for recreation.”SAinfo reporter and SAnews.govlast_img read more

Behind the Sound Design: Nerf John Wick

first_imgThe team behind the recent viral video walk us through how they created the sounds for the action micro-masterpiece.Top image via CorridorDigital.The most recent viral hit from the consistently brilliant Corridor Digital is the instant classic Nerf John Wick. The video captured everything we love about the recent smash action franchise with a twist of childlike wonder. Here at PremiumBeat, we’re big fans of Corridor and have mentioned them in the past for their unique take on tutorials and general filmmaking insight.They’ve been working on the John Wick video for some time, and the finished product was definitely worth the wait.There are so many awesome parts to this video, we were hoping and praying we’d get a peek at how Corridor created it, and lo and behold, Corridor’s secondary channel, SamandNiko, has recently uploaded a stellar behind-the-scenes look at how they created the sound design for the video.Creating the SoundsFor the sound design and sound mixing, the team used Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition. The video breaks down one of the key action scenes, showing how each individual effect and recording contributes to the full scene. The key point is this tutorial’s simplicity. At one point, the foley artist is literally using his finger to flick the dart, creating a impact sound. Brilliant. Corridor are forthcoming about the lack of resources and how a budget is the first hurdle — but that it shouldn’t keep you from creating engaging and believable content.Gear UsedZoom H4N — $189.95Aputure Diety Full Mic Kit — $429.00If you don’t have the money or time to create your own sounds, check out PremiumBeat’s full sound effects and music library.In addition to the insanely creative sound design for the project, SamandNiko also released a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating the stunts. Seeing the two leads work out how to maneuver and load nerf guns in a stylish and graceful manner is entertaining in itself.Their channel is a shining example of how passion and hard work can yield huge results for low-budget filmmakers. Corridor has put out consistently good content for years and continues to push the boundaries of what being a content creator in this day and age can mean.What are some of your favorite Corridor Digital videos? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Pixus: RiCool chassis platform features 9-slot or 16-slot OpenVPX 6U backplanes

first_img Continue Reading Previous Wind River’s Helix Virtualization Platform conformant to latest FACE Technical Standard, Edition 3.0Next MicroSys: Embedded Edge computing with NPX LS1028A CPU & IEEE TSN Pixus Technologies has announced a new RiCool chassis configurations for 9-slot and 16-slot OpenVPX backplanes in the 6U height.  The RiCool OpenVPX chassis platform line from Pixus provides powerful and reliable cooling for high-CFM requirements. The front-to-rear cooled 9U tall enclosure pulls air from an intake area below the card cage and blows the heat ninety degrees out the rear. The dual fans are hot swappable and provide up to 191 CFM each of cooling. In a full 16-slot OpenVPX system (at 1.0” pitch), this translates to 125W/slot.  When the height of the chassis is increased by 1U, it can cool up to 250W/slot or 4000 watts.    The 9-slot backplane features a BKP6-CEN09-11.2.13 profile per VITA 65.  It is designed for PCIe Gen3 (8 Gbaud/s) speeds, but higher speed options are available upon request.  The 16-slot 6U backplanes are available in multiple routing configurations.  Pixus offers standard modular power supplies for VPX voltages.  Pluggable VITA 62 or other AC or DC power supply options are also available.Pixus offers OpenVPX backplanes, chassis platforms, and specialty products.  The company also provides enclosure solutions in MicroTCA, cPCI Serial, AdvancedTCA, as well as instrumentation case formats. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more