Bus smash carnage

first_imgSeveral parked cars were damaged in Jericho on Saturday as a bus driver lost control of his vehicle after making a right turn into a quiet side street. The driver of the Thames Travel bus turned into Cranham Street to find a vehicle parked on double-yellow lines. Attempting to avoid the vehicle, the bus clipped the wheel of the first in a row of parked cars, before hitting another and pushing it backwards. The bus eventually careered into a total of seven cars. Liza Picard, the owner of the first car to be hit, told Cherwell that two of the cars have been written off. She also expressed sympathy for the driver saying, “I feel sorry for him, I don’t know how this could have happened.”ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

Speech: British Ambassador speech at the Queen’s Birthday Party

first_img30 Years of FreedomSpeech by Ambassador Andrew NobleQueen´s Birthday Party, 6 June 2019Welcome to the Queen’s Birthday Party, the anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in the 67th year of her reign. Today we have the opportunity to celebrate not only the longest reign in British history, but also the relationship between the United Kingdom and Romania which has flourished in recent years. I’d like to begin with some good news: my speech will be short. But, on the other hand, I also have some bad news: the short speech is going to be next year at the Queen’s Birthday Party 2020 and not this evening!Standing here today in front of you, I have the impression of a particularly pleasant event in a stunning corner of the city of Bucharest. Last time that I participated at a QBP in Romania, the dominant impression was of an event marked by fear and suspicion for which the guests had had to seek authorisation from Ceausescu’s Securitate to be allowed to participate. This happened in 1986. In the 33 years since then, it seems to me, Ladies and Gentlemen, that this country has changed profoundly and irreversibly.Recently, we’ve had demonstrated to us of the attachment of the Romanian people everywhere to the rights which they have attained in democracy. Similarly, we have seen that the institutions created in Romania in a short period, following the start of the process of reform in the middle of the 1990s, have been able to withstand pressures and unacceptable interference. I would like to salute in particular those present who have contributed towards the modernisation of Romania in this short period of reform. A few months ago, a Romanian rule of law expert told me that all of the controversies about justice were not a sign of the weakness of the system but, on the contrary, of the strength of the institutions and of the people. I agree that Romanians do not wish to tolerate a return to the days in which invitees to a National Day party had to seek permission from a repressive institution. On the basis of my personal conviction about the durability and quality of the changes that have been won in Romania, I propose that we should regard this party as an opportunity to celebrate the freedom of Romanians in the 30th year following the fall of communism.Liberty once won has to be defended, of course, in all its forms, from freedom of expression to the freedom to choose and develop in a just and democratic framework. Any strong democracy needs an independent and free press. This year, the British Government is supporting press freedom through a global campaign, an immense undertaking through which we wish to have the rights of journalists defended and respected. I am pleased that the Romanian authorities have already confirmed their participation at a global conference taking place in London in July which we are organising in partnership with the Government of Canada.In a sense, this party with British and Romanian guests is an eloquent expression of the strategic partnership between our countries which has brought together our national efforts to defend the benefits of our liberal and free societies.I would like to salute in particular: the representatives of our armed forces and of all those involved in protecting our security and who protect us from strategic dangers, from organised crime and terrorism I salute the representatives of the companies which have created the bilateral economic and commercial relationship which is growing from year to year. During the course for the preparations for an orderly Brexit, we need this sort of economic relationship to continue to facilitate cooperation I salute the non-governmental organisations present here today which have their roots in the United Kingdom and which are working for the benefit of the most disadvantaged amongst us. Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like you all to take the opportunity to visit the pavilion next to us to find out about the activities of British NGOs in Romania. I am proud to say that the organisations present today and many others work unceasingly for the improvement of the lives of the marginalised who have not benefited from the wealth of modern Romania and of those who feel excluded from society Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s not forget that we are here to celebrate 30 years of freedom in Romania and 67 years of the reign of Her Majesty The Queen. I would therefore like to invite you to enjoy the British dishes on offer and to enjoy yourselves with a spectacular range of music. You are going to hear some pieces by the exceptional Ascendis Choir who have just sung the national anthems with great finesse. After the Ascendis Choir, I am delighted that we have the freedom to receive on the stage a group which demonstrates the extraordinary diversity of the cultural heritage of this country, Taraf de Caliu. Finally, you will be able to hear a selection of British pop music creativity thanks to a performance of the unforgettable group FreeStay.I would like to thank all of our sponsors and in particular our top sponsors, London Stock Exchange Group and Provident Financial, as well as our hosts, the National Bank of Romania who have received us with great warmth and professionalism and with whom it is a great honour and a pleasure to work.Finally, let me propose two toasts – I hope you have something in your glasses…I propose a toast to the health and success of the President, Government and People of Romania!I propose a toast to the health and success of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II!Thank you for your attention and now I would like to invite our guests of honour to say a few words.last_img read more

New appointment for Bath Bakery

first_imgBath Bakery has made a new appointment to its senior management team.Nick Vaughan has joined Bath Bakery as its new sales and commercial manager. Bath Bakery has 14 retail outlets in the Bath area, and more than 250 commercial customers. Vaughan will liaise directly with existing accounts, supporting them with their orders and keeping them abreast of new product developments.Mark Slevin, Bath Bakery’s managing director, said: “Nick’s knowledge and experience make him an important and valuable asset to our team, and his appointment will undoubtedly help our many commercial clients get the most out of our services as well as grow and develop this important customer base.”A wealth of experienceVaughan previously worked for BT Global Services, Frost’s Estate Agents, and was a member of the Royal Air Force.Nick said: “Having joined Bath Bakery from a much larger organisation, I can bring that corporate knowledge, experience and insight and apply it in a much more personalised, customer-focused way.“The business’ retail operations have seen strong growth over the last few years, with new outlets opening not just in Bath but further afield into Wiltshire and Somerset, and I am looking forward to helping Mark and the team replicate that success and growth on the commercial side.”Bath Bakery’s artisan bread range will be launched in the near future. This will be baked in the business’ new dedicated bakery unit in Corsham. More products will also be added to the existing Batch#5 gluten-free range.last_img read more

Just Desserts gets visit from HRH Princess Anne

first_imgJust Desserts welcomed HRH Princess Anne to its bakery in Shipley, West Yorkshire yesterday (15 July).Managing director James O’Dwyer showed the Princess Royal around the Just Desserts facility, which has recently expanded into another unit. It plans to use this for offices and staff facilities, demolishing the existing ones and increasing capacity by around 50%.The Princess Royal met the team and saw how the bakers handcraft some of its products, including Yorkshire Scoundrels, Raspberry Franzipans and Lotus Biscoff Cheesecakes, as well as seeing a demonstration on how to ice a chocolate fudge cake.After a reception for family members, customers, suppliers and VIP guests, the Princess Royal unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark her visit.O’Dwyer’s young grandchildren presented the Princess Royal with a bouquet of flowers and a presentation box of fresh Scoundrels and Raspberry Franzipans.“It was an absolute honour to welcome the Princess Royal to visit our bakery today.  We are incredibly proud to build our growing business, with plans to further expand into another unit,” said O’Dwyer.“It really is the royal icing on the cake to show HRH Princess Anne just how we’ve developed from a start-up enterprise more than 30 years ago to employing more than 25 people, serving a growing customer base in and beyond the region.”last_img read more

Robot football game to be held

first_imgThis year’s Blue and Gold football game weekend will have more than just one football game for some students. The Engineering Department will host its second annual Collegiate Mechatronic Football Competition at Stepan Center on April 23.Jim Schmiedeler, associate professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, said the competition is a one-hour football game between robots built by students.Schmeideler said the competition is part of a 13-week effort to design, build, test and demonstrate the skills of the robots.  “The students have done a terrific job. They have progressed with the help of input from last year’s competition,” Schmeideler said.  The students officially began the design portion of the project in January and started manufacturing and testing their robots after Spring Break, Schmiedeler said.“The students have been driving prototype robots around the halls of Fitzpatrick for a while now, and they’ve been outside kicking field goals and throwing passes,” Schmiedeler said. This is the program’s second official year of competition. “The robots have tackle sensors that light up to indicate a tackle,” Schmiedeler said. “Essentially it shows how hard one robot slams into another.” “Alumni from the Department were interested in sponsoring the event,” Schmiedeler said. “They want to evaluate the success of the competition here at Notre Dame and investigate the possibilities of intercollegiate competition.” While the outcome of the game is important for the trophy, Schmeideler said the grade students receive is based on a test that takes place the week before. The robots go through a series of tests to evaluate their abilities from controllability to kicking and throwing accuracy. center_img The event was started by a Notre Dame alumnus in honor of his son, Brian Hederman, who was a student in the Engineering Department. Hederman, who passed away before he graduated, came up with the idea of a football-playing robot. “Last year’s game had an exciting finish,” Schmiedeler said. “The Blue team fumbled on a drive to the end zone with no time left that would have won them the game. The fans and students were jumping and cheering. It was an intense game.” Students control the robots from the sidelines, and two students are allowed on the field to control the offense.  Also on the field are three referees from RecSports.Motorola sponsors the event, Schmiedeler said. The robots play an adapted version of football in which each team has eight players, and they play on a smaller field with a souvenir-sized football. A completed pass is the quarterback throwing the ball and hitting the receiver, who doesn’t necessarily have to catch the ball to complete the pass.  “We’ve invited faculty and students from other universities to promote the idea of a possible league someday,” Schmeidler said. “We would love to have Notre Dame earn a national title in Collegiate Mechatronic Football.”last_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Rank The Top 10 Post-Hamilton Projects You’re Stoked For

first_img from $149.00 The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.This cast is nonstop! Hamilton faves Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo and Leslie Odom Jr. will perform one last time (for now) in the Tony-winning tuner on July 9—but don’t despair, Hamilfans! There will still be numerous opportunities to catch the historical hit’s original players; just look at Tony nominee Jonathan Groff, who played his last performance as King George on April 9 (and has already returned to the Richard Rodgers to film the musical). Tony winner and Broadway.com vlogger Leslie Odom Jr. will follow up the release of his self-titled solo album with a concert tour; in addition, Tony winner Cady Huffman told Broadway.com that she recently did a reading of a musical adaptation of The Sting, with Odom Jr. in the Robert Redford role. Soo already has her next Great White Way gig lined up with Amelie, and Miranda has a slew of new projects that will continue to make us wonder whether he actually sleeps or not. So, which post-Ham project are you the most excited for? Broadway.com Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip kicked off the challenge with her top 10. Don’t throw away your shot! Let us know!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! Related Shows Hamilton View Commentslast_img read more

Cops Release Photos of SUV in Gary Melius Shooting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police released surveillance camera images Thursday of the truck that served as the getaway vehicle for the fleeing shooter of Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius nearly four months ago.Melius, a prolific political campaign donor who was linked to the Nassau County police commissioner’s ouster in December, was shot in the head while walking to his car on the grounds of the posh Huntington hotel and catering hall he calls home at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, police have said.“At this point it is now about getting my strength back and offering whatever assistance I can to the investigators seeking the person or persons who did this,” Melius, 69, said in a statement March 4, when he returned home about a week after undergoing surgery Monday at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset.The SUV was an older model, light-colored four-door Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said. The color is officially called Khaki metal. Detectives released images of the truck that were captured on the castle’s security cameras in the hopes that someone would recognize it and lead them to the suspect.Police have said Melius and the assailant did not exchange words before shots were fired. No description of the shooter was released.In a briefing on the case Thursday, investigators wouldn’t say if there was more than one person involved. There were also no updates on new leads, possible suspects or suspected motives, police said.Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Hempstead Eyes Replacing Aging ‘Temporary’ Classrooms

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The low-performing Hempstead School District is banking on one chance to finally get hundreds of its elementary school students out of “temporary” trailers they’ve been in for more than 20 years, and into real classrooms. But it will mean that homeowners must agree to pay between $80-$239 more in property taxes annually for a few years.Approval by voters of a $46.8 million bond on May 15 would allow the district to begin a three-year capital project to demolish and replace the shuttered Marguerite G. Rhodes Elementary School. The project would open up real classrooms to between 700 and 750 students in the 2021 school year – eliminating about half the 55 portable classrooms and easing some of the overcrowded conditions in the three existing elementary schools, district officials said.Acting School Superintendent Regina Armstrong calls the approval of the bond “essential” to changing the educational atmosphere for children in a district that last year graduated about 36.7 percent of its senior class.“It’s not the learning environment the school district is okay with,” Armstrong says through a district spokeswoman. “We want to provide the most optimal learning environment for our students … the bond is essential to our getting the children out of the portable classrooms that were never intended to be here this long. It’s also crucial to helping alleviate the overcrowding (in the other elementary schools) and to stop the eyesore in the village.”The school district owns about half the trailers that provide the classrooms for up to 1,600 Hempstead elementary students, Armstrong says. The other portable units are leased by the district at a cost of $1.5 million a year.The district’s enrollment of 7,577 in the 2017-18 school year is expected to increase dramatically by 1,520 students to a total of 9,097 students in 2025. The growth is due to an influx of immigrants, officials say. Hempstead School officials expect about $28.7 million in state aid toward the $46.8 million Rhodes School capital project – $1.4 millionof which will go toward getting rid of half the modular units. That would leave a taxpayer-funded balance of $16 million, meaning a 1.59 percent increase to homeowners per year.The district’s campaign for passage of the bond vote is: “A successful May 2018 vote means a September 2021 occupancy.”Armstrong says that to have a better chance of the bond vote passing, her goal was to keep the property tax levy low for the proposed 2018-19 school budget. The proposed $215 million budget for the upcoming year carries a zero-percent increase for taxpayers. The budget, bond and two of the school board seats will all be voted on, on the same ballot on May 15.The modular classrooms date back to an even more troubling time in the district’s history. In 2005, a New York State Comptroller’s audit found that Hempstead School District spent $2.3 million to install and rent portable classrooms. This was part of $5.1 million in spending between 2002 and 2004 that the audit called “careless.” Other findings of the audit included about $1.3 million in contracts awarded without competitive bids and about $1.1 million paid to temporary employment agencies without proper approvals and without analysis of the cost-effectiveness.This, auditors said, when “school buildings were falling apart, classrooms were overcrowded, and students were being housed in inadequate, temporary classroom space.”At that time, voters had defeated the last two budgets and a proposed $177 million bond issue to rebuild several of the deteriorating schools. The approval of that would have permitted the district to build new school buildings, repair and renovate others, and eliminate the need for portable classrooms.Asked what will happen if the bond vote doesn’t pass on May 15, Armstrong says simply, “the children will continue to be educated in trailers.”The state Department of Education declined to comment for this story.last_img read more

Suffolk Pols OK Ban on Drones With Cameras

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers passed a ban on taking photos or video from unmanned aerial vehicles known as drones flying over county parks and facilities in an effort to prevent violations of privacy.County legislators voted 15-2 on Tuesday in favor of the ban, which prohibits camera-equipped drones from flying over county parks and county buildings such as police precincts, courts and other Suffolk-run facilities. Violators would face fines from $250 to $500 fine.“It’s just like car insurance; you just want to have it in case,” said Legis. Tom Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma), a former Suffolk County police officer who co-sponsored the bill with Legis. Dr. William Spencer (D-Centerport).Three drones were spotted near John F. Kennedy International Airport at the Queens-Nassau County line last year. Federal law prohibits drones from flying near airports.“Look at the forest fires in California where they were trying to fight the fires but couldn’t have the aircraft in the air because there were photography drones,” said Spencer. “Firefighting helicopters couldn’t go … because they would risk crashing.”Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has 30 days to decide whether to sign the ban into law or veto it.If enacted, camera-equipped drones would specifically be banned over county beaches from May 15 to Sept. 15.“People expect a certain experience on these public lands,” said Legis. Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue). “I think it would be very intrusive if people fly drones with cameras on a public beach.”“I’d love to see those skinny legs in shorts,” joked Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville).“You can see them, you just can’t record them,” Krupski replied.If enacted, those wishing to get around the ban on flying a camera-equipped drone over a county facility would need permission of the Department of Public Works commissioner. Anyone flying such a device over a county park would need a permit from the county parks department. Drone operators with a current Suffolk County police-issued press pass would be exempt from the ban.The ban is not without its critics.“I think this is treading on some constitutional issues,” said Majority Leader Robert Calarco (D-Patchogue), one of the two who voted against the bill. “You’re telling someone you can’t take a photo in a public place.”“I think there needs to be more definition on enforcement,” said Legis. Sara Anker (D-Mount Sinai), the other detractor opposing the bill. “This is limiting the ability to enjoy our parks.”Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) abstained from the vote. As someone who owns a drone himself, he reasoned that those actually involved in legitimate aerial photography over a couple of acres should not have to go through the laborious process of obtaining a permit.Spencer, too, said he received a drone as a Father’s Day gift and flies it regularly.“I see why enthusiasts are really enjoying this hobby,” he admitted. Still, he remains concerned “that someone can just pull up to any of our county buildings and be able to fly these things.”last_img read more

Sacred Sites Tour goes virtual to show off history

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Preservation Association of the Southern Tier sponsored their annual Sacred Sites Tour on Sunday, but this year the event had to be held virtually due to the coronavirus. To view this year’s tour, click here. The focus was on the vast array of architectural features and styles of the buildings, and what makes them all so unique. The tour is normally held in person each May, and organizers said they are hoping that will be the case for next year. The hour-long presentation took viewers through 25 places of worship in Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott and Endwell. “Some of them, maybe if they were an immigrant from a certain part of Europe and that was the type of building they grew up knowing or saw, then they came here to the United States and wanted a building that reminded them of their home country,” he said. Chairperson and event host Ronald Borgna said a primary reason for the variety in the styles has to do with the diverse history of the Southern Tier, and the vast numbers of immigrants who came to work and worship in the area. last_img read more