Big Brother: Raising the Bar

first_imgBy Jack Marley-Payne A visit to the college bar is halfway up the stepladder that joins sitting in your room with your balls out drinking a cup of soup from a pot noodle container to an actual establishment. It aspires to be the latter and thus includes a barman/woman and various bar utensils. Crucially, though, it is inhabited exclusively by members of its own college, so (as usual in the Oxford bubble) there is a fair gap between it and the real world.With no outside influence, everything that is Oxford University is distilled within a college bar. Things happen there that couldn’t be found elsewhere, mainly because the townsfolk would react violently. Much mess is made as wacky drinking games are played, members of the rugby club make very loud noises and fairly niche, degree-related topics are discussed to the boredom of everyone else.The college bar also enjoys a sort of symbolic status. The number of people who go in it and the amount they drink is often equated with the social capabilities of the college’s members: “I can’t believe how dead it is in here: the freshers are so boring” is sadly a common utterance. Such comments seem a little unfair – I’m sure a socially connected person would have things to do in different places without having to schedule a trip to their native venue too often. Still, it is a place where one can go if there are no other plans to hand, since there’s a high chance that people you know will be there to entertain you. It is after all quite comforting to have such a reliable source of amusement readily accessible.. On the other hand, it can soon lead to a stagnant nightlife. Going to the same place time after time can get quite depressing but nevertheless addictive. Unlike the Parkend clientele, most people know each other and are therefore unlikely to sleaze on or start a fight with you, for fear of later shame. But sometimes you need to go somewhere new to break out of a bad mood. Also, the bar really is an extension of the college and so is not able to create its own atmosphere, which is one of the best things about a normal pub. After a full day of work and other rubbish, one wants to escape Oxford during one’s eves. Of course all this whinging is straight up hypocritical. I go to the college bar regularly and so do my friends and I probably enjoy myself more often than not. It would be tempting to draw some trite conclusion involving moderation, but I’m not so sure. I guess it’s an unavoidable part of my, and, odds on, your, life here, and we just have to accept  the occasional mediocrity that it entails. After all, as the Cheers theme-tune states, sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name.last_img read more

UPDATE: Bremer Trust Denies Plans To Sell Prince’s Paisley Park Complex

first_img*UPDATE* Bremer Trust released a statement earlier today, denying any plans to sell the estate. “Contrary to some recent media reports, Bremer Trust, the special administrator for the Prince Rogers Nelson estate, has no plans to sell either Paisley Park or the property referred to as the ‘Purple Rain’ house. There is no additional formation to share on this topic.”Sad news out of Minnesota, as it appears that Prince‘s famous Paisley Park complex is about to hit the market. When the versatile songwriter and performer passed away, he left no will, and since then several family members have stepped forward to attempt to take the lead on the estate. However, with no clear heir, a bank has been managing the estate, and they recently delivered a list of several of the Purple One’s properties that they intend to sell off, with Paisley Park topping the list.The 60,000 square foot complex–which includes a large home, recording studio, concert venue, and bank vault–is legendary (to say the least), worth over $7 million, and was the home to countless parties and recording sessions, as well as several late-night basketball games. Prince’s family had planned to turn the complex into a Prince-themed museum, and it seems that they are preparing to fight the estate managers in court to block the sale of the famous mansion.With a legal battle brewing, we can only hope that whomever ends up being in charge of Paisley Park finds a way to pay tribute to Prince at the home and studio where he spent so much time.[via TMZ]last_img read more

Sustainability Takes the Stage at CES

first_imgWhen we think CES, we think showy, shiny, NEW.  But tomorrow, #ces2017 is spotlighting the less flashy, often hidden side of tech innovation: sustainable design.Sustainable design is a conscious approach to creating products and packaging with the environment in mind. It’s also about what goes in, what we avoid, and how we extend the product’s workable life for use by a second, even third customer. And in the end, it’s about reuse, refurbishment and responsible recycling.In a world that produces 92 billion pounds of electronic waste annually, the impact of sustainable design is significant. For example, at Dell, we’ve recycled more than 36 million pounds of post-consumer recycled plastics from water bottles, milk jugs, and used technology back into our products.  And we ship 93 percent of our laptops in sustainably sourced packaging in our quest toward zero waste.Tomorrow, at “Sustainability Day at CES,” the green leaders take the stage.  We’ll discuss sustainability policies for the new administration and new research on the resource and waste implications of consumer electronics. The EPA will also honor the winners of their Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge, which recognizes electronics manufacturers, brands and retailers for excellence in electronics collection, recycling and design.  Dell is thrilled to be a Gold and Champion honoree for our global takeback program and our innovative use of recycled carbon fiber in select Latitude and Alienware laptops.If you’re on-site at CES tomorrow, stop by the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center at 10am Pacific or catch the conversation online at www.CES.Tech/livestream.And you can read more about the impact of design on the e-waste challenge from Dell’s experiential design leader, Ed Boyd, on TriplePundit here.last_img read more

Oxfordshire offices: Science holds the answers

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EAPF calls for responsible investment guidelines for LGPS

first_imgThe suggestion was in recognition, the fund said, of the potential emergence of a global stewardship code in the near future but also an acknowledgement of how Japan’s code had evolved best practice established in the UK’s own document.Guidance on RI matters would be drafted by a working group of LGPS practitioners, subject to consultation on the final wording, to ensure it represented best practice, the fund said.Politically motivated divestmentThe EAPF also asked the government to clarify recent pronouncements that local authority funds should not pursue politically motivated divestments, arguing that any investment strategy – which stretches across several election cycles due to its long-term nature – should simply be risk-based.It suggested the government issue clear guidance on how it expects funds to act, working closely with the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board to detail which legal conventions the UK had signed and should be respected.“However,” the fund added, “we express considerable caution that the guidance should not be politically motivated and should be signed off by the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board, advised by the investment sub-group whose role is to consider ESG risk areas.”It also proposed that any guidance for investment policies should allow for decisions in line with fiduciary duties, as outlined by the recent Law Commission report on the matter.The Department for Work & Pensions recently declined to formalise new rules for private sector pension funds based on the commission’s recommendations.The EAPF’s views were echoed by the UK sustainable investment association in its own response to the LGPS consultation.UKSIF’s head of public policy Fergus Moffatt said the proposals to stop councils divesting was “extremely worrying and incoherent” and argued that the very taxpayers the rules purported to protect were at greater risk if certain assets became stranded assets.“This should not be about politically motivated investments, rather ensuring investment decisions are made in the best interests of savers,” he said.The association’s response backed the EAPF’s call for guidance on how UK foreign policy should be reflected in investment decisions, and argued that any step taken by the government to intervene in investment decisions should only examine whether there was a breach of fiduciary duties.“If it is the government’s intention only to use the power of intervention in relation to decisions based on non-financial factors that run contrary to UK foreign policy, it should make this clear,” Moffatt said, “as decisions based on other non-financial factors – such as the tobacco example – will still be considered legitimate.”,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to EAPF response on new investment regulation Local authority funds should collaborate on responsible investment guidelines to ensure new investment regulations meet global best standards, the Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF) has urged.Amid concerns by responsible investment (RI) groups that the UK government’s attempt to outlaw perceived politically driven divestment were “incoherent” and conflating financially material and non-financially material factors, the EAPF proposed that a working group on RI be established to draft guidance for local authority pension schemes (LGPS).Responding to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) consultation on LGPS asset pooling and changes to investment regulations, it suggested the draft regulation be amended to remove any doubt that environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations should all be taken into account, rather than just one of the three at any one time.The EAPF also proposed that the regulation refer more broadly to the need for a focus on RI, and urged the inclusion of a new clause requiring the LGPS to comply with the evolving national and global standards on stewardship.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick workout update: No NFL contract yet for Kaepernick

first_img 9 months ago NFL: Colin Kaepernick to make his long-awaited return to the NFL? First Published: 19th November, 2019 12:53 IST 9 months ago Colin Kaepernick gets help from Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z in NFL star’s recent workout: Report Three years without an NFL showing had little effect on Colin Kaepernick’s workout as he displayed a glimpse of the skills in his arsenal at the Charles R Drew High School in Atlanta. Kaepernick has been out of the NFL for three whole years after the NFL owners allegedly froze him out of the league. However, after coming to a settlement with Colin Kaepernick, the tensions between the NFL and the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback took another turn after Kaepernick’s workout last weekend. For starters, the NFL had organised a workout of sorts for Kaepernick at the Atlanta Falcon’s Facility. However, Colin Kaepernick refused to show up at the venue on account of the enforced media blackout at the location. Kaepernick, therefore, changed the venue to the high school in Atlanta at the last minute, with the media also in attendance. Also Read | Colin Kaepernick’s NFL History, Timeline Of His Protest Against Racial DiscriminationNFL news: Colin Kaepernick’s contract a no-showAfter a reported last-minute change of location, it seems that only eight out of the 25 teams’ representatives showed up for Kaepernick’s workout, according to his agent, Jeff Nalley. Nalley admitted that he had spoken to a number of the representatives and he hopes that Colin Kaepernick will get a contract with an NFL team very soon. He also admitted that he was rather pessimistic about Kaepernick’s chances at the moment, considering that he had not heard from any of the NFL teams on a contract for Colin Kapernick so far.Also Read | Myles Garrett Net Worth, Annual Salary, Steelers Brawl And NFL Suspension Colin DCunha WATCH US LIVE 9 months ago NFL Brawl: NFL or WWE? Browns’ Myles Garrett swings helmet, smacks Steelers’ Mason Rudolph 9 months ago Colin Kaepernick: NFL upset after his no-show at original venue for workout session Written By FOLLOW US LIVE TV COMMENT 9 months ago Myles Garrett net worth, annual salary, Steelers brawl and NFL suspension NFL News: Colin Kaepernick’s sharp words for NFL ownersSpeaking after the workout, Colin Kaepernick said that he was ready for a return to the NFL and has been ready during the period of his three-year absence. The former 49ers quarterback had a strong showing during his workout and impressed the media and the NFL representatives during the same. Colin Kaepernick did, however, call out the “scared” NFL owners after his workout, asking the representatives to inform the owners to stop “running from the truth”. Also Read | Colin Kaepernick Calls Out ‘scared’ NFL Owners In Recent Interview After WorkoutWhether Colin Kaepernick returns to the NFL after a three-year absence remains to be seen. His agent, Jeff Nalley said that since none of the teams asked for this workout, there were no takers on a team workout for Colin Kaepernick. He did, however, say that Colin Kaepernick is ready to workout at any of the NFL team’s facility as is the normal process.Also Read | Colin Kaepernick’s Workout Was A Publicity Stunt Rather Than Usual Trial, Claims Jay Z WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 19th November, 2019 12:53 IST Colin Kaepernick Workout Update: No NFL Contract Yet For Kaepernick Colin Kaepernick took part in a workout session organised (in part) by the NFL last weekend. However, there are no offers on the table for the quarterback.last_img read more