A thief was apprehended by two men in a citizen’s arrest on Monday, following a dramatic chase involving an academic and porters from St Hugh’s College.Aaron Gardner, 26, of Pegasus Road, had been spotted stealing a laptop from a student’s room in St Hugh’s.The head of maintenance at Green Templeton College had seen him acting suspiciously. He watched as Gardner, with a woman standing nearby, loitered at the window and then snatched the computer. The Green Templeton staff member reported the crime and gave a description to the St Hugh’s porters and a tutor who was also present.The don, who has chosen to remain anonymous, stated, “A gentleman in a van saw him and came into the porters’ lodge while I was in there and said: ‘Do you know someone’s nicked a laptop from one of the student’s rooms? He’s outside.”The St Hugh’s don and porter then spotted the pair. After they were challenged, the male and female began to run away. The academic then gave chase down St Margaret’s Road, Banbury Road and Bardwell. It was only when Gardner jumped into a garden on Northmoor Road that the tutor lost him.PC Jennie Hanks explained that at this point decorator Tony Thomas, 52, and electrician Marc Partlett, 34, who were renovating a property on Northmoor Rd, caught sight of Gardner garden hopping. They pursued and detained him. The police were called, and at 2.15 he was arrested. Partlett claimed that Gardner “was pleading with us, saying he would go back to jail.”Gardner, who was already due to appear in court the following day for previous offences including a burglary on Tudor Close in Iffley in October, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday.He pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and three counts of handling stolen goods and was sentenced to a prison term of 34 months.In reaction to the theft, some college members expressed concern for their safety. Matilda Curtis, a first year English student at St Hugh’s explained, “It was scary and it did make me feel less safe and much less inclined to keep my door open because usually I feel totally comfortable leaving my door unlocked for long periods of time.‘I do feel like the college is a safe, enclosed environment but when I think about it, it would be really easy for someone to get in.”However, the porter who was involved in the arrest commented, “We feel very confident in the security systems, although obviously nothing is 100% secure.”
Fire Chief Jim Smith, pictured here with his family in a recent Council meeting. .The Ocean City Department of Fire and Rescue Services will hold a swearing-in ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, March 2 at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue).Ocean City’s new fire chief, James P. Smith, will be sworn in during the event, a fire department tradition. The ceremony also will include the swearing-in of Ocean City Beach Patrol Chief of Operations Mark Jamieson, Captain Brian Booth and members for each rank of the fire department, including deputy chief, captain and firefighter.Retired Ocean City Beach Patrol Chief of Operations Tom Mullineaux will be honored for his 51 years of service to the patrol.The ceremony is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Bakery supplier Aryzta has seen its revenue increase across all its divisions, with overall group revenue up a total of 31.8%, according to the company’s first-quarter interim management statement.Within its European Food division, group revenue has increased 4.5% and stands at E298.7m (£259.1m).Its Food North American division increased its revenue by 15.1% to E137.4m (£119.2m), and its Food Developing Markets division has seen revenue rise by 8.4% to E4.7m (£4.01m).The company, formed in June this year, through the merger of IAWS and Hiestand, said it has noticed changes in behaviour from consumers on the high street, with the UK and Irish markets in particular, seeing an overall slowdown in growth.However Aryzta chief exe-cutive Owen Killian said the company is focused on meeting the changing needs of its customers.It is expected that Aryzta’s new bakery and innovation centre at Grangecastle will be fully commissioned during the period ended 31 January, 2009.
I want to build a country where all women can go as far as their talents and hard work can take them. It’s fantastic that we already have over a million women-led businesses, and the gender pay gap is at a record low, but the findings in this Review show there is much further to go. Alison and her team set out an ambitious path to break this glass ceiling so that we can realise the full potential of female entrepreneurs and boost economic growth. I am committed to real change in this area, starting with our action today to encourage more companies to look at the gender split of who they choose to invest in. The move is part of ambitious plans to increase the number of female entrepreneurs by 50% by 2030, matching leading major economies such as France, Canada and the US for gender equality.Lloyds, UK Finance and UK Business Angels Association have already committed in principle to the Code and will be actively looking at the commitments over the coming months.Ms Rose and Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick will launch the review findings and government response at NatWest’s business accelerator hub in Manchester, with leading members of the female business community in attendance.As well as establishing the Code for Investing in Women, the government today announces they will also: Plans to increase the number of female entrepreneurs in Britain by 50% have been set out on International Women’s Day (Friday 8 March), after research found women face too many barriers to setting up a business.The independent review – commissioned by the Treasury and headed up by Alison Rose, Deputy CEO of NatWest – identifies these barriers and makes recommendations on what can be done to overcome them.The Rose Review finds that only one in three entrepreneurs are women, a gender gap equivalent to over one million fewer female entrepreneurs in the UK. Businesses that are run by women are on average half the size of male-led firms and far less likely to scale up to a £1 million turnover. The review finds that closing this gap between women and men could add an additional £250 billion in GVA to the UK economy, equivalent to 4 years of economic growth.Ms Rose sets out a number of recommendations to release this economic potential, including greater transparency in funding given to women-run businesses by investors, and more courses teaching entrepreneurship in schools and colleges.The government has responded with the creation a new Code for Investing in Women that will see banks and other financial institutions publish the gender split of the investments they make, showing if businesses are either male or female-led. The move will encourage financial institutions to adopt a set of best practices that will benefit female business owners across the country.Deputy CEO of NatWest, Alison Rose, said: The UK has one of the most vibrant entrepreneurial communities in the world, but only one in three of our entrepreneurs is female – we need to be more ambitious and find ways to unlock the huge untapped potential. The launch today of the Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship provides the routes for how we, business, public sector and government, can achieve this together. It is imperative that we support female entrepreneurs and capitalise on the missed opportunity which is significant, equating to more than one million missing businesses and £250 billion for the UK economy. I am passionate about this cause, and was proud to have been asked to lead this Review. Some of the findings are stark but by shining a spotlight on the issues and outlining the barriers and opportunities, the aim is to support the full potential of every woman who has the entrepreneurial spirit and ambition to start or scale their business. Today is just the beginning. improve online advice for all aspiring entrepreneurs and businesses welcome industry-led initiatives to set up a female-focused investment fund support an industry-led task force to drive more funding to female entrepreneurs back efforts to increase local businesses mentors for women and promote entrepreneurship among 15-18-year-old girls in schools Today’s businesswomen face too many barriers to setting up and scaling their enterprises. This doesn’t just hold back women, but every single one of us. That’s why we will be implementing Alison’s recommendation for a new Code for banks and investors to give businesswomen greater access to finance, as part of our ambition to increase the number of female entrepreneurs by 50 % over the next ten years. Together we can fire up Britain’s entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st Century and ensure no one is held back from realising their full potential. government responds immediately, including new Code for Investing in Women to help increase female entrepreneur numbers by 600,000 Prime Minister Theresa May, who hosted a reception of female entrepreneurs and business leaders in Downing Street yesterday (7 March 2019) ahead of the Review, said: The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick, said: breaking down gender barriers could add billions to value of UK economy, review finds
United Biscuits has relaunched its Jacob’s Cream Crackers via a £1.5m campaign with former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff.Airing today, the campaign features Freddie piecing together his ideal Jacob’s Cream Cracker. A cricket pitch featuring a variety of food is created, and the video concludes with the former England captain taking a bite, dressed in his cricket whites.This advert builds upon the success of previous campaigns featuring TV gardening personality Alan Titchmarsh. The TV creative saw Alan create his perfect cracker topping in the image of a garden on his Jacob’s Cream Cracker.Gerry Roads, marketing director of Savoury Biscuits, UBUK, said: “With the savoury biscuits category growing at a healthy 6%, the popularity of savoury biscuits continues to increase as more consumers come to realise the potential of Jacob’s Cream Crackers at meal-times. “With many consumers now seeking alternatives to bread as part of a healthy lifestyle, this campaign will highlight just how versatile Jacob’s Cream Crackers are, allowing consumers to top them in any way they like. “As a down-to-earth British legend that’s known for his sporting successes, Freddie Flintoff is the perfect person to show consumers how to enjoy Jacob’s Cream Crackers in a different way. We’re confident that featuring Freddie in our TV campaign will encourage more consumers to enjoy Jacob’s Cream Crackers at a greater number of meal occasions.”Other popular brands owned by United Biscuits include McVitie’s, Penguin, go ahead!, McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes, Jacob’s, Twiglets, Mini Cheddars and Carr’s in the UK, and BN, Delacre, Verkade and Sultana in continental Europe. In 2012, 90% of UK households purchased United Biscuits’ branded products.
Every year, The Roots host an all-star musical celebration for Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA. Going down Saturday, June 2, the 2018 event will see a headlining performance from The Roots, hosted by Dave Chappelle, with special guests. The full lineup includes Lil Uzi Vert, The Dirty Projectors, The Diplomats (AKA Dipset with Cam’ron, Jim Jones, & Juelz Santana), 2 Chainz, 6LACK, DVSN, Brandy, Black Thought & J. Period Live Mixtape featuring Fabolous & Jadakiss, Rapsody, Rich The Kid & Jay Critch, Goldlink, DJ Kid Capri, BADBADNOTGOOD, Grits & Biscuits, DJ Drama presents Gangsta Grillz with special guests, JoJo Abot, Sun Ra Arkestra, Tierra Whack, and Bri Steves. There will also be live podcast tapings on the Podcast Stage, featuring Drink Champs, On One with Angela Rye, Questlove Supreme, ItsTheReal, and The Realest Podcast Ever. There will also be Madden and NBA 2K tournaments hosted by Ipod King Carter on the Lifestyle Stage, in addition to a fashion panel, art panel, hustle panel, and The mARkeT.Tickets to the 2018 Philly Roots Picnic go on sale this Friday, February 16, here.
From February 15th to 17th, 2019, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will return to Riviera Maya, Mexico for their third-annual, all-inclusive concert vacation in partnership with CID Presents. Slated for Presidents’ Day weekend (February 15th–17th), the duo will perform three beachside concerts across the weekend, with additional artists for the lineup to be announced in the coming months. In 2018, for their second-annual destination event, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds were joined by Brandi Carlile, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and Joseph.Watch Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Play “Typical Situation” On The Beach In Mexico [Pro-Shot]Per the event’s official announcement,This serene Caribbean getaway, designed in partnership with CID Presents, will offer guests a fully curated experience: exclusive access to three nights of beachside performances, all-inclusive food and drink, premium hotel accommodations, shuttle service to and from Cancun International Airport and 24-hour concierge service. Guests can choose from six tropical resorts including the concert’s host resort, The Barcelo Maya and Palace. Additional resorts include The Hard Rock Hotel, Secrets Akumal, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, and Rosewood Mayakoba. Daily on-site activities and optional off-site adventures like healing and wellness retreats, golf outings, Chichen Itza tours, snorkeling, zip-lining, ATV tours, day trips to Tulum and more will be offered to guests.An online presale for Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds upcoming concert getaway in Riviera Maya 2019 will begin on Tuesday, September 18th, at 1 p.m. (ET) for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association here. Citi cardmembers and Alumni guests will also have access to a special pre-sale, with their presale beginning on Thursday, September 20th, at 1 p.m. (ET) until Friday, September 21st, at 1 p.m. (ET) here. The concert vacation’s general public on sale will begin on Friday, September 21st, at 1 p.m. (ET). For more information and complete details, including payment plan details, head to www.daveandtimrivieramaya.com.
On Sunday, teenage guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer made his way to Chicago to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the Chicago Cubs‘ game against the Cincinnati Reds at the historic Wrigley Field. While the home team fell to the Reds 10-2, Taz’s Jimi Hendrix-inspired, solo guitar rendition of the National Anthem made everyone at Wrigley feel like a winner on this Memorial Day weekend. Check out the video below:Brandon “Taz” Niederauer – “The Star-Spangled Banner” – Wrigley Field – 5/26/19[Video: Nunu Zomot]Taz has performed the National Anthem ahead of major sporting events on numerous occasions, including a Philadelphia Sixers game in late 2018. His 2019 National Anthem performance at Wrigley Field is also not his first time playing ahead of a Cubs game. One day shy of a year ago, he also performed it ahead of a game at the historic ballpark.For a full list of Brandon “Taz” Niederauer’s upcoming tour dates, head over to his website here.[H/T Live Music Blog]
Talking Writing, a monthly online literary magazine, has released its first issue. A group of professional writers and editors created the new publication to provide a forum for writers to share high-quality work and exchange ideas. “In a time of transformation for print publishers,” says Harvard Extension School instructor and Editor in Chief Martha Nichols, “we want to encourage talk about writing — one of the most creative, scary, nurturing, frustrating, difficult-to-pin-down endeavors around.”Talking Writing features poetry, fiction, reviews, personal essays, visual art, and commentary about writing topics. It also provides space for writers to spread the word about book tours and publishing venues. Each issue of Talking Writing includes a series of blog posts that foster discussion about a specific theme, often exploring challenges that writers confront daily.September’s theme, “Why We Blog: Authors, Trolls, and Thieves,” covers the joys and dilemmas bloggers encounter. The premier issue also features an excerpt from a novella in progress by Kelcey Parker, author of “For Sale By Owner,” a collection of stories forthcoming in February 2011, and poems by Jessica Greenbaum, author of “Inventing Difficulty.”“As an increasing number of publications appear online, the editorial vision of magazines is more important than ever in supporting unique journalistic and creative voices,” says Nichols.To read the magazine, visit Talking Writing.
By Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaSome people call it pruning. Others call it “crape murder.”I know you’ve seen them — crape myrtle trees with their tops whacked off. Amputated — now that’s the way to describe it.It’s not limited to just crape myrtles, either. You’ll see it on pecan trees in people’s yards and on street trees in town, where it’s called “topping.”Trees should never be topped. It destroys the branching control and the natural shape of the tree. Topping trees makes them ugly. It can lead to structural problems in the tree, too.Many years ago, my father became concerned about the huge pecan trees towering over the home place and wanted them topped. I did a little research and found there was a much better way to prune the trees and to lower their height without topping them.Trees with crew cutsThe only problem was that the guy who showed up to do the job only knew to cut the tops out, even though I carefully explained to him what I wanted him to do. The result was five huge pecan trees with crew cuts. And bad ones at that.Now, back to the crape myrtles.Crape myrtles need pruning. If you do it right, your pruning will hardly be noticed. You certainly can’t say that if you just cut the tops out of them.I have a friend who, for years, would cut out the top of the crape myrtle near his walkway. Since a crape myrtle produces flower buds on new growth, it flowers best if it’s pruned each year. My friend’s tree flowered profusely each year, but the way it was pruned made it look like a big ball on a stick.This year he cut it down.Pruning crape myrtlesThe kind and amount of pruning you should do each year depends entirely on the plant shape and size desired. But you don’t have to make them look like big sticks growing out of the ground.On large, old crape myrtles, heavy pruning may not be needed, since the tree shape itself is the desirable feature.If your tree is growing too tall, then you planted the wrong one. Replace it with a smaller-growing tree — there are many to choose from. Then you won’t have to prune it to keep it small. Pruning a tree to reduce the height is going to be a maintenance battle.And you’ll never win.