Labour campaigners criticised at Jesus

first_imgAt Jesus College there have been complaints over the number of posters for Labour, during last week’s local election campaign. Students alleged that the poster dwarfed those of any other political party, and they were later removed.During last year’s local council elections the local Labour candidate was invited into Jesus College to canvass votes room to room, a fact which “certainly annoyed a lot of people”, according to JCR President Andrew Rogers.Rogers told Cherwell, “The role of the JCR is to be political, without being partisan.“If you weren’t going to vote, or if you wanted to vote for someone else, you don’t want to think that your JCR is entirely pro-Labour.”It was eventually agreed by the JCR committee that an equal number of posters, and a full list of candidates should be placed in the JCR and all of the college’s residential buildings.Images of Jesus College’s conservatory windows, covered in Labour posters, were shared on the Facebook campaign page of University Park’s candidate Joe Ottaway.last_img read more

Danny Mayer Talks Playing In The Eric Krasno Band And Upcoming DMT Shows

first_imgGuitarist Danny Mayer has kept himself pretty busy lately. With his most recent gig backing Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno in his own Eric Krasno Band this past summer, Mayer has been upping his game playing alongside one of the premier guitarists in the scene today. This upcoming weekend, he will front his own project DMT (Danny Mayer Trio) for a pair of shows this weekend in Connecticut, at Bridgeport’s The Acoustic on Friday (9/2) and Hartford’s Arch Street Tavern on Saturday (9/3), with Jen Durkin & The Business on as support.Mayer will be bringing along Turkauz’s Michelangelo Carruba on drums and The Nth Power’s Nate Edgar on bass, with special guest singers Mary Corso (Eric Krasno Band) and Shira Elias (Turkauz) lending their vocal prowess to the shows. We had a chance to chat with Mayer about playing with Krasno over the summer in support of the guitarists solo album Blood From A Stone, and his own DMT project with a killer lineup of musicians and singers.On the recent opportunity to join the Eric Krasno Band:“Playing with the Eric Krasno Band is definitely an amazing experience for me, on so many levels! The band itself, and everyone in it individually, is amazing! I love them all and I love their playing. So when you find yourself in a situation like that, it’s hard to have a bad time! From a guitarist’s standpoint, I get free lessons onstage every night watching Kraz just murder these tunes! I get to support one of my all time favorite guitar players to the best of my ability, and we all have a tremendous amount of fun onstage! It’s truly an honor to be asked to play guitar in one of the greatest guitar players bands, but the thing that really stands out to me are that the songs are good enough, on their own, that all I have to do is play them and I’m satisfied at the end of the gig. It’s a beautiful thing all around.”Danny Mayer Discusses His Many Evolving Projects, Including DMT, On The Spot Trio & MoreWith regards to his own DMT (Danny Mayer Trio):“DMT is almost the total opposite role for me as a guitar player. It’s just guitar, bass, drums and some vocals. I have to fill up so much space and basically rage my face off the whole time! It’s an awesome thing to be able have the support to try new things and think of new ways of saying what’s on my mind. The freedom I have in this band is limitless. Nate and Mikey are two of the baddest dudes out there and push me to new levels every time. Mary and Shira are amazing vocalists and really bring so much love and sweetness to the band too. I couldn’t be more fortunate to be constantly surrounded by such amazing musicians, and trust me, I don’t forget it for a second!”For more info on the upcoming DMT shows, check the links below:Danny Mayer Trio w/ Jen Durkin & The Business at The Acoustic on Friday, September 2nd (Event Page)Danny Mayer Trio w/ Jen Durkin & The Business at Arch Street Tavern on Saturday, September 3rd (Event Page)last_img read more

Aretha Franklin Is “Gravely Ill” In Hospice Care, Asking For Your Prayers

first_imgThe Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is reportedly “gravely ill” in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and friends who are asking for prayers and privacy.The news broke via Detroit news anchor and family friend Evrod Cassimy through Showbiz 411 last night, who added:Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her. She will be so missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin. But her legacy is larger than life. It’s not just that Rolling Stone called her the number 1 singer of all time, or that she is the Queen of Soul. Long live the Queen.Cassimy continued on Twitter this morning, “I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release.”In addition, this morning, radio host Tom Joyner—a close friend of Aretha—announced that she has been in hospice care for a week, according to The Detroit News.In 2010, Aretha Franklin was diagnosed with cancer. The “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think” singer/songwriter continued to work through it as much as she could, before officially announcing her retirement in February of 2017. The 76-year-old legend performed her last public performance at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August of 2017, and her final performance was for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York in November of the same year.Aretha Franklin – “I Say A Little Prayer”last_img read more

The little old machine that could

first_imgOn a bench in the Arnold Arboretum’s new lab building, not far from the $90,000 standard microscopes and the even pricier confocal microscope whose lasers can build 3-D computer images of tiny plant parts, sits a humble microtome: a solid metal, hand-cranked, precision-machine throwback to another scientific era.It was manufactured by the Spencer Lens Co. of Buffalo in 1931, the same year the Empire State Building opened and gangster Al Capone was sentenced to prison for tax evasion. Though similar machines have long since landed in the junkyard or in museum collections, Arboretum director William “Ned” Friedman is in no hurry to add a replacement to his budget.“Paraffin wax microtomes have been made for more than a century, and the old ones are virtually bombproof. … The technology is timeless, and all that is really required is a little bit of grease every so often and a good sharp knife,” said Friedman, the Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. “New microtomes of this sort might cost about $10,000, but it is unlikely they will do a better job than the microtome we have in the lab.”Sara Schechner, the David P. Wheatland Curator of Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, said that some older laboratory instruments survive here and there across campus, but it is unusual to find one in a newly equipped lab.“Old workhorse instruments do continue in use in some labs or become dedicated to teaching purposes because they’re so dependable and reliable,” Schechner said. “I suspect it is uncommon in modern, brand-new labs and buildings, where things are fitted out with state-of-the-art apparatus.”A recent example cited by Schechner was the Harvard Cyclotron Laboratory, dismantled in 2002, whose control console still used vacuum tube equipment dating from 1947. A portion of the console is on display in the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments’ Putnam Gallery in Harvard’s Science Center.Part of the microtome’s strength may lie in its simple function. It is essentially a tissue slicer, lopping off extremely thin slices of plant or animal material so they can be viewed under a microscope.Surrounded by gleaming glassware and expensive equipment purchased when the Weld Hill Research Building opened in 2011, the dull black microtome is still used regularly by faculty, fellows, and students. Researchers first embed specimens in paraffin wax to provide support for the slicing operation, then place the prepared specimen into the machine and turn the hand crank. Inside, the gears advance the specimen and draw it down across a razor-sharp blade, slicing off 10-micrometer-thick segments that can be viewed on a light microscope.“In my lab, we section plant material from flowers and developing fruits to look at the fertilization and seed development process,” Friedman said. “When the sections are placed on a microscope slide, they are stained with one or more of a very large number of possible dyes that can elucidate specific chemicals and biological structures of the plant. When viewed through one of the state-of-the-art microscopes at Weld Hill, the patterns revealed are as aesthetically magnificent as those seen through the telescopes of astronomers.”The machine has outlasted not only the generation of scientists who unpacked it new, but also its parent company, which was purchased and purchased again until it became part of Leica PLC and then was spun out with Leica’s other microscope holdings into Leica Microsystems. The device has outlived Arboretum trees devastated in the hurricane of 1938, seen the founding of the bonsai garden in 1937, and the establishment of the rose collection in 1985.  It slices on today as the hemlock woolly adelgid challenges the Arboretum’s Hemlock Hill and as horticulturalists remain vigilant against a possible invasion by Asian longhorned beetles.“These old paraffin microtomes would have been found in universities across the country. … I suspect that many of them have been thrown away, even though they have current utility,” Friedman said. “There really is something wonderful about knowing that the piece of equipment was so well-made that it could last a century. Nostalgia does play a role, but at the end of the day, it works as well as anything new.”last_img read more

Ryan wants to build on All Ireland success

first_imgSpeaking to Ronan Quirke on last night’s Extra Time Homecoming Special….Ryan says the love for the game is what spurs him on. Tipperary hurling manager Michael Ryan wants his players to use the All-Ireland hurling final victory as a passport to more success.The Upperchurch clubman says the nine point win over Kilkenny at Croke Park should give them the ‘resolve’ to approach 2017 ‘with exactly the same gusto’.The victorious senior – and minor – Tipp teams were given a great welcome home in Thurles last night with over 30 thousand fans packing into Semple Stadium for the party. last_img read more

Amateur boxing champs starts Thursday

first_imgSixty-eight boxers, 63 males and five females, will take part in the Jamaica Boxing Board’s National Senior Amateur Boxing Championships from Thursday, January 28, to Saturday, January 30, at the Stanley Couch Gym, on Victoria Avenue in Kingston.There will be two categories, Elite and Novice, for boxers 18 and over. The Novice category is for boxers with less than five bouts. The nine gyms participating are Stanley Couch, Bruising, G. C. Foster, Jamaica Defence Force, Heavy Metal, Sav Boxing Academy, St Thomas Boxing Club, Sugar Knockout, and Seaview Gardens. Entries have also been received from four overseas boxers, two from Canada, and one each from England and the United States.Kingsley Goodison, administrator for the tournament, told The Gleaner that he was pleased with the entry list and expects keen competition throughout the tournament. Among the top amateurs who will be participating are Janathan Hanson, Nico Yeyo and Ricardo Carter, who performed well in a recent overseas development tournament, and Michael Gardener, Reece Shagourie and Kestna Davis, who are former champions.last_img read more

Engen adds to list of drought relief

first_imgThe donation was made in response to a call for help from the agricultural company Senwes. (Image: Engen)South Africa has been experiencing severe drought across large regions of the country, but corporates and ordinary people have been pitching in with mass drought relief efforts.In the latest move, Engen Petroleum, a leading South African producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, handed over a cheque for R1-million to Agri SA, a non-profit organisation that works to build a stable, profitable agricultural environment, for drought relief.“We understand the negative impact exerted by the current drought on agriculture and we hope that our donation will help to make a small contribution in assisting farmers,” said Mike Stead, Engen’s manager: commercial fuels.Johannes Möller, the president of Agri SA, said the donation would make a big difference. “For every R1.00 we receive towards the Drought Relief Fund, the value we give back is R5.00, which goes towards farmers, throughput, feeding pellets and similar products.”Agri SA, a federation of agricultural organisations, was established in 1904 as the South African Agricultural Union. It consists of nine provincial and 24 commodity organisations. Essentially Agri SA, through its affiliated membership, represents a diverse grouping of individual farmers regardless of gender, colour or creed.MONEY FOR ALL FARMERSHowever, Möller stressed that the Drought Relief Fund was not only used for Agri SA members. “The money is also used to support all farmers, whether commercial or emerging farmers. Assistance is also offered to the community.”Engen has a historical agricultural focus, with one in every two South African farmers depending on the company’s products, local expertise and global technical excellence.“Engen’s contribution represents another step in our commitment towards supporting those in dire straits in a sector whose value we really understand,” said Stead.Joe Mahlo, Engen’s general manager of sales and marketing, concurred. “Over the past 40 years we have demonstrated to farmers that ‘with us you are number one’. This has resulted in excellent integrated relationships and working methodologies.“After all, when it comes to the future, nothing less than a vibrant and brilliantly supported agricultural sector will meet the needs of the economy and all of our people.”OTHER DROUGHT ASSISTANCEShoprite and Checkers customers also helped to raise R200 000 for drought-stricken communities across South Africa over two months since March through the retailers’ Act for Change initiative.Operation Hydrate, the NGO that has been donating water in drought stricken areas of South Africa, has distributed more than six million litres of water so far. The group aims to collect R95-million worth of water by Nelson Mandela Day this year.PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

Team Selling, Group Performance Dynamics, and the Power of Tightly Knit Sales Teams, with Michael Dalis – Episode #88

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:48 — 31.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSTeam selling is a skill that MUST be developed these days. Gone are the days of the lone ranger approach to effective sales. Subject Matter Experts, Sales Professionals, and Support staff must come together these days to make the sales needed to move everyone forward. And the better any team operates – in sales and in any other team-based discipline – the better the outcomes. We only have to look to sports or music to see the power of a well-oiled team dynamic. This conversation with Michael Dalis about his new book, “Sell Like A Team” will give you insights into the dynamics of team selling that your organization desperately needs if it is going to succeed in the competitive sales world of today.Team selling, Group Performance Dynamics, and the Power of Tightly Knit Sales Teams, w @MichaelDalis – Ep 88Click To TweetHow are we as a unit going to execute better than any other sales team?That’s a question you have not only got to be asking but answering effectively with practical, strategic action that empowers everyone on the team. It’s the question behind Group Performance Dynamics, a concept Michael Dalis highlights in his new book, “Sell Like A Team.” In this conversation, you’re going to learn practical ways you can work as a team before your important sales meetings in order to be your best in those meetings. You’re also going to hear how to use rehearsals, feedback, and sales meeting agendas to manage the process more effectively from start to finish. Michael’s stuff is actionable, so make sure you don’t miss this conversation – and grab a copy of his book in the resources section of this episode’s show notes.If your sales team is not in sync, you’ll have difficulty performing effectively.When Anthony was younger he was in a rock band whose members were serious about their performances and their future. That’s where he learned the importance of Group Performance Dynamics, the topic of Michael Dalis’ new book, “Sell Like A Team.” On this episode, Anthony tells the story of how a particular performance was negatively impacted by a lack of team cohesion and uses the example to lead into Michael’s expertise around this area of team sales. It’s a great story but also one that illustrates in a tangible way why your sales team needs to be operating together as a well-oiled machine. Do your sales team a favor and listen to this conversation.If your sales team is not in sync, you’ll have difficulty performing effectively @MichaelDalisClick To TweetDo you rehearse team sales calls before you make them? You should.If you have a sales team made up of experienced sales professionals, it’s easy to think that the combined experience of your group and the number of sales calls you’ve made collectively translate into an effective group sales call. Nothing is further from the truth. The varied dynamics that go into functioning effectively as a sales team are likely foreign to everyone on the team, so you need to take the time to rehearse your interaction and roles before the sale. Find out how Anthony and his guest, Michael Dalis recommend you go about that and hear why they both feel it’s the missing component that could drive sales to new levels of success, on this episode.Team selling can not improve without honest feedback among the team members.When you make a sales call as a team, it’s important that you not leave the meeting and move on with life. There’s so much to be gained through a team debrief where honest feedback can be given and received. On this episode, Michael Dalis says that the kind of feedback that truly benefits sales teams is balanced, specific, and honest. He defines each of that and gives advice on how you can make suggestions about individual roles in the upcoming sales meeting (tweaks) before it ever happens. He’s convinced that proper team preparation and post-sales-call feedback can produce powerful improvements to your closing rate. Find out more on this episode.Team selling can not improve without honest feedback among the team members @MichaelDalisClick To TweetOutline of this great episode One of the most common questions Anthony receives: a great CRM for small teams? Who is Michael Dalis? What is group performance discipline, and why is it important? Why is there an increase in the need to buy and sell as a team? Who is the REAL gatekeeper in sales settings? You can’t get to consensus in the sales process without the right allies. The vital task of a salesperson’s self-education. Why trust is essential in sales teams, how to build it, what destroys it. The importance of rehearsal and how neglecting it can be a team’s downfall. Honest feedback to sales team members: vital for improvement over time. How do you keep from running out of time in team sales meetings?Our Sponsor:SAP Digital CRMResources & Links mentioned in this – Michael’s websiteThe Richardson Company – Michael often contributes to their blog1259861155The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: Tweets you can use to share this episodeHow are we as a unit going to execute better than any other sales team? @MichaelDalisClick To TweetDo you rehearse team sales calls before you make them? You should @MichaelDalisClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Canadian Normandy veteran awarded Frances highest decoration for service

first_imgHALIFAX – Fred Turnbull was only 19 when his landing craft approached the beaches of Normandy as part of the greatest amphibious assault in military history.Now 92, Turnbull, who was a Royal Canadian Navy bowman-gunner, said he still vividly remembers the confusion of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944.“From the air it must have looked like a mix-up of landing craft going in all directions,” the retired banker said, moments after receiving France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, at a ceremony Friday at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.“And I think probably the worst thing was the noise. The noise was terrible because we had our own battleships firing in and the Germans firing out.”Born in Montreal, Turnbull was just 17 when he joined the navy in the summer of 1942. Serving aboard landing craft, he took part in several Allied operations including landings in Sicily, Normandy, southern France and Greece.His job was to drop the ramp of the landing craft and then jump over the bow to help steady it with a rope as the soldiers it carried disembarked and headed ashore.It was a dangerous job with little protection from enemy snipers, mortars, aircraft and minefields. Turnbull said there was little time to be afraid.“You just have a job to do and you do it,” he said. “That’s where the training comes in. You train so much, everything’s automatic.”Turnbull was presented with his medal by Laurence Monmayrant, France’s consul general for the Atlantic provinces. He is one of over 600 Canadian veterans who have been awarded the five-armed cross created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.“You are a living page of the history of my home country,” said Monmayrant. “Your contribution to its liberation needed to be recognized.”Monmayrant later said that meeting Turnbull and bestowing him with the award was a special honour for her.“I come from Normandy and from a very early age we are told of the role of the soldiers who came from the U.S., from Canada … who came to the rescue of France and Europe,” she said.Turnbull said he was proud to receive the honour, which he dedicated to his comrades in arms.“I never thought that this would happen,” he told a gathering of family, friends and military dignitaries.“But I’d like to say this is on behalf of all the landing craft crews.”Turnbull recorded his wartime memories in a diary, which at the time was forbidden by Allied authorities. The diaries eventually formed the basis of a book that was published in 2007 entitled “The Invasion Diaries.”He said he hid the diary in his hammock and recorded his thoughts often a week to 10 days after certain events had unfolded.“But then in the early 80s the government said all those who have diaries can deposit them in the national archives and get a tax benefit, so everything changed,” Turnbull chuckled.After the war, Turnbull studied history and economics at McGill University and eventually worked for Montreal Trust, retiring as an assistant vice president in 1989.“I got into business and you sort of forget day-to-day what went on,” he said. “Life goes on.”last_img read more