Orange Co. launches COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program to provide relief, details…

first_img Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Landlord & Tenant Program will assist up to $4,000 in past due rentFrom the Orange County NewsroomIn an effort to help curb the onslaught of possible evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the Orange County COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program at the August 11, 2020 board meeting.The $20 million program will launch on August 25, 2020, and is funded by the Federal CARES Act monies that are allotted locally. Of the $20 million allocated, $5.7 million is from the Florida Housing CARES Act— Coronavirus Relief Funds.The income-based program is designed to help Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants who are in imminent danger of eviction due to COVID-19 and provides the property owner with an alternative to eviction. The Orange County COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program will provide up to $4,000 in past due rent.“COVID-19 adds a lot of stress to our lives. One thing I don’t want our Orange County residents – especially the very low and low income – is to worry about being evicted from their homes,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. “This new assistance program will help our residents stay afloat during this unprecedented time.”The COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program is a partnership with the Orange County Bar Association and local legal assistance nonprofit agencies. The Orange County Bar Association will administer the program and process all applications. Orange County Government will finalize applications, and the Orange County Comptroller will provide payment directly to the landlords.The application will be available at the online portal on Orange County’s website ocfl.net/OrangeCARES beginning August 25, 2020.  The tenant or landlord can initiate the application process; however, both must agree to participate.  Program details will be posted on the Orange County Cares Act website in the coming week.Tenant Eligibility CriteriaOrange County residentProperty is the tenant’s primary residenceLease is in the tenant’s name and is responsible for paying a portion or the full amountOne or more members of the household experienced a documented, involuntary loss of income that occurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergencyDate of job loss, reduction in employment hours or pay occurred between March 13, 2020 and September 1, 2020Must have received an eviction notice, letter from their landlord to participate in the program or referral from the courtAt least two months behind in rent and the arrears were accrued between April 1, 2020 and August 11, 2020No other person in the household has applied for or will apply for the Orange County COVID-19 Eviction Diversion ProgramRequired to certify their household income prior to and after April 1, 2020Eligibility is income-based with a focus on very low and low incomeDemonstrates ability to pay rent after arrears are paid by Orange CountyMore information will be available soon at www.ocfl.net/OrangeCARES Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSCARES Act FundsCriteriaEvictionLandlordMayor Jerry DemingsOrange County GovernmentReliefTenant Previous articleProfiles: Orange Co. candidates for Sheriff – ERIC L. MCINTYRENext articleYesterday’s history, tomorrow’s possibility…? I scream, you scream, we all scream for a 4-day workweek Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

New Zealand hold onto Bledisloe Cup with punishing win over Australia

first_imgSunday Aug 16, 2015 New Zealand hold onto Bledisloe Cup with punishing win over Australia The All Blacks put last week’s defeat at the hands of the Wallabies well and truly behind them as they turned things on in emphatic fashion at Eden Park in Auckland, winning 41-13 to hold on to the Bledisloe Cup for yet another year. They have held the trophy since 2003.Australia came out the blocks looking like they had a realistic chance of a fortress Eden Park upset, but midway through the first half the game changed complexion, and it was one way traffic from there on.Dane Coles scored a thrilling, length of the field effort that included some vintage Dan Carter running, and a highly impressive step, sprint and fend from the mobile hooker.There were other moments of brilliance too, with Nehe Milner-Skudder showing his quick feet and brilliant offloading ability, as well as some of the tight forwards combining to set Ma’a Nonu away for one of his two tries on the night.In the end it was five tries to one, scored by outstanding Israel Folau late in the game, as the All Blacks laid down a marker for anyone looking to challenge them at the Rugby World Cup.Nonu and Conrad Smith, the long-serving midfield combo, showed that they should be Steve Hansen’s first picks, despite the obvious temptation to select Sonny Bill Williams. Such is the depth of New Zealand rugby right now (always..), is that it’s a problem he will welcome when planning for his World Cup meetings with Argentina, Tonga, Georgia and Namibia.As for the Rugby Championship winning Wallabies, this was a lesson that Michael Cheika will need to learn from, as the changes made to the previous week’s side simply didn’t pay dividends. And Quade Cooper’s Eden Park hoodoo continued.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

6 preview insights from 2016 Fundraising Media DNA research

first_imgWhat will the 2016 study reveal?The preview insights that fast.MAP shared exclusively with UK Fundraising are:1. Email – donors aged 55+ strongly prefer it as their way of receiving communication (Preferred Index: 55+, 264).2. Inserts – a new channel –fundraisers underestimate the likelihood of them being shared with others (Share with Others Index: Overall, Estimated – 78 vs. Actual – 101).3. SMS – donor engagement is growing (Engagement Index: Overall, 2015 – 64 vs. 2016/17 – 75), particularly among 35-54s (2015 – 54 vs. 2016/17 – 71).4. Street fundraising is welcomed among 18-34s and those who donate more than £100-a-year (Welcomed Index: 18-34, 106, High Donors, 106).5. Social media is welcomed among high-value donors (Welcomed Index: High Donors, 137)6. Press ads are most likely to encourage people to research further (Research Index: Overall, 105) e.g. by visiting a charity website.Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and Research at the Institute of Fundraising, said:“This year’s Fundraising Media DNA research will help charities and fundraisers to understand the nuances of different channels and the way donors engage with them. By knowing more about how people respond and react to different forms of communication we can build compelling campaigns that will resonate with what donors want.“The dual approach of the research, both asking donors what they think directly, and asking fundraisers to predict what donors will say, creates a compelling piece that will help guide how we think about fundraising.“The full results – which will be revealed on Friday 10th June – will provide useful insights to help to challenge assumptions and add fresh thinking to campaign development and promotional activity.”fast.MAP Managing Director David Cole added:“By studying the strengths and weaknesses of each medium’s DNA, fundraisers wishing to maximise the effectiveness of a campaign can carefully combine the most effective media mix by balancing one medium’s weakness against another’s strengths.“The way people consent to charity marketing which is communicated by each medium is a specific area of investigation. To learn more about consent generation UK Fundraising readers can take advantage of free access to the fast.MAP Guide to Creating Permission Statements which would otherwise cost £50.”Register your interest for this year’s Fundraising Media DNA event. fast.MAP state that attendance is limited.  110 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Channel sponsors include ONEPOST (direct mail), Home Fundraising (door-to-door), WPN Chameleon (DRTV), Kudos Data Solutions (preferences) and Listen (telephone). Sponsorship opportunities are available for agencies and experts in email, SMS, social media, street fundraising and for the new channels – press and inserts. A lead sponsor is also being sought.fast.MAP Account Director Mark Mina explained:“We are seeking sponsors to champion fundraising channels not just at the event, but with the ongoing publication and distribution of the report. If you would like to know more, please contact me on 020 7242 0702”. Advertisement 6 preview insights from 2016 Fundraising Media DNA research About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5center_img This year’s Institute of Fundraising/fast.MAP Fundraising Media DNA report will be launched in June, but UK Fundraising can exclusively reveal six insights that the report will contain.Last year’s inaugural fast.MAP Fundraising Media DNA report was covered by UK Fundraising in a series of monthly reports looking at the different channels used in fundraising, examining how they were viewed by fundraisers and donors.2016 reportThe launch of the 2016 report will take place at the Holiday Inn London-Bloomsbury on 10th June.This report will follow the same formula as last year, examining in detail the attributes of each fundraising channel – its DNA.This includes each medium’s• Profile – the people who engage with it• Personality – the attributes associated with it• Action – the ways people respond or react to the communicationAlmost 3,000 donors and more than 100 fundraisers have been interviewed as part of the research. These responses have been aggregated to build an index where the average score of 100 provides the benchmark against which performance can be measured. So, for example, a score of 150 indicates a 1.5-times-above-average performance.  109 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 18 April 2016 | News Tagged with: Digital Fundraising Media DNA Research / statistics sms Telephone fundraisinglast_img read more

Giving Consumers What They Want, Misinformation

first_img When it comes to information about food, there is no shortage of information. A trip through a modern grocery store is an adventure in information overload.  Even a trip to a farmers’ market will assault your senses with more information then you may really want or can process. The problem is there is no way to filter out the legitimate information from the hogwash. While some food products attempt to present factual information useful to consumers, others simply try and baffle us with BS.It’s simple: If you increase transparency, you will increase trust. That is the position of the Council for Food Integrity, an industry-funded organization that conducts fair and honest research on consumer attitudes about food. CFI says its latest research proves its point, “This year’s research is the culmination of three years of work on the concept of increasing food system transparency.” According to the CFI data, what most consumers mean when they say transparency is that they want information about 6 areas: food safety, the impact of the food product on health, environmental impact of the product and how it is produced, Labor and human rights, animal wellbeing, and the business ethics of the company whose name is on the package. While consumers say they care about all these things, there are some they care more about than others.Food safety, what is in a product, and how those ingredients were derived are top of mind for most consumers. According to CFI, this is also the kind of information consumers want on a label. It is the “me” mentality. If it is something that is going to impact me, then I want to know it now. Social and environmental issues are things consumers say they are willing to go to a web site to learn about.  CFI says what consumers want on a label includes all ingredients, regardless of quantity; allergens; preservatives; and whether ingredients were derived from GMO seed. Notice that consumers did not indicate they want to know what is NOT in a product.Yet, that is what more and more information about food is: what is not in a product. A quick trip down any grocery store aisle will reveal labels, signs, and posters that make claims about what something is not. Gluten free, antibiotic free, hormone free, GMO free, peanut free, allergen free, trans fat free, sugar free, MSG free, salt free, meat free: these are things you are likely to encounter. About the only sign you are not likely to see is one that reads “free.”I consider this kind of information misleading. In many cases, the item that is being proclaimed as being not in a food is either prohibited by law from being there in the first place or could never be in the product anyway — like gluten free water or boneless bananas. The implication is that, by claiming a particular product does not have something in it, the product next to it on the shelf does. This approach also distracts the consumer by getting her to think about what is not in a product rather than what is. A product may shout loudly about having no GMOS, but put in fine print the artificial coloring and flavors it has.Consumers keep asking for transparency in their food supply, yet all the food and grocery industry does is cloud the shelves with what is not in our food.By Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Oct 9, 2016 Giving Consumers What They Want, Misinformation Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Commentary Giving Consumers What They Want, Misinformation SHARE SHARE Previous articleFood Industry Leaders Say Consumers Want GMO LabelsNext articleFarm Bureau Supports Legislation Against Estate Tax Increases Gary Truittlast_img read more

Two Horned Frogs earn preseason All-American accolades

first_imgTwitter Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Linkedin Facebook Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ printTwo TCU baseball juniors were honored as Collegiate Baseball All-Americans Wednesday. The duo consisted of Luken Baker and pitcher Jared Janczak, two key members for the team’s success.While Baker missed the final 21 games of last season’s campaign, he still earned first-team All-Big 12 honors after his impressive season. In his 47 games played, Baker hit .317 with eight homers and eight doubles and finished third on the team with 41 RBIs. Baker was named first-team all-American for his second consecutive season.Janczak was recognized as a member of the second team. Janczak threw for an ERA of 2.31 in 15 starts and finished the season with a 9-2 record. Janczak also recorded 102 strikeouts in 93.5 innings to his name.Baker, Janczak and TCU Baseball will return to the diamond and open the 2018 season Feb. 18 at Grand Canyon University. + posts Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ What to watch during quarantine TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks center_img ReddIt TAGSBig 12 TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Facebook TCU Baseball vs Texas at the Lupton Stadium on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on May 6, 2017. Photos by Michael Clements. ReddIt Previous articleTCU’s Okonkwo named Big 12 Player of the WeekNext articleHorned Frogs’ Alamo Bowl performance against Stanford will reveal its character Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Robbie Vaglio Linkedin Twitter TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

National award for Council’s ‘Road Safety Road Show’

first_img Google+ 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today By News Highland – February 13, 2012 Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Facebook Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ National award for Council’s ‘Road Safety Road Show’ NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly center_img Newsx Adverts WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleBundoran RNLI called out after reports of surfer in troubleNext articlePlans which will see LYIT merge to be unveiled today News Highland Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Pinterest WhatsApp Donegal County Council has won the Council of the Year award at the Local Authority Members Association awards.The council collected the award for its flagship ‘Road Safety Road Show’.12,000 students have already seen the hard hitting show over the last four years.At the event people directly affected by road tragedies tell their stories to second level students – who will soon be beginning their own driving careers.Mayor Noel McBride has paid tribute to all involved:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/noel1pmRS.mp3[/podcast] Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more

Unsolicited seeds from China appearing in mailboxes

first_img Email the author Unsolicited seeds from China appearing in mailboxes By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Published 10:48 pm Monday, July 27, 2020 Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Walmart grant will help TPD slow speeders The Troy Police Department received a grant from Walmart on Mondayto help the department purchase a portable radar sign. “This… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The seeds can be of different sizes and colors.The ADAI is currently asking all residents of unsolicited seeds not to plant the seeds and, if the seeds are in a sealed package, not to open the package and not to dispose of the seeds.Suspicious seed deliveries should be reported to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection service at 1-800-877-3835. The seeds and packaging should be kept until the USDA provides further instructions.Postmasters at the Banks and Brundidge post offices said no reports of the unsolicited seeds have been reported. Efforts to reach the Troy Police Office were not successful By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content Unsolicited seed packages from China have been delivered to residents in Alabama and in other states across the country.The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries reported that the seeds are being delivered through the United States Postal Service and are often mislabeled as “jewelry.”Such practice is known as agricultural smuggling.“We urge all residents to be on the lookout for similar packages. These seeds could be invasive or be harmful to livestock,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel State Rep. Wes Allen had words of caution for local residents regarding any unsolicited packages.“If you receive any package in the mail that you did not order, do not open the package and alert the authorities,” he said.Other than Alabama, residents have reported receiving suspicious packages of seeds in Arizona, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington State. On Monday afternoon, Georgia was added to the list.last_img read more

Going the distance

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Going the distanceOn 1 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Della Marian, now public fundraising manager for Traidcraft, had no choice but to reach for the phone to secure her qualificationsFundraising is my third career, and having the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Diploma has helped enormously. It has already helped me gain two promotions, but living as I do deep in the country I couldn’t have achieved it without distance learning – and the help of a really good tutor.I work for Traidcraft, which is an organisation dedicated to alleviating poverty in the Third World by helping producers to sell their products for a fair price in international markets. We sell goods direct to the public by mail order and through a network of fair traders. We also raise funds from the public for our charitable work. This is mainly through direct mail appeals, telemarketing, inserts and major donor development. This aspect of our activities is the job of my department.Senior positionI started here three years ago as the fundraiser in a small department just before completing my CIM Diploma. After a year, I was promoted to public fundraising manager, then a middle management position.A year later, a decision was taken to grow public fundraising considerably and my job was upgraded to a senior position, in effect head of public fundraising.I already had many years’ business and marketing expertise – I ran my own catering business for 16 years and then managed a cookery book publishing business. When I decided to take the course, I was working in the Lake District, and the nearest university was a two to three hour drive each way. Distance learning was the only option.I had decided I needed a good qualification to move up the promotional ladder. I wanted to understand a lot more about business and marketing in its modern form is at the core. Twenty years ago, it just meant sales and promotion. Now it is a strategic approach to business management.The CIM Diploma involves a three-year course split into the Certificate in Marketing, the Advanced Certificate, which is degree level, and finally the Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing which is accredited as 60 per cent of a masters degree.My first year of distance learning proved a disaster – the tutor just wasn’t qualified. As it happens, I could have had an exemption for the first year, but I had wanted to give myself as broad an immersion as possible. I did get my first-year certificate, but I knew I needed a change of tutor if I was going to succeed at the more advanced levels.Life-saverIt was just before my exams that I discovered Tactics – it saved my life. I spent a Sunday morning on the phone to Tactics’ principal, Angela Hutton, the day before my first year exams, and realised that the service they were offering was superb.Angela knows her subject backwards, is very direct and always hits the nail on the head, so no time is wasted. She is also a hands-on practitioner, with day-to-day involvement in the business world as a consultant. She pushed me, motivated me and answered my questions so that I had the knowledge and skills I needed.The course is not an easy option. I tend to be methodical and conscientious, and found I needed more than the six hours a week that is recommended.Tactics provides the study materials for each module (four for each level). Although I bought additional textbooks for the first couple of modules, I soon realised that the material provided by Tactics was sufficient.Hints and tipsThe work consisted of assignments at the end of each chapter, including questions from previous exam papers. One very good thing about Tactics was that from the start, you are given hints and tips on how to approach the exams. This was all backed up with telephone support from a tutor to whom you have unlimited access – providing you can get hold of them. They were very good at returning calls, although there could be difficulties in co-ordinating return calls during working hours. If you are busy working to deadlines or in meetings, it can be difficult to fit them in. I understand the system has improved now, with most tutor contact in the evenings, when students need it, and increased use of e-mail.I did most of my studying in the evenings and weekends – for those three years, my life revolved around it. But it was worth the effort. The Diploma is very broad – it covers all areas of marketing. For example the second year included writing and using income and expenditure reports and balance sheets. It covers areas like new product development, pricing, communications and distribution, writing a strategic marketing plan, risk minimisation and identifying an organisation’s weaknesses.Marketing is at the core of a business (or it should be!) and that is as true of the charity sector as it is in the commercial business world. Having the diploma has helped enormously in giving me a distinct advantage.VerdictTutor is a lifelineWith any distance learning course, the quality of the tutor is vital. However good the teaching materials are, if the tutor is poor, you are unlikely to succeed, because the course provides the framework and the tutor puts the flesh on it. She or he has to be knowledgeable and experienced, of course, but they have to be able to impart that knowledge over the phone, and at the same time pick up on the student’s needs.Without the interaction with other students in a class, the student is reliant on the tutor as a lifeline and Tactics understands this. My own success was to a large extent related to the support I got from Tactics. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Oxford sweep Gramophone Awards

first_imgThe Oxford-based choir Cardinall’s Musick has won the prestigious Gramophone Early Music Award for their recording of William Byrd’s ‘Infelix Ego’.Winning the award for the fourth time, Cardinall’s Musick secured the title with their recording of Byrd’s Latin mediation piece, which incorporates music from the late 16th and early 17th Centuries.Three musical groups based in Oxford made up the complete shortlist for the Early Music Award this year. Cardinall’s Musick beat rival groups Phantasm and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir for the prize, awarded by classical music magazine Gramophone.A panel of critics selected the three nominees from thousands of CD releases from the past year. It is unprecedented for all three groups to have strong Oxford links. Both Phantasm and Christ Church Cathedral Choir are directed by members of the University Music Faculty, and Cardinall’s Musick was founded in Oxford when its director, Andrew Carwood, was a lay clerk with Christ Church Cathedral Choir. Professor Jonathan Cross, Director of the Oxford University Music Faculty, spoke of his pride at the shortlist.“In the Music Faculty we are delighted by the nominations of both Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Phantasm, directed by our colleagues Stephen Darlington and Laurence Dreyfus. “Like the Oscars, it’s as much an honour to be nominated as to win!” he said.Dr Stephen Darlington, the Director of Christ Church Cathedral Choir, agreed that the Oxford-dominated nominations reflected the high calibre of music at the University.He said, “Overall, it shows the national recognition for the quality of music-making in the field of Early Music at Oxford, an area which has a long history of distinction here.”The Gramophone Awards are among the most significant honours bestowed on recordings in the classical music industry. The winners are selected by critics for the Gramophone magazine, music retailers, broadcasters, arts administrators, and musicians. In 2008, the Early Music prize was also won by an Oxford group. The Choir of New College carried away the prize based on their performance of ‘Missa Benedicta’, conducted by EdwardHigginbottom.last_img read more

Fireworks set off at Oxford nightclub

first_img[mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%5562%%[/mm-hide-text]Oxford students were responsible for setting off fireworks at The Bridge nightclub last Thursday, it has been alleged.A student witness in the smoking area of Bridge told Cherwell that he saw “a flare-like firework fall into the corridor towards Anuba [an adjacent ‘pre-bar’ to Bridge]. It fizzed for a bit and then zipped off – there was lots of smoke but I didn’t hear anything. I then saw two guys dragged out and interrogated by who I think was the owner of Bridge.”Bridge general manager Phil Davidson told Cherwell that “the two names that were given to us as being involved” were Orme Alexander Clarke and Felix Goodman. Clarke, 20, allegedly a member of the Bullingdon Club, is a second-year PPEist at St Benet’s Hall, while Goodman, 19, is a second-year at Christ Church.Davidson claimed that the two individuals were apprehended and ejected from the club. He told Cherwell, “Two males were apprehended and later removed from the premises. Two large fireworks were lit and then thrown into the smoking area which was busy with fellow students.“The individuals were held and then dealt with by police who were called to attend. We did find out the identity of the male who threw the firework.”Thames Valley Police declined to confirm the names but issued a statement about the incident, stating that “Police were called at 12.20am on Friday 8th February, to reports [that] a man was setting off fireworks in the smoking area of The Bridge nightclub, Hythe Bridge Street.“No one was injured and no property had been damaged. A 20-year-old man was given an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice for letting off a firework in a public place.”The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents maintains guidelines on firework safety, including instructions to “keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks” and to “direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.” It notes that it is against the law to set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.A second-year who was at Bridge that evening claimed that the incident was “clearly a prank gone wrong” but insisted, “The act doesn’t seem to have been malicious. No one was hurt, nothing was broken, and most of the people at Bridge that evening – myself included – didn’t even notice it.“I only found out about it happening when I left and saw a police car parked outside. We should put this all in perspective and give them a break.”However, another student said that she thought “it a was morally reprehensible and disgusting joke considering what happened in the Brazilian nightclub.”Last month 240 people were killed in a nightclub fire, started by a flare or firework in a club in Santa Maria, Brazil, which one of the band members lit whilst performing live on stage.Clarke and Goodman did not respond to Cherwell’s requests for comment.last_img read more