A government initiative to curb freshers’ week drinking has been met with scepticism by Oxford JCRs.After taking part in a Downing Street seminar on the levels of binge drinking among British students, Gordon Brown and his policy team are investigating whether the Higher Education Funding Council can use its powers to ban universities from encouraging excessive drinking on their campuses. Freshers’ weeks across Oxford could be affected if the government pushes through plans universities on the matter. Professor Oliver James, a liver disease specialist and head of the medical faculty at Newcastle University, told Gordon Brown about the levels of excessive drinking he had seen at his own campus. He said, “I was concerned and appalled by the level of drinking which goes on in Freshers’ Week, not just at Newcastle but at every university in the country. This kind of thing just gratifies the binge drinking culture. The induction period is no longer just a week too, at many universities it can last for two or even three weeks.” However, both JCR presidents and other groups in Oxford expressed their doubts as to whether such bans would be effective. In response to the news Louise Randall, OUSU Vice President for Welfare, said, “Many students choose to celebrate their new found freedom with a few drinks in Fresher’s week. However, many also make the choice not to drink, either because they choose not to, or because they cannot. “Any attempt to actively discourage drinking during Fresher’s week will simply lead to student drinking being pushed underground, with potentially dangerous consequences.” Tom Callard, JCR President at Oriel College, said, “We are always careful not to bias the Freshers’ timetable in favour of drinkers and there are always plenty of non-alcoholic activities. On our timetable we actually have no scheduled club nights – we organize things like bus tours, paint-ball and films, and if people want to go out in the evenings then it is up to them.” He pointed out, “I don’t think we’d have to change anything if this new legislation came in – we already abide by it.”The proposal for a clampdown will be discussed at Downing Street in spring with contributions from organisations such as the Portman Group, which promote responsible drinking. by Katherine Hall, Deputy News Editor
Last week the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history. More than two million Americans, largely seniors, were victimized by more than 260 defendants from around the globe in these cases. Total alleged losses from the elder fraud financial schemes were over three fourths of one billion dollars. This DOJ interactive map provides details on its cases.An increasingly more common form of elder fraud is the technical-support (tech-support) scam. This is where criminals trick victims into giving remote access to their computers while pretending to give technical support. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), older adults are the hardest hit by such scams. The FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network received nearly 143,000 reports with a loss of $55 million on tech support scams in 2018. Consumers 60 and over filed more loss reports on tech-support scams from 2015 to 2018 than on any other type of fraud reported to the Consumer Sentinel Network. The median individual reported loss to tech-support scams was $400, however, people 60 and over reported a 25 percent higher median loss of $500. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
The home at 45 Kathleen Street, Corinda.Owner-occupiers have been out in force in Brisbane’s west, according to North Star Australia principal Brian Kartz.Mr Kartz said the settlement of 45 Kathleen St, Corinda, for $1.35 million on October 31, showed how strong the market had been.“There was a lot of inquiry — a lot of inspections,” Mr Kartz said.“It was mainly local families with people who were looking to either upsize, or buy a place and be able to put a pool in.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Mr Kartz said the four-bedroom, 363sq m home on a 1012sq m block made for a very liveable family property, but there was still room for the new owner to add value. Inside the home at 45 Kathleen Street, Corinda.“The buyer was a local builder — it was ideal for them as the kids go to St Aidan’s and they can walk to the school,” he said.The home’s internal presentation was excellent, with features including polished timber floors and 3m-high ceilings and a fireplace. Mr Kartz said the local market continued to improve, with plenty of buyers for homes that met the market on price.“Owner-occupier demand for the right kind of property is really good. The right property in the right location will definitely attract a buyer,” he said.
Damen Shipyards Group plans to establish a service hub in the Russian port of Novorossiysk as it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Delo Group of companies.The LOI was inked during the NEVA 2017 trade fair in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Under the terms of the agreement, the cooperation between the duo regarding the new service hub will commence before the end of 2017.As explained, the primary aim of the service hub will be to optimize services provided to the growing number of Damen vessels operating in the Black Sea area. Currently, more than 30 vessels that Damen built are operating in the region. This is set to increase in the coming months as Delo Services will take delivery of three Damen tugs in November. In addition, the handover of the fourth tug is scheduled for 2018.“Having a service hub here will allow Damen to react very quickly to any service or maintenance issues, by which Damen ship owners can increase the uptime of their vessels. Moreover, an ongoing service programme can also lengthen the entire lifetime of a vessel while reducing the total cost of ownership,” Damen said.In addition to providing service support to vessels in the area, the new service hub will also have relevance to operations at Aleksino Port Marina Shipyard, according to Damen.Part of DeloPorts, Aleksino Port Marina Shipyard is a ship repair facility located in the Port of Novorossiysk, on the north-eastern coast of the Black Sea.
Impression of how the Gyda jacket ready for transport in a near-vertical positonRepsol Norge has awarded Allseas an EPRD contract for the removal, transfer, load-in to shore and disposal of its Gyda platform in the Norwegian North Sea. The contract covers both the 18,000t topsides and 11,200t jacket, and includes an option for reinstallation on another field, which would be an unprecedented step for a fixed installation off Norway.Also included is an option for the removal, transfer, load-in and disposal of the jacket’s 32 conductors, weighing a total 3,100t.Gyda is a field in the southern part of the Norwegian sector in the North Sea, between the Ula and Ekofisk fields. The field has been developed with a combined drilling, accommodation and processing facility with a steel jacket standing in 66 meters water depth.The platform started producing in 1990, a decommissioning plan was submitted in 2016 and Gyda is now producing in parallel with plugging of the Gyda wells.As the jacket was vertically fabricated and installed back in the nineties, the structure cannot sustain loading in the horizontal position during transport.Allseas and Repsol said they spent more than a year studying ways to move the platform from its current location and bring it to shore for disposal.The solution of transporting the jacket in a near-vertical positon (60 degrees) with Pioneering Spirit’s jacket lift system unlocked the possibility for Repsol to award the full scope, both the topsides and jacket, to Allseas.Removal is planned for between late 2020 and 2023.Allseas has selected Kvaerner to dismantle and recycle the platform at its Stord disposal facility on the west coast of Norway.