Rangers say public supports Old Oak plans

first_imgQPR say thousands of local people have backed their plans to regenerate Old Oak.The club’s Malaysian owners, fronted by chairman Tony Fernandes, have long been keen to develop the area between Scrubs Lane and Willesden Junction, which would be known as New Queens Park and include a new home for Rangers as part of a sporting and leisure complex.In September the club held a consultation which involved a six-day public exhibition, meetings with local groups, 50,000 newsletters being distributed and a project website being set up.Rangers say there were almost 3,000 responses and that 2,524 (89%) of people agree with their vision for Old Oak, while only 302 (11%) said they disagreed.QPR also report that 2,484 (88%) supported Old Oak as the location for a new stadium and 332 (12%) said they disagree with the idea.QPR have said they hope to move to a new stadium in 2018“We want to thank everyone who responded to our consultation and shared their thoughts with us,” said Fernandes.“This is only the first stage of consultation and we will continue to work with the community as we develop our plans in more detail.“QPR have been in the area for over 100 years and have a loyal fan base.“We need to move on from Loftus Road if we are to sustain a top-flight football club and Old Oak Common is the only realistic place for us to move – close to our fans and our roots, with great transport links, and the opportunity to be at the heart of the most exciting new development in west London for years.“Old Oak is the biggest regeneration since the Olympics and we have a responsibility to future generations to get it right.“We need a comprehensive planned approach with a stadium as its beating heart, led by a football club with a stronger interest in the local community than any other kind of business.““The choice at Old Oak is between a stadium-led regeneration, generating activity, passion and publicity in a new district with a beating heat, or a dormitory town of buy-to-let flats, driven by housing developers leaving little for the local community.”QPR say they will now be working with the three relevant London boroughs – Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Brent – as well as the Greater London Authority and local groups to ensure the community will benefit from the club’s proposals.Fernandes added: “It is important we don’t let this opportunity go to waste.“Local people have told us that they want QPR to stay in Hammersmith & Fulham. We hope the local boroughs and GLA will support us.“Let’s work together to deliver a thriving new city quarter that keeps QPR in west London and delivers real community benefits to the wider area.”See also:QPR owners stay committed because their eyes are on the prizeQPR confirm Old Oak regeneration projectThe Old Oak project that would totally transform the face of QPRChief executive Beard sets out QPR’s vision for Old OakOld Oak plan ‘speculative & presumptuous’The battle for Old Oak will be a huge opportunity for QPR fansQPR step up their pursuit of Old Oak site’More than 80%’ back QPR’s Old Oak plansOld Oak regeneration ‘requires everyone to work together’ say QPRWhat’s going on at QPR? Some answers to key questions being askedQPR stadium ‘is just not going to happen’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Latest: Southampton 0 Chelsea 0 – injury blow for Blues early on

first_imgPedro limped off after tweaking a leg muscle in the opening stages of Chelsea’s game at St. Mary’s.The Spaniard struggled from the off and eventually crumpled to a heap after six minutes, before being replaced by Oscar.Both defences looked nervous initially, despite Southampton extending their run without conceding to more than nine-and-a-half hours.After Chelsea had looked uncomfortable in dealing with a couple of Southampton corners, the ball was recycled and with Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois out of goal, Shane Long headed over from close range.Southampton were also anxious on occasion as Chelsea tried to play cute short passes around the edge of the box, and they also hacked clear a loose ball from the goalmouth after a corner.Chelsea selected the same side that started the FA Cup rout of Manchester City for the trip to Southampton.Southampton made two changes from the side which won at Swansea, Cedric returning at right wing-back while former QPR striker Charlie Austin started at the expense of Graziano Pelle.Southampton: Forster; Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Cedric, Clasie, Romeu, Davis, Targett; Long, Austin.Subs: Stekelenburg, Yoshida, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Mane, Tadic, Pelle.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro (Oscar 7), Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Traore, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New drive for greener cars

first_imgFor every new car financed through itsGreen Vehicle Finance initiative, Absa Bank will plant a tree.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free pictures, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Nthite Absa Group Communications +27 11 846 8448 or +27 82 377 7480 • Joanne Lee Rolt Trees for Africa +27 11 656 9802/2 RELATED ARTICLES • Nedbank goes carbon neutral • Adopt a tree in Africa • New wine label protects trees • SA banks overtake global giants • SA’s auto industry to turn greenEmily van RijswijckSouth African retail bank Absa has come up with an innovative way for buyers of new vehicles to save money while contributing toward a greener planet.Through the new Green Vehicle Finance initiative, Absa clients buying a car with a carbon dioxide (CO2) output of 120 grams per kilometre or less can save on their monthly instalments, and Absa will plant a tree on behalf of the customer at the same time.The benchmark of 120g/km of CO2 is used universally by car manufacturers. Carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas primarily responsible for global warming.Ajith Bridgraj, head of Absa Group Media, said Absa clients buying cars with a CO2 output of less than 100g/km will qualify for a 0.75% rebate and cars with 120g/km will get a 0.25% rebate on their new vehicle instalments.“Customers who opt for more eco-friendly cars will realise monthly and annual savings on their instalments, compared to those without the benefit if the car is paid over the same term.”In the South African market, vehicles available in the 120g/km range include the Audi A1 and A3 series, some cars in the Citroen C1 and C3 series, some in the Honda range, the Volvo S40 and the Toyota Aygo, to name a few.Vehicles in the 100 g/km category are limited to the Toyota Prius, the Lexus CT, VW Polo 1.2 and VW Golf 6.Sydney Soundy, of Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance, said the Green Vehicle Finance solution forms part of the bank’s commitment towards a greener society and, more specifically, to the national agenda of reducing carbon emissions.“We believe that through this offering, we can enable our customers to make a more environment-conscious choice of vehicle.”One car, one treeAdding more impetus to the initiative, Absa will work hand in hand with Food & Trees for Africa and plant a tree on behalf of the customer for each vehicle sold, confirmed Travis Spencer-Coye, portfolio manager at Absa.The bank kicked off the new green initiative with the planting of 150 trees at the Glen Ridge community in Soweto on 24 August.Founded in 1990, Food and Trees for Africa is a non-profit organisation that works to green unhealthy and degraded landscapes through the planting of trees and food gardens. An important part of the initiative is to encourage the community to become more aware of environment-related issues, and to use their natural resources sustainably.The organisation has planted over 4-million trees since it started more than 20 years ago.Cutting down on carbon emissionsThe amount of carbon dioxide emitted by a car is directly proportional to the amount of fuel it consumes. A car with good fuel economy, therefore, is a car with a good green footprint.The most direct method of calculating a vehicle’s CO2 emissions is to multiply litres of petrol used by 2.30 to give the amount of CO2 in kilograms. For diesel vehicles the multiplication factor is 2.63.Since 1 September 2010, South African consumers have been paying emissions tax on new vehicles purchased – this is when the CO2 Vehicle Emissions Tax came into effect. New passenger cars are taxed in accordance with their certified CO2 emissions. Any new passenger vehicle with a CO2 rating of more than 120 g/km will pay a tax of R75 (US$10) for every g/km over that value.This means that buyers of new vehicles above the approved CO2 threshold can pay from R750 ($102) to as much as R10 000 ($1 356) extra, depending on the emissions rating.In March 2011 the National Treasury introduced a similar tax on light commercial vehicles, which includes gas-guzzlers such as double cabs. The CO2 threshold for these vehicles has been set at 175g/km at a tax rate of R100 ($13) for every g/km above this target.In so doing the Treasury hopes to encourage South Africans to switch to more fuel efficient vehicles.Addressing climate change a priorityThe automotive sector is responsible for approximately 15% of the total CO2 emissions emitted in South Africa. Power plants around the world, which generate electricity by burning coal, are the biggest culprits of greenhouse gas emissions.According to the International Energy Agency the power sector is responsible for 37% of all man-made CO2 emissions globally. This creates about 23-billion tons of CO2 emissions per year – in excess of 700 tons a second.The South African government regards climate change as one of the greatest threats to sustainable development. The country is a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, by which industrialised countries have committed themselves to reduce greenhouse gases by 5.2% by 2012.South Africa’s National Energy Efficiency Strategy has set its own target of 12% for improved energy efficiency by 2015.In November and December this year, South Africa will host the 17th session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17) in Durban.List of qualifying models:MANUFACTURER MODELVARIATIONBelow 120 g/km thresholdAudiA1A1 1.2 FSi Attraction 3-drA1 1.4T FSi Ambition 3-dr S-Tronic A1 1.4T FSi Attraction 3-dr S-TronicA1 1.6 TDi Ambition Dsl 3-drA3A3 1.6 TDi Attraction S-Tronic Dsl 3-dr 7-spA3 Sportback 1.6 TDi Attraction S-Tronic 5-dr DslA4A4 2.0 TDi Ambition 100kW DslCitroenC1C1 1.0i Attraction 5-drC1 1.0i Seduction 5-drC3C3 1.4i HDi Seduction Dsl 5-drC3 1.6 HDi 90 Seduction DslDaihatsuCharadeCharade Celeb 1.0 5-drFiat500500 1.2 3-dr MY10Grande Punto Grande Punto 1.3 Dynamic 16V Multijet Dsl 5-drFordFiestaFiesta 1.6 DV6 Ambiente 5-dr Dsl MY08Fiesta Sedan 1.6 TDCi Ambiente DslHondaCR-ZCR-Z 1.5 Hybrid 3-drInsightInsight 1.3 Hybrid 5-dr CVTPeugeot107107 1.0 Trendy 5-dr MY09107 1.0 Urban 5-dr207207 Dynamic 1.6 HDi Dsl 5-dr207 Dynamic 1.6 HDi Dsl 6-sp 5-drSmartfortwofortwo Passion Cabrioletfortwo Pulse Coupe mhdfortwo Pure Coupe mhdToyotaAygoAygo 1.0 Fresh 5-drAygo 1.0 Wild 5-drVolvoS40S40 1.6D DrivE Dsl MY11VolkswagenCrossPoloCrossPolo 1.6 TDi Comfortline 5-dr 77kW DslGolfGolf 6 1.6 TDi Comfortline Dsl 5-drPoloPolo 1.6 TDi Comfortline Dsl 5-dr MY10Below 100 g/km thresholdToyotaPriusPrius Hybrid 1.8 5-dr Advanced ECVTPrius Hybrid 1.8 5-dr Exclusive ECVTVolkswagenGolfGolf 6 1.6 TDi BlueMotion Dsl 5-drPoloPolo 1.2 TDi Trendline BlueMotion 5-dr DslLexusCTCT 200hlast_img read more

OEFFA announces 2016 Stewardship and Service Award Recipients

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has named the 2016 recipients for the Stewardship Award and Service Award.Jim Croghan of Croghan’s Organic Farm in Clinton County received the Stewardship Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture community, and Steve Sears and Sylvia Upp of Pike County received the Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to OEFFA.The announcements were made on Saturday, Feb. 13 as part of OEFFA’s 37th annual conference, Growing Right by Nature. 2016 Stewardship Award Winner — Jim CroghanA pioneer in the organic movement, Jim Croghan was one of Ohio’s first certified organic farmers. At Croghan’s Organic Farm, Jim and his wife Joyce produced organic corn, beans, spelt, hay, and other grains for domestic and international markets. He retired in 2009 after more than three decades of farming, but continues to garden and maintain an orchard.His quiet, behind-the-scenes leadership within OEFFA led to the creation of what is today the organization’s Grain Growers Chapter, which remains very active. Before the National Organic Program was established — which set federal standards for organic certification — Jim also served on OEFFA’s board and certification committee, including a term as chairman, helping to shape OEFFA’s organic standards.A steward of both the organization and his land, one of Jim’s major accomplishments has been keeping his farm in continuous organic production since the late 1980s, according to 2011 Stewardship Award winner and organic farmer Ed Snavely, who presented the award.In 2010, organic farmer and OEFFA Little Miami Chapter president Jeff Harris began farming the land, growing organic alfalfa, yellow corn, soybeans, wheat, red clover, triticale, and rye. According to Jeff, “He has been a very powerful influence on me… Jim is my neighbor, my friend, and has been my mentor in the organic world.” 2016 Service Award Winner — Steve Sears and Sylvia UppSylvia Upp operated the OEFFA Certification program from 1991 until 2007, joined by her husband Steve Sears in 2003. Together, they managed the complex and challenging transition from the standards and processes developed by OEFFA’s grassroots certification program to federal oversight once the National Organic Program became effective in 2002. Their home and farm in West Salem, Ohio served as the headquarters for OEFFA’s Certification program, until it moved to a Columbus office in 2007.According to 2015 Service Award winner John Sowder, who served on OEFFA’s Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2015, “Sylvia was admired and respected for her dedication, her organizational skills, and her attention to detail. She was our leader as the program grew and we knew she was the right person for this position. I feel that OEFFA is where we are today because of the Certification program and Sylvia built that foundation.”Prior to his certification role, Steve served on OEFFA’s board for many years, during a time when the organization was largely volunteer-run. John reflects, “He had a gentle disposition and good sense of humor with a keen eye for getting to the heart of a matter.” During this time, Steve also operated a business called Ohio Farm Direct, one of the state’s first wholesale distribution services that delivered products from farms to consumers.“Jim, Steve, and Sylvia showed an unwavering commitment to sustainable agriculture and OEFFA during an important time in our history. These awards are a small way that we, as a community, can recognize their contributions and express our gratitude for their work, from which we all have benefited,” said Carol Goland, OEFFA Executive Director.last_img read more

HERES YOUR CHANCE School Committee Vacancy To Be Filled On August 13

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — What if I told you you could become a Wilmington School Committee member without having to spend three months campaigning and hundreds (thousands?) of dollars?The Wilmington Board of Selectmen and Wilmington School Committee will hold a joint meeting on Monday, August 13, 2018 to fill the School Committee seat recently vacated by Peggy Kane. The meeting will take place within the Board of Selectmen’s Meeting scheduled for that evening.Per Massachusetts General Law Chapter 41, Section 11, the remaining six School Committee members and the five Selectmen are responsible in appointing a resident to fill Kane’s unexpired term, which is up in April 2019. The “winning” candidate would need a simple majority — affirmative votes from at least six of the eleven officials — to secure the appointment.Residents wishing to serve on the School Committee must send a letter of interest to the Town Manager’s Office (directed to Kevin A. Caira, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, 121 Glen Road, Wilmington, MA 01887) by Friday, July 27, 2018 at 4:30pm.The Town Manager’s Office will distribute the letters to each member of the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, giving them a couple of weeks to have conversations with candidates prior to the August 13 meeting.The joint meeting was originally eyed for July 9 — the Board of Selectmen’s next regularly scheduled meeting — but multiple School Committee members would be unable to attend.Selectmen unanimously backed the process, which was outlined by Town Manager Jeff Hull after consulting with Selectmen Chair Kevin Caira and School Committee Chair Julie Broussard.Wilmington Apple has confirmed that Jesse Fennelly, the runner-up in April’s School Committee election, intends on being a candidate for the appointment.Wilmington Apple has also heard that a former School Committee member may be interested in returning to the board.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedUPDATE: ZERO Letters Of Interest Received For Vacant School Committee Seat So Far; Deadline Is July 27In “Education”Special Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”BREAKING NEWS: Peggy Kane Resigns From Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Breaking News”last_img read more

Developing Legal Group Challenges the System Fights Black Laws

first_img1928 • U. Grant Tyler, Roy S. Bond, Emory Cole and John Hampton outside the Banneker Law Building, which was owned by African-American lawyers.After half a century of practicing law in Maryland, by 1935, Black attorneys were still denied entrance into bar associations.The two local groups at the time—the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Baltimore City—offered professional comradery and mentorship opportunities to its members.“It was a way of networking and formally passing down information,” University of Maryland law Professor Larry Gibson says. “Older lawyers, in a social setting, could share information with younger lawyers and mutually help each other.”The doors to those professional organizations were closed to Baltimore’s Black lawyers, so they created their own brotherhood around a mission to uplift the race. They called it the Monumental City Bar Association.The Early YearsReferences to the Monumental City Bar date back to 1917 although the group’s early work was “spasmodic,” according to an AFRO article that commemorated the organization’s 10th anniversary. The association’s first leader was Cornelius C. Fitzgerald, an attorney who specialized in testamentary law and was considered an authority on wills.It was not until 1921, when W. Ashbie Hawkins became president, that he “led [the Monumental City Bar] into prominence with a new program of cooperation, legal supervision for race people and a fight on the ‘black laws’ of Maryland,” the AFRO article reads.The members of the group met each month, held discussions and formed committees.“They were a collective voice,” says Gibson.Although the attorneys led their own practices—some representing civil organizations such as the local NAACP and the AFRO—they united on civil rights concerns, opposed discriminatory laws, and endorsed politicians.Marshall’s Role1936 • Monumental City Bar Association, regular meeting letter.The Monumental City Bar was incorporated in April 1935. The group’s secretary was Thurgood Marshall, who would later become the nation’s first Black Supreme Court Justice. Gibson says Marshall drew up the legal group’s incorporation papers and filed them with the state.When Marshall was a newly-minted member of the Maryland Bar in 1933, he was denied office space to start his law practice because of his race. He finally found a workplace with two members of the Monumental City Bar—Warner T. McGuinn and William Alfred Carroll Hughes Jr. They leased the sixth floor of the old Phoenix Building in downtown Baltimore.“They were the first Black lawyers below Fayette Street,” says Gibson. “Most of the other Black lawyers were in the Banneker building on 14 East Pleasant Street, which is still occupied by Black lawyers.”Marshall’s first big civil rights win came the same year the Monumental City Bar was founded. The case forced the University of Maryland’s law school to admit applicant Donald Gains Murray and thus all qualified Black students.“Marshall felt strongly about this case because of his dismay, when he was about to begin his own legal studies, that he could not attend the Maryland school,” according to an AFRO article chronicling Marshall’s life in 1960.His work with the University of Maryland set the stage for his most memorable case, Brown v. Board of Education, which led to the desegregation of all public schools.The Black Legal BodyServing as the “legal body” for the Black community, the members of the Monumental City Bar adopted resolutions regarding legislation, even sending telegrams to lawmakers urging their support of bills that were important to the race such as the anti-lynching bill.In 1935, more than 22 cities on the East Coast had Black lawyers in their respective state’s attorney’s offices, but Maryland’s J. Bernard Wells told the AFRO: “I am afraid that Maryland is not ready for the appointment of a colored man [in this office].” Monumental City Bar members reacted by submitting petitions for the state’s attorney to appoint Black lawyers.Members were also active in the National Bar Association, comprised of Black attorneys from across the country. Marshall served as secretary in 1937, and the Monumental City Bar often hosted NBA conferences.1934 • Lawyers attend the National Bar Association in Baltimore.Prominent MembersFormer Monumental City Bar president, E. Everett Lane, was the “first robed judge south of the Mason Dixon line,” according to an AFRO article. Lane was appointed by Maryland Governor Theodore McKeldin in 1957 as associate judge of what was then the People’s Court of Baltimore City—a local court that handled 19,000 cases annually. That same year, Lane was among the first three Blacks admitted to Baltimore’s bar association. He was also a veteran, having enlisted in World War I and having been honorably discharged as an army sergeant.Lane called his work on the People’s Court “fascinating, but challenging…For the rights and welfare of many people must be guarded, and there are many cases in which those involved are unable, financially to procure counsel,” according to a speech referenced in a 1957 AFRO article.Law was an integral part of the attorney’s family. His father was one of the first Blacks allowed to practice in Maryland, and Lane says he was named after Maryland’s first Black lawyer, Everett Waring.A brother pair with ties to the legal group also contributed during this time period. The Kogers are said to have opened the first law firm in the country owned by Black brothers. Linwood G. and Azzie B. Koger were veterans who graduated from Howard University’s law school.Roy S. Bond was credited with more divorces than any lawyer outside Reno.Despite their similar interests in increasing opportunities for Black people, the pair had distinct strengths. Azzie B. Koger was more scholarly, writing about the history of Black lawyers and ministers. His brother Linwood Koger was more active as a lawyer, presiding over the Monumental City Bar for several terms, working as an assistant city solicitor, and heading the Baltimore Chapter of the NAACP. Linwood was also one of the first Blacks to run for the state legislature and Congress. The well-known attorney also became a judge and made an impression on a 13-year-old Gibson.“He’s the first Black judge I ever saw in my life,” Gibson recalls. “I have the clearest recollection of going down to the Northwestern Police District…Seeing this Black judge up there, as far as I was concerned, he might as well have been on the Supreme Court.”Another set of brothers opened a law firm in 1931—Cornelius C. and William L. Fitzgerald. The two-office firm specialized in real estate, fire, and automobile insurance. The elder brother, Cornelius, was Monumental City Bar’s first leader. The former city councilman and president of the board of trustees for Provident Hospital died of an illness in 1935, just months after the group’s incorporation.William Fitzgerald’s legal career spanned more than 60 years. He was also a Monumental City Bar president, and he represented Baltimore’s 17th Ward on the city council from 1919-1923. An AFRO article in 1950 announced he was the first Black person to pass Maryland’s written law exam.The younger Fitzgerald brother was a powerful voice behind the years-long campaign to increase Black teachers’ salaries. He was also a powerhouse real estate attorney, and the Housing Authority often called on him for help planning sites for low rent housing. His goal was to “make homes and investment property on principal streets available to members of his race,” according to his 1961 eulogy in the AFRO.Another active member of the Monumental City Bar, Roy S. Bond, owned one of the largest divorce practices on the East Coast. An AFRO article credited him with more divorces than any attorney outside Reno.“A White lawyer told me lines would come out of the building to see Roy Bond,” says Gibson. “He was handing out more than one divorce decree in the same day. The highest I found he issued was 12 [in the same day].”Bond served four terms as president of the Monumental City Bar, often mentoring up-and-coming attorneys and letting them take over some of his divorce cases.Although many of Maryland’s first Black lawyers championed civil rights cases, “they had to make a living,” explains Gibson. “Bread and butter work for lawyers was divorces.”By the 1950’s, the coalition of Black attorneys started winning local and state appointments, but it would be over the next two decades that they truly began to play a prominent role in the state and country’s political scene.last_img read more