Five academics from Oxford have received honours in the New Years’ Honours List, with three appointed CBEs, one an MBE and one an OBE.Christopher Bulstrode, a fellow of Green Templeton College, was made a CBE for services to humanitarian medicine. He retired in 2010 from his work as a professor ith charity Doctors of the World, for which he received the honour.Bulstrode said of his charitable work, “It has been an honour to be invited to join the teams set up by Doctors of the World and to contribute what I can. Certainly helping those less well off than ourselves, especially when war or disaster has struck, feels like one of the most useâ€¨ful thing that we can do. I do hope this award will stand as a recognition of the work of those teams, not of an individual.”Linda McDowell was also appointed CBE for services to geography and higher education. She is a fellow of St John’s College, where she teaches economic geography. McDowell is also a member of the college Equalities Committee and has taught across the social sciences to a range of students.Wolfson College fellow Keith Willett, who is also director for acute care at NHS England and an orthopaedic surgeon, was appointed CBE for services to the NHS. He said that he had been “enormously privileged to build a career with so many dedicated individuals and friends who are our NHS”.Fran Bennett, a senior research and teaching fellow at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, is an OBE for services to social science.â€¨Reverend Canon Brian Mountford, Chaplain of St Hilda’s, has been made an MBE for services to ecclesiastical history. He is also Vicar of the University Church, a post from which he will retire in April, and Honorary Canon of Christ Church Cathedral.
IS IT TRUE that last night the City of Evansville 2018 budget was approved by a 8 to 1 vote? …5th Ward City Council member Justin Elpers was the only one who voted “No” on the 2018 city budget?IS IT TRUE its obvious that Councilman Justin Elpers understands that problems associated with economic distress cannot be solved by increasing taxes, not making any serious budget cuts, building a new penguins exhibit and practicing political patronage?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville City Council doesn’t have a revenue problem? …they just have a spending problem?IS IT TRUE it was announced that Mayor Winnecke was opposed to City Council increasing the COIT tax for 2018? …it’s a well known fact that the Mayor has total control over the political and economic decisions made by City Council?IS IT TRUE that City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr stunned those in attendence when he stated that all the medical bill payments are current? …if Mr. Lloyd statement is correct then why does the city currently have a $3 million dollar healthcare deficit?IS IT TRUE at last nights City Council meeting very few cuts were made to the 2018 budget?IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville is anticipating to collect $371 million in taxes in 2018 which is an increase of 7.6% over last year?…we wonder how on earth that a city that has ZERO population growth and minimal wage growth feel that they can collect 7.6% more tax money from its huddled masses than it did the year before?IS IT TRUE with this kind of runaway spending at the city level, coupled with the rise in electric bills, increase in the county wheel tax and the coming oppressive water and sewer bills, one could easily conclude that the citizens of River City are bleeding to death from the irresponsible governance past, present, and future?IS IT TRUE that nothing was said about how Mayor Winnecke plans to pay for the Evansville Thunderbolts Hockey team operating expenses for 2018?IS IT TRUE that one of the items on last nights budget chopping block was a $102,500 annual subsidy grant given by the city to New Hope Baptist Church to provide a shuttle to drive people to work on outer Highway 41? …council decided to fund the work shuttle grant for another year even after finding out that currently the work shuttle has only one rider?IS IT TRUE at last nights council meeting 8 City Council members gave themselves a nice raise for 2018? …that 5th Ward Councilman Justin Elpers declined to accept a pay increase for 2018IS IT TRUE we were told that the city provides council members and city employees with a city paid healthcare benefit package that charges a monthly premium of $85 for single people or a family premiums charge of $183 month with a $1,500 deductible?IS IT TRUE we wonder how many of our readers have an employer paid healthcare benefit package that cost $85 a month for single people or a family premiums offering for $183 month with a $1,500 deductible?IS IT TRUE because of last night tax increases we are worried that some of our citizens who have the comfort of mobility will see the writing on the wall and will get out of Evansville while they can sell their house for more than they owe on it?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you believe the statement made at last night Council meeting that Mayor Winnecke was against the COIT tax increase is true? Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Electric Forest Announces 2019 Lineup Featuring The String Cheese Incident, STS9, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, & More
Electric Forest has announced the lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place from June 27th through 30th at Rothbury, MI’s Double JJ Resort.The diverse lineup will include three unique String Cheese Incident shows as well as headlining performances from ODESZA on Thursday, Kygo on Friday, Bassnectar on Saturday, and Zeds Dead on Sunday. In addition, Alison Wonderland, Ganja White Night, Gramatik, NGHTMRE & SLANDER PRESENT: GUD VIBRATIONS, STS9, Lettuce, Gramatik, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Ghost Light, Ghost-Note, Quinn XCII, Spafford, Tierra Whack, Anomalie, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, KNOWER, Mansionair, Minnesota, Ookay (LIVE), Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle, Ripe, Said The Sky, TAUK, The Knocks, Mungion, The Nth Power Presents: Earth, Wind & Power and many more will join the Forest Family in Rothbury this year.In addition to a plethora of musical performances, Electric Forest 2019 will also feature The Curated Events Series, daily yoga with Hannah Muse, The Silent Disco, Plug In Programs and activities, and many more ways to connect to all of the energy and excitement The Forest has to offer.Wristbands and lodging packages will be available to the general public this Friday, December 7th here. For more information on Electric Forest and the full lineup, head to the event’s website.
Star Files Andy Karl Rocky Related Shows See Sylvester Stallone at his most adorable (yes, adorable!) as he talks to David Letterman about the Rocky musical. From poking fun at himself (“Das Musical? I thought I spelled it that way.”) to talking up star Andy Karl. (“We scoured the world! He has to fight and be in amazing shape.”) Watch to see the Hollywood heavy-hitter cheer on the Broadway show and offer up some amusing anecdotes about how it came to be. Oh, and did we mention the raw eggs???? Yo! They are great clips. Watch ’em!)) Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 View Comments
Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler will presumably have the time of his life with this one. The Hamilton choreographer will bring moves to an ABC small screen remake of Dirty Dancing. The TV presentation, according to Deadline, has yet to receive a formal green light, which rests on the finalization of casting.The three-hour remake would star Oscar nominee and Broadway alum Abigail Breslin as Baby and feature a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer. Wayne Blair would direct.In addition to Hamilton, Blankenbuehler helmed and choreographed the recent premiere of The Bandstand, which will transfer to Broadway in the 2016-17 season. He won a Tony Award for In the Heights and additional nominations for 9 to 5 and Bring It On.The original 1987 film stared Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as Johnny Castle, a dance instructor at a Catskills resort, and Baby Houseman, who’s vacationing there with her family. As their romance blossoms, complications arise as she must keep the relationship from her father. View Comments
The 2016 Tony Awards were a wild ride, from the speeches, to the show performances to Andrew Lloyd Webber playing the tambourine outside the Beacon Theatre. There were plenty of moments—both wacky and touching—that made us take a second look, and thanks to these GIFs, you can take as many looks as you please. Check out how Daveed Diggs really feels about taking home a trophy, take notes on how Jane Krakowski gets Leslie Odom Jr.’s attention and more below. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images) View Comments
Beech Mountain Opening Day 2012-13 from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.In the past few years, North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort has positioned itself to be a powerhouse in the realm of four season outdoor recreation. Beech went all in with downhill and cross-country mountain biking, becoming one of the best places to gravity ride on the East Coast — and this is saying something in a state as well known for singletrack as it is for basketball. The mountain hosted the Gravity Nationals in 2011 and 2012 and was the scene for the Collegiate Nationals in 2013, hosting the best college riders from around the nation (and by around the nation, we mainly mean Colorado). With the recent development of the Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park, Beech Mountain and the greater Boone area is rapidly capitalizing on the growth of mountain biking and downhill riding in particular.Despite this influx of biking infrastructure, however, Beech Mountain Resort remains a skier’s mountain. Conveniently nestled on a sliver of land surrounded by national forest just north of Linville, Beech is the highest ski area in the eastern U.S. with an elevation of 5,506 feet at the summit, with 95 skiable acres, 830 feet of vertical, and 16 trails served by 7 lifts. The mile-high elevation means if there is snow in the area, it is falling at Beech, but this is still North Carolina so the battle against Mother Nature is constant. For the 2013-14 ski season, Beech has made significant improvements to its snowmaking capabilities, says the mountain’s Talia Freeman.“This summer we added an additional 12 new SMI Super PoleCat snow guns,” she said. “That ups our snowmaking system to 40 total SMI guns, so this gives us a pretty sophisticated snowmaking system. This is the largest modification of our snowmaking capabilities that we’ve ever had and it completely replaced our old compressor system.”Beech boasts snowmaking on 100 percent of their trails, so if the temperature cooperates, the slopes will be open.Speaking of open slopes, another big change at Beech for this year involves a scheduling change. Previously, Beech closed to groom the slopes between the day session and night session, but no more. The slopes will be open from 9am to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 10pm on weekends.“We think that the streamline hours will allow us to provide a longer and more enjoyable experience for our customer base,” said Freeman. “We aren’t doing a session break anymore. It will be a nice addition for our customer base.”This will allow more skiers and boarders shred one of Beech’s terrain parks designed by Director of Operations Ric Wilkinson, now in his second year at the helm. Freeman says big improvements were made in that department last season, and this year Beech features two parks – one advanced and the other a progression park where youngsters can learn new tricks. Freeman also says there is a continuing commitment at the mountain to get first timers and local kids on the slopes through learn to ride programs and clinics throughout the year.On the events and amenities side, Beech is bringing back its very popular Totally 80’s Retro Weekend at the end of February featuring parties, costume contests, and a banked slalom race. There is also a new facility at the top of the mountain: a skybar/lounge/snackshack called 5,506.“It’s a really cool facility. The deck in front of the lounge area is about 2,200 square feet, it’s really large. The view up there is incredible. It’s kind of like a little glass round house, so we’ll have food and drinks and snacks up there, and then the viewing deck is really cool. It will be a nice addition to the top of the mountain and something we can use year-round.”There’s that term again: year-round. Beech may be expanding its clientele into all four seasons, but with the improvements geared toward the winter, Beech remains committed to skiers and boarders. They know where their bread is buttered.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Riders and supporters of Suffolk County Transit Bus got on board the S40 bus Monday in Hauppauge to deliver 1,500 signed petitions to state Sen. Phil Boyle’s office in Bay Shore as part of an organized campaign to fix the state’s inadequate funding of the county’s bus system.Without more aid from Albany, Suffolk County Transit Bus will continue to suffer from an unfair balance of public support in our region. Last year, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Suffolk County contributed more than 50 percent of its transit system’s $57 million operating budget, while New York State ponied up only 35 percent. Nassau County coughed up only 2 percent to Nassau Inter-County Express’ $113 million operating budget while the state covered more than 50 percent.Granted, the counties’ daily ridership varies significantly: The average weekday ridership for Suffolk is 22,000 riders and 100,000 passengers for Nassau. On the other hand, weekday bus service in Suffolk ends at 7 p.m., while some Nassau routes are 24/7 and others end around 1 a.m.Last year, Suffolk County Transit Bus was able to increase Sunday service along 10 routes because it had received an additional $2 million from the state and the federal government. This year, Suffolk County was hoping for a $10 million increase in the 2014 state budget to expand service significantly but only got $500,000 more, which barely covers inflation, advocates claim.In a March 10, 2014 letter addressed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone wrote: “Other suburban counties such as Nassau and Westchester receive up to five times the amount of state funds that Suffolk County receives.”“Suffolk County has done a decent job of supporting its bus system and has shown that if given additional resources they will expand service,” said Ryan Lynch, associate director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a nonprofit policy organization dedicated to reducing car dependency in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. “Suffolk County’s New York State elected officials need to do more to support the millions of riders and businesses who depend on the reliability of the system.”“The formula that drives state aid of suburban counties’ public bus systems must be updated,” said State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) in a press statement. “My constituents in Suffolk County aren’t looking for a free ride, we’re just advocating for our fair share.”Students and riders were among the Suffolk County Transit Bus advocates who turned out May 12, 2014 in support of increased funding and expanded service.Meanwhile, attempts to expand service are showing signs of success, advocates point out. Through the end of March, Sunday ridership had grown by 97 percent. In fact, the S40 that participants boarded to Bay Shore saw a 56-percent increase in Sunday ridership from January through March.The petition drive started three weeks ago. The advocates’ group intends to drop the petitions off at the offices of each of Suffolk County’s elected state officials in the hopes that these representatives will climb on board and find more funds to support the county’s bus service.“After collecting hundreds of petition signatures from students at SUNY Stony Brook, it is clear that students need more SCT bus service” said New York Public Interest Research Group’s regional supervisor, Jaqi Cohen. “Stony Brook students are taking the S60, S69, and 3D routes that allow them to travel off campus to places like Port Jefferson and the Smith Haven Mall. Hundreds of students have signed our petition calling on our state elected officials to improve these vital services. We want them to heed their call for more SCT bus services.”“I represent many riders in Suffolk County that depend on the bus to get to and from work, specifically those who work at the Riverhead Tanger Outlets and the newly built Walmart Supercenter,” said Octavia Clarkson, a bus commuter. “Many of these workers, including my two siblings, do not work the typical Monday to Friday, nine-to-five work schedule and deserve to have transportation once their shift is over or at the close of business. I know that there is much more that can be done to extend this bus service into the evenings as well as increase Sunday service to more than 10 local routes.”“Lack of adequate bus services should not be a reason for students, working people or professionals to be limited in accessing life opportunities,” said Dawn Wing, a librarian at Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus. “Frequent bus breakdowns, insufficient emergency bus back-ups, lack of evening hour services make it difficult for Suffolk Community College students to attend classes and for faculty, such as myself, to work overtime. Enhancing bus services would benefit all Suffolk community members, not just current bus riders.“To invest in public transportation is to invest in the prosperity of Long Island,” she added.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old Deer Park man was reportedly sentenced Friday to 30 years and one month in a federal prison for planting a pipe bomb inside a Huntington Home Depot and threatening three other bombings more than two years ago as part of $2 million extortion plot. The failed bomber, Daniel Sheehan, had been facing a 30-year mandatory sentence following his 2013 conviction. Sheehan, a former Home Depot employee, was arrested in November 2012 following an aggressive federal, state and local law enforcement investigation. Federal investigators said Sheehan sent an anonymous letter to the Home Depot in Huntington, warning that a bomb had been placed in the store’s lighting department. In the letter, Sheehan demanded $2 million, investigators said. Suffolk County police bomb technicians located the pipe bomb inside a light fixture and performed a controlled explosion. Sheehan sent a second letter to Home Depot, warning that if the money was not delivered, all of the retailer’s stores on Long Island would be “shut down” on Black Friday, investigators said. Sheehan was later identified as the writer of the letters and arrested.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities are investigating a murder-suicide that occurred at a Stony Brook home on Sunday evening, Suffolk County police said.Sixth Precinct officers responded to a 911 call at 6 Pembrook Drive after a family member discovered the scene there at 6:45 p.m., police said.Following an investigation, it was determined that 79-year-old Raymond Foster, shot his 78-year-old wife, Sandra, and then shot himself, police said.The two were pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.