Students and faculty members attack Bodleian “secrecy”

first_imgA spokesperson for the Bodleian stressed that student members had been present at all of the meetings of library committees where the proposal was discussed.They added, “The proposal to relocate the Oriental Institute to the Sackler Library came about after pressure to make permanent cost savings from 2015/16. Consultation on the proposal has taken place and continues; a decision has not yet been taken and the proposal will go to the Curators of the University Library in 8th Week Trinity Term.The suggested solution will not only generate cost savings but will also increase the opening hours of the Sackler Library/ the time that readers have access to the Sackler Library by more than a third.”Tara Heuze, a Balliol Oriental Studies student, told Cherwell, “I frequent both the OI and the Sackler on a fairly regular basis. Both of these, when I go, happen to be packed with people, despite the space, and I often find that I have to get my books and scurry back to college if I am to study properly. If the seating availability is already in these dire straits at this point in time, when the two libraries are separate, I can hardly imagine what it would be like once the attempted merger goes through.“Perhaps most importantly, the hypocrisy of the entire proceedings disgusts me. I heard rumours about the proposed move at least a month ago, but it is only now, when the decision is all but made, that the management have decided to ‘considerately’ send around an internet survey, which they’ll probably ignore anyway, but pretend that they didn’t, so that the entire procedure can have a (very) thin veneer of fairness.“What surprises me the most is that the Classicists and the Art Historians, who will be as affected by it as us, do not seem to have been informed at all.“It is disgusting, and would be shocking, if it weren’t so predictable, given the history of library moves in the past decade.” Students and faculty members have expressed outrage over the Bodleian’s handling of the proposed relocation of the Oriental Institute library in an effort to reduce costs by between two and three per cent. Under the proposal, the Oriental Institute library, which houses the majority of books used by Oriental Studies students, would be closed, and most of its books moved to the Sackler, which is the Classics faculty’s main library. The proposal is currently being considered by a number of committees, and the final move is expected to go ahead in summer 2016.A document presented to the Committee on Library Provision and Strategy in Oriental Studies outlined the Bodleian’s line on using feedback from consultations, stating, “Further consultation may be required…but it is hoped that the outline proposal can be agreed soon so that necessary preparatory work can get under way.”The document also stated, “Subject to further discussion and study, it is hoped that preparatory steps can start immediately (and indeed some are already agreed and under way) and continue steadily through to June 2016, with the major move taking place in July/August.” It warned of a possible curtailment of opening hours in the interim.Professor Gillian Evans, a retired Cambridge professor and an outspoken critic of Bodleian management, told Cherwell, “What is happening now is a re-run of a lot of regrettable management practices we saw in 2012: secrecy, failure to consult all those affected in a timely way or at all, attempts to railroad a proposal onward in the teeth of extensive opposition, by the use of PR and ‘rewriting the story’, even constitutional shenanigans.”Evans added, “This is coupled with a failure to work things out and cost them and timetable them properly in detail. Anyone who uses the Sackler or the Classics part of the LRR knows how short of seats Classics already is. If applicant numbers are rising as I hear they are in Oriental Studies, this is a recipe for a grim future of overcrowding.”The Sackler currently has 250 reader spaces, and according to Bodleian statistics its average occupancy is 80, but the document did not contain data looking at peak-time occupancy, when the pressure on reader spaces would be most acute.last_img read more


Asda total sales up 7.1%

first_imgAsda has increased its like-for-like sales by 2.2% in the 12 weeks to 31 March 2012.The supermarket firm, part of US-based retail giant Walmart, said the result, which excluded acquisitions, VAT and fuel, was an acceleration of the 1% reported in the previous quarter in the 14 weeks to 7 January 2012.Asda’s total sales grew 7.1%, while operating income grew faster than sales, excluding fuel.Andy Clarke, CEO and president of Asda, said: “I’m proud of the work our stores, depots and teams at Asda House and George House put in during the quarter, to build on our end-of-year momentum and deliver market-leading growth. Customers really valued our price leadership, the ongoing improvements in quality and our commitment to warm and friendly service.”Sales at the UK’s second-biggest supermarket business have grown faster than all of its main rivals achieving a record market share of just under 18%, according to recent industry data. Like-for-like customer numbers in Q1 2012 were up 2.9% as basket spend increased by 2.1%.Doug McMillon, president and chief executive of Walmart International, said: “The UK had a strong first quarter, growing sales, and growing operating income faster than sales, excluding fuel. In the first quarter of this year, overall sales grew 7.1% and comparable sales increased 5%, excluding acquisitions and fuel, driven by core growth in grocery and children’s apparel. The comparable sales included a strong first week in January.“The UK’s gross profit rate, excluding acquisitions, was relatively flat compared to last year. Excluding acquisitions and last year’s pension costs, first quarter expenses as a percentage of sales grew slower than sales. We continue to sell at lower prices by embedding cost-saving programmes in operations.”last_img read more


Carwiz expands despite global crisis: Contracts signed with new global franchise partners

first_imgCarwiz has thus entered into a partnership with Leos Groups of Companies, which has been in business since 1983, whose mission is to be the most professional car rental company in Cyprus by offering full service and developing relationships with customers and suppliers based on trust and honesty. By the way, Carwiz rent a car is a Croatian company which, after opening the first branches on the Croatian market, soon started to conquer the global market through a franchise business model. Although this crisis has hit them hard, Cariwz is still expanding and with its own franchise model they are present on as many as four continents, ie 20 countries with more than 60 branches. Although the rent a car industry, like all economic entities, and above all those operating in the travel industry, is facing a challenging and difficult year, Carwiz rent a car has proven that it is still possible to continue expanding its business. Although there are relatively few of them on the market compared to other tourist branches, about 15 rent a car companies in Croatia generate a total of over one billion kuna in annual revenues and are responsible for the purchase of 25 new vehicles a year. The loss of financial income in the car rental industry is 90 percent Despite everything, Carwiz is expanding with a new franchise partnership in Cyprus and expanding the franchise network to eastern Mediterranean! Any authentic brand, and Carwiz certainly is, who cares about its customers and business partners can maintain the strength of the brand even in a crisis, provided it reacts quickly, accepts change and has a real team of people behind it who follow trends and accept change. When asked how to gain trust around the world that results in partnership and global expansion at a time when the world is increasingly closing and every country and business is focusing on the domestic market, Carwiz gave a concrete answer with their example. A difficult year for the entire tourism sector, including the car rental industry, which is directly dependent on tourism. The car rental industry is an important part of the mosaic of the Croatian tourist offer, especially in the context of air traffic, extension of the tourist season and raising tourist consumption. center_img “Their brand strength fits perfectly into Carwiz’s mission and vision even during a crisis as the new franchise partner operates in every major city in Cyprus including the Larnaca airport branch ” points out Krešimir Dobrilović, director of Carwiz.  The importance for the tourism sector is clearly shown by the fact that more than 90 percent of users of the car rental industry in Croatia are foreign tourists. “It is very important to change the way of doing business, educate and keep a clear direction of business. For business in crisis, it is important to establish stability and efficiency of business, adjust the service and offer, and meet new needs and desires of customers. Most of the responsibility is certainly on the sales teams, but it is very important to consider how to reorganize the entire business in order for it to maintain its success in the short and long term, given the uncertainty that the crisis brings us.”  they say in Carwiz. Find out more about the Carwiz franchise model in the attachment: CARWIZ BECAME A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT! THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL IT IS EXPANDING TO THE GLOBAL MARKET It is strong brands that have the trust of customers, the crisis continues to communicate and have visibility, deliver added value, will recover first and foremost as soon as the recovery of the economy and the tourism sector begins. Brand power Although we do not yet know the long-term consequences of the crisis caused by the coronavirus, one thing is certain – business needs to be adapted, embrace new ways of doing business and prepare the company for crisis business. last_img read more


Claudio Ranieri relaxed despite defeat to Liverpool

first_imgLeicester manager Claudio Ranieri does not believe defeat at Liverpool will knock his side out of their stride. Press Association First-half substitute Christian Benteke scored the only goal just after the hour to inflict the Premier League leaders’ first loss in three months, with the Reds also preventing them scoring for the first time since May. Asked whether defeat would affect them, Ranieri said: “Why? We are very down because we wanted to win but not every time it is possible. “We made this one goal but after all the set-plays of Leicester it was difficult and close and not easy to defend but we did it, we had patience and that is good so we deserved the three points. “A lot of teams tried it before and it is not too easy so I am really pleased with what we did today.” The only blot on the day was another hamstring injury, this time to striker Divock Origi who was preferred to £32.5million summer signing Benteke from the start. “Origi did really well. I hope it is not too serious, we will see,” said Klopp. “Hamstring is the s*** word of the year for me. It is always hamstring, hamstring, hamstring – that is the intensity of the game and fixtures. “Benteke did really well in the last week in training but we decided on this starting line-up because of the things you saw from Divock in the first half-hour – we needed his speed. “Christian came in, it was not easy the first 10 minutes, and second half it was much better. “He fought intensively and worked hard for the team and he made his goal. He did perfect in the situation.” “If there is another team who plays better than you or maybe is more clear when there is a chance to score a goal then well done to them. “I am not happy but it is okay. Sooner or later we had to lose. I think Liverpool deserved to win. “At the beginning we were too anxious and nervous and we started to play so late, I don’t know why. “In the second half we conceded a goal which, if we are more attentive, we could close Benteke down better because it was three of my players against two of them and Benteke was alone. “Now it is important to recover energy but it is more mental because there is another big match, a big challenge (Manchester City at home on Tuesday).” Liverpool ended a run of four matches without victory and to do it against the league leaders, who had not been beaten away from home since March, gave manager Jurgen Klopp great pleasure. “It was deserved,” he said. “We played too complicated at Watford last week (losing 3-0). Today we did much better. “We knew if we stayed concentrated we would get our chances as it was not too intensive in the first half so we could do more in the second half. last_img read more


Sunday blog: Talking riots, electricity outage, your special day and Quinn

first_img5. Contest time! Since i have a unhealthy obsession with Magic: The gathering. According to MTG Modern Rules. What is the minimum amount of cards you can have in a deck? Send the answer to [email protected] us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 275 weeks ago Cue, while “exasperate” sorta fits… I believe the word you intended is “exacerbate.” OTOH this reader completely agrees with you about looting, rioting, and the other primal behavior. These people are criminals, derelicts. I am also tired of the police getting vilified for doing their jobs by arresting criminals and derelicts. Report Reply 1 reply · active 275 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 275 weeks ago I even looked that word up: Exasperate means to infuriate or irritate intensely. Exacerbate means to make a problem worse. So technically you are right. I’ll change the sentence to “exacerbate to exasperate.” Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 275 weeks ago I want to know what happened to the reserve officer in Tulsa , that shot and killed the unarmed guy on the ground thinking he was using his tazier , but accidental had a gun in his hand.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 275 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down concerned citizen · 275 weeks ago Frankly, I for one am tired of all the negative publicity that we have seen in the news lately concerning law enforcement officers. There are a lot of officers out there that have and would give their lives in order to serve and protect their community. Next week (May 10-16, 2015) is National Police Week. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Its intention was to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and those still working the streets. Instead of being down on our officers let us as a community use that time to thank an officer for their service and to wear blue or fly a blue ribbon from your vehicle car antenna in support of our men in blue. Report Reply 0 replies · active 275 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 275 weeks ago Boy oh boy “Obviously, I am neither African-American nor live in the inner-city so I don’t understand what it is to live in poverty or to be discriminated against”. Uh… only poor people and blacks can be discriminated against? Get a grip, ya yuppie liberal. Tired of the cops F’ing with you? Maybe you should try not breaking the law. Majority of ALL protests have spun from someone breaking the law and paying the ultimate price. The cops in the majority of the cases (dare I say ALL but one which is still, to my knowledge, being investigated) acted in good measure. I wouldn’t want a cops job in todays ignorant “hands up don’t shoot” mentality of a nation. I couldn’t agree more about the electrical outage though. Stop watching T.V., get off the computer, put the cell phone/tablet down. Play a board game with your spouse/kids over candle light. Tell stories of growing up and having to walk “up hill both ways, in the snow”. We need a major power grid issue to come up so that these twits can’t check twitter every 30 seconds, or post how horrible being without power for 10 minutes is on facebook. The problem with downtown wellington, is that people don’t support it…..reliably. Sure, I shop downtown. Maybe once every couple of months. Should I do it once a month? Sure. Once a week? Probably. But the convenience of working in the big city makes it too easy to just stop while I’m up there. And the COST makes it more attractive. Report Reply 0 replies · active 275 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 5. Quinn’s thoughts…Quinn McCue1. Fun fact about Quinn: I hate celery. I cannot stand the smell and or taste unless it’s boiled. Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five thoughts by Cueball and Quinn for May 3, 2015…1. Baltimore riots…City police riots are hardly anything new. I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have them. The Rodney King Los Angeles riots in 1992 were particularly disturbing.A man stands in front of a line of police officer in riot gear last week in Baltimore. (AP News photo).I was way too young to remember the civil rights riots of the 1960s.Maybe I’m becoming more cynical these days, but today’s riots seem a bit more manufactured than the riots of years past. You wonder for some if it is an excuse for people to loot, and are tailor-made spectacles for cable TV news networks like CNN and Fox News, eager for a night of high ratings.Obviously, I am neither African-American nor live in the inner-city so I don’t understand what it is to live in poverty or to be discriminated against based on the color of my skin.But burning down a city doesn’t seem like a solution. And I also fail to understand how neutering a police force helps overcome whatever it is people need to overcome. Someone asked me the other day, why would anyone want to go into law enforcement these days — especially in the inner city. It’s not a profession I would choose. Police officers are held to an accountability of perfection. If an incident occurs such as what happened with Michael Brown in Missouri and Freddie Gray in Baltimore, then all hell breaks loose. Local citizens riots, T.V. cameras converge and you have a city-burning spectacle on your hands.And then there are the visitors, who seem to show up and exacerbate to exasperate the situation for these made-for-TV events.Burning down a city is the current rage, Ferguson… Baltimore… and another coming soon to a city near you. We’re in for a long hot summer.When I compare the plight of the inner cities these days, it makes me realize just how lucky I am to be living in Wellington, Kansas. 2. Electricity being out… Are we getting a little too spoiled? Electricity went out for 10 minutes in Wellington and elsewhere in Sumner County, and you would have thought it was Armageddon judging from some of the comments I read on Facebook and this site.Someone sent me an e-mail to launch a full-fledged investigation into the matter as if the city was under siege. Yeah, I’ll get do that hard-hitting investigative piece right after I write my five-part series on why the drive thru clerk at one of our fast food restaurants failed to give me correct change the other day.Do we need a war, a bubonic plague or something to snap us back into reality about how good we have it? Having your electricity go out especially for 10 minutes is not a crisis. Nothing in this world is going to run perfectly. We are going to have pot holes in our streets, our cars are not going to start, our bills will be too high, and the stupid electricity is going to go out from time-to-time.I was actually happy to see the electricity go out around 10 p.m. Wednesday. It kept me from having to watch more news coverage of the Baltimore riots. 4. I have never seen an entire Indiana Jones or Harry Potter Movie in my life.center_img 3. I like 10 hours of sleep. But I also like staying up late to an unhealthy extent. See my problem. 2. Only 2 people know my favorite food. 4. Your special day … I hope you have been reading the WHS Daily Bulletin that comes out Monday through Friday.Not only is there a school schedule, the lunch, and announcements of things going on at Wellington High School, but at the end it lists of special commemorative days. For example on Monday it was National Tell a Story Day and National Prime Rib Day. Thursday, and I’m not lying, was National Honesty Day and National Bugs Bunny Day.I saw this on Facebook. Saturday was not only Wellington’s Citywide Garage Sale but it was also “World Naked Gardening Day.”I’ll leave the jokes up to you. 3. Something I heard…I asked a Wellington downtown restaurant owner the other day how business was during the lunch hour and he said not as well as he hoped because there are way too many places downtown for people to eat.That’s a new one. I’m not sure I ever heard that since moving here. “We have too many downtown businesses open.”Folks, it’s time to get fat. We are in food heaven. Get downtown or elsewhere in the community and support the many local restaurants in town. These are good times… burp!last_img read more