Foals to make return to Cellar

first_imgThe Foals will perform at The Cellar’s Christmas Home Town Reunion in celebration of the venue’s prevented closure.The landlord of Cellar withdrew his application for the site to be redeveloped into a retail space in October.The event, which is planned for the 19th December, will begin with a set from Oxford band Low Island. This will then be followed by DJ sets from Foals and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, a London-based DJ and producer.Foals have a well-forged relationship with The Cellar. They performed some of their earliest concerts at the venue and were involved in the campaign against the club’s closure.Low Island, who will play their debut Cellar set at the event, spoke to Cherwell about the venue’s role in discovering Oxford-based new music.“As a new band, you need platforms that will take a risk,” they said.“The Cellar constantly take the leap of faith with new artists based purely on their music alone – not their Facebook likes.”“We’ve all played/djed so many times in there over the years that it really feels like our club. I’d assume this is true for many of Oxford’s musicians and must be testament to the musical family that’s so strong and committed in Oxford.”“It’s really the ‘safe space’ for the Oxford music scene, where anything goes and music is listened to without the pre-determined stereotypes or genre baggage.”The profits from the event will go to The Highfield Adolescent Mental Health Unit and Crisis Skylight.Abigail Rose, a representative of Crisis Skylight Oxford, agreed that the event was “very exciting” in its potential to raise money and awareness for the issue of homelessness.last_img read more

Alpha Offshore Taking Care of Turbine Blades at Egmond aan Zee OWF

first_imgAlpha Offshore Service is carrying out repair works on some 80 blades of the 44-metre Vestas V90 3MW turbines at the Offshore Windfarm Egmond aan Zee (OWEZ) in the Netherlands, after the company signed a contract with NoordzeeWind, a joint venture between Nuon (Vattenfall) and Shell.Photo courtesy of Nuon, Jorrit Lousberg.Alpha Offshore, a Sparrows Group company, started repairing blades in May and will continue the campaign during the summer months, with all materials necessary provided by the servicing company itself.The scope of work depends on the requirement of each blade, and could include tip replacement, laminate repairs, lightning damage and leading edge protection systems upgrades.To undertake the repair work, Alpha Offshore’s team will be using a variety of methods such as rope access and sky climber to safely and efficiently reach the blades. In addition to completing repairs, the team will be project managing the work, preparing risk assessment and method statements and completing reporting.“Due to the harsh environments the offshore turbines operate in strong maintenance and repair strategies are vital to ensure integrity. As a specialist in blade inspection and repair, Alpha Offshore has carried out more than 1000 blade repair projects to date,” said Mikkel Lund, chief executive officer at Alpha Offshore. “Our breadth of experience enables us to effectively address the issues faced by windfarm operators and by undertaking this repair work we can ensure the safety and integrity of operations at OWEZ.”OWEZ, the first large wind farm built in the Dutch sector of the North Sea, comprises 36 Vestas 3MW turbines and has been operational since 2006, generating enough electricity to supply 100,000 houses.last_img read more

Rio: Stamp out diving across Europe

first_imgRio Ferdinand insists any move to stamp out diving must extend beyond the Premier League. Manchester United have found themselves at the centre of a storm this week after Ashley Young was booked for initiating contact with Crystal Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi at Old Trafford on Saturday, before going to ground looking for a spot-kick. The incident, followed by Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak’s dismissal against Brighton on Sunday have sparked yet another debate over the issue of diving. “Retrospective viewing and punishments may be the way to go.” United boss David Moyes certainly feels so, even if he thinks referee Jon Moss handled the Young incident correctly. “I can never be sure it won’t happen again,” said Moyes. “I have had a word with him (Young) privately. “I’ve said for many years we should have retrospective video for diving. That would help referees no end. “Moving from Everton to Manchester United doesn’t change my views on that because it is really difficult at times.” Palace chairman Steve Parish has gone even further, claiming diving should be treated in the same harsh manner as preventing goalscoring opportunities. “If preventing a goal-scoring opportunity is a straight red then trying to create one by cheating should be a straight red also,” Parish told BBC Radio 5 Live. “The only player in the incidents that was honest was Kagisho Dikgacoi and he’s sent off and banned for the next match. “Ashley Young’s dive and the appeal before put pressure on the referee to give a subsequent penalty that was certainly outside the area and probably wasn’t even a foul. “Ashley Young has a yellow card and three points and we have no points and one less player to pick from for the next game. “(It) might have cost us a point that might keep us up. (We) need to get some momentum behind a straight red for a dive.” And Ferdinand accepts there is no easy solution. “It’s weird,” he said. “It’s got to happen across Europe and the world, not just in our league. “You go into the Champions League and you have been told in the Premier League you are not meant to dive, then you get players from other countries who simulate. “As a defender, you don’t want people trying to con the referee, but if there is contact, the player has the right to go down. “It has become a part of our game that, as defenders, we are used to. “You have got to defend with your head and think how you are going to combat the forwards. “They are cute and know how to deal with this type of stuff. “It is such a difficult thing for referees to say someone dived or there was contact. Press Associationlast_img read more

Weekly Report from MP Jay Hill

first_imgWhen it comes to the economy, our Government has been ahead of the curve all along.  We anticipated the global economic slowdown and moved early to cut job-killing taxes.  Thanks to our tax cuts, Canadians have kept billions more of their hard-earned dollars to inject into the economy as they see fit. – Advertisement -Four weeks after the Conservative Government with a larger, stronger mandate from voters was actually sworn into office. The coalition would include in a major economic portfolio Jack Layton, who has always been very clear about his intent to raise taxes and spend billions. One day after the opposition parties passed the Speech from the Throne, endorsing the Conservative Government’s agenda for the nation.  That’s when Jack Layton, Stéphane Dion and Gilles Duceppe said they’d seen enough of the Conservative Government in action to compel them to seize power by forming a coalition government.Advertisement He’ll be propped up by the Bloc Quebecois which dedicates its very existence to the destruction of our nation.  Coalition “leader” Stéphane Dion led the Liberal Party to its lowest voter share since Confederation! MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P. Separatist Coalition Seeks to Overturn the Will of Canadians Six weeks after you made your choice at the polls.   The motivation behind these unprecedented events is NOT the economy.  Rather, it’s an attempt to circumvent the will of the people. Many residents of Prince George-Peace River are forcefully expressing their refusal to accept this plot by the opposition parties.  I’ve received thousands of emails and phone calls asking how they can stop it.  Protest rallies are being planned by average Canadians across the country because they fear for the future of Canada under a Liberal-NDP-Separatist coalition.  They fear for our democracy. Our Economic and Fiscal Update was a signal to Canadians that as they’re tightening their belts, so would their elected representatives.  The opposition parties obviously weren’t willing to give up their three-year-old Liberal-introduced taxpayer subsidy.  The withdrawal of that proposal has not changed their minds about seizing power. The opposition is certainly within its rights to express its lack of confidence in the Government.  However, it’s undemocratic to overrule the choice of Canadians in a matter of days.  Is it any wonder voter apathy is at an all-time high?  During the October election, disillusioned Canadians pondered, “Why should I vote? What difference will it make?”  Apparently your vote means nothing to Layton, Dion and Duceppe.Advertisement We’re also injecting billions to build roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure.  Our $1-Billion Community Development Trust is specifically designed to assist industries and communities in peril, such as the forest sector and towns like Mackenzie.Advertisement We’re protecting Canada’s banking system and the credit markets by injecting tens of billions of dollars in liquidity to ensure families and businesses can get the loans and mortgages they need. We now know for certain that Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe had been secretly plotting to disregard and overturn the choice of Canadian voters almost immediately after Election Day.  No one is certain how much Stéphane Dion was involved in the early days of their scheming, yet it may explain his stubborn reluctance to step down as Liberal leader despite demands for his immediate resignation by his own party. Yes, Canada is struggling in the midst of worldwide turmoil.  Yet our economy, unlike many around the world, is still moving.  Retail sales are actually up.  And prior to the opposition’s antics, the TSX had just finished six consecutive days of gains totalling 20 percent.  That’s your stocks, mutual funds, RRSPs and RRIFs.  What’s more, our GDP actually grew by 1.3 percent in the third quarter. Eight sitting days into the new Parliament.last_img read more

Euro 2016: Spain 3-0 Turkey: Dominant La Roja ease to Round of 16

first_img Nolito is congratulated by his teammates following a wonderful solo performance A dominating performance by Spain saw them run out 3-0 winners over a lacklustre Turkey side in Nice.The victors became the first side to score more than two goals in the tournament, and in doing so, secured their qualification to the Round of 16.Despite the first goal not coming until 34 minutes into the game, it was clear from the opening stages that Vicente del Bosque’s men were in complete control of proceedings.Andres Iniesta once again dictated proceedings, leading to chances for Nolito and Alvaro Morata – both which missed the target.However, Turkey couldn’t hold out for long, and it was Juventus forward Morata who grabbed the opener with a perfectly weighted header from Nolito’s inswinging cross.It was no more than La Roja deserved, and the lead was doubled just three minutes later, with provider turning goalscorer.Cesc Fabregas had possession just outside the area, and he sent a lovely ball dipping into the area. Mehmet Topal was there to clear from danger, but he misjudged his header, and saw it bounce backwards off his head to land perfectly for Nolito to finish past Volkan Babacan in the Turkish goal.The Spaniards were toying with their opponents, Nolito and Iniesta at the heart of some great attack play, and Hakan Balta prevented Gerard Pique adding a third from Morata’s cross – with the Barcelona centre-back deciding to play in attack for a time.Turkey must have been grateful when the half-time whistle was blown, as they could recuperate in the break, but they came out and were back under pressure almost immediately.Just three minutes into the second period, Iniesta sent a perfect pass into the path of full-back Jordi Alba, who cut the ball across the face of goal for Morata to tap home.It was Spain’s third goal, and his second, and the 23-year-old was unlucky to not complete his hat-trick less than a minute later – but he failed to direct Iniesta’s lofted ball towards goal.Burak Yilmaz registered a rare chance for Turkey, turning Pique well before firing high and wide when it looked easier to hit the target. It just about summed up the performance put in by Fatih Terim’s men.Spain had no need to play with any intensity, and so were content passing the ball around in a methodic rhythm; the game came to replicate a training match.As a result, Turkey never had the ball so could never launch any of their own attacks, their motivation fading with every completed Spanish pass.The game drew to a close with nothing of note happening in the dying stages, with a place in the last 16 booked for an emphatic Spain team. 1last_img read more