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Why does Oxford need a zero-emission zone?

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first_imgLast week, Oxford City Council announced plans to enact the world’s first “zero-emission zone” (ZEZ) around Oxford city centre by 2020, hoping to further extend the region in coming years.The proposals come as a response to the illegally high levels of toxic NO2 found in many of the UK’s most populated cities. Oxfordshire Air Quality (OAQ) highlights that “twice as many people currently suffer from asthma today, compared with 30 years ago,” with a Public Health England study also estimating that illegal levels of NO2 have contributed to 5.3% of all deaths for over-25s in the UK. The Committee of the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants clarifies that “it is not plausible to think of the figure of ‘attributable’ deaths as enumerating an actual group of people whose death is attributable to air pollution alone i.e. the victims of outdoor air pollution” – rather a contribution that accelerates existing illness as well as affecting a much larger demographic through generally reducing wellness and increasing susceptibility.Continued inhalation of NO can cause inflammation in the lining of the lungs, leaving one susceptible to an array of respiratory diseases and eventually wearing down the lungs’ function.NO2 is formed once the nitrogen and oxygen in the air react under the high temperature inside an internal combustion engine. NO2 can decompose to NO, more commonly known as “laughing gas”, once it leaves the engine and interacts with sunlight.The European Union set a legal limit for emissions each – levels must not exceed 40 micrograms per cubic meter of air (µg/m3) of NO2 at on average. As of June 2017, of the 70 locations where Oxford City Council monitor levels of air pollution, 17 lie over the EU’s legal limit.High Street, the area targeted for the first stages of the ZEZ plans, had an average of 47 µg/m3. St Clements Street was the worst offender with NO2 levels at 61 µg/m3, though this was a decrease from 85 µg/m3 just five years ago.Oxford’s council have said that the ZEZ would ban “petrol and diesel cars, taxis, light commercial vehicles and busses”, with hopes to “cut the nitrogen dioxide level in Oxford city centre’s most polluted street, George Street, by 74% by 2035.”Levels of NO2 have been steadily declining due to the development of better catalytic converters, and the steady rise of electric cars – with levels about a quarter of what they were in 1970. However, many urban areas in the UK still lie far above the 40 µg/m3 limit. In 2016, government monitoring stations found that about 40% of local authorities breached the legal limit. This prompted the government to introduce an immediate implementation fund worth £255 million “to address poor air quality in the shortest time possible.” This implementation fund is also partly responsible for funding Oxford City Council’s efforts.The introduction of a zero-emission zone in Oxford is a bold initiative that serves as an example to other cities. On balance, Oxford has the resources and geography to enact a ZEZ with the least amount of significant adverse effects.Air quality affects us every day. Hopefully, taking quick and decisive steps to combat air pollution can lead the way to tackle similar issues such as global warming, whose effects are considered less immediate and seem far removed from our everyday experience.You can find the current levels of air pollution in Oxford here.last_img read more

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How to build a reputation as an expert

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first_imgBecoming known for a big idea can turbocharge your career.by: Anne FisherDear Annie: I’m working on an MBA in finance and, as part of a class project, I came up with a new way of valuing companies for IPOs or acquisitions, using a set of readily available data that bankers and investors don’t usually consider. I’ve tested my model on dozens of companies, both real and hypothetical, and it’s extremely accurate. A friend (and former Wall Street coworker) tells me this approach could make me very marketable in my field, but it isn’t helping my “personal brand” if no one knows about it. My question is, how do you get attention for an idea without just putting it out there where someone else could steal it? — Anonymous So FarDear ASF: It’s a classic innovator’s dilemma. “People often worry that a great idea will be stolen,” notes Dorie Clark, who teaches business administration at Duke University’s Fuqua B-school and wrote a new book that might interest you, Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It. “But writing and speaking about it protects you from that.”The most important thing, she explains, is to “start creating as much content as you can, so that the idea becomes identified with you and people recognize it as yours. Imagine the reaction if, for example, someone wrote a book about women’s empowerment in business called Lean In. That title and concept have become so identified with Sheryl Sandburg that no one would take an imitator seriously.” continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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‘Proud’ Lampard eyes first Chelsea win in home debut

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first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Frank Lampard Chelsea managerLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Frank Lampard admits his first match as Chelsea manager at Stamford Bridge will be a proud occasion, but only a win against Leicester will make Sunday’s homecoming a truly memorable occasion.After successive defeats in his opening two competitive games in charge, Blues legend Lampard is desperate to get his reign up and running with three points this weekend.The 41-year-old, Chelsea’s record goal-scorer, is certain to get a hero’s welcome from his adoring fans despite the frustrating start to the season.A crushing 4-0 defeat at Manchester United in Chelsea’s opening game of the Premier League campaign was followed by Wednesday’s penalty shoot-out loss to Liverpool in the European Super Cup in Istanbul.Both performances featured moments of promise for Chelsea, but Lampard knows he will be judged on results, making it essential to avoid a third consecutive defeat when Leicester visit west London.“I’m proud to manage this club. I’ve been back a few times and had great support,” Lampard said.“It will be an emotional, special day for me but the important thing is trying to get the three points and that’s what I am really worried about.”“There were good parts of the Man United game that got lost in the result but not lost on me — against Liverpool, we played one of the top teams in the world and really matched them.”Lampard has only one season of managerial experience in the second tier with Derby, but his strong connection with Chelsea persuaded owner Roman Abramovich to hire him in the close-season.It was a bold move and Lampard is enduring a baptism of fire after Chelsea sold star playmaker Eden Hazard while operating under a transfer ban that has forced him to turn to the club’s youngsters.– ‘Big challenge’ –Lampard is still getting settled into the job and he acknowledges Leicester, who opened the season with a goalless draw against Wolves, will pose a stern test to his hopes of a maiden win. “It’s a big game for us in front of our home fans for the first time this season,” Lampard said ahead of the game against Brendan Rodgers’ team.“Leicester are very much a team that should be respected for the players and manager they have got and how they have performed in recent years.“I know Brendan well. He’s a fantastic manager. He’s got a great group of players there. They will be well coached so we are going to have a big challenge.“Our mindset is important. It’s been a strange two games. We can’t think the strong performance on Wednesday will replicate itself just because we walk out on that pitch. It’s important we tackle it head on with a real focus.”Lampard was forced to condemn racist abuse of Tammy Abraham on social media after the young Chelsea striker missed the decisive penalty against Liverpool.It remains to be seen if Abraham returns to the team after he started the United game and was then a substitute against Liverpool as Olivier Giroud came in.Lampard also has German defender Antonio Rudiger and Brazilian winger Willian back in contention after the pair returned to training.Rodgers, who worked in Chelsea’s backroom staff during Lampard’s playing career, believes the inexperienced manager will prove a success in the long-term.“In the games I have seen, Chelsea have played with a good tempo and intensity,” Rodgers said.“Frank understands the importance of giving those young players a chance, but he also knows he has to win matches and get results, and I believe he will do well there.”last_img read more

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Regional swimmers of ‘TRAX’ program at CHRISTMAS CRACKER meet

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first_imgTop clubs from Canada and the USA attend this officially sanctioned event with over 800 athletes competing.The TWSC’s Internationally Certified head coach “Bill Park” will be inspiring the following talented TRAX swimmers who reside throughout the West Kootenay area — Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Fruitvale, Montrose, and Pass Creek.The swimmers include, Kira Konkin (12), Kayla Fraser(12), Cyan Ross-VanMierlo(12), Johnny Ekinci(9), Dylan Kormendy(10), Brianne Mager(9), Ian Markus(12), Jackson Konkin(13), Eden Kormendy(13), Aby Elwood(13), Riley Mager(14), Tenysha Ross-Van Meirlo(14), Ella Conliffe(14), Tess Markus(14), Sharman Thomas(14), Samuel Matthew(14) and Martin Gonzalez(15).The Academy swimmers train vigorously at the “Home of Champions” Trail Aquatic and Leisure center with dreams to compete competitively in Provincial, National and International swim meets.The TRAX to future champions academy program successfully prepared many of the junior Academy swimmers to qualify this year for the CHRISTMAS CRACKER meet and the program is well on its way to ensuring more young swimmers get the Quality Fundamental swimming skills that they need to participate at this and higher level meets in the sport of competitive swimming in Canada.For anyone interested in joining the Trail Winter Swim Club please email: [email protected] Trail Regional Academy of EXcellence (TRAX) aquatic program is currently at the Eleventh Annual Pacific Coast Swimming CHRISTMAS CRACKER Invitational Short Course Swim Meet from Thursday to Sunday in Victoria.The TWSC competitive swimmers are registered with Swim Canada and have obtained official qualifying time standards to attend this prestigious event held at the Commonwealth Games Pool.The CHRISTMAS CRACKER swim meet provides the opportunity for swimmers from the West Kootenay area to experience racing against top athletes in the sport of competitive swimming.last_img read more

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Nelson Selects shoot way to gold medal at Sam Steele Days tourney

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first_imgPlaying against older teams doesn’t seem to bother the Nelson Selects U15 Boy’s squad.For the second time in as many weeks the Selects kept pace with the older players, winning gold at the Sam Steele Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in Cranbrook.Ironically, Nelson defeated Kootenay East U15’s 4-2 in shootout in the final of the U16 Division. “It was a fantastic weekend,” said coach, Kerry Dyck.“Two weeks ago I told the boys they should be so proud to win a silver medal in an older division, but they took it a step further and won the gold this time, playing up.”Nelson finished second in Invermere, losing in shootout to capture the silver medal.In Cranbrook, the Selects started with a 2-1 win over the Kootenay East U16 Boys, with both goals coming from Aidan Mushumanski on nearly identical plays, smashing excellent volleys on crosses from the right.Nelson then dominate Creston U16 Boys, winning 5-0 in a game where the scored could have easily been double.  “We have a parent keep certain stats during our games, and we had 35 attempts on goal that game, to their 2 (both off target),” said assistant coach, Lyle Hill.  “Although the boys played great, our one concern was the lack of finishing, as we should have had more.” Josh Yasek scored once while Milo Baranyai-Sheppard and Jaden Dyck each added a pair of markers for Nelson.Those results vaulted Nelson into the first in their pool and a place in the semi-finals, where the games started to get harder, facing a team from Coaldale, Alberta.  The Nelson squad played excellent, though, winning comfortably, 2-0, in a game that was never in doubt.   The goal scorers for Nelson were Baranyai-Sheppard again and Blake Markin-Hellekson. The result put Nelson in the final, ironically against the other U15 team in the division, the Kootenay East U15 Boys.  “They’re a very good team, whom we’ve had a great rivalry with for the past four or five years now,” Hill explained.“Though we beat them convincingly, 3-0, the last time we faced them, we knew they’d give us a much stiffer test this time around.”  And that is exactly what happened, with both teams playing an excellent, tightly contested match.  Scoreless after regulation time meant that Nelson was headed to shootouts in the gold medal game for the second tournament in a row.“I think the boys were really determined, after losing the shootout last time, and having to settle for silver,” said coach Verville.  Scoring in the shootout for Nelson were Jahmal Truth-Verville, Jaden Dyck, Grayson Hill and Ezra Foy. And, most importantly, Nelson’s keeper, Bradey Sookero, made two spectacular saves on the four shots he faced in the shootout, to give Nelson the 4-2 victory and the gold medals.“His performance was unbelievable,” said coach Hill.“He was definitely our player of the game in the final for that effort!”  Adding to that comment, coach Dyck noted:“In fact, the defensive effort from our entire team needs to be recognized,” he said.”We only conceded one goal in four games, which was key to our success.  Often, it is the goal scorers who get the glory, but I want to draw attention to the defensive play of our midfielders, Grayson Hill Jaden Dyck, Keanu Tromans, and particularly Ezra Foy, as our holder.”Dyck said other notables included Liam Jones, Thomas Baxter, Jacob Erickson, Josh Schacher and Aidan Mushumanski.However, special mention went to unsung heroes anchoring the defense at center back, Jesse Thurston and Jahmal Truth-Verville.last_img read more

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Weed control a prominent part of 2018 seed selections

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As harvest begins to wrap up for farmers in Ohio, their focus will start to turn to seed selection for next year’s crop. According to DuPont Pioneer Territory Manager Doug House, weed control is playing a major part in those choices. He shares more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

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Finalists decided in Elite Eight

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first_imgBy BEN HARRISQueensland Chiefs and New South Wales Mets will be the favourites for the Elite Eight titles in the women’s and men’s opens divisions after finishing on top of the ladder in their respective divisions.Tomorrow is finals day across all divisions at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.After seven rounds of the Elite Eight Series, the top four were decided.The women’s opens have the Chiefs, Mets, NSW Country Mavericks and the NSW Scorpions.The men’s finalists are Mets, Queensland Country Outlaws, Mavericks and Scorpions.The defending men’s premiers, Scorpions, snuck into the top four with a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Queensland South Stingrays in the final round.The match was an early finals match as whoever won the game qualified for the semis.It sets up a mouth-watering clash tomorrow between the two teams that have contested the last two men’s opens finals at the NTLs.The Scorpions won both encounters but with the Mets undefeated, the Michael Moussa-coached side have all the momentum.In another huge clash, the Outlaws take on the Mavericks in the battle of country supremacy.The Outlaws got up in their preliminary round match on Thursday.If NSW Country are to win the title they will have to do so without the services of Dylan Hennessy.The playmaker injured his left shoulder in a match on Thursday and he will be out for at least six weeks.But the match will also see two of the game’s smartest minds up against each other between Outlaws coach Patrick Grehan and his old sparring partner Mark Boland of the Mavericks.The last time the two mentors met was at last year’s State of Origin series where Grehan achieved a 2-1 victory.In the women’s semi-finals, the Chiefs meet the Scorpions and the Mets take on the Mavericks.The Mavericks will head into their semi-final clash on a high after defeating the Mets 7-4 today.However, the defending champions did not play Australian captain Louise Winchester for the match.Meanwhile the Chiefs went through the competition undefeated after two comfortable wins today.They are the team to beat as they have a host of champions and speedsters at their disposal.The Scorpions have been improving with every game during this tournament and on their day, could produce an upset.The women’s semi-finals begin at 9.50am tomorrow followed by the men’s at 10.45am.The women’s final is at 3.30pm and the men’s is at 4.40pm.   You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, results and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be streaming matches live on their YouTube page.Related LinksElite Eight day threelast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd defender Lindelof: We’re having fun

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Lindelof: We’re having funby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Victor Lindelof admits the players are having “fun” after victory over Bournemouth.The Swede was again impressive for yesterday’s win.He said, “We scored four more goals, conceded one but I think we played well today and showed the crowd what we can do on the pitch. It was a fun day for us.”On two-goal Paul Pogba, Lindelof said he has really started to show his qualities in the last few fixtures.”I said it many times he’s an amazing footballer and in the last few games he’s really showed his qualities,” Lindelof said.”He’s been scoring goals and making assists so I’m really happy for him.”He has a bit of a free position on the left to find the good spaces so I think he’s enjoying that position and as you can see he’s doing great.” last_img read more

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Report: Leonard Fournette’s Family May Have Broken NCAA Rules

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first_imgLeonard Fournette talks during an interview.YouTube/LSU Tiger TV YouTube/LSU Tiger TVYouTube/LSU Tiger TVLSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy this year, given the fact that he’s rushed for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns in just seven games. But according to USA TODAY, his family could be in a bit of trouble with the NCAA regarding a website that was launched back ahead of the 2014 season.According to the publication, a website dedicated to “BUGA Nation” – which stands for “Being United Generates Attitude” – was launched with the intent to sell tee shirts and hats to the public. Fournette “helped develop” the acronym. Here’s more:Paul Price, described by Fournette’s mother as the family’s manager, made payments of about $10,000 to build a website and produce the merchandise to be sold, the owners of three companies involved told USA TODAY Sports. The owners said they gave Price and the Fournettes more than $20,000 in discounts because they expected strong sales driven by the star running back’s popularity. Even with the discounts, one of the business owners said he has yet to be paid in full.The website launched the week of LSU’s 2014 season opener, but the business went no further — sales of T-shirts and hats were stopped within 24 hours after the NCAA learned of its existence, according to Lory Fournette.Clearly, the issue here is that players and their families are not allowed to profit off of an athlete’s likeness, image or name.Will this lead to NCAA issues for LSU and Fournette? At this point, it’s hard to say. You can read the entire article over at USA TODAY.last_img read more

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Future leaders aiming to leave mark on the world

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first_imgAPTN National NewsFuture inventors, marketers and entrepreneurs hoping to make a mark on the world gathered in Ottawa recently.First Nations youth from across the country participated in a symposium organized by the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story about hope for the future.last_img

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