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New England Baptist Radiology, PC Contracts with Healthcare Administrative Partners for Comprehensive Revenue Cycle…

first_img Facebook New England Baptist Radiology, PC Contracts with Healthcare Administrative Partners for Comprehensive Revenue Cycle Services Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Previous articleSnoopy shines in Apple TV+ series that’s true to its rootsNext articleCannabis Testing Market by Products & Software, Services and End-user – Global Forecast to 2025 – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Twittercenter_img Pinterest Facebook MEDIA, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Healthcare Administrative Partners (HAP), a leading provider of outsourced billing, coding, and practice management solutions for radiology practices, today announces the addition of New England Baptist Radiology, PC to its roster of radiology revenue cycle management (RCM) clients. Practicing at New England Baptist Hospital, the group offers a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging services to patients in eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Under the terms of the agreement, HAP will perform all core revenue cycle services including billing, coding, carrier credentialing, and MIPS Measure Assurance Services. During their search, New England Baptist Radiology, PC was looking for an RCM partner to become an extension of their existing team. According to Dr. Samuel Madoff, “We knew that we ultimately wanted a partner with not only the experience and expertise to help us tackle our revenue cycle needs, but also true dedication to our group’s success. HAP’s track record of exceptional customer service really stood out to us and their personalized approached to revenue cycle management resonated well with members of our team. We are sure that HAP will be able to deliver on their promises as we bring them on as our new RCM provider.” Commenting on the new agreement, HAP’s Chief Revenue Officer, Rebecca Farrington, states that, “HAP has a strong New England presence with many other clients in the region, so we know that we have the knowledge necessary to assist New England Baptist Radiology, PC with their specific revenue cycle challenges. We are excited to bring on this group and look forward to cultivating this new relationship.” HAP also serves St. Vincent Radiological Associates, North Shore Radiological Associates, and Commonwealth Radiology Associates in the state of Massachusetts, and their Operations Center of Excellence is located in Portsmouth, NH. About Healthcare Administrative Partners Healthcare Administrative Partners empowers hospital-employed and privately-owned radiology groups to maximize revenue and minimize compliance risks despite the challenges of a complex, changing healthcare economy. We go beyond billing services, delivering the clinical analytics, practice management, and specialized coding expertise needed to fully optimize your revenue cycle. Since 1995, radiologists have turned to us as a trusted educator and true business partner. For more information, visit www.hapusa.com View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005085/en/ CONTACT: Kelly Frace Marketing Director Healthcare Administrative Partners [email protected] Telephone: 610-892-8889 KEYWORD: PENNSYLVANIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES HEALTH HOSPITALS PRACTICE MANAGEMENT FINANCE RADIOLOGY ACCOUNTING SOURCE: Healthcare Administrative Partners Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 08:39 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 08:39 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005085/en WhatsApp TAGS  WhatsApplast_img read more

‘Dean of storytelling’ Davis returns to Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival

first_img Donald Davis is “the Dean of Storytelling,” said David “Doc” Kirby of WTBF-Radio. “No one who has ever heard him will contest that title. “I have been a fan of Donald Davis for 25 or 30 years and there is nobody who can tell a story and make you cry and laugh, back to back like him,” Kirby said. “I have read most all of Donald Davis’ books and there is not a story that he tells that I don’t like.” However, Kirby said seeing Donald Davis tell his stories takes you right where he is and doing right what he is doing. And, it’s an amazing journey. The New York Times said of Davis, “I could have listened all morning to Donald Davis … his stories often left listeners limp with laughter at the same time they struggled with a lump in the throat.”Davis will join Michael Reno Harrell, Sheila Kay Adams and Kevin Kling at the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Saturday at the Trojan Center Theater on the campus of Troy University.Tickets are $10 and are available for the 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday storytelling concerts at the Trojan Center Theater. The Friday night and Saturday 2 p.m. concerts are sold out.For tickets and information, call 334-685-5524. Tickets are available at The Messenger.The Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival is sponsored in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts with support for the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored Content Skip Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Donald Davis and the Grand Canyon. Enough said.Those who have heard Donald Davis tell the hilarious story of his trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon on the back of a mule beg to hear it again.On Saturday night, the nationally acclaimed storyteller, will tell the Grand Canyon story at the 6:30 p.m. concert of the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival at the Trojan Center Theater. But Davis, the Dean of Storytelling, will also be a teller at the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. storytelling concerts Saturday at the Trojan Center Theater on the campus of Troy University. Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 3:00 am Wednesday, January 23, 2019 By The Penny Hoardercenter_img Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article You Might Like Sonny Reagan sworn in as circuit judge Newly elected circuit judge Sonny Reagan was formally sworn into office Friday morning during an investiture ceremony at the Pike… read more “The emotion with which he tells his stories is incredible, whether it’s a humorous story or a poignant one, the emotion is there,” Kirby said. “It takes a tremendous amount of emotional energy to be a great storyteller and Donald Davis’ stories are always packed with energy.”Kirby said, as much as he enjoys Davis’ “funny stuff,” it’s his poignant stories that “stay with you.”“I still remember the emotion that I felt when he told the sweet story of a father and son that took place during the Vietnam war era. Anyone, but especially any father and any son, would have been deeply moved by that story. I’ll long remember it.”Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich with stories. The stories he tells are nourishing, true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin. ‘Dean of storytelling’ Davis returns to Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festivallast_img read more

Hate groups using similar online recruiting methods as ISIS, experts say

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Some alt-right and white supremacist groups are using the same online recruiting tactics pioneered by ISIS, al Qaeda and other foreign-based extremist groups to grow their ranks.John Cohen, an ABC News consultant and former acting Homeland Security undersecretary, notes that many of these groups – both foreign and domestic – appeal to the same type of person in the same type of way.“All of these extremist groups promote an agenda that focuses on fighting those who are victimizing them and that resonates with these individuals who all believe that they have personally been victimized in their own lives,” Cohen said in an interview.The most recent possible example is the Parkland, Florida, school rampage. After the deadly Feb. 14 shooting, it was reported that shooter Nikolas Cruz had a swastika on one of the ammunition magazines found at the school, a law enforcement source told ABC News. Cruz’s public defender, Howard Finkelstein, later said anti-Semitic postings made by Cruz were discovered by investigators after the shooting, which left 17 students and staff from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School dead.“When you see someone falling off the grid, what happens is they have less and less connection to what you and I know as reality. They become more and more connected to other people who fall off the grid. And that’s why it’s not a surprise that when you got nothing you end up in some, you know, skinhead Aryan Nazi hate-Jew group. So it fits the picture that everybody should have seen here,” Finkelstein said.Oren Segal, the director of the Anti-Defamation League’s center on extremism, reiterated that the online propaganda for hate groups mirrors the way that ISIS and other extremist groups, who, he says “were sort of early adopters to technology,” have been trying to approach Americans for years.“What we have seen in, I’d say the last two years, is the white supremacists and in particular the alt-right finding new ways to exploit social media platforms [and] recruit adherents to make use of the tools that are pretty much available to anyone,” Segal said.The Internet “has never been the sole domain of ISIS or al Qaeda. White supremacist propaganda has been available the way that ISIS and al Qaeda propaganda has been available online for years,” Segal said, noting “there’s more accessibility … than ever before.”Cohen pointed to slickly produced videos, almost like music videos or movie trailers, that ISIS and similar groups create with the “underlying message [of] ‘join our cause, you will be a part of our family and your life will have meaning.’” Cohen said that thematically similar videos featuring footage of protesters carrying tiki torches in Charlottesville were “posted throughout the white supremacist social media world” after the August protest.Ryan Lenz, a spokesperson for hate group watchdog organization the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, told ABC News “the Internet is a place of both passive and active radicalization.”“ISIS as an organization has a very deliberate and systematic means of reaching out to people online. The alt-right does so in a very different fashion. More often than not, people stumble into an ideology on the far right,” Lenz said.Both Segal and Lenz pointed to Dylann Roof, the Charleston church shooter who killed nine people in 2015, as another example of a young American man who became fascinated with racist ideologies. During a police interview that was later shown in court, Roof said that he was reading about the Trayvon Martin case online and “for some reason I typed in ‘black on white crime’ and ever since then” he had looked into race issues.The SPLC released its annual report called “The Year in Hate & Extremism” last month and noted how large online audiences for white supremacist groups had grown. Specifically looking at The Daily Stormer, which the SPLC called “rabidly racist and anti-Semitic,” the report stated that the site averaged 140,000 unique page views a month in the summer of 2016 but had reached 750,000 unique monthly views in August of 2017, before the violent rally in Charlottesville.“When you look at how the white nationalist movement has evolved in the United States in the last, say five years, there is no doubt that the Internet has become a principle grounds for recruit and radicalization,” Lenz said.Some technology companies took action to curb the spread of hate groups online. Web hosting service GoDaddy gave The Daily Stormer 24 hours to find a new provider after the Charlottesville rally and when it switched to Google Domains the site was rejected based on the company’s terms of service. Similarly, certain crowdfunding sites have rejected campaigns that raise money based around hateful beliefs.Cohen said young male attackers can be easily influenced by whatever material they see first online.“In some cases, they find material posted by ISIS and that’s what resonates with them and they connect with that cause. In other cases, these individuals come upon materials posted by white supremacists, anti-government militia or other extremists groups and they self-connect with that cause instead, but the result is the same,” Cohen said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Marconi crisis led to training change

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Marconi crisis led to training changeOn 4 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today The crisis at telecoms giant Marconi last year prompted the creation of acomprehensive online learning programme, according to the firm’s vice-presidentfor leadership development. Dina Consolini said the online learning project was introduced to improveand standardise staff development after the slump in the telecoms marketsforced the firm to axe 8,000 jobs worldwide in November 2001. “If it hadn’t gone so badly wrong we probably wouldn’t have come downthis route. But because of the situation it has come to the attention of theCEO,” she said. Previously, training used traditional methods, with classroom learningdistributed locally and varied depending on location. “Traditional training is just not sufficient to deal with the needs ofthe company and online learning provides an effective global alignment. It’salso more time and cost effective,” she added. Marconi University was launched last summer, drawing on learning expertsfrom around the company to offer a worldwide training network. The firm alsodeveloped an in-house executive coaching programme and a PDP system. Consolini, speaking at the IQPC HR Measurement conference, also said thefirm would outsource more of its administrative HR. Comments are closed. last_img read more

HR thinkers: History repeating itself

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. In January of this year, professor Cary Cooper of Lancaster University Management School published a paper indicating that the single biggest determinant of an organisation’s productivity was the degree of engagement that the employees have with the task. It was just over 70 years since the psychologist Elton Mayo came to the same conclusion.In the intervening period, dozens of studies have reached the same outcome. So why has this wealth of evidence had barely more than a pin-prick’s influence on the way the vast bulk of companies organise themselves? Why is the average call centre still run on the basis of transaction cost, rather than employee skill and commitment?Some commentators argue that most HR studies only show a direct correlation between satisfied staff and good business, not a cause-and-effect link. However, the gains from high employee commitment can be huge, so the explanation must run deeper.Andrew Lambert, founder director of the Corporate Research Forum (CRF) – a network of researchers and employers dedicated to looking at the link between people development and business success – says there are no simplistic, linear relationships. “It is certainly not done and dusted that you just spend money on people and see a return,” he says. “A number of things have to come together.” Core componentsMany organisations are now using internal measurements of their workforce and comparing them with business results to help understand the relationship between the two. Last month, a poll of CRF members revealed that employee surveys were far from just a ‘nice to have’ and were now positioned as a core management tool.Standard Chartered Bank, for example, has worked with research company Gallup to measure engagement since 2000.“We have found that bank branches with high levels of engagement outperform those with weaker engagement on a range of measures, including revenue and profit margin growth, customer satisfaction, and employee loyalty and retention,” explains Debbie Whitaker, group head of human capital management at Standard Chartered.The bank also has a human capital scorecard to ensure that core people measures – such as the talent pipeline and retention of top performers – are integrated with business planning.Nick Starritt, a director of the Performance and Reward Centre – a sister organisation to the CRF for senior reward directors – agrees that the next step is to develop more standardised methods. “The HR function hasn’t been codified in the same way as other disciplines,” he says. “Therefore, I don’t think it has appealed to professional business people.”The importance of measurement methodologies can be illustrated by examples from history where breakthroughs in employee engagement practices have become corrupted over the years. W Edwards Deming, considered to be the intellectual father of the ‘quality’ movement, set out 14 management principles, eight of which were people-related. These included driving out fear, promoting teamwork and instilling continual learning. Companies such as Sony and Toyota embraced the principles and have been strikingly successful. But in other attempts the ‘people’ elements mysteriously disappeared.Driving out the fearClive Morton, director of the Morton Partnership, is a former HR director who has worked for both British and Japanese manufacturing firms. “Deming was talking about teamwork at a time when, frankly, it was not common parlance,” says Morton. “He believed, fundamentally, that you had to drive fear out of the workplace. Nowadays, you still have people at the highest levels in our organisations who firmly believe in fear.”Some argue that the HR profession itself is to blame for the failure of management principles. Rhiannon Chapman, adviser on people and skills at the Society of British Aerospace and a former chief executive of the Work Foundation, says HR has been an obstacle to disseminating these principles.“HR, to its own misfortune, has developed an air of mystique about what it does. It uses a lot of jargon and keeps itself to itself,” she says. “I have heard HR people claim to be the conscience of the business, which is outrageous and appallingly insulting to their line colleagues. That distancing hasn’t helped at all. Line management thinks that HR is complicated and mystifying and best left to the HR people.”At the Society of British Aerospace, Chapman has made an effort to work closely with process experts to build the skills the sector needs, using language that line managers are familiar with.Rules of engagement According to Starritt, mainstream management thinking has to change too. “A highly engaged workforce outperforms a merely satisfied one time and time again. Why wouldn’t business schools be teaching aspiring managers more on the softer skills needed to create conditions for an engaged workforce?” he asks. And there is a wider conceptual barrier. The operating and financial reviews – proposed, then scrapped and now under reconsideration by the government – rest on the assumption that people reporting is a mere supplement to traditional measures that are more commercially useful.It could be argued that the opposite is nearer the mark. A recent article by Rick Guzzo and Haig Nalbantian of Mercer HR stated that “about a quarter of the company reports seem oblivious to the fact that business operations actually require a workforce”. Most HR managers would contest that it’s unfair that they should have to demonstrate conclusive evidence of their worth when no other discipline in management has to. Either way, history has thrown up a wealth of different approaches to measuring how developing people affects business growth. Choosing the right one is the challenge.Philip Whiteley is a writer for the Corporate Research Forum and Performance and Reward Centre.HR theories through the years1920s-1930s: Elton Mayo and the Hawthorne experiments The Hawthorne experiments were conducted by the psychologist Elton Mayo in Western Electric’s Hawthorne plant in Cicero, Illinois, US, between 1927 and 1932. The researchers selected a group of workers and increased the lighting as they worked. Productivity went up. Then they decreased the lighting. Productivity went up again. The researchers concluded that it was the initiative of paying attention to people’s efforts that was the biggest single determinant of improved performance.1930s-1950s: W Edwards Deming and ‘total quality management’W Edwards Deming developed the total quality management (TQM) approach, which is based on teamwork, multi-skilling and driving out fear. He, along with Joseph Juran, is largely credited with devising the ideas of teamwork that led to the rise of the Japanese manufacturers in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.1970s to the present: Gallup, International Survey Research, SirotaSirota compares US stock market performance over two 12-month periods. Client companies with high engagement scores were compared against peer companies, likewise those with low engagement scores. In 2002, when the Dow index was struggling, share price of companies with high engagement outperformed their peer group by more than 18%, whereas the low engagement companies’ stock price declined by about 3% more than their peers. The 2004 scores had slightly different percentage scores, but showed the same reciprocal relationship.1980s to the present: Jeffrey Pfeffer & Mark HuselidJeffrey Pfeffer, professor of organisational behaviour at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in the US, has amassed a wealth of evidence on the links between effective management of people and business success. Mark Huselid at Rutgers University has published research showing that firms that make people development a strategic objective consistently perform better than others.Corporate Research Forumwww.crforum.co.ukPerformance and Reward Centrewww.parcentre.comPeople still matter – just ask the top companieswww.personneltoday.com/33034.articleEvents that shaped HRwww.personneltoday.com/2654.article HR thinkers: History repeating itselfOn 11 Apr 2006 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Elliman reports $14M quarterly profit, 65% revenue jump

first_img Tags Share via Shortlink Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Full Name* Douglas EllimanEarnings CallsResidential Real Estate Howard Lorber (iStock, Getty)Douglas Elliman’s revenue surged in the first quarter and Howard Lorber believes this is only the beginning.The brokerage’s first-quarter revenue was $272.8 million, up from $165.6 million last year, as reported by Elliman’s parent company, Vector Group.The firm’s closed sales volume soared to $10.1 billion, up 71 percent compared to the first quarter of 2020. Elliman reported a net income of $13.9 million after losing $69 million a year ago.Read moreDouglas Elliman reports $14M profit, 50% revenue jump in quarterCalling all founders: Howard Lorber’s Vector Group launches VC armElliman reports $12M profit in third quarter after a year of heavy losses Though gains were made across all of Elliman’s markets, Lorber, the firm’s executive chairman and Vector’s CEO, singled out New York City’s numbers as especially robust and said he expects further growth in the months ahead.ADVERTISEMENT“Commissions from our New York City business were up 34 percent during the first quarter and this trend seems to be continuing,” he said, during Vector’s first quarter earnings call. “As the city comes back to life, that’s going to, you know, keep going.”New York City commissions increased by $24 million, while South Florida’s commissions were up 125 percent, or $46 million, Vector’s chief financial officer J. Bryant Kirkland III said during the call. He noted that Hamptons commissions were up 62 percent, or $21.5 million, and in California and Colorado commissions were up 61 percent, or $16 million.Lorber sounded a note of caution about the South Florida market during the call.“For South Florida we’re probably doing on a monthly basis the same volume in New York City,” he said. “I think that has to level out at some point, but I think New York City has a lot further to go.”Vector’s real estate segment — which includes Elliman, Lorber’s New Valley development firm and, most recently, a venture capital arm — reported $275.3 million in revenue for the quarter. That’s up from $167.4 million last year. New Valley’s net income was $12.1 million, after last year’s loss of $54.4 million.Overall, Vector reported $543.8 million from its real estate and tobacco businesses, up from $454.5 million a year earlier. Net income grew to $90.2 million for the quarter, compared to last year’s net loss of $4.9 million.Contact Erin Hudsonlast_img read more

Scaling in the space climatology of auroral indices: is SOC the only possible description?

first_imgThe study of the robust features of the magnetosphereis motivated both by new “whole system” approaches,and by the idea of “space climate” as opposed to “spaceweather”. We enumerate these features for the AE index,and discuss whether self-organised criticality (SOC) is themost natural explanation of the “stylised facts” so far known for AE. We identify and discuss some open questions, answers to which will clarify the extent to which AE’s properties provide evidence for SOC. We then suggest an SOC-like reconnection-based scenario drawing on the result of Craig (2001) as an explanation of the very recent demonstration by Uritsky et al. (2001b) of power laws in several properties of spatiotemporal features seen in auroral images.last_img read more

Australia’s first AWD destroyer completes builder’s trials

first_img Video: Australia’s first AWD destroyer completes builder’s trials View post tag: Aegis Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Video: Australia’s first AWD destroyer completes builder’s trials View post tag: Royal Australian Navy September 26, 2016center_img Authorities View post tag: HMAS Hobart HMAS Hobart, the first of three Royal Australian Navy Aegis destroyers has successfully completed sea trials off the coast of South Australia.The builder’s sea trials, completed on the weekend, included testing the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems.HMAS Hobart was built at Techport, by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance. Construction of 12 Shortfin Barracuda submarines built by French shipbuilder DCNS for the Royal Australian Navy is also expected to take place there.AWD Alliance general manager Lloyd Beckett said the second phase of advanced trials would take place early next year when the combat and communication systems of Hobart were ready for testing.Hobart is more than 140 metres long, has a top speed of more than 28 knots, a range of about 5000 nautical miles and room for more than 200 crew members.It carries a range of weapons, detection and electronic warfare systems onboard, which include an Aegis threat tracking system, SPQ Horizon Search Radar, 48 vertical launch missile cells, a 5″ gun for coastal operations and two quad launchers of anti-ship HARPOON weapon systems.The AWDs will also be equipped with anti-surface, anti-submarine, and naval gunfire capabilities.Hobart has surface launched torpedoes, a Phalanx short-range air and surface defence system, NULKA missile decoy system, front-mounted as well as towable sonar systems and a flight-deck suitable for a helicopter similar to an MH-60R Seahawk.Over the coming months, further progress on the AWD Project will be demonstrated when the second destroyer HMAS Brisbane enters the water following its launch in December. Hull consolidation of the third destroyer, HMAS Sydney, is expected to take place in August 2017.The Hobart-class destroyers are part of an $8 billion collaboration between ASC, Raytheon Australia and the Australian Department of Defence.Raytheon Australia managing director Michael Ward said he looked forward to the continued success of the destroyers when the advanced combat systems were tested next year.“Raytheon Australia is responsible for the design, delivery and integration of the AWD Combat System which comprises 10 major subsystems and more than 3500 major pieces of combat system equipment,” he said.“This sophisticated combat system contributes to making AWD the most advanced and lethal warship ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy.”The AWD Alliance is scheduled to deliver Hobart to the Department of Defence in June 2017 following the completion of further sea trials. View post tag: AWD Alliancelast_img read more

Lincoln prepares for zombie attack

first_imgOn Sunday evening Lincoln JCR passed a motion specifying the course of action to be taken in the case of an alien attack.The motion passed, although an amendment was made which included a raptor attack as another situation in which the contingency plan would be effected.The motion proposed that two tins of baked beans should be stored in the JCR kitchen to sustain the JCR in the case of invasion. Members of the JCR Committee are to be allocated ‘JCR weapons’ to fight off any invaders, with the President receiving a ‘JCR bat.’Richard De Vere, who proposed the raptor amendment said that he did not wish to comment on his decision for fear of raptor reprisal.JCR President James Meredith said, “It is great to be prepared. I’m especially grateful to Richard for alerting us to the possibilities of dinosaurs.”The motion specified that all those with surnames beginning with ‘A’ to ‘M’ should attempt to make peace with the aliens, or raptors, whereas those with surnames beginning with ‘N’ to ‘Z’ should attempt to fight them off.The motion was brought forward by Meredith, following an enquiry by Cherwell into the rumored existence of a contingency plan for alien invasion. This was not the case at the time, but prompted Meredith to propose it.  “I’m very pleased that Cherwell brought this to our attention,” he said.A second motion passed during the meeting which recognised student Will Chamberlain’s tortoise, James Bond, as the official Lincoln tortoise.  Bond will also receive training for the annual tortoise race.Will Chamberlain said, “It is great that James Bond finally has the backing of the JCR.  James will be trained hard in the coming year so that he can secure a solid win next Trinity.”Savitri Tan, a first year linguist, expressed her pleasure that these issues of possible attack were being taken seriously. “With the changing nature of society and the fact that we will soon have a permanent tortoise, every possible eventuality must be catered for.”last_img read more

Proposals for new Westgate centre released

first_imgThe Westgate Alliance has released plans for the re-development of the Westgate Centre, which will gain 100 new shops, including a large John Lewis store. The project is expected to cost 400 million pounds and be completed by 2017.Apart from shops the new Centre will also have a cinema, an underground car park and a roof top terrace. The expansion was first proposed in 1988 but it has suffered from delays for a variety of reasons.Public opinion appears to be largely in favour of the project. A public consultation has shown that a majority of respondents support the proposal, as has an ongoing poll by the Oxford Mail.There has however been some opposition by the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society concerning the impact of the development on city views.The society commented that, “Buildings should preserve and enhance historic environment by opening up townscape, not concealing it.”A second year Merton historian and member of the society has also added, “The more modern aspects of the building seem slightly out of touch with the rest of the city.”The Westgate Alliance has emphasised that the development will fit into its surroundings. The development manager Sara Fuge stated that “all our architects have done a lot of research into the buildings around Oxford and they have taken a lot of cues from that.”Meanwhile first year Georgiana Devlin said, “I don’t care about the design of the building as long as Primark and Poundland are still there.” Neither shop has yet announced whether it intends to operate in the new site.The new Westgate will have over 72,000 square metres of new retail space and is projected to create 3,400 new jobs.last_img read more