Oldest tree in Botanic Gardens damaged by Storm Ciara

first_imgThe yew tree was planted in 1645 by Jacob Bobart, the first curator of the Gardens. The article pays tribute to yew trees’ “incredible ability to renew and rejuvenate themselves.” Yew trees have lifespans of up to 3,000 years, and a yew tree must live to be 900 years before it is considered ancient. This makes the tree in Oxford, at 375 years old, a relatively young example of the species. Despite the severe damage, Oxford Botanic Gardens have said in an article published on their Medium account that they “fully expect the tree to recover in time.” Storm Ciara, which made landfall on February 9th, left the oldest tree in the gardens with many of its branches collapsed. Yew trees also hold a prominent place in British history. The oldest tree in the collection of the National Trust, the Ankerwycke Yew, stands at around 2,500 years old. Storm Ciara brought winds of up to 60 mph to Oxford, and caused widespread disruption across the UK. A number of parks and sites were closed, including Christ Church Meadows, and Cotswold Wildlife Park. Additional power outages and fallen trees were also reported across Oxfordshire county. center_img The oldest tree at the Oxford Botanic Gardens has been damaged in the recent storms which have hit the UK. The University of Oxford Botanic Garden, located to the south of the High Street, is the oldest botanic garden in the United Kingdom. The garden was founded in 1621 to be a physic garden, growing plants for scientific research. The article published also clarifies that although the yew tree is the oldest in the Botanic Gardens, it is comparatively young compared to the species. It has been claimed that Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn under the tree, and some believe that the Magna Carta was signed under the same tree in 1215. In one case, an entire stable building was blown into the middle of a road near Buckland, in West Oxfordshire. The Gardens also had a significant impact on many authors working from Oxford. Lewis Carroll was said to have used the garden as inspiration for his book Alice in Wonderland. J.R.R Tolkien is said to have spent much of his time at Oxford under his favourite tree at the Gardens, Pinus Nigra, which may have served as inspiration for the Ents in Lord of the Rings. Both Evelyn Waugh and Philip Pullman also reference the Botanics in their respective works set in Oxford.last_img read more

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Birds Bakery raised more than £50k for charity in 2020

first_imgSource: Birds BakeryThe Unox oven at Birds BakeryIt also features a purpose-built hot serving counter to showcase the bakery’s food-to-go offering.This was aided by Unox, which supplied the ovens to Birds as part of a rolling programme of store refits and new openings. The bakery has partnered with Unox to install two Bakertop Mind.Maps countertop convection ovens in all new and refurbished stores which can be used to bake a variety of products including savouries, sausages, baguettes, pastries and croissants.The ovens feature a self-cleaning mode and data driven cooking technology with remote monitoring via internet connectivity. Source: Birds BakeryA further £1,000 was raised for The Guide Dogs for the Blind during Guides Dog Week, donating 20p from every pack of special dog shortbread biscuits sold to the charity. Birds Bakery has also added sponsored another puppy taking its total to three – Daisy, Barley and Flossie.“We are absolutely delighted to have raised such a significant amount for our chosen charities. We have supported WellChild, SSAFA and The Children’s Trust for a number of years and are charities that are incredibly close to our hearts,” said Mike Holling, sales and marketing director at Birds.“We really hope that these vital funds will make a difference to those in need, particularly after an exceptionally tough and challenging year for everyone. Like many organisations, these charities have been hit hard by the pandemic and it has had a huge impact on their fundraising efforts.”Holling added that the business set a goal at the start of 2019 to raise £50,000 for WellChild and SSAFA. It has now raised just over £50,000 alone for WellChild and £44,000 for SSAFA.For 2021, the bakery will be supporting Treetops Hospice which provides nursing care and emotional support for adults and their families in Derbyshire and Nottingham, as well as children and young people’s mental health charity YoungMinds, and Twycross Zoo, to help support its conservation, education and research.“We are really excited to announce our new chosen charities for this year. 2020 was a very busy year for us with fundraising and we hope we can match it, if not do better in 2021. We dedicate our focus each year to our chosen charities so that we can obtain the maximum contribution for them and really help make a difference to the amazing work they do,” Holling added.New store opening Source: Birds BakeryWest Bridgford store, Melton RoadBirds Bakery grew its estate earlier this month with the opening of its 62nd store in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.Located on Melton Road, the two-storey semi-detached Victorian building has been transformed from a former launderette into a café and shop on the ground floor in the bakery’s signature style, including seating for 24 people for when restrictions are lifted.center_img Source: Birds BakeryEast Midlands-based Birds Bakery has revealed it raised £53,000 for a selection of charities in 2020.It focussed fundraising efforts on its two dedicated charities – WellChild, a national charity for sick children, and armed forced charity SSAFA – raising £17,900 and £14,900, respectivelyBirds also racked up £10,000 for The Children’s Trust, a charity for children with brain injury, as part of its own Doughnut Week celebrations when the national event was cancelled due to the pandemic. The team sold more than 45,000 doughnuts and donated 20p from every one sold.last_img read more

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Has Your Cloud Strategy Turned Dark and Stormy?

first_imgThe cloud you and your departments choose now will affect the data center administration for years to come. Many customers have been shown the sunny side of cloud deployments and been attracted by the model of enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. The silver lining here being that in theory you can deploy instances that scale to almost any degree and turn off what you don’t use when you are not using it. Additionally, you could reduce the number of staff or systems administrators that you employ due to readily available scripting and lack of immediate hardware to operate. While these benefits would solve immediate departmental needs or might seem immediately gratifying, we are seeing that an increased number of customers have had their cloud deployments escalate in cost, and complexity, and be struck by data security concerns. To that end, for some customers it makes greater long-term business sense to go with an on-premise cloud infrastructure utilizing Dell EMC PowerEdge servers coupled with VMware tools.On-premise hybrid cloud deployments enabled by server virtualization and advanced features found within VMware tools mean that you can support workloads and use cases while keeping pace with the growing need and complexity of your business without losing control. It also allows you to address security, compliance, and maintain performance for the critical applications that protect your company and customers.When you solely rely on a public cloud such as Amazon Web Service or Azure instances, there are expenses that come with each subscription tier, meaning you run the risk of paying more than expected whenever you exceed your allotment. High memory instances with many virtual CPUs can easily escalate costs beyond $10,000 per month per server. Auto Scaling that automatically adjusts to capacity can quickly escalate costs even further.Principled Technologies has conducted testing to actively compare Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud solutions vs. deploying Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2 servers and software.If you pick the right tools, an on-premises cloud is as easy to manage as a public cloud. Moving to a public cloud is not a surefire way to cut admin costs. Still don’t believe me? Let me cast away any further public cloud concerns.Hands-on testing conducted at Principled Technologies shows a cost savings over three years with 34% fewer steps for eight common management tasks. This significantly reduces the opportunities for errors and potential downtime.Read the full story on both comparison reports here:Save money over 3 years with a Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2 solution for big dataRead the full report and check out the infographic.Get the advantages of an on-premises Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2 private cloud solutionRead the full report and check out the infographic.last_img read more

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Want to maximize your digital channels? Start here

first_imgConsumers demand a digital experience in virtually every area of their lives. Banking is no exception.According to Pew Research Center, 57% of Americans have used their phones for online banking—and this percentage jumps to 70% for 18- to 29-year-old smartphone owners.Plus, 69% of Americans rely on online research before making purchases. That’s good to know as you try to convince consumers to choose your credit union for financial accounts, insurance, mortgages, investment services, credit cards, and more.You must reach members and prospects where they are and, for a growing number of people, that’s a digital channel.Not sure how to maximize your digital channels? Start here. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How rising rates change depositors’—and CUs’—options

first_imgTime deposit buyers always want the same thing Betty wanted when she bought her last time deposit–more yield.When rates were lower than today, Betty researched yield and maturity combinations from a few sources and set up her account with the financial institution that was offering the best deal. Back then, Betty planned to wait to maturity before cashing out. After all, the financial services industry has long promoted a substantial penalty for early withdrawal when a depositor cashes in a CD before maturity. During decades of falling and low interest rates, savvy depositors like Betty didn’t see any sense in paying penalties for the opportunity to reinvest at a similarly low rate.But the Federal Reserve recently raised its benchmark rate—and Betty got this message from a credit union:Do you or a loved one own a bank or credit union CD? If you are waiting until maturity to make investment decisions, you could be wasting thousands of dollars. As interest rates rise, many CD holders can trade out of their old contracts into new contracts that mature on the same day for more money. Contact us for your no-obligation analysis of how you and your loved ones can benefit from rising interest rates immediately. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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2nd Teen Girl Found Dead in Brentwood, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A body investigators believe to be that of a 16-year-old girl was found Wednesday in Brentwood near where her 15-year-old friend was beaten to death the night before in a case that authorities suspect has gang involvement, Suffolk County police said. Investigators said the body found at 5:14 p.m. in the woods off Ray Court matches the description of Kayla Cuevas of Brentwood, who was reported missing after the first girl’s death, police said.At 8:36 p.m. Tuesday, a passerby had called 911 to report finding body on Stahley Street and upon arrival, Third Precinct police officers found Nisa Mickens, also of Brentwood, in the road with lacerations and head trauma, police had said.Mickens was pronounced dead at the scene. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office is conducted an autopsy and determined her cause and manner of death to be homicide by assault. Authorities suspect there may have been gang involvement in the death.Investigators believe Cuevas was with Mickens at some point Tuesday night, which was the night before Mickens’ 16th birthday.Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. There is a reward of up to $5,000 for an arrest in the case.last_img read more

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PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X: Release Date, Price in India, Games, and More

first_imgMicrosoft is offering the premium version of its Xbox Series X at the same price as the PS5, but is pricing the digital version more aggressively at EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 26,200). The Xbox Series X is priced at Rs. 49,990 and the Series S is priced at Rs. 34,990  in India.“Sony, with its entry model, is allowing itself a price above that of Microsoft. As market leader it can allow itself to do that,” gaming analyst Laurent Michaud told AFP.“It would have been interesting for Microsoft to push its pricing strategy to come in a little lower on the top range” model, Michaud said.Design: From futurist to contemporary On design, the firms have taken radically different approaches.Sony’s PS5 stands tall and sleek, with a V-shaped white exterior on black with subtle blue lighting for a futurist style which some consider would not look out of place on a Star Wars set.The controller retains the white-on-black look in a radical departure from previous incarnations. Xbox sticks with sober black and a discreet logo on a black tower and a controller that remains aesthetically faithful to previous generations.Specs: Xbox feels the powerFor the Xbox design team, their product is “the fastest most powerful ever” console. The company’s website urges fans to come on in, fire up and “power your dreams”. The kit, which affords potential 8K video capabilities, boasts a 12-teraflop graphics processor, compared with 10.3 for the PS5 and superior data crunching power overall.  In terms of memory the two consoles are roughly even.For Michaud however, the battle over processing power misses the point.“The more you widen the player base, the less power is a criterion. Kids couldn’t care less about power when they are playing Fortnite. What counts is the gaming experience,” he said.Sony all out on catalogue big hittersIn terms of exclusive titles Sony has pulled out a top-drawer selection to coincide with its launch, including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Fans will have to wait a while for Final Fantasy XVI, the last in the celebrated series, but it will be exclusive to the PS5.Microsoft had hoped that Halo Infinite would help drive sales at the Xbox Series X launch, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed publication of the game until 2021.But the software giant has broken open its piggy bank to boost the Xbox catalogue, splurging $7.5 billion (Rs. 55,223 crores) on Bethesda Softworks, publisher of the popular games The Elder Scrolls and Fallout.Where the thorny old issue of compatibility is concerned, Xbox Series X buyers will be able to play games written for all previous consoles.PS5 buyers should be able to play games written for PS4, but not earlier machines.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – Pre-orders are pointing to a record launch. Sony expects to sell 7.6 million PS5 consoles by the end of March, besting the performance of the PS4.Price: Premium and Digital editionsTechnological advances and faster networks mean that Microsoft and Sony can offer consoles to players with different budgets. Sony offers a premium version of the PS5 with internal memory and 4K resolution via an Ultra HD Blu-ray player for EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 42,900) and a digital version which plays online games goes for EUR 399 (roughly Rs. 34,900). The PlayStation 5 comes for Rs. 49,990 in India while the PS5 Digital Edition will be available for Rs. 39,990.- Advertisement – Here is a comparison of the two consoles:Date: Microsoft launches firstThe first to unveil its new console, Microsoft will also be the first to hit the shelves with the Xbox Series X going on sale November 10.Sony is staggering the release of the PS5. On November 12 it will become available in Australia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, North America and South Korea. After November 19 consumers in the rest of the world will be able to buy it.- Advertisement – Sony and Microsoft are in a game consoles rematch with both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X launching next week with well-studied playbooks of dates, technical specs and games aimed at luring buyers.Microsoft is hoping the Xbox Series X will help it close the gap with Sony, which has sold twice as many PlayStation 4 consoles as did Microsoft its Xbox One since both went on sale in 2013.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Chelsea 3-0 Brighton: Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek put Blues above Manchester United

first_imgAdvertisement Chelsea 3-0 Brighton: Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek put Blues above Manchester United Sean KearnsWednesday 3 Apr 2019 9:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Eden Hazard starred for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Chelsea leapfrogged Manchester United to move into fifth in the Premier League table after a comprehensive 3-0 win against Brighton at Stamford Bridge.Callum Hudson-Odoi was handed his first Premier League start by Maurizio Sarri after Pedro was ruled out through injury.The teenager was on hand to set-up the opener shortly before half-time when his zipped cross found Olivier Giroud at the front post and he applied a typical finish to put the Blues ahead.The goal forced relegation-threatened Brighton to come out and Chelsea doubled their lead through Eden Hazard on the hour-mark when he lost Lewis Dunk and curled a fine effort into the corner.ADVERTISEMENT Loftus-Cheek provided the third (Picture: Getty)Hazard then turned supplier for Loftus-Cheek and the England midfielder got his name on the goalsheet when he bent an effort from 25 yards into the top corner. ~AdvertisementAdvertisementIt means Chelsea are level with Arsenal in fourth, though the Gunners do have a game in hand and a superior goal difference.The Blues have a two-point cushion on Manchester United in sixth, which could prove vital as they travel to Old Trafford in mid-April.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsHudson-Odoi completed 90 minutes in the league for the first time and his performance is bound to increase the pressure on Sarri to keep selecting the teenager.Chelsea’s next league outing is against West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday night and they then take on Slavia Prague in the Europa League between a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool.MORE: Manchester City overtake Liverpool at top of Premier League with routine Cardiff City victory Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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How Arsenal’s squad has reacted to Mikel Arteta’s first training sessions

first_imgHow Arsenal’s squad has reacted to Mikel Arteta’s first training sessions Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Dec 2019 1:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kShares Mikel Arteta will take charge of Arsenal for the first time at Bournemouth on Boxing Day (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has left a positive impression on some of the more sceptical members of Arsenal’s first team squad following his initial training sessions.The former club captain’s appointment as Unai Emery’s permanent successor was finally confirmed last week, and the 37-year-old watched from the stands as Arsenal laboured to a goalless draw at Everton last weekend.Arteta officially started his new role on Sunday and has led several training sessions ahead of Arsenal’s next fixture against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.According to the Athletic, via the Ornstein and Chapman podcast, several senior players were dubious about Arteta’s credentials given his lack of experience.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother even tweeted his dismay over the decision to install Pep Guardiola’s former assistant at Manchester City as the new head coach. Comment Bournemouth v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta pre-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:07FullscreenBournemouth v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta pre-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/bournemouth-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-pre-match-press-conference-2075672/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.But Arteta’s start in his new job is said to have impressed some of the doubters in the ranks, while he immediately attempted to assert his authority during a rondo exercise.Several players tried to outwit their teammates using tricks and flicks, but Arteta bluntly pointed out ‘You don’t do this during the match, so why are you doing it now?’Arteta is still putting his backroom team together, meanwhile, with the likes of former Everton No.2 Steve Round and Brentford goalkeeping coach Inaki Cava Pavon likely to join imminently.Current Wales No.2 Albert Stuivenberg is also a target, while Freddie Ljungberg, who had been holding the fort on an interim basis following Emery’s departure, has been invited to stay on.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I spoke to Freddie after the [Everton] game,’ Arteta confirmed on Monday. ‘I told him my idea and the people I wanted to bring to form my coaching staff, their roles and responsibilities of each of them.‘I wanted to know what he was feeling, I wanted to know what he had in mind, what his expectations were. We talked and we made a decision that the best thing was for him to stay with us.‘I think he knows the players, he knows the situation, he knows the history of where we’re coming from and also his knowledge of the game is going to really help us to be better.’MORE: Mikel Arteta wants to add Albert Stuivenberg to Arsenal coaching staffMORE: Arsenal have no option to recall William Saliba in January transfer window Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year

first_imgGovernor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 09, 2020center_img Education,  Press Release,  Public Health Secretary of Education Implements State-Level Waivers to Ensure Continuity and FlexibilityGovernor shares video message to students, parents and educatorsContinuing his efforts to protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The governor made the decision in consultation with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. Students and families can continue to pick up meals at designated sites.Although schools are closed, teaching and learning may continue: schools are strongly encouraged to provide continuity of education for all students in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible. PDE has secured resources intended to help all schools that want to use them – including those not currently offering online platforms, those requiring additional technology support, and those that may rely on traditional methods, such as paper lessons, to continue educating students. There is no cost to schools or students for these resources.“We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Governor Wolf said. “This was not an easy decision but closing schools until the end of the academic year is in the best interest of our students, school employees and families.”Secretary Rivera said the administration’s primary consideration has always been to make the best decision in the context of student and community health and safety.“While the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its mitigation efforts have created uncertainty in our schools and communities, today’s action to close schools for the remainder of the academic year provides school communities with predictability and understanding of the conditions under which they’ll be operating and serving students,” Rivera said. “As schools and communities adapt to the prolonged school closure, PDE will continue to work with our state, educational, and business and nonprofit partners to meet the needs of students.”Today’s decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. All Department of Education early learning program classrooms, including those for Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) and Preschool Early Intervention, will also remain closed.Colleges and universities may not resume in-person instruction or reopen their physical locations until the governor permits them to open or lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.Schools will remain closed though the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as it is defined by the local school calendar.Under the state’s directive, schools could begin summer programming on the day after their academic year ends.Secretary Rivera added that all re-openings will be contingent on public health guidance provided by the Secretary of Health and stay-at-home orders issued by the governor.In addition to the school closure announcement, through his order Secretary Rivera also took action that will ensure crucial stability of education programs. Under Act 13 of 2020, the secretary has exercised his executive authority to adjust requirements for the evaluation of professional employees and waive student teaching requirements that may not be possible in the context of school closures.“By taking these actions, the department is providing flexibility in the near term, while signaling that core functions of public education can and will continue,” he said.The department has been providing ongoing guidance to school communities in the form of FAQs. The guidance information is available at education.pa.gov/COVID19.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.View this information in Spanish here.last_img read more

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