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Covered Market in trouble

first_img10 out of the 58 businesses in Oxford’s Covered Market are looking to sell. Stall owners are blaming proposed rent increases of between 20 and 90 per cent, as well as competition from the internet. Smoothie vendor Moo Moo’s faces the largest rent increase, though its premises are little more than “a shed”. The Oxford Boot Store is due to close. Staff member Matt Lintern described the rise in rent as “the final nail in the coffin.” Resentment towards the city council is running high among traders. The manager of Next to Nothing claimed that the council “don’t seem very interested” and that “everyone knows they’re not helping.” Sandie Griffith, manager of Jemini (one of two florists) and secretary to the Covered Market Traders’ Association, described the proposed rent increases as “disastrous.” Jemini had to halve the size of its premises from four units to two and the number of staff from 15 to eight after the previous rent rise five years ago. Lintern said that the Covered Market used to be “more like an indoor market than just a big cafe.” Griffith stated that the market now sees “more of a tourist industry” and alleged that the council used to adhere to an informal policy of keeping rents low in the Covered Market and reserving stalls for independents, especially those that are “labour intensive”, such as butchers, fishmongers, florists and bakers. Several chain stores now have premises in the Covered Market, including Timpson’s and Cards Galore. The manager of Cards Galore told Cherwell that he was unaware that the rent was increasing, and did not know how much the rent was in the first place. He claimed that the only person who does know works in London. Executive member for city development, Colin Cook, told Cherwell, “This situation is not just down to high rents. It’s partly as a result of the age of some of the traders, who are looking to retire and cash in their chips.” Griffith was “incensed” with Colin Cook’s statement. She argued that even if this were true, it would be impossible for older traders to sell and retire because of the proposed rent increases. Cook also said, “There is still room for negotiation over rent increases and the level of increase could come down during negotiations.” The Covered Market Traders’ Association has its “own surveyor in negotiation with the council”. Sharon from Timber Treasures said this “could be the end of the Covered Market.” Lintern said, “By the time they [the council] realise it’ll be too late.”last_img read more

Freeze damage

first_imgAnnuals and shrubs need some protection against the cold. “Some really sensitive plants like hydrangeas or young fig trees need heavy mulch as a blanket of insulation against cold,” he said. “You can get a wire basket, fill it up with leaves and cover the plant to protect it.”He also recommends making a windscreen from a cardboard box or plastic. But don’t let the plastic touch the plant. It will make the plant colder. If you use plastic, make a tent with it over the plant.For more tips on protecting landscape plants in winter, call your local UGA Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or look online at www.ugaextension.com(Faith Peppers is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaRecent freezing temperatures have taken a toll on some Georgia landscapes. If you were too slow to mulch or to cover tender plants, you may now see wilted, dark leaves dotting your flower beds. A University of Georgia expert has advice on how to handle the damage and to avoid it.“On these first several frosts you are going to see obvious frost damage because many plants haven’t dropped their leaves,” said Bob Westerfield, a UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist. “The damage will usually appear as brown tips on leaves that will then turn black. Just go a couple of inches below the damage and prune it out.” If you have planted wisely, the damage should only be temporary.“Most plants that are established and have been in the landscape a year or two will survive these cold snaps,” he said. “You might have to prune out the damage, but they will make it through.”If leaf burn is severe and unsightly, go ahead and cut it back. The plants won’t produce more leaves now. But since this is only the first cold snap and not the last, he said, you can wait to prune “because we will get hit again, and you can prune it back harder in December or January.”Feed and waterPlants still need plenty of moisture now, he said. “Plants need that pressure within their stems to withstand the cold. If you don’t have them fully moist they can’t withstand the cold and will get cell damage. Now is the time to wet them down really well before a cold night.”Most winter annuals will survive fine with proper care. “Most annuals like mums and pansies are very tenacious,” he said. “They might look bad right after the cold, but they will come right out of it.”Good nutrition helps, too. “Give them some liquid or light granular fertilizer once a month and water well throughout the season,” he said. “They have limited root systems, so they need plenty of food and water.”Protect plantslast_img read more

Cranes loses, becomes first country to leave AFCON

first_img****[email protected] on: WhatsApp The Uganda national team – Cranes played its last game against Mali at the African Cup of Nations final in Gabon on Jan.25.But, this game had no consequence to the cranes as the team had already been beaten out of the competition first by Ghana and then Egypt both games ending 1:0. Egypt’s goal came two minutes to full time. While speaking to journalists, the Cranes Coach Micho Sredojevic attributed the loss in the two games to a mistake and a late defensive lapse. He said his boys put up a good fight considering the fact that they were playing teams that are used to playing at AFCON.In the historic game for Uganda having last qualified for the tournament 39 years ago, the country played Egypt, Ghana and Mali in group D.last_img

MLB remembers Sept. 11 with on-field tributes

first_imgTexas Rangers third base coach Gary Pettis talks with players in the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)  by Stephen HawkinsAP Sports WriterTexas Rangers third base coach Gary Pettis still has vivid memories of that day 12 years ago, when two hijacked jets were flown into the World Trade Center towers.Back then, Pettis was a coach for the Chicago White Sox, who had arrived in town only a few hours earlier for a scheduled game that night against the New York Yankees.“You could smell the smoke. It wasn’t a good feeling that day,” Pettis said Wednesday before a home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. “It’s so sad that so many people lost their lives, and it’s ruined other peoples’ lives. … It’s like it was a movie, it’s like that wasn’t something that actually happened. I still can’t believe it.” What he does believe is the importance for Major League Baseball — and all Americans — to take a moment to remember Sept. 11.Players, coaches and umpires wore American flag patches embroidered on the side of their caps in commemoration of the tragedy. Special lineup cards were used, and patriotic on-field tributes were planned for the day’s 15 games, involving all 30 teams. Flags were half-staff, and there were moments of silence across baseball.There were impromptu remembrances, too.In New York, art students made a chalk drawing in blue and orange on the sidewalk outside Citi Field, showing the Twin Towers, the Mets logo and the words “Never Forget.”New York Mets manager Terry Collins wore an NYPD hat and his players wore caps representing other first responders during batting practice before hosting Washington.“You’ll always remember how you felt on 9/11,” Collins said.With so many tributes planned at the stadium, a memo was written on a board in the Nationals’ clubhouse — “Note: Everyone on the field @ 6:55.”Both dugouts were filled with applauding players, managers and coaches as members of rescue and security organizations marched onto the field. The Mets and Nationals then lined up along the baselines for a moment of silence and the national anthem.At Rangers Ballpark in Texas, the 531st U.S. Air Force Quintet performed the national anthem instrumentally. The honorary first pitch was thrown out by former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, who was 19 when she was captured along with five other soldiers after the U.S. Army’s 507th Maintenance Company took a wrong turn and came under attack in Iraq in 2003. She was held for nine days before being rescued.The Cleveland Police Department presented the colors at Progressive Field before the national anthem at the Indians’ game against Kansas City.Cleveland’s Jason Giambi was with Oakland when the Athletics were in the 2001 playoffs against the Yankees. He recalled the atmosphere at Yankee Stadium being “unbelievable,” even more electric than usual for the postseason.“It will always be a time I’ll remember, going out there playing against the Yankees during that time,” Giambi said. “It kind of healed the nation, especially the city of New York, which was hit so hard. There they were, the Yankees playing in the playoffs, going all the way to the World Series.”Giambi signed with the Yankees after that, and spent seven seasons in New York.“Playing there all those years, the kids, the firefighters, the people who lost their lives saving the other lives, I’ll always remember that, very much so,” Giambi said.At Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, where the Reds hosted the Chicago Cubs, a steel beam from the World Trade Center was on display courtesy of the Cincinnati Fire Museum.Before San Francisco hosted Colorado at AT&T Park, first pitches were thrown out by two San Francisco firefighters who went to New York in the days after Sept. 11 to provide help and support. Dean Crispen, captain of Station 28, and Derek O’Leary, driver of rescue squad one from Station 1, flew on the first commercial flight allowed to land in New York.Pettis and the White Sox had arrived in New York 12 years ago around 2-3 a.m., and he was awoken by a phone call from a friend checking to make sure he was OK.“I said, ‘Yeah, I’m OK, I’m asleep.’ He said, “you don’t know, do you?” Pettis recalled. “I turn on the TV and I see that the building — smoke’s coming out of the building — and they said there had been a plane crash.”Like so many others, Pettis thought maybe it was just a tragic accident before the second plane hit the other tower.The White Sox were staying in a hotel at Grand Central Station, a little more than three miles from the World Trade Center site. Pettis and the rest of the staff worked to locate everybody with the team, and to get out of the building, with concerns about more potential attacks.“We were going down the stairs and you hear this rumble, and we’re going what the heck is that?” Pettis said. “We just kind of take off running out the doors, and now we see people running out of the train station, and we had no idea what they were running from.”Pettis can’t believe it’s been 12 years. Before going to the ballpark on Wednesday morning, he turned on his TV knowing what he was going to see.“It took me a minute to get up and get my day going because I started watching some of the stories and listening to some of the people talk about being there, and then seeing some of the messages that were left for families,” he said.Pirates infielder Clint Barmes remembers exactly where he was and what he was doing 12 years ago. He was only 22 years old in his second season of pro ball, and on the way home after winning the championship with high-A Salem the night before.“I didn’t get a chance to see anything on TV until I got home later that evening. … Had my car already packed ready to go,” Barmes said. “I woke up, jumped in my car and started driving home before I realized exactly what happened.“There’s a lot of things that goes through your mind when something like that happens. It was a scary moment for sure.”To veteran Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, it was a day to remember the terrible images on television, and a pal.“One of my best friends in college has just been appointed the head of the N.Y. Port Authority. Neil Levin,” he said. “So then I’m thinking, ‘OK, Neil’s pretty cool, he’s the boss, he’s going to show up late, he’s not going to be there early.”“As it turns out he was having breakfast that morning in that restaurant on the top floor. So we lost Neil on that one,” he said. “So whenever I hear 9/11, this date … while I was riding my bike today, seeing the flag at half-mast, I thought of Neil.”Washington star Bryce Harper was just 8 and at home in Las Vegas when the attacks occurred.“I was in my mom’s bed, watching TV. I used to watch ‘CHiPs’ and ‘Saved by the Bell’ in those days. Then it came on, all over the news,” he said Wednesday. “I was trying to understand it, we were trying to decide whether I should go to school.”“I remember my dad came right home from work. I remember he came in the door and I ran right to him, gave him a big hug and told him, ‘I love you.’”Harper said he and some Washington teammates hoped to visit the National Sept. 11 Memorial plaza in lower Manhattan late Wednesday night, after their game against the Mets, to see the “Tribute in Light.”“We wanted to see the beams,” Harper said. “I think it’s important.”___AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker and AP freelancers Tommy Magelssen in Arlington, Texas, Mark Schmetzer in Cincinnati, Steve Herrick in Cleveland, Rick Eymer in San Francisco and Mark Didtler in St. Petersburg, Fla., contributed to this report.last_img read more

Local clubs linked with swoops

first_imgChelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has identified Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze and Porto’s Joao Moutinho as his top three transfer targets, according to The Times.And The Sun report that Fulham are lining up Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard as a potential replacement for Bobby Zamora, whose future at Craven Cottage remains under scrutiny.The paper say Fulham plan to bid £4m for Maynard, whose Robins contract is due to expire at the end of the season.Related story: Fulham monitor Robins striker MaynardMeanwhile, the Daily Mirror claim QPR boss Neil Warnock has jumped to the front of the race for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.The R’s had a scout at the SPL side’s weekend win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the weekend, prompting speculation they plan to bid for Jelavic.Sunderland are also reported to be interested in the player, who is valued by the Glasgow club at £10m but apparently could be sold for £7m if a deal can be struck.This page is updated throughout the day Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar questions Australia tactics in failed run chase vs India

first_imgBatting great Sachin Tendulkar expressed surprise at Australia’s tactics in their failed chase of 353 vs India in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 outing at The Oval in London.Sachin Tendulkar pointed out Australia’s decision to hold back big-hitter Glenn Maxwell in their steep chase worked in favour of India and said he hasn’t seen Warner bat slower than he did against India on Sunday.India vs Australia, World Cup 2019: Highlights | ReportChasing 353, Australia got off to an uncharacteristically slow start with David Warner struggling to put bat to ball. The pressure on Aaron Finch was so much so that he was run-out when trying to steal an improbable second.Warner took his time and scored a fifty off 77 balls but failed to build on it as he perished for 56 off 84 balls while trying to take India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on in the 25th over.Following Warner’s departure, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja struggled to get the boundaries as India’s wrist-spinners put the brakes on in the middle overs. Khawaja tried to accelerate but he perished in the 37th over even as the asking rate shot past 10 runs per over.Glenn Maxwell, who walked in at No. 4, smashed a 28-ball 14 but it came a bit too late in Australia’s innings. Alex Carey played a blinder, hitting the World Cup 2019’s fastest fifty but it wasn’t enough as Australia fell short of the total by 36 runs.”That [holding Glenn Maxwell back] was a wrong move, I believe that worked beautifully in India’s favour,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.advertisementHe added: “At the stage, I completely understand that you needed a left hand-right hand combination. But when that can work is when you need 6 or 7 runs an over and Usman Khawaja comes and rotates the strike. But you needed someone to play the big shots and change the momentum.”When Maxwell walked in, he took no time to strike at 300. At that stage, the body language of India players also changed. Suddenly a red flag was waved. And Chahal did it beautifully again. He’s had a fair amount of success against Maxwell.”Have seen Starc bowl much better: TendulkarSachin Tendulkar also pointed out Mitchell Starc’s inability to move the ball on a flat Oval wicket let Australia down.”When Starc is not bringing the ball back in, he is not as effective. He is not that threatening when he is not able to do that. I have been Starc bowl much better. He becomes effective when he is bowling 145-plus. He is full up and swinging it back to hit the stumps,” Tendulkar said.”The ball was not swinging that much. I think that was something Australians were hoping didn’t happen. Australia were hoping for an early wicket, considering the platform India were building at that point in time.”India flaunted their batting firepower to post 353 after Shikhar Dhawan smashed 117 and Virat Kohli a well-paced 82. Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni smashed late cameos as India went past the 350-run mark.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar wants Shikhar Dhawan to break his record in ICC tournamentsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India outplayed us, says Aaron Finch after defeatAlso See:last_img read more

FSU QB Jameris Winstons DNA Linked to Accuser in

Photo by Palm Beach Post.Jameis Winston, the Florida State star freshman quarterback, has been linked to the accuser in a criminal sexual case by DNA evidence compiled by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.The DNA analysis matched the sample taken from the underwear of a woman who has accused him of sexual battery.ESPN.com viewed a DNA analysis report Wednesday indicating that the Florida state crime lab determined that the chances of the DNA in the woman’s underwear are a match for someone other than Winston is 1 in 2.2 trillion.Police obtained a sexual assault kit on Dec. 7, 2012, when the accuser reported the alleged incident had occurred at an off-campus apartment. Winston’s DNA was recently obtained through a buccal swab he provided to authorities investigating the case.The DNA match alone does not prove that Winston, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, sexually assaulted the woman, as the accuser’s family claimed in a statement released by a Tampa-based attorney on Wednesday. But it does indicate that Winston, who has yet to talk to Tallahassee police or the state attorney investigating the case, had his DNA associated with the accuser on Dec. 7, 2012, when the accuser claimed she was sexually assaulted.William Meggs, the state attorney for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, said his office is still investigating the case, which was only referred to his office by Tallahassee police last week.“Everybody wants to know what’s going on,” Meggs said earlier Wednesday. “So do we. We’re in the process of trying to figure out what’s going on. We haven’t determined how it’s going to turn out.”Meggs said: “I’m pretty confident, as much as anybody can be. There are two kinds of evidence: testimonial and physical. We’ll have what we have at the end of the day and then we’ll evaluate what we have.”On Wednesday night, Tallahassee interim police chief Tom Coe said the accuser stopped cooperating with police in February. A statement released earlier Wednesday by the accuser’s family through her attorney, Patricia Carroll of Tampa, said Tallahassee police warned the accuser not to pursue the case, saying Det. Scott Angulo told Carroll, “Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.”Coe contends Tallahassee police made the case inactive only after the accuser stopped communicating with them. Coe told the Tallahassee Democrat on Tuesday that the police department reviewed the case after media outlets filed open records requests for the case file. Coe said the open records requests alone couldn’t change a case from open-inactive to open-active, but that new evidence or leads would have to be found to change the investigation’s status.“In February 2013, the case was classified as open, but inactive, when the victim in the case broke off contact with TPD, and her attorney indicated she did not want to move forward at that time,” Coe said.In a statement released to the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday, the accuser’s attorney said, “It was never the intent of the victim or the family for this to become public,” but went on to provide a scathing review of the police’s handling of the case.The woman accusing Winston initially reported the incident Dec. 7, 2012. Coe said police investigated the incident, taking witness testimony and collecting evidence.According to Jansen, who has been representing Winston, police approached him about the case in February, but soon after assured him the case was no longer being investigated. Jansen said he reported that to both Winston and Florida State.When records requests from multiple media outlets were made to Tallahassee police last week, investigators re-examined the case and forwarded it to the state attorney’s office. Meggs is currently reviewing the case and will decide whether charges will be brought against a potential suspect.Meggs told ESPN.com on Wednesday that he probably will not take the case before a grand jury, saying his office would ultimately decide whether it believes it has sufficient evidence to charge Winston with a crime.“I’m not stupid,” Meggs said. “It is a young man whose life is in a fish bowl right now. I think about that. There’s also a young girl whose life has been turned upside down and her life will never be the same, either. We look at it and say, ‘Which one of those is most important?’ Both. It is a search for the truth and the truth is kind of elusive sometimes.”Carroll’s statement also said police failed to do a proper investigation, did not collect blood work or DNA samples from Winston, and refused to interview Winston’s roommate, who the accuser says witnessed the attack. The statement also criticized police for approaching Winston’s attorney in February with details of the case.Coe did not specifically contradict any of the claims made in the accuser’s statement but said, “There are many statements being made daily, some of which are factual, some are not factual. We can’t go into detail on that tonight, but there will be a point in time when we can comment on those issues.” read more