Wadham student attacked in spate of muggings

first_imgAn Oxford University student was attacked as part of a spate of violent robberies on and around the Iffley Road in the early hours of last Thursday morning. Four people have since been arrested and charged.Stephen Wadey, a second-year PPE student at Wadham College, was attacked near the Iffley Road Sports Complex as he walked back to his house at around 1am after visiting a friend in college.Wadey said, “I was walking along one side of the road and there was a group of around ten people on the other side. Two of them broke away and came up to me. They demanded my phone and pushed me over a low wall onto some grass. I fell on my back and then they pinned me down with their hands around my throat and then punched me several times in the face.”He described his attackers, saying, “One man was mixed-race, between 6′ and 6’1″ and with his face partly covered. The other was white, with short brown hair and was about 5’10”. They were acting really edgy: they were probably on some sort of drugs at the time.”He said that the men stole his mobile phone and demanded his wallet, but he managed to conceal the possession of money. “I told them I didn’t have any and they seemed to accept that”, he said. The men then ran off to rejoin the group with whom they had been walking and Wadey ran home to telephone the police.Wadey later learnt that his attack was the fifth to have taken place in the area that night. A 48-year-old man had his wallet and mobile phone taken by two men as he walked home along the Iffley Road at about midnight. Soon after this, two men were confronte and had money, mobile phones and bank cards taken from them. The fourth robbery took place just before that on Wadey, and involved a 22-year-old man who was made to hand over the cash in his wallet.Thames Valley Police arrested four people at 9.30am the next day in relation to the robberies, following an intensive all-night investigation. Jack Ulett-Titcombe, aged 20, of Herschel Crescent, Littlemore, and Michael Collins, also aged 20, of Iffley Road, Oxford, along with a 17-year-old girl and boy appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on the morning of Saturday 6th June, charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. Ulett-Titcombe and Collins were remanded in custody, and the two 17-year-olds were released on bail. All four are due to appear again in Oxford Crown Court on Friday.The attacks were the latest in a series of violent crimes in the Iffley Road area of Oxford, raising questions about whether the University should be doing more to ensure the safety of those members who live out.According to the Oxford Safer Communities Partnership, incidences of similar crimes have risen dramatically over the last year. There was a 15.6% rise in robberies of individuals in April this year compared with April 2008. This is part of a wider trend, which has seen the rate of violent crime in Oxfordshire increase from 13 incidents per 1000 of the population in 2002/03 to 20 incidents per 1000 of the population in 2007/08.Wadey described the situation saying, “the crime in that area has gone up massively recently. There was the domestic double stabbing, and two of my friends had their bikes stolen. I think I probably got off lightly compared with some people.”He said that although he was not displaying any valuables when he was attacked, he nevertheless planned to be more careful in future.He added that the University had been “responsive to my needs”, and that Wadham had given him accommodation in college for the rest of this year, so that he would not have to continue to live near the scene of his attack. “They have been extremely understanding, and I’m very grateful.”Finally, when asked what outcome he would like to see from the trial, he said that the main goal should be the prevention of further incidents. “I am simply hoping that whatever the response, no one else has to suffer the same thing as me.”last_img read more

Peyton and Byrne goes into administration

first_imgBakery and catering company Peyton and Byrne has gone into administration following the loss of contracts at London’s Kew Gardens and the British Library.Peyton and Byrne operates a number of stand-alone bakeries, as well as restaurants. The bakery business has been sold as a separate entity to Peyton and Byrne Bakeries Limited, a new business owned by the Peyton family.There are no redundancies expected of the company’s 440 existing employees, and most of the assets and the majority of the business relating to Peyton and Byrne’s five existing public catering contracts have been sold as part of a pre-packaged sale to foodservice company Sodexo.These contracts will be operated by Sodexo Sports & Leisure, Sodexo’s catering and hospitality partner for sporting venues, major events and visitor attractions in the UK and Ireland.Chris Bray, chief executive of Sports & Leisure, Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “We are bringing together our resources, talent and expertise to develop an attractive customer experience that will deliver greater value to all our clients.”Earlier this month it was reported the company had appointed Deloitte to explore “strategic options for the future”.Peyton and Byrne co-founder and owner Oliver Peyton said: “I am excited about this opportunity which is good news for the future of the Peyton and Byrne brand and Sodexo.”In December 2012 the Business Growth Fund (BGF) invested £6.3m into the business, which was aimed at expanding the bakery chain. But two years later the company ended its catering contracts after just a year at the Brighton Dome and Brighton’s Royal Pavilion.In 2014 Peyton invested £1m in a new central bakery, and then in 2015, the contract that Peyton and Byrne held with London’s National Gallery was extended by eight years in a deal worth £36m.last_img read more

Cesarean delivery may lead to increased risk of obesity among offspring

first_imgIndividuals born by cesarean delivery were 15 percent more likely to become obese as children than individuals born by vaginal birth—and the increased risk may persist through adulthood, according to a large new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition, individuals born via cesarean delivery were 64 percent more likely to be obese than their siblings born by vaginal birth.The study will be published online September 6, 2016 in JAMA Pediatrics.The researchers also found that individuals born via vaginal birth among women who had undergone a previous cesarean delivery were 31% less likely to become obese compared with those born via cesarean birth following a cesarean birth.“Cesarean deliveries are without a doubt a necessary and lifesaving procedure in many cases,” said Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and senior author of the study. “But cesareans also have some known risks to the mother and the newborn. Our findings show that risk of obesity in the offspring could another factor to consider.”Nearly 1.3 million cesareans are performed each year in the U.S., accounting for one third of all deliveries. While a number of previous studies have suggested a link between cesarean delivery and a higher risk of obesity in offspring, the studies were either too small to detect a clear association or lacked detailed data. Read Full Storylast_img read more

When it comes to credit union website design, stop counting clicks

first_imgThe Rule of Three applies to a lot of things: comedy, composition, even computer programming. But there’s one thing to which the rule of three no longer applies — clicks.It happens all the time. You’re reviewing the prototype of your new credit union website design and everything looks good until it hits you. “It’ll take four clicks for a visitor to find the best checking account for her,” you’re thinking. “She should be able to get there in three!”The three-click rule. Its spectre has been looming over everyone from marketing managers to CEOs for nearly three decades, but this stifling statute probably should have died with dial up.If you’re trapped under the assumption that your credit union website design must follow to the three-click rule, you’re not alone. At BloomCU, we frequently talk with credit union marketers who hold fast to the dogmatic belief that it should never take more than three clicks to arrive at any page of a credit union website. And we get it. I mean, if you read something about the internet on the internet, it must be true 😉After careful consideration of the data, we’ve finally uncovered the truth: it’s not the number of clicks that matters. It’s how you use them.What is the Three-Click Rule?Fewer clicks equals happier users. At least, that’s the conventional wisdom. Since the dawn of the internet, web designers have taken this rule for granted, contorting their wireframes and user journeys in a Herculean effort to keep their conversion funnel — the path a user takes to go from potential customer to happy client — limited to no more than three clicks. Rules like these can be reassuring. Believing that three clicks from homepage to home base makes for a simple and effective website takes a lot of the guesswork out of the website wireframing process, which takes a lot of work to do well. The only problem is that the whole premise — that users get angry if it takes more than three clicks to get to their online destinations — is just a guess, and the data doesn’t back it up.Where Does the Three-Click Rule Come From?Nobody really knows.We have some guesses as to where it started, but the origins of the three-click rule are murky at best. In his book “Taking Your Talent to the Web,” Jeffrey Zeldman maintains the rule is intuitive, logical, and “based on the way people use the Web.” The three-click rule became the de facto solution to a perceived problem and, until recently, it went untested.It’s certainly possible that some website visitors might be operating on a three-click attention span. And if they’ve heard about the three-click rule, you can’t really blame them. Luckily, studies show that when every action they take gets them closer to their intended destination, they’re too focused on their user journey to count their clicks. And you should be, too. Here’s why.The Three-Click Rule is a MythIf you’re crafting your credit union website design to get users to open an account in three clicks or less, there’s only one way to do that: a giant homepage navigation. The three-click rule forces you to cram as much information as possible on your homepage — every service, every call to action, every form field — and the result is choice overload. You’ve given your visitors too many choices, and too many choices make decision-making more difficult.Not only does the three-click rule force you to make cumbersome design choices, but experts have discovered that those choices aren’t worth it because the rule they’re based on is a fallacy. A recent e-commerce study tested the behavior of 44 people tasked with completing various online assignments. The results showed that users were no more likely to quit their task after three clicks than they were to quit after 12 clicks, or even 25. And the people who completed their tasks in fewer clicks were no more satisfied than those who took a little longer to navigate through the website.That isn’t to say everyone was satisfied. People often complain about not being able to find what they’re looking for online. But that has nothing to do with the quantity of clicks, it has to do with the quality of results after clicks.So if We’re Not Tracking Clicks, What Are We Tracking?Rules are nice. They provide a sense of confidence that if we follow them, success will be right around the corner. So if you have to follow a rule, make it the one-click rule. In his book “Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability,” Steve Krug recommends increasing usability by keeping things simple. Users don’t mind clicking, he says, as long as each click is a clear choice that gets them closer to their goal. Let’s say your visitor wants to buy a used car. She can click the “loans” tab on your homepage, then clearly see the auto loans option on the next screen. She now has all the info she needs about loans, and if she’s ready to apply, that’s the third click. But wait! A lightbox pops up asking whether she’s looking for a new or used vehicle; that’s another click. Four worthwhile clicks later, your visitor is clicking through a membership eligibility questionnaire — at least four more clicks — but each one brings her closer to that auto loan.So the one-click rule doesn’t mean one click terminates the conversion funnel. It simply means that instead of counting clicks, make every single click count. With BloomCU’s personalization software, it’s easier than ever to do just that.“I don’t know,” you may be thinking. “The three-click rule has been around for a while, and I’ve never even heard of personalization. Who even uses it?”Everyone.The truth is, personalization is so simple and intuitive, you’ve seen it without even noticing it. Take Netflix, for example. Because you watched “House of Cards,” they think you want to watch “The Crown,” too. And they’re absolutely right. It’s not magic, it’s just personalization at work.Your members want so much more than the minimum clicks. With Persona, BloomCU’s personalization software created specifically for credit unions, you can find out exactly what your users care about. With dynamic personalization built into your credit union website design, you can track visitors’ behaviors, record data, and adapt your content so every single click counts.Information architect Shari Thurow recommends taking your focus off the clicks and putting it on your visitors.“It all begins with your users. Understand and accommodate their mental models. Understand their tasks and how they go about completing them. Use the users’ language. Understand their context. Then? You might have a website that is worth its weight in gold.”Your credit union website visitors aren’t blank slates with tiny attention spans. They’re a diverse population of people with particular needs — needs that you can track, assess, and fulfill. Personalizaton makes it possible to lay the groundwork for long-term relationships with current clients and potential customers so they keep coming back. 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Detailslast_img read more

Ian Wright takes pop at Jordan Henderson as he defends Arsenal youngster Matteo Guendouzi

first_imgIan Wright takes pop at Jordan Henderson as he defends Arsenal youngster Matteo Guendouzi Comment Advertisement The Frenchman lost possession on the edge of his own box as Bournemouth scored (Getty)‘Guendouzi, for a 19-year-old, to come into the team and play continuously up to this point [is astounding],’ the former Arsenal striker explained on his YouTube channel.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘You know, he makes some mistakes and I’m seeing some s**t, people writing he gives the ball away. He’s 19. He’s come from the second division in France into the Premier League.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘PSG are now looking at him hard. So if that’s the case, why [are] our fans digging him out for these misplaced balls?‘He’s always trying to pass [forward] and do productive stuff, he’s not sideways when he can go forwards. He don’t do that Henderson move. He wants to pass forward and he should be encouraged to do that.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 8:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link406Sharescenter_img The French midfielder made a mistake against Bournemouth but Wright is a huge fan (Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised teenager Matteo Guendouzi’s performances for the Gunners this season and hit back at fans for writing ‘s**t’ about him.The Frenchman has enjoyed a breakout campaign in north London since leaving Lorient, racking up 24 Premier League appearances despite his tender years, though he was under fire for a mistake that saw Bournemouth score on Wednesday night.But Wright had jumped to the defence of Guendouzi and highlighted how positive he is with the ball – unlike Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, who he took an unexpected pop at. Henderson is often criticised for playing too many safe, sideways passes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal travel to Wembley for the north London derby on Saturday and Wright hopes to see both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang start together up front.He continued: ‘I would try and get them both in the team and get more players from a defensive point of view where Aubameyang doesn’t have to run back to close down things.‘I want to see him and Lacazette in there doing their thing. Bring in another defensive man to do that. We shouldn’t have two strikers, as potent as they are, and one of them is on the bench. It don’t make sense.’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 Advertisementlast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: GARDAI HUNT GANG AFTER HOUSE TORCHED

first_imgGARDAI are today hunting a teenage gang who held a house party in an unoccupied house – and then torched it.The incident was discovered by neighbours to the property in Lifford shortly before 7am this morning.The house on the Coneyburrow Road estate – which had been in good condition – was gutted in the blaze. Its owners are said to be devastated.Locals believe teenage thugs broke into the house overnight and had held a party there before setting it on fire.Garda forensic officers are at the scene which has been cordoned off.Speaking to donegaldaily.com, a neighbour revealed that blaze had been discovered by a Leaving Certificate student who had been up early this morning preparing for exams. “He got up early to do some studying when he smelled the smoke and raised the alarm,” said the local man.“Kids had been having a party in the house overnight. Thankfully no-one was hurt but this sort of carry-on is outrageous.”Gardai in Lifford are appealing for information about the fire.BREAKING NEWS: GARDAI HUNT GANG AFTER HOUSE TORCHED was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:garda investigationLiffordlifford house firelast_img read more

Draymond Green to have number retired by Michigan State

first_imgSeven years after leaving Michigan State for what became a decorated NBA career, Draymond Green will have his jersey hung in the rafters of East Lansing’s Breslin Student Events Center.Michigan State announced Monday that Green’s No. 23 jersey will be retired. The ceremony is set for Dec. 3, the day of a nationally-televised matchup with Duke. Green, 29, played four years at Michigan State where, as a senior, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year. He finished his career as one of three …last_img read more

Enterprise Search From A Collaborative View: Google, Box.net and Microsoft Sharepoint

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#saas#Trends 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img alex williams Wikis, micro-blogs and collaboration technologies get a lot of attention for their use in the enterprise but one need remains constant.Search. Who wins the search battle will come home with a lot of prizes and big wins in the enterprise. Search may even prove to be a differentiation for companies that are choosing collaboration platforms.There are a number of enterprise search vendors who are delivering search technologies. Companies like Open Text offer a bridge between Enterprise 2.0 and Enterprise Content Management to make “2.0 content is both manageable and secure.” Many of the enterprise search vendors are well-established. For our purposes, we are looking at enterprise search from a collaborative perspective. It’s clear that Google has a leg up but the home-grown nature of services like Box.net make them attractive alternatives. Microsoft Sharepoint has made some improvements to its search, which are worth noting.Google Search Appliance is a cornerstone of the company’s strategy to reach into the enterprise market. It fits closely with Google Documents and Google Sites, its collaborative environments. The Google Enterprise group has launched what it calls a “self-learning scorer,” (SLC) which analyzes employee clicks and behavior patterns to better the results that the user receives. Queries that get clicked will jump in the search rankings. In Google, people will often click on what they discover on the first page of the search rankings. Google calls this “trust bias.” SLC uses a regression model to filter out trust bias to better understand the behavior patterns of the user. Google claims the improvement can work across any number of documents in the enterprise. What this does is create a self-improvement system, using analytics to improve the results.The impacts of this kind off development can be heard throughout the enterprise as business users discover a whole new community of tools that provide search functionality on top of their core offering. Box.net uses a mix of open-source technologies to broaden the capabilities of their collaborative applications. As information is added to the network, the system adds the information from the documents into a relevance algorithm. Users upload their documents into the Box.net environment, which gives the user the advantage of working across a finite universe as oppose to the great sea of the entire enterprise.This makes search a lot easier. Results can be served up to the user that may not have necessarily been requested. For instance, a marketing manager may do a search and get results that are not directly related to the query but are relevant, nonetheless.Microsoft has added new search functionality to Sharepoint 2010. Users may use query syntax while searching on Sharepoint. This means users may use “AND,” “NOT,” “OR” in searches. Microsoft has also added a”wildcard” functionality and a “faceted search.”The wildcard search allows users to add incomplete words to the end of a search string. The faceted search pops up a tab on the left column of the page, allowing users to drill down to discover the data they are looking for.A major aspect of Microsoft Sharepoint is giving the IT administrator control over the functionality of the user environment. This is evident in Sharepoint 2010. According to Sharepoint Chick:Administrators can also configure the other categories that are used in the refinement panel based on managed properties and enterprise content management taxonomy nodes. That means any time a user wants a deep search functionality, the administrator has to go in and make the refinement.Google nor Box.net require IT intervention with their services. In Google, The SLC is continually sell-improving, eliminating the need for IT to get involved. Box.net’s algorithms crawl the text of the customer’s documents. Refinement is built into the product.To be fair, Sharepoint is looking across the great universe of data in the enterprise. But will enterprise customers look to Google for help in search across Sharepoint?From the Google blog:We are newly providing native integration for SharePoint out of the box, making indexing of SharePoint content 10x faster. Second, we are providing connectivity to Lotus Notes through Enterprise Labs. Third, we are expanding our support for file shares and databases, so organizations can connect to any file share or database in any format.The quest to provide full on search and analytics for the enterprise is only beginning. Smaller companies like Box.net are offering their own analytics with home-grown algorithms. In the meantime, Google is leveraging its search strength and Microsoft is offering an improved user experience.It is clear that collaboration and search operate in the same universe. The provider that makes the bridge is our odds on favorite to bring home a roster of customers who recognize that their employees, partner and customers are creators, media makers. What they produce will morph in size as they get more comfortable as producer. Collaboration will work best if the user can easily search what is available to them. If the search doesn’t work then the chances are the collaboration platform will likely falter, too. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more