Union Librarian Brendan McGrath avoids impeachment

first_imgThe 68% vote in favour of McGrath comes after the 12 hours of deliberation that an impeachment motion in the Oxford Union entails. On the day of the vote supporters and allies of McGrath mobilised a “Vote No” campaign on Facebook, posting social statuses that presented McGrath’s potential impeachment as symptomatic of ‘toxic politics’. A notice has been pinned on the Oxford Union noticeboard that reads “The Librarian remains in office. The Motion of Impeachment is unsuccessful”. Brendan McGrath, against whom a motion for impeachment was filed on Thursday 7th, has won his vote not to be impeached by 400 votes to 189.center_img More on this story is expected to follow.last_img

Gear on the Go: August 2017 | Live Outside And Play

first_imgOne of the things we enjoy most about #vanlife is being able to watch the seasons change on a daily basis. We watched spring creep into summer, and now summer slowly fade into fall. It’s only mid august but when we opened our van doors to a crisp morning just outside Buena Vista, Colo., the chilly harvest air met our cheeks. The shadows are getting longer and the days shorter. As the Colorado portion of our tour winds down we can’t help but feel a little bitter sweet. We love Colorado in the fall. But, we’re excited to get back East and see natures light show that is fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Of course, this whole tour wouldn’t be possible without some great gear to help us along our journey. Without further ado, here is this months Gear on the Go!Sea To Summit Pro HammockWhen we’re not in the bucket seat of the van or out on the trail, we love relaxing in a hammock. Who doesn’t? There are a lot of hammocks out on the market these days and it’s hard to imagine a company able to improve on the traditional hammock. Sea to Summit has done just that with their new line of light weight, packable hammocks. I am a large human, and sometimes single person hammocks don’t quite fit me. At 10 feet long, the Sea To Summit Pro Hammock provides comfort for even a tall dude like me. We’ve spent many hours napping and relaxing in our hammock, and we never woke up with a stiff neck. Our favorite thing about this hammock is how well it breaths. Nothing is worse than getting up after a few hours in a hammock only to realize you have come down with a wicked case of swamp-a– ahem, back. This hammock really does breath like it’s made of mesh. The Pro Hammock packs down into itself so space is never an issue in the van or in our packs. Weight is also never an issue. At 12.7 ounces the Pro Hammock is one of the lightest standard hammocks on the market (and if you really wanted to be amazed, check out there ultralight line of hammocks).Sea To Summit keeps up there reputation of innovation with their new hammock suspension straps. There standard straps are ten feet long so you can wrap them around massive trees or connect you hammock to two impossibly far away trees. We can set up our hammock in less than a minute every time and we never have to worry about disconnecting the hammock to adjust the length. just cinch the straps to make them tighter.Lowe Alpine Superlight 30Lowe Alpine has been making bomber gear since their inception 50 years ago. We’ve had the pleasure of trying a a few of their packs. They are all designed with a specific purpose in mind. The Lowe Alpine Superlight 30 is built for super-light-weight climbing, mountaineering, and alpine adventures.At first glance, the Superlight 30 is a minimalist pack. This 30 liter pack weighs a minuscule 20 ounces with the removable frame that doubles as a bivy mat. Remove the mat and you’ll forget your wearing a pack at all. These packs are made of unstoppable 100D ripstop nylon and they are treated with a TPU coating that makes them roughly 13 time MORE abrasion resistance than the fabric normally would be. We don’t baby our gear so this is music to our ears.The harness is another feature that we were surprised by. It was designed to cary weight well, but it also gives you a massive range of motion. You can climb freely without having to worry about what’s on your back. The Superlight 30 has an extra wide top so you can get a climbing rope in an out with ease.Crazy Creek Crazy Legs Quad Beach chairWhen you’re sitting in something called the ‘Crazy Legs Quad Beach Chair’, you know you’re in for a party. This super foldup lounger swings over your shoulder and accompanies you to parties, lake shores, beaches, and most importantly, right outside the van doors. This is our go to when it’s time to finally relax.We don’t get to sit all that often so when we do we take it seriously. We’ve taken our Crazy Creek Crazy Legs Quad Beach Chair to infinity and beyond! Just kidding, but in all seriousness we take these things everywhere. They make great seats for sitting around a campfire. We actually enjoy being a little lower to the ground, because the smoke from the campfire just drifts right over our heads (into the waiting eyes and lungs of our friends in normal camp chairs).These chairs are easily totable so you can take them everywhere. We work a lot of festivals, and as a result we get to see a lot of great music. We take our Crazy Legs Beach Chairs with us so we can lounge while soaking up some sweet tunes. They are low enough to pass any venues chair policy. They are also great on hot days, because the mesh backing lets the breeze cruise right through.Perhaps the best thing about buying a Crazy Creek is that you’ll know you’re buying a great product from a fantastic company. Crazy Creek has been making chairs since 1987. They also offer a lifetime warranty against manufacturers defects which is a huge bonus.last_img read more

Matt Stephenson – The ‘fresh’ Betgenius approach to streaming brings round-the clock engagement

first_img Matt StephensonLast month, sports betting data and trading specialist Betgenius launched its first-ever streaming service designed to help sportsbooks plug crucial gaps in their in-play betting schedules.The company’s Global Partnerships Director Matt Stephenson told SBC how Betgenius plans to offer its partners fresh and engaging content around the clock._______________________SBC: Hi Matt, thanks for this interview. Can you detail to SBC audiences why Betgenius has launched a live streaming service after so many years specialising in data and outsourced trading? MS:As part of the Genius Sports Group, Betgenius has access to a huge portfolio of official data rights which it provides to sportsbooks as either raw live data feeds or outsourced managed trading services.Launching a live streaming service was a natural evolution of these close relationships we have with sports; creating an official data product for betting is about helping leagues and federations grow their fanbase and attract new revenues – exactly the same can be said about streaming.However, we also wanted to bring something fresh and valuable to market. From a sportsbook perspective, we saw a growing need among operators to strengthen customer retention during quiet scheduling periods. Therefore, we are initially focusing on content which fills gaps in the live betting schedule, for example, fixtures played during midweek daytimes and overnight for operators in European time zones.SBC: What type of content is Betgenius offering to its partners? MS: Initially, our content is focused on football, basketball, volleyball and table tennis fixtures played across four continents – Europe, Asia, Africa and South America – and subsequently multiple timezones.This is a mixture of content derived from direct sports partnerships where our own data and video technology is used, along with content from third parties who hold the streaming rights. Through the latter for example, we are able to exclusively offer more than 35 Asian football competitions. SBC: What makes the service different?MS: Much of the new content we are offering has never been made available to sportsbook operators before. Yet perhaps the biggest strategic value to operators is the timing of these broadcasts.While streaming of high profile events is, of course, important, most sports fans would rather watch them on TV and not a bookmaker’s website. By focusing on fixtures played at off-peak times on, say, a Monday afternoon, when there are no Champions League or Premier League matches, our partners will offer a complete in-play experience, including live odds and footage.SBC: How does this streaming service dovetail with your live data and trading services?MS: Our entry into the streaming space is really an extension of our commitment to creating a symbiotic relationship between sports and betting. Like data, streaming is a mechanism for sports to commercialise and sportsbooks to engage customers and grow profits. By partnering with sports directly, we are able to provide our sportsbook partners with fast and reliable streaming content while ensuring the sports themselves receive a fair return from the betting sector.Alongside this new service we will be offering a full range of official data and trading services for every streamed fixture. These two elements are highly complementary and allow our partners to access a complete live content solution in one place. SBC: It was announced earlier this week that Betgenius sister company Genius Sports acquired live streaming specialists Oppia Performance. How does this translate to the services that you’re providing to sportsbooks?MS: Oppia Performance supplies an entire range of sports with their own live streaming and performance analysis capability, specialising in volleyball, basketball and an array of other indoor sports. It’s a hugely exciting acquisition which allows Genius Sports to offer an automated video production and distribution system to its global network of over 500 sports partners as GeniusLive.In the future Betgenius will gain access to official – low-latency, 4k HD – streaming content via these partnerships and Oppia’s know-how and technical capabilities will prove an invaluable asset as we roll out our new services to sports and bookmakers._______________________Matt Stephenson – Global Partnerships Director – Betgenius Share Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Senator making another run at traffic camera ban

first_imgA state senator who’s tried for years to ban traffic enforcement cameras in Iowa is making another run at it in 2019.“This is about what I’ve said many times being able to face your accuser, that you are presumed innocent until proven guilty.” Senator Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, has been trying for a decade to get rid of the cameras that generate tickets for the owners of vehicles caught running red lights or speeding.“I still hear on a weekly basis…from people who are upset about these traffic cameras,” Zaun says. Zaun’s traffic camera ban has again cleared the first procedural hurdle in the Iowa Senate, but Senator Jake Chapman, a Republican from Adel, has taken the baton from Zaun, and is now serving as the manager of the bill. Chapman is the chief operating officer of a private ambulance service in Des Moines and used his company’s G-P-S technology to challenged two traffic camera tickets issued to his vehicles.“We have the technology to fight those, but the common, everyday Iowan does not have bread-crumb trails that they can pull up on their vehicle to show where they were at any particular time and so I’m gravely concerned with how accurate these cameras are,” Chapman says. Senator Tony Bisignano, a Democrat from Des Moines, opposes the traffic cam ban. Bisignano says he’s tired of this annual debate.“We’ve been over this road so many times,” Bisignano says. “…I trust the police chief to do what’s best not only for the public safety, but also safety of his officers.” A House panel is considering a different approach that would establish statewide standards for where traffic cameras may be placed and how the revenue from the tickets may be used.last_img read more