Xcite seals North Sea discovery

first_imgTuesday 4 January 2011 7:21 pm Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof KCS-content OIL explorer Xcite said yesterday it has suspended its well in the Bentley field of the North Sea while it examines the quality of the oil found in December. The company said the oil find is a “transformational well for the company” and that it remains ready to be used as a production well in the future. The Ocean Nomad drilling rig used to explore the hydrocarbon deposit is now off hire from the Bentley field around 160 kilometres off the coast of Shetland. Xcite awarded 12 of its executives involved in the development a total of 1.6m share options yesterday, , worth £6.2m in total, as a bonus for the success of the Bentley 9/3b-6 well.The company’s London-listed shares have rocketed seven-fold in the last twelve months, with the gain accelerating in December when the firm said it had successfully struck oil at Bentley after months of delays. The firm has exploration licences for several blocks in the North Sea following the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s latest round of offshore licensing in October. The AIM-listed stock lost 5.3 per cent yesterday to close at 363p. Its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange also fell 5.4 per cent to C$5.60. whatsappcenter_img Xcite seals North Sea discovery Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBewadaHusband Divorced His Wife After Looking Closer At This PhotoBewadaadvisor15 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes NaturallyadvisorAmoMediaSpoiled Guy Mocks Waiter, Dad Teaches Him Cruel LessonAmoMediaDinnerZUTop 5 Foods That Help Lose Weight FastDinnerZUBuzzDestination7 Types of Men Who Are Not Made For RelationshipsBuzzDestination5log – Livinguard®This mask has been sold out in Germany 5 days after the government has tighten up5log – Livinguard®Foundation ExpertFoundation Repair Cost In Scottsdale May Surprise YouFoundation ExpertfddStimulus News UpdatesfddMold Removal | Search AdsBathroom Mold Removal Tips That Might Surprise Most AmericansMold Removal | Search Ads whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

Morgan Stanley shifts execs

first_img Share Morgan Stanley shifts execs Thursday 6 January 2011 9:07 pm KCS-content whatsapp Investment bank Morgan Stanley has moved Colm Kelleher, co-president of institutional securities, to London in a promotion giving him responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Asia excluding Japan. He joins Walid Chammah, now chairman of Morgan Stanley International. The move supports the bank’s international growth push and strengthens its emerging markets presence. center_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farm Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

East African Breweries Limited (EABL.ug) 2004 Annual Report

first_imgEast African Breweries Limited (EABL.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about East African Breweries Limited (EABL.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the East African Breweries Limited (EABL.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: East African Breweries Limited (EABL.ug)  2004 annual report.Company ProfileEast African Breweries Limited produces and distributes a range of beer and spirit brands and non-alcoholic beverages for local consumption in Uganda. Popular brands include Tusker Malt Lager, Tusker Lite, Guinness, Pilsner, White Cap Lager, Allsopps Lager, Balozi Lager, Senator Lager, Bell Lager, Serengeti Premium Lager, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Kenya Cane, Chrome Vodka and Ciroc. East African Breweries has operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan; and exports alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to Rwanda, Burundi and the Great Lakes region. Subsidiary companies include Kenya Breweries Limited, Uganda Breweries Limited, East African Breweries (Mauritius) Limited, International Distillers Uganda Limited and East African Maltings (Kenya) Limited. Established in 1922, the group has its headquarters in Ruaraka, near the capital of Nairobi. East African Breweries Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Rightist Bannon urges Italian ‘sovereignty’ from EU, not U.S.

first_imgThis article was published in the author’s Art of War column in the May 29 issue of Il Manifesto, published in Rome and translated by WW managing editor John Catalinotto. Rightist ideologue Steve Bannon has been supporting cronies in the European ultraright with phony nationalist demagogy in the interest of U.S. imperialism.Bannon — the former strategist of Donald Trump, theorist of national populism — expressed his enthusiastic support for the alliance of the League with the 5 Star Movement for “the government of change.” In an interview he stated: “The fundamental question, in Italy in March, was the question of sovereignty. The result of the elections was to put in office those Italians who want to regain sovereignty and control over their country. Put an end to these rules coming from Brussels.” (Sky TG24, May 26)However, it does not say, “Put an end to the rules coming from Washington.”It is not only the European Union that is exerting pressure on Italy to guide its political choices, dominated by powerful economic and financial circles, especially in Germany and France, which fear a break in the “rules” that serve their interests.Strong pressure is exerted on Italy, in a less evident but no less intrusive way, by the United States, which fears a break in the “rules” that subordinate Italy to its economic and strategic interests.This is part of the policies Washington has adopted toward Europe, through different administrations and with different methods, but pursuing the same objective: to keep Europe under U.S. influence.NATO is a key instrument in this strategy. The Treaty of Maastricht establishes in Article 42 that the EU “shall respect the obligations of certain Member States, which see their common defense realized in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).” And Protocol 10 on cooperation states that NATO “shall remain the foundation of defense” of the European Union.Today, 21 of the 27 countries in the EU, with about 90 percent of the population of the Union, are part of NATO, whose “rules” have allowed the United States to maintain, since 1949, the position of Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and all other key commands. They allow the United States to determine the political and strategic choices of the Alliance, with agreements made under the table especially with Germany, France and Great Britain, and then have them approved by the North Atlantic Council, where according to the “rules” of NATO there is no voting or majority decision, but decisions are always taken unanimously.The entry into NATO of the countries of Eastern Europe — once members of the Warsaw Pact, of the Yugoslav Federation and also of the USSR — has allowed the United States to bind these countries, to which Ukraine and Georgia are added and in fact are already in NATO, more to Washington than to Brussels.Washington has thus been able to push Europe into a new Cold War, making it the first line of an increasingly dangerous confrontation with Russia. This strategy functions in the political, economic and strategic interests of the United States.Emblematic is the fact that, just in the week in which Europe was bitterly debating the “Italian question,” the 1st Armored Brigade of the 1st U.S. Cavalry Division, coming from Fort Hood in Texas, landed in Antwerp, Belgium, without provoking any significant reaction. Some 3,000 soldiers landed, with 87 Abrams M-1 tanks, 125 Bradley combat vehicles, 18 self-propelled Paladin cannons, 976 military vehicles and other equipment, which will be deployed to five bases in Poland and sent from there close to Russian territory.This continues to “improve the readiness and lethality of U.S. forces in Europe,” to which $16.5 billion was added since 2015.Just as the tanks sent by Washington landed in Europe, Steve Bannon encouraged Italians and Europeans to “recover their sovereignty” from Brussels.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Sixteen reporters arrested while covering protests in latest crackdown in Belarus

first_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF_en Credit : Sergei GAPON / AFP News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown At least 16 journalists were among the more than 250 people arrested on 14 and 15 July when police used force to break up spontaneous demonstrations in several Belarusian cities in support of two would-be opposition presidential candidates whose candidatures had just been rejected by the electoral commission.“The ground beneath me was covered in blood,” said Anton Trafimovich, a reporter whose nose was broken during his arrest by plainclothes police while broadcasting live from outside the electoral commission’s headquarters in the capital, Minsk, for Radio Svaboda (the Belarusian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty).Trafimovich and Violetta Savshits, a reporter of the independent news agency BelaPAN, were detained for an hour after being bundled into a police minibus. Trafimovich had to be given four stitches in his nose after his release.Danila Palianski, a reporter for the local news website First Region in the southwestern city of Brest, was held for two days after his arrest on 14 July for photographing a protest and was fined 810 roubles (70 euros) on a charge of “participating in an illegal demonstration.”“The Belarusian authorities continue to harass and assault journalists in the run-up to the presidential election,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Gagging independent media won’t help Alexander Lukashenko to win back support and just hurts the country’s international image. We urge the government to stop escalating its offensive against the fundamental freedom of expression and the right to information.”The journalists arrested on 14 July included three reporters for the local news website Silnye Novosti in the southeastern city of Homyel, Nadzeya Pruhzynskaya, Maryna Drabysheuskaya and Yuri Hlushakou, who were held for more than three hours at a police station without being told the reason for their arrest.In Minsk, the authorities even targeted an international media outlet, holding BBC cameraman Andrew Smythe for several hours in a police station. Katsyarina Andreyeva and Ihar Illyash of Belsat TV, an exile TV station based in neighbouring Poland that is routinely targeted by the police, were also held for several hours. Mikhas Ilyin and Artsyom Majorau, who work for the exile radio station Euroradio, were arrested while providing live video coverage of a protest for its website.Two reporters for the Tut.by news website, Alyaksei Sudnikau and Yusevalad Zarubin, were thrown into a police bus by hooded police officers at around midnight on 14 July. Plainclothesmen briefly detained Radio Svaboda’s Ales Piletsky and Andrei Ryabshyk to prevent them from filming a protest. Of  all the journalists arrested on the evening of 14 July, Artsyom Lyava, a reporter for the independent weekly Novy Chas, was the last to be released – at around 5 a. m. on 15 July.Around 20 journalists were arrested in May and June, when some were given prison sentences.Ruled since 1994 by Lukashenko, who until now has been reelected in the first round every five years, Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence July 16, 2020 – Updated on July 17, 2020 Sixteen reporters arrested while covering protests in latest crackdown in Belarus May 27, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts News News Follow the news on Belarus Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the latest wave of arrests of Belarusian journalists covering demonstrations in support of President Lukashenko’s opponents and calls on the authorities to stop trying to gag independent media. last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: Europe reopens borders but US travelers remain barred

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 511,000 people worldwide.Over 10.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 127,425 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:7:53 a.m.: Hundreds of new cases reportedly linked to Myrtle Beach visitsHundreds of new coronavirus cases have been linked to recent trips to South Carolina’s popular resort city, Myrtle Beach, according to reports from local ABC affiliates.Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department in Virginia, told Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA-TV that around 100 teenagers from the area have tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting Myrtle Beach.“We’re starting to see more and more positive test results come in, and as we followed up on those, similarly, they had shared they had gone down to Myrtle Beach, at least the Myrtle Beach area,” Goodfriend said. “At least one group said there were about 40 folks staying in one house and they were having parties or being at parties with over 100 people in the house.”Dr. Molly O’Dell, director of communicable disease control with the Virginia Department of Health’s Roanoke City-Alleghany Districts, told Lynchburg, Virginia ABC affiliate WSET-TV that 130 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the area on Tuesday and that more than 100 of them are linked to Myrtle Beach visits.O’Dell recommended anyone returning home from Myrtle Beach to self-quarantine for 14 days and watch for symptoms.7:11 a.m.: 100K cases per day ‘is where we’re heading,’ Harvard doctor warnsDr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, affirmed concerns voiced by the nation’s top infectious disease expert that the United States could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day.“That is where we’re heading,” Jha told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Wednesday on Good Morning America.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, made the stark warning during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, saying, “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 [cases] a day if this does not turn around.”But Jha said “there are things we can do right now” to “avoid the fate that Dr. Fauci mentioned.”“First and foremost, I think we need every state to have a mandatory mask law. I just think we can’t dither around on masks; everybody needs to be wearing one when they’re outside of their home,” he said. “Second is, I think we just can’t right now afford indoor gatherings; so no bars, I don’t even know if we can keep restaurants open, certainly not nightclubs. We’ve got to get very serious about that. And then we’ve got to keep pushing on testing and tracing.”If all else fails, “then you have to just essentially shut the state down,” Jha said.“We’ve got to get on top of this otherwise we’ll find ourselves with some very unappetizing choices,” he added. “A stay-at-home order, in my mind, is really the last thing that you do when nothing else has worked.”6:43 a.m.: Washington state sees second-highest increase in casesWashington state reported 571 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, marking its second-highest single-day increase since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.The state’s highest single-day rise was set on June 19, when 619 new cases were confirmed.Overall, the Washington State Department of Health has reported 32,824 confirmed cases with 1,332 deaths.6:02 a.m.: Tokyo Disneyland reopens for first time in four monthsTokyo Disneyland reopened Wednesday after being closed for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The 115-acre theme park in Urayasu, near Tokyo, has undertaken a new set of policies and safety measures to protect against COVID-19, such as temperature screenings and the mandatory use of face masks.Tickets to the park must be purchased online in advance. A limited number of guests will be allowed at a time in attractions, shops, restaurants and other facilities. Disney characters must maintain social distancing while greeting guests. Meanwhile, the park’s signature shows and parades remain suspended to avoid the formation of crowds, according to information posted on the Tokyo Disneyland website.Tokyo DisneySea also reopened in Urayasu on Wednesday. Both parks suspended operations on Feb. 29 due to coronavirus concerns.Tokyo, which has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, permitted the area’s amusement parks to reopen in mid-June, after the Japanese government completely lifted the nationwide state of emergency in late May.The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC News. 5:35 a.m.: US reports nearly 44,800 new cases in one dayNearly 44,800 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily caseload is just under the country’s record high of more than 45,000 new cases identified last Friday.The national total currently stands at 2,636,538 diagnosed cases with at least 127,425 deaths.The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up to over 30,000 and then crossing 40,000 last week.Nearly half of all 50 states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — such as Florida, South Carolina and Georgia — reporting daily records.3:38 a.m.: Europe reopens borders but US travelers remain barredThe European Union began opening its external borders on Wednesday, but travelers from the United States aren’t among those allowed to visit.EU ambassadors have agreed on lifting travel restrictions for 15 countries based on the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including Australia, Canada, South Korea and Tunisia. China was also included on the list but with a caveat — the country must reciprocate by allowing EU travelers to visit.Countries where coronavirus infections are on the rise were excluded from the list, noticeably the United States, Russia and Brazil.The criteria requires that the number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days per 100,000 people is similar or below that of the EU’s. According to The New York Times, the average among the 27 countries within the EU was 16 in mid-June; in the United States, it was 107.The EU said countries must also have a “stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 days.” The bloc will consider the reliability of each nation’s data as well as what measures have been taken in response to their outbreaks, including contact tracing and testing. Reciprocity will also be taken into account.U.S. President Donald Trump suspended travelers from most European countries in March. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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Damaging shortage of people skills

first_img Previous Article Next Article Only a third of UK firms are committed to developing people managementskills despite almost all managers believing they are crucial to businesssuccess, new research has found. The Ashridge People Skills Report, which looked at 283 managers, found thatwhile 91 per cent cited people skills as increasingly important, two-thirdsclaimed their business wasn’t committed to developing them. Respondents were also asked to rank the most important traits in a peoplemanager. This year communication skills topped the bill, as in the previoussurvey three years ago. The ability to influence staff leapt from fifth to second place, followed bythe ability to champion change, motivational skills, integrity and trust. Pam Jones, co-author of the report, said managers are increasingly workingwith more teams across several disciplines but only 11 per cent believe theirfirm measures team performance effectively: “Organisations need to developan environment where people skills are recognised as critical to businesssuccess and provide the support for managers to achieve this,” she said. Ninety-nine per cent of managers thought people management skills were vitalqualities in a successful leader, but some fail to see these skills in theirboss. The report suggested people skills were being overlooked because ofoperational priorities, cost cutting and time constraints. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Damaging shortage of people skillsOn 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Orlando Magic player tests positive for coronavirus, team official says

first_img Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStockBy ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) — On the same day the Orlando Magic arrived at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to prepare for the upcoming NBA season restart, officials said one of their players will be temporally benched by the coronavirus.Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman made the announcement during a videoconference with reporters on Tuesday. The unidentified player had previously tested positive during the NBA’s last round of testing that began on June 23.“That player is following protocol and and we’re hoping that he can join us shortly,” Weltman said.The team did not say which player had a confirmed COVID-19 case.The league told players that it will not suspend play in the event of several positive cases, but would look into stoppage if an outbreak did occur. The Magic, along with 21 other teams, are scheduled to resume play later this month after the NBA season was put on hold in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. On June 4, the league’s Board of Governors approved games to resume on July 30 in Orlando, Florida.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img July 8, 2020 /Sports News – National Orlando Magic player tests positive for coronavirus, team official sayslast_img read more

Jordan Cove Energy Project withdraws application for key permit in Oregon

first_img The Jordan Cove Energy Project is being proposed to be built in Coos County. (Credit: Freeimages/Carlon San) The Jordan Cove Energy Project, a subsidiary of Pembina Pipeline, has withdrawn an application seeking approval to build a removal-fill at its proposed LNG export terminal in Oregon, US.The project company, through a letter, withdrew the removal-fill application filed with the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) in November 2019. However, the company did not disclose the reasons behind the decision.According to the Department of State Lands, Oregon’s removal-fill permit rules give applicants the scope to take back an application at any time before the permit decision is taken. The department was due to take a decision on the Jordan Cove Energy Project in the month end.Removal-fill permits are necessary for projects that either involve the removal or filling of more than 50 cubic yards of material in state-owned waters or in wetlands, said the Department of State Lands.In its application, the Jordan Cove Energy Project had sought approval to include removal-fill activity associated with the construction of the proposed LNG terminal, slip and access channel, and the Pacific Connector pipeline.The Department of State Lands stated: “When a removal-fill permit application is withdrawn, the application fee is forfeited and the application file is closed. A new application must be submitted for a project to receive any further consideration.“Jordan Cove’s letter did not indicate whether submission of a new removal-fill permit application is planned.”Earlier this month, the LNG terminal and its 369km long associated pipeline secured clearance from the NOAA Fisheries. Ruling that the proposed midstream assets will have minimal impact on protected species, the federal agency issued a final biological opinion on their construction and operation.Prior to that, in May 2019, the LNG export project was denied a Clean Water Act permit from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on the basis that it could not demonstrate its compliance with the water quality standards of Oregon.Details of the Jordan Cove Energy ProjectThe Jordan Cove Energy Project to be built in Coos County will have a capacity of liquefying up to 1.04 billion cubic feet (bcf) of natural gas per day which will be exported to global markets.The LNG export terminal will feature five liquefaction trains, two LNG storage tanks, and related infrastructure. The removal-fill application filed with the Department of State Lands has been taken back by the Jordan Cove Energy Projectlast_img read more

Residents angered by plans for Iffley tennis centre

first_imgProposals for a new indoor tennis court on Iffley Road have come up against fierce opposition from locals, including Professor of Theology, Andrew Linzey.Professor Linzey said, “We are not opposed to development on the sports ground per se, what we are opposed to is huge, ugly buildings in a conservation area.“Surely the University can do better than an ‘up-turned sink’ design. It is in the University’s own interest to come to an understanding with local residents.”The plans show a centre just over 25 feet high to be located on the University sports ground which, from some positions, would obscure views towards the city centre. The large, six court indoor tennis building would be built just next to the rugby pitch and very close to a nearby main road. Designs include plans to dig out the area adjacent to the road so the building can stand lower, but the roof still would still stretch a few metres above the fence. The current wooden fence bordering the site would be replaced by tall iron railings.A spokesperson for the University said, “The planning application was registered by the City Council on 15 January and provided residents with the full statutory consultation period to consider and respond to proposals.”She added, “Comments that were made have been taken into account in the final proposals where possible.” However,  members of the Iffley Area Residents Association have said that they feel this response is simply not good enough.Professor Linzey has teamed up with the Association in a stand against the plans. David Barton, Chair of the Association said, “The view from the road beside it will be of a very large, ugly grey zinc roof, divided by lighting panels, stretching back across the field for 33 metres. In our view, the designers haven’t considered the impact of implementing these plans at this particular location, given that it is situated within a conservation area, and close to the Grade 1 Listed building of St John’s Church.”In their submission as a Residents Association, Professor Linzey and co-members will suggest that the building is poorly designed and highly unsuited to the location. They will do so along with those who live opposite the site on Marston Street.Nearby resident Sarah Wild said, “The University obviously cannot have both indoors and the outdoors in the same place because of the restriction at the Iffley Road site; so the answer would be to have a split site – one with primarily indoor and one with primarily outdoor facilities.”The objections of the Resident’s Association will be heard formally at a consultation to be hosted by Oxford City Council. A spokesperson for the Council commented on planning procedures. “As part of the normal planning process we have consulted residents and their comments will be taken into consideration when the application is reviewed,” he said.Oxford University held a public exhibition of the plans at the University Rugby Club pavilion this week where Professor Linzey and the rest of the Association were invited as guests. However, the next discussions concerning the application are not to take place until March.last_img read more