Trouble over bridge

first_imgScottish and Southern Energy (SSE) will restore power to the lights on the Northern side of Magdalen Bridge next week after a power fault which has left it in darkness for more than a month.The company are now in breach of statutory requirements as the repair has not been rectified, despite stipulations that “energy contractors must repair street lighting faults within 20 working days” of the initial referral.As a result of enquiries made by Cherwell and City Councillor Tony Brett, it has been announced that the required works will take place late next week.Tony Brett, a Liberal Democrat Councillor for Carfax, originally made a complaint to the County Council on the 9th December and repeatedly contacted the Council about the problem. Brett expressed concern that there may be “tragic consequences” if “without street lighting a cyclist in dark clothing or lights pulls out and a car, or worse, bus driver, doesn’t see them,” and asked that the matter be given priority.Both female and male students have reported feeling increasingly fearful when crossing the bridge in darkness. “It feels much less safe at night”, Heidi Grek, a visiting student currently living near Cowley Road, told Cherwell. “I try to avoid walking home alone but that’s not always possible.”A number of students also admit to cycling without bike lights or safety measures.A spokesperson for the County Council has confirmed that SSE will be penalised, stating, “We will claim penalty payments at £10 a day, for every day over the 20 working days the fault is outstanding.”The fine seems insufficient to some of those affected. “It just seems to be a nominal penalty”, commented Grek. “£10 per day isn’t a lot to a company whose individual shares routinely trade at ten times that.”Anger remains over the time it has taken SSE to rectify the fault. Councillor Brett commented, “It’s a real shame this repair has taken such a long time, leaving Magdalen Bridge so dangerous at this late-dawn and early-dusk time of the year. “I’d like to know why SSE didn’t repair the fault before term started as I know that many students feel unsafe enough as it is walking over the bridge, without having to do it in the dark.”last_img read more

Nell Edgington on Misplaced Nonprofit Gratitude

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 30, 2014; Social VelocityNonprofits must be the most appreciative organizations in society. We’re always sending out thank-you letters to donors large and small; we’re always acknowledging the “generous” foundations sending us grants; heck, for nonprofits, it’s always Thanksgiving. The insightful Nell Edgington suggests in her Social Velocity blog that being grateful isn’t always warranted. Edgington’s examples of “misplaced gratitude, or gratitude for acts that are actually NOT helpful” include these:Being thankful for “board members who aren’t thrilled to serve,” particularly those who make it obvious that they resent the responsibilities incumbent with their board serviceGratitude for “donors who don’t fund real costs,” presumably institutional funders that do not appreciate that the cost of program delivery includes overhead as well as programBeing thankful for “superfluous in-kind gifts” that make nonprofits “the dumping ground for the things companies want to get rid of while they enjoy a fat tax write-off”Thanking the board for authorizing the recruitment and hiring of underpaid and consequently inexperienced fundraisersNonprofit Quarterly readers could easily expand Edgington’s list of examples of misplaced—and counterproductive—nonprofit gratitude, and they should. Nonprofits are central players in addressing and solving America’s social problems. Cicero called gratitude “the greatest of virtues,” but when it is overused when not warranted or needed, it cheapens the times when it is really called for. Ben Franklin had it right in Poor Richard’s Almanack: “Don’t overload Gratitude; if you do, she’ll kick.”—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more