The Principal of Hertford College, Will Hutton, will cycle from Oxford’s Bridge of Sighs to Venice’s Bridge of Sighs next July, to mark one hundred years since his college’s building of the famous Oxford landmark.Hutton sent out an email to Hertford students asking for their help in the attempt to carry out the challenge, set to take place over two weeks next July.In the email, Hutton said, “Over the next twelve months we celebrate the centenary of our iconic bridge and in thinking about ways to celebrate, the idea of a sponsored cycle ride from the Hertford bridge to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice was mooted.“This idea has increasingly caught my imagination, and over the last few days I have decided to do it – providing we can make it work. Believe me, at about a thousand miles over a fortnight next July this will be probably the most physically challenging thing I have ever done – and just the preparation is a daunting prospect.”Although Hutton intends to hire a professional company to help with the organisation of the trip, he is also keen for Hertford students to become actively involved. As his email explained, “I am looking for a group of individuals who can share my enthusiasm for this idea and help get it off the ground.“No, you don’t have to commit to ride with me, although you will be most welcome – my aspiration is to tap into the wider Hertford community rather than have the whole project driven by an outside contractor.”About half a dozen students will be asked to help Hutton in four areas – route planning, technical support, accommodation and transport. He says that he already has two possible routes planned.Hutton will formally announce the idea in September, when the centenary of the Bridge of Sighs will be celebrated by Hertford College with a series of lectures on the Bridge’s history, the screening of a short documentary about it, and a drinks reception and party.Hertford’s Bridge of Sighs was designed and built in 1913 and now connects the two main college buildings, spanning New College Lane. It was first opened in January 1914. The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, or the Ponte dei Sospiri, was built in 1602 and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.The distance between them is 757 miles, just under the length of the famous John O’Groats to Land’s End ride in the UK, at about 840 miles.
Lettuce is hitting the road this winter with a 23-date Beyond The Clouds tour! Following their shows on Jam Cruise and Gem & Jam Festival, the future funk collective will kick off tour in early February through the end of March, including a two-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY before closing with a double header at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY. Select dates will include support from The Motet or co-bill with Galactic.The announcement of the tour comes hot on the heels of the release of the band’s contemporary jazz fusion album, Witches Stew. Recorded live at the 2016 Catskill Chill, the album is a tribute to Miles Davis, one of Lettuce’s biggest influences, and is an interpretive take on the historically experimental and lauded Bitches Brew era. Bringing forth an eerie, ethereal, and psychedelic reimagining to what was one of the most impactful periods in Miles’ legacy, Lettuce showcases the technical mastery and visionary expertise they are revered for.Fan club pre-sale for the Beyond The Clouds tour is available now. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 19th at 10am EST. Full routing below. For additional ticket information, head to the band’s website.LETTUCE BEYOND THE CLOUDS TOUR DATES:NEW DATES IN BOLDJanuary 17 Miami, FL @ Jam CruiseJanuary 27 Tucson, AZ @ Gem and Jam FestivalJanuary 28 Tucson, AZ @ Gem and Jam FestivalFebruary 7 Atlanta, GA @ Variety PlayhouseFebruary 8 New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater*February 9 Houston, TX @ House of Blues*February 10 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q*February 13 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las VegasFebruary 14 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park*February 15 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre*February 16 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater*February 17 Portland, OR @ Roseland TheaterFebruary 18 Seattle, WA @ ShowboxFebruary 20 Missoula, MT @ The WilmaFebruary 22 St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre^February 23 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre^February 24 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall^February 25 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues^March 22 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount* March 23 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre* March 24 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre* March 26 Hartford, CT @ Infinity Hall March 28 Richmond, VA @ The National March 29 Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger March 30 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater March 31 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater*With support from Motet^Co-bill with Galactic
Art. V glitch bill in the works A bill to fix remaining problems — including a ticklish dispute between chief circuit judges and court clerks — with the legislature’s taking over more funding of trial courts has cleared a key committee in the Florida Legislature.HB 1935, drafted in the House Judiciary Committee, cleared the Justice Appropriation Committee on April 15 and was sent to the House Justice Council.“The House bill has some language that addresses the implementation issues that have arisen between the courts and the clerks of court,” said State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner. “They are creating language that allowed the chief judge, after consultation with the clerk, to determine the priority of services provided to the courts by the clerks.“There is also language that if for some reason a clerk feels it is not appropriate to continue a certain service, they cannot discontinue that service without the agreement of the chief judge or without a year’s notice to the court, so the court has an opportunity to go to the legislature to request funding.”That language is a result of judges’ saying they have little control over clerks when they perform their court-supporting functions and in some cases that was affecting operation of the courts.An amendment to the Rules of Judicial Administration was proposed last year to address that, but the Board of Governors in August refused to endorse it after some lawmakers advised it was a matter best left to the legislature. The committee ultimately did not send the rule amendment to the Supreme Court.Other parts of the bill, according to sponsor Rep. David Simmons, R-Alamonte Springs, address other problems that have come up, including determining indigency for people seeking public defenders or to waive filing and court fees.Other changes include giving clerks another year, until 2007, to remove Social Security numbers from public court records, repealing the Indigency Services Advisory Board, and allowing the payment of experts when they are appointed by the court.Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, said he was working on an amendment to allow partial payment for private attorneys appointed as defense counsel so they won’t have to wait until the end of a long case before they receive any compensation. He said that would be offered at a later date.Rep. J.C. Planas, R-Miami, said he hoped the bill would be amended later to change the penalty for lying on an indigency application from a misdemeanor to a felony.“It’s one thing to have someone commit a crime, but then to use our money and our taxpayers’ money when they have adequate means. . . that’s pretty despicable,” he said. Measure also deals with dispute between clerks and chief judges Art. V glitch bill in the works May 1, 2005 Regular News
NZ Herald 21 November 2013In Afghanistan the kids blame war and fighting, in the US it’s guns but New Zealand children say alcohol and drugs are two of the main triggers for violence in this country.A global study conducted by ChildFund Alliance shows that more than a third of the 1000 New Zealand children surveyed said alcohol and bad behaviour were the two main contributors to violence while just under a third said drugs were among the main causes.The fourth annual Small Voices, Big Dreams survey asked 10-to-12-year-olds in 47 countries across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Pacific and Asia about their view on socio-political issues facing their country.It found that more than 60 per cent of New Zealand children in the survey believed everyone should have a good education and be safe from crimes and violence.Professor Sally Casswell of the Whariki Research Centre at Massey University said children were “quite clever observers” and the survey’s findings were interesting when compared with other developed nations.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11160361