Coming soon: more books in Oxford

first_imgThe bookshop chain Blackwell UK, commonly known as Blackwell’s, is set to open its fourth store in Oxford. The new shop, which will be located in the refurbished Westgate centre, is due to open towards the end of 2017.Blackwell’s already has two branches in nearby Broad Street, its flagship store and an arts and poster shop, as well as a branch near Oxford Brookes.Since its opening in 1879 Blackwell UK has catered largely for the academic and student market in Oxford, but the new store will be aimed at attracting more general customers. It will sell a greater range of best-sellers, as well as non-book products such as board games.After nearly a decade of loss-making, ending in 2014, Blackwell’s has sought to expand its share in the market by investing in ebook technology and re-launching its website. It currently has over 40 locations in the UK.The new store has been welcomed by some Oxford University students, who feel that the existing stores are too crowded. Blackwell’s frequenter and Balliol undergraduate Zachary Leather said, “I’m glad that they are making efforts to pull tourists away from my precious Broad Street.”The £440 million Westgate refurbishment aims to modernise and expand the shopping complex, first opened in 1972. The new development will feature a range of High Street stores including Pret, H&M, River Island, Superdry, Primark, and Next. Curzon Cinemas, which specialise in European and art house films will have a five-screen cinema within the centre. In total, 100 shops, 25 restaurants and 61 flats will be located on the site.last_img read more

What you need to communicate during branch closures

first_imgU.S. branch closings are increasing in record numbers according to 2013 research performed by SNL Financial. This means that the number of communications financial institutions are having to send out are increasing as well, costing them time and money.The FDIC manages policies that require insured depository institutions to communicate to their customers a certain way regarding branch closings. This article outlines the important aspects of the policy statement, focusing specifically on what banks and credit unions are required to send to their customers before the closure occurs.1. Communication ContentMAIL: Insured depository institutions are required by law to notify their customers of the branch’s proposed closing via mail. This means that before a branch closure is/can be approved, communications must start going out to that branch’s customer base. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Caribbean-Cuba summit very successful, says CARICOM chairman

first_imgNewsRegional Caribbean-Cuba summit very successful, says CARICOM chairman by: – December 12, 2011 Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (right) and President of Cuba Raul Castro (centre) exchange greetings during the opening ceremony of the CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Port-of-Spain. At left is Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis and chairman of CARICOM, Dr Denzil Douglas. Photo: Shirley BahadurBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba leaders ended their summit in Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday night describing the deliberations as “very successful.”CARICOM chairman and prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas told an end of summit news conference that CARICOM had expressed its gratitude to Havana over its assistance in various areas including health and education.But he said the regional leaders had expressed to their Cuban counterpart, the need for a Havana to “ease the restrictions” that would allow for CARICOM nationals to travel to Cuba for medical treatment.“At a time when there is so much challenge from the global economic situation…here is a relatively small country still extending its hand of friendship in a number of critical areas,” he told reporters.Douglas said that Cuba has also offered to assist the region deal with the small arms trade adding that Cuba’s President Raul Castro, who attended the talks in Port of Spain “was willing to ensure that we learn from their experiences”.The “Declaration of Port of Spain” issued after the summit, noted with “deep concern the continued threats posed by the illegal trade in narcotics and small arms and light weapons, the growing phenomenon of trafficking in persons and the consequent impact that these phenomena have on development efforts and social welfare of the people of the region.”They have pledged to “cooperate in the international struggle against these phenomena in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations as well as other principles adopted by the UN General Assembly and contained in the provisions of the international conventions and agreements to guide cooperation in this matter.“We therefore pledge to take all necessary measures to ensure full compliance with the 2001 Programme of Action to Combat and Eradicate the illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons, including through the development and implementation of national action plans to combat the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.“To this end we look forward to the convening of the 2012 Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action which will seek to further strengthen the Instrument with a view to buttressing our efforts to combat this scourge.”The leaders said that despite their “strongest commitment” to fight the illegal drugs and arms trade, their efforts are being “frustrated by the increasing demand of illegal drugs in major consuming countries and by the failure in those countries to also control the supply of small arms and light weapons”.The declaration also noted that the countries have renewed their commitment to “south-south cooperation and regional cooperation specifically as one of the central strategies for confronting the challenges to the sustainable development and welfare of our peoples posed by the volatility of the current international environment particularly in the areas of food security, nutrition and energy”They have also re-affirmed their “strong rejection of the unjust and cruel economic, commercial and financial embargo against the Republic of Cuba and the extraterritorial measures aimed at extending the reach of the embargo to include third countries”.The CARICOM and Cuban leaders say they also view the lack of “real progress in the conclusion of the Doha Development Agenda and the attendant challenges faced by developing countries of the Caribbean in their efforts to participate fully and effectively in the process geared to the establishment of a rules-based fair trading system which takes full account of their special development needs”.Regarding climate change, the CARICOM and Cuban leaders have reaffirmed their support for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) as the primary intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to the issue of climate change.But they said that “an appropriate response to this challenge should address mainly the roots of the problem and not only the consequences, as well as respect the principles of the Convention, in particular the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and the states respective capacities.“In this sense, underline the importance of mitigation as part of a balanced and ambitious outcome of international negotiations on climate change, including a decision on establishing the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol.”They said they were also looking towards a favourable outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 to be held in Brazil in June next year and urged the international community to “fully address the special development concerns of low lying coastal and Small Islands Developing States” at the conference.The leaders have also warned that the global financial and economic crisis “:is not over” and that recovery is “uneven and uncertain” and have reiterated that “the systematic problems facing the global economy have to be resolved, including through the full accomplishment of a fundamental reform of the global financial system and architecture”.The summit also rejected recent comments by French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s characterisation of three regional countries as “tax havens.”“This indiscriminate characterization was at variance with the spirit conveyed in the Official Declaration of the G20, which had applauded the efforts made by the CARICOM states identified to ensure that their legal and regulatory framework was in compliance with the global standard.“It has had the further effect of undermining access to banking and finance as well as the competitive advantage of Caribbean countries in the area of financial services,” the Declaration added.The next summit, which is held every three years, will take place in Havana.Caribbean News Now 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more