Bike crashes and thefts soar, new figures reveal

first_imgOver 2,000 cyclists have been injured in crashes on Oxford’s roads in the last ten years. New data from the journey planner CycleStreets has shown that city’s main roads are becoming more dangerous.Particularly hazardous areas include Botley Road, Abingdon Road, Woodstock Road, Banbury Road, and Barbelo Road.The figures revealed that there were 2,004 collisions resulting in injuries between 2005 and 2016. These are only the reported collisions, leading to fears the real number is much higher.Labour councillor Louise Upton told the Oxford Mail: “As many collisions go unreported, this already distressing data is likely just the tip of the iceberg. It shows the urgent need to improve Oxford’s cycling infrastructure and, in particular, the need for segregated cycle lanes.”Josh King, a second year Mansfield student, told Cherwell: “A joyful cycle ride in Oxford continues to become more like navigating a minefield blindfolded. With unclear bus lanes, dodgy traffic stops and lack of cycle lanes, and more traffic by the day I now feel myself pondering what it will say in my obituary every time I go to lectures.“The council ought to do more on this issue, segregating cyclists from traffic on all major roads.”Cyclox chairman Simon Hunt encouraged people to sign a new charter to improve safety, which was launched last night. The charter is named after Claudia Comberti, a 31-year-old geography PhD student at Oxford University who died after coming off her bike in Botley Road in May.Crashing is not the only danger cyclists have to fear. Police have told Oxford cyclists to take extra precautions to secure their bikes amid a sharp rise in thefts.According to new figures, reports of bicycles being stolen in the city have soared by 70 per cent in a year. A total of 2,339 reports of bike theft were made to Thames Valley Police from June 2016 to June 2017, an average of six thefts a day.King said: “I feel increasingly unsafe and uncomfortable to lock my bike up on the High Street anymore.”last_img read more

UK to use firefighters to deliver food, collect bodies in coronavirus crisis

first_imgAs well as collecting those who die should there be mass casualties, firefighters can drive ambulances, and take food and medicine to the vulnerable under the agreement.To cope with the outbreak, Britain has already asked tens of thousands of retired doctors and healthcare workers to return to work, while hundreds of thousands of people have volunteered to assist the state-run National Health Service.On Friday, the capital’s ambulance service appealed to former paramedics and control room staff for help, and London’s police force asked officers who have retired in the last five years to come back.”It is important that we take all reasonable steps to bolster our numbers,” London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said.Britain claps Britons across the country took to their balconies and front doors on Thursday evening to applaud health workers and bang pots and pans to show support for those working for the nation’s much-loved NHS.There has been criticism that the government has not acted quickly enough to provide protective equipment to frontline healthcare staff and it is also scrambling to source thousands of ventilators to treat those with severe breathing problems caused by the virus.The government has admitted that it missed an opportunity to join a European Union procurement scheme to source the equipment because of an email mix up.”There was an issue in terms of communications so the tendering process on those schemes had already started,” Business Secretary Alok Sharma told BBC radio on Friday. The United Kingdom will use firefighters to help deliver food, retrieve dead bodies and drive ambulances as it braces for the looming peak of the coronavirus outbreak that has already claimed the lives of more than 22,000 people across the world.Britain initially took a strikingly modest approach to the worst health crisis since the 1918 influenza epidemic but then changed tack to impose stringent controls after projections showed a quarter of a million British people could die.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a virtual lockdown of the world’s fifth largest economy to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus banning Britons from leaving their homes for all non-essential reasons. So far, 578 people in the United Kingdom have died after testing positive for coronavirus and the number of confirmed cases has risen to 11,658. The UK toll is the seventh worst in the world, after Italy, Spain, China, Iran, France and the United States, according to a Reuters tally.Under a deal struck between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Fire chiefs and Fire and Rescue Employers, firefighters will continue to respond to their usual emergencies but will now also carry out new tasks.”We face a public health crisis unparalleled in our lifetimes. The coronavirus outbreak is now a humanitarian emergency and firefighters rightly want help their communities,” said Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary.”Many fear the loss of life in this outbreak could be overwhelming and firefighters, who often handle terrible situations and incidents, are ready to step in to assist with body retrieval.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Virginia Tech head coach Williams talks Christmas-Cooney scoring combo

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 2, 2015 at 6:12 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ It doesn’t get much better than Rakeem Christmas and Trevor Cooney as far as Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams is concerned.“It’s as good as any pairing as there is,” Williams said.On Monday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference, the former Marquette head coach spoke highly of Christmas and Cooney’s individual improvements as well as their progress as a duo. They have combined to score nearly 48 percent of SU’s points this season. Williams complimented a growing variety in Cooney’s game and said he wasn’t sure how or if Virginia Tech (9-12, 1-7 ACC) could stop Christmas when the Orange (14-7, 5-3) hosts his Hokies at 9 p.m. on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome.“But his game, his body, his development, has been as good as any that I remember for a big man in a long time,” Williams said of Christmas. “So you can’t give him the same thing, particularly with the guy that we’re going to throw at him because it’s not enough. And I don’t know that even changing things in what we do bothers him that much to be honest with you.”SU head coach Jim Boeheim said in his portion of the teleconference that he thought VT would double down on Christmas. Those double teams open up space elsewhere on the floor, which Cooney tries to exploit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Williams also pointed to Cooney getting Christmas open.“I think his scouting report is much deeper than he’s just a shooter,” Williams said. “He makes really good plays off the bounce. He makes plays for Christmas that allow him to play better.”Cooney has scored 168 of his 309 points from beyond the arc this season and 57 from the free-throw line. His other 84 points have come from 2s.And his ability to hit more shots off the dribble has opened up more passing lanes to the Orange’s star big man. Cooney has played 92.2 percent of SU’s minutes this season and played every minute since Syracuse’s loss to Clemson on Jan. 17. Christmas has played in 81.8 percent of minutes and hasn’t sat since fouling out in SU’s win over Boston College on Jan. 20.Said Williams: “It’s how those guys play with one another, I think is a tribute to Coach and is also a tribute to the development of both of those guys.” Commentslast_img read more