A pint costs more in Oxford pubs than anywhere else in the UK other than London, according to a new study.The average cost across Oxford for a pint is £4.57, second only to London’s £5.19.Carlisle was found to serve the cheapest pints, at an average price at £2.35 followed by Chelmsford at £2.60.The study, conducted by MoneyGuru, found that Edinburgh (£4.35), Bristol (£4.32) and Winchester (£4.30) also served some of the most expensive beer in the UK.A MoneyGuru spokesperson said: “Beer prices are a highly contentious issue in the UK with price hikes becoming more and more frequent.“At the end of 2017, the average pint of bitter rose above £3 for the first time in history, while lager now sits at £3.58.”The study also claimed that Dubai is the most expensive city for beer-drinkers in the world, with the average pint there setting them back £9, while at the other end of the scale, a pint costs just £1.17 in Prague.Last January, Oxford researcher Professor Robin Dunbar claimed that there are links between spending time at the pub and happiness.Dunbar said: “[My] study showed that frequenting a local pub can directly affect people’s social network size and how engaged they are with their local community, which in turn can affect how satisfied they feel in life”
Gavel GamutBy Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.com(Week 2 January 2017)INTELLIGENCE FARM♪Does (everybody) really know what time it is? ♪Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused Russia of attempting to influence the election via hacking into unflattering emails. She, John McCain, CNN and virtually everyone on the planet but former presidential candidate Donald Trump cited the conclusions of seventeen intelligence agencies to support the accusations.Seventeen! They are: Air Force Intelligence Agency, Army Intelligence Agency, Navy Intelligence Agency, Marine Corps Intelligence Agency, Coast Guard Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, and my personal favorite, The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. These sixteen all fall under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.The Air Force Intelligence Agency alone deploys 50,000 military and civilian intelligence personnel. I was one of those at one time when I served in Air Force Intelligence. You who know me can make your own judgments or trite jokes.Each of these agencies has subdivisions. For example, the Army Intelligence Agency contains five more “major” military disciplines within its overall functions: Imagery Intelligence; Signal Intelligence; Human Intelligence (yeah, I wondered too); Measurement and Signature Intelligence; and Counterintelligence and Security.I will leave it up to you, Gentle Reader, to analyze the meaning behind President-Elect Trump’s rejection of the “intelligence” of the groups that gave us “Weapons of Mass Destruction”. As for me, I am transfixed by the notion that America has all these agencies containing hundreds of thousands of people whose job it is to spy on someone. My concern is who? There are only a few folks such as Russia, China and, an assortment of enemies our intelligence agencies created for us by surreptitiously toppling their governments, who might actually need watching.What about the other 5 billion people on the planet, especially the 330 million Americans? All those thousands of spies have to either spy on somebody or get jobs, judging maybe. I fear our firewall against foreign enemies might turn inward out of boredom or partisanship. But after years of having our country insert itself in places such as Cuba, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc., etc., my real fear is eventually our intelligence manipulators will get us into a hole even the most powerful country in history cannot claw its way out of.Usually Peg is the only one who reads these articles. However, I feel as if someone will be peering over her shoulder this time. Oh well, it will probably be some of the same disingenuous spooks who have tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully (so far) to get us to bomb Iran; so there is probably no need for us to worry.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Read also: Widespread flooding in Greater Jakarta causes chaos for commutersRahmat’s body has been taken to Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM) in Central Jakarta, said Lilik.Mild to severe flooding occurred across Greater Jakarta on Tuesday following heavy rain throughout the previous night. Flooding paralyzed traffic on several major streets and brought several public transportation services to a halt.The capital and its surrounding areas have been experiencing constant rainfall since the rainy season started late last year. Massive flooding occurred on New Year’s Eve, claiming at least nine lives and displacing thousands of others. (syk)Topics : A motorcyclist identified as Rahmat Hidayat was found dead after attempting to ride through a flood on Jl. Gajah Mada in Central Jakarta on Tuesday morning.Central Jakarta Police traffic unit head Adj. Sr. Comr. Lilik Sumardi confirmed the accident to tempo.co, saying that Rahmat’s motorcycle had hit a pothole that was covered by water.The motorist lost control and was thrown from his vehicle before hitting his head on the sidewalk, which was also inundated by the floodwater. He died instantly.
Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana is urging the public to give the newly-signed anti-terror law or Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 a chance and “not to be swayed by misinformation and disinformation.” PNA On Friday, it was announced that President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the anti-terror bill into law. It will take effect on July 19, or 15 days since its publication on Official Gazette./PN “We appeal to the public to give this law a chance and not to be swayed by misinformation and disinformation,” Lorenzana said. “We urge everyone to read and understand the law.” Suspected persons can be detained for 14 days without a warrant of arrest with an allowable 10-day extension. A 60-day surveillance on suspected terrorists can also be conducted by the police or the military, with an allowable 30-day extension. “It is a much-needed measure to clothe law enforcement agencies with the necessary power to contain and eradicate terrorists who don’t play by any rules and who hide behind our laws to pursue their evil deeds,” Lorenzana added. Under the law, persons who shall threaten to commit terrorism, and those who will propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall suffer imprisonment of 12 years. Lorenzana said in a statement on Sunday it will be better for the public to read the law as it will be strictly implemented according to its purpose and will not be abused. Militant and human rights groups, among others, fear that the law will be abused and used to go after critics of the government, while Commission on Human Rights called on the measure’s vague definition of terrorism. MANILA – Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana has urged the public to give the newly-signed anti-terror law or Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 a chance amid supposed misinformation and disinformation.
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