An Oxford city councillor has called for a citywide ban on smoking in public places, provoking anger from city pubs and students. Susanna Pressel is urging the council to review the benefits and dangers of smoking in pubs and restaurants, in light of the successful implementation of such bans in New York and Republic of Ireland. Oxford City Primary Care Trust has welcomed Ms Pressel’s suggestions. Recent medical evidence suggested that smoking in the workplace causes 700 premature deaths a year. Pressel did express concern about the possible implications on the city’s traders if such a ban was imposed, but said, “if pubs and clubs can cope with the ban then I think it would be very good idea.” Her suggestions have angered the city’s pubs. “It would have an absolutely terrible effect,” said David Benefield of the King’s Arms; “In Ireland trade has dropped by 75%; there would be a public outcry here.” St Peter’s finalist Christopher Hallebro, a non-smoker, said that it was “an outrageous intrusion into people’s civil liberties.” The anti-smoking group ASH applauded Pressel’s suggestion and disputed Benefield’s facts. “The tobacco industry has claimed that they have suffered a 30% decline, but the hospitality sector dispute that there was any impact at all,” said spokesman and Oxford graduate Ian Willmore. Willmore said he was an occasional smoker during his time here at Oriel. “I don’t think I was aware then of the dangers to other people’s health.”ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004
The new rising star category showcases apprentices who have made impressive progress in their career to date, demonstrating the potential, through their apprenticeship, to take a career path to the very top of their chosen profession.During September the awards judging panels chose nine regional winners, who are now going head to head to be crowned the national winner. All finalists were nominated by their employer and some of their achievements include these individuals having a positive impact on many tangible business measures including profit, guest satisfaction and running campaigns. Other reasons for being nominated include apprentices exceeding employer’s expectations and adding value by acquiring new skills and qualifications and also volunteering to upskill new apprentices by sharing their own experiences, to give them the best possible start to their apprenticeship.The nine national rising star finalists are:West MidlandsSam Brown, Hidden Economy Compliance officer from HM Revenues and CustomsNorth WestJoseph Buck, Duty Manager from Mitchells and ButlersEast of EnglandAleksandra Burzec, Support Coordinator from Home GroupSouth WestHenry Crosby, Plumbing & Heating Engineer from S W & LNorth EastJenny Jones, Software Developer Apprentice from HM Revenues and CustomsLondonThomas Mynott, Associate Developer from Transport for LondonEast MidlandsShivram Radia, Senior Surveyor from Edward Cooper Young Chartered SurveyorsYorkshire and the HumberHannah Turner, Internship and Junior Development Programme Lead from Home Office Digital, Data and TechnologySouth EastAimee Wilkinson, Assistant Project Manager from BAE SystemsKeith Smith, Director, Apprenticeships, ESFA said: Find out more about each of the apprentices by watching this short film.Rising star finalistsVoting couldn’t be easier. Opening today, 3 October at 10am and closing at 5pm on 17 October, vote for your rising star of 2018. The National Apprenticeship Awards recognise excellence in businesses that grow their own talent with apprenticeships, and apprentices who have made, and keep making, a significant contribution to their workplaces. All of the rising star national finalists are testament to the brilliance of apprentices and the opportunity apprenticeships bring to the lives of individuals. These nine national finalists represent success across our regions and are all outstanding individuals. I am sure that for each of them, their futures are bright and further success in their career beckons. Please do vote; we need the apprenticeship community to get behind these 9 outstanding apprentices to ensure they get the recognition they deserve.