KFC and Bodrum Kebab takeaway on Cowley Road have been hit with fines from the Oxford City Council after breaking COVID-19 restrictions. Since receiving the fines there have been no further reportsof either business breaching the regulations. Both businesses are also still inoperation, with advertised opening hours at KFC at between 11:00-22:00, withdelivery extending to 23:45. The Oxford City Council said: “Although takeaways cancontinue operating after 10pm using a delivery service, click-and-collect ordrive-thru, the law forbids them from taking orders and serving food in theirpremises or at their door after 10pm”. Image credit: Steve Daniels Both businesses have been charged £1,000 after enforcementofficers from the newly formed COVID Secure Team witnessed the companiescontinuing to serve customers after 10pm. Councillor Upton also states that city-centre pubs and bars have “gone above and beyond” to protect their staff and customers. She added: “The vast majority of businesses are complying with the new rules.” The Council said that both takeaways were visited aftercomplaints from the public. When officers visited, they saw KFC continuing toserve customers on three separate occasions after 10pm, while Bodrum Kebabstaff were seen serving customers and taking orders at the door at 11:59pm on Friday2nd October. The City Council is able to fine businesses up to £10,000 for breaking the COVID-19 regulations, but given that it was the businesses’ first infraction, chose to set the fine at £1,000. A manager at Bodrum’s Kebab told the BBC when contacted that they “served customers who have a car outside” and that they “are allowed to sell to customers with vehicles outside”. She went on to say: “Some people are jealous that we are getting customers.” KFC and Bodrum’s Kebab have been contacted for comment. Councillor Louise Upton said: “Any businesses that break the coronavirus rules are irresponsibly making the city less safe for everyone, and they should know that we will take action against them.”
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, 370 entries were submitted in the 2020 Southeastern Hay Contest (SEHC), just below the record-setting number of submissions for 2019. More states submitted samples to the contest than ever before, with nine represented.The grand prize was awarded to Brian Johnson of McKenney, Virginia, for his alfalfa hay sample. Johnson received $1,000 from Massey Ferguson and the choice of a new Massey Ferguson DM Series disc mower or RK Series rotary rake to use for next year’s hay production season. The top three entries in each category received cash prizes of $150, $100 and $50, respectively.All of the winners were announced Jan. 5 at the American Forage and Grassland Council annual conference in Savannah, Georgia.The contest is a collaborative partnership between the thirteen university Cooperative Extension programs in the southeast. Entries were judged by the UGA Feed and Environmental Water Lab using near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy testing procedures. The sample with the highest relative forage quality (RFQ) score wins. The RFQ score rates the forage quality based on protein, energy and fiber digestibility.This year’s winners in each category are as follows:Warm Season Perennial Grass Hay:Eddy Turner Farm; Tennille, GeorgiaJeff Bacon; Dudley, GeorgiaJ & R Farms; Edge Hill, GeorgiaAlfalfa Hay:Brian Johnson; McKenney, VirginiaStegall Farms, LLC; Peachland, North CarolinaBucky Malcolm; Madison, GeorgiaPerennial Peanut Hay:Bill Conrad; Malone, FloridaMcGehee Farms; High Springs, FloridaWilliams Farm; Graceville, FloridaCool Season Perennial Grass Hay:B & B Farm Services; Thomaston, GeorgiaOak Ridge Ranch, LLC; Dahlonega, GeorgiaSeldom Rest Farm; Pulaski, TennesseeMixed, Annual Grass or other Hay:Pittman Farms (Jerry Pittman); Nicholson, GeorgiaR+A Farm; Brodnax, VirginiaThousand Hills Farm LLC; Philomont, VirginiaGrass Baleage:Walters Farm; Barnesville, GeorgiaSSS Farms; Thomaston, GeorgiaKenneth D. McMichael; Monticello, GeorgiaLegume Baleage:Walters Farm; Barnesville, GeorgiaSewell Farms; Chipley, FloridaRob Woods; Vernon, FloridaThe contest is open to any hay or baleage producer from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia, as well as parts of Oklahoma and Texas.All entries for the 2021 contest must be received by Sept. 1, and winners will be notified by Oct. 1. Awards will be presented during the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo on Oct. 19.More information on how to enter the contest can be found at www.sehaycontest.com or by following on the Facebook page @SEHayContest.
Undergraduate Student Government President Austin Dunn addressed the USG Senate in his State of USG speech Tuesday. He spoke about the progress made by USG this year across all branches and how the organization has worked toward enhancing transparency, student wellness and diversity.USG President Austin Dunn addressed the Senate Tuesday, mentioning issues such as diversity within USG and the balance between student autonomy and admistrative authority. Yuwei Xi | Daily TrojanHe noted the fall break resolution and dining hall take-out resolution passed by the senate as instances of USG working to improve health and wellness on campus. He also said that the Thirty-Second Thursday segments posted on USG’s Facebook page to inform students are an example of USG reaching out to the community.The senate also passed a bylaw amendment proposed by Senator Katie Bolton and Co-Director of Service Student Assembly Alec Vandenberg which adds a new director of external affairs position to the advocacy branch of USG by a vote of 10-1. The position would promote political awareness and involvement among undergraduate students. A similar bylaw amendment was rejected by the senate six weeks ago due to concerns over partisan leanings potentially influencing the position.The version that the senate passed Tuesday explicitly dealt with the issue of partisan bias. “The external affairs director shall strive to remove barriers to student political participation, absent any influence of personal political views,” the resolution stated. Senate aide Neal Sivadas, Parliamentarian Julianna Hrovat and Senators Joey Hall and Isabella Smith proposed a resolution to form a committee to examine how the transitional experiences of spring admits can be enhanced. Hall explained that the resolution is meant to comprehensively address broad issues for spring-admitted students at USC.“This is a resolution regarding my consolidation of projects I have been working on for the spring-admit experience for the entire year,” Hall said. “It addresses things like housing, welcome week, orientation and advisement for all spring-admitted students.”Hall read the resolution, which explains the composition and broad intentions of the task force, aloud.“The Undergraduate Student Government of the University of Southern California does hereby resolve that a committee be formed consisting of both administration and spring-admitted students currently attending USC,” Hall read from the resolution, “… to create equal opportunity among all first-year students, regardless of admission date, specifically tailored to orientation, welcome week, housing, registration, and advisement.”Hrovat cited various surveys conducted by USG which indicate that spring-admitted students, by in large, are unsatisfied not only with programs such as Welcome Week, but also with their broader experiences in making friends and integrating into the community. “97.1 percent of (spring-admitted) students attended an orientation session and only 27.5 (percent) of those students responded ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ to the statement, ‘I had enough time to familiarize myself with USC during orientation,’” Hrovat said.