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“Once it’s gone, this precious mosaic of habitats will be lost forever, all to provide a short term fix rather than providing a coherent, long term plan to deal with transport issues in Oxford.”

The campaign has now backed by Dominic Dyer, CEO of the Badger Trust.

He said: “The Oxfordshire Badger Group is absolutely right to oppose plans to extend the Seacourt Park and Ride scheme, which will put an increasing number of badgers under threat in Oxford.

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Oxford City Council first announced its 4m plan to double the size of Seacourt car park with a 650 space expansion in January 2015.

The council has faced opposition from flood groups, neighbours and wildlife campaigners, but repeatedly said it needs to expand the park and ride after the new Westgate Centre opens this month to encourage thousands of extra visitors to get the bus into town rather than driving into the centre of Oxford.

The council’s planning committee did book an extraordinary meeting on October 31 to decide on the plans, but after new documents about flood risk were added to the planning application that meeting has been postponed again.

The council’s board member for planning said Alex Hollingsworth said: “Whether or not this development should proceed is a matter for the relevant planning committee, which will weigh up the advantages and impacts of the proposal against relevant national and local planning policies,
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Balancing the demands of a marriage, family and startup can be tough.

My wife, Stephanie, has been an integral part of any success we had at Powderhook. She doesn have a title, tasks or projects, yet her role is essential. We been in business a little over a year, and our marriage is stronger than ever.

This is our second go around as a startup couple (we sold our first business in 2012), so I thought I share some of our experience. Here are five things I believe we gotten right:

Starting a business is a family decision. Stephanie was part of deciding to start a business in the first place. She had a lot to say about what type of business, how much we would invest, and how long I could go without a paycheck.

We set boundaries. Dinner is at 6:45. I there. Once the kids hit the hay I jump back on and get to work. It important to us that we get a few minutes to talk every day, so I don bring the computer to bed. Both are seemingly little things, but these boundaries help us prioritize in the midst of an otherwise chaotic time.

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Grace. Unending grace. Entrepreneurship can be an exhausting, stressful and a downright frustrating experience. Stephanie lets me vent. She senses when I need time to come down from a tough day and she picks up all my slack around the house. On top of that, she is our family breadwinner right now. To do that with a smile takes strength and grace.

We make time to be alone. The love language of the spouse of almost every entrepreneur is “time.” Ask a successful businessperson you know about their marriage. Most will tell you they are more proud of their marriage than their business. There is literally nothing that happens at your business that is so important that you can focus a few hours a week on your spouse. Plan it, send calendar invites, ritualize it, whatever. Do it.

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Thanks for the tips and advice, Eric. I often wondered how other entrepreneurs make time for both business and family life. Your 3rd point hit the mark. Entrepreneurship is so all encompassing and all consuming that it really does require the involvement (and understanding) of the entire family. In my experience, I found most non entrepreneurs don understand the demands of building a business,
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Mukesh Luthra, chairman and managing director, VLCC Healthcare, says, “VLCC being one of India’s fastest growing brands in the rapidly growing slimming, health and beauty category, we were on the look out for an agency that had the right mix of creative ability, strategic planning experience and agility, given the demands of the rapidly evolving Indian consumer and our marketplace.”

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In addition to working on the personal care business, M Saatchi will also handle strategic planning projects for VLCC’s other businesses.

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All the traditional asset classes, such as equities and property, in which pension funds invest, share an underlying flaw: the investor can only profit when asset values increase. As we have seen over the last couple of years, this is far from guaranteed.

Every asset poses two forms of risk. The first is the risk specific to that asset, for example, an equity contains the risk of the company management making a mistake that leads to the share price falling. The second form of risk is that the whole market falls, perhaps due to some broader shock to the economy such as the credit crunch.

This is where hedge funds come in. Depending on the choice of hedge fund strategy, hedge funds can profit from relative movements in asset prices and isolate themselves from market crashes. For example, for an arbitrage strategy, a fund manager could buy shares or go long in one company and sell, or go short, shares in another (which it has typically borrowed from another investor). This means that the fund is unaffected by the general direction of the markets and gains or loses only by the skill of the manager in selecting such pairs of companies.

The holy grail of investment is producing equity like returns for bond like risk something that is often promised and rarely delivered. Can it really be true in the case of hedge funds? The answer depends on how much risk you consider hedge funds pose. The general, somewhat negative, perception of hedge funds does not entirely fit with reality. Public perception has been coloured by the complexity and opaqueness of the investment strategies and a few startling scandals rather than the returns they have produced over time.

During the credit crunch and particularly during the dot com bust in the early years of this century, those returns and hedge fundslimited volatility were relatively successful. For a hedge fund to be successful in all market conditions, it needs to genuinely reduce risk.

Several hedge funds imploded during the financial crisis because it emerged that, in reality, they were predominantly long only funds (ie mostly invested in traditional equities) that were using debt to boost returns and were not managing risk half as expertly as they appeared to be. It is easy to make money in a bull market by using debt rather than skill we only know which ones have skill in a bear market.

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A fund of hedge funds refers to an investment fund that invests in a selection of hedge funds. This has two benefits. Firstly, because the investment is spread across several funds, the risk of substantial losses due to a problem in any particular fund is reduced. The second benefit is that the fund of hedge funds manager should be an expert in the industry and be more likely to pick successful hedge funds.

The price of that arrangement is, well, the cost. Such expert knowledge must be paid for and results in an additional layer of fees. This may be partly offset by the discounts that fund of hedge fund managers can obtain from hedge funds, because they are investing on behalf of multiple investors. Nonetheless, fees are a critical issue and trustees need to be satisfied that they are securing value for money.

Hedge funds can be grouped into several categories. Trustees need to understand exactly what they are invested in and how that fits into their broader portfolio. For example, a hedge fund that predominantly invests in equities will not provide much diversification from traditional equity funds.

Hedge funds have several shared characteristics.

The managers often invest in their own funds.

Hedge funds have the ability to take short positions and have strategies that are surrounded in secrecy although after the challenges of the last couple of years, they have become more transparent.

The way performance is measured is different to equity funds. As there is no underlying benchmark such as the FTSE 100 hedge funds target an absolute return such as 5% profit per year.

There are typically time constraints on investing and de investing from a fund. During the financial crisis, many hedge funds increased these restrictions to prevent investors from withdrawing large amounts of money that could have resulted in the collapse of the fund.

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