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Oxford political societies respond to online learning until the 17th of May

first_imgOxford University’s political societies have responded to the government’s decision not to resume in person teaching for students until at least the 17th May. A statement published by Oxford University Labour Club said the decision was ‘an outrage’ and that the government should “rethink their decision” not to allow all students to return to university for the start of term.The Oxford University Liberal Democrats said that they “wholeheartedly oppose the Tory government’s nonsensical plans, according to which going to the pub is fine but going to a tutorial is not” adding that “we are in agreement with OULC that it is unfair to get students to justify their return.”The statements come following the government’s announcement earlier in the month which stated that “providers should support the return of students where necessary to support the continuation of their studies, for example, where students do not have access to appropriate alternative accommodation, facilities or study space, where students need to return for health or safety reasons or where there is concern for a student’s mental health or wellbeing”. This means that Oxford students need the agreement of their college before they can return to university for Trinity term.Explaining their opposition to the proposals, Oxford University Labour Club said that “we stand in solidarity with students who have been overlooked by the government yet again. It is an outrage that, with just days left until the start of term, this decision has been leaked rather than announced.”The OULC went on to say that “the argument that a full return might cause a spike in cases has no basis in evidence’ and that ‘being forced to justify their mental health at a time when everyone is struggling is unnecessary and unfair.”The president of the Oxford University Liberal Democrats, Asher Weisz, said: “We at OULD wholeheartedly oppose the Tory Government’s nonsensical plans, according to which going to a pub is fine but going to a tutorial is not. We are in agreement with OULC that it is unfair to get students to justify their return. All students should be allowed to return as soon as possible.”“With cases so low and the rest of the country slowly opening up, the Government can afford to let all students back, especially since statistics suggest that most students are already in their university accommodation. Boris Johnson should invest more time in making sure that return is as safe and orderly as possible rather than in trying to prevent it. OULD will continue to advocate for the right of all Oxford students to come back to the city we love.”Oxford University Conservative Association has been contacted for comment.Image Credit: Tejvan Pettinger / CC BY 2.0last_img read more

Greed, Selfishness to Undermine Unity in Bong County

first_imgA bill seeking to split Bong County into Upper and Bong Range Counties has been introduced in the Senate. Bong County is home to several ethnic groups. They include Kpelle, Mano, Bassa and Mandingo amongst which, the Kpelle constitutes the single largest group. It is a bill driven by greed and selfishness which will ultimately tend to undermine unity in Bong county. Under the Constitution, legislative power is vested in the Senate and the House of Representatives.As enshrined in Article 34, the Senate in conjunction with the House is to act on the impeachment bill with the Senate sitting as jury after the preparation of an impeachment bill by the House. Senator Henry Yallah, the main brain behind the division of Bong, is quoted by our Senate correspondent, J. Burgess Carter, as saying, “The Kpelle are decent people, our conflict doesn’t last because we understand each other very well; our issue is not dividing us, and there is no seed of conflict except for us [politicians] who want to use that land and population in one bulk for power.In fact, reconciliation will be moving smoothly.” If, as Senator Yallah claims, “there is no seed of conflict between and amongst the people of Bong County except for politicians who want to use the land and population together for power”, this newspaper is thus constrained to ask Senator Yallah just who are those politicians he has referred to? Is it for example the fault of the people of upper Bong County that they remain mired in poverty just as their counterparts in Lower Bong and the rest of the country?Residents of Gbarpolu’s Gaingolala District, bordering Bong County Sanoyea District, have no motor roads in the entire district. The Bong County Technical College for example, whose construction should have been long completed to serve the needs of the ever growing population of Bong County, remains uncompleted to date despite substantial sums allocated for the purpose. Funds intended for the college have disappeared into the pockets of officials including Senators and Representatives, some of who have been linked to the misappropriation of those funds.For the record, Senator Yallah served as Chairman of the Bong County Legislative Caucus from 2015 to early 2017. Under his watch as Chairman Thousands of dollars, representing about two-thirds of the construction costs were paid to a Chinese contractor for the purpose. Senator Yallah has yet to provide explanations as to why the Bong County Technical College is yet to be completed, particularly in view of the fact that he (Senator Yallah ) is reported to have negotiated and signed the extra US$3 million dollar addendum to the contract.The contract for the construction of the college was signed on October 13, 2010 for a two-storey academic and administrative building of Dolokelen Gboveh Community College. According to audit reports, conducted by the Internal Audit Agency(IAA) even before the contractor had completed some required work on the building, an addendum was prepared to the contract which increased the cost from the initial US$3,210,150 to an astounding US$7 million, but the college still remains uncompleted today.While the contractor was yet to perform some of the required work on the building and the county administration also defaulting on payment terms, a massive addendum to the contract was negotiated and signed on October 13, 2015; about five years after the signing of the initial contract. The addendum to the contract increased the contract amount to a whopping US$7 million, adding an additional US$3,210,150 to the initial contract amount. Current House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, former Montserrado County representative Kettehkumehn Murray and former House Speaker Alex Tyler were reported by the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) to be holding shares in the Chinese company contracted to undertake the construction of the college.Just how have the people of upper Bong County, most of whom are mired in abject poverty, marginalized the people of Lower Bong County who are equally mired in abject poverty, is the question that Senator Yallah needs to answer; for his postulations are certainly not supported by facts. One issue being raised by the so-called advocates for the creation of a Bong Range county is that development is concentrated in upper Bong as compared to the lower region.The Cuttington University and the Phebe Hospital usually referenced by the advocates for division were established not by the discretion of people of upper Bong, but through negotiations with the central government. How then do they become factors for marginalization? The Senator’s advocacy for division of Bong County while keeping his lips shut on the misappropriation that occurred under his watch, of funds intended for the construction of the Bong County Technical College is a mere sham intended to deflect criticism of his stewardship as chairman of the Bong Legislative caucus and evade calls for accountability.What has he done to advance the interests of people of upper Bong let alone to speak of Lower Bong. What development for example have county officials of River Gee, Grand Kru, Rivercess and Gbarpolu carried to those counties since they became counties? Have the people of those counties not remained mired in chronic and abject poverty? This creation of new counties has only imposed salary and benefit burdens on national government as scores of officials doing nothing impactful are on payroll earning “free money”.We only hope and pray that the Legislature will reject Senator Yallah’s proposed bill as such will only tend to fuel division and create feelings of animosity which will benefit no one but a few greedy individuals.. Finally, Senator Yallah must realize that he and others will have to account for what amounts to virtual theft of funds intended for the construction of the Bong County Technical College not withstanding his misguided and selfish advocacy for the division of Bong County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Takeaways: On dreary night at the Tank, Sharks “got what we deserved”

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks knew they were going to face a hungry Columbus team at SAP Center on Thursday, particularly after the Blue Jackets were beaten on home ice by the struggling Detroit Red Wings earlier this week.But the Sharks — even though they were coming off their own forgettable loss — didn’t match the Blue Jackets’ desperation level, or their work ethic, until it was too late.That’s a bit concerning.One would have figured the Sharks would have come out harder than they did to start …last_img

Willis’ 24 good for 10th straight win

first_imgDonald Willis lead all scorers with 24 points, Drew Gillette tacked on 20 more including four 3-pointers, Zac Claus had a handful of no-look passes (and 4 points) and the undefeated Fortuna Huskies expunged the Eureka Loggers 77-46 in the semifinal round of the Logger Classic, Friday night at Jay Willard Gymnasium.Friday’s win sends Fortuna (10-0) through to today’s championship round where the Huskies will face Dougherty Valley (6-1) at 2:30 p.m.The Huskies, now at full strength after the …last_img

Warriors’ Steve Kerr: Draymond Green-Kevin Durant squabble not the only drama team had to deal with

first_imgBig anniversary coming up. Got any plans?Come Tuesday, Nov. 12, it will be one year since Draymond Green and Kevin Durant exposed the Warriors’ dirty linen for all of basketball to see.Ancient history? No way. Their heated tiff is still being talked about. Green recently took responsibility for the altercation late in an overtime loss to the Clippers. A week after Green’s mea culpa, Durant confirmed that the unpleasantries that fateful night were a consideration when he decided to leave the …last_img

Go on safari with South African ranger and vlogger

first_imgSouth African freelance ranger Ryno Erasmus is taking his job to a new level by educating people about wildlife on YouTube. He introduced his first video on 11 July 2016, encouraged to start his web channel, Ryno in the Bush, by vlogger sensation Suzelle DIY and her friend, Marianne, who is Erasmus’s girlfriend.With his channel, he aims to educate especially city slickers about life in the bush. In his second video, he introduces his audience to a “bushman’s candle”. It is a baboon’s tail that is used as a torch by bushmen and rangers.Watch Erasmus explain a bushman’s candle:Interest in nature and animalsErasmus grew up in the small town of Graskop in Mpumalanga, the youngest of three boys. “My father worked as an engineer on the mines. My mother kept the household and made goats cheese in her spare time,” he explains.“Our father would throw me and my brothers on to the back of his bakkie and we’d venture out into the bush almost every weekend. It was around this time that my love for tracking animals began.”Through his videos, he wants to educate people about nature and animals, Erasmus says. “Hopefully I can also shed light on our poaching epidemic, especially with regards to our rhinos.”Although the term “boots on the ground” refers to soldiers on the battle field, rangers have also taken the phrase for themselves: “[It’s] when we describe the protection of our animals.”Watch Erasmus talk about predator dung and how the black back jackal got its name:Being a vloggerHe works every day in the bush, Erasmus says, and is trying to juggle his work as a ranger and being a vlogger. “It’s very exciting [to be a vlogger]. I find it hard though to reply to everyone’s comments, because I am hardly in front of the computer. I am normally in the bush.“I enjoy being in front of the camera. Some of the guys here [working with him] say I should try for stand-up comedy.”One of his most memorable moments was out on a game drive with German tourists. “It was once on an early morning drive. The tourists were in the back [of the vehicle] and an African rock python stuck its head out between my legs and the steering wheel. Did I get the fright of my life!“It was certainly the strangest thing that’s ever happened to me.”Watch Erasmus approach a cheetah eating its prey:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Jeron Teng declares for PBA Draft

first_imgJeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOpening a new chapter in his basketball career, Jeron Teng has declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.The 23-year-old swingman submitted his application on Monday, three days before the deadline. He is expected to be a top five pick.ADVERTISEMENT Teng sees the draft as his chance to make his dream a reality and continue his proud family’s legacy of making it to the pro league.“It’s always been my dream to follow my father’s foot steps, to enter, play, and show my talent in the PBA,” said Teng, whose father Alvin achieved legend status and older brother Jeric was also made it to the pros.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter a stellar collegiate career with La Salle, where he won two titles and was named Finals MVP twice, Teng made a splash in the PBA D-League.Picked first in the 2016 PBA D-League Draft, Teng established himself as one of the most lethal scorers in the amateur ranks, averaging 23.2 points on top of 8.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in his time with AMA Online Education in the 2017 Aspirants’ Cup. He continued to further complete his game, netting 22.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists with Flying V in the 2017 Foundation Cup, where he also set the league record for most triple-doubles with three.Teng also had international experience as he suited up for the Philippines in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France, as well as with Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China.With these international stints under his belt, the 6-foot-2 slasher believes he’s already prepared to make the jump to the PBA.“I think I’m ready. I’ve been working hard to improve everyday, working hard on my weaknesses, and improving on what I can improve on,” he said.“I can bring in energy inside the court. I think my biggest asset is that I’m always hungry to improve and add dimensions to my game to be an all-around hustle player. And I know I can only do this through hard work and perseverance.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Teng’s entry strengthens the draft pool that already includes Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, former Green Archer Jason Perkins, and NCAA studs Rey Nambatac and Sidney Onwubere. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. VP Pence exits NFL game after anthem protest MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Coerced sterilization reports sparking concern in Canadas medical community

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian Medical Association is “very concerned” about recent reports of forced and coerced sterilization of Indigenous women in Canada.Its president Gigi Osler says no person should have a procedure performed on him or her without free, prior and informed consent, adding that pressuring women into being sterilized is not only a violation of a victim’s human rights but also a violation of medical ethics.Osler says the association supports an Ontario senator’s call for a national study of the issue and it also plans to participate in a federal, provincial and territorial working group pitched by the federal government.Last week, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor sent a letter to provincial and territorial ministers, as well as members of the medical community, to express concern over recent reports on forced and coerced sterilization of Indigenous women in Canada.Sterilization victims have expressed concern about the approach, fearing it does little to respect the trauma they’ve been through or prevent it from happening to other women.During an interview with The Canadian Press on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the practice “heinous” but stressed the importance of the working group of senior officials to oversee measures to improve cultural safety in health systems.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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Sprott Inc to take control of rival gold holder Central Fund of

first_imgTORONTO – Sprott Inc. (TSX:SII) says it has struck a deal to take control of rival gold-holding firm Central Fund of Canada Ltd. (TSX:CEF.A) after a protracted takeover effort.Toronto-based Sprott said Monday it will pay $120 million in cash and stock for Central Fund of Canada Ltd.’s common shares and for the right to administer and manage the fund’s assets.The deal, which requires approval from Central Fund shareholders, would see its class A shareholders transferred to a new Sprott Physical Gold and Silver Trust.Sprott says the deal would add $4.3 billion to its assets under management, which are focused largely on holding physical precious metals on behalf of clients, and 90,000 investors to its client base.In March, Sprott tried to go through the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta to allow Central Fund’s class A shareholders to swap their shares to Sprott after the family that controls Central Fund rebuffed their attempt to make a deal.Last year Sprott took over Central GoldTrust, a similar fund controlled by the same family, after securing support from more than 96 per cent of shareholder votes cast.last_img read more