Philippine website editor held on defamation charge

first_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceInternational bodies WomenFreedom of expressionUnited NationsJudicial harassment Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped to go further Maria Ressa (on the left) was arrested in Rappler’s offices February 13, and is being kept in detention for the night. (photo : MARIA TAN / AFP) PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceInternational bodies WomenFreedom of expressionUnited NationsJudicial harassment ——————————————————————————–UpdateRSF is relieved to learn that Maria Ressa was released on bail this morning, deplores the fact that she had to spend a night in detention on a completely spurious charge, and calls for the immediate withdrawal of all judicial proceedings against her, Rappler and the website’s former court reporter, Reynaldo Santos Jr.——————————————————————————–Chosen as one of Time Magazine’s “persons of the year” in 2018, Ressa will spend tonight, February 13 in detention after being arrested at Rappler headquarters by agents from the National Bureau of Investigation armed with an arrest warrant issued on the basis of online defamation case filed last week.It seems that her arrest was left until the end of the afternoon with the deliberate aim of keeping her in detention overnight. According to her colleagues, the judge said there was no time to handle the bail request until tomorrow.The Philippine justice department filed the case against Ressa and Rappler on 6 February over an article published in 2012 about alleged ties between a Philippine businessmen and the then president of the country’s supreme court. The charges, which carry a possible 12-year jail sentence, were brought under a cyber-crime law that had not yet taken effect when the article was published.“Maria Ressa has no place in prison and the judicial persecution to which she is being subjected is becoming increasingly unacceptable,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Digging up an old case that was dismissed in February 2018 is absolutely absurd and confirms that this is not justice but an attempt to gag a media outlet and editor recognized internationally for their professionalism and independence.”Deloire added: “We are asking the UN secretary-general to intercede as quickly as possible to end this harassment. At the same time, we ask the court that handles this case to dismiss all the charges against Maria Ressa and Rappler.”This is the sixth charge to be brought against Ressa in more than a year of systematic judicial harassment.  Four charges of tax evasion and failing to file income tax returns were brought against Rappler and Ressa last November. A fifth, completely spurious, charge was brought in December.Ressa is one of the 25 members of an international panel created at RSF’s initiative last year that drafted an international Declaration on Information and Democracy. On the basis of the declaration, the leaders of 12 democratic countries launched a political process on 11 November aimed at providing democratic guarantees for news and information and freedom of opinion.As well as being one of Time Magazine’s “persons of the year,” Ressa also received the 2018 Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists and has become a symbol of the Philippine media’s fight against intimidation by President Rodrigo Duterte.The Philippines is ranked 133rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. February 13, 2019 – Updated on June 11, 2020 Philippine website editor held on defamation charge News Organisation Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News Receive email alertscenter_img News News Follow the news on Philippines May 3, 2021 Find out more Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns today’s arrest of Maria Ressa, the editor of the independent Manila-based news website Rappler, on a defamation charge, and is referring the Philippine government’s repeated persecution of this journalist and her website to the United Nations secretary-general. February 16, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 1, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Pasadena’s Upper Hastings Ranch Neighborhood Lights Up for the Holidays

first_img Subscribe CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Pasadena’s Upper Hastings Ranch Neighborhood Lights Up for the Holidays STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | 6:09 am Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The Upper Hastings Ranch community of Pasadena is continuing its annual tradition of adorning the neighborhood with elaborate Christmas decorations, but are asking that those who come to take a look remain in their vehicles for safety.Having already canceled many previous events this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Upper Hastings Ranch Association Treasurer Jolean Matsumoto said the 67-year-old tradition of decking the halls is going on now and continuing through Jan. 2.“We wanted to do something light at the end of a dark year. Something joyful, so that everybody can enjoy and keep the tradition going,” Matsumoto said.  “It’s something joyful instead of all this sadness going on throughout the year.”In the interest of safety, the UHRA is asking that all visitors remain in their vehicles while checking out the displays and be mindful of social distancing.“We’re just asking everybody to be safe when they come and see the displays,” Matsumoto said. “We’re trying to do everything the same as much as we can, but just be socially distant and be safe when you come and enjoy the light.”Awards will be given out in several categories, Matsumoto said. Instead of a panel of guest judges, the selections will be made this year by the UHRA board.“Just come and enjoy, but be safe,” Matsumoto said.See also:Christmas Tale Demonstrates Hastings Ranch Holiday Spirit HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes ‹› Business News Top of the News Community News More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a commentlast_img read more

Bus connect plan confirmed for Limerick City

first_imgNewsPoliticsTransportBus connect plan confirmed for Limerick CityBy Alan Jacques – February 16, 2019 1756 Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSLimerick CityNewsTransport Facebook Advertisement Senator Maria Byrne at the Bus stop in Barrington St, Limerick Photo by: Kieran Ryan-BensonLIMERICK City will get a bus service similar to the BusConnect scheme to deal with its poor public transport system.So says Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne, who raised the issue of the poor city bus services operating in the city with Transport Minister Shane Ross.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Senator Byrne this week confirmed that work is underway to develop a Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy, which will evaluate the potential for a BusConnect type investment programme for Limerick.“I raised the issue with the Minister after being contacted by commuters who are constantly late for school, college and work. Commuters across Limerick City face long bus routes across the city, incorrect real time information on both the NTA Real-Time App and at bus stops,” the Limerick politician explained.“The strategy will evaluate the potential for a BusConnect type investment programme for Limerick and it will provide the backstop to where the increased levels of investment available will be directed.“Having recently joined commuters on their daily commute from Limerick City to UL to get a full understanding of the issues faced by regular commuters on Limerick city bus services, I do welcome these long term strategies however the immediate issues facing commuters on a daily basis have to be dealt with. The current situation is having a negative impact on the quality of life of so many people in Limerick City and Bus Éireann needs to address these problems immediately,” she concluded. Previous articleJohn Kiely names Limerick side for Kilkenny clashNext articleCouncil considers take-off cash for airshow Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Linkedincenter_img Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Print Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more

‘Vinod Dua’s Show Incited People To Migrate During Pandemic’: SG Tushar Mehta Tells SC

first_imgTop Stories’Vinod Dua’s Show Incited People To Migrate During Pandemic’: SG Tushar Mehta Tells SC Sanya Talwar16 Sep 2020 7:48 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday took up for hearing, the case seeking quashing of FIR against journalist Vinod Dua filed on allegations of sedition, promotion of communal enmity etc. over his YouTube videos.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued for the State of Himachal Pradesh, the state where the FIR was first registered against Dua before a Justice UU Lalit led bench.Stating that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday took up for hearing, the case seeking quashing of FIR against journalist Vinod Dua filed on allegations of sedition, promotion of communal enmity etc. over his YouTube videos.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued for the State of Himachal Pradesh, the state where the FIR was first registered against Dua before a Justice UU Lalit led bench.Stating that the broadcasted videos of Dua on his youtube channel triggered mass migrations and led to panic amongst migrants, the law officer said that there is no vindictiveness or mala fide in the FIR registered against the journalist.Justice Lalit orally said that though the SG was arguing that as a result of an episode by Dua, aired on youtube channel, people started migrating, it is pertinent to note that migration issue is more or less from UP & Bihar and the FIR was filed in Himachal. SG responded by saying that Electronic media has a wide reach and even though Dua had only 10 lac viewers on his youtube channel, the ramifications of having a video “inciting” people to migrate and leave their homes amid a disaster were disastrous. SG: The situation created as such was that people may not migrate but were panic-stricken. To hear Govt has no resources would lead to panic. That is enough to attract an offence in this situation.Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani argued on behalf of the complainant who had filed the FIR against Dua in Shimla. He said that Dua, who was claiming to be a media person, was undeserving of any preliminary inquiry. “There have been other broadcasts where he has used the pandemic to incite people,” he argued.Jethmalani: This gentleman (Dua) is not even a registered Press man. Incites people to become violent.Next, he touched upon the source of funding to Dua’s website, contending that even though, the owner company, Theo Connect Pvt. Ltd. had a paid up capital of 5 lac INR, the company had unsecured loans of Rs. 5 Crores. “Who are these benevolent people who have put so much faith in him?,” he said.While touching upon the Norms of Journalistic conduct issued by the Press Council of India, Jethmalani said that no heed was paid upon them by Dua.Jethmalani: These are his own profession’s prescribes rules of code of conduct which he abrogated while reporting on a disaster. Ethics for reporting on natural calamities stipulated in norms. These have to be verified and then published with due restraint, without exaggerations.Urging the Court to take note of the fact that unverified facts based on surmises and personal biases were presented by Dua on his Youtube channel in not one but four broadcasts.Further to this, Jethmalani argued that the Government had tried its level best to cater to the surging demands that the pandemic brought with, be it food, medical supplies and amenities but Dua was making false claims that the Government did not even have food.Jethmalani: The Government wanted every state govt’s and UT’s to take necessary steps to publicise that food, medical and other essential services Will be maintained. I want to add that there are no food shortages till today. We have bumper stocks with us today.The Court will continue hearing the case on September 18, 2020.Case Background:On July 7, top court directed the Himachal Pradesh police to file status report in a sealed cover with requisite details within a week in the ongoing investigation against Journalist Vinod Dua on charges of sedition.The bench had also orally observed on the said date that once the details of investigation are placed before court and if the court is satisfied with the journalist’s contentions, the Court will quash the FIR “straight away”.”If we are satisfied that contention raised by petitioner is correct, we will quash the FIR straight away”, observed the Court, posting the matter to July 15. The interim protection from arrest, granted on June 14, has been extended till the next date of hearing.Dua is facing FIRs from multiple states, including the most recent ones in Maharashtra and West Bengal.An FIR was registered against Dua in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh whereby he was summoned by the Shimla Police in connection with a sedition charge levelled against him by local Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ajay Shyam.Senior Advocate Vikas Singh argued on behalf of Dua and stated that his client was being harassed for exercising his constitutional right of Freedom of Speech.On June 14, following Directions were passed by the Bench;a) Pending further orders, the petitioner shall not be arrested in connection with the present crime;(b) However, the petitioner in terms of the offer made by him in his communication dated 12.06.2020, shall extend full cooperation through Video Conferencing or Online mode; and(c) The Himachal Pradesh Police shall be entitled to carry on the investigation including interrogation of the petitioner at his residence after giving him prior notice of 24 hours and complying with the Social Distancing norms prescribed during Covid-19 Pandemic.The bench had then refused to stay the investigation, despite fervent pleas by Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, who appeared for Dua.Singh said that the FIR was a “harassment” for airing views unpalatable to the government.”If what Dua said is sedition, then only two channels can function in the country”, he submitted.The summons by Shimla police came two days after the Delhi High Court stayed an FIR filed against Dua for allegedly spreading fake news through his YouTube show on communal violence in Delhi in February. The FIR filed in Shimla is also related to the show.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Why should you attend Boardroom HR

first_img Previous Article Next Article Why should you attend Boardroom HROn 18 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Nextmonth, Personnel Today and TMP Worldwide launches the Boardroom HR conferencein Birmingham. To whet the appetite of delegates and get the debate started,Professor Amin Rajan presents preliminary findings from research based oninterviews with chief executives which turns a lot of assumptions aboutboardroom HR priorities upside downChief executives are often accused of not having a clear business strategyto which their HR directors can align their activities. That may well be so.But from a forthcoming study, one thing is very clear – most CEOs do know whatthey want from HR. Typical responses include: – “Help me build a global organisation” – “Make our business model work” – “Enhance shareholder value” – “Raise the performance bar” – “Attract and retain the best talent” – “Leverage knowledge” – “Promote creativity and innovation” – “Focus employees on customers” – “Get the basics right” The above list is indicative, not definitive. But it is enough for us todraw the three main factors on the CEO wish list. To start with, like everyone else, CEOs have their dreams and nightmares.These are the “big issues” that keep them awake at night. Typicalexamples include market downturn, drop in share prices, mergers andacquisitions, organisational change, loss of key personnel, to name but a few. These concerns are so widespread that personal insecurity – manifested byfear of failure and loss of office – is a major factor in life at the top. There is a clear expectation that HR should be involved in the design andimplementation of the strategy in these and other areas. However, there is alsoa perception out there that this happens in a minority of cases. In a majority,however, HR is perceived as carrying the proverbial bucket behind the circuselephant. Whether this perception is justified is open to debate. On the positiveside, though, it is clear that the extent of HR’s involvement in big issues isdirectly related to the personal credibility of senior HR professionals. Theyhave got into the driving seat by example and achievement. Not only are theygood at their craft, but they have sound business awareness backed by a masteryof influencing skills. Thus, being in HR is important – but it is even moreimportant to have the willingness and ability to make an impact. The second requirement identified by CEOs is shareholder value. In companiesof all sizes, there is a clear recognition that their market value is the sumof “book value” plus intangible assets. Book value, of course,relates to all the physical and financial assets that can be quantified.Intangibles, on the other hand, are more observable than measurable.Specifically, they cover four classes of assets: – Market assets, eg customer loyalty, company brand – Intellectual property, eg patents, trademarks, design rights – Cultural assets, eg can-do mentality, transformational leadership andalliances – Physical assets, eg management process, reward systems In each of these categories, CEOs see an added value role for HR who canhelp to develop the essential shock-absorbers in a climate of change whileenhancing overall corporate capability. In short, many CEOs perceive a growingconvergence between HR and organisational development. The final area covers the day-to-day bread and butter issues: the basics ofpeople management. These are viewed as being akin to a plumbing system. When itfunctions effectively, nobody notices it. When it doesn’t, all hell is letloose. On CEOs’ reckoning, HR has come a long way in the past 10 years inmastering the operational issues, working far better alongside line managers.Of course, there are tensions in their relationships, but these are morecreative than destructive in the majority of our sample. To sum up, when asked what strategic HR meant to him, one CEO was rathergraphic, “I’m in business to kill or destroy my competitors. What can HRdo to help me accomplish this historic mission?” In the aftermath of lastweek’s terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, such sentiments may be put onhold. But it remains the case that in today’s dog-eat-dog culture, few CEOscare about regular headline-grabbing subjects like skills shortages, flexibleworking and employee diversity. That is not because they are irrelevant, butbecause they are not central to the management of two key imperatives intoday’s unforgiving marketplace – change and performance.Message from the editorIf you have not already registeredfor the Boardroom HR event, I strongly recommend that you consider doing sonow. For some years, feedback from senior HR people has suggested that whilethe profession is well served by conferences covering niche subjects, typicallyemployment law, there has been no event that satisfactorily enables those atboardroom level or equivalent to debate the issues that take top priority intheir own organisations. The Boardroom HR event, together with the launch of BoardroomHR magazine next month, are designed to address the concerns of those of you atthe top of the HR profession, whether those concerns relate to strategic issuesin your organisations or to the challenge of developing your role, influenceand career potential. A note on the launch of Boardroom HR magazine: this does notmean that Personnel Today will ignore the challenges facing senior HR people.Rest assured, we will continue to increase our focus on senior issues in theway that many of you will recognise we have done over the last couple of years.Why should you consider registering for the Boardroom HRconference? One reason is that we already have an impressive list of HRdirectors in large organisations on the delegate list and the conference hasbeen designed so that there will be plenty of opportunities to network and comparenotes with your peers in HR. Great effort has been put into organising a verydifferent experience to the standard HR conference, and we have employed theTom Peters Group to ensure that the conference is fully interactive rather thana series of presentations followed by brief Q&A sessions. There are still a few places left and we are offering them atthe early booking rate. I hope to meet many of you at the event.Noel O’Reilly, Editor, Personnel TodayBoardroom HR – the key event forsenior HR people1-2 October 2001International Convention Centre BirminghamOrganised by Personnel Today and TMP WorldwideAn opportunity to spend two days exchangingexperiences with top level HR professionals and to focus on the core boardroomHR priorities of:– Developing and implementing HRstrategy– Influencing both the board and the business– Measuring the effectiveness of the HR contributionThespeakersClare ChapmanGroup HR director, Tesco Stores A discussion of how the people strategies of a retail businessare kept to the fore at board level and an insight into the accompanyingleadership challenges.LesleyJamesVice-president, CIPDEarning boardroom space – using leadership and a businessfocused approach to influence your organisation.Andrew KakabadseDeputy director, Cranfield School of ManagementProvocative views on resourcing and outsourcing based onin-depth international research and how these impact on HR in the businessworld.VanceKearneyVice-president for HR, EMEAOracle Corporation UK How HR professionals can have high impact in atechnology-driven business world.PaulKearnsSenior partner, Personnel WorksPractical advice on how HR’s contribution can be measured incash terms and how it can influence the board.NickStarritFormer group HR director, BPGetting the most from outsourced HR – how to partner with yourprovider for the most effective business resultsPaulCarter Managing director, Rolls-Royce Combustion SystemsCredible HR contribution – a line manager’s perspective.www.boardroomhr.comAn innovative formatBoardroom HR is an intensive two-day experience which willleave you inspired to drive change in your organisation and equip you with thetactics and tools to really deliver. You will be able to challenge the speakersand compare experiences and issues with your peers from other organisations.The event has an innovative format which will give you a chance to:– Shape the content so that it meets your needs– Take part in break-out sessionswith other senior HR leaders to solve real business issues– Benefit from the latest technologyin the UK’s top convention centre Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

History of sea ice in the Arctic

first_imgArctic sea-ice extent and volume are declining rapidly. Several studies project that the Arctic Ocean may become seasonally ice-free by the year 2040 or even earlier. Putting this into perspective requires information on the history of Arctic sea-ice conditions through the geologic past. This information can be provided by proxy records from the Arctic Ocean floor and from the surrounding coasts. Although existing records are far from complete, they indicate that sea ice became a feature of the Arctic by 47 Ma, following a pronounced decline in atmospheric pCO2 after the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Optimum, and consistently covered at least part of the Arctic Ocean for no less than the last 13–14 million years. Ice was apparently most widespread during the last 2–3 million years, in accordance with Earth’s overall cooler climate. Nevertheless, episodes of considerably reduced sea ice or even seasonally ice-free conditions occurred during warmer periods linked to orbital variations. The last low-ice event related to orbital forcing (high insolation) was in the early Holocene, after which the northern high latitudes cooled overall, with some superimposed shorter-term (multidecadal to millennial-scale) and lower-magnitude variability. The current reduction in Arctic ice cover started in the late 19th century, consistent with the rapidly warming climate, and became very pronounced over the last three decades. This ice loss appears to be unmatched over at least the last few thousand years and unexplainable by any of the known natural variabilities.last_img read more

African adventure

first_imgFour recent St. John’s graduates, NICK STANHOPE, REBECCA GOWLAND, JONNY POLONSKY and ROBERT HADMAN give us weekly updates as they cycle the length of Africa to campaign against slavery #1 Rob: The story begins… A couple of years ago my friend Nick Stanhope invited me to join him for what can only be described as “the trip of a lifetime”. This horrible cliché was, however, justified. His plan was to travel by bicycle all the way from Cape Town to London. It was irresistible and I immediately signed up. At the time, Nick and I lived in a skanky house on Museum Road. It was our second year, and hence levels of maturity were at an all time low. Nick, an immaculately dressed, eyebrow-plucking alpha male, brought a tiny measure of class and responsibility to the house, yet his bike-ride idea was anything but compatible with the middle-aged, father-figure tag with which I had branded him. So Nick, Becks, my feminist fiancée, Jonny and I committed ourselves to the summer of 2003 for our adventure. Becks’ experience as chair of the University’s branch of Amnesty International gave us the focus necessary to turn this pipe dream into today’s reality. Personal connections to Kevin Bales, author of Disposable People and one of the world’s leading authorities on modern slavery, inspired us to raise money and awareness for Anti-Slavery International, the oldest human rights charity in the world. Fund-raising has been fun but exhausting. We have managed to raise roughly £25,000 so far, £15,000 of which ASI has already received. Saracen Bikes gave us four very shiny machines at an incredibly good price, all our spares have been severely discounted and our flights donated through relatives’ air-miles. Contributors range from Jeremy Paxman to Jeffrey Archer, but we’re still waiting for Sting and Desmond Tutu… Getting a documentary off the ground has also proved tough, but it’s been really fun pursuing contracts, coming up with ideas and talking about factors such as group psychology. We decided to set off from Cape Town on 23rd August, International Slavery day, cycling 100 miles a day, investigating and filming cases of slavery en route, camping every night, and producing a documentary on the move. Our route should take us from South Africa, through Mozambique and Malawi and into Tanzania. From there we aim to cycle into Kenya and then to Ethiopia. Then it gets very tricky; Sudan is a bit of a shit to get into and not much fun once you’re there, it’s one of those war-in-adesert type places with a flourishing slave trade and a distinct lack of roads. Then when/if we get to Egypt, we’re still thinking of making a break for Jordan and coming round the Med via Syria and Turkey You will get updates of our weekly progress here but please check out our swanky website at www.capetowntolondon.co. uk – any interest we can generate amongst jobless students will be helpful. Next week we’ll be thousand miles closer to home and doubtless will have lots more to report – look forward to photos of our scabby arses…ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

The grudge match: OUSU vs Oriel

first_imgOUSU, ever the whipping boy of right wing colleges, got one in the eye this week as it found itself sabotaged from within. No dear reader, not by a loss-making shop, sabs besieging a lecture hall or a referendum that backfired – this time the student union found it had to debate a suicide motion. After beating the OUSU camp senseless in the Oriel reaffiliation election a fortnight ago, David Follows held his nose against the stink of urine from the stairwell of OUSU towers (‘so left wing’) and dived into the murky world of OUSU Council motions to hit his enemy on home turf. Oh the cheek of the boy in calling for the mighty student union to affiliate to puny Oriel JCR for the princely sum of £2 per year in return for a kick in the teeth and a free Milkybar per OUSU gimp. Follows smirked as he told your loyal servant he wanted to “have a bit of fun and relieve the tedium of council for once”. Perhaps he’s missed the biweekly musical chairs as OUSU delegates sneak off to the pub after five minutes of Council drivel, or forgotten Tim Ayles’ scandalous use of OUSU recycled paper (‘so hippie’) to print his OUCA presidency posters instead of “Save Our Squirrels” campaign material. OUSU President Helena Puig- Larrauri, ever the politician, stared the motion down and decided to play dirty: “This motion just shows how serious David Follows took the OUSU affiliation campaign in Oriel.” “Mais-non”, retorted Follows, “I’ve spent a lot of time and energy working on more mundane means of reforming OUSU”, like offering to throw in 25 copies of the indispensable publication The Guide to Comedy Motions to help OUSU find its sense of humour perhaps? As the Daily Mail will readily concur, everybody loves to hate. And both OUSU and Oriel need each other to justify their own existance, as a means to magnify their respective revolutionary and reactionary characteristics. But at least those reactionary old buggers at Oriel have tradition on their side. In a stand-off between these forces, one must always come down on the side with better drinking habits.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

LMH student dies

first_imgA second-year undergraduate student at Lady Margaret Hall has died. The Principal of the College has released the following statement through the University Press Office:“We were shocked and profoundly saddened by the death of John Ddungu, a second-year undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall.“John was extremely well liked by all and had many friends in college. He will be greatly missed.“Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”A letter has been sent to students of the college informing them of Mr Ddungu’s death.The cause of death is currently unknown. Oxfordshire County Council’s coroner’s office has said that an inquest will take place to ascertain whether Mr Ddungu took his own life.Thames Valley Police have said, “The death is not being treated as suspicious” and confirmed that they were called to the college on Friday. A spokesperson added, “We can confirm we were called to Lady Margaret Hall at approximately 5pm on Friday February 27 following reports of an unexplained death of a 20-year-old man.”Sourav Choudhury, JCR President at LMH, said, “John was a universally popular and well liked student within LMH. His death has naturally upset and touched both his close friends and the wider college community. At this difficult time we ask to be allowed to grieve in private.”The University has declined to comment further on the matter but has confirmed that the counselling service is currently offering special support to students at the college.The counselling service at Oxford provides free and confidential assistance for students with personal, social, emotional or academic problems. More information is available here.last_img read more

Goodfella’s goes thinner

first_imgFlatbread pizza is the latest new product from Goodfella’s which, at 3-4mm at its centre, is its crispiest, thinnest crust.The frozen Flatbread range, which comprises margherita, pepperoni, ham & mushroom and chicken varieties, is 11.5 inches in diameter and has an RSP of £2.99.The base is made with ’00’ Grade Italian flour and extra-virgin olive oil; the dough undergoes a three-hour fermentation process, which helps ensure an undulating crust that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, while creating small air pockets.Lisa Lewis, senior brand manager at Goodfella’s, said: “We believe it meets increasing consumer demand for ultra-thin, authentic pizza.”A £1m marketing campaign is being launched in May and will include outdoor advertising and in-store activity.last_img read more