Campaigners demanded Oriel College “name their price” at a Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) protest outside the college on Friday.The protest came a year after Oriel launched their sixth-month listening exercise, which was brought to a halt in January when they announced their intention to keep their statue of British Imperialist Cecil Rhodes.There were chants of “get up, get down, there’s a decon movement in this town” and “de-de-decolonise” while the group presented a cheque to Oriel, explaining in a letter to the college “you understand only the logic of hard cash”.Campaigners claim that Oriel College’s decision not to remove the state was motivated by a potential loss of funding from wealthy donors. The college has strongly denied these allegations.In an open letter to Oriel from Rhodes Must Fall Oxford, which was read out at the protest, “Your actions reflect a broader context of embedded prejudice, white supremacy and institutional indifference at the University of Oxford.”“You are just an example of the university’s institutional racism: you marginalise, ignore, and actively undermine the voices of particular racial groups as you stuff your pockets with their money and pay lip service to an empty agenda of diversity.”The protest’s focus on the issue of financial donors follows recent developments within the RMF Oxford campaign and decolonisation movement, as protesters seek to intersect with Free Education Oxford and other groups against the “colonisation and neoliberalisation of higher education”.Graduate student and decolonisation activist Rachel Harmon told Cherwell,”We are going to let the University and Oriel College know that RMF Oxford is going to keep organising until our objectives are met and until our demands are dealt with in a meaningful way by the university.”“We’ve been extraordinarily disappointed with the institutional response so far and we’re not going to give up just because they haven’t done what we want them to do yet.”She explained that the protest was demanding the University “deals with iconography around the university which glorifies people who have done really atrocious things throughout history”. The group also demand changes to the “extraordinarily euro-centric curriculum” and representation.A spokesperson for Oriel College told Cherwell,”In January, after careful consideration, the College’s Governing Body decided that the Rhodes statue will remain in place. As was made clear at the time, the College considered a wide range of views from many sources including students and academics, heritage bodies, national and student polls, alumni and members of the public. The overwhelming message of these was in support of the statue remaining in place, for a variety of reasons.”A spokesperson from Oxford University said, “Oxford University is a welcoming, tolerant and diverse community. More than 25 per cent of our undergraduates and postgraduates are black and minority ethnic students. We are continually working with students on many initiatives towards greater inclusion and representation for all ethnic groups.”“For example, we ran a highly successful summer conference to encourage more UK minority ethnic applicants from state schools, jointly led by students in the University’s African and Caribbean Society. We are also working in consultation with minority ethnic students on curriculum change, and supporting this process with a series of high-profile public lectures on cultural change in higher education.”
… Bacchus elected for a third termPRESIDENT of the North Essequibo Cricket Committee (NECC) Prince Holder says last Sunday Essequibo Cricket Board’s (ECB) elections were not free and fair because of several irregularities.While Holder, who was later named as one of two trustees on the board, did not outline the irregularities during the electoral process, he maintained that the elections were well planned to favour Fizul Bacchus, who was returned unopposed as president.“It was all planned out, and in my opinion the elections were not free and fair,” Holder told Chronicle Sport yesterday.Holder was expected to be the sole challenger to Bacchus when voting members of the board cast their ballots, but he failed to receive any nomination.Last Saturday Holder had said that challenging Bacchus is just a formality, since there will be no surprises, nothing at stake, even less a competition, and as formal as it may be, the ECB elections will simply be a formality for continuity.Further, Holder stated that he will tender his resignation sometime today as the Board’s trustee.Observers at Sunday’s elections are also maintaining that the electoral process was not held in accordance with the provisions of the Cricket Administration Law.This Law was assented to by then-President Donald Ramotar in August 2014 after the ‘Cricket Bill’ was enacted in Parliament on June 20 of that year.The Bill clearly states that the Cricket Ombudsman Dr Winston McGowan is responsible for calling the elections of the three county boards.On the other hand, Bacchus in an invited comment sai that the elections were transparent, and were conducted within the constitutional framework of the board.The win means that Bacchus will serve another two years as head of the ECB.Leguan’s Viren Chintamani was elected unopposed to serve under Bacchus as vice-president, with Aotto Christiani and Nazeer Mohamed named secretary and assistant secretary respectively.The position of treasurer was filled by Andy Ramnarine, who will have Alvin Johnson, a former ECB president and vice-president of the GCB, as his assistant.The other positions, all being elected unopposed, were won by Tamika Johnson (Public Relations Committee) and Reshud McLennan who was named the new Marketing Manager.Ramnarine Ragoobar was appointed Chairman of the Competitions Committee. Zabir Zakeer is the board’s other trustee.Bacchus and his entire executive promised to work hard for the development of Essequibo cricket, which at the moment is enjoying some good results, especially in the GCB’s franchise league tournaments.
Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom | AFP | England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney believes farewells for high-profile former players will become the norm as he prepares to bring down the curtain on his international career against the United States on Thursday.Rooney, 33, won the last of 119 caps in 2016 and retired from international football last year ahead of the Three Lions’ run to the last four of the World Cup.The decision to welcome back the DC United forward for a Wembley farewell has divided opinion. Rooney is set to make an appearance as a substitute.However, the former Everton and Manchester United striker thinks his cameo will be the first in a change to how England’s Football Association (FA) pay tribute to those who have had outstanding international careers.“A lot of the older players, players who won the World Cup, weren’t treated as well as they should have been,” said Rooney on Tuesday.“That’s through no fault of the members of the FA or coaching staff today. The FA are trying to move in a different direction and celebrate the players who have made an impact for their country.“It’ll be split opinions because it’s the first one, but hopefully there’ll be a lot more in the future.”Many former England players have criticised the move. Peter Shilton, who holds the record for most England appearances with 125, told the BBC caps should not be “given out like gifts.” Rooney insisted he made no demands on the FA or England manager Gareth Southgate and even rejected the chance for the farewell to take place in a friendly against Nigeria before the World Cup.“There was an opportunity for the game before the World Cup which I felt wasn’t the right time to do that,” he added.“So this, we both felt, was the right time. My season is over in the States, and the game against USA, a friendly match before the lads play Croatia on Sunday, we all felt it was the right time and the right game.”Despite scoring 53 international goals to surpass Bobby Charlton’s previous best of 49, Rooney often failed to live up to expectations at major tournaments as his so-called “Golden Generation” never progressed beyond a quarter-final.Yet, he insisted he has no regrets about retiring just a year before Southgate’s young squad produced England’s best performance at a World Cup since 1990.“No. My decision, I believe still now, was the right decision.“I could see the younger players coming into the squad and I just felt it was the right time for me obviously to stop, but also the right time for those younger lads to have the opportunity to step up, and for someone like Harry Kane to take over as captain.“It wasn’t an easy decision, but when I looked at it I felt, for myself and the team, it was the right time.”Share on: WhatsApp
“Samuel Matthew had some great races; he took off five seconds in his 200m I.M. going from a 2:51.02 to a 2:46.63 and took off three seconds in his 100m breaststroke to place first with a time of 1:22.15.”Host Castlegar won the team title ahead of rival Trail Stingrays. Grand Forks was third followed by Colville and the Neptunes.Creston, Kimberley and Cranbrook rounded out the eight-team field.The previous week in Colville, Holitzki and Rushton exchanged places while Cowan and Matthew finished at the top of the podium.Afford once again won silver.Nelson finished sixth behind Kimberley with Trail claiming the team title ahead of Castlegar.“We are pleased with the results from the Colville meet which is infamous as being the “fun” meet — and this year was no exception,” said Afford.“The swimmer’s were able to tough out the 35-plus degree weather and still do best times.”“I am so happy with how the younger swimmers are progressing and really hope they realize the talent that they have,” Afford added.The Neptunes have a weekend off before traveling to Kimberley July 28-29.The Kootenay Regionals are August 4-5 in Colville.The top swimmers qualify for the B.C. Championships August 13-19 in Nanaimo. The a handful of Nelson Neptunes continue to shine in the pool as the Kootenay Summer Swim Association season grinds to a halt.The Neptunes finished fifth overall at the recent Castlegar Aquanauts meet Sunday in the Sunflower City.“I was amazed with the results of this meet,” said Neptune skipper Rebecca Afford.“The swimmers just endured the hardest week of training of the season, but most were still able to get best times.”Headlining the small Neptune pod is the gold medal trio of Jaylen Rushton, Samuel Matthew and Sage Cowan.Rushton edged out teammate Madeline Holitzki for the gold medal in the division one girls while Matthew and Cowan earned top spots in division four boys and division four girls, respectively.Afford rounded out the medals winning silver in division seven girls.“The senior swimmers (Division 3 and up) have had the most intense practices, but performed well despite that,” Afford explained.
WELL-KNOWN driving instructor Noel Sweeney has become a huge hit on the internet after giving a series of wacky videos for driving in the snow.Noel, of the Swilly School of Motoring in Letterkenny, is famous across Donegal for his colourful driving lessons over the past 30 years along his expression “Now don’t say you weren’t told.”But now hundreds of people are logging onto his You Tube videos which teach nervous drivers how to drive safely in the freezing conditions of recent days. Happy-go-lucky Noel compares driving in the snow with ‘ballroom dancing’, telling drivers they have to do everything smoothly.The ten minute tutorial even shows drivers what happens when drive the wrong way in the snow with scenes of Noel losing control of his own car!“A lot of people understandably are terrified of driving in the snow simply because of the fact that they are not used to it.“But the bottom line is that they can learn how to drive safely in snow if, like the ballroom dancing, they take things smoothly and learn a few things. “It’s not rocket science and I hope these videos will help people to have the confidence to get behind the wheel in the snow and to get to their destination safely.“After these tips we hope that we don’t end up with four wheels up in the air and in the hedge. It has been known to happen before,” said Noel.The hilarious driving-instructor has also made other short videos telling people how to prepare their cars for driving in the snow.The videos were made by Noel’s very nervous son Brian.Ends MMMMSNOW JOKE AS NOEL BECOMES INTERNET HIT was last modified: December 1st, 2010 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
By Rachel McLaughlin: A garda who admitted assaulting another man in a late night brawl has had the case against him struck out after the court heard of how he had once saved a woman’s life and prevented a rape.Garda Ian Oates sank back in his seat as Judge Paul Kelly told Letterkenny District Court that he would not record a conviction against him.Judge Paul Kelly said it would be a loss to the community if a Garda like Garda Oates were to be taken off the force. The court heard that at 3am on September 1, 2011, Richard Geraghty was assaulted by Garda Oates on the lane beside Gallagher’s Hotel Letterkenny.In his statement, Letterkenny man Geraghty said Garda Oates was standing with two friends outside Gallagher’s Hotel, when he called out to him as he walked past.Supt Jimmy Coen, who investigated the case, said witnesses had claimed that Geraghty had called Garda Oates a “f***** pig b*****.”Geraghty said that Garda Oates asked to shake his hand, and mentioned his brother who had died. He claimed that Garda Oates suggested that he follow him up Gallagher’s lane, where the assault took place.The court was shown CCTV footage of the incident.Garda Oates could be seen punching Geraghty at least four times in the footage shown in court and watched by Judge Kelly.Medical reports gave evidence to the injuries suffered by Geraghty on the night. A consultant at Letterkenny General Hospital treated a 5mm laceration on his left cheek, and cuts to both his arms and legs. Garda Oates was treated for a fractured tooth two weeks after the incident.Witnesses at Gallagher’s Hotel observed Garda Oates using his elbow to hit Geraghty in the face.The court heard how Garda Oates had served An Garda Siochana for nine years. He received two commendations for his service. He saved a woman’s life when she jumped into the River Swilly by diving in after her. On New Year’s Eve 2012 Garda Oates observed a sexual assault on CCTV, and was instrumental in stopping the crime.Garda Oates fundraising efforts were detailed in court today. He raised €60,000 for repair of the roof of St. Eunan’s Cathedral. He also volunteered for MS Ireland to raise money for Donegal Hospice and other charities.Damian Crawford, barrister for Garda Oates, said his client could lose his job as a result of the incident.He deeply regretted responding to alleged taunts from Geraghty.Garda Oates took to the witness box to offer a public apology to Mr Geraghty.He had offered €5,000 in compensation to his victim, said Mr Crawford who pleaded for leniency because of Garda Oates’ nine years service to the community.This included saving a drowning woman in the Swilly in 2008 and preventing a rape in 2012 after spotting suspicious activity on CCTV in the town.Geraghty, said Mr Crawford, had previous convictions for taunting off-duty gardai. He handed in newspaper clippings showing Geraghty’s convictions.One incident had involved two officers and their wives, he said.Judge Kelly told the court: “This is a most unfortunate case and its very troubling when a member of An Garda Siochana administering the law finds himself in court“Mr Oates has prosecuted many people possibly not unlike this case before the court. There was graphic evidence on the CCTV footage and it reflects very poorly that he succumbed to emotion and behaved the way in which he did.“Quite clearly physical force was taken by Mr Oates; Mr Geraghty suffered a very unpleasant and painful experience.“A civil claim has been resolved for the ordeal that he underwent.“Garda Oates is a man with an exemplary record and involved in two very significant incidents above and beyond the call of duty including the saving of the life of a woman.“Preventing an experience on another woman is evidence of his commitment and bravery. These are all matters which go to Mr Oates’ credit.“There has been a very diligent and careful investigation by Supt Coen.“Gardai must have trust and confidence of the public they serve and incidents like this do damage to the force.“But it would be a Draconian result if he were to lose his job as a Garda. It would be a loss to the community and so I am taking the unusual step of not recording a conviction and I will strike out the assault charge.’He ordered Garda Oates to pay €1,000 to Friends of Letterkenny Hospital.GARDA AVOIDS CONVICTION AFTER ADMITTING ASSAULT was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Garda Ian OatesJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtRichard Geraghty
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS Islands, November 13, 2017 – Remembrance Day was commemorated in the Turks and Caicos on Sunday, despite the rain, with the two traditional ceremonies held at the St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Grand Turk and the St Monica’s Anglican Church in Providenciales. Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaphs in both islands in memory of fallen soldiers and servicemen still with us.Premier Hon Sharlene Robinson attended the service in Grand Turk, while the Governor and Education Minister, Hon Karen Malcolm were at the Providenciales memorial. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Earlier in the week, Governor His Excellency Dr John Freeman met with the last surviving member of the ex-service men’s legion, James Fulford. Fulford served in the Turks and Caicos home guard from 1943 to 1945.Mr. Fulford or Bobby as he is more affectionately called is among the 2017 TCI National Honours.
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