Christ Church JCR pressure college over abortion debate

first_imgOxford Students for Life, whose mission statement is “Promoting a Culture of Life at the University”, had planned the debate for Tuesday 18 November at 7.30pm. In a statement released by OSFL, they have offered to open dialogue with WomCam on the issue and have invited them to co-host a debate in Hilary. However, the Christ Church GM by this point had already concluded that OSFL was culpable of failing to work “with any opposition groups, such as WomCam or the Oxford Feminist Network, to organise a properly contested debate, and, as such, this debate is not ‘free’ in the sense that the attendees and speakers have been chosen with an outcome Already in mind.”     The motion, which originally requested the College Censors to rescind their permission to use the Big Boar Lecture Theatre, was subsequently amended and passed by fifty seven votes to nineteen with five abstentions. “By only giving a platform to these men, OSFL are participating in a culture where reproductive rights are limited and policed by people who will never experience needing an  abortion.” A controversial debate on abortion planned to be held at Christ Church by Oxford Students for Life (OSFL) has attracted widespread student criticism, with the College’s JCR voting to inform college Censors about the mental and physical security issues surrounding the debate. Around sixty people have confirmed attendance on the event’s Facebook page, which reads, “Last year in Britain, over 185,000 abortions were carried out. What does this say about our national  culture? Is it a sign of equality, or does it suggest we treat human life carelessly?” A protest group, entitled “What the fuck is ‘Abortion Culture’?”, has been set up in response to the debate, with around 300 people having signed up – the group encourages its members to “take along some non-destructive but oh so disruptive instruments to help demonstrate to the anti-choicers just what we think of their ‘debate’.” The debate is criticised on the group as espousing “really shitty anti-choice rhetoric and probs some cissexism.” The protest is coordinated by the group Oxrev fems, who could not be reached for comment.  OUSU’s Women’s Campaign also issued a statement on the controversial debate, explaining, “The Women’s Campaign (WomCam) condemn SFL for holding this debate. It is absurd to think we should be listening to two cisgender men debate about what people with uteruses should be doing with their bodies. JCR Treasurer Will Neaverson, who proposed the motion at last night’s GM, argued that the debate was now a security issue, as over 250 people are said to be attending a protest against the debate at the theatre.center_img OSFL President Dan Hitchens defended the debate, explaining, “Free speech is a vital principle of a democratic society, and at a university of all places it should be protected. We’re very happy to discuss people’s concerns about the event, but it would be a shame if open debate was shut down.   WomCam have also criticised the debate as “shaming,” “stigmatizing abortion,” and “contributing to a culture of misogyny and body policing.” They have also called for an apology from OSFL and have asked them to cancel the event. The motion, “This House believes Britain’s Abortion Culture Hurts Us All”, is set to feature historian Tim Stanley proposing the motion, and Spiked Editor and Big Issue Columnist Brendan O’Neill opposing. A spokesperson from OSFL told Cherwell, “As I understand it, the final decision rests with the Censors, who haven’t given a decision yet. But the other stages of the booking were all complete.” “While we recognize that this is an issue which affects women especially – and partly for that reason we have hosted two all-women panel debates in the last year — Tim and Brendan are two well-known commentators coming to talk about an issue which has an impact on the whole of British society.” However, Christ Church JCR also claimed that OSFL had not secured the permission to hold the event in Christ Church at the time of the motion. A spokesperson for Christ Church confirmed they held no booking from OSFL for a debate on Tuesday. The Christ Church JCR proceded to mandate the JCR president, Vice President and Secretary to raise the issue in their meeting with the Junior and Senior Censors today.last_img read more

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Experience the Seasons in O.C.

first_imgBy LISA SPENGLEROcean City may not have the abundance of trees with brilliant colored leaves like the trees off-shore, but that’s a good thing when people are seen spending their weekends with a rake.Ocean City may not have the crowds and the sounds that fill the summer, but that’s a good thing when you can hear the crashing of the waves in the stillness of the night.Portions of the city now have traffic lights that blink yellow. The right turns on red are back.The “guts” are out of the parking meters and, most importantly for some, dogs are allowed on the beach.There are enough beautiful, sunny days where a stroll on the beach or taking a chair and a good book to read is still possible. Your own, somewhat private, beach is back.It’s where the downtown and Boardwalk merchants can engage in personal conversation and remember your name with every visit.Each day offers the opportunity for a stroll down streets filled with boutiques and restaurants, a bike ride or walk on the Boardwalk or a walk on the beach alone, or with your dog.Meg and Ed Connelly, of Hatboro, Pa., enjoy a brisk stroll in Ocean City.Meg and Ed Connelly from Hatboro, Pa., came to their Ocean City home for a “nice little escape.”“We have some of our family, which includes eight grandchildren and a puppy, who live near us, some even with us,” said Meg. “We came here to find a little peace and quiet.”“We’re on our way to the beach now,” Ed said smiling.“And to watch the beautiful sunset,” added Meg.Ocean City is full of alluring beauty this time of year.There are numerous nights when the sunsets explode with layers of brilliant orange, reds and yellow.The colors reflecting off the wetlands make it appear as if the marshes are fields of wheat.The formation of the layers within the sunset make it appear as if there are mountains in the distance.During this time of year, the sunrises, the sunsets and everything in between offer an overwhelming sense of tranquility throughout the city, inspiring many, like the Connellys, to make Ocean City their escape from chaos.Jimmy and Sue Kooz, of Woodland Park, N.J., enjoy a walk down the beach at 34th Street.Sue and Jimmy Kooz, from Woodland Park, N.J., stopped at the 34th Street beach to take advantage of the crisp fall air and the splendor of the ocean.“We’ve been coming here during the fall for five years,” said Sue. “We come to enjoy the peace and quiet.”The Kooz family spend their summers in Ocean City and winters in Florida.Last year they spent their Christmas in Ocean City.“And this year we hope to do it again,” Jimmy said.With the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder, it can only mean one thing — that the crowds and commercialization of the season will soon approach a level of pandemonium.This year will be one of the shortest spans between Thanksgiving and Christmas.So, to experience the true meaning and spirit of the season, many will choose to get away from the malls to feel the nostalgia of a small town Christmas in Ocean City.The downtown is decorated each holiday season with garland and red bows.It’s in this quaint town, where young and old alike can experience shopping in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, starting with the “Earlier than the Bird” Downtown Shopping Extravaganza on Nov. 23.The extravaganza offers early bird shopping specials the weekend before Thanksgiving. Pajamas are the preferred attire, but not required, making it an adventure for all ages.On Nov. 29, Ocean City will hold its annual Christmas in the Downtown, “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue.”What is “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue?” It is a day after Thanksgiving shopping and dining event where carolers and street entertainers join those shopping and strolling down the avenue.It is where you’ll find the ever-popular horse and carriage rides in front of City Hall. The horse and carriage rides begin the weekend of Nov. 23-24 and run every weekend through Dec. 21-22 and again on Jan. 1.During December, with the malls and retail outlets now at the peak of chaos with traffic, lines and short tempers, Asbury Avenue provides another opportunity for intimate dining and shopping in the one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques.The city also provides residents and visitors with a spectacular tree lighting and an impressive arrival of Santa Claus.With a little help from the Ocean City Fire Department, Santa climbs down a fire ladder from the roof of City Hall. Each year, children anxiously watch Santa’s every step.Shoppers dress in pajamas and festive costumes to get into the holiday spirit during the “Earlier Than The Bird” event each year in November.To close out the year, there are many other events held in Ocean City during the months of November and December, including holiday events on the Music Pier. The Music Pier is located on the Boardwalk at Ninth Street.From the Musical Sounds of the Season by the Holiday Pops to numerous shows by The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, including Lights, Camera, Christmas: 2019 Holiday Spectacular and Frozen Jr., families will enjoy this seasonal celebration.But the city doesn’t stop there.The First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration and the First Day Shopping Extravaganza continue to offer the special kind of warmth and friendly atmosphere found with each entertainment experience.Winter in Ocean City maintains the same sense of tranquility. It is filled with unmatched treasures of boutiques and restaurants all surrounded with the uniqueness of the family-friendly Boardwalk, Great Egg Harbor Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.For more information on Ocean City’s Calendar of Events, visit www.oceancityvacation.com or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ, (609) 399-6111. Download the official OCNJ Vacation App for your smart phone. The shopping extravaganza will feature deals on Boardwalk business merchandise and Downtown shops.last_img read more

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Apprentice finalist to launch bakery business

first_imgApprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman is hoping to gain a £250,000 investment for her business proposal Baker’s Toolkit, after failing to secure Lord Alan Sugar’s backing.Last night’s The Apprentice final, on BBC One, saw botox beat baking in the battle for Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment, and the chance to become his business partner.NHS doctor Leah Totton was crowned the winner of the 9th series with her business proposal of a cosmetic procedure chain, beating cake entrepreneur, Luisa Zissman. However despite losing Lord Sugar’s backing, Zissman is seeking investment for her Baker’s Toolkit business – a one stop shop for baking supplies.Already the founder of online business The Baker Shop, and Dixie’s Cupcakery, based in St Albans, Zissman has pitched her idea to Angels Den – a company that connects business owners who require funding with investors.The Baker’s Toolkit is designed to be a wholesale provider of high-quality baking products to the baking industry. According to the finalist’s Twitter account, she has already gained support from 16 investors. To launch the business, Zissman will be looking to raise £250,000 via crowdfunding and investors.Oliver Zissman, chief operating officer of Baker’s Toolkit, said: “We are delighted to have had such positive feedback from both potential investors as well as the British baking public.  “Bakers Toolkit along with The Baker Shop is all about high quality products and world class & modern service.”last_img read more

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Ellsworth boys’ basketball team tops MDI for 6th straight win

first_imgELLSWORTH — Looking up at the Katsiaficas Gymnasium scoreboard, Austin Harris knew his team was about to win a big one.Twenty-three seconds still remained in the Ellsworth boys’ basketball team’s clash with Mount Desert Island, but with his team possessing the ball and an 11-point lead, the senior guard let out a smile. He then turned to high-five teammate Jackson Curtis, who waved his arms to pump up the home crowd.“We’re feeling really good right now,” Harris said after Ellsworth’s 59-48 win over the Trojans. “Everyone is contributing, and we’re all on the same page. … It’s a lot of fun.”With six games plus tournament play still to go, Ellsworth is by no means about to rest on the laurels of what it’s accomplished thus far. Yet the Eagles are starting to establish themselves as the team they knew they could be, and as the tests get tougher down the stretch, Harris and his teammates continue to pass them.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth took the first of the two regular season battles against MDI with a workmanlike win Tuesday night at Ellsworth High School. The victory was the sixth in a row for the Eagles, who are in second place in Class B North two-thirds of the way through the regular season.Ellsworth’s Austin Harris drives on MDI’s Nate Philbrook during the first half of a high school boys’ basketball game Jan. 21 at Ellsworth High School. Ellsworth (10-2) is in second place with two-thirds of the regular season complete. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAfter both teams got off to slow starts on offense over the first three minutes, MDI got into a rhythm as it used a 9-4 run to take an 11-7 lead. The two teams then exchanged baskets twice before the Trojans (6-7) hit a layup as time expired in the first quarter to make the score 17-12.J’Von James began the second quarter with a corner 3-pointer to get Ellsworth (10-2) back within a basket, but MDI scored six of the next nine points to push its lead back to five. Yet the Eagles would soon pull ahead with a three-point play and layup from Curtis and a jumper from Harris and ultimately went to the locker room with a 33-29 advantage.Although MDI scored the first four points of the second half to tie the game at 33, Connor Crawford responded with his third 3-pointer of the game to put Ellsworth back on top. That began a 7-0 run for the Eagles, who took a 44-37 lead into the fourth quarter.“A lot of times, I’m a little hesitant when I shoot, but with the big crowd out here tonight, I really wanted to come through,” Crawford said. “I felt good early, and it worked out.”A series of hustle plays — a stolen inbound pass by Hunter Curtis and diving saves by Crawford and Jackson Curtis — and clinical offensive possessions pushed Ellsworth’s lead to 12 late in the fourth quarter. MDI used back-to-back baskets from Brady Renault to pull back within seven, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles earned a home win over the Trojans for the first time since Feb. 7, 2015.Harris and Jackson Curtis had 12 points apiece for Ellsworth, which got 11 points from Hunter Curtis, nine apiece from Crawford and Darby Barry, four from James and two from Adam Inman in a balanced scoring effort. Porter Isaacs had a game-high 15 points for MDI, and Jack DaCorte added 12.The win was largely a product of an improved defensive effort from Ellsworth after the Eagles gave up 17 points in the first quarter. Crawford noted that MDI beat the Eagles on backdoor cuts several times in the opening period, but Peter Austin’s team stifled the Trojans over the final three with timely adjustments and improved rebounding.Ellsworth’s J’Von James passes as MDI’s Charlie Parker defends during the second half of a high school boys’ basketball game Jan. 21 at Ellsworth High School. Ellsworth will be back in action against No. 1 Caribou at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“Our rebounding was big for us tonight,” Austin said. “There were a few possessions in the third or fourth where they got too many offensive rebounds, but other than that, I was really happy with how we rebounded.”The 11-point win marked the fifth time Ellsworth has won by double digits amidst its six-game winning streak. The team’s only single-digit win during that stretch came last Wednesday as the Eagles pulled out a 50-49 thriller over Hermon to hand the Hawks only their third loss in the past 55 games.“There a lot of things [going right for us] right now, but the biggest thing is that we’re playing together as a team,” Harris said. “We still have a lot of room to get better and a lot of things to improve on, but when we play as a team, we can be great.”Although MDI failed to pull out the win, the Trojans didn’t let the Eagles turn the game into a rout. Entering this showdown seven places below Ellsworth in the standings was an unusual spot for an MDI squad that’s been one of the region’s top contenders in recent years, but Justin Norwood’s team wasn’t about to go down without a fight.“One thing we talk about in our program is to never quit,” Norwood said. “Even when we were down 11 or 12, our kids kept their heads in the game and refused to give in.”Ellsworth is set to host No. 1 Caribou at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, before hosting Presque Isle at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. MDI will host Presque Isle at 8 p.m. Friday before hosting Caribou at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.Friday’s contest against Caribou will provide Ellsworth with one of its biggest tests of the season. The defending state champion Vikings beat the Eagles 74-42 when the teams met Jan. 1 in Aroostook County, and if Ellsworth is to have any chance at the No. 1 seed, they’ll likely need to beat a Caribou team that will is 12-1 ahead of tomorrow’s game against Houlton.“We’re hoping to kick it up even more,” Harris said. “We know we can play even better defense, and we’ve got to hit our shots more. I think we’re ready to do that.” Latest Posts Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

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Sexton takes part in Irish training today

first_imgIt remains unknown if Johnny Sexton will be fit for the game as he continues his recovery from an adductor strain…although he trained under supervision this morning.Argentina recently beat South Africa in the Championship and ran New Zealand close in the pool stages of this World cup but former Ireland Prop Reggie Corrigan says that we are more than capable of beating the Puma’s.Meanwhile, South Africa have made just one change to their side for Saturdays quarter final with Wales. JP Pietersen who missed the win against the USA with a knee injury returns on the wing.last_img

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2013 NSW Junior State Cup

first_imgwww.facebook.com/nswtouch And don’t forget to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ NSWTA their social media pages: The 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup event is the first to be held in Port Macquarie, after having been played in Wollongong for the past 12 years. The Junior State Cup will be held in Port Macquarie for the next three events, from 2013-2015. New South Wales’ best junior Touch Football talent will be on display in Port Macquarie this weekend when they compete in the 2013 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Junior State Cup. Round games will be played on Saturday as well as Sunday morning, before finals are played on Sunday afternoon. www.twitter.com/nsw_touch www.nswtaevents.sportingpulse.net center_img Highlights of the event will be uploaded to the NSWTA YouTube channel, which can be found by clicking on the link below: www.youtube.com/nswta Related LinksNSW Junior State Cup Teams from across the state will compete in the following divisions – 10’s Boys and Girls, 12’s Boys and Girls, 14’s Boys and Girls, 16’s Boys and Girls and 18’s Boys and Girls. 288 teams will converge on the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium and Tuffins Lane precinct for the event, coming from all areas across the state for the two day event, which will be played on Saturday, 16 February and Sunday, 17 February 2013. For all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2013 New South Wales Junior State Cup, please visit the NSWTA event website:last_img read more

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