Business School faculty join calls for Oxford to cut ties with Zimbabwean finance minister

first_img“The actions of the state are nothing short of abuse in the form of intimidation, beatings, and imprisonment without trial or due process of many hundreds of people. Indeed, there are reports coming out from human rights organisations — both local and international — confirming that children as young as 14 years old have been arrested and denied access to food, water or legal representation. “In response, the government has launched a systematic, violent and repressive campaign against those suspected to be involved with the stay away and the protests. In the last week, we have witnessed the shocking and entirely disproportionate use of state force to quell the protests and to punish protestors as well as opposition and civic leaders. The Said Business School has continued to take criticism from its professors for its association with Zimbabwean Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube. “All of this has been defended publicly (or simply denied) by Professor Ncube. The US, UK, EU and others have condemned the Zimbabwean government’s actions. Speaking to Cherwell, Simukai Chigudu, Associate Professor of African Politics at the Oxford Department of International Development, claimed that he had sent an email in protest to Professor Peter Tufano dean of the Business School. “This crackdown is by no means over. A recent report by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (a highly reputed consortium of Zimbabwean human rights NGOS), called ‘On the Days of Darkness in Zimbabwe’, records 17 extra-judicial killings, the vast majority by soldier and police, 16 cases of rape by the same, 26 abductions by suspected security agents, nearly 600 assaults, some of them extremely serious, using whips, chains, iron rods and batons, and nearly 1,000 arbitrary arrests. Professor Alexander said: “My concern was and is that Prof Ncube’s association with the SBS accords him a status and legitimacy that he no longer deserves owing to his defence of the brutal crackdown by the ZANU(PF) government, of which he is a prominent and highly visible part, since 14 January this year. “I believe that these events are of concern to you given that Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance, Professor Mthuli Ncube, is a visiting professor at SBS. As a member of the ZANU(PF) government, Prof Ncube bears indirect responsibility for state-led repression. Professor Alexander confirmed Chigudu’s claims to be true, and stated that Tufano had responded to her e-mail on Wednesday by “[defending] the ongoing value of the school’s association with Prof Ncube.” In particular, Professor Chigudu named Professor of Commonwealth Studies Jocelyn Alexander, Lecturer in African History and Politics Dan Hodgkinson, and Associate Professor in African Politics Miles Tendi as having made an appeal to Professor Tufano. “Having been a student at here in Oxford during which time I worked with both the Africa Society and the Africa Business Network, I know that SBS has previously shown great moral concern for social and political justice in Africa. I urge you to show such moral leadership on this matter.” center_img “That Prof Ncube’s international standing is, under these circumstances, buttressed by his ongoing association with Oxford and the SBS is an affront to all those who have suffered the brunt of the ZANU(PF) crackdown in the past month. “I am writing to urge you to end SBSs association with Prof Ncube and to make clear that your institution condemns the actions of the Zimbabwean government in the strongest possible terms. “The military continues to be deployed and the rule of law has been severely undermined. The Forum writes that, “Since 14 January 2019 there has been a wanton assault on the Constitution by the government, the police, the military, and some magistrates and prosecutors’ (p. 14). “Further still, state security forces have fired live ammunition into protesting crowds causing many to suffer from gunshot wounds and killing at least 15 people. Professor Chigudu elected to share the contents of his letter, which read as follows: “I am writing to you in relation to the deteriorating political and economic situation in my home country. As I am sure you are aware, trade unions and civil society leaders recently called for a mass stay away from work and a peaceful protest in response to a 250% hike in fuel prices instigated by the government. “Moreover, Prof Ncube has made no effort to distance himself from the ruling regime but will in fact attend Davos as a representative of President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Ncube, who holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge on “Pricing Options and Stochastic Volatility”, currently remains in his post as a visiting professor at the Said Business School. Professor Chigudu also claimed that similar emails were sent to Professor Tufano by a number of his colleagues. Cherwell has contacted Professor Alexander, Professor Hodgkinson, and Professor Tendi to confirm these claims. last_img read more

VIDEO: Christmas biscuits how-to

first_imgA Christmas treat: meet Nila Holden, owner of eponymously named bakery Nila Holden. She tells us all about her business, and shows us how to make some Linzer biscuits.Ingredients: Ingredients (for dough)Makes approx 12 medium-sized cookies75g salted butter, cold from the fridge275g plain flour1 tsp baking powder95g caster sugar1 small free range egg, beaten2 tbsp golden syrup1 tsp vanilla extractMethod:Sift the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl and add the caster sugar.Grate the cold butter into the mixing bowl. The colder your butter, the easier this will be. Or, if easier, you could cut the butter into small cubes and add to the bowl.Rub the butter into the dry ingredients using your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.Crack the egg into a separate bowl to ensure you don’t get any rogue shell and beat. Add the golden syrup and vanilla essence to the beaten egg and mix.Make a well in the dry ingredients bowl and pour in the beaten egg, golden syrup and vanilla essence mixture. Mix together to form a dough. Try not to overwork the dough as this will make it tough.Place dough into a plastic food bag and flatten to form a disc shape. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill the dough.Remove and cut out cookies as per the recipe above.last_img read more

4 reasons you should laugh with your staff

first_img 92SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details If we’re dealing with stress in our lives, it can often be traced back to situations we’re handling at work. While we can’t always be stress-free and happy, having a laugh with the work crew is always good for morale. Here are 4 reasons you shouldn’t hesitate to have a chuckle or two with your team.Endorphins get releasedEndorphins are cool. These neurotransmitters can relieve stress and pain, and they’re released when you laugh. So, if it’s a tough day around the office, a little laughter may indeed be the best medicine for your crew.It’s a great way to bondWe enjoy working with people we like. You spend a lot of your adult life at work, so it’d be nice to enjoy the people you’re spending this time with. Sharing a few laughs is a great way to become better friends with your co-workers.It’s relaxing, and that’s goodYou don’t want to be too relaxed while at work, but tension isn’t a good thing either. Not only can laughter make the tension go away, but it can spur creativity, which can lead to new ideas and innovations.It can improve communicationWhen an office atmosphere is stuffy and quiet, there’s likely not a lot of collaboration or interaction. A more relaxed, fun atmosphere can lead to inspired ideas and laughter can help take you down that path.last_img read more

LI LGBT Community Defiant In Wake Of Orlando Terror Attack

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Rashed Mian and Christopher TwarowskiWith the nation reeling in the wake of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history and biggest terror attack since 9/11, members of the Long Island LGBT community expressed sorrow, solidarity and defiance Sunday, resolving to honor those murdered by refusing to allow hatred to alter their way of life.At least 50 people were murdered early Sunday morning at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., known as a hotspot for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, when a gunman opened fire with an assault rifle. The attacker, Omar Mateen, 29, of Port Saint Lucie, allegedly declared allegiance to Islamist terror group ISIS during the assault, according to still-developing news reports.In an address to the nation Sunday afternoon, President Barack Obama characterized the massacre as an attack against all Americans and the subject of an open investigation by federal law enforcement agencies.“This was an act of terror, and an act of hate,” he said. “This could have been any one of our communities.”The killings are a “reminder that attacks on any American…is an attack on all of us,” continued Obama, stating that no act “of hate or terror will ever change who we are.”“In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another,” he added. “We will stand together as Americans.”More than 300 members and supporters of the local LGBT community showed unity with victims and their families, taking their defiance of fear and prejudice to the streets of Sayville in a “Visibility Walk” Sunday afternoon, carrying signs, pride flags and wearing rainbow-colored sashes.Collectively, they vowed to stand united in the face of violence and bigotry.Dean Carter, 23, a member of the LGBT group Pride For Youth, who moved from Orlando to Uniondale last year, told the Press that though he’d heard rumors of Orlando as being a potential terror target in the past, the news of the bloodbath at the gay club still hit him as a surprise.“To me, it’s kind of shocking, because people always say, ‘Orlando is a target,’ but, Orlando has never actually been the target of a terror attack, and usually, it’s aimed at Disney [World],” he said in a parking lot across from the Visibility Walk’s starting point, the Sayville LIRR train station. “For it to be aimed at a gay club…is kind of shocking to me.”Carter’s grandparents reside near Pulse nightclub, which he described as one of the most popular gay clubs in the city. Obama characterized the club as a “place of solidarity and empowerment” in his remarks, a sentiment echoed by others at the first-of-its-kind walk in Sayville Sunday.“Many of the gathering spots for our community are rooted in nightclubs and bars,” explained Erin Furey, a founding member of LGBTQA+ Visibility Coalition, a local gay and transgender advocacy rights group, after the parade.Furey lamented the lack of “safe places” for the LGBT community nationwide.“We live in a world, a country, and on an island, where trying to find a safe place is of dire importance,” she said.That void–and anti-gay rhetoric–breeds intolerance, she continued.“It really circles back to what happened today, because when social institutions and laws and governments, and people with a lot of influence, send a larger message that LGBT people are not okay, it does allow people to justify horrific acts of violence,” added Furey.David Kilmnick, CEO of LGBT Network, an LI-based gay rights group, stressed the need for tougher legislation protecting this community.“The deplorable act of violence that targeted the LGBT community and stole 50 lives and left scores of others injured, is a painful reminder of the gate and bias that continues to plague our country,” he said in a statement following the attack. “Our hearts and minds are joined with all the family, friends, and loved ones who are mourning today.”Joanna Morena, of Ronkonkoma, another co-founder of LGBTQA+ Visibility Coalition, told the Press she woke up to the horrific news of the massacre via social media, and immediately called her mother, who was in tears.The full significance of Sunday’s “Visibility Walk” and the full weight of the attack hit Morena and her wife hard as she drove to Sayville to join the march.“It just hit home how important walks like this are,” she explained. “To really be visible, be out, even informally, because, as far as far as we’ve come as a community, our transgender brothers and sisters are still without basic protections, and still, unfortunately, and apparently, still subject to attacks.”“When a tragedy like this happens,” she added, “we need to be together.”last_img read more

App-based ‘ojek’ resume passenger transportation service in Jakarta

first_imgJakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has announced that ride-hailing ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers are allowed to transport passengers again starting on Monday.The drivers were previously only permitted to transport goods while large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were in effect in the capital, in accordance with Health Ministerial Regulation No. 9/2020 on PSBB implementation guidelines.Anies also issued a decree on June 5, which contains guidelines for app-based ojek drivers to operate during the PSBB.“[Ride-hailing ojek passenger transportation services] begin operating on June 8, 2020,” the decree stipulates.Drivers, however, are not allowed to operate in 62 out of more than 2,700 community units (RW) across the capital where restrictions will remain in place as a result of their higher rates of COVID-19 infection as the city is set to enforce local-scale social restrictions (PSBL).Read also: We’re ready: App-based ‘ojek’ drivers welcome ‘new normal’ with health measuresDrivers are also required to use personal protective equipment when transporting passengers, with masks and hand sanitizer at minimum. They are also required to maintain cleanliness by disinfecting their motorcycles and helmets after transporting passengers.Two-Wheel Action Movement (Garda) ojek association leader Igun Wicaksono said the drivers were ready to apply COVID-19 health protocols, hoping other regions in Greater Jakarta would also immediately allow drivers to transport passengers.”We hope [the app companies] will immediately reactivate their passenger transportation services in other parts of Greater Jakarta,” he said as quoted by on Monday.The association, he said, had raised drivers’ awareness on how to prevent virus transmission when transporting passengers, calling on passengers to bring their own helmets to avoid the potential spread of COVID-19.“We will continue to raise awareness and encourage the implementation of health protocols so drivers and passengers will both apply the protocols.” (ggq)Topics :last_img read more

Update: LNG carriers searched amidst terrorist threat to UK

first_imgLNG World News Staff (Article updated on 23.05. with a comment by the Port of Milford Haven)For the past two years, United Kingdom’s special forces have been reportedly searching for mines attached to LNG tankers transporting the chilled fuel from the Middle East to the UK’s receiving terminals. According to a report by the Mail on Sunday, Special Boat Service and the specialist divers from the Royal Navy, have been conducting secret searches on LNG carriers as threats of attacks by the terrorist groups like the Al Qaeda or ISIS grow.A senior Naval source was cited by the Mail as saying that the groups have acquired limpet mines which can be attached to the hull of the LNG tankers heading for the UK.Such mines can be activated once the ships reach LNG import terminals’ such as the South Hook LNG terminal in Milford Haven or the Isle of Grain terminal in Kent. An incident at one these facilities could have severe economic consequences and lead to gas shortage in the United Kingdom, the report said.Although a large number of vessels has been searched over the past couple of years it is unclear whether any limpet mines or similar improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been found, the report noted.In addition to the dive searches on LNG carriers, Royal Navy warships calling in Egyptian ports as well as Beirut, Lebanon, are undergoing routine checks as these vessels have also become a target for terrorist attacks, the report said.LNG World News invited the Port of Milford Haven to comment on the report.Bill Hirst, Harbourmaster at the Port of Milford Haven, said: “We have seen the recent media reports but do not have access to information regarding any activity that may or may not be carried out by UK Special Forces.”last_img read more

Grassley, Reynolds react to Trump’s assertion wind mill noise causes cancer

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said it is “idiotic” for President Trump to suggest the sound generated by wind turbines causes cancer. During a speech Tuesday night, the president made several derogatory comments about structures he calls “wind mills.”“His comments on wind energy not only as a president, but when he was a candidate, were first of all idiotic and it doesn’t show much respect for Chuck Grassley as the grandfather of the wind energy tax credit,” Grassley said during a conference call with Iowa reporters.Twenty-six years ago, Grassley sponsored the bill that created the federal tax credit for wind energy production. Grassley said the president was probably speaking “off-the-cuff” when he suggested property values decline when wind mills are erected nearby and the noise causes cancer.“I’m sure he was kidding. At least he’s not scientific when he makes that statement, but he evidently has a different view of wind energy than I do,” Grassley said. “…Thank God he hasn’t attacked the program directly by trying to do harm to it.”Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is declining to directly respond to Trump’s remarks.“Here’s what I want to say: I’m proud to be a leader in renewable energy and I’m proud to say that 40 percent of our electricity is generated from wind,” Reynolds said.According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, there are more than 4000 wind turbines in Iowa and nine-thousand jobs in Iowa are connected to the wind industry. Reynolds said she’s confident President Trump’s views won’t be a setback for the industry.“You know how those things change. One year coffee’s good for you. The next year coffee causes cancer, I mean, that’s what happens,” Reynolds said.A reporter then asked: “Can you just say he’s wrong?”Reynolds replied: “That’s not my place.”Trump fought a decade-long legal battle against an off-shore wind farm that could be seen from the golf course he owns in Scotland. Scotland has set a goal of getting 100 percent of its electricity from wind power by 2020.last_img read more

Wenger anniversary underlines slipping standards

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Beginning of end? However, Arsenal fans’ frustration at Wenger’s stubborn approach finally bubbled over — it had been simmering for several years — when Leicester, stealing his old formula of buying cheap foreign talent, won the title last season.“Wenger is a very pragmatic man and I would love to see him throw his economic principles out of the window for one season and see what happened,” Keown said.Forced to endure verbal abuse and calls for his resignation, Wenger has been battered like never before over the past 18 months.And failure again this season to win either the Premier League or Champions League could spell the end of one of English football’s most celebrated figures — and with it the closing of an era.  Golden period If pasta, grilled chicken and broccoli were the ingredients of Wenger’s recipe for success, he was just as ground-breaking in the cutthroat world of the transfer market.Establishing a scouting network far superior to any of his rivals, Wenger fused Arsenal’s battle-hardened defence with an influx of astute cut-price signings. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger memorably announced his arrival as a revolutionary force in England by banning his players from eating sweets, but the Arsenal manager’s reign has turned increasingly sour as he marks the 20th anniversary of his appointment.Arguably the most significant agent of change in the Premier League era, the 66-year-old’s achievements in revitalising both Arsenal and English football will rightly be celebrated in this milestone week for the urbane Frenchman.Yet when Wenger makes the drive from his home in the exclusive north London suburb of Totteridge to the Emirates Stadium for Saturday’s clash with Chelsea it would be understandable if he pondered how he finds himself in danger of being viewed with the same disdain that greeted his hiring two decades ago.In an era when even the most unglamourous Premier League club can use the riches from lucrative television contracts to lure high-profile foreign coaches and players, it’s hard to recall just how insular the Premier League was when Wenger left Japan’s Nagoya Grampus Eight to join Arsenal in 1996.Few overseas stars plied their trade in England at the time and tabloid headlines sneered “Arsene who?” while Wenger’s professorial looks were easy fodder for doubting fans and some cynical members of Arsenal’s old-school squad.Given Wenger had no Premier League experience and first came to Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein’s attention not for his managerial acumen but for his skill at charades during a dinner party, it was a significant gamble by both parties to let the Frenchman loose on English football.It proved a masterstroke and, after coming third in the Premier League in Wenger’s first season, Arsenal never finished outside the top two for the next eight years.Overhauling Arsenal’s dietary and fitness regimes and introducing sports science and data analysis with remarkable results, Wenger was feted as the most innovative manager of his generation.“Nutrition was a big deal for Arsene. The dietician had a slogan, ‘Chew to win’, meaning he wanted us to chew our food for longer,” former Arsenal defender Martin Keown said.“We started feeling superhuman during games, fitter and stronger than ever.” Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka and Emmanuel Petit arrived as unknowns and left as superstars, while Wenger crucially managed to coax extraordinary feats from Dutch forward Dennis Bergkamp.During that golden period, Arsenal won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups with a smooth-passing style that raised standards in a league previously more enamoured of brute force.In 2003-04, Arsenal’s “Invincibles” went undefeated in the league and two years later they almost conquered Europe before narrowly losing the Champions League final against Barcelona.But Wenger’s success was a double-edged sword as his peers closed the gap by pilfering his philosophy at a time when Arsenal were burdened by the financial restrictions from their move to the Emirates.Confronted by the new-found wealth of Chelsea and Manchester City, whose owners were attracted by the riches in the league Wenger played such a role in reshaping, Arsenal never finished higher than third between 2005-06 and 2014-15 while losing disillusioned stars like Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie.Wenger was never shy of pointing out how much other clubs were spending, while emphasising how Arsenal remained competitive and pleasing on the eye on a more restrained budget.last_img read more