A motion banning relationshipsbetween staff members and any students over whom they have responsibility isbeing discussed in many JCRs. The motion states that such relationships “raiseissues, relating to inequalities of power in a relationship, or perceivedfavouritism, or the undermining of trust in the academic process” and urgesJCRs to appoint representatives to lobby their colleges for reform. The group’s chairwomen, Clara Riedenstein and Kemi Agunbiade told Cherwell that a ban would “protect both staff and students, ensuring the power dynamic that exists between them cannot be misused – as in these cases it can be difficult to distinguish consent and coercion”. St Peters, Lincoln, Magdalen and Balliol have all also been approached with this motion, although Balliol is not running JCR meetings at this time. It Happens Here, an Oxford SU group aiming to end sexual violence on university campuses, is encouraging this motion, telling students to “bring this motion to your JCR, to your JCR President or Gender / Women*s Representative to help spark this (long overdue) change”. This legislation does not apply to members of the Decanal Team due to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights but members are urged to consider “potential conflicts of interest”. Some taken issue with the motion on this basis, seeing St Hugh’s definition of sexual harassment as too expansive. It includes “any sexually-orientated conduct, including “joking”, “banter” or innuendo” and “display of sexual materials, including on a computer screen, for reasons other than genuine academic endeavour”. The motion also urges colleges to set up a concrete policy banning relationships of this nature, outlining unacceptable behaviour and disciplinary action. It gestures to the St Hugh’s Policy on Prevention of Sexual Assault as an example which prohibits staff from “engaging in romantic or sexual relationships with students with whom they hold any such teaching, professional, or pastoral responsibility”. The University has been contacted for comment. Lady Margaret Hall’s JCR haspassed the motion this week while Regents Park’s JCR passed the motion withemendations, shifting from support for a ban to “a college-wide reform of thepolicies regarding romantic or sexual relationships between staff members andstudents with whom they hold any such teaching, professional, or pastoral responsibility”,as well as to appoint student representatives to “communicate and collaboratewith college to put in place a policy that will work for and benefit allparties”. The original motion aimed to appoint student representatives to“communicate” the request for a ban. This year, University College London became the first Russell Group university to ban intimate relationships between a staff member and a student over whom they have responsibility. In the US, all Ivy League universities have a ban on such relationships.
By Carla Babb / Voice of America March 17, 2020 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) plans to increase U.S. military presence in the Western Hemisphere while taking on funding cuts to security programs that help Latin American partners counter drug cartels.In written testimony March 11, U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, SOUTHCOM commander, said the U.S. “only enabled the successful interdiction of about 9 percent of known drug movement” recently in Latin America and the Caribbean.Adm. Faller told the U.S. House Armed Services Committee that he’d need significant assets to drastically improve that number, including dozens of ships.“Recognizing these complex challenges in our neighborhood, we will see an increase in U.S. military presence in the hemisphere,” Adm. Faller said, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon after the briefing.Partners vitalThe increase, which coincides with a Pentagon review of the command, will include more ships, aircraft and forces, said Adm. Faller, who declined to discuss numbers.But the increase will not be enough to fully counter the threats, which is “why it’s so important to get partners in the game,” Adm. Faller added.Last year, local partner forces enabled half of U.S. drug interdictions in the region, according to SOUTHCOM.The need for more partner nation participation comes as the latest Pentagon budget slashes SOUTHCOM’s partner security program funds by about 20 percent.“That reduction will mean we’ll have to make some choices and have to defund some programs … that have increased our partners’ ability to do things like counternarcotics,” Adm. Faller said.He added that the increased military presence would help the U.S. offset short-term losses to security cooperation program funding. But he acknowledged that “there might be some areas where we’ll take risks as we look in the future.”
“To support the kind of programs that address mental health, substance abuse,” Delgado said. “These are the kind of things that our local governments are heavily invested in.” Congressman Delgado says state and local funding is going to be key. The bipartisan group is urging Congress to add funding for mental health, substance use disorder treatment and medical research in the next COVID-19 relief package. WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBNG) — Congressman Antonio Delgado joined 59 other members of Congress to urge Congress to prioritize mental health issues. The group is pushing for these issues to be in that package due to the stress and disruption caused by the pandemic. The bipartisan group says having mental and behavioral health support services is going to be a crucial component of recovering from the pandemic.
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Junior guard Minyon Moore dribbles past an Oregon State defender at the Galen Center on Jan. 13. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) “I feel like we always come out with good energy,” Minyon Moore said. “We just have to learn how to keep that energy for the whole 40 minutes. Our defense effort is always good. As for our offense, we just have to learn to capitalize on our shots.” “The kids are hustling, I mean they are working hard,” Trakh said. “The only thing is that you’re not going to win too many games when you’re shooting 25 percent from the field. We’ve got to find a way to shoot the ball better.” While the USC women’s basketball team got off to a hot start by winning its first nine games of the season, they have now lost their last five games, a situation that head coach Mark Trakh did not expect coming into this season. Despite the team’s recent skid, two players have been consistently performing at a high level: junior guard Minyon Moore and senior guard Mariya Moore. Yet to see a win in the Pac-12, the Trojans are hoping to change their record when they take on crosstown rival UCLA. USC is currently last place in the Pac-12 South, while the Bruins rest in the middle of the pack at No. 7. The Trojans first faced off against the Bruins on Dec. 30 to kick off Pac-12 play. After securing an 11-point lead through the first two quarters, the Trojans’ defense collapsed in the third and fell through, trailing behind with a whopping 31 points. In what turned out to be a back and forth affair, USC lost the game 65-72. One Bruin player to keep an eye on is sophomore forward Michaela Onyenwere, who has played in every game this season. Onyenwere has scored 282 points, forced 19 steals and grabbed 140 rebounds. Onyenwere was a key player against the Trojans last year, playing 34 minutes and scoring a team-high 27 points. The Bruins currently hold a 2-3 conference record, with wins against USC and Cal in overtime. For a team that averages 70.8 points a game, the Bruins have not been successful at finishing games. Having lost their last three, the Bruins hope to even their conference record when they take on the Women of Troy. “I feel like we can take anybody,” Tapley said. “We just have to put the pieces together. When we come together, we’re going to be scary.” USC will tip-off against UCLA 4 p.m. Sunday at Pauley Pavilion. “We’re going into a stretch where we are going to play UCLA and the Arizonas,” Trakh said. “But I’m really happy that we got Minyon [Moore] on our team, cause she makes our team so much better. People think we’re going to fold out tents, but we’re not, we’re still in this.” The Trojans are hoping to get their first conference win against UCLA this weekend. It could be the team’s 11th overall win and fifth road win of the year. The Moore sisters lead the team in almost every category. Mariya Moore leads in 3-pointers with 39, while Minyon Moore leads the team in assists and rebounds with 86 and 71, respectively. In terms of points scored, Mariya Moore has 208 to Minyon Moore’s 207. The closest player to that mark is senior guard Aliyah Mazyck, who has scored 122 points. In addition, junior forward Ja’Tavia Tapley has been a silent force for the Trojans recently. In her last three games, Tapley has been averaging 31.7 minutes, seven rebounds and 8 points. Tapley was also the leader in points and minutes played in the Trojans’ loss to Oregon.
Shamar Nicholson’s long-range stunner saw Jamaica upstage the United States 1-0 ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.In a rematch of the 2017 Gold Cup final won by USA, Jamaica emerged triumphant courtesy of Nicholson’s first international goal at Audi Field on Wednesday. Lack of ideasWhile it was a chance to try new things, the manner in which USA faded would have frustrated Berhalter. After an impressive and high-octane start, the home nation was outplayed and struggled to keep up with Jamaica at times.What’s next?USA will conclude its Gold Cup preparations against Venezuela on Sunday before the country’s tournament opener against Guyana on June 18. Meanwhile, Jamaica will next play Honduras on June 17 — their first match of the Gold Cup. Nicholson came off the bench and beat Zack Steffen with a memorable strike from outside the penalty area in Washington as both teams stepped up their preparations for the upcoming tournament.Playing without Chelsea-bound star Christian Pulisic as head coach Gregg Berhalter gave players a chance to stake their Gold Cup claims, USA made a strong start but struggled afterwards.USA put Jamaica, who had Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey among the substitutes, on the backfoot during the early exchanges — the hosts enjoying success down the right side.However, Jamaica eventually settled into its rhythm as the half petered out, with neither team creating any clear-cut chances.Jamaica looked the more likely to score as the match wore on after Peter-Lee Vassell almost broke the deadlock with a curling effort in the 56th minute.But Jamaica got the goal they deserved thanks to substitute Nicholson in memorable fashion four minutes later.Nicholson cut inside and back out again before firing a stunning long-range shot past Steffen, who is set to join Manchester City before reportedly heading to Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan.What does it mean? Unbeaten run overUSA’s undefeated streak under Berhalter came to a halt. After wins against Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador, and a draw with Chile, Jamaica stopped the run. Fortunately for Berhalter and USA, it comes prior to the Gold Cup.Relax… Berhalter experimentingUSA fans, it is not so bad. While a loss is unwanted, it comes as Berhalter experimented with his starting lineup ahead of the midnight deadline for the Gold Cup roster. He will have a clearer picture of who to include in the 23-man squad.
Football Federation president Hany Abou Rida said he had every confidence the country would deliver a tournament to make the nation proud.Authorities have already named eight stadiums they feel are ready to use in Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez.“In fact we have the means to stage matches in seven regions,” football federation official Magdi Abdelghani said Sunday.The North African country, which has experience in mass tourism, has a multitude of hotels, two international airports, in Cairo and near Alexandria, and a road network linking the main cities.Share on: WhatsApp Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Egypt’s sports ministry and Football Federation on Sunday outlined their bid to be ready for the Africa Cup of Nations which starts on June 15.Egypt took over as hosts for the 2019 tournament last week after Cameroon was stripped of the event due to infrastructure delays and political instability.“It is with great joy but a huge sense of responsibility that we embark on four or five months of serious hard work,” sports minister Achraf Sobhi said on Sunday. “A supreme committee will be set up to oversee things.”Sobhi also revealed that the opening ceremony and first match would take place in the 74,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium which was renovated before Egypt hosted the 2006 edition.Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli said this weekend that work had begun at the stadium to replace the pitch.
A former Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy is behind bars after being sentenced to 5 years in prison for stealing $50,000 from a children’s charity and paying kickbacks to lure patients into a drug treatment center he ran in West Palm Beach.Robert “Bobby” Simeone, 49, was arrested in February.Simeone retired from the sheriff’s office 5 years ago.On Tuesday, Simeone plead guilty to 30 felony charges related to three cases. A judge sentenced him to 5 years in prison and he will serve five years of probation after he is released from prison.
Facebook8Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by Flamenco OlympiaOnce again Olympia’s Washington Center for Performing Arts is privileged to host a distinguished music and dance performance from Spain. With their annual United States tour, Conservatorio Fundación Flamenco Casa Patas of Madrid, Spain, is in pursuit of its mission to promote the unique art of flamenco — which was recently recognized by UNESCO as a “Contribution… and Cultural Heritage of Humanity”—not only to perform but also teach flamenco worldwide.This program is supported by the Government of Spain through its Honorary Consul in Seattle, which brings over 120 cultural events from Spain to the Northwest, including Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall and Town Hall in Seattle, Meany Hall/UW, and Olympia. This, their 5th appearance in Olympia, introduces two new dancers here for their performance:This year, Casa Patas presents Flamenco(s) of Lead and Copper.Accompanied by talented cantaores and musicians, the explosive dances of Mariana Collado and Carlos Chamorro lead us into the mysterious world of flamenco — with an allusion to metallurgy, in which primitive elements are extracted, refined and fused to new strengths and grandeur.Mariana Collado, creator of this program, is a graduate of the Royal Professional Dance Conservatory of Spain and has performed widely with many eminent flamenco artists, including Cristina Hoyos and Antonia Gades, ranging from intimate tablaos in Spain to prestigious international festivals.Carlos Chamorro’s acclaim both as dancer and choreographer led to his position of soloist and principal dancer of the Spanish National Ballet, and recognition as “ambassador” of Spanish dance internationally, on stages from Moscow to New York. He has received major awards throughout his career, including Spain’s “Most Outstanding Dancer Prize – 2012”.Flamenco Casa PatasThe Washington Center for Performing Arts512 Washington St SE, Olympia WA 98501Olytix.org or 360-753-8586For information regarding year-round flamenco events in the Olympia area contact: Ianus Foundation/Flamenco Project at [email protected]
LAKE COMO – The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation (JSJBF) will host its 13th Annual Harpin’ Help from 12:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Bar Anticipation, 703 Sixteenth Ave.The all-day music event features continuous live music and harmonica acts organized by local musician Sandy Mack. The event will generate funding for JSJBF’S operational expenses and collect nonperishable food items and paper products for Lunch Break of Red Bank.Mack of Wall Township, who is a volunteer for the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation, has been putting Harpin’ Help together throughout its history.“Harpin’ Help offers something for everyone with a variety of musical styles and artists,” said Mack who is a harmonica player. “We all enjoy getting together each year to share our talents to benefit the Jersey Shore jazz and blues community and people in need.”All ages are welcome to attend the day of live music on two stages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be 50/50 raffles, food available for purchase and a cash bar.Admission is $20 at the door or $15 when a guest brings a minimum of two cans of nonperishable food items or paper goods.Additional information about Harpin’ Help 2013, is available by visiting the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation website at www.jsjbf.org or calling 732-933-1984.