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Sean O’Brien cited for punching Pascal Pape in opening minute of Cardiff clash

first_imgMonday Oct 12, 2015 Sean O’Brien cited for punching Pascal Pape in opening minute of Cardiff clash While injuries are a concern for Ireland, it could get worse as flanker Sean O’Brien has now been cited. The punch happened just seconds into the clash with France, a game that Ireland won 24-9, topping the pool and setting up a meeting with Argentina in the quarter finals.O’Brien lashed out at French lock Pascal Pape within seconds of kick off, and while Pape stayed down for a while and needed medical attention and to catch his breath for quite some time, neither one of the three officials on the field, nor the TMO and his Hawkeye team spotted it.“It was an assault 23 seconds into the game,” said a dismayed Philippe Saint-Andre during his media debrief today. “Why was it not acted on during the game? The players have an idea, so do I and I imagine you the media also have an idea.“I hope that next time the TMO will really do his job. Since the beginning of the World Cup, there has been a review of the images for all sorts of matters, not just tries, but in this case they did no such thing.”The powerhouse loose forward actually got Man of the Match, so if this was picked up by the officials at the time and perhaps he’d seen red – which isn’t too much of a stretch – it could have been an entirely different match altogether.The incident was spotted and discussed by various TV stations, as you can see here.News this evening confirmed that he has now been cited, so will face a disciplinary hearing in London tomorrow (Tuesday). At this stage you’d think that his World Cup might be over, or certainly his quarter final at least.You can view two videos of it below. We’ll get better quality organised if and when possibleUPDATE: O’Brien has been banned for 1 week. It was reduced from two to one for good behaviour.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play , Ireland , Rugby World Cup Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Sporting George has passed away

first_imgFacebook Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Email TAGSCommunityGeroge HehirLimerick City and CountyNewsSport Linkedin Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Print TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsCommunitySporting George has passed awayBy Bernie English – August 7, 2018 5175 center_img Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Previous articleLimerick jockeys Billy Lee and Mark Enright land Galway festival awardsNext articleWATCH: Munster’s Neil Cronin gives insight into life as a pro Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. A MAN beloved of the Limerick sporting community and by students at Mary Immaculate College is being mourned.George (Georgie) Hehir passed away on Thursday, June 28.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As well as coming to teaching later in life, George was a stalwart of the meteorological station at Shannon and a keen soccer and tennis player.George was the eldest son of Paddy and Bernie and grew up in Meagher Avenue. He had two sisters, Margaret and Nancy, and three brothers, Paddy, Eamonn and Noel.While George played many sports, he was especially drawn to soccer, a sport in which he excelled, mainly as a full-back. He played in the famous Fairview Rangers team which won the FAI Junior Cup in 1965, a victory that is fondly remembered in the city.George married Mary (nee Clancy) in 1966 and moved to Merval Drive, Clareview, where they raised their three children, Nial, Niamh and Aidan.He joined the Limerick Lawn Tennis Club and quickly showed a natural ability in this sport also. He served as president for two years and during this time he wrote a short history of the club.George did not have the opportunity to attend college at a young age and always had the ambition to study at that level and to teach. In his sixties, he attended Mary Immaculate College/ University of Limerick receiving an honours B.A and an M.A.When he retired, he fulfilled his dream of being a teacher, giving classes in Mary Immaculate and as a substitute teacher for Limerick City VEC (now LCETB.)George and Mary were blessed to see all their grandchildren, whom they adored:  Aishling, Aran, Katie, Hannah; Hazel, Jay; Esme, Elsie and Iris; and great-granddaughter, Molly. George followed keenly all their school and other activities and sporting achievements. Mary passed away in 2012.In the last few years, George fulfilled another wish which was to sing in a choir. He sang with the Curraghgower Singers and revelled in the experience, especially the public performances, notably in both Limerick cathedrals and the parish church of his childhood, St. Joseph’s. He also met Maureen (Donnelly) who became his constant partner for the last few years.Unfortunately, George was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in recent times and his health gradually deteriorated.At the Market’s Field on the night of his removal, before the start of the Limerick versus Bray Wanderers game, his passing was announced and marked by a minute’s applause.And he would have been undoubted proud that the recognition was followed by Limerick’s 2 -1 victory. WhatsApp Twitter Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat last_img read more

Sale of Coilte land to be debated in the Dail this week

first_img By News Highland – February 26, 2013 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Sale of Coilte land to be debated in the Dail this week Twitter Newscenter_img Pinterest Previous articleLegal action launched to force cross-border Omagh inquiryNext articleMan forced bus with 49 elderly passengers into field News Highland Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton The future of one of the State’s most lucrative assets will be debated in the Dáil this evening.Under the bailout programme, the government is planning to sell Coillte’s harvesting rights for an estimated 600-million-euro.A recent report found that under new owners, timber that’s currently processed here could be exported for finishing abroad and result in job losses.There is strong opposition in Donegal to plans to sell off 1,100 of state owned forestry land outside Ballybofey.One of Donegal’s leading foresters, John Jackson, is very clear in his views on the issues:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/jjack830FOREST.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

65% of Death Sentences in 2020 Involved Sexual Violence; Project 39A at NLU-Delhi Delhi Releases 5th Annual Death Penalty Statistics

first_imgTop Stories65% of Death Sentences in 2020 Involved Sexual Violence; Project 39A at NLU-Delhi Delhi Releases 5th Annual Death Penalty Statistics LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 Jan 2021 11:22 PMShare This – xProject 39A at National Law University, Delhi published the fifth edition of the Death Penalty in India: Annual Statistics Report which provides an annual update on all death penalty cases in India alongwith documenting the legislative developments on the issue. As on 31st December 2020, there were 404 prisoners on death row across India, with Uttar Pradesh having the highest number…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?LoginProject 39A at National Law University, Delhi published the fifth edition of the Death Penalty in India: Annual Statistics Report which provides an annual update on all death penalty cases in India alongwith documenting the legislative developments on the issue. As on 31st December 2020, there were 404 prisoners on death row across India, with Uttar Pradesh having the highest number of such prisoners at 59. The functioning of courts across India was hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a significant drop in the number of death sentences imposed by trial courts to 77, as compared to 103 in 2019. However, there was an increase in the proportion of death sentences imposed for cases involving sexual offences by trial courts from 53% in 2019 to 65% in 2020. March 2020 also saw the execution of Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Kumar Thakur and Pawan Gupta for gang rape and murder of a young woman in December 2012. Dr. Anup Surendranath, Executive Director, Project 39A said: “Tracking the death sentences across trial courts, High Courts and the Supreme Court since 2016 has given us revealing insights into the shifts in discourse and the enforcement of the death penalty. In the aftermath of the Hyderabad gangrape case in late 2019 and the clamour for executing those sentenced to death in the Delhi gangrape case, the first 3 months of 2020 saw a very high number of death sentences. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and the resulting impact on the functioning of courts slowed the number of death sentences in 2020. The proportion of death sentences involving sexual offences once again constitutes a majority of the total cases and comprised 65% of the death sentences this year. This increased utilisation of the death penalty for sexual offences is a significant development that requires further empirical and qualitative examination.”Methodology For documentation of this data, reliance is placed on online English and Hindi news portals to track reports of the imposition of the death penalty by sessions courts. This is then verified using information from district court and High Court websites. RTIs are sent to Home Departments and High Courts as a second level of verification, when High Court websites prove unreliable. This method has been consistently employed for all five editions of the report published since 2016. Sessions Courts The functioning of courts was severely constrained due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the imposition of the lockdown in March 2020. In 2020, sessions courts imposed 77 death sentences in cases involving 76 prisoners, a marked drop from the 103 sentences imposed in 2019. Yet, the 48 death sentences imposed within the first three months of the year prior to the imposition of the lockdown, amounting to nearly 62% of last year’s total, indicate that the total figure this year would likely have been significantly higher in the absence of the pandemic. Of the 76 death imposed by the sessions courts this year, 50 were for offences involving sexual violence. 24 death sentences were imposed for murder (simpliciter) and two for kidnapping with murder.Increasing proportion of death sentences for cases involving sexual offences65% of the death sentences imposed by trial courts (50 out of 77 cases) were for offences involving sexual violence. This proportion is the highest in five years with a marked increase from the 53% in 2019. Of the 65% of cases involving sexual offences, 82% were in cases involving children. There has been a steady increase in the proportion of death penalty cases involving sexual offences, from 17.64% in 2016 to 37.27% in 2017 and then 41.10% in 2018.High CourtsHigh Courts across the country adjudicated 30 death penalty cases involving 38 prisoners. Death sentence was confirmed in three of these cases, with two involving sexual offences and one involving the offence of murder. High Courts commuted death sentences in 17 cases. Five prisoners who had been sentenced to death by trial courts were acquitted of all charges by the High Courts. In five cases, High Courts remitted the case back to trial courts for readjudication. Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court delivered judgments in multiple proceedings of five cases. One case culminated in the executions of four prisoners for the offence of gangrape and murder for the rape and murder of a young woman in December 2012. The death sentence was confirmed in one case involving two prisoners for the offence of parricide. The Court commuted the death sentence of four prisoners in three cases. Two of these cases involved the offences of kidnapping and murder and one involved rape and murder. In two out of three cases, the Court imposed fixed term imprisonment of 25 years on commutation of the death sentence, and in the third, imposed a sentence of life imprisonment with no remission upto 14 years.ExecutionsMukesh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Kumar Thakur and Pawan Gupta were executed in March 2020 in Tihar Jail, New Delhi for the rape and murder of a young woman in December 2012. The last execution prior to this was the execution of Yakub Memon in July 2015. The four prisoners were sentenced to death by a Special Fast Track Court in September 2013. Their sentences were confirmed by the High Court of Delhi in March 2014 and subsequently by the Supreme Court in May 2017. Review petitions, curative petitions, mercy petitions and related proceedings were decided in 2019 and early 2020. Death warrants were issued four times in 2020, but the Delhi district judiciary repeatedly upheld the right of the convicts to exhaust all legal remedies before the death warrant could be executed. Legislative Developments The Maharashtra legislature is presently considering the Special Courts and Machinery for the Implementation of Shakti Act 2020 and the Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law (Maharashtra Amendment) Act, 2020, which introduce the death penalty for rape and acid attack by amending provisions in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. In addition, the bills increase the punishment for various offences relating to sexual violence and set out expedited processes by limiting investigation to 15 days and trial and disposal of the case to 45 days from filing of the chargesheet. In contrast, the Andhra Pradesh Disha (Special Courts for Specified Offences against Women and Children) Bill 2020, which was a revised version of the bill passed in 2019, reportedly dropped the death penalty as an offence. The bill currently awaits Presidential assent.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

11-year-old girl killed by falling tree as severe thunderstorms batter Northeast

first_imgABC News (NEW YORK) — Two people are dead and nearly half a million customers in the Northeast are without power due to severe weather that includes thunderstorms, flash flooding, hail, winds up to 80 mph and possibly tornadoes.An 11-year-old girl was killed in Newburgh, New York, by a falling tree, while her mother suffered minor injuries. In Danbury, Connecticut, one person died after a tree fell on his truck.As of 8 p.m. ET, 496,777 customers in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut had lost electricity.The National Weather Service had received more than 100 severe storm reports shortly after 6 p.m., including reports of baseball-size hail and wind gusts up to 80 mph.Although the storm is moving quickly east, severe thunderstorm watches remain in effect from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia and New York City to Boston. New flash flood watches have also been issued for the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas.Service on one of the busiest train lines in the Northeast has been suspended due to the weather.All of the Metro North lines have been suspended due to downed trees, leading to a frenzy at Grand Central Station in New York City during rush hour on Tuesday. Thousands of people were stranded at the station, ABC New York station WABC reported.Amtrak service in the Northeast has also been canceled due to the storm, according to WABC-TV.Conditions were so bad in Newburgh that the city decided to close all roads due to the damage to trees and electrical infrastructure. Brookfield, Connecticut, declared a “town disaster” in response to the weather, urging people to remain indoors until officials can assess the damage.A tornado watch was issued this afternoon for upstate New York, the Hudson Valley, northeast Pennsylvania, western Connecticut, Massachusetts and southern Vermont. Winds up to 80 mph and large hail are also threats in those areas.The severe threat will likely pass by about 9 p.m.The Southeast is also expected to see heavy rain over the next several days. Flash flooding is possible throughout the week. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UK MoD names new Type 26 frigate

first_imgUK defense secretary Gavin Williamson on September 30 announced the name of another Type 26 frigate and revealed that the Royal Navy assault ships HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion would not be scrapped.Speaking in Birmingham, Williamson said that the fourth of the UK’s eventual eight Type 26 frigates will be called HMS Birmingham, becoming the fourth Royal Navy ship to bear the name.“Three of our nation’s ships have proudly borne the name Birmingham. Those ships won five battle honors,” Gavin Williamson said. “Today, in honor of this great city, we will be naming one of our eight Type 26 global combat ships HMS Birmingham.”The yet-to-be-ordered HMS Birmingham joins the already named HMS Glasgow, HMS Belfast, and HMS Cardiff. The frigates will begin to enter service in the 2020s. All the ships are being constructed by BAE Systems on the Clyde in Scotland. HMS Birmingham will be part of the second batch of ships to be ordered in the early 2020s. View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: HMS Bulwark View post tag: HMS Birmingham HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion cutsThe defense secretary also ended speculation about the future of amphibious assault ships HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion being withdrawn from service early.“To deliver what seems impossible, the Royal Marines need to be able to bring the fight from the sea to the land. As such, I am happy to announce today that I am protecting their vital landing platforms HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark,” Williamson said.The two ships deliver the punch of the Royal Marines ashore by air and by sea. Boats from the landing dock in the belly of the ship can be sent ashore with Marines on-board, whilst assault helicopters can be launched from the flight deck.Throughout their time in service, the ships have conducted a range of vital missions including securing Iraqi oil platforms, tackling terror and piracy in the Horn of Africa, playing a key role in migrant search and rescue operations and evacuating British citizens from warzones in Libya and the Ivory Coast. HMS Albion is currently supporting peace and security in the Asia-Pacific, promoting UK interests across the world as the nation’s flagship.center_img View post tag: Type 26 View post tag: HMS Albion Share this articlelast_img read more

Protesters demand end to Oxford animal testing

first_imgThe university have released a statement in response to the petition and protest, saying “Animals are only used when no other research method is possible.” The spokesman said further: “We recognise that people have a range of views on this issue. The university has always said the building (the Biomedical Sciences Centre) is going to be better for animal welfare and is supporting research into disabilities and deadly diseases.”SPEAK’s spokesman dismissed this statement as ‘meaningless’, saying the public should focus on the animals that are ‘convulsing and dying at the bottom of their cages in the centre.’The group’s website urges tourists to boycott Oxford, urging students and tourists to “Say no to the city that supports corruption and cruelty. Boycott Oxford and say yes to a science based on compassion that actually works.”The petition has been met by mixed reactions from University students. Robert Smith, a Biochemist in his first year at St Hilda’s College, believes that one should focus on the rewards that animal testing can reap in the field of medicine, while still ensuring that animals were kept as comfortable as possible. “When we think of animal testing cruelty and exploitation are often the first things that come to mind. It is sometimes easy to lose sight of what it can actually achieve. As soon as one looks at the number of instances where new cures for human diseases have been found thanks to tests on animals it becomes much harder to condemn. That having been said I feel that measures should be taken to improve as much as possible the conditions in which laboratory animals are kept. Consideration for the animals’ welfare is equally important.”A 2005 Cherwell survey showed that 86% of Oxford students are in favour of the university carrying out research on animals, with just 11% opposed. By a similar margin, 84-10, they also supported the new animal research facility. Many students said that the actions of animal rights campaigners had made them more likely to support testing. Animal rights protest group SPEAK this week handed over a 65,000-signature petition to Oxford University, condemning the opening of the Oxford University Biomedical Sciences Centre and calling for an end to all testing on animals.A spokesman from SPEAK said the 65,000 signatures had been gathered for the cause of stopping animal testing at Oxford specifically and were ‘proof of the strength of feeling against its operations among the local community and tourists alike.’The petition was accompanied by a march down Cornmarket.Another activist told the BBC “We’re hoping the University will take notice at the amount of opposition to the experiments they do. We were hoping to either get the building stopped, or get it changed to a cutting edge lab looking at alternatives [to animal testing]. The new lab means we can now concentrate on all animals being tested on at Oxford University, and not just the new building.”The moves were timed to coincide with the end of the World Month for Laboratory Animals, an international campaign with which SPEAK has been heavily involved. The group has organised demonstrations throughout the UK against animal research and testing. Similar groups overseas have also been involved in the month of protest, with one demonstration in California seeing a dramatic confrontation between pro-testing and anti-testing campaigners.Toby Holder, a spokesman for the pro-animal research group Pro-Test, questioned the value of the petition. “Over the last five years, SPEAK has gathered this enormous amount of signatures, but I’m not sure what it hopes to achieve by handing it to Oxford University.”“Even if it was 65000 signatures, they don’t have the right to halt the medical advances for the rest of us.”The submission of the petition comes shortly after a major victory for the anti-testing movement, when the British Union of Anti-Vivisectionists forced Oxford and other universities to publish figures on primate testing, which they had previously refused to do.last_img read more

Covid-19 fines vary dramatically between colleges

first_imgThe same student went on to argue that fines may not be a fair system. “An issue with the fining system is that it further enlarges the socio-economic discrepancies between students. Someone with financial difficulties may socialise less because the fine may affect them more.” Many fines are related to large social gatherings, with 47 of the fines that New College gave out during Michaelmas being ascribed to only 6 events. Another student was given a series of suspended fines. “I was fined around four times, and each time the fine doubled. The biggest fine was around £300 which seemed ridiculous. However, the college never followed through with them and I, as of yet haven’t been charged.”“I was obviously annoyed about it and it was a frustrating situation, because I had to weigh up social isolation and breaking COVID-19 rules. And I know for certain I have met some of my best friends at university from breaking the rules, either within college or outside. So while I understand the college has to put on a front, and perhaps not officially fining me was that, it’s still frustrating because the college don’t seem to understand the social problems students face by sticking to COVID-19 rules.”Multiple students cited the social ramifications of this policy, with another recipient of a suspended fine sharing their experience with Cherwell: “Three days into my time at Oxford I was given a three-figure suspended fine, to be paid the next time I committed the offence within a year. The offence was that of socialising with my fellow freshers.” “As such, the framework will include fines, but these will be reserved primarily for serious or repeat infractions, with a sliding scale of penalties to be deployed at the Deans’ discretion, including formal warnings, community service, reflective essays, bans from student functions, suspended fines, immediate fines and the requirement to leave college early (for finalists) or temporarily (non-finalists). Under this system, we hope that everyone will feel safe and happy to return to Somerville and their Oxford lives in Trinity 2021.”A spokesperson for Jesus College told Cherwell: “Jesus College is proud of the diligence and care its students have shown during the current pandemic, for those both within our community and the wider Oxford community. The College imposed fines amounting to 225 pounds across Michaelmas and Hilary terms. It also imposed suspended fines of 4,000, which are not payable unless there is another breach of the bylaws within a specified time. The total received by the college – 225 pounds – was forwarded directly to the College’s student hardship fund.”A spokesperson for St Peter’s College told Cherwell: “The vast majority of the College’s students have, throughout this academic year, largely complied with restrictions which have been, and continue to be, necessary to keep our students and staff safe and to reduce the risk of the onward spread of Covid 19 to the wider Oxford community.”“However, there have been some instances in which students did not comply with the requirements – for example by not sticking to their own household areas. In those cases, reported breaches were investigated by the Dean and some fines were imposed. Where fines were imposed, students were also expected to re-familiarise themselves with the College Regulations and the requirements of the University’s Student Responsibility Agreement. All decanal fines paid by students go into the College’s Student Hardship Fund.”When contacted for comment, a spokesperson for St. Hugh’s College told Cherwell that “St Hugh’s is one of the largest colleges in Oxford with a significantly higher proportion of students living on site,” and that the “the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is paramount.”23/4/21, 14:36 – updated to include a further student comment.Image Credit: Alvin Gast / CC BY-SA 4.0 “The Porter broke up the innocent gathering as if we were producing Class A drugs, and took our names as if we were dangerous criminals. All this was, of course, the obvious consequence of prohibiting 100+ eighteen-years-olds, in self-contained accommodation and with hardly any contact with non-students, from interacting properly with anyone but 2/3 other bubble members.”In a formal complaint to a college, another student requested the college “rescind or at least change the fine” that had been issued to them and five others, calling the disciplinary measure “incongruous to our actions” and “frankly an elitist consequence from a college that prides itself in denying elitism,” begging the question, “what is £100?”“£100 is certainly worth a lot to a whole lot of people but frankly countless people in our college would throw away that amount of money on a suit, a new pair of shoes, or even to get into an esteemed club just because they can. Therefore, the punishment is not a future prevention but instead a confirmation that people can solve their problems with the writing of a bank note.”A representative for Somerville College told Cherwell: “Somerville College is committed to preserving the safety and wellbeing of all our students, our staff and the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic. In Michaelmas 2020, we employed a fixed system of warnings and fines as a means of enforcing the government’s regulations and thereby keeping our college open and our community safe. The schedule of penalties was published at the start of term so the level of fine for each offence was known to everyone in advance and consistency in the application of fines guaranteed. The proceeds of these fines were divided equally between three local charities. As part of a no-tolerance policy, there were no fines imposed in Hilary 2021.” “In order to adopt the most nuanced approach for Trinity Term, a panel commissioned by the Governing Body of the College has developed a new disciplinary framework that balances the need for penalties that are sufficiently robust to deter Covid breaches against our overarching goal of maximising compliance and ensuring that everyone feels safe”. center_img FOI data has shown that colleges have opted for drastically varied approaches to COVID-19 disciplinary processes, with some colleges fining their students figures of over £4000, and others choosing not to fine students at all. Of the 26 colleges that Cherwell obtained data for, Somerville College has fined its students the most, administering 107 fines in Michaelmas alone totalling £5590. St Hugh’s College is also amongst the colleges with the highest amounts fined, administering £4300 in fines to date, with £2575 of that acted or levied. Trinity College, St Hilda’s College, and the Queen’s College are amongst the colleges that reported no fines for Michaelmas or Hilary up to the mid-February point.The UK government’s fine policy suggests that those 18 and over will be fined £200 on their first COVID-19 rule breach if deemed necessary by the police, which is lowered to £100 if paid within the first 14 days. Under educational guidance, however, those attending illegal house parties of more than 15 people can be fined £800, doubling with any repeat offences. Under college policies, fine amounts vary, with Keble College fining between £50-£250, with the £250 fine reserved for those caught mixing households on multiple occasions. Other colleges provided less specific information on fining, instead providing ranges, with Mansfield College’s top-end figure being £500. Some of these colleges have opted for different disciplinary methods for COVID-19 rule breaches, both alongside and in replacement of fines. At Merton, some students were required to write essays of a tutorial length on COVID-19 related topics. At Trinity College, where no students have been fined, disciplinary methods include formal warnings, community service, restrictions from shared spaces, and in some cases, banishment from the college premises. A spokesperson for Trinity College told Cherwell that the college opted against using fines as a result of the possible disproportionate impact of fines on lower-income students, as well as JCR opposition to fining. A student that received a £30 acted fine and a £200 suspended fine for having a gathering in their room during Freshers week told Cherwell: “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone’s social life to some extent. It had an outstandingly high impact on first-year students who found themselves in a novel environment. Freshers’ week plays a central role in the establishment of a support system at University. […] So, I consider that although I received a fine, it was worth having gatherings and getting to know people.”last_img read more

Action for Children’s call to bakers

first_imgA national children’s charity is looking to work with a bakery business as part of a record-breaking challenge.Action for Children, which works with more than 250,000 children, young people, parents and carers, is looking to collaborate with a company from the baking industry to help as part of a fundraising event.Adrian Bradley, news and media relations manager at Action for Children, told British Baker: “We’re looking for a bakery that can think big and work fast to help us raise funds to support vulnerable children, young people and families across the UK. I’d love anyone interested to get in touch with me directly as soon as possible.”For further details email [email protected] or phone 020 31240664.last_img read more