Teddy Hall imposes blanket smoking ban

first_imgTeddy Hall have imposed a blanket smoking ban on college grounds without students’ consent. In an email sent to all undergraduates, JCR president Joshua Coulson stated, “ I’ve just come out of a governing body meeting (with all the college fellows), where the decision has been made to ban all smoking in college (at all sites). I don’t know exactly when this will come into practice, but the decision has been made. “I’d imagine that many people will either be happy or ambivalent about this news, but some of you will be furious, and I can see why. I was involved in the discussion, but this is ultimately something that is not in the JCR’s control.”The Bursar at Teddy Hall has declined to comment. The motion against smoking on college ground was passed with 17 in favour of the ban, two against and three abstentions. The governing body also resolved to place a CCTV camera which will be placed outside the night gate to help protect people smoking there.Some students registered their fierce opposition to the motion. Second year PPEist Alex Michie sent a letter protesting the legislation to college principal, Dr Keith Gull.The letter stated, “The only reasons put in favour of the smoking ban are completely irrelevant, as opposed to many sensible arguments against.“There has been no serious consultation with the relevant bodies – those people who it actually affects, and where there was consultation, it has been ignored.”A key reason made in favour of the ban in the meeting, according to Coulson, was that the designated smoking area in college had been ignored and smokers had been leaving cigarette butts around the graveyard, a grassy area at Teddy Hall. Michie slated this argument in his email, stating, “A small bin by the bar and by the library entrance, as repeatedly requested, would solve [the issue of litter] immediately. “Additionally, as a result of the ban, the mess will just be transferred to the entrance of college, along with a cloud of smoke – ruining the aesthetic of the college far more than at present – even without bins.“Ironically, Teddy Hall will now, as a result of the ban, be known as the college of smokers.”Michie also emphasised the welfare issue for students who would have smoke outside college late at night as a result of the ban. “There is a heightened risk to students, especially female… placing a CCTV camera outside the late gate will be able to record any attacks/rapes that happen. Brilliant.”Though this piece of legislation has proved controversial at Teddy Hall, proponents of the motion stated that a blanket smoking ban was the norm at most Cambridge colleges. Michie argued, “So what? Who cares what colleges in Cambridge are doing? This defense amounts to that of the five year old caught smashing windows: ‘all my friends were doing it.’ Besides, surely a more appropriate comparison would be other Oxford colleges, hardly any of which have a blanket ban.“Policies affecting those that live and work here should have significant input from those who are affected – the JCR, the MCR, and the SCR. I don’t think any of these democratic organisations were consulted in any serious way.’However, James Black, a student at Corpus Christi Cambridge stated, “Every one here seems in favour [of the ban].“Besides, there are always people who can dodge the ban if they try hard enough.”last_img read more

Vt CEOs see mixed economic future: sales up, jobs flat

first_imgRoundtable Releases Fourth Quarter, 2004 CEO Economic Outlook SurveyResults So. Burlington, VT – Results from the Vermont BusinessRoundtable’s (Roundtable) Fourth Quarter, 2004 CEO Economic OutlookSurvey, show that over three quarters of responding CEOs are expectingincreases in company sales in the coming six months, which is a sixpercent increase over the last quarter. Projections for capital spendingare down by a similar percentage and employment levels are flat whencompared to the previous quarter. George Chandler, President & CEO of Hubbardton Forge inCastleton and Jim Crook, CEO of IDX Systems Corporation in Burlington aremembers of the Roundtable. When asked to comment on his CEO EconomicOutlook Survey responses, George Chandler stated that, “There appears tobe steady, though modest growth in the design and home furnishingsmarkets; however the number of domestic players are shrinking. Todaycustomer expectations can be met by any number of less expensive off-shorecompetitors. Continuous investment in people, innovation and capitalimprovements is our only edge if we want to continue to build, much lessmaintain our current market share. Jim Crook said that he is alsoprojecting increases in company sales, capital spending and employment forIDX over the next quarter because, “the need for health care informationtechnology is critical to solving the worldwide mandate of improvedpatient care and lowering the costs of care.” The survey, modeled after the National Business Roundtable’s CEOEconomic Outlook Survey, was conducted in early October and enjoyed a 62%response rate. The key findings which reflect the membership’s outlookfor the next six months, include the following details:* 77% of responding CEOs expect an increase in consumer sales, 22% see nochange, and 1% anticipate a decrease. [Third Quarter results: Increase71%, No change 25%, Decrease 4%]* 45% expect capital spending to increase in the next six months, 46% seeno change, and 9% anticipate a decrease. [Third Quarter results: Increase51%, No change 42%, Decrease 7%]* 58% expect employment to increase in the next six months, 39% see nochange, and 3% anticipate a decrease. [Third Quarter results: Increase59%, No change 37%, Decrease 3%]Created in 1987 as a nonprofit, public interest organization, the VermontBusiness Roundtable iscomprised of 120 CEOs of Vermont’s top private and nonprofit employersdedicated to making Vermont the best place in America to do business, beeducated, and live life. Member businesses employ over 47,000 employees invirtually every county across Vermont.-###-last_img read more

Lucas Torreira not pushing for transfer move away from Arsenal

first_imgArsenal want to keep hold of Torreira (Picture: Getty)Milan though are set to push ahead with plans to test Arsenal’s resolve and are planning to lodge another offer.AdvertisementAdvertisementGiampaolo has identified Torreira as his top target this summer, but Arsenal are unlikely to entertain any offer that doesn’t significantly improve on the £25million figure they forked out for the Uruguayan last year.Unai Emery is facing a difficult summer with a transfer budget of just £45m at his disposal. Coral BarryTuesday 25 Jun 2019 5:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link325Shares Torreira is wanted by AC Milan (Picture: Reuters)Lucas Torreira is not agitating for a move away from Arsenal this summer, reports say.AC Milan want to bring Torreira back to Italy after just a season with Arsenal and have already made one offer for the midfielder.Reports in Italy claim Torreira is desperate to return to Serie A to play under his former Sampdoria coach, Marco Giampaolo.But the Telegraph claim Torreira is not seeking a switch and is happy in London with Arsenal, branding reports he is struggling to adjust to the English weather as ‘nonsense’.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Lucas Torreira not pushing for transfer move away from Arsenalcenter_img AC Milan are set to make an offer for Torreira (Picture: Getty)The Spaniard is planning to offload players to raise further funds and a big offer for Torreira might convince Arsenal to sell and reinvest the money in new signings.But Torreira was one of Emery’s first signings at the Emirates and the 23-year-old was an immediate hit with Arsenal fans.Torreira is currently on international duty with Uruguay’s at the Copa America and is due to return late to pre-season after taking part in the tournament.MORE: Arsenal submit £27m to sign William Saliba but agree to loan him back to Saint-EtienneMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Saints down inconsistent Reds

first_img After earlier attempts by Rodriguez and Gaston Ramirez, the pair combined brilliantly to set-up the opening goal in the sixth minute. Ramirez floated a weighted cross to the back post to Rodriguez, who nodded across the face of goal for Schneiderlin to direct past Brad Jones. It was quite a start by Saints and they could – and probably should – have doubled their lead in the 10th minute. Ramirez put Saints talisman Lambert through on goal but he could not find a way past Jones. Aside from an offside Daniel Sturridge effort two minutes in, Rodgers’ side had little to show for their efforts as Saints’ defence dominated. Liverpool will have been relieved to see the impressive Jos Hooiveld limp off, with Jose Fonte coming on in his place after 30 minutes. However, their task was made all the more difficult three minutes later when Southampton netted a fortuitous second. After Martin Skrtel was adjudged to have fouled Lambert, the Saints striker stepped up to hit the 25-yard free-kick that wrong footed goalkeeper Jones after taking a deflection off Sturridge. It was Liverpool that ended the half on top, though. After Artur Boruc denied Coutinho on a one-on-one, the Brazilian beat the Saints goalkeeper. Steven Gerrard headed across goal to Sturridge, whose blocked shot was slotted home by the former Inter Milan man. Southampton were, in truth, feeding off scraps in the second half but got the goal they desired, thanks to fine work by Rodriguez. The former Burnley striker burst through own goal, brilliantly drove past Skrtel and tucked home after Jones stopped his initial effort. Morgan Schneiderlin and Rickie Lambert fired Saints into a two-goal lead but Philippe Coutinho, a reported January target for the hosts, reduced the deficit in first-half stoppage time. Brendan Rodgers’ side pushed hard for a leveller but Rodriguez made sure of the three points with 10 minutes remaining, putting Saints seven points clear of the drop zone in front of a record Premier League crowd at St Mary’s of 32,070. Press Associationcenter_img Jay Rodriguez inspired relegation-threatened Southampton to what could prove to be a vital 3-1 victory against Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.last_img read more

The Latest: Ilitch companies to make masks in Detroit area

first_imgScott says athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools.Scott says “I think it’s important to keep in mind our student-athletes come from all over. All over the United States and in some cases all over the world.”The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.___An Albanian player has tested positive for the coronavirus but the country’s soccer federation says his club will play as scheduled when the league resumes this week amid the pandemic. Associated Press England is set to host the West Indies in three cricket tests in July, subject to government approval.The West Indies will arrive next Tuesday and travel to Old Trafford in Manchester for quarantine and training.They will then move to Southampton for the first test from July 8, and back to Old Trafford for the remaining tests starting on July 16 and July 24.There will be no spectators.The two venues were chosen because they had hotels attached or nearby and could be turned into “bio-secure environments.” ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 June 2, 2020 Corrigan says the first phase has already started by allowing members of the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs who live locally to receive examinations and coronavirus testing.If cleared, athletes would be allowed to participate in voluntary workouts, though they would be divided into small groups for safety precautions.The second phase begins with football players returning to student housing “no later than” June 20, followed by men’s and women’s basketball players.The third phase would bring back athletes in fall sports, though Corrigan said only that will come “later this summer” with additional details coming later. The final phase is the return of all other programs ahead of the fall semester.___ Martin has coached the Gamecocks for the past eight seasons.___Bowling Green is working with alumni and former players to reinstate the Falcons’ baseball program.The Ohio school announced May 15 it was dropping baseball because of a projected $2 million athletic budget shortfall stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. Cutting baseball was expected to save $500,000 a year. No other sports were eliminated, but there were to be other cost-cutting measures in the athletic department.Former players began a “Save BGSU Baseball” campaign shortly after the announcement the sport would be eliminated. The university said in a statement baseball could return if short- and long-term funding solutions can be secured to sustain the program the next three years and beyond. Athletic department spokesman Jason Knavel confirmed media reports that $1.5 million would need to be raised to achieve that goal. Knavel said no deadline has been set. Employees from across the organization are helping with the effort, which will try to produce about 60,000 masks per day. “I’m from Detroit. To be able to give back to the city that I was born in and give back to a city that has given so much to me is important,” said Reginald Woods, a ticket sales representative for the Tigers and Red Wings. “To continue the Tigers’ and Red Wings’ legacy of giving back to Detroit is special.”The masks will be donated to community groups and organizations that need them, as well as employees, franchises, customers, fans and guests.“To design, set up and activate a production facility like what we have here in less than two months is truly impressive,” said Eric Brasseur, who is overseeing the facility. “This was made possible by the collective efforts and adaptability of employees across our family of companies.”A spokesman for the effort said the project is following strict guidelines from the CDC, local and state authorities and other health organizations to ensure the safety of the staff. ___South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin says he has recovered from a case of COVID-19.Martin said he tested positive last month. He detailed his experience with the virus for the first time Tuesday.Martin said he was prepping for a knee replacement surgery in early May when he was diagnosed with the virus. He immediately went into quarantine at his home.The 54-year-old Martin said he didn’t have to go to the hospital. He said he had no significant symptoms of the virus other than some fatigue. Two weeks later at a follow-up visit, a coronavirus test came back negative. Martin said no one else in his family was affected by the virus.center_img Bowling Green’s most famous ex-player is Orel Hershiser, a three-time All-Star who pitched 18 years in the major leagues, 13 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.___Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts.“These guidelines are coming from our medical advisory committee and it’s their belief this is best practice,” Commissioner Larry Scott told The Associated Press.Scott said athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Ilitch companies — a group that includes the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, along with Little Caesars and other companies — has opened a facility in the Detroit area to produce protective masks. The Russian soccer league says it will restart on June 19. That is two days earlier than originally planned.The league says it gave the date of June 21 because of a longstanding practice of using the date of Sunday’s games as the official nominal designation for a round of games over several days.The restart will begin with two games on June 19. Krylya Sovetov Samara will play Akhmat Grozny and Sochi will face FC Rostov.Russia is planning to allow a limited number of fans in the stadiums when games restart.___ The Latest: Ilitch companies to make masks in Detroit area “I think it’s important to keep in mind our student-athletes come from all over. All over the United States and in some cases all over the world,” Scott said. “Return to campus and return to voluntary workouts I think factors that in.”The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.___North Carolina State athletic director Boo Corrigan says the school has begun a schedule allowing student-athletes to return in phases to campus, with the first wave of football players permitted to return to student housing by June 20.The school announced details of the plan Tuesday in an open letter from Corrigan, who said the plan is to return via “the safest and most responsible path moving forward.” The KF Bylis player was not named.League matches in Albania will resume on Wednesday without fans in the stadiums. The matches will follow medical protocols drafted in consultation with UEFA.Federation spokesman Andi Vrecani says “the championship is not threatened because the protocol has been set that such a player with COVID-19 is quarantined for 14 days and the team continues preparation normally.”Play was suspended in mid-March following the country’s lockdown.Bylis is in seventh place. The league is expected to finish by July 29 with the Albanian Cup final on Aug. 2. Cricket West Indies agreed in principle to tour last Friday.The test series was originally scheduled to begin on Thursday.___Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts.Commissioner Larry Scott tells The Associated Press “these guidelines are coming from our medical advisory committee and it’s their belief this is best practice.”last_img read more

WAFU Cup: Falcons Overcome Ghana in Penalties to Reach Final

first_imgWith Ghana failing to capitalise on their early chances in the opening 15 minutes, Nigeria came alive and almost found an opener through Rafait Sule in the 33rd minute.In the second half, both teams missed several scoring chances and neither side could find the back of the net before the end of regulation time.It took kicks from the penalty mark to separate both teams as the Super Falcons avenged last edition’s semi-final defeat to the Black Queens.For Ghana, it was a disappointment as they failed in their quest to defend the title they won last year.Earlier, Ange Koko N’Guessan and Mariam Diakite were on target as Cote d’Ivoire secured a 2-1 comeback semi-final win over Mali to reach the final.The match had to go into penalties after the match ended goalless in regulation time.Alice Ogebe, Chidinma Okeke and Amarachi Okoronkwo all converted their penalties.Falcons goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie saved one of the penalties of the Black Queens.The Falcons will now face host team, Cote d’Ivoire who defeated Mali in the first semi-final clash 2-1 in the final Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Falcons Nigeria’s Super Falcons are through to the final of the WAFU Women’s Cup after eliminating arch-rivals and cup holders Ghana 4-2 in the semi-final match played at the Parc des Sport last night.Thomas Dennerby’s side will now take on the hosts in the final of the competition after defeating the holders on penalties.Mercy Tago’s ladies made a fine start to the game as Mukarama Abdulai dashed into the area to shoot but Evelyn Nwabouku made a block to divert it behind for a corner.last_img read more