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Jewish Society criticises ORF speakers for alleged ties to anti-Semitism

first_imgOxford University Student Union (OUSU) Council, Somerville JCR, and Magdalen JCR have each voted to donate hundreds of pounds to support the event sparking further controversy.OUSU and Somerville JCR both pledged £150 and Magdalen £200 to cover the costs of bringing the speakers to Oxford.OUJC condemned OUSU’s funding of the forum: “We believe that our students’ union and JCRs should not be supporting this event and therefore demand that their funding for the Oxford Radical Forum 2017 be withdrawn.”OUSU Communications Manager, Jo Gregory-Brough told Cherwell: “OUSU weren’t aware of any such allegations against the motion but take them very seriously. With this in mind, the OUSU Sabbatical team are looking into the allegations as a matter of urgency and from which a conclusion will be drawn regarding the funding.”Somerville JCR President Alex Crichton-Miller said: “ORF puts on panels for all sorts of currently relevant issues, and this absolutely does not mean it endorses each and every word the speakers have said in the past nor might say at the ORF.”Magdalen’s JCR Executive Committee released a joint statement:”We were unaware of the speakers at the time the motion came to be voted on. We condemn anti-Semitism in all forms.”This is not the first time that ORF has invited speakers with alleged ties to anti-Semitism. Max Blumenthal, who spoke in 2016, has been criticised for his 2013 book Goliath, Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, in which he compared Israel to Nazi Germany, advocated that the majority of Jews currently living in Israel be removed to make way for a Palestinian state, and referred to Israeli soldiers as ‘Judeo-Nazis’.Malia Bouattia and Max Blumenthal have not replied to Cherwell’s request for comment.Correction: The original version of this story (published 17/02/2017) carried the headline “Oxford Radical Forum speakers criticised for anti-Semitism ties”. We have amended the article and its headline to emphasise that the ties are alleged, and to make clear that criticism came from involved parties, and not from Cherwell. We have also clarified some of the alleged ties and contextualised them. We apologise for any upset or confusion caused. Bouattia was elected NUS President in 2016, but soon came under fire for stating that “with mainstream Zionist-led media outlets… resistance is resented as an act of terrorism”.The Home Affairs select committee said of her: “Referring to Birmingham University as a ‘Zionist outpost’ (and similar comments) smacks of outright racism, which is unacceptable, and even more so from a public figure such as the president of the NUS.”Another figure due to speak at ORF is Richard Seymour, a far-left blogger who previously spoke at at the forum in 2015.Seymour responded on Facebook to criticism of Jeremy Corbyn by Simon Weston, a British veteran of the Falklands war who suffered 46 per cent burns to his face after his ship was bombed, by writing “Seriously, who gives a shit about what Simon Weston thinks? If he knew anything he’d still have his face.”Later that year he wrote of an Israeli journalist reporting on Israel-Palestine “Fuck him, they should cut his throat”.He has also appeared multiple times on Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster that has been accused of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, and wrote on his Leninology blog that “it’s sensible for occupied people to attack and kill British troops”, and “the poppies should be burned – not just a few, in a symbolic Islam4UK-style action, but all of them in a mass cremation; and any family members who actually sign up to wear a uniform of the armed forces in Afghanistan or anywhere else should be shunned, not loved.”In a statement Seymour apologised for his comments mocking Simon Weston and calling for the murder of an Israeli journalist, referring to them as “off-hand, off-colour statements made over a year ago in what I had assumed were private exchanges. Speakers at the Oxford Radical Forum (ORF), including controversial NUS President Malia Bouattia, have been condemned by Oxford University Jewish Society (OUJS) for alleged ties to anti-Semitism.ORF is described by the organisers as “a three day event for the radical left, held in Wadham”, although the College has not confirmed that they are hosting the event. There are currently seven speakers announced.OUJS said in a statement made to Cherwell: “OUJS stands in opposition to the decision of ORF 2017 to host Miriyam Aouragh and Malia Bouattia.“84 per cent of our voting members last year voted that they are unable to reconcile their Jewish identity with Bouattia’s presidency of the NUS, and 57 Jewish Society presidents across the country condemned her comments. Further, the Home Affairs Select Committee have condemned her ‘outright racism’ and an NUS investigation decided that her content had been anti-Semitic.“Last term, our own student union called for Bouattia to issue a full and formal apology, and should stand down otherwise. Jewish students are still waiting.“We believe that our community should not be inviting speakers who espouse anti-Semitism and hate speech. They should not be afforded a platform to spread their opinion.”ORF’s committee told Cherwell: “ORF is a weekend of events designed to critically interrogate current political issues from a range of left-wing perspectives, and has been a fixture of intellectual life at Oxford for almost a decade. We consider the speakers to be well qualified to take part in the specific debates to which they have been invited.“ORF is not committed to a unified political line and as such cannot and does not endorse all the views held by speakers. Its purpose is to enable critical exchange, self-reflection, and mutual questioning, and to contribute to vibrant and nuanced debates about key political issues of the day.”center_img “These exchanges involved, as far as I was aware, a small number of friends who would know from the context that they were not intended literally or maliciously…“To be absolutely clear. I do not think that Simon Weston’s injuries deserve ridicule. I emphatically do not think that people who advocate for the West Bank settlers should have their throats cut… I am, of course, very sorry to anyone who was hurt.”Seymour declined to respond to these allegations in relation to ORF. He pointed Cherwell towards his earlier apology.Another speaker on the lineup this year is Miriyam Aouragh, a Dutch anthropologist and activist. In 2004, Aouragh attended a memorial service in Amsterdam for Ahmed Yassin, a Hamas founder and ‘spiritual leader’ who was killed by an Israeli helicopter gunship..In their statement to Cherwell, OUJS condemned her attendance as a tie to Hamas, describing the group as “a terrorist organisation whose charter issued in 1988 is overtly anti-Semitic, stating the need to kill Jews and referring to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.Speaking to Cherwell, Aouragh said: “Like many I was very angry about Israel’s murderous targeted killings campaign between 2000-2004, which saw hundreds of political activists and leaders assassinated when the popular uprising in 2000 broke out.“These war crimes were condemned across the political spectrum, especially the ‘collateral damage’ caused by extrajudicial killings using F16s, such as collapsing buildings with families in them and the killing of bystanders when cars were blown up.“One case was that of Ahmed Yassin of Hamas, an elderly man in a wheelchair living in a refugee camp in Gaza. I was part of a protest against the incredible violence of that period, many were making this argument, including the UN, the EU, as well as a large numbers of MPs in this country.”last_img read more

Club Z! Tutoring: Summertime Learning

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0 A recent study at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning found that teachers spend approximately 22% of the school year re-teaching forgotten information – forgotten mostly over summer vacation.  Olympia’s Club Z! tutoring can help minimize this loss through stress free, one-on-one sessions.Some of the summer issues addressed are skill maintenance, building a foundation for future success in the case of a class failure/repetition, test preparation, confidence building, and school transition help.  They provide an educational alternative to summer camps and can even include a Summer Writing Improvement Program designed for grades pre-K through 12.  This program is designed to “develop writing skills, perfect writing mechanics and write effective narratives and essays that will benefit students the rest of their lives.”  Summer programs can also foster success in a child’s interest area, like art, music, and languages.“It’s not too late to take advantage of the last weeks of summer to ensure a fabulous start to the school year,” encourages Club Z! owner Angela Grant.  “A little time spent reviewing math concepts, reading and writing, as well as getting organized can mean a confident start and set the student up for success.”“Club Z! can ensure that this review includes the topics most relevant to each teacher or school district,” adds Grant.With 66% of high school graduates entering college, the need for summertime entrance exam preparation is crucial.  Club Z! offers help with the more common exams like the SAT and ACT but can also provide assistance on any test required.  Their Z-Prep SAT Test Program guides students and their families through the process and includes not only the sessions but an “Essential Guide to The SAT” book.  They utilize official practice tests in their session, which helps minimize test-taking anxiety.Having a team of over 50 tutors with a tremendous range of experience, skills, and education, all subjects, academic levels, and personality quirks can be addressed and conquered!  Special summer programs are often offered at a discounted rate, with classes and 11 week timetables tailored around the break from school.Enrollment with Club Z! is a simple process, with no contract required.  Billing is done on an hourly basis and all work is performed one-on-one with the student.  The initial consultation with their staff can help establish what expectations, steps, and timeframe might be called for, and lay the groundwork for progress.For questions or to arrange a private consultation, Club Z! can be found online or by calling 360.436.6615.last_img read more

Riding High

first_imgNational Show Hunter Hall of Famer Bernie Traurig was at Knightsbridge Farm in Middletown last Saturday and Sunday, where the renowned trainer conducted a riding clinic for local equestrians. A 2009 inductee to the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, Traurig has competed in the upper levels of national and international competition in three disciplines: jumpers, three-day eventing, and dressage. As a junior rider, Traurig won both the AHSA (NOW USEF) Medal Finals and the ASPCA Medal Finals in 1961. His most famous mounts have been show hunters named Gozzi, Riot Free, Mink’n Pearls, Royal Blue, and Circuit Breaker, and his show jumping partners were Jet Run, Edenvale, Corsair, and The Cardinal. He won over 60 Grand Prix show jumping events and has represented the USET several times including the 1992 World Championships in Dublin. He has competed in eight World Cup Finals and has won the U.S. League four times.He is now based in California and uses his time to inform people through his website, equestrian coach.com, and teaching clinics.Training in the barn at Knightsbridge Farmlast_img read more

Nelson’s Dryden Hunt has NHL teams scrambling for his services

first_imgOne of the teams rumoured in the mix is the Columbus Blue Jackets.Hunt scored this fifth hat-trick of the season Sunday during a 5-1 win over Swift Current Broncos in Moose Jaw.The 6-foot, 200 pound left winger leads the Western Hockey League in points with 99, on 49 goals and 50 assists through 61 games.Hunt, named player-of-the-month for January and recently player-of-the-week, had a recent run of four hat tricks in five games was stopped last Friday in the Warriors 4-3 overtime win at Prince Albert.The past 10 games the Nelson Minor Hockey grad has totalled 18 goals and seven assists for 25 points.  The Warriors, 6-2-1-0 in the past 10 games, are third in the Eastern Conference of the WHL, two points behind Prince Albert Raiders.While Hunt spent last off season at the rookie camp of the Montreal Canadiens and the season before briefly with Carolina Hurricanes prospects, he left both camps unsigned.That all could change as Hunt considers his options with a list of NHL teams vying for his services. Good things come to those who wait.Passed over two straight years at the National Hockey League draft, Nelson’s Dryden Hunt is now turning the heads of professional scouts.TSN’s Hockey Insider Darren Dreger Tweeted Wednesday that:”At least 5 NHL clubs interested in signing 20 yr old Moose Jaw Warriors forward, Dryden Hunt. Decision as early as next wk.”last_img read more

First-half latest: Chelsea 0 Spurs 0

first_imgGary Cahill went close to giving Chelsea an early lead during a lively start to the derby at Stamford Bridge, where Tottenham must win in order to keep their slim title hopes alive.With the home fans desperate for their team to ensure their London rivals do not win the Premier League, Chelsea’s players have responded with a high-tempo display so far.And they almost went ahead when Cahill headed wide from Cesc Fabregas’ left-wing corner.At the other end, Danny Rose fired wide from 25 yards.Cahill and skipper John Terry returned to the heart of the Chelsea defence after recovering from injuries. Eden Hazard was dropped to the Blues bench.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Costa.Subs: Amelia, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Hazard, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Low corn and soybean yields predicted for 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The latest AccuWeather 2019 crop production analysis predicts a significant decline from last year’s corn and soybean yield, as well as a noticeable variation from the July U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates.AccuWeather analysts predict the 2019 corn yield will be 13.07 billion bushels, a decline of 9.3% from 2018 and 5.8% lower than the latest USDA figures. It would be the lowest yield since 2012, a year of a significant drought that saw final corn production numbers plummet to 10.76 billion bushels.The difference between AccuWeather and USDA estimates centers on forecasts for projected corn acres harvested, with AccuWeather analysts concerned that late-planted corn either won’t yield well or could be affected more so this year by on-time frost.AccuWeather’s projected soybean yield of 3.9 billion bushels reflects an even greater decline from 2018’s final soybean production numbers. It would be a 14.1% dropoff from the final figure of 4.544 billion bushels, and the lowest yield since 2013 (3.357 billion bushels). However, AccuWeather’s predicted soybean yield is 1.4% higher than the USDA’s July estimate (3.845 billion bushels).“The upcoming weather is still very important for both crops,” said Jason Nicholls, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist. “We’re not forecasting horrible weather but there have been some problem areas in a small but important part of the U.S. Corn Belt, including Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.”The USDA will release its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) on Monday, Aug. 12. Last month’s WASDE estimates left many in the farming industry puzzled by the high forecast for corn acreage planted (91.7 million acres) despite the flooding and persistent rain that plagued Corn Belt farmers early.The estimate had “everyone scratching their heads,” Fred Traver, a farmer from Ohio, emailed AccuWeather. “The best guess by analysts and farm organizations is that [estimate] includes acres reported to the USDA/Farm Service Agency as prevented planting corn and is not the actual planted acres…. Hopefully that will be separated from the actual planted acres sometime in the near future.”last_img read more

Geocaching country focus: Czechia

first_imgThe Czechia geocache that has earned the most Favorite points to date is Postovni schranka (GC5GTCM). Located near the main train station in Prague, this cache is perfect for leaving and exchanging wooden geocoins.Great Moravia 2017 was the first Giga Event in Czechia. It was also the first Giga Event ever hosted outside of Germany.A special icon and experience: The GPS Maze Europe was created by the Czech Geocaching Association (ČAGeo) in 2012. Ever since, the traveling educational exhibit has visited many events in Europe teaching geocachers old and new about geocaching and GPS technology.Students at the Czech Technical University in Prague can earn credits for geocaching. A geocaching class is part of an optional curriculum at their Institute of Physical Education and Sport.With so much geocaching history in Czechia it is no surprise that there are many fantastic geocaches to find. Here is a small selection of some favorites:This geocache at the Vyskov Air museum (GC13WC0) truly deserves the description large, as it doesn’t only fit SWAG but can hold a full grown geocacher (or two)! If you take one, make sure to replace with a geocacher of equal or higher value (just kidding).Kostnice / Ossuary (GCP0JT) is a Mystery cache that leads you to a medieval chapel in Sedlec that is entirely decorated in bones.One of the most favorited geocaches in Czechia requires some serious geo-gear as you will be going deep underground and wade through wet and dark tunnels to claim the Letterbox Hybrid Underground (GC28G7E).The sophisticated TB Hotel VITAJ (GC6TVHP) comes with working light fixtures, a rotating fan and model TV. Trackables can take a rest from their exhausting travels in one of the cozy rooms.This Virtual Cache leads you Katedrála sv. Víta || St. Vitus Cathedral (GC7B802) the largest and some say most beautiful cathedral in Prague.Have you geocached in Czechia? What are the best geocaches you’ve found?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”World’s most-logged geocache (GC189E5) is Geocache of the Week!May 17, 2017In “Community”Phenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017December 26, 2017In “Community” All over the world, geocaching is leading people to places they’ve never adventured to before. To celebrate how geocaching is played differently all around the world, we’ll pick a country from time to time and share some interesting geocaching facts. Today, we focus on a location with geocaching history: Czechia.There are almost 60,000 active geocaches hidden in Czechia.The first cache, Tex-Czech (GCE50), was hidden in June 2001 and has been found more than 5,000 times. It is still active today.The most logged geocache in the entire world is Prague bridges 1 – Karluv most in Prague! The cache has gained nearly 35,000 logs since it was published on January 1, 2008. Located on the northwest side of the famous Charles Bridge, the location is full of historical statues and is absolutely stunning. The first wooden geocoins were created by two Czech geocachers Poník and JPAgeo in 2005 as signature items to leave in geocaches for the next geocacher to find. Since then, they have grown in popularity all over Europe! Presently, there are about 38,000 different designs of wooden coins in the world.last_img read more

Why Color May Be The Next Twitter

first_imgColor’s FutureI started out this post by comparing Color’s user experience to Twitter 5 years ago, which baffled early adopters too. Indeed, Color co-founder Peter Pham recently told The Hollywood Reporter that Color is like a “visual Twitter.” In the end, Color is a unique app and it isn’t precisely like any other – even Twitter. While there were some initial problems with the functionality, I am optimistic about Color’s future. As smartphones and other Internet-connected devices proliferate, it will be apps that augment our real world experiences that will prosper. See also:Color CEO: The Tech Justifies the $41 MillionOnce the early adopters get used to Color – and it will take time to figure out how and where Color works best, just as it did with Twitter – then I expect to see usage filter through to mainstream users at concerts, events, conferences and other large gatherings of people. Whoever is the next Lady Gaga in 5 years time, my bet is that her concerts will generate thousands of photos and videos from Color users. In short, I believe that Color has a very good chance of becoming a large scale success like Twitter. Certainly it’s funded to do so!Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts on Color’s future, or your usage of it now, in the comments.UPDATE: See also the follow up post: How Color is Being Used. It features more examples of Color usage, including from a concert and a BBQ. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Location#NYT#Series#UX Evolutions#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Color Demo from Color Labs, Inc. on Vimeo.The ideal use case for Color then, is for events with large groups of people – like a concert or conference. Color ostensibly allows you to share your experience with that group; as well as augment your experience by giving you alternate views and allow you to see things that you’d otherwise have missed. ReadWriteWeb’s resident hacker, Tyler Gillies, recently used Color at a tech conference and noted that it allowed him to see slides from many different sessions.Color Goes to the Movies In mid-April, Color set out to showcase its new app at the premiere of a new Hollywood film called “Water for Elephants.” At the event, 49 people took 788 photos using Color – according to the event’s web page. In scanning those photos, they range from official and fan photos of the movie’s stars as they walk down the the red carpet, to photos of fans as they wait for the action to start. If the goal was “to bring the red carpet to fans who could not be in Manhattan,” as HollywoodNews.com claimed, then that didn’t work. While I personally believe that the world can never have enough photos of Reese Witherspoon, it’s doubtful that 788 blurry photos of the red carpet was a compelling experience for people who didn’t attend. The real question is: what value did the people taking those photos get from Color, while the event was happening? I couldn’t find any of that user feedback online and so I’ve asked Color for comment. In the meantime, I asked the ReadWriteWeb community via Twitter if they’ve used Color, and if so was it of value? Here’s a sample of responses, collected via Storify:center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Love it or loath it, the smartphone app Color is one of the most innovative Web products to have launched this year. It has a user experience that is as unique and different as Twitter was 5 years ago. This has led to confusion about how to use Color and questions about its value. In this post we look at the early uses of Color and analyze its chances of emulating the success of Twitter.Color launched last month in a whirl of hype, mostly due to the eye-opening $41 million prelaunch funding. But since then, the user experience has been the center of focus. Many people have complained that the app is difficult to understand – mainly because the benefits of the app are only clear once you use it amongst a crowd of people and in real-time. The user interface of the app has also been accused of being confusing and inconsistent. What is Color, Again?Color enables you to share “photos, videos and conversations” with a group of people who are at the same location as you. The idea is that it’s only useful when you’re in the proximity of a group of people. That word, proximity, has since become a trending term among the tech set. Rather than being about your social connection to someone, Color is about how close you are to them. Is this the next wave of mobile apps? Color is hoping so.Here’s a quick intro:last_img read more