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Oxford Migrant Solidarity calls for more inclusive access policy

first_imgOxford Migrant Solidarity hung a banner of solidarity from the Bridge of Sighs on November 23, as an act to demand equal access to education for migrant students and end complicity in the Home Office’s Hostile Environment policy. The university recently announced a refugee scholarship, decided upon in the education committee’s October meeting, a move which follows the creation of a set of student-led initiative to pilot refugee scholarships in 2016. A university spokesperson earlier commented: “The university is now working with interested parties to create a longer-term sustainable scheme to support students who are forced migrants. We hope to launch this new scholarship later in the academic year,” adding that the pilot scheme would remain open until the new programme is launched.  “We’re doing this direct action to call attention to the university’s discriminatory access policy towards students with unsettled status, so that includes people with temporary or limited leave to remain,” said Philomena Willis, chair of Oxford Migrant Solidarity. In a list of demands, Oxford Migrant Solidarity said the university had to “classify students with unsettled status as home students for fees purposes,” as well as “provide a comprehensive advice page on its website for students seeking information about their immigration status,” and that it had to commit to “never invite Immigration Enforcement onto its premises.”  The action followed a rally a week earlier, organised in collaboration with the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign, the Oxford Living Wage Campaign and the student union Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality (CRAE) as well as the student union Disabilities Campaign. The event aimed to present the demands to the Vice-Chancellor, Louise Richardson, and to “rally for intersectional justice”. The group said they had spoken to student immigration authorities and were trying to set up a meeting with staff immigration authorities, especially given the impact Brexit might have on the future of migrant staff in Oxford. center_img The banner drop, which took place at 12 pm, was a coordinated event with other universities across the country, including York, Loughborough and Liverpool among others. However, after less than fifteen minutes the students removed the banner, following a request from the domestic bursar of Hertford College, which owns the Bridge of Sighs.   Wills called the new scholarship “a great step in the right direction,” but said this was contradicted by the fact that “students with unsettled status are still charged international student fees and there’s just an overall lack of financial administrative support.”  Students with unsettled status or limited leave to remain face issues due to the ‘Hostile Environment’ policy, a measure first introduced in 2010 to make remaining in the UK as difficult as possible for migrants, which Wills says has been achieved through issues such as unsafe accommodation and a lack of job opportunities.   Wills added: “We’re calling on the university to change its policy because if it’s really dedicated to access it has to ensure that they include migrant students as people who are systemically discriminated and targeted by the Home Office and the Hostile Environment.” last_img read more

Christmas 2020: Waitrose unveils bakery range

first_imgThere’s a tipple or two in Waitrose’s Christmas dessert range this year. The usual suspects in the form of sherry-laden treats such as trifle and mince pies make an appearance beside the more innovative rum-soaked stollen and peach bellini-inspired panettones.On the savoury side, the retailer has gone for retro with a twist as classic centrepieces and party foods get spruced up for 2020.Here’s our pick of its sweet and savoury bakery range… British Venison WellingtonMove over beef, Waitrose has upped its game this year with the introduction of a British Venison Wellington (£30). It features venison loin topped with a mushroom duxelle, made from porcini mushrooms, brandy and thyme, plus juniper and blackberry wrapped in puff pastry. For added visual appeal, the lattice pastry is topped with a deer motif. The Night Before Christmas Mince PiesSpoil Santa this Christmas with the latest creation from Heston Blumenthal’s range. Complete with a clock face on the carrot and caraway shortcrust pastry, these mince pies (£3.50 for six) are filled with mincemeat with vine fruits and carrot, laced with cream sherry. For added warmth, smoke-flavoured sugar is sprinkled on top. Vegan Festive Filo SwirlsSquash, spice and all things nice. For its vegan-friendly main, Waitrose is offering up Moroccan-inspired spiced vegetables with apricots and raisins in a crispy filo pastry (£6.99). Apricot & Peach Bellini PanettoneBellinis are breaking out of brunch and into bakery as Waitrose pairs this Italian cake with candied apricot, peach and an apricot centre, infused with sparkling wine syrup. The Apricot & Peach Bellini (£10, 750g) is described as a ‘twist on the classic, with a little extra sparkle’. The retailer’s panettones are made using a traditional sourdough recipe from a third-generation Italian bakery, taking 70 hours to create. Tipsy StollenStollen just got more interesting thanks to the Heston from Waitrose range. The Tipsy Stollen (£9) is made up of a rich brioche dough with dark rum-soaked vine fruits, fudge pieces, lime zest and ginger filled with marzipan and topped with pineapple, cherries and a sprinkling of demerara sugar. Sherry & Balsamic Vinegar Christmas PuddingAnother of Heston’s adaptations, this pudding (£14, 800g) delivers a boozy hit from three types of tipple. The Turkish sultanas are soaked in ruby port as well as aged balsamic of Modena, which Waitrose says brings out their fruity flavour. The pudding itself contains apple, cider and ‘dark and intense’ Pedro Ximénez sherry, with the flavours developing over a 12-month maturation period.center_img Lobster Thermidor Vol-au-VentsIt doesn’t get any more retro than Lobster Thermidor Vol-au-vents (£9 for a 10-pack). These party food favourites contain lobster and king prawns in a creamy white sauce laced with Cognac. Here’s what other retailers have planned for festive bakery:Aldi Christmas range 2020Asda Christmas range 2020Ocado Christmas range 2020Tesco Christmas range 2020 Creamy Smoked Salmon TartsAdding a bit of colour to oft-beige party food spreads are Waitrose’s Creamy Smoked Salmon Tarts (£6 for 10). They comprise smoked salmon, lemon and crème fraiche nestled in a beetroot pastry case. Christmas Curry Bangers & BriocheFancy something different for lunch in the run-up to Christmas? Waitrose reckons its Christmas Curry Bangers & Brioche (£3.30) will cut the mustard. A brioche roll is filled with smoked pork sausage, sauerkraut, curry ketchup, mayonnaise and American-style mustard with fried onions. The Queen of TriflesBow down to The Queen of Trifles (£12). Providing a modern twist on a classic, and one that doesn’t have to be served in a decorative glass bowl from the ‘70s, is the rectangular trifle featuring a sherry-soaked sponge, vanilla custard, jelly, meringue and pistachio crumb.last_img read more

15 candidates credit union executives should watch on Tuesday night

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s going to be a long and busy election night, with 435 House races, 35 Senate seats and 36 governors up for election.And if the crystal ball gazers are right, many of the races could be nail-biters, with control of the House and Senate hanging in the balance.CUNA has identified 388 races to watch, based on where it has spent its political action committee money.But from that list, it’s possible to narrow the list even further, focusing on some people who have been active on issues important to credit unions and have received special attention from credit union campaign committees.last_img read more

Defense, subs lead Clippers past Memphis

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The performance was a reversal from the previous night when the Clippers lost 107-97 at Atlanta — an effort coach Doc Rivers called “awful.” Rivers credited Griffin and Jordan with stopping the Memphis frontline, particularly Zach Randolph, who was returning from missing two games after ingrown toenail surgery.“I thought those two guys fought hard down low,” said Rivers, who recorded his 600th win. “I just thought their leadership defensively was why we won the game.”Kosta Koufos led Memphis with 17 points.The Clippers shot 13 for 20 in the fourth quarter as Paul and Griffin sat on the bench, leaving the game to the backups.“The Clippers played real well defensively,” Koufos said. “They established themselves early in the second half. They hit some tough shots.” The Clippers trailed 42-40 at the break before outscoring Memphis 61-39 in the second half while shooting 56 percent. Los Angeles’ reserves ended the night outscoring their Memphis counterparts 50-31.“That team has a lot of good players,” Randolph said. “They have a lot of good bench players that could be starting.”As is the case when the two get together, it was chippy from the start. After meeting in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs the last two years, a rivalry has developed.In third, Jerryd Bayless shoved Griffin for a flagrant 1. Randolph started mouthing with anyone in a Clippers uniform. And the lobbying for calls from both teams led official Danny Crawford to warn the coaches he had heard enough.In the meantime, the Clippers turned up the defense, enabling them to click off a 21-7 run to open the quarter for a double-digit lead.“I thought the way we responded was good,” Griffin said. “There are challenges mentally and physically, and I think that was a mental challenge for us. We were mentally tough in that situation.”The rally helped the Clipper outscore Memphis 24-11 in the frame and carry a 64-53 lead into the final quarter.Los Angeles connected on 10 of its first 14 shots in the fourth, continuing to build the lead to as many as 24.Several Clippers players said the frustration from games like the one at Atlanta is they believe in their ability to play good defense.“It would be one thing if we knew were weren’t capable of it, and we didn’t have the bodies and the people to execute it, but we do,” Paul said. “We have myself, young, athletic guys that know what we’re capable of. I may not be athletic, but I am young.”center_img MEMPHIS, Tenn. >> The Clippers tightened their defense waiting for the offense to come around.The result was a second-half burst with a strong push from the reserves to lead Los Angeles to a 101-81 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.“I looked up at one point, and we were shooting like 28 percent,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. “Our defense was keeping us there, then we finally took the game over when we started hitting shots. That’s a good lesson for us.”Reserves Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford scored 15 points each to lead the Clippers. Chris Paul also had 15 points and eight assists as Los Angeles snapped a two-game losing streak. Griffin added 14 points and nine rebounds, while DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 14 boards.last_img read more

Why are Michael Bennett’s shoulder pads so small? Cowboys DE’s explanations vary`

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/79/4a/bennett-2019-112419-gettyjpg_1w4ftw3xng6a51pfilz113x6fu.jpg?t=-1631820346&w=500&quality=80 Yes, Michael Bennett’s odd-looking shoulder pads are abnormally small for a reason. The defensive end who now plays for the Cowboys after being traded by the Patriots earlier this season has explained on multiple occasions why he wears shoulder pads that appear designed for a player roughly 100 pounds lighter.Bennett is 6-4, 275 pounds. Yet he wears custom-made shoulder pads that resemble equipment a kicker would wear. The reasons, the 34-year-old has said, vary from range of motion to weight to speed. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ee/c1/michael-bennett-2011-112419-gettyjpg_1wgbbg4n0ipyu1rwycu9gneitd.jpg?t=-1631757394&w=500&quality=80 2013-17 (Seahawks) MORE: If Cowboys fire Jason Garrett, could he land with Giants?Bennett has been wearing kicker-like shoulder pads since his days with the Seahawks. Now in his 11th NFL season, the tiny pads have followed the three-time Pro Bowler through his time in Philadelphia last year and New England earlier this year. On Sunday, Bennett and his small shoulder pads will face the team from which he asked to be traded in October.Bennett at this point in his career is a rotational defensive lineman for the Cowboys, but he remains an effective player, as his three sacks through three games in Dallas prove. He might argue that has something to do with his unique equipment.Why are Michael Bennett’s shoulder pads so small?Bennett on multiple occasions has explained why he wears custom, kicker-like shoulder pads as a defensive end. His answers to questions about his pads, though, have varied.Below are some of the most recent examples.Speaking with Patriots media earlier this year, via NESN: “They’re like kicker shoulder pads. They’re like D-line/kicker with the way how small they are. But I’ve been using them for a while. I like them because they’re lighter. You can move your shoulder faster. It’s harder for a lineman to grab you. People hate that because when they try to grab that extra pad right there when you turn your shoulder, they just miss. It’s just skin as you’re going past them. That’s why I like wearing them. They always complain about it. They hate it.”I actually copied Osi (Umenyiora) and John Abraham. Those are my two favorite players, defensive linemen. Osi and John Abraham. I used to love the way John Abraham rushed and then how Osi used to use his hands. … I copied Justin Smith a little bit too. So, I copied what he did with his (pads) and tried to make mine like his. So, it was Justin, John and Osi. Those are the three guys I liked. I just liked the way they used their pads, so I tried to make mine something close to theirs.”Added Bennett on loosening his jersey sleeves: “I hate that it has you restricted. I don’t like anything that makes you feel restricted. Sometimes when your jersey is so tight you can’t raise your arm. I like that my jersey’s down here, and I can raise my arm and feel free.”Speaking with The New York Times in 2018: “Small pads make me a better pass rusher. I’ve got complete range of motion and I use my hands more instead of just throwing my shoulder into someone. I engage with an offensive lineman the right way — with outstretched arms.”Speaking with SB Nation in 2017: “I just like the smaller ones because it makes sure I use my hands and makes it so I can stretch my arms out all of the way. It helps pass rushers, but I don’t think it really matters too much because I know how to use my hands. It makes me make sure I use my hands and not throw my shoulder in there.”Michael Bennett shoulder pads through the years2009-12 (Buccaneers) 2019 (Patriots and Cowboys) (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b8/93/michael-bennett-2014-112419-gettyjpg_sqk8kbw4dfrj1oqsk0pjc3qfc.jpg?t=-1631718794&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fb/bd/michael-bennett-2018-112419-gettyjpg_1fr8f1q5n2er115yjajccttyim.jpg?t=-1631653778&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3f/f7/michael-bennett-2016-112419-gettyjpg_1ovxmm65c2d2j1cqo7tt9y8li3.jpg?t=-1631688410&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/cf/2d/michael-bennett-2019-112419-gettyjpg_707evjzs39ns110hkbbck27j0.jpg?t=-1631796474&w=500&quality=80 2018 (Eagles)last_img read more