Wadham student attacked in spate of muggings

first_imgAn Oxford University student was attacked as part of a spate of violent robberies on and around the Iffley Road in the early hours of last Thursday morning. Four people have since been arrested and charged.Stephen Wadey, a second-year PPE student at Wadham College, was attacked near the Iffley Road Sports Complex as he walked back to his house at around 1am after visiting a friend in college.Wadey said, “I was walking along one side of the road and there was a group of around ten people on the other side. Two of them broke away and came up to me. They demanded my phone and pushed me over a low wall onto some grass. I fell on my back and then they pinned me down with their hands around my throat and then punched me several times in the face.”He described his attackers, saying, “One man was mixed-race, between 6′ and 6’1″ and with his face partly covered. The other was white, with short brown hair and was about 5’10”. They were acting really edgy: they were probably on some sort of drugs at the time.”He said that the men stole his mobile phone and demanded his wallet, but he managed to conceal the possession of money. “I told them I didn’t have any and they seemed to accept that”, he said. The men then ran off to rejoin the group with whom they had been walking and Wadey ran home to telephone the police.Wadey later learnt that his attack was the fifth to have taken place in the area that night. A 48-year-old man had his wallet and mobile phone taken by two men as he walked home along the Iffley Road at about midnight. Soon after this, two men were confronte and had money, mobile phones and bank cards taken from them. The fourth robbery took place just before that on Wadey, and involved a 22-year-old man who was made to hand over the cash in his wallet.Thames Valley Police arrested four people at 9.30am the next day in relation to the robberies, following an intensive all-night investigation. Jack Ulett-Titcombe, aged 20, of Herschel Crescent, Littlemore, and Michael Collins, also aged 20, of Iffley Road, Oxford, along with a 17-year-old girl and boy appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on the morning of Saturday 6th June, charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. Ulett-Titcombe and Collins were remanded in custody, and the two 17-year-olds were released on bail. All four are due to appear again in Oxford Crown Court on Friday.The attacks were the latest in a series of violent crimes in the Iffley Road area of Oxford, raising questions about whether the University should be doing more to ensure the safety of those members who live out.According to the Oxford Safer Communities Partnership, incidences of similar crimes have risen dramatically over the last year. There was a 15.6% rise in robberies of individuals in April this year compared with April 2008. This is part of a wider trend, which has seen the rate of violent crime in Oxfordshire increase from 13 incidents per 1000 of the population in 2002/03 to 20 incidents per 1000 of the population in 2007/08.Wadey described the situation saying, “the crime in that area has gone up massively recently. There was the domestic double stabbing, and two of my friends had their bikes stolen. I think I probably got off lightly compared with some people.”He said that although he was not displaying any valuables when he was attacked, he nevertheless planned to be more careful in future.He added that the University had been “responsive to my needs”, and that Wadham had given him accommodation in college for the rest of this year, so that he would not have to continue to live near the scene of his attack. “They have been extremely understanding, and I’m very grateful.”Finally, when asked what outcome he would like to see from the trial, he said that the main goal should be the prevention of further incidents. “I am simply hoping that whatever the response, no one else has to suffer the same thing as me.”last_img read more

UN Resident Coordinator Urges Ministers to Maintain Unity Strength

first_imgMadam Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, the United Nations Resident Cd strength in order to be able to achieve the positive change that will bring hope, reconciliation, cohesion and sustainable development for the country. Madam Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje was addressing cabinet ministers and top public officers at the closing of the recently held retreat at a local hotel in Brufut, on Sunday May 7th 2017. oordinator in the Gambia has urged cabinet ministernd maturity that made the Gambia the hope and pride for Africa. “My hope from this retreat is that you will draw an inner strength of unity that brought you together as a Coalition to end 22 years of adversity so as to achieve what you promised to the Gambia people, and this should be the positive change that will bring about hope, reconciliation, cohesion, and justice for human rights and sustainable development,” said Lekoetje.s and public officers to maintain the spirit of unity anle country demonstrated the utmost patience aMuhammed Ibn Chambas, United Nation Special Envoy for West Africa on his part said the 3-day retreat was exceptionally great and also expressed the hope that all the participants will draw big lessons from it. He said the lessonsShe said during the political impasse, the who and experiences that have been shared and learnt from the retreat will assure generations and help move the nation forward.“I have been particularly impressed by the enthusiasm and resolve consistently demonstrated throughout this team bonding exercise and urge you to continue on the path of consistence building of such discussions in a friendly atmosphere, in your commitments to serve this nation,’’Mr. Chambas said.Speaking earlier, Madam Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang who presided over the closing of the retreat, said the Gambian people have decided and they have provided victory for both the presidential and parliamentary elections. She said as things stand, the country has now moved from politics to governance and referred to president Barrow as ‘father of the nation and not father of a coalition’.She noted, “I stand here on behalf of president Adama Barrow to renew our commitment to the Gambian people and we took it as a responsibility to facilitate the harmonization of our thinking and priorities that we will implement together with other stakeholders.”“We are committed to the people and by the people by doing our best towards our civic engagements and we want to bring everybody on board in order to succeed in thought and action in the commitments we have made to them,” said Tambajang.last_img read more

Chile declares huge Easter Island marine reserve US announces 2 more protected

first_imgAn 875-square-mile (2,300-square-kilometer) area of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin that holds dozens of historic wrecks will be protected, U.S. officials said.Mallows Bay on the Potomac River in Maryland, a tidal wetland and a graveyard for scuttled warships since the Revolutionary War, will also become a reserve.“And, in the coming months, I will look for even more opportunities to protect our waters,” Obama said.“We will leave our children a planet as full of possibilities as the one we inherited.”Several more countries and foundations pledged funds and proposed initiatives to fight pollution, overfishing and the acidification of the ocean by carbon emissions.Last year’s conference in Washington saw $800 million pledged to support various environmental initiatives and this year’s host Chile hoped for similar success.But perhaps the initiative with the most long-term potential is a U.S. plan to regulate the world fish trade. According to a 2014 study by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, 29 percent of the world’s fish stocks which have been adequately studied are overexploited.Regulation and quota systems vary wildly around the world and some countries -– particularly in Southeast Asia -– have been accused of allowing large-scale unregulated fishing. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and English businessman Richard Branson at the “Our Ocean” meeting in Viña del Mar, Chile, on Oct. 5, 2015. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet opened the conference by announcing a pledge to create huge new marine reserves around Easter Island in the Pacific. Martin Bernetti/AFPSea Scout and targeting ‘hot spots’Part of the U.S. plan, dubbed Sea Scout, will seek to unite governments around the world in the fight to identify illegal fishing vessels and fleets and bar them from landing catches. Under the plan, experts will identify regional fishing “hot spots” and target them for enforcement by member states’ fisheries protection teams, the White House said.The U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration will track suspicious fishing boats by satellite and alert authorities in Indonesia, the Philippines and other countries.Meanwhile, Washington will make its own fishing industry and importers serving its huge market –- U.S. consumers eat 4.6 billion pounds of seafood per year -– track products from their origin.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Chile to present the U.S. plan, and took the time to talk to a group of students about the challenge of allying technology and law enforcement.“The problem is there are people fishing illegally, unregulated, vast areas of the ocean where people use fishing methods that have been prohibited,” he said.Kerry said governments need “the technology, the armed forces of countries, the navies, coast guard; we need police and major commitment by countries to come together to focus on enforcement.”The conference will also take on the problem of pollution from the land — such as agricultural pesticide and fertilizer run-off and waste plastics — hurting the sea. Facebook Comments Related posts:Sea Shepherd’s R/V Martin Sheen lands in Costa Rica for 4-month research mission Imagine living underwater for 31 days. Or better: Watch other people do it. Costa Rica’s erupting volcanoes may help slow global warming The Guardian names Costa Rican journalist among ‘young climate campaigners to watch’ ahead of Paris 2015 Update, Monday, Oct. 5, 4:47 p.m.The United States and its former Cold War foe Cuba are discussing a joint maritime reserve in waters between their countries, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.The United States had already unveiled two new marine reserves on its own territory at the conference, and Kerry revealed that another may be the fruit of the U.S. rapprochement with Cuba.“We are also working to finalize a new sister marine protected area arrangement with Cuba to connect protected sides in our two countries, so we can better collaborate on scientific research, education, and sound management,” he said.Kerry did not give details on where the reserve would be, but there are barely 90 miles (145 kilometers) of shallow tropical waters between Cuba‘s northern shore and the U.S. state of Florida.Talks on the reserve will form part of the ongoing process of renewing Cuban and U.S. ties, which were cut off five decades ago at the height of the Cold War and only restored in July.Kerry said he hoped to visit Cuba in late January to pursue the dialogue.Original post continues here:VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile – Chile declared huge new marine reserves in the Pacific off Easter Island on Monday as it hosted a major conference on protecting the world’s oceans and fisheries.The host’s announcement came as the United States unveiled two smaller protected areas and a major global initiative to better police over-fishing and track illegal catches.Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet opened the “Our Ocean” conference by declaring a 243,630-square-mile (631,368-square-kilometer) sanctuary around iconic Easter Island.Taken together with its existing marine reserves, Bachelet said, Chile now has a million square kilometers of sea under protection from commercial fishing — “one of the biggest in the world.”Easter Island’s waters are a spawning ground for tuna, shark, marlin and swordfish and a food source for the Rapa Nui people of the island, who were involved in designing the reserve. Participants in the “Our Ocean” summit at Viña del Mar, Chile, on Oct. 5, 2015. Martin Bernetti/AFPIt joins reserves declared by the United States, Britain and New Zealand off the U.S. Pacific Islands, Pitcairn and the Kermadecs, as areas protected from the depredations of unregulated fishing.Charitable institutions the Pew Charitable Trusts and The Bertarelli Foundation welcomed the decision, which they said would protect 27 endangered species and the people who fish there.And Pedro Edmunds Paoa, the mayor of Easter Island’s Rapa Nui community, came to the mainland to thank the conference and welcome the news that his people would be involved in the plan.“We must think of optimizing our resources. Our resource is the sea and the future of Rapa Nui is the sea,” he said.Chile hosted “Our Ocean” in the picturesque Pacific port city of Valparaíso, a second annual day-long get-together for states and foundations to pledge support for the marine ecosystem.U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the meeting in a video message to announce two new U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries:last_img read more