Eighty-Six year old embarks on hunger strike

first_imgAn 86 year old woman is carrying out a 72 hour hunger strike in Oxford City Centre in protest against the construction of the University’s controversial £18m biomedical research laboratory on South Parks Road.Joan Court, from Cambridge, is staging her protest on Cornmarket Street until Saturday afternoon. Court said her main aim is “to make a moral and spiritual stand against something that I find wicked.”An injunction currently prohibits animal rights protests from entering within 100 yards of any building owned by the University or its colleges. However, police have since visited and approved the location of Court’s protest.Court said that although she was against violent demonstration, she is “not opposed to the destruction of property” as a means to free animals used in vivisection.“It is immensely important that students know what is happening,” she said, “and that if they feel it is wrong, they can have a voice.”Joan Court has worked for both the World Health Organisation and Quaker group in India at the time of the civil disobedience movement led by Mahatma Gandhi before the independence of India from the British Empire. Court says that he is a great personal inspiration to her own methods of protest.A debate chaired by Tony Benn, the longest serving Labour MP in the history of the party, was also held at Oxford Town Hall on Thursday 21 April. The debate, entitled “Animal Experiments: Science or Fiction?” was attended by Dr Jarrod Bailey, Science director of Europeans for Medical Progress.The organisation, formerly known as ETMA, includes medical professionals and scientists who support investigation into mainstream medical research, particularly the effectiveness of animal testing in preserving human life.The university stated that it would be investing in research into alternative methods of drug testing, although it was not willing to disclose to what extent this would be.The contractors – Montpellier Group, and RMC – for the construction of the lab pulled out of the project last summer following continued protests.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005last_img read more

Shkodran Mustafi blames Unai Emery’s tactics for Arsenal’s performance against Vitoria

first_imgShkodran Mustafi says Arsenal took their time adjusting to a back three (AP Photo)Shkodran Mustafi admits Unai Emery’s decision to play with a back three hampered Arsenal’s performance in their 1-1 draw with Vitoria on Wednesday.The German defender was responsible for Arsenal’s only shot on target as he put the Gunners in front with a header from Nicolas Pepe’s free-kick in the 80th minute.But Arsenal were unable to hold out for the victory as Bruno Duarte equalised for Vitoria in injury time, while the Portuguese club also came close to snatching a last-gasp winner.Emery opted to play Mustafi alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Rob Holding in a three-man defence.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Mustafi feels the decision meant that Arsenal’s players struggled to find ‘rhythm’ in the opening 45 minutes. Shkodran Mustafi blames Unai Emery’s tactics for Arsenal’s performance against Vitoria Bruno Duarte scored an injury-time equaliser for Vitoria (EPA)‘We need to stay calm. Everyone wants to show and give everything, sometimes when you are over-motivated it’s difficult to deal with that.‘But I think at the end of the day we need to stay calm, play our football, believe in ourselves and then in the final third try and do it a little bit more intelligently with more accuracy with our last pass.’The draw leaves Arsenal four points clear at the top of Group F with two matches remaining.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Mustafi scored for Arsenal with 10 minutes remaining (Getty Images)When asked about being unable to see out the victory against Vitoria, Mustafi told BT Sport: ‘Unfortunately it’s not that easy.‘I would love to finish in the 90th minute but when you score a goal and you still have time left to play against a team like today they throw everything up front.‘Sometimes it’s not organised any more, they throw a lot of bodies in the box, they keep crossing, I think we could have done better but in the end we have to accept and take the point with us.“We could have dealt with it [Vitoria’s goal] a little bit earlier, rather than letting them put the cross in. In the end you have to accept it and move forward, take the positive things from the game. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 Nov 2019 6:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link112Shares Advertisement Unai Emery’s players registered just one shot on target against Vitoria (EPA)More: 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‘They are a good side. They are in the Europa League for a reason, they have quality and are quite compact.‘We played with a back three, a system for a long time we didn’t play. So we needed our time a little bit to get the rhythm in.‘In the first half we didn’t do as we wanted. I think we came out better in the second half, had better rhythm, better passing.last_img read more

Vaping law passes: Advertising banned, flavours restricted and illegal for under 18s

first_imgNZ Herald 6 August 2020The “wild west” vaping industry has three months to get its house in order after a new law banning advertising and restricting flavours has finally passed under urgency.It’s taken 620 days to get the law over the line after Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa promised to regulate the industry in November 2018.It wasn’t until this year she introduced the bill, which was voted through the House late last night – just before the final sitting day in this term of government.Salesa blamed the delays on it being a “complex bill”, and said it was the most significant change to the Smokefree Act.“It has taken a while.”The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Vaping Amendment Bill will come into effect in three months’ time, in November.It has broadly been welcomed but some fear it is too restrictive and could result in people using vaping as a smoking-cessation tool to turn back to cigarettes.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12354092last_img read more

Mike Hopkins leaves behind a shocked Syracuse community by joining Washington

first_img Published on March 19, 2017 at 11:30 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Mike Hopkins said he had always wanted to be a head coach. Now he’s fulfilled that goal a year earlier than he would have at Syracuse.The Orange’s former head coach-designate left SU, the school he played at for four years and coached at for 22, to become Washington’s head coach. Instead of serving as Jim Boeheim’s heir for another season before taking over in 2018-19, he shocked the Syracuse community on Sunday by becoming the one tasked with turning around the Huskies.“I can’t express enough thanks to Coach Boeheim for so many years of mentorship and guidance,” Hopkins said in a UW press release. “The timing is right for me and my family to make this move.”The right timing for Hopkins became precarious timing for the Orange. On March 18, 2015, Chancellor Kent Syverud announced Boeheim planned to retire after the 2017-18 season. On June 25, 2015, Syverud announced Hopkins would succeed Boeheim as SU’s head coach. Hopkins leaving for Washington nullified those plans and Boeheim subsequently signed a contract extension, reportedly through 2021-22.Hopkins had been linked to other head coaching jobs prior to that, including fellow Pac-12 opportunities with Southern California (2013) and Oregon State (2014). But with just a year left until the chance to take over the Orange, his move to Washington came as a surprise.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just think it was a sudden thing,” said Gary McKnight, who coached Hopkins at Mater Dei (California) High School. “… I think he was looking for the right situation.”The program awaiting Hopkins at Washington is one in need of a fresh slate. The Huskies just finished its season with 13 straight losses, a 9-22 record and went 2-16 in the conference. UW hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2011.Washington’s roster this past season featured freshman Markelle Fultz, widely projected as the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Its 2017 recruiting class included Michael Porter Jr., the No. 1 ranked player in the country according to ESPN. But he may decommit after the Huskies fired head coach Lorenzo Romar on Wednesday.In comes Hopkins, who received the backing of UW’s administration with a six-year contract, according to ESPN. He’s back on the west coast, significantly closer to where he grew up. Washington bolsters its well-regarded athletic program with Hopkins, who has plenty of tools at his disposal for a successful rebuild.“When I first started coaching, my goal wasn’t to be the head coach at Syracuse,” Hopkins told The Daily Orange in a 2015 profile. “My goal was to be the best coach on the planet. I just wanted to be the best.”What he leaves behind is a program that adored Hopkins enough to entrust its future, until Sunday, in him. He’s played a major role in recruiting since 2000, worked closely with SU’s bigs since 2011 and helped develop numerous centers like future NBA players Fab Melo and Rakeem Christmas.Hopkins’ fingerprints are all over the Orange. And on the day he departed from SU, the community he left behind responded.“He’s been everything for Tyler, really,” Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon’s father, Tim, said.“I wouldn’t be half the person I am today if it wasn’t for (Hopkins),” SU graduate assistant Katie Kolinski wrote in an Instagram post.“Washington got a steal,” former Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams tweeted.While Boeheim served an NCAA-mandated nine-game suspension last season, Hopkins stepped in as the Orange’s interim head coach. At the time, his 4-5 record provided a small glimpse into SU’s planned future.Now it’ll go down as the only glimpse.“Mike received a great opportunity,” Boeheim said in a statement, “and we thank him and wish him the best.”— Senior Staff Writer Connor Grossman and Asst. Sports Editor Sam Fortier contributed reporting to this story. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more