Uni launches discipline review

first_imgImportant University-wide changes to SCR-JCR relationships are to be implemented in the near future, which are likely to be shaped by the outrage over the ousting of the Queen’s College JCR President.Oxford has announced a review of its appeals and complaint procedures linked to disciplinary matters focusing both on the nature of dissmals and also disparity between colleges’ use of fines and community service.There was widespread opposition when Nathan Roberts was forced to resign his JCR presidency by Queen’s SCR after failing to achieve a 2:1 in his prelims. The authorities’ further refusal to allow him an appeal seemed to many as if student voices, including those of 30 JCR presidents, had been deemed irrelevant. The review is expected to look into the case of Nathan Roberts as, after he was denied an appeal, he effectively beat the system by getting a teddy bear voted in as the next JCR President.Officials insist the review was not prompted by the recent anger that surrounded his dismissal. However, the review will have to look at incidents such Roberts’ as examples of where the student body felt that the denial of an appeal was unjust.There was concern early on in the process that the University had not learnt its lesson when it was revealed that one of the reviewing bodies, the Conference of Colleges, would not have any student representation. However, negotiations with OUSU have ensured a VP on both this and the University working group.Jonny Medland, VP for Access and Academic Affairs, holds high hopes for the review. He commented, “These issues impact students every year and I’m looking forward to working to improve the procedures which already exist. The current systems can be unclear, needlessly complex and hugely variable across colleges and clearer guidance as to how students will be treated is long overdue.”Both the University group and the Conference of Colleges hope to present initial recommendations by the end of the academic year.It is hoped that the review will produce cross-college consistency in some areas of disciplinary policy, since at the moment there are wide variations. For example, whilst many colleges use fines as punishment for rule-breaking, some use community service.This punishment is seen as fairer by several colleges, including Worcester, as fines do not affect students from different financial backgrounds in the same way, whereas community service has the same effect on everyone.However, some colleges have found it difficult to implement community service as a form of discipline. Carolyne Larrington, Senior Dean at St John’s College stated, “In practice we don’t use community service as it is difficult to find tasks for offenders to do, though this has been a policy in the past…we have found that the supervision of community service is something we would not want to devolve onto the domestic or gardening staff. So we have returned to fines.”  In what appears to be another response to the events at Queen’s, St Anne’s College this week debated a proposal to introduce contracts for JCR members, whereby they would have to agree to resign their position if they failed to achieve above a 2:2 in prelims.After discussions between members of the JCR Committee and the SCR, there seems to have been a move to re-word the proposal so that there was less compulsion for JCR members to resign, and so that decisions would not be made on the results of prelims alone, but would take into account collections and tutors’ reports.The Academic Affairs Committee met on Wednesday to discuss the proposal, and after some debate it was decided that the matter needed further consultation within the JCR.It will be debated again in second week of Hilary Term. Richard Holland, the JCR Academic Rep stated, “Needless to say we don’t agree with the proposal in its present form but were are looking to work with College constructively to find an acceptable solution.”last_img read more

News story: Knife Crime Market Exploration

first_imgTo aid in the design of the challenge we are engaging the market in order to provide the HO with an understanding of what capabilities currently exist or are in development that could provide solutions.BackgroundThe HO is concerned about recent increases in homicides, gun crime and knife crime. Although crime has fallen rapidly over the last 20 years, some types of violent crime recorded by the police have shown increases since late 2014. In 2017, knife crime rose by 22% across England and Wales which has resulted in a significant increase in fatal stabbings and incidents where serious injury has been caused. The use of knives to enable acquisitive crime has also seen a marked increase. Whilst the increase in knife crime is a complex problem with many influencing factors, the ability for police to detect knives being carried by people is fundamental to reducing the harm caused. This is particularly challenging when knives are concealed and carried in crowded spaces. Consequently, the use of current detection systems is limited. The UK Police have implemented strategies to tackle the issue and the application of science and technology must play an important role in tackling this threat and in April 2018, the Government launched the Serious Violence Strategy, which aims to tackle knife crime and other forms of serious violence.What we wantThe HO is interested in solutions that can identify or detect people carrying, overtly or covertly, a wide variety of steel-bladed knives in open spaces, crowds and uncontrolled areas (i.e. where there is no presence of security). There is a requirement to detect steel-bladed knives in the presence of other commonly carried benign metal items (e.g. keys, phones, coins etc.). As well as being concealed on the person, this also includes knives carried in bags (e.g. handbags, backpacks etc.).We are interested in all forms of potential solutions from specific technologies, through to advances in behavioural sciences. Potential solutions could be at any level of maturity, but we are particularly interested in those at the higher end of the scale.Solutions that can contribute to the detection of steel-bladed weapons being carried by individuals or groups will support the UK Police in their decision making process regarding an appropriate operational response and ultimately reduce the number of casualties across the UK.By completing the Capability Submission Form neither the Government nor yourselves are committing to anything, but your submissions will be used to help focus the direction of the work.What we don’t wantWe are not interested in literature reviews, paper-based studies and marginal improvements to existing capabilities (i.e. those used in controlled areas such as metal detectors in arches and hand-held devices).For this challenge we are only interested in steel-bladed weapons, not other forms of blade such as polymeric or ceramic.How to submit a Capability Submission FormComplete the attached one page form Knife Crime Capability Submission Form (ODT, 868KB) (noting the word limits) and then email it to [email protected] by 5pm on 20 July 2018. Please only provide details of one product/capability per form. If you have a number of potential solutions then please submit multiple forms.If you have any questions then please email [email protected] with Knife Crime in the subject line.How we use your InformationInformation you provide to us in a Capability Submission Form Knife Crime Capability Submission Form (ODT, 868KB) that is not already available to us from other sources, will be handled in-confidence. By submitting a Capability Submission Form Knife Crime Capability Submission Form (ODT, 868KB) you are giving us permission to keep and use the information for our internal purposes, and to provide the information onwards, in-confidence, within UK Government. The Defence and Security Accelerator will not use or disclose the information for any other purpose, without first requesting permission to do so.last_img read more

Long Island Labor Day Weekend 2015 Events

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With this weekend unofficially marking the end of summer—fall technically starts Sept. 22—Labor Day festivities are the last chance for Long Islanders to revel in peak beach season.What better way to celebrate a holiday—held the first Monday of every September—that honors the achievements of American workers then by spending the last weekend of summer relaxing?We’ve compiled this list of ideas to do just that. Instead of running out the clock on summer BBQ hopping as usual, mix it up with something different this Labor Day, like any one of these local events.44th Mother Cabrini FeastSuffolk County Community College, Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood. mothercabrinifestival.org 4 p.m. September 2-7.69th Shinnecock Annual PowwowShinnecock Indian Nation, 1 Little Church Street, Southampton 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday Sept 4-7.The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Aziz Ansari & Amy SchumerNikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $45. 5:15 p.m. September 4.Westhampton Beach 7th Annual Festival of the ArtsWesthampton Great Lawn Great Lawn, Main Street, Westhampton Beach. paragonartevents.com/westhamptom. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. September 5-6.Seaford FestivalLong Island Rail Road station, Sunrise Hwy., Seaford. 11 a.m-6 p.m. September 5-7Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival5 Barclay St, Huntington Station, Huntington. lighthousemusicfest.com 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. September 5.Eisenhower Park Craft & Gift ShowEisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. September 5-6.Long Island Sound ChampionshipParchment Yacht Club, Babylon. September 6-7Cold Spring Harbor Car ShowMain Street (Route 25A) coldspringharborvillage.org 10 a.m- 4 p.m. September 6.Chabad’s Famous Backyard BBQ13 Woods Lane, East Hampton. chabadofthehamptons.com $30 adults/$15 children. 5 p.m-8 p.m. September 6Garden City Country Club-Labor Day BBQ206 Stewart Ave, Garden City. gardencitycountryclub.org September 6.Long Beach Labor Day McAvoy RunRiverside Boulevard, Long Beach. 8 a.m. September 7America’s Love Affair with the MotorcycleThe Ward Melville Heritage Organization, 97P Main Street, Stony Brook. stonybrookvillage.com $5, $3 for children under 12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Sept. 7.Labor Day BBQ Manhasset Bay Yacht Club455 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050 manhassetbayyc.org 4:30 p.m. September 7.last_img read more

Clippers goal in restart against Lakers Thursday is to rebuild ‘winning habits’

first_imgCenter Montrezl Harrell and guard Lou Williams aren’t expected to be available Thursday; it appeared that Harrell was away still early on Wednesday and Williams will remain stuck in a 10-day league-mandated quarantine following a much-publicized stop for chicken wings while he was outside of the bubble for a funeral.Patrick Beverley is a firm “maybe,” Rivers said Wednesday morning, after the fiery guard left to tend to a personal matter and returned to quarantine Sunday.The rest of the Clippers roster should be intact, though not up to speed. Center Ivica Zubac and shooting guard Landry Shamet only recently flew in and will need time to recover their wind and rhythm.With all the coming an going, Rivers said he’s looking ahead to the seeding games not with the goal of fine-tuning and finessing — but with the intention of getting his team on its collective feet and fit.And then maybe then the Clippers can turn their attention to world domination.“Getting to a peak conditioning level,” Rivers said, via Zoom, as all his interviews and news conferences now are held. “It’s very important. Like you’ve got to get through these eight games. By the end of the eight games, you’re going to the playoffs. When you’re going to the playoffs, you’re usually at your peak place, especially conditioning and rhythm and timing. That would be my goal.“Obviously you want to win games, but if you told me we didn’t, but when we started the playoffs we were at the peak in each of those places, I would tell you I’d take that right now.”Likewise, Clippers star Kawhi Leonard expressed less concern with seeding victories than with reestablishing the continuity that had been so hard to come by for the Clippers before the hiatus: L.A. played only 11 games all season with a full lineup — and the Clippers were plenty formidable on those rare occasions, winning 10 times and losing only to a motivated, Western Conference-leading Lakers team on March 8.“Everybody plays a different game,” said Leonard, who was averaging career highs in points (26.9), assists (5), and rebounds (7.3) in his first season with the Clippers.“Just able to get out of their way or able to give it to the guys that are missing, to give them the ball in their spots so they can score, or just even on defense, being in the gap, knowing who’s going to help you or how much extra effort that person is giving at that time,” Leonard continued. “It’s just little things like that that you’re missing on the floor.”Because the Clippers haven’t had the luxury of using the three few weeks of warm-up and trio of scrimmages to truly reconnect on the court, they’ll have to do it when it counts. They know that, Leonard said.“We’ve got eight games to get ready for the playoffs,” the two-time NBA Finals MVP said. “We’ve got to use these games to build some habits and just build team chemistry really … just winning habits, pretty much.“It’s either missing a defensive assignment, running through some players, just making sure we’re executing our plays down the stretch. Just knowing who you’re playing with, knowing your teammates’ habits, knowing what they do well, trying to help them do it well, and that’s pretty much it.“Just trying to build the team chemistry to win.” A healthy Clippers squad was 44-20 and threatening to really start wreaking havoc.Doc Rivers, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Co. had won seven of eight games. They were building chemistry and momentum, and looked primed for a potentially historic postseason push.But just when things really were getting really good, the power went out.On March 11, basketball stopped. Almost everything stopped. And the coronavirus took hold. So, on Thursday, in the midst of the pandemic as well as protests over social injustice that are ongoing outside the bubble and within it, NBA basketball restarts for real.The Clippers will tip off Thursday against the Lakers, the fourth episode of this season’s regular-season series selected to headline re-opening night on Thursday (6 p.m., Fox Sports Prime Ticket, TNT). The Clippers are 2-1 against their normal Staples Center co-tenants.It’ll be the first of eight seeding games for both teams before the playoffs, which will be begin Aug. 17 in line with the traditional format.The Clippers will try to make good on their hiatus motto, “Win the Wait,” although it will be tough to pick up exactly where they left off. The team that was at last were coalescing back in March hasn’t had an opportunity tune up together in the bubble. Personal issues and positive coronavirus tests have meant that eight of the 15 Clippers on the restart roster either were delayed arriving or had to leave. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error More than four months later, it hasn’t let go: As of Wednesday, there’s been upward of 4.5 million confirmed cases in the United States, and more than 152,000 deaths.On Tuesday in Florida, site of the NBA bubble that might have seemed like science fiction a few months ago, health officials reported 9,230 new cases and 191 deaths.Early on, before the cases and casualties had climbed so staggeringly high, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he was at a loss for when play could resume.But in the months that followed, as Clippers players stayed in daily contact via a group chat, challenging each other during workouts over Zoom and training on equipment delivered to them by the team, the league hatched a plan to resume play.With stringent safety protocols in place, the NBA will continue its interrupted season on a closed campus at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. As it stands, the bubble is intact, with NBA and NBPA reporting Wednesday that, for the second consecutive week, none of the 344 players tested was positive for the coronavirus.last_img read more