OUSU Council this week passed a motion pledging to turn Oxford into a ‘sanctuary campus’.The motion was also extremely critical of the Government’s anti-extremism Prevent strategy, calling it “invasive” and “Islamophobic” for Muslims and students of colour. The Prevent framework operates on campus, with one effect being to screen the views of those invited to speak at the University before they are allowed to visit.The motion began by noting that: “There has been a rise in racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic attacks since Brexit and the election of Donald Trump”, before going on to say that “some universities in the US have adopted a ‘sanctuary campus’ approach, which involves practical support to stop racist government policy from harming the welfare of international students, students of colour and migrant workers, for instance by resisting deportation officials.”The ‘sanctuary campus’ initiative comes after the defiance of American ‘sanctuary cities’ such as Chicago and Los Angeles. In the aftermath of Trump’s election, such cities, with attempts to institute a ban on travel from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries and suggestions that there would be a mass deportation of illegal immigrants, said that they would not comply with directives issued from Washington.The motion, proposed by Lily MacTaggart and Lilith Newton, also stated “[that] although it is not always possible to stop the effects of racist government policy on campus, we must try and minimise the impact of these policies on student welfare”, and that “migrant workers are a vital part of our institution and their rights must be safeguarded.” This follows similar moves to protect the rights and status of immigrants. Oxford Migrant Solidarity is a campaign comprising students and locals which focuses its efforts on pressing for the closure of Campsfeld House Immigration Removal Centre in Campsfield.The scale of such action from OUSU does, however, appear to be without precedent. As well as “mandat[ing] OUSU to write to all heads of college urging them to protect all migrant sta in the wake of Brexit”, the motion entailed the backing of a detailed pledge and mandated OUSU sabbatical officers and Oxford NUS delegates to act in accordance with it. Action to be taken includes “organising meetings of all students to increase the awareness of the threats and harassment faced by international students and what it means for all our education.“We will [also] organise speakouts and tribunals where immigrant, international and Muslim students can testify openly about discrimination they have faced, and where we can vote and decide on actions we need to take.”The St Anne’s representative to OUSU, Tom Zagoria, told Cherwell: “They did amend it to add ‘peacefully and legally’ several times when it was mandating the officers to act though, just so the motion could get past the trustees.”An Oxford University spokesperson said: “Oxford University is complying with the Prevent legislation and is meeting all of its statutory duties. Our approach is in line with other Universities in the Russell Group.”The proposers of the motion and OUSU were contacted for comment.
The suspects were arrested in a hot pursuit operation. They were detained in the custodial facility of the San Remigio municipal police station, facing charges./PN Police personnel investigate the area in Barangay Nasuli, San Remigio, Antique where resident Ronito Aniceto, 63, was killed by two suspects. SAN REMIGIO MPS SAN JOSE, Antique – Old grudge was seen as the motive in the killing of a 63-year-old farmer in Barangay in Barangay Nasuli, San Remigio, Antique. Ronito Aniceto sustained stab and hack wounds on the body. He was also beheaded, a police report showed. According to police investigators, Aniceto was homebound when he was attacked by the suspects around 6:30 p.m. on June 16. Tagged suspects were residents Ruben Gregorio, 27, and Joseph Anacleto, 35.
Sid Perkins of Science News dropped in at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, and got stuck, not in tar, but in the sticky evolutionary interpretations of these world-famous fossil deposits. This fossil bed, right in one of the ritziest parts of Los Angeles (adjacent to the County Art Museum), Perkins whimsically calls “L.A.’s oldest tourist trap” because of the many mammals and birds that once paid a visit, never to exit again. Even roaches checked in, but they didn’t check out. Millions of bones have been uncovered at the site, making it one of the richest Pleistocene fossil deposits in the world. The standard explanation of the fossils is that herbivores became trapped in the gooey tar. Carnivores and birds of prey, leaping on the easy meals, became trapped also, and all sank together into the sticky preservative The tale is not without its mysteries, however:Disarticulation. The bones are completely jumbled. One of the most conspicuous findings from a census of bones is the near absence of complete skeletons.Carnivore ratios. A large majority of bones are from carnivores:In a result that counters intuition, bones of predators were almost seven times as common in Pit 91 as were those of prey. Overall, an estimated 80 percent of the mammals were carnivores, and 60 percent of the birds were birds of prey. That’s a surprise, says [John] Harris [curator of the museum at the site], since the number of herbivores in a stable ecosystem always outnumbers the predators by a wide margin. Presumably, Perkins suggests, “Each herbivore entrapment probably triggered a feeding frenzy that resulted in up to a dozen predators being trapped as well.”Skull to limb ratios. Most of the bones are skulls:Of the seven mammal species that the team analyzed from Pit 91, skulls and jawbones were collected most often. Only half as many limb bones were recovered as would be expected from the number of heads retrieved.One possibility is that trapped herbivores, like bison or sloths, became tired and fell on their sides, exposing only one set of ribs and limbs to the meat-eaters. But the same puzzle exists with the carnivore bones:Even carnivores became sitting ducks; the predators’ limb bones don’t show up in the pits in the proportions expected if their carcasses had escaped scavengers. Dire wolves, an ice age predator larger than today’s gray wolf, appear to have been scavenged less often than the saber-toothed cats. However, the large numbers of missing bones among any of La Brea’s meat eaters is surprising, says [Blair] Van Valkenburgh [of UCLA]. Modern carnivores rarely feed on other large carnivores, even when carcasses are available, she notes.Isotope Ratios. Scientists trying to deduce the last meal of victims by measuring isotopes of carbon and nitrogen in the bones found some puzzles:The carbon-isotope ratios found in the bones of dire wolves that lived 30,000 and 15,000 years ago have proved mysterious because they can’t be explained by the consumption of herbivores, such as bison, horses, and turkeys, known to be living in the La Brea ecosystem at that time. A hypothesis is offered is that the wolves had eaten seafood, perhaps sea lions, at the coast – but that is nine miles away.Clean bones. The bones show little exposure to the elements:Several characteristics of the fossil bones suggest that the remains of trapped animals sank quickly into the tar, the researchers note. First, 93 percent of the bones show no sign of exposure to the weather. Almost half of the specimens show little or none of the outer-surface abrasion that indicates, for example, the scouring action of sediments. Finally, only 2 percent of the bones show any evidence that they had been gnawed or chewed by scavengers.This remarkable site, encompassing about 23 acres, has yielded “the remains of more than 650 species, including at least 60 mammal species, 140 types of plants, 120 varieties of insects, and 60 species of snails and other mollusks” during the past century of excavation, and current paleontologists have a huge backlog to inventory. The fossils include many extinct mammals, such as “dwarf pronghorn antelopes, short-faced bears, ground sloths, and the North American versions of lions and camels,” (as well as mastodons, mammoths and one human skeleton), along with bones of all the current L.A. mammals “with the curious exception of opossums.” Visitors to the attractive George C. Page Museum can watch scientists and volunteers at work separating the specimens from the matrix using fine brushes and picks – a painstaking, time-consuming process.1Sid Perkins, “L.A.’s Oldest Tourist Trap: At Rancho La Brea, death has been the pits for millennia,” Science News, Week of Jan. 24, 2004; Vol. 165, No. 4.Perkins ends with an anecdote about 60 cedar waxwings getting stuck in a tar seep last November, indicating that animals still get trapped. The problem is, cedar waxwings are not birds of prey. The fossil birds of prey outnumbered non-carnivorous birds 60% to 40%. In this case, he surely would have mentioned if 90 eagles or vultures had been seen swooping onto the trapped songbirds. The facts indicate that the present is not the key to the past. There’s always a story one can weave to explain away hard facts, but La Brea exemplifies a sticky situation for evolutionists. In fact, there are even more serious problems at La Brea that Perkins did not mention. (Thanks to William Weston for the following, from results of his independent research involving many visits to the site for years; you can read parts of his report at the Creation Research Society website.) Add these pieces to the puzzle:Hard-packed asphalt. From the earliest days of discovery, no large pools or lakes of asphalt were ever reported at La Brea. Only small tar seeps, too small to trap large mammals, were ever seen. Most of the site consisted of hard pavement-like asphalt that could easily be walked on by a mastodon or bison or camel. The large lake seen there today was artificially produced later from an asphalt quarry operation that was filled in with water. (Yet plastic mastodons were later installed as if sinking into the lake, to mislead the public.) Visitors today can find a couple of small oozing seeps, but no large expanses of tar that presumably trapped millions of prehistoric animals. Perkins suggests that the asphalt softened during hot seasons, but that does not happen today, and is just a story without observational support.Narrow pits. The notion of tar ‘pits’ is a myth. The ‘pits’ are narrow, funnel-shaped assemblages of fossils embedded in asphalt and sand. Of the pits excavated, only seven showed dense concentrations of fossils. None of them is large enough to imagine trapping a huge mammal, yet mammoth and mastodon bones have been found in them. (Weston shows a cartoon of a mammoth on a high platform trying to dive into one of the funnels and scrunch his body into it.) They give the impression of being blowholes from oil shale underneath. Weston describes one of them:The seven major fossil-bearing pits were of various sizes. On average, they were about 15 feet in diameter and tapered down 25 feet to a hole several inches wide. … One unusual pit was only four feet wide. Designated as Pit 16, it had vertical sides that went down 21 feet before it tapered three more feet to the typical three-inch-wide chimney. Somehow numerous animals including dire wolves, saber-tooth cats, coyotes, camels, bison, horses, and even the bulky mastodon had managed to squeeze themselves into a hole not much wider than a bathtub.Radiocarbon date improbabilities. Carbon-14 dates in Pit 9 were claimed to indicate 38,000 years old at the bottom and 13,500 years at the top. For the pit to be a death trap, that means the tar would have had to remain liquefied for about 24,000 years. Yet crude oil emerging from the ground begins to thicken and harden immediately when exposed to the air, forming a crust. Sunlight, heat and oxidation all harden tar relatively quickly. Therefore, “the existence of open pits of tar that could trap animals over a period of thousands of years,” Weston says, “must be regarded as highly improbable.”More on the carnivore ratios. Weston’s figures show 85% of the total number of animals as carnivores, and 70% of the birds as being flesh-eating. “The uncontested leader is the eagle,” he points out. “It is puzzling why eagles would be so vulnerable to entrapment. Not only are they quite rare when compared to such teeming populations as pigeons and doves, but they are also larger and more muscular and thus less likely to be victimized.”Observational ratios. When modern animals and birds are found to become stuck in tar seeps, they match the expected carnivore to herbivore ratios. Weston provides a reported example from 1934 with 131 birds of 13 species trapped. The non-carnivorous birds outnumbered the birds of prey 22 to 1, similar to the expected balance in nature.Few waterfowl. Wading birds like ducks and geese would presumably be the most likely to suffer entrapment (picture a whole flock settling down together into an oily lake and, surprise!). But the largest category of non-predatory birds found was the turkey – a land-roving bird.Dense packing. The bones were tightly packed together, and even insect parts, including wings and antennae, were found in the eye sockets of the skulls. Finding any connected parts of an animal, even an insect, was extremely rare. “In addition,” Weston writes, “the bones were in an entangled mass, closely pressed together, and interlocked in all possible ways.” Most showed breakage and grooves or depressions. Presumably bubbles in the tar agitated the fossils, but again, that is not observed happening today.Waterlogged wood. Stumps of water-saturated wood were found in some pits. Bones were found adjacent to “uprooted stumps or torn branches that were heavy with water.” An early excavator said, “The disposition of this brush and associated material as well as markings on the brush itself, indicate that this stuff was all washed in.”These facts indicate that something is seriously wrong with the entrapment story being fed to the public at the George C. Page Museum at the site. Taken together, the observations seem to point to a catastrophe of some sort. Weston has a version: he believes carnivores were concentrated on hilltops as flood waters were rising, and were the last to drown. Their bones, last to settle to the bottom, were disarticulated and concentrated by currents and washed into depressions where gas and oil seeps had formed from underwater blowholes. Whether or not you find this scenario more plausible than the entrapment story, why shouldn’t the public be told all the facts, including the many problems with the standard model? This case fits the evolutionists’ propaganda strategy we see so often. They start by assuming evolution and long ages, and then weave a just-so story around the facts that caters to the imaginary idea of long periods of slow, gradual evolution. Uncomfortable facts are swept under the rug or dismissed with just-so subplots. The last exhibit at the Page Museum is especially grievous. A large wall mural portrays the grand drama of cosmic evolution, starting with a presumed origin of life from random chemicals at the top, down through millions of years of biological evolution, a recorded voice reciting the whole glittering generality to the enraptured visitors. They look and listen in reverence as more and more complex life emerges, until finally, an astronaut at the end of the imaginary timeline leaps out into the cosmos from which he ultimately sprang. Now for crying out loud, the La Brea story does not even cover millions of years. Even assuming the Darwin Party’s own time scale, the Pleistocene epoch represents only the last one tenth of one percent of the geologic column. Yet this is the mythology with which millions of visitors, including a large percentage of public school children on field trips, is indoctrinated, in spite of the facts. Is there a righteous cause here? P.S. By the way, word has it that the late benefactor, George C. Page, whose largesse paid for the museum, was a creationist.(Visited 160 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
18 June 2010Volkswagen has launched a R230-million parts and accessories distribution centre in Centurion outside Pretoria, while announcing a R500-million investment in a new press shop at its plant in Uitenhage – further demonstrating the company’s commitment to South Africa.The car maker has invested over R5-billion in its operations in the country over the past four years – R4-billion of this over the past two years – and has embarked on a new strategy that will see the local content levels in its Polo and Polo Vivo cars increased from 40% to 70%.World-class operationThe company’s Uitenhage plant in the Eastern Cape is also the sole supplier of four-door Polos to right-hand-drive markets, as well as the sole manufacturer of the new Cross Polo for all global markets.“The new systems and processes to be installed in this giant distribution centre will enable improved levels of customer service to the Volkswagen, Audi and commercial vehicles dealer networks in South Africa,” Volkswagen AG chairman Martin Winterkom said in a statement this week.The 26 000 square metre facility will be fully operational before the end of 2010.“The investment [in the distribution centre], together with the best in class systems and processes and a major upskilling of the two hundred people employed at the centre, will enable a world class parts and accessories operation for the Volkswagen Group South Africa,” Winterkom said.Further new developmentsVolkswagen will also begin work on a R60-million dealer training academy on the site adjoining the distribution centre in the fourth quarter of 2010, in an effort to improve the company’s capabilities at the customer retail level.Winterkom said the company would launch its BlueMotion environmentally friendly technology – available in the Polo, Golf, Tiguan and new Tuareg ranges – by the fourth quarter of the year.In addition, the local arm of the manufacturer plans to introduce its new one ton Amarok pickup truck to the local market in the same period.“We anticipate the new Amarok will cause a major stir in the highly competitive one ton pickup market in South Africa,” Winterkom said. “The new Amarok will be a class leader in terms of emissions and fuel efficiency.”Remaining committedNext year will mark 60 years of manufacturing Volkswagens in South Africa, and the plant in Uitenhage has to date rolled out 2.7-million vehicles for both the South African market and for exports. Winterkom said the group’s commitment to the country had never been stronger.“We are proud of what we have achieved in South Africa, and the fact that next year we will celebrate our 60th anniversary of manufacturing cars in South Africa,” he said. “We remain committed to a country full of opportunity.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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It was the first loss in four games for the Filipinos, who finished way short of duplicating silver medal finishes in the last two editions of the tournament by bombing out of the quarterfinals.Korea played with flawless precision all game and made the Filipinos look a shade of the team that humbled the Chinese, 96-87, last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Koreans advanced to take on 2013 champion Iran in the Final Four after Hamed Haddadi and Co. scored an 80-70 decision of Lebanon.Terrence Romeo provided the silver lining for the Filipinos with a 22-point effort in the second quarter, where he rallied Gilas to within eight points. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games NLEX, Blackwater unveil new faces in clash Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Photo from Fiba.comSouth Korea slapped yet another loss to continental rival Gilas Pilipinas, 118-86, ending what had been a promising Fiba Asia Cup campaign by the Filipinos in Beirut.The Filipinos ran right smack into the deadliest shooting display by any country in the biennial showcase as the Koreans hit 16 triples and shot at a 67-percent clip to silence a huge stunned crowd of OFWs at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in the game that ended early Thursday morning in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
Santiago blossoms into true leader for NU Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients “Remember, in the Fiba Asia Championships, Australia beat Iran with (team star Hamed) Haddadi by 30 points,” said the national coach. “So I don’t know how—suntok sa buwan (it’s a long shot) to the highest degree. But it is what it is, we’re still going to try our best.”Australia will be among the countries that the Philippines will face in the reformatted Fiba World Cup qualifiers that features home-and-away games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGilas Pilipinas will take on Japan on Nov. 24 in Tokyo, just three weeks after it opens training camp on Nov. 3.The country will host Chinese Taipei on Nov. 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum, before flying to Australia on Feb. 22. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “What’s important is we build a team that will have a strong chance of beating Japan and Taiwan,” said Reyes. “If you talk about Australia, very honestly, I don’t know how we can beat Australia.”The Philippines remains in the top 5 in the continent despite the new Fiba groupings that merged the Asia and Oceania regions. Overall, the country slipped three spots to 30th in the Fiba World rankings.The Philippines is fifth in the Asia-Oceania group behind Australia (9th), Iran (22nd), China (24th) and New Zealand (27th).ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Chot Reyes calls beating Australia a long shot. But Gilas Pilipinas will deal with it anyway.ADVERTISEMENT
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Newcastle striker Andy Carroll set for Brighton chanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United striker Andy Carroll is set to be named on the bench against Brighton this weekend.It will be Carroll’s second debut for Newcastle after joining as a free agent in the summer.Carroll visited a specialist in London last week and was given the okay to speed up his recovery, according to the Daily Mail.The former Liverpool man has trained well over the past two days, giving Steve Bruce enough confidence to include him in the match-day squad to face the Seagulls. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Terry Richardson #13 of the Michigan Wolverines tackles Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Braxton Miller is a bona fide Ohio State great after his tenure as All-Big Ten quarterback and later a dynamic wide receiver.His status with the program wasn’t in question, but now he is officially in the ranks of the “greats” at Ohio Stadium, where his poster has been added.Miller and defensive end Joey Bosa are the two latest Buckeyes to receive the honor.Bosa and Braxton have been added into the Hall of Greats at Ohio Stadium. pic.twitter.com/7N9gVoNy3a— Not James Vogel (@Not_James_Vogel) August 31, 2016Miller is incredibly grateful to have his posted hanging at “The Horseshoe.”Miller proved to be a threat at every level of offense during his time at Ohio State. As quarterback from 2011-2013, he threw for 5,295 yards, 52 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. He rushed for 3,315 yards and 33 touchdowns, including 1,000 yard seasons on the ground in 2012 and 2013. As a receiver in 2015, Miller caught 25 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns.While his numbers at receiver won’t blow anyone away, it was his first year playing the position, and the team dealt with issues at quarterback, as J.T. Barrett did not win the job back from the up-and-down Cardale Jones until midway through the year. Even so, Miller showed enough to be a third round pick by the Houston Texans, where he now plays alongside superstar DeAndre Hopkins and promising receivers like Jaelen Strong and Will Fuller.