The presidents of 22 college JCRs have signed a letter saying they are “heavily disappointed” by newly released access data.The letter calls on the University and its colleges “to take every possible step to ensure that this situation improves in the short and long-term”.The data, released by the University on Tuesday, showed that Oxford admitted more Westminster pupils than black students in 2017.Published today by the JCR Presidents Committee in response to the release, the letter continues: “Though there is a range of results between colleges, we maintain that what this report highlights is a systemic issue across the University. Too few BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic), socioeconomically disadvantaged, and state school educated students are admitted.“This is due to the fact that too few students from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds apply to study at Oxford, and too few of those who do make applications are admitted. This situation must change.”The presidents added that there were reasons to be optimistic about access at the University.They said: “Across the student body at Oxford, people are working tirelessly to make sure that the University and College environment is as welcoming and inclusive as it can be.“Student-led campaigns, such as the Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality (CRAE) and the Class Act Campaign, alongside societies, such as the First-Generation Students Society and the African and Caribbean Society, are university-wide organisations that are taking important strides in increasing awareness of race and class-related issues, as well as undertaking access work of their own.”The letter also praised programmes such as the foundation year at Lady Margaret Hall for demonstrating “a commitment to improving access at Oxford”.The foundation year, which was introduced in 2016, is based on a programme used by Trinity College Dublin to widen undergraduate admissions.While the letter praised the University for expanding its Uniq programme, the presidents said that “much more needs to be done to develop stronger relationships between student groups, Colleges and the University, that allow for collaborative work and resourcing of more effective outreach initiatives.”Notable absences from the letter’s signatories initially included the presidents of Trinity and St Edmund Hall colleges.Trinity College ranked lowest for the proportion of UK state school students in the data release, while St Edmund Hall accepted the lowest proportion of UK BME students.After the letter’s publication, St Edmund Hall’s JCR President told Cherwell: “St. Edmund Hall is strongly in favour of this joint statement and it is only through an unfortunate miscommunication that our JCR is not one of the signatures. We are staunchly committed to ensuring diversity and fairness in the Oxford admissions process and fully support the statement.”
Rice farmers were projected to produce 5.6 million tons of rice at the peak of the harvest season this month, said the President, twice the country’s monthly consumption.With travel and social restrictions in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, food supply chains are somewhat disrupted, causing delays in deliveries. The fast-spreading coronavirus has infected more than 9,500 people in Indonesia and 3 million people worldwide, hurting domestic distribution and shipments of imported products.“Make sure the distribution is going smoothly so that provinces facing staple food deficits can source the supplies from provinces with a surplus,” said Jokowi. “The transportation of goods between provinces and islands should be free of any disruption.”Read also: Government disburses $4.5m in village funds as cash aid for poor familiesTravel and social restrictions had hit farmers hard, because they kept them from finding alternative sources of income outside the harvest season, said Institute for Development of Economics and Finance researcher Bustanul Arifin. Therefore, they needed the assistance to survive.“I think they need more cash assistance in this pandemic,” Bustanul told The Jakarta Post via text message on Tuesday. “Some farmers probably have received seeds and fertilizer.”The government has allocated Rp 110 trillion for social safety nets out of its Rp 405.1 trillion extra COVID-19 spending. That budget includes cash aid for citizens within and outside of the Family Hope Program (PKH) as well as conditional cash transfers for staple foods within and outside of the Staple Food Card Program, on top of cash transfers for villages and villagers.Topics : The plan emerged as the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) recently warned against the disruption in the food supply chain on top of the likelihood of a prolonged dry season until June in Southeast Asia, which might have adverse effects on agricultural output.Read also: Rice stock in check despite lower production, higher demand: MinistryPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo wants to aid farmers to keep them harvesting and thereby prevent the country’s staple food stocks from depleting further. National stocks for commodities such as onion, rice, corn, cayenne pepper, eggs, chili, sugar and garlic are low in several provinces across the country, government data show.“Make sure farmers keep producing while complying with the health protocols and the economic stimulus to reach farmers related to our rice production,” Jokowi told an online briefing on Tuesday. The government plans to provide cash and production subsidies for 2.4 million poor farmers to help them maintain their harvest and survive the COVID-19 crisis.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on Tuesday that the aid comprised of Rp 300,000 (US$19.45) a month in cash assistance and production subsidies such as fertilizer and seeds worth another Rp 300,000.“We hope we can provide it for a three-month period,” Airlangga told an online briefing, without providing further details. “The Agriculture Ministry will lay out the details later.”
Yeak (Blue and White) are four points clear at the top of the tabel (file photo)Futsal Super League 2018/19Thursday, 14-03-2019International Futsal Courts, Mengo-Eqautor vs Aidenal @6pm-Mengo City vs Yeak Kabowa @7pm-Crown vs Bajim @7pm-Typhoon vs Parakeets @8pm-Yap Stars vs Kabowa United @8pm-Elephants vs Park @9pm-Dream vs Nomad @9pmMENGO – The Futsal Super League will return this Thursday with 7 match ups at the International Futsal Courts in Mengo.All eyes will be on leaders Yeak Kabowa who have been on some sort of stroll lately, winning all of their last four games and in the process move four points clear at the top of the standings.On Thursday, they come up against Mengo City who are off a 3-1 victory over Equator last week.Mengo are currently 8th on the standings despite having an average seen so far.Much of their play has been down to the fact that they are solid at the back. Mengo has let in a league 5th lowest of 32 goals and they will be hoping they can continue that good defensive record against arguably the best side in the League currently.Yeak will be expected to win this one, and if they do, winning a first League title will move high on their agenda for the season.The day’s action will however kick off with Equator taking on Aidenal.Both sides are struggling at the wrong end of the table and head into the fixture separated by only a single spot and point.Aidenal who are off a humiliating 8-0 loss against Yeak, currently sit 10th on the standings having gathered 12 points from as many games.For Equator who are in 11th, they also lost their last fixture 3-1 against Mengo City but if they can replicate the sort of showing they put out last week, three points may be theirs this time round.Another interesting affair will see defending champions Dream take on Nomad at 9pm.Dream have been climbing up the table lately after a slow start that saw them sit as low as 9th at some stage.The 9-1 win over Yap Stars was their 4th in 5 competitive games (including one in the cup) and that form has seen them climb into 5th, 7 points off the pace. The only game they failed to win in that period was the 2-2 draw with Park, a tie that saw them (Dream) concede with only a minute on the clock.Going into the game, Dream vice Captain Kitanda ‘Obed’ John is confident they will win it.“We started slow but have started picking up, said Kitanda.“We are the defending champions and have to justify that tag at all costs.“Our job is to win as many games as possible so that we can finish as high as we can.“This game will not be easy like all the games are but we have prepared well and i am confident we will win it.For Nomad, they are also performing well currently and head into the game 4th with 23 points.Last week, they scrapped to a 2-1 win over Kabowa United, requiring a late Ahmed Omar strike to win the contest.The other fixtures on the day will see second placed Parakeets take on Typhoon, Park play Elephants, Yap Stars entertain Kabowa United while Crown and Bajim lock horns.Yeak’s Shaffic Avemah still tops the scoring charts with 14 goals, 5 ahead of second placed Joseph Kizza of Park.Comments Tags: Futsal Supers League
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Elizabeth Alvarez Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter North County San Diego residents oppose Mega Church complex development in their neighborhood June 12, 2019 Posted: June 12, 2019 DEL SUR (KUSI) – San Diego County residents are collecting signatures to stop a megachurch complex from being built in their residential neighborhood.It’s a controversial proposed development that has been in the works for eight years.Flyers about the fight are being passed out and a signature drive is going on.Residents living in 4S Ranch, Del Sur and Santa Fe Valley are upset about the plan to build a mega church complex off of Four Gee Road, an area that is currently zoned for homes.This is one of the most carefully plan master planned communities in the county,” said Jerry Kent, a concerned resident.Another concerned resident is Kay Slate. “We knew what the plans were. And, that this was always going to be for residential homes.”The Proposal includes building a 90,000 square foot church complex to include five buildings. It would operate from 8am to 10pm seven days a week. This land was bought by the Chinese Bible Church of San Diego 8 yrs ago.The developer showed up at a community meeting this past Sunday.KUSI News asked him why the church chose this location — a location zoned for residential use. “Because this is the closest to the 4S Ranch Village — the concept that people can walk, ride their bike instead of public transportation. Rather than be built further away (from members) and cause more traffic and infrastructure” Said Ron Harper, Owner of Harper Communities.But concerns residents say that’s the opposite of what will happen since most church members do not live in the area.Ameet bhatia, another concerned resident, made it clear, they have nothing against the church or its members. “This is just the wrong place for it this is a residential not at all, not at all. This is just the wrong place for it. This is a residential neighborhood. You got kids all over here. We got three kids who play sports in the field right behind where they’re proposing this. It’s already tough as it is people are already flying by.“We had to experience it in 2007 when the fire came from the North and the only way we could get out was from Four Gee Road. It was backlog it took us a long time to get out,” said Kay Slate referring to wildfires and other emergency evacuations.Harper also told KUSI News Sunday that there was really only one time when there’s a high-capacity, which is Sundays, and perhaps a few other days when there are small bible studies and youth groups.He added “ To be compatible with the neighborhood, we’ve done hundreds of reductions over the eight-year process,” said Harper.Harper Communities did its own environmental impact report. The developer said they and found no negative impact on “traffic, biology, fire protection, roadways and air quality.”The San Diego Planning Commission, however, did not agree and denied recommending the proposal to the county in November of 2019.The ultimate decision will be made by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on June 26th. Elizabeth Alvarez,