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Uni harassment cases rise as new support centre opened

first_imgPhoto by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 A total of 92 cases of bullying or harassment have been reported to the University of Oxford since 2012, Cherwell can reveal, with more reported complaints of sexual harassment in the last academic year than the previous five combined.Five cases of rape or sexual harassment were reported in April 2018 alone, with the figures obtained by Cherwell by Freedom of Information (FoI) requests suggesting a clear upwards trend in the frequency of reported cases.The news comes after a new Sexual Harassment and Violence Service was jointly launched by the University and Oxford SU on Monday, following recommendations from a working group led by Helena Kennedy QC.The number of reported cases of bullying or harassment has increased in recent years.In the past three there have been over ten reported complaints against University staff, numbers not matched in any of the previous four years.So far in 2018, 15 complaints of non-sexual harassment or bullying have been made against University staff.In the last academic year, there were four allegations of rape made against Oxford students, three of which are still under ongoing University investigations and one of which is not currently under ongoing investigation.In April 2018 the University recorded two allegations of rape, two of sexual assault, and one of sexual harassment.All of these cases are still being investigated by the University.A single complaint upheld over the last two years, while five of the 26 complaints made in 2017/18 have been partially upheld.Of the remaining 26 complaints recorded since 2017, nine were not upheld, five were resolved informally, six investigations are ongoing or on hold, and two were unable to be completed.Responding to the upwards trend in bullying and harassment, a spokesperson for the University told Cherwell: “The University is committed to providing an environment where all students and members of staff are treated with dignity and respect and can work free from any type of discrimination, harassment and victimisation. “The University strongly condemns all forms of bullying or harassment as unacceptable behaviour, and we have clear procedures for complaints to be made and addressed.We have established a network of approximately 300 harassment advisers within the University, across each department and faculty, and confidential advisors are appointed within the colleges.”last_img read more


UK reports record 381 coronavirus deaths, including 13-year-old boy

first_imgTopics : Some 25,150 people have now tested positive for the virus in Britain, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.As of 5:00 p.m. (1600 GMT) on March 30, 1,789 people have died, the health ministry said on its Twitter page.But data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England and Wales on Tuesday revealed that the true toll could be 24 percent higher.The government figures cover those who have been taken to hospital and tested for the virus whereas the ONS data is for deaths in the community where COVID-19 is suspected. Britain reported a record daily coronavirus toll of 381 on Tuesday, including a 13-year-old boy, more than double the number of nationwide deaths posted in the previous 24 hours.The boy, who died Monday at King’s College Hospital in London, is believed to be Britain’s youngest confirmed death in the coronavirus pandemic, with relatives saying he had no underlying illnesses.The country’s previous highest daily toll was 260, recorded on Saturday, with the number dropping to 180 on Monday. ‘Green shoots’The government last Monday ordered a three-week lockdown, shutting non-essential shops and services to help reduce contacts and relieve the burden on the National Health Service.Stephen Powis, medical director for the NHS in England, said that despite the latest fatality figures, overall there were “green shoots” because the rate of infections was slowing.But he added: “It’s really important not to read too much into this. It’s early days. We’re not out of the woods,” he told a daily briefing on the government response to the outbreak.”And it’s really important that we keep complying with those [social distancing] instructions.”Cambridge University professor David Spiegelhalter agreed that “great caution” was needed in interpreting daily figures.”The extreme day-to-day variation in reported COVID-19 deaths is far more than we would expect from chance variability and must be due to reporting practices,” he said.”Some deaths occurred many days ago, and there seems to be fewer reported over the weekend.”Scientists say the full effects of the lockdown are expected to be seen in two to three weeks, with predictions that life may not return to normal for at least six months.Britain has braced for an expected surge in coronavirus cases, including setting up a 4,000-bed field hospital at a giant London exhibition center — one of four across the country.But senior minister Michael Gove said there was “not a fixed date like Easter when you know that the peak will come”. The boy’s family said Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab “started showing symptoms and had difficulties breathing” before he was admitted to hospital.”He was put on a ventilator and then put into an induced coma but sadly died yesterday morning,” they said through a family friend, Mark Stephenson, adding: “We are beyond devastated.”Johnson told the cabinet via video link that the rising toll “showed the vital importance of the public continuing to stick to the social distancing guidance which has been put in place by the government.””The situation is going to get worse before it gets better — but it will get better,” he added.last_img read more


Acclaimed Trinidadian Musician Brings ‘Kaiso’ to the Miramar Cultural Center

first_imgMiramar, FL – The magical music of Trinidadian trumpet player Etienne Charles and his band Creole Soul will take center-stage at the Miramar Cultural Center on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 pm.Hosted by Miramar Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers, the concert entitled “Kaiso” is part of the 35th-anniversary celebration of Caribbean Riddims radio show.For “Kaiso” Charles will present a captivating musical journey, tapping into a myriad of styles rooted in his Afro-Caribbean background. Selections will explore the depths of the islands from Calypso, Reggae, Rock-steady, Belair, Kongo and Rock, as well as the influence of Motown and R&B music that Charles listened to on his parents’ record player when he was growing up in Trinidad. His concerts usually morph into a carnival celebration with the audience, on their feet, singing and dancing.“We are delighted to be able to present such a talented musician as part of our anniversary celebration,” stated Eddy Edwards, co-host of the Caribbean Riddims radio show aired on WZAB 880 am, Saturdays at 3:00 pm. “Our audience is a diverse mix from the islands and the music of Etienne Charles is influenced by a variety of genres from the French, Spanish and English-speaking Caribbean, of which we all can relate.”Perhaps more than any other musician of his generation or Eastern Caribbean origin, Charles brings a careful study of varied rhythms rooted in his diverse cultural heritage to the table. He is hailed by Jazz Times as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism.”Tickets for Kaiso – Eitienne Charles and Creole Soul in concert are available at the Miramar Cultural Center Box Office, Ticketmaster and Tickets are also available by phone at 954-602-4500.last_img read more