Open Letter to Oxford Guild

first_imgThe letter below was sent out by now-former leading figures in the Oxford Guild, a prestigious student society at the University. The Guild has now published a response.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%13125%%[/mm-hide-text] It was signed by the following members, 16 in total, of the club’s senior committee in a move that could cripple the Guild:Nikita Gladilin, Vice President of Sponsorship Shakeel Hashim, Vice President of SpeakersNathan Caldecott, Creative LeadJakub Labun, Intranet Coordinator,Wesley Nelson, Law Coordinator,Eliz Melkonyan, Guild Ball PresidentJack Laing, Commitee, EntrepreneurshipHussein Daginawalla, Committee, Sponsorship TeamJason Kwong, Committee, Sponsorship TeamKazia Tam, Committee, Sponsorship TeamScott Menzies, Committee, Sponsorship TeamLoris Raimo, CommitteeGabriel Robek-Zackon, CommitteeAurelia Vandamme, CommitteeIsaac Kang, CommitteeJihood Kim, Committeelast_img read more

News story: Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) Bulletin April 2019

first_img Beer waste and duty guidance Publication of PCA/ DPCA arbitration awards Arbitration update: initial stay process MRO Questionnaire The Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) Bulletin April 2019 (PDF, 171KB, 2 pages) provides information relating to: The beer waste and duty guidance was the subject of a statutory public consultation, which can be found here.last_img

Pandemic funding, liability shield clear Congress

first_imgDec 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Before adjourning last week, the US Senate passed and sent to President Bush a bill providing $3.8 billion for pandemic influenza preparedness and a controversial liability shield for those who produce and administer drugs and vaccines used in a declared public health emergency.The preparedness funding and liability protection were part of the fiscal year 2006 defense spending bill passed by the Senate on the evening of Dec 21. The bill had cleared the House 2 days earlier.The $3.8 billion for pandemic preparedness is a little more than half of the $7.1 billion Bush had requested in early November. House Republican leaders said last week the measure would fund roughly the fiscal year 2006 portion of Bush’s request.As reported previously, the amount includes $350 million to improve state and local preparedness and directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use most of the rest on “core preparedness activities,” including increasing vaccine production capacity, developing vaccines, and stockpiling antiviral drugs.The liability provision offers broad legal protection for the makers of drugs, vaccines, and other medical “countermeasures” used when the HHS secretary declares an emergency. The provision says people claiming injury from a medical countermeasure can sue only if they prove “willful misconduct” by those who made or administered it. The bill calls for Congress to set up a compensation program for injuries, but it provides no funds for that purpose.Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and other Republican leaders argued that the liability measure was necessary to induce biotechnology companies to develop products to counter pandemic flu and other disease threats.In a news release issued after the bill passed, Frist said the measure “extends limited protections to manufacturers, distributors, and first responders, so that life-saving countermeasures, such as an H5N1 avian flu vaccine, will be developed, deployed and administered.”He added that the bill “strikes a reasonable balance where those who are harmed will be fairly compensated and life-saving products will be available in ample supply to protect and treat as many Americans as possible.”But Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and some other Democrats, along with consumer groups such as Public Citizen, derided the liability provision as a giveaway to the drug industry. Kennedy said the bill makes it “essentially impossible” for injured parties to sue for damages. He also argued that the measure allows the HHS secretary to use many common diseases as a reason to activate the liability shield.”Without a real compensation program, the liability protection in the defense bill provides a Christmas present to the drug industry and bag of coal to everyday Americans,” stated a Dec 21 news release issued by Kennedy and Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Chris Dodd, D-Conn.The liability protection language, called the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, was tacked onto the end of the huge defense-spending bill (H.R. 2863).It gives the HHS secretary authority to trigger the liability protection by declaring an emergency if he or she determines that a disease or other health threat represents an emergency or may constitute an emergency in the future. The act does not list any criteria for determining the existence of an emergency. The declaration would have to list the diseases, populations, and geographic areas covered and when the emergency would end.Such an emergency declaration is not subject to court review, and it preempts any conflicting laws or regulations of states or local communities, the act says.The measure says those who make and administer medical countermeasures covered by an emergency declaration are immune to lawsuits unless the plaintiff can provide clear evidence of willful misconduct that resulted in death or serious physical injury. “Willful misconduct” is ruled out if the party who administered the treatment followed HHS recommendations and notified health authorities of the relevant injury within 7 days.In addition, the act instructs the HHS secretary to write regulations “that further restrict the scope of actions or omissions by a covered person” that constitute willful misconduct.A party alleging “willful misconduct” can file suit only in US District Court in Washington, DC. The plaintiff must have an affidavit supporting the suit from a physician who did not treat the injured person. Before any suit can go to trial, a three-judge panel will consider any pretrial motions.The act says that an HHS emergency declaration will trigger the establishment of a fund to provide “timely, uniform, and adequate compensation” to anyone injured by covered medical countermeasures. However, the measure does not appropriate money for the fund.A person claiming injury from a covered treatment may not sue without first trying to collect from the compensation fund. But that requirement applies only if the compensation program has been funded. A person can sue if HHS fails to act on the request for compensation within 240 days.If a plaintiff accepts an award from the compensation fund, he or she is barred from suing anyone, the act provides.In arguing that the liability shield is too broad, Kennedy said in his news release, “The Bush administration could identify Vioxx as a needed countermeasure to treat the arthritis epidemic or to treat pain associated with flu, and completely immunize Merck [the manufacturer] from lawsuits currently pending against it.”See also:The Library of Congress’ Thomas site for the text of the liability shield (search “Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act,” part of HR 2863)http://thomas.loc.gov/last_img read more

Nigeria’s Marathon Queen Seeks Top-five Finish

first_imgThe number one Nigerian female runner at the maiden edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Oluwaseun Olamide, has set a higher target for herself in the fast approaching 2017 edition.Olamide who is now a celebrity thanks to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode initiative of starting the Lagos Marathon, sponsored by Access Bank was the first Nigerian female runner to cross the finishing line last year .Her goal this time is not just to retain her status as the country’s female number one runner but break into the overall top five athletes in the female category.“I finished in 18th position overall last year but this time I want to be at least in the top 10 or even in the top five” the 19-year old stated Seen sweating it out at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Wednesday, Olamide said she is leaving nothing to chance even as she revealed that she began intensive training over a month ago in other to fulfil her mission at the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.“I have been preparing since last year December and I am confident it is going to good again in 2017, I have not run in any races in recent times because I am fully focused on the Lagos marathon,” she saidRegardless of the star-studded cast of athletes expected across the world to feature in the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, the Nigeria Marathon Queen said she is undaunted but actually excited that she will be rubbing shoulders with the very best in the world.“I have heard of the big names coming again for this year’s race but I am not bothered, for me there is nothing special about the Kenyans or Ethiopians, once you believe in yourself and train as hard as they do then you can be sure to rub shoulders with them” Olamide submitted.While it was a big surprise for many to see the pint-sized Olamide going the whole mile at the 2016 Lagos Marathon, the fast rising marathoner said she hopes to spring more surprises in the 2017 race“It was a big surprise to some people that I am an athlete due to my small stature, a bigger surprise when people realised that I am into long distance race but with my performances I have made them to understand that it is not just about bragging but training and your inner strength as an athlete.Many are keen to see how far the ‘inner strength’ in Olamide will take her this time at the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City MarathonShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tyus Battle sparks 2nd-half spurt that helps Syracuse pull away from Colgate, 77-56

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on November 21, 2018 at 8:56 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3center_img With 16:57 to go on Wednesday, Syracuse trailed by a point to Colgate. Tyus Battle drove down the lane and tried to throw down a tomahawk slam with his right hand. He hit the back rim but was fouled. Battle made both free throws and bobbed his head.“I told him after that, I said, ‘Man, that’s you, that’s what you do,’” SU point guard Frank Howard said. “From the outside looking in, you can say he did change the game. He brings that type of energy with those plays.”On the next trip down the floor, Battle made a pull-up jumper from 12 feet on the right side. He added a few words toward the Colgate defender, and a referee issued a warning for talking. A few minutes later, Battle went down the lane and finished through contact off the glass. Syracuse’s star had awoken, and he went on to save the Orange from a massive upset.Syracuse (3-2) extended its win streak over Colgate (4-2) to 53-straight games in a 77-56 win at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday. Battle rescued the Orange with 16 points in the second half and 24 overall on 8-for-10 shooting. He’d had a rough start to the season, as after leading the Orange in scoring last year, Battle was shooting 40 percent entering the night and more than three points below last season’s average. For one night, though, he made sure Syracuse’s ongoing issues didn’t result in a historic loss.“Tyus was a different player tonight,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He didn’t play the last part of the game and had 24 (points) in 26 minutes. That’s more what we expect from Tyus.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore Battle took over, SU’s offensive struggles persisted. Howard, making his season debut, hit his first 3 on Syracuse’s first attempt from deep on Wednesday. But it would be just one of two long-distance shots the Orange hit in the first half, along with one from Battle, as they went 2-for-10 beyond the arc. It continued a season-long trend of struggles from deep after Syracuse entered the game shooting 20.5 percent from 3-point distance.Syracuse’s offense didn’t have much more success near the basket. Five times in the first half, Oshae Brissett brought down offensive rebounds and rose back up for putbacks. All five times, he missed.At the other end, the Orange kept allowing 3s. Will Rayman hit three early from beyond the arc, forcing Jim Boeheim to use an early timeout. By the end of the first half, Colgate was 8-for-23 from deep, and the Raiders trailed by three at the half. “We made some mistakes defensively in the first half,” Boeheim said. “Didn’t cover shooters and they made them. Could’ve been worse.”On Tuesday, Battle watched film of six-year-old games: this year against Morehead State, last year against Duke, Boston College and North Carolina, and his freshman year against Duke and Virginia. Battle was looking for something different about his shot this year since before Wednesday, he was 1-for-11 from 3 after making 77 from distance last year. Battle realized that he wasn’t prepared enough to shoot before he caught the ball.“I was just trying to stay shot ready the whole time tonight,” Battle said.After his first six second-half points, he stepped back from the right wing. He’d made one 3 on the season entering Wednesday, and one more in the first half. He buried this one, his second of the night. Then, he hit a jumper from the left wing for two more.Battle was forced to spend time in Syracuse’s first four games running the point with Howard out. Boeheim felt that hurt Battle’s rhythm, taking him out of some of the spots he normally thrives in. But Howard, who said “my number one job is to get these guys the ball,” saw Battle heating up. And because the junior was playing off the ball, Howard could feed him in the best spots to get buckets.“He’s much more comfortable at the 2, and we’re glad to get him back there,” Boeheim said.Battle’s burst seemed to awaken his fellow scorers, Brissett finished a 3-point play and Elijah Hughes hit two 3s. All of a sudden, the Orange were up 17, a long way from the first-half woes.Before Battle had heated up, he’d missed two free throws and grimaced in frustration. After, Syracuse showed the ability that had it open the season ranked No. 16 in the country, going on a 37-10 run from his first free throw until 4:00 remained in the game.The first half showed issues that Syracuse will have to clear up when it plays at Ohio State in a week. But Battle made sure none of those mattered in the second half. He started a big enough run that for the final 7:05, he could just sit on Syracuse’s bench and watch. He turned a barnburner into a blowout.“You’re gonna go through some slumps sometimes,” Battle said. “But you gotta stay confident, gotta keep on taking it. You work too hard to stop shooting.” last_img read more