Trinity President apologises for hosting Christian Concern

first_imgThe President of Trinity College, Sir Ivor Roberts, has released a statement of apology following growing opposition to the fact that the college hosted the controversial Christian Concern for their annual ‘Wilberforce Academy’ conference.In his statement, Sir Ivor said, “Trinity has been contacted by a number of current and old members about the holding in College of a conference organised by Christian Concern. When the booking was taken for this conference we were not aware of the organisation’s background. The name rang no bells.“What was known was that the delegates were to be addressed by both a former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, and another Anglican bishop, and so the request to use Trinity facilities appeared to be perfectly reasonable and one that we would have no cause to question.”He went on to specify exactly what action Trinity would take in response to vocal opposition to the group’s presence in the college by students, explaining, “We have set up a review of our procedures for college use by outside agencies. Trinity regrets that any current or old members were upset by the fact that we gave houseroom unwittingly to Christian Concern.Any profits from the conference will be given to an appropriate charity.’Christian Concern have been branded homophobic in the past, largely due to their staunch opposition to same sex marriage. In a blog posted in May last year, the group’s CEO Andrea Williams accused the incumbent government of extraordinary arrogance for attempting to pass a bill on same sex marriage, and asked “Why are they so committed to imposing same-sex marriage on us all?”Trinity’s own Christian group, the Christian Union, has distanced itself from Christian Concern, with a representative stating that, “The Christian Union in Trinity were not involved in the conference or the decision by college to host it. The CU is committed to sharing the love of God with all people in our college and in the wider university.”In response to accusations of radical and divisive views held by the organisation, Christian Concern’s founder Williams hit back with the assertion that, “The views held by Christian Concern are not ‘radical’ in any way. They are the views held historically by the Christian Church for the past 2000 years and should therefore come as no shock to anyone.“Freedom of speech and freedom within learning has been a principle which we should all strive to maintain. The day when academic institutions, or governments, start ‘banning’ free speech and free ‘discussion’ at universities is the day when we start to see our society censored, and the very start of ‘mind control’.’An undergraduate student of Trinity College, Crawford Jamieson, held views more in keeping with the vast majority of Trinity students, however. He told Cherwell, “LGBTQ students within Trinity College certainly felt, and quite rightly, that the presence of ChristianConcern within the college was a slap in the face. However, the mistake does seem to have been genuine on the part of the college and the President’s response has been appropriate.”Trinity is now expected to take similar action to that taken by Exeter College last year. In 2012, Exeter also faced controversy for allowing Christian Concern to use the college facilities for their conference. The college donated profits made to causes supported by LGBTQ, the sexual rights and awareness group.Katie Colliver, OUSU’s Vice President for Welfare and Equal Opportunities was not completely satisfied with the outcome. While pleased to see that Trinity had taken on board the objections of its students and would be reviewing its booking procedures, she added, “It is frustrating that they were unable to learn from Exeter’s experience last year.’last_img read more

Solskjaer warned Man Utd rebuild could fail without key transfer rethink

first_img “I’d still go for [Jadon] Sancho if I could, depending on what that will cost, because they still need a calibre of players that’s gonna be challenging – not just the teams in this league, but Real Madrid and Barcelona. “You want the best that you can possibly get to keep the fight in that squad and keep them trying to achieve. “You put [Kalidou] Koulibaly in that squad… Luke Shaw has been in and out of that squad. We know what potential he had and whether or not he’s going to be able to fulfil that, because we’re still not seeing a settled left-back playing the kind of game that you want to see someone do. “Maybe a left-back, a centre-half and that team with a Sancho in it as well which would help with the competition for places.” Elsewhere, former United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has hailed Bruno Fernandes’ effect on United’s progress. The Red Devils were 17 games unbeaten going into Monday’s clash with Southampton, largely down to the Portugal international’s contributions. Fernandes has scored eight goals and assisted seven others in 15 United appearances. And Bosnich feels he is now an unmissable part of Solskjaer’s team. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Ian Wright has said Manchester United may need to bring in a new left-back, with Luke Shaw struggling to fulfil the potential he once showed. United’s concrete spending plans reportedly include a new left-sided defender, a striker and a right-sided player before next season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to replace the outgoing Marcos Rojo, with Nathan Ake and Tyrone Mings allegedly on his radar. Elsewhere, reports have heavily linked Jadon Sancho with a move, but his price tag could be more than £100million. And while United boss Solskjaer has said he has doubts over his transfer budget, Wright believes only “the best” signings will continue the club’s recent upward trend. And, contrary to the previous reports, Wright believes a left-back should be on Solskjaer’s wish list. “It’s important who they buy now,” Wright said on Optus Sport (via the Daily Mirror). “I think a defender is needed and maybe a left-back. read also:Man Utd make €65m bid for Inter’s SkriniarAdvertisementlast_img read more

How T20 World Cup move could reshape Aussie summer

first_imgTEST captain Tim Paine says he’s “not fussed” by speculation the COVID-19 pandemic might force a change to Cricket Australia’s published schedule of Test matches this summer but remains hopeful an inaugural meeting with Afghanistan goes ahead.Rashid Khan’s Afghanistan have been scheduled to meet Australia for the first time in Test cricket in the summer’s opening Test match, a day-night affair at Perth Stadium, listed to begin November 21.“Any time we can get someone like Afghanistan out to Australia and help develop cricket in countries like that is a great opportunity,” Paine said today.“Fingers crossed that one gets up and running, but everyone is thoroughly looking forward to the challenge India will bring.“Certainly, Afghanistan will bring some different challenges with all their mystery spin as well. So looks like it will be a really challenging Test summer.”It’s shaping just as challenging off the field, with COVID-19 causing uncertainty for cricket fixtures around the globe and things may yet change.The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to make a decision next month on this year’s men’s T20 World Cup and if that event – scheduled to be played in Australia between October 18 and November 15 – is postponed as is widely expected it could start a chain reaction of reshuffled international fixtures.The Indian Premier League (IPL) is likely to fill the void left by the T20 World Cup and, depending on when that tournament ends, with reports it could run as late as November 8, it would leave little leeway for Afghanistan to assemble a Test team and meet all of the yet-to-be-determined quarantine and biosecurity measures.Likewise, the Australians participating in this year’s IPL – with David Warner, Steve Smith and Pat Cummins among the 17 Aussies contracted for this year’s tournament that hold contracts worth a collective A$17.145 million – would also need to obey quarantine restrictions on their return from abroad.The Western Australian Cricket Association were already unhappy at having been scheduled to host Afghanistan instead of India, and could argue to have the four-Test series schedule re-drawn, with contractual obligations guaranteeing the Perth Stadium a Test each, or significant compensation instead.With COVID-19 relatively under control in WA, the state government yesterday announced plans to allow full-capacity crowds from July 18, meaning up to 60 000 fans could attend games at Perth Stadium while stronger restrictions are enforced around the rest of the country.With the BCCI unwilling to extend this summer’s Border-Gavaskar series beyond four Tests this summer – although a five-Test series hosted in India for their subsequent meeting is likely – the Australian players could yet lose out on their desire to open the series at their Gabba stronghold.“I’m not too fussed,” Paine said today of the issue. “I think both of those wickets are excellent Test wickets. The Gabba has been for a very, very long time.“And you only have to look back to the last time we played a Test against India at the Perth Stadium, I thought that was one of the great Test matches to watch.“Given both sides’ pace attacks, either of those would be enthralling for spectators and TV audiences, both exciting prospects.“But that decision is out of my hands; that’s for sure.”Pressed to make a choice, Paine joked his choice would be Blundstone Arena in Hobart, the home ground where the Test captain has yet to represent his country, but in the past Paine has made no secret of Australia’s desire to start their summer in Brisbane.“That’s where we like to start our summer and it has been for a long, long time except for (the 2018-19) summer (when India last toured), ” Paine said in the wake of last summer’s Gabba Test.“We like to start here against anyone. Having said that,, it doesn’t win us games of cricket. The reason we win games of cricket at the Gabba is because we outplay our opposition.“That doesn’t change dependent on the venue … but certainly we enjoy playing here which allows you to settle into games a little bit quicker.”Paine on merits of facing India in Perth or at the GabbaAustralia are unbeaten at the Gabba since 1988, when they were rolled by the great West Indies team of that era, and have now gone 31 Tests at the venue without a loss.“We can’t wait to come to the Gabba, knowing that Australian sides play well and win a lot of Test matches here,” Paine said previously.“It’s where we traditionally like to start so it feels like the Australian summer when you get together and get out on the Gabba.“It’s a great place for us to play – the wicket suits Australian sides really well so to start here is fantastic and the boys are really looking forward to it.”Other implications of the T20 World Cup moving would likely see Australia’s three-match T20 series with the West Indies in Queensland in early October postponed, while a mid-October three-game T20 series with India could be accommodated later in the summer.If the India team joined the Australians in returning to serve their quarantine immediately after the IPL, those T20s could be played in lieu of the Afghanistan Test in late November before the Border-Gavaskar Test series.The fluidity of fixtures amid the coronavirus pandemic was highlighted when Paine fielded questions, six months before the Boxing Day Test is scheduled to be played, about moving the fixture away from the MCG given the new outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the city.“Given the current circumstances I dare say everything is on the table,” Paine said.“We’re hopeful that everywhere we play come summertime will be able to have crowds. How big they are we don’t know.“It’s a difficult one to answer because there is so much changing week to week, day to day. Given three or four months, we just don’t know what it’s going to look like.“From a players’ point of view, we want to be playing in front of big crowds at the best venues.“A big day like Boxing Day is something everyone looks forward to, and a big part of that is playing at the MCG.“Fingers crossed things are going well enough we can do that, but we’re spoilt for choice here in Australia with some world-class stadiums, so if something had to change, we’ve got plenty of options.”Longest Test undefeated streaks by venue:National Cricket Stadium, Karachi Pakistan: 34 matches 1955-2000The Gabba, Brisbane Australia: 31 matches 1988-2020*Kensington Oval, Bridgetown West Indies: 27 matches 1948-1993Old Trafford, Manchester England: 25 matches 1905-1954Sabina Park, Kingston West Indies: 19 matches 1958-1989. ( read more

Weightlifting: Amoah targets more medals after first Gold for Ghana

first_imgGhana’s weightlifter Christian Amoah who won the country’s first gold medal in the Youth 85kg category at the ongoing International Weightlifting Commonwealth Championship in Malaysia is targeting another medal in the next Olympic games.Richard Osarfo another contingent for the Black Cranes of Ghana also grabbed a silver medal in the youth 94kg category.Amoah who was part of Team Ghana’s contingent at this year’s Rio Olympics is delighted at the feat and hopes win more laurels for Ghana.“Am very happy for winning Gold for Ghana and am very proud of myself”.“I always believe in myself and I know what I use to do at training so that gave me more confidence”.Quizzed about his plans after the International Weightlifting Commonwealth Championship, the national hero said “Am going back home to prepare myself for the next Olympic games and my target for the Olympic games is to win more medals for Ghana”. “Am not going to promise that I am going to win medals for Ghana but my target is to win medals for my country.The Black Cranes had to raise funds from the public to participate in the competition.last_img read more