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Oriel College dismisses contractor over harassment claims

first_imgOriel College has dismissed one of its contractors after students allegedly experienced intimidation and sexual harassment from builders working on a site in their Third Quad.Oriel College’s Domestic Bursar, Kevin Melbourne, told Cherwell, “It was recently brought to the College’s attention that some of our College members had experienced or witnessed inappropriate remarks and behaviour by a contractor working on the Rhodes Building redevelopment.“Oriel does not tolerate inappropriate behaviour of any kind and as soon as this issue was brought to our attention we took immediate action, removing the perpetrator from the premises within the hour. The College made it clear to the main contractor that this behaviour is utterly unacceptable, that it should not recur, and that any future instances would be dealt with very severely.“All further reports have been investigated and to the best of our knowledge were historical instances that took place prior to the contractor being removed.“The College has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment. We have urged all students to report any instances of unacceptable behaviour immediately to the Junior Deans or a member of the senior management team so that appropriate and speedy action can be taken.”The refurbishment of the Rhodes Building, which currently houses fresher undergraduates, has been an ongoing project since June 2013 and was due to be finished in September 2014. While all the accommodation was finished in time for Michaelmas term, work by external contractors has been ongoing through Michaelmas and Hilary on seminar rooms and a new gym on the ground floor, as well as on landscaping Oriel’s Third Quad.One second year female undergraduate commented to Cherwell, “In Michaelmas term, I experienced a number of incidents of harassment. The strangest was when one of the builders sang a song about my ass as I walked by. On a separate occasion, a group of them discussed my body loudly within earshot. I’ve lost count of the number of times they’ve whistled at me.“As I live opposite the building site, this became a daily occurrence. I think I’ve been conditioned over the years to ignore street harassment but in hindsight I wish I’d reported it earlier. I finally decided to say something when I heard that a large number of girls had been subjected to this disgusting behaviour. The College has dealt with it extremely well.”Another student, who also reported her concerns to College, commented, “Some of the builders working on Oriel’s Third Quad – one in particular – have demonstrated inappropriate behaviour towards myself and other female students whilst working in Third Quad, but mostly while taking breaks on Oriel Street.“It is extremely uncomfortable to walk down there at the moment as they stand by the side and often look you up and down and mutter inappropriate comments. Living in Third Quad makes it pretty hard to avoid (particularly the staring). I have reported this to College and they are taking it very seriously and are trying to do something about it.”The JCR President of Oriel, Kit Owens, commented to Cherwell, “I am very pleased with the quick and decisive response the college made when it became aware of reports of harassment. It sends a clear message that this sort of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our community.”last_img read more

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French forward among nine Barca stars available for sale

first_imgThe Barcelona fire sale gets bigger every time you read about it.Advertisement The Daily Mirror have now ramped up the number of players being made available by the Catalan club to nine. Read Also: Victor Moses faces uncertain future at Inter MilanArturo Vidal, Luiz Suarez and Ousmane Dembele are all on the list, and could all interest Premier League sides looking for a boost of quality – or a boost of PR from the headlines such a signing would generate.How many of these unwanted stars they can shift in this strange summer is another question, but it will have to be a few if they want to prise Neymar from PSG.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandsoncenter_img Loading… That includes some which have been well covered, including Nelson Semedo and Philippe Coutinho, as well as some impressive new names – like last summer’s big signing Antoine Griezmann.The idea that the Frenchman is up for sale is pretty hard to swallow. The entire operation is said to be in order to raise funds for signing Neymar, but unless they were certain they could get the Brazilian, it seems unlikely they would entertain offers for their last big name buy.Antoine Griezmannlast_img read more

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UW softball squad ends contest early

first_imgThe offense came early and often for the Wisconsin softball team last night against Illinois-Chicago. The Badgers jumped on UIC starting pitcher Mercedes Lovato for four runs in the first inning and lit up the scoreboard in every inning the rest of the way in an 11-0 shellacking of the Flames that could have been much worse. The game was ended after 4 1/2 innings of play, as the Badgers were up by more than eight runs, qualifying them for a run-rule victory.Wednesday’s game was, at least for UW, a sharp contrast from last week’s contest at UIC. In that game, UW was only able to tally two runs on five hits. In the first inning alone Wednesday, UW pushed four runs across, batted around the order, and left the bases loaded. “We took advantage of their mistakes, and that’s something we’ve really been struggling with,” UW head coach Chandelle Schulte said.Sophomore outfielder Katie Hnatyk got the offensive barrage going, slamming the first pitch she saw from Lovato over the wall in left-center field for a two run homerun. The towering shot was a sign of things to come. Hnatyk blasted another monster homerun to put an emphatic ending to the Badger scoring.”When pitchers make mistakes, she is able to capitalize on them and she hits it pretty far,” second baseman Theresa Boruta said, joking, “I think the second one cleared the second fence out there.” The second fence Boruta was referring is some 300 feet beyond the outfield wall.Schulte wasn’t too surprised by Hnatyk’s five RBI performance, “She did well in batting practice, so you could kind of see it coming,” Schulte said.A key to the offensive explosion was patience at the plate. UW drew eight walks and a hit by pitch, giving plenty of RBI opportunities to the rest of the line-up. The middle of the order was especially patient, as the four and five hitters — Joey Daniels and Alexis Garcia — drew three walks apiece. Daniels registered a 0-1 day, but still came around to score twice, and Garcia scored once and picked up an RBI when she walked with the bases loaded in the third inning. Garcia also collected an RBI double in the second. The success could be at least partially attributed to a good scouting report on the Flames’ pitchers. “They said she predominately throws screwballs, so I backed off the plate and the first pitch was there so I took advantage of it,” Boruta said of her second inning double. When Schulte went to her bench late in the game, the offense didn’t miss a beat. Freshman Stephanie Doyle had only 35 at-bats on the year and hadn’t recorded a hit since March 4, but when called upon the pinch hit for Lynn Anderson in the fourth, she lined an RBI single to right field. The RBI was the first of her career. “It was such a relief to finally get up there,” Doyle said. “[Schulte] keeps giving me chances and I finally came through [for the team].”I’m back,” Doyle said when asked what she was thinking after her single. “Finally after a season of not getting it done, I finally have my confidence back.”According to Schulte, confidence was Doyle’s problem. “She just needs confidence, so we try and get her into situations where [she can gain confidence]. She’s a great hitter, but she has struggled with live pitching. Hopefully this can do something for her.”Schulte sent another pinch hitter up after Doyle reached. Super-sub Liz Klemp singled and eventually came around to score. All told, UW sent at least seven players to the plate in each of their four offensive innings, and 21 of 33 batters who came to the plate reached base, 11 by way of a base hit. Even with this success, UW stranded 10 runners on base. Moving on Up: Hnatyk’s two dingers gave her nine for the year and 18 for her UW career, moving her into third place on the UW career home run list. She is only two behind the all-time mark held by Boo Gillette and Kris Zacher, and figures to eventually become the most prolific homerun hitter in school history. No Sweat: After two years of not getting an at-bat, Klemp has worked herself into the role of go-to pinch hitter. She has appeared in 25 games, coming as a pinch hitter in each one. Her single in the fourth raised her season average to .350.last_img read more

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Salomon Rondon leads Venezuela to dominant win over the United States

first_imgSalomon Rondon scored twice to help Venezuela beat the United States for the first time and become his country’s all-time leading goalscorer after a 3-0 win that will send Rafael Dudamel’s side into the Copa America on a high.West Brom striker Rondon, who has been linked with a transfer away from the Baggies in recent weeks, put himself very much in the shop window with a match-winning display in which he also provided an assist for Jefferson Savarino to score Venezuela’s second as a sorry USA side was torn apart. Rondon timed a run superbly on 36 minutes and brought Tomas Rincon’s long ball under control before composing himself and rattling a left-footed shot into the corner of the net, beating Steffen at his near post from close range.HT | Venezuela leads in the first half. 45 minutes left to battle!0:3 pic.twitter.com/L2yTNtbDKP— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 9, 2019The hosts failed to improve after halftime, mustering just four shots across the course of the game, and Berhalter will demand better when they take on Guyana in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in under two weeks’ time.Meanwhile, Venezuela will go into their Copa America opener against Peru on Saturday in high spirits after a historic win and an unforgettable night for their in-form striker. USA coach Gregg Berhalter saw his players lose the first game of his time in charge three days earlier when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Jamaica and will have been concerned by a defensive horror show in which they conceded three goals inside 20 first-half minutes.Venezuela’s opener came courtesy of calamitous USA defending as goalkeeper Zack Steffen gifted a clearance to Yangel Herrera who fed Jhon Murillo and he laid the ball back to Rondon for a bundled shot into the net.It was Rondon’s flicked header that allowed Savarino to go through on goal moments later, the Real Salt Lake winger scoring at the second time of asking after his first shot came back off the post.last_img read more