Lib Dem MEP deems Polish Soc disinvitation “censorship on campus”

first_imgBearder was set todebate prominent Brexiter MP Daniel Kawczynski on the impacts of Brexit on Europeancountries, but was disinvited from the event after a tweet of hers garnered “negativeattention”, according to an email chain seen by Cherwell.   “In organising the conference, we are doing our utmost to ensure that the conditions for free debate are ensured and that a range of views are duly represented. We therefore invited Mr Stefan Kasprzyk, a Liberal Democrat and a vocal supporter of the Remain campaign, to represent views that are opposed to Mr Kawczynski’s. “However, I’d like to make it clear that the debate will bemainly about the effects of Brexit on European (and, of course,especially Polish) relations; and less so on the domestic side ofthings. We are looking forward to a high-quality debate with compellingarguments. We are very excited to be hosting both Catherine and Daniel,and as it is a student conference aimed at networking, we would like it to runin a friendly, positive atmosphere.” Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder will be writing to the Vice-Chancellor to protest her ‘disinvitation’ from the Congress of Polish Student Societies, which is being hosted by Oxford University Polish Society this weekend. Oxford University Polish Society told Cherwell: “We decided to change one of guest speakers – Mrs Catherine Bearder – collectively, as the Conference’s organising committee. An online exchange, primarily concerned with issues irrelevant to the Polish student community in the UK, caused concerns that the panel debate would be overshadowed by issues specific to internal British political controversies, however topical. “We therefore consider the charges to be unfounded. While we regret Mrs Catherine Bearder tweeted a private e-mail exchange with a member of our team, we would like to apologise to her for the manner in which we communicated the change of arrangements to her, and any upset or embarrassment caused. The Congress organisers consider the matter closed.” The Congress takesplace annually and attracts students from 30 university Polish societiesnationwide. “We strongly deny the charges of stifling free speech, let alone censorship. We are deeply committed to free speech and consider it to be an important part of our identity as a student body. The Congress organisers had raised Bearder’s Twitter activity as a cause of concern prior to her invitation. center_img Bearder originally tweeted: “”I’m debating Daniel Kawczynski MP in Oxford this Saturday in front of Polish university students studying in the UK. When I say debating, I mean trying to put the little unicorns Daniel lets free every now and then back in their stables.” In anemail to Bearder they wrote: “Yesterday we’ve been asked about the tweets Catherine postedabout the debate. We appreciate that Catherine feels strongly about people whoadvocate for Brexit and this is the reason why we invited her to take partin the debate. They said: “In my opinion, this has got Daniel Kawczynski MP written all over it. He and his lobbyist friend Marek Matraszek from CEC Government Relations who helps organise the Congress share pro-Brexit views together on Twitter regularly. A spokesperson forBearder told Cherwell that the disinvitationwas “most unusual and rare, even by the times we live in.” President of the OxfordLib Dems told Cherwell: “Having beenalerted to the fact that Catherine Bearder MEP was uninvited to debate DanielKawczynski MP amidst allegations that she had pulled out when this was not thecase, we are concerned that that the Congress of Polish Student Societies hasseemed to cause a great deal of confusion close to the event resulting inattendees being unable to access out on a pro-Remain counter to Daniel’s views,which are crucial in a debate about the effects of Brexit regardless of whatone’s views are. We hope the Congress soon clarifies why this occurs.” “They clearly weren’t prepared to face Catherine and be challenged on their views. It’s shocking and looks like censorship on campus.” Daniel Kawczynski MP has been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Crop Protection Careers

first_imgThe search for a perfect job can feel like a major quest. That quest turns literal for a group of University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) students for one week each summer.As part of the student-organized Crop Protection Careers Tour, 21 CAES graduate students set off to Florida this year for what has become an annual pilgrimage to agricultural science hubs to learn about careers in crop protection.The students, who are studying in the CAES departments of entomology, plant pathology and crop and soil sciences, traveled by bus May 10-13 to visit crop development and research centers in Florida. During the four-day trip, the students visited the University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Plant Diagnostic Center; the UF IFAS Department of Plant Pathology; Syngenta’s Vero Beach field research station; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fort Pierce Horticultural Research Laboratory, the epicenter for citrus disease research.“I thought the most efficient means of learning the wants and needs of the industry was to go straight to the sources and let them tell us what they are looking for in a potential employee,” said Russell Ingram, the trip’s organizer and a master’s degree candidate studying plant pathology at CAES. “As it was last year, the ultimate goal of this trip is to help at least one student get an internship or a job offer.”Ingram organized the first Crop Protection Careers Tour in 2016, when he and a few dozen other CAES graduate students set out to the corn and soybean fields of Indiana to visit the global headquarters of Dow AgroSciences and Purdue University. The industry career focus of last year’s tour was research-and-development-laboratory-based positions.For this year’s Crop Protection Careers Tour, the students switched directions and headed south to the sunny citrus groves of Florida.While at the UF IFAS Plant Diagnostic Center, students attended a brief workshop on Florida’s economically important crops and diseases. The director of the center, Carrie Harmon, also spoke to students about working in Cooperative Extension and her experience as a diagnostician and administrator.During the visit, two field scientists from Dow AgroSciences — entomologists Alejandro Calixto and Joe Eger — talked to students about working as private industry field scientists, including specific responsibilities, work-life balance and preparations to be viable job candidates.After the visit with Dow AgroSciences at UF, students got another chance to see more of the field science and product development in practice at Syngenta’s field research facilities.At Syngenta, company representatives Bryan Delp, James Hadden and Marty Wigglesworth helped students gain a better understanding of research scientists’ role at Syngenta and the way they fit into the business of science. Students also had the opportunity to meet with the many staff scientists on site to ask about everything from gender equality in the workplace to the impact of the recent agrichemical company mergers to the future of the industry.On the last day of the trip, students learned about the innovative disease management research on citrus greening at the USDA Horticultural Research Laboratory.The visit highlighted the impact that properly coordinated interdisciplinary collaboration can make in the advancement of science. Many people outside of the areas of citrus production and crop protection are unaware of the citrus disease Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, as it is more commonly known. This citrus disease has wreaked havoc on the Florida citrus industry since its introduction, leaving the industry at the brink of collapse.“The scientists at the USDA are currently racing against the clock to find a solution before this disease completely wipes out the citrus industry in Florida, worth over $1 billion,” Ingram said. “The creative solutions that the scientists at this site are developing to try to save the citrus industry are nothing less than inspiring. In a way, it was very fitting to end the tour on this note.“Exposure to the current situation with citrus greening in Florida was a great way to reinforce to students the importance, need for and impact of crop protection professionals in everyday life.”The three-night, four-day tour cost each participating student only $50 thanks to generous contributions from Dow AgroSciences LLC and Syngenta; professional sponsors the American Phytopathological Society Experiential Award and UGA Society of Aspiring Plant Pathologists; and the CAES departments of plant pathology, entomology and crop and soil sciences.last_img read more

Shell picks up Aban jack-up for Brunei work

first_imgAn Aban offshore jack-up rig (For illustration)India’s Aban Offshore has been awarded a five-year contract plus options for one if its jack-up rigs by Shell in Brunei. According to a Friday statement by Deep Drilling 1 PTE. LTD, Aban’s subsidiary, the contract has been entered into for the deployment of the jack-up rig Deep Driller 5 (DD5) offshore Brunei Darussalam.The contract is for a firm period of five years followed by three optional periods of one year each.The statement also said that the deployment is likely to start during the last quarter of calendar year 2017.The Deep Driller 5 rig is of a KFELS Super B Class design built in 2007 by Keppel FELS in Singapore.last_img

Guyana Cup attracts more sponsorship

first_imgTHE organisers of the 11th Guyana Cup recently benefited from three more sponsorships towards Sunday’s race meet, scheduled for the Rising Sun Turf Club on the West Coast Berbice.The Berbice River Bridge Company, along with Prem’s Grocery and Fix It Tyre Shop, joined the long list of sponsors.Roy Jafferally, who is a member of the organising committee, recently collected the sponsorship cheque from representatives of the three business entities.He expressed gratitude to the sponsors, adding that their support will definitely provide some assistance towards making the event a huge success.Meanwhile, an update from the organising committee indicated that close to 100 of the country’s top horses gained entry for the day’s event.The feature event, which is open to all imported and Guyana-bred three years and older, rated B Class and Lower will go for a distance of 1600m and a top prize of $2M.The main supporting race is the E3 and Lower, which will be contested over 1100m and has a winner’s purse of $1.2M. Other races on the day include the G1 and Lower (1400m), H2 and Lower (1400m), Two-year-old Guyana-bred (1100m), Three-year-old Guyana-bred and I1 and Lower (1400m), J2 and K Lower (1400m) and L and Lower Non-winners (1400m).The top five finishers in all eight races would receive cash incentives, with over $15 million in cash and prizes to be distributed on the day.Admission to the venue is $2 000 for adults; children will be admitted free.last_img read more