Truth still elusive as another Politkovskaya trial ends

first_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on Russia December 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Truth still elusive as another Politkovskaya trial ends Help by sharing this information News May 21, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en RussiaEurope – Central Asia May 5, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia center_img Paris, 1 p.m.: A Moscow court today sentenced retired Moscow police officer Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov to 11 years in prison for his role in Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya’s murder in 2006. The court also ordered him to pay the victim’s family 3 million roubles (74,500 euros) in compensation.“This rapid trial’s disappointing outcome has failed to reveal the full truth,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Pavlyuchenkov manipulated the trial or the judicial system let it be manipulated. A guilty person has been punished but the verdict does not reflect the real role that this former police officer played in Politkovskaya’s murder.”“Key questions remain unanswered, including the mastermind’s identity, which Pavlyuchenkov had promised to reveal, and the part played by his former Moscow police colleagues, especially in the elaborate tailing of Politkovskaya before her murder. We hope the appeal hearings will be conducted in a more satisfactory manner, or else the judicial system will give the clear impression of covering up those responsible.”—-Paris, 10 a.m.: After just two days of hearings, judges are due to issue a verdict today in the trial of retired Moscow police lieutenant colonel Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, one of the leading suspects in Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya’s 2006 murder. Because Pavlyuchenkov cooperated with the prosecutors, the trial has been conducted in a very unusual manner – no witnesses have testified, no evidence has been examined and journalists have been barred from most of the hearings.“We are outraged by way this trial is being held,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Six years have passed since Anna Politkovskaya’s murder but it continues to have a major impact on freedom of information in Russia. Pavlyuchenkov’s arrest was seen as a major advance in the investigation but hopes have been dashed by this guilty-plea deal and the decision to stick to it at all cost. The sudden trial with no witnesses and with the press mostly excluded casts doubt on the existence of any desire to establish the truth and identify all of the perpetrators and instigators.”Charged under criminal code articles 105 (murder) and 222 (illegal carriage of a firearm), Pavlyuchenkov has admitted to arranging for Politkovskaya to be followed and providing the hitman with the murder weapon. The prosecutor has requested a sentence of 12 years in a prison camp, while the defence has requested a suspended sentence. Anna Stavitskaya, who represents the Politkovskaya family, has said she will appeal against the verdict if Pavlyuchenkov is not given the maximum sentence.Pavlyuchenkov was arrested on 23 August 2011 on suspicion of having organized the murder. Under a deal reached in May between Pavlyuchenkov and deputy prosecutor-general Viktor Grin, his case was isolated from the rest of the investigation and given special treatment, including an understanding that he would get no more than two-thirds of the maximum sentence. In return, Pavlyuchenkov agreed to plead guilty, testify against the other defendants and, above all, name the person who masterminded the murder.But, as the victim’s children, Vera Politkovskaya and Ilya Politkovsky, insist, Pavlyuchenkov “has not kept his side of the bargain.” On 8 October, they petitioned the Federal Committee of Investigation and the prosecutor-general’s office calling for the deal with Pavlyuchenkov to be rescinded. They said they have testimony proving that he has been minimizing his role in the murder and that in fact he played a key role. His various reported claims that the London-based oligarch Boris Berezovsky or the Chechen separatist leader Ahmed Zakayev were the mastermind were “politically motivated,” they said.The deal has also been challenged by the lawyer who represents one of the other suspects, former interior ministry official Sergey Khadzhikurbanov. He said “Pavlyuchenkov’s testimony constitutes the basis of the charges against the other defendants.” The presiding judge has rejected these petitions.In a Moscow news conference on the eve of the trial, Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov said there was still a “political taboo” about the real mastermind’s identity. “Six years have gone by – it is time to ask difficult questions,” he said. Aside from Pavlyuchenkov and Khadzhikurbanov, four other people are accused in connection with the murder: Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, a Chechen organized crime leader who allegedly recruited Pavlyuchenkov, Rustam Makhmudov, the alleged hitman, and Makhmudov’s two brothers. According to the investigation, Gaitukayev received orders to murder Politkovskaya from an unknown mastermind and passed the job on to Khadzhikurbanov after being arrested in connection with another case.Politkovskaya, who was well known in both Russia and abroad for her outspoken coverage of the Caucasus and her criticism of the Kremlin, was gunned down in her Lesnaya Street apartment building in Moscow on 7 October 2006. Organisation to go further Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Newslast_img read more

Police seize opposition newspaper in “unchanging hell” for journalists

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Organisation News June 15, 2020 Find out more Equatorial Guinea’s authorities allow no space for any non-government news media, Reporters Without Borders said today, reacting to the seizure on 9 June in the mainland city of Bata of 200 copies of La Verdad, a small political party newspaper that is the country’s sole opposition publication.”It is not just this case, it is the overall situation for independent news media that is absolutely scandalous,” the organisation said. “Under the rule of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, a notorious press freedom predator, the least hint of any opposition results in confiscation, arrest or imprisonment.”Equatorial Guinea is often called Africa’s Kuwait because of its oil deposits, “but it is one of the continent’s forbidden zones for free expression and an unchanging hell for journalists,” Reporters Without Borders added.The copies of La Verdad, which had been sent for distribution on the mainland part of Equatorial Guinea, were seized by airport police on 9 June in Bata, the second largest city of the country. Published irregularly by the Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS), it is the only opposition news media. The government controls all the mass media, radio and television. Journalists working for the state media have absolutely no freedom, and just relay official propaganda.In a weekly programme about matters of national interest in July 2003, for example, the state radio said President Obiang was “the god of Equatorial Guinea” and could “decide to kill without having to render account to anyone and without going to hell.”The day before La Verdad’s seizure, airport police confiscated documents in the possession of CPDS leader Placido Miko as he returned to the capital, Malabo, from a trip abroad. The police told him they were acting on orders from a superior.Pablo Gracia Sáez, the editor of the Spanish-language service of the pan-African news agency afrol News, received a threatening phone call from presidential spokesman Miguel Oyono on 11 April. Oyono accused the Norway-based news agency of “waging a campaign against Equatorial Guinea” and warned Gracia of the “consequences” of what he reported. “We are keeping an eye on you,” he added.In July 2004, the government announced its intention of bringing civil and criminal prosecutions against the international press for its “tendentious comments” about Obiang’s relations with the US bank Riggs. The Spanish press was particularly targeted after it published a US senate sub-committee report accusing Riggs of turning a blind eye to corruption in its handling of more than 60 bank accounts for the Obiang administration.Rodrigo Angue Nguema, the Malabo correspondent of Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Radio France Internationale (RFI), was forcefully pushed by the president’s press director on 9 March 2004 and barred from attending a presidential press conference at which only the state media was allowed in.A few months before that incident, on 3 November 2003, Angue Nguema had been arrested at his home on the orders of the public prosecutor and interrogated about a coup rumour he had mentioned in a dispatch five days earlier. As he was the only journalists to have referred to the rumour, the police argued that he must have information of interest to the authorities. He was held for eight days. News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea June 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police seize opposition newspaper in “unchanging hell” for journalists Equatorial Guinea’s authorities allow no space for any non-government news media, Reporters Without Borders said today, reacting to the seizure on 9 June of 200 copies of La Verdad, a small political party newspaper that is the country’s sole opposition publication. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema’s (photo) country is often called Africa’s Kuwait because of its oil deposits, “but it is one of the continent’s forbidden zones for free expression and an unchanging hell for journalists,” the organisation added. Reports to go further November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Equatorial GuineaAfrica Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Equatorial GuineaAfrica Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship May 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Warant for prostitution charge

first_imgTwitter A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a woman accused of soliciting and/or loitering for the purposes of prostitution in Limerick city. Elvira Stoian (20) was due before Limerick District Court last week on charges dating back to May 17, 2012 and December 20, 2011 as well as an alleged theft from Penneys on January 24 last. She was one of six women arrested last May as part of a Garda operation near Catherine Street and Glentworth Street area of the city and Judge O’Kelly issued the bench warrant after she failed to appear in court last Thursday. Previous articleShannon seeks Christmas independence for airportNext articleCommunity groups seek help to tackle rural crime admin WhatsApp Email Printcenter_img NewsLocal NewsWarant for prostitution chargeBy admin – November 28, 2012 735 Linkedin Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

ESB scam caller led to distraction theft

first_imgNewsESB scam caller led to distraction theftBy Staff Reporter – March 6, 2018 1844 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Facebook TAGSelderlyESBGardaílimerickthief WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Printcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick teen bikers graduate from innovative bike programmeNext articleRound the clock confession to take place in the Augustinian Church Staff Reporter GARDAI in Limerick are advising the elderly to be vigilant when it comes to house callers after an elderly pensioner was victim of a distraction theft.Crime Prevention Unit officer based at Henry Street, Sergeant Ber Leetch said that the incident occurred when an elderly gentleman in Ballyneety was distracted by a male who called to the front door wearing a high vis jacket and claiming to be with the ESB.“While he was distracted another male entered the house and stole a sum of cash.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Gardai advise everybody, but the elderly especially not to open the door unless you know the person outside.“If you must engage with the stranger outside, ask them to leave their card and that you can contact them another time. All this can be done without opening the door”, Sgt Leetch advisedSee more Limerick News here Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live last_img read more

DS News Webcast: Wednesday 4/13/2016

first_imgHome / Featured / DS News Webcast: Wednesday 4/13/2016 Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 2016-04-12 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Incentives Remain for Private Investors in Housing Next: Counsel’s Corner: Challenge of CFPB’s Constitutionality Begins The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Housing advocates and progressive groups have launched a coalition to change Agency distressed loan sales practices and require them to sell more delinquent loans to non-profits. The advocates tagged HUD’s Distressed Asset Stabilization Program a, quote, Wall Street Giveaway, close quote, because the majority of distressed loans sold through the program are bought by Wall Street investors.The coalition’s efforts include a petition to HUD Secretary Julián Castro asking him to cease distressed loan sales through DASP until the program is reformed. HUD has made changes to the program in the last year that include setting aside pools of loans exclusively for purchase by non-profits and extending the foreclosure delay time from six months to a year.A federal judge unsealed depositions related to Fairholme Funds’ lawsuit against the government over the sweeping of GSE profits into Treasury that may be undermining to the government’s position that the profit sweep was in fact a way to protect taxpayers. Testimony from key government officials reveals, however, that the government may have known in 2012 at the time the terms of the bailout agreement were amended that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were going to remain profitable for many years. Share Save in Featured, Media, Webcastscenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago April 12, 2016 713 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago DS News Webcast: Wednesday 4/13/2016 Subscribelast_img read more

Deputy Doherty slams government for appointments to state boards

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest News Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton By News Highland – November 14, 2011 Facebook Deputy Doherty slams government for appointments to state boards Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Previous articleSoccer – Fanad United Win 14th Ulster Senior LeagueNext articleCouncil discussing planning issues at special meeting News Highland Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson The government is under fire over the appointment of large numbers of Fine Gael and Labour insiders to State boards.Since coming into office, at least 20 past or present members of either government party, or those with close links, have been given jobs.Siobhan McLaughlin, a Labour candidate in Donegal South-West in 2007, has been appointed to the board of Pobal.Donegal South-West Deputy Pearse Doherty has accused the government of engaging in cronyism and failing to end political patronage…..[podcast][/podcast] Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitterlast_img read more

Partnership for the new millennium

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. In his speech accepting the presidency of The Institution of OccupationalSafety and Health, Paul Faupel FIOSH RSP emphasised the increasing importanceof cooperation in a working world that has changed, and continues to change, inradical ways. Drawing members’ attention to the Revitalising Health & Safety Strategydocument and the associated Securing Health Together and Improving Access toOccupational Health Support reports, the president noted that the significantmessage coming loud and clear from this health and safety trinity is”partnership”. He further reminded members that IOSH’s new corporate plan recognises thatwhile IOSH speaks for its members and the profession, it is not the only voicein the sphere of occupational safety, health and, indeed, environment. Whilestressing that IOSH is greater than the sum of its constituent parts and itsvoice is authoritative, the president acknowledged there are others in therelated professions of occupational medicine, occupational hygiene, ergonomics,risk management, and environmental management who, like IOSH, seek to influencepolicy-makers, standards-setters and regulators. In their jobs, on a frequent or regular basis, IOSH members work withcolleagues in these other professions because their respective competences arecomplementary. Yet, Faupel commented, rarely have the professions themselvesworked together at the strategic level. As an institution IOSH has achieved, and can continue to achieve, a largemeasure of success in its own right. But effective partnerships will enable itand those others to achieve much more. Partnership may be a political buzzwordbut if IOSH is to be successful in its objectives it will be obliged to use thevocabularies of those whom it seeks to influence, and to seek new ways ofcooperating with other organisations sharing similar goals. The president concluded his address by committing himself to workingthroughout his year of office to enhance the Institution’s existingpartnerships and to seeking out opportunities to establish new ones, in the UK,in Europe and further abroad. Partnership for the new millenniumOn 1 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

On appeal

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Continuingour regular series on the implications of recent significant cases. GarethBrahams, senior solicitor at Lewis Silkin, looks at the issuesEmploymenttribunals are usually anxious to prevent employers relying on technicalities toavoid liability for mistreating their staff. However, three recent decisions onappeal suggest the ‘technical ruse’ is alive and well. Nodiscrimination in appointing personal acquaintance Coker and Osamor v Lord Chancellor and another – Court of Appeal [2002]IRLR 31 TheCourt of Appeal has upheld the EAT’s decision that the Lord Chancellor was notin breach of the Sex Discrimination or Race Relations Acts when he appointed aperson personally known to him, Garry Hart, as his special adviser, without advertisingthe post. Thecase turned on whether it could be said that the application of a requirementthat an applicant should be personally known to the Lord Chancellor could besaid to have a disproportionate effect on persons of one sex or racial group. TheCourt said the test for indirect discrimination focused on the effect of therequirement in question on the ‘pool’ of potential candidates. There could onlybe a discriminatory effect if a significant proportion of the pool was able tosatisfy the condition. Only in that situation would it be possible for therequirement to have a disproportionate effect on the men and the women, or theracial groups, that formed the pool. Itfollowed, said the Court, that where the requirement excluded almost the wholepool, it could not constitute indirect discrimination. TheCourt concluded that making an appointment from within a circle of family,friends and personal acquaintances is unlikely to constitute indirectdiscrimination, because the people known to the employer are likely torepresent a tiny proportion of those who would otherwise be qualified to fillthe post. The requirement of personal knowledge “will exclude the vastproportion of the pool, be they men, women, white or another racial group”.However,the Court did expressly accept that recruitment exercises conducted by word ofmouth, personal recommendation or other informal recruitment methods may wellconstitute indirect sex or race discrimination. Hourlyrate can incorporate holiday pay Blackburn and others v Gridquest Ltd t/a Select Employment and others –EAT IDS Brief 702 p12 Blackburnand others were employed by agencies and supplied to work for Ford MotorCompany. They claimed they had not received their entitlement to holiday payunder the Working Time Regulations 1998. Theemployers contended that the employees’ hourly pay was at a ‘rolled-up’ ratethat included payment for holidays and sickness, and the holiday pay elementshould go towards discharging their liability under the Regulations. However,the employment tribunal upheld the employees’ claim, stressing that none ofthem had been told their hourly rate included holiday pay. Accordingly, theywere entitled to additional holiday pay under the Regulations. TheEAT allowed the employers’ appeal. It said that if the employees’ remunerationincluded an element of holiday pay, that element should be ‘stripped out’ andthe employer given credit for it. TheEAT sent the case back to the tribunal to determine whether each employee’s paywas calculated on the basis that it did include an element representing holidaypay. Ifso, the holiday-pay element of the rolled-up rate had to be set against thenumber of weeks’ paid annual leave to which a worker was entitled under theRegulations. Workerwith personal services company not an ’employee’ Hewlett Packard Ltd v O’Murphy – EAT [2002] IRLR 4 O’Murphywas a computer specialist who set up his own private limited company, CircleTechnology, as a vehicle for providing his services. In 1994, Circle enteredinto a contract with an employment agency, Eaglecliff, which then suppliedO’Murphy’s services to Hewlett Packard (HP). Thisarrangement lasted for six years until HP decided O’Murphy was no longercapable of efficiently carrying out his work. It terminated his assignment withimmediate effect. O’Murphy claimed unfair dismissal, and an employment tribunaldecided HP was the correct respondent to the complaint as he had been itsemployee from 1994 to 2000. AlthoughO’Murphy had been paid through Eaglecliff and Circle Technology, the tribunalwas influenced by the fact that he was under HP’s control in respect ofperformance and discipline, and was largely integrated into its workforce. TheEAT allowed HP’s appeal, holding that the tribunal ought to have focused onwhether there was a contract between O’Murphy and HP. According to the EAT, anindividual who hires his services through an agency to a third party cannot bethe third party’s employee unless there is a contractual relationship betweenthem. TheEAT concluded there was “no contractual nexus” between O’Murphy andHP because he had been assigned to work at HP’s premises by Eaglecliff whichhad, in turn, engaged O’Murphy’s services through a contract with CircleTechnology rather than directly with him. Thisruling has implications for professionals falling within the scope of the IR35rules on taxation of personal service companies. Under IR35, an individualworking through a personal services company for a client firm is deemed to bean employee for income tax purposes if they would otherwise be regarded asemployed under a contract of employment with the client. TheEAT’s ruling confirms that such individuals have the worst of both worlds, inthat they will be taxed as employees but unlikely to qualify for statutoryemployment rights such as unfair dismissal, redundancy pay and maternity leave.However,the position is different under discrimination law, which specifically protects”contract workers”. In Abbey Life Assurance Co Ltd v Tansell [2000]IRLR 387, Tansell hired out his computer consultancy services through his owncompany, which supplied him to an employment agency. In turn, the employmentagency supplied his services to Abbey Life. TheCourt of Appeal held that Tansell could bring a claim under the DisabilityDiscrimination Act 1995 directly against Abbey Life when it terminated thearrangement. Anindividual working through a personal services company could bring adiscrimination complaint against the “end-user” of his or herservices, despite the absence of a direct contractual relationship. On appealOn 19 Feb 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Associate/Full Professor, Chemistry

first_imgAdditional Materials (the application will ask you to upload anyadditional required documents from the job posting.) The followingare the additional that should be uploaded in thatsection: Knowledge, skills & abilities: Ph.D. in Chemistry, or related field, from a regionallyaccredited institution or equivalent accreditation. We seek ahighly motivated exceptional individual who has demonstratedexcellence in research, engaged in high-quality teaching andmentored students at the undergraduate level, and is eager to workin a collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment. Thesuccessful candidate is expected to have a demonstrated trackrecord in leading an independent research group with extramuralfunding and in mentoring junior faculty. The applicant shoulddisplay a level of achievements that would qualify for appointmentat the rank of Associate/Full professor. Appointment requires demonstration of sustained and ongoingextramural funding, excellent scholarly research program involvingundergraduates, and teaching proficiency. The successful candidateswill be expected to mentor undergraduate research students andteach undergraduate courses. Special Instructions to Applicants:Appointment will be made on a 9-month multi-year appointment basisavailable August 2021.Because applications and materials are subject to public review andretention under Florida’s Public Records Law, please DO NOT sendexamples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so.Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks,slides, books, etc., become property of FGCU and CANNOT BERETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified to submitspecific additional materials, if needed. Such materials willbecome FGCU´s property.Under Florida’s Public Records law, applications will be availablefor public review upon request.Required Application Materials: The successful applicant is expected to be a leading scholar intheir research field and have a vigorous, independent, andfederally-funded research program (transferable). Teaches undergraduate courses in the lower and upper levels andother courses as assigned.Participates in course and/or curriculum development.Conducts scholarly research and participate inCollege/University committees and/or initiatives.Other duties may be assigned by the Chair. Cover LetterStatement of your Research interests and how you have involved,and will involve, undergraduates (maximum of 5 pages).Statement of experience with students in research orscholarship as it fits discipline.Three (3) letters of recommendation Preferred Qualifications: The position is listed as “open until filled”, howeverapplications received by Tuesday December 15, 2020 will receivepriority consideration.Salary is NegotiableFGCU is an EOE AA /F/Vet/Disability Employer. Additional Job DescriptionRequired Qualifications: Job SummaryThe Department of Chemistry and Physics at Florida Gulf CoastUniversity invites applications for a full-time faculty position inany area of chemistry with an exceptional record of research andteaching accomplishments. FGCU is seeking for a candidate who willaid in the growth of the department while committed toundergraduate education and scholarly excellence. In addition, thesuccessful applicants will be expected to develop strong andcreative research programs and to contribute to teaching at theundergraduate levels.State-of-the-art instrumentation supports numerousinterdisciplinary research projects within the department. Thegrowing department consists of over 20 permanent full-timechemistry/biochemistry faculty in various fields of research and 6supporting staff, offering BS degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry,and Forensic Science.Job DescriptionTypical duties include but are not limited to: Unofficial TranscriptsStatement of Teaching PhilosophyCurriculum VitaeFive (5) Professional Referenceslast_img read more

Can we grow our own? Yes ve-gan!

first_imgWorcester’s allotments, named ‘The Edible Garden Project’, produced their first harvest last week. Worcester was able to use a patch of land which had previously served as the on-site builders’ yard, and had later become overgrown. Despite this, it took over a term for permission for the project to be granted by the College Garden Committee. Sarah Falder, former Green Rep for Worcester, was the co-ordinator of the project. She said, “The motions for the money passed pretty easily. Everyone was really keen. It was so refreshing.”The new allotments at Worcester are especially salient for those who remember the incident in Michaelmas of 2008, when the then-Green Rep of Worcester was threatened with rustication after holding an illegal apple pressing event in the College grounds. It was this event that spurred David Barclay, now OUSU President, to become involved in student politics. Of the allotments, he said, “The establishment of a garden in Worcester is a great symbol of students and the College working together fro the common good”.Alistair Marsh, Chair of the Environment and Ethics Committee said, “The quads of many colleges were devoted to cabbages and carrots duringthe Second World War. Although most colleges are fond of their hallowed turfs, why not put them to good use?”Oxford colleges are not the only ones to grow their own. The Oxford Green Project, a student led volunteering scheme, are also planning an organic allotment scheme, named “OxGrow”.Lukas Wallrick, the secretary of OUSU’s Environment and Ethics Committee, said “The OxGrow project is very exciting because vegetables can help students to gain a better understanding of local and seasonal food.”But some remain sceptical. Henry Curr, a third year at Magdalen, said of the allotment trend, “The idea of a JCR having its own allotment is utterly ridiculous and a complete waste of time and money. “These hippies who think the road to environmental nirvana is self-sufficiency are infuriating and, for consistency, should probably leave and go to a university closer to wherever they live. I’ll keep my frozen peas, thanks.” Worcester is the latest in a string of colleges to have introduced student-run allotments within the college grounds, where students maintain, harvest and consume the produce. Other colleges with similar allotments schemes include Balliol and Linacre, and the trend is gaining momentum across the University. This new allotment trend comes as the backlash against last term’s enthusiasm for Meat Free Mondays begins to set in. In Trinity Term 2010, many JCRs passed motions to outlaw serving meat for one day a week, to raise awareness about the impact that eating meat has on the environment. Students across the University expressed their irritation about Meat Free Mondays by bringing counter motions before their JCRs. Following Christ Church’s initial Meat Free Mondays motion, cheers in the JCR Open Meeting greeted a further motion for Steak Only Mondays. Other Colleges attemted to implement Vegetable Free Tuesdays. Aidan Clifford, JCR President of St Catherine’s, which passed the Meat Free Mondays motion last term, said, “I am aware that the initial enthusiasm for Meat Free Mondays has waned somewhat.”Given that the momentum which the Meat Free Monday movement originally garnered appears to have slackened, some voiced reservations about the new allotment trend. Philip Beak, a second year medic at St Catherine’s, commented “At the time of Meat Free Mondays, loads of people jumped on the band wagon of ‘Yeah, we all love the environment’. “It is the same with these allotments, people are green-keen at first, but after a while everyone will stop caring. How fast do vegetables even grow? It will provide enough for maybe one meal a month. No one wants vegetables shoved in their face – either at Hall or in allotments”.last_img read more