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Government blocks Oxford MP’s bill for rough sleepers

first_imgChair of Oxford SU’s ‘On Your Doorstep’, Alex Kumar, told Cherwell: “No one is surprised to see the government yet again refuse to engage on this issue. Every year that Theresa May has presided over this country, either as Home Secretary or as Prime Minister, rough sleeping has increased.“This is symptomatic of a deep wound in British society, and – as if being forced to sleep rough were not awful enough – the government is rubbing in salt by using procedural ploys to protect the abominable pre-Victorian law that sees homeless people harassed and brought before the courts for sleeping rough or peacefully begging.”“The campaign to repeal the 1824 Vagrancy Act goes on. The government can swat us away but we will keep coming back.“The government can do us all the decency of at least explaining why it has the temerity to defend such a barbaric law.”Kumar drew attention to the fact that MPs from across six parties have already signed onto Early Day Motion 903, which calls for the Act’s repeal. The Bill was co-sponsored by Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas MP, and other Liberal Democrat MPs, including Deputy Leader Jo Swinson. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government did not respond to Cherwell’s request for comment. The Government has blocked a bill sponsored by Oxford MP Layla Moran to repeal the Vagrancy Act, which makes it illegal to sleep rough. Moran’s Vagrancy (Repeal) Bill would scrap the 1824 Vagrancy Act, which permits the arrest of homeless people sleeping on the streets.The legislation was due for second reading, but Conservative MPs blocked Layla Moran’s Bill from advancing through the parliamentary process. The Bill could therefore not be ‘read’ a second time. The Vagrancy Act has already been repealed in Scotland and Northern Ireland.Layla Moran MP said: “I am shocked, if not surprised, that the Government have blocked debate on this legislation that would change the law to end the criminalisation of rough sleepers.“I’ll be keeping up the pressure on the Government and will continue to fight to change the law. “We must end the situation where homeless people can still be arrested and dragged before the courts using a heartless, Dickensian law dating back to 1824 just because they don’t have anywhere to spend the night.”Last month, Cherwell reported that Moran would take up this cause in part due to the efforts of students in Oxford. Oxford SU’s ‘On Your Doorstep’ campaign petitioned the UK Government to repeal the Vagrancy Act, gaining over 10000 government signatures, triggering a government response. last_img read more

Narine, Gambhir fire KKR to another thrilling chase

first_imgSUNIL Narine’s promotion to opener paid dividends for Kolkata Knight Riders as they produced an impressive chase against Kings XI Punjab.Kolkata Knight Riders produced another devastating run chase to thrash Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets and end their unbeaten IPL start.Playing at a raucous Eden Gardens, KKR made home advantage count after winning the toss and inviting their visitors to bat, chasing down 171 with 21 balls to spare, having knocked off 184 in 14.5 overs in their opening match of the tournament against Gujarat Lions.Chris Lynn was the star of that show, but the Australian six-machine was absent through injury, so it was left to the promoted Sunil Narine (37 off 18 balls) to begin the fireworks as captain Gautam Gambhir (72 not out) anchored the innings superbly.Umesh Yadav (4-33) took three wickets in the space of four deliveries late in the Kings XI knock as a promising start was checked to leave the hosts a gettable target.Yadav’s success made up for a hapless outing for Trent Boult (0-36), who suffered a dropped catch, misfields and a bizarre all-run four (helped by two overthrows) off his bowling.Narine shelled a sitter when Manan Vohra skied Boult to third man, but the opener only got to 28 before he was bowled by Piyush Chawla (1-36). His score represented somewhat of an apparent wall that Kings XI could not break through.Hashim Amla (25), Glenn Maxwell (25), David Miller (28) and Wriddhiman Saha (25) played innings of varying paces, but each ended with similar scores and, having successfully chased twice, Kings XI did not prove as adept at defending their total.The sight of Narine opening the batting in T20s is not necessarily new – he did so playing for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League – but the Trinidadian announced himself as a top-order danger with three sixes and four fours that put KKR well ahead of the rate.Narine’s 37 was his second-highest score in any form of cricket and 76-1 represented KKR’s best powerplay total in IPL history.From there it was all about Gambhir, who moved above David Warner at the top of the run-scoring charts on his way to a 33rd IPL fifty – two behind Warner in a ranking that the Australian remains atop.And the chase was capped as impressively as it was launched as Manish Pandey (25) blasted Marcus Stoinis over long on for six. (SportsMax)last_img read more

Sledding returns to Sarajevo: Technical Course for Coaches in Sledding

first_imgTechnical course for coaches in sledding for the Balkan region was held in Sarajevo, from 12th to 15th of September.The course was organized by the Sledding Federation of BiH under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Committee of BiH (OC BiH).Participants from eight countries attended the course and the total number of participants was26. Participants came from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Czech, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria and BiH.Course lecturers are high ranking members of the FIL (The Federation of International Lacrosse), Maria Luisa Reiner who is sports director of FIL and Karl Brunner, one of the best coaches in sledding.On the technical courses were discussed all the relevant topics related to work on the sled and rules in sledding through theoretical and practical vision.After successfully completed course, participants received the Certificate of trainers that will help them in their future work.“Course, besides the educational part, is also very important for the promotion of our country and sledding in the world, and especially in the region. After a tour of the track, presenters and participants enthusiastically supported the start of reconstruction of the track on Trebevic and training held there. The idea of the eventual reconstruction of the track is getting more and more supporters, primarily because of the very good features of the path, as well as the beauty of our city.We owe our gratitude to the IOC and the OC BiH which recognized the importance of the project for which the Sledding Federation of BiH advocated for years,” said Senad Omanovic.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

13-year-old confirmed pregnant

first_imgCorentyne underage marriage Following reports that teenage girls on the Corentyne, Berbice were allowed into marriage and one was living with an adult male as if married, one of the two girls has been confirmed pregnant.Doctors have confirmed that one of the two 13-year-old girls is pregnant.On Wednesday, Guyana Times had reported that a 13-year-old girl was allegedly wed to an older man over the weekend. This led to the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) promising a probe.Police on the Corentyne are currently investigating two other cases.The parents of one of the girls, this newspaper was told, have been assisting the Police with their investigations which led to the arrest of one man.Over the weekend a man admitted to this newspaper that he has been living with a 13-year-old girl.Meanwhile, residents on the Corentyne had gone to the Office of the Prime Minister after they had reported the matter to the relevant agencies and had not been getting a response.Regional Representative to the Prime Minister, Gobin Harbhajan, explained that he too had tried to get the relevant agencies involved.“The residents of the community kept calling and complaining they had some priests and pastors also called about an underage girls who would have run away a few weeks ago and then the parents were making arrangements to marry the girls. I passed on that information to the Number 51 Police Station Sergeant and also at the Police Outpost at Number 62 Village, but the complaints continued to come in.”The age of consent in Guyana is 16. The age of consent was raised from 13 to 16 on October 31, 2005. Harbhajan added that he is surprised at the way one Police Officer acted when the information was given to him.Meanwhile, Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken have since assured that the matters will be investigated while the CC&PA is also investigating both matters.On Tuesday, Director of the CC&PA, Ann Greene, during an interview with Guyana Times stated that the CC&PA currently does not have enough information to conduct the investigation.“We (are) looking at it but we got to get more information to send the people out. We don’t have exactly where this place is or who these people are. I have it down on the list… I need more information on where we can find this child,” she explained.Greene noted that this is the first report coming out of the Corentyne, Berbice area after quite some time. According to her, such cases were more prevalent in years gone by but had decreased significantly due to sensitisation conducted by her agency.last_img read more