Wadham trials new ‘paternalistic’ smoking restriction

first_imgWadham will trial a new smoking policy for Trinity Term that limits the act to areas “immediately” around eight smoking bins. The college informed students of the new policy via an email on Tuesday.According to the email, Wadham “conducted a consultation last term on its smoking policy.”“As a result, Governing Body has decided that for a trial period lasting for all of Trinity Term, smoking on the main College site will be restricted to the immediate vicinity of the existing smoking bins.”A map attached to the email marks the locations of the smoking bins, most of which are on the edge of campus. The email continues: “The College will be closely monitoring adherence to the new guidelines, and will review the smoking policy at the end of the term.“It is essential that these new guidelines are fully respected. If they are not, the College will consider moving to a total smoking ban.”The email also warned students that there is no smoking bin outside the MCR, “where many smokers currently choose to congregate.”Wadham joins St Hugh’s college in trialling a smoking ban in Trinity, while seven colleges including St Edmund Hall and Mansfield have blanket bans on smoking.St Hugh’s decision to trial a ban was criticised by some students as “ridiculous” and “parental.”When Exeter announced plans for a ban that were later withdrawn, Exeter JCR Disabilities Rep Grace Tully told Cherwell: “Habitual smokers are aware of the drawbacks and danger of the habit, but our community gains nothing from physically and socially ostracizing those of us who do still smoke.”A Wadham second year told Cherwell: “I’m annoyed at college for further attacking the rights of smokers. I do feel this is just the first step to an outright ban. Such paternalism really isn’t in the spirit of Wadham, in my opinion.”Wadham SU declined to comment.last_img read more

Outbound flights now allowed but…

first_imgIt also had a special reminder to domestic passengers: “Please check with the local government offices of both your origin point and your final destination on travel requirements, such as mandated documents or health certifications. These requirements differ from province to province, and are revised and updated constantly in line with the anti-COVID-19 arrangements of each locality.” The governor clarified he would be allowing more outbound flights should other airlines offer them but only for locally stranded individuals, overseas workers and those who work in Metro Manila. Inbound and outbound regular commercial flights for leisure purposes are not yet allowed, said Defensor. * Manila – Caticlan (Boracay) – Manila (PR 2041/ 2042 every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday effective June 22) It, however, had this notice: “Please note that we may have to cancel flights, add frequencies or adjust our planned schedules, based on evolving entry restrictions and requirements set by concerned local government units (LGUs). PAL coordinates closely with all LGUs and the aviation authorities, and we will comply with their approvals and conditions, as we all work together to promote and protect public health during these critical times.” In a recent interview, Parreño said he was unsure when would commercial flights resume at the Iloilo Airport. Yesterday, Defensor said there was a scheduled PAL outbound flight this Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines-Iloilo (CAAP-Iloilo) terminal supervisor Art Parreño said yesterday they applied for up to June 30 extension of the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) with their cental office, citing the extension of the modified general community quarantine in Iloilo. A check on its website yesterday showed PAL issuing a domestic travel advisory for Iloilo; it announced Manila-Iloilo-Manila flights (PR 2141/2142) daily effective June 16. Iloilo province and the rest of Western Visayas remain under a modified general community quarantine until the end of this month unless extended further or lifted earlier. ILOILO – Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. has approved outbound flights to Manila from the Iloilo Airport but only for locally stranded individuals, employees who have work in Metro Manila and overseas workers who have scheduled flights back to their employment abroad. The initial outbound flights approved were those of the Philippine Airlines (PAL).center_img Defensor said air passengers must have “complete documents” including a travel authority from the Philippine National Police and certification that they were able to complete 14 days of quarantine and didn’t have symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) such as fever and cough, among others. PAL further listed the following flights in Western Visayas: * Manila – Roxas – Manila (PR 2203 / 2204 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday effective June 23) “We plan to increase the number of routes and flights in the coming weeks and months, if allowed by aviation authorities, global public health conditions and the travel environment,” according to the PAL advisory. “Asta nga may restrictions kita, indi kasulod sa Iloilo except returning overseas workers and locally stranded individuals,” stressed Defensor. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iloilo Airport served around 25 arrival and departure flights daily, said Parreño. * Manila – Kalibo – Manila (PR 2969 / 2970 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday effective June 22) Commercial flights to and from Iloilo were suspended in March this year when the community quarantine was enforced to curb the spread of COVID-19. * Manila – Bacolod – Manila (PR 2131 / 2132 – June 16 and 17) Classified as an international airport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards. It is also considered to be the primary gateway into the region./PNlast_img read more

Scott Robertson keen to assist Lions in South Africa

first_img Written By First Published: 21st August, 2020 07:49 IST LIVE TV Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 07:49 IST Scott Robertson Keen To Assist Lions In South Africa Super Rugby-winning Crusaders coach Scott Robertson says he has offered to assist Warren Gatland in coaching the British and Irish Lions on their tour to South Africa next year COMMENT Super Rugby-winning Crusaders coach Scott Robertson says he has offered to assist Warren Gatland in coaching the British and Irish Lions on their tour to South Africa next year.Robertson, who coached the Crusaders to the Super Rugby Aotearoa title this season after winning the full Super Rugby tournament in each of the previous three years, said in a radio interview Friday his offer is being considered by Lions management.“I’m waiting. We’ll see what happens,” Robertson said. “Obviously there’s a lot to work out with COVID and the British and Irish Lions tour. But we had a couple good conversations since and (Gatland) has got to go through his line of management to make a decision.”Robertson, 45, said he approached Gatland after missing out on the All Blacks head coaching role last season. New Zealand Rugby appointed Ian Foster, the former assistant to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, in part citing Robertson’s lack of international coaching experience.Once I missed the All Blacks job I actually reached out to Gats and asked him if I could go on that tour,” he said. “I thought, look if I can’t be involved with the All Blacks, what’s the biggest thing – or actually bigger in its own self the Lions tour — to get involved.”I said ‘look, I would love to help you if I can’.”Something that really drives me and motivates me is probably to learn and understand. Obviously Gats has been hugely successful at the international level as a coach so he’s a person to learn off and also allows me to not have to go offshore to actually coach and get that international experience.”Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more