first_imgThursday 25 November 2010 8:35 pm IMA slams new directive More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org THE head of the UK’s Investment Management Association (IMA) yesterday blasted the UK government as “oblivious” when drafting the newly-passed Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMD) directive.Richard Saunders, IMA chief executive, told a Brussels conference the bill is “a case study of how not to do legislation” as “political horse-trading” took over the drafting process.EU legislators pursued a “blatantly protectionist” agenda, while the UK’s negotiations were “a failure of British foreign policy,” Saunders said.Intervention by France, Germany and the Barroso presidency substantially altered the draft AIFMD while the UK failed to influence it, he argued.The UK played “by the rules of cricket, while everybody else was playing by the rules of ice hockey,” he said. He described the final directive as “a missed opportunity” that “will impose extra costs on the industry.” KCS-content whatsappcenter_img Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryNight DailyHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeNight DailyTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailThe Sports DropForgotten College Basketball Stars: Where Are They Now?The Sports DropJournalPregnant Woman Takes a Nap – You Won’t Believe What She Discovered When She WokeJournalMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesTaco RelishOnly People With An IQ Of 130 Can Name These ItemsTaco RelishZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Herald Tags: NULLlast_img read more


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first_img“People call me ‘United Nations’. I was born in Cardiff. I’m in Ireland. I also went to Plymouth’s University of St Mark & St John for my degree.”Related: England v Scotland preview “I’ve learnt a lot more French now because I do think it’s important to have a few phrases. I think it’s important that you at least try. But you’ve got to be fair to both sides. It’s key people remember English is the World Rugby language.”Related: 2021 Six Nations referees Referee Andrew Brace takes charge of the Calcutta Cup match this weekend. But what do we know about him? Here the IRFU official tells us all about himself, in his own words:“I had a lot of injuries and setbacks as a player. I was losing the motivation to play and my glass ankle kept going on me. Whilst I didn’t make it into pro rugby as a player, reffing was a different avenue. It got to a stage when I was playing, coaching or reffing seven days a week. I was playing All-Ireland League and couldn’t ref at the same level. I realised I couldn’t do everything.” “I’ve been at the World Cup as an assistant. I’ve achieved the goal of the Six Nations. Now it’s about getting to World Cup 2023 and hopefully not just being a referee. The aspiration is to be there as a knockout referee.” “After my degree in sports science and coaching, I was lucky to get set up in Ireland, with Tralee and then Old Crescent. I also managed to get some work with Munster as a coach development officer.”“The coaching side really interested me, and Johnny Lacey was working with Munster at the time I was there. He was probably sick of me giving out about refs, so suggested I put my whistle where my mouth is.”Man in the middle: refereeing England v France (Getty Images) “The first Tier One Test I refereed was Argentina v Wales (2018). The intensity of Test rugby is crazy. It’s completely different from any club game. Ball-in-play time is higher, rucks are quicker. Three-second rucks mean less time to process those decisions.” “In Europe, you go as a team of four officials – if you’re with Frank Murphy, George Clancy, Joy Neville or Sean Gallagher, you are all in the same boat. It’s good travelling with the Irish team, to have consistency.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The young IRFU referee talks Belgium, violin playing and World Cup ambitions Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “My father’s side is Belgian. I played five Tests with them. As a player I started as a nine and pushed into almost every position in the back-line. With Belgium I played on the wing. With the language barrier, back three probably suited me better.” “I got to grade eight on the violin. My claim to fame was I used to play with Gethin Jones – his mother, Sylvia, was my violin teacher. We were in the orchestra together.”This article originally appeared in the January 2021 edition of Rugby World magazine. “When first reffing, maybe I thought everyone would be my mate. You ref teams you’d played and knew. The first year was challenging, the transition from a team environment.”last_img read more


first_img 1 COMMENT Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter June 2, 2017 at 8:24 pm TAGSNational Donut Day Previous articleCelebrating the Wekiva wild and scenic river systemNext articleJoin APD at Coffee with a Cop in June Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Miacenter_img Please enter your name here Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. NATIONAL DOUGHNUT (DONUT) DAYEach year on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Doughnut or Donut Day.  This day celebrates the doughnut and honors the Salvation Army Lassies, the women that served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army.  It was during WWI that the Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe.  Home cooked foods provided by these brave volunteers were a morale boost to the troops.The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers.  American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.”  A more standard spelling is donut.HOW TO OBSERVEOn this day, many bakeries and coffee shops in the United States offer doughnut deals to their customers. Celebrate the day by enjoying your favorite doughnut.  Use #NationalDonutDay or #NationalDoughnutDay when using social media.HISTORYNational Doughnut Day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served the doughnuts to soldiers in World War I.  This day began as a fund-raiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army.  The goal of their 1938 fund-raiser was to help the needy during the Great Depression.In Apopka, Dunkin Donuts at 212 East Main Street is participating in National Donut Day. I’ll have the zebra donut in the above picture, thank you very much! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 last_img read more


first_img 2010 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/137483/kapiti-beach-house-geoff-fletcher-architects Clipboard ArchDaily New Zealand Save this picture!© Ashley Cox+ 7 Share CopyAbout this officeGeoff Fletcher ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesKapiti IslandNew ZealandPublished on May 27, 2011Cite: “Kapiti Beach House / Geoff Fletcher Architects” 27 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardDoorsRaynorThermal Sectional Doors – FlexFamily™SinksBradley Corporation USASinks with WashBar Technology – Verge LVQ SeriesExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingStonesCosentinoNon-slip Treatment – Dekton® Grip +Metal PanelsSherwin-Williams Coil CoatingsValflon® Coating in Edmonton Public LibraryWallcovering / CladdingLinvisibileLinvisibile Boiserie and Skirting Systems | OrizzonteMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMMineral Paint in Beethoven HausWall / Ceiling LightsEureka LightingCeiling Recessed Lights – OutlineFurnitureFrapontWood Furniture and EquipmentMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Area:  70 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses CopyHouses•Kapiti Island, New Zealand Architects: Geoff Fletcher Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/137483/kapiti-beach-house-geoff-fletcher-architects Clipboard Photographs Photographs:  Ashley CoxText description provided by the architects. The clients were clear in their brief: to create a discreet and private low-rise small beach house, (additional to the existing cottage on site), which maximized great views, sun and outdoor living with entertainment of guests as a priority. Save this picture!© Ashley CoxRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAThe concept was a glass and cedar enclosure revealing only a shuttered box to the coast to take in views and weather storms. The concealed and very private entry has a welcoming residential feel achieved using an inverse hip roof, glazed entry porch and ply bathroom box. The house is a carefully crafted intervention designed to silver off to blend with dunes, planting and flaxes. It offers a sense of retreat no matter what the weather. Save this picture!© Ashley CoxThe solution was to remove and preserve existing vegetation for reinstatement, and nestle the house in by removing the top of the dune thus allowing sun to continue to reach the cottage behind. The house was sited as far west as possible on the “no-build line”, with west glazing protected by sliding cedar shutters. North glazing opens to unite the kitchen and dining with the outdoor entertainment area and fireplace. The new house was designed to go with the old by creating a garden entry between the two with sheltered outdoor deck areas linked by matching steps. Trees onsite were preserved. Save this picture!planEntry is through the existing garage to maintain privacy from the street and to surprise guests with the new beach house. The interior is quiet and calm, a foil to the view. Timber technology has been used to achieve a biscuit slim floor and roof with no under beams for a floating appearance. Double glu-lam beams cantilever to structure the entry and span over all the major openings.Save this picture!© Ashley CoxProject gallerySee allShow lessIn Progress: Taiyuan Museum / Preston Scott CohenArticlesVideo: Football for HopeArticles Share Year:  Kapiti Beach House / Geoff Fletcher Architects “COPY” Kapiti Beach House / Geoff Fletcher ArchitectsSave this projectSaveKapiti Beach House / Geoff Fletcher Architectslast_img read more


first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Indiana 4-H: Changing Lives, Changing the Future Facebook Twitter Maria Turner, from Posey County, won the Communications scholarship, sponsored by Hoosier Ag Today.Indiana 4-H: Changing Lives, Changing the FutureFrom farm kids to city kids, the Indiana 4-H Program is changing lives. This year thirty-seven, 4-H youth from across the state were honored with scholarships for a wide variety of skills and career aspirations.  Maria Turner, from Posey County, won the Communications scholarship, sponsored by Hoosier Ag Today. She said 4-H helped make her the person she is today, “When I started in 4-H, I was very shy. 4-H gave me that push to start talking to other people. It really made me a leader.”Turner, studying to be a large animal veterinarian, feels it is important that people learn more about animal agriculture, “I encourage people to come out to their county fair and see how livestock is raised and how we take good care of our animals. That is what really sparked my interest in animal health.”  She added that many people are scared to work with large animals, but it is important, “Animal health is important to all of us.”Katie Stam Irk, former Miss America and now with AgriFinancial, said her 4-H experience in Jackson County helped her succeed in many different ways, “From showing my dairy cattle to cooking, sewing, and oh so many things. Community involvement was my cause when I was Miss America, and that came from my 4-H experience.”Irk sees today’s 4-H youth as the future of both our rural and urban communities, “These 4-H youth give me so much hope for the future of agriculture. There is so much uncertainty in agriculture today, but the skills these young people are learning in 4-H will make them the leaders in our industry and our communities in the future.” Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana 4-H: Changing Lives, Changing the Future Previous articleSOS on Turkey Day – My Turkey Isn’t Ready, What Do I Do Now?Next articleIndiana Ag Policy Forum Discusses How Farmers Can Impact Federal Policy Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Nov 26, 2019 SHARElast_img read more


first_imgABC News(LAS ANGELES) — Police in California deployed a stun gun on a woman after she allegedly entered a police department armed with an 8-inch meat cleaver and threatened a victim.The suspect, 22-year-old Mariel Capulong, allegedly grabbed a woman who had just exited the Salinas Police Department, wrapping her arm around the victim’s neck and leading her by force back into the lobby on Wednesday evening, according to a press release.Once inside, Capulong allegedly forced the victim to sit down in a chair and stood over her while raising the meat cleaver at her in a threatening manner, police said.Several officers then entered the lobby and used a stun gun on Capulong after she refused to comply to orders to drop the butcher knife, according to the release.Surveillance video from the police department shows the victim being held by Capulong’s left arm as she raises the meat cleaver with her right hand.Capulong continued to wield the weapon even after half a dozen officers entered the lobby and drew their weapons, the video shows.The victim did not know Capulong, but was not injured in the incident, police said.Capulong sustained minor injuries and was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon, police said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgIn reply, Edmond-Smith pointed out that there was an OHpresence on the Partnership Board – Dr Malcolm Harrington, who is chairman ofoccupational health at the University of Birmingham. She also stated that thepartnership board was not intended to be representative, that it was composedof people who had the capability to think strategically and network at highlevels. Board comes under fireOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today “Where are they getting their occupational health inputfrom? There is no OH nurse on the board to balance the medical input whichdisenfranchises large parts of the profession. What does the partnership boardadd to the HSC, which is the accountable body? We need an explanation of itspurpose.” The question was put to HSC Commissioner Joyce Edmond-Smithat the Mid Downs conference last month by Kit Artus of Cheviot Artus. Profession expresses doubts about the role and purpose ofthe Securing Health Together Partnership Board The role of the Securing Health Together Partnership Boardhas come under fire from the OH nursing profession, with doubts being expressedabout its purpose given the failure to appoint any occupational health nursingrepresentative. Comments are closed. Other participants at the conference agreed. “I’m notsure what the purpose of the board is”, said Carol Bannister, RCNoccupational health adviser. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. The partnership board is a body, which although not havingexecutive authority, will certainly be influential, said Artus. “The factthat OH nursing is not represented on the board is regrettable. The rest of thenursing profession will see that as a missed opportunity.” last_img read more


first_img Comments are closed. “If we come under attack and you are in extreme pain, do I have permission to give you morphine?” asks the heavily armed lieutenant. Never before have I had to do less thinking before answering a question.Once my unequivocal willingness has been established, our group is taken to the Warrior armoured vehicles – basically tanks – and we begin our journey from Basra airport to the British military’s logistics HQ in southern Iraq. The group consists of military personnel, yours truly and an intrepid group of employers there to see how their employees are benefiting from the experience, having been called up as members of the Territorial Army (TA).It’s the middle of the night at the Shaibah Logistics Base, about 15km out into the Iraqi desert, and the tension is palpable. Two days before, three mortar bombs hit the airport in an attempt to put the runway out of action. Pictures of British troops allegedly beating Iraqi protestors have given insurgents just the right incentive to up their activities against the occupying forces.The Foreign Office, meanwhile, has strongly advised against all travel to Baghdad and the surrounding area, and the southern provinces of Basra and Maysan. The security situation is highly dangerous. “We urge all British nationals in Iraq to consider whether their presence in Iraq is essential,” it warns.Hobson’s choiceWould you choose to send an employee to such an environment? Probably not. But the employers I’m with in the Warrior armoured vehicle didn’t have a choice – their staff were mobilised because they are in the TA.The idea that TA officers are just ‘weekend warriors’ is a thing of the past. They now make up 25% of the Army and no-one doubts their importance in the effort to rebuild Iraq. However, employers back in the UK face the task of filling valuable workers’ shoes while they’re on the front line. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) tries to soften the blow of losing staff for up to nine months by telling employers they will come back with hugely enhanced skills that they can apply to their work, such as teamwork, leadership and management.Lieutenant colonel George Lowder, of the First Battalion the Royal Scots (the Royal Regiment), the commanding officer of the Rear Operations Battle Group, believes TA input is essential to the Army effort. “They provide much needed additional resources, and bring valuable, different skills,” he says. “In return, employers get back an improved individual who will bring different skills that employers need.”This is the company line, but does the Cassino company of the Fourth Battalion Parachute Regiment (4 Para), who are all TA soldiers, agree?Lance corporal Charlie Harrison, who works as a building contractor back in the UK, is in no doubt of the benefits his work in the TA gives him back home. “We have to work as a team here – if you are not doing your job properly then people can die,” he says. Major Duncan Southall, the officer commanding 4 Para and a Leicestershire Constabulary police sergeant by day, agrees.“The guys have to work long hours and, on occasion, do unpleasant things,” he says. “Some of the young guys have grown up in the past few months. They will be taking new skills home, such as management of people from all sorts of backgrounds as well as leadership,” he added.On a personal level, Southall has responsibility way beyond his day job – commanding 117 soldiers. He says he has learned valuable new leadership skills as well as diplomacy, having dealings with a huge variety of people – from Iraqi civilians to British prime minister Tony Blair.Benefits all roundHow do the TA officers feel about leaving their positions open back in the UK for months at a time? “No-one is indispensable,” adds Southall. “The person who took over my job is getting new experience and skills – so he is benefiting, Leicestershire Constabulary is benefiting and so am I.”Most of the soldiers share Southall’s positive attitude, but that’s not to say the return to work is always smooth. Sergeant Neil Alvy, a forklift examiner back in the UK, sounds a note of caution: “Here, you have to get on with the job and you take that attitude home with you. The skills you get are very well recognised in the TA, but whether or not they will be back home is a different matter.”After seeing 4 Para at work, are the employers that have come all this way convinced that the MoD and the soldiers are right about their new skills?Major Southall’s boss, Leicester’s superintendent, Mark Wilson, is very impressed.“Having been here and seen what he is involved in – the threat levels and the planning involved – I think he will bring back invaluable skills,” he says.And Superintendent Trevor Watson, head of HR at Durham Constabulary, agrees. “I would be surprised if anybody who comes out of this arena doesn’t come back changed, having learned stuff that can be of use to their employers,” he says.Eric Sinclair, product support manager at Thales Air Defence, said the discipline the soldiers displayed would be a great asset to the modern workplace.“Look at the pressure they are under to get the job done. That ethos would be invaluable if you needed something done,” he adds.Adrenaline rushHowever, some of the employers fear the adrenaline rush of the soldier’s life might be difficult to replicate back home. “Here they have a level of responsibility they might not be able to have when they come back – will this frustrate them or will it be a catalyst for someone to do more to get ahead?” asks Sinclair. In addition, how do employers measure the skills their employee brings back? “It would be really helpful to have some type of template to say what someone has done and what skills they have gained,” says Sinclair. “Even just a debrief, transposing military skills into a business context, then our personnel department could see how what they have done fits in.”While the Army is working hard to align its learning programmes with civilian ones, it will remain up to the individual to arrange an explanation for their employer, according to captain Johnny Longbottom, the escort officer for the MoD’s Employers Abroad programme.According to Longbottom, a soldier can request a civilian version of their “post-operational report”, but employers are not entitled to demand a copy. “We have to take the soldier’s wishes into consideration, as some people don’t want their employer to know what they got up to,” he explains. And while no-one doubts the valuable contribution TA soldiers make to the Army effort, it’s difficult to offset this against the problems involved in filling the gaps left in the workforce back in the UK.“We can’t just pull staff out of a hat. We had to rearrange the portfolio and when he comes back we’ll have to arrange it back,” says Greg Zagni, regional manager of Grainger Trust, one the UK’s largest residential property owners. That said, as we board the Merlin helicopter that will take us out of the base and back into Basra, the overwhelming feeling is that we have been among a group of people right on top of their game and who will bring a richer set of skills back to their workplaces when they return in April.Hopefully, this will be some consolation when staff break the news that they’re heading for the front line.The Volunteer Reserve ForcesMembers of the VRF are civilians who train for their military role in the evenings, at weekends and for a two-week period each year.In times of need, the government can mobilise them for full-time military service alongside the Regular Forces.There are 40,000 members of the VRF, of which 86% are in the TA, with the remainder split between the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.How many reservists?Since January 2003, approximately 12,500 reservists have been mobilised for full-time service, mostly in Iraq.As of January 2006, there were approximately 823 reservists mobilised to support operations in Iraq.According to research conducted in November 2005, one in four (24%) of employers of reservists are unaware that compulsory mobilisation exists.How the Army is made up105,000 regular soldiers36,000 voluntary reservesThe Reserve makes up 25% of the total of the Armed ForcesThe Medical Reserve makes up 63% of the Defence Medical ServicesWhat law governs mobilisation?The Reserve Forces Act 1996 (RFA 96) provides the powers under which reservists can be mobilised for full-time military service.The Reserve Forces (Safeguard of Employment) Act 1985 (SOE 85) provides protection of employment for those liable to be mobilised, and reinstatement for those returning from mobilised service.Personnel Today would like to thank Captain Johnny Longbottom, Major Duncan Southall, Captain Frank Boyle and the men and women of 4 Para for their help and protection during our time in Iraq. Thanks also to 1st Battalion the Royal Scots (the Royal Regiment) for their hospitality.Military manoeuvres, www.personneltoday.com/33011.articleEmploying reservists, www.personneltoday.com/29315.article Reservists: Back to the frontOn 28 Feb 2006 in Military, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Related posts: Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…last_img read more


first_imgOxford City Council has formally voted to remove its ‘freedom of the city’ from Aung San Suu Kyi, the controversial leader of Myanmar.In a special council meeting at Oxford Town Hall, councillors unanimously supported a cross-party motion removing the privilege from the Nobel peace prize winner.Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the ‘freedom of the city’ in 1997, in recognition of her pro-democracy activism. But despite winning a supermajority in Myanmar’s 2015 elections, violence towards the unrecognised Rohingya minority in the country has continued under her leadership, drawing international criticism.The proposer of the motion, Labour councillor Mary Clarkson, said: “We have taken the unprecedented step of stripping her of the city’s highest honour because of her inaction in the face of oppression of the minority Rohingya population.“Oxford has a long tradition of being a diverse and humane city, and our reputation is tarnished by honouring those who turn a blind eye to violence. We hope that today we have added our small voice to others calling for human rights and justice for the Rohingya people.”The move comes after the passing of a similar motion in October, which stated it was “no longer appropriate” for the politician to hold the award.At the time the Leader of Oxford City Council, Bob Price, told Cherwell: “There is justified anger across the city and the Council that a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who is the Head of State in Myanmar has not only failed to condemn the violence but has actively queried the accuracy of the evidence presented by the United Nations and the international media.“She was awarded the Freedom – which is the City’s highest honour – for her remarkable stand against military dictatorship and the imposition of authoritarian rule in her country.“Her failure to stand up in similar fashion to military leadership in the face of such appalling violence against an ethnic and religious minority clearly leads to the conclusion that she is no longer worthy of the honour bestowed by the City of Oxford.”The United Nations has branded treatment of the Rohingya people “a textbook example of genocide.”The University of Oxford said it is not reviewing its decision to award Aung San Suu Kyi an honorary degree in 2012.last_img read more