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Squatters leave Iffley Open House for University building


first_imgThe Iffley Open House (IOH) occupiers claim to now be squatting in a University-owned building, following their eviction from the Volkswagen garage owned by Wadham College in which they had been living.Today the group secured the power station at Osney Island, an unoccupied space owned by Oxford University, which they claim has been left “unutilised” for several years. The building was used as a physics faculty by Oxford in the 1970s, but has stood empty now for seven years. The space had reportedly been considered for use by the University’s Said Business School.  In a press release IOH said that they “hope to stay for two months, and work with local residents to create a safe space which is just as successful as the original Iffley Open House”.Oxford University said in a statement to Cherwell: “30 people moved into the Old Power Station building owned by the University of Oxford. Around 20 of them are homeless and are using it as a squat after vacating a former car showroom from which they had been given notice to quit. “Ten volunteers working with the homeless are thought to have joined them. The University sympathises with the plight of these homeless people who need somewhere safe to live and has been speaking with their representatives about how to resolve the situation.”IOH squatters were given notice from Wadham two weeks ago that they would have to leave the old VW garage owned by the college by yesterday. This notice came despite tthe group’s claim that in January the leaseholders of the ground floor of the building, the Mid-Counties Co-Operative, had negotiated a lease to allow the squatters to stay until 10 April.Since New Year’s Eve the group had being using the building to house up to 20 homeless people. They had been providing cooked meals and washing facilities, as well as skills to help the residents find new work.Oxford University students, including the ‘Hertford for the Homeless’ campaign, have worked alongside local volunteers to aid IOH’s homeless residents. Students today assembled in Radcliffe Square to take photos to express their solidarity with the project.IOH say that since opening the shelter, two residents have been rehoused, one has been accepted into University, a further two have started new jobs, and several others are awaiting responses from job applications.Sandra Phillips, an IOH voluntee, said: “We fully intend to respect the Power Station and the surrounding community for as long as we stay here, we hope match the level of understanding and support that we’ve received at Iffley Road“Ultimately, this is about providing housing for those who need it most – and we truly believe that the residents of Oxford believe in this cause as much as we do”last_img read more


Andy Blankenbuehler Tapped for Dirty Dancing Remake


Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler will presumably have the time of his life with this one. The Hamilton choreographer will bring moves to an ABC small screen remake of Dirty Dancing. The TV presentation, according to Deadline, has yet to receive a formal green light, which rests on the finalization of casting.The three-hour remake would star Oscar nominee and Broadway alum Abigail Breslin as Baby and feature a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer. Wayne Blair would direct.In addition to Hamilton, Blankenbuehler helmed and choreographed the recent premiere of The Bandstand, which will transfer to Broadway in the 2016-17 season. He won a Tony Award for In the Heights and additional nominations for 9 to 5 and Bring It On.The original 1987 film stared Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as Johnny Castle, a dance instructor at a Catskills resort, and Baby Houseman, who’s vacationing there with her family. As their romance blossoms, complications arise as she must keep the relationship from her father. View Comments read more


New Clubhouse to Promote Military Partnership at Rio 2016 Olympics


first_imgAt the 5th World Military Games held in 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earned a total of 114 medals in a field featuring 111 nations and 4,000 athletes. At the Pan-American Games in Toronto, Canada, this past June, 123 Brazilian Military athletes earned 67 medals, accounting for 48 percent of the country’s total. “It will be very important to have such a large space in which to learn of other delegations’ participation and exchange information, knowledge, and build friendships, which is fundamental in competition,” said FAB 3rd Sergeant Bruno da Silveira Mendonça, who plays for Brazil’s Field Hockey Team that will compete in Rio. “What is important is fair play among the participants, leaving any rivalries on the field or in the competition arena.” It is important to have a club for Military athletes, one of the Sergeant’s fellow athletes observed. “I think it’s very relevant to have a place where we can meet friends and share our experiences,” said FAB 3rd Sergeant Gideoni Rodrigues Monteiro, who recently became the first Brazilian in 24 years to qualify for the Olympics in Omnium track cycling. “The CISM Club will provide an opportunity to promote Military sports and camaraderie between countries represented in the Olympics and have athletes that come from their Armed Forces,” explained Army Colonel Walter Jander, executive manager of the Brazilian Military Sports Commission. The agreement on the clubhouse facilities was signed at the beginning of February during the continental meeting of CISM of the Americas, which was held in Bávaro, Dominican Republic. Founded in 1948, the CISM, which has 134 member countries, is a transnational organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, that promotes sports within the Military. Forty-seven of the 93 athletes scheduled to compete for Brazil in the Olympics are service members participating in PAAR. The Military’s goal is to win 10 medals, which would double the number of medals that Brazilian Armed Forces competitors won at the 2012 London Olympics. The Ministry of Defense has set the goal of having around 100 Military athletes with ties to the Armed Forces (Navy, Army, and Air Force) qualify for the Olympic Games. The participation of service members in international sporting competitions has received official support since 2009, when the Military launched the High-Performance Athletes Program (PAAR, for its Portuguese acronym) – a partnership between the ministries of Defense and of Sports, with the goal of strengthening the Brazilian Military team in high-level athletic events. A meeting place Military pride The CISM Club will highlight the participation of Military athletes in the Olympics, Col. Gagliardi said. “We want to make a link here between winning a medal and the fact that the winners are in the Military, thus validating our contribution to the sports efforts in this country.” During the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this August, the leaders of Military delegations from 100 participating countries will have the opportunity to socialize and share their experiences at a clubhouse set up for the International Military Sports Council (CISM) on the grounds of the Air Force University (UNIFA) in the neighborhood of Campo dos Afonsos. The PAAR The clubhouse will have a media center for press conferences, meetings, and interviews with Military athletes from throughout the world, where officials will also report on the results of the Military Olympians and give them their awards and medals. Officials will renovate UNIFA’s clubhouse as part of a space “where Military athletes participating in the Olympic Games can get together to socialize, meet their team leaders, and where delegation leaders can view performances by their respective athletes,” stated Colonel Pedro Celso Gagliardi Palermo, vice president of the Air Force Sports Commission. Officials will host guests at the facility a week before the Games begin. “I think that Military athletes will have many chances to win a medal,” Col. Gagliardi said. “I’d bet our strongest chances are in judo, swimming, sailing, and the modern pentathlon, both men’s and women’s.” By Dialogo March 18, 2016 The CISM requests that all Olympic host countries share the cost of setting up the clubhouse facility. Brazilian authorities chose the UNIFA site because it is the closest Military facility to the competition venues. UNIFA, which is a Brazilian Air Force (FAB) training center, has modern facilities for track and field, volleyball, and numerous aquatic sports. last_img read more


Dodgers hit seven home runs in extra-innings victory over Mets


first_imgThe seven home runs – two each by Hernandez and Cody Bellinger, one each by Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Turner – is the second-most the Dodgers have hit in a game and the most since another seven-homer game on August 22, 2016 against the Cincinnati Reds. The franchise record is eight, set in Milwaukee on May 23, 2002 (Shawn Green hit half of them).The Dodgers have now hit a MLB-leading 46 home runs in the month of June. In the history of the franchise, they have hit more home runs in a month only three times, topped by 53 home runs last June when they were in the process of setting the franchise record for home runs in a season (221).“To a man, guys were taking good swings all day. … Good at-bats all throughout,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think as we’re going well right now, we’re not trying to hit homers. We’re just trying to put good swings on the ball. When you do that with our guys, the path of the bat, it’s elevated. That’s just the way our guys swing the bats.”The Mets — who have now lost their past 12 games against the Dodgers by a combined score of 91-30 – did their part.The scheduled starter, left-hander Jason Vargas, was bothered by a strained calf muscle since earlier in the week. But the Mets waited until after Saturday’s game to scratch him and put him on the DL, calling up reliever Chris Flexen instead of a fill-in starter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Veteran reliever Jerry Blevins made his first career start and kicked it off by giving up back-to-back home runs to Hernandez and Muncy. The Mets used seven pitchers in the game. Five of them gave up at least one home run.The Dodgers starter wasn’t terribly effective either.Coming off six scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs in his return from the DL, Rich Hill hit four batters with pitches – Brandon Nimmo three times. The first of those was dismissed by plate umpire Jerry Meals who ruled Nimmo had stuck his arm out to chase the HBP.The three batters who did reach first by virtue of an errant pitch from Hill (including Nimmo twice) came around to score for the Mets. Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run home run in the fifth inning drove in the last of them and gave the Mets a brief 4-3 lead.“It was pretty sloppy,” Hill said of his five-inning outing. “Probably half the time, the ball didn’t come out of my hand the way I wanted it to. Obviously I’m really disappointed about it, just the execution of the pitches. That’s really about it. That really is going to bother me for a couple days.”Still, by the time Bellinger hit his second home run of the game (and the Dodgers’ sixth), they took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth.That wasn’t enough, though. Reliever Erik Goeddel gave up a three-run homer to Kevin Plawecki in the bottom of the eighth, tying the game at 7-7.It stayed that way until Turner connected off  Flexen in the 11th.“I was just trying to hit a ball on the barrel. It’s been awhile,” said Turner, who was 2 for 17 on the trip before the homer and didn’t start Sunday. “It’s been a road trip of getting beat inside, getting jammed. So I was just trying to get on time and put a good swing on it.“I was just trying to hit a ball on the barrel for the first time all weekend.”Pitchers have been attacking Turner inside, knowing the left wrist injury he suffered in spring training is inhibiting his ability to turn on a ball aggressively. Turner is hitting just .241 with three home runs in 108 at-bats since returning from the fractured wrist in mid-May.“If you look, since he’s come back – moreso in the past week – just being able to release the barrel on balls out front, everything is right there but that last click,” Roberts said. “In talking to him, talking to the trainers, the wrist feels strong. But that ability to release the barrel — which he did on that last swing – just hasn’t been there.“But JT’s a guy, he’s going to figure it out and you just gotta keep running him out there.”center_img NEW YORK – What do you do when six home runs isn’t enough to win a game?Hold my beer, say the Dodgers.Justin Turner hit the Dodgers’ seventh home run of the game with two outs in the 11th inning Sunday afternoon, finally giving them an 8-7 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field.“That’s what we do – we hit home runs,” bragged Kiké Hernandez who started the game with a home run then hit another five innings later.last_img read more