first_imgSt John’s JCR has resolved to provide £400 for the purchase of items that aid gender expression.The JCR voted in favour of establishing a fund similar to those already in place at Exeter and Somerville, which can be used by students to purchase items such as binders, concealing underwear, packers and breast-forms.The motion, proposed by the JCR Trans and Gender Minorities Rep Cas Burton, noted that gender dysphoria—the feeling of distress associated with a disconnect between a person’s perceived gender and their gender identity—affects students at St John’s and across the University.It suggested that purchasing items for gender expression could help to tackle gender dysphoria, improving welfare and mental health, and that the JCR should strive to develop suitable welfare provisions for all its members, including those of the transgender and gender nonconforming community.It also noted that these items can improve welfare for gender nonconforming students who may not experience gender dysphoria.St. John’s JCR LGBTQ+ Officer Kelly van Eerde, who seconded the motion, told Cherwell: “I first came across the idea of a fund of this kind from other reps posting about it on the Oxford college LGBTQ+ reps Facebook group.It is an initiative that many college reps have expressed an interest in setting up at their colleges.”Van Eerde continued: “As far as I know, something very similar exists at Exeter College and Wadham College.“I therefore brought the idea up with our JCR transgender and gender minorities rep, Cas, and we discussed with the JCR treasurer about how best to implement the fund.“Cas and I then wrote the motion together—they proposed it as it is a topic more relevant to their role specifically.”Speaking on the long-term effects the motion is predicted to have, van Eerde said: “The benefits of this fund are, I believe, twofold. Firstly, it is beneficial to any individual who makes use of it as it removes the additional financial worry that goes along with buying these items, which can already be intimidating to buy. This allows them to more easily alleviate dysphoria and feel more comfortable within themselves, improving these students’ welfare.“Secondly, on a more general level, it shows the JCR’s support of our transgender and/or gender nonconforming members. By having this fund in place, it shows people who may be closeted or questioning that the college is a safe and accepting place to explore their gender expression and identity.”JCR President Amelia Wrigley said: “I’m very proud to belong to such an inclusive and progressive JCR, and grateful for the hard work of my committee’s liberation officers in ensuring everyone at St John’s feels secure and accepted.”St John’s JCR previously introduced gender-neutral bathrooms around college, and changed the constitution so that it includes gender-neutral language.The move by John’s comes just weeks after the death of transgender academic Erin Shepherd prompted calls for increased efforts for the University to provide a welcoming environment for transgender students and staff.Speaking at the time, Orla White, OUSU VP for Women and Equality, told Cherwell: “We know that trans women are often failed by mental health services, which is only compounded by day-to-day experiences of transmisogyny.”last_img read more


first_imgData from VesselsValue shows that CDB has 18 bulkers on order at compatriot yards, including eight Ultramaxes and one Panamax at New Dayang Shipbuilding scheduled for delivery in 2020. Two of the vessels are expected to be delivered in February 2021, two in May 2021, two in July 2021 and two in September 2021. Furthermore, CDB has also been linked to an order for two more 61,000 dwt bulkers at Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (DACKS) shipyard in Dalian. CDB plans to fund the investment via its own funds, bond issuance funds and commercial bank loans. Hong Kong-listed China Development Bank Financial Leasing has entered into a contract with New Ocean Shipbuilding in Jiangsu for the construction of eight bulkers. According to Asiasis, the ships are slated for delivery in 2021. The 63,000 dwt bulkers will cost a total of $188.9 million. CDB plans to lease the ships upon delivery to an independent third party. Illustration; Source: Pixabaylast_img read more


first_imgRock Island FC came up trumps with a nail-biting 5-4 win over Creekers FC at the Lauderhill Sports Park on Wednesday in the Caribbean American Soccer Association Super League.Creekers were the first to get on the score sheet when they scored in the tenth minute.But Rock Island were not about to lay down and play dead and equalized just two minutes later.The Rock Island team went ahead almost with the last kick of the first stanza.In the second half it was end to end action and Creekers clawed their way back into contention via a strike from the penalty spot.Both teams gave up no quarter and with minutes to go the scores were locked at four goals apiece.But Rock Island had other ideas and two minutes from time the grabbed the lead for the final time to clinch a memorable victory.This was the second defeat in a row for Creekers FC who suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Fort Lauderdale Juniors at the same venue on Saturday last.The Super League continues this Saturday with Team Haiti tackling Fort Lauderdale Juniors while Plantation FC do battle with Lauderhill Lions.In the Masters League, Attackers FC face Oldtymers FC and South FLA Kickers oppose Lions Masters.last_img read more