Current Affairs

The twin pandemics: gender based violence during the times of coronavirus in South Africa

Gender-based violence is not a new problem in South Africa, but it has reached a fever pitch during the Covid-19 pandemic, with hundreds breaking lockdown restrictions to grieve the violent murder of Tshegofatso Pule, a 28 year old pregnant woman, in early June. The president Cyril Rampahosa addressed the nation in response, and last year pledged a further $75M in order to address the gender-based violence pandemic. The problems, however, are far more culturally and systematically entrenched, requiring solutions which reach beyond just legislation and funding, a challenge all the more exposed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Current Affairs Sport

Premier League football set to resume

Top-flight football is set to return, following the Premier League’s announcement that fixtures would provisionally restart on Wednesday June 17th, with Aston Villa playing Sheffield United and Manchester City facing Arsenal. It is then expected that a full set of fixtures will be played over the weekend of June 19th, 20th and 21st. This announcement, Read More…

Current Affairs Science

New rapid coronavirus test developed by Oxford scientists

‘You cannot fight a fire blindfolded’, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Without testing, those who are infected cannot be isolated, and hence the spread of the virus cannot be halted. Efficient testing is the key to stopping an epidemic from the beginning, with its positive effects evident in nations such as China, South Korea Read More…

Current Affairs

City Council provides emergency beds for tonight’s cold snap

The forecast of snow can bring with it excitement for those who can watch it gently fall from the refuge of their heated rooms. But for rough sleepers in Oxford, the frigid temperatures that come with it can be life-threatening. Oxford City Council has implemented its severe weather emergency protocol (SWEP) for tonight and last Read More…

Current Affairs

Careers Service requires new carbon-neutrality questionnaire for employers

A new initiative by the University’s Career Service will require employers recruiting Oxford students on CareerConnect to provide their plans to become carbon neutral by 2050. It will allow students to judge companies not just on tradition criteria like career progression and job security, but also the company’s impact on the climate for generations to Read More…

Lifestyle

Highlights of fourth week

If you weren’t already blown away by the Storm Ciara, you will be by the exciting events featured this fine fourth week. Monday, 10 February Informative: Book Launch: The Political Life of an Epidemic by Simukai Chigudu, 5:00 pm, Oxford Department of International Development Simukai Chigudu, Associate Professor of African Politics at the University of Read More…

Current Affairs

Council plan to increase tree cover takes root

Oxford City Council has committed to increasing biodiversity and double the tree cover across Oxfordshire following recommendations from the Oxford Citizens Assembly on Climate. Enhanced biodiversity has been judged central to the overall ‘net zero’ vision for Oxford and the plan will seek to tackle the climate crisis and ecological breakdown in tandem. Tree planting Read More…

Current Affairs

Oxford expands homelessness services at Floyds Row but hundreds of homes lie empty

New rough sleeping centre opened last week to provide shelter and support to help rough sleepers rebuild their lives Lib Dem investigation suggests that 545 homes in Oxford have been empty for over 6 months, an increase of 80% in the past 2 years The ceiling of Floyds Row’s communal room is dotted with an Read More…