PropositionDanelle Dixon Thayer – Chief Legal and Business Officer of Mozilla, a free-software community whose products include the Firefox web browser.Naomi Wolf – Acclaimed author, journalist, and feminist, first coming to prominence as the author of The Beauty Myth.OppositionMatthew G. Olsen – Director of the US National Counterterrorism Center 2011-2014, he was formerly Head of the Guantanamo Review Task Force. Ben Affleck (TBC). A world-famous director and actor, he has won 67 awards, including two Oscars, two Golden Globes, and two BAFTAs. Lindsey Vonn (TBC). The most successful American ski racer in history, she has won four overall World Cup championships. Sheikh Dr Usama Hasan – Senior Researcher at the Quilliam Foundation, a think-tank specializing in human rights and counter-extremism.The Very Revd Prof. Martyn Percy – Dean of Christ Church since October 2014. PropositionPeter Lilley MP – Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden since 1983.Dr Paul Oquist – Minister of the Nicaraguan Government, and Secretary of Public Policy.OppositionProf. Bruce Pardy – Professor Environmental Law at Queen’s University, Canada.Paul Bledsoe – President of Bledsoe & Associates, a global public policy firm specialising in climate change.PropositionStephen Hale OBE – Ceo of Refugee Action, a UK charity which provides legal, financial, and practical support to refugees.Barry Andrews – CEO of GOAL, an international aid organisation which has spent over £10m on humanitarian programmes. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Sunday, 5th Week). Obaid-Chinoy has won six Emmy Awards and is the first Pakistani to have won two Oscars. Ken Livingstone (Wednesday, 6th Week) – The First Mayor of Londonhttp://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oofSnsGkops7th WeekAllyson Felix (Monday, 7th Week) – Former Olympic sprinterDr Riek Machar (Tuesday, 7th Week) – Vice President of South SudanTheo Paphitis (Tuesday, 7th Week) – Entrepreneur and former Chairman of Millwall Football ClubJerry Springer (Wednesday, 7th Week) – American TV presenter and talk show hosthttp://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asDkcyafZPo8th WeekCraig David (Monday, 8th Week) – English singer-songwriter. He will be performingLord Michael Dobbs (Tuesday, 7th Week) – Author of House of CardsGabrielle Aplin (Wednesday, 8th Week) – One of today’s best upcoming singer-songwritersTo be confirmedNaomi Campbell (TBC) – Supermodel and activistSir Michael Gambon CBE (TBC) – Film, television and theatre actorBaroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss GBE (TBC) – First Female Lord Justice of AppealAdel al-Jubeir (TBC) – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi ArabiaShehbaz Sharif (TBC) – Chief Minister of PunjabAndreja Pejić (TBC) – Transgender model and activistBen Affleck (TBC) – World-famous director and actorGuy Verhofstadt (TBC) – Former Prime Minster of BelgiumLindsey Vonn (TBC) – Former American ski racerPaula Radcliffe MBE – British long-distance runner, current women’s world-record holder in the marathonSir John Major KG – Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Other speakers:1st Week Clarence Seedorf (Tuesday, 2nd Week) – Retired Dutch footballer and managerGeorge Foreman (Wednesday, 2nd Week) – Former world heavyweight champion3rd WeekGeri Halliwell & Christian Horner OBE (Monday, 3rd Week) – Former Spice Girl, and Formula One Team Principal PropositionGideon Levy – Award-winning columnist for Haaretz whose writing focusses on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.Salma Karmi-Ayyoub – Criminal barrister and external consultant for Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights organisation.Prof. Padraig O’Malley – A specialist in divided societies, he was instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process.OppositionHigh-Profile Israeli Official – Due to the sensitive nature of this speaker’s security arrangements, the Union will be releasing their details nearer to the time.John Lyndon – Executive Director of OneVoice, an international grassroots movement which supports a two-state solution by amplifying the voices of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians.Prof. Raphael Cohen-Almagor – An Israeli academic, he has involved with the campaign which exchanged the captured Gilad Shalit for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. PropositionGisela Stuart MP – Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston since 1997.Lord Michael Howard QC – Leader of the Conservative Party 2003-2005 and Home Secretary under Sir John Major.High-Profile Business Executive – Senior business executive who will soon announce their support for the Vote Leave campaign.OppositionAlex Salmond MP – Scottish National Party MP for Gordon since 2015.Yvette Cooper MP – Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 1997.Lord Michael Heseltine, Ex-President – Conservative stalwart who served as Deputy Prime Minister under Sir John Major, and Secretary of Defence under Margaret Thatcher. Liv Boeree (Tuesday, 3rd Week) – #1 Female Player on the Global Poker IndexAnthony Geffen (Tuesday, 3rd Week) – Sir David Attenborough’s FilmmakerJeroen Dijsselbloem (Wednesday, 3rd Week) – Dutch Finance Minister and President of the EurogroupBangladesh Panel Discussion (Saturday, 3rd Week)Dr Kamal Hossain – Former Law and Foreign MinistersDr Gowher Rizvi – International Affairs Advisor to the Prime MinisterProf. Sir Paul Collier CBE – Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of GovernmentProf. Mthuli Ncube – Professor of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Governmenthttp://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqXUpe3jlkA4th WeekCandide Thovex (Wednesday, 4th Week) – Word-class freeskierhttp://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKP7jQknGjs5th WeekSharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Sunday, 5th Week) – Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker and ActivistChief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Monday, 5th Week) – Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the CommonwealthKT Tunstall (Tuesday, 5th Week) – Award-winning singer-songwriterIBM Watson (Wednesday, 5th Week) – Cognitive technology platform and Jeopardy! winnerKate Beckinsale (Friday, 5th Week) – World-famous actresshttp://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDtxQRH8aI46th WeekJames Blunt (Tuesday, 6th Week) – English singer-songwriter and activist Craig David (Monday, 8th Week). An English singer-songwriter, David has sold 13 million records and won Ivor Novello and MTV Awards. The seven Thursday debate titles, and the speakers attending them, will be as follows:PropositionProf. Peter Atkins – Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of OxfordDr Nina Ansary – Bestselling author, historian, and leading authority on women’s rights in IranOpposition Sir Michael Gambon CBE (TBC). Best known for his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore, Gambon has won three Olivier Awards and four BAFTAs. PropositionProf. Sir Ian Wilmut OBE – Lead scientist of the research team which cloned Dolly the Sheep, he was knighted for his services to science in 2008.Prof. Julian Savulescu – Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and one of the world’s most outspoken philosophers on ‘procreative beneficence’.OppositionProf. Barbara Evans – Proessor of Law, George Butler Research Professor, and Director of the Center for Biotechnology at the University of Houston.Prof. Normal Frost – Paediatrician and leading bioethicist, he was part of President Clinton’s Health Care Reform Task Force. Clarence Seedorf (Tuesday, 2nd Week). One of the most decorated Dutch footballers of all time and regarded by many as one of the best midfielders of his generation. Kate Beckinsale (Friday, 5th Week). She has appeared in acclaimed independent films and blockbuster features such as Underworld and Total Recall. Sir Michael Gambon, Naomi Campbell and Ben Affleck are just some of the big names that will appear at the Oxford Union this term, Cherwell can reveal. The full term-card will be arriving in pidges across Oxford tomorrow, but for now, here’s an exclusive preview of what you can expect. Click on the thumbnail images below for more information about each speaker. Ambassador Mark Regev (Tuesday, 1st Week) – Ambassador of Israel to the United KingdomMikhail Khodorkovsky (Wednesday, 1st Week) – Exiled Russian Businessman and DissidentDr Vitali Klitschko (Thursday, 1st Week) – Mayor of Kiev2nd WeekMichael Eavis CBE (Monday, 2nd Week) – Founder of Glastonbury Festival OppositionDr Thérèse Coffey MP – Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal since 2010.Dr Andrew Morrison MP – Conservative MP for South West Wiltshire since 2001. Air Marshal Chris Nickols CBE – Chief of Defence Intelligence 2009-2012, and former Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Operations. Naomi Campbell (TBC). Campbell is an outspoken advocate and was the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris.
RelatedPosts Halep wins Italian Open Pliskova lands in Italian Open final New South Wales offers to host Australian Open as Melbourne battles COVID-19 spike Garbine Muguruza prevailed 7-6(8) 7-5 in a battle of attrition against world number three Simona Halep to reach her first Australian Open final on Thursday. The unseeded Spaniard arrived at Melbourne Park with low expectations but will now face American 14th seed Sofia Kenin bidding to win her third major title after emerging from a period in the Grand Slam wilderness. With the temperature nudging a scorching 40 degrees Celsius (104F) at Rod Laver Arena, Muguruza was dragged into a see-sawing scrap by Halep, a former finalist at Melbourne Park. The Spaniard had to break back from 5-4 down in the second set and then held firm to claim the win on a second match point when Romanian Halep failed to clear the net on an attempted passing shot. The 26-year-old Muguruza would not have been on many lists of pre-tournament contenders but the class and fighting spirit that propelled her to the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon titles has come flooding back in Australia. “You start day by day, that’s what I was doing,” she said. “Very excited to be in the final, it’s a long way to go. I have one more match on Saturday. “I wasn’t thinking I was down. I was thinking, ‘keep going and at some point you’re going to have your opportunity’. “I know I was facing Simona so it was going to be a hard match. So I was just hanging in there and fighting with all the energy I had.”Tags: Australian OpenGarbine MuguruzaSimona HalepSofia Kenin
CAMERON Bancroft pitched his perfectly timed submission for inclusion in Australia’s Ashes squad to be named tomorrow, by delivering a stand-out, unbeaten 93 on what proved the final day of the sole Test series warm-up fixture. Bancroft remained unconquered having faced 194 balls as the Graeme Hick XII recorded a five-wicket win over fellow coach Brad Haddin’s team in the long-anticipated practice game that yielded a constant flow of wickets but not so many selectorial answers.Given the ascendancy of bowlers for most of the two and a half days played, and the comparative contributions from other batters on both teams, Bancroft’s innings was as noteworthy as it was timely.Only his former Test opening partner David Warner was able to reach 50 in the face of bowler-friendly conditions in this game, and Bancroft would surely have reached a century if Tim Paine had not scored the winning runs before he had the chance to reach the milestone.But even without celebrating the milestone, Bancroft’s achievement stood head and shoulders above all other batters.Under usual operating protocols, yesterday’s victory target of 121 with eight wickets of Test-calibre batting available to get them at the resumption of play would not have appeared overly daunting.But as the clatter of wickets and the nature of the Rose Bowl pitch underscored during the past two days, this has been anything but a regulation fixture.The gradual deforestation of the live grass that covered the pitch on day one had seen scores increase incrementally across the preceding six sessions.But so difficult has scoring proved against the Test-standard bowling on show in the intra-squad game, even with in-form pair Bancroft and Matthew Wade in occupation at play’s start it loomed as a tall order.The dismissal of Wade – caught by a diving Alex Carey, having squeezed a delivery from Jon Holland into his pad – for a hard-fought seven from 33 balls rendered that assignment more challenging.But while Bancroft remained at the crease, the Hick XII seemed to have the task in hand.Like Marnus Labuschagne on the opening day, Bancroft showed the benefit of past months spent negotiating the Dukes-brand red ball in British conditions while traversing the local county circuit.The 26-year-old currently sits 17th on the Division Two batting rankings with 726 runs from 17 innings for Durham at an average of 45.38 with two centuries and a highest score of 158.The 93 he scored overnight won’t rank among his most memorable, but it will likely sit among his most timely if his name is among the 17 in the Ashes squad to be announced in Southampton today.Against a four-pronged seam attack of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle and the left-arm spin of Holland, Bancroft batted for significantly longer than rival batters in the game.Not only did he defy and new and old ball, he wore several body blows including a clatter to helmet during Starc’s first over of the day, and another painful strike to the groin having suffered a similar indignity on day one.He began the day unbeaten on 25 from 47 balls faced on Wednesday evening, and spent much of the morning session closing in on a patient and deserved half-century which he reached shortly before lunch.Bancroft was involved in a 29-run fourth-wicket stand with Peter Handscomb (13 from 42 balls) and then a more sprightly 54-run union with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh (23 from 39 balls) as the victory target inched closer.Handscomb fell in a manner that has become familiar on a pitch that has offered seam movement and variable bounce throughout.The right-hander was pinned on the crease by Hazlewood, to give the Test quick his second wicket of the game.As he had done in the final hour of the opening day, Marsh appeared as comfortable as any player and scored at a rate that belied the demons in the surface, and the quality of the bowlers.Marsh’s 29 in the first innings came from just 33 deliveries, and while his effort today was a little more circumspect he still found the boundary on four occasions as the large first stride he takes into the ball helped to negate the disconcerting movement.He eventually fell to Starc, who had undergone scans on his sore right knee overnight but looked a far more threatening proposition this afternoon when he began bowling around the wicket with the old ball.The left-armer not only struck Test skipper Tim Paine a frightening blow on the left hand from the first ball that Paine faced, he also sent Bancroft collapsing onto the pitch in a cloud of dust, courtesy of a trademark yorker speared at the opener’s toes.But it was Bancroft who had the final laugh and, after more than a year of anxious and introspective waiting, now has less than 24 hours before knowing if his ambition to return to the Test-fold has been realised.
It seems strange that someone would have to argue giving a spot in the College Football Playoffs to an undefeated team in one of the best conferences in the nation, but that is exactly the situation that the University of Wisconsin football team finds themselves in.Week 13 was meant to help solidify the top four teams in the nation, but due to key games across the country, things now remain more uncertain in the CFP world than they were at the beginning of the season. It seems as though the team that is going to suffer the most is not going to be one of the teams that lost, but the Badgers, who wait to see the decision that the committee makes.Football: Wisconsin dominates Michigan, remains undefeated and best in Big TenThe University of Wisconsin football team came out on top at Camp Randall after a grueling game against the Michigan Read…While the final CFP decision will not be made until Dec. 3, the decision made by the committee on Nov. 28 will be a strong indicator of how they plan on filling their bracket in a little less than a week. Where Wisconsin falls on this list will determine how hard the Badgers will need to work in Week 14, and if that work has the possibility of amounting to something.Right now, one of the biggest things going against Wisconsin has nothing to do with the team itself, but rather an upset in the SEC during Week 13. Many did not see Auburn coming in and upsetting then No.1 Alabama during their final week of the regular season, but this victory is causing a lot of waves across the NCAA.For starters, SEC and ACC teams tend to be favored by the CFP committee over teams from other conferences. Teams like Alabama and Auburn usually find themselves early season favorites due to their history within the CFP and the potential that they have to make revenue for bowl game hosts.Auburn was a threat to Wisconsin when they were sitting at No.6 in the rankings, but their upset victory over the Crimson Tide gave them a strong case for earning the fourth seed in the 2017 playoff schedule. In the event that Auburn earned the fourth seed, they would find themselves playing Clemson, a far more favorable match in the committee’s eyes than any potential Wisconsin match.However, this is also a committee that has a strong tie to southern football, and Alabama is pretty much the definition of southern football. Alabama is a 16-time national champion, and many automatically assume that they will be in the CFP lineup.The CFP committee is going to lean towards two SEC teams rather than a Big Ten team, regardless of that team’s record. Wisconsin is going to have to fight for their lives against Ohio State if they want to find themselves in the top four, and even that might not be enough.At this point, Clemson and Oklahoma have already punched their tickets into this year’s playoffs, as it is highly unlikely that either team will lose during their respective conference championship games. Wisconsin is going to have to fight for the third or fourth spot on the bracket, and that fight might not be enough.What will it take to get Wisconsin into the CFP’s this year? Well, it is going to take one hell of a win against Ohio State, for starters.Ohio State has always been a favorite of the CFP committee, and with fans in general. Many argue that the Big Ten East is far superior to the Big Ten West, and that the conference is incredibly one-sided when it comes to talent.While Wisconsin has remained undefeated this season, many are already looking at their series against Ohio State as a future failure, believing that Badgers will cave when they meet the Buckeyes. UW needs to win, and they need to win by a sizable margin.A single score victory will not be enough to ensure Wisconsin a spot in the CFP’s. They need to pull ahead by at least 10 points against the Buckeyes. A sizable victory against a great team like Ohio will silence many who have doubted the Badgers, since Ohio State has always been one of the best teams in the nation.Football: Wisconsin ends 2017 regular season undefeated, brings axe home to MadisonPaul Bunyan’s axe is returning to Madison after the University of Wisconsin football team trounced the Minnesota Golden Gophers during Read…Wisconsin winning in Indianapolis on Dec. 2 should be enough to get them into the playoffs, and maybe even enough to secure them the third seed overall. At the very least, a victory would allow the Badgers to get some equal treatment when it comes to this year’s playoff schedule.Of course, a Clemson/Oklahoma/Alabama loss would also favor the Badgers, but at this point in time it is not something that Wisconsin should be hoping for. The Badgers need to make a case that can stand regardless of what happens to any of the other CFP contenders, and that can only come from an Ohio State win.Even with that win, odds are Wisconsin will take the fourth seed. One of the end goals for the committee is to see Clemson return to the championship game again, and many believe that the best chances of that happening occur when Wisconsin and Clemson meet.It is sad that an unbeaten team in a top 5 conference finds themselves on the brink of not making the CFP schedule, but this season has not been one that has favored the Badgers. Thankfully this is a team that is used to adversity, and if there is a team out there that can handle this kind of pressure, it is Wisconsin.For now, the Badgers need to focus on Ohio State since that is the only thing that they can control. Hopefully the College Football Playoff committee will come to their senses and give Wisconsin a place in this year’s bracket, but only time will reveal that answer.