EXCLUSIVE: Oxford Union Trinity term-card

first_imgPropositionDanelle 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.last_img read more

Aidan Tooker’s journey to running a sub-4-minute mile

first_img Comments As Aidan Tooker rounded into the final 200 meters of the mile, his eyes glanced up to where they’d been for much of the race: the clock. It was against his better judgement, but he couldn’t help himself. The clock read 3:30, and Tooker knew all he needed to do was break 30 seconds on his final lap to join the elusive sub-four-minute mile club.When Tooker sprinted across the finish line, he immediately looked for his name on the scoreboard to see if he’d done it. The three runners who had finished ahead of him popped up on the board, but Tooker’s name was nowhere to be found.“I literally stood on the side of the track not celebrating anything just watching the board,” Tooker said. “I’ve been there before where it had been close and not happened.”Tooker’s time popped up: 3:59.39. Tooker, his parents and Jay Navin, Tooker’s mentor and former-Northeastern runner, celebrated the career milestone in the center of the track.At the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic, Tooker became just the fifth Syracuse runner to achieve a sub-four mile, joining Justyn Knight, Joel Hubbard, Martin Hehir and Adam Palamar in the sub-four mile club. While Syracuse’s goal is to win during the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship this Thursday through Saturday, Tooker’s personal achievement represented the next step in the junior’s development.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think the mile is such an understood distance, to non-runners and runners alike, that when people ask you how good of a runner you are, I think they always resort to how fast is your mile time,” junior Joe Dragon said. “The four-minute barrier is incredible. Not that many people have done it.”For Tooker, the journey to running a sub-four mile has been as much mental as it has been physical. His freshman year, on the same track in Boston, Tooker was in the exact same position. With 3:30 on the clock and only 200 meters to go, he simply needed to continue the pace he was on to break the four-minute barrier. He faltered, though, and ran the final 200 meters in 32 seconds.The next year, Tooker had a similar opportunity and the same thing happened on the same track again in Boston, as he finished the mile with a time of 4:02.85.“I guess it just speaks volumes to how much of a mental game it is, it’s such a weird number,” Tooker said. “Like you literally run 60 seconds for every lap, and you’re supposed to have one spot in there that you go under.”Tooker didn’t get discouraged. As he grew physically stronger each year, his mindset developed with his body. On the day he finally broke the four-minute barrier, Tooker’s mental approach to the race differed from the two years prior, focusing on just giving his best effort rather than obsessing on the milestone.Tooker, who doesn’t consider himself a miler, believes the sub-four mile is symbolic of the progress he’s made as he aims to run at Nationals and score points for the team at the Conference Championship.“I just stopped being scared of it, on that day I realized I either do it or I don’t,” Tooker said. “I’ve not done it plenty of times, and if it happens today it happens today.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 18, 2019 at 9:20 pm Contact Alex: [email protected] | @alexhamer8last_img read more