For the first time in over two years, the Oxford Union has at least one female guest speaker confirmed for every debate. In an apparent effort to boost the diversity of the Union’s lineup, 40 per cent of all guest speakers this term will be female. This is the joint-highest inclusion of women in a termcard for the Union, equalling the gender balance of Michaelmas 2014. Three of this term’s debates will have either gender-balanced guest speakers or more women speaking than men, and five debates will include BME speakers. In First Week, the Union will debate ‘This House Would Never Be An MP’, followed by topics including ‘This House Embraces Sex Work as a Career Choice’, ‘The Tobacco Industry is Morally Reprehensible’, and the argument that ‘Britain Owes Reparations to her Former Colonies’.Alongside speakers already announced, the Union has confirmed to Cherwell additional speakers including the American rock band KISS, author and Conservative politician Lord Michael Dobbs, Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, singer-songwriter D’banj and actress Diane Kruger. “However, this is only a start. Although we have one of the most diverse lineups the Union has ever seen, this is something that we will be continuing to focus on in the future to offer the best speakers. It is not always easy to diversify a lineup when we’re living in a society which tends to encourage some groups to have their voices heard more than others. However, the Union is doing its best to be the change it wants to see.” Speakers previously announced for Trinity term include violinist Nicola Benedetti, ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber, West Indies cricketer Brian Lara, and Million Dollar Baby actress Hilary Swank. Self-proclaimed ‘Magician Impossible’ Dynamo, famous for apparently walking on the River Thames, and HBO host Bill Maher are also scheduled to make an appearance at the Union. President of the Oxford Union Olivia Merrett told Cherwell, “This term we have focused on diversifying our lineup, so that not only is the Oxford Union delivering the speakers everyone has come to expect, but is also ensuring that there really is someone for all our members. Zac Goldsmith, Member of Parliament for Richmond since 2010, Group Chief Executive of Barclays Antony Jenkins, and His All Holiness Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople are also confirmed to speak this term.Previously announced guest speaker War- wick Davis has now been confirmed for Monday 8th June. Davis will be speaking as part of the Union’s partnership with disabilities charity Scope, which last term saw Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte speak at the Union.
London, July 20: Liverpool FC has confirmed that it has completed the signing of Brazilian netminder Alisson Becker from AS Roma for a 67-million-pound ($87.2-million) transfer fee, a world record for a goalkeeper.The 25-year-old goalie signed a long-term contract with the Reds after undergoing a medical, the club said on its website on Thursday, without providing further details.Alisson played 49 games for Roma last season and helped lead the Serie A club to the Champions League semi-final round, where it lost to Liverpool 7-6 on aggregate.The Brazilian also was his national team’s starting goalkeeper in all five matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, a campaign that ended with a 2-1 loss to Belgium in the quarter-finals.In a lengthy interview on the Reds’ Web site, the team’s fourth new arrival of the summer described the qualities he will be bringing to the Premier League club.“I’m quick to come off my line. I’m an agile ‘keeper; despite being tall, I’ve got very good agility and strength in my legs,” Alisson said.He also said he liked having the ball at his feet and could help the team’s attack. “When the play starts from the back and the ball arrives in a good way for the attackers to shoot, it’s always better,” the goalie added. IANS
PARADISE Invaders, Monedderlust and New Amsterdam United recorded victories when play in the Berbice Football Association (BFA) leg of the GFF/NAMILCO Under-17 league continued recently.The game between Paradise Invaders and Mahaicony Thunder Hawks on Saturday saw Paradise Invaders make full use of their home advantage and crowd support to needle their opponents by one goal to nil.Paradise’s leading goalgetter, Shakeel DeHarte netted in the 58th minute, after a scoreless half-time where chances by both sides went a-begging.On Sunday Monedderlust whipped Mahaicony Thunder Hawks 2-nil.A penalty was awarded for an infringement in the 18-yard box in the 3rd minute. Paul McDonald drove a right foot shot, from the penalty mark, past the outstretched right hand of Mahaicony custodian Anthony Bovell.The second goal for Monedderlust came from an early strike upon resumption by the diminutive number 10 Chetram ‘Devin’ Saroopchand.New Amsterdam United then blanked Corriverton Links four goals to nil.The half-time score was 1-nil in favour of N/A United compliments of Jamal McCalmont in the 40th minute. However, goals two and three resulted from the boot of Tierre Phillips in the 66th and 78th minutes.Troy Munroe scored the fourth in the 87th minute to finalise the score line.