Government sought place at Oxford for Gaddafi’s son

first_imgA senior Foreign Office civil servant is alleged to have made enquiries attempting to gain a place at Oxford for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.Gaddafi, the son of Libya’s recently ousted leader, wanted to study either for an MSc in Development Economics or the MPhil in Development Studies. However Oxford refused the proposal and Gaddafi instead went to the London School of Economics, whose links to the former Libyan regime are currently under scrutiny.Lord Woolf’s Inquiry, commissioned by LSE to establish the facts of their previous involvement with Libya and to establish clear future guidelines, found that “approximately six weeks after Saif’s doctorate was confirmed he was asked to give a donation [to LSE].” The figure of £1.5 million was promised in July 2009, the same day as Gaddafi completed his PhD.Oxford’s involvement in the event is revealed in a footnote to the LSE inquiry, with Professor Fitzgerald (Head of Oxford’s Department of International Development) revealing the initial approach from the Foreign Office to Oxford in Spring 2002.The Foreign Office, he reported, were seeking help in admitting Gaddafi because “Libya was opening up to the West again.” However their approach was rejected, with FitzGerald revealing that the “bottom line was whether [Gaddafi] had adequate prior academic qualifications for entry.” He stated, “This is not only an issue of professional ethics, but also that under-qualified students struggle to keep up with the intense pace of Oxford postgraduate study.”Upon hearing of Gaddafi’s academic qualifications FitzGerald told the foreign office that an application was unlikely to succeed, since he had no social science training and his prior degree did not meet the quality standard. His advice was accepted and Oxford had no further involvement.Upon hearing of the request, St Hugh’s student Oliver Persey stated that the incident displayed “a lack of respect for the integrity of higher education establishments if the Foreign Office believes that a university will admit a student for any reason apart from academic ability.”Danielle Bunting of Wadham concurred, arguing, “The government shouldn’t be allowed to attempt to give anyone a leg-up getting into university, let alone the son of an evidently very dangerous dictator, for the sake of building a few business links with the country.”Pembroke’s Charlotte Tarr suggested that it was “an insult to the students who have worked exceptionally hard to get their places.”Other students thought that Gaddafi’s application should have been rejected purely based on his background. Yajur Shah, from Keble, argued that “admission as a postgraduate at Oxford University should take into account your past activities, especially if they could have serious implications for other people in the world. A Master’s degree from Oxford could qualify someone to do a great deal of good or bad in the world and I’d personally prefer it if it were the first.”An Oxford University representative reported that this was a one-off event and reiterated that admission policies had not been compromised, stating, “Admission to Oxford is based solely on academic considerations, and this is a very important principle. It would not be influenced by factors outside of academic ability and potential, of this or any other kind.”last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Softball Teams Split Games With Lady Lions

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldog Softball team defeated Rushville on Friday night by a score of 14-0 in 5 innings.The Bulldogs earned their 2nd win of the season behind the pitching of Abby Westerfeld. Westerfeld struck out 9 of the 18 batters she faced with zero walks. She gave up only 2 hits on the evening.Offensively, the Bulldogs lived up to their potential as they batted for 12 hits (11 singles, and 1 home run). The Bulldogs also walked 5 times, and stole 11 bases.  The Bulldogs scored 2 in the 1st, 3 in the 3rd, and 9 in the fourth.Kylie Laker led the team in hitting with 2 singles and a home run, Obermeyer, Huffner, and Wilson all had 2 hits each. Laker and Wilson both racked up 3 RBIs each.A quiet night for the defense due to Westerfeld’s pitching gave the majority of the putouts to Cornn. She ended the game with 9, while Waechter finished with 3.‘This was a much needed win for us as we were 1-11 coming into this game playing some very good competition all season. Our conference  is loaded this year and we have really struggled to find our game. This game proved to the girls that have the tools necessary to win. It’s a great time for us to get into a rhythm.’ Bulldogs Coach Randy Obermeyer.Next up – East Central away on Tuesday with a 5:30 game time.The JV Lady Bulldogs lost a tight one Friday evening to the Rushville Lady Lions.  The final tally was 11-9.The JV Lady Bulldogs were balanced on offense scoring in every inning.  The Bulldogs put one on the board in the first, two in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth, and added another in the fifth inning but came up just short in the end result.The JV Lady Bulldogs pounded out 11 hits at the dish with Hannah Nunlist leading the charge with three hits in four plate appearances.  Gwen Martin and Chloe Saler each had two hits a piece while Kate Burkhart, Paige Oldham, McKenzie Laker, and Zoe Peters collected one each.Oldham went all five innings on the bump in the loss striking out six Lady Lion hitters.The loss drops the JV Bulldog record to 5-6 on the season.Batesville JV Softball will next be in action Tuesday evening against the East Central Lady Trojans immediately following the varsity game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Stacey Kessens.last_img read more

Aussies sweep Windies with T20 thrashing

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – West Indies Women predictably suffered their second straight series whitewash at the hands of powerhouse Australia Women when they went down by nine wickets in the final Twenty20 International of the three-match series here Wednesday night.In yet another lopsided encounter at Kensington Oval, West Indies could muster only 81 all out off their 20 overs, with opener Britney Cooper top-scoring with 29 off 35 balls to be one of just three batsmen in double figures but the only one to pass 20.The hosts were undone by left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen who snatched four for seven from four superb overs while 20-year-old leg-spinner Georgia Wareham supported with three for 14.New-ball seamer Megan Schutt picked up two for 14.In reply, the Aussies strolled to their target in the eighth over with Player-of-the-Series Alyssa Healy belting a 16-ball 38 and opening partner Beth Mooney gathering an unbeaten 24 off 18 deliveries.Healy notched six fours and two sixes in dominating a 45-run opening stand off 22 balls before slicing leg-spinner Afy Fletcher for Karishma Ramharack to take a low catch at short third man in the fourth over.Choosing to bat first earlier, West Indies lost left-hander Kyshona Knight for two in the third over with the score on six, caught by captain Meg Lanning moving to her right at first slip off Schutt.Captain Stafanie Taylor, playing in her 100th T20 International, struggled for 19 deliveries over her six before becoming the second casualty of the innings, carving Wareham to Jonassen at point in the seventh over.When Stacy-Ann King missed a heave at Jonassen and was bowled between bat and pad for six in the 12th over, the hosts were in deeper trouble at 42 for three.Cooper, a late inclusion in the series, was the only one to show any defiance, counting four fours in an attractive innings. But she too fell victim to the Aussie spin attack, missing a sweep Wareham and adjudged lbw in the 14th over.Natasha McLean (15) and rookie Sheneta Grimmond (13) staged the best stand of the innings with 20-run partnership for the fifth wicket but once they were separated, West Indies lost their last six wickets for 26 runs in quick time.last_img read more

Sheehan delighted with professional boxing deal

first_imgThe 6 time Irish National champion made the decision to turn pro in January and had been looking for the right offer to come along. It was announced yesterday that he had finally been signed up and the 25 year old is looking forward to life as a professional boxer.last_img