OUOTC accused of insensitivity

first_imgOxford University Officer Training Corps (OUOTC) have been accused of insensitivity, following their ‘Officers and Zulus’ themed fancy dress party last week.The themed party concluded a series of training sessions focusing on the military tactics utilised by the British in the 1879 Zulu Wars and was an extension of the ‘military history’ syllabus due to run throughout Hilary term.The invitation announcing the event stated that “the evening’s aim is to celebrate the martial prowess of both sides in the campaign”.Yet the event has sparked much controversy within the Oxford University community.In an email before the party, OUOTC advised attendees, “In order to avoid sullying our good name, please refrain from using body paints (you know what this means in practice).”One member of Lincoln College was shocked by the party. She stated, “It strikes me that there may be something a teensy bit offensive about a group of future British Army officers (who all happen to be white, by the way) dressing up as a group of colonial invaders and the ‘savages’ they defeated.“This sort of thing horribly trivialises not only another nation’s culture, but also the oppression and subjugation of that nation as a result of British colonialism.”Others labelled the theme as ‘lacking in taste’, comparing it to Prince Harry’s infamously ill-chosen Nazi costume. A second-year English student argued, “For cadets to dress up as colonial soldiers, in order to attend a party- it’s just really disrespectful. Of course that’s going to cause offence.”Attendees defended the party, arguing that it was thematically related to the day’s educational activities.Patrick Page, a member of OUOTC and student at St Benet’s Hall commented: “I don’t think there is any question that the OTC were celebrating some sort of colonial victory. If it were, I certainly would not have gone.”Captain Christian San Jose of OUOTC added that the group were interested in examining the Zulu wars from an “Entirely military viewpoint as opposed to political or moral, we were looking at the military tactics used by the British infantry.”He conceded, “We’re not so naive that we are not aware that there is potential for offence and we made note to cadets that they should exercise restraint and that fancy dress should not emphasise any political undertones.”“People get offended about all sorts of things”, he added. “There wouldn’t be any point in not holding the evening in case we offended people. I certainly didn’t hear any complaints about it from within the OTC.”He suggested the possibility that those criticising the party may simply be trying “to get at the OTC” but stated that complaints probably came from people who “weren’t at the evening and had no understanding of what our aims were.”last_img read more

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Port Jefferson Station Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 77-year-old Port Jefferson Station woman was killed when she crashed her car in East Setauket early Saturday morning.Suffolk County police said the woman, whose identity wasn’t immediately released, was driving a Chrysler 300 westbound on Route 347 when her vehicle struck a guardrail and caught fire west of Old Town Road at 5 a.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Sixth Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img

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French World Cup glory costs China firm Sh903mn

first_imgAccording to Vatti’s latest figures, the Chinese firm has made refunds — either in cash or gift cards — of more than 62 million yuan.And the cost to Vatti of the success of “Les Bleus” does not stop there, with a portion of refunds still outstanding.The total payout over the marketing stunt will amount to nearly $12 million.Vatti, founded in 1992, promised before the World Cup to refund customers who bought their “Championship Package” of selected products if France lifted the trophy.Vatti stock dived as France made their way through the tournament, but the firm is publicly sanguine.“The amount to repay could be very significant, but it was included in our annual budget. It will not have huge consequences on the company,” Wang Zhaozhao, a Vatti representative, previously told the China Securities Journal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The total payout to customers who bought the ‘Championship Package’ of selected products will amount to nearly $12 million © AFP / Adrian DENNISSHANGHAI, China, Jul 30 – A Chinese kitchen appliance maker said Monday it has so far made refunds worth Sh903mn (9mn USD), fulfilling a costly pledge to reimburse customers if France won the World Cup.Vatti, one of the French team’s sponsors, is coughing up after Didier Deschamps’ side beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow a fortnight ago.last_img read more

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