Football IPL 2020 CSK vs DC: Watch Ravindra Jadeja special celebration after smashing 2 sixes on last 2 deliveries Football by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeE! OnlineTLC’s So Freaking Cheap Takes Penny-Pinching to the ExtremeE! OnlineMicrosoftBring your desktop to life with Bing WallpaperMicrosoftPhotoStickHow To Back Up All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhotoStickNagarkoti bowls the final over- Curran on strike. A dot ball to start. Curran can only get 3 off the next two. Which gets Jadeja on strike with 7 to get off the the last 3 balls. A dot ball. 7 needed off 2. Then Jadeja smashes a six over midwicket! Scores tied with one ball left. KKR bring the field in for the last ball. And the last ball is a six! CSK win off the last ball.Just Jaddu it and #WhistlePodu! @imjadeja #Yellove #WhistleFromHome #CSKvKKRpic.twitter.com/UwGhAUOtgD— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 29, 2020CSK wins, what MS Dhoni said on Jadeja ?After registering a five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Chennai Super Kings’ skipper MS Dhoni said that it was pleasing to see how his side emerged triumphant when the match was in a tense situation.CSK chased down the target of 173 with five wickets in hand. Ruturaj Gaikwad played a knock of 72 runs, while in the end, Ravindra Jadeja played a quickfire inning of 31 runs off just 11 balls to take the side over the line.For KKR, Pat Cummins and Varun Chakravarthy scalped two wickets each. With CSK winning the match against KKR, Mumbai Indians became the first team to qualify for the playoffs this season.CSK needed 7 runs off the final two balls, and Ravindra Jadeja smashed the last two balls for sixes and as a result, CSK ended up winning the match.“I think it was one game in which the climax went in our favour. Lot of credit to the guys. This season he has been fantastic. He (Jadeja) has been the only one in our team who has scored in the death overs. He needed somebody else and that would have been good for us. We want to give games to people who haven’t played,” Dhoni told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinition|SponsoredSponsored IPL 2020 CSK vs DC: Watch how Ravindra Jadeja Celebrates after smashing sixes on the final deliveries. Needing 7 from 2 balls, Jadeja smashed consecutive sixes in the final over as Chennai Super Kings made a big dent to Kolkata Knight Riders’ chances of reaching the IPL play-offs with a thrilling six-wicket win here on Thursday.IPL 2020 : Jadeja’s last 2 ball magic, CSK wins on the last ball Euro 2020: Didier Deschamps offers Ousmane Dembele update ahead of Portugal match Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales: 3 key battles to watch out for in ITA vs WAL Euro 2020, North Macedonia vs Netherlands: Top 5 players to watch out for in MKD vs NED Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey: Top 5 players to watch out for in SUI vs TUR Previous articleISL 2020-21: Proud to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in India, says Kerala Blasters FC striker Gary HooperNext articleISL 2020-21: Hero ISL clubs intensifies their preparations for new season as quarantine ends Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Football Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Switzerland to punish hapless Turkey; Follow Live Updates Facebook Twitter SportSport News Football Queens Club Final: Matteo Berrettini beats Cameron Norrie in final to win title Football By Kunal Dhyani – October 30, 2020 Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Verratti returns for Italy, Ampadu starts for Wales, check full line-ups; Follow Live Updates, Euro 2020 LIVE broadcast in more than 200 countries, check how you can watch Live Streaming of EURO 2020 in your country Football TAGSIPL 2020 CSK vs DCJadeja smashing sixes on the final deliverieRavindra Jadeja IPL 2020 SHARE ATP Tour F1 French GP 2021: Max Verstappen pips Lewis Hamilton to win French GP, Perez finishes 3rd Formula 1 Football Football Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Gareth Bale issues warning for Italy ahead of crucial fixture – Follow Live Updates
Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Richard Belanger suffered a heart attack, and then went into cardiac arrest a second time in the ambulance. From Florida Hospital – ApopkaRichard Belanger, now 51, of Orlando, was fulfilling a lifelong dream when he enrolled in the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Academy in January 2014.After receiving a clean bill of health, the former US Marine and executive chef had just passed the Academy’s physical fitness test (back-to-back runs, sit-ups and push-ups) when he couldn’t catch his breath, became dizzy and blacked out.“When I came to, I was being cared for by EMTs and they told me I’d had a heart attack,” recalls Richard. “Next thing I knew, we were on our way to the hospital.”In the ambulance, Richard was laughing and joking when he went into cardiac arrest a second time and his heart stopped beating. EMTs shocked him and brought him back to life before arriving at Florida Hospital Orlando’s emergency department.When his wife, Charlene, arrived at the hospital, she didn’t know whether she’d see her husband alive again. As the medical team rushed him to treatment, she leaned over and whispered to Richard during the chaos: “You better not leave me!”A Team Ready and WaitingAs soon as Richard arrived, Chin Kim, MD, interventional cardiologist with the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute, escorted him to the heart catheterization lab. Dr. Kim is part of the Code STEMI (ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) team, a joint program between the emergency and cardiology departments. Code STEMI allows quick diagnosis and treatment for patients who have had a heart attack. Care is provided within minutes of arriving at the hospital.If a heart attack is suspected, an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is performed immediately to detect signs of poor blood flow, heart muscle damage, abnormal heartbeats and other heart problems.Once a heart attack is diagnosed, the Code STEMI is activated, with a cardiologist and a trained cardiac catheterization team at the ready to provide emergency treatment such as primary angioplasty, thrombolytic therapy or even emergency bypass surgery.Taking Steps to Save RichardDuring transport, Richard’s heart stopped for a third time and the team quickly went into action.Richard’s left main artery, which supplies 80 percent of blood flow to the heart, was completely blocked and required a stent, Dr. Kim says. During the procedure, his heart wasn’t beating by itself and the team worked feverishly to resuscitate him. Once the stent was in place, Richard’s heart began beating but he was unconscious and was placed on a ventilator to breathe. To preserve brain function and his vital organs, the team rapidly cooled his body temperature. Cooling patients after cardiac arrest helps control the extent of injury to the brain and decreases the amount of damage to the heart.Studies have shown that patients who receive this type of treatment have better outcomes and decreased mortality.The treatment at Florida Hospital is performed with Medivance’s Arctic Sun, a machine that uses temperature-controlled, water-filled pads attached directly to the patient’s skin, allowing doctors and nurses to cool body temperatures down to between 32 and 34 degrees Celsius (89.6 and 93.2 degrees Fahrenheit), inducing mild hypothermia.Patients who come into the hospital with certain types of cardiac arrest, who are on a ventilator or who are unconscious are cooled as soon as possible for 24 hours before their body temperature is steadily increased. Typically, it takes eight to 12 hours to rewarm the patient.Richard regained consciousness the next day, surprising everyone who had seen him the day before.Richard’s RecoveryWithin a few weeks, he began rehabilitation as part of his recovery. He first met with Carol Humes, lead cardiac nurse, to be assessed, and was monitored closely while slowly building his physical endurance.“We spend a lot of time with patients during assessment to determine their goals,” explains Carol. “We help them reach them as safely and quickly as possible.”Though Richard has a long road ahead, he’s optimistic he’ll be able to pursue his dream of becoming a sheriff’s deputy.“My heart’s recovered,” he says, “and the experience has made me re-evaluate many things and make lifestyle changes. Things are a lot clearer for me.” You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal December 3, 2019 Sudan still awaits its press freedom revolution SudanAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independence Around 300 journalists demonstrated outside the culture and information ministry in the capital, Khartoum, yesterday to demand changes at the top of the public broadcaster SRTC and the removal of the intelligence agents who were infiltrated into many news organizations.The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) has ended the most visible and repressive aspects of the censorship it enforced for the old regime for three decades. The confiscations of newspaper issues and arrests of journalists – of which RSF registered around 100 cases during the popular uprising from December 2018 to April 2019 – have stopped. Abdallah Hamdock, the new prime minister installed in August, has pledged not to jail a single journalist and Sudan is one of the countries that have signed the Global Pledge to #DefendMediaFreedom, launched in July at the initiative of Britain and Canada.“What with the decline in arrests of journalists, the end to newspaper confiscations and the greater freedom of expression, the firsts signs of a policy more favourable to press freedom are encouraging but they are still not enough,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.“A very big part of the media landscape is still under the influence and in some cases control of the old regime’s forces. The emergence of independent journalism will not be possible without an overhaul of the security apparatus, the draconian press laws and a media system still dominated by those who think journalists should be kept under close surveillance.”Security agents still on the prowlThe NISS may be less visible on the ground but it is still very active online. Several journalists have told RSF that the “Cyber Jihadist Unit” – a troll army created in the wake of the Arab springs to monitor online content – continues to infiltrate WhatsApp discussion groups and to spread false information attacking the transitional government on social networks. Propaganda,surveillance and censorship are all still part of the methods used by the NISS.The Rapid Support Forces – a paramilitary group blamed for a massacre of protesters on 3 June that left at least 128 dead and many wounded, including journalists – have brought a lawsuit against Hanadi Al Siddig, a journalist with Al Jareeda, a newspaper that was repeatedly targeted by the former regime. They have also bought the daily newspaper Al Shaia.None of Sudan’s repressive laws have been overhauled. The 2008 Cybercrime Act, the 2009 Press and Publications Act and the 2010 National Security Forces Act are all still in effect and continue to pose serious threats to journalism in Sudan.Sudan is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Sudan’s new authorities to encourage the emergence of independent journalism, which is essential if the country’s transition to democracy is to succeed. Eight months after Omar al-Bashir’s removal by the military in a popular uprising and four months after the installation of a government headed by a civilian, journalists are no longer being arrested and newspapers are no longer being confiscated. But the Sudanese media are still largely controlled or under the influence of the forces that supported Bashir, one of the world’s biggest press freedom predators. Receive email alerts News Organisation April 6, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Journalists protesting in front of the Ministry of Culture and Information against supporters of the old regime on the main Sudanese media. Khartoum. 02/12/2019. Credit: RSF SudanAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independence Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent to go further News April 10, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en News Follow the news on Sudan Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa March 29, 2020 Find out more
March 29, 2020 Find out more April 10, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts SudanAfrica News “The authorities must not physically abuse him. Such treatment is never justified.” said the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard, who also expressed concern at the seizure of Assahafa and another paper. to go further News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa Help by sharing this information SudanAfrica Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal Organisation Reporters Without Borders called today for the immediate release of Yussef al-Bashir Musa, correspondent for the daily paper As Sahafa in Nyala (near the western town of Darfur), who was arrested and tortured by security forces there on 3 May after the paper reported on clashes in the area. Follow the news on Sudan A doctor who visited Musa in detention on 6 May said he had been tortured, even though he is already handicapped, with only one leg. He said he had been threatened with rape, beaten up and hit with sticks on the sole of his foot and on his shoulders. He was interrogated about reports he had sent to his paper in Khartoum.The National Security Agency last month banned the press from reporting the fierce fighting that has raged in Darfur April, killing more than 50 people. Newspapers were warned by telephone they would be seized if they mentioned the clashes. The press obeyed until the independent dailies Al-Sharie al-Syassi and Assahafa both printed reports on 3 and 4 May. All copies of the papers were seized on 6 and 7 May. Assahafa was told this was a “punishment.” News May 7, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist arrested and tortured RSF_en
Billy Bassett The Odessa Chamber of Commerce will name Billy Bassett as 2018’s Entrepreneur of the Year on Thursday, recognizing the president of Bassett Construction for his community service and work building homes and businesses in Odessa for decades.Bassett’s company built hundreds of homes since he founded it in the mid-1980s with a team that includes his brother, Don Bassett, after they worked in the family motel business.At Bassett Construction, they built mansions and modest-sized houses. But the company also constructed a series of significant structures for Odessa, including the first student housing apartments at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Bassett also served on the successful campaign to create the four-year university.Another project was overseeing construction of the 4,000 square-foot West Texas Gifts of Hope building, also known as Hope House, which provides free lodging for cancer patients across from the West Texas Cancer Center. Hope House, where he now volunteers, opened in 2014.“We always felt like it was important to contribute more than a motel room or a hammer and a nail,” Bassett said. “It’s important to give back to the community.”Bassett, a former chamber chair and former Odessa City Councilman, also serves with organizations such as the West Texas Jazz Society, the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale, Odessa Habitat for Humanity, Permian Basin MHMR, Texas Lyceum and the Permian Basin Home Builders Association.The chamber’s Director of Operations Lynn Van Amburgh said that history encapsulated the purpose of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, given every year to one of the chamber’s members.“It’s to celebrate entrepreneurship in our community and to foster that belief that there are entrepreneurs out there and they add a lot to our community,” Van Amburgh said. “And without them we really don’t have a lot of economic development or quality of life. They add to that.”Bassett will receive his award Thursday at a luncheon at the Odessa Country Club. Here are the other honorees:Jimmie Todd, the founding attorney and president of Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman and Bebout, a law firm he started in 1978. He is past president of E.L. Farmer and Company, a trucking company sold in 2013. He is president of the J.C. Ferguson Foundation, which donates to various charities in the area. And he served on boards of organizations including Boys Club of Odessa, Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center, Meals on Wheels and the United Way of Odessa.Gary Felker, president of Milam-Felker Insurance Services, a locally owned independent insurance agency. Felker also serves on the Ector County Airport Advisory Board and with the Independent Insurance Agents of the Permian Basin.Tommy Ervin and Norlene Ervin-McBride, co-owners of Ervin Plumbing and Supply. The brother and sister are the third generation of Ervins to run the business that their grandfather opened in 1934.Norlene Ervin-McBride volunteers for organizations including Downtown Odessa, American Cancer Society Relay for Life , Crossroads Felowship and the Don’t Mess with Texas Initiative.Tommy McBride is president of the Ector County Utility District. He also serves with groups including Gideons International, the Greater Gardendale Water Supply Corporation, the Ector County Appraisal District and the Imperial Water Development Board.Joe Hurt, an owner of PBP Fabrication, an oilfield equipment business began in 1980. He comes from a long line of local ranchers and is a part-owner of four other businesses. He serves on boards including the Ector County Appraisal District Agriculture Advisory Committee, the Odessa College Foundation Board, the Deacon Board at Crossroads Fellowship and the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission.More InformationEvent information. Local NewsBusiness By admin – April 2, 2018 Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Chamber names Entrepreneur of the Year Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: April 2Next articleMan pleads guilty to sexually assaulting stepdaughters admin
Top StoriesNo COVID Patient Should Be Denied Hospital Admission For Lack Of Local Address Proof : Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 May 2021 10:15 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has directed that no patient shall be denied hospitalization or essential drugs in any State/UT for lack of local residential proof of that State/UT or even in the absence of identity proof.The Court has directed the Central Government to frame a uniform national policy on hospital admissions within 2 weeks, which should be followed by all hospitals.”The Central Government shall,within two weeks,formulate a national policy on admissions to hospitals which shall be followed by all State Governments. Till the formulation of such a policy by the Central Government, no patient shall be denied hospitalization or essential drugs in anyState/UT for lack of local residential proof of that State/UToreven in the absence of identity proof”, the Court ordered.Advertisement The Court also ordered the Central Government to rectify the deficit in liquid medical oxygen supply for the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi on or before the midnight of May 3.”The UOI shall ensure, in terms of the assurance of the Solicitor General, that the deficit in the supply of oxygen to the GNCTD is rectified within 2 days from the date of the hearing, that is, on or before the midnight of 3 May 2021″, directed the Supreme Court.Advertisement The order was passed by a bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat in the suo moto case In Re Distribution of Essential Services and Supplies During Pandemic.The order, which was reserved after a day long hearing on April 30, was released on Sunday night.The other significant directions in the order are :Prepare buffer stock for oxygenThe Central Government shall, in collaboration with the States,prepare a buffer stock of oxygen for emergency purposes and decentralize the location of the emergency stocks. The emergency stocks shall be created within the next four days and is to be replenished on a day to day basis, in addition to the existing allocation of oxygen supply to the States;Advertisement Advertisement No clampdown on social media SOS calls for COVID helpThe Central Government and State Governments shall notify all Chief Secretaries/Directors General of Police/Commissioners of Police that any clampdown on information on social media or harassment caused to individuals seeking/delivering help on any platform will attract a coercive exercise of jurisdiction by this Court. The Registrar (Judicial) is also directed to place a copy of this order before all District Magistrates in the country.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement National policy on hospital admissionsThe Central Government shall,within two weeks,formulate a national policy on admissions to hospitals which shall be followed by all State Governments. Till the formulation of such a policy by the Central Government, no patient shall be denied hospitalization or essential drugs in anyState/UT for lack of local residential proof of that State/UToreven in the absence ofidentity proof;Revisit vaccine protoclosThe Central Government shall revisit its initiatives and protocols, including on the availability of oxygen, availability and pricing of vaccines, availability of essential drugs at affordable prices in the light of the concerns raised by the bench. During the hearing, the Court had posed queries to the bench regarding compulsory licensing of COVID vaccines and drugs and also the rationale behind COVID vaccination policy allowing differential pricing for centre and states. Vaccine policy prima facie violates Article 21The Court observed that the manner in which the Centre’s current Vaccine policy has been framed would prima facie result in a detriment to the right to public health which is an integral element of Article 21 of the Constitution.”The manner in which the Centre’s current Vaccine policy has been framed would prima facie result in a detriment to the right to public health which is an integral element of Article 21 of the Constitution. We believe that the Central Government should consider revisiting its current vaccine policy to ensure that it withstands the scrutiny of Articles 14 and Article 21 of the Constitution”The matter will be next considered on May 10.Case DetailsTitle : In Re Distribution of Essential Supplies and Services During Pandemic, Suo Moto Writ Petition(Civil) No. 3/2021Coram : Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat Citation : LL 2021 SC 236Click here to read/download the orderTagsSupreme Court COVID19 #Justice DY Chandrachud #Justice L Nageswara Rao Justice S Ravindra Bhat Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A video that shows the National Rifle Association’s embattled executive hunting elephants has sparked outrage among animal activists.The New Yorker — along with the nonprofit newsroom the Trace — on Tuesday published a video that appears to show NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre struggling to kill an African savanna elephant for the NRA-sponsored television series Under Wild Skies.“The dying animal rumbles in distress or to warn others — until someone else finally takes over to make the killing shot,” according to a statement from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “LaPierre’s wife stands by, laughing at the moaning elephant.”The video shows guides tracking down an African savanna elephant for LaPierre, who then shoots and wounds it. When LaPierre seemingly attempts to kill the elephant at point-blank range, he shoots it in the wrong place three times, and a guide eventually steps in to fire a fatal shot.The footage never aired over fears of the potential public relations consequences, The New Yorker reported.In a statement to ABC News, NRA Managing Director of Public Affairs Andrew Arulanandam confirmed LaPierre was part of a hunt in Botswana. He said the hunt was “fully permitted and conducted in accordance with all rules and regulations.”“The video offers an incomplete portrayal of the experience — and fails to express the many ways this activity benefits the local community and habitat,” Arulanandam said. “Such hunts are celebrated in Botswana, where they feed villages, contribute to the economy and culture, and are part of the fabric of the region.”The African savanna elephant was designated as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species last month.The video was described as “sickening” by multiple wildlife advocate organizations.“It’s sickening to see LaPierre’s brutal, clumsy slaughter of this beautiful creature. No animal should suffer like this,” Tanya Sanerib, international legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “We’re in the midst of a poaching epidemic, and rich trophy hunters like the NRA chief are blasting away at elephants while the international community calls for stiffer penalties for poachers — what message does that send? We need to halt all elephant killings or they’ll vanish forever.”The killings likely disrupted the social and family bonds and caused emotional trauma to the remaining herd, Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement to ABC News.“It was sickening to watch LaPierre’s elephant slaughter and the suffering he caused by his sloppy and cruel attack on this beautiful animal,” Block said. “This hunt occurred during the height of the elephant poaching crisis and makes horribly clear how evil this industry is: so much suffering and death for the sake of bragging rights and a trophy — pieces and parts of these magnificent creatures.”PETA President Ingrid Newkirk urged “every member of Congress to watch this video” and “have the courage to reject NRA money.”“Behind the NRA’s macho posturing are scared little men who pay tens of thousands of dollars for someone else to track elephants so that they can shoot them ineptly at close range,” Newkirk said.LaPierre’s alleged lavish lifestyle came into the limelight during the NRA’s bankruptcy trial earlier this month. The NRA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January.LaPierre is also among four NRA leaders accused by New York Attorney General Letitia James of participating in fraud that contributed $64 million in losses. The money was used to finance their lavish lifestyles, the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan County, alleges.In a statement issued after the lawsuit was filed, LaPierre called James’ investigation politically motivated and aimed at destroying the NRA.“The NRA is well governed, financially solvent and committed to good governance,” LaPierre said.A lawyer for LaPierre did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Tariq Ramadan, the Oxford Islamic studies professor accused of multiple accounts of rape, has taken a “leave of absence” from the University.The University released a statement today stating that Ramadan, who has denied the allegations, was leaving “by mutual agreement, and with immediate effect”. It added that Ramadan will not be present at either the University or College during this time, and his teaching, supervising and examining duties in the Faculty of Oriental studies will be reassigned.The decision follows student backlash at Ramadan’s continuing presence in the Faculty after the allegations first surfaced.The statement said: “The University has consistently acknowledged the gravity of the allegations against Professor Ramadan, while emphasising the importance of fairness and the principles of justice and due process.“An agreed leave of absence implies no presumption or acceptance of guilt and allows Professor Ramadan to address the extremely serious allegations made against him, all of which he categorically denies, while meeting our principal concern – addressing heightened and understandable distress, and putting first the wellbeing of our students and staff.”In a faculty meeting last Tuesday, students voiced their concerns with the University’s handling of the mounting allegations against Ramadan – who has categorically denied the two accusations of rape from French women, as well as allegations made in the Swiss media this week of sexual misconduct against teenage girls in the 1980s and 1990s.The faculty apologised for their “lack of communication” with students following the allegations, blaming the delay in responding to the claims on the fact that the allegations were made in a foreign country with a different legal system.They also told students last week that they intended Ramadan to continue to supervise and tutor on his return to Oxford, although arrangements could be made with individual students about how their supervisions would proceed.Professor Ramadan also reportedly taught a seminar and was seen “laughing” with faculty members in St Antony’s College immediately following the first allegations.Director of the Middle East Centre Eugene Rogan had warned against jumping to quick judgments about Ramadan. He told students: “It’s not just about sexual violence. For some students it’s just another way for Europeans to gang up against a prominent Muslim intellectual. We must protect Muslim students who believe and trust in him, and protect that trust.”A number of students expressed their anger last week with the University’s response to the allegations. One postgrad told Cherwell: “Frankly, I’m shocked by how badly the University has dealt with this incident. While Professor Ramadan must be assumed innocent until proven guilty, this does not excuse the absolute lack of communication between the Middle East Centre and affected students.”