The Wilberforce Academy is a week-long residential course which aims to “equip the next generation of Christian leaders in public life.” The course is run by Christian Concern, a right-wing evangelical group whose leader has called for the criminalisation of homosexuality and for members to “stand up to the militant homosexual lobby.” This year’s conference took place from the 9th to the 14th of September, near the end of the long vac. A controversial evangelical group with links to the far-right was quietly hosted at Wolfson College this September without the knowledge of the student body, Cherwell can reveal. The college Chair of the General Meeting of the Common Room was first informed that Wolfson had hosted the group on the 23rd October. The issue was raised at a General meeting that same day. At one TFC event, Solomon spoke alongside far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has been banned from the UK for posing, as Home Secretary Theresa May described it, “a genuine, present and significantly serious threat to […] community harmony and therefore public safety.” Andrea Williams, Paul Diamond and Sam Solomon have all participated in rallies by the Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC), an American far-right group which has praised Tommy Robinson as a “brave man” defending his “right to bring truth to light regarding the spread of radical Islam both in the United Kingdom and around the world.” At another event, Solomon and Diamond spoke alongside far-right anti-Islam activists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, both also banned from entering the UK. At the time, Exeter students also alleged that members of Christian Concern had made homophobic remarks about one gay student, comparing his sexuality to that of a paedophile and labelling him “immoral”. Students described Trinity’s decision to host the group the following year as a “slap in the face to LGBTQ members of the college.” In 2013, Williams travelled to Jamaica to campaign against the legalisation of gay sex. According to Buzzfeed, in her speech Williams said: “It is not compassionate and kind to have laws that lead people [to engage] in their sins [that] lead to the obliteration of life, the obliteration of culture, and the obliteration of family.” Also speaking were Frank Gaffney and John Guandolo, who took to the alt-right Breitbart podcast after the Finsbury Park Mosque attack to blame the attack on Muslim immigration. One Christian Concern publication argues that same-sex couples should not be allowed to raise children due to their “high levels of promiscuity.” Another warns that “Islamic finance” is a conspiracy to promote the “Islamisation” of Britain and the implementation of Sharia Law. Colleges who have hosted the Wilberforce Academy in previous years have faced uproar from their students. Exeter was forced by students to donate all proceeds from the conference to LGBTQ+ charities and issue an apology after hosting the conference in 2012, where members of the group distributed anti-abortion leaflets in communal areas. Trinity later issued an apology and, like Exeter, pledged to donate all proceeds to LGBTQ+ charities. Last Michaelmas, Cherwell revealed that Jesus had hosted the Wilberforce Academy over the long vac and had deliberately kept its students in the dark, which students described as causing “immeasurable hurt”. As before, students demanded an apology and that proceeds be donated to LGBTQ+ charities. A spokesperson for Wolfson College told Cherwell: “The College is committed to ensure that nothing gives rise to an environment in which people will experience, or could reasonably fear, discrimination, harassment, intimidation.” SU VP Welfare Róison McCallion called on colleges and University to be more responsible when taking bookings, telling Cherwell: “The University of Oxford should be a safe and welcoming space for all people.” The group’s ‘Islamic affairs adviser’ Sam Solomon co-wrote ex-UKIP leader Gerard Batten’s notorious ‘Charter of Muslim Understanding’, a proposed loyalty oath for British Muslims. Shortly after the events at Jesus, students at Lady Margaret Hall voted against allowing the group to use their college for the group’s 2019 event, on the grounds that it would threaten their “physical and mental safety”. Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner responded to Williams’ comments: “The comments by Andrea Minichiello Williams about the decriminalisation of same sex intercourse in Jamaica have no sanction in the Church of England or the diocese of Chichester. Insofar as such comments incite homophobia, they should be rejected as offensive and unacceptable.” Another senior member of the group, Paul Diamond, told a Kentucky mega-church that Christians in the US and the UK should stand “shoulder to shoulder” to battle dual enemies of Islam and anti-Christian sentiment, warning: “What’s happening in Europe could be coming to your state.”
Credit: Thomas AlexanderGerben de Zwart, APG’s head of quant equities, at IPE’s Equities conference in JuneAt the conference, De Zwart noted that the rise of passive investing was also being reflected in the bond markets, albeit with a delay of several years compared with equity markets.At the same time, as a result of regulation, more trades and trade information were being reported, which could be collected with the help of advanced computers and data storage.“If you combine that with the academic research that is finding added value in the corporate bond markets for similar quant strategies, my hypothesis is that within five years it could very well be that the structure of the corporate bond markets will be similar to the equity markets,” he said. APG currently has a 45% allocation to quant strategies as part of its €170bn listed equity portfolio. It is the asset manager for the €405bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP. De Zwart said the amount APG planned to allocate to quantitative credit strategies was not yet fixed. It wanted it to represent a “serious step”, although in terms of its whole portfolio it would be a “toe in the water”, he added. “We target managers who really take responsibility of the performance through a quant approach,” he added, “and who for that reason take quant investing very seriously and spend time and resources on enhancements or continuous enhancements of their investment strategy.” APG, one of Europe’s biggest asset managers, is planning to allocate to quantitative strategies for investing in corporate bonds.Speaking at IPE’s equities conference in London last week, Gerben de Zwart, head of quantitative equities at the €470bn pension investor, said he foresaw the corporate bond markets evolving to resemble the structure in the equity markets over the next five years. “A part is allocated to passive, a part is allocated to quant strategies and a part is high conviction fundamental investments,” he told delegates. “We want to be one of the leaders on the quant side and we are currently looking at allocating money to quant managers within the corporate bond markets.”Speaking to IPE, De Zwart said APG wanted to hire one or two external quant credit managers “with the aim to outperform the credit index through quant investing”.
THE Guyana Jaguars bowlers were able to maintain total control during the final session of play yesterday, which ultimately left the visiting Windward Islands Volcanoes with a mountain to climb, in order to save the sixth round Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-day encounter.Shivnarine ChanderpaulAt the end of day two at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, the tourists, batting a second time were 127-6, an overall lead of 50 runs.After dismissing the Jaguars for 194 in their first innings, the strong second-innings reply the visitors expected, however, did not materialise, as an impressive Jaguars bowling attack had inflicted irreparable damage.With the clouds gathering and the floodlights on, batting became more difficult as the three-time defending champions relentlessly pressed home their advantage.Medium pacer Sherfane Rutherford (2-19) was the main destroyer in the Volcanoes’ second innings, while Keon Joseph, Keemo Paul, and left-arm spinners Veerasammy Permaul and Gudakesh Motie claimed a wicket apiece.Devon Smith struggled initially, but was there at the close on 49, and was the only batsman to offer any form of resistance.Earlier, the Jaguars’ innings was built on the back of a solid 59 from veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.Resuming at 78-2, the Jaguars lost both overnight batsmen inside the first ten overs of the day.Vishaul Singh failed to add to his overnight seven when he played all around a full-length delivery from left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson in the day’s fourth over, and had his leg-stump uprooted.The senior Chanderpaul, who is West Indies’ second most prolific Test batsman, scoring 11 867 in 164 Tests, joined his 21-year-old son; but the father-son combination was not productive after the young Chanderpaul was caught down the leg side off Shermon Lewis (3-62) for 36 off 126 balls.Anthony Bramble (5) was then trapped lbw to Kyle Mayers (2-56) and Keemo Paul (0) succumbed moments later, when he offered a simple return catch to off-spinner Shane Shillingford (4-36). The three-time defending champions were in a tangle at 98-6.However, the 43-year-old and Rutherford combined to steady the innings and had steered the home side to 144-6 at the lunch interval with Chanderpaul, who hit consecutive cover boundaries off Mayers at one point during that period, on 33, and the teenager on 12.The post-lunch session saw Rutherford last seven balls before he was bowled by Shillingford for 13.Permaul and Chanderpaul then took the score to 178, and during that period Chanderpaul brought up his half-century before a double blow from Shillingford saw the demise of Permaul (22) and Motie (0) in successive deliveries.Mayers then removed Chanderpaul which brought an end to the innings. The visitors’ openers Devon Smith and Tyron Theophile cautiously guided their side through to tea on 24 without loss.Theophile fell soon after the interval, caught at the wicket off Joseph for 16 while Rutherford claimed the wickets of Taryck Gabriel and Miles Bascombe. Both batsmen made nine runs.Smith was joined by Roland Cato, but his stay was also short after he was trapped lbw to left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie for four.Smith and Donwell Hector took the total to 102, after which Hector went lbw to Permaul for 20 while Paul bowled Mayers.Play resumes at 09:30hrs.SCOREBOARDGUYANA JAGUARS 1st innings (o/n 78-2)T. Chanderpaul c wkp. Smith b Lewis 36C. Hemraj b Lewis 29L. Johnson c wkp. Smith b Lewis 4V. Singh b Johnson 7S. Chanderpaul c Theophile b Mayers 59A. Bramble lbw b Mayers 5K. Paul c & b Shillingford 0S. Rutherford b Shillingford 13V. Permaul b Shillingford 22G. Motie c Smith Shillingford 0K. Joseph not out 1Extras: (b-4, lb-6, nb-8) 18Total: (all out, 71.4 overs) 194Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-63, 3-80, 4-90, 5-97, 6-98, 7-154, 8-178, 9-178.Bowling: Lewis 16-6-62-3, Johnson 15-7-19-1, Mayers 19.4-5-56-2, Shillingford 18-7-36-4, Theophile 2-1-8-0, Cato 1-0-3-0WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES 2nd inningsD. Smith not out 49T. Theophile c wkp. Bramble b Joseph 16T. Gabriel b Rutherford 9M. Bascombe lbw b Rutherford 9R. Cato lbw b Motie 4D. Hector lbw b Permaul 20K. Mayers b Paul 11Extras: (nb-1, b-5, lb-2) 8Total: (for six wickets, 43.2 overs) 127Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-45, 3-56, 4-71, 5-102, 6-127.Bowling: Joseph 11-3-26-1, Paul 10.2-2-22-1, Permaul 11-0-34-1, Rutherford 6-0-19-2, Motie 5-0-19-1.