Recording booths connect Oxford and Calais migrant camp

first_imgRecording booths have been set up so that Oxford residents can exchange messages with inhabitants of the Calais migrant camp. Messages are swapped between the booth outside East Oxford Community Centre and the camp, via a handheld recording device and email.Over 100 people have recorded or listened to the messages at the booth so far. The project runs from 10am to 3pm, weather depending, until Saturday.Source: BBC NewsThe scheme is the brain-child of Oxford Brookes student Isobel Tarr, who commented, “For people at the camp I hope it can show that people in the UK support them and welcome them, and are capable of listening to them, in a situation where they don’t generally feel heard.“For people in the UK, some have commented that it has helped them to think about what it means to find solidarity with others… having connected with an individual person rather than a mass of people.”Oxford linguist Fuchsia Hart, who has been working at the camp in Calais, added that, “It’s important that people send messages back from the UK to show that they hear their struggle, and try to make a connection with the people as individuals.”last_img read more

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Public Works Minister stresses the need for stronger infrastructure

first_img Share 97 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Public Works Minister stresses the need for stronger infrastructure by: – September 30, 2011 Sharing is caring! Effects of flash flooding in the community of Massacre, next to Mam’s Supermarket.Public Works Minister, Honorable Rayburn Blackmoore is stressing the need for greater emphasis to be placed on stronger infrastructural development on the island.Following a site visit in his constituency on Thursday morning, the minister told the media that he is touched by the level of damage in certain areas.According to Blackmoore, engineers will now have to go back to the drawing board to ensure that infrastructural development is strengthened on all existing and new projects.“Again going forward this just tells us that with a weak physical infrastructure the amount of damage we can experience out of events like that. That is why government is spending so much emphasis to strengthen our physical infrastructure; retaining walls, sea defense walls, because these things are important. Going forward one can get the sense and appreciation of the amount of money that you may have to spend as a nation to really put the physical infrastructure in place; it’s a very costly undertaking. But we will do whatever it takes for us to rebuild Mahaut and Massacre and Dominic on a whole, moving forward.” A number of families in the Mahaut area were shocked after they witnessed unusual paths taken by existing streams in the Bena Wavine area while large volumes of water also emerged into new streams in an area commonly known as ‘Chemen Koway’.“In Checkhall the level of damage we have seen is unprecedented in our history. In ‘Liviere Lore’, that’s a place in Massacre we see that the river have actually moved from its natural channel and it went in the direction of peoples’ houses, in one case a bar was lost as well as houses in the area. In Bena Wavine strangely I was there at about quarter to one and then I was told that about fifteen minutes after I left that area, there was an outburst of water into the area where the road normally passes. In Bena Wavine houses got flooded, vehicles were swept away and the same can be said for Checkhall in the area by Mam’s.” Public Officers have also been commended as well as heavy-duty equipment operators who responded immediately following Wednesday’s disaster.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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