Oxford Jewish Society (JSoc) are to hold a public vigil following yesterday’s attack at synagogue in Pittsburgh.The shooting, which took place at the Tree of Life synagogue during its Sabbath service, killed eleven people, and is believed to be the worst anti-Semitic attack on US soil in recent history.The vigil will take place this evening at 7.30pm in Radcliffe Square.In a public statement, Oxford JSoc said: “Oxford Jewish Society is horrified and saddened by the appalling anti-Semitic attack on Pittsburgh over Shabbat. We would like to express our sadness and solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish community and the Tree of Life congregation.“Oxford JSOC is here for Jewish students who want to mourn, and process this event… We will be holding a public vigil for Jewish students and the wider community.”JSOC President, Harrison Engler, told Cherwell: “We are shocked and horrified by these events. This is a time for all students and residents of Oxford to stand behind the Jewish community, to mourn the victims of this attack.”Yesterday evening, an interfaith vigil was held for victims of the attack at the synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh.A 46-year-old has been charged with murder following the massacre, and US prosecutors say hate crime charges will be filed. The gunman reportedly shouted, “All Jews must die,” as they entered the synagogue.The United Nations called Saturday’s massacre a “painful reminder of continuing antisemitism.”They added: “Jews across the world continue to be attacked for no other reason than their identity. Antisemitism is a menace to democratic values and peace, and should have no place in the 21st century.”The President of the British Board of Deputies of British Jews said: “Innocent worshippers [were] gunned down in cold blood…The UK Jewish community stands in solidarity with everyone affected in the US.”Former UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said, via Twitter: “This attack, which is being reported as the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States, is a tragic reminder that, somehow, within living memory of the Holocaust, we still live in a world where antisemitism exists and deadly attacks on Jews take place.”Further details about Oxford Jsoc’s vigil can be found at this link. All are welcome to attend. A combination of prayers and poems will be read in Hebrew and English to mourn those lost and give support to the injured.
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The continental football ruling body introduced the format which was a template from UEFA for its clubs competitions and is based on the strength of the respective domestic leagues.Nigeria, according to Article 2 under general provision of Champions League regulation, is one of the 12 countries CAF granted automatic two slots for the winner and runner up of the domestic league for a period of five years.Within that period of five years from 2013-17, the coefficient have been counting and Nigeria has one of the lowest rating within the stipulated calendar with the latest scenario not an advantage for the country having failed to play in the money spinning CAF League for the second year running.According to the regulations, this ongoing season’s result only comes to effect in the next two seasons. What this translate to is that the slots for 2019 season is dependent on the 2013-17 in which Nigerian clubs have fared woefully.While the NPFL defending Champions, Plateau United was edged out by high profile Etoile Du Sahel of Tunisia 4-3 on aggregate, continental cup debutants, MFM FC was scandalised by more experienced MC Algers 7-2 on aggregate and thus confirmed the supremacy of North African countries in club competitions.The Maghreb countries have seven representatives going into the draw ceremony of the CAF Champions League tomorrow in Cairo, Egypt.However, Nigeria still have a lifeline should all the four representatives including Enyimba FC and Akwa United produce brilliant performances in the second tier competition, Confederation Cup whose draw for final play-off is also taking place today at the CAF secretariat in Cairo, Egypt.It will be the first time in the history of the competition that four clubs from Nigeria will feature in the play-off round of the CAF Confederation Cup.On records, Algeria and Morocco still have their two representatives while Southern Africa have five representatives and West Africa is left with two candidates with Central Africa in the rear with just one representative.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CAF CLUB COMPETITIONSFemi SolajaFollowing the elimination of Plateau United and MFM FC from the elite continental club competition, CAF Champions League and the subsequent drop to the second tier CAF Confederation Cup, Nigeria may lose the right to field two clubs in subsequent editions of the topflight based on CAFâ€™s coefficient and performance rating in the recent years.