Access blog breaches rules in OUSU election contest

first_imgOUSU’s Vice-President for Access and Academic Affairs has been reprimanded by the Returning Officer after attempts to promote a new initiative violated electoral rules.James Lamming is responsible for a new section of OUSU’s website where current students can submit profiles of their experiences applying to and being interviewed at Oxford.At hustings held last Friday, Lamming asked the candidates for President to send in profiles of themselves, suggesting that it would provide good publicity and that he would publish on his blog the order in which profiles arrive.However, Returning Officer James Dray ruled that Lamming was in direct violation of electoral rules as the blog would give unequal publicity on a media platform.Lamming said, “Early on Saturday afternoon I sent each of the candidates who had said yes to my request an email reminding them of their promise in hustings the previous day, and explained the details of what was needed in an interview profile.”He added to candidates that by doing so they would be engineering positive exposure for their up-coming election.“In the emails, I said that I would publish in my blog on Monday the order in which profiles arrive, giving the implied threat that the student body would know which candidates matched their words with deeds. I also offered ‘bonus points’ for candidates who solicited further profiles from their friends to help me collect dozens and dozens of profiles,” he said.The Returning Officer was forced to contact Lamming as his actions flouted electoral rules.Dray said, “I banned the candidates from submitting the profiles as soon as I heard what was happening, as it violates the restrictions on certain types of electronic communication as well as the need for fair and equal coverage.”Lamming criticised the regulations’ implications, saying, “James Dray is justified in enforcing the rules, which turn out to be fairly clear against what I was light-heartedly suggesting to do. However, on a more serious point, I think it is a shame that students can’t discover which candidates are just hot air; promising much but doing little.“The website is becoming really valuable, so it is a shame some of the candidates aren’t helping out when they said they would, but I hope other students across Oxford will act and send in a profile,” he added.last_img read more

No chance Pep Guardiola could do what Rafa Benitez has done at Newcastle, says Paul Merson

first_imgPep Guardiola might disagree with Paul Merson (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Paul Merson is extremely impressed with the job Rafael Benitez has done at Newcastle, to the extent that he does not think Pep Guardiola could have managed it.The Magpies are 14th in the Premier League ahead of their clash with Arsenal on Monday night, but could rise to 12th with three points at the Emirates.Benitez has been operating with a very small transfer budget since he arrived at St James’ Park in 2016, but has managed to re-establish the side back in the Premier League nevertheless.Merson thinks that without the Spaniard at the helm, Newcastle would be under a much more serious threat of relegation, while he also praised the fanatical support the club receives.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Phil HaighMonday 1 Apr 2019 4:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link47Shares Advertisement Rafael Benitez has done a very decent job at Newcastle (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)‘I think if he wasn’t the manager of Newcastle, they’d be bottom three, quite easily bottom three,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘What he gets out of these players, week in, week out. They all know what they’re doing.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Playing on a Monday night against Arsenal, away on a Monday night, and there are no trains back.‘You watch if they score there won’t be an empty seat there. It’s absolutely phenomenal [Newcastle’s support].‘I think he [Rafa] is up there with one of the best. We go on about Pep Guardiola and how great he is. Could he do what Rafa’s doing at Newcastle on what they’re getting? I am going to go with, no chance!’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityNewcastle have lost just one of their last six Premier League contests, a run of results that has steered them away from the drop zone.While relegation has not been completely ruled out just yet, with a seven-point buffer between them and Cardiff in 18th, the Magpies should still be in the division next season.MORE: Gary Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning massive Manchester United overhaul this summerMORE: Raphael Varane tells Real Madrid he wants to leave amid Man Utd interest No chance Pep Guardiola could do what Rafa Benitez has done at Newcastle, says Paul Merson Advertisementlast_img read more

IGRG to promote ‘open and inclusive conversation’ during Responsible Gambling Week 2019

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Share Related Articles maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 The Industry Group For Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has outlined plans to bring the UK and Irish gambling industries together as part of this year’s Responsible Gambling Week 2019.The aim of the campaign, which will take place from November 7 – November 13, is to promote an industry-wide conversation regarding safer gambling methods, as well as the promotion of tools, advice and help available to punters.John Hagan, chairman of the IGRG, commented: “We are confident that Responsible Gambling Week, now in its third year, will be our biggest campaign yet, but this is not just about one week in the year, it is about promoting safer gambling all year round. “We want to make this an open and inclusive conversation, connecting with the widest possible audience, including those who do not think messages about responsible gambling are aimed at them. We want to take the message about safer gambling even further this year, through our own social channels, with the support of our partners inside the industry and beyond.”The week will involve over 120,000 staff from across the gambling industry, with further backing from gaming machine operators and pubs across the UK and Ireland.In the UK, the IGRG will spearhead the campaign while the Irish element of the campaign will be led by the Irish Bookmakers Association. The duo will focus upon delivering information on the initiatives that are available to punters.Neil McArthur, chief executive of the UK Gambling Commission, added: “The week’s strapline, ‘Let’s talk about safer gambling’, is an important message not only for customers but also for the staff and industry leaders whose role is to look out for their customers. “It provides an opportunity for people across the gambling industry, no matter what their role is, to focus on what part they can play to make gambling safer and reduce gambling harms”.Anna Hemmings, chief executive of GamCare, concluded: “Safer gambling is a key priority for GamCare, and we are pleased to support initiatives that promote and extend safer gambling messaging, such as RG Week. In particular, we are delighted to be offering training to youth-facing professionals through our national youth education programme: BigDeal. “This focuses on delivering education to young people directly, as well as the youth workforce to promote more informed choices about gambling behaviour and an understanding of the potential for harm. As usual, if anyone has any concerns about their gambling, they will be able to get in touch with us at any time for help and support via the National Gambling Helpline.”last_img read more

Corruption becomes culture

first_imgDear Editor,Recently, Cathy Hughes, the Honorable Minister revealed an irrational stance on corruption when she insulted members of the public that they are corrupt just like her Government and that corruption is a culture in Guyana. In effect, Minister Hughes aims to deter members of the public from calling out corruption within her Government because she is also allegedly involved in it.Minister Hughes must know that corruption becomes culture because corrupt practices are copied, especially from role models or from those in powerful positions.To this end, Minister Hughes cannot escape the fact that she is spreading corrupt values. Specifically, it has been widely reported that Minister Hughes is being handed government contracts to her personal business for selfish gains. And this is evidence of corruption by a powerful government minister who has no other option but to defend this scourge because of her alleged involvement. She has no moral grounds to stand and fight it.Further, Minister Hughes needs to be reminded that corruption robs human beings of basic needs like food, water, health care and shelter. This is exactly the tragedy in Guyana where the majority of Guyanese, including members of my own family fall into hopelessness, suicide and emigration. Life is unbearable in Guyana because of corruption primarily in government. And most would agree that Guyana is ruled by thieves.Editor, without a doubt, Minister Hughes is unfit to effectively serve in her capacity because of her alleged involvement in corruption. How can a minister not see that her behaviors embolden corrupt practices which destroy lives? Further, Minister Hughes and others with similar values in government have caused Guyana to remain poor in spite of our vast natural resources. And the Government of Guyana must understand that corruption is a brainless and destructive act which is ever supported or defended by decent human beings.Sincerely,Annie Baliram (PhD)last_img read more