Macau’s Studio City posts $161.9m loss in first half

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Macau’s Studio City posts $161.9m loss in first half Macau integrated casino resort Studio City International Holdings has posted a $161.9m net loss for the first half of the year as its operations were severely hit by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 20th August 2020 | By contenteditor Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: China Macau Topics: Casino & games Finance Macau integrated casino resort Studio City International Holdings has posted a $161.9m net loss for the first half of the year as its operations were severely hit by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Operating revenue for the six months through to 30 June amounted to $24.7m (£18.18m/€20.9m), down 91.8% from $300.8m in the corresponding period last year. Studio City said its revenue was significantly impacted by the decision by Macau authorities to place travel restrictions on the Chinese special autonomous region in response to the Covid-19 crisis. This led to a sharp fall in tourism for a large period of the first half, which in turn slashed visitor numbers for Studio City Casino, pushing revenue down as a direct result. The venue made a $22.5m loss from its casino operations in the first half, down from a profit of $191.5m in the same six-month period last year.Room revenue plummeted 76.7% to $9.8m, while food and beverage revenue was down 68.4% to $11.0m, and entertainment revenue 91.2% to $891,000. Declines were also seen in services fees, with revenue here falling by 22.1% to $15.1m, and while mall revenue rocketed 392.8% to $9.5m, retail and other revenue was down 34.1% to $758,000. Looking at costs, the temporary closure of casinos, coupled with the drop in visitors numbers, meant operating costs fell 22.4% to $180.6m for H1. Spend was down across almost all of Studio City’s operating segments, including in the food and beverage arm, where costs were lowered from $29.3m to $16.1m, while entertainment costs were slashed by 84.9% to $2.0m. Mall and rooms costs were also down, but gaming related services spend was level at $11.6m. Elsewhere, general and administrative spending fell from $63.3m to $54.6m, property charges were almost halved from $8.3m to $4.2m, while depreciation and amortisation expenses fell 6.0% to $80.9m. However, despite reducing costs, the sharp drop in revenue meant Studio City posted an operating loss of $156.0m for the first half, compared to a profit of $68.1m last year. Studio City also recorded $54.5m in non-operating expenses, including $51.1m in interest costs, which meant loss before tax totalled $210.6m, a stark contrast to the $1.5m loss posted at the same point in 2019. While Studio City received $142,000 in tax benefit and also recorded $48.5m in earnings from participation interest, it ended the first half with a $161.9m net loss, compared to a $1.5m loss last year. Switching attention to the second quarter and operating revenue for the three months to 30 June stood at a loss of $12.5m, compared to a positive figure of $149.9m in Q2 of 2019. Operating expenses were more than halved from $120.0m to $80.2m, but this did not stop Studio City reporting an operating loss of $92.7m compared to a $29.7m profit last year. When accounting for $25.6m in additional expenses, loss before tax amounted to $118.2m, much higher than $5.6m last year. After paying $68,000 and including $27.3m in earnings from participation interest, net loss for quarter was $91.0m, compared to a $4.4m loss in 2019. The nationwide issuance of visas in Macau is not due to recommence until 23 September, which means Studio City is likely to continue to feel the impact of Covid-19 into Q3 and beyond.last_img read more

SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgSIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileSIC Insurance Company Limited is a leading insurance company in Ghana providing non-life products in the motor, marine and aviation, fire and accident sectors. The motor division covers accidental loss of motorbikes and vehicles and third-party accident, fire and theft. The Marine and Aviation division covers airborne cargoes, ships and fishing vessels, ports and harbour installations and aviation insurance covering aircrafts, cargo and passengers. The Fire division covers accidental destruction of properties including household, personal, commercial and industrial buildings and effects. The Accident division’s coverage ranges from personal and family accidents to cash-in-transit, banker’s indemnity and contractor’s all-risk insurance. SIC Insurance Company also offers workmen’s compensation insurance, general bonds and engineering and construction insurance as well as offering investment, asset and fund management advisory services. SIC Insurance Company was founded in 1955 and its head office is in Accra, Ghana. SIC Insurance Company Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Winners of The 2009 Alternative Rich List announced

first_imgEx-UK Royal Navy Search and Rescue diver Tom Henderson developed ShelterBox to provide aid following natural disasters. Shelterbox, an easily transportable container, provides shelter and other equipment essential for survival. Howard Lake | 8 September 2009 | News Thelma Perkins gave up her job as social worker to dedicate herself to distracting young people from joining gangs. After her son was wounded in a shooting, she has worked in schools, youth centres and in the community, educating young people about the impact of street crime. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Susie also set up Pavement Project in the UK which produces materials for working with street children round the world. She founded the Mothers in Pain voluntary organisation for the victims and families of gun, knife and gang crimes: the organisation shares information, educates young people and provides support. The three winners are Thelma Perkins, Tom Henderson and Susie Howe. Tagged with: Awards Recruitment / people With support of Rotary Clubs worldwide, ShelterBox has responded to more than 100 disasters in over 50 countries, providing shelter to more than 80,000 people following earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami, floods and humanitarian disasters such as conflict and the AIDs crisis. Winners of The 2009 Alternative Rich List announced Susie Howe from The Bethany Children’s Trust set up a community-based orphan care organisation in Zimbabwe, helping 8,000 orphan children suffering poverty, deprivation and illness.center_img More than 5,000 members of the public nominated and voted for the shortlist for the awards, a fivefold increase on last year’s awards. The winners of The 2009 Alternative Rich List have been announced. Three winners have been selected by the public from one hundred people nominated for their commitment to society from local community projects to world-wide campaigns. www.forum3.co.uk The awards were announced at in the run-up to forum3, the major annual recruitment event for the UK’s third sector. It attracts 12,000 visitors. It is being held on 10 – 11 September at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Forum3’s Director Deborah Hockham said: “We couldn’t have anticipated the massive public interest in this year’s Alternative Rich List. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  50 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement “It seems to touch a nerve with so many of us who are inspired by the unsung heroes whose wealth is not defined by pounds and pence but by the way they have enriched other people’s lives”.last_img read more

Scientists go rogue vs. Trump’s gag order

first_imgPresident Donald Trump inflamed another section of the population by signing a gag order on government scientists and specific agencies after being in office less than one week. The Environmental Protection Agency; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the Department of the Interior, including the National Park Service; the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the National Institutes of Health were all named.Trump ordered removal of all fact-based studies, press releases, social media and blogs related to EPA research that show evidence of carbon emissions intensifying global warming.  Everything must now be first reviewed by the Trump administration.Plans are underway to cut the EPA’s budget by $I billion and cut thousands of staff members. (Daily News, Jan. 26) Trump ordered the EPA to freeze all grants and contracts, which will impact programs that improve air quality, protect drinking water and dispose of hazardous waste and toxins from old industrial sites.The Agricultural Research Service of the USDA provides scientific solutions to instruct farmers on how to best increase food crops and livestock. Their research, funded by the federal government from public taxes, must now go through Trump. His appointee for secretary of agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has used huge federal subsidies to help fertilizer and chemical companies and large agricultural conglomerates that destroy the environment in their quest for profits.Mobilizing for ‘March for Science’A storm of resistance to Trump’s gag order on science has prompted a number of independent calls for a national March for Science in Washington. The first website calling for the march collected over 60,000 members overnight. March details are evolving. Twitter sites are growing as plans develop; see #StandUp4Science and #ScienceMarch.The Union of Concerned Scientists website features an appeal: “Resist this: The Trump Administration’s Control+Alt+Delete Strategy on Climate Change.” The article by senior analyst Erika Spanger-Siegfried, posted Jan. 26, explains that the White House is trying to “control scientists working in federal agencies, alter science-based policies and delete scientific information.”The UCS says that “scientists, universities, nonprofits” and individuals “have teamed up to download and safeguard federal resources — data, reports, tools, etc.”  The organization promotes the March for Science, which “gained hundreds of thousands of followers” within hours of being announced.  Also, “federal employees, now restricted on Twitter, have secured ‘rogue’ Twitter handles” and are communicating “with the public, to greater followings than ever.” (tinyurl.com/zzbswyb)By silencing agency scientists, Trump has unleashed over 80 rogue twitter accounts by anonymous federal employees, such as #ungaggedEPA, #StuffEPAWouldSay and #NotAltWorld.A posting on #NoAltWorld reads, “Can’t wait for President Trump to call us fake news” and “You can take our official twitter, but you’ll never take our free time!”  (Jan. 24)#RogueNASA stands for “science and climate news and facts. Real news, real facts.” Trump’s tweet posted there read: “As your president, I have no higher duty than to protect the lives of the American people.” In response someone posted, “And you can start by protecting and preserving the planet we call home.” (Jan. 26)Trump favors business interests over protecting the environment. He wrongly blames China for creating the concept of global warming “to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive.” (Nov. 6, 2012, tweet, reposted at #NotAltWorld, Jan. 26) He also tweeted, “Any and all weather events are used by the global warming hoaxsters to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don’t believe it.” (Jan. 26, 2014)However, Trump’s ridiculous claims are refuted worldwide. There is a consensus among 97 percent of climate-change scientists that global-warming trends from the last 100 years are caused by humans. In January, data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that 2016 was the hottest year in recorded history.While the White House debunks climate-change science, Cuba is planning to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels by building 59 new solar parks. The goal is to increase renewable energy so it produces 24 percent of the country’s electricity by 2030. This is despite the nearly 60-year U.S. blockade of the socialist island.A cornerstone of scientific inquiry is communication and collaboration, which has been increasing with globalization. Sharing research data fosters ideas, creativity and facts the world relies on. Censorship and the promotion of policies based on maximizing capitalist profits, while ignoring environmental devastation, lead to fake science. That does a disservice to the world’s peoples and is damaging to the planet itself.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Judge refuses to allow Galliagh man to return to home after riots

first_imgNews Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – July 25, 2012 Twitter A judge has refused to allow a Derry man accused of rioting to return to live at his home which is close to the scene of the disturbances.43-year-old Seamus Bradley, from Moss Park, is charged with riotous behaviour, assaulting and resisting police and attempted criminal damage.Mr Justice Weir said he had seen TV reports of several nights of trouble in the Galliagh area of the city.He said it was clear that residents had had enough.The judge said the 43-year-old would not be popular in the Galliagh area after recent disturbances.A prosecution lawyer said police had been called to the Glengalliagh area in the early hours of last Friday to deal with reports of ongoing disturbances.He said a crowd of between 40 and 50 people were throwing missiles at police and that the trouble, which went on for three consecutive nights, had stemmed from attempts to build a bonfire as part of an anti-internment demonstration.The lawyer said Mr Bradley had been identified as a man who twice threw objects at police and after he was arrested he punched out at PSNI officers.Mr Bradley told police he had been drinking and did not remember if he had done anything.Police objected to bail saying tensions were still high in the area.The judge said he would consider granting the accused bail if he could provide another address in the city.He adjourned the hearing until Friday. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Google+center_img Previous articleDonegal County Council unaware of bogus caller claimsNext articleMan arrested in Derry in relation to RAAD operation News Highland Judge refuses to allow Galliagh man to return to home after riots Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

‘No Rational Basis To Differentiate Between Final Year Students & Intermediate Semester Students’: Plea In Karnataka HC Against UGC Direction To Hold Final Year Exams By Sep 30

first_imgTop Stories’No Rational Basis To Differentiate Between Final Year Students & Intermediate Semester Students’: Plea In Karnataka HC Against UGC Direction To Hold Final Year Exams By Sep 30 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 July 2020 12:23 AMShare This – xStudents of the Bangalore Institute of Technology have moved the Karnataka High Court challenging the UGC Guidelines which made it mandatory for universities to conduct their final year exams by September 30. The students seek cancellation of final year exams and plead to be promoted in accordance with the alternate evaluation scheme offered to the intermediate semester…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginStudents of the Bangalore Institute of Technology have moved the Karnataka High Court challenging the UGC Guidelines which made it mandatory for universities to conduct their final year exams by September 30. The students seek cancellation of final year exams and plead to be promoted in accordance with the alternate evaluation scheme offered to the intermediate semester students. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs had permitted the conduct of exams by Universities and Institutions vide notification dated July 6, 2020 and had ordered the Universities to compulsorily conduct examination of final year students as per UGC guidelines and Standard Operating Procedure. Home Ministry Permits Conduct Of Exams By Universities, Institutions In furtherance of the aforementioned notification, UGC has issued revised guidelines for University examination for terminal semester students whereby it instructed Universities to conduct exams in offline (pen & paper)/ online/ blended (offline + online) mode. The same has been challenged by the students on the following grounds: 1) Petitioners’ access to education was adversely impacted due to lockdown They have submitted that a substantial portion of their syllabus, nearly 70% has remained incomplete as their University “barely held” any classes in the online mode and for a few subjects no online classes had been held at all. “It is evident that the prescribed syllabus in respect of the final semester has not been taught to the Petitioners in a satisfactory manner and in any case not in a manner that would equip them to face an examination on the basis of the same,” they submitted. It is further contended that even those classes that were conducted online, were contingent upon (i) students’ access to internet and technological infrastructure and (ii) the teacher’s comfort with the technological equipment. “Even assuming that the individual teachers are all comfortable and well versed with these developments, the access to these classes would still be contingent on the access to internet which is not within the wherewithal of every student. The Petitioners themselves have faced difficulty in accessing the internet from their respective homes,” the plea states. 2) No rational basis to differentiate in the mode of assessment of final year students as against intermediate semester students It is contended that the stipulation made by the UGC for mandatorily conducting examinations for terminal semester students while exempting the students who are in intermediate semester and allowing a different scheme of evaluation them, is antithetical to the principle of equality guaranteed under Article 14 of the Constitution. It is submitted that the Commission has proceeded on a “false notion” that conducting examination only for final year students is necessary for “reflection of competence, performance & credibility which is necessary for global acceptance.” The Petitioners have argued that Final Semester Exams alone do not determine the value and integrity of the degree. Rather, it is a combined effort & performance of a student over the past semesters. “There is no rational nexus basis for the said classification and the object that sought to be achieved by imposing such varying methods of grading the students in the intermediate semester and the final semester,” the plea states. 3) Threat of exposure to Covid infection The students have pointed out that to appear for the final semester examinations, students will be forced to move of their houses, in some cases even travel across cities and rent accommodations. This, the Petitioners fear, will pose a huge risk to the students as well as other stakeholders such as invigilators, examiners, etc. “A majority of the universities/Institutions are situated in metropolitan cities which are presently witnessing high incidence of COVID-19 positive cases and the rising trends suggest a further escalation. The travel of students into these areas further expose them to significantly high risk of contracting and spreading the virus,” the plea states. It contends, “The mandate to complete the Final Semester examination by end of September 2020 would indisputably expose the students, staff and other stakeholders to a severe health risk and without due regard to requirement of travel, accommodation and safety of such students is in violation of their rights guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. Furthermore, if such Final Semester examination are postponed/extended on account of lockdown or the impeding spread of the Virus, the students would be in a limbo which would completely hamper their employment and academic prospects.” Therefore they have urged that the final year students be evaluated as per past performance and be promoted in terms of the alternate evaluation scheme at par with the intermediate semester students. Significantly, the matter is already under consideration before the Supreme Court. Four petitions were listed before the Top Court on Monday, seeking quashing of the notification dated July 6 by Ministry of Human Resources Development and the subsequent UGC Guidelines mandating conduct of examinations for final year students by September 30. The Petitioners had demanded the UGC to allow individual state governments to pass the final year students based on the candidate’s past performance. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy & BR Gavai had therein directed the Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, to file a common reply for the Commission to the petitions by July 29. An intervention application has also been filed in the matter by a Pune-based professor who has argued that the impugned UGC guidelines do not violate the fundamental rights of the students and there is no risk to the life of the students, staff and other members of the society as the Commission has permitted conducting of online exams also. Next Storylast_img read more

Government consider scrapping travel limit three weeks early

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ Twitter The government’s being warned a rush to ease restrictions could lead to a resurgence of Covid 19.It’s reported the government is considering scrapping the travel limit three weeks earlier than planned.It’s due to be extended to 20 kilometres from June 8th, but might be dropped by the end of next month.Museums, galleries and hairdressers could also be allowed to open sooner than the roadmap suggests.Public health expert Dr Gabriel Scally says speeding up the country’s re-opening carries risks:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/restrictions-scally1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Government consider scrapping travel limit three weeks earlycenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Previous article€98,000 investment approved for Carrigart Digital HubNext articleSome Inishowen homes without water this afternoon News Highland Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – May 31, 2020 WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Baggett, Grant headed to Crenshaw Christian

first_img You Might Like Council approves permanent Kimber financing The “final piece of the puzzle” in the recruitment of Kimber Manufacturing has been placed with the City of Troy… read more Email the author By The Penny Hoarder Skip Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Published 3:00 am Thursday, June 28, 2018 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article “Crenshaw Christian is fortunate to be able to have her and Wayne Grant as we move forward in a tradition of excellence based on biblical principles.”Baggett and Grant are not strangers to each other. Back during their school days, they rode the bus to Goshen together. Both are looking forward to renewing that friendship in the workplace.“I’m excited about being at Crenshaw Christian,” Baggett said. “The parents and students have been most welcoming and are appreciative of my being here. I love the smaller school atmosphere. When you walk in the door, there’s a visual presence of God and you know immediately that the school was formed on His principles. I will do my best to make Christian character a big part of CCA.”Grant has been meeting with the football players, getting to know them and being involved with the game of football again after three years away. Sasser-Williams said Baggett and Grant were at the top of list of potential hires for the open positions.“We had wanted to hire Coach Grant several years back but were not able to,” Sasser-Williams said. “We are very fortunate to get him this time. It is exciting to have someone who believes in the kids and the program, someone who cares about winning and about molding kids into young men.”Sasser-Williams said the Crenshaw Christian family has known Baggett and her husband, Ken, for many years.“Crenshaw Christian Academy is different from most schools in that we have daycare that begins at eight weeks,” she said. “Becky is a strong Christian, a strong leader and a dedicated and experienced educator. She is exactly what we need at this time. “It feels good to be back,” Grant said. “I had a battle with cancer and, now that I’m cancer-free, I’m ready to be back in coaching. And it feels just like it did. I’m doing the same things and doing them the same way. They worked before and, hopefully, they will work at CCA. The kids are working hard and are enthusiastic. I’m happy to be back. It feels really good.”Baggett is a Pike County native and has always wanted to teach in an effort to make a difference in young lives. She taught in the Montgomery public schools for 25 years, at Ashford Academy for 10 years, and at Pike Liberal Arts School for 7 years.Grant won five state championships at Pike County High School in Brundidge. He has received coach of the year honors 10 times and is a member of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Baggett, Grant headed to Crenshaw Christian Crenshaw Christian Academy in Luverne has made two new hires that board chair SalLee Sasser-Williams said will “be shining lights on what we need for our kids.”Becky Baggett has been named school administrator and Wayne Grant will be the school’s athletic director, head football and girls’ softball coach.“At Crenshaw Christian Academy, we have established a tradition of excellence,” Sasser-Williams said. “We were looking for leaders that would not only help develop our students in the classroom, but in extracurricular activities as well. We found those leaders in Becky Baggett and Wayne Grant. They both have strong Christian values and we are excited about the vision they have to continue Crenshaw Christian’s tradition of excellence.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Latest Storieslast_img read more

Two votes for students

first_imgMany students have been able to cast two votes in Thursday’s national referendum on the Alternative Vote electoral system, having received multiple polling cards. While students received a poll card at their home address, many were also given an additional card, entitling them to vote again in Oxford. While only one vote may be cast in national elections, a student is allowed to vote for local councillors both at home and at university. However, there were no local government elections in Oxford yesterday.If a significant number of students who received two cards voted twice, this could amount to hundreds of fraudulent votes.Some students that Cherwell spoke to, who had already made their choice by postal vote, were able to vote again in Oxford.One first year stated, “I’ve already voted by post at home, though I could easily vote again on Thursday if I wasn’t so scared of getting fined”.Workers manning the poll booths at Wesley Memorial Hall in the city centre, admitted that it was impossible to tell if a student had already voted at home, though they pointed out posters that warned of imprisonment or fines for those caught committing electoral fraud.Jeremy Thomas, Counting Officer for Oxford, stated, “Students are entitled to be registered at both their home address and their place of study. “However, no elector is entitled to vote twice in this referendum. Any elector who does so commits a serious criminal offence.“We have arrangements in place with Thames Valley Police for them to investigate all such allegations and I would encourage anybody who thinks an offence may have been committed to come forward with information.”Nathan Jones, a History and Politics student, commented, “In a referendum on the future of a fairer voting system and how best to select our elected representatives, it is a damaging loophole that allows university students to potentially vote both in their home constituencies as well as in Oxford”.Cherwell exposed a similar story during last year’s General Election when it was reported that many students were able to vote twice. Yet no changes to combat the possibility of fraud seem to have been made.Students also reported that they were able to vote without their poll card or being asked for proof of identity.One commented, “I could have committed identity fraud without anyone knowing. Who knows if it is actually widespread?”Many international students were also able to vote in today’s referendum. The Electoral Commission told Cherwell that, “Voting cards will be sent to anyone appearing on the electoral register.”Those entitled to vote in all elections must be a “UK, Republic of Ireland, or qualifying Commonwealth citizen. Qualifying Commonwealth citizens are those who have leave to enter or remain in the UK, or do not require such leave.” However, some students from the Commonwealth, which includes Malaysia, Pakistan and Kenya, said that they had been unsure about their entitlement to vote.One student commented, “At the polling station I said that I wasn’t a British citizen, and they said that as long as I was registered to vote I could.”last_img read more

Confusion and internal division: Why Brexit won’t feature in today’s three-party debate

first_imgStudents may be surprised to see Brexit overlooked at today’s Three-Party Debate, hosted by the Oxford Forum.The debate will allow each student political part to debate the other two individually, and will focus on the current government, inheritance tax, and the fate of the Liberal Democrats. Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) vetoed Brexit-related motions proposed by Oxford University Liberal Democrats (OULD) including “This House believes a People’s Vote is preferable to any Brexit Labour could offer” and “This House believes a general election is a better resolution to Brexit than a People’s Vote”. OULC told Cherwell they submitted a counter-proposal “THB that Brexit is the most pressing issue facing this country” which OULD rejected, however OULD deny the claims they had vetoed the motion.The Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) were also reluctant to debate Brexit, believing that students are “just very bored with talking about it”.President of the Oxford University Liberal Democrats, Damayanti Chatterjee, expressed her disappointment that there would not be debate on the “biggest issue in British politics since the Second World War”. Chatterjee told Cherwell: “My committee and I were in strong agreement that the best debate topic for our debate with OULC would be a motion on Brexit and a People’s Vote. “However, I was informed that OULC would not debate any motion about a People’s Vote and then told by OULC Co-Chairs that the society would not debate a motion on Brexit at all. We are disappointed that OULC will not take a stance or defend their party policy and are concerned that they have cited any debate of Brexit between us as unfair. “The Liberal Democrat and Labour policy on Brexit differ just as significantly as the Liberal Democrat and Conservative policy on Brexit, with the former supporting a second referendum wholeheartedly and the latter arguing to rule out no deal and for an incrementally closer union with Europe than May’s deal, delivered through a general election if Labour wins a majority in it. “We still welcome the chance to debate with them at the Three Party Debate and will gladly take their suggestion of an allegedly fairer motion “This House Believes the Liberal Democrats are irrelevant” as an opportunity to do just that and as a better alternative to having no debate at all.” Speaking to Cherwell Winter said: “It is not the case that OULC were reluctant to debate Brexit and although we rejected some Brexit based motions, we also proposed Brexit-related motions which were rejected by the other parties.“The reason a motion on Brexit could not be agreed is that OUCA were reluctant to debate Brexit on the basis that they did not think students were interested in the topic. We offered a motion on ruling out a no-deal Brexit which OUCA rejected, and related motions on immigration which OUCA also rejected.“The motions suggested by OULD, relating to Brexit, were not practical for this debate. They included a motion on the People’s Vote, a policy which is part of Labour’s current plan and supported by many OULC members, which it would not be appropriate to take a collective stance against as a club.” “All in all, the event has been poorly organised, with parties expected to agree motions amongst themselves at the last moment, with little input from the Oxford Forum.”Speaking to Cherwell Tristan Wang said: “There has been a reluctance on the part of the OULC on certain proposed motions relating to Brexit.“As I understand it, the reason is because there is disagreement within Labour on the topic of Brexit.“However, I am unable to understand how it can be claimed that discussion on Brexit was avoided. Anyone with reasonable knowledge of current affairs would know that it would be difficult to debate confidence in the government (OULC vs OUCA: “TH has no confidence in the Government”) or the relevance in the Liberal Democrats (OULC vs OULD: “THB that the Liberal Democrats are irrelevant”) without addressing Brexit. Those who attended the event can vouch that Brexit and the EU featured extensively in argument.”Winter also alleged that the two other parties had rejected topics including fracking, tax, and education. President of OUCA, James Beaumont told Cherwell: “While we were reluctant for a debate on fracking or the public sector pay gap, largely due to internal division on the issues, that is not the case for immigration. We discussed several wordings with OULC, but could not agree on an exact wording for the motion.“We also proposed several others, including a broad debate about capitalism, and another about welfare reform, which were rejected. I believe that we have now agreed on ‘This House has no confidence in the Government’, which will of course cover many of the topics mentioned above.”last_img read more