Union presidential candidates submit flawed nominations

first_imgThe lead-up to the presidential elections for the Oxford Union has proved controversial after two of the three candidates submitted flawed nomination material.Tom Hartley, the current librarian, turned in his nomination forms without the mandatory fee of £40, whilst James Dray, a member of the standing committee, failed to mark the office he is running for.However, Niall Gallagher, the society’s Returning Officer, has declared both candidates’ nominations valid.He explained that he decided to accept Dray’s nomination because he had submitted the “right amount of money for the President-Elect position.”Despite the society’s rules that the “nomination shall not be accepted” of a candidate who does not have “sufficient or authorised means of payment.”Gallagher has since explained that he decided to declare Hartley a valid candidate because he could not “be satisfied that the rules are clear enough to render his nomination unambiguously invalid.”He added, “on the basis of the evidence I have seen, I feel I must give credence to the Librarian’s declaration (both oral and written) that he had sufficient means of payment on his person at the time of nominating.”This decision has led to concerns that a tribunal will be called if Hartley wins the election. The Standing Committee already discussed the possibility of such situation and one member has commented, “If Tom wins, there definitely will be a tribunal.”Another student stated that if a tribunal was called after the election, it would “almost certainly rule his nomination invalid.”Daniel Johnson, the ex-Returning Officer of the Union stated that such situations “made the Union look bloody stupid and re-polling was necessary.”However, he commented that “the Union is democratic, and it’s up to the members to decide who becomes President – and I’m glad that we can continue to offer the only properly run cross-campus election in Oxford.”Members of the Union have criticised failure of Dray and Hartley to submit their applications properly. A member of the Society said, “It was an exceptionally stupid thing to do for someone who wants to be President of the Union.”Another said, “I’m sure the role of the president involves more difficult things than nomination. How they are going to manage everything else?”last_img read more

State: Thousands of Sick New Yorkers are Taking Hydroxychloroquine

first_imgLast month, Governor Andrew Cuomo said healthcare workers would be allowed to use the drug in combination with antibiotics to treat patients with severe cases of the virus.Trump would not let Fauci answer the question about efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 6, 2020 It is likely that Governor Cuomo’s younger brother, CNN Prime Time host Chris Cuomo, who has the coronavirus, has also been prescribed anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to help fight his high fever. To the chagrin of CNN reporters and anchors, New York state health officials say as many as four-thousand coronavirus patients across the state have been given the “unproven” anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to help fight off the coronavirus. President Donald Trump has been touting the potential life-saving benefit of the newly FDA approved drug against COVID-19.After @JDiamond1 asks him some intelligent questions about his touting of hydroxychloroquine, Trump concludes his response by saying, “Only CNN would ask that question. Fake news.”— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 5, 2020last_img read more

Boo me not the players – Van Gaal

first_imgManchester United boss Louis van Gaal has told fans to jeer him, not the players, after some in the Old Trafford crowd demanded a more attacking style.United have scored one goal in their last four games and fans chanted “we want to attack” during a narrow 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.”I can only advise the fans to criticise the manager and not the players,” he said.”I can cope with it. I have had a lot of experience in my life as a manager.”Van Gaal added that the atmosphere at Old Trafford could be hindering his side’s creativity.He said: “When you play for Manchester United you believe that you have to be top of the league. That’s the culture of the club.”All the players who are coming here feel that, but it is also a pressure. You have to cope with that pressure. “It’s very difficult to play for Manchester United with a lot of pressure and you can taste that in Old Trafford because of all the yelling, then it’s not good for my players.”The Dutchman believes the club is “more stable” than when he took over as manager in the summer of 2014, after he had guided the Netherlands to third place at the World Cup, but says scoring more goals is essential.”We still have to play a lot of matches, but we have many more points, we are more stable, we are having less goals against us than last season.”We have to score more goals, but only one more than the opponent.”And, of course, we still need players with more creativity and pace on the wings. That I have said five months ago, three months ago and now I am saying it again, but we need that, so we are still in a process.” Manchester United play West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday.The Baggies, who have won the last two Premier League games they have played at Old Trafford, have kept clean sheets in four of their five away matches in the league this season.last_img read more