The 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 night, moe. hit the beautiful Thompson’s Point in Portland, ME, continuing a three-night run in the New England state with their potent jamming grooves. The night opened with a great set from The Wood Brothers, getting things ready for some serious jam rock from moe.The group opened up with “Okayalright,” treating fans to a number of their prized originals in the first set, including a set-closing “Plane Crash.” One of the biggest highlights came in the second set, when the band broke out into a cover of David Bowie’s “Fame.” While the band has played the tune before, they took their time on this version in the midst of a five-song set, and really let the jams develop.Don’t take it from us though… You can watch the video of “Fame” below, courtesy of the band. Get ready to jam!You can see their full setlist from last night’s show, below.Setlist: moe. at Thompson’s Point, Portland, ME – 6/17/16I: Okayalright, Hi & Lo > Big World, Same Old Story, Downward Facing Dog, Plane CrashII: Crab Eyes, Silver Sun, Fame, Water > BulletEnc: Jump Around
Manchester United poised for £50million transfer move for Ryan Sessegnon Comment Coral BarrySaturday 9 Feb 2019 10:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisement Advertisement Sessegnon could cost £50m (Picture: Getty)It is unclear who will be in charge at United in the summer, but the frontrunner Mauricio Pochettino has long tracked Sessegnon.Tottenham are just a host of top clubs who want to sign Sessegnon, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all being linked with the Englishman in the last 18 months.MORE: Douglas Costa excites Manchester United fans by liking transfer story Sessegnon is out of favour at Fulham (Picture: Getty)Manchester United want to bring Ryan Sessegnon to Old Trafford in the summer, according to reports.The Fulham youngster is the club’s prized asset, but has seen his playing time decreased under new boss Claudio Ranieri.Ranieri was drafted in to save Fulham from relegation and thinks Sessegnon needs to be more aggressive to win a place back in his side.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 CityUnited cruised by Fulham and Sessegnon on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage and the Express claim the Red Devils are now plotting a raid on the Cottagers.ADVERTISEMENTUnited are prepared to fork out £50million on a player who they believe is destined for great things.AdvertisementAdvertisementSessegnon is in talks to sign a new long-term deal at Fulham, but is said to be stalling as he considers his future.Fulham are second from bottom, seven points from safety and Sessegnon may be tempted to stay in the Premier League if the Londoners are relegated back into the Championship. (Picture: Getty)Sessegnon has a bright future ahead of him after bursting onto the scene as a 16-year-old before helping fire Fulham into the top flight.The 18-year-old scored 16 goals last term, as well as eight assists, and became the first player born after 2000 to score in the Premier League this season.United think Sessegnon could be a long-term asset and plan to pounce on the uncertainty surrounding the teenager’s future.
ABS analysis shows owner occupiers are picking up investor slack when it comes to finance. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty ImagesHomeowner finance is on the rise according to the latest release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).According to ABS Lending Finance analysis for July 2017, the total value of owner occupied housing commitments excluding alterations and additions rose 0.7 per cent in trend terms and 0.9 per cent seasonally adjusted.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoIn comparison, investors saw a one per cent drop in their trend number, and a 3.9 per cent fall on the seasonally adjusted result.In trend terms, the number of commitments for the construction of dwellings rose two per cent — the same results as for the number of commitments for the purchase of new dwellings.The number of commitments for the purchase of established dwellings rose just 0.3 per cent in trend term, but remained dominant at type, comprising 83 per cent of total commitments.CommSec chief economist, Craig James, said the ABS results show construction still has a way to run.“Budding owners of new homes remain active – loans to buy blocks of land hit $7.6 billion over the year to July, up 21 per cent on a year ago.“The home building boom has legs,” he said.
(BBC) – RENAULT have launched a protest against Racing Point, accusing them of not designing their own car.The Racing Point has been dubbed the ‘Pink Mercedes’ for its likeness to last year’s world title-winning car.Racing Point have admitted the similarity and that they have copied the 2019 Mercedes but say they have done so in compliance with the rules.The rules dictate that teams must design specific parts of the car themselves.Teams can buy certain parts from other teams but the rules dictate that so-called ‘listed parts’ must be designed by each individual team.The listed parts effectively amount to the car’s aerodynamic surfaces and its monocoque or survival cell.The rules dictate that each team “retains the exclusive right to use listed parts” as long as it competes in F1.Racing Point finished seventh in last year’s championship but their competitiveness has taken a step forward this year and their driver Sergio Perez was one of the fastest on track in Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix.The Mexican charged up from 17th on the grid and was challenging the Red Bull of Alexander Albon for fourth before the two collided in the closing stages and Perez fell back to sixth at the finish.His team-mate Lance Stroll, whose father Lawrence Stroll owns the team, finished seventh.Racing Point use Mercedes engines and have a contract by which they buy their gearbox and other parts from the world champions, as well as lease time in their wind tunnel.
Since Brown was injured Dec. 31, the Lakers have made due with teenage center Andrew Bynum starting. Coach Phil Jackson underscored the importance of Brown’s return when he was asked before Tuesday’s game about Bynum wearing down. “Without a doubt,” Jackson said. “He’s a 19-year-old kid. Jordan Farmar, who’s gone through some longer UCLA college seasons, has also hit the wall. They’re starting to come back a little bit. I see a little more life in them now as they come through this.” Two-for-none Jackson revealed that the Lakers suffered from a lack of communication in the final minute of Friday’s loss at Toronto. The coach wanted the Lakers to play the two-for-one possession game but the Lakers didn’t take a shot for nearly 20 seconds. LOS ANGELES – The timetable Lakers center Kwame Brown was given when he went for a second opinion last week on his sprained left ankle called for him to miss another four to six weeks and return sometime in March. But Brown said he was optimistic that he would be able to beat that projection. He has been wearing a walking boot day and night – even while he sleeps – and said the immobilization was helping his ankle. “Not to have a two-for-one when you have 44 seconds (left), those are little things that we’re working at,” Jackson said. Good feelings Not that he would say anything differently after playing 44 minutes Sunday at Cleveland, but Bryant said his health was good heading into the All-Star break and his surgically repaired right knee was “100 percent” better than last year. “Night and day,” Bryant said. “I don’t have to warm up or anything. I can just go out there right now and play.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although he is supposed to wear the boot for three weeks, Brown said, “It feels better than the three weeks, so I’m going to talk to the doctor right after the All-Star break and see if I can try to speed it up a little bit.” Brown, who has missed 22 games since suffering the injury, was able to do some light shooting at Monday’s practice. He plans to work out next week in a hard cast and gauge things from there.