Teddy Hall technical issues cause election confusion in the JCR

first_imgThe statement continued: “To say that there were unreasonable factors preventing JCR members from voting is ludicrous since they had plenty of warning and it takes no time at all to get in contact with [the IT officer] or literally anyone on the JCR committee and ask them to help you.” Image Credit: Grayswoodsurrey // Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0. It continued: “Some are arguing that they should have contacted the IT Officer or the JCR President. This is an unreasonable and dangerous argument. As a democratic principle, all those who are eligible to vote should be able to vote with the same ease as others and to expect these people to have to jump through a series of hoops to record their vote is unfair. It is known that one person did contact the IT officer and it took several hours for them to record their vote, furthermore it seems an individual contacted the SU who were not able to resolve the issue in time for the end of the polls [sic].  Two of the contested positions, JCR President and JCR Female Welfare Officer, were won by victory margins which fell within the amount of people who had been blocked from voting due to technical issues. The position of President was won by 13 votes while the position of Female Welfare Officer was won by 12.  The statement emphasised that the motion was not “a retrospective attempt to change the outcome of the election” and “is merely an attempt to ensure that we have a fair election.” They also cited the welfare of candidates and that a new election would potentially become a “popularity competition where the person who can get the most people to speak vocally in their favour has a large advantage.” One member was recorded as having said: “The point made saying that it is unfair to expect freshers to get in contact with the committee about voting problems does not make sense. Everyone here is an adult and that’s not unreasonable to expect someone who wanted to vote to do that.” Cherwell was able to view the election minutes, in which JCR members on both sides of the argument made opening statements. The statement opposing the calling of a new election stated: “To open the election again is basically saying that we want to open the election because certain students weren’t happy with the results.  The initial vote was conducted through the Oxford University Student Union website between 04:26 on Wednesday 18 November until 14:00 on Thursday 19 November. During that time, two students contacted the JCR IT Officer reporting their being unable to vote. One JCR member who reported technical issues described in the emergency general meeting that it had taken “seven hours” to resolve and included sending screenshots.  The statement arguing for a new election read: “This was obviously not [the students’] fault and meant that they were unable to voice their opinion. This is almost equal to about 10% of people who voted for the JCR President (160 votes counted) and is therefore by no means an insignificant proportion of people and could have made the difference to a number of results.”  “These experiences might have put other students off and go to show that it was not an easy process to get their vote counted. Furthermore, the confidence required for a fresher who may have never spoken to or met either the IT officer or the JCR president is underestimated, particularly as they might have believed it was a problem of their own doing.” Members expressed concern about a re-election being unfair as the results of the first election had already been published: “I think it is completely unfair to say you can void the first election because everyone has seen the votes now. You can’t change that by voiding the first one, there’s no way that they will be treated separately. It will create completely different incentives for people which will make it completely unfair.”center_img The St Edmund Hall JCR President has been contacted for comment. The results were released on 19 November at 18:59. An email sent on 21 November at 13:09 by the IT Officer to ask if there were others who were unable to vote due to technical issues revealed that “at least 15” students had encountered similar problems.  A JCR member then responded: “I think it is a base level principle. Individuals may not have wanted to hassle people or message people who they have never met. They tried to log in and as a basic principle it is unreasonable to get people to go through all of those hoops. For some people the barrier of vote should not be higher than for others.” The JCR Committee had earlier this term agreed to extend the period of voting in regards to a referendum about the role of the social secretary, as people had reported issues with voting. When asked why the same protocol was not being followed in the JCR Committee elections, a member responded: “The reason we extended the referendum voting at the time was because we knew there were a few issues at the time. The reason it wasn’t the case this time was because we were unaware that there were all of these issues as only two people got in touch with [the IT Officer].” St Edmund Hall JCR held an emergency meeting on 23rd November after it became apparent that “at least 15” students, “primarily freshers”, had been unable to vote in the election to choose key JCR roles due to technical issues.  Cherwell can report that the St Edmund Hall JCR Committee did not follow the guidelines of the constitution when organising voting times for the election. The Constitution states that the dates and times of the election must be announced seven days in advance, which did not take place. Teddy Hall’s Constitution does not provide for a specific Returning Officer and instead this is a role undertaken by the IT Officer, who is appointed by the JCR President in consultation with the Committee. The vote at the emergency meeting saw 50 votes against the motion to have another election, and 47 in favour. As such, the motion failed. In response, another student claimed: “I’ve heard people saying that they would vote for someone they didn’t vote for before because they wouldn’t want that person to lose now. Also I have heard the other way round. I think it would be viewed as another election and if we do another one that last election would be void.” “There will be no material change to the way the JCR conducts the election. Getting in contact with [the IT officer] to say that you’ve struggled to vote, couldn’t figure out the system or couldn’t find the button literally takes less than a minute.” On 22 November, the JCR President announced an emergency general meeting scheduled 24 hours after its announcement, as per the minimum constitutional requirement. In the email, the President admitted that “15 students came forward and reported this issue to us, and with this number being roughly 10% of those who did vote, there is belief that this is significantly large enough for a re-run of the elections to occur.” However, he stated that a call for a new election was not an opinion “held unanimously” by the JCR Committee, and therefore it was decided that an Emergency Meeting to vote on whether to hold a new election was “the fairest and most democratic action to take.”last_img read more

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Ween Plays The Classics For Night Two Of New York City Run [Watch]

first_imgLoad remaining images You can see the full setlist from last night, below:Setlist: Ween at Terminal 5, New York, NY – 4/15/16Set: Transdermal Celebration, Take Me Away, Learnin’ to Love, Big Jilm, Piss Up a Rope, Nan, Mister Richard Smoker, Stroker Ace, Transitions, Buckingham Green, Voodoo Lady, The Argus, I Play It Off Legit, Puerto Rican Power, Gabrielle, Wayne’s Pet Youngin, The Goin’ Gets Tough From the Getgo, Don’t Shit Where You Eat*, The Mollusk*, Stacey*, I Don’t Want to Leave You on the Farm*, Mutilated Lips*, Don’t Sweat It*, Put the Coke on My Dick, Demon Sweat, Ocean Man, Loop de Loop, How High Can You Fly?, Stay Forever, Tick, Papa Zit, Never Squeal> Drums> Improv/Jam> Never SquealEncore: Buenas Tardes Amigo*acoustic[Setlist via Brownbase]Check out a full gallery of images from night one below, courtesy of Chad Anderson: Ween continued their conquest of New York last night, playing their second of three sold-out shows at the Terminal 5 venue in New York, NY. The group carried on with their trend of monster-sized setlists, playing a total of 33 songs throughout the night. When the band brought out with “Transdermal Celebration” to start the show, fans knew they were in the right place.The group played a number of their staples, like “Take Me Away,” “Piss Up A Rope,” “Buckingham Green,” “Gabrielle” and so many more. The band even went acoustic for a six-song run in the middle of the set, stripping down tracks like “Don’t Shit Where You Eat” and “The Mollusk” to a captivated audience. The set ended with a potent rendition of “Never Squeal,” which featured a drum solo and an improv/jam segment to keep the fans on their toes.The show ended with a fond farewell, as the band encored with “Buenas Tardes Amigo.” Watch a handful of videos from the show below:last_img read more

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Tyson Fury sacks trainer Ben Davison

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Tyson Fury has parted company with his trainer Ben Davison. The pair have been together for five fights, including Fury’s draw with Deontay Wilder last year. Davison has played a pivotal role in Fury’s career and helped the 31-year-old overcome issues with his mental health, drink and drugs prior to his return. Davison revealed the news on social media, tweeting: “Obviously it’s not gonna stop until there’s an answer, Tyson and myself had to both make decisions for our careers which resulted in our working relationship coming to an end, however, we remain friends and he will smash the dosser!” Fury’s dad was critical of his son’s camp following the unanimous decision victory over Otto Wallin in September, blaming Davison for Tyson being in poor shape. “I am a straight talker and that is the worst I have ever seen him. It has gone terribly wrong in the camp and someone is to blame,” John Fury said at the time. “Tyson never landed a meaningful punch. I have seen this coming. If he keeps hold of that team, that whole team, they will cost him his career. Ben Davison and everyone.”Tags: Ben DavisonDeontay WilderTyson Furylast_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgElsewhere in the NFL:— A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press the Redskins are acquiring quarterback Kyle Allen from the Panthers. Allen was 5-7 as the Panthers’ starter last season, completing 62% of his passes for 3,322 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He will complete with second-year pro Dwayne Haskins for the starting job and is reunited with Washington head coach Ron Rivera, who was Allen’s coach last season.— A person familiar with the situation says the Panthers have agreed to terms with former XFL quarterback P.J. Walker of the Houston Roughnecks and former Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead. The person says Walker agreed to a two-year contract and Whitehead will get a one-year deal. Financial terms were not known.— The Giants have reached agreements on one-year contracts with running back Dion Lewis and wide receiver Corey Coleman. Lewis spent the past two seasons as Derrick Henry’s backup in Tennessee and rushed for 209 yards on 54 carries last season before being released this month in a salary-cap move. Coleman didn’t play in the NFL last season after catching five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in eight games for the 2018 Giants.— The Jets and linebacker James Burgess have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to his agent. Burgess started the final 10 games of last season at inside linebacker for the Jets after injuries decimated the position. The 26-year-old linebacker is a favorite of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who also coached him in Cleveland. Burgess finished second on the team to Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams in total tackles with 90. March 23, 2020 Associated Press The organization says a majority of senior national team members have indicated in an anonymous survey that they were in favor of the games being pushed back from its scheduled July opening. USA Gymnastics President Li Li Leung says the organization would not specify how long of a delay it is asking for but added that most respondents were pushing for a year.USA Swimming and USA Track and Field also have called for a postponement to the games.The International Olympics Committee is considering postponing the Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic.Longtime IOC member Craig Reedie told The Associated Press that everyone can see where things are headed, with the coronavirus pandemic spreading and Olympic hopefuls around the world unable to train. IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today that he expects the Olympics will be postponed. Pound told the paper he expects the IOC to announce its next steps soon.Major Olympic nations like Canada and Australia are adding pressure by making it clear they will not go if the games are staged this year. And Germany now says it wants the games postponed until next year at the earliest. The president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee is recommending that athletes from the country not be sent to the Tokyo Games if they take place as scheduled. — The Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year contracts for safety Chris Banjo and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard. The 30-year-old Banjo played in 13 games last season for Arizona and was a valuable contributor on special teams. The seven-year veteran also provides depth in the secondary. The 26-year-old Bullard played in nine games last season and started six.— The Falcons have reached agreements with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, a former first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings, and guard Justin McCray. That word comes from a person familiar with the deals, which won’t be official until Treadwell and McCray pass physicals. The Falcons also have re-signed cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a one-year deal. NHL-PREDATORS-INGRAMPredators sign goaltender IngramNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Connor Ingram to a three-year contract worth $2 million at the NHL level. IOC President Thomas Bach sent a letter to athletes explaining the decision and why it might take so long, while also acknowledging the extended timeline might not be popular. He said a final decision was likely to come in four weeks.Meanwhile, a group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.VIRUS OUTBREAK-RUSSIARussia backs slow approach on Tokyo gamesMOSCOW (AP) — Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. Update on the latest in sports: The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSChampions League final postponed — The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.” The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but the government said Sunday that the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.— The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed due to the outbreak. The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest. The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7. The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.— Former Olympic swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa says he has contracted the coronavirus. Van der Burgh retired from competitive swimming but says he has been struggling for two weeks with the illness. He is also adding his voice to concerns for the well-being of current athletes if the Tokyo Olympics are held as scheduled in July and August.NFL-NEWSRedskins acquire quarterback Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-TOKYO GAMESUSA Gymnastics calls for Olympic postponementUNDATED (AP) — Add USA Gymnastics to the country’s growing list of sports entities calling for a postponement to the Tokyo Olympics. UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots have dropped their longtime kicker and picked up a quarterback.The Patriots said goodbye to another longtime staple of their two-decade run of championships, releasing kicker and franchise leading scorer Stephen Gostkowski. The three-time Super Bowl champion has spent his entire 14-year career in New England.Gostkowski has long passed Adam Vinatieri as the Patriots’ leading scorer with 1,775 points.The 36-year-old Gostkowski started the first four games of 2019 but struggled, missing a career-high four extra points after not missing more than three in any of his previous 13 NFL seasons. He was placed on injured reserve in October and underwent season-ending hip surgery.Brian Hoyer is now in the running to become Tom Brady’s replacement after accepting a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. The 34-year-old twice served as Brady’s backup and will compete with Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler for the starting job. Hoyer played four games and had one start with Indianapolis last season, completing 54% of his passes for 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. UNDATED (AP) — UEFA (yoo-AY’-fah) has formally postponed the Champions League final scheduled to be played on May 30 in Istanbul.UEFA says no decision has been made on a new date, amid a shutdown of European soccer due to the coronavirus pandemic that has no end in sight.Only four teams advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals before the remaining Round of 16 games scheduled on March 17-18 were postponed.In other sports-related developments stemming from the coronavirus:— The top three Canadian junior hockey leagues have called off the remainder of their seasons and playoffs. That means the Memorial Cup trophy given out to the national champion will not be awarded for the first time in its 102-year history. The 22-year-old Ingram posted a 21-5-5 record for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals this season. He ranked third among AHL goaltenders with a .933 save percentage, third with a 1.92 goals-against average and tied for third in wins.Ingram was a third-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2016 NHL draft. He played for Canada in the 2017 World Junior Championship.MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSSoutheast Missouri finds a hoops coachUNDATED (AP) — Southeast Missouri has hired Kansas State assistant Brad Korn as its new basketball coach. Korn had spent the past five seasons with the Wildcats, the past four as an assistant coach. He helped the school to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the Big 12 regular-season two years ago. Korn takes over for Rick Ray, who was fired after going 51-104 in five years with the team and was 7-24 this past season. In other men’s basketball news:— Andy Kennedy has been introduced as the new men’s basketball coach at UAB. Kennedy began his college coaching career with Cincinnati in 2005-06 before a 12-year run at Mississippi. He went 245-156 at Ole Miss, winning one conference tournament and earning two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Kennedy has had 10 20-win seasons as a head coach.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER/COACH OF THE YEARSabrina Ionescu is unanimous choiceUNDATED (AP) — Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu has become just the second unanimous selection as The Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year. Oregon’s star guard received all 30 ballots from the national media panel that selects the Top 25 poll each week. She averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds this season as well as having eight of her 26 career triple-doubles. The only other unanimous pick was UConn star Breanna Stewart in 2016.South Carolina’s Dawn Staley is the AP’s women’s basketball coach of the year. Staley claimed 20 of 30 votes after leading the Gamecocks to a 32-1 overall record, including a 16-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference.Northwestern’s Joe McKeown (mih-KYOO’-ehn) is the runner-up with five votes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Joakim Noah elevates, steadies Clippers on new journey

first_imgThe Clippers arrived on the NBA’s closed campus at Walt Disney World Resort five players short, and since then have had others take leave to attend to trying personal matters, including the deaths of loved ones. Lou Williams was among the Clippers who was excused for a funeral – and then prescribed a 10-day quarantine after returning to the bubble because his excursion to Atlanta included a much-discussed stop at a strip club, reportedly for chicken wings.“Overall, it’s like our team has dealt with a lot of adversity outside the bubble already,” Noah said Monday, following the Clippers’ third and final scrimmage, a loss to the Sacramento Kings. “But this is definitely something that we can overcome. We’re a strong group, and I’m proud to be part of this team.”Noah – the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time All-Star – remains staunchly appreciative of the opportunity to compete for the title that’s evaded him through 12 NBA seasons. He’s especially grateful, he said, because an Achilles injury last September almost robbed him of this shot.Still, he’s getting support from outside the bubble as he forges toward the goal.“For sure, I’m reaching out to my family and they’re there for me,” Noah said. “And it feels good to be able to talk to them. Overall it’s not too bad, we have a lot of resources. But overall, it’s tough to live without your freedom, you know? That’s a sacrifice we gotta make right now, to be able to play basketball.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Noah impressed as the only bona fide big man on the floor for the Clippers in their first two bubble scrimmages, contributing five rebounds and three assists in a win against Orlando, solid in his first 15 minutes of NBA action since March 23, 2019.In Exhibition No. 2, a 105-100 victory against Washington, Noah finished with six rebounds, five blocks, a steal and a team-high five assists – including a pass he slipped to Patrick Patterson, in stride, for a layup, and another he delivered to Rodney McGruder for a 3-pointer after spotting a corridor in the Wizards’ defense, open just long enough to get the ball through.“He’s an elite passer. We already knew that,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “What I love was the screening and rolling. He is so used to coming towards the ball and getting the ball, and we are asking him to do something completely different, and that’s screen-and-roll more. He’s still getting used to it, but I thought … he did a great job. He also is starting to notice the more talent we have on the floor, the more they are going to double-team.“You give him the ball in the middle of the paint, he’s just a great decision-maker.”His teammates say they’re enjoying their experience alongside the skilled, 6-foot-11 facilitator.“When he has the ball in his hands, you know he’s going to try to make something good happen,” said Terance Mann, the Clippers’ rookie guard. “When he has it, it’s just a bunch of cutting, making plays away from him so he can find us – his IQ is awesome.”So is his camaraderie, the Clippers say.While Ivica Zubac was away, quarantining after being diagnosed with the coronavirus in early July, he said Noah was in constant contact, engaging him, motivating him, filling him in.“Joakim, ever since he came to the team, we’ve been close, and we’ve been talking a lot about the game,” Zubac said. “Even when I was at home and he was here in Orlando, he was hitting me up every day, talking about everything we did at practice, lots of stuff here in Orlando.Related Articles Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — “They can put us in a bubble away from our people but our spirits will have to stay strong.”So began Joakim Noah’s Instagram message four weeks ago, posted as he was about to join his new teammates for a wild basketball journey inside the NBA bubble.The Clippers are expected to contend for the organization’s first championship when NBA play begins again; to help with that, they brought aboard Noah, signing the savvy veteran initially to a 10-day contract that later was cemented for the rest of the season and, without guarantee, through the next, too.The 35-year-old is there to add size and depth at center, to scrap and spur ball movement, but most of all, to lend his presence and perspective, so valuable in what’s already proving to be a challenging experience for the Clippers ahead of their restart opener Thursday against the Lakers.center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I think he’s been through a lot. He’s got like a lot of experience, one of the best defenders in this league, and I think I’ve got a lot to learn from him.”That’s the idea, said Noah, who played in 60 playoff games for the Chicago Bulls, making it as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011, when they were denied a Finals berth by LeBron James and the Miami Heat.“Zu’s in a great situation,” Noah said of Zubac. “He has a great coach, he has great players around him, he’s a young talent with a lot of skills. And with my story, I’ve been in situations where we’ve come close to winning championships and it didn’t happen, so it’s really about not taking any opportunity for granted, especially on a championship contender and making the best of your opportunities.”last_img read more

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