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World Cup 2015: France 9-24 Ireland

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Pure joy: An Ireland fan celebrates the win over France. Photo: Getty Images 22 – The number of tackles missed by France, double that of Ireland. They also made nearly double the amount of tackles as Ireland – 181 to 97.3 – The number of turnovers made by Sean O’Brien, more than any other player.74 – The number of metres made by Rob Kearney, more than any other.Drive time: Rob Kearney powers over for Ireland’s first try. Photo: Getty ImagesFrance: S Spedding; N Nakaitaci, M Bastareaud (A Dumoulin 62), W Fofana, B Dulin; F Michalak (R Tales 55), S Tillous-Borde (M Parra 55); E Ben Arous (V Debaty 43-48, 65), G Guirado (B Kayser 59), R Slimani (N Mas 63), P Pape (A Flanquart 74), Y Maestri, T Dusautior (capt), D Chouly (B le Roux 55), L Picamoles.Pens: Spedding 2, Parra.Ireland: R Kearney; T Bowe, K Earls (L Fitzgerald 62), R Henshaw, D Kearney; J Sexton (I Madigan 25), C Murray (E Reddan 77); C Healy (J McGrath 57), R Best (R Strauss 74), M Ross (N White 65), D Toner, P O’Connell (capt, I Henderson ht), P O’Mahony (C Henry 55), S O’Brien, J Heasip.Tries (2): R Kearney, Murray. Con: Madigan. Pens: Sexton 2, Madigan 2.Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)Man of the Match: Sean O’Brien Ireland lost their two most influential players in the first half, Johnny Sexton and Paul O’Connell going off injured, but showed intelligence, composure and commitment to beat France in an incredible match at the Millennium Stadium. The scoreline suggests a comfort that was in no way evident during a hugely physical contest, but second-half tries from Rob Kearney and Conor Murray proved the difference as France couldn’t find a way over the line. So Ireland will now play Argentina on Sunday and France will meet New Zealand on Saturday night in the World Cup quarter-finals.WHAT’S HOTFerocious intensity – These two sides went at it hammer and tongs from the first whistle. The line speed of the French defence meant Ireland had to operate under intense pressure in confined spaces, but the men in green did just the same to their opponents with their organisation. The physicality was immense, the sound of some of the tackles reaching the stands as the likes of Yoann Maestri, Louis Picamoles, Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien put in huge hits and Iain Henderson added a muscular presence in the second half. It may not have been a try-fest but it was utterly absorbing none the less as both teams tried to find a millimetre of space through which to attack. The obvious downside of such physicality is the number of players who had to go off injured.Green wall: Scott Spedding tries to break Ireland’s defence. Photo: Getty ImagesFans, fans, fans – Green was undoubtedly the prominent colour in the Millennium Stadium stands and Irish support throughout this tournament has been nothing short of phenomenal. The French made themselves heard, too, and mention must go to the pocket of fans who entertained train passengers en route from Manchester to Cardiff with several renditions of La Marseillaise. The cacophony of noise in the stadium was incredible – but it was brilliant that they quietened for kicks at goal.Ian Madigan – There have been plenty of question marks about whether Madigan can guide Ireland from fly-half but he answered many of them here. He is not the same type of player as Johnny Sexton and Ireland may lack some of the older man’s control and game sense with Madigan at ten, but he brings a spark to the back-line. He has a superb range of passes, jinked round defenders with his footwork and tested the France with chip kicks over the top as he played very flat. Special mention, too, to Tommy Bowe, who was outstanding with his kick-chase and picked some great lines.Look smart – Conor Murray’s sharp thinking to touch the ball down against the post protector sealed this victory for Ireland. They had been pressurising the French line and he showed great awareness to get the ball down quickly.WHAT’S NOTUnfitting ends – It was bad enough for Ireland when Johnny Sexton had to leave the pitch injured after less than half an hour, but the sight of Paul O’Connell being carted off on a stretcher at half-time was even worse. The leg injury that led to his departure – sustained as Ireland defended waves of French attackers – looked serious and his immediate reaction suggested the same. Such an iconic figure deserves a more fitting end to their international career.The end? Paul O’Connell is taken off on a stretcher at half-time. Photo: Getty ImagesThat dropped pass – Tommy Bowe seared through the France defence around the half-hour mark and a try looked a certainty when he fired out the ball to Keith Earls. Instead, Earls dropped the ball and the chance was gone. Yes, Brice Dulin was covering across but had Earls held onto that pass, he had space in front of him and would have backed himself to score.Caught on camera – The list of absentees could grow longer for Joe Schmidt should Sean O’Brien be cited for an off-the-ball punch to Pacal Pape’s stomach picked up by the TV cameras. No need for such acts.STATISTICS TAGS: Highlight The verdict on the decisive Pool D game between France and Ireland in Cardiff Attendance: 72,163For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Charity Commission announces Wales office team

first_imgThe Commission’s first office in Wales was announced on 1 April 2004. The new officebuilds on the work of the Welsh Charities Unit that was based at the Commission’s Taunton office.The full Welsh language version of the Charity Commission’s Web site, which features regional and keyword charity search functions for Wales’ 11,000 charities, will be launched shortly. Howard Lake | 15 June 2004 | News Tagged with: Community fundraising Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Charity Commission has announce theappointment of a team of nine to lead charity regulation in Wales.The staff are all Welsh recruits and will be based at the charity regulator’s new office in Newport, Gwent. They bring experience from government, the voluntary sector, business, teaching, IT and journalism.The team is led by Harry Iles, formerly Assistant Director for Gwent Association for Voluntary Organisations (GAVO). Harry’s experience at GAVO included advising groups who succeeded in raising over £6m for community projects. Harry also set up Wales’ first Village Halls Forum and co-ordinated the Network, a forum and ideas platform forvoluntary organisations. Advertisementcenter_img  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Charity Commission announces Wales office teamlast_img read more

Subsidised training for small charities on offer

first_img  132 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Melanie May | 11 January 2018 | News Subsidised training for small charities on offer Tagged with: small charities Training The training courses run from mid January to the end of March, and are part of the Small Local Charities and Community Groups Training Programme. To take part, charities must be members of the FSI.Dates, locations, and information on the courses available can be seen on the training page of the FSI’s site.  131 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) is offering a range of courses at subsidised prices for small charities this spring.Supported by DCMS, the FSI, Localgiving and other partners will be delivering fundraising training courses for small and local charities, CICs and community groups across the UK to help them become self-sustaining.This also includes a heavily subsidised skills conference for small charities held by the FSI in London on 1 March. The FSI’s annual Skills Conference will include a range of expert speakers on a variety of topics to help attendees build back office skills in HR, finance, marketing, strategy, governance, policy and law. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Working group to suggest changes to laws obstructing investigative journalism

first_imgNews News Investigative journalists in France increasingly find themselves under threat of prosecution. A working group that will bring together journalists, film directors, TV producers, broadcasters, unions, jurists and judges will propose specific, detailed legislative reforms to the justice ministry. Meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, 4 October. May 10, 2021 Find out more Organisation FranceEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Receive email alerts to go further Follow the news on France RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story News June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says September 21, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Working group to suggest changes to laws obstructing investigative journalism FranceEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Police detention, searches, indictments – investigative journalists in France increasingly find themselves under constant threat of judicial proceedings in the course of their work. If the laws are not changed, journalists will probably be unable to carry on working with complete freedom and independence. The legislation regulating the confidentiality of judicial enquiries, presumption of innocence, protection of reputation and confidentiality of journalistic sources is all excessively restrictive for investigative journalists, who need new laws in order to be able to work harmoniously with the authorities.For this reason, Reporters Without Borders, the French Federation of News Agencies and reporters in the field are forming a working group that will bring together journalists, film directors, TV producers, broadcasters, unions, jurists and judges.The aim of this working group is to present specific, detailed proposals to the justice ministry as soon as possible that would prevent investigative journalists from being subject to systematic bureaucratic obstruction and judicial proceedings.The first working meeting will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, 4 October at the Centre d’Accueil de la Presse Etrangère (CAPE), Maison de Radio France, 116 av. du Président Kennedy, 75016 Paris.Public transport:RER C – Kennedy Radio FranceBus 72 Radio France Pont-de-GrenelleBus 70 Radio FranceAnyone who would like to participate in this working group should contact:Reporters Without BordersEurope DeskPhone: +33 1 4483-8465Fax: +33 1 4523-1151E-mail: [email protected] Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Two months suspended sentences for Youssef Rezzoug and Fatma-Zohra Khalfi

first_img Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections May 12, 2021 Find out more May 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Algeria AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditationcenter_img Receive email alerts to go further Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria News Organisation News Reporters Without Borders has expressed its anger over two-month suspended prison sentences handed down by the Alger correctional court on 31 December to two journalists charged with “illegal assembly and threatening public order”. Youssef Rezzoug, editor in chief of the daily Le Matin and Fatma Zohra Khalfi, journalist at the Algérie Presse Service, who were also each fined 2,000 dinars (23 euros), were sentenced in connection with a protest gathering they attended to show support for two detained journalists.”Until the very twilight of the year, 2003 was marked by a deterioration in press freedom in Algeria. The campaign of harassment against the independent press in Algeria, begun by the government this summer against a pre-election background, has continued with disastrous results,” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders. “Now journalists don’t even have the right to demonstrate their solidarity with colleagues,” he complained.The case goes back to 8 September when journalists from various newspapers, political and human rights activists gathered outside the Alger police station where cartoonist for Liberté, Ali Dilem, and Mohammed Benchicou, publisher of Le Matin, were being held under committal orders. Youssef Rezzoug and his wife, Fatma Zohra Khalfi and Yacine Téguia, an activist with the Social and Democratic Movement (MDS) were arrested.Their lawyers, who condemned the political character of their 31 December trial, argued that they should be acquitted because the criminal code did not bar solidarity action. They also pointed out that assembly was not forbidden under any article of the code. January 2, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two months suspended sentences for Youssef Rezzoug and Fatma-Zohra Khalfi April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Lent Opportunity: Mid-week Spiritual Renewal

first_imgHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeauty 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Faith Essays & Inspirations Lent Opportunity: Mid-week Spiritual Renewal Wednesday Evening Prayer and Meditation held weekly at La Cañada Presbyterian Church From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, February 19, 2016 | 1:44 am Business News A Wednesday Evening Prayer and Meditation is offered by La Cañada Presbyterian Church for the season of Lent, through March 23. The new series takes place Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the church’s Cook Prayer Chapel, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada.“In the middle of the busy work week, sometimes what we really need are a few minutes of spiritual renewal”, says Rob Tribken, one of the organizers. “We hope to provide a peaceful setting where this might take place.”The Wednesday Prayer and Meditation offers an opportunity to listen to sacred music, hear a passage of scripture read, and enjoy the silence of meditative prayer. There will be no sermon or lecture. Attendees are not required to speak and can certainly remain anonymous if they choose to do so. More information is available at lacanadapc.org/midweekprayer and at midweekprayer.org.Everyone is welcome, regardless of religious beliefs or affiliations. Because of busy work schedules, punctuality and regular attendance are not expected; to accommodate both early and late arrivals, the music will start fifteen minutes before the official start, and the Chapel and Prayer Garden will remain open until 8:00. “Come as you are, when you are able” says Tribken.About the OrganizersShelley Irvine is Director of Spiritual Formation at La Cañada Presbyterian Church (www.lacanadapc.org), and is an experienced retreat leader and spiritual director.Rob Tribken is a long time businessperson and currently serves as the Chairman of the Center for Faith and Enterprise (www.faithandenterprise.org).For more information contact Rob Tribken at (626) 355-8489 or email [email protected]center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News More Cool Stuff Make a comment Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society

first_img Community News Top of the News Austin (A397685) is an energetic, 2-year-old, neutered collie mix. This smart boy loves all toys, but especially loves to play Frisbee. He will catch it, bring it back, and either “drop it” or “give.” Austin has a solid “sit” and “down” and is eager to learn more commands. He enjoys the company of some other dogs and bonded quite closely with Lucky (A394864), a 10-year-old wire fox terrier mix, while out with our mobile unit. Austin is looking for an active new home, could it be yours?The adoption fee for dogs is $125, which includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchip, and vaccinations.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.Call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 to ask about A397685, or visit at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. Directions and photos of all pets can be found at pasadenahumane.org. HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeauty Melba (A397398) is a sweet, 3-year-old, short-hair, spayed, shorthair calico. This calm and affectionate girl enjoys being petted. Melba enjoys naptime, but will quickly come forward with a “meow” when staff or volunteers come to see her. Come meet this purr-fect kitty today!The adoption fee for cats is $70 (or two for $85), which includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchip, and vaccinations.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.Call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 to ask about A397398, or visit at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. Directions and photos of all pets can be found at pasadenahumane.org. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Here are the Pets of the Week available for adoption at the Pasadena Humane Society this week: More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday top box 6 Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | 11:02 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribelast_img read more

Snyder, Tycksen Earn NFCA All-America Honors

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTAYLORSVILLE, Utah-Late Wednesday, Salt Lake C.C.’s athletic department announced infielder Ashlee Snyder and outfielder Lauren Tycksen were both honored as National Fastpitch Coach Association first-team All-Americans.The Bruins are one of six teams nationwide in NJCAA to have two recipients of this award on the roster.Snyder, who has already committed to play for Division I Louisiana, amassed a national-best 115 RBI on the 2018 season and was third in national annals by batting .519.Tycksen is now the Bruins’ all-time leader in stolen bases, posting 50 on the season. This also led the Scenic West Athletic Conference. She finished the season by batting .440. Written by June 7, 2018 /Sports News – Local Snyder, Tycksen Earn NFCA All-America Honors Tags: Ashlee Snyder/Lauren Tycksen/NJCAA/Scenic West Athletic Conference/SLCC Softball Brad Jameslast_img read more

Scott Mills gives LGBT talk at St Anne’s

first_imgHe did, nonetheless, affirm that the experience left him feeling “very lucky” by comparison.As well as the film, Mills took questions regarding his career in radio. Talking about casual homophobia in the media, Mills defended BBC colleague Chris Moyles, who was criticised for using “gay” as a derogatory term live on air in 2006. “I know Chris very well, and I know it’s a cliché thing to say, but he loves the gays,” he remarked. “I remember the press calling me that day going: ‘Your friend’s a homophobe!’ and I was like, ‘He’s not.’ But he was right to apologise.”Audience members were very positive about Scott Mills’ appearance. Fourth year St Anne’s linguist George Hicks thought the presenter was “very well informed” and noted, “He was obviously committed to portraying the situation in Uganda accurately and sensitively.”Second year musician Toby Huelin found the talk “insightful”, commenting, “Scott is the jewel of Radio 1 and it’s fantastic that he is using his media power to highlight the horrendous treatment of gay people in Uganda. It is shocking to think that everything he describes is happening now – in 2013.”Hannah Smith, a second year linguist at St Anne’s, agreed. “It was very different to see him speaking in person on a very serious topic, but his passion and honesty were really inspiring,” she said. “It was great to see another side to him and hear his views on homosexuality – I’ll be listening to his innuendo bingo and other work in a different light after that.”Exeter’s LGBT rep Adam Ward, who organised the event, stated, “Scott is deservedly praised for his fantastic radio work and his brilliant contributions to Eurovision, but listening to his insights on the serious problems confronting LGBT individuals in Uganda was particularly rewarding. I’m sure his well-attended talk will make many reflect on the wider struggle for LGBT individuals in the world and appreciate that even though more can be done, we are fortunate to live in a much more welcoming society.” BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills delivered a talk on Thursday evening at St Anne’s on the dangers faced by gay men and women in Uganda.The 38-year-old radio personality was invited by Exeter LGBTQ Society to speak to students about his 2011 documentary The World’s Worst Place to Be Gay?, which won an award from Stonewall, the UK’s largest LGB rights organisation.The talk was held at St Anne’s after Exeter LGBTQ Society had to rearrange the venue at short notice.Mills, who is himself gay, insisted his sexuality was “not a big deal”, saying, “I don’t really ever want it to define me.” Nevertheless, he is no less passionate about his achievement. He continued, “I would do it all again tomorrow. I am really proud of what we did out there.”Filmed in a week in late 2010, the BBC Three documentary exposed the endemic nature of anti-gay attitudes in Uganda, where it is illegal to be homosexual.An ongoing anti-homosexuality bill in the small African state seeks to increase the level of punishment imposed on gay citizens. It has attracted widespread international condemnation, with US President Barack Obama describing it as “odious”.In the capital city of Kampala, Mills met gay campaigners such as Frank Mugisha, and described his futile search for pro-gay voices in the community – which are practically non-existent in Uganda’s deeply conservative social and religious culture.Mills also met highly vocal Ugandan figures, such as anti-gay preacher Solomon Male and the proposer of the latest bill, MP David Bahati. The politician attempted to arrest Mills after an interview for the documentary. “It did feel as though we were in some film. I’ve never been that scared,” he recalled. “He told our fixer that he was going to search every hotel in Kampala, seize the tapes, and arrest us.”On Uganda’s future, Mills was pessimistic. He was sceptical of any viewership of the documentary in the country, and noted how, shortly after filming, one gay contributor was beaten violently to death with a hammer. He commented, “It was really scary at times, and actually quite depressing, because it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon.”last_img read more

Investigation: The NUS Referendum

first_imgThis investigation also includes C+ examining the NUS Extra Card, what the alternatives to the NUS are, Tom Rutland and Eleanor Sharman on the pros and cons of NUS membership and James Elliott on how the NUS works. A referendum will be held between Monday and Wednesday of 4th Week on whether OUSU’s membership of the NUS should be renewed for the academic year 2014-2015. The official question put to students shall be: “OUSU is currently affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS). Should it continue to be affiliated: yes or no?”The decision to hold the referendum was made at 7th Week OUSU Council in Trinity Term 2013. The Education Act (1994) requires OUSU to decide annually whether it wishes to remain affiliated to external organisations such as the NUS. The decision to affiliate to the NUS was previously made by OUSU Council. However, due to changes in OUSU’s funding, a referendum is now to be held.OUSU’s membership of the NUS was previously paid for by earmarked funding from the University block grant. This meant that, if OUSU was not affiliated with the NUS, it would not otherwise get this funding. However, in its budget for the academic year 2013-2014, OUSU had its block grant from the University increased to approximately £500,000. As part of this, the earmarking of funds was removed.For the first time, OUSU now has full discretion on how its block grant from the University is spent. This means that OUSU now has the option of spending the part of its grant previously reserved for NUS membership elsewhere. In 2012-2013, NUS affiliation cost OUSU £25,308 and was projected to cost £27,987.80 for 2013-2014, at the time that the motion to hold the referendum was passed.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9599%%[/mm-hide-text] A C+ Investigation in the 5th Week of Hilary Term 2014 found Oxford’s cost of NUS affiliation to be £26,118 in 2013-2014 – 3.26% of OUSU’s £801,318 budget. However, the cost of NUS affiliation as a percentage of OUSU’s budget will be higher in future years, as part of the current block grant given by the University to OUSU is a one-off deal due to a loss of £58,000 which OUSU incurred in 2009. The leaders of the respective ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns for the referendum were chosen on Sunday of 1st week. Nominations to lead either of the campaigns were open from Sunday 27th April until Saturday 3rd May. However, both campaigns had only one nomination each.Current OUSU President Tom Rutland was elected leader of the ‘Yes’ campaign, while former Chair of OUSU Council, Jack Matthews, was elected to lead the ‘No’.Both candidates attended the NUS Conference this year, for which Oxford had seven delegates. The NUS National Conference took place in Liverpool between 8th and 10th April. Motions passed at the conference, included motions to oppose UKIP, oppose the privatisation of student loans and introduce gender balancing for all NUS committees and delegations. Current NUS President Toni Pearce was also re-elected.The ‘No’ campaign has already begun campaigning on social media, branding itself ‘Believe in Oxford’. The campaign has so far attempted to ask Oxford students whether they feel the NUS represents them. ‘Believe in Oxford’ have also attempted to emphasise how cost of affiliating to the NUS, roughly £25,000, could be spent elsewhere.Matthews has previously campaigned extensively for reform of the NUS, creating the website TheyWorkForStudents.co.uk. The website aims to ‘unlock’ the NUS by making the NUS’ governing documents more readily accessible, as well as providing information on how the NUS is run and the contact details of NUS officers. In a recent blog post, Matthews compared the idea of disaffiliation from the NUS to that of a “strike”, using OUSU’s payment to the NUS as an incentive for the organisation to change.‘Yes’ campaign leader Tom Rutland wrote a note on Facebook in April laying out what the NUS does for students. The piece emphasised the importance of rallying and organising students together on a national level. Rutland also listed some of the NUS’ achievements in the past year, including securing £45 million in postgraduate student support and the training that they provide to Students’ Union officers. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%9602%%[/mm-hide-text] Cherwell has conducted a survey of 150 Oxford students to test students’ thoughts on the matter. The survey found that the majority of students currently favour re-affiliation, despite being unsure of what the NUS does. The survey shows that 66% of respondents either ‘disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’ with the statement that they understand what the NUS does for Oxford students, while a further 11% of students answered ‘neutral’.In contrast, only 10% of students said that they ‘strongly agree’ that they know what the NUS does. Even if this is combined with the percentage that ‘agree’ with the statement, that means that only 23% of respondents claim to understand what the NUS does.Most students surveyed currently wished to remain affiliated with the NUS, despite the majority of them not understanding what it does, with 47% of respondents answering that they ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ that OUSU should remain affiliated.Importantly, 33% of students are still undecided about which way they will vote, meaning a large body of students have not yet formed an opinion on the issue. Furthermore, while our survey suggests that the ‘Yes’ campaign are starting with an advantage, the majority of students still do not back actively re-affiliation.It appears voter turnout will have a major impact upon the outcome, with only 20.8% of the student population voting in the OUSU elections in Michaelmas.Given the extensive coverage this received and the more immediate relevance of those elections for Oxford students, the turnout for this referendum is likely to be lower.When Cherwell asked students whether they were going to vote in the NUS affiliation referendum only 38% said they planned on doing so. In addition, 34% of students claimed they did not plan on voting, while 28% responded that they had not yet decided.Therefore, even if most students are currently sympathetic to remaining in the NUS, whether they feel strongly enough to participate in the referendum will be a key determinant in its outcome.Voting will take place between Monday and Wednesday of 4th Week.last_img read more