Cairn posts record sales

first_img Share CAIRN ENERGY posted record full-year sales and raised hopes that its long-running disposal of its Indian unit will get government approval yesterday.The Edinburgh-based oil and gas explorer agreed last August to sell up to 51 per cent of Cairn India for up to $9.6bn (£5.9bn) to rival Vedanata – but is still waiting for approval for the deal from the Indian authorities.But chief executive Sir Bill Gammell said: “Cairn continues to believe the necessary approvals to complete the Vedanta transaction will be received.”The firm’s Indian unit, Cairn India, has wells in Rajasthan. Its Mangala field was the largest oil discovery in India for more than 20 years and currently produces 125,000 barrels of oil a day. These new wells and rising oil prices due to unrest in the Middle East boosted Cairn’s 2010 pre-tax profit to $577m (£352m), compared with a loss of $27m the year before. Sales hit an all-time high of $1.6bn. Cairn has been trying to untangle its ties with state producer ONGC and complete the sale to Vedanta for the last eight months. It plans to use the cash to expand its exploration off the coast of Greenland where it has successfully drilled three wells so far, with four more planned this summer. Tuesday 22 March 2011 8:40 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald whatsapp whatsappcenter_img Cairn posts record sales KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Scout targets new UK customers with B2B licence

first_img Email Address 6th November 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Company can now support customers such as Betsson and Bethard in UK Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Tech & innovation DFS Regions: UK & Ireland Scout targets new UK customers with B2B licence Scout Gaming Group has set its sights on working with “high profile” brands in the UK after it obtained a new licence to offer its B2B solutions to operators in the market. The company, which provides B2B daily fantasy sports and pool betting, already holds a UK B2C licence and the new licence will now enable the firm to build on its product offering in the region. Joakim Renman (pictured), commercial director at Scout, told that the B2B licence opens up more opportunities, saying the firm is already looking to bring new customers on board. “The licence enables us to work with some of the largest, most experienced and also quite possibly some of the highest demanding brands in the business,” he said. “We currently work with a number of international brands who hold UK licences such as Betsson and Bethard. These brands started out in other markets but as they grow the UK becomes a natural key market given the sheer size and importance. “At the same time, we have been getting more and more attention from high profile UK facing brands, none of which I can disclose at present.” Renman also revealed to that Scout is actively looking to follow its customers into other markets in order to support their own growth ambitions. He said: “We ship our product wherever our operators go and there’s a supporting business case. Therefore I’m counting on us getting into several new markets in the near- to mid-term, some of which may require us to acquire additional licensing.” Tags: Fantasy Sports Online Gambling DFS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Tote partners ATG to offer betting on Swedish racing

first_img Regions: Europe UK & Ireland Nordics Sweden Sports betting 31st March 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tote partners ATG to offer betting on Swedish racing Email Addresscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The UK Tote Group has reached an agreement with the Sweden’s former horse racing monpoloy AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) to offer its customers access to betting on Swedish racing. Topics: Sports betting The UK Tote Group has reached an agreement with the Sweden’s former horse racing monpoloy AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) to offer its customers access to betting on Swedish racing.UK punters will be able to place a range of bets on Swedish thoroughbred and harness racing, including win, place, trifecta and exacta bets. Work is also ongoing to open up Swedish multi-leg V-bets to Tote customers.Tote will also live stream all of the Swedish races on its website, with customers able to access coverage without having to place a bet on the race. The deal comes as punters in the UK are faced with limited horse racing betting options due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), with many sports events having been cancelled in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.All British racing has been suspended until at least 30 April, while Irish racing has been shut down until 19 April at the earliest. Further afield, New Zealand Racing and the TAB have halted all races until 21 April.“In these unprecedented times we are all working together across horseracing to do what we can to support the sport and its participants,” UK Tote Group chief executive Alex Frost said. “We want to help increase interest in racing and via innovation and collaboration ensure pool betting can help drive revenue back to the sport.“Our new partnership with ATG is a valuable example of this with racing fans now able to enjoy watching and betting on Swedish racing for the first time with the Tote.”ATG chief executive Hasse Lord Skarplӧth added: “We are all affected by the situation the world is in right now, both in our private and professional lives. Under these circumstances it is good that in the short term we have been able to work with the UK Tote to offer betting on Swedish racing for their customers for the first time, thereby generating revenue to the sport.“We intend to continue to exchange ideas and develop the partnership between the UK Tote and ATG to help benefit racing in both our countries.”UK Tote Group’s Frost said that the organisation is also in talks with a number of other associations around the world to help introduce further betting options for players in the UK.Frost said: “In addition to our work with ATG, we are in discussions with a number of another international partners which we look forward to providing an update on in the coming weeks.”last_img read more

C+G House / Plastik Arquitectos

first_imgCopyHouses•Aguascalientes, Mexico Year:  2014 Photographs “COPY” Save this picture!© Oscar HernándezText description provided by the architects. This project consists in remodeling and extension of a house that we designed a few years ago, we developed the original program for a single man who needed only one room. our intervention in this phase has the purpose to complete the program for a couple how plans to have children in a near future. according to that, the program was completed considering 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a tv room. the new program was resolved considering only the second floor.Save this picture!© Oscar HernándezRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApavisaBetonPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – JacquardPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – 20MMAnalyzing the original diagram of the house we look for the voids that permit us to do the extension with the minor affectation over the original structure, according to that we proposed a new volume that has an strong contrast with the original and immediate context, as an object that doesn’t belong to this place, the new volumes in where the program was completed, become in the new protagonists of the houseSave this picture!First Floor PlanThe new geometry was designed in favor of the diagonal that the ground drawn, accenting the irregularity of the poligonal we played with the subtraction of elements in base to the lines that drawn the facade, generating windows and dividing the facade in several surfaces with distinct orientations that create a game of reflections in the enamelled sheet that cover the facadeSave this picture!© Oscar HernándezIn some parts we diluted the frontier between the extension and the original state of the house, allowing a soft transition from one phase to the other and in others parts we marked strongly this contrast doing the intervention very obvious.Project gallerySee allShow lessCity of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio JantzenSelected ProjectsModernism in the Arab World: Bahrain’s Pavilion at the Venice BiennaleArchitecture News Share Houses photographs:  Oscar HernándezPhotographs:  Oscar Hernández Projects 2014 C+G House / Plastik Arquitectos Save this picture!© Oscar Hernández+ 25 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily Year:  C+G House / Plastik ArquitectosSave this projectSaveC+G House / Plastik Arquitectos ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Plastik Arquitectos Year Completion year of this architecture project Mexico “COPY” CopyAbout this officePlastik ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAguascalientesHousesMexicoPublished on July 29, 2014Cite: “C+G House / Plastik Arquitectos” 29 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in SkyPodsShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma EDoorsC.R. LaurenceMonterey Bi-Folding Glass Wall SystemTable LampsLouis PoulsenLamps – Panthella PortableBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersSealantsEffisusMetal Roof Flashing – Stopper MRDropped CeilingsPure + FreeFormLinear Clip-Strip Ceiling SystemUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – CUBEVentilated / Double Skin FacadeULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Nokia LibraryLouversAccoyaAccoya® Wood for Shutters and LouvresSpa / WellnessKlafsGyms & Relaxation RoomsMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?异物植入 / Plastik Arquitectos是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

How Homebuying Millennials Must Adapt

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago By Scott MorganAccording to a new survey by, millennial buyers are, more than older buyers, having to adjust what they’re looking for in a home.The report states that crushing student debt and smaller down payments are combining to leave millennials especially vulnerable to an already challenging market. About 80 percent of respondents to the survey told that rising interest rates and home prices are causing them to look for smaller or less expensive homes, or even to search in a different neighborhood to compensate. For millennials, the percentages rise past 92.”Existing debt and lower down payments,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for, “won’t prevent millennials from finding and buying homes, but most will have to adapt to these challenging market conditions by adjusting their home search.”According to the survey, rising rates have a greater effect on millennials than on buyers 55 years or older. Thirty-seven percent of millennials said that they have to look for a less expensive home, compared to 24 percent of buyers 55 and older. Thirty-five percent of millennials have to look in a different neighborhood, compared to 18 percent of those 55-plus, and 33 percent of millennials have to look for a smaller home, compared to 23 percent of boomers.Millennial buyers are also more likely to report carrying each of the major categories of debt, according to the survey. Two-thirds to three-quarters of millennial responders said they had all the major kinds of debt to pay down—credit cards, car loans, personal loans, mortgage debt, home equity loans, and student loans. Above age 55, those numbers fall dramatically, to as low as 11 percent, depending on the type of debt.Compounding all this, reported, is the fact that millennials put the least amount down on a home. A third said they would only put down 10 percent, while only 17 percent of millennials said they would put down the standard 20 percent.On the other side of this equation, the survey found that one in four millennials are putting down more than 20 percent. That compares to one in three buyers over 55.Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. April 6, 2018 2,548 Views About Author: Scott Morgan Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago How Homebuying Millennials Must Adapt The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Previous: As Jobs Grow, Home Listing Prices Follow Next: Major Metros Still Exhibiting Pockets of Affordability Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Subscribe  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / How Homebuying Millennials Must Adapt The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordability Baby Boomers Home Prices Homebuyers Millennial Homebuyers Millennials Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Affordability Baby Boomers Home Prices Homebuyers Millennial Homebuyers Millennials 2018-04-06 David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Jammu & Kashmir High Court Seeks Government’s Response In Plea Against Separate Prosecution Wing For J&K

first_imgNews UpdatesJammu & Kashmir High Court Seeks Government’s Response In Plea Against Separate Prosecution Wing For J&K Akshita Saxena25 Feb 2021 1:31 AMShare This – xThe Jammu and Kashmir High Court has issued notice to the UT administration on a PIL challenging a Government Order for establishment of the J&K Prosecution Service. A Division Bench compromising of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur has asked the Government to file its reply in the matter, within a month. The development comes in a PIL filed by…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?LoginThe Jammu and Kashmir High Court has issued notice to the UT administration on a PIL challenging a Government Order for establishment of the J&K Prosecution Service. A Division Bench compromising of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur has asked the Government to file its reply in the matter, within a month. The development comes in a PIL filed by Amit Pathania against Government Order dated September 30, 2019. The order issued after abrogation of Article 370, sought to create a separate prosecution Wing for the newly formed Union Territory. It proposed the establishment of the ‘J&K Prosecution Service’ in terms of the Supreme Court’s directions in SB Shahane & Ors. v. State of Maharashtra (AIR 1995 SC 1628). As per the Petitioner, the aforesaid service so created by the notification consists of members of J&K Police (Gazetted) service (Prosecution wing) and Prosecuting officers (Non-Gazetted) as its members. He contended that these persons are not eligible for appointment as Prosecutors in view of Section 24(7) of CrPC which provides that a person is eligible for appointment as Public Prosecutor /Additional Public Prosecutor only if he has been in practice as an Advocate for not less than seven years. He submitted, “J&K Prosecution Service Recruitment Rules, 2020 in Schedule II provide for appointment of Prosecuting Officers by direct recruitment from amongst the persons possessing Bachelor of Law (LLB) Degree of a University established by Law. The said Rule completely ignores seven years of practice as stipulated under sub-rule 7 of Section 24 of the Cr.P.C. and as is in conflict with the Code.” Taking these submissions into account, the Court said, “We deem it proper to call for a reply from the respondents…Additional Advocate General appearing for respondent nos. 2to 4 prays for and is allowed a month’s further time and no more to file response to the writ petition.” During the hearing, the Government drew the Court’s attention to Section 24(9) of CrPC and submitted that in view of the aforesaid deeming clause, a person who had been in service as Public Prosecutor or Additional Public Prosecutor or Assistant Public Prosecutor shall be deemed to be in practice as an Advocate and, therefore, the Police Officers who were working as Prosecuting Officers with a Degree of Law would be covered and eligible for appointment. The matter is now listed for hearing on March 15, 2021. Case Title: Amit Pathania & Anr. v. Union Of India & Ors. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

College admissions council president shares latest on applications process amid coronavirus and what students should know

first_imgiStock/sshepard(NEW YORK) — Students and parents may be in need of new strategies and guidance as they navigate the college admissions process amid the coronavirus pandemic.Jayne Fonash, president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, joined ABC News’ “Pandemic: What You Need to Know” to address some of the growing uncertainty surrounding the college application scramble due to COVID-19.“The COVID-19 epidemic struck at the time that high school seniors [were] making final decisions about enrollment for their studies for next year,” Fonash said. “The landscape is changing every day — so as college admission counselors and admissions officers we are challenged every day to look at this changing landscape and support students and provide information to help them make these important life decisions.”College-bound high school seniors have been directly impacted and are already seeing early implications that some campuses may not be open in time for their first fall semester.Boston University was one of the first schools in the U.S. to announce that instruction for its upcoming fall semester will not begin until January of 2021.So what will happen if university and college campuses are still closed when students are set to arrive?“I think that’s probably one of highest priority questions being addressed on college campuses right now because there are so many unknowns and until we have more medical information and more guidance on large gatherings,” Fonash said. “They’re addressing issues like, ‘will we open on time? Will there be a delayed opening later in the fall? Postpone to the second quarter or second semester? Will we open with a virtual campus?’”“And in addition to those questions about opening the schools, the admissions offices in particular are faced with questions about recruitment of the class of 2021,” she continued. “Will they even be able to travel? High school visits? College fairs? All of these questions are being addressed on a daily basis and schools are offering answers as soon as they’ve been able to make sound decisions.”As for current high school juniors who would potentially be in the beginning phases of their college application process, Fonash suggested staying in the know on all the latest testing requirements.“I would encourage them to be open-minded and to gather information through virtual platforms and to stay on top of announcements concerning standardized testing, as many colleges and universities are changing the use of standardized testing, at least for the fall of 2020 as they look at the next senior class,” she explained. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Generalized treatment of particulate scattering in Dobson ozone spectrophotometer calculations

first_imgIn the calculation of atmospheric total ozone from ultraviolet spectrometry, the particulate scattering term is usually regarded as a linear function of wavelength. A method due to R. E. Basher, in which it is treated as a quadratic polynomial, is here generalized to include a polynomial of any degree, and the quadratic approximation is seen to be somewhat arbitrary. It is shown that the determination of the quadratic and higher coefficients from Dobson spectrophotometer observations is limited by systematic errors of measurement, and that these errors are doubled or trebled by attempting to correct even for the quadratic coefficient. It is concluded that Basher’s method of calculation is at present inadvisable.last_img

BYU Men’s Basketball Faces UCLA At Maui Invitational Monday

first_imgNovember 25, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball Faces UCLA At Maui Invitational Monday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAHAINA, Hawaii-Monday evening, BYU men’s basketball (3-2) commences its slate at the Maui Invitational by facing resurgent UCLA (4-1) at the Lahaina Civic Center for this annual pre-Thanksgiving tournament.The Cougars are coming off of a 72-68 overtime loss November 20 at Boise State and seek to rebound against one of the most storied programs in men’s college basketball.Under new head coach Mark Pope (3-2, .600 at BYU, 80-58, .580 as a collegiate head coach), has the Cougars averaging 71 points per game. This ranks them 213th nationally in scoring offense, tying them with Wofford.Senior guard Jake Toolson (16 points, 4.4 rebounds per game) is the Cougars’ statistical standout in the absence of star senior forward Yoeli Childs.Should the Cougars play three games at this tournament, Childs would be eligible to play in the following game, November 30 against Montana Tech at the Marriott Center. Childs is currently serving an NCAA-mandated 9-game suspension to commence the season.Senior guard TJ Haws (12 points, 3 rebounds per game, a team-best 18 assists) and junior guard Alex Barcello (11.2 points, 3.6 rebounds per game, a team-best 9 steals and 2 blocked shots) also score in double figures for the Cougars in Childs’ absence.BYU surrenders 68 points per game, tying them for 164th nationally with Georgia Tech, Tulane and Tennessee State.Senior forward Dalton Nixon has contributed as the Cougars’ leader in rebounds (5 per game).Under new head coach Mick Cronin (4-1, .800 at UCLA, 369-172, .682 as a collegiate men’s basketball head coach), the Bruins, per Cronin’s comments to Pac-12 Network analyst Casey Jacobsen, spell beautiful basketball “W-I-N.”The Bruins’ deliberate pace, a trademark of Cronin’s teams at Murray State and Cincinnati, score a respectable 74.2 points per game. This ties UCLA for 149th nationally with Butler, Saint Louis and The Citadel.Redshirt sophomore forward/center Jalen Hill (15.2 points, 9 rebounds per game [each team bests as well as a team-best 8 blocks]) is the Bruins’ overall statistical leader.Junior guard Chris Smith (14.8 points, 5.6 rebounds per game), redshirt senior guard Prince Ali (11 points per game, a team-best 12 steals) and redshirt sophomore forward Cody Riley (10.2 points per game) all average double figures for the Bruins.Redshirt freshman guard Tyger Campbell (a team-best 25 assists) has also shown his worth for the Bruins.Despite giving up 88 points to Hofstra November 21 in an 88-78 loss, the Bruins’ defense has been solid overall. UCLA currently surrenders 65.8 points per game. This ties the Bruins for 132nd nationally with Old Dominion, Rhode Island and Villanova.The Bruins lead the Cougars 12-11 all-time with UCLA leading the all-time series 7-4 at neutral sites. Written by Tags: BYU Men’s Basketball/Maui Invitational/UCLA Men’s Basketball Brad Jameslast_img read more

Worcester rebels over new hustings guidelines

first_imgThe controversy at Worcester has raised the question of appropriateness of hustings procedures within other JCRs. There is a concern among some that the culture surrounding hustings discourages students from running for JCR positions.Maanas Jain, Worcester finalist, acknowledged a difficulty with hustings culture in the university. He said, “even if one member of the JCR doesn’t’t feel comfortable standing because of it, then there is something institutionally wrong with what’s happening.”In an attempt to regulate the process, Rachel Cummings, OUSU VP Women, has produced a code of practice for hustings based upon the discussion among JCR Presidents. The document recommends that the chair should disallow inappropriate questions at husts. It also proposes non-serious questions to be subject to a time limit. Among questions deemed inappropriate are those which include personal attacks, college gossip and sexual references. A ban on alcohol and nudity during hustings has also been suggested.Many colleges are rethinking the structure of JCR hustings as concerns are pouring over the appropriateness of tasks to the positions. St Peter’s has recently completed a major overhaul in the structure of hustings. JCR President Sanjay Nanwani explained that the college has “disallowed questions and tasks that may be deemed as humiliating, intimidating or unreasonable.”However, despite the rule changes one second year student recounted, “Still, our entz rep candidate was asked by a third year ‘would you rather have sex with your dog whilst your dad watches, or with your dad whilst your dog watches?’”Many have argued that the reason for livening up hustings is to encourage students to attend the meeting, which often suffer from a lack of interest. One Magdalen first year commented, “Our hustings are both uncontroversial and poorly attended”.In St Anne’s college, the candidates for the JCR president have to fight to take each other’s shoes off. In last week’s St Catherine’s elections, those standing for the position of the president had to persuade staff at Oddbins to let them borrow a ladder. They then had to call the JCR President at another college to discover one controversial thing about them and about the current Catz President.Roland Lasius, a candidate at St Catz for JCR President commented that such tasks “can play a healthy role in college politics”, yet warned that they “cannot become a merely entertainment commodity”. He said, “Good hustings would serve as the bedrock for an inviting, positive and productive JCR.”Alex Bulfin stated that Univ JCR has sought to ensure that hustings are as “undaunting and as fun as possible”. He explained that the candidates for Bar Rep were asked to make, rather than down, cocktails for the rest of the JCR to sample. Worcester JCR has been forced to overhaul the format of its hustings following several complaints from college members. The new reforms have sparked a backlash among the students.The new guidelines require an SCR member to be present at hustings after students voiced objections about last term’s hustings which saw female candidates for the position of secretary asked to drink half a bottle of wine each and perform a lap dance for the JCR President.Other contenders were forced to “down dirty pints” in front of the attendees and to simulate sexual positions.The observing SCR member will have to record tasks which “might contravene college standards,” whilst the JCR Secretary will record the names of the individuals making each request. The JCR President will also have to inform everyone present about the college policy on equal opportunities.Students opposed to the rule change have set up an autonomous protest group called Worcester Students for Justice, to “make sure the SCR are clearly aware of the anger of Worcester students at the current state of affairs.” They proposed a motion at last Sunday’s JCR meeting to protest against a “dictatorial and aggressive SCR” that had “progressively destroyed” the “rights and liberties” of the Worcester JCR. The motion to campaign for a rule change was passed by a two thirds majority.One first year stated that the SCR’s decision showed them “overstepping their mark”. She added, “I think people shouldn’t be allowed to ask questions which clearly humiliate a candidate, but it’s more a matter of judgement; a better solution would be to make sure the President did their role of vetoing inappropriate questions.”David Barclay, Worcester’s JCR President, told the governing body that he was happy to draw up guidelines for future hustings, but requested that they “trust that we understand the importance of hustings and the terrible effects of harassment and intimidation.”He admitted to Cherwell that some of the hustings had got “fairly rowdy” and had “alienated a minority and may have contravened equal opportunities legislation.” However, he added that many students feel “profoundly patronised” by the new move.last_img read more