Exposed: the Union hacks haunted by their history

first_imgA presidential candidate in today’s Oxford Union elections was alleged to have brought the society into disrepute, with a potential speaker slamming him for “financial carelessness and duplicity”.Daniel Wilkinson, presidential candidate for the ‘Progress’ slate, found himself under fire following the invite of Professor Judith Buchanan. She claims he informed her that a debate she had been confirmed to speak on had been cancelled when it had, in fact, not.Wilkinson himself spoke in the debate, taking her potential slot. Buchanan went on to complain about Wilkinson’s behaviour to both the Union and his college.The society was later forced to pay out £202.90 on her pre-booked travel expenses.When approached by Cherwell, Wilkinson said that there was a miscommunication between Buchanan’s PA and himself, hence the confusion, and that a panel of the returning officer and their assistants had found that he had not brought disrepute to the Union.He added: “For the record, I was always in favour of reimbursement and honesty with the speaker, but as you may know the power to authorise such a decision resides only with the President. I informed the speaker, as instructed, that there was no longer a place for her in the debate; this had the unfortunate consequence that she misunderstood, believed me to have lied, and was therefore frustrated.”“I acted in accordance with my duties and received the brunt of the speaker’s anger for doing so, and to imply that my actions were autonomous and internally aimed at causing a situation such as this with a potential speaker is a fundamental misunderstanding of the facts.”Cherwell can also reveal that a candidate running on the ‘Refresh’ slate, Musty Kamal, has twice faced allegations of electoral malpractice while running in student societies. In the Union’s Michaelmas elections, Kamal was found guilty of electoral malpractice and stripped of his position on the Secretary’s Committee.Kamal – who received the most votes in the election – was found to have breached Rule 33(a)(i) by making an “illicit statement” – one that is “untrue or misleading” and is intended to influence the course of the election.A spokesperson confirmed to Cherwell that the statement in question was Kamal’s claim he was running as an “independent” candidate. Kamal told Cherwell: “I think it is important to remember that in their first term of Oxford not everyone is familiar with the Union rules and, to my mind, I misidentified the definition of the word ‘independent’.“As such, my naivety led me to believe that my manifesto could incorporate the word. Nevertheless, I have learnt from my technical mistake and if elected look forward to creating a more engaged and inclusive union.”In addition to this, Kamal was embroiled in further scandal while standing for election as general secretary at the London School of Economics (LSE) student union. In a story making the front page of LSE student newspaper The Beaver, Kamal is accused of breaking electoral rules by beginning his campaign before the official start date.When approached by Cherwell, Kamal did not address the allegations from his time at LSE.last_img read more

Announcement Of Federal Charges In Western District Of Kentucky As Part of National Health…

first_imgDate:  July 13, 2017Time:  11:00 amLocation: 717 West Broadway, LouisvilleEvent:  Announcement of federal charges in WDKY as part of national health care fraud takedownParticipants:  Dennis A. Wichern, Special Agent in Charge, Chicago Division, Drug Enforcement Administration ; John E. Kuhn, Jr., United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky joined by J. Michael Brown, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Kentucky, Andy Beshear; Amy Hess, Special Agent in Charge, Louisville Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Derrick L. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Atlanta; Tracey Montano, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigations, Nashville Field Office; Jeremy Brilliant, Director of Communications, Office of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill Announcement Of Federal Charges In Western District Of Kentucky As Part of National Health Care Fraud TakedownLOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dennis A. Wichern, Special Agent in Charge, Chicago Division, Drug Enforcement Administration; John E. Kuhn, Jr., United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky joined by J. Michael Brown, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Kentucky, Andy Beshear; Amy Hess, Special Agent in Charge, Louisville Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Anthony S. Gooden, Senior Supervisory Agent, Louisville Division, U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Derrick L. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Atlanta; Tracey Montano, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigations, Nashville Field Office; Jeremy Brilliant, Director of Communications, Office of Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill; Lt. Colonel Gregory C. Burns, Jr., Assistant Chief,  Louisville Metro Police Department; will announce multiple charges and arrests in four separate cases involving physicians and alleged medical practitioners – illegally distributing opioids and other controlled substances, billing for medically unnecessary treatments including never provided treatments, identity theft and money laundering. “We trust the medical community to do no harm,” stated United States Attorney John Kuhn. “Today we announce the cooperative efforts of multiple agencies, working to stop the dangerous and illegal practices by a small segment of the medical community and hopefully restore safety for those who seek and need medical assistance.”_______________________________________________________________________ FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Scholar-Athlete Commits to Virginia Wesleyan

first_imgBy TIM KELLYNo one can be sure what the Ocean City High School softball team will accomplish next spring. Coming off a 16-6 record and a state tournament game win in 2018 and with some good players returning, there’s reason for optimism.One thing for certain is that Abigail Craige – a big reason the Red Raiders were so successful – will enjoy her senior season now that she has committed to her college of choice, Virginia Wesleyan. The decision allowed the hard-hitting catcher and all-star scholar to take the college selection process off her plate.“It feels really great,” Abigail said of her decision to bring her academic and athletic talents to the Virginia Beach-based university. “I’m really looking forward to being part of such a successful (college) program, and they have a five-year engineering program (that includes a post-bachelor degree year) with Old Dominion University.”Abigail, a 16-year-old from the Seaville section of Upper Township, said her mind was made up following a visit to the campus on Sept. 12. She formalized her verbal commitment shortly thereafter.“I’m really impressed with the team and the coach (Brandon Elliott) is amazing,” she said. “After my last visit, I made the decision. About 20 minutes into the ride home we stopped at a highway rest stop and I told (her parents), ‘This is where I want to be.’”Virginia Wesleyan beat out two other finalists, Nova University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.“MIT has an awesome softball program. But I want to be a part of (the success at Wesleyan),” Abigail said.Her presence will further enhance a softball powerhouse that won 11 Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships since 1993, including four of the last six. The Marlins also won back-to-back NCAA Division III national titles in 2017 and 2018 and took third place last season.Abigail is at home behind the plate.Craige, who carries a 4.32 grade point average and plans on specializing in either civil or aerospace engineering, will be as invested academically on a softball team that produced six academic All-Americans last year.“I’ve wanted to be an engineer for a long time,” she said. “It started with Legos. I always liked to build things.”Abigail became more interested in the aerospace side of the field when an experiment she worked on with Alexia Schmidt and Madison Morgan was chosen to be a part of NASA’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program and was launched into space last spring.Their experiment dealt with testing brine shrimp as a sustainable food source for astronauts. Abigail said she became interested in possibly working in the space program after watching her experiment blast off from Kennedy Space Center.It was a big spring for Abigail, whose softball career was blasting off as well. The catcher-third baseman was also a big contributor on her South Jersey Thunder travel team. She says she attracted the attention of recruiters because of her ability as a catcher and working with pitchers.“But I think my hitting is what really interested (the coaches who recruited her),” she said.She hit .400 as a junior with eight doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs.Defensively, she set the school record for throwing out runners attempting to steal a base in a season, doing so seven times.The website named her to the all-decade team as its starting catcher.She has very good DNA in the sport. Her mom Amy was a starter on an Ocean City championship team in the 1990s, and her dad was a pitcher at Stockton College (now University).“My dad has coached me a lot, and I’ve learned a lot,” Abigail said.Her first interest from Brandon Elliott was unplanned, she said. The Marlins’ coach was scouting another girl in a showcase tournament involving her travel team, when Abigail’s bat made him change his recruiting focus.“I hit a home run in a pretty big game on a 3-2 count. I think that impressed him,” she said.Although she’s a strong defensive catcher, Abigail’s bat is what got recruiters excited. Abigail Craige with her future college coach, Brandon Elliott, of Virginia Wesleyan. (Photos courtesy of Craige family)last_img read more

Gallagher, Flynn starts new exec comp survey

first_imgGallagher, Flynn Launches Executive Compensation SurveyGallagher, Flynn & Company hasstarteda web-based executive compensation survey as an addition to theirsuccessful New England Salary Survey. This survey will provideinformation not currently available about competitive pay for seniormanagers in Vermont and across New England.”There is no good data that is easily available on executivecompensation in small private companies in Vermont and New England. Wewill change that with this survey,” said Frank Sadowski, partner incharge of this survey. “We get many calls asking for this information.With this survey, participants will have the information at theirfingertips whenever they need it.The New England Salary Survey represents the next big step in providingcompensation information that companies need. It provides perpetuallycurrent data to participants over the internet. The data can be dividedby industry, region, and size of company. It lets companies make thecomparisons they need for their own purposes. Adding the executivecompensation information will make the survey even better.”The New England Salary Survey currently has participants from Vermontand New Hampshire. More than 100 companies and non-profits will beparticipating by the end of September. Companies pay an annual fee(currently $375), put their data into the survey either over the web orby filling out a paper survey, then have access to the data from thewebsite ( is external) ) for a year. The website’ssoftware updates all the salary averages with the addition of each newcompany’s data and drops any data over a year old from the calculations,keeping the data current. Data is being collected on over 300 jobscurrently, and good salary information is now available on more than 150positions. Benefit and bonus information is also available.The executive compensation section covers 17 positions, though anindividual company is not likely to have all of them. In addition to theCEO, COO and CFO, jobs like the top research and development executiveand the top fund raising executive (for non-profits) are included.Access to this information requires a separate access code so thatcompanies can determine who will have access to this data.To promote the executive compensation section, all subscribers to theNew England Salary Survey prior to October 1 will have free access tothe executive compensation section if they add their data. After October1, there will be a separate charge for the executive compensationsection.The New England Salary Survey will soon have data that is specific tomany different regions of Vermont. “We already have great data forChittenden and Washington Counties, and we should soon have dataspecific to Franklin and Addison Counties, the Upper Valley and severalother counties,”said Sadowski. In addition, marketing in New Hampshireis expected to increase the number of companies in the survey east ofthe Connecticut River. Eventually, the survey expects to include datafrom all the New England states.For more information about the survey, go to the website, is external)or call Frank Sadowski at 802.651.7216.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, Oct. 7

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionUnion labor offers city many benefitsWhy have Albany’s developers suddenly decided to turn their backs on the labor force that has consistently been an integral part of the local economy by bringing out-of-town contractors and workers to do the work?Local union members are better trained, more productive and better equipped to bring projects in on time and under budget. They don’t leave a long list of items that need fixing because they weren’t done right the first time.Those members also earn a living wage, so they are not struggling to feed their families the way over 3 million New York households are, according to the United Way ALICE project.These wages are invested back into the local economy, supporting local businesses and making Albany a better, more attractive place to be.The naysayers love to tell us how union wages are too high and skyrocket the cost of projects. They are focused on only one portion of a project’s cost, neglecting costs of materials, management and waste disposal; the list goes on. At the end of the day, the project cost will increase minimally. However, developers would also do well to remember this: You get what you pay for.Union labor built the South Mall and much of Albany’s skyline. Don’t leave the local union men and women behind that have made the Albany area their home.Mike MartellSchenectadyTrump has solutions that the Dems don’tWhy don’t the Democrats stop abusing our president and start putting their money where their mouths are?Take, for example, out west and in  the central part of United States. Why don’t they try to figure out a way to prevent all of the disasters? How many more Democrats are going to throw their hats in the circus arena?There is no excuse for abortion nowadays, especially with all the contraception option out there and surgery to prevent unwanted babies. The only way I would accept abortion is if a woman was raped. If she was raped, she should see a doctor right away before it’s too late.I think our president should demand seeing all the liberals’ taxes back six years. When they legalized marijuana, what will they do with the tax on it? Put it in the general fund like they did with our Social Security? Don’t we have enough drugs out there destroying people’s lives and putting other lives in danger? I would like the names of the legislators who vote for it. Why isn’t Hillary in jail for using her own server, which was illegal?I pray that President Trump gets re-elected. Wake up America. He is doing a fine job. At least he’s trying to negotiate with North Korea and other countries. He’s right about China. They ship more goods over here than we send there. He’s right about putting tariffs on the goods they send over here.James MaxfieldScotialast_img read more

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Urges President to Resolve, Not Escalate Trade War

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 03, 2019 Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today called on President Donald Trump to drop his threat of new tariffs that could cost American consumers nearly $93 billion, stating that the plan could backfire and make illegal immigration worse by damaging the Mexican economy. Gov. Wolf previously faulted the administration’s “lack of strategy” on trade.Governor Wolf’s statement:“This haphazard approach on trade and the economy has already negatively impacted our farmers, manufacturers, and consumers. Now, the White House’s latest threats could amount to the largest tax increase in 30 years for U.S. consumers.“And yet, for all the pain caused, there is still not a clear strategy to resolve the many fronts of their trade war. China continues to retaliate, and the President has made a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada even more unlikely. Like the markets, I’ve become more skeptical that a resolution is anywhere in sight.“I don’t believe these harsh tariffs on Mexico will curb illegal immigration. By damaging Mexico’s economy further, the plan risks doing the opposite and driving struggling individuals across the border.“It is time to end the chaos. I urge President Trump to drop this new threat, avoid raising costs for U.S. consumers, and focus on negotiating and resolving all fronts of his trade war. It is time to put the politics aside and focus on delivering the better trade deals that were promised.”center_img Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Urges President to Resolve, Not Escalate Trade Warlast_img read more

Faull leaves financial services department over UK referendum

first_imgOver the next 15 years, he held a number of senior roles within DG Competition, eventually becoming deputy director-general responsible for state aid cases in 1999.He was Commission spokesman for four years during the presidency of Romano Prodi but then was promoted to director-general of DG Justice.In 2010, he was named the most senior civil servant at the directorate-general for internal market, headed by commissioner Michel Barnier, and retained his position when it was reshaped into DG FISMA under current president Jean-Claude Juncker.Guersent has worked for the French government and competition authority before joining the Commission in 1992, working within a number of commissioners’ private offices and directorates-general.He has been Faull’s deputy since the summer of 2014.The UK Conservative government won the election in May promising to offer an in/out referendum on EU membership by 2017. Jonathan Faull, the most senior European Commission civil servant in charge of financial regulation, is to leave the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA) at the beginning of September.Part of a wide-ranging reshuffle of directors-general within the Commission, Faull is to head up a new directorate overseeing issues relating to the UK’s referendum on its European Union membership.Olivier Guersent, currently Faull’s deputy at DG FISMA, is to succeed him when the changes take effect from 1 September.Faull has worked for various European institutions for decades, starting within the department responsible for competition in 1984.last_img read more

MPs may not remain faithful to gay marriage

first_imgONE News 30 Aug 2012Some MPs who voted in favour of passing the gay marriage Bill through its first reading last night are warning their support may end there. Labour MP Louisa Wall’s Marriage Amendment Bill now faces a select committee and two further votes before it can pass into law. Gerry Brownlee is among the MPs ONE News spoke to who are not guaranteeing their support for the controversial Bill, despite helping it pass its first hurdle in Parliament. “I think there will be a number of issues that might come out of any change that might result from the Bill going to a select committee that should be widely discussed.” Other MPs are waiting to hear public submissions before they decide. Select Committee deputy chair Chris Auchinvole said he wanted to hear both sides of the argument before he can confirm which way he will vote in the second reading. “I want to know what the arguments are and then you can come to a confirmed vote and know you’ve done the best you can,” said Auchinvole. ONE News also spoke to National MP Paul Hutchinson who voted in favour of the Bill last night. He said he wanted to see churches given the freedom to say where they stand on gay marriage before he could guarantee his vote. “It’s also absolutely vital that the churches have the right to say who they will marry and who they won’t,” said Hutchinson. read more

Report: Dashboard Designer Had Affair with FSU Student

first_imgThe designer of Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard is facing additional questions about her professional history.According to the Daily Mail, 30-year-old Rebekah Jones, who was recently removed from her state job for alleged insubordination, also lost her job at Florida State University three years ago as a doctoral student and teacher after reportedly having an affair with a student.That student ultimately filed a restraining order against Jones, who is charged with sexual cyber-harassment and cyber stalking. Authorities say that while Jones was a health department employee, she created a website and posted information about her affair with the student. Jones also claimed that the relationship led to the birth of a girl in 2018.The @CDCgov has developed a #COVID19 Self-Checker. The online guide helps individuals make decisions and seek appropriate medical care regarding #COVID19. Visit or the @HealthyFla #COVID19 site at to use the Self-Checker.— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) May 23, 2020 Jones, who is now married, recently told CNN that she has emails proving that Florida health officials asked her to change data on the dashboard, in order to increase support for Florida’s reopening plan.Gov. DeSantis says Jones was fired for insubordination, in that she refused to change the data.Former Coronavirus Dashboard Designer Says Emails Prove State Asked to Change Datalast_img read more

Other Sports PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth Crash Out Of Korea Open Badminton Tournament

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: World champion P V Sindhu crashed out of the Korea Open badminton tournament after a three-game defeat in the first round while B Sai Praneeth retired hurt in his men’s singles opener in Incheon on Wednesday. Sindhu lost 7-21 24-22 15-21 to Beiwen Zhang of United States in a match that lasted 56 minutes while World Championships bronze-medallst Sai Praneeth was trailing 9-21 7-11 when he conceded the match to fifth-seeded Anders Antonsen of Denmark due to an unspecified injury.  After the high of winning the World Championships, Olympic silver-medallist Sindhu was knocked out of the China Open Super 1000 event by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second round last week. Interestingly, the 26-year-old former winner here had defeated Zhang en route her World Championships gold at Basel.  The Chinese-born American prevailed over the Indian twice last year at the India Open and Denmark Open.Besides the World Championships final, Sindhu has reached the summit clash of only one BWF World Tour Final this year — the Indonesia Open Super 1000 — but the title eluded her. London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, who had claimed the Indonesia Masters early in the season, hasn’t looked her usual self this year. Saina, who has been bothered by pancreatitis and few injuries, lost in the first round of Malaysia Open, New Zealand Open, Sudirman Cup and China Open. Also Read | Empty Space In Trophy Cabinet Is For Olympic Gold: PV SindhuSindhu, who has been nominated for the Padma Bhushan, had said that the World Badminton Championship win takes care of all the previous losses. However, she is still keen on winning the gold medal in the Olympics and she has used a special provision to ensure she remains motivated. Also Read | Unprecedented! For First Time, Nine Women Athletes Recommended For Padma Awards”There is a vacant space (laughs) in my cabinet for that gold. The Olympic qualification is on and this win will give me the confidence to go further. It (World Championships gold) takes care of all those losses. People have been talking about my final phobia, how I take pressure in the finals and I can say I gave the answer with my racquet. But Olympics is a completely different feeling. Rio (Games) and World Championship gave me different memories, but, yeah, one gold medal is missing, so definitely I will work hard for that and would love to see myself win that Olympic gold at Tokyo,” Sindhu said in an interaction with PTI.last_img read more