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Labour hold Carfax ward in controversial by-election

first_imgAdam Ramsay, Co-Editor of OurKingdom on Open Democracy and past full time campaigner with People & Planet, wrote “a ‘rotten borough’ election in Oxford has won Labour a councillor on the lowest turnout in British electoral history – robbing the Greens of a winnable seat. The by-election in a mainly student ward was timed for the summer vacation – disenfranchising 60% of voters.”He also added “8.6% is apparently the lowest turnout in British electoral history. It provides no mandate at all.”Student campaigner Nathan Akehurst has created a petition to ‘acknowledge that the Carfax by-election was against the spirit of democracy and step down.’  The petition calls for Alex Hollingsworth to stand down and run in a by-election during term term, and currently has almost a hundred supporters as well as the Oxford University Liberal Democrats. Nathan Akehurst told Cherwell “turnout and presence issues aside, big parties often use snap by-elections to concentrate resources and crowd out popular smaller parties and independents- this summer Oxford Labour alone have used the tactic three times.”Green Group Leader and councillor Sam Hollick commented on the party’s website, “this was a ‘sham election’ engineered by Labour to maximise their  chances of retaining their remaining seat in Carfax ward following their defeat by the full electorate in May. I feel most sorry for the disenfranchised majority of electors.”However, OULC has defended the decision. It stated “the turnout was disappointing, but in order for all the new freshers and students returning to live in college after living out to be able to vote, the election would have had to have been held in December when the new electoral register is published. This would have deprived Carfax of representation for too long, and it is unfair to suggest that Anne-Marie Canning, Alex’s predecessor, should have continued for several months in a job she felt unable to fulfil to the best of her ability after moving to London.  It is also good to have a councillor in place, rather than a vacancy, at the start of a new academic year so students have the most effective representation at this busy time.” The Labour party has won a by-election in Oxford’s Carfax ward, which is largely populated by students. Labour’s Alex Hollingsworth, a past City Councillor who ran unsuccessfully for the seat this May, won with 168 votes. The Liberal Democrats were second on 101 and the Green party third on 63 votes.The by-election was triggered following the resignation of Labour city councillor Anne-Marie Canning in July, who cited personal reasons for her decision. Approximately 70% of Carfax Ward residents are students.Each ward has two representatives on Oxford City Council and they are elected on an alternate basis, meaning that every two years there is an election for one seat. Anne-Marie Canning had won her seat in 2012, while the other seat was won by the Green party in May 2014.Although students were allowed to register for postal votes overall turnout at the election was low, at around 8.6%. This is compared to a 37% turnout in the same ward last May. The May election saw a Green party candidate elected.When previously asked about the timing of the by-election, Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council Ed Turner told Cherwell, “It would be completely unacceptable to leave students without a second ward councillor, especially at the crucial start of term period, and delaying the by-election would serve no useful purpose as the electoral register would be massively out of date until March.  It would include last year’s finalists who no longer live in Oxford, but exclude first years. I would encourage any students keen to participate to apply for a postal vote.”Nevertheless, the holding of the election outside of term-time has seen hostile reaction.Tony Brett, a past Liberal Democrat councillor, commented, “I thank Anne-Marie Canning for her work for the people of Carfax and point out that her resignation did not automatically trigger a by-election – that requires a request from two voters anywhere in the City.  That request came just days later from two known Labour supporters and Labour will have known exactly on which date that would cause the-by-election to happen…  I believe Labour’s actions were a cynical way to disenfranchise the huge numbers of students (who I imagine they think all vote Green) who are registered to vote in Carfax ward but are away on long vacation.”last_img read more

“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” JUNE 14, 2019

first_imgFOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. “LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” “Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.center_img FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.last_img read more

JUST IN: SCALES COMPLAINT AGAINST JEFF HATFIELD DROPPED

first_img This morning I sent the Vanderburgh County Election Board a complete withdrawal of the complaint I filed against the Hatfield for Commission campaign on Friday, May 11th.  It is attached below.  I filed this complaint as a voter of Vanderburgh County and not as agent for any organization or campaign.Yesterday Jeff Hatfield and I met at his office to discuss the complaint along with the public coverage of it.  I wish to apologize to Mr. Hatfield for any harm that I caused him personally and publically.The character attacks that were exchanged between us in the media represent the most base elements of politics.  I take full responsibility for the degradation of the dialogue as I was first to level an accusation.We are so blessed here in Vanderburgh County with good and honorable public servants, inside and outside of politics.  Elected officials from both political parties work together, generally, to promote good public policy.  As a community, we should foster cooperation and goodwill.I aspire to these beliefs in my public and personal life.  In this instance, I fell short.Hobart ScalesWithdrawal Included Below E-MAIL SENT TO ELECTION BY MR. SCALES TO THE VANDERBURGH COUNTY ELECTION BOARD Vanderburgh County Election Board,Last Friday I submitted a complaint against the Hatfield for Commissioner Committee (attached below).  The focus of the complaint was based on the timing on his filing and whether it violated portions of IC 3-8-2.I met with Mr. Hatfield yesterday.  We spoke concerning the process and my complaint.  I am satisfied now that the filing meets all legal standards and was filed appropriately.I am formally withdrawing my complaint.Regards,Hobart ScalesFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Weehawken Marriott to hold job fair for residents

first_img× WEEHAWKEN–The soon to open Residence Inn By Marriott will be holding a resident-only job fair on Saturday, June 23. The fair will take place at the Woodrow Wilson School, located at 80 Hauxhurst Ave. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The Marriott inn is located across the street from the NY Waterway Ferry Terminal.The hotel is opening in two phases. Phase one is the residence side, servicing extended stay guests. Phase two is for the hotel side, servicing short-term guests.The available positions are for the extended stay section. When the hotel side opens in coming months, a second round of jobs will be available.Open positions include: Accounting manager, chief engineer, director of housekeeping, human resources manager, front desk supervisors and clerks, housekeeping supervisors, housekeeper, laundry attendants, maintenance positions, bartenders, dishwashers, and breakfast attendants.Applicants are advised to dress in business attire and bring a resume. Proof of Weehawken residency is required. For more information, contact the township manager’s office at 201-319-6005.last_img read more

Brazilian Armed Forces Combat Wildfire in the Pantanal

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo September 11, 2020 The Brazilian Armed Forces have been fighting a wildfire that has been affecting the Pantanal between the states of Mato Grosso (MT) and Mato Grosso do Sul (MS) since July 25, 2020. The Brazilian Ministry of Defense launched Operation Pantanal, deploying five aircraft and more than 400 service members and civilians to help fight the wildfire. The wildfires are due to the drought that currently afflicts the region, considered the world’s largest continuous wetland, with 140,000 square kilometers in Brazilian territory.An FAB helicopter helps transport and evacuate service members and firefighters, who work to put out the flames. (Photo: ComSoc 6°DN/Operation Pantanal)According to information from Agência Brasil, by August 17, the wildfires had ravaged more than 1.5 million hectares in both states. The MS Fire Department estimates that the fire destroyed 910,000 hectares of vegetation in its state, and close to 640,000 hectares in MT.Five aircraft are supporting the work service members and firefighters from the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources and military firefighters from both states are carrying out on the ground. The Aerospace Operations Command, a unit of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) based in Brasília, coordinates the use of aircraft.The Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) is using Super Cougar and Esquilo helicopters. The latter are used for reconnaissance, to transport firefighters, and to combat the wildfire directly. The aircraft has a firefighting device that allows closer proximity to affected areas and enables greater precision while dumping water and foam.An FAB Black Hawk rescued six firefighters who were trapped by the flames in a swamp region. (Foto: ComSoc 6°DN/Operation Pantanal)The Brazilian Army sent the Pantera HM-1 aircraft to the Pantanal, which is also used to transport personnel, conduct reconnaissance, and assess fire zones. MB aircraft, marines trained in forest wildfires, and federal and state agencies also take part in the operation.FAB freighter strengthens combatA C-130 Hercules aircraft from FAB is being used to put out fire outbreaks. The aircraft, operated by the 1st Transport Group’s 1st Squadron can pour up to 12,000 liters of water per flight, according to information from the Air Force’s Press Office.A FAB’s H-60L Black Hawk helicopter has been carrying firefighters to fire outbreak areas. The aircraft also remains on standby to respond to any incidents, as was the case on August 14, when FAB service members had to rescue a group of firefighters.last_img read more

Sagaponack House Fire Leaves 1 Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 71-year-old man and his dog died in a Sagaponack house fire over the weekend.Southampton town police officers and local firefighters responded to the blaze on Narrow Lane East, where one resident escaped and James Beres was found dead inside shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, Southampton and East Hampton firefighters extinguished the flames.The victim’s remains were taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy is being performed to determine his cause of death.Southampton and Suffolk County police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the fire.last_img read more

Leverage Biz Kid$ in your financial education outreach

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Gigi Hyland Gigi Hyland serves as the Executive Director for the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the philanthropic and social responsibility leader of America’s credit union movement. Prior to her work with … Web: www.hylandhighway.com Details What if your credit union could have a youth financial education resource that involves video entertainment, a robust curriculum, games, teacher and parent tools and is mapped to state and national financial literacy standards?Well, you can! It’s Biz Kid$! Since it first aired in 2008, Biz Kid$ is the only credit union-branded national financial literacy initiative that teaches kids about money and business. The overall objective of Biz Kid$ is to engage young people and help them develop life skills in the areas of financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The initiative includes an Emmy award-winning television series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website targeting kids 9 – 16 years old. It is the first national public television series promoting financial education for elementary through high school students and was created by the same team that produced Bill Nye the Science Guy.This is pretty much a free, (yes, free) resource. No contracts or obligations. The full episodes are available for purchase and are in the full 65-episode Biz Kid$ boxed set that credit unions buy at the funder price of $60 a season. That means a credit union can spend a pretty paltry $300 and get all five seasons (which includes the episodes, curriculum, teacher’s guide, etc.) to use in-house or share with local schools and libraries.If that wasn’t enough, snippets of all episodes as well as games, teacher information and a plethora of other resources are available free (yes, free) on the Biz Kid$ website at bizkids.com.But wait, there is more! As I mentioned before, all of the Biz Kid$ episodes are based on national standards for financial literacy and entrepreneurship education and have been mapped to individual state standards. Click here to download and learn how episodes are aligned to national and state education standards. This is a great resource when working with area schools.Keep in mind that yes, it’s free, but that’s thanks to credit unions like you. Through the power of collaboration, a coalition of over 300 credit unions and affiliates from across the country have helped exclusively fund Biz Kid$ donating over $14 million. Please continue to help the credit union system lead in this area and help sponsor production of Season 6 of Biz Kid$. Go to www.ncuf.coop/bk6  to donate now or pledge to contribute in 2017.last_img read more

Amazon Bank: Will banking’s worst nightmare come true in 2018?

first_imgIt seems like there’s nothing Amazon can’t do these days. They’ve moved into the cloud with web storage and computing services. They’ve launched music and video streaming services. And they’ve even taken on old-fashioned brick-and-mortar retailing.In June 2017, Amazon announced they were buying upscale grocer Whole Foods. According to reports, they are also looking at getting into the pharmaceutical and home furnishing industries as well.This has many wondering if Amazon’s appetite knows no bounds. Is there anything they aren’t planning on taking over, including banking?Probably not. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

New name and continuation of the thorough renovation of the historic Hvar Hotel Palace

first_imgDuring October, work continued on the construction site of the new Palace Hotel, owned by the leading Hvar hotel house Sunčani Hvar. The hotel will have 5 stars and will be the first heritage hotel on the sunniest island in the Mediterranean, which will open its doors in the 2019 season. The investment is worth 100 million kuna and represents the largest strategic investment in the new investment cycle of Sunny Hvar. Hotel Palace, as part of the unique architectural ensemble of the old town Loggia, will shine in a combination of the impressive historical heritage of Venetian and Austrian architecture and luxury hotel facilities, point out the company Sunčani Hvar. “The complete renovation of the Palace Hotel is a key investment that confirms the company’s strategic commitment to the market segment of guests with higher purchasing power and positioning of part of our  portfolio into a luxury hotel niche, which we believe will increase the competitiveness not only of our facilities but also of the entire destination Hvar “, said Gordana Tomičić, President of the Management Board.By the way, the history of the hotel dates back to the 13th century, and in 1899 it was opened under the name Spa Hotel Empress Elisabeth after the favorite Austrian Empress Sisi, who was a generous sponsor of the construction of the first hotel in Hvar. Therefore, the newly opened Palace Hotel will bear her name – Palace Elisabeth, Hvar heritage hotel. Hotel PalaceAs one of the most beautiful buildings in this area, next to the city Loggia, the Palace Elisabeth hotel is considered one of the symbols of the city of Hvar. Upon completion of the renovation, the hotel will get 73 luxury rooms and larger suites from the current 45 rooms. In order to further position the product in the luxury segment, the hotel will get an indoor pool, luxury spa and two outdoor terraces, one of which is the terrace of the new restaurant San Marco, overlooking the central square and the historic center of Hvar, creating an ideal place to taste selected dishes. and local delicacies.In addition, with the already mentioned renovation of the Hotel Palac, the quality of the content of the Adriana and Amfora hotels is being renovated and raised, investments that have certainly further strengthened the market position of Sunčani Hvar and positioned it at the very top of Croatian tourism. Investments are accompanied by excellent business indicators In the first nine months of 2018, Sunčani Hvar hotels achieved growth in all operational indicators and results. The growth of operating revenues is 10% compared to the same period last year, which largely stems from the growth of accommodation revenues, which is driven by advanced sales channel management in creating additional content for guests out of high season and successfully established pricing policy. “This year as well, we continued to achieve record results, and we marked a special growth in the pre- and post-season. Revenues  they grew by 30% in May, and by 13% in June and September, with excellent announcements for October as well. “, said Gordana Tomičić, President of the Management Board.Hotel AmforaIn the observed period, the growth of overnight stays was 12%, and the structure of guests is primarily developed markets such as the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Brazil and Scandinavian and Western European countries, while the United Kingdom and the United States account for 38% of total overnight stays. We are especially pleased with the growth of guests from the USA of 26% compared to last year, guests that all destinations want.All the capacities of the Sunčani Hvar hotel were also filled in October, mostly due to the Croatian Tourism Day, which will be held on October 24 and 25 at the Amfora Hotel.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Discusses the Impact of Funding Increases in Luzerne County during “Schools that Teach” Roundtable and Tour

first_imgGovernor Wolf Discusses the Impact of Funding Increases in Luzerne County during “Schools that Teach” Roundtable and Tour May 08, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Hazleton, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his “Schools That Teach” tour in Luzerne County, where he heard from teachers and administrators in the Hazleton Area School District about their plans to ensure that education funding from his 2015-16 budget goes directly into the classroom.“Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom in the country in state funding for K through 12 education and my proposed budget makes historic investments at all levels – early childhood education through higher education,” said Governor Wolf. “After years of funding cuts that resulted in the loss of educators, increased class sizes, and cuts to valuable programs, I want to ensure that the new funding in my budget reaches the classroom and directly impacts student achievement. Focusing on education will allow us to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth.”In a roundtable discussion at Hazle Township Early Learning Center, Governor Wolf heard from school leaders and stakeholders about their plans to support summer learning programs and alternate school settings, as well as reduce class sizes at the elementary level as a direct result of the $1.5 million basic education funding increase to their district.“This is an important opportunity for districts to have comprehensive conversations about how to invest this funding on proven resources and programs that will improve student learning,” Governor Wolf said. “What is being proposed here in the Hazleton Area School District is a prime example of a plan that will ensure this historic education investment reaches the classroom while providing clear benchmarks to measure the results of student achievement.”“Governor Wolf has a tremendous vision for public education,” Hazleton Area School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Antonelli said. “It was evident today that he has a passion for children and for doing what’s right for our students by providing the necessary funds for them to succeed, not only in school, but in a 21st century economy.”In March, Department of Education Acting Secretary Pedro Rivera sent a letter to superintendents in all 500 districts detailing accountability measures to ensure the education funding proposed in Governor Wolf’s 2015-2016 budget is spent directly on students in the classroom to allow them to compete in a modern economy. In the letter, Acting Secretary Rivera called on districts to submit plans to ensure this new investment reaches the classroom and to measure results for Pennsylvania’s students.MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # # Press Release,  Schools That Teach last_img read more