Adam 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.”
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SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Sports Betting Community (SBC) has shown its commitment to the growing US betting industry by securing membership to the American Gaming Association (AGA).SBC organizes some of the biggest sports betting trade events in Europe and the United States via its event brand SBC Events.com. SBC also manages a network of betting and gaming industry news portals including SBCAmericas.com, an online news and analysis resource dedicated to the developing sports betting industries in North and South Americas.Stacy Papadopoulos of the AGA commented: “We are pleased to welcome SBC to the AGA as an ally member. With the possibility of legal, regulated sports betting across the country, this is an exciting time for the U.S. gaming industry. As the sports betting sector grows, being able to discuss and share best practices with an industry leader like SBC benefits the organization and our broader membership.”SBC’s CEO & Founder Rasmus Sojmark added: “Our involvement in the US pre-dates the repeal of PASPA, but there is no doubt that the SCOTUS decision has lit the boosters for sports betting in the US.“There’s no doubt that the AGA’s support for sports betting at a key point of the political debate helped open the door for the sector so we have no hesitation in supporting them through our membership.”SBC joins the AGA at a time when the gaming industry is growing both in size and popularity. The May 2018 Supreme Court ruling overturning the federal ban on sports betting was a landmark policy achievement for the industry. Revenue grew in twenty states with commercial casinos in 2017 and the commercial gaming industry as a whole brought in $40.3 billion in gaming revenue, while tribal casinos tallied $32.4 billion in total gaming revenue. Share FES and Incentive Games launch esports prediction game June 2, 2020
The Sports Media in Ghana have been encouraged to contribute positively to the development and promotion of Golf. At a one day seminar to sensitise the Sports Press on reporting on Golf, the President of the Ghana Golf Association (GGA) Dr. Felix K. Frimpong urged journalists to learn the rudiments of the sports in order to give accurate educative and entertaining reports.Giving a historical background of the sport in Ghana, he hinted that Golf was introduced in the colonial era, 1900 and it was played among the European sailors before the country attained independence.He said Golf is not a sport for the rich or bugouise in society as some people presume, but a sport for everybody, both sexes and also a game that creates linkages.According to Dr. Frimpong, Golf is a game that promotes discipline and good health as partners must be honest in recording results and one swing about 200 times and bends over 32 times in a handicap.He noted that an individual who plays Golf must abide by the rules and regulations, be registered with a club or pay to play in tournaments and be healthy.Dr. Frimpong stressed that the aim of the G.G.A. for now is to develop Golf to be an education based profession or sport and revealed that they have developed three Academies in Achimota, Tema and Kumasi where kids and the youth who wish to play are trained. The Vice President of the G.G.A. Mr. Michael Aggrey told the 34 participants to be friendly to Golf and know that the sport is also producing international champions like Amos Kobla, the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Golf player of the year, who won the Nigerian Open and regarded as one of the best players on the African continent. He and Group Captain F.A. Gyimah-Kwakye, the General Secretary of the G.G.A.demonstrated how Golf is played with clubs and showed how and when the different clubs are used, by amateurs who should be rewarded less than $250 and professionals who earn billions of dollars, like American hero Tiger Woods.Mr. Aggrey revealed that most of the best Golf courses are in the Western region where most expatriates working for mining companies have developed wonderful courses and blessed with good weather that preserve the grass.Some of Ghana’s best Golf courses can be found in Achimota, Tafo, Kumasi, Bob Nam Kin and Tema.The one – day seminar which attracted experienced and rising sports journalists from television, radio, print and internet was organized by Prime Val Consult. It was sponsored by Doscar Travel & Tours and Euro Tours.
For those of us who are part of the electorate — this is my fourth vote — the confirmation emails went out Nov. 12. To be eligible to vote, BBWAA members have to be an active member for at least 10 consecutive years, with a 10-year grace period for writers no longer active. Previous voting members more than 10 years away from active status can apply for a vote based on their baseball coverage in the most recent season.MORE: Hall of Fame ceremony deserves stage by itselfHere’s part of that email. Based on your qualifications, you have been approved to vote in the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame BBWAA election. Your 2020 ballot will be sent from Cooperstown on Monday, November 18 to the mailing address you provided through the voting registration process. You must complete, sign and return your ballot in the envelope provided. Your ballot must be postmarked no later than December 31 in order for your selections to be included in the 2020 results.You will have the opportunity to vote for zero to 10 candidates. Any candidate who receives votes on 75 percent or more of ballots cast will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 26, 2020.It has always been, and always will be exciting to receive that email. So let’s take a look at the players on this year’s ballot, which was officially released at noon ET on Monday. We’ll start with the newcomers. Derek Jeter will be elected, without question, but he’s the only newbie likely to be a part of the class of 2020. After Jeter, guys like Bobby Abreu, Cliff Lee, Jason Giambi present interesting, but complicated cases. All are worth a few years of conversation, at least. From there, players who could receive a few votes but aren’t likely to meet the 5 percent minimum required to stay on the ballot: Alfonso Soriano, Paul Konerko, Josh Beckett, Brian Roberts and Eric Chávez. Also on this year’s ballot, outstanding players who don’t have a realistic shot at winding up in Cooperstown but deserve mention: Heath Bell, Adam Dunn, Chone Figgins, Rafael Furcal, Raúl Ibañez, Carlos Peña, Brad Penny, J.J. Putz and José Valverde.Here are the bios for all the new players on the Baseball Hall of Fame website. The Post Office for the Village of Cooperstown is across the street from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum — literally, maybe two dozen steps — and this particular Monday is a special day. The 2020 Hall of Fame ballots are being mailed from the 40 Main Street building today, sent out across the country to BBWAA writers who have the honor and responsibility of voting for the players who will make up the class of 2020. And now, a quick look at the holdovers. Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are all in their eighth year on the ballot — each player gets 10, remember — and each received between 59.1 and 60.9 percent of last year’s vote. All three have Cooperstown-worthy numbers, but all three have likely been held back because of the vague character clause on the ballot. This is Larry Walker’s 10th year on the ballot, and he’s made great strides, up to 54.6 percent of last year’s vote. With the ballot-clearing of recent years — 11 players elected the past three years — Walker stands a legitimate chance of being elected this winter. And here are the other returning players, with their 2019 percentage of the vote and how many times they’ve been on the ballot: Omar Vizquel (42.8 percent, third year on the ballot), Manny Ramirez (22.8, fourth), Jeff Kent (18.1, seventh), Scott Rolen (17.2, third), Billy Wagner (16.7, fifth), Todd Helton (16.5, second), Gary Sheffield (13.6, sixth), Andy Pettitte (9.9, second), Sammy Sosa (8.5, eighth), Andruw Jones (7.5, third).