Oxford MP calls for inquiry into voter suppression of EU citizens

first_imgNicolas Hatton, founder of ‘the3million’, an advocacy group for EU citizens in the UK, and Jane Golding, founder of British in Europe, have between them raised over £40,000 for the ‘#DeniedMyVote is unlawful’ CrowdJustice fund. The fundraising constitutes part of a potential legal challenge to the #DeniedMyVote scandal, and they have called for people to come forward with examples of having been denied their vote, with the possibility of bringing forward legal action. Hatton and Golding said: “Our team of expert public law practitioners and researchers will go through the testimonials and assess the best legal options to successfully challenge the Government.” ‘The3million’, whose name refers to the number of EU citizens living in the country, also wrote an open letter to all those standing for the Conservative Party leadership, outlining their hopes for the protection of rights. A letter written by Moran was sent to the chair of the Electoral Commission and the Cabinet Secretary on Friday. Receiving cross-party support, the call gained the backing of 68 MPs from six parties. The letter outlined two issues: the UK government’s requirement that EU citizens must complete additional paperwork in order to vote, and the issues faced by UK voters who live abroad. “It is clear that the Government did not want to take part in these elections. However, the Government’s responsibility to every eligible voter, to enfranchise as many citizens as possible, must come above party political concerns.” EU citizens in the UK, including some in Oxfordshire, were reportedly denied a vote in May’s election despite being entitled to one under EU law. The mistake was linked to administrative errors made by local councils. “Had the Government confirmed that we would be taking part in these elections sooner, rather than on the same day as the deadline for the return of the UC1 form, we could have largely avoided this situation. The Oxford West and Abingdon MP, Layla Moran, has called for an urgent inquiry into claims that EU citizens were disenfranchised in the European Parliamentary elections last month. The letter comes five years after the Electoral Commission recommended reform following similar complications in 2014’s European election. Since the letter, a petition for an inquiry into the disenfranchisement of citizens has reached over 11,000 signatures, and an urgent question was raised in the House of Commons last week on the matter. A number of EU nationals reported that they arrived at polling booths to find their names had been crossed out with officials confirming they were not entitled to vote. Others complained that the elections had been announced at short notice, giving them insufficient time to register to vote. Moran, a Liberal Democrat who assumed office in June 2017, set out recommended lines of enquiry into the situation. These include the impact of the Government’s late confirmation of the election and an investigation into how many citizens were denied their vote on polling day, despite completing all procedures before the deadline. They wrote: “British in Europe and ‘the3million’ represent over five million people who still have no guarantee that their futures are secure after nearly three years. “You can make sure that there will never be a Windrush-style scandal for EU citizens by supporting our ‘registration, not application’ proposal for a new immigration status after Brexit. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it would also send a strong signal to EU27 countries as they consider the systems they put in place for UK citizens in their countries.” Problems were also encountered by UK voters living abroad, with reported cases of ballot papers being distributed a few hours before the poll. Moran wrote: “We find it deeply concerning that the Government appears to have taken no action to stop such serious disenfranchisement from occurring. last_img read more

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News story: UK initiative in food authenticity recognised at international event

first_img Government Chemist Queens RoadTeddingtonTW11 0LY The Food Authenticity Network is a UK government initiative to help bring together those involved in food authenticity testing. The network is funded by cross-departmental collaboration involving FSA, FSS, Defra and BEIS via the Government Chemist programme.The network has been in existence for three years and has provided a successful platform for stakeholders in the food authenticity area to interact and share knowledge.The network was recognised as a leading example of an integrity network at two side events of the Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting in July 2018, Food Integrity and Food Authenticity: A Way Forward.During these side events, the UK representation provided an overview of the Food Authenticity Network and distributed material on the Network to delegations.Countries attending the side events indicated both their progress and challenges related to the subject and also underlined the very practical daily challenges they face due to lack of regulation, capacity and knowledge on this issue. Within this context the Food Authenticity Network was quoted a number of times at both side events by the panellists as being a leading example of an integrity network.For more information about the work the Government Chemist gets involved with contact:center_img Email [email protected]last_img read more

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Tool Announces 2017 Summer Tour

first_imgTool has announced eight new summer tour dates, along with their previously scheduled Governors Ball and Boston Calling appearances. The American rock band will be hitting cities like Montreal, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, of which they haven’t visited in over a decade.Tickets go on-sale this Friday, March 17 at 10AM local time for all shows except for Rosemont/Chicago, which will be at 11AM local time. VIP packages for all shows go on-sale on Wednesday March 15th at 10AM PST for Tool Army members only. For more information, head to Tool’s website. See below for the full announcement:Tool 2017 Tour Dates:05/24 – Fairfax, VA @ Eaglebank Arena05/27 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion05/28 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling05/30 – Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena05/31 – Hamilton, ON @ First Ontario Centre06/02 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre06/04 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival06/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center06/07 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre06/08 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arenalast_img read more

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Vincent Kartheiser & Larry Pine Begin Previews in Garry Marshall-Helmed Billy & Ray

first_img View Comments Billy & Ray charts the birth of the film noir genre. The comedy follows literary odd couple writer-director Billy Wilder (Kartheiser) and novelist Raymond Chandler (Pine) as they contentiously collaborate to adapt the novel Double Indemnity for the silver screen. Set in 1940s Hollywood, Billy & Ray is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic. Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser and Broadway vet Larry Pine begin performances in the New York premiere of Billy & Ray on October 1. Mike Bencivenga’s new play, directed by the legendary Garry Marshall, will officially open on October 20 at the Vineyard Theatre and play a limited engagement through November 23. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014 Rounding out the cast are Sophie von Haselberg as Wilder’s long-suffering secretary and Drew Gehling as a beleaguered studio chief. Billy & Raylast_img read more

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Think B.I.G.

first_imgWhen I started preparing to present Think B.I.G. to the high school interns my biggest challenge was finding a way to make it interesting and relevant to them at this point in their lives. Learning how to budget, save, and set financial goals is not the most exciting topic to a 17 year old, but it is an important topic that needs to be discussed.I started by meeting with the interns individually to discuss the program, how it works and what my goal is. We went through a short PowerPoint presentation about the program and I followed up with four worksheets:A questionnaire about their current financial knowledge and responsibilities. This was to assess what they already knew about financial literacy, if they had any monthly expenses they were currently responsible for, and if they have already had discussions with their parents about budgeting, saving and setting goals.A paycheck budget worksheet for them to use to document their income and expenses.  This was to get them to see how they are spending their money and show them how to plan for expenses. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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These investments require pre-purchase analysis

first_imgDue diligence is a good idea before any credit union purchase. But the National Credit Union Administration actually requires a formal pre-purchase analysis before you buy investments to fund your employee and executive benefits plans. How is this best done? In Episode 61 of the CUES Podcast, Greg Smyth gives insights and guidance.An executive benefits specialist with CUESolutions platinum provider CUNA Mutual Group, Madison, Wis., Smyth notes that benefits expenses have been consistently and dramatically increasing year over year, especially health insurance benefits. While benefits expenses may be increasing 4 percent to 5 percent a year, according to Smyth, investment yields for credit unions have been growing much more slowly, in the range of 2 to 3 percent annually. NCUA recognized this imbalance and created a way for credit unions to mitigate it by making certain investments to help fund their benefits plans that were previously considered “impermissible.”“This expanded investment offering allows credit unions to seek potentially higher yielding investments” outside of section 703, he says. “And that extra income can go towards employee benefits expenses” and support offering really good benefits plans to staff. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Wise credit union marketing investments lead to growth

first_img continue reading » Do more with less. That’s smart business, especially in shaky and uncertain times like we’re in now. But efficiency also takes the ability to be collaborative, creative and think differently. Aren’t those foundational ideals on which credit unions were built in the first place?As you begin budgeting for 2021, consider outsourcing your credit union’s marketing. The benefits can be numerous, from fresh ideas to cost savings and more. Here are some critical characteristics to look for in a strong outsourced marketing firm:Preparing appropriatelyUnderstanding leadership’s directionAsking the right freaking questions ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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Milestone for North Sea Beach Replenishment Plan

first_imgBy an overwhelming majority, residents of the North Sea Beach Colony voted on Saturday, March 3rd, to begin taxing themselves to replenish their disappearing beach, the Town of Southampton, NY, informs. By a vote of 65 to 14, homeowners will tax themselves over a five year period to repay the town the $406, 000.00 needed to complete the project.Those closest to the water, areas along Little Peconic Bay, will pay a larger share of the expense, the town said in its release.“Twelve homeowners will pay an increased tax rate of $1.10 per $1,000. of assessed value. The average waterfront homeowner could see an increase of approximately $1,000. per year,” according to the press release.Fifty homeowners who live farther from the coastline will pay .70 per $1,000. Those homeowners will see on average an increase of about $500.The North Sea Beach Colony is located at the end of North Sea Road and loses about 7,500 cubic years of sand each year.The beach sand replenishment project for the North Sea Colony Beach Erosion District could begin by the end of the year.[mappress mapid=”24952″]last_img read more

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First oil flows from Apache’s Garten development

first_imgOil & Gas UK, a representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, has hailed news that Apache Corporation has reached first oil in just eight months from its Garten field as remarkable.Commenting, Oil & Gas UK Upstream Policy Director, Mike Tholen, said: “To have delivered a project from discovery to first oil in just eight months shows the remarkable agility of the UK Continental Shelf as it continues to become more competitive.“Apache have shown what can be achieved through a constructive and collaborative relationship with its supply chain. This is great news for everyone involved in the project, and to the wider industry who will be keen to share in the lessons learned.“It is further proof that the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry is staying the course on the road to Vision 2035.”Offshore Energy Today Staff ‘Remarkable’ news Apache Corporation has initiated production from its Garten development on Block 9/18a Area-W in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea. The discovery well, which is located 6 kilometers south of the Beryl Alpha platform, was placed on production in late November, less than eight months after being drilled in March 2018.At the beginning of November, Apache revealed its plans to accelerate initial production from the Garten discovery from the first quarter 2019 to fourth quarter 2018.On Wednesday, December 5 Apache said that the discovery well at Garten encountered a downthrown structural closure with 778 feet of net oil pay in stacked, high-quality, Jurassic-aged sandstone reservoirs.The well is currently producing from the Beryl sand at a rate of 13.7 thousand barrels of oil per day (MBOPD) and 15.7 million cubic feet of gas per day (MMCFPD). Two lower zones were also successfully tested, and all three zones will ultimately be commingled to maximize recovery.The strong initial rate establishes excellent momentum late in the year and will positively impact Apache’s 2019 production guidance. As previously disclosed, the recoverable resource is expected to exceed 10 million barrels of light oil plus associated natural gas. Apache has a 100 percent working interest in the Garten development.Jon Graham, region vice president – North Sea for Apache, said, “We are proud to have brought the Garten field online well ahead of our original target of first-quarter 2019. Performance from the three zones we tested is very encouraging, and we expect this field will significantly increase Apache’s reserves and production in the UK. With exposure to strong Brent oil and UK natural gas prices, Garten will be a notable contributor to Apache’s cashflow in 2019.Graham added: “The support we received from the Oil and Gas Authority cannot be overstated, and we are proud to be contributing toward maximizing economic recovery in the UK North Sea with the successful development of the field.”“Garten is a unique technical achievement and represents Apache’s most complex smart well completion to date,” added Mark Hobbs, director of Operations & Projects at Apache North Sea.Dr. Andy Samuel, chief executive of the Oil and Gas Authority, said, “It is great to see the Garten field come onstream less than a year from the original discovery and well ahead of the original plan. The Garten well was the 2,500th exploration well on the UK Continental Shelf. Apache’s continued success reinforces the tremendous potential of the UKCS, which Apache is unlocking using advanced data gathering and analytics with excellent application of a number of technologies including 3D seismic to uncover high value near-field prospectivity.”The Garten field is tied back to the Beryl Alpha platform, which is located 180 miles northeast of Aberdeen. It follows Apache’s successful Callater field discovery in the Beryl area, which came online in May 2017.last_img read more

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