RHT Holding Ltd (RHT.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about RHT Holding Ltd (RHT.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RHT Holding Ltd (RHT.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RHT Holding Ltd (RHT.mu) 2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileRHT Holding Limited provides public transport services in Mauritius. The company has since diversified its service provision into real estate and property services as well as computer and general technological property services. RHT Holding Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius’ Development Enterprise Market.
Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSCOVID-19Memorial DayThe ConversationVeterans Previous articleIs that really you, God?Next articleLest we forget… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Jamie Rowen, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, University of Massachusetts AmherstAs the nation takes a day to memorialize its military dead, those who are living are facing a deadly risk that has nothing to do with war or conflict: the coronavirus.Different groups face different degrees of danger from the pandemic, from the elderly who are experiencing deadly outbreaks in nursing homes to communities of color with higher infection and death rates. Veterans are among the most hard-hit, with heightened health and economic threats from the pandemic. These veterans face homelessness, lack of health care, delays in receiving financial support and even death.I have spent the past four years studying veterans with substance use and mental health disorders who are in the criminal justice system. This work revealed gaps in health care and financial support for veterans,even though they have the best publicly funded benefits in the country.Here are eight ways the pandemic threatens veterans:1. Age and other vulnerabilitiesIn 2017, veterans’ median age was 64, their average age was 58 and 91% were male. The largest group served in the Vietnam era, where 2.8 million veterans were exposed to Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant linked to cancer.Younger veterans deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan were exposed to dust storms, oil fires and burn pits with numerous toxins, and perhaps as a consequence have high rates of asthma and other respiratory illnesses.Age and respiratory illnesses are both risk factors for COVID-19 mortality. As of May 22, there have been 12,979 people under Veterans Administration care with COVID-19, of whom 1,100 have died.2. Dangerous residential facilitiesVeterans needing end-of-life care, those with cognitive disabilities or those needing substance use treatment often live in crowded VA or state-funded residential facilities.State-funded “soldiers’ homes” are notoriously starved for money and staff. The horrific situation at the soldiers’ home in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where more than 79 veteran residents have died from a COVID-19 outbreak, illustrates the risk facing the veterans in residential homes.3. Benefits unfairly deniedWhen a person transitions from active military service to become a veteran, they receive a Certificate of Discharge or Release. This certificate provides information about the circumstances of the discharge or release. It includes characterizations such as “honorable,” “other than honorable,” “bad conduct” or “dishonorable.” These are crucial distinctions, because that status determines whether the Veterans Administration will give them benefits.Research shows that some veterans with discharges that limit their benefits have PTSD symptoms, military sexual trauma or other behaviors related to military stress. Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have disproportionately more of these negative discharges than veterans from other eras, for reasons still unclear.VA hospitals across the country are short-staffed and don’t have the resources they need to protect their workers.AP/Kathy WillensThe Veterans Administration frequently and perhaps unlawfully denies benefits to veterans with “other than honorable” discharges.Many veterans have requested upgrades to their discharge status. There is a significant backlog of these upgrade requests, and the pandemic will add to it, further delaying access to health care and other benefits.4. Diminished access to health careDental surgery, routine visits and elective surgeries at Veterans Administration medical centers have been postponed since mid-March. VA hospitals are understaffed – just before the pandemic, the VA reported 43,000 staff vacancies out of more than 400,000 health care staff positions. Access to health care will be even more difficult when those medical centers finally reopen because they may have far fewer workers than they need.As of May 4, 2020, 2,250 VA health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19, and thousands of health care workers are under quarantine. The VA is asking doctors and nurses to come out of retirement to help already understaffed hospitals.5. Mental health may get worseAn average of 20 veterans die by suicide every day. A national task force is currently addressing this scourge.But many outpatient mental health programs are on hold or being held virtually. Some residential mental health facilities have closed.Under these conditions, the suicide rate for veterans may grow. Suicide hotline calls by veterans were up by 12% on March 22, just a few weeks into the crisis.6. Complications for homeless veterans and those in the justice systemAn estimated 45,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, and 181,500 veterans are in prison or jail. Thousands more are under court-supervised substance use and mental health treatment in veterans treatment courts. More than half of veterans involved with the justice system have either mental health problems or substance use disorders.As residential facilities close to new participants, many veterans eligible to leave prison or jail have nowhere to go. They may stay incarcerated or become homeless.Courts have moved online or ceased formal operations altogether, meaning no veteran charged with a crime can be referred to a treatment court. It is unclear whether those who were already participating in a treatment program will face delays graduating from court-supervised treatments.Further, some veterans treatment courts still require participants to take drug tests. With COVID-19 circulating, those participants must put their health at risk to travel to licensed testing facilities.As veterans’ facilities close to new participants, many veterans eligible to leave prison or jail have nowhere to go and may become homeless, like this Navy veteran in Los Angeles.Getty/Mario Tama7. Disability benefits delayedIn the pandemic’s epicenter in New York, tens of thousands of veterans should have access to VA benefits because of their low income – but don’t, so far.The pandemic has exacerbated existing delays in finding veterans in need, filing their paperwork and waiting for decisions. Ryan Foley, an attorney in New York’s Legal Assistance Group, a nonprofit legal services organization, noted in a personal communication that these benefits are worth “tens of millions of dollars to veterans and their families” in the midst of a health and economic disaster.All 56 regional Veterans Administration offices are closed to encourage social distancing. Compensation and disability evaluations, which determine how much money veterans can get, are usually done in person. Now, they must be done electronically, via telehealth services in which the veteran communicates with a health care provider via computer.But getting telehealth up and running is taking time, adding to the longstanding VA backlog. Currently, more than 100,000 veterans wait more than 125 days for a decision. (That is what the VA defines as a backlog – anything less than 125 days is not considered a delay on benefit claims.)8. Economic catastropheThere are 1.2 million veteran employees in the five industries most severely affected by the economic fallout of the coronavirus.A disproportionately high number of post-9/11 veterans live in some of the hardest-hit communities that depend on these industries. Veterans returning from overseas will face a dire economic landscape, with far fewer opportunities to integrate into civilian life with financial security.In addition, severely disabled veterans living off of VA benefits were initially required to file a tax return to get stimulus checks. This initial filing requirement delayed benefits for severely disabled veterans by at least a month. The IRS finally changed the requirements after public outcry, given that many older and severely disabled veterans do not have access to computers or the technological skills to file electronically.There are many social groups to pay attention to, all with their own problems to face during the pandemic. With veterans, many of the problems they face now existed long before the coronavirus arrived on U.S. shores.But with the challenges posed by the situation today, veterans who were already lacking adequate benefits and resources are now in deeper trouble, and it will be harder to answer their needs.Editor’s note: This is an updated version of a story that originally ran on April 16, 2020.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here U.S. war veterans’ graves at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
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MORALES Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | 11:05 am HerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Community News Business News Subscribe You know that bar where everybody knows your name? Well, El Portal is the restaurant where everybody feels like family.For over 18 years, El Portal at 695 East Green St., has been serving delicious YucatÃ¡n-style food along with traditional Mexican dishes while being an extended family for families.Before success blossomed and civic ties were forged, Abel Ramirez, the sprightly 70-year old owner of El Portal, started from humble beginnings.“I was raised in a very small village in YucatÃ¡n. When it came to college, I moved to Merida, the capital of YucatÃ¡n, and I started at the University of YucatÃ¡n,” recalls Ramirez.Ramirez took up civil engineering and was able to finish two years. He says, “at that time I had a sister and her family, her husband and children, who lived here in Pasadena. My brother-in-law was working for the Huntington Hotel, which at the time was owned by Steve Royce.”(Today, that hotel is known as the Langham Huntington Hotel.)When plans to go back to finish University where put on hold briefly, Ramirez was given an opportunity to work at the Huntington Hotel.He moved up the ranks to become chief busboy, then was selected to become the restaurant manager, which was quite a leap.Soon after that I was suddenly offered the position of manager of the dining room, Ramirez recalls.Ramirez was sent by The Huntington to Houston to take hotel management classes and when he came back, he was promoted once again. His accidental career at the Huntington Hotel showcased his talents at both business and people skills, and it saw him rise very, very quickly through the ranks.Ramirez moved on to two more job positions at Caltech and the Athenaeum before finally deciding to start his own venture, El Portal, at the still-young age of 55.Though Ramirez wanted to retire at 65 and planned to give the reins of his business to his son Armando, it seemed life had other plans.“Here I am 18 years later and I am honestly enjoying very much what Iâ€™m doing. I have my son Armando who is very capable of taking over but he knows and I know that my intention is not to just go home and pick the leaves of the dead roses!â€ says Ramirez with his characteristic laugh.It is this colorful and storied history with the city of Pasadena that made Ramirez the man he is now. An active community member, Ramirez has served on the boards of local civic groups, including the Pasadena Playhouse, the Tournament of Roses and as President of the Pasadena Senior Center.He says, “I know people here that were single, met at the bar, and start dating or got married. Now they have children and Iâ€™m Uncle Abel to all those children.”Ramirez recalls the time when one of the kids went off to college in Ohio, and when the kid’s parents were “going to visit him, they asked me if I could pack with dry ice four burritos. Because he wanted to show to his friends the good burritos that he ate in Pasadena.” Other parents had copied the food â€œto goâ€ to various universities.And when the kids come home from college?“Kids who are no longer kids come to El Portal straight from the airport to see us, greet us and hug us, we just grow with them. Iâ€™ve been there growing.”Salud Uncle Abel. Salud El Portal.For more information, visitÂ www.elportalrestaurant.com. 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TAGS Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Vizient Earns High Score in Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index Pinterest Twitter Facebook IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– Vizient, Inc., the nation’s largest member-driven health care performance improvement company, has received a score of 85 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Vizient joins the ranks of 1,142 major U.S. businesses that were also ranked in the 2021 CEI. “We are thrilled to score so well in our first year participating in the survey,” stated Bharat Sundaram, president and chief operating officer for Vizient and executive sponsor for the PRIDE Diversity and Inclusion group. “We’re proud of our achievement, and we’re grateful for the Human Rights Campaign for acknowledging our accomplishments and illuminating exactly where we can focus to improve our efforts at inclusivity in our workplace, a core value at Vizient.” “From the previously unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to a long overdue reckoning with racial injustice, 2020 was an unprecedented year. Yet, many businesses across the nation stepped up and continued to prioritize and champion LGBTQ equality,” said Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President. “This year has shown us that tools like the CEI are crucial in the work to increase equity and inclusion in the workplace, but also that companies must breathe life into these policies and practices in real and tangible ways. Thank you to the companies that understand protecting their LGBTQ employees and consumers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do—but the best business decision.” The results of the 2021 CEI showcase how 1,142 U.S.-based companies are not only promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the U.S., but also for the 57% of CEI-rated companies with global operations who are helping advance the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad. The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 18 million U.S. workers and an additional 17 million outside of the U.S. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms (AmLaw 200), and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid- to large-sized businesses. The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:Non-discrimination policies across business entities;Equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families;Supporting an inclusive culture; and,Corporate social responsibility. The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei. About Vizient, Inc. Vizient, Inc. provides solutions and services that improve the delivery of high-value care by aligning cost, quality and market performance for more than 50% of the nation’s acute care providers, which includes 95% of the nation’s academic medical centers, and more than 20% of ambulatory care providers. Vizient provides expertise, analytics and advisory services, as well as a contract portfolio that represents more than $100 billion in annual purchasing volume, to improve patient outcomes and lower costs. Vizient has earned a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute every year since its inception. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Vizient has offices throughout the United States. Learn more at www.vizientinc.com. About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128006036/en/ CONTACT: Media Contact Donna Ledbetter (972) 830-6321 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA TEXAS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: MEDICAL SUPPLIES HEALTH CONSUMER HOSPITALS PRACTICE MANAGEMENT GAY & LESBIAN SOURCE: Vizient, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/28/2021 03:04 PM/DISC: 01/28/2021 03:04 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128006036/en Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleWinter Sports Equipment Market to Accelerate at a CAGR of Over 5% During 2021-2025|TechnavioNext articleHow many variants of the coronavirus are there? Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021
Back to overview,Home naval-today Ike CSG’s commander visits USS Nitze View post tag: US Navy Commander of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) Rear Adm. Jim Malloy visited guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), Dec. 12.Malloy, embarked aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), toured the ship, met with the Chiefs Mess and the ship’s officers, and held an all hands call, where he answered questions from the crew.“I really cannot say enough about the accolades that have flown in regarding Nitze,” said Malloy. “You guys are kind of a sure thing now. It doesn’t matter what you’re tasked to do, whatever you’re going to do, you’re going to do it as well as any ship can.”Malloy went on to praise the hard work the crew has put forward to exhibit lethal, capable and effective excellence every single day in order to answer any and all tasking given. He also stressed his four main focus areas: the mission, the safety of the crew, investing in the ship and working for yourself.While touring the ship, Malloy met with Sailors individually to talk about their career goals and learn about all the bells and whistles that help make the ship run each day.“I think the admiral’s visit showed that the strike group’s upper chain of command really cares for the individual Sailors,” said Seaman Cody Busby, a quartermaster. “It’s nice to be shown that we matter and the hard work we put in each day means something.”Nitze departed its homeport in Norfolk, Virginia, June 1 for a scheduled deployment as part of the Ike CSG and is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. View post tag: USS Nitze View post tag: Ike CSG Ike CSG’s commander visits USS Nitze December 15, 2016 Training & Education Share this article
Students at some colleges have raised concerns over the continuation of collections on the Bank Holiday. The JCR Exec of Christ Church reportedly petitioned the college management to have their collections moved forward a day, but were denied their request leaving one student “absolutely furious”. St Catz student Nathan Jones, a fervent royalist who presented Prince Philip with a ticket to St Catz ball, said that it was “a shame that my college isn’t following Corpus’s example in enabling all of its students to make the most of the day.”He also pointed out that several of the libraries will be closed on that day and that catering or cleaning services in many colleges had been cut or reduced to give staff the day off. Jones remarked that it was “unfair that staff are able to enjoy the opportunity to celebrate the event when students do not have that option.”Not all Oxford residents are thrilled by the royal engagement however, with an anti-royal street party planned for Manzil Way on Friday. Organised by the BigSociety Events Committee, a group campaigning for a republican Britain, their Facebook event proclaims, “If you’d rather be in EAST Oxford than WESTminster Abbey on 29th April…then get yourself on the Uncivil List and join us for a STREET PARTY!” One attendee has condemned the event for “distracting from real events of the day and an enormous expense burden on taxpayers”. The Bank Holiday will force people to “take the day off, even if they don’t want to, but who can’t afford to lose the wages” he added. Another student commented, “I’ve been labelled a ‘killjoy’ for not gushing enthusiasm for the Royal Wedding. You don’t have to be anti-British to think the monarchy is an outdated institution; it stands for everything an progressive democratic country should protest.” “According to the Federation of Small Businneses, today is going to cost the economy £5 billion. I am sure the couple love each other very much and their marrige is a happy occasion for them, but there is no reason why two very rich and priviledged people should be entitled to taxpayers’ money.”Over 500 people may attend the street party, one of eight sanctioned by Oxford City Council for the big day. The Mayor and town council of Abingdon have announced that they will be throwing 4,000 currant buns from the roof of the County Hall Museum at 6pm on Friday to mark the Royal occasion. This is a tradition that dates back 250 years to the coronation of King George III. Corpus Christi have scheduled a marriage ceremony between the two college tortoises as Oxford gears up to commemorate the royal wedding today.Corpus Christi have scheduled a marriage ceremony between the two college tortoises as Oxford gears up to commemorate the royal wedding today. Oldham and Foxe, described as being “in a loving relationship since they met six years ago,” will marry at 2pm, immediately after William and Kate. Alex Coupe, Corpus’ Tortoise Keeper, describes the marriage as “a celebration of corpus’s favourite reptiles in the first pseudo-official reptilian civil-partnership!” JCR President, Jack Evans, said the engagement marked “a great day for our JCR” and wished the couple a long and happy life together. In a press release, the tortoise Oldham was quoted as saying, “We are both very, very happy,” and it was reported he proposed while they were both on holiday to Kenya.However, Cherwell was informed of a vicious enmity developing between the couple. “Oldham has been discovered physically attacking Foxe. Allegations being that he mounted Foxe on numerous occasions, and attempted to push Foxe down the stairs. Despite the fact that most colleges are retaining their original collections timetables for Friday, many JCRs are nonetheless attempting to organise viewings of the wedding for all who can attend. Somerville, for instance, will be setting up a projector in the college bar whilst Trinity’s JCR will be reserved for Royal Wedding-watchers only while the coverage is on. Mala Murlwood of Mansfield College told Cherwell that even though some students face to six hours of exams today, they still plan on screening “William & Kate: The Movie” in the evening, a film described as being “toe-curlingly, teeth-furringly, pillow-bitingly ghastly”. Several colleges, including Regent’s Park, Pembroke, Lincoln and Mansfield will have Britain themed bops in 0th week whilst Trinity are going all out with “A Right Royal Bop.”Students at some colleges have raised concerns over the continuation of collections on the Bank Holiday. The JCR Exec of Christ Church reportedly petitioned the college management to have their collections moved forward a day, but were denied their request leaving one student “absolutely furious”. St Catz student Nathan Jones, a fervent royalist who presented Prince Philip with a ticket to St Catz ball, said that it was “a shame that my college isn’t following Corpus’s example in enabling all of its students to make the most of the day.” He also pointed out that several of the libraries will be closed on that day and that catering or cleaning services in many colleges had been cut or reduced to give staff the day off. Jones remarked that it was “unfair that staff are able to enjoy the opportunity to celebrate the event when students do not have that option.”Not all Oxford residents are thrilled by the royal engagement however, with an anti-royal street party planned for Manzil Way on Friday. Organised by the BigSociety Events Committee, a group campaigning for a republican Britain, their Facebook event proclaims, “If you’d rather be in EAST Oxford than WESTminster Abbey on 29th April…then get yourself on the Uncivil List and join us for a STREET PARTY!” One attendee has condemned the event for “distracting from real events of the day and an enormous expense burden on taxpayers”. The Bank Holiday will force people to “take the day off, even if they don’t want to, but who can’t afford to lose the wages” he added. Another student commented, “I’ve been labelled a ‘killjoy’ for not gushing enthusiasm for the Royal Wedding. You don’t have to be anti-British to think the monarchy is an outdated institution; it stands for everything an progressive democratic country should protest.” “According to the Federation of Small Businneses, today is going to cost the economy £5 billion. I am sure the couple love each other very much and their marrige is a happy occasion for them, but there is no reason why two very rich and priviledged people should be entitled to taxpayers’ money.”Over 500 people may attend the street party, one of eight sanctioned by Oxford City Council for the big day. The Mayor and town council of Abingdon have announced that they will be throwing 4,000 currant buns from the roof of the County Hall Museum at 6pm on Friday to mark the Royal occasion. This is a tradition that dates back 250 years to the coronation of King George III.Oldham and Foxe, described as being “in a loving relationship since they met six years ago,” will marry at 2pm, immediately after William and Kate.Alex Coupe, Corpus’ Tortoise Keeper, describes the marriage as “a celebration of corpus’s favourite reptiles in the first pseudo-official reptilian civil-partnership!” JCR President, Jack Evans, said the engagement marked “a great day for our JCR” and wished the couple a long and happy life together. In a press release, the tortoise Oldham was quoted as saying, “We are both very, very happy,” and it was reported he proposed while they were both on holiday to Kenya.However, Cherwell was informed of a vicious enmity developing between the couple. “Oldham has been discovered physically attacking Foxe. Allegations being that he mounted Foxe on numerous occasions, and attempted to push Foxe down the stairs.Despite the fact that most colleges are retaining their original collections timetables for Friday, many JCRs are nonetheless attempting to organise viewings of the wedding for all who can attend. Somerville, for instance, will be setting up a projector in the college bar whilst Trinity’s JCR will be reserved for Royal Wedding-watchers only while the coverage is on. Mala Murlwood of Mansfield College told Cherwell that even though some students face to six hours of exams today, they still plan on screening “William & Kate: The Movie” in the evening, a film described as being “toe-curlingly, teeth-furringly, pillow-bitingly ghastly”. Several colleges, including Regent’s Park, Pembroke, Lincoln and Mansfield will have Britain themed bops in 0th week whilst Trinity are going all out with “A Right Royal Bop.”
An all-student referendum will be held in 4th week of Trinity regarding OUSU’s affiliation with the National Union of Students (NUS). The referendum will ask voters the following question: “OUSU is currently affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS). Should it continue to be affiliated: yes or no?”Nominations to lead the campaign for either side will open on Sunday 27th April at 12pm (first week) with elections for these campaign meetings to be held the following day.OUSU’s Returning Officer, Alexander Walker, issued a directive on the OUSU website earlier this month concerning the referendum. While all student members of OUSU can go to the briefing meetings to vote, only those who wish to support the ‘Yes’ campaign may go to the ‘Yes’ briefing, and only those who wish to support the ‘No’ campaign may go to the ‘No’ briefing.Only the Returning Officer and his deputies may attend both meetings. Both will take place at the OUSU building, with the ‘Yes’ meeting happening at 10am and the ‘No’ meeting at midday.Tom Rutland, the current OUSU President, plans to run to lead the ‘Yes’ campaign. It is not yet known who intends to run to lead the ‘No’ campaign.“Oxford students benefit greatly by being part of NUS,” Rutland commented. “Affiliation allows us to influence NUS policy, ensure that we have a national union fighting for students’ interests and take advantage of the incredible array of discounts the NUS Extra Card provides.“Disaffiliating from NUS would cost Oxford students money, it would isolate us from the national student movement, and it would weaken both unions”.The NUS are currently producing a tailor-made report on the private letting industry and the state of student housing in Oxford in an attempt to help OUSU target accommodation problems experienced by Oxford students.Student campaigner Nathan Akehurst told Cherwell, “NUS has a range of problems with democracy and careerism. It is not a visible presence in OUSU students’ lives beyond the Extra card. However, NUS does do a huge amount of important work, lobbying and campaigning on a national level in a way OUSU couldn’t. It would be foolish and irresponsible to give up our place in the national student movement.”Not all universities are affiliated with NUS, however, as Jack J. Matthews points out. He thinks it does no harm to the perceptions of potential students, commenting, “Southampton and Imperial continue to be top destinations for students despite being independent from NUS.”Akehurst disagreed. “Given the amount of bad press Oxford gets, and with the disaffiliation charge led by the political right, NUS disaffiliation would create potentially inaccurate stories about perceived Oxbridge arrogance.”All students registered within the university will be able to vote, regardless of their college’s own affiliation with OUSU.
1 / 5 2 / 5 3 / 5 4 / 5 5 / 5 ❮ ❯ Well over 300 kids attended the third annual Makers Day at the uptown library on March 25, exercising their imagination and stretching their skills. The entire downstairs level of the library was turned into a creative lab, with library staff helping guide the kids to visualize and build items using both technology and traditional means. Residents and students volunteered to help out, along with teacher Heather Carline, coordinator of North Bergen’s Gifted and Talented Program.Makers Day is a statewide initiative to encourage creative thinking and hands-on learning for children. The North Bergen Free Public Library hosts a weekly Makers Club and has a Makers Space with a 3D printer, computer software, and more, all centered around making. This year’s Makers Day event was the largest yet, with the kids enjoying a wide variety of creative activities and challenges. × 1 / 5 2 / 5 3 / 5 4 / 5 5 / 5 ❮ ❯