Woman journalist describes police crackdown on press freedom activists

first_img YemenMiddle East – North Africa January 6, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Yemen Receive email alerts RSF_en February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF Newscenter_img News News February 11, 2021 Find out more News to go further Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months A demonstration in defence of free expression that the NGO Women Journalists Without Chains has been organising with hundreds of participants ever Tuesday since 2007 in Freedom Square in Sana’a was dispersed violently yesterday by the police.The head of the NGO, Tawakkol Karman, has given this account: “The authorities have today revealed their true face (…) Each week, hundreds of citizens, journalists and intellectuals have been gathering to defend free expression, talking about the subjects that are dear to them. “Without flagging, despite the police violence, we have been fighting for information about the kidnapped journalist Muhammad Al Maqalih and we have been supporting his family. We have also called for the reopening of the independent newspaper Al Ayyam and the release of the journalists Fouad Rashed, editor of the Al Mukallah Press website, and Salah Al Saqladi, the editor of Aden News Network.“The police violently dispersed our peaceful demonstration on 6 October on the grounds that we did not have a permit from the interior ministry. The police tried to confiscate our cameras and broke our video camera. Several of us were injured. The authorites regard our actions as a call for revolution that endangers the republic.”Karman added: “All this is inadmissible. Such methods are an insult to the constitution. Are we going to continue the sit-ins? Yes, with even more force. We will resist in order to restore fundamental freedoms and journalists’ freedoms, because the authorities have suppressed all the means of expression and information that existed in Yemen.”Reporters Without Borders said: “We are approaching the end of an independent press in Yemen. The government’s determination to ban this weekly sit-in is the last stage in a persecution of journalists that is aimed at imposing a media blackout on what is happening in the country.”The press freedom organisation reiterates its concern about Al Maqalih, the journalist who was kidnapped three weeks ago (see the 25 September release: “Still no word of opposition website editor”). The authorities refuse to provide any information about his current situation or cooperate with attempts to locate him.Sit-in video:Reporters sans frontières: Sit-in organisé par le WJWC envoyé par rsf_internet. – Regardez les dernières vidéos d’actu. YemenMiddle East – North Africa October 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Woman journalist describes police crackdown on press freedom activistslast_img read more

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Minister to launch Limerick famine walkway

first_imgTwitter TAGSfamineJImmy DeenihanknockfiernaMusic Limerick Advertisement Email Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Printcenter_img Previous articleCalling all Limerick Rugby Clubs #UBLNext articleMilford Care Centre to benefit from Limerick table quiz Editor Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan will visit the Knockfierna Heritage Park this Saturday, February 1 to launch a brochure guide and reopen the pre-famine walkways.The commonage landscape of over 150 acres remains intact since it was abandoned during the great famine of 1847, leaving only the ruins of cabins, the unfinished landscape and the pre-famine potatoe ridges.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The pre-famine roads through the hill have been made accessible once again; work over of the years has seen around three miles of pathways being restored. There are also picturesque views of the surrounding six counties to be enjoyed when visiting the area.The Knockfierna Heritage Society still celebrates the festival of Lughnasa at the hillside, which has been celebrated on the site since ancient times. The festival is held the last Sunday of July each year.Saturdays ceremonies will get under way at 2:30pm. NewsMinister to launch Limerick famine walkwayBy Editor – January 27, 2014 3269 Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Linkedin Facebook WATCH: Knockfierna beat Gerald Griffins to Claim West Junior Titlelast_img read more

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Mc Conalogue urges Rabbitte not to leave Donegal behind in broadband strategy

first_img WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleThree more key figures leave DAAANext articleMurphy regrets Milford protest following DAAA split News Highland Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Fianna Fail TD Charlie McConalogue has called for serious deficiencies in Donegal’s broadband access to be dealt with by the Government.The National Broadband Plan is to be rolled out next month with the Government stating they are committed to bringing fibre-powered broadband to 90% of homes and business across Ireland.Deputy McConalogue is urging Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte to guarantee that the county is brought up to speed in the interests of economic recovery and job creation.The North West TD says Donegal people cannot be left behind: Newsx Adverts Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ By News Highland – May 25, 2012 Mc Conalogue urges Rabbitte not to leave Donegal behind in broadband strategy Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApplast_img read more

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SC Overrules ‘NV International’ Verdict Which Held Delay Beyond 120 Days For Arbitration Appeal Under Section 37 Can’t Be Condoned

first_imgTop StoriesSC Overrules ‘NV International’ Verdict Which Held Delay Beyond 120 Days For Arbitration Appeal Under Section 37 Can’t Be Condoned Manu Sebastian19 March 2021 6:18 AMShare This – xIn a significant judgment, the Supreme Court on Friday overruled its 2019 verdict in the case M/s NV International vs State of Assam which had strictly held that a delay of more than 120 days in filing of appeals under Section 37 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 cannot be condoned.The Top Court has now held that delay beyond 90, 60 or 30 days for filing appeals under Section…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a significant judgment, the Supreme Court on Friday overruled its 2019 verdict in the case M/s NV International vs State of Assam which had strictly held that a delay of more than 120 days in filing of appeals under Section 37 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 cannot be condoned.The Top Court has now held that delay beyond 90, 60 or 30 days for filing appeals under Section 37, depending on the forum, can be condoned. But the Court added a rider that such condonation of delay should be an exception and not the norm, having regard to the objective of the Arbitration Act for expeditious settlement of claims.BackgroundSection 37 of the Arbitration Act provides appeals against orders under Sections 9, 34, 16 and 17 of the Act. No specific period for filing the appeal is provided under Section 37, unlike Section 34. In the NV International case, a two judge bench comprising Justices RF Nariman and S Ravindra Bhat imported the time-period given for filing appeal under Section 34(which deals with appeal against arbitration award) to Section 37. As per the time-period given under Section 34(3), the appeal against the arbitration award has to be filed within three months from the date of the award; the section also provided a further grace period of thirty days, upto which delay can be condoned on showing sufficient cause. In other words, the appeal has to be filed within 120(90+30) days. This time period of 120 days for appeal against arbitration award was applied to appeals against orders under Section 37 in the NV International Case.However, a three judge bench comprising Justices RF Nariman, BR Gavai and Hrishikesh Roy has now overruled NV International judgment in the case Government of Maharashtra vs Borse Brothers Engineers and Contractors Pvt Ltd and connected cases.The 3-judge took into account the interplay of Commercial Courts Act with the Arbitration Act. Section 13(1) of the Commercial Courts Act says that the appeals should be filed within a period of 60 days, without providing an outer-limit for condonation of delay(unlike Section 34(3). This period will be applicable to arbitration matters above the specified commercial value(above Rupees 3 Lakhs).Also, the Court noted that the Limitation Act 1963 provides different time-periods for filing of appeals against orders, depending on the forum.For example :Under Article 116(a), the period is 90 days, if the appeal is to a High Court.Under Article 116(b), the period is 30 days from the date of the order, if the appeal is to any other Court.Under Article 117, the period is 30 days, if the appeal is from a High Court to a higher bench of the same court.The period under Articles 116 and 117 will apply to those arbitration claims below the specified commercial value of Rs 3 lakhs. The Court observed that such arbitration cases will be rare, and most will be governed by the Commercial Courts Act.The Court noted that the power to condone delay under Section 5 of the Limitation Act applies to all the above scenarios, by virtue of Section 43 of the Arbitration Act and Section 29(2) of the Limitation Act. It rejected the argument that the scheme of the Commercial Courts Act excludes the application of Section 5 of the Limitation Act.Reasons for overruling NV InternationalThe judgment authored by Justice Nariman listed the following reasons for overruling NV International.First, NV International did not notice the provisions of Commercial Courts Act and hence is per incurium on that count.Second, as the limitation period for filing of appeals under the Commercial Courts Act is 60 days and not 90 days, the formula of 90 days plus 30 days and not thereafter mentioned in section34(3) of the Arbitration Act cannot now apply.Third, since Section 13 of the Commercial Court has no provision curtailing the condonation of period of delay beyond a certain point, the “bodily lifting” of Section 34(3) to Section 37 is unwarranted.The judgment acknowledged the correctness of the arguments made by Advocate Amalpush Shroti in this regard.”For all these reasons, given the illuminating arguments made in these appeals, we are of the view that N.V. International (supra) has been wrongly decided and is therefore overruled”, the Court ruled.Interestingly, both the judgments are authored by Justice RF Nariman.To what extent delay can be condonedNot stopping with the overruling of NV International, the court went a step ahead to deliberate on what could be the maximum extent to which delay can be condoned.”At one extreme,we have the judgment in N.V. International (supra) which does not allow condonation of delay beyond 30 days, and at the other extreme,we have an open-ended provision in which any amount of delay can be condoned, provided sufficient cause is shown. It is between these two extremes that we have to steer a middle course”, the judgment observed.In this regard, the Court noted that the objective and the intent of the Arbitration Act as well as the Commercial Courts Act were speedy disposal of claims.”Given the object sought to be achieved under both the Arbitration Act and the Commercial Courts Act, that is, the speedy resolution of disputes, the expression “sufficient cause” is not elastic enough to cover long delays beyond the period provided by the appeal provision itself”, the Court said.The judgment laid down the dictum as follows :”Given the aforesaid and the object of speedy disposal sought to be achieved both under the Arbitration Act and the Commercial Courts Act, for appeals filed under section 37 of the Arbitration Act that are governed by Articles 116 and 117 of the Limitation Act or section 13(1A) of the Commercial Courts Act, a delay beyond 90 days, 30 days or 60 days, respectively, is to be condoned by way of exception and not by way of rule. In a fit case in which a party has otherwise acted bona fide and not in a negligent manner, a short delay beyond such period can, in the discretion of the court, be condoned, always bearing in mind that the other side of the picture is that the opposite party may have acquired both in equity and justice, what may now be lost by the first party’s inaction, negligence or laches”.The Court also rejected the argument that the uniform period of limitation under Article 137 of the Limitation Act(3 years) should apply to Section 37 as the provision does not expressly specify a limitation period. It said the word “applications” in Article 137 cannot be read as “appeals”.Further, the Court said that even in the rare situations of arbitration cases being lesser than the commercial value of Rs 3 lakh, the object of speedy resolution of disputes would govern appeals covered by Articles 116and 117 of the Limitation Ac”Even in the rare situation in which an appeal under section 37 ofthe Arbitration Act would be of a specified value less than three lakh rupees, resulting in Article 116 or 117 of the Limitation Act applying,the main object of the Arbitration Act requiring speedy resolution of disputes would be the most important principle to be applied when applications under section 5 of the Limitation Act are filed to condonedelay beyond 90 days and/or 30 days depending upon whether Article116(a) or 116(b) or 117 applies”, the judgment stated.Case DetailsTitle :  Government of Maharashtra vs Borse Brothers Engineers and Contractors Pvt Ltd.Bench : Justices RF Nariman, BR Gavai and Hrishikesh RoyAppearances : Sandeep Sudhakar Deshmukh, Senior Advocate Aishwarya Bhati(ASG), Amalpushp Shroti, Senior Advocate Vinay Navare, Manoj Chouhan, Dr.Amit GeorgeCitation : LL 2021 SC 170Click here to read/download the judgmentNext Storylast_img read more

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Pet Photo Contest funds benefit all local pets

first_img Book Nook to reopen Skip Brown said she and her husband could have opted for a larger dog that would enjoy the outdoor life of a country dog.“But we live in town and decided on a ‘town’ dog,” Brown said.Bailey, the dainty dachshund, is certainly a ‘town’ dog or perhaps even a “city” dog. She lounges on her pink pillow and seems perfectly content to enjoy indoor comforts.As Brown lovingly stroked Bailey, she acknowledged there are far too many dogs and cats that don’t have homes and someone who cares for and loves them.Through the HSPC’s annual spay/neuter program, that number is reduced. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pet Photo Contest funds benefit all local pets Print Article Published 3:00 am Tuesday, September 17, 2019 By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like County doubles internet sales tax revenue Pike County is expected to collect twice as much revenue in the current fiscal year as it did last year…. read more Sponsored Content “The money raised with the photo contests goes to that program. We are proud to be a part of something that does so much good,” Brown said. “But, still too many animals have no homes.”And that’s where the Pike Animal Shelters steps in to find forever homes for these unloved animals.Donna Brockmann, HSPC president, expressed appreciation to the Browns for their support of the 2020 Pet Photo Contest and to all those who entered their pets and all who cast votes.“We look forward to seeing all of these precious animals on the 2020 Pet Photo Calendar,” Brockmann said. “Each and every one of them is a winner and we love them all.”The calendars will be available initially at the Peanut Butter Festival in Brundidge on Saturday, October 26. After that, from members of the HSPC and at locations around the county. When the voting in the Humane Society of Pike County’s 2020 Pet Photo Contest ended at 5 p.m. Sunday, September 1, Bailey Brown, the dainty dachshund of Bobby and Charla Brown was the runaway winner with 2,554 votes. But the contest for the honor of being the cover pet on the 2020 Pet Photo Calendar was close until the last minute when the Bailey bunch, family and friends, came through with a huge donation that put Bailey on the cover.Charla Brown, laughingly, said Bailey was totally unaware of the Pet Photo Contest or that she will be featured on the cover of the Pet Photo Calendar. Neither does Bailey know that she will be invited to ride in parades and have other opportunities to represent the Humane Society of Pike County throughout her reign.“The contest was fun and we’re excited that Bailey will be featured on the calendar,” Charla Brown said. “But the best thing, the most important thing, about the humane society’s Pet Photo Contest is that the money raised with help reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats here in Pike County. It’s so sad to see animals that have been neglected and abused. Reducing that number is what the contest is really about.”Brown expressed appreciation to those who voted for and worked for Bailey. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… “We all had a good time working for such a good cause,” she said. “We thank everyone who voted for Bailey and everyone who voted. We especially thank the members of the Humane Society of Pike County for giving us this opportunity to help raise money in support of their efforts.”Bailey seems totally unaware that she now holds a prestigious title among animals. She’s much more interested in tussling with a stuffed animal and running and chasing a bouncing ball around the house. The little “dash” hound has more energy that the pink bunny on TV.“We’ve had a dachshund before and once a dachshund always….” Brown said smiling as she tossed a ball to Bailey. “She has a lot of energy and she keeps me busy.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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Damaged fan blade from United engine failure showed signs of metal fatigue

first_imgBroomfield Police/TwitterBy AMANDA MAILE and MINA KAJI, ABC News(NEW YORK) — One of the fan blades that was fractured in the Pratt and Whitney engine that failed during United Airlines Flight 328 showed signs of “metal fatigue,” National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials said Monday night.The blade is being flown on a private jet to the manufacturer to undergo examination Tuesday.United 328 experienced an engine failure shortly after takeoff from Denver on Saturday and the pilots conducted an emergency landing. Debris from the plane was strewn across multiple neighborhoods, but there were no injuries on the plane nor on the ground.“Our mission is to understand what happened and why it happened so that we can keep this from happening again,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said.Two of the 22 fan blades on the Pratt and Whitney engine were fractured in the incident, the NTSB said. One blade was fractured at the root and the other adjacent blade was fractured at mid-span.“Basically, it got hit from the other piece that was separated,” Sumwalt said.Sumwalt could not share when this aircraft or engine was last inspected or how often it required inspection.The Federal Aviation Administration issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive on Sunday, calling for “immediate or stepped-up inspections” on Boeing 777s powered by the same Pratt and Whitney engine that failed during United Airlines flight 328.Boeing said it supported the grounding of all 128 of its 777 jets powered by the particular Pratt and Whitney engine model until “the Federal Aviation Administration identifies the appropriate inspection protocol.”United Airlines temporarily removed the affected 777s from its schedules — amounting to 52 aircraft. More than 100 Boeing 777s are now grounded worldwide.Pratt and Whitney said it is “actively coordinating with operators and regulators to support the revised inspection interval of the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines that power Boeing 777 aircraft.” The company also said it has dispatched a team to work with investigators.The NTSB usually releases a preliminary report within two weeks of an incident, but the final report could take up to 18 months.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Gotham plans massive mixed-use building on Far West Side

first_imgBryan Kelly, president of development at Gotham, filed the permit application. The development firm, founded in 1913 by carpenter Nathan Picket, is led by his grandson Joel Picket and Joel’s son David Picket.Amenities in the Far West Side building would include a pet spa, bike room, Amazon package storage and a terrace on the 45th floor. Handel Architects is the architect of record.The nonprofit Covenant House, which serves homeless youth, owns 538 Tenth Avenue and the adjoining 554 Tenth Avenue. Gotham entered into contract in 2019 to buy the former for $78 million. At the time, Gotham agreed to build a new facility for Covenant House as part of the deal.Permits to demolish the eight-story youth homeless shelter on the site were approved in September 2018. In its place, Covenant House filed plans that year to build a 12-story, 60-unit building at 460 West 41st Street, adjacent to the 10th Avenue parcel.The demolition was completed in 2019. Construction of the new Covenant House headquarters is under way and expected to be complete by the end of this year. It will include the youth shelter’s sleeping accommodations, classrooms, fitness areas and other support spaces.When the edifice is ready, Covenant House will vacate 550 10th Avenue and consolidate its operations in the new building, in which Gotham will not have an ownership interest. Gotham will then purchase and raze the vacated building to construct the 47-story project, a spokesperson for the developer said. Covenant House will purchase two floors of it for administrative space.Contact Orion Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Email Address* Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Message* Gotham’s Joel Picket and David Picket with 538 10th Ave. (Google Maps)UPDATED Jan. 25, 7:10 p.m.: Gotham Organization filed plans to build a 436,000-square-foot, mixed use building in Hell’s Kitchen, according to records filed with the Department of Buildings.The plans call for a 47-story building at 538 Tenth Avenue with 453 units, as well as 25,000 square feet of community facility space and ground-floor retail of up to 10,000 square feet.Read moreThese were 2020’s most active developersGotham Org’s LES project lands $162M loanSamco sues Gotham Org for unpaid rent TagsDevelopmentHudson YardsResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

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The respiratory responses of the dog cockle Glycymerisglycymeris (L.) to declining environmental oxygen tension

The subtidal bivalve Glycymeris glycymeris (L.) exhibits a high degree of respiratory independence in conditions of declining environmental oxygen tension. In contrast to other bivalves previously studied, the index of respiratory independence,K1K2decreases with increasing weight specific oxygen consumption indicating that small Glycymeris are better regulators of oxygen consumption than large Glycymeris. The respiratory responses of Glycymeris to hypoxia include a small initial increase in ventilation, brought about by increasing the percentage of time spent pumping and a large increase in oxygen utilization. Heart activity is elevated, principally through a large increase in the amplitude of heart beat, which suggests increased perfusion of the respiratory surfaces. The ventilation : relative perfusion ratio, therefore, declines over the range of oxygen tension that respiratory independence is maintained. The respiratory mechanism of Glycymeris is compared with that previously described for other bivalves and it is concluded that there are no clearcut differences between the respiratory responses to hypoxia of intertidal and subtidal species. read more

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Home buyer activity surges to pre-Coronavirus levels, latest research shows

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Home buyer activity surges to pre-Coronavirus levels, latest research shows previous nextHousing MarketHome buyer activity surges to pre-Coronavirus levels, latest research showsZoopla says estate agents are enjoying extraordinary boom in housing market revival, but warns spike is likely to be temporary.Nigel Lewis27th May 202001,428 Views Enquiries about properties for sale have increased by 88% percent over the past two weeks since the housing lockdown was lifted, exceeding pre-Coronavirus home buyer activity by 20%.Zoopla has made the claim within its latest monthly Cities house price report, which also reveals that 60% of 2,000 home owners it quizzed who had planned to move before the Coronavirus crisis began now want to restart their moves.But the portal has added several sobering caveats to its figures, predicting that the ongoing surge in activity within the front end of the property market is likely to be temporary.And new sales agreed, SSTC, are still running at just 10% of normal levels prior to the lockdown period.Also, the ‘spike’ revealed by the data is only evident in England – the rest of the UK has witnessed a much more modest bounce back.“The COVID crisis and 50 day lockdown have created an unexpected one-off boost to housing demand,” says Richard Donnell, Director of Research & Insight at Zoopla.“Millions of UK households have spent a considerable amount of time in their homes over the lockdown period and missed out on hours of commuting.“Many households are likely to have re-evaluated what they want from their home. This could well explain the scale of the demand returning to the market.”Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops (left), says, “Since the housing market re-opened, we have seen a flurry of enquiries from buyers. We have a strong pipeline of pending sales which started to move within the first hours of the market restarting.”Read more about the post-lockdown market.Jackson-stops Nick Leeming Richard Donnell Zoopla May 27, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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Oxford Union attempts to entice Taylor Swift to speak

first_imgThe Oxford Union on Wednesday uploaded a video of its most famous recent guest speakers edited into a rendition of Taylor Swift’s hit song ‘Shake It Off’.The video was then tweeted to the American superstar along with the invitation “Fancy joining us in Oxford? #shakeitoff”. Swift is yet to respond to the tweet.It has been well-received by Taylor Swift fans around the world, and features Morgan Freeman, Stephen Fry, Malala Yousafsei, Sir Ian McKellan, Piers Morgan, Sepp Blatter, Psy, A$AP Rocky and a number of other prominent recent guests.Oxford Union President Charles Vaughan said, “We made this video to showcase some of the great speakers the Oxford Union has hosted in the past couple of years. The video took a solid week to make, so we’re glad people seem to like it!”Swift’s busy touring schedule has been cited as her reason for not having accepted previous invitations which have been extended to her. It is yet to be seen whether the Union’s new, public strategy will pay off, but the possibility is likely to excite many members.Lottie Ritchie, who has finished her final year of PPE at Christ Church, told Cherwell, “I can’t imagine Bridge without Taylor Swift any more, which means that my life wouldn’t be the same without her. Bringing her to the Union would give me the chance to tell her that.”The Oxford Union’s term card for Michaelmas 2015 will be published during Freshers’ Week.last_img read more

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