Football Index’s £4.5m player funds hearing raised to High Court

first_img The hearing to determine how Football Index’s £4.5m (€5.2m/$6.4m) player protection fund may be divided among bettors has been moved up to the High Court of Justice for England and Wales, rather than a ruling being made yesterday as planned. However, the administrators said that the best course of action was not completely clear as there was still a question of how to deal with bets that were active when the operator collapsed. This would leave a surplus of £1.0m in the account, suggesting dividends worth around £250,000 would be paid out. However, iGB understands that this hearing has now been moved to a more senior judge, now being heard before the High Court. A date for the hearing has not yet been selected, with the next steps involving administrators and others involved setting out a date for the determination. Tags: Football Index BetIndex Football Index went into administration in March, soon after a dividend change it said was necessary to keep the business afloat. As it entered administration, its license was suspended by the GB Gambling Commission. The government has since announced plans to open an inquiry into the platform’s collapse. Football Index’s £4.5m player funds hearing raised to High Court The operator’s terms and conditions say that while the trust is for player account funds, sums invested in players are considered “sums at risk”. While claims of money held in customer accounts came to £3.2m, the administrators said further payments may be required in dividends – winnings when a player “bought” through the platform makes an achievement such as scoring a goal. However, if all of these payments were made up to 22 April or beyond, the account would go into default and no customers could receive the full value they had lost. The delay caused by the change of court comes despite the administrator calling for the case to be heard “as soon as possible”, both because of stress for customers who had lost money and because those involved hoped to see the platform relaunch for the 2021-22 football season, which starts in August. As a result, administrators put it to the court to determine the date dividends must be paid until. They did recommend 26 March, when the administration proceedings began, however.center_img Topics: Finance Legal & compliance Sports betting Legal Online sports betting 11th May 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The regulator later revealed that the business had been under review for almost a year but said there was no grounds to suspend its licence at this time. It argued that the move could have worsened the business’ financial struggles, and therefore put more customer funds at risk. Legal The hearing was initially set to be heard before the Insolvency List within the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales. In the hearing, administrators hoped to receive clarity on how the contents of a £4.5m trust account may be distributed. Regions: UK & Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Are you ready to wade into the stock market wreckage?

first_imgBut the long-term studies we all draw comfort from when investing in shares – the ones showing how equity returns have compounded over the years to fund prosperous retirements, and shrugged off all kinds of upsets along the way – they presume you’ll keep investing through thick and thin.For some people, having the nerve not to sell up in despair will be achievement enough. When can we go out for a pint of milk without feeling the need to wear a mask or having to swerve clear of anyone who gets in our way?“If you’re not willing to react with equanimity to a market price decline of 50% two or three times a century you’re not fit to be a common shareholder, and you deserve the mediocre result you’re going to get.” – Charlie MungerShare prices have fallen to reflect the new realities. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. The UK markets fell by as much as 30% at the worst point. The FTSE 100 is back at levels first seen in the 1990s – before some readers were even born. I believe looking for good places to put your money to work right now for the long-term should be no more unthinkable than working from home to earn money with your office closed. Even higher-quality companies and century-old investment trusts are trading at sharp discounts to just a month ago. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Are you ready to wade into the stock market wreckage? On the other hand maybe you agree we should keep calm and carry on investing – in theory. Image source: Getty Images. I definitely don’t know when the virus threat will recede. But continuing with your regular monthly investments into pensions and ISAs and buying your usual funds per exactly the same plan you followed in the good times is even better. A recession is nailed-on. The only question now is how deep will it be. Enter Your Email Address This year’s profits have gone the way of the cancelled Tokyo Olympics for many companies. We’re living it.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…“When you’re going through hell, keep going” – Winston ChurchillThe Motley Fool is an investing service. We live and breathe the stock market. See all posts by Owain Bennallack To which I’d say, sure you could be right. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Perhaps this time it will prove to be different. Plenty of sectors have been smashed by the bear market of the past two months. Equally we don’t know to what extent central bank stimulus and fiscal support from governments can help ameliorate some of the pain. Of course we can’t know whether prices have fallen sufficiently, given the earthquake of an indefinite economic lockdown. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. It’s hard to summon up the fortitude – or even the inclination – to think about your portfolio in the midst of a global crisis. Forget figuring out the equity-risk premium – we just want to know when normal life will resume.center_img And we stand by the importance of the markets for raising the funds to help fuel progress, whilst enabling us all to enjoy a stake in that economic growth. However as an investor in shares these things are always true. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett The future is always uncertain. The market always has the potential to be volatile. Retailers, travel companies, leisure firms, holiday operators, REITs, and airlines – all have plunged with the advance of the coronavirus and the recession-summoning lockdown aimed at containing it. For me, that knowledge is enough to send me scouring the market for companies that can prosper when life gets back to normal, like we all wish it would. I’m not saying it’s the bottom for the market, or the economy won’t get worse. And it all makes perfect sense. The future is highly uncertain, and for once that’s a phrase we can all relate to. And while our first, second, and third thoughts are with our friends, family, and the caring professions who are helping us all get to the other side of the pandemic, the fact is investing isn’t something anyone should turn off when the backdrop gets too much to bear. The difference is we know a downturn of the sort we must always anticipate is upon us – but also that share prices have adjusted meaningfully to reflect it. Owain Bennallack | Saturday, 11th April, 2020 This was as true in February when many indices were hitting all-time highs as it is now in April in the midst of this vicious bear market. But we do know that in the past, buying shares when prices have fallen far from their highs has always paid off handsomely, eventually. Nobody needs to look to the history books any more to see what stock market panic and despair looks like. And there are never any guarantees. But I do believe life will go on, eventually. And that for many of us, our portfolios are crucial to providing the means we need to have the kind of life we want.“People who look for easy money invariable pay for the privilege of proving conclusively that it cannot be found on this earth.” – Jesse Livermore I understand you may feel it’s too soon to think about buying shares.First, there’s a moral dimension. Should you be looking to profit in the midst of this horror show? But in practice, you say, the market is too volatile, or the future too unknowable, or maybe even it is actually very blooming knowable and a deep downturn that will lay waste to our portfolios is clearly on the horizon. But I wouldn’t bet on it with my portfolio. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” As for us stockpickers, starting to hunt for good companies that are now trading too cheaply must be back on the agenda. I understand the sentiment. However we’re not about short-term trading the headlines at The Motley Fool, or aiming to profit from the misfortunes of others. The US markets posted their quickest drops on record. We believe in capitalism’s potential to increase prosperity for all, at least in principle. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

Turkey’s imprisoned journalists pin hopes on European Court

first_img News News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Turkey’s journalists are turning to the ECHR because of the politicization of their country’s judicial system. The court is an offshoot of the Council of Europe, of which Turkey is a full member. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesInternational bodies Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Help by sharing this information C215, whose real name is Christian Guémy, used stencils to paint the portraits of Murat Aksoy, Şahin Alpay, Ahmet Altan, Kadri Gürsel, Nazlı Ilıcak, Musa Kart, İnan Kızılkaya, Tunca Öğreten, Ayşenur Parıldak and Ahmet Şık outside the court. They have been held for between five and ten months. Two of them are more than 70 years old. Three days of action for Turkey’s imprisoned journalists “Our presence here is an appeal for help,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Scores of media professionals, who include some of the most famous names in Turkish journalism, have been languishing in prison for months just for doing their job. President Erdoğan’s draconian policies and arbitrary measures under the state of emergency have trampled on their rights. In the face of this denial of justice, all hope rests with the ECHR.” Nearly 150 media outlets have been eliminated at the stroke of pen, reducing media pluralism to a handful of low-circulation newspapers. Even journalists who not been jailed are being subjected to arbitrary treatment that includes judicial proceedings, withdrawal of press cards, cancellation of passports and seizure of assets. Censorship of the Internet and social networks has also reached unparalleled levels. News Erol Önderoğlu, RSF’s Turkey representative, said: “We respectfully appeal to the judges to examine the cases of these journalists as quickly as possible. This is an emergency. What these prisoners and their families are experiencing is tragic. They have been attacked economically and psychologically.” ECHR – court of last resort The ten-month-old state of emergency and a mass purge of the judiciary have resulted in a judicial system in which the politicization and lack of independence have reached an unprecedented level. Turkey’s constitutional court, which once played a key role in trying to ensure respect for free speech, is now paralyzed. It has yet to issue any decision on the many cases of detained journalists that have been referred to it. April 28, 2021 Find out more Türkçe / Read in TurkishMembers of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the well-known Parisian street artist C215 painted the portraits of ten imprisoned Turkish journalists and deployed a #SaveTurkishJournalists banner outside the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg today to urge the court to intercede on behalf of journalists detained in Turkey. Follow the news on Turkey Today’s demonstration concludes three days of action by RSF and C215 in support of journalists imprisoned in Turkey, in which the famous street artist used stencils to reproduce the ten portraits across the Parisian urban landscape. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesInternational bodies Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe center_img May 29, 2017 – Updated on May 30, 2017 Turkey’s imprisoned journalists pin hopes on European Court More than 500 #SaveTurkishJournalists stencils were distributed in Paris with the aim of allowing anyone to use them to show their solidarity and support for journalists imprisoned in Turkey. Their photos were also shared on Twitter with the #SaveTurkishJournalists hashtag. Related documents 300517_rsf_tr.pdfPDF – 57.52 KB With more than 100 journalists detained, Turkey is now the world’s biggest prison for media personnel. Most of the detained journalists were arrested under the state of emergency that was declared immediately after the abortive coup attempt in July 2016. They are all being held pending trial. Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit The use of pre-trial detention is supposed to be exceptional. It is supposed to be limited to specific circumstances and to the existence of specific dangers. But the Turkish judicial system is using pre-trial detention in a systematic and arbitrary manner that amounts to a form of political punishment and revenge. Legal appeals against the detention of journalists are rejected automatically, without receiving any serious consideration. to go further Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor RSF_en The ECHR has announced that it is examining some 15 cases as a matter of priority, including Deniz Yücel’s, but it has yet toissue any ruling. A decision must first be taken on the admissibility of each case before detailed examined of its substance can begin. Campaigns Because of the absence of any effective recourse in Turkey, the lawyers of many imprisoned journalists have turned directly to the ECHR, whose decisions are binding on the Turkish authorities. Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The media freedom situation was already worrying but has become critical under the state of emergency in effect since the July 2016 coup attempt and the country is now experiencing an unprecedented crackdown. Receive email alerts April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mayoral Candidate Gordo ‘Very Excited’ As He Casts Vote

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 18 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Councilman and Pasadena mayoral candidate Victor Gordo casts his vote, surrounded by his family. At his right, son Michael, 14, daughter Emma, 13, and his wife, Kelly. Photo by Kevin KenneyPasadena Councilman and mayoral candidate Victor Gordo was hoping to cap his Election Day with a victory on Tuesday night. But first things first – getting out to vote, presumably for himself.Gordo arrived with his wife Kelly, son Michael, 14, and daughter Emma, 13, at around 2:15 p.m. at the Villa Parke Community Center polling place, shaking a few hands on the way in and fielding a few congratulations and good lucks on the way out.“Thanks, guys, much appreciated,” Gordo replied to his well-wishers.The District 5 councilman is running against incumbent Mayor Terry Tornek as well as Jason Hardin and Major Williams. Polls were set to close at 8 p.m.“It’s very exciting. Whatever happens, I’m very excited,’’ Gordo said as he stood in the bright sunshine outside the polling place.He affected a relaxed, casual vibe – wearing a white dress shirt that was open at the collar and bore an “I Voted” sticker, as well as black slacks.“It’s not very often you get to be the local paper boy who sold flowers at the Rose Bowl and get to run for mayor of the greatest city in the world,” he said after voting – a process that took him perhaps 15 minutes, after he got some quick instructions on navigating L.A. County’s new electronic voting machines from a poll worker.As Gordo punched in his choices, with his family gathered around the voting machine, his sister snapped pictures for the family scrapbook.“We’re very excited – excited for victory,” his wife Kelly Gordo said earlier, as the family stood together in line, waiting to check in.After departing the polling place, candidate Gordo was planning to monitor the results with campaign volunteers.“The people who are working hard on my campaign as volunteers want to work until 8 p.m., when the polls close,” he told Pasadena Now earlier in the day. “Then we’ll gather and watch the results. We’re excited. We believe there’s momentum citywide and we plan to, to watch the votes come in.”As he stood outside the polling place, Gordo also reflected on the journey – which could also end in a runoff between the top two vote-getters. That would come in November.“It’s been a learning and humbling experience to get around to every part of the city,” Gordo said. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Community News Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img News Feature Stories Mayoral Candidate Gordo ‘Very Excited’ As He Casts Vote District 5 Councilman vying to be third elected Pasadena mayor in modern history By KEVIN KENNEY, Senior Reporter Published on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 5:31 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News More Cool Stuff 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. Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

New Wage Subsidy Scheme operational from today

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Google+ The government’s new Employment Wage Subsidy scheme will cost the taxpayer at least 2.25 billion euro between now and the end of March next year.It took effect overnight, and replaces the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme set up in March to help struggling during Covid-19.Firms seeking to apply face stricter criteria than under the previous scheme, while the top subsidy rate for workers is down from 410 euro per week to 203 euro.Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Sean Fleming, says it’s aimed at getting people back to work………………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.However, Donegal TD and Sinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty, says there are a number of issues with the new scheme…………………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+center_img Pinterest Twitter New Wage Subsidy Scheme operational from today RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest By News Highland – September 1, 2020 Twitter Previous articleGardai investigating quad crash in FalcarraghNext articleGardai probe firework incidents in Letterkenny News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

Acanthocephalan infection of inshore fish in two fjords at South Georgia

first_imgAn examination of 111 fish of eight species, including 92 immature Notothenia rossii Richardson revealed nine acanthocephalan species, including four Echinorhynchida occurring in the alimentary tract and five Polymorphida in the body cavity. Echinorhynchida were much more numerous (87% specimens of 4855 collected), especially Metacanthocephalus johnstoni Zdzitowiecki (the dominant species) and Aspersentis megarhynchus (Linstow). The Polymorphida parasites of seals (three species) were more abundant than species parasitic in birds (two species). Association of most of species, (except Corynosoma bullosum (Linstow) and Echinorhynchus spp.), with the inshore (fjord) environment was confirmed. The species diversity, prevalence and density of infection increased with the size of immature N. rossii. Differences in acanthocephalan occurrence and changes with time are related to differences in host distribution and abundance. For example, the occurrence of C. arctocephali in N. rossii at South Georgia is related to the increase of the fur seal population. A list of acanthocephalans in fish at South Georgia and the South Shetland Islands (14 species in total) is included.last_img read more

Former UFC fighter Abel ‘Killa’ Trujillo arrested for alleged sexual exploitation of a child

first_imgFight week #KillaSeason — Abel Trujillo (@KillaTrujillo) December 12, 2017Trujillo was scheduled to fight in the main event of Battlefield FC 2 in Macau on July 27, The Sports Network reported.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. July 17, 2019 /Sports News – National Former UFC fighter Abel ‘Killa’ Trujillo arrested for alleged sexual exploitation of a child FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAlex Trautwig/Getty Images(DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo.) — A former UFC fighter has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child, according to authorities.Abel “Killa” Trujillo, 35, was arrested in Broward County, Fla., in May and extradited last month to Douglas County, Colo., where the alleged crime is said to have occurred, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Cocha Hayden told ABC News. He is a Florida resident, she added.He is also charged with obscenity, Hayden said, but could not elaborate on the nature of the crime.Trujillo was previously convicted of domestic abuse in 2007 and domestic abuse assault in 2009, The Sports Network reported, citing Iowa court records.Trujillo was released from jail on $10,000 bond on Tuesday, Hayden said. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday morning and has not yet entered a plea.It is unclear whether Trujillo has retained an attorney.The lightweight’s last fight was in December 2017, which he lost to John “The Bull” Makdessi, according to mixed martial arts website Written by Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Book Review: Mister B Gone, Clive Barker

first_imgby Theodore Peterson“Burn this book.” So begins Mister B. Gone, the latest novel from Clive Barker. We find ourselves being addressed by a narrator, who takes a couple of pages to introduce himself as the demon Jakabok Botch. He urges us to stop reading and, what’s more, to destroy the book. We are thus presented with the central conceit of the novel: it addresses itself directly to the reader, and displays an acute self-consciousness regarding its status as text. This sort of post-modern playfulness is nothing new: Calvino did the same thing in ’79. But If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller didn’t have a demonic Archbishop or baths filled with the blood of dead babies, whereas Mister B. Gone has both of these things and more. It seems legitimate to wonder, then, why Mr Barker, whom the dust jacket informs us is “the great master of the macabre”, has decided to spice up his latest gory offering with a meta-textual meditation on the nature of reading. For Mister B. Gone is really two books. The first of these is a relatively straightforward Bildungsroman concerning the adventures of the eponymous Mr. Botch, and the second is a rather high-minded exploration of the power of words. Grotesque demons and reader-response theory may seem like somewhat uneasy bed-fellows, and there are times in the early sections when Barker struggles to unite his themes in any meaningful way. But the book is given a degree of unity by the figure of Jakabok, at once narrator and actor. The work is cast as his own personal recollections. He himself presents it as such: “This is my memoir, you see. Or if you will, my confessional. A portrait of Jakabok Botch.” We might think we know what to expect: part Tristram Shandy, part Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. But the usual conventions of confessional literature are given a twist by the fact that Jakabok claims to be alive within the book. We are not simply reading his memoirs. He is actively relating them to us, and makes frequent reference to the fact that he is doing so. The book therefore shifts between a narrative of events, and direct addresses from Jakabok, making plenty of remarks about us, the reader. The story itself is only moderately diverting. We hear how Jakabok was captured from the Ninth Circle of Hell by humans, managed to escape, and set out on a journey through the Upper World. The narrative is undoubtedly lively, filled with murder and intrigue. But it is marked by a certain incoherence. We are given all sorts of grotesque details about the ‘Demonation’ and its diabolical inhabitants, but the world with which we are presented remains somehow fragmentary and difficult to grasp. The novel reaches its climax in Mainz, on the occasion of the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 1438. This is presented as an almost apocalyptic event, which prompts vicious fighting between the forces of Heaven and Hell as to who will control this device that is destined to change the world. The end of the book therefore brings together its two themes, the power of demons and the power of words, but it is all almost too bizarre to be convincing. Ultimately, this is an intriguing book that threatens to collapse under the weight of its ambitions. Its vivid and gory narrative would almost appeal to children rather than adults, if it weren’t so explicit. The most interesting things about the book turn out to be the ideas it raises regarding the process of reading, and the dynamic between author and reader. Jakabok’s existence within the book literalises the concept that a novel is only really realised in the act of reading. His compulsion to reveal is paralleled by the reader’s compulsion to take in these revelations, and the failure of Jakabok’s paradoxical entreaties to us to burn the book, though at times they become wearisome, demonstrate that the only real way to stop someone reading is to stop writing.last_img read more

Alpaca and “excessive” garden party discussed at Magdalen

first_imgSunday’s Magdalen JCR meeting saw the decision taken both to spend £2,500 on a garden party at Magdalen, and the failure of a motion to buy an alpaca as a “means of relaxation.”The decision to spend £2,500 on a garden party at Magdalen, passed unanimously but was later hailed as “excessive.”The party, to be held on 1st June, follows last year’s Diamond Jubilee Garden Party, described in the motion for this year’s event, as “a stonking success.” However last year the Diamond Jubilee Garden Party’s organiser, Hamish Hunter told Cherwell that “the rarity of the event” was why it was “generally thought that it was worth celebrating the landmark in style. There was recognition that the Diamond Jubilee was a very special event and the Magdalen JCR should join the national and college celebrations.”This year the budget has been raised by £300 to £2,500 in order to try and “allow all members of the college to enjoy the highest quality garden party in Oxford at minimal battel costs.”Magdalen fresher Jack Barber commented, “The party will provide a good opportunity for students of all years to come together and have a good time.”However, Elisabeth Brierley, a Magdalen student said, “Although the garden party is a good idea, especially as Magdalen isn’t having a ball, spending £2,500 seems a bit excessive. Surely, they could spend half the money on the garden party and spend the other half on a more worthy cause, like a hardship fund.”In the same meeting a motion to buy an alpaca failed when concerns were raised about the real amiability of these animals.The motion noted that “many members of the JCR would appreciate having an animal to pet or generally spend time with as a means of relaxation.”Eden Bailey, the proposer, commented on the failure of the motion, “Some members of the JCR had personal experience with alpacas which was not as positive as my research had suggested so I am not entirely gutted (like a fish) that the motion did not pass… I hope that [Magdalen JCR members] were not fabricating information in order to foil my humble attempt to support student well-being.”She further said, “I fully intend to continue my quest to improve welfare of students through nature but my next attempt at doing so will be even more heavily supported by research. There is hope yet. Perhaps in the form of terrapins.”last_img read more