Fund-raising for Your Church Building: A Simple Guide

first_imgFund-raising for Your Church Building: A Simple Guide Howard Lake | 27 October 2008 | News  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Community fundraisingcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Searching for Syria site launches to answer 5 most common crisis questions

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR and Google have launched a website to give people worldwide an insight into the Syrian refugee crisis as well as guidance on how they can help.Searching for Syria combines UNHCR data and stories, Google Search Trends, and other sources to answer the five most common queries that people around the world are asking about the Syrian refugee crisis:What was Syria like before the war?What is happening in Syria?Who is a refugee?Where are Syrian refugees going?How can I help Syrian refugees?The answers are delivered through multimedia content, produced in part by UNHCR and in part by Google. Visitors to the site can browse through the five queries and look at each in more detail through short editorial passages, refugee profiles, photographs and videos. The website also offers options to share content via social networks, donate to the UNHCR, or sign up to its #WithRefugees global petition asking the world leaders to ensure education for refugee children, adequate shelter and livelihoods for refugee families.Exploring the world’s top questions about the Syrian refugee crisis: #SearchingforSyria Advertisement Tagged with: Emergency Fundraising Fundraising Websites Google Melanie May | 5 June 2017 | News Searching for Syria site launches to answer 5 most common crisis questions — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) June 4, 2017The website is available in English, French, German, and Spanish with an Arabic version to follow.Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said:“Searching for Syria aims to dispel myths and misconceptions about Syria and refugees and provide an entirely fresh look at the biggest humanitarian tragedy of today. This project allows us to pinpoint and answer the five key questions about Syrian refugees and displaced that audiences most want to know and help us rally much needed support and funding for our humanitarian effort.”  182 total views,  2 views today  183 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Belgian courts urged to clear Father Guy Theunis

first_img News Follow the news on Rwanda RwandaAfrica BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information November 27, 2020 Find out more November 21, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Belgian courts urged to clear Father Guy Theunis April 6, 2020 Find out more Reports February 13, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today welcomed Father Guy Theunis’ return to Belgium during the weekend under an accord between Rwanda and Belgium for the Belgian judicial authorities to investigate charges brought against him in Rwanda that he helped incite the 1994 genocide. The press freedom organisation said it was ready to prove to the Belgian investigators that the case against him was purely political and that the evidence was inconsistent. Organisation News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent to go further Reporters Without Borders today welcomed Father Guy Theunis’ return to Belgium during the weekend under an accord between Rwanda and Belgium for the Belgian judicial authorities to investigate charges brought against him in Rwanda that he helped incite the 1994 genocide.The press freedom organisation said it was ready to prove to the Belgian investigators that the case against him was purely political and that the evidence was inconsistent.Aged 60, Theunis is a Belgian missionary priest who used to edit a Rwandan magazine, Dialogue. Under the accord, he left Rwanda without an escort on a commercial flight on 19 November. On his arrival in Belgium yesterday morning, he was immediately questioned by officials handling the judicial investigation initiated against him in Belgium as a result of the accord.After conducting a field investigation in Rwanda, Reporters Without Borders issued a report on 4 November showing that Father Theunis is innocent and that the so-called evidence presented against him during a hearing before a gacaca (popular tribunal), and subsequently, is baseless.The case against him was put together in a hurry by a handful of officials who took advantage of a brief visit by him to Rwanda in order to settle personal scores or to exact revenge for his stand on religious issues and his criticism of human rights violations by the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR).Theunis, who no longer lives in Rwanda, was arrested on 6 September during a stopover in Kigali airport on his way back to Belgium after attending peace and reconciliation seminars in the neighbouring eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.A member of the Company of Missionaries of Africa, he is the first foreigner to be brought before one of the gacacas, which were created to try the hundreds of thousands of individuals still being held on suspicion of involvement in the genocide.When he appeared before one of these courts in the Rugenge district of Kigali on 11 September, he was classified as a category one suspect accused of high-level responsibility in the genocide and was immediately transferred to Kigali prison.He is alleged to have incited hate and ethnic divisions by quoting passages from the extremist newspaper Kangura in a review of the press in Dialogue. But his sole reason for quoting Kangura was to alert his readers about the hate messages appearing in the extremist news media. RSF_en RwandaAfrica last_img read more

First Limerick ‘Head of the River’ in 25 years

first_imgFacebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter NewsLocal NewsFirst Limerick ‘Head of the River’ in 25 yearsBy Alan Jacques – March 9, 2018 2514 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads A flotilla of crews getting set for the ‘Head of the River’ race on the River Shannon.ST Michael’s Rowing Club last week hosted the ‘Head of the River’ race, which was staged in Limerick for the first time in 25 years. Racing began at the cement factory bend of the River Shannon all the way up past Barrington’s Pier and the Dock Wall with the finish line between the Clayton Hotel and Shannon Bridge. Over 70 crews took part in the 5.5km time trial event, which was hailed locally as an “outstanding success”.St Michael’s Rowing Club Captain, Brian Richardson explained, “The Head of the River Race is a unique event as all crews launched from the club’s new slip with an armada of 70 crews rowing en masse down river to the race start.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I was rowing myself in the St Michael’s veteran eight. It was a cracking race. I just want to thank everyone in the club who ran the event and all the crews who travelled from Limerick, Dublin, Galway, Carlow and beyond.”Local crews tasted success with St Michael’s winning the men’s J18 double sculls, women’s J18 eights and the men’s junior 16 quad sculls. There were also very strong performances from the other local crews including  Athlunkard, Limerick, Shannon, UL and Castleconnell.A composite of Shannon and Castleconnell rowing under Castleconnell colours took home the silverware in the men’s masters eights and were the third fastest crew overall.The event also saw an international entry as St Michael’s hosted Societe des Regates Messines from Metz in France, who competed in the Women’s Masters 4x event.St Michael’s President, John O’Sullivan, was on hand to present pennants for category winners.“I was delighted with how effectively the event was run and to see all crews enjoying themselves. A great day of racing was had by all. It was particularly pleasing to see the people of Limerick City take to the banks of the Shannon to support all crews,” John Alan [email protected] Printcenter_img Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSHead of the River racelimerickRiver ShannonSt. Michael’s rowing club Previous articleBeyond the neon runesNext articleVincent Brown and Blindboy Boatclub talk political and vinyl revolutions at LIT’s Music Week 2018 Alan Jacques Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Supreme Court Dismisses Transfer Plea of Dera Sacha Sauda Members In Matter Pertaining To Sacrilege Of Holy Book

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Dismisses Transfer Plea of Dera Sacha Sauda Members In Matter Pertaining To Sacrilege Of Holy Book Radhika Roy25 Nov 2020 8:46 PMShare This – xSupreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the transfer petition filed by members of Dera Sacha Sauda wherein they sought for the transfer of cases pertaining to sacrilege outside of the State of Punjab.A Single-Judge Bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy noted in the Order that “The transfer of trial from one State to another would inevitably reflect on the credibility of the State’s judiciary….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?LoginSupreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the transfer petition filed by members of Dera Sacha Sauda wherein they sought for the transfer of cases pertaining to sacrilege outside of the State of Punjab.A Single-Judge Bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy noted in the Order that “The transfer of trial from one State to another would inevitably reflect on the credibility of the State’s judiciary. Except for compelling factors and clear situation of deprivation of fair justice, the transfer power should not be evoked”. Accordingly, the plea seeking for transfer of trial of criminal cases pending before the Courts at Bhatinda, Moga and Faridkot districts to competent Court in Delhi or to any nearby State, out of Punjab, was dismissed. The criminal cases before the Trial court pertain to the alleged sacrilege of the holy book, Shri Guru Granth Sahibji, in different places in Punjab by the members of the Dera Sacha Sauda, a controversial sect which is headed by convicted murderer and rapist Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. It has been averred by the Petitioners that the matter has generated “deep anguish and bitterness” amongst a particular religious group which forms the majority of the population in the State, and therefore the Petitioners face “bias and prejudice and are unlikely to get a fair trial in the face of strong presumption of culpability”. The Petitioners have further contended that the communally charged atmosphere in the State casts a reasonable apprehension that “fair trial is a near impossibility” and that there exists a threat to the lives of the accused at the hands of radical elements in the State. Further, it has been submitted that public appeals have been made to socially boycott the accused as well as those dealing with them, such as their lawyers, doctors and even taxi drivers. In light of the above, it was stated that the Petitioners would not be provided a fair trial and sought for transfer of the cases out of Punjab. | The Supreme Court, however, observed that the projection of surcharged atmosphere was not evident from the corresponding reaction of the Petitioners, who were out on bail and going about their routine affairs – “If their threat perceptions were genuine, they could not have gone about their normal ways. For this reason, the Court is inclined to believe that the atmosphere in the State just not justify the shifting of the trial venue to another State”. Stating that the powers of the Apex Court under Section 406 of the Code of Criminal Procedure must be exercised sparingly and only in deserving cases when fair and impartial trial is uninfluenced by external factors, the Single-Judge Bench dismissed the transfer petition.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Grants available to conserve traditional farm buildings

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ By News Highland – March 30, 2021 center_img Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleNo one to face prosecution over Bobby Storey funeral attendanceNext articleJust over 15,000 people receiving PUP in Donegal today News Highland Grants available to conserve traditional farm buildings Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Donegal County Council is encouraging people apply for support if they have traditional farm buildings and other related structures that qualify for supports.The Heritage Council and the Department of Agriculture seeking applications under the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme, with €1.25 million in GLAS funding available nationwide.The scheme is intended to ensure that traditional farm buildings and other structures, that contribute to the character of the landscape and which are of significant heritage value, are conserved for agricultural use.The closing date for receipt of on-line applications to the grant scheme is 5pm on Easter Monday, April 5th.*******************************Council release -Pic – Farm buildings near St Johnston that qualified for the scheme in 2020.“A variety of farm buildings can be found on County Donegal’s farmsteads and most of them are eligible under the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme”  explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.  “Several farm buildings in County Donegal have benefitted under the scheme in recent years.  The scheme reinforces the role that farmers play as custodians of the rural landscape.  As well as achieving the aims of GLAS, the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme allows traditional farm buildings to retain their relevance to agricultural activities, helps to maintain aspects of our rural built heritage which are important to regional landscape character, and conveys rural ways-of-life and local history to visitors and locals alike.  The scheme strongly encourages and supports farmers to carry out at least some of the repairs themselves.  It also provides a means of employment in rural areas for local contractors and encourages local craftsmen to learn and apply best conservation practice.”The aim of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme is to ensure that traditional farm buildings that contribute to landscape character and are of heritage value are conserved for agricultural use.  The grant is available for the conservation of traditional farm buildings including roofs, walls, structural repairs, windows and doors.  Grants will also be available for other related structures such as historic yard surfaces and landscape features around the farmyard such as walls and wrought-iron farm gates.  To be eligible for the scheme, buildings and other related structures must have architectural or vernacular heritage character and make a contribution to their setting. Virginia Teehan, Chief Executive of The Heritage Council highlighted the importance of the need to support traditional building skills in order to support this work.  “The continued existence of this rural built landscape is dependent on there being enough people with traditional building skills to maintain, conserve and repair this finite resource” she said.  “These buildings are of immense social and environmental value as well as serving as a very useful resource on farms.  However, for these buildings to survive they need the skills that went into making them to remain living traditions.  This funding invests in those craftspeople skilled in traditional repair techniques as well as the heritage expertise needed and will be particularly welcome by those sectors who have been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.”“The greenest building is the one that already exists, embodying carbon and offsetting the need for expensive new buildings as long they are well used” said Charlie McConalogue T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.  “The benefits of the scheme go beyond retaining the structures for future generations because it can also have significant biodiversity benefits.  Even the smallest building can provide roosting sites for bats and nesting sites for birds.  Many can support a great diversity of wildlife, including species of conservation concern and this scheme works with farmers to support, enhance and safeguard the wildlife inhabiting these buildings.”   The Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme is open to farmers who (i) have a GLAS contract with the Department of Agriculture and who are approved for participation in the GLAS scheme and (ii) are the owner of the building/other related structure for which funding is being sought or are acting with the permission of the owner.  The grant will cover up to 75% of the cost of the works.  The minimum grant offered will be €4,000 and the maximum amount will be €25,000.  The Heritage Council estimates that 50-70 projects will be supported countrywide in 2021.  Completed applications to the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme must be made on-line to The Heritage Council in Kilkenny by Easter Monday, April 5 at 5 p.m.  Further details and application forms are available from The Heritage Council website at:  and on (086) 025 9202.  Advice to applicants is also available from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council on (074) 917 2576. 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Meenbog peat slide is being fully investigated – Taoiseach

first_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest The Taoiseach has told the Dail he believes that offshore wind farms will replace onshore wind farms in the years ahead.Michael Martin was responding to Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle, who asked when a review of planning legislation relating to wind farms will be completed.Deputy Pringle told the Dail last week’s peat slide close to a wind farm construction site at Meenbog near Barnesmore Gap has thrown this issue into sharp focus………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp By News Highland – November 18, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+center_img Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Previous articleAny win will do – Packie BonnerNext articleTaoiseach pledges resources to LUH News Highland Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction AudioHomepage BannerNews Meenbog peat slide is being fully investigated – Taoiseachlast_img read more

88 days in captivity: The saga of 13-year-old Jayme Closs from horrific kidnapping to remarkable escape

first_imgJennifer Smith(NEW YORK) —  The search for her started with a mysterious 911 call from the cellphone of her mother, who was found shot to death with her father in their Wisconsin home. Despite fears that 13-year-old Jayme Closs was snatched by the killer and met a similar fate as her parents, loved ones and sheriff’s investigators never gave up on finding her alive.From her horrific abduction to her remarkable escape, here is the timeline of the eighth-grader’s 88 days in captivity:— Oct. 15, 2018: An Amber Alert is issued and a desperate search for Jayme is launched after sheriff’s deputies go to the Closs family home in Barron, Wisconsin, to investigate a mysterious 911 hangup call from Denise Closs’ cellphone just before 1 a.m. Jayme is nowhere to be found when deputies arrive at the home and find Denise and James Closs shot to death. “We want to bring Jayme home,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzerald says at a news conference. “Every second counts in this case.”–Oct. 19, 2018: Investigators release details of the 911 call from Denise Closs’ cellphone around the time they suspect she was killed. A dispatcher, according to authorities, heard “a lot of yelling in the call” before it ended with a hangup. When the dispatcher dialed back, the call went directly to Denise Closs’ voicemail. Investigators believe Jayme was home when the call was made.–Oct. 20, 2018: Authorities say they have received more than 1,000 tips, and have thoroughly investigated more than 800 of them, in the desperate search for Jayme.–Oct. 23, 2018: Two-thousand volunteers comb several miles of rural Barron in the hopes of finding clues that could lead investigators to Jayme. “I’m a dad. I’m a grandpa and this is the right thing to do today,” one of the volunteers, Mike Buraglio, told ABC News.–Oct. 24, 2018: “Not a moment goes by when we aren’t thinking of you and praying for you,” Jayme’s aunt, Jennifer Smith, says at a news conference. In a message to Jayme, Smith says her dog, Molly, is “waiting for you,” adding, “We all love you to the moon and back and we’ll never stop looking for you.” The FBI announces a $25,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Jayme.–Oct. 26, 2018: The reward to bring Jayme home grows to $50,000 when the “Jennie-O Turkey Store,” the company that owns a turkey hatchery and processing plant where Jayme’s parents worked in Barron, puts up $25,000 to match the amount offered by the FBI.–Oct. 27, 2018 — Funerals held for James and Denise Closs at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cameron, Wisconsin.–Nov. 1, 2018: Authorities say they are scaling back operations in the search for Jayme due to a declining number of tips. “Just because the posture of our operations center has transitioned, does not mean the tips should stop,” the Barron County Sheriff’s Department says in a statement.–Nov. 17, 2018: As deer hunting season in Wisconsin gets underway, the Barron County sheriff’s department sends out an urgent request to the more than 4,000 people granted deer hunting licenses: “We ask that hunters report anything suspicious such as clothing, weapons or anything you think is just not right on your property.”— Dec. 15, 2018: Loved ones and friends of Jayme gather gathered around a 16-foot Christmas tree dubbed the “Tree of Hope” at Jayme’s school in Barron. They commemorate the two-month mark of her disappearance by releasing balloons and reaffirming their pledge to find her alive. “I want nothing more than to get my granddaughter back home to me and her family where she belongs,” Jayme’s grandfather, Robert Naiberg, says at the event.–Jan. 10: Jayme escapes from her alleged captor in Gordon, Wisconsin, runs to a woman walking her dog and asks for help.–Jan. 11: Authorities identify 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson of Gordon — approximately 70 miles south from her home — as the suspect in Jayme’s abduction and the killings of her parents. “It’s amazing, the will of that 13-year-old girl to survive and escape,” Sheriff Fitzergald, speaking at a news conference, says of Jayme. “That comes from the hope and the prayers in this community and what everybody did.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Octopus Property funds 70-unit Brighton scheme

first_imgSpecialist lender Octopus Property is to provide an 18 month, senior debt facility of over £20 million to Ktesius Projects, the London-based developer, for the development of 70 one, two and three bed residential units and commercial space, in Brighton.In the Valley Gardens Conservation Area, one of the town’s most desirable neighbourhoods, the former Brighton Astoria Cinema is just a short walk from the historic Brighton Palace Pier. The scheme has a Gross Development Value of over £35 million, with individual units priced from c. £295,000.Emma Burke, Head of Development Origination, said, “Construction has commenced on the seven storey building, which will be U-shaped in design and incorporate a landscaped central courtyard. The scheme will offer residents access to a communal gym, TV room, locker storage, community room as well as 72 bicycle racks. Unit completion is expected in late 2019.Ken MacRae, CEO of Ktesius Projects, added, “This is one of the most exciting projects we have undertaken to date, taking an historic building and developing it into much-needed residential units in one of the most desirable parts of Brighton.”Ktesius Projects Octopus Property Brighton housing scheme Valley Gardens Conservation Area February 28, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Octopus Property funds 70-unit Brighton scheme previous nextLand & New HomesOctopus Property funds 70-unit Brighton schemeThe Negotiator28th February 20180419 Viewslast_img read more

Oxford disaffiliates from the NUS

first_imgThe Sabbatical team-elect commented, “We as a sabbatical team were supporting the YES2NUS campaign, but we also passionately believe in and love Oxford. We remain completely committed to serving Oxford students to the best of our abilities. #Yes2Oxford.”Eleanor Sharman, of the No campaign, commented, “We are delighted with the result, and I am so proud of Oxford for standing up and making itself heard. The ‘Yes’ campaign worked incredibly hard and the close result is testament to its passion and commitment. I look forward to Oxford’s development next year.”Nathan Akehurst, who ran for OUSU presidency earlier this year told Cherwell, “I think this sends bad signals to the outside world. It’s a classic case of Oxbridge arrogance. I think Oxford will lose a lot from not being part of a national student movement. However, we’ve got to accept that this is what students wanted, there was an incredibly high turnout, and the close result is something to be proud of. It shows that both campaigns tried incredibly hard to engage students in a way that you don’t always see in student politics.”Joe Miles, also from the ‘No’ campaign told Cherwell that the NUS had “massive problems with democracy” commenting, “I am extremely happy that we are no longer part of an institution that has shown time and time again that it is not interested in listening to us and shows no signs of doing so in the future. I thought voter apathy would lead to a Yes vote so I’m pleasantly surprised.”  Returning Officer Alex Walker told Cherwell after the results were announced, “In my report I’ll be quite damning of them. People were breaking the rules left right and centre and there was nothing I could do about it”.OUSU Council decided to call a all-student referendum in Hilary Term, after the defeat of a motion to hold a Special Council, to which JCRs would have sent delegates to vote on their behalf. Proponents of a Special Council had argued that given historically-low OUSU referendum turnouts, it would have been more democratic for the debate to take place in common rooms. However, OUSU Council decided that because opting for a Special Council would exclude members of disaffiliated JCRs from voting, holding an all-student referendum was the preferable option. Oxford students have voted to disaffiliate from the National Union of Students. The ‘No’ campaign, headed by NUS delegate and former OUCA President Jack Matthews, prevailed in this week’s affiliation referendum with 1780 votes to 1652 votes in favour of remaining affiliated. The elections had a 15% turnout and a 0.9% abstention rate.‘No’ campaign leader Jack J Matthews told Cherwell, “I’m really pleased about the result. We’ve sent a really strong message to the NUS this week that there is the need for some real change in the NUS, and I really do hope they listen to us, deliver that change, speak to us, and hopefully one day we will have an NUS that Oxford will be more than happy to join once again.”Commenting on the turnout, he continued, “I am absolutely astounded, really really pleased that Oxford students engaged with this referendum, because if we look back the turnout for this referendum rivals turnouts even for vice-Presidential elections, so I’m really pleased that we got a high turnout. Both campaigns worked really hard to turn out the vote, so I am grateful to everyone, no matter what side they are on, for being part of this process.” Tom Rutland, OUSU President and leader of the ‘Yes’ campaign told Cherwell, ”I’m obviously disappointed with the result, having campaigned for OUSU to stay in the NUS.  My year as President has shown me the benefits of NUS membersip, and that it  can be a real lifeline to me and the other officers, but also to Oxford students in general. I think the result is a shame, there’s some really great students campaigns still going, that this will be a brief uncoupling, and that next year we will be reaffiliated to the NUS.”OUSU President-elect, Louis Trup, commented, “The voice of students is my priority. A majority of the student voice wanted us to disaffiliate. It may give a lot of people, especially those working in campaigns, a harder job, however, I reckon OUSU is up to the challenge. The people you have elected to serve in OUSU will still work hard for every Oxford student and we as a student body will have to step up and prove that we can have a voice at a national level. If we want to give the NUS a wakeup call, we need to show them how great we can be without them. Get involved next year to make sure this happens.”last_img read more