So good you voted twice

first_img“I assumed that the Council must have known what they were doing, so I sent off my postal vote, and then this morning went to the polling station in Oxford expecting to be turned away. But I wasn’t, so I went ahead and voted.”Outside the polling station on Blue Boar Street, a student told a Cherwell reporter that although he had voted in his home constituency by postal vote, his younger siblings had also used his polling card to cast his vote in person.A spokesperson from the Electoral Commission told Cherwell that they were not aware of any allegations made to the police concerning students voting twice since their creation in 2000.The spokesperson stressed that “Students can vote twice at local elections, if they are registered in two different local authority areas, but not at general elections. We want to make sure that everyone who is eligible to vote can vote.“This includes students, who have a right to be on the electoral register at their term address as well as their home address. Students are obliged to provide the correct information when making their application.“They must choose the parliamentary constituency in which they will cast their vote. Voting in two constituencies for the general election is electoral fraud and is a matter for the police to investigate.”A number of students told Cherwell that they had presented Polling Officers with their City Council elections polling card, only to be handed a ballot paper for the general election as well.If officers in polling stations were offering general election voting slips to all students throughout the day, several hundred illegal votes could have been cast.Three Magdalen students told how they cast their votes at the St Clements Family Centre on Cross Street in Oxford East without their polling cards and without being asked for any ID. “The lack of security is pretty shocking – we could have been literally anyone, as they did not ask us to prove our identity in any way.”There were further voting problems at LMH, where 65 students found out that they had not been registered to vote by the College. Many travelled home, or managed to arrange to vote by proxy or by post in their home constituency.JCR President Genevieve Clarke said, “The policy at LMH is that the College registers you if you live in. While the Pipe Partridge Building was being renewed, 65 students were living out in accommodation organised by LMH for students that could not live in the new building.“Students involved are quite upset that college did not tell them or notify them, as they were still effectively living in college accommodation.”Amelia Regan, a second-year history student at LMH, said, “We were under the impression that everyone would be registered to vote. We heard that people living out would not be, but we were still paying rent to college, so we assumed that College had sorted it all out.” Cherwell has learned that many students illegally voted twice in yesterday’s general election.Speaking anonymously, students admitted they had already cast a vote for the general election in their home constituency by post before voting in person in Oxford.Others were surprised at the ease with which they were able to, and in some cases encouraged, to vote twice.Jack Matthews, a third-year Earth Scientist from St Peter’s, was shocked to find that he was encouraged to cast a second vote by one Polling Officer at Carfax ward yesterday morning.He was told that voting twice was a “quirk for students” and that “no one would know”.Matthews said, “I told the Officer that I was only voting in the City Council local election.“The Polling Officer said, quite understandably, that you can vote in the general election too. I explained I had already voted elsewhere by a postal vote.“Her reply was ‘Well, you know, you can vote twice, it’s a quirk for students’. I replied that no, I was not allowed to vote twice as that would be illegal. She looked back at me rather confused and then said ‘Nobody will know’”.A student from St Catherine’s admitted that she had voted three times. “Every time someone sent me a polling card I filled it in and sent it off. This happened three times, so I hope I’m not doing anything illegal.”Yesterday, signs on the walls of polling stations around Oxford and the country read, “You are guilty of an offence if you vote more than once whether by post or in person, or as proxy and in the same electoral area. You could face imprisonment or a fine if found guilty”.Yet some students complained that they were not made sufficiently aware of the law.One student told Cherwell she had voted twice. She said, “I applied to be given a postal vote for my home constituency, then also registered in Oxford without thinking about it when our college asked if I would like to.last_img read more


Firefighter killed in 9/11 identified, laid to rest 18 years later

first_imgA firefighter who died on September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks was laid to rest Tuesday after his remains were identified 18 years later.“Firefighters and loved ones gathered to mourn Michael Haub after his remains were conclusively identified, the Uniformed Firefighters Association,” said in a statement. “The service was to provide his family with closure and peace of mind after the medical examiner last week identified more of his remains that were recovered at Ground Zero.”Haub was a 13-year veteran of Ladder Company 4, according to UFA.“We remember him and the 342 other firefighters who perished that fateful day, and will be forever grateful for the courage they show,” UFA said Tuesday.In addition to the firefighters killed that day, hundreds more have died in the following years.New York officials confirmed about 200 firefighters had lost their lives from illnesses linked to their time working at the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.Exposure to the 9/11 terror attacks may have caused a range of health conditions, including acute traumatic injuries, as well as diseases of the respiratory and digestive systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Those exposed to the attacks possibly developed cancers including lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma, the CDCP reports.As of July 2019, only about 60% of the 2,753 killed in the World Trade Center attack have been positively identified, according to officials.last_img read more


New faces in ladies’ Home International team

first_img Surrey’s Annabel Dimmock and Cheshire’s Rachael Goodall will represent England ladies for the first time when they join the eight-strong team for next week’s women’s Home Internationals.They will play alongside Sarah-Jane Boyd, Gabriella Cowley, Georgia Hall, Alex Peters, Amber Ratcliffe and Lauren Taylor, who are all established women’s internationals.The reserves are Sophie Keech (Parkstone), Sohie Lamb (Clitheroe), and Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted). The team will be captained by Lynn Booth and the coach is Steve Robinson.The championship takes place at Scotscraig Golf Club, Scotland, from 11-13 September. England are the defending champions and aiming for their third win in a row – and their 21st since the competition began in 1982.The players:Sarah-Jane Boyd, 21, (Truro) is the English amateur champion and was the winner of the 2012 British stroke play, earning her a spot in the Ricoh Women’s British Open. She is currently leading the England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf.Gabriella Cowley, 17, (Brocket Hall) also played in the Women’s British Open. This season she has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy, finished third in the English amateur, won the Critchley Salver and helped England retain their title at the Girls’ Home Internationals.Annabel Dimmock, 16, (Wentworth, pictured top) was also in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals. She was runner-up in the English girls’ championship and reached final qualifying for the British Open. She enjoyed a successful run on this year’s Orange Blossom Tour in Florida.Rachael Goodall, 22, (Heswall) was fifth in both the British and English stroke play championships, which were played last month. She also reached final qualifying for the Women’s British Open. She was runner-up in the Astor Salver and is a past winner of the Critchley Salver and the Liphook Scratch Cup.Georgia Hall, 17, (Remedy Oak) is the British women’s champion and was joint low-amateur at the Women’s British Open. Last year she was Europe’s number one woman golfer and the British girls’ champion. This season she has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and Europe in the PING Junior Solheim Cup. She won two gold medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.Alex Peters, 19 (Notts Ladies) won the 2012 English stroke play and was runner up in this season’s English amateur championship and in the Welsh open stroke play. She represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy. She is currently second on the England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf.Amber Ratcliffe, 17, (Royal Cromer) represented Europe in the PING Junior Solheim Cup and GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy. She tied second in qualifying at the European girls’ team championship, shared fourth place at the English amateur and tied seventh in the British stroke play.Lauren Taylor, 19, (Woburn) has just won on the Ladies European Tour Access Series in Sweden. In July she won the Dutch Junior Open for the third year in a row and scored a six-shot win in this season’s Astor Salver. She was the youngest-ever winner of the British championship when she took the title in 2011 at the age of 16.Image © Leaderboard Photography 2 Sep 2013 New faces in ladies’ Home International team last_img read more


59Club’s pilot project with England Golf moves on

first_img29 Sep 2015 59Club’s pilot project with England Golf moves on The first phase of 59Club’s pilot project with England Golf, the governing body for English amateur golf, has been completed at 10 clubs in the Midlands. 59Club, Europe’s leading customer service analysts and training consultants, assisted with the England Golf project in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire to trial new ways of increasing participation and club membership. The 10 clubs each took advantage of 59Club’s in-depth mystery shopper experience, comprising an initial new member enquiry call, a show-round visit, a society call and a full visitor experience. In addition each received a full-day’s training on ‘best practice’ from 59Club’s team of experienced trainers. This enabled analysis of sales systems and customer service levels, including those offered to non-members who visit as day guests. 59Club will now supplement the first phase with member surveys to establish viewpoints of existing members. The partnership between the two organisations supports the aims of the England Golf strategic plan – Raising Our Game – which calls on all who care about the game to work together to create a brighter future for golf, including more players, more members and stronger clubs. England Golf’s project to trial new ways of increasing participation and club membership involves working intensively with clubs and county organisations in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire over two years. Clubs receive increased business support, including marketing and training, and have the opportunity to test new ideas to see if they make the game more accessible and membership more attractive, such as shorter and faster formats of the game, different types of membership and improved customer service. Richard Flint, England Golf’s Director of Participation and Club Support, said: “We are delighted that clubs have been able to take advantage of 59Club’s expertise to strengthen their customer service and make sure their members and guests enjoy a great experience. This is absolutely critical to successfully recruiting and retaining members.”  One of the clubs involved in the pilot project was Henley G&CC, in Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, and general manager Adrian Cooper was effusive in his praise of the experience. He said: “As a new general manager it was good to be able to see how we were performing in relation to our competitors and the market leaders. To have that information, as a benchmark, after just a few months in the job was very, very beneficial. “We also benefited from a full day’s training with 59Club, but the angle they took made it feel more a part of a plan we were rolling out, rather than a traditional training seminar. And, consequently, the staff here have really embraced it. I’ve found it really good as I’ve been able to combine my sales background with strategic input afforded from 59Club.” 59Club director Matt Roberts added: “Once we have completed the member surveys for the initial 10 clubs we will take the partnership with England Golf to the next stage and look forward to welcoming more clubs into the fold. We have been delighted to hear the positive comments from the clubs we’ve been working with and are pleased they have found it so beneficial. We are enjoying our role within the ‘Raising our Game’ initiative and look forward to measuring the fruits of our labour.” 59Club is fast becoming the industry standard for measuring and comparing customer service levels and analysing all key revenue streams for golf venues, and is committed to the on-going development of club managers and PGA professionals. The industry experts at 59Club are on hand to provide support and assistance for all golf and leisure businesses keen to develop customer service and sales systems. Its products and insight provide measurable indicators which allow you to exploit every opportunity presented to each department within your club, from the sales team, front-line operators and those responsible for member and visitor retention. For further information visit www.59club.comlast_img read more