Fan Milk Limited ( Q32010 Interim Report

first_imgFan Milk Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2010 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Fan Milk Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fan Milk Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fan Milk Limited (  2010 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileFan Milk Limited manufactures and markets dairy products and fruit drinks in Ghana. The company produces a range of frozen strawberry yoghurts, chocolates, ice cream, snacks, ice lollies and citrus drinks under the following brand names; FanYogo, FanChoco, FanIce, FanDango and FanPop. Fan Milk Limited manages a network of independent distributors and agents. Formerly known as Ghana Milk Company Limited, the company changed its name to Fan Milk Limited in 1962. The company is a subsidiary of Fan Milk International A/S with headquarters in Acca, Ghana. Fan Milk Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Cresta Marakanelo Limited 2015 Circular

first_imgCresta Marakanelo Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2015 circular For more information about Cresta Marakanelo Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cresta Marakanelo Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cresta Marakanelo Limited (  2015 circular Company ProfileCresta Marakanelo Limited operates in the travel and tourism sector, concentrating on the provision of hotel services to business travellers. In addition to accommodation, Cresta, as part of its services, offers customers restaurants, bars, safari tours, provision of conference facilities, outside catering, as well as other ancillary business activities carried out from the Hotels. In its operations, Cresta derives marketing benefits and support from the use of the “Cresta” brand, through its Management Agreement with Cresta Holdings.last_img read more

WCC statement invokes new understanding of mission

first_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET By ENInews StaffPosted Aug 30, 2012 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH WCC statement invokes new understanding of mission Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Tags The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Shreveport, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Youth Minister Lorton, VA Anglican Communion, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Ecumenical & Interreligious Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing [Ecumenical News International] The World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Central Committee on Aug. 30 approved the first ecumenical affirmation of mission since 1982, invoking a new understanding of mission and evangelism in a changing world and ecclesial landscape.The statement draws on insights from Protestant, Evangelical, Orthodox and Roman Catholic mission theologies, and will be presented at the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, South Korea in 2013, according to a WCC news release.“The significance of the statement lies in its concept of ‘mission from the margins,’ which emphasizes the universality of working for all God’s people, as well as the creation, despite divisions and divides,” said Dr. Agnes Abuom, WCC Executive Committee member from Kenya.The statement, titled “Together towards life: Mission and Evangelism in changing landscapes,” was prepared by the WCC’s Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME).The WCC Central Committee is a governing body representing the organization’s 349 member churches. It is meeting from Aug. 28-Sept. 5 at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in Greece.“The gift of the mission statement is that without attacking the old paradigm of mission values, it invokes new understandings which respond well to our different contexts, including that of migrant churches,” Aboum added.Reflecting on the statement, the WCC general secretary, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, said, “After several periods of mission and understandings of mission accompanying the ecumenical movement since the 19th century, this perspective is now where we are, acknowledging and appreciating the reality of the church and the gospel.”“We are a fellowship of churches in mission in all these contexts, and the impulses and the inspiration for our work come from all the many contexts in which we are doing mission.”Speaking on the different socio-political contexts in which churches work, Tveit said mission is “no longer an impulse coming from (a few) centers in the north. It is really a multi-centered reality. And my experience is that remarkably strong testimonies, with great integrity in words and action, are often given when the church represents a less privileged or even vulnerable position.”Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and Durres, who is the Orthodox primate of Albania and a WCC president, pointed out the significance of mission in the lives of the churches.“Mission of the church, and every living member of it, means the obligation and the necessity to share the gifts which we have each received from God. This means to proclaim the truth, love and power revealed by Christ, the crucified and the resurrected one,” he said.Along with the statement, the CWME will also produce practical mission modules and training curricula. Other resources will include publications and multimedia, to be shared at the upcoming WCC assembly.The full text of the CWME statement on mission and evangelism and high-resolution photos may be found at Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY last_img read more

House Speaker keeps winning; this time it’s the Florida Lottery

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Land O’Lakes Republican not only has Enterprise Florida, Inc. and Visit Florida — two taxpayer-supported public-private partnerships — on the ropes, but he just hit the jackpot against the Florida Lottery.LOTTERY: A circuit court judge ruled this week that the Florida Lottery exceeded its authority to spend more than the Legislature gave to the agency.It’s the latest victory in Corcoran’s “corporate welfare” crackdown.In a dispute that pitted the speaker against Lottery Department Secretary Tom Delacenserie, and by extension Gov. Rick Scott, a circuit court judge ruled that the department exceeded its authority when it entered into a multi-million-dollar vendor contract without legislative approval.Corcoran sued the Lottery Department last year when it became known that department officials signed a deal with IGT Global Solutions for the procurement of 8,025 lottery terminals offering draw tickets and scratch-offs. The agreement extended through 2031 and was $12.9 million more than what the Legislature appropriated.“Stated differently, the Lottery (legislative budget request) for the upcoming 2017-18 fiscal year is more than 37 percent higher than the current year appropriation,” the court said.That contract is now “void and unenforceable.”HOUSE SPEAKER Richard Corcoran has landed another victory in his “corporate welfare” crackdown. This time, it’s the Florida Lottery.According to Judge Karen Gievers of Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit, the dispute hinged on basic separation of powers principals.Budgeting and appropriations are the exclusive responsibility of the Legislature. Executive branch agencies, headed by the governor, exercise administrative power to “faithfully execute” legislative directives.But the Lottery Department ran afoul of its constitutionally defined authority when it failed to comply with state laws outlining its administrative parameters.State agencies cannot enter into binding contracts in excess of what they’re appropriated, or make agreements involving more than $5 million without citing a specific legislative appropriation.What’s more, the Lottery Department failed to disclose the contract until last October when it was already signed.“Today’s decision is a victory for the taxpayer and the rule of law,” Corcoran said in a joint statement with House Rules Committee Chairman Jose Oliva and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chris Spowls.“It reinforces the idea that respecting the separation of powers is not an arcane idea or an out-of-date philosophy. … No branch of government is above the law and the people’s House will use every power within our means — from the committee room to the courtroom — to ensure those liberties and livelihoods are protected,” the statement said.According to the 15-page ruling, Lottery Department officials said the Global Solutions contract included “contingency language” that allowed it to ignore statutory procurement requirements.The judge said the contingency language was “insufficient” to meet the Department’s “mandatory requirements.”In response, Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement, “The Florida Lottery continues to make record contributions to our public schools and today’s ruling jeopardizes billions of dollars for Florida students. I strongly disagree with today’s decision and we will appeal.” The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 March 10, 2017 at 9:53 am William Patrick is’s Florida reporter. His work has been featured by Fox News, the Drudge Report, and, as well as other national news and opinion websites. He’s also been cited and reposted by numerous state news organizations, including Florida Trend, Sunshine State News and the Miami Herald, and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Florida Press Association. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img 1 COMMENT Yeah, like where did they come up with THAT huge amount of money for the contract that wasn’t approved by the legislators…….??? Maybe what Corcoran is doing is very much needed…..going over things with a fine tooth comb looking for abuses and waste of tax payer money…..I’ll give him credit for this. Corporate welfare…….huh, like these rich corporations need help? Corcoran needs to stay the course on the corporate welfare theme…….. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Focus on FloridaCorcoran looking for the trifecta of “corporate welfare” crackdownsBy William Patrick of Watchdog.comFlorida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is winning – bigly. Please enter your name here TAGSFlorida LegislatureFocus on FloridaLotteryRichard Corcoran Previous article10 iconic hairstyles from the agesNext articleUpdating Breaking News: Apopka police arrest 15-year-old robbery suspect Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

“Missing” journalist reappears, but freedom of information doesn’t

first_img February 5, 2021 Find out more News Organisation KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia January 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Kazakhstan Photo: RFE/RL Reporters Without Borders is relieved that the journalist Tokbergen Abiyev has “reappeared” after causing much concern by going missing on 20 December (see below) but is appalled to learn that he irresponsibly staged this disappearance to make people think he had been kidnapped.“This episode would be laughable if the situation of freedom of information in Kazakhstan were not so serious,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The last thing the country’s journalists needed at this critical juncture was to be discredited by an unacceptable hoax by a member of their own profession.“While we hail the work of the police in this case, we are still awaiting convincing results in the investigations into Oralgaisha Omarshanova’s real disappearance in 2007 and last year’s attempted murders of Lukpan Akhmedyarov and Ularbek Baitailak.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Abiyev’s ill-conceived stunt must not deflect attention from the current unprecedented crackdown on Kazakhstan’s independent and opposition media. They have more need then ever of the international community’s support.”Abiyev caused a stir in Kazakhstan and abroad by going missing on 20 December shortly after announcing that he would make important revelations at a news conference the next day. The police launched a major search for him and finally found him hiding in an apartment he had rented in Astana. No one was holding him against his will.At a news conference he gave on 4 January, he said he had staged his abduction in order to draw the attention of both the public and government to his fight against corruption. He explained that he had rented the apartment in advance specially for this purpose, and had planned to spend a month there before announcing that he was safe and sound.He added that he had hoped to obtain an interview with President Nursultan Nazarbayev after resurfacing. Although criticized by his colleagues, he claimed that he did not regret doing what he did.——25.12.2012 – Journalist missing after announcing intent to shed light on corruptionReporters Without Borders is very worried about Tokbergen Abiyev, a journalist who went missing in the Kazakh capital of Astana on 20 December shortly after announcing that he would reveal important facts about corruption at a news conference the next day. Abiyev heads the “Zakon i Pravosudie” (Law and Justice) Media Alliance and is the former editor of a newspaper of the same name. He is also the founder and editor of the news website.“There is little doubt that Abiyev’s disappearance is linked to the news conference he had planned to give the next day,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the Kazakh authorities to carry out a rapid investigation and do everything possible to locate him. The probability that his disappearance is linked to his work as a journalist must be taken seriously by the police in charge of the case, who must guarantee the impartiality of their investigation. Abiyev’s life may be at risk and every second counts.”After returning to his office at around 9 p.m. on 20 December, Abiyev went out again about an hour later saying he was going to get information for the next day’s news conference and would return soon, fellow journalist Andrey Taranov said. He has not been seen since and did answer any of the calls that his colleagues began making to him shortly after midnight.In an email he sent to Astana-based journalists earlier in the day, Abiyev wrote: “Dear Colleagues, Tomorrow, 21 December (…) an exclusive news conference will be held (with the title of) ‘A corrupt person must go to prison.’ You will not be disappointed. Your presence is expected.” The email also said that the news conference would be about “the Astana government’s corruption and despotism.” Abiyev’s wife reported his disappearance to the Astana police on 22 December. A message was also sent to the National Security Committee (KNB). The police say they are currently conducting preliminary enquiries.Abiyev was released from prison last May on completing the three-year sentence he received in 2008, when he was Zakon i Pravosudie’s editor. He was convicted of giving a bribe to a representative of the financial police to obtain confidential information about judicial police officers. Abiyev said his arrest was directly linked to his work as a journalist.One of his Zakon i Pravosudie colleagues, Oralgaisha Omarshanova, went missing in 2007 and was never found.Abiyev’s disappearance comes amid a dramatic decline in the climate for the media in Kazakhstan. The past 12 months have seen an unprecedented increase in persecution of independent and opposition journalists culminating in a recent ban on the main national opposition media. Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her to go further Receive email alerts News January 7, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Missing” journalist reappears, but freedom of information doesn’t News News Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal Help by sharing this information RSF_en October 30, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

BBB: Tips for hosting virtual holiday parties

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness BBB: Tips for hosting virtual holiday parties TAGS  Facebook Facebook Previous articleMEDICAL MATTERS: What’s keeping you up at nightNext articleGEEK TO ME: Seek help before trying System Restore Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – December 20, 2020 WhatsAppcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Pinterest The holidays are a time for being together and celebrating the end of the year as a new chapter begins. Many companies choose the mark the occasion and thank employees for a job well done with office holiday parties. Unfortunately, this year has required creative solutions for staying connected while being apart. Virtual get-togethers have provided a safe and convenient option for seeing friends, family and colleagues from a distance. They are also a good alternative to traditional in-person holiday parties. If you’ve decided to organize a virtual party, use these tips from your Better Business Bureau to make it a success: Make it accessible. Your team may be more comfortable using one video app than another. Selecting one your employees are familiar with can cut down on technical difficulties during the party. If this is your business’ first time using a video app, send out instructions before the party to allow them enough time to become familiar with the program. Choose a convenient time. If your party is staff only, consider holding the party during work hours, which is a more convenient option for employees who have already dedicated time and space to working from home. Turn catered into delivered. For employers that typically have their holiday parties catered, providing gift cards or establishing a reimbursement budget for food delivery is a good alternative. This is another way to show appreciation for all the hard work done in an unusual year. Get creative with activities. Virtual games or fun presentations keep the party moving and are an interactive way for attendees to participate. Other possible activities to consider are a virtual concert from local musicians, crafts that can be done from a desk or breaking into smaller groups for team building. Find more tips for a happy holiday at Twitterlast_img read more

Efforts to end Myanmar’s ethnic conflicts shaken by coup

first_img WhatsApp Local NewsWorld News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 TAGS  Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Previous articleGameStop booster did well; many devotees won’t as shares sagNext articleNFL players continue fighting for social justice, diversity Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Facebook Efforts to end Myanmar’s ethnic conflicts shaken by coup Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

18 Donegal land parcels currently owned by vulture funds

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Previous articleDonegal service station officially opens today creating 60 new jobsNext articleDonegal road project wish list being presented to TII News Highland 18 Donegal land parcels currently owned by vulture funds Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Google+center_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications By News Highland – November 1, 2018 Facebook It’s emerged that 18 land parcels in Donegal are currently owned by vulture funds.According to the Irish Farmers Journal, every county in Ireland is affected by a vulture fund presence, following an extensive analysis of documents received from the Land Registry under the Freedom of Information Act.Nationally, it’s estimated that over 28,000 acres are now controlled by vulture funds.Hannah Quinn , Journalist with the Irish Farmers Journal says has described the findings as shocking, and says the situation is causing huge distress among the farming community:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitterlast_img read more

‘Oh, my Buddy, it’s fruitcake weather’

first_imgSkip Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… You Might Like Is this supposed to be a serious debate? College students crusade for many causes, some more worthy than others. College campuses debated in the 1980s the divestment of… read more Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration ‘Oh, my Buddy, it’s fruitcake weather’ Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder “You young’uns get away from my peaches,” Aunt Mamie Bell would holler out the back door and we’d jump down and run like scared rabbits.Mama said she didn’t know of anybody that put peaches in a fruitcake except my grandmother.“They’re fruits, ain’t they?” Aunt Mamie Bell would laugh and say.So, my eyes grew wide in anticipation of my grandmother’s Christmas fruitcake. Teacakes came next, then peanut butter fudge, sand tarts, divinity with and without pecans, snicker doodles and Martha Washington balls that I did not like. Latest Stories Tipsy cake is a favorite “cake” in the town of Lynchburg, Tennessee, home of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Lynchburg is the seat of Moore County, ironically a dry county, even though there’s enough whiskey made in that county to power a rocket to Jupiter and back.The remembrance of nibbling on tipsy cake in Lynchburg got all tangled up with my recent reading of Truman Capote’s “Christmas Memories.”A line from Capote’s novel, “Oh, my Buddy, it’s fruitcake weather,” brought back memories of a little bird-legged, frizzy-headed, 10-year-old girl that got tipsy on Christmas cake. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author My grandmother would always come to our house a few days before Christmas bringing all kinds of good things to eat. We could hardly wait for her to unveil them all.My grandmother’s fruitcake was made with dates, figs, raisins and peaches that Aunt Mamie Bell had dried on the tin roof of the barn during the hot summer. She put cheesecloth over the peaches to keep the flies and other bugs away.But she had to holler to keep us away from the warm, sweet peaches. But, when my grandmother, opened the lid on the Lane Cake, everybody caught their collective breath. If we hadn’t, the fumes probably would have knocked us all out.“Hell, Minnie,” Daddy would say. “This cake’s so strong it could walk off the table.”Well, if it had walked off the table, Daddy would have been chasing right in behind it.He would get a big slice of the Lane Cake and another little piece until Mama would say he’d had enough.My grandmother kept her Lane Cake moist with a good dousing of Barbour County moonshine that Uncle Earl kept hidden in the back of his store. Baptist vanilla, he called it.Lane Cake was the first dessert that we ran out of every Christmas.Back then, it was the custom for everybody to gift everybody else with home baked goodies.My family owned a feed mill and Mrs. Barker was the bookkeeper. She made all kinds of Christmas cakes, candies and cookies.One Christmas was unusually warm and I had ridden my bicycle to the mill and Mrs. Barker gave me a Christmas surprise box filled with all kinds of goodies to take home. Mama was in the yard picking up pecans and I couldn’t wait to see what all Mrs. Barker had packed for us, so I opened the box.Divinity, fudge, egg white cookies and some little round balls that looked like fruit cake and smelled a like Lane Cake. They were real moist and good. I helped myself.When dark brought Mama in the back door, there were two of her. And, the room was kind of spinning around her.“I think I’m sick or something,” I told Mama. “I don’t feel so good.”“What did you eat? You ate these … rum balls? Lordy mercy!” Mama said.She gave me a biscuit and some buttermilk to chase down the rum balls and sent me to bed. When Daddy came home, I heard Mama telling him I’d gotten tipsy on Mrs. Barker’s rum balls.Daddy didn’t care I was in bed drunk. All he cared about was whether I’d eaten all the rum balls.After that, for me, Christmas time is just fruitcake weather. 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 HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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. 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Greer Union debate provokes protest

first_imgGreer had said publicly last month, “Just because you lop off your penis and then wear a dress doesn’t make you a f*****g woman. I’ve asked my doctor to give me long ears and liver spots and I’m going to wear a brown coat but that won’t turn me into a f*****g cocker spaniel.”Lucy Delaney, OUSU Vice President for Women, told Cherwell, “We should condemn and speak out on the Oxford Union’s decision to invite Greer and Hitchens, and it is unacceptable that the anger of students, and in particular the anger and energy of transgender students and students of colour, is being exploited. These speakers’ ideas are not ‘contentious’ – they are violent. Greer’s life-long and well-documented tirade against transgender people and her refusal to acknowledge their identities as valid contributes to their oppression and marginalization.“The GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society) survey conducted in 2012 states that ‘84 per cent of trans respondents had considered ending their lives, with 35 per cent having made one or more suicide attempts’ and it is reported that worldwide, 226 people were reported as being murdered between October 2013 and November 2014 as a direct result of being transgender.“Hitchens has made numerous racist and in particular Islamophobic statements, claiming that ‘[Racism] is an expression which appears to mean one thing (racial bigotry) but actually means another (cultural and moral conservatism)’. “Greer’s and Hitchens’ ideas do not exist in a vacuum. The Union needs to understand that its events and its platforming of such people further marginalises and harms already marginalised groups. It is not simply ‘debate’. The Union does not represent me and it does not represent the views of students here.” A protest took place last night in the Oxford Union debate chamber against the platforming of Germaine Greer and her views on trans issues, and of Peter Hitchens, labelled “deeply racist” by the small group of protesters.A flyer was handed out for students to read from over the top of Greer during her speech, condemning the Union, saying it “thrives off controversy” and Greer and Hitchens’ views.The Union closed the gallery for the debate for fear of objects and liquids being thrown down on the speakers.The Oxford Union defended their invitation, offering Cherwell the following statement in advance of the debate and protest, “The Oxford Union exists to uphold freedom of speech, inviting people of all opinions to participate in our events. This commitment continues to this day; as such, the Oxford Union is happy that Germaine Greer was able to accept our invitation to speak on the subject of the state’s recognition of marriage. “We hope that many students will attend to support or challenge her in our historic debating chamber which itself was built to promote free speech.”However, OUSU Trans Officer Elliot Parrott stated, “What many don’t understand about people like Germaine Greer is that her views aren’t just part of a purely intellectual debate that have little bearing on real life – her views cause genuine damage to trans people, and to trans women in particular.“By inviting her to speak, the Union isn’t trying to promote actual discussion on marriage or gender politics, it’s just seeking out controversy for controversy’s sake and demonstrating yet again that it cares more about being edgy than about student welfare; it’s saying ‘publicity matters more to us that trans lives do’.”The debate also featured Peter Hitchens, his second Union appearance in two academic years, a self-described Burkean conservative who is a vocal critic of same-sex marriage.Kiran Benipal, ex-Co-Chair of the Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality, had written publicly on Facebook a few hours ahead of the debate, saying “Germaine Greer and Peter Hitchens are at the Union tonight. If you want to help shut this transphobic, racist shit down [get in touch]”.last_img read more