first_imgThe Oxford Guild has announced that Kanye West will be giving a talk at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.At 11pm this evening (March 1st), the Guild’s Facebook page created an event entitled “Kanye West speaks to the Oxford Guild Business Society”, and reported that West would be speaking at the Museum of Natural History tomorrow (March 2nd), at 3pm.According to the event page, the first batch of tickets will go on sale at midnight, with further releases at 2am, and at 9am tomorrow morning.Students were encouraged to sign up to a random ballot for tickets. However, the organisers were keen to emphasise that students would be chosen completely at random.The Guild told Cherwell that as of 12.30am, over 1,800 students had balloted for tickets.Once selected, students will have two hours in which to buy their tickets before the link expires.Abbas Kazmi, Chairman of the Oxford Guild, told Cherwell, “We are very excited to be hosting such an inspiring and high profile a speaker as the legendary Kanye West and expect it to be a fascinating and memorable event.“It is great to see the hard work pay off after having spent many hours negotiating against the odds and keeping things under wraps to secure this event, which is a real coup for the Guild, which I am proud to see continuing to grow from strength to strength, reaching even higher heights and winning ever more national awards and accolades.”He continued to thank the Guild committee, and went on to say, “This is the first in a series of incredibly high profile speakers the Guild has lined up. We have been working industriously behind the scenes and would recommend you watch this space!” There has been no word yet on the subject of West’s speech, but the rapper has been outspoken about business in recent years, condeming, among others, Louis Veitton.West is in the UK for the Brit Awards, where he performed on February 25th, revealing on Twitter last night that his upcoming album is to be titled So Help Me God.So Help Me God— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 1, 2015Kazmi also told Cherwell that a full video of the talk will be available, and explained the reasoning behind the event’s ticketing system. “We do not want students to waste their afternoons queuing outside the Union chamber Frewin Court for example, only not to be let in and to be left disappointed. Nor do we want students to ballot and then not turn up leaving empty seats which have been taken by others.”He also emphasised that only Oxford-registered emails would be valid in the ballot.Sean O’Neill, of Hertford College, was one of the first students to secure a ticket. He remarked to Cherwell, “I get to be in the same room as Kanye West! This is so great it almost makes me like the Oxford Guild.”Oliver Johnston-Watt, a member of the general committee, commented, “Aside from the executive, only two other committee members knew about this. When the first e-mail came in I thought it was some kind of joke but with Kanye being in the UK at the moment for the Brits it all started to make sense.He remarked that it was “absolutely outrageous for any student society to bring in a speaker like Kanye West.“Clearly,” he continued, “the Oxford Guild mean business.”last_img read more

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Banks trying to unite GOP in post-Trump era Google+ Pinterest Twitter By Jon Zimney – February 2, 2021 2 228 IndianaLocalNews Twitter (Photo supplied/Jim Banks for Congress) In the post-Trump era, 3rd District Congressman Jim Banks is trying to rally the GOP around a new agenda that embraces popular Trump stances with a return to conservative fiscal responsibility.As the new chairman of the Republican Study Committee, Banks is leading the effort to define the future GOP and unite the party.Banks says Trump taught the GOP how to stand up to China, Wall Street and Big Tech and that those priorities must remain.But he says it should be coupled with a more traditional GOP agenda of balanced budgets and reform of entitlement programs that could help restore fiscal responsibility.Banks’ complete statement is below:In a post-President Trump-era, Rep. Jim Banks is trying to rally the GOP around a new agenda that embraces popular Trump stances with a return to conservative fiscal responsibility.As the new chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest group of House conservatives, Banks is leading the effort to define the future GOP and unite the party around a set of principles that will resonate with the base beyond Trump’s exit from the White House. “RSC is going to drive the agenda by developing a consensus conservative agenda that all Republicans can rally around, and then be in the fight more than we’ve ever done before,” Banks, R-Ind., told Fox News in an interview.Trump taught the GOP how to stand up to China, Wall Street and Big Tech and fight for working men and women, Banks said. Those priorities must remain, Banks said, but coupled with a more traditional GOP agenda of balanced budgets and reforming entitlement programs to restore fiscal responsibility. 200 HOUSE REPUBLICANS SIGN LETTER TO PROTECT HYDE AMENDMENT“I’m the first Republican to admit that Republicans have lost their way on fiscal responsibility,” Banks said of the bloated budgets and ballooning debt under Trump’s tenure.The Republican Study Committee will be introducing a budget proposal that balances in less than 10 years and makes strides to returning to fiscal responsibility, Banks said, saying the GOP “went backward over the last four years.”On the day of President Biden’s inauguration, the Republican Study Committee put forth a new GOP agenda that focused on saving the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion, securing federal elections, taking on Big Tech censorship of conservative voices, standing up to China, balancing the federal budget and preserving a strong national defense and border security. “The RSC is the only group right now that’s put forth an agenda … The agenda is what unites us and when Republicans focus on the agenda, we win because the American people are with us,” Banks said. “We expose how radical the Democrat Party has become at this moment. This isn’t my grandpa’s Democrat Party.”Banks, the son of a former Fort Wayne factor worker, represents 160 GOP members of the RSC, or about 75 percent of the Republican caucus. The RSC is the largest conservative caucus on Capitol Hill and its past leaders include former vice president Mike Pence, GOP Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.GOP-LED ‘SAVE DEMOCRACY ACT’ AIMS TO ELIMINATE SECURITY CONCERNS THAT PLAGUED 2020 ELECTIONBanks praised Trump for his ability to excite working Americans like his father with his policies and with his fighting approach to politics. Prior to Trump, many Republicans were “afraid of their shadow,” he said.“We didn’t have a Republican Party that had the backbone to tackle those types of issues and have a posture of putting Main Street and working people ahead of Wall Street and big corporate interests,” Banks said. “To me, I think that’s the biggest difference between the pre- and post-Trump era.”Republicans have also shifted from a China-friendly posture to realizing China has stolen jobs, spread the pandemic and threatens national security, he said. “I think the greatest accomplishment of the Trump era is identifying China as a threat and a foe, rather than an ally,” Banks said. Right now, with GOP division on display in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and impeachment vote, Banks said the RSC is “seizing the moment” by presenting a vision for the party that all Republicans can get behind. “It’s not a secret that there’s a lot of division in our Republican conference at the moment but that leaves a vacuum that Republican Study Committee is going to fill,” Banks said.“… It gives RSC an opportunity to step up to the plate and develop a consensus conservative agenda.” Previous articleCity of South Bend unveils long-term plan to improve city streets, roadsNext articleButtigieg confirmed as Transportation Secretary Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. 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