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 pic.twitter.com/e3UUsQQEts— 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_imgCPEG indicated relief at the outcome as the result averted a potential “catastrophic” double rejection. However, as a precautionary measure it noted the vote could be contested.  “We are pleased that a solution has been found to allow the fund and its members to approach the future with more peace of mind,” it said in a statement.The cantonal government lamented that voters had opted for a proposal that did not provide for structural reform of CPEG, saying it hoped new recapitalisation measures or benefit cuts would not be necessary in the coming years. The law approved by the referendum would come at a higher cost to the canton than the government’s proposal, it said. How it will workThe mechanism for the bulk of the recapitalisation is fairly complex, involving a long-term loan from CPEG to the canton, to be reimbursed in the form of real estate assets – land for development or construction rights for housing in the Praille-Acacias-Vernets (PAV) area.If this were to lead to real estate accounting for more than 45% of CPEG’s overall assets, cash or other “contributions in kind” would have to be made, according to the text of the approved law.The government said the text would not allow any construction in the PAV area beyond what was already agreed. The PAV area is the focus of a plan to redevelop railway and industrial land to address a housing shortage in Geneva and surrounding municipalities.Speaking to IPE before the referendum, CPEG’s chief investment officer Grégoire Haenni said a recapitalisation would have an impact on the scheme’s asset allocation and the investment portfolio’s expected return, but the investment strategy would not change.In a national ballot yesterday Swiss voters backed a proposal to pump CHF2bn into the state pension scheme on an annual basis from next year. The provision was included in a reform of corporate tax rules that would also scrap preferential rates for multinational corporations. The CHF12.6bn (€11.2bn) public pension fund for the Swiss canton of Geneva will be recapitalised with CHF4.4bn but without structural changes after a public vote on Sunday.The funding level at the Caisse de prévoyance de l’Etat de Genève (CPEG) will reach 75% as a result of the recapitalisation, bringing it closer to the 80% level that it must reach by 2052 under federal law.However, voters rejected the government’s proposed change to CPEG’s structure, from defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC).Both the government and opposition parties supported a recapitalisation plan, but only the government’s proposal included the DB to DC switch. Voters approved both plans, but more were in favour of the opposition’s plan. The turnout was reported to be 45%.last_img read more


first_img…after DPP withdraws manslaughter chargeThe proprietor of Tourist Villa Hotel, who was initially charged with manslaughter for the shooting death of his neighbour, Jason DeFlorimonte, saw the charge being upgraded on Monday to murder.Remanded: Erwin BacchusErwin Bacchus, of Fifth Avenue, Subryanville, was initially charged with manslaughter when he made his first court appearance last month and was released on $1.5 million bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.However, during Monday’s hearing, the manslaughter charge was withdrawn and upgraded to the capital offence of murder.According to presiding Magistrate Judy Latchman, who read the new charge to Bacchus, the withdrawal was based on the recommendations of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after an investigation into the incident was completed.Bacchus’s Attorney, Nigel Hughes argued that the decision made by the DPP was nothing but an “abuse of power”.In his arguments, Hughes argued that it was the now deceased man who armed himself with a knife and a rolling pin and attacked a handyman who ran for cover inside the accused’s residence.The Attorney said it was at that time that the defendant, who is licensed to carry a firearm, fired two warning shots.Hughes further noted that the now deceased man told his client that he did not care and continued pursuing the handyman.During the ordeal, it is alleged that DeFlorimonte attempted to stab Bacchus with the knife when he (Bacchus) shot him several times about his body.Magistrate Latchman remanded Bacchus to prison.The matter will continue today for a report on the post-mortem examination.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers informed the court that he was ready for a date for commencement of a Preliminary Inquiry (PI) N in which some 20 witnesses would be called to the witness box. The Magistrate set October 3, 2018 for commencement of the PI.Only recently Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore recused herself from hearing the PI stating that one of the parties involved in the matter approached her concerning the case.Even though she did not disclose whether it was a relative of the victim or the accused that approached her, she noted that she “doesn’t want anyone to tell her how to do her job”.last_img read more