Following the passing of a motion to hold a referendum on Oxford’s affliation to the NUS at OUSU Council on Wednesday, a Cherwell survey has found that a significant majority of students would vote to disaffliate from the NUS.Over 850 students, nearly 10 per cent of the undergraduate student body, took part in the survey. Of those surveyed, 57 per cent showed support for the disaffiliation campaign, whilst 29 per cent expressed a desire to stay in the NUS. 14 per cent of students were undecided.The vote at OUSU Council on Wednesday means that a referendum will be held on Oxford’s affiliation to the National Union of Students before sixth week. The OUSU Council motion was proposed by David Klemperer, one of the Oxford’s delegates to the NUS and a member of the ‘Oh Well Alright Then’ slate.The controversial motion was debated for nearly three hours with multiple amendments, dominated by questions surrounding the ability of liberation movements to adequately campaign for NUS membership in the short time frame with their limited resources.It was passed by secret ballot with 67 members voting in favor of a referendum, 56 opposing and three abstaining. Emotions were running high as Becky Howe’s speech ended in tears and Klemperer was accused of lying in the motion.The motion to disaffiliate follows the election of Malia Bouattia as President-elect of NUS, despite allegations of anti-Semitism. Leaders of Jewish Societies at 48 universities across the UK signed an open letter calling on her to answer questions including her comment declaring the University of Birmingham a “Zionist outpost”. Malia responded to the open letter claiming she only took issue with Zionist politics not Jewish faith. She defended herself against this, and other, allegations in a comment piece written for The Guardian.Speaking to Cherwell, Richard Brooks, current NUS Vice-President for Union Development, who will also be serving next year said, “We’re going to campaign in the same way for a few other places that are going to a refer the NUS to a referendum. We will get in contact with the student unions and engage with students.“There is massive benefit to being a part of the NUS, including cheaper items, training and support and a strong national campaign.“One of the main campaigns that the NUS has is Cut The Cost. Every time we can go onto a campaign students are talking about the cost of living, we are listening to Oxford students.”Before the vote, several JCRs mandated their OUSU reps to vote in favor the referendum. Each college can send three representatives to OUSU Council. Trinity, Merton and Magdalen colleges, amongst others, delegated all three representatives to vote in favor of a referendum. Some colleges decided to delegate their representatives proportionately with two voting to reps voting to hold a referendum, and one against.“It’s clear that many people are deeply dissatisfied with the NUS”David KlempererWith almost all colleges backing disaffiliation in Cherwell’s survey, Wadham is a notable outlier, with a slim majority of students indicating support to continue affiliation. Trinity had the highest percentage of those backing disaffiliation.David Klemperer commented, “I’m very glad that the survey shows a real desire for change on the part of Oxford students. It’s clear that many people are deeply dissatisfied with the NUS, and I hope we see a similar result.”Oxford University JSoc President Issac Virchis commented: “The last few weeks have raised some questions about NUS and its leadership. I’m glad Oxford students will have the opportunity to hear strong arguments from both sides and make a decision on their future for themselves.”
Whilst the skin betting world has been somewhat quieter of late, with Valve’s previous Cease and Desist orders seemingly proving a deterrent, it’s safe to say that websites operating in the unregulated space remain rife.Worse still, awareness is still seemingly lacking as many of these sites still gain prominence through streamers, personalities, teams and even through tournament sponsorship.We’ve recently seen the emergence of a slightly more subtle gambling product. Whereas previously, wagering on esports teams and playing casino-style games such as Roulette were the most common, the latest incarnation is somewhat less garishly obvious, but the legitimacy is understandably questionable. Skin case opening sites effectively market themselves as a cheaper way of opening chests in game, with a chance to unpack an extremely rare item, as you would by purchasing a case from Valve. The issue here, is that the people who run these sites, as revealed by esports journalist Richard Lewis fix the odds and can go as far as putting their sites in “rape mode”; a mode where only the two cheapest skins from any case could be discovered. Equally, those promoting the sites would have better odds and win big. It all harks back to previous scandals where famous streamers even went as far as, in Trevor “Tmartn” Martin’s case, owning the site and not disclosing it so to encourage his fan base to use his site and thus make him even more money. Late last week it seemed as though someone had gently prodded Valve and suggested that their initial C&D had not actually had the impact they desired. Two websites, Lootmarket and CSEsport had all of their bots banned and thus have been forced to cease operations.Lootcase and LootmarketWhilst Lootcase issued a statement following having its Steam bots (used to collect and redistribute items from users) saying that it had never engaged in shady practice, certain terms and conditions on its site suggested otherwise.One read: “You understand that the odds shown on the site are estimates and not exact”. before also adding “You also understand and agree that the odds may change at any time without notice”. Lootmarket could then be used to sell items, thus allowing users who “win” valuable skins to directly convert into cash. EDIT: After discussion with the Lootcase/market CEO, clarity on the terms has been provided. “The bit about odds being exact just references the rounding. Users could click to see odds for any of the cases. We may show 1% instead of 1.1% or 3% instead of 2.893%.”“The bit about odds changing any time without notice is true. As the prices for items fluctuate, we may need to adjust the odds for item drops within a case to maintain our desired returns to users.”There’s little doubt that Lootcase are not the worst example of a skin site by ethics, morals or even layout but the point remains. These sites can often be shady by nature and without regulation, be it gambling specific regulation and lax age control, and they effectively encourage youngsters to engage in gambling activity. The holding page reads “RIP Loot Case…” and explains that the bans from Valve mean the website will be closing operations. It does say “Keep an eye out for new projects from the Loot Team!” — insinuating a potential return could be on the cards at some point in the future. CSesportCSesport is reminiscent of CS:GO Lounge or Dota 2 Lounge. A user can simply place skins on professional games that are taking place. It served as a sportsbook and the site is now still operating, although only with skins which are already contained on the site. The terms and conditions of CSesport are all too common across skin betting sights and go to highlight the sheer obscenity of the unregulated industry.Here are some of the most ludicrous: “2. If you don’t agree with all of these rules… don’t place bets on CSesport”3. By placing a bet on CSesport you are confirming that you are in abidance with your country’s laws which allow you to participate in skin-betting. This is generally 18 years of age or older, but make sure to check.” If you have a bet on, and you’re going to win at a certain price, CSesport can change it at any time: “5. The value system is automatically updated at our discretion and can be updated without warning and may occur during active bets.”Then there’s arguably the two best of the lot: “24. You have 21 days to claim your items/winnings from your returns. After which, these items will be claimed by CSesport and used for giveaways, promotions and, in some cases, added to winnings of future bets.”“25. These are the basic rules to which we operate, however, we reserve the right to change these rules at anytime without warning. If a situation arises for which we have no rules, a decision will be made amongst the CSesport staff – and this is the final decision.”Just 21 days to claim, otherwise we keep all of your money. And we are able to make up any rules at any point that suit us best. It’s just the wonderful world of skin betting. Esports Insider says: You just have to look at these websites and laugh. Valve, seemingly out of the blue has been proactive and banned two sites. That leaves just the remaining hundreds. It’s just another reminder that these operators lack proper rules and regulations. They’re a danger to the industry (especially the likes of CSesport) and the more that get shut down the better.
It’s one of the qualifying campaign’s most-nervy moments as four teams in a group all enter the final day with an equal chance of reaching the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.Ghana, Guinea, Togo and Uganda all enter the last day certain of a place if results go their way.The Sparrow Hawks of Togo will renew their bid of qualifying for next year’s tournament when they clash at the Tamale Stadium on Wednesday at 16:00 GMT in the final Group E match. But the probable line up to start for the Black Star:Razak Braimah,Harrison Afful, Baba Rahman,John Boye(doubt)/ Awal MohammedJonathan MensahRabiu Mohammed Christian Atsu Afriyie Acquah Majeed WarisAgyemang BaduJordan Ayew
Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles among teams interested in Kemba Walker “I believe strongly he has always wanted to be part of the market, but, understandably, the kid wants to win.”Ball, meanwhile, was limited to just 47 games in 2018-19 as he sprained his ankle in late January and never returned to the court. The No. 2 pick in the 2017 draft finished the season averaging 9.9 points and 5.4 assists. The Pelicans could still be considering dealing Anthony Davis to the Lakers.The 26-year-old star asked New Orleans to move him in late January and he’s reportedly “highly unlikely” to reconsider his demand despite the team winning the 2019 draft lottery. Lopez reported during an appearance on ESPNLA 710:“It’s probably Boston first, and then I’d put the Lakers second. The Lakers do have good assets that people in the Pelicans organization value. For instance, Alvin Gentry loves the idea of having a Lonzo Ball-Jrue Holiday backcourt. LaVar Ball (Lonzo’s father) does not love the idea of having a Lonzo Ball-Jrue Holiday backcourt. That makes things a little bit complicated.”Holiday has developed into a consistent All-Star candidate during his six seasons with the Pelicans. He averaged a career-high 21.2 points, along with 7.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 2018-19.The Pelicans are widely expected to select former Duke star Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. New Orleans new executive vice president David Griffin thinks the team can convince Davis to re-evaluate his decision.”There are a lot reasons for him to believe that this will be different,” Griffin told NBA TV last month. “What it starts with is just us doing what we say we’re going to do, one step at a time. Over time, I think he’s going to see there is a trust level that he should have in us. Anthony Davis rumors: Pelicans star ‘highly unlikely’ to reconsider trade demand The Lakers reportedly made multiple offers for Davis before the deadline, but no deal was ultimately reached. The teams, however, could revisit those negotiations this offseason, according to Andrew Lopez of the Times-Picayune.Would you give up Lonzo Ball in a trade for Anthony Davis?(via @_Andrew_Lopez )Listen LIVE on ESPNLA 710 & https://t.co/Wda75IMccI 📻 pic.twitter.com/AdcFRHWQxi— ESPNLosAngeles (@ESPNLosAngeles) May 30, 2019Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is intrigued by some of Los Angeles’ assets, including guard Lonzo Ball, the report says. Related News Lakers trade rumors: LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope only two ‘untouchable pieces’ last season