Oxford Union president Ben Tansey might cancel the debating society’s invitation to disgraced television actor Chris Langham following adverse publicity.”I have literally spoken to about a hundred people to gauge their thoughts on Chris Langham speaking at the Union and am seriously thinking about cancelling the invite,” said Tansey. “I’ll reach a decision by the end of today.”The Oxford Union invited Chris Langham, the BAFTA-winning comedy actor who had been jailed for downloading child pornography, to come to Frewin Court on May 29, to talk about his “vilification” in the media. The actor, best known for his award-winning performances in BBC Four comedy The Thick of It was jailed for 10 months at Maidstone Crown Court last September after being convicted of 15 counts of downloading images of children.Leading child protection charity Kidscape criticised the Union through the national press, calling the invitation a “publicity stunt” and “very disappointing.”Tansey said he has been receiving been both congratulation and condemnation for the invite. Some have accused him of providing Langham platform to “justify his crimes,” with others, while acknowledging the need for such a debate, concerned about the message the invitation was going to send.Founder of Kidscape Michele Elliot told BBC News, “We are not calling for Chris Langham to be banned, because we believe in free speech, but we are very disappointed the Union has invited someone with this type of conviction.” The Union President said Chris Langham was invited not for publicity but genuine debate. He explained it will be more a question of the judicial system and how the debating society feels about it.”At what point do we turn around and say [to criminals who have served their time], ‘Yes, you are member of society again’?…The debate itself and the reasons for the invite are valid and I think people do recognise that.”But Tansey says he is worried about the message this debate might send to victims of child abuse.”Having looked at Luke [Tryl]’s term in Michaelmas, we have learned that not all PR is good PR. We obviously did think about the message this invitation was going to send and I’m having to rethink our reasons for inviting him,” he said. “The committee has worked very hard for an exciting term and I don’t want this to take over the term.”Chris Langham could not be reached for comment and his agent had refused to comment on the matter. See also:VIDEO: Protests against Union’s free speech forum in MichaelmasVIDEO: Luke Tryl speaks about free speech forum Oxford Union President Ben Tansey
HS2 is crucial to delivering Transport for the North’s ambitions for Northern Powerhouse Rail. By having a new base in Manchester we are able to work closer with our Northern partners. Together, HS2 and NPR will enable faster, more frequent and reliable services throughout the North. The spare capacity released on the northern sections of the HS2 network will enable future NPR services, so the two projects work seamlessly to maximise the benefits of the UK’s investment in future rail. With towns and cities set to benefit across the North, HS2 will transform rail journeys and give passengers thousands of extra seats every day. Press and media enquiries HS2 is scheduled to be completed by 2033, and proposals put forward by Transport for the North, including Northern Powerhouse Rail, are scheduled for completion in the next 30 years. As work steps up to extend HS2 to both Leeds and Manchester, this reinforces HS2’s commitment to work with partners, including Transport for the North, in order to enable Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) services.The company relocated its headquarters from London to the Midlands 3 years ago, and has now established a new base in Manchester city centre for its core team in the North.Mark Thurston, HS2 Ltd CEO, said: Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, added: HS2 will not only improve our railways from North to South but will also lay the foundations for the east to west rail links across the North that we desperately need. HS2, linked with east to west Northern Powerhouse Rail, will make it easier for people to move between our towns and cities, help businesses connect with each other and their customers, and act as a catalyst for local growth. With new high speed rail connections, the economic output of Greater Manchester could double to around £132 billion by 2050, contributing around 40,000 new jobs. HS2 Ltd’s decision to open an office in Manchester is a real statement of intent. I look forward to working with HS2 to ensure the North gets the maximum benefit from the better connections and released capacity that HS2 and NPR will deliver. The Northern Powerhouse Partnership welcomes the move by HS2 to have a permanent office base in Manchester, with the work on the phases to Crewe, to Manchester and to Leeds advancing. HS2, delivered together with Northern Powerhouse Rail, will be transformational and has the potential to support hundreds of thousands of jobs. Without a new railway for city to city travel alongside our Victorian railway, to keep servicing commuters with create more scope for freight, it will be hard to attract investment and the jobs we need to rebalance the UK’s economy and close the North-South divide. Work on the first phase of HS2 from London to the Midlands is already underway at over 250 locations. Over 7,000 jobs and 300 apprenticeships are already supported by the programme, and around 2,000 business have delivered work on HS2. When construction peaks, it is estimated that HS2 will need 30,000 people to design and build the full HS2 rail network.Hundreds of businesses in the North have already won work, and opportunities for local firms to get involved will continue as the project progresses.Across the North, HS2 station locations have been preparing for the arrival of the new railway by drawing up economic plans to take advantage of better rail connections. The redevelopment plans for Manchester have the potential to deliver 40,000 new jobs for the city with both HS2 and NPR working together.HS2 trains will serve over 25 towns and cities from Scotland through to the South East, joining up nearly half of the UK population, giving people more options on where to live, work and travel. It is set to deliver £92 billion of benefits to the UK economy.Key corridors are dependent on infrastructure delivered by HS2 in order for NPR to operate, including: Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, said: Manchester – Liverpool (via Warrington): NPR services could use HS2 infrastructure – including the 13 kilometre Manchester tunnel to serve HS2 stations at Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly. Therefore, it would be possible to deliver NPR’s ambitions for a 21 minute journey (non-stop) or a 26 minute journey (via Manchester Airport and Warrington). Sheffield – Leeds: NPR services could use HS2 infrastructure north of Clayton Junction to serve Leeds HS2 station Leeds – Newcastle via the HS2 junction: this would enable trains from Manchester, Sheffield and the Midlands to travel via Leeds and on to York and the North East. This could also release capacity for more local and commuter services east of Leeds Sheffield – Manchester: NPR services could benefit from investment by the HS2 electrification programme on the Midland Main Line Contact form https://www.hs2.org.uk… The press and media enquiries line is for accredited journalists only
Asset managers welcomed the Chinese government’s decision to go ahead with the scheme, saying it marks another important step in the country’s capital markets’ opening to global investors.“Within three months, the Shenzhen Connect will offer retail and institutional investors full access to one of the most attractive pools of investment opportunities in the world,” said Francois Perrin, portfolio manager, and Karine Hirn, partner at East Capital, an asset manager, in a joint statement.“Welcome to the world of the Chinese private companies, welcome to the 21st century, made in China,” they said.As part of its latest review, index provider MSCI recently decided against including mainland Chinese shares (A-shares) in its benchmark emerging market index, and the East Capital specialists suggested MSCI will look favourably on the Chinese government’s decision on the additional stock exchange link when the index provider next considers its stance on A-shares’ inclusion.The Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect is based on the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, which was piloted in 2014 and has been in operation since then.The Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) was established in 1990, a year after the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and is the largest and most active domestic equity market in China, according to East Capital.Helen Wong, chief executive, Greater China, HSBC, noted that the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect should provide investors around the world with access to “China’s new generation of private sector companies listed in Shenzhen, including an array of innovative internet and technology players based in the Pearl River Delta.”East Capital’s Perrin and Hirn expect overseas institutional investors to focus more on the Shenzhen stock exchange than Shanghai’s.Aidan Yao, senior emerging Asia economist at AXA Investment Managers, said that the state council’s approval of the trading link was anticipated, with onshore/offshore equities having rallied in recent days.In addition to via the Chinese government’s stock exchange connection programme, now boosted with the pending launch of the SZ-HK, overseas investors can invest in mainland China via quota programmes, such as the Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) scheme.AXA IM’s Yao said that the stock connect programme differentiates itself from the quota programmes by “the clean design of the system that minimises official interference and maximises investor inclusion”.He said the only restriction imposed by the Stock Connect programme is on Chinese mainland retail investors wanting to trade on the Hong Kong stock exchange (so-called southbound trades), and that it is therefore much more inclusive than the quota programmes, which are available only to selective institutional investors.APG, the €424bn Dutch asset manager, cited the size of China’s markets and the ongoing efforts to open them when speaking to IPE about a co-operation arrangement it recently agreed with €131bn Chinese asset management company E Fund Management. China’s government has approved Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect (SZ-HK Connect), another trading initiative providing foreign investors with access to mainland Chinese companies’ equity.The go-ahead was announced by Premier Li Keqiang at a Chinese state council executive meeting today, 16 August.“The preparation for the launch of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect has been basically completed, and the State Council has approved its implementation plan,” he said.The exact launch date is expected to be announced soon.
Colin DCunha SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 30th December, 2019 18:50 IST COMMENT Freddie Kitchens has been relieved of his duties as head coach📰 » https://t.co/1xJHLKsP0N pic.twitter.com/iCsqnlDeDV— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 30, 2019 Written By “We thank Freddie for his hard work and commitment to this organization but did not see the success or opportunities for improvement to move forward with him as our head coach. Our focus is on hiring an exceptional leader for this football team and we will take a comprehensive approach to this process. We are excited about the core players we have to build around and develop and we look forward to bringing in a strong head coach that will put this group of players in the best position to succeed.” – Statement from Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam Statement from Dee and Jimmy Haslam: pic.twitter.com/eJKFT2nCPo— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 30, 2019 WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 18:50 IST Cleveland Browns Set To Appoint 7th Coach Since 2009 After Sacking Freddie Kitchens Freddie Kitchens was relieved of his duties as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. The Browns fell to a defeat in their last game in the NFL this season. The Freddie Kitchens experiment has drawn to a close after just one season, the Cleveland Browns announced on Sunday night. Freddie Kitchens follows Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski, Mike Pettine and Hue Jackson out of the door when it comes to the Browns. With Kitchens fired, the Browns will now be looking to hire their seventh coach since 2009. Also Read | Odell Beckham Jr Moving Away From Cleveland Browns? Patriots Trade Rumours Circle NFLNFL: Cleveland Browns fire Freddie Kitchens after disastrous one-year spell Also Read | Browns’ Landry Says Hip Pain Caused By Fractured Vertebrae The Browns have faced disciplinary issues both on and off the field in the National Football League (NFL) this season. First, there was the Myles Garrett issue, which was then followed by weeks of speculation regarding Odell Beckham Jr’s future with the Browns. Freddie Kitchens also failed to develop the talent of Baker Mayfield. In fact, Mayfield’s numbers have taken a hit since his rookie season. Also Read | Odell Beckham Jr Throws Helmet In Anger, Argues With Browns Coach Freddie KitchensThe Cleveland Browns went 6-10 in the NFL this season. Their final game of the season also ended in defeat as the Cincinnati Bengals prevailed over the Cleveland Browns at the Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday night. The Bengals have one of the worst records in the NFL this season. The win over the Cleveland Browns was only their second win this year. Interestingly, Freddie Kitchens became just the second coach in the history of the Cleveland Browns (Rob Chudzinski in 2013) to be fired after just one year in charge.Also Read | Odell Beckham Jr Addresses Helmet-throwing Incident Against The Baltimore Ravens LIVE TV FOLLOW US