Theresa May has shamlessly recognised key political cronies in her resignation honours list. She has also recognised her favourite cricketer Geoffrey Boycott. The former prime minister's chief EU negotiator Olly Robbins - blamed by many Tory MPs for her three times rejected Brexit deal - receives a knighthood. Her controversial former joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill - who were forced to quit No 10 in the wake of the 2017 general election debacle - are made CBEs. The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has named three new peers - and former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has been nominated by her party to sit in the upper house. Mr Boycott, along with former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss, both receive knighthoods for services to sport. Former CEO of LGBT charity Stonewall Ruth Hunt will join the House of Lords. Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is receiving the KBE - despite criticism of how the force has handled London's knife crime epidemic. There is likely to … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s Resignation Honours list in full – Tory cronies dominate gongs and peer awards
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A section of Jawaharlal Nehru University teachers on Sunday said the JNU administration was open to dialogue with elected hostel representatives but not with the “non-notified” students’ union to end the standoff by students over the hike in hostel fees.Umesh Kadam, the dean of students, said he has not yet notified the students’ union.“The (poll) results are still lying with me in my office in a sealed envelope. The election committee announced the results without taking that sealed envelope from me. How can we notify the students’ union when the results are still with me,” he said.“The administration has announced a partial rollback and we are open to dialogue. We are ready to talk to the elected hostel representatives and work out the modalities,” he said.Asked about the students’ union, Kadam said, “Why should we talk to them when they are not notified?” He added that the administration is open to dialogue but … [Read more...] about JNU teachers say admin open to talk to elected hostel representatives to end students’ protest
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Congratulations! After a grueling campaign, you have been elected president of Discursia, a small nation somewhere in the Global South.Discursia is peaceful and prosperous compared to its neighbors. But in 2028, how long can that last? Your economy is booming, but a small cadre of elites hoards its spoils. A restive minority group clamors for rights it’s been denied — rights it might take up arms to obtain. And thousands of refugees mass at your borders, driven by the scarcity of a scorched planet.Your mandate is to preserve democracy and stability, with minimal immiseration.Outside your office, two trade delegations are waiting. They’re from the two most powerful nations on Earth: the United States and the People’s Republic of China.The Americans go first. They propose a sweeping trade package, a plank of which is a 10-year commitment to American social networks: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. On these networks, Discursians can assume any identity they want, and … [Read more...] about The American Internet Sucks. The Alternative Is China.
New Delhi A section of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) teachers on Sunday said the administration is ready to have a dialogue with “elected” hostel representatives but not with the “non-recognised” students’ union in connection with the ongoing stand-off over the hike in hostel fees and a new hostel manual.During a press conference held on Sunday by a group of teachers, JNU dean of students’ Umesh Kadam said the administration was yet to notify the JNU students’ union (JNUSU). “We have not notified the union because the election committee announced the results of the students’ union elections arbitrarily. The committee had submitted the result to the dean of students’ office in a sealed envelope when the high court had put a stay on its announcement. The envelope is still lying with me. Why should we talk to them when they are not notified? We will speak to the properly elected hostel … [Read more...] about Admin can’t hold talks with ‘non-recognised’ students’ union: JNU teachers