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How to register to vote in the local elections before the 19th April deadline

first_imgWhich elections are taking place on the 6th of May? You can apply for a postal vote, and have the voting papers sent to a different address to that of your Oxford residence. The deadline for applying for postal vote is 19 April.  If you live at a different UK address during the holidays than during term, you are allowed to vote in elections in both council areas, as long as you are registered at both. This rule applies only to local elections, and not to national ones.  Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash Why does it matter? Voter turnout is often lower amongst young people, but issues in local elections also affect young people. Oxford City Council can regulate housing policy and prices, make decisions regarding parks and leisure facilities, and take environmental action. Can I vote in elections at home and in Oxford? How do I register? I won’t be in Oxford on May 6th. How can I vote?center_img If you are a qualifying Commonwealth, Irish or EU citizen you are also eligible to vote, given you are not excluded from voting for legal reasons. You can also apply for a proxy vote, allowing someone else to vote on your behalf. The deadline for applying for proxy votes is 29 April 27. You will be asked for your national insurance number for registration. If you can’t remember it, you can look at past payslips or fill out a form requesting it. Alternatively, you can also register without entering a national insurance number. In this case, you will be sent an email asking to provide alternative documentation, such as a picture of a passport, ID card or residence permit. On the 6th of May, local elections will be taking place across the UK. In Oxford, you can cast your vote for the Oxford City Council, for Oxfordshire County Council, and for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley. I’m not a UK citizen. Can I vote in these elections? I don’t have a national insurance number. What do I do? You can register online in under 5 minutes. The deadline for registration is Monday 19 April. last_img read more

The best thing to wear is confidence

first_imgFalse eyelashes are the equivalent to the killer leather jacket or pair of shoes you need to wear when dressing up — simple on its own, yet capable of turning you from “clean” to “on-point.” Better yet, accessories like these not only make you look good, but also feel good. So when my dear friend — who I will call Jackson for the purpose of anonymity — tells me to put my “falsies” on, he’s essentially telling me to mentally prepare myself for some type of environment that will require extra social energy for a couple of hours.Last weekend, Jackson told me to get my falsies on and an hour later, we went to a party. It was 11 p.m. and Jackson was game — he was hoping to get some drinks in and I was excited to witness the chaos of a college party. As I walked in with both leather jacket and falsies on, my expectations were immediately met.String lights, red cups and blasting music. There were circles of people throughout the backyard, either yelling at each other over the music or just laughing together. To my right, I saw a few couples tucked away in a dark corner, getting friendly with each other or just eating each other’s faces. “Maybe the party ran out of chips?” I thought. To my left, a small table with drinks was surrounded by people taking shots together. But before I could further assess the scene and make way to investigate whether this party really ran out of food or not, “Mr. Dude” came my way. Caught off-guard and a little confused, Mr. Dude ignored my confused look and proceeded to initiate a conversation. Throughout his speech I thought to myself, “Why are you talking to me? Where are your friends? Where are MY friends?” As my initial joy from having expectations met slowly melted away, I was angry that Mr. Dude just ruined my energy. I didn’t come here to actually mingle, I came to observe and be with my friends. Mr. Dude was still talking. I don’t actually recall saying much besides, “No, you can’t kiss me.”My intention for the night was to people watch, specifically Jackson hitting on girls and getting rejected (hopefully something Snapchat-worthy, too). Yet, the unwarranted encounter with Mr. Dude threw me off. I wasn’t trying to meet new people, but this guy and others kept approaching me with whatever they thought was interesting enough to engage me. I find it ironic that when I want to meet and mingle at parties, it becomes very difficult to meet people. But when I don’t want to have any attention on me at parties, people end up overwhelming me with meaningless conversation. On a bigger scale, why am I receiving attention from guys when I’m not looking for romance?I believe Mr. Dude may have been attracted to my false eyelashes and leather jacket, or more importantly, that I was wearing my confidence on my sleeve. In these moments of not seeking, there was no need to impress anyone or put up a facade of being more than who I really am. My favorite outfit is this — comfortable. While falsies and leather jackets may be some of my favorite things in my closet, there’s nothing more flattering than fitting into what feels most in tune with myself. Confidence is also like my favorite perfume — while it can’t be store-bought, when it’s spritzed into the air I’ve found that it’s also a scent that other people are really into, too. It’s these things that allow me to not be too conscious of myself and rather be focused on the people and environment around me.The best part of it all, however, is that comfortable and confident are a packaged deal. The two are pretty much synonymous; being comfortable and okay with yourself is a type of self-love that allows you to embrace your quirks and personal characteristics. So forget fretting over wearing something that Zara or Urban Outfitters may sell to be just for “you,” dig into the closet that you’re naturally equipped with and own it.Dani Chang is a senior majoring in cinema and media studies.  Her column, “Feisty Woman,” runs every other Friday.last_img read more

Syracuse suffers dramatic walk-off loss, 9-8, to Virginia in 11 innings

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (14-8, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) fell to Virginia (9-18, 1-4 Atlantic Coast), 9-8, in 11 innings on Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia. After taking a four-run lead in the 10th inning, SU gave up four runs in the bottom of the inning before the Cavaliers’ Lacy Smith hit a walk-off homerun in the 11th. It was the Orange’s longest game of the season, outlasting its 10-inning victory over Grand Canyon on Feb. 18.Syracuse got on the board in the first inning when Bryce Holmgren singled to drive in Alicia Hansen from second base. After suffering her first hitless game in nine games the day before, Holmgren rediscovered her form with an early RBI-single. The Orange added to its lead in the second inning when Lailoni Mayfield doubled to put Hannah Dossett on third base. A batter later, Dossett and Mayfield scored on a wild pitch and fielding error, respectively.After tallying another run through a Mayfield RBI single in the top of the third, SU held a 4-0 advantage. In the bottom of the inning, Virginia’s Molly Keshin tripled down the right-field line and scored on a groundout to second base. UVA pitcher Erika Osherow held SU hitless for the next two innings while her team mounted a three-run fifth inning to tie the game at four.Syracuse pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti started in the circle and held the Cavaliers to two hits in the first four innings. In the fifth, Virginia’s bats woke up, and Gatti was replaced with Alexa Romero after allowing runners to reach second and third. Romero gave up three runs on a sac fly and two hits, and the score was knotted at four.Over the next four innings, the two teams combined for just four hits, as Romero and Osherow remained steady as the game went into extra innings. In the top of the tenth, three walks loaded the bases for Syracuse before Hansen hit a bases-clearing triple to give SU a three-run lead. A batter later, Holmgren singled, giving the Orange its eighth run of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFacing a four-run deficit in the bottom of the tenth, Virginia’s offense went to work. The Cavaliers registered five hits in six batters to make it a one-run game. With runners on second and third, Madi Traver hit a ground ball that was fielded cleanly, thrown home and mishandled by SU catcher Gianna Carideo. The error scored Ashlee Davis to even the score at eight. Romero went on to retire the next two batters, and the game carried into the 11th inning.After giving up four runs in the 10th, Osherow shut down the Orange in the 11th, allowing just one hit. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Smith won the game on a walk-off solo home run to left center.Syracuse will wrap up its three-game series with Virginia on Sunday at noon. Comments Published on March 17, 2018 at 7:28 pm Contact David: [email protected]last_img read more

Joshua to Defend IBF Titles June 25

first_imgThat victory earlier this month came in only his 16th professional fight, all of which he has won by knockout.Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn had said Joshua’s next fight was due to take place on July 9 at Wembley, but the plan was changed when Tyson Fury – the WBA, IBO and WBO heavyweight champion – announced his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko would take place on the same date in Manchester.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua has announced he will make the first defence of his title at London’s O2 on June 25.Joshua, 26, broke the news in a video on his Twitter page, saying: “I wanted the closest date possible because I’m feeling good.”No opponent has yet been announced.Joshua, the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist, won the IBF title with a second-round stoppage of American Charles Martin.last_img read more