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Former US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming to Oxford

By on May 3, 2021

first_imgThe former US Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming to Oxford for a book launch.The US senator, who was beaten by Hillary Clinton for the Democrat nomination last year, will speak at the Sheldonian Theatre to promote the paperback edition of his bestselling book on his failed presidential bid.The event will be chaired by Helena Kennedy, the Principal of Mansfield College.Sanders is not new to Oxford, as his brother, Larry, lives in the East of the city. He ran as the Green Party candidate in last year’s by-election in David Cameron’s old seat of Witney, close to Oxford.The talk is set to be held at 2.30pm and is titled ‘Our Revolution: A Future to Believe in’ – the slogan of his failed presidential bid. Tickets will cost £15.Sanders was recently confirmed as one of this term’s speakers at the Cambridge Union. However, he did not feature in the Oxford Union’s Trinity term card, leaked exclusively by Cherwell last week.The talk forms part of a wider literary event – The Hay Festival – to be held in Wales. Festival director Peter Florence is hopeful the left-winger will inspire students and young people attending.He told the Oxford Mail: “What we hope from Bernie is that he’ll galvanize young people like he did in America. The way he’s working to interrogate every stupid bill in the Senate is heroic and essential. He’s a model opposition leader.”Waterstones will be selling books after Sanders’ visit.Tickets can be purchased at hayfestival.org or by calling 01497 822 629.last_img read more

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CONCACAF could rebrand after ‘toxic’ past, says new president

By on September 19, 2020

first_imgBy Alan Baldwin LONDON, England (Reuters) – CONCACAF could change its name to create a new brand image and distance itself from a “toxic” past, the president of the body that governs soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean said yesterday.“We’re going to go through an exhaustive process in terms of both brand, just the logo itself, and if you are going to look at the logo you might as well look at the name as well,” Victor Montagliani told Reuters.“Is it (the name) conducive to the brand, do we need to change so it’s a little bit more slick?,” the Canadian said at the Leaders sport business conference at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground.“Obviously there has been some toxic waste there,” he added. “But it’s more looking forward …”Montagliani, elected in May, said the issue was on the agenda at CONCACAF’s last council meeting.The Miami-based confederation has been at the centre of a corruption scandal that has engulfed world soccer, during which 42 individuals and entities have been charged in the United States on a variety of graft-related offences.Three past CONCACAF presidents, Trinidad and Tobago’s Jack Warner, Cayman Islander Jeffrey Webb and Honduran Alfredo Hawit, have been charged.The body voted for wide-ranging reforms in February, including a new independent ethics committee.Montagliani, also a vice-president of FIFA, said taking the helm had been eye-opening and the days when a president could do things “with a wink and a nod” were over.CONCACAF last hosted a World Cup in 1994, in the United States, and Montagliani said it was time to bring the tournament back to the region in 2026.Whether that should be a regional bid, or by one of the three big powers Mexico, the United States and Canada, remained open.“The more I think of it the more it (a regional bid) makes a lot of sense … it would probably be consistent with how we govern soccer in our region,” he said.Montagliani backed FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s suggestion that the tournament expand to 48 countries in 2026, with an initial knockout stage and then a 32-team group stage.“I think it’s obvious it’s not going to stay at 32 for 2026,” said the Canadian.“The reality is that we need to look from a global perspective … should we expand? I think the answer is probably yes and now it’s what’s the format and all that and it has to work from a numbers and a business standpoint.”last_img read more

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