Shakira Martin has just been elected the next President of the national Union of Students, winning with first preference votes alone.In the first round, Martin won 402 votes – 56% of the vote share. Malia Bouattia, who was running for re-election, won 235 votes and Tom Harwood, an NUS delegate from Durham University, received 35 votes.She identifies herself as a black single mother from a working class family, and positioned herself as a centrist candidate. She is currently an NUS Vice President.Following her election victory, she said: “I am honoured and humbled to have been elected as NUS’ National President. I take this as a vote of trust that our members believe I can lead our national movement to be the fighting and campaigning organisation we need it to be, representing the breadth of our diverse membership.“Further Education made me who I am today and look forward to sharing stories of just how powerful all forms of education can be when we’re all given access to it. During my term in office I want to spend my time listening, learning and leading.”Tom Harwood, whose candidacy has been the source of much controversy in recent weeks, told Cherwell: “”I am so proud of the role I have played in this election. Our campaign shifted the debate and helped set the course for what can be a more moderate union.”Others reacted to the result on Twitter:I will never be able to tell you how much this means. Thank you, THANK YOU. Congratulations to other candidates #NUSConference— Shakira Martin (@ShakiraSweet1) April 26, 2017https://twitter.com/frankiehsimons/status/857189760506490880After an excellent hustings speech, very glad to see @ShakiraSweet1 beat Bouattia; congrats to @tomhfh in shaking up the debate #nusnc17— David F Browne (@DavidFBrowne1) April 26, 2017An analysis of the campaign from Cherwell can be found here.
Lowry’s fifth place finish on the Race to Dubai means he was one of ten automatic qualifiers for the side.Clarke’s Europe will face Jeev Milka Singh’s Asian selection in Kuala Lumpur from January 15th.
Dedicated esports bookmaker Unikrn has revealed ambitious European expansion plans, having obtained a Malta license and partnered with French company RBP, one of the leaders in betting in France. The joint-venture created with RBP will be named “Unikrn EU” and will effectively bring the Unikrn platform to Europe in early 2018. In addition to the partnership with RBP, Unikrn has obtained a Malta license allowing it to operate in a swathe of territories. The Unikrn platform is of course not limited to sportsbook as the company have made various investments in recent times. The team has an interest in German Counter-Strike squad BIG, as well as having a casino group and a content team fairly unique to Unikrn.Furthermore, it comes after the company’s ICO was recently revealed as the biggest esports and gaming ICO, having done over $28,000,000 in sales. The number has now surpassed $30,000,000 in Ethereum in over 112 countries and the token will “eventually follow across Europe”, according to the release. “For a little over a year, Unikrn EU has been working with the Malta Gaming Authority to acquire our new license,” said Rahul Sood, CEO of Unikrn. “Malta has some of the highest regulatory requirements and processes, they are by every measure the gold standard and one of of the most respected authorities for responsible and ethical wagering.”“RBP has over 300,000 loyal registered customers, and our sites receive over a million unique visitors per month, making us leader in France when it comes to online betting,” said Emmanuel de Rohan Chabot, CEO of Zeturf and Zebet and co-founder of RBP. “RBP will be a strong partner to Unikrn to help bring regulated, safe, and legal esports betting in markets across Europe, and we look forward to working with their exceptional team.”Esports Insider says: It’s safe to say that Unikrn have been extremely busy of late, and it looks to be paying dividends. More impressive news out of the esports dedicated bookmaker as they look to push on and expand.