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.
The 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations winner becomes the second African signing for Reva’s side following the acquisition of South Africa defender Bambanani Mbane in January. She also swells the number of Africans in the Minsk squad to six after Nigeria’s Ogbiagbevha, Cameroon’s Alvine Njolle, Cote d’Ivoire’s Nadege Cisse, and the South Africa duo of Letago Madiba and Mbane. Read Also:Two local coaches shortlisted for Super Falcons job Wogu will seek to earn her competitive debut when Minsk face Isloch-RGUOR in the Belarusian Women’s Super Cup on March 29. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Wogu sealed her move to the Belarusian giants from Nigeria Women’s Premier League side Rivers Angels after a medical and agreeing to personal terms with Volodymyr Reva’s team. Having completed her first professional switch, the 21-year-old will become the latest Nigerian to join the Belarusian Women’s Premier League, teaming up with compatriot Emuidzhi Oghiabekhva. Her arrival speaks volumes of the Blues and Whites’ ambition as they bid to maintain their domestic dominance in Belarus and go past the quarter-final in the 2020 Women’s Champions League season.Advertisement Belarusian champions Minsk have secured the services of Nigeria international Chioma Wogu on a two-year deal. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Best Cars Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI Forever Loading…
Ricky Thornton Jr. took home the Dirt Dominator crown and $1,000 Thursday, on Karl Performance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour practice night at Arizona Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)By Mike SpiekerQUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (Feb. 8) – The second annual Karl Performance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour got underway Thursday evening with practice night at Arizona Speedway. Following the night’s practice session was the inaugural Dirt Dominator, a $1,000-to-win, 16-car bracket race for the IMCA Modifieds.Chandler driver Ricky Thornton Jr. walked through the field to capture the overall victory. Thornton topped Jake O’Neil in the championship round, utilizing the inside line starting position.“I knew it was going to be tough. Jake (O’Neil) has been really good,” Thornton said from victory lane. “I picked the bottom because I only ran one lap on the top. I knew I just had to get out front and not mess up.”Thornton took the lead coming to the flag stand off turn four after taking the green flag down the backstretch. O’Neil put his no. 0 machine on the cushion but Thornton was too strong on the bottom and ran unchallenged en route to the victory.Thornton defeated Delbert Shannon in the opening round before knocking off Russell Allen and Tim Ward. With the win, Thornton Jr. is locked into the Dirt Dominator season finale, which will comprise of 16 Dirt Dominator winners throughout the season seen on IMCA.TV. The final Dirt Dominator event will boast a $10,000 check to the winner.The Karl Performance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour officially kicks off Friday night (Feb. 9) at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek as part of the Snowbird Classic, featuring the IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet IMCA Northern SportMods.The tour heads back to Arizona Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 10 before heading to Casa Grande for a pair of events on Sunday, Feb. 11 and Monday, Feb. 12 at Central Arizona Speedway.Tuesday, Feb. 13 will offer a practice night at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria and will feature the $1,000-to-win King of the Hill bracket race. Racing action continues Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Thursday, Feb. 15 as a part of the Desert Classic at Canyon before race teams head to the final track, Cocopah Speedway in Somerton for a trio of shows Friday through Sunday, Feb. 16-18 during Winter Nationals.Each night along the tour, Modified drivers will be competing for a hefty $1,500 to win top prize in Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events while Northern SportMod drivers will be racing for $600 to win.A record 117 Modifieds and 52 Northern SportMods are pre-registered for the second annual Karl Performance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour.
ONE of Guyana’s most famous boxers, Terrence Alli, was over the weekend named as an inductee of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.Alli, 58, made his debut in 1979 against Winston Goodridge, winning on points, and it was the perfect start for the man many felt had placed Guyana on the world stage long before Andrew ‘Six Heads’ Lewis won the country’s first World Title in 2001.The seventh annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner will be held on April 29, at Russo’s On the Bay in Howard Beach, New York.“This day is for all these inductees who worked so hard for our enjoyment,” NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said, “and for what they did for New York State boxing.”Each attending inductee (or direct descendant of Alli) will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his or her induction into the NYSBHOF.The life and career of Terrence Alli embodies both the glory and the tragedy that often lurk not far from one another in the world of boxing.He was an exciting, eccentric and socially-conscious fighter who became the world’s top Super Lightweight contender.Alli finished his career with 52 wins (25 by knockout), 15 losses and two draws but will be forever be remembered as one of the best fighters Guyana has ever produced but who has never won a world title.Alli’s first shot at a world title was in 1985 against Harry Arroyo for the IBF World Lightweight Title but, the Guyanese was knocked out by the American.Eight years later, Alli found himself against Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez for the WBC World Super Lightweight Title.Guyanese at home and abroad were glued to their television screens to witness the classic showdown, hoping that Alli could take down the man who at the time had defended his title against the likes of Hector Camacho, Angel Hernandez and Meldrick Taylor.However, luck was not on Alli’s side, since he was beaten by the Mexican.The Guyanese entered the ring seven times and lost them all; including losses to ‘Six Heads’ Lewis for the vacant Guyanese Welterweight Title and his WBC International Super Welterweight Title against Quirino Garcia (Unanimous Decision)To his credit, Alli was the USBA Lightweight Champion and NABF Super Lightweight Title-holder.Perhaps sadder still, by all accounts he feels he has been forsaken by the country that he always proudly represented with such patriotic vigour, even when he had to go abroad to advance his career.