“This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 2 of the best UK reopening stocks to buy now! I’m looking for the best UK reopening stocks to buy as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. These two are on my shopping list today: Will this UK share beat expectations?I think that some of the UK’s media companies could be among the best reopening stocks to buy today. I’ve long tipped shares like ITV (LSE: ITV) as attractive buys as the world recovers from the pandemic. Comments from the FTSE 100 broadcaster’s commercial operations director Kelly Williams in The Guardian today has boosted my enthusiasm for this particular reopening stock too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…She says that “after each lockdown we have seen a big advertising bounce,” a phenomenon that bodes well as coronavirus restrictions are unwound in the coming weeks. Williams added, too, that “I don’t think we thought at the beginning of the year we would get back to 2019 advertising spend levels but there is a possibility we could.” The return of ratings winners like Love Island and the UEFA Euro 2020 football championship in particular bode well.Be mindful that traditional broadcasters still face considerable competitive pressures from the likes of Netflix, Disney, and Amazon. ITV may have invested heavily in production and the fast-growing video-on-demand sectors in recent years. But it could struggle to keep up with the US streaming giants over the long term.Another of the best reopening shares to buy!I believe Greggs (LSE: GRG) is one more of the best reopening stocks to buy today. The company’s blockbuster trading update of earlier this week showed that trading at the FTSE 250 baker is already clicking through the gears.Greggs said that it has enjoyed “a strong recovery in sales levels” as the government has eased Covid-19 restrictions. Like-for-like sales were down 3.9% in the eight weeks to 8 May. This was vastly better than the 23.3% drop endured during the 10 weeks to 13 March.In fact, demand for Greggs’s sausage rolls, hot drinks, and other tasty treats has been so robust that the UK retail share advised that “profits are likely to be materially higher” than it previously expected. In fact it advised that profits “could be around 2019 levels in the absence of further restrictions.”Of course this is a big ‘if,’ and Greggs’s sales recovery could easily unravel if fresh coronavirus lockdowns are introduced. Infection numbers in the UK have ticked up only modestly in recent days. But it has raised fears that a new wave of the pandemic has swept onto these shores.I still think Greggs is one of the best reopening stocks to buy for a long-term investor like me though. Its broad range of sticky treats have everlasting appeal. 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Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Press Release Service Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Posted Dec 21, 2017 Submit an Event Listing [Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Centre in Rome has announced the appointment of a new deputy director, the Rev. Justin Lewis-Anthony, to succeed the Rev. Marcus Walker. Walker, who was appointed to his post in May 2014, is leaving to take up a post in London, England.Read the entire article here. Rector Martinsville, VA The Rev. Justin Lewis-Anthony to be deputy director of Anglican Centre in Rome Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Events This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS People Associate Rector Columbus, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags Ecumenical & Interreligious, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Anglican Communion, Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT
A panel discussion hosted by Detroit Public Television on the first anniversary of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history was met with protests both inside and outside the Community Arts Auditorium at Wayne State University on Dec 9.University police told members of the Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs and others that they had to relocate further down the street. The activists refused to move from the public sidewalk and continued their demonstration denouncing the role of the banks, transnational corporations and their agents in government for the ongoing oppression existing throughout the city.Inside, Gov. Rick Snyder and retired federal Judge Steven Rhodes were subjected to loud boos and hissing that drowned out their voices. One community activist stood and told Snyder he was a liar and that many people in the city can’t sleep at night due to lack of health care, utilities and water. One after another, people stood up and spoke truth about the city’s bankruptcy, the devastation that continues in Detroit’s neighborhoods and the hardships facing city retirees whose pensions and health care have been deeply slashed. Other activists continued booing and hissing.A youth organizer stood up and began to chant “Black Lives Matter!” leading to Rhodes rapidly exiting the stage. One pastor rose and asked, “Why don’t the Rhodes, Snyders and Duggans suffer cuts? … It is always the community people who suffer.”Consequently, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan refused to come out onto the stage, prompting cancellation of the 90-minute event after about an hour. Press coverage of the shutdown included local television stations and corporate newspaper outlets around the country.Even the Wall Street Journal carried the story. “Detroit protesters shut down a public forum meant to celebrate the city’s progress since it emerged from bankruptcy protection exactly one year ago, showing that many residents are still raw over the deep cuts made to their health-care benefits and monthly pension checks.” (Dec. 9)This was the third demonstration in two months against the bank-led engineers of the forced emergency management and bankruptcy of Detroit. It reflected the mounting anger against the disempowerment and forced removal of the majority African-American population of the city. Poverty, homelessness and disease are on the rise, while the ruling class touts the purported “recovery” of the state’s largest municipality.Bankruptcy loots city and workersOn Dec. 10 a year ago, now-retired Judge Rhodes approved a so-called “plan of adjustment” allowing the city of Detroit to exit chapter 7 bankruptcy. But it appears now that financial data used for calculations in the bankruptcy were underprojected.A Nov. 14 Detroit Free Press article revealed: “According to new documents, the new estimate for Detroit’s two pension funds is $195 million, or more than 70 percent above what was projected under the city’s bankruptcy plan. Post-bankruptcy Detroit is obligated to pay little to nothing into employee pensions over the next nine years. But then, an enormous bill comes due that has caught city and pensions officials off-guard, raising doubt about the data used in bankruptcy to calculate the city’s obligations.”Retirees had their health care benefits terminated in March 2014 and took steep cuts in their monthly checks after adoption of the “plan of adjustment.” The Detroit Institute of Arts was turned over to a “trust” for its management, and a scheme to construct a new hockey arena by Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Illitch was approved by a compliant City Council even before the bankruptcy had been finalized.Since the imposition of emergency management and municipal bankruptcy during 2013, the corporate media have championed these undemocratic measures which had widespread opposition among broad segments of the residents of the city and statewide. A referendum on emergency management Public Act 4 was defeated by a substantial margin during the November 2012 elections.However, during the so-called “lame duck” session of 2012, a new emergency manager law, Public Act 436, was drafted and passed by the majority right-wing Republican Legislature and signed by the governor that was referendum-proof. Other reactionary legislation was adopted during this period, including right to work (for less) and the abolition of business property taxes.Justifying expropriationThe WSU event was the continuation of attempts to paint a false picture of the impact of the bank-imposed restructuring of the city of Detroit, which expropriated at least $7 billion in pension funds, health care benefits and other public assets. There is much at stake for Wall Street in the restructuring of this municipality.Financial institutions were given preference over retirees, municipal employees and residents during the bankruptcy process. City services have worsened since 2014, despite the claims of the Duggan administration and its supporters in the business-friendly media.The Sunday Detroit Free Press ran a front page article Dec. 13 saying that a survey revealed 56 percent of the people asked believed things were improving in Detroit.However, these “findings” are questionable because in the same survey it was reported that 68 percent of the people asked in Detroit had a negative opinion of Governor Snyder; 66 percent held an adverse view of the City Council, which is allowing the ongoing State Financial Review Board to mismanage the city; and 75 percent believed that the public school system, which has been under state control for most of the last 16 years, is not providing quality education.A front-page article in the Detroit News the next day reported that at least 4,000 households were living without water services, including that of 66-year-old Fayette Coleman, whose water has been shut off since 2013. Out of the 200,000 customers, 108,000 were in arrears and 9,200 face imminent terminations. (Dec. 14)Conditions in Detroit illustrate the crisis of capitalism in the U.S. Until there is a fundamental transformation of the social and economic system, these problems will worsen.For an anti-capitalist analysis of the Detroit bankruptcy and its effect on the people, watch the Dec. 11 segment of “The Board Room” on Detroit IP TV at http://tinyurl.com/hcba52c. Hear Moratorium NOW! organizer Jerry Goldberg and Krystal Crittendon, former Detroit Corporation Counsel, debate Detroit News editor Nolan Finley.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Boston hotel workers still strong on Day 13 of national strike.Oct. 12 — Chanting “7 a.m. wake-up call!” and “Don’t check in, check out!” 500 Boston hotel workers on the tenth day of the national strike against Marriott International shut down rush hour traffic for half an hour tonight. Represented by UNITE HERE Local 261, housekeepers, cooks, bartenders and bellhops walked off the job as part of a now 7,800-worker-strong national strike.Workers also walked out Oct. 3 in San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland and San Jose, and on Oct. 7 in Detroit, while Waikiki, Maui and Seattle workers struck the morning of Oct. 8.As in Boston and many places it operates, the five Hawaii hotels owned by Kyo-ya were bought out by Marriott, the world’s largest hotel company that netted $1.4 billion in 2017. According to today’s Boston Globe, the city’s largest hotel, Sheraton Boston, generated $28.4 million in operating profit in the last year, while Westin Copley made $31.5..Amid all this wealth, hotel workers are among the 7.8 million workers across the country forced to hold multiple jobs to barely keep their heads above water. They are demanding: “One Job Should Be Enough.” (MadameNoire.com, October 2016)Marriott is cutting back hours by hiring temps and using technology to replace workers. It is shutting down restaurants, bars and room service to increase profits and outsource jobs to the gig economy. Uber, Lyft and UberEats have cut into the livelihoods of tip-dependent hotel food service workers and door workers who traditionally secure cabs for customers.An often-discussed issue on the picketline is Marriott’s deceitful “Make a Green Choice Program.” Cashing in on people’s genuine desire to help save the environment, the program gives points and rewards to customers for refusing housekeeping services. UNITE/HERE in its report, “Marriott’s Dirty Choice,” said the program reduces housekeeper hours and leads to more injuries.Housekeepers report that this program results in rooms filled with days of filth that require backbreaking labor and heavy lifting as well as use of stronger cleaning chemicals. As UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang put it: “This is a labor-reduction program masquerading as an environmental program. Union housekeepers have seen their hours reduced 15 to 20 percent because of the program.”This deceptive marketing has also been followed with outright lies by the company that posted an anti-union letter claiming to have met worker demands. Management’s effort to cut union power and divide workers has been met with determined effort and loud picket lines in front of empty lobbies and in the streets.Strategies to winTo win this struggle, however, UNITE HERE workers need more support now, especially from communities. Concrete solidarity came this week in Boston from the local progressive Asian American and Pacific Islanders community who swelled the union’s picket line at the Westin hotel. AAPI is fighting to protect affirmative action for Black and Latinx students at Harvard University. They were outraged that the right-wing, anti-affirmative-action think tank Students for Fair Admissions and their cronies had crossed the picket line.“The strike is coming to a dangerous point as it ends its second week,” Harvard Local 26 Chief Steward Ed Childs explained to Workers World. “Marriot owns 10 percent of its market in the world, so this is a fight not just in the U.S. But in this country, the attack against UNITE HERE is a national effort from Washington and Wall Street, along with National Right to Work, eased by the Janus v. American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees court decision; the termination of temporary protected status [for Caribbean and Central American workers]; DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals]; and attacks on affirmative action — all stacked against workers. UNITE HERE has responded with a national campaign, and we’re fighting not just for our union but for workers in general.”Childs advised: “Mobilize yourselves. Raise this in your union meetings. Talk about it with your co-workers. We’ve never faced anything like this. This is an attack on you, too.”Childs cited the Wisconsin protests of 2011 as a source of valuable inspiration and important lessons: “When Governor Scott Walker brought right-to-work legislation to this historically union-stronghold state, it provoked a strong defense that united all unions, the Black and Latinx communities, campus activists and the Occupy movement. Hundreds of thousands protested daily throughout the winter. They ultimately seized and occupied the State House for weeks with rank-and-file union members chanting ‘General Strike!’ in the capitol.“Although the unions had built the power to do that, the Democrats sold them out, convincing union leadership to await a recall effort, but then running the racist, pro-life mayor of Milwaukee as their candidate. That split the movement.”Childs observed that people in Madison at the time were very responsive and supportive, easily seeing through the deceptive “rights” rhetoric that like “Green Choice” is just a foil for corporate take-backs.“Unfortunately, we never made it to the offense,” Childs added. “A general strike in Wisconsin would have been taking the offensive and could have defeated the right-to-work campaign. Continuing the campaign to contemplate a general strike may be what is needed today to defeat the attack on the unions by Wall Street, Marriot and the Trump forces.”“Bring the hotel strike to your unions and community. Let them hear from workers that it’s important for the whole workers’ movement to train leaders. Show up at the line. Give any support they can. But the unions then need to go on the offense and call for a general strike.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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News UpdatesFormer Judge Of Orissa HC Justice BN Patnaik Passes Away LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK29 Jun 2020 10:49 PMShare This – xFormer Judge of the Orissa High Court, Justice Bijoy Narayan Patnaik passed away on Sunday, at 84, reported the Indian Express. Justice Patnaik began his law practice from Cuttack in 1958, after obtaining his LLB degree from MS Law College, Cuttack. He joined the Judicial Service in 1961 and held various posts in the Subordinate Judiciary apart from working as a District Judge…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginFormer Judge of the Orissa High Court, Justice Bijoy Narayan Patnaik passed away on Sunday, at 84, reported the Indian Express. Justice Patnaik began his law practice from Cuttack in 1958, after obtaining his LLB degree from MS Law College, Cuttack. He joined the Judicial Service in 1961 and held various posts in the Subordinate Judiciary apart from working as a District Judge in the districts of Cuttack, Puri and Balasore. He served as the Registrar (Administration) in the Orissa High Court before being appointed as a Judge at the same High Court in 1994. After a brief period of service in Orissa, he was transferred to the Kerala High Court on June 26, 1994. He demitted office on July 22, 1998 and returned to Odisha where he served as the Chairman of Odisha State Administrative Tribunal. Next Story
iStock(NEW YORK) — Staying at home has become synonymous with healthy habits in the age of coronavirus, but what’s everyone doing to stay entertained indoors?From insanely intricate puzzles keeping people focused for days to baking loaves of fresh bread, here’s a snapshot of what some people are doing to pass the time inside and at a socially responsible distance.Puzzles Whether you’re an avid puzzler who can master a 1,000 piece puzzle or a novice who needs to start small, people have shared their masterpieces all over social media as we continue to socially distance.Even celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres have shared a glimpse at their own attempt at a 4,000 piece puzzle that she joked would keep her busy for “at least an hour.”Late-night host Conan O’Brien also hopped on the puzzle train and said the activity is a great way to entertain yourself while staying safe.He shared a video on Facebook to talk about the booming trend and jokingly advised dropping pieces in boiling water to ensure each one was properly clean.The largest jigsaw puzzle store in the U.S., the Puzzle Warehouse, said on its Facebook page before they had to close their local storefront in St. Louis that things had gotten “a little crazy over here” with the influx of attention.The family-run shop sells 1,000 puzzles on an average day, according to the Washington Post, but in one week since coronavirus, it sold as many as 10,000 per day and can still fulfill orders online.Baking There has been a new food movement on social media this month that would make Oprah proud. It’s all about bread.Compared with the first half of the month, this week twice as many people tweeted about cooking/baking, with around 500K tweets per day, Twitter told ABC News.Social media has been filled with the sights (and we wish the smells) of fresh-baked bread.As people sift through their pantry staples, flour and active yeast have become the stars of self-isolation for people looking to try their hand at kneading and baking.Others have deemed this to be the perfect time to start from scratch. Using just flour and water, people are learning how to foster their very first sourdough starters. After a few days of feeding and ripening, passing a float test and eventually with the right temperature, tools and recipe, they use it to bake a lovely fresh homemade loaf.Tara Jensen, a professional baker known for her sourdough knowledge, has even shared the journey from start to finish with all the burbling scientific details to better help novice bakers get their starter, well, started.Video gamesFrom Call of Duty to computer game classics, Americans are jumping at the opportunity to fire up their favorite game consoles.Can’t go outside with friends? That’s not a problem for literally anyone who has instead turned to creating their own alternate life simulations on The Sims.And for any parents who want to make sure their kids aren’t spending all day playing video games, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised using this time to let kids practice self-control with their consoles.“Make a plan about how much time kids can play video games online with friends, and where their devices will charge at night,” the AAP said. “Challenge children to practice ‘tech self-control’ and turn off the TV, tablet, or video game themselves – rather than parents reminding them.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The carriage of Staphylococcus aureus was studied in a group of 28 men living in a totally isolated environment for a year. Initially, nasal, axillary and perineal swabs were taken at weekly intervals, but from week 24 throat swabs were taken from known nasal carriers. Several attempts were made during the study to eradicate S. aureus. Eight subjects consistently carried their own phage type throughout the study, despite the application of antibacterial agents. In three subjects strains were isolated late in the study of a phage type which had either not been isolated before in this study, or had not been found for a prolonged period. Nine of the 12 nasal carriers also yielded S. aureus from the throat. It is apparent that following attempted eradication, S. aureus may seem to disappear, only to reappear some time later; ‘eradication’ in this case would be an erroneous appellation.
Oxford University Chancellor Chris Patten has condemned safe spaces and the practice of “noplatforming” at universities as “fundamentally offensive”.In a speech to the Oxford Union last week, Lord Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong and a former Conservative party chairman, said he felt “more strongly about this issue than almost any other at the moment”.He added: “I was in Hong Kong three or four weeks ago, talking to young men and women who face going to prison because they argue for free speech, and I come back to Britain and I find that people want universities to be full of safe spaces where you can’t speak your mind.“There is a huge difference between having an argument with someone and having a quarrel with them.“It’s one of the reasons that I find safe spaces at universities or no-platforming so fundamentally offensive.“It’s nothing to do with my view of what university should be like. The University should be regarded as liberal, with liberal values of free speech.”His comments come after a string of student campaigns to encourage safe spaces. Sussex University’s free speech society was recently told by the student union that its inaugural guest must submit his speech in advance for vetting, in case it violates their safe space policy.In his recent speech he described those who campaign for noplatforming, as engaging in “fascistic behaviour” and “denying one of the most important roles of a university in a free society”.A first-year PPE student who attended the speaker event added: “If people want small safe spaces within the University, I think that’s fine, but the University as a whole should be kept free.”The National Union of Students has a no-platforming policy to prevent “fascists and racists” from speaking and an official no platforming list which contains six groups, including the BNP and Al- Muhajiroun
“On behalf of all the LGBT Chechnyan people who will not have an opportunity to ask a question because they’re voiceless, I’d like ask you why nobody who’s perpetrated these crimes or has condoned them has been brought to justice, or faced any sort of criminal action, and also I’d like to ask you when the LGBTQ+ community in Russian will have their rights not only has citizens but as human beings.”His speech was met with an extended round of applause.The ambassador replied: “That is exactly what we’ve discussed with Elton John. He had a conversation with President Putin about this before. And later on, there were a lot of publications in Britain about the gay rights, and all this. By the way I have a lot of friends who are gays [sic]. I have no problem with that.”He added: “If you live in Russia and you are gay, or in the so-called minority communities, you have all the rights the same as the others.”Another student asked Yakovenko if he agreed with claims made by Chechnya’s leader that the region does not have any gay people.“Well, I don’t know,” Yakovenko said. “It’s difficult to say if there are any gay people in Chechnya.”He added: “Probably the numbers of gays, [sic] they are not as high as in Europe. That’s why it’s a different issue”, before claiming nobody had complained about the treatment of gay minorities.The Union president, Gui Cavalcanti, asked him if people were too afraid to speak out.“No, no, no. Nobody’s afraid. We have so many gays [sic] for example if you go to Moscow. You have the gay sport, it’s just a normal way of life. Angered students confronted the Russian ambassador to the UK on Tuesday, as the Oxford Union faced criticism for hosting both “a stooge of the homophobic Putin regime” as well as “an abhorrent transphobe” either side of Oxford Pride.On Tuesday, Alexander Yakovenko was forced to defend Russia’s record on LGBTQ+ rights, as students questioned him on the Russian state’s reported torture of gay men in Chechnya.The ambassador provoked widespread criticism when he denied there was an issue, claiming: “It’s difficult to say if there are any gay people in Chechnya”.Meanwhile, Germaine Greer – who has previously said transgender women “can’t be women”, and who provoked protests the when she spoke in Oxford in 2015 – will speak at the society next week.A Union spokesperson told Cherwell that it was “unfortunate that many have found the invitation of the Russian Ambassador ‘hugely insensitive’”.During his speech, Russian ambassador Yakovenko spoke of his national pride, showing a four minute film displaying some of the highlights of the country – complete with orchestral soundtrack and English voiceover – and ending with a Russia-themed quiz. Russia goodie bags were awarded to the winners, and to Union president Gui Cavalcanti.However, when the question and answer session began, he was confronted by several members over Russia’s treatment of LGBTQ+ communities in Chechnya, where authorities have reportedly round up and tortured more than 100 gay men. The Kremlin has denied the allegations.Keir Mather, a History and Politics student at Wadham, said: “Ambassador, I’m a gay man. And if I lived in Chechnya over the last year I would have run the risk of being imprisoned, and tortured, and possibly killed by either my family or the state. “It’s not something that’s a real problem in my country.”After the event, Mather wrote on Facebook: “Just had the chance to take the Russian Ambassador to the UK to task over the purge of gay people in Chechnya, asking him why no one who perpetrated or condoned these actions has been held responsible and when the LGBT+ community in Russia will have equal rights as citizens and human beings.“His response was beyond appalling. I’m still sat in the chamber and am fucking shook.”He added: “The lies, obfuscation, and complete lack of moral dignity displayed here tonight is appalling, but not surprising. The fact he’s been hosted during the same week as Oxford Pride is ridiculous.”Mather told Cherwell: “Ambassador Yakavenko’s visit to the Union was a farce. Instead of holding him and the government he represents to account, there were propaganda videos, quizzes, and goodie-bags. The Union justifies inviting controversial speakers like Ambassador Yakavenko by claiming that once there they will face scrutiny.“The events that took place showed they had little desire to hold Ambassador Yakavenko or the government he represents to account for their abhorrent human rights abuses.”“The Union’s decision to host the representative of one of the most repressive and homophobic states in the world on the same week as Oxford Pride is hugely insensitive.“To make matters worse, they are hosting Germaine Greer the week after Pride, an individual who has made dehumanising and downright dangerous comments about transgender women, and their rights as human beings.“If the Union prioritised making its events welcoming to LGBT+ members, they could have used the time either side of Pride week as an opportunity to have positive and meaningful discussions about LGBT+ issues, with LGBT+ people. Instead, they have chosen to invite a stooge of the homophobic Putin regime, and an abhorrent transphobe, putting headlines and hype above LGBT+ members.”A Union spokesperson told Cherwell: “Regarding the timings and dates for our speaker events, we are usually restricted by our guest speakers’ availability in trying to find a mutually suitable date, given their incredibly busy schedule. It is unfortunate that many have found the invitation of the Russian Ambassador ‘hugely insensitive’.“The Oxford Union did not extend an invitation to Germaine Greer. To clarify, Greer is participating in a televised event with the Al Jazeera Media Network, on their program ‘Head to Head with Mehdi Hasan’. This is a private hire, ticketed event which is open to all students, not just Union members. We are helping in the publicity of the event, as well as Dambisa Moyo’s on the 12th June, as it falls during term time.”