Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC.ng) Q12016 Interim Report

first_imgConsolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC.ng)  2016 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileConsolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC) Plc is a general insurance company in Nigeria offering products for automotive, travel, fire, marine, home, personal, bonds and special risk cover. The company has taken a leadership role in the underwriting of key transactions in the aviation, oil and gas, marine cargo, hull and motor sectors. Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Gavin Hastings on a journey to remember in Japan

first_imgThe former Scotland full-back talks through his memories of the 2019 World Cup and explains why he’d like to travel to Japan again LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Gavin Hastings on a journey to remember in JapanI’ve been to every World Cup final now and 2019 was probably the latest I arrived – just before the Scotland-Russia match.It was fairly obvious that unless Scotland played pretty well against Ireland we were going to be up against it. Obviously, everything was going to come down to the wire against Japan. I thought that they recovered well to beat Samoa and score the requisite number of tries.With Russia, it was always going to be the second-string team that went out there, but the positive manner in which they played – and Adam, my son, was involved in that as well – that was great fun to be part of.Nice touch: Adam Hastings scoring a try against Russia at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa (Getty Images)We’d arrived the day before and all of a sudden we were right into it. It was the most beautiful day, it was a wonderful stadium and it was a terrific crowd. Scotland played very well that day. It was a very proud moment for Diane and me, his mum and dad.I remember the very first Rugby World Cup, in ‘87, my folks were out there watching my brother Scott and me, and now I am roughly the same age as my dad was then. So there it is, 32 years on and it’s the next generation. When you see your son playing in an international stadium and it’s going well, then you can be justified in feeling very proud.Memories: Gavin Hastings competes for a high ball at RWC 1987 (Getty Images)I was there for Japan versus Scotland, which was tremendous. It’s one that will live long in memories I’m sure – clearly for all the Japan supporters.Japan really played extremely well. They were terrific, and deserving victors. Just the anticipation going into that game and the excitement of the crowd in Yokohama – it was pretty full-on. Just seeing the Japanese supporters there in huge numbers and displaying the team colours.That was probably the highlight of the World Cup for me: the anticipation going into that game and all that was on offer to the winners. The result didn’t go the right way, but I thought it was a cracking game of rugby.If you look back, it was just the manner of our performance against Ireland that, for me, was the most galling aspect of Scotland’s World Cup. That we just didn’t pitch up there. We’d been together for 100 days, they made a big point of that. There’s no question they spent more money on the preparation for that World Cup than any other. They failed to deliver, certainly in that Ireland game, and then it was always going to be an uphill push after that.So, good on Japan, but yes, I think Scotland and Ireland will probably not take a huge amount of satisfaction out of the World Cup. Apart from assessing the relative merits of some of their younger players, who I think will feature fairly heavily in the Six Nations next year.I would love to go back to Japan, and I’m sure we will. I was even contemplating whether we might go for the sevens next year. That would be great, having been there, and knowing how the bullet train works and whatever else.Golden wonder: Diane and Gavin Hastings at the Golden Pavilion in KyotoI travelled with InsideJapan Tours and went to a few of their rugby events. We didn’t do too much this time – we were down in Kyoto, and we went out to the bamboo forest, which I was very taken with. It was a real tourist spot, but it just had a uniqueness and a charm about it.Then we jumped on a bus back into town, which in itself was quite interesting, and visited the golden temple (Kinkakuji). My god, that was breathtakingly beautiful. I mean, just stunning.The weather was beautiful, the bullet trains are amazing to travel on, the people were amazing, and the places where you go and get food, and all the beautiful packaging that you get, you know? It’s extraordinary.It really made a big impact on me. I think next time I would like to go north and south and see the extremities. I have no doubt that we’ll go back there one day and try to see a bit more.center_img Fans-tastic: Gavin Hastings at the Japan v South Africa quarter-final Rugby World magazine’s January 2020 issue comes with a free 2020 calendar and is on sale now.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Treasury to waive VAT on sales of Band Aid 30

first_img  83 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Band Aid 20Here is some of our coverage of Band Aid 20 from 10 years ago.• Apple agrees to make Band Aid 20 available via iTunes• Band Aid 20 song breaks record for most number of digital downloads• Band Aid 20 loses No 1 spot after four weeks• WDM calls for alternative Band Aid lyrics Treasury to waive VAT on sales of Band Aid 30 Tagged with: Celebrity HM Treasury music Trading VAT About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Chancellor George Osborne MP has agreed to waive VAT on sales of Band Aid’s 30th anniversary single. Sales of the new recording will generate funds for the fight against Ebola.Osborne said yesterday:“I spoke to Bob Geldof this morning and I confirmed that we would waive VAT on the Band Aid anniversary single. It’s fantastic that he’s got so many musicians together again to help fight Ebola – and I wanted to make sure every penny raised goes to combat this terrible disease”.International Development Secretary Justine Greening added: Advertisement “We are waiving VAT on the new Band Aid single to make sure people’s donations go even further as we fight to contain and control this terrible disease.“The UK’s £230 million Ebola response is already saving lives in Sierra Leone. Every Band Aid single sold will help provide more treatment and care in West Africa”.In fact, the Government doesn’t waive VAT. It refunds a sum equivalent to the amount paid in VAT.The Government has refunded the VAT paid on Band Aid’s previous fundraising singles, on some other charity singles, and on some other fundraising campaigns, most recently for the sale of the Tower Poppies.Band Aid 30The video of the single is out now, with links to where you can buy and download the single:[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1jeiC-JEsI[/youtube] Howard Lake | 16 November 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

New digital resource for charity trustees launched

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. New digital resource for charity trustees launched Tagged with: Digital trustees  90 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Melanie May | 6 October 2016 | News The Charity Commission, Grant Thornton, and Zoe Amar Communications have launched a guide aimed at helping trustees exploit digital for their charities.Making digital work: 12 questions for trustees to consider contains examples of key questions that boards should consider when approaching digital, and covers 12 areas relating to charity activity including fundraising, governance, brand, and service delivery.The guide aims to facilitate conversations between trustees as well as between the board and charity staff, and to raise awareness among trustees of the strategic importance of digital. It looks at the opportunities digital can bring for charities, such as better governance, and how trustees can ensure they are prepared for the potential challenges of digital.It also signposts to other relevant guidance and advice for trustees including Get Safe Online, and future informal events are being planned by Grant Thornton, Zoe Amar Communications and Green Park Interim & Executive Search, supported by the Commission to help trustees further with digital.Zoe Amar, founder and director of Zoe Amar Communications said:“There are wide-ranging benefits and possibilities for charities in adopting digital, including ease of collaboration, reduced costs, and greater audience reach. As a trustee of a charity myself, I appreciate how daunting technology can seem but not adopting technology can present as much of a risk as adopting it, and in the long-term digital will only help charities be more sustainable and future proof the sector.”  89 total views,  1 views today Advertisementlast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders lays out reasons for Malta’s decline in press freedom ranking

first_img RSF_en News Follow the news on Malta Malta: Developments in murder case mark nascent steps towards justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF)‘s World Press Freedom Index which was released on April 18 has seen Malta’s ranking slide 30 places in the last two years. This should be a cause for concern. Instead, Mark Anthony Falzon, in his column entitled ‘Reporters Without Arguments’, chose to criticise the Index. RSF is therefore putting its arguments forward to address any misconceptions contained in Op-Ed, that the Sunday Times of Malta published in the edition dated May 5th. News February 24, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News MaltaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Council of EuropeCorruptionOrganized crimeDisappearancesWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment News Organisation Receive email alerts May 5, 2019 – Updated on October 13, 2019 Reporters Without Borders lays out reasons for Malta’s decline in press freedom ranking Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive In a column published in the Sunday Times of Malta on April 28), Prof Falzon, a senior Lecturer and Head of Department at the University of Malta, states that he is “not convinced that press freedom in Malta is more threatened today than it was, say, five years ago (when the ranking was 45)”. While Malta’s ranking over the last five years faced dips and climbs, it was in the last two years that the country’s position has deteriorated to such an extent.During that time, a journalist was brutally killed in a car bomb outside her home, and a year and a half later there is still no sign of who commissioned her murder. That a journalist is killed is no small matter. Prof Falzon says thatDaphne Caruana Galizia “was happy to risk her life rather than have her journalistic work compromised”, and yet he fails to address the point that a journalist should not need to make that choice in a free society.  Contrary to what Prof Falzon states, a public inquiry into whether Ms Caruana Galizia’s death could have been prevented is not “a waste of time and money” but an obligation in line with the State’s “investigative duty” outlined in Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights: the right to life.The Venice Commission’s report on Malta points out it is the primary duty of the State to secure the right to life by putting in place effective criminal law provisions to deter the commission of offences against the person, backed up by law enforcement machinery for the prevention, suppression and punishment of breaches of such provisions. These concerns were also echoed by the Council of Europe and the European Parliament – and all also called on the Maltese government to ensure that the media and civil society can play an active role in public affairs holding the authorities accountable.While Prof Falzon seems to equate journalistic comment with the work of trolls on social media, it must be pointed out that in Malta the link between trolls targeting journalists and activists, and the Party in government has been proven. The targeting that Caruana Galizia suffered did not end with her death. Trolls unleashed by the State are aimed at silencing criticism of a government – a situation that is not conducive to democracy. SLAPP lawsuits continue to be a threat to the ability of the media in Malta to report the truth; their use leading to self-censorship and the removal of published findings, effectively altering the record and denying citizens the right to know. When Ms Caruana Galizia was assassinated, she faced over 40 libel cases. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat  is among the members of government who continue to pursue these cases posthumously. It is also of particular concern that public officials continue to publicly denigrate the legacy of Ms Caruana Galizia. The index addresses the dominance of political parties in the media landscape in Malta and the lack of independence of the State broadcaster. The concern on the lack of pluralism in the Maltese media has been noted in a number of reports and studies, including the Media Pluralism Monitor that registers “a very high 83% risk level” on the political independence of media in Malta. All these factors are obstacles to journalists’ ability to do their job without undue pressure or fear of retribution. Threats, insults and attacks are now part of the “occupational hazards” for journalists in many countries. Despite Prof Falzon’s stated “deep dislike” of indexes, the World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between States. The methodology used is the same across 180 countries (fully transparent and publicly available). The Index is a point of reference that is quoted by media throughout the world and is used by diplomats and international entities such as the United Nations and the World Bank.Prof Falzon attributes a number of statements to RSF that have no basis in reality. He asks: “Are Reporters Without Borders seriously telling us that a government that doesn’t subsidise the press is a threat to press freedom?”  In no way did RSF state, or even suggest, this in the Index. It is not its scope. The Index is a clear snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country and region. It does not rank public policies even if governments obviously have a major impact on their country’s ranking. Nor is it an indicator of the quality of journalism in each country or region. MaltaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Council of EuropeCorruptionOrganized crimeDisappearancesWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Anger as Nationalist songs are played over shopping centre’s PA system

first_img Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Facebook Previous articleA third of Americans visiting Ireland plan to travel to DonegalNext articleBrothers amongst four stabbed in Strabane News Highland Pinterest Google+ There is anger in Derry over claims that nationalist songs were played over the PA system at Foyleside Shopping Centre on St Patrick’s Day.It is has been claimed the  Soldier’s Song and the Fields of Athenry were played over the speaker system at the centre during the course of the day.SDLP Derry City councillor Shaun Carr says he has been contacted by a number of people from the Fountain area of the town who conveyed their anger at this.He believes city centre spaces and areas used by all sections of the community should be free from controversy: Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Anger as Nationalist songs are played over shopping centre’s PA system Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Newsx Adverts Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – March 18, 2011 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Derry judge angered by video link failure

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Newsx Adverts Derry judge angered by video link failure Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleSpeed restrictions needed at Knockalla stage of Donegal RallyNext articleNew consultants for Letterkenny General Hospital News Highland Twittercenter_img Google+ Facebook By News Highland – June 25, 2010 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Derry District Judge Mr. Barney McElholm has  threatened to order that every prisoner due to appear in court be brought there in person rather than use the video link system.He was speaking after technical difficulties prevented Derry Magistrate’s Court linking up with Maghaberry Prison for weekly remand hearings.The video link system is us enable prisoners in custody to appear without them having to be brought to the court.Speaking after the link up broke down again Mr.McElholm said: “I am thinking of abandoning the video link system altogether in this jurisdiction and ordering that everyone due to appear be produced.”The cost of doing that might force someone to sit up and take notice. “Unless I get guarantees that this will not happen again then I think I will abandon the video link altogether.”The prisoners due to appear by video link were dealt with in their absence Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

[Public Employment] Principle Of Estoppel Does Not Apply When There Were Glaring Illegalities In Candidate Selection Procedure: SC [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop Stories[Public Employment] Principle Of Estoppel Does Not Apply When There Were Glaring Illegalities In Candidate Selection Procedure: SC [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 April 2020 12:12 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has reiterated that when glaring illegalities have been committed in the procedure to get the candidates for examination, the principle of estoppel by conduct or acquiescence has no application. The bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Navin Sinha observed thus while uphold the High Court judgment which had set aside the selection process to the post of Physical…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?LoginThe Supreme Court has reiterated that when glaring illegalities have been committed in the procedure to get the candidates for examination, the principle of estoppel by conduct or acquiescence has no application. The bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Navin Sinha observed thus while uphold the High Court judgment which had set aside the selection process to the post of Physical Training Instructor (PTI) conducted by Haryana Staff Selection Commission. The Court noted that the preposition that a candidate, who participates in a selection without a demur taking a calculated chance to get selected cannot turn around and challenge the criteria of selection and the constitution of the selection committee is well settled. Referring to earlier judgments in Raj Kumar and Others Vs. Shakti Raj and Others, (1997) 9 SCC 527 and Bishnu Biswas and others Union of India and others, (2014) 5 SCC 774, the Court, in facts of the case, said: When candidate is not aware of the criteria of selection under which he was subjected in the process and the said criteria for the first time is published along with final result dated 10.04.2010, he cannot be estopped from challenging the criteria of selection and the entire process of selection. Further when the written examination as notified earlier was scrapped and every eligible candidate was called for interview giving a go bye to a fair and reasonable process for shortlisting the candidates for interview, that too only by Chairman of the Commission whereas decision regarding criteria of selection has to be taken by Commission, the candidates have every right to challenge the entire selection process so conducted. The Division Bench of the High Court is right in its conclusion that the selection criteria, which saw the light of the day along with declaration of the selection result could be assailed by the unsuccessful candidates only after it was published. Similarly, selection process which was notified was never followed and the selection criteria which was followed was never notified till the declaration of final result, hence, the writ petitioners cannot be estopped from challenging the selection. We, thus, hold that the writ petitions filed by the petitioners could not have been thrown on the ground of estoppel and the writ petitioners could very well challenge the criteria of selection applied by the Commission, which was declared by the Commission only at the time of declaration of the final result. The court also observed that the selection and appointment on post in the State have to conform to the fundamental rights guaranteed to the citizens under Articles 14 and 16. It said: The selection and appointment on post borne on the State establishment provides an opportunity to citizens of public employment. The personnel who man the civil posts in State apart from carrying out objectives and policies of State also serve as source of sustenance for their families. The selection and appointment on post in the State have to conform to the fundamental rights guaranteed to the citizens under Articles 14 and 16. The objective of a State in selecting persons into public service has always been to select the best and most suitable person.  Case no: CIVIL APPEAL NO.2103 OF 2020 Case name: RAMJIT SINGH KARDAM vs. SANJEEV KUMAR Coram: Justices Ashok Bhushan and Navin Sinha Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead Judgment Next Storylast_img read more

2 unsolved murders of young women in 1970s now linked to 1 suspect through DNA: Prosecutors

first_imgEl Dorado County District Attorney(SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.) — Two unsolved murders of young women from the 1970s have now been linked to one suspect through DNA and genetic genealogy, according to Northern California prosecutors.Brynn Rainey, 27, vanished in July 1977. Her body was found a month later in a shallow grave in South Lake Tahoe, according to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. Unknown DNA was left behind on a blood stain on Rainey’s shirt, prosecutors said.Two years later, 16-year-old Carol Andersen, a rising high school junior, was killed in the summer of 1979. Her battered body was found on the side of a South Lake Tahoe road, prosecutors said. DNA was also recovered from Andersen’s body.The murders went unsolved for decades until Parabon NanoLabs helped investigators use genetic genealogy to solve the case by submitting the unknown killer’s DNA to a genealogy database and building a family tree around the results. That led investigators to zero in on three brothers who have since died, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office said in a Monday news release.DNA was collected from the child of one of the brothers. DNA was also retrieved off of a toothbrush that belonged to that brother, prosecutors said.Further testing confirmed that the DNA of Joseph Holt — who died in 2014 — matched the DNA found on Rainey’s shirt and Andersen’s body, prosecutors said.The novel investigative technique of genetic genealogy takes an unknown killer’s DNA from a crime scene and identifies the suspect through his or her family members, who voluntarily submit their DNA to genealogy databases.The first public arrest through genetic genealogy was the April 2018 identification of the suspected “Golden State Killer.”Since then, genetic genealogy has helped identify more than three dozen suspects, according to CeCe Moore, chief genetic genealogist with Parabon NanoLabs, which has worked on the majority of the cases. Just this month, suspects were identified in the 1993 murder of a 20-year-old Alaska woman and the 1973 strangling of an 11-year-old California girl.Meanwhile, Holt, the alleged killer, spent decades under the radar in Northern California.Holt, who was born in 1947, grew up in San Jose and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, prosecutors said.He moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1974 and started working in real estate, the district attorney’s office said.Holt lived less than two miles away from where each of the bodies were found, prosecutors said, according to The Sacramento Bee.He died in 2014 and was not identified as a suspect until 2018, prosecutors said.Authorities are investigating whether Holt is responsible for other unsolved crimes, according to prosecutors.Holt’s family has fully cooperated with the investigation, prosecutors added. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Clem’s accommodation condemned

first_imgOxford University has stated that a proposed three new blocks of student accommodation on the St Clement’s car park would have an ‘‘unacceptable impact’’ on residents. The developer, Watkin Jones Group, has already been forced to alter their proposal, which now consists of three blocks totalling 141 bedrooms, instead of the four which it suggested last October.The University has emphasised the negative effects which the building would have on their graduate housing at Alan Bullock Close, stating that the obscuring of sunlight and decreased privacy constitute “an unacceptable loss of amenity’’. They also stressed their desire for the new accommodation to be restricted to students from Oxford and Oxford Brookes universities.There are worries that the commercial life of St Clement’s will suffer drastically as a result of the development. Although the new proposal allows for over half of the 120 parking spaces to remain, many traders still have concerns as it is estimated that the car park will be closed for 12-14 months while the blocks are built.Clinton Pugh, owner of several establishments on the Cowley Road, argues that ‘‘there is a very real fear that lots of small businesses in the area won’t survive that long’’.He said, ‘‘[Oxford City] Council, in their arrogance, are going to completely undermine all of the work that I, and other small businesses, have done over the past 20 years to make St Clement’s a vibrant part of the city. It’ll be a very sad state of affairs when it all starts falling apart.’’Doubts are also arising as to whether the replacement car park will materialize. Alan Grosvenor, a resident of the area and the owner of Sevenoaks Sound and Vision on St Clement’s Street, acknowledges that the Council’s proposal of a replacement temporary car park “feels like something they’re paying lip service to, not something that will actually happen.’’He is also concerned that the new car park (located underneath the blocks) will have its own negative impact, adding, ‘‘I can only see that this will encourage crime and acts of loitering and other illicit acts carried out by undesirables who will be attracted to the car park.’’It is not only the permanent residents of Oxford who have doubts about the development. Alex Ryzak, a student at Magdalen College, one of the Colleges closest to the accommodation, which provides its students with housing throughout their degrees, said, ‘‘I do not think that the location of these flats, though well placed, is likely to tempt many of the students […] away from the  convenience of living in College’’.When students are struggling to find housing, however, the story may be different. Sasha O’Connor, a second year at St Hugh’s, said, ‘‘We left it a bit late to find a house and by March everything decent seemed to be taken and now we’ve ended up paying more than we can really afford because we didn’t want to have to live miles away from town. I think this new accommodation will be good if it allows more students to live affordably within the city centre.’’Councillor Colin Cook said, ‘‘the move by some Colleges to build purpose-built student accommodation has freed up college-owned housing for sale on the open market, and this will help provide much-needed housing for both families and young professionals who are often competing with students for the limited supply of housing in the city.’’The Council has taken a £356,000 non-returnable deposit from the Watkins Jones Group, and is estimated to make £3.5million from the development. A Watkins Jones representative declined to comment. The Council will present the proposal at a planning meeting on 13th July.last_img read more