British Heart Foundation chooses Globix to pump new blood into charity’s website

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis British Heart Foundation chooses Globix to pump new blood into charity’s website 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. Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 2 May 2006 | News  28 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Best-of-breed hosting ensures 24/7 access to vital health information & donation servicesMay 2 2006: The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and managed hosting provider Globix today announced major enhancements to the charity’s website infrastructure to improve online performance and reliability, helping enhance the user experience of BHF’s 450,000 monthly website visitors.The BHF, which is the largest independent funder of heart research in the UK, is confident that online donations will increase significantly in 2006 above the £1.5million raised in 2005.“We are continuously looking for ways to improve the service the BHF website offers to our visitors,” explained Randy Perkins, Web Development Manager at the BHF. “Globix offers a hosting solution that guarantees a 24/7 web presence. Since Globix began hosting bhf.org.uk in March 2006 we’ve not been let down once.”Globix has designed and implemented a bespoke hosting and security infrastructure for BHF, using best of breed technologies and PRINCE2 project management methodology. The solution offers the Charity increased capacity and is being housed in Globix’ state of the art London data centre, which has some of the most advanced power and cooling capabilities in the UK.“Good hosting is not cheap and choosing the wrong provider can cost an organisation dearly, not just in capital investment, but in terms of lost revenues and major brand damage. As a charity, the British Heart Foundation is very conscious about all of these, but especially about how it spends money,” explained Paul Court, Director of Operations, Globix UK. “We are confident that the improvements we have already enabled, alongside the new services we will underpin for BHF, will help us return the BHF’s investment very quickly.”Revenue generated by the website is vital to BHF. It directly funds research, education and care. The site also provides a valuable public service, giving people a resource for information on heart problems. It is therefore very important that the website is constantly available for users and that it is supported by the highest levels of security to protect financial information.“Globix fully understands the importance of service availability for BHF. The infrastructure we have built will make sure it can focus on creating new web services while we focus on ensuring that they can be used to their full potential,” added Paul.Randy concluded, “Globix has been extremely responsive and helpful. Currently we’re going to focus on expanding the content on the site to include video, something we haven’t tried before, and hope this will enhance the user’s experience by creating a more adventurous and interactive site. Moving forward we will look at adding to the services we offer BHF partners, including the possible development of extranets.”ENDSFor further press information please contact:Caroline Howlett or Dan WarrenNelson Bostock Communications+44 (0)20 7229 4400caroline.howlett / [email protected] TO EDITORSAbout Globix UK (www.globix.com)Globix UK is a leading managed hosting and security services provider, offering a one-stop outsourcing-shop for businesses looking to reduce the cost, complexity and risk associated with managing complex web infrastructures.It’s comprehensive portfolio of products and services includes: infrastructure (co-location, business continuity, networks); managed hosting and security (server admin, IDS, DDoS); application management (databases, custom code, web servers) and media services (streaming); supported around the clock by a team of highly experienced consultants and engineers.Globix provides expert solutions for SMEs through to large blue-chip businesses across a range of vertical markets, and has over 400 UK customers including Lloyds TSB, The Telegraph, Carphone Warehouse, 888.com and Ebookers. It owns and manages its own infrastructure and operates some of the most advanced data-centre facilities in Europe.Globix UK is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globix Corporation, which is headquartered in New York (AMEX:GEX).About British Heart Foundation (www.bhf.org.uk)The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is leading the battle against heart and circulatory disease – the UK’s biggest killer. The Charity is a major funder and authority in cardiovascular research. It plays an important role in funding education, both of the public and of health professionals, and in providing life-saving cardiac equipment and support for rehabilitation and patient care. For more information on the BHF, visit bhf.org.uklast_img read more

Successful Community Fundraising: A Complete How-To Guide

first_img Howard Lake | 22 November 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  33 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Successful Community Fundraising: A Complete How-To Guide 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.last_img read more

RSF urges UK parliament to reject menacing “Snoopers’ Charter”

first_img RSF_en RSF Appoints Rebecca Vincent Director of its New London Bureau October 27, 2016 RSF urges UK parliament to reject menacing “Snoopers’ Charter” Organisation to go further News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources Freedom of expression RSF condemns the UK’s seizure of Syrian journalist’s passport September 27, 2016 Find out more RSF urges British parliament to amend “Snoopers’ Charter” Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News September 27, 2016 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources Freedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) remains seriously concerned about the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB), also referred to as the “Snoopers’ Charter”, which continues to threaten press freedom in the UK despite a series of amendments adopted by the House of Lords. Abstention is not enough; RSF urges parliament to reject the bill in its current form. The IPB was drafted by UK Prime Minister Theresa May when she was Home Secretary, submitted to parliament last November, and approved by the House of Commons on 7 June. It would grant authorities vast powers to intercept, gather, and store the communications data of tens of millions of people, including whistleblowers, journalists, and their sources. RSF has described the IPB as a possible “death sentence” for investigative journalism, which depends directly on the safety, and often on the anonymity, of sources.Having concluded the report stage at the House of Lords, the bill is now in its final stages, and will undergo a third reading on 31 October. Despite adopting an extensive series of amendments, peers failed to respond to many of the concerns voiced by civil society. The bill does not sufficiently protect journalists, and retains provisions that threaten journalists’ ability to protect the confidentiality of their sources. This becomes even more menacing considering the bill’s failure to require authorities to systematically give prior notice to journalists when they plan to obtain their communications data or hack into their devices.Further, some of the amendments adopted by the House of Lords have made the already problematic bill even more damaging for press freedom. The bill now contains a provision aimed at forcing the government to implement Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 – which RSF also considers threatening to press freedom – that would require media outlets which refuse to sign up to a state-approved regulator to bear the costs of any claims filed against them, regardless of merit.“The Investigatory Powers Bill remains extremely threatening, particularly for investigative journalism, and is even more worrying when viewed in the context of other recent moves by the UK authorities against press freedom. The bill should be rejected, and this broader alarming trend must be immediately reversed in line with the UK’s press freedom obligations”, said Rebecca Vincent, RSF’s UK Bureau Director.The IPB would replace the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). If adopted during the third reading at the House of Lords, the bill would then go back to the House of Commons, which would consider the amendments made by the House of Lords. It would become law once it receives Royal Assent.The United Kingdom is ranked 38th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News News August 31, 2016 Find out more Follow the news on United Kingdomlast_img read more

California Attorney General Commits $37.5 Million to Combatting Tobacco Use In Minors; Pasadena Gets Grant Funds

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Loyal Customer Launches Fundraiser in Bid to Help Debt-Laden Pasadena Restaurant

first_imgCommunity News Loyal Customer Launches Fundraiser in Bid to Help Debt-Laden Pasadena Restaurant By JOEY REAMS and BRIAN DAY Published on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 | 2:50 pm The Luciano Family. Photo Courtesy of Luciano Dressing.When a loyal customer of Luciano’s Ristorante in Pasadena learned the family-owned eatery was planning to close its doors next month after 19 years in business due to pandemic-induced debt, she decided she had to do something.So Melissa Garcia launched an online fundraiser to try to collect whatever she could to help Luciano’s Ristorante and the family behind it, with which she’d shared countless meals in recent years.The restaurant, which opened its doors at 117 W. California Blvd. in 2002, recently announced it would be shutting down for good on Feb. 1.“I’ve been going into this restaurant since we moved to Pasadena in 2013, and we’ve always received great service. The food is always wonderful,” Garcia said.It was heartbreaking to watch as the pandemic destroyed so many local livelihoods, she said.“This is a restaurant that’s been open for many years. This was a restaurant that was family-owned and meant for the next generation to take over,” she said. “The son had gone to culinary school and was definitely equipped and did his due diligence to make sure that he was prepared to take it over.“And now, as we see with so many small businesses, you have people that have spent their lifetime perfecting their craft and putting their blood, sweat and tears — and a lot of times the complete family savings — into their businesses, and now they have nothing.”Garcia said she wished she could do more.“I wish that I had the ability to knock on everyone’s door and just ask: ‘Hey, can you donate even $5 to say ‘thank you’ for all the years that (the Luciano’s) serviced us and you put smiles on people’s faces?” she said.“I know that this won’t save the business, but, hopefully, this will help with the debt,” Garcia said. “I don’t know, it was just something that’s inside me telling me I should try.”“Pasadena has some of the best, most amazing mom and pop restaurants,” she added. “I’m one person and I know that I can’t help everyone, but this was really the mom and pop restaurant that I would go into the most.”Luciano’s Ristorante co-owner Cheryl Santoro, who runs the restaurant along with her husband, Luciano, said she was touched by the “amazing” showing of support she’s received from customers.And while the family doesn’t want to close down the businesses, the back rent alone has placed the business into “major debt.”“As we all know, it’s been a struggle these last nine months,” she said. The restaurant lost about half of its businesses almost immediately when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Southern California.“So we, at that time, just honed down and had my husband and my son work from that point on for months until they came up with the PPP,” Santoro said of Paycheck Protection Program loans. “We were able to hire back a couple of guys, but we’re never fully coming back to where we were at initially.”Attempts to work out a solution with the landlord have been unsuccessful, she said.“We put everything into this. This is my family and my husband and my son. And this was something we wanted to keep going. And from day one, our clients have been loyal,” Santoro said.“A loyal customer just came in here [and gave] $200, just out of nowhere,” she said. “People are left and right and supporting us, which is so great, but we don’t want to go, either.”“We’ve always wanted to go somewhere else, too, and get bigger and try to go to that next level,” Santoro said. “I don’t see the light at the end of this tunnel yet.”Even as elected officials continue mulling additional assistance for businesses, it’s just too late, she said.“We’re not getting it soon enough. If there’s any bailout happening in the near future, which I’m hearing people say that there may be, you know, I can’t live [on] that maybe, I have to live today. And what I know is I’m in the negative today.”“I don’t want to throw in the towel,” Garcia said. “I’d like to stay, but we’re in a hole. This has probably been the hardest decision, because, what do I do now? I don’t know.”The fundraiser can be accessed online at https://www.gofundme.com/f/pasadena-supports-luciano-restoranteSee also:Popular Pasadena Restaurant Asking For Help Via GoFundmePopular El Portal Restaurant Starts GoFundme Campaign As Business Restrictions Hit More Cool Stuff Community News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week 19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community Newscenter_img Make a comment HerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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BREAKING : SEBI Imposes ₹ 25 Crore Penalty On Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani & Family For Irregularities In RIL Shareholding

first_imgTop StoriesBREAKING : SEBI Imposes ₹ 25 Crore Penalty On Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani & Family For Irregularities In RIL Shareholding LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK7 April 2021 8:32 AMShare This – xThe Securities and Exchange Board of India has imposed a penalty of Rupees 25 Crores on prominent members of the Reliance family Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Nita Ambani, Tina Ambani and few other individuals.The penalty has been imposed for violations of the provisions of Regulation 11(1) of the Takeover Regulations over irregularities relating to the issue of 12 crore equity shares in…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 Securities and Exchange Board of India has imposed a penalty of Rupees 25 Crores on prominent members of the Reliance family Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Nita Ambani, Tina Ambani and few other individuals.The penalty has been imposed for violations of the provisions of Regulation 11(1) of the Takeover Regulations over irregularities relating to the issue of 12 crore equity shares in January 2000 by Reliance Industries Ltd at a price of Rs.75 per share to 38 allottee entities.The allotment was made consequent to the exercise of the option on warrants attached with 6,00,00,000-14% Non Convertible Secured Redeemable Debentures (NCD) of Rs.50/-each aggregating to Rs.300,00,00,000 (PPD IV) issued in the year 1994 .From the disclosure filed under Regulation8(3)of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeover) Regulations,1997 ( “Takeover Regulations”) by RIL to Bombay Stock Exchange(BSE) on April28, 2000, it was observed that it had disclosed the above mentioned 38 allottee entities as Persons Acting in Concert(“PACs”) with the RIL promoters. From the aforesaid disclosures made by RIL it was observed that the shareholding of RIL promoters together with PACs had increased from 22.71% as on March31, 1999 to 38.33% as on March31, 2000. Out of these, 7.76% shares were acquired consequent upon a merger and thus were exempt under regulation 3(1) (j) (ii) of Takeover Regulations. However, 6.83% shares that were acquired by RIL promoters together with PACs in exercise of 3 crore warrants, were alleged to be in excess of ceiling of 5% prescribed in regulation 11(1) of Takeover Regulations.It was alleged that the obligation not to make additional acquisition of more than 5% of voting rights in any financial year unless such acquirer makes a public announcement to acquire shares in accordance with the regulations under regulation 11(1) of Takeover Regulations arose on January 7, 2000, i.e. the date on which the PACs were allotted RIL equity shares on exercise of warrants issued in January 1994.Since the promoters and PACs have not made any public announcement for acquiring shares, it is alleged that they have violated the provisions of regulation 11(1) of Takeover Regulations.The order passed by K Saravanan, Adjudicating Officer of the SEBI, observed :”I hold that the Noticees by not making a public announcement have violated and have been continuing to violate the provisions of Regulation11(1) of the Takeover Regulations”.”The Noticees by their failure to make public announcement, deprived the shareholders of their statutory rights/ opportunity to exit from the company””The acquisition of shares which gives rise to voting rights thereon is a continuous contravention of the bar in law contained in Regulation 11 as the Acquirers and Persons acting in Control are not ‘entitled’in law to lawfully exercise the voting rights based on such a null and void acquisition. This cannot be considered as anything but a continuing failure to give the public announcement of the open offer as required under Regulation 11(1) of the Takeover Regulations”.”In the instant case, the violation was not one which was committed once and for all but that which continues till date. The violation is a disobedience of the statutory provisions by which the acquisition of securities giving the Noticees enhanced control by the exercise of voting rights, etc and these are violations which are continuing so long as the voting rights are acquired in violation of the letter and spirit of the law”.”It is an admitted fact that the Noticees did not make the public announcement as per the mandatory requirement of Regulation 11 of the Takeover Regulations and the open offer being a consequential and necessary part thereof, which was absolute in nature. Such a failure is a continuing violation till discharge”. The violation of Regulations11(1) of the Takeover Regulations makes them liable for penalty under Section 15H of the SEBI Act, 1992, the market regulator held.The penalty has been imposed jointly and severally on Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Nita Ambani, Tina Ambani and fifteen other members of the Ambani Family and few Reliance entities.The penalty has to be deposited within a period of 45 days.Some of the noticees, such as Mukesh Ambani’s children Akash Ambani and Isha Ambani, and Anil Ambani’s son Jayanmol Ambani, were minors on the date of the violation, January 7, 2000. Referring to Section 8 of the Hindu Minority and Guardians Act, the SEBI held that Mukesh and Anil were the natural guardians of their children. Hence, they were liable on account of the violation in respect of the shares held by their children, who were minors on the date of violation.”I note that the respective Noticees who are the Natural Guardians of the aforesaid minor Noticees are responsible not only on their own behalf but also on behalf of the minors”, the Adjudicating Officer said in the orderClick here to read/download the SEBI orderNext Storylast_img read more

Lévy flight search patterns of wandering albatrosses

first_imgLéVY flights are a special class of random walks whose step lengths are not constant but rather are chosen from a probability distribution with a power-law tail. Realizations of Lévy flights in physical phenomena are very diverse, examples including fluid dynamics, dynamical systems, and micelles1,2. This diversity raises the possibility that Lévy flights may be found in biological systems. A decade ago, it was proposed that Lévy flights may be observed in the behaviour of foraging ants3. Recently, it was argued that Drosophila might perform Lévy flights4, but the hypothesis that foraging animals in natural environments perform Lévy flights has not been tested. Here we study the foraging behaviour of the wandering albatross Diomedea exulans, and find a power-law distribution of flight-time intervals. We interpret our finding of temporal scale invariance in terms of a scale-invariant spatial distribution of food on the ocean surface. Finally, we examine the significance of our finding in relation to the basis of scale-invariant phenomena observed in biological systems.last_img read more

Survival of freezing by free-living Antarctic soil nematodes

first_imgFree-living microbivorous nematodes become numerically dominant in Antarctic terrestrial faunas as environmental conditions become more severe, while also reaching very high levels of abundance in moist, vegetated habitats. Nematodes have little resistance to freezing via exogenous ice nucleation, such as would occur as their microhabitat freezes. We report the results of experiments testing the ability of seven maritime Antarctic nematode taxa to survive freezing in small water droplets at high sub-zero temperatures. Isolated individuals of these species possessed supercooling characteristics similar to those previously reported (supercooling points -6 to -25 degree C). When frozen in water at -3 to -6 degree C, most showed high (> 70%) survival both (i) after rapid cooling (1 degree C/min) to c. -60 degree C followed by immediate rewarming, and (ii) when held for 7-12 h at either -10 or -30 degree C, although the proportions surviving varied between species. We propose that the ability to survive freezing while fully hydrated at high sub-zero temperatures is one of the most important aspects of these species’ survival tacticslast_img read more

Students fight legal action to remove squatters from Wadham building

first_imgIffley Open House has been served with an eviction order by the current leaseholders of the ground floor of a building that they are using as a temporary homeless shelter.The Midcounties Co-operative Investment are taking legal action to imminently secure possession of the property, which is also owned by Wadham College. A court hearing is scheduled to take place tomorrow.However, the appeal by the group of squatters to continue using a building on Iffley road owned by Wadham being backed by Wadham JCR and OUSU’s ‘On your Doorstep’ homelessness campaign.Kevin Brown from Midcounties Co-operative Investment said: “We’re very sympathetic to the plight of the homeless, particularly at this time of year and are in dialogue with a number of parties to review all of our options for this site.”Meanwhile Wadham college has stated that it would “prefer to resolve the situation amicably”.However, the college has warned of safety concerns with the building, which they say contains large amounts of asbestos and has an unsafe roof.The building, purchased by Wadham in 2015, is scheduled for demolition from the end of February so that it can then be turned it into student accommodation.It has been occupied since New Year’s Eve by a group calling itself Iffley Open House. Around 36 people are believed to currently be sleeping in the space.The group started a petition requesting the college’s permission to use the former VW garage as a temporary shelter until the end of winter.The group said they want to “provide secure shelter and basic amenities for people sleeping rough on Oxford’s streets.”A student campaign, started by a group of Wadham students, held a meeting this week, in attempts to push the college to allow the shelter to move upstairs in the building. Chair of OUSU’s ‘On your Doorstep’ campaign, Jeevan Ravindran, told Cherwell the group would “do everything it can” to keep the shelter open.He said: “Keeping Iffley Open House accessible for the winter months could save lives, and would be a chance for the university to show that they are willing to help. In the face of the loss of 145 beds for the homeless and shelter closures as temperatures plummet…it’s a disgrace to allow people to die on our streets.”Speaking to Cherwell, Wadham SU President Lucas Bertholdi-Saad acknowledged that “the student body does have a material interest in ensuring the site is developed on schedule” but showed support for the temporary occupation.He said: “Until and beyond the time at which Wadham will require access to the site, however, I believe that a state exists that minimises the risk of harm to the people staying at the Iffley site, whose current alternative is sleeping rough in freezing temperatures, and I know that Wadham students will be fighting for that end.”On Friday morning students plan to stand outside Oxford crown court with banners during the court hearing.At the time of going to print, 89 people had attended the event ‘Support Us at Court- Resist the Iffley Open House EvictionIn a statement on Thursday, Wadham said that while it was “profoundly sympathetic to the plight of homeless people in and around Oxford” that the college is “ obliged to ensure that the College’s assets can be used to their fullest extent and, in relation to the Iffley Road property, to construct new student accommodation, which will be particularly important for students of more modest means.”“We are seeking to establish a constructive dialogue with all of the interested parties. We have met with representatives of the Iffley Open House and are working to reach a consensus on how best to resolve this matter.”In a letter to Iffley Open House, seen by Cherwell, Wadham specifically warned of “serious safety issues for anyone visiting or remaining within this old and dilapidated building which is not considered safe for residential use.”last_img read more

Univ to end Oxford ‘spotty neek’ stereotype by introducing skincare reps

first_imgUniversity College is set to elect two skincare representatives, after a motion establishing the position was passed at their last JCR meeting.The motion stated that the representatives, who will be given positions on the general committee, will be introduced to cater for student “skincare, shaving, grooming and general cellular wellbeing”.The motion was proposed by Francis Kerrigan and seconded by Anjelica Smerin. They felt it was necessary to help “banish the stereotype of ‘the spotty neek’ for Oxford”. They argued this was particularly problematic as exam season approaches and skin issues worsen. Elections will be held in seventh week.The reps’ responsibilities range from spreading awareness of “issues surrounding pores, hydration and chapped lips” to weekly livestream videos to discuss “grooming regimes, face masks, shaving, and moisturising.”Smerin claimed such videos had been popular in the past, with rumours that the first one will deal with the controversies surrounding chemical exfoliation.The motion was amended to make sure the videos are recorded and saved rather than livestreamed to ensure that they are permanently accessible for students.Kerrigan and Smerin have also promised to provide skincare consultations, and have stated “Kerrigan and Smerin Skincare Ltd Common Room Representatives reserves the right for any elected individual to be dismissed”, should they themselves deem the representative incapable of carrying out this role.last_img read more