Cherwell goes under the covers

first_imgAn increasing number of cash-strapped students are turning to escorting as a way to earn money, Cherwell can reveal.“I currently have three Oxford students on my books and have had many more previously. They come and go, whether to help finance their studies or just for the love of the money,” the manager of an escorting agency disclosed. Contacting several escorting agencies based in Oxford under the alias “Kate Selby”, Cherwell found that escorts can be paid as much as £180 for a two hour booking, or up to £650 for an overnight booking.A student in Oxford who escorts in her spare time said, “the thrill of earning money easily motivates me. 90% of the clients are very respectful and very nice guys. Most of the guys are in town on business staying at hotels”.It remains unclear exactly what it is that the clients are paying for when they hire escorts. Some websites for escort agencies based in Oxford emphasise that the money paid by the client is not for sex, but rather for their escorts’ time.One agency website explains, “[We] do not offer any illegal or immoral services. Any money paid is for time and companionship only and anything else that may occur is a personal matter between consenting adults.”However when the manager of the same agency was asked whether working as an escort involved having sex with the clients, she replied that, “Yes sex is part of escorting.Many students were not surprised to learn that escorting was an option some of their peers turn to. Finola Holyoak, a second year Lincoln student, said, “There is no reason why Oxford students should be any less likely to escort than students at other universities.” A survey conducted earlier this year revealed that one in three female university students would be willing to work in a gentleman’s club in order to fund their degree and lifestyle. With 61% of female students saying they have felt “desperate” for money whilst studying, the survey showed that many women are turning to stripping and escorting in an attempt to find ways to financially support themselves.One female third-year student, who wished to remain anonymous, said that she was considering working as an escort if her financial situation worsened. Commenting on students using escorting as source of income, a spokesperson for the University said, “Most students are adults and therefore responsible for their own behaviour. With regards to any form of employment, students are discouraged from working during term time as terms are short.”He added that the university expects students “to behave responsibly and to avoid bringing the university into disrepute or being a nuisance to the local community”.However, for many the financial benefits do not justify the wider social implications of the escorting industry.One second-year English student said, “I think that regardless of the money you can make, services such as escorting still encourage an unhealthy towards sex and distort student attitudes towards relationships. It must be very destructive psychologically for young women”.last_img read more

Credit Union All-Stars of 2018

first_img continue reading » 2018 was a prosperous year for credit unions across the United States, and FLEX credit unions were no exception. Over the course over the year, our clients have made tremendous efforts to implement resources and services that provide more value and improve member experience. Three credit unions really stood out, and we are excited to share their achievements and successes from the past year. Here are our “Credit Union All-Stars” from 2018.MembersFirst Credit Union – Decatur, GeorgiaSince 1953, MembersFirst has partnered with healthcare systems and school districts to further their commitment to helping those in their community. This credit union has 14 locations and over 35,000 members. However, President & CEO, Terry Hardy, notes that their size doesn’t prevent them from building relationships with their members nor does it impact their efficiency. Case in point, with only full-time 84 employees MembersFirst averages 417 members per full-time employee, well above the national average.  MembersFirst was able to originate $45 million in loans year-to-date and came in with more than $237 million in assets for 2018. With a net worth ratio of 11.57% we can only expect strong and sustainable continued growth for this credit union in the year to come. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

AT LAST! EUROPE SET TO FINALLY BAN RIP-OFF ROAMING CHARGES

first_imgIT’S great news for Donegal – especially if you live near the Border and find your mobile phone has switched to a UK network…and pushed up your bill.Europe will vote in a few weeks time to finally BAN the charges after years of phone companies being forced to reduce them.The Sinn Féin MEP candidate for the Midlands Northwest constituency, Matt Carthy, has welcomed a vote in an EU committee which would see the scrapping of all mobile roaming charges within the European Union. The legislation will be voted on by all MEPs on 3rd April.Speaking from Monaghan today, Cllr Carthy said: “I welcome the vote taken by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE). It has particularly significant implications here in Ireland and most importantly along the border region where the issue of roaming charges has been a problem for many years.“Roaming charges between the six and the 26 counties have a negative impact on business, especially along the border. It is an area that has often been neglected when it comes to investment and roaming charges have been yet another reason to prevent business from growing in the region.“Sinn Féin has continuously called for an end to roaming charges and Sinn Féin representatives in the Dáil and Assembly have worked tirelessly to further this project. “I hope the legislation will be passed when it comes to the plenary session on the 3rd April.” AT LAST! EUROPE SET TO FINALLY BAN RIP-OFF ROAMING CHARGES was last modified: March 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EUroaming chargeslast_img read more