4 Sep
2021

Boxing Day travel chaos

first_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldHealthyGem”My 600-lb Life” Star Dropped 420 Pounds, See Her NowHealthyGem LONDON could grind to a halt on one of the busiest shopping days of the year after Tube drivers agreed to yet another strike if they are not paid an extra £50 for working on Boxing Day.Members of Tube drivers’ union Aslef voted 1,025 to 127 in favour of the 24 hour action.London Underground claims to have maintained 40 per cent of trains during the last strikes but the sheer volume of passengers on Boxing day could buckle the transport network.Drivers are paid up to £45,000 a year and as part of the deal they are expected to work for a flat rate, including on national holidays. Aslef says drivers are busier than they used to be and says the deal should be renegotiated.The two sides have not come face to face in a month, with London Underground accusing the union of holding London to ransom.Union boss Bob Crow fanned the flames, saying his only loyalty is to his members and he “couldn’t care less if we had a million strikes”.To add to the travel misery, train drivers on London Midland trains will strike on 23 December in a row over pay and conditions. They are angry that drivers are earning different wages for the same jobs after the firm was formed in a merger. Monday 13 December 2010 9:35 pm Share Tags: NULL Boxing Day travel chaos center_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp KCS-content More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com last_img read more

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5 Jul
2021

Stock market crash! Why I’d buy these UK shares now to get rich

first_img Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in M&G, Landsec and British American Tobacco. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Landsec. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Following this year’s stock market crash, many investors might think it sensible to avoid UK shares. However, I think that could be the wrong course of action.Indeed, plenty of research shows that buying shares when they’re trading at depressed levels is the best way to generate large returns in the long term. 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…With that in mind, I’ve been buying UK shares for my portfolio over the past few weeks. Today, I’m going to highlight the stocks I think have the potential to produce large returns over the next few years. Stock market crash bargains In my portfolio, there are two buckets of UK shares. There are those stocks I intend to hold forever and, alongside these core positions, I own several shorter-term holdings. These shorter-term positions are stocks I’ve been buying at low levels over the past few months. One of these companies is asset management group M&G Plc. Spun off from its parent business last year, M&G has struggled to attract investor attention over the past 12 months.I’m not sure why investors have been giving the business such a wide berth. Its most recent trading update showed that the group’s fundamentals are strong, assets under management are steady, and the leadership is plotting takeovers to improve growth. As the stock trades at a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 6.7, I think it’s a fantastic bargain at present levels. Another business I’ve been buying to take advantage of its stock market crash valuation is Landsec. This real estate investment trust is trading at a discount of around 40% to the value of its assets. I know the value of commercial property has been hit hard in 2020, but a 40% discount seems too steep.Most of the firm’s real estate portfolio is in London, and initial indications suggest the capital’s property market is still as attractive as it always was to investors. That’s why I think it could be worth buying Landsec at current levels as part of a basket of cheap UK shares.Value and quality One business that fits into both of my buckets is British American Tobacco. This business is the second-largest tobacco company in the world. Even though cigarette sales across the globe have been falling for decades, British American’s profits have proved resilient. Still, this hasn’t stopped investors selling the stock in 2020 following the stock market crash. After recent declines, the shares both look cheap, changing hands at a forward P/E of 7.6 and offer a market-beating dividend yield of 8.5%. My research tells me this payout should be safe for the next few years at least. That’s why I believe one should see handsome profits from this income champion when it’s owned as part of a diversified portfolio of UK shares. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Stock market crash! Why I’d buy these UK shares now to get rich Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 8th November, 2020 last_img read more

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15 Jun
2021

From a teacher to West Virginia educators: An open letter

first_imgStriking education workers and families, Capitol building, Charleston, W.Va., March 1.Dear education workers of West Virginia,Your militancy is phenomenal. Your courage to stand up and fight back is inspiring. Your bravery is powerful. Your 55-county-strong strike is historic. You are what we all need.You have stood in defiance of billionaire Gov. Jim Justice and the anti-worker West Virginia Legislature in order to fight for decent family-supporting wages, for access to affordable health care and in defense of your union rights. You have inspired by showing us a militant strike led overwhelmingly by women.You have shown that this strike is not just a fight for educators. This is a fight for students, communities and all workers to have these same basic rights.I am a social studies teacher in a neighborhood high school in Philadelphia, and your action has caught the attention of me and my co-workers. While we have collective bargaining for public employees (a right won through a strike similar to yours), we still went over four years without a contract, losing hundreds of millions of dollars in wages. While we are not “Right-to-Starve,” we have lost 30 schools to closure and over 60,000 students to privatized charters, as well as over 6,000 union members in the past few years. Your struggle is ours.We know that we, as teachers and education workers, are the most unionized sector of the economy. While the Supreme Court threatens to destroy our organizations, encouraging the decline of unions to lower our wages and benefits, they will not stop us from struggling for our rights.While your strike was not “legal,” you have shown that legality is nothing compared to people’s power.Every day, we teachers have a tremendous responsibility to our students and our communities. Every day that you are on strike you are showing you take this responsibility seriously. West Virginia educators have shown that you are ready to take the responsibility to fight for our entire class and to galvanize us in the first major workers’ struggle since the last election.Let this be a lesson for workers across the U.S. to “Strike for our rights!”We hope your struggle to win better pay and benefits, along with building your union, connects with teachers in Oklahoma, who are planning to strike for the same reasons. We hope you connect with educators in Detroit fighting to defeat austerity attacks and with educators in Puerto Rico, where U.S. banks set up financial dictators to try to close 300 schools and bring in charters to bust unions, using Hurricane María as a battering ram of austerity. We hope you connect with the movement that rose up after the death of cafeteria worker Philando Castile, a Black school worker and union member killed by Minnesota police.Solidarity wins! Let’s continue to build solidarity with our students’ lives who are under attack and with our communities facing crisis after crisis. This means fighting racism, fighting violence against women and LGBTQ people, fighting for health care for all and more, in order to unite all people in a struggle for dignity, respect and equality.In honor of the Battle of Blair Mountain and the many militant workers’ strikes in the history of West Virginia, let’s continue to build solidarity and union power!Solidarity Forever!Scott MichaelAmerican Federation of Teachers Local 3, Philadelphia Federation of TeachersFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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14 Jun
2021

EPA Regional Administrator Visits Indiana, Highlights $3.8 Million to Improve Water…

first_img EPA Regional Administrator Visits Indiana, Highlights $3.8 Million to Improve Water Quality and Protect Watersheds SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Sep 3, 2020 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News EPA Regional Administrator Visits Indiana, Highlights $3.8 Million to Improve Water Quality… U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Kurt Thiede concluded a trip to Indiana Thursday with the announcement of a $3,777,000 Clean Water Act Section 319 grant to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to improve the health of watersheds throughout the state. He also toured Wallpe Farms in Fowler to see operations to conserve water quality and promote soil health.“The great work being done to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Big Pine Creek Watershed and throughout the state of Indiana is an example of the importance of continued collaboration with the agricultural community,” said Regional Administrator Kurt Thiede. “Through discussions like we had today with farmers and stakeholders, and meaningful actions, we will continue to make an even greater impact in protecting and restoring water quality in Indiana.”During the visit, Thiede participated in a roundtable discussion with the Indiana Farm Bureau and local farmers on best management practices, research, and implementation efforts to reduce nonpoint source runoff. He highlighted how the new funding will help reduce nonpoint source pollution across Indiana.“IDEM is glad to have the support of the EPA in protecting Indiana’s waterways,” said IDEM Assistant Commissioner, Office of Water Quality Martha Clark Mettler. “The 319 grant program provides important funding to safeguard our natural resources and improve water quality for all Hoosiers.”IDEM uses the funding to implement its nonpoint source management plan which includes awarding grants to local sponsors for projects to address urban and rural runoff that impairs water quality in priority watersheds throughout the state.“Section 319 Grants and the types of partnerships we’ve seen here today are important to implementing and developing new and innovative approaches to on-farm conservation practices,” said Randy Kron, Indiana Farm Bureau President. “INFB is a proud partner in ensuing that agriculture continues to do its part in protecting water quality in our rural communities.”Under this program, for FY2020 IDEM selected nine proposals that will focus on improving watersheds affected by nonpoint source pollution:Big Pine Creek Watershed Implementation Project – sponsored by the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)Deer Creek-Sugar Creek Implementation Project – sponsored by the Carroll County SWCDHighland Pigeon Watershed Management Plan Development – Gibson County SWCDOnsite Sewage Disposal System Outreach and Education Project – sponsored by the Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal ProgramOtter Creek Watershed Implementation – sponsored by the Ouabache Land ConservancyMaria and No Business Creek Planning and Implementation Project – sponsored by the Sullivan County SWCDSouth Fork Blue River Watershed Project – Washington County SWCDRegion of the Great Bend of the Wabash River Implementation Project – Wabash River Enhancement CorporationWalnut Creek-Tippecanoe River Watershed Implementation Project – sponsored by the Watershed FoundationThe visit highlighted work being done in the Big Pine Creek Watershed where a growing interest to improve soil health through nutrient management has led to a voluntary partnership with farmers and landowners. The work includes studies in Benton and Warren County to measure the amount of nitrate runoff in local ditches, streams and watersheds.  Several area farmers and landowners are voluntarily taking part in nitrate runoff practices to increase yield and improve soil health, while reducing input costs. The Big Pine Creek Watershed groups received Section 319 funding in FY2016 to implement this program and will receive FY2020 funds to continue with implementation.IDEM expects this year’s 319 grant projects will reduce an estimated 86,000 tons of sediment, 100,000 lbs of phosphorous and 196,000 lbs of nitrogen as a result of on-the-ground best management practice in priority watersheds.Unlike pollution from industrial facilities and sewage treatment plants, nonpoint source pollution does not come from a specific place. As precipitation moves over or through the ground, it picks up debris and pollutants and deposits them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and groundwater. Nonpoint source pollution can include excess fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides; oil, grease, and toxic chemicals from urban runoff; sediment; drainage from abandoned mines; and bacteria and nutrients from livestock, pet waste, and faulty septic systems. It can contribute to problems like harmful algal blooms, erosion, and bacteria contamination of surface and groundwater.For more information regarding EPA’s nonpoint source grant program visit: https://www.epa.gov/nps/319-grant-program-states-and-territoriesSource: EPA Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleEthanol Production Leveling, Down 13% From Pre-COVID LevelsNext articleSafety Tips for the Grill This Holiday Weekend Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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18 May
2021

Coronavirus live updates: More people without underlying conditions dying from COVID-19 in LA

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy ROSA SANCHEZ, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA, EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 83.3 million people worldwide and killed over 1.8 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Jan 01, 8:59 amMore people without underlying conditions dying from COVID-19 in LAEarly in the pandemic, 10% of patients who died from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County did not have underlying conditions, according to health officials. Today, that number has risen to 14% of patient deaths.“This indicates, that in fact, that more people than ever are not only passing away, but passing away without any underlying health conditions,” Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County department of public health, said during a New Year’s Eve news conference.Hospitals in Los Angeles are currently overwhelmed to the point that ambulances are waiting hours in emergency bays with patients inside, which prevents medics from responding to additional emergency calls. The death toll in Los Angeles County stands at 10,345.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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12 May
2021

Testing times

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Testing timesOn 1 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article TheUK guidelines for drug and alcohol testing are essential reading for anyoneinvolved in the testing process and should be used as a template for best practiceIt was the US which first grasped the need to introduce drugs testing in theworkplace. President Ronald Reagan issued Executive Order No. 12564 on 15September 1986 requiring drug testing to be undertaken by all federal employeesin safety and security positions The American Department of Health and Human Services published the firstguidelines on workplace drug testing in the Federal Register in April 1988, andunder SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)1 theseare regularly reviewed. US guidelines The US guidelines specify the drug groups that should be included in aprimary screen, the screening cut-off levels, acceptable methods ofconfirmation and concentrations together with a range of other issues relatingto the chain of custody specimen collections. These guidelines have been adopted by a number of countries prior todeveloping their own. Some of the standards that have since been developeddiffer in many respects from those in the US. For example, the Australian/NewZealand Standard2 minimum drug profile includes benzodiazepines but notphencyclidine (PCP) which is rarely encountered outside the USA, and secondly,gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and high performance liquidchromatography (HPLC) are acceptable as screening techniques as well as aconfirmation techniques. There are other differences not documented here. UK guidelines In 2000, the UK guidelines were developed by an expert group with wideexperience of workplace drug testing in this country. They represent anoverview of best practice for laboratories providing workplace drug testingservices within the UK. The guidelines are designed to ensure that the entiredrug testing process is conducted to give accurate and reliable informationabout a donor’s drug use. All laboratories that undertake legally defensible workplace drug testingwithin the UK should use the guidelines as a template for accreditation. TheUnited Kingdom Accreditation Service3 (UKAS) has been approached as the mostsuitable body to undertake this. The first set of guidelines focuses on the analysis of urine, which has longbeen accepted as the most useful specimen for drug testing. The UK guidelines have four main objectives: – To provide a minimum set of criteria for the providers of workplace drugtesting services within the UK – To ensure that the processes undertaken are capable of legal scrutiny – To provide safeguards to protect specimen donors – To define for laboratories common quality assurance and quality controlcriteria that are capable of being accredited by an external body. Within the guidelines, a number of key stages of the workplace drug testingprocess have been considered: Specimen collection Urine specimens for legally defensible drug testing need to be collectedunder circumstances that respect the dignity of the individual while ensuringthat the sample is fresh and has not been tampered with in any way. Theappendix of the UK guidelines contains an example of a typical protocol forurine collection. This provides advice on how to maintain the integrity of thespecimen by monitoring its temperature and making direct observations. An important aspect of specimen collection is gaining informed consent. Itasks donors to confirm their personal details and that the collection processhas been undertaken correctly. Laboratory analysis On receipt of a sample at the laboratory, initial checks are made on itschain of custody and appearance. If the sample passes these checks a portion istaken which goes through an initial screening test for the presence of drugs.Further testing of the validity of the sample may also take place at thisstage. If the screen results are negative no further analysis is undertaken.However, if they indicate the presence of a drug (above a predefined cut-offlevel) a confirmation test to prove or disprove its presence must be carriedout on another portion of the sample. Interpretation of results A positive result on analysis may be due to medication (prescribed orover-the-counter) or to a dietary cause. An essential part of the drug testingprocess is the final review of positive results. Interpretation is best carried out by a qualified medical practitioner, alsoknown as the medical review officer, who can consult with the laboratorytoxicologist, the donor and the donor’s GP. Quality assurance Drug testing laboratories must have a quality system that encompasses allaspects of the testing process such as sample receipt, chain of custody,security and reporting of results, and screening and confirmation testing. Quality assurance procedures must be designed, implemented and reviewed tomonitor the conduct of each step of the testing process. The standard set byISO 17025 must apply. The laboratory must be accredited for workplace drug testing by a recognisedexternal accreditation body, preferably UKAS, and must be working to standardsset by the UK guidelines. Additional guidelines are being developed to cover alcohol testing in arange of other biological samples, and drugs in oral fluids, hair and othersites. Methods have now been developed to assay drugs and alcohol in oral fluids,as well as in hair and the precise role of these alternative biologicalmatrices in drug testing is under investigation. Additional guidelines arebeing developed to cover these alternative biological samples. As of November 2001, it was agreed that the UK guidelines would form thebasis of the European guidelines. These latter guidelines would be a statementof common standards and principles, leaving each country free to adapt theappendices (cut-off levels, methodologies and so forth) for their ownrequirements and to meet national legislation. There is a proposal that these European guidelines4 could provide the basisfor a one-day workshop, to be held in autumn 2002. References 1. www.samhsa.gov2. http://www.standards.com.au3. www.ukas.com4. http://www.ewdts.orgOther relevant websites http://www.wdtforum.org.uk   http://www.tiaft.orgHelen Vangikar is consultant toxicologist at OmniLabs Limited last_img read more

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3 May
2021

Oxford interview questions released

first_imgOxford has released its annual offering of sample interview questions in an attempt to demystify the application process for prospective students.The sample questions were revealed on the Tuesday 15 October, the same day as the UCAS deadline for those applying to study at the University of Oxford in the next academic year.Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Oxford, Mike Nicolson, says, “There are many myths surrounding Oxford interviews, and they can be the most anxiety-provoking part of the Oxford application process for students.“We want to show what it’s really like having an admissions interview at Oxford, as they are such a unique and important part of our admissions process.”One question provided by Dave Leal, a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics tutor at Brasenose College, asks students to distinguish between the meanings of ‘lie’, ‘deceive’, and ‘mislead’.Leal states that, “Questions of this sort help us to test a candidate’s capacity to draw nuanced distinctions between concepts, and to revise and challenge their own first moves in the light of different sentences containing the key words. Discussion may well lead into areas which could crop up during a degree in philosophy, including questions in ethics, the philosophy of mind and of language. It’s not, though, a test of ‘philosophical knowledge’”.Maria Coyle, Press Officer for the university, says, “We want to try to show potential candidates what the process is like so they aren’t put off by what they might have heard. “Every effort is made to ensure that all applicants, whatever their age, social or educational background, are given an equal chance to demonstrate their academic potential. The interview is only one part of the Oxford admissions process, but for many students it is the part that makes them the most anxious.”Current students recalling their interview experiences had mixed responses.One second year physicist recalls his interviewer waving a CD in front of a lamp, before asking him, “What do you see?” Other memorable interview topics included the discussion of a piece of metal for Material Science, and the questioning of whether ‘The Waste Land’ is a moral poem for English.However, students also remember that most interviews were almost entirely subject-based, often using pieces of text or problems as prompts, and some reported that their interviews were indeed very similar to their current tutorials.last_img read more

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1 Mar
2021

All in this together

first_imgNumerous challenges face human resource administrators in higher education, ranging from recession-related woes to new social media technology to changing definitions of diversity.Strategies to deal with these challenges were hammered out by members of the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) — which assists member institutions in recruiting and retaining faculty and staff — during its general assembly on Wednesday (Oct. 27), hosted by Harvard University.As Jennifer Ivers, director of the New England HERC, put it: “We can do more together than we can separately.”About 85 people, representing approximately 45 New England colleges and universities, gathered in the Sheraton Commander Hotel to compare notes and exchange ideas on tough issues in recruitment, retention, and management of staff and faculty.“The greatest benefit about a day like today is the sharing of information among members, including members who have come from the same institutions and from across institutions,” said Elizabeth Ancarana, Harvard assistant dean for faculty development, who oversees HERC at Harvard.After a keynote address by Robert Drago, economist and research director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and a presentation by Jamie Ladge, assistant professor at the Northeastern College of Business Administration, the group split into breakout sessions designed to develop strategies for 21st century academic workplaces.Timothy Austin, College of the Holy Cross vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, facilitated a session on “Diverse Families in a Diverse Workforce.”“We spent quite a bit of our time defining diversity,” Austin said. “There was a time when gender and ethnic diversity were just about it. … The new ‘invisible’ diversity — sexual orientation, cultural diversity, generational diversity — is really complicating the picture.”Just because a person is born into a certain region or culture doesn’t necessarily make him or her representative of that region or culture, such as the Holy Cross teacher born in India and raised Catholic, Austin said.Many institutions are developing the concept of “affinity groups,” which allows employees to select their own identifying groups, Austin said. This helps to guide institutions in making groups feel welcome.Sometimes diversity goals conflict with one another, Ivers said. An institution may want diversity in both gender and in international representation. “There can be tension in approaching two equally important things,” Ivers said.Another HERC breakout group, which examined the impact of the recession on the workplace, began by focusing on the negative aspects but quickly transitioned into opportunities presented by hard times.“One of the things we talked about was networking; [the recession] has forced more networking within institutions and across departments and across institutions,” said Cheryl F. Whitfield, Northeastern University director of human resources programs and employee relations, who facilitated the session. Participants also discussed strategies for sharing resources and creating efficiencies with new technology.Recession also has affected leadership styles; leaders have become more inclusive and transparent, which may encourage employee loyalty, she said.“We are noticing an openness within and across institutions in communication: sharing ideas, sharing best practices, working together on a common cause,” said Ancarana, who participated in the session on the recession.The breakout session on “New Technologies” attracted the most participants, a bit of a surprise for organizers. It soon became clear why the topic was of such interest: Administrators are trying hard to do more with less and are weeding through huge numbers of products and systems, trying to determine which might be right for their particular needs, organizers said.Applicant tracking systems were a hot topic, as was social media. Most institutions are still learning about what Facebook, Twitter, and other applications will actually accomplish, said Pamela Nolan Young, director of human resources development for North Shore Community College. Institutions need training and specific policies and should be aware of  “negative branding” from participating in a public sphere, participants said.And yet, Young said, quoting North Shore colleague and staff associate Patricia DePamphilis, “Social media is where we’re getting our students from and where we’re going to get our employees from in the future. I believe it’s something that’s going to be used more widely in the future.”last_img read more

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26 Jan
2021

Administration analyzes Campus Climate survey results

first_imgIn the results of the 2016 Campus Climate survey, 14 percent of respondents indicated they had experienced some form of non-consensual sexual intercourse or contact while a student at Notre Dame.That number, vice president of student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said, is too high. “We know, always, that these instances are happening on our campus, and that is not what we want,” Hoffmann Harding said. “We want to do everything we can to prevent these instances, and make students feel comfortable with reporting. You still see that it’s happening, but you still see there is underreporting, which is sobering, but it motivates us to do more and work harder.”While the number is down 2 percent from the 2015 result, Christine Caron Gebhardt, director of the Gender Relations Center at Notre Dame, says there is still a long way to go to get that number down. “That’s not us sitting back and saying ‘[The number] declined so we must be doing great things,’” Gebhardt said. “It’s us saying ‘Great, it declined — what more can we do?’”Hoffmann Harding said it is encouraging to see awareness of policies regarding sexual assault is high. “I was really proud of students who don’t think this behavior should be tolerated on our campus,” Hoffmann Harding said. “The numbers are really good. We’ve seen some of the education programs … give way to a big bump in awareness strategies, so that’s good news.”Heather Ryan, deputy Title IX coordinator, said she was happy to see that 98 percent of respondents indicated they would identify at least one University resource for support. “That [resource] can be wherever they want to go for them, so that was good news in my opinion,” Ryan said. However, according to the results of the survey, only 10 percent of students who indicated they had experienced non-consensual sexual intercourse reported this to the University. The challenge, Ryan said, is removing some of those barriers to reporting incidents.“If we’re going to make a difference here, we have to figure out what’s holding students back,” Gebhardt said. “We’re really trying to empower them and help them see there are resources and things available.”Satisfaction rates for respondents that have reported incidents to the University and gone through the processes were low, according to the results, which is a major focal point for improvement, Ryan said. “We receive feedback on an ongoing basis,” she said. “Continuing to remain open to those conversations is really important … but I think we can do better with that.”The Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP) will meet in the coming months to address these barriers and other notable results of the survey. “We try to take our students’ experience, dig deeper into what you’re all saying in focus groups and then look at peer institutions and say, okay let’s hold our programs, our initiatives, the things that we’re doing under a light and see what’s effective,” Gebhardt said. “But let’s not do things because we’ve done it before, let’s do things because they’re effective.”The University plans to administer the survey every other year, Hoffmann Harding said. “We will do focus groups to learn from the results, so we’re not just surveying and surveying,” Hoffmann Harding said. “We’re trying to learn, talk with our community about what the survey has shared with us. For us, that feels like every other year is about the right time frame for us to look at that.”Tags: campus climate, GRC, sexual assault, Student Affairs, Title IXlast_img read more

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18 Jan
2021

Broadway’s Skylight Will Take Hiatus in April

first_imgThe Broadway revival of David Hare’s Skylight, starring Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, will go on hiatus for the week of April 13 through 20 due to pre-existing commitments. The Stephen Daldry-helmed production will now play through June 21, instead of the previously reported June 14 . Skylight The new production began performances on March 13 and will open officially on April 2. Skylight tells the story of a teacher, Kyra Hollis (Mulligan), who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover Tom Sergeant (Nighy) and his son Edward, played by Matthew Beard, who is reprising his role on the Great White Way. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 View Commentslast_img read more

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