May 12

Unison vote may lead to Euro-style strike action

first_imgUnison vote may lead to Euro-style strike actionOn 24 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. The UK’s biggest union took a step closer to continental-style collectiveindustrial action, after its members voted in favour of changes to its nationalpolicy. Unison, which represents more than 1.3 million workers, overwhelminglypassed the amendments, which could lead to local government, NHS and teachingstaff striking simultaneously. The vote, at its annual conference in Brighton last week, means the union willnow be able to co-ordinate action across different parts of the public sector,with a more harmonised approach to pay bargaining and strike action. A Unison spokesperson said the motion would mean a more consistent andcoherent approach to agreements and industrial action. “It will ensure one sector doesn’t get left behind, but will also allowus to make the most of our broad base. If we weren’t getting any movement onpay claims in different sectors, we could then have action across them,”he said. Unison’s general secretary, Dave Prentis, warned the Government that it muststart to back public sector reforms with more investment, or face theconsequences. “If the local government pay commission is not funded, if the reformsin schools are not funded, if Agenda for Change is not funded, then we willtake strike action again,” he said. However, the union’s stance was criticised by the Chartered Institute ofPersonnel and Development for being too antagonistic and potentially damaging. Mike Emmott, the institute’s employee relations expert, said it raised thestakes and could cause serious divisions. “Assuming they get co-ordinatedaction, it would precipitate further gaps between the Government and theunions. “It’s born from a loss of patience and would be bad for the generalpublic and the unions because, as we saw in the fire dispute, no governmentwanting to be re-elected could back down,” he said. By Ross Wighamwww.unison.org.uk Comments are closed. last_img read more

May 3

Home Burglar Apprehended Leaving Old Petersburg Place Early Sunday Morning

first_imgOn Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 5:14am the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Greendale Drive within Old Petersburg Place subdivision in reference to suspicious circumstances.A witness reported to 911 that a skinny white male, wearing no shirt and suspenders, was removing items from a neighbor’s residence. The unidentified male was placing the items into the bed of a white Chevrolet truck with a Kentucky license plate. A direction of travel was given to 911 by the witness as the vehicle left the area.A sheriff’s deputy was nearby and observed the truck hauling numerous items as it traveled eastbound on Mt. Pleasant Road. A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with the driver and sole occupant of the truck. Deputies could plainly see the bed of the truck overloaded with items to the point that the driver could not see out of the rear window.The driver was identified as Mr. Stephen T. Hape. Mr. Hape provided a fabricated explanation to deputies about his business at the residence. Mr. Hape claimed that he had been instructed by his employer to remove items from the residence for the purpose of transporting them to a nearby landfill. Deputies were able to disprove Mr. Hape’s explanation by speaking to the home owner and Mr. Hape’s employer.The homeowner responded to the traffic stop and positively identified all of the items in Mr. Hape’s truck. When the items were transported back to their origin, the homeowner discovered that Mr. Hape had vandalized numerous items while inside the residence.  Mr. Hape had intentionally clogged drains and left water running, which caused significant water damage to the upstairs and downstairs of the residence. Mr. Hape had also carved profanities into a dishwasher.  Mr. Hape had also damaged several items while he removed them from the home.During a search of Mr. Hape’s truck, deputies located narcotic paraphernalia and several Vyvanse capsules. Vyvanse is a schedule II controlled substance that Mr. Hape did not have a prescription for.Mr. Hape was transported to Vanderburgh County Jail, where he was booked on a multiple charges.ARRESTED:Stephen Trey Hape (pictured above), 27, of Henderson, Kentucky. Burglary as a  Level 4 Felony, Theft as a Level 6 Felony, Criminal Mischief as a Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of a Controlled Substance as a Class A Misdemeanor. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

May 2

Pi Day: 314 Runners for 3.14-Mile Race on 3/14?

first_imgIn a wonkish tribute to the mathematical constant and an effort to integrate Ocean City schools and the community, the local school district will sponsor a 3.14-mile run to celebrate world Pi Day.Ocean City Primary School teachers Carrie Merritt and Erin Porter share plans for Pi Day events with the Ocean City Board of Education.Race organizers are hoping to attract 314 runners for the 3.14-mile race Saturday, March 14, on the Ocean City Boardwalk.Pi represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It’s practical in solving any sort of problem involving circles, and as most young students know, the number is a bit “irrational” — it’s decimal calculation goes on forever without repeating itself.The first 10 digits — 3.141592653 — are represented by the time and date of the run: 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m. (Fun fact: the New York Times crossword puzzle recently featured a nifty mnemonic to remember the first eight digits: “How I Wish I Could Calculate Pie Easily.” Just count the letters of each word in the quote.)The event also includes a children’s run/walk, which is, of course, a 314-yard dash. That event is open to 10-and-unders and goes off at 10:36 a.m. on March 14.The 5K race starts at the Ocean City Primary School (500 block of West Avenue) and finishes on the boardwalk near the high school. The kids’ race will be on the boardwalk at Sixth Street.Registration fee is $10 for adults and $5 for students.A printable application form is attached at the bottom of this story and can be mailed or dropped off at the Primary School.Pre-registration must be received by March 6, but race-day registration will be available.Post-race activities include: pie-a-teacher, pie-eating contests, pizza-pie tossing, hula hooping and a small health fair. Entertainment, snacks and other refreshments will be provided.The event is co-sponsored by the Ocean City Educators Association (OCEA).Primary school teachers Carrie Merritt and Erin Porter are helping to organize the event, and they told the Ocean City Board of Education last week that they had originally anticipated about 100 runners. But 150 already are registered, and they’re now shooting for an even “pi” of 314.Download (PDF, 680KB)last_img read more

April 20

Transparency data: NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics: 22 October to 28 October

first_imgFor coronavirus testing in the UK, this includes: Contact tracing people tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), England people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), England time taken for test results to become available, England people transferred to the contact-tracing system, and the time taken for them to be reached, England close contacts identified for complex and non-complex cases, and the time taken for them to be reached, Englandcenter_img The data reflects the first 22 weeks of operation of NHS Test and Trace in England, and testing operations in the UK since late March.For NHS Test and Trace (England), this includes:Testing lab testing capacity, UK number of tests sent out, UK number of tests processed, UKlast_img read more

March 1

Opening the gates, closing the education gap

first_imgAs a boy in rural Alabama in the 1940s, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, LL.D. ’12, recalls how he used to hide under the front porch of his home to wait for the bus to come up the hill and take him to school. He badly wanted an education.His teachers encouraged him to read, but his family had few books, so he would wait until his grandfather was done with his newspaper and read that instead. It’s where he drew the inspiration he needed to become an icon of the nation’s Civil Rights Movement and an influential congressman.“I kept hearing my parents and my grandparents saying, ‘Boy, don’t get in trouble; don’t get in the way,’” Lewis told a rapt audience of 600 Harvard alumni gathered Monday evening at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for Your Harvard: Washington, D.C. “But Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and my teachers inspired me to get in the way, to get in trouble,” he said, “what I call today ‘the good trouble.’ And I want to thank you, as graduates of Harvard University, as leaders, for getting in the way. Thank you for getting into trouble.”The story shared by Lewis, whom Harvard President Drew Faust called “one of my heroes,” resonated on an evening in which Faust emphasized the link between liberty and learning.U.S. Rep. John Lewis, LL.D. ’12, shared a story from his childhood that inspired him to “get in trouble … what I call today ‘the good trouble,’” he said.“Education liberates the mind, even when the body is oppressed. It gives us perspective — as a passport to other times, other places, and other points of view, as well as a way to learn about ourselves, to reimagine our lives — that alters us forever,” said Faust, who is also Lincoln Professor of History.The program, which took place on the anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling banning segregation of public buses, opened with a moving performance of “Sing Out/March On,” a song written by Joshuah Campbell ’16 and sung by Campbell, Aislinn Brophy ’17, and students Eden Girma ’18, Isaiah Johnson ’20, Lindiwe Makgalemele ’18, Roderick Mullen ’19, and Michael Wingate ’18.In her remarks, Faust paid homage to the museum’s artifacts that serve as testaments to a passion for learning — including a leaflet for Freedom Summer, a 1964 program that Lewis helped organize in which 1,500 college student volunteers registered thousands of first-time voters in Mississippi and opened more than 40 “freedom schools” — and she recognized that there remains a troublesome disparity in educational access fueled by geography.“What Freedom Summer volunteer could have imagined that we would still be discussing today, in this museum, the persisting gap in educational attainment in a nation where, after more than 50 years, access to education is still not equal?” Faust said.A faculty conversation, which included Albert R. Hunt of Bloomberg News (far right), explored educational equity in America. Harvard Professors Roland G. Fryer Jr. (from left) and Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Dean James E. Ryan, and Hunt discussed the merits of school integration among other key topics.It is incumbent upon Harvard, Faust said, to help close that gap in order to attract students of talent and promise from every background, across the U.S. and the world. Harvard has worked to make strides in that area, particularly through financial aid, merit-based testing, its merger with Radcliffe College, and its outreach and advocacy for first-generation, low-income, and undocumented applicants.“The pursuit of truth and the pursuit of education have defined Harvard’s purpose,” Faust said. “And that purpose has led inexorably — even if far too gradually and sometimes haltingly — toward increasing access and inclusion, toward opening the gates of learning.”Faust closed with a call to action for Harvard’s future direction: “Education and freedom are inseparably intertwined, as this museum so powerfully reminds us. We must continue to advance the hope and the reality of what education can achieve. We must continue to insist and to demonstrate that facts and knowledge matter. We must heed the call to arms, as we continue our work to open the gates and close the gap.”The audience listened to speakers at during the Your Harvard: Washington, D.C., event.Faust’s remarks came on the heels of a spirited faculty conversation that explored further the challenges to educational equity in America. The speakers discussed the merits of school integration, improving schools versus students, affording families the opportunity to choose their school districts, and local involvement in education reform.Tomiko Brown-Nagin, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, faculty director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, and co-director of the Program in Law and History at Harvard Law School, grew up in the Deep South in the 1970s and was among the first African-Americans in her area to attend an integrated school. “Many will say desegregation is too costly for black students; there’s social isolation, low expectations, and a lot of other disadvantages,” Brown-Nagin said. “But at bottom the benefits outweigh the costs. Students who attend desegregated schools end up with higher career aspirations and in a better place in our world.”Roland G. Fryer Jr., Henry Lee Professor of Economics and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory, agreed with the argument for integration. “Kids who grow up in inner cities and in poverty need more resources than the students they should ‘hitch their bandwagon to,’” Fryer said. “Social mobility has slowed because kids don’t have that kind of opportunity. To get to a true meritocracy, that’s where we need to go.”The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture was the center of Your Harvard: Washington, D.CWhether the solution to closing the gap in education comes down to schools or students was another matter up for debate. “Students should get to school in the right shape and ready to learn. That requires a whole different set of investments,” Fryer said. “Schools can be great accelerators of the inputs that they have. Whatever we bring them, they can make better. Some of the best schools in the world can take kids who are in poverty and get them to ‘pass the test.’ But if we got them kids who just got more sleep or were ready to learn when they got there, they would be ready to excel more.“I believe in parents having more choices. We need to decouple the relationship between exactly where you live and the quality of education,” said Fryer, whose research examines geography and the negative effect it can have on educational equity.“We need to break down the barriers that exist between suburban and urban schools,” added James Ryan, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Charles William Eliot Professor of Education. “The parents and students who attend these different school systems, while just a few miles away, couldn’t be further apart. If you think about what happens from that ignorance, it’s a fear of the unknown or a feeling of, ‘Oh, it’s too bad those kids aren’t doing well. But they’re not my kids.’”Education is the Civil Rights Issue of Our TimeYour Harvard: Washington, D.C. was the latest in a series of global gatherings during The Harvard Campaign. The program was co-sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., and the Harvard Black Alumni Society. The series will continue in February with a gathering of alumni and friends in San Francisco.last_img read more

January 26

Housing office plans for dorm renovations

first_imgThe University will renovate several residence halls for a variety of reasons this summer, according to Jeff Shoup, director of the Office of Housing. Shoup said for approximately six years the housing office has been gathering data on whether the halls are making optimal use of their space. “We’ve been looking more closely at the halls and how we use their rooms and square footage,” he said. “Our goal has been and continues to be to make sure that, for example, what is a double in Dillon [Hall] is close to a double in Stanford [Hall].” Shoup said his office studies housing applications each year to determine if the residence halls can handle the number of spaces requested. “Sometimes we get a few more students moving off and sometimes a few more staying on,” he said. “It’s kind of fluctuated.” Regardless of the guesswork involved, Shoup said his office does significant research to be fairly confident in predicting how many spaces each residence hall will need the following year. “We look at the number of people we have retained and the anticipated number of first-year students and it’s a bit of an educated guess, but I think it’s pretty educated with all the data I have,” he said. This spring, more women chose to remain on campus for next year than the office had predicted. As a result, some female dorms such as Farley Hall and Cavanaugh Hall are adding beds. “Those were the two that we have added the most beds to,” Shoup said. “Rooms that had been used as triples in past years, we moved back down to doubles in the last couple years. We’re making them back into triples. It happens a little every school year.” Despite this, Shoup said renovations to the residence halls are not all to increase the maximum occupancy of the dorm. Lyons Hall, which will undergo renovations this summer, will decrease its occupancy. The changes include converting student rooms to study spaces and adding a kitchen. “We had used the annex, which is not a great place for rooms, for students’ rooms,” Shoup said. “We’re already working on changing that space.” Lyons rector Megan Brown said the changes to the dorm have been planned for a long time. “Since Lyons’ need for an upgrade was very high, given both the limited amount of public space per hall resident and the condition of public spaces in the hall, Lyons was the perfect candidate for an experiment in hall renovations,” Brown said. Brown said she expects students will be satisfied with the renovations. “The increase in public space in the hall will be a huge benefit to the women in the hall, since the hall currently lacks adequate study and social space compared to most other halls on campus,” she said. Some male dorms will decrease their occupancy next year as well, Shoup said. “Some of the men’s halls are putting some rooms that had been student rooms back to lounges,” he said. “We’re reducing rooms in Stanford [Hall] and Keenan [Hall].” Although several dorms will undergo minor reconfigurations, Shoup said the only major renovations for next year will take place in Lyons Hall. These changes will hopefully provide insight into future renovations for other residence halls, Brown said. “If student satisfaction with the space increases accordingly, we may have found a new model for hall improvement going forward,” she said. Contact Mel Flanagan at [email protected]last_img read more

January 17

Pluots?

first_imgBy April Reese University of GeorgiaIf you’re looking for a sweet way to take your vitamins, eatingpluots may soon be your solution.Pluots are hybrid fruits from a cross of plums and apricots.These sweet fruits are packed with essential vitamins, says JudyHarrison, an extension nutrition specialist with the Universityof Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Harrison believes we will pluots will soon be showing up inGeorgia grocery stores. They’re high in vitamins A and C and area good source of potassium. Pluots are also low in fat. They’resodium-free, saturated fat-free and cholesterol-free.Plums + Apricots = PluotsAn early summer crop, pluots are available from May to September.They have a smooth skin like a plum. Inside, they’re a juicy mixof sweet fruit flavors. Colors range from red and purple toyellow-green.Use pluots in sauces or as a sweetener. Bake them into breads, oruse them sliced in salads.Harrison offers a few tips on selecting the right pluots.”The fruit should be plump with consistent skin color and firmtexture,” she said. “Avoid pluots with soft spots or ones thatare green.”If you buy them too early, place them in a closed paper bag atroom temperature until they ripen. Then put them into therefrigerator crisper bin.Several Varieties AvailableThere are a number of varieties, Harrison said, depending on theflavor you want accentuated.Flavor Rich pluots are “a unique breed of fruit that tastes atfirst like a sweet plum and then like an apricot,” she said. “Itsskin is almost black, and its flesh is an amber color. The tasteis ‘zingy’ or ‘zesty.'”Flavor Rich pluots are three-fourths plum and one-fourth apricot.Dapple Dandy pluots look more like apricots with a pinkish skinwith maroon flecks. It’s also known as “Dinosaur Egg” because ofits speckles and abnormally large size. The taste is described ashalf plum, half apricot.Flavor King pluots are hybrids bred with the Santa Rosa plum.They’re very large and resemble huge, heart-shaped Santa Rosas.”The taste is described as almost effervescent,” Harrison said.”It’s said to be one of the highest-flavored pluots everdeveloped.”The inner color of the Flavor King is unique with its bright redto yellow fading colors. It looks orange near the pit.Some California varieties are Flavor Heart, Hand Grenade, BlueGusto and Candy Stripe.last_img read more

January 17

D.W. Brooks 2010

first_imgJoann Milam, public service extensionMilam, an extension agent in Washington County, has planned and conducted issue-driven programs in family and consumer sciences for the past 11 years. Her educational programs are often the only training on chronic disease and nutrition, parenting, food safety, child care training and financial management the residents in the rural counties receive. She has reached nearly 600 clients through a 5-hour diabetes education and management program.In 2009, she presented her programming efforts in diabetes at the Fifth Annual Health and Obesity Conference in the United Kingdom. She has written or co-written grants and proposals that have generated more than $800,000 in funding. She is also responsible for saving her clients more than $327,000.Yao-wen Huang, global programsHuang is an internationally-known scholar in the areas of food safety, microbiology and new food product development. In 1982, his international activities began with his appointment to the UGA Marine Extension Service. He was the first scientist to use rapid processing technology to convert the cannonball jellyfish, a south Atlantic nuisance, into a value-added edible product. After joining CAES, he continued to provide assistance in seafood safety and processing technology to developing countries like China, Thailand, Argentina, Mexico and Egypt. He has served as major professor for many international students and visiting scholars, and helped establish partnerships between UGA and foreign institutions.CAES staff and faculty members were also recognized at the award ceremony. Scott Gold received the faculty award for diversity and staff member Kisha Shelton and MANNRS (student organization) were also recognized for diversity efforts. Five University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty members were awarded the highest honor the college bestows on Tuesday, Oct. 5 in Athens, Ga., at the annual D.W. Brooks Lecture and Faculty Awards for Excellence.The program is named in honor of Gold Kist Inc. founder D.W. Brooks. A CAES alumnus, Brooks advised seven U.S. presidents on agriculture and trade issues. He was the youngest professor at UGA (he started teaching agronomy when he was 19) and one of the oldest, still lecturing into his late 90s.Brooks’ dedication to agriculture continues to live on through the awards, and the company he founded lives on under the name Pilgrim’s Pride, which purchased Gold Kist in 2007.The 2010 award winners were Ignacy Misztal, for excellence in research; T. Dean Pringle, teaching; Eric Prostko, extension; Joann Milam, public service extension; and Yao-wen Huang, global programs.“This college is both a local and national powerhouse,” said Scott Angle, CAES dean and director. “While a team effort, it is ultimately the quality of our faculty and staff that make this college great. Our D.W. Brooks winners today represent the best of the college, and we could not be more proud of their accomplishments.”Ignacy Misztal, researchMisztal, an animal and dairy scientist and professor, is best known for research on computing algorithms in animal breeding. His methodologies are used for research and genetic evaluation by numerous organizations. Misztal has conducted research across animal species, and his work is sponsored by major dairy, beef, and pig organizations.He has written 146 journal papers and more than 200 other publications. Misztal is also a popular speaker and teacher and has given presentations in 28 countries and taught short courses on six continents. He regularly teaches classes in mixed models, computing in animal breeding and advanced animal breeding.T. Dean Pringle, teachingPringle, also an animal and dairy science professor, serves as co-undergraduate coordinator for his department. He began teaching in 1995 and has instructed more than 1,700 students. He coordinates the departmental internship program and advises graduate students and about 100 undergraduates each semester.His research focuses on developing and assessing critical thinking skills in animal and dairy science undergraduate students and understanding factors that influence student engagement. Pringle also studies beef and swine meat quality and works to enhance consumer acceptability through improvements in meat tenderness and carcass composition.Eric Prostko, extensionProstko, a UGA Cooperative Extension weed specialist, is responsible for statewide weed science programs in field corn, peanut, soybean, sunflower, grain sorghum and canola. Since 2000, he has provided 54 in-service training programs for Georgia extension agents and has made educational presentations at 367 crop production meetings.Additionally, Prostko was one of the first extension specialists to formally develop an Internet-based training program for county agents. He has made more than 128 invited extension presentations to allied agricultural industry groups like BASF, Syngenta, Southern States, Valent, Georgia Crop Production Alliance, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the Mississippi Weed Science Society.last_img read more

December 20

Ecuador Dismantles Cartel’s Laundering Network

first_imgBy Dialogo February 12, 2009 Ecuador has uncovered a money laundering network worth as much as 60 million dollars, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Eleven people were arrested when police wound up the network — said to be linked to Colombia’s notorious Cali cartel. “The amounts that were managed total between 50 and 60 million dollars,” said Washington Pesantez, a spokesman for Ecuador’s chief prosecutor. The scam centered on a married Ecuadorian couple who spun-off dozens of shell firms from a central business. The police sting spanned five provinces and resulted in the seizure of 30 firms. “They laundered vast sums of money for the Cali cartel,” said Jose Cisneros, a prosecutor.last_img read more

December 8

FEMA grants assistance funds for counties affected by Halloween flooding

first_imgEighteen counties are listed to receive the aid, including Tioga County. Broome County was not listed. (WBNG) — On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted funds to aid counties that were affected by flooding on Oct. 31. The governor’s office says an estimated $33 million was done in damages by the storms that caused heavy rainfall on Halloween night. “I was on the ground the morning after the storm and witnessed firsthand the severe damage sustained by hundreds of homes, and the federal government must now do its part to ensure these families immediately get the funds they need to repair and rebuild their lives,” the governor said in an official press release sent to 12 News. Congressman Brindisi says he met with Vice President Mike Pence to urge the Trump Administration to aid the counties affected by the flooding in early December.last_img read more