University staff strike over low pay

first_imgMembers of the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes staff went on strike on May 25 and 26 over a pay offer dispute.The nation-wide strike initiated by the University and College Union (UCU) took the form of a picket outside the University Science Area and along the whole of the Old Road Campus in Headington, and was held mostly by lecturers although these were joined by other members of staff.Oxford Mail reported the presence of approximately 30 protestors in Headington, but the total size of the walkout cannot be assessed until pay deduction forms are filled in by those who participated, which will only be done after the two days of action.It has also been announced that staff will be working according to their contracts from this point onward, rejecting opportunities of extra working hours and stopping the usual replacement process which sees staff taking over the classes of absent colleagues for example.The dispute is a response to the offer which was made by the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA) to increase pays by 1.1 per cent, which the UCU regarded as “an insult”, claiming that most universities could afford to pay their staff much more than they do. This percentage however, would not apply to staff of Oxford colleges, as these have their own pay arrangements with their tutors, and UCEA explained that staff with lower pay had been offered a 5.1 per cent increase to respond to current inflation levels.“The situation is more drastic in Oxford because of the extremely high cost of living.”Garrick TaylorSimilar action had already been taken in November 2014, when university staff from all areas of the UK went on strike to demand a change in pension schemes. The UCU has announced that, as in 2014 when lecturers and tutors had then decided to boycott paper correction, causing a disruption in the normal timetable for exam marking, university staff may resort to such action if the dispute is not solved by a positive agreement on their side. Garrick Taylor, vice-president of Oxford UCU who was also at the picket on Old Road Campus, told Cherwell, “The amount of picketers was larger than the last strike we had in 2013 – implying anger over pay is increasing.“We hope the action taken will increase awareness amongst non-members about the pay dispute, in deed we had non members join UCU on the picket line today and ahead of the strike. In addition member meetings are taking place talking about specific issues.”Commenting on the impact of the differences between Oxford and other institutions on the staff’s demands, Taylor said, “The situation is more drastic in Oxford because of the extremely high cost of living in Oxford and the house prices. This means the below inflation pay rises and extra NI and pension contributions are really causing us to not be able to get on the housing ladder and even struggle with living costs.”While many were worried about the situation students would be left in, especially at the time of year when most exams take place, it seems that the impact of the strike on the student body was minimal.A UCEA spokesperson told Cherwell, “Our Higher Education institutions know that the vast majority of their staff understand the current funding environment and can see that the final offer, with substantial extra for the lower paid, endeavours to be fair without putting additional jobs at risk.“This industrial action is naturally disappointing given the very good pay offer, plus the joint work on gender pay and casual employment that is on the table.”Oxford University said in a statement, “The University respects the right of individuals to take part in lawful industrial action.”last_img read more

Goshen Health staffing numbers “struggling” with COVID spike

first_img Previous articleU.S. Postal Service announces holiday shipping deadlinesNext articleBody pulled from St. Joseph River Wednesday Nick Deranek Google+ Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Goshen Health staffing numbers “struggling” with COVID spike Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Facebook Twitter Pinterest By Nick Deranek – November 18, 2020 2 337 (Photo supplied/Goshen Health) Goshen Health continues to struggle with staffing numbers in light of the recent COVID spike across the area.Goshen Hospital Chief Medical Officer and Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Dan Nafzinger says that many healthcare workers are becoming exhausted and they don’t have enough people to meet their staffing needs as numbers rise.Nafzinger says another concern is having to postpone important surgeries as COVID patients fill up the ICU beds. As of Monday, the number of patients was slightly down at the hospital with 39 people. Dating back to March, just over 21,000 tests have been completed with nearly 3,100 positive tests, which reflect a 15 percent positivity rate.last_img read more

Burnish Your Brand, Using Your Best Talents More Often

first_imgWherever you go, whatever you do, the most effective tool you bring with you is the brand called “You.” My brand, cultivated over time, reflects my vision and passion of being an agent of change leading innovation in the corporate world. For me, this involves helping others find their unique gifts and then orchestrating the sharing of those talents to innovate new ways to contribute to the organization’s success. These collaborative efforts provide personal growth, development, and meaningfulness for us as individuals as well. Truly, this is a winning combination in a competitive global world.Many leaders from different industries have tied their brand to ground-breaking innovations. I personally admire, and strive to emulate, those who have paid it forward, setting the stage for the next generation of leaders and innovators. When preparing for a recent keynote at USENIX, I took the opportunity to showcase women leaders who transformed their respective industries. Part of my message was highlighting how, in this increasingly connected world, we still need to depend on others to achieve success and meaning in life.Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Network, was the visionary who conceptualized satellite-based networks. She also created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two revenue streams—licensing and advertising. When she founded USA Network under the banner of Madison Square Garden Sports in 1977, she was the first woman to head a television network. But she didn’t stop there. Understanding that access to startup capital has consistently been cited as the biggest pain point for female entrepreneurs, she founded venture-catalyst Springboard Enterprises to help women build ”big businesses starting small.”  Over 500 women-led companies have participated in Springboard’s accelerator programs, raising nearly $6 billion. Of note, more than 80% of Springboard companies are still in business as independent or merged entities, including 10 IPOs, and many are the technology engines of publicly traded companies.Astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, also founded Sally Ride Science and Sally Ride Science Camps to encourage girls’ interest in science and technology. The girls, who are at the middle-school level, participate in innovative, hands-on science learning activities in an environment designed to be supportive, enriching, and—most importantly—fun!Following Dr. Ride’s footsteps, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to travel in space in 1992. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to form a company researching the application of technology to daily life: 100 Year Starship. The organization designs and implements independent, collaborative, and open-source projects to advance and promote the public engagement, research, development, and capabilities needed for humans to reach another star.Another woman who has had an impact on an entire country and the global startup community is Dr. Orna Berry. Prior to joining EMC as the first Corporate VP and GM of the Israel Center of Excellence, Dr. Berry was the Chief Scientist in Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor. One of her strengths is bringing together communities of leaders and innovators to identify a gap in a market, and then racing to identify a solution.Combining technology and social entrepreneurship, Juliana Rotich founded Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili. This platform was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Since then, the name “Ushahidi” has come to represent the people behind the “Ushahidi Platform” web tools for crowdsourcing crisis information and reporting on topics related to the environment.Each of these women was a pioneer in her own field, and each used her success to help others. All have a global perspective and consistently reach outside their normal sphere of influence. In taking these leadership lessons to heart, you should note that it’s important to first figure out what you care about most, tie your brand to your vision, and remember that success is not only about the body of work you deliver, but the impact you can have on your community and beyond. Reach for your true dreams and goals and don’t be afraid to innovate. Goals are the starting point to taking action, building a plan, realizing your brand, and using your best talents more often.last_img read more

Sheldon Charles focused on becoming professional cricketer

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyHE is highly ambitious, intelligent and has an insatiable appetite for the sport he loves dearly. The quiet-spoken yet affable Sheldon Charles was born in Region No. One in the village of Kariaku, Barama River before migrating to Region 2 where he now resides at Lima on the Essequibo Coast.The Form Three student of Anna Regina Secondary plans to attend the University of Guyana to become a mechanical engineer. But for now, he is seriously devoted towards enhancing his skills as he dreams of playing cricket at the highest level. He was recently appointed captain of the Essequibo Under-15 team to become the first cricketer of Amerindian descent to be at the helm of the team.While this is a significant achievement, the elegant batting all-rounder, who represented Guyana at the Under-15 level last year in Grenada, is focused on more success, as he is in the form of his life.Charles registered impressive back-to-back centuries of 102 not out and 149 during the recently held trial matches that were organised by the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB).The national Youth all-rounder has also recorded seven half-centuries during his emerging career. He attributed his fine form to being engaged in daily intense physical training, simulation exercises, practice sessions and the constant motivation he receives from his two brothers including Zavier McDonald who was a former national Under-15 fast bowler.While Charles had a moderate inter- county tournament, he topped the batting aggregate for his team. He also plays senior division cricket for Gunners Sports Club where he has already made a delightful impression as a quality player.It was no coincidence therefore that he named Australian Steve Smith and India’s Virat Kohli as his favourite cricketers. It is those inherent qualities which those two great batsmen possess that have inspired him to believe in his ability and to set high standards for himself.Charles is now hoping to retain his place on the national team, having played three matches during last year’s tournament. Thereafter he intends to firmly build on such foundation and to secure a place on the national Under-17 team as well.With such aspirations and his ambition to represent Guyana at the senior level too, the sky is the limit for the talented cricketer. Charles is only the third player from the Amerindian community to have represented Guyana after Lance Roberts who played last year with him and Mark Gonsalves who did so at the Under-17 level.He is also the first to achieve the feat as a resident of Region No.1. He is also the youngest Essequibian to play at the national youth level and will become the first to play in back-to-back national Under-15 tournaments should he do so this year.The budding all-rounder also acknowledged that Essequibo’s cricket can rise above the ashes of the past given the abundance of potential in almost every corner of the region, including in the Amerindian communities.Charles’ rapidly growing reputation will no doubt send chilling fears to any opposition, but he is not distracted and is now focused on building a successful career as a professional cricketer.last_img read more