Oriel’s barman has been removed by the college, provoking an outcry from the student body, writes Andrea Televantos.Chris Howells, whose contract was ended last week, said that he had a “professional conflict” with the college steward, and his dismissal had been described as an attempt to “stop fun” by students.Mr Howells was employed on the terms of what he described as a “probationary contract”, and said that the official reason for his removal was that the college “chose not to extend it”.Students have claimed that the college terminated Howell’s employment because he was seen to be too lenient towards students. “They were looking for an excuse to get rid of him,” said one student who wished to remain anonymous, “they were being unreasonable. They’re basically trying to stop fun.”According to student Nick Jones, Howells also attracted blame for the mess left behind after a college bop. “ENTZ didn’t organise it [the bop] well enough”, Jones said, “it was nothing to do with him.”Oriel students allege that the source of friction was the college steward, Jean Medd, who is responsible for the bar staff. She is said to have argued with Howell over him not taking sufficient measures to control student behaviour in the college bar. Mr Howells commented that there was a “certain professional conflict” between him and Medd and in addition a “mutual dislike”.Medd’s policies regarding the student bar have aroused student anger before when she banned staff and students from drinking together in 2004, breaking, in the words of one porter, “a long tradition of porters drinking with students.” According to the porter, she gave “no reason” for doing so, despite pressure from the JCR and staff.
The 6th Annual Hats Off to Holly’s House benefit dinner and auction will be held at the Conference Center at Tropicana Evansville, 421 NW Riverside Drive, Evansville, Indiana on Friday, April 7, 2017. This year’s theme “By the Seashore – What are you Wading For?” will be a casual evening of fun with guests encouraged to wear beach hats, sandals, and resort casual attire. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the evening will include a silent and live auction, a served dinner, and brief remarks. Jimmy Buffet and Beach Boy style music will be provided; a special prize will be given to the winner of the annual hat contest! Proceeds from the event will be used for Holly’s House programming.Tickets are $50 each, or $400 for a table of eight. Tickets may be purchased online at www.hollyshouse.org, or by mailing a check to:FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Educator Appreciation Day Free for Indiana K-12 Educators!Enjoy a day at the Indiana State Museum with your family while getting a chance to see what the museum has that is new and improved! Get a chance to see our newest core galleries, visit our bicentennial exhibitions and see what great programming we have planned for you and your students. Receive free materials from various state agencies that can help you teach about Indiana topics. Meet museum curators and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour. Plus, lunch is on us for you and your family! Family members can visit the museum at the group rate: $9.75 for adults and for this special day, children 18 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. You can purchase admission for your family when you arrive at the museum.Bicentennial Educator Appreciation Day Tickets, Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM Through Jan. 8, 2017What does it take to create a videogame, line up rhythms like the best DJs, or design a roller coaster that produces the biggest thrills? Whether it is art, music, or engineering, it takes math and science to meet these design challenges.In Design Zone, you can go behind the scenes and see how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to do the amazing things they do. Experience this traveling exhibit free with museum admissionHoliday Sounds ISMHS Holiday Sounds Dec. 4 – 18, 2016Grades Pre-K-12School and community choirs, bands, ensembles and soloists perform holiday music in the museum’s Governor Frank O’ Bannon Great Hall each day. Enjoy the sounds of the season in a spectacular holiday atmosphere. Want your students to perform at the museum during the holiday season? Contact Sarah Rapp Johnson at [email protected] for more information. Celebration Crossing ISMHS Santa Nov. 25, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017This year’s Celebration Crossing comes alive with holiday merriment from the sounds of bands and choirs, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus who will entertain visitors in their cozy home on Level 1 of the museum through Jan. 1, 2017. Children of all ages can ride the Santa Claus Express, make crafts to take home and gaze into the recreated L.S. Ayers store windows rekindling Christmases past.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School and the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) will jointly honor former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III with the 2012 Great Negotiator Award on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School.The Great Negotiator Award event will include discussions with Baker and faculty from the Program on Negotiation and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Future of Diplomacy Project about the negotiation challenges he faced during his time as Secretary of State. The discussion is free and open to the public from 1:30 to 5 p.m.The Great Negotiator Award was created twelve years ago by the Program on Negotiation to recognize individuals whose lifetime achievements in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution have had a significant and lasting impact. The Program on Negotiation is a network of faculty and scholars dedicated to developing the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools. In 2011 and 2012, the Great Negotiator Award event has been co-sponsored by the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School, which aims to explore the importance of diplomacy in a globalized world. Read Full Story
Michael Sweikar, head of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), was recently awarded a contract from Project Concern International (PCI) to evaluate one of their projects in Indonesia.The Child Health Opportunities Integrated with Community Empowerment (CHOICE) project, which Sweikar and others at Notre Dame will be working to evaluate, is centered on improving the health of local children through wells and other water-related interventions.“We were to measure the impact of the CHOICE project … Project Concern International implemented.,” Sweikar said, “[Project CHOICE] is basically a U.S. Agency for International Development funded project that was primarily in Indonesia. It was a four-year project from 2003 to 2007 and one of the primary goals of the project was to try to improve or help the health in these communities for children.“You’re looking at impact in the terms of fine health improvements in children.”Sweikar said this work is part of a worldwide effort to help evaluate the impact of government-funded projects such as Project CHOICE.“Our main focus is to look at global government projects and look at what impacts those projects are actually having,” Sweikar said. “What we do is above and beyond just measuring outputs, such as whether a well is built. Not only where the project is implemented, but what actual outcomes or impacts it has for community members in terms of better health or education.“We’re doing a project in Ghana where we’re measuring the impact of water points — wells and other water systems in the country. We’re also doing an investigation in Burkina Faso, which is nearby Ghana. We’ve done a number of evaluations as well in Uganda.”Sweikar said all the information from those aid programs will help to tailor or to redesign aid for better efficiency and effectiveness.“When we are able to view our final reports at any location, our goal is to work with the organization … and we provide the information and the data,” Sweikar said. “In some cases, they can modify the project or implementation. Or in the case of PCI, they may be able to use that information for a redesign for a new project or look for what works and what doesn’t work for a new project proposal … and ideally look at some lessons learned from all our work.”Sweikar said his work with other researchers from the University will begin in the spring.“The data collection will actually occur this spring,” said Sweikar, “The data we’re going to collect will be collected in April 2014. So Notre Dame researchers, including [Professors] Edwin Michael, Juan Carlos Guzman and Lila Khatiwada, are going to work with Project Concern International and go to Indonesia and that’s where we are going to look at the sample size, investigate the households and conduct the survey to see the what benefits the program had.”Tags: CHOICE project, Indonesia, Michael Sweikar, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, Project Concern International
The Saint Mary’s Student Government Association held a “Back to School Brunch” Sunday morning, hosted by its community committee, for Belles to kick off the 2019-2020 academic year. With free food and giveaways, the event sought to bring people together at the College.The community committee aims to foster community on the Saint Mary’s campus while simultaneously expanding relationships in the tri-campus community. Giavanna Paradiso, a junior and co-chair of the committee, explained the importance of having on-campus events available to students.“We want to make sure that all Belles feel included and feel like there is something for them,” Paradiso said. “Especially given the recent changes with tri-campus transportation options, we want to make sure we have nice events on campus for every Belle.”Kelsey O’Connor, a junior and committee co-chair, acknowledged the importance of having a community committee as the core value of Saint Mary’s this academic year is community.“It is important to us that our events cater to all grade levels to foster cross-class friendships,” O’Connor said.Sundays’ brunch event was initially set to occur on Library Green but due to poor weather conditions was moved into LeMans’ Reignbeaux Lounge. Located near the front desk, Reignbeaux is a popular spot to do homework, sit and chat with friends, or simply walk outside to the rest of campus.On the onset of the third week of classes, the initial back to school excitement and bliss may have been worn down. Back to School Brunch was designed to raise spirits and bring smiles to faces in an attempt to start the school week off on a high note, Paradiso said.“When we were brainstorming event ideas we knew we wanted to do something that people need, but more importantly, something that would be cute and aesthetically appealing,” Paradiso said.The event yielded high traffic, especially from upperclassmen leaving their dorm and featured several grab and go options: juices, fresh fruits, donuts and t-shirt giveaways.“We knew we wanted to do a Sunday late morning as to attract students who are starting their days, whether that be going to the dining hall, coming back from the gym or heading to the library,” O’Connor said.While these events are designed for the student body, committee members and co-chairs equally gain from hosting them. For Paradiso, her favorite part of putting on SGA events is the way she gets to see Belles enjoy something new and different, while also being able to see everyone bond.As co-chairs, Paradiso and O’Connor are responsible for planning student events every month. Their most recent event was Pre-Domerfest for first-year and transfer students. The SGA Community Committee will continue to host monthly events for students for the duration of the school year.Tags: brunch, Community Committee, Saint Mary’s College, Student government
Josephine and I Josephine and I interweaves a modern day story of an ambitious young woman with the life of the peerless, fearless, Josephine Baker. Born into poverty in the slums of St. Louis, Baker became the first African-American performer to rise to international prominence. A French Resistance spy and civil rights activist who was married twice by age 16 and served as muse to Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, Baker’s life inspires a young woman to face up to the sacrifices required to follow one’s dreams. The River’s Cush Jumbo will be sticking around in New York after the Hugh Jackman-led play ends its limited run on February 8, 2015. The Olivier nominee is to take her self-penned solo show Josephine and I off-Broadway. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the production will have a five-week limited engagement at the Public’s Joe’s Pub from February 27 through April 5. Opening night is set for March 10. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Jumbo received the 2013 Emerging Talent Award at the Evening Standard Awards for Josephine and I. Her additional stage credits include the Lloyd-helmed Julius Caesar, for which she received an Olivier nomination, A Doll’s House and& As You Like It. On screen, Jumbo has starred in the TV series Vera and the film Remainder. Related Shows
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry has emphasized that a capital injection into state-owned PT Asuransi Jiwasraya would be a last resort in the government’s efforts to rescue the ailing insurance company. The ministry and House of Representatives were discussing several other scenarios to save the insurer from bankruptcy and help it pay its policyholders’ claims, Arya Sinulingga, an aide to SOE Minister Erick Thohir, said on Tuesday. “The ministry is still devising a plan to save Jiwasraya with a comprehensive plan to improve its fundamentals,” he said in a statement. He also underlined that talks of a state capital injection were meant to help state-owned insurers in general and not just Jiwasraya, as the ministry aimed to improve the country’s insurance industry’s health in the long run. “We also… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Facebook Google Log in with your social account Linkedin Topics : Jiwasraya SOE-Minister erick-thohir SOEMinistry insurance state-capital-injection
This week began with a long-winded and desperate call from London mayor Boris Johnson for the merging of all public sector pension funds, in order to fund the construction of vital infrastructure. In his weekly column in UK national paper The Daily Telegraph, Johnson claims the UK’s more than 39,000 public sector pension funds are all running silo operations, leading to extraordinary waste.However, London’s two-term mayor, employing his customarily colourful language, goes on to suggest that the UK has missed a huge opportunity, one being exploited by “more sensible governments around the world.” This opportunity, according to Johnson, is to pool pension funds and create “gigantic sovereign wealth funds”, which could invest in infrastructure. He singles out Canada, the Netherlands and Singapore as examples of countries having done this. Amalgamating the 101 funded local authority funds would collect assets of around £180bn and, Johnson said, after adding the remainder of the 39,000 public sector schemes, create a pot worth “hundreds of billions” of pounds.The Mayor’s basic premise is not wrong in and of itself – IPE has previously suggested that a common investment vehicle for the local authority funds could in theory work quite well, with infrastructure exposure a big winner. But that is a common investment vehicle, not the amalgamation of funds – particularly unfunded ones that have no assets. Of the 39,000 public sector pension scheme figure repeatedly used by Johnson, practically all are unfunded pay-as-you-go set-ups, with contributions paying out pensions, and the government picking up the shortfall, hence no assets to invest. Flaw number one.Second, a “citizen’s wealth fund” is not the purpose of pension schemes. Their primary purpose is not to stimulate economies or take control of the £100bn of infrastructure needed in the UK. They do not belong to the government nor all the citizens of the UK. They are the sole property of the beneficiaries, and survive to serve their retirement needs. Yes, there is certainly space for infrastructure investment within this, and yes, IPE agrees it could be more efficient. But the proposal to merge thousands of funds borders on the ludicrous. Third, there is a conception among politicians that pension funds hold back from infrastructure due to their own scale. While it certainly is a deterrent for some smaller schemes, there are wider issues to consider. One is simply risk/return payoffs. There have been numerous attempts to get pension schemes in the UK to invest, but many remain apprehensive without underlying government guarantees.The Pensions Infrastructure Platform – a method of channelling investment into infrastructure “for pension schemes, by pension schemes” – had a sluggish start and, in the three years since conception, only managed about £200m of secondary asset investment. Three of its founding members left over cost and return concerns.There is also an issue with availability of assets. ABP, name-checked by Johnson, only has just over 1% of its assets in infrastructure. The London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) – whose chairman, Eddie Truell, is a strong advocate of pension scheme infrastructure investment – only has 3.5%, or £170m, and that’s after making an effort.This leads onto the final point, and, as with all political statements, one has to look at who, or what, is behind it. Truell and Johnson’s strong relationship is well known, as is the LPFA’s stance on merging local government schemes, particularly in London, with itself at the core. Its recent response to a government consultation on the future of local authority funds strongly supported mergers, only for Johnson’s Conservative colleagues in Whitehall to rule it out.The pair have long worked together to promote investment, with Johnson sharing Truell’s dream of the LPFA to incorporate all London funds with huge investment in the city’s housing and infrastructure. So one questions where Johnson’s musings originate. The pair has often sung from the same hymn sheet, although one would expect Truell’s copy to differentiate between a funded and unfunded pension scheme.
Terminal operator APM Terminals Gothenburg has decided to implement a partial lockout at the container terminal in response to the planned industrial action by members of the Swedish Dockworkers Union (SDU). As disclosed, the lockout will commence on May 19 and continue until June 30. During this period, the lockout will occur on weekdays between 16:00 and 7:00.The measure is intended to protect operations at the terminal from the most recent threats of industrial action against the company by the SDU, the terminal operator said.Consequently, port employees working the evening shift will be excluded from the workplace from 16:00 and not receive any salaries for their work, the union informed.“We have done everything in the last year to solve the conflict with the Swedish Dockworkers’ Union…The steady deterioration in the situation cannot go on, and in order to protect the business APM Terminals Gothenburg is taking protective action against the latest series of planned industrial action,” Henrik Kristensen, CEO of APM Terminals Gothenburg, commented.During the past six months, APM Terminals Gothenburg has allegedly seen productivity decline by approximately 20 percent of normal weekly capacity. This is equivalent to around 2,000 containers every week.“We see no alternative solution to this dispute other than a withdraw of current industrial actions and entering a long-term agreement including a period of time without any industrial actions. We also need an amendment to the legislation in such way that an employer who has a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) cannot be subjected to blockades or other industrial action by a trade union, who does not hold a CBA,” Kristensen added.As explained by the APM Terminals, last week SDU cancelled their planned strikes and overtime blockade to sit down in a meeting with APM Terminals together with Jordi Aragunde president of IDC.However, the meeting did not result in any kind of agreement as SDU and IDC came to the meeting demanding that a new agreement be signed on the spot, while the terminal company saw the meeting as “a first step towards a negotiation together with the National Swedish Mediation Institute.”“We need to be able to focus on recovering our business and developing our services instead of cutting staff, which is the unfortunate consequence of the disturbances in our service that the conflict results in,” the company management said in a customer advisory.“The way forward is via dialogue, where the outcome of the discussions must follow the Swedish model and arbitrary law, and ensuring that such negotiations are made via the National Swedish Mediation Institute. Only then can we ensure that the agreement will not be discarded by Labor Arbitration Court and resulting in fines and that the agreement is annulled. An agreement outside the Swedish arbitrary law would only be a short-term solution and lead to further conflicts in the future,” the advisory further reads.Separately, the SDU said it understands that APM Terminals has the legal right to lock out their employees “but expects management to take responsibility for their own actions”.Furthermore, the SDU said it is open to all kinds of collective solutions at the terminal and rejects APM Terminals’ claim that the union refuses to sign the CBA.The conflict, caused by a change in APM Terminals’ personnel policies, has been ongoing since spring 2016.Last month, the terminal operator started with layoffs and the implementation of new work patterns. The measures have been reportedly implemented without discussion with the SDU.World Maritime News Staff