UCU strikes to hit Oxford next week

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first_imgUCU Oxford Co-President Aris Katzourakis said, “Strike action is a last resort, but universities’ refusal to deal with absolutely key issues have left us with no alternative. She said: “I am deeply concerned that a combination of falling pay, rising workloads and increasingly insecure employment is making a career in higher education less suitable.” Staff will be on picket lines from 8.30am at several sites across Oxford – including the Clarendon Building, the Radcliffe Observatory and the Said Business School. “We understand the concerns many staff have on pay, as well as on pensions. We also have a duty to ensure our education and research activities continue as far as possible and will therefore have contingency plans in place to minimise the impact of any industrial action on staff, students and visitors.” 74% of UCU members polled in Oxford voted in favour of strike action. Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has said she ‘fully supports’ the UCU members, and called for urgent talks to resolve the dispute. “It is staggering and insulting that universities have not done more to work with us to try to find a way to resolve this dispute. A rally held outside the Clarendon Building on Monday will have speakers including, “Oxford East Anneliese Dodds, Oxford UCU co-president Aris Katzourakis, Oxford Student Union president Anisha Faruk and Chair of Oxford and District Labour Party, Rabyah Khan.” A spokesperson for Oxford University said: “The University is disappointed with the outcome of the Oxford UCU ballot in favour of industrial action over the national pay settlement. center_img As well as an eight strike days, union members will begin “action short of a strike” from Monday – this includes measures like working strictly to contract, refusing to cover for colleagues and refusing to rearrange lectures missed due to strike action. Earlier this week, the UCU laid the blame for the strikes firmly with the universities, who they said had refused to even discuss changes to pay. This will be the second year in a row where Oxford academics strike over remuneration. Strikes were held in early 2018. “We are heartened by the support and solidarity of the official student union of the University of Oxford and we hope students will continue to put pressure on university vice-chancellors to get their representatives back round the negotiating table for serious talks with the union.” The move comes as attempts to broach an agreement between the Universities and College Union and staff failed. From Monday 25th to Tuesday 4th December, staff members at 60 universities including Oxford will strike over pay and working conditions. Whereas 43 different universities are striking over pensions and pay/working conditions, academics in Oxford are striking over the pay and working conditions only. last_img read more

News story: Government funds research into knife-detection technology

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first_imgTransport Minister Andrew Jones said: Six UK companies have been funded a share of more than £460,000 to fast-track innovative technologies that aim to detect people carrying knives in crowded places such as streets, railway stations and major events.Distinguishing concealed blades from other items such as keys and coins is challenging for the police, particularly among large crowds.Now, with funding from the Home Office and Department of Transport, 6 companies are exploring how solutions involving radar and electromagnetic and acoustic sensors could help detect steel-bladed knives.Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Victoria Atkins said: The safety of passengers is absolutely paramount and we are committed to tackling the scourge of knife crime. I’ve seen first-hand this week the exceptional work groups such as the British Transport Police are doing to tackle this issue, but more needs to be done. That’s why this funding is so important – it will help us identify ways in which technology can detect concealed knives, helping us keep people safe on our railways. As part of the Serious Violence Strategy, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), were tasked by the Home Office to find new ways to tackle concealed steel-bladed knives.Through a Home Office competition run by Dstl through DASA, which sought input from industry and academia, 6 proposals passed the rigorous testing process. Now, Security Screening Technologies Ltd, Iconal Technology Limited, Loughborough University, Xenint Ltd, Thales UK, Advanced Nano Tech and Scientific Ltd are each being funded a share of £463,665 by the government for 6 months to deliver proof of concept. They will be asked to demonstrate their findings this summer.The focus is on technology that is safe, easy to operate, unobtrusive and suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and the work is being supported by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.If the projects perform to the desired level, the Home Office will work closely with the police to assess how these products could be used on the front line.The announcement comes as the Prime Minister today (April 1) hosts the Serious Youth Violence summit in Downing Street, bringing together attendees from a diverse range of backgrounds including law enforcement, health, the voluntary sector and education, and young people with experience living in communities impacted by serious violence.Ahead of the summit, the government announced it is empowering more officers to authorise enhanced stop and search powers as part of continued action to tackle knife crime.Home Secretary Sajid Javid is making it simpler for police to use Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. This empowers officers to stop and search anyone in a designated area without needing reasonable grounds for suspicion if serious violence is anticipated.Last month, the government announced £100 million additional funding to support areas most affected by serious violence, boosting policing capacity and enabling the creation of new multi-agency violence reduction units.Alongside support for the police, the Home Office continues to focus on early intervention as a key to securing sustainable reductions in serious violence. It recently appointed the charitable foundation Impetus to manage its £200 million Youth Endowment Fund, as a major part of ensuring that more young people are not sucked into a life of crime and violence.center_img Recent senseless killings that have snatched young lives away have shocked people across the UK. We are determined to protect families from these devastating crimes, and new technology must play a key role in this, together with effective early intervention work and strong law enforcement. I’m pleased the government has been able to support these exciting and innovative projects which have the potential to rid our streets of dangerous weapons. Contact: [email protected] or by telephone on 01980 953638.last_img read more

TV, Devices in Kids’ Bedrooms Linked to Poor Sleep, Obesity

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first_imgScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2012)Children who bask in the nighttime glow of a TV or computer don’t get enough rest and suffer from poor lifestyle habits, new research from the University of Alberta has shown. A province-wide survey of Grade 5 students in Alberta showed that as little as one hour of additional sleep decreased the odds of being overweight or obese by 28 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively. Children with one or more electronic devices in the bedroom — TVs, computers, video games and cellphones — were also far more likely to be overweight or obese. “If you want your kids to sleep better and live a healthier lifestyle, get the technology out of the bedroom,” said co-author Paul Veugelers, a professor in the School of Public Health, Canada Research Chair in Population Health and Alberta Innovates — Health Solutions Health Scholar.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121022145344.htmlast_img read more

Joe A. Perkins

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first_imgJoe A. Perkins, 88, of Milan passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.  Joe was born Wednesday, March 26, 1930 the son of Will and Amie (Kidd) Perkins.  He married Janet Bareswilt June 26, 1962 and she preceded him in death February 4, 2016.  Joe retired as a self-employed mechanic, served his country in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War Veteran receiving the Bronze Star Medal.  He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed working on cars, working outdoors and farming.Joe is survived by sons Keith (Mary) Perkins and Paul (Darlene) Perkins both of Milan, Doug (Nancy) Perkins of West Harrison, David (Connie) Perkins of Goshen, Ohio and Joey (Lorrie) Perkins of Cincinnati, many grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Janet, 3 sons: Johnny, Willie and Jimmy Perkins, 7 brothers, 4 sisters and granddaughter Angel Perkins.A service celebrating his life will be held 1 PM Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor Harris Long officiating.  Family and friends may gather to honor and remember him 11 AM – 1 PM Wednesday also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Joe to the Korean War Veterans.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main St., P.O. Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141.  You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

THIS IS A BLACK FRIDAY FOR GAOTH DOBHAIR – DEPUTY DOHERTY

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first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty outside the Largo Foods plant today. Pic by Donegal Daily.Public representatives have come together to condemn the closure of the Largo Foods plant in Gaoth Dobhair.Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty has described the closure as a ‘Black Friday’ for its 140 workers.The Dail Deputy, who lives locally, was reacting to the news released by the company just a short time ago. The company is to now move its Donegal base to its main plant in Co Meath with 70 workers from Donegal being offered the chance to move there.Deputy Doherty said “Firstly, I am absolutely devastated for the workers at the plant and their families. Today their worlds have been turned upside down with this news. I know many of the workers personally as friends and neighbours and I am truly saddened by today’s developments.“This is a black Friday for Gweedore – the scale of this announcement in a small rural area such as ours is massive. This news is not just devastating for the workers in the plant but for the whole community.“There will be a knock on effect in the local economy with hauliers, suppliers and service providers all being impacted by this announcement. “In my view, the announcement here today calls for an immediate intervention from the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton. He needs to come to west Donegal to see the scale of unemployment and the effect it is having on this community. His immediate priority must be to see if any of the current jobs can be retained in the area or to secure another suitable industry at these premises as soon as possible.”Senator Ó Domhnaill has called on Minister Dinny McGinley to intervene immediately.“This is the loss of 110 full time jobs and 30 part time jobs in Gaoth Dobhair in a matter of months. It’s a devastating blow for the workers and their families. Many staff have worked there since the company first opened 18 years ago and many have other family members who also work there. They are now wondering what they will do after the summer,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“I am calling on the Minister for the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley and Údarás na Gaeltachta to intervene immediately. Largo Foods has received millions of euro in State support through Údarás over the years. As a major employer in the Donegal Gaeltacht, it has been well backed with grant aid through Údarás. It’s simply not good enough that it would now shut down with little notice.“This is no way to treat workers who have been extremely loyal to the company over the years. It’s also a major snub to the State agencies that have supported the company and allowed it to develop and create jobs in North West Donegal. The Minister must meet with company management immediately to establish if the Donegal operation can be salvaged. “My thoughts are with the workers today as they come to terms with this extremely difficult news. Everything must be done to see if their jobs can be saved,” Senator Ó Domhnaill said.THIS IS A BLACK FRIDAY FOR GAOTH DOBHAIR – DEPUTY DOHERTY was last modified: March 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:largo foodsPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

Soweto Open hosts tennis clinic for kids

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first_img7 May 2013The recently concluded Soweto Open for men was not only about taking the game of tennis to the people, it was also about teaching children the game, thanks to a partnership between Tennis South Africa and radio station Kaya FM.A tennis development clinic was held on the weekend at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex for children from Soweto and the greater city of Johannesburg area, who were selected through a promotional drive by Kaya FM.The juniors and their parents were also invited to the men’s singles final of the Soweto Open, which was won by Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.Specialised tennis clinicPrior to the final, they were given a two-hour specialised tennis clinic by South African professional players Ruan Roelofse, Dean O’Brien and Chanel Simmonds. Three coaches from the Soweto Development Project administered by Tennis South Africa managed the clinic with the sponsors.Tennis South Africa monitored the talent during the clinic to identify any participants that they feel were talented enough to join in with the Soweto Development Project operating out of the Arthur Ashe Centre.The president of Tennis South Africa, Wire Zondi, said it is was encouraging to see the kids out on the courts having so much fun.‘Here to stay’“The Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex is here to stay and is an important part of the development of sport in Soweto,” he said. “We need to get more and more kids onto the courts and enjoying this beautiful game. With enjoyment comes great satisfaction and word of mouth that tennis is the game to play.”Zondi also complimented the pro players for taking time out to give back to the game by attending the clinic. “I am impressed with Dean, Ruan and Chanel for making the time so early on their day off to spend two hours on court with the kids. Their involvement is key to the success of development. They are heroes and kids need heroes to inspire them and look up to.”The women’s Soweto Open is currently on the go, with the final scheduled to take place on Saturday.Entrance for spectators is free, and directions to the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex are available on www.tennissa.co.za.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Down but not out: Maroons still fighting for Final Four spot

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first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Pumaren thinks also-ran UE ‘could’ve done more’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion And head coach Bo Perasol wants his players to be aware of their history as they fight for their spot in the Final Four.“We haven’t been here, we were never part of this, we’re not used to this kind of situation,” said Perasol in Filipino after UP lost an all-important game to Adamson University 86-70 Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The important thing is we have to be conscious, we have to be aware of what’s happening.”UP slipped to fifth with a 5-7 record, a full game behind fourth-running Far Eastern University (6-6). The Fighting Maroons will now have to sweep their remaining two games and hope the Tamaraws split their last couple of matches to make the semis.“We have to learn from the remaining two games we have, these games are crucial for us,” said Perasol. “We now have to play with pressure because there is so much at stake.”And Perasol not only looked at his current team with how they performed this Season 80, but to the future versions of the Fighting Maroons.“Whatever we learn this season, we can share that to the future teams that this is how we did it.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Final Four, for the longest time, has been elusive to University of the Philippines.The Fighting Maroons’ last appearance in the big dance was in 1997 when Paolo Mendoza still led the team. ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Ex-Gilas coach Rajko Toroman to call shots for Indonesias in SEA Games

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first_imgRockets ‘respectfully disagrees’ with NBA MVP outcome READ: Rajko Toroman helps Philippine five rise to 45th in worldThe Serbian tactician was in attendance in 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIndonesian websites reported Toroman’s appointment over the weekend and the 64-year-old head coach will try to lead the team to a better finish after its silver medal haul in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.READ: Former Gilas coach Toroman still sees PH among Asia’s elite It is likely that the Philippines and Indonesia will face off at a crucial juncture in the tournament that will be held in the Philippines from  November 30 to December 11.Toroman is also part of the coaching staff of Mighty Sports in the 2019 William Jones Cup in Taiwan from July 12 to 21.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—Former Gilas Pilipinas coach Rajko Toroman is going to handle another national team in Southeast Asia.Toroman,  the first coach of the Gilas program that featured collegiate stars playing full time for the country, has been named the head mentor of the Indonesian national team for the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cuplast_img read more

Huawei Y9 (2019) launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to know

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first_imgHuawei has announced its first phone for the new year in India and it is the Y9 (2019). The mid-range phone goes big on display and battery life and also touts a total of four cameras, among other things. The new Y9 comes to India following the Mate 20 Pro flagship smartphone, which shows Huawei’s aim to bring more of its products to the country.The new Huawei Y9 is a phone designed for the youth as it brings an attractive glass design in unique colour options at an affordable price. The Y9’s launch comes just a few days before the launch of the Honor 10 Lite, both of which share the same mid-range Kirin chipset. Here’s what you need to know about the new Y9 (2019).Huawei Y9 (2019) specificationsDisplay: The Huawei Y9 (2019) sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratioProcessor: It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Kirin 710 chipset with support for GPU TurboRAM: It is offered with 4GB of RAMInternal storage: The phone comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD cardRear camera: The new Y9 (2019) gets dual rear camera with a 13MP + 2MP configuration and f/1.8 apertureFront camera: It also gets dual front-facing cameras with a 16MP + 2MP system and f/2.0 apertureBattery: The phone houses a 4,000mAh batterySoftware: It runs on Android Oreo with EMUI 8 on topHuawei Y9 (2019) features– The Huawei Y9 brings a large 6.5-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) display, which is one of the biggest displays you will find in this segment. It promises to deliver an immersive viewing experience with a 19.5:9 widescreen aspect ratio.advertisement– The phone comes with a 3D arc design on the back for ease of grip. The phone comes in two colours – Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue. — The Huawei Y9 (2019) touts AI support for both the front and rear cameras. Notably, the notch on the front houses dual selfie cameras with a 16MP + 2MP configuration. It gets a 3D lighting effects like soft lighting, stage lighting and butterfly lighting among others. The dual rear cameras offer a 13MP + 2MP system with AI-based scene recognition. The rear camera also gets an f/1.8 aperture for better low-light photography and AI stabilisation as well.– Powering the Huawei Y9 is an Kirin 710 chipset based on a 12nm process that helps reduce power consumption by 30 per cent compared to its predecessor. The phone is also equipped with GPU Turbo which bumps up GPU performance while playing games.– The Huawei Y9 (2019) also highlights a large 4,000mAh battery, which promises to deliver an all-day battery life. The new Huawei phone also comes with an Eye Comfort mode which is TUV Rheinland certified to filter out harsh blue frequencies and reduces blue light damage.Huawei Y9 (2019) price in India and availabilityHuawei has priced the Y9 (2019) at Rs 15,990. The phone is an Amazon exclusive product and it will be available on the e-commerce platform starting January 15, 2019. At this price point, the Y9 will take on the likes of the Realme 2 Pro and Nokia 6.1 Plus.The company is also offering a pair of Boat Rockerz Sports Bluetooth headphones for free on purchasing the device. There is only one variant of the phone which comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.ALSO READ | Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: One of the best Android flagships this yearALSO READ | Huawei may launch its foldable phone ahead of SamsungALSO READ | Honor 10 Lite India launch set for January 15, will be Flipkart exclusivelast_img read more

Werner welcomes Real Madrid links

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first_imgTransfers Werner boosts transfer talk as he welcomes Real Madrid links Last updated 2 years ago 18:58 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Timo Werner RB Leipzig Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid RB Leipzig Primera División Bundesliga The RB Leipzig forward has already admitted that he hopes to grace the books at a “big club” at some stage, with the Liga giants recently linked Timo Werner has once again refused to rule out a high-profile move away from RB Leipzig by welcoming links to Real Madrid.The 21-year-old Germany international is one of the most highly-rated and sought-after talents in the Bundesliga.RB Leipzig 18/1 to win Bundesliga Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A 21-goal haul last season brought him to the attention of Europe’s leading clubs, and the transfer talk refuses to go away as he has started this season with four goals in five games in all competitions.Werner has already conceded that he plans to play for a “big club” at some stage and is happy to find the reigning La Liga champions among his many suitors.He told reporters on the exit speculation following Leipzig’s 1-1 draw with Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday: “Of course you are aware of it and of course it pleases you when you read that Real Madrid is interested. It would be a lie if I said that I would not care.”But I don’t think about Real Madrid or another big club at the moment, but only about RB Leipzig.”Werner has added four goals to his impressive haul in just five appearances in all competitions this season.It is that kind of form which is likely to grant him his wish of one day gracing the books at an elite club.He told Bild recently when quizzed on his future: “Of course I want to play at a big club. But we have not yet come to terms with the development in Leipzig. Perhaps RB will be a big club too – I’m quite sure.”In Spain, there are a maximum of three clubs with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. In England, there are a bit more: Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City. Bayern Munich is also a big club, but for me it is not a topic that I am concerned with.”Of course, I look at the offer [of a new contract]. If I do not extend now, that does not mean that I switch [clubs] in the summer.“On the other hand, it is often not the case that players stay for five years if the contract is still five years. Football is so fast, you never know where you are tomorrow.”last_img read more