Hertford pushes for Living Wage accreditation

first_imgOver 200 Hertford students have signed an open letter to the college Principal, Will Hutton, calling for the college to obtain Living Wage accreditation after he authored a piece in the Observer in which he lauded the success of Seattle’s recent implementation of a $15 per hour minimum wage.The letter stated, “As students at Hertford, we want to know that the workers who empty our bins, cook our food and clean our buildings are paid enough for a decent standard of living in this city.”It continued, “We invite you to publicly support our call for Hertford to become an accredited Living Wage employer, as an extension of your principled stand on Seattle.”College authorities have stated that Hertford has paid the Living Wage for the past three years despite not yet obtaining official accreditation, however, senior figures within the JCR have expressed concern that the Living Wage has not been paid for the entire year, as it is subject to rise in line with inflation.JCR President Josh Platt explained, “by November, when the Living Wage is increased, I suspect Hertford will be around 15 to 25 pence under the level of the new Living Wage. So in essence, it will be paying the Living Wage for approximately three to four months”.Speaking to Cherwell, Principal Will Hutton commented that paying the Living Wage to college staff “has been my personal, now public, commitment ever since I arrived here and it would have continued with or without the letter from the JCR”.He continued, “The Bursar and other members of governing body know I am committed to continuing to pay all our staff over eighteen the Living Wage. When the cycle begins again late this autumn with an expected further uplift in the Living Wage, we will incorporate that in the settlement for 2015 and 2016. Over this approach there are no dissenters.”Cherwell understands that the JCR and college authorities have begun discussions concerning Living Wage accreditation. JCR President Josh Platt told Cherwell, “The preliminary meeting with college to discuss Living Wage accreditation was extremely positive. The JCR’s strong feelings about this issue were abundantly clear, and college office holders were left in no doubt that this is a very serious proposal.”He continued, “We are still at an early stage in our discussions, and so naturally college did raise a number of practical and financial concerns which we will have to discuss in the weeks and months to come. I will be taking our views on Living Wage accreditation to other college committees this term and next, and I hope that we begin to take the steps which sees Hertford become the first college to entrench its commitment to a living wage for all staff.”Principal Will Hutton told Cherwell that Living Wage accreditation “is not the prerogative of any single individual here, any more than at any other Oxford college.”He added, “We will discuss this through our committees and in Governing Body in the next academic year. We’ll also be engaging with other colleges to see if we can proceed together. We remain committed to the welfare of all our staff, which includes but is not restricted to paying fair wages. And it’s good the JCR have lent their heft to the process.”In order for an employer to become a Living Wage accredited employer, all staff and contracted staff must be paid the wage, and must then obtain an accreditation licence from the Living Wage Foundation. The Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University calculates the UK Living Wage, which is currently set at £7.65, and due to be readjusted in November.last_img read more

Worrying lack of competition in Teddy Hall JCR elections

first_imgTeddy Hall students faced a lack of choice when voting in Monday’s JCR election, with every open position, including President, being either uncontested or devoid of candidates. The President, Secretary and Charities Officer positions were uncontested, while Academic Affairs, and Gender and Sexual Diversities Officer, were both without candidates. Nominations for these positions will be reopened and by-elections will likely be held during 8th week. Now President-elect Edward Benson won with 176 votes. Outgoing JCR President Seb Siersted told Cherwell, “I think that it is always important that posts are contested as much asp ossible. Unfortunately this year that was not the case. Despite this I have full faith in all the candidates who have put themselves forward and think they will do a fantastic job. Turnout can fluctuate year to year for a variety of reasons but it should be noted that historically many positions in the Michaelmas husts have not been contested for.” The President-elect was keen to emphasise his commitment to improving student involvement, explaining, “I would seek to encourage participation by publicising the knowledge of the key work that the JCR does behind the scenes, having a weekly surgery to increase contact with JCR committee members and by publishing detailed explanations of JCR positions online so that every student knows exactly what amazing work the committee do.” While last year’s hustings was well-attended, only twenty students went to this year’s. Questions ranged from asking Benson whether he would ‘RON himself’ to asking the presumptive secretary whether he would assign the ‘hottest’ grandchildren to himself. Some criticised Benson for using the word “cunt” during the event, responding to a question about what “Ron’s” last name might be. Benson responded to Cherwell, explaining, “Teddy Hall prides itself on being a warm, fun and friendly college. We welcome candidates with a sense of humour who see don’t see the JCR as a political training ground. I don’t think anyone in the room would have accused me of not thinking seriously about the role and my answers concerning OUSU, rent and housing reflect that. “As for me using the word cunt, it’s clearly an off the cuff remark to a ridiculous question.” He added, “I have no concern at all, that those who have applied for positions this term are the best people for the job. Ultimately should the body of the JCR think that a candidate is not up to scratch then the option to vote RON provides a way to reopen the contest.” Many Teddy Hall students were worried by the lack of involvement. One second year commented, “I think it’s a very bad reflection on college ethos that there is such apathy towards the JCR, which is meant to involve everyone.” Numerous reasons were given for such dis- engagement. One fresher noted that most second and third years live outside of college so they’re not so connected. Another described a “clear cut social group in each year”, so that potential candidates would likely stifle their nomination if they found out a more popular peer was running.last_img read more

Oxford Academics elected to American Academy

first_imgTwo Oxford academics, Professor Desmond King and Dr Keith Stewart Thomson, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, class of 2017.The American Academy is one of the US’ oldest learned societies and independent policy research centres. Membership is nominated and elected by peers within the Academy.The Academy currently has a membership of 4900 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members, including over 250 Nobel laureates and over 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. Past members have included John Adams, Jawaharlal Nehru, Pablo Picasso, and astronomer Maria Mitchell.“It is definitely an honour and a pleasant surprise,” Professor Desmond King told Cherwell.“My work focuses on the US executive politics and racial inequality in America, which might have been of interest to American Academy members in the political science department,” Professor King added. He is currently the Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government at Nuffield College, as well as an emeritus fellow at St John’s College.Dr Keith Stewart Thomson is an emeritus professor of natural history at Oxford. He also served as the director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, from 1998 to 2003.Dr Thomson specialises in the study of the history of science and evolution.The American Academy conducts research in four areas: humanities, arts, and education; science, engineering, and technology; global security and international affairs; and American institutions and the public good. It publishes the journal Dædalus and the magazine, the Bulletin.The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.last_img read more

College JCRs back all-female festival

first_imgSomerville and Wadham JCRs have each supported £250 worth of funding for The Sisterhood Festival, a charity music event organised exclusively by and for those whoseidentify as women. Mansfield’s JCR has pledged £200 towards the event.The festival will be taking place on Wednesday 13th June at the Varsity Club and aims to “celebrate the achievements of women in a music scene that is often dominated by men, and creating a safe, empowering and inspiring space for them”. Several more requests for funding are due to be proposed to other JCRs in the upcoming days.Event co-ordinator, Jess Bollands, a third-year Somerville English student and front-womanof female funk band Sisters of Funk, was inspired to create the event after hearing about a venue of the same name which was introduced at Glastonbury Festival in 2016.The venue aimed to create a safe and inclusive space for its “female festival-goers” which Bollands and the rest of the Oxford’s Sisterhood hope to replicate.She told Cherwell: “I set up the all-women funk band, Sisters of Funk, back in Michaelmas and have been blown away by the reception that we’ve received.“Having seen first-hand how empowering and inspiring it is to give female performers a platform, I thought it would be incredible to put on an event that could showcase the many talented female and non binary musicians, performers and DJs that Oxford has to offer.”The festival will also be raising money and awareness for three charities based in Oxford: The Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre, Syrian Sisters, and The Porch.The event organisers plan to use the Varsity Club’s multiple floors to showcase different genres of music. Attendants of the event can expect an acoustic stage showcasing female singer songwriters and a cappella groups, such as the Oxford Belles, a main stage featuring funk and soul performers and a drag king, in addition to a rooftop DJ performingthroughout the evening.The rooftop will also have arts and crafts stalls, as well as drop off stations for students to donate sanitary products and toiletries to Shoebox Oxford, an organisation that packages and sends these items to vulnerable women across Oxfordshire.Along with support from JCRs, Sisterhood are teaming up withfeminist zine, Cuntry Living, to hold a club night at cellar on the 9th of May in order to promote the night and raise funds. As with the festival, the night has an exclusively female setlist. A committee member responsible for the organisation of the night, Maya Tysoe, said it will be a “funfilled night of funk and soul at Oxford’s grooviest club, Cellar, to promote its first ever all female festival.”She said that the night is most importantly a celebration of “all things female” and called it “a groundbreaking collaboration to celebrate the achievements of female artists and musicians and to create a platform to inspire and empower all those who identify aswomen.”last_img read more

Rebecca Long-Bailey on aspiration and going “further” left

first_imgLong-Bailey is a woman of great modesty, raised the daughter of a Salford docker and trade union representative, I get the sense from our surroundings that socialism is not merely a vocation for her, but a calling. Her main rival for the leadership is Keir Starmer, who, when he was here in Oxford a fortnight ago, held his event in Wesley Memorial Hall. The contrast could not be more obvious. “The important point about open selection is that firstly no MP should ever feel that they’ve got a job for life, and most don’t if I’m honest, they realise that they’ve got to be accountable to their members,” Long-Bailey responds. “But the process that we’ve got within the Party at the moment was a bit of a fudge. We wanted to make the Party more democratic; Jeremy did a democracy review, and it resulted in our trigger ballot system being such that branches themselves had to actively campaign against a sitting MP if they wanted to have an open selection. So it’s very negative and it didn’t allow any new candidates to emerge without the stigma of being the person who tried to unseat the relevant MP. Now I think we need to have a discussion within the Party about how we can have a fair and open selection process that also recognises the hard work of MPs, and they shouldn’t have anything to worry about if I’m honest if they’re hardworking and they’re accountable to the local members then they should be welcomed with open arms in terms of going forward in that open selection process. But it also needs to be a system that allows for women to progress through the Party, for black and ethnic minorities to progress through the Party. So we need to have that frank discussion and I understand the concerns because on the other side of the fence there are concerns that if we have an open selection process then that might allow individuals with lots of wealth and means to campaign behind them, to suddenly install themselves in a constituency and actively campaign because they know that an open selection is coming up. But I don’t think we should be frightened about that because we’re supposed to be a democratic Party and we can’t democratise the economy if we’re not even able to democratise ourselves.” I start on the much-hyped idea of the ‘Red Wall,’ the northern seats which Labour lost so heavily in December. Given that across Europe social democratic parties have lost their industrial heartlands and failed to win them back, I ask, is Labour is barking up the wrong tree in trying to win them back? “It’s aspiration but it’s real realisation of aspiration and it’s not just realising the aspiration of somebody who might be lucky enough to climb the ladder and achieve success like I did. It’s about making sure that no matter where you’re from, whatever community you’re from, no matter how wealthy your parents are, we all rise up together. And that only happens with a government that is ready to invest in the economy, to collaborate with businesses, to provide the critical infrastructure that we need to spur on investment and growth. To make sure that we’ve got an education system that’s fit for purpose, it skills up our people for the future, particularly with the fourth industrial revolution and automation presenting another huge challenge. So it runs right through everything. The Green Industrial Revolution is another one where it’s about aspiration, and again it’s not just aspiration of individuals to do better, it’s aspiration about what kind of world we want to live in and what our place in the world should be.” Long-Bailey is unchastened: “I think we need to win those seats back but we’ve also got to win the seats that we need to win a general election and that means appealing to all cross sections of the United Kingdom. It’s important to focus on the reasons why we lost so-called seats in the ‘Red Wall’ and we lost them for a variety of reasons. Brexit, and our position, the compromise that we out forward angered both leavers and remainers, and came across as quite confusing on the doorstep, certainly our activists reported that. I think the facts that our election campaign didn’t offer an overarching narrative or a message which resonated with communities and spoke to life improvement and aspiration was a huge thing. Many people didn’t understand that the Labour Party’s role was to improve their lives and they saw us as a Party sometimes of handouts rather than of aspiration. So I think it’s important to rebrand ourselves and focus a lot on the message going forward.” Moving to parliamentary politics, Long-Bailey has recently come out in favour of mandatory reselection, meaning no Labour MP would be automatically reselected as a parliamentary candidate in each general election. Labour MPs have been notoriously difficult to deal with under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. What’s their reaction been to mandatory reselection, I ask Long-Bailey, and how would you deal with the PLP over the next 4-5 years if you were to win the leadership? Pressed on her definition of “aspiration,” an ideal most commonly associated with the Left’s most hated Labour leader, Tony Blair, Long-Bailey outlines her view of socialist aspiration. I meet Rebecca Long-Bailey in her latest makeshift office, a slightly grubby kitchen in Blackbird Leys Community Centre, one of the poorest areas of Oxford. She made this the latest stop of her campaign for the leadership on Monday evening, as she attempts to maintain the Left’s control over the Labour Party. Long-Bailey is the hope of Labour’s left in this election. If she loses, the consequences to the socialist revival that has occurred in the Party may well be dire, something which Long-Bailey seems aware of. She finishes the interview with an appeal to socialist values and a rejection that Labour lost last year by going too far left, implying to could go even further. “I think this leadership election is important and I know all of the candidates have talked about sticking to our values and not deviating. But I think I’m certainly the candidate that has spent the last four years working on many of the policies that were contained within our manifesto that would have helped us realise our vision of improving our communities lives. And I think the fundamental point and one of the particular reasons why I stood in this election was that, not because I’m personally ambitious, I’ve always been a worker in the background, developing the ideas and the policies, but I’m ambitious for my community and worry because we heard this after the general election that people were complaining about the policies. It was the policies that needed to change rather than the message, and the leader etc etc. And what I would say was that it wasn’t the policies, most of our policies were broadly popular and when you polled them independently without attaching them to the Labour Party, they did very very well. So it’s not the policies, it’s the way we packaged them and in fact I think we could go further than where we are at the moment in terms of our policy offering.”last_img read more

Owner of Showplace Cinemas Dies at 80

Owner of Showplace Cinemas Dies at 80MAY 14TH, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANAThe owner of Showplace Cinemas has passed away. Paul Stieler of Evansville died Sunday at his home. After graduating from Memorial High School in 1955 Stieler began his career managing Loew’s Majestic Theatre and the Victory Theatre.He bought the Victory then started North Park Cinemas. Stieler diversified into several restaurants before expanding the theatre business to include several showplace locations.Visitation will be Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 South Hebron Avenue, Evansville.Visitation will continue from 9:30 – 10 a.m., Friday at Annunciation Parish, Christ the King Campus, 3010 Chandler Ave, and where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m., with Father Alex Zenthoefer and Father Ted Tempel officiating.Stieler was 80-years-old. CommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare TwitterFacebook read more

Breaking News: Coroner Called to Scene of Police Action Shooting in Evansville

first_imgCoroner Called to Scene of Police Action Shooting in EvansvilleFEBRUARY 23RD, 2018  TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANA The coroner has been called to the intersection of Hicks and Covert Avenue in response to a police action shooting.Several Evansville Police units are on the scene. All police personnel is uninjured.This intersection is closed. Police ask to avoid this area.44News has a crew on scene. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.Tyrone MorrisWeb ProducerMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

SOME RELIEF By Jim Redwine

first_img Gavel GamutBy Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.com(Week of 17 July 2017)SOME RELIEFJerry Clower (1926 – 1998) was a Mississippi storyteller whose most famous story involved some raccoon hunters. According to Jerry he and some friends treed what they thought was a raccoon but it turned out to be a lynx. The lynx was not amused when Jerry’s friend climbed the tree and poked the perturbed cat with a stick. When the lynx counter-attacked with teeth and claws Jerry’s friend called for the men on the ground to fire a gun up at the fighting twosome. Jerry told his friend they couldn’t shoot because they might hit the friend. The man yelled back, “Shoot anyway, one of us has to have some relief.”I thought of this homespun wisdom when Peg and I noticed our only peach tree was devoid of every one of the large succulent peaches we had planned to pick this coming weekend. A whole family of raccoons gorged themselves on the golden delights I had saved from the Japanese Beetles, the crows and the opossums. Fifty dollars worth of Savin and two hours of work had been invested in saving those peaches until the perfect moment. Apparently the raccoons did not allow the good to be the victim of the perfect. Four days earlier than perfection was quite satisfactory for them.I was so angry I called my friend Paul Axton, a Department of Natural Resources officer, and asked for help. He brought me a live trap and advised the best bait for raccoons is large marshmallows. I would have made Smores for the little devils if I thought it would help.After about an hour of examining the trap and calling upon my college physics classes to figure how to set it, I proudly placed the trap on our front porch with large white marshmallows prominently displayed. After furnishing free marshmallows to the whole raccoon family for a week, I finally caught something last night, our cat. He was not pleased.It only cost me a couple of Band-Aids and a bottle of rubbing alcohol to treat the cat’s revenge for a night spent in the cage. As for the raccoons, I hope there is some kind of special diabetes they get from overstuffing themselves on our peaches!For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The Evansville Rescue Mission Appoints Evansville Chief of Police, Billy Bolin, as a New…

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Evansville Rescue Mission is honored and privileged to announce the addition of Evansville Chief of Police, Billy Bolin, to its Board Directors, comprised now of 12 members.Chief of Police Billy Bolin has served on the Evansville Police Department since 1998.  He has been assigned to various positions on the department during his career, including Patrol, Juvenile Detective Office, Crime Prevention Officer and Patrol Sergeant.  He started his Policing Career at the Henderson Kentucky Police Department in 1995.Chief Bolin graduated from the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training in February 1996.  He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Academy.  Chief Bolin won the National 2005 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service and was the 2009 Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Officer of the Year.Evansville Rescue Mission’s President/CEO, Tracy L. Gorman, states, “We’re excited to welcome Chief Bolin to our Board of Directors. He brings with him a great love for all the citizens of our city, including those we serve at your ERM who are often forgotten by society. He will be a wonderful addition to our Board as we prepare to celebrate our 100th Anniversary in 2017.”Founded in 1917, the Evansville Rescue Mission operates six ministry divisions throughout Vanderburgh County: the Residence Center which shelters homeless men (more than 50,000 nights of lodging provided in 2015), the Youth Care Center-a detention center for troubled youth, Camp Reveal-the Mission’s campground/retreat center, two Evansville Rescue Mission Thrift Stores located in Evansville, as well as ERM’s new Donation Center, located a block away from ERM’s downtown main campus in Evansville.last_img read more

FEBRUARY 2017 BIRTHDAY

first_img FEBRUARY 2017 BIRTHDAYHarold CallowayBob Van BritsonMaurine CahoonSteven BushMaurine CahoonDoug Bays Jill RagerMichael ArnoldBart GadauSolomon MoscovithJan HarrisAlan WestAnnie WargelWilliam LahanisJoe SchenkJim TuckerBetty PostletheweightJason HischDon Roettger Tom WilderDonald PhelpsKeith KinneyLori HupferLarry MinorKrista WilhiteRyan SchulzKeith CrowderKathy SchellerKim WeimerFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img