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Making a splash

first_imgSWIMMING After years of talking about it, the University finally has its own swimming pool. The Rosenblatt Pool is a high-quality swimming facility designed for students, staff and the local community to come and swim for sport, exercise and pleasure. Based at the Iffley Road Sports Complex, the construction has been made possible through generous donations from the University, Oxford colleges, the Rhodes Trust and individual benefactors. The 25m by 17m pool with a 2 metre depth throughout has a movable floor system and a high spec uva system to reduce perceived chlorine levels to a minimum. The water will be at a constant temperature of 28.5 degrees and it has a Poseidon computer system installed to monitor safety in the pool. There are male and female group changing areas plus private cubicles and one hundred and forty lockers. At £60 for the whole year and with seventy-eight hours of availability per week coupled with the high quality of the facility, this still represents great value. The number of student memberships is limited to nine hundred so those interested should pop down to Iffley Road as soon as possible.ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

OUSU living wage “hypocrisy”

first_imgThe issue was addressed at Wednesday’s OUSU council meeting, in a motion proposed by Santhosham. A motion resolved “to continued to raise this issue active with the University and Colleges.” However, David Railton, Chair of OUSU Council, told Cherwell they, “already had a policy of supporting the Living Wage before this motion- our policy lapses every 3 years so this was just a renewal of past policy.” The University subcontracts its cleaning work to several companies. The OUSU offices on Worcester Street are contracted to Calber Facilities Management, a firm based in Wantage. The development comes a month after the University agreed to pay all direct employees a living wage with immediate effect. However, much of the cleaning work is still being subcontracted to providers who do not pay their staff the wage.  He added, “It is obviously disappointing that not everyone who works in OUSU’s premises currently receives the Living Wage, especially given its laudable commitment to campaigning to end poverty-level pay for the employees of the University and its Colleges.” He added, “What the cleaner is paid for other contracted work is beyond our immediate power, but a matter on which we are lobbying the University, with considerable success in respect of directly employees so far.” Oxford University Student Union has come under fire for using a cleaner who is not paid the living wage, despite OUSU campaigning for the University to pay the £7.45 hourly rate to all employees. Townsend continued, “Once this question was brought to my attention, in consultation with the Vice-Presidents I took steps to ensure that, as from the coming year, the cleaner will indeed be paid the Living Wage.” Sarah Santhosham, Vice-President for Charities and Communities, told Cherwell, “This situation came to our attention earlier this year and we have been taking steps to ensure that all sub-contracted staff in our building will be paid a Living Wage as of the start of next academic year.”  Will Brown, chairman of the Living Wage Campaign, told Cherwell, “It is imperative that this is corrected as soon as possible to set a powerful example of the importance of fair pay.” Tom Rutland, the OUSU President Elect, commented that he “will be working to spread the living wage as per the pledge I, and all the other sabbatical candidates, undertook as part of the hustings.” The company’s JobIsJob.co.uk entry lists their cleaner wage as ‘£6.30 per hour’. As of Thursday evening Calber Facilities Management were unavailable for comment. David J Townsend, OUSU President, commented, “Since the cleaner is sub-contracted, we are only in a position to ensure payment of the Living Wage for the services provided directly to OUSU.” The company’s recruitment policy states that ‘Consideration will be given to pay rates with attention given to market rates, skills and experience. Calber is aware of equal pay and discrimination legislation and will comply with the provisions of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998’. The company does not include any provision to meet the living wage. Pavel Linshits, a 2nd year History student, commented, “If this isn’t the definition of irony, I don’t know what is. It seems hypocritical of OUSU to promote the living wage without deeming it a necessity on their own turf.” The Oxford Living Wage has been affiliated with OUSU since November 2011. The campaign describes its members as “Students, University staff and members of the local community committed to securing a Living Wage of £7.45 for all Oxford University employees.”last_img read more

Evansville City Council to Discuss City Officials Salaries

first_imgEvansville City Council to Discuss City Officials SalariesSEPTEMBER 6TH, 2018 MITCH ANGLE EVANSVILLE TwitterFacebook civic centercenter_img Evansville City Council will be meeting next Monday to consider the First Reading of an ordinance to fix salaries for city heads.The salaries for every appointed officer, employee, deputy, assistant, departmental and institutional head of the city of Evansville and Evansville-Vanderburgh County Levee Authority for 2019 will be discussed.The ordinance states that the Evansville Mayor salary will remain the same from 2018.Along with the Mayor’s salary, the board members of the Police Merit and Fire Merit will be paid the same amount as last year. Every other city office employee will see a 2% increase from 2018.Other city office officials salaries over 100K for 2019 include Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Computer Services Local Income Tax, Director of Utility for Water Administration, Deputy Director Engineering Services for Water Planning, Police Chief. CommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Sailboat That Beached Twice in O.C. Sends ‘Mayday’ Off Cape May

first_imgThe Florida-bound sailboat that ran aground twice on the same relatively calm day in Ocean City on April 14 set sail this morning (April 23) after more than a week at dock for repairs.The “Midpoint” out of Savannah, Ga., made it as far as Cape May before issuing a “Mayday” call. The boat was taking on water.A U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape May boat responded at 4:38 p.m. and found the Midpoint still afloat and the captain and his female passenger uninjured. A tow from a commercial service back to Cape May was still in progress early on Thursday evening.Ocean City residents had awoken on the morning of April 14 to find the Midpoint high and dry on the beach at 21st Street.TowBoat U.S. Shamrock Marine Towing Capt. John C. Bodin said his crew towed the boat off the beach at 19th Street at midnight. The captain reportedly was trying to fix a faulty steering cable. He drifted back onto the beach two blocks to the south.The two-person crew hunkered down inside the boat for most of the day as they awaited for high tide and another assist from TowBoat U.S.A TowBoat U.S.  crew successfully pulled the boat off the beach at about 4:35 p.m. April 14.The Midpoint headed for Seaview Harbor to dry out and make repairs before continuing its journey. The Midpoint out of Savannah, Ga., sits high and dry on the tide line on the beach at 21st Street in Ocean City, NJ, on April 14 as it waits for a tow at high tide.last_img read more

News story: Dstl participates in the latest unmanned systems military exercise – Autonomous Warrior 18

first_img Autonomous Warrior 18 aims to increase our understanding of autonomous operations, in order to develop our tactics in this area. It’s essential that we maintain the UK’s capability in this area, as well as exploit the innovations being developed. Follow #AutonomousWarrior on twitter The MAST project is developing an intelligent unmanned surface vehicle (USV) system to understand how these potentially disruptive systems may be best exploited and identify new tactics, techniques and procedures . A key part of the project now is to offer the system as a testbed to allow military users, other government departments, industry and academia to test and evaluate technologies and the use of USV systems in a real-world context. Dstl is taking part in Autonomous Warrior 18, an exercise being run by the Royal Australian Navy and its Defence Science Technology (DST) Group which builds on the success of the UK’s Unmanned Warrior in 2016.Scientists, military and industry representatives from Australia, the UK, the USA, New Zealand and Canada, have come together to address The Technical Co-operation Partnership (TTCP) Autonomy Strategic Challenge, and will be demonstrating the Command and Control of a mixed fleet of unmanned systems covering air, ground, sea surface and underwater vehicles. The aim will be to use the unmanned systems to conduct military and constabulary operations, such as: arms smuggling; mine countermeasures; wide area situation awareness and base protection.If unmanned systems are to be adopted in the numbers that many anticipate, it will be necessary to change the way they operate. Current systems tend to require at least one person to control them via a bespoke control station, therefore requiring ever-increasing resource. The Research Programme is looking to develop and understand how to establish appropriate higher-level Command and Control of multiple systems, with digital messaging and autonomous unmanned vehicle behaviours, thereby demonstrating a transition from the current operation of unmanned systems.Dstl is at the cutting-edge of developing maritime autonomous systems and will be contributing three components into this exercise, two of which had a significant role in Unmanned Warrior 16:Maritime Autonomous Platform Exploitation (MAPLE) is a looking at the high-level Command and Control that enables the autonomous co-ordination of squads of unmanned systems to conduct military tasks. Built as applications that run on an open architecture variant of the Royal Navy’s combat management system, (think of the apps on a modern mobile phone), MAPLE has been designed to enable unmanned vehicle sourced data to be integrated into a ship’s tactical picture display.Dstl’s Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST) is a unique UK-designed-and-built vessel capable of reaching high speeds while navigating around the oceans. (sensing other vessels in the immediate vicinity and avoiding them in a safe manner). Various levels of automation can be utilised, from basic remote control up to autonomous route planning and navigation. It is used to test and evaluate new technologies and all aspects of Unmanned Service Vehicle (USV) operation.Configurable Operating Model Policy Automation Control of Task (COMPACT) is an autonomous policy management tool for unmanned systems in complex, dynamic, environments, which enables the safe operation of autonomous systems in an environment that has both manned and unmanned assets.Ian Campbell, Technical Partner for MAST, said: Matt Wilkinson, Dstl’s project manager for MAST and for MAPLE, said:last_img read more

GRiZ Announces Headlining Performance At Red Rocks Amphitheatre

first_imgAfter teasing the announcement last weekend, beloved saxophonist/producer GRiZ has confirmed his return to the glorious Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. GRiZ will perform on October 1st, 2016, though no other details about the event have been released.This will mark GRiZ’s second performance at Red Rocks, as he performed “An Evening Of Funk” there in 2015 with The Floozies, Manic Focus, SunSquabi, and Muzzy Bear. As of now, no additional artists have been announced for GRiZ’s 2016 Red Rocks set, potentially making it all the more special.GRiZ is looking ahead at a busy 2016, as he’ll be touring around some intimate venues to test out tracks that will ultimately comprise his new album. GRiZ also has a very unique performance on his schedule, as he’ll be collaborating with Lettuce for their first-ever computer-less performance at Fool’s Paradise Festival from April 1st-2nd. GRiZ and Lettuce have crossed paths before, as GRiZ remixed Lettuce’s “Slippin Into Darkness,” but this marks their first full set on-stage collaboration, and we couldn’t be more excited.For more information about Fool’s Paradise, which will also see sets from Lettuce, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, The Nth Power, Goldfish, Cory Henry, Marvel Years, and more, visit the official website. For more on GRiZ’s Red Rocks performance, head here.last_img read more

Electric Forest Confirms Two Weekends In 2017, And Each Will Be Distinct

first_imgAfter strong rumors circulated that Electric Forest would be expanding to two weekends in 2017, the festival has confirmed the rumors with the announcement of “An Intimate Expansion of Community.” Their open letter to fans everywhere addresses some of the questions on everyone’s mind, specifically that each weekend will be “distinct,” and also “at a lower capacity.” As E Forest has sold out immediately in years past, the new double weekend approach will allow for an overall increase in the supply of tickets for fans everywhere.The festival has also confirmed the dates for the two weekends: June 22-25 and June 29-July 2. Ultimately, by doubling up the weekends, the festival hopes to incorporate a larger community. Capacity for each weekend will be decreased by roughly 10%, allowing for a large overall increase in attendees between the two weekends. Forest fans can purchase tickets to both weekends, but the festival grounds will not be open between each weekend.The full announcement also reveals that each of the eight scheduled festival days will be unique, but that some artists will overlap between each weekend. Despite this, the festival assures that no artist will be playing the same set twice, making each day a unique Electric Forest experience. Furthermore, the festival will reveal initial lineups in advance, allowing fans to select whichever weekend more closely fits their tastes.“Immediately after each year of Electric Forest I dream of what it can become in the future,” says Electric Forest Founder/Director and President of Madison House Presents Jeremy Stein in a statement. “There is not a formula.  We do not try to match the past.  Instead, we challenge ourselves to raise the bar while writing a new chapter.  Our collective goal is to propel creative experimentation and cultural exploration.  By combining the past, present, and ideas for the future, Electric Forest can take a new and exciting form each year.”To read the full statement, head here.last_img read more

Scott Sharrard To Lead Secret Show In NYC On The Anniversary Of ‘Live At Fillmore East’

first_imgScott Sharrard & Friends ft. Jay Collins, Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickinson, Peter Levin, Junior Mack, Adam Minkoff & More!Set I: “Southern Blood”Set II: “Live @ Fillmore East”DATE: March 13, 2018TIME: Doors 7pm ; Show 8pmPLACE: Irving Plaza, New York, NYTICKET INFORMATION:VIP: $250Includes exclusive access to upstairs viewing, appetizers, open bar, and a Scott Sharrard signed show poster commemorating the event.GENERAL ADMISSION: $100Includes event entry, general admission floor access, and cash bar.PURCHASE TICKETS HERE It’s March in New York City, and the spirit of the Allman Brothers Band is still buzzing. Nearly every year since 1992, the Southern rock pioneers would descend upon the Upper West Side’s Beacon Theatre for a series of spring dates. Celebrating their music became a bonafide March tradition and, following their final bow in 2014, the month has never felt the same in NYC. March also marks the anniversary of the band’s iconic live performances at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East, which were recorded for one of the greatest live records of all time, Live At Fillmore East. On Tuesday, March 13–which would mark the 47th anniversary of the third night of recording Live At Fillmore East–an all-star group of musicians will come together at Irving Plaza to celebrate the Allman Brothers Band once more. Dubbed a “Secret Show”, little information has been publicly released about this very special night. However, Live For Live Music is now able to confirm some of the exciting details about next week’s show.The band will be led by 2018 Grammy Nominee Scott Sharrard—former Musical Director, guitarist, and vocalist in Gregg Allman‘s band—who will open the night with a curated, full-length rendition of Gregg Allman’s Southern Blood with a host of special guests who will join him throughout the evening. Sharrard was with Allman for every step of the process in writing and recording Southern Blood, right up until his very last moments. His memories of Gregg Allman will serve as the centerpiece for the first set, as the group performs Southern Blood‘s final interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, and many more. (Listen to Southern Blood here.)For the second set, Sharrard will lead the band through Live At Fillmore East. As of now, the rotating lineup is slated to feature guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), keyboardist Peter Levin (Gregg Allman), frequent collaborator and guitarist Junior Mac, bassist Adam Minkoff (Dweezil Zappa), saxophonist Jay Collins (Gregg Allman), trumpeter Reggie Pittman, saxophonist Kris Jensen, drummer Tony Mason, and bassist Brett Bass (Gregg Allman), with more to be announced.A limited supply of tickets are available now, with $100 general admission, and $250 VIP tickets, which includes exclusive access to upstairs viewing, appetizers, open bar, and a Scott Sharrard signed show poster commemorating the event. A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to The Big House Foundation in Macon, GA. We hope you can celebrate March with us like all of those years at The Beacon Theater. Stay up-to-date in the Facebook Event Group. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

‘Secular sermons,’ straight to your phone

first_imgAre fitness chains modern-day cults? Should efficiency be a moral value? How is our obsession with weight connected to Adam and Eve?Few, if any, of these questions would occur to the average American. As religious affiliation has continued to retreat in the U.S., so has the religious literacy that once informed how we interpret our culture. But Zachary Davis, M.T.S. ’19, a producer at HarvardX and host of the podcast “Ministry of Ideas,” would like to change how we understand religion’s place in the 21st century. And he’s doing it, one episode at a time.An initiative of the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School, “Ministry of Ideas” has garnered the acclaim of outlets such as BuzzFeed and The Guardian, the latter calling it “Simply the best podcast out right now.” Now halfway through its second season, the podcast releases 15- to 30-minute episodes every other week, each tackling a significant idea in society.Davis sat down with the Gazette to discuss his podcast and how religious literacy can help everyone from Evangelicals to atheists be better citizens.Q&AZachary DavisGAZETTE: Tell me about your path to the Divinity School.DAVIS: I grew up in a devout Mormon home in southern Utah. There are no paid clergy in Mormonism, it’s all volunteers from the congregation. No one goes to seminary or divinity school. In fact, I was taught that divinity schools were places of dangerous speculation on the road to atheism.At 19, I went on my two-year mission to southern Spain and afterward I went to Brigham Young University to study political science. My first job out of college was the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship in Washington, D.C. For a full year, I was surrounded by a lot of really smart, formerly hopeful people who would work their whole lives on a hoped-for policy goal and then see it smashed with an election loss. That reoriented me to try to live a meaningful life that didn’t depend on forces that I can’t control. I decided to become an educator, to help provide intellectual tools so that people could empower themselves.That all aligned when I started working at HarvardX. My first project was with Divinity School Professor Laura Nasrallah. I didn’t really know what the Divinity School did, but when I started working with her and Diane Moore, who is the director of the Religious Literacy Project, I started realizing that I was drawn to that way of thinking and their commitment to applying their knowledge for the betterment of the world.GAZETTE: How did you come up with “Ministry of Ideas”?DAVIS: At HarvardX, I saw firsthand the power of technology to expand access to knowledge across the globe. I’d been thinking for years about the best way I could expand access to humanities education, and the joy and excitement of working with Harvard faculty inspired me to start an educational podcast. “Being a citizen is a sacred calling, and we can’t be faithful to it if we don’t have the historical knowledge and intellectual tools to exercise good judgment.” When I first came up with the idea for the show in December 2016, I pitched it to the Boston Globe Ideas section as a simple interview show. One of the editors, Alex Kingsbury, had a background in radio, and he encouraged me to make the show more scripted and sonically rich. The Globe also helped me come up with the name, because they got a kick out of the fact that I saw the spread of important ideas as an almost religious ministry. They publish essay versions of our episodes and generally help promote the show to their audience.The show is in part a response to President Trump’s election, because his whole campaign, I thought, was founded upon bad ideas. We need to have a better grasp of where our ideas come from and how they are manipulated by other forces, so that when we are called to evaluate something, we’re ready to do the duty of a citizen. Being a citizen is a sacred calling, and we can’t be faithful to it if we don’t have the historical knowledge and intellectual tools to exercise good judgment.GAZETTE: What makes a podcast ideal for teaching religious literacy?DAVIS: Mass media is the primary vehicle to communicate wisdom, knowledge, and community, and this is especially true for podcasts. They preserve the power of the spoken voice, with all of its rhetorical and performative qualities; they let you feel an intimacy with another human being wherever you are. You can be listening in the privacy of your headphones while at the same time there can be thousands and even millions of other people listening to the same thing. So it does create a community, and podcast fans can be cult-like in their devotion. There’s something going on there that I think is pretty interesting about how much more connected people can get to ideas when they are delivered through the voice. After thousands of years of textual primacy as the vehicle for knowledge, we’re returning voice as an important form of academic learning. That’s the hope, that we can marry academic rigor with sonic pleasure.,GAZETTE: Religion has been on the decline in the U.S. for decades. Does the country need a new enlightenment or just more religious literacy?DAVIS: You need to be religiously literate to understand politics in America, because religious groups exert so much influence. If you understand Evangelical apocalyptic theology, you can understand that Trump pledging to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem mattered more than anything else to them, much more than his affairs. Same with his talk of ending the Iran nuclear deal [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]. They don’t necessarily want peace: The end times predicts turmoil and tribulation. When we better understand why different communities believe the way they do, we’re going to have an easier time coming to democratic compromise.Ultimately, we’re trying to empower people to be more critical about religion. We would like to persuade people that religion is more than just metaphysical propositions. Religion is a way of orienting values and communities and you can appreciate that even if you yourself don’t practice. That appreciation may help you think of secular forms that are compatible with some of those same goals. But in terms of providing community and solace, I don’t see anything replacing religion.GAZETTE: The podcast is rife with religious concepts even when not discussing religious ideas. How do you strike a balance between treating these ideas objectively and using the podcast as a vehicle to teach religious literacy?DAVIS: We’re coming from three traditions. Our show is about the history of ideas and why we think the way we do about important topics. We also draw from the tradition of cultural criticism or critical theory, which tries to rigorously examine what is good and bad for human flourishing. But the third tradition that we draw from is the church sermon. One way I have described what we’re doing is giving secular sermons. At its best, a sermon calls forth better versions of its listeners — it condemns and asks them to be better — but it also offers hope and strength, and I think the spirit of our show is using history to help you critically evaluate the ideas that you probably take for granted but all come from somewhere.GAZETTE: I love the idea of secular sermons. What is the “Gospel” that you take your ideas from and that guides these sermons?DAVIS: The show is driven by a belief that all humans should have access to a fair chance at flourishing, and that while power isn’t evil on its own, it’s very susceptible to being manipulated for its own ends. We’re enduringly interested in critiquing the expansion of market logic into matters of human relationships. The episode on efficiency is pretty near and dear to me because a culture that subordinates nearly everything to the needs of the economy is a historical development. We take it for granted when people are called human capital, but it’s actually deeply offensive.The other gospel would be that love is not a ridiculous value to live by. We don’t talk about it in our secular context, but it’s very different to use love to direct a lot of your decision-making as opposed to using a value like professional success or economic needs. If we could find ways of incorporating the idea of love into more things, I think we’d have a society that’s better suited for our emotional and psychic needs. “A culture that subordinates nearly everything to the needs of the economy is a historical development. We take it for granted when people are called human capital, but it’s actually deeply offensive.” And, finally, justice. We have an episode on the history of cannibalism and how the label of cannibalism was used to justify the enslavement of millions. Working on this really taught me some powerful lessons about how labels can end up doing far more damage than the thing you’re afraid of. Being aware of long periods of historical injustice can help clarify contemporary challenges and problems. If wisdom is the ability to keep a big picture without getting lost in the details, then anyone working toward justice really has to be attentive to history.GAZETTE: How do you identify an idea that needs to be re-examined?DAVIS: We’re driven to try to reveal the significant ideas that actually make a difference to our lives. Although we’re looking at history, we’re almost always trying to connect it to contemporary concerns. We’re certainly not afraid to take positions; any preacher has to be willing to take a stand. I think that the ideal of the centrist, neutral commentator is a problem because it can end up simply sustaining an unjust status quo. We look for how a particular idea or concept plays out in real life and whether it seems to promote what I’ve been calling flourishing but what is essentially a mixture of fairness, justice, happiness, and virtue.If I could succeed at anything, it would be to rehabilitate vital religious terms and concepts in a way that can be adopted by our secular polity. For a long time, secularism had the better side of the argument in the public sphere, but — and maybe it’s my own bias — I think we’re closer to realizing that religion wasn’t just about trying to explain the origin of the world, but instead was about the creation of a common welfare and shared myths that could bind us together. We’re in desperate need of those, and there are many people at the Divinity School interested in what new forms this can take.My agenda is not necessarily to get everyone to go back to church — I don’t think I could — but people should be aware of its social function, and they shouldn’t be scared to have a worldview that includes ideas of love, goodness, redemption, and grace.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.Episodes of “Ministry of Ideas” can be found on their website and podcast .last_img read more

Gas leak reported near Corby Hall

first_imgA section of Holy Cross Drive was closed for about 45 minutes due to a gas leak near Corby Hall on Thursday morning, according to two campus-wide emails.The gas leak occurred when “a crew working on Corby Hall punctured a gas line while digging,” Dennis Brown, University spokesperson, said in an email.The section of Holy Cross Drive is west of the Grotto, the initial campus-wide email said. Campus safety and utilities officials had responded to the leak at the time of the email, and campus visitors were asked to avoid the area.About 45 minutes after the original email, the University sent out a update on the situation. The email said the gas leak had been “capped and Holy Cross Drive had been reopened.”Tags: Corby Hall, gas leak, holy cross drivelast_img read more