Insecure academics feel the pressure

first_imgJob insecurity is the most significant source of stress among universitylecturers, tutors and others working in higher education, a study hasconcluded. The survey of 3,800 academic and non-academic staff in 14 higher educationinstitutions had found the decline of tenure positions and the increasingprevalence of short-term or fixed-contract work had sent stress levels soaring.Whereas the normal population reported a figure of 5.5 out of 10 when itcame to measuring stress, compared with a mean figure for higher education,this rose to nine out of 10. Michelle Tytherleigh, a research fellow at the University of Plymouth, whocarried out the study, said: “Higher education staff were much morestressed by their working relationships, loss of control and lack of resourcesand communication.” “They reported significantly lower levels of commitment both from andto their organisation. Commitment is a good moderator of stress levels. Theywere satisfied with their work environment, but they lacked commitment,”she added. Lecturers and other staff no longer felt valued or respected by theirorganisations and felt they lack autonomy, she argued. Universities needed to work at improving job security, valuing their staffand providing better support where people were reporting they were highlystressed, Tytherleigh suggested. Insecure academics feel the pressureOn 1 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Mets introduce Cano, Diaz at Citi Field

first_img Written by December 5, 2018 /Sports News – National Mets introduce Cano, Diaz at Citi Field FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Mets unveiled the two newest Mets on Tuesday: second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz.The Mets sent top prospect Jarred Kelenic, prospect Justin Dunn, veteran outfielder Jay Bruce, right-hander Gerson Bautista, and reliever Anthony Swarzak to the Mariners in exchange for the duo.“This trade should be a signal to our players and our fans that words alone will not define this franchise,” general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters at Citi Field. “Rather it will be hard work, collaboration, and unwavering commitment.”Cano is an eight-time All Star and won one World Series ring with the Yankees in 2009. He was suspended for 80 games last season after violating Major League Baseball’s joint drug policy. He still managed to play in 80 games, batting .303 with 50 RBIs.Cano’s second stint in New York will be different. The Mets are coming off of a 77-85 season, finishing fourth in the NL East. He’ll call Queens home instead of the Bronx, but he says he’s just happy to be back in the “Big Apple.”“I’m more than happy,” Cano said. “I would say blessed to be able to wear this uniform, this franchise, history… and also happy to be back in New York.”Diaz, just 24 years old, joins his new team as one of the most coveted trade targets of the offseason. He led the league in saves with 57 and posted a sterling 1.96 ERA on the season.“I came here to win,” he said. “To the Mets fans, we came here to win and try to reach the World Series and get the ring.”Despite the big trade, Van Wagenen insists the Mets plan on making more moves to bolster their roster.“Hopefully we can continue to add more talent around guys like this,” Van Wagenen said. “That’s our mission.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Greece: Oliver Hazard Perry-Class Frigate Conducts Multinational Damage Control Training

first_img Training & Education Share this article View post tag: Hazard June 3, 2011 USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) hosted a multinational damage control training workshop at Marathi Pier in Souda Bay, Greece, as a part of exercise Phoenix Express 2011 (PE-11), June 2. Navy teams from four nations participated in the training.“This training is important, because we have the opportunity to see the different types of equipment used in other navies,” said Royal Morocco navy Lt. j.g. Vasiliki Katsantoni, engineering assistant Royal Morocco navy ship Hassan II. “We all have similar equipment, but it is nice to see what other navies use.”The workshop was designed to increase participating countries’ knowledge and experience in damage control, and to help all of the participants gain an understanding of the principles used by partner navies and their firefighting techniques.“We are just showing our partners at Phoenix Express what kinds of equipment we are using as well as a practical demonstration of hose handling and pipe patching,” said Chief Damage Controlman (SW) Christopher Boyad, USS Bradley damage control chief. “Pretty much we all use the same concepts, the same basic ensembles and the same firefighting equipment.”Workshops during Phoenix Express such as this one are enabling the combined maritime forces to advance information sharing, which is crucial to maintaining a region free from transnational threats, and enhances the ability to combat common safety and security concerns in the maritime environment, as well as illegal immigration, criminal activity, narcotics trafficking and weapons trafficking.“I think this exercise is very important because sailors need to be conscious of damage control,” said Spanish navy Lt. Alfonso Garcia de Paredes, damage control officer for the Spanish ship ESPS Vencedora. “Seeing what other navies do and how they use their equipment is very good.”U.S. units participating in Phoenix Express include Bradley, USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) and Military Sealift Command’s maritime prepositioning ship USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat (T-AK 3016) and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198). Additional U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa staff personnel also are participating alongside other international naval forces in this exercise.[mappress]Source: navy, June 3, 2011; View post tag: Training Back to overview,Home naval-today Greece: Oliver Hazard Perry-Class Frigate Conducts Multinational Damage Control Training View post tag: Damage View post tag: Navy View post tag: Greece View post tag: Perry-Class View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Frigate View post tag: Oliver View post tag: control Greece: Oliver Hazard Perry-Class Frigate Conducts Multinational Damage Control Training View post tag: conducts View post tag: Multinationallast_img read more

Clinical Assistant Professor – Pediatric Dermatology (38439)

first_imgThe Department of Dermatology invites applications for a PediatricDermatology physician to pursue a career with the Department ofDermatology in the College of Medicine at the University ofFlorida. This is a full time 1.00 FTE clinical track position.Primary duties include providing care for pediatric dermatologypatients at UF Health Dermatology. It will be expected that thecandidate participate in teaching dermatology residents/fellows,medicine residents and medical students.Applicants must have an M.D. degree and board-certified or boardeligible in Dermatology.Applicant must be eligible for a Florida Medical License.This position was originally posted under requisition #506431.Previous applicants are still being considered and need notreapply.Please upload a CV, cover letter and three letters ofrecommendation in order to be considered for this position.Review of application materials will begin immediately and continueuntil the position is filled.Final candidate will be required to provide an official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “issued to student” isvisible. Degrees from an education institution outside of theUnited States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by the National Associationof Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply forthis position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay Systemat 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent uponeligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordancewith Florida’s Sunshine Law.#medicine=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Uni launches discipline review

first_imgImportant University-wide changes to SCR-JCR relationships are to be implemented in the near future, which are likely to be shaped by the outrage over the ousting of the Queen’s College JCR President.Oxford has announced a review of its appeals and complaint procedures linked to disciplinary matters focusing both on the nature of dissmals and also disparity between colleges’ use of fines and community service.There was widespread opposition when Nathan Roberts was forced to resign his JCR presidency by Queen’s SCR after failing to achieve a 2:1 in his prelims. The authorities’ further refusal to allow him an appeal seemed to many as if student voices, including those of 30 JCR presidents, had been deemed irrelevant. The review is expected to look into the case of Nathan Roberts as, after he was denied an appeal, he effectively beat the system by getting a teddy bear voted in as the next JCR President.Officials insist the review was not prompted by the recent anger that surrounded his dismissal. However, the review will have to look at incidents such Roberts’ as examples of where the student body felt that the denial of an appeal was unjust.There was concern early on in the process that the University had not learnt its lesson when it was revealed that one of the reviewing bodies, the Conference of Colleges, would not have any student representation. However, negotiations with OUSU have ensured a VP on both this and the University working group.Jonny Medland, VP for Access and Academic Affairs, holds high hopes for the review. He commented, “These issues impact students every year and I’m looking forward to working to improve the procedures which already exist. The current systems can be unclear, needlessly complex and hugely variable across colleges and clearer guidance as to how students will be treated is long overdue.”Both the University group and the Conference of Colleges hope to present initial recommendations by the end of the academic year.It is hoped that the review will produce cross-college consistency in some areas of disciplinary policy, since at the moment there are wide variations. For example, whilst many colleges use fines as punishment for rule-breaking, some use community service.This punishment is seen as fairer by several colleges, including Worcester, as fines do not affect students from different financial backgrounds in the same way, whereas community service has the same effect on everyone.However, some colleges have found it difficult to implement community service as a form of discipline. Carolyne Larrington, Senior Dean at St John’s College stated, “In practice we don’t use community service as it is difficult to find tasks for offenders to do, though this has been a policy in the past…we have found that the supervision of community service is something we would not want to devolve onto the domestic or gardening staff. So we have returned to fines.”  In what appears to be another response to the events at Queen’s, St Anne’s College this week debated a proposal to introduce contracts for JCR members, whereby they would have to agree to resign their position if they failed to achieve above a 2:2 in prelims.After discussions between members of the JCR Committee and the SCR, there seems to have been a move to re-word the proposal so that there was less compulsion for JCR members to resign, and so that decisions would not be made on the results of prelims alone, but would take into account collections and tutors’ reports.The Academic Affairs Committee met on Wednesday to discuss the proposal, and after some debate it was decided that the matter needed further consultation within the JCR.It will be debated again in second week of Hilary Term. Richard Holland, the JCR Academic Rep stated, “Needless to say we don’t agree with the proposal in its present form but were are looking to work with College constructively to find an acceptable solution.”last_img read more

Tix Now Available to See Christian Borle & Brian d’Arcy James in Something Rotten

first_img Something Rotten! Tickets are now on sale to see the world premiere musical comedy about the musical comedy that started it all! Starring Christian Borle, Brian d’Arcy James, John Cariani and more, Something Rotten will begin performances on March 23 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre. Opening night for the Casey Nicholaw-helmed production is scheduled for April 22.Something Rotten features a score by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. Set in the 1590s,  the show follows brothers Nick (d’Arcy James) and Nigel (Cariani) Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard” (Borle). When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self…and all that jazz.The cast will also include Brad Oscar, Heidi Blickenstaff, Kate Reinders, Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Bartlett, Gerry Vichi and Michael James Scott. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017last_img read more

Trail Dog Reviews: Jack explores Grayson Highlands

first_imgThere are multiple chances for meeting other animals on your trail runs, both domestic and wild.  Most wild animals run from me (oh how I do love to chase the deer and squirrels!). The big ones like black bears in this area are most likely going to run away from you too.  If you see cubs then momma bear is near by and its time to get out of there ASAP! If a bear starts coming towards you then you need to stand your ground and remain calm. Back away slowly and most likely the bear will not come towards you.  If it does charge you then pick your dog up (if you can) and then stand as tall as possible. This will most likely stop the charge. Black bears don’t want to fight you, they are usually just guarding food, territory or young when they are charging or swiping the ground.   This can cause a normally good dog to become aggressive in the tight confines of single track.  If that is your dog then you need to consider giving more space to other dogs and consider tieing a yellow ribbon to your dog’s leash (   My human has a few points for these dog to dog interactions. This run takes a while to get there, but my pawrents love it. They kept talking about these creatures, the miniature horses, while we were driving there. They were hoping we would see some. Not sure what they are, but not really looking forward to “seeing” them. When we have time, we run the Cabin Creek Trail. The access for this is down the Virginia Horse Trail toward the horse stables to the side of the field at Massie Gap. This is a nice shaded 1.5 mile loop. There are several creek crossings and in the spring a lot of pretty flowers. At the far end of the trail loop is a great waterfall and creek pools. The water is cold, even in August. Grayson Highlands State Park, VA Massie Gap to Mt Rogers and back.Round trip 8.5 miles to 10 depending on which trails. We wind through the mountains and finally arrive at the Massie Gap parking lot in Grayson Highlands State Park. When we get out the car, these large beasties come toward us; I stay in the car. They are funny looking with all this wild hair and no paws. I guess these are the miniature horses, and I hope they don’t follow us on the trail. We start at Massie Gap inside of Grayson Highlands State Park. We start by crossing the field and going through the gate to access the Rhododendron Trail for less than a mile. This trail intersects with the Appalachian Trail(AT). After about 1.5 miles through the National Forest, you will come to the signage for the Mt Rogers Spur trail. This is a quick half mile up to the Mt. Rogers Summit at 5,715 feet. This is the only section of the trail that has trees and shade. The trees are spruce and look more like the Pacific Northwest than Southwest Virginia. center_img The summit is a little uneventful. Even from my height, I know there isn’t a view from the summit. We usually relax a little here, before starting the return trip home. This out and back is a little over 1,400 feet elevation of climb. The distance can vary from 8.5 to 10 miles depending on the different trails that you take through the state park. Not a lot of shade on this route, I have worn the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler and Jet Cooler Vest and it worked well to keep me cooler on these sunny runs. Unfortunately, it’s domestic animals that bug me the most and interrupt my trail runs.  I just like to run. I don’t really care about the barking/growling dog coming toward me; I just want to keep going down the trail.  Check out more pictures and adventures on my Instagram @pawsaroundthepeninsula Animal Encounter Tips If you can’t control your pooch on a leash, then you need to consider a harness (Ruffwear) and or a head halter (Gentle leader). If you have a dog that is barking at other animals on the trail you need to remove that dog from the trail. Dogs on leash are a little more apprehensive and can’t get away.  Here, you turn left and travel on the AT southbound. There are open views and rock scrambles that are fun to go over. Some water holes exist in the cracks so it’s a nice spot for me to drink and soak.  More ponies along the way if you are lucky or, in my thoughts, unlucky. There are also large cattle with big horns that I do not want to be skewered with. We pass through the state park and enter into the National Forest. There are views and rock outcroppings along the route. We also pass one of those shelters along the AT and enter the Lewis Fork Wilderness. last_img read more

6 home renovations that may hurt your home’s selling price

first_imgWhen people renovate their homes, they often factor in whether those renovations will add to the resale value.While few homeowners recoup the full cost of home renovations, updated bathrooms and kitchens, plus other improvements, can help you sell your home more quickly, and for more money. The added bonus is if you do the renovations while you live in the home, you get to enjoy the renovated spaces for at least a little while before it goes on the market.But some renovations can actually damage your home’s value. These supposed improvements not only add nothing to your bottom line, they may make your home less attractive to potential buyers and bring down its value.How much they hurt will depend. If the home is in a highly desirable location, potential buyers may be willing to overlook purple walls and an ugly kitchen counter, or they may be willing to do their own renovations. In a subdivision where many similar homes are for sale, the one with bad renovations may linger unsold. continue reading » 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indonesian wet markets carry high risk of virus transmission

first_img“Close interaction at traditional markets could lead to new clusters. Enforcement of health protocol and information campaigns by local governments are badly needed,” Indonesian Traditional Market Traders Association (IKAPPI) spokesperson Reynaldi Sarijowan told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Among 12.3 million traders at 13,450 traditional markets across Indonesia, the association has recorded 535 vendors in 20 provinces contracting the virus, 29 of whom have died as of Friday. The highest number of cases at 133 was recorded in East Java.The IKAPPI has issued a health protocol for vendors and traditional market managers that includes guidelines on the distance between stalls, plastic curtains between traders and customers, body temperature checks and routine disinfecting.Reynaldi expressed doubt, however, that the guidelines would be properly enforced at every market. For millions of Indonesians, pasar (traditional market) has always been the first stop to buy daily supplies, thanks to affordable prices, a chance for haggling and a wide range of goods.Even when COVID-19 hit the country, jostling crowds at traditional markets remained, raising concern that new clusters may emerge as the country begins to ease the coronavirus curbs.Indonesia has seen several COVID-19 clusters emanate from traditional markets. Among the recent ones are 26 confirmed cases related to Cileungsi Market in Bogor regency, West Java, 20 cases from Klender Market in East Jakarta and another 14 from Serdang Market in Central Jakarta. The pandemic, which prompted a stay-at-home order and mobility restrictions, had caused a 65 percent slump in revenue for the traders, he said. Poor compliance with health protocol at traditional markets, he said, would make it difficult to restore public trust, hence sales would further suffer.Traditional markets have gained worldwide attention as SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, is believed to have originated from a wet market in Wuhan, China. Another cluster emerged in Beijing last week, which is suspected to have come from imported salmon sold at the Xinfadi meat market. The country reported 57 new cases on Sunday, 36 of which were domestic transmissions in the country’s capital and linked to the market.Indonesia has seen the number of cases and fatalities rise sharply in the past week, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 38,227 and the death toll to 2,134 as of Sunday. Aside from Jakarta, East Java, South Sulawesi and East Kalimantan have become epicenters of the outbreak.The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged people to maintain general hygiene and keep a safe distance from others. In a recent report on Indonesia, the health body said at least 1 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test per 1,000 people per week in transmission areas with results provided in 24-48 hours was among the “non-negotiable measures” during the new normal period amid the skyrocketing cases. It also recommended extensive contact-tracing and quarantining of all contacts surrounding new cases.“At least 80 percent of new cases [should] have their close contacts traced and in quarantine within 72 hours of confirmation […] and at least 80 percent of contacts of new cases are monitored for 14 days,” it said.  The Trade Ministry issued a circular in late May to support the operation of traditional markets while implementing health protocol to prevent further spread of COVID-19. The circular stipulates, among other things, limiting the number of visitors and using outdoor facilities if possible.In Indonesia, the physical distancing approach at traditional markets drew the public’s attention when markets in Central Java allowed vendors to sell their products along the roads with a meter distance between one another.However, vendors at Jakarta’s markets were unable to do so due to space constraints, said the president director of Jakarta-owned market operator Pasar Jaya, Arief Nasrudin. Starting on June 15, the company would instead impose an odd-even kiosk number policy, meaning vendors with odd kiosk numbers were only allowed to operate on odd dates and vice-versa.“In Jakarta, [selling products on the roadside] is not possible. The space is not enough to accommodate the vendors,” he said.Jakarta has confirmed 51 cases linked to eight traditional markets as of Friday, according to IKAPPI.In the second-worst-hit province, East Java, more than 100 vendors have reportedly been infected by the disease, mostly in its capital Surabaya, the second-largest city in the country.Surabaya economy and business agency head Agus Hebi Djuniantoro said monitoring the implementation of health protocol at traditional markets would be intensified.“We will form a team involving vendors and local authorities tasked with reprimanding violators in the areas,” he told the Post.Epidemiologist Windhu Purnomo from Airlangga University suggested strong rules and strict enforcement to be applied at traditional markets, both those under local administrations and those run independently by communities.“By applying health protocol, we can at least minimize the risk of transmission at traditional markets,” he said.Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia, suggested that the management mend infrastructure and facilities to ensure better air and water circulation.“Our traditional markets commonly lack cleanliness and hygiene,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Police’s plan to involve gangs to uphold COVID-19 health protocols causes concern

first_imgThe National Police’s plan to involve community leaders and local gang leaders to help authorities raise awareness about the COVID-19 health protocols has been met with strong objections.The deputy National Police chief Comr. Gen. Gatot Eddy Pramono said the move was a result of the limited number of police and Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel. The assistance of community and gang leaders, he argued, was needed as part of efforts to discipline the public amid the ongoing pandemic, especially regarding mask-wearing and physical-distancing measures.In Indonesia, local gangs are linked to security in areas such as traditional markets and parking spots, which they “protect” in exchange for money. “We don’t recruit gang members, but we involve them. They are the informal part of raising public awareness, but not exactly to enforce local regulations,” he said in a hearing with the House of Representatives on Monday.Gatot, who also serves as deputy chief executive of the country’s COVID-19 handling committee, said in addition to gangs other community groups would also be involved such as ojek (motorcycle taxi) groups and hobby-based communities like motorcycle enthusiasts.In the hearing, he also asserted that the police and the TNI would supervise them so that they did not violate human rights.”We will use those who are already among the existing communities.  If we do this together, we can stop virus transmission.” Gatot went on to say that the police would also carry out operations throughout Indonesia involving various parties in order to uphold the mandatory health protocols.“The ones who will enforce security will still be the local Public Order Agency [Satpol PP],” said Gatot.Read also: Govt to enforce mandatory mask-wearing operation across IndonesiaDidik Mukrianto of the Democratic Party criticized the initiative, saying that it could be counterproductive for society.”I appreciate the spirit of the National Police in responding to the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19. However, the public perception of gangs is negative. They often disturb the communities themselves,” Didik said.He added that the National Police must carefully recalculate the impact, including the psychological impact on society.”I hope the police will be confident and believe that their personnel are more than capable of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s no need to involve local gangs for this,” he added.The Indonesian Market Traders Association (IKAPPI) Jakarta branch similarly rejected the plan, chairman of IKAPPI in Jakarta Miftahuddin said. He argued that instead of seeking help from local gangs, the authorities involve the scouts (Pramuka), traders associations, or heads of the blocks in the markets.”The involvement of traders itself could increase other traders’ awareness,” Miftahuddin said as quoted by said traders in Jakarta had experienced a drop in revenue of around 60-70 percent due to the previous large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and they were currently trying to recover and restart their economic activities.“They are recovering now. They will be intimidated by the presence of gang members watching their activities,” he said.Topics :last_img read more