University commits to the Oxford Living Wage

first_imgAnalysis from the University indicates those who will be most affected by the changes.The estimated five-year cost of implementing the Oxford Living Wage for University staff is £5.5 million. “The cost of living in Oxford is one of the highest outside London, but wages in the lowest paid jobs often do not reflect this. We think that the Oxford Living Wage is a good way for employers to show they recognise the financial pressures for their staff, demonstrate the value they place on their employees, and support a more inclusive economy for Oxford.” Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of the City Council, said: “I am delighted that the University of Oxford has signed up to pay the Oxford Living Wage. This is a huge commitment from one of the city’s biggest and best known employers, and will have a positive impact on hundreds of people they employ. A statement from the University read “As part of its strategic plan, the University is committed to creating an environment that is supportive of wellbeing while ensuring Oxford remains an attractive place to work. The University today announced that they have committed to paying the Oxford Living Wage, which will see a pay rise for nearly 2,000 employees, at a cost of around £5.5million over five years. “Professor Anne Trefethen, Pro-Vice Chancellor for People and Gardens, Libraries and Museums, said “There are many wonderful things about Oxford that make it an attractive place. However, it is known as being a city that is expensive to live and work in. “Apprentices, who were included when the University moved onto the Living Wage Foundation’s Real Living Wage, will be included once again. The University will initiate discussions with suppliers regarding a move to Oxford Living Wage where practicable. This does not include colleges, who employ workers separately. St Cross College and Campion Hall already pay the Oxford Living Wage. A number of colleges currently pay the Living Wage Foundation’s Real Living Wage, which is currently £9.30 an hour across the UK, and £10.75 in London. “Recognising this, I am very happy that the University Council has approved the introduction of the Oxford Living Wage for University staff, demonstrating our commitment to fair pay for our employees.”  center_img Wages will increase to £10.21 minimum hourly pay from 1st August 2020 onwards, when the commitment to paying the Living Wage will be implemented. The Oxford Living Wage is 95% of the Living Wage Foundation’s London Living Wage. The University is the largest employer in the city, and this represents a significant success for the council’s efforts to get employers to pledge to pay the Living Wage.  “We recognise some businesses and organisations will have concerns about increasing the monthly payroll, but the University has demonstrated that even employers with significant numbers of people on the lowest rate can make that commitment. We hope that other employers will follow the example of the University.”  The jobs that will benefit most are: Office/clerical Support (19.6%), Library Assistants, (17.6%), Security Staff (9.0%), Invigilator (7.9%), Technician (7.5%), Secretary/ Personal Assistant (7.3%), and Retail (5.2%). “Employees in a wide range of jobs are set to benefit from the new rate of pay, with office/clerical support staff, library assistants, museums’ staff, security staff, invigilators, technicians, secretarial and personal assistants and retail workers just some of the roles most affected. These are all voluntary rates: the two government rates that employers must legally pay are the National Living Wage, which is £8.21 an hour for over 25s, and the Minimum Wage, which is £7.70 for those over 21 and under 25.  The implementation of Oxford Living Wage will affect 2000 employees. This represents 8.2% of University employees and 6% of casuals. Analysis indicates that a greater proportion of women (55%) than men (45%) will benefit from this move by the University.last_img read more

AC Milan to offer two players in swap for Lucas Torreira as Arsenal identify replacement

first_imgAdvertisement The former Sampdoria midfielder is thought to be keen on a return to Italy (Picture: Getty)AC Milan are prepared to offer two players to Arsenal in exchange for Lucas Torreira, though any deal will be dependent on the Gunners signing a replacement first.While the Uruguayan is not agitating for a move away from the Emirates this summer, he is open to returning to Italy and would be keen to reunite with old Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo at San Siro.But Arsenal would expect a big profit on the £26m they paid for Torreira last summer if they are to let him leave, and Milan will struggle to meet those demands. Rodriguez, who is still only 26, laid on three assists in 35 Serie A outings last season (Getty)Gazzetta also report that Arsenal will only let Torreira leave if they land a replacement first, and the Gunners have identified Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos as the ideal successor.The Spaniard is highly rated by Emery and Real need to sell after splashing the cash on signings this summer; the Liga giants want £45m, though a compromise will likely be found, and the prospect of bringing in both Rodriguez and Ceballos could tempt Arsenal to let Torreira go.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Torreira recently revealed his struggles in adapting to life in England (Picture: Reuters)According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian club are therefore willing to include two players in a deal: midfielder Franck Kessie and left-back Ricardo Rodriguez.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMilan’s willingness to include Kessie in a deal has already been reported, though the Serie A side’s valuation of around £35m – coupled with Arsenal’s interest in other midfielders – could prove to be a stumbling block.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Rossoneri are more optimistic about Rodriguez being accepted as part of a player-plus-cash deal, however, with Milan ‘convinced’ that the player is exactly what Unai Emery is looking for.Arsenal are in the market for a new left-back this summer, with Nacho Monreal expected to leave, and Rodriguez’s attacking intent and versatility – also capable of playing as a wing-back – is a good fit for Emery. AC Milan to offer two players in swap for Lucas Torreira as Arsenal identify replacementcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Jun 2019 10:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link857Shares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Lady Wildcat Linksters Win Over Lady Spartans

first_imgThe Lady Cats finished their dual meet season with an 8-2 record by defeating the Connersville Spartans tonight. Junior, Maggie Brack, was medalist for the meet by shooting a 44.“The team was able to get another win tonight. The course we played was tough but we hung in there and turned in a respectable score. We will use tomorrow to prepare for our 2nd round of our conference tounament on Thursday and Sectionals on Saturday.” Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.last_img

Other Sports Lewis Hamilton secures pole in Australian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel third

first_imgHamilton, bidding for a sixth world title to move within one of Michael Schumacher’s record seven, topped all three free practice sessions before making it four-out-of-four during qualifying. His dominance in qualifying in Melbourne is unsurpassed with Ayrton Senna, on six poles, the next in line.     Hamilton complained after pre-season testing in Barcelona that Ferrari was much quicker, but it appears to have been mind games with business as usual resumed this week.     Mercedes and Hamilton have been dominant in Formula One in recent years, winning the drivers’ and constructors’ titles five years in a row and Ferrari — and Vettel — are desperate to catch up. While the German won in Melbourne last year and backed it up with victory at the next race in Bahrain, Hamilton roared back to sweep 11 of the remaining 19 Grand Prix to comfortably be crowned champion.     All Vettel’s world titles came at Red Bull, from 2010-2013, while Ferrari haven’t won a constructors crown since 2008 and no driver at the Italian outfit has tasted championship success since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007. Hamilton topped Q2 in 1:21:014 from Bottas and Verstappen, with Vettel running into the gravel at Turn 12, kicking up dirt and dust and telling his team on the radio that the “floor, front wing” would need to be checked.     Daniel Ricciardo was a big casualty in Q2, finishing 12th in his first outing for new team Renault after moving from Red Bull. His team-mate Nico Hulkenberg also missed the cut, as did Toro Rosso pair Daniel Kvyat and Alexander Albon.     Leclerc topped Q1 with 1:22:017 ahead of Hamilton and Bottas. Red Bull newcomer Pierre Gasly was among those who failed to get out of Q1 along with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll.     Robert Kubica, who clipped the wall and sustained a puncture in his Williams, was last. Lewis Hamilton has secured pole in Australian Grand Prix in every race since 2014.Hamilton is bidding for his sixth world championship.Hamilton has won twice in Australia, winning in 2014 and 2015. Melbourne: Mercedes’ world champion Lewis Hamilton picked up where he left off last year to reassert his authority and snatch a record-extending eighth pole position at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday. The Briton clocked a fastest lap of one minute 20.486 to narrowly pip team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third, but well off the pace on 1:21.190. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fourth and Ferrari newcomer Charles Leclerc fifth. The 34-year-old is the pole master in Melbourne, claiming it eight times and every year since 2014, although he has only twice, in 2008 and 2015, won a race at Albert Park. He knocked out his rivals with a blistering lap at the death to claim an 84th career grid-leading time in his 230th race.     “I’m shaking, it was so close out there,” said Hamilton. “Coming from testing we had no idea where we would be, but the guys in the factory have been working so hard towards this weekend. Valtteri did an exceptional job, it was so close.” highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS: Sting & Shaggy top the charts, Wakanda Jam, and…

first_imgSting, Shaggy move to the top of the Billboard chartsThe unlikely duo of Sting and Shaggy continue to make waves in reggae circles, with their album taking the number one spot on the Billboard Reggae Charts for another straight week.‘44/876,’ which features such tracks as ‘Don’t Make Me Wait,’ “Gotta Get Back My Baby,” “Waiting For The Break Of Day,” and ‘Morning Is Coming,’ has earned rave reviews for the chemistry between the two and playfulness of the album. The two apparently met after Shaggy apparently crashed one of Sting’s performances of ‘Roxanne.’”Shaggy has explained that despite the abrupt way the two met, they ended up having a good rapport with one another. So much so that he eventually asked Sting to offer his vocals to a track he was working on. In the studio, the duo realized that their voices blended really well together and the rest was history._______________________________________________________Mr. Vegas releases ‘Wakanda Jam’ Reggae and Dancehall star, Mr. Vegas, has dropped his newest single just as the blockbuster movie Black Panther is released on DVD.“Wakanda Jam” was officially released May 4th, 2018 and is a playful uptempo song that has taken dance floors by storm. It is a modern version of the classic Duck riddim from the 1990’s as Vegas merges the familiar beat with ‘must move to’ lyrics.The artist sings: “Turn around walk on and hug up yuh woman cause you know how much she love jam!”  The video for “Wakanda Jam” is available on Mr. Vegas’s YouTube and Vevo channels and has fans raving. Mr. Vegas will be on tour in Europe in July and August which includes stops in Belgium, Holland and Germany.  _______________________________________________________Romantic sounds of Jamaica come to life The romantic sounds of Jamaica has become a reality on one album as VP Records released “Reggae Loves Romance Vol.2” on May 11th. The compilation represents the finest reggae music made for true lovers and is the fourth in the Reggae Loves series, which also included ,Reggae Loves Africa,, released in 2014; ,Reggae Loves Jah, in 2015 and ,Reggae Loves Romance, in 2016.Tracks include “There For You” by Beres Hammond, “Superman” by Tarrus Riley, “If I Gave You My Heart” by Maxi Priest, “Forever” Sanchez and “Perfect Love Song” by Morgan Heritage” are included. Also on the album are romance staples “Show Love” by Jah Cure”, “I See It In You” by Freddie McGregor and “Love Crazy” by Jamelody. To appeal to the younger demo, Christopher Martin’s “Helpless” and Romain Virgo’s “Soul Provider.”Tracklist1- Tarrus Riley – Superman2- Tony Curtis – For Your Love3- Da’Ville – I’m In Love With You4- Beres Hammond – There For You5- Freddie McGregor – I see It In You6- Christopher Martin – Helpless7- Maxi Priest – If I Gave My Heart To You8- Gyptian – You Never Know9- Jamelody – Love Crazy10- Sanchez – Forever11- Romain Virgo – Soul Provider12- Jah Cure – Show Love13- Morgan Heritage – Perfect Love Songlast_img read more

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap: England Off To Winning Start

first_imgEngland got off to a good start at the ongoing 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India after they thrashed South American side Chile 4-0 in Group F in what was a convincing victory.Callum Hudson-Odoi gave the junior Three Lions a first half lead before highly rated youngsters Jadon Sancho (2) and Angel Gomes added further goals in the second half to make it a comprehensive win for their team.In Group E, France and Japan recorded big wins over New Caledonia and Honduras respectively to start their campaign on a winning note.Results (Sunday):Group ENew Caledonia 1-7 FranceHonduras 1-6 JapanGroup FIraq 1-1 MexicoChile 0-4 EnglandToday’s FixturesGroup AGhana vs. USAIndia vs. ColombiaGroup BTurkey vs. MaliParaguay vs. New ZealandRelated2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Review: Mexico Complete Last 16 LineupOctober 16, 2017In “FIFA”2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: England, France Qualify For Next RoundOctober 12, 2017In “FIFA”FIFA U-17 World Cup Review: Brazil Edge Spain; US Thrash Hosts IndiaOctober 8, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

Hearts fans attack MD at Obuasi

first_imgHearts of Oak fans  attacked their Managing Director Neil Armstrong Mortagbe during a league game.A cross section of the club’s fans last Sunday attacked the club’s MD to demand questions on the current performance of the team.The incident occurred when Hearts played Aduana Stars in the week­14 fixture of the Premiership competition.The Hearts fans numbering over 20 jumped into the VIP area of the Len Clay Spots Stadium to attack the MD as they heckled and molested him for failing to hire the services of a more competent Coach than Mohammed Polo whom they have described a incompetent.But for a few Police men on duty at the stadium and some faithful Hearts fans who run to the aid of the MD, he would have been manhandled at the Len Clay Sports Stadium by fans of his club.The agitations started when Hearts fell behind to Aduana as the fans felt the Technical team lacked the technical knowhow to avert the situation. The game eventually ended in a 2-­2 draw. Some of the aggrieved fans who spoke to said “We are disappointed in him. He has been around in football for a long and we expected something much better from him than he has offered to Hearts so far. He is part of our problems because we believe he could have hired a more competent coach than Polo who only enjoys making noise on radio”last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL star Eamon McGee has spoken of his desire to win more All-Irelands – after being taunted by one of Tyrone’s greatest players.The Gaoth Dobhair man said Brian McGuigan boasted about having three medals.“I remember last year against Tyrone and myself and Brian McGuigan were having a tit-for-tat. He said to me, ‘No matter McGee, I will still have three All-Ireland medals,” said Eamon today. “And he’s right. When you’re playing at the top level the currency is medals, All-Ireland medals, provincial medals that’s how the great teams will be remembered.”In an interview with the Irish Sun, McGee spoke of his desire to win back-to-back All Irelands with Donegal.“It’s incredibly hard. It’s very, very tough to do,” he said.“But it’s all about goal-setting. Now we have the All-Ireland, we need to change the goal to retaining it and actually working hard towards it. “This requires a different frame of mind. You have to approach it like what we did last year will not be good enough to retain it.“You have to find another level. And there’s no better man than Jim to help you. Jim talked about a few of the squad only playing to 60 or 70 per cent.“It’s up to them to push on and not be looking to Karl Lacey or Michael Murphy or whoever else to carry you. You have to get every man up at the All-Star level.”The Gaoth Dobhair player also laughed at suggestions that Jim McGuinness’s part-time role with Celtic was affecting Donegal.“One of the lads was asking me if I have seen less of him. Unfortunately not! Since the new year started he has been there every time training has been on. “If he’s not, we have Rory Gallagher and Maxi Curran. They’re more than willing to step it up. Since the team holiday to Dubai everyone has knuckled down.“Last year after each game Jim wasn’t happy. I’m sure once we start, we’ll soon look at the All-Ireland final against Mayo and say, ‘What went wrong?’ and ‘Why did we not drive on when we could?’”‘TYRONE STAR TAUNTED ME ABOUT WINNING 3 ALL-IRELANDS’ – McGEE was last modified: January 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:’TYRONE STAR TAUNTED ME ABOUT WINNING 3 ALL-IRELANDS’ – McGEEDonegal GAAlast_img read more