University staff to vote on future of USS next week

first_imgThe University and College Union (UCU), which represents the UK’s higher education employees, will ballot its 110,000 members next week on proposals aimed at ending the ongoing deadlock over changes to university pensions.UCU made the announcement in the face of prospective strikes at 13 universities around the UK starting on April 16. Further industrial action – in addition to the 14 days of protests since February 22 – are planned later in the spring at the remaining 52 universities across the country.Strike action relates to proposals put forward in January to close the defined benefit (DB) section of the £60bn (€68.5bn) scheme. After UCU rejected a proposal earlier this month, the union and universities have since provisionally agreed to keep the DB section open to allow more time for an expert panel to scrutinise the scheme’s valuation.Sally Hunt, general secretary of UCU, said: “These latest proposals were won by the solid action of UCU members and now is the time for them to have their say on what happens next.” The UCU’s move met with qualified support from Universities UK (UUK), which represents the university employers. A spokesperson said: “Employers have indicated their support for this proposal, however this is conditional on the suspension of industrial action.“Suspension of this action would be a huge relief to students ahead of the main examination period.”UUK has claimed that maintaining the DB scheme is too expensive, while UCU said its members could see their pensions cut by as much as £10,000 a year. An average lecturer could lose up to £200,000, the UCU claimed.At present, employers contribute 18% of employees’ salaries to USS, and UUK has claimed that any increase in contributions would lead to a reduction in funding and possible redundancies. UUK said that the cost of future pension benefits had already increased by a third since 2014.Under the terms of the proposals laid out for UCU members, a joint expert panel would be formed from experts nominated by both sides. In a letter to UCU members last week, Hunt said the panel’s task would be to “agree key principles to underpin the future joint approach of UUK and UCU to the valuation of the USS fund”.All member pension benefits as well as employers’ contributions to the USS would be frozen until at least April 2019.At the heart of the dispute is a wider issue over the affordability of DB pensions in the UK. Many firms have since dropped the schemes, moving instead to offer the much cheaper – but riskier for members – defined contribution plans.In December last year, British Airways announced it would close its DB scheme, following in the footsteps of BT. Royal Mail, Britain’s national postal service, has said it intends to close its DB plan to further accruals at the end of March, with a plan to replace it with the country’s first collective defined contribution scheme.Earlier this year, JLT Employee Benefits reported that just 19 of FTSE 100 companies retained DB schemes for employees.last_img read more

Juventus plan surprise bid to land Guardiola as Sarri’s replacement

first_img Loading… Juventus are reportedly preparing to pull off the most audacious of managerial coups by persuading Pep Guardiola to leave Manchester City and take the reins at the Allianz Stadium. Guardiola has looked out of sorts this season as Manchester City fell behind rivals Liverpool The big-spending Italians are said to be readying a ‘money-no-object’ package to bring Guardiola to Turin and offer the Spaniard his first foray in Serie A. Juve only appointed Maurizio Sarri in the summer but already harbour reservations and see Guardiola as the bigger picture, according to the Sun. Juve president Andrea Agnelli is said to be convinced Guardiola is the missing link to restoring the dominance of his side. As things currently stand Juve sit second in Serie A on goal difference, behind old rivals Inter Milan. Pep Guardiola is being linked with an audacious Juventus move to replace Maurizio SarriAdvertisement Read Also: Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Juventus goal record Inter, led by former Juve boss Antonio Conte, have spent heavily and are determined to get back among European football’s elite. Sarri stands at risk of being the manager responsible for blowing a record ninth Serie A title in a row. Guardiola’s current deal sees him bank in the region of £15million a year at City, though this season his side has been blown away by rivals Liverpool. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest ReasonsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

What channel is Notre Dame vs. Stanford on today? Time, schedule for 2019 rivalry game

first_imgThe Cardinal (4-7) won’t be playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2008, making Saturday’s matchup their de facto bowl game against 16th-ranked Notre Dame (9-2).Even though Stanford enters Saturday as significant underdogs, Notre Dame will have to overcome its recent trend of shortcomings at Stanford Stadium. Notre Dame hasn’t won at Stanford since 2007. The Irish’s most recent visit was a 38-20 loss to the Cardinal in 2017.If Stanford wants to keep the trend alive, it will have to do it without quarterback K.J. Costello, who was ruled out earlier this week with a thumb injury. Davis Mills will instead start at quarterback.Below is all the info you need to watch Notre Dame vs. Stanford on Saturday, including kickoff time, TV channel and a full Week 14 college football schedule.WEEK 14 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadWhat channel is Notre Dame vs. Stanford on today?TV channel (national): FoxLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)Notre Dame vs. Stanford is on Fox, part of the network’s lineup of rivalry games Saturday. The game is sandwiched between No. 1 Ohio State at No. 13 Michigan at noon and  “Bedlam” between No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 21 Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. ET. The annual showdown between Stanford and Notre Dame won’t carry its usual lofty implications, but it should provide plenty of excitement for both teams.MORE: Watch Notre Dame vs. Stanford live with fuboTV (7-day free trial) Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Coley Harvey will be on the call for Notre Dame vs. Stanford.Notre Dame vs. Stanford: What time is kickoff?Date: Saturday, Nov. 30Time: 4 p.m. ETThe Notre Dame vs. Stanford game starts at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 30.The game will be both teams’ 12th and final regular season game of the year. Week 14 college football schedule (top 25)GameTime (ET)TV channelNo. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 13 MichiganNoonFox, fuboTVNo. 3 Clemson vs. South CarolinaNoonESPNNo. 4 Georgia vs. Georgia TechNoonABCNo. 5 Alabama vs. No. 15 Auburn3:30 p.m.CBS, fuboTVRutgers vs. No. 8 Penn State3:30 p.m.Big Ten Network, fuboTVNo. 12 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Minnesota3:30 p.m.ABCNo. 14 Baylor vs. Kansas3:30 p.m.ESPNOregon State vs. No. 6 Oregon4 p.m.Pac-12 Network, fuboTVNo. 16 Notre Dame vs. Stanford4 p.m.Fox, fuboTVTulane vs. No. 25 SMU4 p.m.ESPNUTexas A&M vs. No. 1 LSU7 p.m.ESPNNo. 22 Iowa State vs. Kansas State7 p.m.FS1, fuboTVColorado vs. No. 7 Utah7:30 p.m.ABCFlorida State vs. No. 11 Florida7:30 p.m.SEC NetworkNo. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Oklahoma State8 p.m.Fox, fuboTVlast_img read more

No will for immigration reform

first_imgThe unintended consequence of all this chaos is, unfortunately, death. Last year, 453 people died while trying to cross into the USA illegally – all of them victims of the deserts or criminals preying upon them. Recently, in the Bronx, nine children were killed in a horrific fire after a row house ignited into flames. I have the floor plan of that dwelling. It was designed to house eight people at most. Seventeen children and five adults from Mali were living there with no fire escapes, bad heating and no sprinkler system. Sanctuary isn’t much good if the shelter is lethal. A mixture of political cowardice, idealistic nonsense, and corrupting cash has resulted in a crisis that is hurting just about everyone but the businesspeople who exploit the illegals. And judging by the performances of Presidents Bush and Calderon, I don’t see real reform on the horizon. The USA needs to secure the border with barriers and the National Guard, develop a fair, disciplined guest worker program that serves legitimate business needs, and require all illegal aliens already here to register so they can be evaluated as potential citizens. Mexico needs to police its border and stop the drug runners and poor migrants from doing whatever they want to do. Both countries could accomplish those things; there is a way. But, truthfully, there’s no will. Bill O’Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor. E-mail him at oreilly@foxnews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was fascinating to watch the tango between President George W. Bush and Presidente Felipe Calderon in the Yucatan a few days ago. Bush pledged to try to pass “comprehensive” immigration reform, while Se or Calderon put forth that America needs to “do more” for Mexico. OK, so what are these guys really saying? First, President Bush has no heart for the immigration fight. As the former governor of Texas, he well understands the myriad of problems chaotic illegal immigration has caused. But Bush, I believe, sincerely believes that most migrants are honest, hard-working folks who simply want a better life. He also calculates that tough action against illegals will ultimately cost the Republican party crucial votes, because the pro-alien lobby demonizes politicians who try to crack down. For his part, Presidente Calderon claims he wants to stem the flow of immigrants and narcotics into the USA, but it’s baloney. Calderon actually told the truth when he said that because millions of Americans want drugs, the supply would continue to flow through Mexico. South of the border, this immigration/narcotics deal is all about money, and we’re talking billions of dollars. The cash illegals send home to Mexico and the narco-trafficante dollars fuel Mexico’s entire economy, with only oil competing. The old saying is, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” But there’s little will in the USA to get illegal immigration under control. Right now there are at least 37 so-called “sanctuary cities” ranging from Anchorage, Alaska, to Katy, Texas. These are municipalities that have flat-out told the Homeland Security department they will not cooperate with any investigations into the status of illegal workers. In New York, for example, many officials look the other way while immigrants, both legal and illegal, pack into dwellings, organize into criminal gangs and generally do whatever they want. On Long Island, where I live, 60 men were living in one suburban house. When Suffolk Country authorities finally responded to desperate complaints from neighbors, the newspaper Newsday went wild, calling attempts to control the illegal situation “anti-immigration mania.” last_img read more

Viewpoints Playing Politics With Ebola Hyperbole The Value Of Comparing Health Plans

first_img I was Google ’s first employee to go on maternity leave. In 1999, I joined the startup that founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had recently started in my garage. I was four months pregnant. At the time the company had no revenue and only 15 employees, almost all of whom were male. Joining a startup pregnant with my first child was risky, but Larry and Sergey assured me I’d have their support. This month, I’ll go on maternity leave once again—my fifth time—joining the nearly 5,000 women who have done so since I joined Google. And though I’m now CEO of YouTube (which is owned by Google), I’ll be entitled to the same benefits as every single woman at the company who has a baby: 18 weeks of paid maternity leave. (Susan Wojcicki, 12/16) Los Angeles Times: PolitiFact’s Liars Of The Year: The Politicians Who Played The Ebola Fear Card The Wall Street Journal: Paid Maternity Leave Is Good For Business Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam … is showing political courage to do what’s right – and to attract millions in federal dollars for his state’s struggling hospitals. It’s the kind of path [N.C. Gov. Pat] McCrory has indicated he might be willing to take, and Haslam’s example should help McCrory stay open-minded amid pressure from his right. Haslam has been negotiating with the Obama administration for months to craft a Tennessee-specific Medicaid expansion proposal. It includes some co-pays and some premiums not typically required under Medicaid. Such alterations to Obamacare’s approach has turned past opponents – such as Tennessee Lt. Gov. and Senate speaker Ron Ramsey – into potential supporters. The state’s two Republican U.S. senators also support Haslam’s proposal. (12/16) Bloomberg: Obamacare Is Only Human E-cigarettes, once seen as a harmless alternative to tobacco smoking, are beginning to look more like a new gateway to addiction. This year, for the first time, more teens used electronic cigarettes than traditional ones: 17% of high school seniors used the devices, vs. 14% who smoked cigarettes. Kids in eighth and 10th grades favored them 2-to-1 over traditional smokes, according to an eye-opening University of Michigan survey released Tuesday. (12/16) It turns out that most people who enrolled in health insurance for 2014 through HealthCare.gov didn’t bother going back to the site to shop around for better prices for 2015. That means they will pay higher premiums than necessary. It also raises a separate question: What’s the point of having options if so few people use them? (Christopher Flavelle, 12/16) The Charlotte Observer: A GOP Push To Expand Medicaid It was a Republican who once paid Democrat Henry Waxman the rough compliment of being “tougher than a boiled owl.” Many of the big things Waxman helped to make into law in his four decades in Congress took bipartisan work, the kind that has all but disappeared in Washington: tobacco regulation, easier access to generic drugs, increased food labeling and safety, cleaner air and water, AIDS healthcare and Obamacare. But that’s not why Waxman — a vastly influential legislator and among the last of Congress’ 1974 “Watergate baby” generation — is retiring. He figures he has a lot of tread left on his tires, but he wants to drive down roads other than the ones leading to Capitol Hill. (Patt Morrison, 12/16) E-cigarettes aren’t threatening the progress of continued smoking reduction. They are helping even hard-core cigarette smokers quit. If society gives equal treatment to these two very different products with dramatically different health risks, we will undermine e-cigarettes’ promise as powerful harm reduction tools. (Jeff Stier, 12/16) The New York Times: Tortured By Psychologists And Doctors center_img Open enrollment is important. It should be the time people choose the health plan they believe would help them become healthier. Instead, many purchasers make a decision based entirely on how big a dent they’ll see in their wallets, despite the fact that consumers have tools to help them understand which plans provide the highest quality and which do not. For the first time in the health industry’s history, there are numerous objective quality measures available if purchasers are willing to take a little time and look for them. (Scott Armstrong and Patricia Smith, 12/16) USA Today: E-Cigarettes Cloud Progress On Teen Smoking: Our View Viewpoints: Playing Politics With Ebola Hyperbole; The Value Of Comparing Health Plans; E-Cigs A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. One of the most disturbing revelations in the Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogation program was the deep complicity of psychologists and doctors in torturing suspected terrorists. We already knew from earlier reports that health professionals had facilitated the torture by advising the interrogators when their brutal tactics might inadvertently kill a prisoner. (12/16) Members of Congress, mostly Republicans, warned that Ebola could be carried into the country by immigrants arriving illegally or even terrorists, and demanded a ban on travelers entering the United States from the affected countries. Governors scrambled to draft quarantine regulations, producing a showdown between Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and a nurse he tried to confine to a tent. (The nurse won.) And now? The crisis is all but forgotten. We’ve moved on. (Doyle McManus, 12/16) Los Angeles Times: Mr. Waxman Leaves Washington USA Today: Rally Behind E-Cigarettes: Opposing View The Seattle Times: How You Can Find The Best Quality Health Care — For Free This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more