Oxford has highest number of top-earning staff

first_imgAndrew Hamilton, and his successor in the post, Louise Richardson, earned £433,000 in total during 2015-16, compared to the average pay, along with pension contributions, of academic staff at £56,156.In terms of annual pay, excluding pensions, the Oxford VC earned over eight times that of the average staff member, at a salary of £359,000 compared to the average pay of £40,676.UCU say that a two per cent increase in VC pay across the sector comes at the same time as a one per cent rise in the pay of all university staff. A report published last week by the University and Colleges Union (UCU) showed that Oxford has 451 staff members earning over £100,000, placing it above University College London and Cambridge as the biggest payer of the 21 UK universities which have more than 100 staff earning over the £100,000 threshold.This means that 451 staff earn at least 7.5 per cent of all 12,500 full-time staff at the University, at a time of falling wages and increasing work casualisation, according to UCU analysis.This comes as the study, titled ‘Transparency at the top?’, also reveals that Oxford’s discrepancy between the pay of its Vice-Chancellor and the average earnings of its academic staff is the fourth-highest of all higher education institutions, in terms of total remuneration. President of the Oxford UCU branch, Garrick Taylor, while welcoming the “restraint” showed in the Oxford VC’s decreasing expenses and travel, described it as “a concern that such a high number of senior post holders are earning over £100,000 which mean that at least 7.5 per cent of staff costs go to just 451 staff in a University of well over 12,500 [full time] staff.“This is at a time when the majority of staff are having their real terms pay repressed and the University are trying to reduce staff costs and are asking for voluntary redundancies.”Last week, Cherwell revealed that Oxford University has paid £735,988 to 106 former staff on voluntary redundancy settlements in the last five years.The university with the greatest discrepancy between the pay of its Vice-Chancellor and the average pay of its sta members was Southampton, where the VC earned £643,000 in 2015-16, while the average pay of its staff was £37,942. This means the former VC, Don Nutbeam, earned almost 19 times that of the average staff member.The figures show a six per cent decrease in the Oxford VC’s expenses on hotels and travel during the same period.In January, a Times Higher Education report revealed that the Oxford University VC was the third highest-paid at a Russell Group university.An Oxford University spokesperson told Cherwell: “Oxford is a global leader for research and teaching, and was recently ranked the number one university in the world by Times Higher Education. To maintain this strong position, we need to keep attracting exceptional minds, who are also highly sought-after by our international competitors. We recruit and retain the very best, and we reward their talent appropriately.”center_img Reacting to the findings of the report, UCU General Secretary Sally Hunt, said: “Those at the very top in our universities need to rein in the largesse that embarrasses the sector and the government needs to enforce proper scrutiny of their pay and perks.”“Telling staff that there is no money for pay rises while signing off golden goodbyes worth a quarter of a million pounds or handing out pay rises in excess of ten per cent to 23 university heads is quite outrageous.”She called for government intervention to regulate vice-chancellors’ spending. She said: “Unless the government finally steps in we believe many vice-chancellors will continue to spend public money and students’ fees with impunity. The huge disparities in the levels of pay and pay rises at the top expose the arbitrary nature of senior pay and perks in our universities.”last_img read more

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A Strong Partnership with Its Neighbors

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo May 04, 2017 Barbados is nestled in the heart of the eastern Caribbean; it has white sandy beaches, calm blue waters, and sharp cliffs that attract tourists from around the world. But, like its neighbors, it also faces security challenges that are making its security forces become ever more vigilant. Drug trafficking, illegal weapons trafficking, and other criminal activities are keeping the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) very busy at sea and on land to neutralize criminal actions.Created in 1979, the BDF is responsible for the defense of Barbados and such other duties as the Defense Board determines. The military organization has three components: the Barbados Regiment (land force), the Barbados Coast Guard (maritime element), and the Barbados Cadet Corps.Colonel Glyne Grannum, chief of staff and commander of the BDF, spoke with Diálogo at the “Caribbean Regional Seminar on Countering Transregional Transnational Threat Networks (T3N)” celebrated in Bridgetown, Barbados, from March 21st-23rd. Among the topics discussed, Col. Grannum stated they are making progress on regional security cooperation in order to jointly confront threats networks. He also spoke about the BDF’s mission, goals and priorities for 2017.Diálogo: What is the importance of the seminar being held in Barbados, and of the BDF serving as its co-host?Colonel Glyne Grannum, BDF commander: The BDF takes particular pride and benefit from co-hosting the seminar in Barbados with the Regional Security System (RSS). We recognize the importance of the security of the Caribbean region, the security of the RSS’ area of operation as well as the security of the entire hemisphere because the issues we face are transnational threats that migrate freely across all our porous borders. The seminar is a huge opportunity for us to be able to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss policies and strategies to counter the T3N. We are honored to have such a great group of people from the Perry Center come here and share their views on transnational threats as well as the Caribbean states, their military forces, police forces, other security services, like customs and immigration, and Ministry of Defense officials. The seminar really helps to illustrate and harness the different points of view and experiences of all persons involved in defense, because the security community comprised of the forces and agencies of all the countries participating essentially comprises an alliance needed to counter transnational security problems.Diálogo: What does the BDF expect to gain from this seminar?Col. Grannum: First, to reinforce the positions of our fellow member states and international partners in defense in the hemisphere to strengthen their strategies and programs to counter the T3N. Doing so benefits Barbados as we, too, redouble our national strategies. Second, will be the development of our middle- to senior-level officers who need exposure at this level and need to better understand the transnational issues, so ultimately they can better participate in future events like security operations, programs, and strategies to secure our country.Diálogo: What is the BDF’s main focus?Col. Grannum: Our main focus is the defense and security of Barbados. In fact, our function involves working as part of the modern joint interagency family of security forces and services. One of our main objectives is to improve operational cooperation and effectiveness with the Royal Barbados Police Force through the provision of military assistance to the civil power. Our mission also includes –as a member of the RSS and as a member of the wider Caribbean community– to be able to conduct similar joint and combined operations with regional partners to deal with domestic and transregional security problems. At the same time, we don’t want to lose sight of the need to perform civil defense operational tasks, as we are in the middle of a very active hurricane zone. Our role is very broad in terms of dealing with many multidimensional and intertwined threats and environmental risks. We will continue to deal with security challenges, transnational organized crime, and also be ready to deal with the effects of terrorism in the region and humanitarian assistance tasks.Diálogo: What is the focus of your military efforts as Chief of Staff of the BDF?Col. Grannum: In addition to the focus of the BDF as a whole, our military effort includes maintaining a presence in our maritime domain with the ability to monitor and interdict illegal activities. On land our focus is to be ready to support the civil power, the police force, in all aspects of operations and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief throughout both land and sea domains.Diálogo: The BDF was established in 1979, how do its main components –Barbados Regiment, Barbados Coast Guard, and Barbados Cadet Corps– work together?Col. Grannum: They work together very well. The Force Headquarters is the superior authority of the three units. There is a very high measure of interoperability between the Barbados Regiment, as the land force, and the Barbados Coast Guard, as the maritime component of the force, in terms of providing security services across the island of Barbados. Very efficient and very effective interoperability has been one of our main strengths over the years.Diálogo: What is the BDF’s role at the RSS?Col. Grannum: The RSS has seven Member States: Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and of course, Barbados. The RSS Member States forces apply a collaborative effort for the security of the region. The BDF’s role as part of the RSS is to contribute militarily, jointly on land and at sea, and to be ready to participate in deliberate operations or quick responses, to deal with security challenges in any of the Member States. Since its creation in 1982, the BDF has participated in numerous humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations as well as a number of security operations that brought tactical resources from seven Member States together. The BDF also has the distinction of acting in a more deliberate way as part of a wider cooperation and treaty arrangement with CARICOM [the Caribbean Community] for example, participating in operations in Haiti (1994 – 1996) and the Cricket World Cup (2007). More recently the BDF was a part of the RSS’ assistance humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions to Dominica after the passage of Tropical Storm Erica (2015) and to the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force in Saint Kitts and Nevis for security operations (2016).Diálogo: What is your biggest concern in terms of regional security in Barbados?Col. Grannum: Regional security has been dominated for many years by threats of narcotrafficking and the shipments of marijuana and cocaine from South America to North America and into Europe, and the effects of the increase of criminality with violent gang crimes in particular. We should not lose sight either of the public health effects of drug and arms trafficking where there are very negative effects within communities and states. In the immediate future, and as was documented in open media sources, there seems to be an increase in cocaine production in some of the South American growing regions. Drug trafficking, as well as the smuggling of illegal weapons and potentially people across our borders will likely remain the most significant threats which we must actively address and confront.In regard to terrorism, we know the global environment is still unstable as we have seen horrific events play out in Europe, in parts of Africa, and in the United States. Lone-wolf attacks by individuals that are either inspired by or in some cases directed remotely by terrorist organizations and ideologies to commit horrible attacks, unfortunately continue. Our focus is on the prevention of any terrorist attack in Barbados and in the wider RSS and Caribbean region. Our efforts must include the continued sharing of information and resources to prevent and respond if necessary, to give the communities we serve the confidence that their security forces are aware of the global threat and are prepared for it. Cyber attacks are a third area of concern requiring focused attention and urgent operational readiness.Diálogo: How do you cooperate with neighboring nations to defeat T3N?Col. Grannum: The BDF has a very strong partnership with all RSS and non-RSS neighboring countries. We cooperate fully with the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and their Coast Guard for maritime security threats, and have a very good working relationship with the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. I am very optimistic that the working relationships with all countries in the region will grow stronger in the face of the security threats which may arise in the future.Diálogo: What are your/the BDF’s priorities for 2017?Col. Grannum: We are scheduled to co-host Exercise Tradewinds 2017 in June of this year. The first phase is going to be held here in Barbados, focusing on HADR response, counter terrorism and counter transnational organized crime operations at the operational and tactical levels. Trinidad and Tobago is hosting the second phase of the Exercise. Our priority at this time therefore on readiness to participate in Tradewinds as a vehicle for overarching force mission readiness. Beyond Tradewinds, our focus will be on national HADR efforts to deal with the annual hurricane season which runs from June to November.Diálogo: Is there anything you’d like to add for our regional readers?Col. Grannum: For a long time, the BDF has enjoyed rich and robust partnerships in terms of the community of the military, police and other security agencies, not just within the RSS, and beyond within CARICOM, but extending in depth across the entire hemisphere. We are pleased that the Perry Center could bring this seminar to Barbados. Our purpose and determination is well set in terms of delivering our national and collective alliance missions to deal with the modern transnational threats as they exist, whether those threats are from terrorist organizations, violent extremist groups or drug trafficking organizations. I think we have enormous networked capabilities to rely on by leveraging national resources in harmony with our neighbors. Our regional collaborative efforts will achieve success in dealing with the threats.last_img read more

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Demystifying machine learning

first_imgIn 1959, Arthur Samuel defined machine learning as a “field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.” No, wait – Did I just type “1959?”  Yes, true!Machine learning, which is a branch of artificial intelligence (AI), has been around a while, but the technology has made enormous strides since 1959.  The ability to learn without explicitly being programmed sounds like a mantra taken from a child-rearing manual from the 1950s. However, this concept has even greater potential today when we apply the technology to fraud prevention.Machine learning will still require the presence of humans to calibrate and confirm fraud, and to assist the model in learning from historical data.  But the promise of a faster and more accurate solution for fraud prevention has CO-OP very excited about the possibilities – which is why our company is becoming an early adopter of this technology. continue reading » 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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A healthy Garrett Richards opens Angels’ season with optimism

first_img Angels hope newcomers can boost offense, key improvement in 2018 A look at the 2018 Angels, position by position He will bring all that to the mound on Thursday against the Oakland A’s, throwing the first pitch of the Angels’ season.“I know what I can do when I’m on the mound,” he said. “I think everybody knows that. The name of the game is staying healthy, and that’s what I’m concentrating on now.”The skeptics will say they have heard this before. A year ago, in fact, Richards seemed to be a stem-cell therapy success story, avoiding Tommy John surgery to make a healthy debut. He was not even five innings into his season when he walked off the mound with a trainer, not to return until September.While he was out, Richards heard all the critics say he should have just had Tommy John surgery in 2016, but he has no regrets. The injuries of 2016 and 2017 were, he said, “totally unrelated. Two different body parts.”Richards insisted repeatedly last year, and again this spring, that last year’s biceps nerve issue was a fluke, one that took weeks to adequately diagnose. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ 2018 schedule “I am just going to go put up numbers,” he said. “I’m sure at some point we’ll talk about something. … I’m interested to see whatever the appeal of free agency is, but this is all I’ve ever known. It has sentimental value. I have known everybody around here since the minor leagues. This is a place I’d like to stay, but sometimes it works out differently. This is a business. We’ll just see what happens.”At the moment, Richards’ value is hard to assess because of all the injuries. He is clearly a No. 1 starter, a pitcher Scioscia recently called the “lead dog” of his staff.Richards knows as well as anyone that he needs to stay healthy to reach the stature in the game that his talent would suggest.That starts with getting through Thursday’s game. He was hurt in his first start in 2017, on the same mound he’ll be taking for this game.“Right now,” he said, “it’s all about taking it one day at a time, and making sure I recover and do all the things in between that will make me successful and healthy on Day 5.” OAKLAND — On a team whose starting pitchers have been victims of a raft of injuries over the past few years, Garrett Richards stands alone in a couple ways.He’s had the most serious injuries. He’s also performed the best when healthy.The confluence of those facts brings Richards to the forefront of any discussion about how good the Angels can be.If only Richards could stay healthy, Angels fans lament, he has the stuff to be an ace. In between stints on the disabled list, Richards has managed a career that matches up with some of the game’s Cy Young-winning elite. His 96 mph fastballs and sharp sliders compose a dominant arsenal, one to which he’s worked to add a curve ball this spring. Now, Richards is beginning a season after a winter of increased flexibility training, which he hopes will keep him healthy. The Angels also plan to use a six-man rotation, which will often give Richards and the other starters another day of recovery.After tearing a tendon in his knee in 2014, blowing out his elbow in 2016 and suffering the nerve issue in 2017, Richards figures he’s due for some good luck, too.“Hopefully,” he quipped, “everything works in threes, and I’m done. … Hopefully the other stuff is behind me, and I can get back on track.”He’s been gone for so long – just 12 starts in the past two seasons – that it’s easy to forget just what it looks like when he is “on track.”Since Richards became a full-time starter in July 2013, he has a 3.16 ERA over 83 starts. To put that into context, only 14 pitchers have started at least 80 games in the past four years with an ERA of 3.16 or better.Among them: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Max Scherzer, Corey Kluber, Madison Bumgarner, Dallas Keuchel, Chris Sale and Jake Arrieta.Among the pitchers with a worse ERA than Richards over the past four years: Felix Hernandez, David Price, Cole Hamels, Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander.Richards’ consistency is also notable. He’s allowed three runs or less in 76 percent of his starts since becoming a full-time starter. The major league average is 64 percent. The Angels have a .566 winning percentage in his starts over that span, and for much of that time they haven’t had an offense or defense as good as they believe they have now.If the Angels get a healthy Richards for 25 to 30 starts, they have essentially acquired an ace. Richards’ teammates want to see this for the obvious reason that it will make their team better, but also because they want to see a friend who has suffered so much rewarded.“We saw what he can do a few years ago, being healthy,” fellow starter Matt Shoemaker said. “I want to see him go out and dominate, and us go out and dominate. Knowing the capability is there, it’s exciting.”In 2014, Richards was enjoying his breakout season, posting a 2.61 ERA through 26 starts. He didn’t get a chance to finish that season after he crumpled to the ground at Fenway Park, his knee shredded when he twisted it covering first base.In 2015, he started 32 games and pitched 207-1/3 innings, posting a 3.65 ERA. Since then, even though he’s started just 12 times because of the injuries, he has a 2.31 ERA in those games.The fact that Richards has been consistently good, even when pitching sporadically around injuries, gives him and the Angels hope.“It’s not just potential,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “If you look at the season Garrett was putting together in 2014, it’s very real. Hopefully he’s going to be throwing the ball as well as he has all spring, and stay healthy. And we’re very confident he will.”If that’s the case, it is going to prompt the next question: will the Angels re-sign him?Richards, 29, is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2018 season. He said the Angels have not approached him about an extension, but he’s certainly ready to listen. He’s been with the organization since it drafted him in 2009.Related Articles Shohei Ohtani will start Sunday, but Angels’ eventual six-man starting rotation still short on details last_img read more

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Who will replace Bochy? Zaidi offers early thoughts

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–The decision was not all that surprising, but the timing of it couldn’t have worked out better.When Bruce Bochy announced Monday that the 2019 season will be his last as the Giants manager, it saved the future Hall of Famer from a season of speculation surrounding his job security.It also gave Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi a head start in his quest to find the franchise’s 37th manager.Shortly after Bochy revealed his plans, Giants CEO Larry Baer said …last_img

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Raiders Straight Talk: Keeping Josh Jacobs healthy a priority

first_imgALAMEDA — Josh Jacobs is being watched closely, and not just because he’s been a marvel of forward progress not seen by the Raiders since the days of Marcus Allen.No player other than quarterback Derek Carr is more important to the offense. Stopping Jacobs will become Job No. 1 of every opponent over the last 10 games of the season, starting with Sunday’s road game against the Houston Texans.“He runs hard. Gets his pads down, he’s built very low to the ground,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien …last_img

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NBA fines Anthony Davis $50,000 for making public trade demand

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES At 22-28 with seven losses in their past eight games, the Pelicans are 13th of 15 clubs in the Western Conference, 5.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and last playoff berth.Davis, out since January 19 with a sprained left index finger but due back imminently, could become a free agent in 2020 and sign a five-year contract extension worth $240 million after this season.The Pelicans have missed the playoffs in four of six seasons since drafting Davis, but swept Portland in the first round of last season’s playoffs for their first post-season series triumph since 2008. New Orleans fell in the second round to eventual champion Golden State.The Los Angeles Lakers, whose superstar LeBron James is also represented by Paul, and Boston Celtics are expected to be interested in Davis, but the Pelicans do not want the process to become a free-for-all as they risk losing him for nothing unless he is traded.“We have also requested the league to strictly enforce the tampering rules associated with this transaction,” the Pelicans said, a reference to NBA rules prohibiting teams from trying to lure players who are under contract.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READcenter_img Davis violated a rule in the owners-players union agreement banning public trade demands, the fine coming for agent Rich Paul’s statements to ESPN that the NBA characterized in announcing the fine as “an intentional effort to undermine the contractual relationship between Davis and the Pelicans”.The Pelicans confirmed Davis wanted to leave in a statement Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Relative to specific talks of a trade, we will do this on our terms and our timeline,” the team said. “One that makes the most sense for our team and it will not be dictated by those outside of our organization.”Davis, top pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, shares second in the NBA with 29.3 points a game and third in the league with 13.3 rebounds per contest. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Australian PM asks Thailand to free detained soccer player FILE – New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reacts after making a 3-point shot during the first half of Game 4 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in New Orleans, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)Anthony Davis was fined $50,000 by the NBA for making a public trade demand on Tuesday, a day after his agent went public with his desire to leave the New Orleans Pelicans.Davis, a five-time All-Star and member of the 2012 London Olympic gold medal squad, told the team he will not sign a contract extension and wants to be traded to an NBA contender before the league’s February 7 transfer deadline.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more

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Bahrain Spirit Starts Charter for Bahrain LNG

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Teekay Bahrain Spirit, Teekay LNG’s first Floating Storage Unit (FSU), has been delivered to charterer Bahrain LNG.The vessel was delivered from the Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard at the end of August, before going on hire on September 19, 2018.The vessel will be used to support Bahrain LNG in providing an LNG receiving and regasification terminal in Bahrain.The project is 30% owned by Teekay LNG Partners (TGP) and is expected to commence commercial operation in early 2019. Aside to Teekay, the project is owned and operated through a joint venture, Bahrain LNG W.L.L., owned by Nogaholding (30%), Samsung (20%) and GIC (20%).The project is the first of its kind in the Middle East to be developed on a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.It comprises an FSU, an offshore LNG receiving jetty and breakwater, an adjacent regasification platform, subsea gas pipelines from the platform to shore, an onshore gas receiving facility, and an onshore nitrogen production facility.The project will have a capacity of 800 million standard cubic feet per day and will be owned and operated under a twenty-year agreement commencing on July 15, 2018.Bahrain Spirit was ordered as part of a batch of six LNG carriers.Five of these 173,400 cubic meter M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) engine LNG newbuildings are under time-charter contracts with Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell).last_img read more

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