Greek general strike battles austerity

first_imgPAME march in Greece, Feb. 20.Just days before an inspection team was due to check that Greece’s new austerity measures were in place, tens of thousands of workers took to the streets on Feb. 20 and shut the country down. The strikers made it clear that “reforms” that leave patients without health care and drugs, students without education, taxpayers without money, families with no one employed, workers without labor rights and 68 percent of the youth without jobs are really attacks on the Greek people and their standard of living. (Greek Reporter, Feb. 20)The inspection team is from the Troika — the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank — which offered its first bailout to Greece in 2010 after three years of recession. The Troika offers only more austerity.As an example, the minimum wage was cut by 22 percent in 2012 from $989 a month to $772 and just $673 for youth, with another 10 to 15 percent decrease due in 2013.What’s worse is that, according to the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) relying on official statistics, only 600,000 workers out of 1.5 million employed in the private sector get a regular paycheck. Most employers in Greece pay anywhere from 3 to 15 months late; workers keep on working in the hopes of getting back pay or at least severance.Many of the workers getting minimum wages are in the private sector.Protest marches took place in 70 cities, with large demonstrations on the island of Crete, and one action attracting 18,000 participants in Thessaloníki, Greece’s second largest city. Farmers, whose access to credit is under attack by the Troika, actively blocked, in particular, the highway between Athens and Thessaloníki.In Athens, two demonstrations followed the same route, ending at Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament, both with similar demands. The Greek Communist Party (KKE) supported the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) union confederation’s march and the other march by the GSEE, together with the Civil Servants’ Confederation. The main press services of France and Germany both reported significantly from 50,000 to 60,000 participants.According to AFP, the main banner carried by PAME read, “No to modern sweatshops, hands off collective labor agreements.”KKE General Secretary Aleka Papariga led a large KKE delegation at PAME’s demonstration. She told the crowd: “The working people who are suffering must take a decision. To discover their strength and advance combatively, towards the rupture and overthrow, to the very end. Otherwise, they will find themselves trapped against the wall.”At the other march, the GSEE, the union movement close to social democratic parties, explained: “We are fighting for collective bargaining agreements, for measures to be finally taken against unemployment and to ensure our democratic and working rights.” Some of PAME’s demands made the same points.Syriza, a major presence in the GSEE/ADEDY march, is an electoral coalition of social democratic and left parties which heads the opposition. Syriza said it wanted to use the strike as a springboard to force out the coalition government led by the conservative prime minister, Antonis Samaras. “The general strike aims to bring down the government and annul (the austerity) agreement and measures,” Syriza said in leaflets handed out this week.Greek President Karolos Papoulias, whose role is symbolic, commented, “We are faced with a societal explosion if any more pressure is put on society,” ruminating, perhaps, over the constant barrage of pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions that he nonetheless supports. (Greek Reporter, Feb. 20)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Contributing Faculty (tDPT)

first_imgTechnical The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is an equalopportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against anyemployee or applicant for employment because of age, race,religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or nationalorigin. Reports student outcomes and uses this information for teachingand learning improvements Operational Communicates Effectively: Adapts oral and written communicationapproach and style to the audience and based on the message.Drives Engagement: Makes students feel welcomed, understood,and valued. Creates a learning environment that is compelling,challenging, and productive. LICENSURE and/or CERTIFICATIONFaculty Members must beappropriately credentialed, possess anearned degree from an accreditedinstitution or recognized by acountry’s ministry of education in thediscipline being taught, andbe licensed or license-eligible in order to teachin specificprograms.BUSINESS COMPETENCIESCommitted to Mission and Values – Has aclear understandingof institution’s mission and values. Has a passion forfacilitatinglearning and for enabling students to navigate their ownlearningjourney.Contribute Knowledge to the Discipline – Compelledby theopportunity to contribute through research, scholarshipprofessionalpractice or creativity.Accountable -Takes personalresponsibility for own goals andoutcomes to ensure student success.Establishes clear expectations,follows through on commitments to students andholds themaccountable for assignments and performanceCollaborative – Works cooperatively withothers across theinstitution and beyond, including the community andthroughpartnerships. Represents own interests while being inclusiveand fair toothers.Communicates Effectively – Adapts oraland writtencommunication approach and style to the audience and based onthemessage. Also listens attentively to others.Drives Engagement – Makes students feelwelcome, understoodand valued. 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GENERAL SUMMARYA contributing faculty member at the University of St. Augustinefor HealthSciences (USAHS) provides engaging clinically-focusedlearning opportunitiesfor students in the health scienceprofessions, through face-to-face, blended,and/or online deliverymethods.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMaintains expertise in content areaPromotes student success through optimal studentengagement Keeps course content current and as necessary, aligned withcourse consistency policy Recommends course improvements for upcoming semester Completes all course management requirements to meet programdeadlinesPrepares and delivers course contentMonitors student progress; gives feedback as appropriateFacilitates student participation in learning activitiesServes as student-to-university liaison OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMay perform other duties andresponsibilities that management maydeem necessary from time to time.TRAVEL REQUIREMENTSSome travel may be required.POSITION IN ORGANIZATIONREPORTS TO: Academic Program DirectorPOSITIONS SUPERVISED: NoneTECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL, and PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIREDTo perform this job successfully an individual must be able toperformeach essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow arerepresentative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Incumbentswill be evaluated, in part, based onperformance of each essential function.Appropriate reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilitiesto perform essential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEExperience with distance learning preferred.Terminal degree preferred. Post- professional master’sdegree or clinical doctorate with demonstrated clinical expertisewith plans to obtain a terminal degree will be consideredPrior teaching experience preferred [could includeonline]Experience in scholarly activity preferredA minimum of 3 years of clinical experience in the area ofcourse content requiredWorking knowledge of educational theory and methodology Assesses student performance onpapers/examinations/projectsCommunicates with program director (and course coordinator ifteaching a multi-section course) regarding student difficulties orissues that ariseEnsures consistent content and testing, if a multi-sectioncourseCompletes annual self-evaluation of teaching performance; setsgoals for improvement Teaching Delivery/Learning Facilitation Skills: Manages small,large, blended, hybrid, and/or online classrooms, monitoring andensuring participation, managing one’s own and students’ time andattention effectively.Academic Discipline Expertise: Has sufficient credentials,industry expertise, and/or experience in the discipline to eachaccording to the standards and qualifications required. Committed to Mission and Values: Has a clear understanding ofinstitution’s mission and values. Has a passion for facilitatinglearning and for enabling students to navigate their own learningjourney.last_img read more

Press release: UK Statement on Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use in Aleppo

first_imgFCO Spokesperson: Email [email protected] The Syrian regime and its supporters have alleged that opposition forces carried out a chlorine attack on civilians in Aleppo on 24th November. We have seen nothing to support the claims made by Russia and Syria. It is likely that this was either a staged incident intended to frame the opposition, or an operation which went wrong and from which Russia and the regime sought to take advantage. We continue to work closely with international partners to establish more fully exactly what happened. We encourage those with relevant information to share it, and cooperate fully with the OPCW as it gathers information to further assess the incident. It is important for Syrians and the international community that the truth comes out. We frequently see the Syrian regime and its partners making false claims and using disinformation to cover their tracks. Allegations that the UK or its allies are in any way involved in this, or any other incident involving chemical weapons in Syria, are complete fabrications.center_img The United States has today also issued a statement on this incident – informationFollow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquiries For journalists The UK assesses it highly unlikely that chlorine was used in this incident, as the regime and its Russian allies have claimed. It is highly unlikely that the opposition was responsible.last_img read more

Japan’s Pension Investment Fund expected to ramp up equity exposure

first_imgJapan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world’s biggest retirement fund, is thinking to increase its allocation to domestic equities to approximately 30%, according to Nikko Asset Management.Hiroki Tsujimura, the company’s CIO in Japan, said many professionals within the fund had been discussing the ideal allocation for the asset class, and that the 30% figure “had been talked about”.The $1.2trn (€872bn) fund currently has a 21% allocation to domestic equities.“It is expected that GPIF should probably raise its allocation to domestic equities by approximately 5-10%,” Tsujimura said. Nikko Asset Management was one of eight fund managers selected by the fund last year to manage its foreign equity portfolio using MSCI Kokusai as benchmark.It was also named last month as one of 11 traditional active managers.GPIF is awaiting the outcome of a five-year Health Ministry review of public pension finances.Finance minister Taro Aso said last month changes to the Health Ministry’s plan for the GPIF would be discussed in June, when the government is expected to present another set of measures to boost growth.Investors are expecting the government to announce details of asset allocation targets and new investment approaches.The Health Ministry, which oversees the fund, has made key appointments to the fund, added new managers and styles, following recommendations from a state panel led by prime minister Shinzo Abe.A 10% increase will equate to the amount of Japanese equities purchased by foreign investors during the whole of last year, according to Tsujimura.The fund has a 55% allocation to domestic bonds, or Japanese Government Bonds (JGBs).The 10-year rate for JGBs is about 0.6%.GPIF is widely expected to allocate more of its funds to riskier assets including equity, infrastructure and private equity as pension obligations swell in the world’s oldest population.In February, the fund agreed with Canada’s Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System and the Development Bank of Japan to invest in infrastructure projects through an investment trust fund.Since taking power in December 2012, Abe has pressed the GPIF to overhaul its portfolio, putting more money into domestic stocks and other riskier instruments to support his efforts to pull Japan out of more than a decade of deflation.“We now expect stock prices to appreciate and undervalued stocks to gradually disappear as the revival of Japan’s economy gather momentum,” Tsujimura said.last_img read more

Grade the Orange’s performance against Lehigh

first_img Published on November 13, 2015 at 9:20 pm Related Stories What we learned from Syracuse’s season-opening win over LehighSyracuse couples 1st-half defense with late offensive push to topple LehighStorify: Syracuse community reacts to win over LehighTyler Lydon impresses by doing the little things in college debutGallery: Syracuse tops Lehigh in season-opening win Facebook Twitter Google+center_img How would you grade the Orange’s performance against Lehigh?ABCDFVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comHow would you grade the Orange’s performance against Lehigh?Who was the MVP for Syracuse in the Lehigh game?Malachi RichardsonKaleb JosephTyler LydonVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comWho was the MVP for Syracuse in the Lehigh game? Commentslast_img