Fired for striking, grad students win reinstatement

first_imgGraduate student workers at the University of California-Santa Cruz, represented by United Auto Workers Local 2865, have won the rehiring of 41 teaching assistants fired in February for striking. “In large part, this is a win for Santa Cruz workers — for workers in general,” said Veronica Hamilton, the UAW 2865 Santa Cruz unit chair and one of the 41 fired. (Santa Cruz Sentinel, Aug. 13)University of California-Santa Cruz students support striking teaching assistants, Feb. 13.The struggle began in 2019 after a contract between Local 2865 and the statewide university system was ratified. Santa Cruz teaching assistants went on a wildcat strike — not permitted under the contract’s “no-strike” clause — to demand a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) increase. They argued that their $2,400 monthly income was not enough to cover the high costs of rent and other necessities in that part of the country, and withheld grades for that semester. On Feb. 10, they escalated the fight to an all-out strike, and graduate students at several other campuses joined their “COLA4ALL” campaign.The movement for a livable income won support among the student body, the faculty and the community, with several militant demonstrations blocking traffic. The firings prompted solidarity actions around the state.The university retaliated against 75 Santa Cruz strikers, firing over half and denying others teaching work. Those with the lighter punishment won a path to reinstatement in an earlier agreement. Now with the latest mediated settlement, all those disciplined will have the opportunity to work this fall.Disciplinary records will be expunged, including those of 245 who were given warning letters for withholding grades.This is still only a partial win for the student-workers; reinstatement could be revoked if they strike again. While the UC management extended a $2,500 yearly “housing allowance” during the strike, teaching assistants still need the COLA raise. But as Hamilton told the Sentinel, “Some of our most brilliant scholars are able to return and that’s excellent.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Council has power to increase tax

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook NewsCommunityLocal NewsPoliticsCouncil has power to increase taxBy admin – September 5, 2013 715 Twitter Print Emailcenter_img Previous articleAfter Dark – Opening of Vines Bar and GrillNext articleGCN’s Mother Club to play Limerick Pride admin Advertisement Linkedin A LIMERICK local election candidate has warned that householders are in the dark about a clause which would allow the local authority increase property tax by 15 per cent.Fianna Fáil candidate, Jim Hickey, said that while more than 1.2 million householders have paid their property tax, “most cannot afford to because of unemployment, austerity charges, indirect taxation and welfare cuts.”Householders budgeting for the next three years do so on the basis the charge will remain the same until 2016 Mr Hickey said, “except it might not stay the same. Buried deep within legislation is a provision for Local Authorities to increase the property tax by 15 per cent. They can do that by the end of 2014.They can also reduce it by 15 per cent, but that will never happen”.The candidate said that legislation enacted in 2012 “sets in stone the Government’s entitlement to increase a tax the people simply cannot afford. Yet the booklet every householder in Ireland received by post suggests otherwise”.“It reads: ‘The market value of your property on the 1st May 2013 will form the basis for calculating the property tax for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.’ Ordinary people assume their property tax will remain the same until 2016”.He said that the Government “is banking on the fact the majority of ordinary people reading this booklet do not understand it. This is an underhand clause, typical of the Government that framed and legislated for it”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up last_img read more

$20,000 reward offered for information after dolphins found stabbed, shot to death off Florida coast

first_imgThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reported that biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found a dead dolphin off the coast of Naples late last week.Officials say the animal had been fatally wounded by a bullet or a sharp object. Within the same week, another dolphin was discovered alongside Pensacola Beach. The animal had a bullet in its left side.Officials need the public’s help in finding out more information about these attacks.According to NOAA, biologists believe these cases may stem from humans feeding the animals, which then leads to them associating humans and boats with food. This can then put them in harm’s way.If you have any information on these attacks, call the NOAA Enforcement hotline at (800) 853-1964. Tips may be left anonymously.Officials are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.last_img read more

Syracuse fails to defend the run in 44-37 overtime loss at Pitt

first_img Comments PITTSBURGH — Dino Babers strode onto the field near the 10-yard line, beckoning his defense over for the timeout he just took.Babers waved off the rest of the bench and assistants trying to join the huddle as all 11 defenders knelt in front of him. He shed his headset, then his orange, block “S” adorned hat, looked around at the 11 tired faces staring back, bent down and rested his hands on his knees. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPittsburgh had covered 67 yards in the previous 2:39 without throwing a single pass. Guarding their end zone and a seven-point lead from their 8-yard line in the fourth quarter, Babers sensed his defense needed a rest. “It was kind of like a deja vu thing,” Babers said, referencing SU’s loss to Clemson a week ago and his rationale for the timeout. “If we keep them out, obviously we’re not going to overtime.”The 20-second pep talk that accompanied it — Babers kept private what he said — was inevitable. Same for the outcome of the ensuing plays.Two snaps later, the Panthers’ (3-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) Darrin Hall took a wildcat run untouched for the game-tying touchdown in an eventual 44-37 win over Syracuse (4-2, 1-2) in overtime at Heinz Field. Hall and his backfield counterpart, Qadree Ollison, ran roughshod over the Orange on Saturday, combining for 299 net yards and three touchdowns. For the second-straight week, Syracuse lost in large part due to an inability to defend against the run.A week ago, No. 3 Clemson squeaked by Syracuse, 27-23, mostly because of Travis Etienne’s 203 yards and three touchdowns rushing. After the loss, players and Babers mentioned poor tackling as being at the root of the Orange’s ire. They knew when they played Pitt in a week, the same issues could haunt them.With an early 14-0 lead, Syracuse quickly approached potential blowout territory. The offense cruised down the field. Alton Robinson had forced a fumble. Then, on the Panther’s second series, out of an I-formation, Kenny Pickett handed to Ollison. Following his fullback, Ollison took the left-side handoff 69 yards to the end zone. Linebackers Ryan Guthrie and Kielan Whitner got eliminated from the play in the box by well-executed blocks. Freshman free safety Andre Cisco should’ve forced Ollison out of bounds, but he took a bad angle and got run past. Chris Fredrick didn’t disengage from a block. All Scoop Bradshaw could do, pursuing from the opposite side of the field, was dive at Ollison’s ankles.“When the ball breaks to the secondary, we need DBs and we need safeties to make tackles. Just get ‘em down. Just get ‘em down,” Babers said. “Now on the flip side of that — our linebackers — they (the Pitt running backs) shouldn’t get to the secondary. Our linebackers should make those plays.”On Hall’s touchdown after Babers’ pep talk, the Panthers went to a wildcat look, putting Hall in the shotgun and flexing Pickett out wide. Syracuse, Babers said, had not prepared for that look. Hall’s touchdown marked one of the handful of times Pitt went to the wildcat, and the third time, it worked. The Panthers never passed out of the look, and Hall kept the ball on all three plays. Even on Hall’s touchdown, a play removed from a timeout, Guthrie and safety Evan Foster bit on the motion man, got sealed off by an offensive lineman and watched as Hall tied the game at 34. “It’s not like that guy is going to throw the football,” Babers said. “That’s pure run, 100 percent. “We need to be able to stop that.”After back-to-back weeks of getting shredded on the ground, Syracuse knows it’s an area teams will look to exploit. Against Clemson and Pittsburgh alone, the Orange has given up 558 yards and six touchdowns against the run, to the tune of 5.6 yards per carry.With that visible weakness, the Orange can expect to be attacked on the ground moving ahead, and players know that.“It’s shown that that’s been getting the better of us,” said SU defensive lineman Kendall Coleman. “I would expect a lot of teams to come out and try to run against us.”Pat Narduzzi, Pitt’s head coach, recognized the same weakness on Saturday. “I wanted our running backs to win it for us,” he said postgame. “I wanted our offensive line to win it for us.”They did.In the overtime period, Pittsburgh got the ball first. To that point in the game, Pickett had been serviceable, completing 11-of-20 for 137 yards, a touchdown and an interception. But Narduzzi never put it in his hands. For five-straight plays, Pickett turned and handed it off, and for five-straight plays, Pitt moved forward, eventually ending up in the end zone.Syracuse knew it was coming and it didn’t matter.“I’m not going to talk bad about my guys,” Babers said, “but it’s a matter of getting people down.” Published on October 6, 2018 at 7:24 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

CONCACAF Nations League to replace Caribbean Cup

first_imgAfter 19 editions of the Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup, president of CONCACAF Victor Montaglianni has confirmed that the tournament will be discontinued. The Canadian made this revelation on day one of the FIFA Executive Football Summit at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Jamaica on Thursday.“We need to follow suit because in business if you don’t follow suit, you are going to be left behind. We ensured that we became more efficient in how we do things and our regional competitions so Caribbean Cup wasn’t the only one. From an efficiency and alignment standpoint they could be dwarfed into something-else in terms of development but in terms of official competitions, our Nations League will be the vehicle for that,” said the CONCACAF boss.Jamaica won the Caribbean Cup on six occasions with Trinidad and Tobago the only nation who won more as they have eight titles to their name. The groups for the CONCACAF League of Nations will be announced in March.last_img read more

City of West Palm Beach Brings Easter Egg Hunt to the Trunk

first_imgHave a Happy and Safe Easter from everyone at 850 WFTL! The city of West Palm Beach has been known for years for putting on big Easter egg hunts at its parks.This year’s circumstances are putting a unique new twist on the holiday event.On Saturday, city workers and volunteers handed out candy-filled eggs while wearing masks and gloves, and loaded up people’s cars as they drove by and popped open their trunks in Gaines Park.Campus manager Marvelous Washington says despite the coronavirus, parents and their children are still eager to hold Easter egg hunts of their own. He says, “They are so excited especially the kids. Kids are so excited. Actually some of the kids are surprised Easter is tomorrow. But they are so excited to get the candy filled eggs and we are so excited to provide that service to them.”The city also posted a video on Twitter and YouTube on how to hold an Easter egg hunt while practicing safe social distancing.last_img read more

Ward to present 26 high school student athletes with Positive Athlete Awards

first_imgPITTSBURGH (April 29, 2014) – The Senator John Heinz History Center will host the third annual Western Pennsylvania Positive High School Athlete Awards this Sat., May 3 at 12:30 p.m. Student athletes representing 26 different boys’ and girls’ high school sports along with two coaches and one high school will be honored by current and former local professional athletes, including Hines Ward, Roberto Clemente, Jr., and Olympic women’s hockey goalie Brianne McLaughlin. Over $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded to the winners.Nearly 1,000 nominations from coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers, and parents were submitted by a total of 125 Western Pennsylvania high schools. Positive Athlete was created as a movement for more positivity in youth sports. In addition to excellence on the field, each nominated Positive Athlete was required to show characteristics such as an optimistic attitude, teammate encouragement, servant leadership, heart for others, ability to admit imperfections, giving 100 percent all the time, and realizing the team as more important than the individual.“We hope this program focuses the spotlight on how important a positive attitude is not only in sports, but in life as well,” said Ward. “The most successful businessmen and women are positive individuals, so we’re using sports to help instill those characteristics at a young age. Positivity is a life skill that will help any young person deal with relationships, obstacles, and opportunities.”Below is a list of the 2013-2014 award winners:Baseball – Matt Gunsallus – Plum High SchoolBasketball (Boys) – Marcus Malara – Mt. Pleasant High SchoolBasketball (Girls) – Allison Bartoszewicz – Vincentian AcademyCheerleading – Stephanie Mandella – South Allegheny High SchoolCross-Country (Boys) – Ryan Lerda – South Fayette High SchoolCross-Country (Girls) – Elizabeth Manickas – Neshanock High SchoolField Hockey – Anna Romeo – Norwin High SchoolFootball – Cole Blake – Moon Area High SchoolGolf (Boys) – Thomas Steve – Upper St Clair High SchoolGolf (Girls) – Kelsay Soom – Laurel Highlands High SchoolGymnastics – Megan Tamilia – Moon High SchoolIce Hockey – Kellen Carleton – Pittsburgh Central CatholicLacrosse (Boys) – Caleb Reynolds – Mt. Lebanon High SchoolLacrosse (Girls) – Lia Vinciguerra – Blackhawk High SchoolSoccer (Boys) – Alex Hannigan – Canon McMillanSoccer (Girls) – Deanna Dicesere – Greensburg Central CatholicSoftball – Alexis Roenigk – Freeport Area High SchoolSwimming (Boys) – Zachary Buerger – North Allegheny High SchoolSwimming (Girls) – Erin Shepard – Plum High SchoolTennis (Boys) – Matt Milkus – Springdale High SchoolTennis (Girls) – Kaitlyn Schaffer – Fox Chapel High SchoolTrack & Field (Boys) – Luke Smorey – Baldwin High SchoolTrack & Field (Girls) – Lydia Dennis – Mars High SchoolVolleyball (Boys) – Daniel Conwell – Norwin High SchoolVolleyball (Girls) – Cheyenne Seik – South Side High SchoolWrestling – Jacob Beistel – Southmoreland High SchoolGirls Coach – Katie Smolter – Seneca Valley High School (Girls’ Tennis)Boys Coach – Bob Palko – West Allegheny High School (Football)In addition to the individual awards, Highlands High School will be honored as the Highmark Most Positive High School, in recognition of how the school came together following the tragic death of football star Ryan Richards.As a special addition to this year’s award ceremony, Mayor Robert Brooks of Murrysville will present FR PROUD t-shirts to all of the high school and celebrity athletes as a thank you to the entire Pittsburgh community for their support of Franklin Regional High School. A group photo of all of the athletes in their FR PROUD t-shirts will cap the award presentations.The following scholarships will be awarded to seven of the aforementioned athletes:Mylan Labs “Male and Female Positive Athletes of the Year” – Given to a male and female athlete of the year. The winners will each receive a $2,500 college scholarship.“Jeff Boynton Memorial Scholarship” – Given to the Positive High School Athlete who best exemplifies the former Plum High School star who always put his team above himself. The winner will receive a $2,200 college scholarship (Jeff’s number was #22).UPMC Sports Medicine “Comeback Player” Award – Given to the Positive High School Athlete who has overcome serious injury to make a positive impact on his or her team and teammates. The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.Duquesne Light “Positive Energy Award” – Given to the Positive High School Athlete who adds energy to his or her team during games no matter what the scoreboard says, and brings the same energy to every practice. The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.VESLA 360 “Iron Man Award” – Given to the Positive High School Athlete who through strength training and preparation was able to stay healthy and strong during their season and provides an example of durability and resiliency while performing at the highest levels. The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.Knichel Logistics “Title IX Award” – Given to the female Positive High School Athlete who has shown amazing leadership to her entire school. The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.“We hope this program focuses the spotlight on how important a positive attitude is not only in sports, but in life as well,” said Roberto Clemente, Jr. “My father’s legacy will always be remembered for his heart for others, something that ultimately cost him his life”.Positive Athlete, a subsidiary of parent company Celebrate Positive, LLC, is a group of high-character professional athletes who have teamed up to promote the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world. These athletes believe it is crucial to begin shaping the futures of young athletes for life skills beyond athletic competition. Positive Athlete Pittsburgh’s website (http://pittsburgh.positiveathlete.org) is designed to tell positive stories about the kind of role models our young athletes should aspire to be. MSA Sports is an official media partner of Positive Athlete Pittsburgh.last_img read more

SOCCER – LAGAN HARPS FC NOTES

first_imgLagan Harps FcOur ladies first team began their league campaign with a 3-0 win over Bonagee Utd. Nikita Burke, Amber Barrett and Bernie Cunningham were the scorers. Our u/10 boys took part in the blitz. Our A team drew 0-0 with Letterkenny Rovers and Illistrin with Tiernan Brown and Killian Gribben their best players. Our B team lost 3-1 to Letterkenny Crusaders and beat Ballyare Diamonds 2-0. Scorers Were Josh Cafferkey(2) and Taylor Mc Elhinney. Arran Peoples and Damian Kos were their best. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 8,15, 20 and 22. Damien Doherty, Drunbarnett Upper, won €50 for most numbers(3). Next weeks jackpot is €4175. The club extends sympathy to the Mc Grath family on their recent bereavement.SOCCER – LAGAN HARPS FC NOTES was last modified: May 27th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Lagan Harps FClast_img read more

Transparency is the new black

first_imgThe funds of the first bailout package — your tax money – went where? To what end? How are you feeling about Bernie Madoff? How is your trust level in any financial institution?How is the trust level in us?As a “good organization” – aka nonprofit, you may think people trust you. Sadly, plenty of research has suggested otherwise, for a long time. People are skeptical about all organizations.In this environment, everyone needs to go out of their way to be highly transparent and accountable. Show where they money goes, in all your outreach.Our new president is posting a lot of what he’s doing online – he knows the national mood.Transparency is the new black, nonprofit marketeers.You can’t show enough of it.last_img read more