OUSU go cold

first_imgOUSU president David Barclay’s motion to freeze college rents at the current rate passed at the Council meeting on Wednesday.  It has been opposed by Balliol JCR president, recently entangled in a conflict with the college over an additional £300 Domus charge to be paid by all students.Balliol JCR reached an understanding with the college this week to scrap the Domus charge proposed in November. Instead JCR and MCR agreed to co operate to find alternative methods to raise funds. Balliol JCR president, Steven Dempsey commented  “such a rent freeze could result in colleges losing money through accommodating students and, in the cases of less wealthy colleges, this could result in other charges (such as the now defeated Balliol Domus Charge)”.Dempsey’s remarks implied that OUSU’s rent freeze motion could lead to colleges imposing additional charges on top of rent in order to maintain finances.Barclay’s proposal seeks to prevent the escalation of rent for students in the current climate of uncertainty about government subsidization of education. David Bagg, representing  Balliol college opposed the motion, stating that he felt it would aggravate animosity between colleges and their students.In light of this controversy, Bagg argued that the motion would be seen as an OUSU dictat, and a steady rise in rent would be far preferable to declining relations between JCR/MCR and the bursar.Dempsey remarked, “This freeze does not solve the true problems at the heart of student rent – the inequality between colleges and the amount their students pay for accommodation.”“What is needed at least is a commitment from colleges to present their rent in a comparable way, including the same charges across all colleges, so that students can compare prices on a like-for-like basis between colleges and utilise the information for constructive negotiation.” Given that OUSU is not allowed to participate directly in negotiations between colleges and JCRs, Dempsey noted the idealism of Barclay’s motion.He stated that he has “no intention of utilising this statement from OUSU, and instead will conduct negotiations in the context of Balliol’s financial situation”.“Such a contextually aware approach has served us well in the recent Domus Charge negotiations and with the cooperative atmosphere between college and students in Balliol.”last_img read more

By the numbers

first_imgThanks to the digital revolution, Harvard is developing a legion of cyberspace fans in the world of social media.Currently, Harvard University has 156,000 friends on Facebook, 27,000 Twitter followers, and 15,500 foursquare friends. (Harvard was the first university in the nation to use foursquare, the location-based, mobile social networking application, to connect its students with interesting locations both on campus and in its surrounding community.)Harvard has its own iPhone application with information like campus maps, shuttle services, and dining hall menus. Users can access the same information on their desktop or on other handheld devices via m.harvard.edu. To date, 8,844 users have downloaded Harvard’s native iPhone application and 4,697 people have visited m.harvard.edu.In March, Harvard also launched its own content on iTunes U, a designated section of iTunes where the intellectually curious can access multimedia content like discussions with Harvard experts on justice or the science of cooking.last_img read more

State makes new proposal to cut pay versus workers

first_imgVermont Administration Secretary Neale Lunderville on Friday sent state worker union leaders a counter offer to his original proposal to cut wages of the more than 8,000 state employees. Lunderville said on March 10, 2009, that in order to avoid 320 layoffs, the state and union would have to find $17 million in sustainable wage reductions. The union had essentially rejected that proposal and offered their own, which included furloughs and cuts in raises instead of cuts in current wages. In the latest proposal, the Administration  increased the floor for a 5% salary reduction from $30,000 in the original proposal to $38,000 in the current proposal;  $38,000 is the average private sector salary. Also, the Administration is proposing to extend the salary reduction and medical premium increase items to all three branches in order to make the proposal equitable across state government and lessen the impact on only one branch.Administration Counter Proposal dated April 3, 2009General Fund savingsClassified BU COLAs & Steps‐ Executive Branch BU’s only: $3,767,114No Cola/Step other Exec Branch and temps all branches: $1,063,676Judicial and Leg Exempts: $324,529Subtotal COLA and Step Savings FY10: $5,155,319Wellness: $351,2555% salary reduction for all employees earning $38,000 and above, who have not already received a salary decrease (classified bargaining unit, managers, confidential, exempts and temps). Savings for Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches: $7,399,944Employee share of medical premium increase to 25% for those earning under $38,000, and to 30% for those earning $38,000 and above. Savings for Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches: $3,493,227Overtime Savings All three branches & includes temps $544,609TOTAL $16,944,354LETTER FROM LUNDERVILLE:last_img read more

NextEra’s Robo gives bullish outlook for battery storage

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:NextEra Energy, North America’s leading wind and solar generator, is combing through its base of existing solar facilities with an eye to retroactively adding batteries, as it adopts a more “aggressive” view on the falling cost of energy storage.“We increasingly see storage as an important standalone business in its own right,” CEO Jim Robo said Friday on an earnings call. The company is reviewing “a number of opportunities to add storage to our existing solar sites to take advantage of the [Investment Tax Credit] and enhance the value of our existing projects for customers.”NextEra has already set a precedent for this approach: In 2018 it added a 10-megawatt battery facility to its existing Babcock Ranch solar farm in Florida. Last March things got much more interesting when its Florida Power & Light unit announced plans to build a 409-megawatt/900-megawatt-hour battery project known as the Manatee Energy Storage Center, to be charged by an existing solar facility.In Robo’s telling, more such deals may soon be on the way.A small but growing number of other utilities, including Arizona Public Service, are taking a similar approach to adding storage at existing solar plants. In doing so, they can claim the ITC, tap additional revenue streams and maximize the existing grid infrastructure.The U.S. added about 430 megawatts of storage capacity last year, a figure which should more than triple in 2020, according to Wood Mackenzie. In hindsight, 2019 looks like an inflection point for the way utilities view batteries as part of their long-term planning processes, new WoodMac research shows.[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: NextEra looks to add batteries to its existing solar fleet NextEra’s Robo gives bullish outlook for battery storagelast_img read more

Paige Stoner, Iliass Aouani sweep 5k’s in final day of ACC Outdoor Championships

first_imgNeither the men’s nor the women’s team finished in the top 10 at this year’s ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, but two of Syracuse’s top runners summited the podium one final time.Following Thursday night’s win in the 10k, senior Iliass Aouani won the men’s 5k with a time of 14:00.38. Senior Paige Stoner won the women’s 5k as well, following her own gold medal performance in the steeplechase the day before. This was Stoner’s fifth and final individual ACC title for the Orange. The All-American now sets her sights on the upcoming NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 5-8. Aouani captured his second and final conference title ahead of his own appearance at Nationals. Senior Richard Floyd also reached the podium for the Orange on Saturday, winning bronze in the men’s 110m hurdles. Chevis Armstead, also a senior, finished seventh in the same event. In other races of note, junior Joe Dragon placed ninth in the men’s 5k and sophomore Nathan Henderson finished 11th in the men’s 1500m. Junior Aidan Tooker was scratched from competition for the second straight day and his status for nationals is unclear. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 11, 2019 at 11:53 pm Contact Tim: [email protected]last_img read more

11.LV Latvia launches affiliate program on NetRefer

first_img GiG repositions itself as a ‘sportsbook first’ operator with Guts launch June 7, 2019 Latvian Parliament to introduce higher gambling taxes for land-based operators November 18, 2019 Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share Altenar: The flexibility to match customer requirements and meet operator challenges for specific markets January 22, 2019 Latvian operator SIA Viensviens LV has announced that online gambling property 11.LV will be launching its affiliate marketing platform utilising NetRefer software.  SIA Viensviens is the second largest gambling market operator, and is fully licensed by the Latvian Gaming Supervision Inspection authority.Launching subsidiary 11.LV (www.11.LV), the company seeks to build the leading online gambling brand for Latvia.Utilising NetRefer software 11.LV will launch localised marketing campaigns, targeting Latvia’s growing number of online betting consumers.Janis Tregers, Chairman of the Board at SIA Viensviens.lv commented on the Netrefer partnership:“The addition of NetRefer and 11affiliates.com will allow us to tap into this acquisition channel. With our dedication to world class service and products, excellent conversion rates and market leading player values, we aim to become the leading affiliate platform for international affiliate networks with Latvian traffic, as well as local affiliates, and also set ourselves up for expansion plans into other markets” says“We are delighted to partner with 11.lv, a Sportsbetting and Online Casino company which aims at delivering the best possible service to their customers, we are looking forward to a prosperous partnership between both our companies,” says Timothy Buttigieg, Chief Operating Officer at NetRefer.last_img read more

Broward County Issues Shelter-in-Place Order

first_imgResidents may leave their homes to go places such as grocery stores, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and child care centers, among other “essential locations.”In addition, outdoor exercise that complies with social distancing guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is allowed.According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, there are 504 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Broward County, which is second only to Miami-Dade County in the state.67 people have been hospitalized because of the virus in Broward County, and three have died. Broward County issued a shelter-in-place order on Thursday, urging residents not to leave their homes unless it is to complete “essential activities.”Under the order issued by County Administrator Bertha Henry, “individuals are strongly urged to remain home other than to engage in essential activities, which are the minimum activities necessary to conduct Minimum Business Operations or to engage in or patronize Essential Businesses.”last_img read more

Twin Lights Bike Ride Rolls Along the Shore

first_imgPhoto by Bart Lentini |HIGHLANDS – Bike riders of all ages and abilities enjoyed the perfect weather Sunday, Sept. 30 for the 17th Annual Twin Lights Ride, named after the famous lighthouse near Huddy Park where the event begins and ends. Cyclists could choose from five different routes of varying length, from 15 to 100 miles. The 15-mile route wound through Sandy Hook while the 100-mile route took riders along the Jersey Shore, through Colts Neck and Farmingdale, south to Brielle, west to Turkey Swamp Wildlife Area near Freehold and back east through Middletown. Rest areas along the routes offered riders a chance to fill up their water bottles and refuel with complimentary snacks and refreshments. Local restaurants served up food to hungry cyclists at the Finish Festival.This article was first published in the Oct. 4-10, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2017)–With a carryover of $76,755 to shoot at, punters wagered $438,106 in “new” money Friday at Santa Anita, creating a total Pick Six pool of $514,861.  There were a total of seven winning tickets, each worth $44,401.With a nine-race card scheduled on Saturday, the Pick Six will start with race four.  Although there is no carryover in Santa Anita’s conventional Pick Six, there is a Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $85,520.50 into Saturday.First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  Approximate post time for race four is at 2 p.m. PST.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $85,520.50 INTO SATURDAY’S NINE-RACE CARDlast_img read more