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University staff threaten to boycott Cambridge college over USS withdrawal

first_imgTrinity College officially withdrew from the £64.5bn (€72.2bn) multi-employer pension fund on 31 May after its leadership decided that it did not want to run the risk of picking up costs relating to other USS employers if they go bust.Exiting the scheme will cost 2% of its assets, Trinity said today, amounting to roughly £29m based on data from its 2017-18 accounts. Trinity’s endowment funds were worth a combined £1.5bn as of 30 June 2018.Trinity defends withdrawal decision Credit: Rafa EsteveTrinity College, CambridgeThe college said its academic employees had been transferred to a new pension arrangement “providing the same benefits as USS”. This would affect “fewer than 20” full-time staff, Trinity said, or 0.01% of USS’ total active membership.“This decision to leave USS will remove the remote but existential risk to the college arising from continued participation in USS,” the college said in its statement. “Although the college is a tiny employer, in a worst-case scenario, all of its assets could be transferred to USS.”Rory Landman, senior bursar at Trinity, said the decision followed “substantial legal and actuarial advice” and was “in the best interests of the college”. He added that it would support the college’s ability to provide funding to other higher education establishments.UCU head of higher education Paul Bridge said: “The cost to Trinity’s reputation from a boycott will be far greater than the tiny risk of being left to carry the can for pensions if the higher education sector collapses. Trinity’s overreaction to such an unlikely risk will cost the college millions of pounds and leave it at odds with the rest of the sector when it comes to pension provision.“A boycott is our most serious sanction, but Trinity needs to be clear that we are prepared to implement one there. The sector needs to work together to deliver high quality, guaranteed pensions and it is up to Trinity to now reconsider its short-sighted decision.”Jo Grady, general secretary of the UCU, wrote to Trinity teaching staff last month arguing that the college would “not benefit from the decision to exit”, adding that there was “no plausible scenario in which USS will need to call on Trinity’s assets”. She described the exit bill as “a waste”.USS plays down impact of Trinity exitA spokesperson for USS said the withdrawal would not have a material impact on the scheme’s funding position or covenant strength “in isolation”.“As a multi-employer scheme backed by more than 340 institutions, USS has significant scale and strength which brings several benefits to all of our sponsoring institutions along with our members in the form of lower investment management costs and the pooling of risk,” the spokesperson said.“The trustee’s primary objective is to ensure the valuable benefits promised by USS are secure for all of our members and options for protecting the strength of the collective financial support offered by sponsoring employers are currently under consideration.”Thousands of academic staff went on strike last year to oppose the closure of USS, prompting the establishment of a joint expert panel to scrutinise the valuation and come up with alternative options.The panel concluded that USS could take more risk to lower the level of employer and employee contributions required, arguing that “USS is a large, open, immature scheme which is cashflow positive and can adopt a very long-term time horizon”.The UCU last month demanded that the pension scheme should adopt all the panel’s recommendations, as well as calling for the resignation of USS chief executive Bill Galvin. The UK’s university staff union has called for a boycott of Trinity College, Cambridge after it confirmed its decision to withdraw from the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).The University and College Union (UCU) censured the college’s leadership after a motion to reconsider its exit from USS, posed at a meeting this morning, was rejected by 43 votes to 76.In a statement, UCU said it would set up a committee to attempt to engage with Trinity College fellows and “press the case for it to reverse its decision before the boycott became necessary”.Should this prove unsuccessful, UCU said it would ask all higher education staff “across the globe” to refuse to speak at, attend or organise academic events at Trinity, not to give lectures there and not to take up any form of employment with the college.last_img read more

Sturridge targets quick recovery

first_img Sturridge has been forced to pull out of the England squad for this week’s friendly against Brazil at Wembley with a thigh problem. The 23-year-old suffered the injury in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Sunday, a game in which he also netted his fourth goal since joining Liverpool from Chelsea last month. “I got a knock on my quad and I’m going to get a scan on it,” he told the club’s official website. “Hopefully it’s not too serious and I’ll be okay for next week’s game.” Sturridge was injured in the first half at the Etihad Stadium but played on until being replaced in the 89th minute. He reported for international duty but a decision was made to withdraw after speaking to manager Roy Hodgson. Liverpool now hope victory over the Baggies can keep them in contention for a place in the top four. The point against the champions came after another 2-2 draw at Arsenal – two encouraging results from which the Reds believe they could have claimed even more. Sturridge said: “In our last two games we have played against two great clubs and deserved to win both of the games. “We’ll regroup and get ready for our next game against West Bromwich Albion, which is another massive game for us because they are also challenging for the top places. “We are nine points off the top four so it’s not a massive gap to try and recoup so hopefully we’ll be able to do that – we believe we can.” Press Associationcenter_img Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is hopeful of being fit for next Monday’s Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom at Anfield.last_img read more

Gov. DeSantis Appoints Appellate Judges for South and North Florida

first_imgIn an ongoing effort to reshape the state’s judiciary, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday filled openings on appeals courts in North and South Florida.DeSantis chose Circuit Judge Robert Long Jr. for a seat on the 1st District Court of Appeal, which hears cases from across the northern part of the state.Long, who will fill a vacancy that was created by the retirement of appeals court Judge James Wolf, has been a judge for the past four years in the 2nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Tallahassee and surrounding areas.Closer to home, the governor also named Circuit Judge Edward Artau to a seat on the 4th District Court of Appeal, which hears cases from much of Southeast Florida.Artau, who fills a spot created by the retirement of appeals-court Judge Carole Taylor, has been a Palm Beach County circuit judge since 2014.The announcements came just a few weeks after DeSantis also named John Couriel and Renatha Francis to the Florida Supreme Court.last_img read more

The top 10 moments in Wisconsin sports this semester

first_img10. Women’s basketball draws big crowdIn its annual “Pink Game” to support the fight against breast cancer, 11,428 fans packed the Kohl Center as the women’s basketball team took on Iowa Feb. 8.Although the Badgers lost 87-75, the crowd was the largest for a women’s basketball game since 2010.9. A sliver of hope for men’s hockey There wasn’t much for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team to be proud of in a season that featured just four wins. But with the season all but lost in late February, the Badgers showed some signs of life with two victories in a row.UW took down fellow Big Ten cellar dweller Ohio State on Valentine’s Day with a 3-2 triumph and followed that up with a 2-1 triumph over Michigan State at the Kohl Center the following Friday. It marked the only time all season that Wisconsin won consecutive games.After the pair of wins, Wisconsin failed to record a win the rest of the season, going 0-7-1 in the final eight games of the season, which included a 5-1 loss to Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.But the two consecutive wins were the brightest moment for a young, rebuilding men’s hockey team.Thomas Cawrse/Badger Herald8. Chryst era gets underwayThe departure of Gary Andersen as head football coach came as a shock, but that allowed a homegrown Wisconsin product to return to his alma mater.After spending three seasons as the head coach at Pittsburgh, Paul Chryst became head coach of Wisconsin December 17, 2014. Chryst played for UW in the late 1980s as a linebacker, safety, quarterback and tight end. He then returned to Wisconsin in 2002 for a brief one-year stint as tight ends coach, and then came back for a seven-year stay from 2006-2011.Chryst’s name had surfaced in head coach discussions when Bret Bielema left UW after the 2012 season, and his name arose once again the second time around considering his strong ties to the program.The Paul Chryst era at Wisconsin officially got underway this spring with Wisconsin’s spring practices. Chryst partook in his first Wisconsin spring game as a head coach Apr. 25.Jason Chan/The Badger Herald7. Badgers bring home WCHA titleEntering the WCHA tournament as the No. 2 seed, the Badgers women’s hockey team drew St. Cloud State in the first round, who they dispatched in two games by a combined score of 9-2.In the WCHA semifinal, Wisconsin defeated North Dakota 4-1, and on the other side of the bracket, Bemidji State upset Minnesota, paving the way for the Badgers to capture their first WCHA tournament title since 2011.Behind a two-goal performance from Sarah Nurse, Wisconsin defeated the Beavers for the title.Brent Cizek6. Michael Lihrman dominates the field After a breakout season in 2014 in both indoor and outdoor competition, the throwing star from the men’s track and field team continued to impress during his senior season.In the indoor season, Lihrman won the NCAA individual weight throw title for the second consecutive year. That was one of several accomplishments, as he also won the weight throw at the Big Ten championship while setting a new collegiate and NCAA Division I record with his throw of 25.58 meters.The 2014 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year also holds the school and Big Ten record outdoors in the hammer throw and will try to win his first NCAA outdoor title in the event this season after finishing third a year ago.Walt Middleton/Wisconsin Athletics5. Goodbye, GordonWhen the San Diego Chargers traded up to No. 15 pick in the first round of the NFL Draft last Thursday, it became a real possibility that former Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon would realize his professional dream.Moments later, his phone rang, and Gordon was San Diego bound.The selection came as vindication for an astounding collegiate career. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2014, in a season he rushed for 2,587 yards (all-time Big Ten record) and 29 touchdowns and won the Doak Walker award as the nation’s top running back.Gordon averaged 7.8 yards per carry over his career.Joey Reuteman/The Badger Herald4. Women’s hockey goes to Frozen FourAll year, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team held a top-five ranking in national polls.The Badgers proved they deserved that distinction by winning the WCHA conference tournament and earning the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. They then defeated No. 5 Boston 5-1 on their home ice at LaBahn Arena in the NCAA quarterfinals. Freshman Annie Pankowski found the back of the net twice in the Badgers’ win and helped send Wisconsin to the Frozen Four for the eighth time in school history.UW lost to Minnesota 3-1 in the national semifinal to end its season.Erik Brown/The Badger Herald3. Wisconsin wins Big Ten tournamentIt took three straight come-from-behind wins to do it, but Wisconsin made an emphatic statement that its regular season Big Ten title was no fluke.The Badgers took down Michigan in the quarterfinals; then, a massive second-half performance led to a blowout of Purdue in the semifinal. On Selection Sunday, Wisconsin staged a gritty second-half comeback against Michigan State, forcing overtime, when the Badgers went on a 11-0 run to claim Wisconsin’s third conference championship title and the first since 2008. After winning the Big Ten tournament, Wisconsin earned its first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament in program history.Jason Chan/The Badger Herald2. Back to the Final FourAfter making it to the Final Four for only the third time in school history in 2014, Wisconsin did it again and advanced to Indianapolis and the Final Four for the second straight season.The Badgers got through the NCAA West Regional finals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with a win over North Carolina in the Sweet 16 and a comeback victory over Arizona, for the second straight season, in the Elite Eight.Sam Dekker played like a man possessed in the second half to send Wisconsin back to the Final Four. Dekker hit all six of his shots in the second half, including five 3-pointers. His final 3-pointer was perhaps the shot of the tournament as Dekker hit a high, arching, 3-pointer as the shot clock expired over Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, which delivered a dagger to the Wildcats and sealed the deal in Wisconsin’s 85-78 victory.Dekker finished with 27 points while National Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky scored a game-high 29 points with six rebounds.Jenna Freeman/The Badger Herald1. Wisconsin topples KentuckyGoing up against the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament — and perhaps one of the best teams in college basketball history — Wisconsin had an uphill climb in its Final Four matchup against Kentucky.The Wildcats came in with a blemish-free 38-0 record and a roster filled with seven players that would declare for the NBA draft a few weeks later.But Wisconsin ended Kentucky’s season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with a 71-64 win that sent it to the national championship game for just the second time in school history.The Badgers shook off a more than six-minute scoring drought in the second half to come back and defeat the Wildcats, with Frank Kaminsky leading the way with a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds.Wisconsin locked down on defense in the waning minutes of the second half, forcing Kentucky into three straight shot clock violations. After the third violation, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker came down and hit a clutch 3-pointer from the top of the key that gave UW the lead back at 63-60. The Badgers did not trail for the rest of the game and had done what no other team had done all season: take down Kentucky.Michael Reaves/Kentucky Kernellast_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 60-44 loss to No. 5 Duke

first_imgDURHAM, N.C. — The first “NIT” chant rung out with 3:25 remaining, Duke leading by 19 points and Syracuse staring at its third loss over its past four games.Although SU hung close through about 30 minutes of play, the fifth-ranked Blue Devils (24-5, 12-4 Atlantic Coast) broke away late in the game to down the Orange (18-11, 7-9), 60-44, on Saturday evening at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Syracuse committed more turnovers (17) than it has in any game since its loss at Florida State on Jan. 13, while the Blue Devils have now held four-straight opponents to under 60 points. Losers of three of its last four, Syracuse has two games remaining on its regular-season schedule.Here are three quick takeaways from the game.The big three’s troubleWidely known as the crux of the Syracuse offense, the trio of Tyus Battle, Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett combined for four first-half points. It was a season-low for them. Brissett looked hesitant inside and turned over the ball three times. Howard and Battle combined to shoot 2-for-12 from the floor in the first half. Until that point, it was SU’s least-proven, least-experienced unit inside that constituted the bulk of the scoring, however little that may have been. Junior center Paschal Chukwu led SU scorers with six points in the first half, and forwards Matthew Moyer and Marek Dolezaj had combined for nine.Howard had several open 3-pointers, both in transition and in the half court, but he missed. Sometimes badly. It’s probable that he shot 2-for-10 from deep and 4-for-14 overall because he pushed the ball, rather than rise and lift into a flick at the release point, as he pointed out to The Daily Orange in January. He scored 11 points and Battle had a team-high 12.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTaste of your own medicineWhat Syracuse has done best through the years — run head coach Jim Boeheim’s patented 2-3 zone — effectively halted Syracuse’s offensive viability. Duke has run a 2-3 zone intermittently this season, but it deviated from its typical sturdy man-to-man pressure for the zone. The Blue Devils snapped a two-game slide in January by forcing Louisville into discomfort with the zone, and they did the same on Saturday. SU was effective when it ran high ball screens and worked the ball to the high post, although that seldom happened. The Orange shot a dismal 6-for-25 from deep — only because SU made three of its last four in the final minutes — against a zone that practically begged SU to keep chucking up 3s.For the most part, SU kept missing.Bagley’s backBlue Devils freshman forward phenom Marvin Bagley III, a likely top-five pick in this year’s NBA Draft, scored a game-high 19 points. He grabbed seven rebounds. He did not start because he missed the last four games with an injury, but he dunked and knocked down some 3-pointers throughout warmups. Much of his production during the game came as a result of his teammates setting him up, as he scored several baskets by following a missed shot and notching putbacks. He caught a few alley-oops as well, sneaking behind the back of the SU zone. That was the lone soft spot in Syracuse’s otherwise stingy defense Saturday against one of the more balanced offenses in the conference.More importantly, the dominance inside of Bagley and Wendell Carter, Jr. may signal a small issue moving forward. SU’s interior defense has proved solid all season, but teams can infiltrate the back end of SU’s zone this season with not necessarily height, but weight. Bagley (234 pounds), Marques Bolden (246), Carter Jr. (259) and Javin DeLaurier (231) found crevices inside to finish off scraps or throw down jams. That, oftentimes, put to rest any run Syracuse was looking to make. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 24, 2018 at 8:24 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

OneUnited Bank announces 3-city book giveaway for the “I Got Bank”…

first_imgOneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest Black bank, is proud to announce its 8th Annual “I Got Bank!” Financial Literacy Contest where ten children will win a $1,000 savings account for the best essays, and the best art projects that represent the “I Got Bank!” theme.In conjunction, OneUnited Bank President & Owner Teri Williams, who is also the author of “I Got Bank! What My Granddad Taught Me About Money” (Beckham), will be giving away signed copies of her book on the following dates and cities. Refreshments will be served.BOOK GIVEAWAYSMiami:    Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10am to 12pm at the Liberty City Branch, 3275 N.W. 79th Street, Miami, Florida  33142Boston:    Saturday May 12th, 2018, 10am to 12pm at the Grovehall Branch, 648 Warren Street,Dorchester, MA 02121Los Angeles:   Saturday June 2nd, 2018, 10am to 12pm at the Crenshaw Branch, 3683 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016Parents from the Miami, Boston and Los Angeles areas and surrounding communities should attend the free book giveaway, meet and greet with Teri Williams, President & Owner of OneUnited Bank, and learn more about the 8th Annual I Got Bank Essay & Art Contest and the #BankBlack MOVEment.OneUnited Bank partners with BMe Community to celebrate #IAmBlackGenius and #MakeBlackHistory by showcasing financial literacy. In nationwide BMe powered search for the best and brightest, kids between the ages of 8 and 12 are encouraged to read a financial literacy book of their choosing, and either write a 250-word essay or create an art project to show how they would apply what they learned from the book to their daily lives. Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by June 15, 2018. The Bank will choose ten winners and award a $1,000 OneUnited Bank savings account by August 31, 2018. For more information, please visit: Williams, OneUnited Bank President and author of “I Got Bank!” wrote the book when she found that there weren’t any books geared toward educating urban youth about finances. “We’ve seen our financial literacy efforts increase awareness of the $1.2 trillion we spend annually through the #BankBlack and #BuyBlack movement.  We are very excited to partner again with BMe Community to expand financial literacy to youth!” said Williams.“OneUnited and BMe Community are committed to building on the strengths of our communities,” said Trabian Shorters, CEO of BMe Community. “That includes our children and the over 200 dedicated black men we call ‘BMe Community Geniuses’ whose businesses and charitable organizations fuel our ‘asset-framed’ movement for prosperous communities.” Learn more at winners were:Sulaiman Barrow, 12, Michigan, Christian Chandler, 9, New York, Stacy Gonzalez, 12, California, Kirshauna Harvey, 12, Mississippi, Riley Johnson, 8, California, Kennedi Moss, 10, Ohio, Tahira Muhammad, 12, Massachusetts, CamarriaSaunders, 11, Florida, Sharday Sypher, 10, Florida and Corday Yoakum, 8, California.“I Got Bank! What My Granddad Taught Me About Money” is published by The Beckham Publications Group, Inc. (Beckhamhouse). For more information about the official contest rules, please visit: OneUnited BankOneUnited Bank is the premier bank for urban communities, the largest Black-owned bank, the first Black internet bank and a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Its mission is to provide affordable financial services to support economic development in urban communities and maintain superior financial performance to maximize shareholder value. OneUnited is an FDIC insured bank and an equal housing lender.About BMe CommunityBMe Community is an award-winning network of influential leaders inspired by black men to treat people as assets and then grow the assets of those people. Sign up in advance for online events and activities at read more

Wilshere charged by FA over offensive gesture in Manchester City clash

first_imgThe midfielder faces a possible ban after appearing to raise his middle finger to the home support during Arsenal’s 6-3 defeat after the incident was caught on videoArsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been charged by the Football Association for making an offensive gesture in the 6-3 defeat to Manchester City.The incident was not seen by match officials at the time, though video evidence has led to a potential retrospective ban with the incident deemed a “sending-off offence”. Wilshere has until 18.00GMT on December 18 to respond to the charge before facing a possible ban, which will include the Emirates Stadium clash with title rivals Chelsea on December 23.A statement on the FA’s official website reads: “Wilshere has been charged retrospectively by The FA under a new pilot project for potential ‘not seen’ incidents in Premier League matches.”Under the new process, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel will be asked by The FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time. “For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the panel were unanimous.”Liverpool striker Luis Suarez received a one-match ban in December 2011 following an offensive gesture he made to Fulham fans during a Premier League match at Craven Cottage.last_img read more

AUDIO: Boxing day fixtures in focus on BBC/Joy Sports two-way series

first_imgLeicester City’s impressive run faces a stern test as they travel to Anfield to face an out of sorts Liverpool looking for a win. Louis van Gaal has endured a turbulent few weeks at Old Trafford.They face a tricky test against Stoke at the Britania while Chelsea begin life under interim boss Guus Hiddink at home to Stamford Bridge.Click link to Listen to the preview on the BBC/ Joy Sports two way .–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

NHL All-Star Game 2019: Sidney Crosby out of skills competition with illness

first_imgSidney Crosby will not participate in tonight’s Skills Competition due to illness. He plans on playing in tomorrow’s #NHLAllStar Game.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 25, 2019Crosby will be part of the Metropolitan Division team for the 3-on-3 mini-game competition Saturday. That group is already down its initial captain, as Alex Ovechkin opted to skip All-Star weekend to get additional rest.   Related News Ducks forward Ondrej Kase out 5-6 months with torn labrum Capitals give up fourth hat trick in 5 games Penguins star Sidney Crosby will skip Friday night’s NHL All-Star Skills Competition due to illness.  The NHL made the announcement Friday afternoon, adding that Crosby is expected to participate in Saturday night’s All-Star Game in San Jose. last_img read more