OUSU passes motion on paid internships

first_imgA motion demanding that interns are paid was passed at OUSU Council on Wednesday night.The motion, proposed by Ben Lyons, notes that unpaid work is “essentially inaccessible for those from lower income backgrounds.”The MPs for Oxford East and Oxford West were also contacted to raise awareness of the issue through a letter signed by 15 JCR Presidents.Lyons is co-director of the Intern Aware campaign, which is supported by the NUS. He recently set up a Facebook group “Interns Must Be Paid The Minimum Wage” and “was amazed when in a very short time over 2,000 people joined.”Lyons said, “The answer to the problem of social mobility lies not in kitemark standards or small-scale loans to interns. It lies in the Government’s own National Minimum Wage legislation. Currently interns are being treated as employees, without their rights – or, crucially, their wages.“The Reading employment tribunal ruled in November that expenses-only internships are illegal. Intern Aware believes it is only through clarifying and implementing this law that real change can be made.”The letter to MPs states, “It is a basic principle that no career path should be closed. It is an even more basic principle that people doing work should be paid for it.The current system of internships depends on geographical, social and financial advantages that prevent social mobility and will lead to ever increasing inequality within our country.”Jonny Medland commented, “It’s great news that Oxford students are leading the national campaign to end unpaid internships. Many students want to take up internships but are unable to do it as they need to support themselves and their families. Ensuring that the valuable work which interns do is recognised with a decent wage is crucial both for social mobility and to ensure that leading professions are open to all.“It’s also important that internships are publicised effectively – the danger otherwise is that regardless of how well interns are paid, only a narrow subset of society will even know that internships exist in the first place”.The Intern Aware campaign has some high profile supporters, including Phil Woolas, Nick Palmer and Glenda Jackson.An amendment to the motion was also passed, which highlighted the importance of increasing access to internship opportunities through improved publicity. All discussions and motions resulting from this motion must now also consider access.Hannah Cusworth, OUSU’s Academic Affairs Officer, who proposed the amendment commented, “While I think it is admirable that the motion is highlighting the lack of social mobility raised by the Milburn report, my biggest issue is with lack of access.” She explained that for many people the problem is a lack of information about what is on offer, as “internships are often done on an informal basis, and rely on connections”.last_img read more

Brioche Pasquier appoints foodservice sales manager

first_imgFrench bakery and patisserie producer Brioche Pasquier has bolstered its team by appointing Jon Turonnet as its foodservice sales manager.Turonnet has been at the company since April 2015 as a sales coordinator, but his new role will focus on wholesale and distribution clients.He brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience after working for more than 15 years in the industry in similar roles at the Milsom Hotels, Hilton Hotels and Lantmännen Unibake.Turonnet expressed his excitement in starting a new challenge at Brioche Pasquier. “I will be focusing on the wholesale and distribution side of the business to support and grow current client relationships and find new opportunities that will further increase the presence of Brioche Pasquier within the foodservice market,” he said.This month, Brioche Pasquier introduced the Tarte Citron Meringuée to its range in two versions.last_img read more

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Kitchen Dwellers Performing With Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis

first_imgBack in October, jamgrass-upstarts Kitchen Dwellers were on tour with rising stars Twiddle, and formed a undeniable bond with guitar player and vocalist Mihali Savoulidis. The relationship led to several guest appearances throughout the tour, with Mihali joining the Kitchen Dwellers to add his trademark guitar fireworks to their nightly pickin’ party.One such guest spot took place in Denver at the Ogden Theatre on September 30th, when Mihali jumped on stage to help out with Kitchen Dwellers’ original track “Visions of Mohr”. See below for pro-shot footage from this awesome guest spot.As a bonus, also check out a full set of Kitchen Dwellers (featuring another version of “Visions of Mohr” with Savoulidis) from their show at the Eagle’s Ballroom in Bozeman, MT on October 8th.Make sure to catch Kitchen Dwellers, Tim Palmieri, and Upstate Rubdown this Friday, November 11th as they hit American Beauty in New York City. You can find tickets here.last_img read more

Perpetual Groove Hosts Two Night Run At The Charleston Pour House [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images The rocking style of Perpetual Groove was on display last weekend, as the band kicked off their winter touring with two great nights at the Charleston Pour House. P Groove was right at home as they dug into a number of classic tunes throughout the two night stand, keeping fans on their toes with great versions of songs like “Scooter” and a big “Mr. Transistor > Echo > Mr. Transistor” on the second night.Check out both setlists and a gallery from Ellison White Photography, below.Setlist: Perpetual Groove | Charleston Pour House | Charleston, SC | 2/3/17Set One: Trouble > Stealy Man, Crowded Tub, Paper Dolls, Cairo, Scooter, Holy ShipSet Two: All My Friends, Man with all the Answers, Mayday, Sweet Oblivious Antidote, I’m Afraid of Americans, Speed QueenEncore: Walkin in PlaceSetlist: Perpetual Groove | Charleston Pour House | Charleston, SC | 2/4/17Set One: It Starts Where it Ends, Two Shores, Cabulo > God is Gonna Cut you Down > Monstrosity, Closer, Mr. Transistor > Echo > Mr. TransistorSet Two: Best of Anything > Lemurs, Get Down Tonight, Glok Jam > Playground, Out Here, Teakwood BetzEncore: Robot Waltz > Trouble (reprise)last_img read more

‘Africa in Motion’

first_imgThe rhythmic sound of drums echoed through the Northwest Lab building Thursday evening (Oct. 21) as singers, dancers, and several hundred scholars and students gathered to celebrate the growth of Harvard’s Africa programs.The event, “Africa in Motion,” featured comments by Harvard President Drew Faust, who visited Botswana and South Africa last year, and who said that even though Africa-centric programs have grown rapidly in recent years, she was looking forward to seeing what’s coming. One of the great strengths of Africa programs at Harvard, she said, is that they span the University, pulling expertise from a variety of fields, departments, and schools.The event was “about what we’ve achieved, about all the places we are going. It’s also about how together we can do so much more than we can alone,” Faust said.Other speakers included Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher Jr., University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research; History Professor Caroline Elkins, director of the Harvard University Committee on African Studies; and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, chair of the Department of African and African American Studies, and Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies.“This is an exciting time at Harvard. It’s a wonderful time to study Africa and [to study] in Africa,” Higginbotham said.The celebration featured Thursday’s opening ceremonies, held at The Laboratory at Harvard, and a daylong symposium Friday of panels discussing key issues affecting the continent, including health, economics, and government. There also was a closing round table, moderated by Elkins.The opening ceremonies featured singing by Harvard’s Kuumba Singers, dancing by the Harvard College Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble, and information tables set up around The Laboratory by various Africa-focused groups. Visitors were immediately enveloped in sounds and sights, which included a large reproduction of the continent on The Laboratory’s floor, with markers for people to sign and post thoughts about Africa.In his Thursday evening address, Gates hailed the growth of Africa-centered programs at Harvard in the 20 years since he arrived. He said that history was being made as Harvard throws its weight behind the importance of African studies.Gates and Elkins, who hosted the event, thanked Faust for her leadership on the issue, and Gates presented her with a bound volume of images of people of African descent in various places in Western culture, drawn from a photo archive at the Du Bois Institute.Harvard’s strength in Africa programs has been noted externally, with the Harvard University Committee on African Studies being named a National Resource Center for African Studies by the U.S. Department of Education, Elkins said. The designation comes with grant money for programs, student travel, and outreach.“Africa in Motion” featured a daylong symposium of panels discussing key issues affecting the continent, including health, economics, and government. There also was a closing round table, moderated by Professor Caroline Elkins (pictured).last_img read more

Student body presidential candidates: Rohit Fonseca and Daniela Narimatsu

first_imgWho they are:Junior Rohit Fonseca, the presidential candidate, is an international economics major concentrating in Spanish and a Fisher Hall resident. He has lived in eight states and spent two years living abroad. Fonseca was student government’s first director of health and wellness, and served as the director of social concerns. He is also a campus tour guide and member of the Knights of Columbus, and he volunteers at the Robinson Community Learning Center. The vice-presidential candidate, junior Daniela Narimatsu, is studying IT management and political science. She is a Howard Hall resident — and current vice president — and hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Narimatsu has also served as the director of social concerns for student government and sat on the advisory committee for student climate related to race and ethnicity. Top priority: Creating platforms for “civil discourse” on campusFonseca said the top priority for the upcoming year is to foster an environment for discourse on campus through two programs: Irish Connection and RouND Tables. Irish Connection intends to bring two or more groups, clubs or organizations that don’t share much in common to an activity, such as a dinner, game, campus event or social service to build relationships between people who might not otherwise know each other. RouND Tables is the ticket’s answer to the need for civil discourse on campus, centered around topics that are Notre Dame-specific, such as parietals and whether President Donald Trump should be invited to speak at Commencement.Best idea: Focusing on mental healthWhile Fonseca and Narimatsu do not offer up new or significantly changed programming to draw attention to mental health, their plan to emphasize, underline and expand existing resources is both well-focused and highly reasonable. Their intention to continue partnering with Active Minds for Irish State of Mind and Irish Peace of Mind is expected but still important and their plans to better advertise the McDonald Center for Student Wellness Center could benefit students by alerting them of a perhaps underutilized resource. Finally, expanding on the anonymous testimony project Fonseca implemented during his time as the first director of health and wellness is a highly visible platform to encourage dialogue regarding mental health and the issues confronted by students on a daily basis.   Worst idea: Feminine hygiene product boxesFonseca and Narimatsu’s plan to provide access to necessary feminine hygiene products may seem commendable — at least on the surface — but it should be stressed that the ticket does not intend for student government to be providing the products. Rather, “sharing boxes” would be placed in female public restrooms across campus and students would be encouraged to leave any “spare products” inside in case another student has an emergency situation. While clearly well intentioned, the plan does not require the intervention of student government in any way and they offered no way to incentivize students to donate their own products, which can be expensive, especially if purchased on campus. Most students, additionally, do not consider the products they don’t need at a particular moment as “extra” — they tend to carry a few in case of their own emergencies and, as the products have no expiration date, simply keep any leftovers for their next cycle.  Most feasible: Building on the University’s spiritual lifeThe ticket’s plans to expand upon the University’s sprawling spiritual life is unique and comes off as extremely simple and easy to implement. Fonseca plans to have a brief prayer with students followed by breakfast in front of O’Shaughnessy Hall each and every Monday morning. As a Catholic institution, it can be assumed that at least some students would be interested in participating in the weekly events, coordinated with the Department of Health and Wellness and the Campus Ministry representative. Least feasible: Broadening Grab ‘N’ Go locationsFonseca and Narimatsu’s plans to address Campus Dining consists of two highly feasible projects — encouraging the dining halls to continue to offer late lunch hours, and improving allergy and dietary labeling in the dining halls — and a third, highly infeasible plan to broaden the locations where students can pick up Grab ‘N’ Go meals. Working with Campus Dining can be a very slow process and, as the suggest locations — the Huddle, Waddicks, a la Descartes and Cafe Commons — function to create their own revenue, it is highly unlikely that such venues would be in favor of the plan. Additionally, with two Grab ‘N’ Go locations on campus, there does not seem to be as much of a need for this service as their other suggestions. Bottom Line: Maintaining the status quoWhile Fonseca and Narimatsu bring a different kind of student government experience to the table against the other ticket and most of their platform appears to be highly achievable, very little of what they propose is truly progress. Much of the platform focuses on reiterating the availability of already-existing resources — both in and out of student government — and continuing relationships that student government already has. In particular, their lack of a plan to further address sexual assault on campus beyond what programming is already offered is disheartening. While maintaining the services currently offered is realistically attainable and better than regressing, the hope of every election is to improve upon what already exists. Tags: daniela narimatsu, fonseca-narimatsu, rohit fonseca, Student government electionslast_img read more

Welsh Family Hall focuses on community building, charity events

first_imgFounded in 1997, Welsh Family Hall serves as a West Quad home to around 267 women. The 2019 Women’s Hall of the Year features four floors, 132 rooms, and a chapel dedicated to St. Kateri Tekawitha. The Whirlwinds are known for what many of its residents call its strong community.Hall president sophomore Maegan Rose Dolan said the dorm’s spirit makes its community a welcoming environment for all.“I think we have a very strong dorm community,” Dolan said. “Everybody is really proud to be a Whirlwind and everybody tries to get involved in every way that they can, whether it’s through dorm sports, or service or faith … There’s just so many aspects that they can choose from and get involved in their own way to make their own impact on the dorm.”Sophomore Bridget Murphy, who serves as vice president, said Welsh Family Hall’s involvement in the greater Notre Dame community is also worth noting.“A big part of Welsh Fam, too, is having the girls represent Welsh Fam outside of the dorm,” Murphy said. “I think that our really strong relationships have a presence outside of the dorm — whether it be at other dorm events or other sporting events — I think that there’s a network that’s always expanding to give girls the opportunity to be a part of that.”Dolan said the dorm has close relationships with its namesakes, Robert Welsh Jr., who graduated from Notre Dame in ’56 and his wife Kathleen Welsh. Dolan said all Welsh were once invited to attend a formal dinner with the Welsh family.“Our dorm is 21 years old now — last year was our 20th anniversary and we had the opportunity to have dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Welsh, which was a really awesome opportunity,” she said. “We got to have dinner with them in the Dhanke ballroom and it was open to all girls in our hall … Everyone got to get dressed up and it was a great time.”Dolan said Welsh Family boasted particularly successful signature events this year.“We have DanceFest … dance groups from all over campus come and perform at Washington Hall, and all the proceeds from that go to Unity Gardens,” Dolan said. “This year, we had a new signature event, which actually won in HPC this year as best new signature event — the Hoedown Throwdown — earlier in the year in the fall. … That was a lot of fun, and a miniature pony came.”Next year, Murphy said she and Dolan plan to include additional hall events, returning to old Welsh Family Hall traditions that had been abandoned in recent years. “Something we used to do was a signature event called ‘Kiss the Pig,’ she said. “We’re really hoping to bring that back — it would just be another fundraiser for women’s education in Bangladesh. But we’re hoping that, again, we’re … trying to create a bigger presence on campus.”Tags: dorm community, Dorm Culture, dorm features, Welsh Family Hall, Women’s Hall of the Yearlast_img read more

Oaks Fine Investments

first_imgOaks are a great landscape investment and a heritage planting. They represent things werevere in people: quiet strength, tenacious survival, patience, perseverance, long life andprodigious production. Oak (Quercus) is the largest genus of native trees in the United States, with 58 species. Ofthese, one is an exotic brought into the United States that is now reproducing in the wild. There are about 500 oak species worldwide. They grow in North Africa, Europe, WesternAsia and North America. Even in places that don’t have true oaks, like Australia, peoplehave named many of their local trees oaks. Here’s a top-10 list of oaks for shade and street-tree plantings: white oak (Quercus alba),scarlet oak (Q. coccinea), Southern red oak (Q. falcata), Georgia oak (Q. georgiana),overcup oak (Q. lyrata), swamp chestnut oak (Q. michauxii), water oak (Q. nigra),willow oak (Q. phellos), Shumard oak (Q. shumardii) and live oak (Q. virginiana). Everyone knows of an old, beat-up eyesore that’s a menace. These old trees may be filledwith mistletoe and have many large pruning and storm wounds. To get up close and touch any of these oaks, plus many more, visit the State Arboretum ofGeorgia near Braselton, Ga. Call (706) 654-2666 to arrange a visit. These trees will yield at least two human generations of good service, providing manyvalues to the yard, landscape and street. In a recent examination of the tree sections in some retail outlets, about 5 percent of theoaks were misidentified or were hybrids that looked greatly different from the labeledspecies. You can find unexpected treasures hidden among oaks for sale. But when you look at these trees, many of them oaks, remember that you’re seeing thefinal days of an old tree’s serviceable life. Many have survived despite neglect and abuseover almost a century. Other trees of less quality had to be taken down decades ago. These great trees can be fast- or slow-growing, massive or petite and colorful orevergreen. They’re the tree treasures of Earth’s northern hemisphere. Most of the Georgia oaks share common names, but each has its own scientific name. Forexample, six Georgia oaks are called “water oak,” three are known as “black oak” andfour go by “swamp oak.” Whether you call little oaks “scrub” and big oaks “red,” thediversity of Georgia’s native oaks is wonderful. The genus includes nine varieties, many hybrids and 10 shrubs. These oaks can be foundalmost anywhere in the United States. Georgia is blessed with 26 native species. Unfortunately for landscapes, oaks aren’t commercially propagated from vegetativecuttings. Almost all oaks on the market have been grown from seeds. And with seeds, younever know what you will get — a hybrid, the requested species or something altogetherdifferent.last_img read more

More #mobile devices equals more online spending

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Growing smartphone and tablet usage, along with a rising number of online merchants, is driving an increase in online spending.A recent RBR (Retail Banking Research) report concludes 16 billion e-commerce card payments totaling $2 trillion were made globally in 2014. The report, “Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts,” indicates e-commerce card payments are growing more rapidly than overall card payments. In fact, online purchases currently represent 11 percent of the $20 trillion worldwide payment card spend and are forecasted to reach 13 percent of the projected $38 trillion card spend in 2020. That amounts to $5 trillion in online purchases made via payment cards in 2020.While the report recognizes the role of alternative online payment methods, such as PayPal, cash-on-delivery, direct debit and others, card payments are expected to continue to rule online.E-commerce won’t be the only arena where card payments triumph in the coming years. The number of global merchant locations accepting cards is expected to double over the next few years, from 46 million at the end of 2014 to 90 million by the close of 2020. Driving growth overall are strong card adoption rates among merchants in the Asia-Pacific region along with the penetration of contactless and mobile point-of-sale (POS) programs worldwide. continue reading »last_img read more

Compliance: CFPB issues FAQs on SAFE Act amendments

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has published four frequently asked questions about the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (SAFE Act) of 2008, and the amendments made by enactment of S. 2155. These amendments are effective Nov. 24, and details can be found in a recent CUNA CompBlog entry.S. 2155 permits state-licensed mortgage loan originators (MLOs) licensed in one state to temporarily work in another state while waiting for licensing approval in the new state, if certain conditions are met.It also provides registered MLOs who move from a credit union (or other depository institution) to a non-depository institution a grace period to complete the state’s licensing requirements.The questions fall into two categories:last_img read more