Quake Destroyed 50 Percent Of Haiti GDP

first_img The quake that ravaged Haiti over six weeks ago destroyed up to 50 percent of the Caribbean nation’s gross domestic product, President Rene Preval said Thursday. “This earthquake … led to the deaths of 200,000 to 300,000 people and destroyed from 35 to 50 percent of the GDP,” Preval said. “What is important now is to strengthen the Haitian government,” said Lula, adding to the Haitian people: “at this moment of pain, at this moment of desperation, we must lift our heads up.” He was speaking as he met with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at a UN-Brazilian military base in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, which was ravaged by the January 12 7.0-magnitude quake. center_img By Dialogo February 26, 2010 He also called on the international community to cancel Haiti’s debt.last_img read more

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Is H5N1 still a threat? What to do when your pandemic preparedness work is challenged

first_img(CIDRAP Source Osterholm Briefing) – How are you explaining the current risk of an H5N1-related influenza pandemic to your boss, the emergency preparedness committee, or the executive suite today? Is the task daunting? Are you being waved off with the comment that all this attention to pandemic preparedness is just public health’s version of Y2K?If so, you are not alone. After all, while sporadic human cases and bird-related outbreaks continue, the last worrisome cluster of human cases emerged more than a year ago. And the much-anticipated trigger that would launch many pandemic plans—sustained human-to-human transmission of the deadly H5N1 strain of influenza—has yet to occur. Maybe you are even questioning whether this current level of bird and human virus activity is the “new normal.” Perhaps you’re wondering if you can relax your preparedness efforts a bit.The answer is absolutely not. The risk of H5N1 causing a pandemic remains very real. Yet no one with a credible understanding of influenza virology can put odds on that risk. Given that quandary, what are responsible planners supposed to say and do? Let me see if I can offer help.Companies built to last take the long viewWe routinely plan for disasters that we can anticipate but for which we are unable to predict the exact time or place. Ten pandemics have been documented in the last 300 years, and we know more will happen in the future. So why has the much-watched H5N1 virus suddenly fallen off the radar screen?Ten years ago in May, H5N1 claimed its first human victim in Hong Kong. Public health authorities documented what they considered an apparent isolated case of human H5N1 infection. Later that year, an outbreak of H5N1 in domestic waterfowl sold in Hong Kong markets resulted in another human outbreak. By November 1997, 18 human cases of H5N1 infection, with six deaths, were documented. Sustained person-to-person transmission did not occur, and the outbreak stopped when all birds in the Hong Kong commercial poultry industry (about 1.4 million) were slaughtered.With a backdrop of international news coverage, some public health and animal health officials claimed that the prompt and unprecedented avian control efforts likely averted the next influenza pandemic. This event and such statements likely “set up” an expectation that H5N1 could cause the next pandemic. The public felt that if we didn’t control the threat at that moment, a pandemic would begin. Then everyone felt relief, which led to the sense that we could quash the threat.But H5N1 resurged in Asia in the fall of 2003 and spread in domestic poultry farms at an historically unprecedented rate. Human cases with bird contact followed. Obviously, the success claimed in eradicating the virus as a future pandemic risk was premature. The 2003 outbreak tapered off in spring 2004, but in summer it reemerged in several Asian countries (including Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam), where the virus continues to infect and kill people.But because sustained human-to-human transmission has yet to happen, we see much of the public and many preparedness officials confused about the risk. Unfortunately, many seem to believe that, like a severe weather warning that ends without incident, the risk of H5N1 causing another pandemic will pass with time. Companies built to last won’t be fooled by such short-sightedness.Why you should keep watching H5N1The H5N1 strains currently causing outbreaks across Asia and elsewhere are genetically distinct from the strain isolated from humans in Hong Kong in 1997. The virus continues to produce a virtual kaleidoscope of new strains. And that’s dangerous.Leading influenza experts who gathered in Toronto last week at the International Conference on Options for the Control of Influenza offered some sobering observations:Southeast Asia, the area from which the virus began spreading in late 2003, has seen multiple H5N1 bird outbreaks just in the past month, along with Vietnam’s first human death in 2 years, noted Dr. Watanee Kalpravidh of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. “Freedom from infection has not been sustained in the region,” she said. “There has been a recurrence of cases in most of the affected countries, with some countries having continuing outbreaks. The virus may be endemic in some countries.”Dr. Ian Brown of the British government’s Veterinary Laboratory Agency noted that in Europe and the Russian Federation, “the reemergence of the virus in a number of countries does suggest we are moving toward endemicity,” even though some countries have deployed vaccinations against the disease.The apparent endemic threat means that every day this virus is replicating, and with each reproduction of itself, such viral activity leads to another chance for a critical pandemic-related genetic mutation.Remember H3N8I would also remind every pandemic preparedness planner never to forget our experience with the H3N8 influenza virus. What the heck is H3N8, you may ask?This strain of avian influenza virus emerged as an important cause of illness in horses in the early 1960s. No one understands from either a genetic or transmission standpoint why it jumped from birds to horses. Then, after more than 40 years of ongoing transmission in horses, this virus was suddenly able to infect dogs. Initially the infection only occurred in racing greyhounds, a breed of dogs that has close contact with race horses.Since 2004 when the first isolated cases of greyhound infections were documented, H3N8 has become widespread in pet dogs throughout the United States. No one can provide a clear explanation why this new disease problem has occurred except to say some unexplained changes along the bird-to-horse, horse-to-dog transmission road took place.Such a phenomenon very well could be a model of bird-to-human transmission of H5N1. A critical genetic change that results in a human pandemic strain might occur today, tomorrow, or even 10 years from now. Maybe it will never occur. But we can never rule out that one day an unexpected genetic change will take place in the widely circulating H5N1 virus that will suddenly change the potential for H5N1 to be transmitted by and between humans.The bottom line for businessAnother influenza pandemic will occur one day in the future—we just don’t know when. As one of my colleagues has said: “The pandemic clock is ticking; we just don’t know what time it is.” So, no, of course we don’t have a public health Y2K. How could we? We don’t have a clue when the next pandemic’s “Jan 1, 2000” will be. And I sure wouldn’t want to bet my family’s life on H5N1 not becoming the next pandemic strain—the unknowns are too many, while the knowns are abundant enough to raise alarms. When you find yourself challenged by myopic colleagues about the waning risk of an H5N1 pandemic, cite the H3N8 example.I don’t know if H5N1 will cause the next pandemic. It might. It might not. What I do know is that some strain of influenza will cause a pandemic. If you expect the unexpected—just as you would with any disaster—you and your company will be far better off.—Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP), Editor-in-Chief of the CIDRAP Business Source, Professor in the School of Public Health, and Adjunct Professor in the Medical School, University of Minnesota.last_img read more

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Woodside picks KBR for work on Browse FPSOs concept

first_imgAustralian energy company Woodside has awarded KBR the Concept Definition engineering contract for the two gas FPSO facilities for the proposed $20 billion Browse to North West Shelf Development, located offshore Western Australia. Image source: WoodsideWoodside has launched the engineering services contract to define all elements of the hull and topsides of two FPSOs for remote environment operations. The engineering work is expected to be performed up to the end of H1 2019, KBR said on Thursday.The Browse project aims to bring online the Brecknock, Calliance, and Torosa fields offshore W. Australia containing gross contingent resources (2C) of 15.4 trillion cubic feet of dry gas and 453 million barrels of condensate).Woodside had planned to develop the fields using three separate Floating LNG units, however, the company in 2016 stopped the FLNG project citing “current economic and market environment.“The company has recently revealed it is leaning towards the development using two gas Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units (gFPSO) delivering around 10 mtpa of gas to NWS infrastructure by an approximately 900 km pipeline. This was affirmed by KBR on Thursday.Stuart Bradie, KBR President and CEO said: “We are delighted to be awarded the Concept Definition engineering of the two FPSO facilities delivering our operational agility in the execution of projects, strong base business and world-class asset performance to the project.”Browse developmentIn a recent investor presentation, Woodside said the two FPSOs would be connected to the North Rankin Complex, from where the gas would be shipped via a 900 km pipeline to the Woodside-operated North West Shelf infrastructure.FEED entry for the Browse project is slated for 2019, with the final investment decision expected in 2021.According to Woodside’s timeline, the Calliance and Brecknock fields are expected to be ready for start-up in 2026, with 2027 targeted for the Torosa field.The whole development is expected to cost some $20 billion.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Frye honored by Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association

first_imgState Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) accepts the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award on Friday, June 22, 2018, from the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association for his dedication to fire services in Indiana. The award is given to members of the Indiana General Assembly whose efforts and hard work support those of Hoosier firefighters and services.Indianapolis, In. — Republican state representative Randy Frye received the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association for his dedication and support of fire services.The Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association is a member-ran organization working to help shape the laws and regulations that impact firefighters and residences of Indiana. The association gives the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award to members of the Indiana General Assembly who work to support Indiana firefighters and services.“The work of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association is essential,” Frye said. “I will continue my partnership with them and look for ways to support all of our Hoosier firefighters. After serving communities as a firefighter for many years, I understand firsthand the hard work and dedication these men and women give to their community in an effort to keep citizens safe.”Frye worked as a firefighter for the Indianapolis Fire Department for 26 years and retired in 2010. During his time serving as a state representative, Frye authored numerous laws to better protect and serve firefighters. This session, Frye supported laws creating a reporting system for fire departments to better protect their responders and updating fire department contracts to better serve volunteer fire departments and townships.Frye was presented the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award at the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association annual conference in Indianapolis.last_img read more

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NFF Gets Wish as CAF Notify Libya of Change in Venue,…

first_imgThe Libyan Football Federation (LFF) has announced that they have been notified by the Confederation of African Football that the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria will no longer be held at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on October 12.The matchday three fixture in Group E of the AFCON qualifiers is now scheduled to take place at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday, October 13.As previously reported by allnigeriasoccer.com, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr expressed his concerns about the Ahmadu Bello Stadium when he met with the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 in London on Monday, September 24. The German added that the pitch was not up to standard and his players would not be comfortable playing on the turf.It is understood that taking the game to Kaduna earlier was a political move by the NFF chiefs which has backfired.It would be recalled that CAF slammed Nigeria with a $5,000 fine for allowing excess spectators at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium for an AFCON qualifier against Egypt in March 2016.Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has affirmed that he cannot afford to take his team’s forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifies against Libya with levity because qualifying the competition could determine his future with Nigeria’s national team.With days ticking away towards the first leg of a double-clash with Libya in the next stage of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers, Rohr said he needs all his key players for the game on October 12, because he has to win and put the qualification campaign on a sound footing.Footballlive.ng can report that the Franco-German gaffer hinted that he will not invite any untested player for the home and away fixtures against Libya, as he cannot afford to experiment during the forthcoming games.Meanwhile, Rohr has stressed that the Eagles will go out full blast against Libya both home and away to secure six points and stand a stronger chance of qualifying for AFCON 2019 in Cameroon.He admitted that Libya have a formidable team that can surprise any opponent if underrated, hence his target to beat them in Nigeria and possibly secures a point in Tunisia.The former Bordeaux of France tactician added that all his players are well aware of the task ahead and are happy that they have admitted that they cannot afford to miss AFCON 2019, haven failed to qualify for the past two previous editions in 2015 and 2017.Rohr stated: “You know that qualifying for AFCON will help me keep my job, so I will not take chances.“Only players that are ready to give me 100 per cent at the field of play I will use against Libya.“There will be no time for experiment and only the best I will use for the match.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Israel Adesanya Taekwondo Doubt to UFC Champion

first_imgHaving not been successful in his early years in his Taekwondo , Nigerian-born New Zealander, Israel Adesanya, turned out the undisputed UFC Champion of the worldUFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya last weekend retained his title with a unanimous decision victory over Yoel Romero. While the fight was a letdown for most fans, the reigning champion was not going to let the crowd affect him during the fight. Making an appearance on The Luke Thomas Show penultimate Monday, Adesanya discussed why he wouldn’t let the crowd affect him during his fight against Romero.“I’m cool with you guys because you guys give me a fair shake. You have to ask hard questions, you have to be objective, but I appreciate that you give me a fair shake. You know me if this was my fault I’d be the first one to own up to it. I’d be so embarrassed. I let my team down, I let people down.’““Like for me, I didn’t take the stupid risk that the crowd wanted me to take. You know why? Because behind me were four other men and behind them were a whole gang of other people who put everything into me. If I just deviated from the game plan and decided to oblige for what the crowd wanted or what the fans wanted, then I’m letting those four men down. All their hardwork they’ve put into me over the last three months I’m letting all that go to waste.For what? Because some grongos in the crowd? No. They told me beforehand they need 25 minutes of focus, complete and absolute focus to beat this guy. It’s not just about me. If it was a street fight, maybe I could get dumb enough to do that but nah, I’ve got Andre, Eugene, Twist, and Mike, and a gang of other people that put everything into me for me to be able to just like throw it all away and throw all their hard work away.”After acknowledging that he didn’t want to let his team down and wasn’t going to be affected by the crowd, Adesanya continued that he doesn’t feel the lack of action was his fault against Yoel Romero.“You know if it was my fault, I’m objective in that way. I know that wasn’t on me that was on Yoel Romero and it’s his last chance he’s ever going to try and get gold, and he knows in his mind, he never went after it because he has no gas tank, he has no faith in himself. So he’s going to be the one to have to sleep at night with that thought and live with that for the rest of his life.”Meanwhile, Adesanya has labelled his much-criticised win over Romero “the weirdest fight I’ve ever been part of”.Adesanya defended his belt against Romero in Las Vagas last Sunday in a bizarre fight that saw little action as the Cuban fighter often refused to go on the attack.Adesanya sensibly kept his patience and worked his long-range game to see out a comfortable unanimous points decision.The fight, in such contrast to Adesanya’s usual all-action affairs has been slammed by fans and UFC boss Dana White. Adesanya understands why.“One hundred per cent, the weirdest fight I’ve ever been a part of,” he told ESPN with a couple of days’ reflection on the bout.“Even for me, as a fan, it’s the most boring fight I’ve ever had, and I don’t have boring fights. That’s not my style, that’s not my gig.“You can just check my resumé and see that I come to fight. I’m not an actor. I’m a fighter.”Adesanya then explained his tactics to counter the strange approach of Romero that started from the outset as he stood in the middle of the ring with his hands guarding his face for the opening two minutes.“For me, I was just thinking, ‘Don’t give in. Don’t get frustrated,’” Adesanya said.“So now, I thought, ‘OK.’ It sounds stupid. There’s a guy standing there, not doing anything. You should go hit him, right?“But, he’s not doing anything. He’s a hundred per cent defense, and he’s waiting for that split second so he could unload that knockout blow. And he did. At one point, I had my foot from the outside, I attacked with my foot on the inside.“And then as soon as I blitz in, he lets go of that left hand and cracks me. Never rocked me, never hurt me, never dazed me, never flashed me. But he cracks me with this… and I could feel the thud. I was like, ‘Ooh, don’t get hit by that again.’”Adesanya felt Romero had missed his opportunity by failing to follow up that decent strike.“When he cracked me, he hurt my eye. He compromised my eye (and) my vision,” Adesanya told ESPN.“I could see two Romeros. When Anderson Silva, who is an older guy as well, did that in the second round of our fight, what did he do? He pressed the action. He came looking trying to finish. And I was on my bicycle and then I started countering, as well.“If you visibly compromise someone or hurt someone, or hurt their vision, you’re not supposed to still just stand there and wait for them to come to you.“I’m not stupid. After you just punch me, I’m not gonna be like, ‘Alright, let me do that again’.”Adesanya now waits to see who his next title defence will be against but everything points to a fight with Brazil’s Paulo Costa, possibly in July.As a sporting nation, New Zealand has long punched above its weight. And pride in their champions has made the Halberg awards the country’s sporting equivalent of the Oscars.Last month, in the running for ‘Sportsman of the Year’ were shot-putter Tom Walsh, racer Scott McLaughlin (whose Ford Mustang ruled the Australian Supercars championship) and Kane Williamson, who led his team to the final of the World Cup and was adjudged player of the tournament.In a shock to many, said achievers were overshadowed by a mixed martial artist — the reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and his remarkable 2019. Last year, the Nigeria-born, New Zealand-raised fighter defeated MMA legend Anderson Silva, beat contender Kelvin Gastelum in UFC’s ‘fight of the year’ and became the undisputed champion with a sensational knockout win over trans-tasmanian rival Robert Whittaker.The 30-year-old, who defends his title against Cuban Yoel Romero at UFC 248 last Sunday, said: “The award wasn’t for me. This is for the young generation coming up who get to see someone they can relate to. They can feel like, ‘Man, my sport, like Muay Thai or Jiu-Jitsu or Wrestling is up there with the All-Blacks, the Black Caps, and the Tall Blacks and New Zealand’s top sporting teams.”Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria to a family of five children. His father, Femi, is an accountant and his mother, Taiwo, is a nurse. He attended Chrisland Shool, Opebi, and enrolled in its Taekwondo after-school club until he was removed by his mother due to an injury.In early 2001, he relocated to Ghana with his family for 10 months, but due to his parents wanting their children to receive a well-recognised higher education, he settled in Rotorua, New Zealand at age 10.At the age of 18, Adesanya started training in kickboxing, after being inspired by the Muay Thai film Ong-Bak. He went on to amass an amateur kickboxing record of 32–0 before moving to and fighting in China. At the age of 21, Adesanya moved to Aukland, New Zealand, and began training under Eugene Bareman at city Kickboxing, with other established MMA fighters.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Triche provides Syracuse offense with steady leadership in 25-point performance

first_img Published on January 3, 2013 at 12:26 am Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Related Stories OH, WHAT A KNIGHT: Syracuse surges past Rutgers with 21-0 1st-half run, Boeheim moves ahead of Bob Knight with 903rd career winBoeheim passes Bob Knight for 2nd on all-time wins list with 903rd career victoryGallery: Syracuse beats Rutgers 78-53, Boeheim earns 903rd career winBoeheim discusses reaching 903 wins Jim Boeheim thinks Brandon Triche can play like he did Wednesday every time he takes the court.Triche, the senior guard and Syracuse’s de facto veteran leader, took over the game at times against Rutgers. He finished with 25 points to lead all scorers.That point total is the most Triche has scored since Dec. 22, 2009 — when he scored a career-high 27 against Oakland. His second career 25-point game came 109 games after his first.“I have total confidence in him,” Boeheim said. “I believe he can play the way he did today every single day.”Triche got off to a sparkling start in SU’s 78-53 win over the Scarlet Knights, scoring nine of the Orange’s first 11 points by making his first three 3-point attempts. He scored his 25 points efficiently, making 8 of 11 field goals, 5 of 7 3s and all four free-throw attempts. It was just the second time this season Triche shot more than 50 percent from the 3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe also helped lead a 21-0 run to close out the first half as he and Michael Carter-Williams ran Syracuse’s transition offense with quality decisions. He finished with six assists and only one turnover.It was the Triche performance the Orange has looked for all season. The emergence of a senior who provides leadership with his experience and his play.“When he’s hot, he’s hot,” said Carter-Williams, who gave out 10 assists. “When he gets going, I call almost every play for him.”Triche entered Wednesday shooting a career-low 30.8 percent from 3-point range from the season. He made just 3-of-13 from deep in SU’s last four games.But the “when he’s hot, he’s hot” Triche sat down the Carrier Dome crowd on SU’s opening possession by burying a 3 from the right corner. Not long after, he hit a second triple off a feed from Carter-Williams to put the Orange ahead 8-2. His third one came before the under-16 media timeout.“After going 3-for-3 I was feeling it,” Triche said. “I tried to get my shots up, I don’t think I shot any more than I usually do but today they went in.”Triche’s scoring took a backseat role in the rest of the first half as he turned to finding others to make plays. As Syracuse was just beginning to embark on its 21-0 run, Triche found C.J. Fair with a crosscourt bounce pass.Fair was fouled as he went up for the layup. Triche turned around to look over to the SU sideline, where Boeheim gave him a fist pump.“He was the difference in our team,” Boeheim said. “Everybody else played the way they’ve been playing. He had control of the game, he made shots, he made plays and he played great tonight.”As Syracuse looks for a player it can turn to for a bucket, Triche stands out. Just as he did before the season, Triche is the player with the strongest claim. He is a four-year starter and one of only two returning starters — Rakeem Christmas is the other. Triche entered the Rutgers game tied with Southerland for the team lead with 13.8 points per game.Triche’s fourth and fifth 3s came back-to-back in the second half, both off of assists from Carter-Williams. The second gave the Orange a 62-33 lead, its largest of the game.At times, Triche has disappeared this season, making three or fewer field goals in four games. Boeheim never questions the confidence he has in the senior, though.Triche said he is just as confident in himself that he can perform at a high level every game.“It’s not about shooting, scoring,” Triche said. “It’s about being able to find guys, being able to make plays. I’m confident I’m able to make plays whether my shots go in or not.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Non-tenured faculty vote to form union

first_imgAdjunct faculty voted Tuesday to unionize in two of three schools considering the action, according to the Los Angeles Times. Faculty at the Roski School of Art and Design and USC International Academy voted to join the Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents public service workers across Southern California. Faculty at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences rejected the move.In November, approximately 500 nontenured faculty members representing the three schools filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board, asking to join the bargaining unit. The NLRB evaluated the petition and the University’s response, and conducted a survey to determine which faculty members would be included in the union. All eligible faculty were able to cast one vote; the Roski vote went through 31 to 6, and the International Academy approved the vote 32 to 3. Dornsife faculty opposed the move with 113 in favor of unionization and 127 against.Non-tenure track faculty include lecturers, visiting professors and part-time faculty. Unlike tenure-track faculty, they are paid to teach some classes, lead discussion groups and grade papers and are not evaluated on the research they conduct. In the 2015-2016 academic year, USC employs 1,472 tenured and tenure-track faculty members and 4,265 non-tenure-track faculty, according to the Los Angeles Times.The average salary for non-tenure track faculty at USC is $5,044 per course, according to the SEIU. Full benefits are currently offered to part-time faculty who work for at least 50 percent of the 37.5 or 40 hours per week required of full-time faculty, according to the USC benefits website. These requirements leave many faculty members taking on multiple courses in order to earn a living wage or qualify for benefits, leaving them little time for their own research.Some non-tenure track faculty such as Kate Levin, who has taught part-time in the writing program at USC since 2011, believe that joining the union is a first step in the process of participating in a nationwide movement to improve working conditions for faculty members on college campuses.“Having been a member of a faculty union at another school, I know how valuable it is to have a way to bargain collectively with the university over issues that matter to us and our students,” Levin said in a statement on the USC Faculty Union website.In an email to staff members on Jan. 6, Provost Michael Quick stressed the options non-tenure track faculty members have without unionizing, such as asking for a review of their salary, working toward promotion to full-time faculty or expressing their views in the Academic Senate.“I remain fully committed, as always, to working with each faculty member, and with the Academic Senate and other faculty governance bodies, to make USC a place where the faculty is well supported,” Quick wrote.The move to unionize makes USC one of the largest universities with a faculty union, joining institutions such as Boston University, Georgetown University, Tufts University and Whittier College. Faculty at Whittier, who obtained a union contract in July, obtained “average pay increases of 35 percent,” according to the SEIU.last_img read more

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Syracuse football stats: Comparing Week 1 defense to last year’s

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse’s defense got off to a dominant start in 2015 by shutting out Rhode Island. While the Rams are a Division I-AA team coming off a 1-11 season and the Orange defense will face tougher competition the rest of the season, it was still a positive sign for SU.Here’s a look at how Syracuse’s defensive numbers vs. URI compare to its season averages from 2014.Points allowed:Against Rhode Island: 02014 season average: 24.3AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Friday night, Syracuse accomplished something it didn’t do all of 2014: shut out an opponent. The closest the Orange came to a shutout last year was in its 40-3 win over Central Michigan.First downs allowed:Against Rhode Island: 22014 season average: 20Rhode Island’s only true first down came late in the first quarter. Early in the third quarter, the Rams moved the chains thanks to a pass interference call against Syracuse.Rushing yards allowed:Against Rhode Island: 42014 season average: 139.3At the end of the third quarter, SU had allowed zero rushing yards, a staggering stat especially considering URI’s quarterback, Paul Mroz, was making his first career start after transferring from JUCO.Passing yards allowed:Against Rhode Island: 602014 season average: 209.9Turnovers:Against Rhode Island: 42014 season average: 1.67Opponent third-down conversion rate:Against Rhode Island: 9.1 percent2014 season average: 39.3 percentOpponent time of possession:Against Rhode Island: 19:462014 season average: 33:19Opponent red-zone scoring rate:Against Rhode Island: 0-for-02014 season: 31-of-40 Commentslast_img read more

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