Golden Star Resources Limited ( Q32003 Interim Report

first_imgGolden Star Resources Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2003 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Golden Star Resources Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Golden Star Resources Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Golden Star Resources Limited (  2003 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileGolden Star Resources Limited is a gold mining and exploration company which owns and operates the Wassa open-pit gold mine and Wassa underground mine in Ghana as well as a carbon-in-leach processing plant located near Tarkwa, Ghana. The gold mining company also has interests in the Bogoso gold mining and processing operation, Prestea open-pit mining operations and the Prestea underground development project located near Prestea, Ghana. Golden Star Resources Limited holds and manages interests in various gold exploration properties in Ghana and Brazil. Its headquarters are in Toronto, Canada. Golden Star Resources Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Buddy Bear teaches me a lesson

first_img September 7, 2019 at 4:20 pm NH TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleHurricane Dorian’s track shifts but Florida still at riskNext articleDorian strengthens to Category 5 hurricane, catastrophic strike in northwest Bahamas begins Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Awwww! Another great story!I love these stories, especially when they have happy endings.I can just imagine Buddy had the last laugh, while playing hide and seek with you!! And he let youknow it…LolololGod bless you, Chuck.Keep’em coming. I am still smiling….Priceless moment with baby bear!!! Nature is so entertaining, isn’t it? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Richard You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here September 1, 2019 at 11:52 pm charles towne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter charles towne Dear NH, it isn’t often nature we nature lovers can say we have been peed on by a bear is it? If he had been moved a tad differently we would have been able to call him “Poop” bear! Bless you dear folks, Chaz September 1, 2019 at 10:08 am September 1, 2019 at 2:08 pm Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate charles towne Reply Dear CSG, IT BRINGS ME GREAT JOY TO KNOW THAT OTHERS CAN REALIZE THE JOY OF NATURE THROUGH MY EYES! Bless you in all ways dear friendcharles, Chaz September 1, 2019 at 10:53 am Richard, you are right. I have to admit the experience got my attention! You take care pal and God bless you, Chaz Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Anointed by a cub . . . . Have you ever counted the number of different animals that have peed on you? I know a lion did, from its cage at the zoo. Of course many toads. I assume field mice . . . any others? You’ve truly been blessed in many ways Reply See, you start listening to own imaginings and lose you trust for even a short while and you get piddled on! Papa God moves in mysterious ways! Reply September 2, 2019 at 9:00 am InspirationBy Charles TowneIt was a beautiful summer morning.I had been following Buddy the bear cub and photographing him for several weeks as he wandered through the forest that runs along the beautiful Wekiva river, and I expected to find him in short order but my expectations did not bare fruit.  My little bear friend had obviously vanished into thin air?A lot of bad things can happen to a little orphan bear cub wandering alone in the forest.  What if he had encountered a diamondback rattlesnake?  The result of such an encounter could end in only one way, with terrible and painful results for Buddy.  Large adult bears usually survive such an encounter, but a cub? Its survival would be highly unlikely.And then there are falls.  Even adult bears die or are crippled as a result of falls, and when that idea crept into my the fertile soil of my imagination and took root, other ideas, each one worse that the one before, came to mind.What if a large hungry male bear had surprised Buddy on the ground?  And an alligator would welcome the addition of a tender little bear to its diet.Four or five hours had passed as I wandered and searched and my neck had developed a very painful kink from hours of staring up into the treetops searching for any sign of the little guy.Finally my quest took me back to where I had started searching several hours earlier.I had paused under a large oak tree and as I stood there rubbing my neck and imagining the worst it started sprinkling.Florida weather is so strange.I looked up.The sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.It had stopped sprinkling.I stepped back and stared upward, at the subject of my search!  Yes, there was Buddy, stretching and yawning after a long, undisturbed nap.  He then grinned a great big, little boy bear grin, as if to say, “the joke is on you Chuck.”And the joke surely was on me for would you believe me if I told you It hadn’t been sprinkling at all, that little bear had peed on me… and I was so happy to see him it was my turn to grin!A NATURE LOVER’S PRAYERThank you Papa God.  Haven’t you told us to be thankful in all things?  Thank you for all gifts from on high, even those gifts from a little bear.  What a joy is your wonderful creation.  Please draw us all to you Father, In Jesus’ wonderful, beautiful, and holy name we ask this.  Amen Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. September 6, 2019 at 9:06 pm Reply center_img Reply Reply Herb, my greatest desire is help others to enjoy nature to the umph degree! Bless you both and keep looking up! Chaz Reply 12 COMMENTS charles towne CSG Judith Hankes,Spit on by a Llama, and a camel, Had a chimp throw nasty stuff on me, ohhh, the stories I could tell! How much fun can a person have? Some folks have the idea that being a zoo director is somehow exciting? Thanks oodles Judy, Blessings on you and all of yours, Chaz Herbert Weissman September 4, 2019 at 9:07 pm Reply Reply judith Hankes Reply Sounds like Buddy knew you were looking for him, and simply this was his way to let you know! I think Buddy likes you and didn’t want you wasting more time searching for him. How old do you think Buddy is? charles towne September 4, 2019 at 12:51 pm Reply charles towne September 2, 2019 at 9:41 am The Anatomy of Fear A great one, Charlie. Don, you paint a pretty nice picture pal, but I think he was saying loud and clear, “Pee on you chuck!”At the time of this encounter he must have been several months old. Yeah, at that the little booger was big enough to resent my presence and show itin the only way he knew how. Thanks Don, Chuck Don Young Reply Please enter your comment! September 1, 2019 at 10:15 am September 1, 2019 at 9:26 am Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Coronavirus stimulus package breakdown by Senator Bracy for Apopka and District…

first_imgHow many payments would there be? This is a one-time payout. Congress can propose future bills to consider additional payments. Would eligible unemployed people get these stimulus payments? Veterans? Yes, both are eligible. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 1 COMMENT Ashley Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Student LoansPayments and interest for student loan borrowers waived until Sept. 30th. You are eligible if you have received a federal loan in the past 10 yearsCheck your online account in several weeks because it takes time for the loan servicer to reset its billings systems. Make sure you are showing up as no payment due. Within a few weeks, you will also receive notice indicating what has happened with your federal loansThe bill says that interest “shall not accrue” on the loan during the suspension periodWage garnishment, seizure of tax refunds, and other collection efforts for those who are behind on loan payments will also be suspended during this six-month periodLoans that are NOT eligible include: Older Federal Family Educational Loans (F.F.E.L.) that the US Department of Education does not own, Perkins Loans, loans from state agencies, and loans from private lenders like Discover, Sallie Mae and Wells Fargo. Please check with these holders if you have a loan with them because they may be offering their own assistance programsUnemployment PlansIf your employment have been affected by the coronavirus, Contact the Department of Economic Opportunity,, this department assists those without employment. Everyone would get at least another 13 weeks, along with an extra $600 payment. Additionally, Department of Economic Opportunity applicants you no longer need to 1) register online or 2) show you are able/available for work (“work search”). This order is retroactive up to March 15th and is effective until May 2nd.The additional $600 benefit will count as income when determining eligibility for other aid programs, except for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP.Fortunately, states have been informed to waive the one-week waiting period. However, the waiting period varies from state to state considering the current backlog that state offices are experiencing due to the pandemic.If the head of your household has passed away recently due to COVID-19, you are eligible to receive financial assistance.For employees who are working from home, receiving paid sick leave or paid family leave, you will not be eligible for financial assistance. Lastly, new entrants to the work force that cannot find jobs are not eligible either.According to congressional aides, this incentive was not intended to cover people who quit or who were considering quitting, because of fear that continuing to work puts them at risk of contracting coronavirus. When will the payment arrive? According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, he expects most people to receive their payments within three weeks. If my 2019 tax return was garnished on February 26th 2020 for my federal student loans, will I still receive a refund? It really hurt me and the family financially and now with this outbreak, it’s a ton more stressful! I’ve been making payments on my default. Please enter your name here What year’s income should I be looking at? The payment will be based on either your 2019 or 2018 tax filing. If neither was filed, you can use your 2019 Social Security statement showing your income. Would most people who are receiving Social Security retirement and disability payments also get a stimulus payment? Yes You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here March 28, 2020 at 1:36 am Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate From the Office of Senator Randolph Bracy, District 11Senator Bracy represents District 11 which includes Apopka. Below are specific details and answers to questions you may have about the stimulus package signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020.Stimulus Check PaymentsHow large would the payments be?Most individual taxpayers will get $1,200 each if their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is less than $75,000. Individual taxpayers with AGIs above $75,000 will receive smaller payment, with a $5 reduction for every $100 in income above $75,000. Those individual taxpayers with AGIs $80,000 or more will have a reduction of $250 with a total payout of approximately $950. Married couples with no children earning $150,000 or less would receive a total of $2,400. Someone filing as the head of household would receive the full payment if they earn $112,500 or less.  For every child age 16 or under, the payment would be an additional $500.How do I know if I will get the full amount? It depends on your income. Everyone must have a valid Social Security number. There is an exception for members of the military. You can find your AGI on 8b of the 2019 – 1040 Federal Tax Return or line 7 of your 2018 tax return. The Anatomy of Fear TAGSCoronavirusSenator Randolph BracyStimulus Package Previous articleCOVID-19: Go to hospital or recover at home?Next articleHope will not be cancelled Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Would I have to apply to receive a payment? No. the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has your banking information, the payment will be transferred to you via direct deposit based on your recent income-tax figures. Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Spiegel report: German foreign intelligence agency BND spied on foreign journalists

first_img Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the apparent targeted surveillance of foreign journalists by the German foreign intelligence agency (BND). According to an online report of the magazine Der Spiegel, starting from 1999 the BND spied on at least 50 telephone and fax numbers or email addresses of journalists or newsrooms worldwide. “We have long feared that the BND monitored journalists as part of its mass filtering of communication data, at least as ‘by-catch.’ The targeted surveillance revealed by the Spiegel investigation is a massive violation of press freedom”, said Christian Mihr, the executive director of RSF Germany. “The reform of the BND bill was already a clear breach of the constitution. It does not alter the current practice of monitoring journalists.” According to documents seen by Spiegel, among the targets were the British BBC in Afghanistan and London, the New York Times in Afghanistan, as well as mobile and satellite telephones of the news agency Reuters in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. The German Bundestag has passed the new BND law in October last year. Exemptions protecting journalists, such as those in paragraph 3 of Germany’s so-called G10 law – a law specifying the restrictions that can be placed on the constitutional right to the confidentiality of email and telecommunications – are completely absent from the law. The bill allows, for example, the BND to place the New York Times under surveillance if the newspaper received confidential information that the German authorities regarded as sensitive. Germany is ranked 16th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. February 24, 2017 Spiegel report: German foreign intelligence agency BND spied on foreign journalists News News News RSF_en GermanyEurope – Central Asia Online freedomsProtecting sources Judicial harassmentWhistleblowers News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 31, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Germany Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Receive email alerts March 30, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation © picture alliance / dpa GermanyEurope – Central Asia Online freedomsProtecting sources Judicial harassmentWhistleblowers German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom to go furtherlast_img read more

Spring Gains Mean Good News For Housing Moving Forward

first_img The gains the housing market has experienced in the spring so far mean good news for housing going forward in 2015, according to National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist David Crowe on the NAHB’s Eye on Housing blog Wednesday.For starters, new home sales spiked by nearly 20 percent year-over-year in March up to about 481,000, according to a report from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. It was the highest level the market has experienced since 2008 Existing home sales also jumped upward in March, by 6.1 percent, the largest monthly increase since December 2010, according to the National Association of Realtors. Also according to NAR, the pace of existing sales in March rose by 10.4 percent from March 2014 and has increased year-over-year for six consecutive months.The NAR Pending Home Sales Index increased by 11.1 percent year-over-year in March and has been gaining momentum, meaning that existing home sales will likely increase in the coming months. In March, the index hit its highest level in nearly two years (since June 2013).Market share for FHA-insured mortgages on new homes spiked from 10 percent in Q4 up to 16 percent in Q1. Previously, the share of FHA-backed loans had seen a general trend of decline for four years.”This reverses a general trend over the last four years of declining shares for FHA-insured mortgages,” Crowe said. “However, as more first-time buyers enter the market, this share may experience some growth, along with a decline in the cash share of new homes, which is currently 4 percent.”Despite the gains for the housing market this spring, the Census Bureau reported that homeownership nationwide had fallen to 63.7 percent in Q1, its lowest level since the 1990s, with ongoing declines happening primarily among households under age 45. By comparison, households 55 and over remained strong, as demonstrated by the NAHB 55+ Housing Market Index.Crowe said a bright spot for housing was the gains in household formations toward the end of 2014, which came at an annualized pace of 1.5 million – a significantly high number in the post-recession housing market, according to quarterly Census Bureau data.”While much of this increase is and will continue to be concentrated in rental housing, higher rents will encourage existing renters to transition to homeownership in the coming years,” Crowe said. “Future quarters will prove to what degree this recent increase is a significant break with prior levels.” Tagged with: Housing Market NAHB National Association of Home Builders Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea May 6, 2015 1,205 Views Previous: Single-Family Rental Transactions See Low Delinquencies, Improved Vacancies Next: DS News Webcast: Thursday 5/7/2015 in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Spring Gains Mean Good News For Housing Moving Forward Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Spring Gains Mean Good News For Housing Moving Forward Housing Market NAHB National Association of Home Builders 2015-05-06 Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Subscribelast_img read more

Adkins named Troy Public Library ‘Tutor of the Year’

first_imgSkip By Jaine Treadwell Adkins expressed appreciation for the recognition and shared it with the two students she tutors.“They have worked hard and that has made what I do much easier,” she said. “When I began tutoring two years ago, I did so for extra credit for one of my classes. But, what started out as an assignment turned into something that now I could not imagine my week without.”Adkins said the two young girls she tutors have brought her so much joy. You Might Like Published 3:00 am Saturday, March 3, 2018 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day LEARNING FUN: Troy Kiwanis Club buys books for Head Start Members of the Troy Kiwanis Club visited OCAP Troy Head Start Thursday to celebrate the March 2 birthday of popular… read more Bailey Adkins, a junior social science educator major at Troy University, has been recognized as the Troy Public Library’s 2018 Tutor of the Year. The award is for dedicated and valued community service.Teresa Colvin, children and young adult librarian, presented the award to Adkins and expressed appreciation to her for her commitment to the TPL’s tutoring program and to the young students she has tutored and mentored so successfully.“Bailey has been a TPL tutor for two years and, from the beginning, she has gone above and beyond what was asked of her and what was expected of her,” Colvin said. “Not only has she worked with her two students to improve their grades and their study habits, she has also served as a role model for them. They respect her and work hard to improve their grades. Their efforts are paying off.” Adkins named Troy Public Library ‘Tutor of the Year’ Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Sponsored Contentcenter_img Book Nook to reopen “The relationships I have built with them are unlike any other,” she said. “They have pushed me as much as I have pushed them. I am so incredibly proud of how far they have come. They have made me that much more excited to have students of my own one day.”Colvin said the success that Adkins and her “girls” have enjoyed caused Adkins to think twice about her decision to go into secondary education.“She thought about elementary education rather seriously but decided to stay in secondary education,” Colvin said. “But, with her dedication to her students and to education, I’m sure that Bailey will be an outstanding teacher no matter what grade level she teaches. I am proud of her and what she has been able to accomplish with the students that she tutored. And, I am equally proud of the progress her students have made and the success they have enjoyed.” Colvin said the TPL’s tutoring program has been very successful for both the university students and those they tutor.“The overall success rate of the library’s tutoring program has been extremely good,” she said. “The Troy Public Library is proud to offer this program. It’s a win-win for the university students and those they tutor and also for our library and our community.” Latest Stories By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Dynamic response of Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet to potential collapse of Larsen C and George VI ice shelves

first_imgIce shelf break-up and disintegration events over the past 5 decades have led to speed-up, thinning, and retreat of upstream tributary glaciers and increases to rates of global sea-level rise. The southward progression of these episodes indicates a climatic cause and in turn suggests that the larger Larsen C and George VI ice shelves may undergo a similar collapse in the future. However, the extent to which removal of the Larsen C and George VI ice shelves will affect upstream tributary glaciers and add to global sea levels is unknown. Here we apply numerical ice-sheet models of varying complexity to show that the centennial sea-level commitment of Larsen C embayment glaciers following immediate shelf collapse is low ( < 2.5 mm to 2100,  < 4.2 mm to 2300). Despite its large size, Larsen C does not provide strong buttressing forces to upstream basins and its collapse does not result in large additional discharge from its tributary glaciers in any of our model scenarios. In contrast, the response of inland glaciers to a collapse of the George VI Ice Shelf may add up to 8mm to global sea levels by 2100 and 22mm by 2300 due in part to the mechanism of marine ice sheet instability. Our results demonstrate the varying and relative importance to sea level of the large Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves considered to present a risk of collapse.last_img read more

Talos Energy secures extension for offshore block PSC in Sureste Basin

first_imgBlock 7 in the offshore portion of Mexico’s Sureste Basin contains the recently appraised Zama oil discovery Image: Talos Energy is the operator of offshore Block 7 in Sureste Basin. Photo: courtesy of C Morrison/Pixabay. Talos Energy and its partners have secured a two-year contract term extension of their production sharing contract (PSC) for offshore Block 7 in Mexico’s Sureste Basin, which contains the Zama oil discovery.The US-based oil and gas company is the operator of Block 7 where it is partnered by Wintershall DEA’s Sierra Oil & Gas and Premier Oil.The extension for the offshore Mexican block has been granted by the National Hydrocarbons Commission of Mexico (CNH). The partners have also secured regulatory approvals to undertake additional exploration activities on Block 7.CNH approved modified exploration plan for Sureste Basin blockThe CNH has approved the partners’ modified exploration plan for the Sureste Basin block as well. The expanded plan enables the partners to assess additional exploration prospects on the offshore Mexican block in the future which comes in the wake of the completion of the appraisal of the Zama discovery in June 2019.The Block 7 consortium has marked various potential exploration targets, which include the Xlapak and Pok-A-Tok prospects. Each of the additional prospects in the Sureste Basin is estimated to have gross unrisked resources ranges between 75-150 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe).The prospects are said to be oil bearing with similarly-aged sands as those seen in the drilling programme related to the Zama discovery and its appraisal to be targeted.According to Talos Energy, the additional inventory identified by the partners in the Sureste Basin is within close proximity to the Zama oil discovery, which potentially gives scope for substantial development cost synergies if the drilling campaign succeeds.Talos Energy said that the consortium is continuing discussions regarding its Zama unitization plan with Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), while moving ahead simultaneously with its front-end engineering and design (FEED) work. The consortium expects to take a final investment decision (FID) on developing the Zama oil discovery in 2020.Talos president and CEO Timothy Duncan said: “We are excited about the additional potential of these prospects, all of which could be incremental to our world-class Zama discovery, the first by the private sector in Mexico’s history.“Finally, we believe these approvals, in combination with the significant increase in industry activity, are yet another indicator of the tremendous potential of the basin in the future.”last_img read more

Colleges fail to pay the Oxford Living Wage

first_imgNo Oxford colleges pay staff the Oxford Living Wage, which is set by Oxford City Council.Freedom of Information (FOI) requests sent by Cherwell reveal that St. Anne’s and Wycliffe Hall also do not pay the real living wage to all employees, which is currently set at £8.75 an hour by the Living Wage Foundation.The Chair of the Oxford Living Wage Review, Councillor Mark Ladbrooke, called for all Oxford employers “to go the extra mile and pay their staff the Oxford Living Wage.”The Oxford living wage, of £9.69 and hour, is set by Oxford City Council to account for the higher cost of living in Oxford.Oxford is the least affordable city in the UK after London, with an average house price more than eleven times higher than the average gross earnings in the city, according to Lloyd’s Bank. Wycliffe Hall pay four staff below the living wage whilst St. Anne’s pay casual labourers at a lowest rate of £7.50 per hour, the government’s living wage.A spokesmen for Wycliffe Hall told Cherwell: “Wycliffe Hall would love to pay all its employees the living wage, and is actively working towards being able to do so as soon as possible.”The government’s living wage is different to the real living wage, which takes account of higher costs of living around the UK.Last term it was revealed that only one third of Oxford Colleges were accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.These included Jesus, Christ Church, Hertford, Somerville, Mansfield, Merton, and Queen’s.Accreditation means that an institution has a “moral commitment” to the living wage and raises its pay levels to match those set by the foundation. Cherwell asked colleges who are not already accredited whether they would look for accreditation.Keble, Balliol, Teddy Hall, and Lincoln were among those who said they had no plans for accreditation, despite paying all staff at least the real living wage.Only Regent’s Park said that they were looking to gain accreditation.The Oxford Living Wage Campaign told Cherwell: “The Living Wage Campaign values transparency and wage security for workers, and remains committed to Living Wage accreditation in Oxford’s colleges.”“We are currently building campaigns in several colleges and hope to see movement in this direction in the future, and onwards to an Oxford Living Wage for all workers.”The FOIs also revealed the top level of pay for college employees. Among those who provided data, All Souls’ warden was paid the highest wage, earning £134,313 per year.The top paid staff members of both Somerville and Balliol earned more than £100,000 per year.Councillor Mark Ladbrooke of Oxford City Council said: “More than 40 Oxford employers are accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, and we would like to see more sign up.“Paying staff the Living Wage helps them to live with dignity, and being an accredited employer is good for business, as it helps to improve staff motivation, retention and customer service.“It’s often said that Oxford has London prices with Midlands wages – and in the case of housing we are more unaffordable than London.“That’s why we pay the higher Oxford Living Wage to all our staff and agency workers, and why we require contractors with contracts over £100,000 to pay it to their staff.”A spokesperson for St. Hilda’s College told Cherwell: “The Oxford Living Wage is set by Oxford City Council as a minimum wage for its own workers.“It has no statistical underpinning and is arbitrarily set at 95% of the London Living Wage (as determined by the Living Wage Foundation).“We do not believe that it is an authoritative measure.”The Principal Bursar of St John’s, Prof Andrew Parker, said: “St John’s is committed to meeting and paying the expectations of the living wage as set by the Living Wage Foundation each year.“Given the College’s stated commitment to following the living wage, we do not see that seeking accreditation will make an effective difference to our staff.”Oxford Student Union said: “Oxford SU believes that people should be paid enough to live decently, and the best way to ensure this is to support a Living Wage. Oxford SU believes that employees of the University and its Colleges should be paid the real Living Wage.”Cherwell sent FOI requests to 33 Oxford colleges and received 23 replies.St Anne’s did not reply to a request for comment and Oxford University declined to comment.last_img read more

Benevolent ball

first_imgTHE Bakers’ Benevolent Society is holding its first Mid-Summer Ball at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London on June 22. The event starts with a champagne reception, followed by a five-course banquet and then dancing to a live band. Tickets cost £100 per person or £900 per table of 10.Contact Sue Aley on 01992 575951 for further details of the ball or to reserve your table.last_img