first_imgUniversity College Cork (UCC) is an internationally renownedUniversity where excellence in teaching and research is alignedwith an inclusive and respectful environment, in which all staffand students can flourish and thrive. Founded in 1845, UCC is acomprehensive research-intensive institution comprising fouracademic colleges, delivering a rich tradition of collaborativeteaching, research and scholarship that has true global impact.Located in Cork City, which is known for its vibrancy and culture,UCC’s distinctive features and character owe much to its locationand history.UCC continues to build on its achievements with passion anddrive. With 3,000 staff, 22,650 students and over 200,000 alumniworldwide, the University continues to further enhance its positionas a world-leading university. It is in the top 1.1% of alluniversities globally, and the top university in Ireland forgraduate employability and industry collaborations. UCC also has astrong commitment to sustainability, ranking 9th globally in UI’sGreen Metric World University Rankings. In its next President, UCCis seeking an outstanding leader with an exceptional understandingof the challenges and opportunities that face UCC’s community.Candidates are sought who will bring dynamic, modern, values-basedleadership skills to inspire colleagues such that the extraordinarytalents of all staff and students are fully realised. TheUniversity is looking for an individual who will have a significantexternal role representing UCC regionally, nationally and globally;someone who can demonstrate a commitment to the values of acomprehensive, research-intensive, international university whichaspires to excellence in all its endeavours.To apply or to download further information for this role,please visit a confidential discussion regarding this role, please callDr Sinéad Gibney or Ms Michelle Scanlon at Perrett Laver on +353(0) 1 905 3537.The deadline for applications is 12 noon (Irish LocalTime) on Friday 21st May 2021.UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing aninclusive environment where diversity is celebrated.  As aUniversity, UCC strives to create a workplace that reflects thediversity of its student population where people from a widevariety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, andwork collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employerthat recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff.  UCCencourages applicants to consult its policies at and initiativesat and UCCwelcomes applications from everyone, including those whoare under-represented in the protected characteristics set out inUCC’s Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.last_img read more

Europe must not bear the brunt of currency realignment

first_imgBurden-sharing is the international phrase of the moment, with Washington challenging European countries to spend more to revive their economies.  Lost in this debate has been Europe’s already significant contribution to reducing the global current-account imbalances that were a root cause of the financial crisis. As further rebalancing proceeds, Europe cannot be expected to contribute much more to this effort. It needs to work with the United States to see that others, particularly China, take on their fair share of the burden of adjustment. The broadest measure of any country’s economic balance sheet with the world is its current account. In the first year in office of former US president George W. Bush, the US current-account deficit was $386 billion, or 3.8% of gross domestic product (GDP). In 2007 it had risen to $731bn, 5.2% of GDP. No major economy has supported an external imbalance of more than 5% for long without an economic crisis and that is exactly what the US got. Most economists believe the US can safely maintain a current account deficit of about 3% of GDP – the US deficit is now falling and was 4.7% of GDP in 2008. So far, Europe has borne the brunt of that adjustment. In 2005, the EU ran a $107bn current-account surplus with the US, accounting for 14.7% of the US imbalance that year. By 2008, the EU surplus with the US had fallen to $694 million, 0.1% of the US deficit. Over that period, Europe bore the entire brunt of the US adjustment, with the decline in Europe’s surplus far exceeding the improvement in the overall US current-account deficit. At the same time, China’s surplus with the US grew from $218bn to $306bn and now accounts for 45% of the US current-account deficit. To have a more sustainable set of international current-account balances, the US deficit has to fall by about another 1.7% of GDP, roughly $244bn. If that pain is to be apportioned among those running trade surpluses with the US, that means the US deficit with China needs to come down by about $110bn and the deficit with Japan by about $32bn. To ensure this happens, Europe needs to monitor Washington’s future debates with Beijing and Tokyo. The dollar has to weaken to achieve further corrections in global structural imbalances. For the time being, with so many other issues on its plate, the US Treasury has decided not to press China and Japan on alleged currency ‘manipulation’. But the issue is bound to come back onto the agenda. The rise in the productivity of China’s economy has not been mirrored by a rise in the external purchasing power of the yuan. That is a big reason why China’s current-account surplus remains so large. Washington will have to deal with this issue. And if it fails to obtain Chinese and Japanese co-operation, the temptation will be to achieve further reductions in the current-account deficit by taking it out on other trading partners, namely Europe. To avoid such ‘beggar thy neighbour’ confrontations, Europe and the US need to begin planning for a global currency realignment. European failure to defend its own interests in this way could otherwise come back to haunt it. Bruce Stokes is a transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund and international economics columnist for the National Journal.last_img read more

On 10-1 vote, Overland Park becomes largest city in Kansas to adopt non-discrimination ordinance

first_imgMembers of the city council met in committee ahead of the formal vote to approve a non-discrimination ordinance Monday.The experience Jacob Moyer says he had in Overland Park Monday was overtly hostile, but not necessarily uncommon, according to LGBTQ residents who have spoken out in favor of a non-discrimination ordinance.Moyer, of Lenexa, said he was in a public restroom during a shopping trip when he was approached by a man working there. The man eyed his rainbow tee shirt and gruffly told Moyer to “get out of here.”So the passage of an ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity later the same day was especially sweet.“I just want to express how overjoyed I am that five hours later, it’s literally illegal to do that. That’s really exciting for me,” Moyer said after the vote Monday that made Overland Park the 11th city in Johnson County to codify legal protections from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.Overland Park was late to join the spate of similar ordinances approved in smaller Johnson County cities. Mayor Carl Gerlach said the city wanted to take the time to do it right, hence the city’s deliberate pace working on a measure for the better part of a year. But the final discussion lasted only 16 minutes before the council approved it 10-1. Councilmember Jim Kite voted against it. Councilmember Gina Burke was absent.The ordinance bars such discrimination in housing, employment or public accommodation, although religious organizations are exempt. But even council members voting for it pointed out that it is far from a perfect solution to discrimination complaints.For example, the most the city can do is levy a $1,000 fine if there’s a violation. Councilmember Dave White likened that to the penalty for making an illegal left turn. Anyone seeking bigger damages through lawsuits would go through state or federal courts, where different rules apply. And an exemption for religious organizations leaves a wide loophole for discrimination to continue, he said.Councilmember Richard Collins said the damage caused by discrimination in housing or employment is significant.“There’s a part of me that says, are we giving folks a false hope here,” he said during a committee meeting beforehand. “But then there’s a part of me also that says, OK, if we’re not part of the solution then maybe we’re part of the problem.”Discussion during that committee meeting often centered around technical issues and the nuts and bolts of enforcement. Kite expressed concerns about a part of the ordinance that makes it a duty not to discriminate. That section, meant to be a bit stricter than other cities’ NDOs, creates a pathway for lawsuits that could expose businesses to more risk, he noted.White mentioned NDOs in Arizona and Kentucky that have been the subject of lengthy lawsuits. The city could end up with legal expenses to defend its ordinance, he said.“We’re probably the biggest target. If somebody wants to test the law, they’re probably going to test it here,” he said, adding that he didn’t believe the risk of such a suit was a good reason to not pass it.Some also had qualms because the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the issue this term, and they were unsure how the ordinance could be affected.Still, the majority approved the ordinance saying it was the right thing to do, in absence of action at the state or federal level. The ordinance could be adjusted later to conform to future court rulings.“I want to remind everyone why we’re here, why we’re taking action,” said Councilmember Logan Heley. “It’s because of the people who are in our community but don’t feel fully welcome, don’t feel like they have the same rights and protections that other people, including myself and other people at this table and the audience, have.”“To our LGBTQ friends who live, work, worship, attend schools, patronize our businesses: You deserve love, you deserve to live your life, you deserve respect and you’re welcome in the city of Overland Park.”Other council members largely agreed during the discussion in the full chamber.Councilmember Chris Newlin said he was missing his son’s choir solo for the vote. But his teenage son had told him the vote would mean a lot to his classmates struggling with gender issues.“He said, ‘you’re doing the right thing, dad,’” Newlin said.Councilmember Faris Farassati, a physician, said the action makes sense from a public health perspective because “discrimination is a very good ground for destroying your mental health.”But the state and federal governments are more appropriate arenas to have the discussion, most agreed. A few councilmembers noted that several state lawmakers were in the chamber and urged them to take the matter up. Attending were Reps. Brandon Woodard, Brett Parker, Stephanie Clayton, Susan Ruiz, Jerry Stogsdill and Sen. John Skubal.Heley took a moment to give Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning’s email address, before Gerlach warned him not to become too political.Afterward, Woodard said he is confident there are enough votes to pass House Bill 2130 barring discrimination on sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure has been blocked by leadership from coming to a vote, he said.last_img read more

Former student used mother’s gun in Illinois high school shooting: Police

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The 19-year-old who allegedly opened fire in an Illinois high school this week used a gun that had been purchased by his mother, according to Illinois State Police.No victims were injured in the Wednesday morning shooting at Dixon High School, and the suspect, Matthew Milby of Dixon, Illinois, is in custody.The weapon used was a 9mm semi-automatic rifle that was purchased by Milby’s mother in 2012, according to the state police.The state police said it is investigating how the 19-year-old — a former student at Dixon High School — obtained the gun.  Milby allegedly fired several shots near a gym Wednesday morning.Senior Devin Scott said he was in the gym when he heard what sounded like fireworks.“It was a little unreal,” he told ABC News.The weightlifting coach then ran into the gym and alerted the students — who were all seated in the bleachers for graduation practice — to run for safety, Scott said.“Some started crying as they started running,” Scott said.  The school resource officer confronted the suspect who started running away, Dixon police said. When the officer pursued him, the suspect shot several rounds and the officer then returned fire, hitting the gunman, police said.Milby was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries and then released from the hospital on Thursday, state police said.He was taken to Lee County Jail to await his arraignment, which is set for today. Milby has been charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, Dixon police said Wednesday. Bond was set at $2 million.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more