Balliol implements new room pricing system

first_imgBalliol JCR have decided to follow through with a motion which is set to transform the way finalists’ rooms are priced. The ‘Dynamic Rent Banding’, which was proposed at the last JCR General Meeting, aims to ensure that the price of every room matches its value.Currently, rooms are divided into seven ‘bands’ of prices which students can then choose through a balloting system. The new arrangement aims to price rooms according to their popularity among students. Therefore, rooms which are picked by students higher up on the ballot will have a greater premium that those rooms which are chosen last on the ballot.The system was proposed after concerns that many students were paying too much for the quality of their room under the current system, particularly those at the bottom of the accommodation ballot. The new system hopes to match price and quality more effectively.Thomas Wainford, Welfare Officer at Balliol, told Cherwell, “The current system places rooms in seven price bands according to their quality, but there is quite a large variation in quality within bands, the bands are not of equal spacing, and some rooms are clearly misbanded as the old banding was done on a fairly arbitrary basis by the accommodation manager and the Welfare and Housing Officers. The new system aims, over a number of years, to gradually change the price of rooms, so each room will have an individual price, moving up or down depending on the position is it chosen in the ballot, in order to accurately reflect its value.”However, following its initial proposal, Balliol Philosophy Fellow Dr David Wallace expressed concerns that in the long run the system would mean that those rooms at the top and bottom of the ballot would increase in price while those in the middle bands would in fact decrease, to the detriment of students from lower income levels. Balliol JCR was provided with a series of graphs which illustrated Dr Wallace’s concerns.However, a unanimous JCR vote this weekend ensured that the system will still be proposed by the student body to the College. Alex Bartram, Balliol JCR President, told Cherwell, “Balliol JCR on Sunday voted unanimously to implement a change to the way room prices are calculated for finalists in an effort to make the prices of rooms better match their value. It seriously considered a concern raised by a fellow, but the final decision reflected the belief of Balliol JCR that any undesirable outcome is firstly unlikely and secondly swiftly reversible.”Bartram was keen to stress that the new system will be an “experiment”, and that the implementation of ‘Dynamic Rent Banding will therefore be monitored yearly in order to ensure that rooms are priced fairly according to their respective quality.A student who wished to remain anonymous told Cherwell, “Most students were happy to vote to try out the new system, especially because the banding system we have now just doesn’t work, and our welfare officers explained that it would be difficult and time consuming to re-band every room in the college. I think as long as it’s monitored it could be a really good way to make sure the cost of the rooms reflect their value.”This new proposal comes in the midst of negotiations with college regarding proposed rents increases of five per cent.last_img read more

Sandwich firm on minimum wage shaming list

first_imgA sandwich firm is among 70 firms named and shamed by the government, which have failed to pay the minimum wage.Under the new naming regime, as part of a minimum wage crackdown, HMRC found that Mr S Partridge and Ms M Shead, trading as Cobblers Fine Sandwiches & Pastries, Wakefield, neglected to pay £1,003.83 to a worker.Stephen Partridge told British Baker that the situation came about after the company got confused between employing someone as part of an apprenticeship scheme or a youth contract scheme, after another company supplied them with the worker.Partridge said: “We emailed saying we would pay her £3 an hour and they never objected to that. It wasn’t until we sent out paperwork off that we were told it was wrong, we got confused between apprenticeship and contract money. Everything is settled now.”Between the 70 employers, the businesses owed workers a total of over £157,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £70,000.Business minister Jo Swinson said: “Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, immoral and completely unacceptable. Naming and shaming gives a clear warning to employers who ignore the rules, that they will face reputational consequences, as well as financial penalties of up to £20,000, if they don’t pay the minimum wage.”We are legislating through the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill so that this penalty can be applied to each underpaid worker rather than per employer.“We are helping workers recover the hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay owed to them as well as raising awareness to make sure workers are paid fairly in the first place.”Also on the list were two coffee shop businesses and two pizza companies.Workers union calls for actionGMB, the UK’s general workers union has since called for the named directors to be denied further directorships.It has also said that enforcement rules be changed so that trade unions can make complaints to HMRC on behalf of members.Martin Smith, GMB national organiser, said: “As part of the public disgracing for the firms named, GMB is calling for the directors of these companies to be placed on a ‘wage offenders register’ at Companies House and be deemed an unfit person to hold any further directorships.“We are expecting the recommendation from the Low Pay Commission any time now on the uprating of the national minimum wage from £6.50.“There is bucket-loads of evidence that an uplift of at least 50p per hour would help the low-paid and start to stimulate the economy and that all the big firms, including the retailers, can afford it.”The government has named 92 employers since the new naming regime came into force in October 2013. They had total arrears of over £316,000 and total penalties of over £111,000.last_img read more

“Setién preaches, Bordalás does not, does what comes out of the ‘papo”

first_img“Bordalás should open the news” Withdrawal: “I had some chance to train before arriving at Deportivo. I wanted to retire actively, to be able to say goodbye to football.”Difficulty for older coaches: “I thought that with the years I have … In the Compostela, when I started, they called me” Profe “, like this in quotes, as a theoretician who lacked practice or experience. I had been training in Second B for years, now I was not a stranger. Now that I have that experience it turns out that what it takes is to deliver the equipment to very young trainers. They have no experience, but I suppose they have knowledge. I already valued knowledge more than experience. Now it seems that it is so, the opposite of before, and I seem to be going backwards. Now they ask me for youth. But it happens in football, in education, in professional life … How many unemployed 50 or 55 are there that nobody wants to hire. There is a prejudice about age, microviejismos, like micromachismos. If you are older, what? That is just an idea. You can be perfectly. “ Fernando Vázquez Fernando Vázquez, about Celta-Depor Case of Zozulia and Case Marega: “What cannot be is what happened in Vallecas. That is, What is a nazi? After all, it’s almost a political opinion, do not? With a more serious background, but it is still a bit. That is to say, that for a hobby that gives its opinion, it sings something observable, manageable, that even the kid himself… well, he didn’t write it, but… They suspend the match. Then, racist and xenophobic insults and nothing happens. We do something wrong“.Solution to the problem: “First, the Federation or the Professional Football League has to take things seriously. But seriously, seriously. And from there: coaches, players, clubs, presidents … but we meander because the subject is delicate. I don’t know, it seems to me that it is clear. It is in the Constitution. I don’t see many people protesting because these things happen that are unconstitutional. Discrimination by, by and by. Lighter water. I don’t know, it’s sad and I feel very sorry for the kid who had to suffer. ‘Stay, stay, stay’, instead of saying: ‘We are with you, that they give him in the ass and we go ‘. You lose a match, but let a club do it one day. Do you lose a match? The Porto? It goes second, right? Well, to see what would happen, to see who risks taking the first step. “The day he could sign for Manchester United: “Through Ferguson’s son, he addressed me to see if he was willing to leave. I went to talk to the president of Valladolid, Carlos Suarez, and he said no. Surely he would be misrepresented, or he was dumb. I thought I had a contract and I stayed. If I look back it is a big mistake in my career as it was to have stayed in Vigo. When you are a coach, more important than what you get at the sports level, is to direct your career correctly. That sometimes, when you are young, you do not give importance, I think it is key. Knowing how to stop you, for example. Know when to wait. I think my sports career was very poorly directed. “Fernando Vázquez and his possible destinations: “I never had too much interest in going outside. Training in England for example, which is where I would have liked to go … But I am Fernando Vázquez. I was not a UEFA champion, I was not an international player. It is very difficult. Even to go to China is very complicated. ‘Who is this Fernando Vázquez? Who did you train? If I had trained Real Madrid, or Atlético de Madrid, yes’. There is some palletism in China. If you are an international player but without a resume, they take you. But I carry my resume and they start thinking, ‘Who is this?’ What matters is glamor. Why is Gregorio Manzano training in China? Because he was at Atlético de Madrid. For another normal coach it is very difficult, and now even more. “ More people with a critical situation than with a good year: “Yes, that is a psychological effect that works. You are lost … I saw Oviedo with the field almost full in Third, and now in Second A they have half the fans. When you want to go up, everyone is going to support, but when you have expectations of ascent and do not meet them and you are in no man’s land, as happens to them … The public doubts, if they go down, the field may fill again. of this. If we were ninth, with the ascent away, there would possibly not be this effervescence of hobby. It is possible that we were not 28,000, but 20,000, as there were no aspirations of ascent or danger of going down. That is why people get carried away. “ “In Vallecas they suspend the game. Then, racist and xenophobic insults and nothing happens” Fernando Vázquez Fernando Vázquez Couldn’t we have the best derby in Spain? “United turned to me to see if he was willing to leave” Celtic-Depor comparison: “Celticism and sportsmanship are two very important social movements. I don’t understand the bad rivalry, the match. For Deportivo it is very important that Celta be in First when he is in First, and vice versa. What is difficult to understand is that the Galician derby is decaffeinated because a Corunna family does not want to go to Vigo and a Vigo does not want to come to A Coruña. But this was politicized. And there I leave it. Couldn’t we have the best derby in Spain? There are always problems. When you can defend your team and, at the same time, appreciate the opponent. No. Here, you want yours and the other you despise. “His vocation as a teacher: “In my beginnings I did not think about being professional. I was training here in Galicia and I worked in an institute and I knew that I would never leave teaching even if a Second B team came from outside Galicia, because I was not going to leave. according to working in the morning in the institute and training in the afternoon. When I leave Lalín and go to Racing I started to think that maybe I could go up there with him to Second Division. It was when I started thinking about it, although then I went to Lugo and I thought about teaching again. “Bad moments in Celta: “I suffered professionally and personally. When I say that the bicycle is my psychologist, it is because it is so. I did not want to see or hear the games on the weekend. I used to ride a bike when there were games. I suffered a crisis, say … An emotional shock. Because I was paralyzed by energy. The desire to train, to watch football … But I went out. “Possession football: “The matches are 90 minutes. And I tell them, midfield retreat. We have 40% average possession in all matches. 60-40% is not that different. Cádiz had 30% and took 12 points to the second, and nobody discusses Cádiz, the other day the team progressed at the ball level, but you will have opportunities, 90 minutes go a long way, I don’t think we will do … When I started training, this was normal. In the year 95, the clubs were waiting for you and you had to wait, everyone was doing the same, a fucking wall in front, not today, because football changed, and that started … Everyone has to play in the opposite field, travel fast, where is it written that you have to play football like this? There are many teams that play like that. The best example is Atlético de Madrid. He won because he played the opposite of everyone. And maybe the same thing happened to us. I don’t have to decide the strategies of others, but that’s a true story. Rich Simeone seems to be doing worse when … There is that runrun that “what a shit, we don’t play anything” … Well, they can hurt themselves. Simeone starts to doubt. They record better players … But in the year 95 it was never criticized how bad that team played. Before there was no play right or wrong. The press did not use it. “ Fernando Vázquez has granted an interview in La Voz de Galicia, leaving a dozen headlines. The coach of Deportivo has completely changed the situation of the club, which even dreams of getting into the Playoffs. He, on the contrary, remains cautious about what is to come. He also spoke of his words about the parental pin in Andalusia, about racist insults to Marega or about the moment of form of Getafe from Bordalás. Bordalás and Setién: “Absolutely, because it seems to me a coach like the cup of a pine. The other day, playing against Barcelona, ​​with combinatorial game, playing in the opposite field … He also preaches it. Bordalás does not preach anything. Play as it comes out of the papo … But the one who was in the opposite field except fifteen or twenty minutes was the Getafe. So, that team that they say kicks, defends I don’t know what … It’s an absurd contempt. But if you won the game clearly. He has no problem saying he is defensive, but goes to Camp Nou and tells him that with that style he goes and is in his field. He lost the game because he has no Messi and some more. Bordalás does not train to like. He does not train for I know that I am, my team is that I do not know what .. He trains within strategic possibilities, valuing his strength, that of others. He is a real coach. Last year near Champions and this in Champions. I would have to be the coach who is at the head of all the news. In addition, Bordalás is a good colleague. Good colleague is one who does not have to talk about the rival team to justify himself. Bordalás never does. Look at the ones that are justified talking about the rival. It used to happen a lot. Not so much now, but it’s still happening. “Marega: “I understand that the big clubs are not going to solve this. It will only be resolved when players decide to leave and miss matches. I think a little miserable the performance of Marega’s teammates, coach and referee. Grabbing the kid, I think they also got a yellow card, so he stayed. I think they should have had the opposite reaction. But this has to be fixed by who has to fix it. “ Have you regretted your words about the parental pin?: “Never. Sometimes a journalist asks you and … I didn’t want to get into that controversy. I released that and had to explain why. I talked about the teaching staff. I have my opinion on that and why I will not give it. I have every right to give my opinion about what I want. Everyone thinks about football and it seems that I have to be a coach only and, as if it were subnormal, abnormal or paranormal, I could not give my opinion. I understand why, I don’t have to create foolish enemies. But I say: Why do I think fools foolishly thinking? Don’t you think it’s from a society a little sick? I don’t know, I think my way, but I never regretted it. It went too far, then I repeated it in a few days, I thought we were among coaches and there is a journalist who puts it in networks. But I didn’t talk about the parental pin anymore, I made a joke to make them laugh a little and they laughed. But social networks are tremendous, it seems that I insisted on the subject.last_img read more

World T20: ICC suspends Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny for illegal bowling actions

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Bangladesh’s left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny and pacer Taskin Ahmed from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after finding out their actions to be illegal. Both the bowlers went through assessments in Chennai last week, where their actions were reckoned to be illegal.Taskin and Sunny were reported for suspect actions during the World T20 match against Netherlands.However, both the bowlers can apply for re-assessment after changing their bowling actions, but at this stage can continue playing domestic cricket with their cricket’s board’s permission.The duo featured in Bangladesh’s first match in the Super 10 stage against Pakistan, where Sunny and Taskin returned with two wickets each. The Bangladesh Cricket Board is yet to name their replacements.last_img read more