Mayor of London election: Beware the capital’s slide into a one-party city

first_imgThe candidates and their parties are not entirely to blame for the lack of interest in the election. This year’s lockdown meant a ban on door-to-door campaigning, while both parties are also said to be relatively cash poor and unable to spend huge sums on digital advertising. The Conservatives have not controlled Liverpool City Council since 1971 and have just one MP out of 15 in Merseyside. It can be little surprise then that the Labour-run council, immune from any kind of real electoral challenge from the Tories, has been plagued with a series of corruption allegations. Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson was arrested last year over claims, which he denies, of bribery and witness intimidation. He is being investigated over allegations that he took bribes in return for building contracts, with colourful figures like former Militant Tendency heavy Derek Hatton also involved. Stefan Boscia The race, postponed 12 months due to Covid, has been a lifeless affair that has provided no spark, intrigue, gaffes or memorable moments. The closest thing was that time Sadiq Khan hid in a coffee shop from a few crank hecklers at a media event in Bounds Green. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Meanwhile, the easing of restrictions in the past month has meant people have far more important and fulfilling things to do then ponder the results of an election they barely knew was taking place. However, public interest still would have been diabolically low even without the spectre of Covid. The Conservative party has also done very little to support Bailey, pulling a large chunk of his campaign funding earlier this year and leaving him with just one communications officer. After winning just 21 of 72 London constituencies in the 2019 General Election, the Tories made economically “levelling up” the Midlands and the North as its top priority in government. This brand of cronyism and corruption is the corollary of a system where one party is left to its own devices and faces no genuine scrutiny come election time. However, this is not at all to suggest Khan or his team are in any way crooked or ever will be – they are all good people who genuinely love this city. A YouGov poll last week found that just 33 per cent of Londoners had a good idea of who Bailey is and what he stands for. Those that do recognise the London Assembly member will likely know him for a long list of gaffes and crude comments that reveal a long standing streak of social conservatism – not exactly ideal when trying to court voters in the progressive enclave that is London. Read more: Editorial: London has deserved more from an insipid Mayoral contest whatsapp Sadiq Khan is likely to win a second term as London mayor by a landslide (Getty Images) But what if we’re not so lucky in the future or if we simply get landed with a series of incompetent mayors that won’t be thrown out due to the tribal nature of London’s Labour affinity? Let’s hope the Conservatives change course and get their act together in time to make a contest of the London mayor election of 2024. What would be the defining moment or theme for the 2021 mayor of London election then? Do you know? I bet you don’t – I don’t even know and I’ve covered the thing for more than a year. Thursday 6 May 2021 6:00 am Opinion Even the most tribal of Labour supporters should want their elected officials to be held accountable and to not become complacent in office. An extreme example of how this can play out is in Liverpool. All of this has led many to conclude the Tories have abandoned London and will happily divert resources elsewhere to where it can win, leaving the capital as essentially a one-party town. Even the staunchest of Labourites should be worried about this turn of events. Read more: ‘I’m somebody who enjoys winning’: Sadiq Khan plots out a second mayoral term Most major election campaigns have trademark moments or themes that leave an indelible image on the electorate and become a part of the public’s collective memory. The 2019 General Election will be remembered as the Brexit election and for Boris Johnson’s “Get Brexit Done” slogan. whatsapp Share Read more: ‘I’ve come from the street’: Shaun Bailey makes his last push Mayor of London election: Beware the capital’s slide into a one-party city In the 2016 London mayoral election there was Zac Goldsmith’s nasty and ill-conceived attempts to label Sadiq Khan as a radical Islamist sympathiser and in the 2010 General Election we had Gordon Brown’s “bigoted woman” comments.  Khan’s Tory rival, Shaun Bailey, has been so poor that he has trailed the mayor by more than 20 points in the polls for the past year. Despite having three years to make a name for himself, he has failed to have any real cut through with the electorate. Guaranteed victories for Labour candidates in City Hall, and in the lion’s share of other local elections, would likely lead to poorer performances from our elected officials. Democracy, much like football, only works if there are consequences for poor performances and if incumbents can be made to pay at the ballot box. Sadiq Khan has run a defensive campaign that has failed to outline a grand vision for a post-Covid London that we so desperately need. But can we really blame him for playing it safe when the result looks so certain? The lack of public interest in the campaign will likely be borne out in today’s turnout, with pundits expecting it to be among the lowest ever for a London mayor election. The record high turnout, as an aside, was 45 per cent when Boris Johnson won in 2008 as a liberal, internationalist Tory up against the old school Bennite Ken Livingstone.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyBrake For It40 New Features In The 2021 Ford BroncoBrake For ItFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury BureauMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.com Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Uptick in oil prices helps Alaska’s bottom line, but not much

first_imgShare this story: Alaska’s Energy Desk | Economy | Energy & Mining | North SlopeUptick in oil prices helps Alaska’s bottom line, but not muchAugust 22, 2016 by Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:The Trans Alaska Pipeline System, or TAPS, carries oil from Alaska’s North Slope to the rest of the state, shown here running along the Dalton Highway. Oil prices have rebounded slightly in the last few weeks, analysts say that won’t mean much for Alaska’s bottom line. (Photo by Lindsay Ohlert/Creative Commons)Oil prices were up for the third straight week last week.In Alaska, North Slope crude rose to nearly $50 a barrel by the end of the week.That’s much higher than the $40-a-barrel price the state based this year’s budget on. But, the price isn’t nearly high enough to fill the state’s massive $3.2 billion budget deficit.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/08/22OILPRICES.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Ken Alper, director of the state’s tax division, said each dollar increase in the price of oil works out to about $25-$30 million in revenue for the state. And while that’s helpful, it’s not going to balance the budget.“I don’t think we’re expecting it to move very much and once again we’re anticipating over a $3 billion dollar deficit so a few hundred extra million is certainly helpful but it still means a large shortfall for the current year,” Alper said.Alper said the rebound in prices is good for oil companies.“The big difference that happens around $46 a barrel is, that is, per our estimates, around the break even point for the major producers on the North Slope,” he said.That break even point is a big deal for the state. If oil stays at that price, the state is guaranteed a four percent tax on production. Any lower and the companies can claim credits that reduce the state’s tax revenue.But the price of oil is still half of the $102-per-barrel needed to balance the state’s budget this year.Alper said that it is technically possible oil prices could get back up to that level, but very unlikely.“It’s a small likelihood. There’s certainly a possibility. We can’t discount it. But if I had to put a number out there, I’d put it in the less than 5% category,” he said.There are several factors affecting the price of oil. A big one is that global inventories of crude oil are high and the market is oversupplied. Analysts say that isn’t likely to change soon.Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, are set to meet with other producers in September to discuss freezing production. That fueled speculation that drove prices up last week.Esa Ramasamy, is an analyst for S&P Global Platts.  He said OPEC signalling that it would discuss capping production could drive prices up in the short term, but other factors have longer lasting impacts on the market, like the forecast.“This year, they believe the winter is going to be much cooler than what it was last year,” he said.Hurricane season can also drive oil prices up as storms hit the Gulf of Mexico and halt production at rigs there. But, Ramasay said there are other factors that could pull prices down. Of those, one of the most critical is investment.As oil prices cratered, companies stopped investing. Ramasamy says there hasn’t been any measurable investment in the last two years.In Alaska, low prices have caused the state to dip into its $8 billion constitutional budget reserve to close the deficit this year.And, while more revenue from the bump in oil prices will cause the state to draw less on its savings, the problem is far from resolved.By Monday, prices had fallen by 3 percent, making it seem even less likely that they’ll rebound to budget-balancing highs anytime soon.last_img read more

Language workshop participants discuss challenges of revitalizing Yup’ik

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | Education | SouthwestLanguage workshop participants discuss challenges of revitalizing Yup’ikJuly 16, 2018 by Isabelle Ross, KDLG-Dillingham Share:Evelyn Yanez points to pictures and says the Yup’ik name of the animal, object or activity, during a Yup’ik immersion program for infants to 5-year-olds in the village of Igiugig. (Photo by Avery Lill/KDLG)A mother and daughter attended a four-day language institute at University of Alaska in May, which coincided with the Alaska legislature’s April declaration of a linguistic emergency for Alaska Native languages.Southwest Region Schools Yup’ik studies director Arnaq Esther Ilutsik said that the sheer number of languages in Alaska present a particular challenge because they are spread across many regions with different needs.This is mirrored in Yup’ik-speaking regions.“We have such a huge region that there are three different parts,” she said. “There’s the northern Yup’ik, off the Yukon River. There’s the Kuskokwim Yup’ik, which is more central, and they’re the strongest speakers of the central Yup’ik language. And then there’s the Bristol Bay area, where we’re the weakest link. We have a lot to do to strengthen our own languages in our communities.”At the workshop, two delegations – from Hawai’i and the Mohawk Nation – discussed efforts to revitalize and sustain their communities’ Native languages with over 100 attendees.The workshop also addressed the historical trauma some associate with indigenous language, one result of the boarding schools many Alaska Native children were forced to attend through the 1970s.“Language and culture were not allowed in the schools until the 1970s. When my late father, in the 1930s, George H. Ilutsik, went to school – he hardly went to school because he was a reindeer herder – but during that time he was learning English. He was learning the American holidays, and they were disregarding their own celebrations.”Even after Yup’ik was reintroduced in schools, Esther Ilutsik said that it was taught through an English lens.“We didn’t practice our own celebrations. Going to school, we were punished for speaking our language. In the 1970s, they said, ‘Yes, it’s OK to teach the language and culture in the school. But when they first created the materials, the materials were based on things that were taught in English, like ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star.’”According to Ilutsik and her daughter Atkiq Michelle Ilutsik Snyder, teaching Yup’ik through English, rather than through Yup’ik is a problem.Public platforms like radio can provide the public with conversation that shows how the language flows.John Active produced and hosted a Yup’ik show on KYUK starting in the 1970s. He passed away shortly after his retirement in April.“He wanted to ensure that his Yup’ik elders understood what was going on in the world,” Esther Ilutsik said. “That was his first motivation. But then you read and hear a lot of the stories that he shares, and that’s the grounding: our Yup’ik foundation.”“I think it’s really important that we acknowledge the language of the place that we are living in,” said Ilutsik Snyder, a doctoral student in the University of Alaska Fairbanks’s indigenous studies program. “For us living here in Dillingham and in this region, it’s Yup’ik. Yup’ik people have been living here for time immemorial. And for so long we’ve been expected to assimilate and function through English, to function in an English-speaking world. There’s been no consideration for those whose first language is Yup’ik, who would like to continue to speak Yup’ik. There has been nothing available for them.”A lack of basic platforms needed to begin is one of the biggest roadblocks to building a framework for language revitalization, Esther Ilutsik said.“I think one of the things that we really need to look at is community engagement. One of the Hawai’ians said, ‘It is the responsibility of the schools to bring our language back.’ It is the schools’ responsibility to bring the language back to the communities, but we also need community engagement.”She said that this would provide a foundation from which language revitalization efforts could grow.Share this story:last_img read more

Body of man found floating off Southeast Alaska island

first_imgPublic Safety | SoutheastBody of man found floating off Southeast Alaska islandAugust 21, 2018 by Associated Press Share:JUNEAU — An Alaska fisherman found the body of a man floating off Yakobi Island.Alaska State Troopers say the state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy and attempt to identify the remains.The Coast Guard on Saturday night took a call from a fishing vessel saying the body was floating about 1 mile offshore near Cape Cross on the west side of Yakobi Island.Yakobi Island is off the northwest corner of Chichagof Island.Alaska Wildlife Troopers on fisheries patrol recovered the body.Troopers say the victim was an older white man. They could not make an initial identification.Share this story:last_img

All of Monday night’s Laois GAA results

first_img It was a very busy night on the GAA front with games in hurling and football as well as one county game.Leinster U20HC Quarter Final (Extra time & Winner on the Day, if necessary)Laois 0-10 Kilkenny 5-21 – SEE REPORT HERELaois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 2 Round 10O’Dempseys 2-15 Crettyard 2-10Annanough gave a walkover to Park-RatheniskaLaois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 3 Ballyroan Abbey 2-9 Ballyfin 2-16Camross gave a walkover to KilleshinLaois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 4 Round 9Arles/Kilcruise 2-17 St Joseph’s 0-10Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 1A Round 6Portlaoise 2-14 Colt/St Fintan’s 1-11Midlands Park Hotel Under-17 “A” Hurling League Round 5Raheen Parish Gaels V The HarpsRathdowney Errill 2-9 Abbeyleix Gaels 3-17Midlands Park Hotel Under-17 “B” Football League Group A Round 5Killeshin V BallylinanMidlands Park Hotel Under-13 “A” Football League Shield Semi Finals (Extra time if necessary)St Paul’s v Ballyroan AbbeyMidlands Park Hotel Under-13 “C” Football League Semi Finals (Extra time if necessary)Castletown 4-8 Stradbally Parish Gaels 5-7O’Dempsey’s 7-10 Clonaslee St Manmans 1-4Midlands Park Hotel Under-13 “C” Football League Shield Semi Finals (Extra time if necessary)St Fintan’s Gaels 1-9 St Pauls 8-17Midlands Park Hotel Under-13 “B” Football League Group A Round 10Ballylinan 4-11 Crettyard 2-8Kilcavan The Rock V GraiguecullenMidlands Park Hotel Under-13 “B” Football League Group B Round 10The Harps 10-5 Ballyfin Gaels 2-5Park Ratheniska Spink 4-5 Mountmellick 5-8Clough-Ballacolla 2-9 Rosenallis 5-8SEE ALSO – Folly Festival in Cullohill is back as they continue to team up with Electric Picnic organisers Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 24th June 2019 All of Monday night’s Laois GAA results Twitter TAGSLaois GAA Results Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Home Sport GAA All of Monday night’s Laois GAA results SportGAA GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Previous articleFolly Festival in Cullohill is back as they continue to team up with Electric Picnic organisersNext articleDeaths in Laois – Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Joe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 191 Renault Megane from €58 per week

first_img Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 29th August 2019 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Previous articleJOB VACANCY: Mulhall’s Restaurant in Portlaoise looking for front of house staffNext articleJOB VACANCY: Nostra looking to hire IT Support Engineers for roles based in Laois LaoisToday Reporter Twitter WhatsApp Comments3x3point rear seat beltsAdjustable seatsAdjustable steering column/wheelAir ConditioningAlloy WheelsArmrestAuto LightsAuxiliary Jack InputBluetooth PhoneBody Coloured BumpersBody Coloured Bumpers/MirrorsCentralised lockingChild LocksChrome PackageClimate ControlCruise ControlCurtain AirbagsDriver AirbagDriver Knee AirbagElectric MirrorsElectric WindowsExtended WarrantyFoglightsFront Electric WindowsFront Fog LightsFull Service HistoryHands Free KitHeat preventing glassHeated MirrorsHeight adjustable drivers seatISO FixImmobilizerLeather Steering WheelLimited slip differentialLumbar SupportMetallic PaintMirrors electric and heaterMulti-Function Steering WheelMultiple AirbagsPower SteeringPrivacy GlassRear Electric WindowsRear Parking SensorsRemote Central LockingSide AirbagSide Impact ProtectionSplit Fold Rear SeatsStop and Start SystemTraction ControlUSBWindows front + rear electricABS TAGSJoe Mallon Motors Pinterest This week’s Car of the Week from Joe Mallon Motors is a 191 Renault Megane.With a finance option in place, this car could be yours from €58 per weekThis is another Exceptional Offer From JOE MALLON MOTORS.Why buy from Joe Mallon Motors? Confidence, peace of mind, reassurance.SummaryThese are the virtues of buying an Approved Used Car because every car has or is supported by:Multipoint inspectionComprehensive reconditioningvaletingMileage verificationVehicle validation checkFinance Packages available subject to terms and conditionsOver 31 Years’ experience selling used vehicles. Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA WhatsApp Twitter GAA Joe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 191 Renault Megane from €58 per week GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – Check out more great deals from Joe Mallon Motorslast_img read more

Hub acquires Manitoba insurance brokerage

first_img Chicago-based Hub International Ltd. announced on Monday that it has acquired the shares of Gibson’s Insurance Agency Ltd., a Manitoba-based insurance brokerage. Gibson’s is a general brokerage that specializes in working with clients in the agriculture and farming industries. It also offers a range of investments. Related news IE Staff Western Financial Group acquires Ontario’s Axion Insurance Gibson’s has two locations in Treherne and Notre Dame de Lourdes, each of which will remain in operation as part of the Hub International Horizon operations. Horizon is Hub’s regional platform in Manitoba, which was established when Hub acquired Horizon Insurance, LP in 2011. Hub Horizon offers a broad suite of insurance solutions to individuals and businesses across a wide variety of industries. “Because Gibson’s agricultural clients are similar to Hub’s Manitoba client profile, they are in a great position to take advantage of Hub’s unique innovative insurance products developed for crop production, employee benefits, and life and estate planning,” said Keith Jordan, president and CEO of Hub International Horizon. The acquisition broadens Hub’s local market reach and specializations throughout the province of Manitoba. With the addition of these two offices, Hub will operate 22 locations across Manitoba. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Co-operators acquires Redfords Insurance Brokerscenter_img Altas Partners makes minority investment in Hub International Keywords Insurance brokeragesCompanies Hub International Ltd. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

CSA issues guidance for firms that need help with compliance

first_img Keywords ComplianceCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators SEC examines rules for inter-fund trading New guidance sets out regulators’ expectations for firms that hire outside help to help beef up their compliance.The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) issued a staff notice on Thursday that provides guidance to firms that are directly regulated by the provincial authorities (such as exempt market dealers and portfolio managers) and are required to hire a consultant to help them correct compliance deficiencies and improve their supervisory systems. Related news James Langton Regulators aim to root out pandemic-driven liquidity issues Share this article and your comments with peers on social media compliance solutions rubber stamp Generally, firms are required to hire a consultant as a result of regulatory action by the CSA in response to a compliance review or an enforcement investigation.“In many cases, consultants engaged in these circumstances have been effective in helping firms to address their compliance deficiencies and to significantly improve their compliance systems, or systems of control and supervision,” the CSA says in its notice.The guidance set out in the notice aims to help firms identify and engage appropriate consultants. It provides firms and consultants with the regulators’ expectations for these arrangements, providing transparency into the CSA’s process and criteria for approving a consultant.It also aims to improve the oversight and remediation processes of firms required to hire compliance consultants. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Conflicts, crypto, cyber risk: the year ahead in compliancelast_img read more

Significant project to boost King Island jobs

first_imgSignificant project to boost King Island jobs Michael Ferguson,Minister for State GrowthKing Island Scheelite’s Dolphin Tungsten Project has the potential to generate significant investment, create jobs and boost the economy on King Island.The Tasmanian Liberal Government has offered a $10 million commercial loan, repayable over 10 years to help progress the Dolphin Mine which has been closed since the early 1990s. In that time the mine has generated no local return or economic activity.The company estimates the project could create up to 90 full-time equivalent jobs during construction, with around 55 ongoing full-time equivalent jobs on King Island.While the project is still contingent on a number of other requirements, which the company is progressing, this is an important step in moving it forward. This will allow the company to continue the additional capital-raising necessary to bring it to fruition.The loan remains subject to formal loan and security documentation being agreed and executed, and includes a number of conditions that must be satisfied prior to the release of funds, which is consistent with finance facilities of this nature, including all other capital raising necessary to deliver the project.It would be great to see a clever, job-creating mine up and running again under this proposal, producing significant social and economic benefits for the King Island community.The Tasmanian Liberal Government supports and promotes investment in our regional areas, and there is a significant economic growth opportunity in this project for King Island and the state as a whole.It is fantastic that mining interests have regained confidence to invest in Tasmania under this pro-jobs Government. This is exactly the sort of project and investment we need to boost confidence and business activity in Tasmania as we recover and rebuild after the pandemic. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, business, community, Economy, Ferguson, finance, full-time, Government, Investment, mining, Minister, pandemic, project, running, security, TAS, Tasmania, Tassielast_img read more

CU-Boulder Releases Sexual Harassment Policy Report

first_imgA report released today by the University of Colorado at Boulder summarizes the activities and findings of the first 18 months of the campus’ Sexual Harassment Committee under the current sexual harassment policy. The report, covering the period of Dec. 1, 1995 through May 31, 1997, was submitted to Chancellor Richard L. Byyny by committee Co-Chairs Shari Robertson and Neil Ashby. “This report will be instrumental in our ongoing efforts to address the issue of sexual harassment on the Boulder campus,” said Byyny. “Sexual harassment is prohibited in this university community, and we intend to use all available tools, including education, training and policy enforcement, to eliminate it from our environment.” During the report’s time period, about 3,400 CU-Boulder employees had received training in handling sexual harassment issues. Robertson said hundreds more have participated in the two-hour and four-hour training sessions in the intervening period. Among the report’s findings were:• Fifty-one individuals had “intake interviews” with the co-chairs, in which a person may report incidents of perceived sexual harassment.• Twelve of these individuals then presented written allegations of sexual harassment to the co-chairs.• Nine “investigative panels” were convened to review the allegations. The other three written allegations were determined by the co-chairs not to be allegations of sexual harassment.• Of the nine panel investigations, four allegations were substantiated and five were not substantiated. Administrative actions taken in the substantiated cases included such reliefs as formal reprimand, placement on notice, required training on sexual harassment issues, placement of letter in personnel file, and continued monitoring of situation. Of the remaining intake interviews, six remain timely but without written allegations to date; 12 presented no written allegations and are no longer timely; and 24 were otherwise handled by the co-chairs. In cases handled by co-chairs, numerous resolutions were employed, such as: referral of complainant to appropriate office; provision of information requested; consultation with a department head; and allegations resolved with a termination. Robertson said the experiences of the policy’s first 18 months were valuable in planning for the future. “For example, we learned that the use of formal convened investigation panels makes it hard to respond quickly to an allegation.” The current policy is being updated based on lessons learned from the first 18 months. For example, the co-chairs recommended the campus consider enlisting the help of individuals trained in investigation and reporting of written allegations. The report also recommends:• Establishing a process for updating involved individuals on the status of an investigation;• Assigning one co-chair to a full-time responsibility for implementing the campus sexual harassment policy;• Educating the faculty about the policy in a variety of formats• Listing the Ombuds Office in the appendix to the policy. Published: Dec. 11, 1997 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more