Palestinian leader’s health apparently improving in hospital

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appears to be making a swift recovery in hospital from his latest health troubles. His office released a photo and a brief video clip late on Monday showing him walking in the hospital …

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Faculty jobs cut, staff told they are at risk of layoffs at Evergreen State University

Earlier this week I highlighted a piece at the Wall Street Journal which warned layoffs were coming to Evergreen State College. Yesterday, Campus Reform reported that the layoffs have already begun:

John Carmichael, the chief of staff and secretary to the Evergreen State College Board of Trustees, announced in a memo to staff and faculty members on Tuesday that the school has already cut 24 faculty lines and eliminated 19 vacant staff positions, and warned that up to 20 additional staff members could seen be laid off.

“Over the past several days, 20 staff members have been notified that they are at risk for layoff,” Carmichael wrote. “These layoffs, although necessary to stabilize the college’s budget, represent a profound loss felt by many.”

It’s not clear how many of the faculty jobs were already vacant when they were cut. It sounds from this as if the 19 staff positions that were eliminated were already vacant but an additional 20 staff positions that are not vacant could be cut at any time.

“As painful as it is to lose valued colleagues, we know that we must take dramatic steps to stabilize the budget,” Carmichael wrote. “These steps, along with the re-organization of senior leadership positions and fee changes previously announced, will stabilize the budget.”

They don’t actually know that yet. Evergreen announced 2 weeks ago that it was preparing for a 10 percent decline in enrollment next year. Accommodating that decline will require cutting $5.9 million from the budget. But the 10% projection is actually the midpoint of a larger range. Back in February, the school warned the actual decline could be closer to 18 percent. And the WSJ report this week that enrollment for next year is currently down 20%, though the school claims many students choose to enroll at the last minute. All of that to say, Evergreen’s predicament may be significantly worse than the current preparation suggests. I will not be at all surprised if the school goes through another round of deep cuts sometime this summer.

Once the budget is under control, he concluded optimistically, the school will be able to focus on “the critical initiatives that staff and faculty have identified for revitalizing the college by, for instance, identifying paths of study, launching enrollment recovery initiatives, investing in the First-Year experience, modernizing our marketing program, and committing to inclusive excellence and equity for all students.”

Evergreen hasn’t learned anything from last year’s fiasco. So long as President George Bridges is still there, this school is going to continue to struggle. Maybe at some point things will get bad enough that someone will suggest he needs to go but so far the school appears willing to let dozens of other faculty and staff members pay the price for Bridges’ dumb decisions.

One thing that hasn’t gotten cut, at least so far, is the school’s Play Day, where it sets up inflatable bounce houses in Red Square. [h/t Benjamin Boyce]

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Scoop: Coming Up On ELEMENTARY on CBS – Monday, June 11, 2018

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Active search ends for missing Maryland man in Tellico Lake Active…

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Laser technology developed in Canberra blasts off on NASA mission

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Yulia Skripal finally appears after 11 weeks – Tells world to leave her alone in pre-recorded message

Yulia Skripal has said she wishes to return to Russia “in the longer term” despite the nerve agent attack on her and her father Sergei, which she described as life-changing. In her first appearance since being discharged from hospital, Yulia said that she had flown to London on 3 March to visit her father, something she had done regularly in the past. The Skripals were found a day later in a comatose condition on a park bench in the centre of Salisbury. “After 20 days in a coma, I woke to the news that we had both been poisoned,” she said. “I still find it hard to come to terms that both of us were attacked. We are so lucky to both have survived this attempted assassination. “Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful. The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking. I don’t want to describe the details, but the physical treatment was invasive, painful and depressing.”

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Sony to Become World’s No.1 Music Publisher with $2.3 Billion EMI Deal

(From Reuters)

Sony Corp (6758.T) said on Tuesday it would pay about $2.3 billion to gain control of EMI, becoming the world’s biggest music publisher in an industry that has found new life in streaming services.

The acquisition, which gives Sony a catalogue of more than 2 million songs from artists such as Kanye West, Sam Smith and Sia, is the biggest so far by new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida.

The deal seeks to take advantage of the rapid growth in streaming music services like Spotify (SPOT.N) and Apple Music (AAPL.O) which has driven a recovery in the music industry.

It also fits in with Yoshida’s mission to make revenue streams more stable after his predecessor engineered a major turnaround that shifted the firm’s focus away from low-margin consumer electronics to entertainment content and image sensors.

“This investment in content intellectual property is a key stepping stone for our long-term growth,” he told a news conference.

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