On the picket line

first_imgMichigan nurses outmobilize ‘right to work’More than 1,000 registered nurses at the Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mich., triumphed on Aug. 9-10. They not only organized the biggest union victory in a right-to-work (for-less) state, but succeeded where they’d failed 15 years earlier. What changed?Since they won that earlier battle, the bosses ramped up anti-worker maneuvers — heaping on mandatory overtime, cutting benefits, shuttering professional development opportunities and pushing RNs around different departments with no cross-training. So the nurses decided to unionize with the Michigan Nurses Association, employing traditional, battle-tested methods. They held a day-long drop-in session at a coffee shop, as well as face-to-face lunchtime meetings, and organized meetings to accommodate workers’ schedules.Organizers also used modern methods, such as team-based group chats in a texting application, which allowed them to drop in on management’s captive audience meetings and call out anti-union consultants. The entire process is documented in a Sept. 20 Labor Notes article. To communicate the benefit of the nurses’ winning tactics, it deserves a full read at tinyurl.com/mnwu1/. Workers may need to adjust their approach to win a victory. But when they win a union contract in a RTW state, you know it paid off!Oppose the Guestworker Act! Residency and citizenship for migrant workers!A proposed farm bill might become a law threatening workers industrywide. Chair of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the Agricultural Guestworkers Act of 2017 on Oct. 4. It is designed to do three things: replace the existing H-2A visa program, call it instead the “H-2C” visa program and put it under the Department of Agriculture. If passed, the law, according to the National Guestworkers Alliance, a project of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, would drive down wages of all workers in agriculture, dairy, forestry, seafood and meat processing.The proposed law would also drive a wedge between workers, as NGA director Saket Soni noted in an Oct. 4 statement: “The bill purports to address flaws with current guestworker programs. In fact it would exacerbate the worst faults of current programs, while creating a host of new ones that would hurt both guestworkers and U.S.-born workers.” Though big agriculture and the meat business are salivating at the prospect of getting this measure signed into law, over 150 groups concerned with protecting workers’ rights are opposing it.The United Farm Workers is demanding a path to stable citizenship and permanent residency. You can sign a petition supporting that just demand at tinyurl.com/yd54b3sf/. The planned vote on the act by the House Judiciary Committee was postponed Oct. 5. WW says: “Throw the bill in the trash. Workers deserve better!”Media organize at Vice and LA TimesTwo unions — Writers Guild of America, East, and Motion Picture Editors Guild/IATSE Local 700 — announced Sept. 22 that approximately 430 VICE Media employees have chosen to go union. Creative workers joined WGAE, while post-production workers joined MPEG. Organizing began on May Day. Over the past year, workers at Salon.com, Huffington Post, and People’s World have organized to bargain on wages, hours and working conditions. (Portside, Sept. 22)Meanwhile, newsroom workers at the Los Angeles Times have been trying to form a union, setting up a clash with Tronc, the newspaper’s parent company. After months on the case, the organizing committee placed its demands — improved working conditions, higher pay and enhanced benefits, and protections for staff members against “unilateral change by Tronc” — on employees’ desks after work on Oct. 3.The letter affirms that “a majority of the newsroom” at the LA Times has signed union cards supporting representation by the NewsGuild, which represents 25,000 reporters, editors, photojournalists and other media workers at news organizations across the United States. (NY Times, Oct. 4)Oppose changes to Workers’ Comp in New York stateEvery year benefits and care for injured and ill workers come under attack in New York state. Corporations and the Business Council of New York have been lobbying hard this year to gut workers’ compensation. The NYS Workers’ Compensation Board has proposed new rules and regulations that would reduce awards for workers who lose use of a body part and increase uncertainty, delay and litigation for injured workers. “This plan is an insult to all working men and women,” said NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. “Benefit cuts for injured workers are wholly unjustifiable.” To sign a petition opposing the changes, visit tinyurl.com/y7lu6lz8/.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Northrop Grumman to Bid for US Navy’s CANES Deployment Contract

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Northrop Northrop Grumman Corporation announced Monday that it will submit a bid for the U.S. Navy Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services (CANES) full deployment contract. “The CANES program is critical to modernizing the Navy afloat network for enhanced security, affordability and delivering relevant capabilities to the warfighter,” said Mike Twyman, vice president and general manager of the Defense Systems division of Northrop Grumman Information Systems. “With our experience on the development and limited deployment phase, we and our team members are confident we will offer a solution to best achieve the Navy’s mission and objectives.”Twyman added, “We stand ready to produce and help accelerate the delivery of CANES to the fleet.”Northrop Grumman’s CANES solution offers considerable cost and performance improvements over existing shipboard networks including a modernized C4I architecture with increased security and reduced development, deployment and life cycle costs.Consolidation through CANES will eliminate many legacy standalone shipboard networks and provide a common computing environment for dozens of C4I applications. Northrop Grumman uses its Modular Open Systems Approach-CompetitiveTM (MOSA-CTM) strategic business and engineering process to enable continuous competition on the program, thereby driving down life cycle costs. MOSA-CTM ensures vendor-neutral, enduring solutions that improve interoperability and lower the total cost of ownership.[mappress]Press Release, June 4, 2013; Image: Northrop Grumman View post tag: warfighter View post tag: CANES View post tag: US June 4, 2013 View post tag: bid View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval Northrop Grumman to Bid for US Navy’s CANES Deployment Contract View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Northrop Grumman to Bid for US Navy’s CANES Deployment Contract Equipment & technology View post tag: Defence View post tag: Deployment View post tag: contract View post tag: Grumman Share this articlelast_img read more

Local Businessman appointed to Board of Advisors of national HVAC group

first_imgDavid Nichols, Vice President of Climate Systems, Inc. in Williston, has been appointed to a second two-year term on the Board of Advisors of The Unified Group, a national network of 45 pre-eminent heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC).Headquartered in Chicago, The Unified Group is composed of independent HVAC contractors who share a commitment to remaining independent, while providing quality service to clients. The Board of Advisors oversees The Unified Group’s five major business areas including purchasing, business opportunities, membership, training and marketing. Participation in The Unified Group is limited to one member company per geographic area, and companies must have demonstrated a commitment to providing quality service to their clients.Climate Systems, Inc. is a locally-owned , full service and installation heating, ventilatin, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanical contractor dedicated to customer satisfaction.last_img read more

Trail Mix | April Verch

first_imgMy grandmother was a violinist.When I was much younger, I can remember her describing in detail her efforts to learn to play it and how, after an injury from an automobile accident, she had to set her violin down.Stuck in my mind most vividly, I remember how she told me it was one of the most difficult instruments in the world to master, and I remember being awed by her willingness to try it.These discussions with my grandmother came to mind as I sat down to listen to April Verch, who – somehow – has managed to add an extra level of difficulty to the already taxing task of fiddle playing.Verch, who hails from Ottawa Valley, Canada, is a prodigious fiddle player, having taken up the instrument at the age of six. Though it is hard to believe, Verch – at the ripe old age of the average Kindergartner – was already an established traditional step dancer, a skill she began honing at just three years old, when she first laid bow to strings.The Berklee College of Music graduate now punctuates her ferocious fiddling with traditional step dance routines. Verch’s performances are truly a remarkable one-two punch, with her fiddle prowess matched equally by her dance moves.This month, Verch released The April Verch Anthology, a compilation of eighteen tracks that chronicle her nearly twenty year recording career. I recently caught up with April to chat about the new anthology, learning to both fiddle and dance, and amateur entomology.BRO – How hard was it for you to pick the eighteen tracks on this anthology?AV – I kind of thought that listening through all of the old releases might make me cringe a bit, honestly, and that it would be hard to find enough that I felt good about. But it wasn’t like that at all. It was enjoyable, and the only hard part was deciding how to narrow it down. We basically decided to try to approach it by including a healthy mix of both fan favorites and personal favorites. which are surprisingly almost always two different things. I think we achieved a nice blend and that the end result gives a good overall picture of my career thus far.BRO – If you had to add one more, what track might you pick?AV – It’s a bit hard to pick just one more, but I think I would have to go with “Lazy John,” from my 2011 release That’s How We Run. That track featured Riley Baugus and Dirk Powell and is pretty special. They are the real deal, and I love that old song.BRO – We are featuring “Jump Cricket, Jump” on this month’s Trail Mix. How much cricket studying did you have to do to get this track just right?AV – I am extremely fortunate to have two great scientists in my band. Cody Walters, who plays bass and banjo, has a degree in environmental science, and Alex Rubin, who plays guitar, is a neurobiologist. Together we measured and the number of chirps per minute that a cricket makes to determine the best tempo and groove for the track, all depending on the temperature of the day, of course. It gets rather complicated when we’re touring, so we base our findings on a rolling three day mean of temperature and humidity surrounding the gigs’ locations, as well as other factors, which I probably shouldn’t get into here, like pollen counts and local fishing conditions.*BRO – You picked up fiddling and dancing at very young ages. Which was harder to learn?AV – I started dancing at three and fiddling at six, and as far as I remember now, both were equal in degree of difficulty. Everything is easier when you’re a kid, though, isn’t it? I remember feeling like I could do anything that I put my mind to! And I think I had some natural ability, so things weren’t so hard at first. Then I realized several plateaus as I got older and more experienced, and that’s when the work really began, to overcome those challenges. I was lucky to have great teachers and to be surrounded by local musicians and dancers, too, which made all the difference to me.BRO – Any advice for parents of kids learning the fiddle?AV – Let them squeak. Don’t even mention it! I think the best way to get past the awkward squawks that come with learning an instrument is to let them fly so that you can learn to avoid them. Encourage a fearless approach, rather than trying to get them to play more quietly to avoid them, and they’ll end up with better tone more quickly. And remind kids that playing music is about expressing yourself and having fun, not about being being perfect. Actually, that’s not a bad thing for parents to remember, too.April Verch and her band have shows scheduled in Nashville, Louisiana, and even my hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi, this week. For more information on April, her band, or when she might be coming to a stage near you, please check our her website.Also, be sure to listen to “Jump Cricket, Jump,” along with tracks from Shinyribs, Nicki Lane, Bell The Band, Southern Avenue, and more on this month’s Trail Mix.* This might be the best answer I have ever gotten in a Trail Mix interview, and I really, really want to believe it to be true.last_img read more

Brazilian Navy Athlete Wins Unprecedented Gold at London Olympics

first_img !!!Congratulations to Corporal Menezes, a singular recognition for herself and for the Navy of the Southern Cone giant, Brazil. It has a huge significance for the history of the games and the record of those who achieved such a feat; an experience that had not been repeated since Barcelona 1992 !!! By Dialogo August 02, 2012 The Brazilian Navy proudly congratulates judoka Sarah Menezes, who just made history on the afternoon of July 28, at the London Olympic Games. The athlete, who joined the Navy in 2009 with the rank of seaman, defeated Romanian Alina Dumitru, an Olympic champion in Beijing 2008, and won the gold medal in judo in the lightweight category (up to 48 kg). This is the first victory by a female athlete in this sport in the country’s history. Sarah Menezes’s gold is the first for Brazilian judo since the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. The victory has confirmed that the partnership established between the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Sports, which resulted in the creation of the Program for the Incorporation of High-Performance Athletes into the Armed Forces since 2008, has strengthened not only the military sports teams for the 5th Military World Games, held in Rio in 2011, but also Brazilian athletic preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The effort has yielded results since the first day of competition at the Olympic Games, bringing the hope of new medals for Brazil. The Brazilian Navy remains firm in its goal of supporting the Brazilian Olympic project and athletes’ preparation for the 6th Military World Games, to be held in 2015 in South Korea. The Navy will continue to make its professionals and its Brazilian Olympic Committee-accredited facilities available to its military athletes and to Brazilian athletics in general as training centers for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, so that we can join in helping to position our country as one of the world’s leading athletic powers. last_img read more

WATCH: Derek Fisher performs hoops-inspired routine in ‘Dancing with the Stars’

first_imgCome get your man, @forumbluegold pic.twitter.com/rWwRNWbQKs— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) September 22, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:58Philippines captures gold in men’s sepak takraw00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Veteran fencers shine in Asian tilt How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The duo’s basketball-inspired salsa performance netted them a final score of 18 out of 30 points. /ra Retired NBA player and former head coach Derek Fisher is certainly a dead shot on the court, but as it turns out, he’s pretty good with his feet, too.The five-time NBA champion recently took his talents to the hit show “Dancing with the Stars” and showed the world some of his best moves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAs seen in a Twitter video posted by Zach Harper, the 43-year-old former point guard put on a dancing display to the ample tune of Kurtis Blow’s 1984 hit “Basketball.”Clad in what appeared to be a Lakers-inspired one-piece outfit, Fisher gyrated his hips and pranced about the stage with his partner Sharna Burgess—much to the delight of the audience in attendance. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Community service for narco-trafficker

first_imgOswald Hendrick appeared last week before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates Courts and admitted that on October 28, 2018, at Stabroek Market, Georgetown, he had in his possession four grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.He was consequently fined $3000 and was ordered to complete six months of community service at the Brickdam Police Station.last_img

Safta nominees named: best in South Africa film and TV

first_img23 February 2016See 2016 SAFTAs nominations list: https://t.co/BIJkOHSEEL pic.twitter.com/aCrZ6o2lYG— SundayWorld (@SundayWorldZA) February 18, 2016The Safta celebration, run by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), is in its tenth year, and this year the event’s theme is a call for a “commitment to growth and development of the industry”.NFVF chief executive Zama Nkosi said at the announcement of the nominees that the tenth Saftas would be the best yet. “It is a great honour (for) the NFVF to have been the custodians of these awards from the very beginning. We have seen how much it has grown, we have seen it grow from 50 entries to over 400 entries.”Winners will be announced during two star-studded events on 18 and 20 March 2016, at Gallagher Estate and broadcast live on SABC 2. Strictly Come Dancingand Expresso presenter Katlego Maboe will be the ceremony host, along with TV personality Minnie Dlamini. Maboe is also nominated for Best TV Presenter.Nataniel was at the #SONA last week to suss what what matters: what everyone was wearing. https://t.co/SHyiaRa3Lz pic.twitter.com/FUaAs5bqHc— ZANEWS (@zanews) February 15, 2016The Emmy-nominated satirical comedy show, ZA News: Puppet Nation, leads the list with 11 nominations, while acclaimed SABC 3 sitcom Those Who Can’t received nine nominations.Puppet Nation director Alex Fynn, who earned a Best Director nomination, calls the nominations the fruits of a team effort. “I think most people don’t really know what it takes to produce this kind of show. (and) 11 nominations is exactly what this team needs to just keep on pushing and doing what we do.” The show is broadcast on the StarSat network, as well as through its online platforms.Other highlights include nominations for the SABC 1 soap opera, Generations: The Legacy, which missed out on recognition at the 2015 awards, and a Best TV Drama nomination – one of seven nominations – for the innovative interactive series Saints and Sinners, which begins its second season this year. The unique narrative of the show uses viewer polling to determine the outcome of each episode.The local television institution, Isidingo, and e-tv’s popular funeral business drama, Ashes to Ashes, each earned six nominations for acting and production.Ayanda, a movie produced by @TerryPheto has received five nominations at South African Film and Television Awards. pic.twitter.com/Pr7DQrzRWd— TransAfricaRadio (@TransAfrica872) February 19, 2016This year’s Safta film nominations feature some quality productions vying for top honours during a year in which a host of local films were released to critical acclaim and box office success.Nominations for Best Film include indie festival darling Ayanda, which got five nominations; Afrikaans drama Dis Ek, Anna; and the Mzansi Magic channel’s township drama, For Love and Broken Bones.The film, While You Weren’t Looking, that deals with the everyday lives of South Africa gay and lesbian society, features heavily in the acting categories with nominations for veterans Lionel Newton and Tina Jaxa.For a full list of TV and film nominations, visit the NFVF website’s Saftas page.Source: News24last_img read more

OSU prof earns animal welfare designation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A veterinarian and assistant professor of animal sciences in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University (CFAES) has been named a Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare, the only swine veterinarian in Ohio to earn such a designation.In fact, Monique Pairis-Garcia, who is also an animal welfare specialist with Ohio State University Extension, is the first veterinarian at Ohio State to earn board certification in this relatively new veterinary specialty.The designation means that Pairis-Garcia can demonstrate detailed knowledge of and special competence in animal welfare across all species. This is significant, considering that the American Veterinary Medical Association identified animal welfare in June 2006 as “one of the top five critical issues affecting the veterinary profession both in the United States and globally.”“My entire career has been focused on animal welfare and behavior, so I’m very proud and excited to bring this honor to Ohio State, CFAES and the Department of Animal Sciences,“ Pairis-Garcia said. “I think this designation means a lot to the field of animal welfare science and the impact it will have on the farm.”Pairis-Garcia earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a PhD in animal physiology from Iowa State University. She earned a scholarship from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians to take the exam for the board certification in animal welfare.Her research at Ohio State focuses on animal welfare issues for livestock species including timely and humane euthanasia, on-farm welfare assessments and audits, and alternative management practices to improve animal welfare on-farm.She also teaches CFAES undergraduate students and College of Veterinary Medicine veterinary students, focusing primarily on animal welfare and behavior in livestock industries.In addition to teaching and conducting research, Pairis-Garcia serves as a consultant, working with livestock producers to improve animal welfare on farms, including swine, dairy and poultry farms.For example, if an undercover video surfaces alleging suspected animal abuse or standards violations, Pairis-Garcia may be called to visit the farm to conduct an animal care audit. If violations are found, she works with producers to correct the animal care conditions.Her new board certification in animal welfare demonstrates her expertise in the area, which is a key focus for producers in maintaining their social license to produce food, she said.“I work to help producers provide an environment for their animals that optimizes their health and well-being,” Pairis-Garcia said. “When we recognize the role that animals have in our lives — whether it be the human-animal bond with pets or those relationships we have with livestock, it is our duty to take proper care of them when they are in our care.“It’s important for us to view animal welfare on many levels, such as ensuring the animal is healthy, has good nutrition and has the ability to express natural behavior.”Not only is it the right thing to do on a humane level, Pairis-Garcia said, but it’s also beneficial from a production standpoint — good animal welfare is key for quality food production.“Consumers care about where their food is coming from and want quality,” she said. “When an animal is stressed, it will result in a decrease in the quality of the meat.”To prevent that from happening, producers have to focus on proper animal handling, including remaining calm and quiet when they move animals, Pairis-Garcia said.Pairis-Garcia said she plans to use her new animal welfare board designation to “have a better seat at the table to open up the lines of communications between producers and consumers and help people have a better understanding of the livestock industry.”“As a veterinarian with this board certification,” she said, “I want to use this to improve the perception of the livestock industry and improve animal welfare on farms.”last_img read more

Imperial Beach residents concerned after another sewage spill could close beaches on

first_imgImperial Beach residents concerned after another sewage spill could close beaches on Independence Day Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Many Imperial Beach residents are concerned they can’t enjoy celebrating Independence Day after about a million gallons of sewage spills from the Tijuana River Valley.Beach closures are expected, and that could spoil the fun for celebrating America’s birthday in Imperial Beach.KUSI’s Dan Plante has the details. July 3, 2019 Updated: 5:56 PM Classic California Beach Town DUMPED ON Before 4th Of July. Another 800-Thousand Gallons Of Raw Sewage Headed Toward Imperial Beach. City Leaders Want To Declare “Public Health Crisis”. But Beach Will Be Open. KUSI Tonight. pic.twitter.com/gXYyHuTeoT— Dan Plante (@DanPlanteKUSI) July 3, 2019 Posted: July 3, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante, last_img read more