On the picket line

first_imgIllinois state workers fight backAmerican Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, representing almost 40,000 state employees in Illinois, scored a small victory March 3 when an appellate court agreed to hear testimony about whether an impasse should be declared for negotiations between the union and Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.Contract negotiations have been at a standstill since January 2016, when Rauner left the bargaining table. (AFSCME31.org, March 3) Rather than negotiate in good faith, Rauner went over the workers’ heads and had the state labor board “declare an impasse,” meaning the state would be given power to unilaterally impose its contract terms. For Illinois state workers, who are majority women and people of color, this would mean a four-year wage freeze and more than a 100 percent increase in health plan premiums, amounting to $10,000 annually. (chicago.suntimes.com, March 3)Not limiting their fightback to the courtroom, the workers voted 81 percent for a strike, if necessary. This is the first such authorization by state workers in Illinois history. (afscme31.org, Feb. 23)The union announced plans to rally outside a Rauner Republican fundraiser on March 30 to demand the governor return to the bargaining table. For more information on the rally, go to tinyurl.com/ztowxuz.Thousands march in Mississippi for Nissan unionThousands of workers and their supporters marched to the Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., on March 4 to demand the company recognize the workers’ civil and labor rights to join the United Auto Workers without threats or intimidation. At the rally, estimated at more than 4,000, actor Danny Glover, NAACP President William Brooks, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Sen. Bernie Sanders supported what has become a national labor issue. Not only have unsafe working conditions and racist discrimination been exposed, but the nearly 5,000 Nissan auto workers — 80 percent African American — are determined to stop the mistreatment of temporary workers and gain a secure retirement.Two days before the march, Nissan revealed its blatant anti-union bias. In violation of federal labor law, a security guard stopped workers, who were outside a plant gate, from handing out union literature and cards authorizing a union vote. This unfair labor practice charge joins several others filed with the National Labor Rights Board in a very long union campaign. (AP, March 3)To sign a petition supporting the workers’ right to unionize, visit drivingchangeatnissan.org.Yale grad teachers vote unionGraduate students who teach classes or do research in six academic departments at Yale University voted Feb. 23 to join UNITE HERE Local 33. However, the vote in two other departments was too close to call, and one department voted not to join.After the Aug. 23 NLRB ruling that student teachers at private universities could join unions, grad students at Columbia and Harvard voted for union representation, while those at Yale began to organize. Then Yale hired the traditionally anti-union law firm Proskauer Rose to defeat the union’s voting strategy.One union supporter told the Yale Daily News that a recent communitywide email against unionization from Lynn Cooley, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, helped: “Cooley’s email was a welcome sign of desperation.” Yale has fought grad student unionizing since the Graduate Employees and Students Organization — the precursor to Local 33 — was founded in the 1990s. (March 23)Beware Trump’s ‘Right-to-Work’ lawsAlthough candidate Trump vowed to create millions of jobs for unemployed or underemployed workers, President Trump is doing exactly the opposite. His viciously anti-worker agenda promotes so-called “right-to-work” (for less) laws designed to benefit bosses. Kentucky rammed through a RTW law in January, followed by Missouri and Iowa in February. A national RTW law is threatened.Workers need to know the truth about RTW laws; they are the exact opposite of their title. Research conducted by the Economic Policy Institute shows both union and nonunion workers in RTW states have lower wages and fewer benefits, on average, than comparable workers in other states. EPI reports that wages in RTW states average 3.1 percent lower than those in non-RTW states, or $1,558 less for the typical full-time, full-year worker. To sign a petition to congress and state legislatures that exposes RTW, go to tinyurl.com/hnp44cq.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Video: We Stand

first_imgSermons and Lessons Video: We Stand Delivered by Rev. Abel Lopez, All Saints Church, Pasadena Published on Monday, June 11, 2012 | 10:16 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Community News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff This sermon was delivered by Rev. Abel Lopez, Senior Associate for Multiculturalism, Adult Education, Parish Life, Vocational Discernment, and Covenant II of All Saints Church, Pasadena on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Abel Ernesto Lopez, a life-long Cuban Episcopalian. Abel studied theology at the Seminario Evangelico de Teologia, Matanzas, Cuba and graduated from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas in 2000. Abel joined All Saints staff in April 15, 2001.He is a member of the National Program Group for Latino/Hispanic Ministries of the Episcopal Church and serves on the Board of Directors of Equality California. An outspoken supporter of marriage equality, he was frequent interviewee in the local Spanish language media during the 2008 Proposition 8 campaign.Abel is married to May Ling Lopez and they have a son named Sebastian.All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 796-1172 or visit www.allsaints-pas.org.last_img read more

“Metrogeddon” in Pasadena As Gold Line Trains Go Offline This Entire Weekend

first_imgtop box 1 “Metrogeddon” in Pasadena As Gold Line Trains Go Offline This Entire Weekend From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 | 11:07 am First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Metro Gold Line riders won’t be able to take their regular train rides this weekend between the Sierra Madre Villa and Lake Stations in Pasadena, as construction crews tests signalling for the 11.5-mile Gold Line Foothill Extension project.Riders will instead be bussed starting at 9:00 p.m. Friday, July 10 , until Sunday, July 12. The shuttles will be free of charge.Metro is operating normal weekend service between Union Station and Lake Stations, meaning every 10 minutes during the day and 20 minutes during the late evening and early morning.From Lake Avenue, the bus shuttles will be running every ten minutes to Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations and back.During the closure, construction crews will be working to tie in the signaling systems of the Pasadena Gold Line and the Gold Line Foothill Extension. While this work occurs, testing will also take place on the segment of track between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa to make sure the new Foothill Extension trains will work with the current system.This will follow a week of continuous repair work on the Gold Line which had to do with replacing worn overhead power supply lines, and has disrupted regular trip times at certain hours of the day.The Foothill Extension project, says Metro, is on schedule and may be finished by mid-September. In fact, the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority has announced station dedication schedules in August and September for the six stations being built along the new extension.Metro anticipates starting pre-revenue service this Fall, and full passenger service sometime in 2016.The public is invited to join elected officials at all levels of government and the residents of the cities during these dedication ceremonies for the Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa stations. Schedules are available online on this site, www.foothillgoldline.org.center_img Community News Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Tips For Dating As A Single DadHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stufflast_img read more

Police appeal for information after masked men force their way into house in Derry

first_img Police in Derry are investigating after a number of masked men forced there way into a house in the Galliagh area last night.Just before 11 pm five masked men, one of whom is believed have been armed with a gun, forced their way into the house at Bloomfield Park.A woman in her 20a and a four-year-old child were in the property at the time.After asking for an individual and checking the property the masked men then left.Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said, “I appeal anyone who was in that area at the time and saw anyone or any vehicles acting suspiciously to contact police at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, information can be given to the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.” Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Previous articleInishowen Right2Water have condemned reports that an Irish Water worker was surrounded by up to 15 protestersNext articleKangaroo reportedly on the loose in Co Tyrone admin Police appeal for information after masked men force their way into house in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Homepage BannerNews Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton center_img Pinterest Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp By admin – May 15, 2015 GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Pinterest Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

Ross honored as parade Grand Marshal

first_img Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Ross honored as parade Grand Marshal Print Article Sponsored Content Published 7:29 pm Wednesday, June 25, 2014 By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Veterans Affairs Officer Randy Ross will be honored as the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Independence Day Parade in Brundidge Saturday.The parade is sponsored annually by the Brundidge Business Association and, each year, the BBA selects an individual who plays a significant role in the community as its Grand Marshal.Delatha Mobley, BBA member, nominated Ross for the award and said she is thrilled that he was chosen as the Grand Marshal.“Randy has been active in the Brundidge community for many years,” she said. “I can’t think of anyone who has promoted Brundidge more than Randy. He works with our festivals and he leads a dance group that participates in festivals and events all around the area. Everywhere Randy goes, he promotes his hometown.”Mobley said the Independence Day Parade honors all veterans and Ross is a veteran as well as a community servant.“We all appreciate the service he provides for our veterans and his participation in the services and ceremonies that honor veterans.”Ross said being chosen the Grand Marshall of the Independence Day Parade is a great honor.“To be honored by the warm, loving and close knit community where I live is the greatest honor I could ever receive,” Ross said. “I love Brundidge. I couldn’t live in a better place.”Ross served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1972. The first year of his service he was assigned to the USS Saratoga in the Mediterranean. The second year, he served on the USSA America, an aircraft carrier, in the Gulf of Tonkin where planes were catapulted into the war in Vietnam.When Ross returned home, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve and retired in 1990. He was proud of his service to his country but was eager to find his place in the work world. That place was in the insurance business.“I enjoyed the insurance business but at age, 50, I found myself without a job,” Ross said. “I kind of felt like if I could wait and give it time, fate would deal me a good hand and it did – a perfect hand.”Ross saw a newspaper ad for a veterans’ service officer in Pike County. He applied and was hired.“Saturday, the day of the Independence Day Parade, will mark 16 years that I have been a service officer for the Veterans Affairs Office,” he said. “So, Saturday will be a very special day for me.”Ross said being a veterans’ affairs service officer has been the most fulfilling job he could ever have.“I get to hear the stories the veterans share. Sometimes we laugh together and other times we cry together,” he said. “War forever changed our veterans and the opportunity to serve them has forever changed me. It is an honor to serve our veterans and I hope, in some small way, I have helped make life better for them and their families.”The Independence Day Parade will get underway at 9 a.m. and follow a Main Street route through Brundidge.On Friday night, the BBA will honor all veterans with a “Salute to Veterans” at 7 p.m. at the Knox Ryals Pavilion on the grounds of City Hall. Special guests will be veterans, Mrs. Alabama USA 2014 Rebecca Suggs, “Minnie Pearl,” “Dolly Parton” and friends. By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like ‘Miss Sara Jo’ gains new perspective on pageants, wins crown Sara Jo Burks was crowned Ms. Senior Pike County 2014 Saturday night at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus… read morelast_img read more

One tunic but more than one barcode: evolutionary insights from dynamic mitochondrial DNA in Salpa thompsoni (Tunicata: Salpida)

first_imgThe DNA barcode within the mitochondrial cox1 gene is typically used to assess the identity and diversity of animals under the assumption that individuals contain a single form of this genetic marker. This study reports on a novel exception from the pelagic tunicate Salpa thompsoni Foxton. Oozoids caught off South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula generated barcodes consisting of a single prominent DNA sequence with some additional, subtler signals of intra-individual variation. Further investigation revealed this was due to duplicated and/or minicircular DNAs. These could not simply be explained as artefacts or nuclear copies of mitochondrial DNA, but provided evidence for heteroplasmy arising from a dynamic mitochondrial genome. Genetic variation of this sort may allow S. thompsoni to ecologically benefit from asexually driven population blooms without incurring the genetic cost of an excessive mutational load. Analysis of the prominent barcode sequence data yielded low haplotype (h < 0.61) and nucleotide (π < 0.0014) diversities, and no evidence for genetic structure between sampling locations as assessed using analysis of molecular variance. These results are consistent with the impact of population blooms and the mixing effect of Southern Ocean currents on S. thompsoni genetic diversity.last_img read more

Industry body reports surge in apprentices joining property industry

first_imgDifficult job markets in other areas of the economy has helped create a surge in young people starting out as apprentices within estate agency, Propertymark has reported.Finding jobs or starting careers at the moment in retail, hospitality and many other sectors is difficult at the moment, and Propertymark Qualifications says it has seen a 30% surge in apprenticeship registrations since the New Year.The organisations has released the figure as businesses around the industry celebrate National Apprenticeships Week.This includes London independent estate agency Dexters, which last week said last year some 70 of its 160 hires were taken from its apprenticeship scheme, something it expects to repeat this year.Propertymark says it has set up an online learning platform to enable apprentices at estate agents to carry on their studies despite face-to-face training no longer being possible.By forming a platform to deliver remote assessments, 33 apprentices were able to complete their end point assessment with a 100% success rate and an extraordinary 60% of those apprentices achieved a distinction.Team effortChloe Fitzgerald, an apprentice at Trading Places based in Whitley Bay run by former Propertymark president Lauren Scott, says: “I started my Junior Estate Agent apprenticeship in August last year and I am really enjoying it.“Most of my training happens in the workplace carrying out tasks as part of my day-to-day job.“As a Junior Estate Agent, I love that a lot of my role is working with people, talking with vendors and buyers and being part of a big team effort to get a property sale over the line.“I’m currently ticking off each unit of my apprenticeship as I work towards completing my End-Point Assessment later this year.”Read more about sourcing an apprentice.Propertymark Qualifications National Apprenticeship Week propertymark February 11, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Industry body reports surge in apprentices joining property industry previous nextAssociations & BodiesIndustry body reports surge in apprentices joining property industryPropertymark says number of young people seeking to register as apprentices has increased by 30% since the New Year.Nigel Lewis11th February 20210765 Viewslast_img read more

GO PINK (Mary J. Donohoe)

first_imgGO PINK — 8th grade students at Mary J. Donohoe showed their strong support by wearing pink for breast cancer awareness month. All money raised was donated to the Susan Komen Foundation. ×last_img

The Beatles’ Ringo Starr, Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb Named Knights By The Queen Of England

first_imgAt her annual New Year’s Honours ceremony, in which she exercises a power that only she has under British law in anointing a new members of the “orders of chivalry,” both former Beatle Ringo Starr and the Bee Gees Barry Gibb were officially knighted, among other contributors to the arts, science, public service, and more.In 1965, Starr, whose legal name is Richard Starkey, was knighted along with his Fab Four bandmates in 1965 as Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). However, Paul McCartney, the only other surviving member of what many consider to be the most influential band of all time, was knighted on his own in 1997, and until this year had remained the only individual band member to receive the honor. This year, the Queen honored Starr as an individual member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for “services to music.”Many people, including McCartney himself, have long voiced their opinion that Starr deserved the honor as well. In 2011, he told NME that it was “about time,” and joked about putting in a good word to the Queen for his former bandmate: “The last time I went by [Queen Elizabeth] was out. Otherwise, I would have popped in and said ‘Look, love, Sir Richard Starkey,’” McCartney said (via The Telegraph).Ringo Starr’s New Album Features Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, Edgar Winter, And More [Single]In a statement following the announcement of his solo knighthood, Starr told the BBC, “It’s great! It’s an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love.” Starr’s charity work includes donations to causes supporting AIDS awareness, abused children, human rights, poverty around the world and the creative arts.Gibb was knighted as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) alongside the Bee Gees in 2004 but, like Starr, didn’t receive his own knighthood until this year. He was given a “Knights Bachelor” for his “services to Music and charity.” In a statement, he muses, “I’m deeply honoured, humbled, and very proud…This is a moment to be treasured and never forgotten. I want to acknowledge how responsible my brothers are for this honour. It is as much theirs as it is mine.”Other honorees this year include Soft Cell singer Marc Almond, House actor Hugh Laurie and U.K. grime rapper Wiley.For a full list of Queen Elizabeth’s 2018 New Year’s Honours here via the U.K. government website.[h/t – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Six cases of COVID-19 confirmed in St. Joseph County

first_imgThe Indiana state government confirmed a total of 126 positive tests for COVID-19 and three deaths in the state, according to their website Saturday morning. Six of the positive cases are individuals residing in St. Joseph County. As a result of the increasing number of cases, South Bend mayor James Mueller warned against all nonessential travel in a press conference Thursday afternoon, the South Bend Tribune reported. Mueller declared a state of emergency and advised people to practice extreme social distancing.While the city has not instituted an outright travel ban, Mueller stressed that residents should be cautious and stay at home.“While our number of positive cases, at five, is still low, and our hospitals still have capacity, this situation can get out of hand fast,” Mueller said.The city’s declaration will expire after seven days and must be approved for an extension by the South Bend Common Council, according to the report.In addition, Notre Dame announced Friday afternoon in a tweet that two members of its community tested positive for the virus. The University said the affected individuals are in quarantine and receiving medical care. Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, James Mueller, South Bend, St. Joseph Countylast_img read more