Striking Arizona teachers cover Capitol in red

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — “Now it comes down to the hard work of being a citizen, an active, engaged citizen,” Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, told the striking teachers from a stage in front of the Capitol. “And so you’ve got to tell your story. The story of your students. The story of this movement.”About 50,000 public-school teachers in Arizona began their strike on Thursday. They’re seeking a 20 percent increase in pay and $1 billion in educational funding, including increases to salaries of school support staff.Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has proposed granting teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020 and budgeting an additional $100 million for new textbooks, building improvements and support staff. The governor proposed increasing educational funding by $371 million over five years.The teachers have insisted Ducey hasn’t showed them his proposal’s fine print, even as lawmakers began debating it Monday.“We’ve not seen a lot of trust with the legislative process, and the governor so far,” Thomas told ABC station KNXV-TV on Monday.He said it was unclear how long the strike will last and that a lack of transparency throughout the process wasn’t helping matters.“If we see the legislative bills early and can have an understanding of them, then maybe that moves us back toward the classroom,” Thomas said.Public educators in Arizona rank 46th in the U.S. in teacher pay, earning about $12,000 less than the national average of $59,660, according to a 2018 report by the National Education Association.Arizona spends about $4,500 less than the national per-pupil average of about $12,000, ranking 48th, according to the NEA report.The Arizona teacher’s strike is the latest by educators across the country who’ve said they’re fed up with cuts to educational funding. Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky and Colorado have all seen recent teacher strikes.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Read More →

Man faces 20 years for attempted $750 million COVID-19 PPE scam

first_imgnatasaadzic/iStock(ATLANTA) — An Atlanta, Georgia, man was arrested for attempting to defraud a federal agency into paying $750 millions for phantom orders of over 125 million face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE), federal authorities announced on Friday.Christopher Parris allegedly misrepresented to the Department of Veterans Affairs that he could obtain millions of 3M masks from domestic factories when he knew that fulfilling the orders would not be possible. The agency provides services to veterans including health care.Face masks, gowns, gloves and other PPE equipment have been extremely limited as health care workers are on the front lines aiding COVID-19 patients. To date, over 1.7 million people worldwide were diagnosed with COVID-19, including over 500,000 positive cases in the U.S.“COVID-19 scams divert government time and resources and risk preventing front-line responders and consumers from obtaining the equipment they need to combat this pandemic,” said U.S. Attorney General William Barr in a statement. “We will vigorously pursue fraudsters who exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to make money.”Parris, 39, is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for a wire fraud charge.“During this time of crisis, fraud or attempted fraud impacting services for veterans, who have selflessly served this country, is unconscionable,” said U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea for the District of Columbia, where Parris is expected be extradited and face a judge.Parris also allegedly made similar false representations to other entities to enter into other fraudulent agreements to sell PPE to state governments, authorities said.“We are committed to protecting the integrity of taxpayer funds and ensuring the delivery of medical supplies necessary to provide quality healthcare to our nation’s veterans, and any attempt to exploit the current global COVID-19 pandemic for personal gain will be dealt with swiftly,” said Inspector General Michael J. Missal for the Department of Veterans Affairs.If convicted, Parris faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Attorney information was not available as of Saturday.Federal authorities are urging the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 to the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline 1-866-720-5721 or by e-mailing the NCDF at [email protected] © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Read More →

USA: VSDP Provides Sailors New Opportunities

first_img View post tag: opportunities USA: VSDP Provides Sailors New Opportunities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: sailors Training & Education According to NAVADMIN 043/12, released Jan. 31, the Navy is asking Sailors to volunteer for sea duty under a new initiative called the Voluntary Sea Duty Program (VSDP).Volunteering to return to sea duty under this program offers two key benefits.“The Voluntary Sea Duty Program’s goal is to improve manning levels at sea, while providing motivated Sailors the benefits of geographic choice and stability as well as the deferment of their Perform-to-Serve window,” said Rear Admiral Tony Kurta, Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy Division. “This opportunity allows Sailors a chance to improve their record and increase their competitive edge in PTS through sustained superior performance at sea.”This program does not change eligibility or benefits for the Sea Duty Incentive Pay Program and Sailors may take advantage of both programs concurrently.Under the program, Sailors may apply to extend their enlistment in their current sea duty billet beyond their prescribed sea tour, terminate their shore duty early in order to extend their enlistment to obtain new orders to a sea duty billet, or accept back-to-back sea duty orders. The sea duty assignment may be onboard ships, squadrons, or other qualified sea duty assignments.Volunteers will be assigned to commands within the same geographic location as the current command if available, providing the benefit of geographic stability for Sailors and family members. The Navy will also consider Sailors’ requests for out-of-area moves.Volunteers will not be required to accept a billet they do not desire. The detailers will work with volunteers during two CMS/ID cycles to find desirable orders. If no match is found during this time period, Sailors can reapply.To be eligible to apply for a short term extension to defer PTS, Sailors must meet eligibility criteria to ensure competitiveness in their next PTS window. However, Sailors who do not meet these criteria, but have enough obligated service time can still apply for geographic stability or choice.Requests will be accepted until Sep. 30, 2012. All 1306/7 requests should be forwarded to Navy Personnel Command via the Chain of Command.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 01, 2012; Image: navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: VSDP Provides Sailors New Opportunities View post tag: VSDPcenter_img February 1, 2012 Share this article View post tag: provides View post tag: New View post tag: Navy View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Read More →

Australian Navy commissions ADV Cape Inscription

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy commissions ADV Cape Inscription View post tag: ADV Cape Inscription Australian Navy commissions ADV Cape Inscription Authorities The Royal Australian Navy commissioned its second Australian Defence Vessel (ADV), ‘Cape Inscription’, during a ceremony on June 6.ADV Cape Inscription was officially named in Henderson and had the Australian White Ensign hoisted on it for the first time.The two Cape-class patrol boats for the navy were built by Austal under a AU$63 million project.“The company says the project employed over 400 people in Henderson and more than 350 indirectly across the country,” said Australian minister for defense Christopher Pyne.“Cape Inscription will support Navy operations, while the Armidale Class Patrol Boats complete planned maintenance activities,” he said.“The two latest vessels, ADV Cape Fourcroy and ADV Cape Inscription, were built by Austal through a lease with the National Australia Bank and will operate until at least 2020.”“This lease arrangement will see Navy continue to meet its operational commitments.”ADV Cape Inscription will be crewed and operated by the Royal Australian Navy and will be deployed in support of border protection operations.center_img View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Share this article June 6, 2017last_img read more

Read More →

AEG & SMG Merger Create World’s Biggest Facility Management Company

first_imgAEG & SMG Merger Create World’s Biggest Facility Management Company2/7/2019 by Dave Brooks   for BillboardEarlier today, AEG Facilities and SMG owner Onex announced that the two largest venue managers were combining to create ASM Global, the world’s biggest facility management company with more than 300 venues under contract.AEG Facilities President and CEO Bob Newman will lead the newly created firm, while SMG CEO Wes Westley joins ASM’s board of directors. The deal represents a significant shift in the venue space, combining the two firms with the largest market share in one monolithic entity that now represents NFL stadiums, NBA arenas and convention centers with new access to AEG’s resources including its global touring unit.So what does all of this mean for the live entertainment business? Below are five important facts to consider when thinking about this historic deal.Soldier Field in Chicago. ‘A Merger of Complimentary Assets’: Bob Newman Announces AEG Facilities Merger With SMG It’s unclear what the deal means for Oak View Group, but CEO Tim Leiweke will probably be able to capitalize on the upsideIs the AEG-SMG merger good or bad for Oak View Group, the entertainment and development firm first created by Leiweke in 2016? On its face, it might appear to be bad — after all, Leiweke tried to buy SMG from Ajax Capital in 2017 and was rebuffed by SMG President and CEO Wes Westley.Leiweke’s two largest competitors are now one super competitor, but Leiweke is a pragmatist and seeing his two competitors reduced to one opens an attractive lane for the former AEG CEO to be the more nimble alternative to the world’s largest venue operator.ASM Could Face regulatory Hurdles Getting ApprovedIt’s unclear how regulators will approach the merger of the two largest venue operators — horizontal mergers often face greater scrutiny than vertical mergers like the 2010 deal that brought togetherTicketmaster and Live Nation.Many of the buildings ASM operates are owned by public entities and it’s unclear how regulators will view a company that gives tax-payer owned buildings fewer options for management contracts. Of course, there’s also the possibility that regulators won’t care about the merger between two mid-sized companies in a little-known industry. But even if AMS avoids scrutiny from federal regulators with the Department of Justice, it will still have to grapple with the hundreds of cities and governments it does business with around the world. Untangling AMS’ complex global network of venues will take some time and might force the firm to drop a few clients for compliance issues.AEG’s Real Estate Holdings Are Not Part Of The DealAEG Facilities is a 50-percent owner of AMS, but the deal does not include the company’s owned venues in Los Angeles like Staples Center and LA Live or the 02 Arena in London, or entertainment development in Berlin and Hamberg, Germany. That means that the Phil Anschutz-owned AEG remains a major player in live entertainment real estate, outside of the AMS venture, and gives him a controlling interest in his own real estate investment, while co-operating the company’s building contracts division with the team at SMG.FOOTNOTE: This article was posted by the City-County Observer without bias, opinion or editing. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img The AEG Map Now Includes The Greek Theatre, The Superdome And The High-Grossing BOK CenterAEG is adding a number of attractive venues to its network, including the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, which SMG has managed since 2016, as well as the 10-year-old BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Soldier Field in Chicago and the Superdome in New Orleans, one of SMG’s first clients. AEG now has access to more than 300 facilities around the world through ASM, but what that looks like long-term is unclear. It’s likely there will be little, if any, change at any of the SMG buildings in the next six months to a year, but the long-term benefit of having a direct relationship with so many venues around the world presents a number of interesting opportunities for AEG.Live Nation Is Not Expecting Many impacts To Their Business  While Live Nation top brass are weighing how to react to the merger, one senior executive tells Billboard the company is not planning any major opposition to the joint venture deal.“We already passed on buying SMG,” the executive says, noting that the concert promotion giant isn’t interested in real estate beyond needing a place to host concerts.Live Nation’s lack of concern for the mega-merger speaks to the concert industry’s symbiosis among competitors. While AEG Presents and Live Nation often compete for talent and touring deals, AEG’s facility division still relies on Live Nation for content for the buildings it manages on behalf of the city and local governments.“They can’t fill all the dates on their own and need to work with all the suppliers,” our source at Live Nation says.'Unmanageable: A Conversation with Industry Legend Irving Azoff Moderated by his Son and Business Partner Jeffrey Azoff' during the 2018 Billboard Live Music Summit + Awards at the Montage Beverly Hills on Nov. 14, 2018 in Beverly Hills, Calif.Irving Azoff Calls AEG Founder the ‘Dark Prince of Colorado’ in Billboard Live Music Summit Q&A With Jeffrey Azofflast_img read more

Read More →

Library’s StoryWalk Rescheduled for Feb. 17

first_imgDue to inclement weather, the Ocean City Free Public Library’s StoryWalk meet-and-greet will now take place on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Memorial Park located at 407 Wesley Ave.Join the library members and families as they enjoy Pat Zietlow Miller’s “Be Kind.”Read while you walk, find the kindness hearts located around the park, and complete a survey for a chance to win a special prize.last_img

Read More →

City of Goshen lays out plans to begin reopening

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp City of Goshen lays out plans to begin reopening Facebook Twitter (Photo supplied/City of Goshen) Below is the full text from the City of Goshen Facebook Page detailing their plan to reopen city buildings, facilities, and programs:PLANS FOR REOPENING CITY BUILDINGS, FACILITIES, PROGRAMSAs the State progresses on its reopening plan, the City is working to continue keeping the safety of its employees and the community at large as top priority.A plan has been drawn to reopen our buildings and facilities slowly and carefully. Some facilities and programs will not be available this summer, however.The City of Goshen continues to stay up-to-date on the latest information from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s office, track the numbers of COVID-19 cases in our county provided by the Indiana State Department of Health, and watch for updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All this information and more was taken into account when making the following decisions for our municipal buildings, facilities and programs.“We want to continue serving the public as much as possible and regret the programs that we will have to cancel but please know we are doing this for everyone’s safety,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said. “COVID-19 is still a threat in our community, and we need to continue taking all necessary precautions to keep our loved ones safe.”Beginning June 1, City Hall, the Annex Building, and the Reith Interpretive Center will be open with limited access Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon. On June 14, those City buildings will reopen fully to the public, though closely following CDC guidelines to mitigate the spread.Virtual meetings will continue until June 4. The City will limit attendance in accordance to no more than 25 occupants in a meeting room. Meeting attendees will be asked to maintain social distancing. The City will work to continue streaming its public meetings.Within the Parks & Recreation Department, all public restrooms, playgrounds, boat rentals at Fidler Pond Park and all athletic courts and the skate park will be open to the public beginning May 24.Indoor and open-air pavilions will be available for rental beginning June 14. Recreation sports leagues and the splash pads also will open June 14. These facilities will be reopened with the understanding that residents need to follow the CDC’s recommendations of social distancing and practicing good hygiene by washing hands frequently.The pool will remain closed this summer, as it is difficult to achieve the full scope of the CDC’s guidelines to keep the community safe. Other programs and events canceled this summer include the Discovery Day Camp, the Kids Triathlon and the Rock the Quarry Triathlon at Fidler Park, as social distancing cannot be achieved in these types of gatherings.Tanya Heyde, Parks & Recreation Superintendent, said the department’s staff is working diligently to reopen park amenities to our community in accordance with state-issued guidelines.“The Parks & Recreation Department is appreciative for the opportunity to serve our community, especially during this time when parks and local recreation are in such high demand,” she said. “We will continue to closely monitor the parks and remain up to date with the state and local recommendations as guidance to move forward or step back.”Heyde added that while her staff will continue to work on keeping the City’s facilities clean at all times, it will take the community’s help to fully make our parks and facilities as safe as possible for everyone.“I would like to thank the community for being patient as we navigate our way through the Pandemic,” she said. “I would also like to remind everyone to help us keep our parks open and our community safe by continuing to social distance, adhering to gathering restrictions and washing their hands frequently.”For more information about the Parks & Recreation Department’s facilities, programs and events, call 534.2901, or visit the department’s Facebook page at facebook.com/GoshenParksRecreation or City’s website at goshenindiana.org. Pinterest Facebook Google+ Twitter By Carl Stutsman – May 19, 2020 0 509 Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleElkhart County 4H Fair GM pens open letter to the publicNext articleFour local puppy mills make Humane Society of the United States “Horrible Hundred” list Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

Read More →

Save the date: BIA 2013

first_imgThe Baking Industry Awards 2013 will take place on 11 September at the Park Lane Hilton, London. We will be launching the awards, complete with full details of all the categories, in the 22 February issue of British Baker. For more details, and to see all the winners from last year visit www.bakeryawards.co.uk.last_img

Read More →

Parsons Bakery to re-open eight Bath Bakery shops

first_imgParsons Bakery is to re-open eight former Bath Bakery shops closed after the business ceased trading.Parsons Bakery confirmed to British Baker that the eight shops will open in the next few days and all previous workers will be offered their jobs back.Last week, Parsons had planned to complete the purchase of Bath Bakery’s eight shops, but in the same afternoon, Bath Bakery had ceased trading and all staff were made redundant.A statement released on behalf of Nick Parsons & Tom Curling said: “Since Friday, we have been on a mission to save the eight shops. There has been a tidal wave of support from the customers, the staff and the landlords of the shops, which has really spurred us on.“After a tortuous few days, I am delighted to be able to say that we have just signed the papers and will be re-opening all those eight shops within a week & will be offering jobs to all those who had been employed at those shops.”The eight shops that will be open will be:CorshamChelsea RoadWestonFoxhillOdd DownWestburyFromeMidsomer NortonParsons has promised to “bring the joy of artisan bakery” back to local communities. Parson and Curling added that they are “excited to now be in Bath where they really hope they will be well accepted.”Parsons has previously re-opened the Bath Bakery in Bradford On Avon.Poppleton & Appleby were appointed as administrators for Bath Bakery on the 10 January. They told British Baker that the remaining assets, including the machinery and equipment at the company’s two production facilities will be “disposed of during the course of the ensuing administration”.last_img read more

Read More →