Cleveland Medics Have Vacations Cancelled

first_imgCLEVELAND – Cleveland EMS officials canceled paramedics’ vacations this week because the city could not properly staff all of its ambulances. He cited the number of people taking sick time for issuing the emergency declaration and ordered about 18 paramedics back to work during a busy vacation period. The order will remain in place through this week, Eckart said. Read More Staffing crisis cancels paramedics’ vacations Ed Eckart, commissioner of Emergency Medical Services, declared a staffing emergency and told his top staffers Saturday evening to notify employees that their vacations and other approved time off were canceled immediately. last_img

Scranton City Workers Will Get Full Paychecks This Week

first_imgScranton Mayor Slashes Public Workers’ Salaries to Minimum Wage SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – The cash-strapped city of Scranton, Pa., will be able to make its full payroll this week, one pay period after it slashed pay to the federal minimum wage level for hundreds of workers. Mayor Chris Doherty says workers will receive their full paychecks on Friday, totaling about $1 million.Two weeks ago Doherty cut the pay of about 400 workers to $7.25 per hour, prompting a series of legal challenges.Doherty has promised workers will be reimbursed for back wages but said Wednesday that won’t happen in their upcoming pay checks.Doherty and city council are locked in a dispute over a financial recovery plan. Both sides say they’re trying to reach a deal by Aug. 1 to get $2.25 million in assistance offered by the state economic development officials.center_img Read the previous coverage on JEMS.com:last_img

Panel presents community perspective on successful reforms

first_imgIn response to the 2011-2012 Notre Dame Forum, four principals from South Bend schools came together with local parents, educators and ND students to give the community perspective on their schools’ stories of reform and change. “I think the conversation in the Forum has been very productive. But, it just seems to make no sense if we don’t move forward from the Forum and involve our local educators in this discussion,” senior Liz Chaten, the panel facilitator, said. The Education, Schooling and Society minor sponsored the event in response to the Forum in order to explore the issues on a local, community level. In addition to the panel discussion of local principles, a reception followed where other local organizations, teachers and principals shared their stories and displayed poster presentations. Deb Martin of McKinley Primary Center, Karla Lee of Edison Intermediate Center, John Kennedy of South Bend New Tech High School and Darice Austin-Phillips of Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy were the four principals featured in the panel discussion. “After the Forum, I felt many Notre Dame students had such negative feelings towards the South Bend education system,” Chaten said. “I wanted to give our students a chance to see the positive side of South Bend schools.” Each principal on the panel promoted the South Bend School Corporation and gave informative and inspiring presentations of the reforms and initiatives they have implemented in each of their respective schools. “At McKinley, we have adopted the motto ‘Learn like a champion today,’” Martin said. “This not only applies to the students, but also the teachers who promote, ‘Teach like a champion today.’” The principals also discussed how they went about planning their reforms. “We focused our reforms on answering the question, ‘What can we start to do to connect school material with real life experiences,” Lee said. Lee said Edison Intermediate Center has initiated off-campus experiences to help students connect academics with the community including a “Science Day” where students spend the day at Jordan Hall of Science and get a chance to interact with Notre Dame students and professors. Kennedy shared the new technological approach at New Tech High School, which focuses on 21st-century skills and emphasize the three C’s: college, careers of tomorrow and citizenship. Austin-Phillips discussed reforms resulting in a thorough arts-integrated academic program and heavily involved parent-teacher organization. After each principal completed a formal presentation, Chaten asked the participants a few questions about their feelings on some of the issues discussed at the Forum. Topics included the teacher accountability and common misconceptions in public dialogue on education. “Accountability of both teachers and students is necessary,” Kennedy said. “This accountability can be a good thing. Standards provide a sense of urgency for schools. If you spin that sense of urgency in a positive way, it can provide positive results.” At the end of the discussion, the panel addressed the community and Notre Dame students in particular by discussing what others can do to help education reform. “Many people often underestimate the tremendous amount of supports students need; it’s not just academic,” Austin-Phillips said. “If you want to help reform education, think about ways you can become part of that change.” Lee recommended students visit local schools to inform themselves about the issues. “What will be your impact and contribution to our future society? If you have not visited a South Bend school, go into a school and form your own perception and reality,” Lee said. Many students attended the event, including sophomore Lisa Chin and were able to start to form their own perception and attitude toward South Bend schools Lee mentioned in her advice to Notre Dame students. Students who attended said the event helped them become more informed about education issues. “It was so great that the [Education, Schooling and Society minor] brought these educators to Notre Dame. I attended the Forum, but there weren’t any actual teachers represented,” sophomore Lisa Chin said. “We are members of the South Bend community as Notre Dame students and it is definitely important that we know what is going on locally.” Contact Shannon O’Brien at [email protected]last_img read more

B.G. “Buddy” Tomlinson Sr.

first_img A visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday evening at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary service to begin at 6:00 p.m.Buddy was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Virginia Tomlinson and his son, Dale Allen Tomlinson.He is survived by two sons, B.G. Tomlinson, Jr. and wife Liz and Mark Steven Tomlinson and wife Carol, six grandchildren, Stephanie Coley, Marcus Tomlinson, Rebecca Sanders, Mark Steven Tomlinson, Jr., Carrie Lynn Hebert and Melissa Tomlinson, and eight great grandchildren. B.G. “Buddy” Tomlinson Sr., 93, of Groves, Texas passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.He was born February 10, 1927 in Port Arthur, Texas to Jesse James Tomlinson and Maud Marie Hawkins Tomlinson.Buddy proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and in the United States Marine Corp following the war.He had lived in Groves for 70 years and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Radio Control Airplane Group “Oily Birds.” Buddy retired as an operator from Texaco after 32 years of service.He was also the owner of Tomlinson T.V. for over 40 years.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Church with Reverend J.C. Coon and Monsignor Kenneth Greig officiating.Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.last_img read more

Education & Academics

first_imgFor those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Bernalillo County, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in the county as well.To be enrolled in a New Mexico school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunizations records. Check with the school for additional requirements. For details on New Mexico’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at http://nmhealth.org/about/phd/idb/imp/sreq.In 2010, New Mexico, along with 42 other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics, with science and social studies in development, though New Mexico has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.CHARTER SCHOOLSCharter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information and a listing of charter schools in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department’s website at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/charter-schools.HOME SCHOOLINGFor an introduction to home schooling in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department’s website at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations, testing information, home-school curriculum providers and more.Albuquerque HomeschoolSports Associationwww.ahsasports.orgThe Albuquerque Homeschool Sports Association provides an opportunity for home school students to develop character and athletic skills while participating in competitive athletic programs. The organization offers a variety of sports to choose from, including volleyball, tennis, soccer and basketball.Atelierwww.artsattack.com/atelierThe Atelier visual art program was developed to aid parents in teaching art in a homeschool environment. Using DVD-based teaching methods, Atelier provides the home educator with the tools to help their students learn a valuable skill.Time 4 Learningwww.time4learning.com/homeschool/homeschooling_in_new_mexico.shtmlTime 4 Learning helps the home educator by providing information regarding curriculum, resources and information about home schooling in New Mexico. There is also an online support group and help for those with gifted or special needs children.PRIVATE SCHOOLSTo search for local private schools in New Mexico, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.PUBLIC SCHOOLSAlbuquerque Public Schools6400 Uptown Blvd. NEAlbuquerque, NM 87110 505-880-3700www.aps.eduAlbuquerque Public Schools is the 31st largest district in the nation, with more than 85,000 students in 141 schools. There are 88 elementary schools, 27 middle schools, 13 high schools, 11 alternative schools and two combined elementary and middle schools.Bernalillo Public Schools250 Isidro Sanchez CircleBernalillo, NM 87004………………505-867-2388www.bernalillo-schools.orgThe Bernalillo Public Schools School District includes 11 schools that serve 3,100 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. There are four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, two combined elementary and middle schools and one preschool.Rio Rancho Public Schools500 Laser RoadRio Rancho, NM 87124 505-896-0667www.rrps.netRio Rancho Public Schools has 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools and one preschool. The district has an enrollment of more than 17,200 and is the third-largest in the state.last_img read more

House energy committee faces logjam of choices on programs – and how to fund them

first_imgby Andrew Stein March 5, 2013 vtdigger.org Vermont lawmakers have tossed a variety of proposals into a ‘ kitchen sink’ draft bill aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions and improving energy efficiency.Rep. Tony Klein. Photo by Roger CrowleyBy the end of next week, Rep. Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier, who chairs the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, said H.216 would be whittled down and voted out of his panel.Right now, a hefty 55-page spread is on the committee’ s table, including $17 million in appropriations; an order to adopt biomass pellet standards; a study on renewable heating and cooling methods; and a cost-benefit analysis for expanding the state’ s electric vehicle capabilities, among other items.But there’ s one central ingredient missing from the current draft: A big chunk of revenue.The original version of the bill, introduced by the committee’ s vice chair Rep. Margaret Cheney, D-Norwich, included a half-percent increase in the gross receipts tax on heating fuel, which funds the state’ s low-income weatherization program. According to a report released by the state-organized Thermal Efficiency Task Force, raising the gross receipts tax rate from 0.5 percent to 1 percent on the retail sale of fossil fuels for heating purposes would generate $15.9 million annually ‘ up from $7.97 million.However the tax was struck from the latest draft, and the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association welcomed the change.‘ There is much relief that there will not be an attempt to increase the cost of heating fuel through a tax,’ Matt Cota, director of the association, said on behalf of dozens of fuel dealers.Klein cautioned that the notion is not entirely off the table, as the committee prepares to consider a wide range of revenue options early next week.Gov. Peter Shumlin proposed in his budget a tax on so-called ‘ break-open’ tickets to raise $17 million in revenues for thermal efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. But after the Legislature’ s Joint Fiscal Office ran the numbers, its staff estimated that a 10-percent excise tax on the lottery-like games would only generate $6.5 million in new state revenues.Klein said the tax on break-open tickets would be in play next week. While Klein is not keen on a gross receipts or excise tax on fuel, he said the money needs to come from somewhere, if the state is going to stop pouring dwindling dollars from the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) into homes that can’ t hold heat.‘ I know that it’ s going to be very, very difficult to raise the revenue for these programs in the current state that Vermont’ s budget is in, and with all of the valuable programs that are underfunded and vying for the revenues available,’ he said. ‘ I’ m going to fight hard, but I’ m not real optimistic we’ ll be successful.’The one revenue measure currently in the bill that the fuel dealers association supports is the removal of a gross receipts tax exemption for fuel dealers that sell less than $10,000 worth of heating fuels. According to state figures, the number of dealers, who apply for that exemption totals close to 70.While the source of the proposed $17 million is up in the air, the draft bill mirrors Gov. Peter Shumlin’ s budget proposal for how to spend it, calling for allocating $6 million to thermal efficiency initiatives, $6 million to shore up Vermont’ s Low Income Heating Assistance Program and $5 million for the state’ s Clean Energy Development Fund.The $6 million in proposed annual thermal efficiency funding doesn’ t keep pace with the roughly $267 million paid out over seven years that the Thermal Efficiency Task Force recommended. That is the amount the task force said the state should spend from 2014 to 2020, if it is to meet a statutory goal set five years ago. That Vermont statute, enacted in 2008, set a bar of ‘ substantially’ improving the energy efficiency of 80,000 homes ‘ or one quarter of all the Vermont homes ‘ by 2020.Staunch advocates of the task force’ s recommendations say the investment would more than pay off.Ben Walsh is an energy advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group and a member of the task force. He pointed to the environmental and economic benefits of launching the program as recommended by the task force, which found that every $1 of public investment in such programs would create more than $5 in benefits.‘ We feel like this bill would be a good step in the right direction, but not nearly enough,’ he said. ‘ We’ d still be leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in savings on the table and millions of tons of CO2 going into the atmosphere. The bill does a lot of good things, but it isn’ t nearly what we need to see as a state.’The vice chair of the committee, Cheney, said that the $17 million figure is still in flux. But if she has anything to say about it, the state would allocate more to thermal efficiency and renewable energy projects.‘ That amount does not reflect what the programs actually need,’ she said. DRAFT BILL H 216last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims back up over 700

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims rose last week and are ahead of numbers from the same time last year. For the week of April 2, 2016, there were 738 claims, up 99 from the previous week’s total and 137 more than they were a year ago. By industry, claims fell steeply for construction as that season is starting a little earlier than usual because of the warmer winter, in contrast to Services, which was up, likely due to the same reason, as the winter hospitality industry suffered and closed early. Altogether 6,858 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 82 from a week ago, and 120 fewer than a year ago.The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)Vermont’s unemployment rate held at 3.4 percent in February, as the labor force and total employment increased, along with a decrease in the number of unemployed. SEE STORY.NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.last_img read more

GMP crews help restore power to thousands in Georgia

first_imgVermont Business Magazine After almost a week helping restore power to thousands of people in Georgia, Green Mountain Power crews are returning to Vermont. The team of more than 30 lineworkers, supervisors, and mechanics left Tuesday, Sept. 12, and are set to arrive in Vermont tomorrow morning. They helped set new poles, make repairs to downed lines and replace broken poles. The storm left an incredible amount of damage, and at this point nearly all residents in Habersham County have power back on, where the team was working.“When we arrived, there was a lot of damage, massive trees down and destruction. Georgia Power assigned us as a group to one area, and it was up to us to work as a team on our own to restore power. This is what we do, what we are trained to do, and we are passionate about helping, whether it is in Vermont, or other parts of the country impacted by severe storms,” said Tom Bushey, a lineworker from the Rutland District office.  “We made a lot of progress quickly, and after a week away from families, are happy to be returning home.”  GMP received many nice notes from Georgia residents like the one below from William McEntire from Lulu, GA.:“On behalf of my neighbors and myself, I just wanted to Thank the Line Crews from Green Mountain Power for coming to our assistance after Irma wreaked havoc in our area in Northeast Georgia. I personally spoke with several different members of the crews and found them all to be quite professional and very personable. Their actions speak well for your company and its values. It sure was a sight for sore eyes when the army of Green Mountain Power line trucks came rolling into our community. There was a great deal of damage including lines down in an easement that’s hard to access. They went to work and had all of the damage repaired in a little more than 6 hours. IMPRESSIVE!! Thanks to each and every one of you!”The mutual aid relationship between utilities is strong, and in times of crisis extends throughout the country. GMP is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Jose, and at this point barring any changes to Jose’s track, it is not forecasted to cause damage in Vermont.  Source: GMP 9.18.2017last_img read more

Krieger: I would have been lost without the help of my mentor

first_img How does stellar Miami criminal defense attorney Albert J. Krieger, now in his 59th year practicing law, describe his abilities upon graduating from New York University School of Law?“Total ignorance!”Count him in as a supporter of mandatory mentoring of young lawyers.“I think mentoring should be mandatory, because merely graduating from law school does not give me the skills, the techniques, the equipment, the learning, the experiential knowledge to represent an individual in the full and complete fashion, which I believe the law demands of the lawyer,” 84-year-old Krieger told the News during a break at a November 30 professionalism retreat in Tallahassee, where lawyers and judges debated the best way to change lawyers’ bad behavior.Krieger — honored with The Florida Bar’s Criminal Law Section’s 2007 Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award, one of the founders of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and former chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section — admitted he would have been lost as a young lawyer without help from his mentor.“The principal mentor I had was a lawyer from New York, whose picture is on the sideboard in my office to this day. I also fund a scholarship at the National Criminal Defense College in his name and in his memory: Gilbert S. Rosenthal .”A sked why voluntary, informal mentoring, such as the relationship he benefited from, would not work just as well, Krieger answered: “I think there are many good ideas, and good ideas can be fulfilled without any compunction or overseeing. But human experience tells us there has to be a watchdog. With the knowledgeable person overseeing it, it gets done, whereas it would not otherwise.”Later, during a discussion between members of the Commission on Professionalism and the Standing Committee on Professionalism, on how best to instill professionalism in fellow lawyers, Krieger elaborated:“From what I’ve heard, and certainly from my own experience, there is a disease that is rampant throughout the Bar that we have characterized as unprofessional conduct. I think experience has taught us if we expect to correct that inappropriate behavior by addressing the older lawyers, we are going to lose out and lose out badly, because they are not subject to, shall we say, advice.“If we go to the law schools, we can eradicate one of the sources of infection. The new lawyers coming in would not be replacing the old lawyers with the same kind of behaviors.. . . We would be infusing the Bar with lawyers who are more responsible than the average lawyer today. They would be smarter.“We are talking about lawyers who are unprincipled. They make appointments for depositions, and, at the last moment, cancel or don’t show up. This is at considerable expense and considerable frustration to the other side, and they’re doing it as a tactic.. . .“We must recognize that we are not going to be able to do all the things we would like to do with existing lawyers. But we certainly can mold the new population. “I’m excited about the potential for mentoring. I’m in my 59th year of practice. I have spent most of my time on my feet in court,” said Krieger, who has defended clients ranging from Native Americans involved in the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee to John “Teflon Don” Gotti, head of the Gambino crime family.“I know that the lawyer that I was in 1950 is one hell of a far cry from the lawyer that I was in 1960. And we could go decade by decade after that. I go to seminars today because I want to learn. I have a thirst to learn and for improving that which I practice, because I have a responsibility to persons unknown, persons who are less fortunate perhaps, persons whose lives will be affected by whether or not I am prepared or proficient.“I think that is what we should be teaching, as part of the mentoring program. I know I learned as a result of a lawyer taking me under his wing and showing me where the court was and who is the judge, and who is the prosecutor, etc.. . .“I don’t think there is a lawyer here who can say he or she has not been influenced in a substantial fashion by a mentor. It has worked, obviously, because there are people with extraordinary talent and ability here.“This is not simply that we have mentoring. We have a program in place. We have teaching that is inspirational, as well as instructive. We are so fortunate. We deliver services to people and feel a great reward ourselves, for having done that. There are very few things in life that are like that.” Krieger: I would have been lost without the help of my mentor Dec 15, 2007 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Service King CFO Michelle Frymire Recognized Among Top Financial Executives

first_imgService King Collision Repair Centers‘ Chief Financial Officer, Michelle Frymire, was formally recognized as a finalist for Outstanding CFO of the Year at D CEO Magazine‘s 2016 Financial Executives of the Year awards banquet. The event, hosted inside the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, brought together 24 of Dallas-Fort Worth’s most accomplished financial executives from the last year, spanning a vast array of industries.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementD CEO Magazine, along with industry experts and colleagues at the Dallas CPA Society, selected Frymire from a field of more than 200 original candidates before she was named one of three finalists for the CFO of the Year award in the large private company category. As part of the recognition, Frymire is featured in the May edition of D CEO Magazine on newsstands now.“Michelle is a vital member of our leadership team as Service King continues to execute its strategic growth initiative,” said Service King CEO Chris Abraham. “It’s her keen insight, unparalleled depth of knowledge and steady leadership that continually provides our entire team a clear path forward as Service King continues to expand its operations across the U.S. We congratulate Michelle on her recognition and vibrantly echo the praises she’s received from colleagues, D CEO Magazine and the Dallas CPA Society selection committee.”AdvertisementThe company says Frymire, who joined Service King in early 2015, has been instrumental in guiding the organization through the industry’s current aggressive consolidation movement. As the company’s top financial executive, she oversaw more than 25 mergers and acquisitions in the last 12 months. During that time, Service King grew to more than 6,000 teammates in 23 states while the company officially eclipsed the $1 billion annual run-rate mark for the first time.last_img read more