Copley Hospital, nurses renegotiate contract to save $300,000

first_imgIn the spirit of cooperation, Copley Hospital and the United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5109 have renegotiated its contract. The newly extended three year contract will create a savings of nearly $300,000.  A tentative agreement on the contract was reached on Tuesday, May 11, and confirmation made on Wednesday, May 12. The original contract was supposed to run through 2011.“I am very impressed with the members of UNAP,” says Mel Patashnick, President of Copley Hospital. “In approving this contract, they demonstrated their understanding of how Copley is affected by the difficult economy. Their care for the long-term well-being of Copley is apparent in the tough decision they made at a time it needed to be made.”“Healthcare is dynamic,” explains Sue Lucas, RN and President of Copley UNAP. “In negotiations with the current administration, we saw responsiveness on the part of both parties to work together to address a critical issue and do what is best for the community and our hospital.”The new contract is effective May 30, 2010 through May 29, 2013. The new contract includes a reduced cost of living wage increase. The hospital has also scaled back on construction projects, capital purchases and travel in addition to increasing operational efficiency to reduce expenses.Both Patashnick and Lucas cited hard work, respect, and a commitment on both sides to patient care and patient safety as key factors in reaching an agreement so quickly. Spource: Copley. 5.14.2010. Morrisvillelast_img read more

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Mitsubishi is the latest Japanese firm to take a second look at coal investments

first_imgMitsubishi is the latest Japanese firm to take a second look at coal investments FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review ($):Australia’s biggest thermal coal customer is hardening its attitude towards the fuel, with Japan’s biggest bank and one of Japan’s biggest power and mining conglomerates tightening their coal investment policies in recent days.Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, which is Japan’s largest lender and largest bank by assets, said it was reviewing its lending policies for coal-fired power generation and would limit support to “high-efficiency” generation which helped reduce emissions including through carbon capture and storage. The bank also said its lending would be guided by OECD standards, which encourage lending only to high-efficiency “ultra-supercritical” coal-fired power plants.The comments came just days after Marubeni, which has equity investments in six Australian coal mines and seven Asian power stations, said it would halve its coal-fired generation capacity by 2030 and double the percentage of renewables in its portfolio by 2023.“As a general principle, Marubeni will no longer enter into any new coal-fired power generation business. However, Marubeni might consider pursuing projects that adopt best available technology which at present is ultra-supercritical steam-generating technology,” Marubeni said.The landmark statements from the two companies continue a recent trend among Japan’s top corporations, and highlights the long-term challenge facing Australia’s thermal coal sector, which shipped 41% of its exports to Japan in fiscal 2017.“It is not just Marubeni moving in isolation … It is more representative of a sea change in senior corporate and government thinking in Japan,” said Tim Buckley, from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, an organisation whose mission is to accelerate the world’s energy transition. “It is a bit like when our big four [Australian] banks all moved two or three years ago.”More ($): Major Japanese banks, traders tighten coal policylast_img read more

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A Sheldon Silver Mystery: Did He Betray New York Renters?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When New York enacted a major rent regulation law in 2011, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver celebrated the passage of the legislation as a victory over real estate interests.“Despite fierce and well-financed opposition to working families in New York City, we were able to secure important victories for tenants,” he said at the time.But the bribery case against Silver unveiled by prosecutors last week raises questions about whether Silver pulled his punches in negotiations on that 2011 bill, potentially at the expense of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who live in rent stabilized apartments.A little-scrutinized section of the criminal complaint alleges a luxury developer implicated in the Silver bribery scheme requested changes to the law. The changes were ultimately adopted.The complaint has tenant advocates who lobbied on the bill, known as the Rent Act of 2011, wondering what really happened. For now, it’s a mystery: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara hasn’t specified what change Silver made on behalf of a developer who was part of the alleged bribery scheme.“It’s hugely important,” says Benjamin Dulchin of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development. “I hope Preet Bharara tells us someday.”The complaint itself provides only a bit of detail.With the legislation pending, it says, “the Lobbyists met, on behalf of Developer 1, with Silver in his State office to advocate for certain proposed terms for the new Real Estate Legislation. The legislation that was enacted included Developer 1’s recommendations in substantial part.”“Developer 1” is widely reported to be Glenwood Management, the politically influential firm of centenarian developer Leonard Litwin.So what might Glenwood have wanted out of the legislation?The heart of the fight that year centered on rent regulation, which limits rent increases on about a million units in New York City, including some of Glenwood’s. The state law governing rent regulation comes up for renewal periodically.Landlords can deregulate apartments and begin charging market-rate rents under certain circumstances, such as when an apartment becomes vacant and its rent passes a threshold, at the time $2,000. As a result, over 200,000 units have become deregulated over the past 30 years. In the 2011 negotiations, tenant advocates wanted to stem the flow of units out of the program by tightening the rules. Another focal point was the formula that governs how much landlords can raise rent on regulated apartments when they invest money in improvements.There were other matters the legislation dealt with that could have been of interest to Glenwood Management, including tax exemptions for new development. The firm did not respond to a request for comment.Silver has said he will be vindicated when the case is aired in court. His lawyers did not respond to a request for comment.The ultimate rent deal struck in 2011 among Silver, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the state Senate did not please tenant advocates.“Both Cuomo and Silver tried to spin the 2011 bill as a great victory for tenants when in fact there were very minor improvements,” says Michael McKee, the treasurer of the Tenants Political Action Committee, who lobbied on the bill.He says even at the time—long before the alleged bribery scheme between Silver and the developer was known—it wasn’t clear where exactly Silver stood.“Silver was not forthcoming about what he was working to achieve,” McKee says. “Silver always presented himself as pro-tenant, but who knows what happened behind closed doors?”While Silver is seen as more pro-tenant than many others in Albany, including Republicans in the state Senate, tenant advocates have long viewed him as an unreliable ally.The New York Times story reporting the eleventh hour deal on the 2011 law noted that it fell “well short of what many Democrats and tenant activists had hoped for.” Silver was also quoted saying it was time to stop fighting for a stronger package. “I think the days of pushing are over,” Silver said.In last week’s criminal complaint, prosecutors also quote an internal memo from an unnamed real estate developer association.  The memo concluded “in connection with the 2011 rent regulation reauthorization that Silver was considerably more favorable to the real estate industry than expected.” The memo said that “though he may never be the owners advocate, given that the Governor wanted [certain proposals] off the table and wanted to restore his reputation with tenants, it would appear that he (Silver) could have successfully pushed for more.”If the Silver case goes to trial, prosecutors will likely have to flesh out the episode.“Some more favorable treatment specifically by Mr. Silver towards the developers in question will have to be proven, something more concrete than speculation that he was less unfavorable towards the real estate industry in general than he could have been,” says Robert Walker, a government ethics law specialist at Wiley Rein.Have information about this story or a tip? Email me at justin@propublica.org.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

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Is your credit union more than a member piggy bank?

first_imgDuring a recent dynamic brand workshop working with a credit union partner in the Southeast, a leadership team member made the following observation about their credit union culture: “We must always be more than a place members deposit their money; we must be a safehaven for their trust and dreams.”Wow. That is a profound and emotionally-grounded statement of purpose. Not coincidentally, the best brand cultures are often profound and emotionally-grounded. It was terrific to hear the credit union talk about their brand in such a way after undergoing the brand workshop.Far too many credit unions are viewed by their members as mere piggybanks — simply a place to stash their cash for an undetermined (often limited) amount of time. This also includes lending products. Credit unions building profound and emotionally-grounded brand cultures strive to develop a membership base that is not merely transactional. In other words, as stated above, the relationship transcends transactional and enters the emotional realm of trust and dreams.The only way to ensure this higher realm of member relations is by fostering a unique brand culture. Your leadership team must lead this unique brand culture, every single member of your staff must live it, and then, after time and training, your members will love your brand. Yes, love. The L-word does come into play in brand and culture. To ensure long-lasting and meaningful relationships, even multi-generational relationships, your members must love being a part of your credit union.Empowered staff that know they have both the necessary ongoing training and support of their leadership team are much more likely to build these kinds of relationships. This means not just talking to members, but more importantly, actively listening to them.A few friendly challenge questions regarding your credit union brand culture:Do you have a leadership team in place that is prepared to look at the credit union brand as a profound and emotionally-grounded cornerstone of your culture?Is your credit union making the investments (time, logistics, money, personnel, etc.) to ensure a profound brand culture permeates every level of your financial institution?Are you training staff to live this kind of brand? Subsequently, do you hold staff accountable to brand standards and, critically, do you offer quick and sincere praise for positively living the brand?Do you have a credit union staffed by brand ambassadors, free and empowered to do what it takes to develop amazing member relationships, or are you staffed by robots who are ill-prepared (and even perhaps hesitant or scared) to step out of the box and make member brand magic happen? Are you a safe place for members to learn and dream or are you a cashbox? 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details You already know this but it’s a tough world out there for credit unions. It is probably also not a shocker it will continue to get tougher. Brand is not all fluff and pretty words on the page. Brand is commitment. Brand is investment. Brand is all-consuming. Brand is also, however the future of successful credit unions.Piggybacks are often smashed open with a hammer to get the money inside. Safehavens, however are more sacred and enduring realms. Which is your credit union?last_img read more

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New Zealand shocked as policeman shot dead in rare attack

first_imgAn unarmed New Zealand policeman was shot and killed on an Auckland street Friday, becoming the first officer to die on duty for more than a decade in the normally peaceful South Pacific nation.Police said the officer and a colleague were approaching a crashed car when a gunman produced a rifle and opened fire.One officer died, another received serious leg injuries and a bystander was struck and badly hurt as the two men drove off in a second car, New Zealand’s police commissioner Andrew Coster said. “This is devastating news. Our police officers work hard every day to keep us and our communities safe,” she said.The slain policeman, whose details have not been released, is the 23rd to be shot dead on duty since 1890, according to the police website, with the previous fatal shooting in 2009.Coster declined to speculate on a possible motive for the shooting.”This was the type of work that our officers undertake every day to keep the public safe,” Coster told reporters, adding “the situation unfolded very quickly”.”At this stage, there is nothing to indicate that this job was going to be anything out of the ordinary.”No charges had been laid by late Friday and Coster said the priority “is to hold this offender to account”.Coster said the officers were unarmed when they came under fire, which is standard for New Zealand police.The force last week decided against introducing armed patrols and Coster said the shooting would not prompt him to revisit the issue.However, he said police on duty in the west Auckland suburb of Massey where the shooting took place would be issued firearms for the time being as a precaution.The death comes just a day after parliament voted to further tighten New Zealand’s firearms laws in the wake of last year’s Christchurch mosques massacre, when a lone gunman murdered 51 Muslim worshippers.Topics : He said two persons of interest were being questioned after being apprehended several hours later following a massive manhunt which also resulted in police seizing a firearm.”This is a shocking situation. It is the worst news that police and police officers’ families can ever receive in the course of what we do,” Coster said. “Our officers walk towards danger every day, our job is to keep them safe.”Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern offered condolences to the officer’s family and police colleagues.last_img read more

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London Residences at West End aimed at owner occupiers

first_imgLondon Residences is a new $27 million development at West End.A $27 million inner-city development set for launch today is the start of phase two of Brisbane’s apartment boom.Ferro Property Group developer Marco Ferro said larger apartments and townhouses would drive the market which led them to eliminate “all signs of any two-bedroom or smaller configurations”.The London Residences at West End will feature 27 three and four-bedroom home-sized apartments, a mix of three two-storey manors, two terrace and 22 three-bedroom apartments. London Residences at West End.He said each apartment was a celebration paying homage to Brisbane’s lifestyle and the character of West End, while also nodding to the iconic style of London, after which the project was named.Half a floor within the development has been dedicated to storage for owners, each ranging from 6sq m to 14sq m while the rooftop terrace has resort-style facilities including a pool, day beds, gym and steam room.The development is at 12 Bailey St, West End. Construction is set to start in July. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoLondon Residences.Mr Ferro said owner occupiers were the ones on the hunt.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:41Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:41 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreencheck out developments virtually!00:41 Related videos 00:41check out developments virtually!01:60Sneak peak inside Hawksburn Place Residences02:02Sneak peak: FV building03:05The Converted: Boot Factory01:30Dream Home: North Sydney00:45Dream Architecture: Mandalay HouseNinety per cent of the firm’s recent Edgebrook Apartments at Lutwyche, where 80 per cent were three bedroom apartments, sold to owner occupiers.“The boutique market for larger, custom-designed three and four-bedroom apartments in Brisbane was largely untapped and very strong,” Mr Ferro said.last_img read more

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Study outlines dangers of too much time on touchscreens for toddlers

first_imgNZ Herald 15 April 2017Babies’ sleep and subsequent brain development may be being harmed by the use of iPads and other touchscreen devices, research suggests.The British study found that every hour infants spent on such devices was linked to 16 minutes less sleep per day.The research, on more than 700 families, is the first to look at the link between touchscreens and sleep in babies and toddlers.It found that some toddlers aged 12 to 18 months were spending as much as five hours a day on touchscreen devices. Even babies less than a year old were found to be spending as much as two-and-a-half hours on such gadgets.Average screen time was far lower, at less than nine minutes for babies aged six to 11 months, rising to 44 minutes for those between 26 and 36 months.Researchers at Birkbeck, University of London and King’s College London questioned 715 parents about their child’s daily touchscreen use and sleep patterns. They found that babies and toddlers who spent more time using a touchscreen slept less at night and, despite sleeping more during the day, slept for less time overall.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11838667Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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‘Kicked, hit, slapped and bitten’ – Quarter of primary school teachers feel unsafe in class – survey

first_imgRadio NZ News 26 June 2020Family First Comment: “We’re seeing young people who are exhibiting behaviours that are violent, we’re seeing young people melt down in classrooms, we’re seeing young people that are disrupting other students around them and in some instances we’re seeing teachers and other students who are being hurt physically hurt and of course emotionally harmed by actions in classrooms.”Rising violence in primary schools has reached the point where one-in-four teachers feel unsafe in their own classroom – double the figure three years earlier, a national survey shows.The Council for Educational Research study found 24 percent of primary teachers reported sometimes feeling unsafe in their classrooms last year, up from 12 percent in 2016, while 1 percent often felt unsafe, the same figure as 2016.In addition, 23 percent felt unsafe in their school grounds occasionally last year, up from 11 percent in 2016, and 2 percent frequently felt unsafe, up from 1 percent.The report said 25 percent of teachers often experienced serious disruption from children in their classroom, up from 17 percent in 2016, most teachers (77 percent) dealt with at least one incident of extreme behaviour last year, and most (69 percent) wanted more help to manage such behaviour.It said teachers in lower decile schools were more likely to experience disruption, but there were no decile-based differences for feeling unsafe.The survey, which runs every three years, found children’s wellbeing and mental health was one of the top problems for primary school principals, alongside IT costs but behind funding and the amount that is expected to schools.The results were based on survey responses from 145 principals, 620 teachers, 126 school trustees, and 395 parents in 2019. NZCER said the response rate was the lowest since the surveys began in 1989 and the maximum margin of error for principals’ responses was 8.1 percent and 3.9 percent for teachers’ responses.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/419869/kicked-hit-slapped-and-bitten-quarter-of-primary-school-teachers-feel-unsafe-in-class-surveylast_img read more

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Peery scores huge Wild West Shootout win at Siskiyou

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageYREKA, Calif. (June 14) – A quick decision late in the race paid off for Travis Peery.Originally from nearby Fort Jones, the North Dakota transplant won Sunday’s Wild West Modified Shootout feature at Siskiyou Motor Speedway.Peery started outside pole but the $1,000 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory was sealed un­til he made a split second decision and chose the right lane that took him through lapped traffic with two circuits left.After taking the lead at the drop of the green, Peery set a rapid pace interrupted only by cautions on laps 15 and 18.The second yellow involved Colorado pilot Ryan Gaylord, running second at the time. He spun into the infield and the second spot was inherited by North Dakota chauffeur Troy Heupel.Heupel nearly caught Peery on a couple occasions but each time Peery was able to pull away. Heavy lapped traffic came into play with just a few laps remaining and that’s when Peery picked the right line to work his way through.The win was Peery’s tour career second and his first at Siskiyou. He was already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Heupel, opening night winner Jesse Williamson, Jon DeBene­detti and Rob Ireland completed the top five.Eight states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon and Washing­ton – were represented by the 36 drivers signed in for the second event of the 2015 tour.Round three takes the Wild West Modified Shootout to Coos Bay Speedway on the Oregon Coast on Monday, June 15. This will be the first WWMS race at the facility since 2013 and Williamson was the winner that year.Feature results – 1. Travis Peery; 2. Troy Heupel; 3. Jesse Williamson; 4. Jon DeBenedetti; 5. Rob Ireland; 6. Danny Lauer; 7. B.J. Wild; 8. Alex Stanford; 9. Mark Wauge; 10. Troy Foulger; 11. Craig Cassell; 12. Paul Stone; 13. Joe German; 14. Troy Morris; 15. Collen Winebarger; 16. John Campos; 17. Nick Trenchard; 18. Zach Olson; 19. Ryan Gaylord; 20. Brian Poppa.last_img read more

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Midweek checkers pay big for DeYoung

first_imgAUBURN, Mich. (Aug. 24) – Myron DeYoung raced his way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and picked up a bonus doing it at Tri-City Motor Speedway’s midweek special.DeYoung earned $1,225 for his Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified victory and picked up bonus money on top of that check for ending A.J. Ward’s winning streak.The IMCA Modifieds had 28 drivers check in for the opportunity to win big money by winning their 40-lap feature.Todd Matheson and Chaz Pray brought the field to the initial green flag. Matheson set the early pace before Matt Szecsodi reeled him in and made the pass by lap nine.Defending champion DeYoung eventually overtook Szecsodi just past the halfway point of the race. The 12th starting Ward was having difficulty getting to the front but by the closing laps found himself in the top five.Ward’s run to the front ended when he got tangled up with the lapped car of Rusty Zeigler, went off the top of turn three and was sent to the rear with just three laps remaining.On the restart, DeYoung pulled away from the field to pick up the win and the bounty on Ward.  DeYoung was followed across the stripe by Szecsodi, Brenten DeYoung, Craig Vance and Joe Fowler.last_img read more

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