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SF union says: Don’t mess with ‘little yellow school bus’

first_imgSchool bus drivers turned out in force Oct. 29 at the San Francisco School District headquarters to oppose changes they believe will jeopardize the safety of children, whom they shepherd every day to and from their homes and schools.“The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round, but when it comes to safety we don’t mess around,” chanted the union bus drivers from SMART Local 1741. (SMART was formed in 2008 with the merger of the United Transportation Union and the Sheet Metal Workers.) They were joined by sheet metal workers and nearly 100 other supporters, who protested outside and packed the meeting of the San Francisco Board of Education. The proposed changes threaten to replace the familiar, tightly regulated and safe “little yellow school bus” with small unregulated vans and Uber vehicles driven by any driver with a regular Class C license. This contrasts with the stringent testing and background checks now required for certified union drivers who transport children. Many current drivers have 30 or 40 years experience and spotless safety records.A bus driver told the board: “It’s all about sacrificing the children’s safety just to save a little money and hire ride-share drivers.” Long-time driver Shane Hoff said, “I’d hate to see a student hurt because you’re trying to save money short-term and cut corners on driver training.”The San Francisco Labor Council recently approved a resolution mandating detailed requirements to ensure “safety for SF school children as they are transported home-to-school in safe vehicles by qualified, experienced, unionized school bus drivers.”The board is set to vote on details of the school bus contract with First Student, a private company, before the end of the year.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The Burmese Spring

first_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific Organisation to go further Help by sharing this information Reports Reporters Without Borders is today releasing a report entitled “The Burmese Spring” about the rapid progress that freedom of information has made in Burma, but also about the limits of this progress and the dangers it faces.The international community is witnessing an unprecedented democratic transition in this Southeast Asian country after half a century of military dictatorship. But, as things stand, the possibility of the reforms being perverted cannot be ruled out. Open publication – Free publishing – More burma News RSF_en RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Related documents Download the reportPDF – 2.22 MB center_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 26, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more News January 17, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The Burmese Spring US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Receive email alerts Follow the news on Myanmar Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick TD accused of ’empty political taunts’

first_imgAdvertisement Print Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Seamus BrowneNEWCASTLE West Sinn Féin councillor Seamus Browne has called on Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan to explain why he disagrees with Garda statements over illegal fuel laundering.Deputy O’Donovan last week stated that some political parties are mysterious about their funding and could be getting revenue from illegal fuel smuggling. He said the government needs to stop “pussy-footing” around the issue.Cllr Browne pointed out that Deputy O’Donovan suggested that Sinn Féin was involved in illegal activities despite the Garda Commissioner denying this. Cllr Browne said this was a blatant attempt to politicise the issue and deflect from genuine efforts to tackle the problem.“Sinn Féin has been vociferous in its condemnation of illegal fuel laundering and I reject Deputy O’Donovan’s allegation which was nothing more than a political slur.“Even the Garda Commissioner, in a letter to Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn, says that the Gardaí have no information to support assertions that ‘the Provisional IRA still maintains its military structure and confines its criminal activities to fuel laundering, cigarette-smuggling and counterfeiting’,” he explained.“If Fine Gael is up for genuinely tackling the issue then they should take a lead on it in the Dáil and publish the required legislation.“If Deputy O’Donovan was concerned with tackling this issue he would support the recommendations of the report the Northern Assembly that calls for legislation on both sides of the border to help authorities tackle the problem.“This would be preferable to engaging in empty political taunts which are not supported by the Gardaí,” Cllr Browne concluded. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsLimerick TD accused of ’empty political taunts’By Alan Jacques – March 5, 2015 734 Previous articleTapping into a grave local demand in County Limerick cemeteryNext articleLimerick planning applications down as construction slows up Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img WhatsApp Email Twitter Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSCllr Seamus BrowneFine GaellimerickPatrick O’Donovan TDSinn Fein Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Wells Fargo Receives ‘Outstanding’ Community Reinvestment Act Rating

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Wells Fargo Receives ‘Outstanding’ Community Reinvestment Act Rating Subscribe Related Articles Wells Fargo 2020-05-06 Seth Welborn  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Wells Fargo Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago May 6, 2020 936 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has released a list of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluations. The list contains only national banks, federal savings associations, and insured federal branches of foreign banks that have received ratings. The possible ratings are outstanding, satisfactory, needs to improve, and substantial noncompliance.Of the 20 evaluations that became public during the period of April 1 through April 30, 16 are rated satisfactory and four are rated outstanding: First National Bank of Okawville, Western National Bank, Liberty National Bank, and Ladysmith FS & LA.For the ratings covering the years 2012 to 2018, Wells Fargo announced that it received a rating of “Outstanding”.“While Wells Fargo still has work to do to regain the trust of our customers, regulators and others, our strong commitment to lending to, investing in and providing service to low- and moderate-income communities across the country has not wavered, and this rating is proof that our work is making a difference,” said Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf. “We are proud of the positive steps we have taken in recent years, and are pleased that the OCC noted this progress. Wells Fargo will continue to help promote economic growth, sustainable homeownership and neighborhood stability in low- and moderate-income communities where we do business.”Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment provides financial solutions to support the community development needs that are not met through traditional financing methods. Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment committed $4.3 billion of debt and equity capital during 2019 in cities across the country in 265 transactions.The CRA Performance Evaluation notes that Wells Fargo, is a “leader in making community development (CD) loans” and makes “significant use of innovative and/or flexible loan products” to meet credit needs. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Wells Fargo Receives ‘Outstanding’ Community Reinvestment Act Rating Previous: Investor Update: Keeping Renters in Place Next: Delgado: COVID-19 a ‘Tsunami’ With Slowly Rising Defaults Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Market Studies, News Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Seth Welbornlast_img read more

JCA Valentines Day sale features zip, gems and Trojan heads

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell A Valentine’s tradition February always brings out the sweetness at Adams Glass Studio and Nut Shop on U.S. Highway 231 south of Troy…. read more Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways .. to the depth and breadth and height….”Surely, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was not thinking about the high-flying zip line at Butter and Egg Adventures when she penned those words.But who’s to say the one who purchases that adventurous Valentine gift offered at the Johnson Center for the Arts Valentine Sale won’t have thoughts of shared fun and high adventure when doing so. You Might Like Sponsored Content Skip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day photo/Jaine treadwell | The MessengerA cup and more. Dawson Gregory is among those who are shopping at the Johnson Center for the Arts Valentine Sale. Gregory’s pick is a Walter Black designed coffee mug with a Troy logo. Also on sale are original artwork, adventures, events, paint parties, gift certificates and much more. Brenda Campbell, JCA director, said the Valentine Sale is an opportunity to shop and support the arts in Troy and Pike County. Published 8:55 pm Friday, February 5, 2021 By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories Brenda Campbell, JCA director, said the Butter and Egg Adventures package for four is just one of the many gifts available through the JCA Valentine Sale.“We have really great one-of-a-kind gift ideas for Valentine’s Day,” Campbell said. “The JCA Valentine Sale is an opportunity to shop at home and it’s also a way to support the Johnson Center and the arts throughout the community.  The funds raised will be used for the general operations and for programming at the Troy arts center.”Campbell said she would be excited to receive any one of the gift items offered for sale, but she has her eyes on the jewelry. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe 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 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… “All of the jewelry is beautiful,” she said. “Earrings, bracelets and necklaces – any sweetheart would be happy to get any one of them. We have some really amazing artwork, including an original painting titled ‘Cotton Rose’ by our own Ruth Walker. It’s gorgeous and it’s framed and ready to hang.“The artwork of several other local artists, including Toni Sanders, Brenda Peacock and Walter Black, is also featured in our Valentine Sale,” Campbell said. “Toni has a beautiful acrylic painting of a blue cross and Brenda has one of her precious angel paintings.”Campbell also highlighted Walter Black who “throws pottery” that is so popular that it hardly “lands” before it flies off the shelf.“Walter has cups with City of Troy and Troy University images including a Trojan head and a Trojan horse,” she said. “Our Valentine Sale has a wide range of items including events and gift certificates. Print Article Email the author Campbell said the sale items may be viewed at httpps://jcatroy.org/sweet-deals-for-your-sweetheart.The artwork for sale in the artists’ catalogs may be viewed at https://jcatroy.org/current-exhibits.Porch deliveries are available inside the city of Troy or via free pickup at the Johnson Center at 300 East Walnut Street.For more information, contact the JCA at 670-2287. JCA Valentines Day sale features zip, gems and Trojan headslast_img read more

Police find missing 13-year-old girl who ‘willingly’ got into someone’s car and never made it to school

first_imgWATCH: Police Chief Pat Cheatwood announces Amberly Flores has been found and is safe.There is still much we don’t know right now. Once we have talked with her, we will release additional details, if warranted. Thank you to everyone who shared our information!#PelhamPD pic.twitter.com/RP70yeeMyT— Pelham Police Dept (@PelhamPoliceAL) January 23, 2020“Right now it’s a feeling I’ve never felt in my life, to know that my daughter is alive,” her mother, Heather Morrison, told Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA. “It’s something I’ll never take for granted again.”Her mother said she was taken to the hospital and she was being interviewed by police.It’s still unclear the details of her disappearance. Prior to her being found, the girl’s parents said it was out of character for their daughter to not show up to school.“She’s very good, a very good girl,” her father, Alfredo Flores, told WBMA. “This is the first time she go to school and not come back.”Amberly had last been seen wearing a white jacket with blue jeans and carrying a pink backpack near the Green Park South mobile home park.Surveillance video from the area showed the girl “willingly” get into a dark Mercedes SUV, police said.The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency on Wednesday issued an emergency missing child alert for Amberly.The 13-year-old is described as a Hispanic girl with black hair and brown eyes. She is just over 5-feet tall and weighs around 115 pounds.Anyone with information on the case is urged to call 911 or the Pelham Police Department at 205-620-6550. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Pelham Police Department(PELHAM, Ala.) — Authorities in Alabama say they have found a 13-year-old girl, who disappeared on her way to school.Amberly Nicole Flores left her home in Pelham, Alabama, on Tuesday morning to walk to the school bus stop. But she never made it to school, according to the Pelham Police Department.On Thursday afternoon, Pelham police said they had found Amberly safe at a home in Huntsville, in northern Alabama, about two hours north of Pelham.last_img read more

CBI wary of childcare proposals

first_imgTheIndependent Childcare Commission’s proposals to encourage parents to stay athome and look after their children have drawn a mixed response from the CBI.Thecommission is recommending a “toddler tax credit” for parents ofchildren up to three years old who spend more than £5,000 a year onchildcare.  Itwants employers to be offered tax breaks to encourage, rather than deterimproved childcare provision. Butthe commission stopped short of calling for legislation to make employers responsiblefor the provision or payment of childcare. Neither did it suggest that parentswho remain at home for three years have their jobs kept open.GrahamMorton, senior employee relations adviser at the CBI, said, “We welcomethe fact that employers shouldn’t be required to pay childcare, but our mainconcern is that employers may have to offer part-time work to former employeesreturning to work. It’s not always practical for employers to offer part-timework.” Comments are closed. CBI wary of childcare proposalsOn 5 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Making a difference

first_imgMaking a differenceOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today If you don’t get a Christmas card in the post from your key suppliers thisyear, don’t feel offended – you may find their seasonal message to you in thepages of Personnel Today instead. Personnel Today has launched a new Christmas charity initiative calledMaking A Difference. This year, many of our advertisers will be foregoing their traditionalChristmas card mailout and joining forces with Personnel Today to benefitcharities instead. And you get to choose which charities. Visit PersonnelToday.com to vote forwhich of the 10 nominated charities you would like to benefit. The 10 charities are: Breast Cancer Care, British Heart Foundation, BritishRed Cross, Cancer Research UK, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Jeans For Genes, NSPCC,Scope, The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association and The Stroke Association. The proceeds from the campaign will be distributed to the three charitieswith the most votes, so start voting now. Voting closes 30 November 2003. If you are a key supplier and would like details on supporting this charityinitiative, contact Jeremy Hudson on020 8652 8101 or e-mail [email protected] Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Variability among individuals is generated at the gene expression level

first_imgSelection acts on individuals, specifically on their differences. To understand adaptation and responses to change therefore requires knowledge of how variation is generated and distributed across traits. Variation occurs on different biological scales, from genetic through physiological to morphological, yet it is unclear which of these carries the most variability. For example, if individual variation is mainly generated by differences in gene expression, variability should decrease progressively from coding genes to morphological traits, whereas if post translational and epigenetic effects increase variation, the opposite should occur. To test these predictions, we compared levels of variation among individuals in various measures of gene expression, physiology (including activity) and morphology in two abundant and geographically widespread Antarctic molluscs, the clam Laternula elliptica and the limpet Nacella concinna. Direct comparisons among traits as diverse as heat shock protein QPCR assays, whole transcription profiles, respiration rates, burying rate, shell length and ash-free dry mass were made possible through the novel application of an established metric, the Wentworth Scale. In principle, this approach could be extended to analyses of populations, communities or even entire ecosystems. We found consistently greater variation in gene expression than morphology, with physiological measures falling in between. This suggests that variability is generated at the gene expression level. These findings have important implications for refining current biological models and predictions of how biodiversity may respond to climate change.last_img read more

Rosneft gives licenses for Russian digital complex for modelling hydraulic fracturing

first_img Image: The RN-GRID software complex was created in 2017 by specialists of RN-BashNIPIneft. Photo: Courtesy of ROSNEFT. Rosneft Oil Company has given more than 30 commercial and more than 40 test licenses for the right to use RN-GRID, Eurasia’s first industrial simulator of hydraulic fracturing, to twenty-five oilfield servicing and oil and gas companies. The Company has also given more than 50 academic licenses for the use of RN-GRID in teaching and learning activities to four leading partner universities.Rosneft became the first Russian company to provide import substitution of software for hydrofracturing modelling. The RN-GRID digital complex is several times cheaper than foreign software, prices for which have until recently been high due to lack of competitive domestic offerings. With the new proprietary solution, Rosneft gave a powerful impulse for the development of market and technologies in the field of hydrofracturing modelling.The RN-GRID software complex was created in 2017 by specialists of RN-BashNIPIneft, part of the Rosneft corporate research and development complex. The simulator allows to precisely describe the complex geometry of a rock fissure that appears as a result of hydrofracturing. The software complex allows to conduct all operations and engineering evaluations necessary for fracturing treatment design.To date, more than 6,500 fracturing operations with full modelling cycle with the use of RN-GRID simulator have been conducted at Rosneft sites. Source: Company Press Release Rosneft became the first Russian company to provide import substitution of software for hydrofracturing modellinglast_img read more