One dead, several in critical condition after students struck by car: Police

first_imgiStock(MOORE, Okla.) — Six high-school students were struck by a car in Moore, Oklahoma, Monday afternoon, leaving one dead and three in critical condition, according to police.The suspect, a male adult driving a red pickup truck, did not stop after the crash, according to a Moore police spokesman. The driver, who is now in custody, hit multiple vehicles before and after striking the students.Police took blood to determine if the suspect was intoxicated and are still waiting for those results.At this time there is no known motive, police said.“We got special people that live and go to school here in Moore,” Dustin Horstkoetter, a director with the school district, said Monday at a press conference. “And to see kids and coaches giving first aid and helping their classmates and their students … we live a good community.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Conservative activist kicked off plane after refusing to wear mask

first_imgsantirf/iStockBy MINA KAJI and LENA CAMILLETTI, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A passenger was kicked off an American Airlines flight after refusing to wear a face covering as airlines step up enforcement of their mandatory mask requirements.Conservative activist Brandon Straka “declined to wear a face covering” after boarding his flight from LaGuardia to Dallas-Fort Worth on Wednesday, the airline confirmed in a statement. “After he refused to comply with the instructions provided by the flight crew, our team members asked him to deplane,” the statement continued.Straka recorded parts of the incident on board the aircraft.“You’re asking me to do something that’s not a law,” Straka tells the flight attendant, who responds that it is the “procedure American Airlines follows.”There is no federal mandate requiring passengers to wear masks onboard a plane, but by May 11 all major U.S. airlines put new policies in place, stating that passengers and crew have to wear face coverings in order to fly. Exceptions exist for kids, passengers eating and drinking and for those with certain medical conditions.American Airlines, along with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, announced this week that they may ban any passenger who refuses to wear a mask on board following complaints that their mask policies were not being enforced.The last thing Straka says before the flight attendant asks him to step off the aircraft is that he doesn’t “like wearing masks,” according to the video he filmed.Straka founded the “#WalkAway Campaign” which encourages people to leave the “Democratic Party of today,” according to its site, which also sells face masks for $20.“This is insane. Absolutely insane,” Straka said in a video he posted on Periscope. “We don’t even have a choice anymore.”Straka told ABC News that after being kicked off the first flight he disclosed to the airline that he couldn’t wear a mask due to a medical condition.The airline is not allowed to legally ask Straka to reveal his medical condition.Straka said he was able to board a second flight to Seattle, connecting in Charlotte, without a mask.American says its team is “reviewing this incident.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Do British employers have a hire and fire mentality?

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Do British employers have a hire and fire mentality?On 23 May 2000 in Personnel Today Are British workers cheaper to sack than others? Yes – but not always, reports Stephen OverellIt is because we are quick, easy and cheap to sack”. So said Tony Woodley, the T&G’s lead negotiator as Ford announced the ending of Fiesta production at Dagenham last week, with the loss of between 1,900 jobs (Ford’s official figure) and 5,000 jobs (the trade union prediction).The accusation that Britain is the bargain basement of Europe when it comes to employment costs always irks national pride. But it was clearly not to Ford’s taste, either. The car giant said its voluntary redundancy package was the best ever offered in British manufacturing history, totalling some £8m. European chairman Nick Scheele argued that cuts programmes in Cologne two years ago and Genk, Belgium, last year, which cost $100,000 (£67,000) per head and $55,000 (£37,000) per head respectively, were snips in comparison to the cost of Dagenham redundancies. “Flexibility is not an issue, here,” he said. GenerosityThe figures the company issued to highlight the generosity of the package seem to illustrate, in this case at least, it was not skimping. Employees were likely to get nine months’ basic pay in addition to early retirement from 45 with an unreduced pension from 50. Thus for an hourly paid worker receiving £21,264 taking voluntary redundancy at 41 with 15 years’ service, he would get £30,144. At 55 with 30 years’ service, he would get £37,582 with a £10,350 annual pension.But yet the substance of the charge – that multinationals are better off making people redundant in Britain as opposed to elsewhere – is one many believe is broadly correct. In theory, it should not be this way with the Collective Redundancies Directive (1975) laying down pan-European standards. But in practice, it is the methods by which nation states have transposed the directive into national law which have given rise to profound discrepancies. Incomes Data Services, the T&G’s source for its comments, warns against stark comparisons because practices vary across Europe, and the rest of the world. In Britain, as in Denmark and Spain, we operate a system of redundancy payments (depending on age, one week’s pay per year of service up to £220 per week with a maximum of 20 years’ service). Germany does not.And yet, procedures in Germany are more stringent, time-consuming and expensive.Central to the German system on collective redundancies is the right of a works council to be notified and consulted “in good time and in writing”. The two sides are expected by law to attempt to resolve their differences (no time limit is specified) and if they can’t, conciliation can be called upon. Employers must notify local labour authorities, which can lengthen the time between notice and start of termination. If employers fail to notify the works council, the redundancies are automatically void. Bizarrely, selection for redundancy cannot be on the basis of poor performance in Germany. Employers are obliged to keep on people whose position is the most vulnerable – although they can make a case for retaining a balanced age and skills profile. ‘Social factors’The works council can object if it feels “social factors” have been ignored or if alternative employment has been overlooked. If this happens, employers must continue employment until differences have been resolved.“In Germany, there is a very strong presumption against making people redundant, partly because of the commitment on both sides to a sense of social partnership,” says IDS international editor Pete Burgess. “Good employers in Britain may well do the same, but there is certainly a perception that we have a more hire and fire mentality here.”According to data compiled by pay and benefits specialist William M Mercer, significant disparities in redundancy costs can be readily identified. In Spain, the state lays down a complicated series of payments for different types of contract and the nature of dismissal. The very least payable on redundancies for an organisational reason is 20 days’ salary per year of service. In non-Euro-land Sweden, all dismissals mean employers must pay an indemnity based on a flat-rate fee plus an age-related supplement.In France, collective agreements dictate the indemnities employers must pay – generally, a fraction of monthly salary. But they must also pay a legal indemnity to employees with over two months’ salary of a 10th of the last monthly salary per year of service (an additional 15th to employees with over 10 years’ service).In Denmark, the state dictates notice periods ranging from one month to six months, depending on years of service. Most workers are also entitled to a minimum indemnity of one month’s salary, rising to two months after 15 years and three months after 18 years. Limited relevanceBut yet, in practical terms, much of this analysis of statutory benefits is of limited relevance. They are legal minima. Employers use benefits as one of the principal tools of retention for staff.Many, says, Don Cuthbert, head of international employee relations at Towers Perrin, may seek to harmonise terms and conditions across the different countries of operation – meaning a genuine comparison of actual redundancy practice across Europe would require exhaustive company by company research. Accepting that, Cuthbert thinks the T&G has a point. “Many multinationals would go beyond the statutory minimum as a matter of course, but if you are looking at the statutory position, then the UK is not as generous.”Robin Chater, director of the Federation of European Employers, agrees – but with a proviso. “If you compare us with somewhere like Spain, then it is cheaper to make people redundant here. But then employers’ organisations in Europe have been trying to get rid of their system for years because of the high social costs.“In the US, there is no such thing as redundancy at all. If you have not got it written into employment contracts, then there is no statutory fallback. In Britain, like in so many areas, I suppose we are a sort of halfway house.”last_img read more

Harlem and Park Slope apartment buildings lead mid-market sales

first_img Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Full Name* 3. Brooklyn investor Howard Hershkovich purchased six residential buildings in West Harlem for $11 million through limited liability company HF Morningside. The 54,600-square-foot portfolio has 62 units between Morningside and Manhattan avenues, at 353 West 115th Street and 362, 364, 366, 368 and 370 West 116th Street. Mitchell Hirth signed for the seller, a limited partnership affiliated with Hirth Real Estate. Cignature Realty’s Lazer Sternhell and Peter Vanderpool represented both the buyer and the seller.4. Jorge Madruga’s Maddd Equities purchased a 6,500-square-foot building at 132 East 125th Street in East Harlem for $10.75 million. The seller was WRA properties. Madruga is reportedly pursuing a 100,000-square-foot commercial development that includes 124 East 125th Street, which Maddd picked up next door for $15 million from Dream Charter School in November. The developer said he has purchased 17,000 square feet of air rights for the project.Contact Orion Jones Tags 353 West 115th Street and 70 Prospect Park West (Cignature Realty, Google Maps, iStock)Deeds were flying around northern Manhattan last week as a portfolio of six buildings sold in West Harlem and a future development site traded hands in East Harlem.Meanwhile, an apartment building in Prospect Park fetched the highest price in the middle of New York City’s real estate investment sales market, defined by The Real Deal as between $10 million and $30 million, and an office building sold in the Bronx.Here are the details for mid-market investment sales recorded during the week ending March 26.1. Greenbrook Partners purchased a 36,600-square-foot, 30-unit apartment building at 70 Prospect Park West in Park Slope for $15 million. The seller was 3M Associates Limited Liability Company. Gregory Fournier signed for the buyer.ADVERTISEMENT2. Joseph Briody purchased a 40,000-square-foot office building at 450 Zerega Avenue in Castle Hill for $14.5 million via limited liability company 635 Columbus. The seller was another LLC, Zerega Hill Properties. Michael LaVallie, CEO of school bus company GVC Ltd., which operates from the building, signed for the seller.Read moreInwood i-sales bring in $26.5MJeff Sutton sells $31M stake in Williamsburg propertyDelshah Capital buys Midtown commercial condo at former TGI Friday’s Message* Investment Saleslast_img read more

Air Quality Forces Cancellation of UVU Men’s Soccer Match Friday

first_imgSeptember 14, 2018 /Sports News – Local Air Quality Forces Cancellation of UVU Men’s Soccer Match Friday Tags: Houston Baptist/Poor Air Quality/UC Davis/UC Santa Barbara/Utah Valley Men’s Soccer FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Because of poor air quality caused by fires in southern Utah County, Utah Valley’s men’s soccer match against UC Santa Barbara scheduled for Friday has been canceled.This match will not be made up.The Wolverines will host the #17 UC Davis Aggies Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in what will be the final non-conference match of the season.The WAC schedule commences September 22 against the Houston Baptist Huskies. Written by Brad Jameslast_img

Heerema’s Sleipnir installs 4,850 metric tonne Tolmount Platform

first_img Heerema’s Sleipnir installs 4,850 metric tonne Tolmount Platform. (Credit: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS.) The world’s largest and most sustainable SSCV Sleipnir has safely installed the Tolmount platform In the Southern North Sea. The project consisted of installing the 2,350 metric ton jacket and 2,500 metric ton topside constructed by Rosetti Marino.Sleipnir traveled to the Tolmount Field located 40 km off the coast of Hull, UK, with a water depth of around 51 meters on October 7. Installation began on October 12 when the jacket was safely lifted from the Heerema barge H-408. After finalizing jacket and pile installation, Sleipnir lifted and installed the 2,500 metric ton topside on October 13, over five hours, to complete the Tolmount Platform project.The Tolmount jacket and topside arrived at the Tolmount field following a 5,390 km journey from Rosetti’s yard in Ravenna, Italy. The Tolmount Platform will be a Normally Unattended Installation (NUI), located in the vicinity of the 42/28d-13 appraisal well and will handle wet gas production from four platform wells. The Premier Oil operated Tolmount field development is on track to deliver first gas in the second quarter of 2021 and will be an important energy supplier for the UK.Rosetti Marino managed the construction and installation of the low-carbon design jacket and topside on behalf of client Premier Oil.  The project involved more than 1,100,000 manhours, was executed LTI free, and was completed over a duration of 26 months.“The close collaboration with Rosetti Marino has been a highlight of the Tolmount project. Despite challenges introduced by the ongoing pandemic, we worked together to find creative solutions, which were handled with total professionalism and high regard for safety,” said Michel Hendriks, Heerema Transport and Installation Director.Sleipnir has a wide range of sustainability measures, including dual-fuel functionality allowing the vessel to run on LNG, a cleaner fuel than standard MGO. During the Tolmount installation, the vessel ran on LNG, reducing carbon emissions and Heerema’s impact on the planet. This action is in line with Heerema’s announcement that the company will go Carbon Neutral in 2020.Despite summer coming to a close, Heerema’s Sleipnir continues to be busy in the North Sea, and with another successful and safe installation completed, the vessel moves on to the next project in an active summer campaign. Sleipnir lifted and installed the 2,500 metric ton topside on October 13, over five hours, to complete the Tolmount Platform project Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Canadian Kyara Semrau Wins $10,000 U25 Classic at DIHP

first_img Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. The Desert Circuit wrapped up the eighth and final week of competition at the Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) in Thermal, CA. Jumper action in the grand prix ring concluded with highlight classes such as the $15,000 North American Youth Championship (NAYC) Trials 1.45m Classic, the $10,000 U25 Classic, and the grand finale, the prestigious $250,000 FEI Grand Prix CSI4* 1.55m, the perfect way to end the circuit.Kyara Semrau, 18, and Carola Z hands down won the $10,000 AIG U25 Classic presented by Equifit, as the one and only clean round in the field. Semrau is from Calgary, AB, Canada and rides with Trademark Stables.“It was a big enough track for sure, so we were a little nervous going into it. My mare and I have been working really hard. We’ve been here the whole circuit, so it was a really good reward to us both. This is the first U25, I think we’ve only done one other one when it was part of the Grand Prix, which was super exciting. My mare is 13, I believe I’ve had her for just over a year now. I can ask her to do anything and she tries her heart out so we have a really good bond.”Semrau has been coming to the Desert Circuit for a while and has tried other locations but keeps returning to the DIHP. “It’s such a nice environment here and you can do some great classes with really good money in them and it’s just a fun environment to be around. They are really trying to make it great, meeting everyone’s needs and doing an awesome job. So yeah, I’m so excited for this. We just really like it here,” added Semrau.Sara Tindale (King City, Ontario) and Candar Mail put in a clean round but racked up two time faults for second place.The DIHP has a list of improvements it will be making prior to the Sunshine Series in November. Stay tuned for updates and we’ll #seeyouinthedesert! For more information visit Tags: Kyara Semrau, Sara Tindale, DIHP, Candar Mail, Carola Z, AIG U25 Classic, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email* SIGN UP last_img read more

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Intern

first_imgKey Responsibilities Posting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). If you were referred by a person, advertisement or other,please explain here:(Open Ended Question) Pay Rate The Equity Diversity and Inclusion Intern, assists the Director ofEquity Diversity and Inclusion in daily operations and providesassistance related to programming and student support. Serves as acoordinator for the programming of the Unity House with both on andoff campus constituents.KEY RESPONSIBILITIES :1. Support the office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion2. Assist staffing Unity House & provide the necessary supportfor and assist with implementation of programming planned in theUnity House including the coordination of logistics/reservationsfor events/programs sponsored by Unity House offices3. Serve as a resource person for students, staff, and facultyinterested in the services of the EDI and Campus MinistryOffice4. Develop the infrastructure and guide the coordination ofculturally related student organizations to empower groups andcreate opportunities for mutually advantageous programming,education, and support5. Direct students to available services and track places where aservice gap exists in order to help the institution strengthen itsoverall ability to support traditionally underrepresentedstudents6. Raise general campus awareness levels around religious,diversity, and other social justice issues7. Assist in developing and implementing diversity trainingprograms REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND CHARACTERISTICS :Education/Experience• Significant knowledge and experience related to Equity, Diversityand Inclusion• Able to operate in a complex, fast-paced environment• Strong attention to detail & proven organizationalskills• Prior experience working in leadership positions with and/orsupervising college students • Ability to establish and maintain effective collaborativerelationships with various constituencies in the college, includingboth academic and student life, and in the community to enrichawareness related to diversity and religious life issues oncampus• Positive/enthusiastic attitudePersonal Competencies Necessary to be Successful in Position:a. Excellent interpersonal, planning, organizational andcommunication skills including the ability to relate well withstudents, church and community leaders, parents, and others fromdiverse backgroundsb. A working knowledge of computer programsc. Ability to work independently within a broad strategic frameworkand institutional prioritiesd. Proven ability to lead, to develop competencies in others and todelegate responsibilityHOURS : Work will be performed throughout the day and someevenings. It will be a one-year appointment with potential for aone-year renewal. See position qualifications. Job TitleEquity, Diversity and Inclusion Intern Posting Details Position TypeAdministration Preferred Qualifications SUPERVISION GIVEN AND RECEIVED :1. Reports to the Director of Equity Diversity and Inclusion ortheir designee and works with significant discretion and judgmentas to how best to achieve college goals.2. Provides guidance, skills development and career support tostudents Open Until FilledYes * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?Walk-InGovernment Employment AgencyPrivate Employment AgencyEmployee (please explain in follow up question)Relative (please explain in follow up question)SchoolAdvertisement – Source (please explain in follow upquestion)Other (please explain in follow up question) Special Instructions to Applicants Supervision Required/Given Open Date08/07/2020 Interested candidates are asked to submit the following materialsvia our on-line application system: Cover-letter, resume and listof references. Review of applications will begin immediately andcontinue until the position is filled. Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterList of 3 ReferencesOptional Documents Physical Demands Posting Number20110318 Position Qualifications Close Datelast_img read more

Government plans to protect freedom of speech in universities

first_imgThe government is reportedly planning to protect freedom of speech within universities, a letter written by the universities minister Jo Johnson has revealed.In the letter, which is to be disseminated to all universities, Johnson wrote that it was the duty of universities to ensure that freedom of speech is ensured for “members, students, employees and visiting speakers”. As a result, public speakers may no longer be able to be banned from speaking at universities.This comes after allegations of censorship have affected UK universities, with The Times reporting that 94 per cent of campuses have some form of restriction on freedom of expression. It cites Julie Bindel, a radical feminist who had made allegedly transphobic comments, and was subsequently banned from speaking at Manchester University’s Student Union.Johnson said: “It is important to note that the duty extends to both the premises of the university and premises occupied by the student’s unions, even when they are not part of the university premises.”Johnson is also reported to have written about how the government plans to implement the Higher Education and Research Bill, saying: “The government proposes to raise the issue of freedom of speech, with a view to ensuring that a principle underscoring the importance of free speech in higher education is given due consideration”. The Higher Education and Research Bill proposes that “UK universities must ensure that they promote freedom of thought”.The Higher Education Bill is currently passing through the House of Lords.Oxford University has come under criticism for its approach to freedom of speech. In February, the online politics magazine Spiked gave Oxford University and OUSU a ‘red’ rating for campus freedom of speech, for the third consecutive year.The magazine wrote: “The University of Oxford, the Oxford University Students’ Union and its constituent colleges and JCRs collectively create a hostile environment for free speech. The university, which has moved to a Red ranking, restricts ‘offensive’ and ‘needlessly provocative’ speech, and insists people use transgender pronouns.”In an apparently sarcastic response to Spiked‘s criticism, OUSU said: “At OUSU, we’d like to say how proud we are to have received a red ranking from Spiked for the third year in a row. This red ranking recognises, among other things, our work in lobbying the University for a harassment policy which supports all students who need it, our incredibly well-received consent workshops and our firm pro-choice policy which extends to a ban on publications which attempt to manipulate vulnerable people into unwanted pregnancies.”Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was met by protestors from Oxford University Labour Club, Migrant Solidarity and LGBTQ societies when he came to speak at the Oxford Union in November last year. Protestors condemned the Union’s decision to allow him to speak.In an earlier statement on freedom of speech, Oxford University said: :Recognising the vital importance of free expression for the life of the mind, a university may make rules concerning the conduct of debate but should never prevent speech that is lawful.”In 2015, OUSU caused controversy by banning the libertarian magazine No Offence from Freshers Fair. Following Johnson’s letter, No Offence editor Jacob Williams told Cherwell: “If this actually results in meaningful change on the ground, it is to be welcomed. Universities are supposed to test and scrutinise ideas and that requires freedom to express any belief you think is justified.“I look forward to the day when we no longer need to discuss free speech and can instead vigorously discuss the positions that some would like to censor, many of which were common sense just a few decades ago.”last_img read more

Two Evansville Men Arrested for Posey County Burglary, One Suspect At-Large

first_imgIndiana State Police launched a criminal investigation after a Poseyville homeowner noticed someone had burglarized a barn located on his property at 9111 Cleveland Road. The alleged burglary and theft occurred sometime in the early morning hours of December 6. The homeowner reported a Suzuki four-wheeler, a Yamaha 70cc dirt bike, a 12’ cargo trailer and numerous other items had been stolen from his barn.On December 7th  the Posey County Sheriff’s Department contacted Indiana State Police and informed investigating troopers that Evansville Police had located items matching several stolen items from the Posey County burglary at a residence located at 1227 West Maryland in Evansville.  When troopers arrived and conducted their investigation they found four brand new sump pumps, one Ryobi backpack leaf blower, an Echo chainsaw, three antique ceramic vessels, a pair of western boots, a vacuum cleaner and a 2012 Sure-Trac cargo trailer. All items located were allegedly stolen from the barn in Poseyville. The Poseyville homeowner soon arrived and identified his property. The property was then released to the homeowner. The red Suzuki 50cc four-wheeler and white/pink Yamaha 70cc dirt bike was not recovered and still missing.Further investigation revealed Steven Collins, 43, allegedly drove to the Poseyville property with Christopher Vallee, 42, and another male from the Evansville area. They allegedly backed the truck into the barn and hooked onto the trailer.  After allegedly taking numerous items that belonged to the homeowner, they drove away with the trailer.After reviewing the investigation the Posey County Prosecutor’s Office issued felony warrants for burglary and theft for Collins, Vallee and the third suspect. Troopers arrested Collins without incident at his Evansville residence on December 16.  He was taken to the Posey County Jail where he is currently being held on bond. Vallee was located and arrested today at a residence located at 923 W. Maryland, Evansville. He was also taken to the Posey County Jail where he is currently being held on bond. Troopers are still searching for the third suspect.Arrested and Charges:Steven Collins, 43, 1227 W. Maryland, Evansville, IN        Christopher Vallee, 42, 1320 Cody Street, Evansville, IN1.Burglary2.TheftMEDIA NOTE:Pic 1 is CollinsPic 2 is ValleeInvestigating Officers: Trooper Wes Kuykendall, Trooper Zachary Fulton and Sgt. Ted ClammeFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more