On the picket line

Colorado teachers rally at the Capitol in Denver, April 27.Historic strike victory for Colorado teachersA momentous, 900-strong teachers’ strike in an already historic year for teachers’ strikes ended May 13 with a win. Teachers targeted the Pueblo City Schools District 60 (D60) Board of Education with demands for a 2 percent retroactive pay increase, better benefits and step increases for paraprofessionals. Last year Pueblo annual teacher pay averaged $47,617 — not only below average teacher pay in Colorado ($52,728), but national averages as well ($59,660). (Denver Post, May 7)After a neutral, third-party factfinder recommended a raise, the teachers and the Pueblo Teachers Association rejected an initial, nonretroactive offer by the D60 Board and struck on May 5. In an interview with NBC News, teachers spoke of crumbing infrastructure and classrooms without computers. Chants of “Education is our right, that is why we have to fight!” rang out at rallies. Pueblo high school teacher Julie Cain said that though Colorado is a wealthy state, it’s one of the most starved for education funding, allotting only $822 million annually.After a week of striking, the teachers voted 495 to 62 to accept a two-year agreement with the 2 percent retroactive increase, better health care benefits and full pay for three strike days. They raised as inspiration the solidarity they felt from epic teacher strikes and walkouts in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona.Chicago Tribune workers unionizeContrary to the 171-year history of the anti-union Chicago Tribune, owner Tronc agreed on May 6 to cooperate with its newsroom workers after 85 percent signed cards to be represented by the Chicago Tribune Guild, an affiliate of The News Guild-Communication Workers. The CTG will have three bargaining units: Tribune workers, staff at six regional papers, and the design and production studio. (ABC7Chicago, May 6)This amazing turnaround happened very quickly after an April 12 article in the Tribune announced that its newsroom staff had organzied to win regular raises, advancement opportunities, better parental leave policies, a more diverse newsroom and a voice in the newsroom. One reporter stated that the workers had experienced downsizing and erratic corporate practices causing “chaos.” According to its website, the CTG is now in a “status quo” period, so that Tronc “cannot unilaterally alter any work conditions without first negotiating with our bargaining units.” Though TNG-CWA lawyers say they’ve never seen such quick recognition of a union, CTG believes Tronc bosses didn’t want to “waste time and money” contesting a union election. (chicagotribuneguild.com, May 6) Way to go CTG! Stay tuned.#TimesUp for sexual harassment in the skyMore than 3,500 flight attendants from 29 U.S. airlines participated in a survey between Feb. 27 and March 26 of this year, with 68 percent reporting sexual harassment during their career. One in three experienced verbal abuse — from nasty to crude — while one in five reported physical abuse — from groping to humping. Only 7 percent had reported abuse to the airline.“The time when flight attendants were objectified in airline marketing and people joked about ‘coffee, tea or me’ needs to be permanently grounded. #TimesUp for the industry to put an end to its sexist past,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-Communication Workers, which conducted the survey. One of the primary reasons, Nelson stressed, is that flight attendants are first responders, whose authority is undermined in emergencies if “they are belittled and harassed.” The union is calling for the entire industry “to step up to combat harassment and recognize the impact it has on safety,” while also demanding adequate staffing levels that protect both workers and passengers. (afacwa.org, May 10)Support Maria Isabel Vasquez regulation to prevent heat illnessThe United Farm Workers is asking for help in remembering Maria Isabel Vasquez, a migrant worker from Oaxaca, Mexico, who was two months pregnant when she died of heat exhaustion in 2008. May 14 marked the 10th anniversary of her death while tying grape vines in nearly 100-degree heat at West Coast Farms east of Stockton, Calif. The workers said the strict foreman didn’t allow them a long enough break to get a drink from a water cooler 10 minutes away. (NPR, June 8, 2008) Weeks after her death, her aunt, uncle and fiancé organized a four-day pilgrimage to the state capitol in Sacramento and eventually helped pass the Heat Illness Prevention Regulation. Now, the UFW is asking you to sign a petition to rename the HIPR the “Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez Heat Illness Prevention Regulation.” Help memorialize a fallen young worker; enshrine her name into law:ufw.org/10thannivmivj/.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more

Kone, Tymoczko Get Wins For Bucks

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts HAMPDEN — On Friday at Hampden Academy, the Bucksport Golden Bucks finished a close second to Class A Bangor, trailing the Rams by just five points.Dominic Kone and Vincent Tymoczko each had a pair of wins for the Golden Bucks and shared in a third.Kone placed first in the 100-meter dash in 11.57 seconds and won the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 5.5 inches.Tymoczko won the 400-meter dash in 52.03 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 23.25 seconds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe two combined with Jon Goodin and Nate Warren to win the four-by-100-meter relay in 45.97 seconds.Team scores were Bangor 136, Bucksport 131, Hampden Academy 97, John Bapst 72, Dexter 47, Penquis 29, George Stevens Academy 26, Piscataquis 24, Narraguagus 8 and Fort Kent 8. State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio Bangor dominated in the girls’ meet with 236 points, followed by John Bapst 122, Hampden Academy 103, Fort Kent 50, Bucksport 22, Dexter 21, Piscataquis 18, GSA 6 and Penquis 4. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Video shows Mets’ Noah Syndergaard potentially cheating vs. Phillies

first_imgDid Noah Syndergaard rub a substance onto the baseballs during Monday night’s game against the Phillies? That question is being asked after a video started spreading on Twitter that appeared to show the Mets pitcher using two fingers on the base of his glove before touching the baseball. Basically: Everyone knows pitchers do this, but no one really cares.Well, at least person cares. Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer spoke with Sporting News last season about this issue. He’s done his own research and explained why foreign substances and spin rates are such a big deal. Bauer told SN the use is “pretty widespread” and called it “a fairly well-known secret.”So, did Syndergaard put an illegal substance on his ball? Perhaps. But don’t expect much to happen because of it. Was Noah Syndergaard cheating last night? What was he doing with his two fingers? pic.twitter.com/9jhwxwhkpr— Angelo Cataldi (@AngeloCataldi) April 16, 2019MLB’s 2019 rulebook states in section 6.02(c)(4): “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” In addition, section 6.02(c)(7) says, “The pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance.”center_img MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNWhile it’s hard to see exactly what Syndergaard is doing in this video, the motion he makes with his hands is suspicious. There’s no real need to put two fingers into your glove like that and then make a scooping motion like he’s picking up a substance. But even if he did, it may not really matter.Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes ran into this same issue during the 2018 ALCS. In a video that gathered more than 1 million views, Barnes was accused of having pine tar on his arm. He rubbed his arm, his arm looked shiny and it certainly seemed like he was using a foreign substance.MLB POWER RANKINGS: Yankees fall to bottom halfBut the fallout, aside from public speculation, was minimal. Even the manager of the team Barnes was facing, Astros’ A.J. Hinch, didn’t appear to care.”Honestly it’s not even something that’s crossed my mind,” Hinch said at the time. “There’s so much difference between doctoring a ball versus kind of what goes on nowadays. And we’re living by the rules in which we live by.”Red Sox manager Alex Cora said something similar.“Seems like always those videos always come out in October — I wonder why. You have to ask the hitters. They like guys that can control their stuff. So I just leave it at that,” he said. “It is what it is. Everybody knows.”last_img read more

(Updated with stats) Wellington girls volleyball splits in McPherson: loses to host but beats Mulvane

first_imgMariah Moore 1 dig Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington girls volleyball team splits a double dual at McPherson Tuesday afternoon. The Crusaders lost to N0. 7 ranked McPherson, 25-10 25-12. They then would beat Mulvane 25-13, 25-19. The varsity is now 6-4 for the season.Wellington Volleyball Head Coach Alison Widen thoughts on the duals :Vs. McPherson: We didn’t play Wellington volleyball. We need to get more aggressive and competitive when we play tough teams like McPherson. I didn’t feel like we played as well as we could have. We still have a long way to go.Vs. Mulvane:   I don’t think we played the type of volleyball that Wellington can. I was happy we won in two, but not happy with our performance. The girls are so much better than what they showed tonight. I am looking forward to a hard week of practice and next Tuesday!Next up: Wellington travels to the Mulvane Triangular next Tuesday. Game time is at 5 p.m.Stats for the matches: Wellington vs. McPhersonperfect pass average is 3.0Abby Goodrum 4 kill .364 hitting percentage, avg pass  1.75, 5 digs Katie Ledbetter 1.90 pass 7 digs Erin Goodrum 1 kill .250 hitting percentage, avg pass 1.0, 2 digs, 6 assists Katie Ledbetter 1.85 pass 4 digs Shayland French 1 kill .75 pass 2 digs Mckenna Oathout 2 aces 2 kills 1.0 pass 9 assists 6 digs Siarah Walker 1 kill .200 hitting percentage .83 pass 1 dig Erin Goodrum 1 ace 1 kill .200 hitting percentage 1.75 pass 12 assists 2 digs McKenna Oathout 1 kill 1.40 pass 2 assist 3 digs Wellington vs Mulvane Shayland French 2 aces 1 kill 2 digs Keelie Cunningham 1 kill .333 hitting percentage 3.0 pass Mariah Moore 2 aces 4 kills .571 hitting percentage Abby Goodrum 11 kills .269 hitting percentage 1.67 pass 1 assist 9 digs Keelie Cunningham .33 pass 6 digs Siarah Walker 1 ace 5 kills .182 hitting percentage 1 stuff block 1 digFollow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Van Gaal refuses to look beyond FA Cup final

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFPManchester United manager Louis van Gaal was unwilling to discuss the likely effect of FA Cup success on his future after his side edged Everton 2-1 to reach the final.Van Gaal has been under pressure all season, owing to disappointing results in the Premier League and Champions League, but he is now within one victory of steering United to a first FA Cup success since 2004 after Anthony Martial’s 93rd-minute winner at Wembley on Saturday.With Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino repeatedly touted as potential successors, Van Gaal’s future remains the subject of speculation and when asked about the potential impact of an FA Cup triumph on his youthful team, he took the question personally.“I’m not looking beyond the FA Cup because we live in the present and for the future, I discuss that with my board and not with you,” said the Dutchman, whose side will face either Watford or Crystal Palace in the final on May 21.United currently trail Arsenal by four points in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League, which will yield a Champions League berth, and Van Gaal would not be drawn when asked if FA Cup glory alone would represent a successful season.“It’s not for me to judge. It’s for the board of Manchester United,” he told his post-match press conference.United subjected Everton to sustained first-half pressure and took a 34th-minute lead when Martial sped to the left-hand byline and squared for Marouane Fellaini to score against his old club.After Romelu Lukaku had seen a penalty saved by United goalkeeper David de Gea, Chris Smalling horribly sliced a cross from substitute Gerard Deulofeu into his own net to gift Everton a 75th-minute equaliser.But with extra time seconds away, Martial took matters into his own hands, collecting the ball wide on the left and playing one-twos with Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera before nervelessly finding the bottom-right corner.He has now scored 14 goals in his maiden campaign, but Van Gaal repeated his assertion that the 20-year-old France international’s future lies on the wing rather than at centre-forward.“I don’t think that he is a striker,” said Van Gaal. “He’s more a wing player. Maybe in the future, but I don’t think so.” Martinez defiantWayne Rooney also caught the eye in a midfield quarterback role and with 18-year-old Marcus Rashford continuing to justify Van Gaal’s faith up front, the United manager said that his captain was likely to play there again in future.“At this moment, I think that Rashford does a very good job in the striker’s position,” he said.“And now Wayne can contribute more for the team in midfield. I have seen today a great Wayne in midfield.”While Martial, De Gea and Rooney took the plaudits, it was a miserable afternoon for Lukaku, who also squandered two first-half one-on-ones, but Everton manager Roberto Martinez praised his all-round display.“Only the penalty-taker can miss a penalty, so I don’t think that’s a worry at all,” Martinez said.“His second-half performance was of a very mature footballer. The ball stuck, he allowed us to play around him.“He’s still a young man, he’s 22. This team shows that we invested in young players, giving them big roles. Today you saw that they’re starting to fulfil those roles.”A run of seven league games without victory, culminating in a chastening 4-0 humiliation by Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Wednesday, has hardened fan discontent towards Martinez, but he said that he was still the right man to take the club forward.“I’ve got so attached to Everton and my ambition is exactly the same as the club’s ambition,” he said.“I share the drive that the football club has, which is getting into the Champions League, getting into situations where we can bring silverware to the football club, and I’ll give everything I’ve got to fulfil those expectations.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

13-year-old boy graduates with 4 associates degrees

first_imgA 13-year-old boy from California is graduating with multiple degrees.Jack Rico is a student at Fullerton College in California, is graduating with four associate’s degrees. He is the youngest graduate in the school’s history.According to KABC, Jack started in college when he was only 11 years old, and he plans to further his education at the University of Nevada, where he will purse a bachelor’s degree in history.Jack said he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his degrees just yet.“Well, I mean, I’m 13, so I don’t want to rush everything,” he said. “I’m still trying to figure it out, but I just want to focus on learning right now. That’s what I love to do.”last_img

Surrey quartet lead qualifers for Club Team Championship final

first_img A quartet from Pyrford Golf Club in Surrey led the first set of six qualifiers for the grand final of England Golf’s new Club Team Championship.Club captain Brendan Campbell, together with Adele Slavin, Lynne Daniel and Chris Barber won the first qualifying tournament at Stoneham in Hampshire with a total of 85 stableford points.The other five qualifying teams are: Newbury & Crookham Golf Club, Berkshire, 83 pts; Bramley Golf Club, Surrey, 81; Rochester & Cobham Park Golf Club, Kent, 80; Hennerton Golf Club, Berkshire, 80; and Enmore Park Golf Club, Somerset, 78.They all go forward to the final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire on Friday, 14 August, where they will play off against finalists from three other qualifying events. It will be a feature of the new Golf Week festival, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.The new competition invited clubs to enter teams of two men and two women with combined handicaps between 50 and 96. They play a stableford off three-quarters handicap, with the best two scores counting on each hole.The mixed format was an instant hit with Pyrford as Brendon Campbell explained: “We are a club which includes women in our weekend competitions so we are very much behind mixed formats.”The team combined well: “It was tough out there but we all managed to come in and help each other,” said Brendan. “The course was fantastic and the greens were fast and true.“We’re very pleased to reach the final and we have heard good things about Frilford Heath.”The other qualifying events will be held at Fulford Golf Club, York, on June 14; the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, on June 21; and Coventry Golf Club, Warwickshire, on June 28.Caption: Pyrford’s winning team, from left, Chris Barber, Lynne Daniel, Adele Slavin and Brendan Campbell 7 Jun 2015 Surrey quartet lead qualifers for Club Team Championship final last_img read more

Mrs SA First Princess helps women take wing

first_imgOlwethu Leshabane joins forces with Brand South Africa as a Play Your Part ambassador. The current Mrs South Africa First Princess is also an accomplished businesswoman and thought-leader in the entertainment and media industries. Olwethu Leshabane, Play Your Part ambassador and Mrs SA First Princess, is committed to developing the role women play in growing South Africa through her position as a Play Your Part ambassador, businesswoman and head of non-profit organisation Red Wings. (Image: Olwethu Leshabane, via Facebook)Play Your Part reporterBusinesswoman, wife and mother Olwethu Leshabane, crowned Mrs SA First Princess in October 2016, is one of our new additions to the Play Your Part ambassadors, who go above and beyond in supporting the development of South Africa and its people.Born in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth and raised in Pretoria, 26-year-old Leshabane juggles the demands of motherhood and business, as well as takes an active role in the development and empowerment of women.A brand strategist, Leshabane also runs and co-owns Stanford Media, the media arm of diversified investment holding company Stanford Group.EmpowermentLeshabane, a firm believer in the immense potential that women have to change South Africa and the world, can now use her status as Mrs SA First Princess to raise awareness about women’s health issues, encourage the education of young women, and empower women socially and economically.One of her major goals, she says, is “to use the crown to make a meaningful contribution towards significantly dropping the ever-increasing statistics of women being killed or abused in relationships and marriages by advocating for tolerance in marriages”.Her position as Mrs SA First Princess, coupled with her new role as a Play Your Part ambassador, means she is well-placed to make an even bigger impact in her chosen field.“Women need to be educated, included socially, have their health made a priority, and also be given a platform economically,” says Olwethu Leshabane.Red WingsIn 2014, Leshabane started The Red Wings Project, an organisation that collects sanitary pads to donate to underprivileged young women.She believes that feminine hygiene should not exclude those who cannot afford it, and hopes to get the government and private business to work hand-in-hand with her organisation to help address the issue.“Women need to be educated, included socially, have their health made a priority, and also be given a platform economically,” she says, further highlighting the need for women to be brought to the forefront of South Africa’s growth.last_img read more

Breakthroughs in management can build business and employee success

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseWhether it is with an individual, a farm or an agribusiness, breakthroughs (some large and some small) are helpful along the path to long-term success.Breakthroughs were the focus at the 2019 Kalmbach Feeds Agribusiness Conference. At the event, president Paul Kalmbach defined a breakthrough as an intentional life-changing accomplishment that is larger than an incremental improvement.“We have been very fortunate to have had a lot of breakthroughs,” Kalmbach said. “And one of the great things about breakthroughs is that while they don’t often keep on giving, they do often program more breakthroughs. It really is an important concept.”He then shared his equation for a breakthrough: Failure + Vision + Understanding + Creativity = Breakthrough.“Can we think differently? If we can do that, we create more breakthroughs in our businesses and in our lives,” Kalmbach said. “We have to understand where we want to go and what we want to accomplish. That will produce breakthroughs. And more often than not, that type of achievement is the result of a team effort.”In the feed business there have been various product-related breakthroughs for Kalmbach Feeds since their days as a small grind-and-mix feed mill in 1963. The feed, though, is only a piece of the puzzle for success. Without good people, a top-quality product can only go so far.“We are always looking for new team members. Often when I pray before I go to bed at night, I ask the Good Lord to bring us good team members,” Kalmbach said. “We need good team members and have fantastic team members now. I couldn’t choose a better team. I love the folks we get to work with every day.”Getting the human resources of Kalmbach Feeds to today’s level of success took many breakthroughs through the years. Kalmbach shared one of them in his remarks at the Agribusiness Conference. FailureAbout 25 years ago Kalmbach Feeds was facing a real challenge with driver turnover.“It was equal to the national average and that was unacceptable at Kalmbach Feeds,” Kalmbach said. “We had an inefficient process for our drivers. They had to write down everything they did as well as how long it took them to do it and they were paid hourly.”The high turnover and inefficient process caused significant internal conflict within the management team. One set of problems built upon another.“We had lots of internal conflict. It was terrible,” Kalmbach said. “We were concerned about how all of this could affect customer service.” Vision, understanding and creativityOne initial thought was to simply give the drivers a raise, but that would not seem to address the root causes of the problem.“We had to solve this in a new — in a different — way to significantly reduce turnover, decrease internal conflict, and program success with customer service,” Kalmbach said. “So we had the vision, now we needed the understanding. We talked to our drivers, we talked to our managers, we talked to transportation companies, and we talked to friends. Some transportation companies were paying drivers per mile. That wouldn’t work for us because our drivers do so much more than just drive. We took that idea and said, ‘You know, why don’t we pay our drivers for everything they do?’ So we decided to try to pay our drivers for driving a mile, we pay our drivers for loading a ton of feed, we pay our drivers for unloading a ton of feed, we pay our drivers for loading a bag, for unloading a bag, we pay them depending on the equipment they drive, and we even decided to pay our drivers for time they weren’t working in the middle of the day if it was beyond their control.” BreakthroughThe Kalmbach Feeds management team presented the plan to their drivers, unsure of how they would react.“Our four best senior drivers refused to go on the new plan. We compromised and said that they could stay hourly and did not have to go on the new plan. Fortunately the rest of the drivers went on the new plan,” Kalmbach said. “We have a saying in our shop that results matter. What were the results? Two years later we had significantly reduced the driver turnover problem. Our drivers were more efficient because we paid them for what they did. We eliminated the internal conflict, and we programmed more success with our customer service. Those four senior drivers had missed out on pay because they didn’t go on the new plan because they were very efficient drivers. They realized this and quickly chose to go on the new plan.”The program continues to work today amid challenging times for hiring and keeping good drivers.“That was a great breakthrough for us, and it keeps on giving. In the United States in 2019 we right now are in the midst of the worst driver shortage in history and this breakthrough has kept on giving,” Kalmbach said. “Our driver turnover is very low.”This year’s conference theme was part of a series of topics focused on development for Kalmbach Feeds customers and team members over the last several years.“We started this journey in 2016 with a theme of Vision 2020,” Kalmbach said. “In 2017 the theme was the Leadership Edge. In 2018 the theme was Persistence, because that is the key to success in business. In 2019, if we follow that progression we want to break through our barriers to help us thrive in our business and not just survive. And we are going to celebrate the wins in 2020 because that is important.”The conference has proven to be a great outreach tool for customers but also helps build a positive and cohesive culture in the company.“It has been a fun journey. We had a vision for what the conference could be, and it has gotten better every year,” said Jeff Neal, vice president of sales and marketing for Kalmbach Feeds. “The main focus of the conference is overall improvement and overall development. We are always looking for great talent. It is hard to win the Super Bowl if you do not have great talent. This is a great place to work. It is a great family business. We have had 56 years of success.”Such success has required more than a few breakthroughs along the way. This is the second of a series of five stories in cooperation with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association highlighting human resource management solutions in Ohio agribusinesses.last_img read more