As the Douglas Administration began the process of laying off 30 state workers ahead of an expected 400 more, the Legislature passed a joint resolution today to send the process to mediation. The House passed the Joint Resolution, JRH 26, calling for the administration and the Vermont State Employees Association to enter into a formal mediation process to resolve differences regarding state payroll savings. Since the beginning of the legislative season, the administration has said that the state needs to save an addition $17 million in payroll to help reduce the cost of state government. In the current fiscal year, the nonunion (exempt) state workforce has been reduce by 3.5 percent to 586 workers and nonunion workers have had their pay frozen, with those making over $60,000 taking a 5 percent pay cut. Meanwhile, the union workforce has been reduced 2.7 percent to 7,597 workers without any adjustments to pay or benefits.The Douglas Administration has the ability to lay off workers, but under the collective bargaining process it cannot change pay or benefits without the approval of the union. The state was expected to notify 30 workers today that they were being laid off, but the union has some ability to transfer those layoffs to other unionized workers. The administration has said it needs to lay off an additional 400 or so workers if a pay and benefit deal is not struck with the union.At the beginning of the session, Douglas said at least 600 state workers would need to be laid off. According to press reports, rank and file members of the five unionized bargaining units are themselves divided on the issue of whether to suffer the layoffs, or instead cut pay and benefits. The administration wants to reduce overall costs for future fiscal years rather than taking the union offer of just reducing costs in the next fiscal year, through furloughs and other one-time cost saving measures.Senate leaders, meanwhile, have offered up a couple of different plans as compromise to avoid layoffs, including furloughs for two years and some pay reductions of 3.5 percent. The administration’s non-layoff proposals have included a 5 percent wage cut and a health insurance premium increase from 20 percent to 30 percent. The Senate plan has included a cut in the number of communications positions within the Douglas Administration from 10 to five. There has been an on-going battle between the administration and the Legislature over these positions. Democratic legislators have seen these positions as part of the public relations machine for the administration. The Democrats see these cuts as a way for the administration to shoulder more of the pain. The administration has always bristled at the notion that these are just PR positions and instead insist that they perform the vital role of informing the public of what is happening in state government.The joint resolution calls for the mediation process to be completed no later than Tuesday, May 5. With two weeks left in the session and further revenue downgrades today, it is imperative that the Administration and the union find a way past the gridlock to find payroll savings, preferably without laying off workers, said Speaker Shap Smith. In these difficult times, we all must make difficult choices and I hope that, with a formal mediation process, the Administration and the State Employees Union can reach a compromise.
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7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Both houses of Congress are out this week. CUNA’s focus is trained on the National Credit Union Administration and its vote on the final revised risk-based capital rule (RBC2) Thursday.More than 20 months after the proposal was first issued by the NCUA, and after a record-breaking number of comments have been sent in, the board will vote Thursday on a rule that is much more credit union-friendly.“We’re eager to see what additional improvements have been made to the proposal since it was re-issued earlier this year,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. “The changes we saw between RBC1 and RBC2 were meaningful and significant; we’re hopeful that when we see the final rule there will be additional positive changes.”Donovan credited CUNA-league efforts as a whole, saying “CUNA, leagues and credit unions have been engaged in a very positive, coordinated advocacy effort that’s had a very meaningful impact on this rulemaking.”CUNA Chief Policy Officer Bill Hampel said CUNA will be looking for a few additional improvements in the final rule. continue reading »
The Union-Endicott Athletic Director told 12 News high school sports practices and games scheduled for the two days were moved to Maine-Endwell and Johnson City schools. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Union-Endicott Superintendent Nicole Wolfe told 12 News power is back on at Union-Endicott High School. 5:30 P.M. UPDATE: “We’re working with New York State to determine how to go about using these two days, if they’re going to be emergency days or if we can use them as a superintendent’s type of day,” said Wolfe. She said the hope is to have the power restored and school back in session for Wednesday. Union-Endicott Director of Facilities and Safety Toby Riddleberger explained the problem stemmed from bad feeder lines. Union-Endicott Superintendent Nicole Wolfe explained Tuesday, “We made the decision to close school because we knew that this was a project that was going to take some time.” He said the last two days, crews have been busy getting the school back up and running. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Union-Endicott High School canceled school Monday and Tuesday due to prolonged power problems, but the future is looking bright. “Monday all day we were testing, figuring out what’s wrong, today we got new feeder lines, we started to pull them in through the conduit and we’re just getting ready now to tie it back all together,” said Riddleberger. Feeder lines are, “the main lines that come off the distribution poles from NYSEG to feed the school,” explained Riddleberger. While students have been at home recharging, District Superintendent Nicole Wolfe said she’s been figuring out what will happen scheduling-wise due to the two canceled days.
The former Black Sabbath lead singer was known for his onstage antics, but his family also entered the public eye on the MTV reality series The Osbournes. The Emmy-winning show — which ran from 2002 to 2005 — followed Sharon and Ozzy as they attempted to parent their rebellious teens.Kelly told WTOP in 2017 that filming reality TV was drastically different in the early 2000s.“We were the first and only ones who did it the way we did it,” the Fashion Police alum said. “[Today], they’ll film a season in less than six weeks. It took us six months! If we did it the way that they do it now, we’d probably still be doing it. You have a lot more control. But we got to a point where we’re like, ‘Let’s end on a high, people know who we are now, it isn’t what we want to do forever, [so] it’s a nice time to stop.’”- Advertisement – Crazy, but that’s how it goes! The Osbourne family paved the way for a new kind of reality television that focused on family dynamics and gave a glimpse inside the lifestyles of the rich and the famous.Ozzy Osbourne and his manager, Sharon Osbourne, tied the knot in July 1982 in Maui. Sharon gave birth to their eldest daughter, Aimee, in September 1983 followed by daughter Kelly in October 1984 and son Jack in November 1985. Ozzy is also the father of children Elliott, Louis and Jessica, with whom he shares with ex-wife Thelma Riley.- Advertisement – The Osbourne family briefly returned to TV with their short-lived variety series Osbournes Reloaded, but the show was canceled in 2009 after one season. Ozzy and Jack teamed up for the reality series Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour in 2016, but the show ended after three seasons. The “Crazy Train” singer and Jack reunited with Sharon and Kelly for their Travel Channel series, The Osbournes Want to Believe, in 2020.Although cameras stopped following the famous family in 2005, the drama continued. Us Weekly broke the news in 2016 that Ozzy was having an affair with celebrity hairstylist Michelle Pugh. Ozzy and The Talk cohost briefly separated after the incident but later reunited.In August 2020, Kelly revealed that she lost 85 pounds after she showed off her massive weight loss via Instagram. Days later, the TV personality announced she had received gastric sleeve surgery two years prior.“I don’t give a f–k what anyone has to say. I did it, I’m proud of it, they can suck s–t. I did the gastric sleeve. All it does is change the shape of your stomach,” she said during an interview on the “Hollywood Raw” podcast. “I got that almost two years ago. I will never, ever, ever lie about it ever. It is the best thing I have ever done.”Scroll down to see photos of the Osbournes over the years. – Advertisement – However, Aimee chose not to appear on the show with the rest of the Osbourne clan. In 2020, Sharon explained on The Talk that she didn’t blame her oldest daughter for avoiding the spotlight. The Celebrity Apprentice alum detailed the intensive filming process, which included about 30 crew members following them “24 hours a day.”“The house wasn’t a home anymore. It was a studio,” she said. “So, I get why she didn’t like it. But would I have done it differently? I didn’t know what I was doing then. So, you know, I wouldn’t have done anything differently because I had an unbelievable time doing it.”- Advertisement –
Feb 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – At an Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) symposium in Washington, DC, today on seasonal and pandemic influenza, a group of experts fielded questions from reporters on some of the new trends and emerging issues, including prepandemic strategies for H5N1 avian influenza vaccines, now that some countries are stockpiling them.Keiji Fukuda, MD, MPH, coordinator of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) global influenza program, told reporters that experts don’t really know what virus will spark the next global pandemic, but given the persistent and lethal nature of the H5N1 virus, the WHO has received pledges from pharmaceutical manufacturers to develop a 150 million dose international vaccine stockpile. He said the stockpile is intended to stop or slow a pandemic if the outbreak is detected early enough.The existence of individual-country H5N1 vaccine stockpiles and plans for a WHO global stockpile have raised complex questions about potential uses for the vaccine during the prepandemic period, Fukuda said.Some countries are weighing what to do with the vaccines, especially since some doses are set to expire. Global health officials are considering other options, such as vaccinating people in high-risk countries such as China, Indonesia, or Vietnam or perhaps adding the antigen to seasonal flu vaccines as a priming strategy.The United States, for example, has so far stockpiled about 26 million H5N1 vaccine doses, though some has already expired or is about to expire, according to a Sep 2008 report on US pandemic vaccine policy from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The HHS has launched studies to determine how long stockpiled vaccines remain safe and effective, but in the meanwhile it assumes a 2-year shelf life.The United Kingdom has stockpiled 3 million doses of H5N1 vaccine. Several countries have announced stockpiling plans, including France, Ireland, Italy, and Austria, according to the CBO report. Other countries such as Japan are in the midst of clinical trials to produce their own H5N1 vaccines.During a Jan 28 US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) webcast update on the status of the nation’s pandemic preparedness, Robin Robinson, director of the HHS Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), said the influenza community this year will discuss the possibility of adding H5N1 antigen to the seasonal flu vaccine. “The benefit is that it could provide some priming . . . the counter side is that we don’t know yet what this H5N1 vaccine would be like in millions of people in a seasonal situation,” he said.Robinson added that health officials are highly sensitive of the 1976 experience with the swine flu immunization, when some cases of Guillian-Barre syndrome were associated with the vaccine.Fukuda said the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization will meet in early April to discuss potential uses of H5N1 vaccine during the prepandemic period.In November 2008, the WHO established a SAGE working group to focus on H5N1 vaccine issues. According to the Jan 9 issue of the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record, the working group said it would address:Use of the H5N1 vaccine during the prepandemic period to protect people in high-risk jobs, such as cullers, essential workers, and the publicPriming and immunization strategies for essential workers and the general publicRecommendations to the WHO and other groups on what to do with H5N1 doses that are about to expirePossible changes to the projected size of the WHO’s H5N1 vaccine stockpile”It’s likely that different countries will look at this issue differently. This is quite an important pivotal discussion,” Fukuda said. Though the WHO’s stockpile is still in a virtual state, made up of pledges from pharmaceutical companies, Fukuda said countries that have real stockpiles are facing imminent issues about what to do with expiring H5N1 vaccine. “This will be a country-by-country decision,” he said.Arnold Monto, MD, an influenza epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, told reporters that some experts began discussing the possibility of adding H5N1 antigen to the seasonal flu vaccine a few years ago, but he said some elements of the vaccine have changed since then.For example, he said more companies are developing H5N1 vaccines that use adjuvants, or immune-boosting chemicals, as a dose-sparing strategy, which might complicate combining the H5N1 component with the seasonal flu vaccine. Also, he said unlike single-dose seasonal flu vaccines, the H5N1 vaccine is given in two doses.Though Monto predicted that discussions will continue on the appropriate use of the H5N1 vaccine, he said new uses for the vaccine won’t happen anytime soon.Among other possibilities for the H5N1 vaccine, pharmaceutical companies might some day market the product to the public, Monto said, adding that if the H5N1 virus ever turns up in North American birds, Americans might demand the vaccine.At today’s press conference, influenza experts also provided updates on other influenza topics:The US flu season has been relatively mild, said Nancy Cox, PhD, director of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She said she expects flu activity to increase over the coming weeks as the season peaks. “Remember, it’s not too late to get the seasonal flu vaccine,” she said.Among several suggestions to improve the seasonal flu vaccine, experts are considering adding a second influenza B strain to the vaccine to help solve the problem of deciding which strain to add, said Monto. Early returns this season suggest that Victoria strains are more common, though this season’s vaccine contains the Yamagata strain.Much more work is needed on bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), that cause influenza complications, said Andrew Pavia, MD, chair of the IDSA National and Global Public Health Committee. Pavia also said more work is needed to develop better treatments and determine who is at increased risk of dying from the complications.A road map for influenza research is being fleshed out by the Wellcome Trust, an independent medical research funding charity based in London, said Frederick Hayden, MD, an influenza expert at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. He said the process will help identify research gaps.See also:WHO SAGE on Immunization Web siteBackground information on WHO SAGE H5N1 vaccine working grouphttp://www.who.int/immunization/sage/sage_wg_H5N1_oct08/en/index.htmlMay 16, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Launch of WHO H5N1 vaccine stockpile still awaited”Jan 9 WHO Weekly Epidemiological RecordJan 16 CIDRAP News story “Experts consider 4-strain flu vaccine to fight B viruses”
The project is worth about 12 million kuna, and the project idea and the complete application were designed, developed and submitted by the team of the Fortress of Culture, which is the holder of the project. “FORTITUDE (Historic Fortresses Intensifying Crossborder Tourism Development)” is the name of a new project approved to the Public Institution Fortress of Culture Šibenik from the European cross-border cooperation program Interreg IPA CBC Croatia-Montenegro-Bosnia and Herzegovina! The aim of the project is to strengthen and diversify the cultural and tourist offer in the cross – border area, as well as to develop the highest quality and most sustainable management of cultural assets. Through this project, the Fortress of St. Over the next three years, Mihovila will receive a number of new facilities in the interior, which include new technological and spatial solutions in the souvenir shop and info desk of the fortress, exhibition in the museum room and part of the underground spaces of the fortress, as well as the City Point information center. Arranging and furnishing the interior of the fortress will thus contribute to improving the experience of daily visitors, while the interiors will at the same time retain their multifunctionality. “The total funds that the institution will invest in the implementation of this project amount to about 4.1 million kuna, of which 85 percent of the amount will be co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund.”, Said Gorana Barišić Bačelić, director of the Šibenik Fortress of Culture. The project also envisages a number of other activities such as strengthening the capacity for cultural property management, training for employees, launching the international event Fortress Night in cooperation with partners, development of new tourist routes to visit the fortresses. In total, in 2019, the Šibenik Fortress of Culture was approved projects from European funds worth more than 14 million kuna, which will be spent over three calendar years. Source / photo: Fortress of Culture Šibenik
Europe has seen a steady rise in the number of cases for the past two months, he said.In the first week of August, 40,000 more cases were reported than in the first week of June when cases were at their lowest.”But we are not in February, we can manage the virus differently now than we did when COVID-19 first emerged,” Kluge said.In addition to calling for good hand hygiene, social distancing measures and national testing and tracing programs, the WHO recommended that additional measures be adopted locally when clusters arise. Europe can combat the new coronavirus without full lockdowns now that authorities are better prepared and have gained knowledge about how to fight it in recent months, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.”With the basic nationwide and additional targeted measures, we are in a much better position to stamp out these localized virus flare-ups,” the head of the WHO’s European branch, Hans Kluge, told reporters.”We can manage the virus and keep the economy running and an education system in operation,” he added. Topics : On average, 26,000 new cases are being reported everyday in Europe, according to the WHO. Young people, who tend to experience milder symptoms and lower mortality rates, account for a growing share of cases.However, Kluge stressed the importance of reopening schools as countries gradually return to normal, noting the negative consequences that school closures have had on children.The WHO’s European region, which covers 55 countries, has registered almost four million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 215,000 deaths linked to the virus, according to the organization.
In a nation famed for the fervour and passion of its fans, arguably even more than for the quality of its domestic game, this past weekend was a culture shock for Argentine football. Loading… The Copa Superliga and lower league fixtures went ahead, but behind closed doors. Instead of thudding drums, ear-splitting chants and the explosive noise of firecrackers, deathly silence accompanied the weekend’s action due to precautions set in place for coronavirus. That is, of course, when the teams concerned managed to enter the stadium in the first place. On Saturday referee German Delfino and the Atletico Tucuman kitmen arrived at River Plate’s Monumental home only to find the gates securely locked, shutters down and the venue empty. The Millonarios had already warned that they would not fulfil their fixture, but Atletico nevertheless went through the motions of preparing for a game that was not going ahead, with the squad even congregating in the team hotel ready to leave until they were informed by Superliga their presence would not be needed. “The club considers that competing would imply severe risks for the health of the senior squad and everyone involved in an official match,” River wrote in a statement released the previous day to justify their no-show. “The fact that one of our players has shown symptoms compatible with Covid-19 confirms the possible risks and forces us to be aware of the consequences, even if the diagnosis is unconfirmed and [affected reserve player] Thomas Gutierrez is recovering well.” River Atletico Tucuman Copa Superliga Fecha 1 Suspenssion With professional football in Europe and the United States all but paralysed, Argentina is one of the few major footballing nations which persists in keeping the game going. Aided by its distance from China and the climate – Southern Hemisphere nations enjoying their summer months have generally suffered fewer cases as the heat at least partially slows community-acquired infections – it has to date confirmed just over 50 cases, the vast majority ‘imported’ from Europe, and two deaths. Nevertheless, with the example of Italy in particular hanging heavy over its head the government is keen to act firmly. Last week flights to and from Europe were banned and mandatory quarantine ordered for any person entering the country from an affected region, while on Sunday primary and secondary school classes were suspended for the rest of March. Measures have also been taken against hoarding and over-charging on essential products such as hand sanitiser, a sensitive issue in a country where inflation was already running at over 50 per cent annually. CONMEBOL also acted in bringing the Copa Libertadores to a halt, the competition signing off with customary flair on Thursday with a Gremio-Internacional derby that finished goalless and with eight red cards following a chaotic on-pitch brawl. In Argentina, however, the ball keeps rolling. As of Monday River’s clash was the only top-flight game to be suspended due to the virus: rivals Boca Juniors romped to a 4-1 win over Godoy Cruz, while San Lorenzo saw Paraguay international Oscar Romero score from his own half in a 3-1 victory over relegation-threatened Patronato. Racing Club and Aldosivi played out a seven-goal thriller that ended 4-3 to the Avellaneda side. Publicly most players and officials connected with Superliga have supported River’s stance, even inveterate Millo-baiter Diego Maradona, but not one team has followed their example and refused to kick off. Former Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini, now at San Lorenzo, is one such dissenter. “I don’t think we should have played, but it is just my opinion,” he told reporters after the Patronato clash. “We all thought it shouldn’t have been played but there are people above us who are in charge and we had to comply.” Such insistence on maintaining the sport in operation seems positively quixotic, especially when one considers that the Superliga season ended, with impeccable timing, the week before pandemic was announced by the WHO with Boca’s gripping victory at the expense of their arch-rivals. This Copa Superliga is merely an addendum to the season, a way for teams to fill up their calendar. But as invariably occurs in Argentina, political motivations appear to be winning over common sense. Coronavirus landed in the country just as football, once more, was tearing itself apart. Since the start of 2020 the Argentine FA and Superliga, in charge of the top division, have been at loggerheads, and given the power concentrated inside the late Julio Grondona’s old fortress on Buenos Aires’ Viamonte street there was only likely to be one winner. Superliga, which came into being just three years ago, lost its president as recently as Tuesday when Mariano Elizondo and vice Jorge Brito resigned in the midst of almost unanimous rebellion from member clubs in line with the AFA. Into the breach stepped Marcelo Tinelli, whom you may remember as one of the AFA presidential candidates during the infamous post-Grondona election of 2014, when 75 voters contrived to cast 38 ballots for each hopeful. In a surreal twist Tinelli, who was one of the men charged with creating Superliga, is now tasked with winding it down. The San Lorenzo president pushed for the league to be suspended at the start of the year due to its clash with pre-Olympic qualifying; now amid a pandemic, he launched a fierce criticism of River for failing to fulfil their fixture. “They broke away from a general context of caution and provoked huge alarm in society,” a Superliga statement bearing his signature claimed, while promising there would be “sanctions” to punish the lockout. The new Superliga chief will continue in the same role for 2020-21 when the top flight is reorganised into a Liga Profesional and is keen to see these final months proceed as scheduled. President of Argentina Alberto Fernandez, while closing down the borders and schools and announcing to the nation he would hunt down a violent quarantine violator, is also happy to see the ball rolling. “If football is played behind closed doors I’ve got no problem,” he told Sunday’s press conference. “Right now I would love for games to be screened free on television, so that Argentines who have to stay at home can enjoy themselves.” Read Also:Juve defender ‘doing well’ after coronavirus diagnosis Despite that official backing the players might yet get their way, as a series of meetings late on Monday pushed the Copa Superliga closer to suspension, although nothing was confirmed either by the clubs or Argentine Players’ Union chief Sergio Marchi. The ball was still rolling that evening with clashes in Lanus and Rosario and, if football is eventually forced to shut down, it will not have been for lack of trying from those in charge as they left no stone unturned in their bid to keep the action going. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Indianapolis, In. — The latest report from the Indiana Department of Health says 219 Hoosiers have died from the flu this season.The report says 15 counties have reported at least five flu-related deaths. The breakdown is as follows: Adams 7; Allen 18; Boone 5; Floyd 10; Grant 7; Hamilton 11; Johnson 5; Lake 5; Madison 5; Marion 17; Morgan 8; Shelby 6; St. Joseph 6; Tippecanoe 5; and Vanderburgh 7.Officials say most of the fatalities have been reported in people 65 and older but 79 percent of the reported infections are in people 24-years-old and younger.