Porter nurses ratify first contract

first_imgPorter Medical Center, Inc,The nurses of the Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (PFNHP) voted to ratify their first contract with an overwhelming majority on Monday. The group had reached a tentative agreement with the Porter Medical Center (PMC) in Middlebury last week. This contract is their first, after the nurses voted to form their union a year ago. The contract took effect upon ratification (December 23, 2014) and will continue through September 30, 2017.Reflecting on the vote to ratify the contract, AFT Vermont President Ben Johnson said, “We welcome Porter nurses into AFT Vermont and we congratulate them on their historic win.”Janet Mosurick, RN, celebrated the vote, saying, “Two years of planning dreaming and hard work ended up to be a great accomplishment that led to the reality a first nursing contract for the hospital where I am proud to work.””The delivery of healthcare is better for a community when workers and management can bargain over issues affecting patients, and that’s what happened here. The issues addressed in this first contract were the catalyst for the RNs to form a union so they would have an avenue to discuss ways to improve patient and working conditions.Ensuring patient safety is a top priority for all nurses, including those at Porter Medical Center. Forced overtime and chaotic schedules put patients and nurses at risk. The agreement ratified on Monday will minimize that risk, ensuring that nurses work under safe and sane working conditions and patients get the high-quality care they deserve,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten, upon hearing of the contract approval.The nurses of PFNHP prioritized safe patient care in their bargaining platform.  They will now have six staffing committees to address staffing recommendations and safe staffing issues. There are serious limits in the use of mandatory overtime. The nurses won guarantees that they will be consulted and fully trained on all new equipment before it is put into use.The nurses also bargained a wage scale that will, over time, correct the vast inequities in wages at Porter Medical Center. Another key win is guaranteed paid certifications for continuing education. PFNHP is confident these wins will improve patient care at PMC as well as improve recruitment and retention.The Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals is a professional union representing the Registered Nurses at Porter Medical Center. PFNHP is committed to advancing quality patient care & our nursing practice.Source: American Federation of Teachers 12.23.2014last_img read more

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Bishop Miege quarterback, receiver duo set state records

first_imgBishop Miege senior wide receiver Jafar Armstrong caught a state record 45 touchdown passes in his career.The night before the Class 4A-I state championship game Bishop Miege wide receiver Jafar Armstrong was scrolling through Twitter and found out he was tied for the most touchdown receptions in a career.He said it was a great way to end his career and breaking the record was some added motivation for the game against Buhler.“It was a post and Carter threw it and the guy tried to dive and tackle me, but he missed,” Armstrong said. “I took it 50 more yards. That touchdown and there was one sophomore year; we were playing in the state game and (Hayden) had just scored to get the momentum back. It was like 3rd and 15 and we were on our own 30-yard line. Ryan Willis zoomed a deep ball to me and I caught it and the whole stadium erupted. Those two definitely stand out to me.”Armstrong finished his career with 45 touchdown receptions with 36 coming from Carter Putz over the past two seasons. Putz, who has thrown for 86 in his career is six away from tying the career record set by Silver Lake’s Shannon Kruger from 1994-97.This season is a big reason why Putz is so close. He threw a state record 50 touchdowns. Putz said they knew about the record and coach Jon Holmes put him in for one final series to try and break it.Putz added Armstrong and wide receiver Landry Weber are a big reason why his name is now in the record book.Bishop Miege junior quarterback Carter Putz passed for a season-record 50 touchdown passes this season. He has thrown for 86 scores in his career and should break the career mark, which is 92.“That was one of the biggest reasons I was able to break the record,” Putz said. “The line did a great job giving me time to look down field and make my reads. Our wide receivers and running backs — out of the backfield — did a great job of, once they got the ball, making plays and scoring touchdowns.“There were definitely times in games when I feel it’s a good time to take a shot and I know Jafar is going to go up and get the ball no matter what. I’ll take some shots during the game and let him try and run under it and make a big play down the field.”In addition to the career touchdown record, Putz is 2,409 yards away from the career passing record, which Shawnee Mission North’s Will Schneider broke this year.But those, and breaking his own record next season, aren’t his focus.“I want to have another great year, but trying to focus on winning games,” Putz said. “If records come, that’s great. All I want to do is win every game and bring home another state championship.”last_img read more

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Mindy Korth Joins Colliers, Leaves CBRE

first_imgColliers International in Greater Phoenix has appointed Mindy Korth, a top commercial real estate executive with nearly 30 years of experience in the Phoenix market, executive vice president, adding depth to the firm’s investment sales expertise.Korth will drive Colliers’ investment property sales by pinpointing prime business opportunities for clients, developing business strategies and conducting comprehensive sales transactions. She will collaborate closely with other Colliers’ brokers.Korth’s well-rounded expertise includes a keen understanding of all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, location and market intelligence, and loan acquisitions.“Mindy is a team player with extensive transactional skills and outstanding relationships with national clients who have trusted her with major complex deals for years,” said Bob Mulhern, managing director of Colliers. “The recent addition of Mindy and several other talented brokers places Colliers into a robust position for 2014.”Prior to joining Colliers, Korth served as CBRE’s executive vice president of investment properties for 29 years, including 22 years at Trammell Crow Company prior to its merger in 2006 with CBRE, completing transactions valued at more than $2.5 billion and representing more than 18 million square feet.She was part of the top producing Phoenix Trammell team from 1996 to 2003 and in 2005 and 2006. She was a Trammell Top 50 National Producer in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. She has consistently been a CBRE-Phoenix Top 20 Producer since 2007.Korth started her career as a certified public accountant at Deloitte before entering the commercial real estate industry.“I’m excited to jump in and develop a pipeline of investment property sales for our clients,” Korth said. “The opportunity to propel Colliers’ client services platform and work under Bob Mulhern’s dynamic leadership is invigorating.”AZRE magazine named her Big Deal Office Sales Broker in 2012 and People to Know in 2008, 2009 and 2011. NAIOP named her the Investment Broker of the Year in 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2010.Korth is a board member of the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation and Balsz Community Education Foundation. She is the former board chair of Eight/KAET Public Television’s Community Advisory Board and Valley Partnership.She also is a member of Social Venture Partners of Arizona and Arizona Commercial Real Estate Women having served on both boards. Korth is involved with ULI Arizona, NAIOP Arizona and International Council of Shopping Centers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University.last_img read more

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President Obama on right side of history in US-Cuba relations – Jamaica PM

first_imgJamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and US President Barack Obama (Photo via Jamaica Information Service) Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, on Thursday told President of the United States Barack Obama that he was on the right side of history in US-Cuba relations. She said the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads fully embraced the recent positive developments on the matter. “We commend you Mr. President and President Raul Castro for this bold and courageous move to renew USA-Cuba bilateral relations for the common good of all our peoples,” she said during the brief opening ceremony of the CARICOM-US Summit in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. CARICOM says new US$70M initiative could spur youth… Apr 10, 2015 Apr 10, 2015 The Jamaican Head of Government stated that the United States and the Member States of CARICOM were uniquely positioned as strategic hemispheric partners united by fundamental values. She said there was a shared interdependence and desire to address common concerns including the threat to the security and well-being of citizens. Prime Minister Simpson-Miller noted that trade and economic relations remained vital to the sustainable development of the Region. She also emphasized the importance of joint action on the environment including climate change. “Our dialogue today reaffirms our strong partnerships and signals our desire to take CARICOM-US relations to a higher level, capitalizing on the gains of the past and exploring new opportunities for the future,” Prime Minister Simpson-Miller said. Turning her attention to the youth, Prime Minister Simpson-Miller said that the young people were the driving force behind increased cultural contacts in the hemisphere and served as a reminder that through advancement in technology the world had become a global village. She also encouraged the President to think about additional ways in which he could continue to inspire the youth. In her remarks, the host Prime Minister said that the CARICOM Heads of Government were deeply appreciative of the US President’s initiative to engage with CARICOM on Regional and international issues of interest to both sides. She said they were encouraged by his engagement, and voiced continued commitment to a partnership between CARICOM and the USA. “We anticipate fruitful and productive exchanges at our meeting today to move the development process forward in the Caribbean Region and the hemisphere of the Americas,” she said. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… US-Jamaica bilateral meeting                 April 9, 2015In “CARICOM”CARICOM Heads to meet US President in JamaicaCARICOM Heads of Government will hold discussions with US President Barack Obama on Thursday, 9 April 2015, during  a State Visit by the President to Jamaica. Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in making the announcement in Parliament Tuesday, said the discussions will focus on issues…March 18, 2015In “CARICOM”‘We have to act now’ – President Obama on energy, climate changePresident of the United States of America Barack Obama said a key focus of the CARICOM-US Summit would be to discuss issues related to energy. He said the CARICOM Region had some of the highest energy costs in the world and noted that Caribbean countries were particularly vulnerable to the…April 9, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp You may be interested in… Energy, Security, Competitiveness commitments: CARICOM-US… Apr 23, 2015 President Obama’s Town Hall Meeting with young leaders… Apr 13, 2015last_img read more

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The Pain in Spain

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Cut VAT on housing to get ‘white van man’ – and our economy – motoring

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NASA plans for more SLS rocket boosters

first_imgSource: NASA“This initial step ensures that NASA can build the boosters needed for future Space Launch System rockets that will be needed for the Artemis missions to explore the Moon,” said John Honeycutt, SLS Program Manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “The letter contract allows us to buy long-lead materials in time for manufacturing boosters for the fourth flight.”The twin solid rocket boosters, which are mounted on the side of the SLS core stage, will produce more than 75% percent of the thrust for each SLS launch. The boosters were based on the design of the space shuttle solid rocket boosters but include a fifth segment to produce the extra power needed to send the larger SLS rocket to space.“We’re ready to process and stack the boosters for the Artemis I mission, and we are making great progress producing boosters for the Artemis II and III missions,” said Bruce Tiller, manager of the SLS Boosters office at Marshall. “NASA is committed to establishing a sustainable presence at the Moon, and this action enables NASA to have boosters ready when needed for future missions.”Northrop Grumman has delivered the 10 solid rocket booster segments  to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There they will be stacked with other booster components outfitted at Kennedy and readied for launch. Casting is complete for the solid rocket motor segments for Artemis II and is underway for the Artemis III crew lunar landing mission. The US space agency is continuing to work with Northrop Grumman of Brigham City, Utah, the current lead contractor for the solid rocket boosters that will launch the first three Artemis missions, including the mission that will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024.Under this letter contract, with a potential value of $49.5m, NASA will provide initial funding and authorisation to Northrop Grumman to order long-lead items to support building the twin boosters for the next six SLS flights. The full Boosters Production and Operations Contract is expected to support booster production and operations for SLS flights 4-9.  Source: NASA/Kevin O’Brienlast_img read more

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DSC Dredge Solutions at AGG1

first_imgLouisiana-based DSC Dredge, LLC, will have its experts on hand in booth #1558 at AGG1 Aggregates Academy & Expo, March 17-19, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland, to discuss how its customized dredging technology ultimately results in precisely the right dredge for each unique application, boosting efficiency and lowering cost. For more than 20 years, the company has focused its expertise on the design and manufacture of customized portable cutter suction dredges of all sizes and applications for the dredging markets. DSC Dredge units are in use throughout the world in construction, environmental, mining, navigational, recreational, restoration and specialty applications.Every dredging application has unique characteristics, so DSC has honed its ability to customize its standard dredge platform lines to meet the challenges of each customer. Prior to making any recommendations, the company goes through a rigorous process of establishing the application parameters.This information may include factors such as dredging depths, types of materials, distance and elevation to discharge, portability requirements and access to power grids. Only then will the company recommend a specific solution based on the actual application and customer requirements.Units are then built to order in one of three manufacturing facilities to the exact specifications required. Customers are encouraged to visit the DSC facility at any time in the building process and to follow their unit through manufacturing, delivery, commissioning and on-site training completion.DSC’s dredging solutions are based on a number of application-specific platforms that are then customized to match the customer’s specific needs. The Marlin Class deep mining dredge has been designed as an efficient method for excavating deep mining deposits with its underwater pump system and high-torque cutter drive. The Shark Class cutter suction dredge is a tough, yet portable design most commonly used in the sand and aggregateproduction arena. Often called the contractor’s “dream machine,” the Barracuda Class dredge features a swinging-ladder design used most often in waterway maintenance and lake revitalization projects. DSC’s Moray Class conventional/swinging-ladder dredge was designed around the concept of a versatile design in a smaller portable package that is unmatched in the industry, and often used in the environmental cleanup and irrigation applications.Rounding out the line are the Badger Class and the Wolverine Class dredges, designed for the contractor with a compact, yet portable design that is fully functional by one operator. Several of the DSC platforms are available with electric power for applications requiring sustainable attributes.DSC dredges are in use throughout the world, from Chile to the Canadian Oil Sands, from the rivers of Nigeria to the heartland of America, helping customers to achieve maximum dredging efficiency through customized design to exacting specifications.DSC Dredge, LLC, advances the engineering, automation, manufacturing and quality of cutter suction and underwater pump mining dredges. The company operates from three major manufacturing facilities located in Reserve, LA, Poplarville, MS and Greenbush, MI.[mappress mapid=”19609″]Press Releaselast_img read more

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Greece to Sell Two Largest Ports under Identical Terms

first_imgGreek ruling party Syriza has proposed a change in the terms of the sale of the country’s second largest port – the Port of Thessaloniki – to mirror those of the Piraeus Port, according to local media.Back in May, the government of Greece invited China’s Cosco Group, Maersk Group’s APM Terminals, and Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) to present their bids for a 51% stake in the Piraeus port.The companies are to present their bids by September, with an option for the stake to increase up to 67% if the chosen company invests EUR 300 million in the port over a period of five years.This Thursday, Greece plans to float the same scenario to potential bidders for the Thessaloniki Port Authority (OLTH), which is expected to get a new owner by June 2016, according to the latest plan.Greece recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with its international lenders which stipulated that the binding bid dates for the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki must be announced by October.The proceeds from the sales and privatization of national assets are expected to reach EUR 6.4 billion by 2017, Reuters reports. The MOU is a prerequisite for Greece if it wants to gain access to around EUR 85 billion offered through a new bailout program.World Maritime News Staff; Image: OLTHlast_img read more

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Speaking volumes

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