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first_imgJuneau | Local GovernmentAssembly candidates lay out approaches to money, capital projectsSeptember 25, 2015 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:Mayor Merrill Sanford responds to a question at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Thursday. From left to right: moderator Eric Eriksen, Merrill Sanford, Greg Fisk, Jerry Nankervis and Dixie Hood. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Juneau Assembly candidates offered differing approaches on city budget matters and the bundling of capital projects at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce’s forum Thursday.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2015/09/24ASSEMBLY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Incumbent Mayor Merrill Sanford said he’s not opposed to looking at sales and property taxes.“But I’m very proud of the fact that we haven’t raised property tax in over 10 years. So we, the assembly, has not raised those property taxes, millage rates, in 10 years,” he said.Mayoral candidate Greg Fisk said he wants to institutionalize an attitude that’s been building in city government,“To constantly look at incremental efficiencies. I don’t think there’s any big, low-hanging fruit that we can cut at this point in time,” he said.He said he’d prefer focusing on building the economy to expand the tax base.Incumbent Assemblyman Jerry Nankervis says he’s unsuccessfully suggested cutting staff in the manager’s office and shutting down a city copy shop that competes with the private sector.“I’m just one of nine. So I can offer some proposals, but they have to be acceptable to at least four other people on the assembly to do that,” he said.Dixie Hood, who’s running against Nankervis, said she thinks enough cuts have been made. She said she wants to focus on finding grant money but is willing to consider taxes.“Exploring tax options is really necessary. Nobody is happy about taxes, but I think that is what needs to be looked at, and not an increase in the sales tax,” she said.An audience member asked if the candidates would support measures to prevent the bundling of capital projects in ballot questions. The city often bundles many separate capital projects under a single yes/no question that asks voters to approve major debt and extend temporary municipal sales taxes to repay it.Nankervis said bundling has led to the approval of projects with less than majority support.“A project should be voted up or down on its merits, not bundled,” he said.But, he had reservations about how unbundling could complicate debt and debt repayment.Hood said she definitely supports a charter amendment that would enable single issue voting on these matters.“I was really bummed out by the bundling that happened. And things that I absolutely was not supportive of, just getting swept along. I think it’s an important thing to pursue,” she said.Sanford agreed with Nankervis. He said a charter amendment is unnecessary since the assembly has oversight of those ballot questions.“It’s a little bit of responsibility on you as a voter to get the right person in that will adjust to your thinking a little bit,” he said.Fisk didn’t line up with the other candidates. He said bundling is often necessary for the greater good.“Bundling may not always be comfortable, but it’s part of the political process that we go through in the community to reach a consensus on how to move things forward in a broader sense. So, I mean, it sounds good at first blush to just say, ‘Oh, well, we’ll have everything voted up simply on its own merits,’ but it’s part of the political process to balance these things out,” he said.Candidates Loren Jones and Jason Puckett were out of town and could not attend. The candidates have another debate scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at UAS. Election day is Oct. 6.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgResearchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health conducted the poll earlier this month in cooperation with the National Public Health Information Coalition, an organization of health communications professionals. (STAT regularly partners with the Harvard school on polls but was not involved with this particular survey.)Overall, the poll captured that sizable portions of the public are not sure or are wrong about how Zika spreads and manifests in people. Forty percent did not know the virus can be sexually transmitted, and 31 percent thought — incorrectly — that the virus can migrate through coughing and sneezing.Almost 4 in 10 people believe a woman who contracts the virus may be at higher risk for having a baby with birth defects in the future. Researchers are still studying how long the virus can stay harbored in the body, but so far, the evidence indicates that Zika clears the blood in a week or so, and after that a woman will not face an elevated possibility of defects in subsequent pregnancies.The poll surveyed 1,275 adults by phone, including 105 people who live in homes where someone is pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant in the next year. The overall results are accurate to within 3.23 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. @DrewQJoseph About the Author Reprints By Andrew Joseph March 29, 2016 Reprints Related: A majority of Americans would support spraying against mosquitoes if Zika appeared in their area. Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images Two-thirds of the public take regular precautions in the summer to escape mosquitoes. For specific countermeasures, 56 percent said they wear repellant, and 55 percent remove standing water around their homes, which deprives mosquitoes of breeding grounds near people.For mosquito control at a larger scale, 81 percent of responders said they would approve of ground spraying in their cities or towns if Zika cases appeared, and 66 percent said they would support spraying from the air under those circumstances.advertisement Andrew Josephcenter_img Health1 in 3 Americans think you can catch Zika from a sneeze Everything you need to know about Zika virus General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. The majority of Americans know the basic facts about Zika virus, but misperceptions abound about how the virus spreads and causes disease.That’s the take-home message of a national poll released Tuesday, which found that 87 percent of the US public knows that Zika is transmitted by mosquitoes, but a good-sized minority is unaware or misinformed about how else the virus is contracted.The Zika virus has been spreading rapidly in the Americas, but so far there has been no mosquito-borne transmission in the continental United States. Experts think that could change come summer when mosquitoes become more active, and the poll found some positives signs.advertisement [email protected] Tags microcephalymosquitoesZika Viruslast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments FORT MYERS, Fla. — A family of four enjoying their vacation on Fort Myers Beach had their locked rental van stolen in the middle of the night.They were forced to go weeks without their children’s car seats and stroller, which they’d left in the van.Reece Mosher’s family left their locked rental van outside for the night in December. They woke up and found the driveway empty.“Just very shocking to us,” he said, “of how fast something like that can happen.” Teen arrested in Fort Myers Beach Memorial Day shooting June 4, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS We reached out to Budget rentals and for now they have no comment.  Mosher, who’s infant daughter is fighting a brain condition, said he’s relieved to have their stuff back and that his family can move forward while investigators handle the rest.“I’m hoping that they’re able to figure out exactly what’s going on. And I think that’s probably the most important thing is just so that it doesn’t happen to somebody else,” he said.LCSO officials said people should always lock their car doors and keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Advertisement AdvertisementTags: Fort Myers BeachNorth Fort MyersStolen vehicle What led up to the Memorial Day shooting on Fort Myers Beach June 9, 2021 AdvertisementMosher filed a report with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office the next morning to report the missing van. Investigators found the van a week later in North Fort Myers when someone called about a stolen vehicle. Mosher said the car seats and stroller were still inside.“It’s an absolute miracle that we got our stroller and our car seat back from LCSO,” he said. “And they’ve done a phenomenal job of working with us to get our stuff back.”Lee County deputies are still investigating and working to find out who took the van.  AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Beach front businesses deal with impacts of Fort Myers Beach ‘street preachers’ June 16, 2021 Ex-employee accused in North Fort Myers business burglary June 12, 2021last_img read more

first_imgModerna asking for full FDA approval of its COVID vaccine June 2, 2021 Medical experts debunk rumors about vaccines causing infertility May 17, 2021 On May 10, Pfizer received authorization for people as young as 12 to use its COVID-19 vaccine. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: covid vaccineemergency use authorizationModerna Moderna trial showing promise for expanding age requirement next month May 26, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Moderna has filed for emergency use authorization with the FDA for its COVID-19 vaccine for use in US teens ages 12 to 17.“We are pleased to announce that we have submitted for an emergency use authorization for our COVID-19 vaccine with the FDA for use in adolescents in the United States,” said Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer of Moderna. “We are encouraged that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was highly effective at preventing COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 infection in adolescents.”Moderna’s COVID vaccine is currently authorized for people ages 18 and older.Last month, Moderna released results from a Phase 2/3 trial of more than 3,700 children ages 12 to 17 in the United States. Data from blood tests showed that the COVID vaccine produced an immune response that was equivalent to earlier findings in adults. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Moderna COVID-19 vaccine safe for children ages 12 to 17, company says May 26, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementIn that trial, initial observations found that none of the children who got the COVID vaccine got sick with COVID-19, starting 14 days after their second dose, which is when you are considered to be fully vaccinated.Four of the children who received the placebo in the trial tested positive for COVID-19, according to Moderna.The company has already filed for younger-age vaccine authorization in Canada and Europe and Moderna plans to continue to file with other regulatory agencies around the world.last_img read more

Dynamic Funds announced on Thursday the addition of two new portfolios to its lineup of Marquis Portfolio Solutions. The new managed portfolios include Marquis Balanced Class Portfolio and Marquis Balanced Growth Class Portfolio. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff Companies Dynamic Funds Each portfolio is structured as a class of Dynamic Global Fund Corporation, which allows investors to switch between any of the vast number of other Dynamic class funds within the corporation on a tax-deferred basis. The portfolios are also structured to provide tax-efficient distributions to investors. The assets in Marquis Balanced Class Portfolio are evenly split between equities and fixed income. Marquis Balanced Growth Class Portfolio is comprised of 65% equities and 35% fixed income. Marquis Portfolio Solutions offer investors portfolios of assets that are diversified by asset class, geographic region, investment style, and market capitalization. Each portfolio generally invests in funds with complementary investment styles to seek to control volatility while enhancing returns. The portfolios are reviewed quarterly by an oversight committee at GCIC Ltd., which manages Dynamic Funds. The lineup of Marquis Portfolio Solutions now includes six core portfolios, with two offered in corporate class versions, and one income-oriented portfolio. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Tourism Awareness Week 2006 will be celebrated from November 26 to December 2, under the theme: ‘Tourism Enriches Local Culture, Heritage and Communities’.Announcing a series of activities for the week at a press briefing held today (November 23), at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Minister of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, Aloun Assamba, explained that the celebrations were shifted from around World Tourism Day, which was recognised on September 27, to give the week, “more visibility ahead of the winter tourist season, which begins on December 15”.The Minister noted that the “key goal this year, is to drive home the fact that tourism is everybody’s business”.“We remain true to the principles of ‘joined-up government’ and private-public sector partnerships, as all activities will reflect. All agencies of the Ministry are involved, as well as other key ministries and the regional chapters of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association,” the Minister informed.She said that the series of activities to mark the week, “will move through all six tourism resort areas, but with each resort having its own programme, replicating the national template”.The week’s activities will begin on November 26 with a Praise and Worship session on the pier in Port Antonio. This event, to be spearheaded by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), will showcase established and emerging exponents of the gospel music genre.On Monday, November 27, the activities will shift to Negril, where entertainment co-ordinators in the hotels will be engaged in a workshop.Another workshop is planned for Tuesday, November 28 at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, and is targeted at owners, managers and senior supervisors from all sub-sectors in the industry, to discuss what goes into maintaining and marketing ‘brand Jamaica’.Presenters at the workshop will include: General Secretary at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Vincent Vanderpool Wallace; new Director of Tourism, Basil Smith and representatives of Jamaica’s US communication agency, Ruder Finn.On Wednesday, November 29, the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) will be hosting its Industry Awards ceremony at the Rose Hall Resort & Country Club in Montego Bay. Awards will be presented to key partners in the accommodation, attraction, transportation and other sub- sectors.Entities whose contributions to tourism have enriched the lives and livelihood of communities with which they are associated, will be recognized and awarded at the Tourism Achievement Awards, which is slated for Thursday at Sandals Whitehouse.The week’s activities will culminate on Saturday, December 2 with the staging of a ‘Tourism Togetherness Concert’ in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth.This concert, Minister Assamba said, “is a thank you gift to the people in these quiet communities that are now cradling and supporting the newest growth area in tourism”.In his remarks, new Director of Tourism, Basil Smith emphasized the importance of the week and encouraged Jamaicans “to reflect on not only the benefits that might be derived materially from tourism, but also on the way they can support the industry’s growth”. RelatedTourism to be Highlighted Nov. 26 to Dec. 2 RelatedTourism to be Highlighted Nov. 26 to Dec. 2 Tourism to be Highlighted Nov. 26 to Dec. 2 UncategorizedNovember 23, 2006center_img RelatedTourism to be Highlighted Nov. 26 to Dec. 2 Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgRelatedGov’t Accelerating Local Government Reform RelatedGov’t Accelerating Local Government Reform FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As the Government accelerates the pace of Local Government Reform, three draft strategic bills have been developed and are being put through the consultative process with key stakeholders.These draft laws are the Local Governance Act, Financial Management Act and the (Unified Services) and Employment Act, informed Governance Coordinator in the Department of Local Government, Robert Hill.He said that efforts are also underway to engage a consultancy firm to undertake the organisational assessment of the local authorities, while a committee has been meeting to look at a Municipal Performance Measurement and Reporting System, which will enhance efficiency, service delivery and capacity, among the authorities.In the meantime, the Department of Local Government and the Social Development Commission (SDC) are working to finalise a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will define the scope of work, under a renewed partnership, in managing governance issues in each parish.The broadcast of meetings of Council is high on the agenda, as is E-Governance best practices, Mr. Hill said.Already under the reform process, the payment for street lighting, solid waste collection and standpipes have been returned to the local authorities and efforts have been strengthened to train and educate the local authorities and citizens on a number of issues, including the new Building Code, in the thrust to enforce parish council regulations.In addition, Local Public Accounts and Reform Committees have been established in most local authorities and a new Financial Management System (FMIS) is being fast-tracked.The need to clearly define the role and responsibility of Councillors and Councils has been put forward for attention by Minister of State with Responsibility for Local Government Hon. Robert Montague.Mr. Montague, while addressing a meeting of the St. James Parish Council’s Disaster Preparedness Committee in Montego Bay recently, said that the move would increase the effectiveness of the authorities in managing the affairs of citizens.He said that draft Constitution amendments have been completed and the basic legal framework for Local Government were being established and “presently, we are far advanced in the drafting of the new Local Authority’s Act, which will see some 17 pieces of legislation being repealed and rolled into one Act, as there is a lot of confusion, so we can move on to defining roles and responsibilities of local authorities as well as that of Councillors.”Mr. Montague informed that an effort has been ongoing to have Parish Councils bring their accounts up to date, with special permission given for them to employ additional persons to complete the task, if necessary. He has pointed out there would be sanctions against Parish Councils that fail to satisfy this requirement.“If you cannot give account for people’s money, you must not get anymore. Come the first of November, any Council whose statements are not up to date… are not getting more of Government’s money,” he stated.The primary objective of Local Government Reform is to create a strong, viable and effective system of Local Government, which will deepen the democratic process and facilitate the empowerment of citizens, by enabling them to participate more fully and directly in the process of governance and in the management of their own affairs.This reform period, which has been extended to September 2010, will provide more autonomy, resources, and greater responsibility to local authorities island wide.“People would like to know that their street lights work, know that the drains are clean, know that roads are repaired, and know that in the case of an emergency, they can depend on their local authorities,” Mr. Montague stated.“We want to put that power into the hands of the local authorities and the local councils, so that the citizens can get the sort of service that they pay for,” he added. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedGov’t Accelerating Local Government Reform Gov’t Accelerating Local Government Reform Local GovernmentMay 2, 2009last_img read more

first_img Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The Housing Minister has heard how Mica affected homeowners in Donegal feel let down with the current redress scheme.Concerns have once again be relayed in the Dail over the 10% contribution cost of the scheme that homeowners are being asked to pay which for some is running into hundreds of thousands of euro.Donegal Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn, speaking in the Dail also called for intervention from banks to help meet these costs.Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien, while admitting that there are issues with the scheme gave no commitment that there would be any alterations to the scheme:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/padmica1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Housing Minister hears Mica homeowners in Donegal feel let down RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – May 6, 2021 Previous articleChief Medical Officer’s comments impacting Donegal businesses significantlyNext articleFootball under FAI set to resume next week News Highland Facebook Google+center_img WhatsApp Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Twitter Twitter WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more

first_imgEx-Razer employees accuse CEO of abusive behaviorFormer employees say Min-Liang Tan yelled, threw objects, made threats, demanded unreasonable overtime, and was verbally abusiveRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 5th December 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleRazerOver the course of nearly 15 years at the head of gaming peripheral giant Razer, CEO Min-Liang Tan has reportedly created a hostile work environment throughout the company.That’s according to a new Kotaku report which included interviews with 14 former Razer employees who told stories of Tan yelling, throwing objects, threatening employees, and behaving in other hostile ways.One employee said they witnessed Tan threaten to punch another employee in the face, while another claimed Tan once threw an object past them in anger (it did not hit them). Two referred to him as “verbally abusive.” Several described situations where he could be heard uttering numerous expletives from within offices where he was having a discliplinary talk with an employee, with some saying the door would be kept open in such situations to “publicly shame” said employee.Tan has denied these claims in part, saying that he did not throw objects at employees or threaten violence toward them, but has thrown products “to the wall or on the floor” when he was dissatisfied with them. “I have made statements to the effect of ‘don’t make me punch you in the face’ or ‘I’ll send my killer robots after you’ but those statements have all been figurative or in jest,” he said to Kotaku.A Razer representive added that “most, if not all,” instances where Tan yelled at an employee occurred “in a closed-door setting, directed at the mistakes and issues at hand and with a view to providing candid and direct feedback to improve upon the work and not for public shaming.”Some employees described situations where other employees were fired “on a whim” or due to a singular incident, without warning. In one example, Tan fired director of marketing Greg Agius, with former employees saying it was directly due to Tan not being featured in business website Fast Company’s 2014 list of Most Innovative Companies (Razer could not comment on the specific termination but said no one would have ever been fired for that on its own). Another employee claimed they were let go in 2013 for being upfront about the company’s inability to hit Tan’s requested sales goals within the given budget.Others said they were afraid of being fired if they didn’t work long or hard enough. Some estimated working over 60 or even up to 100 hours a week in the time leading up to trade shows, while others said they stayed at the office overnight at times in case Tan called unexpectedly and needed something — they feared being fired if no one was there to answer the phone.One employee said they were told by their boss at Razer to get back to work after their son was in a car crash and admitted to the ER. Others said they were asked to come work during scheduled vacations. Razer denies that employees were expected to do this.”When it comes to product launches or events, many of our employees work additional hours to prepare for it,” said a Razer representative to Kotaku. “This is common in a tech start-up. However, these are typically short windows that do not last more than a few days. Moreover, employees are not expected to work 60 to 100-hour workweeks or to sleep overnight at the office.”Some employees claim they did not receive pay for overtime due to being misclassified as “exempt” employees in the state of California. Razer claims no knowledge that any of its employees were or thought they were misclassified.Employees reportedly described Tan as a “dictator,” a description he also affirmed he used for himself, though he contextualized it as a way to explain how he is in control of and accountable for the company, but wants feedback from various sources.”While the vast majority of our staff are happy and engaged, it is inevitable that a small number would be disgruntled and unhappy,” said Razer in response to the grievances. Currently, the company employees around 1,300 people across California, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Germany, Turkey, and other international offices.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Razer says it has put in place various HR training requirements and courses over the years for all employees, but did not comment on whether or not Tan received specific harassment or management training.Despite grievances, the employees Kotaku spoke to said they stuck around the company both for the opportunities Razer offered to move into and upward in the games industry, as well as a promised payday when the company eventually went public. They also said they bonded with their coworkers under the pressure of the company culture.”I definitely had a lot of good opportunities at Razer, in the end it was positive, but there were a lot of challenges,” said one former employee. “I likened working at Razer to Stockholm Syndrome. You bonded with the people you worked with-there’s nowhere else I’ve been at where you bonded like that- but we all bonded over fear of what management was going to do with us. The reason for the bonding was survival.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesRecord year for Razer generates $1bn in revenuePeripherals firm attributes to success to high demand during pandemic, as well as gains of market shareBy James Batchelor A month agoRazer sets 10-year sustainability goalsPeripheral maker pledges to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2025, use recycled or recyclable materials and be carbon neutral by 2030By Brendan Sinclair A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

first_img House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 The Paulson Holman Gatto Group includes advisers Thomas A. Paulson, William “Tuck” Holman and Steven E. Gatto, along with four senior associates and one associate.The group is moving to a new RBC office in Lake Forest, Illinois.[More: RBC recruits female team managing $1.2 billion from JPMorgan] 1 3 For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here,MOST READ 4 Newsletters 2 InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix An eight-person, three-adviser team managing $2 billion at Merrill Lynch has moved to RBC Wealth Management. Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team. House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers 5last_img read more