Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle: ‘No One Should Lose Their Healthcare in a Pandemic’

first_imgKate Shindle(Photo: Getty Images) View Comments Actors’ Equity Association President Kate Shindle participated in a press call with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other labor union leaders on August 6 to discuss the importance of passing the HEROES Act (a.k.a. the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act) in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The proposed bill responds to the coronavirus’ impact on the economy by providing funding and other assistance for individuals and governments, requires employers to develop and implement infectious disease exposure control plans, eliminates cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatments and more. As of Friday, July 31, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act’s $600-per-week federal supplement to unemployment insurance expired.Shindle emphasized the need for government funding during this time. “With Broadway closed, the $600 a week has been indispensable,” she said. “Members are worried about the basics. The longer the pandemic rages out of control, the more likely everyone in the arts will face a healthcare crisis without action from Congress. No one should lose their healthcare in the middle of a pandemic.”Shindle also responded to criticism that those hoping to receive unemployment stipends have no desire to continue working. “We desperately want to go back to work. We just don’t want people to die for that,” she said. “It will be months before it is safe to go back to work for any of us. The additional $600 is a lifeline for us. The Senate must act to pass the HEROES Act.”As previously reported, Broadway theaters wll say closed through at least January 3, 2021.last_img read more

Westwood action delayed on financing changes for Woodside Village project

first_imgA rendering showing the perspective from Rainbow looking to the east.The Westwood City Council is still waiting to hear the details and analysis on an expected new Tax Increment Financing plan for the Woodside Village development.A public hearing on a new TIF project plan was closed during a council meeting last week, but will need to be started again when more financial details are available to the council.The first phase of the project already is well along in its construction, but the later phases have had their costs escalate since the financing plan was put together, according to the developer.The site plans for all phases of the construction have been approved, including modifications to the construction that will take place on the south side of 47th Place. The north phase – that under construction – is fully financed. Still to come are renovations to the health and tennis club and the new retail and residential development on the southside, which is not expected to start until 2017.The redevelopment agreement that was approved in 2011 capped public financing at $22 million for the project. Any change in that amount requires council approval and the city’s financial consultants are reviewing materials now.City Attorney Ryan Denk told the council last week that a new public hearing requires 30-day notice, but the hearing only serves its purpose if all of the financial recommendations have been worked through. That has not happened yet, he said.Jayme Tebow, an unsuccessful candidate for city council in this month’s election, said she did not believe residents “are getting the information” they need. She also objected to the makeup of the city’s finance team that is dealing with the developer. The team includes outside consultants. The mayor and one council member also are part of the team.Because of the notification limit, the financing cannot be considered at the regular May council meeting.last_img read more

Developer informs Mission of decision to pull back from exploration of senior housing project

first_imgA rendering of the Dial project currently under construction in Lenexa.Representatives of Omaha-based Dial Retirement Communities have informed the city of Mission that they no longer intend to pursue a 141-unit senior housing project on the site of the former JCPenney call center, City Administrator Laura Smith told members of the city council on Wednesday.Smith told members of the city council at the city’s community development committee meeting that the company indicated it had identified another site for the project.Mission approved a pre-development agreement with the company for the project in February. Dial had also filed an application stating its intent to seek tax increment financing (TIF) for the project.Dial is the operator of the 136-unit Silvercrest at Deer Creek retirement community in Overland Park, and is nearing completion of a second Kansas City-area project in Lenexa. It also has properties in Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.The company put down a $10,000 deposit with the city as part of the pre-development agreement. The city will be assessing in the coming weeks how much they spent with contractors and consultants to date, and then reimbursing Dial for whatever of the $10,000 was not spent on the project.last_img read more

Smart Defense: a talk with industry veteran Gene Fredriksen

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Today’s CISO must stay ahead of attackers, says Gene Fredriksen, CISO at PSCU. Teri Robinson talks one on one with the industry veteran.by. Teri RobinsonYou could say that Gene Fredriksen learned his first lesson about security from a squirrel. That’s right. A squirrel. As a boy growing up in the Midwest and an enterprising Boy Scout, Fredriksen built the requisite bird feeder as a Scout project and proudly hung it from a pole in his yard. Daily checks to the feeder revealed that all the food indeed had been consumed, just not, to his chagrin, by birds, but rather by a pesky squirrel.The innovative Scout tried everything – including greasing the pole that supported the feeder – to keep the squirrel at bay. But nothing worked. Certain that Bullwinkle’s buddy was mocking him from a nearby tree, Fredriksen ramped up his efforts to thwart the furry interloper…until the day a neighbor ambled over.“A retired farmer said, ‘I see what you’re doing and you’re never going to win,’” Fredriksen says. “‘You come out here and spend an hour a day trying to stop him. The squirrel is working 24 hours a day trying to steal your food.’”As the neighbor predicted, he didn’t get the squirrel, but the homespun lesson stuck with him. “You can’t just do security a little bit, an hour a day, because someone out there is working 24 hours a day trying to steal your data,” he says.That’s an important mantra that Fredriksen has adopted, taught to the countless up-and-coming security pros he has trained and mentored, and applied in every security job he’s had – from the Burton Group to Tyco International to PSCU, a financial services firm based in Saint Petersburg, Fla., where he is CISO. continue reading »last_img read more

Seniors bond as doubles partners

first_imgSeniors bond as doubles partnersDaily File Photo, Lisa PerssonMinnesota doubles partners Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg celebrate after a victory against Tulsa at the Baseline Tennis Center. Danny ChenApril 8, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg were randomly paired together for doubles during their sophomore year. âÄúWe won both matches, and weâÄôve been playing [together] ever since,âÄù Hamburg said. And itâÄôs worked out for the Gophers, as the two seniors have honed their game and built chemistry together. Winning the doubles point gives a team the advantage heading into the singles competition, and the duo has helped the Gophers do that for the past three seasons. Out of 21 meets this season, Minnesota has won the doubles point 17 times. And of those 17 times, theyâÄôve won a total of 15 meets. This year, though things havenâÄôt been smooth at all times, Hamburg and Froment have won 10 matches together. âÄúItâÄôs really important to win the doubles point, especially against a really good team,âÄù head coach Geoff Young said. âÄúIf you go into singles only needing to win three, instead of four, thatâÄôs a big lift. Plus, after you win the doubles point, it gets the guys really pumped up going into singles [play].âÄù In their first season together, Froment and Hamburg played well enough to be ranked 79th for one week of competition. In 17 matches together, the duo won seven. But despite the single-digit victories, the first year was just a stepping stone. In their junior year, Froment and Hamburg won nine of 12 matches to start the spring season, with two being unfinished matches and only one real loss. The success they had last season led to them ranking as high as 16th in the nation and consistently in the top 25. âÄúWe played some good doubles and had a couple good wins,âÄù Hamburg said. âÄúI think we just knew each otherâÄôs game really well, and it meshed really well. I had a pretty good serve, and he had a good return. We had a really good season last year.âÄù However, this year the duo had a slow start to their spring season. In their first seven meets, Froment and Hamburg only won three matches. Following that, they lost four of the next five contests. âÄúWe were not playing the best and just need a few wins to get it going,âÄù Froment said. âÄúWe just [had] to get back to how we played in the beginning of the [fall] season.âÄù Young said the losses donâÄôt necessarily represent a slump. âÄúWe had a really tough schedule, and I think it was a product of them playing tough teams that made it look like they were in a slump,âÄù Young said. âÄú[But] when you are playing top teams, itâÄôs tough to get the win. Sometimes, you play well and not get the win.âÄù Whatever the issue was, it started to disappear for the duo. They have now won six of the last eight matches and are currently ranked 49th in the nation. Froment said after they lost three in a row, he knew they had to get their momentum back. âÄúWe came back with two wins,âÄù he said. âÄú[And] we [have] to keep it going and play better.âÄù Hamburg said they are returning more now, which is a huge key to winning in doubles. âÄúWe started to make more balls, and IâÄôm starting to serve a little bit better,âÄù Hamburg said. âÄúI think playing more matches got us back into rhythm.âÄù The No. 1 doubles team has helped the team win five of the seven recent doubles points. âÄúTheyâÄôre seniors, and they know what theyâÄôre doing,âÄù Young said. âÄúThey know what it takes to give them a chance to win. âĦ Sometimes they will win, and sometimes they wonâÄôt. And thatâÄôs going to happen for the rest of the season. All we could ask is for them to put themselves in critical positions where they have a chance to win.âÄùlast_img read more

Consultations on CARICOM Gender Equality Strategy begins in Antigua and Barbuda

first_img CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Oct 16, 2020 Women’s issues in focus at Barbados forumDirectors and coordinators of the Women’s Gender Bureaux from Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will meet in Barbados on February 23 and 24. The aim of the meeting is to discuss preparations for the Fifty-Ninth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, scheduled for 9–20 March 2015 in New York,…February 22, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARICOM,UN-Women sign MOU on gender equality, empowermentThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UN-Women to support the Community’s work on gender and regional statistics.The signing took place during the official opening of the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana. The MOU on…January 9, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua/Barbuda to host major CARICOM Development Forum“CARICOM Overcoming Challenges: Pathway to Development”. That is the focus of a major regional forum to be held in Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday 23 June 2015. Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Brown will be among the Forum’s list of high level presenters, drawn from the Caribbean…June 17, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020 The first of 15 national consultations on a draft Regional Gender Equality Strategy for CARICOM opened on Thursday, in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. Approximately 50 stakeholders representing government, Non-Government Organisations, Civil Society Groups, the Private Sector, and Faith Based Organisations are attending the consultation. They are expected to give their views and recommendations on the strategy as it relates to a situation analysis of gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women and girls in Antigua and Barbuda, examine gaps and assess what could be some of the “quick wins” that could be harnessed to continue to achieve progress in the six priority areas of the strategy. The priority areas identified included equality and social inclusion, freedom from violence, access to health services, access to education, good governance and economic empowerment. According to Deputy Programme Manager, Gender and Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Ann-Marie Williams, who is leading on the consultations, it was also expected that participants would better understand the gains made in gender equality and equity since the Beijing Declaration in 1995, while identifying what needed to be done in order to fast-track progress. Participants at another gender consultation on the 1995 Beijing Declaration in Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 Related Postscenter_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Ms. Williams emphasised that the strategy was crafted using a rights-based approach that took into consideration vulnerable groups, particularly the disabled and indigenous peoples. She also outlined that the Strategy’s goal was to accelerate the effective implementation of priority actions through a Regional coordinated approach to achieve gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women and girls in tandem with Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 5 speaks to the empowerment of all women and girls and is the driver of all the other 16 SDGs. The Deputy Programme Manager explained that the SDG framework was the latest that spoke to the empowerment of women and girls since the gender equality strategy had been drafted. She added that the strategy was also aligned with the Convention on the Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Samoa Pathway, the Montevideo Consensus and other regional and international frameworks on the advancement of Gender and Development that CARICOM Member States had ratified. As part of the consultations in Member States, key informant interviews will also be conducted in some of the countries. The purpose of those interviews is to find out how key informants can assist with advancing gender equality in those countries. The consultations are expected span the next few months with engagements confirmed in Guyana on March 6, Belize on April 5, as well as Grenada in May and Jamaica in June. It is expected that all 15 CARICOM Member States will provide their input on the strategy after which it will be reviewed and the necessary amendments made for a final document to be produced. Thursday’s consultation was held in partnership with UN Women and the Antigua Gender Affairs Division. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020last_img read more

Vyborg: Shipyard Employees Pen Three-Year Collective Agreement

first_imgVyborg Shipyard, based in Vyborg Russia, concluded a Collective Agreement with employees for the next three years. On behalf of the employer the document was signed by General director Alexander Solovyev, on behalf of the employees by Chairman of trade-union committee Oleg Kuzmin.The Agreement came into force on May 21, 2013.“The Collective Agreement is concluded at Vyborg Shipyard not for the first time and is one of the major tools for realization of social policy of the enterprise. Existence of a Collective Agreement in the modern society is indicative of stability of the organization that cares for the personnel potential,” commented Chairman of trade-union committee of Vyborg Shipyard Oleg Kuzmin.The collective agreement signing was preceded by numerous negotiations between personnel and the employer. In the new version of the Collective Agreement all obligations of the parties as well as provisions concerning social privileges and guarantees, labour relations, support of employment, labour discipline, health and safety have been confirmed.[mappress]Press release, May 24, 2013last_img read more

ESC Secretary Calls for Liberalization of Europe’s Market

first_imgThe newly appointed Secretary General of the European Shippers’ Council (ESC), Nik Delmeire, called the new European Commission to reduce existing trade barriers in the European Union at ESC’s general assembly meeting held in Brussels on Monday, October 13th.Delmeire’s said his main goal was to put shippers, who are at the heart of the European supply chain, also at the heart of policy making. To underline this vision, Delmeire made the case for reducing both emissions and trade barriers in order to increase the competitive edge of European trade and industry.Delmeire said that Green Freight Europe (GFE), industry driven program to support companies in improving the environmental performances of freight transport in Europe, can move European industries toward CO2 neutral freight transport by 2050. ‘A key success will be that the industry demonstrates that it has a plan to deliver this and there is an organization to drive it’, Delmeire stated. ‘Europe can only realize CO2 neutral freight transport if we provide a reporting platform that enables companies to report data in a standardized way and benchmark it in order to stimulate improvements. And there is such a platform, so let’s use it.’Delmeire added that it is essential that the new European Commission of President Jean-Claude Juncker eliminates red tape within the Union.The ESC said it wants to see one single European transport market providing the freedom of choice for businesses that contract transport services – which is still not the case.Also, the European guideline for weights and measures should permit goods vehicles of 44 tons for international transport.The ESC also wants a joint European reporting center set up for governments and the business community for complaints about the supervision and differences in interpretation of European legislation.‘If shippers can green Europe’s industries, the Commission can liberalize Europe’s market.’The ESC will present its plans to new EU Commissioners Šefčovič and Timmermans.[mappress]Press Release, October 15, 2014; Image: wsclast_img read more

Ombudsman costs jump £1.8m ahead of 20% increase in workload

first_imgThe Legal Ombudsman’s office says that its spending this year will rise sharply after it admitted underestimating its likely workload.The complaints handler said this week that expenditure is likely to reach £12.5m in 2018/19. A year ago it predicted spending £10.7m over the year.The organisation appears to have significantly misread future demand for its service: its business plan published in 2017 estimated that 7,000 legal cases would be handled in 2018/19; this week that figure was revised upward to between 8,000 and 8,425.Taken together with the cost of handling claims management company complaints, the total budget for 2018/19 is now £14.5m – an increase of 14% on the budget estimate made a year ago.The 2018/19 business plan also reveals that the ombudsman requires £750,000 in capital expenditure over the next two years to complete ‘critical’ changes to its IT systems. In the foreword to the plan, Wanda Goldwag, chair of the Office for Legal Complaints, said the organisation faced pressures creating a backlog of cases. ‘Demand and case complexity have increased, while at the same time we have seen high levels of staff turnover in a highly competitive recruitment market,’ she said. ‘To meet increased demand, mitigate the impact of staff shortages, and tackle the build-up of cases awaiting allocation, we have increased our resource allocation for 2018/19.’Additional resources would create sustainable improvements in ‘productivity, performance and quality,’ she added. ‘The OLC is under no illusion about the scale of the task.’Elsewhere in the business plan, the ombudsman admits high workloads have ‘impacted’ staff morale and turnover – both of these elements are highlighted as weaknesses of the organisation. A new staffing model is now in place, with a new case management system set to go live this month.The ombudsman’s office says it will start to realise the benefits of improved processes and systems as part of its modernisation, informed by more ‘robust’ operational forecasting and modelling. It will also focus on sharing insight, intelligence and feedback from the complaints scheme to providers, and influencing regulators and policy makers.last_img read more

SRA offers accused solicitor £7,500 for tribunal representation

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority has offered a solicitor facing charges before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal £7,500 for counsel to make a closing statement on his behalf, it emerged today. The SDT was hearing an application for an indefinite adjournment of the case against Alexis Philip Maitland Hudson on the 14th day of proceedings, which have now run into their fourth month. Maitland Hudson, admitted in 1975 and former owner of the now dissolved Maitland Hudson & Co, denies charges of acting where there was a conflict of interest and of misleading the regulator. Appearing pro bono for Maitland Hudson this morning, Peter Cadman, partner at Russell-Cooke Solicitors, said his client had admitted himself to hospital on 31 January and had since been unable to attend proceedings. He told the tribunal that three medical experts had certified that Maitland Hudson was not fit to appear as a litigant in person but that he was fit to instruct lawyers. However, he had been quoted £20,000 plus daily refreshers of £2,500 by Litttleton Chambers for representation in closing statements. ‘The SRA offered £7,500 but there has been no increase in that offer,’ the tribunal heard. For the SRA, Edward Levey of Fountain Court Chambers told the tribunal that the ‘extremely generous’ £7,500 offer had been made without prejudice in order to conclude proceedings. The latest medical evidence, he said, had been served ‘incredibly late’, denying the tribunal the opportunity to hear cross examination. Such cross examination would have probed what Levey called a ‘stark inconsistency’ in Maitland Hudson’s claims that he was unfit to appear while at the same time producing witness statements that were ‘careful, well written, well argued and coherent’.Levey also questioned Maitland Hudson’s claim to be unable to obtain the ‘five, six or seven thousand pounds’ between the SRA’s offer and the cost of junior counsel. ‘This is a man who has access to very, very, large amounts of cash,’ he said. Accusing Maitland Hudson of ‘playing games with the tribunal’, he argued that an indefinite adjournment would ‘effectively leave Mr Maitland Hudson exiting, stage left, and never coming back’.’If that were allowed to happen it would be very damaging to the profession,’ he said. ‘We say, though it is not proven yet, that he is a dishonest man.’The tribunal accepted Levey’s proposal to adjourn until 16 April to allow Maitland Hudson to decide whether or not to make a closing speech. Tribunal chair Alison Banks warned that the hearing would go ahead on 16 April ‘with or without the closing speech’, saying: ‘It is in the interest of justice for this matter to proceed.’ The case continues.last_img read more