Hero Pay is on its way to Santa Monica stores

first_imgHomeFeaturedHero Pay is on its way to Santa Monica stores Mar. 11, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsHero Pay is on its way to Santa Monica storesBrennon Dixson3 months agocity council.COVID-19essential workersHero Paylos angeles countySanta Monicastimulus Santa Monica City Council approved an ordinance this week that will require some local drug and grocery stores to pay employees an extra $5 per hour as soon as Thursday.The city’s new Hero Pay law applies to retail grocery stores, retail drug stores, and other large stores of 85,000 square feet or more that dedicate more than 10% of their floor space to grocery or drug sales in Santa Monica and is set to become effective Thursday. However, corporations will have until April 12 to make payroll adjustments, get into compliance and provide workers with any back-pay that is owed. The ordinance does include a credit for store operators who voluntarily provide ongoing hazard pay though.City Attorney George Cardona said employees who fear the higher wages will interfere with benefits they may already be receiving could opt to take paid leave in lieu of the pay increase.“It does not give a credit for past payments, it’s only for current pay that is ongoing,” City Attorney George Cardona said this week while he described how the new law is very similar to the ones passed by the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who were among the first to discuss an ordinance requiring a $5 increase in per hour pay for essential workers in early January.Enforcement of the new ordinance will fall to businesses and unions, according to city staff, who said they will look to employee unions to serve as the primary source of information for grocery and drug store workers. But there will also be a complaint process and opportunity to expand enforcement through the minimum wage process if necessary.Mayor Sue Himmelrich joked during Tuesday’s meeting the motion to approve the new law was seconded by the entire Council. On Wednesday, she said she was glad to support Hero Pay, which is all about boosting wages in light of the elevated health risks that essential employees experience every time they report to work indoors and interact with large swaths of people.“This is a much-deserved recognition of the sacrifices these vital essential personnel have endured for the last year,” Himmelrich added.Councilmember Kevin McKeown recognized he got a little ahead of himself Tuesday evening when he celebrated the law’s passage and stated it would take effect Wednesday since it was passed by his peers before midnight.Instead, the law will take effect a day later than McKeown anticipated. Even so, the councilmember, who initially asked for the item to be considered by Council nearly eight weeks ago, said he is hopeful the four months of additional pay will be enough to see the end of the pandemic.“Our local grocery and drugstore workers have been pandemic heroes for a year now, and starting Thursday that will be acknowledged with a pay bump,” McKeown said, adding, “Better late than never.”Oscar de la Torre thanked Councilmember McKeown for bringing the ordinance forward.“I think it’s a very, very important policy,” de la Torre said as he acknowledged companies like Trader Joe’s and others that have already provided employees with hazard pay in the wake of the pandemic. “I’m proud to vote yes on this policy.”[email protected] :city council.COVID-19essential workersHero Paylos angeles countySanta Monicastimulusshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSenate confirms Merrick Garland to be US attorney generalThat School BoardYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

New Challenge Vichy video spotlights age-groupers and volunteers

first_imgAfter the success of the 2013 edition of Challenge Vichy, where 1,400 triathletes landed in Auvergne, France, new developments for 2014 included:A new run course through the beautiful centre of Vichy, through the Parc des Sources, past the Opera House and along the banks of the River Allier that were completely refurbished over the winterA new transition area right in front of the Palais du Lac, even closer than before to the Finish LineA new layout for the Finish Line Area that ‘looks even more spectacular with its huge screen’The new run course also included a restaurant area where spectators had the opportunity to enjoy a snack or a full meal while supporting triathletes.www.challengevichy.com Related After a successful outing for Challenge Vichy 2014, the organising team has released a new video of the race that is less focused on the pros but more on the event’s age-groupers and volunteers.Put together by Films du Grand Large, the video showcases the 31 August event and ‘the outstanding athletes and volunteers who came to the fourth edition of Challenge Vichy.’last_img read more

Legal Roundup

first_img December 1, 2006 Regular News Legal Roundup Legal Roundup Broward Jurisprudence: The Anti-Defamation League recently recognized Leonard Robbins with its Broward ADL Jurisprudence Award and Judge J. Leonard Fleet with the Broward ADL Distinguished Public Service Award for their “passion for excellence, high ethical and professional standards, dynamic leadership and social responsibility.” Gonzalez Honored: Rafael Gonzalez of Lithia was recently awarded the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the president to recognize “the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation.” The award was presented to Gonzalez as a result of his work with Brandon Academy students’ celebration of Law Day over the last five years. Since 2002, Gonzalez has been helping Brandon Academy students celebrate Law Day by putting on mock legislative sessions and trials depicting all components of our American judicial system. Holiday Bookfest: The South County Holiday Bookfest to benefit Palm Beach Legal Aid is set for December 8 at Barnes & Noble at 1400 Glades Rd. in Boca Raton from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants are also asked to donate a gift for the Legal Aid Pro Bono Auction. A private shopping event, (store closed to the public) hosted by the South County Florida Association of Women Lawyers and the South County Bar is set for 7-9 a.m. and a networking luncheon is slated for noon. RSVP to (561) 655-8944, ext. 350. UM Endowment: The University of Miami School of Law has announced the creation of an endowment by Anne and Charles Papy III to name the Moot Court Board in honor of their father, Charles Cay Papy, Jr. It will be named the “Charles Cay Papy, Jr., Moot Court Board.” A practitioner in the field of insurance litigation, Papy has tried well over 800 jury trials in his career. “This is a wonderful gift in the name of an outstanding lawyer,” said UM School of Law Dennis O. Lynch. “It will be utilized to help support the many student competitions run by the student Moot Court Board.” Established by the Society of Bar & Gavel over 50 years ago, the Moot Court Board is an honorary organization whose purpose is to foster excellence in written and oral advocacy in the classroom, during competitions, and in the workplace. Carrollwood Bar Donates Food: The Carrollwood Community Bar Association will be donating 22 Thanksgiving food packages from SHARE to Amvets, a charitable organization that assists local veterans. The Carrollwood Community Bar also will hold its annual meeting at Emerald Greens December 14 at 6 p.m. There will be a social dinner immediately following. Guests are welcome. Nuts & Bolts of Divorce: The 15th Annual Nuts & Bolts of Divorce, presented by the Dade County Bar’s Family Courts Committee, Young Lawyers Section, and the Put Something Back program, is set for December 8 at the Dade County Courthouse, with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. The faculty includes Judge Joel H. Brown, Judge Ellen Leesfield, General Magistrate Thomas A. Tilson, and lawyers Maurice J. Kutner and Nancy Hass. Attendance is free for those who agree to accept at least one pro bono family law case from Put Something Back; otherwise, the cost is $80. For more information contact Karen Ladis at [email protected] World of Thanks: Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida recently held its “World of Thanks” staff retreat in Oviedo, where President Amy Goodblatt presented the CLSMF Employee of the Year Award to paralegal Lena Smith for her “deep commitment and dedication to her clients, her involvement with community groups, and her pleasant and enthusiastic work style.”last_img read more

Gophers seek improvement against nonconference foes

first_imgGophers seek improvement against nonconference foesMinnesota welcomes West Virginia, Nebraska and New Mexico State to the Metrodome for the annual Dairy Queen Classic. Samuel GordonMarch 1, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMajor League Baseball teams have 20-30 spring training games to make improvements, finalize the roster and prepare for the rigorous regular season.The Gophers have zero.“Unfortunately, we don’t have spring training,” Minnesota head coach John Anderson said. “The [early season] games count but at the same time, you’re trying to learn about your team.”The Gophers (3-4) will get a chance for some more self-discovery this weekend when they welcome Nebraska (4-3), West Virginia (3-4) and New Mexico State (7-3) to the Metrodome for the Dairy Queen Classic.The four-team tournament is now in its 28th year and is back in Minneapolis after taking place in Arizona a year ago.Minnesota has learned one thing early on — it will need to score more runs if it wants to stay competitive.The Gophers scored eight runs in four games last weekend and although their starting pitching was formidable, it’s tough to win consistently without more scoring.Minnesota put only one run on the board in three of four games against Wisconsin-Milwaukee and struck out 30 times collectively.“We obviously know that we have a good pitching staff and that we can play defense,” second baseman Matt Puhl said.“Hitting is going to be key for us. We need to put up five, six runs a game, put some quality at-bats together and definitely limit the strikeouts.” Minnesota ace TJ Oakes acknowledged that pitching without any run support adds pressure to the starters but said he doesn’t worry about it too much.“You’ve just got to pitch your game and trust that the offense will get some runs along the way,” he said.Anderson, who’s in his 31st year at the helm, said it generally takes 20 to 25 games to get a true sense of a player’s ability.“That’s why [the pros] have spring training. That’s what it’s about, trying to get your team ready for the season,” he said. “You’re trying to learn about them. They’re trying to learn about themselves. You’re trying to make adjustments.”There are just two senior position players on the roster this year — outfielder Trip Schultz and third baseman Kyle Geason — and the team’s inexperience is evident thus far.How the young players mature will ultimately determine how successful the club can be, Anderson said.“They’re going to have to learn to handle their stress and learn to be comfortable in the game environment and in the practice environment,” he said. “That’s why it takes 20 to 25 games to get settled in.”The Gophers will get a sneak-peak at Big Ten foe Nebraska this weekend, which could be advantageous come conference play.“We’ll probably see them all three times here. We’ll get a good scouting report on their hitters and a good scouting report on all three of their pitchers,” Oakes said. “We should be prepared for them next time when we head to Nebraska at the end of the year.”last_img read more

Gophers shoot their way to victory in season opener

first_imgGophers shoot their way to victory in season openerMinnesota shot **-** from three in ** victory over Cleveland State Nick JungheimNovember 6, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintOn Tuesday night, Minnesota’s men’s basketball team began their quest for a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance against Cleveland State. The Gophers gave fans at The Barn a first look at many new players and a revamped offense featuring improved shooting. Before the season, Pitino suggested that the Gophers would shoot 3-pointers at an increased rate this season, a trend that was evident immediately. Minnesota’s first five field goal attempts all came from behind the arc, the first four of which rimmed out. However, sophomore Gabe Kalscheur then sank a shot from the corner and the Gophers went on to make three of their first eight 3-point shots. Leading by three points, Minnesota leaned on their outside shooting during a 19-1 run that extended their lead to 34-13 with 3:03 remaining in the first half. Kalscheur, redshirt sophomore Marcus Carr and redshirt junior Payton Willis all knocked down multiple threes before halftime, as they combined for 18 of the team’s 19 3-point field goals before the break.Throughout the game, Minnesota managed to find their sharp-shooting guards for open looks. The team’s ** assists on the evening…Sophomore Daniel Oturu started his new campaign with a stand-out performance, bearing the load for a Gophers front court missing redshirt junior Eric Curry, who will miss the season with a torn ACL, and freshman Isaiah Ihnen, who sat out with a wrist injury. Oturu finished with…last_img read more

Notification of the Ministry of Health on amendments to the Law on Restricting the Use of Tobacco Products

first_imgThe Croatian Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the Ministry of Health following the announcements of upcoming amendments Of the Law on Restricting the Use of Tobacco Products.The amendments to the Act do not envisage significant changes in the additional restriction of tobacco products, but the main intention is to harmonize with the directives and regulations of the European Union.The only important change regarding the restriction of the use of tobacco products is the possibility of declaring a free zone from smoking by local self-government units, and in that zone the ban would also apply to smoking in catering facilities. This means that it is possible that one city, say the city of Split, declared a no-smoking zone, which would have a direct impact on all catering facilities in the city.Such a measure can directly affect the freedom of the market, and in order to apply to the tourism sector, we do not even want to think.last_img read more

Egypt reports four new H5N1 infections

first_imgJan 28, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – Egypt’s health ministry has confirmed four new H5N1 avian influenza cases, which aren’t related although all had contact with sick and dead poultry and are recovering in stable condition, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.News of the four cases comes the same day researchers detailed the epidemiologic patterns of Egypt’s H5N1 cases in Eurosurveillance. The report suggests that children have been disproportionately affected as well as women, a group that is more likely to die from H5N1 infection. The new report also shows a connection between early treatment and recovery.The new cases include:A 20-year-old woman from Beni Suef governorate who got sick on Jan 6 and was hospitalized and started on oseltamivir (Tamiflu) on Jan 11; this case appears to be the same one reported on Jan 13 by Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR), an Egypt-based project funded by the US Agency for International DevelopmentA 1-year-old boy from Dakahalya governorate who got sick on Jan 7 and was hospitalized and treated with oseltamivir on Jan 12A 3-year-old boy from Assuit governorate who became ill on Jan 19 and was hospitalized and treated on Jan 12A 45-year-old man from Sharkia governorate who started experiencing symptoms on Jan 12 and was hospitalized and treated on Jan 19The four H5N1 cases bring Egypt’s total to 94, of which 27have been fatal. They are the first cases to be reported in 2010. Last year Egypt reported 39 avian flu cases, up dramatically from 8 in 2008. However, the number of deaths for both years was the same, at 4. The new cases raise the world’s H5N1 count to 471 cases, including 282 deaths.New reports of human infections appear to mirror a recent spike in poultry infections in Egypt. On Jan 19 animal health authorities announced that they had recently detected 17 household outbreaks across 8governorates as the result of increased passive surveillance in veterinary clinics.In today’s Eurosurveillance report, researchers from the National Veterinary Research Institute in Nigeria analyzed the first 3 years of H5N1 infections in Egypt, from March 2006through August 2009, which includes 85 cases and 27 deaths.In 2009 the disease seemed to take a growing toll on children. At the same time, Egypt’s H5N1 patients seemed increasingly more likely to survive their infections. Officials have suspected that earlier medical treatment has led to the drop in case-fatality rates, but some public health officials have wondered if other factors such as genetic changes in the virus have contributed to the different clinical outcomes in Egypt, where the virus is endemic in poultry.Females were more likely to be infected than males, though infected children were more likely to be male. Women aged 20 to 39 were more likely to die of their infections, and researchers speculated that they may have had more exposure to the virus, because Egyptian women do the bulk of culling, slaughtering, and defeathering.The investigators linked early hospitalization to an increased chance of recovery, and they noted that Egyptian children are hospitalized more quickly than adults, which could contribute to the lower deaths rates in children.Rising numbers of H5N1 infections in Egypt, plus continuing human infections in Vietnam and China despite intensive H5N1 control efforts in poultry, serve as a reminder of the virus’s pandemic potential, the researchers noted. They also said that cocirculation of H5N1 and pandemic H1N1 viruses in Egypt, where novel flu infections recently peaked, raises the possibility of coinfections and emergence of reassortant viruses.They noted that studies are needed to document levels of viral exposure in Egyptians who frequently handle poultry and explore levels of asymptomatic and unreported infections in African populations.Researchers also echoed concerns of global health experts that more efforts are needed in Egypt to change agricultural practices and people’s perceptions. They point out that studies in other African countries show farmers believe they are at little risk from poultry-handling activities such as slaughtering.Egyptians frequently keep poultry on rooftops and near living quarters, and the government doesn’t compensate for culled birds, making it less likely that bird owners will report outbreaks, the authors noted.See also:Jan 28 WHO statementJan 28 Eurosurveillance reportlast_img read more

Port of Oostende Holds ‘Blue Energy’ Conference

first_imgThe Port of Oostende organised the BEPPo (Blue Energy Production in Ports) closing conference “Ports as hubs for marine renewable energy projects” at the Greenbridge Incubator centre. BEPPo is a transnational collaborative project between public and private organisations from Belgium, Denmark, Scotland and Norway, 50% co-funded by European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) within the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme.During the event, led by the Port of Oostende and with various multi-sector participants from all over Europe, the results on the research carried out by the BEPPo partners were presented.The key point raised during the discussions is that Small and Medium sized Ports (SMPs) have a triple role to play in marine energy developments: they function not only as the backyard for the blue industry, offering relevant marine services, but they are also excellent sites for testing and monitoring new devices. Furthermore, the integration of wave and tidal energy in the port infrastructure can meet SMPs’ own need for electricity.An update was also provided on the latest Blue Energy (wave, tidal, offshore/floating wind) trends together with a summary of the case study of Orkney Islands, where the setting up of the European Marine Energy Centre in 2003 has had a major impact on the local economy during the last 10 years (an estimated £149m contributed to Orkney by activity at EMEC since its creation according to an economic impact evaluation carried out in 2012).Also, a number of MRE developers were given the opportunity to showcase their products and experience.Throughout the whole conference, speakers highlighted the significant part that ports can have both in the early developments of marine energy schemes, and in pre-commercial stages, by providing the infrastructure (for test and O&M), through political lobbying and acting as intermediary between the different concerned stakeholders.The BEPPo findings will be further debated at the European Maritime Day Conference in Athens on the 28th May.Image: Port of Oostendelast_img read more

VANDALISM IN DUMFRIES ON THE INCREASE

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland officers in Dumfries are investigating another spate of vandalism over the weekend involving cars and vans.A black Renault Clio parked in Lochside Road had a window smashed at around 0415 hours on Saturday morning.A Landrover Freelander, a Renault Master van and a Ford Transit pick-up each had a tyre vandalised while parked in Oliphant Court overnight Friday/Saturday.A Honda Civic car parked in Criffel Road had a window smashed sometime Saturday/Sunday.A VW Beetle parked in Eastfield Road had a mirror smashed sometime between Friday and Sunday.Constable Simon Gleave at Dumfries said “these acts of vandalism continue to cost the victims a great deal of money and inconvenience and we again appeal to the public to come forward if they have any information which might help us catch those responsible.”last_img read more

Jansson having medical ahead of Brentford move

first_imgSee also:Brentford complete signing of keeper RayaFrank keen to keep Bees stars Maupay and BenrahmaBees move for Jansson and reject offer for SawyersPinnock determined to help improve Brentford’s defendingNo approach from Sheffield United for Maupay Embed from Getty Images Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookcenter_img Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson is having a medical ahead of a move to Brentford. Jansson, 28, is set to sign for the Bees, who have had an offer for the Swedish centre-back accepted.He is a popular figure at Leeds, who signed him from Torino in 2017 after he spent a season on loan at Elland Road from the Italian club.AdChoices广告He has three years remaining on his contract at Leeds and played a key role in helping them reach the Championship play-off final last season.His signing would therefore be a coup for Brentford, who have rejected an offer from Celtic for Romaine Sawyers and as of Monday morning had still not received an approach for Neal Maupay, who has been linked with Sheffield United.last_img read more