Government Job Losses are Piling Up, and It Could get Worse

first_imgRelated: What Keeps EMS Managers Up at Night? But union officials warn that the cuts could become deeper and permanent as budgets are ironed out. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said his state alone could lose 200,000 government jobs. “It’s going to make it very, very difficult to reopen schools in the fall because you need more money, not less money to reopen,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Jobs with state and city governments are usually a source of stability in the U.S. economy, but the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has forced cuts that will reduce public services – from schools to trash pickup. She said many who rely most on libraries are lower-income people and immigrants who can’t afford computers and use them to search for work, among other tasks. “Very often the first people who will go will be all the administrative staff, the public works department and custodial staff and many, many people who are low paid, who are women, who are black and brown,” said Hetty Rosenstein, New Jersey director of Communications Workers of America, the largest union of state government employees there. Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, said the impact will be biggest in lower-income areas. “A 30% cut in a poor school district’s budget means you just lost your arts program, you just lost your sports program,” she said. “We are going to have to lay off one teacher in each grade.” The layoffs and furloughs are coming amid calls for governments and school districts to do more to respond to the outbreak – from hiring workers to find those who had contact with people infected with the coronavirus to additional janitors needed to sanitize schools and make them safe for students and teachers to return. The federal numbers do not provide precise breakdowns, but many of those out of government jobs so far have been temporarily furloughed. And some of the first to go were those whose absence would not be felt deeply when stay-at-home orders were in effect. So at 58, Jacobsen is working on her resume for the first time in 21 years. She said the students at Robinson Elementary will be affected by not having her there to help them when school resumes next fall. For instance, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority furloughed its three dozen enforcement officers and meter technicians. In Michigan, nearly two-thirds of state government workers have been furloughed through July. And in North Carolina, more than 9,000 state Department of Transportation employees have been told to take unpaid time off by June 26. FILE – In this March 15, 2018, file photo, a dispatcher works at a desk station with a variety of screens used by those who take 911 emergency calls. Jobs with state and city governments are usually a source of stability in the U.S. economy, but the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has forced cuts that will reduce public services, from schools to trash pickup. In some areas, 911 calls are taking a longer time to be answered. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane, File) But there are worries about permanent layoffs. Sims, who’s president of the library workers union, said she may consider a voluntary layoff to save the jobs of some of her coworkers. Even as the U.S. added some jobs in May, the number of people employed by federal, state and local governments dropped by 585,000. The overall job losses among public workers have reached more than 1.5 million since March, according to seasonally adjusted federal jobs data released Friday. The number of government employees is now the lowest it’s been since 2001, and most of the cuts are at the local level. “When they go back, they’re looking for the familiar,” Jacobsen said. “I could tell you that I had 280 kids in my building, and I knew their names.” For Ashley Sims, a library assistant in Louisville, Kentucky, being furloughed when libraries were closed did not cause a financial strain. With a $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits as part of a federal response to the crisis, she said her pay has been higher than when she was working. And the first workers to be cut also could be the most vulnerable. Tax revenue from businesses walloped by coronavirus restrictions has plummeted, forcing cuts by cities and states that rely on that money. It’s likely to get worse in the coming months unless Congress delivers additional aid to states and cities. Several states are projecting tax revenue will be down 20% or more for the fiscal year starting next month, and governments are facing rising costs resulting from the virus and the police and National Guard response to protests over racial injustice and police brutality. “With that comes a decline in essential public services,” Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said on a conference call with reporters this week. For instance, “911 calls are taking a long time to be answered.” She may be on the leading edge of permanent layoffs for government employees. In the Chicago suburbs, Lyons School District No. 103 laid off health aides at its six schools. One of them, Maureen Jacobsen, said she was told the workers, who give students medicine and first aid for minor injuries, were being laid off in anticipation of a new requirement that each school has a nurse. A district official did not return a call Friday. Some permanent cuts already have been made or proposed. Last week, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority voted to lay off 500 toll collectors as part of a move to make the road system cashless. And California Gov. Gavin Newsom is calling for 10% salary cuts for many state government employees. “It would be an incredible loss,” Sims said. “Libraries are the lifeblood of communities.” Unions and bipartisan groups are pushing Congress to send state and local governments more help quickly. Following a $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid package in March, the Democratic-led House last month approved an additional $3 trillion bill, which includes $1 trillion for governments. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said his chamber will not agree to such as large amount – or anything quickly – as the economy reopens. Clean drinking water and trash pickups also are being affected in some places, he said.last_img read more

Results Of D&G Inclusive Park Survey Are In

first_imgThe Vice-Chair of Communities Committee, John Martin added;“The initial analysis of the online survey, as well as the feedback from the focus groups, has highlighted the need to look at facilities such as parking, access and toilets in planning inclusive play. Andy and I have therefore asked officers to look at options and indicative costings to enhance existing facilities from within operational budgets, in addition to the provision being made for new facilities.”All findings from the consultation will inform a report to the Councils Communities Committee on Tuesday 5 September 2017. This report will include recommendations on the way forward for investment in inclusive play areas in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer.The initial feedback can be found HERE AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInInitial results from Dumfries and Galloway Council’s recent consultation on Inclusive Play are now available on their website.Over 900 people took part in the survey, with a further 93 taking part in 6 focus group sessions, designed to highlight the views of those with a specific interest in the subject. Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee, Andy Ferguson, said;“It’s great to see such a high level of response to the survey. The initial results indicate where general public opinion lies, but comments submitted to the focus groups give further detail and refinement, especially with respect to the ancillary facilities which are needed for a truly inclusive play experience.”The public response suggested that the most popular locations for inclusive play parks in the three towns would be: Newington Park, Annan; Dock Park and Catherine Street Play Area in, Dumfries and Agnew Park and Stair Park in Stranraer. Further analysis of the responses, particularly those from people with disabilities and carers, and of the key stakeholders involved in focus groups will take place prior to the September report.The public were also asked to say what, apart from equipment, were the key requirements of an accessible park. The top three choices were: enclosed play areas; accessible park furniture; and specially adapted toilet facilities. The public also felt that nearby car parking and good access from main roads were important.The survey also asked the public to express their views on the types of equipment preferred. These were, in descending order: physical play equipment (which helps children use energy, improve balance and co-ordination and move more), interactive equipment (which improves children’s social skills) and sensory equipment (designed to stimulate senses including touch, sight, hearing and movement).last_img read more


first_imgJose Mounriho could face a touchline ban if he is slapped with another FA charge after his bust up at stamford bridge.The former chelsea boss reacted after Marco Ianni (assistant coach at chelsea) taunted him in front of his team’s bench when Ross Barkley scored a 96th minute equaliser.Mourinho had to be held back by stewards and staff when he went for Ianni, and the brawl continued into the tunnel in a chaotic end to the game.The incident was included in referee Mike Dean’s report of the game, which means that both Mourinho and Ianni could face charges.The United manager is already facing an FA hearing on Wednesday after uttering a string of Portuguese swear words at a television camera following his team’s win over Newcastle two weeks ago.Antonio Rudiger’s early goal gave Chelsea the lead before two strikes from Anthony Martial put United ahead, they looked set for a win until Barkley struck in the sixth minute of injury time.That prompted Ianni, who was sitting in the second row on the bench, to leap up and race into the United technical area before twice taunting Mourinho to his face with fists clenched.RelatedMourinho Escapes Further Punishment After Weekend’s DismissalSeptember 26, 2017In “England”Manchester United: The Team To End Man City’s Stellar Form?November 9, 2018In “England”Mourinho Taunts Conte Over Match Fixing ScandalJanuary 6, 2018In “England”last_img read more

What a catch: Marshfield wins bid to host 2016 Class AAA Wisconsin American Legion Baseball State Tournament

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Post 54 American Legion baseball program is bringing the best teams in the state to the city.Wisconsin American Legion Baseball has awarded the 2016 Class AAA state tournament to Marshfield, a first for the program.The eight-team, double-elimination tournament will be held July 26-30 at Jack Hackman Field, bringing seven regional winners to Marshfield with a state title and a berth in the Class AAA Great Lakes regional on the line. Marshfield Clinic Post 54, as the host team, earns an automatic bid into the tournament.Marshfield Legion Baseball board member Mark Decker got the ball rolling last year. The Blue Devils played in the state tournament last July in Plover, and Decker said he was impressed with how that event was run. With similar facilities to Plover, Decker felt Marshfield could host a future state tournament.“Why not try to get it here?” Decker said. “We have a nice park. We are in the center of the state, so it is easy for everyone to get here. We applied for the 2016 tournament in the fall, made a presentation at the state meeting in Portage, and found out earlier this month that we were awarded the tournament.”A lot of work went into the presentation, which included bringing in the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Marshfield Parks and Recreation Department.Matt McLean, director of the Marshfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the experience of putting together the bid and the execution of putting on the five-day tournament are similar to what they already do with Small Town Baseball.Small Town Baseball will hold the Wisconsin State Tournament in Marshfield for the fourth-straight year this June and will host the World Series for the second year in a row, bringing in teams from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.“We worked with the Legion baseball program and looked at the economic benefits it could bring to Marshfield,” McLean said. “Hotels, retail, restaurants, attractions for visitors, … we started working with Mark Decker, Ed Englehart at the Parks and Rec department, who will be responsible for maintaining the facilities, and the hotels and put the bid together.“Five days of baseball should do a good job of filling up our hotels and will bring a lot of people to the area.”McLean said he does not have a definitive number on the total economic impact to Marshfield, but he said similar tournaments in the state can bring as much as $220,000 to $300,000 into the city’s economy.Decker said he is constantly thinking about the tournament even though it is 18 months away. He knows it will be a big task for the Legion baseball program but has no worries that they will be able to put on a topnotch experience for the teams coming into Marshfield.“There are always things I am jotting down, and I have a plan of attack,” Decker said. “After we get this season underway, we will really get things rolling. The state (Legion board) wants progress reports to see how things are going, so we have a lot to do. From concessions, selling shirts, admissions, scorekeepers, getting the field ready, running the scoreboard, it’s going to take a lot of people.“All of the baseball programs in the city, the Varsho League, Marshfield Area Baseball, the Chaparrals, we will all see part of the benefits one way or another. This will bring everyone together. I really think it’s going to be good for the city.”What: 2016 Class AAA Wisconsin American Legion Baseball TournamentWhen: July 26-30, 2016Where: Jack Hackman Field, MarshfieldHost: Marshfield Clinic Post 54 American Legion baseballOn the line: The Wisconsin Class AAA state championship and a berth in the Great Lakes Regional at Alton, Illinois. The winner of the regional moves on to the American Legion Baseball World Series in Shelby, North Carolina.last_img read more

Brueggen, Marshfield baseball shut out Wisconsin Rapids

first_imgTigers score all three runs in sixth inningBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Sophomore pitcher Jake Brueggen tossed a complete-game two-hitter to lift the Marshfield baseball team to a 3-0 victory over Wisconsin Rapids for its first Wisconsin Valley Conference win of the season on Tuesday.Brueggen struck out four and walked two to improve to 3-1 this season for the Tigers (6-6, 1-4 WVC).Sam Klein had a fielder’s choice RBI with the bases loaded to get the Tigers on the scoreboard in the sixth inning.Jeremy Brost was then hit by a pitch to force in another run, and Cameron Swanson drove in the final run for Marshfield in the three-run inning.Wisconsin Rapids falls to 9-5 overall and 3-4 in the Valley.Marshfield plays at Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Witter Field. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

Pan South African Language Board

first_imgThe Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) promotes multilingualism in South Africa by fostering the development of all 11 official languages, while encouraging the use of the many other languages spoken in the country.Linguistic human rights and advocacyPanSALB is mandated by law to investigate complaints about language rights violations from any individual, organisation or institution.PanSALB conducts hearings at which complainants and respondents are present, and depending on its findings may recommend steps to be taken by the department or institution concerned.In May 2004, PanSALB launched a campaign to raise the public’s awareness of their right to be served in their own language at government institutions.Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Pretoria, PanSALB chief executive Cynthia Marivate said the public should complain to PanSALB if public servants refused to serve them in their language.“This is not only limited to written information”, Marivate said. “Even verbal information should be communicated through the language citizens best understand.”She said it was the responsibility of government to get interpreters of all official languages at its key delivery service points.Language policy and lawPanSALB worked closely with the Department of Arts and Culture on its national policy for language use in government in higher education, launched in 2003, as well as on the South African Languages Bill and a number of initiatives to ensure that South Africa has the human resources needed to implement the Bill when it becomes law.These initiatives, announced in March 2004, include a government bursary scheme for postgraduate studies in language, interpreting and translation, and the setting up of language research and development centres to focus on nine of SA’s 11 indigenous languages: seSotho sa Lebowa, seSotho, seTswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.Lexicography and terminology developmentAnother of PanSALB’s focus areas is that of lexicography and terminology development.Nine National Lexicography Units were registered in 2001, their task being to compile monolingual explanatory dictionaries and other products to help with language development.The Afrikaans, English, isiZulu, and isiXhosa units have published a number of volumes of their monolingual dictionaries.The Tshivenda Lexicography Unit, based at the University of Venda, launched the world’s first Tshivenda dictionary in July 2004, and said it expected to publish the final draft in 2006 or 2007.The lexicography units are based at tertiary institutions throughout South Africa. Each unit is managed by a board of directors and registered as a Section 21 (not-for-profit) company, which allows the unit autonomy to raise funds to carry on its work.Electronic translationPanSALB has also established an electronic translation programme in conjunction with Afrilingo, a company that has translated English computer programmes into isiZulu, isiXhosa, seTswana, Sesotho and Afrikaans.Afrilingo marketing and programme developer Thami Olivier said in May 2004 that the programme had been introduced at the Motheo and Mangaung district municipalities in the Free State, and that Afrilingo was working on translations into the five other South African languages.“By typing a word, you will get its translation in your preferred language, and when you click the volume icon box you will hear how it is pronounced”, Olivier said.“Our aim is to break down language barriers”, he said, adding that copies of the programme had been distributed to South Africa’s embassies in the United States.“This helps tourists to know the basics of language before they arrive in South Africa.”Khoi and San National Language BodyThis body was established in 1999 to promote and develop the Khoi and San languages. The body has been conducting surveys in communities where the Khoi and San languages are spoken, in order to record and standardise terminology.The Khoi and San languages were spoken by the earlier inhabitants of the southern part of Africa.Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic CommunitiesThe commission’s main purpose is to promote respect for the rights and interests of South Africa’s various cultural, religious and linguistic communities.The 17-member commission has the power to:Monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on any issue concerning the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities.Facilitate the resolution of conflicts or friction between any such community and an organ of state.Receive and deal with complaints and requests by cultural, religious or linguistic communities.Convene a yearly national conference of delegates from the various religious, cultural and linguistic communities and governmental and non-governmental role players.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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New Report: Majority of Consumers to Shop in Stores during the Holidays

first_imgThe International Council of Shopping Centers predicts in a recent report that holiday spending will increase 4.9% over last year, totaling $832.3 billion. Overall, shoppers anticipate spending an average of $683, $496 of which will go toward gifts and $187 on other holiday-related purchases, per the report.According to the report, 90% of holiday shoppers expect to make purchases in-store and 97% of them will buy goods online from retailers with physical stores. About 63% of holiday shoppers will begin buying before Thanksgiving, and 49% of shoppers plan to complete their holiday shopping within the last ten days before Christmas, the report found.About 70% of baby boomers, 61% of GenXers and 59% of Millennials plan on buying gift cards. Meanwhile, 55% of shoppers said they plan to purchase apparel and footwear, and 48% said they expected to buy games and toys, according to the report… RetailDIVE- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Augmented Reality (AR): AR Apps and Gadgets to Supercharge Vision

first_imgAugmented Reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes digitally generated images over real-world ones. Digital elements can include animations, sound, graphics, GPS data or 3D models.  In film, the merging of real world video with animated characters is nothing new, but being able to create real-time composite images is something that is.In fact, it could be big.  Tim Cook called the implications of Augmented Reality “profound”.Analysts predict that the Augmented Reality market will grow to a $120 billion market by 2020, significantly bigger than the Virtual Reality market which is expected to be $30 billion in 2020.Jay Wright, president and general manager at Vuforia, said that “now a salesperson can go from having a brochure to a full-scale, 3D model that sits in someone’s office. It becomes a valuable tool for selling consumer and industrial products… Companies are evaluating AR across the board. It’s a technology with a ton of promise and potential, and what we’re seeing now is enterprise customers trying to understand exactly how and where it works.”last_img read more

Facebook Adds News Search

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#search#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Facebook has begun surfacing widely “liked” news stories from independent media organizations in its basic search bar today, it appears. First reported by watchdog blog AllFacebook, the change is something that seems likely to be understood as a challenge to Google. It’s early days for the feature, but something to watch for sure.Search for a phrase that’s appearing in the news in the main Facebook search box and you’ll see off-site links to news stories. “It’s an interesting extension of what they did before in terms of off-site links,” Danny Sullivan of SearchEngineLand told us by phone today. “It’s not clear how exactly these stories are being chosen and it clearly needs more work. It could work like Google’s Social Search, displaying items shared by your friends, but this remains something to watch and see rather than ‘oh the revolution is here.’”Above: News search in action, asterisks mine.Earlier this year, Facebook put up a blog post urging people to “Like” the pages of major news organizations, so that they would receive stories posted by those media outlets in their Facebook Newsfeeds . Yesterday the company began experimenting with a new method of subscribing to updates from high priority friends, family and other people.Clearly when you put together 500 million people, their friend connections, their “like” affinities (on and off-site) – then there are a whole lot of permutations that can be analyzed and surfaced in various contexts. Facebook search and subscription are likely to be very interesting for some time.This particular search feature may be of limited impact, though. Presumably the vast majority of searches that go on in that search box are for peoples’ names – not topics in the news. Perhaps that will change, as Facebook tries to extend itself.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more