Free PCs enable Delta staff to log on at home

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Free PCs enable Delta staff to log on at homeOn 10 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. US-based Delta Air Lines is offering staff virtually free PCs to use at home in a bid to aid HR communication.HR director for Europe, Laura Butcher, said giving staff home PCs with Internet access for a nominal monthly charge would help HR get information through to staff via the company intranet.She said, “They will look at the intranet when it is convenient rather than when they are busy at work. They are more likely to look at information about career advancement and benefits when they are at home.”Delta’s British and European staff will be offered a PC with Internet access, a printer and keyboard for a small monthly fee. US employees pay $12 (£8.20).Butcher said the scheme will be up and running in this country by the beginning of 2001 for its 450 British employees as well as a further 550 employees based elsewhere in Europe.By Helen Rowelast_img read more

Honduras Launches Annual Civil-Military Action Program

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo March 26, 2018 The Honduran Armed Forces began their annual civil-military action program on February 4, 2018, with two simultaneous medical mega-brigades in the north and central regions of the country. Various institutions, universities, local authorities, and personnel from the Department of Health participated in the humanitarian aid that covered more than half of Honduras. Almost 69,000 people from the departments of Cortés, Atlántida, Yoro, Colón, Francisco Morazán, and Comayagua benefitted from the development assistance campaign. Residents of isolated, rural communities, who lack healthcare services and other resources, received medical care, preventive medicine consultations, and supplies. Some 400 Honduran Armed Forces troops, both medical and military personnel, participated in the mega-brigades to serve the population. A total of 900 volunteers, including more than 100 general practitioners and specialists, also joined the humanitarian mission. “The coordination is at the institutional level, for which there is specialized personnel, and strategic alliances were established with public and private institutions, including some universities,” Honduran Navy Captain José Domingo Meza, director of public relations for the Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “To designate an area where a medical brigade will go, the main factor we take into account is poverty level.” Mental and physical health Adults, children, and senior citizens stood in long lines starting early in the morning to be seen by personnel comprising general practitioners and specialists such as gastroenterologists; ear, nose, and throat specialists; dermatologists; dentists, and other health professionals. In addition to medical consultations, dental care, lab tests, and free medications, patients received donations of clothes, blankets, school supplies, and food. “Every member of the Armed Forces served people from different social strata with a great deal of dedication,” Capt. Meza said. “[They served them] without prejudice, including children, the elderly, and people with physical disabilities.” More than medical aid, the brigades give the people a welcome break from the difficulties of daily life. From entertainment for the youngest ones, with areas for games, piñatas, and sweets, to recreational activities for adults such as music and dancing, the day turns into a festival when brigades arrive. “Our presence is something that contributes to emotional health, and, in a way, it represents an economical gain for the town’s residents, since it not only promotes physical health, but also patients’ mental health,” said to Diálogo Captain Lester E. Uclés, a dentist from the Honduran Armed Forces Military Hospital headquartered in Tegucigalpa. “While some people receive medical care and medications, others have some good, clean fun.” Patients also benefited from personal grooming, with haircuts and hair dyes for women. The Armed Forces also offered legal support through consultations using available resources to help resolve different problems. “The military personnel is welcomed with tokens of affection and gratitude, which are reflected in the high levels of trust that the population demonstrates,” Capt. Meza said. Basic support According to the Pan American Health Organization’s report Health in the Americas+ 2017, and the latest available figures, 65 percent of Honduran households lived below the poverty line in 2013, with 43 percent in extreme poverty. The report also highlights viral infections transmitted by mosquitos (dengue, chikugunya, and zika) and the prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressure, which reaffirms the importance of the annual brigades. “Residents’ health is directly proportional to how remote the city is,” Capt. Uclés explained. “The more remote the place, the worse their health is.” Capt. Meza emphasized the military’s role in the brigades. “Their contribution is significant,” he said. “The military personnel visit hard-to-reach places where it would be difficult to meet these needs any other way.” With the launch of the 2018 mega-brigades, the Armed Forces wish to provide medical aid to more than a million individuals in need, with 136 brigades in various regions around the country. In 2017, 1.1 million people received help through 131 brigades. “I joined the brigades in 2006. My multiple visits to the country’s rural communities changed my perspective. The brigades are welcomed with gratitude and are valued by the townspeople,” Capt. Uclés concluded. “Getting close to the people this way is incredibly rewarding, something that money cannot buy. For me, a weekend in a brigade is not a sacrifice, it’s a pleasure.”last_img read more

Watch Mario Cuomo’s Passionate Long Island Pine Barrens Speech

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York On July 14, 1993, then-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo stood before a congregation of environmentalists, civic leaders, and lawmakers amid the lush landscape of Southaven County Park in Shirley and delivered what one environmental activist there that day believes to be the late governor’s best oratorical performance of his political career.The event was held to celebrate the signing of the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act, which effectively banned construction on more than 50,000 acres of Pine Barrens land. The passing of the law capped a bitter legal battle that pitted environmentalists and the Long Island Pine Barrens Society against developers, whom were eager to build on the 100,000 acres of land that stretches across the towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead and Southampton. Environmentalists, concerned that the more than 200 proposed projects on the Pine Barrens site could damage LI’s sensitive drinking water supply, brought the suit.The lawsuit, initially filed in November 1990, made it all the way to the State Court of Appeals, where it was dismissed, exactly two years after it was first filed. The court said construction could continue without the three towns conducting an environmental impact study, the basis for the suit. The court, however, called on the state Legislature to protect the Pine Barrens.Lawmakers and environmentalists got to work soon after the ruling. A bill, sponsored by state Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and then-Assemb. Thomas DiNapoli (D-Great Neck), passed unanimously.A celebration was planned for Southaven County Park the next summer. Cuomo, who was not instrumental in the bill’s passage, according to Dick Amper, executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, was nevertheless invited.Cuomo, who died last week, “delivered a more eloquent speech on the environment, certainly than I’ve ever made and that I’ve ever heard in terms of capturing why the environment is so important,” Amper told the Press. “He was a master orator, even on matters in which he was only peripherally involved.”“I have delivered at least 500 speeches on the subject of protecting water and open space,” Amper added, “and the best of them put together couldn’t hold a candle to what he said and what he did to that audience that day.”With his elbows pressed against the podium, and fingers interlocked, as if in prayer, Cuomo tried to paint a glowing picture of New York—not the misconstrued version that many outside the state believed in.“This is an environmental state, and the Pine Barrens now is its latest, most glorious expression,” Cuomo boomed. “This is what the state is the best at; nobody thinks of us that way. Because if you’re anywhere in the United States, and someone says to you ‘New York,’ the instant Pavlovian response is for your mind to summon up a subway mugging in Manhattan—that’s what happens when you say New York. Nobody thinks of us as environmentalists, but that’s what we are.”The Long Island Pine Barrens Society replayed the speech at its 36th Annual Environmental Awards Gala in 2013, where it celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act. Honored that night for their roles in the successful passage of the law were LaValle and DiNapoli.But it’s Cuomo speech that Amper, and other environmentalist present at Southaven County Park that summer day, will never forget.“I know that way down deep we’re always looking for something bigger than we are, something more beautiful, something we can throw our arms around and wrap our souls around, and say this is right, this is good, this is something I can believe in with passion, this is something I can give myself to,” Cuomo said. ““Sometimes it’s a person, and then they take them away, they shoot them down and they murder them and they break your heart and you give up on people and you look around for causes, and you run out of them,” he continued. “And you get into public life and you’re not even allowed to say the word morality or God or religion, they rule all of that out. And you find this truly barren land, if you’re looking for something larger than yourself and then it occurs to you: Niagara Falls, the Adirondacks, the Pine Barrens, the water under Long Island, the rivers, the chestnut tree in the park in South Jamaica, Queens, the environment—ecology, preserving it, saving it, fighting for it.”“With sureness,” Cuomo said, building toward the conclusion, “I go to bed tonight having signed a bill and made it a law knowing that I did the right thing.”The video was shared with the Long Island Press by the Long Island Pine Barrens Society.last_img read more

Westport Winery And Friday Harbor House Host Winemaker’s Dinner

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0 The Bluff Restaurant at the Friday Harbor House Resort is holding a winemaker’s dinner on Saturday, October 27 at 6 p.m. featuring Westport Winery, the 2012 Washington Winery to Watch. The winery’s co-owners Kim and Blain Roberts along with their son and winemaker Dana Roberts will be hosting this extravaganza. The Bluff’s chef Kyle Nicholson and sous chef Aaron Rock have created the menu around some of the winery’s current and future releases.For the first course the chefs will offer raw Pacific oysters on a sea bean fennel salad with tarragon mignonette caviar paired with Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris (2011). This will be followed by pan-seared Alaskan weathervane scallops on a Meyer lemon potato puree with local nori dust and chili oil paired with Going Coastal, the winery’s sparkling Gewurztraminer (2011). An intermezzo with cardamom bitters granita and cilantro iced tea will be accompanied by Shiver Me Timbers, a late harvest Riesling with passion, orange and guava. This fourth course features butternut squash ravioli and truffled house-made ricotta with hazelnut pesto and frizzled leeks paired with Smoky Nor’wester, the winery’s 2010 Sangiovese. The main course offers crispy duck breast with roasted tomato jam, carrot puree, and a chocolate demi paired with Swimmer’s Last Syrah (2010). This special evening will end with grilled local plum and almond financier alongside a Quail Croft chevre mousse served with Maritime Moscato (2011).San Juan Island is one of Washington state’s top destinations and well-known for its gorgeous fall weather. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to experience the island, the resort, an amazing dinner and some of your favorite wines, all in one place. The cost to attend this dinner is $80 per person. The resort has rooms available at a special rate to guests who wish to stay on property. For more information or reservations contact Brian Carlson at 360.378.8455 or via email at [email protected] Westport Winery is open daily from 11a.m. to 6p.m., with lunch from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and dinner to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Westport Winery is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road. The Bluff Restaurant at Friday Harbor House Resort is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the winter.last_img read more

Bring your Kids to the World’s Largest Swim Lesson and Learn…

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin2Submitted by Child Care Action CouncilOn June 21, 150 children will participate in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson at The Evergreen State College pool to raise awareness that Swimming Lessons Save Lives. The local event, coordinated by Safe Kids Thurston County along with support from Molina Healthcare, joins an estimated 600 other locations in more than 20 countries, all participating in the same swim lesson and learning the vital importance of learning to swim. Register today at ccacwa.org for this free swim lesson.Tragically, in the U.S. drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Between 2007 and 2016, 59 people died from drowning in Thurston County. And drowning has been the leading cause of unintentional death for children age 1 to 14 in Thurston County for over a decade.  Numbers have jumped in the last couple of years, with 2015 and 2016 drownings accounting for 38% of these deaths alone. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.Our unique close proximity to so much open water and children’s natural curiosity to be drawn to water both are reasons to provide simple life savings devices at the water’s edge for families recreating in our public waterways. Safe Kids Thurston County is committed to preventing these injury deaths and partners with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), City, County, and State Parks, and local police and fire departments to provide life jackets for families and individuals recreating on our open waters. The Life Jacket Loaner Cabinet Program has over 14 locations and is one of the largest Life Jacket Loaner Cabinet programs in the state. To check out the listing of all our Life Jacket Loaner Cabinets, click here: https://www.safekidsthurstoncounty.org/water-safety.htmllast_img read more

Atlantic Highlands Library To Close For Two Weeks For Move Back…

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The staff at the Atlantic Highlands public library is busy preparing for their next big move, but it’s all good, according to the branch manager.Marilyn Scherfen is working with her staff to relocate the library’s approximately 22,000 materials for the move from the library’s temporary location, where it has been for the last two and a half years, to its permanent surroundings in the recently renovated borough hall at 100 First Ave.“It’s like any move,” Scherfen explained. “It’s no different. You have all the I’s to dot and T’s to cross. Hopefully, they will be.“The last move went pretty smoothly,” she said, hoping this will be the same.The library closed as the borough undertook a complete renovation of its municipal complex, which contained its business offices, borough council chambers, municipal court, police headquarters and the library.The six million dollar renovation expanded the library’s original space from roughly 1,600 square feet to 4,000.The municipal complex had been plagued with mold problems and had become increasingly inadequate for the borough’s needs, officials said during prior discussions on the renovation project.This was true for the library portion, too, Scherfen said. The old library was located in the basement level of the old borough hall building and was not fully accessible for handicapped patrons, who had to rely on a chairlift to get down to the library.And, Scherfen said “Once down there it was really cramped.” Now, “It has a much more open feeling,” with the abundance of windows and light, she said of the new space. “I think everyone will feel uplifted and enlightened.”While the First Avenue building was under construction, the library operated out of the field house at the Fireman’s Field sports field, Avenue C. While the project was underway, local and county officials negotiated to have the borough library become a branch of the county library system.The temporary location worked out better than initially expected, Scherfen said. “A lot of patrons were coming through and saying how they enjoyed it over here, adding that many of them noted the temporary location had a homey atmosphere. “So, they hadn’t minded it as much as they thought they might.”The shelves are in place at the new library in borough hall and the staff is waiting for shelving tops and sides and the circulation desk to be installed, all of which should be completed this week.The library will close for two weeks beginning April 9, to allow the movers to relocate materials and equipment from the fieldhouse, and get the computers hooked up and other equipment ready to go for when the library re-opens on April 23, she said.Once they’re up and running, “We’re hoping everyone will come down and see this new wonderful space,” Scherfen said.last_img read more

Nelson Bantams host Castlegar in game one of WK playoffs

first_imgThe Nelson Bantam Reps open the West Kootenay Minor Hockey League playoffs Saturday against Castlegar at the NDCC Arena.The game is the first in the first-team-to-four-point series.Game time is 5:45 p.m. The Reps earned the home-ice advantage in the three-game set after edging out the Sunflower City gang by two points in league standings.Nelson finished the season with a 7-5 record while Castlegar was 6-6.Spokane won the league with a 9-3 record but does not qualify to play in B.C. Hockey Provincial playdowns.Game two of the series goes Tuesday in Castlegar at 7 p.m.Game three, if necessary, is scheduled for the NDCC Arena on February 16.last_img read more

LORD NELSON OVERCOMES RAIL TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES BY A NECK UNDER BEJARANO; BAFFERT TRAINEE GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:22.15

first_img–30– HEAVILY FAVORED TEXAS RED RALLIES FROM LAST TO RUN BIG SECOND DESPITE SLOW PACE ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2015)–Deftly handled by Rafael Bejarano, Lord Nelson sat a close fourth with a quarter mile to run and surged late for a neck victory in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for Derby hopefuls at seven furlongs. Conditioned by Bob Baffert, Lord Nelson got the distance in 1:22.15.Heavily favored Texas Red, who hadn’t run since winning the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Nov. 1, was last in a field of six turning for home behind pedestrian splits of 23.08, 45.98 and 1:09.92, split horses two off the rail inside the furlong pole and just missed in a big effort.Breaking from the rail, Bejarano bided his time around the far turn behind a three-horse spread consisting of Serbian Syclone, Jazzy Josh and Sir Samson. Turning for home, Bejarano swung four-wide and overhauled “Red” right on the money.“I had a perfect trip,” said Bejarano. “he broke a little slow but then he took off and I was able to find a position right away. I knew (Serbian Syclone, Jazzy Josh and Sir Samson) were going to have speed so I let them go and tried to save ground around the turn.“I let him go once we were clear…Texas Red was the horse to beat and I was waiting for him. When he came to us I let him go and my horse took off again.”The second choice in the wagering at 9-5, Lord Nelson paid $5.80, $2.60 and $2.20.A Kentucky-bred colt by Pulpit out of the Seeking the Gold mare African Jade, Lord Nelson notched his third win from five starts for his owners, the Peachtree Stable. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $249,571.“I was concerned about the one hole, but they were going easy and he was behind them,” said Baffert. “(Bejarano) had him going nice and easy and he went wide and looked like he was sort of hanging. I saw Desormeaux’s horse (Texas Red) coming up the rail and I thought, ‘Well, he’s (Lord Nelson) gone.’ But he sort of kicked back in. Coming up to this race he was training really well, but sometimes they’ll do that and won’t run. But he ran like he’s been working.”Trained by Keith Desormeaux and off at 3-5, Texas Red finished three quarters of a length in front of Sir Samson and paid $2.20 and $2.10.“It’s a little disappointing, you know, ’cause it’s so close to winning, but the long-term goal (Kentucky Derby) is well within reach,” said Desormeaux, who purchased the chestnut son of Afleet Alex on behalf of his owners for $17,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. “The pace was slow. They go faster for maiden 30s ($30,000), so you’d have seen a more visible cut if the pace was quicker. Still to do what he did, you can’t be disappointed.“Right now…he’s probably going to go to the Risen Star (Grade II, 1 1/16 miles at Fair Grounds, New Orleans on Feb. 21), and then we’ll come back for the Santa Anita Derby on April 4.”Sir Samson, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, was off at 23-1 and finished third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Bench Warrant and Tyler Baze. Sir Samson paid $3.40 to show.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Logan Couture on Sharks’ dismal start: ‘Talk is cheap, right?’

first_imgBOSTON — The Sharks didn’t have a big team meeting or something of the sort before Tuesday’s game against the Boston Bruins.“We have to stop talking,” Sharks center Tomas Hertl said, “and play hockey right now.”The Sharks, two days removed from a disheartening 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators, finish their five game road trip with arguably their toughest test, as they face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.The Sharks have just one win in five games and entered Tuesday with a 4-7-1 record, the …last_img read more

Congress, NCP workers want no delay in alliance, seat-sharing for Maharashtra Assembly elections

first_imgDays after the drubbing in Lok Sabha elections, the opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra are continuing to take stock, meet and draw up a strategy for Assembly polls due later this year.The local Congress leaders have urged the party bosses to finalise the alliance formula at the earliest. NCP president Sharad Pawar on Thursday initiated a district-wise review of results in Mumbai, Konkan, Thane, Navi Mumbai and adjoining urban areas at a meeting attended by all present and former MPs, MLAs, office bearers, people’s representatives in civic bodies and heads of party’s various cells.“We explained the party’s stand to the leadership and where we stand in Mumbai. We will surely be contesting the Assembly polls with all our strength and the exact numbers will be announced soon,” said Sachin Ahir, Mumbai NCP president, after the meeting. Mr. Pawar will be holding similar meetings with local leaders on Friday, Saturday and then on June 21 and 23. The Congress too continued with its meetings to review the loss in the elections. On Thursday, office-bearers from Mumbai, Konkan and western Maharashtra were called in to voice their opinions. “This exercise will help us understand what went wrong and what should be done to before the Assembly polls,” said a senior Congress leader. According to sources, the local Congress leaders urged the party leadership to finalise the alliance without further delays to help and prepare the party to get in to poll mode. “If the alliance with NCP is final, then announce the seat sharing. If party leadership decides to go with the VBA, then take that decision too. Whatever be the decision, take it at the earliest,” urged the leader.last_img read more