Senate leaders recommend $14 million in cost cuts to avoid layoffs

first_imgSenate leadership today recommended over $14 million worth of savings in labor costs.  The Senate is opposed to Governor Douglas proposal to lay off an additional three hundred and twenty employees and asks the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) and the Douglas Administration to move forward with negotiations.  Senate leadership has put forward the recommendations to the VSEA and the Administration and urges them to move forward with their negotiations.   The Senate’s recommendations include ten ongoing furlough days, freezing the cost-of-living increase and individual step increases in pay, cutting five media related administration positions, cutting private contracts and more.  The full proposal is attached to this email.   “State employees are gripped with fear, focusing on whether they will lose their positions instead of focusing on their jobs,” said Senator Illuzzi.  “Our hope is that by putting forward this proposal we will jumpstart the negotiations between the Administration and the VSEA.”Vermont state government has already made significant position reductions; in the last two years alone, over four hundred positions have been eliminated.  Additional reductions will significantly impact the state services that Vermonters are relying on and further strain our troubled unemployment fund.  While the legislature can not interfere directly with the negotiations, recommendations can be made for how the state can protect our hard working employees and save $14 million.   The Senate’s proposal would save the state over $14 million and alleviate the need to eliminate three hundred and twenty state employees. “Our goal with this proposal is to work together with all the parties concerned to ensure that three hundred and twenty Vermonters keep their jobs and the services that Vermonters are relying on stay intact,” said Senator Peter Shumlin. Source: Senator Shumlin’s Office. April, 16, 2009 AttachmentSize Senate personnel cuts.DOC46 KBlast_img read more

Brazilian Air Force Squadron Helps with Patient Transportation

first_imgBy Dialogo January 31, 2013 I was Soldier and Corporal Dragonite, the armed forces have to work together with the state and national police forces, we are human beings with different technical training so that we can all perform our functions, what happens is that soldiers are prepared for war, but in those cases, since you ask for the public opinion, they are people with huge social responsibility and they are performing very well, with skills and technical courage because this starts from the moment one steps into the headquarters, already defending the country, police is at a provincial level, more concerned with civil life. greetings. Since January 27, the Brazilian Air Force’s Onça (Jaguar) Squadron (1°/15° GAV) has provided support to victims of the fire at the night club in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul state. To date, the unit that operates the C-105 Amazonas airplanes performed four flights in the Santa Maria-Porto Alegre-Santa Maria route, and helped with the transfer of 25 high risk patients to the hospital in the capital. The Onça Squadron has two crews, including two doctors, and it transports patients around the clock. Seven advanced aerial support units were assembled in the airplane, composed of one doctor, one nurse, and one assistant. According to Captain José Ricardo Schwarz, commander of the airplane, this kind of mission requires certain precautions. “The airplane is prepared to fuel oxygen tanks, and test medical equipment so it is kept sterile. Therefore, we remain ready, until the last patient arrives. As soon as they are onboard we need to start the engines and the taxing process carefully and with agility”, he said. last_img read more

Serena Williams Apologizes to Naomi Osaka in Op-Ed for Her Outburst at the US Open

first_imgSerena Williams continues to roll at Wimbledon. She is headed for the semi-finals…but first she had to get something off her chest.In an essay in Harpers Bazaar she apologizes to Naomi Osaka who beat her at the US Open.In the candid, first-person essay, Serena Williams opens up about last year’s controversial match at the US Open—and why she’ll never regret using her voice to speak out against injustice. She just regrets what the circus did to her opponent.Serena Williams moved past U.S. Open controversy after therapy and an apology to Naomi Osaka— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 9, 2019 Serena Williams opened up in a new essay about her 2018 US Open loss to Naomi Osaka, including the apology she later sent to the young tennis star: “I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you.”@ReporterBlayne has the details now.— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) July 10, 2019last_img read more