“Save us, Jeff Bezos!” Worker says Amazon contractor shuns Covid safety

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Workers at the location, 526 Gulf Avenue in Staten Island, are being told that they do not have to wear masks in areas not monitored by cameras. (Google Maps, iStock)Covid-19 protocols are being willfully ignored at an Amazon warehouse construction site, an electrician alleged in a Department of Buildings complaint filed Tuesday.Workers at the location, 526 Gulf Avenue, are being told that they do not have to wear masks in areas not monitored by Amazon’s cameras, the site is not being disinfected and Covid-19 screenings are being forged, alleges the complaint, which was filed by an employee for Arcadia Electric working under Krusinski Construction.Amazon and Arcadia Electric did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesperson for Krusinski Construction said the firm will look into the matter and “is committed to protecting the health and safety of its workers and others and to following all safety requirements and regulations.”The project superintendent “says he doesn’t care and Covid is bullshit,” the unnamed worker’s complaint reads. “No regard for our health or safety.”The company previously held daily Covid-19 screenings, where employees signed documentation stating they had no symptoms. Now, those documents are being duplicated, with a new date added, the complaint charges. Workers are forbidden from speaking to the medic and are told they will be sent home if they ask her medical questions, according to the filing.Capacity restrictions are also being ignored and no one is keeping a list for contact tracing in case of exposure, it continues.For good measure, the complaint accuses the superintendent of smoking in the construction trailer.Read moreAmazon inks huge deal for 975K sf warehouseAmazon inks massive lease for Staten Island warehouseDurst prevails in $21M lawsuit over soured Amazon deal “I’m scared for my health. No one cares if a sick co-worker comes to work — they just want to make money,” the electrician states.It’s not the first time that such accusations were levied at the warehouse. New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Amazon in February, accusing the company of “flagrant disregard for health and safety requirements” for its warehouse workers at the Staten Island facility.James had cited a failure to disinfect the warehouse or efficiently conduct contact tracing and the firing of a worker who raised safety concerns.Her lawsuit stated that at least 250 employees at the facility had tested positive for the coronavirus.Warehouse employees at the facility are pursuing unionization efforts, according to the Commercial Observer. A recent effort by the retail workers union RWDSU to organize employees at an Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama, failed.Amazon has been leasing warehouses in the city and across the U.S. at a rapid rate as it expands and seeks to speed up delivery times.Contact Sasha Jones Full Name* Email Address* Message* Tags Share via Shortlink amazonConstructionCovid-19department of buildingsdepartment of laborStaten Islandlast_img read more

Prime Minister Takes Salute at Britannia Royal Naval College

first_img View post tag: College View post tag: News by topic Share this article Prime Minister Takes Salute at Britannia Royal Naval College View post tag: Naval View post tag: Minister Back to overview,Home naval-today Prime Minister Takes Salute at Britannia Royal Naval College View post tag: Royal View post tag: Primecenter_img October 15, 2012 The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has taken the salute at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) as 68 Cadets became the first to complete a newly enhanced Initial Naval Training Course for officers, introduced in February 2012.A total of 256 Royal Navy personnel were on parade at BRNC to mark the occasion as Mr Cameron inspected the successful cadets, watched by their families and friends.Addressing the parade, the Prime Minister said:“The Royal Navy is absolutely fundamental to our security as an island nation. And it’s a vital part of our heritage.  The challenges you face over the coming years may place demands on you experienced by few others of your age in the world today.“Despite the technology of today, being in the armed forces is an intensely human business.  It is based on personal relationships and the ability of people like you to lead your fellow men and women, even in the face of danger.“And there is no greater honour that a nation can bestow than the trust to lead your fellow men and women. That is the task you will have. Your training here has given you the best possible start.”Among those completing training was 21-year-old Midshipman (Mid) Miles Amery from Torquay, whose father Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Bill Amery also works at BRNC.Mid Amery is a former pupil of Kelly College, Tavistock.  He said:“Completing the maritime leadership exercise on the River Dart was one of the most enthralling weeks of the course. It was challenging, hard work, we were sleep-deprived, but overall it was great fun. Passing the exercise and being assessed as strong was a huge highlight of training. Training on board HMS York was another exciting part of the course.”CPO Amery has served in the Royal Navy for nearly 36 years. He served both at sea and ashore all around the world; the last six years as an instructor to Officer Cadets at Dartmouth.He said, “To be able to stand alongside my son at his Passing Out parade is the proudest day of my life. Our family’s union with the Royal Navy goes back many generations.“To be able to present my grandfather’s naval sword to him was a unique moment.  Miles has an exciting, challenging and rewarding career ahead of him. Needless to say, I shall be following his every move with envy.“My only hope is that I don’t have to bump into him every day and have to salute and call him sir!”The new course was introduced in February 2012 and is split into three distinct ten-week phases known as Militarisation, Marinisation and Initial Fleet Time.While the first two phases take place primarily at BRNC, the third is conducted on board a warship at sea.The new course is two weeks longer than its predecessor and is underpinned by nine core maritime skills that are the foundations of naval life and essential to operational effectiveness.Captain Jerry Kyd, the Commanding Officer of BRNC, said:“The modern Naval Officer needs to be robust and able to adapt to whatever the mission demands, from war-fighting and maintaining security at sea to providing humanitarian aid to a community hit by some form of disaster.“This new course involves more time on the water and teaches the cadets how to operate and lead in readiness for the challenges at the front-line.  It is progressive and designed to ensure that the cadets are better equipped to undertake assignments both at sea and on land, working jointly with other parts of the UK Armed Forces and in partnership with other nations. “We also train promising aspirant officers from around 20 allied nations; these personnel undergo the same training as their British counterparts.  We were delighted to have the Prime Minister as the guest of honour at the parade to celebrate the success of this latest group of officer cadets.  “They have displayed commitment and courage in completing this intensive and demanding course and are fine examples of the quality of people serving in today’s Royal Navy and in the navies of our allied nations.”The new course also delivers improved fitness levels with training delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness, which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance.Command, leadership and management training is a constant thread throughout the course with coaching, mentoring and development activities emphasized throughout.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 15, 2012; Image: Royal Navy Authorities View post tag: Britannia View post tag: Salute View post tag: Navy View post tag: takeslast_img read more

Union could have online TV channel

first_imgOxford Union President Corey Dixon is in negotiations to launch an online television channel featuring speaker events and debates hosted at the society.The president announced on Monday to Standing Committee that he had been approached by fora.tv, a website where TV channels featuring live events, lectures, debates and conferences from universities around the world can be streamed online.Users would need to pay a subscription fee to access the channel – with Union members eligible for a discount. A full proposal is to be considered next week, but the channel could potentially bring the Union in excess of £10,000 in revenue per annum.last_img read more

Administrator by day, singer by night

first_imgBy day, Karen Woodward Massey bounces through the halls of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Research Administration Services, tackling projects with an energy and presence that belie her petite frame.But on Dec. 2, Massey’s co-workers saw a decidedly different side of the woman whose indefatigable networking skills have earned her the nickname “Julie the Cruise Director,” after the “Love Boat” character Julie McCoy. As Massey skulked around a stage at the Queen’s Head pub, snarling the lyrics to Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” the research administrators’ holiday party took a turn toward the psychedelic.“I like the darker songs,” Massey said with a laugh. “My inner addict comes out, and I get to do a little acting.”For years, acting was Massey’s primary creative endeavor, but her current position as director of education and outreach does not leave her time to hustle for roles. Luckily, she’s found another outlet: singing and playing alto saxophone in the Grateful Deadlines, a longstanding, ever-evolving rock cover band whose lineup includes five of her Harvard co-workers, a research administrator from Northeastern University, and a drummer from South Boston.Lugging the band’s equipment to Watertown on weekend mornings and practicing for hours might seem tiring after a long workweek, Massey said, but “I always end up with more energy than when we started.”Their recent performance helped to bring the University’s other research administrators — a group not known for their hard-partying ways — out of their shells, too.Helen Page, director of research administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, kicked off her shoes and shimmied to the band’s renditions of the Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There” and Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally.”“I’m a big fan of the Grateful Deadlines,” Page said. “Karen really brings it together with the female vocals.”For all her apparent ease on the stage, Massey also gravitates toward her numbers-driven work. As a research administrator, she and her colleagues help make research possible at Harvard by helping professors apply for grants, track funding, and ensure that their studies comply with regulations.“It’s fun, because there’s always something new to learn,” Massey said of the complicated world of University research. “In a perfect world, we support our faculty so they don’t have to deal with the bureaucracy and can concentrate on the research.”Massey ended up at Harvard by chance, landing a job at the Harvard College Observatory through a temp agency after she graduated from Wellesley College in 1990. What started out as a day job to support her acting career became a career in its own right, as research administration evolved into an in-demand profession. In the years since, she has had a variety of jobs both at Harvard and in the acting world.For several years, Massey worked part time at Harvard while serving as financial director of Out of the Blue, a theater company that she co-founded in 1992. In 2000, spurred by a successful commercial, she quit her day job and began acting full time. (Ironically, the nationwide television ad was for a dot-com-era website called Jobs.com.) She acted locally in theater, voiceover, television, and film, and traveled nationally with the Underground Railway Theater for children.In 2002, she returned to Harvard and has since worked in grants manager roles at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and at the observatory. In 2006, she realized she wanted to teach, and has slowly carved out her current role overseeing education, outreach, and career development projects at Research Administration Services.“When I came to Harvard, I didn’t know anything about research administration, but I was able to progress so far,” she said. “I realized I want to help other people do the same thing, and a big part of that is giving them the information, systems, and education to be able to do what they need to do.”Between her current job — which involves leading workshops around the University — and her gigs with the Grateful Deadlines, Massey still frequently finds herself in front of an audience.“Having that creative side really helps,” she said. “I’m not as good when I just concentrate on the practical stuff. I need to have a mixture of both.”She’s hardly the only Harvard employee with an unexpected avocation.“That’s the coolest thing about working at Harvard,” she said. “There are so many people who surprise you. Once you scratch the surface you find such a treasure underneath. It really makes it fun to get to know people.”last_img read more

Cabaret Extends at Broadway’s Studio 54

first_img Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Life is going to be a Cabaret for that much longer! Originally set for a 24-week limited engagement, the Roundabout revival of the musical has extended its run through January 4, 2015. The show, starring Michelle Williams in her Broadway debut and Alan Cumming reprising his Tony Award-winning role as the Emcee, began previews on March 21 and opens tonight, April 24 .Directed by Sam Mendes and co-directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, Cabaret takes place at the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy 1930s Berlin nightclub, where a young English cabaret performer encounters an American writer, under the watchful eye of a zealous Master of Ceremonies. The John Kander and Fred Ebb musical features such iconic songs as “Willkommen,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Maybe This Time” and “Cabaret.”In addition to Williams and Cumming, the show features four-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein, two-time nominee Linda Emond, Bill Heck, Aaron Krohn and Gayle Rankin. The Kit Kat Klub boys and girls (a.k.a. the ensemble) are comprised of Will Carlyon, Kaleigh Cronin, Caleb Damschroder, Benjamin Eakeley, Andrea Goss, Leeds Hill, Kristin Olness, Kelly Paredes, Jessica Pariseau, Dylan Paul, Jane Pfitsch, Evan Siegel and Stacey Sipowicz. Cabaret Michelle Williams View Commentslast_img read more

Arsenal shocked by Willian’s wage demands after opening talks over free transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Willian wants a three-year deal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are unlikely to sanction a deal for Chelsea star Willian unless the Brazilian lowers his wage demands.The winger is set to end his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge this summer after talks over a new deal ended following months of unsuccessful negotiations.Willian wants a two or three-year deal in west London but the Blues are only willing to hand him a rolling 12-month extension.The Brazilian is happy in London and with his family settled in the capital, his representatives suggested the idea of a move to Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENTHis agent, Kia Joorabchian, has good relations with the Gunners after negotiating Edu’s return to the Emirates and helping David Luiz make the same move that Willian could make last summer. Arsenal shocked by Willian’s wage demands after opening talks over free transfer Willian is currently on £120,000-a-week at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)However, despite the fact that Willian could sign on a free transfer, Arsenal are said to be shocked at his wage demands.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Brazilian wants a three-year deal, which would take him to the age of 34 by the end of the contract.And Willian wants to maintain his current salary of £120,000-a-week for the duration of his stay at the Emirates, which would amount to £18.7m over his three years in north London.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMikel Arteta was already resigned to a difficult summer before the coronavirus crisis hit but the club are looking at a particularly bleak window as the pandemic hits football clubs across the world.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to be sold with the club seeking around £30m for the Gabon ace.That could help finance a move for Willian but he’ll likely need to lower his wage demands before negotiations can continue.MORE: Arsenal set price for Chelsea or Barcelona to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Apr 2020 11:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.5kShareslast_img read more

ESG roundup: ESG drives insurer-asset manager tie-up

first_imgSpanish insurer MAPFRE is acquiring a 25% stake in French investment boutique La Financière Responsable (LFR) in what the organisations described as a “strategic ESG-driven partnership”.The arrangement gives MAPFRE a stake in LFR and LFR access to MAPFRE’s global network. LFR managed funds will be offered through MAPFRE’s Luxembourg platform or directly to institutional investors.LFR currently has €147m of assets under management.MAPFRE’s investment in LFR was “a major endorsement” of the French boutique’s methodology for valuing stocks, according to a statement. This involves analysing more than 120 environmental, social or governance (ESG) indicators for 160 Eurozone companies using information provided directly by the companies, as opposed to secondary research.   MAPFRE chief investment officer José Luis Jiménez said: “The new relationship offers MAPFRE Group and our asset management company, MAPFRE AM, a real opportunity to play a part in the CSR debate.”Companies getting more serious about waterCompany boards are beginning to take water security more seriously, according to new research.In 2017, 520 companies (70%) that responded to questions about freshwater resources from CDP, an environmental data and campaign group, had board-level oversight of water issues. The organisation said water security now had “a firm seat at the table” at these companies’ boards.  However, only a small group of 53 companies (7%) were putting an internal price on water that accounted for its social and environmental costs and benefits, according to CDP’s report. Slightly more – 16% – saw higher water prices as a potential risk. CDP reported that 418 companies (56%) had set water targets or goals, although the majority were still short-term in nature and did not “adequately account for the sustainable thresholds of the basins upon which companies rely”.Overall, three times as many companies (73) made the organisation’s “A-list” for global water management in 2017 compared to last year. CDP launched its concept of water disclosure in 2009. At the time it had 137 investors signed up to its request for water-related information, and 175 companies responding. This year CDP asked 4,653 of the largest global companies to provide data and 2,025 companies responded, up from 1,432 last year. Its research report presented an analysis of this year’s water response data from a sample of 742 of the world’s largest publicly-listed companies. More investors have signed on to CDP’s programme, too. Today CDP acts on behalf of 639 institutional investors, representing $69trn (€60trn) in assets.Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the assets of the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, said it was pleased to see CDP reaching significantly more companies regarding water disclosure. ”Observing the steady increase in the number of reporting companies, we are now hoping to see more firms disclose targets and metrics addressing water management, rendering disclosure more meaningful for us as shareholders,” it said.Diesel bans: a tough sellBans on diesel cars in various countries and cities could prevent car manufacturers from meeting emissions targets and avoid fines, according to analysis by MSCI. Most carmakers rely on fuel-efficient diesel fleets to meet strict emissions standards in the EU, according to Arne Philipp Klug, an analyst at MSCI.He said all carmakers apart from Toyota were at risk of missing regulatory targets for fleet emissions in 2021 and that declining vehicle sales could increase the risk of fines. Diesel is dominant in German carmarkers’ fleets, accordin to Klug, but Volkwagen would not be affected much compared with Daimler and BMW. This was because there was a “marginal gap between the fuel efficiency of VW’s petrol and diesel fleets”, according to Klug.last_img read more

ACCC Concerned by NCC’s Preliminary View on Newcastle Port

first_imgThe National Competition Council’s (NCC’s) draft recommendation on Port of Newcastle, if exercised, would turn the port into an unregulated monopolist, according to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).Namely, the ACCC has raised concerns following NCC’s draft recommendation on the port, which includes the potential removal of regulation of the shipping channel service at the Port of Newcastle.The port, which provides the only commercially viable means of exporting coal from the Hunter Valley region in New South Wales, was privatised in 2014 via a 98-year lease to Port of Newcastle Operations.The NCC’s preliminary view that the declaration should be revoked would mean the terms and conditions of access to the port would be unregulated.“Should the declaration be revoked, the Port of Newcastle will be an unregulated monopolist that is able to determine the terms and conditions of its access with little constraint,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.“It would be reasonable to expect that, without regulation, further price increases at the port would follow and this would be a bad outcome for users and the economy, particularly given the history here,” Sims added.The NCC’s recommendation follows an application from the port’s owner, Port of Newcastle Operations, that the declaration of the shipping channel be revoked.In October 2018, after an application by port user Glencore, the ACCC determined the port should reduce its charge for the shipping channel service by about 20 per cent.last_img read more

CMA CGM resumes calls to Beirut

first_img CMA CGM says one worker missing, several injured following Beirut blast Ports & Logistics This week, first vessels started calling Beirut again and the port is gradually resuming operations in an effort to secure goods for local markets. One of the CMA CGM’s roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels will be deviated from its usual service to travel from Marseille to Beirut in the very near future. RoRo vessels are suited to the needs of humanitarian transportation — they can carry containers, motor vehicles and pallets. The CMA CGM Group is bearing all shipping and port operation costs and providing a storage facility in Marseille until the vessel departs. Posted: about 1 month ago The group is mobilizing its teams to centralize, consolidate and transport the humanitarian supplies of participating organizations which have a clearly identified and vetted structure to receive them on Lebanese soil. CMA CGM further said it is setting up an operational unit in Marseille and Beirut to review requests and organize delivery. On 12 August, Raoul Take, Lebanon’s Minister of Economy and Trade, said on Twitter that twelve of the port’s sixteen cranes are operational again. He added that there is no flour or bread crisis in Lebanon, as the local mills have flour stocks of 32,000 tonnes, with an additional 110,000 tonnes expected to arrive in the next two weeks. Posted: about 1 month ago The company added that all CMA CGM lines will resume their calls at Beirut port according to their normal schedules. What is more, CMA CGM said that its intermodal services will be fully ensured in Lebanon thanks to the mobilization of the company’s local staff and partners. As Offshore Energy reported last week, CMA CGM’s headquarters in Lebanon, located a few hundred meters from the site of the explosion, was severely damaged. Several workers were injured, with one of them reported missing on 6 August. Earlier this week, German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd also reinstated its services to the Port of Beirut. As informed, the campaign will allow for the transport of emergency equipment and essential goods and products provided by the CMA CGM Foundation’s NGO partners and the group’s partner companies. The initiative also has the support of deeply engaged French public institutions which have been mobilized. On 4 August, two explosions occurred at the Port of Beirut, with the second being extremely powerful, after 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored improperly in a warehouse at the port caught fire. The blast killed more than 200 people and injured around 6,000, leaving thousands homeless. As the operational situation in the Port of Beirut is now back to normal again, French shipping major CMA CGM has resumed calls to this port. CMA CGM launches “A Humanitarian Ship for Lebanon” campaign Categories: The group continued to serve Lebanon through Tripoli ports, located 80 km from Beirut and launched a contingency plan with three temporary offices opened in Beirut and Tripoli. On 10 August, CMA CGM announced the launch of “A Humanitarian Ship for Lebanon” campaign, contributing to international solidarity efforts by transporting medical equipment and essential goods and products to support the Lebanese population, following the devastating explosions that hit Beirut. “Damages to Beirut terminal being less serious than what could be expected after the tragic events that took place on 4 August, a first CMA CGM vessel m/v Nicolas Delmas has been operated with success on Monday,” CMA CGM said. last_img read more

Coaching Styles

first_imgSeveral times in the past, I have written articles about the different styles of coaching that are effective.  I believe that the best asset any coach can have is his/her ability to sell their players on what they want them to do.  Too many young coaches try to take what has been effective for some famous coach and try to make it work for themselves.  Anyone who has ever coached learns from those coaches; but, trying to be them is a whole other story.  What really works is knowing your personnel and fitting strategy to their strengths.  Some teams cannot play man-to-man because they are too slow so a zone defense works with them.  If you don’t have shooters, you had better have an offense that gets your players close to the basket before they shoot.  I have seen many coaches come and go mainly because they don’t know how to adapt to the players they have.last_img read more