This week’s news in briefPoor literacy skills One in five adults do not have the literacy or numeracy skills of mostchildren starting secondary school, according to a new report by the CBI andthe TUC. The report, Brushing up the basics, claims seven million adults havebasic skills difficulties – costing the UK economy about £10bn each year. www.cbi.org.uk www.tuc.org.ukUrgent action needed The Transport & General Workers’ Union says urgent action is needed bythe Government to end manufacturing job losses. T&G general secretary BillMorris said figures show that 10,000 manufacturing jobs a week have been lostover the last three months, and that the Information and Consultation Directiveshould be introduced immediately to help halt the slide. www.tgwu.org.ukUnemployment falls New figures from the Office for National Statistics show the claimant counthas dropped by 4,500 to 940,500, leaving a jobless rate of 3.1 per cent.However, the Government’s preferred measure – The Labour Force Survey (LFS) –actually measured a rise in unemployment. LFS includes those out of work, butnot claiming benefits. www.statistics.gov.ukNATS faces action The National Air Traffic Services is facing the threat of industrial actionafter executives received large bonuses despite problems within the service.Staff were unhappy to discover that a former deputy chairman and the CEOreceived payments after the move to new headquarters. NATS said any strikewould be wholly unjustified and the payments were part of a contractualagreement. www.nats.co.ukDon’t miss out! Don’t miss an opportunity to attend the fifth Employers’ Law briefing inassociation with Allen & Overy. This one-day conference, held on 5 December2002 at the British Library, London, will focus on ‘managing incapacity’,approaching the challenges from legal, HR and occupational health perspectives.The issues for discussion will include disability discrimination, drugs andalcohol and stress. For further information about this event please contactJacqui Winn on 0208 652 3304 Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. … in briefOn 19 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today
View post tag: rescues October 22, 2014 Share this article View post tag: Burning View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: man USCG Assists Man from Burning Sailboat View post tag: Naval The US Coast Guard assisted with the rescue of a boater Monday after the man’s 33-foot sailboat caught fire five miles west of Windmill Point in the Chesapeake Bay.Rescued was John Lee Brown Jr.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a VHF-FM channel 16 broadcast from Brown at approximately 10:40 a.m., stating his sailboat was on fire. Watchstanders were unable to maintain communications with Brown after the initial broadcast.A good Samaritan contacted the Coast Guard watchstanders and reported they had the burning sailboat in sight.The watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) crew from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven to assist.Before the Coast Guard assets arrived on scene, the good Samaritan assisted Brown off his sailboat.The RB-M crew arrived on scene at approximately 11 a.m., transferred Brown from the good Samaritan’s boat and took him back to Station Milford Haven.Also on scene were boat crews from the Virginia Marine Resource Commission and Towboat US.Sector watchstanders are currently broadcasting a safety marine information broadcast and working with Brown and a salvage company to remove the sailboat.[mappress mapid=”14159″]Press release, Image: USCG View post tag: Navy View post tag: Sailboat View post tag: USCG Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Assists Man from Burning Sailboat
Johns Hopkins University Save Sr. Research Data Analyst Additionalrelated experience may substitute for required education, to theextent permitted by the JHU equivalencyformula. You need to sign in or create an account to save Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Twitter Similar jobs Maryland, United States You need to sign in or create an account to save GeneralSummary/PurposeThe HVAC Technician is primarily responsible for theintegrity of the building automation system programs, database, andnetworked equipment. This includes maintaining digital O&Mmanuals, equipment records, history, inventory of critical partsand original equipment manufacturer technical data to supportmaintenance and repairs. The HVAC Technician will also engage inextensive training with controls vendors and support theEnvironmental Systems Specialist, to maintain the details of theHVAC systems and controls in our buildings. This position reportsto the Engineering & Energy Manager.Specific Duties &ResponsibilitiesLead in automated system troubleshooting and repairof system controls and field devices.Monitorthebuilding automation system to optimize performance and energyconservation.Confirm field controllersoftware backups, add and remove graphics, and modify graphicspages.Develop and programbuilding operating schedules and implement plans for energyefficient facilities operations, address deviations from normalconditions. Identify metrics and trends for benchmarking with peerorganizations and modification of building mechanical systemoperating parameters.Modify programs anddatabase to add/remove equipment, develop and modify sequence ofoperations, control strategies, adjust set points and alarm points,and identify special requirements for monitoring technicalfacilities.Conduct analysis of data,analyze trends, prepare reports, and recommend changes to improveperformance. Prepare scope, schedule and budget for anyrecommendationsAbility to calibratesensors and/or replace/troubleshoot DDC devices as well aspneumatic controls.Participates in thedesign review process (internally and externally developed) toensure equipment standardization and incorporation into thebuilding automation system.Ensure close-outdocumentation (as-built drawings, sequences of operations, singleline diagrams, point lists) for all new equipment on newconstruction and renewal projects, have been properly documentedand entered into Direct Digital Control(DDC).Knowledge of energyefficiency, conservation and renewable energy opportunities andapplications.Conduct training forin-house staff on the building automation system. Respond toemergency situations and requests for information or assistanceafter normal working hours.Monitors and analyzesenergy consumption and costs in buildings and utility plants toidentify energy reductionopportunitiesAssist the Energy &Engineering Manager in the development and implementation of fiscalstrategy for achieving departmentalgoals.Assist in identifyingcapital renewal projects on a fiscal year basis within a limitedcapital budget.Ensure compliance withOSHA, BOCA, State and Federal regulations, and JHU safety standardsfor all work occurring in School of Public Healthbuildings.On-call at times and isexpected to either physically or verbally respond to emergencies,depending upon the scope of theproblem.Perform other duties asassigned. Johns Hopkins University Computer Services & Information Technology Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Minimum Qualifications(Required)High SchoolDiploma/GED required.A minimum ofthree (3) years’ experience with major building mechanical systems,notably HVAC, Building Automation (BAS), and Energy Managementsystems. Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Business & Administrative Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Maryland, United States Salary Not Specified Save Research Data Analyst LinkedIn You need to sign in or create an account to save Save Assessment & Evaluation Analyst School of PublicHealth – East Baltimore Campus Research Data Analyst Johns Hopkins University Salary Not Specified Preferred QualificationsBachelor’s degree in MechanicalEngineering or other related field preferred. Certified EnergyManager (AEE), LEED AP (USGBC), and Professional engineeringlicense are desirable. Share More searches like this Special Knowledge, Skills, andAbilitiesA strongbackground of both design and field experience with major buildingmechanical systems including laboratory spaces; experience incommissioning HVAC systems and/or BAS systems initiatives andproject management experiencepreferable. Must haveknowledgeof all phases of academic and commercial building design,construction, and maintenance, with a strong background inmechanical and electrical equipment and HVAC systems, includingenergy management and building automationsystems.An understanding offederal, state, and local environmental rules, regulations, andbuilding codes desired.Ability to performcomplex data analysis usingspreadsheets.Experience with acomputerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and electronictime tracking system preferred.General knowledge ofproject management.Perform work withinreasonable lengths of time as measured against industry orengineered standards.Ability to prioritizetask.· Must beable to remain stationary for extended periods oftime.· Ability to operate a computer and otherequipment on a frequent basis.· Ability to frequently communicate withcoworkers.· Ability to move about the office andcampus.· Ability to lift objects up to50lbs.Classified Title: HVACTechnicianWorking Title: HVAC Technician Role/Level/Range: ATO 37.5/02/OFStarting Hourly Pay Rate Range:$19.82 -$27.26/hour / Commensurate with ExperienceEmployee group: Full TimeSchedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00a – 4:30 pm / 37.50hrs per weekExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation:05-MD:School of Public HealthDepartment name: 10001054-MaintenancePersonnel area: School of Public HealthThe successfulcandidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employmentbackground check.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employmentphysical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, workingwith research subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. 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Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Sr. Research Data Analyst Facebook Maryland, United States Assessment & Evaluation Analyst Salary Not Specified Facilities Management & Physical Plant Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore
WhatsApp TAGS20/20Bethel UniversitycoroanvirusCOVID-19fallplansemester Google+ Previous articleCar crashes through fence, strikes tree in Cass County WednesdayNext articleGoshen business with BLM sign has window broken out Brooklyne Beatty Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Facebook By Brooklyne Beatty – June 18, 2020 0 365 (Photo Supplied/Bethel University) Bethel University has announced its plans for the upcoming fall semester in light of the coronavirus pandemic.For traditional students, the 2020 Fall Semester will begin two days early, on August 18, and will run, without any breaks, until Thanksgiving break.Classes will be held on Labor day, there will not be a fall break and the final exam schedule will be modified. The University also reports there will be modified class breaks for Spiritual Emphases Week services.Campus leaders are also making other modifications, and preparations, ahead of the upcoming semester. This includes installing live-stream technology in many classrooms, so that in case of quarantine, students can keep up-to-date on school work. Several housing locations are being prepped for potential quarantine lodging, and mental health counseling will be offered to ease student anxiety.To learn more, visit BethelUniversity.edu/StrongerTogether. Pinterest Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Bethel University announces plans for upcoming fall semester
Britain’s The New Mastersounds and Brooklyn’s Turkuaz are doing something totally different. As the ultimate musical compliment, the two groups have joined together to play each other’s music and record the massive collaboration as a two-track release. The Split 7″ EP features both bands performing a cover song from the other artist’s catalog, while also joining in on the collaboration. Today, the funk squads are pleased to debut their first track, along with a music video, which features Turkuaz covering The New Mastersounds’ song “On The Border”. Watch the video below, exclusively through Live For Live Music:The two tracks were recorded over two days at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA where all members of both groups shacked up before playing High Sierra Music Festival this past summer. The session made for exciting results with each band putting a fresh take on each other’s songs. The music video, directed by Dani Brandwein, pulls back the blinds on the session that also served as the first time both bands had ever been in the same room together.With their joint tour now underway, the official digital release date has been set for Friday, October 14. The limited edition vinyl format is now available for purchase through both band’s fan club ticketing, here and there. It will also be exclusively available at shows along the band’s co-headline US Fall Tour. Catch this monstruous collaboration on the road, as the tour caravans all four corners of the country and blankets both East and West Coasts.The super crew hits the Boulder Theater tonight in Boulder, CO! With the nine-piece funk powerhouse Turkuaz bringing their electric live performance, along with the old-school soul jazz, boogaloo stylings of The New Mastersounds under one roof, it’s going to be a straight Friday night getdown (tickets available here). Don’t miss out!The New Mastersounds & Turkuaz Fall 2016 Tour Dates10/06 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre10/07 Boulder, CO Boulder Theatre10/08 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre10/09 Aspen, CO Belly Up10/12 Austin, TX The Parish10/13 Houston, TX The Secret Group*10/14 Dallas, TX Club Dada*10/14 Eureka Springs, AR Hillberry Music Festival^10/15 Eureka Springs, AR Hillberry Music Festival*10/15 Tyler, TX Stanley’s^10/16 Dallas, TX Sundwon @ Granada^10/18 New Orleans, LA Joy Theater10/20 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live10/21 Jacksonville, FL Mavericks Live10/22 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing10/27 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater*10/28 Buffalo, NY Iron Works*10/29 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom*11/09 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up11/10 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom11/11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore11/12 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre11/13 Tahoe, NV Crystal Bay Casino11/15 Bend, OR The Domino Room11/16 Eugene, OR Hi-Fi Music Hall11/17 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom11/18 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre11/19 Sandpoint, ID The Hive11/20 Missoula, MT The Top Hat11/23 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze11/25 Chicago, IL Park West11/26 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre11/27 Kalamazoo, MI Bell’s Brewery^11/28 Columbus, OH Woodlands Tavern^11/30 Burlington, VT Higher Ground12/01 Boston, MA Royale12/02 New York, NY Terminal 512/03 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall12/04 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall12/06 Saratoga Springs, NY Putnam Den12/07 Rochester , NY Anthology12/08 Pittsburgh, PA The Rex Theater12/09 Washington DC 9:30 Club12/10 Philadelphia, PA TLA12/11 State College, PA The State Theatre12/13 Richmond, VA The Broadberry12/14 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre12/15 Atlanta, GA Terminal West12/16 Nashville, TN Exit/In12/17 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel*Turkuaz only^The New Mastersounds only
Power plant standards to cut climate-changing carbon emissions will reduce other harmful air pollution and provide substantial human health benefits, according to a new study. The research shows that, depending on the policy options included in the final Clean Power Plan, the power plant standards could prevent thousands of premature deaths and hospitalizations, and hundreds of heart attacks in the United States every year.In the new study, Health Co-benefits of Carbon Standards for Existing Power Plants, scientists at Harvard, Syracuse, and Boston University analyzed three options for standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. They modeled air quality and health benefits for these scenarios and compared them to business as usual in the year 2020. The analysis is called a “co-benefits” study because it focuses on the added benefits of a carbon standard that come from reducing other harmful power plant emissions such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. These pollutants are precursors to smog and soot that cause heart and lung disease, exacerbate asthma, and contribute to premature death.“Our study shows that standards to cut carbon emissions from power plants can reduce other harmful pollutants, leading almost immediately to cleaner air and improved health,” said co-author Jonathan Buonocore of Harvard School of Public Health. These added health benefits would help address ongoing air pollution impacts in the U.S. Read Full Story
Last year, James Ryan, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, gave a Commencement speech that went viral. To his surprise, a literary agent contacted him and persuaded him to write a book. The result, “Wait, What? and Life’s Other Essential Questions,” was published earlier this month. The Gazette interviewed Ryan about his book, the Ed School, and the questions he considers essential to a rewarding life. GAZETTE: Last year, a speech by a graduating student, Donovan Livingston, also went viral. Why do you think two speeches from the Ed School resonated so much with the general public? RYAN: I just think there is something in the water at the Ed School [laughs]. I do think people are looking for inspiration, especially when it comes to education. I think Donovan’s speech was spectacular in that respect. It was incredibly moving and incredibly inspiring. I don’t think my speech was nearly as inspiring or as moving but I think it was useful to people in ways I wouldn’t have predicted.GAZETTE: Let’s talk about your five essential questions in life. What are those and why are they essential? RYAN: The basic argument of the speech and then the book is that if you ask these five simple questions regularly, you will live a more rewarding life.The first question is “Wait, what?,” which is at the root of understanding. It’s making sure that you understand what the person is saying.The second is “I wonder …,” which can be paired with “if” or “why” and is a way to remind ourselves to remain curious about the world.The third is “Couldn’t we at least …” and this can be paired with “Couldn’t we at least agree?” or “Couldn’t we at least get started?” — and this a big question to ask in order to make some progress.The fourth question, “How I can help?,” is a reminder that not only is it important to help, but it really matters how you help, and so asking someone how you can help is likely to make your help more effective.And the last question, “What truly matters?” is obviously worth asking with respect to life’s big decisions, but I also think is a question worth asking on a daily basis.GAZETTE: You use stories from your personal and professional life to illustrate the five questions. To illustrate “I wonder” you tell the story of how you were led to find your birth mother. RYAN: I had never been that curious about my birth parents because I had a very happy childhood. And when I thought of it, I thought that it must have been a sacrifice on the part of my birth mother. But I also thought I knew the story. I figured my birth mother was probably a teenager too young to have a child and get married, and so I was never that curious. At the insistence of a friend, I finally decided to see if I could find out information about my birth mother, and in a sense, that was the first time I had asked, “I wonder if I could find information about my birth parents?” And that led ultimately to my meeting my birth mother for the first time when I was 46 years old. This was four years ago. And it has been an incredibly enriching experience. GAZETTE: In your book, you also say that it’s important to think of good questions to get the right answers. But teachers always say there are no wrong questions or silly questions. What’s your take on that?RYAN: I don’t think there are any silly questions or wrong questions. I do think there can be wrong answers. Part of the point I make in the book is that just as it is important to take the time to ask good questions, it is equally important to listen for good questions even if they’re asked in an awkward way. Sometimes people will take offense at a particular question and not realize that it may just be an innocent way for the person asking the question to get to know you better.GAZETTE: As the dean of the Ed School, what questions have you been asking yourself?RYAN: Are we doing enough? Are you as a dean doing enough to ensure that there is not a large gap between people’s aspirations and reality? It’s an ongoing question because your aspirations should always be ahead of where you are at the moment. But at the same time, I don’t think that there should be a large and persistent gap between the two.GAZETTE: Let me ask you a silly question. You have two dogs, two cats, and nine chickens. Why nine chickens?RYAN: That is as many as we could possibly fit in the coop we built for them. And we really like the eggs.GAZETTE: Let’s end the interview with the bonus question you include in your book. It’s from the Raymond Carver poem “Late Fragment”: “And did you get what you wanted from life, even so?” Is there a right time to ask this question?RYAN: This is a question that you shouldn’t wait until the very end to ask. It’s worth considering whether you’re satisfied with your life as it is unfolding so far, and whether you are on a path to achieve what you hope to achieve, and so it is a question I ask myself already, and I feel blessed to say that the answer is yes. I have a family I adore, and I’m in a job I absolutely love, and I’m blessed to have a lot of very good friends. Interview was edited for length and clarity.
Writing a book is nothing short of impressive. Penning 100 pages and publishing that work at age 10 is extraordinary. Jake Keyes, an 11-year-old native of Spokane, Wash., visited the Notre Dame campus this past weekend not only to see the Pittsburgh game, but also to sign copies of his recent publication, “The Little Gipper’s Welcome to Notre Dame Football.” The book was published on Oct. 15 and became available at the Hammes Bookstore on Oct. 29. “I think this is a great book for younger readers who want to get more information about Notre Dame football,” Jake said. “I’ll look back at it [writing a book] and I probably still won’t believe that I did it.” The book is organized into chapters about Notre Dame football coaches, Heisman trophy winners and other great players, historic games and some campus landmarks. Not previously associated with Notre Dame in any way, Jake, who celebrated his 11th on Oct. 29, said his love of Notre Dame football stemmed from a three-day Basic Skills football camp he attended in South Bend in the summer of 2010. Jake’s father Mike Keyes said he cannot remember exactly how he heard about the camp but decided to enroll his son. The pair, along with Mike Keyes’ father-in-law, flew halfway across the country to attend the camp, run by Notre Dame football players and coaches. “We just had a really nice time,” Keyes said. “That kind of changed [Jake’s] life.” While at Notre Dame, Jake said he visited the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. “When I was at the Hammes Bookstore, I looked around at all the great football books, but I didn’t really see any for my age group,” he said. “[And I thought] Well, why can’t I do this? And I just started to write a book.” Once he was struck with the idea, Jake said he just really wanted to finish it. “It took me about a year [to write],” Jake said. “It took up a lot of time and it was a lot of work, but I had fun doing it.” Jake also included many Notre Dame pictures in his book. He used some pictures from the Internet, he said, and his dad retrieved some others from the Notre Dame Archives.
Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom (WCVT) announced that it has selected Portsmouth, New Hampshire based Pannaway Technologies as its hardware vendor to deliver next-generation broadband services to its 21,000 subscribers. WCVT is deploying Pannaways award-winning IP Packet-based Service Convergence Network (SCNTM) products in 18 remote switching sites with 35 additional sites to follow. This will allow WCVT to upgrade its network with ADSL2+ technology that offers increased reliability and even faster Internet speeds to subscribers.Our goal is to build a broadband network that deploys easily and wont need to be continually upgraded to support emerging, high bandwidth services, said Bill Fogg, Network Planner, for Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom. Pannaways SCN has the scaleable bandwidth capacity and protocol flexibility that we will need to deliver unrivaled communications services to our rural subscribers over the next decade. Were confident that Pannaway is the best partner for us.WCVT will migrate its legacy ATM and TDM networks to a single system capable of supporting emerging broadband applications for decades to come. For this significant network upgrade, WCVT selected Pannaways Broadband Access Switch (BASTM) which is a highly scaleable IP-BLC (broadband loop carrier) that supports high-bandwidth voice, video and data services.About Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom:Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom is a family owned, independent telephone company serving over 20,000 customers in the Mad River and central Champlain Valley regions of Vermont. The company was incorporated on November 30, 1904, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2004. Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom provides local and long distance telephone service, and high-speed Internet access. On the web at www.wcvt.com(link is external).About Pannaway TechnologiesPannaway provides customer-proven, IP-Ethernet and SIP-based broadband access solutions that enable telecommunications service providers to offer new Triple Play services to their rural subscribers. Using Pannaways Service Convergence Network (SCNTM) which consists of access, premise, transport and broadband management capabilities, telecom providers can easily transform their existing TDM and ATM networks to support emerging bandwidth intensive services for years to come. Pannaways patent-pending Primary Line VoIPSM is the first telco-grade VoIP solution to ensure E 911 Lifeline calling across multi-vendor product environments. The privately held company is headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and has been building innovative IP-Ethernet solutions and service/support programs to fit the specific needs of rural telecom providers since 2002.
Some 10,000 police officers, or one third of Bahia’s police force, were on strike, demanding a 50 percent pay raise, better work conditions, and no retaliation, the state Public Safety Department said. The average wage for a state officer is currently about US$ 867 a month. “The way in which this strike is being carried out is unacceptable,” Brazilian Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said. Brazilian security forces took control in Bahia on February 5, patrolling key intersections in Salvador, the state capital, after a police strike led to a major increase in murders and violent crime. Crime fears were having a dire economic effect. Pedro Galvão, president of the Association of Travel Agencies of Bahia, told Brazil’s O Globo newspaper that 10 percent of tourists had already canceled their air and hotel reservations for the Carnival. Officials in the northeastern state said 76 murders were reported over the past five days, double the number for the same period last year. Assaults and store lootings also increased. “For the last two days I have not left my apartment,” Italian businessman Marco Baghin told reporters. “It made no sense to risk being attacked or robbed.” Brazilian soldiers spread out in Salvador to prevent further violence, patrolling highways and the city’s renowned beaches. By Dialogo February 07, 2012 The strike and the spike in violence came just two weeks before millions of tourists were expected to arrive for Brazil’s premier tourist event, the Carnival. Bahia, with a population of 13.6 million, is a main Carnival center. A force of 2,600 Army, Navy and Federal Police was ordered to Brazil’s fourth most populous state after local police went on strike on February 3, demanding higher pay, weeks before the annual Carnival.