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Minimum wage rises to $7 per hour

first_imgVermonts minimum wage rate will rise to $7 per hour as stated below.Note: Effective since July 1, 1989, “if the minimum wage rate established by the U.S. Government is greater than the rate established for Vermont for any year, the Vermont minimum wage rate shall be the rate established by the U.S. Government”.)MINIMUM WAGE, effective thru 12/31/2004: $6.75 per hour workedMINIMUM WAGE, effective 01/01/2005: $7.00 per hour worked.Employers engaged in the hotel, motel, tourist place and restaurant industry shall receive a tip credit for tips actually earned and retained by *service or tipped employees. For service and tipped employees the basic wage rate** will be:Minimum Base Rate …… Maximum Tip Credit AllowedCurrent Rate, eff. 1/1/2004: $3.58/hr. …… $3.17/hr.Rate, eff. 1/1/2005: $3.65/hr. …… $3.35/hr.*Service or Tipped Employees — is defined as “All those, in either hotels, motels, tourist places, and restaurants who customarily and regularly receives more than $30.00 per month in tips for direct and personal customer service.”** The basic wage rate is the minimum required employer contribution towards the minimum wage. If an employee does not receive sufficient tips in the workweek to at least achieve the minimum wage for all hours worked that week, the employer must make up the difference.last_img read more

2 Pit Bulls Maul 4 in Lakeview in 30 Minutes

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A pair of runaway dogs believed to be Pit Bulls attacked three women and a teenage boy in a half hour in Lakeview on Tuesday evening, according to Nassau County police who are now searching for the canines.Police said one of the dogs was brown and the other was black. Both are believed to have been involved in all four attacks.The first incident came at 6:30 p.m. when a 16-year-old boy was attacked by the dogs while walking down the street near the corner of Parkside Road and Cedar Road. Ten minutes later, the dogs attacked a 54-year-old woman whle she was walking near the corner of Pinebrook Avenue and Parkside Road.A 24-year-old woman was then attacked by the dogs while walking near the corner of Pinebrook Avenue and Tyler Road at 6:50 p.m., police said. The last victim, a 29-year-old woman who suffered the most injuries of the four, was attacked by the dogs on Clinton Avenue shortly after 7 p.m., police said.The victims were taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries to their left arms. The third victim also suffered injuries to her right arm, as did the fourth victim, who additionally suffered wounds to her face and left shoulder.Police and Town of Hempstead Animal Control Officers searched for the dogs but were unable to find them. Officers request anyone who may have information regarding these dogs to contact the Fourth Precinct at 516-573-6400.last_img read more

3 tips for delivering criticism

first_imgBeing criticized is rarely enjoyable. We all like to think we’re on the right track, doing good work along the way. Sometimes, leaders have to give constructive criticism, and that can be a bit tricky. If you need to deliver a constructive message without making someone angry, here are a few things you should think about.Don’t get personal: When someone feels attacked, they’ll get defensive, and you’ll probably feel like a jerk. Avoid this situation by focusing on the situation instead of the person. If someone in the office is becoming a cancer to the team, let them know how the team is being affected. Instead of “you are a jackass,” go with “Roger was hurt by your choice of words.” This will shift the focus from the employee to the actions.Sandwich your thoughts: I’ve heard it referred to as the “sandwich method” or the “hamburger method,” but what it all boils down to, is delivering constructive criticism between compliments. You build the person up, gently let them down, and then build them back up again. Just be careful that the important part of your message (the criticism) doesn’t get lost among the compliments.Be specific: The best way to deliver constructive criticism is to be short and to the point. Don’t waste time with words that don’t matter. Deliver your news, and make sure the person you’re speaking to understands that you’re trying to help them be a better employee.Even though criticism can be tough to take sometimes, it’s better than being kicked out the front door. 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Next-generation cyber attacks call for next-generation solutions

first_imgEarlier this month, a massive security breach at consumer credit reporting agency, Equifax, left 143 million consumers scrambling to protect their identity. As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve in both sophistication and scale, the need to safeguard your credit union’s reputation and member data has never been more critical. While much is being done to combat these attacks, credit unions must learn to be nimble and prepare for how the next generation of technology will impact cybersecurity. According to a recent survey of hackers who attended the 2017 Black Hat Conference, the easiest and fastest way to access sensitive consumer data is through a privileged account, email account, or a user’s endpoint, such as a laptop or desktop computer.1Consider the following tips to bolster your credit union’s cybersecurity efforts.Develop a forward-looking cybersecurity methodology focused on expanding efforts to stay ahead of current threats versus maintaining a program that is merely compliant, or one that has been successful in the past.  Establish strategies to access and analyze the latest threat intelligence to help prioritize information security budgets and enhance internal technologies, so you can defend against threats from:Ransomware DDoS attacks Phishing and malware scams Amplified vulnerabilities in mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) platformsUnpatched corporate software or insufficient security technology  Ensure the correct employee skillsets are in place. Changes in cybersecurity may require you to train existing employees on desired skillsets or bring on new talent. Keep in mind that hiring for employees with specific security skillsets can be extremely competitive, so you may want to have a plan in place for attracting data and analytics experts.Capitalize on cyber threat intelligence (CTI) resources and advanced detection technologies to predict how certain threats or attacks are evolving and what perceived vulnerabilities are being targeted.CTI provides critical information about cyber threat capabilities and how to prevent attacks. Organizations that leverage the expertise of professionals to review industry specific data from trusted sources like vendor partners, Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs), and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), have been able to effectively protect and support their cyber environment. Additionally, organizations may be able to respond even faster to threats by using advanced detection technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI). As a broad cyber security concept, AI applies to the idea that machines are capable of cognitive functions such as anomaly detection and classification. Machine learning uses special data and algorithms to identify risks and develop solutions, providing a more-informed response than traditional rule-based security programs. When it comes to protecting your credit union’s reputation, assets, and data, a robust, multi-layered security strategy is critical. While advanced technologies like CTI and AI may improve detection and response, no technology can account for employee mistakes. You must establish a cybersecurity plan that combines what works today, what advances will help tomorrow, and how your well-informed and trained credit union staff can effectively deal with next generation threats. 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carlos Molina Carlos Molina is a Risk & Compliance Senior Consultant for CUNA Mutual Group, the leading provider of insurance and financial services to credit unions and their members. In this role, … Web: https://www.cunamutual.com Detailslast_img read more

Ascot starting point for Nicholls’ new recruit Laurina | Racing News

first_imgLaurina failed to sparkle last season, winning just one of her three starts over fences before being switched back to hurdles, but the 11-time champion trainer believes the extended two-mile-three-furlong test is an ideal starting point.Nicholls said: “I’m looking forward to running Laurina. She has been a bit of a challenge, but she appears in good shape.“We’ve got to start her off somewhere, and it’s a nice little starting point. She doesn’t get any penalties and gets a mares’ allowance. She could be quite interesting.”- Advertisement – Laurina remains on course to make her stable debut for Paul Nicholls in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot.The former Cheltenham Festival winner, one of a number of horses switched by owner Jared Sullivan from Willie Mullins to Nicholls over the summer, features among six entries for Saturday’s Grade Two contest.- Advertisement – Looking beyond this weekend, Nicholls has not ruled out giving Real Steel an outing in the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, for which he is a general 16-1 shot.Nicholls added: “He would be a King George possible. He ran well in the Gold Cup – going to the last he looked like he might win, but he didn’t quite get up the hill.“You would say three miles around Kempton would suit him very well.”Completing the quartert of entries are the Kim Bailey-trained Imperial Aura and Olly Murphy’s Itchy Feet. The entries are completed by last year’s runner-up Call Me Lord (Nicky Henderson), Goshen (Gary Moore) , Tea Clipper (Tom Lacey), Song For Someone (Tom Symonds) and Indefatigable (Paul Webber).Gold Cup sixth Real Steel, who like Laurina has joined Nicholls from Mullins, is one of two entries for the Ditcheat handler – along with Black Corton – in the Grade Two Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase.He said: “I think a middle-distance trip will be the ideal place to start him. A right-handed track seems to suit him, looking at his form. He is in good shape, and we are looking forward to him running.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Benchmark in talks on JE Robert tie-up

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Governor Wolf Commends Passage of Bipartisan General Appropriations Bill, Commits to Finishing Budget

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Commends Passage of Bipartisan General Appropriations Bill, Commits to Finishing Budget Budget News,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the major bipartisan support in both the House and Senate for the compromise General Appropriations bill:“Over the past two years, Republicans and Democrats have worked together to make progress for the people of Pennsylvania.“After decades of failure, we passed pension reform that will put Pennsylvania on the path to a sustainable fiscal future, save taxpayers billions, and reduce payments to Wall Street fund managers. This budget fully funds our pension obligations. We passed the most significant liquor reform since prohibition. We set our differences aside, and made real changes for customers and taxpayers.“After years of devastating education cuts, we have restored more than $800 million in education funding. I am going to keep fighting to fix our schools, but this budget represents one of the most significant investments in schools in our lifetime. And we passed a fair funding formula, taking Pennsylvania off a shameful list of states without a way to fairly fund their schools. This budget keeps investing in schools.“Together, we’ve fought the heroin and opioid crisis that continues to plague our communities. We have developed treatment options and provided lifesaving medicine, but we know the crisis has not abated so we’re continuing to fight by making drug courts available to low level offenders so those who are struggling can get treatment.“Today, we finalized a general appropriations bill. It’s a start, and it’s not everything I wanted or everything Republicans wanted, but unlike D.C., we can compromise and get things done just like when we passed bipartisan pension reform and bipartisan liquor reform.“This budget includes much of the savings, efficiencies, and cuts I proposed in February in my budget address. But we avoided deep, indiscriminate cuts that would have endangered our ability to deliver services to the people of Pennsylvania.“This budget invests over $175 million more in our schools. Over the past two years, we’ve restored more than $800 million in cuts to schools.“This budget helps those in Pennsylvania who need help the most. It reduces the waiting list for those with intellectual disabilities; this budget makes additional investments in our efforts to fight the opioid epidemic; this budget invests in key programs to create manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania, and allows the commonwealth to team up with businesses and institutions of higher learning to create jobs and a strong workforce.“And it builds on our efforts to make government more efficient and responsive. We consolidated IT and HR functions, and through an internal team focused on finding efficiencies and making government more effective, we have saved over $150 million and improved customer service at places like DMVs. I have rolled up my sleeves and worked with employees throughout the commonwealth to deliver change and efficiencies, and I am heartened that the legislature has joined my efforts.“But there is still work to do: We need a sustainable revenue package that gets Pennsylvania on track. For too many years, Pennsylvania has lurched from crisis to crisis. We began to address it with pension reform, and by fully funding our pension obligation, we have taken another important step. But Pennsylvania cannot get ahead if we do not take our responsibility for long term financial stability seriously. Let’s redouble our efforts, and continue to show people the progress we can make by working together.”center_img June 30, 2017last_img read more

Craftsmanship makes Brisbane prestige properties unique

first_imgBanc at Toowong is an example of one of Brisbane’s prestige apartment developments.WHEN it comes to buying a prestige property, it is important to know the difference between top shelf fittings and faux finishes.As Brisbane’s prestige apartment market bounces back, director of award-winning SJB Interiors Jonathan Richards, said imitation materials and brands could still be spotted in many luxury apartments.Richards said buyers should train their eye to look for the ‘tell tale’ signs of a true prestige property to ensure they were getting value for money.The SJB Interiors team has recently completed a display for Banc apartments on the riverfront at Toowong, which Richards said showcased five key features that million-dollar plus apartments should have in order to uphold their value.“The first marker of a high end property is plenty of space, which means buyers should look for high ceilings, generous bathrooms and few corridors, allowing for flexible use of living areas and ample room for furniture and storage,” Richards said.“Equally important is privacy — especially when purchasing an inner city apartment. Thick glass on all windows and sliding doors will provide a shield from any road noise.“Ambience is all about how the apartment looks and feels and is a crucial measure of its design merit.”SJB Interiors’ Jonathan Richards.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoHe said buyers should choose an apartment that has a clean, neutral colour scheme allowing for individual styling.“A lot of people also mistakenly believe that creating ambience means adding things like feature walls or statement splashbacks, but the key to luxury is actually restraint and simplicity,” he said.“Craftsmanship is what makes the apartment unique, and is all about attention to finer detail, like soft edges on benchtops and soft close drawers.“All buyers should ask for a full schedule of finishes and do their research on the inclusions — especially if buying off the plan.”Richards said with the number of new apartment projects yet to commence, or in the early stages throughout Brisbane, buyers are advised to ask for examples of what the apartment will look like.“Buyers should always ask for an example of the quality of fittings and finishes if the apartment is not yet built,” he said.Banc is at 527 Coronation Drive, Toowong, and accessible via 7 Land St.last_img read more

Hamptons dream house heads under the hammer

first_imgPlay tennis against your friends.“I said half of The Gap, half of Ashgrove and half of Samford have been through (the property),” Ms O’Dea said.“People who know and love that area well are very interested.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago The bench seat is a dream. The property is on 2545sq m.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 There is a teppanyaki plate and pizza oven in the alfresco dining area.This dream could become a reality, as the house, at 9 Watercress Place, The Gap, goes to auction this Saturday, at 10am.Ray White Paddington’s Judi O’Dea is marketing the property and said it had been popular with locals throughout the campaign period. Yet another dreamy room.The property has it all, from a pool, spa, full-sized tennis court and an outdoor kitchen with a teppanyaki grill and pizza oven, to calacatta borghini marble and antique black granite benchtops, two kitchens and a butler’s pantry. Look down upon your domain.The property is open for inspection on Saturday from 9.30am, with the auction set to kick off at 10am. This kitchen could inspire even the most reluctant of chefs to cook.As previously reported by The Courier-Mail, the house had been renovated in the past, but underwent a complete refurbishment in 2012 after it was purchased by Mika Murakami Latimore in 2011.The project took two years and resulted in the high-end Hamptons home that stands on the 2545sq m block today. The house at 9 Watercress Place, The Gap, is for sale.Kick back by the pool in a robe as an admirer hand feeds you grapes while another fans you … at least that is how this fantasy goes.This farmhouse turned Hamptons honey has vines creeping up its arches and emanates relaxing vibes that either leaves one feeling like an ancient emperor (or empress), or an A-lister on a summer holiday to Long Island’s South Fork. Plantation shutters close the ensuite off from the bedroom.There are six-bedrooms and three-bathrooms, with “plenty of space for an au pair”, according to Ms O’Dea.For those who need a little more incentive to roll out of bed and make their way to the auction, Ms O’Dea said there will be a coffee cart on the day.last_img read more

Weatherford lands largest ever fishing and intervention contract

first_imgOilfield service company Weatherford has signed an $87 million contract for fishing and intervention services with Brazilian oil company Petrobras.Weatherford said earlier this week that the four-year agreement with Petrobras was the largest fishing contract ever signed by the company. It also constitutes the largest single global award for this scope in the recent past, according to the company.“Weatherford is the global leader for fishing and intervention services which facilitated this contract win,” said Dean Bell, President of Well Construction for Weatherford.Bell added, “Customers trust us to get the job done right the first time. Our best-in-class crews and unequaled global support have experience that makes the difference between hours or days offline. Securing a contract of this magnitude further demonstrates our commitment to this vision and validates that our strategy is working.”Weatherford has provided fishing services to worldwide customers for over four decades.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more