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Philadelphia (PA) Union Stands by Trump Endorsement as Members Remain Divided

first_imgIn EMS, Patients, Partners & Politics Don’t MixEMS Must Foster Accountability and Trust at All Levels By Chris Brennan Related (TNS) “We’re not arguing that we should endorse Biden,” Tung said. “We’re just saying we should stay out of it.” William Tung, a Local 22 member fighting the endorsement, said Bresnan pushed for a mail ballot because more than half of the union’s members are older, more conservative retirees more likely to support Trump rather than former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump was scheduled to visit the union’s headquarters on Oct. 4 to accept the endorsement but canceled, announcing on Oct. 2 that he and his wife had COVID-19. Club Valiants President Lisa Forrest said many members boycotted, seeing every step in the process as illegitimate. And she noted that Bresnan, who did not respond to requests for comment, has canceled Local 22’s October and November meetings and refused to call a special meeting when asked. Trump and his campaign were eager for the show of union support in a big city. He quickly tweeted that the original endorsement was “A GREAT HONOR.” His daughter Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser, followed up, tweeting, “Way to go Local 22!” IAFF Local 22 Some members have also filed charges with their international union, seeking to oust Local 22 president Mike Bresnan, who pushed for the original endorsement and then called for the full union vote by mail – costing $14,000. Club Valiants, a 400-member group of Black firefighters, sued Local 22 last week, claiming the timing and process used in the Sept. 29 endorsement by the executive board and a follow-up vote by all union members violated its bylaws on political activity. PHILADELPHIA – The union representing firefighters in Philadelphia will stand by its endorsement of President Donald Trump, following a month of controversy and a series of angry protests. The results of that vote, tallied Wednesday: 1,444 votes in favor of the Trump endorsement, 782 votes to rescind it. About 47% of the union’s 4,700 members voted. The Philadelphia Inquirer Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. ––– Visit The Philadelphia Inquirer at www.inquirer.com ©2020 The Philadelphia Inquirer But this conflagration promises to keep burning well past Tuesday’s election for Local 22 of the International Firefighters and Paramedics Union. Five of the 10 executive board members sought to rescind the original endorsement, citing a lack of discussion within the local before they acted, the negative impact it had on the union, and its past practices of not getting involved in presidential races. Forrest said that should have invalidated the original endorsement, ending the dispute.last_img read more

Fashion Professionals Fulfill Wishes of Teens With Life-threatening Illnesses

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWith Fashion Week just days away, New York City fashionistas are lighting the way with some charity work from the heart.The Make-a-Wish Foundation teamed up with “America’s Next Top Model” photographer Nigel Barker to fulfill a shared dream of four teenagers — to become models for a day.Numerous hair and makeup stylists dolled up the girls in red carpet-worthy gowns and designer shoes on a fairy tale-inspired set. Barker then conducted a photo shoot for the teens, while their family looked on.(WATCH the video below, or read the story from the TODAY show)last_img read more

Waterbury-Stowe hotel honored as ‘Grounding Force’ during COVID

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Best Western Plus Waterbury-Stowe has been recognized for a second year in a row with the brand’s most prestigious honor, the M.K. Guertin Award, for exceptional levels of service, quality, value, and commitment to guests. Framed within the COVID crisis this year, Best Western President and CEO David Kong noted that the staff’s commitment to superior guest service has been a grounding force to the brand.The Best Western Plus Waterbury-Stowe is one of only a handful of select properties across North America to receive this honor, named after the brand’s founder, M.K Guertin.The hotels must also meet other Best Western standards and membership requirements, such as scoring in the top 5% of brand assessments.The award includes a plaque as well as a monetary prize, which Best Western Plus Waterbury-Stowe General Manager Melissa Moore will distribute among staff.General Manager Melissa Moore and staff leaders gather with the M.K. Guertin Award plaque at the Best Western Waterbury-Stowe.“In addition to being Best Western’s most prestigious honor, this award also holds a lot of meaning to our brand,” noted David Kong. “The award recognizes properties that best demonstrate our foundational commitment to providing superior customer care. This commitment has not only led us to become a trusted leader in hospitality for nearly 75 years, but it has acted as the grounding force for our brand during the onslaught of COVID-19. Noting this unprecedented time in our brand’s history, it is an honor to present this meaningful award to exemplary hotels like yours that go above and beyond to deliver superior care to guests in good times and tough times.”Each Best Western brand hotel is independently owned and operated. Located at 45 Blush Hill Road in Waterbury, the Best Western Plus Waterbury-Stowe has been an integral part of the Waterbury community for over 40 years. It features 83 rooms including select dog-friendly accommodations, an indoor heated pool, a daily COVID-compliant build-your-own breakfast box included with guests’ stay, walking trail, covered bridge, children’s playground, and more. For reservations, call the hotel directly at 802-244-7822 or call Best Western’s 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-800-WESTERN. Reservations can also be made online at BestWesternWaterburyStowe.com.About Best Western® Hotels & Resorts: Best Western Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel Group global network. With 17 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market.last_img read more

Been here before? How the brain builds place memories

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Tübingen neuroscientists have succeeded in activating dormant memory cells in rats. Using weak electrical impulses targeted at previously inactive cells in the hippocampus, the researchers induced the cells to recognize the exact place where the impulse had been first administered. In rodents as well as humans, the hippocampus is the brain area responsible for memory. Therefore, the new study by researchers of the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen offers insight into the question of how memories are formed within our brains. Their findings are published in Current Biology.Memory is one of the most important functions of our brain. Not only does it allow us to regale our grandchildren with the exploits of our youth; it is essential for many everyday procedures. Our memory is constantly and immediately active whenever we experience a new thing. For instance, after meeting somebody only once, we still recognise them after hours or days. And even when we go somewhere for the first time – for instance, the perfume section of a department store, a particular office in a building, or the toilet in a restaurant – we will usually be able to find our way to the exit without a problem.So our memory is not only constantly alert, it also constructs new recollections very quickly – often during the first interaction. The reason for this alacrity of memory formation is the fact that for every person, every place – and probably a lot of other concepts, too – there are individual memory cells that are specifically assigned to that memory. One subtype of these neurons called granule cells is situated in the hippocampus, a centrally located brain area. Whenever memory concepts like “my living room” or “Angela Merkel” are activated – e.g. by stepping into the living room or by seeing a photo of the German chancellor – the small number of granule cells associated with that memory become activated in the form of electrical discharges. The large majority of the remaining neurons, however, remain dormant.center_img Share Email Up to now, the mechanisms through which individual granule cells are assigned to specific memories were not understood. The question of whether ‘silent’ granule cells can become activated under certain circumstances proved particularly intriguing. The Tübingen research team led by Dr. Andrea Burgalossi worked on the assumption that granule cells which receive electrical impulses can be ‘un-silenced’ and thus become memory cells. To confirm their hypothesis, they inserted hair-thin microelectrodes into the dentate gyrus of rats – an area within the hippocampus which is responsible for memories of space and location – allowing them to send weak electrical impulses to individual granule cells.The rats were allowed to explore a simple labyrinth, and at a specific location within this labyrinth, individual granule cells were stimulated with weak electrical pulses (in the nanoampere range) via the microelectrode. The same electrode allowed the researchers to measure the subsequent activity of the stimulated cells. The result: whenever the rats arrived at the same spot within the labyrinth where the original impulse had been administered, stimulated granule cells now fired spontaneously. The electrical impulse had thus induced the individual granule cells to form a place memory.Moreover, Dr. Burgalossi and his team found that the duration and temporal pattern of the impulses administered play a large role. The impulses formed more durable place memories when they followed the natural theta-rhythm of the brain – a periodic increase and decrease in electrical potential which takes place roughly 4 to 12 times per second. Another finding could turn out to be of equal importance: rats that were new to the labyrinth reacted much more keenly to the induced place memory than rats that had been given the run of the labyrinth beforehand. Apparently, memory cells can be activated more easily when the brain is exposed to novel information.These new insights into memory formation shed light on one of the most important functions of the human brain. And though there is still much to do before fundamental findings like these can offer new strategies for the treatment of brain diseases which affect memory formation (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson, dementia), they represent an indispensable first step on the way.last_img read more

Somerset House buy-to-let club

first_imgGuestInvest, the hotel room investor, is in talks to buy part of London’s Somerset House to create a serviced hotel at the historic location.It is thought the property investors club, which is run by chief executive Johnny Sandelson, is in advanced negotiations to buy the Pennethorne wing of Somerset House.The former palace, at the north end of Waterloo Bridge, has been on the market since last year as a potential hotel opportunity.The Somerset House Trust holds a 128-year head lease on the estate from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It houses Revenue and Customs in offices at the former palace but it is thought that Revenue & Customs is to vacate the site. It has also been rumoured that the site could house an arts centre.Jones Lang LaSalle was appointed to sell the site last year and has held talks with several potential investors. Israeli hotel operator, property developer and investor Alrov Group, which is run by Alfred Akirov, is thought to have bid more than £50m for the grade I-listed landmark’s wing, but the deal collapsed last year. It has since bought Café Royal – part of the Crown Estate’s redevelopment of the Quadrant on Regent Street.GuestInvest, which was launched in 2004, has a different approach. It sells ‘buy-to-let hotel rooms’ where investors have the opportunity to buy a luxury hotel room in which they can stay for free for up to 52 nights a year while receiving a rental income from its use the rest of the time. Its first hotel was the Guesthouse West in Notting Hill and it launched its fifth hotel, the Jones, in Bayswater, last year. Its most famous hotel is Anouska Hempel’s Blakes, which it bought last November.In January it paid £120m for two central London properties, bolstering its existing £180m property portfolio. Its recent purchases were funded by a £200m injection from Bank of Scotland Corporate and it plans to expand into at least 10 cities. The London hotel market has had a strong 2007. According to UK hotel report Hotel Britain 2008, compiled by advisory firm PKF, occupancy reached nearly 83% over the year and the strength of demand for rooms meant the average achieved room rate was increased.Average room rate increased 8.9% to £130.17, meaning rooms’ yield increased by 10.3% to £107.96 – the highest in the capital since PKF started collecting data in 1974.The DCMS and Jones Lang Lasalle would not comment on the sale.last_img read more

Use extreme caution when driving in a major storm

first_imgIf your vehicle stalls in a flooded area, do not remain in the car.Abandon it as soon as possible and seek higher ground. Flood waters can elevate quickly, sweeping away the vehicle and its occupants.Roads closures also apply to our tow truck drivers as safety is the key for everyone.Drive distraction-free. Do not text or engage in distracting activities while driving, including interacting with a cell phone, talking with passengers or looking at other objects in the vehicle.Comply with the Move Over Law. Observe the Move Over Law when law enforcement or emergency vehicles are on the side of the road. Change lanes or slow down to give sufficient clearance. This is the law in all 50 states.Pull out of the traffic lanes if your car breaks down.If faced with a vehicle emergency, safely steer your car off the roadway. Turn on the emergency flashers to alert other drivers and exit the vehicle on the side facing away from traffic if possible. Once everyone is in a safe location, request assistance from a road service provider.If you find yourself in an unsafe situation, please contact law enforcement.Traffic Signal Blackout:If traffic signal lights are not working due to power failure, you must stop at the intersection and then proceed when you know other turning and approaching vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians have stopped. A blacked-out traffic signal works the same as a four-way stop intersection.Tips for Driving Safely in Strong WindsAnticipate gusts – Pay attention when driving through areas prone to strong winds or when weather reports forecast severe weather.Firmly grip the steering wheel. Know your vehicle, light cars, vans and other “boxy” vehicles are more likely to be blown by strong gusts of wind.Increase space between your vehicle and other motorists, especially vans, recreational vehicles and cars pulling trailers which may be adversely affected by the wind.Drive in these conditions only when absolutely The potential for Hurricane Irma to impact Florida has prompted the American Automobile Association (AAA) to urge motorists to heed official warnings and stay off the roads, if possible.AAA offers the following safety tips:Check traffic and weather conditions before heading out.Pack an emergency kit in your vehicle, which includes a flashlight with extra batteries; a first-aid kit; drinking water; mobile phone and car charger; extra snacks/food for your travelers and any pets; battery booster cables; and emergency flares or reflectors.Have a full tank of gas.Always wear your seat belt.Rainy conditions can cause low visibility: Turn on your headlights to help you see better and to allow other motorists to spot you better. Avoid using your high beams because you could blind other drivers and the extra light will reflect off the rain, causing more of a distraction for you.If you can’t see the edges of the road or other vehicles at a safe distance while driving during wet weather, pull of the road as far as you can and wait for the rain to ease up. Make sure to turn on emergency flashers to alert other drivers.Avoid standing water and flooded roads at all times.There is no way to tell how deep standing water is on a flooded road and driving through it can cause a vehicle to stall and result in severe damage to the vehicle from:Flooding the engineWarping brake rotorsLoss of power steeringShort in electrical componentslast_img read more

Man praises deputies while being transported to jail

first_imgJACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – A call about a possible accident sent Campbell County Deputy Timothy Powers to Island Ford Road near the National Guard Armory last week.When he arrived, he found a red Ford Ranger off the road in the field with two men identified as Matthew Aaron Daugherty and Jeffrey Paul Fowler.  Powers noticed when he saw both men they were unsteady on their feet. Powers along with Deputy James McCall spoke with Daugherty who said he was driving down the road when he had a tire blow out.  While he was speaking, deputies allegedly  noticed a strong smell of alcohol, had watery blood shot eyes, slurred speech and was swaying, according to a report from the sheriff’s department. Fowler also had a strong smell of alcohol, watery blood shot eyes and slurred speech.  Fowler allegedly admitted to consuming several alcoholic beverages.When Daugherty was asked for his driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance, he opened his wallet and allegedly started to grab money to hand to Powers.  After requesting his driver’s license for a second time, he did give his license to Powers.  Daugherty then asked the officers three additional times what else they needed.  He was eventually able to locate the paperwork he believed to be insurance and proof of registration but began fumbling and dropped them on the floorboard.At this point, he was asked to step into the road.  To maintain his balance, he began grabbing onto the driver’s side truck bed while walking.  Once he was in the roadway, he allegedly said he had been to Fat Bears and consumed several beers.  He was then asked to perform field sobriety tests, which he attempted but did not complete.  While in route to the jail, he stated that he knew he was in the wrong and the deputies were right and that if he had not had a tire blow out the deputies would never have seen them.  He also stated that he “thanked the deputies for doing their job and getting him off the roadway and that the deputies had his full support.”Daugherty, 47, 1400 Pinecrest Road, Jacksboro was charged with driving under the influence (DUI).  Fowler, 47, 410 Ridenour Lane, Jacksboro was charged with public intoxication.Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more