Existing Programs – Sister Friends Together http://www.sisterfriends-together.org/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 23:33:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Existing Programs – Sister Friends Together http://www.sisterfriends-together.org/ 32 32 NCAA seeks information on Oregon’s relationship with NIL program https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/ncaa-seeks-information-on-oregons-relationship-with-nil-program/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 21:16:59 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/ncaa-seeks-information-on-oregons-relationship-with-nil-program/ Watch: Oregon coach Dan Lanning speaks to the media after winning the championship in Georgia After winning a championship as Georgia’s defensive coordinator, Oregon coach Dan Lanning talks to the media about recruiting and getting started with the Ducks Registry-Guard According to a report by Sportico.com, the University of Oregon has confirmed that the NCAA […]]]>

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According to a report by Sportico.com, the University of Oregon has confirmed that the NCAA has sought information about the school and its relationship to a third-party name, image and likeness program.

The third-party NIL program at issue is Division Street, which provides branding and marketing assistance to Oregon athletes, which “increases their NIL opportunities while allowing them to focus on school and their sport”.

Division Street backers include Nike co-founder and Ducks booster Phil Knight, former Nike vice presidents Rosemary St. Clair and Rudy Chapa.

“We are aware of the investigation and welcome a review by Division Street and all institutions operating in the NIL space,” St. Clair told Sportico. “We are extremely confident that our work creating and monetizing elevated marketing programs for Oregon student-athletes meets existing guidelines and we will continue to do whatever is necessary to stay compliant.”

Oregon Athletics spokesman Jimmy Stanton said the association also requested information regarding “our NIL policies and processes (and) the apps we use for education and reporting.” . Stanton added that Oregon was complying with the request.

The NCAA declined to comment, citing confidentiality rules established by its members.

Oregon is the third FBS program whose NIL offerings have drawn criticism. As Sportico reported, the NCAA reviewed team-wide NIL offers for football players at BYU and Miami. At this time, the NCAA has not opened any investigation into any of the three schools.

State NIL laws went into effect on July 1 nationwide. Since then, the line between marketing agreements and direct payments continues to be confusing. Schools are not allowed to pay players and student-athletes directly, but they may receive payment or payments from companies for services.

Contact Register-Guard sportswriter Antwan Staley at astaley@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.

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Funding requests to increase health workforce, domestic violence services, business aid advance in Meriden https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/funding-requests-to-increase-health-workforce-domestic-violence-services-business-aid-advance-in-meriden/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:27:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/funding-requests-to-increase-health-workforce-domestic-violence-services-business-aid-advance-in-meriden/ MERIDEN – Three separate proposals to increase the staff of the city’s health and human services department, provide housing and support services for victims of domestic violence, and create a marketing program for small businesses affected by the pandemic received preliminary approval from the US bailout steering committee this week. The committee, which met remotely […]]]>

MERIDEN – Three separate proposals to increase the staff of the city’s health and human services department, provide housing and support services for victims of domestic violence, and create a marketing program for small businesses affected by the pandemic received preliminary approval from the US bailout steering committee this week.

The committee, which met remotely via video conference Monday evening, voted to advance the three proposals to city council. All three votes were unanimous.

The board will review funding requests at its January 18 meeting.

If authorized by the board, they would be funded by the $36.3 million US federal Bailout Act allocation.

Health & Human Services requested funding of over $1.275 million. The proposal would add a full-time public health nurse to school health offices to provide day-to-day care, as well as a nurse administrator to oversee the city’s entire school health program and a health clinic supervisor. public health to oversee the operations of the department’s clinic.

Per the department’s request, the nurse administrator position has been vacant since 2018. The clinic supervisor position would be newly created – responsible for overseeing the administration of vaccinations, communicable disease investigations, enrollment in school health and other responsibilities.

“Currently, the Associate Director of Health (who is a registered nurse) oversees both school health and clinic supervisory responsibilities,” the officials wrote in the application. “There is a need…for the RN administrator and supervisor positions so that the associate director position can assist the director with the administrative responsibilities of the department.”

The app said, and Director of Health and Human Services Lea Crown reiterated during a presentation Monday night, department staff have been working seven days a week since February 2020 to treat conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

“Filling the public health nurse administrator and creating a new public health clinic supervisor position, in addition to an additional nurse in our schools, will allow for greater internal capacity for the COVID-19 response and the creation /implementation/evaluation of direct essential public health services,” the app said. “It will also free up time for existing staff so that we can continue to address current and emerging health concerns and issues. public health and social services in our community.”

Crown, during his presentation to the steering committee, described his department’s current workload as “unsustainable” with his current staff.

“The staff are incredibly burnt out,” Crown said, later adding that she considered the positions “necessary.”

Mayor Kevin Scarpati, a member of the committee, said he supports the proposal.

“It’s clear and obvious that there is a need,” Scarpati said.

Councilman Bruce Fontanella asked Crown whether the three proposed positions would impact his time commitments and responsibilities.

Crown responded that filling the supervisor position alone would create “a domino effect.”

“It will take a lot of the workload off of the deputy director of health, who can then take on some of my responsibilities,” Crown said, noting that there are “a lot of things that cannot be do for now while everyone [of us] wear several hats.

Domestic violence

Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis Inc., a local nonprofit that provides housing assistance and other services to victims of domestic violence, is seeking funding of $618,000 over three years.

“Due to the COVID pandemic, our service utilization is three times higher than average requests, and Chrysalis is facing budget constraints due to a lack of funds for all programs, especially our transitional housing program. “, reads the request of the agency.

Chrysalis was one of the few domestic violence centers “that never closed or moved only to remote services during Covid,” the agency said, while explaining that some operational procedures had been changed to ensure safety.

“The need for more housing support and services in our community is clear. Domestic violence and sexual assault affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men. Trauma can have a deep and lasting impact. Recovery without support systems, internal and external, is virtually impossible,” the plaintiffs wrote.

The agency has been told that the federal funding it has long received to provide direct assistance to clients has been halted for at least a year.

“This request is urgently needed as it will help serve existing staff and help us continue to support community members at the same level of direct customer financial assistance,” the request states. The funds would allow the agency to continue its transitional housing programs and other programs to help clients achieve financial independence, as requested.

Several steering committee members, before voting to move the application forward, made statements acknowledging the need for services like those provided by Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis.

Councilwoman and committee chair Yvette Cortez noted that crisis services, such as those provided by the agency, across the country are being used at an “extremely high rate.” She described these services as “incredibly important”.

Councilor Michael Rohde also said incidents of domestic violence “have skyrocketed”.

“These are the most vulnerable people in our community,” Rohde said, adding that they include single mothers trapped in situations with their abusers.

“I have a lot of empathy for these poor people who really need help and support to get out of a dangerous situation and get on with their lives,” Rohde said, describing Chrysalis herself as “an ally” for These persons.

Help for local businesses

The third request advanced by the steering committee is a joint request for $300,000 called “Meriden Business Boost” submitted through a partnership that includes city economic development officials, the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and the RJ Media Group, owner of the Record-Journal.

The application outlines a partnership intended to help local businesses recover from the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. The applicants promised that the ARPA funding would be matched with RJ Media Group’s own $300,000 contribution.

The funds would allow small businesses to receive what the applicants described as “high-impact multimedia marketing grants,” which include print, digital, video and social media marketing. In one presentation, the applicants described the grants as free marketing.

Applicants outlined a plan to provide tailored media marketing grants worth $4,000 to at least 150 Meriden businesses to be used over a two- to four-month period.

As part of the application, companies that recently joined the MidState Chamber of Commerce would receive a $50 discount on their membership fees. Existing members would receive a $50 credit to use for advertising.

The applicants cited the success of a previous $100,000 grant the RJ Media Group received in the summer of 2020 from Facebook. The company used these funds to provide free marketing campaigns, worth $120,000, to 40 local nonprofit agencies.

Liz White Notarangelo, executive vice president of RJ Media Group and publisher of Record-Journal, explained that these campaigns would be tailored to each company’s goals.

White Notarangelo said his company works with hundreds of local businesses, which “we know are still being impacted every day” by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. She described a goal to help “as many businesses as possible recover and thrive”.

Meriden’s director of economic development, Joseph Feest, described the proposal as a way to boost the local economy.

Scarpati, while describing the local focus of the proposal as “exactly what the ARP money is for”, questioned why the candidates chose a cap – 25 full-time equivalent employees – on the maximum number of employees for companies who would use the marketing grants.

Feest said the reason was to ensure the grants go to “little mom and pop stores instead of your bigger national chains.”

After much discussion, the committee voted to recommend the app with an amendment proposed by Scarpati – 50 of the 150 grants would be for businesses with 25 or fewer full-time employees.

mgagne@record-journal.com203-317-2231Twitter:@MikeGagneRJ

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Work Area Radars: New York State Thruway Pilot Program Launched https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/work-area-radars-new-york-state-thruway-pilot-program-launched/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 10:30:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/work-area-radars-new-york-state-thruway-pilot-program-launched/ STATEN ISLAND, NY – Soon, school zones won’t be the only place New Yorkers have to worry about speed cameras. In September, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill to establish a pilot radar program in work areas with the aim of reducing the number of injuries and fatalities caused by speeding on highways. “When it […]]]>

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Soon, school zones won’t be the only place New Yorkers have to worry about speed cameras.

In September, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill to establish a pilot radar program in work areas with the aim of reducing the number of injuries and fatalities caused by speeding on highways.

“When it comes to keeping our roads safe, New York must prioritize both motorists and road workers who are dedicated every day to improving and maintaining our infrastructure,” said the State Senator Tim Kennedy, who sponsored the bill in the State Senate. “I firmly believe this will save lives and bring workers back home safely to their families.”

From 2010 to 2016, there were 3,450 accidents in road works areas in New York City, killing 50 workers and injuring over 1,100 workers and drivers.

The pilot program, which is expected to last five years, will place 30 cameras in 10 work areas across New York State Thruway to determine their effectiveness in reducing speeding tickets, accidents, injuries and fatalities.

The bill referred to other states that have used speed cameras to reduce speeding in work areas, such as Maryland, which installed the cameras in 2010 and found the following: speed zones work drops 10%; the likelihood of a person exceeding the 10 mile per hour speed limit decreases by 59%; and the number of work area accident fatalities drops by 45%.

“The safety of workers on our roads is extremely important. The creation of a camera system to record speeding in the work zones is a step in the protection of these workers. Speed ​​and distractions are deadly. The use of camera surveillance identifies those who break the law and put our road workers at risk, ”said MP William Magnarelli, who sponsored the bill in the state assembly.

Once the pilot program is up and running, fines will start at $ 50 for a driver’s first offense, rising to $ 75 for the second offense and $ 100 for the third and all subsequent offenses, according to the bill.

It is still unclear when exactly the pilot program will start.

NYC SPEED CAMERAS

Staten Island drivers have become more familiar with speed cameras in recent years due to New York City’s School Zone Speed ​​Camera Program, which has fined Staten Island drivers tens of millions of dollars since its inception. implemented in 2014.

New York City’s radar system began as a pilot program in June 2014, with cameras installed in 140 school zones across the five boroughs.

In July 2019, the number of school zones authorized to operate speed cameras increased from 140 to 750, with speed cameras authorized to operate all year round on weekdays, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., including during school and summer holidays.

But some are now pushing for another expansion that would require state approval; an extension that would allow cameras to operate year round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In October, the city released its annual report on the Automated Speed ​​Control Program, a comprehensive review of the history and effectiveness of the program from 2014 to 2020.

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio, citing various findings from the report, reiterated his previous calls for the state to change existing law and allow cameras to operate seven days a week, 365 days a year, compared to their current operating hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.

“Speed ​​cameras are an essential tool in the fight against dangerous driving, and state law should not force New York City to keep our city safe from time to time,” said de Blasio. “We’re proud to have one of the largest speed camera programs in the world, and it’s time for Albany to let us run them around the clock. Anything less is unfair to everyone who uses our streets. “

The report noted that more than 35% of all road crash fatalities in New York City in 2020 occurred in school camera areas at times when cameras could not issue tickets under the law. current law.

The report presents statistical evidence that speed cameras reduce speeding, as well as crashes and injuries along the corridors in which they are installed, and provides further evidence that extending existing hours of operation could enhance safety. safety in school zones.

While cameras have been effective in deterring speeding tickets during opening hours, the report found that many of the worst crashes, those involving fatalities, take place in these school zones at times when cameras are not working. currently not authorized to operate.

In 2020, more than half (56%) of fatal accidents in school zones with speed cameras occurred during hours when cameras are currently not allowed to operate, 38% occurring on weekends and 16% at night in Week.

“An extension of the hours of operation of the speed camera program to seven days a week, 24 hours a day, would likely reduce the incidence of speeding at these times, and in turn reduce serious injuries and fatalities,” according to the report. .

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Pfizer Joins Beam Therapeutics to Develop Rare Disease Therapies https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/pfizer-joins-beam-therapeutics-to-develop-rare-disease-therapies/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 11:29:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/pfizer-joins-beam-therapeutics-to-develop-rare-disease-therapies/ A 3D printed Pfizer logo is placed near drugs from the same manufacturer in this illustration taken on September 29, 2021. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration Register now for FREE and unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Jan. 10 (Reuters) – Drugmaker Pfizer (PFE.N) to partner with gene editing specialist Beam Therapeutics (BEAM.O) in deal […]]]>

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Jan. 10 (Reuters) – Drugmaker Pfizer (PFE.N) to partner with gene editing specialist Beam Therapeutics (BEAM.O) in deal worth up to 1.35 billion dollars to develop therapies for rare genetic diseases.

Beam will receive $ 300 million as an upfront payment and will conduct research until three new therapeutic targets are selected for development outside of the company’s existing programs, the companies said on Monday.

Pfizer will then be responsible for the development and regulatory activities of the targets, with the option to opt for exclusive and global licenses for each.

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Biotech company Beam, which went public in February 2020, uses gene-editing technology to develop treatments for rare genetic diseases.

Gene therapies aim to correct certain diseases by replacing the missing or mutated version of a gene found in a patient’s cells with healthy copies, making them the most expensive drugs in the world.

Last year, Beam entered a Partnership with Apellis Pharmaceuticals (APLS.O) for six research programs.

If Beam chooses to co-develop and co-market a Target under the Pfizer deal, it will be entitled to 35% of total net profits and costs.

Beam is also eligible to receive net sales royalties for each target under the agreement which has an initial term of four years and may be extended for an additional year.

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Washington plans to expand learning requirements, requiring state training before you can get a job »Publications» Washington Policy Center https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/washington-plans-to-expand-learning-requirements-requiring-state-training-before-you-can-get-a-job-publications-washington-policy-center/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 23:00:42 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/washington-plans-to-expand-learning-requirements-requiring-state-training-before-you-can-get-a-job-publications-washington-policy-center/ For many business industries in Washington, state-run apprenticeship programs are the gateway to licensing and employment opportunities. Now the Washington State Council of Apprenticeship (WSATC), part of Washington Labor and Industries (L&I), seeks to expand apprenticeship programs to other industrial sectors, creating a new requirement for certification and unionization of segments of the industry where […]]]>

For many business industries in Washington, state-run apprenticeship programs are the gateway to licensing and employment opportunities. Now the Washington State Council of Apprenticeship (WSATC), part of Washington Labor and Industries (L&I), seeks to expand apprenticeship programs to other industrial sectors, creating a new requirement for certification and unionization of segments of the industry where it doesn there was none before.

This expansion is problematic because it will increase employer costs, decrease employee wages and limit job availability.

For an example of an existing certification program that has limited the number of workers available, look in the electrical and power industry. The electrical certification program to progress from a trainee to a journeyman electrician, and ultimately to a master electrician, requires several hours of on-the-job training and a state-sponsored training program overseen by the WSATC. While this creates a standard approach to training and standards across the industry, it also limits potential employment opportunities for electricians. Partly because of the pandemic, partly because of retirement and partly because only two organizations, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Construction Industry Training Council (CITC), offer certification programs for new hires, Washington now faces a shortage of electricians in industry. To make matters worse, Senate Bill 6126, which was enacted in 2018, only allows state-approved programs to offer certification, creating a virtual monopoly for CITC and IBEW on the certification process.

The WSATC, because of the limited certification possibilities, has become the body that regulates the number of electrician jobs in the state.

The WSATC is now seeking legislative authority to extend its charter to create apprenticeship programs in several new industry sectors. The proposal lists the sectors under study as:

Building trades, manufacturing and engineering, healthcare and behavioral health, education and early learning, information and communications technology (ICT), biotechnology and life sciences, creative economy, hospitality and personal services.

These are employment sectors that currently do not require state certification for employment and have operated without government oversight for decades, without any issues or restrictions.

More troubling is the fact that only two organizations would be able to offer certification for sectors. CITC, which took almost 20 years to achieve certification status, and IBEW which will only certify workers for unionized stores.

In order for an organization to be qualified to offer certifications, the WSATC must approve the certification and since the WSATC is primarily composed of union members with a vested interest in keeping the certification process under union control, the qualification process is arduous and difficult. very difficult to achieve. It took CITC over two decades and a huge cost to get certified. The high bar on entry discourages many organizations from seeking certification status.

The aim of the IBEW is to extend the influence of unions into new industrial sectors which are currently not unionized and to limit employment opportunities to union members only. In addition, the certification of new business sectors will not be free. Each employer will have to pay for the training of its employees. The training courses will be provided by the certification bodies, CITC and IBEW.

With tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon headquartered in Washington state, expanding certification requirements to information and communications technology (ICT) will create significant barriers to entry for businesses. new developers, operations engineers and technical program managers.

Likewise, the hospitality sector, whose labor pool has been hit particularly hard by state lockdown mandates in the event of a pandemic, will be further handicapped if an apprenticeship program for workers was implemented.

Expansion of learning requirements into new industrial sectors is not required and should be explicitly excluded from any legislative authority that L&I and the WSATC have. The expansion is a brazen tax and takeover of authority by labor organizations to control the private business sector AND TO INCLUDE AND EXCLUDE WORKERS SEEKING JOBS. It is an attempt to control job creation and where employees can work.


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FCC launches $ 14.2 billion broadband program for low-income families https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/fcc-launches-14-2-billion-broadband-program-for-low-income-families/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 22:59:09 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/fcc-launches-14-2-billion-broadband-program-for-low-income-families/ (TNS) – A new program will provide low-income families with grants to help cover the cost of internet service as well as provide cash for devices such as laptops and tablets. The Federal Communications Commission Affordable Connectivity Program offers $ 30 per month for Internet service through a qualified provider. Eligible households can also benefit […]]]>

(TNS) – A new program will provide low-income families with grants to help cover the cost of internet service as well as provide cash for devices such as laptops and tablets.

The Federal Communications Commission Affordable Connectivity Program offers $ 30 per month for Internet service through a qualified provider. Eligible households can also benefit from a one-time discount of up to $ 100 towards the purchase of a laptop, desktop or tablet from a participating provider if they contribute to the fund. less $ 10 or less than $ 50 on purchase.

The program is the $ 14.2 billion successor of the Broadband Emergency Benefit which offered a subsidy of up to $ 50 per month for Internet services. This program, which ended on December 31, provided services to 9 million families.


“The response to the emergency broadband delivery proved what many knew to be true: The cost of high speed internet is out of reach for too many of us,” said the president of the FCC, Rosenworcel. “Now, thanks to the affordable long-term connectivity program, we have the opportunity to enroll even more households and ensure they can afford the internet connections they need for work, school, health care and more for years to come. “

To be eligible, families must:

  • Have an income equal to or less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines;
  • Participate in assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC or Lifeline;
  • Participate in tribal specific programs, such as General Assistance from the Office of Indian Affairs, Tribal TANF or the Indian Reserve Food Distribution Program;
  • Be approved to receive benefits under the Free and Discounted School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision during the school year 2019-2020, 2020-2021 or 2021-2022;
  • Have received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year; Where
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for an existing low-income program of a participating provider.

You can find more information about the program here.

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Amazon announces plans to create 550 new jobs in Tempe https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/amazon-announces-plans-to-create-550-new-jobs-in-tempe/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 22:18:30 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/amazon-announces-plans-to-create-550-new-jobs-in-tempe/ Presented by Beltone – A leader in audience health care. Amazon today announced plans to create more than 550 business and tech jobs in Tempe over the next few years, expanding the company’s Phoenix Tech Hub. These new roles will support Amazon’s growing teams in Retail, Amazon Web Services and Operations, and will include positions […]]]>
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Amazon today announced plans to create more than 550 business and tech jobs in Tempe over the next few years, expanding the company’s Phoenix Tech Hub.

These new roles will support Amazon’s growing teams in Retail, Amazon Web Services and Operations, and will include positions such as Software Development Engineers, Senior Solution Architects, Project Managers and Analysts. commercial.

“Not only do Phoenix and Tempe have an incredible talent pool, it’s also a place people want to settle,” said Doug Welzel, site manager for Amazon’s Phoenix Tech Hub. “We have experienced incredible growth over the past few years, creating jobs and economic opportunities for the entire community. We have already created over 5,000 business and technology jobs in the Phoenix area and we are delighted to continue to invest here.

“It’s the investments from companies like Amazon that will continue to help Tempe attract more businesses and tech talent to our city,” said Corey Woods, Mayor of Tempe. “These types of investments not only create good jobs, but they help fuel the economic engine of our community and provide more opportunities for our residents and citizens.”

To meet its growth in Phoenix, Amazon signed a 63,000 square foot expansion into its existing offices at 100 S. Mill Avenue in Tempe, developed by Cousins ​​Properties and Hines. The new additional office space is expected to open for employees at the end of 2022.

“We are proud of Amazon’s continued investments in Arizona and the more than 32,000 jobs they support,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “The latest expansion of Amazon’s Tech Hub in Tempe reflects our highly skilled and growing workforce as well as our industry-leading attraction to technology and innovation. “

Amazon currently has more than 5,000 technical and corporate employees working in its Phoenix Tech Hub. As part of its recruiting and hiring efforts, Amazon is constantly innovating and creating new programs to provide candidates of all backgrounds and experience levels the opportunity to join the company.

Two of the latest programs include:

  • Amazon Return, an initiative to help professionals return to work after losing or quitting their jobs, including people displaced by the impacts of COVID-19. Through this paid 16-week initiative, Amazon has offered the program to people who have been unemployed or underemployed for at least a year. The initiative offers them a new opportunity to re-enter the workforce by restarting their careers at Amazon. Candidates go through a personalized and abbreviated interview process that takes into account their career path. Once they take up their new functions, they benefit from dedicated support and personalized coaching. During the program, returnees work on a specific project and, after four months, have the opportunity to take on full-time positions at Amazon.
  • Best fit, a new program that allows software engineers to apply once and be considered for thousands of jobs on hundreds of teams across the company, including some roles they may not have had not even thought about it. This investment in Amazon’s Phoenix Tech Hub is part of a multi-city expansion across the country and the company. The company plans to create 3,000 jobs in Austin, Chicago and Phoenix over the next few years. Last year, Amazon announced it would create 500 jobs in the Phoenix area, with investments also at 100 S. Mill Avenue. There are currently over 400 business and technical roles available at Amazon’s Phoenix Tech Hub. Those interested can find more information here.

Engaged in Arizona

Amazon continues to support communities across Arizona, including organizations such as the Foundation for Southern Arizona, which provides grants to local organizations that support the LGBTQ + community, and the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture Community, an organization in Native American-led nonprofit with a mission to support a sustainable and just local food system in Ajo and the surrounding region.

Amazon also supports local schools through Future Amazon engineer, a global computer science education program designed to inspire and educate millions of students each year to try computer science and coding. The program supports more than 40 schools across Phoenix, reaching nearly 1,100 students with a high-quality computer program, robotics clubs, and project-based learning.

Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 32,000 full-time and part-time jobs in Arizona and has invested more than $ 16 billion statewide, including distribution center infrastructure, Whole Foods Market locations. and the Phoenix Tech Hub. These investments contributed an additional $ 13 billion to Arizona’s economy and supported 44,000 indirect jobs – in addition to the employees the company directly employs – from construction jobs to logistics and professional services. . Currently, more than 37,500 freelance and small to medium business authors with Amazon.

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Editorial: Charting a new course for a prosperous 2022 | Editorial https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/editorial-charting-a-new-course-for-a-prosperous-2022-editorial/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/editorial-charting-a-new-course-for-a-prosperous-2022-editorial/ Say goodbye to another tough year with the hope that 2022 will bring security and prosperity. COREY SIPKIN / AFP / TNS Good year. Hoping for a healthier, more prosperous and unifying journey to come. Like everyone else, we’re happy to say goodbye to 2021 – a year that began with an attack on the […]]]>





Say goodbye to another tough year with the hope that 2022 will bring security and prosperity.


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Good year. Hoping for a healthier, more prosperous and unifying journey to come.

Like everyone else, we’re happy to say goodbye to 2021 – a year that began with an attack on the United States Capitol and continued with the nagging and lingering pandemic as political divisions seemed to deepen. .

As a new year dawns, there is always hope that we can do better. A new timeline does not erase the challenges we have encountered, but we can chart a different path.

Biggest coming test continues to fight COVID-19; the most effective weapon is in vaccines. Reluctance to vaccines in the United States is spawning epidemics and increasing spread. Around the world, public health advocates are concerned about countries unable to obtain vaccines, leading to issues such as emerging variants such as the omicron evolving in Botswana.

More than 807,000 Americans have died from the virus since 2020, at least half of which occurred last year. We must do better.

Leaders must redouble their efforts to convince Americans of the responsibility of rolling up their sleeves and immunizing underserved countries. The politicization of public health has resulted in only unnecessary death and illness.

Midterm congressional elections are slated for next year with key state offices, including the governor. Politics has always been a hectic sport. But we urge people to remember the damage done by the misinformation and irresponsible rhetoric of the 2020 election.


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US Xpress Closes 2021 with Increase in Community Partnerships, Employee Training and Donations, and Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/us-xpress-closes-2021-with-increase-in-community-partnerships-employee-training-and-donations-and-inclusion-and-diversity-initiatives/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 14:09:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/us-xpress-closes-2021-with-increase-in-community-partnerships-employee-training-and-donations-and-inclusion-and-diversity-initiatives/ The company strengthens its position as an employer of choice locally and in the logistics sector CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, December 30, 2021– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –US Xpress Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: USX) today announced significant progress on key metrics measuring its engagement with its communities and team members. Released earlier in 2021, the Corporate Responsibility Report describes actions […]]]>

The company strengthens its position as an employer of choice locally and in the logistics sector

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, December 30, 2021– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –US Xpress Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: USX) today announced significant progress on key metrics measuring its engagement with its communities and team members. Released earlier in 2021, the Corporate Responsibility Report describes actions to strengthen community participation and programs that support its nearly 10,000 team members through an inclusive and diverse workforce. This year’s progress includes:

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Community partnerships

US Xpress prioritizes service and engagement with the communities in which it operates, particularly by supporting organizations aligned with its four pillars: Safety and Well-Being, Military Veteran Programs, education and innovation, and families and health. By 2025, the company aims to double its community engagement by increasing funding, in-kind donations and volunteer hours. This year, the Society provided $ 114,200 in sponsorships and cash donations to over 30 local, regional and national organizations. US Xpress provided an additional $ 68,000 in in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations through service donations and supplier partnerships.

Employee education and donations

US Xpress and its family of companies provide free college education to drivers, shop technicians and their dependents through the Complete program of the hike. Since its launch in 2018, the company has funded more than $ 1.1 million in tuition for nearly 850 team members and dependents. This year, US Xpress funded $ 294,000 for 292 completed courses. In 2021, the Company funded an additional reimbursement of $ 73,000 for the tuition fees of its office workers pursuing continuing education.

Through the company’s Xpress Cares program, employees can support other team members facing personal challenges with a contribution equivalent to that of the company. Since the program’s inception in 2016, it has distributed over $ 391,000 to 234 team members, and this year, Xpress Cares has provided over $ 82,000 to 39 employees.

Inclusion and diversity

US Xpress is made up of a diverse population of employees with different cultures, backgrounds and experiences. In 2021, the Company achieved its goal of establishing three Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to better support specific segments of its workforce. These groups include women, veterans and multicultural ERGs, each with an executive sponsor and individual leadership. US Xpress also expanded its existing Inclusion & Diversity Council and recruited Wade Hinton as its first lead inclusion partner. Hinton and his team work closely with corporate leadership and the Inclusion and Diversity Council to set goals, map strategies, and define specific deliverables to become a more inclusive organization.

US Xpress Enterprises, Inc. mission is to improve the flow of goods every day. Since its founding in 1985, the company has become an essential link in the supply chain, offering a portfolio of capacity solutions to its customers. This includes a dedicated fleet established to serve some of the nation’s largest shippers, as well as innovative brokerage and over-the-road (OTR) solutions. Variant, the company’s driver-focused OTR division, is the fastest growing fleet in the industry. US Xpress brokerage offer, Xpress Technologies, offers greater capacity to shippers and carriers, tools and resources to better manage and develop their activities. With more than 10,000 professionals, these companies drive innovation across the sector and help shape the future of logistics.

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Brad Carmony, Vice President, Brand Communications
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Connolly Ranch Launches New Agricultural Education Program, Spreads Seeds of Environmental Stewardship | Local news https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/connolly-ranch-launches-new-agricultural-education-program-spreads-seeds-of-environmental-stewardship-local-news/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 03:00:00 +0000 https://www.sisterfriends-together.org/connolly-ranch-launches-new-agricultural-education-program-spreads-seeds-of-environmental-stewardship-local-news/ The Connolly Ranch Education Center has just launched its most recent program, teaching environmentally conscious children the benefits of rotational grazing on a farm. By replanting part of his property to grow food for the various farm animals, Connolly Ranch will not only teach the next generation, but also improve their soil and reduce the […]]]>

The Connolly Ranch Education Center has just launched its most recent program, teaching environmentally conscious children the benefits of rotational grazing on a farm. By replanting part of his property to grow food for the various farm animals, Connolly Ranch will not only teach the next generation, but also improve their soil and reduce the costs of dry produce.

Since hosting its first field trip in 1993, Connolly Ranch has put area children in touch with nature through programs based on gardening, animal care and resource conservation, and the staff look forward to this new addition to the farm.

“We’re really trying to make sure our sustainable practices come to life on the farm,” said Co-Executive Director Heidi Soldinger. “So Jessica creates a program for children to become stewards of the environment and to invest and understand through hands-on experience. “

In the case of the rotational grazing, the children were able to help farm coordinator Jessica Eutsler and the rest of the Connolly Ranch staff plant the newly plowed plot.

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And with programs targeting different age groups – from the Pre-K Explorers program to welcoming FFA high school interns – Eutsler constantly adapts to the curiosity of its students.

“We did the younger age, so preschool, and they were excited,” she said. “It’s a bit more everywhere, but it’s still fun because they still understand what’s going on.”

“From there, we can talk about something as basic as ‘What is a seed?’ “How does it grow? “And then for the older kids, we talk about the different types of seeds and why we chose that,” Eutsler said. “We’re also talking about how we have goats and sheep and pigs that will graze together, and then we have a miniature horse and two donkeys. “

The plot will be divided into separate sections, so that children can clearly see the different areas and how their growth differs when the animals start to graze and different plots “rest”. Likewise, each animal has a different grazing style, lending itself to fun observations at feeding time.

In addition, students will also discover the environmental benefits of feeding animals this way, as the rotating nature allows each patch to grow back before being nibbled again.

“Not only are there benefits for the land and making healthy soil, but also for our economic sustainability,” Soldinger said. “When we thought about it and made an investment, it makes so much more sense [than buying feed] and we can teach the kids the whole way… For the kids, it’s an outdoor classroom, and they can see it the whole way.

Kevin Giselbach, facilities coordinator at Connolly Ranch, said it’s interesting watching the kids process what’s going on every step of the way, as he estimates that 99% of their students don’t have a significant square footage in their home.

“They watched me tear up the field, now they’re sowing it, and they’re going to be here to see the whole process,” he said.

Eutsler says it will be a bit of an experiment to see how well the first round of sprouts goes – spots are expected – but estimated that within a year, his combined wheatgrass, rye and grass seed alfalfa will have overcome competing weeds and other existing plants.

Learn more about Connolly Ranch and its agricultural education programs at connollyranch.org

Sterling has been closed to the public since the glass fire, but staff saw this as an opportunity to give back to first responders to keep our community safe.



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