Melissa KirkebyPhoto courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings.Melissa Kirkeby recently earned her NMLS, so in addition to being the Lacey Branch Manager, she is now a Loan Officer. Melissa started her banking career at Oly Fed in 2004 as an intern and was hired in 2006 as a Lead Customer Service Representative after graduating from Washington State University. Melissa has held many positions since that time and was promoted to Branch Manager in 2016. “Melissa is a very talented and positive force within our organization. This new credential allows Melissa to serve our customers in an even greater capacity,” said Drummond. Facebook179Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Federal SavingsMichelle LordPhoto courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings.Olympia Federal Savings is pleased to announce the followings staff changes and promotions:Michelle Lord has a new role with the organization and is shifting her responsibilities from AVP/Senior Loan Officer to AVP/Loan Underwriter. As loan volumes continue to increase for the organization, Oly Fed found it necessary to add additional personnel to review and approve loans. Michelle began working at Oly Fed in 1982. She’s held many positions over the years and has an in-depth knowledge of the level of service and products offered throughout the bank. “We’re fortunate to have someone of Michelle’s caliber ready and willing to take on this new challenge,” said Lori Drummond, Olympia Federal Savings, President & CEO.Leah BackusPhoto courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings.Leah Backus has been promoted to Senior Loan Officer. In 2011, Leah joined Oly Fed and served as a Customer Service Representative at the Lacey branch. In 2012, she entered the Loan Servicing Department and was promoted to Loan Officer in 2015. “Leah is currently responsible for one of the Association’s highest loan volumes and has definitely earned her new title,” said Drummond.
If a civil service town and a non-civil service town want to share a department, employees from the non-civil service town would gain civil service rights, even after the agreement ended, he said. Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11) At the moment, New Jersey has 192 towns where employees are covered under the Civil Service Commission, which is in, but operates independently from any super vision or control by, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. A larger chunk, $5.8 million, is earmarked for implementation grants to aid in completing or transitioning toward shared services arrangements and for school consolidation studies. “Whenever there’s an opportunity to create efficiency and some cost savings, I think there’s a willingness,” said Mike Cerra, assistant executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. “Shared services agreements can’t come from a top-down approach, where the state tells individual towns what to do, where to merge, and when to cut,” said state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) in a statement Sept. 25. “With these grants, we can really harness the independent creativity of each town in New Jersey, and use that competition to make sure that this $10 million creates the most possible taxpayer savings for every dollar spent.” The league favors allowing local referendums to give voters a choice to opt their communities out of the system. “We’ve been doing that for years, so I’m glad the state is catching up,” she said. “The only way we’re going to save taxpayer dollars is if we work together.” The funding from the state does not specifically address supporting towns that want to merge with one another. The last major municipal consolidation in New Jersey took place in 2013, when Princeton Borough and Princeton Township officially became one community. New Jersey has 565 municipalities and more than 600 school districts. Some parts of the state are further ahead than others when it comes to sharing services. “As we lead our state towards the stronger and fairer economy that we hope to build together,” Murphy said in a Sept. 25 statement, “it is our administration’s responsibility to provide these communities a platform from which to pursue efficient growth, achieve smart government, and provide relief to local taxpayers.” An initiative included in the program challenges local governments to compete for grants from a $3.1 million fund for impactful local shared services projects. Each county has been allocated $150,000. “Not everyone is in the system, although most of the larger communities are,” he said. “The goal of this whole thing for the challenge grants is to encourage towns, counties, municipal authorities to develop the best plan for their residents,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11). “Even with the 2-percent property tax cap, too many New Jersey residents can’t afford to live here. And that’s the bottom line.” The Murphy administration will provide $10 million to help towns around the state pursue government shared services and school district consolidation studies to lower New Jersey’s property taxes, among the highest in the nation. The final piece provides $1.05 million for the 21 counties to hire staff as shared service coordinators, intended for public-sector, career-minded young professionals under a fellowship, according to the Murphy administration. The funding comes out to $50,000 per county. State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D- 3) has proposed merging hundreds of school districts into K-12 regional districts as par t of a series of steps to improve the state’s fiscal health amid concerns about public employee health benefit and pension costs. By Philip Sean Curran Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) said that when she was a Monmouth County freeholder with current director Thomas A. Arnone, the “county was in the forefront of shared services.” She said the county would share services with towns for everything from snow removal to road repair. During the administration of former Gov. Chris Christie, the state imposed a 2-percent tax cap that governing bodies and school districts have to live under. “And we’re concerned, because if you have overlapping, competing school districts and wasting money, that could be going towards children’s education, not towards like more administration costs,” Downey said. But he said there are “administrative obstacles” to shared services at the local level that the state needs to look at. For example, he cited New Jersey’s Civil Service system. “That’s been an obstacle,” he said, “and potential discussions about agreements have almost not gotten started because there’s almost no way to get around that problem.”
– as residents decry sugar workers’ joblessnessFollowing the revelation that multiple workers attached to the Rose Hall Estate are being laid off, members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on Thursday protested Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo as he visited the Auchlyne Primary School on the Corentyne (Region Six) in East Berbice, he having travelled to the ancient county to celebrate his 70th birthday.The Prime Minister was visiting the school he had attended as a child, and what was meant to be a warm occasion was soon turned into bedlam as he was greeted by the chants from Opposition protestors decrying the closure of the sugar estates.Their protest action comes on the heels of information disclosed to Guyana Times late on Thursday — that some 500 more workers could face the breadline in addition to the 400 which were already reported to have been laid off. The protesters have claimed that the Prime Minister had deceived his fellow Berbicians.“We are here to remind the Prime Minister that 400 sugar workers would be on the breadline…and we are here to remind him about his campaign promise he made over 2 years ago – that sugar is too big to fail, and that they have the solution for sugar and he would ensure that sugar workers are not on the breadline,” protestor Zamal Hussain told Guyana Times.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, had announced that the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) established under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) would manage the privatisation/divestment process of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and determine the way forward for Rose Hall Estate.He had also claimed that closure of the estate was pushed back to sometime in 2018. Guyana Times, however, understands that the Special Purpose Unit, under the Ministry of Finance, may have brought forward the plans to discontinue the services of Rose Hall employees, which an insider pegged at 961 total workers before initial redundancy.Contacted for comment on Thursday, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder refrained from committing to a specific timeframe for the closure of Rose Hall Estate, but confirmed that the SPU is assuming responsibility for the divested estate, rather than GuySuCo.“The Special Purpose Unit falls under the Ministry of Finance and NICIL, not under Agriculture. I am not the subject minister for the Special Purpose Unit,” he clarified.“The State Paper says that GuySuCo will not be involved in [the divestment of] East Demerara and Rose Hall,” the minister added.When later asked directly about when the Rose Hall Estate would be closed, this minister directed this publication to speak with the Minister of State, as he was the one who would have made the disclosure of a deferred date. However, earlier in the afternoon, Minister Harmon did not allow the full complement of questions that he would normally take at his post-cabinet press briefings.Guyana Times recently saw a letter concerning a Junior Staff Redundancy Notification directed to Rose Hall Estate Field Supervisor Ramnarine Subramanian. Dated November 26, 2017, the letter stated that a meeting had been held at the Rose Hall Estate Community Centre on November 22 in the presence of this category of workers’ union, the NAACIE (National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE). The document stated that GuySuCo no longer had job vacancies to retain Subramanian’s services, and thatDecember 29, 2017 would be his last day with the Rose Hall Estate and GuySuCo, and that termination of his services was in keeping with the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act 1997 (TESPA).Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) President, Komal Chand, related on Wednesday that most of the 400 terminated workers had payments to them outstanding, and he expressed hope that the situation would not end up similar to what had obtained at Wales Estate, where, after almost one year, workers are still to be paid termination benefits.In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.The decisions announced by Government have been met with repeated protest actions, especially in sugar belt areas. Those protesting the presence of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Thursday have also called on Government to rescind the appointment of GECOM Chairman Justice James Patterson.When the Prime Minister visited Region Six earlier this month to attend two graduation ceremonies, the opposition political party had picketed him, and had vowed to so do whenever he or President David Granger visits the region.
MILWAUKEE–With an expanded September roster that now includes 32 players, the Giants have the ability to roll out a lineup that includes six position players age 25 or younger.Manager Bruce Bochy hasn’t ruled out the option of starting all of his rookies in the same game, but he has yet to do so.Even though the Giants are out of the playoff hunt and using September as an opportunity to evaluate their young talent, Bochy says the club has an obligation to try to win as many games as possible.A …
SAN FRANCISCO — When the Giants say farewell to Bruce Bochy on the final day of the 2019 season, the franchise will undoubtedly pull out all the stops in a celebration honoring his iconic career.Many of Bochy’s former players wouldn’t miss his last game as a manger, but one of his favorites isn’t likely to be involved in the festivities.The Giants should try to track down Tim Lincecum anyway.Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young Award winner with the Giants, has been difficult to keep tabs on …
8 October 2012World record holder and Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh continued to lead the South African challenge at the second leg of the Fina Arena World Cup, winning both the 50m and 100m breaststroke titles at the Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha on the weekend.Van der Burgh had to work hard for his first win, chasing down fellow South African, Roland Schoeman, to take victory in the 50 metres on the opening day in a fast time of 25.95 seconds.Schoeman held on for second in 26.38, with South African-born New Zealander Glenn Snyders in third place. He was followed by Giulio Zorzi and Neil Versfeld as South Africa claimed four of the top five positions.Second winOn day two, Van der Burgh kick started South Africa’s quest for medals once again by racing to victory in the 100m in 57.22 seconds. Snyders picked up second in 58.13, with Japan’s Daiya Seto finishing third in 58.60.Darian Townsend showed off the fine form he had exhibited in the first World Cup meet in Dubai and improved with each race he contested. In his first event, the 100m freestyle, he was fifth in 47.58 seconds as Australia’s Kenneth To and Tommaso D’Orsogna shared gold in 47.10.The Pietermaritzburg Seals’ star then picked up a bronze in the 100m individual medley, finishing behind To and Trinidad’s George Bovell.Improved resultsOn day two, Townsend improved to a silver medal in the 200m freestyle. Australian’s D’Orsogna took the win in 1:43.84, with Townsend clocking 1:43.95 and Robert Hurley 1:44.05.He then completed the move to the top step of the podium by capturing gold in the 200 IM after a great battle with Olympic bronze medallist, Lazlo Cseh of Hungary.There was less than half-a-second between the two men throughout the race, but Townsend’s faster freestyle finish made all the difference as he touched the wall in 1:53.75, just a tenth-of-a-second ahead of Cseh.Chad le ClosChad le Clos was edged by Daiya Seto in the 200m butterfly, with the Japanese swimmer claiming victory by one-hundredth of a second in 1:51.30 after the Olympic champion had allowed him to build up too much of a lead in the first half of the race.Le Clos was also third in the 50m butterfly, behind Roland Schoeman and Kenya’s Jason Dunford. Schoeman was away quickly out of the blocks and used his strong start as the foundation of his victory in a fast 22.43 seconds. Dunford clocked 22.87 and Le Clos 22.90.Although he didn’t add to his gold and silver medals on the second day of competition, Schoeman, at the age of 32, remains a world class competitor.He narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle by one-hundredth-of-a-second. Victory went to Anthony Ervin in 21.02, with George Bovell second in 21.06 and Kyle Richardson third in 21.54.African recordOn the second day, Le Clos improved on the African 100m butterfly record he had set at the previous meeting, pulling away to take the win in an impressive 49.60 seconds, thanks to excellent underwater work.Evgeny Korotyshkin, the 2010 World Short Course champion in the event, was well beaten, finishing second in 50.22, with third place going to the American, Thomas Shields, in 50.42.Kathryn Meaklim picked up a bronze medal in the women’s 200m IM, finishing behind Katinka Hosszu and Zsuzsanna Jakabos of Hungary in 2:12.73. She also placed third in the 400 IM.Narrow missesNeil Versfeld was fourth in the 200m breaststroke, three-tenths-of-a-second behind bronze medal winner Sean Mahoney. He also placed fifth in the 100m in 59.06 seconds.Breaststroker Tara Nicholas improved on her performances in Dubai by finishing fifth in the 50m in 32.65, fifth in the 100m in 1:09.22 and sixth in the 200m in 2:34.34.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Kolkata: CRISIL has reaffirmed its rating on debt programme of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) at CRISIL A+/Stable and has also renewed and reaffirmed its corporate credit rating (CCR) at CCR A+/Stable. The ratings continue to reflect the KMC’s stable operating performance, thanks to sustained support from the state government. Due to stable financial performance of the civic body, the revenue receipts are expected to increase to Rs 3,290 crore in the 2019-20 fiscal, from Rs 2,599 crore in the 2018-19 fiscal. The grants from the state government have contributed about 49% of the total revenue receipts in the current fiscal. KMC’s own revenue has grown over the years, primarily on increase of property tax collection. Property tax has gone up to Rs 822 crore in 2018, from Rs 655 crore in 2014.
WASHINGTON – U.S. construction spending surged 1.4 per cent in October, the best gain in five months, with all major categories of building posting gains.The October spending increase was the third monthly gain after more modest advances of 0.3 per cent in September and 0.5 per cent in August, the Commerce Department said Friday.Home building was up 0.4 per cent, with strength in single-family construction offsetting a drop in apartment building. Nonresidential construction rose 0.9 per cent after four straight declines. Spending on government projects jumped 3.9 per cent, the biggest one-month gain in three years, with spending at the federal and state and local levels all showing increases.Though home building has been weak for much of the year, economists expect such construction to rebound as a strong job market boosts sales in coming months.The overall economy grew at a healthy annual rate of 3.3 per cent in the July-September quarter, the best showing in three years, even though residential construction declined for a second straight quarter. But economists remain optimistic that the low level of unemployment — 4.1 per cent in October — will spark a sustained rebound in sales and construction.The strength in October was evident in all major sectors of construction. The rise in housing construction reflected a 0.3 per cent gain in single-family homes, which offset a 1.6 per cent drop in the smaller apartment category.In the non-residential area, office building was up a strong 4.4 per cent, and hotel construction rose 2.3 per cent. Those gains offset a 1.9 per cent fall in the category that covers shopping centres.In government categories, spending at the state and local level rose 3.3 per cent, while spending on federal projects jumped 11.1 per cent.
TORONTO – Corus Entertainment Inc. says chief operating officer Barb Williams will retire at the end of the month.Williams joined the company as part of its acquisition of Shaw Media.Corus acquired Shaw Media in April 2016 for $2.65 billion in cash and stock.The company says Williams played a key role in the integration of the two companies.It says it will not be filling the role of chief operating officer.Corus owns specialty and conventional television stations, including the Global Television network as well as radio stations, a children’s book publishing business and other services.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B)
Greater Noida: A 40-year-old businessman allegedly committed suicide inside his flat in Assotech society in Zeta-1 sector of Greater Noida on Monday morning. Police have not received any suicide note from the spot.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Ravindra Malik, a native of Panipat district in Haryana. Cops said that Malik, owner of a polyethete bags manufacturing company in sector Ecotech-III of Greater Noida, was living in flat number ST-013 along with his family. However, he was alone at his house when he committed suicide as the family had gone to native place in Panipat. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice said that the body was first spotted by Malik’s wife and his father-in-law on Monday morning. “A Police control room(PCR) call was received around 8:50 am on Monday by Malik’s wife who returned home from Panipat along with her father. As she came back home, she found the door locked from inside. Even after making repeated attempts when no one responded from inside the house, she alerted the security guards of society. The guards broke open the door and found Malik hanging with the ceiling fan inside his room. Immediately they alerted police and a team rushed to the spot,” said Jitendra Kumar Tripathi, Station in-charge of Industrial area police station in Surajpur. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice said that Malik took the extreme step under mental depression. “Victim’s family members told police that he was under extreme metal stress from past few months while he also suffered a loss in his business and was under huge debts. As of now we have not received any complaint into the matter while the body was handed over to family members after getting the postmortem done,” added Tripathi. Malik is survived by his wife and two teenaged children.