“How do we survive?”: Subway station retailers struggle

first_imgGrand Central Oyster Bar (Getty)Retailers whose shops are located within the New York City subway have returned to one question since the pandemic hit: “How do we survive?”Since March, 77 of the 321 retail businesses that operate underground have permanently closed, the New York Times reported.“We don’t have tourists, people are all working from home. We have nothing,” Jairo Cardenas, whose shoe shine business is within the sprawling Times Square station, told the Times.Restaurants and retails have been struggling during the pandemic, with capacity rules and fears of contracting the virus keeping customers away. For subway retailers, that’s compounded by fewer people using mass transit: Ridership cratered after the pandemic hit in March, and as of early November, it’s still down 70 percent below normal 2019 levels.Read moreFive solutions to save restaurants this winter“25% is a starting point”: Indoor dining returns to NYC todayNYC to allow store owners to sell wares on sidewalks Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Stores located within subway stations face additional challenges as they can’t take advantage of the de Blasio administration’s recently announced open storefronts initiative, which will allow shop owners to set up tables or kiosks on the sidewalk outside of their stores. Businesses must have outdoor space available to be eligible.Even iconic businesses aren’t immune: At the Grand Central Oyster Bar, diners traveling through Grand Central Terminal once packed the century-old restaurant. But within two weeks of reopening after indoor dining was permitted, foot traffic dwindled, causing the restaurant to shut down.“It’s just not sustainable,” Sandy Ingber, the executive chef and a co-owner, told the Times. “Until we have more foot traffic in Grand Central we just can’t do it.”[NYT] — Sasha Jones TagsCommercial Real EstateCoronavirusMTARetail Real Estatelast_img read more

The person unaffected by corona recession

first_imgDo cops in Delhi are even concerned with Corona? Or is it merely an opportunity for them to do even more corruption? The portrayal of Delhi police seems to be much tainted however, every time they stood a chance to change the same, it appears they do not really want to. In the present circumstances of corona pandemic where the cops are playing a lead role, are they really acting sincerely?For they are appointed in controlling the spread of the lethal virus, for acting to the tune of government directions, for working on the forefront to help the people who are serving at this moment endangering their lives. However, in spite of concurring with the same they are threatening essential sellers for illegal detentions if they do not furnish bribe, in false charges; selling illicit liquor; misconducting with the people and making every possible negative use of their present powers.• In Gurugram, a doctor was beaten up by a Police officer. The doctor and the police got into a debate which ended up in police beating the doctor. The doctor reported the case to senior police officers.• In Mathura, head constable Satyendra Pachauri and constable Anil Kumar allegedly stole the liquor bottles from Kotban outpost and sold them in the district. The in-charge of Kotban outpost SI Balendra Singh and Head Constable Anuj Kumar were also suspended for dereliction of duty, the senior superintendent Gaurav Grover said.• Numerous complaints about misbehaviour by policemen during the lockdown has been admitted by Delhi Police Commissioner S. N. Srivastava.• Charging bribe for carrying essential activities during lockdown from the people who are serving India at this phase is censorious and bring utter disgrace to their ‘khaki’.But, it cannot be assumed that all the police around acts repulsively. There are, however, a few dedicated police officers because of whom the ordinary common men still believe in Delhi police.last_img read more

Canada’s Rebecca Howard Jumps into 15th Place After Cross-Country

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Rebecca Howard from Marlborough, GBR and Riddle Master made a remarkable leap up the individual eventing standings at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after completing the challenging cross-country course with no added jumping penalties on Aug. 8.Aug. 8, 2016, Rio de Janeiro, BRA – Canada’s Rebecca Howard from Marlborough, GBR made a huge jump on the leaderboard, moving up into 15th place individually, following the cross-country phase of eventing on Aug. 8 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, BRA.In the team standings, Howard, 37, along with Colleen Loach, 33, from Dunham, QC, Jessica Phoenix, 32, from Cannington, ON and Kathryn Robinson, 31, from Kettering, UK, moved up one spot from their dressage placing into 11th on a team total of 331.10 heading into the final show jumping phase on Aug. 9. Cross-country also resulted in a shakeup at the top of the leaderboard, with Australia provisionally in the lead on a team score of 150.30, New Zealand in second (154.80) and France holding third (161.00).Howard put in a pivotal performance for Canada in the cross-country phase, designed by Pierre Michelet of France (FEI 4*) and featuring 33 obstacles and 45 jumping efforts over a 5,840m track. Partnered with Riddle Master (Rodero x Eyes to Rule), a 15-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by Blithe Hill Farm, she  added no jumping penalties and just 12.40 time penalties on the challenging course. This brought her two-phase score to 61.80, and allowed her to leap up the individual standings, from 41st to 15th.“I’m thrilled, and thrilled with my horse,” Howard commented after completing the course, which saw just three athletes go double-clear. A total of 44 horse-rider combinations out of the starting field of 65 incurred time penalties, 20 added jumping penalties, and 17 were eliminated. “It’s just a huge sense of relief coming in and having gone clear jumping.”“I took two long routes, and that put us in a bit slower,” Howard continued. “I wanted to come home and not add any jumping penalties to our team score. I really felt like I should be able to do that. I’m sitting on an experienced horse that has done enough. So it’s basically just a sense of relief that we were able to do that.”Howard had plenty of praise for her long-time partner, Riddle Master who also joined her at the London 2012 Olympic Games. “He’s an experienced horse and he’s just a genuine, great jumper so he’s a pleasure to be on out there. Even if we were a bit off coming into some of the combinations, his genuine knowledge and want to do the job got us out. He tries his guts out to get through the flags every time.”Phoenix, 32, who was the first athlete of the Games to set out on the cross-country course, also made a move up in the individual standings, jumping nine spots into 41st. Riding A Little Romance (A Fine Romance x Donaufurst), an 11-year-old Thoroughbred/Trakehner mare owned by Donald Leschied, she crossed the finish line with 40 jumping penalties for two refusals and 35.60 time penalties, making 127.60 her two-phase score heading into the final day of competition.“To go first out of the box at the Olympics is amazing and I’m glad I could be here on A Little Romance to do it,” said Phoenix, who is making her second consecutive Olympic appearance in Rio.Speaking of the challenges Phoenix encountered on course, she said, “(A Little Romance) was just a little bit shy coming out into this venue. She’s never really seen anything this big. So, definitely, I had to really get behind her and get going. And then, honestly, she dug down and gave it her all and I couldn’t be more proud of A Little Romance today.”Continuing the Canadian trend, Loach moved 12 spots up in the standings into 45th place individually aboard Qorry Blue d’Argouges, a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding sired by Mr. Blue and owned by London 2012 Olympian, Peter Barry. Two refusals resulted in 40 jumping penalties and 45.20 time penalties for the duo, who will carry forward a score of 141.70.“I made a mistake at jump nine and missed my line for the skinny, so that was unfortunate,” explained Loach, whose Olympic debut in Rio also represented her first time competing over a 4* level cross-country course with Qorry Blue d’Argouges. “The second run-out, a camera was buzzing on the lines right beside his head and distracting him.”“After I had my second stop, I was like, ‘Colleen, you cannot have another stop, you have to finish for your team.’” That was my main goal, to finish, to put the rest out of my mind and ride like I know I can ride,” continued Loach. “My horse is awesome and I’m happy I finished for my team. He’s a super horse and a really good horse on cross-country.”Unfortunately Robinson and Let It Bee, her 15-year-old Westphalian gelding, were eliminated late in the course after reaching the maximum three refusals allowed on cross-country.“I’m disappointed. I was a bit too cautious and a bit backwards,” explained Robinson. “I was just worried; a couple people had fallen on the turns and he is a big horse. I rode a bit overprotective, but we came back in one piece and we’ll move on to another competition.”Eventing competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will come to a close on Aug. 9 with the show jumping phase, followed by individual and team medal ceremonies. Next up for equestrian sport at the Games will be dressage, which gets underway with the Team Grand Prix on Aug. 10 and 11. Tags: 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Rio 2, center_img Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email*last_img read more

Raccoon scales 20-story skyscraper, rises to social media stardom

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — A furry, masked critter that scaled a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, has become a social media sensation overnight.The raccoon was spotted climbing the ledges along the UBS Financial Services building downtown before it stopped to rest on a ledge, according to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul.Mayor Melvin Carter said on Twitter that city officials were working with building owners to find a way to help the raccoon when he stopped and appeared stuck at one point.But the daring climber safely made it to the roof by the middle of the night.Fans of the fearless furry critter celebrated on social media, praising its persistence.Other fans have created parody videos, set to the Mission Impossible theme music, and posted them to Twitter.Officials successfully and safely captured the raccoon Wednesday morning with the help of traps and soft cat food.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — A furry, masked critter that scaled a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, has become a social media sensation overnight.The raccoon was spotted climbing the ledges along the UBS Financial Services building downtown before it stopped to rest on a ledge, according to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul.Mayor Melvin Carter said on Twitter that city officials were working with building owners to find a way to help the raccoon when he stopped and appeared stuck at one point.But the daring climber safely made it to the roof by the middle of the night.Fans of the fearless furry critter celebrated on social media, praising its persistence.Other fans have created parody videos, set to the Mission Impossible theme music, and posted them to Twitter.Officials successfully and safely captured the raccoon Wednesday morning with the help of traps and soft cat food.last_img read more

Research Specialist

first_img Salary Not Specified The position requires excellent verbal and writtencommunication skillsExperience using Microsoft Office software required,specifically word and excel.Experience with Analyst softwarepreferred.Ability to work as a team.Experience with literature search and problemsolving.Experience with HPLC, UPLC, and mass spectrometrycoupled with a general knowledge of chemical sciences required;particularly chemistry, sample extraction and preparation for LC/MSanalysis. Facebook School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus You need to sign in or create an account to save Similar jobs Research Specialist Johns Hopkins University Save Research Specialist Twitter Johns Hopkins University Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Maryland, United States Share Save Research Specialist Research Specialist The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Salary Not Specified Save Research Specialist More searches like this Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Research Specialist Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Maryland, United States Classified Title:ResearchSpecialistWorking Title: ResearchSpecialist ​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA Starting Salary Range:$33,545 – $46,095; Commensuratewith ExperienceEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, Up to 37.5 hrs/weekExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10002932-SOM Onc Analytical PharmacologyCore Personnel area: School of MedicineThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf You need to sign in or create an account to save LinkedIn GeneralSummary/PurposePosition in the Departmentof Oncology Analytical Pharmacology Core Laboratory (APC). The mainfocus of this laboratory is to determine the concentration of drugsand their metabolites in blood and tissue from clinical orpreclinical experiments. This position will be filled by a personwho will be responsible for running analytical methods for druganalysis.Specific Duties& ResponsibilitiesThe person in thisposition will work under supervisionperforming the following primary duties and responsibilities of thejob:Operates basic laboratory equipment such ascentrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, incubator, scintillationcounter and/or utilizes laminar flowhood.Operates lab computers for dataentry.Prepare all reagents necessary for experiments anduse proper sterile techniques to avoidcontamination.Use various techniques for sample preparation such asprotein precipitation, liquid liquid extraction andSPE.Operate the UPLC/MS/MS to complete sample analysisfor small molecules in various matrices and species (human, mouse,rabbit, plasma and tissue). Once analytical run is complete,analyze and interprets data and export results into excel file.Adapts and/or modifies experimental methods based uponinterpretation of data.Develop UPLC/MS/MS methodunder supervision.Complies withbiohazard/radiation safety standards through proper handling ofpotentially hazardous chemical and biological agents and/orradiation sources in the workplace.Completes annualuniversity biohazard/universal precaution/radiation safetytraining, as appropriate.Uses universal safetyprecautions to protect self and co-workers from biohazardousmaterials, including blood-borne pathogens.Monitors inventory levels,orders materials and supplies in accordance with establishedpolicies and procedures, counts orders uponreceipt.Complies with theappropriate technical quality controls of all clinical pharmacologytest results within the Cancer Center.Documents all workperformed in accordance with laboratory SOPs. In addition, creates,modified, and interprets laboratory SOPs.Follows and staysup-to-date FDA/GLP guidelines to sample validation andanalysis.Assist with incomingstudies samples to ensure samples submitted are labeled correctlyand they are all accounted for. Put sample information intodatabase to track and store samples at proper conditions. Maintainsspecimen database.Performs entry-levelpharmacokinetic analysis under supervision.Contribute to writing peerreviewed manuscripts and grants.Equipment, Machine, orTool Requirements – Daily use of LC/MS instrumentation.Intermittent use of general laboratory instrumentation includingbut not limited to centrifuges, solid-phase extraction manifolds,evaporator, balances, pH meter, shaker, water bath, chemical fumehood, biological cabinet.MinimumQualificationsBachelor’s degree inbiology, chemistry or related field required.Requires a minimum of 1year of laboratory experience performing relevanttechniquesMaster’s degree, withrelated graduate research, may substitute for experience to theextent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula:* JHU EquivalencyFormula:18 graduate degree credits may substitute for oneyear of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up totwo years of non-related college course work may be applied towardsthe total minimum education/experience required for the respectivejob. *SpecialKnowledge, Skills, and Abilities Salary Not Specified Johns Hopkins University Maryland, United States You need to sign in or create an account to save Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more

Pop-up coach route firm wins £352,000 backing

first_imgJaguar Land Rover (JLR), former Addison Lee CEO Liam Griffin and other ‘angel investors’ are making a $450,000 (£352,000) pre-seed investment in ‘pop-up’ coach firm Zeelo.Zeelo has big ambitions: “We’re going to be the people to run the first autonomous coach trip in the UK.”The London-based start-up runs coaches on-demand, mainly to sporting and music events, with a large database of coach operators which it hires. It was founded by Barney Williams and Sam Ryan, who sold their start-up ‘JumpIn’, a taxi booking and sharing app for students, to Addison Lee in 2014 while at university.Big Plans: Zeelo founders Sam Ryan and Barney WilliamsJLR’s investment comes through its InMotion Ventures mobility programme, which has invested in start-ups such as Lyft and GoKid.Zeelo uses ‘big data’ and ‘machine learning’ to understand where surges in travel demand are appearing and creates pop-up coach routes. Its algorithm analyses and learns from multiple data sources allowing it to generate routes that are poorly served by public transport.“Zeelo was born out of our frustration of scheduled transport not catering well for surges in demand,” says Mr Williams. “We aim to understand what people actually need, rather than forcing them into certain types of transport.”In a series of trials since February, Zeelo has carried 3,000 people, as well as piloting a joint initiative with a Premier League football club.The investment will begin Zeelo’s roll-out across the UK, with an initial focus on event travel. It says the inter-urban transport market is worth £42bn a year.In a series of trials since February, Zeelo has carried 3,000 people“Competitors, including Megabus and National Express, run scheduled services meaning they don’t cater well for large surges in demand,” says Mr Williams. “This leads to multiple stops, changes en route, and a poorer customers experience.”Zeelo will roll out across the UK in 2017 and early 2018, with plans to roll out into Europe in late 2018.last_img read more

Laimdota Straujuma: Latvia’s prime minister

first_imgA member of the People’s Party from 1998-2011 – she has only recently joined Unity – Straujuma took a job at the agriculture ministry in 1999 and the following year became state secretary. When Latvia joined the EU in 2004, she was given the job of arranging EU funds and direct payments to farms, where approximately one in five working-age Latvians were still employed.From 2007-10 she was state secretary at the ministry of regional development and municipalities, but was promoted to agriculture minister in the Dombrovskis-led government in 2011. Straujuma controlled the crucial campaign for EU funds that won an increase indirect payments for Latvian farmers – something she considers one of her greatest achievements.She may be Latvia’s first female leader, but women in top jobs are not uncommon: Vaira Vike-Freiberga, who served two terms as president between 1999 and 2007, is seen as Latvia’s most effective head of state since the country’s independence from the Soviet Union. Observers see Straujuma – often compared to Germany’s Angela Merkel – as the kind of leader that Latvians prefer, strong and technically adept rather than flashy and charismatic. When she was appointed in January, few observers thought caretaker prime minister Laimdota Straujuma could keep Latvia’s government on the rails until scheduled general elections in October. In the event she not only did so, but came through the election with her four-party coalition government intact, and will now lead Latvia through its term in the EU presidency.Whether Straujuma, largely unknown to the public before her unexpected elevation, can survive the full four-year term is still doubtful. But her second coalition government, a co-operation between her centre-right Unity Party – allied to the Reform Party – the centre-left Union of Greens and Farmers and the nationalist National Alliance, was approved by parliament in Riga in November.Straujuma has been in charge since she was appointed by president Andris Berzinš after the resignation of Valdis Dombrovskis following the Riga supermarket disaster in which 52 people died. She studied agricultural economics and began her career as a consultant helping farmers adapt to the demands of a market economy.last_img read more

Real Estate Announces 2020 U.S. Tour

first_imgTickets are on-sale here at 10 a.m. local time next Friday, November 15th, with pre-sales beginning at 10 a.m. local time on November 12th, 13th, and 14th, respectively.Head to Real Estate’s website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.Real Estate 2020 U.S. Tour Dates:4/9 – El Club – Detroit, MI*4/10 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL*4/11 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN*4/13 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE*4/14 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO*4/15 – The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO*4/16 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN*4/18 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA*4/20 – Cat’s Cradle – Chapel Hill, NC*4/21 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC*4/22 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA*4/23 – Royale – Boston, MA*5/7 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA†5/8 – The Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA†5/9 – Belly Up Tavern – San Diego, CA†5/10 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ†5/12 – The Granada Theater – Dallas, TX†5/13 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX†5/14 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX†5/18 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO#5/19 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT#5/21 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA#5/22 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR#*with Palm†with Meg Baird#with ItascaView Tour Dates Real Estate has announced 23 new U.S. performances in a sweeping, 2020 spring tour. The band had teased this series of cities and dates on the back of graphic t-shirts sold at a trio of sold-out shows last month. With venues and more now officially revealed, fans will see the quintet return to much larger stages, bringing brand new music coast-to-coast throughout April and May.As seen during Real Estate’s recent summer tour, including a sold-out stop at New York City’s Webster Hall, the spring run will feature a mesmeric display of visuals, presented on three concentric LED panels specially designed by Optical Animal. Also, as debuted at all of the band’s shows this past October, Real Estate will be playing songs from their yet-to-be-announced upcoming album. Watch a live version of one of the tracks via a tweet from the band below.last_img read more

Calif. Firefighters Outline Problems Responding to Medical Calls at Jail

first_imgAccording to an incident report from January, a fire crew was dispatched to drive an inmate from the jail to Santa Clara County Medical Center about 3 1/2 miles away. Firefighters entered the jail’s inmate processing center and found 10 to 12 prisoners handcuffed to a chair. They were told the injured inmate was on the second floor, and were escorted in to several locked chambers. They had to stop three times to ask for five unsecured inmates to be locked in cells or “shackled to a fixed object,” the report stated. “The fire department has no reason to believe that DOC staff isn’t committed to their job,” Thomas said. Firefighters who meet injured inmates in more than four minutes are supposed to write unusual occurrence reports, and city officials plan to review some of those records in its investigation. SAN JOSE, Calif. — As San Jose Fire (Calif.) Department leaders begin scrutinizing the department’s role in treating and transporting inmates at Santa Clara County Jail, firefighters who respond to frequent calls at the lockup are describing frightening situations for which they were never trained. Even if an inmate has a spinal injury and cannot be easily moved, medical staff at the jail has been trained to load the person on a stretcher and prepare him for the hospital. Some critics have questioned why firefighters need to enter the jail beyond the ground floor. Welch, speaking outside a public safety committee meeting on April 17, trembled as he described an incident in the jail years ago. “We walked in and went through one or two doors,” he said. “A code went off on the public address system that there was a riot elsewhere in the jail. The guard ran off and left us. I remember being with a patient all alone. I’ve never been trained by county guards for that,” he said. Jeff Welch, vice president of San Jose Firefighters Local 230, worked at Fire Station 1 at 225 N. Market St. from roughly 1998 to 2005. He said he responded to medical calls at the jail up to five times in a day, and some fire department rules were disregarded as his crew was left alone with inmates during emergencies. Paramedics’ rescue knives are left in vehicles, and scissors must be buried in a medical box to prevent inmates from snatching them. In response to firefighters’ complaints – which they say fell on deaf ears for eight years – San Jose’s public safety committee on April 17 launched a review of fire department and jail policies on medical calls to the lockup. A report back to the committee is due June 19. Leaders from Santa Clara County’s Department of Correction have said little about the firefighters’ accusations and the city’s inquiry. “When they’re at the jail, they’re not in neighborhoods,” Oliverio said. Another question posed by city leaders is why a permanent “sally port,” or detention area on the ground floor of the jail, could not be used in every instance outside medical help is called to save time and increase safety. It is unclear how often a sally port is used at the jail, but San Jose Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio said jails in other cities such as Los Angeles use them. Together they enter the North or South Main Jail, and a jail guard escorts them through a series of locked doors to reach the patient; sometimes it takes 10 minutes or more to reach a person with an injury such as a slit wrist or an attempted hanging, Welch said. Many inmates begin serving time with medical problems and drug addictions. City firefighters who are also paramedics typically respond to calls at the 18-floor jail at 150 W. Hedding St. at the same time a private ambulance arrives. Others have said staffing shortages at the jail may have contributed to problems. “This is an exchange of information, and we meet regularly with emergency personnel,” said Mark Cursi, spokesman for the Department of Correction. Cursi acknowledged that senior correction officials have met with fire department leaders in recent weeks. According to the fire department’s 2004 Emergency Medical Services Manual, firefighters must “ensure the escort officer remains with the fire department company.” The manual also requires correction officers to secure inmates in a cell or have them “restrained or removed from the area and locked behind a door . . . prior to travel by fire personnel in the facility.” Firefighters say that rule is routinely ignored, and inmates are secured only after medical crews enter rooms. Some firefighters fear attacks or being taken hostage – in which case the jail’s “no hostage” policy would let the inmate and hostage starve before authorities cave to demands. Oliverio, who initiated a formal review of firefighters’ role at the jail in an April 17 public safety committee meeting, said the issue raises three more questions: Are firefighters who respond to daily 911 calls at the jail being drawn away from emergencies in the Rose Garden area and downtown? Are the calls urgent or are they routine trips to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center? Is it costing the city too much money to provide medical and transportation services that the county could provide? In response to the city’s inquiry, the fire department plans to conduct more interviews with first responders, form a committee to review emergency response protocol, survey other city’s practices, review patient care reports and analyze response times. San Jose Fire Department leaders also plan to meet with county communications, Emergency Medical Services and Department of Correction officials. Councilmembers Pete Constant and Madison Nguyen also expressed concern for the issue at the committee meeting, and Oliverio has already asked for the public safety committee’s support in bringing potential reforms to the city council. At the April 17 committee meeting, San Jose assistant fire chief Nicolas Thomas defended jail staff.last_img read more

Couple Donate $150 Million to Fight Poverty in Developing Nations

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreStanford University will open an institution with the sole purpose of alleviating poverty in developing nations, thanks to a $150 million gift donated by a Silicon Valley businessman and his wife.“More than a billion people live on less than $1.25 a day,” said Robert E. King with his wife, Dorothy, in a video. “That’s just not right.”Called the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (known informally as “SEED”), it will draw from the school’s world-class MBA program and suite of courses in entrepreneurship to stimulate business ideas that can empower the people receiving food aid today so they can become self-sufficient and not need the aid in the future.The Institute’s work is based on the belief that a powerful way to help alleviate poverty is through the stimulation of new entrepreneurial ventures and by scaling existing ones.“Today’s students aspire to achieve a global impact that will change people’s lives for the better with everything from businesses that create employment and income sources to creating access to better education, health care, and governance,” said Garth Saloner, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.The InspirationThe idea for the gift came out of home stays that founding donors Dottie and Bob King have offered to international students at Stanford for more than four decades. They witnessed first-hand the impact that education and entrepreneurship can have on a wider community back home. One student, Andreata Muforo from Zimbabwe, brought peers from her global study trip to Africa to the King home for dinner. “We heard how those first-hand experiences compelled some of the MBAs to return for internships in Africa,” said Dottie King. “We saw the direct connection between the learning experience and the motivation to make change.”“We believe that innovation and entrepreneurship are the engines of growth to lift people out of poverty,” said Bob King, who with his wife also founded the Thrive Foundation for Youth. “And we believe Stanford’s tradition of innovation coupled with a forward-thinking global bias as well as its multidisciplinary resources will make a real impact.”The Kings have made a $100 million gift to fund the Institute. They have committed an additional $50 million in matching funds to inspire other donors to fuel Stanford University’s commitment to alleviating poverty, bringing the total philanthropic investment to potentially $200 million.To amplify its impact, SEED will partner with organizations such as Endeavor, which mentors and accelerates the work of high-impact entrepreneurs; the Skoll Foundation, which drives change by investing in social entrepreneurs; and the global social enterprise investor Acumen Fund. All have established operations abroad.www.gsb.stanford.edu/seed/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more