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TCU staff get a second shot at an education

TCU staff get a second shot at an education

first_imgGrace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Twitter Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ One student goes to school in hopes of getting a raise at her job. The other, to be a role model for her kids. The third just wants to own a house in the countryside. Although each student has their own individual goals, they have one thing in common — they’re not a typical TCU student. They’re staff members. For 90 minutes twice a week, TCU staff members clock out from their job and clock into class to work towards their GED, a test that equates to a U.S. high school diploma when passed. The program, created by TCU Human Resources, is part of the university’s “Lead On” initiative with goals to strengthen the workforce and academic profile of TCU’s community.One can usually find Pamela Sanchez cleaning the stadium to make sure it’s pristine for gamedays. However, starting at 3:30 p.m. she heads toward Room 243 in the Rickel to switch from sanitizing to studying. Although her workday isn’t technically over, her supervisors allow her to attend class during her shift. “I’ve always wanted to go to school,” Sanchez said. “I know I’ve made mistakes and dropped out for me to get here, but you have to put your foot forward and do your best.” When the going gets tough, Sanchez looks to her 7-year-old nephew for motivation. “I want to succeed to show him that anything is possible to do,” Sanchez said. “I’ve gone through a lot my whole entire life and he’s the main reason why I’m taking this. So I can succeed, go on with my future and become better.” Despite all of the hardships she faces, Sanchez knows her work will pay off. “I want one day, hopefully, to own my own home out in the country,” Sanchez said. “I want to show people that I succeeded. Not only them but myself, too. That I can do it.”Cynthia Solis is another one of the seven students in the class. She’s been at TCU for 10 years as a part of Sodexo. Although she’s been on campus for a decade, these classes help her feel truly integrated into the TCU community. “It’s a big thing for me — you’re not just a vendor, you’re a part of TCU,” Solis said. “Everyone is so friendly, everyone treats you with equality. For me, it’s what TCU is about.” Solis, like Sanchez, has children who look up to her. By returning to school, she hopes to show her two teenagers that anything is possible. “It’s being an example that it’s never too late to go back,” Solis said. “You can always go back but it gets harder and harder, so why not do it the first time?” The test is devised of six subjects – reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Once the student passes one of the subject tests, they begin studying for the next. Currently, the class is focused on passing the math portion, the hardest of the six. Fort Worth ISD Adult Education instructor Johnnie Hunt ensures the students feel prepared — emotionally and academically — to take the test. “I help keep them confident and encourage them,” Hunt said. “They can go as high as they want and we will work with them.” For Sonia Gallegos, another one of the students, the sky is the limit. She’s been at TCU for 20 years, but once she gets her GED, she has a promotion waiting for her. “I didn’t this I was going to make it this long,” Gallegos said. “I can show my daughter that she can do it because sometimes she wants to quit and she sees me and she tells me ‘Mom don’t quit’ and I tell her ‘OK, you don’t quit either.’”While most parents help their children with their homework, Gallegos and her daughter help each other with their studies.“I told her ‘I want my GED’ and now I’m here,” Gallegos said. “Now, I can help my daughter with her homework and it makes me feel good about myself.”Hunt said the class is planning to take the math test by December, and hopes for a perfect passing score. Facebook Twitter Flu activity remains high in Texas Linkedin Grace Amiss is a senior journalism major and managing editor for TCU360. When she is not reporting she is most likely raving about her golden retriever or taking a spin class. Grace is currently writing about student life at TCU, so feel free to drop her a line if you come across a story you feel is worth sharing! print Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Revamped enrollment process confuses some students TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt TCU cancels offer to trade tickets for canned food Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Rep. Katie Hill announces resignation, ISIS leader killedNext articleEqualizer in 90th minute helps soccer tie No. 23 Kansas Grace Amiss RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Language barriers remain in TCU’s alert system Facebook ReddIt Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Grace Amiss Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Protecting Limerick workers from rogue employers

Protecting Limerick workers from rogue employers

first_imgFacebook Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin NewsProtecting Limerick workers from rogue employersBy Alan Jacques – January 15, 2015 879 Twitter Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Maurice QuinlivanSINN Féin’s Maurice Quinlivan is to seek the support of the Council’s metropolitan district to call on the Government to amend the Companies Bill 2012 to provide for the piercing of the corporate veil to protect vulnerable workers from calculated breaches of employment law by rogue employers.Cllr Quinlivan told the Limerick Post that he believes workers’ rights, particularly those on low pay in the retail and services sectors have become increasingly precarious over the last number of years. The City North representative, insists that far too often we see company directors walking away from their responsibilities, not because they cannot afford to meet their liabilities, but because existing employment and company law allows them to.“There have been a number of high profile cases where workers have had to resort to sit-ins and other types of protracted industrial actions to secure their rights and entitlements. We saw workers in Cork in Vita Cortex and here in Limerick in HMV and Game occupy their place of employment to demand their entitlements,” Cllr Quinlivan declared.“Over the last couple of years there has been an increasing demand for government to hold company directors to account for outstanding non-payment of awards and pay arising from breaches of employment law,” he added.The Sinn Féin leader on the Council, claims that rogue employers are hiding behind the “corporate veil” provided for in company law and as a result vulnerable workers are being left high and dry.“We know there are a small number of unscrupulous business owners who continue to establish a number of companies in an effort to break the link between assets, operations and employees. The provision of the corporate veil in company law in effect separates the legal personality of a company from its Directors thus protecting them from personal liability of the company’s obligations,” he concluded.At next Monday’s metropolitan district meeting, he will ask councillors to write to Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton calling on him to amend the Companies Bill 2012 to include a provision that will prevent unscrupulous directors exploiting company law to withhold outstanding pay and other earned entitlements. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TAGSCllr Maurice QuinlivanlimerickLimerick Metropolitan DistrictSinn Fein Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous article#video A Winter Wonderland in Lough GurNext articleIDA jobs Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Irish Water announces wastewater treatment project plans for Donegal

Irish Water announces wastewater treatment project plans for Donegal

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Previous articleCalls for ‘fair break’ for rural pubsNext articleColm Cavanagh named August Player of the Month News Highland center_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Harps come back to win in Waterford Irish Water has announced that it is currently progressing the detailed design and planning of wastewater infrastructure for the towns of Rathmullan, Milford and Ramelton in Co Donegal.The utility says the project will take approximately 3 to 4 years with works due to commence this year.Irish water says the project will ensure an adequate treatment of wastewater in Rathmullan, Milford and Ramelton.At present the towns of Rathmullan and Ramelton have no wastewater treatment while Milford has a substandard wastewater treatment with untreated or partially treated wastewater being discharged into the environment at the three towns.It is envisaged that planning, design and construction of the wastewater treatment project will take approximately 3 to 4 years beginning from 2018 to 2021.The utility says, third party surveys and landowner engagement have commenced and once there is sufficient data and the optimum solution for the area is confirmed, a public information event will be held.It’s expected the planning application will be submitted to the Local Authority in 2019. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Irish Water announces wastewater treatment project plans for Donegal By News Highland – August 22, 2018 last_img read more

Risk of severe weather stretches across upper US

Risk of severe weather stretches across upper US

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A risk of severe storms on Thursday stretches from Wyoming all the way to New Jersey.In Wisconsin on Wednesday, two tornadoes were reported. More than 40 damaging storms were reported in Michigan and Illinois, where wind gusts exceeded 70 mph.An active storm pattern should continue Thursday in the Midwest, and it’s moving farther into the Northeast.Damaging winds and large hail would be the biggest threat for Binghamton, New York, to Washington, D.C.The tornado threat will be small in the Northeast; there, a funnel cloud or two shouldn’t be ruled out.Another storm system in the Plains may bring severe storms to much of Nebraska.On Friday, more storms are expected in the Plains — not only in Nebraska, but also Kansas, Iowa and northern Missouri.Rainfall is expected from the Rocky Mountains to the Northeast over the next few days, with some areas potentially getting more than 3 inches.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Man accused of stealing from Kmart days after buying $8 million private island

Man accused of stealing from Kmart days after buying $8 million private island

first_imgMonroe County Sheriff’s Office(MIAMI) — A Florida man was arrested on Saturday for shoplifting at a Kmart, just days after he purchased a multi-million-dollar private island off Key West.Andrew Lippi, 59, was accused of stealing about $300 worth of household goods from a Kmart in Key West, where police said he purchased various items between March 30 and April 4, replaced them with cheaper items and returned them for a refund. Lippi made headlines last week when he purchased Thompson Island, a private estate formerly owned by the philanthropist and developer Edward B. Knight, for $8 million, according to ABC Miami affiliate WPLG-TV.Lippi also owns a 12-bedroom resort compound in Key West that MTV used to film a season of The Real World in 2006. That property rents for about $1,800 a night on Airbnb, WPLG reported.Lippi stands accused of stealing multiple items, including LED light bulbs and a $55 Hamilton Beach coffee maker, which he allegedly “replaced with a much older coffee maker” and returned for a full refund, according to the Key West Police Department.Police said Lippi also bought a $150 Keurig coffee machine on March 30, returned it and received a full refund a day later. Kmart employees notified the store’s loss prevention officer after realizing the coffee machine box instead contained a basketball, according to police.Lippi denied denied stealing the items, according to a police report.“Lippi stated he did not change out any items prior to returning them,” the arresting officer wrote in the report. “I asked Lippi about the Keurig coffee machine being replaced by a basketball, and he stated the clerk should have realized there was no coffee machine by the weight of the box.”“I asked Lippi about the light bulbs, and he stated he returned the light bulbs because he paid too much money for them and did not know how they were switched,” the officer said.ABC News could not reach Lippi for comment late Monday night, but he told the Miami Herald that the situation “has to do with a commercial dispute.”“It’s very complicated and I’d rather not get into it,” Lippi told the Herald in a phone interview. “I will say this, that the way it was handled by Key West police and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department was wonderful. Some of the finest people I’ve ever dealt with who were kind throughout the whole process.”Lippi was arrested on grand theft charges and released the following day. Jail records show he posted no bond for his release. He’s scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on April 18. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Clear cannabis policies needed at work

Clear cannabis policies needed at work

first_imgHRprofessionals have been warned to clarify their organisation’s position oncannabis use at work following the Government’s decision to make possession ofthe drug a non-arrestable offence.FranWilson, HR adviser at the CIPD, advised the profession to inform staff thatdespite re-classification of cannabis to a class C drug, its use is stillillegal.Shesaid: “It is still a perception-changing drug so it would not be safe foran employee to drive machinery after use. Companies will have formal alcoholand drugs policies and HR must make sure it is communicated to staff that theuse of cannabis comes under that policy.”PaulHunter, managing director of Altrix Healthcare, believes that HR does notrecognise the “growing problem” of social drug use by staff and isconcerned the profession’s ignorance could lead to safety and performanceproblems. “Many employers in this country have yet to wake up to the factthat social drug use is a spiralling problem,” he said.”Staffmight feel at liberty to smoke a joint during an office lunch, regardless ofthe impact this will have on their ability to work during the afternoon. Thesooner HR professionals realise this the better.”Hunteradvised employers to check employee smoking areas for evidence of cannabis use. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Clear cannabis policies needed at workOn 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

MOSKAL, DOROTHY (nee: Baron)

MOSKAL, DOROTHY (nee: Baron)

first_img92, passed away on February 3, 2018 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. She was born in Bayonne and was a lifelong resident. Dorothy was a homemaker. She was predeceased by her late husband Paul Berezny and her late husband Adam Moskal. Mother of the late Joyce Berezny. Mother of Paul Berezny, Suzanne Fauerbach and her husband Albert, Debra Ferlito and her husband Frank and Philip Moskal. Grandmother of Paul Jr., John, Jeffrey, Robyn, Thomas, Robert, Scott, Nicole, Joyce, Eric and Laura. Great-grandmother of 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements by S. FRYCZYNSKI & SON Funeral Home, 32-34 E. 22nd St.last_img

Police Announce New Protocol in Wake of Coronavirus

Police Announce New Protocol in Wake of Coronavirus

first_imgCity officials and police are cracking down on large gatherings of unruly teens. Following is a statement from the Ocean City Police Department about the coronavirus threat:During this time of uncertainty, public safety and superior customer service will continue to be paramount at the Ocean City Police Department.The OCPD is working diligently with stakeholders within Ocean City and in conjunction with county and state partners, to respond to the public health threat posed by this virus.For the safety of our citizens, civilian staff and officers, the OCPD will be modifying our response to some non-emergent calls for service.To be clear, this change will not impact the dispatching of officers to high priority, emergency incidents.Those needing our assistance are encouraged to call 911 to report an emergency or (609)399-9111 to report a non-emergent situation.Ocean City’s highly trained emergency communications center personnel will collect all important information and work with police supervisors and officers to determine whether an officer’s physical presence is needed to complete a report. Some incidents will be documented via telephone.Visitors to the Ocean City Police Department will speak to officers via our internal phone system.The goal of this temporary procedure is to help cut down on unnecessary contact with individuals as a means of reducing in-person contact and mitigating the risks associated with person-to-person transmission of novel coronavirus.We are grateful as always for the strong relationship we have with our community. Working together we will be able to provide the safest environment for all.Some informative links to visit:CDCCape May County Department of Healthhttp://capemaycountynj.govCity of Ocean Cityhttp://www.ocnj.us/last_img read more

Nor’easter Packs Punch in Ocean City

Nor’easter Packs Punch in Ocean City

first_imgA motorist drives through flood waters at 11th Street and West Avenue. By MADDY VITALEWind gusts of up to 55 mph, flooding throughout Ocean City, an overflowing bay, downed power lines and outages and about six cars stuck in high stormwater made for a sloppy and unpleasant Monday.City officials explained that the morning’s high tide and the result of it were not the worst of the storm. Monday night’s high tide and strong winds were expected to bring even more flooding.“The wind continues to be strong and is starting to shift a little bit to the north,” Ocean City Emergency Management Coordinator Frank Donato said at 1:30 p.m.A bicyclist braves the stormy day while riding on the Boardwalk.The high tide at 10:38 a.m. had crested by the afternoon and the water was receding, Donato added.The storm’s whipping winds, wintry mix of precipitation and temperatures in the 30s made for a day of inside activities.A lone bicyclist took a ride on the Boardwalk in the afternoon. According to the Atlantic City Electric map, there were 17 power outages in the afternoon.Donato noted that there was moderate flooding throughout areas of the island.“There were a lot of bayside areas in town experiencing street flooding,” he said, adding that the one positive was that the city saw a couple of inches less of rain than what was originally predicted.The National Weather Service had issued a coastal flood warning for the resort from 7 a.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Tuesday.The NWS also issued a wind advisory through Monday evening with northeast winds blowing from 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph, which exceeded the forecast.Victoria Lane is one area hit by flooding on Monday.“The sustained winds of about 30 mph continued through the morning,” Donato said. “The heaviest gusts measured at the wind station at the 59th street parking lot were 55 mph.”Streets such as West and Haven Avenues, Battersea Road, Victoria Lane and Asbury Avenue were just some of the water-soaked roadways. Water lapped over the bulkhead at the Ocean City Yacht Club. Floodwaters pooled in the roadways, making travel tricky and unsafe in some areas.Streets, aside from some cars that traveled into floodwaters only to be stranded, were mostly barren.Donato cautioned motorists that they should move cars to higher ground and never drive through floodwaters or drive around barricadesCars parked on 11th Street and West Avenue aren’t going anywhere until waters recede.But at least six drivers did not heed warnings.“Unfortunately, about a handful of cars were lost this morning,” Donato said.“They were throughout the island. I saw one vehicle on 45th Street and one on 46th Street off West Avenue,” Donato said. “There are some others that you could see weren’t moved and water was likely inside the cars.”Parking is available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora.A “Road Closed” barrier at Battersea Road signals to vehicles not to drive through the waters.But even as the floodwaters went down, Donato cautioned that the 11:15 p.m. high tide Monday may be even worse than the morning’s weather.“We want to remind people to expect another similar dose of flooding,” he pointed out.For police and fire department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111. Visit www.ocnj.us/octides to compare the new predictions to other recent and historic tide levels.The flooded intersection at 34th Street and Haven Avenue is deserted.last_img read more

Community to Deliver Easter Dinners; Donations Wanted

Community to Deliver Easter Dinners; Donations Wanted

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEFor many families, the holidays mean planning, food shopping and preparation that culminate with sitting down with loved ones to share a meal and memories.And to others, holidays mean getting to work to make fond memories for strangers, those with food insecurities amid the COVID-19 pandemic and tough economic times.This Easter, volunteers will help out from OCNJ CARE, a charitable organization headed by Ocean City resident Drew Fasy, Bill McGinnity, of Nobil Catering, and the food ministry at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church with Jen Bowman at the helm.Fasy said McGinnity gives of his time to prepare the meals at his cost. McGinnity also donates his van and packaging for the dinners.But, Fasy emphasized, OCNJ CARE needs a bit more help from the community to feed those in need.“There are costs involved with providing a quality meal and we are bearing that cost at a time when funding is light,” Fasy said. “OCNJ CARE is a 100 percent volunteer organization. All of the initiatives are done through the donations.”He continued, “There are no funding sources for the organization — except the goodwill of Ocean City residents and businesses who support us.”Over Thanksgiving and Christmas, Fasy and the community team provided dinners to residents of the city’s low-income housing complexes, Pecks Village, Bayview Manor and Wesley by the Bay.Fasy’s family, along with other Ocean City families, the Youngs and Wisnefskis, delivered more than 150 meals over Thanksgiving and Christmas.The families will do it again on April 3 for Easter, Fasy said.McGinnity, owner of Cousin’s Restaurant, located at 104 Asbury Ave., said in a recent interview that he may be preparing as many as 200 meals this time around.Honey glazed ham is the main course in the Easter dinner. (Photo courtesy iStock)And what is on the menu is sure to please.Some savory menu items are honey baked ham, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and green beans.“It really is a full meal,” McGinnity noted. “We will do as many meals as they need. It is part of being in the community. Christmas went well and I am sure Easter will go well.”While McGinnity prepares the meals, Bowman said she, along with others at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church involved in the food ministry, are collecting donations from the community of plastic eggs filled with candy and Easter cards, which will add a personal touch to the meals.People may drop off the candy-filled eggs and cards at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, located at Eighth Street and Central Avenue. There are donation boxes inside both doors at the church.Bowman said the dinners would not be possible without the generous support of the community and the hard work of the volunteers.“Easter dinner gives our elderly Ocean City friends in need a hot meal and some Ocean City love,” Bowman added.To donate go to www.ocnjcare.orgHoliday cards such as this one for Thanksgiving dinner displayed by St. Peter’s United Methodist Church member Nancy McNamara are welcomed to include with the Easter packages (Joanne Budnick is also pictured.) Families get ready to give residents of Wesley by the Bay holiday dinners during Christmas and will do it again for Easter.last_img read more