first_imgSoule Monde is the premier avant funk duo, erupting from the syncopated minds of power drummer Russ Lawton and B3 wizard Ray Paczkowski. An ideal union of swagger and raw talent, the duo is cemented into an indestructible pocket, where bold improvisational leaps by either player are met by a near-telepathic response from the other. This is fluid funk, crafted for the dance floor but supported by an extensive grasp of jazz improvisation.Paczkowski has an intrepid knowledge of the Hammond B3, playing it as fearlessly as Han Solo flies the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid field, while his left hand lays down bass lines on the clavinet with the ferocity of the meanest four-string, soul-cat. Lawton is constantly responding to his partner’s attacks – pushing the groove further and deeper while holding the pocket like he’s handcuffed to the snare. Don’t expect the beat to drop with Soule Monde, and at the same time don’t expect to get stuck in one groove. Quite simply, this is the jazz-duo your parents warned you about!The duo are set to release a new album, Must Be Nice, on March 3rd via Ropeadope Records, bringing eight infectious new grooves together for the upcoming release. Lawton tells us more about what to expect. “The new Soule Monde album Must Be Nice digs deeper into the pool of rhythms and melody. Still drawing from the funk and also the rhythms Russ played with his time in the Afro Beat band Zzebra. Ray and Russ mash it all together Soule Monde style with that great chemistry they have for writing as a band. Always boiling it down to some unique songs for your body, mind and soul. It’s been said before, but Must Be Nice will take you on a musical journey.”We’re excited to get that journey started with “Rocket,” a leading single from the new album. Listen in below!You can also watch the new, official music video, streaming below.Don’t miss Soule Monde on tour, and don’t sleep on their new album! Keep tabs on the band’s doings on their official website, and see their full tour schedule and album tracklisting below.Soule Monde Tour Dates3/2 Newport, RI – The Cafe at Parlor Newport3/3 New York, NY – DROM3/4 Boston, MA – Thunder Road3/11 Foam Brewery – Burlington, VT3/16 Warren, VT – Hostel3/17 Washington, DC – The Hamilton3/18 Plains, PA – River Street Jazz Cafe3/30 Warren, VT – Slide Brook3/31 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live (Upstairs)Must Be Nice Tracklisting1. Immigrant Too2. Rocket3. Take My Hand4. Compared To Jody5. Kota6. Mina7. Took You Long Enough8. InfluenceRecorded at Lovetownlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Craig Cohen (Suffolk County Police Department)A Wyandanch Memorial High School assistant principal was arrested Monday for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to students and faculty members, Suffolk County police said.Craig Cohen, 47, was arrested Monday morning as he left his Northport home, police said. He was charged with three counts of aggravated harassment and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Cohen was held overnight at the First Precinct and will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.Police said an investigation revealed that Cohen, who has been employed at the school for eight years, sent “several inappropriate texts to various students and faculty members.”Some of the messages were “sexual in nature,” police said in a news release. The texts were sent in February and March of this year, according to police.Wyandanch Union Free School District Superintendent Pless M. Dickerson said in a statement posted on the district’s website that school officials received word of the alleged inappropriate messages after school hours on Monday.Without referencing Cohen by name, the statement said, “the staff member has been reassigned immediately and further appropriate action will be taken by the school District pending the results of the investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department.”Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this case to call 631-854-8126.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two people were reportedly shot and killed in Hempstead on Monday afternoon, but few details have been released from Nassau County and Hempstead village police investigating the case.Officers responded to a report of a shooting at a house on Belmont Parkway shortly after 1 a.m., police said. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a local hospital, where the second victim died, according to published reports.Hempstead police referred calls to Nassau police, who neither released the identities of the victims nor a description of the shooter.CBS News reported that police had the house surrounded for 12 hours while they believed that the suspect was still inside, but when they eventually entered the house, nobody was home.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This Labor Day most Americans will be taking a break from their bosses, but a small group of employees will be celebrating the fact that they are their own bosses because they belong to workers cooperatives.It’s a democratic working arrangement that seems to be gaining more attention since Occupy Wall Street, although the concept actually goes back to the dawn of the labor movement. The idea made news in June when the New York City Council made the largest pledge of government support for worker cooperative business development in U.S. history by making a $1.2-million investment in such initiatives.“Obviously, cooperatives didn’t just come out of Occupy Wall Street,” said Brendan Martin, founding director of The Working World, a Manhattan-based nonprofit organization that provides investment capital and technical support for worker cooperatives. “But it did help focus people’s energy and attention on alternatives… The whole movement was about questioning aspects of our economic system and who owns what. One of the key problems is how few own so much!”One lively offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street was the creation of OccuCopy, a workers cooperative in Brooklyn, which started with a small group camped out in Zucotti Park who had discovered they had similar interests. Now it’s renamed Radix Media, a “full-service commercial print shot” with three members. It’s also a union shop—part of the Teamsters Local 1, the Amalgamated Lithographers of America. Their big project right now is helping the People’s Climate March produce material to publicize its nationwide event Sept. 21.“We do a ton of stuff,” explained Lantz Arroyo, who was born in Rockville Centre and lived in Hempstead until he was four. But he got interested in workers cooperatives while he was living in Portland, Ore., before moving to New York City and joining up with his co-workers last summer. He loves the working arrangement.“We’re not working for someone else and getting paid low wages while someone at the top is making more,” he told the Press. “We do find ourselves working on our days off and having meetings on our days off, but I think it’s definitely more fulfilling. It’s a great model for people who want to have a livelihood but don’t want to just make someone else rich while they’re struggling every day.”WORKERS UNITEAll told, there are 29,284 cooperatives in the United States, excluding housing co-ops, but only 223 are directly worker-owned, according to John Duda, communications coordinator of the Democracy Collaborative, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group, which promotes this worker-owned business model.The U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), a national organization established in 2004, estimates that there are 300-400 worker-owned co-ops and “democratic workplaces” in the United States, employing 2,500-3,500 workers. A 2012 study by the Democracy At Work Institute, a USFWC affiliate, found that 71 percent of worker co-ops have fewer than 15 members. The largest worker co-op in the country happens to be the Cooperative Home Care Associates in the Bronx, which has 1,100 “worker-owners” out of it 2,300 employees, according to the USFWC.“Cooperatives are a bigger part of the economy than most people realize,” Duda told the Press. “You’re talking about organizations that are democratically owned and controlled by their members. Those can be purchasing cooperatives, banking cooperatives, agricultural cooperatives, housing cooperatives, or worker cooperatives.”Add in credit unions and employee-owned companies, and “about 130 million people in the U.S. are in cooperatives,” said Duda. “There’s 6 million more people in employee-owned companies in the United States than there are in labor unions in the private sector.”Here on Long Island, the Bethpage-based Peerless Electronics became an employee-owned company as of May 30, 2012, when the Employees Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) acquired 100 percent of the company from the estate of the late owner, Alvin M. Shankman, who had owned the firm privately since 1945. In a press release, Robert Levine, president and chief financial officer, wrote: “In today’s economic and business environment, it is especially important to note that we have secured the employee positions, maintained jobs on Long Island and will continue to be a strong business partner with our customers and suppliers.”Peerless preserved its hierarchical structure, but the transition also kept the company alive. Duda says that creating worker cooperatives generally offers a better approach to economic development than typical government policy.“You don’t give a corporate tax subsidy to somebody and hope they’ll create some jobs that will pay a living wage,” said Duda. “You give it to people who are running a democratically owned business. They tend not to vote to dissolve themselves or ‘offshore’ themselves.”Subsidizing corporations, Duda said, “didn’t actually deliver the goods. We have greater inequality today than we did a couple of decades ago.”Duda said that the New York City Council’s $1.2 million budget initiative to fund worker cooperative development targeted at low-income communities was a great step forward.“Folks without assets don’t have the equity to start a business, so how do you get them those assets in a way that doesn’t exploit them?” Duda said. “Our organization focuses on how do we get worker cooperatives the business that they need? How do you build a larger framework for local policy that says: ‘Ok, we’ve got hospitals and universities; they spend billions of dollars a year, but they spend it outside the communities that they’re a part of.”MEET THE NEW BOSSThe co-op concept is certainly getting wider attention, here and elsewhere.“Our board had a huge discussion about cooperatives” last year, said Long Island Progressive Coalition Director Lisa Tyson. “They’re awesome!”Her group is not-for-profit, so the business model doesn’t apply, but she thinks more people should consider it.“When businesses are threatened, it’s a great way to keep the business alive and have the workers take on a different role,” she said.Tyson said her group didn’t know of any functioning worker co-ops on Long Island. Attempts by the Press to find them in Nassau and Suffolk also came up empty.Out in the Rockaways, it’s a different story, where two workers cooperatives are thriving—with more on the way.“I think we’re planting the seeds for what could be a big change,” said Scott Trumbull, project officer for the Working World. He’s been involved in helping set up La Mies Bakery, which has four employees, and Roca Mia Construction, which has five. In the planning stages are a landscaping cooperative and a taxi service.Of course, raising capital is the biggest hurdle for any business, let alone a cooperative. Thanks to the New York City Council’s recent $1.2 million pledge, the Working World got a $230,000 grant, which will have a direct impact on future cooperative development in Far Rockaway, Trumbull said. What differentiates their investment strategy from a typical start-up loan is that “we assume the risk,” he explained.“We only recover our money from the profits the co-op generates,” he said. That’s why they are very rigorous with the co-ops they commit to helping.“One of the most important things in co-ops is to have a really strong set of rules to guide the cooperative,” said Trumbull. “When someone is doing something that is not right, you can say, ‘Hey, this is not in compliance with the rules that we ALL agreed upon.’…It’s a big switch from being accountable to the boss to being accountable to the whole group.”So what does a worker co-op do on Labor Day?“We respect it!” said Trumbull with a laugh. “We will not be working!”last_img read more

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details The turning of the season means the holidays are around the corner. With the cooler weather comes cold and flu season … and doctor bills. To help keep healthcare costs under control, consider taking these three preventive measures for healthier (and cheaper) seasons ahead.Get your flu shotSome are skeptical whether getting the flu vaccine is worth the time. The fact is that vaccinating yourself and your family is the best thing you can do to keep healthy during cold and flu season (from around October through March). Vaccines can be found for low cost at local pharmacies and groceries. Additionally, for those without insurance or a primary caregiver, the Department of Health Services can provide information on low cost or free vaccination centers in your area.Keep cleanThis applies to both yourself and your personal space. Whether you’re at work around coworkers or at home with your family, keeping a clean and sanitized environment is key to fighting off the flu bug. Keep sanitizer at your desk, wash your hands frequently, and avoid coming into close contact with others. Giving your health the proper forethought during cold and flu season will help to prevent unnecessary cost associated with trips to urgent care and the doctor’s office.Understand your planHealth insurance is one of the most important things we can invest in and maintaining and understanding your coverage is critical to avoiding high medical expenses down the road. The ins and outs of your insurance plan can be quite complex so in order to not be confused about what is available to you and what your family needs, it’s vital to have a strong grasp on important medical insurance terminology. Check out this source for detailed information on various insurance policies available, cost comparisons, and coverage options.last_img read more

first_img continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’ve written before about the false promise of innovation theatre— getting caught up in activities that look like innovation, but don’t really add value.I have said that the antithesis of and antidote to innovation theatre is to define innovation as implementing new ideas that create value. This does create a bit of a paradox, though. If we only work on new ideas that we can implement, and we only implement ideas that are sure to create value, how innovative are we really?As Oren Harari said, “The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles.”If we are going to do more than a few minor feature tweaks or product extensions, we are clearly going to have to break some new ground. Breaking new ground means trying some things that might not work and, in fact, some of those things might never see the light of day with customers.last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Biden also said that he wanted to see a mask mandate in the United States, reiterating his request for state and local officials to require citizens to wear face coverings as cases surge during the cold winter months. Aiming fire at the Trump administration, he criticized the president and his advisers for attacking leaders of states like Michigan who have imposed new restrictions on businesses to contain rising case numbers.“What the hell’s the matter with these guys?” Mr. Biden said. “It’s totally irresponsible.”Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaking before Mr. Biden, said they were focused on “opening this economy responsibly and rebuilding it so it works for working people.”- Advertisement – “More people may die, if we don’t coordinate,” he said. – Advertisement – His speech came at a perilous moment for the recovery.Credit card data and other indicators suggest that consumers began to pull back spending this month as infection, hospitalization and death rates from the virus surge nationwide. States have begun to impose new restrictions on economic activity in an effort to tamp down the spread.But stock markets were rising again on Monday, encouraged by news that Moderna’s vaccine for the virus appears to be highly effective. Still, widespread distribution of a vaccine that would allow Americans to resume anything close to normal levels of travel, dining out and other types of spending on services that have been crushed by the pandemic is likely months away. Economists continue to call for a new and immediate round of aid from Congress to help people and businesses weather the difficult time before the rebound is complete. Earlier on Monday, Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris spoke with business and union leaders to discuss the recovery, including Mary Barra, the chief executive of General Motors; Sonia Syngal, the chief executive of Gap; Satya Nadella, the head of Microsoft; Richard Trumka of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and Rory Gamble, president of the United Auto Workers. “They represent very different perspectives, but I’m convinced we can all come together around the same table to advance areas of common ground,” Mr. Biden said. He underscored the importance of unity between business leaders and unions and said that unions would have more power under his watch.Mr. Biden said he supported a robust stimulus package such as the $3 trillion bill that House Democrats passed earlier this year, and he insisted that funding for states and cities needs to be included in such legislation. The president-elect said that sick leave and money for child care were also priorities, arguing that people should not have to choose between working and caring for others. “For millions of Americans who’ve lost hours and wages or have lost jobs, we can deliver immediate relief and it need be done quickly,” Mr. Biden said. “Congress should come together and pass a Covid relief package” along the lines of the $3 trillion bill that House Democrats passed earlier this year.Mr. Biden said that combating the virus remained the most urgent matter, however, and called on President Trump to begin the transition process quickly. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. warned that a “very dark winter” was ahead and called on Congress to pass an economic stimulus package immediately to help workers struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. In his first economic address since winning the election this month, Mr. Biden said he supported a national mask mandate to help curb the rise of the virus and that Congress should provide trillions of dollars in fiscal support to workers, businesses and state and local governments.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Kathy Manderino, Secretary of Labor & Industry Jobs That Pay,  Minimum Wage,  The Blog Too often in Harrisburg, we lose sight of the real impact on people by our actions – or inaction, for that matter.For years, advocates, business owners, and elected officials have called for lawmakers to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for low-income workers.The goal here is to raise all boats:Lifting people out of poverty allows them to rely less on government assistance.Empowering employees with better wages increases productivity and decreases turnover.Increasing purchasing power for low-wage workers means more customers for small and local businesses.Too often, the workers get forgotten, and so does the true struggle and pain of trying to lift oneself out of poverty working one, two, or three low-wage jobs.Pennsylvanians who work full time at the minimum wage earn $15,080 annually, leaving them below the poverty level for a family of four and unable to afford basic necessities.A full-time, year-round worker earning the current minimum wage earns less than the federal poverty threshold for a family of two.For a single mother with two children who works 40 hours per week, an increase in the minimum wage would lift her family above the poverty line for a household of three.We cannot forget these people, and luckily for them, Governor Wolf understands their struggle to provide for their families. That’s why he’s fighting for better wages for all workers.It is time for us to do the right thing for all working Pennsylvanians and raise the minimum wage.Too many fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers are working multiple jobs at low wages and still unable to provide enough for their families to get by. We cannot fail them any longer.Let’s raise all boats – too many have been struggling just to stay afloat for far too long. March 09, 2016center_img BLOG: Let’s Raise All Boats For Workers Read more posts about raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

first_imgThe report revealed COVID-19 has impacted the momentum that was in the market and caused a slowing of sales rates as overseas and interstate investors are hampered by border restrictions.“While there is still uncertainty and caution in the market, Queensland’s response and results during COVID-19 will bode well when borders open and interstate and overseas buyers can move freely,” said Urbis director Lynda Campbell.“As people reset and reassess their living and employment options, the Gold Coast is well placed to see an influx of investors and new residents looking for a lifestyle change. “The ability to work from home, or from any location with reliable internet, has been proven and is a previous barrier to interstate and overseas migration that has been removed.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring selling predictions for 202002:37DESPITE recording a decline in sales, the Gold Coast new apartment market is showing resilience with a higher sale rate than 12 months ago.The Urbis Gold Coast Apartment Essentials Insights revealed a decline in sales during the second quarter of 2020 – down from 265 during quarter one to 156.While this is a lower result than the previous three quarters, the market recorded a higher sales rate than 12 months ago when 153 sales were recorded during quarter two of 2019. An aerial view of the Surfers Paradise skyline. MORE NEWS: The designer home and acreage complete with its own motocross track More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa6 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoCannes at Surfers Paradise, a project by Marquee Development Partners.The weighted average sale price increased $51,813 to $861,624 while supply levels have fallen to their lowest level in six years. At the end of June 2020, there were 813 new apartments available for sale – the lowest level since quarter two of 2014 when there were 721 remaining on the market.The majority of new apartment stock for sale is in the GC Central Precinct.No new projects were launched during the quarter but there are 14 projects pending launch over the next six to nine months containing 723 apartments. Gold Coast real estate: Custodian CEO John Fitzgerald urges Australians to buy more property nowlast_img read more