Utah teachers challenge state’s reopening plans

first_imgBy Alyssa Faith and Summer AutumnSchool districts across Utah are planning to open with in-person classes for the start of the new school year, despite the state having twice the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus as they did when schools closed in March. Governor Gary Hubert requested school districts open for in-person learning, while leaving planning and procedures up to individual school districts. School boards have been making minimal changes without input from teachers, school employees and parents. Teachers demonstrate outside school board meeting, Aug. 4. WW photo: Summer AutumnThe Granite Education Association, representing teachers in Utah’s largest school district, held a rally outside the district offices during a school board meeting on Aug. 4. The rally was attended by approximately 600 workers. They demanded the school board listen to workers and do more to keep employees and children safe.  They also expressed concern over the district’s plan to offer both in-person and virtual learning, with no plan to hire more teachers — effectively doubling teachers’ workload without compensation or support. Workers who have expressed concern about returning during the pandemic, either due to being high-risk or having high-risk loved ones at home, have been offered no alternatives other than to resign, retire or take Family and Medical Leave Act unpaid time off. Members of the union are debating striking if an education plan that does not involve face-to-face in-person education is not implemented. It would be the first Utah educators’ strike in three decades.   Utah is an anti-union “right-to-work” (for less) state. Many workers are hesitant or unsure about how to speak out, in fear of losing their jobs. Utah has the lowest rate of educational funding per child in the country. The lack of funding has led employees to doubt the district’s ability to provide proper personal protective equipment and cleaning materials. Teachers have expressed concerns and doubts about the practicality of expecting younger students to maintain social distancing in schools and classrooms not spacious enough to accommodate social distancing with large class sizes. Opening schools to force parents back to workRecent comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, labeled the reopening of schools as an “experiment” to see how the virus would spread among children and workers in a school setting. This suggests the powers in charge are not opening schools due to a belief that it is safe to do so, but rather to use the schools as a means of child care in order to send parents back to work. It is an abuse of the working class for the ruling class to force parents to risk their children’s lives in order to return to work for the capitalists. The affluent classes will have other options for safer child care or alternative incomes, while the majority of workers will have no choice but to send their children into unsafe schools in order to maintain income and housing — placing entire communities at risk of illness or death. When school districts in Chicago announced a return to in-person schooling, the teacher’s union there held a meeting and announced an intent to strike, and the government announced the next day that schooling would take place entirely online. A strong union has the power to protect its workers’ rights and, in times such as now, perhaps the safety and lives of entire communities. Teachers are fighting for the safety of the children in their communities. Act in solidarity with teachers and workers!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

19th Bakery Industry Awards

first_imgThe entries are in, the judging has begun and preparations are well under way for this year’s Baking Industry Awards evening. Staged at the prestigious Grosvenor House hotel in London on 18 September, the Awards will pay tribute to some of the finest talent that UK bakeries have to offer, from enthusiastic students to this year’s Baker of the Year, often a seasoned individual. Three finalists in each category will be called up to the stage to receive their certificates and, in the case of the winner, a £500 cheque and trophy from a celebrity host.But the evening is not just about recognising excellence. It’s also a chance to rub shoulders with colleagues from across the UK and Ireland, catch up with old friends, exchange ideas and, last but by no means least, have a lot of fun. The evening includes a Champagne reception, four-course dinner with wine, a cabaret, disco and dancing and a casino, as well as a quieter bar area for networking or just having a chat.With plenty of opportunities to win prizes and raise money for charity, the Baking Industry Awards evening is also a unique opportunity to give something back to the industry that employs you. Around 900 people attended the Awards last year and tickets for this year’s event are already sel-ling quickly. So don’t delay! Call Liz Ellis on our ticket hotline (see box) to make sure you don’t miss out.last_img read more

Ghana FA boss chairs Juvenile Football Committee

first_imgThe Executive Council of the GFA has named an eight-member Juvenile Committee of the FA, with GFA President, Kurt Okraku as Chairman.The FA President decided to lead the Juvenile Committee in pursuit of his desire to revive Ghana football from the grassroot.Executive Council member, Samuel Anim Addo is the Vice Chairman of the Committee.Other members are: Mensah Agbovor, Eugene Gyaquaye, Amidu Abdulai, Michael Fiaduse, Kasim Abubakar and Daniel Boateng.The Juvenile Committee will be responsible for formulating policies for the development, control, promotion, management, organisation and administration of juvenile football in Ghana .The Committee, among other duties, will formulate regulations for the re-positioning of juvenile football in the country and assist in the formation and management of the National Juvenile Teams (both male and female).The Committee is also tasked to instill discipline , fair play, patriotism and sportsmanship in juvenile football in the country.The Committee, as part of its work, will aim at ingniting passion in the juvenile football sector (formerly called colts football) which is the bedrock of Ghana football. Source: Ghana FAlast_img read more

Proposed Law Would Require Owners to Keep Household Pets Outside of FL Restaurants

first_imgA bill that was proposed this week in the Florida Legislature would require that most household pets be kept outside of what are currently considered “pet-friendly” restaurants.The proposal, which is currently known as HB 243 and was filed by Orlando Democratic Representative Bruce Antone for consideration during the 2020 legislative session, would prohibit household pets from “traveling through or remaining in indoor portions” of restaurants, “in order to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public.”Although the bill, if it becomes law, would not override existing local ordinances, it would direct the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation to develop rules and create a website for complaints. In addition, service animals would still be allowed to enter food and dining establishments.The website for the state’s tourism-marketing agency, Visit Florida, states, “Dog-friendly outdoor restaurants, bars and craft beer pubs abound throughout the state, some offering ‘yappy hour’ canine-friendly designated times, others with an open-door doggie policy around the clock.”The 2020 legislative session starts on January 14.last_img read more

4 Things you Need to Know about The Lanai Cafe

first_imgSubmitted by The Lanai CafeA party platter from The Lanai Cafe.The South Sound’s newest Hawaiian Restaurant, the Lanai Cafe, located in downtown Olympia near 5th and Capitol, has been open for a little over two months and already, has served thousands from all over the South Sound including Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater.The reviews are in. The fresh, handmade menu items, dinner concerts, and pau hana are just a few reasons why over 75 official reviews have been left on Facebook, Yelp, and Google.  The following is a list of four things you should know before you venture into the Lanai Cafe.1.    Pau HanaPau means “finished” and “Hana” means “end of week”. Together they are “Pau Hana”, as it’s known on the islands.  Join us each Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for discounted “pupu’s” (appetizers) including fresh poke (ahi tuna).  While you’re at it, enjoy a cold beer from Kona Brewing Company.  Still hungry?  Then stay and enjoy the Sounds of the Aloha (Live Music) while you enjoy a Hawaiian meal.2.    Sounds of the AlohaGuests enjoy authentic Hawaiian musica at the Guava Jam Dinner Concert.Each Friday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m.  to 9:30 p.m. The Lanai Cafe offers live Hawaiian music. No other place in Western Washington offers live hawaiian music every Friday and Saturday night.  On top of that, the quality is top notch.  Award winning bands and performers include Kohala and Stephen Inglis.  There is no cover and reservations are highly recommended.  Call (360) 584-9885 to book your table. Follow us on Facebook for the latest announcements about upcoming shows.3.    The VIP ClubIf you love Hawaiian food then you will love our VIP Club.  Join our VIP Club and receive member-only specials and stay up to date on special events.  Sign up today and get free Hawaiian Shave Ice.  After ten visits you get a free “Kau Kau Dinner”.  Click here to sign up.  Just leave us your name and an email address or if you prefer to be contacted by phone leave us your mobile phone number instead.  We promise to keep your information private.4.    Dine In, Carryout, Catering & Party PlattersDine-in, carryout, delivery, catering or party platters – wherever you want to enjoy the ono grindz (good food) of the Lanai Cafe we can make it happen.  The Lanai Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday at the restaurant.  If you have an upcoming party, celebration, meeting, event or other reason for small or large orders – consider the Lanai Cafe.  Recently, we had the privilege of catering the new member orientation for Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.  On a November 9 Facebook post the Chamber shared this:On Friday, November 6, we held a New Member Orientation at the Thurston County Chamber. Thank you to The Lanai Cafe for providing the amazing food. We were not only fed, we were entertained! More lumpia, please.Chef Nate, cooking up the taste of Hawaii at The Lanai Cafe.A customer who recently visited us left a review on Yelp.  Jacklyn K., from Honolulu Hawaii gave a review on Yelp on 11/11/15 saying, “We had the lumpia to start – crisp, hot, and delicious. I had the kalua quesadilla which was made even better by the fresh guacamole they made for me after they ran out. My husband had the huli huli chicken and kalbi short rib.”Whether you dine in, carryout, or have an event catered, let The Lanai Cafe bring local island favorites to your table.  Check out our menu, sign up for our VIP club, call us at (360) 584-9885 and make a reservation and enjoy local island favorites from the Lanai Cafe.“Like” us on Facebook for the most up to date information and check out our website for hours of operation and other contact information. Facebook255Tweet0Pin1last_img read more