Day: October 1, 2020

Arlington Community Education classes enrolling – News – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

Enrollment continues for Arlington Community Education fall classes, including classes for youth. ACE kids’ programs are being held online, with classes organized by category instead of by school, which means students can invite their friends or family to participate with them — from anywhere. Classes meet after school hours once a week for six to nine weeks, and the schedule has been adjusted to reflect Arlington’s school opening plan.

“We’re so glad we’ve been able to transition so many of our classes to an online format to keep kids learning and engaged this fall,” said Youth Program Manager Andrea Loeb. “In many cases, the same great instructors are teaching the same classes they would in person and have adapted beautifully to the new format.”

There is still time to register in the following classes that start next week or later:

Arts and crafts

• Recycled Art: grades 1-2, Tuesdays, Oct.

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Maryland police reform: Lawmakers split on Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights

Instead, Democrats and Republicans on the panel spoke about body cameras, use-of-force policies and who should investigate police.

The panel is supposed to vote on recommendations next Thursday.

Advocates are calling for a full repeal of the statute, describing it as an impediment to accountability and transparency, while leaders of the Fraternal Order of Police say that the law “works well.”

“I don’t know if we’ll have to have a whole meeting on LEOBR if we don’t have a consensus by next week,” Atterbeary said in an interview before the start of the meeting.

Members of the panel have said privately that they are at loggerheads over whether to repeal the protections or replace them. They expect the issue to be one of the major battles facing lawmakers when they return to Annapolis in January.

Several cities and states across the country have taken a close look at policing in

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Free Wellness Week: 9 Locations Over 9 Days in La Grange.

As the stress of COVID takes its toll on the physical and emotional well-being of everyone, the La Grange Business Association launches Free Wellness Week at nine local wellness businesses as a way to encourage people to try new activities, explore different fitness options and manage self-care.

From October 3 through 11, participants can take advantage of special, limited-time offers at a variety of businesses that can help improve physical, mental and emotional wellness. Want to get your sweat on at a free class? Get a stress assessment? Consult with a personal trainer? The free opportunities include both virtual and in-person classes, equipment, training consultations and screenings that cater to diverse needs and exercise preferences.

“As everyone knows, taking care of yourself at this time is crucial to your mental, physical and spiritual health,” said Dean Bissias, executive director of the Park District of La Grange, the sponsor of the

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Proposal to rezone property for WNC asphalt plant withdrawn

A Henderson County business owner is going back to the drawing board after applying to rezone a 12-acre piece of property in East Flat Rock. The proposal, submitted by Jeff Shipman, owner of Southeastern Asphalt, calls for the property zoning to switch from business/residential to industrial. Shipman said he wanted to expand his business. “When you’re buying your material from someone else that’s setting your price, it’s hard to compete,” he said. “So we decided to put the plan in.” Shipman has faced heavy opposition from nearby residents since they learned about the proposal back in June. Michelle Tennant and Shannon Nicholson, nearby neighbors, started a campaign known as Friends of East Flat Rock Say No to Asphalt Plant. They placed signs in opposition along Spartanburg Highway, to which Shipman placed his own. “My main concern is the zoning,” said Tennant. “East Flat Rock is actually not zoned for industrial … Read More

What Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and Cisco pay employees in North Carolina

  • North Carolina is a fast growing technology hub which has attracted some of the industry’s biggest players.
  • Tech giants, including IBM, Oracle and Microsoft, have been hiring employees from overseas for their operations in North Carolina, which is known for a sizable and dynamic talent pool, anchored in the top-tier universities led by Duke University and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. 
  • For example, Oracle hired a consulting technical director with a salary of $125,000 to $212,000; Microsoft hired a hardware engineer with a salary of $120,000; Cisco hired a technical marketing engineer with a salary of $116,000 to $169,000.
  • Here’s a survey of what IBM, Cisco, Oracle, and Microsoft pay new hires in North Carolina, based on disclosure data for permanent and temporary workers filed with the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification in 2020.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Tech has been a major driver of

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US LBM Continues Southeast Growth With New Central Florida Location

LAKELAND, Fla., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — US LBM, a leading distributor of specialty building materials in the United States, announced today the recent opening of a new full line building materials location in Lakeland, Fla. The yard is the fifth new location US LBM has opened this year.

Central Florida continues to be a growing construction market, and this new location builds on US LBM’s strategy of expanding our reach in existing and adjacent markets while offering a diverse range of specialty building products,” said US LBM Southeast Operations Vice President James Martin.

The new location, which will operate as part of US LBM’s Raymond Building Supply division, boasts a 50,000-square-foot warehouse, approximately 2-acre yard and features a wide range of products that includes lumber, trusses, millwork, windows, cabinetry and rebar.

“Construction professionals across Florida trust the Raymond Building Supply team to deliver the best

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Goldman Sachs Is Buying General Motors’ Credit-Card Business. Here’s Why.

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Goldman Sachs

is diving deeper into consumer banking.

The bank is close to buying

General Motors

(ticker: GM) credit card business for roughly $2.5 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The expected deal comes one year after Goldman Sachs (GS) launched its first credit card with


(AAPL) and marks the bank’s continued efforts to diversify its offerings away from its storied investment banking history.

Back in January, at its first-ever investor day, Goldman Sachs discussed its plans to offer more consumer banking services. In April, it announced a deal with

JetBlue Airways

(JBLU) that would allow travelers to make installment payments for their trips on the bank’s MarcusPay platform.

Goldman’s deeper push into consumer lending comes at an interesting time. Other banks have set aside billions in reserves to protect against potential loan losses due to the

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San Diego Startup Week Morphs into Month-Long Virtual Event

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San Diego’s popular Startup Week, which typically attracts thousands of entrepreneurs, developers, designers and investors, has morphed into a month-long virtual event for it’s 8th year.

Organizers said that making the event a month long will help support and nurture the local startup community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Startup San Diego is committed to keeping our ecosystem going and doing what we can to ensure our community’s unwavering strength, force, and resiliency,” said Neal Bloom, volunteer chairman of the sponsoring organization.

The event begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, with a keynote, panel and virtual cocktail party.

Panels, mixers, pitch competitions, presentations, tutorials and similar events are scheduled daily through Oct. 30. A complete schedule is available online.

Attendees must download the free VirBella app and Run the World for the complete interactive experience.

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What is the Liveable Income Guarantee, and how could it affect you?

The economic crises that have punctuated the 21st century, most notably the global financial crisis and the Covid-19 crisis, have led to a growing realisation that alternatives to our present system are possible and perhaps inevitable.

In particular, there has been an erosion of the belief that the economy is able to provide a decent income to everyone who wants to work.

A number of proposals have been put forward in the wake of this realisation, among them

  • universal basic income, which would unconditionally provide every resident (children and adults) with a regular subsistence wage

  • a job guarantee in which the government would provide real jobs, at the minimum wage, to all unemployed Australians

Many seem utopian, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it’s good to look beyond the day-to-day to consider how things could be done differently.

In a new Australian National University Policy Brief we propose something

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70% Jump In First-Time Jobless Claims In Maryland Last Week

MARYLAND — First-time claims for unemployment benefits jumped nearly 70 percent last week, according to the Maryland Department of Labor, after dropping to its lowest level since mid-March.

Data released Thursday shows 15,444 workers applied for jobless relief in the week ending Sept. 26. That represents a 68 percent increase from the 9,185 jobless claims that were filed the prior week. It also pushes the total number of filings since early March, when the pandemic first spread in Maryland, to more than 1.18 million.

Patch editors would like to talk to Maryland employers fighting to keep their business afloat or workers who have lost their jobs during the pandemic. And we want to hear success stories, too. Please send an email to with your name, town you live in, phone number, email and a couple sentences about your situation. An editor may follow up.

Prior to the pandemic, first-time

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