Union protests outside hiring

first_imgWhen a group of local union members began picketing in September in front of her soon-to-open Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream at Eddy Street Commons, Tricia Wainscott wondered why. “When I first saw the protesters, I felt horrible,” Wainscott, general manager of the store, said. “My initial reaction was to ask, ‘Why is this going on? What did we do?’” The protests came in response to Kilwin’s choice to use outside workers instead of union workers from the South Bend area, which did not help stimulate the local economy, said Troy Warner, assistant business manager of Local Union 153. Starting Sept. 23, several Local 153 members began picketing at Eddy Street twice a week in support of local workers, Warner said. The group held up signs that read, “Honk for local workers,” in hopes of raising awareness of the issue at hand. “We want the community and Kite Realty to know what’s going on, and we want to put pressure on Kilwin’s because another building at Eddy Street has yet to be developed,” Warner said. “We felt that this was the right time and the right place to get the message out.” But Wainscott said the Kilwin’s franchise, based in Michigan, chose the general contractor for the project without her individual input. “I would never not support non-union or non-local labor,” Wainscott said. “It was nothing personal, and it was all said and done before I knew anything had happened.” Although the general contractor was not locally based, Wainscott said local workers were employed in the installation of the store’s audio, security and fire alarm systems. The decision was also made without the influence of Kite Realty Group, which owns the Eddy Street Commons development, said Ashley Bedell, a project manager with Kite who worked on the Eddy Street project. She said each individual retailer has options when it comes to developing the space they rent. “We own the overall buildings, but when we do leases with individual retailers, they have the option of taking the space in a shell condition and hiring their own contractors to complete the buildout,” Bedell said. “The amount of work Kite does determines what the rental rate is, so it’s part of the business deal, and it varies from tenant to tenant.” Bedell said Kite has the power to control whether the development’s tenants choose contractors that complete quality work, and the general contractor for the Kilwin’s space, Indianapolis-based Alt Construction, has a history of completing quality developments. Bedell also said some union contractors were employed in the construction of the larger buildings at Eddy Street Commons. Warner said Kilwin’s use of a non-local general contractor did not support the struggling local economy or help to improve the unemployment rate of the members of Local 153, which he said hovered around 25 percent for the past year. “The unemployment rate in my union will probably get up to 30 or 35 percent this winter,” Warner said. “But this isn’t just a problem at Eddy Street. As the economy has tanked and construction has slowed, we’ve been seeing workers brought in from all over who are taking jobs from local workers.” So far, Warner said the public response to the protests has improved since the pickets first began. “The first week or so, people would just look at us as they drove by,” Warner said. “Now that we’ve been out there, they know why we’re there and they honk and wave, and some people even brought us food and coffee. “The reception from the public has been tremendous.” But Bedell said there have been no complaints from any of the other Eddy Street Commons retailers. “It’s an unfortunate situation and we wish it wasn’t the case, but it doesn’t cause too much of a disturbance,” Bedell said. Jay Murphy, manager of Kildare’s Pub, which is adjacent to Kilwin’s, has only noticed minor effects on his business because of the protests. “The only kickback we’ve gotten is that we got a call from a few suppliers who were double-checking that the workers were not protesting Kildare’s,” Murphy said. Warner believes the positive response from the community is important because it emphasizes the support for workers who are part of the South Bend community. “We need to support workers who pay taxes here, go to church here, whose kids go to school here,” Warner said. “It makes sense to keep as much money in the community so it can churn back through local businesses.”last_img read more

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A new space of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka has been opened

first_imgThe H-building of the former Benčić factory is the first building in that complex, in which one of the city’s cultural institutions has moved in – the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. This also began the process of transforming Benčić into Rijeka’s cultural district.It is a facility that was originally built for the needs of the factory plant of a tobacco factory in the 90s of the 19th century. The part that was added between the wings of the building, along Krešimirova Street, was created in the 30s. The original purpose of the building was industrial. In the first phase of renovation, which was completed in July, according to the project of architect Dinko Peračić, the space was minimalistically arranged to meet the requirements for regular activities of the Museum. The value of the performed works amounted to HRK 20, and the arrangement was financed from the Budget of the City of Rijeka.As the architect Peračić explained, the Museum will be further developed in phases, in such a way that any further intervention in the unarranged part of the building will become part of the new whole. All necessary security and technical systems have been created that enable the modern use and development of museum activities. The first phase of the renovation put part of the ground floor and the first floor into operation. The works that have been done are primarily related to the arrangement of the interior space for the functioning of the gallery activity. The total area of ​​the arranged space is 1550 mXNUMX.The full functionality of the museum with all the necessary facilities is planned to be realized in the second stage in which the expansion of the Museum to the rest of the space on the ground floor and the two upper floors is expected. One of the values ​​of the exhibition space is the retention of the floors and the original shape, with minimal repairs, which together with the load-bearing pillars, gives the space a modern note and patina at the same time. The entrance hall in the southern part of the ground floor is also a living room, a place to stay with an info desk that should function as a space for smaller events, but primarily as an orientation space that directs visitors to exhibitions and educational content. Upstairs is an exhibition space that has direct access to the stairs, separately for staff and visitors.Let us remind you that in the first half of 2020, the city of Rijeka will be the heart and bloodstream of Croatian culture European Capital of Culturelast_img read more

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Kevin Correia, Hanley Ramirez remind Dodgers what they’re missing in loss to Mets

first_imgCorreia wasn’t entirely at fault. Two of the runs were unearned. For that, it was hard not to blame Ramirez, even though he wasn’t officially charged with any errors. The Mets hit four balls to the shortstop in the fateful third inning.One was a medium-high pop-up that Ramirez barely moved to catch. The second was a line drive by Daniel Murphy over his head.The third was a hard ground ball by David Wright that a more nimble shortstop might have fielded. Ramirez dove to his right and the ball deflected off his glove, giving Wright a base hit. The fourth was a routine ground ball with two outs by Juan Lagares. Ramirez’s throw to first base was low, and Gonzalez couldn’t make the catch as the ball skipped past him. Correia’s next pitch, to Ruben Tejada, cleared the fence for a two-run home run.At the plate, Ramirez went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.“I thought he looked a little rusty at the plate for the most part,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Maybe,” Ramirez said. “Let’s see.”With Ramirez back in the lineup, the Dodgers were missing their two best defensive shortstops. Miguel Rojas was on the bench (though he later entered the game in left field). Erisbel Arruebarrena was on his way to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, having been demoted to make room for Ramirez on the active roster.The Dodgers collected nine hits off Bartolo Colon (12-10) and two relievers. They went 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left six runners on base.In the sixth inning, the Dodgers fell victim to their second triple play this season. With Yasiel Puig on second base and Adrian Gonzalez on first, Matt Kemp grounded into a routine 5-4-3 double play.Puig unwisely rounded third base and was thrown out at home plate by a few steps.“It’s just a little disappointing because he had another one of these in a similar type game,” Mattingly said. “He ended up having that crazy slide and he was safe. We’re down eight runs. It was the wrong play then too, and he was safe. Today it’s the wrong play.”According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Dodgers had not hit into two triple plays in the same season since 1955.Puig has generally done well learning from his rookie mistakes, and the Dodgers have generally hit well in the clutch. Their 409 RBIs with runners in scoring position rank first in the National League, including an NL-best 170 with two outs. But Correia hasn’t generally pitched well this season. Ramirez hasn’t fielded well at shortstop, rust or no rust. These problems could linger into the postseason.Before the trade, Correia said he was playing for a team that tended to look ahead “a few starts, a week.” With the Dodgers, Correia isn’t auditioning for a possible postseason roster spot. The focus, he said, is on the next game.“That’s the farthest thing from our mind,” he said. “The last thing we need to be doing is penciling ourselves into the playoffs.” “Who knows really,” Correia said. “I didn’t know if I was going to get one or two or three (starts). You never know. I know this could’ve been one of my last starts before I went back to the bullpen.”In his third start as a Dodger, Correia couldn’t make the most of his limited opportunity. He was shelled for seven hits and seven runs in three innings Sunday before being removed with a 7-1 deficit. Three of the seven hits cleared the fence, including a tape-measure three-run homer by Lucas Duda in the Mets’ big third inning.“I think they guessed right and I missed wrong,” Correia said.On his 34th birthday, Correia saw his earned run average for the season rise to 5.09.“This is going to bother me for a while,” he said, “just because of the situation I was in.” No video clips from the third inning of the Dodgers’ 11-3 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday will be saved for future highlight reels. The Mets’ five-run outburst eliminated any chance of the Dodgers separating themselves from the San Francisco Giants in the standings for a day, or of Kevin Correia having a truly happy birthday.Those things could be forgiven for a day and forgotten in a moment. But since Correia is only replacing an injured Hyun-Jin Ryu, and since Hanley Ramirez spent the last 15 days on the disabled list, the inning was a larger reminder of what the Dodgers were missing.Correia (2-1) had won his first two starts since being obtained from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later or cash. The veteran right-hander knew his time in the starting rotation was limited, and he’ll probably return to the bullpen once Ryu is activated from the 15-day disabled list. That could happen in the coming week.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Weatherley wins monthly mug

first_imgPSC Golf from the Tropical Golf GroupTuesday, March 22, Bangpra – StablefordWe had a late start at Bangpra, it seemed a good idea as this is still the high season and by starting late, a midday tee off, we could save a few coppers.  One more good point is that we got a lie in and did not have to leave until 1030 a.m.We were at the first tee well in time and found that the starter seemed to have no idea where we were teeing off.  After being switched backwards and forwards between the 1st and 10th we finally got going off the first before the starter had chance to change his mind again.  There was a strong wind blowing but we all hit it down the middle.Golfer of the Month, Mashi Kaneta (left) shows off his prizes while Paul Weatherley poses with his mug. The day was hot but the wind kept the temperature at a reasonable level, however those walking found it very difficult and by the time they had finished they were all hot and bothered.The course was in what one might call a burnt condition and that is not surprising as there has not been much rain of late.  Anywhere off the fairway seems to be bare and really hard.  I suppose the good golfers might be able to play off such a lie but the average golfers have difficulty.  The fairways were good in parts but dry in others and all shots played were such that the hands became jarred.  The greens to me seemed fast and true as usual but some players thought they were a bit inconsistent but that would be picky.In the A Flight, 0 to 17, the winner was Tony Brown with 37 points ahead of Mashi Kaneta in second with 36.  In third was Glen Lee with 32 points and in fourth was John Hackett with 31 point on count back over Landis Brooks and Tom Herrington.Tony Brown & Barry Oats with one of BJ Lodge’s finest.In the B Flight the winner was Barry Oats with 40 points ahead of a count back on 34 points that saw Carole Kubicki in second and Derek Brook in third.  In fourth was Jim Ferris with 33 points.Near Pins: Landis Brooks, Carole Kubicki, Barry Oats, Glenn Lee.Long Putts: Walter Baechli, Nigel Perry.Friday, March 25, Crystal Bay – MedalGolfer of the MonthMashi Kaneta Monthly Mug1st Paul Weatherley (18) net 682nd Mike O’Brien (23) net 683rd Landis Brooks (8) net 724th Brian Parrish (11) net 735th Tom Herrington (14) net 73Long Putts: Mick Coghlan, Ted Morris, John Davis, Landis Brooks.It was again Double Witching Day at Tropical Golf, with the Golfer of the Month and the Monthly Mug on the line.  Several golfers had a chance to win GOM, and everyone had a chance at the beautiful Monthly Mug, so the anxiety level was high.  Mashi Kanata had the clear lead going into this final round, but he would need to maintain composure as others were within striking distance!Considering the weather and water shortage, Crystal Bay was in very good condition.  Unlike a couple recent outings, there was actually green grass under the ball most times.  We played the C then B course.  There were other groups out that day but with 27 holes things were spread out nicely.The big prize of the day was BJ’s Holiday Lodge sponsored Golfer of the Month!  Even though Mashi Kaneta didn’t have his best round, his lead was enough to hold off some serious challengers.  Congrats to Mashi, and check out those prizes!  Thanks to Bill, Lek, and BJ’s for the support.Lest we forget, there was another highly coveted prize on the line, and that was the Monthly Mug, and what a great mug it is!  Winning it was big Paul Weatherley and to make it even better Paul won just a day before heading home, so it was a great way to go home in style.last_img read more

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Hart heads the field at Green Valley

first_imgDiv C didn’t score any better but another win for the fast improving Chris Smart, also with 36pts, underlined that his handicap of 27 is not likely to last long.  Bruce McAdam was back in the frame again with 33 ahead of Aussie visitor Chris Van Hausen in third and nice to see Ivan also on the podium with his 29pts, edging out two other players.The top score of the day was in Div B and it came from Greg Hill with a mighty fine 39pts, two in front of the afore-mentioned Chris’s mate, John Mills.  Waldo was back in third on 34 just heading off John Fitzgerald on the same score.There were three ‘2’s from Bob Finley & Chris Playforth (C8) & Greg Hill (D2).Div A (0-15)1st John Stafford (15) 36pts2nd Bob Finley (14) 34pts3rd Steve Poznanski (12) 34pts4th Chris Playforth (10) 34ptsDiv B (16-22)1st Greg Hill (21) 39pts2nd John Mills (19) 37pts3rd Stephen Blazsanyik (16) 34pts4th John Fitzgerald (19) 34ptsDiv C (23+)1st Chris Smart (27) 36pts2nd Bruce McAdam (27) 33pts3rd Chris Van Hausen (23) 31pts4th Ivan Plunkett (24) 29ptsTuesday, Sept. 17, Phoenix – StablefordWe had 7 Outbackers today playing the Mountain and the Lakes but due to the heavy rain the night before, the golf carts were only allowed on the paths making it very difficult for the caddies to bring the correct clubs.  We played preferred lies through the green, necessary due to the wetness of the course but the greens were still quite fast.John Lawton.Unfortunately, Phoenix management have now brought out a coupon service at the kiosks where you buy 100 baht’s worth of coupons for a 20 baht bottle of water, as change you receive 80 baht in coupons.  You also have to spend all the coupons as you don’t get your money back but apparently you can use them on another day.We have also heard through the grapevine that in the very near future it will be one person to a cart for the same price (700 baht) – Hmmmm!The scoring was not that brilliant with the Suzi’s “Old Man” getting the win with just 33pts from Aussie visitor Chris Playforth (32) who beat the aforementioned Suzi on count back.There were no ‘2’s.1st John Lawton (19) 33pts2nd Chris Playforth (10) 32ptsWednesday, Sept. 18, Siam Plantation – StablefordA spectacular 75 gross gave Geoff Stimpson 41pts to win here on the A & B nines on somewhat damp course, producing little or no roll on the fairways.  The rest of the scoring wasn’t too shabby either with Chris’s name coming up again with 40pts to take second, going one place better than his third at Burapha on Monday and to end his golfing holiday on a high.Murray Hart.It was no great surprise that Rosco took third, as he loves this course too much, beating playing partner and mate, Paul Rodgers, both with the same 39.There were two ‘2’s from Geoff Stimpson (A3) and Paul Rodgers (A6)1st Geoff Stimpson (8) 41pts2nd Chris Van Hausen (23) 40pts3rd Rosco Langoulant (13) 39ptsFriday, Sept. 20, Green Valley – StablefordThere couldn’t have been many places where golf was played today, after continuous rain for the last couple of days.  PSC’s Pattana Monthly was washed away, so Sugar dashed across to Green Valley to see if he could salvage a game there.  To his surprise and our surprise he could, particularly as the course was still closed at 7.30 in the morning but it brightened up a little and the rained eased to a drizzle and play was possible, albeit with preferred lies through the green.  With not too many withdrawals and a couple of late additions, including Sugar, 23 players took to the track.Muzza, blazed a trail with his 39pts to win the premier division by two from Paul Bourke and Chris Playforth both on 37 and Sel Wegner, having his first game after five weeks back home, was unlucky to just miss out on count back.Paul Bourke.Rick Forrest got it all right at last to win Div B with the best of two 37’s, the other one scored by John Mills.  B2 (Bruce McAdam) completed his week with a third place, to follow his second place at Burapha on Monday.  B2 headed three players all with 35.There were six ‘2’s from Murray Hart (4th), Kerry Beck (10th), Sugar Ray Handford & Bruce McAdam (12th) and Paul Greenaway & David Davies (16th).Finally, our thanks to John Lawton who ran the tournament today so smoothly even if he did finish last.Div A (0-14)1st Murray Hart (13) 39pts2nd Paul Bourke (9) 37pts3rd Chris Playforth (10) 37ptsDiv B (15+)1st Rick Forrest (23) 37pts2nd John Mills (19) 37pts3rd Bruce McAdam (27) 35ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956. PSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, Sept. 16, Burapha – StablefordA pleasant enough day for the 35 players at Burapha playing the C & D nines with the added bonus of a surprise two-tee start, on top of the fifteen minute earlier than scheduled start time, enabling General Jack to get everybody away before 9.45. The scoring was fair to middling in Div A, with an unusually high upper limit of 15, which elevated John Stafford, quite uniquely to the first division.  He made the most of the honour to score 36pts to take first place by two from three guys all tied up on 34; namely Bob Finley, Steve Poz and Chris Playforth, the usual count back sorting them all out.Chris Smart.last_img read more

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WDFW Approves Razor Clam Dig Starting March 2

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Clam diggers can return to two coastal beaches Monday (March 2) through Thursday (March 5) to dig razor clams during a month packed with potential digging opportunities.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig at Long Beach and Twin Harbors after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.As in previous openings, the dig is scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.The four-day dig is scheduled for the following dates, beaches and low tides:March 2, Monday, 4:49 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 3, Tuesday, 5:26 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 4, Wednesday, 5:59 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 5, Thursday; 6:30 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsWDFW shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled a nine-day dig beginning March 16. Low tides will switch to morning from evening tides midway through the proposed dig on the following dates, beaches and tides:March 16, Monday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 17, Tuesday, 5:08 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 18, Wednesday, 5:57 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 19, Thursday, 6:42 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 20, Friday, 7:26 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksSeasonal switch to morning tidesMarch 21, Saturday, 7:55 a.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksMarch 22, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksMarch 23, Monday, 9:31 a.m.; -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 24, Tuesday, 10:21 a.m.; -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsAll diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.More information about razor clams is available on WDFW’s webpage.last_img read more

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