Pennsylvania EMT Killed in Crash

first_imgMCCALMONT TOWNSHIP, PA (WeAreCentralPA.com) — A 37-year-old man who formerly worked for the DuBois Ambulance Service was killed Monday morning when his SUV left the road. William Duffield of Ridgway died when his SUV crashed near Wayne Storage around 7:45 a.m. Monday morning. Police say he lost control when trying to make a left turn. He hit an embankment and his SUV rolled multiple times.last_img

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New study of freelance workers examines link between their well-being and hours worked

first_imgEmail LinkedIn Share on Facebook A new study of freelance workers has discovered key factors that affect their well-being – either making them happier or increasing anxiety and risking depression.The six-month study to be published in the journal Human Relations was conducted by Professor Stephen Wood from the University of Leicester’s School of Management and George Michaelides from Birkbeck, University of London.A key finding is that as the hours of freelance workers fluctuate so does the well-being of freelance or portfolio workers, such as copy editors, web designers, coaches, translators, personal trainers. Sharecenter_img Pinterest Share on Twitter Professor Wood said: “Freelance workers are calmer and more enthusiastic when their hours are higher than their normal pattern of working.“In contrast when the demands they face are difficult – for example, they experience conflicting or difficult requirements – their anxiety increases and their enthusiasm declines and they may even become depressed.“Demands adversely affect people’s work–life balance, in particular work interferes with fulfilling family and other non-work commitments or pursuits. But so does the enthusiasm generated by longer hours. The enthusiasm may be at the expense of non-work activities, as, for example, people may not readily leave tasks uncompleted to be finished another time.”Dr Michaelides added: “Demands thus generate what has long been called stress-based work–family/non-work interference but hours generate a largely unrecognised phenomenon, enthusiasm-based work–family/non-work interference.“The calmness associated with long hours has, though, the opposite effect – it decreases work–family/non-work interference.”The study is based on a diary study involving 47 freelance workers completing an identical survey every week for six months.The study shows that freelance workers are subject to the same pressures as other workers, and thus conflicting demands that constrain and hinder people from smoothly fulfilling their tasks and achieving their potential adversely affect their work–life balance and well-being.  In addition when they have control over and variety in their work they are happier, which is also true for most workers.But the enthusiasm-based interference may be more limited to people whose opportunities for work and income associated with it fluctuate. For example people on piecework or commission may appreciate more hours. Zero-hour workers might be the extreme of this. The long hours needed to fulfil tasks may be seen as challenge and not a hindrance as conflicting demands may be.Freelance workers, portfolio workers or independent contractors are self-employed individuals who do assignments, either in series or in parallel, for a number of different organisations or clients, on a (typically short-term) commercial rather than employment contract basis.The research is reported in a paper to be published later this year: S. Wood and G. Michaelides, Hindrance and challenge stressors and well-being based work–non-work interference: A diary study of portfolio workers, Human Relations, in press.last_img read more

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Calera makes majority investment in Rock-It Cargo

first_imgRock-It, headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, is a leading provider of speciality freight forwarding and logistics services including industrial projects, corporate live events, sports events, theatre, trade shows and fine art exhibitions.James Halow, a Principal at Calera Capital, stated, “We have spent over 18 months getting to know Rock-It’s management and its business and are excited about partnering with the Company in the next stage of its development. Rock-It has strong brands, a long track record of executing for its clients and an attractive, defensible business model. As such, the business should be uniquely positioned to benefit from strong underlying trends in music touring and continued expansion in new and existing markets.”David Bernstein, CEO of Rock-It Cargo, said, “The Company has an incredible set of opportunities ahead of it. Calera will be a valued partner as we look to further extend the Rock-It platform, enable our independent brands to grow more quickly, execute on operational initiatives and grow in targeted segments both organically and through acquisition. Most importantly, we fully intend to preserve the strong, client-focused culture that has driven our success as we pursue these opportunities and continue to build the business.”Calera Capital will be investing in Rock-It through its fourth fund and on an all equity basis. Terms of the transaction were not disclosedlast_img read more

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Moral health of society has a lot to do with govts behavior

first_imgDear Editor,It is an accepted fact that the general behavior of a society is heavily influenced by the words and deeds of leaders in government and society as a whole. We can point to several examples throughout the world to confirm. Right here in Guyana we have an abundance of examples. The lowest ebb of general morality in Guyana had coincided with the period of rigged elections and the paramountcy of the party (PNC). Those that led the government then had set a bad example – corruption, bribery, abuse of power etc. were permissible.This is a legacy that we are still fighting against, the legacy of the PNC dictatorship.Unfortunately this regime, led by the PNC, is going in the same direction. Words and deeds are wide apart. This is suggesting that deception is allowed and not frowned upon. Indeed, they are practiced by the leaders in government.This could be seen in relation to the regime’s practices in the hiring and firing of persons.The reason many people say that “politics is dirty” is because of some of the practices that this regime is displaying.We would recall how much both parties now in government railed against contract workers when they were in the opposition. Even though the PPP/C government went at great lengths to explain to them that it was just offering people choice and not trying to undermine the public service.When they had the one-seat majority while in opposition they voted to cut the budget that was providing salaries for contract workers.One would have thought that if that was a very principled position of those two parties, then they would have moved to stop or curtail at the beginning of this practice at the commencement of this administration.Alas, this is not the case.The APNU/AFC regime did not only expand the contract workers immensely, they also increased their pay greatly, sometimes by more than one hundred percent.The amount would have been far greater, but like the three card tricksters the regime did some manipulation to disguise the real amount being given as salaries.Here is a classic example of job for the boys syndrome. One Advisor on Education is being paid $1 per annum.However, he has a duty allowance of $180,000 per month and an entertainment allowance of $ 20,000 per month.This person also has another job with the government where he is also getting a hefty salary, n addition to a big pension from the public service.Another advisor also has a high position of chairman of an important corporation. He has a big allowance there and operates like the CEO. He is now an advisor with a salary of $250,000 per month, 42 days leave per annum, 22 ½ % of gross salary gratuity, one month tax free pay leave allowance.These are but a few examples. The Ministry of the Presidency alone has two hundred and ninety two (292) contract employees.These 292 contract employees to the Ministry of the Presidency alone is costing the tax payers of the country almost one billion dollars per year.This is only one ministry.The regime also gave to the members of the National Assembly a list of persons they call “Honorary Ministerial Advisors”. The list has thirty three names of persons living abroad. They claim that these persons are working pro-bono.However they have not said how these persons expenses would be covered. It is felt that it is where they will pay millions without having to report this to the people of this country as emoluments.The destruction of morality will also continue as we see that they are employing almost only Afro-Guyanese. Indo-Guyanese have far less chance in getting employment in the public service now since 1992. Once more, they are made to feel they are second class citizens in their own land.Indeed, more than ninety percent (90%) of those dismissed from the public service by this regime are Indo-Guyanese.When racial discrimination is practiced by the government, then the message to the population is that it is all right to behave as though some are superior to others. This does not help with inter-racial relations.The other message being sent is squandermania. Money is being wasted on friends and PNC/APNU/AFC top brass, and this sends a dangerous signal to the society.For this behavior is also party corruption. That is what has led to every petty officer in government demanding bribes, sometimes small like lunch money etc., but it erodes the morality of the society as a whole.We have also seen the Kaieteur News reporting a full scam involving high ranking government officials and several persons in the private sector. They had promised to release their names, but never did.This suggests that they were warned or threatened to shut up.This is extremely worrying and is another indication of what is coming as far as freedom of speech is concerned.This is just the beginning of another undermining of the morality of the society.We should stop this before it is too late.Sincerely,Donald Ramotarlast_img read more

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