Workers demand safety at 7-Eleven

first_img7-Eleven workers in Buffalo, N.Y., led a march and speakout on Aug. 30 demanding an end to unsafe working conditions.For many hours each day, workers are required to work a store alone, keeping the owners’ costs down, while the threats that the workers face rise. Every day, the workers are confronted with harassment and threats of violence. Last winter, a 7-Eleven clerk was raped, beaten and robbed while working alone in the store at 5 a.m.7-Eleven’s regional management has refused to accept the workers’ petition for safety measures, or the community’s concern. These demands include putting guards on the overnight shifts and hiring more overnight staff. Management reacted to the initial protests and petition by either firing or cutting the hours of workers who spoke up.Chanting “When workers’ lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up! Fight back!” and “Workplace violence has got to go!” the protesters marched through the busy Buffalo Art Festival, ending outside a 7-Eleven store to hold a rally.The rally connected the demand for an end to workplace violence and the national struggle of low-wage workers with talks addressing a livable wage and placards that read “Black Lives Matter at Work!” and “7-Eleven: Value Workers Over Property! Protect People Not ­Products!”— Ellie Dorritie and WW Buffalo StaffFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Quicken Loans Officially Files for IPO

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe Previous: Deputy Director Named to CFPB Next: Is Your Program CARES Act Compliant? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago IPO Quicken Loans 2020-07-08 Mike Albanese Rocket Companies Inc., the parent company of Quicken Loans, officially filed for an IPO, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).“Rocket Mortgage—a name now synonymous with digital mortgage lending—could never have been built if we had taken a short-term view, focused solely on short-term profitability,” said Jay Farner, CEO Rocket Companies, in his letter to the SEC.Farner added in his letter that Rocket Companies has a “proven record of leading the industry” and being prepared.“Our digital-first brand is a diver for growth in this highly fragmented market,” he said. “Even with the title of the largest mortgage lender, we believe there is significant opportunity ahead and fresh strategies to reach even more clients.”Rocket Companies was found in 1985 and Rocket Mortgage has provid3ed more than $1 trillion in loans since its inception, growing its market share from 1.3% in 2009 to 9.2% in Q1 2020.A report by Bloomberg states the listed size of the offering was $100 million, which is an amount that could change. Rocket Companies’ founder, Dan Gilbert, is worth $7.1 billion.Bloomberg added that Rocket Companies has stated it earned $97.7 million on revenue of $1.8 billion in three months ended March 31. This is compared to a loss of $299 million on $727 million in revenue a year earlier.News of the IPO circulated last month, with CNBC reported that it could be the largest IPO of the year. CNBC added that Quicken Loans is working with Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, and JPMorgan to manage the deal. Valuation has yet to be decided but CNBC reports that it is “tens of billions of dollars” and possibly one of the largest IPOs of the year.Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner told CNBC that March was the “biggest closing month in our company’s history with nearly $21 billion in mortgages closed.”According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), mortgage applications continue their resurgence during COVID-19.Applications rose 2.2% from the prior week, according to the MBA, and purchases were up weekly by 33%.  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Mike Albanese July 8, 2020 2,133 Views Quicken Loans Officially Files for IPO Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. center_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: IPO Quicken Loans The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Quicken Loans Officially Files for IPO Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

County Reports New COVID-19 Death

first_imgThe first phase of vaccinations is getting underway in the county. TOTAL ACTIVE124 WEST CAPE MAY11 The Cape May County Department of Health reported Wednesday that there are 323 people have now tested positive and an 89-year-old female from Dennis Township has died from COVID-19.The total deaths from this disease in Cape May County is now 21.“It’s with tremendous sorrow that we share the loss of this beloved woman.  Our entire community grieves with this family and all of those who have lost loved ones during this pandemic,” said Freeholder Jeff Pierson. “This crisis impacts everyone. Those who have contracted the virus, those who need our care during this time as well as their loved ones.”Following is a breakdown of the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths for each municipality in Cape May County: TOTAL RECOVERED WEST WILDWOOD01 AVALON16 DENNIS TOWNSHIP1041172 CAPE MAY POINT0 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP324254 TOTAL DECEASED TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY323 UPPER TOWNSHIP2882 116 NORTH WILDWOOD43 Given the increases in the community spread throughout the United States, all individuals are at some risk of exposures to COVID-19. Everyone should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, practice social distancing, and stay home if they become sick, except to seek necessary medical care.If you are experiencing or developing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, have traveled recently, been exposed to someone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, please call to speak with a clinician who will make appropriate referrals in accordance with CDC guidelines.Additionally, you may visit www.coronavirus.gov and take a “Coronavirus Self-Checker” assessment. This will help you communicate symptoms to your doctor when you call their office before making a visit.If you do not have access to a primary care physician, please dial “call your local urgent care. Please be sure to call before going to a medical provider, to prevent any potential spread. WILDWOOD1818 LOWER TOWNSHIP1423722213 62 STONE HARBOR0 OCEAN CITY1310 SEA ISLE CITY02 MUNICIPALITYACTIVE CASESREPORTED TODAYOFF QUARANTINEDEATHSLONG TERM CARE ACTIVE CASESLONG TERM CARE CENTER DEATHS CAPE MAY CITY03 615 WOODBINE221119 WILDWOOD CREST17last_img read more

Testing and Validation – The Secret Sauce of True Convergence

first_imgIn early 2011, a colleague and I published a book called Enterprise Network Testing.  We were both working for the Cisco Performance and Validation Testing Services team.  We never believed the topic would be a gripping page-turner for readers, but we had several customers – working for some of the world’s largest companies – ask us for advice on how to do systems testing in their complex environments.A few years have passed and now I work at VCE, but the importance of systems testing has not diminished. In fact, I believe that testing is a big part of the “secret sauce” that makes the Vblock System such a successful product. The VCE Release Certification Matrix (RCM) is published regularly to document software versions that have been fully tested and verified for Vblock Systems, and it’s our way of keeping track of all the updates VCE investor partners make to their various products that are included in Vblock Systems.  The RCM is the result of thousands of engineering man-hours and it saves VCE customers time and money while improving availability during the patch management process.In order to understand why VCE pre-integrates, pre-tests and pre-validates every Vblock System, we need to compare component or software testing to full-system testing and certification.Component testing makes sure that an individual component works as expected. For example, when the code on a single Cisco Nexus 5500 is upgraded, engineers may ask, “Can I still connect to it?” or “Does it still pass traffic?” These questions are important and valid for component testing.However, let’s look at how that same validation test would work when we add a second Nexus 5500, a pair of Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects, some upstream switches, a large number of VLANs and typical IP traffic loads. All of a sudden the testing is much more complex and also much more valid for a real-world use case, especially when you add in the EMC and VMware components that complete a Vblock System, which all need to work together seamlessly.The VCE RCM validates dozens of different hardware and software components to work together.  This includes the software/firmware of Cisco UCS and all of its parts (CNAs, FIs, BIOS, UCSM, etc.) as well as the Cisco network software, the EMC storage firmware, backup software and hardware, the VMware virtualization software and many other integrations. There are numerous Vblock System configurations that can be manufactured for a customer.Testing all of the components in this complex system together, and certifying that they will all work together seamlessly, is not an easy task.  We dedicate a lot of hardware, test tools, engineering time and expertise to this endeavor so that our customers don’t have to do it themselves – this is a key differentiator for VCE as it removes what otherwise would be a complex infrastructure maintenance process.As part of the RCM process, VCE also does testing for integrating new hardware and software features from Cisco, EMC and VMware in order to make our customers more agile when deploying them into their Vblock Systems.Along with validating that the Vblock System will perform as expected, the Release Certification Matrix can also be used as a troubleshooting tool to increase Vblock System uptime, as described by Greg Lyon in his recent blog post: Beat the Clock.Today’s IT organizations spend a big part of their budgets and time on “keeping the lights on” in their data centers. Leveraging the work that goes into the VCE RCM can save VCE customers money and time so they can shift their focus away from basic maintenance toward innovation that drives business value for their organizations, and they don’t even need to buy a book about testing to do it.last_img read more

Small molecules in spit may help diagnose concussions: study

first_imgWashington, Nov 25 (PTI) Tiny microRNA molecules in saliva may help diagnose and predict the duration of concussions in children, according to a study.Concussions usually occur after a blow to the head – for example, during sports or a car accident. They can result in such symptoms as headache, nausea, confusion, amnesia or lack of consciousness.Researchers measured the levels of microRNAs – tiny snippets of non coding RNA – in the saliva of concussion patients.They found that the presence of certain microRNAs in saliva was able to better identify concussions and more accurately predict the length of concussion symptoms than relying solely on patient surveys.Steven Hicks from the Pennsylvania State University in the US said the findings, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, could result in a more fact-based way to diagnose and treat concussion patients.”Theres been a big push recently to find more objective markers that a concussion has occurred, instead of relying simply on patient surveys,” Hicks said.”Previous research has focused on proteins, but this approach is limited because proteins have a hard time crossing the blood-brain barrier. Whats novel about this study is we looked at microRNAs instead of proteins, and we decided to look in saliva rather than blood,” he said.While most concussions clear up within two weeks, about one-third of patients will experience symptoms longer.Patients are usually advised to rest and stay away from such physical activity as sports or gym class until their symptoms subside.Hicks said that while it is important to give the brain enough time to heal, it is difficult to accurately predict how long patients should rest.advertisementThe researchers followed 52 concussion patients between the ages of 7 and 21 for the study.Each participant was evaluated using the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT-3) – a common tool that doctors use to inventory concussion symptoms and severity – within two weeks of their injury.The researchers also asked the patients parents for their observations about their childrens symptoms.In the study, they also collected saliva from each participant and analysed for levels of different microRNAs.They then compared the microRNA profiles to the patients symptoms at both the initial and follow-up assessments.The researchers isolated five microRNAs that could accurately identify the participants who would experience prolonged symptoms.These microRNAs could correctly identify if a participant would have prolonged symptoms or not.”The microRNAs were able to predict whether symptoms would last beyond four weeks with about 85 percent accuracy,” Hicks said.”In comparison, using the SCAT-3 report of symptoms alone is about 64 per cent accurate. If you just go off the parents report of symptoms, it goes down to the mid-50s. In this pilot study, these molecular signatures are outperforming survey tools,” he said. PTI SNE SNElast_img read more

King James’ Babble

first_imgWhen David James and Sunil Chhetri sit side-by-side, they make an interesting picture: One a striker, around five-and-a-half-feet tall. The other a goalkeeper, well over six feet. That snapshot almost tells us how much taller the standard of the game in James’ country is as compared to that in India.But,When David James and Sunil Chhetri sit side-by-side, they make an interesting picture: One a striker, around five-and-a-half-feet tall. The other a goalkeeper, well over six feet. That snapshot almost tells us how much taller the standard of the game in James’ country is as compared to that in India.But when the Briton talks about the World Cup, or his own bit role in the big show as a commentator, all you hear is respect for the smaller teams in the fray-and of how they represent the possibilities of the sport itself.”The beauty of the World Cup is where you have your established teams-Germany, Spain, England-and the expectation is to get into semis and finals. But when you get a team like Panama, watching them score one goal in a 6-1 defeat, you might think they have won looking at the celebrations. That’s the best part,” says James, who kept goal 53 times for England between 1997 and 2010, including at the 2010 World Cup.That’s one of the major highs for him, watching the smaller teams play their part in making the World Cup what it is-something the section of observers that want fewer teams at the cricket World Cup should take note of-and the other is the shock-and-awe factor.”When Germany lose a game, it’s a shock. For Panama to score a goal is such a shock. You can support a team that has nothing for you but for a value. You support a team as it’s an underdog, or you like their style or their spirit. It’s a wonderful festival. It’s a festival that has the best of the world in one place.”advertisementAnd when he watches that festival, as a TV pundit on the Sony Ten 2 channels, his thoughts wander to the man next to him-co-panellist Chhetri, he of the 64 international goals. “Watching Japan, Korea, Iran, Panama play in the World Cup finals, knowing this is where Sunil would like to be it’s such a mixed feeling,” he says.”And there’s hope too. Sunil is watching Japan play, and there’s hope, he can be there too. We need that. When someone’s got a chance to do something extraordinary, that’s the platform the World Cup provides. It’s about dreams and hope. That incident, when someone defies everybody’s logic-that’s it!”It’s paradoxical,” he goes on with a laugh, “goals make the tournament popular, and the goalkeeper, like me, wants fewer goals. Then there’s the relationship between countries, teams and fans. When Panama scored, I couldn’t think of any sport where such a thing might happen. Think of the investment to travel to Russia. And then the jubilation “James is an interesting man, the sort you’d say has lived a life. Half-Jamaican and half-English descent. An MBE for his contribution to football and charity. A much-decorated player. An artist. A writer. A TV personality. He also went bankrupt at one stage. Then a career in India-as a player in the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters first and since then as their coach.He says he loves “everything about football”. Fair enough, but this life of a coach and commentator away in India, in sweltering Kerala, is it because of lack of opportunities in England?”Oh no, there will always be opportunities in England and other places, but when this (position with the Blasters) came, there’s a place in my heart, which didn’t need much prompting to say yes. I wasn’t looking for opportunities. It’s not just the need to manage a team, but to do something with a football club where we can achieve what we have sought to achieve, where I can give everyone in my staff an opportunity to excel in whatever position they are in.”There’s also the other side to James, that of a wanderer, something that being in India helps fuel. “I am very fortunate to have the career I’ve had. I love travelling, being involved with people from all walks of life, backgrounds being very open-minded, I look at the world and things, and love my life. Being in India, involved with football, it’s not a country I was familiar with, but I love it. I love Kerala, its people, the football.”Even as a player, and one of England’s top keepers when at his peak, James was a bit of a traveller. Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Bristol City and Bournemouth in England, and IBV in Iceland before moving to southern India-that’s his journey in the game from 1988. Where’s home? “At the moment, it’s in India.”advertisementHe would like to help India, and Chhetri, realise the World Cup dream if he can. A tough task, as anyone with even a passing interest in Indian football knows.Meanwhile, Chhetri can test himself against James if he wants to. “I do pull on the gloves and gear sometimes at Kerala. And Sunil, I’ve asked him, but I think he’s scared of getting hurt if he plays with me,” he laughs.last_img read more