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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez introduces bill on paid sick leave

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 15, 2019 Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez introduces bill on paid sick leave March 15, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, announced today that she has introduced a bill to guarantee at least five paid sick days each year for the state’s private sector workers.The bill will expand on Gonzalez’s 2014 law that required private sector companies to provide at least three days of paid sick leave per year to employees. According to Gonzalez, nearly 6.9 million state residents gained access to sick leave thanks to the law. Multiple cities around the state, including San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Monica, have since passed laws to further expand paid sick leave benefits.“We knew when we passed the paid sick leave law that three days wouldn’t be enough but was a great start,” Gonzalez said. “California was a national leader in establishing earned sick leave for every employee in the state. Now, we need to catch up to other cities and states that have recognized the need for, and have passed, more expansive laws for workers.”The new bill would mandate that employers offer at least five days of sick leave to employees by their 200th day on the job. The bill would accommodate recovery times for the flu, according to Gonzalez’s office, which average about five days.A 2010 study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that roughly eight million workers around the country went to work while fighting the flu during the 2009 flu season. As a result, an additional seven million people contracted the flu virus.Gonzalez proposed a functionally similar bill during the 2017-2018 legislative session, which subsequently died in committee. Her office did not disclose when they expect the new bill, AB 555, to have its first committee hearing. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Native Instruments Receives Capital From EMH Partners

first_imgNews Native Instruments Gets Capital From EMH Partners native-instruments-receives-capital-emh-partners Native Instruments Receives Capital From EMH Partners Twitter Facebook Email With new funding from the equity firm, EMH Partners, Native Instruments aims to bring their products to a wider marketRenée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 23, 2017 – 11:13 am Music software and hardware company Native Instruments has raised $59 million from Munich-based private equity firm EMH Partners to help democratize their products for up-and-coming artists.Native Instruments, which has product partnerships with Depeche Mode, Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, and Skrillex, to name a few, looks to grow their market share among smaller artists, as well as amateurs and DIY creators.The company plans to expand their technological reach in Berlin, Los Angeles and London in 2018, along with continued improvements to products such as their DJing software Traktor and their stems technology, which makes the components of a track available for remixing.Their partnership with EMH Partners will help Native Instruments capture the potential for a larger market share in the digital music space, allowing them to market and distribute their products to a wider base of users.”We believe music creation products and services should be integrated in a more appealing, intuitive and cohesive way,” Mate Galic, CTO and president of Native Instruments, said. “We foresee an easily accessible music creation ecosystem that connects user centric design, with powerful technology and data, to further enable the music creators of today, and welcome the new creators of tomorrow.”Home Studio Slip-Ups: 10 Common Mistakes And How To Fix ThemRead morelast_img read more

Wilmington Pediatrics Announces Addition Of Dr Gaya Nene

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Pediatrics recently announced that Dr. Gaya Nene will be joining their practice in November.A Massachusetts native, Dr. Nene attended Tufts University and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, then completed her residency at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.“We think Dr. Nene will be a great fit to our team and are excited to have you meet her,” the announcement read.Dr. Nene will be replacing Dr. John Maddox, who is leaving Wilmington Pediatrics after 18 years for Pentucket Medical Associates in Haverhill. Maddox lives in Haverhill and serves as an advisor to the school district.If patients would like to follow Dr. Maddox to Haverhill, they can contact Pentucket Medical Associates’s Registration Center at 857-282-7800. Dr. Maddox can be emailed questions at jmaddox@massmed.org.If patients would like to remain at Wilmington Pediatrics, they can be seen by Dr. Nene or any of the practice’s other pediatricians. Contact Officer Lia Benoit at 978-988-6203 or lbenoit@wilmingtonpedi.com with any questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDr. John Maddox To Leave Wilmington Pediatrics This Fall After 18 YearsIn “Business”Wilmington’s Cumberland Farms Launches 8th Annual Cups For Kids FundraiserIn “Business”OBITUARY: Judith Elaine Sias Guertin, 76In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Hulu tops 25 million subscribers but still trails Netflix by miles

first_img Share your voice Post a comment 0 Tags TV and Movies Digital Media Hulu has been adding subscribers but remains much smaller than rival Netflix.   Sarah Tew/CNET Hulu surpassed 25 million total subscribers across all products in 2018, the company said Tuesday, an increase of 8 million from a year earlier. Like all other subscription streaming video services, Hulu is still far behind global leader Netflix, which had 137 million members worldwide at the end of September. But Hulu noted its milestone means it has more video customers than even the biggest cable and satellite TV companies in the US, which includes Comcast. The cable giant, which incidentally is one of Hulu’s parents, had 21 million residential TV customers at the end of September. (Awkward… )Although smaller than Netflix, Hulu was one of the vanguards of streaming television. As Netflix has secured its dominance, Hulu has grappled with a crowd of rivals to be one of the other services most consumers sign up for. That competition is set to only grow. Traditional Hollywood giants like Disney, Time Warner and others plan to launch their own versions of Netflix this year.In its end-of-year recap, Hulu said it’s the only service of its kind that has full seasons of 80 percent of the shows nominated for Emmys last year. And people are binge-watching there, too. For Hulu’s top 100 shows, more than half of all viewing sessions were for three or more episodes of the same series.Among other stats, Hulu said average time spent per subscriber each month increased 20 percent last year, and it said viewers who subscribe to both its on-demand service and its live-TV offering spend half of their time watching that on-demand or recorded programming. Hulu said it leaned in to that behavior by investing “significantly” in exclusive programming and improving its streaming technology. It reduced buffering by 90 percent, it said. Its advertising revenue hit a new high of $1.5 billion in 2018, up more than 45 percent. The median age of a Hulu viewer is 32, and the average annual household income was $93,000.Correction, 12:11 p.m. PT: This story initially misstated the year that Hulu’s advertising revenue hit a new high. It was in 2018. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution. Hulu Netflixlast_img read more

Police absent on the spot still injured

first_img,As many as 401 leaders and activists of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were implicated in a case filed after an attack on BNP candidate for Munshiganj-1 Shah Moazzem Hossain’s motorcade on Saturday.However, the police registered the case for showing it as an incident of attack on the law enforcement.Witnesses and local BNP leaders said no policeman was not present during the occurence.Shah Moazzem’s motorcade came under attack by some unidentified men in Kuchiamora area in Sirajdikhan upazila on Saturday.Officer-in-charge (OC) of Sirajdikhan police station Farid Uddin then said none was injured in the incident.On Monday, he claimed that five policemen including sub-inspector Sheikh Ashraful  and Mashiqur Rahman got injured in the incident.The police filed the case on Sunday accusing the BNP men of injuring the policemen.SI Ashraful named 251 BNP men including upazila secretary general Awlad Hossain and implicated 100-150 unnamed men in the case.Asked about contradictory statement about the police being attacked, OC Farid Uddin said Saturday’s comment was his immediate response.He claimed that he later knew that five police men were injured as brickbat was thrown at them and took primary treatment at upazila health complex.However, witnesses said the attackers left the scene 15 minutes after the attack was carried out around 4:30pm.On hearing, the police personnel reached the spot around an hour later.Sirajdikhan upazila BNP chairmen Abdul Kuddus, who was at Shah Moazzem’s entourage, confidently said no policeman was present during the attack.“The police didn’t come (during the attack) although we called them. How can they be injured? We have seen 5-7 policemen reached the spot around 7:00pm when we started for Dhaka,” he said. Khondokar Ashek Mahmud, a physician at Sirajdikhan upazila health complex, recalled that five policemen came to the facility to take treatment. However, there were no such injury marks on their bodies.“I heard they were injured by brickbat,” he added.Superintendent of Munshiganj police Zaidul Alam Fuad, however, said the policemen might get injured during the chaos.He said the police would not harass any innocent person.last_img read more

Life stories — not sermons — guide Gilead Church in Chicago

first_img Share This! By: Katelyn Ferral Katelyn Ferral,Load Comments,New Pakistani leader’s education aims may include reining in religious schools Katelyn Ferral TagsGilead Church homepage featured mainline Christianity millennials Slow Church storytelling,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO (RNS) — In the purple upstairs lounge of a Chicago gay bar, JB Lee takes the stage in front of his fellow congregants to tell a life story: the time he, a self-described “Asian bro,” got high in Europe.Ignoring the advice of a wise Dutch coffee shop purveyor, Lee explains, he and a friend ate a marijuana brownie in one sitting — a choice that fueled a crazed bicycle ride, grocery store orange juice binge and much vomiting.He eventually ended up alone on a street curb, confused and shivering.“At that moment, a stranger saw what was going on, took off her coat and covered me with it,” Lee said. “She called the ambulance, and the rest was history.”As the bar church crowd cheered, the Rev. Vince Amlin proclaimed: “the word of God for the people of God.”“The word of God for the people of God,” the congregants repeated.JB Lee tells a story about a trip to Europe to the Gilead Church congregation during a service on Feb. 17, 2019, in Chicago. RNS photo by Katelyn FerralDecidedly irreverent and unconventional, Lee’s story is the centerpiece of what Gilead Church is about: connecting people’s everyday, true-life stories to the God they believe continues to work through them.Here, life stories are treated with the same reverence other Christian traditions show Scripture. They are inherently spiritual, regardless of what they are about, said Amlin, who co-founded and co-pastors Gilead with Rev. Rebecca Anderson.“Every story is a God story — not just the ones that seem like ‘oh I would tell this story at church,’ the shitty stories, the sexy stories, the failure stories, whatever they are,” Amlin said. “(That) life is sacred. That God chose to take on human life. That said something about human life.”The practice of storytelling is the core of Gilead’s progressive theology, presented each week by different members of the congregation.The stories, told in first person in front of a microphone, are layered between traditional church rituals — Communion, benediction — and less traditional ones, such as poetry readings, alcoholic drinks, and pop-song sing-alongs.During the service last month where Lee told his story, the congregation sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway,” Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” and Cher’s “Believe,” among others.The church has sermon themes that rotate and often involve input from the congregation: “Choose Your Own Adventure” was a recent theme in which a discussion of faith was laid out for the congregation like steps in the “Oregon Trail” computer game.Gilead, which launched in May 2017, said its intent is to translate the teachings of Jesus in a new way for those who have eschewed church, especially young adults — many of whom continue to exit mainline Protestant congregations.Gilead Church congregants meet outdoors near their garden. Photo by Jason Colston, courtesy of Gilead ChurchThe church’s Sunday night services, along with a slew of parties they are hosting this year, all aim to create community where people can share their unvarnished lives, ask hard questions and develop their faith.“We are open and affirming, anti-racist, local, organic, slow-church, just peace, free range, real butter Christians,” according to the Gilead site. It has also printed the phrase on church T-shirts.“It’s loud. It’s profane. It’s somewhat brash. It’s also really emotional… we hope we are hitting on something that is real for people,” said Amlin in an interview. “We are sharing true stories from our lives and that stuff hits hard.”Gilead, which has about 50 attendees each week, is growing at what is a “Pentecost moment” for the mainline Christian church at large, Amlin said. It is a blend of denominations: Amlin is ordained in the United Church of Christ, while Anderson is ordained in the Disciples of Christ.The concept for Gilead grew out of an annual dinner group Amlin and Anderson formed after meeting in divinity school at the University of Chicago. Both preachers come from creative backgrounds — Amlin with a degree in dramatic writing and Anderson with one in playwriting. They also teach storytelling workshops together on the side.“We specifically saw ourselves as part of something that was already happening in our denominations but also more widely,” Amlin said. “It wasn’t like, ‘oh, we’re going to start something that is better or different from everything that is happening,’ but more like ‘there is this energy to do something new.’”The name “Gilead” comes from the Bible and is a place in the Old Testament where a special healing balm is made and where a man named Jacob wrestles with God. The church similarly hopes to be a place of healing, where the wounded can be made whole.The Rev. Rebecca Anderson addresses the Gilead Church congregation during service on Feb. 17, 2019, in Chicago. RNS photo by Katelyn FerralThrowing parties is one way Gilead hopes to become that place — attracting people who don’t go to church to connect them with people who do.“Practically speaking, it’s a low-bar entry point to Gilead,” Anderson said.But to be clear, the main point is fun. Because fun is Christ-like, too, she said.“Jesus was kind of a party guy. He got invited to a lot of shit and said yes,” she said. “It’s just another expression of how we do church. In the Christian life, one of the fruits of the spirit is joy.”A key perk to starting a new church from an old faith tradition is finding new paths to that joy, Amlin said.“We don’t have to do things that we’ve always done,” Amlin said. “If we don’t have to do anything, what should we do? What’s fun? What’s exciting?”Last month, the church rented a Chicago Transit Authority elevated train car, brought in a DJ, a caterer and threw a party as the train looped throughout the city.Last summer the congregation brewed beer and had a release party for it: a Sex-Positive Summer Wheat Ale and Balm of Gilead Indian Pale Ale, a reference to the medicinal balm created in the Bible.It is planning a dance party for Easter.To kick off Lent? A fort-building party, naturally.“We’re going to build forts, right after you give up forts for Lent,” Anderson tells laughing congregants. “It’s sort of a Mardi Gras fort building situation.”Gilead Church members ride a CTA train around Chicago. Photo courtesy of Gilead ChurchThe church’s party initiative is funded, in part, through a grant from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary near Evanston. Garrett, which received $1.5 million from the Lilly Endowment, is funding 13 churches across the city with grants of up to $30,000 who are trying to attract young people and address issues of loneliness.The five-year initiative is being rolled out in three phases and will be completed in 2021. The first phase centered on listening sessions with millennial churchgoers, which revealed some common concerns among them, said Jennifer Moe, the assistant director for the program.“Young people have all of these skills and abilities, and they’re out there doing all these things with their work life, whether it’s artistic pursuits or activism or being entrepreneurs… (but) they feel like when they go to church, there’s no place for them,” Moe said. “The church sees them as valuable for just doing helpful work but not the main work of the church.”Anderson said Gilead engages young people but emphasizes being a place for everyone, regardless of age, background, sexual orientation or doctrinal beliefs.“Gilead is a ‘more is more’ community, so that actually, as a staff, we like to say, ‘if you’ve been told that you’re too much, Gilead is perfect for you!’” said Anderson.The congregation is unapologetically Christian but, unlike more conservative evangelical denominations, does not require members to align on a set list of doctrines. The impetus, rather, is on being a space to ask questions, to wrestle.“I am less about converting people than I am about saying if this stuff is beautiful or meaningful or lifesaving to you, it is yours for the having,” Anderson said. “We want to be a church by and for people who have been made to feel that the church is not for them.”That environment is what drew Lee, this week’s storyteller, to Gilead. The 33-year-old dentist grew up in a conservative Korean-American Christian church. He became disenchanted with the tradition after seeing hypocrisy and abuse of power within the church. Gilead has helped grow his faith and find community, he said.“It’s a place where even if you have a lot of questions, it’s OK,” Lee said. “It’s a place where questions are welcome and you don’t necessarily have to have some kind of conclusion. Doubts are encouraged.”Anderson agrees. Gilead helps people develop muscles for seeing God, whether it’s in Scripture or in the world, she said.It is working out its faith, one story at a time.“It’s one translation,” she said. “It’s not for everyone, but the folks who it is for, this is the language of how they hear the Gospel.” News • Photos of the Week Share This! By: Katelyn Ferral As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Muslim inmates sue over combined faith services in Arkansas prisons By: Katelyn Ferrallast_img read more

Schmid Shoots Outstanding Round at the Open Championship

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Playing in his first professional event, Matthias Schmid of the University of Louisville men’s golf team fired an even-par 71 in the second round of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland on Friday. The rising junior will miss the cut line despite his solid round on Friday.After shooting a 5-over-par on Thursday, the native of Germany was outstanding on Friday, recording four birdies and two bogeys to finish in a tie for 106th place after concluding play at 5-over-par for the two rounds of the championship.The all-ACC performer shot a 33 on the first nine holes, recording birdies on No. 2, No. 6 and No. 7 to get to as low as 2-under-par for the tournament. However, the back nine wasn’t as kind as Schmid carded a 38 after a triple bogey on No. 11. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Amazons latest foray into original feature films

first_imgAmazon’s latest foray into original feature films will be Paterson from Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai).The film will have a theatrical release later this year and also launch on the Prime Instant Video streaming service, aping the model pioneered by Netflix with Beasts of No Nation.The film will star Adam Driver (Girls, The Force Awakens) as a bus driver, working and observing life in the city of Paterson over the course of a week.“Paterson is a funny, philosophical and moving story that only Jim can tell. We look forward to working closely with him and supporting his vision in bringing the film to life,” said Ted Hope, Head of Motion Picture Production at Amazon StudiosAmazon brought in Hope last year to spearhead its movie into original features. Its movie efforts so far include Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, which will go out on Prime next month.last_img read more