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Winnebago plans to begin reopening Elkhart County RV plants in May

first_img Pinterest Google+ By Associated Press – April 11, 2020 0 416 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest (Photo supplied/Winnebago Industries) MIDDLEBURY, Ind. (South Bend Tribune) — Iowa-based recreational vehicle manufacturer Winnebago Industries says the company plans to begin reopening its northern Indiana plants in May after closing them in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.Winnebago and other RV manufacturers temporarily idled their manufacturing plants after stay-at-home orders were issued in Indiana and other states where RVs are produced.Winnebago spokesman Sam Jefson tells the South Bend Tribune that while the company will reopen some plants in other states beginning Monday, it isn’t planning to reopen its operations in northern Indiana’s Elkhart County until May 4 or later.Winnebago employs about 3,500 workers at plants in Middlebury and Nappanee. WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Winnebago plans to begin reopening Elkhart County RV plants in May CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Previous articleAnderson facility has 24 COVID-19 deaths; state toll 300Next article19-year-old man shot and killed in Benton Harbor Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

Honduran Combat Medics Help the Military, Police, and Civilians

first_imgMembers of the country’s new Military Health Unit launched the course, which will last 12 weeks, in April; operating under the Army Technical School, led by Materiel Colonel José Luis Lagos Velásquez, it will provide first aid training to 35 Army Service Members at the facilities of the First Military Police Battalion in the department of Francisco Morazán. Honduran Army personnel are training to form the First Combat Medic Squadron, which will help injured Military Service Members, police officers, and civilians during operations against organized crime and ordinary lawbreakers. “President Juan Orlando Hernández’s interest lies in fostering all the capabilities among members of the Armed Forces in order to strengthen an organizational structure able to respond no matter what type of mission is entrusted to them,” Col. Sánchez said. “Since the first day of his administration, the president has demonstrated that his primary objective is to decrease crime rates and to confront petty and organized crime head-on.” The opportunity to help save lives appeals to Infantry Corporal Samuel Ávila, who is one of the 35 members of the Medic Squadron. Being part of the unit gives him a sense of satisfaction. Combat Medics will work with elite FUSINA FUSINA, an elite force created by the Council of Ministers on February 17, 2014, includes personnel from the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Prosecutor’s Offices, the Supreme Court of Justice, and the National Directorate for Investigation and Intelligence; it’s in charge of arresting high-profile criminals such as gang members, drug traffickers, and extortionists. The 35 unit members will be headquartered in Tegucigalpa; however, they can be deployed to anywhere in the country where they are needed. Forming unit shows Military’s ‘respect for life’ Medics will assist the entire population And their efforts won’t be limited to security operations. “By executive order, our unit will assist hospitals in the event healthcare professionals strike, because the Honduran people cannot be left without medical treatment due to economic demands in any sector,” Col. Lagos said. “We are the first unit of this type. This fills me with pride because we will provide first aid to possible victims of confrontations without distinguishing civilians from the Military,” he said. “I am grateful to Colonel Lagos for giving me the opportunity to be part of this noble squadron.” Forming unit shows Military’s ‘respect for life’ Honduran Army personnel are training to form the First Combat Medic Squadron, which will help injured Military Service Members, police officers, and civilians during operations against organized crime and ordinary lawbreakers. And their efforts won’t be limited to security operations. “By executive order, our unit will assist hospitals in the event healthcare professionals strike, because the Honduran people cannot be left without medical treatment due to economic demands in any sector,” Col. Lagos said. Combat Medics will work with elite FUSINA Medics will assist the entire population “President Juan Orlando Hernández’s interest lies in fostering all the capabilities among members of the Armed Forces in order to strengthen an organizational structure able to respond no matter what type of mission is entrusted to them,” Col. Sánchez said. “Since the first day of his administration, the president has demonstrated that his primary objective is to decrease crime rates and to confront petty and organized crime head-on.” Members of the country’s new Military Health Unit launched the course, which will last 12 weeks, in April; operating under the Army Technical School, led by Materiel Colonel José Luis Lagos Velásquez, it will provide first aid training to 35 Army Service Members at the facilities of the First Military Police Battalion in the department of Francisco Morazán. The 35 unit members will be headquartered in Tegucigalpa; however, they can be deployed to anywhere in the country where they are needed. Once trained, the Combat Medics will bolster the Military’s capability to provide first aid and other medical services in the field. They’ll learn basic first aid techniques such as administering IVs, injections, mouth-to-mouth and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, inspecting wounds, and all the other techniques necessary to provide first aid to Military personnel or civilians who need treatment before being transported to a hospital or medical center. The medical unit is a laudable initiative, said security analyst Wilfredo Méndez. “The interest and respect for human life that the authorities are demonstrating through this medical prevention unit is noteworthy. We hope there are no fatalities in these operations, and that they will be a vital support to the people in the event of a strike or labor stoppage by health care professionals.” FUSINA, an elite force created by the Council of Ministers on February 17, 2014, includes personnel from the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Prosecutor’s Offices, the Supreme Court of Justice, and the National Directorate for Investigation and Intelligence; it’s in charge of arresting high-profile criminals such as gang members, drug traffickers, and extortionists. By Dialogo June 08, 2015 “We are the first unit of this type. This fills me with pride because we will provide first aid to possible victims of confrontations without distinguishing civilians from the Military,” he said. “I am grateful to Colonel Lagos for giving me the opportunity to be part of this noble squadron.” The medical units will bolster the medical care the Military provides to the civilian population. In 2015, Military medical outreach clinics treated more than 300,000 people throughout the country. Military authorities expect these clinics will serve more than one million people over the next four years. To that end, explained Armed Forces spokesman Infantry Colonel José Antonio Sánchez, “Personnel trained as Combat Medics will be assigned to the National Inter-Agency Security Force (FUSINA) to provide immediate and basic medical attention during any emergencies that may arise in the course of an operation.” The opportunity to help save lives appeals to Infantry Corporal Samuel Ávila, who is one of the 35 members of the Medic Squadron. Being part of the unit gives him a sense of satisfaction. The medical units will bolster the medical care the Military provides to the civilian population. In 2015, Military medical outreach clinics treated more than 300,000 people throughout the country. Military authorities expect these clinics will serve more than one million people over the next four years. The medical unit is a laudable initiative, said security analyst Wilfredo Méndez. “The interest and respect for human life that the authorities are demonstrating through this medical prevention unit is noteworthy. We hope there are no fatalities in these operations, and that they will be a vital support to the people in the event of a strike or labor stoppage by health care professionals.” To that end, explained Armed Forces spokesman Infantry Colonel José Antonio Sánchez, “Personnel trained as Combat Medics will be assigned to the National Inter-Agency Security Force (FUSINA) to provide immediate and basic medical attention during any emergencies that may arise in the course of an operation.” Once trained, the Combat Medics will bolster the Military’s capability to provide first aid and other medical services in the field. They’ll learn basic first aid techniques such as administering IVs, injections, mouth-to-mouth and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, inspecting wounds, and all the other techniques necessary to provide first aid to Military personnel or civilians who need treatment before being transported to a hospital or medical center. last_img read more

Kids avoid cabin fever at Boys & Girls Club

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Area schools were closed today. It’s the third day in a row that schools have kept their doors closed due to the extremely cold weather.That didn’t keep all kids from staying in their homes and getting cabin fever. The Boys & Girls Club of Alpena welcomed children in from these frigid conditions. Children played pop–a–shot, pool, and participated in obstacle courses. Plenty of activities were scheduled throughout the day to keep the kids engaged. Children like William O’Neill and Emma Jo Kruccynski enjoyed heading to the club today.“It keeps me entertained, and a lot of my friends come here,” said Kruccynski.During these conditions, it can be hard for children to stay active, but that was not the case today for all the kids in attendance.“Rather than staying home and watching TV, I could come here and go to the gym and play basketball, have some activities to do,” said O’Neill.Children can also get help with homework, grab a meal, and just have fun being a kid. With schools already canceling Thursday, more children can expect to stretch their legs and have fun at the Boys & Girls Club.“I was pretty happy because the past two days, they’ve [Boys & Girls Club] been closed, and there is really nothing else to do except just sit inside and watch TV because it’s so cold out,” said O’Neill.For more information, visit their website www.bgcalpena.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, alpena schools, Boys & Girls Club, Boys & Girls Club of Alpena, Children, Obstacle Courses, School Closings, schoolsContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Wednesday, January 30Next Local doctor encourages eye exams to prevent Glaucomalast_img read more

Mark Dantonio Addresses Missing Handshake With Jim Harbaugh

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) dantonio harbaugh adidasTwitter/@Mark__SnyderIn all of the craziness following Michigan State’s dramatic last second win over Michigan, people noticed that head coaches Mark Dantonio and Jim Harbaugh failed toshake hands after the game. While it was easy to assume animosity between the rival coaches, according to Mark Dantonio, it was just a case of the two not being able to link up on the field. From MLive:“It’s one of those things, you’re just not there at the time, but there’s no problems between myself and coach Harbaugh,” Dantonio said Monday morning on WDFN. “I have the utmost respect for him. I think he’s doing a tremendous job, and I think they have a good football team, a well-coached football team.”He is certainly right about that last part. Despite the brutal loss, few would have expected Michigan to be in position to beat Michigan State at all back in August.[MLive]last_img read more

Exercise more for better fitness after retirement

first_imgMiddle-aged people over 55 years of age in particular should be doing more to keep fit as they approach retirement age because of the physical, mental and social benefits of being active, says a study. “Adults are spending more years of their life working than ever before. Retiring is a life-changing event which provides all sorts of opportunities – but it coincides with declining physical activity, health and wellbeing,” said the study’s lead author Charlotte Salter from the University of East Anglia in England. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”From the age of around 55, people begin thinking about retirement and making plans for their future,” Salter said. For the study, researchers worked to gather insight about the relationship between retirement and physical activity. More than 1,000 over-55s took part in an online ‘Physical Activity and Retirement Transitions’ survey about their physical activity levels and expectations and experiences of retirement. The research team also held focus groups and interviews with people at retirement age about staying physically active. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”In order to enjoy a fit and healthy retirement, a really key thing is that people need to maintain their physical fitness through their fifties and beyond. But we found that there are many barriers to this – from poor health, lack of motivation and the cost and availability of sports, activities and fitness classes, to not having enough time – due to work or in many cases because of caring responsibilities,” Salter added. The report showed how employers and healthcare providers could do more to promote physical fitness to people over 55. And that sports centres and community fitness projects could also play more of a part in encouraging healthy ageing. While retirement can free up time, deteriorating health and wellbeing often become a new barrier.last_img read more

Mars to base US headquarters in New Jersey

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. – Mars Wrigley Confectionary is basing its U.S. headquarters in New Jersey.The maker of M&M’s, Snickers and Skittles on Tuesday announced it will operate from existing offices in Hackettstown and open a new space in Newark. The company’s world headquarters will remain in Chicago.New Jersey recently approved a 10-year, $31 million tax enticement for the company.Mars Wrigley says the move is expected to bring 1,500 jobs to New Jersey. It says it plans to move 113 jobs from Chicago and 370 jobs from Hackettstown to Newark, which should be operational by 2020.Mars operated in Newark when M&M’s were created as military rations in 1941. The Hackettstown location opened in 1958.last_img read more

Conductor involved in Banff crash fired again for social media posts

first_imgCALGARY – A Canadian Pacific Railway conductor who was fired following a 2014 derailment in Banff and later reinstated has been dismissed again — this time over social media posts that included several sexy modelling photos.Stephanie Katelnikoff says she received a letter from her employer last fall attached to a package of screen grabs from her social media accounts and was told to report to the railway’s Calgary office for a formal investigation.“This investigation is in connection with conduct and actions on Instagram and Facebook and other social media accounts, and the content of and compliance of those postings with company policies,” read the letter.Some of the photos in the package, which Katelnikoff provided to The Canadian Press, show her in cutoff jean shorts and a midriff-bearing top posing on railway tracks. Others are nudes of her shot from behind or the side, or of her in lingerie.The investigation package also had online comments that included a 2016 Facebook post under the name Steph Kat that calls the railway’s code of ethics a “short fictional comedy.”Another profile under the name Stevie Rae says: “Resume: Google Banff train crash,” followed by a laughing emoji.“I was shocked at the length they went to in investigating my personal social media accounts and my off-duty activity,” Katelnikoff told The Canadian Press.“I can’t imagine how long somebody spent combing through absolutely every little bit and piece of my social media.”Katelnikoff, 28, said most of her Facebook feed actually pertains to her charity work. She said modelling is a fun hobby that has allowed her to channel her creativity and boost her self-esteem.“I just can’t see how that affects my employability,” she said.On Boxing Day in 2014, a train Katelnikoff was conducting derailed, sending 15 cars off the tracks in Banff, Alta. A product used to make concrete called fly ash, as well as soybeans, spilled into a creek. The Transportation Safety Board determined that a broken piece of track caused the crash.Katelnikoff had some respiratory symptoms from breathing in the ash, but no one was otherwise injured. She was fired a month later and the company said it was because she violated rules around injury reporting and protecting an accident scene.She had been on the job less than six months and later criticized the training she received in the press.In February of 2016, arbitrator Maureen Flynn found in Katelnikoff’s favour, saying the company’s grounds for termination were “discriminatory” and in “bad faith.”Katelnikoff said the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference is grieving her most recent dismissal. The union did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Katelnikoff said her flippant online comments were a healthy way to process what she went through.“It was a traumatic event and I used humour as a coping mechanism. I don’t think you can fault a girl for doing that,” she said.The investigation package also mentioned a YouTube video critical of CP Rail, which the company said showed “gross insubordination and insolence.” Katelnikoff admits the delivery may not have been appropriate, but stands by her messages regarding the company’s approach to safety and human rights.CP spokesman Jeremy Berry said the company would not comment on an individual case.“All unionized train and engine employees are subject to the same rules and regulations and there is a standardized grievance process in place to deal with individual personnel decisions,” he wrote in an email.Katelnikoff, who is doing some health and safety consulting work on her own now, said she’s not sure she would return to the railway if given the chance.“The job itself and my brothers and sisters out on the rails are wonderful and I really truly enjoy that part of it.”(Companies in this story: TSX:CP)last_img read more

Major North American indices mostly positive after Trump Kim summit

first_imgMajor North American indices mostly moved up as the U.S. President and North Korean leader ended their historic summit.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 25.69 points to 16,288.98.South of the border, markets were mixed but mostly flat.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average declined 1.58 points to 25,320.73. The S&P 500 index rose 4.85 points to 2,786.85 and the Nasdaq composite index moved up 43.87 points to 7,703.79.That movement came as Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un wrapped their meeting. The duo committed to work “toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and to “build a lasting and stable peace regime” there. Many of the details were left vague.“I think the initial agreement is probably market positive, but the proof will ultimately be in the pudding,” said Patrick Bernes, a portfolio manager for CIBC Asset Management.The market is now focusing on a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve that starts Wednesday. Investors expect the Fed to raise interest rates, but will also be watching for how many interest rates hikes are still expected in 2018, he said.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.90 cents US, down 0.06 of a US cent.The July crude contract gained 26 cents to US$66.36 per barrel and the July natural gas contract shed a penny to about US$2.94 per mmBTU.The August gold contract fell US$3.80 to US$1,299.40 an ounce and the July copper contract retreated about a penny to roughly US$3.25 a pound.— With files from the Associated PressFollow @AleksSagan on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated the Canadian dollar averaged 76.82 cents US.last_img read more

Unexpectedly weak data on inflation retail sales cloud central banks next step

first_imgOTTAWA – A pair of unexpectedly soft economic reports are creating fresh doubts about the timing of the Bank of Canada’s next interest rate hike.For months, experts have been predicting Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz to raise his benchmark rate at next month’s meeting. But broadening economic unknowns — mostly linked to trade concerns around U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist agenda — have begun to lead some analysts to wonder if Poloz will stand pat on July 11.And on Friday two reports from Statistics Canada added more uncertainty to the interest rate outlook.One release by the agency found Canada’s annual inflation rose at a pace of 2.2 per cent in May for the second straight month. The number, however, was cooler than market expectations of 2.6 per cent.In the second report, Statistics Canada found that retail sales contracted in April by 1.2 per cent for the reading’s first month-to-month decline since December.“These reports kind of highlight an economy that has slowed pretty significantly from the last year or two,” Robert Kavcic, senior economist for BMO Capital Markets, said in an interview.“Given a lot of the uncertainty out there, and a little bit of a softer tone to this data, I think expectations for a July rate hike have probably come down a little bit.”Royce Mendes of CIBC Capital Markets wrote in a report that Friday’s “bad data” make it even more difficult for the Bank of Canada to hike rates in July. Mendes noted, however, that things could improve before Poloz’s July 11 meeting because more important numbers on gross domestic product and employment are still on the way.Nathan Janzen, RBC senior economist, said the combination of Friday’s figures, somewhat slower economic growth and a deteriorating tone in trade discussions with the U.S. “aren’t all that encouraging” and will make the Bank of Canada’s rate decision closer than previously thought.Ranko Berich, head analyst at Monex Canada and Monex Europe, said the central bank’s July rate decision is “now an unknown factor.”The hunt for clues into Poloz’s thinking will continue next Wednesday when he gives a speech to the chamber of commerce in Victoria, B.C.The May annual inflation number in Friday’s report followed the 2.2 per cent reading for April and 2.3 per cent for March.The main contributors to inflation last month were led by gasoline prices. Compared to a year earlier, they climbed 22.9 per cent in May and helped drive overall energy prices for the month 11.6 per cent higher.Inflation also received a lift because Canadians paid more last month for restaurants, airline tickets and mortgage interest costs.Consumers, however, paid less in May for telephone services, natural gas and digital devices and computers.The report also found the average of the Bank of Canada’s three measures of core inflation, which leave out more-volatile numbers like pump prices, slowed to 1.9 per cent last month.The core readings, which are closely monitored by the central bank, averaged 2.03 per cent in April, which was the strongest pace in six years.On retail trade, the April contraction of 1.2 per cent pulled total sales down to $49.5 billion.The April decrease was mostly due to a 4.3 per cent decline in sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers — with new car dealerships reporting a 5.1 per cent drop and used car lots seeing a contraction of 4.1 per cent.Statistics Canada said April’s unusually cool temperatures and bad weather in many parts of the country may have been to blame for the overall decline.The decrease was concentrated in the largest provinces. Sales fell 2.3 per cent in Ontario, while Quebec saw a 2.7 per cent drop.Statistics Canada, however, did release an upward revision to its retail sales data for March. The updated reading shows a 0.8 per cent increase, compared to its preliminary 0.6 per cent estimate.Friday’s reports will help feed the Bank of Canada’s deliberations as its governing council considers its next interest rate decision.For inflation, the bank can use interest rate hikes as a tool to help prevent it from climbing too high. The Bank of Canada tries to keep inflation from moving outside a range of between one and three per cent.Recent inflation readings — including Friday’s — have been hovering just above the two per cent mid-point of the bank’s target range.It’s unlikely, however, to have a significant impact on upcoming rate decisions because governor Poloz has predicted inflation to stay above two per cent for all of 2018. He’s predicted inflation to average 2.3 per cent this year before settling back down to 2.1 per cent in 2019 — in large part due to the temporary effects of higher gas prices and the introduction of minimum wage increases in some provinces.He’s raised the trend-setting interest rate three times since last July, but he hasn’t touched the rate since January. It’s been at 1.25 per cent ever since.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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