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Phil Lesh Announces Two-Night Valentines Day Run With Stanley Jordan At Terrapin Crossroads

first_imgPhil Lesh & Friends will be hosting a two-night Valentine’s Day run at his Terrapin Crossroads on February 14 & 15. Joining him for these lovely performances are Stanley Jordan on guitar, multi-instrumentalists Barry Sless and Jason Crosby, John Molo on drums and The Midnight North Singers (Grahame Lesh, Elliott Peck and Alex Koford). Both shows are now sold out.Watch Phil Lesh Get Down For Three Full Sets At Terrapin Crossroads [Full Video]Prior to the two-night run, Stanley Jordan will be playing a solo show at the San Francisco venue on February 13. With love in the air, the nights are sure to be special for everyone.Enjoy this fan-shot video of Phil & Friends, featuring Stanley Jordan, perform “Eyes Of The World” at the Roseland in NYC back in 2012:[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Training Plan Aims to Improve EMSA Staff

first_imgHospitals and fire departments are now hiring more paramedics, said Glen Leland, Paramedics Plus’ chief operating officer. In the past school tuition for students was paid, but they had to fit classes into a 48-hour work week, Wells said. Other shortages There are critical shortages in other health fields. Keeping workers here EMSA has about 600 employees, Wells said. And while the state doesn’t have a personnel shortage, the new work force initiative “is about recruiting, retaining and helping people advance up the career path.” Once trained, paramedics can work anywhere, but Leland said the initiative, Oklahoma’s lower cost of living and its advanced emergency medical services systems could encourage trained workers to stay or move here. * Retention bonuses for patient care staff that commit to another year of EMSA service. Paramedics and dispatchers will receive $3,000, and emergency medical technicians and materials technicians who clean and stock ambulances between calls, will receive $2,000. Nursing and allied health jobs, including respiratory therapists, radiologists and medical lab personnel are all areas needing workers, said Sheryl McLain, executive director of the Oklahoma Health Care Workforce Center. EMSA is the trust authority of the Tulsa and Oklahoma City city governments, which contracts out to find companies to provide personnel for its ambulance services, Wells said. EMSA is the sole provider for ambulance services for Tulsa, Sand Springs, Bixby, Jenks, Oklahoma City and 11 other state communities. * A revamped training program that allows emergency medical technicians training to be paramedics to work two, 12-hour shifts a week and attend classes two days a week while receiving pay for a standard 48-hour work week. In return, emergency medical technicians must agree to work full time as EMSA paramedics for two years following training. Earlier this month, Texas-based Paramedics Plus Inc. increased salaries, provided retention bonuses and implemented a revamped paramedic training program to help recruit and retain paramedics, emergency medical technicians and medical dispatchers. The company supplies employees and services for Emergency Medical Services Authority. “There is a documented shortage in allied healthcare workers, nationally and in Oklahoma. The crisis is very real in many cities and towns across America. We manage some other systems like EMSA across the country and we wanted to get ahead of this,” Wells said. “We saw the writing on the wall,” said Tina Wells, EMSA’s vice president. “Other cities were at the crisis point.” McLain said the immediate issue is the lack of faculty in those fields. People are interested in entering those careers yet are being turned away because there aren’t enough teachers. And as health care is the second largest employer in the state, “it’s a big concern,” she added. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual earnings of paramedics and emergency medical technicians was $27,070 just two years ago. But a rapidly changing health care industry, more job opportunities for trained paramedics and an aging population are affecting the industry. “We have had an increase in the volume of calls, about 10 percent a year for the past five years,” he said. OKLAHOMA CITY — Concerns that Oklahoma could face the same shortage of skilled emergency medical services personnel seen in other parts of the country have prompted the state’s largest emergency medical services employer to boost its pay and benefits. About the initiative* A 12.5 percent increase in salaries, bringing the average yearly earnings for an EMSA paramedic to $43,000. Employees certified at the EMT-basic level can expect to earn $29,000.last_img read more

KPBSD 2017-2018 Budget Meeting

first_imgErkeneff: “The biggest thing that we want parents, staff members, and community members, everybody to come to these budget meetings to really understand what the fiscal challenges have been and are doing to our KPBSD budget. So when school starts in August we do have right now a 3.45 million dollar deficit. We are looking at reductions as well as a possibility of more funding from the borough, and we don’t know yet if the legislature is going to end up ultimately making more cuts to education funding. We want our community to be informed and understand what is happening in our schools.”  They will be addressing the ongoing fiscal challenges faced from a multi-million dollar budget deficit. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is hosting a budget development forum for the upcoming 2017-2018 KPBSD budget.center_img The first meeting will take place on February 14th at 5:30pm at Seward High School Library.last_img read more