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Barbara St. Louis

Mrs. Barbara Kruger St. Louis, age 62, of Gloversville, passed away after a long illness on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at her home in Gloversville.

She was born December 31, 1957, in Gloversville, the daughter of the late Robert and Grace Kruger-Harvey. She was self-employed as a house cleaner for many local families. Barbara loved to go shopping, walking and spend time with her family and friends in her free time.

Barbara is survived by her sister, Patricia Oarr (Stephen); a nephew, Tyrone (Laci) Kruger; a great-niece, Kiara Kruger; her beloved cat, Louie; along with several other extended family members.

In addition to both of her parents, she was predeceased by her companion, William Frederick; her sister, Susan Frye; her brother, Philip Frye; and grandparents, Edward and Eleanor Smith.

In keeping with Barbara’s wishes, there will be no formal calling hours or funeral services at this time.

A private interment took place at Ferndale Cemetery, Johnstown.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the to a charity of your choice in Barbara’s name.

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MONTREAL: When Megyn Thompson landed her dream job as a commercial pilot last year, she was one of thousands being recruited globally to boost the number of women in the cockpit and meet record pilot demand.

Now an industry-wide campaign to recruit more female aviators is under threat, dealing a blow to efforts to overhaul the male-dominated airline sector as the coronavirus crisis transforms a shortage into a pilot surplus. 

In the United States alone, the top two airlines are set to furlough more than 3,000 pilots when government stimulus expires this month, and a disproportionate number of those are women.

Under layoff agreements between airlines and unions, junior pilots lose their jobs before senior ones, regardless of gender, race or age.

These “Last In, First Out” labor deals at many Western airlines mean the most recent hires are the first to go.

And those new hires include a higher percentage of women than in the past, the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP) said.

Thompson, who flies with a regional carrier owned by American Airlines, is among at least 600 female pilots in the United States who will be furloughed on Oct. 1 unless there is more government payroll aid or last-minute union deals.

Thompson, 32, said her low seniority ranking puts her “smack-dab in the middle” of a furlough at American’s PSA affiliate, which expects to cut about 35 percent of its pilots.

“If you go back 40 years ago it was a man’s world through and through, so there are not a lot of women at the top who are protected from this furlough,” said Thompson, who decided not to have biological children as she built flying hours for her license.

“PSA is not letting (me) Megyn go because they don’t like her. It’s zero to do with that and 100 percent to do with, if you’re the last in, you’re the first out.”

Now the mother of three adopted children is applying for jobs at Amazon, Kellogg and PepsiCo.

Before the crisis, global air travel was growing at a record 5 percent a year, generating a need for 804,000 pilots over the next 20 years, based on Boeing Co. estimates. The need for more pilots had pushed female recruitment to the top of the agenda.

But a shattered post-COVID industry does not expect traffic to regain 2019 levels and start growing again before 2024.

“This year we were meant to launch a great big campaign which we have just put on hold because of what has happened,” said Australian pilot Davida Forshaw, who heads education and outreach at ISWAP.

Despite the female recruitment campaign, just 5.3 percent of airline pilots globally were women before the coronavirus crisis, ISWAP data shows. That percentage is set to drop again as airlines carry out furlough plans, the group predicts.

At American and Delta Air Lines, women make up around 5.2 percent of the combined pilot population of about 27,800 and 6.7 percent of the 3,645 pilots whom those airlines expect to furlough, according to numbers provided by their main pilot unions.

American Airlines declined to comment directly on the issue, but a spokesman said the union data implied that the proportion of female pilots would slip post-furloughs to 4.9 from 5.1 percent.

Delta said it was in discussions with unions on pilot departures but did not give a breakdown by gender.

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Got my first job! Working at Radical Partners | FIU News




Name: Luisana Zambrano Diaz

Hometown: Valencia, Venezuela

Degree/Major: International relations, minor in political science and certificate in public policy. Graduated with the Global Learning Medallion

Where are you working? Title? Radical Partners, associate

How did you get your job? A really good friend encouraged me to apply, several interviews and a lot a patience. Best decision ever!!

What was your greatest fear going into your first job, and how did you face it or overcome it? My greatest fear going into my first job was that I was not going to be able to find it in the field that I wanted it: social impact. So what I did during my application process was to be very intentional about opportunities that I was applying to. I made sure to showcase the work that I did while I was studying as a student assistant, my internship experiences and academic courses, and how it tied back to my future job.

What surprised you the most about your first job? There is so much more to learn. The social impact field is always evolving. I love how much I am learning everyday with the team and by supporting leaders in our community.

What advice do you have for those beginning the job search process? Don’t give up!! And I mean it. If there is a job that you want to get, be intentional about it. Apply to the ones that you would love to get, connect with your friends and network, ask for help, and honestly just do it! What is the best that can happen?

What does a day on the job look like? I support the organization in different programs such as the Strategic Planning Summit, Vote Miami, and different consultancy projects. When I am not in a meeting with the team learning about each other and supporting the programs, I can be catching up with work, designing presentations for the programs, and helping on what is needed.

How does your job connect back to your coursework? I would say it ties back to everything I did during my time at FIU. From my classes at the Honors College that ignited my passion for social entrepreneurship, social impact and community development to my job as a student assistant at StartUP FIU, where I had the opportunity to put into practice everything that I had learned about social impact; also Global Learning pushed me to become an active global citizen and be involved in the community, and all the extracurricular activities that I was a part of helped me to develop my leadership skills (Venezuelan Student Alliance, Student Government Association, and Model UN).

How was your transition from school to work? How do you balance your time? It was hard, I am not going to lie. Right after I graduated in Fall 2019, I took an internship opportunity with the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. During that time, I learned so much and had so much support from the internship program and FIU in DC! However, my time in D.C. was not conventional as everyone else’s (COVID happened!) My internship transitioned to fully remote and right after my internship ended it took me about two months to find a job. Nonetheless, since I started to work at Radical Partners, I’ve been able to balance my time better, take time for myself, exercise a few times a week and catch up with a lot of readings!  

What’s been the coolest thing about your job so far? Getting to talk with community members and also see how the social impact ecosystem is growing in Miami. I love seeing the many good things our community leaders are doing here in our city; and, honestly, I get to do what I am passionate about every day! I can totally relate to that quote that says, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,”

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Brooke, Ohio counties team up on radio system | News, Sports, Jobs




WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commission recently announced it will form a partnership with the Ohio County Commission to improve communications between the county’s 911 call center and emergency departments.

On Tuesday the Brooke County Commissioners approved a resolution calling for the two counties to share Ohio County’s digital radio system, one that automatically assigns frequency channels to groups of users. Details of the arrangement are expected to be formally approved during the commission’s meeting Tuesday.

County Commissioner A.J. Thomas said there will be costs for Brooke County involved but the county also will benefit through the buying power the Ohio County Commission has employed while purchasing equipment in bulk for itself and other counties with similar agreements.

The move was made at the recommendation of Scheeser Buckley Mayfield, a Uniontown, Ohio consulting firm hired by the commission to resolve long-running difficulties with radio reception between the 911 center, police, firefighters and ambulance crews.

The effort recently received a free boost with the addition of equipment to a radio tower at Weirton’s north end by officials with the West Virginia Statewide Interoperable Radio Network.

Thomas said the equipment greatly improves the coverage area while addressing the issue of local emergency communications competing with signals in the Pittsburgh area.

County Commissioner Stacey Wise said there still is work to be done, including upgrading equipment within the 911 center itself and adjustments that will be needed when that occurs.

“We know there will be some bumps in the road and we’ll need to tweak things,” she said.

Christina White, director of the 911 center, said she’s pleased the county is moving forward with the matter.

White said she looks forward to law enforcement and emergency personnel having new radios in their vehicles and on their person that are compatible with the others.

She added the radios also will be under the same maintenance contract.

Thomas acknowledged Ohio County officials have worked with the commission on issues involving emergency communications, having supported the relocation of a tower in the West Liberty area to boost reception for first responders there.

“We’ve had a great relationship with Ohio County and with Hancock County as well,” he said.

In other business, Commission President Tim Ennis thanked county staff and everyone who supported him through the recent death of his mother, Freda Mae Ennis, who died on Sept. 5 at the age of 88.

Ennis said of his mother, an active member of Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church who worked for many years at Weisberger’s Clothing Store, “She grew up in Brooke County and loved it.”

“I’m going to miss her wisdom, love and support,” he added.

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