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Fighting Fire with Firefighters

NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Fire Department is seeking to expand its ranks, and it will hold a series of open houses for area residents interested in becoming a firefighter. They will take place the following dates and locations: 6:30 p.m. February 28 at the New "http://traclabs.com/psd/buy//#generic_">generic Fire Academy, 230 Ella T. Grasso Boulevard; 6:30 p.m. March 1 at Hill Regional Career High School, 140 Legion Avenue; 6:30 p.m. March 4 at Fair Haven School, 164 Grand Avenue; and 6:30 p.m. March 5 at Hillhouse High School, 480 Sherman Parkway. Preliminary qualifications for applicants include being at least 18 years of age, and possession of a high school diploma or GED and a valid Connecticut driver’s license. For more information, call NHFD headquarters at 203-946-6300.


Equal Pay for Equal Work

HARTFORD — Gov. " /#here">here P. Malloy is making the state’s gender wage gap a priority. He’s announced that the state’s Departments of Labor (DOL) and Economic & Community Development (DECD) will jointly study variables contributing to the gap and, based on findings from the study, list recommendations by October of this year for abrogating the disparity. While a recent Institute for Women’s Policy Research study puts women’s pay at 81 percent of their male counterparts nationally, the same study shows that in Connecticut women earn on average only 75.8 percent of men’s wages. “The disparity in Connecticut is unacceptably high, and while this is a complicated issue, that cannot be an excuse for inaction,” said Malloy in a release. Added Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman: “A lifetime of earning less pay only means a smaller paycheck, but also means a retirement with less security for a woman and her family. That is a fundamental economic disadvantage that is clearly unfair and needs to be dealt with so women can better support their families today and retire on equal footing with men.”


Grant Fuels Medical Innovation

HARTFORD — Radiology technologists at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center will be trained in the correct use of two new “Laser Localizer” accessories for the hospital’s 9900 C-arms, a precision clinical imaging system, thanks to a grant from the Association for Medical Imaging Management and Toshiba America Medical Systems. The localizing "http://www.moral/buyonline click here significantly decrease the time of exposure to ionizing radiation for patients. CCMC’s health-care services include providing imaging and radiology to children, infants and adolescents to evaluate pediatric diseases. The Hartford facility was one of six hospital recipients throughout the country of grants of up to $7,500. “These grant enable health-care facilities to implement innovative programs that may not have been possible,” said AHRA President Carlos Vasquez.


UI Weathers the Storm

ORANGE — United Illuminating Co. staff did such a good job restoring power after massive electrical blackouts resulting from Hurricane Sandy that the company was given an Emergency Response Award for Recovery from the Edison Electric Institute. In a January press release, UI was praised for having 700 staff and contract field workers prepared to address the storm’s expected electrical impact, with special attention given to hospitals and emergency shelters. UI received the same award last year "http://medicaljustice.org.uk/files//#here">here well. EEI also awarded UI with a second accolade, its EEI Assistance Award, for sending crews to Maryland and Washington, D.C. in July 2012 to help utility employees there after drastically high winds caused power outages for more than 1 million customers. James P. Torgerson, president of UI and of its parent company, United Illuminating Holdings Corp., praised company employees in the release. “The fact that we have now been presented with three major awards from EEI in two years’ time is a testament to the hard work of our employees and our partners during the severe weather events of 2011 and 2012,” Torgerson said. “I am tremendously proud of the men and women of UI.”


GCC Hosts Education Summit

NEW HAVEN — Gateway Community College hosted 100 future leaders from colleges and universities across the state who came to the Elm City’s newest higher-learning structure to hone business, advocacy, community-building and other skills. The daylong ConnSCU (Connecticut State Colleges and Universities) leadership summit took place January 4 and was conducted by Tracy Knofla, who is nationally recognized as a leadership trainer. Knolfa is co-owner of High Impact training, a Minnesota-based training and development company. Students participating in the summit represented all of Connecticut’s 17 state colleges and universities. In addition to building individual skills, the event was intended as an opportunity for students from different institutions to network and get to know each other, state organizers.



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