Emergency system testing at Brock this week

Brock officials will be co-ordinating an upgrade and test of the University’s emergency notification system this week.The work will take place over two days (Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25) and could impact emergency communications systems in various areas around campus.“Occupants on campus during the upgrade will experience activation of the emergency notification system at various points during the day on Thursday and Friday,” says Rick Fraser, manager of emergency management and life safety.“We’re going to attempt to keep the interruptions to a minimum,” says Fraser. “This work will improve our ability to effectively communicate across the entire campus as well as to specific buildings.”Thursday will consist mainly of behind-the-scenes work with little impact to the broader public. However, Friday’s tests could get loud.Testing will include activating University-wide messaging systems as well as building-specific systems such as digital signs, PA systems, voice mail, and email and text messages.The warning notice “Test, test,” will preface all audio and video messages related to this planned test exercise. Messages that do not include the “Test, test” warning should be treated as a real emergency and appropriate action should be taken.Any test messages received via voice mail, text or email can be deleted.Representatives from Campus Security, Information Technology Services and Residence Life Staff (in residence only) will be on hand during testing to respond to questions. Campus Security may also be contacted at any time during the testing at x3200. read more

Strings appear to be stirring again as San Francisco Symphony union reach

SAN FRANCISCO – The sound of silence from the San Francisco Symphony appeared to be coming to an end as a tentative agreement was reached Sunday to end a 2 1/2-week strike.The symphony announced in a statement that its negotiators and leaders of the musicians’ union have agreed to terms on a 26-month contract, subject to the approval of the full orchestra and the symphony’s Board of Governors. No details on the terms would be released before the contract was ratified, the symphony statement said.Symphony leaders are planning for musicians to return to the stage at Davies Symphony Hall for a series of performances for schoolchildren starting Tuesday, and Thursday and Friday night concerts featuring performances of pieces by Handel and Mozart are back on the schedule, the statement said.Four local concerts were cancelled because of the strike. A four-performance East Coast tour that included stops at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. was also scrapped.The musicians’ contract expired in February, and the walkout began March 13, after a long dispute with management over the symphony’s finances. The musicians sought a greater stake in decision making and more transparency in the symphony’s accounting.Union representatives could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday.The strike’s resolution came much faster than the symphony’s last labour stoppage, which led to the cancellation of 43 concerts in 1996 and 1997. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 31, 2013 9:02 pm MDT Strings appear to be stirring again as San Francisco Symphony, union reach tentative deal read more