Tag: Service

Cops Raid Church Service, Ticket Elderly Worshipers. Defiant Pastor Says ‘Get Some More Tickets Ready’

A shocking daylight raid of a church service attended by many elderly congregants was turned on its head by a defiant pastor who refuses to be bullied by the government. The Todd Starnes Radio Show reported that the police intervention didn’t happen in New York or California, but right in the middle of the Bible Belt — Greenville, Mississippi. Despite participating in a drive-in service where worshipers were isolated in their own cars and listened to the sermon on the radio, congregants were found to be in violation of a City of Greenville order. Cops raiding the Temple Baptist Church ... Read more

As Army Calls on Medics to Return to Service, Congress Considers New Skills Reserve

The U.S. military should develop a new emergency weapon: a national roster of individuals with specialized training, experience and clearances, ready to don a uniform at their nation’s call. That’s one of the key recommendations to emerge from a multi-year study undertaken by the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service. In a report issued to Congress late last month, the commission called for a “Critical Skills Individual Ready Reserve” of people with few military responsibilities or obligations until the nation called on them in a time of need. With the report’s release amid a global pandemic response that ... Read more

SC service members are ordered to wear masks on military bases amid coronavirus outbreak | COVID-19

All South Carolina service members are required to wear face masks while they are on military bases, according to a new nationwide order from the Pentagon.  “Effective immediately, to the extent practical, all individuals on (Department of Defense) property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers,” the Department of Defense said in an announcement.  At Joint Base Charleston, Col. Terrance Adams has made the masks mandatory for all units and civilian employees associated with them, a base spokesman said.  Adams also authorized ... Read more

Supporting Customer Service Through the Coronavirus Crisis

Executive Summary Among the company functions that are hardest-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic is customer service. An AI analysis of more than 1 million customer service calls showed dramatic increases in customer anxiety and frustrations, and reps struggle to effectively respond. To address these challenges, managers should arm reps with specific techniques for reducing customer stress, optimize their remote coaching, and use collaboration tools that allow reps to tap each other’s knowledge and experience. Stockbyte/Getty Images We’ve made our coronavirus coverage free for all readers. To get all of HBR’s content delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Daily ... Read more

FDA allows eggs packaged for food service to be sold directly to consumers

EVANSVILLE, Ind., April 7 (UPI) — To help meet the surge in demand for eggs, the Food and Drug Administration is temporarily allowing eggs that have been packaged for food service to be sold in grocery stores. Normally, retail eggs must meet strict packaging and labeling standards, including nutritional information, to be sold directly to consumers. These rules do not apply to food service providers. But, with quarantines and social distancing forcing restaurants to close and families eat at home, the demand from food service is all but gone. Meanwhile, demand for retail eggs is booming, and the egg industry ... Read more

How to Save the Postal Service

Besieged: A postal worker soldiers on, despite dangerous conditions and an uncertain future. ( John Minchillo / AP Photo) EDITOR’S NOTE:&nbspThe Nation believes that helping readers stay informed about the impact of the coronavirus crisis is a form of public service. For that reason, this article, and all of our coronavirus coverage, is now free. Please subscribe to support our writers and staff, and stay healthy. Illustration by T.M. Detwiler. On March 23, Democratic House Committee Chairs Carolyn Maloney and Gerry Connolly called attention to an increasingly dire emergency. “Based on a number of briefings and warnings this week about ... Read more

Quibi, the new short-form video streaming service, launches mid-pandemic

Quibi, the mobile-only video subscription streaming service, made its highly-anticipated consumer debut Monday, launching its new app globally in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Why it matters: Executives say that they are confident in the app’s launch at this work-at-home moment, even though the short-form video product was built to be consumed on-the-go. What they’re saying: “I kind of find that with my work day now, I’m looking to take small breaks more than ever before,” said Quibi Chief Technology Officer Rob Post in a briefing with reporters last week. “I think our use case is these in-between moments, ... Read more

Bipartisan National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service

https://inspire2serve.gov/reports “MILITARY TIMES” ‘A panel charged with evaluating the Selective Service System [has now recommended] requiring women to register future military drafts. The bipartisan National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service — spent the last two years holding information sessions on the issue.” _____________________________________________________________ “They will include for the first time requiring women between the ages of 18 and 25 to register for potential conscription in the event of a prolonged war, as all young men are currently required to do. Women in the military draft, or dump the system altogether? New report looks at radical options Big changes ... Read more

Coast Guard Is the Latest Service to Ease Up on Grooming Standards

The Coast Guard is allowing its members to wear their hair longer, under a softening of grooming standards designed to reduce exposure and slow the spread of COVID-19. In a Coast Guard-wide message issued Thursday, Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, assistant commandant for Human Resources, said men and women in the service can now wear their hair longer in response to the pandemic. The measure reduces the close contact required with barbers and hair stylists needed to meet regulations. “Commanders and supervisors may allow for additional hair length and bulk on the sides, top, and back of the head but must ... Read more

How the coronavirus recession puts service workers at risk

Economic activity is slowing rapidly, both in the United States and around the world. Social distancing, stalling global trade, widespread illness and the closing of borders, restaurants and schools will all contribute to the next Great Recession. Early estimates suggest that between 14 million and 37 million jobs could be lost during the initial spread of COVID-19. Even the low-end estimates are five times larger than the job losses the U.S. experienced in the first few months of the Great Recession that lasted from 2007 to 2009. Since nearly 6.6 million jobs were lost in just one week at the ... Read more