Too Few Cooks in the Kitchen Theres an App for That

first_imgUsing automated technology to match job applicants with available jobs based on location, scheduling preferences and experience, the company aims to speed up and simplify traditional ways in which most restaurants hire, including worker referrals, walk-ins, and paper resumes. And although the desktop app digitizes the entire hiring process, paper flyers advertising the new service in Spanish and English could be spotted around the Mission in recent months — where a growing number of restaurants and retailers point to serious recruitment troubles for “back of the house” positions like cooks and dishwashers.Too Few Cooks in the KitchenMeghani launched Instawork last summer with co-founder Saureen Shah after receiving $120,000 in funding from Y-combinator, a startup incubator in Mountain View.Though not a recruiting agency, Meghani compares Instawork to websites like Airbnb in that job seekers must create an online profile. The user can then select from a handful of restaurants with posted job openings, and resumes are filtered based on keywords and location preferences. “We give both sides as much information as possible about the other,” he said. “What do your references have to say about you? Where do you live?”Julio Herencia, manager at Hog and Rocks at 3431 19th St., confirmed that the jobs are there, but the workers are not.Herencia found himself suddenly having to fill seven positions after he was forced to “clean house” at the restaurant a few months ago. “I was frazzled,” said Herencia. “I knew it would take me hours to write 4-5 different ads, it’s so time consuming. Having to take on the additional work of covering shifts while looking for a whole new crew is impossible.”Though the application process is free for job seekers, businesses are charged $100 for every successful hire. For Herencia, the investment was worthwhile. He said he not only received help crafting his ads, but was also assisted in scheduling interviews with a pool of interested applicants.Gayle Pirie, a chef and one of the owners of Foreign Cinema at 2534 Mission Street, said she has also struggled recently with finding qualified staff and has enlisted Instawork for help, though the service proved less successful for her business.  “We have bottles of wine that need to be represented correctly. People who can do this usually target us, they come in with really great resumes on their own,” she said. She explained that the online hiring process does not prevent unqualified candidates from applying for specialized positions. “We like the idea of Instawork and will tap into every type of possibility that’s out there,” Pirie said, “but ultimately it’s about getting lucky.”Case Study: The MissionWith a bustling restaurant and bar scene, Meghani said the need for blue collar workers is especially high in the Mission, and a high cost of living makes attracting low-wage workers tricky.“The labor pool available for hourly, part-time work is shrinking based on the cost of living in the neighborhood,” said Meghani. “There are cooks who’ve told us they’d rather make 60 cents less an hour and work close to home so they can see their families.”Instawork’s creators first began testing the system with local restaurants in the Mission.Manuel Godina, who owns Venga Empanadas at 433 Mission St., hired one employee a year ago using the service, and another four months ago. He’s hoping to hire more.Godina said he’s lost much of his staff over the last year due to the cost of living and transportation, and the lack of trained hands is crippling the restaurant’s small kitchen.“A large percentage of my workers now work and live in Oakland. If they live outside of the city they spend too much coming here, it’s not worth it for them,” said Godina. “The cost of labor is escalating for me because we cannot find good cooks.”Aldo Sanchez is a new Mission resident and one of Godina’s recent Instawork hires. After relocating to San Francisco a year and a half ago, the trained cook said that despite being new to town, he wasn’t struggling to find work.“I’ve worked in four different restaurants this year and I can quit this job right now and find a new one tomorrow,” said Sanchez. Just like his employer, Sanchez said that Instawork has supplied him with on-demand options. “I filled out my application on a Friday, and by Sunday I had an interview,” he said. “It’s convenient. You are not searching, they are. They do all the work for you and you just have to show up, basically.”An employee at Puerto Alegre at 546 Valencia St. agreed that “the roles have reversed.”“Before, you’d have a stack of resumes on hand to choose from. Now, so many new restaurants are opening the workers have the choice of where to go,” said the woman, who decline to give her name. Businesses StruggleThroughout the neighborhood, restaurant owners are struggling to stay staffed. The Roosevelt Tamale Parlor on 24th Street recently closed shop after more than 90 years of service — its owners blamed a climbing minimum wage and an exodus of blue-collar workers. Many more restaurants and coffee shops along Valencia Street display “now hiring” signs in their storefronts, including Brasserie Saint James at 742 Valencia St. The Reno, Nev. based brewery and restaurant is opening its second location in the former Abbott’s Cellar space. “Normally when you open a restaurant, you’d see an influx of significantly more resumes than we are seeing now,” said head chef Don Duncan. He estimates he’s gotten only about 20 to 25 percent of the amount of applications that he’d typically choose from since moving onto Valencia Street last year. “It’s a new challenge that I haven’t faced before.”A sign outside of the restaurant’s entrance clearly states that the owners are looking to hire locally. Duncan said the business currently uses Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram to attract potential workers, but wouldn’t rule out any service that could help him attract a solid staff.“It’s the horse thats been beat over and over — with housing costs what they are you can only expect to have X amount within the demographic of people who are making that hourly wage,” said Duncan. “There are only so many people who can afford to work in this industry and live anywhere near here — we want to find them.”Instawork’s concept is not necessarily new. Other startups such as Poached, based in Portland, assist restaurant and bar employers in storing hiring files online and eliminating unfit candidates, and is expanding to markets nationally. Craigslist is the slightly outdated forerunner in online services that facilitate the job search, having long placed “help wanted” ads online.Sanchez, the cook, said he’s skeptical of internet services after he responded to two different Craigslist ads and was hired for jobs that left him without pay at the end of the day. Instawork, he said, is “safe.”“We are using technology to connect people fast and efficiently to create economic opportunity,” said Meghani. “There is local talent here, and there is opportunity. We are helping them find each other.” 0% As many San Francisco restaurateurs say that they are having difficulties filling positions in their establishments, some are turning to tech for solutions.A new startup seeking to match job seekers with openings in their neighborhood aims to address a hiring gap that has left many restaurants understaffed. By promising to connect the two within a 24-hour period, the online hiring platform Instawork has steadily gained clients in the Mission District.“We are trying to make it easy for small businesses to find someone so they don’t have to put a sign up in the window,” said Instawork’s CEO, Sumir Meghani, adding that a streamlined recruiting service for blue collar workers is a niche that needs to be more effectively explored.“There are tools that are great for white collar workers and professionals — but if you are a line cook in a taqueria, or a cashier, you might be on Facebook but you’re probably not on Linkedin,” said Meghani. “If you are a small business owner, you don’t have the time to go through stacks of resumes and cold call people. In 2016, we thought, there’s got to be a better way.”center_img Tags: Business • employment • food • jobs Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS have signed Willie Manu on a twoyear contr

first_imgSAINTS have signed Willie Manu on a two-year contract from 2013.The powerful back rower will join from Hull FC where he has spent the last six seasons.“Willie is one of the best back row forwards in Rugby League and will introduce a new dimension to our game,” said Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus.“He is a devastating runner with a phenomenal work rate and is one of the league’s top tackle bust makers.“He is also a great defender too and we look forward to welcoming him next season.”Manu, 32, joined Hull from Castleford in 2007 and was their Player of the Year in 2011.A Tongan international, he has also played for Wests Tigers, South Sydney Rabbithos and St George-Illawarra in the NRL and will be part of the Exiles squad that will face England at Langtree Park this Saturday.Eamonn added: “I’d like to go thank Hull FC for allowing us permission to speak to Willie and express my appreciation for the way the club has conducted itself during the negotiations.”last_img read more

FOLLOWING on from the massive success of Magic Wee

first_imgFOLLOWING on from the massive success of Magic Weekend 2012 at Etihad Stadium, the home of Manchester City FC will again host a full round of Super League fixtures in 2013 and 2014.The unique two-day Super League spectacular will take place over the May Spring Bank Holiday weekend with four matches on Saturday May 25 and three on Sunday May 26. All seven matches will be broadcast live by Sky Sports.A record crowd of 63,716 attended Magic Weekend this summer and with next year’s event taking place over the Bank Holiday, another bumper attendance is assured.“It gives me great pleasure to be able to confirm that Etihad Stadium will again host the Super League Magic Weekend in 2012,” said Super League Chief Executive Nigel Wood.“It was clear from the feedback we received from this year’s event that the overwhelming majority of fans had a fantastic experience at the stadium and were keen to return.“The location and lay-out of the Etihad Stadium provides the perfect setting for this unique and very special sporting event and I am sure Magic Weekend will continue to grow in stature as more fans experience the extraordinary nature of Super League.”Steve Sayer, Operations Director for Manchester City FC said: “After the 2011-12 record breaking season for Manchester City, the success continued with highest ever attendances at the Super League’s Magic Weekend at the Etihad Stadium and we are delighted to welcome the event back to Manchester for a second and third year.“The Etihad Stadium is firmly established as one of the leading multi-use outdoor venues in the UK, with a proud track record of non-football events at the stadium including Coldplay, Take That, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi will play The Etihad next summer.“We are proud to add the Magic Weekend to that list and hope that members of the RFL family will continue to support the event.”Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said, “It is fantastic news that the Super League Magic Weekend will take place at the Etihad Stadium for at least the next two years.“The event has proved incredibly popular and the Etihad saw record breaking crowds attend the Magic Weekend last year, with over 63,000 spectators enjoying the games.“Manchester is a city that truly loves sport and the Magic Weekend is a welcome addition to our upcoming programme of events that also includes the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, Men’s World Squash Championship, and the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.“Hosting competitions of this calibre shows we are a world class sporting destination with state of the art facilities and also provides economic benefits to the city.”Details of the fixture schedule for Magic Weekend 2013 will be confirmed next Monday (November 19) when the 2013 Super League fixtures will be published.Tickets for Magic Weekend 2013 will go on sale at the RFL and Super League club Ticket Offices from Tuesday December 4.last_img read more

Leader named for newly expanded state panel to address emerging chemicals

first_img The newly expanded panel will meet October 23.The board’s first task will be studying ways to better protect public health and the environment from new or emerging chemicals of concern, including GenX and hexavalent chromium.According to a news release, Bartram, who is the Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has multiple interests in the areas of water quality, including management systems for drinking water safety and rural drinking water supply.Related Article: EPA: Cape Fear River not a swampState officials plan soon to announce the other new members of the board as well as a location and agenda for the first meeting.“Dr. Bartram is a leader in the field of water and health, and will help guide a panel of experts in the fields of epidemiology, toxicology and other disciplines,” said Michael S. Regan, secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality. “With these experts, we will have the range of scientific expertise necessary to protect public health and the quality of our water and air.”Governor Roy Cooper approved a revised charter for the group, which formerly had been known as the Secretary’s Science Advisory Board on Toxic Air Pollutants and based solely at DEQ. It now will be co-managed by Regan and Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services.All members will be appointed by the DEQ and DHHS secretaries. Members come from academic institutions, the public and private sectors, and independent research facilities.“We are eager to convene this panel, conduct inquiries and take actions that will put first the health of our citizens and safety of our environment,” said Cohen.The panel will meet at least six times each year.The panel’s new charter directs it to assist DEQ and DHHS in achieving clean air, water and land. Specifically, the panel will perform or recommend reviews and evaluations of contaminants released to the environment; act as consultants on DEQ’s determinations to regulate releases of contaminants; assist both agencies in identifying contaminants of emerging concern and help determine whether the contaminants should be studied further; assist the secretaries in providing expertise to evaluate the human and environmental impacts of exposure to hazardous contaminants; and provide input to DHHS as the agency establishes health goals for emerging contaminants.“Environmental exposures are important and often overlooked causes of disease worldwide,” Bartram said. “I am extremely pleased to see the leadership of North Carolina tackle emerging hazards. I look forward to seeing the board provide practical, workable support to Governor Cooper and DEQ so that we may effectively address the needs of the people of our state.”This science panel will conduct business in an open forum to allow for public input as they are considering the latest research and will offer much-needed peer review of available scientific data. SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WWAY) —  The state has selected who will chair the newly expanded state science panel that will examine a broad scope of potential impacts to  health and the environment from new or emerging chemicals.Jamie Bartram, Ph.D., a professor and founding director of The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed to lead the newly expanded board.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New Hanover County holds active shooter drill

first_img “It’s one thing to talk and plan it on paper, it’s another thing to actually get out here and to start counting heads as to how many people are here, and where they’re not in some places,” New Hanover County Commissioner Rob Zapple said.The county held the active shooter drill at the New Hanover County Government Center from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.“All of our training we try to make as realistic as we possibly can. Because if we can get that heart rate going up and it’s real, loud bangs. You know, it better trains you for reality,” New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer said.Related Article: Warrants issued for Castle Hayne man wanted in hit and run accidentThe drill even had it’s own scenario, a man was fired from the county and got upset. After being fired, he came back to the center with a gun and began shooting. It’s a terrifying incident that sheds light on what the county can handle.“We really start examining those details,” Zapple said. “What we would need to do and where we would need to operate from. And I know there’s a plan there but this will help in real time, you know, flush that out.”From tracking down the shooter, to helping the victims, examining the crime, and even a mock press conference, it was a night full of learning opportunities.“From the beginning, we said ok I see where we made a mistake here,” Lt. Brewer said. “We should have had better coordination here. We should have had a description for what each armband is, what does that do. And that slows things up and that’s where you learn from it. Communications, so many different people coming together. There were some communications issues, so we learned from that.”The victims were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for the staff there to train on how they would respond to a mass shooting.“Hopefully you take away knowledge, that’s what we really want to instill in everyone here is how to do this better. How can we train better and have a better response and save lives,” Lt. Brewer said.The drill took more than a year to plan, but officials say every minute was worth it. Lt. Brewer said they try to complete at least two active exercises every year to stay prepared. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Las Vegas, Orlando and San Bernardino, those are just three cities touched by the violence of a mass shooting. Being prepared to respond to something like that is why New Hanover County held an active shooter drill Thursday night.From victims, to law enforcement, to emergency responders, hundreds of people joined forces to practice for a worst case scenario.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington 50 year commemoration event to honor Dr Martin Luther King Jr

first_img Dr. King was supposed to be in Wilmington on the day he was murdered in Memphis.To honor his life and legacy, a 50th anniversary commemoration event is happening Wednesday evening at Williston Middle School.The event will celebrate the life of Dr. King and his commitment to promoting peace, social justice and reconciliation.Related Article: Police investigating deadly shooting in Houston Moore housing complexNorth Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is the ceremony’s keynote speaker.“His death was a tragedy, and it snuffed out his mortal life, but his heavenly life lives on. His spirit lives on,” Cooper said at an event on Tuesday.Wednesday’s commemoration event is free and open to the public.Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event officially begins at 6:30 p.m.For more information about the event, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the day the world lost Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.On April 4, 1968 King was shot and killed while he was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Volunteer fire chief faces assault charges again

first_img Warrants states Herzig grabbed the victim’s arms and wrists and punched her around the eye and mouth.Herzig was arrested in March 2017 on assault and battery charges, but his case was dismissed last July.Herzig is currently out on bond. Mugshot of Charles Herzig (Photo: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Chief of the Northwest Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in Brunswick County was arrested, again, on assault charges.According to warrants obtained by WWAY, Charles Herzig was arrested on September 20 and charged with an assault on a female.- Advertisement – last_img

Whiteville man arrested in car sales scam

first_img He allegedly used counterfeit business checks to purchase a $17,263.58 vehicle at a Wilmington dealership on March 27, and then to purchase a $37,559 vehicle at another Wilmington dealership on April 25.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office served the warrants on Thursday.The investigation is on-going. If you have any information, contact Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip to remain anonymous. Brandon Wright Acker (Photo: Wilmington Police Department) Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville man accused of using counterfeit checks to buy multiple vehicles in Wilmington is in jail under a $175,000 bond.Wilmington Police obtained warrants for Brandon Wright Acker, 26,  for two counts of forgery and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Positive economic outlook but Maltas growth to slow – Fitch

first_img SharePrint Malta’s credit rating has been raised from A+ Stable to A+ Positive according to the ratings agency Fitch, but there is expectation that growth will slow down.The announcement was made in their July report, which stated that Malta’s economy was considered the strongest with the 28 Member states. This was understood to have been underlined by the country’s 3 year sustained economic surplus by the Maltese government.According to Fitch’s analysts, the surplus was recorded as around double the initial forecast reported, along with debt reducing and investment increasing.They also said that Malta’s economy would remain strong however the agency also presented the probability of economic growth slowing. They state that the consistently high rates will eventually slow that currently feed into the country’s Sovereign Rating Model. However, it does predict Malta will remain above the Eurozone for growth.In the report, Fitch says that the economy is expected to continue to grow by 5.5% in 2019 and 4.8% in 2020. The report therefore justifies the rating of A + because the government held a 2% surplus in 2018, which was higher than forecast but says that the surplus was smaller than in 2017 when it was 3.4%.In terms of understanding the surplus, Fitch stated that this must be linked to the government’s direct investments and not to the citizenship by investment scheme. The growth of the economy was also linked to domestic demand, as well as a growing labour market and increasing wages.#Read more:‘Investor citizenship creates risks for member states and the Union’ – ECMalta blacklisted over sale of passports – OECDEU warns of crime risks from governments’ sales of passports, visasThe report also mentioned the report from the International Monetary Fund which indicated that Malta needs to improve its systems against money laundering as well as the need for increased investment in FIAU and the MFSA.The Prime Minister welcomed the result saying, ‘#Malta awarded its highest credit rating by any agency in our history as @FitchRatings revises outlook from A+ stable to positive. Revision based on us repeatedly being fastest growing #EU economy and fiscal performance beating predictions.’#Malta awarded its highest credit rating by any agency in our history as @FitchRatings revises outlook from A+ stable to positive. Revision based on us repeatedly being fastest growing #EU economy and fiscal performance beating predictions -JM— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) July 13, 2019WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

PayPal patches vulnerability that lets an attacker hijack anyones account

first_imgAdvertisement Paypal has patched the vulnerability that lets an attacker hijack anyone’s accountThrough the PayPal Bug Bounty Program, a security researcher recently revealed a way to bypass PayPal’s Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) Protection Authorization System when logging onto type of protection helps customers avoid attacks by criminals where they could make changes to your account. – Advertisement – The team worked quickly to address this vulnerability, and have already fixed it. There is no evidence that any customer was impacted.The Security researcher Yasser Ali publicly disclosed a vulnerability in PayPal’s website. Ali claims he was able to hijack anyone’s account in a targeted attack.The “targeted attack” part here is important: even if Ali’s findings work exactly as he describes, an attacker would still require some initial information, most critically the email address used for a given PayPal login, as well as a way to lure the victim into clicking on a malicious link.With those two key pieces, anyone could potentially take full control over a PayPal account.An attacker could perform the following on your PayPal account, according to Ali:Add/Remove/Confirm email addressAdd fully privileged users to a business accountChange security questionsChange billing/shipping addressChange payment methodsChange user settings (including notifications and other mobile settings)Ali has created a proof-of-concept video that shows his exploit to demonstrate the attack on a test Python server.Via Venture Beatlast_img read more