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We clapped for carers – how about a hand for our unsung charity volunteers?

first_img (Getty) (AFP via Getty Images) By cutting red tape, simplifying the grants process and switching decision-making online, City Bridge Trust has been able to channel funding to organisations which need it, when they need it. Monday 17 August 2020 4:00 am whatsapp Tags: Charity City Of London Investment Trust Coronavirus Main image credit: Getty Read more: Covid-19 shone a spotlight on hidden abuse — now we cannot afford to stop fighting Opinion Share The pandemic left in its wake a perfect storm for charities, left to face the twin pressures of surging demand for their services and plummeting income, as the lockdown wreaked havoc on fund-raising activities. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. In particular, the way in which charities and voluntary organisations responded to the unprecedented crisis which changed all our lives back in March has been magnificent to see. In June, City Bridge Trust told all of its existing grantees that they could use funding awarded for specific projects to cover core costs—such as paying rent, wages or electricity bills—for up to a year. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory It’s money which has helped around 1,000 charities and voluntary groups across the capital adapt their services to the new reality created by the pandemic. whatsapp I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that without this kind of support many charities could have gone to the wall, and the urgency of their plight required a swift and effective response. Show Comments ▼ There’s a strong desire to ensure a more streamlined, more collaborative approach continues into the post-Covid world, and I’m sure that the Trust, as London’s largest independent funder, will continue to lead the way. But more than that, I believe the pandemic has shown that when public and private sector organisations work together with each other, with charities on the ground and with the communities they serve, we all benefit. We clapped for carers – how about a hand for our unsung charity volunteers? It’s often said that a crisis brings out the best in people, and that has proven to be true during the coronavirus pandemic. Back in March, with an initial £1m each from the Trust and the Mayor of London, the London Community Response Fund was born, offering vital help to charities battling the impact of the pandemic. Catherine McGuinness Back in the darkest days of the lockdown, many of us took to the streets to “clap for carers”, as a visible show of support for the key workers who in many cases risked their lives to ensure that vital services could continue. I hope, and I believe, that the often-unsung heroes who give up their time to enable charities big and small to help vulnerable people across London will also emerge from this crisis with a new-found recognition from a grateful public. The fund has now topped the £25m mark, including £11m from City Bridge Trust, £5m from the Mayor of London, £7m from the National Lottery Community Fund and generous donations from 15 other funders and companies. Many have found themselves at the forefront of the Covid-19 response, delivering food to vulnerable Londoners, providing vital support to our under-pressure NHS, or simply offering a friendly voice on the end of the phone. Read more: City of London Corporation donates £200,000 to cancer charity Funding organisations such as City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, had to step up to the plate, and I’m proud to say it did just that.last_img read more

News / Struggling to pay your drivers? LoadDelivered has options

first_img There was a huge sigh of relief as the court overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings of Celadon Group said it would allow the trucking firm’s fleet to pay $5.4m in owed compensation to its drivers ahead of finalising what the company owes its creditors. Celadon Group’s 9 December bankruptcy was the largest ever for the trucking sector, leaving more than 3,000 drivers jobless, and followed an estimated 800 carriers that have gone out of business so far this year, according Broughton Capital – more than double 2018 figures. A number of issues have plagued the US trucking sector this year, including management of capacity, increased costs and lower spot rates (although we’ve recently seen an upswing).  This highly fragmented sector – the 50 largest trucking firms representing only about 38% of the market, according to SJ Consulting Group and the American Trucking Association (ATA) – has been prone to a number of bankruptcies, closures and consolidation over the years. But despite the upheaval, bills still need to be paid, as do truck drivers and other employees. 3PL provider LoadDelivered, acquired by Capstone Logistics last year, has launched QuickPay+, a free, one-day payment solution to help carriers improve their cash flow. Jon Ackerman, vice president of carrier procurement at LoadDelivered, claimed: “QuickPay+ is one of the industry’s fastest ways for carriers to get paid. “With standard net 30 or net 60 payment terms, carriers run the risk of inadequate cash reserves to pay bills and employees. QuickPay+ gives our partners the cash flow they need within 24 hours of submitting paperwork, without any fees or hassles.”  Although free, there are a few conditions. To maintain QuickPay+ status, a carrier must: haul at least seven loads for LoadDelivered over  the past 30 days;  have active visibility integration and/or an average of 90% compliance over the past 30 days (preferred vendor is Macropoint); have clean and complete paperwork submitted with proof of delivery (POD).Compliance is evaluated on the last business day of each month.   Certainly, offering a much-welcomed service is a good way to attract and keep carriers, and perhaps this will allow LoadDelivered to stand out among the many freight brokers  in the midst of developing strategies to attract and keep carriers. However, it’s difficult to stand out in a market which more drivers are leaving than entering. And the average age of a driver is about 55, and few are able to stick it out in times both good and bad  – and right now times aren’t so good.  Meanwhile, shippers, carriers and drivers are all using several truck brokers in order to find the best loads. How to differentiate oneself? Uber Freight, for example, has partnered with companies such as Comdata to offer Uber Freight Fuel Cards: with Ryder for up to 30% discount on pre-owned trucks for purchase; and Navistar for its Fleet Charge credit card and maintenance programme that offers carriers 20-50% savings off the cost of parts. Through JB Hunt’s 360 programme, drivers receive fuel discounts, discounts on preventive maintenance, labour, parts, and tyres from Pilot Flying J Truck Care and discounts on Goodyear products and services. LoadDelivered’s offering appears a nice, sticky solution that can keep a carrier for a longer period of time, at least for seven loads in 30 days. In addition, offering its own visibility solution via partner Descartes makes for easier and quicker connectivity. And the data LoadDelivered and Descartes can access is probably an added bonus. Still, for carriers that may struggle with access to funds to make ends meet, this is certainly a nice service offering. © Iqoncept By Cathy Morrow Roberson 20/12/2019last_img read more

Can less be more? A heretical approach to chemotherapy is extending cancer patients’ lives

first_img Tags cancerpharmaceuticalsresearchSTAT+ Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. Dr. Robert Gatenby in his office at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. Tina Russell for STAT GET STARTED Sharon Begley Health @sxbegle STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Can less be more? A heretical approach to chemotherapy is extending cancer patients’ lives center_img No scientist with even a rudimentary moral compass and an ounce of intellectual humility takes human experiments lightly, given how much can go wrong. But Dr. Robert Gatenby was especially aware of the stakes.An oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., he has spent years studying how tumor cells respond to chemotherapy, especially in patients whose cancer has metastasized well beyond the original tumor, as when malignant prostate cells invade bones like gang members expanding their turf. Now Gatenby was ready to put his theories to a real-world test by treating men with advanced prostate cancer in a way that broke all the rules. Log In | Learn More Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What is it? About the Author Reprints What’s included? By Sharon Begley Aug. 29, 2019 Reprints [email protected] last_img read more

Former rep gets four-year trading ban for high closing

first_img Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Keywords Enforcement,  Market manipulationCompanies Raymond James Ltd., Alberta Securities Commission Related news “The practice of repeatedly entering high bids late in the trading day, leading to high close trades or uptick bid prices, is a manipulative strategy,” the settlement noted.“The placing and the timing of such bids are driven not by bona fide trading motives, but a desire to influence other traders by creating the impression a stock did well in trading during the day,” it adds.Thor agreed to a four-year trading ban, a $30,000 fine and to pay $10,000 in costs to settle the case.According to the settlement with the ASC, Thor “repeatedly entered bids on behalf of a client for shares late in the trading day that were higher than the last trade of the day, resulting in at least 25 high close transactions.”“Thor admitted that he ought to have known that the high close purchases may result in, or contribute to, a false or misleading appearance of trading activity and an artificial price for a security,” the regulator said.The settlement noted that Thor had not been previously sanctioned, and cooperated with the ASC’s investigation. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case James Langton BFI investors plead for firm’s sale High angle view of mallet eyeglasses legal book in courtroom andreypopov/123RF Regulators in Alberta have sanctioned a former rep for “high closing” trades that he placed on behalf of a client.The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) has announced a settlement with Henry Ian Thor, a former rep at Raymond James Ltd. in Edmonton, who admitted to violating securities rules by repeatedly making trades in a venture stock, BCM Resources Corp., that resulted in high closes. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Rockhouse Foundation Donates $1.3 Million to Buy Books for Negril Library

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedRockhouse Foundation Donates $1.3 Million to Buy Books for Negril Library RelatedRockhouse Foundation Donates $1.3 Million to Buy Books for Negril Library Rockhouse Foundation Donates $1.3 Million to Buy Books for Negril Library EducationMarch 26, 2009center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Library Service (JLS) today (March 26), received $1.3 million from the Rockhouse Foundation, to purchase books for the Negril Branch Library.The presentation was made at a ceremony at the JLS office, Tom Redcam Drive, Kingston. The funds will assist the Foundation to fulfill its mandate of enabling national development through the creation and support of a knowledge-based society of culturally aware lifelong learners.The foundation is also refurbishing the Negril Branch Library at a cost of $30 million. This will be completed by the end of May.President of the Rockhouse Foundation, Mr Peter Rose (right), shows the architectural design of the Negril Branch Library which is being refurbished. Looking on are Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Councillor Bertel Moore (left) and Director General, Jamaica Library Service, Mrs Patricia Roberts. The Foundation today (March 26) handed over a cheque for $1.3 million towards the purchasing of books for the Negril Library.Some of the work being done on the library include the creation of a significant Junior Library, a new multi-purpose study/project/meeting space with appropriate furniture and learning material and the installation of a modernised 20-computer technology corner with internet access.“I want to thank Rockhouse Foundation for bringing this project to fruition,” JLS Director General, Patricia Roberts, said as she paid tribute to the Foundation for the support.Director General, Jamaica Library Service Mrs Patricia Roberts (second right) makes a point, as Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Councillor Bertel Moore (left) and President of the Rockhouse Foundation, Mr Peter Rose (right) listen, during the ceremony at the JLS, Tom Redcam Drive, Kingston, at which the Foundation handed over a cheque valued at $1.3 million towards the purchasing of books for the Negril Branch Library today(March 26) .Mrs. Roberts said when the library is fully refurbished it would represent where the JLS is headed, in terms of its vision.“I am very pleased and I really like what the library is going to look like when they are finished. It is not everything that, when you put pen to paper, comes out exactly how you would like it,” Mrs. Roberts commented.Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Councillor Bertel Moore, said that he was pleased with what the Rockhouse Foundation has been doing at the Negril Parish Library.“I want to see more business places in Negril do things like these for the community. I can tell you for sure that, as soon as this library is open, you will see more people going there, day in and day out,” Mr. Moore said.In his remarks, President of the Rockhouse Foundation, Mr. Peter Rose, noted that the refurbishing of the library was a collaborative effort with the community, the Jamaica Library Service, local architects and the Westmoreland Parish Council.“They deserve tremendous credit for the design that is not only pretty to look at, but is functional and is going to be a fantastic space for children of all ages,” he said.“We felt it was important not just to create a wonderful space for wonderful literature, information and access to a world that children so desperately need, but also to establish an ongoing relationship with both the local library branch and the Jamaica Library Service,” Mr. Rose stated.Since its inception in 2003 the Foundation, which was established to assist in enhancing Negril’s public buildings and spaces, has fully renovated and expanded the Negril All-Age School and Basic School. At the completion of the library in 2009, the Foundation would have invested over US$1 million in projects and support programmes. RelatedRockhouse Foundation Donates $1.3 Million to Buy Books for Negril Librarylast_img read more

CU-Boulder announces finalists for Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy

first_imgThe University of Colorado Boulder today announced three finalists for the inaugural Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy. This month, the finalists will make one-day campus visits, during which they will hold public forums.Since last summer, an advisory committee has been working to identify finalists. The committee has sought a “highly visible” scholar who is “deeply engaged in either the analytical scholarship or practice of conservative thinking and policymaking or both.”The three finalists are Linda Chavez, chair of the Center for Equal Opportunity; Steven Hayward, Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University; and Ron Haskins, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.“The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased that the committee has chosen an outstanding set of candidates,” said Steven Leigh, dean of the college. “Their scholarly accomplishments and capabilities add significant strengths to our campus, and fit well with the high quality of the CU-Boulder faculty.”  Each finalist will visit campus for a day, during which the finalist will meet privately with the search committee, the chancellor, provost and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Each will also teach a class — but that activity will not be open to the media.Finally, each will hold a public forum, which will consist of a 15-minute presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session. The finalists’ visiting days are as follows:Steven Hayward, Feb. 15. Public forum from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel. His presentation is titled, “Is ‘Conservative Environmentalist’ an Oxymoron?”Linda Chavez, Feb. 18. Public forum from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Old Main Chapel. Her presentation is titled, “A Conservative Approach to Immigration Reform.”Ron Haskins, Feb. 19. Public forum, “Why Worry About the Federal Deficit?: Our Kids Can Pay” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Old Main Chapel.Chavez is a 1970 graduate of CU-Boulder, where she studied English literature, and she earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from George Mason University in 2012. In the Reagan administration, she was director of public liaison at the White House and staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.Chavez has been a syndicated columnist since 1987 and has written three public-policy books, including “Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation.”Chavez is a Fox News Channel contributor, a regular panelist on the PBS show “To the Contrary” and a frequent guest and commentator on NPR. In 2000, the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend” for her contributions to America’s cultural and historical legacy.Hayward holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Claremont Graduate School. He has been the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he was principal author and project director of the AEI’s “Energy and Environment Outlook.”Hayward has been a visiting lecturer in the Government Department of Georgetown University and is a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy. He has also served as a Bradley Fellow at The Heritage Foundation.Hayward’s essays have been published in The Washington Post, National Review, Weekly Standard and other publications. His most recent book, published in 2010, is “Mere Environmentalism: A Biblical Perspective on Humans and the Natural World.”Haskins holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been a senior fellow and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution since 2001. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a sergeant from 1963 to 1966.Since 2004, Haskins has served as senior editor of “The Future of Children,” a collaboration between the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. He has been a senior consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation since 2001 and has served in advisory and staff leadership positions in the White House and Congress.Haskins has edited or co-edited several books. He is the author of “Work Over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law.” He has appeared frequently on television and radio and has written essays published in The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Review and others.The advisory committee that selected these finalists includes five faculty members and five community members. Keith Maskus, associate dean of social sciences and professor of economics, chairs the committee but does not vote.Maskus said the committee has excelled: “The committee members have worked together extremely well and are committed to the goal of bringing an exceptional scholar to campus.”Non-university committee members include: David Pyle, founder and CEO of American Career College; Mike Rosen, long-time radio host on AM 850 KOA and Denver Post columnist and political commentator; Bob Greenlee, former Boulder City Council member and mayor and current president of Centennial Investment & Management Company Inc.; CU President Emeritus Hank Brown; and Earl Wright, CEO of AMG National Trust Bank.CU faculty members on the committee include: Vanessa Baird, associate professor of political science; David S. Brown, professor and chair of political science; Bradley Monton, associate professor of philosophy; Murat Iyigun, professor of economics; and Susan K. Kent, professor and chair of history.“This is a novel idea to further enrich discourse on our campus,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “Any one of the finalists, if selected, will contribute to the diversity of thought on campus by encouraging debate and discussion, by sharing their scholarship and career experience, and by hosting public events in the campus community and perhaps around the state.”The Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy is a three-year pilot program supported by private funds. More than 20 donors have raised $1 million to support the program.Contact:          Keith Maskus, [email protected] Bronson Hilliard, 303-735-6183/303-818-7496 Clint Talbott, 303-492-6111 Published: Feb. 11, 2013 “This is a novel idea to further enrich discourse on our campus,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “Any one of the finalists, if selected, will contribute to the diversity of thought on campus by encouraging debate and discussion, by sharing their scholarship and career experience, and by hosting public events in the campus community and perhaps around the state.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyCampus CommunityNews Headlineslast_img read more

In-house broadcast studio launches for faculty, university affiliates

first_imgAir pollution exposure during pregnancy may boost babies’ obesity risk New research shows pregnant women exposed to higher levels of air pollution have babies who grow unusually fast in the first months after birth, putting on excess fat that puts them at risk of obesity and related diseases later in life. Read more HD videoLive or recorded interviewsProfessional lightingCustomizable electronic backdropConnections via VideoLink, Skype, Facebook Live, YouTubeBroadcast-quality IP/ISDN audio for radioCentral location at 3100 Marine St. in Boulder  Faculty Experts      Info for Guests Functions & Technical Capabilities Booking [email protected]​ 303-735-0122 617-340-4300 (VideoLink) More News Headlinescenter_img Researchers develop tool to aid in development, efficiency of hydrogen-powered cars Widespread adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles requires fuel cells that can convert hydrogen and oxygen safely into water—a serious implementation problem. Researchers at CU Boulder are addressing one aspect of that roadblock. Read more Today’s news cycle is busy. In-person interviews aren’t always feasible. But great stories often still need CU Boulder’s experts, athletes and leaders to lend their voices. CU Boulder’s in-house broadcast studio system enables university affiliates to easily conduct high-quality remote interviews with television and radio stations around the country. News Headlines As more climate migrants cross borders seeking refuge, laws will need to adapt Climate migrants don’t fit neatly into the legal definitions of refugee or migrant, and that can leave them in limbo. The Biden administration is debating how to identify and help them. Associate Professor Amanda Carrico and colleagues share on The Conversation. Read more last_img read more

Arctic sea ice at minimum extent for 2018

first_img 11 March 2021NSF renews funding for 15-year NSIDC program to support Arctic community-led research and Indigenous Knowledge sovereigntySince 2006, the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) program at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has worked with Indigenous organizations, community partners, and researchers across the Arctic to facilitate the collection, preservation, exchange and use of Indigenous Knowledge and community-based observations of the Arctic. This year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed funding for the program with a five-year collaborative award to ELOKA, Calista Education and Culture (CEC), the Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub (AAOKH) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council to continue their work with Indigenous partners.  1 February 2021Universities establish community office for a national Arctic research initiativeAs climate change warms the Arctic more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, new challenges abound for the communities that live in the region, including food sovereignty, coastal erosion, increasing shipping traffic and more. The National Science Foundation’s Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) initiative aims to improve our understanding of the rapid, dramatic changes taking place in the region in order to better mitigate these challenges. Beginning February 1, 2021, Alaska Pacific University (APU), the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) will host the Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO). Over the next five years, these universities will work together to provide leadership and support to researchers and Arctic communities to address this region’s biggest climate-related threats. 24 February 2021NSIDC hosts first-of-its-kind mapping tool to make Greenland exploration accessible to allQGreenland, an open-source mapping tool that aids in the discovery and teaching about Greenland, is now available from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and its partners. This free geographic information systems (GIS) tool allows for the exploration of data on Greenland’s ocean, land, ice sheet, biology, communities and more, and can be used by a diverse range of users to examine the data available about Greenland’s landscape, ecosystem and communities. QGreenland is the first GIS data-viewing tool of its kind to focus on Greenland. 13 January 2021Red and green snow algae increase snowmelt in the Antarctic Peninsula Red and green algae that grow on snow in the Antarctic Peninsula (AP) cause significant extra snowmelt on par with melt from dust on snow in the Rocky Mountains, according to a first-of-its-kind scientific research study led by Alia Khan, affiliate research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and assistant professor at Western Washington University. Algal blooms are likely to increase in Antarctica as the planet continues to warm, which will further exacerbate seasonal snowmelt and contribute to the expansion of ice-free areas in the AP region. This could have serious impacts on regional climate, snow and ice melt, freshwater availability and ecosystems, yet is not accounted for in current global climate models. Results of the research were published on January 13, 2021, in the European Geosciences Union’s The Cryosphere. Newsroomlast_img read more

Unemployment fraud concerns prompt action in California

first_imgHomeBad BehaviorUnemployment fraud concerns prompt action in California Oct. 24, 2020 at 5:00 amBad BehaviorCrimeUnemployment fraud concerns prompt action in CaliforniaAssociated Press8 months agoassociated pressUnemployment Fraud By ADAM BEAM Associated PressAt least 350,000 debit cards filled with money for unemployment benefits in California have been frozen because of suspected fraud, state officials said, revealing how prevalent the problem has become now that the state has paid more than $105 billion in benefits since March.The Employment Development Department said the debit cards were frozen for several reasons, including “a high number of claims at a single address.” The agency said the claims were part of the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which offers unemployment benefits to people who would not normally be eligible to receive them, including independent contractors.Fraud has been a concern at the agency for months as it was hit by an overwhelming number of claims after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered most businesses to close to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The agency has processed 15.2 million claims since March, or about four times the 3.8 million claims processed in 2010, the worst year of the Great Recession.More than 1.1 million people are still waiting to receive benefits, a backlog that agency officials say won’t be cleared until January. The agency has had to balance pressure from lawmakers and the public to process claims faster while still taking time to root out fraud.The fraud appears to be concentrated on PUA claims filed in the state. In one week in August, California had more than 400,000 PUA claims — accounting for more than half of all such claims in the country. Experts said that was a sign of a spike in fraudulent claims because, even though California is the nation’s most populous state, it shouldn’t account for that much of the total.In Beverly Hills, police have arrested 100 people for fraud and recovered 200 debit cards and more than $500,000 in cash. And in Los Angeles, Fontrell Antonio Baines — better known as the rapper “Nuke Bizzle” — has been arrested on federal charges related to allegations he used stolen identities to apply for more than $1.2 million in unemployment benefits.The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Baines boasted about the scheme in a music video uploaded to YouTube that included the lyrics: “Unemployment so sweet.”States across the country have struggled with fraud as unemployment claims have soared.“The numbers that we saw in August and September that were so high for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance now turn out to be riddled with fraudulent claims,” said Michael Bernick, a former director of California’s Employment Development Department and an attorney with the Duane Morris law firm. “This is what we see with other large government programs, especially ones like that that were put together rapidly and without a lot of good safeguards.”But recently, the number of PUA claims in California have fallen dramatically. The state processed 25,168 PUA claims last week. That’s after California stopped accepting new claims for two weeks so it could upgrade its software.The Employment Development Department says it is working with national, state and local partners “to expose, identify, and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”Tags :associated pressUnemployment Fraudshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLaughing Matters – The Crazy Uncle with the Nuclear CodesCrime Watch – Arson to propertyYou Might Also LikeCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author2 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author6 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author1 week agoCrimeFeaturedNewsDUI & Possession of a Rifle ArrestsGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more

Grieve Selected as Interim Flathead County Planning Director

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The Flathead County Commission signed a contract on July 26 to appoint Flathead County Planning Assistant Director BJ Grieve as the interim zoning director during the county’s search for a new department head. Grieve is set to take over after current Planning Director Jeff Harris’ last day in the office on July 30. Harris’ contract officially ends on Sept. 30. The position of assistant director will be eliminated in the reorganization, according to County Administrator Mike Pence.Grieve’s contract as the interim director will run until a new director is selected with a maximum six-month time limit. The county will post the job opening in the next couple of weeks, Pence said. Grieve can apply for the job, but the county cannot predetermine who will fill the director’s position, he added. The commission decided not to renew Harris’ contract in April. He has been the planning director since 2005. last_img read more