Labor Department: Many Missing Key Aspect Of Unemployment Filing Process

first_imgImage by – As millions of New Yorkers are waiting for unemployment benefits, the state’s Department of Labor says many are missing a key step to getting that money in their pocket. Thousands of New Yorkers are reporting that their claims have been approved but they have yet to see that money in their account.State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon says that could be because people are not certifying their claims each week.This is a requirement by the federal government which confirms that a person was unemployed for all or even just part of the previous week and that they’re willing and able to work. It applies to both the traditional unemployment benefits and the pandemic unemployment insurance.Currently people can only submit backdated certifications over the phone – but now they’ll be able to submit previous weeks certifications online.The Department of Labor will email people will missing certification and send them a form to be verified. Anyone without an email will receive a phone call from a representative. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Wins the 2016 Pulitzer Prize

first_img from $149.00 Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamiltoncenter_img Related Shows Star Files How were they gonna say no to this? Hamilton, written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, has been awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The musical juggernaut was chosen over finalists Gloria, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and Stephen Karam’s The Humans.Miranda will receive a prize of $10,000. Though this marks his first Pulitzer, he and Quiara Alegría Hudes were finalists for In the Heights in 2009. The award went to Lynn Nottage for Ruined that year.Eight other musicals have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in the awards’ history. Hamilton joins Next to Normal, Rent, Sunday in the Park with George, A Chorus Line, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Fiorello!, South Pacific and Of Thee I Sing.Hamilton premiered at the Public Theater on January 20, 2015 and has gone on to gain myriad accolades. The off-Broadway run won Drama Desks, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Lucille Lortel Awards and more. Since transferring to Broadway, the show won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize. Expect the list to grow through the 70th annual Tony Awards on June 12.The show’s influence extends past the theater district. Last September, Miranda received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for “bringing the traditional Broadway musical into the 21st century.” Hamilton is also credited for helping keep the ten-dollar Founding Father on U.S. currency and has also spearheaded outreach campaigns for students, including a visit to the White House.In addition to Miranda, the current cast features Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos, Okieriete Onaodowan, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Rory O’Malley, who recently took over for Broadway’s original King George, Jonathan Groff.last_img read more

COVID-19 Cell Immunity

first_imgA new study from the Regenerative Bioscience Center at the University of Georgia is the first to suggest that COVID-19 does not directly damage taste bud cells.Contrary to previous studies that have shown damage may be caused directly by the virus particle, the researchers, led by Hongxiang Liu, associate professor of animal and dairy science in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, found that taste loss is likely caused indirectly by events induced during COVID-19 inflammation.An increasing number of COVID-19 patients have reported losses of smell and/or taste, prompting the CDC to add it to the growing list of symptoms for COVID-19. Recent research shows 20-25% of patients now report a loss of taste.“More alarming is the rate of patients reporting loss of taste at a later date, sometime after exposure to the virus,” said Liu. “This is something we need to keep a careful eye on.”Published in ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science, the study further indicates that taste bud cells are not vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection, because most of them do not express ACE2, a gateway that the virus uses to enter the body.”This study isn’t the first to study ACE2 expression in the oral cavity,” said Liu. “But it is the first to show, specifically in relation to coronavirus and taste bud cell survival, that there are likely other cell death mechanisms at play.”Liu and her colleagues wanted to find out whether ACE2 was expressed specifically in taste bud cells, as well as when this receptor first emerges on oral tissue cells during fetal development, by studying mice as a model organism.Although the mouse version of ACE2 isn’t susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, studying where it’s expressed in mice could still help clarify what’s happening when people become infected and lose the sense of taste, given that mouse and human share similar expression patterns of genes.“Mice have a different cellular copy of ACE2, making them impervious to SARS-CoV-2 infection,” said Liu. “A logical first step was to genetically engineer a model to examine the ACE2 receptor expression in wild type mice, to provide insights into what happens in people.”By analyzing data from oral cells of adult mice, the researchers found that ACE2 was enriched in cells that give the tongue its rough surface, but couldn’t be found in most taste bud cells. That means the virus probably does not affect taste loss through direct infection of these cells.“It’s clear from the data, that future designs of therapeutics directed at ACE2 receptors would likely not be as effective in treating taste loss of patients suffering from COVID-19,” said Liu.According to the team, more researchers have jumped into studying coronavirus and have published more data for smell loss than taste.“Anosmia coronavirus research is being published at a faster pace,” said Liu. “This is the only COVID-19 research that we know of, that involves the mechanisms of taste loss. Taste loss in the tongue is more complex and harder to validate, because of the complexity of cells, tissue structures, and the limited expression level of the ACE2 receptor.”For more information about the Regenerative Bioscience Center, visit read more

Iberdrola buys 900MW wind pipeline, continuing planned renewable investment efforts

first_imgIberdrola buys 900MW wind pipeline, continuing planned renewable investment efforts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Iberdrola closed on two deals in the space of a week for wind projects in France and the U.K., including nearly 300 megawatts of operating capacity.The Spanish utility has promised to accelerate its investment plans in 2020, bringing forward procurement commitments and hiring 5,000 additional staff as part of its own coronavirus stimulus plan. That plan appears well underway.At the end of last week, Iberdrola closed on an acquisition of French developer Aalto Power for €100 million ($109 million). In the process, it gained 118 megawatts of operational onshore wind and a 636-megawatt pipeline in France.On Wednesday Iberdrola subsidiary Scottish Power announced the acquisition of 165 megawatts courtesy of two onshore projects in Scotland for €195 million. The deal includes a 100-megawatt greenfield site and a repowering project of Hagshaw Hill, the first commercial-scale wind farm in Scotland, which opened in 1996. Those two projects will join a third under Iberdrola’s control to create a 220-megawatt energy cluster south of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Planning documents for the repowering of Hagshaw Hill include an increase in capacity from 42 to 65 megawatts and the addition of a 20-megawatt battery system. It will be the company’s third repowering project in the U.K.In its home market, Iberdrola is building Europe’s largest solar plants with a view to its Spanish PV portfolio reaching 3 gigawatts by 2022. The Núñez de Balboa project, 500 megawatts in total, was completed in January this year. Iberdrola’s Spanish wind and solar pipeline now stands at more than 4 gigawatts, with hard-to-come-by grid access secured for more beyond that.The company is also ramping up its offshore wind ambitions. It has a 12-gigawatt pipeline internationally, 60 percent of which is in the U.S. via its controlling stake in Avangrid.[John Parnell]More: Iberdrola buys 900MW wind portfolio as coronavirus investment drive ramps uplast_img read more

Long Island Doctor Who Convention Outgrows Venue

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hundreds of Doctor Who fans packed the Clarion Hotel in Ronkonkoma for the second annual sold out convention on Long Island dedicated to the long-running British sci-fi hit TV show this weekend.Growing pains were evident this year with the convention filling all three floors and all meeting rooms in the hotel on Veteran Memorial Highway. The convention even expanded beyond hotel grounds, with some events held in heated outdoor tents. And fans are already eagerly awaiting the third installment next year—tickets for which go on sale this month.“Looking forward to #LIWho 3,” Gallifreyan Gazette, a New England-based sci-fi blog website specializing in Doctor Who, said in a post on Twitter. “Bought tickets before I left the convention and now the long wait till next year.”Dr. Who, has aired on the BBC since 1963, taking a break only between 1989 and 2005. Over the years the main character, Dr. Who, a time traveling alien whose personal mission is to protect the human race, has been portrayed by a total of 13 different actors.Fans of British hit sci-fi TV show Doctor Who dress up as their favorite characters at the second annual Long Island Dr. Who Con at the Clarion Hotel in Ronkonkoma Nov. 7-9, 2014 (Photos by Joe Nuzzo)Fans of the series crowded into rooms to hear featured guests such as Colin Baker, the shows sixth doctor, joke around and share stories with his former costar, Nicola Bryant. Also on hand was Dr. Who’s eighth doctor, Paul McGann, along with many other notable guests.Once again, fans of the show engaged in cosplay—short for costume play—by dressing up as their favorite heroes and villains from Dr. Who. The cosplayers were happy to stop to take pictures, act out scenes with one another and prepare for the various costume contests held over the three-day convention.Of course, no convention would be complete without a vendor floor filled with Dr. Who and other sci-fi genre merchandise. However, the longest line seemed to be the line for the pre-sale of tickets to next year’s show.The Long Island Dr. Who convention is scheduled to return Nov. 13-15, 2015. The show is also moving to a larger venue, the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge. Tickets go on sale online Nov. 23 via the convention website, read more

PR Answers: Broaden your press release reach

first_imgIn public relations, the most notable and utilized tool in the kit is the press release. That being said, this multi-faceted tool can present both a challenge and opportunity for credit unions.While a press release is a great way to keep current and potential members informed of your latest achievements and offerings, if done incorrectly it can become a needle lost in the haystack of news.Here are three ways you can enhance your press release’s capabilities:1) Let’s Start With the HeadlineIn a sea of press releases, the headline is what makes the waves. In every successful press release, the headline not only gives a Cliff’s notes version of the release, but also includes terms relevant to your industry and, more specifically, your credit union. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The digital experience is critical . . . for now

first_img continue reading » Today’s ultra-competitive financial services marketplace has credit unions hunting for the differentiators that will build member loyalty. Many, not surprisingly, are focusing on their digital experience. And that’s good, but it might not be enough.Research from Bain & Company pinpointed 30 facets of customer experience that contribute to loyalty and grouped them into four categories: functional, emotional, life-changing and social impact.The Top Five Drivers of LoyaltyFor banking, five facets, or attributes, stood out as loyalty drivers: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Croatia won a silver award in the category of the best destination in Europe

first_imgCroatia won a silver award in the category of the best destination in Europe, a bronze in the category of the best destination in the world, while the Croatian National Tourist Board won silver in the category of the best European tourist organization.  You can see a list of all the winners HERE Photo: CNTB / Author Marijana Marinović “We are extremely pleased that our work, but also the position of Croatia, has been recognized by prominent representatives of the American tourism industry. This is a great start to the year for us and an additional motivation in further market positioning of Croatia on the American market. We will continue our dedicated work in cooperation with colleagues from the Croatian tourism sector who have made a strong contribution to obtaining these prestigious awards.”, Said Ina Rodin, Director of the CNTB Representation in New York. Ovo su iznimne vijesti za cjelokupni hrvatski turistički sektor jer je riječ o potvrdi popularnosti i odlične pozicije koju naša zemlja uživa na ovom iznimno velikom i važnom tržištu koje nije lako osvojiti, izjavio je direktor HTZ-a, Kristjan Staničić,  te dodao: “The awards belong to all Croatian tourism workers who, with a lot of effort and love, raise the quality of service and content of Croatian tourism from year to year. I am especially proud of the silver in the category of the best European tourist organization because this award confirms that the Croatian National Tourist Board carries out creative and innovative promotional activities recognized by American professionals. Namely, the recognitions are even more important when you take into account the fact that they are awarded solely on the basis of the votes of American tour operators and travel agents, ie by the profession. Our goal is to further strengthen Croatia’s market position through the implementation of key promotional activities that will ensure the maintenance of growth trends from America, which is the market from which we generate the largest tourist traffic when it comes to distant countries.” In the category for the best European destination, Greece won gold, and Croatia shares the silver award with England. In the category of the world’s best destination, gold went to Australia, silver to Barbados, and bronze to Croatia, while in the category for the best European tourist organization, gold went to Switzerland, and silver to the Croatian Tourist Board. The annual Travvy Awards are given in the organization travAlliancemedia with the aim of highlighting the best examples of excellence and achievements in the tourism industry, and are awarded to various stakeholders such as national tourism organizations, destinations, travel agents, products, etc. more than 130.000 votes which is the largest base of independent American travel agents. Great news for Croatia and Croatian tourism comes from the American market from the ceremony of awarding the prestigious American tourist awards Travvy Awards in Gotham Hall in the center of New York, where Croatia receives three prestigious Travvy Awards 2019   Kristjan Staničić, CNTB: What is the Academy Awards in the world of film and film industry is the Travvy Awards in the world of tourism industrylast_img read more

Views and breezes helped sell this suburban retreat

first_img53-55 Highlands Terrace, Springfield Lakes. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 201953-55 Highlands Terrace, Springfield Lakes.He said beautiful sweeping views, nice sunsets off the balcony and cooling breezes were part of the property’s appeal.Mr Hodgson said the seller built the home to live in approximately 13 years ago, but opportunities elsewhere saw them move, so they kept it as a rental. The property sold on July 17. 53-55 Highlands Terrace, Springfield Lakes.The two-level residence had five-bedrooms and three bathrooms with plenty of other living spaces for its buyers to enjoy. Mr Hodgson said while the internals were inviting, it was the outdoor spaces that were most relaxing.“If I was living there I’d be sitting there on that back deck having a drink on a Friday,” he said. 53-55 Highlands Terrace, Springfield Lakes.There was something a bit different about this Springfield Lakes home, which sold for $645,000.McGrath–Springfield principal, Steve Hodgson, said the thoughtfully designed home at 53-55 Highlands Tce offered an alternative to other listings in the suburb.“It’s not just a brick-and-tile house,” Mr Hodgson said. 53-55 Highlands Terrace, Springfield Lakes.Mr Hodgson said the new owners had relocated from chilly Melbourne and were set to enjoy all that warm-weathered Queensland has to offer.last_img read more

UK overtakes Japan as world’s second-largest pensions market

first_imgUK3,263 US18,878 South Africa236 Ireland130 The UK has overtaken Japan to become the world’s second-largest pensions market, according to a study by Towers Watson that placed the country’s pension assets at more than £2trn (€2.4trn).The consultancy’s Global Pension Asset Study noted that, over a 10-year period, the UK saw pension assets increase to account for 131% of GDP, up by more than 60 percentage points since 2003.However, for nearly five of those years, UK growth was sluggish.Ranking the 13 largest pension markets by assets under management in US dollars, the UK was a distant second with $3.2trn (€2.4trn) compared with more than $18trn held by US funds. Australia1,565 Japan3,236 Germany509 Canada1,451center_img France169 Hong Kong114 Netherlands1,359 The volume of assets held by German, French and Irish pension funds remained largely unchanged compared with 2012, while Switzerland saw its size – again when denominated in dollars – increase by $50bn to $786bn.Chris Ford, Towers Watson’s EMEA head of investment, credited equities with the growth enjoyed by a number of the pension markets, saying shares enjoyed the best year of risk-adjusted return since the financial crisis.“Generally,” he added, “pension funds are now implementing investment strategies that are more flexible and adaptable and contain a broader view of risk so as to make greater allowance for the sort of extreme economic and market volatility they have experienced during the past five years.“This is welcome, as the global economic recovery – and the implied normalisation of market conditions – is by no means guaranteed.” Brazil284 Japan fell to third place, less than $30bn behind the UK.However, while the country’s assets denominated in US dollars declined by nearly $500bn compared with 2012, the market’s value as a share of GDP rose by 3 percentage points to 65%.The consultancy also noted that the survey covered a period during which the yen depreciated by 18.4% against the dollar.Australia ranked as the fourth-largest pension market, ahead of Canada and the Netherlands.However, the European country remained the largest pension market in the ranking when compared with GDP, accounting for 170% against just 80% in Canada and 105% in Australia.Size of pension markets in December 2013CountryAssets in $bn Switzerland786last_img read more