Amazon will hire 75,000 more workers to meet pandemic demand

first_imgAmazon.com Inc. says it will expand its hiring spree by an additional 75,000 workers as the online retailer shores up its logistics operation to meet demand from people hunkered down at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.Amazon said on Monday that it had already filled 100,000 previously announced temporary and full-time positions. The hiring spree and a temporary $2-an-hour wage boost will likely cost more than $500 million, up from a prior estimate of $350 million, the company said.Online shopping has surged, particularly for staples like toilet paper and groceries, and Amazon and its expansive warehousing and delivery operation have become lifelines for shoppers who can’t venture out in person. Even as some of Amazon’s rival technology giants withdraw earnings guidance or warn about uncertain demand during the pandemic, analysts say Amazon stands to gain from shopping trends brought on by the virus. The company has kept its doors open as state-mandated closures of non-essential businesses shutter specialty physical retail storefronts across the US and Europe.Meanwhile, Amazon is struggling with outbreaks of COVID-19 in its own ranks, with cases at dozens of sites around the US, according to employees and media reports. Some workers say Amazon’s hiring has helped the company fill roles of employees who have stopped coming to work out of fear of contracting or spreading the virus. Amazon says employees can stay home without fear of termination or discipline, and interviews with workers at sites across the country suggest many are not showing up for work.Amazon also says it has rolled out more intense cleaning and hygiene measures at its facilities, including temperature screenings and reorganized break rooms to encourage social distancing. Still, employees are getting sick as the pandemic spreads, and some have raised concerns that Amazon isn’t doing enough to keep them safe. Workers at Amazon warehouses in New York, Michigan and Illinois have staged walkouts demanding the company close their facilities for extended cleaning.The Occupational Health and Safety Administration last week said it was investigating working conditions at an Amazon warehouse in eastern Pennsylvania where at least 21 employees were diagnosed with COVID-19.Topics :last_img read more

New State Program to Help Individuals Battling Opioid Use Disorder Find and Maintain Housing in Pennsylvania

first_imgNew State Program to Help Individuals Battling Opioid Use Disorder Find and Maintain Housing in Pennsylvania WashingtonYork Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced a new state program that aims to direct $15 million for an opioid housing initiative that will fund a minimum of eight pilot projects in eligible urban and rural communities throughout the commonwealth. The proposed pilot programs must help individuals to become and remain engaged in evidence-based treatment interventions, provide individuals with the necessary support services to maintain housing stability, and provide pre-tenancy and tenancy education services.“Through these grants, we are supporting programs that help those working toward recovery find and maintain a place to live and we are offering one of the most basic necessities for a healthy life,” Gov. Wolf said. “For those in or hoping to achieve recovery, a home can be an important factor in finding and continuing treatment and other services.”A Request for Applications (RFA) for support services navigation and housing services for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) is now available on the commonwealth’s eMarketplace.Developed by the departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and Human Services (DHS), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency and the Department of Community and Economic Development, the RFA’s goal is “to support innovative practices that will increase access to treatment and supports for individuals with OUD and help prevent overdose-related deaths.”Housing instability, combined with unmet basic needs, makes the road to recovery and independence extremely challenging. According to national data, about one in five people experiencing homelessness has a chronic substance use disorder. This aligns with information gathered from Pennsylvania’s 45 state-sponsored OUD Centers of Excellence, a majority of which identify housing as a major barrier for their clients.“We know that each individual seeking treatment is just that – an individual,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “They each have different situations and circumstances hindering their recovery. To truly combat this crisis, we must build capacity to support individuals by providing necessary, supportive wrap-around services like stable housing and case management.”“The conditions in which a person lives, including access to safe, stable housing, plays a role in a person’s health. When a person experiences homelessness in addition to a substance use disorder, the lack of a secure home is often a barrier to staying engaged with treatment and recovery, if they are able to access treatment at all,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “Supporting programs that assist with housing access and stability will help more people stay engaged in treatment and reach recovery.”The RFA is the first project launched as part of the $55.9 million SAMHSA grant secured to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. Additional initiatives included in the grant are focused on expanding services to pregnant women and veterans affected by OUD, developing the treatment and recovery workforce, and strengthening criminal justice and law enforcement initiatives with a focus on reentrant supports.The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has distinguished four major dimensions that support a life in recovery: health, home, purpose, and community. This project aims to support two components of the dimensions – home and purpose. By giving an individual a stable, safe place to focus on their recovery, paired with the independence and self-worth that housing provides, an individual’s overall health and wellbeing is greatly improved.The counties that are eligible locations for pilot programs under the RFA were identified via a formula that equally considered the rate of individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder (SUD) and rate of overdose-related deaths in a county. The thirty counties identified are: LawrenceLehigh GreeneLancaster MifflinPhiladelphia IndianaLebanon ArmstrongAllegheny VenangoWestmoreland MercerLuzerne October 17, 2018 FayetteLackawanna SHARE Email Facebook Twitter CameronDauphin ClearfieldDelaware BlairBeaver ButlerBerks For more information on the RFA, visit the PA eMarketplace.Find more information on the state’s efforts to battle the opioid crisis here. CrawfordErie CambriaBucks RuralUrbanlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Recovery Aid for those Affected by Severe Storms in Central Pennsylvania

first_img October 24, 2018 Economy,  Press Release,  PSA,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare a disaster in Schuylkill County after significant flood damage to homes and businesses was sustained due to severe storms July 21 – 27, 2018.“Record-breaking storms affected large portions of the commonwealth this summer, disrupting the lives of those unfortunate enough to live in their path,” said Governor Wolf. “Low interest loan programs like this are important financial lifelines for families embarking on the lengthy and difficult path to recovery.”Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the storms in Schuylkill, as well as neighboring counties Berks, Carbon, Columbia, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, and Northumberland may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. The DLOC will be open at the following location and times:Tremont Municipal Office139 Clay StreetTremont, PA 17981Opening: Thursday, October 25: 11 a.m.Days:Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.Saturday, October 27: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Closed: Sunday, October 28Closing: Thursday, November 1: 4 p.m.SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.Individuals and businesses unable to visit the centers in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 24, 2018.  The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is July 23, 2019. Governor Wolf Announces Recovery Aid for those Affected by Severe Storms in Central Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Merseyside pension fund seeking fund-of-hedge-funds manager

first_imgThe UK’s Merseyside Pension Fund is carrying out a search for a fund-of-hedge-funds manager using IPE Quest.The £8.2bn (€9.5bn) local government pension scheme is looking to create a longlist of managers, after which it will send a more detailed questionnaire to candidates.According to IPE Quest search IN-2366, Merseyside wants a manager that has previously worked with a UK pension fund with at least £10bn of assets under management (AUM).The manager should have AUM of at least £1.5bn and experience of providing investment services for a local authority pension fund. Merseyside wants a manager whose flagship commingled fund has posted annualised net returns of at least 5.6% since inception to the end of the second quarter of 2017.It should have an annualised standard deviation of no more than 5.04%, with a track record of at least five years.The successful manager must be willing, experienced and able to perform ongoing operational due diligence on Merseyside’s direct hedge fund investments, of which it has around half a dozen.As at 31 March, the pension fund had £53m in UK managed hedge funds and £219m in overseas managed hedge funds. The investments are managed internally.Interested managers should apply online via IPE Quest by 31 October.Applicants should disclose the average saving versus the charges of the underlying hedge funds for its flagship commingled fund, assuming an 8% annualised gross return.Merseyside is partnering with West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester pension funds to form the collaboration known as the Northern Pool, which will have around £35bn of assets. In a submission to the government last year, the participating pension funds had said they would opt for co-investments and single strategy funds instead of funds-of-funds for private equity and hedge fund investments.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.last_img read more

Pavia expands enhanced community quarantine

first_imgThus, in Executive Order No. 027, series of2020 issued on April 14, Gorriceta expanded the quarantine to the remainingSaturdays and Sundays of this month (April 18-19 and 25-26). All establishments and business operations ofwhatever nature (including public market, sari-saristores, talipapa, convenience stores)shall be closed during the period of expanded enhanced community quarantine,except for the following: * drugstores * Department of Health personnel * those going to the pharmacy or hospital(must present prescription and quarantine pass, and must wear a facemask) The borders of Pavia shall be closed duringthe period of the expanded enhanced community quarantine, but persons exemptedby the EO can pass through the borders.Appropriate administrative and/or criminalcharges may be filed against persons who disobey the EO and endanger the livesof the Pavia residents, said Gorriceta./PN * media practitioners (must secure a permitfrom the COVID-19 Task Force) * Healthcare/hospital workers * Pavia Emergency Responders and MunicipalHealth Office personnel and workers * other personnel/individuals recommended bythe COVID-19 Task Force duly approved by the municipal mayorcenter_img * medical clinics/laboratories and hospitals * government officials / personnel (provincialand national officials and employees, Municipal Task Force on COVID-19,Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of FireProtection, Philippine Army, municipal traffic authorities, those manningCOVID-19 checkpoints within Pavia, municipal and barangay officials andemployees, relief operation workers (with quarantine pass, especially a permitfrom the municipal mayor) The operation of tricycles and trisikad are suspended, too. * media * food processing business * funeral parlor, memorial chapels and relatedfacilities No one would be allowed to leave their homesexcept for the following: ILOILO – While there are already restrictionsand prohibitions imposed by the municipal government of Pavia relative to theenhanced community quarantine, Mayor Laurence Anthony Gorriceta said, “There isa need to further limit in the movement of persons” to contain the spread ofthe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).last_img read more

Martin claims lead as Valverde drops out

first_img Valverde took over at the top of the general classification with a second-placed finish on Wednesday but abandoned the race after he and Movistar team-mate Eros Capecchi came to grief this time. Garmin-Sharp’s Martin was part of a 25-man breakaway group which formed early, and was the only one not caught by the peloton before the finish. Ireland’s Daniel Martin claimed the overall lead of the Volta a Catalunya after Alejandro Valverde crashed out of first place midway through Thursday’s 217.7km stage to a summit finish at Port Aine-Rialp. Press Associationcenter_img He finished 36 seconds ahead of 2010 champion Joaquim Rodriguez, who is also second overall, 10 seconds back. Martin also catapulted himself ahead of Sir Bradley Wiggins in the GC, with a sixth-placed finish for the Tour de France winner dropping him down to fourth overall. last_img read more

Football: Wilcox departure signals larger problem for UW football

first_imgFor the second straight year, the University of Wisconsin football team will enter spring practice with a new defensive coordinator as Justin Wilcox accepted the head coaching job at the University of California-Berkley Friday.Wilcox accepted the five-year deal with Cal after only one year at the helm of the Badger defense, a move that was far from surprising, but will have ramifications deep into the tenure of second-year UW head coach Paul Chryst.Recent Wisconsin football teams are known for their gritty defense that takes in walk-on players as freshman and turns them into future NFL standouts. The past two season have been no different as the Badgers finished in the top seven in total defense both years, including a second-place finish in scoring defense in 2015.Paul Chryst Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldThat identity, however, is now in question as a secondary with more vacancies than consistent starters, the departure of arguably its two best linebackers and the loss of leadership for the second straight year will undoubtedly weigh heavily on the UW defense. For the 14 returning defensive seniors next season, they will have to now answer to their third defensive coordinator in three years.Dave Aranda, who preceded Wilcox as UW’s defensive coordinator, left UW for the defensive coordinator position at Louisiana State University less than 11 months ago, citing money and the promise of SEC football as his reason for departure.While UW will never be able to control the allure of a large SEC school or a promotion to head coach in the PAC-12, the question going forward will be whether the school can manage to hold on to a defensive coordinator for even a single recruiting class.Football: UW defensive coordinator Dave Aranda leaves for LSUJust two days after the Wisconsin football team took down USC in the Holiday Bowl, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda decided Read…UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez has frequently said he believes the head coach should yield most of the power over the team and has demonstrated that over the years through not just delegation of authority, but salary.While Chryst ranks 43rd in highest paid head coaches at $2.7 million a year, Wilcox ranked a measly 100th in highest paid assistants at $500,000 a year, 36 spots behind Joe Rudolph, Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator, who rakes in $574,800 a year.What’s most shocking about those salaries, however, is the stark differences in production between the offensive and defensive side of the ball for the Badgers, especially when considering Chryst is one of the few coaches in college football who calls offensive plays. The Badgers ranked 89th nationally in total offense this season, and even though Wisconsin is know for the slow, time-crunching run style offense, it was the defense that lead to Wisconsin’s signature wins this season.Football: Increased interceptions sign of improvement for already-impressive Wisconsin defenseThe University of Wisconsin football team’s defense entered the 2016 season as the top scoring defense a year ago. But Read…Outside of the immediate future for a Wisconsin squad currently ranked No. 9 in ESPN’s Way Too Early College Football Rankings for 2017, the problem of undervaluing the defensive coordinator position could start to deteriorate the reputation of the Badger defense and mark a significant downturn in the program.With signing day less than three weeks away, another vacancy at the defensive coordinator position could cause Wisconsin’s already 38th-ranked recruiting class to plummet as defensive recruits begin to question their commitment.Snagging Wilcox last offseason was seen as an unexpected but welcome surprise for the Badgers as he had just served a relatively successful stint in the same position at the University of Southern California. Now Alvarez and Chryst must hit the grindstone again to find a replacement who can develop a new group of Badger defenders, before the senior leadership of the old ones slips away.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldA potential solution lies in Alvarez’s tendency to hire within the program throughout his 12 years as athletic director. With the news of Wilcox’s departure still in its raw stages, no big outside coaching names have been rumored for the position, but a few inside names including defensive back’s coach Jim Leonhard and outside linebacker’s coach Tim Tibesar are at the top of the list.If Alvarez continues his stance on paying assistants on the lower end of the spectrum in the national picture, then hiring internally could be the answer to the potential downfall of the tough Badger tradition. Leonhard and Tibesar are unproven as big-time assistants, but have been around the program long enough to be able to replicate some of the recent defensive success and remove the worry of variability in an outside hire.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldRegardless of who Alvarez hires for the position in the coming months, the defensive players will once again be asked to be the vocal leaders on a tough Badger front. Even without Wilcox, the defense enters spring practice as the focal point of the Wisconsin team.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Micah Potter’s issues with NCAA shows inconsistencies in system

first_imgThe 2019 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is off to a 3-1 start. While the team has had moderate success on the court, they are doing so without key newcomer Micah Potter. A redshirt junior from Mentor, Ohio, Potter was a highly touted, four-star recruit from Montverde Academy, a prep school that has produced NBA All-Stars in D’Angelo Russell and Ben Simmons. After finishing his high school career, Potter stayed home and attended The Ohio State University. At OSU, Potter struggled to find playing time. Although he appeared in 59 games in over two seasons with the Buckeyes, he only averaged 10 minutes per game his sophomore year, a four-minute decrease from the 2016-17 season.Potter decided to leave the OSU program before the 2018-19 season, transferring to Wisconsin. Potter began practicing with the Badgers last December, but the main problem was getting him eligible for the 2019-2020 season. The problem was the NCAA’s strict and confusing transfer rules, which have held Potter out of action in 2019. Men’s Basketball: Badgers take down Green Bay in second straight in-state matchupThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team took care of business for the fourth consecutive game after dropping their season Read…According to the NCAA website, students are required to spend one year at the school’s institution before becoming eligible to play. The NCAA also adjusted a law that stated a student is eligible to play immediately if an incoming freshman has enrolled in summer classes and their coach departs before the first day of fall classes.While this new adaptation of the transfer rule is a small step forward toward advocating for the rights of student-athletes, flaws still exist in the NCAA’s transfer portal system, particularly in the case of Potter.The point of the NCAA’s transfer rule is to get the new student comfortable with the environment at the University before participating in athletics. In Potter’s case, the rule does not hold up. In his short time at Wisconsin, Potter has already seemed to fit in at the school, practicing with the team and earning a 3.3 GPA in his spring semester at Wisconsin.While Potter appears to have become pretty comfortable with the environment in Madison, the NCAA declined his appeal for a waiver to become eligible. Even with letters of support from the OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith and Head Coach Chris Holtmann, the NCAA still denied the waiver, forcing Potter to sit. Men’s Basketball: Previewing remainder of Badgers’ non-conference scheduleWe’ll keep it simple — the prospects for a highly successful Badger basketball team weren’t great before the 2019-20 season. Read…Potter’s case raises serious questions about the NCAA’s transfer portal system. If a player is not enjoying their current school and makes the decision to switch, then excels at their new school in the classroom and with their team, why shouldn’t they be allowed to play? Even though Potter is clearly fitting in nicely at UW, the NCAA continues to declare him ineligible.Even more frustrating, the NCAA’s fraudulent transfer system is representative of their lack of consistency. Unlike Potter, the NCAA has granted waivers to transfer students that allow them to play immediately, even to some that haven’t sat out even a semester before transferring to their new school.Nine games into his sophomore season at the University of Kentucky, Quade Green elected to leave the program in December and transfer. Now at the University of Washington, the NCAA granted Green a waiver, making the six-foot guard immediately eligible for the 2019-20 season.Even though Green never sat a year or spent at least two semesters at his university, he is allowed to see the court while Potter continues to watch the Badgers from the bench. Green’s case is one of many to show the inconsistencies in the NCAA’s new rule. Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin dominates I-94 rivalry with Marquette, slows down Markus HowardIn front of an electric Kohl Center, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team beat in-state rivals Marquette 77–61 Sunday. Read…As of right now, Potter is forced to sit until the end of the 2019 fall semester. The NCAA announced Thursday that Potter will be ineligible until Wisconsin’s Dec. 21 matchup against UW-Milwaukee. While the Badgers have held their own without him thus far, his return will help boost the Badgers as they enter Big Ten play.Wisconsin fans, players and alumni should be frustrated with the NCAA’s decision, as their inconsistencies seem to target certain student-athletes over others.While Wisconsin desperately wants to return to the NCAA Tournament in 2019-20, it becomes more difficult to get resume-boosting non-conference wins without Potter, a 6’10” center that could provide a key impact in these matchups.The Badgers hope to get a boost from Potter sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Wisconsin’s mindset shifts towards preparing for their final few games before the return of Potter in a couple of weeks.last_img read more

Tipperary through to quarter-finals

first_imgDublin failed to achieve the margin of victory required against Derry today to deny the Premier County a place in the knock-out stages.The Dubs defeated the Ulster county 6-11 to 1-3 in Crumlin, which left them three points shy of the gap needed to overtake Tipp in Group 2 of the competition.Brian Boyle’s side now go on to face Wexford in the quarter-finals on Saturday July 30th. The other quarter – which will also be played on the same day – pits Kilkenny against Offaly.The venues and throw-in times for both matches have yet to be decided.Cork and Galway, who won Groups 1 and 2 respectively, go straight into next month’s semi-finals.last_img read more

Outdoor ice rink officially open at Bay View Park

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich — The new outdoor ice rink located at Bay View Park in Alpena officially opened this week.The rink was able to freeze over thanks to colder conditions. A group of volunteers helped bring the new outdoor site to life through fundraising. They hope to hold more events in the future at the new rink.Rules are posted at the park for skaters to follow. Learn more about the rink and how to volunteer by joining the Facebook group Friends of the Alpena Outdoor Ice Rink.For more stories on the new rink click here and here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Outdoor Ice Rink, Bay View Park, Friend’s of the Alpena Outdoor Ice Rink, Ice Rink, ice skating, RinkContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for January 16Next Students get a sneak peek of upcoming environmental film festivallast_img read more