Deputy chief judge of compensation claims applications sought

first_img January 1, 2006 Regular News Deputy chief judge of compensation claims applications sought D eputy chief judge of compensation claims applications sought The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications for the position of deputy chief judge of compensation claims.The commission will hold a public hearing January 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, 9300 Airport Boulevard, Orlando 32827, for the purpose of interviewing prospective applicants for the position.Qualified applicants must submit one original completed application and one copy to Victor Marrero, Commission Chair, Director of Risk Management, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Ft. Lauderdale 33312, phone (954) 831-8358; fax (954) 321-4587, and one additional copy must be submitted to each commission member, no later than 5 p.m. January 13. Any applications received after the deadline date will be disqualified. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.A copy of the judicial application along with a listing of all SNCJCC members is posted on the DOAH Web site at www.jcc.state.fl.us/jcc and The Florida Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org.last_img read more

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Consumer best practices for online shopping

first_imgShopping online can create stress.  While reputable businesses have safely conducted online transactions since the mid-1990s, the possibility of fraud still lurks in all the internet nooks and crannies.  Thankfully, there are safety precautions that consumers can implement to remain as safe as possible while shopping online.  LSC suggests these six online shopping tips:Only shop on trustworthy websitesShopping online is addictive.  Amazon’s Cyber Monday is practically a national holiday that allows consumers to stay cozy in their pajamas while scoring massive savings.  Trustworthy websites exist and are safe to shop on.  However, clicking on email links or a website side bar ad can often lead to disaster.  Before entering card information, visit the actual website of the company to ensure it is safe.   If the deal seems too good to be true it is probably not a legitimate website.Do not shop on public Wi-Fi networksHotels, restaurants, even coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi.  Trouble can arise, though, when sensitive information is shared over public networks.  The open nature of public networks can compromise security.  According to Norton Internet Security public Wi-Fi should always be used with caution; never access banking accounts, personal data, or shop via a public network.  Protect your home computer with anti-virus software and secure your internet access with a passwordOften we assume our home Wi-Fi network is safe from attack.  Vulnerabilities in our home networks can wreak havoc.  According to Norton, the safest home networks have a personalized SSID, strong passwords; encryption enabled, and updated software.  Computers should also be protected with virus and spyware software.  Shop with a credit card When shopping online both debit and credit cards can be used. The Federal Trade Commission recommends consumers shop online using a credit card to be protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act.  This law allows consumers to dispute charges and withhold payment while under investigation.  For added security take these preventative measures: Monitor accounts through online banking, mobile apps or monthly statements to protect your moneyMake sure your address, email, and cell phone numbers are updated with your CU for use with 3D technology used to prevent fraudEnroll in digital wallets like Apple Pay that can be used online. Merchants store a token number and not the actual card and authenticate transactions using biometrics; fingerprinting or face recognition during checkout.Ensure the card entry page is secure Entering debit or credit card information online can be nerve racking.  If the merchant’s website is compromised, you may find yourself with no money left in your checking account to pay your monthly expenses.  Secure websites that protect consumer information can be identified in two ways .  First, ensure the URL begins with https:// and that there is a small lock in the URL bar.  The “s” in the URL indicates a secure site.  Hover over the small lock to the right of the address to read details about the site’s security.  An unsecured site will display a small letter “i” that will also offer information about the site’s security.  Do not input credit card details on unsecure sites. Print or save receipts as .pdfs As an added security measure, it is good practice to print or save receipts as .pdfs from online shopping.  Compare the receipt with the credit card billing statement to ensure consistency.  It is always important to be careful when shopping online.  These six simple safety measures are easy to apply and effective at keeping sensitive information private. 99SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,MaryAnne Colucci Mary Anne Colucci joined LSC in 2005 in the Card Services area. Her responsibilities have included Team Leader in the ATM/Debit Department, co-managing the customer service staff to her … Web: www.lsc.net Detailslast_img read more

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Black Voters Helped Deliver Biden a Presidential Victory. Now What?

first_img“I am hopeful and willing to give Biden a chance but am not completely sold,” said Geary Woolfolk, 53, who is Black and lives in suburban Atlanta.In this year’s election, Mr. Biden attracted about 87 percent of the Black vote. At the same time, Mr. Trump, despite being widely viewed as inflaming racial hatred, gained more Black voters than in 2016, especially among Black men, according to exit polls.In two dozen interviews, some African-American voters echoed a longstanding political concern that they were underappreciated, particularly within the Democratic Party they have staunchly supported for decades. While Democrats always face high expectations to deliver for Black communities, the pressure on Mr. Biden, a compromise-first moderate, may be even greater because of the recent summer of protests over police brutality and systemic racism, the racial makeup of his electoral coalition and his own past. [Race affects our lives in countless ways. To read more stories on race from The New York Times, sign up here for our Race/Related newsletter.]When President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. thanked Black voters in his victory speech on Saturday night for rescuing his campaign when it was at its lowest point and declared “you’ve always had my back, and I’ll have yours,” Kourtney Neloms did not cheer like the hundreds in attendance.- Advertisement – While Black voters across the country celebrated the election of Mr. Biden and his vice president, Senator Kamala Harris of California, many said in recent days that the administration would have to prove its sincerity when it came to addressing the country’s vast inequalities and systemic barriers. Mr. Biden’s dramatic vow during his victory speech to return the favor for Black voters who so ardently supported him was an unusually explicit commitment to African-Americans from an incoming president.“It does create a situation where there is more pressure to provide for the Black community,” said Isaiah Thomas, a city councilman in Philadelphia who is Black. “I don’t think that we can recreate this moment right here. So we have to get as much as we can for poor people and people of color.”During the campaign, Mr. Biden released an extensive policy agenda that outlined his plan for Black America. It included proposals to invest in Black businesses and entrepreneurs, create opportunities for homeownership, narrow racial disparities in education and address a criminal justice system that disproportionately arrests, convicts and imprisons members of Black communities. While young Black progressive activists champion slogans like “defund the police,” Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, one of the most powerful Black members of Congress, criticized the use of such phrases. He argued that they threatened to undermine support for racial justice movements and hurt Democrats in elections.Banika Jones, 41, who works in food service for the Detroit Public Schools, said she wanted to see reparations for Black people, a public option for health insurance, a living wage for workers and the elimination of student loan debt.“I want to see some actual, real socialist reform,” she said, emphasizing the political ideology that Republicans have used to demonize Democrats. “I said a dirty word and I meant it. I want us to move toward Denmark.”Although she voted for Mr. Biden, Ms. Jones said she was not excited about him. Instead, she saw him as a continuation of past Democrats, who seem more inclined to try to placate voters in the middle, rather than push for real change for African-Americans and other marginalized groups.“The Democrats always say that they’re going to do something,” she said. “They’re going to make health care better. They’re going to help us with education. They’re going to do something about poverty. But they have spines that are made out of ramen or something. They are completely unwilling to stand up and fight back.” “Biden definitely owes us an administration that works on equality,” said Ms. Brooks Murphy, 74, a retired retail buyer living in Charleston. She says access to health care is an important priority for her because she has many friends “who are afraid to go to the doctor or will not go because they can’t afford the treatment or the medicine.”Part of the challenge for Mr. Biden will be to coalesce the broad and differing views that Black Americans hold on policy goals, ideas and strategies. Some see a drastic overhaul of systems — from policing to housing — as the path to equality, while others favor more moderate measures that can garner support across the political spectrum. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I’m kind of cautious,” he said, “but then again, I’m still hopeful because he specifically addressed us and he said that we were a key part of him winning the election. I feel as though that he really is going to try to help us more now.”It was not enough for Black voters to wait on Mr. Biden to help their communities, some said. They needed to force the issue.Jasmine M. Johnson, who spent a year helping to mobilize voters in Milwaukee, where turnout was similar to 2016, said she was ecstatic about Mr. Biden’s victory — and hopes his cabinet selections include Black women, “who once again delivered.” After that, she said, the president’s Black agenda should prioritize shrinking the wealth gap.“This election cycle has been a refresher for some and a crash course for others in civics,” Ms. Johnson, 39, said. “We have to collectively understand the impact of elections in our lives and collectively come up with our ask of this new administration — and then hold them accountable.”center_img Instead, listening to Mr. Biden speak in Wilmington, Del., from her hometown, Detroit, she felt somewhat skeptical.“OK, let’s see if he’s really being honest about this,” Ms. Neloms, 42, who is Black, recalled thinking. “My prayer is that it’s not just lip service.” Updated Nov. 10, 2020, 8:57 p.m. ET Jaymes Savage is far from being disillusioned. A 19-year-old sophomore at Rutgers University-Camden, he voted for the first time this year and is excited about what a Biden-Harris administration could mean for a Black man from Philadelphia like himself. He is especially hopeful that Ms. Harris — whose father immigrated from Jamaica and mother immigrated from India — would be able to relate to the continued struggles in his community. As he started his transition this week, Mr. Biden released a plan that included a section on racial equity. Activists with the Movement for Black Lives coalition said on Tuesday that they sent a letter to Mr. Biden asking to have a role in the transition, but that they have not heard back.Not long after Mr. Biden’s speech on Saturday, Mr. Woolfolk, a centrist who described his vote not necessarily in favor of the new president but instead in opposition to Mr. Trump, wrote an open letter to Mr. Biden. He said the Democratic Party had not earned his vote — or his loyalty. “Politicians,” he wrote on Facebook, “my vote is open for bid — what will you do for me and my kind now that the election is over?” The father of three grown sons, Mr. Woolfolk said he wanted police accountability without defunding departments and better preparation for Black students headed to college or trade school.Jean Brooks Murphy counted herself among the more than 60 percent of Black voters in South Carolina who rescued Mr. Biden’s withering primary campaign. In this year’s presidential bid, Mr. Biden’s political identity was shaped largely by the fact that he served as the vice president to Barack Obama, the country’s first African-American president. He leveraged that experience to garner Black support, and it was Black voters in South Carolina who rescued his campaign during the Democratic primary.He also addressed an issue that might have affected Black support, acknowledging that parts of his signature legislation as a longtime Delaware senator, the 1994 crime bill, were a mistake. Much of his campaign pitch, too, centered on addressing racial disparities, with the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately harming Black and Latino communities, and incidents of police violence leading to one of the largest protest movements in the nation’s history.Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris — the first Black woman on a successful presidential ticket — accumulated huge margins over Mr. Trump in Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Atlanta, cities with large or majority Black populations that gave the president-elect a significant boost in tightly contested swing states. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Taylor vs Gutierrez: Watch a live stream of Katie Taylor’s final press conference ahead of Saturday’s fight | Boxing News

first_imgBall is targeting the vacant WBA bantamweight belt, but must overcome Argentina’s Jorgelina Guanini who has already claimed the IBF belt at super-flyweight.This historic triple-header of women’s world title fights will also be streamed for free on YouTube, Facebook and skysports.com.Watch Katie Taylor, Terri Harper and Rachel Ball in world title action this Saturday, from 7pm on Sky Sports. Harper defends her WBC super-featherweight title against Katharina Thanderz after this summer’s thrilling draw with fellow Brit Natasha Jonas.- Advertisement – Terri Harper returns on a world title triple-header Terri Harper returns on a world title triple-header

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Register for The Grocer Vision’s free webinar: What’s plant-based’s next big growth driver?

first_imgPlant-based is a huge success story, driving a swathe of cutting-edge innovation and delivering consistent double-digit growth. But as the category becomes more crowded, there are also looming challenges. Brands and retailers are under growing pressure to deliver a steady stream of ‘new new’ to keep the new generation of flexitarian shoppers engaged, and scrutiny on the categories is increasing. Clarity on which parts of the plant-based category are likely to be tomorrow’s growth drivers has never been more important. For The Grocer’s latest free webinar, in partnership with Alpro, a panel of experts from grocery retail, dairy-free, meat-free and consumer insights will explore the trends that are set to shape the plant-based category over the next three to five years – and how brands and retailers can make the most of them. The panel includes:Julia Glotz, moderator, freelance writer and editorAdam Womersley, sales director, Alpro UK & IrelandKatharine Shipley, head of innovation, Delicious Food Team, Co-opTesni Steele Jones, consumer insight director, KantarGill Riley, marketing director, Quorn Foods UKYou will have the chance to quiz our panel of experts by submitting your questions on the registration page. And for the first time, you can also submit video questions. Simply record your question and send to andrew.roocroft@wrbm.com along with your name, company and job title.The webinar takes place on 22 October at 11am.Click or tap here to register for the webinarlast_img read more

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Intelligence

first_imgCAPTION: Czech Railways has received the first series-built Class 943 driving trailers and Class 043 centre cars from MSV Studenka to operate with its Class 843 diesel-electric railcars. The 11 driving and 20 non-driving cars are all due to be delivered by the end of this yearCAPTION: Thorn Transit Systems International has completed a prototype touch-screen ticket vending machine for Kuala Lumpur’s automated metro. Putra has ordered 119 TVMs, which will issue two types of recyclable magnetic ticketslast_img

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UK schemes’ equity allocations at all-time low

first_imgThe changing UK defined benefit landscape: Scheme statusSource: PPFDespite high-profile cases of underfunded schemes in the UK – some of which have required intervention from the PPF or the Pensions Regulator – the overall funding picture improved in the 12 months to 31 March.Based on the PPF’s internal calculations – which measure a scheme’s funding level relative to the level of benefits provided by the PPF – the aggregate funding ratio rose from 85.8% to 90.5% year-on-year. This meant the total shortfall fell to £161.8bn (€188bn), compared to £221.7bn a year earlier.However, the PPF said positive asset returns had been more than offset by falling government bond yields. The improvement in the aggregate funding picture was instead due to up-to-date valuations and a shrinking universe of pension funds. In addition, scheme sponsors paid £11.4bn in special contributions during the 12-month period, on top of regular contributions.Andy McKinnon, chief financial officer at the PPF, said: “It has been another testing year for defined benefit pensions, with a succession of events casting a spotlight on the sector. For schemes and their sponsors, fulfilling past promises, made in a very different environment, has become much more expensive and much more challenging.“While the landscape remains tough, we are seeing signs of progress. Scheme funding, while volatile, continues to show signs of improvement. At the same time, companies are taking further measures to reduce risk, both by closing their schemes to future accrual and shifting their asset allocation away from equities and into bonds.”Den Boer added: “While we welcome efforts to reduce risk and improve scheme funding, we should not lose sight of the challenge ahead. The current economic backdrop, as well as scrutiny faced by the entire industry, suggests conditions will remain tough in 2018.”DB’s final decade?A separate study by consultancy Hymans Robertson estimated that all FTSE 350 companies will have stopped accrual into the DB schemes by 2027.More than half – 55% – of the UK’s top listed companies had closed their schemes to new members and new accrual, the consultancy said. Increasing pressure to plug deficits would accelerate closures, the company argued. Future service contributions to schemes were pushing towards 50% of total payroll costs for some companies, Hymans Robertson said.Jon Hatchett, head of corporate consulting at Hymans Robertson, said: “This, coupled with the pressure to increase deficit contributions, will lead to even more companies taking further action to reduce costs and closing to future accrual. If we project the current trend forward, we expect future accrual to be switched off altogether in the FTSE 350 by 2027.”However, when questioned about this prediction today, the PPF’s McKinnon and Den Boer played down the likelihood of this outcome. “There is still a trend slowly towards more schemes closing, but I don’t think they will all close in 10 years’ time,” said Den Boer.McKinnon added: “There are a significant number of schemes still open and taking new members and accruals.”The PPF’s Purple Book is available here. The average equity allocation of UK pension schemes fell below 30% for the first time in the 12 months to the end of March 2017, according to data from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).In its latest collection of UK scheme data, known as the Purple Book, the lifeboat fund for defined benefit (DB) schemes reported that the weighted average bond allocation reached a high of 55.7%, while equities fell to 29%.The weighted average allocation to property rose to 5.3%, the highest figure since 2008.Within the equity allocation, schemes invested 20.5% in UK listed equities at the end of March, down from 22.4% a year earlier. In the context of all asset classes, it meant the average scheme held just 6% in UK equities, according to Hans den Boer, chief risk officer at the PPF. This continued a steady decline in domestic allocations since 2008, the PPF said.The data also illustrated the continuing closure trend across the DB sector. Just 12% of schemes remained open to new members at the end of March, the PPF said, while the proportion of schemes closed to both new members and new accruals rose from 35% to 39%.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Get Wins Over Lady Trojans

first_imgThe Batesville Girls Varsity Tennis team defeated East Central 4-1 on Tuesday.#1 Singles- Rachael Rose defeated Maddie Davidson 6-3, 6-4 .#2 Singles- Audrey Weigel defeated Carly Kane 6-4, 6-4.#3 Singles- Sophie Brown defeated Maddie Ricter 6-2, 6-3.#1 Doubles- Baylee Rohlfing/Corinne Stone defeated Kelly Buesher/Jaylen Hilbert 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.#2 Doubles- Kate Poltrack/Betsy Harmeyer were defeated by Brooke Stonefield/Grace Kraus 6-4, 6-7(3), 3-6.In JV, Batesville defeated EC 4-2. Winners in singles were Jenna Ertel and Maggie Walsman. Doubles wins came from Ertel & Walsman, and Carly Fitzpatrick & Kayla Stone.Batesville is 2-0 (2-0 in the EIAC) and will play at Franklin County on Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img

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BREAKING: Liverpool hit Chelsea 5-3 in Anfield thriller

first_imgLiverpool held off a Christian Pulisic-inspired comeback as the runaway Premier League champions defeated Chelsea 5-3 ahead of the trophy presentation at Anfield on Wednesday night. Advertisement Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Apocalyptic Scenarios That Could Happen TodayWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Jurgen Klopp’s title winners got into the party spirit as they were involved in an eight-goal thriller on Merseyside in their final home game of an unforgettable season, though there was little sign of the late drama to come when they led 4-1.Naby Keita’s right-footed rocket opened the scoring, and there was a long-awaited home goal for Roberto Firmino – his first in the league since March 2019 – early in the second half.Roberto Firmino finally ended his home goal drought in the Premier League as Liverpool saw off Chelsea at Anfield.Read Also: Man Utd move closer to UCL spot after West Ham drawThe impressive Pulisic helped the Blues battle back to 4-3, raising hopes of clinching the draw they required to make certain of a top-four finish, but Liverpool had the last word, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slamming home to secure the win. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

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William Hash, 86

first_imgWilliam Hash (Bill) passed away Feb.12, 2019 at his home near Bedford IN. He was in poor health, but his passing was unexpected. Bill was born May 11, 1932 near the Kingston area. He was married for 68 years to Margaret (Peggy) Tumilty Hash.Bill graduated from Greensburg High School in 1950 and started an apprenticeship as a bricklayer that year. He was employed as a brick mason for over 50 years, many years being spent with Bruns-Gutzwiller Construction. Bill and Peggy moved to Wisconsin in 1977 and returned to Indiana in 2002. Bill loved the wilderness, fishing, hunting, camping, and teaching the grandchildren all about the outdoors. He enjoyed making maple syrup for many years in Wisconsin.He is survived by his wife, Margaret, a brother, Arthur Hash, three daughters, Mrs. Ruthanna (Robert) Schimmelpfennig, Mrs. Shirley Brown, Mrs. Helen (John) Vanderbur, a son Gary (Linda) Hash, 14 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and six sisters.Bill will be greatly missed by his entire family. Visitation at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home, 302 N Franklin St, Greensburg, IN, will be held Sat, Feb. 16, 2019 from 11:00 to 1:00 with a service at 1:00 officiated by grandson, Jay Vanderbur. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

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