Workers’ Comp Judges Sturgis, Spangler seek reappointment

first_imgWorkers’ Comp Judges Sturgis, Spangler seek reappointment W orkers’ Comp Judges Sturgis, Spangler seek reappointment The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims will meet August 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the Orlando World Center Marriott for the purpose of interviewing the following judges of compensation claims for reappointment: Judge E. Douglas Spangler, Jr., and Judge Kathy A. Sturgis.Any questions or comments relating to any of the above judges of compensation claims should be addressed in writing to Victor Marrero, SNCJCC Chair, Director of Risk Management, Broward Sheriff’s Office, 2601 West Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale 33312.If you wish to speak at the meeting in opposition to the reappointments, written notice must be provided to the chair and each commission member no later than 5 p.m. EST, July 26.Your letter should include your intention to address the commission and a brief explanation regarding your request. If you wish to present any documents in support of your appearance before the commission, copies must be provided to the chair and all commission members by 5 p.m. EST, July 26. A list of the names and mailing addresses of each SNCJCC member is provided on the Division of Administrative Hearings website at www.fljcc.org or The Florida Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org. The commission will not grant any requests for personal appearances to speak in favor of any of the above sitting judges, but will accept letters in support of the current judges. July 15, 2010 Regular Newslast_img read more

Eyes have power to make us feel connected

first_imgJournal and Courier: As a student at Purdue University, Olivia Maple spends about 40 minutes a day walking back and forth to class on campus. Although she sees passersby, she tries not to make eye contact.“It’s kind of awkward,” said the 21-year-old senior. “I don’t want them to think I was staring at them for no reason. I just kind of stare off, not looking at anyone in particular.”In our busy, tech-saturated world, making eye contact can seem like an uncomfortable task, but new research from Purdue shows that even the slightest glance from a stranger can make a person feel more connected. However, being looked through — even by a stranger — makes someone feel more disconnected.Read the whole story: Journal and Courier More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Multistate Salmonella outbreak tied to tainted tuna

first_imgLate yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that a line of frozen tuna tainted with Salmonella Newport is associated with illnesses in 13 people in seven states, resulting in two hospitalizations.Jensen Tuna of Houma, Louisiana, voluntarily recalled the frozen ground tuna product associated with the outbreak yesterday. The frozen tuna is individually packaged in clear, 1-pound bags and only sold wholesale in 20-pound boxes.According to the FDA, the boxes were sold to wholesalers in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, and Washington state, where they were further distributed to restaurants and retail locations from Nov 30, 2018, to Mar 15, 2019. Jensen Tuna imported the fish from JK Fish of Vietnam. Case-patients report eating sushiIn epidemiologic interviews, the CDC said 9 (75%) of 12 people reported eating sushi from a restaurant or grocery store in the days prior to illness. And all who reported eating sushi said the sushi item contained raw tuna or raw “spicy tuna.””The FDA and regulatory officials in several states traced the source of the raw tuna used by restaurants where ill people ate sushi,” the CDC said. “The traceback evidence indicated that the restaurants used frozen ground tuna supplied by Jensen Tuna.”Patients reported symptom onset between Jan 8 and Mar 20 of this year. Ill people range in age from 29 to 85 years, with a median age of 40, and 54% are female, the CDC said.North Dakota and Washington state each recorded four cases, with Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and New York each recording one case.”Consumers who order sushi made with raw tuna, including ‘spicy tuna,’ should ask the restaurant or grocery store if the tuna is from Jensen Tuna. If you are not sure if the tuna has been recalled, do not eat it,” the CDC said.Third Salmonella tuna outbreak in recent yearsThis is the third food-based Salmonella outbreak identified by the CDC this year; earlier outbreaks have been associated with pre-cut melon and ground turkey.In 2018, the CDC confirmed 16 Salmonella food-related outbreaks, which it defines as two or more people getting sick after consuming the same food or drink. In 2017, the CDC tracked four outbreaks linked to imported papayas.The most recent US Salmonella outbreak linked to raw tuna occurred in 2015 and involved 65 cases in 11 states. A much larger Salmonella outbreak sickened 425 people in 28 states in 2012 and involved raw scraped ground tuna products.See also Apr 16 CDC noticeApr 16 FDA updateApr 16 FDA recall noticeCDC Salmonella outbreak pagelast_img read more

Africa Battles COVID-19: Riding the wave

first_imgAcross Africa Public transport is an essential service, the sector serves millions of Africans on a daily basis. Transporting goods and passengers to nearly all corners of the continent. But with the corona virus pandemic It is not business as usual, the virus has made the public transport industry re-look at how best to combat the spread of the corona virus.In our on going coverage CGTN takes a look at how the Public transport sector is bracing itself against the covid 19 pandemic.MatatusThe mode of transport popular with majority of Kenyans is, the Matatu. These are public buses, mini buses or vans that ferry passengers and goods across the country. CGTN’s Asta Tall spent a day with a matatu crew on one of the Kenyan routes, she wanted to find out how the Matatu industry is coping.In Kenya, The Government issued stricter rules to govern the public transport sector on how the players will conduct themselves in the wake of the pandemic. During a press conference held on Friday, March 20, held in Nairobi, Kenya’s Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, laid down guidelines that were aimed at reducing congestion in the public service vehicles.“14-seater matatus will carry a maximum of eight passengers; 25-seater vehicles a maximum of 15 passengers, 30 seater vehicles and above to maintain a sixty per cent maximum of sitting capacity,” Kagwe stated.He further informed that the new guidelines issued would similarly extend to the Standard guage Railway (SGR) and commuter trains plying through the country every single day. The CS further added that all the public service operators were expected to clean and disinfect their vehicles at the end of each trip.The Health CS further directed the public transport operators to provide hand sanitizers for passengers.According to Abdi Saddam a route manager in one of the Matatu Saccos in Kenya the outbreak of covid 19 has hit the matatu sector really hard, many passengers are staying at home thus impacting on the bottom-lines of the public transport vehicles.TAXISThe taxi industry are also feeling the pinch. Drivers are a worried the lot as a result of the covid 19 pandemic, the drivers come into contact with millions of passengers and due to the fact that the car is small, the threat of contracting or spreading the virus is real.  Some drivers are avoiding accepting ride request to or from the Airport, they fear the passengers coming or going out of the country are a high risk and thus not worth the money they will make in as much as the airport route is more lucrative for them.RAILWAYSThe Railway sector has not been left behind, Kenya’s flag ship the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) has put in place a raft of measures to ensure that the trains and passengers are safe. According to the management the trains are sprayed daily, in addition, all passengers are screened before they board the train. The screen takes the form of checking the passengers temperature, providing hand sanitizers, providing protective gear for the crew this includes, face masks, gloves, thermometers and hand sanitizers. The management of the GSR has even managed to provide an isolation coach and evacuation protocols just incase a passenger falls sick during the journey.The Kenyan scenario is being replicated in other African countries to try and disrupt the chain of transmission.Related Africa on high alert amid COVID-19 outbreak Togo confirms first COVID-19 casecenter_img Africa Battles COVID-19: Can Africa win the fight?last_img read more

Respon Kisruh Tarif, Maxim Ajak Pengemudi Ojol Kompetitor untuk Bergabung

first_img“Sehingga hal tersebut menjadi keuntungan bersama baik untuk pengemudi ojol maupun pelanggan. Khususnya bagi para pengemudi ojol, order mereka akan menjadi lebih banyak penghasilan mereka pun akan terjamin. Ide kami adalah untuk membuat tarif ojol tersebut lebih adil untuk semua orang, itulah sebabnya tarif bawah dan tarif atas di setiap propinsi, harus menyesuaikan dengan UMR di setiap provinsi,” ujar Maria.Diketahui Maxim menetapkan tarif minimalnya Rp1.850 per kilometer dengan tarif batas atas Rp2.300 per kilometer sesuai dengan aturan. Bedanya di penetapan per empat kilometer awal Maxim menetapkan Rp3.000 sedangkan GoJek dan Grab Rp7.000 hingga Rp10.000Karena hal ini pelanggan GoJek dan Grab memilih untuk berpindah ke yang lebih murah. Maria menambahkan, pihak Maxim sendiri membuka diri untuk para driver dari ojol lain untuk bergabung.“Para pengemudi ojol dari kompetitor yang melakukan aksi protes sebenarnya bisa mendaftar dan bekerja bersama kami,” kata dia.Bahkan dia mengatakan, para pengemudi itu bisa mendapat penghasilan lebih besar bila bergabung dengan Maxim, sehingga tidak perlu melakukan aksi yang merugikan banyak pihak. Maria menambahkan, aksi para pengemudi ojol dari kompetitor lain ini sebenarnya merupakan intimidasi yang tidak dibenarkan secara hukum.“Aksi protes yang mengarah kepada kekerasan, intimidasi sampai persekusi sama sekali tidak dibenarkan,” ujarnya.Sebenarnya, pada 2 September 2019 kemarin, Menteri Perhubungan sudah memberlakukan Keputusan Menteri No.348/2019 tentang tarif ojek online yang terdiri dari tarif langsung dan tak langsung. Tarif langsung ditentukan pemerintah dan tarif tidak langsung oleh aplikator seperti Grab dan Gojek.Baca juga: Resmi, Tarif Ojol Naik di Seluruh Indonesia, Ini Dia Kisarannya!Kemenhub menyusun tarif langsung berdasarkan zonasi:* Zona I (Sumatra, Jawa, Bali kecuali Jabodetabek): Rp1.850 hingga Rp2.300 per km dengan biaya minimal Rp7.000 hingga Rp10.000* Zona II (Jabodetabek): Rp2.000 hingga Rp2.500 per km dengan biaya minimal Rp8.000 hingga Rp10.000* Zona III (Kalimantan, Sulawesi, NTT, Maluku, dan lainnya): Rp2.100 hingga Rp2.600 dengan biaya minimal Rp7.000 hingga Rp10.000Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedBelum Lama di Indonesia, Ojol Maxim Ternyata Berasal dari Rusia19/12/2019In “Basis Aplikasi”Di Tengah Merebaknya Virus Corona, Kemenhub Naikkan Tarif Ojol di Jabodetabek11/03/2020In “Basis Aplikasi”inDriver, Ojol Asal Rusia Hadir di Banjarmasin, Hadirkan Real-Time Deals10/09/2020In “Basis Aplikasi” (kompas.com) Setelah adanya penyegelan yang terjadi terhadap kantor ojek online Maxim, perusahaan ride hailing asal Rusia tersebut akhirnya buka suara masalah tarif murah mereka. Menurut pihak Maxim, tarif yang mereka miliki sudah menguntungkan baik bagi penumpang maupun pengemudi.Baca juga: Belum Lama di Indonesia, Ojol Maxim Ternyata Berasal dari RusiaKabarPenumpang.com mengutip dari cnbcindonesia.com (20/12/2019), humas Maxim Maria Pukhova mengatakan, tarif yang mereka berikan telah dikalkulasi berdasarkan upah pendapatan daerah yang berlaku. Sehingga hal ini membuat Maxim berusaha membantu baik pelanggan maupun driver ojol mendapat layanan yang ramah di kantong.last_img read more

Eagles fall in state championship

first_imgHockey team makes final for first time BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Middletown South hockey coach Stanley Gutt was hoping his team could continue its late-season surge in the NJSIAA Public School B championship against Chatham at the Prudential Center in Newark on March 13 but instead got stuck into something resembling a track meet.“We hadn’t seen anything like this all year,” said Gutt, whose team was moved from the Public School A Division before this season. “They came out and played their style. … They used a stretch pass where the defensemen would feed the puck up to the forwards breaking out and spreading out instead of all of them coming out together. It was like in basketball in the ’80s when the Celtics played the Lakers and when the Lakers came out in their fast break, they couldn’t be beat.”Likewise could be said that day for Chatham, which raced out in numbers and scored off odd man rushes for a 7-3 victory in the first state championship game appearance for both teams. Chatham (21-3) moved out to a 6-0 lead off a fourgoal burst in the second period despite many fine saves by goalkeeper Chris Marsillo and Middletown South (15-8-3) could not catch up. Chris Connor and Tyler Ralph chipped into the lead with goals but it was the closest the Eagles would get. Jason Zimmel scored the Eagles’ final goal.“Their adjustments after the first period were better than ours,” said Gutt, whose team came in with five straight state tournament victories. It was a turnaround for Middletown South, which had lost before that stretch to Howell, 6-4, in the opening round of the Handchen Cup that it had won the two previous years.Chatham’s scoring, which included one power play and one shorthanded goal, tied for the most goals allowed by the Eagles all season (they lost 7- 2 to Red Bank Catholic on Jan. 2). And it was the fewest goals scored by Middletown South going back nine games to a 3-2 victory over Middletown North in the Mayor’s Cup game at the same arena on Feb. 11.“This team was a little faster,” Gutt said. “They had the best line we faced all season. They worked well together.”But Gutt credited his team for battling back in the third period as its trip to the state finals redeemed what looked for a short while like a lost season a month ago when the Eagles, who went on a scoring blitz at the start of the season, had trouble finding the back of the net.Gutt said Marsillo could not be faulted for his play in the net against Chatham. He is one of the five departing seniors off this team, including Zimmel, a forward. The other three are forwards Chris Malamut, Cole Samuels and Nikko Dulli.“I thought he (Marsillo) played well,” said Gutt. “He was peppered with a lot of shots, including 17 in the second period. He did not get the support the way we wanted it.”But there is an expectation for another solid season with the return of junior Connor, the MVP last season who led the team with 47 points and fellow juniors Ralph and Zach England. Juniors NickArcomano, Steve Sangermano and Bill Murphy and sophomoresAdam Gold and Tom Phelan got playing time. As for the goalie next season, junior Shubhro Bose was a solid backup, said Gutt.“I told the players afterward, ‘Remember this place. Remember the hard work and what got you here,’” Gutt said.The defense has been solid throughout the season, allowing 60 goals in 25 games before the championship game and is intact for next season with juniors Jimmy Burns, Matt Littenberg, Brian Walsh and Matt Himmelberg and sophomore Cole Ditzel.last_img read more

Dalton Myers | Wanted: More awareness of JAIP

first_imgI’ve always believed that the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Plan (JAIP) was a very good initiative by the Government that is geared at developing sport in Jamaica. It therefore bothers me that ever since the launch and implementation of the programme in 2016, several ministry officials, including the Minister of Sports, Olivia Grange, have had to publicly urge athletes to be part of the plan. In 2015, Cabinet approved the Insurance plan to provide more than 1,000 athletes across all sports with group health as well as life and personal accident insurance. The plan was then launched at the Office of the Prime Minister in 2016. At the time, the Government outlined that Guardian Insurance would provide group health insurance for 1,323 athletes from approximately 28 national sports associations that were registered with the JAIP. The Government also indicated that as part of the plan, Allied Insurance Brokers, through Sagicor, would provide personal accident insurance. You can understand then why it bothers me that the Government has had to be pleading with member associations to have their athletes apply to this plan particularly because medical expenses have been among the major challenges for Jamaican athletes, especially amateurs trying to make it to the professional level. Lack of medical support leads to issues with athlete-injury management and injury prevention as well as creates psychological barriers for athletes when they are then not able to train and compete at their best . Sadly, many athletes are still not aware of the plan, and in some cases, are ignorant of the benefits. In April 2018, Director of Sport Policy in the ministry Suzette Ison, speaking at the ‘More than an Athlete: Not Just a Player’ symposium, mentioned that many athletes were still not aware of the programme. She encouraged all athletes to check with their national associations to ascertain registration status. She even said that once an athlete was on the development squad or the national team, he/she should be registered so as to be eligible for the plan. Grange has made similar comments over the past six months, even suggesting that associations need to find ways to get athletes on board. In a space where we argue that Government is not doing enough, I would want to believe that any support given would be taken up by athletes and their support personnel. The interesting thing is that ever so often, we see or hear of athletes who meet the criteria for the JAIP but have not applied, seeking financial support from the Government or the general public. The minister wants more athletes registered in the plan, especially since her Government had seen the importance of the project and continued to fund it through the National Health Fund, the Sports Development Foundation, CHASE, and the Tourism Enhancement Fund for over $60 million. INDUSTRY CHALLENGES This is part of a broader issue, though, and speaks to some of the challenges we have in this country in building our sports industry. Some athletes do not opt into the plan because they already have personal plans or coverage through their tertiary institutions, et cetera. Others don’t because they believe being part of it equates to being “controlled” or bonded by the Government. Others are told by support personnel not to apply for various reasons. The other challenge is that some athletes genuinely are not aware of the benefits because their support personnel themselves are not familiar with those benefits. Lastly, some athletes genuinely believe that any sport benefit is for track and field and other ‘traditional’ sports and not for those in the other disciplines. Maybe greater public awareness is needed so that we can get more persons on board. I think the ministry should conduct some focus groups to ascertain the reasons for athletes not taking up this opportunity. They should also host more forums and workshops while working closely with the Jamaica Olympic Association and the Sports Development Foundation to get more support from national sporting associations for the JAIP. We have several athletes whose careers were cut short due to the inability to source funding to manage an injury. I hope this urging by the Government will be helpful. – Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to [email protected] or tweet @daltonsmyerslast_img read more