LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply By John Haughey | The Center Square Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear TAGSCOVID-19Florida Department of Economic OpportunityHighlightsSenator Marco RubioSenator Rick ScottStimulus BillThe Center SquareUnemployment Benefits Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleDept. of Health in Orange Co. receives first shipment of 16,000 Moderna vaccine doses Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 As many as 650,000 Floridians, including an estimated 500,000 whose state unemployment benefits have expired, could receive federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments between Christmas and the new year.Congress passed a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill Monday night, with only six “no” votes in the Senate, including Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott.Highlights of the stimulus include $120 billion for PUA unemployment benefits through March 14; $166 billion in payments of $600 to individuals making up to $75,000 per year and $600 per dependent child; and $284 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides forgivable loans businesses can use to meet payroll and not lay off workers.e renewed PUA benefits – 11 weeks of an additional $300 – should kick in for Floridians by Sunday.According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO), an estimated 651,000 Floridians are unemployed but only about 135,000 were claiming state benefits through last week.As many as a half-million Floridians have seen their 12 weeks of $275 state unemployment payouts expire. The 12 weeks of eligibility is the nation’s shortest, and the $275 weekly payout is the fifth-lowest in the U.S.With no federal assistance for state and local governments in the package, Florida lawmakers may be forced to ponder significant cuts to the state’s current budget and its fiscal year 2022 budget when they convene March 2.The state received $5.8 billion from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March to address budget concerns.State economists projected in August a $5.4 billion shortfall for the next two fiscal years, but on Monday, they trimmed an estimated $2.7 billion shortfall in fiscal 2022 shortfall by $2.1 billion after documenting better-than-expected sales and corporate income taxes through year’s end.According to the updated projections, Florida’s general revenue fund, the state’s primary source of discretionary spending, will accrue $32.5 billion this fiscal year and $34.3 billion in fiscal 2022, which still is a combined $3.3 billion less than pre-pandemic estimates.House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate President Wilton Simpson, who is recovering from COVID-19, said the revised projections are good news, but there’s still plenty of bad news awaiting lawmakers in 2021“By any measure, the significant gains reflected in [Monday’s] estimate do not negate the many difficult challenges we will face as we craft a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, or that families and businesses across our state are facing as we all continue to battle COVID-19,” said Simpson, R-Trilby. “We know all too well that these estimates can change in a heartbeat; therefore, the Senate will continue to proceed with caution.”Florida’s senior U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who chairs the Senate Small Business Committee and was pivotal in crafting the renewed $284 billion PPP, praised the new stimulus package.“Restaurants, live venues and small local chambers should finally be on the way,” Rubio said.Scott said he voted against the bill because “Washington is broken” and it “is almost 5,600 pages long.”“This crisis has devastated American small businesses and American workers, and I support many of the COVID-related provisions to boost small businesses, prevent further layoffs and enhance unemployment assistance – provisions necessary because of the recklessness of the Chinese Communist Party and the overzealous shutdowns by politicians here in America who do not know what it is like to struggle for money or for work,” Scott said.Scott spearheaded opposition to state and local government aid in the package.“States do not need bailouts; they want bailouts so they can use the money – intended to address the fallout from COVID – to plug the long-standing holes in their budgets and pension systems,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.” Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Environmental racismA town hall meeting was held March 24 at Talento Bilingue de Houston to address East End community concerns about the petrochemical fire. A panel of county and national politicians, local attorneys, Houston’s fire chief and a doctor fielded questions. Residents voiced concerns that environmental racism, fueled by profits for petrochemical companies, repeatedly affects people of color in close proximity to oil refineries.Frustrations with frequent school closings along “borders” of different school districts were also raised. One East End mother Norma Mottu said, “Air has no border.” Concern was expressed for undocumented folks affected who are too afraid to get help.The meeting centered on the physical effects of the massive, dark, chemical cloud that lingered over the city for three days. Residents described irritated eyes and throats. One noted loss of appetite and vomiting, as well as long wait times at doctors who were checking vital signs without taking blood or urine samples. Internal medicine practitioner Dr. Rupa Nalam, referencing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), confirmed what many of the residents already knew to be true about the effects of cancer-causing benzene released by the fire. Dr. Nalam said the immediate effects of exposure include drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, irritation of eyes and throat, rapid or irregular heartbeat and vomiting. Longer-term effects of high exposure include bone marrow damage and leukemia.Houston-based lawyer Benny Agosto Jr. advised residents to get documentation for their symptoms. He informed people that if they do file a claim directly with ITC, they would be signing away their right to seek compensation in the future.Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña explained that Deer Park was outside of Houston’s jurisdiction, but that he was providing resources and aid to the first responders despite massive budget and personnel cuts that the Fire Department is facing. Arbitrary borders and power distributions between governing bodies have already proven inadequate in preventing these man-made disasters from happening, though those on the panel seemed for the most part to be working hard on present responses.However, when pressed with concerns about water contamination, longterm legislative moves and legal recourse for undocumented people, responses were unsatisfying. One young woman named Kelly questioned Fire Chief Peña about whether the foam used to put out the fire had contaminated the water. She also challenged the Houston Independent School District Board member on the panel, noting, “I do want to remind everybody that (HISD Trustee) Sergio Lira voted twice to privatize four HISD schools. So take whatever he has to say about caring about children with a grain of salt.”Kelly also voiced concern about the longterm effect of pollutants, given that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has fined less than 10 percent of violations in the city of Houston, home to 4,200 chemical tanks. She also noted that refineries built over 30 years ago were not designed to withstand natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey, which was fueled by climate change.After the town hall, folks were urged to fill out anonymous health questionnaires to be compiled and presented to the County Commissioners meeting on March 26. Community-based Bayou Action Street Health offered services, including distribution of shelter-in-place kits and accompanying and advocating for undocumented folks with health-related appointments. The owners and operators of two food trucks fed firefighters before the flames were put out. The gaps left by governing bodies were filled in by community members ready to see ITC held accountable.The capitalist system of profits over people was the cause of the fire by ITC, a company that has continuously violated laws and the environment. It is up to grassroots people to organize and demand that not only are laws followed, but those corporations which violate the law, violate our health and violate the environment are penalized or shut down. Mothers shouldn’t live in fear that their children’s health is in constant jeopardy. Kids shouldn’t have to be separated from parents and sent to live with relatives in other cities to avoid pollutants. No one without insurance should have to pay thousands of dollars for health care due to ITC’s negligence. We need reparations. Everyone in the Houston metro area should be given free doctors’ appointments so they can find out what this disaster has done to their health and then be compensated for all health issues by ITC. If we lived in a just society, that would be a given.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Twitter Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ ReddIt Colin Post Facebook + posts ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Previous articleBlanket Coverage Podcast – Episode 111 (NFL Week 16 Preview, Pre-Christmas CBB/NBA Preview, Picks)Next articleBlanket Coverage Podcast – Episode 112 (Week 16 Recap, Week 17 Preview, NBA Christmas Recap) Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ printThe Frogs shot just over 30 percent as a team in the loss to the Musketeers. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Despite center Kevin Samuel’s seventh double-double of the season, TCU men’s basketball was outmatched by Xavier on Sunday, falling 67-59 to the Musketeers at home.Samuel finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the loss.Things did not start well for the Horned Frogs. Xavier made seven of their first 11 shots, jumping out to a 15-4 lead just six minutes into the game.This set a precedent for the rest of the half, as the closest TCU would get was seven from there.The Frogs shot just 29.6 percent from the floor as a team in the first 20 minutes, while the Musketeers shot 59.3 percent during that time.TCU trailed 38-27 at the halftime break. A lone bright spot for the Frogs in the first half was Samuel, who recorded nine points on 3-for-3 shooting to go with four boards.Things only got worse for TCU in the second half. Xavier came out of the locker room out strong, spouting off on an 8-0 run to take full control.The Musketeers hit a layup to go up 61-39 with 7:14 left in the game, grabbing their biggest lead of the afternoon and all but sealing a loss for the Frogs.TCU would find some life, ending the game on a 20-6 run. This sequence included four made three-pointers by the Frogs. Nevertheless, this offensive production would prove to come too late for TCU, and they dropped to 8-3 on the season.Guard Desmond Bane finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in the loss. Senior Edric Dennis added 12 points of his own.Up next, the Frogs will face George Mason at home in their final non-conference game of the season. Tipoff in Schollmaier Arena is scheduled for Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello
Linkedin Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Previous articleWhat we’re reading: U.S. declares public health emergency over coronavirusNext articleTCU to host a mental health panel Drew Mitchell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printWhere to rally if an emergency arises, building maps with safe zones for crises and information about the L.E.S.S. is More campaign are a few of the latest additions to TCU’s Frog Shield app. Photo of Frog Shield Icon Photo Courtesy of Adrian AndrewsThe L.E.S.S. is More campaign, which stands for lockdown, evacuate and seek shelter, launched last semester. The goal is to serve as a helpful tool if a campus crisis occurs. Adrian Andrews, assistant vice chancellor for public safety, said he hopes these additions help reassure students, faculty and staff of everything the police department does to keep them safe. The additions to the app required a six-month process of documentation. The app shows safe zones near every building on campus where students, faculty and staff can go if there is an active shooter. If a fire or a situation that calls for an evacuation occurs, the app shows where the on-campus rally points are. Additionally, there is a video that provides safety tips for moments of crisis. The app is only in English.“We are looking at some other options that will offer us 20 languages to get the alert message out to our community,” Andrews said. Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Safety Adrian Andrews. Photo courtesy of Adrian AndrewsWho uses the app?Although neither the App Store nor the Google Play Store had information on downloads, Andrews said about 4,000 people have downloaded Frog Shield, 3,000 of whom are students. Caleb Ervin, a junior criminal justice major, said he hasn’t downloaded Frog Shield; he believes the app isn’t necessary. Ervin said he thinks the L.E.S.S is More drills should be taught to RAs and hall directors because students will not use the app. However, Andrews said the police department has been doing L.E.S.S. is More drills in every residence hall on campus since the semester started.Ervin said while all three additions serve a purpose, the evacuation and seek shelter protocols are more common sense and shouldn’t have been added.“I feel like because of the event that happened two years ago when I was a freshman, it [lockdown] makes a lot of sense,” Ervin said.Ervin said he has no plans on downloading the Frog Shield app.The Frog Shield app is available for free in the App Store and in the Google Play store. Drew Mitchell Facebook Drew Mitchellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/drew-mitchell/ Drew Mitchellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/drew-mitchell/ ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Landing zones to remain on campus for spring semester Drew Mitchellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/drew-mitchell/ Linkedin Drew Mitchellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/drew-mitchell/ Timeka Gordon influences America’s future leaders Twitter The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life to host eighth annual Crossroads Lecture + posts TCU receives 100 more COVID-19 vaccines ReddIt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Drew Mitchell is a Journalism major with an African American Studies Minor from Arlington, Texas. He has worked on staff for TCU 360 since his freshman year and is currently the Executive Editor of the Skiff, where they design and print a weekly paper for the TCU community.
Life in Fort Worth Marissa Stacy Twitter printThis series of stories examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted systemic issues through the Fault Lines of race, class, gender, generation, geography and sexual orientation. Loading 72%Tyson Fresh Meats plant leads to a spike in COVID-19 cases in one countyCass County, Indiana, had the highest rate of COVID-19 cases per capita in the state.Marissa StacyEmployees leave the Tyson plant in Logansport, Indiana. Source: AP/Michael ConroyEmployees leave the Tyson plant in Logansport, Indiana. Source: AP/Michael ConroyLogansport, Indiana – Cass County sits in Indiana’s corn belt, where acres of black dirt house row upon row of corn and soybeans.But this year, spring planting was eclipsed by the novel coronavirus. This county of 37,000 became a hotspot for COVID-19, shuttering businesses, closings schools and stopping community activities. It also highlighted the fragility of the nation’s food supply chain as the local Tyson Fresh Meat plant became ground zero for the virus. Today, people are back shopping at Walmart, eating at restaurants and planning the 4-H Fair. But there’s no doubt COVID-19 left a mark.The state’s highest rateAt the start of April, nothing looked amiss.Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb had signed Executive Order 20-08 on March 23, requiring Hoosiers to stay at home unless they were deemed an essential worker. Five days later, the federal government declared meat packing plants part of a critical infrastructure that couldn’t shut down during the pandemic. The cases in Cass County were scattered. The outbreak appeared contained. But the virus spread quickly. Within 25 days, there were more than 1,000 cases–many tied to the Tyson plant, just north of the Hoosier Heartland Highway, on the edge of town. The plant closed for two weeks on April 25 after the outbreak affected more than 1,000 of its 2,000 employees. At the time, Cass County had the highest rate of positive COVID-19 cases per amount of people tested in the state. When production resumed May 7, social distancing guidelines were in place, and masks were required.”We’ve taken additional precautions to reassure team members that they are returning to a safe work environment and have made additional changes to continue supporting them during this global health crisis,” Todd Neff, Tyson’s senior vice president of pork, said in a statement. The company doubled bonuses for employees and extended short-term disability coverage to 90% to encourage employees to stay home.The virus underscored the vulnerabilities of working in the meatpacking industry, where workers are already exposed to high noise levels, dangerous equipment, slippery floors, musculoskeletal disorders, and hazardous chemicals including ammonia, which is used as a refrigerant.Employees returned to work with mixed feelings, said Brigid Kelly, communication director for union local (UFCW Local 700). “The people who work at Tyson are people too,” Kelly said. “Everyone wants to be safe and healthy when they go to work and safe and healthy when they come home.”Tyson has now included a mobile health clinic onsite for employees. Temperatures are taken before each employee enters, and they are asked about any other COVID-19 symptoms. Many of Tyson’s employees worked shoulder to shoulder preparing meat for local grocers, making social distancing difficult.Read more: Nebraska meatpacking workers vulnerable to COVID-19Precautions began to be put in place even before the shutdown, and others were added after production resumed. These include disposable masks daily, plexiglass barriers in common areas, a tent outdoors for breaks and the hiring of social distancing monitors.Kelly said Tyson has been continuing to update its safety precautions as more are needed. “It was a continuing effort as we learned more,” Kelly said. “Originally there started to be different protocols starting at the beginning of March. It’s really been a continuous improvement process because as we know more and learn more about best practices then we are better able to figure out what we need to best accommodate folks.”Kelly said the employees had access to additional pay during the shutdown.“We were able to work with Tyson so that our members had access to additional pay and also continue to because if you go into work in dangerous conditions, especially conditions that are more dangerous than normal, you deserve to be appropriately compensated for that,” Kelly said.Town reactionWhile COVID-19 was spreading through the community, Logansport Mayor Chris Martin issued an executive order enforcing stronger guidelines through the community. As the cases spiked in the rural community, Martin imposed guidelines stricter than the state’s. These included limiting the number of people per family who can enter a retail establishment, requiring masks and not allowing children under the age of 16 to enter retail establishments — all of this with hopes to help protect his community.”It was definitely different for a lot of us here in Logansport,” Martin said. “It was a concern for the citizens, of course, with the rise in cases, and as government officials, we didn’t know exactly what to do. We used the best knowledge that we had at that point.” City officials don’t blame Tyson for the spike in cases. “You can’t point fingers,” Martin said. “This was more of an effort, as far as precautions go, that Tyson was taking back in February.”Tyson’s official statement says it has been working on precautions since January when it started an official coronavirus task force.”While Tyson Foods is working with local officials to protect team members during this ever-changing situation, the company takes its responsibility seriously to continue feeding people across the country during this global health pandemic,” according to the statement. Other county officials echoed the mayor, saying Tyson was not at fault for the outbreak. “It’s not just Tyson,” said Ryan Browning, the Cass County commissioner. “It was the processing plant industry as a whole.”The community is still working on getting back on track from the initial spike in late April. As the curve has begun to flatten, they are still seeing new cases.As of July 8, there were 1,642 positive cases and nine deaths, according to coronavirus.in.gov.Browning said people are still careful when they go out in the community and follow CDC guidelines. “People need to not let their guard down,” Browning said.Martin asked all those who have symptoms to wear a mask.”That’s one of the most important things you can do [wearing a mask] as a citizen is to protect the entire city,” Martin said. TopBuilt with Shorthand COVID-19 vaccination site at TCU opens for second weekend Honeycutt claims strong support, wins SGA top spot Marissa Stacy is a journalism major from Indianapolis, Indiana. Marissa enjoys traveling to new places, spending time with friends and finding great places to eat around Fort Worth. 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Twitter NewsLocal NewsCity’s burial records go on internetBy admin – June 4, 2009 585 LIMERICK CITY Council become the first local authority in the country to place its burial registers online when it launched the new service on its website this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Burial records for the city’s largest cemetery, Mount Saint Lawrence, dating back more than 150 years, are now available for the public to view over the internet.Medrex Systems a microfilm business owned by Anton O’Carroll were given the task to microfilm the records and then to convert them into digital format.It is now possible to access a copy of the original handwritten entries of burials in Mount Saint Lawrence cemetery from 1855 onwards on Limerick City Council’s website www.limerick.iePhotographed are Flan Haskett, superintendent Cemeteries, Jackie Hayes, City archivist and Cllr John Gilligan, Mayor of Limerick at the launch of the online register at Mount St Lawrence cemetery. Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp Print Facebook Email Previous articleTeen charged with Crawford murderNext articleCall to end revolving door system admin
The addition of iron to high- nutrient, low- chlorophyll regions induces phytoplankton blooms that take up carbon(1-3). Carbon export from the surface layer and, in particular, the ability of the ocean and sediments to sequester carbon for many years remains, however, poorly quantified(3). Here we report data from the CROZEX experiment(4) in the Southern Ocean, which was conducted to test the hypothesis that the observed north – south gradient in phytoplankton concentrations in the vicinity of the Crozet Islands is induced by natural iron fertilization that results in enhanced organic carbon flux to the deep ocean. We report annual particulate carbon fluxes out of the surface layer, at three kilometres below the ocean surface and to the ocean floor. We find that carbon fluxes from a highly productive, naturally iron-fertilized region of the sub- Antarctic Southern Ocean are two to three times larger than the carbon fluxes from an adjacent high-nutrient, low- chlorophyll area not fertilized by iron. Our findings support the hypothesis that increased iron supply to the glacial sub- Antarctic may have directly enhanced carbon export to the deep ocean(5). The CROZEX sequestration efficiency(6) ( the amount of carbon sequestered below the depth of winter mixing for a given iron supply) of 8,600 mol mol(-1) was 18 times greater than that of a phytoplankton bloom induced artificially by adding iron(7), but 77 times smaller than that of another bloom(8) initiated, like CROZEX, by a natural supply of iron. Large losses of purposefully added iron can explain the lower efficiency of the induced bloom(6). The discrepancy between the blooms naturally supplied with iron may result in part from an underestimate of horizontal iron supply.