Two top-ranking Democrats in the U.S. Senate are asking the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate Florida’s CONNECT unemployment website.Many Floridians still have not received a pay out on their unemployment claims.In a letter to the department’s inspector general sent Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, wrote that Florida’s failures stand out even among other states that have struggled to pay their out-of-work residents.“While all states have seen record increases in the number of its residents applying for unemployment,” their letter states, “the state of Florida’s performance has proved uniquely poor in its abject inability to assist millions of Florida residents who have applied for and continue to await unemployment benefits.Accordingly, we ask that you immediately begin an audit and investigation into the Department of Labor’s oversight of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (FLDEO) failure to efficiently process unemployment insurance claims and deliver benefit payments during an economic crisis and the persistent, critical flaws in the state’s unemployment systems. While all states have seen record increases in the number of its residents applying for unemployment, the state of Florida’s performance has proved uniquely poor in its abject inability to assist millions of Florida residents who have applied for and continue to await unemployment benefits”Read the letter here.The letter goes on to read: “Drastic improvements are needed, and it is unclear what steps are being taken immediately to mitigate the possibility of future failures in (Florida’s) unemployment processing system.”The inspector general does not have to honor the senators’ request.Since all the problems with the CONNECT website a virtual “waiting room” has been added to alleviate the frustrations and to service up to 80,000 people at a time rather than 1,000.
0Shares0000England International Theo Walcott with team-mates arriving at JKIA on Saturday morning. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 – English Premier League side Everton FC are set to feel the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani pitch at 5pm today (Saturday) on the eve of their grand friendly match against Kenyan side Kariobangi Sharks slated for Sunday.Everton led by England forward Theo Walcott arrived in the country on Saturday morning aboard the giant chartered Airbus A340 private jet ahead of their historic first tour in Kenya. Also, in the squad led by their manager Marco Silva, are Morgan Schneiderlin, Andre Silva, Oumar Niasse, Ademola Lookman and Jonas Lossl among others.Decked in a black tracksuit and blue jacket, Silva who is leading a team to play for in Africa for the first time led his side to disembark from the plane before the players, technical staff and officials were ushered into the country by a traditional dancing troupe, Sarakasi Dancers.“We are glad to be back to East Africa for the second time and our match with Kariobangi Sharks will pave way for our pre-season tour that started this week. We look forward to the game tomorrow (Sunday) which we hope to enjoy,” Everton seasoned left back, Leighton Baines told SportPesa News.Cognisant on the lengthy journey from Liverpool, the Blues were whisked away to their hotel in a convoy of 25 vehicles shortly after their arrival that was covered live on local television and social media to underline the stature of the majestic event.Kenya has been a buzz about the tour of the Blues to the country since January when Sharks earned the right to host then in Nairobi after beating local rivals Bandari FC 1-0 in the final of the 2019 SportPesa Cup.The official confirmation of the fixture in May set in motion an elaborate sequence of planning and events as technology and entertainment business, SportPesa partnered with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to turn the tour dubbed Everton In Kenya into reality.Walcott interestEngland International Theo Walcott (R) with team-mates arriving at JKIA on Saturday morning. Photo/COURTESYNow, Kenyan football lovers can finally believe they have a chance to watch the stars they have followed with keen devotion take on the best of the EPL on home soil with the 60,000-seater MISC Kasarani expected to fill up to witness from close quarters what Everton is all about.-Everton in Kenyan squad-Maarten StekelenburgJonas LosslMason HolgateLewis GibsonMorgan SchneiderlinDennis AdeniranTom DaviesTheo WalcottAdemola LookmanLeighton BainesAndre GomesOumar NiasseRyan AstleyCallum ConnollyMorgan FeeneyAntonee RobinsonBeni BaningimeJoe WilliamsNathan BroadheadFraser HornbyJosh BowlerNathangelo Markelo-By SportPesaNews-0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)
LANCASTER – Work is expected to begin this spring on a $3.2 million parking lot that is the first in a series of projects aimed at preparing Antelope Valley College for bigger enrollment. The project will add about 1,000 parking spaces at the campus’ north end to relieve chronic parking congestion. The project is in design and college officials hope to put it out for bids around April. “In April or May we will start the project,” said Doug Jensen, the college’s director of facilities and campus development. “It will take about four months to complete.” The project is the first funded under a $139 million bond measure approved by Antelope Valley voters in 2004. The bond will fund projects aimed at updating the Lancaster campus, which has several buildings more than 40 years old, and to start the initial development of a Palmdale campus. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The overhaul is needed, college officials said, to accommodate enrollment expected nearly to double to more than 23,000 students by the year 2015. AVC officials said preliminary design work is in progress on an $8.9 million complex that will house a new operations and maintenance building, a warehouse and new greenhouses for agriculture courses. The operations and maintenance building is considered a top priority in part because the existing building is located where the college plans to build a $27.7 million health and science building. The health and science building will be funded with state funds, provided that California voters approve an upcoming statewide bond, and a matching contribution from the local bond revenue. The building has a tentative completion date of 2011. The health and science building will include 44,000 square feet for labs and classrooms to support biological sciences and physical sciences, including a planetarium. An additional 21,000 square feet will be dedicated to the health sciences including nursing, emergency medical services, surgical, cardiovascular and radiologic technology. Also in line for state funding is a new 400-seat theater. The building could also double as a large lecture hall.