Daily Archives: Sep 1, 2019

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders proposed a plan on Saturday to cancel $81 billion in existing past-due medical debt for Americans, but offered no details on how it would be financed.

    Sanders, an independent U.S. senator from Vermont, said in a statement that under his plan, the government would negotiate and pay off past-due medical bills that have been reported to credit agencies. The proposal, he said, would also repeal some elements of the 2005 Bankruptcy reform bill and allow other existing and future medical debt to be discharged.

    “In the United States of America, your financial life and future should not be destroyed because you or a member of your family gets sick,” said Sanders. “That is unacceptable. I am sick and tired of seeing over 500,000 Americans declare bankruptcy each year because they cannot pay off the outrageous cost of a medical emergency or a hospital stay.”

    According to Sanders, medical debt is the leading cause of consumer bankruptcy, with more than half a million Americans filing due to medical expenses each year. He said the 2005 Bankruptcy reform bill made it difficult to discharge medical debt by imposing strict means tests and eliminated fundamental consumer protections for Americans.

    “It also trapped families with medical debt in long-term poverty, mandated that they pay for credit counseling before filing for bankruptcy, and increased the need for expensive legal services when filing a case for medical bankruptcy,” the senator said.

    Sanders is seeking the Democratic nomination, along with more than a dozen other candidates, for the right to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020.

    Reporting By Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Dan Grebler

      TITUSVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) – Hurricane Dorian became the strongest storm in modern records to hit the northwestern Bahamas and is expected to pound the islands with up to two days of torrential rain, high waves and damaging winds as parts of Florida evacuated before it took aim at the U.S. mainland.

      The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Dorian was over Abaco as a Category 5 storm on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour (285 km per hour) and gusts of more than 200 mph (322 kph).

      Millions of people from Florida to North Carolina were bracing to see whether Dorian avoids a U.S. landfall and, as predicted, veers north into the Atlantic Ocean after hitting the Bahamas. Even a glancing blow from one of the strongest storms ever to menace Florida could bring torrential rains and damaging winds, and “a Florida landfall is still a distinct possibility,” the Miami-based NHC warned.

      Bahamas residents reported trees snapping and docks being destroyed before the brunt of the storm arrived. The pummeling was expected to last for hours as the hurricane slowed to just 1 mph, “prolonging its catastrophic effects,” the NHC said.

      On Great Guana Cay, just off Great Abaco Island, waves began washing over low-lying parts of the tiny 9-mile (14-km) strand of land that is only about a quarter-mile wide by mid-morning, resident Tom Creenan said.

      Although some residents left for Nassau and elsewhere days ago, some 200 to 300 are riding out the storm on Great Guana Cay, where power was already out and forecasters are predicting up to 2 feet (61 cm) of rain and 23-foot (7-meter) storm surges.

      “The other day the prime minister came out and said everybody in Abaco should leave,” Creenan said by phone. “But there’s no place to go.”

      “This is the strongest hurricane that’s ever hit in the Bahamas,” Creenan said. “I grew up in Florida, so I’ve been through Andrew.”

      Hurricane Andrew slammed into eastern Florida in 1992 as a category 5 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, obliterating the town of Homestead.

      That state was taking no chances with Dorian and four Florida counties, including Palm Beach County, issued mandatory evacuations for some residents, including those in mobile homes, on barrier islands and in low-lying areas. Other coastal counties have announced voluntary evacuations.

      U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Sunday that the storm would likely impact the eastern seaboard from Florida to North Carolina.

      “Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever,” he wrote on Twitter.

      The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is moving food, water and generators into the southeastern United States, said acting Administrator Peter Gaynor.

      “When it comes to response, we are more than ready to deal with anything that Dorian delivers us this year, or any other storm that may come this season,” he told CNN.

      Meanwhile, a new tropical storm has formed southwest of Mexico and is expected to become a hurricane on Monday. Tropical Storm Juliette is 455 miles (735 km) from Manzanillo, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph), the NHC said on Sunday.

      Reporting by Gabriella Borter in Titusville; Additional reporting by Peter Szekely in New York and Zachary Fagenson in Jacksonsville; Writing by Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Dale Hudson and Daniel Wallis

       

      BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM, INC.      

      BUFFALO EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING CENTER

      77 Goodell Street ¨ Buffalo, New York 14203

      Phone: (716) 856-JOBS (5627) ¨ Fax: (716) 856-5670 ¨www.workforcebuffalo.org

      WHATS GOING on in

      Place: BETC – 77 Goodell Street, Buffalo, New York 14203

      Child and Family Services hiring for various positions

      Child and Family Services is a private, not-for-profit human service organization, which provides comprehensive services to families and individuals through prevention, intervention, education and advocacy. The agency has a 140-year history of providing services to Western New York’s children and families, and remains one of the nation’s largest family service organizations.

      A moment of help. A lifetime of hope.

      To view the complete job description and apply on line, please visit www.cfsbny.org

       

      Employment Opportunities

      GPI has an exciting, entry-level opening for an Assistant Team Leader Trainee to be assigned to our recently awarded, two-year NYSDOT Overhead Sign Structure Inspection Contract. The objective of this position is to increase the proficiency of minority, women and economically disadvantaged individuals through on-the-job training.

      GPI is an employee-owned, consulting engineering, planning, survey, mapping, construction management and inspection firm that specializes in the innovative development, design and construction of infrastructure and building systems. More information about GPI can be found at www.gpinet.com

      Prospective candidates for this position should meet the following minimum credentials:

      1. Associates Degree in Civil or Structural Technology from an accredited school.
      2. Ability to work comfortably close to expressway traffic.
      3. Ability to work comfortably in aerial bucket platforms and while climbing at heights up to 20 feet (while wearing a fall protection harness).
      4. Ability to work under adverse weather conditions.
      5. Corrected visual acuity of at least 20/40.
      6. Ability to follow instructions and record field notes.
      7. A valid NYS driving license

      During the 2-year trainee term, it is expected that the trainee will gain the experience necessary to qualify as a NYSDOT sign structure inspection Assistant Team Leader.

      This assignment will include some night work and may include overnight travel. It is expected that 90% of the field work will be performed within the boundaries of NYSDOT Regions 4 (Rochester), 5 (Buffalo) and 6 (Hornell).

      Women, minority, disadvantaged and veteran candidates are encouraged to apply.

      Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and a copy of their academic credentials to:

      William A. Doughty, P.E.

      c/o Greenman Pedersen, Inc.

      400 Andrews St, Suite 610

      Rochester, NY 14604 wdoughty@gpinet.com

       

        

      SUPPORTIVE SERVICES CORPORATION 

      IS HIRING

      Position: Weatherization Laborer

      Job Information:

      Minimum Education: High School Diploma

      Experience Required: 2+ years, or willing to train

      License Required: NYS Driver’s License

      Training: will train

      Salary: $28,808, full time, day shift, plus great benefit package

      Job Description:

      Removal of siding and drilling holes in exterior sheeting; blowing cellulose insulation in sidewall cavities and attics; air sealing attic and basement bypasses with caulk, form, tin and cellulose board; installation of carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors and compact fluorescent light bulbs.

      Repair of drywall ceilings and walls.

      Company Information:

      Supportive Services Corporation

      201 St. Mary’s Place, Lancaster, NY 14086

      Non-profit organization operating free employment services to job seekers age 55+ residing in Erie County; also operates free weatherization services to income eligible home owners/renters residing in Erie County outside the City of Buffalo.

      Application Information:

      Instructions: Email or Fax Resume to Chris Wiktor

      Email: cw@supportiveservices.org

      by Fax: 716-685-2601

      SUPPORTIVE SERVICES CORPORATION 

      IS HIRING

      Position: Weatherization Crew Chief

      Job Information:

      Minimum Education: High School Diploma

      Experience Required: 3+ years

      License Required: NYS Driver’s License

      Training: BPI Level 1 Building Analyst will be provided

      Salary: $35,069, full time, day shift, plus great benefit package

      Job Description:

      Installing windows and/or doors; Removal of siding and drilling holes in exterior sheeting; blowing cellulose insulation in sidewall cavities and attics; air sealing attic and basement bypasses with caulk, form, in and cellulose board; installation of carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors and compact fluorescent light bulbs; repair of drywall ceilings and walls. Responsible for completing paperwork related to work/inventory used; responsible for reporting any issues, incidents or accidents to the Production Manager and Contruction Manager; responsible for overseeing and organizing all work completed by their crew.

      Company Information:

      Supportive Services Corporation

      201 St. Mary’s Place, Lancaster, NY 14086

      Non-profit organization operating free employment services to job seekers age 55+ residing in Erie County; also operates free weatherization services to income eligible home owners/renters residing in Erie County outside the City of Buffalo.

      Application Information:

      Instructions: Email or Fax Resume to Chris Wiktor

      Email: cw@supportiveservices.org

      by Fax: 716-685-2601

       

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