Vermont to get $14 million from 2011 Trade Adjustment Assistance initial funding allocations

first_imgThe US Department of Labor has announced initial funding allocations for Trade Adjustment Assistance for states to assist workers who lose their jobs due to outsourcing and foreign trade. Vermont will get nearly $14 million to cover jobs lost to foreign competition. This announcement includes two funding levels for states under the program: one under the current, expanded level of authorized funding, and one at a reduced level that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2011, if Congress fails to renew the expanded TAA program authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. If the expanded program is not renewed, states stand to lose approximately $267 million in initial allocations, and thousands of workers could be excluded from the program. Additional reserve funding would be lost as well.”The Recovery Act has allowed us to serve more Americans through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, giving workers access to essential services in a time of need,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “Returning TAA to pre-expansion funding levels and eligibility guidelines would leave a staggering number of workers in states across the country without access to this important program.”TAA provides workers with the opportunity to obtain the skills, resources and support needed to gain re-employment. Funds are used to provide career training, employment and case management services, and to pay for associated administrative costs. States will receive funds according to these allocations once the department receives its fiscal year 2011 congressional appropriation.The Recovery Act included a major expansion and reform of the TAA program, and authorized an increase in the maximum amount of TAA funds that may be used for training nationwide, from $220 million to $575 million. If Congress does not renew the expanded program before Jan. 1, 2011, funding will revert to pre-Recovery Act levels, and service industry workers will no longer be covered by the program.Funds announced today are the initial allocations for fiscal year 2011 for both the expanded and reduced levels. The remaining funds are being held in reserve by the Labor Department for distribution as needed throughout the year.  Kansas$1,397,111$743,098 Missouri$13,408,136$5,651,273 Vermont$873,842$528,898 StateTotal FY 2011 TAA Initial Allocation $575 Million Training Level*Total FY 2011 TAA Initial Allocation $220 Million Training Level* Colorado$3,690,552$1,565,884 New Mexico$3,129,322$1,420,353 Nebraska$1,159,748$716,459 Missouri7,4582,77137.15% Delaware$616,408$481,944 Georgia$10,127,786$4,466,586 Montana61627644.81% District of Columbia$0$0 Indiana15,0162,96919.77% Idaho$6,139,516$2,645,829 Illinois$16,828,636$6,776,605 Total$446,962,500$180,200,000 Arizona8,3724,83257.72% New Hampshire$1,462,784$770,937 New Mexico2,4001,55864.92% Louisiana$1,977,091$959,206 Virginia9,3923,99742.56% Maryland$976,878$603,513 Iowa4,1191,32332.12% Montana$3,461,566$1,454,567 U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov(link is external).  The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office upon request.  Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.  The Labor Department is committed to providing America’s employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations.  For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance(link is external). Wisconsin$18,656,325$7,755,725 Nebraska1,15472462.74% South Dakota92535037.84% Michigan$57,129,772$21,353,658 Nevada$502,420$0 Connecticut3,0661,76257.47% DC000 Wyoming4600.00% New York$11,329,275$4,189,378 North Carolina$39,199,147$16,295,004 Georgia4,6821,51132.27% Ohio$26,862,367$9,191,913 Arkansas3,50771720.44% Delaware1,27680.63% Pennsylvania$22,116,022$9,410,643 North Carolina17,3738,73150.26% North Dakota905905100.00% South Carolina$12,569,797$5,602,451 Hawaii4343100.00% Texas$15,077,456$6,208,649 New York10,4155,40151.86% Indiana$23,734,414$9,085,254 Wyoming$0$0 Texas16,65510,00960.10% Virginia$9,750,747$3,715,915 Louisiana1,661663.97% Florida5,4472,39844.02% Alaska$541,773$0 U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov(link is external).  The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audiotape or disc) from the COAST office upon request.  Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.  The Labor Department is committed to providing America’s employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations.  For more information, please visit http://www.dol.gov/compliance(link is external). Florida$3,375,973$1,269,050 Meanwhile, Solis today issued the following statement on the extension of the expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance program:”Last year, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress made the wise decision to expand Trade Adjustment Assistance eligibility to service sector workers adversely impacted by trade.  Prior to that, the program focused solely on workers in the manufacturing sector.  The expanded program offers a crucial lifeline to many working families whose breadwinners lost their jobs through no fault of their own.  “In fact, between May 2009 and the end of September, more than 155,000 Americans who may have otherwise been ineligible for assistance were certified to receive the income support and training that they desperately needed.  TAA benefits can help participants keep food on the table for their families, and training ensures they are prepared for new employment opportunities.  “Unless Congress takes action, however, the expanded TAA program will expire at the end of 2010.  That could leave a great many trade-impacted workers across the country without needed support and services.  And it would undermine the progress we are making as a nation toward economic recovery.”It also merits underscoring that those who receive TAA have lost jobs through no fault of their own and many are actively pursuing training for new careers. In other words, these are experienced workers, firmly committed to putting in the effort to get back on their feet. As a group, they have strong work records, and they are a tremendous asset to our economy. Continuing to help them gain the skills needed to enter good jobs contributes to the overall health of our economy, and it just makes sense.”As this issue comes to a head over the coming weeks, federal legislators will have an important choice to make.  I urge them to keep in mind that America’s families still need our help, to make the responsible decision and to extend the expanded TAA program.  It is also my hope that Congress acts on our no-cost technical fixes to the TAA Community College and Career Training Program that will help this new program succeed and benefit a broader population of unemployed workers.” Utah$3,765,926$1,529,840center_img Nevada873439.08% Oklahoma$3,218,115$1,644,148 Alaska33100.00% West Virginia$4,537,397$1,975,437 Mississippi$3,455,817$1,438,379 South Dakota$1,955,398$802,322 Illinois18,5816,06732.65% Oregon11,3615,82851.30% Oregon$15,804,810$5,794,776 New Jersey$3,895,246$1,949,997 Colorado3,0692,33075.92% Tennessee12,1283,15826.04% Idaho1,9711,48975.55% Iowa$7,258,088$2,439,507 Minnesota$8,244,122$3,133,521 Maryland97159961.69% Puerto Rico$488,909$0 North Dakota$653,372$0 Kentucky8,0873,25240.21% *Includes training, administrative and case management funds Ohio31,4657,74324.61% Kentucky$11,628,652$4,678,271 Vermont89328431.80% Michigan45,33013,29629.33% Kansas1,55495061.13% Mississippi2,49291336.64% Massachusetts$8,977,944$4,130,816 Utah3,2682,18666.89% Rhode Island$3,208,666$1,463,611 California23,67816,22368.52% New Hampshire1,02180178.45% New Jersey5,4654,81788.14% Washington$11,989,030$4,682,929 Minnesota7,2463,45247.64% Connecticut$4,014,079$1,596,745 Hawaii$0$0 Massachusetts8,2285,37565.33% Oklahoma1,6681,36882.01% Alabama$8,754,884$3,539,184 Tennessee$8,317,583$4,003,082 StateTotal Workers Certified Since Recovery Act ExpansionWorkers Covered Under New Provisions Since Recovery Act ExpansionPercent of Workers Under New Provisions Since Recovery Act Expansion Maine2,44677131.52% Arkansas$9,741,945$3,749,887 California$13,135,465$5,724,425 Rhode Island1,20152843.96% Maine$4,789,892$1,782,059 South Carolina7,1273,36247.17% Washington6,3002,01431.97% Pennsylvania22,1527,28832.90% Puerto Rico77900.00% West Virginia3,6022,93281.40% Wisconsin11,9263,82732.09% Arizona$3,032,300$1,278,272 Alabama8,8003,90644.39% Total367,427155,14742.23% Source: U.S. Department of Labor WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

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UCI relaxes COVID-19 exclusion rules at Tour de France

first_img WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 28th August, 2020 22:34 IST UCI Relaxes COVID-19 Exclusion Rules At Tour De France Cycling’s governing body has relaxed the Tour de France’s COVID-19 exclusion rules on the eve of the race’s opening stage following complaints from teams that feared their riders would be unfairly excluded from the race. Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Cycling’s governing body has relaxed the Tour de France’s COVID-19 exclusion rules on the eve of the race’s opening stage following complaints from teams that feared their riders would be unfairly excluded from the race.After meeting with team officials, the UCI said Friday that a team won’t be automatically sent home if two of its riders test positive for the virus within a period of seven days as was initially planned. According to the revised protocol, it will be up to Tour de France organizers to decide whether to throw a whole team out of the race.Tour director Christian Prudhomme said later Friday he was still waiting for French authorities to decide whether to allow organizers any leeway in making such decisions.“In the case of two or more riders from the same team testing positive for COVID-19 within a period of seven days at a Grand Tour, the UCI will give the event organiser authorisation to announce the withdrawal of the team for health reasons,” the UCI said.Initially, the Tour’s COVID-19 protocol stipulated that teams would be expelled if two or more of their riders or staff tested positive for the virus within a seven-day span. Under the new rules that will also be implemented at the Spanish Vuelta and Giro d’Italia, staff members will not be counted.Speaking with reporters, UCI president David Lappartient said the new protocol is different from the one devised by Tour organizers ASO, but stringent enough.“We also told the teams that they have to be strict,” he said. “We want the Tour de France to start, but we want the Tour de France to finish. That’s the goal for all of us.”Four staff members of the Belgian team Lotto-Soudal were sent home Thursday after “non-negative” coronavirus tests. The team said a mechanic and a member of the rider support staff returned “one positive and one suspicious result.” Both left the race bubble along with their roommates.The UCI said the latest revisions “come from the desire to optimise the interpretation of a positive viral diagnostic test and confirm that it indeed corresponds with a recent coronavirus infection.”In case of a positive result, the UCI also urged organizers to “do everything possible” to perform a retest and a blood analysis before the next stage.“These complementary examinations will be a very useful additional element in the global medical assessment, which will make it possible to evaluate the contagious character or not of the rider (or team member),” it said.The measure is aimed at avoiding false positive tests that could rule out healthy riders.The UCI said team members who test positive during the race will be isolated and will have to leave if a second test cannot be performed in time.Tour organizers have set up a mobile coronavirus lab that can produce results in two hours and handle 50 tests a day on race days. However, Prudhomme said he can’t guarantee a rider will be given the additional tests before he is removed from the race following an initial positive result.German team Bora-Hansgrohe was among those who expressed concern after one if its riders first tested positive and then tested negative Tuesday, prompting the withdrawal of its entire squad from the one-day Bretagne Classic race.“The adjustments made today to the UCI protocol have enabled us to find the right balance between the legitimate concerns of teams faced with the risk of exclusion and the vital preservation of the peloton’s health,” Lappartient said. COMMENTcenter_img FOLLOW US LIVE TV Associated Press Television News First Published: 28th August, 2020 22:34 ISTlast_img read more

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NBA trade deadline: Takeaways from a whirlwind day of deals

first_imgThursday’s NBA trade deadline was characteristically eventful and a little bit surprising.Several players moved who were expected to, while others who we thought would be on their way out stayed put. All in all, it was a wild day of trades. But a deal that didn’t get done is what leads our takeaways.The NBA world now patiently waits for the offseason and summer of Anthony DavisAnthony Davis was not traded before the deadline despite asking for the Pelicans to move him. Related News The Lakers offered everything but the keys to the Staples Center to the Pelicans to acquire the five-time All-Star, but the 2012 No. 1 pick remains in New Orleans.Now we wait. Just like the Pelicans wanted to, as the Celtics will now be allowed to bid on the star when July 1 rolls around.Boston is expected to offer an “explosive package,” which may include Jayson Tatum. It’s a waiting game now, even more so than it was when Davis first asked to be dealt.Philadelphia finally gave up on Markelle FultzMarkelle Fultz’s tenure with the 76ers was an eventful one as he came in with high expectations, then developed an odd hitch in his shot and ultimately was shut down with a shoulder injury.That tenure is now over for Fultz as Philadelphia traded him to the Magic for Jonathan Simmons and a first- and second-round pick.Fultz will now try to find his way in Orlando because he never truly got his footing in Philadelphia.Raptors, Bucks only get strongerThere is talk around the NBA right now that the Warriors are the best team and they are followed by the top four teams in the East. It may be hard to argue that after Thursday.The Bucks acquired Nikola Mirotic from the Pelicans for two players and the Raptors added center Marc Gasol in a three-player trade with the Grizzlies.Both players are very interesting additions to both squads as they can stretch the floor which gives space to Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee and even more options for Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard.These teams are deep with very good starting fives and they just made the top of the Eastern Conference even stronger.Trade deadline: part twoThe trade deadline may be over, but there is still likely to be a lot of movement in the next few days and that will center around the buyout market. Knicks center Enes Kanter and guard Wesley Matthews are expected to be bought out while the Bulls are considering buying out Robin Lopez. Furthermore, Wayne Ellington is expected to join that market after he was traded to the Suns.Marcin Gortat is also out there after being waived by the Clippers and Carmelo Anthony could finally find a home.The deadline may be done, but the action is far from over.center_img NBA trade deadline: Celtics deal Jabari Bird to Hawks, report says NBA trade deadline: Raptors send Greg Monroe to Nets for second-round picklast_img read more

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