Editorial: Florida calls it an 'unemployment website.' Jobless Floridians call it a hot mess. Fix it!
Florida’s miserly unemployment compensation benefits, served up on a website that doesn’t work, has been a huge boil on our body politic for far too long. The coronavirus has at last made it impossible to ignore.For the poorly compensated people who perform the myriad mundane chores that make life possible for so many of the rest of us, the damage inflicted by the coronavirus cataclysm is — literally — incalculable.We can’t calculate the exact numbers of workers affected thanks to the absurdly named Department of Economic Opportunity and its absurdly named website, CONNECT. Tens of thousands o...
Indonesian lawmakers push to pass deregulation bills as COVID-19 grips country
JAKARTA — Indonesia’s parliament looks set to push through contentious bills that threaten to roll back environmental protections in favor of facilitating business.Activists have denounced the decision to resume deliberations of two so-called omnibus billsand an amended mining billat a time when the government and the public are struggling to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. They call it a deliberate move by parliament to use the cover of physical distancing measures and other social restrictions to pass the bills with minimal oversight or pushback by the public.“Amid a situation like this, how ...
Japanese firms evacuate employees from Myanmar on fears over health, shortage of flights
By Mami SaitoYANGON, NNA -- A growing number of companies are withdrawing Japanese employees from Myanmar on fear that international flights will run short and the developing country would be unable to handle any further spread of the novel coronavirus.Many Japanese businesses in Myanmar fear the medical system could not respond if today’s relatively low caseload of 21 suddenly surged. The Yangon-based National Health Laboratory is the only site of its type that can conduct polymerase chain reaction tests that show whether someone has the virus. Myanmar lacks isolation rooms and hospitals that...
NNA Business News
Supreme Court postpones all April arguments because of coronavirus
The Supreme Court has canceled all April arguments because of the coronavirus, it announced Friday in a news release.All planned arguments for March and April have now been indefinitely postponed.“The Court will consider rescheduling some cases from the March and April sessions before the end of the Term, if circumstances permit in light of public health and safety guidance at that time,” the court said in the release. The court’s annual term usually ends in June before the justices take a summer vacation.The court has been closed to the public since March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.T...
New York Daily News
Amid coronavirus outbreak, Wisconsin election still on for Tuesday despite stay home order and a massive poll worker shortage
Thousands of poll workers have said they won’t work. Hundreds of voting locations have been consolidated. Tens of thousands of requests for mail-in absentee ballots are backlogged.Wisconsin’s voting system is teetering under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic, but Tuesday’s election is still scheduled to go on as planned after Republican state legislative leaders, the Democratic governor and a federal judge have not taken action to postpone it.Ballots will be cast even as Gov. Tony Evers has issued a “safer at home” order directing Wisconsinites only to venture outside for essential tasks ...
Editorial: Be wary of coronavirus-related scams. There are many of them
Of course, scammers are trying to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, but common sense is a powerful tool to avoid getting ripped off. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.A Tuesday story in Business Insider warned about people getting social media requests from official-sounding senders to provide personal information, purportedly to allow them to quickly get the up to $1,200 that is being given to eligible Americans in coming weeks under a recently enacted economic stimulus law. The story also reported some people were being mailed fake stimulus checks that they we...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Nigeria’s elite ‘above the law’ as the poor struggle with COVID-19 measures
A volunteer from Justice and Empowerment Initiatives, an NGO that works with slum dwellers to fight demolitions, paints numbers on the walls of a building in the Orisunbare Ijora Badia slum. Lagos, Nigeria, April 2015. Image by George Osodi / ICIJ. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Check out Global Voices’ special coverage ofthe global impact of COVID-19.Researchers at Nigeria’s University of Ibadan have predicted that COVID-19 cases in Nigeria will spike to about 312 by Friday, April 3, 2020, and noted“a consistent increase in the daily reported cases” since March 19.The coronavirus has infected about 862,000...
Commentary: Without the Affordable Care Act, the COVID-19 crisis would be far worse
In the midst of a global pandemic, President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform, the Affordable Care Act, turned 10 years old. It has been under fire that entire time, with more than 70 legislative attempts to repeal or otherwise limit the law, not counting executive and judicial action to chip away at it. In its 2020-21 term, the U.S. Supreme Court will again decide whether to strike down the law in its entirety. But consider how much worse the fight against COVID-19 would be without the ACA.To start, a lot more of us would be uninsured. In 2010, almost one-fifth of the population la...
Guyana: Timeline of an election impasse
Guyana's State House and Parliament building. Photo by Hans Birger Nilsenon Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.April 2, 2020 marks a full month since Guyana heldits general election. The country's electoral commission, GECOM, has not re-verified votes cast in the contentiousRegion 4, but it has also not declared a winner — leaving the future of the next government in limbo.The legal twists and turns along this journey have been numerous and complex. In an effort to clarify the situation, here's a timeline of important events in March 2020:March 2: General elections are held, with voters turning out at po...
Real estate Q&A: What I can do when buyers won't leave their house for closing?
Q: I am under contract to sell my house and the buyer is telling me they cannot close because they are unable to leave their house for the closing. With all that is going on, I am sympathetic, but I need to sell my home. What can I do? — MiriamA: A national emergency, such as the coronavirus pandemic, does not automatically cancel contracts nor stop the rule of law. You will need to look at your purchase and sale contract to determine your rights.Since nothing like the current crisis has happened before, it is unlikely you will find anything directly addressing this issue.Most agreements conta...