The biggest increases in claims were in Florida, California, New York, Michigan, Georgia, Texas, and New Jersey. The largest decreases were in Nevada, Rhode Island, and Minnesota.### Since the country basically shutdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus more than 16 million Americans have lost their jobs, especially in Florida. A new, mobile-friendly online application for Reemployment Assistance has been made available by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Users must create a password-protected login at the websiteFloridians who do not have a current open Reemployment Assistance claim should complete their application online.To download the paper Reemployment Assistance application, Floridians should visit this website.If a Floridian chooses to submit a paper application for Reemployment Assistance benefits, they should mail their application to DEO, and a representative will call when their application is processed. Most recently more than 6-million more Americans filed first-time unemployment claims last week, a quarter-million fewer than the previous week’s revised total. More than 16-million U.S. workers have filed for unemployment benefits over the past three weeks as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. #Jobless rolls continued to swell with 6.6 million Americans filing first-time unemployment claims in the week ended April. That brings the total over the past three weeks to more than 16 million! #coronavirus #covid19 #unemployment pic.twitter.com/uWPOvXYziO— Alvin Foo (@alvinfoo) April 9, 2020
Pittsburgh Penguins’ coach Dan Bylsma, center, looks at the scoreboard during a timeout in the third period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Penguins won 3-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jim Rutherford doesn’t believe the Pittsburgh Penguins need to undergo a massive overhaul to regain their spot among the NHL’s elite.One thing is for certain: Dan Bylsma won’t be part of the process.The Penguins fired the franchise’s all-time winningest coach on Friday while hiring Rutherford away from the Carolina Hurricanes to replace Ray Shero as general manager. Rutherford’s first decision was to end the three weeks of limbo for Bylsma, whose star-laden teams had fallen well short of the Stanley Cup since winning it all in 2009.“What ownership wants here is a complete change in direction, one with the GM and one with the coach,” Rutherford said.Bylsma won 252 games behind the bench and was the Jack Adams Award winner in 2012 as the NHL’s Coach of the Year but failed to produce a bookend to the championship he captured with stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in 2009. The Penguins were just 4-5 in playoff series since raising the 2009 Cup, with each loss coming to a lower-seeded team.Pittsburgh’s latest defeat came last month when the Penguins fell to the New York Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.Rutherford met with Bylsma on Friday morning as part of an organization-wide shake-up. In addition to dismissing Bylsma, the Penguins promoted Jason Botterill to associate general manager, named Bill Guerin and Tom Fitzgerald assistant general managers.The 65-year-old Rutherford takes over for Shero, who was fired on May 16. The new gig is a homecoming for the former goaltender. Rutherford played for the Penguins in the 1970s before spending 20 years with the franchise that began as the Hartford Whalers, moved to North Carolina in 1997 and won the Stanley Cup in 2006.The Hurricanes struggled maintaining that success, missing the postseason each of the last five years. It led to Rutherford stepping down in April when the Hurricanes promoted Ron Francis – who helped Pittsburgh win consecutive Cups in 1991 and ’92 – to the GM’s job. Rutherford took on an advisory role in Carolina with a small ownership stake in the team, a position he will relinquish in the near future.The Penguins, meanwhile, plan to get their money’s worth out of a man closer to the end of his career than the beginning. Rutherford allowed he will likely only be around “two or three years” and will serve as a mentor to his new staff, adding he will give Botterill and company “big roles with a lot to say.”Rutherford hopes to find Bylsma’s replacement by the time free agency begins in July. Considering the talent at the top of the roster, the job will certainly be attractive. Finding the right fit, however, may be challenging.“With some changes, they don’t have to be sweeping changes, we can (win another Cup) in the near future,” Rutherford said.While it’s unlikely Rutherford will do much to mess with the core of Crosby, Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang, there are some serious depth issues, particularly along the bottom two lines.“Our supporting cast needs to be improved,” Rutherford said. “I look at our fourth-line players and some of those guys are in double-digit minuses and we can’t have that.”What the Penguins do have is arguably the league’s best player in Crosby and one of its most dynamic in Malkin. The duo has dominated during the regular season when healthy – with Crosby the favorite to pick up his second Hart Trophy as league MVP after leading the NHL with 114 points this season – but that success hasn’t translated into deep playoff runs.Crosby struggled in the postseason. He scored just once in 13 games while maintaining he was not injured. Rutherford will try to find the right kind of role players to take some of the pressure off his high-wattage stars.Coincidentally, the Hurricanes are also looking for a new coach – Francis’ first big decision in his new job was firing Kirk Muller after three years – and Carolina has been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Bylsma.The move by Rutherford – who won 44 games in net for the Penguins from 1971-74 – is the latest in a series of significant ties between the organizations.Carolina has the longest active playoff drought among Eastern Conference teams. Its last postseason appearance came in 2009 – when the Hurricanes were swept in the East final by a Penguins team that went on to win its only Stanley Cup under Shero’s leadership, the crowning achievement of his eight years as Pittsburgh’s GM.Rutherford and Shero orchestrated the blockbuster trade of the 2012 NHL draft when forward Jordan Staal was sent to Carolina and reunited with big brother Eric in exchange for Sutter and prospects.___AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this report.
OLYMPIA — About two-dozen families in Thurston County will now get support to give their children a great start in life thanks to a recent round of awards from the states Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA). Thurston County Public Health and Social Services was one of 10 grantees statewide. Over the next year, $102,500 will help Thurston County continue work with the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) to bring proven outcomes such as improved health for pregnant women, fewer childhood injuries, and fewer subsequent pregnancies for families participating in the program. NFP promotes long-term advantages for the community as well through increasing the mothers employment and the childs performance in school.Nurse-Family Partnership has three decades of evidence proving it makes an important difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. said Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero. By helping first time moms learn how to be effective parents through ongoing support from public health nurses, Thurston County is investing in the next generation of residents who will have a positive impact on our countys future.Home visiting is a voluntary service in which nurses or other trained professionals meet with at-risk families in their homes and offer information and support related to healthy child and family development. In the Nurse Family Partnership program, these visits happen from once a week to once a month during pregnancy and can continue to a childs third birthday. Evidence shows that when families receive this kind of support, their children are healthier, are less likely to suffer from abuse or neglect and are better prepared for school. In fact, the entire family benefits.Home visiting works, and the Home Visiting Services Account is committed to helping make sure more eligible familiesespecially families in some of our states most at-risk communitieshave access to it, said Nina Auerbach, president and CEO of Thrive by Five Washington, the states public-private partnership for early learning that administers the account. An early investment in families results in stronger families and, ultimately, stronger communities.Since it was created by the Washington state Legislature in 2010, the HVSA has become a national model for leveraging public and private funds to support home visiting programs and has helped Washington invest 10 times more than it did in home visiting just two years ago. As of July 1st, the HVSA has awarded nearly $4 million in grants to 31 evidence-based, research-based and promising home visiting programs serving about 1,000 families in 13 Washington counties. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansAfter a long layoff, the Oly Town Artesians finally return to action on Saturday when they travel to Snohomish to take on the Skyhawks in Western Indoor Soccer League action. The Artesians are looking to avenge a shocking result in the season opener on November 11 when the Skyhawks exploded for 15 goals at The Pavilion at Evergreen in a 15-6 Artesians loss. First kick at the Snohomish Soccer Dome is at 7:00 p.m.Gabriele Zaccagnini will have his chance for revenge against the Skyhawks December 16. Photo credit: Charis WilsonGabriele Zaccagnini and Nate Boatright lead the way for the Oly Town with two goals, both notching braces in the season opener. Tonbra Akpobodor and JT Meyer each added a goal in the loss. Brad Hanson and JJ Olson split time at goalkeeper in the opener with Olson expected to get the start on Saturday.Snohomish is 1-1-0 so far this season and currently sit in second place in the five team WISL. Andrew Escalante was named WISL Offensive Player of the Week for his hat tick against the Artesians in week one. One week later, the Skyhawks battled but eventually dropped a 7-3 decision to the Tacoma Stars Reserves. Alex Molchan and Paul Burgess each have four goals over their first two games.The Artesians have struggled against the Skyhawks since Snohomish joined the league for the 2015-2016 season, posting just a 1-4-0 record. They have never managed a victory on the high walls at the Snohomish Soccer Dome. Oly lost 4-2 on December 12, 2015 and then fell 7-5 in their last trip to the Dome on January 14, 2017.Next week, the Artesians travel to Bremerton to face the Olympic Force before returning home on Saturday, December 16 for a battle against the Tacoma Stars Reserves. First kick at The Pavilion on the 16 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by visiting www.olytownfc.com/tickets.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.