Central Texas school districts will have free flu vaccine clinics in October; Austin groups advocate for flu education

Health officials said this could probably be the most important flu shot because the U.S. is in the middle of a pandemic.

AUSTIN, Texas — E3 Alliance, a data-driven education group, is partnering with Health Heroes America to offer free flu shots to Central Texas families and school districts in the Austin area during the last two weeks of October. Whether a child is learning on campus or online, they will have a chance to get a free flu vaccine. 

U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) said this is a push Texas needs to avoid more illnesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s more important than ever because its symptoms are so similar to COVID-19. You don’t want to weaken your body and be more susceptible to COVID-19, and you don’t want to mix the two,” Doggett said. 

E3 Alliance’s data shows acute illnesses such as colds or flu account for 48%

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Amazon to bring over 2,500 jobs to the Central Valley as part of widespread hiring spree

Amazon is recruiting more than 100,000 workers across the U.S. and Canada in anticipation of the holiday season, over 2,500 of which will be hired across the Central Valley.


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According to an Amazon spokesperson, the company is adding over 4,000 jobs throughout Northern California, with 1,700 in the Sacramento area and 2,600 planned for the Central Valley. Brittany Parmley, a PR manager for Amazon Operations, said the Central Valley jobs will be available in Tracy, Patterson and Stockton.

She added that jobs range from packing customer orders to positions in HR and finance within the individual buildings.

Wages will start at $15 per hour, Parmley said, and benefits like health and dental insurance, as well as a 401(k) match, will be available “on day one.” Select positions also come with a sign-on bonus of up to $1,000. Jobs are available for those with and without a college degree,

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Facing funding shortfall, South Colonie Central School District considers layoffs and furloughs

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — As schools reopen, many districts are not just grappling with health concerns, they are also dealing with a shortfall in funding. Some, especially those in lower income communities, are are forced to layoff teachers and non-instructional staff, too.

In the South Colonie Central School District, Superintendent Dr. David Perry told NEWS10’s Anya Tucker they will have to make some very tough decisions, which will impact everyone in their schools.

Perry said he is ready for a new, albeit different kind of school year. But even before they open their doors, he is forced to find ways to trim the fat from a budget that’s already in an emaciated state.

“It’s going to lead to the potential for layoffs. Its just how soon those layoffs come, in all areas. Not just instructional, across the board,” said Perry.

He’s not alone. Many districts are looking at drastic cuts

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Countering school closures with radio education in the Central African Republic – Central African Republic

With funding from Education Cannot Wait, Jesuit Refugee Service is expanding remote learning opportunities for children impacted by the COVID-19 crisis

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Special Contribution by Jesuit Refugee Service (Original Story)

While all the educational facilities in the Central African Republic (CAR) have closed their doors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, students and teachers have found a new source for learning: the airwaves.

To keep children from falling further behind in the pandemic, the Jesuit Refugee Service is producing a weekday radio education program known as *L’École à la Radio *(The School on the Radio). Children have been tuning into the broadcast since June every day from 4:30 to 5pm to hear radio lessons broadcast by the Lego ti la Ouaka community radio in Bambari, where JRS is supporting internally displaced persons and local communities with funding from the global fund for education in emergencies and

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Jobs outlook for central Ohio much weaker than a year ago

A help wanted sign hangs on the door of a Target store last week in Uniontown, Pa. [Gene J. Puskar/ASSOCIATED PRESS]

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A help wanted sign hangs on the door of a Target store last week in Uniontown, Pa. [Gene J. Puskar/ASSOCIATED PRESS]

Manpower’s quarterly jobs outlook for central Ohio this fall is much weaker than during the same period last year.

Blame the coronavirus pandemic and the damage it has done to the economy.

The survey, released Tuesday, shows that 15% of employers expect to hire in the final three months of 2020, while 10% say they’ll cut staff. Of the rest, 72% will keep staffing where it is and 3% are unsure.


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The five-point spread between hiring and firing is 26 points below where it was a year ago, when central Ohio had the strongest hiring outlook in the country among the 100 biggest metro areas and the weakest outlook among Ohio’s big metro areas.

Dayton has the strongest outlook with a

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Goodwill of Central, Coastal Va. names workforce development VP

Mark Heinlein joins the organization

Mark Heinlein

Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia announced Sept. 1 it has hired Mark Heinlein as vice president of workforce development.

With 30 years of experience, Heinlein most recently served as head of talent management for Affordable Care LLC. In his new role, he will oversee workforce development and will be responsible for securing partnerships to develop leadership and professional skills of Goodwill associates. 

Heinlein held senior talent management and organizational development positions with the Cleveland Clinic, Lenovo Group Ltd., Carestream and Aramark Corp. and also served 11 years as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves.

“When we began the search for our vice president of our workforce development services, we knew we wanted someone who could bring a unique perspective to the table,” Goodwill CEO Mark Barth said in a statement. “Mark does just that.

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Former Morris Central School District treasurer accused of stealing $22K in federal funding

MORRIS, N.Y. – A former employee at the Morris Central School District is accused of diverting and stealing more than $22,000 in federal school funding.

The district’s former treasurer, 47-year-old Kristina Hand, of Morris, was arrested on Thursday and charged with federal program theft, for allegedly stealing checks that were made payable to the school district from 2018-19. The district received more than $10,000 in federal funding both years.

According to the Department of Justice, Hand was terminated in February of 2020, after school officials discovered the alleged theft.

Hand was in court Thursday, where she was released to appear at a later date.

She is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

This case is being investigated by the FBI, New York State Police, and the Office of the New York State Comptroller, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

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Shift Technology to Support Fraud Detection and Subrogation Initiatives for Central Insurance

Company’s Force Technology Solution to Provide AI-based Insurance Decision Science to Key Claims Processes

PARIS and BOSTON and VAN WERT, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Shift Technology, a provider of AI–native fraud detection and claims automation solutions for the global insurance industry, and Central Insurance today announced that Shift will support Central Insurance’s fraud detection and subrogation initiatives. As a result, Central Insurance will deploy Force, Shift’s fraud detection solution to uncover suspicious behaviors in the insurer’s auto and property claims processes. The insurer will also use the technology to identify more quickly and accurately those property claims appropriate for subrogation recovery. 

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In business for more than 140 years, Central Insurance has built a reputation for integrity, exceptional customer relationships, and operational excellence. A strong belief in applying both innovative approaches and cutting-edge technology to best meet customer and business requirements

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