Vivo Energy Mauritius Limited (SHEL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Energy sector has released it’s 2002 annual report.For more information about Vivo Energy Mauritius Limited (SHEL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Vivo Energy Mauritius Limited (SHEL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Vivo Energy Mauritius Limited (SHEL.mu) 2002 annual report.Company ProfileVivo Energy Mauritius Limited is a subsidiary of Vivo Energy Mauritius Holdings B.V. and offers liquefied petroleum gas in various cylinder sizes and bulk for domestic, commercial and industrial applications, supplies transport and industrial fuels, lubricants and greases to business-to-business customers. In addition, the company provides a range of lubricants for the automotive, marine, and industrial applications as well as markets aviation jet fuel, provides marine fuel oil, marine gasoil, and shell lubricants. Vivo Energy Mauritius Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2010 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh) 2010 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileEcobank Transnational Incorporation is a financial services institution offering retail, wholesale, investment and transactional banking services to government departments, financial institutions, multi-nationals, small- to medium-size enterprises, micro businesses and individuals in Africa and internationally. The banking group operates in the domestic, corporate and investment banking segments. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated offers a full-service product offering which ranges from current and savings accounts to business accounts and term deposits. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated also provides services for institutional banking; ranging from treasury and investment banking to commodity/trade finance, debt issuance and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions and syndicated lending. The financial institution operates a network of approximately 1 200 branches and offices in the major towns and cities of Ghana. Its head office is in Lomé, Togo. Ecobank Transnational Incorporation is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I would like to say a prayer for the bees. Dear Lord, we love the bees.please help them, Mama Mia Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSBeesEndangered Specuespbs.org Previous articleCounty Sheriff warns of police impersonatorsNext articleMatthew expected to produce “life-threatening flash floods and mudslides” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here 2 COMMENTS Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Jennifer Anne Rankin November 30, 2020 at 11:32 am Just look here in Florida instead of Hawaii. The authorities are spraying heavily for the Zika mosquitoes, and that wipes out bees. The big box home improvement stores are selling landscape plants from growers who feed the plants neocartinoid (not spelled correctly sorry) systemic chemicals that stay in the plants the entire life cycle, so that if a bug eats from the plant the bug will die, or if a bee feeds from the plant’s nectar, the bee will die. The chemicals are sprayed on the plants at the nurseries and they absorb into the roots, the stems, leaves, flowers, all parts of the plant, and stay there forever unlike regular chemical sprays, that eventually wash away. This is why the growers like those kind of systemic chemicals, but it is wiping out the bees. Bees are needed for pollination of food crops for the world’s populations. These chemicals have been banned in the European Union, I believe, and should be banned in the US. The clear cutting of forests, and the destroying the meadows…..the constant setting of fires to prevent wildfires ????? All these things that are working against nature. Mother Nature is a very angry lady. One thing about it, my golden rain tree has bees in it like crazy, all over the yellow blooms right now! Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here October 3, 2016 at 8:59 am The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter From pbs.orgFor the first time in the United States, bees have been placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.Seven yellow-faced bee species that were once abundant in their native home of Hawaii, were declared endangered on Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Associated Press reported.Those species have been devastated by “habitat loss, wildfires and the invasion of non-native plants and insects,” according to The Guardian.The federal protection of the bees will “allow authorities to implement recovery programs, access funding and limit their harm from outside sources,” according to the AP.These species of bees are essential to the islands’ produce. In general, bees add billions of dollars to U.S. agriculture each year, according to Reuters. Many indigenous Hawaiian plant species could go extinct if the native species of bees were to totally disappear from the islands.Sarina Jepson, endangered species program director at Portland-based conservation organization the Xerces Society, told the AP that the bees are threatened by “feral pigs, invasive ants, loss of native habitat due to invasive plants, fire, as well as development, especially in some for the coastal areas.”Entomologist Karl Magnacca, who has worked with Xerces and operates chiefly in Hawaii, told the AP that the organization had worked on efforts to declare the bee species endangered for nearly 10 years.The placement of the Hawaiian bees on the endangered species list occurs just a week after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed adding the rusty patched bumble bee to the list, according to Reuters. The rusty patched bumble bee is a key pollinator that once swarmed the upper Midwest and Northeastern U.S. It is also the first wild bee species in the continental U.S. to be proposed for official federal protection.Officials also added three other native Hawaiian animal species to the list: the band-rumped storm-petrel, the orangeblack Hawaiian damselfly and the anchialine pool shrimp, according to the AP.
20 total views, 1 views today WorldPay researches online donations Howard Lake | 13 January 2000 | News WorldPay is offering charities a free “Click and Build” site, or a free donations page that can be linked to from their existing site.WorldPay is already in use by Oxfam GB, Amnesty International UK, UNICEF, Macmillan Cancer Relief and Christian Aid, according to David Sear of Worldpay.Read “Charitable Contributions Online” at Computer Currents. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. UK e-commerce company WorldPay has conducted market research into consumer attitudes to giving to charities online, and concludes that the Internet will change the way people give to charity.UK e-commerce company WorldPay has conducted market research into consumer attitudes to giving to charities online, and concludes that the Internet will change the way people give to charity.WorldPay interviewed 200 shoppers in central London a few days before Christmas and found that 54% thought that giving money via the Internet was “the best system to get money where it is needed quickly, reliably and securely.” Advertisement
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 57 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 August 2009 | News $29 million grant recipient highlights ongoing needs The grant of $29 million from the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation to Concern Worldwide has prompted Concern’s CEO to remind people that it still needs to raise a lot of money to provide services.The €29 million grant will support child health initiatives in six developing countries.“We’ve been trying to make the point that this grant from Gates is for a very specific purpose –maternal and child health – for a specific number of countries; six. And we’re working in 28 countries,” said Tom Arnold, Concern’s CEO. Advertisement Tagged with: Funding Ireland “The money they will be providing to us over the next five years represents less than 5 per cent of our budget. So we still need the resources to implement the other 95 per cent,” he said.Arnold saw the grant – the biggest individual sum Concern has ever received – as a tribute to his organisation’s track record in developing innovative responses to the effects of poverty.Since it was set up by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda a decade ago, the foundation has dispersed more than $20 billion in grants to improve health and combat poverty around the world and enhance educational opportunities in the US.Three years ago, Warren Buffett – the second richest man in the US, after Gates – joined forces with the foundation, and has contributed more than $5 billion since then, with the promise of five times as much in the future.Gates and Buffett, each of whom have a personal fortune estimated at more than $50 billion, expect to give away most of their money during their lifetimes.www.concern.net About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Gift Aid HMRC Law / policy 57 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis HMRC is warning charities and donors to avoid falling for certain schemes that seek to generate Gift Aid and Gift of Shares tax relief claims.The warning is featured in the latest issue of HRMC’s ‘Spotlight’, which features examples of what it is likely to interpret as tax avoidance and which it is likely to challenge.The scheme involves a cash donation to a charity, in return for which shares are received from an unnamed non-UK ‘philanthropist’. It is claimed that these shares worth up to eight times the amount of the cash donation. They are also in companies listed on a stock exchange that is not recognised by HMRC. For example “The Open Market of The Frankfurt Stock Exchange” is mentioned in one example.The perpetrators of the scam suggest that that the shares will be donated to the specified charity.HMRC point out that there is “strong evidence” that these schemes have links to share scams such as ‘boiler rooms’. They usually involve a substantial upfront ‘fee’ from the individual, paid to the scheme promoters, and this is often concealed within the original cash ‘donation’ given to the charity.HMRC state that “no Gift Aid is due on the cash donation because the donor receives a benefit (the shares) that is in excess of the donation”.It adds that “no Gift of Shares relief is due because the requirement that the shares are listed on a stock exchange recognised by HMRC is not met”.The advice is contained in issue 7 of Spotlight.www.hmrc.gov.uk/avoidance/spotlights.htm Howard Lake | 8 January 2010 | News HMRC warns of Gift Aid scam AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
When the “In the Footsteps of Che International Brigade” traveled in Cuba Oct. 1-15, several Workers World Party delegates from Detroit participated, including this writer. Among the many activities, including participation in the ceremony commemorating Commandante Che in Santa Clara on Oct. 8, where the revolutionary internationalist is buried, the brigade had the opportunity to meet with Cubans in several cities and villages.Viewing the gains of the Cuban Revolution through a Detroit lens offered an illuminating comparison between a capitalist and a socialist society. In Detroit the basic necessities to live as a human being are being denied to many poor and working people, while billions of dollars in public funds are funneled to the rich.In Detroit about 100,000 shutoffs of residential water service have occurred since 2014, while the water department, ostensibly a publicly owned utility, refuses to implement a moderate water affordability plan shown to work in other cities.Families lacking water service are subject to having their children seized by Child Protective Services, and children are subjected to cruel humiliation at school for being unwashed and for wearing unkempt clothing. In addition, a preliminary study of Henry Ford Hospital patients, by the Henry Ford Global Health Initiative in collaboration with community partners, documented a 50 percent increase in water-associated illnesses in residential blocks where water shutoffs have occurred.Conversations with Cubans, on the other hand, revealed that their residential water service costs only a few pesos per month. The negligible water fees were implemented to discourage wasteful water usage. When asked if the water service is shutoff if a water bill is not paid, Cubans responded, “Of course not,” followed by a perplexed look, as if wondering, “What kind of question is that?”Cubans explained that there is no governmental policy to deny Cubans access to water. The water distribution system includes a large concrete or plastic water tank, typically on the roof of each home or apartment building. The typical home water tank holds about 600 gallons. Water is delivered to the tank as needed, usually at night, by electric pumps or pressure created by gravity. In the event that the water pipe to the home fails, a truck delivers the water until the pipe is repaired.Prior to a hurricane, everyone is advised to make sure their water tanks are completely filled, since the electric power plants are shut down in order to prevent electrocutions and damage to equipment, and because water sources may become contaminated. This also reduces the likelihood of plastic water tanks being blown off roofs by hurricane winds.No water shutoffs, no evictions In another contrast, since 2005 Detroit has experienced more than 65,000 mortgage foreclosures and an estimated 100,000 property tax foreclosures of residential homes. In nearby Flint, thousands of families are actually facing loss of their homes due to unpaid bills for water poisoned by corporate wrongdoing, with the amount owed tacked onto their property taxes. Evictions are rampant.These crimes against the people happened as the result of racist predatory loans, excessive property tax assessments in violation of the state constitution, and corporate privatization of public services.In contrast, evictions do not occur in Cuba. While thousands are homeless in Detroit, there is no homelessness in Cuba.There was similar dramatic contrast in education and the conditions of children. In Cuba, quality education is a right for all. Class size is typically limited to 20 students. When a North American asked if Cuban children can walk to school without adult escorts, the response was an emphatic, “Of course, why wouldn’t they?” Compare that to common occurrence in any U.S. city.The achievements of the Cuban Revolution are truly incredible, especially considering the U.S. blockade, which prohibits importing everything, even aspirin, from the U.S.With planning based on socialist priniciples, Cuba, an economically poor country, has managed to create a society where housing, access to water, jobs or income, medical care and education are guaranteed for all.The way for poor and working people in Detroit, throughout the entire U.S. and across the capitalist world to achieve the same guarantees for the essentials of life is to overthrow capitalism and build a socialist society.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
June 2, 2021 Find out more May 24, 2019 French intelligence agency summons eight journalists for questioning Follow the news on France FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Citizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the French authorities to the explain thesummonses for questioning that eight journalists working on sensitive cases havereceived in recent weeks from the French domestic intelligence agency, the GeneralDirectorate for Internal Security (DGSI). Le Monde managing director Louis Dreyfus has also been summoned. News The eight journalists are Geoffrey Livolsi, Mathias Destal and Michel Despratx of the investigative news site Disclose; Le Monde’s Ariane Chemin; France Inter’s Benoît Collombat; and Valentine Oberti of the TV news show Quotidien along with a Quotidien cameraman and a Quotidien sound technician.All have been working on sensitive stories such as French arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the apparent cover-up of alleged offences by former top presidential security aide Alexandre Benalla. All are due to be questioned in the next few days or have already been questioned.“We fear that the authorities are using these summonses in an attempt to intimidate the journalists and their news organizations and to identify their sources so as to punish them or deter them,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“Investigative journalism is now in danger in France because it is under attack and, in particular, it is threatened with legal proceedings. If the confidentiality of journalists’ sources is not guaranteed in a country, if it is undermined by such actions as these, its citizens will be deprived of their right to non-official information. We call on the government to explain the domestic intelligence agency’s apparent attempts to intimidate the media.”For previous examples of summonses of this kind, you have to go back to 2017, when Mediapart’s Edwy Plenel and freelancer Clément Fayol were accused of publishing a classified defence document about France’s activities in Chad. In 2016, Le Monde journalists Gérard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme were questioned by the DGSI about an article referring to preparations for a possible attack on Syrian military bases.Back in 2006, three journalists with the Montpellier-based daily Midi Libre were prosecuted on charges of violating professional confidentiality after police raided the newspaper and found a copy of an official internal audit they had quoted in an article criticizing the regional council’s financial management.In 2005, investigating judges accompanied by police carried out simultaneous raids on the headquarters of Le Point and L’Equipe, examining their computers, after they published transcripts of the telephone tapping carried out in an investigation into alleged doping within the Cofidis cycle team.In these two last cases, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the police raids were disproportionate and violated article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, enshrining freedom of expression.More recently, an attempt was made to search the headquarters of Mediapart on 4 February 2019 after it published articles about video recordings of Benalla, the former presidential security aide.Searches should not be carried out with the aim of violating the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, which is enshrined in France’s 1881 press freedom law. It enable journalists to do their job of providing reporting in the public interest, even when it annoys the authorities, without fear of endangering their sources. The law specifies that “in no case” are they obliged to reveal their sources.France is ranked 32nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. to go further News RSF_en Receive email alerts french intelligence agency (DGSI) in Levallois-Perret / AFP Help by sharing this information “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Citizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment June 4, 2021 Find out more News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story May 10, 2021 Find out more News
Giving Back Nearly 1,100 kids Attend Foothill Unity Center Back to School Distribution Community support helps Foothill Unity Center prepare nearly 1,100 local kids of very low income families for class at 16th Annual Back to School event From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, August 7, 2014 | 4:01 pm Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs You Want To Stay With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Subscribe Nearly 1,100 kids attended the Back to School distribution with their families.Costumed strollers encouraged kids to get a free dental checkup. From left: volunteer Ellen Geiger, event committee members Laurie Orvis and Janet Wall.After months of planning and work by Center staff, over 700 volunteers and a mass of community supporters, some 1,100 preregistered local K-12 children of very low income families got the backpacks, school supplies and clothing they needed to start the school year with confidence.Throughout the day-long event at Santa Anita Park racetrack in Arcadia, a circle of support surrounded the excited youngsters every step of the way, as DJ Party Pros kept kids, parents and volunteers dancing. Hundreds of volunteers worked the event, staffing distribution tables for everything from uniforms and shoe vouchers to notebooks and calculators. Each child wore a â€œpassportâ€ lanyard with check-offs to make sure no one missed a single table.Students from the Citrus College School of Cosmetology provided free manicures and haircuts all day.Citrus College cosmetology students contributed a full day of haircutting and manicure services. Monrovia Reads and A Foundation for Kids gave new grade-appropriate books to every child.Health connections were a major feature. The Ostrow School of Dentistry for USC offered free dental screenings, singling out children with the most urgent needs to be treated at the Centerâ€™s Mobile Dental Clinic this winter. SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. gave families hands-on demonstrations of how to use seat belts and install car seats and booster seats, and gave free booster seats to qualified families.Every child picked out an age-appropriate book courtesy of Monrovia Reads.Attendees also got access to information direct from an array of health resources, including American Red Cross, CalFresh, CHAP Care, Childrenâ€™s Hospital Los Angeles, Community Alliance of Pasadena, Department of Social Services, HEAR Center, Methodist Hospital, Monrovia Health Center, Options Child Care Services, Pacific Clinics, Pasadena Public Health Department and URDC/Bill More Community Clinic.Fun was everywhere, as kids lined up to see a model Mars rover from Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) and learn about Exelis 3-D Deep Space Exploration. Other popular destinations included hands-on ceramic art projects with Paint N Play, the Southern California Edison Big Truck display, and fire engines and crew members from the Arcadia and Monrovia Fire Departments. A snack center featured egg rolls from Panda Restaurant Group and popcorn from LA Partyworks.The Center still needs funds to cover the cost of the massive event, which is paid for annually by donations from hundreds of local individuals, companies and organizations. Support is also needed to underwrite the upcoming Mobile Dental Clinic for which children were screened at the event.Key sponsors to date include Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, LA Party Works, Marshallâ€™s/TJX Companies, Monrovia Reads, Monrovian Family Restaurant, Panda Restaurant Group, Santa Anita Park, Southern California Edison Company, The Outlet by E.L.S., Vons Foundation and Wells Fargo Foundation.Other supporters include 3M Company, Athens Services, Avery Office Supplies, Bowden Development, Inc., Burrtec, California Pizza Kitchen, City of Monrovia, Custom Comfort Mattress, Duarte Transit, Foothill Unity Center Auxiliary, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Monrovia Transit, Pacific Clinics, Red Lobster Restaurant, Southern California Gas Company, Starbucks and The Gables Monrovia.â€œ79% of our clients have incomes at or below the National Poverty Level,â€ said Center Executive Director Betty McWilliams. â€œMany are employed, but don’t get the pay they need to survive without help. This event helps them send their children back to class with the new items they canâ€™t afford to provide â€” and helps these kids start the school year on a level playing field. â€About Foothill Unity CenterCelebrating its 35th anniversary next year, Foothill Unity Center is the primary provider of food, case management/crisis help, and access to health care resources across eleven San Gabriel Valley cities: Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte, Azusa, Baldwin Park and Irwindale. 79% of the Centerâ€™s clients are at or below the National Poverty Level. The number of people served by the organization has more than tripled over the last five years. 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Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday (Image by Kristi Blokhin/Shutterstock)California employers have added 119,600 positions as of March, state unemployment officials recently reported, leaving unfilled more than half of the 2.7 million jobs lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.In Pasadena, the unemployment rate in March increased to 9%, up two-tenths of a percent from February, but still down from 10.4% in January and 9.8% in December, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a far cry from the best of pre-pandemic times, with local unemployment at 4.7% at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 before soaring to 15.1% the following July.Today, some are questioning why, while military recruitments are showing an increase and a clear need for workers exists, many civilian jobs remain unfilled, now that readily available anti-COVID-19 vaccines are being administered at breakneck speed (even to young teens), the number of coronavirus-related deaths has plummeted, restrictions on gathering with others have been eased or lifted, and restaurants and other retail businesses have opened, though still at limited capacities .Some have said that state unemployment benefits, combined with other federal and state subsidies, are just too much to forgo in exchange for an old job that paid less money. Add to that the $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payment, which by itself is equivalent to having a full-time job that pays $15 an hour.And that, said Pasadena businessman Ishmael Trone, “has become a problem.”“It’s a huge predicament,” said Trone, a former Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Board Chair and a certified licensed tax preparer and notary public.“It’s one that we didn’t think of. Some businesses felt it during the pandemic, but like anybody else, we thought it was going to end. Open the economy up. Unemployment goes back to normalcy. We’re done. No. They keep putting more money out there,” Trone said.In Pasadena, where many businesses accepted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, the question of fairness takes on added importance. The loans will be completely forgiven if businesses spend 75% of the money on payroll within eight weeks of funding, as well as hire enough workers to reach pre-COVID-19 employment levels, according to the program’s guidelines. But, if many of these employees were rehired, they would be making far less money than if they stayed on the state’s payroll.Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Paul Little said he wasn’t familiar enough with the unemployment data to comment on whether or not people are cheating the system, but did say some employees who were laid off from their jobs have found other work.Further, he said Home Depot, which recently opened a new outlet in Pasadena, recently started hiring people, “And you know grocery stores hired a lot during the pandemic because they needed people,” Little said.“One of the challenges is that the grocery stores hired a lot of people from other businesses. So, as a result, restaurants, for example, are having hard time finding people because the people with customer service skills got hired by grocery stores, wages with benefits and insurance. So they’re not going to leave that,” Little said.What many people may not not know is things could be much worse in the world of wage-subsidies.According to a recent national survey conducted by the job-posting site Joblist, and reported on by Time magazine, as many as 59% of unemployed people never apply for unemployment benefits. The survey found that 9% were deterred by the process, which they found too difficult or complicated. The majority (54%) of respondents who were cited didn’t believe they were eligible.The truth is, “Unemployment insurance benefits are severely underutilized,” the study concluded.“Millions more people would have filed for benefits if the process were easier,” the study found.While local businesses seem to be having trouble attracting new and former workers, military officials are reporting a surge in new recruits.“As for our recruiting aspects, once the pandemic hit, our recruiting rates did go down, but everything started coming back up and, you know, as we started working on the virtual side, providing virtual presentations and just being able to go out into the community, we have been increasing within our hiring rates, but we’d like to see more individuals join and become part of our team,” said Army Captain Korina Rodriguez, Company Commander of the San Gabriel Valley Recruiting Company.“That’s what we’re looking for,” Rodriguez said.Local businesses, particularly restaurants, have not been so fortunate.“Some restaurants currently seeking employees are reporting that they are unable to fill the positions, and some have reported that some prospective employees would return or accept a position only if they are paid in cash in order to continue receiving unemployment insurance, but restaurants have refused, so they continue to struggle to hire,” said Brian Wallace, executive director of Pasadena’s Playhouse Village.“Jobs in retail and non-food service are also available and tend to be filled more easily. Stronger, larger retailers also report near-full recovery in terms of sales and employees. Again, food service jobs are plentiful but difficult to fill,” Wallace said.“If you’re making two or three times more staying home than you would at working, it’s hard to convince someone to come to work, isn’t it? And they’re getting more savvy,” Trone said. “This is what I saw all tax season. They became day traders in the stock market. They took that money. I could not believe it this tax season. ‘You freaking did day trading all day every day while sitting at home doing nothing?’” Trone said, recounting what conversations he had with some customers of his tax business. “‘I was getting the extra money,’” they’d say, “‘So I started trading in the stock market because it’s hot. It’s on fire right now.’ I went, this is unbelievable.”Said Little, “I don’t know why but there’s a hiring surge in February and it levels off and drops in March. And I think some of that is that openings and reopenings aren’t a steady increase — it’s a fits and starts kind of thing. And so it’s really difficult to predict — and the predictions have been all over the map.”To Trone, however, the problem with getting people back to work is obvious.“Everybody’s trying to hire right now,” Trone said. “If you drive around town, you see signs that say ‘I’m looking for workers, hiring now.’ But no one’s going after those because they are on unemployment. They keep putting unemployment out there like it’s never going to end, so they can’t find workers,” Trone said. 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