aljazeera
aol
bbc
channel 4
chronicle
cnbc
cnn
express
fox
independent
irish times
mashable
metro
mirror
national scot
nbcnews
new scientist
news un
newsy
quartz
rt
sky
the guardian
thenextweb
vice
yahoo
count
sauces
help
I'm confused... What am I doing here?

Choose which sources you wish to remain and you're all set. Use the buttons to turn sources on and off.

What do the different colours mean?

Depending on if any articles/links are visible on the page there are 4 modes to show the state of your chosen sources.

on / visible on page

off / visible on page

on / not visible on page

off / not visible on page

Murder victim, 23, whose body was found on fire in the street is pictured - metro

Murder victim, 23, whose body was found on fire in the street is pictured

Loeike Guei lived on Thornton Heath but was found shortly after 6am on Thursday roughly three miles away in Mitcham, south London.
metro - 10 minutes ago
16 arrested as mounted police chase people protesting Melbourne’s controversial lockdown measures - rt

16 arrested as mounted police chase people protesting Melbourne’s controversial lockdown measures

A protest against controversial lockdown measures in the Australian city of Melbourne descended into chaos on Saturday as police on horseback chased after demonstrators, arresting 16 and fining over 20 others.
rt - 51 minutes ago
IRGC chief warns Trump of retaliation if ‘a hair comes off an Iranian’s head’ amid rising tensions as US threatens sanctions - rt

IRGC chief warns Trump of retaliation if ‘a hair comes off an Iranian’s head’ amid rising tensions as US threatens sanctions

Iran’s top general didn’t shy away from taking aim at Trump, metaphorically, telling him to worry about his signature haircut if the US puts any Iranian in harm’s way. It comes as more shots were fired in the US-Iran war of words.
rt - 1 hour ago
France says no ‘tangible’ evidence supporting US allegation of secret Hezbollah explosive stores - rt

France says no ‘tangible’ evidence supporting US allegation of secret Hezbollah explosive stores

France has pushed back against Washington’s assertion that Hezbollah has stockpiles of ammonium nitrate stashed around Europe, stating there’s no indication of such stores existing in its own country.
rt - 4 hours ago
Cargo plane ploughs into barrier after crash-landing at Mogadishu airport (PHOTOS) - rt

Cargo plane ploughs into barrier after crash-landing at Mogadishu airport (PHOTOS)

A twin-engine aircraft carrying cargo to Somalia slid off the runway and rammed into a concrete fence after landing at Mogadishu airport. Photos from the scene show the airframe was severely damaged in the impact.
rt - 4 hours ago
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died at Age 87 - vice

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died at Age 87

Ginsburg’s passing signals the eruption of a new battle over the future of the high court, which will begin just weeks before the presidential election on November 3.
vice - 13 hours ago
US deploys armored vehicles to Syria & steps up air patrols after dust-up with Russian forces - rt

US deploys armored vehicles to Syria & steps up air patrols after dust-up with Russian forces

The Pentagon has sent a number of armored vehicles, radar systems and additional troops to Syria in a show of force, bolstering the US military presence in the country following a run-in with Russian forces last month.
rt - 13 hours ago
Admiral Insurance boss gives staff £10,000,000 bonus after retiring - metro

Admiral Insurance boss gives staff £10,000,000 bonus after retiring

Chief Executive David Stevens, 58, said it was the 'right thing to do' to reward his staff for their efforts.
metro - 15 hours ago
Man convinced he saw UFO after spotting ‘green flying saucer’ in the sky - metro

Man convinced he saw UFO after spotting ‘green flying saucer’ in the sky

Before this encounter, he didn't believe that flying saucers were real.
metro - 15 hours ago
French finance minister tests positive for Covid-19, as country grapples with record new infections - rt

French finance minister tests positive for Covid-19, as country grapples with record new infections

France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has tested positive for the coronavirus and is isolating at home. Meanwhile, France recorded its worst day for new cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
rt - 17 hours ago
Devastating storm WASHES BEACH AWAY on Greek island of Kefalonia (VIDEOS) - rt

Devastating storm WASHES BEACH AWAY on Greek island of Kefalonia (VIDEOS)

Storm Ianos made landfall in Greece on Friday and entirely washed away a beach on the island of Kefalonia. Videos posted by locals on social media showed massive destruction.
rt - 18 hours ago
Grandmother risks own health to feed poor in Covid-hit Peru - channel 4

Grandmother risks own health to feed poor in Covid-hit Peru

Peru locked down hard and early, but now it's battling one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world with their president declaring it "a war".
channel 4 - 18 hours ago
First votes cast in US presidential election - channel 4

First votes cast in US presidential election

The first votes have already been cast in November's US presidential election, as early voting opened in four states.
channel 4 - 18 hours ago
Israel in national lockdown as Covid cases soar in India - channel 4

Israel in national lockdown as Covid cases soar in India

Tonight marks the start of the Jewish new year and a fortnight which includes the holiest days in its calendar.
channel 4 - 18 hours ago
Fears ‘lost generation’ unemployment could top a million - channel 4

Fears ‘lost generation’ unemployment could top a million

No jobs, no training, no opportunities - in an economy battered by the impact of the pandemic there’s little wonder that young people are being called the lost generation.
channel 4 - 18 hours ago
Amal Clooney resigns as UK envoy over Brexit bill - channel 4

Amal Clooney resigns as UK envoy over Brexit bill

The human rights lawyer Amal Clooney says she is resigning as the UK's special envoy on media freedom over what she called the government's "lamentable" suggestion that it could breach international law.
channel 4 - 18 hours ago
We Just Ran Out of Names For Tropical Storms This Year Because 2020 - vice

We Just Ran Out of Names For Tropical Storms This Year Because 2020

“Get Out the Greek Alphabet For the Rest of 2020,” the National Hurricane Center wrote in a Tweet Friday. 
vice - 19 hours ago
Series 6, Episode 4: Erin Brockovich - channel 4

Series 6, Episode 4: Erin Brockovich

Krishnan speaks to the woman whose story was brought memorably to life by Julia Roberts back in the year 2000 about the impact of that film, the power of community action and why water could save the planet. 
channel 4 - 20 hours ago
Protester Says a Cop Sexually Assaulted Him With a Baton During Arrest - vice

Protester Says a Cop Sexually Assaulted Him With a Baton During Arrest

“Getting arrested is one thing but they beat the shit out of me,” said Michael Jacobs, who was arrested during a protest near a homeless encampment in Denver.
vice - 20 hours ago
Victoria police could arrest people who ‘MIGHT’ breach Covid lockdown under proposed bill - rt

Victoria police could arrest people who ‘MIGHT’ breach Covid lockdown under proposed bill

A proposal allowing police to preemptively lock up those they believe “might” violate coronavirus lockdown measures has gone before the Victoria state parliament, with many fearing it opens the door to unprecedented abuses.
rt - 21 hours ago
LOAD MORE NEWS
aljazeera
aol
bbc
channel 4
chronicle
cnbc
cnn
express
fox
independent
irish times
mashable
metro
mirror
national scot
nbcnews
new scientist
news un
newsy
quartz
rt
sky
the guardian
thenextweb
vice
yahoo
count
sauces
help
I'm confused... What am I doing here?

Choose which sources you wish to remain and you're all set. Use the buttons to turn sources on and off.

What do the different colours mean?

Depending on if any articles/links are visible on the page there are 4 modes to show the state of your chosen sources.

on / visible on page

off / visible on page

on / not visible on page

off / not visible on page

vice
Florida’s Governor Just Admitted the State Unemployment System Sucks on Purpose

Florida’s Governor Just Admitted the State Unemployment System Sucks on Purpose

vice - 1 month ago

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, admitted in an interview Tuesday with CBS Miami that the state’s much-maligned unemployment system was designed to work badly that people just give up on trying to receive benefits. 

Asked if the way the system was designed was meant to “discourage” people from collecting unemployment, DeSantis, who was elected in 2018, implied that he believed it does. 

“I think that was the animating philosophy,” DeSantis said. “I mean having studied how it was internally constructed, I think the goal was for whoever designed, it was, ‘Let’s put as many kind of pointless roadblocks along the way, so people just say, oh, the hell with it, I’m not going to do that.’”

From the beginning of the pandemic through April, roughly 40 percent of people who had applied for unemployment benefits — 268,000 people — were denied, resulting in the state telling them to apply again. Because of problems with the website, people were told to call a helpline; just 1 percent of the 864,000 calls in the last week of March were answered. (The state later contracted companies to provide up to 1,250 call center workers to help handle the claims.)

As of the beginning of July, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said it had processed 93% of unique claims, but that more than 180,000 claims still hadn’t been processed, according to NBC Miami. It’s also unclear how many people just gave up after not being able to submit claims; Florida’s unemployment rate in June was 10.4 percent. 

DeSantis’s predecessor, Rick Scott, overhauled the unemployment system upon becoming governor in 2011, slashing the cap on how many weeks unemployed people could receive benefits and creating a hard-to-access website that was so ineffective that the state almost immediately created a new one once the pandemic hit. 

Scott and Florida weren’t exactly alone in pushing to destroy their unemployment systems. Similar changes made by former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder resulted in a noticeable decline in the number of people who were able to successfully collect unemployment benefits in the state, a problem exacerbated when the state saw an unprecedented influx in new applications at the start of the pandemic. 

In North Carolina, fewer than 1 in 10 jobless people at the end of 2019 were able to access unemployment benefits, ProPublica reported in June. State Rep. David Lewis, a retiring Republican who helped overhaul the state’s unemployment system in a 2013 law slashing the maximum cap on benefits to a nationwide low of just 12 weeks, told ProPublica that part of the guiding principle of the legislation was “that we don’t want people on unemployment in North Carolina.”

And so Florida, like Michigan, North Carolina and so many other states at the start of the pandemic struggled mightily with handling the unprecedented influx of newly unemployed people, let alone distributing those benefits, and in some ways continues to struggle. 

A 2019 audit issued during DeSantis’s first year in office showed that the state’s unemployment website had major issues even when hundreds of thousands of people weren’t trying to access it all at the same time. DeSantis told CBS Miami that regarding the audit, “nothing ever reached my desk.”

Unemployed workers in Florida have reported having problems accessing benefits as recently as last month, but in June, DeSantis resisted calls from Democratic U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Ron Wyden of Oregon for the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate the state’s unemployment system. 

Still, DeSantis told CBS Miami he wants to make it easier for people to access benefits. 

“And, you know, for me, let’s decide on what the benefit is and let’s get it out as efficiently as possible. You know, we shouldn’t necessarily do these roadblocks to do it, so we have cleared a lot of those,” DeSantis said. “But I think going forward, I want all our systems, including unemployment, to be user friendly. And it was not user friendly.”

Cover: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference in Apopka, Florida on July 17, 2020. (Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

sauce: vice
CLOSE