Thousands of Floridians File Damage Claims from Hurricane Dorian

first_imgHundreds of South Floridians joined thousands of others across the state in filing insurance claims for damage from Hurricane Dorian, even though the storm did not make landfall here.According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, about 4,000 claims had been submitted statewide through September 16. Of that number, 908, or 23 percent, were filed in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.Michael Peltier, spokesman of the state-owned Citizens Property Insurance Corp., says, “Most of the damage we are seeing is from downed limbs and that sort of thing. Generally speaking, if something [tree limb, fence, etc.] was already weak, it could sustain damage under Dorian conditions.”The information released by the state does not offer any details on the type or severity of the claims.Dorian remained about 100 miles offshore and brought wind gusts up to 41 mph through South Florida, and 44 mph around Jacksonville and Daytona Beach.Peltier explains that although sustained winds were lower along the coast when Dorian was near, a gust of wind is all it takes to break a tree limb over a house.More than half of the insurance claims filed – 2,288 of 3,961 – were for residential damage, while 156 were for commercial property damage.Another 1,500 were for miscellaneous coverage, which includes fire, marine, auto, aircraft, industrial, crop and surplus lines.last_img read more

New Concept in Urgent Care: Treating Both Medical and Behavioral Health

first_img“What’s extraordinary about it is that it’s ordinary,” said Donald Parker, CEO of Carrier Clinic and president of Care Transformation for Behavioral Health for HMH. “It’s in a neighborhood, it’s in a community, it’s across the street from the hospital. It’s got a parking lot. It’s not someplace that you can’t see. It’s not hiding away in the back of the emergency room.” NEPTUNE CITY – Whether you have the flu or feelings of depression or anxiety, a new urgent care center with behavioral health services can help. The center’s opening is a collaborative effort between Hackensack Meridian Health, with corporate offices in Edison, and Carrier Clinic, based in Belle Mead, meant to bring integrated health care to the community. Their three main goals are to get rid of the stigma surrounding behavioral health issues, provide people experiencing mental health issues with the latest treatments through new technologies, and rapidly expand access to care. Parker said they expect this to be the first behavioral health urgent care center integrated with a medical urgent care center in the country. It will give patients the ability to walk in and receive help immediately. Previously, people seeking immediate help with nonemergent issues might have had to go to the emergency room, which he described as “expensive” and “crowded.” “We saw the rates of depression across the United States and in New Jersey significantly rise. We saw suicide rates continually going up. Just last year alone in New Jersey, over 3,000 of our citizens passed away due to opioid overdoses,” said Garrett. Parker said he thinks the future of behavioral health is “all about being commonplace, being ordinary, being in the places that we need it.” The center is located on Route 33 in Neptune City. After looking at statistics years ago, Garrett said the board of Hackensack Meridian Health knew it had to do something to combat the problems facing the health care system at large. He said studies show that 1 in 5 Americans have some type of mental illness. The pursuit to open such a center started seven years ago when Parker wrote a grant for a center for Medicare and Medicaid services that was ultimately denied. “I’ve been pounding on it,” he said. Bob Garrett, Hackensack Meridian Health CEO, said patients with mental illnesses or addictions had to navigate busy emergency departments at hospitals, competing with patients who are having strokes, heart attacks or have been involved in motor vehicle accidents. “Many of those patients don’t need emergent care, but they need urgent care. They need quality urgent care. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do here,” said Garrett. The center has a physician on site at all times, access to specialists, a lab with X-ray and EKG machines, as well as follow-up communication with primary care providers. It is not a clinic nor does it replace a patient’s psychiatrist, therapist or psychologist. Patients with more serious symptoms such as thoughts of suicide should go to a Behavioral Health Clinic, professional or local emergency room equipped to handle that higher level of care, according to the center. Noting a lack of addiction treatment centers in New Jersey, Garrett said one is now underway in northern New Jersey that will open later this year into next year. It will include 80 in-patient beds and out-patient services and programs. “Too many people in New Jersey, particularly our young people, are still traveling out of state for addiction treatment services. They’re going to states like Florida and Arizona and California,” he said. At a ribbon cutting Friday, the people behind Hackensack Meridian Urgent Care with Behavioral Health, located across from Jersey Shore University Medical Center, said this could be the first center of its kind in the country. “What I love about what Bob and Don and all of you have done here is you’re setting an example of what the future should look like,” Kennedy said. “We want chronic disease management of these illnesses. We want them integrated into the rest of physical health care.” An estimated 140 attendees visited Neptune City’s urgent care center for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 20. Speakers included Garrett; Parker; former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy; deputy commissioner of Integrated Health for New Jersey Deborah Hartel; and Neptune Mayor Carol Rizzo. In a passionate delivery, Kennedy said the nation’s response to the opioid epidemic and suicide crisis is “pitiful.” Backers and supporters of the new Hackensack Meridian Urgent Care with Behavioral Health center gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 20 in Neptune City.Photo by Allison Perrine Freeholder Gerry P. Scharfenberger said the center fills “a huge niche” and also gets patients out of the emergency room. “I think it’s great. It’s really something I’d like to see expanded.”last_img read more


first_img–30– ARCADIA, CA, APRIL 30, 2015–Looking every bit the odds-on favorite from start to finish, Sunday Rules remained unbeaten by rolling to a 2 1/2-length victory in Thursday’s $81,900 feature race at Santa Anita Park under jockey Tyler Baze for trainer Phil D’Amato.A 4-year-old California-bred daughter of the late Tribal Rule, Sunday Rules never left the issue in doubt in the 6 ½ furlong race. She broke on top from her No. 3 post position in a field of five, held a daylight lead throughout, and was never seriously threatened in posting her fourth consecutive victory by a combined margin of 24 1/4 lengths.It was the first race for Sunday Rules since last June 26, a span of more than nine months.“The next step for her will be a Cal-bred stakes at the end of the month (the $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes at six furlongs on May 23),” D’Amato said. “Then after that, maybe we can think about some graded stakes along the line.“She’s been training like a more mature filly, a little classier than she was as a younger filly, so I thought I would see a more composed performance today, and I saw that.”Sunday Rules, owned and bred by Nick Alexander, paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10 across the board and covered the distance on a fast track in 1:15.24 under 119 pounds. Her fractional times were 21.80, 44.25 and 1:08.53.Wasted At Midnight, off at 8-1, was second throughout under Flavien Prat, paying $4 and $2.40, while 5-2 second choice Scherzinger, Rafael Bejarano up, was a distant third, 6 ¾ lengths behind Wasted At Midnight. Scherzinger, winner of the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita in January of last year, returned $2.10 to show.Heat Du Jour and Lotta Attitude completed the order of finish.            Sunday Rules earned $49,140, increasing her career bankroll to $224,880.last_img read more

Plans for major roadworks in Killybegs scrapped following community push back

first_imgPlans to narrow the Shore Road and introduce a one-way system on Killybegs Main Street have been abandoned, it has been reported.The news comes following strong opposition to the changes, with over 100 submissions made to Donegal County Council since the proposal.It is understood that new proposals, including a car park with only one entry and exit point, will go before Donegal County Councillors before being submitted for funding. A spokesperson for the Killybegs Community Council said: “After a public meeting hosted by Killybegs Community Council, over 100 submissions were made to Donegal County Council regarding the development plan for the Diamond Area in Killybegs.“Thanks to these submissions, local councillors heard the strong objections to reducing the width of the Shore Road and to introducing a one-way system from the Main Street to the Shore Road.“It is reported that these changes have now been abandoned. The amended plan will go before all Donegal County Councillors,” the spokesperson added.“This plan is not available for the public to view so any other changes which may or may not have been made cannot be identified by local stakeholders before it goes before the entire Council. “It is positive news that the voices of the local people are beginning to be heard.”Plans for major roadworks in Killybegs scrapped following community push back was last modified: July 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Need a ticket to Warriors’ playoff opener vs. Clippers? You’re in luck

first_imgAlthough the anniversary of the Warriors’ first ever playoff game in Oakland was on April Fool’s Day, they’re not commemorating it with a joke when they say tickets are still available for Saturday night’s playoff opener against the Clippers.A Warriors spokesperson said tickets for Saturday night’s Game 1 can still be purchased through at In fact, if you’re looking to head to Oracle Arena to attend any of Golden State’s home games during their final postseason at …last_img read more

Give a World of Adventure

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Shop Elves holiday gift guide!November 30, 2017In “Community”Worlds Apart, Geocaching Connects a Father and SonJanuary 21, 2014In “Community”The 3 Things to Avoid While Geocaching with KidsDecember 23, 2014In “Community” (Advertisement)Give a World of Adventure in a Geocache ContainerThe holidays are approaching and with the Geocaching Action and Discovery kit, you can inspire the spirit of adventure in kids. The Explorer’s Guide to Geocaching Activity Book—exclusive to the kit—guides them through the adventure of geocaching with fun characters, over a dozen activities and more. They’ll have everything they need to find their first few geocaches* as well as hide one of their own.Give this kit and unlock millions of adventures around the world. Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img Recommended for ages 8 – 12The Geocaching Action and Discovery Kit includes:The Explorer’s Guide to Geocaching Activity BookClear Ammo Can ContainerGeocaching Logo Cinch BagRock Geocache ContainerMicro Geocache ContainerNano Geocache ContainerLog PencilSmall LogbookWooden NickelGeocaching Logo PatchGeocaching Logo Bracelet*Download of a free iPhone, Android or Windows Phone app required for outdoor geocaching.last_img read more

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Spotlight On India

first_imgFor this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable, we teamed up with the Indian Angel Network (IAN).First up, Nimesh Khiara from Mumbai, India, discussed StopWaitin, a restaurant reservation system that includes managing waiting lists and is similar in concept to OpenTable. Nimesh has a couple of corporations that are interested in beta testing his solution to offer corporate discounts to their workforces, and a few restaurants are also interested.One of Nimesh’s questions was that he is discovering that the BPO/call center industry does not give Internet access to employees; hence, the solution would not be accessible to them. Well, this is a clear indicator that he should avoid the BPO/call center industry and focus on industry segments where corporations not only provide Internet access to their employees, but the employees themselves are tech savvy. Fortunately, there are numerous such companies in India.I advised Nimesh to focus on getting a couple of large corporations in Mumbai and a dozen restaurants in the beta program, and get the business going. As he grows, he can simply focus on increasing the restaurant portfolio and getting more corporate clients. I also advised him to avoid consumer marketing and market his service through the HR departments of the corporations as an employee benefit. It would be much cheaper to acquire customers this way.FEEDManivel Karuppasamy from Bangalore, India, presented FEED (Funding Entrepreneurs, Encouraging Dreams), a crowdsourced funding marketplace for India. I did not get the sense that Manivel knows anything about raising money for businesses, and he wants to cover not only entrepreneurial fund-raising but also funding for musicians trying to produce an album, and so on. That’s a broad charter, with huge scope, and I asked Manivel how he proposes to establish trust in the exchange and prevent fraud?It turns out that Manivel has experience raising money from philanthropic projects from his alumni association, which gave me the idea that he could create and manage whitelabel exchanges on behalf of various alumni associations; this approach would have built-in trust and validation mechanisms to prevent fraud.I advised Manivel to reposition his company to cater to institutes that want to develop private funding exchanges and conduct a thorough customer validation process based on that assumption.Subscription Carpool ServiceNext, Gurdip Singh from Gurgaon, India, discussed a subscription-based managed carpool service that would create groups of four people, each responsible for driving the others to work one week a month. The ROI is straightforward and compelling; however, how do you prevent people from finding their buddies to drive with and stopping the subscription?Well, it turns out that Gurdip wants to do reconfiguration of alternatives if one day there is a no-show after 30 minutes, so that all his subscribers have rides without any disruption to their schedules. Now, this is a hard problem to solve, but I can see that if Gurdip can solve it, it would mean that the service is worth subscribing to on an ongoing basis. I advised Gurdip to figure out how he would do the reconfiguration because his business depends on cracking that nut.i-GlobifyEdward Varghese from New Delhi, India, pitched i-Globify, an outsourcing service catering to the niche travel vertical, focusing on building Web 3.0 back ends for medical, religious, sports, and other kinds of tourism solutions.Edward has a medical tourism portal customer for whom he is building such a solution. I liked his approach to building an outsourcing solution: focusing on a niche and building in-depth skills and credibility within that vertical. I think that Edward can not only build a successful outsourcing services company based on this premise, he can also build an IP portfolio and potentially a platform product that would make it more compelling, specialized, and higher-margin business than any old labor arbitrage shop.Next week, we are focusing on entrepreneurs in Latin and Central America. You can register for the next roundtable here.You can also listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here and select the business you like best through a poll on the 1M/1M Facebook page. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sramana mitracenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#StartUp 101 last_img read more

How to Replace 8 Ineffective Practices with Ones That Accelerate Growth

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are ideas a sales leader must refuse. Allowing these ideas to take hold can decelerate growth, distract the sales force from their real work, and result in a poor sales performance. They can also start a vicious cycle, a downward trend that is difficult to reverse.Allowing Sales Reps to Become Operators: There are always going to be people within an organization who will ask for help from the sales team. Reps do operational work when there are issues where a salesperson’s competency with customers can make the difference. While you want your players to be good teammates, you have to say “no” to the idea that your salespeople are responsible for work that belongs to operations or customer service or accounting. While they own the outcomes they sell, they do not own the transactions. When you allow your team to get mired in operation, you have effectively reduced the size of your sales force.Allowing a Change in Strategy: There are salespeople and sales managers and other leaders who would all have you change the company’s strategy from value creation to the lowest price. To many non-sales leaders, removing price as an obstacle is a way to win more new business faster. The danger in this line of thinking is the big client you want bad enough to compromise on your overall strategy is the first step on the slippery slope of competing on price. Once you say yes, you have established a precedent for all big deals that follow, and in doing so, you have allowed others to change the company’s strategy.Permitting a Lack of Direction: Leaders and managers want to hire people they trust and let them figure out what they need to do and how they should do it. Many fear being known as a micromanager, preferring a laissez-faire approach to leading and managing. As many people complain about not getting the direction they need as complain about micromanagement. You can not allow people to drift, without goals, and without strong guidance as to how they are supposed to reach those goals.Threats to the Culture: In every sales organization, there is a spiritual leader, the person who tells others what is good and right and true. When the person the sales team looks to for guidance in understanding their world is negative and cynical, you have a threat to your culture. Negative people influence others to become negative by suggesting that the challenges they have don’t lie within themselves, that it is external. They point to the company, the strategy, the leadership team, the product team, their clients, or their competition as the reason for their poor performance. Allowing these threats to continue without confronting them and removing the source assures your culture suffers.No Accountability: It’s challenging to maintain a cadence. It is hard to hold the regular meetings necessary to ensure accountability for results, week after week, month after month, and quarter after quarter. However, a little thing like skipping pipeline meetings that ensure you have enough new opportunities coming in leads to too few new opportunities. Allowing salespeople to go weeks or months without prospecting all but ensures they will have trouble in the future. The sales manager will share responsibility for an unfortunate result, but so will you, the sales leader who allowed a lack of accountability.Annual Changing of Their Approach: I have spoken at sales kickoff meetings for the same companies for three years in a row. In each of the three years, the sales force was provided with a new approach designed to accelerate their results. Never mind that they never did the work on the first change in strategy. Instead, they whipsawed the sales force, promising them this new approach is what is most important, only to change their mind less than twelve months later.Retaining Those Who Have Already Left: Some people have already left your company, they are just still showing up at their job. Their heart is no longer in their work, and they are biding their time, waiting for something better to come along. With their heart gone, their mind follows. They no longer do the work, and instead, they coast, hoping you don’t discover them. Selling requires too much of an individual to allow a person to go through the motions. You cannot allow someone who is not—or will not—do the work necessary to occupy a spot on your roster.Preferring Technology to Competency: There is an epidemic in sales organizations now. The illness is believing (or wishing or hoping) that technological solutions will produce faster growth. It’s easier to invest in technology than it is to build a force of value-creating, consultative, trusted advisors whom your clients will look at as peers. While you need to provide the sales force with the tools necessary to succeed, you cannot allow tools to be a substitute for teaching, training, coaching, and developing the sales force.Leading is never easy. There are always competing interests, and it is challenging to build and maintain a high-performing sales organization under the best of circumstances. As a leader, you are responsible for eliminating and replacing ineffective practices with better, healthier ones. Start with these.last_img read more

Kartarpur Corridor work apace, says Amarinder

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday said the work on the Kartarpur Corridor on the Indian side would be completed by October 30. The Chief Minister visited Dera Baba Nanak to review the progress of the ongoing construction work. Demanding immediate withdrawal by Pakistan the proposed facilitation charge of $20 per visitor to the historic Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib, saying it was against the basic spirit of Sikh ideology.Capt. Singh said he had already sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to pressurise Pakistan into withdrawing the proposed fee and suggested that the Minister of External Affairs take up the matter during bilateral meetings subject for early resolution of the matter.The Chief Minister expressed the confidence that the work on Kartarpur Corridor on the Indian side would be completed by October 30, though he expressed concerns about the pace of progress on the Pakistani side. In response to a question on the security threat along the corridor, he underlined the need to remain on constant guard.Asked about the differences with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on the celebration of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the Chief Minister said talks were progressing cordially.last_img read more


first_imgAttention all NTL referees:Here you will find a gear order and levy payment form for the Opens and Seniors 2006 NTL.Please note: Payments MUST NOT be made until you have received your official letter of acceptance from Touch Football Australia.TFA will send out acceptance letters by mid January, with levy payments needing to be finalised by January 30th. With TFA recently introducing a new logo, the gear order form has the option to purchase either gear with the new logo, or gear with the old logo at a slightly reduced price. Click here to view the gear order and levy payment form: NTL GEAR ORDER 7 LEVY PAYMENT FORMAny enquiries contact Rachel on [email protected] or (02) 6285 2703.last_img read more