Alan Levin, Bloomberg Published 11:04 am PST, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 As if going without pay during the monthlong partial government shutdown isn't enough, thousands of federal workers are dealing with another financial indignity: servicing debt on government-issued credit cards. They are receiving credit card bills -- for which they are personally responsible -- for work-related expenses they incurred before the shutdown but can't be reimbursed for because their agencies are mostly closed and funds are frozen. "It's just crazy what we're having to put up with," said Michael Gonzales, a regional vice president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists union. "Something has to be done here. It's just bizarre." JPMorgan Chase & Co., one of several companies issuing government credit cards, will shield employees from downgrades to their credit scores for late payments, said spokesman Thomas Kelly. "We don't charge late fees or interest on those cards, and have … [Read more...] about Furloughed workers forced to loan Uncle Sam money for expenses
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The Worcester firefighter who died Sunday from injuries he sustained while battling a five-alarm blaze is being remembered by his family for his compassion and his dedication to the 9-year-old daughter he leaves behind. A funeral will be held for Christopher Roy, 36, on Saturday at Saint John’s Church in Worcester, according to his obituary. “Chris was a kind, caring and compassionate friend who was the pillar of his family,” his loved ones wrote in their remembrance. “Regardless of what may have been happening in his life, he always made time to be there to help others whenever it was needed.” A memorial fund has been started in the name of Roy’s daughter, Ava, who was the “light of his life,” according to the family. Read Roy’s full obituary below: Worcester – Firefighter Christopher J. Roy, 36, a Worcester Firefighter assigned to Webster Square Station Ladder 4, died on Sunday, December 9th from injures … [Read more...] about Read the obituary for Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy
When 29-year-old Cecilia Paredes decided to buy a 2018 Mini Cooper with cool black rims, she knew she’d be facing a professional negotiator — the car salesman. So Paredes, who works in the theses and dissertation office at California State University, Long Beach, brought her uncle along as her wingman.“I’m young, I look young and I’m a girl,” she says. “I was afraid they might try to take advantage of me.”Paredes isn’t alone. According to a recent survey commissioned by Cars.com, 1 in 4 millennial car buyers (in this case, ages 18-34) don’t feel comfortable negotiating and would prefer to have their parents help make the deal. But millennials have a secret weapon that forms a strong foundation for effective negotiating strategies: a penchant for online research.Even with the added transparency the internet provides, “negotiating is still very important in car buying,” says Greg Kopf, a brand ambassador … [Read more...] about 7 tactics to help car-buying newbies bargain like a boss
TAMPA BAY, Fla. - If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (June 15-17), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area. When: July 13-17Where: Florida State Fairgrounds at 4800 U.S. Highway 301, TampaCost: Click here for ticket information Info: Attention dog lovers! The 2018 Sunshine State Cluster will feature dozens of dog breeds competing in specialty K9 shows. From dock diving and obedience classes to best show puppies, there’s something for everyone. When: 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. When: 8 p.m. Where: The Straz Center at 1010 N Macinnes Place, TampaCost: $35Info: Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Tampa! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists. This show has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. … [Read more...] about What’s happening in Tampa Bay this weekend? June 15-17
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Inside Justin Trudeau’s campaign against the American trade war. Credit Photo illustration by Derek Brahney. Source photographs: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press, Mandel Ngan, via Getty Images and istockphoto. Supported by ByGuy Lawson June 9, 2018 The Canadians could see the trouble looming in the summer of 2016. Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s trade minister at the time, found herself, along with millions of Canadians, fixated on the unfolding United States presidential election, and it was becoming impossible to overlook the gathering clouds of protectionism. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were each casting aspersions upon Nafta as if it were self-evidently a bad deal for American workers, especially for the hollowed-out working and middle classes in the Midwestern states, like Ohio and Michigan, that would decide the election. Incredibly, at least according to Trump, America’s … [Read more...] about First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back.