Action News Investigates has learned Pennsylvania was supposed to have a state-of-the-art unemployment computer system two years ago.But the state is still using a 40-year-old system that has been overwhelmed with 1.65 million unemployment filings since the pandemic started.In 2017, the state Labor and Industry Department agreed to pay Geographic Solutions of Florida $35 million for a new unemployment system.Buried deep in the 2,589-page contract is a section showing the system was supposed to go live on April 30, 2018.Instead, the state has been fielding 20,000 calls a day from angry people who cannot get their unemployment using the old system.”It’s very frustrating,” said laid-off construction worker Jim Foster of Kittanning. He filed five weeks ago but still has not gotten an unemployment check.He said he was angry to learn about the delays with the new computer system.”Someone in Harrisburg that’s in charge of this stuff should have said, ‘Hey … Read More
‘I love you’: How a badly-coded computer virus caused billions in damage and exposed problems which remain 20 years on
Skinny, with a mop of black hair falling to his eyebrows, he appeared to barely register the journalists’ shouted questions, his only movement the occasional dabbing of sweat from his face with a white towel. Seated to his right, de Guzman’s lawyer Rolando Quimbo had to lean in close to hear the 23-year-old’s mumbled response, which he then repeated in English for the waiting press.
“He is not really aware that the acts imputed to him were indeed done by him,” the lawyer said. “So if you ask me whether or not he was aware of the consequences I would say that he is not aware.”
Twenty years on, the ILOVEYOU virus remains one of the farthest reaching ever. Tens of millions of computers around the world were affected. The fight to contain the malware and track down its author was front page news globally, waking up a largely complacent … Read More
I may be a meer 23-year-old born in the 90s, but I still remember the good old days before smartphones, Instagram and tablets took over our lives. Before technology, people use to talk to each face-to-face and meet up without texting “I’m here” first… if you can believe it!
However, when I think back to the Commodore 64 that was kept in the dining room, I suddenly realize how far we have come in such a short space of time.
sales-i has to be thankful for the developments in technology as, without it, we wouldn’t be here. As a small tribute to the boffins who are constantly innovating and enhancing technology, I’d like to share a few before and after shots of our most used gadgets. Hold on tight, we’re going back in time!
If you arrived at work and saw this ancient-looking piece of machinery sat on
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Response to COVID-19
For 175 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has offered person-to-person services to the most vulnerable in communities throughout the United States. In 2018, The Society’s nearly 100,000 trained volunteers throughout the United States provided 12.5 million hours of volunteer service, helping more than 5.4 million people.
Around the country, we are adapting our daily work to practice social distancing, as directed by federal and state agencies. In these unprecedented times, SVdP is shifting our service model from personalized face-to-face service to meeting basic needs while social distancing… to protect the health of our volunteers, staff, friends in need, and communities. We are tailoring our services to meet the unique needs of all the communities we serve.
We are accustomed to working with vulnerable populations. Like other businesses and organizations, our local groups have adopted protocols for preventing