2016-02-03 / Front Page

Internet In Bloom

By Ted Bloom

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A librarian and professor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor.  His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com and iTunes.

 

 

 

 Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A librarian and professor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor. His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com and iTunes. Happy New Year!  January 2016 just saw the second biggest blizzard in our city's history according to snowfall measurements in Central Park.  JFK airport saw more than 30 inches of powder.  Our mayor intelligently banned all traffic except emergency vehicles.  Of course a few New Yorkers resisted and had to be arrested.  Kudos to Mayor Bill DeBlasio.  For a city of more eight million, our casualties were thankfully minimal. 

Moreover, years ago I published a fitness column in New York and wish I knew about the following website: www.DrugSafetyNews.com.  Here is an excerpt from that site:  "The Xarelto lawsuit filed against the manufacturer of Xarelto (Janssen Pharmaceutical) and the co-marketer (Bayer Healthcare) states these companies failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of fatal internal bleeding when using Xarelto. The complaint states that if these companies had warned of the risks, then patients would have been prescribed the drug warfarin, a medication in which internal bleeding can be treated with high dosages of Vitamin K." The website is the creation of Attorney Mike Papantonio of the law firm Levin and Papantonio.  As you may guess the site lists a variety of questionable medications and related pending legislation.  Pharmaceutical companies are notorious for keeping money in politics and have about 25 lobbyists in Washington, per congressperson, so monitoring their ongoing law breaking and profiteering with deadly new drugs is not a bad idea.

Furthermore, 2016 is an election year with immigration being a hotly contested topic.  However, did you know that if you meet income requirements you may wave the hefty fee involved?  Please go to www.uscis.gov/feewaiver for details.  Many immigrants will qualify for this fee waiver.  For example, the fee waiver must be mailed and cannot be emailed.  However, you need to call to get the current mailing address.  The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has a toll free number.  The immigrants I know are the hardest workers I have ever seen and would make outstanding citizens.

Consequently, one reason to become a US citizen is that if you combine citizenship with a high school diploma or GED and are unemployed or under-employed and meet income requirements, you may be eligible for free tuition, registration, testing and books, for a variety of entry-level occupational certifications such as: Medical Assistant, Computer Support Specialist, Commercial Bus or Tractor-trailer Driver and both armed and unarmed Security Guards through the New York State Department of Labor.  The DOL calls this funding an Individual Training Grant (ITG).  Visit www.nyc.gov/trainingguide for details and do not be afraid to click away at the various links.  The grants range from $400.00 to $5000.00.  For example, if you already have a two or four year degree you are also available for financial assistance to become a Computer Systems Analyst or Network Administrator.

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