I’d spend £5k on these 2 cheap UK shares in my ISA for 2021! Royston Wild | Saturday, 12th December, 2020 | More on: STVG TRI Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 2020 has been one of the most difficult for UK share investors in recent memory. The coronavirus outbreak, which caused the stock market crash of late February and early March and the subsequent collapse in the global economy, gave stock pickers enough to worry about this year.But tit-for-tat arguing over trade tariffs, ongoing Brexit-related chaos, and the added threat of political chaos in the US hasn’t done investor confidence a favour either.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Share market performance in 2020 could have been a lot worse had it not been for the strong performance of small-cap stocks since the spring. The FTSE 100 is down 13% since trading began on 1 January. The FTSE AIM All-Share index, meanwhile, is up 12%, soaring after the initial stock market crash.Many professional investors reckon that small- and micro-cap stocks will continue outperforming larger UK shares as we move into 2021. So now could be a great time to buy as hopes of a strong rebound in the global economy grow.2 too-cheap-to-miss UK sharesHere are a couple of small-cap shares I’m thinking of buying today. Let me explain why I’d buy them for my Stocks and Shares ISA for 2021 and hold them for 10 years at least:#1: TrifastSmall-cap Trifast makes screws, bolts and fastenings for a huge number of applications. They can be found inside your washing machine, your laptop, your car, even your Covid-19 protective visor. This UK share’s broad exposure to a variety of cyclical sectors puts it in great shape to ride the economic recovery. And its massive geographic wingspan covering Europe, the US and Asia will let it ride the upturn to the maximum. Trifast is expected to return to earnings growth this fiscal year (to March 2021). And it trades on a low forward price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of 0.8 for the rapidly-approaching new financial period. That’s supported by expectations of a 26% profits jump in 2021. And I’m excited by the company’s future profits opportunities as global car demand soars.#2: STV GroupBroadcaster STV Group is in great shape to ride any economic recovery in 2021. History shows us that spending by advertisers recovers very quickly when conditions improve. And this is why City analysts reckon annual profits at this UK share will zoom 20% higher in 2021. But this small-cap isn’t just a brilliant buy for the here and now. I’m also encouraged by the huge investment it’s making in digital and video on demand (VOD), steps that should deliver robust long-term profits growth. 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SHARE Corn planting is 8% in Indiana up from 1% from last week but well behind the average of 26%. Only 1% of the soybean crop has been planted compared to the 5 year average of 8% Winter Wheat is 43% joined with only a few fields showing heads. The crop is rated as 62% good to excellent. Illinois leads the Midwest with 38% of the corn planted while Iowa has 15% of their corn in the ground. Nationally 28% of the corn has been planted. By Gary Truitt – Apr 28, 2014 Facebook Twitter Corn Planting 8% Complete in Indiana SHARE Corn planting is under way but still well below average for this time of year. Soybean planting has been reported in very limited amounts, primarily in southern districts. While progress seems to be slow relative to 5 year averages, it’s important to note that those averages include the unusually fast years of 2012 and 2010. Some small portion of frost damage has been witnessed in winter wheat as it greens up, and slow-growing pasture has led some farmers to maintain their livestock on hay for the time being. Those not planting focused on tillage and application of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides, as well as maintenance of equipment and tile. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn Planting 8% Complete in Indiana Continuing warm and dry weather for the week ending April 27 has encouraged farmers to begin planting activities, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Temperatures in the state ranged from 2º below to 8º degrees above normal, with a high of 83º and a low of 28º. Precipitation amounts ranged from 0.08 to 1.13 inches. Many farmers took advantage of warmer and drier conditions this week to kick off planting, although some others held back in anticipation of cool wet weather predicted for much of next week. Previous articleFarmer Testifies About Proposed EPA Water RuleNext articleIndiana Farmers Helping Boost Mexican Pork Consumption Gary Truitt
April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay about a new scheme proposed by the Chinese Communist Party Propaganda Department to put newspapers on a penalty points’ system.The new system, revealed today by a newspaper in Hong Kong, consolidates the bringing to heel of the media undertaken by President Hu Jintao in the name of a “harmonious society”.“This project of a penalty points’ licence for the press could seem funny if it was not in fact another type of sanctions that will end in more suspensions and bans. We urge the government, particularly the prime minister Wen Jiabao, to oppose this plan,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong revealed on 9 February that a new system of sanctions had been presented to editors of state-run newspapers by the propaganda department. Each publication would start with 12 points, which could then be deducted for each “wrongdoing”.A surveillance group made up of officials from the Propaganda Department and the General Administration of Press and Publications would be tasked with sanctioning offending media, according to the seriousness of the mistake. Once a media had lost all its points, its management would be punished in their turn.2006 was marked by a series of measures designed to discipline editorial departments seen by the propaganda department as too liberal. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on China Organisation News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes February 9, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Plans to put the press on a penalty points’ system News June 2, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber Censorship Figures
The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$49.3 billion) from the state budget to fund its fight against the coronavirus. The funds are allocated to strengthen the healthcare system and bolster the economy during the virus-induced economic downturn, among other things.According to Finance Ministry data, the government had only spent 4.68 percent of Rp 87.5 trillion (US$6.09 billion) allocated for the healthcare sector as of Monday, while spending on social assistance reached 34.06 percent of the Rp 203.9 trillion budget.Meanwhile, the government has also spent 22.74 percent of the Rp 123.46 trillion allocated to incentives for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as it placed Rp 30 trillion in state-owned banks to boost loan disbursement for businesses.The government has also spent 10.14 percent of the Rp 120.6 trillion allocated to tax incentives, and 4 percent of the Rp 106.1 trillion allocated to be used as stimulus for regional governments.“We will track the stimulus spending so that it will go to those who need it most,” Sri Mulyani said on Tuesday. “This is aimed at addressing the economic impact of the pandemic and therefore the possibility of socioeconomic recovery will be bigger.”Economists have long pushed the government to swiftly disburse the allocated funds as various data indicate weakening private consumption and cooling business activity as the pandemic unfolds.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced Wednesday that inflation stood at 1.96 percent year-on-year (yoy) in June, a 20-year low and below Bank Indonesia’s (BI) target range of between 2 and 4 percent for the year. BPS head Suhariyanto told reporters last month that this year’s low inflation was due to weaker purchasing power as the pandemic reined in consumer demand.Meanwhile, falling imports in all goods categories of more than 40 percent in May point to lower demand and weaker manufacturing activities as well as investment.“Fiscal authorities must be more aggressive in spending their budget to jump-start the economy in the near term,” Bank Central Asia (BCA) economist David Sumual told The Jakarta Post last week, adding that government spending should grow by double digits this year to prevent a greater economic downturn.Bank Permata economist Josua Pardede urged the government on Tuesday to speed up spending to bolster the economy. He warned that slow disbursement might hinder economic recovery.The government expects Indonesia’s economy to shrink 3.8 percent in the second quarter this year and rebound in the subsequent quarters as it began reopening the economy despite a surge in virus cases.It now expects full-year growth of 1 percent in the baseline scenario or contraction of 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario.Topics : Disbursement of the COVID-19 budget for the healthcare sector, for instance, stood at less than 5 percent so far, she added. The Health Ministry has encountered problems in verifying the hospitals, the doctors’ names and their area of duty, meaning that not all frontliners had received government incentives, among other issues.“On that basis, the administrative and verification process remain obstacles [in disbursing the funds],” Sri Mulyani stressed.In a video released on Sunday by his press office, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo highlighted the slow disbursement of the government’s COVID-19 response budget as he called on his ministers to go the extra mile to accelerate the implementation of pandemic policies.“All the money that’s supposed to be for the people is stuck,” he said, telling his ministers to disburse the healthcare budget and the much-anticipated social aid program in an uncharacteristically angry speech. Several administrative issues have hampered the government’s efforts to disburse COVID-19 funds swiftly, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said, as economists push the government to quickly channel the funds to avoid slowing economic recovery.Sri Mulyani admitted that the stimulus spending was still slow to take effect on the economy due to the operational challenges.“The stimulus is currently in the early stage and we will improve [disbursement] to speed up spending,” she said on Monday, urging ministries and government agencies to accelerate spending in a bid to bolster the economy.
PITTSBURGH — Syracuse (3-8, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) fell to Pittsburgh, (5-6, 3-4) 30-7, at Heinz Field on Saturday evening. The Panthers kept their bowl hopes alive while the Orange sank further into irrelevancy, and here are three takeaways from the game.1. That’s the goalSyracuse has been trying to punch the ball into the end zone all season, and finally did so on Saturday. But instead of Prince-Tyson Gulley, Adonis Ameen-Moore or another one of SU’s five running backs, it was defensive tackle Ron Thompson clawing for the plane on third down.It was the Orange’s only touchdown of the game — bringing SU within 10 with 11:04 left in the third — and just the third time this season that a non-quarterback rushed for an SU score. Thompson’s plunge tied him with Gulley and Ameen-Moore with one on the season, and it was also the first time a non-quarterback rushed into the end zone since Syracuse’s season opener against Villanova on Aug. 29.At the onset of the season, the Orange’s five-running back rotation was a perceived offensive strength. But Thompson’s touchdown just about says it all.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Silver liningSteve Ishmael.If there’s anything Syracuse can leave the Steel City with, it’s an encouraging performance in a game where encouraging performances were few and far between.Ishmael finished with 6 catches for 97 yards, providing a reliable target for freshman quarterback AJ Long. On Syracuse’s lone scoring drive, Ishmael caught an 11-yard pass on third down and then a 46-yard pass that ultimately set up Thompson’s touchdown run.In the fourth quarter, Ishmael caught a 15-yard pass but was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty right after. But that was just a small gaffe in an otherwise solid performance.3. Empty HeinzAside from a spirited singing of “Sweet Caroline” at the start of the fourth quarter, the Pittsburgh crowd was thin and quiet on Saturday. Taking weather, Thanksgiving and the magnitude of the game, you can’t blame the Panther faithful for not turning out in droves.But Pitt running back James Conner — before leaving the game with an injury — set an ACC single-season record and tied a longstanding Pittsburgh record with his 22nd rushing touchdown of the season. It was also senior day, and just about no one was around to see.Some of the largest cheers of the game came when Pittsburgh kicker Chris Blewitt silenced Twitter and narrowly hit two field goals. And they were sarcastic.Pittsburgh has a great venue in Heinz Field, but that didn’t turn into any support with the less-than-excitable Orange in town. Comments Published on November 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Even though Cormier no longer plans on retiring when he turns 40 next month, the current heavyweight champion isn’t going to stick around too much longer, which would clear a path for a healthy, active Velasquez to once again challenge for championship gold, but that’s getting ahead of ourselves.First, let’s see what he looks like this weekend against Ngannou and whether he can emerge with a clean bill of health.If he clears those two major hurdles, then we can start discussing whether 2019 is the year Cain Velasquez returns full-time to potentially fulfill his destiny as the greatest heavyweight in UFC history. Join DAZN and watch Paul Daley vs. Michael Page at Bellator 216 on Feb. 16Unfortunately, it’s a familiar position to be in when it comes to Velasquez, as the now 36-year-old heavyweight has spent far more time dealing with injuries and extended absences over the last half-decade than he has contending with actual opponents.Velasquez has fought just twice in the last five-plus years, as his triumphant return at UFC 200 came after a 13-month layoff following his submission loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 in Mexico City. That fight was preceded by a 20-month hiatus that started after he wrapped up his rubber match with Junior dos Santos in convincing fashion at UFC 166.It seems absurd even as I write it — going three fights back on Velasquez’s resume takes us all the way to October 2013, when Lorde burst onto the music scene with “Royals” and her debut album Pure Heroine and Gravity was enjoying another week atop the box office charts.To put it into perspective, the whole of Ngannou’s UFC career has transpired in the time since Velasquez’s loss to Werdum, with “The Predator” making nine appearances in the Octagon to the former champion’s one.Between the injuries and the layoffs, there is no way to know how Velasquez will look on Sunday because while he showed no signs of rust or decline when taking Browne to the woodshed at the UFC’s bicentennial show, that was still well over two years ago and not only is he that much older, but he’s also stepping in with one of the most dangerous threats in the division.But as Velasquez’s return draws closer, it’s impossible not to wonder what the landscape of the heavyweight division might look like had the ultra-talented former champion not lost so much time to injuries.A Dominant ForceBefore delving into what might have been, we first have to remember what we know to be true and that is that for a two-year, four-fight stretch between his losses to dos Santos and Werdum, Cain Velasquez was one of the most dominant forces to ever grace the heavyweight division.Velasquez was a new breed of heavyweights — a 240-pound attack dog with the skill set and conditioning of a lightweight. Sure, he could knock you out with a single clubbing blow like the majority of elite heavyweight competitors, but he could also bury you with volume, maintaining a ridiculous pace for a man his size, all the while threatening to dump you to the canvas and maul you from top position as he did Silva, twice.He was heralded as a something different when he arrived in the UFC with a first-round finish of Brad Morris at UFC 83 and validated his advanced billing by steamrolling the competition on the way to snatching the heavyweight title from Brock Lesnar in a one-sided beatdown that lasted four minutes and change at UFC 121.Even after losing the belt to dos Santos in November 2011, Velasquez returned to re-affirm his standing as the best heavyweight in the sport over the next two years. In twin fights with both Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and dos Santos, the former Arizona State Sun Devil crippled the wills and stole the souls of the two Brazilians.Silva was never the same fighter following his second fight to Velasquez, which lasted just 81 seconds, while “Cigano” alternated wins and losses over his next four appearances, battling myriad injuries of his own. It wasn’t until the second half of this year that the former champion returned to looking like a potential title threat.Unfortunately for Velasquez, he would spend the better part of the next two years on the sidelines before losing the heavyweight title to Werdum, followed by another extended layoff before returning to beat Browne.Even then, despite all the time off, the numerous surgeries and various other injuries, Velasquez still looked like a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division.What Might Have BeenGiven that he’s never been anything other than a champion or elite contender over the last decade, let’s start by agreeing that had Velasquez remained healthy and active in the time since his title loss to Werdum at UFC 188, he would have remained in the championship conversation.His performance against Browne is the only evidence needed to support this assumption.That puts Velasquez competing against the likes of Werdum, Stipe Miocic, dos Santos, and Alistair Overeem, with the possibility of him facing newer additions to the contender class like Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes, Derrick Lewis or Alexander Volkov as well.His history with dos Santos plays a big part in trying to determine what the division may have looked like had Velasquez been active because while the possibility existed, as it does for every heavyweight and every fighter, that he could get caught with something that puts him down, the truth is that Velasquez would have been no worse than a coin flip against all of the top competitors in the division.A rematch with Werdum never materialized and would have been truly compelling, as the Brazilian’s submission skills would have given Velasquez pause when it comes to pursuing takedowns, especially given how their first encounter ended. That said, a healthy Velasquez was far quicker, far sharper and more of a finisher on the feet than Werdum, so meeting him in the center of the cage and turning it into a slugfest would have been a viable strategy.Overeem would have been the inverse of Werdum — a threat on the feet thanks to his assorted weapons, quickness and power, but could he had prevented Velasquez from bullying him the way he did dos Santos in their second and third meetings? It would have been an interesting pairing, but chances are bettors would install Velasquez as a clear favorite.The most intriguing matchup of the bunch is a potential pairing with Miocic, who took over as the division’s well-rounded cardio freak in Velasquez’s stead and possesses the talents and intangibles to match the former titleholder shot-for-shot. In another lifetime, they could have been what the UFC envisioned Velasquez and dos Santos being — the well-matched rivals who pushed it each other to new heights, trading the title back-and-forth in a series of massive pay-per-view main events.As for the new crop of contenders, the results of some of their most recent outings illustrate how hypothetical encounters with Velasquez would have most likely played out.Against Ngannou and Lewis, he replicates the tactics deployed by Miocic and Daniel Cormier, respectively, wrestling each to the canvas and working them over where they’re least comfortable. The same goes for Volkov, who struggled in a clinch-heavy contest with Timothy Johnson. While Blaydes has the wrestling pedigree to potentially stop an onslaught of takedowns, he’s still too hittable to hang with powerful heavyweights on the feet, so a slightly less violent, less rapid replica of his losses to Ngannou serves as a pretty sound template for the approach Velasquez would take.The Daniel Cormier RippleThe most interesting part of a hypothetical “What if Cain stayed healthy?” thought exercise is trying to figure out what becomes of his close friend and training partner Daniel Cormier?“DC” famously departed the heavyweight division in order to stay out of Velasquez’s lane, despite being 13-0 and looking like a mortal lock to eventually challenge for the heavyweight title. With Cain out of the picture, Cormier made the move back to heavyweight last year for a superfight with Miocic, claiming the heavyweight title and successfully defending it against Lewis at UFC 230 in New York City.Now as Velasquez prepares to return, Cormier is once again serving as his biggest cheerleader, telling anyone who will listen that Velasquez is the same fast, strong marauder that once dominated the division.But had he not been limited to just one appearance since losing the belt to Werdum, Cormier’s current situation likely never would have come to pass.Maybe they would have sat down and talked about Cormier returning to the division, depending on whether or not Velasquez had the title and the results he had against the other top contenders, but a healthy Velasquez being in the thick of the title chase or reclaiming the throne probably results in Cormier staying at light heavyweight and never becoming the “Double Champ.”Current Legacy and What’s Still to ComeRight now, Velasquez is the Bill Walton of UFC heavyweights — a dominant force, but someone whose brilliant career was beset by injuries and ultimately cut short.He’s a two-time champion with victories over divisional stalwarts like Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, and “Bigfoot” Silva, as well as former champions “Minotauro” Nogueira, Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos. He was the prototype for a new wave of heavyweights — a little smaller with well-rounded striking, excellent wrestling, smooth footwork and elite conditioning. He was a nightmare matchup who could beat you in numerous ways and whose only career losses came in championship fights where he was dealing with injuries.Although it’s impossible to say for sure what the heavyweight division might have looked like had Velasquez remained healthy, his return this weekend against Ngannou is an obvious peak into what might have been.Despite returning from a 952-day layoff, Velasquez is nearly a 2-1 favorite heading into Sunday’s main event and a victory over Ngannou, who rebounded from poor showings against Miocic and Lewis with a 45-second knockout win in November, would put him right back into the thick of the title conversation. 952 days — that’s how long it will have been since Cain Velasquez last set foot inside the UFC Octagon by the time he marches to the cage to face Francis Ngannou on Sunday night in Phoenix, Arizona.Two years, six months and 16 days will have passed since the former heavyweight champion collected a first-round stoppage win over Travis Browne at UFC 200 and as he readies to return, there is absolutely no way to know with any certainty what to expect from the American Kickboxing Academy product.
The student body president at the University of Florida is facing an impeachment threat of his own, for allegedly spending $50,000 in student fees to have Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, speak on campus.Members of the university’s student senate filed a resolution this week to impeach Student Body President Michael Murphy for malfeasance and abuse of power.The resolution accuses Murphy of spending mandatory student fees to support his own political beliefs by having Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle visit last month.The pair spoke on October 10 at the University Auditorium to an audience of more than 800 people for a $50,000 joint payment.Student Body statutes forbid leaders from spending student money in support of or against a political party, according to the resolution.However, Murphy claims the visit was not campaign related. UF’s student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator, obtained emails that reveal a Trump re-election campaign official asked Murphy to bring the pair to the school.“We met at my house on the 4th of July,” Caroline Wren, a national finance consultant of Trump Victory, wrote to Murphy in a September 10 email. She adds, “I wanted to follow up with you regarding a speaking engagement at the University of Florida for Donald Trump Jr.”The newspaper also reports that Murphy contacted the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and invited him to come to campus. Sanders’ campaign declined, citing scheduling issues.
Authorities in Vero Beach are currently on the scene of a possible bomb threat near 16th Street and Old Dixie Highway.Not much has been released about the incident at this time, however, authorities did report that both East and westbound traffic will be closed for several hours due to their ongoing investigation.This is a developing story.
Authorities in Tampa are reporting that a 17-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the eye with a BB gun.The incident occurred on February 1st in the parking lot of a bank.According to the report, the teen and an 8-year-old were sitting in a vehicle while the 8-year-old’s father used the ATM.At some point, the 8-year-old moved the loaded BB gun causing it to discharge and strike the 17-year-old in the eye.The teen was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition where he later died.Authorities say they are continuing to investigate the incident.
Officials are helping the homeless in Palm Beach County and the city of West Palm Beach rather than simply eradicating them.Palm Beach County officials will be helping the homeless rather than removing them from John Prince Park today.Palm Beach County’s Division of Human Services staff will be assessing the homeless population currently in the park to determine what service eligibility.Meanwhile, Mayor of West Palm Beach, Keith James, told 850WFTL that he just appointed a homeless services coordinator Marcus Laws to help with the problem in the city limits.Marcus Laws, WPB Homeless Services CoordinatorMayor JamesMayor James says there is a homeless problem around the city in Curry Park, Dreher Park and downtown. He says the cause is multi-faceted: mental health, financial hardship and a lack of affordable housing. If you have a homeless situation please call 561 822-1400Full interview with Mayor Keith James on homelessness:SFS WPB Mayor James on HomelessnessIn this role, Mr. Laws will be responsible for overseeing the development and execution of the City’s Housing and Community Development homelessness initiatives in conjunction with community partners, City departments, local businesses and more. He will provide strategic guidance for resource allocation, ensure that homelessness concerns are addressed in a timely manner, and establish community connections to maximize HCD efforts. Prior to his appointment as City of West Palm Beach Homeless Services Coordinator, Laws served as the outreach and engagement/Housing First supervisor at The Lord’s Place, a social impact agency serving homeless residents in our community. He has extensive experience as a counselor, housing coordinator, and psychiatric facility employee.Laws earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He then earned his Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “The issue of homelessness impacts just about every American city,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “We are committed to addressing homelessness in a compassionate and strategic way. The addition of Marcus Laws to our team will make our efforts even stronger. On behalf of all of us at the City, I extend Marcus the warmest welcome to our team. I am confident that he will play a critical role in our strategic plan.”Through the HCD department, the City of West Palm Beach has executed a variety of tactics to address the root causes of homelessness. Under Mayor James’ leadership, the City implemented a program to provide on-street mental health resources to homeless individuals living with mental illness. The intention is to meet them where they are and to connect them with the help that they need. Additionally, Mayor James announced the “300 in 3” campaign at this year’s State of the City address. The goal is to create a minimum of 300 affordable and/or workforce housing units in three years. With the plan currently in place, the City’s homelessness population decreased 24% in 2019 when compared to the previous year.To learn more about Mayor Keith A James, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/our-city/mayor-s-office/mayor-s-bio. To learn more about the City’s efforts to address homelessness, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/government/housing-community-development/wpb-homeless-resources. To contact the City of West Palm Beach, please call: (561) 822-2222 (TTY: 800-855-8771).