Image via Crown Publishing Group / Andrew Cuomo Twitter.NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has gained a national following through his management of the coronavirus pandemic, is writing a book that looks back on his experiences so far, and includes leadership advice and a close look at his relationship with the administration of President Donald Trump.Crown announced Tuesday that Cuomo’s “American Crisis” will be released Oct. 13, three weeks before Election Day, when Trump is expected to face presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The news comes the day after Cuomo addressed the Democratic National Convention and called the virus’ spread a metaphor for a country weakened by division. New York State has one of the lowest infection rates in the U.S., a welcome contrast to the spring, when it had one of the highest.The book is an unusual and risky case of reflecting on a crisis that is still ongoing, and could intensify in the fall.“In his own voice, Andrew Cuomo chronicles in ‘American Crisis’ the ingenuity and sacrifice required of so many to fight the pandemic,” according to Crown, “sharing his personal reflections and the decision-making that shaped his policy, and offers his frank accounting and assessment of his interactions with the federal government and the White House, as well as other state and local political and health officials.” Over the past few months, Cuomo has been praised for his calm but forceful demeanor, while also being accused of waiting too long to close schools and other indoor facilities, and criticized for the high number of deaths at New York nursing homes. He had said in July he was thinking of a book, commenting during a radio interview on WAMC that he wanted to document the “entire experience, because if we don’t learn from this then it will really compound the whole crisis that we’ve gone through.”In an excerpt from “American Crisis” that Crown shared with The Associated Press, Cuomo emphasized the importance of confronting fear.“The questions are what do you do with the fear and would you succumb to it,” he wrote. “I would not allow the fear to control me. The fear kept my adrenaline high and that was a positive. But I would not let the fear be a negative, and I would not spread it. Fear is a virus also.”Financial terms for “American Crisis” were not disclosed. Cuomo was represented by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, whose other clients include former President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. Cuomo is also the author of “All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life,” which came out in 2014.Cuomo, currently serving his third term, became known to many for his blunt, straightforward press conferences, and for a time was even mentioned as a possible presidential candidate. His style has differed notably from the more erratic approach of President Trump, a Republican with whom he has clashed often. In his speech to the Democratic convention, Cuomo bemoaned the “dysfunctional and incompetent” federal response to the pandemic. Trump, meanwhile, has blamed Cuomo’s “poor management” for New York’s tens of thousands COVID-19 fatalities.Cuomo has received some of his strongest criticism for the thousands of virus-related deaths at New York nursing homes. A recent AP investigation found that the state’s death toll of nursing home patients, already among the highest in the nation, could be significantly more than reported. Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, only New York explicitly says that it counts just residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there.So far, Cuomo’s administration has declined to release the number. The governor has called criticism of nursing home deaths politically motivated. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
MerleFest – the 30th Celebration – features one of the festival’s most diverse lineups in its history.“We designed this year’s lineup to feature artists who have graced the stages at MerleFest over the past 29 festivals. We felt the 30th festival gave us an opportunity to put a spotlight on many of the artists who have made MerleFest one of the most esteemed festivals in the world,” said Ted Hagaman, festival director. “However, as in years past, the lineup introduces some outstanding talent that Steve Johnson, artist relations manager, has discovered during his travels to other festivals in the U.S. and abroad. We want to celebrate the festival’s past and also look toward the future.”MerleFest, presented by Window World and scheduled for April 27-30, includes a who’s who of roots music’s greatest performers, many with impressive collections of awards from The Recording Academy (Grammy Award), International Bluegrass Music Association, Americana Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, and more.The 2017 lineup includes Zac Brown Band, The Transatlantic Sessions Tour with Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain featuring James Taylor, The Avett Brothers, Béla Fleck, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush Band, The Earls of Leicester featuring Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Steep Canyon Rangers, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, The Kruger Brothers, Jorma Kaukonen, Mandolin Orange, John Driskell Hopkins Band, Sarah Jarosz, Tift Merritt, The Steel Wheels, Mipso, Scythian, Chatham County Line, Sierra Hull, I Draw Slow, Jim Lauderdale, and many others.“A MerleFest tradition is to honor the late folk legend Doc Watson and his son Eddy Merle Watson, for whom the festival is named. Doc helped start MerleFest in memory of his son who passed away in a tragic tractor accident, and he had a musical influence on most, if not all, artists who perform at the festival,” said Hagaman. “Sets planned to do that include the Docabilly Blues Blowout, Memories of The Watson Family, Gospel Songs of Doc Watson, and Stories and Songs of Doc Watson with The Kruger Brothers. In addition, Jack Lawrence will host the MerleFest Veterans Jam, which will include musicians who were close personal friends and performing partners with Doc and Merle and who Doc chose to perform at the first MerleFest in 1988.”Workshops planned about Doc include “History of MerleFest” by B. Townes, “On The Road with Doc – Songs and Memories” by Jack Lawrence, and “Guitar Stylings of Doc Watson” by Bryan Sutton.MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass, old-time, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock, and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.” Guests of the festival have come to expect the unexpected – celebrated “MerleFest Moments” of special collaborations and impromptu stage jams that are a frequent result of the artistic, collective spirit of this annual homecoming of musicians and music fans.Special features at the 30th celebration will include the MerleFest Museum, which will be open during the festival for fans to visit. It includes old festival photos, videos, a montage of all the artists who have performed at the festival, and collections from and about Doc and Merle Watson. Additionally, the festival will sell a limited number of tickets to tour the backstage of Watson Stage, including the late Doc Watson’s dressing room. Tickets went on sale March 1 and must be purchased in advance of the festival.Visit MerleFest.org for more information about the festival and to see the complete lineup. Tickets for MerleFest 2017 are on sale now and may be purchased at MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. An advance ticket discount runs through April 26, 2017. Gate pricing begins on the first day of the festival.
By Dialogo August 31, 2012 An agenda, which the Colombian government and the FARC would have agreed on, includes the possibility of a cease fire expected during the peace negotiations, was released to the press on August 29. The agenda was released while the country was still waiting for President Santos to offer more details on the “exploratory dialogue,” that he has authorized with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and confirm if they will in fact, begin peace negotiations. The text breaks down the six items on the agenda that both parties would have developed to “begin direct and uninterrupted conversations” to end the armed Colombian conflict after nearly half a century. It also considers collaborative dialogues from the governments of Cuba, Norway, Venezuela and Chile, to be held in Havana. The third item on the agenda, titled, “End of the conflict”, plans to address a “bilateral and final cease of fire and hostilities.” On August 29, several voices agreed on the need to come to a truce during the course of negotiations, unlike the last peace process, failed after four years. “Our global experience shows that peace processes work best when there is a cease fire,” said Todd Howland, UN delegate for human rights in Colombia. President Santos, in his brief message to the nation on August 27, clarified that “they will maintain the operations and the military presence on every inch of the territory.”
Bar backs Civil Legal Assistance Act Bar backs Civil Legal Assistance Act January 1, 2002 Regular News The Florida Bar-backed Civil Legal Assistance Act is making progress in the legislature, while on another issue — tax reform that could lead to a sales tax on legal services — the Bar for the moment is taking no position.Bar President Terry Russell and Legislation Committee Chair Hank Coxe reported on legislative activities at the Board of Governors’ November 30 meeting in Atlanta.Russell said there are several reasons the assistance act is getting a good reception from lawmakers.“First of all, it’s a worthy goal,” he said. “Florida is one of only 11 states that provide no assistance to legal aid programs.”Secondly, despite the efforts of current legal aid programs plus the Bar’s pro bono program (which donates upward of $100 million in services), there are still 14,000 legal aid cases turned away each year, Russell said.The $10 million cost is available from unused federal welfare funds, he said, adding that former Republican U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum has been retained by the Bar and the Florida Bar Foundation to lobby for the measure.As for the services tax, Russell reported that Senate President John McKay is pushing hard for reform of the state’s sales tax, advocating a cut to four percent and offsetting that by ending exemptions on many services and products.“We have taken no position on a proposed tax reform constitutional amendment [including the services tax],” Russell told the board.He added that the House and Gov. Jeb Bush are not enthusiastic about the proposal.In the upcoming session, Russell said he does not anticipate the serious challenges of the past two years, which saw the Supreme Court oversight of the Bar challenged, many bills filed that could politicize the judiciary and undercut judicial independence, and a successful bill last year that gave the governor all nine appointments to each of Florida’s judicial nominating commissions. That bill removed the Bar’s three direct appointments and instead let the Bar suggest appointees for four of the nine seats on each JNC.“We will probably not be facing the challenges we faced last year,” he said. “One reason is that legislators are facing reapportionment. Second, they are trying to reelect themselves, and third they are trying to pay for it all [in light of the state’s budget shortfalls]. There’s no place for the contentiousness they faced last year.”Coxe agreed with that assessment, adding that the Senate prefers to focus on reapportionment and budget issues rather than the legal system.He said Sen. Anna Cowin, R-Leesburg, is still pushing her bill (SB 162) to do away with merit selection and retention for the appellate bench, letting the governor appoint and reappoint those judges and justices for separate six-year terms subject to Senate confirmation. The measure also sets an 18-year term limit for the district courts of appeal or the Supreme Court, and mandates open deliberations for trial court judicial nominating commissions.But there is little impetus to move the bill in the Senate, Coxe said, because of its understanding that there would be no major changes to the legal system after last year’s JNC bill.On a related matter, the Legislation Committee recommended and the board approved allowing the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee to lobby on two issues.Coxe said the committee wants to lobby against a bill that would remove the husband and wife testimony privilege from capital cases. And the second issue would allow the committee to lobby to make the rules for preservation of issues for appeal on state cases identical to federal rules.Currently in the state, if an attorney makes a motion in limine that is denied before trial, that motion — unlike in the federal rules — must be renewed during the trial to preserve the issue for appeal. Coxe said that change would help eliminate inadvertent omissions.
42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s interesting to see the uptick in EMV chip card usage since the October liability shift. An astounding 70 percent of U.S. consumers hold at least one chip card, and TMG continues to see roughly a 60 percent month-over-month increase in chip card usage. Though we understand migrating a financial institution’s portfolio to EMV is challenging, the task for merchants can be even more daunting.Despite the recent uptick, EMV is still relatively new to the U.S. market. Many retailers’ third-party vendors are struggling to support the demand for EMV certification and implementation. In fact, only 22 percent of all U.S. merchants are EMV-active. Regardless, it should be known that although implementing EMV-enabled terminals can be costly upfront, it’s worth it – as it reduces a merchant’s liability in cases of fraud.Terminals that aren’t equipped with EMV readers are the “path of least resistance” for fraudsters, and we expect to see an increase in card compromises at these locations. Here’s an example from Business News Daily highlighting the repercussions of not having an EMV-capable terminal. continue reading »
June 12, 2020 Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today announced that eight more counties will move to the green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 19. These counties include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike, and Schuylkill.Effective today, there are 46 counties in green and 21 in yellow.The data dashboard of county cases and criteria for reopening consideration can be found here.Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania outlines remaining restrictions for counties in yellow or green.As counties reopen, Pennsylvania continues to see a steady decline in cases, a positive indicator that its phased, measured reopening plan is working to balance public health with economic recovery.According to analysis by the New York Times, new COVID-19 cases are declining in less than half of all U.S. states and territories.“In Pennsylvania, not only did we flatten the curve, but we are continuing to keep case counts down even as we open our commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said. “We will continue to take a measured, phased approach to reopening that relies on science and health experts.”Yellow PhaseAs of June 12, these 21 counties are in the yellow phase: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, and Susquehanna.As regions or counties move into the yellow phase, some restrictions on work and social interaction will ease while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.The purpose of this phase is to begin to power back up the economy while keeping a close eye on the public health data to ensure the spread of disease remains contained to the greatest extent possible.Work and Congregate Setting RestrictionsTelework Must Continue Where FeasibleBusinesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety OrdersChild Care May Open Complying with GuidanceCongregate Care and Prison Restrictions in PlaceSchools may provide in-person instruction only in accordance with Department of Education guidanceSocial RestrictionsStay-at-Home Order Lifted for Aggressive MitigationLarge Gatherings of More than 25 ProhibitedMasks are Required When Entering a BusinessIn-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery PreferableIndoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain ClosedRestaurants and Bars May Open Outdoor Dining, in Addition to Carry-Out and DeliveryGreen PhaseAs of June 12, these 46 counties are in the green phase: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Juniata, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.After a county transitions to the yellow phase, it is closely monitored for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for 14 days, the county will transition to the green phase.The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health. Some restrictions, such as mask-wearing, do remain in place.While this phase facilitates a return to a “new normal,” it is equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.Work and Congregate Settings RestrictionsContinued Telework Strongly EncouragedBusinesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety RequirementsAll Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% OccupancyChild Care May Open Complying with GuidanceCongregate Care Restrictions in PlacePrison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual FacilitiesSchools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth GuidanceSocial RestrictionsLarge Gatherings of More Than 250 ProhibitedMasks are Required When Entering a BusinessRestaurants and Bars Open at 50% OccupancyPersonal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment OnlyIndoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly EncouragedAll Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% OccupancyConstruction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of ProtocolsAfter a county transitions to the yellow phase, the commonwealth closely monitors for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for fourteen days, we will transition the county to the green phase.The state continues to use risk-based metrics from Carnegie Mellon University and the Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency data dashboard available here.The state continues to increase testing and ramp up contact-tracing efforts. As of June 11, there are a total of 496 contact tracers, and a total of 2,777 contacts being monitored. The Department of Health received a total of 80,498 test results in the past seven days, an average of 11,500 a day. The 30-day average of test results received is more than 10,500.There were 3,371 new cases added to investigations for the week of June 4 through 11.The latest business guidance, including outdoor recreation guidance, can be found here.Preliminary sports guidance can be found here.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf: Eight More Counties Going Green on June 19 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Only approximately 20% of Dutch pension funds have a specific policy in place aimed at ESG risks on their investments in mining companies, a survey by the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) has suggested.The survey, conducted among the 50 largest Dutch schemes, showed that pension funds were aware of the large risks posed by emissions, water pollution, dealing with neighbours as well as safety, health and reputational aspects, but only a minority had mapped out these hazards.According to Mart van Kuijk, researcher at VBDO, the lack of a policy meant that pension funds would likely only take action after well-publicised incidents.He said he was under the impression that only larger schemes in particular had formulated a policy. “This would be quite an effort for smaller pension funds, because of lack of expertise and generally accepted standards.” Dutch schemes invest no more than 3% of their equity portfolio in mining firms, but they also invest in companies using large amounts of commodities, such as computer manufacturers. But because of the absence of a unilateral definition of commodity-intensive companies, these firms are not included in the mining sector, VBDO found.The survey indicated that, although pension funds consider engagement as the most effective way to achieve behavioural change in companies, no more than half of the schemes and their asset managers had started dialogue.Van Kuijk believes the lack of a generally accepted standard for mining firms was the main barrier to an active approach by pension funds. He explained that the existing standard Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), which took a company’s mining locations and commodities into account, hadn’t been completed nor had it been embraced by all investors and companies.Mining is a key element in the international covenant for responsible investment (IMVB), which has been signed by almost 80 Dutch pension funds last year.VBDO revealed that 10 Dutch schemes would exchange their experiences on engagement with an anonymus mining firm, in order to provide other schemes with ideas for encouraging sustainability in the mining sector.
44 Menzies St, Petrie TerraceIt is a short walking distance to Suncorp Stadium and the Roma Street transport hub. The home is listed through Kathy McPhie of Belle Property – Toowong.At 25 Blaxland St, Milton, a four-bedroom home is listed for sale. The contemporary house has dual living potential and a 6 Star Green Energy certificate.It has indoor and outdoor entertainment areas and open plan kitchen, living and dining area.You’re sure to hear the roar of the crowd on Origin night from the large back deck.Inside the house are spotted gum floors and high ceilings. At 25 Blaxland St, Milton you can spot the stadium from your back deck.Downstairs would be suitable for Airbnb or renting out (which would be an extra bonus come Origin time).The house is a short walk to Suncorp Stadium, Rainworth and Petrie Tce State schools, and public transport.It is listed through Brendan Leggatt of Professionals Priority – Ferny Hills. 8 Sweetman St, Paddington. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home is scheduled for auction on June 30 and has a development approval for change of use to rooming accommodation.As well as being close to the stadium it is in walking distance to restaurants and cafes.The three-level home is listed through Darren Cosgrove of Place – Annerley.A six-bedroom home at 44 Menzies St, Petrie Terrace, is also close to all the action.The home is listed for offers of more than $950,000 and was fully renovated in 2016. Both levels are self-contained with separate entrances. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours ago Suncorp Stadium. Caxton St entrance.It’s that time of year, when football fever takes over much of Queensland and New South Wales.With the first State of Origin game done and dusted in Victoria this week and the next lined up for New South Wales on June 24, there is plenty of time for Brisbane fans to get into the ideal property when the final match of the series hits Suncorp Stadium on July 11.Imagine living so close to the stadium you can hear the roar of the crowd, or better yet, be within walking distance.A 10-bedroom, four bathroom home at 8 Sweetman St, Paddington, meets both of those criteria.
McDermott International has recently completed the final offshore campaign for the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG Project, located offshore Western Australia.McDermott’s Lay Vessel 108. Source: McDermottThis was the second of two remaining work packages left under McDermott’s contract, which was the largest subsea contract ever awarded at the time, McDermott said on Monday announcing the completion of the contract.Most of the EPCI for the SURF contract awarded in January 2012 was completed by the end of 2017. The final offshore campaign involved subsea tiebacks to new drill centers and was executed by McDermott’s Lay Vessel 108 (LV 108).“The final campaign was executed in a live producing field, and as such, we put in place additional risk and controls management that ensured our success and met all of the customer expectations,” said Ian Prescott, McDermott’s Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific.“Our outstanding record of accomplishment confirms our expertise and ability to execute one of the world’s largest subsea contracts to date.”McDermott recorded more than 500,000 engineering work hours from offices across the world, including a Perth led Project Management team that was in place from 2012 and consisted of 160 personnel at its peak in 2017; procured over $600 million in-field equipment; built 48 subsea structures weighing a total of approximately 28,660 tons (26,000 metric tons) that included one of the largest riser support structures in the world at the time and used three of the company’s deepwater installation vessels (DLV 2000, LV 108 and Intermac 650) and other contracted vessels to execute the project.McDermott has a small fabrication scope remaining to be completed at its fabrication yard in Batam, Indonesia, which will conclude its work packages for the Ichthys LNG Project in its entirety in 2019.Red ink in 1Q Also on Monday, McDermott posted a loss of $70 million, impacted by $69 million of restructuring and integration costs – which included costs to implement our Combination Profitability Initiative (CPI) program, change in control, severance, professional fees and settlement of litigation – as well as $4 million of transaction costs associated with the ongoing process to sell the company’s non-core storage tank and pipe fabrication businesses. In the first quarter of 2018, McDermott recorded a profit of $35 million.McDermott reported first quarter 2019 revenues of $2.2 billion compared to $608 million in the same period of 2018.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.
The Seagreen 1 project, located some 27 kilometres off the Angus coast in Scotland, comprises the Seagreen Alpha and Bravo offshore wind farms. Once operational, the offshore wind farm will provide around 5,000 GWh of clean renewable energy annually, supplying the energy needs of around one million homes, and saving around 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. SSE Renewables reached the final investment decision (FID) for Seagreen 1 in early June, and announced that the French energy company Total would take a 51 per cent stake in the project. MHI Vestas has also entered a 15-year agreement for service and maintenance of the wind turbines. The 10 MW wind turbines will be delivered in different load optimised modes to adapt to grid requirements. Seagreen Wind Energy has finalised the wind turbine supply contract with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, following the preferred supplier agreement signed at the beginning of June. Under the contract, MHI Vestas is in charge of manufacturing and installing 114 of its V164-10 MW turbines for the Seagreen 1 offshore wind project, which will be built out to a 1,075 MW capacity. The GBP 3 billion (approx. EUR 3.4 billion) Seagreen 1 is planned to be commissioned in 2024.