Cuomo Discourages Travel To PA, State Not Added To NY’s Advisory List

first_imgShare: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),Could this have something to do with the upcoming Trump Rally in Erie? Image by Darren McGee / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY — Despite meeting the metrics to be on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Travel Advisory, Pennsylvania was not added to the list Tuesday, although Cuomo did discourage travel between New York and the Commonwealth.Cuomo declined to add Pennsylvania to the list because he said it was “not practically viable.”“Neighboring states Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania now meet the criteria for the travel advisory — however, given the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between us, a quarantine on these states is not practically viable. That said, New York State highly discourages, to the extent practical, non-essential travel to and from these states while they meet the travel advisory criteria,” he said.Cuomo said it would be unviable to enforce restrictions with Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey. “There are just too many interchanges, interconnections, and people who live in one place and work in the other. It would have a disastrous effect on the economy, and remember while we’re fighting this public health pandemic we’re also fighting to open up the economy. However, to the extent travel between the states is not essential, it should be avoided,” Cuomo said.Cuomo has said the state’s numbers are improving and have been stable except in hot spot areas.last_img read more

Magic Act Impossible Will Return to the West End

first_img‘Impossible’ (Photo courtesy of Target Live) Following a West End run last summer, Impossible will return to London’s Noël Coward Theatre for another round of magic hijinks. The illusionist act will play 60 performances from July 8 through August 27. Lloyd Wood will direct.Escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, mind reader Chris Cox and unorthodox illusionist Ben Hart will return to take the West End by storm. Joining them for the new engagement are hip-hop magician Magical Bones, dancer-turned-magician Sabine van Diemen and high-speed illusionist Josephine Lee.The production features scenic design by Andrew D. Edwards, lighting design by Howard Harrison, video design by 59 Productions, sound design by Gareth Owens and original music by Ryan Martin. View Commentslast_img read more

Herb Garden.

first_img To attend the workshop, you must preregister by Sept. 13. Sign up by sending your name and a $5 check (payable to “Department of Horticulture”) to Research & Education Garden, 1109 Experiment St., Griffin, GA 30223. The garden, on Ellis Road at Hwy. 19/41, is part of the Griffin, Ga., campus of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The unique 65-acre garden has research plots and a demonstration area open to the public. “A Walk through the Herb Garden” will start at 10 a.m. and end at noon at the Research & Education Garden of the UGA Georgia Experiment Station. For directions Gardeners can see how to grow herbs during a stroll through the University of Georgia’s Griffin, Ga., herb garden Saturday, Sept. 18. Donna Norris, manager of GardenSmith Greenhouse & Nursery, will identify the garden’s herbs and tell how to grow them. She’ll tell how to use them, too, in cooking, perfumes and potpourri. to the UGA Griffin campus, call (770) 229-3367.last_img read more

Is your business a century old? Then the Secretary of State is looking for you

first_imgWhat do the Northfield Savings Bank, Johnson Woolen Mills, and the National Life Group have in common? All three were recipients of the Vermont Centennial Business Award. This program is a joint project of the Secretary of State’s office, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and the Vermont Business Magazine and honors businesses that have operated in Vermont for at least 100 years.Secretary of State Deb Markowitz said, ‘We are currently seeking nominations for the 2011 ceremony. Any business that has been in operation in Vermont for 100 years or more can participate by filling out an application and providing verification of its business start date.” Vermont’s centennial businesses will be presented with a plaque at an awards ceremony in the spring.‘It is important to recognize Vermont’s businesses for their longevity,” said Secretary Markowitz. ‘It takes a tremendous amount of dedication to keep a business active for 100 years. The Vermont Centennial Business Award acknowledges Vermont’s oldest businesses for enriching our economic heritage. This program deepens our understanding of how Vermont’s businesses have enhanced our community life during the last 100 years.’Deadline for applications is Friday, January 14, 2011. For more information about the awards program and to obtain an application, contact the Secretary of State’s office at 802-828-2148 or visit the Vermont Centennial Business Awards webpage at: http://www.sec.state.vt.us/centennial_business.html(link is external)Source: Vermont Secretary of State. 12.7.2010last_img read more

Nicaragua: Paramilitaries Spread Terror with Kidnappings

first_imgBy Lorena Baires / Diálogo February 12, 2020 Nicaraguan paramilitary and vigilante groups carry out kidnappings and keep their victims locked in clandestine cells, Roberto Orozco, a Nicaraguan security and organized crime adviser, told Diálogo. They are the public face of repression. Their main goal is to send a message of fear throughout the population to protect the Daniel Ortega regime. Those who experience the violence of these groups in Nicaragua can’t do much, as cases are generally dismissed, shelved, or ignored by the judicial system.“Members of the opposition disappear for some time, to later be found in police stations’ cells,” Orozco said. “[Paramilitary members] walk around the communities with weapons of war so that the population will notice their presence.”In addition to kidnappings, paramilitary groups use different forms of aggression against members of the opposition. “Ex-prisoners and their relatives are constantly harassed with surveillance, illegal raids, physical assaults, social media harassment, threats, and vandalism,” Asunción Moreno, a professor in Nicaraguan Constitutional and Criminal Law, told Diálogo. “Not only do paramilitary agents and supporters of the FSLN [Sandinista National Liberation Front, President Daniel Ortega’s party] perpetrate this, but so does the National Police.”“They are the ones doing the ‘dirty work,’ what the National Police cannot do,” Orozco said. “They are hired assassins of the political party in power, the FSLN, willing to kill those who threaten the regime’s stability.”Although these groups make a lot of money by committing crimes, “they do not engage in extortion and kidnapping for money; rather, they pursue political ends,” Orozco added. “They operate with the National Police, and receive its protection. Although they are blamed, they are never prosecuted.”Xavier Mojica was a graphic design student when he was kidnapped in July 2018, in Managua, during Operation Cleansing (Operación Limpieza), a State initiative to repress protests with weapons of war in April 2018. He was not part of the opposition, and his only passion was for his professional future.“I was walking back home when armed, hooded men put me in a van,” Mojica told reporters. “I was locked in a cell; I couldn’t even see my hand. They interrogated me, they beat me up. I was never with other prisoners. My only contact for 10 months was with the kidnappers.” Mojica was released after 303 days, in exchange for $600.“The paramilitaries’ strategy, where victims are tortured, with some having their bodies branded, is similar to what the Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs use,” said Eliseo Núñez, an activist with the Broad Front for Democracy, a coalition of Nicaraguan political parties that seeks to restore democracy in the country. “The model is the same; they exert territorial control through violence.”The Permanent Commission for Human Rights in Nicaragua (CPDH, in Spanish) reports cases of people who were kidnapped and branded on their arms with the acronyms “Plomo” (for Free Homeland or Death in Spanish) or “FSLN.” In 2019 alone, 2,600 victims reported various forms of torture conducted by government forces.“In 2018, when social protests broke out, the Commission received more than 4,000 complaints against the regime,” said Marcos Carmona, CPDH executive secretary. “The [current] decrease in cases doesn’t mean the situation has improved; rather, it’s because of the Police’s permanent siege on the Commission’s building, which intimidates those who attempt to file complaints.”Moreno and Núñez agree that the lack of independence of the judiciary is evident in the procedures conducted by judges and magistrates, whose resolutions and sentences criminalize the protests.“Victims of torture, detention, rape, and murder must wait for ‘times of justice,’” Moreno said. “That may happen at a later stage, when the regime is over, because Ortega Murillo has seized all the State’s institutions and powers; the judiciary is subject to the executive.”last_img read more

The Rundown – April 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York 1. SHARE THINGS YOU HATE WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVETired of Kim Kardashian? Lindsay Lohan? The cast of Twilight? Bicyclists who insist on riding on the Long Island Expressway service roads weaving in and out of traffic at 15 miles per hour? For all of you who continue to wish Mark Zuckerberg would bite the bullet and add a Dislike Button to Facebook, this is for you. Hater, a new social media app launched at SXSW’s Start-Up Village, is similar to Instagram, but instead allows you to share with the world all the things that annoy the hell out of you. Hater is available for free on iOS devices and will soon launch for Android.2. GET YOUR 2013 EMPIRE PASSPORTBeaches will soon begin charging on weekends. Don’t be one of the people cursing about paying up to $9 to walk the boardwalk in April. Yes, April. Pay for the season during your next trip to the local park and this annual pass will get you unlimited vehicle entry to almost all New York State parks—including Jones Beach, Sunken Meadow and more than 200 other beaches, forests and trails—through March 2014 for $65. Of course, you won’t be able to frolic in the buff at Fire Island this summer, but it’s still a pretty sweet deal.3. FIND YOUR CARDownload the Find Your Car app and you’ll never again have to ask anyone, “Dude, where’s my car?” This app remembers the GPS position of your car, hotel or any other location when you get there. And hours later when you’re lost, it shows your current position and your car position on the map, then uses Google Navigation to guide you to your car.4. SEE MY AMITYVILLE HORROR IN THEATERSFor the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz, the boy who lived in the Amityville Horror house, recounts his version of the infamous haunting of 1975. The documentary reveals the horror behind growing up on Long Island as part of a world-famous haunting. The film is playing in select NYC theaters and is available on iTunes, Amazon and cable.5. BUY AN ILLUMINATED UMBRELLAThe heavy heat of the sweltering summer beats down on the land with merciless force. A forceful gust builds, disrupting the stillness in the air and pushing a mass of clouds towards land. “Batten down the hatches,” she cried. And the rains came. These light-up umbrellas by Bright Night (Bright-Night.com) don’t just look awesome in April showers, they each come with a storyline straight out of a J. Peterman catalogue.6. READ THE GREAT GATSBYF. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic Gold Coast tale of the West Egg (Great Neck) and East Egg (Manhasset) was published on April 10, 1925, and is considered one of the “Great American Novels.” It is also listed at the top of the American Library Association’s list of banned and challenged classics. Required reading in many high schools, The Great Gatsby has been banned in some places over sexual references (He “took her”) and bad language (“son-of-a-bitch”). In 1987, the book was challenged at the Baptist College in Charleston, South Carolina.7. WATCH LONG BEACH: LIFE AFTER HURRICANE SANDYFor those who weren’t in Long Beach immediately after Hurricane Sandy, this short documentary by Ana Maria Rico posted on Vimeo shows shocking scenes of a mangled boardwalk and a city facing an unimaginable aftermath. Watch it. It’s amazing.8. TURN YOUR PHONE INTO A SUPERHEROMarvel Chara-Covers bring your favorite Marvel heroine—and your iPhone 4 or 4S—to life. The satin-coated, rubberized hard-shell case slides on and doubles as a stand so you can listen to music on your phone while Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, The Joker and others pose before you in all their glory.9. GOOGLE “THE REINVENT PAYPHONES DESIGN CHALLENGE”NYC’s payphone vendor agreements expire in 2014, and officials are looking to the public for innovative ideas to both replace them and make the city better connected. Students, urban planners, designers, technologists, architects, creators and legal and policy experts have come together to build physical and/or virtual prototypes imagining a new public utility through payphone infrastructure for the future. Check out the winning prototypes.10. BE GOOD TO YOUR MOTHER!Monday, April 22 is Earth Day!last_img read more

‘Really tough start’: Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s opening games against Leeds, Chelsea & Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Aug 2020 5:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares ‘We just have to make sure that we are as ready as possible.’Liverpool and Premier League action return on 12 September, although Manchester United and Manchester City will not be part of the Premier League’s curtain raiser due to their involvement in European football.Klopp is hopeful of having a fully fit squad for the Leeds clash, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlikely to be included.The English midfielder hurt his knee in Liverpool’s pre-season camp in Austria and will miss the rest of the preparations for the new campaign.MORE: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirms Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injury blow and provides Jordan Henderson updateMORE: John Barnes questions if Liverpool’s Andy Robertson is world’s best left-back given the rise of Alphonso DaviesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment “Tough start!” 😅The boss reacts to our ‘interesting’ opening #PLfixtures for the 2020/21 @premierleague season 👇— Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆) (@LFC) August 21, 2020center_img Liverpool taken on Leeds in their first game back (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool have been given a ‘really tough start’ in the Premier League after the release of the 2020/21 fixtures.Liverpool welcome newly promoted Leeds United to Anfield in their first game and then have back-to-back games against London clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal.It is a difficult start for the defending Premier League champions, but Klopp said while Liverpool were wary of a tricky return, he didn’t think any of their opponents were looking forward to playing the Reds. He told the club website: ‘For months, for weeks you have no idea how you will start and it’s like, “What? Leeds United at home, Chelsea away, Arsenal at home?” It’s all difficult. Tough start, tough, tough start of course. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But I have to say I don’t think Leeds loves that start, I don’t think Chelsea wants to play immediately against Liverpool again. ‘Arsenal, oh my God, second away game, it’s just not nice. What it shows, we should try really again in this season again. ‘So that’s how it is, it will be tough, really tough, but how nice for everybody, so for the other teams as well. ‘Really tough start’: Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s opening games against Leeds, Chelsea & Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Wavell Heights home sells for double the median house price

first_imgInside 26 Norwich St, Wavell HeightsMr Rowland said he had seen a shift in buyers wanting homes with more land.“There’s a bit of a trend with people wanting larger blocks,” he said. “Families with three or more children tend to want outdoor space.“The demand is all for big blocks and a good quality property.” REAL ESTATE: 26 Norwich St, Wavell HeightsMr Rowland said that the property was one of the most clicked listings in the country on the realestate.com.au website during its three-week duration on the market.The two-level home sits on a 800sq m block and has six bedrooms, three bathrooms, an in-ground pool and open plan living areas. 26 Norwich St, Wavell HeightsTHIS contemporary family home has sold for $1,250,000.According to the latest data from CoreLogic, that is almost double the median price for a home in the area.center_img The home at 26 Norwich St, Wavell HeightsMarketing agent Tristan Rowland of Place Real Estate, Aspley, said the response from buyers for the property at 26 Norwich St, Wavell Heights, had been enormous.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“We had more than 100 people through one day,” he said.“It shows how the market has evolved in the area in recent times.”last_img read more

Location attracts high price for 1970s Gold Coast beach house

first_img4 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach.The five-bedroom, two-bathroom dual living home is within walking distance to the beach and about 250m to the shops, restaurants and cafes of Nobby Beach.Mr Donovan said there was high demand for homes in the area but not enough supply, which often bumped prices up.“It’s a really good pocket,” Mr Donovan said.“Off the back of it, I’ve had probably three to four phone calls from people who want to buy in that pocket.” 4 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach. 4 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach. 4 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach.A MODERNISED 1970s beach house in one of the Gold Coast’s most popular suburbs has changed hands for $1.6 million in an off market sale.The seller made a $200,000 profit on the two-storey Mermaid Beach house at 4 Seagull Ave, which she paid $1.4 million for in 2016.Ray White agent Daniel Donovan, who sold the property, said the seller was happy with the result considering it was a spontaneous sale. 4 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“They didn’t actually do anything to the house, it’s just been rented out since,” Mr Donovan said.He said the new owners paid slightly more than they wanted to but it was the price they had to pay to secure a spot in the highly sought after beachside suburb.“They were looking around probably for a few months and missed out on a few houses,” Mr Donovan said.“When this opportunity came up, they paid a little bit more than they wanted to.”last_img read more

Dutch roundup: Vervoer, KLM, Gazelle, Pon

first_imgElsewhere, with a return of 3.7%, the €2.2bn KLM pension fund for cabin staff was the best performing scheme of the three large schemes of the Dutch airline over the first quarter.The pension fund’s coverage ratio rose by 0.6 percentage points to 123.6%, equating to a real funding of 78.7%.The Stichting Pensioenfonds Cabinepersoneel KLM reported returns for fixed income, equity and property of 3.3%, 1.7% and 2.9%, respectively, while a 50% interest hedge contributed 1.4 percentage points to the total result.However, following rising equity markets, it lost 0.1 percentage points on its equity cover.Over the same period, the €6.6bn KLM scheme for ground staff achieved a return of 3% due mainly to the rising value of its bonds portfolio.Its interest hedge contributed 0.5 percentage points to the quarterly result of the Algemeen Pensioenfonds of KLM.According to the scheme, fixed income, equity and real estate returned 3.6%, 1.7% and 2.8%, respectively.It added that it was considering investing in existing funds of Dutch mortgage loans, as a way of diversifying its portfolio.Since year-end, the coverage ratio of the pension fund for ground staff rose from 122.1% to 122.8%.The €7.3bn KLM scheme for cockpit staff (Vliegend Personeel) reported a quarterly return of 2.5%, while its coverage rose by 0.5 percentage point to 133.3%.The assets of the KLM schemes are managed by Blue Sky Group.In other news, the €85m pension fund of bicycle manufacturer Gazelle has joined SPP, the €660m multi-company scheme of Dutch Volkswagen importer Pon.SPP was alreading managing the pension assets of the Stichting Pensioenfonds Pon Holdings (SPPH), the Stichting Pensioenfonds Geveke (SPG) and the surviving relatives scheme of the Stichting Pensioenfonds Pon.The Gazelle pension fund has approximately 1,875 participants in total, and was founded in 1927.Although it is part of the metal and electrotechnical engineering industry, it had been exempt from mandatory participation in the industry-wide metal scheme PME.The scheme said it decided to join the multi scheme for reasons of continuity, expertise and costs.The Pon multi scheme was established on 1 January 2012 to simplify joint operations, while allowing the participating pension plans to keep their own characteristics.An additional consideration was that, because of the ring-fenced assets within the multi scheme, the principle of solidarity between participants could remain limited to the individual pension plan, SPP said.The multi-company scheme has now approximately 10,550 participants in total.Following their respective collective labour agreements (CAOs), a large part of the Pon employees are participants of either metal scheme PME or PMT, the pension fund for the metalworking and mechanical engineering industry. Vervoer, the €15.7bn pension fund for the private road and waterways transport sector in the Netherlands, has reported a 6% return for the first quarter of 2014. Over the first three months of the year, its coverage ratio improved by 3.4 percentage points to 112.7%.Vervoer attributed the increase of its coverage to its 64.3% fixed income holdings and falling interest rates, as well as a positive return on its derivates to hedge the interest risk on its liabilities.The transport scheme, which has 624,000 participants in total, said its fixed income and equity holdings returned more than 3% and 0.7%, respectively, while property and infrastructure returned 0.7% and 2%.last_img read more