Governor Signs Legislation Affirming The ‘Right To Record Law Enforcement’

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) Photo: Mike Shaheen / CC BY 2.0 / Pxhere.ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill affirming the right to record law enforcement activity.The “New Yorker’s Right To Monitor Act” also allows members of the public to maintain custody of any recordings they make, and the instruments used to make those recordings.Meaning items like cellphones cannot be confiscated by police purely because they have been used to film an arrest.The Governor says transparency is critical to renewing the community’s trust and confidence in the policing system. “Stopping police abuse vindicates the overwhelming majority – 99.9 percent – of police who are there to do the right thing, and by making clear that all New Yorkers have the right to record and keep recordings of police activity we can help restore trust in the police-community relationship,” said Cuomo.last_img read more

Push to Make Georgia Power More Solar-Conscious

first_imgPush to Make Georgia Power More Solar-Conscious FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Russell Grantham for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:Georgia Power drew fire this week from critics who want the utility to retire its old coal-fired plants and ramp up efforts to add more solar power and other renewable energy.Every three years, the Atlanta-based electric utility sends updated plans to the Georgia Public Service Commission on how it expects to meet future power demands in the state for the next two decades, and what types of power plants it expects to build or retire.Over the next few months, the PSC is expected to hold more hearings and decide whether Georgia Power, a regulated monopoly, needs to revise the 1,500-page plan to win approval.Such decisions will eventually affect customers’ power bills for years to come.Georgia Power has asked to shut down a total of four coal- and oil-fired units at two plants near Albany and Savannah while at the same time adding 525 megawatts of renewable power by 2019.Those moves would shift Georgia Power’s fuel mix from solar, wind and other renewables to 10 percent by 2020, from 7 percent currently. Hydropower accounts for the bulk of its renewable power.Advocates said Georgia Power is moving too slow to retire five coal-fired power plants, which produce more carbon dioxide and other pollutants than other types of power plants.The move to keep the plants going will likely saddle ratepayers with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional costs to comply with tighter pollution rules, one critic said.Other critics told regulators that they want Georgia Power to invest more in solar power generation capacity and other renewable energy, such as biomass power plants and wind energy.Emory University student Zola Berger-Schmitz asked why Georgia Power can’t aim to generate 3,000 megawatts of electricity from solar and wind power, about triple what’s in operation or on the drawing boards.Such decisions “will affect our generation more than any other,” she said.Hearing: Critics want less coal, more solar in Georgia Power’s futurelast_img read more

The Rundown – October 2013

first_imgBE AWAREOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There is still much to be done in the battle against this terrible disease. Awareness is key. So use this month as that added little nudge to educate yourself and your loved ones, if you haven’t already, about the value of early detection and treatment, and support those Long Islanders whose lives have been forever altered. Participate in awareness-related walks and other activities that are taking place throughout the month, or visit your local breast cancer nonprofit and volunteer to help.GOOGLE “FIREMAN SAVES KITTEN”Warning: Grab a few tissues. It’s two minutes of the most heart-wrenching high-def first-person video you’ll ever see. This poor kitten. This poor, little baby kitten. God bless all firemen.CELEBRATE OKTOBERFESTEnjoy the best Germany has to offer right in Eisenhower Park! There’s live music! German food! German beer! And it’s free! Ya vol! 12-5 p.m. October 5 & 6WATCH METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVERThe four horsemen of heavy metal’s new concert film is a nonstop barrage of high-octane music, animation and 3D graphics that strikes with the electricity of lightning and the impact of a freight train. It’s breaking box office records and you should catch it before it’s out of IMAX. Wow.MARVEL AT MAXNassau County Museum of Art will be exhibiting many never-before-seen drawings from famed pop artist Peter Max, beginning October 26 and running through February 23. You’re not going to want to miss this, trust us.LISTEN TO UNVARNISHEDJoan Jett, the Godmother of Punk hailing from Long Beach, released last month’s Unvarnished, her 14th studio effort and first new album in seven years while staying true to her simultaneously polished-yet-gritty sound. She calls it her most introspective album to date, although that may be hard to believe while we’re still rocking out to 1988’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”FEAST ON SOME TIKKAIndian and Pakistani cuisine offer some of the most absolutely mouth-watering dishes (literally, those spices can be hot!) that are both delicious and nutritious. Plus, you’ll probably learn a new word or two when ordering. Try the Press newsroom favorite “Chicken Tikka” and some “Naan,” and go to BestOf.LongIslandPress.com to check out some of the Island’s hands-down best purveyors. You’re welcome.DOWNLOAD LENNON APPMusic lovers will be able to recreate the 1980 near-deadly boat trip the Beatle took to Bermuda where he created much of that year’s Double Fantasy album. Due out Nov. 6, “John Jennon: The Bermuda Tapes” will also enable users to retrace the musician’s path across the island and listen to demos. For more on the historic trek, check out this month’s Rear View, “Imagine: John Lennon on Long Island”!LOOK OUT FOR NEW IPAD?Just as we got over Apple fanboys (and girls) rushing to stores last month to fetch the latest iPhone, Apple apparently is ready to send the tech world into a frenzy once again. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for a possible unveiling of the next generation iPad, which, according to rumors, will be slimmed-down, with an improved camera. Grab your tent.HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Ex-Freeport Principal Charged With Lying to Get Job

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York John O’MardA former Freeport school principal accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy has been indicted on new charges that he lied on paperwork to get that job, Nassau County prosecutors said.John O’Mard was arraigned Tuesday on charges of criminal sexual act, offering a false instrument for filing, defrauding the government, perjury, making an apparently sworn false statement and official misconduct.The 45-year-old Freeport man allegedly met the victim through Grindr, a smartphone dating application for men, and brought the teen to his house where they had a sexual encounter in September 2012, police have said.The victim was enrolled in the school while but it wasn’t until shortly after they met that he realized that it was his ex-principal, Special Victims Squad detectives have said.The new charges stem from allegations that O’Mard, who served as the middle school’s principal for approximately 10 years, lying on paperwork submitted to the New York State Education Department for certification in 2004 and 2006.Judge Angelo Delligatti set his bail at $15,000 cash or bond.The Freeport School District reassigned O’Mard after the initial charges were filed in March and later reportedly fired him.O’Mard is due back in court Nov. 1.last_img read more

Nicole Scherzinger, Thom Evans’ Relationship Timeline: Photos

first_img– Advertisement – Scherzinger and Evans signaled that they were ready to take the next step in their relationship in November 2020 when they were spotted house-hunting in Los Angeles just days before celebrating their one-year anniversary.“He’s my man, the man in my life, the man of my dreams,” she told Extra the following week.The Masked Singer judge previously dated race car driver Lewis Hamilton on and off from 2007 to 2015 and professional tennis player Grigor Dimitrov from 2016 to 2019. The Zimbabwe native, for his part, was in a relationship with model and actress Kelly Brook from 2010 to 2013.Scroll down for a timeline of Scherzinger and Evans’ romance! As the pair’s romance continued to heat up, they started sharing photos together via Instagram, keeping fans in the loop on their daily activities in quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“Nicole and Thom got very serious very quickly,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly in August 2020. “They are infatuated with each other and complement one another well. They’re super cute and have a blast together. Nicole feels very lucky to have found Thom.”- Advertisement – Scherzinger and Evans began to flirt as the season went on, and she memorably went wild after he stripped off his shirt and was drenched with rain during a performance of X Ambassadors’ “Boom.”After the finale of The X Factor: Celebrity aired in November 2019, the “Don’t Cha” singer and the model were spotted hanging out and kissing at a bar in London. They made their red carpet debut in January 2020 at the 21st annual InStyle and Warner Bros. Pictures Golden Globe Awards afterparty.“I’m very happy,” Scherzinger gushed to Extra days later. “I couldn’t be happier right now, and I’m really grateful.”- Advertisement – Sparks flew between Nicole Scherzinger and Thom Evans the moment they first laid eyes on each other in late 2019.The couple met on the set of The X Factor: Celebrity, which the Pussycat Dolls frontwoman judged alongside Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh. The former rugby player competed on the star-studded spinoff of the U.K. singing competition with fellow athletes Ben Foden and Levi Davis. Their boy band, Try Star, ultimately finished in fifth place.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Experts weigh advisability of school-based flu shots

first_imgNov 19, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Earlier this year the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) broadened its flu vaccine recommendation to include all school-age children, prompting some health officials to eye school-based immunization programs as an efficient way to improve vaccination rates in young people.Federal health officials have said children bear a significant burden of seasonal flu and that reducing flu transmission among children may limit virus spread among household contacts and in the community. Also, they point out that vaccinating school-age children could reduce the need for medical care and curb school absenteeism.The new recommendation, which includes children from ages 5 through 18 years, adds 30 million children to the CDC’s target group, poses a big challenge for the healthcare system because the vaccine season is limited and many young people don’t regularly visit doctor’s offices, where many people typically get their yearly flu shots. Some experts question whether school-based flu vaccination programs lower healthcare costs. Though research findings on the costs and benefits have been mixed, a multistate trial earlier this year that factored in household protection benefits suggested that such programs were cost-effective.A snapshot of school-based effortsOver the past few years, a variety of schools and districts have hosted immunization programs—some as pilot projects and some working toward more permanent programs.Last year Hawaii became the first state in the nation to offer free flu vaccines to its children in elementary and middle schools, vaccinating 60,000 students and 9,000 faculty and staff at 340 public and private schools, according to an Aug 6 Hawaii Department of Health press release. That state’s “Stop Flu at School” program includes a long list of partners, including state agencies, professional groups, university departments, healthcare organizations, and vaccine companies.In early November, the East Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Parish school district launched its first influenza vaccine program, a state pilot program that hopes to vaccinate close to 40% of the student population, according to a Nov 6 statement from the district. Vaccines will be administered by a contractor that provides medical care at the schools as well as volunteers from Southeastern Louisiana University’s school of nursing. The cost of immunizations for qualifying students is covered through the CDC’s Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, with the remainder covered by a donation from a local hospital foundation.In Aurora, Colo., hospitals in the Anschutz Medical Campus’ Adopt-a-School program recently offered free flu shots to students and staff at two local elementary schools, according to a Nov 13 report from the Aurora Sentinel.One district’s experienceIn 2005, MedImmune, maker of FluMist, approached more than a dozen US sites to test the feasibility of school-based immunizations, said John Lott, director of nursing at the Knox County (Tennessee) Department of Health, who supervises the area’s school immunization programs. Local schools are keenly aware of how severely flu can impact schools, he said. In 2004, the area experienced school closures due to the illness.In 2005 Knox County’s pilot program included 81 public schools with a goal of immunizing 54,000 children over a 4-week period. “We were their (MedImmune’s) largest project, and our vaccination rate was 46%,” he said, adding that the company challenged the county to exceed that number in 2006.Last year, the county continued the school-based immunizations on its own by cobbling together some vaccine from the VFC program, funding for staffing and vaccine purchase from the county, and assistance from school nurses. However, the vaccination rates were difficult to sustain because of the extra burden on schools and their nurses. “It’s a challenge trying to find a sustainable model,” he said.Despite the difficulties, Lott says he has seen other benefits for schools beyond just improved vaccination rates. Over the past 4 years, Knox County hasn’t had to close any of its schools, even though surrounding areas have. Financial support for schools is often based on daily attendance, he said, so healthy students can have bottom-line benefits for their schools, he said.Lott said he and his colleagues have learned useful lessons from their experiences with school-based immunization. For example, he said it’s easier to exceed 60% vaccination rates in K-5 elementary schools because the paperwork channels for items such as vaccine consent forms are more reliable with this age-group. Rates drop to about 45% in middle schools, then fall off to about 25% to 30% in high schools. With limited resources for school-based vaccination drives, healthcare officials have to make tough decisions about what age-groups to target.Realistic expectations for schoolsDiane Peterson, an editor for the National Influenza Vaccine Summit’s Web site and associate director for immunization projects at the Immunization Action Coalition, based in St Paul, said it’s a tall order to expect schools to help host immunization clinics during school hours. “From my experience, schools are just stretched beyond compare with staffing and tight budgets,” she said.Schools are also feeling pressured to pass No Child Left Behind testing requirements, so many of them aren’t too eager to take time away from learning activities, Peterson said.Strategizing how to meet the CDC’s flu vaccine recommendation for school-age kids is difficult, she said. “The best way would be to make it part of a mandate, but schools are up to their ears with mandates.”One option might be to have schools serve more simply as convenient sites for flu shot clinics, Peterson said, adding that school nurses have suggested that public health officials hold after-school immunization clinics at schools. “Then it would be a family program that could vaccinate parents, too. Schools like that,” she said. “We have to think of different models for getting this done.”Peterson said she was part of a National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) group that recently met to discuss options relating to school-based immunization programs. She said NACCHO hopes to develop some model programs to help local groups navigate the issues and implement immunization programs for school-age children.See also:Mar 5 CIDRAP News story “Flu immunizations for children will pose big challenge”Jan 31 CIDRAP News story “Study: school-based immunizations save money”Aug 6 Hawaii Department of Health press releaselast_img read more

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US says China trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research

first_imgSanctions, compensation Increasingly US officials are discussing punishing China and seeking compensation for the costs of the pandemic.In April the US state of Missouri sued China’s leadership over what it described as deliberate deception and insufficient action to stop the virus.On Tuesday Republican senators proposed legislation that would empower Trump to slap sanctions on China if Beijing does not give a “full accounting” for the coronavirus outbreak.”Their outright deception of the origin and spread of the virus cost the world valuable time and lives as it began to spread,” Senator Jim Inhofe said in a statement. “China’s efforts to target these sectors pose a significant threat to our nation’s response to COVID-19,” they said.The two organizations gave no examples to support the allegation.But the warning added to the battle between the superpowers over the outbreak that began in China and has killed at least 293,000 worldwide, and more than 83,000 in the United States.President Donald Trump has accused China of hiding the origins of the virus and not cooperating in efforts to research and fight the disease. Asked on Monday about reports that the US believed Chinese hackers were targeting US vaccine research, Trump replied: “What else is new with China?… I’m not happy.” US authorities warned Wednesday that Chinese hackers were attempting to steal coronavirus data on treatments and vaccines, adding fuel to Washington’s war with Beijing over the pandemic.The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said organizations researching COVID-19 were at risk of “targeting and network compromise” by China.They warned that Chinese government-affiliated groups and others were attempting to obtain “valuable intellectual property and public health data related to vaccines, treatments, and testing.” Spies, academics targeted The warning Wednesday also underscored that Washington believes China has continued broad efforts to obtain US commercial and technology secrets under President Xi Jinping’s drive to make his country a technological leader.In February the US Justice Department indicted four Chinese army personnel suspected of hacking the database of credit rating agency Equifax, giving them the personal data of 145 million Americans.On Monday the Department of Justice announced the arrest of University of Arkansas engineering professor Simon Saw-Teong Ang for hiding ties to the Chinese government and Chinese universities while he worked on projects funded by NASA.The indictment said Ang was secretly part of the Xi-backed Thousand Talents program, which Washington says China uses to collect research from abroad.Also on Monday Li Xiaojiang, a former professor at Emory University in Atlanta, admitted tax fraud in a case focused on his hidden earnings from China, also as a participant in the Thousand Talents program.Senator Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said such cases combined with the coronavirus are forcing China to change its tactics.”Beijing has shifted its recruitment efforts for the Thousand Talents Program online, and it has increased efforts to hack US medical research institutes for COVID-19 information,” he said. Race for a vaccine Beijing has repeatedly denied the US accusations.The FBI warning comes as dozens of companies, institutes and countries around the world are racing to develop vaccines to halt the coronavirus.Many more groups are researching treatments for infected patients. Currently there is no proven therapy.An effective vaccine could allow countries to reopen and potentially earn billions of dollars for its creators.Most expert believes it will take more than a year to get a vaccine fully approved, and much longer to produce enough of it.Government-backed cyber operators in Iran, North Korea, Russia and China have been accused of pumping out false coronavirus news and targeting workers and scientists.Britain said last week it had detected large-scale “password spraying” tactics — hackers trying to access accounts through commonly used passwords — aimed at healthcare bodies and medical research organizations. Topics :last_img read more

Thousands flock to see Olympic flame in Japan despite virus fears

first_imgTens of thousands queued at Sendai station to see the Olympic flameRead Also: French swim federation joins US counterpart in Olympics delay call“I queued for three hours but watching the Olympic flame was greatly encouraging,” a 70-year-old woman told public broadcaster NHK.But organisers, concerned about the bigger-than-expected gathering, have warned the viewing event could be suspended if a crowd becomes “extremely dense”, local media reported.The nationwide torch relay begins on March 26, starting from the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima that was used as a base for workers during the 2011 nuclear disaster.But organisers have been forced to scale back the relay, closing daily ceremonies to the public and urging spectators to “avoid forming crowds” along the route.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMost Beautiful Female Supermodels From India7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksSurprising Photos Of The Rock And His Lavish LifestyleHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Tens of thousands of people flocked to a cauldron with the Olympic flame in northeastern Japan over the weekend despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers are under pressure to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games because of the coronavirus pandemic The flame arrived in Japan to a scaled-down welcoming ceremony on Friday as doubts grew over whether the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go ahead on schedule as the deadly virus causes chaos around the world. The pandemic has already shredded the global sports calendar, with top sports leagues suspended and major tournaments postponed.Advertisement More than 50,000 people on Saturday queued to watch the flame displayed at Sendai station in Miyagi, chosen as part of the “Recovery Olympics” to showcase the region’s revival after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Some had to stay in a 500-metre (1,650-foot) queue for several hours, local media said. Many of them wore masks as they took pictures with the cherry blossom-shaped cauldron.last_img read more

Springers Boys Shine at Gymnastics Meet

first_img Bio ELLSWORTH — The Springers Gymnastics boys’ team has completed its season with two successful runs at a team state championship. The Level 4 and Level 5 teams from Springers Gymnastics Center both took home the first place trophies from the state championship held at the Bath YMCA on Sunday.The team from Springers brought nine gymnasts, with five Level 5’s and four Level 4’s. Three teams entered the team competition at Level 4. The Springers team edged out the team from Maine Academy in Westbrook by a mere three-tenths of a point. Finishing third was the team from Gymnation, in Kennebunk. Final scores were: Springers 254.9; Maine Academy 254.6; Gymnation 247.9.Four teams were entered in the Level 5 team competition. Springers handily took this competition by a spread of over five points over teams from the Bath YMCA, Maine Academy and Andy Valley from Lewiston. Final team scores were: Springers 168.7; Bath YMCA 163.5; Maine Academy 159.8; Andy Valley 157.0.Individually, the Springers boys walked away with several individual and all-around championships.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Springers boys succeeded despite two team members being touch-and-go as to whether they would be able to compete.In individual meet highlights for Springers, Owen Baya is the Maine Rings Champion at Level 4, age 6-7 and Tyler Bechtold is the Level 4, age 8-9 all-around champion, along with taking first on pommel horse, parallel bars and horizontal bar.Andrew Gillette is the floor and rings champion in the same age group. At Level 5, age 7-9, Nate Mason is the pommel horse champion.Kyle Adams is the Level 5, age 12-plus all-around champion. He also took first on pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar.Level 5 athletes can qualify for the 2011 Region 6 Championships scheduled for April 10 in Braintree, Mass.Springers will have three of its Level 5’s represent the state of Maine at the meet: Nate Mason, Austin Snow and Ethan McVay.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest posts by admin (see all) admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015center_img Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more