Coronavirus updates: Herman Cain dies after battle with COVID-19

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 667,000 people worldwide.Over 17 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.4 million diagnosed cases and at least 150,765 deaths.Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates.11:17 a.m.: Florida reports 3rd consecutive day of record deathsFor the third day in a row, a new record-high number of deaths were reported in hard-hit Florida, according to the state’s Department of Health.In the last 24 hours, 253 new fatalities were reported, the department said.As of Thursday morning, 16.5% of Florida’s adult ICU beds were available, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration;Five counties — Jackson, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee and Putnam — had no available ICU beds, according to the agency.These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.10:30 a.m.: Herman Cain dies after battle with COVID-19Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died at the age of 74, according to a post on his personal website, nearly one month after his coronavirus diagnosis was announced.A source close to the White House also confirmed his death to ABC News.Cain’s hospitalization was announced on July 2.A spokesperson for Cain said on Monday that he remained hospitalized and was being treated with oxygen for his lungs.“The doctors say his other organs and systems are strong,” the spokesperson added.Cain, a Black Voices for Trump co-chair, attended President Donald Trump’s June 20 rally in Tulsa. Cain was photographed inside the arena without wearing a mask and sitting in close proximity to others.The businessman and radio talk show host campaigned for the Republican nomination in 2012.10 a.m.: 33% increase in cases among Tennessee’s kidsTennessee has experienced a 33% jump in coronavirus cases among children in the last 10 days, ABC Memphis affiliate WATN reported.And in some parts of rural west Tennessee, cases among kids have surged by more than 100%, WATN reported.Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said at a news conference Tuesday that reopening schools for in-classroom learning is the “best option” and “planned delays should be reserved for the most extreme situations,” The Tennesseean reported.9:10 a.m.: NJ sees 112% increase in cases, deaths double in Atlanta areaAn internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News highlights a surge in New Jersey and a doubling death toll in the Atlanta area. New Jersey saw 2,066 new coronavirus cases in the last week (ending July 27) — a 112% increase from the week prior, the memo said.Beach town Long Beach Island reported 35 cases linked to social gatherings among lifeguards, the memo said. And in nearby Connecticut, 943 new cases were reported for the week ending July 27 — a 77.9% increase from the week prior. People under the age of 30 made up 40% of those new cases, the memo said.Meanwhile in Georgia, the number of new COVID-19 deaths in the last week nearly doubled in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs area. The week ending July 20 saw 71 deaths while the week ending July 27 brought 139 deaths, the memo said.In some parts of Georgia, some patients were forced to wait in ambulances because of the surge in COVID-19 patients, the memo said. In Alabama, new cases are increasing despite a 28.3% decrease in new tests administered, the memo said. As of Monday, only 12% of Alabama’s ICU beds were available. A record high number of ICU beds were filled, with 496 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units.4:46 a.m.: Dispatchers stop asking 911 callers about COVID-19 symptoms, raising concerns for firefightersCallers to 911 in Houston will no longer be asked if they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, changing a months-long practice to pass on the information to first responders. Firefighters are now told to treat every call as if the patient or home is COVID-positive.Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena said the change is an admission of the widespread nature of the virus in the city and out of concern that callers were not always offering true information.For months, Pena pleaded with the public to give honest answers to protect firefighters, who have sustained large numbers of COVID-forced quarantines.The change was announced on the same day the Houston Fire Department attended a funeral for Capt. Leroy Lucio, Houston’s first firefighter to die from COVID-19.Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association president Marty Lancton told ABC13 he can’t understand why the department would want less information for firefighters instead of more.“Less information to the men and women on the front lines responding to calls is dangerous to firefighters, paramedics and citizens of Houston,” Lancton said.Chief Pena explained the change to HFD members in a memo obtained by 13 Investigates: “The prevalence of COVID-19 is high in the Houston area and COVID-19 cannot be ‘ruled out’ in the field nor appropriately screened via OEC. In the best interest of HFD members’ health and well-being, all addresses and patients should be considered as possible COVID-19 positive places and patients. No attempts should be made or opinions formed to consider and treat any patient as ‘non-COVID.’”The change is the second in recent weeks affecting COVID-19 information in dispatch. Earlier in July, the department stopped logging addresses of COVID-19 positive patients in the city-wide dispatch system. Chief Pena says that was taking too much time to enter thousands of cases in an antiquated system one by one.3:23 a.m.: Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 surpass 17 millionGlobally, there are now more than 17 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, per John Hopkins University tally.The current number now stands at 17,031,281 but the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The global tally surpassed 15 million just eight days ago on July 22. Just four days later on July 26, the 16 million mark was reached.2:38 a.m.: Gov. DeSantis extends eviction and foreclosure moratorium until Sept. 1Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, has extended the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until Sept. 1.The ban was initially set to expire on Aug. 1 but the governor extended it for the third time in three months after the moratorium began in April.State Rep. Ana Eskamani, D-Orlando, tweeted the news saying: “BREAKING— Eviction and foreclosure moratorium has been extended for another month.”DeSantis issued the executive order without comment.2:11 a.m.: Florida to pause COVID testing due to tropical weatherThe Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that all state-supported drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing sites will temporarily close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, in anticipation of impacts from Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine.Testing sites are closing out of an abundance of caution to keep individuals operating and attending the sites safe. All sites have free standing structures including tents and other equipment, which cannot withstand tropical storm force winds, and could cause damage to people and property if not secured.Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine is expected to impact Florida with heavy rains and strong winds arriving to South Florida as early as Friday. The sites will remain closed until they are safe to reopen, with all sites anticipated to be reopened at the latest by 8 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5.Free COVID-19 testing remains available through local County Health Departments. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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USA: BIW Lands USD 212 Million DDG-1000 Deal

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: BIW Lands USD 212 Million DDG-1000 Deal View post tag: News by topic View post tag: lands View post tag: DDG-1000 August 5, 2013 View post tag: USD USA: BIW Lands USD 212 Million DDG-1000 Deal View post tag: 212 View post tag: dealcenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: million Training & Education View post tag: BIW Share this article View post tag: Naval The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (GDBIW) a contract modification for DDG-1000 class services worth $212 million, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced.This contract will allow BIW to build the deckhouse, hangar, and aft vertical launch system (VLS) for the third DDG-1000 ship.“This contract will provide significant and important work for BIW,” said Senators Collins and King. “BIW engineers and workers are designing and building one of the most complex ships in the world, and the three destroyers Bath is currently building will be invaluable assets to U.S. national security and the Navy’s fleet.”In addition, in mid-June the Senate Armed Services Committee authorized and last week the Senate Appropriations Committee included an additional $100 million and report language for the Arleigh Burke destroyer program to fund a tenth ship in the DDG-51 multiyear procurement – a ship Bath Iron Works would build. In June, Ray Mabus, Secretary of the United States Navy, informed Senators Collins and King that BIW has been awarded a multi-year procurement contract in the amount of $2.8 billion to construct four Arleigh Burke class destroyers (DDG-51’s) during the next five years, with the option to build a fifth ship.[mappress]Press Release, August 5, 2013last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: E-MAIL WAR CONTINUES BETWEEN JOHN FRIEND AND THE MAYORS CHIEF OF STAFF

first_imgSteve,If that is the case, she should have received an email from my adm assistant indicating that I was called out of town and asked if the meeting could be put off until Tuesday or the day before. In regards to the second meeting, I never was notified until the day before the meeting an again was out of town. Why is it that all the meetings appear to be on Fridays. Regardless, during the meeting with Conor and Dr. Adams, I made it perfectly clear that MAJOR reductions in operational funds, i.e. GF & Parks had to be considered. With that said, my absences in the meeting made very little difference when I strongly disagreed with Conor and Doc.Now, that your fiscal year ending July 31, 2015 posted up cash declines in your operational funds as defined by your controller in the amount of $12,774,000 your mere 1.5 m reduction in the GF is a pimple on the proverbial buffalo’s butt. In regards to Parks, you know and I know that the revenues will be no more than 9.7 m and that is a stretch . .meaning that PF will be out of balance by 600k which is illustrated by the 7/31/15 year end loss in cash of 1.1 m. And, finally, the administration’s claim that you have received “clean” audits would support the posting of fund balances on the Indiana Gateway website which clearly indicates that in the first three years of your boss’ administration overall cash balances have DECLINED by $47,000,000. Generally, I do not include the comprehensive fund approach because many of those funds are fiduciary, i.e. accounts in the 600’s and 800’s but since Mayor Winnecke has floated the totality of those funds as accessible to make PAYROLL which by the way includes the Police and Firefighters pension funds then it is only fitting that an explanation of where did all of that money go over the three year period of time.This administration is bleeding money and if the administration does not believe this, I suggest enrolling in Basis Principals of Accounting 201 & 202 . And in closing, if Mayor Winnecke thinks that the utility funds should be included as accessible to make payroll, I suggest that he review the provisions within the bond covenant where the utility is prohibited from loaning funds to third parties while bond balances are outstanding.So, instead of wasting your time and mine, the GF needs an additional reductions of 6.5 m and the Park an additional 600k and I will relent considering the Bernie Maydoff approach concerning increasing the “Tax in Lieu Of” expense to the Utility. While on this subject, why are you hammering the folks in the County by increasing the cost of their Water & Sewer bills in this scheme to increase the GF revenues at their expense???Should you have any questions, please so advise.JOHN FRIEND5th Ward City CouncilmanPlease take time and vote in today’s “Readers Poll”. Don’t miss reading today’s Feature articles because they are always an interesting read. Please scroll at the bottom of our paper so you can enjoy our creative political cartoons. Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without our permissionFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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BAYONNE BRIEFS

first_imgSeen on Avenue C, the paint on this 1960s Cadillac Fleetwood has chipped away, but the strong steel bodies on classic cars are often what gives them longevity. DeMarco steps down as Business AdministratorBayonne City Business Administrator Joseph DeMarco announced that he is stepping down from his position with the city to manage Mayor James Davis’s re-election campaign, effective December 18. Bayonne Chief Financial Officer Terrence Malloy will take over as Business Administrator.DeMarco, originally from Jersey City, managed Davis’s 2014 mayoral campaign after three years as Business Administrator in West New York and two terms on the Bernardsville Town Council, where he now lives. He received his juris doctor from the Fordham University School of Law, B.A. from Boston College, and graduated from Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City.“Joe DeMarco has been an instrumental part of my administration since the beginning and his hard work and dedication to moving Bayonne forward has been essential to the renaissance we’re now seeing in our city,” said Mayor Davis. “With this decision Joe will be able to devote his full time and attention to running the campaign, avoiding any potential conflicts and keeping politics and government separate, as they should be. There is no one else I would rather have running this operation and I look forward to working with Joe and our entire team over the next six months to make sure we keep Bayonne on the path toward a bright future.”Davis will run against Jason O’Donnell, a former Democratic Assemblyman and Bayonne firefighter, in the mayoral election in June. Liberty Humane Society returns lowest bid for Bayonne Animal Control contractThe Animal Control contract between the City of Bayonne and New Jersey Animal Control and Rescue (NJACR) expired on November 30, and bids for the next contract are in, with Liberty Humane Society (LHS) entering the lowest bid. The Bayonne City Council will vote on the next animal control contract at the Dec. 13 meeting.The Bayonne City Council voted at a July 2016 meeting to put the contract out for bid, pitting the two major animal control players in the county against one another. LHS is the animal control and sheltering provider for Hoboken and the sheltering provider for Jersey City. NJACR has won contracts in North Bergen, Union City, Guttenberg, Bayonne, and Harrison.LHS was originally awarded Bayonne’s animal control contract in 2014. In December of 2015, the city switched to New Jersey Animal Control and Rescue (NJACR), with city officials citing concerns about LHS’s ability to address nuisance wildlife. Disgruntled citizens held protests outside city hall over alleged animal abuse.The city’s Request for Proposals dictated a two-year, $90,000 maximum animal control contract, and outlines eleven new requirements. Liberty Humane Society entered a bid for $84,900, while NJACR entered a bid for $87,500. The next step in light rail expansionThe expansion of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail line from West Side Avenue to Route 440 received final state approval on Friday.“As Jersey City continues to grow into the largest city in New Jersey, we have worked to ensure that our local transportation systems can sustain and enhance this growth,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “I thank NJ Transit for advancing the process in extending the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to Route 440 in order to support the future growth of Jersey City’s West Side neighborhood. This expansion will improve connectivity for projects such as Bayfront and New Jersey City University’s new West Campus, and we look forward to working with NJ Transit to further the success of projects such as these, and this important neighborhood.”County Executive Tom DeGise, who was one of the leading advocates for the project, appeared before the NJ Transit board to urge the board to approve the funding.“This means it has cleared the next hurdle,” DeGise said. “The project is estimated to cost about $220 million. This will be a combination of NJ Transit and federal money. The developer is also expected to kick something in.”DeGise said NJ Transit’s portion will need to be matched by federal funding before the project can start construction.“But this is an important step, and something we’ve pushed for years.”Construction updateDemolition of old bridge piers (columns) that once supported the old lower level of the Bayonne Bridge has been completed in Bergen Point. Demolition is taking place this week between 1st Street and the Kill Van Kull. The piers that are being demolished supported the old version of the Bayonne Bridge.Crews will be erecting new piers and roadway segments this week between 4th Street and Juliette Street. Work on building footings will proceed between West 1st Street and West 2nd Street.At the 14A toll plaza, renovation continues on the existing toll plaza building. The toll plaza also has a new sign structure as of December 7. This week, traffic from Port Jersey Boulevard to the toll plaza and from the toll plaza to Port Jersey Boulevard will increase to two travel lanes in each direction over the new connector bridge.Construction is complete on the ramps between the toll plaza and the Hudson County Extension, where installation of signs will continue.Street-level sidewalk and curb replacement continues on Avenue C and Kennedy Boulevard. Night-time, single-lane closures this week will take place on the Hudson County Extensionfrom 8p.m. to 5a.m., Monday through Friday for sign installation.At the northern end of Avenue E by the new roundabout, roadway construction continues from 52nd Street to 51st Street. This week, northbound Avenue E will be reduced to a single lane at 52nd Street, Monday through Friday, for roadway construction.New ramp construction continues on southbound Route 440 at the Pulaski Street intersection while traffic signal construction continues along Route 440. In the ramp area east of Route 440, road construction continues on the new connector ramps, while roadway widening work continues on Port Jersey Boulevard.Bayonne rent up 6.6 percent, NJ rents rise faster than inflationNew data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the cost of rental housing in NJ has been rising faster than inflation and is taking a greater portion of income than ever. Statewide, the median rent — $1,213 per month — was 1.3 percent higher in 2012 through 2016 compared with the previous four-year period.According to the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey released this week, Hudson County’s median rent increased 5.3 percent. In Bayonne, rent increased 6.6 percent, from a median $1,087 rent in 2007-2011 to $1,158 in 2012-2016. The median rent rose by 10 percent or more in more than 100 municipalities.The ACS data also shows that NJ has added more rental units and that rental units’ share of all housing has increased. The data do not indicate what proportion of rental housing is affordable.Firefighters rescue victim from second-floor of burning buildingTwo Bayonne firefighters rescued a resident from a two-alarm burning building in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 9 on East 50th Street, according to Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver. Four occupants of the building were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.The firefighters saved the trapped occupant by entering through a second-story window using a ground ladder, then exited out of the same window.Firefighters used two hose lines to extinguish the fire on the second floor of the building and prevented the fire from spreading to an attached building. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at a local medical facility and released. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but is not considered suspicious at this time.“I would like to commend the firefighters at the scene for a job well done,” said Chief Weaver. “Their quick actions prevented the fire from extending to an attached building next door. Also, under difficult conditions consisting of heavy fire and smoke on the second floor of the building, they rescued one of the home’s occupants.”Liberty Science Center planetarium is the now the largest in Western HemisphereWhen the new planetarium at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City opens this Saturday, December 9, it will be the largest in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth largest in the world. Formerly, the largest planetarium in the hemisphere was the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Manhattan planetarium, told the New York Times that the new planetarium has advantages due to greater transportation access for NJ school groups. If the new facility has a top-of-the-line projector, he added, “That’s great.” Paul Hoffman, president and CEO of the Liberty Science Center responded that his planetarium has 10 projectors.The LSC planetarium boasts 88 million pixels and an 89-foot diameterscreen that can project 280 trillion color possibilities. At least 250,000 school children are expected to visit the planetarium annually.The center, officially the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, is named after a former high school teacher who donated $5 million for its construction. Montclair HS Football wins 2017 State ChampionshipThe Montclair High School football team won the 2017 NJSIAA State Championship last week in the North 1 Group 5 category. The Montclair Dispatch says Montclair took home the trophy after defeating Union City, with a final score of 35-14.Donate clothes for adults, boys, girls as part of domestic violence driveAllstate agency owners from across New Jersey are coming together to host a supply drive to benefit the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV). The donations will support the nonprofit’s mission to provide services to help end domestic violence and financial abuse throughout the state.Now through Dec. 11, the public can participate by donating new winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves for women, boys and girls. A complete list of most-needed supplies can be found here: bit.ly/AllstateFoundationTrenton. Through their volunteer efforts, each participating Allstate agency owner will secure a $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) will accept the grants and distribute the funding to local domestic violence nonprofits. The dates of the donation drives align with the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which NNEDV supports.The following Hudson County Allstate locations are collecting items:4914 Kennedy Blvd., West New York315 Broadway, Bayonne1317 Paterson Plank Road, SecaucusContact Natalie Terchek at 312-558-1770 for more information.Activists attempt to derail new plan for marina on south side of LSPWith less than one month left before Gov. Christopher Christie’s term expires, local community activists hope to derail a plan that would privatize the southern portion of Liberty State Park and construct a new luxury marina where deteriorating jetties currently exist.Tipped by someone that the plan is being discussed by state officials without adequate notice to the public, Sam Pesin, president of Friends of Liberty State Park, is looking to drum up enough opposition to keep Christie from getting the plan approved before he leaves office in mid-January.Mayor Steven Fulop joined other public officials and environmental activists at a rally near the picnic area on Saturday, Dec. 2 to highlight the threat and to send a message to Christie to drop the plans.“Every other year, someone gets the idea that they can develop Liberty State Park,” he said, making reference to 2016 plans for redevelopment, and alluding to previous plans that posed a number of changes. The 2016 plan, never enacted, would have also shifted oversight of the park from the state’s forestry department to the Meadowlands Commission, which could have reduced the public’s influence over what changes are made.Fulop also issued a warning to potential developers that the city would continue to pursue legal and political options long after Christie leaves office.NJ construction company submits Amazon headquarters proposalDT Allen, a Midland Park, N.J.-based contracting company that owns land in Secaucus, submitted an entry for HQ2 by Secaucus Junction in October, making Secaucus the second Hudson County location to vie for Amazon’s mega development behind Bayonne. Hundreds of municipalities throughout U.S. and Canada have submitted proposals, while Gov. Christie has officially recommended Newark.Titled “A Vision For 15X,” the plan — if chosen — looks to transform 105 acres, from the Secaucus Junction NJ Transit Station to the Hackensack River, into a mixed use, transit-oriented Amazon Global Headquarters Village development.However, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and other city representatives said that they’re against the proposal as it stands, because it would include some corporate housing, adding to the town’s population. But they say they would not be against a plan that brings Amazon to the town, in general.In an October letter to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, County Executive Tom DeGise endorsed the proposal, saying that “Hudson County’s unique landscape, culture, and facilities present an exciting opportunity for Amazon to create a new headquarters which will fulfill Amazon’s soaring ambitions.”The plan’s name stems from the site’s proximity to Exit 15X on the New Jersey Turnpike. Uses would include retail, hotels, restaurants, parks, and even a publicly accessible marina.NJ Transit pays reputed mobster for land on Hoboken’s borderAccording to reports, NJ Transit paid $6.13 million to the family of a reputed mobster in a settlement for land the agency wanted for a tunnel project cancelled in 2010.The settlement was with Township of Washington resident Carmine “Papa Smurf” Franco over the value of a 1.89 acre piece of land on the border of Hoboken and Weehawken, which was condemned by NJ Transit for the ARC tunnel project and canceled by Gov. Chris Christie in October 2010.NJ Transit’s board approved the settlement with M &C Franco & Co. in August.NJ Transit and the Franco family disputed over the property’s value in court since 2010. In 2012, a Hudson County jury valued the land at $8.15 million. However, a state appellate court gave NJ Transit a victory in 2016 after the agency appealed the verdict.The three-judge-panel ruled that the higher value wasn’t appropriate because it depended on the landowner winning approvals from two municipalities to change zoning to allow residential development on the property.According to reports, Franco was sentenced to a year in prison on racketeering charges in 2014 and released on June 11, 2015.Courthouse arrests of immigrants risingArrests of undocumented immigrants inside NJ courthouses have risen sharply this year, a survey by the immigration nonprofit Make the Road New Jersey shows. Advocates and lawyers surveyed who work in the court system report that many immigrants are afraid to be witnesses in criminal cases because they fear arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the courthouses, Matt Katz writes for NJ Spotlight. A spokesperson for ICE said the rise in sanctuary cities across the country has prompted the increase in arrests at courthouses.Commission says cuts to benefits needed to fix NJ pension systemCuts in health benefits for state and local government employees are needed to repair the state pension system, a commission created by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says. In releasing the final report of the NJ Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission on Dec. 6, Christie said he hoped the incoming Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, would act on the panel’s recommendation to cut health benefits by $4 billion a year, reports The Record. Christie said that in his last month in office he would be willing to work on legislation to cut the health benefits.Bill would ban secrecy in sexual harassment settlementsNondisclosure agreements in workplace sexual harassment cases would be illegal under a bill introduced by State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen County) last week. Advocates for sexual harassment victims say they welcome the legislation, according to The Record. But lawyers who represent employers say the bill would make companies less likely to settle sexual harassment cases.Legislation to disband NJSPCA hits snag in TrentonAfter a state report concluded that the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was failing to protect the state’s animals, State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union County) introduced legislation to disband the agency that is responsible for enforcing the state’s animal cruelty laws. But the measure will face hurdles in Trenton before the legislative session ends in January, reports NJ Spotlight.center_img ×Seen on Avenue C, the paint on this 1960s Cadillac Fleetwood has chipped away, but the strong steel bodies on classic cars are often what gives them longevity.last_img read more

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Meet Rock of Ages Star Carrie St. Louis!

first_imgAge: 24 “Instead of walking through a casino with [slot] machines and people drinking and smoking, I now go down Theater Row to get to work, with all these actors I’ve looked up to for a long time walking down the street. It’s so crazy that this is where I live!” “My parents told me not to audition for Rock of Ages. They were like, ‘Oh no, you’re an opera soprano, don’t hurt your voice auditioning for this.’ They regret that so much, ‘cause it totally changed my life.” View Comments “Rock of Ages crowds in Vegas were really rowdy. They were ready to party! And then sometimes, they’d get so drunk that they’d fall asleep by the second act.” “When I was a kid, I played softball. It wasn’t really a success, although I’m sure the Broadway Softball League wishes that weren’t true! I don’t want to go out there and embarrass myself yet, but maybe over time I’ll grow a pair of balls.” “I thought I was going to be an opera singer, but after two years of studying [at USC], I realized I’d always go home and belt showtunes in my car. I want to stick with what I’m really passionate about. But I’d love be in Cinderella or Phantom one day.” “I recently watched a video of my pre-school Christmas concert. I thought if I sang louder than everybody else that I was the best, and I made sure everyone around me was doing the dance moves the way they’re supposed to. That’s when it all started.”center_img Stage & Screen Cred: Before originating the role of Sherrie in the Las Vegas production of Rock of Ages, St. Louis appeared in regional productions of The Fix and Justin Love. Rock of Ages Hometown: Palm Desert, CA Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 Current Role: A Broadway debut as small-town girl Sherrie Christian, who takes a midnight train to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress in Rock of Ages.last_img read more

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Leaders: What to say…

first_imgEveryone in a leadership position wants to be a good leader. In order to be the leader that your team needs, you need to connect with them both personally and professionally. Here are some things you shouldn’t be afraid to say if you want to gain your team’s trust and respect.“Here’s what’s going on…”:Employees don’t like being in the dark. If there is an ongoing situation, they will eventually find out about it, so getting out in front of it will allow you to control the narrative. Be open and honest, let your team know what the situation is, and tell them what you’re going to do about it.“What’s your opinion?”:By asking your team for ideas and opinions, you’ll gain their trust and give them a since of value. You may not always get the response you’re expecting, and that’s not a bad thing.“Don’t sweat it”:If an employee makes a little mistake and takes complete ownership of it before you’ve even been made aware that it happened, brush it off. If they were honest about screwing up, there’s nothing you can say that they haven’t already said to themselves. By letting it go, you’ll show that you have trust in your team and your employees won’t be living in fear.“Can I lend a hand?”:When you show a desire to help your team succeed, you’ll gain a lot of respect. By giving your team the tools and assistance they need, you’ll be able to help maximize your team’s productivity and that’s good for the whole company.“It’s my fault.”:It’s not always easy to admit mistakes when you’re the boss. But when you do, you’ll definitely be respected for it. Next time you know you’re at fault, you’ll easily impress your team if you can be humble enough to say so. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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An agreement has been reached, union representatives are giving up on the announced strike

first_imgNa sastanku koji je u četvrtak, 3. kolovoza održan u Ministarstvu mora, prometa i infrastrukture, a na kojem su uz ministra Olega Butkovića, sudjelovali predsjednik Uprave Croatia Airlinesa Krešimir Kučko te predstavnici sindikata Croatia Airlinesa, postignut je dogovor.Zaključeno je kako se najavljeni štrajk sindikata zaposlenika za 8. kolovoza neće održati, a pregovori o novom kolektivnom ugovoru nastavit će se 1. rujna 2017. godine.Podsjetimo, na sastanak koji je jučer najavljen, ministar mora, prometa i infrastrukture Oleg Butković pozvao je Upravu Croatia Airlinesa i predstavnike sindikata Croatia Airlinesa. Dio traženih zahtjeva Uprava Croatia Airlinesa je prihvatila, a o ostalim zahtjevima sindikata pregovori će se nastaviti u rujnu ove godine. U pregovore oko postizanja dogovora i sklapanja novog kolektivnog ugovora za zaposlenike Croatia Airlinesa uključit će se i Ministarstvo mora, prometa i infrastrukture s ciljem iznalaženja najboljeg rješenja, kako za prava i dobrobit radnika tako i kompanije te postizanja njene stabilnosti i održivosti.last_img read more

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Mikel Arteta breaks silence over Granit Xhaka agreeing deal to leave Arsenal and join Hertha Berlin

first_imgMikel Arteta insists Granit Xhaka is fully committed to Arsenal (BPI/REX)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And Papa as well he was out with a concussion. And as well we have to rotate a little bit, we need fresh legs as well and we need everyone involved.’Asked if Xhaka’s absence is linked to the midfielder’s agent claiming an agreement as been reached with Hertha Berlin, Arteta replied: ‘No, no, no.‘He was totally committed in the last game against Bournemouth.‘He trained the next day, started to feel bad after the game. So it’s nothing like that.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Granit Xhaka has reached an agreement to join Hertha Berlin (Getty Images)Asked if that will be the first bump in the road for him at Arsenal, Arteta replied: ‘There are going to be many more, you know.’Xhaka was left out of the squad for Arsenal’s Premier League fixture at home to Chelsea but Arteta has insisted that the midfielder has missed the match through illness.‘Granit, he was ill the last two days so we couldn’t pick him obviously in the squad,’ said the Spaniard. Mikel Arteta breaks silence over Granit Xhaka agreeing deal to leave Arsenal and join Hertha Berlin Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Dec 2019 2:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link842Sharescenter_img Advertisement Comment Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will sort Granit Xhaka’s future (Sky Sports)Mikel Arteta has vowed to resolve Granit Xhaka’s future at Arsenal after the midfielder’s agent claimed an agreement has been reached with Hertha Berlin.Following the Gunners’ 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Boxing Day, Xhaka’s agent José Noguera revealed that the midfielder has agreed a deal with the Bundesliga club and has told Arsenal’s hierarchy that he wants to leave in the January transfer window.Subsequent reports in Switzerland also claimed that Xhaka is angry with Arteta after being told he must see out the rest of the season with Arsenal.When asked about Xhaka’s situation before Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea on Sunday, Arteta told Sky Sports: ‘What I can say internally we will have to face that situation.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘And we’ll handle that with all the senior people in the directors area.’last_img read more

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IPE Views: Assurance standard to provide clarity on master trusts

first_imgI share the Pensions Regulator’s view expressed in its strategy for regulating DC schemes that the market entry level for master trusts should be set high enough so that only providers with durable business models are able to participate in automatic enrolment. Master trusts offer scale and should have sufficient resources to accommodate procedures that help maintain and demonstrate quality standards.It is particularly important that trustees approve a plan to manage the scheme and protect member benefits if the provider decides to wind up or close the master trust, transfers ownership of the trust or becomes insolvent, or is unable to continue to operate for some reason. It is critical employers choosing master trusts understand how members’ funds would be affected if any of these scenarios were to occur.The Pensions Regulator has published the following six principles for DC schemes to promote good governance, administration and communication.Essential characteristics: schemes are designed to be durable and fair and deliver good outcomes for membersEstablishing governance: a comprehensive governance framework is established at set-up, with clear accountabilities, and responsibilities agreed and made transparentPeople: those who are accountable for scheme decisions and activity understand their duties and are fit and proper to carry them outOngoing governance and monitoring: schemes benefit from effective governance and monitoring through their full life cycleAdministration: Schemes are well administered with timely, accurate and comprehensive processes and recordsCommunication to members: Communication to members is designed and delivered to ensure members are able to make informed decisions about their retirement savingsThese six principles explain what the Pensions Regulator expects DC schemes to do in pursuit of good member outcomes. They are underpinned by the activities, behaviours and control processes that are more likely to deliver such outcomes.The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Pensions Regulator have worked together to develop a supplement to their AAF 02/07 assurance framework technical release for master trusts, which was published for consultation in the autumn. This type of assurance framework is already used extensively throughout the pension sector for investment providers, custodians and pension scheme administrators to demonstrate controls are operating effectively.The control objectives in the mast trust supplement are aligned with the DC quality features and have been framed to focus on ensuring individual members’ interests are protected.Assurance can play an important role in raising standards of governance reporting, and this framework will allow trustees of master trusts to provide important information to employers and scheme members about how the trust is adhering to the Pension Regulator’s principles and quality features.Andrew Penketh is head of pension funds at Crowe Clark Whitehill The introduction of auto-enrolment in the UK has generated renewed interest in the master trust model. Employers are increasingly choosing master trusts because they take care of much of the administration and governance of employee pensions. Master trusts can also obtain preferential investment management and administration charges by virtue of economies of scale through pooled asset arrangements.The range of master trusts now available has created a competitive market offering employers real choice. However, some master trust structures lack independence, raising concerns about governance arising out of potential conflicts of interest – for example, where trustees, investment managers or administrators are tied to the trust provider. Indeed, a lot of master trusts are owned by the providers and are run for profit. However, it is important the trustees act in the interests of members at all times and are seen to be doing so.As with any pension fund, the choice of advisers needs to be carefully made to avoid any conflicts of interest. The Pension Regulator’s 2008 guidance Conflicts of Interest states: “Trustees should ask themselves what are the advantages for members in retaining a conflicted adviser if – as may well be the case – they could instruct alternative advisers with similar expertise who would not be conflicted.”Where master trusts have service-provider representatives on the trustee board, it is particularly important this does not influence trustee decision-making. The conclusion for many master trusts may be to separate the day-to-day running of the business entirely from its trustee function and ensure there are no links whatsoever between the trustees and the commercial provider of the master trust.last_img read more

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Sex Ed for 5y/o’s? Family First warns parents

first_imgFamily First was on ONE’s Breakfast programme again this morning debating the issue of sexuality education for children as young as 5 years old. As is typical of Family Planning, they refused to front up for the debate and be accountable for their significant amount of taxpayer funding. We’ve also expressed concern about one of the guest speakers at the Family Planning conference being the head of the highly controversial Planned Parenthood in the US.You can watch the short interview here (click on image):last_img read more

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