NY Democratic Presidential Primary Back On After Court Ruling

first_imgImage by AD Simko/WNYNewsNow.ALBANY — New York State’s June 23 democratic presidential primary will take place after the state’s Democratic Party leadership abandoned its attempt to cancel the contest.This comes after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the primary must include the contest over the state’s objections.Supporters of Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang challenged the primary cancellation after the candidates suspended their campaigns.Elections were already scheduled for June 23 for numerous other races, including for state and congressional offices. The democratic presidential primary was canceled on the grounds that the coronavirus posed too big a threat to safety. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Which Disney Channel Original Movie Should Come to Broadway?

first_img The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.It’s been a week of flashbacks at Broadway.com HQ: we revealed your top 10 Gypsy Roses for the tuner’s 57th anniversary, Cats is coming back to Broadway with a glam Grizabella and we recently went down a YouTube rabbit hole with the 2016 Tony nominees. This Memorial Day weekend, Disney Channel is throwing it back with a mega-marathon of their cinematic gems. That’s right, DCOM enthusiasts: faves like The Cheetah Girls, Smart House and of course, High School Musical will hit the small screen once more. Though High School Musical has been adapted for the stage, a concert tour and even an ice show, we would love to see HSM bop to the top on the Main Stem. That’s not the end of our Great White Way wish list—what about a Broadway debut for Hillary Duff in a Cadet Kelly stage adaptation? Or a Kim Possible musical? (Fun fact: Christy Carlson Romano, who voiced the cartoon crime-fighter, is a Broadway alum.) So which Disney Channel Original Movies should take the stage? Call us, beep us if you wanna reach us, and take a peek at Broadway.com Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip’s top 10 to get started!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Comments Photos courtesy of Disneylast_img read more

Attorney General scolds but will not prosecute Vermont Yankee officials

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Attorney General William Sorrell announced today that, barring the receipt of additional evidence, his office has completed its criminal investigation and neither Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee (ENVY) nor any of its current or past employees will be charged with having committed perjury when state officials and others were repeatedly misled about the existence of underground piping carrying radionuclides.During January of 2010, discovery of a tritium leak at its plant in Vernon prompted ENVY to inform state officials that during sworn testimony and through other communications in 2008 and 2009, it had provided incorrect information when it denied the existence of underground piping carrying radioactive materials. Then-Governor Jim Douglas, then-President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin and Speaker Shap Smith requested the Attorney General to investigate and determine whether in providing this incorrect information, ENVY or its personnel had violated Vermont’s criminal laws.After a lengthy investigation, including the conducting of dozens of interviews and reviewing tens of thousands of pages of documents, the Attorney General announced that his office lacks sufficient probative evidence to prove perjury beyond a reasonable doubt.‘Clearly, Vermont Yankee personnel repeatedly failed to meet a minimally acceptable standard of credibility and trustworthiness, but proving that perjury took place is another matter entirely. We lack the smoking gun necessary to prove the crime and it would be unethical and irresponsible for us to press criminal charges when we do not have the evidence to meet our heavy burden of proof,’ said the Attorney General.A statement issued from Entergy Vermont Yankee shortly after the 11 am annoncement stated: “We take our responsibility to deal openly and honestly with stakeholders very seriously.  Some employees failed to live up to our highest expectations and values, and after our own internal investigations, we took disciplinary action against them over a year ago.”As the Attorney General himself stated, we cooperated fully during his investigation, providing tens of thousands of pages of documents and full access to all relevant information and employees.   “We are pleased that the Attorney General’s active investigation is now concluded.”Meanwhile, Governor Shumlin said in a statement: ‘I know that the Attorney General’s office worked very hard on this complicated investigation into whether Entergy Louisiana officials broke the law when they misled state officials regarding leaking underground piping at Vermont Yankee. I respect the Attorney General’s conclusion.  However, the facts are not altered by this legal analysis.  The fact is that Entergy Louisiana officials said – under oath – that there were no underground pipes when there were.  The fact is that radioactive tritium leaked from these undisclosed underground pipes.  We expect our businesses to act in a credible and trustworthy manner.  Although the Attorney General has decided not to pursue charges here, his investigation clearly describes the pattern of misinformation by Entergy Louisiana. These facts and others lead to the conclusion that Entergy Louisiana’s business-as’usual is not how we expect businesses to act here in Vermont.’Much of the investigation involved testimony from Entergy VP of Nuclear Operations Jay Thayer, who was Entergy’s former site VP in Vermont, Vermont Yankee Site Vce President Michael Colomb and an affidavit signed by James Rogers, Manager of Design Engineering.The report from Sorrell said that it could not be shown that officials “knowingly and willingly entered into a plan to provide false sworn testimony and such testimony was presented on behalf of the corporation.”Sorrell noted that there were also issues of semantics involved, including what was considered “underground” versus “below grade” and whether “buried” meant piping that is underground and directly in contact with soil (the pipes that leaked the tritium in question were in concrete trenches). The attorney general also had to consider whether everyone was talking about pipes carrying liquids or gases.Thayer was subsequently removed from his position by Entergy and other personnel were shuffled within the corporation or had duties changed at Vermont Yankee.The decision was announced today at a Montpelier press conference. A report (click here for PDF, the first nine pages can be found below) summarizing some of the evidence reviewed and aspects of the applicable law was released.last_img read more

Friday Night Lights: Comet, Snow Moon, and Lunar Eclipse Tomorrow Evening

first_imgThree rare space phenomena will take place this Friday night. A penumbral lunar eclipse will happen during a full ‘snow’ moon, and to top it off, a comet will fly 7.4 million miles from earth.The penumbral lunar eclipse, not to be confused with the more prominent total lunar eclipse, occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow, which diminishes the light from the sun reaching the moon, making the moon appear dark. The eclipse will take place at 7:43 p.m. eastern time and can be seen in most of the United States, Asia, and the Western countries of South America.The ‘snow’ moon gets its name from Native American tribes who named each full moon. Data from the National Weather Service shows that February on average has the most snowfall out of the 12 months a year, which authenticates the ‘snow’ moon.Comet 45 has been visible from earth with the use of a telescope or binoculars for the past two months. It will reach its closest point to the earth late Friday and early Saturday morning, where it may be visible to the naked eye with dark skies.The night of February 10 is a good time to be away from the lights of the big city and atop an open mountain bald.last_img read more

Nassau Exec Ed Mangano Blames Hacker For Sexting Scandal

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Timothy Bolger and Christopher TwarowskiNassau County Executive Ed Mangano said investigators are looking for a hacker that he said created sexually explicit text messages sent from his cell phone to several women.WCBS-TV New York reported Saturday night that they obtained copies of the sexts, but Mangano later said a hacker had used his cell phone number to fake the messages. Hours after the report aired, police issued a news release early Sunday morning saying Mangano requested a probe into what authorities described as a “spoofing attack” 10 days ago.“I am outraged at this smear attempt and will take legal action against the sick individual who has sought to assassinate my character and hurt my family,” the married Bethpage Republican said in a statement. “While elected officials are used to being confronted with falsehoods, whoever fabricated this outrageous social media attack committed a crime.”The New York Daily News posed the question: “Is he the suburban Carlos Danger?” That was the pseudonym used by disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens), who resigned in 2011 after being caught sexting women and claiming he was a hacking victim before later coming clean.CBS didn’t name any of the women who received the messages, but police identified one of them as Karin Caro, founder of Blue Chip Marketing, a local public relations consulting firm. Police said that Mangano first learned of the situation from Caro, who investigators also described as a victim, after one of the messages was publicly shared on her Twitter page.“Caro has stated that she never had such communication with the County Executive nor does she have his cell phone number,” police said in the news release. “Both parties have no record of such text or tweet.”CBS reported that some of the sexts were too explicit to report. But they did broadcast some of the messages, including one in which the county exec appears to tell a woman: “I miss being alone with you.”In another, the woman wrote: “I want you to (blank) my brains out even if it’s in my car again,” according to CBS, which said Mangano’s apparent reply was: “Sorry left early. Something came up.”“This is totally fabricated,” Mangano tells the Press on Valentine’s Day. “It’s a lie. I’ve made a complaint with the police department.“This is absolutely outrageous,” he continues. “It’s ridiculous. It’s so hurtful.”Intelligence Unit and Electronics Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Best practices in payments

first_imgTakeaways from CUES School of Payments this week in Chicago.by: Lisa HochgrafYesterday in Chicago, Terence Roche summarized some key concepts discussed at the CUES School of Payments. Roche is  principal of CUES Supplier member and strategic provider Cornerstone Advisors, Scottsdale, Ariz.Establish clear performance metrics that target key revenue and expense drivers. People are saying, “I’m calling those out and they’re as visible as loan growth and delinquencies” when management gets together to talk things out, Roche said. These can get pretty granular, and seek to answer such questions as:Who’s using bill-pay? and If mobile is the most important new payment offering, how many members use it?Have a clear plan for “reduce and redirect” spending on payments. If you save money in one area of payments, you can use it to reinvest in your offerings or new payments ventures.Establish clear organizational responsibility.  “If we have 18 metrics, who is the person responsible for each of those 18 metrics? Who’s responsible for your next contract negotiation” with a vendor? Roche said the answer needs to be the name of a person, not a department or group. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jack Grealish: Aston Villa playmaker to make first competitive England start against Belgium | Football News

first_imgSky Sports brings you live updates as they happen. Get breaking sports news, analysis, exclusive interviews, replays and highlights.Sky Sports is your trusted source for breaking sports news headlines and live updates. Watch live coverage of your favourite sports: Football, F1, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, Rugby League, Rugby Union, NFL, Darts, Netball and get the latest transfers news, results, scores and more.Visit skysports.com or the Sky Sports App for all the breaking sports news headlines. You can receive push notifications from the Sky Sports app for the latest news from your favourite sports and you can also follow @SkySportsNews on Twitter to get the latest updates.- Advertisement – Jack Grealish will make his first competitive England start as Gareth Southgate’s side face Belgium in their Nations League Group B encounter on Sunday night.This is a breaking news story that is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh this page for the latest updates.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Spikes in US indicators point to intensifying pandemic

first_imgOct 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Pandemic flu activity is now widespread in 46 states, five more than the previous week, causing an increasing number of school closures and starting to hit the young adult age-group harder, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.At a press briefing today, Tom Frieden, MD, director of the CDC, said, “We have had up until now many millions of cases of pandemic influenza in the U.S. And the numbers continue to increase.”Visits to doctors for flu-like illnesses, a general barometer of flu activity, were steeply higher for the week ending Oct 17, which the CDC said in an update today is higher then they see during the peak of many regular flu seasons.Hospitalization rates for lab-confirmed flu cases are also higher than expected for this time of year, the CDC said. For the second week in a row, deaths from flu and pneumonia increased.Eleven more flu-related pediatric deaths were reported to the CDC over the past week, nine of them confirmed as being caused by the pandemic H1N1 virus. The other two involved influenza A viruses that weren’t subtyped. The new reports raise the number of pediatric deaths from the pandemic H1N1 virus since April to 95, plus seven that were not subtyped.Though the CDC shares the public’s frustration about shortages of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, it is also receiving reports of shortages of the seasonal flu vaccine. Frieden said so far 85 million of the season’s expected 116 million doses have been distributed, which unlike the pandemic vaccine go to providers through private channels.The CDC has just received new data about uptake of the seasonal flu vaccine, which suggests 60 million people have been immunized, according to Frieden. “That is way more, way sooner than in any prior year. That’s strong uptake and we hope that trend continues,” he added. Earlier this fall, public health officials urged Americans to receive the seasonal flu vaccine early to make way for providers to distribute the pandemic vaccine in October.See also:CDC pandemic H1N1 update pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/update.htmlast_img read more

UK central bank weighs in on asset manager systemic risk debate

first_imgThe Bank of England (BoE) has weighed into the on-going debate on the systemic risk posed by asset managers, suggesting distress at large firms could create friction in financial markets.Executive director for financial stability at the BoE, Andrew Haldane, said given the asset management industry’s projected growth, it was viable to consider whether the industry runs greater risks to financial stability.Speaking at the London Business School Asset Management Conference, Haldane said with expected assets under management to reach $400trn (€292trn) by 2050, it was essential managers strengthen the financial system and the real economy.He said two relevant factors to discussing whether managers posed any risk was the level of concentration, suggesting this was broadly similar to that of the banking sector, and the scale of the largest firms. “On the face of it, then, the structure of banking and asset management is not too dissimilar. But the risks to these balance sheets are also quite different,” he said.“They are not, however, insolvency-immune. An individual manager or fund does face operational and reputational risk.”He said there are three risks posed by managers which could undermine financial security for the markets, starting with the sheer size.“Even if the ‘fail’ element of too-big-to-fail is a red-herring, the ‘big’ is not. Distress at an asset manager may aggravate frictions in financial markets, in particular frictions in market liquidity.”Haldane also said managers could “amplify pro-cyclical swings” in the economy and contribute to the mis-pricing of risk.He also highlighted the recent trend for managers to move into more illiquid assets, and passively managed funds, suggesting these would create greater illiquidity risk, correlated price movements and leaving manager susceptible to runs.Liability contracts have also put more risk back onto investors which may increase their incentive to run, he said.However, he commended international work currently being done by European and US agencies on whether asset managers pose systemic risks.He said prudential policy would be the best way to regulate, and defend against pro-cyclical swings, and initiatives on long-term financing would protect against illiquidity risk.The argument over asset manager’s impact on the global economy has been on-going since the financial crisis.While the regulation and containment of systemic risk within banks has been the focus since 2008, both the Office for Financial Research (OFR) in the US, and the Financial Stability Board (FSB), backed by the G20, have launched consultations on the topic.An OFR report published last Autumn caused controversy, after it highlighted four ways asset managers were susceptible to systemic risk.However, the report was dismissed by a bi-partisan group of US Senators, who accused the OFR of mischaracterising the industry, and warned of credibility damage to the US Treasury.The, FSB, while not currently designing any policies, is working on identifying which organisations are large, complex and systemically connected enough to cause financial disruption.Once this was defined, the FSB said it would develop policy measures.last_img read more

Lotto targets poor areas, claimed health official

first_imgNZ Herald 8 June 2012Health Health officials told Lotto bosses they were driving up the numbers of poor people with gambling problems by targeting sales at the country’s most deprived areas, documents show.They told the Lotteries Commission there appeared to be a link between spikes in addiction figures and big Lotto jackpots.The claim was revealed in letters released by the Ministry of Health through the Official Information Act. It came after a surge in problem gambling statistics was challenged by the Lotteries Commission.Other information released showed the Lotteries Commission was relying on jackpots to drive sales and deliberately restructured its games to attract more people to the big prizes.The spat between the Ministry of Health and the state-owned Lotteries Commission came after statistics showed there had been a doubling in the number of problem gambling cases in which Lotto and related games had been cited.The statistics had a direct financial impact on the commission with problem gambling services funded out of a levy applied to the gambling industry.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10811562last_img read more