“This legislation, if ultimately approved by the 2010 General Assembly, will help pave the way for much needed jobs in the Northeast Kingdom and create a new market for wood in the region. It is estimated that 34 new jobs will be created at the plant and approximately 150 jobs will be either created or impacted in a positive way in the region,” Sen. Vince Illuzzi, ChairSenate Economic Development, General Affairs & Housing Committee. “The wood pellet plant will also help to support those businesses in the region that depend in whole or in part on the logging industry.” The Senate Institutions Committee on Friday approved on a 5-0 vote legislation to authorize the sale or lease of the Brighton State Airport to either the Town Brighton or Vermont Renewable Energy Co. The details of the sale or lease will be left up to the Agency of Transportation to negotiate. The property will be sold at fair market value. The legislation next goes to the full Senate for review and consideration. Source: Senate Economic Development, General Affairs & Housing Committee. 3.12.2010 AttachmentSize Boylan_airport_Sen__Institutions.DOC28 KB
FLA offers online screening program FLA offers online screening program Florida lawyers who think they or one of their peers may have a problem with alcohol, eating disorders, or depression will soon have help. Starting January 1, Florida Lawyers Assistance will offer legal professionals an opportunity to take a free, confidential, and anonymous online screening to test for these problems.FLA is sponsoring the program to help attorneys better understand and identify the impairments, and learn how and where they can get additional help.Between 17 and 20 million Americans suffer from depression each year — nearly one in eight people, according to Michael Cohen, executive director of FLA. More than 80 percent of those who seek treatment will improve, but only a small fraction actually reaches out for help, Cohen said.Though the rates are high in the general population, he said, they’re even higher in the legal profession. A study done nearly 10 years ago by Johns Hopkins University found that lawyers had the highest rate of depression in any of the professions they surveyed.And things aren’t getting better.“At this time, because of September 11, we’re seeing a higher level than normal of stress, depression, and substance abuse,” Cohen said.Attorneys, quite often, are hesitant to acknowledge these problems in themselves and their peers, he said.“Because of the anonymity of this method, we thought lawyers might feel more comfortable about taking this screening,” Cohen said.“This is a free service, and it takes a very short amount of time. The earlier [these illnesses] are diagnosed, the less damage to the clients,” he added.An added benefit of the screening is the potential for collecting data about the prevalence of these illnesses in the legal profession. Cohen, however, notes that the only information collected is “demographics and numbers.” Users’ names, e-mail addresses, or IP addresses (similar to a temporary ID number for your computer) are not collected. The survey only uses identifiers such as firm size, region of Florida, and type of practice.Each screening is estimated to take between four and five minutes to complete. At the end of the screening, users receive an immediate result that can be printed and taken to a clinician or healthcare provider for further evaluation. Cohen cautions that a screening is not a replacement for a complete evaluation, but it can provide some guidance.Users can access the screening online via a link from FLA’s website, www.fla-lap.org, or via phone at (888) 214-1540. Brochures will also be made available at the Bar branch offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Tallahassee, Orlando, and Tampa. December 15, 2001 Regular News
Don’t be fooled: it’s not just Social Security Administration (SSA) scams making the rounds. Tax scam emails are flying fast and furious as well. I’ve gotten a few, including the following…The relevant text reads:Attention,Our records indicate that you are a Non-Resident Alien and sometime in the past submitted a form W-8BEN for your Tax exemption status and withholding, your form may have exceeded its succeeding calendar year and therefore has expired.As a result you are to complete the attached revised W-8BEN form and send back to us as soon as possible.Attach a copy of your identification (passports, driver’s license etc) when returning your filled form. This is an identity theft scam email. In the scam, criminals use a fake form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting (form downloads as a PDF) to gain personal and bank identification from taxpayers. Some versions of this scam have been circulating for more than ten years (downloads as a PDF). The IRS issued several warnings about the fraud over the years, including in 2017 and again in 2018. I guess for the scammers, old habits die hard. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
continue reading » “It was the best of the times, it was the worst of times,” wrote Charles Dickens in one of the more famous openings to a novel in history. It was a fairly good description of life in Europe on the eve of the French Revolution and, as it turns out, a reasonably good synopsis for the recent rush of earnings reports in the era of COVID-19. For many firms, the last two months have represented the absolute worst of times as social distancing and forced closures have ground their businesses to a halt. Disney, for example, reported earlier this week that it has lost roughly $1 billion each day since the start of the shutdown.But many firms and all firms are two different things, and while from a humanitarian perspective PayPal clearly wishes COVID-19 never happened, by the numbers it is undeniable that it has boosted its business. Almost a week ago, May 1, PayPal experienced the largest single day of transactions in the company’s history — bigger than both Black Friday and Cyber Monday of 2019.April 2020 was also a record-breaking month for PayPal in terms of enrollment and use. PayPal added 7.4 million net new active accounts. PayPal also hit a record in Q1, CEO Dan Schulman noted, adding 10 million net new accounts — though that pick-up was rapidly outshined in April, when its daily net new customer rate averaged roughly 250,000 per day and counting. Answering an analyst’s question, Schulman noted the previous day PayPal had added 295,000 net new active users, and that on the whole they anticipate adding 15 million to 20 million net new active accounts in Q2.The first quarter of 2020 also saw payment transactions pickup by 20 percent to 1.2 billion and its total payments volume (TPV) increase by roughly $68 billion, a roughly 22 percent year-on-year increase. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 18-year-old man was found dead Wednesday less than a mile from his Hicksville home three days after he was reported missing, Nassau County police said.Kieran Walsh’s body was found near the corner of South Oyster Bay Road and Stewart Avenue, but Homicide Squad detectives do not suspect that he was a victim of foul play, police said.His body was taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.Walsh had been last seen at his Prince Street home shortly after midnight Monday when he was reported missing.
Because children are efficient “disease spreaders,” an intervention focused on their actions is designed to reduce the flu burden in schools and in the general community, the city said in a press release in October 2007. Sep 2, 2008 (CIDRAP News) In 2004 when the nation faced an influenza vaccine shortage, public health officials in Berkeley, Calif., saw an opportunity to put a different kind of dent in the flu season: they taught some of the city’s youngest children how to WHACK the flu. Other communities are starting to adapt the WHACK the Flu theme, especially in California. Napa County said it would launch a similar program this fall. When Alameda County officials adopted the program, they introduced it at a community health carnival that featured games and activities centered around the theme. Still, Bustamante said the program costs are reasonable and allow the city to maximize and modify what they’ve found is a fun and powerful public health tool. “We’ve also taken this to the preschool Head Start program, parent groups, and childcare providers,” she said. “We don’t have a huge budget, but we make do.” During the song part of the skit, the actors pretend to wash their hands, while inviting the children to follow along with the same hand motions while sitting at their desks. During the first year, the WHACK the Flu program made it to only a handful of schools, but since then they typically make it to eight of the city’s 11 elementary schools, Bustamante said. “Our goal is to get into all the schools, but that can be difficult because of scheduling conflicts,” she said, adding that the university students often have busy school schedules themselves. H, home is where you stay when you’re sick Tanya Bustamante, a pandemic influenza program specialist with the city of Berkeley’s public health division, told CIDRAP News that officials developed a skit to teach kids in kindergarten through third grade how to avoid getting sick with the flu. “We needed a way to ramp up our community mitigation efforts,” she said. K, keep your distance from people who are coughing or sneezing The programheld in October before flu season startsis flexible and varies from classroom to classroom, she said. “The volunteers are helpful with coming up with ideas on how to involve kids in the skit. Sometimes the kids hold up cards with letters to review, and sometimes they practice covering their cough,” she said. “The teachers get a little break and learn something that they themselves can build on in the classroom.” View tools and reviewers’ comments from the “WHACK the Flu” practicehttp://www.pandemicpractices.org/practices/resource.do?resource-id=317&s… At the end of the skit, the university students give the kids stickers, activity sheets, and posters for their classrooms. They ask teachers to fill out evaluation forms. The characters in the skit, which the students portray with hand puppets, are Jane, a girl who is coughing and sneezing, her friend Mary, and Fred the Flu Germ, who keeps pestering Jane. The girls show the children how to avoid Fred and his friends by covering their coughs and sneezing into their elbows. C, cover your coughs and sneezes, and Recent decreases in pubic health funding have forced Berkeley’s public health department to scale back the program a little, offering it up through the second-grade level rather than through third grade, she said. Putting prevention in kids’ handsThe activity consists of a 15-minute classroom skit performed by three University of California, Berkeley students. The student-actors explain the steps to the children with an engaging dialogue and a catchy, age-appropriate song, according to background materials on the program that are available on CIDRAP’s Promising Practices Web database. See also: W, wash your hands often The city’s public health planners built a flu prevention outreach activity around the word “whack” for its high-energy, cartoonish appeal for kids and because it offers a mnemonic device that teaches students good hand hygiene habits: Editor’s Note: CIDRAP’s Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools (www.pandemicpractices.org) online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning. A, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth Creatively stretching public health dollarsBustamante said her department usually draws its volunteers from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health but have sought participants from the university’s undergraduate departments, such as theater arts, biology, and education. “They [the students] enjoy the opportunity to get to know their own communities,” she said. Oct 10, 2007, City of Berkeley press release Feb 2, 2007, YouTube presentation on Alameda County’s WHACK the Flu rollout
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has removed a restriction on the operational hours of public transportation after just one day.He said on Monday evening that public transportation would return to normal following a suggestion from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.However, Anies said the Jakarta administration would uphold a recommendation for social distancing to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus by limiting lines at Transjakarta and MRT Jakarta stations.The restriction massively backfired, with large crowds and long lines building up at Transjakarta and MRT Jakarta stations across the capital on Monday.The lines accumulated as commuters wearing face masks squeezed into packed bus stops and train stations during peak hours in the morning, with many commuters waiting for hours and becoming distressed over being late for work.While some commuters appeared ignorant about the city’s containment efforts, many others had no option because they still had to go to work since their companies had yet to impose or had only imposed a partial workfrom-home policy.Read also: Work-from-home policy in effect at major Jakarta companies over virus concernsAninda, a 27-year-old stateowned enterprise worker, said she was not able to stay at home because her company enforced a two-shift policy where each division was divided into two groups, taking turns working at the office and at home on a weekly basis.“I’m currently living with my parents in Ciganjur [in South Jakarta] and I was planning to leave from the Ragunan bus stop. Arrived there at about 7 a.m. I saw people lined up for approximately 10 meters,” Aninda said on Monday.City transportation companies said such operational restrictions were in line with the instructions of President Jokowi and an appeal from the World Health Organization to limit movement and maintain social distance in an effort to minimize the spread of the virus.Anies previously announced the city would limit the operational frequency of public transportation for the next 14 days starting on Monday so that people with no urgent need to travel could remain at home.In response to Monday’s chaos, Transjakarta appealed to Jakarta commuters to manage their travel times as well as possible by avoiding rush hours to prevent the possibility of overcrowding on the buses.“We urge customers to make the best schedule to get home before 6 p.m. and make sure not to jam [ into the bus],” Transjakarta corporate secretary Nadia Diposanjoyo said in a statement.Transjakarta management announced the restrictions on Sunday, saying it would only operate 13 routes, down from 248, with a 20-minute headway. The company will also suspend its evening services.Meanwhile, to ease passenger mobility on Monday, Nadia said, Transjakarta deployed a total of 290 vehicles to serve 13 Transjakarta corridors. She did not specify whether the same number of buses would apply for the remaining 13 days.Besides Transjakarta, LRT Jakarta and city-owned MRT Jakarta also imposed similar measures, with MRT Jakarta reducing the number of cars on each train to four from the usual 16, reducing the maximum capacity from 300 people to 60.MRT Jakarta said the public transportation service restriction was intended to limit the mobility of office workers who should have been working remotely.“By the government instruction, the MRT Jakarta service is only aimed at medical workers who still need to handle the COVID-19 outbreak and public servants who cannot work from home,” MRT Jakarta corporate secretary Muhamad Kamaluddin said.Crowds and long lines were seen at MRT stations, mainly in Lebak Bulus, Fatmawati, Cipete Raya and Dukuh Atas BNI stations; and a buildup of passengers also occurred at LRT stations on Monday morning.Read also: COVID-19: City-wide transport restrictions cause buildup at Transjakarta, MRT stationsLRT management said it had changed its train headway to 30 minutes from the normal 10 minutes.The company reported that the biggest buildup was at Velodrome Station. It immediately deployed an additional two cars to its trains to increase capacity to 120 passengers to adjust to the conditions.Both MRT Jakarta and LRT will now evaluate the buildup, with LRT corporate secretary Arnold Kindangen saying that “conditions in the future will follow demand”.The failure of social-distancing measures among commuters has resulted in passenger chaos despite the President’s call to stay at home. Pictures disseminated on social media show commuters — many wearing face masks — squeezing into packed buses and stations throughout the capital.Nurul Nadia, a public health expert from the Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI), said that the implementation of social distancing was not simple.She predicted that COVID-19 infections in Jakarta were likely to increase because the restriction policy was issued too late and because of the failure of the authorities to communicate the importance of social distancing to the public.“Complete information is highly important. Authorities should inform people as to why violating the policy could be dangerous for themselves and their families,” she said.Jokowi repeated his statement on Monday, saying that reducing people’s mobility was of utmost priority.“The central and regional governments have to continue providing services and improve the hygiene of public transportation. What is important is to ease crowds, queueing and the density of passengers inside the public transportation so that they can maintain distance,” he said on Monday.Topics :
Inter Milan willing to offer Alexis Sanchez an escape route from Man United on one condition Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Apr 2019 5:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link17Shares Advertisement Comment Alexis Sanchez has endured a miserable spell at Manchester United (Getty Images)Inter Milan could offer Alexis Sanchez an escape route from Manchester United but only if he significantly lowers his wage demands, according to the Independent.The 30-year-old has been an unmitigated disaster since making the move to United from Arsenal in January last year, scoring only five goals for the club in 43 appearances.Sanchez has managed one Premier League goal in 18 appearances during an injury-disrupted season and he touched the ball just once after coming on as a sub during the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday.The Chile international is United’s highest earner on £400,000 per week plus £75,000 for every appearance he makes and the club are desperate to get him off the wage bill in the summer to make room for new signings.AdvertisementAdvertisementDue to his wage demands and poor form over the past 18-months, though, United could find it difficult to shift Sanchez with previous suitors PSG reported to have lost interest in him. Advertisement Sanchez made his name in Italian football with Udinese (Getty Images)Inter, who are currently third in the Serie A table, are willing to end his miserable time in Manchester and bring Sanchez back to Italy but only if he agrees to a wage cut.Sanchez made his name in Italian football, scoring 21 goals in 112 games for Udinese between 2008-11, with his form culminating in a move to Barcelona.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 CityUnited’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, is believed to have admitted privately that he made an error in signing Sanchez and handing him such a lucrative offer in order to beat Manchester City to his signature.Metro.co.uk revealed last week that the issue of Sanchez’s inflated wages has irked teammates and led to complicated contract discussions with other first-team players such as David De Gea, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford.Sanchez is contracted to United until June 2022.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors
BHP Petroleum, via its Mexico subsidiary, has contracted DORIS for the execution of engineer services for the SURF and export pipeline scopes of work of the Trion project in the Gulf of Mexico. The Trion field encompasses an area of 1,285 sq km (798 sq mi) and is located in the Perdido belt at a water depth of approximately 2570 meters.Christophe Debouvry, CEO of DORIS, said: “This project is a strategic win for DORIS Group. It is the recognition of our strong experience in deepwater developments, it complements our portfolio in Mexico, and it strengthens our relationship with BHP.”BHP is the operator holding a 60 percent interest in the development and PEMEX Exploration and Production is the non-operating partner with a 40 percent interest.