Cuomo Says Trump Should Wear Mask And Require Them In Public

first_imgApp users, tap here to watch video.ALBANY — New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday called on President Donald Trump to sign an executive order requiring people to wear a mask in public and to “lead by example” by wearing one himself.“We did it two months ago in this state,” said Cuomo, a Democrat, adding that other states that initially resisted mask mandates are now requiring them. “Let the president have the same sense to do that as an executive order and then let the president lead by example and let the president put a mask on it, because we know it works.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult. Trump has said mask-wearing was fine, but not for him. At the governor’s Monday briefing, Cuomo also said officials are reconsidering a plan to allow indoor dining at New York City restaurants to avoid undoing progress in reducing coronavirus infections.“Outdoor dining has worked very well,” Cuomo said, but indoor dining has been shown to be “problematic” in other states. He said state officials will consult with restaurant owners and make a decision on Wednesday. Indoor dining is allowed in other parts of the state that are further along with reopening.Mayor Bill de Blasio has said the city was on track to allow indoor dining with limited capacity beginning July 6 as part of the next phase of reopening.Meanwhile, Cuomo said high-efficiency HEPA filters that can block the virus will be required in the air conditioning systems at any malls that reopen and will be recommended for other businesses. Such filters will be installed at the Barclay Center when it holds the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 30, he said.Cuomo said there were seven COVID-19 deaths on Sunday and 853 people hospitalized, the lowest since the pandemic hit the state. He called on local officials to enforce mask-wearing and social distancing rules, noting a lack of compliance seen on street corners and outside bars around New York City. 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) New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo wearing a mask. File image by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Photo date: 06/24/20.last_img read more

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Buyer & Cellar Sets Closing Date Off-Broadway; Eyes London Run

first_img Related Shows Buyer & Cellar Written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Stephen Brackett, Buyer & Cellar tells the story of Alex Moore, a struggling actor in L.A., who lands an offbeat job working in the basement of Hollywood legend Barbra Streisand. When the Hollywood mega-star makes a rare appearance one day, the show launches into an outrageous look at fame and the price that accompanies it. View Comments Buyer & Cellar had its world premiere in April 2013 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, where it played a sold-out run before transferring to the Barrow Street Theatre. The play opened at its current home on June 24, 2013 starring Michael Urie, who is currently performing the show on tour. It went on to win the Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance. Time to exit the basement. Buyer & Cellar will play its final performance on July 27 at the Barrow Street Theatre. The comedy currently stars Broadway alum and NCIS: Los Angeles star Barrett Foa. At the time of closing, the show will have run for eight preview performances and 458 regular performances. The play is also planning to cross the pond for a London engagement in Spring 2015, with further details to be announced later. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014last_img read more

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Goodnight Mister Tom Will Return to West End

first_imgDavid Wood’s Goodnight Mister Tom is returning to London’s West End for the holiday season. Directed by Angus Jackson and starring David Troughton, the Chichester Festival Theatre adaptation of Michelle Magorian’s classic novel will begin previews on December 11 at the Duke of York’s Theatre and play a limited engagement through February 20. Opening night is set for December 17.Troughton has performed numerous times with both the RSC (The Shoemaker’s Holiday, Macbeth, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Richard II and Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, The Tempest, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Venetian Twins) and the National Theatre (Season’s Greetings, Playing with Fire, Measure for Measure, Peter Pan and Fool For Love). He is also a regular on TV where his appearances include Grantchester, Unforgotten and The Hollow Crown.Set during the build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart-warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley (Troughton). All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London. View Commentslast_img read more

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Designer Grasses

first_imgEfficiency is the key to success, even in designer grasses. “The new grasses are all being developed with the goal of maintaining turf quality with less input of water, pesticides and, to some degree, fertilizer,” said Wayne Hanna, a U.S. Department of Agriculture turf grass breeder.Hanna, working closely with the University of Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga., helped usher in some of the most successful new Bermuda grasses and centipede grasses. Most of the triploid hybrid Bermuda grasses used world-wide were developed in Tifton. On the MarketTwo of Hanna’s Bermuda grasses already on the market include TifEagle and TifSport. TifEagle is a super dwarf Bermuda grass for golf course greens. TifSport is a more cold-hardy grass forsports fields. Parts of more than 300 golf courses throughout the South planted TifEagle in 1999.TifEagle was in testing for eight years before it was released. TifSport took 11 years. “We genetically incorporate the genes that will give resistance to the major pests and drought,and maintain acceptable turfgrass quality under less water,” Hanna says. “Most of our screening and breeding is conducted under conditions of minimum fertility,” he said. “We select genotypes that will eventually become cultivars to produce an acceptable quality turf with less fertilizer. We need grasses that more efficiently use the nutrients.” UGA Turf TeamHanna’s work is part of the turfgrass program conducted by 14 scientists in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The turf team develops new varieties, screens currentvarieties for tolerance to environmental stresses and studies insects and diseases.These scientists are studying a long list of potential new grasses and turf. It includes 132 tall fescues, 30 Zoysia grasses, 20 buffalo grasses and 32 Bermuda grasses. The Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin focuses on screening turfgrasses for tolerance in high-stress situations in the Southeast. They include high soil acidity, high soil bulk density, heavy clay soils and high heat and extreme drought stresses. They have screened more than 500 cultivars representing most turfgrass species grown throughout the world. In 1992 Ronny Duncan, a turfgrass breeder in Griffin, set up the only breeding program in the world for seashore paspalum. He has released two paspalum grasses: Sea Isle I, for golf fairways, tees and sports turf, was developed from genetic material found in Argentina; Sea Isle 2000, for golf course greens, originated from genetic material collected on the west coast of Florida. Unique Studies “These grasses are unique,” says Gil Landry, a UGA extension turf specialist. “Nobody else in the world is dealing with paspalum. They tolerate much higher levels of salt (up to ocean level salts — 34,400 ppm) in soil and water. The paspalum turfgrasses are native to coastal areas in similar climates throughout the world.”The grasses are scheduled to be released in the summer of 2000. A book titled “Seashore Paspalum – The Environmental Turfgrass” by Duncan will be available in February 2000. Thisbook contains scientific facts about the grass and management information, including irrigation with sea water. The book will be available from Ann Arbor Press, Chelsea, Mich.A few months ago, Duncan released a new fall fescue adapted to Georgia’s growing conditions. It should be available to the public in a few years.New grass varieties must thrive under the same conditions homeowners face to maintain a healthy lawn. “I’m trying to take my own advice,” Hanna says. “We need to learn how to use less water and less pesticides in the future. It’s not if we want to, it’s that we will have to.”Duncan agrees. “Seashore paspalum will add a new dimension in that all types of alternative water resources (effluent from wastewater and recycled water, brackish water or sea water) can be used forirrigation. This turfgrass tolerates wet, boggy areas. And, yet with good management, it has excellent drought tolerance. This grass will require minimal pesticides and fertilizer so it will be very environmentally friendly,” Duncan says. This story is another in a weekly series called “Planting the Seed: Science for the New Millennium.” These stories feature ideas and advances in agricultural and environmental sciences with implications for the future.last_img read more

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Whitney Point High School to go fully remote this week

first_imgWHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — The Whitney Point Central District announced high school students will be learning remotely for the next week. The district said BOCES programs will have no change to their schedule, and New Visions students who provide their own transportation should attend as well. Meals will be provided on Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for any high school families who need them. In a letter sent out to parents and students, the district said the decision was made due to the high number of faculty and staff impacted by quarantine. As of Sunday, the district says there is still only one confirmed case of COVID-19 at the high school.center_img The school said quarantine has affected the number of teachers and staff available. The letter went on to say high school students will learn at a distance until Tuesday, October 13. The announcement also means students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs will also be remote learning.last_img read more

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Twenty-one on stranded US cruise ship test positive for coronavirus

first_imgTwenty-one people onboard a cruise ship stranded off the coast of San Francisco have tested positive for the new coronavirus, Vice President Mike Pence said on Friday.”Among those positive for coronavirus were 19 crew members and two passengers,” said Pence, who has been tasked by President Donald Trump to coordinate the US government’s response to the outbreak.Pence said the ship will be brought to a non-commercial dock this weekend and all 3,533 passengers and crew will be tested. “We will be testing everyone on the ship and quarantining as necessary,” Pence said. “But with regard to the 1,100-member crew, we anticipate that they will be quarantined on the ship.”The Grand Princess has been stranded off San Francisco since Wednesday — when it was supposed to dock — after it emerged that two people who had been on the ship during its previous voyage had contracted the virus. One later died.Pence said he believes the numbers of those infected was high among the crew as they had likely been exposed during two previous outings.Passenger Carolyn Wright, 63, told AFP that guests were hoping the ship will dock soon. “Looks like we’ll be stuck here for a while,” she said, adding that she was crossing her fingers that neither she nor her friend would end up sick.Pence said he expects four million tests to be shipped to states impacted by the end of next week.More than 200 people have contracted the virus in the United States, and 12 have died, 11 of them in the state of Washington.Worldwide, the virus has killed more than 3,450 people and infected more than 100,000 across 92 nations, according to the latest count by AFP. Cancellations Earlier Friday, President Donald Trump signed an emergency $8.3 billion spending bill to fight the outbreak and visited the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta.Meanwhile, the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas and the Ultra electronic dance festival in Miami were cancelled by authorities as scrutiny  ramps up on events that draw large crowds.More than 400,000 people attended the 2019 edition of SXSW, a music, tech and film festival that was slated to take place March 13-22 although Netflix, Apple and Amazon had already pulled out.Ultra, scheduled for March 20 to 22, regularly draws in more than 160,000 revelers. The cancellation poses a challenge for Miami, which relies on tourism especially in March and April, when thousands of young people fly south for spring break.The spread of the disease has prompted some universities and schools in Washington state to cancel classes or move them online.In an email to students on Friday, the University of Washington said all classes and final exams for the winter quarter, which ends March 20, will take place online.”We plan to resume normal class operations when spring quarter begins March 30, pending public health guidance,” university president Ana Mari Cauce said.Another school, Boston-based Northeastern University, which has a satellite campus in Seattle, also said its campus will move to online teaching on Monday. Bracing for spike In California, where more than 60 people have been diagnosed with the virus — including two airport medical screeners — and one person has died, health officials were bracing for the numbers to spike as more and more people are tested.The person who died was a 71-year-old man who had been onboard the Grand Princess during its previous voyage between San Francisco and Mexico.Health officials sounded the alarm over the cruise ship after several passengers who were on the previous voyage and remained on the vessel for its next trip to Hawaii developed flu-like symptoms.Princess Cruises said there were 3,533 people aboard, including 2,422 passengers and 1,111 crew. In total, they represent 54 nationalities.Princess Cruises operates the Diamond Princess — the coronavirus-stricken ship held off Japan last month from which more than 700 people tested positive and six died.Topics :last_img read more

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Austria’s derivatives cap hindering would-be SRI investors, VBV warns

first_imgThe €2.1bn fund is one of 10 providers in Austria that are managing money from the mandatory severance pay scheme into which every employer has to pay part of its employees’ salaries.Almost all of these Vorsorgekassen are committed to a 100% sustainable investment portfolio.According to Herndlhofer, this creates even more problems when it comes to derivatives.“As an investor applying sustainability criteria, we are never close to any benchmark, which means we are even more constricted in our hedging opportunities,” he said.He argued that regulations regarding Vorsorgekassen should be amended to take into account the limited universe under sustainability criteria.“We do not want to use derivatives for speculation but for hedging,” he said, adding that he could “understand” the FMA’s motive in capping derivative allocations to prevent excessive hedge fund investments.The asset management head also noted that, for Vorsorgekassen, any breach of regulations did not just result in a reprimand but in penalties, as these vehicles are regulated under the legal framework for banks.Another issue Herndlhofer would like to see resolved in Austria is that of real estate investments for Vorsorgekassen.He said it was unclear whether a real estate fund should be counted towards the AIFM allocation in the portfolio or towards the real estate allocation.“The harmonisation of European regulation was actually very much cut to fit existing Austrian legislation, but it should rather be geared towards investment reality,” Herndlhofer said.Further, Vorsorgekassen can only invest in real estate funds involved in OECD and EEA countries – and have set this focus down in their prospectus.“Not many funds explicitly state this regional focus, and no other investors have to demand this limitation,” Herndlhofer pointed out.He says this represents a “major handicap” when investing in the asset class. Austrian rules concerning derivatives are impeding severance pay funds seeking to embrace socially responsible investment (SRI) principles, the VBV Vorsorgekasse has warned.According to Austrian law, severance pay funds, or Vorsorgekassen, can only hold up to 5% of their portfolios in derivatives, and for the calculation of this allocation, they must employ a ‘commitment approach’ – similar to other institutional investors – as defined under the ESMA’s Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) guidelines.Risk exposure via derivatives is calculated according to the underlying market value of the hedged asset in comparison to the positions in the portfolio, and this net exposure has to be reported in the derivatives allocation of the fund. Günther Herndlhofer, head of asset management at VBV, told IPE: “That means, because we are not a benchmark investor, that parts of any derivatives we use count directly towards our derivatives allocation, while with a simple hedging approach we could offset it against investments in our portfolio.”last_img read more

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Coast Guard seizes two vessels and arrests four men

first_img Tweet Share 19 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Coast Guard seizes two vessels and arrests four men by: – September 19, 2011center_img Sharing is caring! Share Two of the men held for questioning on Saturday.The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force Coast Guard Patrol on Saturday morning seized two vessels and have arrested four men on drug related charges.Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Kenth Matthew reported to the media that the men were in possession of 13,500 grams of Cannabis with an approximate value of $3500.00.“The Coast Guard Patrol of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force intercepted two men of Massacre, one of Kingshill and another of Newtown in two open keel boats which were powered by outboard engines at 7am on Saturday 17th September, 2011 at sea about five logical miles due West of Fond Cole. The men were in possession of 13,500 grams of Cannabis the approximate value of $3500.00. This drug is believed to have been imported from St. Vincent. All four men have been arrested on suspicion of having committed drug related offenses; the two boats have also been taken into police custody.”It is expected that the four men will be brought before a Magistrate were the charges will be read to them.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Manchester City to know fate in Champions league case July 13

first_img The result will be significant. Should the ban be upheld, City will have to persuade their star players, in particular, the 29-year-old Kevin De Bruyne, to remain at the Etihad Stadium despite two years without European football. They will also miss out on the vast revenues that the Champions League brings. Such a verdict would have the knock-on effect that City’s place in next season’s competition will go to the club which finishes in fifth place in the Premier League. Should City’s appeal be successful, it will be seen as a landmark victory and serious questions of UEFA’s FFP system will be asked. A third option that the ban is cut is also a possibility. City were found by UEFA to have committed ‘serious breaches’ of the rules between 2012 and 2016 following an investigation launched after Portuguese hacker Rui Pinto leaked documents including internal emails from the club to German media Read AlsoBayern Munich and Man City reach terms for Leroy Sane deal Following the announcement of the ban and fine they immediately announced their intention to appeal with chief executive Ferran Soriano stating that they had ‘irrefutable evidence’ to back up their case. Last season’s Premier League champions Manchester City will know fate concerning their champions league ban on July 13. The citizens have been locked in a battle with UEFA after they were banned from European football for two years in February for breaches of the governing body’s Financial Fair Play rules. They appealed against the punishment – which came with a €30million (£27m) fine – to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and a three-day hearing was heard in Switzerland and over video conference last month. At the time, CAS said that a verdict was likely to be published in the first half of July. However, it can be disclosed that parties have been told that July 13 will be D-day. The verdict was expected on July 10, but UEFA are understood to have asked for it to be pushed back to avoid clashing with the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final which takes place on that date. Last season premier league champions Man City to know fate July 13Advertisement Loading…center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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