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Cuomo: College COVID Testing Is The ‘Canary In The Coalmine’

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.ALBANY — State officials echoed Chautauqua County officials in expecting increases in positive COVID-19 tests with the reopening of college across New York.In a briefing this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there are clusters of positive tests across the nation.“There are already 25 colleges across the country that are having significant issues, over 250 cases. The 25 colleges are all around the country. It’s Florida, it’s Texas, it’s North Carolina. It’s also Michigan. It’s also the state of Washington. So colleges to me are very much a canary in the coalmine,” Cuomo said.Colleges are an example of what can happen when large groups of people are concentrated in an area, the Governor explained. “Even with everything we know, because you still run into human behavior. I’ve spoken to a number of college presidents, private college presidents, and I’ve said to them, look, I get it, you go back to college, you want to see your friends, part of the college experience is socializing, I know many people who are on this phone call when they were in college, they socialized, I know many of them went to parties, many of them consumed alcohol and did all those things,” Cuomo said.“I studied when I was in college, but I know not everyone was in the library when I was there. I understand, and I understand that colleges want to have a good relationship with the student body, but if the students act irresponsibly or the precautions are not in place, then the virus will spread and more dramatic action is going to have to be taken and needs to be taken. And if there is an outbreak on a college it’s a concern for the college but it’s also a concern for that community, local community and for the state.”SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said an outbreak at SUNY Oneonta were likely the result of large social gatherings among students.“We have had reports of several large parties of our students at Oneonta last week, and unfortunately because of those larger gatherings, there were several students who were symptomatic of COVID and upon testing we found that 20 were positive for the COVID virus,”Malatras said.“As a result, we deployed the SUNY Upstate Medical Team down to SUNY Oneonta, one of our premier medical research facilities to test all students, the nearly 3,000 or so at Oneonta, which began on Friday and right now as of this morning we have 71 positive confirmed cases up from 20. And because of our efforts, we’re confirming another 34 tests, so we’re about 105 positive tests at SUNY Oneonta, which is about 3 percent of the total student and faculty population that are on campus at SUNY Oneonta this year.”Because of the high infection rate on campus, he said the college will be closed for two weeks for instruction. 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

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want to Escape to In The Heights

first_img 2. Mamma Mia!—21% Voulez-vous to go to a Greek island? Turns out 21% of you want to run away to ABBA-land and we’re in complete agreement. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! After midnight, before midnight, we don’t mind, just as long as there’s no sludge in sight. We definitely have a dream of being Dancing Queens on Kalokairi, with an adoring finace, or maybe multiple men to take a chance on us. 1. In The Heights—22% Grab a spot on the stoop outside the bodega and relax with a tasty piragua de mango! 22% of Broadway fans want to beat the heat In the Heights with Usnavi, Nina, Benny, Vanessa and their pals. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes’ hit musical features tons of balmy scenes. Don’t forget, a summer heat wave in Washington Heights could cause a blackout—but the breeze from the Hudson River and a dazzling fireworks display will surely distract you from the lack of air conditioning. 3. Aladdin—15% It’s totally understandable why 15% of you are wishing you could rub a magic lamp and escape on a flying carpet a million miles away to adventure, to romance, to somewhere there’s no need for a scarf unless it’s of the flowing silk variety. The good news? You’ll soon be able to experience a whole new world of Arabian Nights with Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed at the New Amsterdam Theatre right here on Broadway. With the Polar Vortex lingering on, we here at Broadway.com have let the Frozen fantasies go and instead been daydreaming of musicals set in places with sunny skies and no snow on the horizon. So we wanted to know in our weekend poll, which warm weather tuner do you want to escape to? The results are in and Mamma Mia! they’re close. View Commentslast_img read more

Hawaiian Electric to add 460MW of solar, 3GWh of storage in drive for 100% green grid

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:The largest renewable tender in Hawaii’s history has chosen its winners, contracting a solar and storage pipeline that exceeds anything the U.S. state has ever seen.Investor-owned utility Hawaiian Electric said this week the tender it launched last August had selected 16 solar-plus-storage or standalone storage projects across Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, a fleet of 460MW of PV and nearly 3GWh of storage capacity in total.The winning developers were not named at this stage, with information on project size and location due to be shared “in 30 days or sooner.” The utility – which will now start negotiating contracts with developers – noted that the deals must be endorsed by Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC).The utility – which itself bid for five projects and was contracted for two standalone storage ventures – said the timeline for the overall 460MW/3GWh fleet would have plants start hitting commercial launch in 2022. Disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic makes delays a possibility, Hawaiian Electric said.The solar and storage push comes as Hawaii works to become fully renewable by 2045. The U.S. state will have to fill the gap left behind by the shuttering of a 180MW coal-fired plant on Oahu and a 27.6MW oil-powered plant on Maui in 2022 and 2024, respectively.This year’s tender comes after a 260MW/1GWh solar-plus-storage pipeline of eight projects was contracted through a first procurement phase, in 2018. Slated to come online in 2021, the ventures were contracted at average tariffs of 9.38 U.S. cents per kWh.[José Rojo Martín]More: Hawaii’s renewable tender to deliver major solar and storage push Hawaiian Electric to add 460MW of solar, 3GWh of storage in drive for 100% green gridlast_img read more

Young Americans came out in droves to cast first-time votes—and it’s having quite the impact

first_img“As a first-generation American, I’ve been reminded of the sacrifices my parents faced to get to the U.S. throughout my life. Despite the imposter syndrome I’ve faced, I know that I have earned every opportunity that has come my way. Voting in this election was especially important to me because I am actively shaping the future of our country,” Ashley Ramcharan, an Indian-American from Upstate New York, told Daily Kos.“This year, I was fortunate to intern for Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20). This experience has given me an inside look into a campaign and allowed me to build connections. I’ve faced criticism from conservative family members, but I think that only fueled my determination,” she added.ImagefromiOS.jpgAshley Ramcharan xNEW – YOUTH VOTING STATE BY STATE: We’ve got data on how young people voted in 30+ states. In nearly every state, they supported Joe Biden, often by big double-digit margins. And in two states (GA and VA) youth made up more than 20% of all votes cast! https://t.co/BkVQDVmfXJ— CIRCLE (@CivicYouth) November 4, 2020The narrative that young people do not care is long over. Young people are turning out in high numbers and are expecting change. Don’t believe me? Head to Twitter and see for yourself. Young people are not only sharing why they voted but encouraging others to do so, too.  Lucky for you, we gathered some posts below from both the #youthvote and #firsttimevoters hashtags. – Advertisement – xYoung people are turning out to vote by the MILLIONS, and we haven’t even had Election Day yet. We’re seizing our power and making our voices heard. Thank you for staying in this fight with us. If you haven’t already, don’t miss this moment, VOTE before polls close tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/sZAavcUAYD— NextGen America 🗳✨ (@NextGenAmerica) November 3, 2020 More than a week before the election, data showed that at least 7 million voters between the ages of 18-29 already voted, compared to 1.9 million in the age group who voted in 2016. “With a week of early voting (when the data was collected) and Election Day still to come, in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, and Montana, young people have already cast at least half as many votes as they did total votes in the last presidential election,” Tufts University’s Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) reported.First-time voters have increased significantly this year. According to NBC News Decision Desk and TargetSmart, more than 20% of early voters nationwide are people who didn’t, or couldn’t, vote in 2016. “While early vote turnout has shattered all records, the most meaningful statistic is the number of ballots cast by voters who didn’t turn out in 2016,” Tom Bonier, TargetSmart CEO, told NBC News. “These are the voters who will determine how the 2020 electorate differs from Trump’s winning coalition in 2016.” He added that these new voters are not only younger and more diverse, but more likely to vote Democratic— and he was right data compiled by CIRCLE found that in more than 30 states young people supported Biden in majority double-digit margins. – Advertisement – xMy cousin who is the daughter of immigrants is voting for her first time! She’s only 18 years old and is casting her vote keeping her parents, tíos, and cousins like me who can’t vote yet and I’m totally weeping 😭😭🥺#alientovotes cc:@AlientoAZ pic.twitter.com/p8QiqzKbK0— Reyna Can’t Vote | VOTE 🗳 (@ReynaEMontoya) October 12, 2020- Advertisement – x“…to all people regardless of their birth, the right to live, to work, to be themselves, and to become whatever their visions can combine to make them. This is the promise of America!” ~The American Adventure 🇺🇲#FirstTimeVoter #VOTE pic.twitter.com/jYuGqvfDWN— Gabe’s Imagination (@Disneyman2021) November 3, 2020 7AADA7BE-9C9D-474B-84A8-59A270F1E34F.JPGHarris Khan“As our nation has learned that every vote matters from our previous election, I exercised my right to vote to assure my voice is heard and for the betterment of this nation’s future,” Harris Khan, a Pakistani-American from New Jersey, told Daily Kos. With the millions of young folks voting before and during the election, there are a lot more stories to share. Head to Twitter and see for yourself the overwhelming number of young Americans who are hoping for change and a better future. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Airbnb abolishes guest fees to make them more competitive with Booking

first_imgGiven that it is Airbnb acquired HotelTonight and enriched its hotel and boutique offerings, all these properties around the world (except Japan) will be charged a fee of only 15 percent. Boutique and traditional hotels that have previously registered on Airbnb will not be subject to change. In a statement on the changes sent by Airbnb to the hosts, they said they were testing their new fee structure “with numerous hosts around the world”And”observed an increase in reservations in certain regions for the hosts that adopted it”. Although Airbnb did not cite this as a reason, the new fee structure will put them on a more equal footing with Booking, which has long promoted this business model as its advantage. “Many hosts gave feedback as our old guest fee made it difficult to maintain full control over the price shown to guestsSaid Airbnb. “We have created a fee structure that is only paid by the hosts, thus giving them more control.” One private accommodation manager gave a statement to Skift about Airbnb’s changes. “Just like with Booking, the owners of private accommodation will bear the costs of distribution in full. Probably because of this they will have to raise their rental prices.” Airbnb has decided on a move that will compete even better with Booking.com. Namely, it is about removing the guest fee for many managers of private accommodation and hotels who apply for service services from June 4 onwards, Skift reports. Recall, Airbnb has so far had two models of fees – fixed from 3 to 5 percent for hosts and up to 20 percent for guests. Existing and newly registered private accommodation managers will have the option of switching to a 14 percent fee to pay themselves or a joint fee to share with guests. “Booking has never charged user feesSaid Leslie Cafferty, a spokeswoman for Booking Holdings. “Our mission is to connect customers with many accommodation opportunities around the world and at the same time generate revenue for our partners. Our partners pay a commission after Booking delivers revenue, with additional services such as customer service and translation of content into 40+ languages.” While private accommodation managers still have the option of switching from a 14 percent host fee to one shared with guests, Airbnb’s new trend, moving toward unique host fees, is clearly on the move. “Last year, based on feedback from our private accommodation managers and hotel hosts, we launched a new fee structure that gives hosts more control over the price shown to guestsSaid Airbnb. “This fee is for the host only and the guest fee is removed.” Under the new business model, private accommodation managers, who create accounts from June 4 in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan), Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will be charged 14 percent of the rental price, free of charge to guests. Until now, it was standard for Airbnb to charge a fixed fee of 3 to 5 percent, and guests paid a fee of up to 20 percent of the rental price. Source / photo: Shift; Airbnblast_img read more

Raven flies free

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Pence disregards Mayo Clinic face mask requirement in visit

first_imgThere have been nearly 1 million cases of covid-19 in the U.S. and more than 57,000 deaths, the largest outbreak in the world.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended people wear face masks in public areas. And at the White House briefings, top medical advisers have explained that wearing a face mask isn’t intended to protect the person who wears it, but the people around them.But Pence’s boss has likewise declined to set an example for Americans looking for guidance from their leaders on how to curb the outbreak. President Donald Trump has said he doesn’t intend to wear a mask.The White House has defended the decision by Trump and other senior administration officials to forgo masks by noting that they are tested regularly for coronavirus infection. Members of the vice president’s entourage in Minnesota — including reporters who accompanied him aboard Air Force Two — were tested for infection before the trip.Topics : Vice President Mike Pence disregarded a Mayo Clinic policy requiring face masks as he discussed the coronavirus outbreak with top doctors at one of the nation’s leading hospitals on Tuesday.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended wearing face coverings in public, and Pence has repeatedly implored Americans to follow public health guidance. But he was conspicuously the only participant in a round-table discussion at the hospital on Wednesday who didn’t wear a mask.After photographs of Pence talking with masked health workers circulated on Twitter, the Rochester, Minnesota-based hospital tweeted: “The Mayo Clinic had informed @VP of the masking policy prior to his arrival today.” As Pence toured the hospital before the discussion, the only people not seen wearing masks were the vice president and some of his staff. Other participants, including Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn, were all masked.Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, followed his boss’s lead early in the day, but was later seen complying with Mayo’s policy.Pence chairs the White House’s coronavirus task force and is regularly tested for the disease. He plays a prominent role in White House news conferences and frequently encourages Americans to follow guidelines from medical professionals about how to slow the spread of coronavirus.center_img The tweet was later deleted.last_img read more

Manchester United dealt blow as Aaron Wan-Bissaka commits to stay at Crystal Palace

first_imgManchester United dealt blow as Aaron Wan-Bissaka commits to stay at Crystal Palace Comment Wan-Bissaka cleaned up at Palace’s end-of-season awards after a stellar campaign (Getty)‘I have got three years left on my contract. It says I am going to be there, so that is all I can focus on now.’Wan-Bissaka has been an integral part of a Palace defence that has kept 12 clean sheets in the Premier League this season – the sixth most in the division – though the youngster is keen to become a greater attacking threat too.He added: ‘I would like to add goals and rack up more assists than I have this season. I will get that by getting forward, but obviously first I have got to think about defending.’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 Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 May 2019 12:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link219Shares Valencia returned to training this week and is likely to get a farewell game (Picture: Getty)Wan-Bissaka has impressed enormously this season, winning Palace’s Player of the Season award, and has also been attracting interest from north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPalace are expected to demand at least £40million for the defender, but Wan-Bissaka himself says he is happy to continue his development at Selhurst Park for at least another season.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‘The situation just shows that my performances don’t go unnoticed,’ Wan-Bissaka told the Evening Standard when asked about the rumours surrounding him.‘But I am with Crystal Palace at the moment. That is where my contract is and that is where I will be next season.center_img Advertisement Advertisement The full-back is United’s top right-back target this summer (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already been dealt a major blow in his hopes of overhauling Manchester United’s squad after Aaron Wan-Bissaka committed his immediate future to Crystal Palace.The 21-year-old is the first name on United’s list of potential right-back signings this summer as they look to replace captain Antonio Valencia, who will leave Old Trafford when his contract expires.United can also call upon Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot, but Solskjaer nevertheless wanted a new right-back to bring more aggression and intensity at the back.last_img read more

Gobernador Wolf: Las máscaras son obligatorias en los negocios de Pennsylvania

first_img Economy,  Español,  Press Release,  Public Health El Gobernador Tom Wolf recordó a todos los residentes y empresas de Pennsylvania que las máscaras son obligatorias cuando visitan un negocio.“La importancia de usar máscaras para reducir la propagación de la COVID-19 y proteger a las personas y a las empresas no se puede subestimar”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Las máscaras son obligatorias dentro de los negocios, durante todo el tiempo que alguien visita un negocio. Es así de simple y así de importante continuar reabriendo el estado de manera segura y mantener la disminución del número de casos”.Varios organismos del gobierno estatal enviaron una comunicación a las empresas de Pennsylvania esta semana para describir los requisitos del uso de máscaras:Todos deben usar una máscara, a menos que tengan un motivo médico para no hacerlo o que sean menores de 2 años. Eso incluye a trabajadores y clientes. Recuerde, mi máscara lo protege y su máscara me protege.Sin máscara, sin camisa, sin zapatos, sin servicio. Si un trabajador o un cliente intentan ingresar a su negocio sin una máscara, pídales que se vayan y que regresen cuando tengan una máscara. Una máscara de tela está bien.Encuentre equipos de protección personal (PPE) para proteger a sus trabajadores. Debido a la gran demanda, puede ser difícil encontrar máscaras y otros PPE. Pero cuente con nosotros. Consulte nuestro directorio en Internet de fabricantes y proveedores de equipos de protección personal en Pennsylvania.Mantenga una buena higiene de la máscara. No toque el frente de su máscara. Asegúrese de que cubra tanto la nariz como la boca. No la levante cuando hable con otra persona. Recuerde, el virus viaja en las gotas que exhalamos al hablar o reír, no solo cuando tosemos o estornudamos. Si usa una máscara de tela, no olvide lavarla y dejarla secar completamente entre usos.“Usar máscaras en un negocio o en un espacio público donde no puede mantenerse el distanciamiento social es una práctica necesaria y vital para detener la propagación de la COVID-19”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “También es una señal de respeto por los demás porque su máscara los protege. Continuemos atravesando esto juntos”.La guía para empresas del estado describe los requisitos del uso de máscaras.La guía para la industria de restaurantes del estado describe los requisitos del uso de máscaras específicos para restaurantes.View this information in English. June 26, 2020 Gobernador Wolf: Las máscaras son obligatorias en los negocios de Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Qld first home buyers would rather forgo a holiday than get a second job: Westpac

first_imgMaster Builders Queensland is calling on the state government to reinstate the boost to the First Home Owners Grant in regional Queensland.But researchers at Grattan Institute say the softening property market and tighter lending restrictions might be pushing investors out, but they’re not helping first home buyers.Grattan Institute wants all states and territories to follow the lead of the ACT and replace stamp duties with broadbased property taxes in the hope of improving home ownership numbers.Master Builders Queensland is also calling on the state government to reinstate the boost to the First Home Owners’ Grant, from $15,000 to $20,000, in regional Queensland.Recent figures from Queensland home builder Porter Davis reveals 46 per cent of would-be home buyers in the market right now are looking to purchase their first property.And more than half them would consider moving more than 20kms from where they currently live to secure their first home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago Only 33 per cent of people looking to buy their first home in Queensland would be prepared to take up a second job to achieve it, a new survey reveals.Westpac’s head of home ownership Lauren Fine said Queenslanders were more willing to compromise when it came to holidays, with 56 per cent willing to go on fewer vacations, compared with 52 per cent nationally.“Maybe they don’t need to because they’ve already got beautiful weather!” Ms Fine said.The survey of more than 1400 people also reveals nearly 60 per cent of aspiring first homeowners in Queensland are feeling more positive about the housing market than they were 12 months ago and 65 per cent believe buying a home is closer now than it was this time last year.“The softening of the housing market has helped,” Ms Fine said.“It’s suddenly helped them realise there is actually a potential opportunity to get in to the market. “As prices come down, so do all the costs associated with that transaction, and it also makes it more accessible from a government grant perspective because now they might be in an eligible price range when they weren’t before.” Petra MacKintosh and Nick Tungatoa are building a new home for the family and hope to move in next year. Image: AAP/John Gass.QUEENSLANDERS would rather forgo a holiday than get a second job to save for their first home, new research out today reveals.The struggle to get on the property ladder is still real for first home buyers, despite the national housing market softening and lending restrictions tightening.Westpac’s 2018 Home Ownership Report found more than two in five first home buyers nationally are willing to get another job or work overtime to get into the property market, with saving for a deposit still the main hurdle to achieving the Great Australian Dream.But the survey found only 33 per cent of people looking to buy their first home in Queensland would be prepared to take up a new source of income to achieve it, compared with the national average of 45 per cent. Porter Davis believes first home buyers should act now to get in to the Queensland market before it becomes unaffordable.Nic Tungatoa and his partner, Petra Mackintosh, are about to build their first home in Azure Development Group’s The Avenue project in Ormeau.Mr Tungatoa said it was possible to get in to the market without having to forgo holidays or get a second job.He said he found a builder who agreed to match the state government’s $15,000 First Home Owners’ Grant, which made the process much easier.“What helped us a lot was our builder — some builders will match (the grant),” Mr Tungatoa said.“So, we actually walked into it with an extra $30,000.”TIPS FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS*Do your research — decide where you want to live, understand what you can afford and consider how much you are willing to compromise*Start saving for a deposit. Start a budget and consider how much extra money will be needed for associated costs such as moving, renovating, sales and legal fees, stamp duty, etc*Talk to a mortgage broker or go into your bank and discuss the different options available to enter the market sooner such as Parental Guarantee and Lenders Mortgage Insurance*Westpac has launched a new Home Saver Calculator designed to help buyers understand how long it could take to save for a deposit(Source: Westpac) Potential buyers look to secure a property at auction. Picture: Luke Drew.Porter Davis Queensland marketing manager Kelly Jones said she believed now was the time for first home buyers to break into the state market.“The sunshine state has traditionally been seen as more affordable than New South Wales and Victoria, but with population growth and reductions to the First Home Owners Grant — matched with improving economic conditions — affordability is decreasing,” Ms Jones said.“We also recognise that changes to lending as well as credit constraints will continue to be abarrier for first home buyers.”last_img read more