Long Island Dumping Sites Target of State Crackdown

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities identified nine illegal dumping sites on Long Island and in neighboring regions and issued nearly 200 tickets last week as part of a two-day crackdown on illegal waste haulers.The clampdown on illegal dumping of contaminated construction and demolition debris took place Feb. 15 and 16 throughout Long Island, Mid-Hudson Valley and the five boroughs. Twenty-eight truck drivers were ticketed and 167 additional tickets were issued for various misdemeanors and safety violations, authorities said. The operation included Department of Environmental Conservation officers, State police, the Department of Transportation, and Suffolk County police.Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced the results of the operation on Monday but did not clarify where the nine dumping sites are located.“New York is a leader in environmental protection and we will continue to do all that we can to keep toxic waste and debris from being dumped in our communities,” Cuomo said in a statement.The illegal disposing of contaminated construction and demolition debris is worrisome because they can contain asbestos, treated lumber, petroleum products, roofing shingles or soil from previously contaminated areas, officials said.For Long Island especially there’s concern that such toxins could seep into the region’s vulnerable underground aquifers, LI’s sole source of drinking water.The violations ranged from operating a solid waste management facility without a permit and allowing illegal emission violations. Ten vehicles were put out of service due to serious safety violations.New York State DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said the two-day operation was the first of several targeted crackdowns that are in the works.“Those who break New York’s environmental laws to help pad their profits are putting our groundwater at risk, and threatening the quality of our health and environment,” Seggos said in a statement.Dumping scandals on LI are not new. Several people connected to the disposal of about 50,000 tons of toxic debris at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood three years ago have been convicted, including former Islip Parks Commissioner Joseph Montuori Jr. Aside from criminal convictions and political fallout, the scandal cost Islip Town $3 million to remediate. The probe led to the discovery of other contaminated sites in Suffolk County.last_img read more

Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena workers left without hours

first_img“Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. “Some might be eligible for some benefits there so they are looking into that.” Marion said that although it doesn’t help, for the time being, those workers will have the chance to work the hours they are not getting now. “Yeah, it is really difficult for our on-demand staff,” Marion said. “It’s not entirely lost income, it will be for the most part made up at a later date. You know the hockey season is still in question, and a few events have been canceled, but most are being rescheduled to a later date.” That leaves unanswered questions for others. “Many are working remotely, processing refunds for events that have been postponed or canceled,” said Marion. “We check in with them on a weekly basis to see if they are in need of anything to try and stay engaged with them.” For employees like ushers and maintenance that simply cannot work from home, the arena is trying to make opportunities available to help them earn a wage. “Meaning, they are paid for the hours they work, so when the building is closed, they don’t have hours.” Which then leaves some to file for unemployment benefits. “We have made available some online training for them that betters their readiness for events that happen in this facility.” Marion says most arena staff is part-time or seasonal. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena had a packed calendar heading into the summer months but for the time being, Marion said that it is a tough situation, but everyone at the arena has been understanding during these tough times and knows they are all in this together. “The events are not canceled, but they are postponed,” said Arena Manager Chris Marion. Some of the arena’s staff have found a way to continue working.last_img read more

City investment: City that never sleeps

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NEST hires former Pension Protection Fund manager as deputy CIO

first_imgFawcett said: “We’re already looking after more than £1.3bn [€1.5bn] on behalf of our members, and that’s set to grow rapidly over the next few years. With this appointment, we’re adding to the expertise and experience of the investment team at this crucial time.”St Hill added: “NEST’s investment team have built a really strong, award-winning investment approach. I’m looking forward to working with Mark Fawcett as the organisation continues to focus on giving its members a better income in retirement.”While running equity and bond investments at the PPF, St Hill helped establish the fund’s smart-beta programme, according to his LinkedIn profile.Prior to joining the PPF in 2010, St Hill worked at fiduciary manager SEI Investments.He held senior roles including head of fixed income and head of risk management.NEST, a defined contribution fund, was established in 2008 as a UK government-backed vehicle for its auto-enrolment pension policy.At the end of March 2016, the fund had more than 3m members.The fund won Best European Pension Fund and Best Small Pension Fund at the IPE Awards in Berlin last month. The National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) has hired John St Hill as deputy CIO, a newly created role.St Hill joins from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), where he was a senior portfolio manager.He left the UK’s lifeboat fund for defined benefit schemes in October last year.He will report to Mark Fawcett, NEST’s CIO.last_img read more

Idalia darling of regional Queensland house market

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-28:5684906fb4ae3ccad412c2e3 Player Element ID: vjs_video_1192 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen00:00TOWNSVILLE has emerged as a star performer in regional Queensland, with four suburbs recording double-digit growth.REIQ has revealed the 68 suburbs that recorded double-digit growth in the 12 months to June.Twenty-seven of those 68 top-performing suburbs were outside of the southeast, with Townsville dominating the regional listings.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said Idalia (+21.3 per cent to $485,00 as of June) was a rapidly expanding suburb, located just 10 minutes from the Townsville CBD, and offering access to shopping centres, restaurants, beautiful landscaping around parks, lakes and the Ross River. It is dominated by older houses and luxury new homes, with properties ranging from the “low to mid $300,000s” to over $1 million.“Idalia in Townsville ranks 11th on the state list and first on the Townsville LGA list,” she said. The other Townsville suburbs to make the top 68 were Rasmussen (+19.9 per cent), North Ward (+15 per cent) and Railway Estate (+10.1 per cent). Keyes and Co Property agent, and former Townsville city councillor, Tony Parsons said there were suburbs doing well, and others still struggling, but there were positive signs in the local property market.He said Idalia ticked a lot of boxes for families, but he was not surprised by the city’s other top suburbs with two of them “fringe suburbs” of the new stadium under construction.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“North Ward and its proximity to The Strand speaks for itself, and Railway Estate has some of that character housing stock that many couples are keen on, those reno jobs.”As for Rasmussen, the suburb has benefitted from a number of new housing estates including a Defence Housing Australia development, and the duplication of Riverway Drive. Mr Parsons said buyers could still get a bargain. In The Whitsundays region, only Collinsville made the list, taking out third spot overall.Ms Mercorella said Collinsville recorded an annual capital growth for houses of 46.2 per cent, taking the median sales price to $95,000 in June.Other regions reporting at least one suburb on the list were Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Banana, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Western Downs. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Queensland’s most searched for streetscenter_img MORE NEWS: Buy an entire town ‘cheaper than a house’ Own your own slice of ‘puppy heaven’last_img read more

IPPO gives food packs to 5,000 poor families

first_imgHethanked local government units for their cooperation. “Thebayanihan system is really a big helpto the affected families. Kung may maiponpa tayo until April 30, we will sustain our program para walang magugutom. Kung may nais na tumulong willing naman kami mag-facilitate,”Lucas added./PN TheIPPO selected the poorest barangays in every town – with the help of municipalsocial welfare and development (MSWD) offices – for the civic outreach.  Eachfood pack contained rice, canned goods, sugar, coffee, noodles, and vegetables. Prioritybeneficiaries in the distribution conducted on April 15 were the poorestfamilies, said Police Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas, IPPO director. Theenhanced community quarantine will end on April 30.center_img “Wehope this humble support can help ease the burden of poor families who are themost badly affected by the enhanced community quarantine,” saidLucas. Lucasalso thanked concerned individuals and business establishments that supportedthe IPPO project. ILOILO– Five thousand families in 43 municipalities economically displaced by theenhanced community quarantine (ECQ) here received food packs from the IloiloPolice Provincial Office (IPPO).  An old woman receives a food pack from policemen of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office. “We hope this humble support can help ease the burden of poor families who are the most badly affected by the enhanced community quarantine,” says Police Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas, Iloilo police director. IPPO PHOTOlast_img read more

Gun, cellphones lost to robbers

first_imgBACOLOD City – A firearm and three cellphones went missing at a house in Barangay Taculing. According to police investigators, Yanson discovered that his 9mm pistol and three iPhone 7, which he placed on his folding bed, were gone around 7 a.m. yesterday. Bobby Yanson complained to police that his items were allegedly lost to robbers.center_img Officers of Police Station 6 have yet to identify the identities and number of suspects./PNlast_img

Spurs eyeing Saints duo

first_img Press Association After achieving their best ever Barclays Premier League finish last season, the odds on Saints getting relegated this time around are shortening by the day. Arsenal completed the signing of highly-rated right-back Calum Chambers on Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Dejan Lovren joined Liverpool in a £20million deal. Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez are understood to be close to linking-up with former manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham as Southampton’s summer sale continues. Work is afoot to bring in replacements but so far only two have arrived, with Dusan Tadic joining from FC Twente before Graziano Pelle arrived from Koeman’s former club Feyenoord. Southampton executive director Les Reed has come under fire for this summer’s transfer activity and attempted to allay fans’ fears after Chambers’ departure to Arsenal. “Our position remains unchanged in that we are determined to keep our best young players at the club, as is evidenced by the decision to award Harrison Reed a new long-term contract last week, adding to the list of committed young professionals like James Ward-Prowse, Sam Gallagher, Jack Stephens, Jordan Turnbull, Matt Targett, Sam McQueen and others who have seen plenty of first-team activity recently,” he said on the club’s official website, www.saintsfc.co.uk. “We have an abundance of talent in the academy coming through, and everybody at the club is continuing to work hard on bringing in quality new players as we build a team capable of taking us further forward in the coming seasons. “It is important in the transfer window to remain calm, resilient and above all patient. We have targets, and we are working hard to get them across the line.” The Croatia international followed Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana in moving to Anfield, while teenage left-back Luke Shaw recently departed for Manchester United. Those transfers came in the wake of manager Pochettino and his staff leaving for Spurs, where two of his former Saints charges could be plying their trade next term. Press Association Sport understands Tottenham have stepped up their interest in Schneiderlin and Rodriguez, with the pair edging closer to deals taking them to White Hart Lane. Reports suggest Saints are asking £27million for midfielder Schneiderlin, who joined the club from Strasbourg in 2008 and played a key role in their rise from League One to the top-flight. The 24-year-old represented France at this summer’s World Cup and has attracted interest from Arsenal, although he is understood to favour a move to Spurs so he can work with Pochettino again. The former Argentina international is also in for Rodriguez, despite the England forward currently being sidelined by an anterior cruciate ligament injury. The 24-year-old has been at St Mary’s since joining from hometown club Burnley two years ago and made his Three Lions debut in November’s friendly against Chile. Their exits would be another hammer blow to recently-appointed manager Ronald Koeman, who is also expected to sell disruptive club-record signing Dani Osvaldo in the coming weeks. last_img read more

AG Barr assigns US attorney to review Mueller probe

first_imgIn recent congressional testimony, Barr has expressed concerns about alleged spying on Trump associates conducted by Mueller’s team.“I think spying did occur,” Barr said. “The question is whether it was adequately predicted and I’m not suggesting that it wasn’t, but I need to explore that.”Durham is reportedly looking into alleged misconduct involving improper government surveillance on the Trump campaign in 2016 as well as whether Democrats were the ones who improperly colluded with foreign actors.This story is developing. U.S. Attorney General William Barr has assigned U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut to investigate the origins of the two-year investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election also known as the “Mueller probe.”It was reported Tuesday, that Durham has been working with the attorney general for “for weeks” to determine whether federal agencies acted adequately in the early stages of the investigation, which resulted in a lengthy report from special counsel Robert Mueller.President Donald Trump has adamantly called for an investigation into the prolonged Mueller probe in which he’s called a “witch hunt” alleging on numerous occasions that it was politically motivated.Trump spoke with reporters Tuesday about Democrats and praised Barr for his work as attorney general but did not comment on recent reports of a separate probe.Question: “You talked about transparency sir, if you’re so transparent, why continue to block these House Democrats who are looking for information?”President Trump: “Because they’re asking for things that they’re not entitled to.” pic.twitter.com/8YFD7I5bru— The Hill (@thehill) May 14, 2019last_img read more

Inc. Magazine features student startup CubeForme

first_imgCubeForme, a startup formed by Kyle Pham, a sophomore double majoring in cognitive science and philosophy, politics and law, and Nick Nguyen, a UC Irvine student, was featured in Inc. Magazine’s “16 Coolest College Startups of 2016” this March. The magazine pitted startups against each other in a tournament, and CubeForme has made it to the second round of competition.Pham and Nguyen created their startup with about $2000 in funding last fall. It sells a monthly subscription box filled with “3D-printed creations,” and Pham said the purpose is to connect designers with audiences.“Each month, we feature a different designer, and we use their work to curate a themed box. Our angle is sort of pushing an appreciation of 3D printing and its creative possibilities,” Pham said.Though Pham and Nguyen’s academic backgrounds may not appear directly connected to 3D printing, Pham said the duo was drawn to entrepreneurship from the start.“Both of us have always had a desire to create a venture,” Pham said. “I think it really started later on in high school, where we kind of had joking discussions. But as college started, we realized there are all these resources available to us, and there was that real sense of a startup culture.”Though CubeForme has sold only about 60 boxes since its inception, Pham is grateful for the gradual growth — especially since the company’s 3D printer is housed outside co-founder Nguyen’s bedroom.“[It’s] is a very small number,” Pham said. “Ultimately, we’re looking to grow a lot by focusing on branding, collaborations and hosting giveaways, just getting the product out there first. But I almost appreciate that it’s been gradual so far because it’s made it much easier to balance with the rest of my life.”Pham said the idea of subscription-based 3D-printed art arose from a desire to “impact 3D printing as an industry.” CubeForme has sought out popular designers online to create the products that go into each box.“It differs each month. Artistic objects are one kind of thing you can receive, but other months it might be more gadget-based. Other times it’s more interactive, kind of toy-based,” Pham said.After a failed Kickstarter fund last fall, CubeForme found success after entering Inc. Magazine’s contest this spring. Criteria for the contest included concept originality, each entry’s pitch and growth potential.last_img read more