Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old man was fatally hit by a pickup truck in his hometown of Brentwood on Wednesday morning.Suffolk County police said Carlos Magana was walking on Wicks Road when he was struck by a northbound Dodge Ram at 5 a.m.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead. The driver was not injured.Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8352.
NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Ann Kossachev attended an event Wednesday with Andrew Olmem, special assistant to the president for financial policy, during which he shared updates on a number of issues including the economy, housing finance reform, regulatory relief and consumer privacy.On housing finance reform, Olmem indicated that the Treasury Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development are currently working on plans as directed by the memo issued by President Donald Trump last month to initiate housing finance reform. Olmem indicated that the administration expects to see reports from both agencies completed within a few weeks. NAFCU has led efforts to ensure credit unions’ unfettered access to the secondary mortgage market in any housing finance reform, and has urged the Trump administration and Congress to work together on a comprehensive solution.Olmem also said that the administration is concerned about regulatory burdens placed on financial institutions in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis; many new regulations have been implemented without having a big impact on the safety and soundness of the financial system. He said the administration is encouraging regulators to implement provisions of S. 2155 in a timely manner; see NAFCU’s summary guide on provisions related to credit unions here. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Has your organization seen decreased lending opportunities or have you had to downsize profitable lending programs as a result of your loan-to-deposit ratio?Have you had to borrow money from the Fed or other funding sources due to lack of deposits? If so, have you seen an impact on your profit margins as a result of the actions you’ve had to take to improve your loan-to-deposit ratio?If your financial institution is struggling to improve your loan-to-deposit ratio or has needed to take some of these more drastic measures, you are not alone! In fact, most lending institutions today would answer “yes” to at least one of the above questions.Increasing Loan-to-Deposit RatiosThe financial crisis of 2008 led to a national surge in account openings and deposits, as consumers and businesses alike sought to secure their finances in retail financial institutions. But now, due to multiple rate hikes and a growing economy, many of these account holders are pulling their money out of these traditional accounts in favor of investment alternatives that offer more yield on their money.i continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“I really feel like since this is a community problem, it needs a community solution,” said Winans. Abigail Winans is a junior at Union-Endicott who is also a member of the Tiger Tronics club. But the teachers are not doing the work all alone. Winans has a 3-D printer at home and with access to the files she is also able to help print the shields. A small group of Union-Endicott High School teachers are using their time at home to make a difference not only for their students, but for the community, 3-D printing face shields for health care workers. “This is something that we do a lot with our students. We design different projects, 3-D printer projects, we kind of thought this would be a great way to show them the usable, tangible, feature of their education,” said Union-Endicott High School engineering teacher Corey Munn. Many admit it’s put them to the test, especially with hands-on subjects like technology and engineering. Union-Endicott High School technology and engineering teacher Mike Wichowski called it a change of pace. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Teachers around the Southern Tier are adjusting to online learning. “I always did like technology but I feel like my love for technology started there,” she said. The teachers involved were able to bring home the school’s 3-D printers and found free files from the Budman Industries website to make the shields. Helping her play a small part in making a big difference for those in our own backyard. “Even though I’m so busy because I’m trying to keep my life filled and enriching despite school being closed, like I said, it has come down to being the press of a button. If I can help someone stay safe by pressing a button, then I’m going to do that all day long,” said Winans. “It’s been a great community effort printing these out and getting them to our healthcare workers,” said Munn. If you know someone with a 3-D printer and are able to donate supplies, filament, transparency pages, and elastic are all helpful. They’ve already cranked out dozens, donating them to local EMS crews and the supply drop off location at the Oakdale Mall. “Where we’re finding issues is being able to bridge that gap between what we’re able to do in school versus what students can do at home with different resources.” said Wichowski. For more on the coronavirus, click here. “We are currently in the process of making another 50. And then hopefully after that another 50. Try to meet the need for what is out there,” said Wichowski. It’s a process she says isn’t hard.
Labor rights are being eroded worldwide as more countries deny workers the ability to strike, unionize and negotiate better terms, a global trade union said on Thursday, warning that the coronavirus pandemic could lead to further setbacks.Violations of labor rights have hit a seven-year high as a rising number of governments have prevented workers from forming unions or collectively bargaining, the Global Rights Index by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) revealed.About 2.5 billion people – more than 60% of the world’s workforce – are informal workers, leaving them particularly at risk of being underpaid, overworked and abused, the ITUC said. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many countries, including Brazil, India and Mauritius, have amended labor laws in a boost for the private sector at the expense of workers, the ITUC said.Several states in India, for example, are suspending laws on the length of the working day, minimum wage, and worker unions, while Brazil passed measures in March that deny millions of workers the right to collective bargaining.”Unscrupulous governments and business are using the pandemic to break workers’ organizations, and intimidate their representatives,” Phil Bloomer, head of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.The index found at least four in five nations had violated the right to strike and collectively bargain in 2019, while workers had limited or no access to justice in 72% of countries. Laborers experienced violence in 51 nations, the ITUC said.The ITUC, which has more than 207 million members, says it is the world’s leading body fighting for workers’ rights.About 25 million people are estimated to be victims of forced labor, and companies are facing rising consumer pressure to clean up their supply chains with the issue in the spotlight since the United Nations set a target of ending slavery by 2030. Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt and Honduras were rated as the worst countries, according to the annual index, which ranked 144 nations on the degree of respect for workers’ rights.”The index exposes a breakdown in the social contract that governments and employers have with working people,” Sharan Burrow, secretary general of the ITUC, said in a statement.”We are already seeing some countries take things further, and under the cover of measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic they are advancing their anti-workers’ rights agenda,” Burrow added. “This has got to stop, and be reversed.”Activists and academics have warned of a rollback of labor rights in global supply chains, with workers forced to accept worse conditions with fewer jobs available and factory bosses accused of using coronavirus staff culls to fire union members. Topics :
The other finalist in the search was RARE Infrastructure.In a board-meeting document, Matt Landy, senior vice-president and analyst at Lazard, cited “some very interesting opportunities” in Italy, particularly in the toll road sector. He pointed out that they had performed well through the Italian recession and were trading at huge discounts to intrinsic value.Lazard will aim to generate defensive, low-volatility returns that exceed inflation by placing capital in a range of global companies considered to be preferred infrastructure. This would include regulated utilities, toll roads, airports and broadcast towers. These entities are monopoly-like assets that tend to generate a stable, consistent pattern of return, it said.Lazard looks to outperform inflation by 5% over rolling five-year periods.Brookfield plans to invest in four major regions of the world – Europe, North and South America and Asia Pacific. It plans to focus on transportation, energy, water and communications.In a board-meeting document, it said the European market appeared to be bottoming but added that investors needed to remain wary of the periphery. The kinds of infrastructure that has bottomed, it said, include airports, seaports and toll road traffic.Alaska Retirement also made a $75m commitment into the KKR Real Estate Partners Americas commingled fund.Steve Sikes, state investment officer at Alaska, said: “We felt the commingled fund presented a good higher-return complement to our existing real estate portfolio. “The targeted returns for the fund are in a range of 16% to 20%.”All of the capital will be invested in North America and Western Europe. The capital will be invested in a number of strategies including property-level equity, debt, special situation transactions and businesses with large real estate holdings.Sikes was non-committal as to whether Alaska would invest more capital into real estate in 2014. “We evaluate real estate opportunities as they present themselves,” he said. “We may make additional commitments if we find a strategy compelling.” The Alaska Retirement Management Board has added $225m (€163.5m) to its real assets portfolio through investments in infrastructure and real estate.The pension fund has selected Lazard Asset Management and Brookfield Investment Management as its separate account managers to manage public infrastructure investments.Each was awarded an allocation of $75m.This decision was the outcome of an infrastructure manager search conducted by Callan Associates.
Among the premium land sales currently on the market is the North Shore development where land prices are listed for $146,500 for 429sq m to $215,000 for 1,000sq m at present.Homes have become more affordable in Townsville, latest median price figures show, but if you want residential land, prepare to start paying more.COVID-19 may has not dampened the appetite for residential land in Townsville, according to the latest figures from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, which show a rise in median prices in the past quarter as well as the past year. Number sold 1,987 Median sales price $315,000 Change -1.6% Units/Townhouses Clive Palmer snaps up RSL prize home for $200k discount The price of vacant land rose 1.1 per cent over the year, a mean feat considering depressed economic circumstances across the country in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.In the past quarter alone, prices rose 0.6 per cent for vacant land, which should provide much needed confidence for struggling residential construction firms and tradies. Houses How Townsville tracked in the past year: MORE: Lifestyle leads home price growth *MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS Number sold 485 Median sales price $240,000 Change -1.8% 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 Land Number sold 289 Median sales price $164,000 Change 1.1% (Source: REIQ Market Monitor) North Shore has a range of land, house and land and terrace options available, from the low maintenance 336sq m home site up to 700sq m.The rise in land prices comes despite a 1.6 per cent drop in annual median sale prices for houses, which shrank -1.6 per cent to $315,000, while units and townhouses fell -1.8 per cent to $240,000 through the past year.The figures showed that 1,987 houses were sold through the year, 485 units and townhouses and 289 blocks of land. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning 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 Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Spring property predictions 202002:57
Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) has signed a contract with Ørsted for the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm, under which MRE will provide the full temporary power package of generators, personnel and vessels in case of need during the turbine installation and commissioning.The works, starting in January 2019, will see MRE utilising their multi-purpose vessel Manor Venture.Highlighting the contracting of a local company, Ørsted pointed out that the vessel had been manufactured in Portland, UK and that the generators would be provided by UK company, JCB.MRE Director Toby Mead said: “We’re delighted to once again be working with the global leader in offshore wind, on what will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. What’s more – we know that Ørsted place significant importance to ensuring UK content for their UK offshore wind farms, so we’re especially pleased to continue to hire from the local area and be able to offer a UK vessel, with UK generators.”The 1,218MW Hornsea Project One, set to become the largest offshore wind farm in the world once operational in 2020, is being built 120km off the Yorkshire Coast.The offshore construction is underway with 104 out of 174 turbine monopile foundations and 66 out of 174 inter-array cables already installed, according to information from 1 November.
LifeSiteNews 17 October 2014A Danish professor of criminal justice ethics has stated that he thinks consensual sex between adult siblings should be legal.According to Thomas Søbirk Petersen, a professor at Roskilde University, the rise in the number of births resulting from donor sperm, which has the potential to create biological siblings who are born into different families, has created a need to rethink the “old taboos” against incest.“In a society where more and more children are being conceived using donor sperm, the risk of falling in love with a stranger who turns out to be a biological sister or brother has increased,” Petersen told MetroXpress.Petersen said he believes that siblings who want to have children together can reduce the risk of having a handicapped child by themselves using donor sperm or eggs – and then there is always abortion as a backup.“Should they be jailed for up to two years, as is now required under law?” Petersen asked.https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/sibling-incest-should-be-legal-says-danish-professor-of-criminal-justice-et
LifeSite News 13 June 2018Family First Comment: As predicted, with Canada leading the way. This will set a precedent for NZ…“REAL Women’s vice president warned the decision legitimizes polyamorous relationships and paves the way for legislation to accommodate the parental recognition demands of polyamorous groupings.”www.ProtectMarriage.nzA Newfoundland judge has declared a polyamorous trio of one woman and two men all legal parents of the child the woman gave birth to last year. The decision appears to be the first of its kind in Canada.In ruling on the case of Re CC, Justice Robert Fowler of the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court Family Division observed the child was born in 2017 as the result of a polyamorous relationship between two men and one woman he described as “stable and ongoing” since June 2015.“None of the partners in this relationship is married and, while the identity of the mother is clear, the biological father of the child is unknown,” wrote Fowler. The judge did not seem aware of the existence of paternity tests.The three adults went to court after the Newfoundland Ministry of Service refused to list them all as parents because the province’s Vital Statistics Act allows for the names of only two parents on a child’s birth certificate.Fowler ruled having three parents was in the child’s best interests.“To deny this child the dual paternal parentage would not be in his best interests. It must be remembered that this is about the best interests of the child and not the best interest of the parents,” he wrote.The child “has been born into what is believed to be a stable and loving family relationship which, although outside the traditional family model, provides a safe and nurturing environment,” Fowler opined.“I can find nothing to disparage that relationship from the best interests of the child’s point of view.”REAL Women vice president Gwen Landolt blasted the ruling as “truly shocking.”READ MORE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/canadian-judge-rules-child-born-to-polyamorous-trio-has-three-parents