Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers Wednesday passed a revised bill regulating the use of drones after County Executive Steve Bellone vetoed a prior version that banned drones with cameras at county beaches during summer.Seventeen legislators voted in favor of the new bill, which requires the county Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation to draft drone-permitting rules by next year. Instead of focusing on camera-equipped drones, the new version instead aims to regulate all drones—dropping the constitutionally problematic provision restricting drone-assisted photography in public.“If you are landing or launching a drone from a county park, you are supposed to get a permit,” George Nolan, the legislative counsel, explained before the vote. “That is the essence of the bill…When you operate in the park, it has to be within your line of sight.”Suffolk isn’t alone in eyeing rules for the increasingly popular radio-controlled unmanned aerial devices. Nassau County lawmakers are discussing a similar proposal, as are the towns of Huntington and Hempstead, plus the Village of Saltaire on Fire Island. The Federal Aviation Administration is also drafting national drone rules, which are expected to be released next year.Civil liberties groups and radio-controlled airplane hobbyists both objected to Suffolk’s first drone bill.“In attempting to create a zone of privacy where none ever existed, this legislation unconstitutionally infringes on one of our most cherished civil liberties—our right to free press and speech,” Bellone wrote in his veto message last month.RELATED STORY: Long Island Drone Sightings Rise as Regulations Debate Takes Off“We’re pleased that the county executive took steps to protect constitutional rights in Suffolk County,” Amol Sinha, director of the Suffolk County Chapter of New York Civil Liberties Union, said after urging Bellone to veto the prior version.Sinha noted that the prior version was problematic not only because it failed to recognize that there is no expectation of privacy in public places such as county parks, it also was vague about what constitutes a county facility that it attempted to ban photo-drones from flying over without authorization, and improperly granted exceptions to credentialed members of the media.The first version of the bill, titled A Local Law to Protect Privacy in Suffolk County, was replaced with A Local Law to Protect Public Safety in Suffolk County Parks. Suffolk County Legis. Tom Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma) said the new version will protect the public from errant drones, such as one that recently crashed at the U.S. Open in Queens.“More and more issues are happening day in and day out,” Muratore said. “Those things can do some serious harm, especially to young children. I don’t want to say it, but down the road, we might say, ‘I told you so.’”Bellone, who proposed the revised version of the bill as a certificate of necessity—expedited legislation that skips the usual committee and public hearing process—is expected to sign it into law. The parks department will schedule two public hearings on the new drone rules before February. Permit fees are to be determined, but violators would still face fines of $250 to $500.The only lawmaker who didn’t vote for the bill was Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mt. Sinai), who missed the vote. She was one of only two Suffolk legislators to vote against the prior version of the bill.The Press recently reported that authorities have received calls about at least 20 drones spotted in Long Island skies in recent years, half of them in Suffolk, including one over a U.S. Coast Guard Station in June and another that scared a small plane pilot headed for Long Island MacArthur Airport last summer.Since that story last month, Suffolk County police have received another report of a drone, this time in Ocean Bay Park on FI on Aug. 27. Officers told that operator to stop flying the device over homes, according to the police report.
“To me this does not sound very single-market but rather like a problem on a national level,” Segars added.According to the PensionsEurope chairman, EIOPA plans to present Barnier’s successor – to be appointed next year following the European elections – with a fully-fledged proposal for solvency requirements for pension funds.“There is a continued threat of new solvency rules for occupational pensions, she warned.EIOPA has previously said it would be conducting a total of five consultations on issues impacting the Holistic Balance Sheet (HBS), including the recently concluded one on sponsor support.Segar stressed that Europe could not “have a one-size-fits-all solution” and pointed out a risk and solvency assessment for pension funds (ORSA) could lead to a lot more work for pensions funds, as well as increased need for external advice by consultants – which was “good news for consultants”.She called on the European Commission to focus more on the “real pension crisis Europe was facing” rather than increasing regulation.“Sixty percent of EU citizens have no access to workplace pensions, but I seldom hear the Commission talking about expanding occupational pensions,” criticised Segars.Meanwhile, she noted the market still expected a new IORP II proposal to be published before Christmas but added that she expected “they [the Commission] meant this Christmas”, referring to previous delays. The threat of the European Commission introducing solvency rules for pension funds remains, the chairman of PensionsEurope has warned.In May, internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier announced that the Commission would postpone the introduction of capital requirements, part of the revised IORP Directive’s first pillar. Joanne Segars, also the chief executive of the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds, told the PensionsEurope conference in Frankfurt this week: “The proposals are not dead yet and EIOPA [the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority] continues to do work on that issue.”She added Barnier still wanted to see a level playing field established for the various pension providers.
Read Also: EPL: Van Dijk praises Liverpool’s mental strength “Since this reporting period we have continued to reinvest in the club’s infrastructure, and we look forward to the opening of our new (£50 million) training base at Kirkby ahead of the new season, which will provide first-class facilities for our players and staff. “We have also just completed a second-phase consultation on a proposed expansion of the Anfield Road stand, which could see an increase in the stadium’s capacity.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Premier League leaders Liverpool made a pre-tax profit of £42 million ($54 million) last year despite a record £223 million investment on players, figures showed on Thursday. Liverpool have announced healthy financial results as they close in on the Premier League title While that top line is well below the record £125 million profit for the year ending May 2018, the rewards are being felt on the pitch, with the club just four victories away from winning their first league title in 30 years. Figures released for the financial year to May 31, 2019 incorporate the big-ticket purchases of Alisson Becker, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri. They also include the increased costs of new contracts for 11 players, including those for captain Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who have all played a key role in helping Jurgen Klopp’s champions-elect establish a 22-point lead at the top of the table. Some of that cost was offset by sales including Danny Ings, Dominic Solanke and Danny Ward. Income was also boosted by the club’s success in winning a sixth Champions League title, although as victory in the final in Madrid came in June the prize money will be counted in the current financial year. “This continued strengthening of the underlying financial sustainability of the club is enabling us to make significant investments both in player recruitment and infrastructure,” said chief operating officer Andy Hughes. “Being able to reinvest over £220 million on players during this financial period is a result of a successful business strategy, particularly the significant uplift in commercial revenues.” Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub Ever7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You23 Marvel Heroes Reimagined By CaricaturistBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Turnover increased during the period by £78 million to £533 million. Media revenues and commercial revenues were significantly higher and match revenue was also up. The rise is a result of a new Champions League broadcasting deal, finishing a close second to Manchester City in the Premier League and higher partnership and merchandising value, with Liverpool signing their first training kit sponsorship deal with AXA. “What we’re seeing is sustained growth across all areas of the club which is aligned to the recent performance on the pitch,” said Hughes. Loading…
TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $378,187 INTO THURSDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD EXCEED $1.5 MILLION ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2016)–In her first-ever try down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course, English-bred Prize Exhibit proved gamest late, as she prevailed by a nose over Shrinking Violet to take Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes under Santiago Gonzalez. Trained by Jim Cassidy and owned by Deron Pearson’s DP Racing, Prize Exhibit got the 6 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:12.96.“She’s a superior horse,” said Gonzalez. “She runs better races than these other horses regularly and she showed her class today. She has a lot of speed. I can wait, and wait with her and I know she can still get there with her speed.”A close fourth after the first half mile, the winner hit the front crossing the dirt at the top of the lane and wouldn’t be denied late as she battled head and head with the runner-up the final eighth. Off at 7-1 in a field of 11 older fillies and mares, she paid $17.80, $7.60 and $4.20.A 4-year-old filly by Showcasing, Prize Exhibit was most recently sixth, beaten 3 ½ lengths in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 29. The Monrovia is her third graded stakes win and her sixth overall victory from 20 starts. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she improved her earnings to $530,800.“I didn’t think she’d have any problem (coming down the hillside turf) unless she started idling, trying to figure out what the heck this is all about, which she has a tendency to do,” said Cassidy. “I was a little upset we were that close, but when it opened up for her, he rode her perfect and she’s a hard horse to ride. You could see down the lane she was out there in the clear and kind of looking around, so she can be difficult, but she got it done.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Shrinking Violet was well back in eighth position after a half and rallied inside the winner turning for home, but was just outrun late. Off at 6-1, she finished a half length in front of favored Ageless and paid $7.40 and $4.00.“She’s not fond of soft ground,” said Desormeaux. “I think she ran her eyeballs out, but she got beat a nose in a situation she doesn’t care to be in. Not to mention, she’s been of a while (Sept. 14) so I don’t think it would have mattered as much if she was racing with one (race) under her belt.”Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Ageless came off a pair of turf sprint stakes wins at Woodbine and Keeneland and was making a steady late gain wide-out but never threatened the winner. Off at 6-5, she paid $2.60 to show.“No real excuses,” said Leparoux. “The course is the same for everybody. She had a little layoff (Oct. 9) but she ran her race. It looks like she came back good and hopefully, she’ll be good for the rest of the year.”Fractions on the race were 21.33, 43.52 and 1:06.64.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, and there is a hefty two-day Pick Six carryover of $378,187. Thursday’s total Pick Six pool should exceed $1.5 million. First post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
The world football governing body – FIFA, has for the fourth time, altered the date of the Liberia-Ivory Coast’s two-tie in the last play-off of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifiers.The Acting Secretary General of LFA, Emmanuel Deah told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday via mobile phone, that FIFA has sanctioned the 13th for the first leg but changed the date of the return-leg from Monday, the 16th of November, to Tuesday, the 17th of November.The Acting Chief scribe said it is set that Liberia would play host to the Elephants on Friday the 13th and honor her return leg the 17th instead of the previous date, the 16th in Abidjan.The change in the date has marked the fourth since the progression of the national team against Guinea Bissau on a 4-2 aggregate. Earlier, it was the 9th and 14th, then the 14th and 16; the 13th and 16th and then the 13th and 17th.Ivory Coast has appeared thrice in FIFA World Cup and sits 21 in the FIFA Coca Cola ranking while Liberia has never appeared in the World Cup and is 95 in the FIFA ranking.According to statistics, between 30 June 1965 to 16 June 1995, Liberia and Ivory Coast have met 11 times – four at home and seven away.The Elephant has whipped the Lone Star in seven matches and forced to a draw in four.Liberia bowed to Ivory Coast in the four home games, drew four away and also lost three away.Until 2005, Ivory Coast’s greatest accomplishment was winning the 1992 African Cup of Nations against Ghana on penalties at the Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar, Senegal. Their second success came in the 2015 edition, again beating Ghana on penalties at the Estadio de Bata in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.For Liberia, her best achievement was qualifying for the African Cup of Nations in 1996 and 2001 respectfully but never advanced beyond the group stage.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A shoe handover at Ntokwe Primary in Taung in the North West Province. (Image: Walk A Child To School Facebook)Walk a Child to School is helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged children through the simple act of donating school shoes. You are urged to help the cause.All South Africans are on called to play their part by donating school shoes so disadvantaged children can go to school with pride.The Walk a Child to School campaign, spearheaded by two Stellenbosch social change drivers, Abulele Adams and Wisaal Osman, calls on people to donate school shoes. The initiative was inspired by Adams’ mother, a teacher, who spoke about a girl in her class who walked to school with broken shoes throughout winter.Her story propelled Adams and Osman to create the Walk a Child to School campaign. Adams told SA Goodnews that they planned to hand over shoes monthly to deserving schools throughout South Africa.“The overall plan for Walk a Child to School is to provide children from various schools with school shoes monthly and perhaps expand that to other learning materials, for example stationery, school bag, school uniform, etc.“Learners need to be encouraged to continue with school. Shoes should not be another barrier a learner must overcome in order to have a positive schooling experience,” he said.HOW IT WORKSThe initiative receives donations from people who wish to make a difference in their communities. Teachers identify the children at their schools who need shoes. The criterion for selecting children is purely social need. There are no academic requirements for any learner to get the shoes.Walk a Child to School then collects the money, buys the shoes and hands them over to the children.“Ideally, we collect as many shoes as are needed, but this is dependent on funding,” Osman explained. “We have completed a handover for 84 pairs of shoes at one school. At a different school we gave 30 pairs of shoes. It depends on the needs of the children at the school.”This month, the two will be handing over shoes at Goedgedacht School in Western Cape and at a school in Brandvlei, in Northern Cape.They have collaborated with organisations such as The Taung Child Foundation, Tshegetso Community Projects and Goedgedacht Foundation.Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the project by buying shoes or by donating money. There are no specific sizes or gender restrictions. You can donate cash to the following bank account:Bank: CapitecAccount name: Abulele AdamsAccount number: 1348645057Bank code: 470010Reference: Your name and surnameBENEFICIARIESSince the start of the project, in October 2015, nearly R10 000 has been donated and it has served many needy schoolchildren.The first school to receive shoes was Masakhane Primary School in Port Elizabeth, which got 64 pairs of shoes on 23 October 2015. Other schools that have benefited include: Parkhurst Primary School in Westridge, Mitchells Plain; and, Rietenbosch Primary School in Cloetesville, Stellenbosch.PRAISEDurban-born, American-based early childhood development expert Bonginkosi Hopewell Mkhize praised the duo.“I have worked with children over the past seven years,” he said. “I have seen a lot of kids going to school without shoes. I have noticed a huge negative impact on those kids’ academic records. It also affects their self-confidence. They have social withdrawal syndromes because of the stereotypical stigmatising treatment from their peers. Most of them lack motivation and they drop out of school.”It was very important that we all played a meaningful role and addressed this issue by supporting initiatives that sought to address challenges faced by our children, he added.“I rally behind the initiative and I wish that everyone can support this initiative.”Cape Town early childhood facilitator and peer educator Jonathan Ho’Bosch shared Mkhize’s sentiments.“We need more people to possess true integrity and leadership as community leaders,” he said. “Young people need to also be the change that they want to see in the world so the people doing these programmes must go to churches and society or stokvel groups for assistance.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $41 million in a three-year initiative to support the work of farmers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). The initiative helps farmers and ranchers implement science-based conservation measures to reduce runoff from farms entering the region’s waterways.NRCS Chief Jason Weller unveiled the initiative at an event with partners and stakeholders from the region at Maumee Bay State Park in Toledo. This initiative will expand conservation and financial assistance opportunities available to WLEB farmers and ranchers who want to take additional steps to improve the quality of the water feeding the Lake. This funding is in addition to the $36 million the Agency has already planned to make available in the basin through the 2014 Farm Bill, for a combined three-year investment of $77 million to improve water quality and support sustainable production in the Basin.“The challenges that face Lake Erie require science-based solutions and a commitment from all partners to address the factors that impact water quality. The area’s farmers and ranchers have already made great strides in helping to reduce runoff, and with this new investment they will be able to do even more,” Vilsack said. “Farmers and landowners will be able to add conservation measures to about 870,000 acres in this critical watershed, effectively doubling the acres of conservation treatment that can be accomplished in the three years.”Since 2009, NRCS has invested about $73 million in technical and financial assistance to farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin through Farm Bill Programs. The conservation improvements they have made through more than 2,000 conservation contracts now cover more than 580,000 acres. Farmers and landowners in the region have stepped up, and with their help the conservation practices these funds supported reduced annual nutrient and sediment losses by an estimated 7 million pounds of nitrogen, 1.2 million pounds of phosphorous, and 488,000 tons of sediment between 2009 and 2014. These savings have resulted in cleaner water leaving farmlands in the Basin.NRCS also today released a new report through its Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) that evaluates the impacts of voluntary conservation in the WLEB and conservation treatment needs. The report, based on farmer survey data in the WLEB, shows voluntary conservation is making significant headway in reducing nutrient and sediment loss from farms, but there is opportunity to improve conservation management across the basin and no single conservation solution will meet the needs of each field and farm.According to the report, this initiative will help landowners reduce phosphorus runoff from farms by more than 640,000 pounds each year and reduce sediment loss by over 260,000 tons over the course of the three-year investment.“Throughout the basin, comprehensive field-scale conservation planning and conservation systems are needed to accommodate different treatment needs while maintaining productivity,” said Chief Weller. “While voluntary conservation is making a difference in the basin, the CEAP evaluation tells us that there are still gains that can be made through an emphasis on practices like precision agriculture.”The WLEB Initiative is one of the key results of a series of partner workshops NRCS held in fall 2015 to develop recommendations for accelerating conservation in the Basin. The initiative further sharpens the focus of NRCS investments and helps increase the impact of ongoing work by conservation groups and state and local governments. This partnership will work with data from the CEAP Report and other sources along with the recommendations of farmers and other conservation partners to match the right conservation solution to the unique qualities of each field to maximize the impact of each dollar invested.Since 2009, USDA has invested more than $29 billion to help producers make conservation improvements, working with as many as 500,000 farmers, ranchers and landowners to protect over 400 million acres nationwide, boosting soil and air quality, cleaning and conserving water and enhancing wildlife habitat. For an interactive look at USDA’s work in conservation and forestry over the course of this Administration, visit https://medium.com/usda-results
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On display at this year’s Farm Science Review, the Geringhoff Truflex Razor combine header brings the unique care of draper technology with the immense flexibility needed in today’s modern farming. In addition to a foot of flex travel on each wing, the reel has three sections, giving higher visibility from the operator’s perspective when compared with most reels — split down the middle — obstructing the view of the driver. Those are some of the offerings that Geringhoff’s Scott Brown says sets the Truflex Razor apart from other’s on the market, detailed in this video ahead of next week’s Farm Science Review where equipment of all kinds is on display.
What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Economic bubbles aren’t new. From the tulip bubble of the 1630s, to the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, to the big-tech mania we’re seeing today, overvaluations happen — but not all bubbles pose the same risks or offer the same rewards. Every few years, it seems we’re warned of another looming “bubble” about to burst. Most recently, pundits like Warren Buffett and George Soros have compared the rise of cryptocurrency to the dot-com bubble, wondering aloud if we’re on the precipice of a big bust.The similarities are fairly obvious. Cryptocurrency startups, much like the dot-coms, are experiencing an influx of capital that’s boosting the valuations of solid, innovative companies along with their relatively worthless counterparts — Dogecoin comes to mind as a cautionary tale. But while the dot-com boom produced plenty of duds, let’s not forget that it also gave birth to Amazon, Google, and eBay. Similarly, there are resilient, well-managed cryptocurrency companies that will be able to withstand drastic market fluctuations.Sure, the current state of cryptocurrency bears some resemblance to the ’90s tech boom, but there are important differences to consider. Understanding the following factors can help you to mitigate long-term damage as the market naturally begins to self-correct.1. Say hello to regulation: Cryptocurrencies, unlike the early dot-coms, are shaking up the U.S. monetary system and offering an alternative to worldwide fiat currency. Early internet technology was groundbreaking, but decentralized currency is truly revolutionary. Most governments don’t quite understand what’s going on, much less how to deal with it.Recent fluctuations in the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were the direct result of new regulations announced by the South Korean government, and other regulatory agencies across the world are guaranteed to make similar moves. They will eventually make examples of nefarious players, helping to weed out more “shadowy” companies from the industry.Be ready to work with government agencies and adapt to new regulations when they inevitably arrive. Private companies that behave like public companies are more likely to come out on top. In that same vein, be sure you’re not taking a ton of money from unaccredited investors — or investing it in secretive ways. The industry may not yet be fully regulated, but you need to start running your company as if it were.2. Just say no…to casual investing: Yes, some venture capitalists in the dot-com era would throw money at any startup that showed signs of life, but the risks seem greater for those entering the crypto space with insufficient knowledge. More than 1,000 cryptocurrencies are active right now, and quite a few are hoping to ride the wave without doing their homework first.Perceived bubbles are funny: They can propel even the worst companies to the top of the stock charts. You need to understand how to capitalize on the bubble — raising as much capital as you can (without destroying the structure of your company) and then managing that cash (knowing it won’t always be there).Be able to effectively communicate your long-term value to shareholders. The blockchain is a brilliant invention, with applications we’re just beginning to discover, ranging from the financial space to healthcare, cybersecurity, retail, and beyond. It will transform the world as we know it, making a handful of companies and their investors extremely wealthy in the process. To find investors who will stay with you for the long haul, showcase realistic, revenue-generating applications of this technology and prove it can outlive the hype.3. Abandon geographical boundaries: While the dot-com bust had some ripple effects on the world economy, the rise and fall of Silicon Valley was far more localized. Cryptocurrency is traded across the world, and countries are taking vastly different approaches in their adoption and regulation of it. South Korea only recently started exploring regulation, for instance, while Sweden has been offering derivatives in Bitcoin since 2015.The international scope of this marketplace presents both unique challenges and an array of opportunities. Vitalik Buterin, founder of Ethereum, argues that blockchain offers particular value in parts of the world where people can’t yet trust their institutions — places such as Africa, India, and Eastern Europe. Blockchain, he argues, resolves the issue of market manipulation from the top-down.All that’s to say: You must invest in a capable management team that can see the big picture. Nobody will predict every little twist and turn in the market, but the better your understanding of how your company could succeed on an international scale, the higher your chances of success.When looking for dynamic and adaptable management teams, focus on candidates with a track record of success — those who can navigate an ever-changing technology landscape while incorporating traditional financial market tactics. At Neptune Dash we did just that, incorporating a well-versed technology team with adept financial leaders with proven success on public markets.Finding footing on shaky groundThe ’90s tech boom was followed by a solid bust. In November 2000, an index of 280 internet stocks was down by $1.7 trillion from its 52-week high. Contrast that with recent fluctuations in digital coins, and the difference is obvious. Its value may rise and fall, but anyone who bought Bitcoin a year ago has earned more than a sixfold return on investment, for example.The highs may be higher and the lows may be lower than in other industries, but the underlying technology is here to stay. Despite the common misconception, not all bubbles are created equal. An overvalued startup that does nothing for the world is destined to crash, but just as the Googles of past eras have survived, so will the very best cryptocurrency companies. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Cale Moodie is CEO and director of Neptune Dash, a cryptocurrency company that constructs and operates masternodes of Dash, a digital currency built on the blockchain. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Cale Moodie Tags:#Blockchain#Cryptocurrency#startups Related Posts