Laura Jens-SmithLaura Jens-Smith isn’t the type to enjoy retired life. Just weeks after walking out of town hall in Riverhead — she lost her reelection bid — Jens-Smith is looking to fill a new hot seat.On January 21, she announced her intention to seek a spot in the New York State Assembly. For now, incumbent Anthony Palumbo intends to seek reelection, although rumor has it the Republican may go after Ken LaValle’s state Senate seat. LaValle is retiring after 44 years.Palumbo hasn’t decided, and is discussing it with his family, sources said.Republican Yvette Aguiar upset Jens-Smith to capture the Riverhead Town supervisor seat last November.Jens-Smith is so far the only Democrat to announce her candidacy for the Second District seat.“Hope is not a good plan,” she said. “Palumbo hasn’t accomplished much in six years. I want this to be a challenge on the issues . . . I’m very strong.”The major issue is water quality for those on the East End. The North Fork district is bipartisan, Jens-Smith said, and requires a unified effort, as opposed to political bickering.“I was on the minority of the board in Riverhead,” she said. “You have to build legislation. The issues are the issues.”Jens-Smith also noted her constituents bemoaned the high cost of health insurance. “A lot of the problem is health care and prescription costs,” she said. “That’s where all our money goes. We can’t afford it.”Lowering Riverhead school district taxes is also an important issue for the former supervisor, who recently attended a rally in support of the measure.The Democrats, meanwhile, have a wealth of candidates who may vie for LaValle’s seat, including Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Valerie Cartright; Laura Ahearn, a lawyer and executive director of the Crime Victims Center; Tommy John Schiavoni, a retired teacher and Southampton Town councilman from Sag Harbor; and Skyler Johnson, a 19-year-old college student from Mt. Sinai. Suffolk County Democratic Party chairman Rich Schaffer said the candidates would run at-large in a primary on June firstname.lastname@example.org Share
The countdown is over, and containment begins in earnest. A New York City woman is the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the state, officials announced on Sunday, March 1. Two people have died from the virus in the United States, both from Washington state, the second on Sunday. The disease known as COVID-19, contracted from the virus, is resistant to treatment and fast-moving. Local, county, and state officials have all sought to reassure the public and reiterate preventive steps. Foremost among them are to avoid people with flu-like symptoms and to wash your hands thoroughly and often. According to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, the Manhattan woman who contracted the illness was in her 30s and recently traveled to Iran. Most of the cases involving the virus, with a global death toll surpassing 3000, according to the Washington Post, are overseas. Washington state officials are stymied by the fact that neither fatality is known to have left the state. The epicenter of the disease is China. There was some sentiment worldwide that the virus might be tapering off at levels below some of the other winter flus — which have been widespread and increasing this year at a more rapid rate than usual — than in previous years. The risk of getting coronavirus is currently low in the U.S., according to federal officials, but it is communicable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “There is no reason for undue anxiety — the general risk remains low in New York,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available.” According to the CDC, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person origin. A CDC fact sheet states that coronaviruses are a large family of viruses common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and spread between them such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and the new SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have originated in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal source. “The Town of East Hampton will continue to monitor state and federal health agency reports on the spread of flu and the ‘novel coronavirus,’ and will follow and disseminate official guidelines for maintaining health and preventing against the spread of the viruses as the situation evolves,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc announced Monday. Cuomo said the woman who contracted the new coronavirus is quarantined in her home. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said all senior citizens should be given vaccines and that Medicare should pay for the treatment, but the vaccine is still in development and not yet available. CDC advises using disinfectant sprays, and some community members have taken to wearing facemasks on the streets. The effects of the coronavirus can range from mild to severe symptoms. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and may appear in as few as two days or a long as 14 days after exposure, according to the CDC. Additional information can be found at the New York State Department of Health email@example.com Share
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In support of the Administration’s all of the above energy strategy, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.When finalized, the solicitation is expected to make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available to help commercialize technologies that may be unable to obtain full commercial financing. This draft solicitation represents another step in the Department’s commitment to help overcome the financial barriers to the deployment of innovative, clean energy technologies.“Through our existing renewable energy loan guarantees, the Department’s Loan Programs Office helped launch the U.S. utility-scale solar industry and other clean energy technologies that are now contributing to our clean energy portfolio,” said Secretary Ernest Moniz. “We want to replicate that success by focusing on technologies that are on the edge of commercial-scale deployment today.”The Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee solicitation is intended to support technologies that are catalytic, replicable, and market ready. Within the draft solicitation, the Department has included a sample list illustrative of potential technologies for consideration. While any project that meets the eligibility requirements is eligible to apply, the Department has identified five key technology areas of interest: advanced grid integration and storage; drop-in biofuels; waste-to-energy; enhancement of existing facilities; and efficiency improvements.The Department will consider public feedback in defining the scope of the final solicitation. In addition to initiating a 30-day public comment period, a schedule of public meetings will be posted on the Department’s website.Once the solicitation is finalized, the Department’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) will be accepting applications in three areas, which also include the $8 billion Advanced Fossil Energy Projects Solicitation that was released in December 2013 and the $16 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program.Currently, the LPO supports a diverse portfolio of more than $30 billion in loans, loan guarantees, and commitments, supporting more than 30 projects nationwide, including one of the world’s largest wind farms.Press release, April 17, 2014; Image: Axys Technologies (Illustration)
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Richard Saxon is the UK’s BIM ambassador for growth. He is an architect and chartered surveyor who works as a client adviser at Consultancy for the Built Environment. Richard’s career was at multi-discipline practice BDP where he became chairman. He is on the steering group of the government BIM Task Group and is a member of the executive board of CIC, looking after innovation. Richard has been a vice-president of the RIBA, president of the BCO and chairman of the reform group ‘Be: collaborating for the built environment’. He was made a CBE in 2001 for ‘services to architecture and construction’.
The London Array, a project to install 341 turbines in a 232 sq km site more than 18 km off the Kent and Essex coasts and able to power a quarter of London homes, is expected to provide significant business activity for heavy lift shipping and project cargo forwarders. This arises from the installation of the windmills, construction of on-shore sub-stations and associated undersea cabling to bring the electricity generated to the mainland.Masdar, a £10 billion renewable energy fund controlled by Abu Dhabi which acquired Shell’s 20 percent stake after the Anglo-Dutch oil giant pulled out of the project, is reported to have questioned the project’s viability at a green conference in Abu Dhabi.The project is currently at the tendering stage. The other consortium partners are E.ON and DONG Energy.
A2SEA’s head of newbuilding, Michael Østergaard, recently returned from the COSCO Qidong Shipyard in China to give directors and managers an update on the USD 140 million vessel’s progress.At present, the project team at A2SEA’s office is carrying out factory acceptance tests (FATS) of all the main equipment to be installed in the hull, including the main engines and jacking systems.Østergaard says: “The equipment is shipped to China and then tested before it is installed in the vessel’s hull. And so far so good – we are on target to meet our 2012 deadline.”After the vessel is launched, it will enter the final fitting phase, in which the main crane and jack-up legs will be installed.Østergaard says: “As soon as we’ve launched the vessel, we’ll lift the prefabricated accommodation block into place. Then the Sea Installer will be ready for her crane.”With the project running to schedule, we should see Sea Installer ready to play her part in European offshore wind farm installation by early 2013.”Sea Installer will have a length of 132 m, breadth of 39 m, draft 5.8 m and a speed of 12 knots. She is able to jack-up at water depths of up to 45 m with a loading capacity of 5,000 tonnes which is equal to eight to ten offshore wind turbines. The crane capacity is 900 tonnes.
Key judgments on solicitors’ liability for property transactions hijacked by fraudsters are set to be handed down this week.The Court of Appeal is due to give judgment tomorrow in Dreamvar (UK) Limited v Mishcon de Reya and P&P Property Limited v Owen White & Catlin LLP.At stake is the issue of who should bear the financial burden where fraudsters have posed as sellers to complete a property purchase, then diverted funds transferred by the buying party.In Dreamvar, City firm Mishcon de Reya challenged a High Court order for it to pay more than £1m after its client was deceived into buying a property from the fake vendor.Niten Chauhan, a partner in London firm JPC Law, which represents property company P&P, said the outcome of both landmark cases will have ‘significant implications’ for professionals in the insurance industry and the legal profession.He added: ‘So many are anxiously awaiting greater clarity in this area, not least the innocent victims who, at present, are unwittingly left to suffer the consequences of these property frauds.’The Law Society intervened in the appeals, highlighting the implications of rejecting Mishcon’s challenge – or indeed finding the solicitors of the fraudulent vendor liable for losses.
South African president punishes minister for violating lockdown regulations South African minerals production negatively affected by lockdown Wild fire rages through top South Africa’s wine farms Wine bottles. Image Getty Wine and fruits make up the biggest portion of exports from South Africa to UK. PHOTO | REUTERSSome good news for South Africa to usher in the weekend. The country will allow all agricultural exports including wine and wool to resume under new lockdown regulations.The country will move to a national alert level 4 from Friday after five weeks of a strict lockdown, during which most industries were shut and the economy ground to a halt.The prohibition on the local sale and distribution of alcohol products will continue, while an earlier proposal to lift the ban on the sale of tobacco products has been reversed, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in a televised briefing Wednesday. The government received more than 2000 submissions about the plan to end the tobacco moratorium, and the decision to retain it is health-related, she said.Travel between provinces will only be allowed in one direction for people to return to work, and the country’s borders will remain closed to the movement of people, with the exception of repatriations.These are some of the other activities that will be allowed to resume:1. Vehicle sales may start gradually’2. All agriculture, about half of manufacturing and about half of mining will be allowed to restart. Coal production for Eskom may scale up to full employment and open-cast mining can increase to 50 percent, and then full employment3. Restaurants may open for food delivery only4. E-commerce will expand incrementally, as will the range of products online retailers can offer5. Recycling services are permitted at 50 percent capacity and informal recyclers will be allowed to resume their work6. People will be allowed to exercise outside their homes, though only within the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and within 5 kilometres of their residence.Related