IDEA Week canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

first_imgIDEA Week 2020, which was scheduled for April 18-25, has been canceled due to concerns of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an announcement on the event’s website.Anyone who purchased tickets for Trevor Noah, OneRepublic or other IDEA Week events will receive a full refund automatically. Although it may take some time to refund all of the tickets, the website said people should expect full refunds by April 30.The McCloskey New Venture Competition will not be canceled and will be conducted virtually.While more than 20,000 people from over 30 states were expected to attend, the IDEA Week team said in a press release that the events will not be rescheduled.“Though it’s true that our 2020 event will no longer take place, the mission of IDEA Week — promoting the community-transforming benefits of entrepreneurship and innovation — will continue the rest of this year and in 2021 and beyond,” Bryan Ritchie, vice president and Cathy and John Martin associate provost for innovation at Notre Dame, said in the release.For more information, reach out to ideaweek@nd.edu or visit the IDEA Week FAQ Cancellation page.Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Idea Week, OneRepublic, Trevor Noahlast_img read more


Wendel Hopes To Use New Appointment To Support Rural Broadband

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel says he hopes to use a recent appointment to an FCC committee to help foster more and better broadband in rural counties.Wendel, is a newly federally appointed member of Chairman Ajit Pai’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC).County Executive Wendel was nominated for the position by Johann Clendenin, who as Commissioner for the USVI Public Services Commission, was Chairman of the IAC’s TeleHealth Working Group last year.Wendel provided support and insight into the needs of rural America for needed TeleHealth services while he served on the Chautauqua County Legislature. The FCC TeleHealh Report was published in September and is used extensively as our nation responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission sought candidates with expertise relevant to broadband infrastructure deployment and adoption, particularly those with knowledge and experience specific to Tribal and rural communities, “Smart City” and infrastructure-related initiatives, state and local government consumer complaints processes and data trends, and public safety and homeland security matters. Clendenin, who is a graduate of SUNY College at Fredonia and served on the College Foundation Board for more than a decade, congratulated Wendel saying: “Well Done “P.J.,” your demonstrated commitment to rural infrastructure and to the County will continue to be appreciated during your national service. You join a special group of public officials who lead the way for our future!”The mission of the IAC is to provide advice to the Commission on the many telecommunications issues affecting local, state and Tribal governments that are within the jurisdiction of the FCC.These issues can range from major FCC policy priorities such as broadband adoption and deployment, especially in unserved and underserved rural areas and Tribal lands, to strengthening public safety communications infrastructure and emergency response capabilities, streamlining facilities siting while respecting public rights of way, monitoring the transition from “legacy” telecommunications services to emerging wireline networks and wireless networks, and ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of the universal service programs.Because this committee consists of only Federal, state, local or Tribal governmental elected officials (or their designated employees), the IAC is exempt from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (“FACA”). 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


Business leaders begin Bristol redevelopment project

first_imgA small group of local, veteran business leaders has launched Bristol Works! LLC and recently closed on the purchase of approximately 6 acres and 55,000 square feet of commercial buildings in the heart of the Bristol village. The partners have begun the transformation of the former Autumn Harp manufacturing site into a new, mixed-use redevelopment project that will focus on health and wellness, educational services, light-manufacturing and housing.‘We care deeply about this community, and want to keep working families in Bristol,’ says Kevin Harper, founder of Autumn Harp. Harper was the Managing Partner of the Mountain Greens Market redevelopment project, is currently the lead partner of the Bristol Bakery and Café, and now manages Bristol Works! LLC. ‘We want to use our resources and skills to re-purpose this site to be a focal point for the creation of livable wage jobs, and to enhance the health, well-being, and economic security of the region.’The Bristol Works! PartnersThe project hopes to infuse the neighborhood, the town, and the region with the innovation and energy that accompanies projects undertaken by Harper and some of his Bristol Works! partners.Robert Fuller is a well-known, regional restaurateur. Fuller is the owner of Leunig’s Bistro, the founder of Bristol’s popular Bobcat Café, and was the lead partner in the redevelopment of Cubbers and Snaps restaurants, two of Bristol’s well-known eateries.David Blittersdorf is the founder of Hinesburg-based NRG Systems, a global leader in the development and manufacture of wind measurement devices. He is also the founder and President/CEO of AllEarth Renewables, a company in Williston that designs and manufactures grid-connected solar tracking devices and residential-scale wind power systems.Bristol Works! has engaged the services of Bristol architect Tommie Thompson, of Twenty4D Architects, to transform the series of steel and pre-cast concrete buildings into a mixed use campus that will be home to some of the areas most promising job-creating sectors: health care/wellness, recreation, value-add food products manufacturing and green products manufacturing.Thompson says: ‘The Bristol Works! project reflects a true commitment to the scale, character and uses that define Bristol’s historic village environment. We will utilize the imagery of a renovated mill complex to unite the town’s rich manufacturing past with the present. By employing design elements that pay homage to the town’s working past, we embrace a new vision of living and working within the village.’ What’s ComingThe first phase of the project will include a complete renovation of one 10,000 square foot building on the south end of the campus. This will serve as the office complex for two non-profit service providers.The second phase of the project is planned to include the start-up of multiple value-add agriculture manufacturing enterprises and a mix of alternative energy businesses that will utilize the 25,000 square feet of manufacturing space.In the third phase, construction is planned to begin on a limited number of mixed income, multi-generational housing units. Harper is confident that there will be a demand for cottage style, super-efficient homes of compact size and scale. Back in the early 1900’s, many of the homes surrounding the industrial site were constructed as affordable homes for workers at the Vermont Box Company and the Drake Smith Company. ‘We would like to reclaim that legacy for those citizens who value living near the place where they work,’ says Harper. He thinks that this type of housing will appeal to working people and to empty-nest baby boomers alike.Phase One to focus on Health and Education servicesNancy Marnellos, Chair of the Board of the Five-Town Health Alliance, Inc. (5THA), has been working closely with Harper’s team to locate a new Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in the Bristol Works! complex. The FQHC model offers primary care, dental, behavioral health, and preventive healthcare services to everyone, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.‘We are very excited about locating our health center in the Bristol Works! complex,’ says Marnellos. ‘The objectives of the project and our health center are to support and encourage the health and well-being of our community’our goals are totally complementary.’Harper and Architect Thompson have also been working with Evelyn Howard, Superintendent of the North East Supervisory Union, to relocate the NESU to a smaller, more efficient space on the Bristol Works! campus. The NESU Board recently approved the move from the current Lover’s Lane location as soon as the new facility is ready, presumably early summer, 2011.The Bristol Works! team has met with adjoining neighbors, the Planning Commission and the Select Board. Renovations are expected to begin later this winter.last_img read more


First large-scale Wyoming solar project clears approval hurdle

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:The first major solar energy plant in the nation’s top coal-mining state cleared a significant regulatory hurdle Tuesday when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management determined it will cause no environmental harm. As a result, the Sweetwater Solar LLC plant could begin producing electricity by the end of the year on BLM land outside Green River in western Wyoming.BLM officials made the determination after completing a study required by federal law. The BLM did not return a call seeking information on when construction might begin on the plant expected to generate 80 megawatts of electricity, enough for about 17,000 homes.Wyoming gets plenty of sunshine but has no large commercial solar facilities.Around 40 percent of coal mined in the U.S. comes from Wyoming and 85 percent of all electricity generated in Wyoming comes from coal-fired power plants.Rocky Mountain Power, a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp, has agreed to buy the new solar plant’s electricity. The utility chooses its power sources based on affordability for customers, said Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen.Sweetwater Solar is a subsidiary of Irvine, California-based 174 Power Global. The company has told Rocky Mountain Power the plant will be online by the end of 2018, Eskelsen said.More: Solar plant proposed for Wyoming clears major hurdle First large-scale Wyoming solar project clears approval hurdlelast_img read more


Documents: NYPD Used ‘Stingrays’ 1,000 Times Since 2008

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The NYPD has confirmed for the first time that it has deployed a controversial military-style cell phone-tracking device more than 1,000 times since 2008 to purportedly track down suspects—potentially exposing thousands of New Yorkers to unwarranted surveillance. The devices, commonly known as “Stingrays,” were utilized by the police department 1,016 times between 2008 and May 2015, the NYPD said. The disclosure was in response to a freedom of information lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union last year. The documents also reveal that the NYPD has no written policy with regards to Stingrays and only obtains low-level court orders known as “pen registration orders” to legally utilize the technology. Such orders are not as protective of privacy as a warrant, the NYCLU said.“If carrying a cell phone means being exposed to military grade surveillance equipment, then the privacy of nearly all New Yorkers is at risk,” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the NYCLU, in a statement. “Considering the NYPD’s troubling history of surveilling innocent people, it must at the very least establish strict privacy policies and obtain warrants prior to using intrusive equipment like Stingrays that can track people’s cell phones.”Lieberman was referring to Stingrays’ ability to not only track down a suspect’s cell phone by mimicking cell towers but also potentially invasive dragnet surveillance of innocent bystanders caught in its crosshairs.The device is so powerful it can collect phone numbers, and in some cases, vacuum up the actual content of communications, civil liberties groups say. The American Civil Liberties Union has confirmed that Stingrays are being used by 59 different agencies across 23 states. The latest disclosure brings to three the number of known local law enforcement agencies operating the device in New York State: NYPD, New York State Police, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.Stingrays were first developed for the military but have become popular among federal agencies and local police departments. Last September, the Department of Justice unveiled new guidelines for the use of Stingrays as to “enhance transparency and accountability…and increase privacy protections.”“Cell-site simulator technology has been instrumental in aiding law enforcement in a broad array of investigations, including kidnappings, fugitive investigations, and complicated narcotics cases,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said at the time. Under the DOJ’s new guidelines, authorities must obtain a search warrant before using Stingrays.It’s very likely that the number of agencies using the technology is higher than the 59 the public is aware of. Simply getting police departments to admit ownership of Stingrays has been a tall order. Even when freedom of information requests are made, agencies may refuse to release information because of a non-disclosure agreement they sign with the FBI upon purchasing the equipment. Also, police departments may skirt legislative approval or public disclosure by applying for federal grants to purchase the devices instead of reaching into department budgets.It’s that veil of secrecy that civil liberties groups have been seeking to lift and expose to sunlight. Through its lawsuit, the NYCLU learned that the NYPD only has to establish that information is “relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation” to obtain a pen register order. But the process “does not adequately protect the privacy of New Yorkers from these sophisticated surveillance devices,” the NYCLU warned. “New Yorkers have very real concerns about the NYPD’s adoption of intrusive surveillance technology,” NYCLU Senior Staff Attorney Mariko Hirose said in a statement. “The NYPD should at minimum obtain warrants before using Stingrays to protect the privacy of innocent people.”Stingrays are the subject of a powerful docu-series narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal which premiered on Pivot last month, called “Truth and Power.”last_img read more


MORE Power gets ERC nod to operate; Commission revokes PECO’s provisional CPCN

first_imgERC also authorized MORE Power toimplement the last approved distribution charges of PECO, and required the newpower distributor to “source and procure its power requirements…” MORE Power welcomed the ERC decision.With no CPCN, PECO has no business operating any longer, said Atty. HectorTeodosio, MORE Power legal counsel. ILOILO City – The Energy RegulatoryCommission (ERC) has issued MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) aCertificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), thereby giving itauthority to operate. The order dated March 5 was issued byERC chairperson and chief executive officer Agnes Devanadera following atwo-day (March 3-4) ocular inspection its technical personnel conducted inIloilo City to verify the actual status of the power distribution network here. “While MORE Power is unable to securea Certificate of Exemption from the Department of Energy (DOE) necessary toenter into emergency power supply agreements, it shall source its powerrequirements from the current power generation suppliers of PECO,” ERC added. The inspection team verified “MOREPower’s full readiness and capability in the aspects of development, operationand maintenance of the distribution system”, read part of the ERC order. On the other hand, ERC revoked theprovisional CPCN it granted to Panay Electric Co. (PECO) last year. The Commission stressed it was“mindful of its mandate to protect consumer interest, ensure uninterruptedelectric service to consumers in Iloilo City, and prevent chaos and confusionamong customers as to who is authorized to operate the distribution system…” In revoking PECO’s CPCN, ERC stressed that its order granting the former’s provisional CPCN was subject to the condition that such covered only the “interim period” in order to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity in Iloilo City./PNlast_img read more


Silver lining for Everton fan

first_imgEverton tried to make the best of a bad situation by giving a Malaysian fan the VIP treatment after severe weather forced the late postponement of their Premier League game against Crystal Palace. Despite the turbulent weather affecting the Goodison Park area, Everton expected their match to kick off at 1945 until Merseyside Police finally ordered the postponement. High winds had caused damage to buildings in the area while, inside the ground, Malaysian fan Ric Wee was among the thousands of Toffees supporters who tweeted about their disappointment. Wee was in a unique position, having made a 7,000-mile journey from Kuala Lumpur, and Everton staff subsequently located him in the ground before introducing him to Toffees players and manager Roberto Martinez in the Goodison dressing room. Wee had revealed on Twitter how he had been an Everton supporter for 30 years and that he had been close to realising his “dream” of watching the team play live for the first time. Martinez said he was fully behind the decision to postpone the game. He told evertontv: “You do (have to take safety into account). It’s the safety of the fans coming to the ground. Because of the wind there has been a lot of building damage and the last thing we want is for any of the fans to get put in a position that is dangerous. “It is disappointing because we were ready to go out and warm up. The preparation was there for both teams and you get the anti-climax. But as everyone has seen the police have called it off and rightly so.” Everton will hold talks with the Premier League on Thursday with a view to deciding a new date for the fixture. City manager Pellegrini, whose side were aiming to go top of the Premier League table with a victory over Sunderland, also said the decision was a sensible one. He told City’s official website: “The safety of the City and Sunderland supporters is the most important thing and we understand and fully support the reasons behind the game being called off. “We were ready to play this game but the well-being of the people coming to the Etihad is paramount. We hope everybody gets home safely, both in Manchester and Sunderland.” His opposite number Gus Poyet, meanwhile, told safc.com: “The bottom line was the police needed to make a strong decision. “We were ready to play, but we understand that people have to make a decision and we totally support that.” Stoke’s home meeting with Swansea, which finished as a 1-1 draw, had also been at risk but went ahead following two pitch inspections, with the kick-off delayed by 15 minutes. A League One game was also beaten by the weather as heavy rain forced the postponement of the Sheffield United v Brentford clash. On a day which saw the Met Office issue red warnings – the highest possible – for parts of Wales and north west England, gusts reaching 80-100mph and heavy rain wreaked havoc on traffic networks and a busy evening football schedule. Manchester City’s meeting with Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium was the first to go, with the home club citing “exceptional and escalating weather conditions” when announcing their decision. Press Associationlast_img read more


Jose Mourinho predicts Football Association sanction

first_img Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is anticipating a Football Association summons after Saturday’s loss to Southampton, whether he is sacked or not. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was at Stamford Bridge for the capitulation, with Mourinho believing the result might have been different had Radamel Falcao been awarded a penalty, rather than booked for diving. “I think it’s time for people to be honest and say that I’m right,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. “Maybe I’m going to be punished but I have to say it, because my players and the supporters deserve me to say it… we don’t get one decision from the referees. One. “We lost in Porto with a big penalty in the last minute in the face of two officials. “We had a big penalty that the referee should be here, speaking to you, explaining why he did not give the penalty. A crucial penalty. “They don’t give. Never. They are afraid to give. We were punished by that.” The FA will likely wait till Monday, at the earliest, to decide whether to act on Mourinho’s comments. Southampton were excellent as Steven Davis cancelled out Willian’s opener before Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle struck. Mourinho expects to be sanctioned after criticising referee Robert Madley following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat, which left the Blues 16th in the Premier League with four losses in eight games. Chelsea were champions last season and the sharp decline has led to the inevitable speculation that Mourinho will be sacked by an owner with a reputation for firing managers. Mourinho believes his team is “very fragile” and crumbles like a “castle of cards”. He said: “The team emotionally is very fragile. The team is feeling too much the pressure of the bad results, the negativity, the fact every time you make a mistake you are normally punished. “When we make individual mistakes the team is like a castle of cards that collapses, because mentally the team is in trouble. “The confidence levels are very low and the team is feeling that a lot.” Mourinho was apologetic that he cannot play for Chelsea himself and admitted he is uncertain about the reasons behind Chelsea’s downward slide. He added: “I’m so sorry that I don’t have a game tomorrow. I’m so sorry that I am too old to play and I have no quality to play in a team like Chelsea. “I am so, so sorry because I would love to play. I don’t know what is good or bad for them in this moment.” Davis’ goal was his first for club or country since February 2014. The Northern Ireland midfielder said on saintsfc.co.uk: “I thought I’d save the goal for a good occasion. “It has been a frustrating time, but I had a good chance early on and snatched at it. “I was disappointed with that. It was a great lay-off from Graziano and it was nice to see it hit the back of the net. “Hopefully it’s the start of a few more to come.” Davis praised a fine team display in victory. “It was a great performance and a deserved three points,” he added. last_img read more


NFL players continue silent protests against racial injustice

first_imgWashington: Several players from the National Football League (NFL) did not take the field during the playing of American national anthem as they continued to stage silent protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the USPhiladelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby stood in the tunnel during the playing of the anthem for Thursday night’s game against the New England Patriots, reports The Hill magazine.They ran onto the field after the song ended and were soon joined by defensive end Michael Bennett, who reportedly stayed in the locker room during the song.Last week, Jenkins and Bausby both raised their fists during the national anthem at a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in protest.Meanwhile, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to renew his attacks on NFL players, claiming they just “wanted to show their ‘outrage’ at something that most of them are unable to define”.The NFL sought to end the controversy over national anthem protests by imposing a policy earlier this year that would prevent players from protesting during the national anthem. IANSlast_img read more


Panel discusses Trump’s first year as president

first_img(From left to right) Bloomberg View journalist Francis Wilkinson, CNN and Fox News commentator James Lacy, author Lynn Vavreck and The New York Times’ Los Angeles Bureau Chief Adam Nagourney discussed the role of polarization in Donald Trump’s presidency. Autria Mashian | Daily TrojanThe Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics featured four panelists in Tuesday’s “One Year into the Trump Administration” event at Wallis Annenberg Hall. The event aimed to provide analytical insight into President Donald Trump’s first year in office and his first official State of the Union address. The panel included Bloomberg View journalist Francis Wilkinson, The New York Times’ Los Angeles Bureau Chief Adam Nagourney, author Lynn Vavreck and CNN and Fox News commentator James Lacy. Jessica Yellin, who previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent for CNN, moderated the conversation.The panel emphasized the issue of polarization in the current political climate. According to Vavrek, this polarization throughout the nation has defined the past year of Trump’s presidency and the 2016 election.“Part of what’s hard about this moment in time in America politically is the separation between the two parties,” Vavreck said. “It’s now fully transformed. The parties are so different from each other now, and then there’s an emotional aspect that gets layered on top of that.” The discussion shifted to analyzing Trump’s State of the Union address as it aired live. In the address, Trump focused on nationwide issues such as veteran care, environmental work, medical care, immigration laws, opioid and drug addiction, military funding, nuclear weapons, ISIS and Israel. After describing his vision for the next year to resolve these issues, Trump stated that “the most difficult challenges bring out the best in Americans.”Several attendees agreed that Trump’s address started off well, but that the president eventually reverted back to one-sided campaign rhetoric. “I think there were way too many anecdotal experiences [in the address],” said Sahiba Gill, a freshman majoring in neuroscience. “It felt very much like exploiting these people’s stories and using it as propaganda.”Vavreck said that Trump minimized statements about what defines a “true American” and how to “make America great again,” which she believed contradicted his plan to promote a theme of bipartisanship and unity in his address.However, to Lina Goggins-Rendon, a freshman majoring in theatre, the address was rather enjoyable to watch, and she plans to attend more events that provide further analysis on politics and current events.“[In the past year,] I avoided the news a lot, so [the event] was a nice refresher to get the current perspective and reflect on the things that I did know about and was really involved in,” Goggins-Rendon said. In a statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed concerns about the “weak and misguided ideas” that were promoted in Trump’s address.“We heard this Administration’s mistaken priorities — giveaways for the wealthiest corporations; breaking up immigrant families; and nothing real on infrastructure,” Garcetti said in the statement. “My message is loud and clear: Listen to America’s Mayors who run police departments, build infrastructure, and create jobs. We need a Washington that listens to America, not one that threatens and divides.”last_img read more