King Sturge signs top trio for City surge

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PAUSE Order Will Expire May 15

first_img Share Governor Andrew Cuomo is going to let his New York on PAUSE executive order expire on May 15, leaving it to each region to look at where it stands on the battle against COVID-19. During his May 4 press conference, Cuomo provided seven new criteria that the 10 state regions, Long Island being one of them, will need to meet to begin reopening the economy, which he outlined would happen in phases. “Reopening is more complicated than closing down,” he said. “This is not a sustainable situation.” But a statewide reopening is simply not going to happen, the governor said. “Rather than wait for the whole state to be ready, reopen on a regional basis,” he said. “If upstate has to wait for downstate to be ready, they are going to be waiting a long time.” Criteria to reopen includes links to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, such as a 14-day decline in hospitalizations, or fewer than 15 hospitalizations a day, and a 14-day decline in virus-related hospital deaths, or under five a day. The rate for new hospitalizations must stay below two per 100,000 residents per day, and hospital-bed and intensive care unit-bed vacancies must be at least 30 percent. Lastly, regions must have 30 virus tests available per 1000 residents per month and there must be at least 30 contract tracers per 100,000 residents. While central New York and the Finger Lakes are well on the way to meeting the criteria, Long Island has only met two of the seven metrics, the least in the state, according to data detailed during the briefing. On Long Island, there has been a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and the number of tests needed to available has been met. Nassau and Suffolk counties are even behind New York City, which has also met the decline in hospital deaths. In Suffolk, there was a small increase in hospitalizations — four — on Sunday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced in his daily briefing on Monday. Bellone said that because Cuomo’s matrix is a three-day rolling average, he is confident it will not impact the overall figures too much. Cuomo said local leaders should be working on their reopening plans now. Once the criteria are met, the region may move forward in opening in phases, the first of which the governor said last week would be construction, manufacturing, and limiting retail with curbside pickup. On Monday, the other three phases were detailed — professional services, administrative support, retail, and real estate would open, followed by restaurants and hotels, Cuomo said, although hotels and places of accommodation are on New York’s list of essential businesses. Any businesses having to do with arts, entertainment, and recreation would reopen last. “Businesses must reimagine their operations to be safe and in compliance with standards,” Cuomo said. “You reopen unintelligently and you can have an immediate backlash.” He pointed to other countries that have seen COVID-19 numbers rebound after reopening. Cuomo also said that every hospital must have 90 days of personal protective equipment stockpiled. “We cannot have another mad scramble where nurses and doctors don’t have gowns and masks, etc.,” he said.taylor@indyeastend.comlast_img read more

Humidity sensors shipped to Tokyo institute

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Call to keep UK legal sector competitive

first_imgGovernment must act now to maintain the UK’s competitiveness and retains its position as a global leader for legal services, says Law Society deputy vice-president.,Law Society deputy vice-president Robert Bourns has urged the government to do more to protect the strength of the UK’s legal sector.In a speech at the Policy Exchange conference on the future of the City, Bourns said the UK faces increasing competition from the likes of New York, Hong Kong and Singapore, who are developing their jurisdictions.Bourns said the government must act now to maintain the UK’s competitiveness and retains its position as a global leader for legal services.In particular, that means a change in business migration policy which currently the UK at a disadvantage to the US.‘Like other UK international businesses, law firms need the support of a public policy framework which is sufficiently flexible to allow us to anticipate and take advantage of changing business needs,’ Bourns told an audience of lawyers, bankers and accountants.The deputy vice-president also called for the removal of trade barriers which keep British goods and services from reaching viable markets. He cited the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with Canada and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the US as examples of the liberalisation needed.Bourns also revealed that law firms have contacted the Law Society with their concerns over the UK’s future membership of the European Union and its effect on business.He said the uncertainty was ‘unsettling’ at a time when the EU is seeking to move towards a larger, more unified professional services market.Britain’s EU membership was important, he argued, if we are to remain attractive to the European market and sustain our position as the ‘largest legal services market in Europe’.Bourns said the legal sector makes a direct economic contribution of 1.5% of the UK’s GDP, with 67 jobs supported for every 100 jobs in the legal profession.Law Society research has found that every £1 of output of the UK legal services sector underpins £2.39 of output in the UK economy as a whole.Bourns added: ‘To retain its position as a leading economy in this such competitive world, the UK must develop and play to our strengths. The legal sector is one of those strengths.’last_img read more

Kraków Główny station concourse opened

first_imgPOLAND: A new concourse beneath Kraków Główny station was inaugurated by PKP SA on February 15, completing a project to rebuild the city’s main rail, bus and local transport gateway to modern European standards.Built at cost of 130m złoty co-funded by the EU, the 12 630 m² concourse offers 28 ticket counters, ticket vending machines, information desks and left-luggage facilities, as well as a selection of retail outlets and free wi-fi. Stairs, escalators and lifts provide easy access to every platform, as well as the tram stop located beneath the station hall. There is direct access to the bus station to the east, and the Galeria Krakowska shopping centre to the west. As part of the work the station’s platforms have been lowered from 960 mm to 760 mm to meet TSI standards, and the canopies redesigned. Kraków Główny has seen ongoing redevelopment work since the 1980s, when it was decided that its three platforms serving five tracks should be replaced by more extensive facilities. An adjacent depot was relocated, freeing land for the construction of five island platforms serving 10 tracks. Provision was made for the future concourse, which has now been fitted out. The fate of the former station building dating from 1847 is still to be determined.last_img read more

Namibia re-opens businesses but borders to remain closed.

first_imgShops in Kampala remain closed days after strike began FILE PHOTO: Hage Gottfried Geingob, president of Namibia, looks on during a session of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, September 5, 2019. REUTERS WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA – MARCH 5, 2018: Namibia’s President Hage Geingob during a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Alexander Shcherbak/TASS (Photo by Alexander ShcherbakTASS via Getty Images)Namibia will start to ease nationwide restrictions on movement from next Tuesday, allowing economic activity under strict monitoring, President Hage Geingob said on Thursday.Namibia has so far seen 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with no deaths.Geingob said in a televised speech that from midnight on Monday, May 4, Namibia would enter stage two of a four-stage plan.People will be permitted to travel domestically while wearing face masks at all times.Returning Namibians will be allowed to re-enter the country, subject to screening on entry and quarantine for 14 days, but borders will remain closed for non-Namibians.Businesses and productive activities can reopen. Shopping malls, shops and restaurants will continue operating on a take-away basis.The buying and selling of liquor with more than 3 per cent alcohol content remain prohibited.Related Nigeria has closed its sea and land borderscenter_img Durban beaches remain closed following deadly stormlast_img read more

State of the Dairy 2019: Southeast: Weathering the storm

first_imgIn Florida and Georgia, which produce about 45 percent of the region’s milk, output will be down about 4.5 percent.advertisementadvertisementDairy producers in the Southeast continue to weather the storm – literally and figuratively – with mounting concern and frustration, said Farrah Newberry, executive director of the Georgia Milk Producers. Last fall’s hurricanes, Florence and Michael, resulted in heavy financial and structural damage to the region’s agriculture, and dairy was not spared. Hurricane Michael’s economic impact on Georgia’s dairy industry alone was estimated at $12 million.The dairy economy is having a more lasting impact. And while forecasts that regional milk prices will be $1 to $1.50 higher in 2019 are welcome, most producers don’t believe it will be enough to recover losses incurred from the last four years.“Producers are making every effort to squeeze production costs and trying to stay positive,” Newberry said.Dairy farm exits aren’t new to Georgia. In the latest cycle, Newberry is seeing the loss of many small (under 200 cows) dairies, as well as third- and fourth-generation “legacy” farms. Contributing to the overall decline in milk production, cow numbers and dairy farms are the seasonal supply programs implemented by co-ops in 2017-18, in an effort to manage and even out supply and demand.Grazing operations were especially hard hit, since calving seasons typically fell during months of surplus milk.advertisement“For those still operating, they are adjusting calving seasons and scaling back on cow numbers to ensure they aren’t penalized for overproducing during surplus months,” Newberry said.North Carolina: Infrastructure and logisticsMoving up the coast, the latest round of dairy farm exits is different this time around, said Brittany Whitmire, dairy extension associate with North Carolina State University.“Until mid-2018, a significant number of dairy cattle leaving those farms were simply moving to other dairies and remaining in production,” she said. “More recently, more (cows) have been sold for slaughter, so the exit of farms concerns me more in terms of infrastructure and logistics.”For producers shipping less than a tanker load a day, being the “last one standing” increases hauling costs and results in other lost efficiencies. Those geographically distant from “dairy centers” face lack of access to service providers – feed dealers, equipment suppliers and veterinarians – who must increase their service coverage or focus less on dairy to compensate for the loss in concentration of clientele.Whitmire said she’s working with farm families making the difficult decisions to exit dairying as the result of accumulating farm debt. In some cases, a proactive decision makes sense for the owner-operators because of their life stage and other factors. In other, more heart-wrenching cases, leaving dairying is a reaction to the acute financial and mental stress of dealing with prolonged negative margins.advertisement“In all cases, the decision to exit is difficult, but it is really essential not to equate exit to failure,” she said. “For anyone in the dairy business today, it’s essential to have open conversations with all the stakeholders … to move the business along in 2019.”“Dairy farmers are resilient and resourceful folks, but they are tired,” Whitmire said. That’s required changes in the focus of extension programming. While adding programs on dealing with farm financial stress and mental health, there’s also been increased interest in regional programming focused on value-added dairying and other alternative income opportunities.Kentucky: Difficulties continueAs of early 2019, Kentucky lost nearly 100 of the 600 dairy farms that were in business on Jan. 1, 2018, said Maury Cox, who is retiring as executive director of the Kentucky Dairy Development Council. Some of those were farms receiving cancelation notices of milk purchasing contracts by Dean Foods in March of 2018.Depending on the individual market, balancing costs, hauling charges and evaporation of remaining premiums are resulting in mailbox milk prices $2 to $4 per hundredweight (cwt) below federal order blend prices, Cox said. Concern over the future extends all the way to the state’s Amish communities.Herd size in Kentucky is now about 100 head. Production per cow is climbing but is still under the national average. Milk quality has improved significantly, but recent Dairy Herd Improvement Association reports indicate somatic cell counts average are inching up as milk prices have fallen. Most Kentucky dairy producers will say their cost of production is in the $17- to $20-per-cwt range.“Going into 2019, it is evident that unless a plan to curb production, such as a base/excess or a two-tier pricing program, is implemented nationally and managed regionally, the long-term future for the medium to small dairy farms becomes even more difficult,” Cox said.Southeast: Better balanceSoutheast Milk Inc. (SMI) is a co-op with about 150 members in six states, mostly in Florida and Georgia but extending into Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana. Producers in the membership area are “uneasy and truly beaten down,” said Jim Sleper, chief executive officer. “Tempers are high and patience is short right now as producers hope for a better tomorrow.”Labor and transportation shortages compound challenges brought on by the potential of a fifth consecutive year of lower milk prices, Sleper said. Even some historically profitable producers are starting to feel the pinch, and any thoughts of dairy farm expansion have been put on hold.Like Covington, Sleper said the region is seeing milk production decline at a fairly significant rate. In a cloudy dairy economy, that has created one silver lining: SMI, long on milk in 2017, saw milk supplies much more in balance in 2018, easing pressures on an area with few local balancing options for surplus milk.“Those of us in the Southeast encounter much greater cost in surplus disposal than costs associated with importing milk,” Sleper said. With lower balancing costs, dairy farmer “basis” improved somewhat, despite lower milk prices. “While not where we would like it to be, this basis movement is a positive sign moving into 2019,” he said.Fluid sales a concernIn a market heavily dependent on fluid sales, the national and regional trend of declining fluid consumption is especially concerning. But even though fluid milk sales continue to decline, milk production in the region is declining even faster, so the local deficit between per-capita fluid consumption and milk production is staying fairly constant, Covington said.But lower local milk production, in a region of population growth, means milk has to come from somewhere. An increasing portion of the Southeast fluid milk deficit is being met by processed-packaged milk from neighboring states versus movement of raw milk into the Southeast for processing and packaging.Infrastructure poses challenges, as processing facilities in the Southeast are outdated and lack the equipment for new product lines or packaging, Newberry said. That’s created marketing openings for others. “Packaged milk from outside of the Southeast continues to flood our market,” Newberry said.What’s ahead?According to Covington, 2018 blend prices in the three Southeastern federal orders – Appalachian, Southeast and Florida – averaged about $1.50 per cwt lower than 2017. Looking to 2019, he forecasts prices will return to 2017 levels, with no expected increases in over-order premiums or balancing costs.While Covington said he’s heard from some dairy producers who want to expand, there are three limiting factors: profitable milk price, permitting and market for the additional milk production.“Number three may be the most limiting,” he said. “In the Southeast’s fluid milk market, there is less need for additional milk production due to the continuing decline in fluid milk sales.”Regional labor shortages are creating growing interest in technology. According to Newberry, Hillcrest Farms in Dearing, Georgia, will install the first milking robots in the state this spring. “Our producers are curious to see how the owners, employees and cows adapt to this new technology. If robots are successful in filling our labor void, then I predict many farms will look into this technology,” she said.Dairy consolidation occurring at producer, processor and retailer levels raises other questions. “Dairy farms get larger while smaller farms fall off,” Sleper said. “The food industry now features big-time players like Walmart, now in the milk processing game, and Amazon, who purchased Whole Foods. New cheese facilities that can process several million pounds of milk a day are being built. Many SMI members continue to ask: Where this is leading the dairy industry for the future?” Sleper concluded.  Also read: Northwest: Economic toll adding upSouthwest: Where the giants roamMidwest: Moving toward equilibrium?Norhteast: Resiliency is testedILLUSTRATION: Illustration by Kristen Phillips. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave When final numbers are in, 2018 milk production in the 10 Southeast states will be down about 4 percent from 2017, according to Calvin Covington, retired dairy co-op executive.last_img read more

World’s First Frequency Selectable RF Power Sensor with Coverage up to 70 GHz

first_imgAnritsu has introduced the Power Master MA24507A, an ultraportable, millimeter wave (mmWave) power analyzer that enables simple, numeric, frequency based measurement of RF power from 9 kHz to 70 GHz. It is the world’s first frequency selectable RF power analyzer.  The MA24507A leverages Anritsu’s patented Shockline technology, to address the growing number of test requirements in mmWave applications, including test of 802.11ad, Wireless HD, and E-band products, at every stage of the product lifecycle.As signal frequency increases, attenuation due to the air and cabling grows, which can make power measurements particularly difficult at mmWave frequencies. This analyzer’s ultraportable size overcomes this challenge by enabling users to place it directly at the signal source. It can even be used for on-wafer measurements. When system losses are unavoidable, it can make measurements as low as -90 dBm at 70 GHz, making it a superior alternative to large benchtop instruments, which can be difficult to manage in the field. This USB-powered device, measures approximately 6×3×1 (inches) and weighs less than 15 oz. – making it a little bigger than a smartphone. It is so small and light that it can easily be used to make measurements on antenna towers or with an extension pole to measure small cell signals from the ground.The Power Master MA24507A enables frequency selective power measurements, making it possible for users to differentiate intended signals from unintended signals. With spans from 1 kHz to full span over the entire frequency range, this device can zero in on a signal of interest in harsh environments, including those with unintended signals that can impact power readings. This enables measurements such as channel power and adjacent channel power to be made, while avoiding spurs and harmonics.Unlike many other power measurement instruments, no reference calibration is required. The power analyzer can stay connected to a test system constantly, eliminating the need to disconnect and reconnect it between test procedures. In tests where the extreme accuracy of a traditional power meter is not required, unintended signals may be present, or low-level power measurements are required, it is the ideal instrument. Anritsu has added features to PowerXpert™ to optimize the performance of the Power Master MA24507A. Included in the enhancements are a Power Hunter mode to easily identify the six highest CW amplitudes and their corresponding frequency, and a Channel Monitor mode so users can select up to six frequency channels and monitor their CW amplitude or channel power simultaneously. It can be controlled remotely via the USB interface or through their PowerXpert™ data analysis and control software.This mmWave power analyzer is the second instrument in the new class of ultraportable instruments from Anritsu, succeeding the Site Master™ S331P ultraportable cable and antenna analyzer introduced earlier this month.last_img read more

Buckeyes Beat Up By #2 Michigan State 91-76 in East Lansing

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsMichigan StateOhio State Matt Loedecenter_img It was not a pretty day for the Buckeyes in Easy Lansing, as Michigan State beat up Ohio State 91-76, dropping the Buckeyes Men’s team to 19-12 overall on the season, 11-7 in the Big Ten.The Spartans seem to be catching fire at the right time, they are 26-5 overall and 13-5 in Big Ten play, and have won 10 of their last 11 games, good enough for the number two seed in the upcoming conference tournament.Ohio State had no answer for Denzel Valentine, who put in 27 points and also had a career high 13 assists in the win. Junior forward Marc Loving led the Buckeyes with 21 points in the loss, eight points over his season average. Michigan State was lights out from the field, shooting 66 percent in the win (34-for-51).JaQuan Lyle had 18 points and Kam Williams added 15 in the setback for Ohio State, who has played better, winning five of their last seven, with both losses against Michigan State.When asked if the Buckeyes have to win four games in Indianapolis to get in the NCAA tournament, Buckeyes coach Thad Matta was simple in his reply.“I haven’t thought that far ahead,” he said.last_img read more

Pesawat Kepresidenan RI Bercat Biru Langit, Inilah Alasannya

first_imgNah, mungkin sebagian dari Anda bingung, “Mengapa pesawat kepresidenan RI didominasi oleh warna biru langit? Mengapa tidak warna merah putih seperti bendera Indonesia?”Jawabannya adalah terkait masalah keamanan penerbangan. Mantan Menteri Sekretaris Negara Sudi Silalahi mengungkapkan warna biru sebagai bentuk penyamaran dari ancaman. Karena alasan keamanan, lanjutnya, maka pesawat itu diberikan warna biru, yang tidak dimiliki pesawat penerbangan komersial lain. Ditambah fakta lain, pesawat kepresidenan RI ini dioperasikan oleh TNI Angkatan Udara, dan untuk masalah perawatan, pesawat kepresidenan ini sendiri diserahkan kepada Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF).Pada awalnya, pesawat kepresidenan Indonesia ini menggunakan pesawat Ilyushin Il-18 yang merupakan pemberian dari Pemerintah Uni Soviet pada jaman kepemimpinan Presiden Ir. Soekarno. Kala itu, pesawat berjuluk Dolok Martimbang ini ditempatkan di Skuadron Udara 17 TNI Angkatan Udara. Selain Il-18, adapun pesawat kepresidenan lain pada masa kepemimpinan “Putra Sang Fajar” ini ada Lockheed JetStar, dan sejumlah helikopter seperti Hiller 360, Sikorsky S-61, Sikorsky S-58, dan Mil Mi-4.Selepas era kepemimpinan Presiden Ir. Soekarno, sejumlah nama-nama besar juga pernah mengantarkan Presiden untuk kunjungannya, seperti DC-10, MD-11, Boeing 737 Classic, dan Airbus A300 pada era Presiden Soeharto. Kebanyakan, pesawat kepresidenan RI ini memiliki dua jenis, satu yang digunakan untuk penerbangan dalam negeri, sedangkan satunya lagi untuk penerbangan ke luar negeri.Lalu untuk harga pesawat kepresidenan yang sekarang, dibanderol dengan harga Rp820 miliar. Pesawat Boeing 737-800 ini sendiri mampu mengangkut hingga maksimal 67 staf kepresidenan dan bisa mengudara hingga 12 jam lamanya.Layaknya di negara lain, pesawat kepresidenan RI ini dilengkapi dengan ruang rapat VVIP berkapasitas 4 orang, kamar kenegaraan (State Room) VVIP berisikan ruang tidur mewah yang dapat menampung 2 orang, 12 kursi eksekutif, dan 44 kursi staf.Baca Juga: Jejak Boeing 707 di Indonesia: Pernah Dioperasikan 4 Maskapai Hingga Jadi Pesawat KepresidenanPesawat yang menggunakan jenis mesin CFM56-7 ini mampu menembus kecepatan jelajah maksimum hingga Mach 0,785, dengan jangkauan jelajah maksimum mencapai 4.620 Nm atau yang setara dengan 8.556km.Jika menilik segi keamanannya, pesawat kepresidenan RI dilengkapi dengan perangkat anti serangan rudal dan sensor pendeteksi panas. Jika suatu saat ada rudal yang mengarah ke si pesawat, maka pesawat ini bisa langsung mendeteksinya dan lalu menghindar.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedUntung Rugi Narrowbody vs Widebody untuk Pesawat Kepresidenan Indonesia29/02/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”Pentagon Umumkan Desain “Air Force One” Terbaru, Identik dengan Maskapai Trump Shuttle12/02/2020In “Featured”Semburan “Water Salute,” Penanda Tibanya Penerbangan Perdana25/05/2018In “Bandara” Sumber: istimewa Tidak setiap negara lho mempunyai pesawat kepresidenan, dan Indonesia beruntung menjadi salah satu negara yang sudah mempunyai pesawat kepresidenan. Nah, pesawat kepresidenan Indonesia sendiri menggunakan pesawat jenis Boeing 737-800NG yang sudah mulai dirakit dan dimodifikasi sejak tahun 2011 lalu. Pesawat kepresidenan RI ini dibuat dari varian Boeing Business Jet 2.Baca Juga: [Foto] Intip Mewahnya ‘Istana Terbang’ Presiden Rusia, Vladimir PutinSebagaimana yang dirangkum dari berbagai laman sumber, pesawat ini sendiri rampung pada tahun 2014 dan pertama kali mendarat di Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma pada 10 April 2014. Pesawat dengan tanda panggil Indonesia One dan berkode registrasi RI-001 ini dimiliki oleh Sekretariat Negara Republik Indonesia.last_img read more