Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Nassau and Suffolk Counties as a Nor’easter began its onslaught on Long Island Friday afternoon, dumping snow and rain across the Island.Declaring a state of emergency allows the state to better aid local governments hit harder than others. The declaration also includes Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland and Westchester.The governor and other agencies throughout the day warned drivers to get off the roads as soon as possible and to make way for public work crews to clear snow-covered roadways.Traffic was moving at a snail-like pace on some roadways, including the Northern State Parkway where drivers pulled over to clear snow off their cars. Some cars had veered off the road and into trees while other drivers tried unsuccessfully to get their cars out of heavy packs of snow.Nassau County police reported Friday night that Route 135 is closed in both directions at exit 14 and that the southbound ramp is also closed from the Long Island Expressway due to snow.“As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors,” Cuomo said. “To ensure an effective and rapid response to this winter storm, I am declaring a state of emergency for counties in the lower Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island so resources can get to communities where they are needed as quickly as possible.”The storm, which was expected to wallop most of the Northeast, led to nearly 5,000 flight cancellations, including more than 2,300 flights locally.John F. Kennedy Airport said it would cease operations at 6:30 p.m., the governor’s office said. LaGuardia was to suspend most flight operations at 4 p.m.The Long Island Rail Road was operating without any delays on most of its branches, reporting minimal disruptions due to storm conditions.The railroad notified officials that it will suspend service if snow accumulation reaches 10 to 13 inches.In preparation for the storm, the New York State Department of Transportation prepared hundreds of plow trucks to hit the roads. The state also has more than 470,000 tons of salt on hand to treat roads before and during the storm.The state also deployed extra New York State Troopers to Long Island to assist local police with their response efforts.The National Weather Service said the worst is yet to come and that the storm is expected to intensify at 9 p.m. All of Long Island remains under a blizzard warning until 1 p.m. Saturday.As of 6:30 p.m. the Long Island Power Authority, which ceased storm response operations to National Grid during the storm, reported that more than 5,000 customers were without power.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was shot and wounded in Lakeview on Monday evening, Nassau County police said.The 32-year-old victim suffered a gunshot wound to the arm on Lakefield Road at 5:45 p.m., police said.The victim is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.Police have neither made any arrests nor released a description of the suspect.Fourth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.
by: Marguerite ArnoldWashington State based O Bee Credit Union – founded in 1955 to serve commercial accounts and private customers in the beer industry – has recently opened its doors to the cannabis industry. It currently has about 30 cannabis-related clients who deposit as much as $25,000 weekly, according to the credit union.Federal law still creates large risks for this kind of business and as a result, the board of O Bee was initially against the idea of serving commercial cannabis accounts. That said, last September, the credit union finally approved a plan to work with the industry and opened doors to commercial marijuana clients.“The opportunities inherent in serving a blossoming industry like the cannabis industry are there for any institution to see, and the early movers will benefit the most,” said Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. “I’m sure O Bee’s experience working with another highly regulated industry gives them some insight and confidence in making what will be a smart business decision.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) Wednesday issued a statement emphasizing the benefits of using a standardized approach to assess and improve cybersecurity preparedness. Adopting this approach allows institutions to better track progress over time and share best practices with other institutions and regulators.According to the FFIEC, ”institutions may choose from a variety of standardized tools aligned with industry standards and best practices to assess their cybersecurity preparedness.”These tools include:FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment Tool, which provides a measurable and repeatable process for financial institutions to measure preparedness over time;National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework, a voluntary framework of standards, guidelines and best practices to manage cybersecurity-related risk; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York H2 Empower, a non-profit organization, and the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington are collaborating on a one-time fundraiser this weekend that will include a film screening, traditional Ethiopian snacks and the opportunity to purchase authentic, handmade jewelry for a good cause.The event centers around the screening of Director Yared Zeleke’s debut film, Lamb, which appeared at the Cannes Film Festival in France in 2015. The film follows a motherless boy sent away by his father to live with relatives in rural Ethiopia. Things take a turn when the boy’s uncle suggests his beloved sheep be sacrificed, forcing the boy to act in order to save the animal’s life. Lamb was the first Ethiopian film ever selected at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, according to CNN. In an interview with the news network when the film debuted, Zeleke said Ethiopia’s non-existent film industry makes it difficult for nascent filmmakers to get projects off theground.RELATED: Do This – Long Island Concert and Event Calendar, Jan. 5-11“There are so many difficulties facing young filmmakers in Ethiopia today,” he said. “There aren’t proper support systems in the country. We have to work on that, and I hope Lamb will open the minds and hearts of all Ethiopians to nurture real storytelling and cinema in this country.” While bringing much-needed attention to the film is one of H2 Empower’s goals, the non-profit is also continuing the work it’s been doing for more than a dozen years in struggling African nations. Proceeds will help the organization provide girls access to high-quality education. Included in the ticket price is a reception with Ethiopian coffee and snacks, handmade Ethiopian jewelry and scarves, plus a speaker as well as a fundraiser for education for girls in Ethiopia. Come and celebrate this phenomenal film and this magical land and culture! Lamb and Ethiopian coffee?! A no-brainer! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15-$20. 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8.
At the urging of Wall Street lobbyists, Congress passed a bill, S.2155, that loosens many financial reform rules established for banks after their recklessness tanked our economy a decade ago. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Among its many provisions, the bill removes enhanced supervision of companies with between $50 billion and $250 billion in assets. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said this will increase the chance of a taxpayer-funded bank bailout.The bill makes it easier for mortgage companies to sell dangerous adjustable-rate mortgages without properly verifying a borrower’s ability to repay. It also makes appraisal fraud and discrimination against black and Latino borrowers more likely.The president has already signed the bill into law.However, constituents of Rep. Paul Tonko can be proud of him for doing the right thing by voting against this bill and for being part of a bulwark against additional attacks on Americans’ personal financial security.Ellie PepperSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop
Rev. David M. Patterson, 84, of Aurora, IN, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, IN.He was born Thursday, December 29, 1932 in Vincennes, Indiana, son of the late Robert W. Patterson and the late Katherine Dutton Patterson. He served his Country as a member of the Indiana National Guard.Rev. Patterson was a graduate of Hanover College and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He faithfully served the Lord as a pastor for many years. He was a pastor at the Beecher Presbyterian Church for 8 years, Sullivan First Presbyterian Church for 11 years and the Aurora First Presbyterian Church for 20 years. He was a member of the Aurora Lions Club and a Rotary member, serving as former president of 3 clubs, Ellsworth, KS., Aurora, IN and Sullivan, IN. Rev. Patterson was also on the Community Mental Health Center Board of Directors for 29 years; the Dearborn and Ohio Counties Salvation Army Board of Directors; a Greater Cincinnati Airport Ambassador Volunteer for 10 years and also the Sons of the American Revolution; the George Rogers Clark Chapter. Rev. Patterson is an icon in the community. His mark has been left on many lives within his family, friends, and church families. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.Surviving are children, Douglas M. (Julie) Patterson of Aurora, IN, Mary Ann Patterson of Lawrenceburg, IN; Brother, John J. Patterson of Vincennes, IN; grandchildren, Brett M Jackson, Nicholas L Jackson and Michelle Jackson.He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Jean Patterson.Friends will be received from 4:00 – 8:00 pm Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Beecher Presbyterian Church, 229 Short Street, Lawrenceburg, IN.Services will be held at Beecher Presbyterian Church,Tuesday at 11:00 with Pastor Bob Northcutt officiating.Interment will be in the Upper Indiana Cemetery, Vincennes, IN.Contributions may be made to the Beecher Presbyterian Church. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Washington D.C.—In celebration of Financial Literacy Month in April, the National Consumers League (NCL) has announced the 33 state champion teams that have earned a spot at the 2018 National LifeSmarts Championship, which will take place starting later this month in San Diego, California. The event will kick off Saturday, April 21, at 5 pm at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa.LifeSmarts (LifeSmarts.org) is a national consumer literacy scholarship competition, celebrating its 24th season this year, hosted by NCL, the nation’s oldest consumer watchdog organization. The 2018 National LifeSmarts Champion team will be crowned on Tuesday, April 24.LifeSmarts is a competitive educational and scholarship program, in which teams of students begin online. Top-scorers progress to their state competitions, and then state champion teams meet each April to compete in the National LifeSmarts Championship. This year’s state champion teams hail from as far away as from Portland, Maine, and from as nearby as Los Angeles.Consumer-savvy teens representing 30 states, the District of Columbia, and two wild card teams, will compete at this year’s national event. Throughout the 2017-2018 program year, more than 100,000 teens competed online for a chance to represent their states at the 2018 National LifeSmarts Championship. Players answered more than 3 million consumer questions in the online competition.“We are so proud of this year’s state LifeSmarts champions, who have proven themselves to be the best and the brightest of the next generation of consumers,” said Sally Greenberg, NCL executive director. “LifeSmarts is fun, engaging, and the perfect vehicle for educating young consumers. Our program goes in-depth on the issues kids—and adults—are facing now: finances, health care, the environment, and technology.”The 2018 National LifeSmarts Champion and other winning teams will walk away with prizes and scholarships. In addition to placing as a team, individual students have the opportunity to compete for scholarships by demonstrating knowledge in specific program topic areas. The top eight placing teams and top five individuals are recognized.This season, LifeSmarts celebrated “The Year of Health and Safety,” focusing on health-related resources, learning activities, and special competitive opportunities, underwritten by a grant from Johnson & Johnson. This season, LifeSmarts unveiled the LifeSmarts OTC Medicine Safety Mentoring Project as a community service opportunity for its high school student participants to become mentors for middle school students on the wise use and safe storage of over-the- counter medicines. At the national event, NCL will award scholarships to winning participants from the Mentoring Project.NCL thanks the sponsors who make the program possible including Johnson & Johnson, Comcast NBCUniversal, UL, Western Union, American Express, Experian, and Intuit.Follow the competition onlineParents and teachers can follow the action at Facebook.com/LifeSmarts and via Twitter: #LifeSmartsThe semi-final and final competition matches will be streamed live at LifeSmarts.org, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 starting at 9 a.m. Pacific Time2018 LifeSmarts State ChampionsAlabama (Tuscaloosa): Central High School, Coach: Roslyn EvansArizona (Flagstaff): Flagstaff Home Educators, Coach: Christina BlanchardCalifornia (Los Angeles): Lincoln High School, Coach: Wendy EstradaColorado (Colorado Springs): Vista Ridge High School, Coach: Sahvanna MeaseConnecticut (Waterbury): Crosby High School, Coach: Kelly DonohueDelaware (Wilmington): Salesianum School, Coach: George HornDistrict of Columbia: McKinley Technology High School, Coach: Sarah ElwellFlorida (Jacksonville): Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Coach: Melissa DeckerGeorgia (Douglasville): Douglas County 4-H, Coach: Rose SmithHawaii (Honolulu): Iolani School, Coach: James RubaschIllinois (West Chicago): West Chicago High School, Coach: Don ZabelinIndiana (Brookville): Franklin County High School, Coach: Diana SlavenKansas (Wichita): Maize South High School, Coach: Jean ConklingLouisiana (Lafayette): Acadiana High School, Coach: Stephanie BennettMaine (Portland): Wayneflete School, Coach: Steve WithersMassachusetts (Milton): Milton High School, Coach: Paul ArenburgMichigan (Fenton): Fenton High School, Coach: Bruce BurwitzMinnesota (Lake Crystal): Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Secondary School, Coach: Michelle MisslingMissouri (Jefferson City): Blair Oaks High School, Coach: Linda CumptonNew Hampshire (Canaan): Mascoma Valley Regional High School, Coach: Shawn JoyceNorth Carolina (Morehead City): West Carteret High School, Coach: Mark ThompsonNorth Dakota (Jamestown): Jamestown High School, Coach: Marchel KriegerOklahoma (Pryor): Pryor High School, Coach: Sharon RashPennsylvania (Dallas): Dallas High School, Coach: Kevin WestRhode Island (Barrington): Barrington High School, Coach: Samuel SchachterTexas (Mesquite): John Horn High School, Coach: Brenda BreedloveVirginia (Fredericksburg): Massaponax High School, Coach: Ginger WaltersWashington (Olympia): Capital High School, Coach: Katie TurcotteWest Virginia (Ellenboro): Ritchie County High School, Coach: Sonya HaughtWisconsin (Oconto): Oconto High School, Coach: Scot NeuWyoming (Buffalo): Buffalo High School, Coach: Kami Kennedy Qualified for the LifeSmarts National Championship through the Automatic Bid process:Wild Card: #1: Liberty County 4-H, Hinesville, Georgia, Coach: Gypsy TartWild Card: #2, Walker County 4-H, LaFayette, Georgia, Coach: Casey Hobbs
John O’Shea snatched a potentially priceless point for Sunderland as they held Stoke to a 1-1 draw despite seeing Craig Gardner sent off after only 34 minutes. Neither side had managed a shot on goal before Walters put the visitors in front in the ninth minute. Walters’ header from Adam’s corner was blocked by Danny Graham on the line but the Republic of Ireland international reacted quickest to power the loose ball home via the underside of the bar. Adam Johnson was Sunderland’s best attacking outlet but he was struggling for support. Sunderland’s task became even harder when Adam’s charge down the right flank was ended by a dangerous studs-up challenge from Gardner, but Stoke did not overdo attempts to punish their opponents’ numerical disadvantage. Johnson went close to producing an equaliser with a free-kick just prior to the break but it squirmed wide and O’Shea almost got on the scoresheet on the hour, prodding goalwards only to see Dean Whitehead block on the line. And the captain went one better two minutes later, popping up at the far post to side-foot Seb Larsson’s corner over the line after Whitehead failed to get a solid connection. Remarkably Sunderland’s 10 men did not appear to tire and Danny Rose was inches away from putting them ahead in the 80th minute with a skidding attempt that struck the the post. Steven Nzonzi went closest to winning it for the visitors, hooking a shot over with his back to goal. Defeat at the Stadium of Light would have left the Black Cats in a perilous situation just above the relegation zone but, having gone behind to Jonathan Walters’ early effort, they showed great heart in the second half and deserved to see O’Shea prod home a 63rd-minute corner. Gardner can take little credit for the result, though, and his red card for a dangerous challenge on Charlie Adam was fully warranted. Press Association
Louis van Gaal has warned Manchester United they still have much work to do before they secure Champions League qualification. Van Persie candidly admitted on Monday that he had under-performed this season. But he looked like his old self for long periods on Saturday and h is goal was out of the top drawer. Van Persie watched Daley Blind’s pass float over his left shoulder before he stabbed the ball past Mark Schwarzer first time with his right boot. Replays showed the striker was lucky the goal was allowed to stand, though, as he was marginally offside. Van Gaal felt for his opposite number Nigel Pearson, and admitted such errors will only be stopped if more technology is introduced into the game. “I think also it was offside but it always happens in games that the referee or a linesman are not in a good shape at that moment but you cannot avoid that,” Van Gaal said. “You need modern techniques always and when you don’t use them in this modern time it shall happen every game.” While United have City in their sights, it is a completely different story for Leicester, who remain rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League. The Foxes are three points from safety but defender Ritchie De Laet is still confident his team will not be relegated. “The United game was a bonus game, no one was expecting us to take anything from it,” said De Laet, who left United for Leicester three years ago. “But our confidence is still high. “I think we can get out of it. You just have to look at the last five performances. We have had three wins out of them so we know we can give teams a good game. “We still have everyone to play around us and those are the important games.” Van Gaal, meanwhile, has told Adnan Januzaj he must show him why he deserves to be a regular in the United starting XI. Saturday was the first time Januzaj had started successive games for the club since the first week of November. Van Gaal has told the 19-year-old, who is reported to have attracted interest from Paris St Germain, he faces tough competition to play at Old Trafford on a regular basis. “He has a lot of talent but you have to perform that talent in the matches and in training,” Van Gaal said. “The competition is high and also that’s difficult to manage for players. “I’m looking every week and every day the players have to show it. “I’ve said to players, I’ve said to Falcao, I’ve said to (Juan) Mata and I’ve said to Januzaj.” Van Gaal said the fact that David Moyes handed Januzaj a lucrative contract during his first season in the senior side proved the midfielder is good enough for a club of United’s stature. The Dutchman also revealed that another young prospect, Paddy McNair has signed a contract extension. “The former manager (Moyes) has chosen him to play (Januzaj) from out of the youth and he had an extension of his contract, so then you know that he is a Manchester United player,” Van Gaal said. “Paddy McNair, now, is coming from out of the youth, he has extended his contract, so he is a Manchester United player.” The win lifted Van Gaal’s team to within five points of second-place Manchester City and also went some way to appeasing the fans who watched their team play out an uninspiring 0-0 draw at Cambridge last week. But Van Gaal reminded his players following the win that the season is far from over. “No, because (only) at the end of the league matches we divide the titles and not at this moment,” the United boss said when asked if he could sense Champions League qualification was getting closer for his men. United have a winnable set of fixtures coming up against West Ham, Burnley, Swansea, Sunderland and Newcastle. But Van Gaal is aware he still has to travel to Liverpool and Chelsea in the last third of the season and he believes the fight for a top-four finish will go right down to the wire. “It shall be a big battle to the end,” Van Gaal told MUTV. “That is a big battle. West Ham has lost (to Liverpool on Saturday). “One competitor shall lose.” United returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Leicester at Old Trafford. Robin van Persie put United ahead with a sublime finish and Radamel Falcao added his fourth for the club before Wes Morgan’s own goal helped United avenge their embarrassing 5-3 reverse at the King Power Stadium last September. Press Association