first_imgStock image.NEW YORK — Attorney General Letitia James has issued a warning about new, recently reported scams using New Yorkers’ personal information to file fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits.“We must remain vigilant about potential scams and ensure residents remain alert,” James said. “During these uncertain times, unemployment benefits are a safety net for many individuals and families who have lost their jobs. To exploit the use of these funds and overload a system that is already processing unprecedented numbers of claims per day is as shameful as it is illegal. My office remains committed to holding accountable anyone who violates the law, and I continue to encourage the public to report suspected scams to my office.”State officials have received recent reports of scammers having access to detailed databases with Personally Identifiable Information (P.I.I.). Armed with P.I.I., scammers have sought out cooperation from “mules” who are used as intermediaries for filing claims online seeking benefits, exploiting the avalanche of legitimate claims that have hit the New York State Department of Labor due to the COVID-19 crisis.Individuals who have been contacted by the NYS Department of Labor about unemployment benefits they did not apply for must be aware of the possibility of identity theft. Attorney General James highlights the following tips for New Yorkers to protect themselves from these scams:Be suspicious of anyone who calls you over the phone seeking money or personal information. If you owe money, you will receive a legitimate notice in writing that identifies the agency and the reason you owe money.Do not give out personal and sensitive information, including your Social Security number and bank account information, to individuals over the phone. In addition, ensure to independently verify the authenticity of the caller.Victims of unemployment benefits fraud should report any incidents to their employer and to the NYS Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Program. Victims can also file a complaint online with the Office of the Attorney General or call 1-800-771-7755.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

first_imgHigher education in America was once a luxury for the privileged. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln changed that when he signed the Morrill Act, which established the nation’s land-grant universities and opened doors of higher education to more Americans. The act directed funding to agriculture, engineering and mechanical arts education, helping build the infrastructure that has kept us strong and helps feed the world today. This year we mark the 150th anniversary of the land-grant university system. We celebrate the advances the act provided. Today the U.S. has a safe, secure food supply, a well-educated population, vibrant centers of innovation and discovery, and hands-on local education enriches citizens’ lives.The act also helped grow a dynamic, successful middle class in America that is the backbone of our society, workforce and future.New challenges aheadEveryday we face new challenges. The population is growing, but available land to grow food is not. Our environment is suffering, and ways to protect it must be found. America is slipping behind the world in science education, and higher education must be openly available now more than ever for us to compete. The act embraced by President Lincoln 150 years ago is more important today than the day it was signed. When delivering the Justin Morrill Lecture last week at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities conference, Kenneth G. Cassman, professor of agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, outlined the perfect storm of problems that lies ahead. He contended that rising fuel and food costs reduces spendable income, which causes education levels to decrease and birth rates to rise, creating a cycle that threatens our ability to feed people. Solutions to many of these challenges will be found in the classrooms, labs and programs of land-grant universities.At the University of Georgia, we are breeding better crops that can produce higher yields with less water and less environmental impact. We are working to find a dependable supply of bio-based fuels to help solve our energy problems. And we are discovering ways to produce food using fewer chemicals and fertilizers.The legacy and the futureThe legacy of the Morrill Act is evident across generations of American families and the landscape of our agricultural promise. Our system is the envy of many. Struggling countries often look squarely to our land-grant system as the solution to the problems that plague them. From Eastern Europe to Africa and Afghanistan, we’ve helped introduce the public educational system to promote a brighter future for us all. We must now greet the next 150 years with the same vigor and dedication we gave the past 150 years. It requires renewed commitment to reliable funding, sound policy and partnerships that got us this far. While today’s problems are more complex, so are the tools and technologies available to solve them. As we celebrate our successful past and remember the wisdom of President Lincoln, we will keep our sights set on developing the new innovations that will ensure a food-secure future. (J. Scott Angle is dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and chairman of the APLU Board on Agriculture Assembly.)last_img read more

first_imgFirst there was Herschel, then Brooks, and now there is Mary Ethel.Mary Ethel Creswell, the calf, was born one month ago at the University of Georgia’s Teaching Dairy on Georgia Highway 78, east of the university’s Athens campus. She is the first granddaughter born in UGA’s fledgling Jersey dairy herd and has already stolen the hearts of thousands of online followers.“We had a naming survey on our social media page for the UGA Dairy Science Club after she was born, and we got more than 100 suggestions,” said Jillian Bohlen, an assistant professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Animal and Dairy Science.Mary Ethel’s mother and grandmother were both named after noteworthy people who were involved with UGA. Suggestions for the new calf’s name included Abe, in honor of UGA’s first president, Abraham Baldwin; Tate, in honor of UGA’s former dean of men William Tate; and Bee, in honor of former Georgia Gov. and Sen. Richard B. Russell Jr.“We decided to go for a strong female representative of the University of Georgia,” Bohlen said. “Mary Ethel Creswell was not only the first dean of the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), she was also the first woman to graduate from UGA with a bachelor’s degree.”The name is especially fitting in 2018 because FACS celebrates its centennial this year.Mary Ethel is special, not just because of her groundbreaking namesake, but because she represents a milestone for the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, Bohlen explained.In 2014, CAES alumnus C.A. Russell, who owns the 2,300-head Yosemite Dairy in Hilmar, California, donated six well-pedigreed, 9-month-old Jersey heifers to the UGA Teaching Dairy. They were the first Jersey cows at the dairy in four decades.Jerseys are smaller and produce less milk than Holsteins, but they are known for producing creamier milk with more milk fat, which is perfect for making cheese, butter and ice cream.The golden-brown cows are also just fun to work with, Bohlen said.“Jerseys have a unique personality all their own,” she said. “Their small size doesn’t keep them from having a big personality. They are generally more social and inquisitive than other dairy breeds. By inquisitive, I mean nosy; they are into everything.”A student herd management team — known as Jersey Active Management by Students (JAMS) — took the lead on the breeding, care and sales decisions regarding the six heifers and their offspring. So far the herd has produced seven calves.Any proceeds that come from the prize heifer’s offspring will go back into the dairy, which helps to support the college’s philosophy of hands-on learning.For more information about the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at UGA, visit www.ads.uga.edu. To find out more about the CAES Dairy Science Club, visit www.facebook.com/ugadairyscienceclub.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Energy major Total said on Thursday it had launched a project to construct the largest battery storage facility in France which could help boost the growth of intermittent renewable power in the French energy mix.The 25-megawatt (MW) capacity battery power storage facility in Dunkirk, northern France, will be used to provide fast power reserve services to support the stability of the French electricity grid, the company said.Total, like other oil majors, is expanding its foothold in the renewables energy sector. It plans to invest around US$2 billion annually to grow its low carbon business and increase its renewable energy generation capacity to 25 gigawatts by 2025 from around 6 GW by the end of 2020.Total said the storage facility is scheduled to be commissioned later this year. The system, in which it will invest around 15 million euros (US$16.92 million), will be developed by Total’s battery subsidiary Saft.Battery power storage is expected to grow as the intermittent supply from renewable energies like solar and wind increases, pushing grid operators to have more power reserves on standby.France’s grid operator RTE, launched a separate project in January to test the integration of battery storage to the grid. RTE said the project, called Ringo, in which Total’s Saft will also participate in, will add three battery storage facilities to the grid with a total capacity of around 32 MW.[Bate Felix]More: Total says to build France’s biggest battery power storage project Oil major Total to build largest battery storage unit in Francelast_img read more

first_img continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The opportunity for credit unions to give better financial guidance to members is hidden in a deep “data ocean”by: Nate WentzlaffCredit unions store massive amounts of data on detailed aspects of members’ lives.  Spending trends, loans, investments and savings are just some examples of data being collected by credit unions.  This data is always changing as members move through their financial lifecycle.  From prospective college students preparing for their first semester to retirees, credit unions have a wide range of membership.  Educating members according to their current lifecycle stage is crucial to developing deeper relationships.  By utilizing data analytics solutions, credit unions are now better equipped to provide education that is tailored to each member’s unique financial situation.Member-Centric Data ModelThe amount of data residing within credit unions is growing exponentially.  With a massive “data ocean” stored throughout various source systems, credit unions must be purposeful when integrating these systems to discover information about their members.  All data integration should be on a member-centric model.  Designing a data warehouse with the member as its centerpiece is critical for the development of data analytics solutions.  Every data model must be built with one object as its main focus, for credit unions, this object is the member.   A data model built around the member will provide opportunities for financial education that is focused on the individual.   A member’s relationship with their credit union is more delicate than ever.  With an abundance of financial product alternatives, developing and maintaining relationships with members is essential for the future of the credit union industry.  The member-centric data model is the foundation for credit union data analytics.Personal Financial Management (PFM) Once data analytics solutions have been built from a member-centric data model, financial education apps can be developed to form a PFM tool.  Currently, members (especially younger ones) are reluctant to attend classes or presentations at physical locations.  The new style of education is online and mobile.  As members utilize this PFM tool, they will develop a habit of utilizing it when making financial decisions.  By providing guidance based on members’ current data, credit unions will be able to guide them in financial decision-making.  Also, marketing campaigns (webinars, training sessions, articles, etc.) can be strategically focused on members based on the current stage of their financial journey.  Sending a retiree the latest student loan webinar will not be an effective use of marketing resources and results in a damaged relationship with that member.  With member-centric data analytics solutions and a PFM tool, credit unions can further customize their educational guidance to each member.  The ability to track financial data is desired by most members.  They want to know what is going on in their financial situation on a daily basis.  Allowing members to navigate, with their credit union as a co-pilot, is a powerful capability for credit unions willing to invest in data analytics solutions.last_img read more

first_imgIt is interesting to point out that this project is the first in Croatia whose Study of the Impact on World Heritage, Dubravko Bačić from the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, was confirmed by UNESCO. The plan was made by the architectural studio 3LHD, by the Dubrovnik architect Marko Dabrović. The planned spatial plan included a hotel complex that was to have 600 beds, a garage with 500 parking spaces, a congress and concert hall. But Viktor Vekselberg opted for a five times smaller hotel complex with 210 beds in the hotel and 60 in the villas. A hotel of this status has the potential to make Dubrovnik the host of the highest economic and state gatherings. Youtube: Vilin Studios At this year’s session of the Dubrovnik City Council, the mentioned changes to the planning solutions of the complex should be adopted. Namely, if the City Council adopts new spatial documents in the next year, all the needs of the permit will be issued and the demolition of the existing hotel and the construction of a new one will begin.center_img The dilapidated building of the Dubrovnik Hotel Belvedere should soon, it seems, be demolished. In his place, the Russian rich man Viktor Vekselberg plans to build a much smaller but extremely exclusive hotel. It is a project in which he is ready to invest between 120 and 150 million euros, and the hotel could have as many as 7 stars. Photo: imgur / ionizationlast_img read more

first_imgTopics : China revoked the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal reporters, in a rare move punishing multiple journalists at a single news organization over an opinion piece.The government made the decision after it said the Journal refused to apologize for a “racially discriminatory” op-ed, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing on Wednesday. Foreign journalists need press passes issued by the foreign ministry to qualify for visas to report in the country.The Wall Street Journal reported that the three were Deputy Bureau Chief Josh Chin and reporters Chao Deng and Philip Wen. Chin and Deng are both US nationals, while Wen is an Australian citizen. “The editors used such a racially discriminatory title, triggering indignation and condemnation among the Chinese people and the international community,” Geng told reporters in an online press conference. “China demands the WSJ recognize the severity of its mistake, make an official apology and hold the persons involved accountable.”China expelled a Wall Street Journal reporter last August after the paper published a report detailing allegations that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s cousin was involved in gambling and potential money-laundering in Australia.The US this week designated five Chinese state media companies as “foreign missions,” a decision that reflects the Trump administration’s view that Xi’s Communist Party is imposing increasingly draconian government-control over news services, senior State Department officials said. The designation requires the outlets to adhere to requirements similar to those imposed on embassies and consulates in the USUS puts restrictions on five Chinese state media outlets“China and the US, and a number of Washington’s allies, aren’t just decoupling parts of their economy,” said McGregor, of the Lowy Institute. “With decisions like these, they are entering parallel news and information universes.”China’s foreign ministry denounced the US designation on Wednesday, saying the country’s media outlets helped promote understanding and adding that Beijing would “reserve the right” to retaliate. “We urge the US to discard its ideological prejudice and Cold War zero-sum-game mentality, and stop ill-advised measures that undermine bilateral trust and cooperation,” Geng said.center_img “This marks a new low in relations between China and the foreign press, and says a lot about Beijing’s broader antipathy to the West,” said Richard McGregor, a former Financial Times bureau chief in Beijing who’s now a senior fellow at the Lowy Institute. “Beijing is looking to lash out at its critics. Once it has gotten over the coronavirus crisis, expect to see more such measures.”While China has declined to approve press credentials for foreign journalists before, it’s rare for authorities to punish three reporters at once from the same news organization. It also sets a worrying new precedent for news outlets with staff in China as the article was written by an author based in the US who wrote opinions, which are generally removed from news-gathering operations.The Feb. 3 article described China as the “sick man of Asia,” a phrase often used by 19th century European powers to describe the weakened state of the Qing Empire, which then governed China. A representative for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing didn’t immediately reply to an email requesting comment.The op-ed ran as China began battling the deadly coronavirus, which has now claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people and delivered a massive setback to the world’s second-biggest economy. The government has described the virus as a threat to “social stability” in China and tightened restrictions on online expression.last_img read more

first_img“The government will remain consistent with the PSBB policy, but the COVID-19 task force will have broader authority,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency head Doni Monardo told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He added that the expanded authority would include ease of access to human resources, equipment and logistics mobilization, immigration, customs and quarantine, permits, goods and services procurement, rescue, sector and agency command and money and goods management and accountability.Achmad Yurianto, the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19-related matters, told the Post on Tuesday that the declaration of a national emergency would not result in a shift of policy, adding that the government would strengthen its existing measures instead.As of Monday, the pneumonia-like illness had infected 4,557 people in Indonesia and killed 399, with 380 recovering from the disease. Jakarta has become the epicenter of the outbreak, recording 2,186 cases with 204 fatalities and 142 recoveries. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has declared the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia a “non-natural national disaster” in a Presidential Decree.“[This decree] declares the non-natural disaster caused by the spread of COVID-19 a national disaster,” states the decree, which was issued on Monday.The decree also states that efforts to mitigate the outbreak are to be led by the COVID-19 Task Force with the cooperation of regional administrations, ministries and national agencies. “Governor, regents and mayors, as the leaders of the COVID-19 task force [in their respective regions], have to mind the central government’s policies when making any policy,” states the decree.Some regions with a high number of cases have declared large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). They are Jakarta; the municipalities of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi; Bogor and Bekasi regencies; the municipalities of Tangerang and South Tangerang; and Tangerang regency and Pekanbaru municipality.Nationally, the government has advised the public to stay at home and maintain distance in social interactions.Passengers wait for a commuter train to arrive at Depok station in West Java on Monday, April 13. Under the large-scale social restrictions (PSSB) policy, the commuter train has limited its operational hours. (JP/PJ Leo)center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgJapanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed long-term towage agreements with Kotug Smit Towage (KotugSmit) effective early 2017.As disclosed, the agreements cover MOL’s container, tanker, dry-bulk and car carrier divisions, and relate to the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, London and Southampton. “With this strategic partnership, both organizations aim to boost their operational performance by benefiting from smart collaboration and sharing operational knowledge and valuable information,” a joint press statement said.“This partnership embodies many years of mutual trust and shared values in terms of loyalty, commitment and goodwill. The strong relationship between both our organizations at all levels, from global headquarters, across different divisions to the operational levels in local ports, resulted in a good dialogue about optimization of operational performance and efficiency,” Masao Fukushima, Chief Executive Representative, Europe and Africa of MOL said. “This partnership with MOL underlines our principle, believing that harbor towage is about professional cooperation between all people involved,” KotugSmit’s CEO René Raaijmakers commented.KotugSmit was established in April 2016 through the merger of the European harbour towage activities of KOTUG International and Smit, a daughter company of Boskalis, setting as their focus the European markets. The company’s fleet features 64 tugs.last_img read more