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_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_imgThe proposed meeting of the U.S. president and the dictator of North Korea, which has never happened before, and for good reason, will result in a total lack of credibility from here on out to the resolve of the United States to act on behalf of its interests and allies. Trump has said repeatedly that if North Korea tries anything, the United States will crush them with fire and fury. On the floor of the United Nations, in front of the whole world, Trump said he would wipe North Korea off the face of the Earth. A very strong stance, but was it just bluster? North Korea offers a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders, and Trump jumps at the chance, “Tell them I’ll do it, I accept.” Now, North Korea and the world know Trump was just bluffing. It was all bravado. So in the next world crisis, for example if Russia invades Ukraine, and the United States says, “You had better stop or else,” the United States will be seen as a paper tiger. Henry MoltSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s BHP, formerly known as BHP Billiton, has entered into a new gas supply agreement with its compatriot AGL Energy for the supply of natural gas from BHP’s Gippsland Basin, off Victoria. AGL said on Thursday that the gas supply agreement with BHP Billiton Petroleum (Bass Strait) was for 78 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas from the Gippsland Basin, Victoria.The GSA is for a period of 3.25 years, starting in April 2020, and it will support AGL’s continued supply of its New South Wales and Victorian gas customers, the company said.BHP, along with its JV partner and operator ExxonMobil, has produced oil and gas from Bass Strait over the past 40 years. The Bass Strait operations are located between 25 and 80 kilometers off the southeastern coast of Australia.According to ExxonMobil, there are now 23 offshore platforms and installations in Bass Strait which feed a network of 600km of underwater pipelines.More recently, the Kipper gas field under the Kipper Unit Joint Venture (operated by Esso Australia) has brought online additional gas and liquids production that are processed via the existing Gippsland Basin Joint Venture facilities.The Kipper Tuna Turrum (KTT) project encompasses three fields in Bass Strait that hold an estimated 1.6 trillion cubic feet of gas, plus 110 million barrels of oil and gas liquids.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

first_imgJose Mourinho said Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min would all start against his former club Manchester United in their Premier League return on Friday. Jose Mourinho said Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min would all start against his former club Manchester United in their Premier League return on Friday. The three-month coronavirus-enforced hiatus has arguably helped Spurs more than any other club, given the number of key players they have back from injury. But they have an uphill battle in their bid to make the Champions League. They sit seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and four behind United in fifth, which could be enough to qualify if Manchester City’s two-season European ban stands. Spurs will hand a fitness test to Giovani Lo Celso, while Jan Vertonghen will be involved even though his contract runs out on June 30. Mourinho said Lo Celso was struggling with an injury before the season was suspended in March but lockdown rules meant it could not be treated properly. “Because of the rules, his injury is not an injury in need of surgery but needed treatment and daily treatment, needed close contact with physios and fitness coaches working with him but that was not possible,” said the Spurs boss. “For about two months he was injured and he couldn’t recover from it.” Read Also: Guardiola embarrassed by treatment of black people Mourinho said the punishment was harsh and cited several high-profile misdemeanours from other players in the lockdown. “I don’t want to say much more than I don’t think he deserves a one-match ban compared with wrong behaviours at much bigger dimensions that happened during this period without any consequences,” he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Vertonghen is primed to leave Spurs but Mourinho hopes they can agree a deal for the Belgium defender to stay until the end of the campaign. Mourinho admitted it would be tough to qualify for the Champions League but he said it was a “great motivation”. “The battle for the top four would be amazing if we all started on the same number of points,” Mourinho said. “Unfortunately that is not the case.” Spurs will be without Dele Alli after the England international was handed a one-match ban for a social media post mocking coronavirus.center_img Loading…last_img read more

first_imgWisconsin football is mainly known for three things: offensive linemen, tight ends and running backs. Between one 1,000-yard rusher and one four-yards-shy-of-being-a-1,000-yard rusher, James White and Montee Ball are ready to pick up where they left off last season.Entering the much anticipated 2011 season, White and Ball present a dual threat in the backfield that only helps to fuel the expectations surrounding the talented Badger squad.As a true freshman last season, White finished as Wisconsin’s leading rusher with 1,052 yards on 156 carries. Ball didn’t really emerge until after John Clay was sidelined due to injury. With considerably more carries through the second half of the season, Ball finished with 163 carries for 996 yards – disappointingly four yards short of the 1,000-yard mark.If they’ve made one thing clear this offseason, it is the fact that they’re forgetting about last season.“I want to actually break that 1,000-yard mark instead of being four yards shy,” Ball said. “Basically we’re just forgetting about last season because you know nothing is guaranteed this season, so we need to make sure we come to each practice and work hard, harder than we did last year because we know it’s going to pay off in the long run.”One way Ball and White are helping the team work hard and make the running backs even better is by creating some friendly competition between the two of them.Rivalries always make for great games, but a friendly rivalry within the team pushes both Ball and White to be better, to fight for more carries and to ultimately move the ball down the field farther.“We’ve been saying the healthy competition that we have, that [running backs coach Thomas] Hammock keeps trusting us to have, basically that means that if [White] starts a series off and has a long break, I’m going to congratulate him, but you know I want to do even better than that when I go in, and vice versa,” Ball said. “If I have a long break, he’s going to want to have a longer one, a better one, a better move and all that stuff. It’s only going to better the team.”“I think they’re pretty good friends, but at the same time I can definitely see how important it is to them to be out there carrying the ball or catching the ball, or out there in key situations during the season that are going to come up,” Hammock said. “They have a good friendly rivalry.”In a season opener that let UW’s overall talent shine, Ball and White’s rivalry helped them show the nation why they’re one of the top running back duos in the nation.With 11 carries for 64 yards, White scored one touchdown. Ball, with one less carry, also had one less yard with a net gain of 63 yards on the night. With three rushing touchdowns and one through the air, Ball gave one of the many outstanding performances in the UNLV win. While Ball had the initial start, the two switched off throughout the game, pushing each other to do better with each carry.Individually, both Ball and White have taken strides this summer to better their games. By becoming stronger and more competitive in a personal sense, they’ve created a greater rivalry, as well.Once spring camp opened, news of Ball shedding some weight to help better his game was all over town. Ball believes he’s not only speedier at 210 pounds (down from 225), but also that he will remain the power running back that he was through his first two years.“No matter how much you weigh, you’re going to still try to play physical, you’re still going to try to play hard, you’re still going to try to play the game the right way,” Hammock said. “I think if you look at [Ball] and the way he’s practiced, he’s practicing a little more explosive, a little more powerful.”Ball also noted the small change in his play, with crisper cuts and a faster pace.“I know with losing weight, my cuts will be a lot better and I’ll have more speed and I can have a lot more carries,” Ball said. “I know that will better the team.”While Ball’s weight loss was making news, White was also revising his game.White exploded onto the scene last year as a breath of fresh air in a running back corps traditionally renowned for its power. He brought speed and a new dynamic to the Badger running game, despite the fact that he was significantly smaller than his predecessors at Wisconsin.“For me, it was strengthening my legs,” White said of his key offseason changes. “Last year, I probably didn’t run between the tackles as hard as I probably wanted to. For me, it’s getting in the squat rack and getting my legs even stronger than before to help my running game, pass blocking and my cuts.”With their personal changes in tow, the duo are mainly attempting to better the team, while simultaneously fighting for that No. 1 spot on the depth chart – which they currently share.While the season is barely under way, Hammock is confident the strides the two have taken throughout the offseason, as well as the rivalry they’ve fostered, will only help them take their competition to a higher level.“I think they’re doing it,” Hammock said. “It’s important to them. They want to be successful. I think it’s on them. Those are the guys that are out here working every day. I think they’re really taking the right approach and the right mindset to go about helping this team win.”While they’ll tell you nothing is guaranteed and they’re only taking the season at a one-day-at-a-time pass, there’s no doubt Ball and White are aiming for the top of college football.“Last year we didn’t get that victory. This year we’re going to try and get that victory, maybe even go to an even bigger bowl,” White said. “We’re just out here trying to get ‘W’s each and every week.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Spanish federation has cited concerns about competitive balance as to why the Barcelona-Girona match should not be played in Miami, rather than Girona, though the Spanish federation did approve the playing of the Copa Libertadores final second leg even though the match is a second leg that was originally slated to be played in Buenos Aires.A Copa Libertadores final in Miami would have helped give the La Liga-Miami proposal a precedent to point to as organizers continue to push for the match to take place in the United States.As things stand, it is looking like soccer fans in the United States have already missed out on one international final and are likely to also miss out on seeing an official La Liga match played on American soil. Another underlying subplot behind opposition to a potential Copa Libertadores final being played in the United States is the proposed La Liga match that soccer promoter Relevent Sports is working with La Liga officials to bring to Miami.Multiple sources told Goal that both U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer are opposed to any official La Liga match being held in the United States, though both American organizations are believed to be counting on FIFA and the Spanish Federation to kill off the proposal before U.S. Soccer or MLS have to.Under that proposal, Barcelona would play Girona in Miami in January, but objections from the Spanish federation, as well as the Spanish player’s association, have created hurdles that could force the proposal to be pushed back all the way to September, if it ever happens at all. According to CONMEBOL, Cordeiro “didn’t want” the game to be played in Miami, Argentine newspaper La Nacion reported.Sources with knowledge of U.S. Soccer’s handling of the situation paint a different picture to Goal of what went down with the proposed Libertadores match in Miami. According to those sources, U.S. Soccer never received a formal proposal and there was no clarification provided regarding whether Boca Juniors and River Plate were on board with playing a match in the United States.The organizers of the proposed Miami match were never informed why the proposal was rejected by U.S. Soccer, first learning of the rejection from the report in La Nacion. Sources say they believe the fact the match would have taken place on the same date as Saturday’s MLS Cup final in Atlanta played at least some part in U.S. Soccer’s reluctance to approve the move to Miami.Concerns about being able to host the match in Miami on short notice look unsubstantiated after CONMEBOL succeeded in moving the final to Madrid, where it will be played at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Getty/Goal A proposal to have the Copa Libertadores final second leg in Miami was reportedly shot down by U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro, and the organizers behind the proposal are looking for answers as to why.Sources tell Goal that a proposal was put together to host the match in Florida shortly after fan violence led to the cancellation of the Boca Juniors-River Plate match at Estadio Monumental, but after initially being seen as one of the favorites to host the replay, Miami was taken out of the running after reportedly being turned down by U.S. Soccer.last_img read more