State Declares New Business Mandates, Other Measures Amid Virus Fight

first_imgImage by the New York State Governor’s Office / Flicker.com.ALBANY – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday signed an executive order mandating businesses that rely on in-office personnel to decrease their in-office workforce by 75 percent.This follows the Governor’s directive yesterday that all businesses implement work-from-home policies.Exemptions will be made for essential service industries, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain.The Governor also announced the Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the novel coronavirus. The directive includes: Waiving mortgage payments based on financial hardship;No negative reporting to credit bureaus;Grace period for loan modification;No late payment fees or online payment fees; andPostponing or suspending foreclosures.Additionally, the Governor has asked DFS to instruct state chartered banks to waive ATM fees, late fees, overdraft fees and fees for credits cards to help lessen the financial hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Yorkers.“We know what we have to do to contain the spread of this virus – reduce density and person to person contact – and based on new facts we are getting every day, we’re taking further steps to keep more New Yorkers at home while keeping essential services running,” Governor Cuomo said. “At the same time, we know there is going to be an economic impact across the state and we are taking new actions to support the thousands of New Yorkers and small businesses who are suffering. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be disruptive, but we will get through this together.”The Governor also announced an executive order allowing the State Department of Health to identify space within existing hospitals to increase bed capacity. This builds on the Governor’s efforts to increase the state’s hospital surge capacity and help ensure our healthcare system can handle an influx of patients due to COVID-19.Furthermore, Governor announced new measures to free up staff and speed up the admission and discharge process at hospitals for 90 days. The Department of Financial Services will issue a directive to health insurers allowing scheduled surgeries and admissions without insurer preapproval and allowing inpatient hospital services without insurer approval.Image by the New York State Governor’s Office / Flicker.com.Under the measure, insurers will pay inpatient hospital services and emergency services without waiting to review for medical necessity. It will also allow the discharge of patients to a rehabilitation center or nursing after an inpatient hospital stay without insurer preapproval, and encourage self-funded plans to adopt these same provisions. 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

MBB : Founding history: Formation of Big East forged, strengthened basketball rivalries

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ In an airport terminal more than a decade ago, Greg Ashford heard the future of the Big East. As he and his wife, Leslie, waited for their connecting flight from Charlotte back home to Connecticut following a vacation, he spotted Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese.The ensuing five-minute conversation between Tranghese and Ashford, a former assistant coach for the Connecticut men’s basketball team, told of the new direction for the conference.‘I hadn’t seen Mike in a long time because I had been out of coaching. But I remember that he didn’t like to fly,’ Ashford said. ‘So here he is down in Carolina, and apparently, he had been down there talking to the schools in that area.‘I remember the conversation just in passing about football, the mention that had surfaced. And so, apparently, football was becoming a prime driver now. So the conference had evolved in that direction.’Though the exact year of the conversation eludes him, the mention of football by Tranghese remains poignant in Ashford’s memory. He spent eight seasons with the Huskies from fall 1978 to spring 1986 and witnessed the creation of the Big East conference in the process.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textProvidence, St. John’s, Georgetown and Syracuse extended invitations to Seton Hall, Connecticut and Boston College to create the original seven-team Big East on May 31, 1979. It was a league designed to bring together schools from the Northeast into a singular basketball-powered conference. Football wouldn’t become a part of the Big East until 1991.‘Starting in the mid-1990s, that’s when football became — schools are starting to think big picture now, I guess,’ Ashford said.Big picture seems to mean big money, and in the most recent shake-up to college athletics, Syracuse and Pittsburgh left the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference, a league with a more lucrative television deal and one that provides more financial stability for its members.In doing so, the Orange leaves a conference that its head coach, Jim Boeheim, essentially built. Boeheim took over the reins for SU in 1977 and was instrumental in the formation of the Big East, along with legendary coaches John Thompson of Georgetown, Lou Carnesecca of St. John’s and the league’s commissioner, Dave Gavitt, who was the former Providence head coach.The seven teams began play in the 1979-80 season, kick-starting an amazing run that catapulted the league to the top of the college basketball scene. By the time Syracuse — which won the inaugural conference championship — and Pittsburgh accepted offers to leave, the Big East had swelled to 16 schools and was considered by many to be the best basketball conference in the country.Now, the Orange plays the role of lame duck until the move to the ACC becomes official within the next 27 months. Syracuse leaves behind some of the fiercest conference rivalries in all of college sports, namely its games against Georgetown and Connecticut, and a conference that catalyzed SU’s ascension to becoming an elite program.‘It made us a national program,’ Boeheim said. ‘We were an eastern program, as was everybody else. And the league made us a national program and able to play for national championships. That’s what the Big East did. It was a great, great help for our program.’***By the time Roosevelt Bouie left Manley Field House the day before a game, the ‘Zoo’ had already arrived. Fans — mostly students — lined the walkways outside the arena to secure a ticket to the game. They camped out, hundreds of them, all disciples of the Orangemen.‘It was like 17 below zero sometimes,’ said Bouie, a center for SU from 1976-80. ‘We’d leave practice, and they would be out there like the day before the game.’The night of Jan. 4, 1980, was no different. A low temperature of around eight degrees meant nothing. The ‘Manley Zoo,’ as the overly enthusiastic student section was known, probably welcomed the chill, especially considering the magnitude of the next day’s game.Saturday, Jan. 5, marked Syracuse’s grand entrance into the Big East. The ninth-ranked Orangemen hosted — and pummeled — a Seton Hall team in front of 9,258 crazed fans. The 99-76 win cemented SU as a contender in the fledgling conference and firmly established the role of Manley as one of the team’s greatest weapons.‘On average it was the biggest, loudest group of fans,’ Bouie said. ‘And for the first Big East game, that was record-setting. Nobody wanted to play us in Manley Field House. It was so loud that it was scary sometimes.’Ashford recognized the fear. While an assistant at UConn under head coach Dom Perno, Ashford said the Huskies were scared by Syracuse. When 1980 rolled around, six years elapsed since Connecticut knocked off the Orangemen.‘We were intimidated by Syracuse, that was my perspective,’ Ashford said.Yet in the first year of the Big East, that all changed. When the Huskies entered Manley on Jan. 26, they didn’t believe SU was the dominant machine that trounced them by 40 points two seasons earlier.UConn hung tough, but ultimately lost 99-89. A year later, the Huskies beat the Orange twice in the regular season.The rivalry was born.‘That year in Manley, we finally got over our jitters,’ Ashford said. ‘We saw them as no different than anyone else. … They were talented the following year, but our guys came to play, and that was the turning point. That was fantastic. I have to say that was a highlight.’***Georgetown was too confident for fear. Despite SU’s 57-game home winning streak, the Orangemen’s No. 2 national ranking and the raucous ‘Zoo,’ the Hoyas strode into Manley on Feb. 12, 1980, unfazed.The final game to ever be played at Manley went down to the wire. It was senior night for Bouie and teammate Louis Orr, who together formed the ‘Bouie ‘N Louie Show’ on the court. Bouie led the team in scoring that year with 16.1 points per game. Orr grabbed the most rebounds for the Orangemen.Though Georgetown was unranked, SU’s senior class had never beaten the Hoyas, meaning this was their last chance to do so at home. And Georgetown let them know it.‘They knew that if we ever beat a Maryland or Syracuse, John Duren (a three-time All-American guard for the Hoyas from 1978-80) would call the opposing players on the phone and make jokes at them and crack jokes about them,’ former Georgetown forward Craig Shelton said. ‘He would do that a lot.’But in Bouie ‘N Louie’s final home game, it was a freshman who left them stunned.Eric ‘Sleepy’ Floyd, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard, hit two free throws with five seconds left to give the Hoyas a 52-50 win. Streak over. Manley closed.‘At that time, I didn’t know the magnitude of what was going on,’ Floyd said. ‘But looking back on it, that was a historic moment in the Big East. And that rivalry between Syracuse and Georgetown just really took off from a national level.’***John Toner called Perno, Ashford and Jim O’Brien, the other UConn assistant coach, into his office in 1979 with an offer. Toner, then the athletic director at Connecticut, presented his basketball staff with a mandatory invitation.‘He had presented to us basically an invitation to be in the Big East,’ Ashford said. ‘And for us, after we left that meeting, we felt that we had no choice but to join because it was going to be a great opportunity.’Thirty-two years later, Daryl Gross was in Toner’s shoes. The Syracuse athletic director called a coaches meeting with his entire staff to discuss the school’s move to the ACC.Just as UConn had felt obligated to accept, so too did Gross in 2011.‘Obviously, very empathetic to the Big East, you know,’ Gross said. ‘And I’ve been here seven years, I have a lot of colleagues there, and we understand it. But at the same time, the opportunity for the ACC is one that you just can’t second-guess yourself on.’Gross described the demeanor of the coaches as ‘fired up’ during that meeting. ‘Just back flips,’ he said.Boeheim wasn’t at that meeting. He was out recruiting. The face of Syracuse basketball and a Big East lifer, Boeheim’s reaction to the move was quite different.‘The chancellor has to make the decision based on what’s best for the university, and she did that, and I’m very comfortable with that,’ he said.Best for the university doesn’t necessarily mean best for Syracuse’s highest-grossing revenue sport. Though Boeheim did say rivalry games with Georgetown and St. John’s are likely to continue as nonconference matchups following the move to the ACC, that doesn’t mean the former participants are satisfied.Sleepy Floyd was ‘shocked’ to hear Syracuse and Pittsburgh were jumping ship. He couldn’t imagine the Big East without the Hoyas-Orange rivalry that has entertained the country for so many years.‘It’s very sad when I heard that Syracuse was leaving the Big East and going to the ACC, basically being driven by football dollars,’ he said. ‘ … That is a sad state of affairs in America.’Eric Devendorf, an SU guard in the late 2000s, is convinced Boeheim would have rather stayed in the Big East. He gives the coaching mogul ‘a year or two’ in the ACC before he retires.As Syracuse and Pittsburgh depart, the future of the league itself is in jeopardy. Though 14 basketball schools remain, the conference is left with only six football schools. And as Floyd pointed out, football and money are the driving forces of the conference at this point.On the day rumors about SU and Pitt defecting first surfaced in the national media, Dave Gavitt, one of the founders of the Big East and the league’s first commissioner, passed away. Two days later on Sept. 18, those schools officially moved on.‘It’s something that over time, I saw it happening,’ Ashford said. ‘And at this point in time, I can see really clearly why. Football was in the mix.‘ … And my thought was that Dave, the genius behind the Big East, had died. And maybe, hopefully, the Big East doesn’t die as well.’mjcohe02@syr.educenter_img Published on October 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

EA announces Madden NFL deal with ESPN and Disney

first_imgAnnounced ahead of this weekend, EA and the NFL are set to team up with both ESPN and Disney XD for the exclusive broadcasting rights to the upcoming EA Sports Madden NFL 18 Championship Series. This partnership will kick off with the final rounds of the final rounds of the EA Sports Madden NFL 18 Club Championship and the all-new EA Sports Madden NFL Ultimate League – this is ESPN’s first long-term competitive agreement that spans multiple events.The Madden NFL Ultimate League commences on Friday, February 2 and will last for over two months – ultimately leading to the NFL Draft on April 28. Six players will qualify by obtaining a top-two finish at one of the three EA Majors, which includes the Madden NFL 18 Classic, Madden NFL 18 Challenge and Madden NFL 18 Club Championship. The remaining 10 players will be identified through having the highest series points.Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the Competitive Gaming Division at EA said that “The Madden NFL Ultimate League is purposely designed to make superstars of our best players, allowing viewers to develop player loyalties and follow competitor rivalries.”“Through this collaboration with ESPN and Disney XD, we’ll provide ongoing coverage for fans worldwide across a variety of ESPN and Disney platforms, but also digitally through our own Madden streaming and social channels,” Sitrin continued.John Lasker, VP of ESPN Digital Media Programming, also discussed the partnership: “We’re thrilled to continue and expand our relationship with EA and the NFL in not only showcasing to our audiences these world-class esports competitions for multiple years, but also using the myriad ESPN and Disney global platforms to tell the incredible stories of these competitors.”Chris Halpin, Chief Strategy Officer of the NFL, added: “We are excited to partner with EA SPORTS and ESPN to bring the Madden Club Championship and Madden Ultimate League to the millions of Madden NFL fans globally and to broadcast these competitions from our key fan events, like the Super Bowl and the Draft.”“We are also thrilled to be the first major professional sports league to have every team represented in a premier esports event. We are confident our fans will love the competition and action,” Halpin concluded.Starting on Friday, January 26, the quarterfinals of the Madden NFL 18 Club Championship can be watched on ESPNEWS. The next broadcast will be of the final, in which fans can tune in on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.Esports Insider says: Madden NFL coming to mainstream television can only be a good thing for the esport, and it’s reassuring to say ESPN’s commitment to broadcasting competitive gaming to the masses.last_img read more

TWO MEN ACCUSED OF EXTORTING MONEY FROM DONEGAL FAMILY

first_imgTWO men, who are accused of extorting €15,000 from a Buncrana family, have claimed they are being denied basic human rights in prison.Kevin Harkin, 30, of 71A Rosnagalliagh, Derry and Seamus Mahon, 34, with an address of 92 Altcar Park, Galliagh, both appeared in handcuffs in Buncrana District Court.The duo had spent the previous four nights in Castlerea prison after they were arrested at Ture, Muff on Friday last, April 22. They both appeared before a special sitting of Sligo District Court that night jointly charged with making an unwarranted demand to extort monies to the sum of €15,000 with menace from a local couple.However last Tuesday the men reappeared before Buncrana Court after being transported by prison officers from Castlerea allowing their solicitors to apply for bail.Solicitor for Harkin, Donnacha Cleary told the court that the Derry man would reside with his sister’s partner in Carndonagh and sign on regularly in Inishowen.Similarly solicitor for Mahon, Pat McMyler said there was a possibility that his client could live in a family property in Malin, which belonged to his father and uncle.The men claimed they had been denied human rights in jail as they hadn’t been allowed to shower or change their clothes since they were arrested on Friday.“No shower, no phonecalls and the same clothes since Friday,” said Kevin Harkin.“What about human rights? What about our human rights?” said Seamus Mahon.The court was told Harkin’s partner’s had brought a change of clothes to the court but was informed they could not be handed over.Superintendent Eugene McGovern stated the men were not permitted to take anyadditional property back with them to prison. He said the accused’s partners were welcome to bring the stuff to Castlerea Prison where a member of the prison service would examine it thoroughly.He said any other concerns were a ‘matter for the prison service’.Mr. Cleary said there was a certain ‘degree of rancour’ being shown towards the two Derry men.While Mahon’s solicitor Pat McMyler asked Judge Paul Kelly to direct that €50 could be given to the men by their partner’s to buy ‘a few cigarettes’ and items in prison.While, Judge Kelly said be believed that the claims that the prisoners had been denied showers was ‘not proper’ he added that this and Mr. McMyler’s calls for the Derry to be given cash was not a matter for the district court.Earlier in the hearing, Mr. McMyler raised concerns that he was not allowed to consult with his client in private. The prison officer accompanying the Derry man said he could not consent to allow Mahon in the consultation room in the courthouse claiming that it wasn’t secure.A clearly outraged Mr. McMyler did not accept this, adding there were bars on the window, with Judge Kelly adding that he was ‘entitled to consult’ with a solicitor in private.However Judge Kelly also accepted that ‘people had broken out of courthouses in this country before’.After inspecting the consultation rooms, Supt. McGovern said they were not suitable. He suggested that they could return to the Garda Station in Buncrana to allow them to consult with their solicitors in a secure environment.However, Mr. McMyler said this was unacceptable. He said everyone had the right to consult privately in the facilities in the Buncrana Courthouse and his client shouldn’t be treated differently.After some argument, Gardaí approved a private consultation in the rooms downstairs in the courthouse, which were deemed more appropriate.Regarding the bail application, Supt. McGovern told the court that the strenuously objected to bail given the seriousness of the charge. He said on conviction in the Circuit Court the penalty for the alleged offence of extortion was up to 14 years in prison.He described the ‘strength of the garda evidence’ against the two men as ‘extremelysignificant’.The Buncrana Superintendent also said that he had ‘significant concerns’ relating to the intimidation of witnesses connected with the case.He also revealed that he was awaiting DPP instructions on which court ‘venue’ the case would be heard.Regarding Mr. Harkin, Supt. McGovern said he objected to the Carndonagh address which Mr. Cleary had provided.Mr. Cleary said he didn’t understand the basis of the objection.“I am not aware of the strength of the evidence but I have an address, Mr. Harkin’s partner’s brother, Martin O’Connor lives in Carn and there is a room there for him.Mr. O’Conner says he is welcome,” said Mr. Cleary.“I’m not sure what the basis for the objection is – perhaps we could try and bridge the gap with the Gardaí in relation to their objection.”Mr. McMyler said he had an address in Malin for Mr. Mahon and would be able to gather cash for an independent surety, however that he would need time to arrange for money to be transferred. Supt. McGovern said he also objected to bail being granted for Mr. Mahon on any circumstances.Judge Kelly remanded the Derry pair in custody to appear before Letterkenny Circuit Court next Tuesday, May 3.TWO MEN ACCUSED OF EXTORTING MONEY FROM DONEGAL FAMILY was last modified: April 29th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more