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

Court moves on with Jakarta air pollution lawsuit

first_imgThe Central Jakarta District Court has issued on Tuesday an interlocutory decision that it has jurisdiction to preside over the air pollution lawsuit filed by citizens against the government.The next step is for parties to prove their allegations about severe air pollution in the capital and that the defendants have been negligent in their duties to provide clean air for residents. Previously, some of the defendants, namely the president of the Republic of Indonesia, the home affairs minister and the Jakarta governor, filed an exception requiring the court to delegate the case to the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN), as Supreme Court Regulation (Perma) No. 2/2019 required any lawsuit on unlawful acts against the government to be handled at the PTUN.However, the panel of judges agreed to continue the case at the district court. “Unlawful acts in the citizen lawsuit mechanism refers to legal actions pertaining to the public interest. Meanwhile, unlawful acts in Perma No. 2/2019 rerfers to individual interest,” Judge Saifudin Zuhri said as quoted in a written statement made by the Coalition for the Clean Air Initiative, the plaintiff.Read also: Activists lambaste sluggish progress in air pollution lawsuit The group appreciated the court’s decision. “This is the right and wise decision given that our lawsuit doesn’t meet the criteria of a case to be resolved at the PTUN, that is concrete, individual and final,” coalition member Ayu Eza Tiara of the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) said.The group lambasted the fact that the case had been going on for one year since it was filed on July 4, 2019, yet the defendants had not taken steps to solve the pollution problem.“Data show that Jakarta’s air quality continued to deteriorate throughout 2019 based on the number of PM 2.5 pollutant particles in the air. Even after the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and work-from-home appeal, the air quality in April was still not in “good” territory according to Greenpeace Indonesia,” the group wrote.The coalition has demanded that the panel of judges consider the health of residents in examining the case.Read also: Waste-based power plants worsen air pollution, global warming: EnvironmentalistsThey also urged the defendants to immediately improve Jakarta’s air quality without waiting for the court’s ruling, as the obligation of state administrators to guarantee the availability of clean air was mandated by the Constitution.“And to Jakartans, let’s not cease to be critical and demand our rights to clean and healthy air, as it is part of the right to a good and healthy environment,” said the coalition.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal transfer target Pau Torres learning English after talks with Santi Cazorla

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Apr 2020 10:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.8kShares Comment Arteta is keen to bolster his defensive options this summer (Picture: Getty)Though Cazorla feels Torres may be wise to remain at Villarreal for the time being, the young defender has hinted at a possible switch by revealing that he’s been learning English during his time off.‘In the morning I do the training regime and then I eat in line with the guidelines established by the club,’ Torres told El Periodico Mediterraneo when explaining his normal daily routine.‘In the afternoon, after lunch, I study a few languages ​​because I was learning English and now is a good time to resume it.’The 6 ft 3 in centre-half, who has a £43million release clause in his contract at Villarreal, has one cap for the Spain national side. Spain head coach Robert Moreno called Torres up for the first time at the start of October and the defender scored within a minute of his debut against Malta after replacing Sergio Ramos in the second half.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal legend Charlie Nicolas compares Celtic star Odsonne Edouard to Alexandre LacazetteMORE: Kevin Campbell explains how Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta can emulate Pep Guardiola’s success Pau Torres has been heavily linked with Arsenal in recent months (Picture: Getty)Pau Torres has revealed that he’s has been busy studying English in his spare time amid speculation that he could be on his way to Arsenal in the summer transfer window. The 23-year-old has shone for Villarreal after returning from an impressive loan spell with Malaga and is regarded as one of the most promising young centre-backs in La Liga. Arsenal explored a move for Torres in the January transfer window before wrapping up a temporary deal with Flamengo for Pablo Mari and the north London giants remain interested in the highly rated Spain international. Arsenal have asked Cazorla for information on Torres (Picture: Getty)In February, Santi Cazorla fuelled these rumours as he claimed that Arsenal had sought his advice about Torres, as well as 20-year-old winger Samuel Chukwueze.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Cazorla revealed that Arsenal weren’t alone in enquiring about his young Villarreal team-mates.‘Yes, friends from Arsenal especially. They ask me about them and think they can make the jump to the Premier League tomorrow,’ the former Arsenal midfielder told Marca.‘It’s good that great teams are interested in young players from Villarreal, but for the moment I tell them to leave them alone here.‘They still have to take steps forward. They both have a great personality, and their feet are on the ground. ‘In Pau’s case he hears constant talk of Manchester City or Barcelona, but he is aware that he has to keep growing as a player and that in the future we will see where he can go.’center_img Advertisement Arsenal transfer target Pau Torres learning English after talks with Santi Cazorla Advertisementlast_img read more

Peru resumes LNG exports after pipeline rupture

first_imgImage courtesy of Peru LNGLiquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the Peruvian first and only facility at Pampa Melchorita have resumed following a pipeline rupture earlier this month.The pipeline, which transports fuel from the Camisea gas fields in the Peruvian jungle to the Pacific Coast, burst on February 3 because of a landslide amid heavy rains in the Cusco region.According to the shipping data provided by the state-owned Perupetro, LNG carrier Barcelona Knutsen left the Peru liquefaction facility on Monday carrying 170,999 cubic meters of LNG.The LNG carrier is heading towards South Korea.This is only the second cargo to leave the facility in February following the departure of the Bilbao Knutsen on February 5 to Spain.Peru LNG sent out five cargoes in January, two to Japan and Spain, each, while one shipment went to South Korea.The LNG export facility shipped 445 vessels in total since it started operations in June 2010.Peru LNG is owned by a consortium of Hunt Oil Company (50%), SK Energy (20%), Shell (20%), and Marubeni (10%). LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Children are being euthanised in Belgium

first_imgNZ Herald 7 August 2018Family First Comment: The 11y/o had cystic fibrosis – but treatment enables people to live to their 30’s and longer.“Everywhere else in the world, the law reflects powerful human intuitions, moral and practical: that it is wrong to abandon hope for a person so early in life, no matter the illness; that it is absurd to grant ultimate medical autonomy to someone too young to vote or legally consent to sex; and that even the best-intentioned fallible human beings should not be entrusted with such life-and-death power.”www.rejectassistedsuicide.nzDeliberately taking a small child’s life is unlawful everywhere in the world, even when the child is terminally ill and asks a doctor to end his or her suffering once and for all.There is an exception to this rule: Belgium. In 2014, that country amended its law on euthanasia, already one of the most permissive in the world, authorising doctors to terminate the life of a child, at any age, who makes the request.For a year after the law passed, no one acted on it. Now, however, euthanasia for children in Belgium is no longer just a theoretical possibility.Between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2017, Belgian physicians gave lethal injections to three children under 18, according to a July 17 report from the commission that regulates euthanasia in Belgium.The oldest of the three was 17; in that respect, Belgium was not unique, since the Netherlands permits euthanasia for children over 12.Belgian doctors, however, also ended the lives of a 9-year-old and an 11-year-old. These were the first under-12 cases anywhere, Luc Proot, a member of the Belgian commission, told me in an interview.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12102737last_img read more