Cuomo Calls For Investigations Into Trump Stance On Trusted Traveler Program

first_imgImage by Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY — As the Trump Administration is dropping a lawsuit against New York over the Trusted Traveler Program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for the Department of Justice and Congress to investigate the administration for what he calls politically motivated lying.During a press briefing Friday, Cuomo took exception to the Trump Administration’s motive for dropping the litigation, saying officials lied to the courts and caused damage to New York’s economy.“Sometimes things have to play out before the truth will out, but I believe the truth will out,” Cuomo said.He said the Department of Homeland Security dropped its opposition to the lawsuit. “The Department of Justice files court papers saying they are dropping the lawsuit because revelations have come to light suggesting that Homeland Security was not truthful,” Cuomo said.“New York State was not the only state to have a green light law, there was nothing unique about New York to justify their punitive action against New York. It is impossible the Department of Homeland Security just figured that out yesterday afternoon. They got caught, that’s what happened yesterday.”White House Pool Feed Image.Cuomo said the state’s green light law, which blocked DMV from sharing information for people who applied for the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) was challenged by Trump because the president said the law interfered with ICE and other federal agencies to enforce immigration laws. Cuomo said he received a letter from Trump saying the TTP was no longer available in New York.TTP allows for pre-approval on border checks for those crossing the U.S. border.“Fifteen other states have the same program. Why just New York when 15 other states have the same law,” Cuomo said. “I said they disagree with our Green Light Law, many other states have it.”In a meeting with Trump, Cuomo said he agreed to dump the Green Light law and share information for anyone applying for TTP.“I will pass the law that would ostensibly address their issue. In April we passed that law in the budget. If a person applies for the TTP, I would give the data. You know what’s happened since April? Nothing.”“What they said yesterday in dropping the law suite is there are other states that have green light laws. We’ve known that. You just realized it yesterday? Is that at all plausible, is that at all credible? Is it plausible that you didn’t know what the laws were in this nation? No, they got caught. It was all politics all the time,” Cuomo said.He said the officials involved may have criminal liability and the Administration may have civil liability for the impact on New Yook.‘Without TTP, lines at airports were jammed and backlogged at the same time COVID 19 was entering New York from Europe.“I’m calling on Attorney General Barr to initiate an investigation,’ Cuomo said. “I call on Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Nadler to investigate this issue.”He said his staff is starting to try and figure out what civil damages the state can possibly sue for, adding it’s hard to quantify. 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

Ecuadorean and Peruvian Senior Military Command Reinforce Fight against Transnational Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo July 11, 2013 This round of talks between Ecuador and Peru has been held since 2000, after signing a definitive peace accord in 1998, in order to follow up on the bilateral cooperation agenda, which has focused on security issues and the fight against organized crime in recent years. Risk management, natural disasters, human rights within the Armed Forces and the fight against illegal mining are among the topics included on the agenda of the XVIII Round of Military Talks between Peruvian and Ecuadorean Armed Forces’ chiefs of staff, held from July 9 to 11 in Cuenca, Ecuador. The event was aimed at boosting mutual trust and developing a concept of comprehensive security within the South American region through reinforcing cooperation bonds between the military forces of both nations, as well as establishing professional ties between military institutions. center_img The delegations were headed by the Chief of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces from each country, Lieutenant General Leonardo Barreiro from Ecuador, and Admiral José Cueto from Peru. During the inauguration of the XVII Round, Lt. Gen. Barreiro said, “these conversations strengthen the bonds of friendship, camaraderie, professionalism, and mutual trust existing between both countries.” Meanwhile, Adm. Cueto appreciated the hospitality and promised to work on the development of both nations.last_img read more

‘Hollywood’ Heroin Bust in East End Nets 9 Suspects

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Packages of “Hollywood” heroin seized by authorities in the East End.Authorities on the East End busted nine men for allegedly buying and selling “Hollywood” heroin—an especially potent and costlier brand of the addictive drug that was blamed for several non-fatal overdoses three years ago, Suffolk County prosecutors said.The men suspected of dealing the drug marketed it along Route 58 in Riverhead, where they sold “Hollywood”-stamped doses for premium price, according to District Attorney Thomas Spota. He said East End Drug Task Force detectives went undercover to buy heroin from suspected dealers and used confidential informants and wiretaps to build their case.Three of the men live in Harlem and the other six reside on Long Island, officials said. The men rounded up in the bust were identified as Leroy Langhorne, Leon Langhorne, Jerome Trent, Farrow Sims, Joseph Thomas, Robert Baker, Jose Calvente, Jose Morales and Carlos Ramos.The alleged dealers would travel to New York City, where the heroin distribution network is based, Spota said, and would buy the “Hollywood”-stamped heroin and return to eastern LI with “sleeves of heroin.”Local dealers would charge up 50 to 100 percent more than regular street heroin, which typically costs as much as $10 a bag, Spota said.The alleged drug deals occurred in the parking lot of retailers along Route 58: Walmart, Home Depot, an outlet mall and even gas stations, among other spots, authorities said.Investigators also found evidence of this specific heroin, which was first discovered in the twin forks in 2011, in Southampton, Quogue, Sag Harbor, Miller Place, Rocky Point and Ronkonkoma.last_img read more

Former credit union branch manager faces July jury trial

first_imgA July jury trial is set for a former Indiana credit union branch manager accused of fraud, forgery and theft.Betty Stickler, 52, was fired as a branch manager for the $52 million Perfect Circle Credit Union in December 2015, after Lisa Dykhoff, president/CEO of the Hagerstown-Ind.-based credit union and Tom Flowers, vice president, conducted an internal investigation and reported the discrepancies to local police investigators.The suspected fraud and theft, however, had been initially detected by employees who worked with Stickler at the credit union’s New Castle branch. The former branch manager asked them to make transactions that violated the credit union’s policies, according to New Castle police reports.The police investigation found Stickler allegedly stole and allegedly attempted to steal funds through unauthorized loans and cash schemes that amounted to more than $50,000. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NP Krka plans to connect two medieval fortifications with a pedestrian suspension bridge

first_imgThe two medieval fortresses Nečven and Trošenj will soon be connected by a pedestrian suspension bridge, thus becoming a new tourist attraction of the Krka National Park.Namely, at the request of the Public Institution “Krka National Park”, the Šibenik-Knin County issued decision approving the construction of the pedestrian suspension bridge Nečven – Trošenj, which would be located in the municipalities of Promina and Kistanje.Along the river Krk are the remains of several old Croatian fortifications from the 14th century: Kamička, Trošenja, Nečvena, Bogočina and Ključica, which is one of the most important defensive buildings in Croatia. Opposite the Nečven fortress, on the right bank of the Krka, rises the medieval fortress Trošenj, and now, according to the plan, the Krka National Park will be connected by a pedestrian suspension bridge as a new tourist attraction.The pedestrian bridge would be 448 meters long, and the conceptual design was made by the Zagreb company Blok. Also, in addition to the pedestrian bridge, it is planned to build an access road for the Nečven fortress in the length of 254 m, and the present road for the Trošenj fortress in the length of about 1.8 km. Nečven Fortress / Photo: NP Krka Trošenj Fortress / Photo: NP Krkacenter_img Illustration / source: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

US starts contact tracing the old-fashioned way, but ‘it’s late’

first_imgTopics : Taiwan and South Korea have led the world in digital contact tracing for the COVID-19 pandemic — an example the US with its emphasis on personal privacy and decentralized system of government is unlikely to be able to follow.Instead, states and cities are opting to hire thousands of public health workers who will have to carry out the laborious task of phoning everyone with a confirmed case.They’ll want to know, in turn, everyone that the patient came into close contact with — defined as less than six feet (two meters) — for 15 minutes or longer. These people will then be called and asked to self-quarantine.  It’s painstaking work that can complement the opt-in mobile phone based contact tracing, announced by Apple and Google recently. The investigators, who don’t require medical training, work from home, using computer software, and each call takes at least half an hour.Massachusetts was the first to launch its program at the start of April, announcing it would recruit 1,000 contact tracers (17,000 have applied). San Francisco has announced a similar initiative, and other states and jurisdictions are also starting up.”It’s late,” said Dr Joia Mukherjee, chief medical officer of Partners in Health, the nonprofit chosen by Massachusetts to manage its program. “It would have been easier to do it after the first case.”But it’s still possible to catch up, she said. “All epidemics are highly localized. If we look at the top line numbers, everyone just gets terrified. But it’s town by town, block by block, and city by city.” “If we can do it in a place like Liberia, how is it that we couldn’t do it in Massachusetts?” added Mukherjee.In Africa and other parts of the world this type of work is considered one of the founding principles of public health. But, said Mukherjee, “for 40 years, the US has disinvested in public health and community health in favor of hospitals, and the sort of things that generate revenue.” 100,000 agents In Wuhan, 1,800 teams of five people carried out this work, often voluntarily. Scaling that up to the US outbreak would mean 265,000 people are needed.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University suggested 100,000 to begin with “to assist with the enormous and unprecedented task of contact investigation and containment on this scale.”The country currently has, at most, only 5,000 specialists responsible for monitoring cases of communicable diseases such as HIV or tuberculosis, Michael Fraser, head of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) told AFP.He doesn’t expect recruiting to start before two to four weeks in most states.”Our goal is to get this in place for the reopening,” he said.It was not until Monday that the White House, through Vice President Mike Pence, announced the dispatch of reinforcements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to each state.In an email to AFP, the CDC said it had deployed 24 teams to each state, with over 600 staff nationwide.But states like Texas plan to start easing their lockdown orders over the coming days, reopening some shops and businesses. The Lone Star state, home to almost 30 million people, would need at least 8,000 contact tracers, estimates ASTHO. “There’s definitely going to be some risks” associated with lifting social distancing orders without having the right surveillance mechanisms in place, warned Fraser. That’s to say nothing of the need to ramp up contact tracing as more and more societal activities resume. In the absence of enough personnel, more at-risk groups like nursing homes, hospitals and vulnerable populations should be prioritized.When people get called in Massachusetts, the state has come to an agreement with telecoms operators to display “Covid Care Team” on the Caller ID, to try to maximize the number of people who pick up.last_img read more

Perfect North Hosting Job Fair Saturday

first_imgCourtesy: Perfect North SlopesPerfect North Slopes will host a job fair this weekend as they look to fill positions for this upcoming ski season.Several departments are hiring including ski and snowboard instructor, food service, rental and lift departments.Candidates for all open positions should attend the job fair and bring a completed application. View open positions and an online application here.The job fair is on Saturday, Oct. 26, anytime from 9-12p.m.last_img

Bulldog Middle School Teams Win Over Indians

first_imgThe 7th Grade Batesville Bulldogs won against Milan Thursday night by a score of 36-26.Leading in scoring for Batesville was Lyle Oesterling with 19, followed by Cole Pride and Grant Peters with 6 each and, Landon Harrison and Bryson Bonelli with 2 a piece, and rounding out the scoring was Jackson Renck with 1.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.It was a good night for Bulldog basketball as we had a clean sweep of Milan. The 7th, 8th, JV, and Varsity all had wins!!The 8th Grade Bulldogs dominated on defense with a great all around effort creating several turnovers that led directly to points winning 49-34.Eli Pierson led the way with 16pts., and 3 assists. Cole Werner added 15 with multiple deflections leading to points. Zach Wade added 7 followed by Ian Loichinger with 4. Will Habig, Ian Powers, and Luke Wilson had 2 a piece. Travis Lecher added a free throw to finish the scoring.The Bulldogs will host Columbus Northside Tuesday. Come support your BMS Bulldogs!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clint Pride.last_img read more

Cengiz agrees Napoli move

first_imgCengiz Under has reportedly agreed personal terms with Napoli, but Roma want €30m for the winger and are unwilling to receive Kevin Malcuit in return. Corriere della Sera takes a different stance, claiming Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso wants the 22-year-old to replace Hirving Lozano. They would also be hoping to do a deal similar to when they signed Kostas Manolas last summer, sending Amadou Diawara in part exchange, this time offering Malcuit. read also:Osimhen ‘pressured’ into Napoli move The right-back is third choice for Napoli, behind Giovanni Di Lorenzo and the resurgent Elseid Hysaj. Despite that, the newspaper claims he is not particularly of interest to the capital club. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Cengiz has emerged as a leading contender to replace Jose Callejon on Napoli’s right flank in recent days. According to La Repubblica, he has already shaken hands with the Partenopei on a €3m salary. However, the newspaper warns that whereas the Coppa Italia winners value him at no more than €25m with bonuses, the Giallorossi are playing hardball, demanding no less than €30m.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

Schneider celebrates birthday, Oshkosh checkers

first_imgOSHKOSH, Wis. (July 29) – Tim Schneider celebrated his birthday and the Nolte’s Auto Repair and Towing IMCA Sport Mod feature win at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.Jason Ebert took control of the main event while Schneider worked from mid-pack through tight traffic into the runner-up spot.  Tim Sheppard, Kevin Bethke and Scott Besaw were right behind.A lap eight caution slowed the field and Schneider remained right behind after the restart with Bethke, Adam Peschek, Besaw and Brock Saunders in line. Schneider dipped inside at the line on lap 15 and eased into the lead in turn one.A final restart on lap 16 allowed Schneider to pull away from the field as a dogfight for second lasted to the finish. Ryan Besaw moved up over the final laps to take second. Jason Vandenberg made a solid run on the outside to take third place, his best finish of the season. Bethke and Ebert completed the top five.After an opening lap caution, Mitch Stankowski grabbed the lead in the Automotive Supply Com­pany IMCA Modified feature, setting the pace for the first three laps before Brian Crapser took charge before a caution slowed the field.On the restart, Chad Bartel took the outside route for the lead. Steve Schneider moved into the runner-up spot on lap nine and set out to catch the leader.  A spin on lap 18 bunched the field for a two-lap dash.Bartel held off the late charge from Schneider to take his second feature win of the season here. Schneider, Dan Roedl and Crapser took the top four places with point leader Marcus Yarie fifth.Cory Wegner set the opening lap pace for the Jim’s Auto Repair IMCA Stock Cars with Jerry Kope taking over the lead after a lap two restart.  Travis Van Straten, Aaron Stolp and Chase Par­ker were making their way through the tight pack and on lap six, Van Straten found his way into the top spot and started to open a lead.Stolp and Kope  ran for second with Jerry Winkle finally breaking out of the pack and  closed the gap and took over the runner-up spot on lap 16.A final caution appeared on lap 17, erasing Van Straten’s lead and giving Winkler a shot at a se­cond straight victory.  Van Straten was up to the task after the final restart and took off to collect his sixth feature win of the season.  Winkler was right behind in second with Stolp, Kope and Da­vid Hoerning rounding out the top five.The 2016 Walk of Fame class was inducted at intermission and included Denny Hughes, Jerry “Medina” Smith, Jerry Krueger and Gene Wheeler.One hundred and seventeen cars saw action at Oshkosh.last_img read more