Commercial eviction and foreclosure ban extended until January

first_imgGov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty, iStock)Landlords looking to boot non-paying commercial tenants will have to wait until the new year.New York’s moratorium on commercial evictions and foreclosures due to non-payment of rent will be in place through Jan. 1, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in a press conference Tuesday.The governor can only extend the ban for 30-day periods — meaning the latest order will need to be renewed again on Nov. 19. A spokesperson for the governor’s office said the ban would remain in place.Cuomo said the commercial eviction and foreclosure moratorium would align with the rules governing residential evictions, although the legislation limiting some residential evictions is not a blanket moratorium — it allows tenants to raise a defense in non-payment cases, and allows landlords to seek a money judgments instead of eviction if the tenant is eligible. As of last week in Rochester, 27 eviction warrants had moved forward, while in Yonkers, 100 to 200 eviction cases are being tried each week, Law360 reported.Like the rules governing residential evictions, the most recent iteration of the commercial eviction ban has some caveats. Commercial evictions initiated before March 17 have been able to proceed as of Sept. 4.State legislators have also sought to address the concerns of mortgagors and business owners who are unable to make payments, although lawmakers in New York have taken a back seat to Cuomo in the day-to-day response to the pandemic.Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte introduced legislation to offer one year of mortgage forbearance to small property owners — those with no more than four units — and small businesses. The bill, however, has faced steep opposition from the Department of Financial Services, according to Bichotte.“Department of Financial Services hates the bill and they’ve been trying to stop it,” Bichotte said. The assemblymember added that DFS is concerned about the impact on smaller state-chartered financial institutions, which would lose out on mortgage payments. Since being introduced at the end of May, the bill has not gotten any closer to passage. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlinkcenter_img TagsAndrew CuomoCommercial Real EstateEvictionslast_img read more

Report: Texas will add 13 GW of solar PV by 2035

first_imgReport: Texas will add 13 GW of solar PV by 2035A study by Brattle Group forecasts massive expansion of solar PV capacity in Texas driven by market forces, similar to ERCOT’s predictions. May 19, 2016 Christian Roselund Legal Markets Markets & Policy Share Driven by market dynamics including low gas prices, Texas is on a path to move to a grid dominated by natural gas, wind and solar, according to a report by the Brattle Group. This change is also expected to come at little additional cost. Exploring Natural Gas and Renewables in ERCOT was released on Tuesday, and is the fourth in a series that Brattle Group has produced for Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC). The report looks at changes in the Texas generation mix to 2035. The report also examines the role of market and regulatory factors in this mix, costs and CO2 emissions.In the report Brattle Group predicts that the ERCOT grid, which covers the vast majority of Texas’ land area and population, will add 9 GW of wind and 13 GW of solar over the next 20 years. This will nearly double the state’s wind capacity, and also means that Texas’ solar will increase more than 20-fold, as GTM Research puts the capacity at the end of 2015 at 537 MW. In the event one considers a 20-fold increase in PV in 20 years overly optimistic, it is important to note that ERCOT itself has predicted that PV capacity on the grid will reach 13 GW in only 15 years – without implementation of the federal Clean Power Plan.At the same time, the Brattle Group report expects existing coal and nuclear generation to be replaced with gas. Natural gas made up roughly half of ERCOT generation in 2015, with coal comprising another 28% and nuclear 11%, however the share of coal fell sharply from 2014. “Based on widely recognized market trends, it is very possible that natural gas prices will stay low (perhaps less than $4/MMBtu) and that solar prices will continue to drop significantly,” said Brattle Group Principal Dr. Ira Shavel.“Over the next 20 years, due to the free market alone ERCOT can expect to see a cleaner grid that relies on Texas-produced natural gas, wind and utility-scale PV solar power at little additional cost to consumers.” But while the report says market forces will be responsible for coming changes, TCEC also notes that past regulatory decisions have played a major role in setting the stage for increased deployment of wind and solar. Factors cited by TCEC Chair Kip Averitt are the state having one of the first state-level renewable energy mandates, deregulation and investing in transmission.Although it was one of the first, Texas’ renewable portfolio standard (RPS) is comparatively weak compared to other states. Regardless the state has been a national leader in wind generation, with ERCOT getting 12% of its power from wind in 2015. And while it remains a matter of great contention at the federal level, both the Brattle Group Report and ERCOT’s own estimates find that the federal Clean Power Plan will have little impact on PV deployment during the next few decades.“The cleaner ERCOT grid powered by Texas-produced natural gas, wind and solar power will make proposed new federal regulations largely irrelevant,” notes Brattle Group.This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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FEI to Host Global Congress on NSAID Use in Competition

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! The FEI is to host a two-day global Congress to debate the use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs in competition. The FEI Congress on NSAIDs Usage and Medication in the Equine Athlete, which will be held in Lausanne*, Switzerland on August 16/17, will include the presentation of educational and scientific papers as well as open debate. The Congress is open to National Federations and representatives of all stakeholder groups, including vets, officials, Riders Clubs, Organisers, FEI Laboratories, racing and breeding authorities, sponsors, the IOC, as well as the media.Booking information will be made available online soon. Please note that representatives from the National Federations will be given priority. The vote on the use of NSAIDs in competition will not be taken until the FEI General Assembly in Chinese Taipei (1-6 November), but all interested parties are advised to register for the Congress early to book their places and ensure that their voices are heard in this important debate. SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Jeremy Corbyn: I will listen to members on second Brexit vote

first_img Also On POLITICO BREXIT FILES INSIGHT Why a second Brexit referendum is unlikely By Tom McTague Theresa May: I won’t break up my country over Brexit By Tom McTague and Annabelle Dickson U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged to back a second Brexit referendum if members vote for one at his party conference, which begins Sunday — although he said his preferred option is still to hold a general election.In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, he was asked about the more than 140 motions that have been submitted to the conference on Brexit, many calling for a second national vote.“What comes out of conference I will adhere to. But I’m not calling for a second referendum. I hope we will agree that the best way of resolving this is a general election,” said Corbyn. “But I was elected to empower the members of the party. So if conference makes a decision I will not walk away from it and I will act accordingly.” A new poll of Labour members conducted by YouGov found 86 percent in favor of a public vote on the eventual Brexit deal with Brussels. But advocates of a referendum face an uphill battle. Labour would need to win a majority for a second vote in the House of Commons. Very few Tory MPs would support it, but also, a significant number of Labour MPs, with an eye on their pro-Brexit constituencies, are likely to refuse to back it.Also, the two-year Article 50 negotiating process would need to be extended to prevent the U.K. crashing out of the EU on 29 March next year. That would require unanimity among the EU27 governments.In an interview with the Observer, deputy Labour leader Tom Watson also advocated following party members.”There is a huge groundswell among members to shift Labour policy, fight Tory Brexit and give people control over their own destinies by giving them the final say,” he said.“If the overwhelming view of members is not reflected in the outcomes of conference, if there is no shift in Labour’s policy, that will produce a wave of disillusionment at the grassroots and the consequences for the movement could be bad. We would be failing to grasp a historical opportunity.”But Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is more skeptical about a second vote: “I really worry about another referendum,” he said in an interview with the BBC’s Today program Saturday. “I’m desperately trying to avoid any rise of xenophobia that happened last time around; I’m desperately trying to avoid giving any opportunity to UKIP or the far right. I think there’s the real risk of that.”last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Adds 2019 Fall Tour Dates

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee has expanded their 2019 fall tour with the addition of six new dates throughout the Southeast. The newly announced shows will lead up to the band’s previously announced three-night Halloween run in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.Umphrey’s McGee will begin the run with a show at Greensboro, NC’s Piedmont Hall on September 19th followed by a performance at Charlottesville, VA’s Sprint Pavilion on September 20th. The band will regroup at Athens, GA’s Georgia Theatre for a three-night run on October 17th, 18th, and 19th before a one-off show at Knoxville, TN’s The Mill & Mine on October 23rd.A fan pre-sale and Athens umVIP on-sale will begin on Wednesday, July 24th at 11 a.m. (EST). Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 26th at 11 a.m. (EST) (Charlottesville on sale at 10:00 am (EST)).Head to the band’s website for a full list of the upcoming Umphrey’s McGee tour dates, ticketing, and more information.last_img read more

GlobalFoundries gets new power deal from GMP

first_imgGlobalFoundries,Green Mountain Power Corp,by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) today announced a multi-year agreement with GlobalFoundries (GF) to provide the Essex-based chip manufacturer, formerly IBM, with more stable energy costs. The plan is subject to regulatory review and approval by the Vermont Public Utilities Commission. It would lower GF’s rate by 2.73 percent starting January 1, 2019.GMP provides among the lowest cost energy in New England, but regional power costs outside of GMP’s control are still significantly higher than in neighboring New York, GMP said in a press release, which operates through a different grid system. These costs increase expenses for many organizations, including GF which has operations in both states. To support a long-term future in Vermont, it is critical, GMP said, for high-tech manufacturers such as GF to secure a more competitive and predictable cost structure for energy. Green Mountain Power and other state partners have worked together for years to support IBM and now GF in their continued operations in Vermont.GF has semiconductor plants in East Fishkill and Malta, south of Saratoga, NY. (New York has higher rates than Vermont for residential electric, according to the US Energy Information Administration June 2018(link is external), 19.30 cents/kwh versus 18.50 cents/kwh in Vermont, but lower industrial rates, 5.98 cents/kwh versus 10.84 cents/kwh in Vermont.)“This agreement is great news for GF and great news for Vermont because it provides stability and predictability for the company, while ensuring our customers continue to receive cost-effective and highly reliable energy,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “The positive economic impact of GF’s presence in Vermont is significant, and we feel strongly that we, along with our state partners, should continue to do what is reasonable and responsible to support keeping these important manufacturing jobs here in Vermont.”GF employs approximately 2,500 in Vermont and is GMP’s only Transmission Class customer, which means it does not utilize GMP’s distribution grid used by all other customers. Instead, GF invests in and maintains its own distribution grid at its Essex location. The agreement between GMP and GF lowers GF’s rate by 2.73 percent as recommended in rate design, beginning January 1, 2019 and freezes that through September 30, 2022 giving them the predictability and stability they need.In exchange, GF agrees to maintain its power use on site, and forgo credits or rate cuts flowing to other GMP customers during this time, including the significant tax reform credits of over $27 million that GMP will return to customers next year. GMP and GF also agree to work together to draw more business to the unused part of the GF campus to further strengthen the economy, and to promote new energy use onsite with controllable load, and providing additional value for customers.“We face global competition from facilities that pay significantly less for electricity than we do in Vermont,” said Dale Miller, GF Vermont senior location executive. “As the state’s largest manufacturer, we consume more electricity than any other single customer and energy costs are determinant of the competitiveness of our operations in Vermont.  Vermont’s energy policy and GF’s ability to purchase competitive energy in the State will factor into future investment decisions. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the state, economic development leaders and GMP to support our Vermont facility, and will continue to work with them to strive for competitive energy costs in Vermont.”  “This is a great example of teamwork to support an important employer in our state,” said Lisa Ventriss, President and CEO of the Vermont Business Roundtable. “As we look to new and creative ways to encourage businesses, especially manufacturing, we must find solutions like this to address areas where we are not as competitive with our neighbors. This is truly a global economy and businesses have choices.”“GlobalFoundries provides thousands of good-paying jobs and has been a great employer for decades. We appreciate the hard work to support its ongoing success,” said Representatives Linda Myers (R – Essex Town) and Dylan Giambatista (D – Essex Junction) in a joint statement.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with them to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP was the only utility named to Fast Company’s 2018 list of Most Innovative Companies for Energy and is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. J.D. Power’s 2018 rankings also put GMP among top utilities for customer satisfaction.Source: GMP 9.11.2018last_img read more

Basketball player Reggie Lynch reinstated on team

first_imgBasketball player Reggie Lynch reinstated on teamLynch, who was accused of sexual assault, was cleared to participate in team activities. Mike HendricksonSeptember 8, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGophers basketball player Reggie Lynch, who was suspended from the team in May after being arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, has been reinstated on the team, said Dan Reisig, a team spokesman.Lych, a redshirt junior center, was arrested on May 8 by the University of Minnesota Police Department on suspicion criminal sexual conduct. The Hennepin County’s office announced on Aug. 24 that Lynch would not face charges stemming from the arrest. Lynch remained suspended from the team while the University conducted its own investigation after he was cleared of the charges. Lynch, an Illinois State transfer from Edina, Minnesota, sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He is the oldest center on the team and is expected to be the starter.last_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jul 20, 2017

first_imgMRSA emerged long before methicillin was introduced, researchers findA study today in Genome Biology suggests methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) emerged several years before methicillin was used to treat S aureus infections.To identify the origins of MRSA, which first started to appear shortly after methicillin was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1959 in response to widespread penicillin resistance in S aureus, researchers conducted whole genome sequencing on a collection of 209 MRSA isolates recovered in Europe between 1960 and 1989. In reconstructing the evolutionary history of the isolates, they hoped to identify when the first MRSA lineage arose, and when it acquired the staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec), a collection of genes containing the mecA gene, which is associated with methicillin resistance.The earliest MRSA isolates belonged to sequence type (ST) 250, and further investigation of 122 isolates with precise dates and places of origin indicated that a SCCmec element had initially been acquired by S aureus around or before 1946. The researchers theorize that widespread use of penicillin to treat S aureus in the 1940s and 1950s then selected for strains carrying the mecA gene, which also encodes penicillin resistance. That would explain why MRSA began to appear within a year of methicillin being introduced in the clinic.”Our study provides important lessons for future efforts to combat antibiotic resistance,” corresponding author and molecular biologist Matthew Holden, PhD, says in a press release from the University of St. Andrews. “It shows that new drugs which are introduced to circumvent known resistance mechanisms, as methicillin was in 1959, can be rendered ineffective by unrecognized, pre-existing adaptations in the bacterial population.”Holden and his colleagues say the findings highlight the importance of continual surveillance of pathogen populations for evidence of emerging adaptations and resistance patterns.Jul 20 Genome Biol study Jul 20 University of St. Andrews press release Australian surveillance shows increase in drug-resistant gonorrheaAn Australian surveillance system set up last year to provide early warning of the spread of resistant bacteria has detected more than 1,000 cases across the country resistant to last-line antibiotics and an increase in antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, according to a report yesterday from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).The first report of the National Alert System for Critical Antimicrobial Resistance (CARAlert) revealed 1,064 instances of highly resistant bacteria from Mar 17, 2016, to Mar 31, 2017. Scientists reported at least one strain of bacteria that cannot be treated by last-line antibiotics in every state and territory. These strains are called critical antimicrobial resistances (CARs), and at least 37% of all CARs were from patients in the community, not from hospitalized patients.An average of 86 entries were made to CARAlert each month.Before December 2016, the most commonly reported CARs were carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE). One type of CPE, called the IMP type, is now endemic on the eastern seaboard.Since December, the most frequently reported type of CAR was azithromycin-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which accounted for 67% of all CARs reported to the CARAlert system in February this year and 62% in March. Azithromycin is a key gonorrhea antibiotic.Jul 19 ACSQHC report Jul 19 ACSQHC news release WHO: HIV strains becoming resistant to common antiviralsThe World Health Organization (WHO) warned today of growing drug resistance in more than 10% of people beginning antiretroviral treatment for HIV.The information was based on data from 11 countries surveyed in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In six of those countries, 10% of newly diagnosed HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) patients have a strain that’s resistant to antivirals. Once the 10% resistance threshold is crossed, the WHO recommends that a country re-evaluate which antivirals are used as first-line treatment.According to the WHO, mathematical modeling shows that, in the next 5 years, 135,000 deaths and 105,000 new infections could occur if resistance patterns continue. This would raise HIV treatment costs by an additional $650 million in the 5-year period.”Antimicrobial drug resistance is a growing challenge to global health and sustainable development,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, director-general of the WHO. “We need to proactively address the rising levels of resistance to HIV drugs if we are to achieve the global target of ending AIDS by 2030.”Resistance to antiretrovirals occurs when people do not take the drugs as prescribed, which often happens when people do not have consistent access to HIV care. The levels of HIV in their blood increase, and they can transmit the new, resistant virus to others, the WHO said.Jul 20 WHO news releaselast_img read more

Witt develops ‘smart’ gas mixing system

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Messer successfully installs ASU column

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