Bayonne Bayonne Bayonne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say TAGSbob menendezcoronavirusCOVID-19federal fundinghudson countyravi bhalla SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops Follow Corey McDonald on Twitter @cwmcdonald_ By Corey McDonald – May 5, 2020 3:51 pm 0 BayonneCommunityHobokenJersey CityKearnyNewsNorth Bergen/GuttenbergPolitics & PolicySecaucusUnion CityWeehawkenWest HudsonWest New York U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) held a press call today with eight New Jersey mayors, including Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, to show local support for his bill that would direct $500 billion in federal funding to certain state, county, and local governments.By Corey McDonald/Hudson County ViewThe bi-partisan bill, named the State and Municipal Aid for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Fund, was first announced last month and is co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).The SMART fund would distribute $500 billion – the amount requested from the federal government by the National Governors Association – based on population, infection rate and revenue loss, the senator reiterated today.“It’s a common sense, reasonable solution … to help beat the virus and put our economy on a glide path to full recovery,” Menendez, a former Union City mayor, said today.Most notably for Hudson County, the bill, which the senator hopes to include in “Phase 4” of federal relief legislation, lowers the population threshold for funding municipalities in the CARES act from 500,000 to 50,000.“Every county in New Jersey would be eligible, as well as some of our larger towns and cities,” Menendez said.Under the bill’s parameters, at least Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne, North Bergen, West New York, and Union City would be eligible for funding.“We need to take a bottom up approach, but with top down relief, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing here from the federal government,” Bhalla said on the call.Menendez held the call, in part, to shine a light on the tremendous burden that the state’s municipalities are facing as the COVID-19 virus has forced them to expend “enormous resources to fight the virus, while seeing tax revenues dry up due to the economic fallout,” he said.Crucial revenues that towns and cities rely on – ranging from building permits and inspections, hotel occupancy taxes, and court system fee – among other things – have been seriously impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.Social distancing guidelines issued by states in March to ease stress on the health care system grounded the economy to a halt and forced much of the countries labor force out of work.“Tax receipts are unknown at this time,” said Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano. “We don’t know how people are going to pay their taxes if they’re not working.”More than 40,000 Hudson County residents have successfully filed for unemployment insurance since the COVID-19 crisis began, approximately 6.5% of the countyâ€™s total population, according to recent data provided by the New Jersey Department of Labor.Meanwhile, municipalities have been forced to dole out major expenditures to combat the virus, whether it be in the form of testing or overtime pay for front line workers, along with other regular services.This has walloped local budgets. While Hoboken officials couldn’t provide an exact dollar figure to the deficit, they said it was “well above $10 million,” city spokesman Vijay Chaudhuri said, and that the city has been losing roughly $1 million a month. Jersey City, meanwhile, has indicated they anticipate a roughly $70 million budget hole.Municipalities in other counties in the state are reeling as well: New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill today said his town faces a shortfall in excess of $35 million.“Hoboken … is in a very dire situation,” Bhalla said today. Parking revenues in the city are down by 75 percent, while fees generated from construction, the local court system, and hotel taxes have also taken a hit, he said.“That puts us in a position… where we are faced with a very difficult option of drastically cutting areas where we need services, whether its police, fire, public works or imposing a tax increase upon residents in a very difficult economy,” Bhalla said.“We do not want to furlough or layoff any more workers than we need to, but if we continue bleeding money, that is what the future holds.”Officials in the Mile Square City, Bhalla in particular, are currently facing pushback after issuing 26 layoff notices, potentially effective on Thursday.However, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission has indicated they will hear a stay request on the layoffs, according to a letter obtained by HCV.Meanwhile, Menendez said he expects to formally introduce the bill later this week.If approved, funding would be appropriated in thirds: One-third would be provided to all 50 states and the District of Columbia; one-third would be based on the infection rates disclosed per state; and one third would be based on revenue losses.It’s unclear however, if the bill would have bipartisan support.While the SMART bill will be co-sponsored by Cassidy, it may not pique the interest for the rest of the Republican side of the aisle.For example, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has expressed little interest in directing federal funding to states and municipalities.Still, Menendez has said he has been in talks with three other senate Republicans to support the bill, although he did not mention them by name.“We have a lot of people out there doing urgent work. We’ve had a lot if people laid off, we have small businesses struggling to stay afloat, and the essential services that our residents depend on most are in jeopardy,” he said.“At a moment when these jobs have never mattered more, the reality is there may not be enough money to pay our police officers, firefighters, and paramedics … mayors are grappling with the tough decisions of what and who might have to be cut.”Earlier today, the New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan vocalized support for the legislation.â€œSenator Menendezâ€™s bipartisan SMART Fund legislation will ensure our towns and cities get the resources we desperately need to keep law enforcement on the job and in our neighborhoods and urge his colleagues in Congress to pass it,” he said.Brick Mayor John Ducey, Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Shin Angulo, Galloway Mayor Jim Gorman, Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh, and Rahway Mayor Raymond Giacobbe also participated in the call. 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Email* More from 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games™ Test Events: Horse Sport Enews 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. From June 23-26, the Normandy 2014 Organising Committee will conduct a series of international dressage and show jumping events, which will serve as preliminary events in the Ornano stadium enclosure, the transformation of which will soon be complete.These events are not a rehearsal for the main event at the FEI World Equestrian Games™, but rather a simulation enabling the Organising Committee to modify its choices. These events will also enable the national federations to discover the Ornano stadium site in its equestrian configuration for the first time and enter into discussion with the teams that make up the Organising Committee, so as to hone preparations for the final weeks.The events will be held as follows:• Monday June 23rd: 1pm – CDI3* Grand Prix• Tuesday June 24th: 8am – CDI3*Special Grand Prix // 12.30am CDI3* Freestyle• Wednesday June 25th: 10am – Competition 1 (1m35) // 2pm Competition 2 (1m40)• Thursday June 26th: 9am – Competition 3 (1m40) // 1pm Grand Prix (1m45)The general public will be invited to attend a day of show jumping on June 25th for free. The audience will be able to choose between two sessions: one in the morning (10 am to 1pm) and one in the afternoon (2pm to 5pm).The invitation can be downloaded on the event website www.normandy2014.com (Tickets/my account/preparatory events – and enter the special promotional code: EP2014) or it can be collected from the venue directly at the entrance on June 25th. Tags: 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games™, SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!
Richmond Police Dept. (RICHMOND, Ky.) — Weeks after a 22-year-old mysteriously vanished, her mother is desperate for answers and pleading with her daughter to “please, please come home to us.”Savannah Spurlock, who lives with her mother in Richmond, Kentucky, was last seen on Friday, Jan. 4, leaving a bar in Lexington, according to Richmond police.Spurlock, a mother of four, left the bar with three men she met there, according to Richmond Assistant Chief of Police Rodney Richardson.Those men have been identified and questioned, Richardson told ABC News Monday. Meanwhile, Spurlock hasn’t been seen since.Ellen Spurlock said the last time she spoke to her daughter was via Facetime around 3 a.m. on Jan. 4. Ellen Spurlock said her daughter was in a car with at least three other people at the time.“She told me she was fine. When I asked her where she was, she said she was in Lexington,” Ellen Spurlock told ABC News Sunday night. “She promised she would be home later that morning. She did not seem out of the ordinary.”“I don’t know anything about her relationship with the men that she was with,” she added. “When she Facetimed me I did not recognize the gentleman driving the car. I had never seen him before. I could not see who was in the back of the car because it was so dark out. But I heard voices talking over each other — that’s how I knew there were at least two individuals in the back seat of the vehicle.”It’s not clear if the men Savannah Spurlock left the bar with were the same people she was in a car with while talking to her mother, Richardson said.No one has been charged, Richardson said, and while police have not ruled out charges, he said their focus is on the search for Spurlock.The 22-year-old is believed to be in danger, Richardson said. There’s no indication she ran away, he said.Police have not ruled out anything — including the possibility of foul play, he said.The worried mother, concerned her daughter was taken against her will, called this her “worst nightmare.”“We’re leaning on faith, on God and on each other, our family, our friends,” Ellen Spurlock said. “I miss her. It’s very, very hard on us. We just want her back where she belongs with us and her four babies.”She called her daughter “a very responsible individual” who “hardly ever went anywhere.”“Her kids were her priority,” Ellen Spurlock said. “So this is all just a big shock to her family and friends that she would not be here for over three weeks.”Ellen Spurlock said her message to her daughter is: “Please come home to your family and friends…Your babies need you.”Ellen Spurlock is also pleading with anyone with information to come forward.“No matter how insignificant you think it is, how minor, it could be the piece to the puzzle that brings Savannah back to us,” she said.Savannah Spurlock is described as having multiple tattoos including a rose on her left shoulder and text reading “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” on the right side of her torso.She was last seen wearing a black sleeveless top and a maroon skirt with heels.Anyone with information is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 859-624-4776.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Red & White Services, trading as Stagecoach in South Wales, escaped with a warning over failures to operate a registered local service and timetable problems after Traffic Commissioner (TC) Nick Jones was satisfied that the failures had been remedied by the time the firm appeared before him.Bus Compliance Officer Sian Thomas told the TC that monitoring between 4 and 16 January revealed an overall punctuality rate of 89.17%. Out of 223 observations during a subsequent monitoring, the only failures were 15 late departures. That equated to an overall punctuality rate of 93.27%.For the company, it was said that having experienced major traffic delays at the site of the University Hospital of Wales, a decision was made to revise routes to improve punctuality.Prior to implementing changes in August 2016, it received what it thought was positive news in relation to traffic management within the hospital complex that would further aid punctuality.Unfortunately, it transpired that it was not the case as the changes at the hospital simply increased the volume of traffic elsewhere on the route; negating any improvement in punctuality at the hospital.There was a relatively high degree of illegal on-road parking especially within the Caerphilly Borough Council area which was not enforced as effectively as the company would have liked. An additional feature contributing to timetable problems were major roundabout works. Another problem was that a bus lane was not laid out in accord with guidelines which resulted in insufficient road space to use it. That was eventually put right. Some of the failures were the result of staff misconduct, which was promptly identified, and proportion action taken.In his decision the TC said that the company had a large number of registered services in the area, most were not the cause of any significant complaint. He was satisfied that this was an operator that had sought to address the problems identified, some of which were relatively unusual. It would have been wholly disproportionate to have made decisions affecting the ability of the company to register further timetables, or to impose a financial penalty.Enforcement of timetable compliance was dealt with in a very different way in England, when compared to Wales. Historically, all traffic areas had a Bus Compliance Officer. However, the Welsh Government provided a subsidy to enable an additional two posts within Wales. The three bus compliance officers in Wales developed in a different way to their colleagues in England and their professional expertise was acknowledged as being to a very high standard. As a consequence, the standard of timetable compliance within Wales had for well over a decade been far higher than that within England outside of London.Existing legislation provided for a Welsh Minister to add to the list of sanctions available to a TC in the event of non-adherence with a registered timetable. Additionally, the Wales Act 2017 made provision for the relevant Welsh Minister to issue formal guidance to the TC in relation to bus punctuality. He noted that the Wales Act was yet to be implemented in that respect.
The commissioner’s statement also implies that this examination is conducted widely, routinely and against the asylum-seeker’s will. Once again, this is wholly false. Fewer than ten asylum-seekers were examined in this way. It is crucially important – and a fact omitted by the commissioner – that in all instances the examination was carried out with the explicit written approval of the asylum-seeker and, in some instances, at the asylum-seeker’s own request. And in each case, this was an option of last resort to verify the credibility of the claims on which they based their application for asylum. What, then, are the facts about phallometric testing? It was conducted in a very limited number of cases over a very limited time period, and as one piece of evidence used in decisions on the granting of asylum. Authorities always have to verify whether an asylum-seeker is speaking the truth; in case of applications based on homosexual orientation, the importance of careful verification is acute, since homosexuals would face severe punishment, even death, if returned to countries such as Iran, Syria, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Cameroon or Nigeria. In several cases, the claims were unreliable and this, under other circumstances, could have led to their deportation to their country of origin. The Czech authorities therefore had to decide whether to return these asylum-seekers to their countries of origin, or to offer them a sexological test as an ‘ultima ratio’ verification of the credibility of their claim. The decision to use this particular method lay in all cases with an independent court expert in the field of sexology. This method of examination was used only with the claimant’s agreement or at his explicit request. Thanks to this, the threat of deportation to their home country was averted. In all cases where homosexual orientation was proven by methods including a sexological examination, asylum in the Czech Republic was granted. All these are facts well known to the European Commission; the Czech Republic has shared all of this information. That makes it all the more regrettable that the commissioner has distorted the truth. Rather than serving as the object of subjective criticism by the Commission, the Czech Republic would welcome constructive proposals of alternative solutions, motivated by a real effort to help asylum-seekers. These, unfortunately, have not been forthcoming either from the Commission, or from any other competent body.Milena Vicenová Permanent representative of the Czech Republic to the EU There is no doubt that in modern Europe the persecution or intolerance of homosexuals is absolutely unacceptable. But so too is the allegation that the Czech Republic is guilty of it. Such was a claim made by Cecilia Malmström, the European commissioner for home affairs, in an entry in her blog on 17 May. She chose the sexological testing of some asylum-seekers in the Czech Republic, used in the past in fewer than ten cases, as an example of a gross violation of fundamental rights. This serious accusation, expressed in very strong terms, is based on false assertions. Her statement, aimed at the European public, amounts to a gross distortion of the truth. First of all, Malmström claims that ‘phallometric testing’ – the testing of physiological reactions – is currently used in the asylum procedure in the Czech Republic. This is not true. The examination was used within the international protection procedure only in 2008 and 2009. The Czech Republic long ago made clear that this method is no longer used. Brussels
Belgium has “elaborate but badly functioning mechanisms for involving the regions and communities in the agreement of EU legislation,” according to the text, and “the country’s record on implementation is also poor.”The goal of the briefing, written by senior civil servants, was to help Blair navigate a new life of protocol and policy as head of the government.The text also includes a warning that he and his wife Cherie may have to spend more on clothes than they did as “private citizens.” Civil servants also wrote that ministers should use government cars in a way “that could be defended in public if challenged.”The advice also included more mundane information: Blair could charge drinks consumed in his study to No. 10, but would have to pay for drinks in the No. 10 flat out of his own pocket.Referring to financial arrangements for Blair, the memo reads that “I’m sure this will not be top of your agenda,” while on his pension arrangements it reads: “I am sure, even less on your mind than your salary etc!” Also On POLITICO In Trump’s embrace, Macron risks catching Tony Blair syndrome By Nicholas Vinocur Avoid the “elaborate but badly functioning” Belgian system of government at all costs, Tony Blair was advised by civil servants when he first stepped into No. 10 Downing Street in 1997, the BBC reported.The advice was part of a briefing running to hundreds of pages for the then incoming prime minister after his landslide election victory, released under Freedom of Information laws.The memo highlights ways to avoid the Belgian system of devolution in advice on how a transfer of powers from London to Scotland and Wales would work within the EU.
(WBZ) BOSTON There will be no strike on Monday after Colorado-based American Medical Response reached a tentative agreement with EMS workers in eastern Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. We are pleased that we have been able to negotiate an agreement that we believe is fair and equitable for both employees and the Company, and we look forward to an ongoing collaborative relationship with the union in the future, said Brendan McNiff, AMR general manager. Read Full Story
– FRANCE: Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said French citizens who want to leave Wuhan will be taken on a direct flight to France in the middle of the week, and then held in quarantine for 14 days. French automaker PSA, which produces Peugeot and Citroen cars, said it was evacuating its expatriate employees and their families from Wuhan and quarantining them in another city. It didn’t elaborate. – JAPAN: Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said 560 Japanese citizens are confirmed in Hubei and chartered evacuation flights are being prepared to leave “as soon as possible.” The Japanese Embassy in Beijing said the initial evacuation is limited to those in Wuhan. Evacuees are expected to include employees of Honda Motor Co., Tokyo Electron, Aeon Co. and other Japanese companies operating in Wuhan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his Cabinet will designate the new coronavirus as an infectious disease subject to forced hospitalization and isolation. Such preventative measures appear to be preparation for the evacuation. – AUSTRALIA: Foreign Minister Marise Payne said her government is “exploring all opportunities” to help with evacuation of a number of Australians reportedly in Wuhan. She didn’t elaborate. Australia doesn’t have a consular presence in Wuhan. TOKYO (AP) – Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that’s the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. – CHINA: The government cut transportation links to and from the city of Wuhan on Jan. 22 and has since expanded those controls to several nearby cities. Anyone traveling from Wuhan is required to register and quarantine themselves for 14 days – the virus’ maximum incubation period. Hong Kong barred entry to travelers from Hubei province and told Hong Kong residents returning from the area to quarantine themselves at home. Travelers from Beijing , wearing masks, arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, early Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. France’s government announced Sunday it will repatriate up to hundreds of French citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly new virus. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) A look at steps being taken: – UNITED STATES: The U.S. Consulate in Wuhan plans a charter flight Tuesday to evacuate its personnel and some other Americans. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said the limited capacity on the flight to San Francisco meant priority will be given to to individuals “at greater risk from coronavirus.” – SRI LANKA: The embassy in Beijing has applied for a Sri Lankan Airlines plan to be allowed to land at the Wuhan airport to airlift home 32 Sri Lankan students and their family members. The foreign ministry also said it was working to bring back all other Sri Lankan students throughout China. About 860 Sri Lankan students are in China. – THAILAND: Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said his country’s Defense Ministry was ready to evacuate its citizens from affected areas in China, but hadn’t yet received permission from the Chinese government. The Thai Foreign Ministry, which is handling the issue, announced that there are 64 Thais in Wuhan, and 18 others elsewhere in Hubei province. – GERMANY: Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that his country is considering evacuating its citizens from Wuhan, with a government crisis response committee meeting soon with medical experts to evaluate the situation. He said the number of German citizens in Wuhan is in the double digits. The foreign ministry currently advises Germans to refrain from or postpone “non-essential travel” to China. Travelers from Beijing , wearing masks, arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, early Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. France’s government announced Sunday it will repatriate up to hundreds of French citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly new virus. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Tri accessories specialist FuelBelt has announced its sponsorship of South African professional triathlete James Cunnama. Cunnama has joined the star-packed FuelBelt Race Team in ‘a multi-year deal as an ambassador to one of the most dedicated and long standing brands in triathlon.’After placing 4th in the Ironman World Championships last October, and taking home the win in his 2014 debut on his home turf at Ironman South Africa in mid January, Cunnama’s future as a top ranked pro triathlete is bright. In 2012, he also impressively broke the 8hr mark at Challenge Roth with a time of 7:59:59.“We’ve been following James for a while and were very impressed with his overall skills and killer run splits,” said Vinu Malik, Founder & CEO of FuelBelt. “He’s got everything it takes to be a world champion, including a fantastic work ethic and positive attitude. We are excited to have him join the FuelBelt team!” “I have been using FuelBelt products to fuel properly in racing and training for years,” said Cunnama. “It is great to work with a company who understands the unique fuelling challenges an Ironman can present and has the solutions to make my racing and training easier and more comfortable.”FuelBelt Inc is a world leader in hydration belts and running accessories. Founded in 1997 by 36x Ironman finisher and 7-time Ironman World Championship participant, Vinu Malik, FuelBelt continues to serve the needs of endurance athletes across the globe.FuelBelts have been used to ‘break world records, set personal bests, and have been used at the Olympic world stage, where every effort and every second counts.’www.FuelBelt.comwww.JamesCunnama.net Related
Photo credit: World War 1 MuseumWith the chilly weather and some exciting football to watch, some of us might be tempted to stay home and get cozy under a blanket. If you can resist that temptation there are lots of great local events happening.City Center Live presents Kansas City jazz ensemble The Natalie Bates Quartet presents a live performance and conversation about the inspirations behind their music. at the Community Forum auditorium located in the Lenexa City Hall.If your weekend plans usually include brunch, consider dining at Houlihan’s in Fairway, where 15% of sales will benefit the R Park Sculpture Project. Make sure to mention that you’re “Playing it Forward” when you get there.Photo credit: City of FairwayI may have a house full of little girls, but I’m definitely our biggest fan of a classic tea party. If you can find a bonnet make sure to wear it for the Tea Party at the Mission event at Shawnee Indian Mission on Saturday.On Saturday evening head out to Care Beyond the Boulevard’s Fall Festival at the Fire Stables in Lenexa. This group provides healthcare and medical services to some of Kansas City’s homeless.And of course, Monday is Veteran’s Day. Although our coverage area does not include KC, MO, it’s worth making the trip over this weekend to witness the events at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. In commemoration of the centennial of the armistice of World War I (Nov. 11, 1918) the museum will be hosting special events throughout the weekend.