Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County lawmakers last week approved a 20-year contract worth more than $1 billion with the local subsidiary of the world’s second-largest water company over the objections of environmentalists and other critics.The nine-member legislative rules committee voted unanimously Friday for County Executive Ed Mangano’s long-sought contract with United Water, which is owned by French-based utility company Suez Environmental. Some questioned why the full 19-member county legislature didn’t vote on it, others eyed the company’s track record—but the finances of the deal remain unclear.“United Water has a troubling history of environmental violations, poor service, cost over-runs and low-quality maintenance in communities across the country,” Eric Weltman of the nonprofit Food and Water Watch told the legislature before the vote. A company official called specific cases environmentalists cited “ancient history.”The Nassau Interim Finance Authority, the county’s fiscal control board, still must vote on the contract, which privatizes management—but not ownership—of the three county’s troubled sewage plants, dozens of pumping stations and more than 3,000 miles of sewers.Two years ago, Mangano first proposed the plan—which had been rumored to be under consideration even before he was elected to the county’s top job—but NIFA blocked the earlier version. In the time since, he convinced legislative Democrats and some environmentalists to support the deal.Environmental advocates who expressed support before the vote included leaders of nonprofits such as Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Vision Long Island and Operation SPLASH, which is short for Stop Polluting Littering And Save Harbors.“Together with United Water, we will implement unprecedented advances in environmental protection, odor control, management efficiencies, plant aesthetics and public information,” Mangano said in a statement two weeks before the vote.But, even supporters such as Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island, noted that although they support the move, the projected savings are hard to pin down.“We’re hearing different savings numbers,” he told the panel while praising the fact that the revised deal is not expected to jeopardize the more than $800 million in Sandy grants to repair storm damage to the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.Mangano “guaranteed” the deal will save taxpayers $233 million over two decades by transferring half of the county’s roughly 300 sewer workers to United Water, with the rest being transferred to vacant county jobs. Nassau County Comptroller George Marargos put the estimated savings at about $240 million.Henry Boitel, president of the Rockville Centre Democratic club, was among those who have called for the full legislature to vote on the contract—and was the only member of the public to speak before the rules committee ignored those calls.“I do have a continuing question about the procedure being followed here,” he said, calling it “an unwise precedent.”Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) responded by having Nassau County Attorney Carnell Foskey reiterate his opinion that contracts are required to go through the rules committee only.“The thing I think was of up most concern to everyone is: will there be ongoing oversight?” Gonsalves said. “There are a number of ways.”Still, some remained unconvinced that such a large company would have local taxpayers best interest in mind.“The question is where the obligation of the corporation lies,” one Great Neck woman told the legislature. “It’s to the stockholders, not the residents.”NIFA has yet to set a date for its next meeting, when the sewer contract is expected to come up for a final vote before United Water can take over.
The 33-year-old’s superb free-kick broke the deadlock in the 2-1 victory against a resolute Sunderland side in midweek to put him within one goal of club icon Kenny Dalglish’s tally of 172. To get close to such a number is testament to the England skipper’s quality and longevity and after nine goals in his last 13 matches, including four in his last four, he is enjoying his best Premier League goalscoring season since 2008-09 (when he scored 16 goals) with 11 playing in a midfield holding role. “When Luis was playing the team finished eighth and seventh (in the previous two seasons) so it is not just about one player, it is about creating a collective spirit and quality to our game and that is what we have done.” However, Gerrard remains their biggest presence on the pitch and the sight of him berating his defenders after they conceded a soft goal at a corner against the Black Cats, or audibly shouting at Raheem Sterling to “get it in the corner” as they tried to see out the game, highlighted that. “He is a guy who steps up in the big moments in games; when we need something special in the game the other night he stepped up and scored so there is no doubt people look to him – but it shouldn’t just be Steven’s responsibility,” said Rodgers. “You saw him the other night giving orders to the team, which is important because it is too late if you are in the changing room and have conceded a goal. “He is very short, sharp and concise with his information but his qualities are continual every day and it is not just at this point in time, his leadership is first class. “I think his status as one of the leading players in the world over the last number of years means he has that respect and I think you have seen from his performances he still has that big quality in his game.” Liverpool’s title chances will be tested again this weekend when Tottenham visit Anfield and while Rodgers has continually defended his squad’s ability to cope with the pressure he has now had to assess his own suitability due to his relative inexperience. “In terms of management this will have been my fifth season but I’ve been stood on the touchline for 20-odd years and this year I have been able to put into practise what I have been working on for many years,” said the 41-year-old. “Although there is still a lot for me to learn, it is not as if I am new to it. “Other squads have much greater depth and maybe better individuals than us but we are showing we are developing and we are looking to put something in place not just for one season. “We are looking for sustainable success and that might be different for other clubs. “If there is any pressure it is on other teams.” Press Association Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard continues to deliver in the big moments but manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side are no longer reliant on the midfielder – or anyone else – for inspiration. “It is incredible really,” said Rodgers of Gerrard moving close to equalling Dalglish. “Moving him back into that controlling position has not stopped his goal threat and he can dictate the game from behind. “For most of his career he has played as an attacking player and been one of the world-class players so to get to those numbers and to maybe equal someone of Kenny’s quality and status just shows you the true quality the guy has. “He has a few more years left to go yet to hopefully score more goals.” While Gerrard’s influence to Liverpool cannot be underestimated he has a number of players around him now which means he is not the sole source of inspiration and game-changer. Prior to Wednesday’s match Sunderland manager Gus Poyet suggested Liverpool would be a mid-table team – instead of second – without the 28 League goals of fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez. “That is probably quite disrespectful to the other players,” added the Reds boss. “In my time here we’ve had Luis out and won games, we’ve had Steven, (Philippe) Coutinho, (Daniel) Sturridge out and won games.
Donegal’s ability of front of goal propelled them through to the Ulster Under 21 Final tonight when they brushed aside Monaghan on a scoreline of 4-9 to 1-5.Maxi Curran’s charges were accurate in front of goal tonight.There may have been floodlight failure at Healy Park in Omagh which led to a delay in this semi-final game.But it was ultimately four bright moments which saw Maxi Curran’s side see off Monaghan to book a place against Tyrone in the final. In difficult conditions for football, Donegal got the job done in a comfortable fashion compared to the last-gasp goal they needed from Ryan McHugh to beat Cavan at the quarter-final stage.Played in heavy underfoot conditions, goals from Jack O’Brien and Lorcan Connor saw Donegal go in 2-5 to 0-2 at the break with two late goals in the opening period.Monaghan grabbed a quick second-half goal thanks to Kevin Loughran.But Donegal took control again when Ciaran Thompson netted their third goal. Lorcan Connor hit his second goal and Donegal’s fourth of the night and that sealed a resounding 13-point success.Donegal scorers: Lorcan Connor 2-0, Ciaran Thompson 1-2, Jack O’Brien 1-0, Hugh McFadden 0-2 (0-1f), Eoin McHugh (0-1f), Dara McDaid, Willie Gillespie, Eamonn McGrath, Darach O’Connor – all one point each.GOALS SEE DONEGAL U21s REACH ANOTHER ULSTER FINAL was last modified: April 1st, 2015 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) Tags:donegalMaxi CurranUlster Final
Are you struggling to understand the benefits that you as a wounded service member may be entitled to? Or are you a military family caregiver and need on-the-go financial information concerning your wounded loved one? If so, there’s an app for that!In November 2011, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released the Wounded, Ill and Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook–a smartphone application designed to provide service members and their families with access to comprehensive information upon separation or retirement as a result of a serious (SI) or very serious (VSI) injury.The comprehensive information included in the mobile application covers topics of recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. The electronic version also includes information relating to medical care, DoD pay and allowances, disability compensation and benefits.The smartphone application also lists toll-free numbers for TRICARE regional contractors, behavioral healthcare providers and other TRICARE programs.Both the handbook and smartphone application were developed by the DoD, Departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and the Social Security Administration.This free application is available for download on the App Store and the Google Play Store.
The program contains a wide range of resources to assist the affiliate to improve towards implementing ‘best practice’. The program is about improvement and provides an easy to use framework that will help to make continuous improvement a culture.The AMRI has been designed to assist local competitions, clubs and associations of all sizes and locations, evaluate and improve how they run their competitions. Templates and checklists help the affiliate to identify areas of strength and those requiring improvement. Affiliates move through the program at their own pace and the program enables them to pursue the areas that are of interest. The AMRI will comprise of 11 Modules, with each including a wide range of resources.Modules One, Three and Eight have so far been released, with the following documents included:Module One– Survey Template– Survey Monkey– Post Competition Report Template– Google Maps AnalysisModule Three– Sportzware Central Installation and Set Up Instructions– Tutorial Video URL List– Sportzware User Manuals for:o Sportzware Centralo Sportzware Online Membershipo Online Registrations and Payments. Module Eight– Module Eight Referee Management Overview– Recruitment and Retention Overview– Recruitment and Retention Guidelines– Administration: 1. Code of Ethics 2. Referee Administration Guidelines3. Referee Nomination Form Template4. Referee Availability Template5. Referee Details Template6. Referee Sportzware Upload Template7. Referee Payment Template8. Statement by Supplier Form9. Duty Refereeing Guidelines10. Duty Refereeing Roster Template11. Duty Refereeing Non-Compliance Letter Template12. Duty Refereeing Feedback form– Referee Coaching:1. Referee Coaching Guidelines2. Referee Coaching Break Point Assessment Form3. Referee Mentoring Guidelines and Agreement Form4. Referee Mentoring Guidelines and Agreement Form5. Referee Competency Forms Badge Levels 1 to 6– Referee Coordinator:1. Position Description2. Letter of Offer Template3. Standard Work Instructions4. Action Plan5. Referee Allocation Guidelines6. Protest Incident Report7. Referee Coordinator/Director Progress Report TemplateModules One, Three and Eight can be found in the ‘Affiliate Secure Login Section’ of the Clubhouse section of the TFA website, and can be located by clicking on the following link:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=297#c974 To gain access to the Secure Login Section, please click on the link below:https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v5/regoform.cgi?aID=17526&formID=16255Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming AMRI modules.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid keeper Courtois on 5-star performance: I never doubt myselfby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was delighted with his performance for their Champions League defeat of Galatasaray.Real won 1-0 thanks to Toni Kroos’ goal, with Courtois making three exceptional saves.Courtois said, “Tonight’s was an important match, we had to win to get some breathing space in order to stay alive in the Champions League. It’s a stadium with a big atmosphere and they really get behind their team. We were in the match from the start, although they had two big chances at the beginning that I saved well. In the second half we controlled the match more, but we failed to kill the game off.”Everyone was really up for it and that’s the sort of intensity we have to produce in every game to win. We had chances that could have ended up in goals, we didn’t manage to score a second, but are happy to have got the win, although we need to improve on that. We’re going to keep on working and let’s hope we win more games.”He added: “I never doubt myself, but we know just what a club we’re at and I’m only interested in constructive criticism from my teammates and the coach. I’ll keep on training hard to keep performing to this standard.”
The Ohio State men’s basketball team is coming off arguably its biggest win of the season, taking down archrival Michigan, 56-53, but I still don’t care. OK, it’s not that I don’t care, but I just am not nearly as interested as I have been in previous years. Teams led by Jared Sullinger, Evan Turner and Greg Oden were the things my life revolved around. School, work, even relationships took a back seat to watching these teams play. Whatever the record, although they were typically fantastic, I would find the Buckeyes on television and shut out all else. But this season I have found it harder and harder to get really into OSU basketball games. Although the turnout at Woody’s for those students who couldn’t attend the Michigan game might tell you otherwise, there are many students who are dealing with the same indifference. The passion and pure unadulterated joy that came to campus last year after home victories against Duke and Indiana just has not been matched this season. But what is it that is keeping this talented team from garnering the following that previous Thad Matta-led squads have had? It is hard to pinpoint an exact reason as to what has changed from such a short time ago since there are so many factors contributing to the decline in interest. Potentially most clear of all is the inflated expectations this team has suffered from. Ranked No. 4 overall in the preseason AP poll, OSU hasn’t quite lived up to these lofty beginnings, dropping three games to some very talented teams in Duke and Illinois and at home against Kansas. But the drop-off from where they began to where they are now has been a rude awakening for fans who have become accustomed to a consistent top-10 team. Add the lack of new recruits this year, a perfect football season stealing the spotlight from basketball and what I am terming as the Jared Sullinger hangover, it is no wonder fans are showing a lack of enthusiasm this year. With the depth of the conference this year, every game is going to matter and home-court advantage will play into the Buckeyes’ chances at competing for the Big Ten Championship. The fans could by key down the stretch for OSU. Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will travel to Michigan State for another tough test against the Spartans Saturday at 6 p.m. before returning to Columbus to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTourism numbers increased by 29 per cent for the first half of the year in Montserrat. The country which was tremendously upset by the 1995 volcano eruption is continuing to see renewed interest in the destination. Three thousand two hundred and five visitors took in the still breath-taking beauty of the British overseas territory from January to June. The Caribbean Tourism Organization statistics reveal that last year the tiny island near Antigua with a population of just over five thousand; had 7,310 tourists visit.