first_imgPool photo by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo / Flickr.ALBANY — Saying the federal government learned nothing in how it conducted COVID-19 testing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called into question the proposed vaccination plan during a Friday conference call.The federal approach to use private vaccine providers such as Walgreen, CVS and other private pharmacies is a mirror of what Cuomo called a testing debacle.“The administration is locked in on this private sector plan,” Cuomo said.The current plan could take up to a year or more to vaccinate everyone, Cuomo said, adding the country can’t afford a year of time to vaccinate people. “We know the capacity of the network because we now have it engaged,” he said. “It could take one year to vaccinate. Their fundamental plan while simplistic is deeply flawed.”Cuomo said the federal government will not supply any funding to state’s to set up their own vaccination plans.“The federal govt will not provide any funding to speak of for a state to set up a supplemental network,” Cuomo said.“We just can’t afford it,” he said. “Their plan is just to fund the private sector providers. It operationally would be highly inefficient and it’s a direct mirror of the testing debacle. They’ve learned nothing.”“They handed it to the states. ‘New York State, you do the testing,’ ‘Will you provide us funding,’ ‘No,’ ” Cuomo said. “Will you provide us any materials,’ ‘No.’ This nation has been abysmal with testing.” 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),Cuomo is an ass. He has led the state with the most deaths from covid than any other state in the union. He killed people in nursing homes because of his order that the homes take covid patients. Since we are the highest taxed state in the union why does he need government funding. He has to go or there will be no one left in the state.last_img read more

first_imgDamascus, Virginia is a well-loved outdoor mecca in southwest Virginia which serves as a popular hub for several trails including the popular 34+mile Virginia Creeper, the Iron Mountain trail, Trans-America National Bicycle Trail, and of course the famous Appalachian Trail which literally lies atop the town’s Main Street.  It has long been regarded as one of the most welcoming communities along the famous footpath and celebrates both the trail and the thousands of annual thru-hikers during its popular Trail Days festival which has been held every May for over 30 years.We attempted to contact Hey Joe’s for comment, but the number that the restaurant lists on Facebook has been disconnected. Hey Joe’s, a restaurant in the Appalachian Trail town of Damascus in southwest Virginia, is reportedly closing its doors after the owner and his brother were caught on film on Monday, October 23 hurling anti-Semitic remarks at a man in the street.“You should get in a f*cking Jewish oven and die like your ancestors,” one of the men can be heard saying on the video.The victim has been identified as Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Craig Johnston.WARNING: The video below contains violence and highly offensive racial slurs. Immediately after the racist remarks are made, the owner, wearing a striped shirt in the video, appears to strike Johnston. The two then turn and walk away, continuing to spout racial insults while threatening more physical harm to the individual filming.“You better be careful when you’re walking around,” one of the men can be heard saying, as they leave the scene.According to a statement from the Damascus Police Department, the two men—Joseph E. Killian and Henry Oscar Killian II—have been arrested and are being held without bond at the Abingdon Regional Jail.Damascus Mayor Jack McCrady posted a statement on his personal Facebook page which can be read in full below.“Seems like our wonderful Town has yet again been placed under the scrutiny of bad press. As with most issues, there is controversy. For those who viewed the hideous anti-Semitic video, nothing can justify the statements, it certainly doesn’t represent our community. The individual assaulted isn’t completely innocent of any wrong doing either. By his own admission, he went there in an attempt to purchase illegal drugs, the transaction soured inside the business and then spilled out into the streets, resulting in the videoed portion of the altercation. The victim didn’t press charges, but instead chose to vent on social media. The Town has pressed charges, and the two men from the business are being held in the regional jail without bond. Nothing can justify the hideous statements made by those involved. This behavior does not represent Damascus or our citizens. The business was due to permanently close at the end of the month, but due to current circumstances is now closed.”McCrady later told the Bristol Herald that the men are not from Damascus originally but moved to the area from Charlotte, North Carolina.“There is no justifying this behavior,” said fellow Damascus business owner, Joe Bridges. “I know that it is not accepted in any way by the town, and the community immediately railed against them and their actions. I’m a Jewish resident of Damascus, and I haven’t experienced any kind of antisemitism since moving here in July of 2015. I also own and operate a bakery/juice bar around the corner from Hey Joe’s.”The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which administers stewardship of the trail along its 2,200-mile path, has issued a statement on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgTopics : Rochester, New York’s police chief abruptly resigned on Tuesday along with his command staff, saying there had been a “mischaracterization and politicization” of his actions following the death of Daniel Prude in police custody.Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren told a City Council meeting that she had not asked Chief La’Ron Singletary to resign, though she said there was “information that was brought to light today that I have not previously seen before.” She did not elaborate.Rochester, a city of 200,000 people on Lake Ontario, erupted with protests last week after the Prude family released body camera footage showing officers had used a mesh hood and pinned Prude, a 41-year-old Black man, to the pavement during the March arrest. “The mischaracterization and the politicization of the actions that I took after being informed of Mr. Prude’s death is not based on facts, and is not what I stand for.”Warren, who has also come under pressure for the handling of Prude’s arrest and death, said Singletary’s deputy, Joseph Morabito, had also retired and that “there may be a number of others that will decide to leave as well.”The mayor said she was unsure when the retirements would take effect.Free the People ROC, a local Black Lives Matter group, welcomed the resignations in a Facebook post but demanded more.”Let’s keep the pressure up until all those responsible for Daniel Prude’s murder and cover up — including Mayor Lovely Warren – have resigned, taken responsibility and donated their pensions to the families they allowed to be harmed,” it wrote.Warren apologized to the Prude family last week and suggested she had been misled by Singletary – an allegation he denied. Singletary also pointed to his ordering of an internal investigation soon after the incident.The Rochester police union’s head, Michael Mazzeo, defended the officers last week, saying they followed procedure in using the so-called “spit hood,” necessary because Prude claimed he had the coronavirus. Mazzeo also said Singletary’s office told him after the arrest there were “no concerns” with the officers’ actions.center_img The release of the footage five months after Prude’s death had raised questions of a possible cover-up and turned Rochester into the latest flashpoint in a summer of protests over racial injustice first sparked by George Floyd’s May 25 death.Seven police officers involved in the arrest were suspended last week. The medical examiner ruled Prude’s death a homicide by asphyxiation, with the drug PCP a contributing factor. He was having a psychotic episode when he was arrested.Black Lives Matter activists had called for Singletary’s resignation. But as recently as Sunday, amid a weekend of demonstrations, he had said he intended to stay on, and Warren backed him. Both he and the mayor are Black.”As a man of integrity, I will not sit idly by while outside entities attempt to destroy my character,” Singletary said in a statement, noting his 20 years on the force.last_img read more

first_imgOffshore oil and gas explorer and producer Kosmos Energy has completed the acquisition of Gulf of Mexico operator Deep Gulf Energy (DGE).DGE assets in Gulf of Mexico (blue – producing, green – prospect, yellow outline – operated); Source: DGEKosmos said on Monday that the acquisition of Deep Gulf Energy included Deep Gulf Energy LP, Deep Gulf Energy II, Deep Gulf Energy III, and related entities.The company agreed the buy for a total consideration of $1.225 billion, subject to certain adjustments. Of the total amount, $925 million was in cash while $300 million was in Kosmos common shares issued to First Reserve, management, and other DGE shareholders.According to Kosmos, the acquisition of DGE adds to its deepwater Atlantic Margin portfolio with attractive assets and a strong record of growing production and reserves through infrastructure-led exploration.“This immediately accretive acquisition enhances the scale of the company and is expected to generate significant free cash flow, enabling Kosmos to return cash to shareholders through a dividend, beginning in the first quarter of 2019,” the company said.In a previous statement, Kosmos said that the acquisition would add approximately 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) of production (around 85% oil), growing 2018 pro forma production by 50% from approximately 45,000 to 70,000 boed.Kosmos will also add estimated 2P reserves of approximately 80 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe), increasing total 2P reserves by 40% from over 200 mmboe to approximately 280 mmboe.last_img read more