U.S. SENATE News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) helped secure extensive workers relief provisions in the emergency coronavirus response bill, including direct payments to New Mexico families and an emergency four-month expansion of unemployment insurance (UI) worth an additional $600 per week. The third congressional COVID-19 funding package that passed the Senate Wednesday, and the House passed today, also includes protections for furloughed workers that safeguard employer-provided health insurance.The direct payments will provide the vast majority of New Mexicans with a one-time $1,200 payment, with married couples receiving $2,400, with an additional $500 for each child. The payment amounts start to phase down above income levels of $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for joint filers, and completely phase out above $100,000 and $200,000 respectively. One independent estimate of an earlier but similar version of the proposal estimated the average New Mexico family would receive over $1,800 and the state’s population as a whole would receive over $1.8 billion combined. The payments are based on 2019 or 2018 tax returns, and include those without income tax liability. If no return is available, the payments will be made through information in 2019 Social Security Benefit Statements. They are expected to be made as early as three weeks after final passage, according to the Department of the Treasury.The expansion of unemployment assistance means more workers’ will see assistance that covers more of their lost wages, with many workers receiving 100% of their previous pay. The expansion also opens up the unemployment insurance program for the self-employed and part-time gig workers for the next four months, who would not otherwise have been eligible to apply for unemployment insurance. The bipartisan funding bill expands the maximum unemployment benefit by $600 per week to meet the unprecedented need from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensures that laid-off workers have more means to make ends meet during a time of public health closures. The agreement ensures that all workers are protected whether they work for businesses small, medium or large, along with those who are self-employed or work in the gig economy. The provisions also allow workers to get unemployment insurance more quickly and allow furloughed workers to stay on as employees and receive health benefits while receiving UI so they are ready to quickly resume work with their employer and restart the American economy when the COVID-19 pandemic draws to a close. “Across the country and throughout New Mexico, workers have lost their jobs and are facing unprecedented economic hardship – almost overnight and through no fault of their own. The American people deserve our full support during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, and help is on the way to New Mexico families and workers,” Udall said. “The bill passed this week puts workers and working families first—over corporate executive bonuses and no-strings-attached corporate bailouts. It puts money into the hands of all New Mexico families that need it and every worker losing a job. This funding is vital to our economic future because it will help families today with their bills while helping to alleviate some of the stresses of tomorrow—money in the bank today and a better chance at a job to return to in the future. I will continue to fight for all New Mexicans to ensure that working people have what they need to stay healthy while providing for themselves and their families.” “Workers who have lost their jobs—even if only temporarily—are deeply worried about how they can support their families who depend on their paychecks,” Heinrich said. “Unemployment insurance will serve as an essential lifeline for them during this crisis. I’m proud that our negotiations secured a massive expansion of benefits and eligibility for the unemployment insurance program so that all workers in New Mexico impacted by this economic upheaval can receive the support they need. Democrats also fought to double the direct cash payments to working Americans. I will hold the administration accountable for delivering this much needed relief to New Mexico families as soon as possible so they can have the peace of mind they need to ride out this storm.”The New Mexico senators also advocated for a provision that was included in the bill to enable paid leave for New Mexicans who work at the national labs or as federal contractors at other federal facilities in the state, if they cannot perform telework due to the nature of their duties. Without this provision, potentially thousands of New Mexicans working at the labs and other federal sites would be forced to drain their leave and eventually lose pay if they are unable to telework because their job cannot be performed remotely. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the third ‘phase’ of coronavirus response passed by Congress. That bill is expected to be passed by the House of Representatives on Friday and President Trump has committed to signing it into law as soon as possible thereafter. The bill also includes unprecedented direct support to small businesses to enable them to keep paying employees during this public health emergency [link to small biz release] and a major investment in the needs of hospitals and frontline health care workers who are faced with rapidly increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients.Udall and Heinrich also voted for the second ‘phase,’ the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, to provide free nation-wide testing for COVID-19 and initial economic relief for the impacts of the pandemic and the associated public health response. In addition, Udall and Heinrich voted for the first measure – an $8.3 billion supplemental appropriations bill, to provide the first wave of support for the country’s public health infrastructure and social safety net programs.
The 1.2MW prototype fuel cell will first be tested at the Sustainable Energy catapult centre in Stord, Norway, after which it will be mounted and tested on board one of shipping company Odfjell’s newest chemical tankers.Green ammonia and LNG are among the different types of fuel that can be used, the partners said in a statement.The project aims to develop a technology that can provide emission-free operation over long distances.According to the project partners, battery solutions are currently not suitable for operating ships that sail long distances, the so-called “deep-sea” fleet.This fleet consists of more than 50,000 ships globally and thus constitutes a big share of international shipping.It is difficult to achieve the goal of climate neutrality without finding solutions for this segment.The unique feature of the new technology is its high energy efficiency and the flexibility that enables substantial emission reductions already from day one with the use of currently available infrastructure for LNG – while also preparing for emission-free operation in line with the development of value chains and infrastructure for sustainable fuels in the years to come, the project partners said in a statement.“Our tests show a CO2 reduction of as much as 40-45% when using LNG, compared to current solutions,” said Bernt Skeie, CEO of Prototech.“Increased efficiency and reduced fuel consumption also provide significant cost savings, and the ship will be able to sail significantly longer on the same amount of energy.”“The system will also be ready to operate completely emission-free from the locations where, for instance, ammonia is available for bunkering.”“The technology also enables direct capture of CO2, which will be yet another alternative for emission-free operation when logistics for CO2 management become available.”Erik Hjortland, Vice-President of Technology at Odfjell, added, “Ships are to be operated for 20-30 years, and we need flexible solutions that can meet future emission requirements.”“We do not have time to wait, we have to think about zero emissions already now.”“The fuel cell project is one of the paths we are pursuing. We focus on machinery rather than focusing on one single type of fuel.”“Fuel cell technology gives us flexibility that ensures environmentally efficient operation regardless of fuel changes that may occur in the years ahead.”
The Sports Bar & Pizzeria launched in partnership with Bristol’s Pizza Workshop and is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6pm. This weekend sees Manchester City v Real Madrid on Friday, August 7th (8pm kick-off), followed by Bayern Munich v Chelsea on Saturday, August 8th (8pm kick-off).Fans can also take advantage of any pizza and pint (or house wine/soft drink) for just £15.To reserve a table, please email [email protected] or call 0117 963 0649.
TOPEKA, Kan. (July 17) – Heading into Sunday night’s Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown, there had been no repeat winners in three of the four IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing divisions at Heartland Park Topeka.As the season moved into its seventh event of the season, something had to give … or did it?The event of the night had to be the BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified feature.Jordan Grabouski moved quickly into the lead. He began to put some distance on the field. A yellow flag would spell trouble for the three-time feature winner as Grabouski pulled off the track with mechanical problems during a caution.This would hand the lead over to veteran Tom Charles.Charles, who started ninth on the field, kept the competition in check most of the night. That was until the last few laps.Steven Bowers Jr. began to eat into Charles’ lead late in the race. As they came to the white flag. Bowers was right on the back bumper of Charles. As the two worked the final turn Bowers took the extreme bottom and Charles was in the middle of the track side by side as the came out of turn four.As they sprinted down the stretch it appeared Charles had a slight lead as they sprinted to the flagstand. Bowers caught his groove down the straightaway. The two were again side by side.Heading to the stripe, Bowers edged in front of Charles by the slightest of margins. From the vantage point in the tower the margin of victory was about three-fourth’s of a front bumper.Brandon Conkwright hung on all the way to the finish and pick up his first Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car win at Heartland Park Topeka, the seventh different this season.Cody Williams raced from eighth starting to prevail in the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Hobby Stock main event. Dustin Thulin topped the Jersey Mikes Subs IMCA Northern SportMod show.
Related ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Jada Pinkett Smith set the record straight on her reported ties to Scientology, insisting she has no connection to the religion.“I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech,” the Girls Trip star tweeted on Tuesday, referring to the ideas and teaching method invented by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who created the controversial religion.“But I am not a Scientologist,” she continued, explaining, “I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not.”The tweet was in response to a claim made by Kevin Can Wait star and former Scientologist Leah Remini made in an interview with the Daily Beast, published on Saturday.“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time,” Remini told the pop culture website. “I never saw Will [Smith] there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.”Remini, a member of the church for 35 years, announced her split in 2013. She’s since become an outspoken critic of Scientology, alleging its practices are abusive towards its members.Remini earned a Creative Arts Emmy for her series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on A&E.Kevin Can Wait, starring Kevin James, returns for its second season Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
The Indiana State Police has released the names of four police officers who were involved in an incident that took place in Dyer on August 10, 2017. The officers involved are as follows:1) Victor Zamora, 37, Lake County Sheriff’s Department, 13 years of service2) Luke Schreiber, 41, St. John Police Department, 10 years of service (18 total) 3) Jacob Patzschke, 25, St. John Police Department, 1 year of service (3 total)4) Daniel Kolodziej, 31, Dyer Police Department, 1 year of service (5 total)The officers remain on paid administrative leave per their respective departments policies.This incident remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police. Upon completion of the investigation, the results will be turned over to the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office for review. On August 10, 2017, at approximately 5:38 a.m., officers with the Dyer Police Department, St. John Police Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Department were involved in a vehicle pursuit of a stolen car in the area of 9300 Sheffield Ave. in Dyer. During the initial pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck a pedestrian in Saulk Village and continued to flee. Indiana officers were able to locate the vehicle in Indiana and pursued the vehicle north into the gas station at the intersection of 81st and Hart Street where it struck another white vehicle before coming to rest on Hart Street, north of 81st Ave. What occurred between the suspect and the officers is under investigation, but the interaction resulted in multiple shots being fired. The suspect died at the scene. The suspect has been identified as Mark P. Coffey, 33, of South Chicago Heights, IL. Coffey had an active warrant for Battery/Robbery and was considered to be armed and dangerous. Coffey also had an ankle monitoring bracelet on his person issued by the Illinois Department of Corrections. The Indiana State Police is being assisted by the Northwest Indiana Major Crime Task Force. The Indiana State Police Crime Scene investigators processed the scene.