Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island has a rainy and slightly warmer forecast for the week ahead before clearing up and cooling down by the weekend.Monday is expected to hit a high of 44 under mostly sunny skies with the same weather on tap for Tuesday before a chance of up to an inch rain moves in afternoon and after sundown, according to the National Weather Service.Wednesday is forecast to hit a high of 51 with the chance of up to an additional half inch of rain during the day through the night. The chance of showers persists Thursday as the temperatures hit 47.Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be sunny with highs in the low 40s and dipping below freezing at night.
Both the House and Senate return to Washington this week, and their to-do list includes decisions on government funding and reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by Dec. 8. The chambers are also expected to continue moving ahead on their tax reform efforts before year-end.The Senate Appropriations Committee this week may take up the chairman’s mark on the fiscal 2018 financial services and general government appropriations bill, which was released last week, as part of a larger package to address outstanding funding bills before the Dec. 8 deadline. The bill, in a win for credit unions, includes full funding for the NAFCU-supported Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI) and Community Development Revolving Loan Fund (CDRLF). It also brings the CFPB under the congressional appropriations process.Regarding the NFIP, the House passed its version of reauthorization earlier this month, which now waits Senate action. The Senate, however, has been working on its own bill. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This post has been updated to include a response from National Heritage Academies.A couple of years ago, auditors looked at the books of a charter school in Buffalo, New York, and were taken aback by what they found. Like all charter schools, Buffalo United Charter School is funded with taxpayer dollars. The school is also a nonprofit. But as the New York State auditors wrote, Buffalo United was sending ” virtually all of the School’s revenues” directly to a for-profit company hired to handle its day-to-day operations.Charter schools often hire companies to handle their accounting and management functions. Sometimes the companies even take the lead in hiring teachers, finding a school building, and handling school finances.In the case of Buffalo United, the auditors found that the school board had little idea about exactly how the company—a large management firm called National Heritage Academies—was spending the school’s money. The school’s board still had to approve overall budgets, but it appeared to accept the company’s numbers with few questions. The signoff was “essentially meaningless,” the auditors wrote.In the charter-school sector, this arrangement is known as a “sweeps” contract because nearly all of a school’s public dollars—anywhere from 95 to 100 percent—is “swept” into a charter-management company.The contracts are an example of how the charter schools sometimes cede control of public dollars to private companies that have no legal obligation to act in the best interests of the schools or taxpayers. When the agreement is with a for-profit firm like National Heritage Academies, it’s also a chance for such firms to turn taxpayer money into tidy profits.“It’s really just a pass-through for for-profit entities,” said Eric Hall, an attorney in Colorado Springs who specializes in work with charter schools and has come across many sweeps contracts. “In what sense is that a nonprofit endeavor? It’s not.”Neither National Heritage Academies nor the Buffalo United board responded to requests for comment. (Update: NHA spokeswoman Jennifer Hoff said in an emailed statement, “Our approach relieves our partner boards of all financial, operational, and academic risks—a significant burden that ultimately defeats many charter schools. Freed from burdens like fundraising, our partner boards can focus on governance and oversight 2026 NHA and its partner schools comply fully with state and federal laws, authorizer oversight requirements, and education department regulations—including everything related to transparency.”)While relationships between charter schools and management companies have started to come under scrutiny, sweeps contracts have received little attention. Schools have agreed to such setups with both nonprofit and for-profit management companies, but it’s not clear how often. Nobody appears to be keeping track.What is clear is that it can be hard for regulators and even schools themselves to follow the money when nearly all of it goes into the accounts of a private company.“We’re not confident that sweeps contracts allow [charters schools and regulators] to fully fulfill their public functions,” said Alex Medler, who leads policy and advocacy work at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, a trade group for charter regulators. The organization discourages the arrangements. “We think this is an issue that needs attention.”Officials have gotten glimpses of questionable spending by some firms using “sweeps” contracts.Take the case of Brooklyn Excelsior Charter School, another National Heritage Academies school. In 2012, state auditors tried to track the $10 million in public funding given to the school, only to conclude they were ” unable to determine … the extent to which the $10 million of annual public funding provided to the school was actually used to benefit its students.” From what auditors could tell, the school was paying above-market rent for its building, which in turn is owned by a subsidiary of National Heritage Academies. They also had concerns about equipment charges.The auditors couldn’t ultimately tell whether the charges were reasonable because National Heritage Academies refused to share the relevant financial details. The firm also refused to provide detailed documentation for $1.6 million in costs recorded as corporate services, claiming the information was proprietary, according to the audit. The board president of Brooklyn Excelsior did not respond to our request for comment.While the auditors in New York were disturbed by what they found, they could do little more than issue reports with advisory recommendations. “We can’t audit the management company,” said Brian Butry, a spokesman for New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.In Michigan, where NHA is the largest charter-school operator, state education regulators have voiced similar frustrations about the degree to which these private firms are shielded from having to answer to the public about how money is spent.“I can’t FOIA National Heritage Academies,” said Casandra Ulbrich, Vice President of the Michigan State Board of Education, referring to the right to request public documents from public agencies. “I don’t know who they’re subcontracting with, I don’t know if they’re bid out. I don’t know if there are any conflicts of interest. This is information we as taxpayers don’t have a right to.”Last year, Ulbrich and the State Board of Education had called for more transparency to be brought to the financial dealings of charter-management firms. They specifically asked the legislature to outlaw sweeps contracts. “Unfortunately,” Ulbrich said, “it fell on deaf ears.”The Internal Revenue Service has questioned some cases of sweeps contracts, but has not taken a consistent stand on whether the contracts are appropriate.It’s not just charter regulators and auditors that have reason to be wary of such setups. Some charter-school boards that signed sweeps contracts have found themselves shut out of the operations of their own schools.In Ohio, ten charter-school boards sued their management firm, White Hat Management, in 2010 after they couldn’t get answers to basic questions about why their schools’ performance lagged and how the school’s money was spent.Even so, it was a challenge for the schools to take back control. After handing over the bulk of their money to White Hat for years, the schools had little money of their own, said Karen Hockstad, an attorney who’s been representing the school boards in continuing litigation.“Their hands are tied. They don’t have the money to build brand new infrastructure and get new desks and books and anything else,” said Hockstad. White Hat Management did not return a request for comment.Some charter-school regulators—recognizing their limited authority over charter-management companies—are beginning to push back, requiring schools to get more information from management firms. Still, that hasn’t stopped some management companies from putting up a fight.Regulators in the District of Columbia are seeking more legal authority over management firms after two recent scandals. The DC Public Charter School Board has asked the city council to pass legislation that would allow access to the books of management companies under certain conditions. So far, that effort has gone nowhere.Related coverage: Read about how a chain of charter schools is channeling millions of public education dollars to for-profit companies controlled by the schools’ founder.If you have information about charter schools and their profits or oversight 2014 or any other tips 2014 email us at [email protected].org.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.
Police in Chile are training dogs to detect people that may be infected with the novel coronavirus by sniffing their sweat.The dogs — three golden retrievers and a labrador — are between the ages of four and five. Until now they have been used to sniff out illicit drugs, explosives and lost people, police say.The training program is a joint effort by Chile’s national police, the Carabineros, and specialists at the Universidad Catolica de Chile. Medical Detection Dogs, a British charity set up in 2008 to harness dogs’ sharp sense of smell to detect human diseases, also started training canines to detect COVID-19 in late March. It follows in the footsteps of similar efforts taking place in France, said Julio Santelices, head of the police school of specialties.Dogs have 330 million olfactory receptors, and an ability to detect smells 50 times better than humans. They can also smell 250 people per hour.”The virus has no smell, but rather the infection generates metabolic changes” which in turn leads to the release of a particular type of sweat “which is what the dog would detect,” Fernando Mardones, a Universidad Catolica professor of veterinary epidemiology, told AFP.According to Santelices, tests in Europe and Dubai shown a 95 percent efficiency rate in canine detection of COVID-19 cases. Four-legged biodetectors “The importance of this scientific study is that it will allow dogs to become biodetectors, and detect this type of illness at an early stage,” Santelices told AFP.Mardones said that there is already evidence that dogs can detect diseases such as tuberculosis, parasite infections, and even early stages of cancer.Canines can detect subtle changes in skin temperature, potentially making them useful in determining if a person has a fever.According to the World Organization for Animal Health, the possibility of contagion from a dog is remote.The canine trainees began their education one month ago, and will use sweat samples taken from COVID-19 patients being treated at the Universidad Catolica’s clinic.The experts hope to have the dogs trained and working in the field by August. The plan is to deploy them with an officer in pedestrian-heavy areas such as train stations and airports, and at health control stations.Chile on Tuesday reported 1,836 new cases of COVID-19 — the lowest figure in two months — bringing the total of cases since March 3 to 319,493.The viral infection has killed more than 11,000 people, according to the most recent Health Ministry official report, which includes “probable” COVID-19 victims. Topics :
Advertisement Advertisement James GoldmanSunday 12 May 2019 4:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link493Shares Riyad Mahrez’s stunning goal all but confirmed Manchester City as Premier League champions (Picture: Getty)Manchester City retained the Premier League title with a crushing 4-1 victory over Brighton, condemning Liverpool to a runners-up finish despite amassing an astonishing 97 points.The Champions League finalists set the tone for a seesaw afternoon when Sadio Mane opened the scoring after 17 minutes at Anfield.Jordan Henderon played a neat one-two with assist machine Trent Alexnader-Arnold, and the rampaging full-back’s deflected cross fell perfectly for Mane, who calmly slotted home his 21st goal of the campaign.Better was to follow for Jurgen Klopp’s side when, some 250 miles away, Glenn Murray met a Pascal Gross corner at the near post and flicked his header past a stranded Ederson.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Glenn Murray had Anfield rocking after he put Brighton ahead against Manchester City (Picture: AP)City responded instantly, however, with the old double act of David Silva and Sergio Aguero, who lashed a low shot through the legs of Matt Ryan, restoring parity just 83 seconds after Murray’s opener.That goal steadied City’s nerves and they made their territorial domination count seven minutes before the break when Laporte lost his marker Murray and powered the champions in front and back to the top of the league. Aymeric Laporte’s bullet header put Man City in the lead seven minutes before half time (Picture: AP)Brighton, whose top flight safety was guaranteed last weekend following their spirited draw at Arsenal, struggled to gain a foothold in a second period dominated in its entirety by Guardiola’s well-oiled machine.The City manager’s team selection raised eyebrows ahead of kick-off when he handed Ryiad Mahrez only his fourth start in the last 17 Premier League matches.After delivering the corner from which Laporte put City in front, the Algeria international took matters into his own hand just past the hour mark when he twisted away from Lewis Dunk, shifted the ball onto his unfavoured right foot and powered his shot past Ryan to spark jubilant scenes in the away end.And any hopes of a Brighton comeback were firmly extinguished 18 minutes from the end when Ilkay Gundogan bent an inch-perfect free-kick around the wall and into Ryan’s net to confirm City’s status as back-to-back champions.At a subdued Anfield, meanwhile, Mane at least confirmed another victory for Klopp’s equally relentless side following another Trent Alexander-Arnold assist.The Reds will have another shot at glory in next month’s Champions League final, but for now they must console themselves that, no matter how slim the margin, they have been second best to City this season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Sergio Aguero’s instant equaliser steadied Manchester City’s nerves at Brighton (Picture: Getty) Sadio Mane fired Liverpool ahead against Wolves in the 17th minute (Picture: Getty) Comment Rampant Manchester City crush Brighton and pip Liverpool to Premier League title
Published on October 26, 2018 at 12:47 pm Contact Alex: [email protected] | @alexhamer8 Facebook Twitter Google+ At the ACC Championships in Boston, the Syracuse men failed to win an ACC conference meet for the first time, as they placed second with 61 points. The Orange had won five-straight conference titles since joining in 2013, missing out on the chance to tie Maryland for the most consecutive titles.The Orange had five runners place within the top-20, led by Aidan Tooker (23:55.1) in eighth and Joe Dragon (23:56.2) in ninth. Junior Kevin James (24:00) placed 12th, followed by sophomore Noah Affolder (24:02.8) in 13th and redshirt freshman Nathan Henderson (24:12.3) in 19th.Aidan Tooker was unable to improve on his sixth place finish last year at the ACC Championships, as he ran the Franklin Park course about 25 seconds slower than his time last season in Louisville at the conference meet.An hour earlier, the Syracuse women finished third with 83 points.In her season debut, redshirt senior Shannon Malone ran the 6-kilometer race in 20:32.9, good for fifth place. Coming off a hip injury, Malone said she will be at full strength by NCAA Championships on Nov. 17. Freshman Laura Dickinson (20:45:0) placed 11th.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNext up for Syracuse is the NCAA Northeast Regionals in Buffalo on Nov. 9, where the Orange will compete to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Comments