With something that can only be filed in the “ridiculously awesome” category, Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival has just announced a special set inside of a volcano. After successfully putting on a show inside of a glacier this year, the team from Secret Solstice decided to one-up themselves, launching the appropriately titled “Secret Solstice Presents Inside The Volcano” series.The show will feature a solo set by Deftones singer Chico Moreno with a few special guests inside the dormant magma chamber of Thrihnukagigur volcano. The band and twenty extremely lucky fans will be flown from Reykjavík to the top of the volcano, and will descend into the magma chamber via an elevator that’s been special set up for this special performance in a unreal location.Learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime set here.
Two Harvard Kennedy School research centers have been recognized as among the best think tanks in the world.The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is ranked number one and the Center for International Development (CID) as the third best university-related think tank in the 2011 Global Go To Think Tanks Index, released on Jan. 19 by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.“We are very pleased that the Penn survey has acknowledged the impact of the Belfer Center and other university-based think tanks,” said Graham Allison, director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. “And we are especially proud to be recognized for engaging policy makers effectively in our core areas of security and international relations.”The rankings are the culmination of an eight-month process involving almost 800 expert panelists, 150 journalists and scholars, and 120 academic institutions.More than 30 distinct rankings are included in the 2011 report, including those based on region, area of research, and special achievement.The Belfer Center takes the top spot in the university-affiliated think tank rankings. It is also ranked 25th among all think tanks in the United States and 17th on the list of security and international affairs think tanks globally. CID is ranked third on the university-related list. It is also rated 19th among all U.S. think tanks and fourth on the list of international development think tanks.The report’s author, James G. McGann, director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program in the University of Pennsylvania’s International Relations Program, notes the critically important role that think tanks play in the 21st century.
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say an Australian man has pleaded guilty to securities fraud for cheating investors of nearly $90 million by squandering money they spent on his cryptocurrency fund. Stefan He Qin entered the plea Thursday in Manhattan federal court. U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss says the 24-year-old Qin spent money from investors on indulgences and speculative personal investments. She called it “brazen thievery.” Authorities said the fraud occurred from 2017 to 2020. Prosecutors said Qin cheated dozens of investors, including many in the United States. They said the fraud was revealed last summer when Qin was having difficulty meeting redemption requests from investors. Qin faces up to 20 years in prison at a May 20 sentencing.
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) WNYNewsNow Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Officials with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities say a fallen tree limb caused a power outage in parts of Jamestown Sunday morning.BPU linemen are working to repair an electric outage that has cut power to most of Lakeview Avenue and Liberty Streets. As of 9 a.m. is no estimated repair time, but workers have been on the job since before 6 a.m. Crews say the tree limb damaged a transformer which caused the outage.
At the conclusion of a meeting in Bogotá on March 28, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón and Panamanian Public Safety Minister José Raúl Mulino agreed to reinforce their countries’ joint strategy in the fight against drug trafficking and signed an aerial interdiction agreement. According to an official statement, the agreement “establishes the possibility that in aerial interdiction operations conducted by Panama, Colombian officials may be contributing and collaborating with information they have with regard to aircraft that might be affecting the two countries’ stability.” During their meeting, Ministers Pinzón and Mulino also agreed “to strengthen coordination in the area of intelligence exchange, reason for which it was decided to connect the two Governments’ databases in order to improve performance in the fight against criminal organizations active on both sides of the border,” the statement said. “We have to incorporate those marginalized towns along the border into all our strategies, in order to actively involve them in the productive life of our nations and thereby disconnect any impulse to collaborate with terrorist groups or drug traffickers,” Mulino said. It was also decided at the meeting that the Colombian Army will include officers from the Panamanian National Border Service (SENAFRONT) in its special-operations and infantry courses. For their part, the police will conduct training programs in aviation intelligence and aircraft maintenance for Panamanian officers. Meanwhile, the Colombian Navy will send a group of maritime interdiction experts in July to hold a course for Panamanian units, while the Colombian Air Force will hold a course on aerial intelligence for the Central American country’s authorities in August. “We’ve agreed to provide complete collaboration to the Panamanian government to train its officers in the various public-safety services in each one of the specialties and by each branch of the Armed Forces and the police in Colombia,” Minster Pinzón said in that regard. By Dialogo March 30, 2012
Running for Judge? Plan to attend these candidate forums Running for Judge? Plan to attend these candidate forums May 15, 2006 Regular News Those who may be candidates for the 55 newly created judgeships should also attend the May 18-19 forums Training sessions for people seeking election as judges in 2006 will be held May 18-19 in every circuit with a contested judicial election.Also, those considering running for any of the new 55 judgeships created by the Florida Legislature this year should attend the forums. The qualifying period for those new positions is set for July 17-21. Strict rules govern judicial campaigns and the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Bar Board of Governors jointly sponsor these one-hour “candidate forums” to help judicial candidates understand those rules and the importance of following them. All candidates for judicial office and their campaign managers are strongly encouraged to attend.The forums will emphasize the importance of integrity and professionalism among candidates for judicial office and the consequent impact of campaign conduct on public trust and confidence in the courts.“The courts stand at the heart of the democratic process,” Chief Justice Barbara Pariente said. “In endeavoring to preserve and strengthen our system of government, the judicial branch relies upon many dedicated individuals willing to serve the public good. I ask that you conduct your campaigns in a manner exemplifying this commitment to service and justifying continued public trust and confidence in our judicial system.”Chief judges will open the forums with comments on the nonpartisan nature of judicial races. The session will continue with a videotaped introduction by the chief justice, followed by representatives of the Bar’s Board of Governors, who will discuss the Bar’s role in judicial elections. Members of the court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee will review Canon 7 of Florida’s Code of Judicial Conduct, distribute or otherwise call attention to informational resources, and further impress upon candidates, campaign staff, and others in the community the seriousness with which the Supreme Court views any abuse of the election process.“The Florida Supreme Court has adopted rules that govern judicial elections and prohibit conduct that is detrimental to public confidence in the system,” Chief Justice Pariente said. “Together with the Judicial Qualifications Commission and The Florida Bar, we have vigorously enforced these rules and will continue to do so.”An online version of the Canon 7 booklet may be accessed on the Supreme Court’s Web site at www.floridasupremecourt.org, first clicking “Decisions & Rules,” then, under “Other Supreme Court Documents,” selecting the link to the Code of Judicial Conduct and clicking “Canon 7.”Though preliminarily scheduled in all circuits, the following forums — all beginning at 1 p.m. — will go forward only in those circuits in which qualifying results in contested judicial elections: • First Circuit — Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties — Friday, May 19, M.C. Blanchard Building Courtroom 101190, Governmental Center, Pensacola. • Second Circuit — Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla counties — Friday, May 19, Leon County Courthouse Commission Chambers, 301 South Monroe St., Tallahassee. • Third Circuit — Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, and Taylor counties — Thursday, May 18, Suwannee County Courthouse, First Floor, Courtroom B200, South Ohio Ave., Live Oak. • Fourth Circuit — Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties — Friday, May 19, Duval County Courthouse, Courtroom 4330, East Bay St., Jacksonville. • Fifth Circuit — Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter counties —Thursday, May 18, Marion County Judicial Center, Fifth Floor Conference Room110, N.W. First Ave., Ocala. • Sixth Circuit — Pasco and Pinellas counties — Thursday, May 18, Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center, Fourth Floor, Courtroom 114250, 49th St., North Clearwater. • Seventh Circuit — Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia counties — Friday, May 19, Volusia County Courthouse Annex, Courtroom 10, 125 E. Orange Ave., Daytona Beach. • Eighth Circuit — Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union counties — Thursday, May 18, Alachua Criminal Justice Center, Jury Assembly Room 220, S. Main St., Gainesville. • Ninth Circuit — Orange and Osceola counties, Thursday, May 18, Orange County Courthouse, 23rd Floor, Judicial Conference Room, 425 North Orange Ave., Orlando. • 10th Circuit — Hardee, Highlands, and Polk counties, Friday, May 19, Polk County Courthouse, Ninth Floor Judicial Conference Room 255, North Broadway, Bartow. • 11th Circuit — Miami-Dade County —Thursday, May 18, Dade County Courthouse, Courtroom 4-273, W. Flagler St., Miami. • 12th Circuit — DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties — Thursday, May 18, Sarasota Judicial Center, Room 810202, Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. • 13th Circuit — Hillsborough County — Friday, May 19, George Edgecomb County Courthouse, Sixth Floor Judicial Conference Room, 800 E. Twiggs, Tampa. • 14th Circuit — Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington counties — Thursday, May 18, Bay County Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room, 202300 E. Fourth St., Panama City. • 15th Circuit — Palm Beach County — Thursday, May 18, Palm Beach County Courthouse, Judicial Dining Room, 205 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. • 16th Circuit — Monroe County, Friday, May 19, Monroe County Courthouse Annex, Fourth Floor Grand Jury Room, 502 Whitehead St., Key West. • 17th Circuit — Broward County — Thursday, May 18, Broward County Courthouse, Courtroom 400, 201 S.E. Sixth St., Ft. Lauderdale. • 18th Circuit — Brevard and Seminole counties, Friday, May 19, Historic Titusville Courthouse, Courtroom 6506, South Palm Ave., Titusville. • 19th Circuit — Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties — Friday, May 19, St. Lucie West Annex Courtroom M, 250 N.W. Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie. • 20th Circuit — Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties — Friday, May 19, Lee County Justice CenterCourtroom C, 1700 Monroe St., Ft. Myers.Questions regarding the upcoming forums may be directed to Cal Goodlett, Office of the State Courts Administrator, at (850) 922-0350 or, via e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Raymond Gonzalez of Ozone Park was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing a jewelry box from a Great Neck house where he was working earlier in the week.A plumber is accused of stealing jewelry and cash from a Great Neck home where he was working earlier this week.Nassau County police arrested 35-year-old Raymond Gonzalez of Queens on Friday and charged him with grand larceny.Police said Gonzalez, employed by Great Neck-based Thomas Curley Plumbing Company, was working on a Ridge Drive East home on Monday when he allegedly stole a jewelry box from the master bedroom, which contained jewelry and cash.Police learned that Gonzalez was working at the home Monday afternoon and then arrested him Friday at his employer’s office, authorities said.Gonzalez is scheduled to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.
March 11 was used as the starting point because that was the date of the first confirmed coronavirus death, the city said.”Behind every death is a friend, a family member, a loved on,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “We are focused on ensuring that every New Yorker who died because of COVID-19 gets counted.”The new approach in New York City could pave the way for similar policies elsewhere across the country, possibly leading to a surge in reported US coronavirus mortality.Even before Tuesday’s revision in New York City, the number of new US deaths on Tuesday had reached at least 2,228, the highest toll yet in a single 24-hour period.’Not a comfortable place’Louisiana, another coronavirus hot spot, and California also reported record daily spikes in deaths on Tuesday, despite tentative signs across the country in recent days the outbreak was beginning to ebb.New York Governor Mario Cuomo, whose state’s healthcare network was strained to breaking point by a wave of COVID-19 hospitalizations, had said on Monday it appeared “the worst is over.”Health officials have cautioned that death figures are a lagging indicator of the outbreak, coming after the most severely ill patients fall sick, and do not mean stay-at-home restrictions are failing to curb transmissions.New York state and some other hard-hit areas continue to report sharp decreases in hospitalizations and numbers of patients on ventilators, although front-line healthcare workers and resources remained under extraordinary stress.”The plateau is not a very comfortable place to live,” David Reich, president of New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, said in a telephone interview. “So I don’t think people should be celebrating prematurely.”That cautious note was also sounded by President Donald Trump’s top infectious disease adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said Trump’s May 1 target for restarting the economy was “overly optimistic”.Fauci, echoing many governors, said in an Associated Press interview that health officials must first be able to test for the virus quickly, isolate new cases and track down new infections.At his daily White House briefing later in the day, Trump said he was close to completing a plan for ending America’s coronavirus shutdown, which has thrown millions out of work, and may forge ahead with restarting the battered US economy in some parts of the country even before May 1.The president took renewed aim at the World Health Organization at the briefing, saying he has instructed his administration to halt US funding to the Geneva-based institution over its handling of the pandemic.Mutiny on the bounty Trump, a Republican who before the outbreak touted a vibrant economy as a pillar of his Nov. 3 re-election bid, earlier lashed out at Democratic state governors, after Cuomo said he would refuse any presidential order to reopen the economy too soon.”Tell the Democrat Governors that ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ was one of my all time favorite movies,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, referring to a classic film about an 18th-century rebellion against the commanding officer of a British naval vessel.But Trump toned down his remarks at the White House briefing saying he would “authorize” governors – despite doubts from some experts that the presidency has such powers – to implement plans in their states at the appropriate time.Cuomo, a Democrat, and governors of six other northeastern states have announced they are coordinating on a regional plan to gradually lift restrictions. The governors of California, Oregon and Washington formed a similar West Coast regional pact.California Governor Gavin Newsom and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, both Democrats, on Tuesday offered frameworks for eventually restarting public life and business in their states.Some Republicans, including the governors of Ohio, Maryland and New Hampshire, also said states have the right to decide when and how to reopen.Topics : The city’s revised count, 10,367 in all, raised the number of coronavirus deaths nationwide to more than 28,300 – New York accounting for the biggest share of deaths.With only a tiny fraction of the US population tested for coronavirus, the number of known infections climbed to more than 600,000 as of Tuesday, according to a running Reuters tally.US public health authorities have generally only attributed deaths to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, when patients tested positive for the virus.New York City’s Health Department said it will now also count any fatality deemed a “probable” coronavirus death, defined as a victim whose “death certificate lists as a cause of death ‘COVID-19’ or an equivalent.” New York City, the hardest hit US city in the coronavirus pandemic, revised its official COVID-19 death toll sharply higher to more than 10,000 on Tuesday, to include victims presumed to have perished from the lung disease but never tested.The new cumulative figure for “confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths” released by the New York City Health Department marked a staggering increase of over 3,700 deaths formally attributed to the highly contagious illness since March 11.The 60 percent spike in reported deaths underscored the enormous losses endured in the nation’s most populous city, where the sounds of wailing sirens have echoed almost non-stop through largely empty streets for weeks.
Raw information reached thePRO-6 early this month that remnants of the Odicta and Prevendido druggroups operating here and in Iloilo province are joining forces. “We know that the supplyof illegal drugs in Iloilo have become limited. Drug dealers areplanning to have promos to easily dispose their stocks. May bagsak presyo sila, part of their marketing strategy,” saidMalong. Police units were ordered to enhancetheir barangay intelligence network as key to frustrate the drug traffickers. By slashing prices, drug traffickershope to perk up sales this holiday season and during next month’s DinagyangFestival, according to Malong. The Odicta and Prevendido drug groupswere greatly decimated following the deaths of their leaders. The PRO-6 is ready to frustrate thedrug traffickers. Malong said more policemen would be mobilized and the focusare areas with confirmed presence of drug users. Party drugs, also called club drugs orrave drugs, are recreational drugs that have stimulating properties. Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, spokesperson of the PRO-6. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Regular use can lead to the usercraving more of the drug, resulting to addiction. Not leaving anything to chance, PoliceBrigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director, alerted all policeunits. ILOILO City – Drug traffickers in thiscity are feeling the brunt of the government’s campaign against illegal drugs,according to the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6). Smuggling supplies into thecity has become difficult and buyers are dwindling. “We will be utilizing 10 K-9 dogsaside from partnering with the police. We are actually on full alert statusnow,” Tablate said. “These groups are tapping people notfamiliar to the police. We’ve noticed that most of the recent arrests werenewly identified drug personalities,” said Malong. “Our non-stop operations are hurtingthem. But they need to survive so they may resort to other illegal activities.Our police have a security plan for them,” said Malong. Melvin “Boyet” Odicta Sr. was shot todeath by armed men in Malay, Aklan in August 2016. On the other hand, the Philippine DrugEnforcement Agency (PDEA) will be zeroing in on entry points. Regional DirectorAlex Tablate said the demand most especially for party drugs could surge thisholiday season. Malong said the PRO-6 is also notdiscounting the possibility that drug traffickers would shift to robbery. Their solution? “May bagsak presyo sila,” said Police Lieutenant Colonel JoemMalong, spokesperson of the PRO-6. Richard “Buang” Prevendido, on theother hand, died in a shootout with policemen in Barangay Balabago, Jarodistrict here on September 2017./PN
As we prepare for Hurricane Dorian, The National Hurricane Center is also monitoring four other tropical disturbances in the Atlantic and in the Gulf of Mexico.According to the report, two of the disturbances have at least a 60% chance of developing over the next 48 hours, while the two others, have a 30% or less chance of forming over the 48 hours.The first disturbance is located about 300 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and is moving northwestward across the eastern tropical Atlantic ocean. It is forecasted to have an 80% chance of forming into a tropical depression over the next 48 hours, and about a 90% chance of forming into a depression over the next five days.The second disturbance is located just near the south-central Gulf of Mexico and is moving westward toward the Mexico coast. According to the report, this disturbance has a 60% chance of forming through the next 48 hours and a 70% chance of forming through the next five days.The third disturbance is currently located about a few hundred miles south-southeast of Bermuda. This system is moving northward or north-northwestward, and is forecasted to have a 30% of forming through the next 48 hours, and a medium chance at 40% of forming through the next five days.The fourth disturbance is a tropical wave which is forecasted to form between Africa and the Cabo Verde Islands. As of now, there is no change of this system forming in the next 48 hours but over the next five days, that chance increases to 40% chance of forming over the next five days.