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) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – The price of gas continues to fall around the state and nation.The national average is $2.16 per gallon and New York’s is $2.24, down one cent from last week.One year ago, those prices were $2.61 and $2.70, respectively.The Energy Information Administration says the demand for gas is dropping. AAA expects prices to continue dropping this fall, too.In Jamestown the average price per gallon is $2.32, compared to $2.59 in nearby Warren, Pennsylvania.In northern Chautauqua County the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.35.
After a fair amount of teasing, we finally have a proper trailer for of NBC’s forthcoming Peter Pan Live! telecast. Take a look below at Christopher Walken’s Hook steering his ship, Allison Williams’ singing (and flying!) as the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up—and do we spy a Newsie jumping in a Newsie type manner at the end of the promo? The show will broadcast on December 4, also starring Christian Borle, Kelli O’Hara, Minnie Driver and Taylor Louderman. We’re planning our viewing parties (and drinking games) already. View Comments
The Vermont State Legislature passed the Clean Energy Assessments District bill (S.54) on April 21. The passage of this bill reflects the growing want and need of Vermonters to individually help move the state forward by finding new ways to save energy and to create renewable resources and alternatives for energy in order to combat climate change. This bill will make it much easier and more affordable for Vermont property owners to tackle individual energy efficiency projects. Towns will be able to use any of their financing mechanisms to help make money available for property owners. Property owners essentially would be allowed to borrow money from the town on a 20-year, low-interest term to complete energy efficiency projects such as installing solar panels or weatherizing their homes.
35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Since it was first enacted in 1975, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) has undergone several changes. The 40-year-old regulation’s most recent changes, which went into effect on October 15, 2015, are just the beginning of reporting modifications set to roll out in the coming years. What changes are coming and what does your financial institution need to do to prepare?For decades, the HMDA’s reporting bar was set to meet the needs of the home loan market. Depositories and non-depositories diligently disclosed information to the Federal Reserve Bank around their originations, mortgage purchases and applications, with the goal of being transparent to the public and regulators.The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act) produced the first sweeping modifications to HMDA, transferring rulemaking authority and governance from the Federal Reserve to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), effective July 2011. Additionally, the Dodd-Frank Act gave the CFPB authorization to significantly expand the information all reporters are required to disclose, as well as the number of institutions required to report.Last year’s HMDA update from the CFPB broadened the scope of nondepository institutions subject to reporting regulations and narrowed the scope of depositories subject to the reporting regulations. The HMDA rule narrowed the scope of depository institutions based on asset size, location, loan activity tests and other criteria. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Marshall Allen and Olga PierceA study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine says medical errors should rank as the third-leading cause of death in the United States — and highlights how shortcomings in tracking vital statistics may hinder research and keep the problem out of the public eye.The authors, led by Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Marty Makary, call for changes in death certificates to better tabulate fatal lapses in care. In an open letter, they urge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to immediately add medical errors to its annual list reporting the top causes of death.Based on an analysis of prior research, the Johns Hopkins study estimates that more than 250,000 Americans die each year from medical errors. On the CDC’s official list, that would rank just behind heart disease and cancer, which each took about 600,000 lives in 2014, and in front of respiratory disease, which caused about 150,000 deaths.Medical mistakes that can lead to death range from surgical complications that go unrecognized to mix-ups with the doses or types of medications patients receive.But no one knows the exact toll. In significant part, that’s because the coding system used by CDC to record death certificate data doesn’t capture things like communication breakdowns, diagnostic errors and poor judgment that cost lives, the study says.“You have this over-appreciation and overestimate of things like cardiovascular disease, and a vast under-recognition of the place of medical care as the cause of death,” Makary said in an interview. “That informs all our national health priorities and our research grants.”The study was published today in The BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal.Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch for the CDC, disputed that the agency’s coding is the problem. He said complications from medical care are listed on death certificates, and that codes do capture them. The CDC’s published mortality statistics, however, count only the “underlying cause of death,” defined as the condition that led a person to seek treatment.As a result, even if a doctor does list medical errors on a death certificate, they are not included in the published totals. Only the underlying condition, such as heart disease or cancer, is counted, even when it isn’t fatal.Anderson said the CDC’s approach is consistent with international guidelines, allowing U.S. death statistics to be compared with those of other countries. As such, it would be difficult to change “unless we had a really compelling reason to do so,” Anderson said.The Johns Hopkins’ authors said the inability to capture the full impact of medical errors results in a lack of public attention and a failure to invest in research. They called for adding a new question to death certificates specifically asking if a preventable complication of care contributed.“While no method of investigating and documenting preventable harm is perfect,” the authors write, “some form of data collection of death due to medical error is needed to address the problem.”Anderson, however, said it’s an “uncomfortable situation” for a doctor to report that a patient died from a medical error. Adding a check box to the death certificate won’t solve that problem, he said, and a better strategy is to educate doctors about the importance of reporting errors.“This is a public health issue, and they need to report it for the sake of public health,” he said.Dr. Tejal Gandhi, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation, said her organization refers to patient harm as the third-leading cause of death. Better tracking would improve funding and public recognition of the problem, she said.“If you ask the public about patient safety most people don’t really know about it,” she said. “If you ask them the top causes of death, most people wouldn’t say ‘preventable harm.’”Dr. Eric Thomas, a professor of medicine at the University of Texas Houston Medical School whose research was cited in the Institute of Medicine’s landmark “To Err is Human” report, said existing estimates aren’t precise enough to support immediately listing errors as the third-leading cause of death.But collecting better cause-of-death data is a good idea, said Thomas, who agreed that medical errors are underreported.“If we can clarify for the public and lawmakers how big a problem these errors are,” he said, “you would hope it would lead to more resources toward patient safety.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.
Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When the national press descended on Hofstra University’s campus in Hempstead nearly one month ago for the first presidential debate, the central question was how Donald Trump, a political novice, would fare against an experienced debater like Hillary Clinton.When Trump competed against a crowded field in the GOP primaries, he proved adept at swatting away attacks and needling his opponents. His provocations would rattle even his more confident foes.Perhaps the most maligned victim of Trump’s taunts was U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who the businessman ridiculed for his diminutive height. Apparently flustered, the senator acquiesced to Trump’s dig, meekly replying, “Okay, Big Donald.” The retort was as bizarre as it was uninspiring. It essentially summed up the pitfalls Republicans faced when balancing a more offensive approach against taking the high road, while not coming across as weak amidst provocations from an unconventional candidate riding a wave of populous upheaval simmering for years since the election of Barack Obama.So how would Trump respond when forced to go toe-to-toe with only one challenger for a full 90 minutes? Would he stay on the attack, and if so, how would the more-reserved Clinton react to his rebukes? At the time, the stakes were especially high. Both candidates arrived at Hofstra in a virtual dead heat, according to various polls released days before their first bout. Indeed, one poll even had Trump ahead by two points in a four-way race that included third-party candidates Jill Stein (G) and Gary Johnson (L).A lot has changed since the most-watched debate in history. The former U.S. senator from New York and U.S. Secretary of State has built a seemingly commanding lead. Remarkably, she has made historically “red” states like Arizona and Utah competitive. Even Trump’s lead in the GOP stalwart state of Texas, which Republican Mitt Romney won by nearly 16 points in 2012, has been shaved to only six points. The New York Times forecast gives Clinton a 93 percent shot of winning the election. On the day of the first debate, Clinton’s chances of winning were at 70 percent. Similarly, FiveThirtyEight’s election forecast gives Clinton an 86 percent chance of becoming the next president. If you’re in the Clinton camp, her widening lead in national polls and several surveys of hotly contested swing states is directly related to her impressive string of debate performances, starting with the Hofstra debate, and Trump’s subsequent flubs as a candidate—which they’d argue portends what a Trump presidency would look like.Trump himself does not attribute his now tenuous position as a presidential candidate to any perceived debate miscues, but a corrupt and rigged system—of which the media is included—that has been hijacked in Clinton’s favor. Actually, Trump, even while calling into question America’s decentralized election system, cites unscientific online polls that indicate he won the debates, thus still very much in the race. Trump was buttressed this week by undercover video released by a conservative group in which Democratic operatives discuss instigating violence at Trump’s famously boisterous rallies. It’s not clear whether the operatives actually incited Trump supporters at any of his events.The most noteworthy controversy that came up in the Hofstra debate was Trump’s refusal for years—even after Obama produced his birth certificate—to acknowledge the president’s citizenship. During the debate Clinton displayed an ability get under Trump’s skin, fact-checking him on his support for the Iraq War, which prompted a long-winded and at times incoherent rant about a private conversation he had with Fox News host and supporter Sean Hannity. Since the Hofstra debate, more than a dozen women have publicly accused Trump of sexual assault, which the Department of Justice defines as “any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.” Trump was also beset by the release of a video in which he boasted that his celebrity allowed him to inappropriately touch women—“Grab them by the pussy,” he boasted on the tape—without repercussions.Trump has since been dogged by the lewd remarks and allegations from women about inappropriate behavior. Despite her lead, Clinton has had to answer for the infamous Goldman Sachs speeches that appeared on WikiLeaks.com, as well as hundreds of emails associated with her campaign, and even dating back to her time as Secretary of State. Republicans have accused the State Department and the FBI of engaging in a quid-pro-quo over the classification status of some of her emails. Both the FBI and State Department have said nothing nefarious occurred.Still, Clinton said in one private speech, among a slew of appearances she was paid handsomely for, that politicians require “both a public and private position” on hot-button issues, a position that would do little to quell concerns by a majority of Americans that find her untrustworthy. In one speech, Clinton advocated for having “open trade and open borders,” which in the third and final debate she claimed was in the context of energy policies.Clinton rebuffed calls during the Democratic primary to release the transcripts of the speeches. Her then-rival, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), had chided Clinton for her coziness with Wall Street, which he and his supporters blame for the tremendous wealth gap in America.In any other election, last-minute salacious revelations would likely tip the scale of the race. But there’s been no campaign quite like the 2016 race for the White House. The Republican nominee has been accused of being a demagogue, racist and misogynist, and the standard bearer of the Democratic party, a liar who should be jailed for her perceived inappropriate handling of classified material on her private email server while Secretary of State.So, it’s apparent anything can happen. But with about 40-percent of the electorate estimated to vote before Election Day, and Trump’s campaign listing as it careens toward the finish line, Clinton may have built a large enough lead to stave off a dramatic comeback by Trump.Remember where this race was four weeks ago: Trump gaining ground after a strong Democratic convention boost for Clinton. But since then, the trajectory of the race has taken a drastic turn. And it all started when the two candidates stepped off the debate stage at Hofstra University.(Featured photo: First presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead. Credit: Barbara Kinney for Hillary Clinton campaign)
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SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Flag Order, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Inspector General Bruce Beemer today mourned the passing of longtime Pennsylvania prosecutor and victim advocate Laura Ditka, who passed suddenly yesterday. Governor Wolf ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex and throughout all public buildings and grounds throughout Allegheny County lowered to half-staff in her honor.“Laura dedicated her life to public service and law enforcement and the commonwealth has lost one of its strongest fighters for justice,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Laura’s fearless pursuit of justice was matched only by her compassion for victims and their families. Frances and I extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues at the Office of Attorney General.”“The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has lost one of its strongest child advocates,” said Inspector General Beemer, a longtime friend and colleague of Ditka. “The majority of Laura’s career was focused on the prosecution of child abuse cases and her life centered around the protection of children and victims of abuse. Laura was the consummate public servant and may she forever serve as an example for others.”Ditka was a long-time prosecutor in Pennsylvania, most recently serving as Deputy Attorney General and previously spent 25 years at the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.The Commonwealth flag shall continue to be lowered due to a previous order through sunset on the day of interment. The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute. October 16, 2018 Governor Wolf, Inspector General Beemer Honor Passing of Longtime PA Prosecutor Laura Ditka