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Have You Been Denied Re-Entry To Your Nursing Home After Hospitalization?

Have you been refused reentry to a nursing home or care facility after hospitalization for respiratory issues? Share your stories with us.

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International Treasure Dolly Parton Will Now Read Us Bedtime Stories

Nashville Scene – The superstar’s Goodnight With Dolly video series is exactly what we need right now  – “It’s no small thing to find comfort and solace in a time of widespread panic. Most of us have never experienced a global pandemic of this scale in our lifetimes. As we responsibly limit our interactions with others by sheltering in place, it’s easy to feel isolated, lonely and afraid. Dolly Parton isn’t giving up on us. The Tennessean who gave us “Jolene,” who gave us “I Will Always Love You,” who is one-third of the glorious feminist comedy 9 to 5, who sends books to 850,000 children per month — the heroic angel Dolly Parton will read us bedtime stories when we need them most.  The legend will kick off a 10-book video series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, with The Little Engine That Could, and will continue weekly with other titles from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library…”

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Watch Live: After Warning Of 'Hard Days' Ahead, Coronavirus Task Force To Brief Media

The White House coronavirus task force returns to brief reporters Wednesday, a day after offering a "sobering" preview of the weeks and months ahead.

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Apple Buys Dark Sky in an Android Worst-Case Scenario

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 15:01
The best, most beautiful weather app is about to be an iOS exclusive.
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Open Access to ACM Digital Library During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 30, 2020 – “Dear ACM Members: As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continues, we at ACM would like to do what we can to help support the computing community. Many computing researchers and practitioners are now working remotely. In addition, teaching and learning have also moved online as more and more campuses close. We believe that ACM can help support research, discovery and learning during this time of crisis by opening the ACM Digital Library to all. For the next three months, there will be no fees assessed for accessing or downloading work published by ACM. We hope this will help researchers, practitioners and students maintain access to our publications as well as increasing visibility and awareness of ACM’s journals, proceedings and magazines. Please be sure to inform your colleagues that the ACM DL is now open, and will continue that way through June 30, 2020. This global health crisis is a unique challenge that has impacted many ACM members. We would like to express our concern and support for all who are affected by this outbreak.”

Categories: Law and Legal

Florida Governor Orders Statewide Lockdown

After days of pressure, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered a statewide lockdown. Florida had been the lone holdout among states most effected by the coronavirus in not having a stay-at-home order.

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5 Key Facts The White House Isn't Saying About Their COVID-19 Projections

The Trump administration's strategy for ending the current wave of coronavirus infections relies on a model that appears to count on several important assumptions. We look at why that matters.

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Sanders Calls On Wisconsin To Delay Election As Governor Calls Up National Guard

Despite the coronavirus outbreak and a dire shortage of poll workers, Wisconsin is still going forward with a statewide election on April 7.

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The Science Behind A 14-Day Quarantine After Possible COVID-19 Exposure

What's behind the "14-days of self-quarantine" guidance after exposure to someone with COVID-19 or after travel from a place with high numbers of cases? Think of yourself as a potential incubator.

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In 'Big Adjustment,' Some European Countries Push For Residents To Wear Masks

Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have issued strong recommendations or orders for people to don face coverings in certain public places — though lots of their neighbors continue to disagree.

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NYSDEC Clarifies Requirements for Execution and Submission of BCP Agreements and Amendments

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”)  has received numerous inquiries about issues arising with the execution of Brownfield Cleanup Program (“BCP”) agreements and amendments  because of the Covid19 pandemic. In response, the NYSDEC has issued the following guidance:

  • The DYSDEC will grant reasonable extensions of time for the execution of Brownfield Cleanup Agreements (BCA) and BCA Amendments on a case-by-case basis.  Requests for extensions should be made to the appropriate Project Manager/Project Attorney.
  • For pending amendments reflecting the transition from Generation 2 to Generation 3 of the program, the agency has granted an extension until June 1, 2020 for the submission of the executed amendment.
  • The NYSDEC is not prepared to dispense with the notary requirement at this time but is currently investigating alternatives.  If applicants encounter issues related to obtaining a notarization, the applicant should contact  Jennifer Andaloro, Esq., Section Chief, OGC Remediation Bureau at
  • The Department will accept electronically signed agreements and amendments during the COVID-19 State of Emergency and will reassess its policy of requiring original/hard copies thereafter.
  • As discussed in a previous Post , the NYSDEC has developed guidance interpreting what constitutes essential construction activities under Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6 for the Brownfield, Superfund and Spill Response programs.


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NYSDEC Issues Further Guidance on Essential Activities For Brownfield Projects

In a prior post, we discussed a letter NYSDEC issued to staff and standby contrators interpreting Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6 (EO) and the Empire State Development Corporation Guidance on shutdown of all non-essential services and activities.

DEC has now posted further clarification on its  website that it considers the following activities as essential services:

  • Remedial construction activities, including new construction starts, at sites that DEC has determined pose a significant threat to public health and/or the environment, including Class 2 sites on the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites and significant threat sites in the Brownfield Cleanup Program,
  • Completion of remedial construction already under way at non-significant threat sites as necessary to ensure site safety and prevent exposure to site contaminants, including completion of site cover systems,
  • Operation and maintenance activities for active remedial systems that are necessary for the continued protection of human health and the environment,
  • Interim remedial measures to address imminent human exposures and/or threat of significant contaminant migration,
  • Spill response actions,
  • Investigation, including pre-design investigations, of petroleum and hazardous waste releases as determined by DEC on a case-by-case basis to be necessary to address potential human exposures and/or threat of significant contaminant migration

The NYSDEC cautioned that these criteria are subject to change and refinement as the response to the Covid-19 pandemic is fluid. Essential work must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health and every business, even if essential, must maintain social distance to the extent possible.


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Colleges Go Test-Optional After SAT, ACT Are Called Off

More than a dozen colleges have dropped testing requirements for admission, with one school citing "unprecedented obstacles and disruptions" due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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NYC ICU Doctor Identified COVID Protection Protocols – Listen and Learn How to Protect Yourself

“Dr. David Price of Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City shares information in a Mar. 22 Zoom call with family and friends on empowering and protecting families during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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NYSDEC Will Exercise Enforcement For Signature Procedures for Certain Waste Streams

To prevent spread of COVID-19, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will exercise its enforcement discretion with respect to certain provisions of 6 NYCRR Parts 364,372,374-2, and 381. According to a Letter issued by the NYSDEC Office of General Counsel, the agency will not pursue enforcement of requirements for signatures on waste shipping documents. lf a waste shipment is being sent to, or is being received from, a state other than New York, the regulated party should contact the other state regulator to ensure compliance with that state’s requirements.

For hazardous waste shipments, affected parties shall use hybrid and electronic hazardous waste manifests, whenever those options are available to all parties listed on the manifest. If this option is not available to all parties listed on the manifest so that a paper-based hazardous waste manifest must be used, all affected parties must follow the specified procedure from Appendix 30 of 6 NYCRR Part 372 for a transporter signing “on behalf of’ a generator for a hazardous waste shipment.

For Non-Hazardous Waste and Used Oil Shipments, the following procedure must be followed:

  • The driver picking up the waste must print the name of the generator in the Generator Name box.
  • The driver must write “on behalf of in the Generator Signature box and then sign the driver’s name in the appropriate space.
  • lf there is only a Generator Signature box on the waste shipping document, the driver must write “on behalf of’, print the generator’s name, and then sign the driver’s name in that box.

For Low-Level Radioactive Waste Shipments, all affected parties shall follow the specified procedure in 6 NYCRR 381.12for a transporter signing “on behalf of’ a generator for a low-level radioactive waste shipment.

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FEMA Hadn't Ordered Ventilators. Manufacturers Forged Ahead Anyway

Medical technology companies — sometimes working with carmakers — have been massively increasing production of ventilators. For two weeks, they've been working without government contracts in hand.

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Solo Para Chicos y Chicas: Un Cómic Sobre El Nuevo Coronavirus

Quizás has oído la palabra "coronavirus" en la red o la televisión. Seguramente tienes muchas preguntas. Fijate en nuestro cómic para saber las respuestas.

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U.S. Military In South Korea Faces Double Blow Of Korean Staff Furloughs And COVID-19

Due to an impasse over defense cost sharing, the U.S. military has furloughed thousands of Korean employees. The furloughs come as U.S. forces in South Korea grapple with cases of COVID-19 infection.

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Factories Feel The Coronavirus Slump

The coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on the nation's factories. Manufacturing activity slumped in March as the virus cut into both supply and demand.

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