If you work for an “essential business” If your job is part of essential government services that cannot be conducted through telework (the latest order does not change this)To conduct “necessary activities” – obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor, purchasing necessary supplies such as groceries and personal hygiene products, picking up educational supplies from your child’s school or providing necessary care and supplies to family members in another household. You may leave your house to take a walk, or jog, or to walk the dog. But you may not do these things in groups. And you should limit your time outside to only what is essential. The full list is available here.Q: Are there additional closings because of this order?A: Yes. If a business does not fall under one of the “essential” categories, employees must either telework or it must suspend operations.Q: The new order revises what’s considered a prohibited mass gathering. What’s the new rule?A: This order defines a mass gathering as any public or private gathering that brings together five or more individuals in a single room or connected space or an outdoor space where people are within 6 feet of each other. Q: Are there any exemptions to the 5-or-more rule?A: Yes. If five or more people live together, they are exempt inside their residence. Also exempt are churches, synagogues, mosques or other places of worship.Q: What’s closed? A :Entertainment venues, Gyms and fitness studios, Public events and gatherings, Convention centers, Hair and nail salons, Casinos and horse-racing facilities and more.Q: How long will this order be in place? A: This order is in place through 8 a.m. April 10, 2020, unless otherwise amended.Q: What about government services?A: This order does not change the status of state and local government operations. Previous orders exempted all persons necessary to maintain the operations of state and local governments. State government has already moved to a largely telework system; local government agencies are strongly encouraged to do the same.Q: Is there a curfew associated with the order? A: No. Q: My employer has asked me to come to work at a non-essential business – what do I do? A: The main line at newmexico.gov, 833-551-0518, will soon have a reporting mechanism to report non-compliance to the state.SCHOOLS AND CHILD CAREQ: My school is providing free grab-and-go meals, instructional materials and supplies, and child care. Are those still open?A: Yes. Q: Are child care services still open? Can my babysitter still come to the house?A: Yes. Child care facilities necessary to provide services to workers employed by essential businesses and nonprofit entities may continue to operate. Child care services are also available to serve families with young children when the parents are involved with protective services, behavioral health and/or juvenile justice services. Child care facilities that remain open must employ heightened cleaning and distancing requirements; guidance will be released shortly. Babysitters may travel to homes to care for the children of parents working in essential sectors.OTHER SERVICESQ: Can I go to the park?A: No, you should not.Q: Will public roads be closed?A: No. All streets, roads and highways will remain open.Q: What about public transportation? A: Public transportation is considered an essential service; it will continue to operate.Q: How does the order affect people who are homeless?A: Previous orders exempted those who are homeless, and that has not changed. Like everyone, they are encouraged to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet. Services that provide for the homeless, like shelters, may remain open. Q: Can I still get my mail and deliveries?A: Yes. You will still be able to get mail and other deliveries at your home. Mail is considered an essential government function, and businesses that deliver goods or services directly to residences are considered essential businesses.HEALTH CARE AND HELPING SICK RELATIVESQ: Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility?A: The Department of Health’s March 13, 2020, public health order states that visitors are only allowed at nursing homes and other facilities that care for seniors if they are receiving end-of-life care and the visitor meets certain conditions (i.e. temperature taken at the entrance). Many hospitals are implementing modified visitation policies at this time. Check with the specific hospital location about what the policy is at this time. Q: Since health care is a necessary activity, may I keep my appointment for an eye exam or a dental cleaning?A: Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning and elective procedures should be postponed. If possible, health care visits should be done remotely.Q: May I still go out to get my prescriptions?A: Yes. Pharmacies remain open, as do medical marijuana dispensaries.Q: Can I leave home to care for family members or friends who have disabilities, or who require assistance to care for themselves? A: Yes. Be sure that you protect them and yourself by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue and then washing your hands. If you have any symptoms of a cold, however, please stay away.OUTDOOR RECREATION/EXERCISEQ: Can I still go outside for a hike or walk? A. Yes, but you must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet with those outside of your family unit. Gyms, fitness centers, recreational centers, golf courses, swimming pools and skating rinks are all closed.New Mexico State Parks have been temporarily closed to protect public health. PETSQ: Can I walk my dog? Take my pet to the vet?A: You may walk your dog. You may also take your pet to the vet; emergency veterinary services are exempt from the orders. OTHERQ: Have any other states done this?A: Yes. As of Sunday, March 22, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Illinois had issued similar orders. From the Office of the Governor:New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel today announced a new public health emergency order effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, closing all businesses and nonprofit entities except for those deemed essential, and further restricting mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.All New Mexicans must immediately heed the directive to stay home except to maintain continuity of functions critical to public health and safety.Read the Executive Order here.See the full list of what businesses and services are deemed essential here.Find the below FAQs online hereBASICS Q: When should I leave my house?A: You may leave your home for these reasons: Gas stations PharmaciesFood providers: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, school meal distribution sites and restaurants (but only for delivery and take-out). Banks Laundromats/laundry services Farms, ranches and other food cultivation operationsEssential state and local government functions, including law enforcement and emergency management services Homeless shelters Health care operationsChild care facilities necessary to provide services to workers employed by essential businesses and essential non-profit entities. UtilitiesEssential state and local government functions, including law enforcement and emergency management servicesU.S. government and military installations Q: What’s open?A: Essential businesses and nonprofits, as defined in the order, will remain open. These include:
The South Fork Natural History Museum, in Bridgehampton, presented its 29th Annual Summer Gala Benefit on Saturday, July 14, to benefit educational and environmental programming and initiatives at the museum. The event honored Courtney Ross, founder of the Ross Institute, Ross School, and the Ross Learning System; Don Church, President of Global Wildlife Conservation; and Russell Mittermeier, Chief Conservation Officer of GWC. Chairs were Sammi and Scott Seltzer and Patsy and Jeff Tarr, with co-hosts Leslie Clarke, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Debra Halpert. Share
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European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judges have rejected appeals lodged by three British Christians who argued that their individual rights to express religious beliefs had been breached.Shirley Chaplin, Lillian Ladele and Gary McFarlane all lost their cases in the ECtHR in January of this year and last week attended the court again to appeal the verdicts.The appeal judges ruled that the employers of Chaplin, a nurse, were indeed justified in forbidding her to wear a crucifix while at work on health and safety grounds.The cases of Ladele and McFarlane were more complicated, since they depended upon balancing their rights against the convention rights of others.Ladele, a registrar, had declined to conduct a civil partnership ceremony on the article 9 grounds of freedom of thought, conscience and religion. McFarlane, invoking the same article, said he did not want to undertake sex therapy sessions with same-sex couples.The appeal judges ruled that their refusals breached the convention rights of the civil partnership and sex therapy couples, namely the article 14 prohibition on discrimination and the article 8 right to respect for private and family life.City firm Charles Russell employment head Michael Powner said: ‘This sends a stark message that religious freedoms have very limited parameters when they potentially or actually infringe the rights of others.‘When different convention rights compete in different factual scenarios, the line has to be drawn somewhere. What is now certain is that one set of rights, here for religious freedom for Christians, does not automatically trump the others.’
Mr Justice BakerSitting in the administrative court, Mr Justice Andrew Baker said the government was not acting unlawfully and refused permission for a judicial review. The ABI said it intends to appeal.James Dalton, ABI director of general insurance policy, said his members were open to a proper dialogue on how to reform the system, but ‘caving in to legal threats’ from personal injury lawyers was not the way for the MoJ to do it.Dalton added: ‘Despite consulting over three years ago and not letting anyone know the outcome of that process, the lord chancellor seems to want to rush out a new discount rate at a time of significant global financial uncertainty.‘While we welcome today’s commitment not to make an announcement before 31 January, we call on the lord chancellor to provide a considered timeline which gives all stakeholders the opportunity to engage in a constructive dialogue on the way forward.’The discount rate is set to calculate deductions from injured people’s compensation to reflect the interest the payments are assumed to earn.The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has campaigned for years that the current rate – 2.5%, set by the lord chancellor in 2001 – is too high and penalises claimants.‘For far too long, people with lifelong and life-altering injuries have faced running out of compensation, or had to risk their compensation on uncertain investments to try to make up the shortfall, because insurers do not have to pay the full amount needed,’ said Neil Sugarman, APIL president.‘Insurers have been getting away with undercompensating vulnerable injured people for years,’ said Sugarman. The High Court has thrown out a last-ditch attempt by insurers to delay the government’s announcement on the rate used to calculate discounts on compensation awards. The Association of British Insurers had argued in court this week for an injunction to stop the Ministry of Justice delivering its promise to make a decision by the end of this month.The legal challenge was opposed by claimant lawyers who have campaigned for an adjustment to the rate for many years.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses a meeting of his ruling ZANU PF party’s youth league in Harare, Zimbabwe, October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses a meeting of his ruling ZANU PF party’s youth league in Harare, Zimbabwe, October 7, 2017. REUTERSThe Zanu-PF Youth League says it will stand by President Mugabe in the face of any threat to his position as the constitutionally elected leader of Zimbabwe, Local online website, the Herald reports.Speaking to journalists at a press conference in the country’s capital Harare, the Secretary for Youth League Affairs, Kudzanai Chipanga said that young people would not allow anyone to interfere with President Mugabe’s leadership.“As the youth, we are in our millions and at present, the majority in the country,” he said.“It is our country and future at stake and we will not let any individual military man interfere with the leader of the party and legitimately voted President of this country, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.” He added.Chipange said that the youth of the country constitute the majority of the population and that it is their future which is at stake.“Freedom is a non-negotiable birthright bestowed upon us by the revolution.” He said.Chipange said that the military’s intervention is an assault on their freedom since the new Constitution places soldiers in barracks and civilian authority in power.He called on all the youth of the country, regardless of their political affiliation, race, gender or creed to stand up and be counted when the time comes.
Share Share 45 Views one comment Sharing is caring! Flag of CubaMIAMI (AP) — With the United States and Cuba inching closer to fully restoring diplomatic ties, including re-opening embassies for the first time in 54 years, the future is murky for tens of thousands of Cuban immigrants who have been ordered by immigration authorities to leave the country.As many as 25,000 Cubans living in the United States have outstanding deportation orders, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They include people who pose a threat to national security or have serious criminal convictions and are considered priorities for immigration enforcement agents.Despite being an enforcement priority, those immigrants haven’t yet been sent back to Cuba because the government of President Raul Castro has not given them permission to return. It’s unclear whether the Cuban government’s position will change.Sisi, a 50-year-old grandmother who moved to Miami with her family when she was 4, is one of those waiting and wondering what the future holds.As a teenager in the 1980s, Sisi married a man involved in South Florida’s booming cocaine trade. By the middle of the decade she’d become involved in the business herself and eventually served 2 ½ years in prison, cutting ties to her brief life of crime in 1989.Though she served her debt to society for the drug conviction, what she didn’t know at the time was that her criminal record would prompt immigration authorities to issue a deportation order in 2000.“I was young, stupid. It’s hurting me,” said Sisi, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition that she only be identified by her nickname because of her pending deportation order. “It’s coming back now, a lot.”For decades deportation to Cuba has been complicated by the lack of diplomatic ties and the Cuban government’s decision not to provide travel documents for most immigrants facing deportation.A 1984 repatriation agreement includes a list of 2,746 people who had come to the US in 1980 as part of the Mariel boatlift who should be deported. The mass migration from Cuba to Florida started when then-President Fidel Castro announced he would allow anyone who wanted to leave the Communist island nation. An estimated 125,000 Cubans made the perilous trip between April and October 1980.ICE records show that 1,999 people on that list have been sent back to Cuba, including 1,093 since 2001. ICE is responsible for finding and removing immigrants living in the country illegally and those who have been ordered to leave.More than 35,000 Cubans have outstanding deportation orders, and as of the end of March, more than 2,300 other Cubans have open cases pending in US immigration court. ICE said of those, about 25,000 are considered deportation priorities because of their backgrounds, including criminal histories.Sisi’s lawyer, Grisel Ybarra, said the Cuban community is on edge amid the ongoing negotiations between Washington and Havana and the uncertainty about what renewed relations will mean for immigrants.“Everybody in Miami right now is shaking like a leaf,” Ybarra said. “People are really worried. The Americans and the Cubans are not in bed together, but they already have the room. It’s happening.”Ybarra said she represents several clients who could face deportation, including Elias, a 71-year-old retiree whose deportation was ordered in 1991. Like Sisi, Elias agreed to speak about his immigration case only on the condition that his full name not published.Elias said he has two drug-related convictions dating to the 1970s and 1980s. He moved to Florida in 1961, followed by other family members a decade later after his father spent about 10 years in a Cuban prison for being part of a union that opposed Communism. If he is forced to go back to Cuba, he said, he would be alone in a country he would barely recognise.“I’m going to meet a new country,” Elias said. “I’ve got nobody in Cuba. All my family is here. Anything that I love in this world is here.”Though the future of migration agreements between Washington and Havana have yet to be laid out publicly, under any circumstances the tens of thousands of Cubans with outstanding deportation orders aren’t likely to be quickly sent home. That’s because ICE already struggles to find and deport immigrants living in the United States.During the first six months of the 2015 budget year that started in October, the agency has removed about 127,000 immigrants. If that pace holds, ICE will deport the fewest immigrants since the middle of President George W. Bush’s second term in 2006.If the Cuban government does begin accepting more deportable migrants, they would likely just be added to the ever-growing list of people who risk being expelled from the United States if ICE can find them, according the Migration Policy Center’s Marc Rosenblum.“There’s definitely going to be a randomness to it,” Rosenblum said. InternationalNewsPrintRegional Tens of thousands fear deportation as US-Cuba relations thaw by: Associated Press – July 17, 2015 Share Tweet
By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comThe Texas House Business and Industry Committee met for a hearing at South Padre Island City Hall Monday to discuss a state tax incentive aimed at encouraging employers to hire people on public assistance.The committee, which normally meets in Austin, came to the Rio Grande Valley at the suggestion of State Rep. René Oliveira (D-Brownsville), who serves as the committee’s chair.“We want to educate employers that there already is a federal tax credit and that we have a tax refund in place, even though it’s not as effective as it should be,” Oliveira said after the session.The federal tax credit and state refund Oliveira was referring to are incentives aimed at motivating employers throughout the state to hire people who are sometimes stigmatized because they receive public assistance funds, are long term unemployed, or are veterans, among other factors.The committee heard testimony from several industry experts, including Evan Migdail of DLA Piper LLC. in Washington, D.C. as well as representatives from the Texas Workforce Commission, the credit bureau Equifax, and the human resources and payroll management company, ADP.Migdail introduced himself by explaining to the members his work on the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) in the mid 1990s under the Clinton administration. According to the WOTC website, the program encourages employers to hire “individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment,” including unemployed veterans, those receiving supplemental security income, food stamps, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), among others.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedLetters to the Editor for 11-26-2015Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, I respectfully write to clarify comments made in a letter published on October 15 in the Port Isabel -South Padre Press, and address inaccuracies in October 8 coverage of remarks I made before the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce on October 7. The…November 29, 2015In “Opinion & Advice”Hearing set on SpaceX legislationSpecial to the PRESS A bill critical to the effort to attract SpaceX to the Brownsville area has been set for a hearing before a Texas House of Representatives’ committee. The bill will permit Cameron County and the GLO to temporarily close Boca Chica Beach for rocket launches, should SpaceX…March 28, 2013In “News”PICC airport awarded $600kSpecial to the PRESS The Texas Transportation Commission Thursday approved the award of a grant to Cameron County to help fund a $600,000 project to provide design and construction of a new fuel system at Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport, State Representative Rene Oliveira announced. The federal government will pay 75…September 3, 2012In “News” Share