Baker, Cuomo to be honored by Edward M. Kennedy Institute – Long Island Business News


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are set to be honored with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute Award for Inspired Leadership at a virtual event Wednesday evening.

Baker, a Republican, and Cuomo, a Democrat, have led their states during the coronavirus pandemic, and both were among the hardest-hit places during the first wave of infections last spring. Cuomo and Baker were credited with taking actions that helped slow the spread of the disease, including pushing people to wear masks in public and take other precautions.

The institute praised both governors for actions beyond their handling of the pandemic. It pointed to efforts by Baker to use public-private partnerships to spur economic development, overhaul the state’s regulatory environment and deliver tax relief by doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit.

It also noted Baker’s efforts to invest in K-12 education, combat the opioid crisis and expand the state’s reliance on renewable energy. And it credited his spearheading of changes at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority that were meant to improve service and stabilize the public transit agency’s finances.

Baker has come under criticism for his handling of a second surge of the coronavirus in Massachusetts, particularly his decision to allow restaurants to continue to allow indoor dining, which he didn’t allow during the initial surge. Baker has said that restaurants have taken precautions, and this week he announced that their capacity limit would be reduced from 50% to 40% as of Sunday.

The institute praised Cuomo, who first took office on January 2011, for fighting “for social, racial and economic justice for all New Yorkers.”

Under Cuomo’s leadership, New York passed a $15 minimum wage, the nation’s strongest paid family leave program and some of its strongest gun safety laws, the largest investment in education in state history and a first-in-the-nation Green New Deal for New York, the institute said.

Cuomo has been faulted for not acting sooner to shut down New York City during the early days of the pandemic and for waiting too long to require New Yorkers to wear masks. He’s also been criticized for a March 25 order that sent thousands of recovering COVID-19 patients from hospitals into nursing homes. The U.S. Justice Department is trying determine whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among nursing home residents.





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Kennedy Oaks Day 2020, winner, finishing order, results, who finished where, odds, latest


Coolmore filly Personal claimed the VRC Oaks (2500m) on Thursday, storming over the top of Salto Angel and odds-on pop Montefilia.

Damien Oliver chalked up his 122nd career Group One with a well-timed ride to pick off the Danny O’Brien-trained Salto Angel – thwarting the stable for whom he won the Oaks for last year aboard Miami Bound.

It was a momentous Group One win for the Lindsay Park duo of Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes, being their first success at the top level without the now Hong Kong-based David Hayes.

Race favourite Montefilia was in a duelling battle for most of the long Flemington straight but fell short of a third G1 success.

“I’ve got to send a shout-out to [racing manager] Rayan Moore, he hasn’t been feeling well, they actually took him to hospital in an ambulance so hopefully this cheers him up,” Dabernig told Racing.com post-race.



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U.S. Navy Speeding Up Delivery of USS John F. Kennedy Aircraft Carrier


On Monday the United States Navy announced that it had modified its contracts with Newport News Shipbuilding, which will speed up delivery of the next Gerald R. Ford­-class aircraft carrier, USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79). The contract modification will move the carrier to a traditional single-phase delivery.

The carrier had been previously slated to go through a two-phase delivery process, which would have seen the ship mostly completed while the workforce at the shipbuilding facility would have paused, and then installed the electronics and made other modifications at a later date. That plan had been unveiled in the Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) budget as a means to construct the warship on the most cost-effective schedule for the workforce at the construction yard.

It also would have avoided an overlap of CVN-79 with USS Nitmitz (CVN-68) in the fleet, which could put a further strain on Navy budgets but also on the personnel needed to operate both vessels. By inserting a “gap” in the construction, which would delay the final delivery, the ship would have also received the most up-to-date technology just ahead of its entry into the fleet, reported USNI News.

Changing Course

When the decision was made to delay the carrier’s delivery it was expected John F. Kennedy would be ready in 2022 with a longer overlap between those two carriers. But now the Navy is expecting that the carrier would be delivered in 2024 regardless of whether it is delivered fully outfitted or not, and for those reasons, the contract modifications have been made.

The $315 million contract will include converting the ship to a single-phase delivery, but also for install of F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter modifications. The contract modifications set a June 30, 2024, delivery date.

“We are pleased to have worked with the Navy to adopt lessons learned in the construction of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) to improve cost, production and planning efficiencies on Kennedy,” said Lucas Hicks, Newport News’ vice president of new construction aircraft carrier programs. “We believe that the single-phase approach ensures the most effective build plan for all remaining work and provides the best value for the Navy by supporting its ability to accelerate operational deployment of this maritime force asset.”

Kennedy is now approximately 76 percent complete. The ship was launched in December 2019, and currently is undergoing additional outfitting and testing at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.

Second Ford

The USS John F. Kennedy is the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier being built for the United States Navy.

USS Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier is equipped with two newly-designed reactors and has 250 percent more electrical capacity than previous carriers. These improvements have allowed the ship to load weapons and launch aircraft with greater efficiency. The warship features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement, an enhanced flight deck capable of increased aircraft sortie rates, and growth margin for future technologies.

Additionally, each Ford-class ship can operate with a smaller crew than the Nimitz-class carriers and will provide $4 billion in total ownership cost savings for the U.S. Navy.

The Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers are able to carry up to 90 aircraft, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft, MH-60R/S helicopters, as well as unmanned air and combat vehicles.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.



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Kennedy Oaks Day 2020, field, tips, predictions, latest odds, ultimate guide, when, start time, where can I watch it


Now, we all know we have Derbies around the world – for the best staying three-year-olds of both genders – thanks to the 12th Earl of Derby, who came up with the idea for the race in at a booze-up in 1780 (because no good ideas were ever hatched over a salad).

But how do we get the fillies-only equivalent, a race called The Oaks?

The 12th Earl of Derby of course.

This guy! Did he have an influence on global horse racing or what?

In fact, The Oaks came first. The aforementioned Derby-spawning soiree was held to celebrate the running of the first Oaks, in 1779. That was another idea by the Earl, to start a new race for which he’d put up the money. Why name a classic after a bunch of trees, rather than say, after a drinking vessel? The Earl lived on an estate, just to the east of Epsom Racecourse where the race would end up being run, called The Oaks.



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Perth teen assaulted, spat on by gang while trick-or-treating in Port Kennedy


A Perth teenager was hit in the head with bolt cutters and then set upon by a group of teenage boys in a horrifying Halloween night attack.

Jayda Hall, 16, was trick-or-treating with friends in Port Kennedy around 7pm last night.

She was approached by three teenage boys on a moped, who Ms Hall says spat on her before turning violent.

“They came towards me and tried to run me over,” Ms Hall told 9News.

“He pulled out bolt cutters and hit me across the back of the head with it, and I fell to the floor.

“I was then kicked in the back.”

Ms Hall’s mother said the boys were all wearing masks during the attack.

9News understands the police have identified the teenage boys accused of the attack and are investigating.



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Rudy Giuliani demands an apology from Fox host Kennedy after she compared him to Christopher Steele


Rudy Giuliani demanded an apology from Fox Business host Kennedy on Tuesday evening and threatened to walk out of their interview after she compared him to British ex-spy Christopher Steele. 

The president’s personal attorney had been on the show to discuss Hunter Biden’s laptop and the evidence he says is on it. 

But when probed by Lisa ‘Kennedy’ Montgomery about the credibility of the documents in a line of questioning that compared him to Steele, Giuliani said: ‘You got to be kidding me. I was acting like Christopher Steele?’

The former British spy’s research alleged ties between Trump and Russia and was financed by Democrats. It contained unproven rumors about the president. 

Kennedy said: ‘Some can say that you’re acting like Christopher Steele, that you were abstracting information.’ 

Giuliani hit back: ‘You better apologize for that. I mean I’ve been a United States attorney, associate attorney general, mayor of New York City and a member of the bar for 50 years. I’ve never been accused of anything, and you’re accusing me of being Christopher Steele.’

‘What you’re saying is an outrageous defamation of me, of my reputation’, he added. 

Giuliani had been on the show Tuesday to discuss Hunter Biden’s laptop

He was then probed by Lisa 'Kennedy' Montgomery about the credibility of the documents in a line of questioning that compared him to Steele, pictured

He was then probed by Lisa ‘Kennedy’ Montgomery about the credibility of the documents in a line of questioning that compared him to Steele, pictured 

The former NYC mayor then invited the host to come and see the evidence for herself. 

He added: ‘I came on your show in good faith to give you evidence that is being withheld from the American people, and I get defamed.

‘This may be the last time we’ll be on camera because I don’t let people call me Christopher Steele.’

Giuliani is behind renewed allegations about Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his foreign business ties. The New York Post says the emails were part of a trove of data recovered from a laptop that was dropped off at a computer repair shop in Delaware in April 2019.

The main email highlighted by the Post is an April 2015 message that it said was sent to Hunter Biden by Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma’s board. In it, he thanks the younger Biden ‘for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent (sic) some time together. It’s realty (sic) an honor and pleasure.’

The wording makes it unclear if he actually met Joe Biden. The Biden campaign said in a statement that it had reviewed Biden’s schedules from the time and that no meeting as described by the newspaper took place. 

Hunter Biden himself has not spoken publicly in recent weeks, including to confirm whether or not the laptop is his. 

The Biden campaign has also not addressed that question, though a lawyer for Hunter, George Mesires, said in a statement that ‘we have no idea where this came from, and certainly cannot credit anything that Rudy Giuliani provided to the NY Post.’ 

Giuliani is behind renewed allegations about Joe Biden's son Hunter and his foreign business ties. The New York Post says the emails were part of a trove of data recovered from a laptop that was dropped off at a computer repair shop in Delaware in April 2019

Giuliani is behind renewed allegations about Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his foreign business ties. The New York Post says the emails were part of a trove of data recovered from a laptop that was dropped off at a computer repair shop in Delaware in April 2019

Kennedy did manage to then ask the attorney about his widely shared cameo in the new Borat movie where he is seen lying on the bed, tucking in his shirt with his hand down his pants in the presence of a young woman posing as a conservative TV reporter. 

She asked: ‘Do you regret your interaction in the Borat movie?’

Giuliani replied: ‘Now that’s a stupid question, isn’t it? Whether you believe it or not, I was tucking my shirt in. He made it appear as if it was something different.’ 

When Kennedy finished her interview by saying: ‘You can’t tell me you haven’t loved this conversation’, Giuliani replied: ‘I have not loved this conversation. I find this conversation totally insulting.

‘You don’t accuse someone of being a criminal without any evidence, on speculation.’

The Biden campaign said in a statement that it had reviewed Biden's schedules from the time and that no meeting as described by the newspaper took place

The Biden campaign said in a statement that it had reviewed Biden’s schedules from the time and that no meeting as described by the newspaper took place

Kennedy did manage to then ask the attorney about his widely shared cameo in the new Borat movie; She asked: 'Do you regret your interaction in the Borat movie?'

Kennedy did manage to then ask the attorney about his widely shared cameo in the new Borat movie; She asked: ‘Do you regret your interaction in the Borat movie?’

The 2016 ‘Steele Dossier,’ prepared for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign by former British spy Christopher Steele, alleged connections between Trump’s successful campaign and Russia.

Trump has long denied any such connection and some of the dossier’s claims have been disputed. 

The ‘golden showers’ dossier detailed Trump’s alleged ties to Russia including accusations he and his campaign worked in cahoots with Moscow to beat Clinton in the 2016 election, were offered funds from Moscow and had full knowledge of Russia tapping in to Democrats’ emails.  

It also claimed Russia was able to blackmail Trump because the Kremlin had footage of him watching prostitutes urinate on a hotel bed in Moscow in 2013 when he visited the city for the Miss Universe pageant.

The FBI investigated the claims made in the dossier after it was leaked in January 2017 and it was used to obtain a FISA eavesdropping warrant on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide. 

The Steele dossier was first briefed to Trump just before his inauguration and was first published in full by Buzzfeed News soon after. 



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AFL trades 2020, news, rumours, whispers: Devon Smith, Jesse Hogan, Ben Brown Fremantle, Josh Kennedy Gold Coast Collingwood


It’s been revealed two interstate clubs made shock bids for a West Coast superstar.

Plus it’s been a rough week already, but the Essendon exodus might not be over just yet.

Get all the latest trade news in AFL Trade Whispers!

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Gaff, Hurn, and Kennedy commit to Eagles


Star West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff has committed to the Eagles for the next four seasons, while veterans Josh Kennedy and Shannon Hurn will play on next year.

Gaff inked a two-year deal at the end of 2018 with the option for him to trigger another four years after that.

His family ties in Victoria saw him almost leave the club at the end of 2018 due to the poor health of his father at the time, and the Eagles were nervously waiting to see whether Gaff would trigger his long-term extension at the end of 2020.

West Coast announced on Thursday that Gaff had decided to stay, while Kennedy and Hurn were rewarded for consistent seasons with new one-year deals.

Gaff has become one of the most durable players in the competition, notching 215 games since making his debut in 2011.

The biggest chunk of matches he has sat out arose from the eight-match suspension he copped near the end of 2018, which saw him miss out on West Coast’s flag that year.

Gaff played all 18 matches for the Eagles this season and was unlucky to miss out on selection in the expanded All-Australian squad.

Hurn and Kennedy are both 33, but are still clearly in West Coast’s best side.

Kennedy booted 34 goals from 17 games this year, which included a seven-goal haul against Collingwood in round eight.

Hurn averaged 16 possessions and five marks per game in his first season since handing over the captaincy to Luke Shuey.

West Coast’s season ended last Saturday when they suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss to Collingwood in an elimination final.





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AFL 2020: Josh Kennedy injury, West Coast, Eagles injury list, injuries, Adam Simpson, Eagles Roos


West Coast Eagles spearhead Josh Kennedy has suffered an ankle injury on the eve of finals, which has seen him ruled out midway through his side’s clash with North Melbourne on Thursday night.

Late in the second quarter at Metricon Stadium, Kennedy landed awkwardly in a marking contest, before limping off and going straight to the rooms.

Coach Adam Simpson provided an update to Fox Footy just before the start of the third quarter.

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Eagles win but hold breath on Kennedy


Ryan then hit Brayden Ainsworth on the chest at the top of the goal square for their second.

He kept the third goal to himself as he turned a defender inside-out on the boundary before settling himself to kick an astonishing goal.

Influential: Liam Ryan sparked his side when North had control.Credit:Getty Images

It was a spree that reeled in the Kangaroos and marked Ryan as one of West Coast’s most important players heading into the finals. He changes games and his pace and leap make him a difficult match-up.

The disappointment for North Melbourne is that they should have been further in front at quarter-time having dominated possession. Four Eagles had failed to touch the ball in the first term as the Kangaroos won it 96 times to West Coast’s 57.

The Roos won first and often last possession in a chain but struggled to convert, kicking 2.4 when the numbers should have been the opposite way around.

Luke McDonald tackles West Coast's Jack Darling.

Luke McDonald tackles West Coast’s Jack Darling.Credit:Getty Images

Having blown their best chance of winning they would have been forgiven, to some extent, to turning their minds to lying on the sand for a couple of weeks rather than digging in for a fight.

But to their credit North kept coming but again their goalkicking let them down with Todd Goldstein and Jack Ziebell both guilty of missing easy chances to take the lead in the third quarter.

The ball was slippery but the excuses would need to be too because the errors cost the Roos a realistic chance to claim a big scalp in a disappointing season.

Eagles spearhead Josh Kennedy goes down against the Kangaroos.

Eagles spearhead Josh Kennedy goes down against the Kangaroos.Credit:Getty Images

Instead the two teams entered the final quarter on the same score, 28 apiece.

The Eagles, needing the win more than their opponents, took their chances when it mattered with Oscar Allen – the team’s impressive ruck-forward – kicking two quick goals midway through the term to break the stalemate.

It proved the difference in a match as scrappy as a crisper in a student’s fridge with the Eagles perfunctory and the Kangaroos depleted and ready for the season’s end after eight consecutive losses.

WEST COAST 0.0 3.1 4.4 7.7 (49)
NORTH MELBOURNE 2.4 2.6 3.10 4.10 (34)

GOALS
West Coast: Allen 3, Ryan 2, Darling, Ainsworth.
North Melbourne: Higgins, Zurhaar, Larkey, Anderson.

BEST
West Coast: Ryan, Duggan, Allen, Hurn, Gaff.
North Melbourne: Anderson, Simpkin, Higgins, Polec, Davies-Uniacke.

INJURIES
West Coast: Kennedy (ankle).
North Melbourne: Larkey (shoulder).

CROWD
724 at Metricon Stadium.

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