In Blackbird, two people who once had a passionate affair meet again fifteen years later. Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrives unannounced at his office, and they are forced to revisit their relationship. Ray has made a new life for himself. Una is looking for answers. What follows in this emotional thriller is an unflinching excavation of damaged love. The consequences are shattering. View Comments Olivier-winning play Blackbird, which was rumored to be heading to the big screen back in 2008, is now in the works once more. Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Ben Mendelsohn (The Place Beyond the Pines) have been tapped for the movie version, which will be adapted by David Harrower from his play of the same name. Directed by Benedict Andrews, shooting will begin in the U.K. next summer.
Brattleboro, VT, April 18, 2002 — The Vermont Supreme Court recently affirmed the judgement entered in favor of Chroma Technology Corp. that the Chroma defendants did not violate any legal obligation to their former employee when they founded a competing business in 1991. In so doing, the Court clarified the law in the State of Vermont on the important issue of when and how employees may go into direct competition with their employers. Prior to this decision, no case in Vermont had squarely addressed the issue since the early years of the 20th century.Heidi Harvey, of the firm of Fish & Richardson P.C., Boston, MA, was leadcounsel for the Chroma defendants at trial and on appeal. She observed, “This decision is an extremely important statement of the modern law inVermont on one of the most difficult issues that faces employees and employers – who has the burden of drawing the line between the employees’general, knowledge, skills, and abilities and the employer’s proprietary information. The Vermont Supreme Court’s places the burden squarely on theemployer to take reasonable steps to protect its information and point out to its employees that it considers the information confidential. The fact that information is valuable does not, by itself, make an employee strictly liable never to use it.”In the action, the former employer, Omega Optical, of Brattleboro, VT, alleged that former employees misappropriated Omega’s confidential information and breached their duties of employment to Omega when they founded Chroma Technology Corp, also in Brattleboro, VT, in 1991 to make optical filters for fluorescence microscopy in competition with Omega and others. Omega sought a permanent injunction and $20 million in damages from Chroma. After a 22-day bench trial in 1999, the Superior Court foundin favor of the Chroma defendants.On appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court, Omega asked the Court to hold that employees who acquire valuable information in the course of their employment “owe a duty of confidentiality to the employer merely by virtue of their status as employees, regardless of whether the employer has done anything either to protect the information or to communicate to the employees the confidential and proprietary nature of the information.” Omega also asked the Court to hold that former employees “continue to owe a duty of loyalty, including refraining from competition with their former employer, after they leave employment.”The Vermont Supreme Court rejected both arguments, noting that “[Plaintiff’s argument] is simply at odds with the case law, which requiressomething more than the mere employer-employee relationship to establish a duty of confidentiality.” The Court also noted that “[Plaintiff] cites no authority for the proposition that at-will employees continue to owe a duty of loyalty to a former employer, even after they have left that employment, that constrains them from ever acting to the detriment of that employer. Such a common law duty would prevent an employee from ever going to work for a competitor even in the absence of an agreement not to do so, an anomalous result.”
Clean investments in U.S. doing far better than fossil fuel stocks since 2017 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Fossil fuel never had a better friend in the White House than Donald Trump. So why, two years into his presidency, are investors favoring public companies devoted to renewable energy and giving the Bronx cheer to the coal, gas and oil crowd?Trump campaigned against the scientific consensus on climate change and promised to repeal any regulation that impeded the exploration, drilling, mining and burning of traditional energy. Since his inauguration on Jan. 24, 2017, he rescinded the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the Interior Department’s moratorium on new coal mining on public land, and President Barack Obama’s 2013 climate action plan and 2015 climate mitigation efforts. He withdrew from the Paris agreement signed by 195 countries in 2015, revived construction of the Keystone XL pipeline connecting Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries, and increased by 600 percent the public land (not to mention coastal waters) for lease by oil and gas companies.Yet with all of these incentives, fossil fuel is a rare loser in the stock market since Trump took office. And that’s after oil appreciated 15%. The 170 companies in the Russell 3000 Energy Index, most of which engage in oil and gas, are down 12% during the first administration to declare global warming a hoax. The Russell 3000, meanwhile, gained 27% and technology, its best-performing sector, rallied 53%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.As lucrative as the overall stock market has been for investors during the past two years, clean-technology shares have done even better. The 89 major publicly traded U.S. firms identified by Bloomberg New Energy Finance as deriving at least 10 percent of their revenue from the business of renewable energy, energy efficiency or clean technology have returned 50%since Trump’s first day in the Oval Office.Free-market capitalists seek profits wherever they see the potential for exceptional growth, and they’re reaping a bonanza from the cleanest companies. Ameresco Inc., a firm based in Framingham, Massachusetts that develops renewable-energy projects, almost doubled its value to $15 a share during the Trump presidency. Vivint Solar Inc., a Lehi, Utah-based installer of renewable-energy equipment, appreciated 98%. Cree Inc., the Durham, North Carolina producer of energy-efficient environmental lighting, surged 121%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.What did traditional energy companies do for their shareholders during the same period with Trump as the cheerleader-in-chief? Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. gained 1%. Kinder Morgan Inc., the pipeline transportation and energy storage company based in Houston, lost 1%. Peabody Energy Corp., based in St. Louis, declined 4% since it was restructured in April 2017, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.More: Trump likes fossil fuels. Investors don’t.
Data security and privacy issues create economic and even national security concerns, CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan wrote to Congressional offices Tuesday. Donovan reached out to Senate Commerce and House Energy and Commerce Committee staff, linking to a recent Wall Street Journal article about Chinese spying efforts against the U.S.The article Donovan linked to notes that China’s espionage efforts “is being abetted by an ocean of hacked personal data that may help pinpoint who is vulnerable to inducements.”He notes that this is the latest proof that, in addition to the various consumer protection and economic issues associated with data security and privacy, “there are significant national security issues as well.”The message links to CUNA’s document on data security and privacy solutions, which are: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Newly disclosed documents unveiling the close relationship between the National Security Agency and AT&T could breathe new life into a long-running legal dispute about the NSA’s controversial method of tapping the Internet backbone on U.S. soil.This program, according to documents provided by Edward Snowden, is largely enabled by telecom giant AT&T, which filters Internet traffic, based on NSA instructions. AT&T then forwards the “take” to the spy agency’s storage facilities for further review and analysis.But a single email traverses the Internet in hundreds of tiny slices, called “packets,” that travel separate routes. Grabbing even one email requires a computer search of many slices of other people’s messages.Privacy advocates have long argued in court that grabbing portions of so many emails — involving people not suspected of anything — is a violation of the protection against unreasonable searches and seizures provided by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil liberties group, is now hoping that the new documents will bolster their claims in a long-running case, Jewel v. NSA. “We will be presenting this information to the court,” said Cindy Cohn, executive director of the foundation. A Department of Justice spokesman declined to comment.So far, the only court that has reviewed the constitutional question is the secret panel of jurists known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. This court only hears arguments from the government and all of their decisions are highly classified.Other federal courts have declined to debate the constitutional question for fear that discussing any collaboration with telecom companies would damage American security. Last year, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told a court that confirming the identities of any telecoms that work with the NSA would alert terrorists that “certain channels of communications are vulnerable to NSA interception.”But the internal NSA documents describe a nearly unavoidable surveillance system on AT&T’s Internet backbone in the United States. One document shows a technical sketch of how AT&T provides the spy agency not only with access to traffic on its own network, but also traffic from other telecoms that crosses its network.Such cooperative arrangements, known in the industry as “peering,” are central to the speed of the global Internet. The packets that make up emails and other messages are sent through the fastest routes possible, jumping on and off each company’s network as needed. That means that any Internet user’s communications, regardless of whetherthey are an AT&T customer, could end up on AT&T’s network — and in the NSA’s hands.The newly disclosed documents seem to confirm the words of former AT&T technician Mark Klein, who has testified that the spy agency had access to vast amounts of data from other telecoms that was transmitted over AT&T’s fiber-optic lines.Klein’s allegations are central to Jewel v. N.S.A., which alleges that the NSA’s “bulk, untargeted seizure of the Internet communications of millions of innocent Americans” from AT&T’s networks amounted to an unconstitutional search and seizure.The government has responded that there is no evidence that any particular communications have been copied, and, even if they were, they would have been “destroyed within milliseconds of their creation” if they did not have intelligence value. Even in that scenario, the government says, the surveillance would be a “minimal intrusion on Fourth Amendment interests” that would be “vastly outweighed” by the benefits of the program.The court agreed, dismissing most of the case in February without examining the plaintiffs’ constitutional questions.For Kevin Bankston, the new document disclosure is bittersweet. Bankston was the attorney at the EFF who first brought Mark Klein’s allegations to court.After reviewing the documents, he said, “We were treated as crazy for years for allegations that we now know are substantially true.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
No sympathy for dirty old man KraftLet’s not call Robert Kraft a “lonely” old man.Here’s a man who supposedly has a 38-year-old girlfriend and a ton of money. What apparently is on video from the “spa” is an act being performed on him. I think we all know what that was. I’m guessing his girlfriend is not willing to do that, and he was looking for underage “companionship” to help him with his “loneliness.” Sounds like a dirty old man to me. If he’s lonely, why not ask a woman his own age out to dinner and a movie? No sympathy here.Mary BakerPerth Steck will price for vote on health actHaving read Assemblyman Phil Steck’s Feb. 17 guest column, “Separate propaganda from reality on Reproductive Health Act,” and Kathleen M. Gallagher’s Feb. 19 guest column,”New abortion law is extreme and harmful,” I could not help but notice the contrasts.Ms. Gallagher’s opinion was concise. In simple language, she educated the reader on the content of the Reproductive Heath Act (RHA), thus giving readers an opportunity to draw their own conclusions.Assemblyman Steck’s opinion was a history lesson — his coming to political awareness, Roe v. Wade’s birth and the debates that followed and changing viewpoints on abortion. While he points out that religious freedom is a constitutional protection, he concludes that those who oppose the RHA are “imposing their religious views on everyone.” Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMore consistency in sidewalk clearing Several times a week, even in winter, I wheel my disabled wife down our pothole- and patch-strewn street toward Central Park for a walk/wheelchair ride. We don’t use our neighbors’ sidewalks, since they provide an even more bone-rattling ride than the street. The road, path and crosswalk improvements from last summer have made the in-park walking experience much more pleasurable.In winter, I bring my snow shovel after any decent snowfall. City employees do a relatively good job of clearing the main sidewalks. But most crosswalks, the old casino sidewalk, the sidewalk around Tiny Tot Land and the new dog park handicap spots are either ignored or very poorly attended to. I have to shovel access in and out of the fountain pond loop trail.It’s nice to dream of the city doing something citywide to help create a more winter-walkable environment for residents and visitors. Yet on Feb. 27, in Central Park, the city of Schenectady was in clear violation of Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Temporary interruptions in accessibility, caused by snow, are not a violation. However, the city is in violation since it allows conditions to persist indefinitely. It wouldn’t take much extra time to clear the remaining park sidewalks, crosswalks and parking spaces.Jonathan SimmsSchenectady The Declaration of Independence states we are “entitled to life.” Medically, abortion means loss of the fetus, for any reason, BEFORE (my caps), it is able to survive outside the womb.Freedom of speech is a constitutional freedom.Assemblyman Steck takes umbrage that because he supports Roe v. Wade, he’s being called a murderer. You chose to support and vote for the RHA. You are now reaping the consequences.The United States of America is a republic. Elected officials serve the “will of the people.”Assemblyman Steck states “it would be a fraud on the voters to change my position.” “My support of Roe v. Wade will not change no matter what charged or offensive language is hurled at me.” Assemblyman Steck voted his will, not those of his constituents. He will be running for reelection in 2020.As Ms. Gallagher stated “this outrage will not soon be forgotten.” Your voice is your vote.Fran UnderhillScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18
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U.S. Geological Survey is carrying out a four-year study of seabird and marine mammal populations off central and southern California on behalf of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which received expressions of interest for wind and wave energy projects in these areas. Study area; Screenshot of the map on Marine Cadastre (ESPIS)The objectives of the USD 2 million study, which started in 2017 and will run until 2021, are to update BOEM’s understanding of the status and distribution of seabirds and marine mammals in areas off the coast of central and southern California where renewable energy projects may be proposed, as well as to relate this new information to that collected by other surveys on this portion of the Pacific OCS over the last 40 years.Seasonal aerial surveys will be conducted over a period of two to three years, and are designed to match those flown in the previous studies along historical transect lines between Cambria and the U.S-Mexico border. In addition, finer-scale focal sites are established and surveyed in areas where there is a higher potential of renewable energy project development, including the Santa Rosa Flats, offshore of Morro Bay, offshore of Vandenberg Air Force Base, the western Santa Barbara Channel, and any other areas identified by BOEM.The surveys would characterise the current diversity, distribution, and abundance of seabirds and marine mammals within the study area at a scale that is useful for assessment of renewable energy proposals. Survey methodologies used in previous studies would be reviewed and modified, as necessary, to account for new technologies and equipment availability. Previously collected data would be assessed and analysed to allow for comparisons with the newly collected data to identify changes in distribution and abundance of seabirds over the last 40 years.Source: BOEM
The decision by Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term continues to reverberate in East Africa.The United Nations says security in the tiny country is ‘rapidly worsening’. It estimates almost 200 people have been killed in recent months and more than 60 in the past three weeks.Neighbouring Rwanda also is worried. It’s housing thousands of Burundian refugees and its foreign minister fears the trouble in Burundi could also cross the border. CCTV’s Peninah Kariba reports
OA vs. Cambridge City (4-19)CC 333 300 0 12 8 4OA 010 544 x 14 11 3OA Batting: Adam Huber 2-4, 3 runs, 3 rbi, bb; Andrew Oesterling 2-5, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Matt Sedler 1-3, 2 rbi, bb, hbp; Michael Hoff 0-0, hbp; Riley Schebler 1-1; Hunter Sullivan 1-3, rbi; Zach Wegman 0-2, run, 2 bb; Jordan Stenger 0-4, 2 runs; Patrick Thompson 1-1; Zach West 2-2, 3 runs, bb; Lincoln Steele 1-2, 2 bb; Will Yunger 3 runs, sb.OA Pitching: Michael Hoff 2 IP, 9 runs, 5 earned, 6 hits, 2 k, 5 bb; Riley Schebler 1 IP, 3 runs, 2 earned, 2 hits, 1 k, 2 bb, hbp; Hunter Sullivan 2 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 k, 2 bb; Andrew Oesterling 2 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 5 k Win.Twisters Varsity Record: 3-2 Next game: Saturday, April 21st at Union Co. DHCourtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.