pinkomelet/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York state is moving away from a travel advisory that required a two-week quarantine for people coming from COVID-19 hotspots and instead will mandate that all travelers test negative for the virus before and after coming to the state, the governor announced Saturday.“There will be no quarantine list, there will be no metrics,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters. “There will be one rule that applies across the country.”That rule requires that those coming to New York must test negative for COVID-19 within three days before their arrival, and have proof of the test. Once in New York, they must quarantine for three days and take another test on the fourth day. If they test negative, they can end their quarantine.Residents of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania are exempt from this requirement, Cuomo said.New York residents who travel to another state for 24 hours or fewer must take a COVID-19 test within four days of arrival, the governor said. Any longer and, like non-residents, they must take a test within three days of travel and test negative, quarantine for three days upon return and get tested on the fourth day. If they test negative, “you go about your business,” Cuomo said.It is unclear when the new requirements go into effect.Cuomo stressed the need for the new policy as Thanksgiving approaches.“Just because they’re your family, doesn’t mean they’re safe from COVID,” he said. “And that’s where we’re seeing increases.”The original travel advisory, which the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced in late June, required that people coming to the region from states with a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average, must quarantine for 14 days.Nine states were on the travel advisory list at the time. On Tuesday, California was the latest state to be added to New York’s travel advisory, for a total of 41 states and territories. Neighboring states Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania had also met the criteria, but a quarantine was not required given the level of travel between the states. Instead, officials discouraged non-essential travel to those states.Connecticut’s and New Jersey’s travel advisories are still in effect, according to their state websites. As of Tuesday, Connecticut had 42 states and territories on its list, while New Jersey had 41. Anyone traveling from those regions is asked to self-quarantine for two weeks.The announcement comes as New York is targeting “micro-clusters” that have higher testing positivity rates. On Saturday, the positivity rate in these focus areas was 3.01%, while the statewide positivity rate excluding those areas was 1.3%. The statewide positivity rate is 1.49%.New York has continued to see outbreaks linked to mass gatherings at houses of worship, weddings, funerals and other events, Cuomo said this week.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
In their draft form, the new rules were criticised by the Occupational Pension Fund Association (Tjänstepensionsförbundet) for being too heavily based on Solvency II, leading to an unnecessarily high administrative burden, high costs and regulations for the funds.Magnus Billing, chief executive officer of Sweden’s biggest pension fund Alecta, has said the EU’s IORP II regulatory framework is not necessarily relevant to Swedish labour-market pensions, and high risk-free capital requirements could end up weakening protection for consumers rather than bolstering safeguards.But even though the Finance Committee was still demanding major changes to the bill, the Riksdag adopted the new legislation, with the rules coming into force on 15 December.Sweden was facing possible penalties from the European Commission for its delay in implementing the IORP II directive.Under the new law, pension funds in Sweden that do not apply for conversion to occupational pension companies will liquidate unless they apply for a conversion to fall under Solvency II regulation, according to FI.Pension schemes with insurance business other than occupational pension services, might be forced to choose Solvency II for their total business under the new regulatory set up, according to Gunnar Dahlfors, head of analysis at Mercer Sweden.“Otherwise they would be regulated by both IORP II and Solvency II, which is regarded as too complex,” he said.Dahlfors said the conversion into occupational pension companies will impact two main areas for pension funds – capital requirements and risk management.“We don’t expect much change in the capital requirement area as the ‘traffic light’ stress test which has been in place here for the past 20 years is quite similar in nature to both IORP II and Solvency II,” he said.“The increased resources required for the risk functions are likely to be less popular with pension schemes due to the cost impact,” Dahlfors said. With two days to go before the deadline, the Swedish financial supervisory agency has now received applications from six of the country’s pension funds to convert to the new status of occupational pension company (tjänstepensionsföretag) under the new IORP II-based regulatory regime.The new act on occupational pension companies (2019:742), which puts the EU directive into Swedish law, was passed by the country’s parliament (Riksdag) in December following a long period of wrangling between stakeholders.The authority, Finansinspektionen (FI), confirmed to IPE that Kyrkans Pensionskassa, the pension fund for the Swedish Church; Försäkringsbranschens Pensionskassa (FPK) the pension fund for the insurance industry; Sparinstitutens Pensionskassa (SPK), the pension fund for savings institutions; and PP Pensions Försäkringsförening, which covers media workers, had applied for conversion to occupational pension companies.Applications from these four funds were followed this week by filings from the pension fund of Swedish bank Handelsbanken, Pensionskassan SHB, and the Volvo staff pension fund VFF Pension, FI said. The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 April.
Batesville, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced a series of bridge painting projects along I-74 in Franklin and Dearborn Counties.Valparaiso-based Civil Coatings and Construction Inc. will complete the following work:Enochsburg Road over I-74—located 4.4 miles west of State Road 229 in Franklin County. Painting operations are scheduled to begin September 6, weather permitting.Peters Road over I-74—located 3.27 miles east of U.S. 52 in Dearborn County. Painting operations are tentatively scheduled to begin October 1.I-74 eastbound and westbound bridges over Stout Road—located two miles east of U.S. 52 in Dearborn County. Painting operations are tentatively scheduled to begin October 26. Each bridge will close to traffic—one at a time—for approximately two weeks. A signed detour will be in place to route motorists around the closuresThe completion date for the $844,144 contract is June 30, 2018.
Coach Shane Stapleton says they’ll take it game by game, but are happy with preparations so far… Getting game time ahead of a busy league schedule for the Tipp senior footballers is important ahead of the step up from Division 3.Next Tuesday, they face the challenge of University College Cork, in Dr. Morris Park, in their final challenge game ahead of their opening National Football League encounter with Cork.Last night they overcame the Garda college at Dr Morris Park, on a scoreline of 1-19 to 1-10.