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posticon Tech Review - macOS Catalina

Business | Friday, October 11, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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For Mac users the free upgrade to the newest operating system -- macOS Catalina -- became available Monday.  The new OS seems to have two main purposes aside from the usual performance and security upgrades that most OS versions offer: to promote subscriptions to Apple's content subscription services (including two new ones) and to make the Mac more like an iPhone and iPad by including the same native apps for your computer that synchronize with your mobile devices.

As has been the case for many years, upgrading to the new OS is simple - Settings has a Software Update section -- if you were wondering why your Settings icon has that little red circle with the number one in it, that's what it's trying to tell you.  It's time to get your free update.  Downloading Catalina doesn't take long, but installing it does.  I think it takes about an hour altogether, but I have to admit that once I was convinced it wasn't stuck at 10% (it seemed to sit there for an awfully long time) I left my office and made coffee, played music, had a meeting, and checked my (physical) mailbox.  When I came back Catalina was ready for me to answer a few simple questions and I had my computer back.

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posticon Golden Opportunity Expands Tutoring in Ithaca's Schools

Business | Friday, October 11, 2019 | By Sherrie Negrea Print
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It all started when Marty Kaminsky, a retired fourth grade teacher at Cayuga Heights Elementary, decided to tutor four students who were struggling in school. The students' families couldn't afford to hire a tutor, so Kaminsky worked with them at no charge. In 2005, he decided to extend the opportunity to other students in the district and started a nonprofit group, Golden Opportunity, to match tutors with students who were falling behind in reading and math.

This year, as Golden Opportunity celebrates its 15th anniversary, the program has grown to 53 tutors working with students from grades two through eight in all the district's elementary and middle schools. During the school year, the students, who must qualify for free and reduced lunch to be eligible, will receive 4,200 academic support hours, each meeting twice a week with their tutor.

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posticon New Pay Equity Laws In Effect

Business | Friday, October 11, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced two new laws further bolstering New York's nation-leading pay equity policies went into effect Tuesday. The new laws prohibit unequal pay on the basis of a protected class for all substantially similar work and forbid employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history. Governor Cuomo also called on businesses in New York to conduct internal reviews of their pay policies and make adjustments as necessary in accordance with these new laws.

"We are at a critical point in history when this country is finally recognizing the long-term discrimination against women and taking action to right the wrongs of an unfair system," Cuomo said. "There is no rational reason why women should not get paid the same as men, and these common sense measures will take us one step closer to true equality. Now it's time for businesses across the state to take a hard look at their pay policies and ensure women employees get paid the same as their male colleagues if they are doing substantially similar work."

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posticon Minority And Women-Owned Business Enterprise Utilization Rate Grows

Business | Friday, October 11, 2019 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the utilization rate for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises on state contracts increased to 29.13 percent during the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year, once again achieving the highest rate in the nation. In total, MWBEs won more than $2.93 billion in state contracts during the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year. The announcement was made in conjunction with New York State's ninth annual MWBE Forum, which brings together thousands of business owners, community leaders, state officials and contractors' representatives to discuss state contracting opportunities and learn about resources available to MWBEs.

"In New York, we know that diversity is a strength, not a weakness — and when we empower minority and women-owned businesses to compete for state contracts, we create a better New York for all," Cuomo said. "Our nation-leading utilization rate reflects the unmatched pool of MWBEs in the Empire State and our concerted efforts to create a more equal playing field for these companies."

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