McHenry County businesses that violate COVID-19 rules could avoid court under proposal

Business owners facing fines for breaking the state’s COVID-19 rules — including the ban on indoor dining — could go through an expedited adjudication process instead of the courts under a proposal approved by the McHenry County Board of Health on Monday.

The McHenry County Board still needs to consider the proposal, which centers on creation of an administrative adjudication program that would allow the McHenry County Department of Health to process violations of COVID-19 restrictions for businesses more efficiently.



The resolution is a slightly modified version of a program proposal the board approved in September, which talked about simplifying the process of enforcing other public health ordinances, such as illegal burning or food service violations, Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson said.

The earlier proposal does not mention COVID-19 violations, while this new version does, stating the coronavirus pandemic has “exacerbated the need for an expedited process to resolve violations

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Europe sets out the rules of the road for its data reuse plan

European Union lawmakers have laid out a major legislative proposal today to encourage the reuse of industrial data across the Single Market by creating a standardized framework of trusted tools and techniques to ensure what they describe as “secure and privacy-compliant conditions” for sharing data.


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Enabling a network of trusted and neutral data intermediaries, and an oversight regime comprised of national monitoring authorities and a pan-EU coordinating body, are core components of the plan.

The move follows the European Commission’s data strategy announcement in February, when it said it wanted to boost data reuse to support a new generation of data-driven services powered by data-hungry artificial intelligence, as well as encouraging the notion of using ‘tech for good’ by enabling “more data and good quality data” to fuel innovation with a common public good (like better disease diagnostics) and improve public services.

The wider context is that personal

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Mammoth $2.3b of investment held up at border by Covid-19 visa rules

Foreigners keen to invest up to $2.3 billion in New Zealand are unable to get visas because of Covid-19 restrictions, a situation National says is holding back “tens of thousands” of jobs.

The huge amount of cash is promised by applicants for the investor-class visa, which allows foreigners to gain residence in New Zealand if they promise to invest a certain amount of money into the economy.

A similar visa was famously used by US tech billionaire Peter Thiel to gain residency in the country, which he then used to gain citizenship.

Immigration NZ (INZ) currently has just over 400 investor-class visa applications on hand, almost all of them from offshore applicants. Yet it is currently not able to grant visas for those offshore because they do not meet the travel conditions to enter the country.

* Border restrictions will remain until it is safer, says Immigration Minister

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German States Plan to Relax Virus Rules for Christmas | World News

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s 16 federal states plan to allow gatherings of up to 10 people over Christmas and New Year, offering some relaxation of coronavirus restrictions to let families and friends celebrate together, a draft proposal showed on Tuesday.

Leaders have also agreed to dramatically boost capacity on state-owned railway Deutsche Bahn through the winter months, effectively making carriages window-seat only to reduce the chance of passengers infecting each other.

The premiers of the states are due to agree plans with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. Berlin mayor Michael Mueller told ARD television he was confident the measures, agreed by the leaders late on Monday, would be adopted.

The premiers agreed to extend a national “lockdown light”, introduced on Nov. 2, until Dec. 20 to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will keep bars, restaurants and entertainment venues shut while schools and shops stay open.

They also

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Visa Denials Based on Foreign Complaints Must Be Explained, EU Court Rules

A man walks by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

LUXEMBOURG (CN) — European Union countries that turn down visa requests based on objections from other nations must tell the applicant why they were rejected, the bloc’s high court ruled Tuesday. 

Any country that rejects a so-called Schengen visa request must specify which other EU member state has raised an objection to the visa and indicate what the objection is, the European Court of Justice held in two cases involving the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

“The person concerned must be able to ascertain the reasons upon which the decision taken in relation to him or her is based…so as to make it possible for him or her to defend his or her rights in the best possible conditions and to decide, with full knowledge of the relevant facts,” the Luxembourg-based court wrote. 


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ProcessMaker Announces New Partnership with OpenRules for Decision Management and Business Rules

Durham, NC, Nov. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ProcessMaker, a leader in low-code business process management (BPM) announces a new partnership with OpenRules, an open-source business rule and decision management engine. The partnership allows users to add high performance decision management to applications built with ProcessMaker. This new partnership unlocks a powerful new level of sophistication for process and workflow designers around the globe.  

Global data grew by nearly 100% per year for the past 5 years and shows no signs of slowing down. More and more companies are taking advantage of big data sets to generate business process applications that are smarter than before.  To build these intelligent business process applications, organizations need a combination of decision rules management and low-code business process management.  

Thanks to the new OpenRules on-demand AWS based decision rules service, complex decision rules can now be added to create decision tasks in ProcessMaker without

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Court Hearing Shows Businesses Could Prevail Against H-1B Visa Rules

On November 23, 2020, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White heard arguments focused on a single question: Did the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) have “good cause” to bypass standard rulemaking procedures and publish emergency regulations to restrict H-1B visas? The plaintiffs – businesses and universities led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – argued case law, economic data and the Trump administration’s actions show good cause did not exist. The DOL rule took effect on October 8, 2020, and the DHS rule is effective December 7, 2020, unless blocked. The plaintiffs are asking the court to vacate both regulations.

The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) requires federal agencies to provide notice and the opportunity to comment before a

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Pandemic, new rules handcuff Central Coast crab fishermen

SANTA CRUZ — You couldn’t blame crab fishermen Tim and Dan Obert for feeling like they’re passing through the perfect storm.

First there was the pandemic, which shut down restaurants and, in turn, much of the demand for Dungeness crab. Then a new regulation took effect on Nov. 1 that heavily restricts the Dungeness fishery’s operations when whales and sea turtles are around. Then the state delayed the opening of the Dungeness crab season until after Thanksgiving.

“If you take all three of those things, you will destroy this fishery,” said Tim Obert, 35, of Scotts Valley. “There will be no crabbers left.”

Dungeness crab in Northern California is an integral and celebrated part of the culture of coastal communities stretching from Monterey to Crescent City. Wharf restaurants sling crab legs to thousands of tourists in the spring and summer, while bustling seafood markets feed countless locals during the holiday

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New Australian domain rules see Webcentral flog off drop catching business

The fallout from the new rules surrounding Australian domain names has already started, even though the rules do not begin until April.

Webcentral announced on Friday it was exiting its Netalliance “drop catching” business, which it described as “the purchasing of domains if they are not renewed by the domain owner and then on selling it to someone else or back to the original owner”. Naturally, they have left out the inconvenience and inflated prices when a customer forgets to manually renew a domain, versus the automated squatters swooping in, as being a factor in their decision.

“It is expected that this practice will be redundant in the near future once (auDA), the domain governing body makes much needed changes to the industry,” the company said.

For selling off its half-share of Netalliance, Webcentral has walked away with AU$500,000 in cash. Netalliance has less than AU$0.5 million in total revenue

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Three rules to stress test your great idea

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Someone is already doing it.

Annoying but true. Whenever you come up with a truly great idea, it’s a 99% certainty that someone, somewhere got there before you.

Good ideas get around pretty quickly these days. At the same time, it’s easy to research them. Even a modest internet search will unearth something similar in a few minutes.

There are three reasons why this is good news.

Firstly, surveying the competitive landscape is easier. Prior to the web, you could do all sorts of things before discovering you had a competitor. 

Second, It means you can find out whether your idea has worked, or if it hasn’t, you can examine what went wrong.

Third, someone else has already cleared a few of the early hurdles. Can you make the idea work even better?

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Knowing what’s out there 

The first is about competitive analysis – about understanding the options. If you

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