Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo Credit: PxhereJAMESTOWN – Many area schools, restaurants and organizations are taking precautions amid the growing Coronavirus outbreak in New York State.The Frewsburg Central School District is foregoing field trips, large school events and school-wide assemblies.In a letter to parents Saturday, Superintendent Shelly O’Boyle said upon the recommendation of the Chautauqua County Health Department, effective Monday several events have been canceled.The High School Musical, Kindergarten Grandparent Lunch, Structural Integrity Trip and School Softball Games in Myrtle Beach are among the activities. “As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and our community is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of illness,” said Superintendent O’Boyle. “You will notice that the events listed occur through April break. This is because the data and recommendations are constantly changing. We will continue to monitor recommendations from the Health Department, and adjust/uplift cancelations/postponements accordingly.”O’Boyle says additionally the District will be suspending all community use of school facilities, with the exception of the TRZ child care program, in order to maintain control of cleaning and disinfecting. The suspension also includes community use of the fitness center; pool parties, Town of Carroll Swim Lessons, Youth Wrestling, Little League and other various non-school groups.Officials are also suspending all guest speakers/presenters, student assemblies, and non-essential public persons.Phil N’ Cindy’s Lunch in Jamestown are now limiting their seating capacity to help combat the virus.In a post on social media, the restaurant says they are following new state mandates. “Starting (Saturday) we will only be seating the front half of the restaurant,” the post read. “We apologize for this inconvenience, please plan accordingly as the weekend will be very trying.” Some restaurants however are not taking the same measures.“As of now we are running at full capacity,” read a post by Vern’s Place, a restaurant in Randolph. “Some restaurants have received letters instructing them to run at half capacity. We have not. We have always and will continue to clean all food prep areas and tables with bleach on a daily basis.”
Head of Passes The cast of ‘Head of Passes'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Head of Passes, starring Phylicia Rashad, has extended its off-Broadway run for the second time. The Public Theater production, which opened on March 28, will now play the Newman Theater through May 1; it had previously been set to shutter on April 24. Tina Landau directs the Tarell Alvin McCraney drama.Inspired by the Book of Job, Head of Passes is set at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Shelah’s (Rashad) family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof but unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges.The off-Broadway cast also includes Alana Arenas, Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, J. Bernard Calloway, Robert Joy, John Earl Jelks and Arnetia Walker. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2016
A University of Georgia study released this week shows that Georgiafarmers who grow oilseeds (canola, soybeans, peanuts and cotton)can make their crops more valuable.By building a crushing/refining facility in the state and by forminga cooperative, the study says, farmers can control the raw materialsthey produce all the way to the grocery shelf.The New Way to Look at FarmingIn the past, a farmer only grew and harvested crops. He sold thecrops in bulk to off-farm buyers at wholesale prices. Once theyleft the farm, the farmer had little to do with the crops, whichwere then manufactured into higher-valued consumer products.But now, the move toward globalization is smothering wholesalecrop prices. So farmers should look beyond just growing and harvestingcrops, said George Shumaker, an economist with the UGA ExtensionService and one of the authors of the study.Farmers should look beyond how many bushels or pounds they canproduce per acre, he said. They need to envision how many bottlesof oil, or how many shirts or candy bars they can make from theircrops.The New Generation Co-opRandy Hudson, coordinator of the Emerging Crop and TechnologiesInitiative of the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences, agrees.”We’re now looking at how the farmer can carry the productbeyond the realm of just production and move higher up that foodchain,” he said.For the past several years, farmers across the country have formedco-ops in hopes of spreading risks and making consumer productsfrom their crops. These new-generation co-ops market their productsto grocery or other retail outlets. This brings the farmer a greaterdollar value, Hudson said.The keys to forming such a co-op, he said, are an adequate processingfacility and timely delivery of the products.Georgia Could Support OilseedFacilityThe UGA study said such a facility could be built and economicallysupported in Georgia. The crushing-refining facility would primarilyconvert seeds from canola and soybeans into oils. But it couldhandle cotton and peanuts, too.To get the facility up and running would cost about $56 million.However, it would add about $172 million in economic activityto the Georgia economy, the report said. Its impact would affectmore than 250,000 acres of farm land. Besides the 53 jobs thefacility would create directly, about 1,100 jobs would be createdindirectly, mostly in rural Georgia.Such facilities use a crushing process to extract oil from theseed. The result is actually two products: oil and meal. The mealcan be used to feed livestock and chickens.”But this is something that will have to be done by the Georgiafarmers,” Shumaker said.”Agriculture is very weak, and we need a way to get moreprofit into farming,” said Marty McLendon, a Calhoun Countyfarmer. “We fully believe value-added products, letting thefarmer put products on the grocery shelf … is the wave of thefuture.”McLendon said he believes the oilseed facility has potential ifgrowers are committed. “There is always risk,” he said.”But I think we’ve got some direction.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers approved a bill this week that requires hotels and motels to update their phone systems so that guests don’t have to dial “9” before calling 911 to report emergencies.County legislators unanimously approved the bill on Tuesday. Aside form hotels and motels, it also requires businesses to update their phone systems to allow direct calls to 911 to eliminate confusion and ensure quicker response times. Businesses that cannot comply will be required to post stickers on the phones instructing callers to dial “9-911,” officials said.“Residents expect that if they call 911 from a phone they will reach a dispatcher who can help,” said Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Smithtown). “But this is not always true.”The bill was inspired by a Texas case in which a man allegedly murdered his estranged wife, Kari Hunt Dunn, in a hotel room in December. When their 9-year-old daughter who witnessed the attack, repeatedly tried to call police, she could not get through because their hotel required guests to dial “9” first.The victim’s family lobbied county lawmakers to pass the legislation, which was also introduced by Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) and received the support of Long Island hotel and motel industry leaders.“I’m not doing it for Kari, but on behalf of her and any other people who have been affected by this problem,” Hank Hunt, the victim’s father, told reporters in June. “I would be somewhat relieved on my part that she didn’t die in vain.”The bill, which is among the first in the nation addressing the issue, now goes to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone for his signature or veto. A federal version dubbed “Kari’s Law” is also pending in Congress.The modification of phone systems has already made its way to the Holiday Inn Express in Stony Brook, among others.–With nNck Crispino
continue reading » Thinking outside the box and coming up with new, fresh ideas can be scary, often requiring people to take chances.“Bravery is really important,” Gert Garman, director of the Collaborative Design Center at Valencia College, told attendees during Wednesday’s keynote address at the CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council Conference. “The opposite of bravery is not cowardice. It’s conformity. So go be brave.”When facing a task that requires an innovative approach, she advised attendees, consider:Borrowing ideas from others and applying them to your own issue. For example, if you’re looking for a creepy feel at a Halloween-themed event, ask psychiatrists, cemetery workers, or jailers for their input.Listing the rules surrounding your challenge. Ask “what if” questions and then break—or bend—those rules to come up with a solution. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » With banks steering clear and the industry surging toward $22 billion in sales, hemp and its trendy ingredient known as CBD could be the next lucrative frontier for direct lenders.Earlier this month, Mile High Labs — which says it’s the largest extractor of cannabidiol in the world — closed on a $65 million term loan from MGG Investment Group, a New York-based lender to lower middle-market companies with $10 million to $40 million in earnings. Mile High is using some of the proceeds to pay farm partners who grow the hemp it needs to produce CBD, which doesn’t give a high and is said to be a natural way to ameliorate health issues from anxiety and insomnia to inflammation.It’s the latest example of direct lenders stepping up where more traditional banks have been hesitant. While federal lawmakers in December opened the door for banks to get involved in the hemp sector, most remain reluctant for fear of accidentally running afoul with regulators. Direct lenders in the past have swooped in to provide capital to out of favor businesses or smaller companies in the tech and consumer spaces, as well as during bouts of volatility in more liquid credit markets. Even though some direct lenders were hesitant to be first into the hemp industry, strong interest suggests others will soon be hot on MGG’s heels. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and other Democratic members of the committee have requested an update on efforts to reform the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) and remove them from conservatorship.The letter, sent this week to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Dr. Mark Calabria and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, stressed that “any reform must strengthen our housing finance system and provide the tools to address the nation’s affordable housing crisis” in addition to ensuring “the continued success of the secondary mortgage market.”The senators then posed roughly two dozen questions regarding the administration’s housing finance reform plans, including the timeline and benchmarks for reforms, what reforms are needed before the GSEs are released from conservatorship, how the GSEs’ levels of capital will be raised, any amendments to the Duty to Serve rule, what analysis will be conducted, and more.NAFCU last week sent a letter to the Senate Banking Committee and Housing Financial Services Committee urging legislative action on housing finance reform following Calabria’s announcement that the FHFA expects to re-propose a rule setting capital requirements for the GSEs in the first quarter of 2020.
Organized by the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County and the Istrian Development Tourist Agency – IRTA doo, and in cooperation with the City of Buzet and the Tourist Board of the City of Buzet, a promotion of free climbing in Istria was held at the Ročki Dom kulture, ie a new promotional video.The aim of the promotional film is to promote Istria with an emphasis on the sports lifestyle of climbers and what attracts them when climbing outdoors. Outdoor and active tourism have a significant contribution to the increase in the number of overnight stays and arrivals in Buzet, especially in the pre- and post-season, said Mila Nežić from Buzet Tourist Board and added that in the area of Buzet there are 11 climbing sites with over 500 routes. offers the possibility of year-round climbing.By the way, in the whole of Istria there are currently 25 arranged and marked climbing areas, which speaks enough about the potential as well as the seriousness of the entire destination in the development of outdoor tourism. “Destination development of Istra outdoor products began in 2014, first with mass and popular activities Istra bike and Istra trails (running / walking), and then started with the same concept of development Istra climbing, for which data were collected on this offer in Istria. “Pointed out Martin Čotar from the department for Bike & Outoor, which operates within IRTE, and added that the systematic destination management of outdoor products and offers is unique in Croatia, and in Istria is of great importance due to the development of alternative forms of tourism, which is supported by the diversity of such offers in Istria.”The realization of this video was primarily due to the promotion of free climbing in Istria, and how Istria would be presented from a completely new perspective. The Head also emphasized that the project was launched in accordance with the goals of the Administrative Department for Tourism arising from the Master Plan for Tourism Development of Istria until 2025, to encourage the development of the interior and other less developed areas of Istria, extension of the tourist season, development of selective forms of tourism , and a sustainable and responsible way of managing the resources of our region. In this way, the balanced development of Istria and the development of year-round tourism, the creation of new motives for coming to Istria, as well as other positive effects on Istrian tourism are enabled. ” pointed out the head of the Board for Tourism Nada Prodan Mrakovic.The product is visually and organizationally harmonized with the Istra outdoor concept and the entire offer can be found on the web portal www.istria.climbing.com which is directly installed in the roof portal www.istria-outdoor.com. Rounded and great tourist story.The Giants from level52 on Vimeo.<br />
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Read also: Indonesia’s B40 biodiesel plan back on track after palm oil prices improve“Gaikindo asks to be given time to prepare for the implementation of B40,” he told The Jakarta Post.The ministry tested the previous B20 and B30 biofuels by driving vehicles thousands of kilometers, but both Gaikindo and Indonesian Bioenergy Expert Association (IKABI) greenlighted the static test method, considering the country was still partially locked down.Read also: After five-month road test, B30 implementation gets green light“For the time being, we won’t test on the road. That’s rather difficult. There are still concerns,” said ministry research head Dadan Kusdiana on Wednesday, adding that his department was also conducting early B50 tests. “We are now testing the two engines’ durability [when using B40],” she said during a virtual media visit.The government plans to make the use of B40 biodiesel mandatory starting in July 2021 to cut Indonesia’s oil imports, which is a major contributor to the country’s overall imports bill.The ministry is testing two B40 variations: one being regular diesel mixed with 40 percent fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) – a substance derived from palm oil – and the second being mixed with 30 percent FAME and 10 percent distilled FAME, which is hoped to reduce damage.However, Indonesian Automakers Association (Gaikindo) chairman Jongkie Sugiarto previously signaled that carmakers were not on board with the B40 plan. Topics : Indonesia plans to complete two key tests for its domestically produced palm oil-based biodiesel by November this year, as the world’s top palm oil producing country prepares to move ahead with the 40 percent biodiesel blend (B40).The test involves running two static diesel engines on the lower-emission fuel for 1,000 hours inside the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s research and development lab, said lead researcher Sylvia Ayu Bethari on Aug. 26.She and her team are testing the engines’ fuel consumption, emissions and power levels, among other performance indicators. The biofuel is notorious among commercial vehicle operators for damaging engines.
Tweet Jack Warner (left) and Bin Hammam (right)Suspended Fifa vice-president Jack Warner is refusing to meet with the organisations investigators tasked with probing bribery allegations.Warner and fellow Fifa member Mohamed Bin Hammam are alleged to have paid bribes totalling $1m (£600,000) to Caribbean associations.Warner said: “I have not received any summons asking me to speak with them [the investigators] nor do I plan to.”Both Warner and Bin Hammam have denied any wrongdoing.A total of 25 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) associations are alleged to have been paid or offered bribes of $40,000 (£25,000) each – and up to 18 of these have refused Fifa’s call to go to Miami to provide evidence.Fifa agreed to move the venue for the interviews with those CFU members who refused to travel to Miami, but Warner will not be among those due to be quizzed.However, a CFU source said that its associations were prepared to co-operate with any “independent and unbiased” investigation.The CFU suggested Barbados and Trinidad as options for a different venue to Miami but it is believed Fifa will choose an island elsewhere in the Caribbean.Warner and Bin Hammam are currently suspended pending the investigation into allegations they offered cash in exchange for votes for the latter in the Fifa presidential elections at a meeting on 10-11 May.Bin Hammam later withdraw his candidacy ahead of the contest but has maintained his innocence.“If there is even the slightest justice in the world, these allegations will vanish in the wind,” said Bin Hamman when the allegations were made against him.The president of the Barbados Football Association, Ronald Jones, has insisted that neither he nor his officials were offered any bribes by Bin Hamman or Warner.“None of our delegates were offered any inducements or gifts to support any of the candidates during the meeting on 10 May,” said Jones in a statement.“The Barbados Football Association was made aware that the trip and accommodation were sponsored by Mohamed Bin Hamman under the auspices of the CFU.“The BFA did not and does not see this as akin to bribery or any inducements as in the past trips by Caribbean delegates to meetings have been sponsored by the organisation and agency that wanted to put on the programme.”BBC News Share Share Share 47 Views one comment NewsSports Warner refuses meeting with Fifa investigators by: – June 9, 2011 Sharing is caring!