Hundreds Tested In Cattaraugus County, Still No Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19

first_imgMGN ImageOLEAN – Over one hundred people in Cattaraugus County have been tested for COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, but as of Thursday afternoon there are still no confirmed cases.The Cattaraugus County Public Health Director Dr. Kevin Watkins told WNYNewsNow a total of 121 tests for the virus have been issued since the outbreak first began.Watkins says 96 of those tested have come back negative for COVID-19. Twenty-five tests are still pending at the state’s Albany medical lab.The health director explained that there are 79 residents under some type of quarantine. He says among those quarantined are family members of the 25 people awaiting test results. A member of the county’s COVID-19 response team visits those quarantined each day for a “face-to-face” check-in. Watkins says the public health nurse will not only check in on those sickened, but also other family members to make sure they do not show signs of infection.Watkins expects the test results to return within 48 hours of being sent to the laboratory.Even though there are no confirmed cases of the virus, the heath director wants residents to assume the virus is present locally. Watkins encourages all to practice safe social distancing and stay home if they are sick. Those with questions should contact to their doctor. 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)last_img read more

This Weekend: First ‘Ring Of Fire’ Eclipse In 2020 To Occur

first_imgShare: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) Credit: NASANEW YORK – If you were lucky enough to be in the path of totality for 2017’s solar eclipse, you know how spectacular they are, and it’s about to happen again, only a bit different.Credit: NASAFirst of all, nobody in the western hemisphere will have any view of it.The celestial event will pass over Africa and China Sunday, with portions of Asia, Europe, and Australia getting partial views.Also, it’s not a total eclipse. It’s known as an “annular eclipse,” commonly called a “ring of fire.” These eclipses are very similar to total eclipses in that the moon passes directly in front of the sun.But, when the moon is further away, it doesn’t block out the sun as completely, leaving a brighter ring visible around its edges.This makes it dangerous to look at so star-gazers hoping to see it should use eclipse glasses or another safe viewing technique.This eclipse is happening hours after the summer solstice. That event marks the start of summer in the northern hemisphere, and winter below the equator.Related | Solar Eclipse Crosses WNY, Jamestown Residents Reactlast_img read more

Cast Set for brownsville song (b-side for tray) Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments The cast is now set for the New York premiere of Kimber Lee’s brownsville song (b-side for tray). Sheldon Best, Sun Mee Chomet, Lizan Mitchell, Chris Myers and Taliyah Whitaker will star in the LCT3 production. The play, directed by Patricia McGregor, will run from October 4 through November 16 at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater. Opening night is set for October 20. The play tells the story of the family of Tray (Best), a spirited 17-year-old whose life is cut short, as they navigate their grief and find hope together. brownsville song (b-side for tray) will feature sets by Andromache Chalfant, costumes by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Asa Wember and choreography by Paloma McGregor. Best’s previous New York stage credits include The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The Box: A Black Comedy, Romeo N’ Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Geek!. Chomet has appeared previously in regional productions including Dirt Sticks, Othello, How to Be a Korean Woman, The Intelligent Homosexual, Elemeno Pea and Metamorphoses. Mitchell’s Broadway credits include Electra, having Our Stay, So Long on Lonely Street; off-Broadway, she has been seen in Cell, Rosmersholm and Gum. Myers returns off-Broadway after receiving an Obie earlier this year for An Octoroon; additional credits include Honky, Alondra Was Here and Phoebe in Winter. Whitaker is a series regular on Wally Kazam; she has also appeared on the small screen in Team UmiZoomi, Odd Squad and Sesame Street.last_img read more

Court amends family forms

first_img June 1, 2003 Regular News Court amends family forms The Florida Supreme Court has changed several family law forms and approved four new forms on domestic violence issues.Ruling May 15, the court approved changes to the forms to conform with changes the legislature made in 2002 to F.S. §§ 741.28, 741.30, 741.31, and 784.046. Those alterations affected the definition of domestic violence,and repeat domestic violence, and created a cause of action for dating violence.The court published the proposed amended forms and the new forms in the December 15, 2002, Bar News and received five comments. The court approved several of the recommended changes.The changes affect Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms 12.980(a)-(n) and four new forms. Three of those new forms deal with petitions for injunctions or final judgment for dating violence and the fourth is a show cause affidavit for violating a final judgment injunction in domestic, repeat, or dating violence cases.Changes approved by the court include:• Including the 10 statutory factors a judge uses to determine if a petitioner has reasonable cause to fear domestic violence on instructions for form 12.980(b).• Amending form 12.980(c)(1) to note under the statute that domestic violence hearings must be recorded, but it is optional to record hearings for repeat or dating violence.• Amending forms 12.980(d)(1) and (2) to clarify that the court has jurisdiction over the respondent when the temporary injunction is served.The complete text of the decision and the amendment forms can be viewed on the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org. The case is Amendments to Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms — Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence and Dating Violence Forms, case no. SC02-2445.center_img Court amends family formslast_img read more

Empowerment

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Michlig Greg Michlig joined the New Jersey Credit Union League as President/CEO in May of 2013. He has a strong background in the credit union, association and related financial services … Web: www.njcul.org Details Over this past weekend I stopped at a well-known national retailer to pick up a few items for a home-improvement project I was working on. One of the items was small… something I threw in the basket thinking, “this may work, but if not it’s only a few bucks and I’ll likely have a use for it down the road.”When I got to the register I was greeted by a polite, yet uninterested young man who may have had a late night prior to coming in to his shift on this day. He rang up a couple items, then came to the “throw-in” and paused as he tried to scan it several times. After an attempt to locate the item in the computer system, he looked at me and said “$2.99 sound good?”Somewhat surprised, I said “sure.” Now, I didn’t really know if it was a $2 or $8 dollar item. If this was something more significant and he asked “$99 sound good?” I would have wanted to be exact on the price. But, in this case, he felt comfortable making a call to keep the process moving. I appreciated this and thought about all the times I have had to either stand at the register myself or stand in line as the cashier contacted the department to find out how much the bottle of shampoo or roll of tape costs and then have the manager summoned to turn the magic key and type in the security code so that things could move forward. I have shopped at this chain many, many times before and while I have had the stand-in-line scenario happen far too often, I have not had this experience.Later in the day I looked up the price of the item online. Turns out, I saved $1.49. But I also gained some perspective on how that young man felt about his job, manager and the company he works for. He didn’t flinch when he proposed the $2.99 offer. I wondered what the threshold is for him to feel comfortable making such a decision. I also thought about how management handled these types of situations. Was there a culture of trust that enabled this and allows front-line staff to make decisions based on their best judgment? Is there a strict written policy that sets the thresholds? Are these things simply spoken or is it implied and understood?Then I thought about what this said to me, the customer. For $1.49, I walked out of that store with a cognizant awareness that it had just earned a step up on the competition.How is your business, your credit union, earning a step up on the competition in small ways? How are you empowering your front-line, your field staff, call center and/or those who manage to make decisions based on best judgment that will make a difference? How is that communicated? What are the parameters? How does it affect your culture?In this case, it only took one person to feel empowered to make a quick decision on a small item to change my perception of a store. Of course, maybe he took a chance or was on the way out, one way or another… but that’s a story for another day.last_img read more

College debt is a dream killer

first_imgI had dinner with a friend and colleague last night. We talked about what is top of mind for both of us—in my case, that includes college debt. My friend had aspirations of becoming a corporate law attorney. This was her dream and she did everything right to get there—except funding for “dream jobs” wasn’t readily available. My friend paid for her college education herself, and while she excelled in undergrad, the thought of taking on the expense of higher education was daunting. What she did instead, like so many other bright young people, was to follow an affordable and steady career path in financial services, where she is thriving—but it’s not the path that she truly wanted.The point is—we’re killing dreams.Recently, I read that the state of New York is going to start offering free public college tuition programs this fall. I was thrilled. I mean, if a college student is able to graduate with less than $35,000 in debt, he or she is lucky. But college is looking more and more like a bad investment; according to a new report, college debt has become a $1.3 trillion industry, with 42 million folks footing the bill.I’m a dreamer. I think college debt is a dream killer.We tell our kids to work hard in high school, apply to a good college, go on to grad school or medical school—go be a scientist, a doctor, a professor. We tell our kids that they can be whatever they want to be.“I did everything I was supposed to do,” says Chad Downing, a 29-year-old doctor from California. Chad has a student loan balance of about $400,000. “I don’t like to think about the loans, I have selective amnesia, but once I’m done with my residency, I’ll be more than half a million in debt,” he laments.Chad knows that he will be working for free for a decade, because the typical doctor doesn’t earn a full-time salary until 10 years after they graduate.So when I read about New York’s free public college tuition program, I thought, “This is progress,” though reading through the fine print, I realized that this particular form of progress is limited.New York’s plan has the caveat of the ‘Excelsior Scholarship’, which is a work and residency obligation that kicks in after students graduate. Scholarship recipients will have to live and work in New York State after graduation for the same number of years they received Excelsior Scholarships, or their grants will turn into loans.In other words, if you study to become an engineer in New York and then get a gig in California, you had better think twice about moving. One of the big reasons that a college degree gives you so much earning power is because it allows you to compete in a national labor market.“I’ve heard about the plan in New York, and I’m actually moving there to do my residency. I have to stay for five years and work for a publicly run hospital. I’ll be making about $60,000 a year,” Chad said. “At the end of the day this deal will pay for 50 percent of my loan, which is good, but if I miss one payment the deal is off and, honestly, that doesn’t make much of a dent.”Chad’s story, like my friend’s, is all too familiar; according to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year was $33,480 at private colleges and $9,650 for state residents at a public colleges.Most financial aid can cover books and other expenses, but often a student can only work part-time, so in the end, according to the same source, a four-year college degree including housing, books, and food at a private college will run an undergrad around $200,000 to earn, while an undergrad degree from a state school will cost roughly $98,000. Housing, food, and other living expenses are not actually costs of attending college, since people must pay for these things whether or not they are in college. However, a very significant cost of going to college is forgone earnings from time devoted to school instead of to the labor market. Without adequate earnings, many students struggle to meet daily expenses.How is that type of debt encouraging our brightest minds to continue their education?Without the weight of student loan debt, more college graduates might buy houses rather than renting. They might buy cars, spend more on healthy food, and travel more. In essence, they could contribute more to the economy. “My daughter was accepted into the grad program of the Yale University of Art School, and she didn’t want to go because the $40,000 a year debt would crush her as a young artist,” said Carol Marvin of Salinas, CA.“I told her to take out the loans and by the time she was done we would find a way as a family to pay the debt. I hope we do.”That’s a big gamble for the entire family.The more I read, the more I realize that New York isn’t offering free college—it isn’t even offering free tuition, and as Chad now understands, doing everything his teachers and parents told him to do to get ahead might not pay off.“On paper, going to college to be a doctor is a horrible investment,” he said. “You have to be willing to climb into a hole and I think that’s dissuading a lot of intelligent people from going into medicine. If I knew back then that I would be this much in debt, I don’t know if I would have chosen to be a doctor.”We need scientists, doctors, and professors. We need dreamers of all aspirations. Dreams have requirements. And therein lies the problem with the current status of a U.S. college education.This is top of mind for me. I intend to make demonstrable progress in the next 24 months, but I’m not going to solve this on my own.Let me know if you can help. I can be reached at shana.richardson@sertech.com. 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Shana Richardson Shana Richardson began her career in financial technology with the Texas Credit Union League. Here, she managed the turnkey, pre-screen Auto Loan Recapture™ program, and later assumed broader responsibilities as … Web: www.sertech.com Detailslast_img read more

Although this market has made a comeback since the GFC there are still some bargains to be had

first_imgWhile the property market has come back on the Sunshine Coast, there are still some bargains to be had. Picture: Lachie MillardLAST week with the family in tow, we ventured up the Bruce Highway to the Sunshine Coast.I was calling auctions at Maroochydore for a number of offices on the coast, so we decided to mix business and pleasure and make a holiday out of it.It was no small auction event either. The offices had amassed 66 properties from entry level units, canal front homes and even beach front penthouses!I was calling the auctions with my regular coastal auctioneering partner Dan Sowden, principal at Ray White Maroochydore and the day was decorated with highlights.But the value on the Sunshine Coast, and again the Queensland market, for me was an absolute stand out.Bidding on one apartment in particular, 119/223 Weyba Rd, Noosaville, paused at $85,000. It’s a studio apartment and while it wasn’t sitting next to, Sails, on Hastings Street, it’s not in the middle of nowhere either.I couldn’t believe the numbers I was calling out. When no one pushed beyond $85,000 we made the recommendation to pass the property in and I see it’s now listed at $102,000. Unbelievable!More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago 119/223 Weyba Rd, Noosaville is now listed for $102,000. Picture: realestate.com.auWe also sold the million dollar plus penthouses and the glamour properties too. It took us about six hours and the event was filled with excitement and drama.But it’s the value story that I think will surprise many people, it certainly surprised me.The Sunshine Coast has a relaxed holiday lifestyle, it has amazing beaches and world class restaurants. So with all that on offer there will always be multimillion-dollar homes on the Sunshine Coast, but sub $100,000 properties, even sub $300,000 properties are a genuine reality for the discerning buyerEvery school holiday, and as we step closer to Christmas, many Aussie’s will do what we did this week and head to the beach. They will likely have had to pay a peak season rate for their accommodation and quite often that can spark the idea of buying a holiday house.The Sunshine Coast was one of the hardest hit markets in the GFC, this impact is still showing value today. If the dinner table conversation involves a coastal retreat, before you squash it on account of affordability, I’d head to realestate.com.au or grab a copy of the Sunshine Coast Daily, you too might be surprised by the value, there appears to be property for all budgets.last_img read more

Education bosses want gender-neutral uniforms in NZ schools

first_imgOneNews 29 May 2015A leading clothing designer has slammed a Ministry of Education proposal to introduce gender neutral uniforms to New Zealand schools, calling it a “time-wasting idea”.The Ministry is advising schools to offer gender-neutral uniforms to better provide for sexual diversity among students, as part of new guidelines released yesterdayThe guidelines include provisions on “being inclusive and valuing diversity”, in particular saying that school uniforms can reinforce gender norms, and encouraging schools to consider offering gender-neutral clothing choices for uniforms.However, Denise L’Estrange-Corbet told ONE News that “gender neutral” was a difficult concept to define.“All I can think of is that they’re thinking girls should be wearing trousers but if it’s gender neutral, shouldn’t boys be wearing skirts?”, she said.The report has been criticised by Family First’s Bob McCroskie, who calls some of the suggestions “extreme”, and says parents should be doing this teaching – not schools.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/should-boys-wearing-skirts-designer-rubbishes-gender-neutral-school-uniforms-6325684Gender-neutral uniforms considered by schools3News 29 May 2015The Ministry of Education is asking schools to consider uniforms that are gender-neutral.The report has found school uniforms can “reinforce gender norms”.  It suggests schools should think about offering gender-neutral clothing choices to better provide sexual diversity among studentsFamily First’s Director Bob McCoskrie believes the guidelines are too extreme.“Uniforms are part of life. There are places where there are certain uniforms that women wear and ones that men wear. We’re creating this false environment in schools which doesn’t reflect reality.”Other guidelines include allowing same-sex partners at school balls, reviewing toilet spaces and making sport less gender-specific.Mr McCoskrie says this is confusing and unrealistic.“If Johnny goes to school and decides he wants to be a girl that day, does that mean that he uses the girls’ toilets? Does he change with the girls before P.E and play in the girls’ soccer team? That’s recipe for confusion.”http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/gender-neutral-uniforms-considered-by-schools-2015052918#axzz3bmJtwm2wlast_img read more

Calypsonians Called to be Part of World Earth Day

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 61 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share LifestyleLocalNews Calypsonians Called to be Part of World Earth Day by: – January 9, 2020 Father Franklin Cuffy,Environmental activists in Dominica, Echo78, are throwing out a challenge to calypsonians and song writers to use their medium to draw attention to climate action in their songs.The hope is that the song will be used as a theme song internationally to call individuals, corporations and nations to do more to preserve the planet.This is in anticipation of Earth Day in April.In an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes, Father Franklin Cuffy, an environmental activist and partner of Echo78 explained, “We are challenging the calypsonians to see if they can come up with a calypso to win a special award. Any song fitting our expectation has to have the focus of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.”He also reported that, “the response from the Calypso Association is very interesting, they responded well.” A similar challenge was issued before with a $1,000 prize on a theme of preserving life. This time, Father Cuffy says the prize will be a surprise.Asked to assess climate action in Dominica, he said his expectations are much higher.“I would love to see a lot more happening,” he lamented. “I think as a nation we can do so much more. A simple thing as a huge [event] and the next day the amount of garbage left behind is disheartening; a lot needs to be done.“Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day w and  gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of the planet.The enormous challenges of acting on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.last_img read more

Dominica advance climate change efforts-Darroux

first_imgLocalNews Dominica advance climate change efforts-Darroux by: – June 8, 2012 Share Tweet Share 22 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Kenneth Darroux, Minister for EnvironmentDominica’s Environment Minister Hon.Dr. Kenneth Darroux says in spite of several challenges Dominica continues to demonstrate strong leadership in the area of climate change.The Minister made reference to a number of accomplishments made in Dominica when he addressed the nation on the United Nation’s observance of World Environment day on Tuesday June 05, 2012. The Minister noted that significant progress has been made in the areas of the protection of biodiversity, preservation of our rain forest, and strategies for promoting renewable energy.He said “other significant works being undertaken by the government would be our National Land Use Plan and Policy, which would seek to rationalize the use of our lands here in the Nature Isle”.Environment Minister Darroux also highlighted plans by Government to amend important pieces of legislation. “We are also in the process of modernizing, harmonizing and strengthening our environmnental legislation in an effort to ensure that the natural resources we now enjoy will still be here for coming generations to enjoy.A brand new Quarrying Act is now in the final stages of preparation….. and this is again to ensure that land-based activities such as quarrying are regularized and therefore reduce the impact both on our terrestial and marine environment.New Fisheries regulations are also in the pipeline to ensure our national food security and of course the livelihood of the future generations of fisherfolk”.Hon. Darroux said climate change has become a major threat to the ability of developing countries like Dominica to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. He noted that here in Dominica climate change have had severe impacts on the country’s agriculture, tourism, water, physical and coastal infrastructures.This he said has led to an increasingly high cost for adaptation, resulting in the diversion of funds which otherwise would have been used for social and economic development. The Minister expressed regret that to date, no consensus has been reached by the international community on the best way to deal with climate change concerns.Government Information Servicelast_img read more