Senator Borrello, Assemblyman Goodell Advance Plan To Restart New York

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),I would be interested to know how many people in chautauqua county have been tested?,How many have this virus that doesn’t even know they have it? It’s so scary out there ALBANY – With the COVID-19 crisis spiking unemployment in the state, shuttering thousands of  businesses and driving up government budget deficits, Senator George Borrello and Assemblyman Andy Goodell advanced a plan for a phased-in reopening of New York’s economy.The strategy hinges on application of a regionally based assessment model that would determine risk level based on a variety of factors including population density, infection rate and health care capacity. The strategy would also incorporate risk analysis by industry.The geographical template for the plan would be the state’s existing ten Regional Economic Development Council zones (REDC).Each zone would be evaluated based on a multi-tiered risk assessment that could include factors such as infection level, hospitalization utilization, demographic and trend data, such as the increase or decrease in number of active cases. Risk analysis by business sector would also be conducted, based on the four-level model developed by OSHA, with corresponding guidelines for protecting workers safety.“Almost like a horror film, the COVID-19 pandemic invaded our world seemingly overnight, and in so doing, changed life as we know it. While our battle with this insidious virus isn’t over, the strength and unity of New Yorkers in meeting this challenge has been extraordinary, helping us ‘flatten the curve’ and ease infection rates in many of our hardest hit downstate areas,” said Senator George Borrello.“However, an economic crisis has been unfolding alongside our public health emergency. The shuttering of our businesses has resulted in staggering job losses – 1.2 million residents filed for unemployment over the past five weeks, four times the total number of jobs lost during the Great Recession of 2008.”“While New York is one state, we cannot ignore the reality that there is a huge gap between infection rates in New York City and its surrounding counties and rural areas of upstate. For example, in Chautauqua County we currently have four active cases and a substantial drop in the number of people in precautionary quarantine. That is just one example, but it is illustrative of the experience of many rural areas,” said Borrello. “Under the plan we are advancing, economies in regions like this could be safely restarted by following safety protocols, putting people back to work and saving many small businesses from having to close their doors forever.”“Each day that passes puts us in further economic jeopardy. While the governor’s statewide edicts have been done out of an abundance of caution, we cannot restart our economy with the same ‘one-size-fits-all’ process,” said Assemblyman Andy Goodell. “The impact of this pandemic on the various regions of our state has been vastly different and a common-sense plan needs to be tailored to fit the level of risk.”Senator Borrello and Assemblyman Goodell have submitted their plan to New York State Commissioner of Tax and Finance, Michael Schmidt, who will be part of the Cuomo administration’s team working on restarting the economy.last_img read more

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Extension Awards

first_imgUniversity of Georgia and Fort Valley State University Cooperative Extension agents gathered in Athens, Georgia, last week to recognize the work of their colleagues’ achievements at the annual Georgia meeting of Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP), a professional organization for those working in Extension. In addition to awards recognizing accomplishments in educational programming, the meeting allows agents to learn from each other. Poster presentations featuring successful programs from across the state are an annual part of the group’s meeting. UGA Extension has 300 Extension agents serving in 157 counties across Georgia. Their mission is to spread research-based knowledge from the campus of the university to every small town, farm field and city block in Georgia.  “My message to all of you here today is really a simple one,” UGA President Jere Morehead told the agents gathered on Friday, Sept. 4. “Please just keep doing what you’re doing to showcase this wonderful university. Please continue with the pride for the work that you do that then causes the people you interact with to have admiration for this university. And please keep doing, every day, the little things that add up to the great things that this university means to the state of Georgia.” This year, Epsilon Sigma Phi recognized agents from across the state who answered Morehead’s call to find ways to make the knowledge and research of the university impact the lives of Georgians more directly. Award winners include: ESP Friend of Extension, Georgia Chapter Award: Rep. Terry England (Auburn, Georgia)Distinguished Service Award: Stephens County Extension Coordinator Forrest Connelly Continued Excellence Recognition: Spalding County 4-H Agent Cherry HovatterMid-Career Service Recognition: Muscogee County Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agent Rhea BentleyEarly Career Service Recognition: Tattnall County Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Agent Chris TysonDiversity Multicultural Recognition for a Team: Dougherty County Extension Coordinator James Morgan, Dougherty County FCS Agent Suzanne Williams and Crisp County 4-H Agent Randy West Diversity Multicultural Recognition for an Individual: Muscogee County FCS Agent Rhea BentleyDistrict New Professional Awards: Northeast District, Walton County 4-H Agent Jenna Daniel; Northwest District, Fulton County ANR Agent Rolando Orellana; Southeast District, Bacon County ANR Agent Will Lovett; Southwest District, Berrien County ANR Agent Eddie BeasleyTal DuVall Scholarship: Tattnall County ANR Agent Chris TysonESP Professional Development Fellowships: Seminole County 4-H Agent Cindy Meadows and Mitchell County 4-H Agent Jennifer GroganAdministrative Leadership Recognition: Mitchell County 4-H Agent Jennifer GroganMeritorious Support Service Award: Northeast District, Franklin County 4-H Program Assistant Audrey Justice; Northwest District, Coweta County Extension Secretary Pamela Burkey; Southeast District, Bacon County Extension Secretary Sharon Bridges; Southwest District, Randolph County Extension Secretary Drusilla WhatleyFor more information about Epsilon Sigma Phi, please visit esp.caes.uga.edu. For more information about about UGA Extension, please visit extension.uga.edu.last_img read more

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Do the R-2: Tiny rafts, steep creeks, big fun

first_imgLinc Stallings running Class IV+ dueling waterfalls. See the full gallery. Photo: Jeremy Rogers“I’ve got a 50/50 success rate with that drop. About half the time, I swim,” Linc Stallings tells me after he negotiates our boat over a 10-foot waterfall into a deep pool flanked by massive boulders. We’re running the North Fork of the French Broad, a small stream that drops off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina. It’s a rain-dependent creek with class IV+ vertical drops, deep pools, and technical boulder gardens scattered throughout a two-mile stretch that’s popular with creek boaters. We’re running it in a small two-person raft called an R-2. Across the Southern Appalachians, a handful of boaters are beginning to take these small, 10-foot rafts down narrow, class IV-V creeks that have previously only been run in kayaks and the occasional canoe. It’s a niche sport that even some creek boaters think is a little crazy.“People freak out when they see rubber coming down a creek,” Stallings says. “There are only a few people who would take a raft down these narrow rivers, so people still think it’s wild.”Of those few R-2 boaters, Linc Stallings is easily one of the most experienced. The 36 year old has been guiding rafts down class V rivers for 15 years, working the biggest rivers in the South and Colorado depending on the year. He’s a rare breed: a professional raft guide, someone who’s committed to this as a career, not just something to do between college and “the real world.”“I always thought I’d do it and move on. But I just kept doing it,” Stallings says. “I love it. I love taking people out on the river. I love hanging out with other boaters. I love the water.”R-2 creeking is essentially what raft guides do on their day off. They borrow a small two-person raft from their bosses and push it, scrape it, and paddle like hell through tight rain-dependent creeks in the mountains. The North Fork of the French Broad is one of Stallings’ favorites. He first learned to creek boat here while attending Brevard College’s wilderness immersion program. He knows the nuances of every significant rapid the way a tween girl knows the lyrics to a Justin Bieber song.“A ton of people have run this creek in a kayak,” he tells me as we begin to paddle toward the first class III rapid, just 50 yards from the put-in. “But running it in a raft has a completely different dynamic. Running tight drops in this big boat is fun, but there are some logistical things you have to work out. It’s like doing a math problem.” 1 2last_img read more

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RPPTL Section honors Diamond

first_imgRPPTL Section honors Diamond Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section members were told last session not to expect anything from the Florida Legislature, because the focus would be on redistricting and the budget.But largely thanks to the tireless efforts of RPPTL Legislative Chair Sandra Diamond, the section got all of its legislation passed and signed by the governor.In recognition of her efforts, and the efforts of her law firm, Williamson Diamond & Caton of Seminole, the RPPTL Section presented Diamond with the Annual Service Award at the Legislative Update and Executive Council Meeting in Boca Raton on July 26.“Selecting the recipient of the section’s Annual Service Award is usually a very difficult thing to do. We are fortunate to have a large number of people doing very important work for the section and the Bar, all of whom are deserving of the award,” said past RPPTL Chair J. Michael Swaine.“However, for the year 2001-02, one person rose head and shoulders above the rest.. . . There are a number of people who deserve special thanks for that effort, but foremost is the recipient of our Annual Service Award, our Legislative Chair Sandy Diamond. Sandy worked tirelessly for the section. Some people say that she actually spent more time in Tallahassee than some of the legislators. We all thank her, and it is my pleasure to present this well-deserved award to her.” RPPTL Section honors Diamondcenter_img September 15, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Longtime credit union employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

first_imgA 62-year-old Missouri woman, who worked for nearly three decades at the $30.1 million Shelter Insurance Federal Credit Union, pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling more than $230,000 in U.S. District Court.Debra L. Wenger of Columbia, Mo., worked as a teller and administrative assistant, and assumed all of the accounting responsibilities at the credit union, according to Missouri federal prosecutors.In February 2016, an external auditor detected the misappropriation of funds after finding a discrepancy when comparing the general ledger teller cash to the cash-balancing sheet.When Wenger was questioned by Columbia Police Department investigators, she admitted to taking the cash from her teller drawer and depositing the funds into her personal account, according to federal prosecutors. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Millennial Generation: Overhyped or just right?

first_img continue reading » Millennials. Millennials, Millennials, Millennials. Oh, did I forget to mention, Millennials?There they are, seemingly in every news story expose about politics, economics, social media, you name it. If there’s anything the Millennial Generation gets right, it’s self-aggrandizement via social media recognition.Do they have money? Yes.Are they a rising financial power that banks and credit unions are wise to address? Yes.Are they the sole generation that with the click of yet another selfie will save the future of financial institutions as we know them? Tap the brakes on that.Sandwiched between the Baby Boomer Generation and the much mentioned Millennials are people like me — Gen Xers. Remember us? 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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GoPro’s CEO Dropped by $229 Million to Fulfill a Promise to…

first_imgGoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman has honored a promise he made to his college roommate a decade ago and it cost him $229 million. Woodman had promised to give his college roommate Neil Dana 10 percent of all the money he makes when taking his company public. In 2011, GoPro issued Dana 6.3 million stock options. Woodman agreed to reimburse the company whenever the options were exercised.Neil Dana, who attended the University of California at San Diego with Woodman, was GoPro’s first employee. He currently serves as the company’s director of music and specialty sales.Woodman, whose net worth will fall to $2.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, was awarded $285.3 million in 2014 compensation, making him the highest-paid U.S. executive.GoPro CEO Nick Woodman.last_img read more

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Simeone sends message to Valverde after Spanish Super Cup red card

first_img Valverde was grateful for Simeone’s support, saying: ‘I want to recognize Simeone, who also came over and said some words that I won’t say. But I want to highlight it because nobody does it.’ Real comfortably won the shootout 4-1, with Sergio Ramos scoring the cup-winning final penalty, and he too praised Valverde for taking one for the team. Asked if he would have committed the tackle too, Ramos told reporters: ‘Yes, I think any player in our squad would have done it in that situation. It was a key move that had to be stopped.’ The Argentine was no stranger to a professional foul in his playing days Read Also: Real Madrid beat Atlético in shootout, claim Spanish Super Cup On his penalty, he added: ‘I always take the fourth penalty due to superstition, not because it had been calculated that I’d take the winning penalty. ‘I had planned on taking a Panenka penalty, but I didn’t have the ankle to do lots of little steps. My ankle is a bit f***ed. I was a bit scared and, as time passed, it seized up and hurt more. But once you’re in the game and know there’s so much to play for, you forget the pain.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says he would have done exactly the same thing as Federico Valverde after the Real Madrid midfielder’s match-saving professional foul in the Spanish Super Cup. The Uruguayan was shown a straight red card for hacking down Alvaro Morata as the striker burst clean through on goal deep into extra-time on Sunday night, with Real winning the penalty shootout that followed moments later. The Argentine was no stranger to a professional foul in his playing days Valverde sought out Morata after the game to say sorry for his foul, but Atletico boss Simeone feels there is no need for the Real midfielder to apologise. ‘I think the award for the best player makes perfect sense because Valverde won the game with that action,’ said Simeone at his post-match press conference. ‘It was the most important play of the game. If the play continued, it was possibly a goal.’ When Valverde left the pitch he was jeered by the crowd but got support from both his own manager, Zinedine Zidane, and Simeone as he walked past the dugout.Simeone continued: ‘I told him not to worry, that he did what he had to do. We will see how many days [suspension] they give him.’ Loading… center_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?From Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became CloseBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithlast_img read more

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Terminal joint repair begins next week across Southeast District

first_imgSoutheastern, IN— Indiana Department of Transportation contractor E&B Paving Inc. plans to start work next week on a $4.5 million terminal joint replacement and repair project. Over 75 locations across southeastern and south-central Indiana are included in the contract.On or after Monday, April 27, work will begin. Nighttime lane closures will be in effect at various bridge approaches from approximately 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The contractor will work at each location for one-to-two nights at a time.Locations across Southeastern Indiana include:S.R. 750 in Jennings County (CSX Railroad/Six Mile Creek)S.R. 11 in Jackson County (East Fork White River)U.S. 50 in Dearborn County (Tanner’s Creek)C.R. 250 and U.S. 421 over I-74 in Decatur CountyS.R. 229 over I-74 in Ripley CountyWork performed at each location will include milling and placement of polymeric asphalt to repair terminal joint damage sustained during winter freeze-thaw cycles. The contract was awarded in February and is expected to be complete by mid-September. Motorists should slow down, use extra caution, and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependentlast_img read more

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O’Driscoll out as Jones skippers

first_img Jones leads the team in the climax to the series with Sam Warburton ruled out by a hamstring injury, but it is the omission of O’Driscoll that will cause the biggest stir. Wales duo Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies have been paired in the centres with the former selected after missing the first two Tests with a hamstring problem. “Brian was disappointed, but he appreciated that he was spoken to before the team announcement,” head coach Warren Gatland said. “It’s the first time that a coach has ever made the decision with him in 15 years of rugby. Jamie is back fit and has been given the nod in terms of his partnership with Davies.” Gatland has made a total of six changes to the side beaten 16-15 in Melbourne last Saturday with Sean O’Brien, Alex Corbisiero, Richard Hibbard, Toby Faletau, Mike Phillips and Roberts included in the starting XV. O’Brien replaces Warburton at openside while Corbisiero returns after missing the second Test with a calf injury, resulting in Mako Vunipola’s demotion to the bench. Hibbard is picked at hooker with Tom Youngs named among the replacements, Toby Faletau is preferred ahead of Jamie Heaslip at number eight and Phillips ousts Ben Youngs at scrum-half. Completing the six alterations is Roberts slotting in for O’Driscoll. “It has been a challenging tour and we have had our fair share of injuries, but we always knew that would be the case,” Gatland said. “Brian is a great player and has had a wonderful career, but for the final Test we felt that Jamie Roberts’ presence offered us something more.” O’Driscoll responded to being dropped with a post on his verified Twitter feed encouraging those who will line up in Saturday’s game. He wrote: “Obviously totally gutted at being left out for deciding Test but all efforts go into preparing the boys to see it through. #seaofred.” British and Irish Lions team to face Australia in the third Test at the ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on Saturday, July 6: L Halfpenny (Wales); T Bowe (Ireland), J Davies (Wales), J Roberts (Wales), G North (Wales); J Sexton (Ireland), M Phillips (Wales); A Corbisiero (England), R Hibbard (Wales), A Jones (Wales), A-W Jones (Wales, capt), G Parling (England), D Lydiate (Wales), S O’Brien (Ireland), Toby Faletau (Wales). Replacements: T Youngs (England), M Vunipola (England), D Cole (England), R Gray (Scotland), J Tipuric (Wales), C Murray (Ireland), O Farrell (England), Manu Tuilagi (England). Alun-Wyn Jones has been appointed British and Irish Lions captain for Saturday’s deciding Test against Australia at ANZ Stadium, but there is no place among the 23 for Brian O’Driscoll.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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