Reed Says Lt. Gov Should Consider Differences Within Region In Reopening

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) WNY News Now Stock Graphic.JAMESTOWN – Many unanswered questions remain following New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement last week to utilize a gradual region-by-region reopening approach. When will counties like Chautauqua and Cattaraugus reopen? Cuomo said that no region in New York State will reopen until at least May 15, which is when the NY PAUSE Initiative is slated to expire.Would the two counties be able to reopen despite Erie County, which borders them, seeing a large infection rate? Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, a Buffalo native, was appointed to oversee the Western New York region to determine when it could reopen its economy. Hochul, as of publish time, hasn’t publicly released an official decision.WNYNewsNow asked Congressman Tom Reed that very question during his weekly teleconference with reporters Tuesday. Reed says he has been in contact with Hochul and Bob Duffy to ensure that the voices of rural counties like Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Steuben counties are heard. (Duffy is the Greater Rochester Chamber Of Commerce President and CEO. He was appointed by Cuomo last week to oversee the Finger Lakes region.) “I believe there’s recognition that what happens in the City of Buffalo and City of Rochester is different than what happens in Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County, Steuben County, and that’s why you need that dynamic action plan put together that would take that into consideration,” Reed said.Reed adds that he has “enjoyed” his working relationship with Hochul, a former Congresswoman, and Duffy, a former mayor, over the years.“That type of relationship building, I hope, will form the foundation upon which is necessary to make sure we would get equal treatment, and also that we don’t, in any way, not have a voice that recognizes the difference that the area of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties and other counties in the Southern Tier are in relationship to those cities centers of operation.”WNYNewsNow will continue to cover the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, putting facts over fear. last_img read more

Marissa Jaret Winokur Will Star Opposite Megan Hilty in ABC Comedy Pilot

first_imgTwo of our Broadway faves together—this is going to be a must see! Marissa Jaret Winokur has been tapped for the previously reported Megan Hilty ABC pilot. Deadline reports that the Tony winner will play a series regular role if the untitled comedy gets picked up. Judah Miller, the writer and executive producer of the project, is married to Winokur.The show follows Irene (Hilty), a flamboyant Tony-winning diva adjusting to being a suburban mom. She is forced outside her comfort zone when she realizes her son is more into sports than show tunes—he’s a natural-born competitive athlete. Winokur will play Donna, the ultimate soccer mom and comedic foil to Irene.Winokur won the Tony for Hairspray and has also appeared on Broadway in Grease. Screen credits include Stacked, Retired At 35, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dancing With The Stars, Playing House and Melissa And Joey. Megan Hilty View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Poultry Pop Test.

first_img A special test kit uses “luciferase,” an enzyme extracted from fireflies, to test for bacteria. The tester takes a swab sample from a counter top, sink or other part of the processing line. That swab goes into a mix of chemicals that includes luciferase. Russell is looking for tests that take 18 to 24 hours. “But we’re hoping for a test that will give accurate results in one to six hours,” he said. If bacteria are present on the swab, their ATP (adenosine triphosphate) reacts with the luciferase and produces light within a minute. “The more light, the more bacteria,” Russell said. This story kicks off a new weekly series called “Planting the Seed,” which looks toward the new millennium. These stories will feature ideas and advances in agricultural and environmental sciences with implications for the future. They test their meat and egg products for bacteria, including Campylobacter, E. coli and Salmonella. But if the tests are positive, the company must issue a costly product recall. Faster Bacterial Tests Safety With Chlorine “Right now, most of the bacterial tests take two to five days before the results are known,” Russell said. “And processors can’t hold their product that long.” A ‘Firefly’ Test U.S. Department of Agriculture tests show that the 1 ppm free chlorine used in processing plants is effective against bacteria and harmless to humans. In fact, their regulations approve using 20 to 50 ppm total chlorine with no harmful effects on humans. Faster tests could make the processor perfectly sure its whole or cut-up chickens or egg products are safe when they leave the plant.center_img That’s just one of the projects Northcutt and Russell are working on. Others include improving the overall condition of the live chickens coming into the plants and finding even faster ways to detect bacteria in processing plants. Quicker Test = Safer Food “By the time they get the results, the products are already in the stores, or they may have already been bought and sometimes eaten,” Russell said. That quick turnaround could enable the results of the test to be confirmed before the product leaves the processor. It would enable them to verify the effectiveness of their cleaning and sanitation practices, too, without shutting down the plant. Every year in the United States, about 40,000 cases of Salmonellosis are reported. Some of those are related to contaminated poultry and egg products. But University of Georgia scientists are working with the poultry industry to cut that number as close to zero as possible. “Overall, the industry is careful about cleaning and sanitizing their processing facilities,” said Scott Russell, a poultry science microbiologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “But we’re finding ways to make their cleaning procedures and sanitation even more effective.” The readings can be false, depending on what cleaners the processor uses. Russell said some acid cleaners inactivate the enzyme. So even though the test shows low or no bacteria, they may actually be present. Other cleaners like quaternary ammonium show a falsely high reading. And chlorine has no effect on the luciferase enzyme tests. “If the processor uses chlorine to sanitize the line and then uses this test,” Russell said, “the results are accurate.” But consumers will still need to be food-safety conscious. “Poultry processors do all they can to ensure your safety,” Russell said. “But consumers have to do their part, too.” Fortunately, most poultry processors use chlorine, said Julie Northcutt, a CAES poultry technology scientist. “Just one-half to one part per million of free chlorine (not bound to organic material) is very effective against bacteria that can be found in poultry plants,” she said.last_img read more

Martin houses

first_imgOne of the neat things I remember enjoying about springtime back home was the sound of martins. My daddy’s martin gourds and houses were the envy of the neighborhood. I believe even the most pessimistic people could be cheered up by the joyful chirping of those birds.Martin houses are making a comebackNot too long ago, every farmhouse had boxes, gourds or other houses to attract purple martins. Martin houses are not as common today as they once were. But increasing interest in the environment and nonchemical pest control has the martin regaining its popularity. In fact, more people provide housing today for the purple martin than for any other bird.The martin is not a year-round Georgia resident. It winters in South America, arrives in south Georgia in early February, reaches north Georgia by mid-March or April and leaves in the fall. Older martins tend to return to their nesting areas. This means once a house is used, it probably will continue to be used. First-year martins looking for places to nest will eventually occupy new houses.Martins make nests from twigs, weeds, dead leaves, coarse grasses and similar materials. The female lies three to eight, white eggs and incubates them for about 13 days. Both parents feed and care for the young. Young birds stay in the nest three to four weeks. Even after they leave the nest, young martins often return to the vicinity for a week to 10 days before their final departure.Houses don’t have to be made from gourdsMartins will nest in a variety of houses, including gourds. Traditionally, gourds hang from a pole with crossarms or from a wagon wheel mounted on a post. If you are not willing to prepare gourds for the martins, buy plastic gourds and duplicate the older-style houses. Or cluster jugs or manmade houses on wagon wheels or poles with crossarms. Perhaps the most common accommodation for martins is the apartment house. Wooden or aluminum houses are available at hardware and feed and seed stores, or make your own from simple plans available at your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office.last_img read more

The Armies of Brazil and the United States Strengthen Cooperation

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo June 02, 2017 Srs.É uma excelente iniciativa, que foi interrompida bruscamente com entrada do PT no destino do povo brasileiro e que quase nos levou ao socialismo soviético, com representantes bem próximos de nós, tais como a Venezuela e Cuba. Tomara que tenhamos inteligência suficiente para não deixar que isso aconteça e possamos doravante, participar de NOVOS HORIZONTES, com novos ares e tecnologia bélica atual, fora do eixo russo. The Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym) is in the midst of preparing for a five-year exchange with the United States. Operation Culminating is meant to strengthen cooperation with the U.S. land force and involves joint maneuvers from 2017 to 2020, with a post-operation analysis in 2021. The climax will be a combined training between both armies in the second half of 2020, at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in Fort Polk, Louisiana, one of the U.S. Army’s main training centers. “Operation Culminating is included in the five-year plan, which is a document between Brazil and the United States for improving relations, increasing understanding, and prioritizing interoperability capabilities,” EB confirmed through its Public Affairs Office to Diálogo. According to the release, preparations and logistics planning are being done for the activities that are anticipated in the operation, which will include the participation of 470 Brazilian service members. “In 2018 and 2019, the training of the officer and sergeant observers, controllers, and evaluators will be done, and the logistics preparation will be concluded,” the spokesperson for the institution said. “In 2019, the military organization will be structured, and specific preparation will be done for the Army’s participation the following year,” according to the press release sent by EB. Strengthening ties and sharing experiences On the U.S. side, the operation is being performed together with U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH), which is responsible for directing and supporting multinational operations with the nations of Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. U.S. Army Major General Clarence K.K. Chinn, commander of ARSOUTH, was in Brazil in March and April for the purpose of expanding partnerships and establishing agreements with EB. “It has been a phenomenal opportunity to learn about Brazilian Army. But the most important thing is the partnership and the teamwork. We have been partners since the Second World War, so it is a great opportunity and an honor to hear about the great things that Brazil has done in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, and about the great work done during the World Cup and the Olympics,” Maj. Gen. Chinn said during the meeting with General Eduardo Villas Bôas, commander of EB, in Brasília. He also went to Manaus to take part in activities at the Amazon Military Command. Helping to prepare Brazilian combatants According to EB, the training of Brazilian service members for Operation Culminating will be directed by U.S. service members. Details about the logistical part of the operation are being worked out in the current planning phase. “The main advantage is having Brazilian service members working together with the world’s leading army, sharing their combat experiences, and having the chance to improve their doctrine,” said EB. “Specific training for this type of mission is also essential, and it is extremely important in the training of Brazilian combatants,” they added. EB concluded by saying that Brazilian and U.S. service members can collaborate among themselves in the planning and execution of maneuvers, in the areas of logistics, intelligence, and communications, and in the exchange of materials between both armies. The EB press release to Diálogo also reported that in 2021, the last year of the five-year plan, there will be a post-operation analysis, as well as planning for the next steps in the exchange between EB and the U.S. Army, predicting that the partnership between the two countries in Culminating will continue beyond the five-year plan.last_img read more

Banks are our competition, but they’re also our best opportunity

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If, 100 years ago, you asked newspaper publishers why they were running a daily news organization, you would have probably heard about civic responsibility, leading the community, and shaping the thoughts and ideas of the influential and powerful. More than likely, they would have said they wanted to create the best paper in the world.Today, the answer is simpler: It’s about making as much money as possible. All other goals and objectives are secondary and need to serve the primary goal. In the past, profit helped the newspaper to achieve its goals. Today, the goal is to reach the profit goal.What if you asked a bank executive why their company exists? continue reading »last_img read more

Meeting the threat of terror

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Cairns Real Estate: Property prices could rise

first_imgThe Dogherty family have sold their house on 2 Quartzborough Promenade, Trinity Park. Stephen and Jude Doherty, with kids Macey, 2, Finley, 7, and Aidan, 11. PICTURE: JACK LAWRIE.Cairns real estate and economic experts have revealed the current events that could lead to the region’s most significant property prices increase in more than a decade, while warning no one has a crystal ball.As the nation’s major cities report double-digit capital growth in the past 12 months, Cairns has continued its decade-long trend of steady house prices with a 1.2 per cent increase, according to July’s data. In that same period, Brisbane house prices rose 3.6 per cent, Sydney’s 14.3 per cent and Melbourne’s 14 per cent. And Far Northern homeowners would be optimistic to expect those percentages here, but as Cairns agents report high demand for houses and land sales skyrocketing while interest rates remain low, there is the potential for capital growth as well. Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s Cairns zone chairman Tom Quaid said the capital cities had been benefiting from mass migration numbers while there wasn’t the same level of new blood in the Cairns market. He said in the absence of overwhelming demand, newer stock could help drive up prices. Australia’s hottest house MORE NEWS Couple paid $3.2M for property to demolishWin a $4.2M beach housecenter_img “So in a typical economy as new developments come along … the prices go up. And it gradually drags the bottom of the market up with it,” Mr Quaid said. “In the absence of new stuff coming in to justify lifting the prices you’ve just got all the existing stock getting older and nothing to push prices up unless you get a certain level of demand. So with the grants and all the new construction that’s going on at the moment, they have the potential to set a new benchmark in pricing and lift everything up. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“Typically these new homes are going to cost more, between the house and the land, than what you’d pay for an equivalent five-year-old home in a similar area. So prices will go up on the back of that. Whether it’s a sustained increase, that’ll be the question.”Cairns accounting firm Halpin Partners managing director Darren Halpin said population growth was fundamental for capital appreciation and, while the region wasn’t “actively pushing” for a rise in residents, it was happening in the background. “A lot of people are moving from the capital cities to Cairns because of what lifestyle we have to offer,” he said.“So if we as a city marketed our attractiveness as a place to come and live, if we had a co-ordinated effort, it would get results. And now is the time to do it.” He said government spending on infrastructure and attractions would help speed up Cairns’ population growth and the northern suburbs homeowners would likely be among the first to benefit.Trinity Park couple Stephen and Jude Doherty were able to buck the slow capital growth trend after a 10-day period saw them sell their Quartzborough Promenade home “above expectations” with Thomas Baldwin Real ­Estate. “In that same time we were able to buy our new home at Trinity Beach,” Ms Doherty said. REIQ zone chairman for Cairns and the Far North Tom Quaid, standing at a new housing estate in Smithfield. PICTURE: CHRIS CALCINOlast_img read more

Prostitutes accosting teens 27 Sept 2013Prostitutes are soliciting young teenagers on their way to school in Papatoetoe, three concerned mothers say.Residents are also being subjected to obscene language and human waste or used condoms are often found on footpaths, they say.The mothers say Papatoetoe used to be a nice town but it’s now getting a bad reputation. “When we were young that sort of stuff was only going on in the city. There was no legal high shops, no pokies, and no prostitutes,” they say.The women, who do not want to be named, say both male and female prostitutes can often be seen standing at Hunters Corner and parts of Great South Rd in the mornings.“What they do at night-time is their business but our children don’t need to see this,” they say. read more

Haitian reconstruction must ensure human rights, says UN

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 18 Views   no discussions Share Kyung-wha Kang, United Nations deputy high commissioner for human rights. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — A senior United Nations human rights official said on Tuesday that post-earthquake development efforts in Haiti should be based on people’s rights, ensuring there is no discrimination in reconstruction plans and that they are guided by transparency and participation of beneficiaries in decision-making.Kyung-wha Kang, the UN deputy high commissioner for human rights, who has been on a five-day mission to Haiti, said she was encouraged by President Michel Martelly’s commitment to achieving the fundamental rights of the Haitian people, including economic and social rights, such as housing, education and health.“Strong leadership and support of the president on human rights is essential to address the systemic shortcomings of the rule of law and to make solid progress on economic development and reconstruction efforts,” Kang told a news conference in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.Kang pointed out foreign aid alone cannot address impediments to human rights in Haiti, which she said were complex and entrenched. She said initiatives by the international community must be part of a broader plan to increase access to adequate housing in the camps and in poor neighbourhoods.“Only a comprehensive plan for housing, combined with a massive job creation, can break the cycle of extreme poverty and the inability to achieve economic and social rights, in which Haiti has been imprisoned for so many years.”The deputy high commissioner said she had taken note of reports of trafficking of children across the border into the Dominican Republic, and praised the work of national and local authorities, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in trying to stop the practice.Kang, however, stressed the need for devoting additional resources to institutions responsible for protecting children and strengthening the legal framework to curb human trafficking.She also voiced concern over high levels of gender-based violence, including rape.“I welcome the existence of a national action plan to combat domestic violence, and I encourage all state authorities to work closely and to increase their efforts to address these endemic and odious practices that cause so much suffering to so many women in Haiti,” she added.She welcomed the efforts by the judiciary to reduce prolonged pre-trial detention, stressing that the judicial reforms approved four years ago should be implemented for greater judicial capacity and autonomy.“More investment is needed in the judicial system, not just in buildings, but also in adequate working conditions for its staff. It is imperative that transparent, fair and timely [procedures] are established for the selection and dismissal of judges.”Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Share NewsRegional Haitian reconstruction must ensure human rights, says UN by: – July 7, 2011last_img read more