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Chautauqua County Officials Report New COVID-19 Case On Wednesday

first_imgWNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Officials reported one new case of COVID-19 Wednesday.Officials say the new case involves a woman in her 50s.There are now 38 confirmed cases, 3 active cases, 31 recovered cases and 4 deaths. 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

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Hoon Lee Starts Performances in The King and I on B’way

first_img The King and I Shall we dance? Hoon Lee will begin performances as the King of Siam in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I on September 29. He takes over for Jose Llana in the 2015 Tony-winning revival, which also stars Tony winners Kelli O’Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles. The production is playing at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater.Lee has just completed filming the Cinemax series Banshee. His Broadway credits include Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song and Urinetown.The King and I is set in 1860’s Bangkok and tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam (Lee) and Anna Leonowens (O’Hara), a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children. The musical’s score includes Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful.Directed by Bartlett Sher, the cast of The King and I additionally features Ashley Park, Conrad Ricamora, Edward Baker-Duly, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Murphy Guyer, Jake Lucas, Paul Nakauchi and Marc Oka. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

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Vermont Agency of Agriculture launches online service for retail license renewals

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets today announced the launch of a new online service that allows licensed Vermont businesses to file, renew, and pay online for their annual retail and W&M (weighing-and-measuring) licenses. The new web service is intended to create more convenience for Vermont businesses, while saving on both business’ and state government budgets overall.”This new online licensing service is a great first step toward enhancing the Agency’s use of technology to support Vermont businesses, many which already subscribe to e-commerce best practices,” said Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.The convenience of the web service is straightforward: with a few quick clicks, retail business managers will be able to enter appropriate data about their license need, select appropriate license types online and pay securely by credit card, then get confirmation of renewal which they can print out if they choose. Accessible online 24/7/365 at https://secure.vermont.gov/Agriculture/licensing/(link is external), and built at no cost to the Agency over a two-year period by the state’s e-government partner Vermont Information Consortium (VIC), the online application is the first such service for the Agency – the first, they hope, of many to follow.”We are pleased to be able to leverage technology in a way that will make things more convenient and save our local business owners valuable time,” said Governor Peter Shumlin.Vermont Information Consortium is the official e-government partner for the State of Vermont. Managed through a unique public-private partnership, the Montpelier company builds and manages interactive government services on behalf of the state and is a wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).NIC is the nation’s leading provider of government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,000 federal, state, and local agencies across the United States.MONTPELIER, Vt.-BUSINESS WIRElast_img read more

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It’s time to pull the thread

first_imgReally looking at your brand can be a scary experience. Once you start asking questions and looking at different aspects it can be very much like pulling at the thread which unravels an entire sweater… For most of us, it is a lot easier to get busy with the day to day, put band-aids on those little issues when they come up and avoid pulling too hard at those threads for fear of what you may find.Brand work is hard work. It takes dedication and commitment and innovation and insight and a whole host of other terms that seem like they don’t belong together. Revisiting (revamping, evolving, whatever you want to call it) is time consuming and at times, exhausting. But, it is so worth it.In case it wasn’t obvious, Verity is in the middle of a huge brand project right now. Yes, it is a lot of work (even with a great vendor partner helping us through the process), but it is also incredibly exciting! There is an incredible freedom that comes with putting everything out on the table and looking at it just as it is – even those little dark parts you try to hide from during the day-to-day. Shining the light on everything and really examining how and why we do the things we do helps to ensure that the brand is intentional – which is really, really important.Yes, there are a lot of things that we found we are doing well. And, yes, there are a lot of things that we need to work on, but I have found that even in the chaos of all the work that comes with this, there is less stress. We know we are on the right path and everyone (from the marketing department to front line to our membership) will be so proud of the brand when we come out on the other side. And that is what makes this work really worthwhile.So, there aren’t really any points of awesome clarity in this article, but this work is all that is on my mind right now (day and night, weekdays and weekends).My only advice to you is this: pull on the threads that have been nagging you. Even if you ruin the sweater of your current brand, it could turn into something much more amazing. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Melina Palmer Why do people say one thing and do another? What really drives behavior? How does the brain actually work – and how can we best communicate with it? What does that … Web: www.thebrainybusiness.com Detailslast_img read more

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Atlanta police officer charged with murder in shooting death of Rayshard Brooks

first_imgTopics : A fired Atlanta police officer has been charged with felony murder and another officer faces lesser charges in the shooting death last week of Rayshard Brooks in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, a Georgia county prosecutor said on Wednesday.The death of Brooks – another in a long line of African Americans killed by police – further heightened racial concerns in the United States at a time of national soul-searching over racism and police brutality.Brooks, a 27-year-old father of three, “never presented himself as a threat,” “never displayed any aggressive behavior” and “did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury” to the two white officers during the incident last Friday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard told a news conference. Garrett Rolfe, the officer who shot Brooks and was fired the next day after surveillance video showed his actions, faces 11 charges including felony murder, assault with a deadly weapon and violating his oath of office, Howard said.Rolfe faces the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty if convicted, Howard added. Felony murder is a charge that can be brought when a person kills someone in the course of committing another felony.Devin Brosnan, the officer on the scene, was charged with aggravated assault and violations of his oath of office, Howard added. Brosnan, who has been placed on administrative duty, will cooperate with prosecutors, Howard said.Brooks’ family welcomed the charges. His widow, Tomika Miller, told reporters: “I am really hurt, and all I can think about is what if my husband was still here.”center_img Vince Champion, southeast regional director for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, said he believed Howard made a rush to judgment in the case, noting that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had not completed its probe.Champion, whose organization is providing attorneys for both defendants, said he had been unaware that Brosnan had turned state witness. He declined to provide the names of the attorneys because of multiple death threats made to his staff.Howard said Brooks was running from the officers and was more than 18 feet (5.5 m) away when Rolfe shot him twice in the back with a 9mm Glock pistol, with one of the rounds penetrating his heart,”I got him,” Rolfe said after the shooting, Howard said, drawing on eight videos of the incident including police body and dashboard cameras, nearby surveillance cameras and witness cellphone video.After shooting him, Rolfe kicked Brooks twice when he was lying on the ground wounded and Brosnan admitted to standing on the man’s shoulders as Brooks was fighting for his life, Howard said. The officers did not immediately render medical aid, Howard added. The prosecutor recommended that a judge hold Rolfe without bond.Ongoing protestsThe killing of Brooks came amid protests in U.S. cities prompted by the May 25 death of George Floyd, an African-American man, after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while detaining him. That officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with second-degree murder. Three other Minneapolis police officers were charged with aiding and abetting.Previously released video of the Brooks incident, which escalated from a call about a man who appeared intoxicated in his car at a Wendy’s restaurant drive-though lane into a fatal shooting, appeared to show him taking one of the officer’s Taser devices and turning and pointing it at Rolfe before being shot.Atlanta police rules do not allow an officer to fire even a Taser at someone running away, Howard added.”So he certainly cannot fire a handgun at someone running away,” Howard added.Brooks acted in a calm and “almost jovial” manner and cooperated with the police as the incident unfolded over a period of 41 minutes, Howard said.Brooks was reported asleep in a car in the Wendy’s drive-through lane, blocking traffic. A restaurant employee called the 911 emergency telephone line, complaining about a man who would not move the vehicle and appeared intoxicated.The killing sparked protests in Atlanta. The Wendy’s restaurant was burned down in the unrest.After the killing, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms announced reforms within the police department. Atlanta’s police chief, Erika Shields, resigned following the shooting.last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Calls on Legislature to Act Immediately on COVID-19 Recovery and Government Reform

first_imgGov. Wolf Calls on Legislature to Act Immediately on COVID-19 Recovery and Government Reform August 25, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Economy,  Education,  Government Reform,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Voting & Elections Governor Tom Wolf today presented his fall legislative agenda for worker and family support and protections, COVID-19 recovery, and government reform. The initiatives were introduced to focus the General Assembly after a spring and summer of Republican efforts to curtail the administration’s efforts to manage the pandemic and keep the public safe.“House and Senate Democrats have been fighting for progress to protect families and businesses in these spaces since the beginning of the pandemic, but they have been stopped at every turn by the Republican majority focused on ignoring the public health crisis,” Gov. Wolf said. “That must stop now. The legislature must come back and take immediate steps to provide funding to frontline workers and businesses, put in place protections for families and our workforce, and make these commonsense reforms that can provide confidence in our government. Pennsylvanians need relief, they need reform, and they need it now.”Gov. Wolf called on the legislature to take immediate action on a series of proposals including:Relief and Protection for Workers and FamiliesFamilies and workers throughout Pennsylvania are still struggling from the effects of COVID-19. The legislature must act to help provide hazard pay for frontline workers, more child care options, and safe workplaces for all Pennsylvanians.Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers$225 million to increase hazard pay to Pennsylvania workers, using the overall structure of the current PA Hazard Pay Grant Program administered through the Department of Community and Economic Development. This funding would cover a $3.00/hour increase for 208,000 frontline workers across the commonwealth.Providing PPE to Frontline WorkersThe governor is proposing $10 million for a PPE Reimbursement Program for employers to cover the cost of masks, face shields, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers and soaps, and other industry-specific PPE in accordance with the Department of Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.Workers must have access to safety equipment and cleaning materials, and workspaces must be sanitized regularly to protect workers and customers. This program would provide grants of up to $5,000 in reimbursements for Pennsylvania-based small businesses with fewer than 150 employees, and for counties who make PPE available to election workers.Expanding Access to Child CareThe governor is proposing a significant investment in child care, including $250 million for families with school-aged children in need of child care because of blended or remote in-person instruction models. The governor is also proposing $27 million to expand child care options in “deserts,” where few providers currently exist.The governor’s proposal also includes $50 million in grants to part-day school-age programs serving low-income communities to support necessary health and safety updates and infrastructure to facilitate remote learning for school districts not returning to in-person instruction.Paid Parental Leave for All PennsylvaniansThe governor announced the commonwealth’s new paid parental leave proposal, which will offer six weeks of paid leave to commonwealth employees who have been employed for a year or more. This leave will be separate and apart from any accrued sick or paid time off that the employee may have earned. The governor also called on the legislature to pass paid family and sick leave.Helping Schools Deliver the Promise of EducationThe governor is proposing $3 million for institutions of higher education to partner with local education agencies (LEA) to support educators during the 2020-21 school year. The goal of these partnerships is to provide targeted professional development and reduce learning gaps.Providing Housing and Utility AssistanceThe Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC) recently reported that at least 800,000 utility customers across the state are currently in active termination status and would be at risk of having their electricity, water, or gas shut off had the PUC not implemented a termination moratorium at the start of COVID.The governor is proposing $100 million in grants to be divided between the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and a new emergency water/wastewater program administered by PENNVEST to assist residential customers who would be subject to termination of service when the current PUC moratorium on terminations is eventually lifted.The governor is proposing $100 million to be used to expand the PA Housing Finance Agency CARES Rent Relief Program to provide additional financial assistance on behalf of low- to moderate-income renters experiencing difficulty making rent payments as a result of the pandemic. Assistance will continue to be made available in the form of a grant and funds will be paid directly to landlords or property owners.The governor is also calling on the legislature to increase the current $750 per month cap on assistance to renters, which has limited participation in the program, by instead linking assistance to the federal HUD index.Providing Recovery for Small BusinessesBy providing hundreds of millions of dollars of additional grants and loans for Pennsylvania businesses, the legislature can take immediate action to help Pennsylvania’s economic recovery. The legislature should also provide relief for bars and restaurants by canceling the alcohol tax and allowing businesses to buy at cost. Over time, this funding can be supplemented by legalizing recreational marijuana and dedicating a portion of the funding to historically disadvantaged businesses.Grants and Loans for BusinessesGov. Wolf is proposing $225 million in forgivable loans and grants to small businesses in Pennsylvania through the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program. In addition, the governor is proposing $100 million in forgivable loans and grants for the hospitality, leisure, and service industries, including restaurants and bars, salons, and barber shops. This funding will provide critical working capital financing to the commonwealth’s small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.Alcohol Tax Cancelation or ReductionThe governor is calling on the General Assembly to pass legislation to revitalize Pennsylvania’s hospitality, leisure, and service industry by offering alcohol-tax cancelation or reduction for six months, and allowing the hospitality industry to purchase alcohol at or near cost for six months.Recreational Marijuana Legalization to Fund Ongoing Business Grants and Restorative JusticeThe governor is calling on the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana with the proceeds going to existing small business grant funding. Fifty percent of the funding would be earmarked for historically disadvantaged businesses. Along with the call to the General Assembly to pass legislation legalizing the sale and use of recreational marijuana, the governor proposes that a portion of the revenue be used to further restorative justice programs that give priority to repairing the harm done to crime victims and communities as a result of marijuana criminalization.Also, the governor wants the General Assembly to pursue criminal justice reform policies that restore justice for individuals convicted of marijuana-related offenses.Reforming Government, Protecting ElectionsThe COVID-19 pandemic exposed the heightened need for government reform. Gov. Wolf knows we need immediate reforms to our election and voting systems so that people can vote safely, and broader government reforms so Pennsylvanians know that their state elected officials are working on behalf of them and not special interests.Banning Gifts for Public OfficialsGov. Wolf banned members of his administration from accepting gifts and believes that all public officials should be held to the same standard. Pennsylvania is one of 10 states with no specific law limiting gifts to public officials. Outside the executive branch, politicians in Harrisburg can take unlimited gifts from special interests. The governor wants the gift ban he put in place to be made permanent and expanded so all state elected officials are accountable to it.Curbing Special Interest InfluencePennsylvanians need to have confidence that decisions made by their government are made on behalf of constituents, not rewards for the special interests with the deepest pockets.Campaign Finance Reform – Enacting new campaign finance laws that would place limits on contributions to candidates seeking elected office, implement aggregate limits for races, place sensible restrictions on Political Action Committees (PACs), and strengthen reporting and disclosure requirements across the board to restore confidence in government, and curtail the role of campaign spending in our political process.Outside Income Transparency – Requiring public officials to disclose sources, type of work, and amount of outside income received.Ensuring Safe and Secure ElectionsThe governor is asking the General Assembly for legislation to allow ballots to be counted as long as they are postmarked on election day and received by the Friday after the election.Also, he is calling on the legislature to allow the pre-canvassing of ballots 21 days before the election, while providing counties flexibility to fill vacant poll worker positions earlier than the five days prior to an election currently allowed.The funds for these initiatives would come from the $1 billion in CARES Act funding that has been placed in reserves, as well as the revenue generated from the legalization of recreational marijuana, which will take an act of the General Assembly to become law.“If we want our economy to become strong again, the legislature needs to take action now,” Gov. 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UK pension fund invests in Scottish roads through listed project bonds

first_imgThe Telent pension fund has become the first UK scheme to enter an infrastructure debt platform using listed project bonds, as it looks to develop Scotland’s road system.Using the Allianz GI infrastructure debt platform, the pension fund is one of the investors in a £175m (€212m) investment into major Scottish roads.The German investment manager has committed to the purchase of listed project bonds, which will be issued by Scot Roads Partnership Finance.The bond purchase will finance the planned design and construction of roads, which will form part of the motorway improvement project for the centre of Scotland. A £175m debt funding will be combined with further funding from the European Investment Bank to finance the project.Allianz GI said the deal was the first UK listed project bond arrangement that also featured a deferred settlement mechanism, which should mitigate negative carry.It also said the investment by Stanhope Pension Trust, the trustee for the Telent pension scheme, was the first of its kind by an institutional investor.Adrian Jones, part of Allianz GI’s infrastructure debt team, said he expected more institutionals to invest in similar deals, now that such a milestone had been reached.“UK pension trustee Stanhope Pension Trust is one of an increasing number of third-party investors electing to invest via Allianz GI to gain access to this asset class,” he added.The news of the investment comes after a survey, conducted by analytics firm Preqin, found 84% of current infrastructure investors were looking to either maintain, or increase, their allocations to the asset class.The majority of the 430 investors polled by the firm said they anticipated making a minimum of three allocations to infrastructure funds this year, looking to invest around $100m.Fellow UK scheme Strathclyde, the largest local authority fund, also saw a ramp-up in its infrastructure investment, as it joined a consortium looking to purchase Glasgow Airport.The fund is also a seed investor in the National Association of Pension Funds and Pension Protection Fund’s infrastructure project, the Pensions Infrastructure Platform.last_img read more

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Fugro, Planck Aerosystems Recognized for Oil Seepage Mapping Project

first_imgFugro has been honoured with an Environmental Leadership Award from The Maritime Alliance, a California-based non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable, science-based ocean and water industries.The recognition was received in San Diego during the organisation’s BlueTech Week, an international gathering of over 485 marine professionals from academia, government, and industry.Sharing in the award was Planck Aerosystems, a drone intelligence company specialising in autonomous unmanned aerial systems.Fugro collaborated with Planck Aerosystems on a project to identify and map oil seepage from abandoned offshore well sites in Santa Barbara County. The work was performed for long-time Fugro customer Aqueos Corporation under contract to the non-profit environmental group Heal the Ocean. Results from this project prompted the California State Assembly to pass legislation SB-44 funding a legacy oil and gas well removal and remediation programme through 2028. The legislation was signed into law in October.The Maritime Alliance cited the Fugro/Planck Aerosystems collaboration as a prime example of member companies working together for mutual benefit, as well as to the benefit of the ocean environment. Craig McLean, assistant administrator and acting chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), presented the awards.“We are grateful to be recognised by The Maritime Alliance for this collaboration,” said Todd Mitchell, remote sensing manager for Fugro. “Partnerships such as this are an important part of our business process, and we are pleased to have helped facilitate a solution that has effected legislative change for the good of all stakeholders.”In addition to the Environmental Leadership Award, Fugro received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, signed by Representative Duncan Hunter.last_img read more

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ION, iSEISMIC Collaborate on Seabed Acquisition Technology

first_imgION Geophysical and iSEISMIC, an ocean bottom seismic (OBS) acquisition specialist, have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on seabed acquisition technologies.iSEISMIC plans to utilize the full suite of ION’s 4Sea ocean bottom acquisition and imaging technology to deliver a step-change in the safety, efficiency, quality and turnaround time of seabed surveys.This agreement will enable ION to commercialize its new 4Sea technology and provides an opportunity to realize the benefits of the technology to acquire ocean bottom multi-client programs more quickly and cost-effectively.“This collaboration validates our component approach and provides ION an exciting opportunity to further participate in the growing, high value seabed market and extract recurring revenue from the value our technology delivers, without compromising our asset light strategy,” said Chris Usher, ION’s president and chief executive officer.“Deploying 4Sea as a complete system will enable iSEISMIC and our multi-client customers to gain maximum benefit from this fully integrated transformational architecture for exceptionally efficient OBS data acquisition.  We look forward to working with iSEISMIC to create a Blue Ocean shift for the applications of OBS data in our industry.”“This partnership presents a unique opportunity for both companies to leverage significant synergies to gain a strengthened foothold in the OBS market,” stated Carl Berg, iSEISMIC’s chief executive officer. “ION is an ideal partner as their multi-client business development, imaging expertise and revolutionary technology nicely complements our team’s aggregated operational experience acquiring over 150 surveys, including more than 50 OBS surveys, while deploying a range of new technologies.  After considering a number of industry alternatives, we believe the full suite of ION’s 4Sea technologies will enable us to achieve a radical breakthrough in OBS performance and give us a range of competitive advantages.  As a first mover with the complete 4Sea platform, including the fully automated deployment and retrieval system, we will have the fastest operational speed in the industry, significantly faster than today’s standard.”last_img read more

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Work Kicks Off on Oswego Harbor Arrowhead Breakwater

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, began construction of a maintenance repair on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 in Lake Ontario at the west arrowhead breakwater in Oswego Harbor, located in the City of Oswego, New York.The work being conducted consists of repairing 600 linear feet along the lake side of the West Arrowhead breakwater.The contractor, Dean Marine and Excavating, Inc. will be conducting work throughout the summer with anticipated completion in September 2019.“I applaud the Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, for beginning repairs on the Oswego Harbor west arrowhead breakwater,” said New York Congressman John Katko.“The Oswego Harbor remains a vital economic driver for Oswego County and all of Central New York, supporting 250,000 tons of product delivered to 7 internal commercial ports. The repairs to the Oswego west arrowhead breakwater will promote safe navigation for ships, preserve the Harbor, and encourage commerce in Oswego.”The West Arrowhead Breakwater runs 2,700 feet out toward the historic west pier head lighthouse, and protects the deep draft, commercial harbor for stakeholders, including the Port of Oswego, U.S. Coast Guard, NRG Energy, Sprague Energy, Lafarge Cement, Essroc Cement, and private marinas.last_img read more

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