Child In Chautauqua County Tests Positive For COVID-19

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 / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A child in Chautauqua County has tested positive for COVID-19, county health officials reported Tuesday.Health officials say this is the first confirmed pediatric case of the virus.“One of our roles, as your local health department, is to inform, educate, and empower you about health issues,” said officials in a statement. “With that role in mind, we want to make sure you are aware of recent displays of Coronavirus in children. We follow the lead of Governor Cuomo by fighting fear with facts.” “While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date,” officials furthered. “In the United Kingdom and Europe, a possible link has been reported between COVID-19 and a serious inflammatory disease. Per data reviewed from several dozen cases in Europe and the US, by pediatric experts in intensive care, cardiology, rheumatology, and infectious disease, two things are clear about this mysterious pattern of illness. Per information reported by Boston Children’s Hospital, thus far, it is rare.”There is now a total of 44 confirmed cases of the virus, with eight active, 32 recovered and fourth deaths reported.Governor Cuomo recently announced emerging cases of COVID-19 related illness in children. New York is currently investigating 85 reported cases where children – predominantly school-aged – are experiencing multi-system inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with COVID-19.This is what we currently know about COVID-19 in children:Recently, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported as possibly linked with a pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome disease – “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19.”As of May 10, 2020, 85 suspected pediatric cases compatible with multisystem inflammatory syndrome have been reported in children in New York State.The illness has taken the lives of three children in NYS and an additional two deaths are currently under investigation.  These deaths are not in Chautauqua County.This syndrome has features, which overlap with Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome. The child may have a persistent fever, abdominal symptoms, rash on the torso and groin, bright red swollen lips, swollen lymph nodes, and swollen hands and feet.This inflammatory syndrome may occur days to weeks after acute COVID-19 illness.If your child has had close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 or has symptoms compatible with pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with COVID-19, contact your pediatrician.On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo directed hospitals statewide to prioritize COVID-19 testing for children displaying symptoms similar to an atypical Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome.As of 4 p.m. Cattaraugus County has not yet provided their daily COVID-19 update.last_img read more

Great Southland Stampede

first_imgFor 45 years, spring has meant one thing for members of the University of Georgia Block and Bridle Club — rodeo time. To raise travel money in 1974, the UGA livestock judging team decided to put on a rodeo, and they used their trucks and washing machines as collateral to fund it. Little did they know that what started as a simple fundraiser would become a time-honored tradition for students and families alike.The 2019 Great Southland Stampede Rodeo (GSSR) will be held March 28-30 at the UGA Livestock Instructional Arena. Doors open at 6 p.m. each night, with the rodeo starting at 8 p.m. Tickets typically sell fast, so the committee recommends buying tickets online at gssrodeo.com.The Great Southland Stampede Rodeo is operated entirely by UGA students with the mission of providing a quality rodeo experience according to National Cowboy Professional Rodeo Association guidelines. While it no longer serves its purpose as a fundraiser for livestock judging trips, the event helps them to develop skills to advance both personally and professionally.CAES students from a variety of majors join together each year to put on the event. From gathering sponsorships to putting together bleachers, UGA Block and Bridle members coordinate every detail of the event. This year’s chair for the Great Southland Stampede Rodeo, Caroline Hinton, is grateful to be a part of an event that the entire university can be proud of, she said. “I cannot put into words the pride I feel to be a part of this event,” said Hinton, a senior agricultural communication major. “For more than four decades, UGA students have put on an event that has become a trademark of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. To carry on this tradition is an incredible and humbling experience.”GSSR is not just for cowboys and cowgirls. The rodeo committee aims to reach beyond the borders of the college to the rest of university and the surrounding community. In fact, the club donates a total of $3,000 to various charities and nonprofits in the Athens area. Take a ride down Milledge Avenue during rodeo week and you’ll find banners advertising the rodeo hanging from the sorority and fraternity houses that line the street. On Thursday, the rodeo’s opening day, UGA students can attend for $13 with a valid UGA ID.“One of my favorite parts of the rodeo is its outreach,” said Eryn Elliott, GSSR’s student liaison and an agricultural education major. “Not only do we give away thousands of dollars, we work hard to reach beyond South Campus to encourage students be a part of our event. For some students, this rodeo is the closest they get to agriculture.”For more information about the rodeo, visit gssrodeo.com.last_img read more

Bay Shore Man Charged With Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An accused hit-and-run driver has been arrested for allegedly killing a 30-year-old Brentwood man in the suspect’s hometown of Bay Shore over Labor Day weekend, Suffolk County police said.Saquan Johnson was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of an incident involving a fatality.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives alleged the 24-year-old man struck Elvin Ponce on Redington Street and fled the scene at 3:10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead.Johnson will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Create value often at your credit union

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Susan Dyer Susan is the Communications Director for the Heartland Credit Union Association, the trade association for credit unions in Kansas and Missouri. She has been a part of the marketing and … Web: HeartlandCUA.org Details I attended a conference last month and one of the speakers said this:“Create more value for more people more often, so when it’s time to choose, they choose you.”This couldn’t be more true. This means if you regularly provide folks with information, resources, advice (whatever it may be) they will remember you when it’s time to make a buying decision. ..or when they are ready to switch financial institutions.The good news is you are probably already doing this! Here’s three simple, yet effective ideas to keep you top of mind to your consumers.Offer a free download.Have a budgeting seminar? Offer a free toolkit or e-book with a budgeting worksheet or five budgeting tips. Go one step further and offer information about credit score, or another personal finance information…something a consumer can really use. Share it on social and post it on your website and people will remember to go there for information.Weekly tips.Offer a tip here and there (social media is a great place to post these) and your audience will remember you when they need you. For example, let’s say a member follows you on Facebook. He’s a teacher at a local school. He sees you offering advice or free downloads. The school wants to offer financial literacy seminars. Who do you think he’ll think of? You, of course!Media resource.Submit an article or provide a relevant story idea to your local media. It’s no secret journalists are strapped for time and resources. By offering ideas to them, the next time they have a story related to your industry, they’ll contact you first. Just be sure to follow up with them in a timely manner!There are countless other ways to create value for consumers. Be creative! And remember it takes time. If your content is helpful, informative or entertaining, consumers will take note.last_img read more

CU manager sentenced in fraud case spanning 17 years

first_img continue reading » A former credit union manager who got away with her 17-year embezzlement because of timing and luck will now have plenty of time to think about how her luck ran out.Catherine M. Linton, 59, of Washington, Pa., was sentenced Monday to one year and a day in federal prison. She also was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Donetta W. Ambrose in Pittsburgh to pay $579,595 in restitution and to serve five years of supervised release after she gets out of prison. In August, Linton and her husband filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and listed nearly $200,000 in liabilities.Her fraud led to the insolvency and closure of the $4.1 million Trailblazer Federal Credit Union in Washington, Pa. in July 2015.She began working at the credit union in 1993 as its first manager, but she didn’t start stealing until January 1998, according to court documents obtained by the CU Times. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tips to stay connected during remote work

first_imgWe’re now approaching eight months of a national emergency in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. For many of us, that means our teams haven’t been into the office since March. And for those who have been able to return, it’s likely that you are limiting in-person interactions.The pandemic has drastically altered the way we do business. It’s also underscored an important part of our leadership roles: Relationships. That’s what I miss most about going into the office. Seeing my colleagues, being able to walk around and chat. I’m sure many of you feel the same way.Just because we’re now operating in a more virtual environment doesn’t give us an excuse to stop building those relationships and being there for our team. In a recent SmartBrief post, Salesforce’s Marie Rosecrans shares four ways leaders can better use their emotional intelligence (EQ) to stay connected to teammates even while working remotely:Find meaning for each of the people on your team. While the pandemic has been difficult for all of us, it’s affected us each in different ways. The important thing for leaders to do is continue to build connections between your team. Encourage the fun, small talk on your daily or weekly check-ins, just as you would if you were standing in the kitchen at work. Celebrate the little victories in life. Many of us are struggling to adapt and balance responsibilities in this new, weird world. Create a space where your team can talk and find the silver linings of it all. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Senate Majority in Limbo as Perdue Re-election Race Goes to Runoff in Georgia

first_imgSenator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, was fighting for his political life on Friday in a contest that could determine which party controls the Senate, as his re-election bid headed to a January runoff against Jon Ossoff, his Democratic challenger.Mr. Perdue had a razor-thin lead over Mr. Ossoff in a contest that demonstrated Democrats’ emerging strength in what was once a Republican stronghold in the Deep South. Neither candidate claimed a majority of votes amid a protracted count, according to The Associated Press.- Advertisement – Mr. Perdue, a first-term Republican, had come tantalizingly close to winning outright and avoiding a runoff altogether. He led after election night, but as Democratic counties around Atlanta and Savannah continued to count and report ballots on Friday, he had dipped just below the 50 percent threshold needed to win under Georgia law. The state’s other looming runoff is a special election to fill the seat vacated by retired Republican Johnny Isakson and could more of a wild card. Dr. Warnock, 51, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once led, emerged as the front-runner after Tuesday’s voting, but there were more than a dozen candidates on the ballot. The inconclusive result set up a dramatic rematch between Mr. Perdue and Mr. Ossoff on Jan. 5, and thrust Georgia into the center of the nation’s political fray as Joseph R. Biden Jr. appeared on track to win the White House. The state had already been slated to decide the fate of its second Senate seat in a special-election runoff between the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, the same day. That makes it nearly certain that the twin Georgia races will determine which party controls the chamber just two weeks before the next presidential inauguration.“Change has come to Georgia,” Mr. Ossoff said at a rally on Friday, “and Georgia is a part of the change coming to America.” Mr. Perdue pounded Mr. Ossoff as too extreme for the state, distorting many of the Democrat’s positions on policing, health care and a range of other issues to try to scare moderate voters to his side. He praised Republicans’ tax and regulatory cuts, as well as the popular programs Congress approved to help unemployed Americans and small businesses weather the pandemic. If Mr. Biden wins the White House, and Democrats take both of Georgia’s seats, they would draw the Senate to a 50-50 tie, effectively taking control of the chamber given the vice president’s power to cast tiebreaking votes. But that is a tall order in a state with deep conservative roots, and Republicans felt reasonably confident they could hang onto at least one of the seats needed to deny Democrats the majority.- Advertisement – Mr. Perdue’s campaign made clear immediately that he would seek to nationalize the race, saying a vote for Mr. Ossoff was “a vote to hand power to Chuck Schumer and the radical Democrats in Washington.”“We are excited for overtime — it gives us even more time to continue exposing Jon Ossoff and his radical socialist agenda,” Ben Fry, his campaign manager, said, adding a dig at Mr. Ossoff, who lost a high-profile special election for a House seat in 2017. “Jon Ossoff does two things well: burn through out-of-state liberal money and lose elections.” In a good sign for Republicans approaching the runoff, Mr. Perdue outperformed Mr. Trump in Tuesday’s voting, and Mr. Ossoff trailed Mr. Biden.Mr. Ossoff, 33, tried to portray Mr. Perdue as a flunky for special interests who failed Georgia in a time of crisis and was putting people’s health care at risk by pressing to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Citing reports that Mr. Perdue was trading stocks early in the pandemic, Mr. Ossoff accused the senator of having been more interested in his own financial success than that of Georgians.“Retirement is coming for Senator David Perdue,” Mr. Ossoff said on Friday. “A senator who saw fit to continue to attack our health care in the midst of a pandemic. A senator who told us that this disease that has taken a quarter of a million lives was no deadlier than the ordinary flu while he looked out for himself.”Mindful of the power of the state’s sizable Black electorate, Mr. Ossoff tied himself closely to Representative John Lewis, the civil rights icon and longtime Atlanta congressman who died this year. Mostly, though, he sought to capitalize on a wave of antipathy toward Mr. Trump in a state where the coronavirus has taken a deadly toll. Mr. Perdue, 70, a former chief executive of Reebok and Dollar General who beat his Democratic opponent by eight points in 2014, was initially expected to have an easy road to re-election.But he was weighed down by voters’ displeasure with President Trump’s coronavirus response, and by his own missteps. He faced accusations of anti-Semitism after running a Facebook advertisement that enlarged the nose of Mr. Ossoff, who is Jewish, a move his campaign blamed on a vendor. He struggled to keep up with Mr. Ossoff’s prodigious fund-raising, which exploded in mid-October after Mr. Perdue publicly mocked the first name of Senator Kamala Harris, his colleague in the Senate for nearly four years and the Democrats’ nominee for vice president.“Kah-MAH-lah or KAH-mah-lah or Kamamboamamla — I don’t know,” he said at a rally for Mr. Trump in Macon. Mr. Perdue’s campaign said he had “simply mispronounced” the first name of Ms. Harris, a Black woman of Indian and Jamaican descent. Mr. Ossoff called it bullying and suggested it was racially insensitive.As in his 2014 campaign, Mr. Perdue ran as a Washington outsider, campaigning in a denim jacket rather than the expensive tailored suits he wears in the Senate. The case was harder to make this time given his six-year record there. But he tied his campaign closely to another onetime outsider, Mr. Trump, and pushed ahead. Two other Senate races, in North Carolina and in Alaska, had not yet been called. But Republicans were leading in both and expected to win, putting them at 50 seats to the Democrats’ 48.Both parties were already busy on Friday readying for the nine-week sprint, and they were expected to deluge the state with tens of millions of dollars more in advertising to try to turn out their voters. For Democrats, it will be a bank-shot attempt to harness total control of Washington after a spate of otherwise disappointing congressional elections. Should Mr. Biden win, Republicans will be motivated to deny him the majority, holding onto considerable power to shape at least the first two years of his term and thwarting liberal ambitions.Regardless of what happens, the runoffs were a clear sign of Democrats’ growing power in a once solidly conservative state. After years of predictions, the mobilization of Black voters and movement toward Democrats by educated white women in Atlanta’s suburbs signaled that Georgia’s status as a true battleground state might finally have arrived.- Advertisement – Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 8:30 p.m. ET He has run as a progressive, vowing to expand the Affordable Care Act and push for sweeping changes to policing and the criminal justice system to root out anti-Black bias.Ms. Loeffler, 49, overcame a stiff challenge from Representative Doug Collins, a fellow Republican. She poured more than $20 million of her own fortune into the race and had the backing of the state’s Republican governor and Senate Republicans’ campaign apparatus, who believed Ms. Loeffler’s record as a businesswoman could win back independent suburban voters, particularly women.But the fight to edge out Mr. Collins turned bitter and personal, driving Ms. Loeffler to the hard right. She courted the support of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon conspiracy theorist who won a House seat on Tuesday in Georgia, and took other positions that could be hard to walk back in January even as she tries to reorient the campaign around her success as a businesswoman and record in Washington dealing with the coronavirus crisis.On Thursday, she had already begun attacking Dr. Warnock, giving a glimpse of a playbook that will try to mine his language from years on the pulpit and liberal policy positions to portray him as a pastor in the mold of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., the former pastor of former President Barack Obama, whose “God damn America,” sermon was used to attack the former president.But Republicans are getting a late start. Consumed for much of the year with holding off Mr. Collins, Ms. Loeffler left Dr. Warnock largely untouched as he introduced himself to voters on purely positive terms as a pastor and healer.Anticipating a barrage of attacks on the horizon, Dr. Warnock used his first advertisement of the runoff, a spoof of a campaign-style attack ad, released on Thursday to try to prime voters for what was coming.“Get ready Georgia, the negative ads are coming,” he says. “Kelly Loeffler doesn’t want to talk about why she’s for getting rid of health care in the middle of a pandemic, so she’s going to try and scare you with lies about me.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

KPAI urges govt to decide who gets custody of orphaned children of IS affiliates

first_img“If the closest relatives cannot take care of them, the children must be adopted by another family, or put under the state’s custody if no one can take them,” Retno went on to say.Citing data from the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD previously said that some 689 Indonesians had been identified as IS sympathizers in Syria and Turkey, as well as other countries.Read also: Why Indonesia should bring IS families back homeAccording to the data, some 228 people still hold identification as Indonesian citizens while others do not have proper documents to prove their citizenship. Indonesian authorities have previously suggested that most of the Indonesian IS supporters were women and children. While asserting that the government banned Indonesian affiliates of IS from returning to Indonesia, President Joko “Jokowi” said the government was mulling a plan to bring home orphans under 10 years old.“But so far we still don’t know if there are any,” Jokowi said recently.Retno expressed appreciation for the President’s willingness to bring orphans back to Indonesia, but criticized his decision to limit the age to those under 10 years old.“According to the 2014 law on child protection, anyone below the age of 18 is considered a child,” Retno said. (hol)Topics : The government must decide who will take care of the orphaned children of Indonesian nationals who joined the Islamic State (IS) movement in Syria when they return to Indonesia, the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has said.“The government must decide who will get custody of these children when they arrive in Indonesia,” KPAI commissioner Retno Listyarti said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.She added the government was obliged to put the children in the custody of their closest relatives according to Government Regulation (PP) No. 44/2017 on foster care for children.last_img read more

South Korea starts virus checks on 200,000-plus sect members

first_imgThe vast majority — more than 80 percent — of Wednesday’s new infections were in Daegu and the neighboring province of North Gyeongsang, which between them account for the bulk of the national total.An American soldier stationed at Camp Carroll 30 kilometers north of Daegu tested positive for the virus, commanders said, the first infection among the 28,500 troops Washington stations in the South to defend it against the nuclear-armed North.The 23-year-old serviceman had been put in self-quarantine at his home, US Forces Korea said, adding it was conducting “contact tracing” to determine whether other soldiers had been exposed.The streets of Daegu — population of 2.5 million — have been largely deserted for days, apart from long queues at the few shops with masks for sale.Authorities have urged the public to exercise extra caution, advising citizens to stay home if they have a fever or respiratory symptoms. But they say they are not considering putting the city in lockdown the way China did for Wuhan, where the virus first emerged.Scores of events have been cancelled or postponed as the outbreak has spread in the world’s 12th-largest economy, from K-pop concerts to the start of the K-league football season and the World Team Table Tennis championships, while museums and other public venues have closed.In Daegu, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a meeting the government would “mobilize all resources and means” to try to control the outbreak.South Korea has an advanced medical system, a free press and a strong culture of public accountability, and observers say that its health statistics can be treated with confidence. Topics : More than 200,000 members of a religious sect were being checked for coronavirus symptoms by South Korean authorities Wednesday, as US commanders reported the first case among American forces in the country.Most of South Korea’s novel coronavirus are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, an entity often accused of being a cult.After days of mounting public anger, the secretive Shincheonji group handed over a list of 212,000 members, the government said.center_img Local authorities across the country — which has more coronavirus cases than anywhere else outside China — will check if they have symptoms of fever or respiratory disease and put them in quarantine at home if so, said vice health minister Kim Gang-lip.Shincheonji claims its founder Lee Man-hee has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of judgment.A 61-year-old female member developed a fever on February 10, but attended at least four church services in Daegu — the country’s fourth-largest city and the epicenter of the outbreak — before being diagnosed.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 284 new infections Wednesday — its largest daily increase to date —  taking the overall national tally to 1,261, with the death toll rising to 12.last_img read more

US begins military pullout from two Afghan bases

first_imgThe initial drawdown comes as the Taliban, which see themselves as having achieved “victory” over America, test the Pentagon’s resolve to protect local partners by conducting dozens of low-level attacks against Afghan forces. The US has only responded to a few of these attacks.Under the terms of the withdrawal deal, the Taliban are supposed to tackle jihadists such as the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda, as well as hold talks with the Afghan government that were due to start Tuesday. But Kabul is in disarray and appears unable to present a unified front to negotiate with the Taliban.On Monday, President Ashraf Ghani was inaugurated for a second term following an election that was marred by fraud allegations while his rival, former chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, also declared himself winner and swore himself in as premier in a parallel ceremony.Peace talks were supposed to start Tuesday but have been delayed by a dispute over the release of Taliban prisoners — something the insurgents have demanded as a prerequisite ahead of negotiations, but which Ghani has so far refused to do.Ghani on Tuesday was expected to announce a decree on the issue and reveal details of the negotiating team.Washington has denounced Abdullah’s self-inauguration, urging unity in Kabul ahead of negotiations with the Taliban.”We strongly oppose any action to establish a parallel government, and any use of force to resolve political differences,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, without explicitly naming Abdullah.”Prioritizing an inclusive government and unified Afghanistan is paramount for the future of the country and particularly for the cause of peace,” he added. American forces have started pulling out of two bases in Afghanistan, a US official said Tuesday, the day peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban were due to start despite widespread violence and a political crisis.The United States is keen to end its longest-ever conflict, and under the terms of a deal signed in Doha last month has said all foreign forces will quit Afghanistan within 14 months — provided the Taliban stick to their security commitments.Under the accord, the US is initially supposed to cut its troop presence from about 12,000 currently to 8,600 by mid-July, and close five of its roughly 20 bases across the country. Troops have started leaving one base in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province in the south, and another base in Herat in the east, a US official told AFP on the condition of anonymity.Even with the drawdown, US forces retain “all the military means and authorities to accomplish our objectives”, Colonel Sonny Leggett, spokesman for US Forces-Afghanistan, said Monday, referring to American counterterrorism operations and support for Afghan forces.Helmand, which along with neighboring Kandahar province is considered a Taliban stronghold, is where US and British forces fought some of the bloodiest campaigns of the 18-year war.Omar Zwak, spokesman for Helmand’s governor, told AFP that “20 to 30” foreigners had left Lashkar Gah since the weekend.center_img Topics :last_img read more