Low-risk Youth Sports Able To Resume Under Phase Three Reopening

first_imgPhoto: Edward N. Johnson / US Army / CC BY 2.0 / PixabayJAMESTOWN – Low-risk youth sports will soon be able to resume play in Western New York.Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Sunday.He says regions in phase three of reopening can begin July 6 with up to two spectators allowed per child.However, other summertime youth activities like overnight children’s camps are still on hold. New York State’s Health Commissioner says that overnight camps are a difficult setting to manage social distancing, face covering and infection control practices.“Overnight camps have congregate settings and sleeping arrangements in close quarters that present too many risks,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “In such a setting, even a single positive case in a camper or staff member could create an untenable quarantine situation and overwhelm camp health personnel that may not be able to handle a serious infectious outbreak of this nature.”Zucker says day camps will be able to reopen on June 29 as long as they are following state guidelines. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Emma Hatton Will Fly High as Elphaba in West End’s Wicked

first_img Hatton’s additional stage credits include We Will Rock You, Dreamboats and Petticoats, When Midnight Strikes, Cinderella and Christmas in New York. The Wicked company is currently undergoing a number of changes, but from October 27 the cast will also include Savannah Stevenson as Glinda, Jeremy Taylor as Fiyero, Martyn Ellis as The Wizard, Liza Sadovy as Madame Morrible, Philip Childs as Doctor Dillamond, Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose, Sam Lupton as Boq, Emma Hatton as Standby Elphaba and Sophie Linder-Lee as Standby Glinda. View Commentscenter_img Emma Hatton (not to be confused with Emma Hunton) is going even greener! The current West End standby Elphaba will step into the main role after Jennifer DiNoia ends her 14-week engagement on January 31, 2015. London’s Wicked is playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.last_img read more

Cow course

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaRaising cattle never was easy. It’s not simple, either.Biosecurity, animal identification and country-of-origin labelingare among the sessions planned for the 2003 Southeast GeorgiaBeef Cattle Short Course Dec. 2 in Statesboro, Ga.Other sessions will cover production improvements, the BeefQuality Assurance program, Johne’s disease, the market outlookand government programs.The program will start with 9 a.m. registration at the Center forAgriculture in Statesboro. It will end at 3 p.m. The cost is $5if you sign up by Nov. 25 or $10 after that.To learn more or get a registration form, contact the countyUniversity of Georgia Extension Service office. Or call TimWilson at (912) 681-5639. Or go to the Web site atwww.ugabeef.org.last_img read more

2014 Farm Bill

first_imgGeorgia farmers can no longer bank on subsidized payments from the federal government.Due to the new farm bill, which passed the Senate on Tuesday, the farm subsidies that are issued annually to producers around the country have been eliminated, including counter-cyclical payments. Both were part of a safety net that protected farmers’ income.Don Shurley, ag economist with the University of Georgia, believes this was a financial but expected blow to farmers.“They’re not going to like it in the sense that it appears there’s probably going to be less money coming in, but I think most farmers know the reality and were expecting this,” Shurley said. “I think they understand the reasons for it and are OK with it.”Direct payments were classified as decoupled — payments farmers received that weren’t tied to market prices or the farm’s actual production. Counter-cyclical payments depended on the market and were received only if prices dropped below certain levels. This safety net of direct and counter-cyclical payments has been in effect since the 2002 farm bill.The amount of the direct payment issued to farmers varied with commodities and was calculated based on historical acres and yields.“A farm with a 3,000-pound payment yield for peanuts would have had a higher direct payment than with a 2,500-pound payment yield,” said Nathan Smith, ag economist at the UGA Tifton campus. “Same thing with corn, and same thing with cotton. They all worked the same. But most of that money was probably going into land rent, if they didn’t own the land.”Land rent is another facet of agriculture that could be affected from the impending farm bill. As Shurley points out, land rent has inflated over the past decade. He believes land rent increased as a result of the direct payments.“Landowners upped the rent to try to capture some, if not all, of that direct payment. So, it’s questionable if the farmer ever saw the money anyway,” Shurley said.With not as much money coming into farmers’ future incomes, will land rent remain inflated? Shurley and Smith believe so.“I think farmers will realize that there’s less money coming in, and they may go out and try to farm even more acres now than they did before to make up for the difference,” Shurley said. “That competition will keep land rent up.”Smith said, “Lets just say the direct payment was $45 per acre. Will we see land rents come down $45 per acre? No, it might come down some, but they’re not going to come down $45 per acre.”Eliminating these payments was a necessary provision in this year’s farm bill, Senator Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said in an interview with the New York Times.“Instead of getting a government check even in good times, farmers will pay an insurance bill every year and will only receive support from that insurance in years when they take a loss,” Stabenow said.Another major change in the farm bill is a reduction of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The bill is expected to reduce food stamps by $8 billion over the next decade. For an estimated 850,000 recipients, food stamp payments will be $90 less per month.“Everybody across the board took a cut. The farmers took cuts. Conservation took a cut, food stamps, or the SNAP program, took a cut,” Shurley said. “There’s not nearly as much money going into anything as there was under the old farm bill.”The Agricultural Act of 2014 now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature.last_img read more

The leaders in online banking penetration

first_imgThe cooperative financial services industry counted 5,492 credit unions among its ranks as of Dec. 31, 2018. Versus one year prior, that’s 197 fewer institutions, 194 of which were merged or acquired. The year closed out with 3,376 federally chartered and 2,116 state-chartered credit unions.Despite continued consolidation within the industry, credit unions still operated 21,204 branches throughout the country. At year-end 2018, credit unions served on average 5,600 members per branch. The average amount of deposits per branch was $58.5 million. That’s an increase of 4.6% from 2017 as deposit growth outpaced branch growth.But over the years, delivery channels have evolved to include much more than brick-and-mortar branches. An increase in demand for technology combined with falling branch traffic has prompted credit unions to scale back the square footage of branches and incorporate technology into daily operations.Credit unions operated 16,117 ATMs throughout the country as of Dec. 31, 2018. That’s an annual increase of 2.8%. Also as of Dec. 31, 62.1% of U.S. credit unions reported having mobile banking offerings. Seventy-two percent reported offering e-statements, which is the most popular electronic service. Other common electronic services include bill pay, new member applications, and new loan applications. At year-end, 66.7% of credit unions offered bill pay. For new member and loan applications, 40.8% and 54.9%, respectively, offered those through the virtual channel. With more members on the go, remote deposit capture is also becoming more important. Adoption rates of this service more than doubled annually, from 20.1% as of Dec. 31, 2017, to 43.7% at year-end 2018. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Neighbors arrested after one fires shot during dispute

first_imgPolice report the dispute between Merwin and Chase got physical. Merwin is accused of hitting Chase with a wooden fence and using his vehicle to damage an electric fence. Chase is accused of firing a gun into the ground during the dispute. Police also charged 37-year-old Jeremy L. Chase of Harpersfield with criminal possession of a weapon, a felony; reckless endangerment in the 2nd degree, menacing in the 2nd degree, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors. (WBNG) — New York State Police at Oneonta arrested two neighbors after troopers responded to dispute in the town of Harpersfield, N.Y. Authorities said troopers and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office were called to Austin Road in the town of Harpersfield after a report of a dispute and a shot being fired.center_img According to a news release, police charged 39-year-old Daniel I. Merwin of Jefferson, N.Y. with assault, a felony; menacing in the 2nd degree, criminal mischief in the 4th degree, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors. Merwin and Chase were scheduled to appear in court at a later date and were issued orders of protection against each other.last_img read more

Arsenal name price for contract rebel Folarin Balogun

first_imgArsenal name price for contract rebel Folarin Balogun Advertisement Comment Advertisement Balogun looks set to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have set a price for contract rebel Folarin Balogun – and are willing to let him leave for £8million this summer. Balogun has refused to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Emirates and is willing to run down his contract to leave on a free. Mikel Arteta was keen for him to stay, but Balogun is concerned over the opportunities he will be afforded in the first team. His contract expires at the end of next season and, with him looking to leave on a free transfer, Arsenal are now considering to let him leave this summer. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBrentford, who are one win away from the Premier League via the Championship play-offs – they face Fulham in Tuesday’s final – are at the front of the queue to sign him. However, Arsenal’s price is considered to be high, according to Sky Sports. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 9:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Arteta wants to keep him at the club (Picture: Getty)The price is viewed as inflated as he is yet to make his debut for the first team, while he has only one year left on his contract. Liverpool are among the clubs who have tracked his progress, while some of Germany’s top sides are also interested.Arteta admitted last month that he wants to keep the youngster at the Emirates.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDiscussing his future and that of fellow academy graduate Bukayo Saka – who has since signed a new deal, Arteta said: ‘‘I’m not worried because I know the club is trying to keep them.‘They know how much I like working with them and hopefully we can find agreements with them.’Who will win the FA Cup final?Arsenal0%Chelsea0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Universities Superannuation Scheme sees year-end deficit top £11bn

first_imgThe scheme noted that the yield volatility had continued after the March date of the valuation, and that liabilities had fallen to £45.8bn by the end of June, although assets under management also declined by £700m from a peak of £38.6bn.It said: “There has been a high level of volatility in the scheme’s funding ratio in the months since March.“As at the end of June, the funding ratio had improved to 83%, which reflected a funding deficit of £7.9bn, with considerable fluctuation in the intervening three-month period.”Addressing its members, the scheme’s funding statement added: “USS has always taken a long-term view in its funding approach to the scheme, supported by the unique and enduring nature of many of the scheme’s sponsoring employers.“That said, these are undoubtedly challenging times, and the trustee board is working with the employers to review their ongoing flexibility to meet USS commitments in light of wider financial, economic and sectoral changes that might impact them.”It said the review would “inform” the trustee board’s future discussion with sponsors over the long-term funding proposals, set to be updated once the next triennial valuation in March 2014 has been finalised.According to the fund’s annual report, also released today, its investments returned £1bn over the course of the last year, while the assets’ £3.5bn increase in market value accounted for the remainder of the £4.5bn increase in investments.Over the course of the last year, the fund has noticeably increased its fixed income holdings, rising by 8 percentage points to 24% of total assets at the end of March.Its exposure to alternative investments and property remained broadly unchanged, while its overseas equity exposure fell by 4 percentage points to 2011 levels.However, the fund has noticeably de-emphasised domestic equity holdings despite several of its largest listed investments including UK-based companies.Since March 2011, its exposure to UK equities fell from 22% of assets to just 16%, despite a 1.2% stake in HSBC and a 0.79% stake in Vodafone. Volatile Gilt yields have seen the Universities Superannuation Scheme’s deficit increase to £11.5bn (€13.6bn) at the end of the most recent financial year, only to fall by £3.6bn in the following three months, according to its latest funding statement.The UK’s second-largest pension scheme said its funding ratio remained stable at 77% in the 12 months to March, but that the increase in liabilities – rising by nearly 15% – outpaced asset growth.The statement stressed that the £37.9bn scheme’s investments had performed well since the most recent triennial valuation in 2011, at which point actuaries measured a £2.9bn deficit.The two years since saw assets increase by £6.2bn to the end of March, while liabilities rose nearly £15bn over the same period to £50.1bn.last_img read more

State police search for Sunman battery suspects

first_imgSunman, Ind. — The Indiana State Police are appealing to possible witnesses in order to find two suspects in a weekend bar fight in Sunman.A report from the Indiana State Police says troopers and deputies from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department responded outside Whipple’s Bar at 2 a.m. Saturday. Police say four people were involved in a physical altercation.As a result, Shane M. Brown, of Lawrenceburg, was taken to Margaret Mary Health then flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital due to head injuries. Brown has been released and is recovering. Andrew Hammann, of Sunman, refused treatment at the scene and later sought care.Police say any information about the suspects or possible witnesses can be left confidentially by calling 812-689-5000.last_img read more

La Liga side suspend preseason training after Covid-19 outbreak

first_imgLa Liga campaigners Atletico Madrid have opted to suspend their preseason training camp in San Rafael due to a rumoured Covid-19 positive test.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To Date However, as per reports from Marca, an ‘auxiliary’ player has tested positive following a mandatory round of PCR testing at the team hotel on Thursday.No other tests returned as positive, with the individual now entering into a 14-day self-isolation period, with the first team squad set to undergo a further round of testing next week in Madrid.center_img Diego Simeone’s side have spent the last week training in the Segovian town as part of their late summer preparations for the 2020-21 La Liga season. Read Also: Lionel Messi gifts blind boy life-changing glassesLos Rojiblancos first game of the domestic campaign at home to Sevilla has been postponed due to the Andalucian side’s success in the Europa League last month.Simeone’s team will now kick off their delayed 2020-21 La Liga season with a home game against Diego Martinez’s Granada on September 27.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more