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One New COVID-19 Case Reported In Chautauqua County Thursday

first_imgJAMESTOWN – One new case of COVID-19 was reported in Chautauqua County on Thursday afternoon, bringing the countywide total to 27 confirmed cases.Health Department officials say the case involves a woman in her late 60s and a total of five active cases remain in the county.Since yesterday, one person has recovered brining the recovery total to 19.So far, three people have died from complications of the virus. On Friday, county officials are scheduled to hold their weekly press conference update at 3 p.m. Viewers can watch the briefing streamed LIVE on WNYNewsNow.com/LIVE.In Cattaraugus County, the 28th person tested positive for COVID-19.Officials say the male resident resides in the southeastern part of the county and had no significant travel history, but was in close contact with a known positive case. 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

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3 mistakes credit unions make in strategic mergers & acquisitions

first_imgDone right, external growth through a strategic partnership, merger, or acquisition can propel your credit union to the next level, helping you bring value to members and your organization. Although rewarding, external growth can be a complicated process that’s not without risk. Here are the top three mistakes credit union leaders make and how you can avoid them.   Mistake #1: Not having a plan – You may think you’ll know it when you see it, but experience proves this statement to be false. This is like saying you are “thinking about going to the gym.” We all know what that means…you probably aren’t going to the gym. Instead if you sign up for a workout plan, and get a friend to join you, you are much more likely to accomplish your goals. Not having a plan leaves you scrambling to put together the right resources in order to get a deal done and may mean you miss out on key pieces of the complex acquisition process. Solution #1: Use a proven process – If you want to pursue external growth and be successful, you will need to spend some time thinking about what you want  to accomplish and how you will go about doing it. Make sure you have a proven, systematic in place before jumping into action. Spending time upfront planning will go a long way in increasing your chances for success. Mistake #2: Being reactive – Many leaders tend to react to opportunities that come their way rather than seek out the ones best suited to their organizations. We are all busy, so it’s easy to fall into this trap and press the “easy” button, but unfortunately it means you may be overlooking the best growth pathways for your credit union.Solution #2: Be proactive! – Intentionality and focus are what separate mediocrity from excellence. Instead of waiting to hear about an opportunity, start actively seeking out organizations that you want to partner with.  This way you can find a prospect that matches your criteria and will help your credit union accomplish its long-term growth goals. Success comes to those who pursue it relentlessly!Mistake #3: Getting too emotional – It is important not to get too emotionally attached to a prospect that you ignore data that proves this may not be the best decision. While experience and intuition are important parts of the decision-making process, do not rely too heavily upon them as they can lead you blindly down the wrong path.  Solution #3: Be objective – Establish criteria with measurable objectives prior to evaluating prospects to help keep you on track. For example, even if you have a “great feeling” about a prospect located in Montana, if one of your criteria is the organization must be located on the west coast, then you know this prospect is not the right one for you. It can also be beneficial to have an outside advisor who can provide honest feedback and act as a sounding board as you sort through your choices.External growth – partnering with another organization through collaborations, strategic alliances, or strategic acquisitions – can be an excellent way to accelerate your credit unions’ growth. Avoid these three mistakes to increase your chances for success. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Dearing John Dearing is a managing director at Capstone, a leading advisory firm focused on helping credit unions and CUSOs grow through proactive strategic growth programs and mergers and acquisitions. He … Web: www.CapstoneStrategic.com Detailslast_img read more

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Employers inaccurately reporting employees hours

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich –Some employees in Michigan are almost working for free which has prompted an investigation.The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division paid over 49,000 in back wages to four employees.The department determined that the violations for the fire protection and law enforcement employees resulted from overtime requirements of the fair labor standards act.The city failed to recognize and pay overtime to the four employees.According to Spokesperson for WHD, Timolin Mitchell, employers must understand the laws that apply to their employees.For more information about the laws enforced by the wage and hour division, you can visit dol.gov/agencies/WHD.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Blue Cross Blue Shield extends benefits for membersNext Feast of Corpus Christi celebrated at the riverlast_img read more

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Tim Anderson, Randal Grichuk clash on Twitter hours after White Sox infielder’s ejection

first_imgAnderson did not back down.:joy: Put a name on so we can see who you talking bout bra:100:— T A 7 (@TimAnderson7) April 18, 2019Reds pitcher Amir Garrett came to Anderson’s defense, writing he has no issue with what the shortstop did.So last tweet on that. So anyone who faces me and hits a bomb. I expect you to admire your work lol.. but just remember when I get you back I will admire mine as well… ok I’m done.. lol— CountOnAG (@Amir_Garrett) April 18, 2019In the end, this was a mostly stupid feud between a baseball player having fun and other baseball players conflating that joy with disrespect. It also is unlikely to be the last such disagreement over celebrating home runs. The controversy began with a home run and a bat toss from White Sox infielder Tim Anderson. It grew into a testy Twitter exchange hours later between Anderson and Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk.Let’s start with that beginning — the fourth inning blast from Anderson that he punctuated with a bat flip, drawing the ire of the opposing Royals. That play was followed up by Kansas City beaning Anderson later in the game. The benches cleared, and Anderson and Royals pitcher Brad Keller were ejected. Stick Talk :black_heart: pic.twitter.com/z0QEsAYyRc— T A 7 (@TimAnderson7) April 18, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThe incident prompted several players to weigh in on social media about whether flipping bats and watching home runs violates an unwritten code in the game — a question that’s divided the sport for many years. Grichuk seemed to criticize Anderson without mentioning him by name on Twitter.last_img read more

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Be healthy outdoors, part two

first_img  Consider a probiotic such as Acidophilus/Bifidus to stave off a possible parasite problem when travelling elsewhere or spending time in the mountains or camping. Vitamin E, aloe vera gel and calendula cream help heal sunburns.  B complex with higher amounts of B6 will help heal tendonitis in the elbow, wrist and other problematic areas, as well as resultant numbness and tingling.Any type of muscle damage such as bruising or impact injuries heal much more quickly with homeopathic Arnica montana.  Taking it as quickly as possible increases the speed of healing.  Putting a few drops in your drinking water helps prevent muscle fatigue and soreness and speeds recovery time.  Homeopathic Ledum taken under the tongue can minimize a puncture wound by a stick or a rock.Any open wound should first be rinsed out with clean water to remove any dirt, then Calendula succuss or tincture applied.  It is the best tool I’ve found!  We use in the office often for any skin cut/scrape or stitches as well.  We have it in our office as a cream or tincture depending on the issue.  Calendula is not only anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, but also helps to increase the healing process of new healthy skin tissue.  I’ve used it very successfully with stitches.  DO NOT apply salves to an open wound because this encourages bacterial growth and infection!Overheating requires immediate attention with sufficient fluids, shade and possible cooling if needed.Bee stings can be minimized by taking homeopathic Apis and wasp stings minimized by homeopathic VespSprains & strains of ankles/wrists/back/hips/knees can be helped with Traumeel.  This is a homeopathic cream when applied topically, repairs ligament/tendon/ nerve and muscle tissue.  It also reduces swelling and inflammation.  Normal 0 EN-US X-NONE X-NONE false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Here is part two of Brenda Gill’s advice for keeping healty. Remember: it’s still summer, whatever the thermometer says!Discourage those annoying mosquitoes and other biting insects by increasing garlic in your diet or by taking a supplement, such as  Vitamin B1 complex.  I usually have people take 1/d.  I often make up a homeopathic to minimize the reaction to bug bites.  Another useful tool we use is an natural bug spray to minimize the attraction of bugs.  The one I’ve found to be the best is the Citronella Supreme spray.  These should give you some helpful hints for the summer!Brenda Gill is a naturopath practising in Rossland and Nelson, BC.last_img read more

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Curry’s Game 1 shooting captures the imagination of Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Gordon

first_imgIt appears Steph Curry’s touch is back.The Warriors point guard had struggled at times throughout the Western Conference semifinals against Houston, but he found his shot in the second half of Game 6, and it carried over into Game 1 of Golden State’s next series against the Portland Trail Blazers.In a game that badly needed a driving force, Curry provided that jolt of energy by hitting on 9 of his 15 attempts from 3-point range. He led the Warriors with 36 points in their otherwise sleepy …last_img read more

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Africa 4.0: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

first_imgMinister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams The theme for this year’s edition of the World Economic Forum, taking place in Davos between the 22 – 25 January, is Globalisation 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Myself and a delegation of South African Ministers will work other global participants on defining new models for building sustainable and inclusive societies in a plurilateral world.There is no question that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. That it is taking place globally at unpredictably fast rates is common cause. The biggest unknown is the size of the seismic change ahead of us and its impact on the developing world, particularly the African continent.The disruptions that digital technology will bring are expected across industries and all economic sectors, impacting the job market of the future, skills development and education of the workplace and not least, the way we live. For Africa, the Fourth Industrialisation poses massive opportunities, but also some critical risks.Previous industrial revolutions heightened and increased regional divisions and marginalised the most vulnerable societies in the world. It is imperative that governments shape the current globalisation trends to ensure inclusivity and fairness of the Fourth Industrial Revolution through collaboration and partnerships. Strong collaboration and consensus is required between government, academia, science councils, business and labour.With Africa having the world’s youngest population, the most pertinent question to my mind is, “How does Africa, with the development and climate challenges it faces, take its place in a Globalisation 4.0 context?”As Africa’s leading industrialised nation, South Africa has been preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution for several years across various sectors of government. All industries are being digitally disrupted, which presents an opportunity for a growing digital economy. The Fourth Industrial Revolution provides us with a new and unique opportunity to address youth unemployment by adapting our education models to catalyse innovation and upskill the next generation for digital transformation.Industrialisation 4.0Through the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti’s) Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), government has developed several iterations of industrial policy to support Africa’s industrialisation and optimisation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The dti recently established a new Chief Directorate, the Future Industrial Production & Technologies (FIP&T) unit to examine likely impacts and build capacity around government to confront challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.By importing Industry 4.0 technologies and combining them with low costs of production factors, emerging countries can leapfrog in the value chain and solve societal issues, including creating decent jobs.Industries with wide product ranges (such as food and beverages), commodity producers (metals, agriculture) and precision-driven (pharmaceuticals and electronic components) are most likely to invest in Industry 4.0, which is crucial for the South African economy.Early South African areas of response to date include aggressive technology acquisitions, transfer and diffusion of technologies; securing inward investment from global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in key strategic value chains to build global competitive capabilities e.g. Mining and mining capital equipment; fuel cells; aerospace and defence.As government, we have stepped up research and development and commercialisation efforts, led by the Department of Science & Technology and its institutions, in close collaboration with the dti.We are providing a much stronger institutional architecture to support technology transfers – building on excellent examples like the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit at the CSIR. In addition, we have programmes to support innovation, such as tax incentives to encourage acquisition and innovation in production capabilities, new systems, processes, products and exports.Youth, education and jobs for new, smarter economiesMany jobs are threatened by redundancy in the next wave of industrialisation and this pertains to Africa too. Existing jobs are expected to go through step-changes in the skill sets required to perform them. Others job types are expected to grow rapidly but unpredictably.Knowledge and ICT skills will be critical to Africa unlocking future opportunities. Upskilling is essential to ensure economic survival and social consent; a critical responsibility falls on the state and business for continuous, targeted training and re-training initiatives. Governments and business should work to assist workers and communities with the changes required to be part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.President Ramaphosa recently announced, as part of government’s broader strategy to upskill the next generation with digital skills, learners will be equipped with tablet devices to assist e-learning at public schools.Africa embraces Globablisation 4.0We encourage South African companies to consider the rest of Africa as a key market, especially for trade in value-added products that will form part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution value chains. Intra-African trade remains low compared to other major regions in the world such as the EU and Asia. Africa needs to increase its production base of export manufacturing and focus on facilitating the movement of goods across borders in competitive ways.There has been encouraging progress on this front. In July 2018, South Africa joined almost 50 other countries on the continent in signing the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agreement which seeks a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments. With about 1.2-billion people on the African continent, the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement could create one of the largest free trade market zones in the world.Africa has shown its digital leapfrogging capabilities in the past through successful digital transformation – the area where we’re seeing economic growth occur for Africa.To this end, we as a nation are ensuring that we are part of the important global discussions pertaining to the Fourth Industrial Revolution because Africa cannot afford to be left behind.The ITU Telecom World was hosted by South Africa for the first time in Durban in September 2018. The conference attracted 7 000 government Ministers, leaders of multilateral organisations, regulators, business, entrepreneurs and small businesses. We embraced this opportunity because it ensured that Africa’s voice was heard in the important technology discussions which include preparations for 5G networks, impact and ownership of Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity and the risks and opportunities of a smarter world.Another area of focus is connecting the people who remain offline. The Smart Africa Initiative has resolved to launch the One Africa Network, which is aligned to modern thinking in the rollout of infrastructure as the continent strives to connect her unconnected citizens. Training people in digital skills is as important as rolling out infrastructure to cover everyone.In this regard, African countries are rolling out the Internet-for-All programme which focuses on the provision of digital skills, localisation of the internet content and manufacturing and the rollout of infrastructure. Some private sector companies, like Cisco and Microsoft, are partnering with African countries to scale up digital skills training.All these initiatives are important because they facilitate the meaningful participation of Africans in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and empowers us to do so on own terms. Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is the Minister of Communications in South Africa.last_img read more

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Haryana Congress ex-chief Ashok Tanwar quits party

first_imgThe Congress on Saturday suffered a setback as former chief of Haryana unit Ashok Tanwar resigned from the primary membership ahead of the October 21 Assembly polls after alleging “conspiracy to eliminate all leaders groomed by Rahul Gandhi”. Announcing his resignation on Twitter, the former Congress leader posted his four-page resignation letter addressed to party president Sonia Gandhi in which he alleged that the “Congress is going through existential crises, not because of its political opponents but because of serious internal contradiction”.“I, after several months of consideration, tender my resignation from the primary membership of the Congress party, which I nurtured from my sweat and blood. My fight is not personal but against the system which is destroying the grand old party,” the letter said.“In the last few years, numerous conspiracies are being hatched to eliminate all those young leaders who have been groomed by Shri Rahul Gandhi in the last one and half decade. Unfortunately, most victims of this conspiracy may not have the courage to stand up, but I think it is my moral duty to resist, oppose and expose this onslaught.” Mr. Tanwar was upset after being replaced by Kumari Selja and being denied ticket to contest the Assembly polls. On Wednesday, he had openly protested outside the Congress chief’s 10 Janpath residence here, alleging irregularities and corruption in ticket distribution.But his letter has brought to the fore again the divide between the older generation of leaders and the younger lot seen to be close to former party chief Rahul Gandhi. Similar charges were levelled by former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam, former Jharkhand chief Ajay Kumar who joined the Aam Admi Party (AAP), former Tripura chief Pradyot Dev Burman who stepped down from his party post and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu who resigned as a Minister after a tiff with the Punjab Chief Minister. The party, however, played down the conspiracy charges and advised leaders to exercise restraint. Asked about the comments by Mr. Nirupam and Mr. Tanwar, former Union Minister Manish Tewari said on Friday party colleagues should “not resort to kite flying by floating conspiracy theories”.Sources told The Hindu that instead of focussing on inner-party squabbles, the Congress is keen on taking on Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar government with targeted campaigns. After launching Pehle Report Phir Vote (First Report Then Vote) where the Opposition party had asked the government to present its five-year report card, the party has launched the Khattara Sarkar (rickety government) campaign as a pun.“With consistent deceptions & lies, Khattar Govt has shown Haryana that it must do away with #KhattaraSarkar to progress & leave misrule in the past!” tweeted Ms. Selja on Saturday.last_img read more

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