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January 18, 2021

NY Adds 8 More States To Travel Advisory

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),And how does captain know it all plan to enforce this these are nothing more than tough words people will still do what they want and I believe chautauqua institution is filling up with southerners as he speaks Pixabay Stock Image.ALBANY — Eight more states have been added to New York’s travel advisory.California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee now qualify.Anyone who comes to New York from any of these states must stay in quarantine for 14 days.State officials say these states have positive test rates that are higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average, or a positivity rate of at least 10 percent over a 7-day rolling average. Here is the full updated list:AlabamaArkansasArizonaCaliforniaFloridaGeorgiaIowaIdahoLouisianaMississippiNorth CarolinaNevadaSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasUtahTo file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel advisory, residents are asked to call 1-833-789-0470.last_img read more

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January 17, 2021

Giant Pumpkins

first_imgPeople often associate giant pumpkins with northern states like Michigan and Massachusetts, but Georgia gardeners routinely produce 200- to 350-pound pumpkins. What makes those giant gourds more remarkable is that some of these gardeners are only about one-quarter of the size of their prize pumpkins.This year dozens of Georgia 4-H youths tried their hands at growing mammoth pumpkins and entered them into the 2013 Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest. Ree Daniel of Tift County won first-place with her 252-pound pumpkin. Tift County’s Jasper Utley took second place with a 216-pound pumpkin and Caroline Daniel Brown of Terrell County took third with her 213-pound gourd. This is Utley’s second year taking home the second place prize for his pumpkin. Last year, he grew a 281-pound squash. “All of the participating 4-H’ers did a great a job with producing pumpkins for this contest,” said Tyler Ashley, state 4-H program assistant and pumpkin contest coordinator. “On behalf of myself and the entire the 4-H staff we are so proud of all the 4-H’ers and of the efforts of the Extension agents and volunteers who make this contest a success.” The top three 4-H’ers will each receive a cash prize, sponsored by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association, in recognition of the months they spent tending their plants.4-H organizers like the pumpkin contest because it teaches students the responsibility needed to complete a long-term project, the self motivation and confidence needed to tackle a project independently and the ability to use problem solving skills to persevere against insects, dry spells and pumpkin diseases. But more importantly for the 4-H members, the payoff is the chance to wow their friends and neighbors and have people ask if they can take a picture with their pumpkin.To learn more about the Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest, contact Tyler Ashley at tashley1@uga.edu or (706) 542-4444.last_img read more

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December 31, 2020

India’s Greenko Energy planning $1 billion investment into battery storage sector

first_imgIndia’s Greenko Energy planning $1 billion investment into battery storage sector FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mint:Greenko Energy Holdings aims to invest around $1 billion in a new battery storage business that also includes a plan to produce lithium-ion batteries in India for power grid-scale applications and electric vehicles (EV), said a person aware of the development.The fresh capital for renewables 3.0 investment will be deployed by the Hyderabad-based company to acquire and develop lithium-ion battery technology, and for its manufacturing and application playbook. This comes against the backdrop of the single-largest foreign clean energy investment announcement in India made by Japan’s ORIX Corp. for $980 million in Greenko for a 17% stake.Sovereign funds GIC Holdings Pte. Ltd and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)-backed Greenko’s pivot towards battery storage comes amid India readying its proposed ₹18,000-crore production-linked incentive package for battery storage manufacturing, Mint had reported earlier. India also plans to issue tenders for setting up Tesla-style gigafactories for cell and battery manufacturing.As China dominates the lithium-ion cell manufacturing, India wants to avoid a repeat of events with solar equipment manufacturing where China leveraged its first-mover advantage to capture the market. The value chain comprises processing of raw materials and manufacturing of separators, cathodes, electrolytes, anodes, cells, and battery storage packs.This assumes importance given India’s ambitious clean energy targets and the intermittent nature of electricity from clean energy sources. In such a situation, large grid-scale battery storages can help maintain spinning reserves to support round-the-clock demand for electricity.Greenko is reportedly in talks with Japan’s NEC Corporation to acquire Massachusetts-headquartered NEC Energy Solutions, which holds the intellectual property rights for megawatt-scale lithium-ion batteries. Queries emailed to a Greenko spokesperson on Sunday morning remained unanswered.[Utpal Bhaskar]More: Greenko to invest around $1 billion in new battery storage businesslast_img read more

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December 30, 2020

Spin City: Charlottesville’s High School Bikers are crushing it

first_imgHigh school biking has officially gone mainstream. The National Interscholastic Cycling Association formed in 2009, and it has quickly expanded to 19 leagues in 18 states—including North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, and Pennsylvania.“We expect participation in 2017 will include over 12,000 student-athletes and more than 4,000 coaches, with a number of new leagues also joining us,” says the organization’s president Austin McInerny.Virginia is particularly well represented. The Commonwealth boasts 25 teams, 14 of which are school-affiliated. Many of the teams are affiliated with private schools, but Andrea Dvorak, director of NICA’s Virginia High School League, is working to bring mountain biking to more public schools. “Once we get around eight riders from a specific school district, I can go to the athletic director and explain that NICA will cover the insurance, provide pre-screened certified coaches, schedule competitions—pretty much everything needed to start a program.”In Charlottesville, three public schools—Monticello High School, Charlottesville City High School, and Western Albemarle High School—will begin fielding teams this fall. “Monticello High School came on board early,” says Dvorak. “And due to their success, we’ve been able to use them as a sort of pilot program for the other public schools.”One of the country’s most established and successful high school mountain bike squads is at The Miller School of Albemarle, a private boarding school located in Crozet, Va. The Miller School won the 2016 VHSL state mountain biking championship and is the country’s only school-based program to be recognized as an official “Center of Excellence” by USA Cycling.Training runs year-round and is crucial to the team’s success. “In an endurance sport like mountain biking, offseason training is the most important piece of the puzzle for making improvement,” says head coach Andy Guptill. “Varsity riders are on the bike between two and five hours a day, and in the weight room before classes several mornings each week. Once the season begins, we’re traveling and racing so often that time for constructive training blocks is very limited, so you have to go into the season firing on all cylinders.”The team travels all over the East Coast competing against the country’s top junior bikers. In January, the school’s star rider, Laurent Gervais, signed with the Aevolo Cycling Team, a prominent Under-23 squad in the Union Cycliste Internationale.Interscholastic mountain biking is taking root in North Carolina, too. This spring is the North Carolina league’s first official season, and they’re setting NICA records for participation. With seven leagues and more in the works, Dvorak says discussions about a regional East Coast tournament have already begun. “We think this is the first step in founding a national interscholastic championship series.Nashville’s Dan Furbish Takes a DIY ApproachHigh school mountain biking is dominated by private schools with deep pockets and big budgets, but in Nashville, Tennessee, a group of international high school students got their start racing in hoodies and jeans on self-made bikes. Led by NICA certified coach Dan Furbish, the Nashville International High School Mountain Bike Team—or, as Furbish lovingly calls them, the Bad News Bears—is the result of a partnership between the Oasis community center, Humana, and Halcyon Bike Shop. “[The team] basically started in 2009 as a summer experiment,” said Furbish who, at that time, was working as a counselor for troubled students. “I thought to myself, ‘What if I asked people for a bunch of donated bike parts and then taught kids to put them together?’” The idea quickly blossomed into a full-fledged program supported by sponsors. By providing urban kids with parts and guidance, and helping them build their own bikes, Furbish could give them a means of exercising, a community to participate in, a way to stay out of trouble, and provide them with sustainable and self-reliant transportation. Since its inception eight years ago, over 400 youths have completed the program.The racing team grew out of the program in 2015, when a handful of participants asked Furbish to help them create a competitive squad. “We worked with sponsors to get them uniforms and it was kind of like, ‘Well, here’s the starting line, let’s go see what we can do!’” Just a few years ago, many of them had never ridden a bike. Now they are lining up to race.last_img read more

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December 17, 2020

What disasters should your credit union prepare for in its credit union disaster recovery plan?

first_imgThere are countless threats facing credit unions every day. It’s your duty to plan for as many of them as possible. But you can’t realistically plan for them all. So, which events should you prioritize on your credit union disaster recovery plan?How can credit unions get a little head start during their disaster recovery preparation?Take a little survey.No, not a credit union member survey—a threat assessment survey. The threat assessment survey will help your credit union pinpoint what kind of disaster recovery planning you should aim for. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img

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Raise your shade, raise some money for CMNH and NCUF

first_imgBack by popular demand, CO-OP is launching another #ShadesUpforKids campaign to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the National Credit Union Foundation. Last year’s campaign raised $10,000!What is #ShadesUpforKids?CO-OP Chief Experience Officer Samantha Paxson doesn’t love plane travel, but has found it helps when the window shades are up. And, it turns out she is not alone. “Last year, I received a lot of messages from friends and colleagues empathizing with my feelings about flying with the window shade up, so I decided to see if I could spark a something fun around it – and raise some money in the process.”For every shade raised, selfied and tagged between now and THINK 20 (May 4-7, 2020), CO-OP will donate $10 to both Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the National Credit Union Foundation up to $10,000. The goal is to raise awareness about the power of credit unions helping people in their financial lives, whether that’s protecting families from a financial wipe out due to a child’s medical emergency or enhancing prosperity with ongoing financial wellness. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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December 8, 2020

Authorities investigating multiple scam calls in Cortland County

first_imgThen, authorities say, they ask for numbers on the back of a gift card to be read back to them. The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind people that law enforcement agencies do not call and ask for payments. The sheriff’s office says it is investigating “several complaints” of callers demanding a payment. They say the callers are telling people they will be arrested for money laundering or drug trafficking if they don’t send money to a desired place. They callers are male and female, they say. The call begins with the caller claiming to work for a law office and then they state a case identification number, the sheriff’s office says. CORTLAND COUNTY (WBNG) — The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office is warning individuals of scam callers demanding money.last_img read more

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November 18, 2020

USDA estimates nation has 4 to 7 BSE cases

first_img “The data shows that the prevalence of BSE in the United States is extraordinarily low,” US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Mike Johanns said at a teleconference this morning. Apr 28 USDA news release The estimate is based on testing of about 730,000 cattle since 1999, including 690,000 since June 2004, Johanns reported. The testing program was greatly expanded after the country’s first BSE case was found in a Canadian-born cow in December 2003. Two more cases, both in US-born cattle, have turned up since then. Apr 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – After close to 2 years of expanded testing, the US government is estimating that there are between four and seven cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) among the nation’s 42 million adult cattle. The prevalence estimate comes as the USDA continues to negotiate for reopening of the Japanese market to US beef. Japan banned US beef after the first BSE case was found in 2003. The ban ended in December 2005, but it was renewed in January of this year when some pieces of bone were found in veal imported from the United States. See also: The agency ran several additional sets of calculations to assess the effect of changing certain assumptions and to see what the estimates would be if up to three more BSE cases had been found. The resulting estimates ranged from 1 to 30 cases, and “strongly support the conclusion that the prevalence of BSE in the United States is below 1 case per million adult cattle,” the USDA report says. Johanns said he plans to share the prevalence estimates with Japanese agriculture minister Shoichi Nakagawa next week in Geneva and to explain the process for deciding on future surveillance. “I think he’ll be very, very pleased to see it [the analysis],” Johanns said. The USDA is looking to cut back the BSE testing program, but it will wait for an independent scientific review of the prevalence estimate, Johanns said. The agency hopes the review will be completed by the end of May. USDA used two methods to estimate BSE prevalence. The “BSurvE” method yielded an estimate of seven cases, while the “Bayesian birth cohort” method indicated four cases, according to the agency’s draft report. Dr. Ron DeHaven, administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), said the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has two sets of guidelines for BSE testing: one for initially determining the prevalence of the disease and another for “maintenance” surveillance. USDA will meet or exceed the recommended level of maintenance testing, he said. USDA officials refused to predict exactly how many cattle will be tested for BSE in the future, but they said the number is likely to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 40,000 per year, far below the level of the past 2 years. “Based on the current evaluation we estimate that number will be somewhere in the 40,000 animals per year level,” DeHaven said. The estimates did not factor in the first BSE case, since that was in a Canadian-born cow. With the inclusion of that case, the respective estimates were 11 and 5 cases. In response to questions, DeHaven said the USDA is currently testing 5,000 to 7,000 cattle per week at a cost of roughly $1 million weekly. “I would argue that there’s little justification for continuing surveillance at this [expanded] level once our analysis is affirmed by peer review,” Johanns said. Transcript of Apr 28 USDA teleconference Johanns stressed that the BSE surveillance program “is not part of our food safety protection.” The surveillance is designed to gather enough data to draw statistically valid conclusions about the prevalence of BSE, he said. Food safety, on the other hand, is ensured by the ban on use of nonambulatory cattle and high-risk cattle parts (specified-risk materials) in human food and the ban on feeding cattle protein to cattle, he added. “Science enables us to set a 95 percent confidence level in that estimate,” Johanns said. “In other words, we have an extraordinarily healthy herd of cattle in our country.”last_img read more

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Adriatic.hr presented the results of the 2017 season and awarded prizes to the best hosts

first_imgOne of the leading agencies in Croatia, Adriatic.hr, in its headquarters in Split, held the awarding of the “Star Host” award to the most prominent landlords – its partners in promoting the Adriatic and achieving excellent tourist results.”Star Host” is an award that marks the quality of renters and their accommodation units, and is awarded based on guest reviews and evaluation of business cooperation. This year, the “Star Host” award was won by 110 landlords, and the largest number of the best rated accommodation units is located in Omis and Makarska and on Peljesac.”On the positive example of this year’s winners of the “Star Host” we want to show how professional work, constant recognition and respect for the needs of guests and quality care for the facility are a guarantee of long-term success. In order to make it easier for future guests to find the ideal accommodation, we will add a special “Star Host” label to the Adriatic.hr search engine. We believe that guests will recognize the “Star Host” label as a relevant and credible indicator of the quality of selected accommodation units and their hosts.”Said Leana Čović, Head of the Data Administration Department.Adriatic.hr also presented the results of the record season 2017, completed projects with global partners, as well as plans for the 2018 season. Last year, Adriatic.hr has a contract with 11.465 renters, and 675.345 overnight stays in 2017 were realized through them, which are excellent. the results. “During 2017, we provided landlords with free online registration of their facilities and we improved the interface for existing customers. We have also established direct cooperation with the Airbnb portal and with the leading Hungarian portal Szallas.hu. From 2018, we expect another record season, which will certainly be helped by a partnership with the TripAdvisor group, an interactive map for searching accommodation on our portal and iCal integration for easier management of booking dates on multiple portals.. ” Deni Jelinčić, Head of the Marketing Department, pointed out and added that they are one of the leading agencies in Croatia that provide their services online, and that the agency rightfully carries its motto “The shortest way to the Adriatic”.By the way, according to the Adriatic.hr agency, the guests of the five most popular destinations in Croatia in 2017 were Makarska, Pag, Hvar, Pelješac and Omis in fifth place.last_img read more

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October 20, 2020

Aussie expert to address IPD conference

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