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New York State Expands COVID-19 Travel Advisory List By Ten

first_imgMGN ImageALBANY — Governor Andrew Cuomo has added 10 more states to his travel advisory list.Cuomo announced on a Tuesday conference call 10 more states were added to the coronavirus travel advisory, which requires incoming travelers from these states to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.The new states are Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia, and Washington, making 31 states total after Minnesota was removed from the list.The full updated list of states on the travel advisory: AlabamaAlaskaArkansasArizonaCaliforniaDelawareFloridaGeorgiaIndianaIowaIdahoKansasLouisianaMarylandMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNew MexicoNevadaNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasUtahVirginiaWashingtonWisconsinThe advisory quarantine applies to all people who arrive from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents overnight a seven-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.People caught violating the advisory risk civil penalties of $2,000 to $10,000. 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

Walk for Paws Going Virtual

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) A dog at the Chautauqua County Humane Society. File image by Justin Gould / WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Registration for this year’s Walk for Paws fundraiser at the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s is now underway.Director of Community Relations with the group, Brian Papalia, says because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s fundraiser will be taking place virtually on Facebook live.Papalia says this year has been very challenging for many, including animals that rely on the Human Society’s services.“We are reeling from the COVID shutdown in terms of how it’s affected both finances and operations,” said Papalia. “Adoptions have never stopped, but the work that goes into each one has increased greatly to keep adopters and staff safe and separated. Our 2nd Chances Thrift Store is operating on a limited schedule which has a major impact on funding needed for animal care.” Team and individual registrations are open for the 16th Annual Walk for Paws event at says the humane society will still be offering prizes for fundraisers and those will be delivered through the mail.“We have created some fun activities for folks and their pets to participate in as they fundraise for the homeless pets at CCHS leading up to the virtual walk,” said Papalia.The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to improve and save lives through compassionate care, advocacy for animals, and commitment to the community.last_img read more

Weather Woes | Can Ski Resorts Adapt to Climate Change?

first_imgSeveral resorts across Appalachia are making changes to prepare for warming weather patterns. If climate change is not slowed, ski resorts could see their livelihoods melt away completely in the not-too-distant future. But many resort owners say they are more worried about short-term, season-to-season temperature fluctuations than what their businesses could look like decades from now.“We’re a very weather-dependent industry, and things have been up and down,” says Barbara Green, president of Blue Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. “Last year, weekend visits were probably down about 20 percent. But because of the snowmaking technology we’ve invested in, I think we’re in a really good position to keep on skiing for many, many years.”Tyler Crawford, director of front-end operations at Montage Mountain Ski Resort in Pennsylvania, feels much the same way. “Within the last 10 years, we’ve seen so much weather fluctuation. There’s no consistency.” Still, Montage Mountain is hedging its bets with a zip line, outdoor water park, and other warm-weather options in case the snow season shrinks significantly over time.More and more resorts are coming up with creative ways to attract as wide a swath of humanity as possible—even those allergic to the cold. For example, Beech Mountain Resort in North Carolina offers a host of activities ranging from disc golf to scenic lift rides to a restaurant dubbed “the highest skybar in the East.” And Beech has become the epicenter of downhill mountain biking, attracting the national downhill biking championships to their trails.“Downhill biking has become hugely popular, and people like that our trails are lift-accessible because you’re just riding down the hill,” says Talia Freeman, Beech Mountain’s director of marketing.Other Eastern ski resorts are offering year-round recreation as well, including Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia (backcountry tours, horseback riding, and yoga) and Wintergreen in Virginia (everything from archery to tennis to spa treatments). “We want people to visit us in summer as well as winter—to sort of rebrand ourselves,” says Shawn Cassell, public relations specialist for Snowshoe. Although climate change is also “a factor,” he says it isn’t driving business decisions, at least for now.Then there are climate change skeptics like Chris Bates, general manager of Cataloochee Ski Area in North Carolina. “I don’t believe there’s enough science to say whether we’re in climate change or not,” he says. “Still, I believe in being a good steward of the environment. We should try to leave everything better than we found it.” For Cataloochee, that means common-sense measures like installing efficient lighting, recycling as much as possible, and investing in energy-efficient snowmaking equipment. But climate change itself gets no more than a shrug from Bates. “In the 30 years I’ve done this, I’ve seen up-and-down weather across the board,” he says. “I think I’ve seen it all, and it hasn’t varied that much.”One thing is clear: a lot of money is at stake in the snowsports industry. A 2012 study by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the advocacy group Protect Our Winters, citing data from 2009-2010, found that more than 23 million people participated in winter sports through spending at ski resorts, hotels, restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and gas stations. All that activity pumped about $12.2 billion into the U.S. economy and supported, either directly or indirectly, nearly 212,000 jobs—including thousands in Eastern states like North Carolina (2,445) and Virginia (1,960).Not surprisingly, the study also found that decreased snowfall blunts a lot of that economic impact. For example, between November 1999 and April 2010, Virginia and Maryland saw a combined 19 percent difference in skier visits for low snowfall years compared to years when snow was plentiful. That translated into a $17.9 million difference in ski resort revenue and a $13.6 million difference in added economic value.Regardless of the financial bottom line, Geraldine Link, director of public policy for the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), says her organization is working to fight climate change simply because it’s the right thing to do. The group adopted an official climate policy in 2002 with the goals of reducing the carbon footprint of ski resorts, educating others about carbon emissions, and advocating for climate-friendly legislation. She says 34 resorts nationwide (although only one in the East—Hunter Mountain in New York) have taken up the NSAA’s “climate challenge,” wherein they conduct carbon inventories of their ski areas and set emission-reduction targets that must be achieved with specific actions in a specific timeframe.Despite everyone’s best efforts, climate change may already be an irreversible reality. For this and other reasons, it “makes sense as a business model” for ski resorts to offer warm-weather activities, Link says. “You have all of that infrastructure investment, so why not take advantage of it?” To that end, the NSAA successfully pushed for a 2011 bill that authorized the construction of facilities for four-season use of ski resorts operating on Forest Service land.Resort owners are wise to expand their repertoires, because participation in winter sports is taking a hit. “For decades, the baby boomer generation has been the prime demographic for skiing,” says Larry Weindruch, president of National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association. “That’s starting to change.” According to Weindruch, Generations X and Y aren’t necessarily replacing all of the Boomer skiing aficionados; many younger folks find snow sports inconvenient and expensive, want to start families, or just don’t have the time. The industry is trying to spread the skiing gospel through public relations campaigns, but it’s an uphill battle. “There’s leakage in terms of numbers of overall participants, and we need to do something about it,” he says. In other words, maybe ski resorts have more to worry about than just a warming planet.last_img read more

63rd Annual Windsor Christmas Wrestling Tournament begins Friday

first_imgThe three sessions in which the tournament take place and admission prices are listed below: Thirty-four teams from three different states will be competing in the tournament at the Windsor Central High School. Session 1: Friday at 12 p.m. — $5 for adults, $3 for childrenSession 2: Saturday morning — $5 for adults, $3 for childrenSession 3: Saturday afternoon — $3 for adults, $2 for children WINDSOR (WBNG) — The Windsor Wrestling Program will hold its 63rd Annual Windsor Christmas Wrestling Tournament this Friday and Saturday. Windsor wrestling coach Jeff Nolan says, ” In the past, the quality of wrestling at Windsor has been outstanding. Coaches feel that the tournament is a good indicator of how their wrestlers may do against top-notch competition.”last_img read more

Three negatives and a positive: Problems with coronavirus tests in China

first_imgTopics : Finally, at least, he had an explanation for why he felt so terrible. “I felt like I was dying. You can’t imagine how it feels.”His case is not unique. Similar instances in China and elsewhere have compounded concern over the accuracy of coronavirus testing, even as authorities push for testing as key to handling the crisis.Unreliable testing could undermine strategies not just for stopping the virus but for opening up locked-down economies, as pressure grows on governments around the world to ease restrictions.More than 2.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus globally and about 177,000 have died, according to a Reuters tally.Wuhan, where the new coronavirus emerged late last year, has recorded 50,333 cases and 3,869 deaths as of April 21, accounting for the majority of China’s cases.Nucleic acid testing, on samples swabbed from the back of a patient’s throat or respiratory tract, for the virus’ genome, is the main way cases are detected.The test is not easy to administer and, experts say, and mistakes do happen, such as if too small a sample is taken or if the swab misses a virus-hit spot.”The limitations of these tests need to be recognized, and the need to run regular tests if we want assurance that someone is truly negative, and that they remain so over a period of time,” said Andrew Preston, a lecturer in microbial pathogenesis at the University of Bath.Testing times There is little consensus on what proportion of nucleic acid tests yield false negatives.A survey by Chinese doctors in February looking at samples from 213 patients suggested a false-negative rate of about 30%.Media has also reported cases of people testing negative repeatedly before finally getting a positive result.In February, the People’s Daily newspaper reported on a woman who had fallen ill with pneumonia but tested negative for the coronavirus four times. A fifth test was positive.Wuhan authorities have started testing residents for antibodies. China is conducting an epidemiological survey in nine regions in an effort to determine the full extent of asymptomatic infections and immunity levels.He said he first got tested on March 1 when his chest congestion worsened though he had no fever or cough.X-rays showed his lungs had white blotches, similar to those found in coronavirus patients, but his nucleic acid test was not positive so a hospital declined to admit him.As a precaution, a committee that manages his housing compound put him in quarantine for 14 days.Later, two more hospital tests came back negative so he turned to traditional Chinese medicine and other drugs.Finally, on March 28, he took a fourth nucleic acid test, which was again negative, but he was also tested for antibodies and got confirmation.”I told my story to a doctor and he said ‘you’re so lucky you didn’t die’,” he said in his apartment, where boxes of various medicines were scattered about.His wife, who he lives alone with, has shown no coronavirus symptoms though she has not been tested.He said he believed he was immune and not infectious, though he’s taking no chances and wears an N95 mask and a face shield when going out.”If there’s any possibility that I’ll infect others, I’ll harm them,” he said. “That’s why I’m taking these precautions.” Still, he did not challenge the three negative tests at the time. After all, his wife did not fall sick.But he could not shake off the nagging suspicion that he had the coronavirus and in late March went to a hospital in Wuhan for more tests, including one for antibodies.This time he tested positive.”I didn’t expect it,” the 52-year-old vegetable seller said as he showed Reuters a copy of his test results – positive for antibodies showing exposure to the coronavirus.center_img Trader He Ximing in the Chinese city of Wuhan says he has no idea how or where he caught the coronavirus or why repeated nucleic acid tests showed he didn’t have it.He was not a coronavirus patient, doctors told him, even though he had been having difficulty breathing with what he described as smothering chest congestion from early February.But his condition worried the authorities enough to get him sent to a quarantine center.last_img read more

How to capitalise on the Premium Lager category throughout the seasons

first_imgIntroducing the third ‘Shelf Talk’ by HEINEKEN UK – a series of reports, shedding light on key opportunities in the category and offering tips on how stores can grow their cider and beer sales.The third issue looks at the booming Premium Lager category, observing the key trends shaping the category, providing tips on which sub-categories to stock, and takes a look at the tactics retailers can use to maximise sales. The build-up to winter presents a huge opportunity for premiumisation, so we hope you find this report useful!Below are just some of our findings to give you a taster of what to expect from the full report: Want to find out more? Click here to view the full report.The Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice. By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Notice.last_img read more

Mothers ‘undervalued’ for childcare contribution

first_imgTVNZ 8 Feb 2012A new report into childcare in New Zealand is calling for an overhaul of the system to provide more support for “undervalued” mothers. The report, Who Cares, commissioned by the family group Family First NZ, was prepared by UK psychologist Dr Aric Sigman, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. He argues that attending daycare for an extended time, and the consequent separation from parents, is a significant source of stress for many young children which could have potential long-term consequences for their health as adults. “There is growing evidence of profound beneficial neurobiological effects a mother’s physical presence has on her young child that cannot be achieved by anyone else, including paid childcare workers,” he said. “Mothers have been undervalued. New Zealand should undergo a timely and long overdue re-evaluation of motherhood.” Among his recommendations, Sigman says paid parental leave should be extended to allow parents more time with their children, and the Government’s preference for childcare facilities should be scrapped in favour of providing more help for stay at home mums and dads. “Terms, such as ‘family-friendly policies’, ‘flexi-hours’ and ‘maternity leave’ often amount to meeting the needs of the parent and the economy, not the child,” he said. Family First is welcoming the report, saying it provides important insight into the value of early childhood education – a service the Government has invested heavily in. “This report provides compelling evidence that the political and policy focus has been on the needs of the economy and the demands on mothers, rather than on the welfare of children and the vital role of parents,” National Director Bob McCoskrie said. Peter Reynolds (Early Childhood Council CEO) looks at the report into childcare of  the Children’s Commissioner. (Gives it a B- !!) read more

June 15, 2017 Police Blotter

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Shute, Rust rule IMCA Modifieds at Stuart’s Fever Heat 100

first_imgTyler Soppe led early on but Brayton Carter stormed into the lead on lap six and went on to the easy $1,000 win in the Friday Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod headliner. Soppe held on for second with Johnathon Logue third. Hobby Stocks – 1. Corey Madden; 2. Cox; 3. Jason Kohl; 4. Hemmingsen; 5. Bennett; 6. Hidlebaugh; 7. Ayers; 8. Chuck Madden Jr.; 9. Dixon; 10. Fusselman; 11. Jerry Richards; 12. Korbin Nourse; 13. Nick Foster; 14. Wahl; 15. Pahlka; 16. Leonard Loftus; 17. Coady. Bunch made his move on lap four and went on to the $400 Friday win over Jake Benischek and Fiebelkorn. Stock Cars – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen; 2. Damon Murty; 3. Brad Derry; 4. Jay Schmidt; 5. Keith Simmons; 6. Mike Albertsen; 7. Brandon Pruitt; 8. Buck Schafroth; 9. Devin Smith; 10. Dallon Murty; 11. Josh Daniels; 12. Marcus Fagan; 13. Corey Piffer; 14. Anthony Goldsberry; 15. Kellie Drury; 16. Bob Daniels; 17. Brian Blessington; 18. Chad LeGere; 19. Brock Badger; 20. Chris Pruitt; 21. Jeremy Getler; 22. Ben Walding; 23. Jeffrey Larson; 24. Robbie Merkle. Zevenbergen worked the bottom side of the track Saturday and on lap 19 it would pay off as he took over the top spot and drove off to weekend sweep. Jay Schmidt finished second with Dallon Murty third. Dennis and Braaksma ran up front before Rust raced ahead for the $1,500 checkers. Already on the All-Star ballot, he was chased across the stripe by Braaksma and Dennis third.  By Josh Reynolds Curtis Miller didn’t make it easy for Bunch to repeat as they were door-to-door at the white flag in Saturday’s Mach-1 Sport Compact finale. Derry and Damon Murty put on quite a battle for second but it was all Zevenbergen out front in the Friday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car show. Todd Shute earned opening night IMCA Modified honors, along with $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth, at Stuart Speedway’s Fever Heat 100. (Photos by Jim Zimmerline) Sport Compacts – 1. Bunch; 2. Curtis Miller; 3. Fiebelkorn; 4. Lange; 5. Caine Mahlberg; 6. Richards; 7. Masterson; 8. Shawn Hein; 9. Ryan Brown; 10. Owen Richards; 11. Ashton Blain; 12. Tim Cude; 13. Kimmel; 14. Pinckney; 15. Austin Barnes; 16. Hurley; 17. Casen Keller; 18. Keaton Wenzel; 19. Mills; 20. Jeriray Croy; 21. Josh Modde; 22. Nathan Castellano; 23. Michael Love; 24. Benischek; 25. Zander Steiner. After a late caution erased his Saturday pass for the front, he was fastest in a two-lap shootout and crossed the stripe in front of Cox and Jason Kohl. He worked his way into the lead Friday on the 10th circuit and won ahead of Brandon Cox and Chuck Madden Jr.  Sept. 20 Feature Results Miller made a run but it was Bunch at the line by about two feet for the $600 prize. Miller settled for second with Fiebelkorn third. Madden left town with a pair of $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checks.  Zevenbergen earned $1,000 on opening night and $1,500 on night two. Cody Thompson grabbed the lead near midway and drove off to the $1,500 Saturday win. Tyler Inman finished second with Soppe third.  Modifieds – 1. Todd Shute; 2. Jesse Dennis; 3. Ethan Braaksma; 4. Jeremy Mills; 5. Joel Rust; 6. Matthew Meinecke; 7. Josh Gilman; 8. Jimmy Gustin; 9. Nick Roberts; 10. Kenny Wyman Jr.; 11. Scott Simatovich; 12. Scott Bash; 13. Tony Hilgenberg; 14. David Brown.  Shute used the top side of the track to lead all 25 laps and take the dominating win on Friday, putting his name on the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with the $1,000 victory. Stock Cars – 1. Zevenbergen; 2. Schmidt; 3. Dallon Murty; 4. Mike Nichols; 5. Brandon Pruitt; 6. Schafroth; 7. Damon Murty; 8. Josh Daniels; 9. Bob Daniels; 10. Daniel Hilsabeck; 11. Todd VanEaton; 12. Matthew West; 13. Dusty Van Horn; 14. LeGere; 15. Piffer; 16. Bryan Snell; 17. Chris Pruitt; 18. Derry; 19. Calvin Lange; 20. Gettler; 21. Badger. Northern SportMods – 1. Brayton Carter; 2. Tyler Soppe; 3. Johnathon Logue; 4. Doug Smith; 5. Tyler Inman; 6. Jake Sachau; 7. Mitchell Morris; 8. Dusty Masolini; 9. Cam Reimers; 10. Cody Thompson; 11. Brandon Patava; 12. David Schwartz; 13. Dustin Lynch; 14. Ryan King; 15. Chris Burke; 16. David Johnson; 17. Colton Nelson; 18. Jeremy Van Ede; 19. Tommy Hensley; 20. Bryan Morris; 21. Brett Vanderheiden; 22. Blair Simmons; 23. Jeremiah Reed; 24. Robert Moore. Jesse Dennis finished second and Ethan Braaksma third. Modifieds – 1. Rust; 2. Braaksma; 3. Dennis; 4. Shute; 5. Mills; 6. Gilman; 7. Casey Skyberg; 8. Simatovich; 9. Garett Wilson; 10. Scott Bash; 11. Hilgenberg; 12. Austin Paul; 13. Ashley Schaaf; 14. Chris Snyder; 15. Roberts. STUART, Iowa (Sept. 20-21) – Todd Shute and Joel Rust were IMCA Modified winners while Elijah Zevenbergen, Corey Madden and Mitchell Bunch each swept Fever Heat 100 feature events at Stuart Speedway. Sport Compacts – 1. Mitchell Bunch; 2. Jake Benischek; 3. Tyler Fiebelkorn; 4. Logan Richards; 5. Curtis Masterson; 6. Jade Lange; 7. Terry Hurley; 8. Kristopher Pinckney; 9. David Kimmel; 10. Bruce Hower; 11. Trey Mills; 12. Bubba Brown.  Northern SportMods – 1. Thompson; 2. Inman; 3. Soppe; 4. Cam Meyer; 5. Masolini; 6. Reimers; 7. Matt Webb; 8. Patava; 9. Lynch; 10. Mitchell Morris; 11. King; 12. Hensley; 13. Moore; 14. Matthew Munton; 15. Bryan Morris; 16. Simmons; 17. Reed; 18. Logue; 19. Colton Nelson; 20. Carter; 21. Zach Hovell; 22. Vanderheiden; 23. Garrett Nelson.  Sept. 21 Feature Results Hobby Stocks – 1. Corey Madden; 2. Brandon Cox; 3. Chuck Madden Jr.; 4. Miciah Hidlebaugh; 5. Zach Hemmingsen; 6. Shane Butler; 7. Kevin Bruck; 8. Tanner Dixon; 9. Eric Knutson; 10. Shane Palmer; 11. Richard Pahlka Jr.; 12. Jason Fusselman; 13. Jamie Coady; 14. Rusty Gyles; 15. Solomon Bennett; 16. Matthew Wahl; 17. Adam Ayers. last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds are Batesville bound for Sept. 24-28 Race For Hope

first_imgThe 71-lap feature will be halted for a fuel stop on lap 40. IMCA sponsors supporting the event include AFCO, Hoosier, Schoenfeld Headers, Shaw Race Cars, Performance Bodies and Wehrs Machine and Racing Products. Spectator admission $20 Wednesday through Friday and $25 on Saturday. Pit passes are $30 Wednesday through Friday and $40 on Saturday. Race For Hope will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Drivers who don’t advance to the nightly feature earn points in one of four (B-C-D-E) non-qualifier races.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; sponsor awards will be presented and driv­ers introduced beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the race program to follow.  Saturday’s main event is a qualifier for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speed­way Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region and E3 Spark Plugs Arkan­sas State points will be awarded. The track website is  Batesville Motor Speedway’s third annual Race For Hope 71 is Sept. 24-28, with $15,000 paid to win and a minimum of $2,000 to start the main event. More than 60 drivers will earn at least $1,000 during the Saturday, Sept. 28 program alone.  BATESVILLE, Ark. – One of the biggest races for IMCA Modifieds will also benefit two area non-profit organizations this season.  Saturday’s “D” main pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $400 to start, the “C” main pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $600 to start, and the “B” main pays $4,000 to win and a mini­mum of $1,000 to start.  Top two finishers in each of 15 heats on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday advance to qualifying features that send the top 10 finishers to the inside, middle and outside rows, respectively, of Satur­day’s 30-car starting grid. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. for practice and time trials on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Practice begins at 6:30 p.m. and time trials start at 8 p.m. Pit passes are $20 while admission to the grandstand that even­ing is free. This year, a portion of the proceeds from Race For Hope 71 will be donated to the Miracle League of Arkansas and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Independence County.last_img read more