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Investigators Release Cause Of Lakewood House Fire

first_imgStock ImageLAKEWOOD – Fire investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office have revealed the cause of a house fire that occurred at 40 Ohio St. Friday morning.Investigators say the fire was accidental and that it started in the wall next to the fireplace which spread to the walls upstairs. Authorities add that none of the residents were injured.The Lakewood Fire Department and Lakewood-Busti Police Department responded to the scene. 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

James Earl Jones Eyes Broadway Return in You Can’t Take it With You

first_img View Comments James Earl Jones could be returning to the Great White Way in a revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s You Can’t Take it With You. According to Showbiz 411, the two-time Tony winner will play the grandfather in the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, with Michael Wilson on board to direct. Jones received Tony Awards for Fences and The Great White Hope, and nominations for On Golden Pond and The Best Man. His other Broadway credits include Othello, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Of Mice and Men and The Iceman Cometh. His many film roles include Clear and Present Danger, Field of Dreams and The Man. You Can’t Take it With You introduces audiences to the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. The show debuted at the Booth Theatre in 1936 and was last revived on Broadway in 1983. You Can’t Take It With You Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 Related Showslast_img read more

Safer beef products

first_imgUniversity of Georgia scientists were awarded a five-year $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study ways to kill foodborne pathogens on beef before it arrives on supermarket shelves and in restaurant kitchens.The research project focuses on six different processing technologies at meat processing facilities to determine if they are effective and feasible to adopt across the industry. Technologies examined during the project will include infrared radiation, electrolyzed water, radio frequency, a levulinic acid plus sodium dodecyl wash, UV activated TiO2 photocatalysis treatment and germicidal UV light. Inactivating pathogensLed by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences professor Yen-Con Hung, the food and animal scientists will work to inactivate Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, or STEC, and noroviruses on beef.“Since January 2000, more than 20 million pounds of beef have been recalled in North America,” Hung said. “A 2003 U.S. study estimated the annual cost of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses to be $405 million. This estimate includes $370 million for premature deaths and $30 million for medical care.”Cattle have been implicated as the primary reservoir of STEC, which can infect people who eat ground beef or dairy products contaminated by cattle feces.Fighting noroviruses“Human noroviruses account for an estimated two-thirds of all disease caused by foodborne pathogens,” Hung said. “Norovirus contamination of food can occur anywhere along the farm-to-fork continuum by human contact or contact with contaminated water.”Harald Scherm, CAES assistant dean for research, says grants such as this are invaluable for the continued success of agricultural research, especially as agriculture colleges like CAES face continued cuts to standard funding. Over the past three years, CAES’s budget has been cut by 25 percent.”This award speaks to the quality of our programs in food science and technology as well as food safety, which are top-ranked in the nation,” Scherm said. “The breadth and depth of these programs allows our scientists and their collaborators to address objectives ranging from basic research on pathogen inactivation to extension education and pilot plant testing with equipment and meat industry partners.”The U.S. food supply is considered to be one of the safest in the world. However, 48 million Americans become sick each year due to foodborne illnesses, according to USDA reports.A joint effortThe CAES researchers will work with scientists from the UGA Physics Department, the USDA Meat and Animal Research Center and Texas A&M University. An advisory board comprised of beef processors, food processors, grocery store chain representatives, regulatory agencies and industry representatives will also work together with scientists on the project.Awarded through the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, the grant is administered through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. It is one of 24 grants awarded in an effort to reduce foodborne illnesses and deaths from microbial contamination.“The success of this project will help ensure consumers’ safety when consuming non-intact beef products and ready to eat products, like deli meats,” Hung said.last_img read more

Editorial: A Train-Load of Trouble Rolls Toward Oakland

first_imgEditorial: A Train-Load of Trouble Rolls Toward Oakland FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the San Francisco Chronicle:The plan to ship 9 million tons of coal annually through West Oakland must be stopped. It’s bad enough that it’s environmentally threatening, fiscally dubious, and the product of duplicity and political chicanery.Even worse is the fact that a significant amount of public money is being invested in this ill-advised scheme.“This is a very bad idea on many, many levels,” said state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, author of legislation attempting to stop the coal-export facility at the former Oakland Army Base.“It undermines everything we’ve been doing for the past decade now to try to contain climate change,” Hancock added. “No. 1, it makes us look hypocritical.”And more than a little foolish — if not craven.Remember, Gov. Jerry Brown was at the international climate talks in Paris last December to extol the state’s innovation in reducing carbon emissions — and to implore the rest of the world to follow suit.A coal plant in China — where much of the coal going through the new Oakland depot would presumably be headed — would have the same impact on global warming as one in the Golden State.We invoke the governor’s own words of wisdom from last year:“It doesn’t make sense to be shutting down coal plants and then export it for somebody else to burn in a more dirty way,” he said. “But what we need is a national plan to reduce all fossil fuels. Certainly, coal would be at the top.”The climate impact alone should be enough to give anyone pause about a plan to ship coal on railroad lines from Utah to be loaded at the new Oakland shipping facility. But then there is the concern about local pollution, which is one of the reasons Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland City Council members and the Port of Oakland oppose the project.“Stop it immediately,” Schaaf wrote in a May 2015 email to the project’s well-connected developer, Phil Tagami, adding, “If you don’t do that soon we will all have to spend time and energy in a public battle that no one needs and will distract us from the important work at hand.”The battle has only escalated since then.It’s important to note that Tagami for years had vigorously denied rumors that coal shipments would be part of this $800 million cargo facility. In a December 2013 newsletter, he accused critics of spreading misinformation because his real estate firm had “no interest or involvement in the pursuit of coal-related operations at the former Oakland Army Base.”It’s now abundantly clear that coal is a key element of at least the near-term plans for the rail-to-ship transfer facility. In a March 14 Open Forum piece, a partner in Tagami’s company suggested that the “political threats to block coal” amount to “a taking of vested rights.”“Today it’s coal; tomorrow it’ll be wood pellets; and next week it will be genetically modified grain,” wrote Mark McClure of California Capital and Investment Group.Yes, today it is coal — one commodity the developer had specifically promised to exclude, in response to concerns about of its local and global environmental impacts.The questionable policies go well beyond Oakland. The Utah Legislature, looking to help get its state’s coal to foreign markets, just voted to commit $53 million in state money to help build that deep-water port in Oakland.Here’s where that deal really smells:The money is coming out of a fund from federal mining royalties that is supposed to be go to local projects in rural communities for roads, parks, public buildings, water and sewer systems. To get around that legal requirement, Utah legislators approved a scheme to dip into sales-tax revenue earmarked for transportation for the $53 million, put it in a newly created account — and then immediately reimburse it from the royalty fund.Utah’s Senate Democratic leader, Gene Davis, was quoted in the Salt Lake City Tribune as calling it “a shell game.”From a fiscal standpoint, considering the world’s shift away from coal — even in China — perhaps the best question of all was posed by Rep. Joel Briscoe, a Salt Lake City Democrat: “If this is such a great financial investment … where are the banks stepping up to fund this program?”California’s leaders need to intensify the pressure to keep coal shipments out of Oakland, whether it takes legislation, lawsuits or the project overseers simply recognizing the need to keep a promise.A trainload of trouble rolls toward Oaklandlast_img read more

Fridays On The Fly: Fly Fishing Saves Lives

first_img“Those first few months after the accident, I was losing the battle. And then I tied my first fly.”It’s no secret that fly fishing not only changes lives but saves them as well. Fly fishing has helped disabled veterans with PTSD, people combat depression, and troubled youth find a creative outlet. There is just something about it. It’s meditative, healing, and unbiased. Fly fishing doesn’t care who you are or where you are from. It doesn’t care about your age or the color of your skin. Whether you consider it an art, a sport, or even therapy, fly fishing is loved by all for the same reason. It’s a passion. It’s a way of life.In this video by Orvis, we meet Joey Maxim, a [then] 16-year-old who found his way back to life from the brink of death through fly fishing. A basketball, soccer, and lacrosse player, Joey was an active kid. He was a Straight-A honor student and aiming to go to Westpoint.On their way home from a birthday party, Joey and his friends crashed into a tree. He suffered two collapsed lungs and aspirated. He wasn’t breathing. His recovery was bleak. After having your passions taken away from you, starting life over is unimaginable at any age. Fly fishing gave Joey a second chance.Check out Joey’s story and learn about his incredible recovery process below.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

3 characteristics you need to succeed

first_imgSuccess doesn’t look the same through everyone’s eyes. For some, success looks like a money bin full of gold coins that you can swim in. Okay maybe that’s just Scrooge McDuck. But money isn’t how everyone sees success. Some see success as happiness. Some see success in leaving their mark on the world around them. There are a lot of characteristics that can affect your level of success, but here are three that may be the most important…You have to have drive: If you don’t have the desire to be successful, you’ll never reach your goals. Think about what’s important to you and how much you want to achieve it. If you’re lacking the drive for what you’ve always considered “success”, maybe you’ve changed. Figure out what you really want and go get it.You have to believe in yourself: Henry Ford once said “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t … you’re right.” You’ll never reach your destination if you don’t believe in yourself. Whether it’s a work goal or a personal goal, surround yourself with supportive people who want to see you succeed. The looking-glass self is a concept coined by sociologist Charles Horton Cooley which says that people develop their concept of self by seeing how they’re perceived by others. Think about the people around you. Are they helping or hurting your chances at success?You have to be persistent: Success isn’t easy. Well maybe for a Kardashian, but to the rest of us, it takes a lot of hard work. And we all know that hard work isn’t easy. There will be roadblocks that get in your way. There will be times when you feel like giving up and throwing in the towel. If you want to achieve the kind of success that your heart truly desires, you have to keep fighting for it. The old proverb says “if you fall down 7 times, get up 8.” And I know what you’re thinking … that math doesn’t add up. Hey I’m with you. But the point is, every time you’re feeling down, you’ve got to take Curtis Mayfield’s advice and “Keep on Keeping On.” 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

How will Joe Biden change US trade relations?

first_imgFor example, while President Trump viewed the World Trade Organization with suspicion and derision, there are hopes that Mr Biden will focus instead on encouraging reform and modernisation of the organisation, which policies global trade. 3: A reset of the EU trade relationship The spat between US aircraft maker Boeing and European rival Airbus over claims of unfair state help preceded President Trump. But it was he who decided to levy tariffs on $7.5bn (£5,7bn) worth of European luxuries in response. Five questions for Joe Biden on the economy‘Let’s work together!’ World reacts to Biden winFive reasons Biden won the electionWhy Donald Trump lost Chinese handbags, French wine and Scottish cashmere: all have been weaponised by President Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed tariff man. 2: Same dream, different means Ultimately, while there is potential for a change in trade stance from a new president, his bulging domestic in-tray may distract him for some time. That is likely to mean offering an olive branch to the EU, with an offer to pour (lower tariff) oil on troubled waters. Here’s five things to be aware of: Mr Biden prefers the idea of strength in numbers – a multilateral approach – by getting traditional allies onside. With US unemployment having more than doubled during the course of the pandemic, promises to bolster livelihoods on home soil have a potent appeal. Related Topics Mr Biden’s pledges include penalising US firms that move jobs abroad. And like Mr Trump, he harbours concerns over China’s ambitions and way of doing business. There is more to trade than shipping containers lining ports. That was after the UK’s proposed Internal Market Bill risked the imposition of a physical customs border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Irish border sign

Larger Dutch schemes remain wary despite progress on funding ratios

first_imgHowever, Henk Brouwer, ABP’s chairman, noted that the scheme’s funding needs to increase by another 0.9 percentage points to reach the required minimum level of 104.2% by year-end.“Although the danger of a rights discount has decreased, it has not disappeared altogether,” he said.Meanwhile, the coverage ratio at €134bn healthcare scheme PFZW, due in part to a quarterly return of 1.2%, rose to 107% at September-end.Peter Borgdorff, PFZW’s director, said: “With this level of funding, it seems our recovery target is feasible.”However, he stressed that the financial position at the end of this year would be the criterion for any future measures.“The financial markets still fluctuate significantly, causing a recovery in fits and starts,” he said.“This underlines the importance of new pension arrangements that allow for better smoothing out of large fluctuations.”Even the pension fund for the building sector, bpfBouw, remained cautious, despite its funding rising to 109.7% and its announcement that a rights discount was off the cards for next year.“Interest rates and financial markets are not stable enough yet to be confident of a permanent recovery,” it said.BpfBouw reported a quarterly return of 1.1%, with equities returning 3.8% and real estate 0.1%.It said it lost 0.1% on its fixed income portfolio and 0.6% on alternatives.In addition, it generated a negative result of 0.9% on its interest hedge, following rising rates.Although the €32bn metal scheme PME saw its funding improve by 5.3 percentage points to 101.9%, it is still 1 percentage point short of its mapped out recovery to the minimum required coverage of 104.3% by year-end.As a result, the possibility of a second rights cut is still real, the pension fund conceded.PME already had to apply a 5.1% discount in 2012.It said it returned 0.8% on investments over the last quarter, with positive returns on equity (4.6%), property (0.2%) and alternatives (2.6%), and a loss of 0.3% on its fixed income investments.Despite a funding increase of 5.2 percentage points to 101.5%, the €48bn metal scheme PMT is still 1.3% percentage points short of its recovery path.Guus Wouters, PMT’s director, said the scheme was already anticipating a second rights cut, following a discount of 6.3% last year.He said the pension fund was trying to improve its coverage ratio through cost cutting, adding that it had already driven down asset management costs to 0.49%.The metal scheme reported a quarterly return of 0.5%, taking its year-to-date return to -0.4%.The Pensions Federation also warned against “unfounded optimism” and underlined that any discounts would depend on pension funds’ financial position at 31 December.Referring to the political situation in the US, Gerard Riemen, the federation’s director, said: “The financial markets are not stable.” The large Dutch pension funds remain cautious and are refusing to exclude rights cuts at year-end, despite a significant improvement of their financial position over the third quarter.On the back of rising long-term interest rates – causing a reduction of liabilities – as well as positive returns on investments, the schemes saw their coverage ratios increase by approximately 6 percentage points.With a quarterly return of 2.1%, the €293bn civil service scheme ABP reported the best result, leading to a year-to-date return of 3.7%.ABP’s funding rose by 6.2 percentage points to 103.3%.last_img read more

Husky’s SeaRose FPSO remains shut after November 2018 oil spill

first_imgOil production from Husky Energy’s SeaRose FPSO remains suspended almost two months after some 250.000 liters of oil spilled from the oil field in the Atlantic Ocean, offshore Canada, in what was Canada’s worst ever oil spill.SeaRose FPSO; Photo by: Berardo62; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseAccording to Husky’s investigation findings in December, the oil spill – for which Husky said it was sorry –  happened when a flowline connector failed near the South White Rose Extension drill center, approximately 350 km east of St. John’s.In an update on Monday, January 7, Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said: “Shutdown maintenance activities are ongoing at the SeaRose FPSO, and production operations remain suspended. Vessel, satellite and ROV inspections at the South White Rose Extension are continuing.”C-NLOPB said its focus was on reviewing Husky’s plan for plugging of the flowline and recovery of the failed flowline connector to ensure the work can be carried out in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.“Husky has submitted a plan to deal with the separated subsea flowline and will meet with C-NLOPB staff this week to review. The plan must be approved by the C-NLOPB and partner agencies before being implemented. The C-NLOPB continues its investigation into the mid-November incident,” C-NLOPB said.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Government committed to improving potable water system on the Island

first_imgLocalNews Government committed to improving potable water system on the Island by: – April 13, 2011 Share Share Tweet 49 Views   no discussionscenter_img Hon. Prime Minister Rosevelt SkerritHon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit has committed his Government to providing the entire country with potable water. He said attention will be given to the communities of Belles, Penrice and Sylvania.“I have been told that Dominica has about ninety-six percent (96%) coverage so far as access to potable water is concerned. The only communities in Dominica which do not yet have a reliable supply of water are Belles, Penrice and Sylvania. I say publicly that the Government of Dominica will make the resources available to DOWASCO to implement that water supply project that we can have hundred percent (100%) coverage in Dominica.”The Prime Minister said that his Government recognises the importance of providing water to all communities across the country and over the next few years will work on making that a reality.“When I go across Dominica I see a number of villages including Delices, Campbell, Penville, Warner, Marigot North End area with new water systems. Bense will start very soon in the next couple months. In the Morne Bruce area, the whole of Roseau, the whole of the west coast from Capuchin down to Scott’s Head there are complaints about the reliability or the lack therefore of the water supply. We have started addressing this in a frontal manner. We have no doubt we will complete the total rehabilitation of all the water supplies in Dominica over the next few years.”In the meantime, effective May first 2011, customers of DOWASCO will be charged new rates for water and sewerage services. The new charges will be reflected on bills issued in May.Chairman of DOWASCO, Larry Bardouille said that the decision by his company to increase water rates next month by fifteen percent (15%) was taken in order to sustain the quality of service provided by the company.Bardouille spoke about the new increases when he addressed residents of Petite Savanne at the commissioning of a water supply project there last Friday.“We are speaking about across the board but fifteen percent (15%) is just a number. We are actually talking about two dollars and change on your basic monthly bills and in some instances, four dollars and something depending on your consumption. With the commercial and sewage, there are different rates. However we need to bring the best that we can bring and try to make the company sustainable while providing services of a very important commodity. At the moment we are pretty much running like a charity supported by the Government and we have to try to sustain the company. We will never become a profitable entity at DOWASCO but water is so important for life and our development that we have to continue to provide services no matter what the cost.”The monthly water rate for domestic metered customers will be ten dollars and twelve cents (XCD$10.12) per one thousand (1 000) gallons and sewerage service will be charged at twenty dollars and thirty cents (XCD$20.30) per residential unit.Commercial and industrial metered customers will be charged at the rate of thirteen dollars and fifty-seven cents (XCD$13.57) per one thousand (1 000) gallons of water and sewerage rates will be forty-five percent (45%) of water consumption with a minimum of forty-five dollars (XCD$45.00) and a maximum of three thousand dollars (XCD$3 000).Customers with unmetered connections and only one fixture will pay twenty-eight dollars and seventy-five cents (XCD$28.75) monthly while unmetered customers with more than one fixture will pay forty-eight dollars and thirty cents (XCD$48.30).Meanwhile Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the decision to increase the water rates across the board was necessary.“We decided to go ahead with one year in the first instance and see how things to and consider the second year. I want to say publicly to DOWASCO that this is a deliberate decision that the Government has taken. The other option we had was to keep the rates at the level and send many of you home. We decided to keep you and ensure that we can improve the efficiency of the water supply. Because we are satisfied with the management of DOWASCO and the commitment and dedication of the staff, we decided to ask Dominica to bear with us for a slight increase. DOWASCO will never be able to break even based on the investments we are making in improving the water supply in Dominica.”Minister responsible for Water Resource Management, Hon. Reginald Austrie say monies gained as a result of this new water increase by DOWASCO will be re-invested into water projects across the country.“It has come to a point where we can no longer hold back a very slight increase in the water rates and come May, you will see a very slight increase in your water bills. But that money is going back into the water sector so communities like yours will be able to benefit from potable water because less than five percent (5%) of Dominica does not have access to potable water. We are hoping, in the next year or two, that every single Dominican will have access to potable water because we understand the benefit of having potable water.”Over the last five years the Government spent over thirty-five point four million dollars on improving water systems on the island. In the last two years alone a total of twenty-one point nine million dollars was spent on water projects.by Emmanuel Joseph GIS News Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more