County Social Service Offices Limit In Person Contact

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) Chautauqua County South County Office Building in Jamestown sign. WNYNewsNow file image 10/16/18.MAYVILLE – Until further notice, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging all Social Services clients with an appointment in Mayville, Jamestown or Dunkirk, to not come in for scheduled appointments or nonemergency services.Officials say negative actions will not be taken on the case as a result of missing an appointment.The Department is currently updating practices to ensure safe facilities for both clients and staff as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.Applications, both certification (initial) and recertification for assistance should be mailed to Chautauqua County Department of Social Services 110 E. 4th Street, Jamestown, NY 14701 or 319 Central Avenue, Dunkirk New York 14048 or dropped off in either location – drop boxes are available. Officials say it is essential that all clients include a working phone number so they can be contacted for an interview by telephone.Emergency needs will still be addressed on site at the Dunkirk and Jamestown locations.last_img read more

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Five Astonishing Student Performances of West Side Story, Les Miz & More

first_imgSchool is back in session, and you know what that means—it’s time to start practicing your audition songs for the school musical! But before you break out your sheet music for “On My Own” and “Something’s Coming,” we’re bringing you some inspiration from talented Broadway hopefuls all over the country. After hours of intense Googling, YouTube spirals and snack breaks, Broadway.com has selected five stellar student performances that definitely deserve an A+. Check out our picks below! The “Please Come to Broadway Now” Award Aitana Alapa, Aida, Woods Cross High School Casting directors, take note: If this video is any indication, high school student Aitana Alapa is clearly ready to star on Broadway immediately. The Woods Cross, UT production of Aida won Best High School Musical at the Utah High School Musical Theater Awards, and Alapa went on to compete at the 2014 Jimmy Awards. And no, we’re not ashamed to admit we cried a little while watching this. The “Are Those High School Guys?!” Award West Side Story, Staples High School In a high school musical, finding a bunch of guys willing to even try on a pair of jazz shoes is a rarity. But bafflingly, Staples High School in Westport, CT has assembled a whole team of hoofing high school dudes who pirouette and leap around the stage with ease. Wow, check out those Shark high-kicks! Best Ensemble Les Miserables, University High School Even in a great high school production, there are usually a couple of weak links in the cast—let’s face it, not everyone can be the next Ramin Karimloo. But in this University High School production of Les Miz in Orlando, FL, every single cast member sounds like a pro. Special shout-outs to Jacob Tourjeman as Jean Valjean and Alex Mendez as Marius (seen here as Jesus and Judas in a UHS production of Jesus Christ Superstar)—you guys sound awesome. Best Overall Production The Phantom of the Opera, Grand Ledge High School There’s nothing more satisfying than a really amazing high school production of Phantom, and this Grand Ledge, MI mounting gets it right—the chandelier, the copious amounts of fog, the chemistry between Christine (Erin Fillingham) and the Phantom (Robert Mueller), it’s all there. The production reportedly cost $80,000, which if you ask us, is money well spent. Who needs a football team, pencils or textbooks? Bravi, bravi, bravissimi! Most Impressive Set & Costumes The Producers, Summit High School There must be something in the water in Summit, NJ, because every one of Summit High School’s musicals over the last few years has been absolutely kick-ass. The evidence: The Music Man, 42nd Street and Titanic. (You now have YouTube watching material for the next week.) But Summit really pulled out all the stops in their mounting of The Producers, tap-dancing Nazis and all. Sing it with us! “Springtime for Hitler and Germany…” View Commentslast_img read more

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Big grocery bills.

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaAmericans are paying record prices to fuel their cars. They’re paying more to fuel themselves, too, according to the recently released U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic Consumer Price Index.“Food prices are going up dramatically,” said John McKissick, an economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Prices are already up 6.5 percent compared to February last year.” The CPI is a measure of the average change in prices over time of goods and services purchased by households. Energy and commodity prices will likely continue to go up, he said. This will cause food prices to go higher, too, especially meat prices, which have increased 4 percent in the last year. “On meat, the biggest energy factor is grain being taken out of production for feed to be used for ethanol,” he said. “It has driven all feed prices up including soybean, wheat and corn, due to the short supply. Grain prices are almost double the relatively high prices of a year ago.”Due to the high price for feed, farmers are spending 40 to 60 percent more this year than last to produce poultry, pork or beef. According to the CPI report, cereal and bakery products rose almost 2 percent in February alone. That’s the largest jump in a single month since Jan. 1975.The prices for all processed foods will go up. Fruits and vegetable prices will go up, too, because they typically have to be shipped long distances to reach markets. That takes fuel.Growing food and getting it to tables takes a lot of energy, McKissick said. That’s why energy is such a big influence on food prices.“The packaging, processing and production of all our food, plus transporting it have all gone up dramatically due to energy costs,” he said. “The retailer can pass some of that cost on to the consumer.”But the economic squeeze has caused some major poultry companies to announce poor quarterly earning reports and cutbacks.The best grocery buys this year will be found close to home.“Those products that aren’t as energy intensive like local fresh produce, including milk, that also aren’t transported as far will be the cheapest,” McKissick said. “They won’t go up as much, but they will go up because they still have to use energy for production.”last_img read more

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Helping credit unions keep up with the times

first_imgCredit unions feel some of the same pressures as banks, from keeping pace with technology, to the future of branches as more transactions migrate online.Laurie Baker sees credit unions of all sizes dealing with those issues. She is in her second year as chair of the Albany-based New York Credit Union Association, which advocates for their interests. Baker, 51, is also chief operating officer of the Rochester-based Summit Federal Credit Union, which has 18 branches, including two in the Buffalo area. The Monroe County resident joined Summit in 1993; she was named COO in 2000.New York State is home to 386 credit unions – second only to Texas – with 5 million members and $68 billion in assets, according to the Credit Union National Association. Credit unions enjoy nonprofit status – a designation the American Bankers Association wants to eliminate, arguing credit unions “were never meant to be tax-exempt banks but that is what they have become, while not paying a dime in federal income taxes.” While the competition continues, Baker says the statewide credit union group is looking for ways to attract younger members. And the group recently tweaked its name, from the Credit Union Association of New York. “We believed that having New York out in front eliminates some confusion of who we are and makes it known that we are an organization based in New York State,” Baker said.Q: What is top of mind for the New York Credit Union Association?A: I would say what’s top of mind is continuing to ensure that we provide value to our member credit unions, and to assist them or act as a partner with them to really encourage relevance. Meaning, there’s so much going on in the financial industry right now, and competition is not just necessarily with financial institutions. We’ll be competing with all different kinds of businesses and products such as Apple Pay, Walmart, Google Wallet. We want to make sure that to the best of our ability, that credit unions are positioned for the future. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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2 CUNA members named to CECL transition resource group

first_imgTwo Credit Union National Association (CUNA) members have been named to the transition resource group for the upcoming current expected credit loss (CECL) proposal, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) announced Tuesday. According to FASB, the CECL proposal is likely to be finalized by mid-2016.Susan Hannigan, senior vice president/chief financial officer at Jeanne D’Arc CU, Lowell, Mass., and Doug Wright, chief financial officer at Mission FCU, San Diego, have been named to the group.“This is a great opportunity to ensure the credit union perspective is present during the resource group’s discussions,” said Elizabeth Eurgubian, CUNA’s deputy chief advocacy officer.The CECL proposal would utilize a single “expected loss” measurement for the recognition of credit losses, which would replace the multiple existing impairment models in U.S. generally accepted accounting principles that generally use an “incurred loss” approach. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Do you have strategies in place to prevent payment app fraud?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » More and more consumers are using payment apps like Venmo and Zelle to send money to friends and family. While allowing payments through these apps creates high value for your consumers, it has also opened up a new channel for fraud.Financial institutions are reporting attacks where cybercriminals are draining accounts by gaining fraudulent access to their members’ debit card or account numbers. These attacks primarily occur one of the following ways:Consumers are scammed into sending criminals money directly thru a payment app. Click here to view more information from the FTC on how these consumer scams occur.Criminals fraudulently enroll consumers into the payment app using the member’s card number stolen from a data breach, i.e. the 2017 Equifax Breach.last_img read more

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Brascan confirms plans to block Wharf bid

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‘We should be thankful’: Jokowi voices optimism despite slowing economic growth

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is refusing to view the glass as half empty even though official data released Wednesday shows that the country’s economy last year grew at its slowest pace since 2015.Statistics Indonesia announced that Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 5.02 percent last year as investment and exports cooled. The figure is lower than 5.17 percent growth in 2018 and below the government’s target of 5.3 percent.“Let’s compare the figure with those of other countries, especially those in the G20. Our growth is still the second highest,” Jokowi said at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday. “Alhamdulillah [thank God], we should be thankful that our economic growth is still above 5 percent.” Read also: Indonesia’s GDP growth stagnated at 5.02 percent last year, weakest since 2015Maintaining such an economic performance, he went on to say, was difficult given the global economic slowdown but good communication between the central bank and the government, coupled with prudent policies, had helped anchor the country’s economy.The government has stepped up efforts to boost the sluggish economy by carrying out reforms to attract more investment. The central bank joined forces last year by relaxing its benchmark interest rate and issuing accommodative macroprudential policies.Indonesia’s prudent fiscal policy was also important in maintaining economic stability, Jokowi said. “Japan Credit Rating [Agency] recently upgraded our [sovereign credit] rating. What does it mean? It means international trust toward us is getting better,” he said.Read also: Japan Credit Rating Agency raises Indonesian credit rating to BBB+ amid solid growthJapan Credit Rating Agency raised Indonesia’s sovereign debt rating from BBB with a positive outlook to BBB+ with a stable outlook last month. The rating mainly reflects the country’s solid domestic consumption-led economic growth, restrained budget deficit and public debt, as well as resilience to external shocks.“We should voice this optimism. Don’t just pick pessimistic things up,” Jokowi stressed. (prm)center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Javelin thrower Julius Yego eyes a gold medal

first_imgThe javelin star set a Kenyan record of 86.88 Meters on May 26 in the diamond league race in Ostrava breaking the same record 9 days later in ItalyKenyan Javelin sensation Julius Yego isn’t just happy to have qualified for the world athletics championships in Beijing in the summer, but he is also happy to consider a personal achievement while about it, CCTV’s Saddique Shaban reports.last_img

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DOH-6: Don’t to be complacent despite leptos cases drop

first_imgBut she stilladvised the public, especially farmers, not to be complacent and avoid dirtyfloodwaters. From Jan. 1 toSept. 7 this year, DOH-6 recorded a total of 170 leptospirosis cases with 18deaths. ILOILO – Though the number of leptospirosis cases in WesternVisayas is much lower than last year, the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 stillwarned the public of the dangers of the bacterial disease. Humaninfection happens through “direct contact with the urine of infected animals orwith a urine-contaminated environment.” “Asanimals are constantly in our environment, there is a particular danger ofgetting leptospirosis when flooding occurs, such as following a typhoon or veryheavy seasonal rains, because of exposure to contaminated water when wading infloodwaters,” the WHO said. (With WHO/PN) The province ofNegros Occidental topped the list this year with 62 leptospirosis cases and sixdeaths, followed by Iloilo with 49 cases and three deaths; Bacolod City with 15cases and two deaths; Iloilo City with 14 cases with one death; Antique with 11cases and one death; Capiz with nine and three deaths; Guimaras with eight casesand two deaths. There have been no recorded cases in the province of Aklan. “Still, thebest way is prevention. Avoid, if you can, wading in floodwaters to preventbeing infected by the Leptospira bacteria,” DOH-6 medical coordinator Dr.Rosemarie Lamirez said. Lamirez saidthe decrease in leptospirosis this year is due to fewer typhoons in the region. This is 53-percentlower than the figure last year, which recorded 364 cases with 43 deaths on thesame period. Most of thefatalities belong to the age group 41 to 50 years old with six deaths; followedby 21 to 30 years old with four deaths; 11 to 20 years old with three deaths;51 and above with three deaths; and 31 to 40 years old with two deaths. She addedthat when farmers cannot avoid having contact with water, they were advised touse gears like boots to protect them from the disease.    This was afterdifferent parts in the region experienced flooding due to monsoon rains inrecent weeks.    Leptospirosis,according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is a bacterial disease that affectsboth humans and animals. It can occur worldwide but is most prevalent intropical and subtropical regions, it added. “Ang atonlang gid usual nga advise,once dira sila sa ila nga kaumahan before silamagbalik  i-make sure nga nakapanglimpyo gid sila sa ilatiil kay tendency abi sang iban nga farmers diralang gapanglimpyo sang tiil sa ila talamnan,”  Lamirez said. She urgedfarmers to avoid wading through farm water, especially if they have cuts oropen wounds.  “Subong ya 170 ang cases natonnubo gid man siya pero indi kita maging complacent kay makita naton nga todo ang inulan sa aton bisan walamasyado bagyo ara gid ang baha indi ta mapaktan ang tubig nga gina ubog-ubugannaton infected. That’s why as much as possible angpalibot limpyuhan gihapon,” said Lamirez.    Those who havecontact with possibly contaminated water are advised by Lamirez to visit RuralHealth Units for the necessary medical treatment.      last_img read more

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