Cattaraugus County Reports 91 New COVID-19 Cases

first_imgMGN Stock Image.LITTLE VALLEY – The Cattaraugus County Department of Health has reported its highest new number of daily positive COVID-19 cases so far in the pandemic.Officials say 91 new cases were identified on Thursday, bringing the county’s active case count to 575.The county has had 1,670 total COVID-19 cases.So far, 1,063 people have recovered, and 32 people have died from the virus in the county. The seven-day average percent positive rate is 8.0 percent, up from 7.6 percent the day before.There are 26 people hospitalized in the county. 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

Colombia Rejects Guerrilla Chief’s Call for Talks

first_img Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on January 10 rejected a call by the new FARC rebel leader to revive failed peace talks from a decade ago, and instead called on the guerrillas to take real steps toward peace. Latin America’s oldest insurgency movement is at its weakest point in years after a U.S.-funded crackdown, and Santos has made clear he will not open talks unless the rebels first give up arms, release hostages and halt attacks. Guerrilla chief Timoleón Jimenez, or “Timochenko,” said his Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) “would be interested in a hypothetical negotiating table.” It was the latest of periodic overtures from the FARC and came in a letter published late on January 9 on their website. But Timochenko did not explain what he meant by “hypothetical” or give signs that the FARC would meet Santos’s conditions. “We don’t want more rhetoric. The country asks for clear acts of peace,” Santos wrote in a message on Twitter on January 10. Timochenko urged Santos – who was Finance Minister during the failed 1999-2002 El Caguán peace process where Colombia created a demilitarized zone (DMZ) for rebels – to take up the agenda from those talks. Santos and his predecessor President Álvaro Uribe have pushed the FARC back thanks to improved intelligence, mobility and training of Colombian security forces. That has led to the killing or capture of senior rebels. By Dialogo January 11, 2012last_img read more

Are credit unions winners in the payment revolution?

first_imgCredit unions are well aware of the growing revolution in payments. A recent report by McKinsey & Company (Global Payments 2015: A Healthy Industry Confronts Disruption) noted that, the growth of nonbank digital competitors over the next five years will increase downward pressure on transaction margins while increasing growth in electronic payments.The drivers for this trend are all too familiar:Large technology companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Tencent and Alibaba, are some of the most significant nonbank competitors. These organizations are cash-rich and have virtually captive customer bases.Smartphones have become a crucial channel in the world of payments. With these devices comes a swarm of payment options. These range from the likes of Apple Pay to “In-App” purchases that provide an almost seamless user experience.Member expectations for technology-enabled experiences have grown considerably. Today’s members, like any other consumers, have experienced an unprecedented level of service via nonbank providers. Some may wonder why their favorite credit union does not have the same level of digital service.Despite all the hype about the electronics payments, adoption by credit union members may tend to be slower than the public at large. Members tend to be more conservative so fewer are likely to be enthusiastic early adopters. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

BP, Clean Energy to push more RNG for transport

first_imgBP and Clean Energy Fuels agreed an increased supply of renewable natural gas (RNG) through Clean Energy’s fueling infrastructure as more fleets are requesting the clean fuel.The agreement enables BP to flow larger volumes to Clean Energy stations as the supply of RNG is expected to rapidly grow over the next several years with a number of new RNG production facilities under construction and more announced.Clean Energy has grown sales of its RNG from 22 million gasoline-equivalent gallons (GGEs) in 2014, the first full year it was available, to an expected 100 million GGEs in 2018.Renewable natural gas is derived from biogenic methane, biomethane or biogas, which is methane that is naturally generated by the decomposition of organic waste.Clean Energy Fuels provides CNG, LNG and RNG as fuel for transport through a network of some 530 stations across North America it owns or operates.last_img read more

Redknapp keeps the faith

first_img Bottom-placed Rangers are now seven points adrift of the Barclays Premier League safety zone after Christian Benteke’s 17th goal of the season finally settled a see-saw game in Villa’s favour. Redknapp said: “If we had come in 4-0 up at half-time it would have been about right, wouldn’t it? That’s the best I’ve seen us play during that first half. It was so one-sided, it was unbelievable for an away team to dominate like that. But they got a lift from the equaliser after being absolutely awful first half and probably couldn’t believe their luck.” QPR boss Harry Redknapp is refusing to give up hope of escaping relegation despite suffering a damaging 3-2 defeat at fellow strugglers Aston Villa. He added: “That goal knocked us for six. I’m upset for the lads. I thought they played so well and we should have taken a point at 2-2 but then we gave a way a bad goal.” Rangers dominated the opening 45 minutes and deservedly led through Jermaine Jenas with only a string of fine saves from Villa keeper Brad Guzan keeping the home side in contention. But Paul Lambert’s side equalised on the stroke of half-time through Gabriel Agbonlahor and went ahead through Andreas Weimann and, after Andros Townsend made it 2-2, Benteke struck the decider. Redknapp is refusing to throw in the towel in the battle for survival, and he added: “We’ve got to keep going. We can’t go home and feel sorry. It’s going to be hard but there are still eight games to go. If we keep playing well, we can win four or five games. “We’re probably looking at four wins and two draws. It’s going to be hard but it’s not impossible. I’m not giving up. We’ve still got to keep going.” Villa boss Lambert was elated after the midlands club achieved back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time in nearly two years, and he said: “Guzan has made three world-class saves and I will reiterate what I said before, that I wouldn’t swap him for anyone. “But I thought we passed the ball well and the goal rocked us. It will rock an experienced team when you lose a goal, not just a young team. But credit the team, we scored right at the death of the first half and after that we were exceptional.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

O’Connell is best Matfield’s faced

first_img Veteran lock Matfield admitted boss Heyneke Meyer’s side must be wary of Ireland’s lineout and driving maul in Saturday’s autumn Test at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. The 37-year-old Springbok retired after the 2011 World Cup, but was enticed back after a two-year break, since returning to action for both club and country. Blue Bulls second row Matfield believes Munster enforcer O’Connell will once again prove central to Ireland’s tight work, under new forwards coach Simon Easterby. “I think he (O’Connell) is a fantastic player, I think he’s probably the best player I’ve played against in my career,” said Matfield. “He is also a student of the lineout. “You can see he puts in a lot of hours in analysing, preparing and getting his whole unit ready for the weekend. “So it is always tough going up against him.” Ireland are missing pack mainstays Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien to long-term injury, with the fast-improving Marty Moore also absent and Mike Ross battling to be fit for the weekend. O’Connell and Devin Toner are Ireland’s shoo-in starting locks, with Iain Henderson and Dan Tuohy sidelined. Head coach Joe Schmidt must also do without prop Nathan White, who was in line for his debut but damaged a biceps tendon in training. Springboks talisman Victor Matfield has hailed Ireland captain Paul O’Connell as “the best player I’ve played against”. Matfield drew on all his 117-cap experience in predicting a gritty tussle up front with Ireland, despite Saturday’s hosts clear injury issues. The wily operator also launched the first charm offensive towards French referee Romain Poite, who will officiate the weekend’s Test clash. Last season opponents often questioned the legality of Ireland’s highly-effective tactics at stopping rolling mauls. Former forwards coach John Plumtree whipped Ireland’s pack into accurate shape in diffusing opposition mauls, with officials mainly judging them the right side of the laws. Matfield picked up that theme in making an early call for the Springboks to take care to be water-tight with their own driving game. “I also think when Gert Smal (ex-Ireland forwards’ coach) was here he gave a lot of insight into how I think about the lineout to Paul, so it makes it more difficult,” said Matfield. “It is always a great battle against him and he has some great jumpers with him in that unit so we know it’s going to be very tough. “Like I said, we know we have to be accurate in what we do because they will definitely put pressure on us. “The rolling maul is very important to us: looking at them as well, they were very successful in sacking the maul during the Six Nations, especially. “They stopped it very well, so we know we need to do our things right and hopefully the referee (Romain Poite) will be very strict on how to stop the maul. “If we do our things right it is a lot easier for the ref to see if they are stopping the maul legally or not. “It’s important for us to get our set-up right, to get it started and from then it is easier.” Press Associationlast_img read more

YMCA Gymnastics Championships Coming to Ellsworth

first_img Bio ELLSWORTH — More than 250 young gymnasts will be on hand at Ellsworth High School this weekend for the 2009 YMCA Pine Tree Gymnastics League State Championships. The competition, for Levels 4 through 9, will include three sessions on Saturday and two on Sunday.Admission is free to the public for all sessions, and food concessions will be available at the school on both days.In addition to the host team, representing the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA, there will be squads from Mount Desert Island, Waterville, Bangor, Old Town/Orono, Bath, Auburn/Lewiston, Rumford, Central Lincoln County and Oxford Hills.Some of the teams will be staying over on Saturday night and rooms have been reserved at Ellsworth’s Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe competition will open for Level 5 gymnasts with march-in at 10 a.m. and the awards presentation at noon.The second session, for Level 6 and Prep-Op gymnasts, begins at 2 p.m. with awards at 3:30 p.m.Levels 7-9 will compete starting at 5:30 p.m. with awards at 7 p.m.On Sunday, the event will continue with Level 4 competition.Ages 7, 8, 9A, 12 and 13 and over will lead off at 10 a.m. with awards at noon, and ages 9B, 10 and 11 will wrap up the championship event starting at 2 p.m. with awards at 3:30 p.m. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all)center_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli will emerge as the greatest cricketer of all time, says Kumar Sangakkara

first_imghighlights Virat Kohli will emerge as one of the greatest cricketers of all time believes Kumar Sangakkara. Australia’s tour of India starts on 24th February. Mahela Jayawardene lauds Virat Kohli for absorbing the pressure of 1.3 billion. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kumar Sangakkara’s former teammate Mahela Jayawardene also lauded run-machine Kohli and praised his skills to absorb the pressure of 1.3 billion Indians’ expectations. “It’s not just about the ability Virat has but to understand the way to handle pressure not just on the field but also off the field and the expectations,” said the former Sri Lanka captain.”We grew up with Sachin who had to perhaps experience the same thing. And for the next generation, it’s probably on Virat’s shoulders.” Jayawardene said.Virat Kohli will now be seen in action against the men-in-yellow who are all set to touch Indian soil for two T20 Internationals, followed by five-match ODI series. Further, the series against Australia will be India’s last International assignment before the start of the World Cup.  New Delhi: Seldom we an individual blend dedication and grit, eventually epitomizing the facet named perfection in the most beautiful way possible. Every time Virat Kohli steps on to the ground, it seems as if the national crest is imbibed on his chest. And it wouldn’t be wrong to say that even the greatest of statistician must have struggled to suggest the times the 30-year-old has helped to turn the jaws of defeat into the pride of victory. The batting sensation of Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara has once again rated him heavily. Kumar Sangakkara believes that Virat Kohli is way ahead of his contemporaries and destined for greatness. Virat had a memorable 2018 as he churned runs and tons in almost every series.Speaking to a news channel, he extensively praised Indian skipper and said, “Everything about Virat’s game stands out. I think he is head and shoulders above anyone else in world cricket today.”“And I think going forward, he will be one of the greatest ever cricketers, if not the greatest ever,” he added. “He has this incredible knack of scoring runs and has a very, very solid method that he believes in. If you see the tempo which he bats with, it hardly changes. He does read the situation very well.”He is a very passionate guy; you see that in his expressions on the field… it’s the overall aspect of both the person and how he has sorted his batting and his attitude.”last_img read more

Football News Lazio win vs AC Milan in Coppa Italia overshadowed by racist chants and pro-Benito Mussolini banner

first_imghighlights Lazio’s supporters have a history of hard right-wing politics and hatred.Authorities reportedly identified 22 people responsible for the Mussolini banner.Video of racist chants directed at Frenchman Bakayoko by a group of Lazio fans also emerged. New Delhi: Lazio attacked the media’s “simplistic tendency” to blame all the club’s fans for neo-fascist incidents after a pro-Mussolini banner was displayed before repeated racist chants were reportedly heard during Wednesday’s Coppa Italia game against AC Milan. Their faces masked by a long banner reading “Honour to Benito Mussolini”, the group sang fascist songs and performed the Nazi salute near the city’s Piazza Loreto, where the defeated dictator’s body was strung up in 1945, the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper reported.    A short video circulating on social media showed the group holding up the banner, signed ‘IRR’ in a reference to the Irriducibili — Lazio’s hardcore ‘ultra’ supporters who have a long history of hard-right politics. Lazio’s 1-0 win was then overshadowed by the racist abuse of Milan players Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie.RELATED    “SS Lazio clearly distances ourselves from behaviour and demonstrations that do not in any way correspond to the values of the sport that this club has promoted and supported for 119 years,” the club said in a statement. “Lazio also reject and contest the simplistic tendency of the media to consider the entire Lazio fanbase responsible for the actions of a few isolated elements, for motivation that has nothing to do with a passion for the sport. The club has always fought for the respect of law and fairness in behaviour.” Authorities reportedly identified 22 people responsible for the Mussolini banner. The Serie A clash between Milan and Lazio at the San Siro earlier this month finished with Milan 1-0 winners and scuffles on the pitch after the home players held up the shirt of Lazio player Francesco Acerbi to their own fans like a trophy.Milan midfielders Bakayoko and Kessie were fined a total of 86,000 euros for the incident.    Meanwhile, a video of racist chants directed at Frenchman Bakayoko by a group of Lazio fans before the game also circulated on social media. Italian football has struggled to prevent racist chanting this season.    Earlier this month, Juventus youngster Moise Kean was racially abused in a game at Cagliari, with his teammate Leonardo Bonucci widely condemned for then saying it was partly the striker’s fault. Italy’s national team coach Roberto Mancini was among those to then call on authorities to clamp down on racism.    Milan’s mayor Giuseppe Sala insisted the northern Italian metropolis “is and will remain forever a profoundly anti-fascist city”. Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini condemned the incident. “No tolerance for any form of violence, physical or verbal. I thank the police who are following the incident carefully. Football must be an occasion of celebration and communion, not for fighting or confrontation,” Salvini, an AC Milan fan, said on Twitter.    In Italy “apology for fascism” is a crime, but some cases have been thrown out in recent years on freedom of speech grounds.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Guinness ‘Cage Football Championship’ kicks off tonight

first_img… 32 teams to battle in inaugural tournamentTHIRTY-TWO teams, drawn from as far as Linden, will battle in the inaugural Guinness Cage Football Championship, which will kick off tonight at the National Gymnasium.The tournament which was officially launched yesterday at the Windjammer International Hotel in Kitty, Georgetown, will see teams battle for the winner’s purse of $400 000 and will be played on August 24, 29, 31, as well as September 2, 5, 7, 9 and the grand finale on September 16.Second-place team will pocket $200 000, and the third- and fourth-place finishers will collect $100 000 and $50 000 respectively as well as trophies.On the individual side, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) will receive a gold chain from YK Investments and Pawn Shop and a trophy, compliments of Trophy Stall.Rawle Welch, one of the organisers of Three Peat Promotions, stated “the tournament was conceptualised months earlier between myself and colleagues and it was readily accepted, following our proposal to Banks DIH Limited. We are very pleased to have such a large company like Banks DIH Limited on board.”Welch, a veteran award-winning Sports Journalist, further added, “It has been an arduous process to get to where we are, but I expect the tournament to be a success and I can assure the management of the National Sports Commission (NSC) that all conditions will be met.“I implore all the fans to be on their best behaviour, which is very often, as it is getting more difficult to gain access to the venues and the support of the necessary stakeholders to stage such tournaments. We have to work together to make the event a tremendous success so it can continue next year,” Welch said.Gervy Harry, Administrative Manager of the National Sports Commission (NSC), asked the organisers, spectators and the competing teams to practise discipline throughout the tournament, as sanctions can be enforced for misconduct.In the first two playing nights (August 24 and 29), the teams will play in a ‘win or go home’ format, after which, the remaining 16 teams will be divided into groups of four, after which, the top two teams from each group will advance.The teams will play two segments of ten minutes each, with the ball only being considered dead when it goes over the ‘wall’. Until the quarter-finals, all matches will be decided by kicks from the penalty spot if both sides are even on the score sheets.Elimination FixturesThursday – August 24Broad Street vs Old School Ballers – 19:00hrsBent Street vs Hustlers – 19:30hrsLeopold Street vs Plaisance – 20:00hrsDave and Celena vs Pike Street Sophia – 20:30hrsNorth East vs Mocha – 21:00hrsTiger Bay vs Silver Bullets – 21:30hrsAlbouystown-A vs Alexander Village – 22:00hrsFuture Stars vs Agricola Gas Team – 22:30hrsTuesday – August 29Sophia vs MBK All Stars – 19:00hrsWest Back Road vs Albouystown-B – 19:30hrsTucville vs Showstoppers – 20:00hrsNorth Ruimveldt vs Melanie – 20:30hrsChampion Boys vs Channel 9 Warriors – 21:00hrsGold is Money vs Campbellville – 21:30hrsBack Circle vs New Market Street – 22:00hrsSparta vs Vryheid’s Lust – 22:30hrslast_img read more