80-Year-Old Tanglewood Manor Resident Dies Of COVID-19 Infection

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) CDC Image.WEST ELLICOTT – A resident at Tanglewood Manor in West Ellicott has died as a result of COVID-19 infection.County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler announced the news on Tuesday afternoon.She says the 80-year-old man succumbed to complications of this infection.The Health Department says there remain three employees and 14 residents of Tanglewood infected with the virus. Since the outbreak there began, 23 employees and 75 residents have recovered. Additionally, 12 new cases of the virus were reported in Chautauqua County.They include four cases in Jamestown, two in Dunkirk, Fredonia and Clymer, and one in Cherry Creek and Lakewood.There are now 134 active cases with 25 remaining hospitalized, 967 recovered, 15 deaths and 1,116 total.The Chautauqua County Health Department is continuing to investigate a cluster of cases in the North County, which were the result of a private event. At least 21 cases have been linked to the event; 2 cases are active and 19 have recovered.last_img read more

Bitter cucumbers

first_imgBy Wayne J. McLaurinUniversity of GeorgiaMany Georgia gardeners have sliced fresh, crisp, green cucumbers only to find them so bitter they had to throw them away. Occasionally, shoppers find they’ve bought bitter cukes.The compounds that cause bitterness in cucumbers grown in the United States are cucurbitacin B and cucurbitacin C. Wild cucumbers, most of which are extremely bitter, may also contain a number of related compounds.The cucurbitacins occur in all parts of the plant. The leaves, stems and roots of most cultivated varieties contain varying amounts of them. Only occasionally, though, do the bitter compounds spread into the cucumber fruit.Bitterness variesAnd when it does, the bitterness isn’t uniform in the cucumber. It will vary from fruit to fruit and within individual fruits.Two important points: One, the compounds are likely to be more concentrated at the stem end than at the blossom end of the fruit. And two, the bitterness, if it’s there, is always in and just under the skin. It’s not deep in the fleshy portion or in the seed cavity.When using cucumbers for salad, taste a small portion from the stem end of each cucumber before slicing the rest.If it’s bitter, you can usually eliminate the bitterness by removing the outer flesh with the peeling. Peel even more deeply at the stem end, since this is where bitter compounds penetrate most deeply.Many theoriesThe bitterness level in cucumbers varies from year to year. There are many theories, but it has been hard to get consistent information as to its cause.Temperature appears to be one cause. You generally hear more complaints of bitter cucumbers during a cool season than a warm one.Research has shown that fertilization practices, plant spacing and irrigation frequency have little consistent effect on the number of bitter cucumbers produced. Contrary to some people’s belief, the direction of peeling doesn’t affect the spread of bitterness in a cucumber.Grow in sunny sitesWhen growing cucumbers, especially in the cooler parts of Georgia, select a location that’s likely to get as much heat as possible. An area that’s not shaded during any part of the day would be ideal.Even though irrigation practices haven’t proven to greatly affect the number of bitter cucumbers produced, nubbins and other misshapen fruit associated with poor irrigation seem more likely to be bitter than well-shaped fruits.So, provide ample and uniform moisture and adequate nutrients for proper growth. These practices result in rapid, uniform growth of the fruit.Plant for sweet successDifferent cucumber cultivars vary widely in their tendency to be bitter. In tests in several Western states, Improved Long Green, Eversweet, Ashley, Lemon and Saticoy Hybrid had the least bitterness.The best advice for the gardener is to plant varieties that have been shown to produce a low percentage of bitter fruit. Besides the varieties already listed, bitterness hasn’t been a problem in the new, long hybrids that have recently become popular.In general, pickling varieties tend to have more bitter fruits than slicing varieties. However, the amount of bitterness found in commercial pickling varieties in the United States doesn’t seem sufficient to impair flavor in either sweet or dill pickles made from them, even if bitter cucumbers are used.Personally, I think vinegar-and-sliced-Vidalia-onion marinade helps any cucumber taste better.last_img read more

Business owners linger while banking online

first_imgby: Brian DayBusiness owners using mobile banking tend to stay logged in longer than other consumers, and they tend to utilize Apple devices to conduct their mobile banking.Looking at the mobile banking usage trends from more than 200 financial institutions (FIs), a recent Malauzai Software survey found the average mobile banking session lasted one minute longer for business owners than other consumers. Business owners’ logins averaged 2 minutes and 29 seconds, while consumers stayed logged in for an average of 1 minute and 20 seconds. Interestingly, iPad sessions averaged 3 minutes and 34 seconds, and business owners are more likely than consumers to own a tablet.Eighty-one percent of business owners’ mobile banking usage took place on an Apple device. iPads made up 20 percent of business owners’ mobile banking sessions, compared to 4 percent of consumers’ sessions. Overall, iPad usage is higher than Android smartphone usage for conducting mobile banking. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Credit unions help kids give a hoot during Credit Union Youth Month

first_img continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As National Credit Union Youth Month winds down, the tally goes up of members and communities that learned about–and celebrated–the power of saving.This year’s theme is “Give a Hoot About Saving,” which included a number of owl-focused images to promote #CUYouthMonth on Twitter.Mississippi credit unions offered free admission to the first 2,500 people who arrived for the third annual CU at the Zoo event at the Jackson Zoo. Other credit unions challenged young members to add to their savings accounts through contests. For more Credit Union Youth Month activities, see the Storify below.Money Smart Week, which runs April 22-29, is another program promoting financial education. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago created the campaign that fosters collaboration among businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and media.Credit unions have scheduled classes on budgeting, retirement planning, identity theft protection, student loans, credit management and even how to save money by clipping coupons. Others are providing free books such as “A Dollar for a Penny” and “Little Critter: Just Saving My Money” to children.last_img read more

Flourish in the New Next

first_imgAre you and your credit union waiting for a “new normal?”What if it doesn’t return any time soon … or at all? We will emerge from this COVID-19-fueled economic crisis to find that some things look familiar, but that nothing is the same. The safest, most productive way to approach doing business in the future is that there is no more new normal. There is only a New Next. The concept of returning to a more stable state of “normal” is reflected in Kurt Lewin’s classic change model of Unfreeze — Change — Refreeze. The idea is that change occurs when you unfreeze a situation, effect the change, and then refreeze to a new state of relative stasis.The idea that you can refreeze a change to establish a “new normal” was questionable before the COVID-19 crisis. You were already experiencing change and disruption in technology, business models, competitors, and member expectations. Rather than refreezing, things seemed in constant flux. But the idea of refreezing to a new normal completely lost its relevance when COVID-19 showed up. In less than eight weeks …The world economy was decimated. The workplace has been transformed. Member expectations for flexibility, access, and safety have been reinvented. Change has happened as such a rapid rate that I imagine the virus boasting to friends, “You think it takes years to change the world? Here. Hold my beer.”The result is an environment where there is no time to refreeze and solidify any change or new idea. The best we can reasonably expect to achieve is gelatin that wiggles around and then melts in a constantly evolving pattern.How Great Organizations Will Continue to FlourishThe consensus going into 2002 was that it would be a difficult year. The dot com bubble had been bursting for months, the telecom industry was imploding, and the United States was reeling from the terrorist attacks of 9/11.Herb Kelleher, legendary founder and CEO of Southwest Airlines, was asked what kept him awake at night in a Fortune interview that ran on January 8, 2002. Here is what he said:“So my biggest concern is that somehow … we [at Southwest Airlines] lose the esprit de corps, the culture, the spirit. If we ever do lose that, we will have lost our most valuable competitive asset.”Kelleher was right then, and it is true today. The culture always wins. Peter Drucker is credited with saying, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”In today’s world, culture eats everything for breakfast.A compelling culture that flawlessly executes while you anticipate, adapt, pursue, and even ignore change in pursuit of your New Next will be the difference between continued excellence and irrelevance or even extinction.What a Culture Equipped for Constant Change Looks LikeThe culture you need for your credit union to flourish is built on the foundation of what has worked in the recent past. It is (1) customer-obsessed, (2) values-aligned, (3) results-focused, and (4) people-centric.Those elements alone, however, won’t equip you to execute at the level you need today while remaining nimble to flourish in the future.Meeting that challenge requires four additional elements. You might have already addressed two of them: being (5) data- and process-driven and (6) change-ready. These are accelerators for your credit union, and the COVID-19 virus is the ultimate stress test to determine the success of your efforts. But, as we move into a New Next era, your culture will require two new elements. It must be (7) future-focused and (8) collaboration-enabled.A future-focused culture resembles the scouts who worked for the wagon trains as the West was being settled. Every day they rode out over the horizon in search of two things: Where are the hostiles that have the potential to do us harm? Where is the water that will sustain and fuel us on our journey?Likewise, a collaboration-enabled culture actively seeks and utilizes different perspectives and experiences to reach innovative solutions to challenges and work seamlessly together when crisis arises.A culture that excels at these eight elements will set itself apart in the coming months and years.Where to BeginStephen Hawking began his book A Brief History of Time with the retelling of an anecdote that has been around in various forms since the late 1500s.After a presentation on the structure of the solar system by a leading astronomer, an elderly lady confronts the presenter to disagree with his assertions that the Earth is a ball orbiting the Sun. According to her, in the Hindu tradition, the world as we know it rests on the back of a giant turtle.When confronted with the obvious question about the platform on which the turtle is standing, the lady confidently replies, “Its turtles all the way down.”We know that this explanation of cosmology doesn’t hold up in the face of reality. On the other hand, the first step in transforming your culture for the future might be as simple as this: It is leadership all the way down.Equip leaders at every level with the expectation, definition, processes, and competencies to lead in the New Next. Great cultures can theoretically exist without universally great leadership. Experience shows, on the other hand, that great leaders are the catalyst for cultures that lead to positive change and exceptional results.We’ve survived uncertainty and upheaval before. We will do so again. When we do, we’ll have a renewed awareness that a new normal could be years away, if it ever arrives. There will always, however, be a New Next. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randy Pennington Randy Pennington is an award-winning author, speaker, and leading authority on helping organizations achieve positive results in a world of accelerating change. He is author of the award-winning books Make … Web: www.armstrongspeakers.com Detailslast_img read more

At least 380 whales dead in Australia mass stranding

first_imgAt least 380 whales have died in a mass stranding in southern Australia, officials said Wednesday, with rescuers managing to free just a few dozen survivors.Nearly the entire pod of 460 long-finned pilot whales stuck in Macquarie Harbor, on the rugged and sparsely populated west coast of Tasmania, has now perished.”We have got a more accurate count and we can confirm that 380 whales are dead,” Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service manager Nic Deka said. Topics : “There’s around 30 left still alive but the good news is that we have saved 50,” he said, describing the rescue effort as emotionally taxing.The first of the giant mammals were found on Monday, sparking a major effort to free them from a sandbar only accessible by boat.It is the largest mass stranding ever recorded in Tasmania, an island state off mainland Australia’s south coast, and likely the biggest in the country’s history.A rescue crew of 60 conservationists, skilled volunteers and local fish farm workers has concentrated efforts on a group of whales partially submerged in the water.center_img The rescuers have spent two days wading in the cold shallows to free the still living creatures, using boats fitted with special slings to guide them back to the open ocean.They are now racing to free as many of the 30 remaining live whales as possible.”They’re focused on the job — it’s demanding work, some of them are up to their chest in cold water so we’re trying to rotate the crews,” Deka said.”Its very draining physically. It’s also draining emotionally.”The whales have been found stranded up to 10 kilometers apart, and officials have now expanded their search area to see if more of the mammals are stuck nearby.Some of the whales rescued Tuesday re-stranded overnight, in line with predictions by whale behavior experts, but Deka remained upbeat about the immediate prospects for those that remained in the ocean.”The good news is the majority of whales that were rescued are still out in deep water and swimming,” he told reporters in the nearby town of Strahan.”They haven’t stranded. So we’ve been more successful than not.”The causes of mass strandings remain unknown — even to scientists who have been studying the phenomenon for decades.However, some researchers have suggested the highly sociable pilot whales may have gone off track after feeding close to the shoreline or by following one or two whales that strayed.Tasmanian environment department marine biologist Kris Carlyon said it was a “natural event” with strandings of the species occurring regularly throughout history in both southern Australian and neighboring New Zealand.”We do step in and respond in these situations, but as far as being able to prevent these occurring in the future, there’s really little that we can do,” he said.Carlyon said animal welfare issues were a major reason authorities and conservationists intervened in mass strandings, along with public expectations and the ability to learn more about a species.It would have been a “hugely stressful” experience for the whales that were freed, he said, but past events showed they were likely to thrive in the wild.”We have shown fairly conclusively that animals will regroup, they will reform those social bonds, and they will — at least in the short- to medium-term for the duration that they’ve been tracked — demonstrate normal and natural behavior,” Carlyon said.Officials will now turn their attention to the disposal of the whale carcasses, with assessors arriving onsite Wednesday to create a clean-up plan.”As time goes on [the whales] do become more fatigued so their chances of survival reduces,” Deka said.”But we’ll keep working as long as there’s live animals at the site.”last_img read more

Follow these tips if you want to sell well

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSelling in style – Kitchen & dining 01:00PUTTING your house on the market is easy right?All you do is a pick an agent and let the market take over.Well that could be one approach, but according to one agent, there is plenty more sellers should be doing before the for sale sign is hammer into the front lawn.Tolga Ozer of Boutique Property Agents said as the market was becoming more competitive it was important to present your property in the best light possible.There’s plenty that owners should do before they hammer in the for sale sign.Cleaning your home may seem an obvious step but Mr Ozer said it was surprising how many people didn’t do it.“The common thing I see is where they (the owners) have belongings everywhere, clothes, shoes etc.’’He’s also seen plenty of bathrooms where the owners haven’t bothered to clean up the mould, and messy kitchens.Mr Ozer said because the market had been so active last year, people thought properties were selling anyway and didn’t think they had to do much to sell.But he said it had become even more important in recent months to make sure homes presented perfectly to get the best price and outcome.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoMr Ozer said it was surprising how many people didn’t clean the kitchen when selling their house.Here are his tips on what to do when selling:De-clutter and get organised: Remove all family photos, trinkets and dust collecting items and replace with new cushions, candles and pops of colour.Refresh: If the walls are looking shabby think about repainting but always stick with light tones and five features walls a miss.Add some style: Buy new cushions or artwork. Prints are not that expensive, plus you can take them with you when you sell.Green your space: If you can’t manage a plant, fresh flowers will do the trick on inspection day.Update the outdoors: Clean mouldy outdoor furniture and consider giving them a fresh coat of paint.Find the right agent: Do your research and ask around, this can make all the difference.Decide how to sell: Auction, private treaty or off-market. All have differentpros and cons. Figure out the best option for you.Use a property stylist: A property stylist knows how to make your property feel like a‘home’ and they have been known to increase property values.Marketing: Options to promote your property include: print, digital, social media,public relations and traditional mailbox drops.On the market: On inspection day turn on lights, tidy up, light candles.last_img read more

Invesco to acquire OppenheimerFunds in $5.7bn deal

first_img“The combination with OppenheimerFunds and the strategic partnership with MassMutual will meaningfully enhance our ability to meet client needs, accelerate growth and strengthen our business over the long term,” said Martin Flanagan, president and CEO of Invesco.  US asset management giant Invesco is to acquire OppenheimerFunds from insurance giant MassMutual in a deal worth a reported $5.7bn (€5bn).The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, will boost Invesco’s global assets under management above $1.2trn and make it the 13th largest asset manager in the world.As part of the acquisition agreement, MassMutual will take a 15.5% equity stake in Invesco. According to a press release issued by Invesco, MassMutual has nominated former OppenheimerFunds CEO William Glavin Jr as its representative on Invesco’s board.Invesco highlighted OppenheimerFunds’ global and emerging markets equity capabilities as primary reasons for the deal.  Source: InvescoInvesco’s office in Boston, MassachusettsHe said that the transaction would enhance Invesco’s position in the US and globally, and increase its attractiveness to “top clients” and “the best talent in the industry”.MassMutual president and CEO Roger Crandall added that the arrangement “positions us well to continue to benefit from a strong, diversified global asset management business, which will further strengthen our financial position and support our ability to invest in the long term”.Invesco estimated that the deal would boost its earnings per share by roughly 18% for the first nine months of 2019, and by roughly 27% for 2020.The Financial Times calculated that the deal was worth roughly $5.7bn, based on the price of the Invesco shares that were due to be bought by MassMutual and a planned $4bn worth of preference shares paying 5.9% interest for 21 years.last_img read more

BVGA Builds Its Presence in U.S. Offshore Wind Market

first_imgBVG Associates (BVGA) and Renewable Resources International (RRI) have formed a partnership that will see RRI’s Managing Partner Andy Geissbuehler leading BVGA’s offshore wind business in the U.S.BVGA stated that it looks forward to helping the U.S. offshore wind market grow by combining European offshore wind experience with U.S. offshore capabilities.Andy Geissbuehler has held executive positions with major multinationals such as ABB, Alstom and GE. Most recently, he led GE’s US offshore wind operations with the construction of Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm, the first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S.As Managing Partner at Virginia-based Renewable Resources International, Geissbuehler brings extensive commercial and operational experience in the global energy business, BVGA said, adding that Andy Geissbuehler also brings a proven track-record accelerating new business opportunities, reliably executing large contracts and orienting organisations for global engagement.last_img read more

Versailles Native Charged In Fatal 421 Crash

first_imgWalker was in the U.S. Army stationed in Kentucky. (Image: Facebook)JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ind. –  A Versailles native that was allegedly driving drunk is facing nine felony charges in connection to a deadly crash on U.S. 421 on October 4.23-year-old Jordan Griffin has been charged with one count of OWI causing death and eight counts of OWI causing serious bodily injury, according to the Madison Courier.Griffin was driving a Ford Focus that collided with a Dodge Ram head-on in front of the main entrance of Jefferson Proving Ground, police say.The passenger in the Ford Focus, John Thomas Walker, 21, of Arkansas City, Kansas, was pronounced dead at the scene.Walker was an enlisted infantryman in the U.S. Army serving as an Air Assault Specialist at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.Griffin has also been serving in the U.S. military, according to his Facebook page.Jordan Griffin. (Image: Madison Courier)The Dodge Ram involved in the crash was driven by Charles L. McRoberts, 37, of Versailles. There were four children in the truck, ages range from 11 to 2.Both drivers, along with each child, were transported to Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. The 11-year-olds, Bailey McRoberts, Tyler Smith and Hogan Jackson, were later airlifted to a Louisville hospital.An online donation page has been set up to assist the children’s families with medical expenses.Prosecutors filed charges after a 72-hour hold on Griffin to evaluate the case, the Madison Courier reports.last_img read more