Cattaraugus County Sheriff Warns Of New Phone Scam Targeting Residents

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) Stock image by Pexels.LITTLE VALLEY – The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a new phone scam.Deputies say scam artists call from (833) 928-2152 stating they work for a Microsoft Computer Security Company.The group requests residents turn on their computer and log in so they can refund payments because they are going out of business.Deputies say not to follow their instructions or release any personal information. If such a call is received, residents are encouraged to call their local police agency.last_img read more

Analyst Sees a Better Than 50% Chance of Peabody Bankruptcy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Christopher Coats for SNL:Outlining a dismal year ahead for coal producer Peabody Energy Corp., BB&T Capital Markets predicted that the company has far greater than a 50/50 chance of following Arch Coal Inc., Alpha Natural Resources Inc. and Walter Energy Inc. into bankruptcy. The prediction accompanied the bank’s downgrade of Peabody from “hold” to “underweight.”“With BTU’s cash burn likely to accelerate in the coming year, its debt-load too burdensome relative to what likely will be at least another year or two of weak coal markets, the asset sale market unappealing for non-tier one/non cash generative assets, and no access to the capital markets, we raise the probability of a bankruptcy filing to far greater than 50/50,” BB&T analyst Mark Levin wrote in a Feb. 16 note.According to the note, Peabody fell far short of expectations for the final quarter of 2015. On Feb. 11, the company announced a $2.04 billion loss in 2015 and a loss per share even worse than analysts had expected. The company also revealed it accessed the remaining capacity under its $1.65 billion revolving credit facility, a possible indication the company could be worried about the cash it has immediately available.Full article ($): BB&T gives Peabody more than 50/50 chance of bankruptcy in downgrade note Analyst Sees a Better Than 50% Chance of Peabody Bankruptcylast_img read more

BRO TV: Skydiving is Jumping Out of an Airplane

first_imgJumping From Airplanes from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.A wise man once said, “If riding in an airplane is flying, then riding in a boat is swimming. If you want to experience the element, then get out of the vehicle.” So I got out of the vehicle…two miles above solid ground with only my trusted guide and a parachute strapped to his back. Video provided by the wonderful Chris Whittey at the DC Skydiving Center. And yes, I did say we were going to “rock some air.” Don’t judge me…I was nervous.last_img read more

The delusion of “the right time”

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sean McDonald Sean McDonald is the President of Your Full Potential, LLC and the Founder of ABSURD! Leadership.  He is a highly regarded speaker at national and international conferences for the credit … Web: www.YFPTips.com Details “It’s just not the right time.”“We have a lot of other things on our plate at this time.”“Thanks for sending the information that I asked for. Can you check back with me in 6 months? We have a lot going on right now.”Sound familiar? Have you ever said any of these things – or something similar? It’s OK if you have. Many of us have – including me.Let me begin by saying that contacting a service provider (or vendor) for “an idea” of what something would cost is absolutely fine. Perhaps you’re not ready to tackle the project at the moment but it is on your radar for the next quarter or possibly even later in that year.That’s not what this article is about. This is about the interactions that occur (or that don’t) when an organization asks a vendor to put together a written or other type of formal proposal. Maybe it’s a new product. Maybe it’s training. Maybe it’s something else. The service provider takes the time to create what you asked for and sends it to you. But when the vendor asks for a decision or even an update, some folks employ stalling tactics or give excuses why they can’t proceed. (See above for 3 of the lamest.)Now, this is certainly not being written to offend anyone. But it is important that business professionals understand the methodology by which the best service providers operate and why such methods are used.If the service provider that you’ve contacted asks the following questions of you up-front, chances are they’re pretty good at what they do and are just as busy as you are. So don’t get mad – just be honest.“On a scale of 1-10, where does this fall on your organization’s priority scale?” If it’s not at least a 9 or you “won’t be ready to do something for a few months,” don’t ask the vendor to create a formal proposal. Again, getting an idea regarding the amount of the investment is fine. That can be done during your initial conversation. And by the way, great service providers won’t just “mail you something.” They want to have a conversation with you.“What kind of budget do you have for this project?” This is important to discuss up-front. Service providers need to earn money too. Of course, many will work to design programs that fit within the budget you have but please keep in mind that the extent of the services they will be willing to provide would be commensurate with the available budget. Don’t expect A to Z when only A to F can be paid for. And sometimes, the parties won’t be able to get in the “same ballpark.” That’s OK too.   It’s better to know this at the start, isn’t it?“Are you the ultimate decision-maker?”If you say no, you may be asked to conference that person in – again, that’s not to offend you. It’s to save time. Service providers don’t want anyone else talking about their companies and programs to decision-makers (especially people that don’t work for them.) Something may inevitably get “lost in translation” which isn’t good for either party. Also, if the decision-maker “is too busy” to get on a phone call, then the vendor will probably presume that the decision maker will also be too busy to review a written proposal.IMPORTANT! Is it a definite deal-breaker if the service provider can’t talk directly to the decision maker? NOT AT ALL. Your honest answers to the first 2 questions above regarding priority level and budget will give vendors a pretty good idea as to whether the decision maker is committed to what you are looking to do.So about the idea of the “right time.” Is it ever the right time? It must have been a high priority if you asked for a formal proposal. What changed? Is it the cost? Is it something else? Just be honest with the vendor so, if it’s a “no,” you can both move on.Finally, I’d like to touch on professional courtesy. Instead of responding to the service provider when they follow up on the proposal that you asked them to prepare, many businesspeople simply ignore the phone calls or e-mail. Please don’t do that. Remember that those that work as vendors are professionals as well. Have the courtesy to respond to their inquiries – no matter what the response might be.Here’s to a fantastic and productive 2015!last_img read more

Fatal ATV crash in Delaware County claims life of 15-year-old boy

first_imgOfficials say the 15-year old victim was riding along Iroquois Trail Road when he lost control of the ATV, running off the road and colliding with a tree. The victim was ejected from the vehicle and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. WALTON (WBNG) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says a teenager from the Bronx has been killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash. A witness transported him to a residence on Cayuga Trail Road and called 911. The victim was later airlifted to the UHS Delaware Valley Hospital where he died of sustained injuries from the crash. Deputies from Delaware County and members of the Walton Fire Department responded to a report of an ATV accident Friday afternoon around 12:45 P.M.center_img The accident took place on Cayuga Trail Road. Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond wants to remind other recreational vehicle drivers that it is both unlawful and incredibly dangerous to operate all-terrain vehicles on public highways, as they are not designed for those types of road surfaces.last_img read more

APHA offers plan for boosting pandemic preparedness

first_imgFeb 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The nation’s largest public health group, the American Public Health Association (APHA), yesterday released recommendations aimed at strengthening existing federal strategies for pandemic preparedness and encouraging local officials and businesses to play key roles.At the top of its list are more resources for an overburdened public health workforce, which will play a key role in responding to a pandemic flu outbreak. Other recommendations in the APHA’s 16-page report range from expanding surge capacity in hospitals and public health labs to providing emergency medical coverage for people who are uninsured.Preparing for an influenza pandemic isn’t just the job of the public health sector, said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, the APHA executive director, in a press release yesterday. “The general public must be equipped with the proper resources to prepare themselves in the event of a flu pandemic,” he said. “The better we prepare now, the better our chances will be for protecting the health of Americans during an emergency.”Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit public health advocacy group, lauded the APHA’s report, particularly its call for Congress to enact measures, such as scholarship and loan incentives, to bolster the public health workforce. “This is an excellent report that covers some of the critical pandemic preparation issues and places them appropriately in larger context,” he told CIDRAP News.Though isolation of flu patients and quarantine of exposed people are likely to play a limited role in the early stages of a pandemic, policymakers need to shore up laws and policies on isolation and quarantine, including who has authority to issue quarantine orders, the APHA report says. “These decisions should be made on the basis of scientific risk and use the least restrictive alternative.”The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with state and local officials, should develop national standards for sheltering in place, and the public should be urged to prepare to shelter at home for at least 2 weeks, according to the report.HHS and the US Department of Education should take the lead in developing national criteria for school closings in a pandemic and should make school districts aware of them, the report says.The APHA questions a component of the HHS antiviral stockpiling plan that encourages states to purchase antiviral medication with a 25% federal subsidy. According to a USA Today report on the antiviral subsidy program, written after the Aug 1, 2006, signup deadline, at least 43 states indicated they wanted to participate, though some said their ability to buy the drugs was uncertain. “The level of protection Americans receive should not be determined by where they live and the current fiscal position of their states,” the report says.Funding for national stockpiles of medical and lab supplies is inadequate, the document says. Besides items such as ventilators, syringes, and gloves, the medical stockpile should include equipment and medications needed to treat people who have chronic illnesses such as HIV and diabetes.In addition, the Food and Drug Administration should consider relaxing its limit on the amount of medicine that can be dispensed per prescription so that people with serious health problems can store enough medication to get them through an isolation or quarantine order during a pandemic, the APHA contends.Echoing the concerns of other health advocacy groups, such as TFAH, the APHA calls on Congress and HHS to establish an emergency Medicaid designation to encourage uninsured people to seek treatment more quickly if they have influenza symptoms. Other measures the APHA says would help ensure patients’ access to medical care during a pandemic include improving medical surge capacity—not only for flu patients, but also for those with other medical conditions.The APHA report places a strong emphasis on pandemic-related business and occupational health concerns. It urges businesses to consider paid sick-leave policies that encourage employees to stay home when they or their family members are contagious during a pandemic.Also, the group recommends including several other business-related provisions in the national pandemic plan, such as:Setting guidelines about work-related influenza exposure for use in workers’ compensation casesProviding financial support for employers who face extremely high costs for worker protectionRequiring employers to develop pandemic preparedness plansMandating employee training in prevention and exposure controlRecommending that workers in high-risk occupations wear respirators rather than surgical masksLike other groups, such as the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the APHA critiques current federal emergency response plans for designating the Department of Homeland Security as the lead agency in a flu pandemic, leaving HHS responsible only for “very traditional public health and medical issues.””Responding to a pandemic flu is much different than responding to a terrorist attack or hurricane,” the report says. “Therefore, public health officials—the Department of Health and Human Services—should have the formal authority to take the lead in the federal response to pandemic flu.”See also:Feb 22 APHA press releaseAPHA report: “Prescription for Pandemic Flu”http://www.apha.org/advocacy/policy/APHA+Prescription+for+Pandemic+Flu.htmFeb 1 CIDRAP News story “HHS ties pandemic mitigation advice to severity”Jan 25 CIDRAP News story “IDSA urges requiring flu shots for healthcare workers”last_img read more

Accurate social aid data still eludes government

first_imgThe government has committed to assisting citizens hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak until the end of the year, but persistent issues of data reliability have complicated efforts in the capital and other regions.In a recently published study by the SMERU Research Institute conducted between late April and mid-May in five cities and regencies of the country, researchers found instances where government social assistance ended up in the wrong hands.The study found that 400 of the 2,000 listed recipients surveyed in a certain district should have been ineligible for aid, either because they had escaped poverty or were already deceased. The study did not specify which region this data was from.Jakarta began its social assistance program on April 9 and committed to support the 2.2 million households most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The program, which will continue to disburse monthly aid until December, involves the central government, which has committed to supporting the majority of potential recipients, roughly 1.3 million people.Pepen Nazarudin, the Social Affairs Ministry’s director general for social empowerment, said the number of recipients was fixed and could not be changed. He said it was the city administration’s responsibility to determine which recipients should be prioritized.Early on in the program, the lack of reliable recipient data caused a number of logistical problems, including mistargeted aid, which Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan complained about in April. After four months of running the program, the city has seen improvements in its services, although shortcomings remain.“Social aid disbursement for stages two to four [conducted from May to mid-July] has reached 100 percent, which means that all of the assistance has been disbursed,” said Ika Yuli Rahayu, the Jakarta Social Agency’s head of social security protection, on Wednesday.Ika acknowledged that some ineligible recipients had been discovered during the disbursement process and that local authorities usually looked for the next eligible person to give the aid to.“There were still one or two [ineligible recipients] that we found, but this didn’t occur in every subdistrict,” she said.The official said that when the recipient was deceased or had been registered to the wrong address, the next recipient would be determined based on the recommendation of the neighborhood unit (RT), community unit (RW) or subdistrict head.People who were not registered as recipients but were eligible for social assistance could also be considered, she said.Jakarta RT/RW Forum chairman Muhammad Irsyad said that human error was one reason why aid still ended up with ineligible recipients despite an updated database.Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said last month that data problems had occurred because different institutions employed different methods to process recipient information.But Irsyad also said that the implementing authorities had improved since the early days of the program and that officials would try to quickly resolve outstanding cases.“There is no more of the turmoil that we experienced at the outset,” he said.The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) recently revealed that only 113 of the country’s 514 municipalities and regencies had updated their data on the Social Affairs Ministry’s Integrated Data for Social Welfare (DTKS) site, a database of poor and vulnerable families.The regions with updated data were predominantly located on the island of Java, as well as the Bangka Belitung islands and Nusa Tenggara.Semarang in Central Java, Bojonegoro in East Java and Pariaman in West Sumatra were among the few other regions that had provided new data, Bappenas director of poverty alleviation and social welfare Maliki told The Jakarta Post.In Jakarta, some municipalities have managed their data well, but that data’s accuracy – whether the listed recipient is eligible in real life – is a different topic altogether, Maliki said.The government relies on the National Social and Economic Survey (Susenas) to evaluate data accuracy. “The Susenas in September of this year will be a good opportunity to evaluate the accuracy of social aid programs, as the survey will include disbursements for the previous four months,” he said.About 1.63 million Indonesians fell into poverty between September 2019 and March of this year as the COVID-19 outbreak took a toll on the nation’s poor, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows.Jakarta recorded that 1.11 percent of its population had fallen into poverty, the highest percent increase of any province. Now, 4.53 percent of its citizens are considered poor.“Jakarta’s poverty rate is the highest in the past decade and even approaches Jakarta’s condition 20 years ago [4.96 percent],” the Jakarta Statistics Agency wrote.In addition to social assistance for poor families in the capital, the city administration has also distributed staple food to people thought to have the illness and people who are self-isolating in RWs declared “red zones”.More than 6,000 families from the 48 subdistricts in mainland Jakarta and the four islands of the Thousand Islands that had been declared red zones as of July 13 were listed as eligible recipients of social assistance.Topics :last_img read more

Sterling rebound dampens Church Commissioners’ 2017 return

first_img“Our perpetual endowment and long-term horizon is well suited to maximising returns from less liquid markets, including venture capital.”The Commissioners said: “We believe that prospects going forward are more muted than the recent past and we therefore retained our cautious approach, focusing efforts to create long-term value…“In the absence of a market correction in the near term, we will likely find ourselves in a low-returning environment for some years to come. This will mean that returns are generated principally by income and active asset management.”Equities lead returns as real assets stallThe fund’s global equities allocation was the strongest performer in 2017, with a return of 18.6%.In their report, the Commissioners said: “Unlike 2016, where performance was strong across the board, in 2017 most of the fund’s return was driven by our public equities.“Our active UK smaller companies manager and our global managers performed particularly strongly and outperformed across the board.”The emerging markets portfolio also delivered strong absolute returns, the Commissioners said. They also hailed a successful year for the fund’s in-house property team, although the combined real assets allocation delivered a relatively subdued 4% over 2017 after several years of strong performance.However, the recovery in sterling – mainly against the US dollar – was a “headwind” for their dollar-based strategies, the Commissioners said, including multi-asset, private equity and private credit strategies. The latter lost 1.6% during the year.Fixed income returned 4.8%, as credit markets rallied due to continued economic growth and improvements in corporate earnings – although these too were affected by the rebound in sterling.The defensive equity portfolio delivered 10% for the year, more than double its return for 2016, while private equity gained 7.2%. Around a quarter of the Commissioners’ private equity allocation – which makes up 4.7% of the overall portfolio – is in venture capital. The investment arm of the Church of England has warned of “muted earnings” for the medium-term, after sterling’s recovery in 2017 weakened returns for the year to 7.1%.The return on the Church Commissioners for England’s £8.3bn (€9.4bn) investment portfolio compared to 17.1% for 2016, and undershot its investment target of inflation plus five percentage points (9.1% in 2017).However, the average annual return over the past 30 years – 9.4% – is still above its target of 8.4%.Loretta Minghella, first Church estates commissioner, said: “The macro-economic environment is changing and, anticipating muted returns in the future, we will continue to develop our focus on non-traditional asset classes.last_img read more

LASG Donates Sporting Equipment to LASU

first_img“What Lagos State Sports Commission is doing today is the first step in several things in the pipeline for the university,” Bank-Anthony said.The Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Professor Fagbohun, thanked the Lagos State Sports Commission led by the Director General, Bank-Anthony for the onsite visitation to the university’s sports centre and the donation of the various sporting equipment.He assured that the university would make use of the donated equipment as expected by the Lagos State Sports Commission.“Like Oliver Twist, we ask for more,” Fagbohun said.Among the Sports Equipment donated to the university are two complete table tennis board,  10 table tennis bats and rubbers,  20 packets of Joola table tennis ball, a pair of complete basketball Upright, 10 Spalding Leather Basketball, 10 number of Mikasa Volleyball, two Volleyball Nets /Upright.Others are three Powerlifting Bench, complete sets of Power Lifting Weight, 10  IPC Waist Belts, 10 Match Football, four Powerlifting Wheel Chairs, eight  Basketball Wheel Chairs, 20 Skate Board and two table tennis nets.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Lagos State Government through Lagos State Sports Commission has donated several sporting equipment to the Lagos State University (LASU).Making the donation on behalf of Lagos State Government at the University’s Sports Centre, Director General, Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Babatunde Bank-Anthony, disclosed that the donation is inevitable towards the development of sports at the Lagos State University.He disclosed further that Lagos State Sports Commission will henceforth take Lagos State University Sports as parts of its Sports development programme, adding that Lagos State Sports Trust Fund will be invited to assist in getting funding for sports development of the university to turn the sports complex at Lagos State University into a world class.last_img read more

Students set for 3-D game day experience

first_imgThough the Trojans will be far away, students will be able to see Taylor Mays up close and in 3-D Saturday night — but some aren’t sure that’s a good thing.During the Ohio State vs. USC football game tomorrow, the Galen Center will be turned into a 3-D movie theater, complete with 3-D glasses.“It’s going to look a lot like the HD graphics on normal TV,” said Anthony Bailey, vice president of emerging technologies for ESPN. “But when something is coming towards a low-lying camera, it will look like it’s right in front of you.”USC partnered with ESPN to provide the 3-D broadcast. As it is a new technology, ESPN will use Saturday’s event to help gauge fans interest in watching sports in 3-D.“It’s an intriguing matchup between USC vs. Ohio and it would provide a good opportunity to test during a premier game,” said Colleen Lynch, associate communications manager for ESPN.For the event, the Galen Center will put up three screens, each 40-feet wide and almost 23-feet tall. The three screens will form a U-shape around the video board hanging in the center of the arena, Bailey said.In addition to the 2-D broadcast from the field, seven 3-D cameras will also send feeds to the Galen Center screens.ESPN has been researching 3-D broadcasting for the past two years, Lynch said. They are waiting to see how people respond to this broadcast before they make any long-term decisions about how 3-D technology will be used in the future.All of the roughly 6,000 tickets for the event have been given out. Tickets were free and distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, but 1,200 were reserved for USC students, said Craig Kelley, assistant director of marketing for USC’s athletic departmentWhile some students were excited by the broadcast, others said they weren’t convinced the 3-D showing will enhance the viewing experience.“I think it will be good,” said Elise Welch, a junior majoring in psychology. “I have always been critical of 3-D, but I have heard there have been improvements, so I’m excited to see it.”However, Welch said the 3-D element may make the game more difficult to understand.Samantha Klein, a junior majoring in fine arts, said she plans to attend the screening, partly because she has never seen a 3-D event before.“I’m curious to see what they do with it in the context of a sports game,” Klein said.Tara Marquez, a junior majoring in philosophy, law and politics, said the large screens and action of the game might make following the play distracting.“There might be too much going on on the screen,” Marquez said.Matt Broaddus, a junior majoring in English who describes himself as a lifelong football fan was also a bit hesitant.Broaddus said he does not plan to go to the 3-D broadcast. Instead, he will watch the game on normal TV.“It’s kind of interesting,” he said. “At the same time, it’s kind of weird. I’m apprehensive about it. It’s so different that it kind of turns me off.”last_img read more