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Two New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Cattaraugus County On Saturday

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) LITTLE VALLEY – Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cattaraugus County on Saturday.The Cattaraugus County Health Department says the 38th case involves a male resident who lives in the northwest part of the county.The man, officials say, first became ill on Monday after having travel history to Buffalo for his employment.“He was tested (on Thursday) after being symptomatic because he has two family members that are healthcare workers,” said officials. The 39th confirmed case is a woman living in the northeast part of the county who works at a nursing home in Buffalo. She was tested negative for COVID-19 on April 22.“(She was) asymptomatic for the most part except for a dry cough,” explained officials. “She was retested on April 30 since testing was offered for healthcare employees, and her test results on May 1 indicated that she was positive for COVID-19.”The department has now begun a contact tracing investigation in both cases.No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Saturday.last_img read more

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Two Jamestown Woman Arrested, Charged In Federal Meth Bust

first_imgStock Image JAMESTOWN – Two City of Jamestown women were arrested after police and federal investigators allege they planned to sell methamphetamine in the local area.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo says that Antasia Babcock, 27, and Celeste Carr, 34, were charged in separate criminal complaints on Thursday.Prosecutors say the duo are charged with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and maintaining a premises for drug use and distribution.The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Babcock’s Wescott Street residence in October where officers seized one pound of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, drug paraphernalia, and approximately $62,000 in cash. That same day, the task force executed another New York State search warrant at defendant Carr’s residence, which was also located on Wescott Street in Jamestown.During that search, law enforcement officers recovered approximately 15 ounces of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, approximately 3 ounces of suspected fentanyl, packaging material, a digital scale, and a drug ledger.The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.The arrests are the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, under the direction of Jamestown Police Chief Timothy Jackson, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division. 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

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This Week’s Picks! Stay Up with Patrick Stewart & More

first_imgHey, you, sweating on the treadmill to get that perfect beach bod. You know the summer is pretty much over, right? You tried. Now it’s time for a well-deserved rest. Let us help. There’s a new off-Broadway show about an Elvis impersonator’s career change, an old favorite’s return to a Broadway staple, and a concert that will satisfy your 1980s nostalgia pangs. Get ready for this week’s picks! Catch a Convict’s ReturnBegins August 22 at Ambassador Theatre Even with Rumer Willis sidelined with an injury, Chicago still has plenty of reasons to recommend it. Come on now. You don’t spend almost 20 years on Broadway by accident. The latest asset: the return of Carly Hughes! The Great White Way vet will reprise her role of Velma Kelly through September 4 as Amra-Faye Wright takes a brief hiatus from the fishnets. Click for tickets! Head to a Drag Show Begins August 20 at Lucille Lortel Theatre How does an Elvis impersonator, residing in the Florida panhandle no less, make ends meet when responsibility rears its head? He turns to the world of drag! The financial imbroglio economists have been tackling for ages is finally resolved thanks to The Legend of Georgia McBride. Dave Thomas Brown (Heathers) stars as the drag newbie in Matthew Lopez’s comedy, which begins previews today. Click for tickets! View Comments Behold Backstage Drama on the Big ScreenAugust 21 in theaters and video on demand You’re flattering us, Hollywood. Really. You send your biggest movie stars to the Great White Way. And you can’t stop making movies about Broadway. First, there was Birdman and now She’s Funny That Way, a madcap comedy involving a Broadway director, his call girl-turned-actress, his wife, the call girl’s therapist, and others (believe it or not). Directed by Peter Bogdonavich, the film stars Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, and Imogen Poots. Curl Up with Patrick Stewart August 18 on CBSPatrick Stewart is pretty much a walking good time, whether he’s on the Broadway stage, social media or hanging out with BFF Ian McKellen. So he’s a perfect guest for a talk show, especially one as fun as The Late Late Show with James Corden. So skip your usual eight hours sleep to see our favorite bald-pated actor, now starring in the comedy series Blunt Talk, wax eloquent—and provide water cooler conversation starters. Go Back to the Future in MidtownAugust 21 at 54 BelowIf you’re a fan of Back to the Future—and who isn’t?—you have two options this week. You can watch the movie for the 15,802 time or you can see a concert inspired by the awesome soundtrack. Headlined by two appropriate choices—Mitchell Jarvis and Justin Sargent of Rock of Ages—54 Sings Back to the Future features Broadway talent taking the film’s signature songs for a spin. Great Scott! Click for tickets.last_img read more

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Guidelines for Leftovers

first_imgFor many families, the prospect of turkey sandwiches and turkey soup after Thanksgiving is almost as exciting as the big meal itself.While that succulent leftover turkey may be tempting, proper food handling is necessary to keep that after-holiday treat from becoming a food-poisoning trap.“Leftover turkey will keep in the refrigerator, at or below 40 degrees (Fahrenheit), for three or four days,” said University of Georgia Extension food safety specialist Judy Harrison. “Use the stuffing and gravy within one or two days.”Here are Harrison’s tips for prolonging the enjoyment of your Thanksgiving turkey without risking illness.Stuffing SafetyIt is best to cook stuffing outside the turkey, but if you stuff the bird, you need to remove the stuffing from the bird before it’s brought to the table. Harmful bacteria are more likely to be a problem if the stuffing stays in the bird after cooking.Go ahead set aside some “leftover” stuffing before you serve dinner, and put it up in the refrigerator.Put a timer on that turkeyDon’t leave the turkey out after the meal. From the time the turkey comes out of the oven, you have about two hours to carve it, serve it and then refrigerate or freeze the leftovers.So that it cools quickly once it’s in the refrigerator, slice the meat, and store both meat and stuffing in shallow, covered containers.Be realistic about how much turkey you can eat in four days, and freeze the rest.Freeze it for the futureFor longer-term storage in the freezer, Harrison recommends packing leftovers in freezer containers, freezer paper or in heavy-duty aluminum foil to avoid freezer burn.Frozen turkey, stuffing and gravy should be eaten within a month for best quality.Be sure to bring any leftover gravy or other liquid leftovers to a rolling boil before serving. Reheat any solid leftovers like stuffing or meat to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, measured with a food thermometer.last_img read more

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BioTek Instruments receives Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business Award

first_imgBioTek Instruments,This morning at the Opening Ceremonies of the Vermont Business & Industry EXPO, organized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Governor Jim Douglas presented the highly anticipated Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award to BioTek Instruments, Inc of Winooski. BioTek is the 20th winner of this annual award that was conceived by Vermont Business Magazine and the Chamber in 1990.In an effort to recognize and honor Vermont s best companies, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine created the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award in 1990. Named for the former Governor of Vermont, this annual award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique.BioTek Instruments, Inc. is a privately held and family-run business that was founded in 1968. The organization develops instruments used to facilitate the drug recovery process and to aid in the advancement of life science research. This evolving company is committed to continued financial growth, the welfare of its employees and reducing the company s impact on the environment, making it a strong contender for this prestigious award. BioTek s dedication to its employees, the community, and the environment is impressive, said Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. This company exemplifies the spirit of Vermont business and is most deserving of the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business distinction.Aside from the Winooski location, BioTek maintains offices in Germany, France, Switzerland, the UK, Singapore, China, and India. All locations combined employ nearly 300 people, 259 of whom are located in Vermont. Since 2005, a 52 percent increase in its workforce encouraged BioTek to build a cutting-edge laboratory, adding 8,000 square feet to the Winooski property. With growing workforce numbers, the employee record reports an impressive retention rate with the average tenure of a BioTek employee exceeding 10 years and 18 percent averaging more than 20 years.The company has also shown great strides in sales and growth over the past five years. Since 2005, BioTek sales have increased 78 percent, a striking number given the recent economy. BioTek has demonstrated many unique qualities that made it stand out in the crowded field of applicants seeking this highly respected award, said John Boutin, Publisher of Vermont Business Magazine. The company s proven track record of success is to be commended.BioTek management offers an open-door policy for the staff, encouraging thoughts on policy adjustments to decrease costs or increase employee satisfaction. Annual reviews are holistically approached, based on the individual in the present, past and with a focus on the future. BioTek also promotes continued education by offering 100 percent tuition reimbursement and a Bonus Pool that pays a uniform amount to each person, since every employee is considered an equal contributor to the company.BioTek s commitment to employees is apparent and so is its dedication to the community. The organization encourages all staff to participate in community programs in order to strengthen the bond with the local community.Listed in the top five principals of BioTek s mission statement is a pledge to reduce the company s overall impact on the environment. In 2008, the company created a team of employees dedicated to continually promoting employee involvement in cleaning up its procedures. The Green Team coordinates with Efficiency Vermont and Chittenden Solid Waste District to ensure the preservation of Vermont s natural environment. Since the team was established, BioTek expanded its original recycling program, upgraded its buildings to meet strict environmental codes, created a composting policy and switched to recycled, compostable materials. Employees are also encouraged to carpool to work or receive financial reimbursement for using a bicycle.In order for a business to win the award, they must show growth in sales or employment, commitment of company resources for participation in community projects, encouragement of employees to be involved in community events, recognition of the importance of the environment to the state as a natural and economic resource, and addressing employee concerns/needs to create a positive work environment for all employees. The business must have also been based in Vermont for at least 10 years.Many Vermont companies exemplify the standards by which the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business Award nominees are judged, but only three could be distinguished as finalists for this 20 year-old award. The three finalists for this year s Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business Award were: BioTek Instruments, Inc. of Winooski, The Foley Family of Companies of Rutland, and Small Dog Electronics of Waitsfield.Photo 1: BioTek Instruments, Inc. receives the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award presented by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine during the Opening Ceremonies of EXPO. From the left: Governor Jim Douglas, Adam Alpert Vice President of BioTek, Briar Alpert President and CEO of BioTek, John Boutin-Publisher of Vermont Business Magazine, and Betsy Bishop-President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.Photo 2: BioTek Instruments, Inc. receives the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award presented by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine during the Opening Ceremonies of EXPO. From the left: Governor Jim Douglas, Briar Alpert President and CEO of BioTek, Adam Alpert Vice President of BioTek, and John Boutin-Publisher of Vermont Business Magazine.Photo 3: Vermont Business & Industry EXPO Opening Ceremony Ribbon Cutting. From the left: Vermont Chamber President Betsy Bishop, Governor Jim Douglas, and Vermont Chamber Board Chair Mark Saba.The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest state-wide private, not-for-profit business organization represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 5.26.2010###last_img read more

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Smoky Was Wrong: Why Our Forests Need Fire

first_imgThe first reports of the fire in Shenandoah National Park arrived at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, citing smoke several miles up the Rocky Mount Trail in the south district.Shenandoah National Park Assistant Fire Management Officer Matt Way reported for work and hiked the Rocky Mount Trail from the park’s western boundary to find a 50-acre fire burning a few ridges below Skyline Drive.The fire was too large and intense to make a safe direct attack with the few firefighters on site. Instead, Way worked with law enforcement officers to evacuate hikers from the trail, and he began to develop a suppression plan that would use additional resources and require clearance to use chainsaws and leaf-blowers—key tools to fighting eastern fires, but ordinarily prohibited in wilderness areas.Driven by wind and burning through stands of mountain laurel, pine and oak, the fire rapidly grew. Way initially planned to use existing trail breaks to contain the fire, which had grown to more than 200 acres by the next morning. By day three, the fire had reached 2,000 acres. Crews headed down a trail to establish a fire line and halt the fire’s southern progress, but with the dry conditions and gusty wind that day, the fire beat them there and jumped the trail just as they arrived. Soon flames were racing up the ridge toward Skyline Drive.The firefighters repositioned themselves to track the fire’s progress from the Brown Mountain overlook. What they saw was one of the fire’s most intense moments. Driven by winds and steep slopes, the fire roared up the mountain. It devoured leaf litter, dead snags, and mountain laurel in the understory, and when it hit drier pine stringers, it used the laurel as a ladder fuel to climb the trees, scorching them from top to bottom with 60-foot flames.In just 20 minutes, the fire had climbed from the valley bottom to Skyline Drive. As it approached, the gusting wind lofted airborne firebrands to ignite spot fires on the other side of the road. Crews fell back to establish yet another fire line on the Appalachian Trail, which runs along the ridgetop above the road. This line held, but aided by winds, a lack of rain and low relative humidity, the fire continued to burn in other directions, including toward private property and houses to the north and west.Park Superintendent Jim Northrup wrote in an open letter posted on Facebook:“It is important for the public to understand that allowing the fire to come to these stopping points, where safe, defensible positions have been prepared, is not the same as ‘letting the fire burn’ out of control.”The Rocky Mountain Fire of 2016 continued for another two weeks, burning 10,234 acres before officials declared it controlled in early May. It burned down to the park boundary on its north and west sides, and actually crossed the boundary into Beldor Hollow, but no structures were harmed. The Rocky Mountain Fire was only half the size of the 24,000-acre Shenandoah Complex fire of 2000, but it still ranks as park’s second largest fire in recent memory, and it serves as an example of how fire continues to play an important role in forests, even in the temperate rain forests of the Blue Ridge.Brown Mountain overlook panorama_FIXBrown Mountain Overlook.Fire plays a crucial role in the shape of the world, included with air, earth and water as one of the classical elements. Native Americans routinely used fire to make forests more productive for wildlife and game, effectively altering the ecology of Southern Appalachia. English settlers continued the trend, burning to open the understory, aiding in hunting and traveling, while also facilitating new plant growth for wildlife and domestic grazing animals. A 1908 report by a U.S. Senate committee reported that Appalachia “has suffered incalculable damage from fire, which in many localities still burns every year unchecked.”Today, fire continues to do what it’s always done. But in an age of climate change, suburbanization, and ecological changes, the physical, cultural and political landscapes around fire have shifted along with the way we conceptualize it.Much of that evolution has been framed by how public lands agencies manage fire. The U.S. Forest Service was still a fledgling institution in 1910 when it fought what became known as “the Big Blowup” on the Idaho-Montana border. The blaze burned more than a million acres in three days, creating its own weather, devouring entire canyons with giant fireballs, and forcing mass evacuations.The Forest Service suffered a crushing defeat, yet the Forest Service’s creator and most outspoken champion, Gifford Pinchot, wove into a grand narrative numerous heroic moments by federal officials—running toward the fire when everyone else was fleeing, taking shelter in abandoned mine shafts and creekbeds, and helping evacuate towns in the fire’s path. This narrative both guaranteed the Forest Service’s survival and ensured it would spend decades focused primarily on fire suppression.The Big Blowup’s veterans defined federal fire policy for decades to come: Willam Greeley emerged as Forest Service chief and prioritized fire suppression above all else. Meanwhile Elers Koch—whose obituary appeared in newspapers after the Big Blowup before he emerged from the forests still alive and with an intact crew—advocated for fire as an important component of forest health. For most of the century, Greeley’s views dominated federal policy, but over time, Koch’s influence grew as agencies began to recognize fire as a necessary ecological force, not only desirable but essential for many species of plants and animals. Smokey has been sending the wrong message: wildfire is as natural and necessary as rain for forest health.Today, fire policy continues to evolve. The National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service both look for opportunities to let fire run when they can, as long as it doesn’t endanger firefighters or private property.“We’re more populated in the East compared to the West, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have opportunities to achieve ecological objectives,” says Riva Duncan, fire management officer for North Carolina’s National Forests. “We look for opportunities. We had a fire last summer, an unusual lightning fire in summer without rain, that we were able to manage for multiple objectives. We got about 2,000 acres out of it.”Allowing a fire to burn to accomplish ecological goals, however, must be weighed against other considerations, primarily the safety of crews and the proximity of private land and structures.“We want a fire that we can pretty much keep it where we want it, providing good ecological effects, whether to soil, to wildlife, to vegetation, and certainly we want to minimize impacts to the public,” Duncan says. “Every single fire we really have to look at differently and decide if we can meet our objectives. If we don’t think we can, we’ll do our best to suppress it.”In managing the spring fire in Shenandoah National Park, fire officials chose not to make a direct attack because it was difficult to do so on rugged terrain in unfavorable weather conditions without endangering firefighters. Instead, they pulled back and made a stand at defensible locations—roads, trails, natural barriers and constructed fire lines.The fire strategy came about from prioritizing firefighter and public safety, but the Rocky Mountain Fire of 2016 still produced a wealth of ecological benefits.In late June, two months after the fire was contained, its aftermath could still be seen in charred ground cover and scorched trees, but already sedges and ferns had reclaimed the forest floor, covering the charred-black ground with a vibrant green.“This is pretty much what we’re going to see at this point in the game,” says Way. “There’s vegetation growing back. Mother Nature is going to heal the scars.”Thin pine trees where the fire burned hottest were completely scorched, but National Park Service fire ecologist Missy Forder says the thick-barked pines are “pretty bombproof,” and even those that do die will likely be replaced, since they also released cones that rely on flames to reach the temperatures required for them to release seeds.“The fire will have positive impacts on the vegetation and the wildlife,” Forder says. “It will regenerate those oaks and acorns. New, succulent vegetation that comes out pulls in wildlife. You’ll see different bird species, different animal species, things that haven’t been in that area because it’s been the same [ecological] structure. Fire alters it and makes it much more of a destination for different species.”The same factors that make recently burned areas attractive for native plants and wildlife also create opportunities for invasive species, so biologists also must monitor them for exotics such as wavyleaf basketgrass, princess tree, and oriental bittersweet.Not everyone is convinced of fire’s touted ecological effects. During the Shenandoah spring fire, residents along the park’s northern and western boundaries grew nervous as the flames grew closer. The various agencies involved in fighting the fire were able to use heavier equipment outside the park’s wilderness area, with the Virginia Department of Forestry pitching in with bulldozers to help cut fire lines.In North Carolina, residents near Linville Gorge fought against a federal proposal for a prescribed burn. The burn, budgeted at about $4.5 million, would have been planned for 16,586 acres of mostly wilderness but also some areas near private land. Opponents formed Save Linville Gorge Wilderness as a chapter of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and rallied public opposition, which succeeded in putting the project on hold, likely for good.Lonnie Crotts, Save Linville Gorge Wilderness’s public engagement coordinator, argues that prescribed burning rarely improves the health of forests.“Prescribed burning is driven by a supply of federal money that began in 2001 with ‘forest landscape restoration’ legislation under the George W. Bush administration,” Crotts wrote in an email. “This money provides much desired income to agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service … which creates a bias for the ‘need’ for more fire in our environment.”Crotts’ arguments against prescribed fire in the gorge include: concerns that human-caused fires may rage out of control; carbon release contributing to climate change; invasive species that thrive in burned areas and may cause more fire; air quality impacts made by the particulates released in fire; and threats to fire-sensitive endangered species.Crotts also points to a 2012 fire in Croatan National Forest, near the North Carolina coast, that started as a prescribed burn but which spread to more than 20,000 acres. The fire didn’t threaten private property, but it did result in “code red” air quality warnings in three counties, and smoke could be smelled as far away as Raleigh.The halting of prescribed burning in Linville Gorge doesn’t mean the end of fire there. Nearly 20,000 acres in the gorge have burned since 2000 from fires that weren’t planned (although three of the four fires during that time were human-caused).Odds are fire that will strike Linville Gorge again. So long as they can keep firefighters safe and private property protected, federal officials are likely to let it burn.“Because of the nature of topography there, it’s rare we can safely put people in the gorge to fight it,” Duncan says. “With fires in the gorge, we have to wait until it comes to us.”RockyMountFire_21Apr2016_ByTomDaly-1_FIXPhoto by Tom DalyDespite the impasse at Linville Gorge, the Forest Service and other land managers continue to conduct prescribed burns and manage unplanned fires for ecological goals when possible. In 2015, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), fire crews conducted 37,263 prescribed burns that affected a total of 2.9 million acres, with state agencies accounting for about half of that, and the U.S. Forest Service for another third.Overall, more than 10 million acres across the country burned in wildfires in 2015, according to the NIFC. In the Southeast—a large geographic area that includes southern Appalachia but also extends west to Texas—an average of 910,000 acres burn each year from human-caused fires and 224,000 acres from lightning-caused fires.Most of those fires burned unevenly in a mosaic pattern, scorching some areas while leaving others relatively unscathed. The mosaic pattern left by fire aids in recovery, as vegetative heterogeneity leads to more biodiversity as different ecotypes overlap. That patchiness also can disguise the effects of fire, especially to an untrained eye observing a burned area just a few months afterward.In Shenandoah National Park, land that was ablaze a couple of months ago is now covered in green, obscuring the ashes that still cover the ground. If one is closely watching the trail ahead or in deep thought, it’s possible to wander through a burned area without even noticing. That rapid recovery may also lull us into believing that fire has been eradicated from the landscape in which we live and play. But fire continues to shape the natural environment, as it has for millennia and as it will into the future, despite all efforts to eradicate and manage it.WOMEN AND WILDFIREArrive on the site of a wildfire and you’ll find fire engines, staffed by crews clad in yellow and green, lots of shovels and pulaskis, and the smell of smoke. One thing not likely to be present: A significant number of women.Federal land agencies, traditionally dominated by men, have started to hire more women, including for leadership positions. Still, that progress hasn’t translated to wildfire jobs, according to numbers compiled by Brenda Dale, a U.S. Forest Service fire management officer. Women hold only 11 percent of permanent wildfire jobs in the Forest Service; by contrast they make up nearly 40 percent of its overall workforce. In the agency’s Southern region, only three women hold supervisory fire jobs, compared to 94 men.Duncan says the numbers are getting worse instead of better.“It’s something I scratch my head over all the time—there are fewer women now in fire than at any time in the last 15 years,” says Riva Duncan, fire management officer for North Carolina’s National Forests.In the Southwest U.S., Bequi Livingston first joined a fire crew in 1979. She worked with wildfire for three decades, and in 2012, she established the Women in Wildland Fire program to pay her experiences forwardThe program provides young women with fire training in a supportive environment, creating an opportunity to land a job on a seasonal fire crew. It also creates a foundation for its graduates to eventually work their way into leadership positions.The eastern version of the Women in Wildland Fire program looks quite different than out West, however. Eastern fires tend to occur in the spring and fall, when dry leaf litter covers the ground, while western fires mostly happen in the summer. That means college students often can’t participate on a regular basis.The few young women who do pursue fire training in the East often go west during the fire season. Duncan sees her job as providing the training and helping participants find opportunities, like one woman who trained in North Carolina and then joined a hotshot crew in California.“We certainly look for young women who like physical challenges, are physically fit, who like the adventure,” Duncan says.Related Content:last_img read more

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February 1, 2006 Letters

first_img February 1, 2006 Letters Letters Paralegal Regulation While I have been only a casual observer of the proposed bill to regulate paralegals, I found that there may already be an impact to the proposal that paralegals be certified and/or have mandatory qualifications.A paralegal, who was awaiting certification results, interviewed with our firm and sought a salary range which was $10,000 more than insurance defense firms might typically pay new(er) associates. The paralegal’s requested salary was also above the median state government attorney’s salary ($60,000) which was reported in the News ’ December 1, 2005, article, “Florida Lawyers Sound Off on State of the Profession.”During the interview, the discussion turned to her qualifications and the fact that she met the proposed standards, unlike the competition she predicted was out there, and that her certification warranted this significant salary. In all fairness, she did have a solid work history.I have seen noncertified paralegals with exceptional skills and certified paralegals with mediocre skills. I wonder (aloud) if market forces, high standards in the workplace, and attorney supervision might solve the “problem” of paralegal qualifications. Otherwise, this new regulation appears only to drive up the salaries of paralegals, which sooner or later will get passed to clients (who probably thought they were already getting quality, supervised work).While not exactly comparable, there is an overlap between the work of a good paralegal and a new lawyer. A key similarity is they both need supervision by an experienced lawyer, who in turn is controlled by market forces, client satisfaction, and the ethics rules. If the bill passes and paralegal salaries do go up, I don’t know if we can predict better paralegals, but we likely can predict more expensive ones. Given the choice, I suspect firms might choose to hire and develop (cheaper) new lawyers than bring on a costly paralegal. Christopher B. Hopkins West Palm Beach Metadata I did not know what metadata was. I saw the article in the January 1 News about lawyers extracting the underlying hidden data in electronically transmitted documents in order to see the way it was edited and what the drafters had to say privately about it.They can extract this data because every edit and comment is still on the document, though hidden, when it goes out. That way, they use the electronic transmission technology against the drafter, by knowing all the corrections and ideas that were made.As a lawyer, I am generally sick of lawyers anyway. I thought I was appalled that anyone would do this. Actually, I was hurt. Hurt that there actually has to be some kind of “rule” contemplated to control it. What kind of unethical slime would do that? What kind of unethical slime would need policing by rule to keep from doing it? If there is a banner of what is wrong with us, this is it. L. William Porter II Havana February 1, 2006 Letterslast_img read more

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Will digital disruption result in another financial industry crisis?

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Could the banking industry revisit the financial crisis of 2008?According to a 52-page analysis from McKinsey entitled, “The Phoenix Rises: Remaking the Bank for an Ecosystem World,” that is what banks and credit unions must be prepared for if there isn’t an increased focus on digitalization and a new perspective on what constitutes the banking ecosystem. Bottom line, the threat from digital technology players like Amazon, Tencent, Alibaba and Google is accelerating, and banks could be relegated to commodity providers in less than a decade if the industry doesn’t rethink how it delivers financial services.McKinsey estimates that fully digitizing, along with significantly improving skills in digital marketing and analytics, could add $350 billion to the banking industry’s bottom line over the next three to five years. In addition, if the banking industry could find ways to compete effectively with big tech companies like Amazon, Alibaba and Tencent, an ROE between 9% and 14% is possible by 2025.Alternatively, if the financial services industry does not rethink distribution, and if retail and corporate customers switch their banking to digital companies at the same rate that people have adopted new technologies in the past, the industry’s ROE, absent any mitigating actions, could fall by roughly 4 points, to 5.2 percent by 2025. This is close to the levels experienced in 2008, during the worst of the 2008 financial crisis. continue reading »last_img read more

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PM Johnson back to work as UK virus problems mount

first_imgTopics : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to work on Monday more than three weeks after being hospitalized for the coronavirus and spending three days in intensive care.Johnson, one of the highest-profile people to have contracted the virus, returned to 10 Downing Street on Sunday evening and will chair a meeting on Monday morning of the coronavirus “war cabinet”, his colleagues confirmed.Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary who has deputized in Johnson’s absence, told the BBC on Sunday that his return would be a “boost for the government and a boost for the country”. In a video message after leaving hospital, Johnson thanked “Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal” for helping him recover.On medical advice, he has not been doing official government work during his convalescence but has spoken to Queen Elizabeth and US President Donald Trump on the phone.The British leader was diagnosed with the virus late last month but initially stayed at Downing Street and was filmed taking part in a round of applause for health workers in the days before he went to hospital. Raab also claimed the prime minister was “raring to go”.Johnson, 55, was admitted to hospital on April 5 suffering from “persistent symptoms” of the deadly disease. His condition worsened and he later admitted after being put in intensive care that “things could have gone either way”.He was discharged on April 12 and has been recuperating at his official residence, west of London. Back but facing problems Some critics have described the government as being rudderless in his absence.Britain has been one of the countries worst affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, with the number of deaths reaching 20,732 in the days before Johnson’s return.The actual toll could be much higher when deaths in the community are taken into account, particularly at care homes.The rise in fatalities put the spotlight on the government’s approach and led to questions about shortages in protective equipment and a lack of widespread testing, particularly for frontline health staff.One major decision Johnson will face is whether or not to relax strict social distancing rules which he introduced on March 23.This was extended on April 16 and a review is due on May 7, with pressure building from political allies and foes for the government to make clear its intentions over extending or relaxing the lockdown.On Sunday, Raab said lockdown rules would “be with us for some time” and were the “new normal”, adding that ministers could not “allow the coronavirus to get a grip back on the country”.Johnson faces calls from within his own party to ease restrictions and will also find a letter in his in-tray from new opposition Labor party leader Keir Starmer asking for details on a potential lifting of the lockdown.And he will be confronted with a political row over the role played by his chief adviser Dominic Cummings after it emerged he attended meetings of a supposedly independent scientific group advising ministers on the coronavirus. last_img read more

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David Luiz responds to Unai Emery’s criticism of Arsenal players

first_img Comment Unai Emery was sacked in November following a terrible run of results (Picture: Getty)Luiz, meanwhile, has been one of the main beneficiaries of Mikel Arteta’s appointment as Emery’s permanent replacement and the experienced Brazilian is full of praise for the former club captain.He added: ‘I think we are doing things every single week in a positive way, we are improving.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Then in the end we start to get some results and we start to think about the table, start to think we still have the possibility and then we try until the end to do our best in the season.‘I am happy with the team, I am happy with how we are understanding better what Mikel wants from us every week. We are improving as a team.’MORE: Arsenal eye summer transfer move for Jonathan TahMORE: Ray Parlour sends message to Arsenal over Bukayo Saka amid Manchester United and Liverpool links David Luiz has improved significantly under the management of Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)David Luiz insists he harbours no ill-will towards Unai Emery, despite the former Arsenal manager blaming senior players for his downfall.Emery was sacked in November, barely 18 months after succeeding Arsene Wenger, following a calamitous run of results which left the Gunners in the bottom half of the Premier League table.The Spaniard cited the attitude of several senior players as a factor in his failure to build on a promising start, but Luiz maintains the three-time Europa League winning coach is a top class manager.He said: ‘I think he was a great, great guy, great coach. In football we need results, if the results aren’t coming everybody is going to try to find out why.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think he has his vision and we have to accept that in a nice way and in a humble way.’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Feb 2020 11:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Advertisement David Luiz responds to Unai Emery’s criticism of Arsenal players Advertisementlast_img read more

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