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) JAMESTOWN – As we begin the first full week of October, temperatures will remain below average with a brief warm-up mid-week. Sunday will remain chilly with scattered rain showers possible in the afternoon. Otherwise mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-50’s.A few rain showers will stick around for early Monday before skies clear in the afternoon as high pressure builds in late Monday into Tuesday allowing for a brief warm-up Tuesday. Highs on Monday in the upper-50’s. High pressure will stick around long enough to provide for a dry sunny day on Tuesday. Highs reach around 65.High pressure moves out by late Tuesday allowing for another system Wednesday that will bring a return for a change of rain showers with highs around 60.Cooler air returns for Thursday and Friday with temperatures once again back in the mid-50’s. Some remaining moisture for Thursday will provide a few rain showers. Otherwise both days will see some sunshine.Any remaining moisture with the colder air may provide for the first few wet snow flakes of the season well inland on Thursday night. Don’t expect any accumulation. This will be very light and insignificant.Dryer warmer air looks to return next weekend with highs returning to the mid-60’s.Also a weather announcement, the National Weather Service Buffalo New York Doppler radar will be out of service starting this upcoming Thursday, October 8th for around one week while technicians work on updates. Radars in Cleveland, State College, and Binghamton will help to provide some coverage during the outage.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.
Vermont’s Congressional Delegation ‘ Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) ‘ reported Tuesday that 18 Vermont farms and rural businesses will share $3,750,930 in grants and loans to support energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy projects. The loans and grants are being made through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).The Vermont projects include nearly $2 million in grants and loans for the installation of agricultural methane production, electrical generation facilities at two farms in Addison County and a loan of $1.5 million to support the Addison Solar Farm now under construction on Route 7 in Vergennes. Ten Vermont maple producers will receive grants of up to $14,000 to improve energy efficiency, reducing the fuel needed to run their evaporators and sharpen the productivity of their sugaring operations. Other projects include additional solar voltaic installations and energy efficiency improvements on dairy and poultry farms. The full list of the 18 Vermont projects is available online at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/supportdocuments/REAPAWARDSTonsagerNov2010.pd(link is external)… .The high-level interest and activity in Vermont on renewable energy and energy efficiency is reflected in the fact that Vermont ranks sixth among the 50 states in the total number of projects funded.Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said, ‘Renewable energy is a natural for rural areas like Vermont. This is tangible support that will directly boost the bottom line for many farms and small businesses in Vermont, while cutting our dependence on fossil fuels and generating new construction and manufacturing jobs. These are home-grown Vermont initiatives that hew closely to our state’s economic and energy future.’Sanders said, ‘There is little doubt in my mind that in the years to come the energy mix in this state will be very different than it is today ‘ with a far greater reliance on energy efficiency and sustainable energy. This federal support will be a major step forward in moving our state toward a greener economy.’Welch, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said, ‘Vermont’s agricultural community has long recognized the importance of investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy. These grants and loans will help reduce farmers’ energy costs while supporting their efforts to harvest another key crop: sustainable energy.’U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said, ‘These loans and grants will generate and save energy for the nation’s farmers and rural small businesses for decades to come.”Source: Vermont congressional delegation. 11.9.2010
Do you want a small-town pace with big-city plates? The slower pace of small-town America is the perfectrespite from today’s high paced society. However, vacationers often believethey must forego other amenities in lieu of the slower pace – namely variedfood options. Craft beer, specialty cocktails, local wine, made-from-scratchdesserts and regional Southern fare brim from table to table in any flavor youcould imagine. Cozy basement wine sippings around the fireplace at TAPS make for the perfect start or end to your evening. Steaks, seafood and live jazz are the specialties at Haywood’s. Dinner and drinks on the breezy terrace at Rocca Bar + Ristorante overlooking Main Street and Halcyon Days Cider Co. and apple orchard labyrinth with incomparable views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are only a few of the come-as-you-are food experiences that should top your list. Looking for deep history and an energizing community? Few places are morealive than a college campus and the surrounding community. But when that youngcollegiate energy radiates alongside deep roots of history, the result ispractically magical. Fusion #3: History + Innovation And before you think finding outdoor adventure means you’ll have to sleep in a tent hidden away in the woods, you may want to take a look at the plentiful lodging options available in the area. From historic hotels, inns and B&Bs, cabin and vacation home rentals to robust campground sites and RV parks, you’ll find the perfect place to rest your head. Relive history as you meander the grounds of Wade’s Mill, a 1750s working grist mill, and Cyrus McCormick Farm, then take a state-of-the-art brewery and packaging plant tour at Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen, a self-guided tour at Lexington Coffee Roasters (one of the nation’s top 12 coffee roasters) or visit the Sheridan Livery to try the wine-on-tap bar, the first of its kind in the Shenandoah Valley. Fusion #1: Small-Town Pace + Foodie Haven Go ahead…find the outdoor adventure you’ve been seeking. And then perhaps you may want to top it off with a stay at the historic and luxurious The Georges hotel in downtown Lexington or Forest Oaks in Natural Bridge. Whether enjoying thenatural outdoor beauty, the deep history or the unique pulse of culture inLexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, the enjoyment of one experienceis heightened, in part, because of the existence of the others. Do you like outdoor adventure and luxury lodging? Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the variety of adventures awaiting them here in Rockbridge County, VA. Bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hike lush green mountain ridges of the Appalachian Trail. Paddle along the tranquil Upper James River Water Trail or fish the plentiful streams and rivers throughout the valley. Explore the karst landscape in Natural Bridge State Park and the Caverns of Natural Bridge and Devil’s Marbleyard. Learn more at lexingtonvirginia.com. The fortress-like presence of Virginia Military Institute serves as the sentry of Lexington, amicably giving way just beyond to the red brick sidewalks and quaint shops that speak of days gone by. Fusion #2: Outdoor Adventure + Excellent Lodging Choices But in Lexington, VA and surrounding areas, foodies need not worry. With a storied list of sweet and savory bites, any pallet will be fully satisfied. Chefs take inspiration from what’s local and fresh, filling your plate with produce plucked that morning by local farmers, steak raised down the road at Buffalo Creek Farm and in-house creations you’ll find nowhere else.
The nation’s reserves remain near a record high as officials appear reluctant to tap them, while Brazilian and Turkish stockpiles have been sliding.Read also: Rating agencies downgrade Indonesian companies on debt repayment concerns amid COVID-19Capital flightExpectations the pandemic will cause a global recession are keeping the risk of capital flight elevated in the weakest links of emerging markets. Global funds have scaled back stock investments in South Korea, Brazil and Turkey, while selling off bonds in countries such as India and Indonesia.The faster-than-expected erosion in Russian reserves also clouds the picture for the ruble given oil prices remain vulnerable to the market-share war with Saudi Arabia. India’s central bank has already been using its record foreign-currency arsenal to defend the rupee.Topics : Emerging-market currencies beaten down by COVID-19 fallout may face a fresh round of selling ahead of the foreign-exchange reserves data that are expected to show big drawdowns.Mexico’s weekly data is set to come out on Tuesday, along with figures from Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines, China, Malaysia, South Africa and Russia. That comes on the heels of a US$9 billion slump in South Korea last month and a $6 billion decline for India since the end of February.Central banks in emerging economies are tapping reserves to stem a decline in their currencies as the coronavirus pandemic induces a rush into the US dollar as a haven. The sliding stockpiles highlight the quandary they face trying to bring stability amid capital outflows, while ensuring they have ammunition for future actions. Read also: Bank Indonesia in talks with US, China on currency swaps“I expect more weakness ahead for EM currencies as demand for dollars will remain strong,” said Khoon Goh, head of Asia research at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Singapore “We can expect to see reserves decline further as central banks continue to smooth FX moves and provide liquidity to the market.”While most emerging-market central banks have greater reserves than they did during the Asian financial turmoil of 1998 and global financial crisis of 2008, the macro economic outlook remains uncertain. The Federal Reserve’s swap lines and a new facility through which developing nations can secure dollars using Treasury holdings will help ease some pressure.Mexico’s monetary authority planned to auction up to $5 billion in dollar-denominated credit using the Fed’s swap line. Its peso is among the worst emerging-market currency performers this year, having lost more than 20 percent of its value.
Advertisement Comment Arsenal boss Unai Emery is interested in deals for Dayot Upamecano and Daniele Rugani (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have been quoted prices to sign Dayot Upamecano and Daniele Rugani as Unai Emery looks to recruit defensive reinforcements before the summer transfer window closes.The Gunners conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season – more than Newcastle United, Leicester City and Everton – and Emery is keen to bolster his options ahead of the new campaign.Arsenal agreed a £27million move for William Saliba last month but the French defender will not arrive at the Emirates until next summer after being sent back to Saint-Etienne on loan.Emery’s squad has also been strengthened by the signings of Nicolas Pepe from Lille and Daniel Cabellos on loan from Real Madrid, but defence remains an area the Gunners are looking at.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWith hopes of signing Celtic ace Kieran Tierney fading, Arsenal have reportedly identified France U21 international Upamecano as their top defensive target ahead of transfer deadline day.Reports on Monday claimed Arsenal had submitted a bid in excess of £55m for the RB Leipzig defender, who has enjoyed two productive seasons in the Bundesliga.That offer is likely to be rejected, however, as The Guardian say Leipzig have informed Arsenal that it will cost £70m to secure a last-minute deal for Upamecano.The north Londoners have also expressed interest in signing Italy defender Rugani from Serie A champions Juventus and were said to be in talks over a deal this week. The Gunners have also looked at signing Rugani from Juventus (Picture: Getty)But Arsenal are now said to be considering a loan move for the 25-year-old, having been quoted a price of £50m to buy him outright this summer.Emery is especially keen to sign a defender before Thursday’s deadline with Laurent Koscielny almost certain to leave the Emirates.The Frenchman refused to travel on Arsenal’s pre-season tour and is pushing for a return to Ligue 1 with both Bordeaux and Rennes interested in striking a deal.Emery was asked about his plans for the remainder of the transfer window on Sunday, following Arsenal’s 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Barcelona.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThe Gunners boss said: ‘It has not changed, our idea and our message.‘Only if we can sign a player who really, really can improve our squad, then we are going to do that. If not, then not.‘We have good competitive players to achieve or try to achieve our target this season and we are going to be looking at something if we can sign someone, but with this idea.‘Only, and only, if we can improve.’MORE: ‘Big mistake’ – Manchester United urged to call off Mario Mandzukic transfer Metro Sport ReporterMonday 5 Aug 2019 9:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares RB Leipzig value star defender Upamecano at £70m (Picture: Getty) Arsenal quoted price to sign transfer targets Dayot Upamecano and Daniele Rugani Advertisement
Governor Wolf Announces Funding for the Development of Kris Jones Company Headquarters, Creation of First Regional Startup Accelerator Program in Wilkes-Barre Economy, Infrastructure, Innovation, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for the development of two vacant buildings in downtown Wilkes-Barre to serve as the headquarters for all Kris Jones companies as well as the home of the region’s first startup accelerator program.“I’m pleased to provide funding to both develop vacant properties and bolster a start-up in the Wilkes-Barre region,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration sees the long-term benefits of supporting projects that provide for expansion, economic development and jobs, and that align with the goals of the many business leaders and entrepreneurs in NEPA.”The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund was approved for a $1 million grant to acquire and renovate two vacant buildings located at 16 and 24 S. River St. in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The renovated buildings will serve as the headquarters of all companies owned by entrepreneur and author Kris Jones, including KBJ Capital and Special Guest App, an entertainment booking service.The project will also house the region’s first startup accelerator program that will give local start-ups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to work directly with Jones to take their company or concept from incubation to a fully-launched, funded, and revenue-generating business. This aligns with the NEPA region’s long-term goal of creating and supporting a strong entrepreneurial community.“First, thank you to Governor Wolf and his administration’s continued support of economic development in the Wilkes-Barre area,” said Representative Eddie Day Pashinski. “The creation of the KBJ Startup Community and specifically the region’s first accelerator program will be a boon to startups and help attract innovative new businesses to our community. I look forward to this project getting started and the return on investment I know we’ll see.”Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development. August 14, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Ireland’s sovereign development fund returned 3.4% last quarter, as exposure increased towards alternative assets.According to the latest quarterly update, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) has seen its cash holdings dip by nearly €90m since the end of 2014.At the same time, its alternatives portfolio grew by €251m, with the increases spread across all five asset classes.While property, infrastructure and absolute return fund portfolios all increased slightly, private equity and commodity holdings rose by €80m and €73m, respectively, accounting for nearly 61% of new assets within alternatives. The ISIF overall saw a 3.4% return from its discretionary portfolio, comprising alternatives, equities, cash and bonds.The fund’s directed portfolio, valued at €13.6bn at the end of March, saw noticeably lower growth, returning 1.2%.The directed portfolio, under the control of the Irish government since it was used to acquire shares of Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Ireland ahead of the country’s bailout, also shrank in size compared with the end of last year, with €1.6bn withdrawn by the Ministry of Finance.The update also revealed ISIF had committed a further €40m to an unnamed venture capital fund that had attracted €35m in third-party capital.The new project, yet to be announced, meant the ISIF had attracted €3.8bn in capital to projects targeting Ireland, ranging from a €300m investment to Irish Water to €18m in funding for a road construction project.With a discretionary portfolio of €7.4bn, the ISIF is meant to act as a development fund, boosting Ireland’s economy.It recently concluded a tender for a peer-to-peer lending fund that it could help finance.
ATP, Danish Investment Funds Association, UK Treasury, Department for Work & Pensions, Jim O’Neill, Ros AltmannATP – ATP’s head of press, pensions and investment, Anders Klinkby Madsen, is moving to the Danish Investment Funds Association (Investeringsfondsbranchen or IFB) to lead the industry body as chief executive from 1 August. The association said that, with the appointment, it was expanding its management in response to growth in the organisation, as well as an increase in the demands placed on it over the last 10-15 years. The IFB’s current director Jens Jørgen Holm Møller will continue in his role alongside Klinkby, focusing particularly on the technical aspects of work within the sector and continuing to represent Denmark within a Nordic, as well as an international, context, the organisation said.UK Treasury – Former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill has been appointed commercial secretary at the UK Treasury by re-elected Conservative prime minister David Cameron. He will also be given a life peerage. Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne, outlining his plans to boost economic activity in the North of England, has said O’Neill will work on devolving power from government, delivering big infrastructure investments and links to emerging economies. UK Department for Work & Pensions – In UK government appointments following last week’s Conservative victory in the general election, Iain Duncan Smith has been re-appointed as secretary of state for work and pensions, while Lord Freud, a Conservative member of the House of Lords, is to continue as minister for welfare reform. Priti Patel has been appointed minister for employment. She was exchequer secretary to the Treasury from July 2014 to May 2015. Ros Altmann, a high-profile independent analyst and commentator on pensions, has become the new minister for pensions, replacing Liberal Democrat Steve Webb, who lost his seat in the election. Altmann is to be given a life peerage. Justin Tomlinson has been given the role of minister for disabled people.
Kind regards Bob McCoskrieNational Director If you have children at school, please do the following:1. Contact your Principal this week and ask them to provide you with the content of any sex education classes, and also whether any outside groups are brought in to teach them. Don’t accept their assurances. Check the material yourself. What they think is acceptable may not be acceptable for you.2. If they refuse or won’t supply all the material, you can complain to the Board of Trustees. In extreme cases, you could apply for the material under the Official Information Act.3. If you are not happy with the content material, or groups such as Rainbow Youth, AIDS Foundation, or Family Planning are coming in to the school, take your concerns to the Board of Trustees. Remember – they are parents just like you, and may be just as concerned as you are when they view the material.4. If you are still concerned, find other parents who are concerned. It won’t be hard. Send a delegation to the school.5. Our recommendation is that you remove your children from any sex education classes – as is your right. READ THE LAW. Yes, your child may feel left out from the rest of the class, but from the feedback we receive, the children who have to stay in are often envious and wish they could also get out of the yucky and embarrassing class. At the end of the day, protecting the moral innocence of your child is the priority. Parents are the best sex educators of their own children.6. You may also like to write to the Minister of Education if you have examples that you believe she should know about firstname.lastname@example.orgRadical sex education agendas have only survived when either parents are unaware of what’s going on, or don’t feel they can do anything about it.It’s time that ‘Parent Power’ cleaned up our classrooms!Please let us know any success stories so we can pass them on. And if you have difficulties dealing with the school, also let us know. How did it even makes its way in to the classroom? But it’s not the first time this has been reported. In one example, a mixed class of boys and girls were asked by the AIDS Foundation if they had masturbated lately and were given condoms and strawberry-flavoured lubricant. They were also given a leaflet featuring graphic pictures, terms including “co*k” and “wa*k”, and advice on the best condoms. Reports in 2011 revealed that 14-year-old girls are being taught how to put condoms on plastic penises, and one female teacher imitated the noises she made during orgasm to her class of 15-year-olds. In yet another example, a concerned father took his 12-year-old son out of a sex education class at his all-boy school after he came home upset about what had happened during one of the lessons. It included a question-and-answer session that focused on, “I have learned that my girlfriend has a thing called a clitoris. I really want to play with it. Is that okay?” The answer was: “Yes, if you ask her and she’s okay with it.”At the end of last year, we alerted the media to plans by Family Planning to introduce ‘sexuality education’ in schools to children aged as young as 5. If we hadn’t spoken up, it would have gone ‘under the radar’ – which is exactly how these groups want to operate.AN EXPERT REVIEW OF THE MATERIALLast year, we released a review of sex education resources recommended to adolescents in NZ and which were taught in NZ schools. The Report “R18: Sexuality Education in New Zealand – A Critical Reviewby US psychiatrist Dr Miriam Grossman found that the resources fail to tell the full facts and compromise the concerns and wishes of parents, and the safety of young people.“A premise of modern sex education is that young people have the right to make their own decisions about sexual activity, and no judging is allowed. Risky behaviours are normalised and even celebrated. Children and adolescents are introduced to sexual activities their parents would prefer they not even know about, let alone practice. It’s reasonable to ask: is the ‘comprehensive sexuality education’ foisted on young people all over the world about sexual health, or sexual licence? While most of these resources claim to promote sexual health, we find, overall, little encouragement of restraint or self-discipline. Instead, students are informed that at any age, sexual freedom is a ‘right’,”warned Dr Grossman.“The information is not accurate, comprehensive, or up-to-date. Sex is seen as risky only when it’s ‘unprotected’. The efficacy of condoms is overstated, in some cases vastly so. The quantitative data about their use is absent. The vulnerability of the immature cervix and the hazards of anal intercourse are omitted. Chlamydia is incorrectly described as ‘easily cured’. Young people are led to believe that sex is easily divorced from emotional attachment. Worst of all, critical life and death information is distorted or ignored. Students are left misinformed, and with a false sense of security. Surely this is the last thing parents want.”You see, the problem is that the current approach in NZ sows confusion about right and wrong and says the moral absolute is – use condoms. The government should only fund evidence-based education resources which are approved by parents, rather than pushing an agenda which is harmful and misleading to youth and inconsistent with the wishes of parents. For those youth who are sexually active, they are not being told the truth. Groups like the Family Planning Association and Rainbow Youth are perpetuating the myth that as long as you use a condom, you can pretty well do what you like in terms of promiscuity, experimentation, and fringe behaviours – with little or no information on the physical or emotional ramifications or prevention of disease. Significantly, when we encouraged parents to visit the curious.org.nz website in the middle of last year, the site disappeared and resurfaced in December with much of the offending information removed.It makes a BIG difference when we speak up and expose what these groups are trying to do.(If you don’t think it could be that bad, take a moment to watch Dr Grossman’s presentation – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IeKSCHXs-0 – but be prepared to be shocked.) WE NEED ‘PARENT POWER’It’s time to get rid of the radical sexual agenda targeted at our children in classrooms!If you’re a parent or grandparent, and are concerned about the increasingly aggressive sexual agenda targeted at our children, we agree with your concerns – and it’s time we took action. At the end of this email are specific action points which we would ask EVERY parent to follow through on.EXAMPLES OF WHAT’S BEING TAUGHTLast Friday, yet another story appeared in the media Explicit sex class divides schoolA school trustee has quit and a family withdrawn their child in protest at an explicit sexual education programme at a West Coast primary, ….delivered to Year 7 and 8 pupils in December. The children were told about oral and anal sex, flavoured condoms, and pleasure points – despite parents being told in writing beforehand that pupils would be taught only the basics. “Eleven, 12 and 13-year-olds don’t need to know this stuff. That’s why we’re mad,” said one parent. …..“As soon as the complaint was laid we stopped the programme cold,” the Principal said.
Press Association The on-loan Liverpool striker netted his fourth goal in the last five appearances for the Irons in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton but Allardyce revealed committing to such one marquee signing could just prove too costly. “The hardest thing is the overall package, the overall negotiation which needs to go on to make sure it can be sustainable in terms of what we can do,” said Allardyce. “I will still point towards financial restrictions being implemented next season – they could blow the whole deal in one go.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce feels new Financial Fair Play rules in the Barclays Premier League next season could “blow the whole deal” for signing Andy Carroll. Premier League clubs last week voted through new regulations which will limit how much of the new television income can be spent on wage bills and there could even be points penalties for severe breaches of the guidelines. Allardyce added: “So in one fell swoop the financial restrictions mean Andy Carroll can’t sign for us from Liverpool because it’s too expensive, even if he wanted to. “Somebody will have a bigger budget than us somewhere, but I tell you that is what’s going to happen, I might not be able to afford Andy Carroll, full stop, even if I wanted him, even if the chairmen wanted him, even if we all wanted him, which we do, it will not be allowed to happen.” Allardyce believes it will take some time before the true impact of the new regulations, which have been brought in to try to level the playing field in the top flight, can be felt. “I suppose across the board when you first introduce something new the fair/unfair scenario has to get sorted out somewhere along the line to find out how you have to tweak it to make it better,” he said. “But if we want Andy Carroll, or any player, and you look at the whole thing, you are going to have to move very quickly now because your budget is going to say that (figure) and you are not allowed to go over that apparently, and because you are not allowed to go over that. “You have to say (to the player) ‘sorry and off you go’, so then it is very difficult to improve your side from last season.”