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Northwest Arena Closed To Public

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) File image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – As the coronavirus outbreak continues and in response to the New York State’s ban on gatherings over 50, the Northwest Arena announced its closing to the public.In a statement released Monday evening, the arena stated: “With increasing restrictions on social and recreational gatherings, Northwest Arena is temporarily closing the facility to the public effective today, Monday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m.”This statement continues, “This includes the walking track, senior skate, public ice skating, ice bumper cars, drop-in hockey, comedy shows, Weight Watchers, and yoga.” Other events including the home and garden show have also been cancelled. The beer and wine festival has been moved until late April.The facility will be open at limited times for pre-scheduled programming with limited capacity. Programming info can be found by calling the Northwest Arena at 716-484-2624. last_img read more

Free salad bars

first_imgThree Georgia high schools will win salad bars for their cafeterias through the Raise the Salad Bar contest. The contest is presented by Dole Food Company, Inc. in partnership with Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s Healthy Kids Georgia project and Georgia 4-H.Tackling obesityHealthy Kids Georgia was formed in 2010 to address childhood obesity in the state. By working with educational leaders from across the state, the program teaches children nutritious school lunch options, increased daily physical activity and the importance of healthy living.“Health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure and low self-esteem all have the effect of holding our children back and keeping them from reaching their true potential,” Cagle said. “Georgia’s youths deserve to be given the tools to live a happy and healthy life, and we have the opportunity through our schools to lead by example in teaching our children wellness and proper nutrition.” “Teaching healthy habits and showing young people that fruits and vegetables can be tasty is a key step in maintaining good eating habits in adults,” said Marty Ordman, vice president of marketing and communications for Dole.To win a salad bar for their school, high school students must submit an essay or video on how their school is working to meet Georgia’s health education standards. The deadline is Feb. 3, 2012.For additional contest details, visit www.raisethesaladbar.com. To learn more about Healthy Kids Georgia, visit www.healthykidsgeorgia.org. For more information on Georgia 4-H, visit www.georgia4h.org. In Georgia, childhood obesity has reached an epidemic level, with nearly a quarter of students considered obese by the time they are in third grade. Healthy Kids Georgia was developed to fight this epidemic.Healthy kids become healthy adultslast_img read more

Marlboro College Graduate Center Announces New BachelorsDegree Program

first_imgThe Marlboro College Graduate Center is pleased to announce a first ever bachelor¹s degree program to begin in September. Thedegree, according to Admissions Director Margaret J. Donahue,, will be inManaging Information Systems (MIS), which will combine technology and business to produce problem solvers in the world of technology. ³Thisprogram will include a lot of hands on work,² Donahue said of the 60-credit, wholly online bachelor¹s program.According to Donahue, graduates who come out of the program with a MIS degree will have the potential to cut across a broad range of professional job opportunities.Some graduates will be able to apply their skills to fields they are already working in while others could go on to help businesses to developonline strategies either as employees or consultants. Known for its masters degree programs, this is the first bachelor¹s degree program the Graduate Center has ever offered.Students who enroll in the MIS program must have either an associate¹s degree or 60 college credits. ³This is mostly for people who have had technology backgrounds but are finding thatthey need a degree to continue on in their fields,² Donahue said. ³They can come here with any combination of credits or certificates and they don¹t necessarily need a technology background.² Donahue said what will make the program different is that students will learn from online classrooms entirely. ³It¹s a two-year program but something they can also do part time,² she said. ³It¹s very flexible so that people can continue to work in their fields and work on their coursework at night.²Though new this year, Donahue said many students have already signed up for the program, which could include students across the country. And for local students, they will have the additional benefit of the Graduate Center facility and equipment at their disposal as part of the program, according to Donahue. An open house has been set for Wednesday, July 31 at the Graduate Center on Vernon Street in Brattleboro where prospective students will be able to get a closer look at the MIS bachelor¹s degree program.That open house will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and is open to the public without reservation. The Graduate Center of Marlboro College also providesfour yearlong master’s degree programs — Systems Integration Management, Internet Strategy Management, Teaching with Internet Technologies, and Internet Engineering. The Technology Center also features an incubator for start-up and existing technology companies and a launch pad for Graduate Center alumni with viable business plans for new tech companies. For more information on any Graduate Center programs or the new bachelor¹s degree program visit www.gradcenter.marlboro.edu(link is external) or call (888) 258-5665.last_img read more

Veteran Vermont Chamber Vice President is the Travel Person of the Year

first_imgVermont travel industry expert Sue Kruthers was named the 2003 Travel Person of the Year at the 21st Annual Vermont Travel Industry Conference (VTIC) November 19, 2003 in Stowe.The VTIC is an independent non-profit organization comprised of a coalition of state, private, non-profit, and business organizations. Each year, a special committee selects the Travel Person of the Year based on the following criteria:* Encourages travelers to visit the state* Helps position Vermont as a friendly and fun place to visit* Represents to Vermonters and visitors why Vermont is a desirable destination* Promotes the value of tourism to the state’s economy* Preserves, protects and promotes the good qualities of Vermont* Works for cooperation with the travel industry among other appropriate industries in the state* Exemplifies what is good within the travel industry and within our local communitiesBruce Hyde, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner, presented the award, stating that “Without Sue Kruthers, our Vermont travel industry would not be what it is today.” Kruthers has been a shining star in Vermont Tourism industry for over 30 years, and in her role as Vice President of Tourism for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, she has been one of the most effective leaders of the travel industry for well over a decade. In January 2003, Kruthers resigned her position working in the travel and tourism industry and accepted the position as the Vermont Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs. “Receiving this award is a great honor as I reflect upon my efforts in the Vermont tourism industry. I have taken on many challenges, and I am thrilled to be recognized for having played an important part in the success of business in Vermont,’ Kruthers said.Kruthers’ experience in the Vermont travel industry is extensive. She serves as President of the Board of the Vermont Film Commission, is a member of the Travel Recreation Advisory Council, has chaired the Vermont Travel Industry Conference Board and is currently Vice Chair of the National Council of Attractions. She was also a founding member of the Vermont Bed & Breakfast/Country Inns Council, and the Vermont Farms Association. With the Vermont Attractions Association, she has guided the organization to become the thriving marketing tool that it is today, with over sixty members, generating a substantial increase in visitors to Vermont attractions annually.last_img read more

Companies see potential in using brownfield sites for new solar generation

first_imgCompanies see potential in using brownfield sites for new solar generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:For two decades, coal has been pulled from a Bent Mountain mine in eastern Kentucky. But in a startling move in the heart of coal country, a rival — solar — is preparing to move on to the land.From Appalachia in the U.S. to Queensland in Australia and Chernobyl in Ukraine, solar and wind farms are being developed or built in places not normally associated with clean energy, and in some regions long resistant to it.Slapping solar panels atop so-called brownfield sites, land that housed mines, emissions-belching power plants or were tarnished by nuclear disaster, can be cheaper than decontaminating the ground and turning it into parkland. At the same time, there’s the prospect of turning environmental foes into friends.“We’re essentially turning these drains on a community into an asset,” said Chad Farrell, chief executive officer of Encore Renewable Energy, a Vermont-based developer that’s contemplating installing solar arrays at coal-ash ponds across Appalachia. “You’re not going to get a large revenue-generating asset on a former landfill.”Solar is already established within the nuclear zone of Chernobyl, at a massive former coal-fired power plant in Canada, and at landfills and other brownfield sites throughout New England, where renewables are popular but land is at a premium. Meanwhile, BHP Group, the world’s biggest mining company, is working on permits and engineering plans to turn legacy sites in Arizona and New Mexico into solar and storage facilities.Regions long dependent on traditional energy sources for jobs and tax revenue are increasingly turning to solar and wind power, cementing their push into the mainstream at a time when the coal industry is ailing. U.S. power produced from burning coal shrank by 6.3 percent in 2018, as almost 13 gigawatts of coal plants were closed, according to BloombergNEF. That’s second only to 2015 when 15 gigawatts of coal-fired plants were shuttered.More: ‘Land no one else wants’ gets solar as coal, nukes fade awaylast_img read more

Meals on Wheels of Broome County braces elements to help community

first_imgThe program benefits over 400 seniors across the county, as volunteers brace the elements. But the Meals on Wheels Program of Broome County has taken steps to ensure that in the event of inclement weather, the senior citizens that rely on the program’s resources will be taken care of. “We are very well-prepared and are in constant contact with the recipients of the meals to make sure that they’re safe,” Schuhle said. At the end of the day, serving Broome County is a top priority for everyone involved at Meals on Wheels When snowstorms and other wintry mixes hit, the program stays in tune with county snow removal teams. “If we get a huge snowstorm, then we would go into emergency mode, and try and get meals out after that,” said Lisa Schuhle, the director of the county’s Office for Aging. “The staff sends out emergency meals. We try and make sure everyone has two days of supplies.” “We do stay connected to emergency services and everyone especially in a huge snowstorm everybody works together well to make sure everyone is taken care of,” Schuhle said. But if the weather outside gets too frightful, Schuhle says the volunteers won’t go out to deliver in order to keep everyone safe. “The volunteers show up in rain, wind, when it’s freezing cold, when we do have some snow remaining, so the volunteers are very dedicated. We are very well prepared for winter, ice or whatever it may be,” Schuhle said. “You have do a things a little slower, because its important to them so I want to make it important to me that I maintain getting to there,” Jones said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — When winter weather hits Broome County, schools and programs often have to shut down because of road conditions. Volunteers like Jim Jones, who has been with the Meals on Wheels program for 26 years, has seen his fair share of snow, but knows the importance of giving back to his community no matter the weather. The program is always looking for donations and volunteers to help with drop-off routes. To get involved, Schuhle asks you contact the Office for Aging.last_img read more

Matteo Guendouzi picks out two ‘super’ players who could beat him to 2019 Golden Boy award

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi picks out two ‘super’ players who could beat him to 2019 Golden Boy award Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Nov 2019 3:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link62Shares Guendouzi is up against significant competition if he is to end his breakthrough year with an individual award and identified Matthijs De Ligt and Joao Felix as possible threats.AdvertisementAdvertisementDe Ligt joined Juventus in the summer after playing a prominent role in Ajax’s European and domestic success last season, while Portuguese sensation Felix signed for Atletico Madrid from Benfica in the summer for an eye-watering £113m.‘It shows that I’ve been working hard at Arsenal and have also done well at international level,’ Guendouzi told Arsenal Player.‘I think it’s a reward for all the hard work that I’ve done at the club and the good displays I’ve produced, but it also reflects my progress in training and how much I’ve come on as a player here.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‘It’s a reward for all my hard work and I’m hugely proud to be part of the 20 players under the age of 21 who’ve been nominated for the Golden Boy award – it’s fantastic.‘There are some super players [nominated]. We know there are players like [Matthijs] De Ligt, the Juve defender, and Joao Felix, the Atletico forward.‘There are fantastic players everywhere and it’s a wonderful award for whoever ends up winning it.’Should Matteo Guendouzi win the Golden Boy award?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan takes major swipe at Unai Emery and accuses Arsenal boss of wasting himMORE: Granit Xhaka open to Newcastle transfer after deciding to leave Arsenal Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi has been nominated for the prestigious Golden Boy award (Picture: Getty)Matteo Guendouzi insists his nomination for the prestigious 2019 Golden Boy award if fully justified.The former Lorient midfielder’s development has represented one of the more positive aspects of Unai Emery’s troubled tenure.Guendouzi was signed for just £7million on the recommendation of Arsenal’s former head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, and the 20-year-old almost immediately cemented a place in the first team, despite being a virtual unknown when he arrived.The combative midfielder was rewarded for his performances this season with a first call-up to the senior France international squad and was unused substitute in last month’s matches against Albania and Andorra.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Advertisement Golden Boy Award | 2019 Nominees Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus, Holland)Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich, Canada),Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan, Italy)Ansu Fati (Barcelona, Spain)Phil Foden (Man City, England)Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal, France)Erling Haaland (RB Salzburg, Norway)Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid, Portugal)Dejan Joveljic (Eintracht Frankfurt, Serbia)Moise Kean (Everton, Italy)Kang-in Lee (Valencia, South Korea)Andrij Oleksijovyc (Valladolid, Ukraine)Danyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands)Mason Mount (Chelsea, England)Rodrygo (Real Madrid, Brazil)Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund, England)Ferran Torres (Valencia, Spain)Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid, Brazil)Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma, Italy) Advertisementlast_img read more

ATP sets sights on non-traditional asset classes with new unit

first_imgATP has set up a unit dedicated to non-traditional assets to identify opportunities currently overlooked by its peers, CIO Henrik Gade Jepsen has said.The Special Situations unit, headed by Niels Christian Wedell-Wedellsborg, will invest in assets that do not sit neatly within the fund’s current investment structure and are therefore at risk of being overlooked – such as opportunities with a combination of equity and debt.“We are very consciously looking at assets that may be hard to fit into traditional asset classes, as they will be the least sought after by the average investor,” Gade Jepsen told the current issue of IPE.He added that the new unit would improve co-ordination between ATP’s subsidiaries, which manage its private equity, real estate and venture-capital holdings. “Today, we have a much closer collaboration between the headquarters and the subsidiaries,” he said.“It is more necessary now than it was 10 years ago when we created the structure because it’s much more difficult today to find good investments.”The CIO also said he was reviewing ATP’s approach of placing assets in five risk classes, rather than more traditional asset buckets.The system, in place since 2006, has seen the fund divide holdings into equity, inflation, credit, interest rates and commodity risk classes, but Gade Jepsen said he was unsure where a change in strategy could take the DKK641bn (€86bn) investor.“I’m not scrapping anything before I know what the answer to the question is,” he said.“We are keeping the five risk classes until we have something new. You need a simple anchor for your thinking in day-to-day life.”For more on Henrik Gade Jepsen’s attempt to future-proof ATP, see How We Run Our Money in the current IPElast_img read more

Pension coverage falling among German companies

first_imgThe share of employees covered by an occupational pension plan is on the decline in Germany, the social and labour ministry BMAS has found.Between 2001 and 2015 the share of employed people in an occupational pension plan had increased from 38% to 47%.However, there was a decline between 2014 and 2015 from a peak of 48%.Although the decline was small in percentage terms, the researchers said it was even more drastic considering that the number of employees in Germany had increased significantly over the last few years. BMAS conducted two surveys: one focusing on occupational pensions, compiled from interviews with employers and pension providers (in German: “Verbreitung der betrieblichen Altersversorgung (BAV 2015)”), while the other was a broader take on supplementary pensions based on a survey of employees between the ages of 26 and 65 (in German: “Verbreitung der Altersvorsorge 2015 (AV 2015)”).Both surveys also looked into the reasons why companies are not offering occupational pension plans, and found both parties blaming each other for poor coverage.According to the employer survey, 67% of companies without an occupational pension plan said their employees showed no interest.In the employee survey, 47% of respondents said they were not offered one by their employer.The findings also revealed that many people in Germany were not aware of a legal provision forcing employers to set up a pension plan when asked by employees.Under the legal framework employers – when asked – are only obliged to set up some form of pension vehicle, it can also be a pure savings vehicle without employer contribution.Among the employers, 23% said contributions were too high and 22% noted they had not looked into any retirement provision plans.Asked how they see the number of participants in occupational pension plans developing, employers were very pessimistic: 74% think the numbers will stay level or even decline.The findings may add fuel to social and labour minister Andrea Nahles’ campaign to strengthen occupational pension by law.Her law, the “Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz”, is currently being debated in parliament.If it passes, German social partners will be allowed to set up occupational pension plans under collective bargaining agreements without guarantees and they will be allowed to use opting-out models.This would relieve the burden on employers and force people to think about supplementary retirement provision at the same time.last_img read more

Dutch scheme’s retirement modelling tool draws wider interest

first_imgDutch healthcare scheme PFZW has rolled out a web application to enable its members to assess whether they can take early retirement or start working part-time.PGGM, the pension fund’s provider, said that not only were its members enthusiastic about the tool – launched last month – but several other pension funds had shown an interest in licencing it.“The app provides our members with a quick answer to the most often posed questions of when they can retire and what the options are for early retirement,” explained Peter Borgdorff, the director of the €206bn scheme.“These questions have gained in urgency, because of the rising official retirement age, combined with existing early retirement schemes coming to an end. Borgdorff: ‘Workers are struggling to make it to the official retirement age’At the same time, the existing options for a part-time pension or early retirement were not widely used, Borgdorff said – just 6% of older workers made use of these options.The advisory tool, called Future Explorer (Toekomstverkenner), has already won three awards since its pilot phase last summer, including a communication award from IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro.Thomas Laffree, PGGM’s innovation director, said that last month, of the 10,000 participants who were sent an email about the app, 66% had read it and 27% of them had also looked at the tool.“In particular the latter percentage is very high,” he said.By using data from social security insurance organisation UWV, the Dutch Inland Revenue, and consumer finance organisation Nibud, the tool was able to deliver a complete financial overview.This provided the individual member with an indication of their future net income, and also enabled them to model the effects of changes to retirement age, part-time employment, and expected individual expenses.According to Laffree, the process could be completed within a quarter of an hour, as members don’t need to fill in data themselves.The explorer tool was developed by PGGM in co-operation with software developer Ortec and IT firm Yellowtail.Laffree said that, because of the unexpected level of interest from other pension funds, PFZW had decided to offer other pension funds a licence to use the tool. PGGM was in talks with six other funds to put an adjusted version of Future Explorer on their respective websites, he said. “An increasing number of workers are struggling to make it all the way to the official retirement age.”last_img read more

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