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Saturday Event To Feature Antique Tractors, Plows

first_imgSubmitted image.STOCKTON – An annual event that aims to show off the area’s antique tractors and plows is scheduled take place this weekend.The Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association says a plow demonstration will take place Saturday around 9 a.m. at the intersection of Route 380 and Pierce Road in Stockton.Antique tractors and plows will be demonstrating plowing in the surrounding fields. Last year’s event featured four antique tractors and a variety of plows.Members of the group are invited to participate in plowing and the community is invited to watch. “Spectators may stay in their vehicles and pull off the side of the road,” said the association in a statement. “If spectators exit their vehicles, we are asking them to follow social distancing guidelines.”The group says they hope to have a “soil-turning good time.” 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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Ban Calls For ‘Wholesale’ Rebuilding Of Haiti

first_img Participants will consider a plan, under which an Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission would channel nearly four billion dollars into specific reconstruction projects and programs during the next 18 months, Ban said. “Clearly, this assistance must be well-spent and well-coordinated,” Ban pointed out. “It must provide for continuing emergency relief: food, sanitation and, most urgently at this moment, shelter.” “As we move from emergency aid to longer-term reconstruction, let us recognize that we cannot accept business as usual,” Ban wrote in The Washington Post. “What we envision today is nothing less than a wholesale national renewal.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged world nations to foster a “wholesale national renewal” of Haiti as the nation emerges from a devastating earthquake. On Wednesday, world leaders gather at UN headquarters in New York for a donors conference that will examine Haiti’s needs. By Dialogo March 30, 2010 Over the next 10 years, Haiti’s reconstruction needs will total an estimated 11.5 billion dollars, according to the UN secretary general. last_img read more

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Uniondale Home Invasion Gunmen Convicted

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Queens men were convicted Friday of pistol-whipping a man during a Uniondale home invasion 16 months ago.A Nassau County jury found Theodore Jerry, 36, and Christopher Robinson, 35, guilty of robbery, burglary, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.Prosecutors said that a man and woman were in a Liberty Street home when the pair, both armed with handguns, broke into a bedroom the victims were in, where Jerry and Robinson demanded money on Dec. 27, 2011.Robinson hit the male victim in the back of the head with a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic .40-caliber handgun, causing a laceration before the duo stole $1,100 in cash and a cell phone.The gunmen forced the victims on the floor and covered them with a mattress and box spring before they fled the scene.The male victim’s sister called 911 and officers apprehended Jerry and Robinson after they ran from the house.They face up to 25 years in prison when they’re sentenced April 3.last_img read more

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How are CUs impacted by exams?

first_imgFollowing NCUA Board Chairman Rodney Hood’s announcement of coordinated efforts with state regulators to modernize the supervisory system, NAFCU is seeking insight into how credit unions prepare for examinations. Association-member credit unions can provide their feedback through this month’s Economic & CU Monitor survey; responses are due Friday.The survey includes questions on the exam areas of focus, and the availability and accessibility of exam-specific guidance. The survey also includes questions related to the examiner’s level of experience.NAFCU has numerous resources on NCUA exams available. In addition to recommending that the NCUA expand eligibility for an extended 18-month exam cycle for all well-run, low-risk credit unions, the association has also urged the NCUA to reconsider its approach to supervision and also better coordinate resources and expertise with other regulators, including state supervisory authorities. Earlier this year, the association asked for an  update on the agency’s exam modernization efforts. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Respect the office of the president

first_imgIt’s a good thing that our Constitution protects our right to speak out. Sharing our views on any topic can bring about change, clarify an issue, or at least generate healthy dialogue. But what’s the purpose of resorting to petulant name-calling, especially without supplying factual information with which to substantiate the attitude? What’s the purpose in spewing inaccurate “facts” to vehemently bring home a point that one objects to President Trump?We, the people, elected President Trump partly because he is not a politician, but a businessman who knows how to get things done; partly because he knows our government needs to be redirected to work for the people; partly because he has great ideas to get our country back on track to working together; and mostly because this man happens to genuinely love this nation. One doesn’t have to love the man, but, for goodness sake, respect the office that he holds.What’s the issue with his cabinet members? Our president has chosen people who will work to accomplish his agenda. Of course, some of these leaders are older, richer and wise. Isn’t that the type of successful expertise needed? He has also chosen many who are younger than he is (the vice president and secretary of the treasury among them), accomplished women, and a doctor. To call the president a “white supremacist” is just plain wrong.If  President Trump hadn’t been elected, we, the people, would still not know the degree to which Hillary Clinton/Clinton Foundation/and some operatives in the Democratic Party violated the laws of this country because the “swamp” would have continued to thrive. Are we already in the midst of another Civil War, using words instead of bullets? I believe in the work our president is trying to accomplish. I believe in God and I’m a patriot of the United States of America.Linda FeuzEsperance    More from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Indonesian Buddhists observe Waisak in solitude amid pandemic

first_imgFor Bekasi, West Java, resident Hasta Arya Marga Yonanda, this year was the first time he had ever not gone to a temple on Waisak.After cleaning his Buddha statues at home and reciting the paritta (Buddhist verses and scriptures), Arya would have normally gone to the temple with his family to participate in the procession.But the 20-year-old university student joined the ritual only by livestream this year.“I feel like something is missing because we’re celebrating Waisak with only a small number of people [at home],” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Online religious services have been part of the “new normal” for Arya since March, when the government, backed by religious figures, called for the public to worship at home to contain COVID-19 transmission.“At first, it was so sad knowing that I couldn’t observe rituals and meet friends at the temple. The first puja bhakti [devotion] livestream also felt very different,” he said.“But as time goes by, I am getting used to it.”Jakarta resident Dragono Halim, 33, expressed mixed feelings about the transition to online Waisak rituals due to the outbreak.Dragono missed what he called the Waisak atmosphere of observing the procession with other Buddhists at the temple.“On the other hand, we can always connect with [others] through routine meetings where I can listen closely to our teachings with interest,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.While the 33-year-old private sector employee would have usually headed to the temple for processions and would have visited the elderly or given out donations to the needy, this year he had to follow the procession from home and give donations through community organizations.Despite having gone virtual, Dragono said, the meaning of Waisak remained the same – to reflect on oneself as a human being observing the Buddhist way of life.“Waisak is basically a personal celebration, but with social aspects,” he said.“A lot of the events [in addition to the main processions] have been canceled due to social distancing measures, but actually, only the location and method have changed.”Buddhism, while it is recognized as one of the country’s six official faiths and has a long history in the archipelago, is practiced by only a small minority of Indonesians.According to 2010 data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS), Buddhists make up just 0.72 percent of the entire population, or roughly 1.7 million people. Walubi claims the figure is currently closer to 9.7 million people.While religious activities nationwide have been upended because of COVID-19, Walubi vice chairman Jandi Mukianto said the smaller scale of the celebrations had not reduced the meaning of Waisak.“We can still worship at home. [There are] no restrictions, and it can be done with our closest ones,” Jandi said.“For now, the most important thing is to be able to raise the awareness of each individual so that people will live happily.”Editor’s note: Buddhist population estimate revised for clarity.Topics : The COVID-19 outbreak has reshaped the communal practice of Buddhism in Indonesia, as with other faiths, as worship moves online to comply with calls by authorities to remain home.Under normal circumstances, Buddhists would have gathered in temples across the country on Thursday to celebrate Waisak, which marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.In the Borobudur and Mendut temples in Central Java, where large services normally take place, thousands of Buddhist monks and laypeople would have lined up at the venue, attracting thousands more visitors. But this year, with COVID-19 measures preventing most gatherings, the temples have gone quiet.The Council of Buddhist Communities (Walubi) has called on Buddhists to worship at home and has prohibited any public Waisak processions at the temples.Instead, the rituals will be accessible via livestream.To accommodate this, the Religious Affairs Ministry’s Buddhist Community Guidelines Directorate General has released schedules for Thursday’s nationwide processions.last_img read more

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VesselsValue shares top 5 OSV owners after Tidewater-Gulfmark merger news

first_imgThe merger between offshore vessel specialists Tidewater and Gulfmark will create the world’s largest OSV fleet owner, with the second-ranked highest valued OSV fleet.Image source: TidewaterThis is according to VesselsValue, a website providing global vessel and rig fleet valuations, who also used to opportunity to share the list of the top five OSV owners by the fleet size and the fleet value, with Tidewater second only to Edison Chouest by the fleet value.Commenting on the merger, VesselsValue’s Head of Offshore, Charlie Hockless said he was quite surprised when the news broke, as both companies had effectively tackled the downturn by successfully restructuring, and survival seemed to be a formality for Tidewater and Gulfmark.“Now that the merger is complete, I can certainly see the advantages. New Tidewater will be the largest OSV owner on the planet by the sheer number of OSVs owned.“However, the new combined fleet closes the gap between Tidewater and Edison Chouest Offshore, which remains in the pole position by fleet value. If this downturn has taught us anything, big companies survive. The new Tidewater will be a dominant player for years to come.”Tidewater itself on Monday said the combined company would have the industry’s largest fleet and the broadest global operating footprint in the OSV sector.The combined company will own/operate 102 Tier 1 vessels, of which 20 are currently stacked, with an average age of approximately 6 1/2 years. Reactivation of a combined 20 currently idle Tier 1 vessels, is estimated to generate additional annual vessel operating margin of $32 million.Tier 1 vessels include PSVs ≤ 10 years old, DP2 and with a clear deck area of ≥ 700 m2; and AHTSs ≤ 10 years old, DP2 and with bollard pull of ≥ 80t.Related:last_img read more

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Citing precarious conditions, UN urges governments not to return Haitians

first_img Share NewsRegional Citing precarious conditions, UN urges governments not to return Haitians by: – June 22, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 12 Views   no discussions United Nations Logo. Photo credit: un.orgGENEVA, Switzerland — The United Nations is appealing to governments to suspend all involuntary returns to Haiti, given the precarious conditions that continue to persist in the Caribbean nation 18 months after the devastating January 2010 earthquake.“Despite the recent elections and ongoing reconstruction efforts, Haiti, weakened by the earthquake, cannot yet ensure adequate protection or care especially for some vulnerable groups in case of return,” Adrian Edwards, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.An estimated 680,000 people are still displaced within Haiti, living in over 1,000 tented camps in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other earthquake-affected areas. An unknown number remains outside the country.Given the current situation in Haiti, UNHCR and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are urging governments to renew, on humanitarian grounds, residence permits and other mechanisms that have allowed Haitians to remain outside their country.“The appeal calls on governments to assess Haitian cases on an individual basis and to pay special consideration and refrain from returning to Haiti persons with special protection needs, and to prevent situations where returns can lead to family separation,” said Edwards.Michel Martelly was sworn in as the new president of Haiti in May after he won the run-off round of polls earlier this year. The UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MINUSTAH) said at the time that his inauguration carried with it “all the hopes of change for the people of Haiti: hopes for reconstruction, progress, stability, social peace, rule of law [and] development.”The mission called on Martelly, his government, Haiti’s politicians, civil society groups and wider citizenry to “make this historic moment their rallying point for sealing a new political, economic and social pact to rebuild together a new Haiti.”Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair celebrates and encourages the art of writing and reading

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair celebrates and encourages the art of writing and reading by: – August 6, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Share 34 Views   one comment Nature Island Literary Festival 2011.Alwin Bully the Chairman of the Nature Island Literary Festival has described the three day event as one which celebrates and encourages the art of reading and writing.Mr. Bully while addressing the opening ceremony of the festival, noted the significance of the festival in creating an all encompassing medium through which Caribbean people can express themselves.“We can hear their views especially now by radio, television, it can be recorded by audio machinery or writing it down whether it’s on paper or the internet. Putting it in writing is what gives it validity and longevity and as such the art of writing and reading is what is being celebrated and encouraged here today. Not only in the forms of their importance to the human mind but also in terms of creating lucrative avenues of existence, basically the creation of industry and the massive industry is that emanates from the writing and so we see this as another opportunity for we as Caribbean people to express ourselves through a medium which has so much potential, which is so all encompassing.”The Grandbay Secondary School students thrilled the audience with their choral speech presentation which received a thunderous applause from the audience as their choral speech was very meaningful and very well delivered.Click here to listen to the student’s performance: Meantime, the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Francis Severin Head, UWI Open Campus made an appeal to private sector corporations to make a greater effort in supporting educational and cultural activities in Dominica.“I am confident that our other private sector corporations can do a lot more to support education and culture in the Commonwealth of Dominica. If we fail to it will become increasingly visible to all of us the self-defeating path that we tread when we jump to support the loud and noisy events but we coil and retreat when we are called upon to invest in events that will uplift our minds, boost our dignity, engage our creative imagination, excite our spirit and on the whole bring about a gentler and more peaceful nation.”The opening ceremony was very well attended and continues throughout the weekend with workshops, open mic sessions, music and the movie “Fire in Babylon.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo Selling Former Manchester Mansion for £3.25m .

first_img Ronaldo, who now plays forward for Italian club Juventus, listed the five-bedroom, three-story brick house on Monday for £3.25 million (US$4.1 million), according to listing records. The Portuguese footballer is set to take a £600,000 loss if it sells for that asking price. Mr. Ronaldo, 33, purchased the house for £3.895 million over a decade ago, according to a title document filed with the Land Registry in 2007. Otherwise, the home has fairly traditional finishes, including light stone-tile and hardwood floors and tall windows.Advertisement Having left Manchester United almost a decade ago, it’s no surprise that international soccer superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to bid farewell to his home in the affluent English village of Alderley Edge, just 15 miles away from his former playing ground at Old Trafford. There’s also a slew of luxurious amenities, including a pool, spacious white-and-black lacquer kitchen (Juventus’s team colors), a steam room, a cinema room, and a gym, according to images of the house, which is listing with local real estate agency Benson Bunch. The brokerage did not return a request for comment. There are three en-suite bedrooms in total, including a large master suite with two adjoining bathrooms and a walk-in closet. This is the second time the Portuguese footballer has marketed his former English home. The property first hit the market in 2013 for £3.75 million, according to an old listing for the home. Read Also:How Malaga rejected signing Ronaldo for €3.5m Mr. Ronaldo, who left Manchester United in 2009, could not be reached for comment. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

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