Randolph’s Camp Timbercrest Among Girl Scout Locations Closed Due To COVID-19

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) WNY News Now File Image.RANDOLPH – The Girl Scouts of Western New York announced Tuesday they have canceled their 2020 summer camp season due to COVID-19.Girl Scouts CEO Alison Wilcox in a statement says more than 2,000 girls will be impacted by the decision. In addition to campers, some 160 seasonal staff cannot be hired due to the virus outbreak, officials said.“While this is obviously a hard decision, we doubt this comes as a surprise to most people,” said Girl Scouts CEO Alison Wilcox. “We must put the safety of girls, families, volunteers and staff first, and there’s no way we can see accommodating campers in proximity to each other and staff in camp settings safely during this time.”The Girl Scouts of Western New York plans to offer virtual and alternative camping and Girl Scout programming instead. “We made the decision now so seasonal camp staff have as much notice as possible to help them make alternate plans for summer jobs, and parents have notice to find alternative child care for the summer,” Wilcox furthered. “We also understand the disappointment our Girl Scouts and their families will feel without these opportunities. We want them to know Girl Scouting has remained strong for over 100 years and our camp programs will still be here for future summers.”The non-profit organization operates Camp Timbercrest in Randolph, Camp Piperwood in Fairport, Camp Windy Meadows in Lockport and Camp Seven Hills in Holland.Wilcox says all camp property rentals are cancelled through August 31, and pre-registration fees for campers and rentals will be refunded in full within 30 days.In addition, the suspension of all in-person Girl Scouts activities is extended until at least June 30.last_img read more

World’s highest altitude solar-plus-storage project completed in Tibet

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Chinese PV manufacturer Jetion Solar has announced completion of what it called the world’s highest-altitude, large scale solar-plus-storage project.Built in Gangba county, in Xigaze, Tibet, the 40 MW/193 MWh facility sits more than 4,700m above sea level and receives more than 3,200 hours of sunlight per year, according to Jetion.The plant is owned by Chinese battery manufacturer Dynavolt Renewable Energy Technology, Jetion said, with Dynavolt supplying the lithium-ion phosphate battery for a project for which Jetion provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services as well as the solar panels.“Based on the characteristics of local electricity load and the particularity of the Tibet power grid, the project was designed as a full energy storage allocation project,” said Jetion. “The solar arrays will charge the storage during the day and the storage will fully power the grid during the night.”The energy storage system, Jettison added, provides power to communities in Xigaze and also functions as a demonstration project for the role solar-plus-storage can play in offering services such as peak shaving, frequency modulation and renewable energy dispatch to the Tibetan grid. No further technical or financial details of the project were disclosed in the statement issued by Jetion.[Emiliano Bellini]More: The world’s highest utility-scale solar plus storage project World’s highest altitude solar-plus-storage project completed in Tibetlast_img read more

The Road Team Experiences Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers Trail 3 Ways

first_imgWith eighty events completed and another season of travel under their belts, it was high time for the Live Outside and Play Road Team to relax. What better way than the Cheers Trail in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, a collection of 30 breweries, wineries and craft spirit producers based in and around Roanoke, Virginia. We only just learned about the Cheers Trail and wanted to experience everything it had to offer. The Cheers Trail has a mobile passport associated with the physical locations, so we picked a few of our favorites from each category of alcohol (craft brewery, craft spirit, winery) and set off. Find below some highlights, do’s and dont’s, and a mini-peek into everything the Cheers Trail has to offer!Craft BreweryStarr Hill BreweryWe started in the heart of Roanoke. One of the great things about Roanoke is the bike and walking accessibility. We ditched the van and headed out on foot from Roanoke Go Fest, where we had been working the past few days. A few minutes later and we were at the first of our Cheer Trail locations.DO: Check the schedule and beer available to plan the perfect evening. Starr Hill has everything from movie nights to Beer and Candy pairings.DON’T: Forget to plan dinner. There is usually a food truck parked behind the patio, and Mexican right next door. But keep in mind there is no food served at Starr Hill itself.Pro tip: If you’re super interested in the craft beer scene. Check out Virginia’s Blue Ridge Hop On Hop Off Brewery Tour for a chance to experience three breweries in one evening, no driving involved. Craft SpiritThe Hive: Black Snake MeaderyWelcome to Southwest Virginia’s only meadery! Mead is diluted honey that’s been fermented and then turned into a delicious drink. Think of the beverage that was passed around the long tables during Medieval celebrations. Or at least, that’s what we think of. These days, mead is an awesome way to get some variety while imbibing. Black Snake approaches things a little differently, offering mead, cider, and wine by the glass or bottle.DO: Check those events again! They have a different feel than Starr Hill Brewery, focusing on knitting nights and lifestyle talks. Learn a new skill while you sip your mead.DON’T: Forget to check the hours before you plan a visit. Black Snake is an afternoon/weekend kind of establishment. They are closed Monday through Wednesday and don’t open until the afternoon on the weekends.Pro tip: Plan to stick around the area for a bit once you arrive. There’s plenty of places to eat, a beautiful park by the river, and some real character in this part of Roanoke.WineryPeaks of Otter WineryThis winery is not to be missed. The self-proclaimed “Baskin Robbins” of wineries specializes in wines made with anything but grapes. While we were making our leisurely trip visiting stops along the Cheer Trail, we learned (with a little chagrin) that many wineries close their tasting rooms on weekdays in the fall. But not Peaks of Otter! We were accompanied by plenty of others during our tasting.DO: Make sure to give yourself plenty of time at this winery. They have an orchard on premises as well, complete with animals to say hello to (hello peacock). It’s just far enough off the beaten path to instantly relax you, as well as having great views.DON’T: Plan this as a romantic getaway. Peaks of Otter is very kid friendly! There are plenty of wineries in the area that may be better for a secluded date.Pro Tip: We highly recommend doing the full tasting, getting tiny sips of 20+ wines, culminating in a wine made with only peppers. Spicy and delicious! We walked away with a bottle to enjoy later. You get a sticker after you successfully sip! Why Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers Trail?Before visiting Roanoke and exploring the locations on the Cheers Trail, we had no idea there were so many breweries, wineries, and craft spirit producers in such close vicinity to the city. It gave us an opportunity to go outside our comfort zone and take the back roads we wouldn’t normally. We do a LOT of hiking in the area, and knowing there is a winery close by to finish off the afternoon makes the experience that much better. Take a look at all the options on Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers Trail and try something new!Thank you to Virginia’s Blue Ridge for hosting us while in Roanoke, Virginia. last_img read more

Fishermen Help Panama’s National Aeronaval Service Fight Crime

first_imgSENAN officials work continually to combat this scourge; since January 1, SENAN has conducted 32 operations in different coastal areas, resulting in the seizure of 12,000 kilograms of drugs, including more than 11,800 kilograms of cocaine and seven kilograms of heroin. Fishermen partnering with the program have cooperated by providing information, which has been very helpful in confiscations, according to Lt. De León. In the Gulf of Panama for example, which includes the Las Perlas archipelago and Taboga Island, the program is active in 40 fishing communities; and so far, 4,050 fishers and their families have received training. Panamanian waters are a target for international drug traffickers who transport narcotics through Central America to Mexico, the U.S., and other destinations. Program improves the lives of fishermen Continuing training and education for fishers and their families have created an environment in which the community is actively involved with crime prevention efforts, according to Lieutenant Omar De León of the National Aeronaval Service (SENAN, for its Spanish acronym), the coordinator of Fishermen’s Watch. Panamanian security authorities are working with civilians to develop a culture of prevention in which the population works with officials to ensure public safety, and have even extended these efforts to coordination with the country’s fishers. Moreover, the common interests shared by security officials and fishers have worked to the latter’s benefit. Under one component of the program, authorities help participants maintain their boats — which they use to earn a living — in good working condition, in part so that the fishers can maintain their vigilance. Such assistance is crucial to SENAN’s efforts to fight drug trafficking. Fishermen help security forces with information Presently, Fisherman’s Watch operates in six of the 10 provinces that make up the political divisions of the country’s territory: Panamá Oeste, Colón, Panamá, Los Santos, Herrera, and Coclé. And authorities expect the other four provinces to join the program in the coming months. By Dialogo October 05, 2015 I believe collaboration is very useful, as long as it isn’t between politicians or lawyers because they lose patriotism, we should help in the struggle as non-paid volunteers. That’s how we don’t lose the country. center_img “Our purpose is to work every day to build a better country, and to do so we need the population on our side,” Lt. De León said. “These communications between the people and the authorities must be stronger and stronger, and this is what we are achieving with each fishing family that participates in Fishermen’s Watch.” “A fisherman’s life is difficult,” added Bravo, who has been fishing for approximately 50 years. “At sea, you have to fight many things, like bad weather and mechanical failures on the boats, among other things. But under this new program, everything has changed. Now we feel safer, not only because we speak often with SENAN officials, but because they have also taught us about prevention and security measures at sea. We are more confident and we know how to report anything unusual.” “The fishermen have received training on a variety of topics, from basic security measures when navigating to family therapy to strengthen the relationships within the home. In less than a year, since we launched the program, we have had more than 50 percent of the fishermen become legal by obtaining a license through the Panama Maritime Authority or renewing their fishing permits at the Panama Aquatic Resources Authority, which are the two institutions working with us on this initiative.” The initiative is having a positive impact for fishermen, said Daniel Bravo, the Fishermen’s Watch citizen coordinator in his community on Saboga Island. “The idea is for them to monitor their beaches and report anything unusual using the 108 emergency telephone line. This program has led to reduced theft of engines and boats. We have given talks on preventing consumption of alcohol and illegal substances on ports and ships. There are fewer cases of searches for abandoned ships due to mechanical problems and, very importantly, we have reduced the entrance and exit of illegal substances through the country’s ports and beaches.” Through Fisherman’s Watch, a program intended to create close communication between fishermen and authorities, participants are encouraged to report suspicious situations that may involve theft or drug trafficking to law enforcement officials. The initiative, which started on November 20, 2014, is designed to operate similarly to Neighborhood Watch, a community crime prevention and educational program launched by the National Police in 1995. Fishermen primarily aid in the effort by maintaining alertness and sharing information. last_img read more

Switzerland’s largest public pension fund divests from coal

first_imgPublica, Switzerland’s largest public pension fund, has divested its equity holdings in coal companies because of the financial risks posed by their vulnerability to public policy measures to combat climate change.The €34bn pension fund is a “Sammelstiftung”, an independent collective institution that manages the assets of 20 Swiss public pension schemes, seven of which are closed to new entrants.Stefan Beiner, head of asset management at Publica, told IPE the pension fund has sold the totality of its equity stakes in coal companies, worth around CHF10m (€9.2m) at the time, on the back of a decision taken early this year in the context of its annual risk-management review process.“Once a year, we look at risks that are difficult to quantify, which tend to be ESG risks, and last year we prioritised climate change,” he said. The next step was for the pension fund to investigate this risk in three sectors – coal, gas and oil.It did this first by assessing the likelihood of operating conditions changing in the form of a carbon tax, and in a second step by analysing the extent to which the companies in a given sector could adapt.It concluded that, sooner or later, there will be a carbon tax, or any such tax already in effect will be increased.“We don’t know when or by how much, but the probability is high that there will be one,” said Beiner.It decided that oil and gas companies were “relatively broadly diversified and capable of adapting” but that this was not the case in the coal sector.“The companies tend to be very focused, namely on coal extraction, and our view is that they will struggle if carbon taxes are increased,” said Beiner.In a final step, the pension fund considered whether coal companies’ carbon risk was adequately priced in, and decided it was not.“When it comes to coal companies, we don’t think the financial risks are compensated,” said Beiner. “The risks for oil and gas companies are manageable.”A coal company, for the purposes of Publica’s exclusion policy, is defined as such based on the classification applied by MSCI for its GICS coal and consumable fuels sub-industry index.Some 10 companies, mainly from emerging markets, were affected by Publica’s policy.Asked about the roll-out of the policy to other asset classes, Beiner noted that the universe of effected companies was very small and that Publica did not own any bonds issued by them, so the question did not arise.The exclusion of coal is hard-wired into Publica’s compliance system, he added, meaning that the entry into its universe of any company meeting the exclusion criterion is immediately flagged.   For the time being, the decision to exclude investments in coal is borne as an active risk by Publica, although, in the medium term, the pension fund intends to adjust its customised benchmark to reflect its new policy on coal.Publica is thought to be the first major Swiss pension fund to divest on climate change-related grounds, although local government schemes are coming under pressure to do so, too.The municipal council of Carouge, a town in the canton of Geneva, for example, has recently unanimously voted in favour of divesting from fossil fuels, according to Swiss news service Le Courrier. The motion was put forward by Green party officials, emulating a move made by their counterparts at the city and canton of Geneva, according to the media report.last_img read more

Ministry of Health undertakes three day workshop to improve care for older persons.

first_img Tweet Share Dr. Martin Christmas. Photo credit: GIS NewsOfficials in the ministry of health are said to be placing emphasis on improving the care for older persons in Dominica.A three day workshop hosted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Ministry of Health is currently being held at the Fort Young Hotel, geared at improving the health of older persons in Dominica.Director of Health Care Services Dr. Martin Christmas said the Ministry of Health and the Primary Health Care System seeks to improve the kind of care that is given to the elderly persons. “This calls for much organized planning and this is the reason why we are in the process of reviewing and preparing our policy on healthy aging, a document which in its first form was actually spearheaded by the Dominica Council on Aging,” Christmas said.Meantime Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Ruth Allport said an aging world population is posing challenges for the population.“The Ministry of Health acknowledges the increase in the number of senior citizens in the world today. While the demographic phenomenon stands out as a unique achievement of modern civilization, it poses some complex challenges and opportunities for the future well being of countries such as ours,” she said.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!center_img 14 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Ministry of Health undertakes three day workshop to improve care for older persons. by: – September 13, 2011last_img read more

January 13, 2019 Police Blotter

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Cardiff land young Norway star

first_img Solskjaer said: “I am pleased to announce we have signed Mats from Molde, we had some competition and I’m glad to say he has chosen to come to Cardiff instead of going back to where he was before. “He had talks with United, they had the option to bring him back as part of the deal with Molde but he has decided to come here and that shows his desire to do well here.” Solskjaer believes Daehli can become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, and revealed he had been a target for his predecessor Malky Mackay. “He is an outstanding talent. He wil be 19 in March, he has just made his debut for Norway so he will give us energy, enthusiasm and good ball control,” he said. “I don’t want to liken him to too many players and put pressure on him but he is a central midfielder, he likes to work between the lines and take people on. He is a player of the future. You see the Samir Nasris and David Silvas, in a few years you never know where Mats might end up.” He added: “I know about Mats and all the scouting reports here said to sign Mats Daehli. He has been scouted by the club before and they would have gone in for him anyway apparently. “They had been watching him before, they went to the Norwegian cup final, they had seen him a few times, but obviously I did not need to go and watch him as I had worked with him close up.” Daehli put his decision to join the south Wales club down to the chance to continue working with Solskjaer after their time together at Molde. “Of course it was difficult to say no to Manchester United,” he said. “I had good years there but I wanted to play for this manager. He said he wanted to take me here. I am delighted to sign and I want to help the team.” Solskjaer had already brought in Magnus Wolff Eikrem from Heerenveen and 18-year-old Norway international Daehli becomes the latest addition. The Cardiff boss did not reveal how much the teenager had cost, but explained Daehli rejected the chance to return to Manchester United, who had the chance to buy him back after selling him to Molde last summer. Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his second signing in the space of a week after confirming the arrival of Mats Moller Daehli from Molde.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Team Goliath register new strip record at drag race meet

first_img… Suriname’s Ramcharran cops Champion driver title NOT even the rains could have quelled the enthusiasm of the crowd that turned up on Sunday for the season-opening drag race meet of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) dubbed Reaction.The early morning showers had very little bearing on the afternoon crowd that ended the day in fine style with team Mohamed’s Enterprise Goliath resetting a new strip record of 7.5 seconds.The only car registering that time, the blue GTR was left competition-less, decimating its brother, Nismo as well as several bikes with driver Josh Ramsey taking that trophy.Bike action was also a crowd-puller during Sundays meet.Meanwhile, a specially organised exhibition between the GT-R and eight-second winner Shawn Persaud had to be scrapped due to a false start on account of the starter.Persaud, who drives a Toyota Caldina won the eight-second class hands down as he easily overcame the challenges of the two Surinamese cars that were in his class.The nine-, ten- and eleven-second class belonged to Suriname’s Vishal Ramcharran, who piloted his Toyota Mark X to three consecutive titles, including the final race of the day against his fellow Surinamese.In the twelve-second class Raymond John took the trophy while Imran Khan and his Toyota took the 13-second class for a record third time.Sunil Singh and Devindra Persaud won the 14- and 15-second classes as the day closed with one of the largest crowd-shows ever for a drag-racing event.In the bike class, Rajiv Lallbeharrie of Suriname took the top award.The next event in the calendar is the first Race of Champions billed for April 2.last_img read more

Marisa Fischetti has gone from 2 ACL tears to a key cog in Syracuse’s offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Marisa Fischetti had spent the last nine months waiting to prove to herself and everyone else that her injury was finally behind her. On Sept. 23, 2017, Fischetti netted the equalizer in the 53rd minute against Long Island SC. It was her first goal as a member of the U.S. Development Academy’s FC Fury NY – the culmination of a grueling return to the field following a left ACL injury in the fall of 2016. One year later, in 2018, Fischetti would have to do it all over again, this time with her right knee. Now a redshirt freshman forward for Syracuse (2-4-1), Fischetti has overcome an ACL tear in both of her knees. Physical limitations and internal doubts have made this comeback more difficult than the first, but Fischetti now finds herself second on the team in shots on goal and starting five matches. “It was definitely hard,” Fischetti said, “I was finally feeling 100% after my first ACL when I came here before preseason last year.” Fischetti first tore her right ACL late in her junior season at Massapequa (New York) High School. The injury came right before the state playoffs, in which the Chiefs failed to capture their fourth-straight state title. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFischetti’s rehab consisted of three days a week at physical therapy sessions. She started on an anti-gravity treadmill to alleviate the impact on her knee and then worked her way to a regular treadmill. Her physical therapist emphasized plyometrics and cardio instead of weight training. Six months after the surgery, Fischetti’s surgeon was disappointed in the lack of strength in her knee, Fischetti said. Once she was cleared to play, she opted to play for FC Fury. Since the Fury were an U.S. Development Academy club – which disallows playing for any other team while on the roster – she was forced to forgo her senior year at Massapequa. Massapequa went 53-4-5 in her three years there. As a true freshman at SU, Fischetti started in the Orange’s first preseason match against Rutgers. She felt no limitations in the first half, but 20 seconds into the second half, an awkward cut in the turf sent an all-too-familiar pain cutting through her leg. “Just the way I started freshman year of college was really difficult for me,” Fischetti said, “I was really down first semester last year.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorWith her season over before it started, Fischetti missed the first two weeks of school. When she returned, she completely committed to rehab and school, she said. This time, the rehab went from three days to five or six. The anti-gravity treadmill became a regular treadmill just three months after surgery. This time around, she was doing 225-pound squats with bands on her legs and 400-yard lunges with weighted vests. For her rehab, Fischetti chose Troy Gerlt, the men’s lacrosse team’s trainer, over Meagan Bevins, the women’s soccer teams’ own trainer. Gerlt is known for rehabbing knee injuries, Fischetti said, and she hoped he could help her come out stronger. She worked with Gerlt all fall and spring, and her diligence didn’t go unnoticed by teammates. “She never took a day off,” senior forward Sydney Brackett said. “She was very calculated in what she was doing and why she was doing it … she always showed up with a smile on her face.” Last February, a new wave of self-doubt in her abilities came flooding back. The Orange had hired Nicky Adams to be their new head coach, and a whole new staff followed. The coach that’d recruited her — Phil Wheddon — was gone, and Fischetti had no college stats to prove she could still play at a high level. Adams sensed a lack of self-confidence, not just in Fischetti but in the team as a whole following a 3-15 campaign. Fischetti even admitted her worries to her new manager, saying she was “a little intimidated, scared, afraid that I can’t prove myself.” Having suffered a season-ending injury herself in 2000 at Texas A&M, Adams could relate.“I think any time you come back from an injury there’s self-doubt,” Adams said, “‘How hard can I go? Will I be the same player? Can I improve?’ And it’s just about putting them in situations where they gain confidence.” Fischetti continued to work through the summer, getting her speed and agility back as close to they were before her injuries. She also worked with a soccer trainer to retune technical skills like shooting and passing. The forward entered the 2019 season donning a knee brace, and has started every match but the season-opener at the top of Nicky Adams’ 4-3-3 base formation. As injuries to teammates piled up, she went from a fixture in the starting lineup to a premier offensive threat, recording five shots on goal in six matches. Yet she said she lacked the self-confidence she once had. Something was still off. So Fischetti asked Bevins if she could take off her knee brace: a light, flexible wrap holding years of pain, doubt and hard work. The trainer agreed. “I felt a lot more confidence, I felt stronger,” Fischetti said, “When I go into a tackle I don’t even think about it anymore because that’s how I get hurt so I try not to focus on it.”Fischetti has played the last two matches without a knee brace. She recorded a career-high three shots on goal in a 0-0 draw with Fordham on Sept. 15, followed by texts and calls from a number of teammates who’ve noticed her looking “faster and more confident.” “We’re really proud of her,” Brackett said. “We’re proud of her comeback and we can’t wait to see what she does in ACCs.” Comments Published on September 19, 2019 at 12:11 am Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edulast_img read more