Jamestown City Hall To Reopen On Limited Basis, Park Facilities Still Closed


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.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist announced Friday morning that starting next week city hall will be reopening on a limited basis.The Mayor says additionally parking enforcement will resume next Tuesday.Sundquist says that enforcement tickets will be issued for parking meter violations only. At this time, no violations will be issued by parking enforcement for expired registrations or inspections until the Department of Motor Vehicles reopens. City parking garages will also resume normal operations.All city offices will be open to the public by appointment only and will accept permits, applications and payments. The public is encouraged to continue to use the city payment drop boxes and other methods of payment. City parks continue to remain open, except for park restrooms and playgrounds, which will remain closed until further notice, the Mayor says.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Honeymoon Joins Parade, Tinker Bell’s Secrets & More


first_img Jane Krakowski Tapped for Merton of the Movies Tony winner Jane Krakowski will join the previously reported Jim Parsons in Merton of the Movies. The one-night-only reading of George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly’s comedy will take place on December 1 at Studio 54. Directed by Scott Ellis, the cast of the Roundabout benefit event will also include Brooks Ashmanskas and Tracee Chimo. Happy Thanksgiving from us all here at Broadway.com! Peter Pan Live!’s Tinker Bell Secrets Revealed A reminder: The Making of Peter Pan Live!, a behind the scenes look at next week’s telecast of the classic tuner, is airing tonight, November 26, at 8/7 on NBC. A promo is below. Oh and now we know how they’re going to do Tinker Bell. EW reports that she’ll be computer generated and Variety writes that she can turn red when she’s angry or green when she’s jealous. Apparently the actors won’t be able to see her but we will. Something else we can incorporate into our drinking games on December 4! View Comments Broadway Alum Alfonso Ribeiro Wins DWTS Alfonso Ribeiro, who appeared on the Great White Way, way back when, in The Tap Dance Kid, has won Season 19 of Dancing With the Stars. Worried you’re going to miss your weekly fix of the former Fresh Prince star? The newest Mirrorball champion will be featured in the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: Live! Tour, joining his partner and pro dancer Witney Carson. Hopefully they’ll be reprising “The Carlton,” below, on the road! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Honeymoon Joins Parade Lineup The Broadway company of Honeymoon in Vegas has joined the lineup of performances on NBC’s Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 27. As previously reported, the Great White Way will also be represented on the Peacock Network by Peter Pan Live!, If/Then’s Idina Menzel and shows including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Last Ship, On the Town and Finding Neverland. Speaking of Finding Neverland, its co-star Laura Michelle Kelly and composer Gary Barlow will also perform a selection from the musical on ABC’s GMA. Not to be left out, over on CBS you’ll be able to watch performances by the casts of Matilda and Pippin. Your remote control is going to be busy!last_img read more

Perfect Arrangement Rounds Out New Primary Stages Season


first_img View Comments The New York Premiere of Perfect Arrangement, written by Topher Payne, will play Primary Stages off-Broadway this fall. The comedy joins the previously announced Informed Consent, The Body of an American and Exit Strategy. Performances will begin on a September date to be announced. Michael Barakiva will direct.The play takes place in the midst of the Red Scare, in which the worlds of I Love Lucy and Edward R. Murrow clash as a U.S. State Department worker disrupts the corny and complacent lives of the Martindales and the Baxters. The play received th 2014 American Critics Association Osborn New Play Award.The season begins in August with Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent, directed by Liesl Tommy. Jo Bonney will direct Dan O’Brien’s The Body of an American in February 2016, and Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy will begin the following month under the direction of Kip Fagan.last_img read more

Renovator certification


first_imgPainters, carpenters and home renovators will benefit by attending a training Aug. 31 in Savannah that will explain new Environmental Protection Agency regulations for lead-based paints.Offered by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Greenville Tech, the training will be 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens. The EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule took effect April 22 and affects contractors, property managers and others who work in housing or childcare centers built before 1978.Participants will learn how to minimize lead dust generation and soil contamination during maintenance, renovation and remodeling projects. Following these procedures will reduce the risk of lead exposure to employees, children and residents.Participants in the class will perform hands-on activities and be tested at the end of the class. Those who earn a passing score will be certified as renovators, a certification that is valid for five years.The cost of the course is $260 and is limited to the first 20 registrants. For more information, or to register, go to the website http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing/training/lead_training.php.last_img read more

VITL partners with Medicity to improve health care delivery in Vermont


first_imgVermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), operator of Vermont’s statewide health information exchange (HIE), announced today that it has selected Medicity’s suite of health information exchange solutions to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care in Vermont.”Since VITL began operations as an independent non-profit organization in 2005, it has been working to improve the care that Vermonters receive by enabling electronic communication between health care providers,” said David Cochran, MD, VITL’s president and CEO. “The selection of Medicity as our HIE partner, with its industry-leading technologies and vast experience with statewide health information exchange – will allow us to accelerate connecting Vermont’s health care providers and provide additional support to Vermont’s nation-leading health care reform efforts.”VITL’s Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) currently connects eight Vermont hospitals to 29 physician practices with 116 practitioners so that physicians can receive lab results and other clinical reports electronically. Several physician practices and hospitals also transmit data via VITL to the state’s Blueprint for Health registry, which physicians use to analyze care and identify opportunities for improvement. With Medicity, VITL will expand the services available to its existing VHIE customers, as well as connect the remaining Vermont hospitals and physician practices to the VHIE and the Blueprint for Health registry. VITL will also extend HIE access to other Vermont health care organizations, including nursing homes and mental health agencies.Initially, VITL will deploy the HIE to automate healthcare transactions such as lab and radiology orders and results, distribution of discharge summaries, and transfer of clinical summaries to the Blueprint for Health registry. Medicity’s HIE will provide seamless communications between the many different brands of EHRs and hospital systems used in Vermont. In the next phase, VITL will roll out HIE services for data aggregation, patient matching and record location to implement a statewide community health record.”As the pace of health care reform quickens in Vermont, and the Blueprint for Health initiative expands statewide, VITL has a very large task ahead of it to connect all the state’s health care providers,” said Cochran. “We selected Medicity to help us complete this task because it has demonstrated in other states that it has both the technology and skills necessary to rapidly and successfully deploy a full suite of health information exchange services on a statewide level.””The Vermont HIE has already made significant strides in offering services to improve the continuity and quality of care,” said Brent Dover, Medicity’s president. “We are excited to partner with VITL to augment the HIE and extend the collaboration infrastructure to every care provider.”About VITLVITL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists Vermont health care providers with adopting and using health information technology to improve patient care. Because VITL’s stakeholders come from both the private and public sectors, in essence VITL operates as a public-private partnership. VITL is both the designated health information exchange for the state of Vermont and the federally-designated regional extension center for the state of Vermont. For more information, visit vitl.net or follow us ontwitter.com/vitlvt.About MedicityMedicity, the industry standard for health information exchange (HIE), is the leading innovator and largest provider of HIE technology – with more than 750 hospitals and 250,000 end users in its connected ecosystem. Medicity’s solutions empower hospitals, physicians and HIEs with secure access to and exchange of health information – improving the quality and efficiency of patient care locally, regionally and nationally. For more information, please visit www.medicity.com(link is external) or follow us on twitter.com/Medicity. MONTPELIER, Vt. – March 2, 2011-Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL)last_img read more

Body Found in Gilgo Beach ID’d as Missing Woman


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A woman’s body that washed ashore at Gilgo Beach this week has been identified as that of a 31-year-old Queens woman who was reported missing from the area three months ago.Suffolk County police said the victim was Natasha Jugo of Queens Village, whose belongings and car were found near Ocean Parkway after she disappeared in March.People walking on the beach saw Jugo’s body wash up on Monday night and called 911.Police have said that they do not suspect a link between the woman’s disappearance and the discovery of 11 sets of human remains along Ocean Parkway in recent years.last_img read more

UN representative to discuss anti-bullying with children in upcoming visit to Central Java


first_img“The governor and the mayor will make children the main audience – the VIP guests – who will interact directly with the representative of the UN Secretary-General,” said UNICEF representative in Java Arie Rukmantara in a statement issued on Monday.”We truly appreciate [the Central Java administration] taking a stance on the issue. This represents their commitment to the best interests of the children, as well as proof that the province and city are child-friendly,” he added.He went on to say that both the governor and mayor had intended the planned meeting to champion inclusivity.M’jid is a Moroccan native who has worked as a pediatrician for the last three decades. She previously served as the director of the Hay Hassani children’s hospital in Casablanca. From 2008 to 2014, M’jid served as a UN special rapporteur on the issue of child trafficking and child porn.Representatives from the Central Java Children’s Forum, the Semarang Children’s Forum, and children with disabilities groups will have the opportunity to discuss a range of issues, including the role of children as agents of change, Arie added. (rfa)Topics : United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children Najat Maalla M’jid is set to engage with children in Central Java during her upcoming visit to the province on Thursday.M’jid is scheduled to engage in a dialogue on the topic of anti-bullying – among other things – with around 100 children across Central Java, including juvenile convicts who are currently staying at a children’s shelter in the provincial capital of Semarang.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and Semarang Mayor Hendrar Prihadi conveyed their enthusiasm for the forthcoming arrival of the UN official during a meeting with a representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Java.last_img read more

Qantas raises $940 million to counter coronavirus, shares slip


first_img“The fact that there was significant demand for this offer shows clear support for our recovery plan and confidence in the fundamentals of this business,” Chief Executive Alan Joyce said.Qantas also plans to raise up to another A$500 million through a share purchase plan.Qantas shares, which were suspended on Thursday for the fully underwritten placement, fell as much as 9.5 percent to A$3.79, the lowest level since May 25, when they resumed trading on Friday. By midmorning they were trading at A$3.83.Jefferies’ analysts said the capital raising and cost restructure would leave the carrier well-positioned for when the pandemic subsides.“The ability to reduce debt is also a positive,” Anthony Moulder and Amit Kanwatia wrote in a note.Morgan Stanley analysts said the plan would “provide an added buffer against any demand volatility through the recovery phase” in the short to medium term.Citi cautioned, however, that the longer-term outlook remained “considerably uncertain and extremely difficult to forecast” and that Qantas’ recovery would likely be volatile.Topics : Qantas Airways Ltd successfully completed a discounted A$1.36 billion (US$940 million) share placement to institutional investors on Friday, before its shares dropped to a one-month low as they resumed trading.The institutional placement was part of a sweeping three-year cost-savings plan announced by Qantas on Thursday to cope with the coronavirus crisis, which includes axing at least 20 percent of its workforce and putting more planes into storage.Australia’s biggest airline reported strong demand for the placement of 372.7 million new shares at a price of A$3.65 each, a near 13 percent discount to the stock’s close on Wednesday.last_img read more

Chart of the Week: Angela Merkel begins a long ‘auf wiedersehen’


first_imgAertzeversorgung Westfalen-Lippe6,390 She is to step down later this year as the leader of her party, the CDU, which she has led since 2000. While Merkel’s leadership in Europe has been often praised as the European Union has expanded and managed myriad problems – not least the sovereign debt crisis of 2010-11 – recent regional election results in Germany have put her party under pressure. Deutsche Lufthansa AG15,917 Source: S&P Capital IQHow German and European equities have fared since Angela Merkel first took powerGermany’s cost of borrowing has also fallen substantially in the same period. The yield on a 10-year German Bund was 3.4% in November 2005, but as the country’s economy strengthened and proved resilient in the financial and sovereign crises that followed, investors flooded to the percieved safe haven, pushing the yield down to around 0.4% at the end of October this year.Germany’s top 10 pension funds in 2005 and 2018 At the start of this week, German chancellor Angela Merkel announced she would not stand again as chancellor in 2021, meaning the end of her fourth term will see Germany’s first female leader leave politics altogether.  Volksfuersorge Pensionsfonds23,503 Top 10 total278,479 Siemens AG14,622 Hannoversche Pensionskasse8,535 Winsecura Pensionskasse10,853 B-W Aertze, Zahnaertze und Tieraertze13,966 Germany’s top 10 pension funds 2018AUM (€m)Bayerische Versorgungskammer87,000 BASF SE13,576 Nordrheinische Aertzeversorgung13,709 Top 10 total133,093 VBL34,300 BVV16,000 Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund33,097 BVV28,095 VBL8,000 Daimler AG24,197 Siemens Pensions Trust10,500 A disastrous result in Hesse over the weekend was widely seen as the trigger for Merkel’s decision, but tensions had been mounting since her election victory last year. It took several months for the CDU to agree a coalition arrangement with the SPD, after negotiations with other parties failed.Equity marketsRegardless of recent problems, the Merkel era has undoubtedly been a good one for Germany equity markets. The DAX index rose by 121% from November 2005, when Merkel was elected, to 1 November 2018, according to S&P Capital IQ. The MSCI Europe index is just 11% higher.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# E.on Energie6,200 Nordrheinische Aertzeversorgung7,112 Germany’s top 10 pension funds 2005AUM (€m)Bayerische Versorgungskammer36,000 IPE’s inaugural Top 1000 Pension Funds report was published in October 2000, shortly after Angela Merkel became the CDU’s first female leader.The first few iterations – including the report published in 2005 – consisted of 750 continental European schemes and a separate list of the UK’s top 250 funds. Germany provided 100 constituents in 2005. Since then the methodology of the Top 1000 has changed almost as much as the European pension sector has. This year’s report included 107 German funds as a result of a much broader data set used.Assets run by the top 10 German schemes more than doubled since 2005, led by BVK, which grew from €36bn to €87bn, making it now the fifth biggest pension fund in Europe. VBL more than quadrupled in size from €8bn to €34.3bn.See IPE’s Country Report for Germany, published in April, here.IPE’s Special Report on German Asset Management from the October magazine is available here.last_img read more

VALUE YOUR VOTE 2017: Binding Citizens Initiated Referenda


first_imgIf important issues can pass the very high threshold of firstly obtaining almost 300,000 valid signatures from New Zealand citizens, and then win a majority vote after the public debate, Parliament should be bound by the result. Unfortunately, politicians have been able to simply ignore the views of New Zealanders on issues such as law and order, the anti-smacking law, and the number of MPs. Government accountability should be able to happen regularly and on individual issues where there is high voter interest – not just once every three years at a general election. A poll in 2014 found 2:1 support in favour of binding referenda.last_img read more