Officials Scheduled To Hold COVID-19 Press Conference Update Thursday

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) Watch us LIVE at – Officials in Chautauqua County are scheduled to provide an update on the novel Coronavirus outbreak Thursday afternoon during a press conference.Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel will be joined by the Chautauqua County Director of Health and Human Services Christine Schuyler during the 3 p.m. update at the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.Viewers can watch the press conference LIVE at WNYNewsNow’s Facebook page. We will also provide full coverage on and our mobile app.last_img read more

11 Water-smart landscaping

first_imgBefore you decide which plants to keep and which you plan to pitch from your landscape in the spring, consider your future selections’ drought tolerance.”Unfortunately, our plants can’t ring the doorbell and tell us they need watering,” said Jim Midcap, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”If they could talk, they’d most likely tell us they could have used more water and fertilizer last year,” Midcap said. “They’d also tell you they could have developed more flowers and been more robust if you had given them more care rather than just visited when they were flowering.”A quick look will tell youMidcap says a quick look around your landscape will tell you which of your current plants are drought-resistant.”Considering Georgia’s drought conditions, if a plant’s not dead or very stressed, it’s most likely drought-resistant,” he said.Drought plant planningMidcap offers advice to homeowners who are planning to add new landscape plants to their yards despite the ongoing drought.First, divide your landscape into water-use zones.”You should have an area where you group plants that have to be irrigated regularly, other areas for those that have to be irrigated only under drought conditions and areas for plants that rely on rainfall only for their water,” Midcap said.Next, to help your plants survive the drought, apply a layer of mulch. Mulch will help hold water in the soil around your plants.Midcap says planting and establishing your trees and shrubs during the winter can actually help them be more drought-tolerant in the spring and summer.”When you prune your plants, they’re going to grow more and require more water in spring and summer,” he said.Picking drought-proof plantsAbove all, Midcap says the key to having a droughtproof landscape is plant selection.”Pick plants that are tough, durable, resilient and hardy for both winter and summer,” he said. “You also have to look at the drought resistance, light requirement, soil types, space available and pest resistance.”For example, you wouldn’t want to plant hostas in direct sunlight or Leyland cypress in a small area.Once you’ve covered all of these bases, then you can take into consideration what you want to see in your landscape. Do you want an evergreen plant? Or do you care more about having a yard filled with pretty flowers?Midcap recommends the following drought-resistant shrubs for your landscape. Many other drought-resistant shrubs are available from your local nursery or garden center. Glossy abelia, a heritage plant that’s “tough as nails” and doesn’t grow too large. Wintergreen and Japanese barberry, often called “sticker bushes.” The colored-leaf forms are popular, and it’s a tough plant with no known pests. Butterfly bush. It’s a great selection for drought conditions. It’s very drought-tolerant, but it tends to get big. Deadhead old flowers to ensure new ones. Sweetshrub, a native, tough plant that grows well in shade. It’s deciduous, with bold foliage and flowers, and can be found with red (Carolina sweetshrub) and yellow (Athens sweetshrub) fragrant flowers. Flowering quince, a heritage plant that produces flowers early in the spring before the leaves emerge. Hollies (Chinese, dwarf yaupon, Nellie R. Stevens). A standard in the green industry, once it’s established, it’s in for good. Winter jasmine, a tough plant that naturally cascades down banks. It looks like an early forsythia, but doesn’t produce as many flowers. Leatherleaf mahonia, a heritage plant that, once established, is there for good. Southern wax myrtle. This plant wants to be a tree. It grows to look like haystacks pruning. Fortune’s Osmanthus, a very tough evergreen that can stand the test of time. It has small, fragrant flowers in fall. Volume XXVII Number 1 Page 11 center_img By Sharon Omahen Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stationslast_img read more

Civil trial certification standards may be amended

first_img Civil trial certification standards may be amended The changes would allow for a broader definition of ‘trial experiences’ Melinda Melendez Assistant Editor With more and more disputes being settled by alternate means rather than by trial, the nature of civil trial practice has changed dramatically. This phenomenon has prompted the Board of Legal Specialization and Education to examine this issue with regard to civil trial certification and recertification. The BLSE has proposed amendments to the standards for civil trial certification and recertification that would allow for a broader definition of “trial experiences.”“Our purpose is to make sure that everyone who is qualified to be a board certified civil trial lawyer gets an opportunity to do that, and we don’t have an arbitrary standard that is going to prevent them from doing so,” said Judge Ralph Artigliere, chair of the BLSE. “We have learned over the last few years, that in certifying lawyers, you have to take a broader view of what ‘qualification’ means.”There are four basic components that initially need to be met in order to become certified as a civil trial lawyer. These components are experience, peer review, continuing legal education, and an exam. Under the new proposed amendments governing civil trial certification, the experience component will undergo the most significant revision.While current standards are more restrictive in what qualifies as civil trial experience, the proposed amendments, if adopted by the Board of Governors, will allow for a wider range of experiences that will qualify as civil trial experience.Judge Artigliere aptly sums it up: “This component was modified to allow a broader range of experiences because it is more difficult to get jury trials than it was when we first started the certification program more than 20 years ago. With settlements, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution coupled with the increasing expense of going to trial, there are fewer cases going to trial and, therefore, less opportunities to meet the old trial requirement of 15 contested civil cases in circuit or federal court, five of which were before a jury, five of which were conducted by the applicant as lead counsel, and five of which were submitted to the trier of fact. The standards also propose five of the 15 matters occur in the past five years, expanded from the previous time frame of three years. Of these five cases, two must be jury and two must have been handled by the applicant as lead counsel.“Now we are proposing to allow up to three substituted experiences for partial satisfaction of the 15 matters. The substituted experiences may include such matters as evidentiary hearings lasting more than one day, and attendance or teaching at the Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar. This allows more flexibility in the types of trial experiences than in the past.”While the BLSE has suggested broadening the definition of a qualifying civil trial experience, the main focus of the board has been to accommodate the changing nature of the practice area while maintaining exacting standards for certification and recertification.“The purpose of the board certification program as adopted by the Supreme Court was not to recognize a small group of people, but to identify for the public a group of people who are capable of specializing in a certain area. We do not want to dilute the significance of board certification. We want to make sure that when you certify a lawyer and say they are a trial lawyer, that they are a trial lawyer. The concern has been in the past that if we reduce the number of trials that a lawyer is required to have, then someone may become certified who is not as qualified. So what we’ve tried to do is provide some alternative experiences that would be similar to going to trial that would make sure that the people are qualified, and not water down the requirements,” said Judge Artigliere.The suggested amendments would allow for a broader range of experience in initial certification as a trial lawyer. The process for recertification would also be affected by the proposed amendments.The goal of the proposed amendments affecting applicants for recertification is the same as initial certification: to allow those who are qualified to retain their certification without eroding the standards for qualification. It is the feeling of the BLSE that recertification applicants have already demonstrated and maintained qualification and involvement as civil trial lawyers.“The proposal is to allow substitution of an Advanced Trial Advocacy Course for a trial, or greater credit for a 10-day or more trial, or credit for two cases, of which at least one was a jury case conducted by the applicant as lead counsel (rather than the former requirement of three) and use of an evidentiary hearing for one of the two trials. Again, this gives greater flexibility in trial experiences that qualify toward certification, even more flexibility than is proposed for initial certification applicants,” said Judge Artigliere.The BLSE has received approval from the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar and will present the proposed amendments to the Board of Governors for approval. The Board of Governors is scheduled to consider the amendments at meetings in April and June. March 15, 2005 Assistant Editor Regular News Civil trial certification standards may be amendedlast_img read more

North Korea’s Kim sends ‘get well soon’ wishes for South’s coronavirus battle

first_imgNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a letter expressing hope for South Korea to overcome a coronavirus outbreak, President Moon Jae-in’s office said on Thursday, as the South battles the biggest epidemic of the disease outside China.The two sides’ exchanges have ground nearly to a halt after the North closed borders and temporarily shut a joint liaison office in a border city to avert an outbreak, while the South added 438 infections on Thursday to swell its tally to 5,766.In the letter delivered on Wednesday, Kim voiced concern over Moon’s health, and expounded what he described as his “honest view and position” regarding the situation on the Korean peninsula, Moon’s office said, without elaborating. North Korea had resumed missile testing on Monday after a three-month pause, prompting Moon’s office to urge a halt.Kim Yo Jong, who is also a senior official of the North’s ruling party, said the exercise was not meant to threaten anyone, deriding Seoul for what she called “perfectly foolish” words and acts.North Korea has not confirmed any virus infections, but state media said people showing symptoms faced a month in quarantine, while further “high-intensity” measures included stricter checks in border areas, at airports and sea ports.Moon offered to help the North’s prevention efforts, but Pyongyang has not responded, officials said.Topics : “Chairman Kim wished to console our citizens who are fighting the coronavirus,” Yoon Do-han, Moon’s senior press secretary, told reporters.”He said he believes we will win, and hoped the health of southern compatriots will be protected.”Moon responded with a letter of thanks, Yoon added.The rare message came less than two days after Kim’s sister, Yo Jong, issued a statement attacking Moon’s office for criticizing a military drill by the North.last_img read more

Australia’s second-biggest city enters strict new coronavirus lockdown

first_imgAustralia’s second-biggest city Melbourne began the first day of a six-week total lockdown on Thursday with the closure of most shops and businesses raising new fears of food shortages, as authorities battle a second wave of coronavirus infections.Shops were shut and streets were deserted in the city of about 5 million people, the capital of Victoria state, which reported 471 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths in the past 24 hours.Australia has now recorded about 20,000 COVID-19 cases and 255 fatalities, still far fewer than many other developed nations. Abattoirs are one of the few businesses allowed to stay open in Melbourne, though with a reduced workforce, under the “stage four” lockdown which took effect at midnight on Wednesday.”We have tried to get that balance between reducing the amount of movement, therefore reducing the number of cases, but not compromising what you need being on the supermarket shelves,” Andrews added.Forecast national peak unemployment was revised upwards to about 10% due to Victoria’s reimposition of restrictions, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. Counting those workers on Australia’s wage subsidy scheme, Morrison said effective unemployment would be closer to 14%.”These measures will have a very significant cost, and it will impact the recovery path,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.Australia had previously forecast unemployment would hit a high of 9.25% this year, as the economy endures its first recession in three decades.After closing its international borders early, locking down cities and launching a campaign of mass virus testing, Australia had reopened in June with daily cases in the single figures.But hidden transmissions among staff at quarantine centers led to wider community transmissions in Victoria, which has recorded triple-digit new cases for weeks.Victoria now has the bulk of Australia’s infections, with more than 13,000 reported cases. It reported a daily high of 725 new cases and 15 deaths on Wednesday. But the Victorian outbreak threatens to spill into other states. New South Wales reported 12 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the national tally to 483. There were no cases reported in other states and territories”We’ve flattened that curve once, we’ll flatten that curve again,” Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters.Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews urged Melbourne residents, who have already endured weeks of less severe lockdown, to stay calm amid a surge in demand at supermarkets.”There’s no need for people to be trying to stockpile months and months of food,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Mikel Arteta sets challenge for Mesut Ozil to regain Arsenal first team place

first_imgMikel Arteta sets challenge for Mesut Ozil to regain Arsenal first team place Advertisement Advertisement Mesut Ozil has not played for Arsenal since the return of football (Picture: Visionhaus)Mikel Arteta has challenged Mesut Ozil to show he is at his best and ready to be selected, insisting the German is a ‘special player’ and can contribute for Arsenal.Ozil has not played since the resumption of football after the coronavirus crisis, with little explanation as to why he was not even on the substitutes’ bench against Manchester City in the Premier League on 17 June.Arteta insisted that was a tactical choice, which few people believed, while Ozil is now sidelined with a reported back injury.The Gunners boss expects the former Real Madrid man to be upset that he has not been on the field, but insists he can only pick players who are ready to perform.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m expecting a player that is not playing to feel hurt and disappointed,’ said Arteta ahead of Arsenal’s home clash with Norwich on Wednesday.‘I believe that he is not very happy, because he’s not playing but as well he picked up an injury the other day and we have to wait and see how he evolves.‘I want all my players at their best and to have the ability to be able to pick them to help the squad as much as possible and that’s the only intention I have.’More: 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 CityArteta and Ozil played together for Arsenal in the Spaniard’s final three and the German’s first three seasons at the club, so they know each other very well.The manager knows what the 31 year old can bring to the team but there are clearly doubts over whether he can get the best out of his talents.‘Mesut has unique qualities,’ Arteta continued. ‘He is a very special player for the position he plays, how specific he is in the qualities that he has and what he can bring to the team.‘I know him really well because, as you said, I played with him. I don’t think much has changed [from when he joined Arsenal back in 2013].‘Obviously he adapted to the league and he needed some time but he started to perform pretty quickly and he established himself in this league for a long time, something that is not easy to do.’Ozil’s back injury, which kept him out of the FA Cup win over Sheffield United at the weekend, is being assessed and could feature against Norwich on Wednesday, but a start seems extremely unlikely.MORE: Saint-Etienne slam Arsenal for ‘unacceptable’ demands to keep William Saliba for French Cup finalMORE: What Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said about Arsenal contract rebel Folarin BalogunFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 9:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link452Shares Commentlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on the Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage Ruling

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 26, 2015 Equality,  National Issues,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage ruling:“Today, the Supreme Court affirmed that no American can be denied the right to marry because of who they love. This historic ruling is a victory for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians and allies. ‘Gay marriage’ is now simply marriage and the pursuit of happiness will no longer be denied for same-sex couples.“On the heels of the Supreme Court’s action today, the Pennsylvania legislature should stand-up and pass non-discrimination for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, so that they can no longer be discriminated against in employment or housing for being who they are.”MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # #center_img Governor Wolf Statement on the Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage Rulinglast_img read more

‘Corona criminals’ prey on Europe’s virus fears

first_imgCriminals are finding burglary and drug smuggling difficult due to the coronavirus – so they are going online. AFP PARIS – From trafficking dodgy surgicalmasks to peddling counterfeit medicines and running internet scams, criminalsare finding ways to profit from the coronavirus crisis, European police warn. With billions of people under lockdownin their homes and borders shut, police chiefs say criminals are finding ithard to make money out of “traditional” activities like burglary and drugsmuggling.center_img Instead they are preying on people’sfears of the COVID-19 pandemic to sell them substandard protective goods ortrick people out of their cash online, warned Europe’s police agency Europol. (AFP)last_img read more

Game Management

first_imgWhat a difference the 3-point shot has made in basketball.  This, coupled with the North Carolina State NCAA Championship Game when they fouled the opposition and made up a huge margin to win the game at the buzzer, has led to a total change in how you play the 4th quarter or second half of a ball game.  Before the 3-point shot, most coaches knew by the 4-minute mark to the end of the game how many points they needed to secure the win.  If you could get as much as a 6-point lead, you could slow the game down enough to make this hold up.  Today teams will not allow you to do that.  They will foul you and force you to give up the basketball and then will bomb threes on their end of the floor.  Most of you probably can’t remember a game in which a team may be forced to make 15-20 free throws in the last 4 minutes of a game to hold a lead.  This basically means that no lead is ever truly safe in basketball.  Before the North Carolina State incident, no one thought of fouling that much to get back into the game.  How many remember South Dearborn making up a 30-point deficit on East Central a few years back?  I do not have any statistics to back this up, but I would be willing to bet that 90% of the time this doesn’t work.  All it does is add 15-20 minutes to the 4th quarter, upset the referees, and drive the fans batty.  Most of the time an 8-10 point deficit becomes a 20-point deficit before it is over but there is always that 10% that keeps coaches trying.last_img read more

Drogba ‘not surprised’ after Ivorian federation presidency snub

first_imgRead Also: No excuse for Lampard at Chelsea after spending spreeDrobga also has the backing of the association for the former and its current players equivalent and has five days to appeal the decision.He is standing against FIF’s former third vice-president Idriss Diallo, as well as the current vice-president of the national body and president of the League Sory Diabate.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea legend Didier Drogba was not surprised by the electoral commission of the Ivory Coast Football Federation’s (FIF) rejection of the former striker’s presidency bid, his staff said Thursday. FIF’s election has turned into a soap opera marred by incessant infighting, attracting international attention with FIFA telling the body to cancel the vote. “Drogba’s staff isn’t surprised by this decision to reject the bid. But we remain unfazed. We will react to conform to the texts which surround this election,” Mahamadou Sangare, a member of Drogba’s team, was quoted as saying to AFP.Advertisement Loading… An official document seen by AFP said: “The electoral commission (…) rejects the candidacy of Mr Drogba, Tebily Didier Yves.” The text also claimed Drogba was ineligible to run for the position held by Sidy Diallo with the ex-Elephants captain having only received the official support of two of a required four Ivorian clubs. Promoted Content7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Absolutely Unique Facts About KanyeBest Car Manufacturers In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAP5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planetlast_img read more