New York State Rolls Out New Rules For Nursing Homes During Holiday Season

first_imgCropped Photo: Ulrich Joho / CC BY-SA 2.0ALBANY – New York State’s Health Department has rolled out new rules for nursing homes during the holidays.They say residents who leave a facility must test negative for COVID-19 24 hours before they return.Once they are allowed back, they must quarantine for two weeks.During that time, returning resident will need to be tested at least three more times. The health department recommends against residents leaving a nursing home for a family or social gathering. 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

Food hub survey

first_imgSome Georgia farmers are looking to food hubs as a way to better market their produce and make the process of getting their produce to market more efficiently. A summertime survey of 216 farmers showed that 91 percent of those who responded said that they were interested in working with other farmers to meet the local demand for their produce or products. That cooperation could constitute the basis for formation of new food hubs in Georgia. “One of the key reasons the food hubs we have seen are successful, like Eastern Carolina Organics (ECO) in North Carolina, is because they match farmer supply and customer demand,” said Kate Munden-Dixon, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program assistant with UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We were happily surprised to find that a high percentage of farmers were willing to work together and perhaps alter what they planted in order to meet customer demand,” she said. Farmers working at a small-scale can sell directly to consumers, but a growing number find they have too much produce for a farmers market or a community supported agriculture system but not enough to meet the needs of restaurants, schools or grocery stores. That’s the purpose of a food hub—to pull these small and medium size farms together, so they can pool their products to fill large orders. The survey, which was released in January, is part of the Georgia Sustainable Agriculture Consortium plan, led by UGA Cooperative Extension, to support the development of new food hubs. In another survey this summer, Julia Gaskin, CAES sustainable agriculture coordinator, and other researchers identified eight working food hubs in Georgia. For the purpose of that survey, they defined food hubs as physical locations that aggregate products from five or more farmers and had a wholesale component. Seventy-two percent of the farmers who said they were interested in forming food hubs primarily produced vegetables and fruit, and more than half — 62 percent — worked farms that were smaller than five acres. The bulk of the responding farmers were interested in using a food hub to market their produce to local restaurants, retailers and schools. Sixty-two percent wanted a food hub to provide refrigerated storage and labeling equipment. For meat and egg producers, the prospect of having a co-owned beef, poultry or swine processing facility and possibly a central location to collect, process and store eggs were a high priority. Most of the respondents who grew vegetables were clustered around metro-Atlanta and in Northeast Georgia as well as along the Interstate 75 corridor. Meat and egg producers were scattered throughout the state, which would complicate but not preclude the construction of a central processing and distribution facility, according to the report. Farmers also worried that moving into larger retail or institutional markets would reduce the revenue they saw from each sale. While they would be selling more they might lose the profit they make now by selling direct to consumers. More information about the study is available at www.SustainAgGA.org . Munden-Dixon will present the findings at the 2013 Farm to School Summit in Atlanta on Thursday, Feb. 22. Gaskin will present the full results of the survey at the Georgia Organics Conference in Atlanta on Friday, Feb. 23.last_img read more

A small but mighty response to payday lenders and fintech competitors

first_imgNorthCountry Federal Credit Union($641.6M, Burlington, VT) began offering employer-sponsored small-dollar loans (ESSDLs) a dozen years ago as a way to help borrowers and their bosses alike.Today, the Vermont cooperative has more than 40 private and public employers enrolled in its ESSDL program — what NorthCountry calls income advance loans — and encourages cooperatives everywhere to consider doing the same.The idea is simple but powerful. Employers enroll in the program and then offer the loans as a benefit of employment, sometimes with loan reserves bolstered by company contributions.The credit union offers these short-term notes at rates far lower than those extended by payday lenders and takes payments from the employees’ direct deposit paychecks. Borrowers must ask their HR department to stop the direct deposits, which serves as a disincentive to non-performance and helps dampen delinquencies. Typically, NorthCountry does not pull credit reports but does report successful repayment to the credit bureaus. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Bristol investment

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The omnipresent occupier

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Dutch union demands state pension increase as second-pillar cuts loom

first_imgTuur Elzinga, FNVIt quoted Hedda Renooij of employer organisation VNO-NCW as saying that cuts at pension funds “shouldn’t be compensated by general government measures”. Pension funds are allowed to smooth out any discounts over a 10-year period, which means that a 10% cut would result in a 1% pension reduction in 2020.In the interview, Elzinga indicated that he would like to discuss the discount rules for pension funds, but acknowledged this would be too heavy a burden on the work to elaborate the pensions agreement. This process is to start within two weeks, when a steering group for all players involved is to convene.Further readingBiggest Dutch pension funds face imminent benefit cuts following new rules ABP and PFZW may have to cut pension rights for their almost 6m members next year despite solid returns on investments in the second quarter of 2019Dutch social partners and government reach agreement on retirement age In June, employers, unions and the government reached an agreement in principle on elements of pension system reform, including the state retirement age and retirement options for workers in physically demanding jobs The Netherlands’ biggest union has called for the government to increase state pension benefits to compensate for looming cuts to second-pillar pension payments.FNV’s vice chair and lead pensions negotiator Tuur Elzinga called for a higher state pension (AOW) in an interview in Dutch national newspaper De Volkskrant, arguing that such a measure was needed to maintain pensioners’ purchasing power.When a pensions agreement was concluded in early June between unions, employers and the government, it was assumed that cuts to pension rights and benefits could be avoided, restoring confidence in the pensions system.However, the financial position of pensions funds has worsened through declining interest rates and poor equity market performance. In addition, in June an independent committee recommended changes to the calculation of the ultimate forward rate that could increase scheme liabilities and further hurt funding levels. According to De Volkskrant, employers have rejected a proposed increase to the AOW, which is regularly subject to indexation.last_img read more

Motion to dismiss murder charges denied for Walmsley

first_imgVersailles, In. — Accused murder suspect, Nathaniel Walmsley’s request to dismiss charges has been denied. Walmsley and co-defendant, Al Trimnell face murder charges following the overdose death of Nathaniel’s wife Rachael in July of 2017.A similar motion made by Trimnell earlier this year was also denied. That decision is being appealed.Ripley County prosecutor Ric Hertel said, “There are some similar issues in both cases but some stark differences exist too.”  He went on saying, “it seems to make sense to resolve these issues prior to any trial locally.  Ultimately, the higher Courts in Indiana will address these issues and the State will move forward as the decisions are rendered.  Our direction will be dictated by their decisions.”Pending actions by the Indiana Court of Appeals the scheduled trial dates have been put on hold.Both suspects are being held.last_img read more

Tottenham in talks over Bale return – agent

first_img Loading… Read Also: Lampard reveals injury update on Werner ahead of Liverpool crackerAs well as their interest in Bale, Tottenham are reported to be in talks with Real about left-back Sergio Reguilon, while Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost has been mooted as a potential signing to provide back-up for Harry Kane.Mourinho has already signed Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart since the end of last season.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 It has been reported the Spanish club would be willing to pay some of that salary to finally move on from their troubled relationship with the forward. Bale left Tottenham for Real in 2013 for a then world record fee of £85 million ($109 million). The 31-year-old has won four Champions League titles and two La Liga crowns during his time in Spain, but his turbulent relationship with Zidane has left him exiled for most of the last year. He started just one match when last season resumed after the coronavirus hiatus as Real clinched their first la Liga title since 2017. Bale still has an emotional attachment to Tottenham after joining the club from Southampton as 17-year-old and developing into one of the world’s most exciting forwards. After losing their opening game of the Premier League season against Everton on Sunday, Tottenham could do with the morale-boost that would come from signing Bale. Jose Mourinho accused his Tottenham players of “lazy pressing” during the Everton game and is believed to be keen on shaking up his squad with several more signings. Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right NowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Of The Strongest Women In The WorldWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Secrets Is The Great Wall Of China Hiding?6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth Gareth Bale’s agents are talking to Tottenham about a deal that would see the Real Madrid forward return to his former club. Bale has been frozen out by Real manager Zinedine Zidane and the Wales star said earlier this month that he was open to joining a Premier League side. It had been reported in England that Tottenham and Manchester United were interested in signing Bale. Now Tottenham have opened discussions with Bale’s representatives about a potential move, likely to be a loan but with a permanent deal not ruled out at this stage. “Gareth still loves Spurs,” Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett told BBC Sport Wales on Tuesday. “We are talking. It’s where he wants to go.” Bale has two years left on a contract that pays him around £600,000 per week at Real.Advertisementlast_img read more

EPL: Sheffield Utd tackle Chelsea

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Sheffield Utd vs. Chelsea Venue: Bramall Lane Kick off: 5:30PMChelsea travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United knowing that a sixth win in seven Premier League games will edge them a step closer to qualification for the Champions League. However, the Blades welcome the Blues to Yorkshire having put together a three-match unbeaten streak, leaving the club just one point adrift of sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.After the resumption of the Premier League, Sheffield United looked like being one of the clubs who were struggling to adapt to the different surroundings, perhaps understandably having lost all momentum due to the enforced break.However, the Blades have been excellent over the past week, with home victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers coming either side of a draw away at Burnley.With all three of their last opponents acting as rivals in the race for the Europa League, each result has been recorded at the right time, leaving Chris Wilder’s team on the brink of moving into the top six.Although squaring off against Champions-League chasing Chelsea represents another tough test, there will be no shortage of confidence after the manner of their last-gasp triumph over Wolves. United outlasted a team which have made a habit of late flourishes, and it will naturally lead to Blues boss Frank Lampard having concerns about how his players will handle their upcoming contest.Despite edging out Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, Chelsea struggled to close out the 3-2 win, relying on an outstanding late save from Kepa Arrizabalaga and an even better goal-saving tackle from Kurt Zouma.While Lampard would have been impressed and relieved in equal measure, he has acknowledged that his team cannot afford to keep putting themselves in such situations, particularly after squandering so many opportunities at the other end of the pitch.That has been a common theme throughout the season, although Lampard can only be delighted with how Willian and Christian Pulisic have performed since the resumption.Willian has four goals and three assists to his name, while Pulisic has netted in games against Aston Villa, Manchester City and Palace respectively. Sheffield Utd possible XI: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Lundstram, Stevens, McGoldrick, Mousset. Chelsea possible XI: Arrizabalaga, James, Zouma, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Barkley, Jorginho, Mount, Willian, Giroud, Pulisic.Tags: Bramall LaneChelseaChris WIlderFrank LampardSheffield UnitedYorkshirelast_img read more

Petra/Corona football continues tonight with triple-header

first_imgTHREE more matches are on this evening in the Petra-organised, Corona-sponsored invitational football tournament at the Georgetown Football Club ground.In the first of the three, the Western Tigers, fresh off their Limacol 2017 win, return to action against Black Pearl FC with both teams expected to produce a tooth-and-nail battle from 17:00hrs.Meanwhile, two hours later, the host club GFC will have to defend their turf from fellow Georgetown side Camptown FC in a battle of rivalry dating back years.In the final game of the evening, Police FC will take on Beacons FC.The tournament will feature the 12 top teams in the Georgetown region, playing for $1M in cash and prizesIt will take a round-robin knock-out format where the top four teams in the two groups of six will advance.The tournament was initially set to kick-off on June 30 but had its first round last Sunday with Northern Rangers and Santos FC tasting victory.The Rangers were in fine form as they disposed of East Veldt 2-0 with an own goal in the 22nd minute and Sunil Logan’s 64th minute strike, as they opened the tournament on a high.Game two, on the other hand, proved a goal-less stalemate as Flamingo tackled Riddim Squad.Game three was an absolute firecracker as Santos downed Pele 4-0.Robby McCloggan’s 9th minute strike gave the lead to Santos before Kenroy Deminick’s 11th minute shot extended that lead in a good one-two fashion which lasted until the end of the half.However, Santos were by no means finished. A Josh Parvattan’s 56th minute strike took the score to three-nil while Orin Yarde added the final for good measure in the 90+2.last_img read more