Controlled Detonations Slated For Coldspring On Monday

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) Credit Pixabay COLDSPRING  — The Chautauqua County Bomb Squad, along with the Erie County Bomb Squad, U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team and FBI Bomb Technicians will conduct a controlled disposal of expired ordinance in the Town of Coldspring.According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, the demolition starts at 11 a.m., Monday, and run into the afternoon.The demolitions will be conducted in a controlled environment and all safety measures and calculations have been completed for the event.The Sheriff’s Office stresses there is no danger to surrounding properties. Residents will hear the demolitions.last_img read more

Coal River Spill: Slurry leaks into West Virginia waterway

first_imgAccording the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the water in Crooked Run, a tributary of the Coal River in Boone County, West Virginia is now safe to drink after coal slurry leaked into the water supply on March 23.Coal slurry is the after product of washing coal with water and different chemicals before shipment of the coal. West Virginia DEP Division of Mining and Reclamation says the leak came from a burst pipe that spilled coal slurry for three hours; however, it is unknown how much slurry was released into the river.Residents reported the water of the Coal River appearing oily black and jelly-like. The closest water processing plant is in Lincoln County 17 miles downstream followed by the St. Albans treatment plant 35 miles down stream. Both of these facilities were immediately shut down while the spill was being investigated. The coal plant was also closed. Lincoln County’ water facility reopened their facility the following Friday after finding the waters chemical levels were at the standard level.last_img read more

Colombia Dismantles Counterfeit Dollar Factory

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo September 17, 2020 In late July, troops of the Colombian Army’s Deployment Force against Transnational Threats, in cooperation with the Office of the Attorney General’s Technical Investigation Team, dismantled a factory that produced counterfeit U.S. dollars in Meta department. According to a press release from the Army, the criminal organization had been engaging in this activity for a year, producing $1.5 million monthly. The monthly earnings of the criminal group from their counterfeit activities amounted to $400,000, the Army’s Press Office said.During the operation carried out in a house in the Villavicencio municipality, authorities found several elements used to commit the crime, such as a laminating machine, lithographic ink, an industrial lithographic machine, an ultraviolet banknote checker, and more than $600,000 in counterfeit banknotes, the Army said. Authorities also detained two members of the criminal ring on site.“What they want is to go unnoticed, and they look for common areas, neighborhoods,” Brigadier General Antonio María Beltrán Díaz, commander of the Army’s 4th Division, whose troops took part in the operation, told Diálogo. “That’s the goal, to go unnoticed, rent a house, and set up the machines […]. But this is also what draws attention and helps us to gather intelligence [and] get to them.”Brig. Gen. Beltrán said that the operation took place after one year of monitoring and “thorough intelligence work” with the support of the U.S. Secret Service, the organization that combats U.S. dollar counterfeiting. Once the banknotes were printed, the criminals distributed them in different Colombian cities and neighboring countries for their commercialization, the Army said.According to InSight Crime, an organization specializing in security threats in Latin America and the Caribbean, criminal groups that engage in counterfeiting currency have developed sophisticated techniques to produce convincing counterfeit money. Peru, the organization says, has surpassed Colombia, becoming the greatest concern in Latin America for the U.S. Secret Service.“The major counterfeiters are usually part of organized crime, drug cartels, […] and they sell their counterfeit bills wholesale, for 50 cents on the dollar or sometimes even less,” Arian Panariti, operations supervisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Cash Services Group, said in a press release published by the institution.The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) says on its website, “If left unchecked, the circulation of counterfeit currency can undermine national economies, weaken financial institutions, and jeopardize people’s livelihoods. It fuels the underground economy and finances the activities of organized criminal networks and terrorists.”last_img read more

NAFCU monitors PHH case arguments, NCUA Board meeting

first_imgNAFCU staff this week will be monitoring oral arguments in the PHH Corp. lawsuit against the CFPB and the NCUA Board meeting, which will include a corporate stabilization fund update and three proposed rules.Oral arguments in the PHH case will take place on Wednesday at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In February, the court granted the bureau’s petition for a full court rehearing of the case, after the court’s initial ruling in October 2016 found the bureau’s single-director structure unconstitutional.On Thursday, the NCUA Board will hear an update on the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund and consider proposals dealing with voluntary federal credit union mergers, agency appeals procedures and the Supervisory Review Committee during its open meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. Eastern.NAFCU staff will issue analysis of the three proposals when more details are available. Last week, NAFCU’s Regulatory Compliance team added updated information to its frequently asked questions document on the TCCUSF. The association has urged the NCUA to explore all options to issue TCCUSF rebates as soon as possible. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Digital payments solutions for a post-coronavirus world

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brad Eral As the Account Vice President for SWBC’s Financial Institution Group, Brad Eral services financial institutions throughout the Midwest within lending services, insurance, and loss mitigation programs. Prior to joining … Web: https://www.swbcmortgage.com Details It’s becoming clear that the coronavirus is going to have a lasting effect on our lives. Even as social distancing measures begin to ease across the country, we’re starting to realize that we won’t be returning to the world we were used to, but will be navigating a “new normal” going forward. For credit unions, this is going to mean adopting forward-thinking payments strategies that empower your members to make payments and access their accounts safely and conveniently. The shift to self-serve banking options has reached a tipping point, and credit unions that are ahead of this curve will be far more likely to find success in an uncertain future.Meeting your members where they areEven before the coronavirus disruptions began, consumer preferences had started to migrate from traditional payment methods toward digital payments options. Advances in mobile payment technology and an increase in new payments channels, combined with overall consumer trends that favor accessibility and convenience, have shifted consumers’ purchasing habits.The coronavirus and its immediate aftermath have only served to make this shift more relevant to credit union members. Now more than ever, credit unions should be implementing consumer-centric payments solutions that put members in the driver’s seat. Developing a payments strategy that allows your members to access your services from a variety of different channels, including your website, a mobile app, an online payments portal, social media networks, call centers, and physical branches, will empower your members to choose the payment options that work for them. Your members will appreciate the availability of multiple payments channels that give them the flexibility to utilize the best choice based on their needs at any given time.Making payments options mobileAccording to Pew Research, “The vast majority of Americans – 96% – now own a cellphone of some kind. Along with mobile phones, Americans own a range of other information devices. Nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults now own desktop or laptop computers, while roughly half now own tablet computers and roughly half own e-reader devices.”These numbers reveal an interesting fact. It has become clear that in order to successfully reach your members, you must provide tools and services that are accessible via mobile devices. Generally speaking, credit union members expect their mobile experience to be just as seamless as their desktop experience. If your credit union has developed an app for your members, you’ll want to make sure that the interface is intuitive, accessible, and provides a wide variety of self-serve features.Mobile payment apps and overall online experience should be viewed as an extension of your credit union’s member service. Your mobile experience should offer comparable functionality and have a similar “feel” as your overall member service experience.Adapt physical channelsWith the benefit of web-based technology, many of us have been able to adjust fairly easily to working from home, ordering food, groceries, and shopping online, and even educating our kids through eLearning platforms. As we continue to move forward toward the new normal, consider rethinking the importance of physical brick-and-mortar branches. Regardless of whether it’s in the form of digital or physical, consumers are attracted to high-quality and engaging experiences. While it may not be feasible to provide stellar face-to-face service with the country still largely shut down, it is still possible to build deeper relationships with your members by focusing on developing digital payments tools and channels with the end user in mind.Having a smaller customer support staff on site or in call centers to help your members with support and services is a challenge that all credit unions are facing. According to The Financial Brand, since the coronavirus, “Bank and credit union customer support has been overtaxed by the extraordinarily high volume of questions from anxious, frustrated consumers.”Providing exceptional member support from contact centers is going to become critically important over the next several months and into 2021. One component of that is reducing the inbound call volume and call processing time. Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Financial Center First launched a new eServices platform that allowed their members to make loan payments from an online portal. According to Marla Tackett, Vice President of Strategic Development at the credit union, since diversifying their payments platform, they now “have shorter wait times and are better able to serve members who are calling for non-transactional requests.”The coronavirus and its aftermath have created a great deal of uncertainty for people, especially when it comes to their financial wellbeing. Your members are likely going to be reaching out to you more often for help with financial services going forward. Diverting as much call traffic as you can for actions that members can self-serve on will help you provide the members that have more complex concerns with the best service possible.Adapting to the myriad of coronavirus-related disruptions while continuing to provide excellent service is a difficult challenge that credit unions are facing today. While this can seem like a tall order during a time when in-person interactions are limited, providing your members with payments channels they can access safely and conveniently from the comfort of their homes will add value to their banking experience at a time when every little bit helps.To learn more about how Financial Center First increased their total funded transactions through self-service channels by 161%, download the case study.last_img read more

Blood drive to honor late State Trooper

first_imgThe blood drive will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at 16 Crescent Drive in Kirkwood. Trooper Skinner served with the State Police for 13 years before he was killed in the line of duty in 2014. He also was a firefighter with the Five Mile Point Fire Company. The Red Cross says blood donations often decline during the holidays as people get busy and travel.center_img KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — The Five Mile Point Fire Department is inviting the community to pay tribute to late New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner at its sixth annual blood drive in his memory. If you would like to donate, you can make an appointment by downloading the Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or visiting this link.last_img

CBS: Double-digit increase in tourist arrivals and overnight stays in October

first_imgIn October 2018, more than 963 thousand tourist arrivals and 2,8 million tourist nights were realized in commercial accommodation facilities. Compared to October 2017, there were 13,3% more arrivals and 12,4% more overnight stays.Domestic tourists realized 166 thousand arrivals and 344 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of arrivals by 15,7% and an increase of overnight stays by 13,7% compared to November 2017. Foreign tourists realized 798 thousand arrivals and 2,5 million overnight stays, which is an increase in arrivals by 12,8% and an increase in overnight stays by 12,2% compared to the same period last year.Most tourist nights from Germany and the United KingdomThe highest number of overnight stays by foreign tourists in October 2018 was realized by tourists from Germany, 697 thousand overnight stays (28,1% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists) and tourists from the United Kingdom, with 283 thousand overnight stays by tourists (11,4% of the total number of overnight stays). overnight stays of foreign tourists). Compared to October 2017, tourists from Germany increased their overnight stays by 16,3%, and tourists from the United Kingdom increased their overnight stays by 15,3%.This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Austria (7,8%), Slovenia (4,7%), USA (4,6%) and France (3,5%).Source: CBSDubrovnik is the first in terms of the number of realized tourist nightsDubrovnik realized the highest number of tourist nights in October 2018, 362 thousand overnight stays, which is 12,8% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to October 2017, there were 9,5% more arrivals and 7,0% more overnight stays in Dubrovnik.The highest number of overnight stays in Dubrovnik was realized by tourists from the United Kingdom, 92 thousand overnight stays, which is 26,2% of the total number of overnight stays by foreign tourists. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from the USA (10,8%), Germany (9,2%) and France (5,6%).Most arrivals and overnight stays were realized in hotelsIn October 2018, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in hotels, 1,7 million overnight stays, which is 59,0% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to October 2017, hotels recorded an increase in arrivals by 11,4% and an increase in overnight stays by 10,3%. In the group Hotels and similar accommodation available the most roomsIn October 2018, tourists had at their disposal 173 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places with a total of 427 thousand permanent beds.In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, there were a total of 69 thousand rooms and suites available to tourists (which is 39,7% of the total number of available rooms and suites) with a total of 140 thousand permanent beds (which is 32,8% of the total number of available permanent beds). ). The average occupancy of rooms was 54,6%, and permanent beds 47,8%.Source: CBSTourists aged 65 and over realized the most overnight staysIn October 2018, tourists in the age group of 65 and over realized the most overnight stays, 689 thousand overnight stays, which is 24,4% of the total number of overnight stays. They are followed by tourists in the age group of 55 to 64 years, 564 thousand overnight stays, which is 20,0% of the total overnight stays.In the first ten months an increase in tourist arrivals and overnight staysIn the first ten months of 2018, tourists realized 17,9 million arrivals and 88,1 million overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities, which is an increase in arrivals by 6,8% and an increase in overnight stays by 3,8% compared to the same period in 2017.In the first ten months, domestic tourists realized 1,8 million arrivals and almost 6,0 million overnight stays, which is an increase in arrivals by 10,1% and an increase in overnight stays by 8,1% compared to the same period in 2017.Foreign tourists realized 16,2 million arrivals and 82,2 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 6,4% in arrivals and an increase of 3,5% of overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Most overnight stays of foreign tourists were realized by tourists from Germany (24,2%), Slovenia (8,7%), Austria (8,4%), Poland (7,3%), Czech Republic (6,2%) and Italy 6,0%).last_img read more

The final curtain?

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Manchester City sign Valencia winger on five-year deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester City announced on Tuesday they have signed Spanish winger Ferran Torres from Valencia, with the 20-year-old putting pen to paper on a five-year deal.Financial details were not disclosed by the English Premier League clubside, but British media reported the transfer fee was 23 million euros (20.73 million pounds). Torres scored six goals and had eight assists for Valencia in all competitions last season as they came ninth in the Spanish La Liga.“I am so happy to be joining Manchester City. Every player wants to be involved in attacking teams and Manchester City are one of the most attacking in world football,” Torres told the club website.“Pep (Guardiola) encourages a really open, aggressive style, which I love, and he is a manager with a proven track record of improving players. To have him overseeing my development is a dream.”Torres joins Manchester City as a replacement for Germany winger Leroy Sane who moved to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich last month for 45 million euros plus add-ons.“He’s young and still developing, but his technical qualities are exactly what we are looking for in a winger,” Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said of Torres. “He’s quick, direct, can create space with one movement and is capable of producing match-winning moments.”Manchester City have also been linked with a 41 million pounds ($53.56 million) move for Bournemouth central defender Nathan Ake.This is noteworthy as Guardiola looks to close the gap on Premier League champions Liverpool next season.Second-placed Manchester City finished 18 points adrift of the Anfield side but won the League Cup and are still in the UEFA Champions League.They lead Real Madrid 2-1 ahead of their last 16 second leg home match on Friday. Reuters/NAN.Tags: English Premier LeagueFerran TorresManchester CityPep GuardiolaValencialast_img read more

The Players Championship: Tommy Fleetwood, Keegan Bradley hold lead at 7 under

Moore’s feat at the par-3 17th is the ninth in tournament history, and the first since Garcia’s in 2017.🚨 ALBATROSS! 🚨@Harris_English holes it from 236 yards! 🦅🦅The rarest of birds on No. 11 @THEPLAYERSChamp.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/Y7WYwZOjRh— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 14, 2019🚨 HOLE-IN-ONE 🚨SLAM DUNK FOR @RYANMOOREPGA!Magic on the 17th hole @THEPLAYERSChamp.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/X5COEcQw03— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 14, 2019Round 2 will resume at 7:40 a.m. ET on Friday. There are two golfers atop the leaderboard after the first round of The Players Championship on Thursday.Keegan Bradley, who has never won at TPC, and Tommy Fleetwood — who has never won on the PGA Tour — shot 7-under 65s to take control of the star-studded field. Bradley had a blemish-free front nine (he started on No. 10) as he carded two birdies to make the turn at 2-under par. He had four more birdies on the back nine as well as one bogey and an eagle on the par-5 16th.He caught up to clubhouse leader Fleetwood, who enjoyed an early tee time and a very clean round.  Related News Fleetwood finished with seven birdies, including three consecutive ones on the 7th, 8th and 9th holes.“I just started picking a few shots up and then you get on a run like 7, 8, 9 and it feels great after that,” he said after his round.The two leaders, however, will have quite the competition as they get ready for a weekend at TPC Sawgrass. Byeong Hun An and Brian Harman are one stroke back in third place (6 under). Rory McIlroy, Vaughn Taylor and Ryan Moore are all tied for fifth place (5 under) while Kyle Stanley and Kevin Kisner are part of a tie for eighth (4 under).Spanish professionals Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia are both tied for 13th (3 under). Tiger Woods and Webb Simpson — the 2018 TPC champion — are in a sizable tie for 35th (2 under).There were also plenty of highlights including an albatross from Harris English, who is also tied for 35th, and a hole-in-one by Moore.   The Players Championship: Tiger Woods shoots 2-under 70, sits in tie for 35th after Round 1 read more