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Village Of Celoron Man Facing Drug Charges Following Overnight Traffic Stop

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 Stock Image.ELLERY – A Village of Celoron man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Ellery overnight.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 44-year-old Walter Whitfield Jr. was pulled over on Route 430 around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday.Deputies say a check of his driving record showed 17 license suspensions.Furthermore, K-9 Link sniffed the vehicle and alerted law enforcement to the presence of narcotics. After searching the vehicle deputies allegedly found scales, packaging materials and a quantity of methamphetamine.Whitfield was arrested and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operator and fail to keep right.He was later released with citations directing him to appear in Town of Ellery Court at a later date.last_img read more

iPhone marks commissioning of largest solar array in Vermont, North America

first_imgSOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont . . . July 27, 2011 . . . AllEarth Renewables, Inc.,The touch of an iPhone’ which brought the last of 382 solar trackers into position perpendicular with the sun’ marked the commissioning of the largest solar installation in Vermont and the largest installation of its kind in all of North America.The pole-mounted trackers use innovative GPS and wireless technology to actively follow the sun throughout the day, producing more than 40 percent more energy than fixed solar. The site is off Hinesburg Road in South Burlington on land leased from the Larkin family.Manufactured just four miles from the site of the solar farm, 382 AllSun Trackers produced by Williston-based AllEarth Renewables make up the, $12 million, 2.2 MW farm.The solar project is expected to produce 2.91 million kilowatt hours of energy a year, or enough electricity for over 450 homes. With inverters on each solar tracker to boost energy performance, the project is the largest solar installation to use such a configuration in North America.Attending the commissioning were more than 75 local contractors, engineers, suppliers, developers, parts fabricators, manufacturers, and other workers that had a direct hand in building the project.Pictured: South Burlington City Council Chair Sandra Dooley, Governor Shumlin, Jeanne Morrissey of JAM Construction, Speaker of the House Shap Smith and AllEarth CEO David Blittersdorf. Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is just outside the picture to the left. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, and Speaker of the House Shap Smith also spoke at the event. The panel that the governor turned on is laying flat in the middle photo. After being turned on through his iPhone, the panel adjusted to the sun’s location via its GPS device and began producing electricity.‘This project not only produces renewable energy from the sun, it creates a lot of local clean energy jobs,’ said David Blittersdorf, CEO and founder of AllEarth Renewables.  ‘We’ve innovated and refined our AllSun Tracker so it can be affordably used to power homes or businesses, and at the same time make up a utility-sized farm like this project in South Burlington.’Governor Shumlin addresses the gathering.”What we’re doing here,” Blittersdorf said, “is showing the rest of the country how to do renewables.”Blittersdorf said Massachusetts and New Jersey will be his company’s expansion targets. He said those two states have both relatively high electric costs and an interest in renewable energy. States that are burning coal to generate electricity have low cost electricity and less interest in renewables, such as those in the Midwest and South. California, he said, could be a good market in the future, but he said he wants to grow closer to home for now. New England electric rates averaged 15.05 cents per kilowatt hour in 2010 (Vermont 13.09 cents per kwh, Massachusetts 14.63), New Jersey was at 14.84 per kwh and California was at 13.83 per kwh. The US average in 2010 was 9.91 cents per kwh.Part of the state’s Standard Offer program, the farm will sell an estimated 2.91 million annual kWh of power generated by the installation to Vermont’s Sustainably Priced Energy Development (SPEED) Program.  The Standard Offer was established as part of the Vermont Energy Act of 2009.In June, AllEarth Renewables’ CEO was named by Business Week as one of 25 of ‘America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.’  The company, which employs 26, earlier this month announced a partnership with four solar installers to provide distribution throughout Vermont.  AllEarth noted some of the partners in this project, which includes:VESCOMerchants BankJA MorisseyVermont Works for WomenTimberlineVHB EngineeringLandWorksDunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & HandGreen Mountain PowerEngineers Construction Inc. (ECI)Omega ElectricGrennon’s SolderingNSA IndustriesRennlineMainly MetalsNorth East PrecisionS.D. Ireland ConcreteFoxfire Energy CorporationWillis last_img read more

The medium and the message (part one)

first_img30 years ago, one of the most important books on media ecology was published. Arguably even more relevant today, Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death describes a world where citizens are overwhelmed with information, so much so that they are unable to make informed choices. In our digital age, this should be read as prophecy.Postman argues that too much information hinders our ability to act; we become increasingly unable to prioritize what we consume.  He called this phenomenon the information-action ratio, indicating the relationship between a piece of information and what action, if any, a consumer of that information might reasonably be expected to take once learning it.  A close information-action ratio means the majority of information we receive is relevant to our lives. Postman stated that before the rise of the telegraph, we as a society experienced a close information-action ratio, as all the news of the day came from sources physically close to us.As our technological capabilities increased, so too did our ability to distribute information across time and space. Nowadays, we read about events happening all over the world, and this makes us lose our sense of what is immediately important to us. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Schumer to Secret Service: Stem Flow of Counterfeit Cash on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday called on the Secret Service to stem the recent uptick in counterfeit money flooding Long Island, a troubling increase in circulation of funny money that he claimed the beleaguered agency has failed to keep up with.Speaking inside Churchill’s restaurant and bar in Rockville Centre, which suffered nearly $400 in losses due to phony money that passed through the charming establishment during the height of the holiday season last December, Schumer told reporters that there has been 566 counterfeit money cases in Suffolk County since 2012 and 160 cases in Nassau County. The most recent counterfeit-related arrest came last month when three Uniondale High School students were nabbed for allegedly distributing fake $20 bills to other students on school property, Nassau County police said.“Counterfeit transactions have hit alarming” rates, said Schumer, who was flanked by village officials and members of the local Chamber of Commerce. But Schumer said he could not provide a reason for the increase in incidents.The senator called on the Secret Service, the federal agency created in the 19th century specifically to investigate counterfeit crimes, to stem the tide, saying it needs to step up its efforts and collaborate more openly with local law enforcement. He also pressed upon the agency to educate small business owners who can’t afford to suffer losses that inevitably come when they accept counterfeit cash.“Our Long Island stores need to know the tricks of the trade,” Schumer said.Officials estimate that $3 million in counterfeit money was circulated on LI last year, up from $2 million in previous years, Schumer said.There are several ways in which counterfeit currency is circulated on the Island. The phony notes are either produced locally or arrive through area airports such as John F. Kennedy International, where travelers attempt to conceal thousands of fake dollar bills in suitcases and other items with hopes of distributing the dollar bill doppelgangers in the metropolitan area. On March 24, Customs and Border Protection agents found $65,200 in counterfeit $100 bills concealed in placemats and a shoe bag inside JFK’s cargo facility. The packages had originated from Ecuador.Determining whether money is genuine or not is particularly difficult for employees at local businesses, especially bars and restaurants like Churchill’s, where cash is the most common form of payment, and the hustle and bustle on a busy night could throw off unsuspecting bartenders or wait staff.Oftentimes, as attendees of the press conference attested to, business owners and their employees are the first line of defense against those determined to essentially get a product or service for free by using fake money.Churchill’s owner Kevin Culhane said the restaurant counted $360 in counterfeit money over the course of one week in December.“The problem has gotten bigger this past year,” he told reporters.Culhane said he’s taken steps to educate his employees, but acknowledged they have yet to detect a counterfeit in the middle of a transaction. In fact, he said, even his bookkeeper had difficulty determining the authentication of a fake note.The most common form of funny money used at the restaurant is the Andrew Jackson-emblazoned $20 bill, Culhane said.Schumer noted that business owners may not know they accepted counterfeits until they go to the bank, which holds on to the fakes until law enforcement comes and places the bogus bucks into evidence. Business owners thinking they made money on a transaction are then forced to take a loss.Culhane said it’s “very embarrassing” to walk into the bank and be told his business was depositing counterfeit money.Stemming the circulation of counterfeit cash is not as easy as stopping a suspect red-handed, officials acknowledged.“One thing that makes it difficult is a lot of these people are innocent victims,” said Village of Rockville Centre Police Commissioner Chuck Gennario, because someone using fake cash may genuinely be unaware they’re holding it. “What we’re looking for, and the Secret Service is looking for, is the big fish, the people that are manufacturing it and the people that are distributing it,” he said.Counterfeiters are also adept at profiting off of transactions by using fake cash, Gennario added.“In a lot of cases there’s violent street gangs that are distributing it,” he said. “They’ll send runners out with $20 bills, and just look to get a $3 item or $2 item and put out a $20 bill. That’s how they launder it.”The Federal Reserve has attempted to deter counterfeiters by redesigning notes, as it did when it unveiled a new version of the $100 bill in October 2013.The latest redesign includes a blue 3-D security ribbon with images of bells and a color-changing bell in an inkwell.Over the last 20 years, the Federal Reserve released redesigned notes for every bill except for the dollar. The redesigned $100 note unveiled in 1996 marked the first major change to it in 67 years. That modification was followed by currency redesigns of the $50 in 1997, the $20 in 1998 and both the $5 and $10 bill in 2000. Each note has been modernized to varying degrees over the last decade.But dispersing overhauled bills also contributes to the confusion, officials said Wednesday, because older designs are still being circulated, meaning various forms of the notes are making the rounds.Despite the difficulties in catching counterfeits, business owners like Culhane want the Secret Service to act immediately.“Put an end to it!” he pleaded.The Secret Service office in Melville did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Nationally, the Secret Service has been recently ridiculed for several scandals and security lapses that have embarrassed the once prestigious agency.As the Press has previously reported, counterfeit currency has been circulating in this country for centuries, even going back to the founding of the nation, when it was used as a war-time tactic by the British who plotted to devalue the then-Continental Currency by dispersing fake ones in the colonies. The scheme, according to historians, was actually uncovered by Robert Townsend, who went by the alias Samuel Culper Jr., the most-decorated member of then-Gen. George Washington’s Long Island-based Culper Spy Ring.last_img read more

22-month old baby in N. Sulawesi may be Indonesia’s youngest COVID-19 related death

first_imgAccording to the hospital spokesperson, Handry Takasenseran, besides COVID-19, the baby also suffered from tuberculosis and malnutrition.Handry said that the medical staff had tried their best to save the baby, but unfortunately his condition kept deteriorating, leading to his death on Sunday morning.“The death is most likely a result of his other conditions,” Handry said. He confirmed the death of the baby on Sunday at 8.52 a.m. local time.According to the government’s official count, North Sulawesi had 116 confirmed COVID-19 cases with seven deaths as of Monday. The province has also recorded 109 deaths of people suspected to have COVID-19. A 22-month-old baby boy who tested positive for COVID-19 has died in Manado, North Sulawesi, the province’s COVID-19 task force announced on Monday.“Case 93, a baby from Manado has died, making it a total of seven COVID-19 related deaths in North Sulawesi so far,” task force spokesperson Steaven Dandel Steaven said on Monday.Steaven added that the baby had been receiving treatment in the isolation ward at Kandou State Hospital in Manado since the beginning of May. While the elderly have a higher risk of dying from COVID-19, data from the national COVID-19 task force also showed those aged 0 to 5 years old made up 0.74 percent of the country’s COVID-19 death toll. The age group also accounts for 1.7 percent of total COVID-19 infections as of Monday.Previously, an 11-year-old girl who died at the Slamet Martodirdjo Hospital in Pamekasan in Madura Island in East Java on March 20 was confirmed as the country’s youngest COVID-19 death.When asked whether the baby boy in Manado was now the country’s youngest COVID-19 related death, Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto told The Jakarta Post that he had not received confirmation of the case and referred the Post to the health services directorate-general.Health Services Director General Bambang Wibowo, however, did not immediately respond to the Post’s questions on the matter.Topics :last_img read more

Spanish ex-king’s exile: flight or expulsion?

first_img ‘Questionable conduct’ Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez suggested that King Felipe VI had decided that his father should go into exile.Asked at a press conference Tuesday about Juan Carlos’s move abroad, Sanchez said he “completely respected the decision of the royal palace to distance itself from the questionable and reprehensible conduct” of a member of the royal family.The former monarch did not mention in his letter where he would go, but Spanish media said he was in the Dominican Republic staying with friends for now.His wife Sofia is still in Spain, a source close to the royal palace told AFP. The couple have reportedly long been estranged.The ex-king’s lawyer, Javier Sanchez-Junco, said his client would remain available to prosecutors.Felipe VI’s biographer, Jose Apezarena, said the move abroad would “not change anything” for Juan Carlos but would make a difference to his son.Juan Carlos will be “gone for a while but he will not stay forever abroad” and will return to Spain if summoned for questioning, he added.”He is doing it for his son, not for himself,” Apezarena said.Juan Carlos ascended the throne in 1975 on the death of the fascist dictator Francisco Franco.He ruled for 38 years before abdicating in favor of his son Felipe VI in June 2014, following a steady flow of embarrassing press reports about his lifestyle and personal wealth.For years though, he was a popular figure for decades, playing a key role in the democratic transition from the Franco dictatorship which ruled Spain from 1939-1975. Spaniards were divided Tuesday as to whether former king Juan Carlos, who is under investigation for corruption, is trying to escape responsibility for his actions by moving abroad.Some analysts said the 82-year-old, who has not been charged, did not have much choice even if his departure was poorly received by the public.According to an online poll carried out by conservative and pro-monarchy daily newspaper ABC, fully 68 percent of Spaniards think Juan Carlos made the wrong decision. ‘Kicked out’ The former head of state has been under a cloud since news reports from several sources that he had allegedly received funds from Saudi Arabia. Investigations are now under way in both Switzerland and Spain.In June, Spain’s Supreme Court announced an investigation to determine the legal responsibility of the ex-monarch — but only for acts committed after his abdication in 2014, because of the immunity he holds.  The suspicions center on $100 million (85 million euros) allegedly paid secretly into a Swiss bank account in 2008.Several analysts said the former king had not fled, as anti-monarchists argue, but was in exile.”It’s an involuntary departure,” said Paloma Roman, politics professor at Madrid’s Complutense University.Juan Carlos had been pressured to leave by “the government and his own son”, she said.”Felipe has always tried to soften the blows” against the monarchy as it has been rocked by a series of scandals, she added.Earlier this year the king withdrew his father’s an annual royal allowance of nearly 200,000 euros and renounced his inheritance.”This is not a king who is fleeing, this is a king that is being kicked out,” said Abel Hernandez, a journalist who was written several books about Juan Carlos.Juan Carlos is “leaving to prevent his problems from contaminating the institution”, he added. “He should have stayed, it’s a bit shameful that he left,” said Aranzazu Catalina, a 43-year-old sales assistant at a high-end clothing shop in Madrid, a day after the ex-king made his surprise announcement that he would quit Spain.Juan Carlos announced the move Monday in a letter addressed to King Felipe VI, his son and Spain’s current monarch, which was released by the royal palace.He said the move would help his son “exercise his responsibilities” in the face of “the public consequences of certain past events in my private life”. Topics :last_img read more

Brisbane auction numbers rise while other capitals trend lower

first_imgAuctioneers were kept on the hop in Brisbane last week as our city saw a rise in the number of events. Photo: Annette DewBrisbane was one of only two capital cities to see auction volumes increase in the CoreLogic Property Market Indicators Summary for the week ending 16th July.“Adelaide and Brisbane were the only cities to see a slight increase in auction volumes this week, while Melbourne had the highest number of auctions scheduled (753),” CoreLogic said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoIn comparison, the number of capital city auctions across Australia continued their falling trend.“The number of homes taken to auction across the capital cities has fallen for the 4th week in a row, with just 1612 auctions held this week, down from 1766 last week, although higher than this time last year when 1391 properties went under the hammer,” Corelogic said.But while Queenslander sellers were warming to the idea of winter auctions, clearance rates showed buyers are still to fall in love with the process.“The preliminary clearance rate for the city (Brisbane) is 44.8 per cent, down from 55.7 per cent last week and lower than one year ago, when 47 per cent of the 120 properties taken to auction were successful,” CoreLogic said.Brisbane’s clearance was only slightly higher than Perth’s which recorded a figure of 44.4 per cent last week.Melbourne continued to fire with a clearance rate of 77.4 per cent for the week, Sydney came in second place at 72.9 per cent followed closely by Canberra at 72.7 per cent.last_img read more

AU to provide its own funding for the standby force

first_imgRecently the African Union said the continental stand by force will soon be operational.The force’s logistics headquarters are set to be in Cameroon’s port city Douala.But what exactly are their capabilities and where will the funding come from?CCTV’s Girum Chala sought to find out.last_img

It is unfortunate that the Opposition does not sit in Parliament

first_img 7 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews It is unfortunate that the Opposition does not sit in Parliament by: – September 1, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Dr. John Colin McIntyreMinister responsible for the portfolios of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs Dr. John Colin McIntyre believes it is unfortunate that the Opposition Party does not sit in Parliament.Dr. McIntyre who addressed members of the media yesterday says, while this action may benefit the government, it is a bad move which will affect the country.“It is unfortunate that we have an Opposition that does not sit in Parliament. They have no say, there is no interest, there’s no representation to the people, they are just totally not interested in Dominica or the people of Dominica. I mean no Opposition is good for a government to a certain extent but it is bad for the country. It is bad for the country in that you expect to get some form of input from the Opposition in terms of looking at programs as well to form a national point of view in pushing this country forward. When you have an Opposition that seat out completely with no say, with lack of representation to their own people, though it is a slim margin I must admit, there is no direction.”The Minister explained that irrespective of which party is in power the national program and plan should continue.“I want to enforce here right now that irrespective of which government is in power, we have to look at the national program and continuity. We cannot say that because one time it was the Freedom Government, one time it was the UWP for a very, very short time I remember that very well and now that you have the Labour Party in government; for a reasonable time now and to be honest with you for a long enough time as well, we must continue the program and I speak here of the national program for Dominica. It cannot be the Freedom Party was in power they had this program, the UWP got into power the program should be changed, the Labour Party is in power right now so the program should be changed? No, it should be a continuation of the plan,” he said.According to Dr. McIntyre a proper national plan should continue whether the government which initiated it remains in office or not.He noted however that for continuity to take place this would require the input from a functional opposition party which is sadly lacking in Dominica.“What would be ideal to balance this whole program is a program where you have a functional opposition but in Dominica’s case we don’t have that and it is sad for the country,” he said.This decision to abstain from the Parliament Dr. McIntyre thinks will “just help to strengthen government’s role and maintenance of this Labour Party in power for a very, very long time.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

FIFA suggests a change in player contracts, transfer windows

first_img Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World The same approach would apply to deals for next season, with their start date delayed in accordance with the shifting calendar. The risk of some domestic divisions starting and finishing earlier or some national leagues having a different start date to other countries is also tackled in the document. “In case of overlapping seasons and/or registration periods, and unless all parties agree otherwise, priority be given to the former club to complete their season with their original squad, in order to safeguard the integrity of a domestic league championship”. Transfer payments between clubs, scheduled around league start and end dates should also be delayed until the new start date of a season or its first registration period, the document states. The working group will also examine the issue of clubs’ responsibilities to pay their staff when leagues are suspended. The document states that clubs, players and coaches should be encouraged to work together to agree on salary reductions and deferrals. Yet they should consider the alternative, where possible, that agreements between clubs and employees are suspended when teams are not playing or training. It is also recommended that Fifa uses its newly-created ‘Fund for Professional Players’ to help ease any difficulties that clubs are facing. Read Also:FIFA joins COVID-19 fight, pledges $10m Transfer windows, fixed around the end and start of the seasons, will also need to be adjusted to fit in with altered season dates and the document suggests such changes should be allowed, so long as they do not exceed the maximum 16-week period. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The confidential document, seen by Reuters, also recommends allowing transfer windows to be changed in accordance with new season dates and urges clubs and players to work together to find solutions to salary payments during stoppages. The document is due to be discussed by members of Fifa’s Working Group later on Thursday. No decision on the issues has yet been taken by, which set up the working group on 18 March and said in a statement that it will “assess the need for amendments or temporary dispensations to the Fifa Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players” to protect contracts for both players and clubs and adjusting player registration periods. “This work has already started and will be conducted in consultation with all key stakeholders, including confederations, member associations, clubs, leagues and players,” Fifa added. Most domestic and international football competitions around the world have been suspended because of the pandemic and national team tournaments such as Euro 2020 and the Copa América have been postponed. While domestic leagues are hoping to resume when the threat from the virus has receded, concrete start dates have yet to be fixed. That leaves the issue of expiring player contracts, which are usually timed to finish at the end of a given season, as a potential headache. The key suggestion to the working group in the document seen by Reuters is that “where an agreement is due to expire at the original end date of a season, such expiry be extended until the new end date of the season”. Current contracts for players and coaches should be extended until the end of the delayed domestic football seasons, according to an internal FIFA  document presented to its Coronavirus Working Group.last_img read more