‘Pennies 4 Paws’ Campaign Looks To Raise Money For Animals In Need

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) A dog at the Chautauqua County Humane Society. File image by Justin Gould / WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Humane Society’s fifteenth annual Pennies 4 Paws campaign that kicked off earlier this month is looking to raise more than $13,000 for animals in need.Officials with the Humane Society say last year they helped over 4,000 animals with a variety of needs including food, shelter and medical care.Community members, schools, social organizations and businesses to are asked to find creative ways to become involved and support area animals by collecting pennies.Collection containers are also available at the Humane Society’s Strunk Road location. Although pennies are the most common, the organization accepts any and all monetary donations.  Donations can be made by visiting ChqHumane.org. The campaign runs through the end of April.last_img read more

Sundquist Says No Additional Layoffs Are Necessary This Year

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) City of Jamestown Image.JAMESTOWN – No additional city employees will need to be laid off during the rest of the year despite several cuts made by various department heads in the City of Jamestown.Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist made the announcement during Monday evening’s City Council Work Session.Sundquist says that the news comes despite an ongoing, and expected, cut in aid from New York State.The Mayor explains that the news wouldn’t be possible without the work of several officials and entities. “Great job to the Council for doing that (work early on in COVID-19 pandemic). Great job to our Comptroller, as well as our former Comptroller Joe Bellitto, as well as the Finance Committee,” Sundquist said. “We made it so that we don’t have to lay off any employees this year.”Sundquist says that the municipality will not have to enter Phase Two of the Mayor’s Financial Reconstruction Plan.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Get Up Close & Personal With Cheyenne Jackson & More

first_img Sutton Foster Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Get Up Close & Personal With Cheyenne JacksonStage and screen star Cheyenne Jackson (The Performers, Finian’s Rainbow, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks) will be heating things up at the Café Carlyle this winter as he makes his debut at the venue. The actor and singer-songwriter will play January 13, 2015 through January 24. Iconic Blondie headliner Debbie Harry will also be headlining at the Café this season, rocking out on the Upper East Side for two weeks, March 24 through April 4.Second Stage Eyeing Purchase of Helen HayesA flurry of news regarding the Helen Hayes Theatre today. The long-running Rock of Ages announced that it was closing there early next year, while Second Stage confirmed that it was looking to buy the Broadway venue. “We are excited to move forward with our plans to finalize our purchase of the Helen Hayes Theatre,” Casey Reitz, the executive director of Second Stage Theatre, told The New York Times, adding that they would “announce our plans and a timeline in the near future.” With 597 seats, the Helen Hayes is the smallest theater on Broadway and is currently independently owned.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights…in GermanAfter an acclaimed run in London, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical In The Heights will receive its German language premiere in Austria. The musical is set to play Vienna’s Konservatorium Wien University in May 2015. So we’re guessing the tuner is now Un Das Heights ? (Forgive us if we’re wrong, we ended up learning all the words to The Sound of Music instead of basic German, which until now, proved more useful in our choice of career.)Sutton Foster’s Turkey Weekend PlansBroadway fave Sutton Foster will be spicing up Thanksgiving weekend for those lucky enough to be in the Washington D.C. area. The two-time Tony winner will be appearing in An Evening with Sutton Foster, conducted by Steven Reineke, on November 28 and 29 at the Kennedy Center. Sounds like the perfect holiday treat to us!   Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

B’way Grosses: The Audience Has Masses Bowing Down to Helen Mirren

first_img View Comments Citizens don’t exactly vote on a monarchy, but they have chosen their queen of Broadway. Dame Helen Mirren, who was recently crowned a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner, has theatergoers bowing to her feet at The Audience; the show continues to appear in the top five by capacity (this week at 100.75%) and maintaining a seven-figure weekly gross on a seven performances-a-week schedule. Tony-nominated productions Fun Home, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris and Hand to God also had reason to celebrate with their highest grosses to date. Meanwhile, Rita Wilson made her return to Fish in the Dark, which continues to play to sold out houses.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending May 10:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,701,798)*2. Wicked ($1,469,322)3. The Book of Mormon ($1,446,131)4. Aladdin ($1,422,347)5. An American in Paris ($1,298,817)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. It Shoulda Been You ($409,488)4. Hand to God ($400,886)3. The Visit ($208,078)2. On the Town ($202,745)**1. Airline Highway ($175,953)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.53%)2. Fish in the Dark (101.36%)3. Fun Home (101.34%)4. The Audience (100.75%)*5. The King and I (100.00%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Jersey Boys (65.13%)4. On the Town (59.03%)**3. Gigi (55.81%)2. The Visit (54.91%)1. Wolf Hall Parts One & Two (52.51%)* Number based on seven regular performances**Number based on four regular performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

Morningstar: Gas generation could top coal in Midcontinent power market this year

first_imgMorningstar: Gas generation could top coal in Midcontinent power market this year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Coal generation within the Midcontinent ISO is rapidly losing ground to natural gas power in early 2019, Morningstar Commodities Research power and gas associate Dan Grunwald wrote April 24.In April, coal and natural gas economics inverted in MISO, indicating that gas is set to overcome coal as the No. 1 generation source for the ISO as it did in the PJM Interconnection for the first time in 2018. Meanwhile, as natural gas “is having its moment,” renewables are quickly becoming mainstream, Grunwald wrote.Earlier this month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration again reduced its forecast for future coal production in the U.S. as power plant retirements are expected to continue. If Grunwald is correct that the underlying fuel dynamics are leading to increased natural gas dominance in MISO, the ISO will join much of the rest of the U.S. in ceding coal generation’s lead role to natural gas. Only the Southwest Power Pool would still count coal as its dominant source of power, Grunwald wrote.“Changing dynamics this year as evidenced by April so far are pointing to the region approaching a tipping point in its generation stack,” Grunwald wrote. “If 2019 is not the year of natural gas in MISO, then 2020 surely will be.”For the past several years, coal and gas generation in MISO have risen and fallen together as the generation cycle moves between summer, winter and shoulder seasons. This shoulder season, however, natural gas continued to grow as coal generation dropped to a new low.“Beyond summer, current prices look to show natural gas pulling away further out into the curve,” Grunwald wrote. “This is not good news for coal as the reduced capacity factor from reduced run times has further put pressure on coal plant economics, which may lead them out of the market altogether.”More ($): Morningstar analyst: MISO fuel mix took sharp turn from coal in early 2019last_img read more

Brazil Continues Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo January 20, 2017 Mais uma vez o Exército Brasileiro junto com todo seu contingente estão de parabéns pelo nobre serviço auxiliando o HAITI pelas Forças de Paz das Nações Unidas… CONGRATULAÇÕES. The 25th Contingent of the Brazilian Infantry Battalion (BRABATT) operates in the country as part of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). For the next six months, 850 Brazilian soldiers will help maintain security in the Caribbean nation. In addition to supporting the National Police of Haiti, soldiers face the challenge of supporting humanitarian assistance efforts in the country devastated by Hurricane Matthew, which swept through in October 2016. The official toll stands at 546 dead, 128 missing, and 175,000 people displaced. According to U.N. data, 1.4 million people were affected, and 800,000 still need humanitarian aid. Brazil’s MINUSTAH contingent is made up of 639 soldiers from the Army, 181 sailors from the Navy, and 30 airmen from the Air Force. All hail from the northeastern region of the country. The Brazilian Air Force is responsible for transporting the troops. According to the leadership of Peacekeeping Operations of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, the service members are rebuilding houses and roads destroyed by the hurricane and providing protection for convoys distributing food to the population. Part of BRABATT operates in the capital, Port au Prince, in the western region of the country where the General Bacelar Base, headquarters of the Brazilian Battalion, is located. Another BRABATT company operates in the area around Cité Soleil. According to a press release from the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, the service members are conducting daily motorized and foot patrols, and are present along the main roads and avenues. Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Débora Ferreira de Freitas is part of the Brazilian contingent in Haiti. She is the first female combatant of the Brazilian Armed Forces to join a troop on a mission of peace. For her, a woman’s presence facilitates contact with the community in the area of operations. “Especially in schools, hospitals, or during the patrols on the street, I feel that there is a greater ease of interaction when there is a female figure on site,” said 2nd Lt. Débora. Difficulty communicating with a population that mainly speaks Creole or French, and the daily coexistence with extreme poverty are some of the obstacles the service members have encountered. “The adaptation to the local culture and the longing of family life is what makes it more difficult for the mission”, said 2nd Lt. Débora. Regardless of the challenges, the experience of working in another country, and the opportunity of sharing with armed force members of different nationalities are very rewarding, she said. “It is an honor to participate in this mission.” Peacekeeping mission From 1947 to 2015, Brazil deployed 48,000 service members on 47 U.N. missions, according to a report by Eduarda Hamann, a researcher at the Igarapé Institute. The report also showed that the number of Brazilians taking part in peacekeeping missions increased considerably in the past 15 years. In 2000, Brazil participated in three missions. Today, the country is present in nine — a 300 percent increase, with 1,300 service members deployed in Portuguese-speaking countries, such as Angola and East Timor, as well as in Lebanon, with the largest portion being in MINUSTAH. According to the press release, Brazil’s participation in peacekeeping missions is a very useful instrument of foreign policy. “In addition to showing that we are meeting our global commitments, it contributes to strengthening our relations with countries that are of particular interest to Brazil’s foreign policy, projecting our country prominently on the world stage.” Special training is necessary to participate in this type of mission. The Brazilian troops who make up BRABATT 25 underwent medical and psychological training, as well as basic training for peacekeeping operations. These troops also participated in a number of training workshops, executing operations similar to those performed by Brazilian soldiers in Haiti. They were also trained during the Advanced Peacekeeping Operations Exercise conducted by Brazil’s Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations. Brazilian Air Force Corsário Squadron transports service members to Haiti The squadron resumed air operations after three years. When members of the 25th Contingent of BRABATT embarked on their mission from Recife Air Base in the state of Pernambuco in late November 2016, the crew of Corsário Squadron’s Boeing 767 (2nd Squad of the 2nd Transportation Group of the Brazilian Air Force) commemorated the unit’s return to flight operations. The squadron was inactive for three years because of a lack of aircraft after the KC-137 tanker-transport planes were decommissioned. It resumed operations in July 2016. According to Corsário Squadron commander, Lieutenant Colonel Luiz Eduardo Ferreira da Silva, “transporting troops to Haiti reiterated the unit’s mission, which is to conduct air logistics transport flights.” This air unit was also responsible for transporting law enforcement and public safety troops who made up the Security Forces in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The arrival of the C-767 plane boosted their strategic operations by increasing transport capacity for cargo and passengers over longer distances and at a faster speed. To operate the plane, squadron pilots received hands-on training. Classes blended theory with flight simulations, as well as training in similar aircraft. “Our crews operate the KC-137 aircraft, which is the military version of the Boeing 707. That is why it was necessary to get everyone familiarized with the Boeing 767 (C-767), a more modern plane than the previous one,” explained Lt. Col. Luiz, adding that the ground crews were also familiarized with the requirements of the new aircraft. The Corsário Squadron was established in 1968, and is headquartered at Galeão Air Base in Rio de Janeiro.last_img read more

Heroin Takes Center Stage with Arrests and Federal Programs to Combat Scourge

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities on Long Island last week announced large scale heroin busts just as elected officials vowed to combat the scourge of opioid abuse by pouring billions of federal funds into various drug programs.In Nassau County, District Attorney Madeline Singas’ office indicted 14 alleged members of a heroin ring that operated in Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn. The Brooklyn-based crew allegedly sold upwards of 23,000 doses of heroin each week, which authorities conservatively estimated to be worth $170,000.The alleged ring’s downfall came after authorities tracked a dealer to a large-scale drug network distributing thousands of doses of the drug each week, authorities said.Of the 14 indicted, a dozen have been arraigned, one is in custody, and another has yet to be arrested, said Singas.Four of the alleged members of the drug ring face up to 25 years in life in prison. One of the alleged leaders of the group, Leigh Jackson, is accused of selling packaged heroin stamped “Taster’s Choice” linked to several overdoses, including one that caused the death of a 23-year-old woman from Garden City Park, Singas said.Authorities executed several search warrants that resulted in the seizure of two firearms, ammunition, $12,000 in cash, and a large amount of heroin, Singas said.Similar items were discovered in a house in Coram earlier last week, according to Suffolk County police. While executing a search warrant at the residence, police found 349 grams of heroin, more than $83,000, an assault rifle and two handguns, police said. The 44-year-old man who lives at the house, Keith Daves, was arrested and charged on drug and weapons charges.Announcing the arrest, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini said: “If you are selling drugs in Suffolk County, we will be coming for you.”Back in Nassau, County Executive Ed Mangano reportedly intends to sue drug manufacturers to pay back county taxpayers for the cost of fighting the opioid epidemic. Officials in Suffolk County announced a similar lawsuit last summer.Federal officials have also made combating the drug epidemic a priority. Included in this year’s federal budget is $4 billion for substance abuse and mental health services.“The opioid and heroin crisis on Long Island and across New York is a symptom of a national emergency that’s taken the lives of far too many Americans,” said U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “This significant federal investment will put words into action and combat this national crisis by supporting prevention, interdiction, treatment and recovery programs and help us turn the tide against this tragic scourge.”The budget allocates $160 million to help pay for enforcement and treatment programs and more than $100 million for prevention.last_img read more

Through the filter of service

first_imgI’m not saying that it changed my life, but I will say this: It has stuck with me  since I read it.Dan Rockwell wrote this post back in 2012: The Only Reason You Are Here.In the post, Dan argues that we all are here for one reason: to serve.The simple, uncomplicated principle of success is you are here to serve. The better you serve – the more value you add – the more success you’ll enjoy.When you see things through the filter of service, choice and actions become easy. It unlocks a powerful, yet simple, way of doing things.When you serve, you’ll make your boss’ job easier. And those that work for and with you.When you serve, team comes first.When you serve, you help others understand. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

I know I can, I know I can

first_imgThere are a number of ways we can act as our own worst enemies, and one of those is to give in to self-doubt. When we fail to believe in ourselves, we set a process in motion that can bring down our professional and personal lives – in a big way.Lolly Daskal, president and CEO of Lead From Within, writes that sometimes, fear of a present challenge or reflection on a past mistake can cause us to doubt our abilities, and that can lead to failure. “Whatever the cause, whatever the expression, you can change it only with the realization that the you are the only one who can make things happen for yourself,” she writes in a recent Inc.com post. “It takes belief in yourself to turn it around.”She lists eight things that happen when you believe in yourself. Here are a few of those:You embrace the impossible and begin to focus on the solutions and not the problems. continue reading » 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Broome County’s largest community solar array unveiled Thursday

first_imgOne partnering agency joined this project because it wants to make renewable energy viable for all. “You’re actually doing your part to save the planet and you save money at the same time. This is the future. It’s really awesome to be, to see the future coming into the Southern Tier,” said Binghamton City Councilman Joe Burns. TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — A groundbreaking project was unveiled in the hills of the Town of Chenango Thursday. “People tend to think of environmentalism as a luxury good sometimes and that’s not something we like. So, we like to give working families an opportunity to participate in the greening of the US economy,” said Vice President of Citizens Energy Coalition Michael Kennedy. All 16,600 panels collect sunlight as energy, which is stored in NYSEG’s energy bank. Those signed up for the program see the benefits. “You receive solar credits on your bill every month. That offsets the electricity that you actually use,” said Flint.center_img “The dedication of Broome County’s first large-scale community solar array. This is a project where any NYSEG customer can get 20 percent off their annual electricity costs,” said Director of Clean Energy Programs Adam Flint. The project was started four years ago, when Marie and Steve Lamb decided to allow family lands to be used to help the community. The hope of local leaders is that even those slightly hesitant of the idea will see the benefits, for themselves, the community and beyond. “It’s really a land-locked piece of land. There was nothing that we could really do with it. So when this opportunity came up we were very happy,” said Marie Lamb.last_img read more