Heat Advisory Issued Before Thunderstorms Sweep Area Sunday Night

first_imgMGN ImageJAMESTOWN – Sweltering heat will blanket our area this weekend, before thunderstorms roll though Sunday night.The National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday for Chautauqua County.Sunday will be mainly sunny and hot with heat index values expected to reach the upper 90s in the afternoon.Additionally, dewpoints should be into the upper-60’s to near 70 making the air fell unpleasant and sticky. A cold front will move by Sunday night bringing rain showers and the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms.The NOAA Storm Prediction Center has most of the region under a slight risk for severe weather.Potentially damaging winds, hail, and heavy rain will be the main issue with these storms.Behind the front Monday will be a tad bit cooler with highs in the lower-80’s with less humidity. Otherwise a shower is possible in the morning with partly cloudy skies.The rest of the week will be warm with highs in the low to mid-80’s with moderate humidity levels.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.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

Cheshire Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock sue State of New Hampshire over budgets

first_imgToday, Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH, joined nine other New Hampshire health facilities, including Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and New Hampshire Medicaid patients to file suit against the State of New Hampshire seeking ‘declaratory and injunctive relief’ from budgeted cuts in Medicaid reimbursements. The lawsuit was filed against Nicholas A Toumpas, in his official capacity as Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, seeking relief from dramatic new NH Medicaid reimbursement reductions. The suit, filed today in US District Court in Concord, claims that the state is violating the Medicaid Act by not providing sufficient reimbursement to hospitals and their physicians providing care to Medicaid patients. Medicaid is a federal/state partnership and New Hampshire is not fulfilling its legal obligations under this joint program.‘Cheshire Medical Center entered into this lawsuit on behalf of our patients and all Monadnock Region community members,’ stated James Putnam, Chairman, CMC Board of Trustees. ‘With passage of its new budget, the state has directly impaired the ability of the hospital to provide access to quality health care for all patients. In addition, important inpatient services may need to be eliminated in order to maintain core services for our community.’Under the current state budget, which went into effect July 1, hospitals are assessed a 5.5 percent ‘Medicaid Enhancement Tax’ (MET) on net patient service revenues. Over the course of the two-year budget, the state’s hospitals would be taxed more than $250 million. Cheshire Medical Center expects to be taxed up to $7.9 million this year alone, and it now faces the prospect of paying more to the state of New Hampshire than it receives in Medicaid reimbursements for caring for patients. In its declaration in support of the complaint for relief, Cheshire Medical Center alleges that, since 2008, NH Medicaid has implemented multiple reductions in reimbursement rates to CMC without following proper procedures under federal law. Through 2010, CMC saw a reduction of $4.3 million in payments for services to Medicaid patients and it projects that it will lose an additional $7.6 million through 2013 if the State continues these same rate reductions.Additionally, later this year, the state will eliminate supplemental payments made to some NH hospitals, including Cheshire Medical Center, under the Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program. These payments have been historically funded by hospitals through the Medicaid Enhancement Tax, which remains in effect, but the payment rate will be decreased by 60 percent, costing CMC $14.1 million through 2013.The total impact of the NH Medicaid rate reductions to Cheshire Medical Center from 2008 through 2013 is a decrease in payments of over $26 million. Cheshire Medical Center will be subject to up to $7.9 million for the Medicaid Enhancement Tax on top of the approximately $5 million it loses in under-compensated care provided to New Hampshire Medicaid patients. New Hampshire, which has one of the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates in the nation, reimbursed CMC only $3 million of its costs in fiscal 2010, against $8 million in care provided by the hospital to state Medicaid patients.In preparing its 2012 budget, CMC is targeting a $2 million deficit. To achieve this target, CMC projects that it will need to reduce personnel and non-personnel costs by approximately $4 million. The details of the plans are being developed as part of the medical center’s budget process which concludes in September. Possible future budget reductions include eliminating some inpatient services and limiting acceptance of new Medicaid and uninsured patients for some outpatient programs.John Schlegelmilch, M.D, Chief Medical Officer for CMC/D-HK, stated, ‘Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene has always provided the same quality care for community members regardless of their ability to pay. The idea that we may need to limit acceptance of new Medicaid patients for certain types of care really upsets me. These changes may be necessary, however, in order to allow us to continue to serve the greater Monadnock community with our core inpatient, emergency, diagnostic and treatment services.’The nine other health care facilities initiating the suit are Elliot Health System, Catholic Medical Center, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Exeter Health Resources, Inc., Southern New Hampshire Health Systems, St. Joseph Hospital of Nashua, N.H., LRG Healthcare, Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (d/b/a Dartmouth-Hitchcock). NH Medicaid patients are also a party to the litigation under the name, John Doe. The parties argue that the ability of hospitals to serve Medicaid, uninsured and all patients will be seriously threatened as they cope with and try to absorb over $250 million in spending reductions that were enacted as part of the recent NH state budget.Steve Ahnen, President of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, stated that, ‘hospitals understand the economic challenges our state is facing and have long sought to create a responsible budget that would spur economic growth, create jobs and maintain essential services to our state’s most vulnerable citizens. Unfortunately, the recently-enacted state budget is simply too great a burden to bear for hospitals, their patients, and the communities they serve.’Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community 169-bed acute care hospital and multispecialty group practice representing twenty-six primary care and specialty areas. Our mission is to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time.last_img read more

KING OF ROCK

first_imgBike guru Mike King is helping transform Rock Hill, South Carolina, into a cycling mecca.If you were into BMX racing in the 1980s and 90s, you knew Mike King. Following in the steps of his older brother, King’s uncanny ability for the big pass made him one of the sport’s first kid prodigies. Winning a World Cup, U.S. National Championship—and a slew of less notorious titles—he was a BMX star by the age of 20.As if that wasn’t enough, in ‘93 King switched to mountain biking and won both NORBA’s Dual Slalom National Championship series and the UCI Downhill World Championship title as a rookie.By the time he hung up his racing jersey in late 2005, King was a living legend and shoe-in for the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame (he was inducted in 2013). Accordingly, USA Cycling tapped him to direct their national BMX program. From 2006 to 2013, King was responsible for developing, training, and coaching the nation’s top Olympic-level racers. Under his watch, the program netted three Olympic medals, four Pan American medals, five world championship titles, and 14 Supercross World Cup wins.“I’d been competing since the age of 6,” says King, 49. “For me, switching to an administrative and leadership role was an extension of that. It came naturally and I enjoyed it.”But when the team underperformed at the London Olympics in 2012, he started thinking about making a change.“As a racer, the only thing I had to do was show up at the airport on time and perform on a bike,” he explains. “The responsibilities began and ended with me.” Directing an elite program, there were variables he couldn’t control. “It was pretty stressful,” King continues. “And by that point, I’d become a parent. It was important for me to be with my kids as much as possible. I was thinking about quality of life.”A year or so earlier, King and USA Cycling had visited the small southern city of Rock Hill, South Carolina. There, he’d discussed the city’s plans to build a world-class supercross track that—officials hoped— would enable it to host elite-level events.“That visit stuck with me,” says King. Rock Hill was striving to create the East Coast’s premier destination for BMXers. And it also seemed like a great place to live. “I was struck by the southern hospitality and how people came across as genuine and respectful,” King adds. “I kept thinking about it and, every now and then, I’d find myself telling my wife, ‘You know, that would be a great place to raise a family.’”In late 2013, King received a phone call from Rock Hill’s parks, recreation and tourism director and arranged a second visit. By Feb. of 2014, he’d accepted a position as the coordinator of the city’s BMX program and moved his family to South Carolina.Going on five years later, King describes the move as an excellent decision. Transitioning to the role of cycling supervisor, he’s helped Rock Hill achieve more than its BMX dreams—the area has become no less than an East Coast mecca of cycling.Folded into the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk are programs for BMX, track cycling, road cycling, and mountain biking. In addition to the supercross complex—with its elite and junior level courses and pump track—the center features a 250-meter velodrome; 1.1-mile closed-circuit cycling course; 3.5 miles of paved riverside trails; and 7 miles of mountain bike trails. Partnerships with local bike clubs and other organizations have resulted in additional mountain bike trails, cycling routes, and support for events like the yearly Bike Bonanza and Bikefest.Since the supercross track opened in August of 2014, it’s hosted a slew of major events including the USA BMX Gold East Regional Championships, USA BMX Carolina Nationals, USA Cycling National BMX Championships, UCI World Cups (2015 and 2016), and the UCI BMX World Championships in 2017.The latter attracted 20,000 spectators and 3,700 competitors from 48 different countries. Its direct economic impact was estimated at $19.2 million.“Not only was this the world’s biggest BMX event, it hadn’t been held on U.S. soil since 2001,” says King. “It was a super exciting opportunity and [we] executed. The event solidified Rock Hill’s position as a world-class center for BMXing and cycling.”The success has helped fuel a booming educational program. Weekly classes and clinics for riders of all ages and skill levels are offered through the Outdoor Center. King speculates its elite classes may one day produce an Olympian.Championship prospects aside, he’s just glad to be getting folks outdoors and on bikes. Especially kids.“It’s the best feeling in the world to watch a kid go from knowing nothing to hitting jumps and competing full steam ahead,” asserts King. “When I was racing, I’d win and the next day it’s forgotten—because there’s always another race. But helping a kid overcome their fears and get better? That’s lasting. That confidence is going to inform the rest of their lives.”last_img read more

SOUTHCOM Announces Upcoming Airborne Exercise with Colombia, US Army South, and 82nd Airborne Division

first_imgBy SOUTHCOM Public Affairs January 22, 2020 About 75 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and 40 personnel from U.S. Army South will arrive in Colombia, January 23, to participate in an airborne assault exercise through January 29.During the airborne exercise, U.S. and Colombian paratroopers will conduct an airborne training insertion from U.S. and Colombian C-130 Hercules aircraft, followed by tactical exercises designed to simulate the securing of an airfield.Expert U.S. and Colombian personnel will practice working together to build interoperability and share strategic and tactical expertise.“We are honored to train with Colombia — a close friend of the U.S. and global partner to NATO,” said U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). “This airborne exercise demonstrates the interoperability, lethality, and professionalism of our militaries.”SOUTHOM routinely conducts partner and multinational exercises throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen partnerships, build readiness, and increase interoperability. This airborne exercise illustrates our enduring commitment to our shared neighborhood, the Western Hemisphere.last_img read more

Few (if any) strategies compete with balance transfer campaigns

first_img 68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Karan Bhalla Karan Bhalla is the CEO of CU Rise Analytics and who has almost two decades of financial services and data analytics experience. CU Rise Analytics is a global CUSO helping … Web: https://www.cu-rise.com Details Several mainstream media outlets have noted credit cards accounts are on an upward trend. If growth continues at its current rate, accounts will exceed 2008 numbers in the next 12 to 18 months.Are you ready?There is no doubt credit unions have ramped up their lending programs since 2008. Among the reasons these cooperatives have been successful is their close connection with members. By understanding what drives members to take action, credit unions have been able to take calculated risks and boost their growth, particularly in the area of credit cards.The balance transfer offer, a tried and true campaign, has contributed greatly to much of credit union card issuers’ growth. A successful balance transfer campaign can add five percent to the total credit card asset of a portfolio in as few as two months. In some cases, the offers executed by IQR data analysts in conjunction with our credit union partners achieved response rates greater than 5 percent and totaled more than $1 million.Let’s go back to why there is a market for competitive balance generation offers. It’s not rocket science. Heck, it’s not even data science. Qualified cardholders are likely to transfer their balances to a better offer – if they know it exists.The average credit card balance on big-bank cards is two times that of the credit union average. This remains true even though credit unions are typically in a better position to offer more attractive fees and APRs. While banks have an average interest yield of 15 percent, credit unions average an interest yield of 10 percent.When cardholders who carry balances from month to month are looking for a new card, they sign up for the best introductory offer and then succumb to high interest rates once the promo period ends. It often takes another offer to land in their mailbox before they realize they have better options. This could be the sweet spot for your credit union’s own, better balance transfer offer.Apart from better member relationships and card portfolio growth, a smart, well-timed balance generation campaign can also help optimize your credit union’s marketing dollars. This may be hard for some to believe, as we often hear credit unions say these campaigns are too expensive for the results. However, a solid, data-driven, balance transfer campaign can change that calculus — dramatically.As a matter of fact, there are few marketing strategies that compete with balance generation campaigns when executed thoughtfully. That thoughtfulness primarily hinges on three factors – the offer, the target and the channel, with the first two carrying the greatest weightHere are a few recent results from balance transfer campaigns executed by credit unions:THE OFFER: 2.99% APR for 6 months with no transfer feeTHE TARGET: 2,715 cardholdersTHE RESULT: 340 responded with average balance transfer of $2,582 THE OFFER: Different promotional rates and fees segmented by cardholder groupTHE TARGET: 23,000 cardholdersTHE RESULT: 1,096 responded with average balance transfer of $2,248center_img THE OFFER: 3.99% APR for 12 months with no balance transfer feeTHE TARGET: 16,600 cardholdersTHE RESULT: 890 responded with average balance transfer of $3,458Unlike many financial institutions, credit unions don’t typically require balance transfer fees, a feature that should be promoted more aggressively.To do this, target cardholders should be identified using past behavioral data, which includes both internal and external data – from reliable sources, such as credit bureaus. For both better targeting and risk mitigation, account selection must also involve risk and response models.THE CHANNEL: The most popular and effective solicitation channel for balance transfer campaigns is, hands down, direct mail, but snail mail generates the best results when followed by an email.Other channels, such as branch, telephone and convenience checks, can be effective, as well. Convenience checks, in particular, are a great way to generate interest because of their low frequency, high usability and attractive promo rates. With their extensive usability, convenience checks can prove to be very handy for making payments where credit card usage is not possible and for paying college/tuition fees. Here again, though, convenience checks are typically delivered via a direct mail channel.Balance transfer campaigns are not only great for credit unions but also for cardholders. Members stand to experience substantial savings through balance transfers, and that creates the kind of affinity that deepens relationships and brings word-of-mouth business through the door. As you approach strategic planning season, consider whether a balance transfer campaign may be just the thing to propel your credit card portfolio to new heights.last_img read more

Major shift possible in financial rule-making

first_imgMajor rules proposed by financial regulators, such as the NCUA, would have to be approved by Congress before they could take effect, according to a draft of the Financial Services Chairman’s Financial CHOICE Act released Wednesday.The draft, totaling almost 600 pages, includes that provision, which also is found in legislation the House passed earlier this year.The Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on the bill on April 26. Witnesses for that hearing have not been announced.Hensarling’s bill would overhaul Dodd-Frank, decreasing the powers of the CFPB, which would be transformed into a law enforcement agency. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NAFCU monitors PHH case arguments, NCUA Board meeting

first_img continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU 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.last_img read more

CUNA calls for Mortgage Choice Act inclusion in FSGG bill

first_img continue reading » CUNA joined other trade organizations this week to call on Senate leadership to ensure regulatory relief language remains in the conference committee version of the 2019 financial services and general government appropriations bill. CUNA called for the bill to retain the text of the Mortgage Choice Act (H.R. 1153), a bipartisan bill that has passed the House in February and is consistent with CUNA’s Campaign for Common-Sense Regulation.Specifically, H.R. 1153 would make minor adjustments to the Truth in Lending Act definition of “points and fees” to ensure greater consumer choice.“H.R. 1153 endeavors to restore a full and open competitive market by clarifying the definition of fees and points,” the letter reads. “In doing so, the legislation will ensure consumers more choices in credit providers and settlement service options.”The Truth in Lending Act specifies that, in order to count as a Qualified Mortgage, points and fees cannot exceed 3% of the loan amount. Under current law and rules, a “point” or “fee” can vary depending on who is making the loan and what arrangements the borrower makes for title insurance. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

“Sit and ride” revolution on bicycles: 20 cities in just five years!

first_imgRelated news:VUKOVAR AMONG SEVEN SEVEN CITIES IN CROATIA THAT INTRODUCED THE NEXTBIKE PUBLIC BIKE SYSTEM [SPIN CITY & NEXTBIKE] BY JOINT COOPERATION TO COMPLETE CITY TRANSPORT SERVICE IN ZAGREB What is nextbike? Nextbike it provides citizens, students and tourists with the most affordable, fastest, healthiest and most fun transport. Once registered, nextbike bikes can be used in more than 150+ cities around the world! Nextbike price list is tailored to the needs of users. There are three options for the user to choose from. The user can activate an annual subscription for 200 kuna and can use an unlimited number of free rides lasting 30 minutes every day. In addition to an unlimited number of free rides lasting 30 minutes, the user has an added 1200 bonus minutes available. For users who do not need an annual subscription, there is an option of 7 days subscription for 100 kuna. The weekly subscription includes an unlimited number of 30-minute rides and an additional 600 bonus minutes. In addition to the above subscriptions, this year there is an option without a PAY AS YOU GO subscription, which is charged by credit card according to the price list for 30 minutes equal to 5 kuna. Nextbike is ready to welcome new cities and companies that are investing in sustainable mobility and continuously investing in new technologies and improving the user experience. In order to feel safer in traffic, Nextbike, in cooperation with partners, organizes several cycling schools every year and encourages cities to improve their cycling infrastructure. In just five years, the nextbike system of public bicycles has won 17 cities in Croatia and 3 cities in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, and by the summer nextbike will be able to be used in Jastrebarsko and on the stretch between Drnis and Krka National Park, project initiators announced.Croatia is the third country in the number of nextbike cities in Europe, right after Germany and Poland, and Zagreb, Porec, Sarajevo and Banja Luka are the most successful in the region. The Nextbike system of public bicycles in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has more than 30.000 registered users who have recognized it as the most affordable, fastest, healthiest and most fun transport. The system of public bicycles significantly reduces emissions, noise, traffic jams and parking problems, while cycling has a positive effect on the psychophysical health of all users, which can be confirmed by anyone who goes to work or college by bicycle. The next step is to move to other countries in the region.”Our mission five years ago was to introduce a system of public bicycles in public city transport, modeled on the world’s major metropolises. We have achieved this goal, and our vision by 2020 is the integration of all public transport service providers through a single mobile platform. From the pilot project in Zagreb to 20 cities in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina with unprecedented interest from new cities from the entire region, not bad”, Were the introductory words of the initiators of the project, Krešimir Dvorski and Ante Gustin, at a press conference held at the Bowling Alley in Zagreb.Nextbike is ready to welcome new cities and companies that are investing in sustainable mobility and continuously investing in new technologies and improving user experience. The 30.000 registered users in the region, with the opening of new stations in existing and new cities, will soon become a critical mass in creating the awareness of the entire public. The reasons are self-evident: sustainable mobility, increasing environmental awareness of citizens, the use of public bicycles, carsharing and similar services are finally becoming “mainstream”. It’s not so much fun to start a car from home to a cafe, not to mention the parking problem. Cycling raises endorphin levels, reduces stress, and many loves are also born on two wheels.Nextbike provides citizens, students and tourists with the cheapest, fastest, healthiest and most fun transport, and once a registered user can use nextbike bicycles in more than 200 cities in the world for only 150 kuna per year membership fee! For tourists, there is a 7-day package for only 100 kuna, and the Pay As You Go option allows you to rent bicycles for up to 30 minutes for only 5 kuna.last_img read more

The buffer zone of the Ministry of Culture for the city of Dubrovnik was presented, the first of its kind in Croatia

first_img“It will be easier for us to implement this in this extremely important document for us when introducing changes to the GUP and PPU. We hope that at the beginning of next year we will have adopted the Historic Core Management Plan, which also relies on this background. A big step has been made and we are closer to resolving some future situations that we have seen happen in the recent past, and we hope that they will not happen again in the future with the implementation of this document.”, Said Mato Franković, Mayor of Dubrovnik. Photo: Ministry of Culture The Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia presented the document “Conservation base for the contact zone of the world good of the Old Town of Dubrovnik “. “We are aware that Dubrovnik has in fact already reached construction capacity, especially in this visible part of the common visibility with the world good. Therefore, it is necessary to make maximum professional efforts so that the further development of the city is in the interest of preserving the values ​​for which it is inscribed on the World Heritage List. ”, said on this occasion Tomislav Petrinec, chief conservator at the Ministry of Culture and Media. It is a conservation basis for the extended buffer zone, ie the contact zone of the world good of the City of Dubrovnik. It is an area that is of interest in terms of preserving an acceptable environment of world heritage and in this area are controlled interventions that could affect the setting of world heritage. It has been expanded in relation to the originally established zone from 1994 and includes the area from Gruž Bay, ie Kantafig and Batahovina, all the way to Sveti Jakov, ie the position of Cape Orsula and the slope of Srđ.center_img The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, thanked the Ministry of Culture and Media and all conservation departments in the Republic of Croatia for their dedicated work on this document. The conservation base is an expert document that will further be the basis for the City to amend, supplement or adopt spatial planning documentation, and will be submitted to UNESCO as a basis for further monitoring of the situation in space. He also pointed out that it was important to protect the space as much as possible, but at the same time get a document that will be alive, legible and unambiguous. It will also allow that in the future there will be no need to do a HIA (monumental heritage impact study) for each project except for large projects, while everything else will be covered through this conservation base.last_img read more