Biden strikes tough tone on Russia in diplomatic push

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says the days of the U.S. “rolling over” to Russian President Vladimir Putin are over and he is calling for the immediate release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. During his first visit to the State Department as president, Biden offered his strongest condemnation of Putin as large protests have broken out throughout Russia following the jailing of Navalny. Biden was also seeking to make clear to the world that he’s making a dramatic turn away from Putin following the presidency of Republican Donald Trump, who avoided direct confrontation and often sought to downplay the Russian leader’s malign actions.last_img

Housing development to open

first_imgEditor’s note: This article was edited May 3 to correct the omission of Memorial Hospital as a funding partner of the NNRO. Continuing the recent trend of land development near Notre Dame, the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO) has begun work on its Triangle housing development near Eddy Street Commons. Located in the area north of State Road 23, south of Notre Dame’s woods and Napoleon Blvd., and east of Eddy Street, the Triangle is a mixed-income, single-family home development that comprises part of a plan created for the Northeast Neighborhood in 1998, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs Tim Sexton said. “The plan emphasized the want of residents for more single-family homes. There was a large exodus from the neighborhood in the 1970s and 1980s, and many homes were neglected or turned into rentals,” he said. “There’s a push for single-family homeownership, a safe community and beautifying the neighborhood.” The Triangle features 53 single-family home development lots available for purchase by the public, provided the buyers plan to occupy the home as their primary residence, said Phil Byrd, South Bend Heritage Foundation director of real estate. Currently, 45 lots have been claimed. Byrd said 30 percent of the Triangle’s lots are set aside for low to moderate-income buyers who earn less than 80 percent of the county median income, adjusted for family size. The remaining lots are available to buyers of any income level, which will contribute to the diverse character of the Northeast Neighborhood, Sexton said. “The intent is to replicate and continue the wonderful diversity of the Northeast Neighborhood,” Sexton said. “That intent has been received extremely well.” Construction has begun on one home in the Triangle, and there could be 10 homes under construction by August, Sexton said. The development has a projected completion date in 2014. The infrastructure of the Triangle development will be completed by mid-August, including streets, curbs, sidewalks, sewers, water and electric systems, Byrd said. “State Road 23 will be expanded from Twyckenham Drive to Campeau Street, so all the houses on the south side of the street will be demolished to make room for the expanded new road,” he said. “The Triangle will fit in nicely with this area.” Byrd said the project has involved close collaboration between the residents of the Northeast Neighborhood and the five funding partners of the NNRO: Notre Dame, the City of South Bend, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hospital and the South Bend Clinic. “For everything we’ve done in the neighborhood, we’ve had countless meetings to maintain a good relationship with the neighbors and residents,” Byrd said. “Our relationships with all the partners are excellent … we get tons of help from them both financially and in guidance.” Sexton said this partnership between the NNRO and the neighborhood’s residents facilitates constructive collaboration on projects like the Triangle development. “Each funding partner has at least one member on the NNRO board, and seven long-term residents are on the board as well. They have equal say with the funding partners about all decisions,” he said. “It’s a unique model that could be replicated in other communities. The corporate partnership-neighborhood aspect has been a huge win.” Notre Dame has been a funding partner of the NNRO since its inception in 2000, and the University is working with the South Bend Heritage Foundation to develop the Triangle, Sexton said. “Notre Dame helps fund the NNRO, which enables us to help divide the land and develop the project,” he said. Similar to the partnership between Notre Dame and Eddy Street Commons, Sexton said the Triangle development will strengthen Notre Dame’s relationship with South Bend. “I had a meeting with Mayor Pete Buttigieg this morning, and from his perspective, we have a great opportunity to have a campus-downtown connection … through the Triangle, Eddy Street Commons, the new Saint Joseph’s High School on Notre Dame Avenue and a new development in the East Bank Village area,” Sexton said. “It’s a great win for the city of South Bend, and since they’re a funding partner of the NNRO, they’re thrilled about the Triangle project.” Sexton said continuing to develop land near Notre Dame’s campus will be beneficial to both students and community residents. “I perceive Eddy Street [Commons] as a benefit for students because restaurants and businesses have relocated there,” he said. “The more people we can build homes for in the neighborhood, the more chance we have for businesses to relocate and benefit students.”last_img read more

Chautauqua County Clerk Warns Residents Of DMV Text Scam

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 Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Clerk is warning residents about a scam targeting county DMV customers.Clerk Larry Barmore says he has received several complaints from residents getting text message that claim to be from the Department of Motor Vehicles.The messages, Barmore says, is asking customers to update their contact information.He says it’s a scam and anyone receiving the texts should ignore it and delete them from their phone. The clerk says the DMV never sends such requests by text or email.The only text or email customers would get from the DMV is a reminder that their registration or inspection is about to expire, if they signed up for that service.last_img read more

3 Pets That Will Be Your Sunshine On A Rainy Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This week the spotlight is on two gorgeous cats and an adorable dog who are all as sweet as they come. Read all about how to adopt these lovable fur-babies today!TacoAvailable for adoption at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington:Taco (reference #MA3987) is one lucky boy and he knows it. Rescued just in time from a local municipal shelter, this 9-year-old kitty received the best care at the medical center where he was treated for FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease). Now feeling fantastic, Taco makes the most of his new lease on life.His kitten-like energy delights his friends every day. He’s a joy to behold, and while staff and volunteers sure would miss him, they would love nothing more then to see some lucky family get to celebrate Taco Tuesday every day! Taco’s medical condition is easily treated with a special diet, which can be purchased at cost through the medical center. Spend a few moments with him and you’ll understand why everyone loves Taco!Contact [email protected] for more information about adopting Taco today!MorticiaAvailable for adoption through Fur Friends in Need:Found as a stray by a volunteer on Friday the 13th, Morticia has proven to be quite the sweet and lovable lady. All Morticia wants is a forever home where she can be loved a and pet. At just about a year old, she has already been spayed, vaccinated and micro-chipped which can only mean one thing — she is ready to go home with you today!Morticia is fostered in a home with small kids, other cats and dogs so she’s used to it all, literally making her the puuurfect addition to any family!For more information about adopting Morticia, contact Fur Friends in need at furfriendsinneed.comCometAvailable for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:Comet is a 5-year-old, gray-and-white, strikingly handsome fella who came into the shelter as a stray. He is super fun to hang out with since he loves humans and really likes other dogs. He knows the command sit, and he is always up for a treat and some lovin’. Comet would definitely make a cool best friend, so head down to the shelter and meet his guy today!For more information on adopting Comet, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email [email protected] always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!last_img read more

Pennsylvania CU showcases industry’s first humanoid robot

first_imgThe light-speed advancements of technology can give us glimpses of what the future may hold for the credit union industry.What may become part of that future is Pepper, the world’s first humanoid robot, which can read human emotions, answer member questions and promotes the products and services of the $1.2 billion Clearview Federal Credit Union. Pepper resides at the credit union’s Moon financial center — that’s Moon Township in Pennsylvania, about 16 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.The 4-foot-tall, 62-pound Pepper has white shiny plastic skin with a round head, large dark eyes, big circular ears, a small mouth, and a 10-inch tablet on its chest. She, the gender assigned to Pepper by the Clearview staff, can move her torso, arms, hands, and head. The robot’s base is equipped with wheels allowing it to do 360s.But Pepper can do so much more than just say ‘hi’ to members as they walk into the lobby where she lives, as Bill Snider, Clearview’s director of digital experience, explained. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Broome, Cortland, Tioga county sheriffs advise against unnecessary travel

first_imgHelm’s office says that they have received “numerous reports of icy roads and traffic accidents,” and warn to consider delaying travel if it is not an emergency. Sheriff Howard’s office says, “all unnecessary travel should be postponed pending improved weather and road conditions.” Due to low visibility, they advise drivers to use caution when traveling and plan accordingly. For current weather conditions, click here. Cortland County’s Sheriff Helms has also issued a travel advisory for Friday until midnight. (WBNG) — Due to changing weather conditions, Broome County Sheriff Harder is advising the community to avoid unnecessary travel. center_img The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office has also issued a travel advisory. If you are required to travel, the sheriff’s office suggests: Allow for extra time to reach your destinationLeave extra room between your vehicle and the one in front of youHave at least one-half tank of gas in your vehicleDress warm and bring a blanket in case of emergencyMake sure your cellphone is fully charged if you need to call for helpFamiliarize yourself with an alternate route to your destinationUse 4-way flashers if you are traveling slowlyIf you have an accident, remain in your vehicle until help arriveslast_img read more

Business owners prepare for crucial holiday shopping season

first_img“This is getting them through January, February, and March. Slower sales happen during that time anyway, and with the pandemic we have no idea what will happen in these slow months,” said Crews. “When we found out that we were getting shut down, we were able to have our online site up and running with pretty much everything we had in store in 24 hours,” said Desiree Depersiis, owner of Tesorina Boutique in downtown Binghamton. As stores like Tesorina Boutique and those in the Historic Owego Marketplace continue to adapt, owners say they can’t do it without your help. With the pandemic effectively making nearly all months slow months this year, local business owners will be heavily depending on upcoming sales. If you are not heading out for the shopping weekend but you still want to find some deals, local stores are adapting to make shopping more accessible. (WBNG) — Many stores are preparing to open their doors for the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. However, the pandemic has been especially difficult for local shops, meaning this year’s holiday shopping season is more important than ever before. “Black Friday, and then following it up with Small Business Saturday, those are important days,” said Historic Owego Marketplace President Bradley Crews. “Part of the small business economy is planning for your slow months.” “They are who make up your community, they are who help your community grow and thrive, and I think it’s just so important, especially now, to be able to support them,” said Depersiis.last_img read more

More human H5N1 cases reported in Turkey, Indonesia

first_imgJan 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – More cases of human illness and death were laid at the door of the H5N1 virus in Turkey and Indonesia today.The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday confirmed the death from H5N1 of a 5-year-old boy from Dogubayazit district in Turkey’s eastern Agri province. His 14-year-old sister had died on Jan 15, and results on Monday confirmed her death was from H5N1.The WHO’s situation update says the newly confirmed human cases bring the total in Turkey to 20, of which 4 have been fatal. The agency has not adjusted its case-count chart to reflect those numbers, pending confirmation by a WHO partner laboratory in the United Kingdom.The agency’s update emphasized that to date all human H5N1 infections followed “direct exposure to diseased poultry.” WHO noted that in the most recent case described above, the children fell ill after slaughtering a duck from their home flock. Ducks in that flock had begun dying Jan 1, WHO said.Late this afternoon, an Associated Press (AP) report from Ankara said initial tests on another child showed H5N1 infection, which if confirmed would bring the number of human cases in Turkey to 21. The child is from Dogubayazit and is hospitalized in the eastern city of Erzurum, a health ministry official told the AP.Also in Ankara today, a WHO official said Turkey’s outbreak has a lower case-fatality rate than outbreaks in Southeast Asia, according to a story by the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) news.”Turkey is seeing a fatality rate of 20 percent, which is lower than the fatality rate observed in Asia, which was around 58 percent,” Cristiana Salvi, a WHO spokeswoman in Turkey, told IRIN. But she added a caveat: “There could be other factors which we are investigating as a lot of cases are still in hospital.”Cases reported in Indonesian siblingsInIndonesia, local tests confirmed that a 13-year-old girl’s death Jan 14 in Indramayu, West Java, was due to H5N1 infection, according to a Reuters story from the online edition of The Jakarta Post. Her 3-year-old brother, who died today, was also being tested, as was a surviving sister, Reuters reported. The boy’s initial test was positive, but a subsequent local test was inconclusive, an Indonesian health ministry official told Reuters.A Hong Kong laboratory has also confirmed local test results showing that a 29-year-old woman who died Jan 11 at Sulianti Saroso Hospital in Jakarta had avian flu, The Jakarta Post reported today. Her death raised the number of human H5N1 deaths in Indonesia to 13, with 20 total cases, the newspaper said. A WHO update on Jan 14 confirmed the 29-year-old’s cause of death and said her case brought the total in Indonesia to 17, with 12 fatalities.The WHO described the woman as a midwife at a maternity ward in a Jakarta hospital, but said it was unlikely that she became infected on the job. Instead, WHO is investigating her neighborhood and a live-bird market she visited days before she fell sick. Contact tracing has not shown any evidence that the woman infected other people, WHO noted.Turkey’s poultry surveillance criticizedA nine-page report from Turkish authorities to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), dated today, indicates that two of Turkey’s poultry outbreaks began Nov 25 and 29, 2005. However, reports from Turkey to the OIE on Dec 8, 2005, do not reflect those outbreaks.A report by Bloomberg News today describes a “second wave” of poultry outbreaks that weren’t reported to OIE for more than 3 weeks.”We think that the condition of veterinary infrastructure in eastern Turkey led to this delay on the information,” Bernard Vallat, director-general of the OIE, told Bloomberg from Beijing today. “To manage avian flu in animals, time is a crucial point because if a country is in a position to have a rapid response within two days, the cost of the management is very low, compared with a delay of three or four days. The spread of the disease is exponential, which is why time is crucial.”See also:Jan 16 WHO update 14 WHO update’s outbreak report to OIE read more

Charity begins at home as Dudley redevelops

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Founders, VCs call for start-ups to innovate, look for opportunities amid COVID-19

first_imgAccording to the Research and Technology Ministry’s National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), only 13 percent of around 1,037 start-ups in Indonesia can scale up their business, while most were reported to be stagnant or dissolved.Ride-hailing start-up giants Gojek and Grab have recently had to retire some of their non-core businesses because of the pandemic’s impact on the companies’ operations.Singapore-based Grab announced in June that it would lay off 360 people, just under 5 percent of its region-wide employees, because of the ongoing crisis. Not long after, Gojek did a headcount cut of 430 workers or around 9 percent of its total workforce, as the company aims to focus on its ride-hailing, food delivery, e-payment and logistics services.Fishery e-commerce start-up Aruna cofounder Utari Octavianty said during the webinar that she pivoted her business in just a week after Indonesia announced rising COVID-19 cases in the country.“Almost all of our products are for exports, but as our logistics were disrupted, we quickly marketed our goods to domestic consumers,” she said. “In times of uncertainty, we can learn to ride the wave.”Aruna recently received US$5.5 million in its latest funding round. The company also reported a 86 percent revenue growth in the first quarter of the year from the same period in 2019.“Start-ups that are negatively affected can look at the room for improvements in their company first. Not every start-up needs to immediately pivot their business,” Amvesindo chairman Jefri Sirait said at the same event.He went on to say that start-ups needed to maintain their liquidity and build runway, which is the calculation on how long a company can survive when income and expenses stay constant.Start-ups need to determine and leverage their competitive advantage at the beginning to become the basis or scalability in the future, according to Jefri.Some venture capital firms (VCs) will consolidate with other VCs to disburse funds amid the pandemic. However, some VCs may hold back their investment plan.“If your start-up has a good product and it needs cash, you can meet with investors, preferably your existing ones, to build up your survival rate,” Jefri said, adding that founders needed to stay prudent but also make quick decisions during this time.Meanwhile, former Jakarta deputy governor and entrepreneur Sandiaga Uno said he saw many start-ups emerge during the pandemic as a sign that Indonesian entrepreneurs could find opportunities in a crisis.He said start-ups could become another kind of “vaccine” as it can provide job opportunities amid a wave of layoffs caused by the pandemic.The government predicts that 2.9 million to 5.2 million workers could lose their jobs during the health crisis as almost all components of economic activities has fallen.“I think we are going to face a new start-up landscape and we won’t experience the pre-COVID situation. Times are changing anyway, and we need to innovate,” he said. “In the current situation, good things come to those who move.”Topics : Adrian advised start-ups in their early stages to focus on building their team and product-market fit, among other measures, while weathering the current situation.Meanwhile, start-ups in the growth stage should focus on scalability and profitability to survive the health crisis and possibly attract new investors.He added that to revive a start-up, founders must also first determine the underlying problem that started the company’s demise in the first place.“If the company is facing a systemic problem, then founders need to rethink their teams, hire new people and build the company up again,” he said. Industry players and venture capitalists have urged start-up founders to innovate and look for opportunities to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.An estimated 15 percent of the country’s start-ups were “severely affected” by the global health crisis between March and May, according to the Venture Capital and Start-Up Indonesia Association (Amvesindo). The figure had gone up to 25 percent by August and is projected to further increase as the pandemic progresses.“In every crisis, start-ups should look for new opportunities or entry points. For existing companies, you can pivot your business to stay resilient,” fintech start-up Investree founder Adrian Gunadi said during a webinar on Thursday.last_img read more