Photo: PxHere / CC0 1.0JAMESTOWN – New York’s Lieutenant Governor says officials still do not know what phase of reopening hair salons and barbershops will fit into.Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said hair salons and barbershops still not been placed in any of the four reopening phases.“It is impossible to get your hair done six feet apart from someone, so we are concerned about the risk of transmission and exposure,” explained Hochul. “This is something that we are working on as we speak to determine if it fits into a phase two or phase three activity.”The lieutenant governor reminded everyone that it’s important to sanitize your hands and wear face masks to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. 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)
Just shy of a year after an electrical fire gutted the interior of the building, the restoration of the chapel at University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s Rock Eagle 4-H Center near Eatonton, Georgia, is nearing completion.A generous $200,000 gift from Illinois 4-H alumna and recently appointed U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler and an outpouring of support at the August 2019 Georgia 4-H Foundation Gala catapulted the restoration project’s fundraising effort past its $400,000 goal.Loeffler, who grew up on a cattle farm, says her 4-H experience and 4-H mentors contributed significantly to her growth and development. The former CEO of Bakkt, a regulated, global ecosystem for digital currencies, Loeffler was also a member of the executive team at Intercontinental Exchange. She is also a co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, the first women-owned professional sports team in Atlanta.Georgia 4-H State Leader Arch Smith said the goal was set to restore the chapel to its original state with guidance from the original 1953 blueprints.“We wanted to put it back as close as we could to the original, which actually costs more to do today than new construction,” Smith said.The project cost, he said, is roughly $600 per square foot for the 2,000 square foot chapel. Fortunately, the center had stored the original lighting fixtures, which are now being modified with LED lights.The chapel’s chimes, which have not been heard across the center for the past year, will soon be delivered through a “much smaller system with smaller speakers in the chapel’s steeple,” Smith said.The stone walls of the structure were repaired with stones collected from the center grounds, the same stones used to build the original walls. The stained-glass windows are being replaced with windows designed by a contractor who believes his father constructed the original windows, Smith said.“And, I think everyone will be pleased to know the chapel now has a sprinkler system that will turn on in case of fire,” Smith said. “The chapel is one of the symbolic icons of Rock Eagle 4-H Center. We continue to be thankful for the 4-H agent who first spotted the fire and called 911 and appreciate the quick response from the Putnam County Fire Department and university officials who also assisted us in the clean-up and restoration of the site.”Georgia 4-H plans to officially dedicate the newly restored chapel at a ceremony set for June 28, during Georgia 4-H State Council. Rock Eagle 4-H Center, the largest of the five Georgia 4-H centers, hosts more than 70,000 visitors each year. For more on the Georgia 4-H program, go to www.Georgia4H.org.
40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every cent counts for budget travelers, and the internet is full of helpful tips for saving money. There are so many, in fact, that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all. Here we’ve pulled some of the most helpful suggestions for strategies and tech to use while you are out on your adventure so you can save up every last dollar (or Euro, or peso…)Before You GoFinancial Institutions and Credit Cards1. Open an account with a FI with no ATM fees or with international partners so you can withdraw money for cheap, wherever you are headed.2. Make sure you are using a credit card that gets miles that can be used easily — i.e. there are no blackout dates or restrictions on which airlines you can use. Travel-themed credit cards also often give huge mileage bonuses when you sign up, so be sure to do your research to see which one has the best deal. continue reading »
21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Along with the typical resolutions to eat less and work out more, many of us strive to make better financial choices in the New Year. Unfortunately, even the most well-meaning resolutions aren’t always effective for increasing wealth.According to Sujan Patel, VP of Marketing for Inc., “You have to think like a rich person to become one.” Achieving this goal means putting the proper time and effort into managing financial resources, choosing ventures and projects carefully and rejecting any investment efforts that could be considered frivolous.Before setting your financial goals for the coming year, take time to consider these 11 New Year’s resolutions that the rich would never make.1. Waste Money on a Gym Membership That Won’t Be UsedAccording to Nielsen.com, staying fit and losing weight were the top two New Year’s resolutions for 2015. However, a study by the Statistic Brain Research Institute revealed that only 8 percent of people were successful in achieving these goals. In light of this data, the wealthy would not likely consider a new gym membership to be a wise investment. continue reading »
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In late 2016, two people outside the company accessed the personal information of 57 million Uber users including names, email addresses and phone numbers, the company said. Hackers also accessed driver’s license numbers of around 600,000 drivers in the United States. The 600,000 was included in the total number of affected users.The company did not alert victims or regulators of the breach when they discovered it happened.Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement he recently learned of the breach.Khosrowshahi, who became CEO in August, said he launched an investigation into why the company did not alert authorities or individuals affected by the hack. He said, “two of the individuals who led the response to this incident are no longer with the company.” Khosrowshahi said the company is now notifying regulatory authorities.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Like the consumers they target, fraudsters are becoming more digitally-savvy – and this dynamic is creating new security challenges for financial institutions everywhere.Fraudsters are now employing sophisticated methods and machine learning technology to commit global fraud at a scale of $43.8 billion this year alone. At the same time, fraud mitigation is costing financial institutions almost $3 for every $1 earned in revenue.To reverse this alarming trend, credit unions need to fight fire with fire – deploying advanced technology to detect new, ever-evolving fraud patterns and trends. Introducing COOPER Fraud AnalyzerTo empower credit unions in the fight against fraud, CO-OP is pleased to announce that COOPER Fraud Analyzer, an advanced data-driven fraud mitigation tool, has launched into pilot testing with four participating credit unions. COOPER Fraud Analyzer uses advanced rules and decisioning to evaluate transactions based on type, amount, speed and other attributes, and then instantly detect anomalies, such as new account fraud, in-branch teller fraud, and fraudulent check deposits. By quickly identifying questionable activity and reporting it to credit unions, COOPER Fraud Analyzer helps protect account holders and build member trust in their credit union.“It is CO-OP’s job to make sure that our clients have access to the best technology to combat fraud and protect their members,” said Todd Clark, President/CEO of CO-OP. “We believe the most effective answer lies in developing a machine learning and artificial intelligence solution that we can bring to our credit unions at scale.”Bringing COOPER to the CO-OP Shared Branch NetworkDuring the pilot testing period, four CO-OP Shared Branch credit unions will put COOPER Fraud Analyzer through the paces, flowing their shared branch account-based transactions through the system. The system will ingest and learn from this data in order to detect fraud and rapidly improve its fraud-fighting algorithms. Following completion of pilot testing, CO-OP will make COOPER Fraud Analyzer available to the more than 1,800 participating credit unions of CO-OP Shared Branch as a security benefit built into the network.“The launch of COOPER Fraud Analyzer into client testing marks a major milestone in the evolution of CO-OP as a financial technology provider, and it is particularly significant in that we are first providing this tool to one of the industry’s most valuable assets, the CO-OP Shared Branch network,” added Clark.In early 2019, CO-OP will also be introducing COOPER Fraud Score, using machine learning to create a risk-scoring model that determines the level of suspicion for a transaction. COOPER Fraud Score will be applied to both account-based, including CO-OP Shared Branch, and card-based CO-OP products.Looking Beyond Fraud MitigationWhile fraud mitigation will be the initial focus, ultimately COOPER technology will be leveraged to help credit unions better understand their members’ needs and preferences. The platform will draw on volumes of data to create a risk-scoring model as well as help create more engaging experiences for members.Over the next few months, CO-OP will share the results of the pilot program as well as updates on availability.Contact us to learn more about COOPER Fraud Analyzer and our other fraud mitigation solutions or visit www.co-opfs.org/cooper.
Nov 10, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Scattered shortages of influenza vaccine have occurred this fall in the face of increased demand, but everyone who wants a shot should be able to get one before long, the nation’s top disease-control official said today.At least 71 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed so far, and another 10 million to 12 million will likely be shipped by the end of this month, said Dr Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”We might actually end up with the most ever influenza vaccine for the country,” she said at a teleconference from Atlanta this afternoon. That could happen if 81 million doses have been distributed by the end of November and production continues into December, as it often does, she explained.Some clinics and companies have had trouble getting doses, in part because Chiron Corp. has not been able to produce as much or as fast as expected, Gerberding said.But with distribution continuing, “People still have many opportunities to get vaccine,” she said.Market forces mostly determine the flow of flu vaccine, and the CDC doesn’t own much vaccine itself, Gerberding said. However, “We’re getting about 800,000 doses of vaccine from Chiron at the end of November” and will use it to alleviate spot shortages, she added.She also said local health departments are working with healthcare providers to make sure people at highest risk for flu complications can get their shots.Current flu activity is less than at this time last year, with most states reporting sporadic cases or none at all, Gerberding said.But demand for vaccine is probably higher than it was last year, though the CDC doesn’t have any solid data yet, she reported. The increase may be driven by last year’s vaccine shortages and by the current heavy publicity about H5N1 avian flu and the threat of a flu pandemic, she said.The seasonal flu vaccine would not protect people from a new pandemic strain, but media coverage of the pandemic issue reminds people of the importance of flu and may motivate them to seek vaccination, Gerberding said.Vaccine doses distributed so far include about 55 million doses from Sanofi Pasteur, 7.5 million from GlaxoSmithKline, 1 million from MedImmune, and 8 million from Chiron, she reported.”We expect 10 to 12 million more doses by the end of November,” including some from Sanofi, MedImmune, and Chiron, she said.Gerberding said her own mother had called her to ask for advice after she was unable to get a flu shot from her doctor. Gerberding asked if there were any flu cases in the community, and when her mother said no, she advised her to wait until her doctor gets some vaccine, rather than traveling elsewhere to get a shot.Eventually, President Bush’s plan to increase domestic flu vaccine production and spur new production technologies should help eliminate seasonal flu vaccine shortages, Gerberding said. Those proposals are part of the pandemic preparedness strategy announced by Bush last week.”In the long run the solution is in sight,” she said. “We wish we had that solution today; we’re sorry that we don’t. But this year, unlike last year, we expect many more doses of flu vaccine. Be patient, check with your physician—you may be able to get your shot a little later this month.”See also:Transcript of Nov 10 CDC teleconferencehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/transcripts/t051110.htm
Taiwan’s ruling party on Saturday showed support for a Hong Kong bookseller who fled to the democratic island amid fears of Chinese persecution, with President Tsai Ing-wen offering congratulations as he opened a new shop in Taipei.Lam Wing-kee sought refuge in Taiwan last year after he was detained by Chinese agents for eight months in 2015 while working at a bookshop in Hong Kong that sold books critical of the Chinese leadership.The case triggered a huge controversy and raised fears of growing Chinese control in the financial hub. Lam made front-page headlines earlier this week after a man threw red paint at him, just days before the reopening of his “Causeway Bay Books” in Taipei – a symbol of resistance to perceived Chinese encroachments on Hong Kong’s liberties.The attack shocked many in Taiwan, which has become a refuge for a small but growing number of pro-democracy protesters fleeing Chinese-ruled Hong Kong. Taiwan has voiced its strong support for the protesters and repeatedly rejected Beijing’s proposals to rule the island with the “one country, two systems” model it uses for Hong Kong.Senior officials from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) joined the reopening on Saturday, including head of parliament Yu Shyi-kun, who said it was a moment of “pride” for the island’s democracy.President Tsai sent a pot of orchids and a short message of congratulations, citing a Christian song often sung by protesters in Hong Kong calling for fairness and justice. Topics : “If a bookshop fails to open in Taiwan just because it is disliked by China, then what Taiwan is proud of the most – democracy and freedom – will suffer great harm,” Taiwan’s vice president-elect William Lai wrote on his Facebook.”We must strongly condemn violence and intimidation. Everyone, please support the bookshop. Supporting Causeway Bay Books in Taipei is to support freedom of publication in Taiwan.”Lam, who moved to Taiwan last year, told Reuters that he is worried about more attacks but he will continue his fight against the Chinese Communist Party by reopening the tiny shop packed with political books in the heart of Taipei.”Opening a bookshop is a resistance…Taiwan needs more bookshops like this,” he said, adding that he’s hoping to set up a branch in the island’s southern port city of Kaohsiung.Three suspects were arrested and released on bail this week for the attack, the police said.Lam’s incarceration was part of a coordinated operation by China’s security apparatus that led to five booksellers disappearing in late 2015, and later showing up in Chinese detention where they were forced to make confessions on public television.Speaking in the shop crowded with journalists, DPP Secretary General Luo Wen-jia congratulated Lam’s reopening in the “land of democracy.””I hope one day the bookshop could return to its origin – Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay,” he told Lam.
Cooper Cronk’s Calamvale home in Brisbane. Picture: Realestate.com.au Cooper Cronk played his last home game for Melbourne Storm last weekend. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesQUEENSLAND State of Origin star Cooper Cronk is ready for a Brisbane farewell after landing a buyer for his four bedroom home.The Maroons halfback, who played his final home game for the Melbourne Storm last weekend, is mid preparation for a shift to Sydney to join partner Tara Rushton. The home has a decidedly minimalist feel. Picture: Realestate.com.au Melbourne fans react to the loss of Cooper Cronk from the Storm after this season. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesCronk has owned the Calamvale property for over two-thirds of his professional rugby league career, having bought it for $477,000 in 2007.That was the same year he was first selected for the national team and it wasn’t until three years later that he was first picked to play SOO for Queensland.Cronk’s real estate agent Hong Chua of Harcourts had marketed the Calamvale home at offers over $639,000. Cooper Cronk and his partner Tara Rushton. Source: Supplied.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago Cronk favoured integrated living zones. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe contemporary four bedroom, two bathroom, double garage home was on a 511sq m block. Cronk favoured minimalist style, with the interiors designed to be understated, with focus on integrated living areas that create “an ideal gathering point for family and friends”.Cronk went to school at St Laurence’s College in South Brisbane and played for Norths Devils before he was absorbed into the Melbourne Storm training squad in 2003. Up until this shift to Sydney, Cronk has been a one-club man — playing all his professional games with the Melbourne Storm.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy is he called The Honey Badger? 01:15 More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe family’s former pad at Chambers Flat in Brisbane’s south. The new property includes a gourmet kitchen, brand new German appliances, marble splashbacks, a large butler’s pantry, as well as a 14 metre lap pool, according to a realestate.com.au listing. Beautiful styling in this room. They now have a waterfront home built for entertaining, bought for $1.47m.The property has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a two-car garage — a major downgrade considering the size of their previous home. They had landed $1m for the sale of their enormous six-bedroom, three-bathroom, nine-car space family home in Chambers Flat — including its 9.7m by 5m banquet hall, monstrous 9m by 4.4m living room, concrete inground saltwater pool with a rotating umbrella, spa, waterfall, gazebo, barbecue zone, fire pit and their very own dam. But with his eight children all young adults now, Honey Badger’s father Mark Cummins, can afford to give up space for creature comfort, mod cons and a stunning location.Cummins senior was named the Queensland Father of the Year for 2012, raising eight children including two suffering from cystic fibrosis. He’s been a single dad for 11 years, running a landscaping, the household and the challenge of talented children. Session ID: 2020-09-28:afe7494fd68aff39ca5ba2c9 Player Element ID: vjs_video_736 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen00:00THE Bachelor 2018, Nick Cummins aka the Honey Badger, has a new place to lay his head in Queensland.The Aussie cult figure had his highly-anticipated television debut in Wednesday’s premiere of The Bachelor Australia, which airs again tonight (7.30pm on Channel 10). He comes hot on the heels of another Queensland favourite single, Sophie Monk, who was last year’s Bachelorette. The family has swapped their long-time home in Brisbane’s south — where the Honey Badger grew his considerable rugby skills — for a luxurious canalfront home that most people can only dream of. But the Cummins family also have a lot of look forward to on the waterfront in Queensland’s millionaire playground. Honey Badger loses original bachelor pad Infamous bikie’s unit sells No toilet, no kitchen, already landing offers It said the home had two living areas and indoor-outdoor flow, and sits on a large 949 sqm block.The Bachelor Australia premieres at 7.30pm tonight on Channel 10. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK