In February, University of Georgia poultry experts traveled to the West African country of Mali to establish a poultry and biogas program to improve food security and expand economic opportunities for Mali’s rural poor population, especially its women.Michael Lacy, professor and head of the UGA poultry science department, and Jack Houston, a professor with the UGA department of agricultural and applied economics, joined Catherine Keske, an economist from Colorado State University’s department of soil and crop science on the two-week trip.“Women in Mali have so few resources. Establishing small-scale, women-run poultry and energy enterprises in Mali will have a huge impact on the livelihoods, nutrition and health of these women and their children,” Lacy said.Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development bilateral mission in Mali through Colorado State’s Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change Collaborative Research Support Program, the team will work with Malian collaborators to build a model poultry hatchery in a rural Malian village. The hatchery will be a hub for research on improved poultry genetics, vaccines for diseases like Newcastle Disease and exploring the feasibility of biogas production from manure and other wastes. Extension educational programs on poultry husbandry, good nutrition and business practices will be offered through the hatchery.While in Mali, the team visited several villages outside Bamako, the country’s capital. They met with local leaders, non-government organizations and women’s groups to determine the best location for the hatchery and training complex. They also discussed local micro-credit loans for women that would help kick-start the program.“The Mali people are very excited about this project and are interested in receiving training, education, advise and support,” Lacy said.Poultry production in the U.S. during the 1800s was largely the domain of the farm wife. A backyard flock was tended at nearly every home. The extra eggs or meat that could be sold to stores would earn the family “egg money” to be used for new shoes or material for clothing.“That was the first time women in America had any economic independence and was the first step to equality,” Lacy said. “It is the same for other cultures, including Mali, where we can empower these women and ultimately help their families and communities.”Healthier chicks and skills to raise them productively will ultimately increase the amount of eggs and poultry meat available for local consumption and for selling to local markets, Lacy said. In a country where 90 percent of the population earns less than $2 a day and many children are malnourished, this could have a big impact.“One or two eggs per week would have a tremendous impact on the nutritional status of children,” Lacy said.The hatchery will be complete by next winter. Until the hatchery is complete, the group will train women’s groups and get housing ready for the chicks.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Oceanside man has been arrested for slashing and wounding his mother’s 60-year-old boyfriend during an argument that turned physical early Sunday morning, Nassau County police said.Jimmy Godsey, 28, was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.Police said the victim asked Godsey not to go into his mother’s room at their Sunnybrook Drive home when a fight broke out, the two began pushing each other and Godsey slashed the victim with a folding knife in the neck at 12:45 a.m.Godsey ran out of the house and surrendered when officers arrived shortly later.The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.Godsey will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Individuals and the industry benefit when credit union executives undertake professional development.by: Soma SarkarI’ve learned a lot about growth during my credit union career.When I was hired in 1994 to fill a branch manager opening at the Credit Union of New Jersey, I was my CU’s 12th employee. Back then, CU of New Jersey had $42 million in assets and was a cash operation. Now, it has 99 employees, $317 million in assets and is a full-service financial institution.As the credit union has grown, so has my role in it. Now I’m EVP/chief operations officer, overseeing all the CU’s retail branches, plus lending, compliance and a call center.I think my plan to attend the three years of CUES’ CEO Institute is an important next step, not only toward my own professional growth and the future success of the credit union, but also the overall development of leaders for the future of the CU industry. I’m excited to begin next month by attending CEO Institute I at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.As credit union executives, we need to prepare ourselves and our peers as strong leaders to keep the movement going forward. With the number of credit unions shrinking and CEOs retiring, keeping qualified leaders at credit unions rather than leaving for banks or the insurance industry is important. continue reading »
Digital Insight and PSCU announced the rollout of a new service that provides credit card account access alongside checking and savings information in online and mobile apps.Known as Card Management Services for Digital Banking, the service gives consumers a way to manage credit card accounts via web browsers, smartphones and tablets.These new features are designed help reduce the costs associated with credit card fraud and call center inquiries. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
In the event that an event befalls your credit union, you’ll need to take steps to ensure that you can continue to function and serve your members. These steps will lead you down two different, equally-important roads to recovery. The first road is business continuity planning, and the second is disaster recovery. So, what’s the difference between the two?Well, the two are very closely related. You might say that both roads lead to the same place, which is a fully-functioning credit union. While on the surface, this might make them seem hard to differentiate, they are in fact rather easy to tell apart. The best way to explain the difference is by analyzing a particular disaster scenario and then seeing how both business continuity planning and disaster recovery tackle the resulting problems. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
This year’s report by the British travel company Thomas Cook showed that British tourists are increasingly visiting more distant destinations, instead of closer and common ones such as Spain, Portugal or Croatia. Tunisia experienced a significant drop in tourist visits a few years ago, mostly due to a terrorist attack on the resort of Sousse in 2015 that killed 38 tourists, 30 of whom were British citizens. However, the destination has started to recover – this year there were twice as many reservations than in 2018. Although Spain still holds the first place in the number of reservations, Turkey overtook Greece and thus took second place. With that, Greece fell to third place, the United States to fourth, and Cyprus to fifth. Short-term visits to Mexico, San Francisco and Las Vegas have never been more sought after. For example, the number of bookings for a six-day trip to Mexico increased by as much as 171 percent. However, the majority of respondents, whom the company surveyed for its report, said they still plan to spend their holidays outside the UK, and a quarter said holidays abroad are at a higher level of their priorities than they were last year. Sales of summer tourist packages for destinations outside the eurozone increased by as much as 48 percent compared to 2018. This increase was most felt by destinations such as Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt. Almost half of bookings through Thomas Cook relate to destinations outside the European Union. The interest of British tourists in Turkey is not too surprising, if we take into account the strength of the Turkish lira in relation to the British pound. But the company warns that the number of British tourist bookings is still falling. Last month, they reported plans to close 21 tourism offices in the UK, or cut more than 300 jobs. Assumptions about the decline in the number of reservations start from the situation related to Brexit. Uncertainty about the outcome of Brexit certainly has an impact on the plans of British tourists. Top 5 summer destinations You can find the full report “The Thomas Cook Holiday Report 2019” HERE.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump not alone in no military serviceI’m replying to Walter Wouk’s July 9 letter (“Trump family never served in military”). Just to let you know that there have been 12 presidents who never served in the military.They are: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Grover Cleveland, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert C. Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, William J. Clinton and Barack H. Obama.Neither did our governor, Andy Cuomo.So do us a favor and stop whining about our president.William J. YoungRotterdamImprove ACA rather than get rid of itThe Affordable Care Act has helped me by allowing me to get an affordable healthcare plan that covers me, even with a pre-existing condition.My healthcare plan also covers preventative care and my prescription drug costs are lower through my Medicare Advantage Plan.I don’t know what I would do if I could not rely on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.I wish they could fix it to make it better instead of the Republicans trying to get rid of it just because it was created under Obama.Penelope RacoLathamNY Health Act would be a killer for stateThere used to be a cartoon character who said, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” That seems to be the mentality of downstate lawmakers.We are deeply in debt to China for the new Tappen Zee Bridge.Now they want a single-payer health plan.The cost could reach a staggering $225 billion. Evidently, a money tree grows in Brooklyn.While all New Yorkers deserve good health care, this plan is financial suicide. It would require our state budget to double in size.Are you prepared to pay twice your tax rate?The New York Health Act (S.3577/A.5248) mandates you to give up your current health plan, like it or not. Private-sector and government workers alike will find their negotiated health care invalid.Administration of the system requires records upkeep for 19.5 million New Yorkers. Centralizing this amount of personal information will make it a tempting target for hackers. What will the cost be to secure it?After Vermont failed to make their single-payer plan work, one would think lesson learned. But no. Instead it’s tax and spend. Please call your representatives and tell them to kill this bill.George HebertCohoes Mueller report full of troubling revelationsI downloaded and listened to Audible’s free version of the Mueller report. I did so because I didn’t want to be presumptuous.The report is a hard read or listen for numerous reasons, including hundreds of redactions due to “harm to ongoing matters.” None the less, Part One was informative in that it clearly showed the massive Russian effort and caused me to reflect on how much of a megalomaniac Putin would need to be to have placed such an operation in place.Part Two was no surprise. However, I would not believe, should the elected president be incapacitated by death, coma or any other means, that a means for the executive branch to carry on is not provided.This leads me to question the DOJ’s opinion that a sitting president should not be indicted, for the opinion’s stated reason is anything more than a rationalization for preserving the elected president’s ego.R. M. BoyerGilboaGrateful for help after diabetic incidentI want to express my thanks to all the people who assisted me through a diabetic incident on July 3 at the checkout line at the Wal-Mart in Glenville. As a result of very low blood sugar, I became disoriented and unable to stand. Two customers caught me and guided me to a bench where I could sit and recover. Thank you to John and Sean. A multitude of Wal-Mart employees looked after my well-being and monitored my recovery until I could respond properly to questions and mobilize without difficulty. My thanks and appreciation to each of you.Dick CurtisScotiaTrump, GOP threaten future of countryHow nice when ethics and economics coincide. Historically, accepting immigrants has been ethical and profitable for our nation.We value immigrants, but more than ever, we need them. The anti-immigration policies of Trump and Republican xenophobes threaten our society and our economy.They are unethical and uneconomical.Nations are powered by their populations. But the U.S. fertility rate for decades has been below the two-child replacement rate. Immigrants provide essential labor, and help balance our age distribution. We are a melting pot of immigrants.We might meet our demographic needs by promoting increased fertility, but doing so also would increase population, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions unsustainably.That would accelerate global climate change. Happily, immigration is a sustainable demographic alternative for us, because people always have wanted to come to our land of opportunity.In contrast, China is paying the price of its decades-long one-child-left-behind policy. Its fertility rate is well below replacement, about 1.5. Its labor force is falling grievously, with little near-term prospect for augmentation via immigration.China’s population is aging rapidly, and by 2040 will have fewer average years of schooling than that of Bolivia or Zimbabwe.Pundits have predicted decline of our economic and military competitiveness and global influence, and ultimately the end of the American-led liberal order.If we embrace immigration, however, we can maintain primacy over China and over other competitors into the indefinite future. To defend America globally, however, we must repudiate Trump and Republican xenophobes locally.Dr. Robert A. MichaelsNiskayunaTrump disrespectful of democratic valuesWe are appalled at the militaristic tone of this year’s Fourth of July observance in Washington, D.C. Democracies don’t normally deploy tanks and fighter aircraft at public gatherings. The Pyongyang/Tienanmen Square look doesn’t really suit American cities. But then, our commander-in-chief regularly drools over dictators and hasn’t the faintest regard for democratic values.There’s also the matter of what this extravaganza cost, reportedly in the neighborhood of $92 million.How much clean water, how much hot food, how many diapers had to be withheld from inmates in our southern border prison camps to fund what was nothing more than a campaign rally?Trump tried to disguise his narcissistic bash as a salute to the Armed Forces. All he accomplished was to demonstrate to the world that America is in a position to hurt tremendous numbers of people. Was this what the founders of our Republic had in mind?Kathleen and Rudolf PetersenRotterdamProtest targets the racists, not the flagSurely you’re aware that the Betsy Ross flag has been co-opted as a symbol by hate groups, and that opposition to that symbol signals opposition to racial hatred.Multiple hate groups, including III% and the KKK, have used the Betsy Ross flag as a logo or as letterheads. It isn’t Betsy Ross, but the skinheads, that Colin Kaepernick is speaking out against. I’m embarrassed for you that you don’t know the difference.Anne WeadonMayfieldNo time to waste on climate impactsMost news informs us that the reason people are leaving Central America and seeking refuge in the United States is the political unrest and the fear of violence.However, I just read the following article about climate refugees on ClimateReality.com that presents another reason I hadn’t considered because it isn’t in the daily news.How the Climate Crisis Is Driving Central American Migration.The climate crisis is making life even harder for residents of Central America’s “Dry Corridor,” forcing farmers and other rural residents to leave their homes and livelihoods.Something needs to be done for all the valid reasons that force people to flee their homes and home countries.And it’s time to understand and accept that climate change is the biggest challenge right now. It extends into many facets of the lives of everyone on the planet.It’s an issue that will effect future generations. We need to stand up with the young people in our nation and around the world who are asking our governments to protect their future in the face of the dramatic challenges of climate change.The United States has been good at finding solutions in the past. History gives us some idea of what might work.To ignore our history is to make the same mistake. And in this era of extreme climate challenge, we don’t have much time to do something important and meaningful about how people are affected.Florence CarnahanSchenectadyDo we want a repeat of Obama’s tenure?Do we really want to bring back to the White House the second in command to an administration with the following record:Lied to the American people that they could keep their health insurance and their doctor under Obamacare if they wanted to; drew a red line in Syria and then ignored it when poison gas was used; invited Russia into Syria where it stayed and saved the Assad regime; bypassed the Senate to make the Iran deal that gave billions of dollars to the world’s most dangerous terrorist state; blatantly lied to us about the cause of the Benghazi attack that killed many Americans, including our Ambassador; told us the new norm for GDP growth was 1.5 to 2 percent; supported its reckless secretary of state’s use of a private server that exposed top secrets to our enemies; cozied up to Putin with a reset button and a promise to “have more flexibility” after being reelected; conducted apology tours across the globe for our historic sins; made unconstitutional use of executive orders; was feckless in dealing with our illegal immigration crisis; created a vacuum in Iraq that the ISIS caliphate filled with war; increased our debt by $9 trillion; and presided over eight years of deteriorating race relations between black and whites?Do we? According to the polls, the answer is yes.What did Churchill say about those who do not learn from history?Joseph NialClifton ParkThanks for helpers in freeing of wheelchairOn July 6, my electric wheelchair got hung up between the sidewalk and dirt in front of Brookdale, on Union Street. Two gentlemen helped me out of my chair and got me going again. I would like to say thanks to both of these fine people again.James BubniakNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
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Bars, restaurants, cinemas and schools were shutting down from New York and Los Angeles to Paris and Dubai in a worldwide effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic, as financial markets tumbled despite emergency action by global central banks.Germans were asked to cancel all vacations as Canada, Chile and other countries closed their borders to visitors. Peru deployed masked military personnel to block major roads while Ireland launched a campaign to recruit more healthcare workers. Airlines slashed flights, shed jobs and asked governments for billions of dollars in loans and grants.In contrast to much of the world, Mexico and Brazil still held large political rallies and the United Kingdom kept its schools open. Topics : Global markets reeled on Monday, with US stock indexes plunging more than 12% as the Federal Reserve’s second emergency rate cut to near zero stoked fears of a coronavirus-driven recession.EU finance ministers were planning a coordinated economic response to the virus, which the European Commission says could push the European Union into recession.A White House adviser said the United States could pump $800 billion or more into the economy to minimize damage.The World Health Organization (WHO) called on all countries on Monday to ramp up their testing programs as the best way to slow the advance of the pandemic. “We have a simple message to all countries – test, test, test,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference in Geneva. “All countries should be able to test all suspected cases. They cannot fight this pandemic blindfolded.”Getting worse in ItalyIn Italy, another 349 people died on Monday, taking the total to 2,158, with nearly 28,000 cases, after 368 deaths were reported on Sunday, a daily toll more dire than even China was reporting at the peak of the outbreak.”Many children think it is scary,” Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told a news conference dedicated to answering children’s questions about the pandemic.”It is OK to be scared when so many things happen at the same time,” Solberg said.Several countries banned mass gatherings such as sports, cultural and religious events to combat the fast-spreading respiratory disease that has infected nearly 179,000 people globally and killed more than 7,000.Just a month ago, financial markets were hitting record highs on the assumption the outbreak would largely be contained in China. There have now been more cases and more deaths outside mainland China than inside. US states pleaded with the Trump administration on Monday to coordinate a national response to the outbreak, saying patchwork measures enacted by state and local authorities were insufficient to confront the coast-to-coast emergency that has killed at least 74 Americans.A few hours later, President Donald Trump issued national guidelines that included avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and the closing of bars and restaurants.Many states had already taken those steps and were implementing even more stringent measures such as curfews. San Francisco will urge residents to shelter in place for three weeks starting on Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.Spain and France, where cases and fatalities have begun surging at a pace just days behind that of Italy, imposed severe lockdowns over the weekend.The Middle East business and travel hub of Dubai said it was closing all bars and lounges until the end of March. Thailand plans to close schools, bars, movie theatres and popular cockfighting arenas.”The worst is yet ahead for us,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious diseases expert in the United States, a warning echoed by officials in Switzerland, where 14 have died.Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told daily Corriere della Sera that the outbreak was still getting worse, though the governor of Lombardy, the northern region that has suffered the worst, said he saw the first signs of a slowdown.Britain has asked manufacturers including Ford Motor Co , Honda and Rolls Royce to help make health equipment, including ventilators to cope with the outbreak, and will look at using hotels as hospitals.The International Olympic Committee will hold talks with heads of international sports organizations on Tuesday, a source close to a federation briefed on the issue said, amid doubts the Tokyo 2020 Olympics set to start on July 24 can proceed.