Dunkirk Man Charged In Federal Drug Case

first_imgStock Image.DUNKIRK — A joint investigation between Federal and local law enforcement resulted in the arrest of a Dunkirk man at his 109 S. Beaver St. residence, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say the U.S. Postal Service alerted the DEA, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Dunkirk Police that Hector D. Santos-Morales, 30, was allegedly preparing to receive a package containing over two pounds of cocaine via mail.A search warrant was executed at Santos-Morales’ house on Monday. Santos-Morales was arrested without incident on a federal charge of attempt to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine.After his arraignment he was released under the supervision of Federal probation. 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

Editorial: Australia Does Not Need Adani

first_imgEditorial: Australia Does Not Need Adani FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New York Times:While global demand for coal is falling as the nations of the world have committed themselves to slashing carbon emissions, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia wants to help a powerful Indian conglomerate build an enormous system of coal mines in a remote stretch of Queensland.Burning the estimated 66 million tons of coal a year that the Adani Group aims to produce from six open-pit and five underground complexes known as the Carmichael mine can only make it harder for the world to meet its aspirations under the Paris climate agreement. The project has prompted huge protests across Australia.“You can’t have both the Paris climate agreement and Adani’s Carmichael coal mine,” the climate change activist Bill McKibben said. “Full stop.”Mr. Turnbull has promoted the mine with the same argument President Trump has made to remove what he sees as impediments to coal mining in Appalachia, framing mining as a job creator in a region that sorely needs jobs. The prime minister has also supported Adani’s request for a taxpayer-financed loan of $800 million.But even one of Adani’s consultants has disputed the company’s claim that the project will generate 10,000 jobs. In fact, the project could cost mining jobs elsewhere in Australia.The nearby Great Barrier Reef supports some 64,000 full-time employees, but shipping all that coal to India risks further harm to this environmentally sensitive area, already endangered by global warming.The Adani Group chairman, Gautam Adani, plans to use 60 percent of the Carmichael coal, which is of a higher quality than Indian coal, for his financially stressed Mundra coal-fired power plant in Gujarat, India.It would be a regressive move for India, which is making great strides with solar and other forms of renewable energy. In fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has committed India to getting 40 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.Existing coal-burning plants in India are running below 60 percent capacity, and while increased demand for energy may push them to full capacity, by then, “the price of renewables will be lower than the price of coal,” observes Ajay Mathur, director general of the Energy Resources Institute in New Delhi.India’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal, was clear: “We don’t wish to import coal from anywhere in the world,” he said. “We have sufficient coal capacity in our country.”Australia is helping Mr. Adani get what he wants, but it’s the opposite of what Australia, India or the rest of the world needs.More: The Last Thing Australia and Our Planet Needlast_img read more

Cops: Couple Tied Up, Robbed by Masked Home Invaders

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Farmingdale couple was bound at their hands and feet and had their home robbed Friday night after opening the door expecting trick-or-treaters but instead were confronted by masked thieves, Nassau County police said.The horrifying Halloween home invasion only came to an end when the brave woman was able to free herself and then grabbed her 2-year-old son and ran to a neighbor’s house, where she dialed 911, police said.The family’s ordeal began around 8:45 p.m. when someone rang the doorbell to their Beach Street home. The 34-year-old woman expected to see Halloween revelers, police said, but on the doorstep were three people wearing masks, two of whom were armed with handguns.The intruders forced the door open and demanded the family to sit down. The woman’s husband refused, and was subsequently pistol whipped in the head multiple times, police said. The couple was then tied up with duct tape, police said.Moments later, two more intruders entered to help the group ransack the home, police said.The woman successfully removed the duct tape and fled with her son to the neighbor’s house and called 911, prompting the group to flee the house. Police were unable to say what was stolen.The husband, who suffered head lacerations, was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said.Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.Below is how each intruder was described to police:Male black, 5-foot-8, 200 pounds with a white mask and dark clothes. Female black, 5-foot-8 with a thin build, afro hair and wearing goggles. Male black, 5-foot-9, 180 pounds with a werewolf mask, black clothes and armed with a handgun Male black wearing a wool hat and a mask. Male, possibly white, 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, armed with a handgun.last_img read more

Oceanside Woman Charged With Murdering Mother

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Oceanside woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing her 79-year-old mother to death following an argument on Monday afternoon, Nassau County police said.Officers responded to a report of an assault at a Terrell Avenue home, where they found the victim, Irma Grossman, with a neck wound at 12:48 p.m., police said. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where she died three hours later.“There was a scene created by the murder,” Det. Capt. John Azzata, commander of the Homicide Squad, told reporters Tuesday during a news conference at police headquarters. “Obviously something transpired in that home.”The victim’s 56-year-old daughter, Suzan Grossman-Kerner, who also lives in Oceanside, was charged with second-degree murder. She will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.Azzata said investigators recovered a kitchen knife that may be the murder weapon. Detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Why credit unions show huge mortgage growth

first_imgIt’s a great time to be a credit union. The latest figures from the CUNA Mutual Group, an industry trade association, show that loan balances at the nation’s 6,000+ credit unions have grown by 10.4 percent during the past year. Most remarkably, the association reports that credit union first-mortgage originations “are on pace to reach record levels in 2015,” up an estimated 46 percent over 2014.Why is it that credit unions are doing so well?In basic terms, a credit union is a member-owned, not-for-profit, financial co-operative. The goal is not to maximize profits but to make financial products and services available to members at the lowest possible cost. As a member you get to vote on how the credit union is run, regardless of how much you have on deposit or have borrowed.“Like banks,” says the National Credit Union Administration, an independent federal regulator, “credit unions accept deposits, make loans, and provide a wide array of other financial services. But as member-owned institutions, credit unions focus on providing a safe place to save and borrow at reasonable rates. Unlike banks, credit unions return surplus income to their members in the form of dividends.” continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Micro-branches – A hot topic, but are they right for your organization?

first_img continue reading » As the total number of retail branches in the U.S. has declined in recent years and the role of the branch itself continues to evolve, financial institutions are taking a hard look at their branching strategies to determine the optimal delivery model. One of the more popular topics of discussion around branching these days is the concept of small footprint retail branches, often called “micro-branches” or “mini-branches”. We have also seen large banks such as Capital One and Wells Fargo pilot micro-branch prototypes, which has garnered a significant amount of attention within the industry. According to a survey by Bankography, the average branch footprint has dropped nearly a quarter since 2006. So, what is a “micro-branch” and is it right for your organization?First, let’s put some definition around the term micro-branch. Regardless of the name one chooses, we are generally referring to a space that involves a much smaller footprint, equipped with smart technology and that is heavily branded. There are many variations of this concept, which sometimes might involve the use of a shipping container or modular unit that is customized for retail banking needs. In other cases, it might be a 1,200 square foot freestanding branch that is outfitted with ITM’s, VTM’s or a small number of universal bankers.Next, let’s address the question of why financial institutions are evaluating this model. There are three primary factors that typically drive the interest in a micro-branching strategy: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Millions of Australians back in lockdown amid Melbourne virus outbreak

first_imgCafes, bars, restaurants and gyms which only recently reopened had to shut again. Police had no comment on whether anyone has been stopped or fined since midnight. ​ The renewed lockdown follows the closure of Australia’s busiest state border, between Victoria and the most populous state New South Wales, on Tuesday night.”The rest of the country knows that the sacrifice that you’re going through right now is not just for you and your own family, but it’s for the broader Australian community,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.Morrison said he would take a proposal to state and territory leaders on Friday to slow down the number of Australian citizens and permanent residents returning home from overseas. The two groups have been the only arrivals allowed since Australia closed its international border in March.New Zealand announced on Tuesday its national airline will not take new inbound bookings for three weeks to reduce the burden on overflowing quarantine facilities. Topics : In Australia, red flags have been raised by potential quarantine breaches that the Victorian state government believes led to returnees spreading the virus.Melbourne is the capital of Victoria state, which reported 134 new infections on Wednesday, down from the previous day’s record 191 but well over the low single digit daily increases elsewhere in the country.Fears of a broader second wave were underscored by an official report of three new COVID-19 cases in the national capital, Canberra. Two of the infected people had returned from Melbourne last week and the third was their housemate.In Sydney, authorities were scrambling to track down 48 passengers who were allowed to disembark a flight from Melbourne overnight without being checked for COVID-19 symptoms.The resurgence of the virus and imposition of new containment measures will make it tougher for the government to get the economy back on its feet as it sinks into its first recession in three decades. Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the border closure and Melbourne lockdown would cost the economy up to A$1 billion ($700 million) per week.Border controlAhead of the lockdown, police checkpoints at the Victoria- NSW border caused delays of more than an hour for drivers, many of them daily commuters who live and work on either side.”I got a permit but with all the checks, my commute across was heavily delayed,” Amanda Cohn, who crosses the border from her home in NSW each day to reach the Victorian hospital where she works, told Reuters. “Plenty of others need to get across and they don’t have a permit.”Victoria’s only other internal border, with South Australia, has been closed since mid-March.Among the new COVID-19 cases in Melbourne on Wednesday were 75 occupants of nine public housing towers that were placed into complete lockdown last week, barring their 3,000 residents from leaving for five days.Nationwide, Australia has reported about 9,000 COVID-19 cases and 106 deaths from the virus.center_img Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, went back into lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, forcing five million Australians to stay home for all but essential business for the next six weeks to contain a flare-up of coronavirus cases.State police were patrolling the city and setting up checkpoints on major roads to stop people heading out to regional areas and spreading the virus from what is now Australia’s pandemic epicenter, with 860 active cases.”The window for police discretion is very small and is closing as the threat to public health and safety created by those breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directions is too great,” Victoria police said in a statement.last_img read more

Wanted: Ms. Iloilo bets of int’l pageant caliber

first_imgScreening committee head RheaPeñaflorida said they are tapping universities and colleges. Submission of applications andrequirements is from Oct. 1 to 31. ILOILO City – The Iloilo FestivalsFoundation, Inc. (IFFI) committee handling Miss Iloilo 2020 is poised toshowcase a pageant with candidates whose qualifications meet the standards ofnational and even international beauty pageants.Miss Iloilo, which replaces Miss Dinagyang, will be held on Jan.23 at the WestVisayas State University Cultural Center. “If you look at beauty pageants sa national and even sa international level, candidates havesocial responsibility. That is what we want in Miss Iloilo. This is not justabout walking on the ramp and wear the crown but actually helping human beings,fellow Ilonggos for that matter,” he said. Candidates will be encouraged to haveadvocacies and social projects that have positive impacts on the community,said Piamonte.But it all starts with having the right candidates. The height requirement is at least5’6”, literally a tall order for Ilonggas, and Piamonte admitted it may betough to find many local girls meeting this. He thus appealed for everyone’shelp to scout for tall potential pageant bets. “As an Ilonggo, I like us to movefurther and beyond Iloilo and Panay so we can also promote our place,” saidKevin Piamonte, Miss Iloilo 2020 pageant director.Miss Iloilo is not “just a beauty pageant,” stressed Piamonte. Major title winners will get P60,000cash prize each and an international tour package. Applicants will be trimmed down to 12final candidates. Miss Iloilo candidates will undergomaster classes on make-up, posture and social etiquette, among others, addedPiamonte.  A trainer from the Bb.Pilipinas will be tapped.Candidates must be between 17 to 25 years old, with Ilonggo linage. The final screening is on Nov. 9. Three major titles are at stake – MissIloilo 2020 who will represent Iloilo in the Bb. Pilipinas, Miss Iloilo Worldwho will be supported in her journey to join and win Miss World-Philippines,and Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2020 who will represent Iloilo in the Miss Aliwan. The first runner-up and secondrunner-up will take home P20,000 and P15,000 cash prizes, respectively./PNlast_img read more

Athletic Trainers At All Levels

first_imgIt is becoming quite obvious that we need an athletic trainer available at every level of amateur sports.  If the games are sanctioned by a school, then there should be a trainer at the games.  The obvious problem is “can the school pay the bill for the trainer?”  Also, are there enough qualified trainers available to do this?  It would not be a problem in a city like Batesville where a hospital is located.  However, how about a school in rural Wyoming?If you hire a trainer, how many levels of sports will you expect them to attend?  For example, I believe there are 17 high school sports and almost as many middle school sports at Batesville.  In football, they start playing games in the first grade.  No one human being could attend all these events.  You as a parent has to decide if you will allow your child to play sports like football and soccer where concussions are the highest.  I also think that some states still only require physicals for high school athletes and not at the lower levels.  This is quite a dilemma.  I don’t have an answer.last_img read more