Two Charged In Jamestown Robbery

first_imgStock Image.JAMESTOWN – Two residents are charged in connection with a Barrett Avenue robbery Wednesday evening, according to the Jamestown Police Department.Police say a man, later discovered to be Bryan K. Livingston, Jr., 22, allegedly stole property forcibly from a victim from within his apartment after inviting a female to aide him.Livingston, Jr. and a woman, Amanda L. Cuthbert, 31, were located a short distance from the scene. Both were arrested and taken to Jamestown City Jail.Livingston, Jr. is charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny. Cuthbert, who was allegedly in possession of stolen cash from within the stolen property, is charged with second-degree robbery and petit larceny. 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

HEAP Enrollment Now Open Statewide

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 File Image.ALBANY – Applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program, commonly referred to as HEAP, are now open in New York State.The program utilizes federal funding to assist homeowners and renters with their heating costs during the cold weather months.This year more than $300 million in funding is available for low- and middle-income residents.To apply, homeowners are asked to contact the Chautauqua County Department of Social Services in Jamestown at (716) 753-4385. last_img

Mountain Mama: Take It in the Face

first_imgIn this week’s Mountain Mama post, Ky Delaney shares how confronting rapids head on has transformed the way she deals with the dread of dealing with sweaty-palm situations in real life.We scout the lead-in rapid to Bear Creek Falls on the Cheoah River. My stomach churns as I study the swirling water leading into holes, one after another, offset just enough to make a paddler scramble to get lined up for the next one. The rapid is busy and barely slows down before the river plunges twelve feet over the falls. I cringe as I imagine flipping in that chaos, my stomach pinches at the thought of rolling, panicky that I’ll miss my roll and end up in a worse place on the river.“Take it in the face,” our animated trip leader spreads her hand over her face. “Don’t skirt around it. Don’t try to avoid the impact. Square up to each hole, punch it, and then get set up for the next one.”I nod. That makes sense. My biggest consistent paddling mistake involves wanting to miss the hit of lateral waves or breaking holes. I worry that the hydraulic might flip me. Too often I throw in a back stroke, which results in killing my speed at the precise moment I need it the most to power through a feature. Or I try to avoid that part of the river entirely by paddling into shallower sections, full of rocks waiting to pin me.We walk back up to our kayaks and put on our skirts. My palms sweat. I tell myself, “Take in in the face.” I repeat it when I want to paddle out of the flow, away from the first hole. It becomes my mantra as I spear my paddle through the trough of one breaking wave and boof the next hole. I am in the main flow, moving with the power of the current with enough momentum to maneuver myself from one hydraulic to the next.I eddy out after the last hole behind a house-sized boulder before Bear Creek Falls. My trip leader gives me a high five. I’m beaming ear-to-ear. Squaring up to things that intimidate me gave me confidence that I could handle what comes my way. All the times I had avoided features that made me afraid didn’t serve me. The more I tried to stay away from the meat of the rapids, the more I ended up in squirrely rapids above sieves and took bumpy lines with nasty rocks that could pin my kayak. Ironically, by trying to avoid danger, I had put myself in harm’s way and often felt stuck there, my fear increasing.That day I first paddled the Cheoah was almost exactly a year ago. Since then, I’ve made it a point to take fear head on, trusting myself to deal with any uncomfortable feelings that come up in other aspects of my life. Last week I had a court date to finalize my divorce, a process that’s taken years. There was the separation agreement to hammer down. Then the filing and serving divorce papers. I worried that my ex would be hurt. I thought it might disrupt the co-parenting arrangement. The fear of getting a divorce escalated and I felt trapped, married to someone without love. I felt powerless to end my marriage even though I saw no way to reconcile with my ex.Then I came across a favorite Helen Keller quote about security being a superstition. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.” That quote had always resonated with me, probably because I was struggling with how to embrace risks instead of running away from anything that scared me.I filed for divorce. When the court date approached to finalize it, I considered hiring an attorney even though the process was fairly mechanical at that point. I didn’t want to walk into that courtroom alone. I hated admitting that I had failed at being married, that my marriage was really over. I reminded myself of the lessons from that day on the Cheoah and realized that avoidance doesn’t reduce the dread of a particular situation. If anything, avoiding something gives it power, fueling the immobilizing hold of fear.I wore a polka dotted dress that made me feel pretty and professional, capable and confident the day of my divorce. I waited in the lobby of the courtroom, waiting for the bailiff to call my name. The bailiff swore me in, the judge asked me a few questions, and then she granted my divorce. I swelled with happiness. I was finally free. I felt brave for opening my heart to love someone in the first place, I felt grateful for the child we created together, and I thought about the lessons I’d take with me about love.I’ve realized that by allowing myself to experience whatever I’m going through at that moment, the bad or scary or intimating thing passes. Allowing ourselves to feel and embrace whatever feeling is transformative. On the river, that might mean basking in the bliss that follows styling a nerve-wrecking rapid from the calm eddy below and enjoying the river dance in the sun’s golden hue. In love, I’m finding that letting go of a failed relationship has opened my heart to the possibility of a new relationship – one that is wiser, more mature and honest. Nestled in the arms of my lover, I realized that I’d never had the chance to feel the glow of his love without first confronting the end of my marriage.last_img read more

25 Trails That Will Help You Do Dupont Right in One Epic Loop

first_imgDupont State Forest garners varied reviews from mountain bikers. While images of knobby tires ripping across slick rock plaster the internet, scores of out-of-towners return home disappointed with Dupont. Too many forest roads; not enough chunderous single track, they say. Local recommendations can mitigate the double track blues, but putting together a totally-worth-the-drive shred session ultimately requires a well-formulated plan. Here is a guide to doing Dupont right in 25 trails. Use it as one continuous loop trail, coming in at just over 25 miles, or break it up by section. Either way, don’t head to DuPont without it.Screen-shot-2016-01-13-at-2.29.14-PMSection 1:Lake Imaging Road (right/1.5 miles) – Hilltop Trail (right/1.1) – Buck Forest Road (right/.25) –  Conservation Road (left/1.5) – Airstrip (left/1.0)Park at the Lake Imaging lot off of Staton Road. Strong riders will quickly smash the climb up Lake Imaging Road. Ease into a moderate flow trail and some fun little berms by forking right onto Hilltop Trail. While the aim is to avoid forest roads, Buck Forest and Conservation lead directly to some of the park’s best trails, and you’ll pass a charming covered bridge spanning over High Falls. Muscle through these forest roads, the longest of the day, and summit at an airstrip with incredible views of Pisgah Forest.  On your left lies the Airstrip Trailhead, an IMBA purpose-built romper with some small jumps and big log to ride across if you’ve got the moxy.Screen-shot-2016-01-13-at-1.06.06-PMSection 2:Shelter Rock (left/.25) – Corn Mill Shoals (left/1.25) – Burnt Mountain (left/2.2) – Little River Trail (right/1.2) – Cedar Rock (left/ .75) – Big Rock (left/0.8) – Corn Mill Shoals (left/1.5)A brief climb on Corn Mills Shoals reveals some playful rock slabs before a descent to a slippery crossing of the Little River. Take the Burnt Mountain loop clockwise for numerous senders and a gnarly little downhill finale.  Mellow double track running alongside the Little River quickly hit Cedar Rock Trail, where a technical climb turns into a steep and straight churner on moss-covered slick rock. Enjoy the expansive vistas before bombing down Big Rock’s wide open lines and chunky rock drops.Screen-shot-2016-01-13-at-1.06.54-PMSection 3:Laurel Ridge (right/0.9) – Mine Mountain (right/1.0) – Fawn Lake Road (right/.25) – Reasonover Creek Trail (left/1.25) -Turkey Knob (right/3.3) – Briery Fork (right/.5) – Grassy Creek (left/1.1)Tracing the backside of Dupont requires a touch of commitment as fewer trails mean fewer opportunities to cash out. Reasonover Creek is otherworldly majestic, a land for gnomes and fairies. As Reasonover Trail climbs and intersects Turkey Knob you’ll bathe in stunning views over Lake Julian. Mine Mountain, Turkey Knob, and Grassy Creek all serve up fast, winding descents, which finally bottom out at a wet-crossing of Grassy Creek. A brief detour to the right leads to the lovely Wintergreen Falls.Screen-shot-2016-01-13-at-12.59.32-PMSection 4:Sandy Trail (left/.5)-  Tarklin Branch (right/.5) – Thomas Cemetery Road (right/.75) – Hooker (left/1.1) –  Hickory Mountain Loop (left/1.1) – Ridge Line (right/1.5)Hump two miles from Grassy Creek toward three of Dupont’s most exhilarating trails. Hooker Trail is obnoxiously quick. Hickory Mountain Loop begins with a slightly tough climb and finishes with an epically flowy, multi-lined attack session. Last summer trail builders turned an already-fast Ridgeline Trail into a silk-smooth, roller-strewn, berm-filled riot.  At day’s end the forest glows, as trees cast the shadows of the setting sun. The wind stings your eyes, your hearts pounds, and hoots echo down the ridge. This is Ridgeline euphoria – the preferred way to cap a perfect day in Dupont.[divider]Related Content[/divider]last_img read more

Charges Upgraded Against Commack Fatal DWI Crash Suspect

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A grand jury has indicted a Central Islip man on upgraded charges for allegedly killing a 42-year-old man in a Black Friday drunken-driving crash in Commack last year, Suffolk County prosecutors said.Louis Muicela pleaded not guilty Tuesday at Suffolk County court to vehicular homicide, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, speeding, driving without a license and other charges. He was initially charged with driving while intoxicated.Authorities said that the 39-year-old suspect was speeding northbound on Commack Road when he blew a red light and struck a westbound Lincoln Town Car at the corner of Jericho Turnpike at 4:15 a.m. Nov. 21.The victim, Karl Njerve, of Port Jefferson Station, who was a driver for a car service, was pronounced dead at the scene.Prosecutors said Muicela had a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent, more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent, after the crash.Judge Fernando Camacho bail for Muicela at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond. He is due back in court April 17.last_img read more

NASA Federal Credit Union launches Star Trek cards

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NASA Federal Credit Union has given a whole new meaning to the phrase “card-carrying Trekkie.”The $1.6 billion asset credit union in Bowie, Md., recently launched a series of Star Trek-branded credit cards, forming what Spock might deem a “highly logical” connection between the 1960s scificult favorite and a credit union rooted in a space exploration organization.NASA Federal’s Star Trek Platinum Advantage Rewards credit card portfolio ( includes four designs: the Starfleet Academy Alumni, Starfleet Command, United Federation of Planets, and the Captain’s Card.CBS Consumer Products officially licenses the cards, which feature no balance transfer fee and competitive interest rates, including a lifetime 7.9% annual percentage rate on balance transfers.Cardholders gain access to exclusive Star Trek merchandise and experiences and receive triple rewards points on purchases from continue reading »last_img read more

Why most strategic plans fail

first_img 83SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steven L. Dahlstrom Steven L. Dahlstrom’s credit union career began in 1978 at Missoula Federal Credit Union (Montana) where, having just graduated from college, he was thrust into the manager’s position … Web: Details I’ve seen a lot of strategic plans, but very few of them are successful.First, most are not worth the paper they are printed on. They consist primarily of a “to-do” list of projects that come to mind, sometimes copied from the competition, sometimes requested by the regulator, and sometimes recommended by vendors. It would be just as easy to take a yellow legal pad, scribble down the list and call it the plan.When I meet with credit union leaders for the first time, I highly recommend they watch Simon Sinek’s 2009 TEDx Puget Sound Talk, “Start with Why – How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” It’s a very moving presentation that clearly explains why credit unions exist. If the senior leadership of your credit union can’t succinctly explain its specific purpose, your credit union is doomed to fail. Put another way, is there a need in your community that only your credit union can fill?During the depression, banks were failing, and the average citizen had little access to safe and secure account options. It was the perfect backdrop for the credit union movement. Small groups banded together to help each other meet their needs. Today, there are traditional banks, large credit unions, Internet companies, and many others ready and willing to meet consumers’ needs. Who really needs another average credit union?I like to play chess. It’s a wonderful game of strategy and risk-taking. If you feel smart today, a chess Grandmaster can easily put you in your place. Consider Grandmaster Simon Williams’s video on how to improve your chess game, “How to Think in Chess, with GM Simon Williams.” Although you may not follow the chess theory laid out in this video, there are messages within that apply to your strategic plan:1. Are you stuck in a rut? For a few credit unions, having an annual planning session is a waste of time and money. If your result is, “let’s just keep on keeping on,” you’ll die of boredom. A good planning session result is never “ditto.” Inaction leads to irrelevance.2. Do you find it hard to improve?“We have so many limitations.”“We don’t have the budget.”“We don’t have enough staff.”“Our computer system can’t do that.”“I just want to keep going so I can retire in a couple of years.”“I wish we were like we used to be.”Have you heard these before? If so, then you are making excuses, not looking for new opportunities. In the chess video, Williams points out that every position can be improved, even if by just a small increment. In the end, small changes lead to big gains.3. Have you learned to repeat bad habits? When we fall back on “we’ve always done it this way,” we compound the impact of our poor preparation. In every credit union, there is a new day. Habits that worked in the past may not be successful tomorrow.4. Are you open to plays that the top players play? Most beginning chess players learn simple openings and simple defenses. They are comfortable. The more they play these same maneuvers, the more familiar they become. At the highest levels, a player studies not only his upcoming opponent, but also analyzes their own game to see where the weaknesses are. Then they study the games of the past masters to see how they played. Improvement comes from being open to utilizing the methods of those who have been shining examples, and adopting your systems accordingly.5. Analyze your good and bad pieces. Any organization is composed of myriad systems and capabilities. Some are good, others not so good. Where are your strengths, and which pieces need improvement? One of the hardest parts of a strategic plan is deciding to discontinue a service, close a branch, or help a poor performer find a better fit for their talents elsewhere.6. Plan drift. A few years ago, we came up with a great strategy. We were really focused. We put all our action steps into a wonderful list, but we never seemed to get to where we set out. Why? With everyone putting their priority on the list, it got a little too crowded, and the path was obscured. If a new idea doesn’t get you closer to the goal, resist adding it to the plan. Avoid the clutter! Play with a purpose!7. One-move threats. In chess, it’s easy to move a piece into position to challenge another piece. But does this threat (action) accomplish a long-term goal (winning)? For example, a credit union may want to serve more Millennials. One study points out that one of the primary financial concerns of this group is too much debt – particularly student loans. Does it really help your focus to invest in a marketing campaign for new car loans targeting this group? Do they really need more debt? Understanding what your target market is and what that market needs will go a long way toward helping define your strategy.8. Checkmate! I started this discussion by saying that the paper isn’t important. It’s the discussion about the plan that leads to success. Gathering everyone’s input and not relying on one person’s ideas. I can tell you from experience that no one has all the answers. Everyone has a different view of how to achieve success, because everyone comes from a different background. By listening to different viewpoints, the plan can take into consideration a broader perspective, and reach broader acceptance. In addition, having everyone involved in creating the plan leads to a sense of investment in the outcome. Even if one’s ideas don’t make it into the final plan, the feeling that every voice was heard allows everyone to support the outcome. Developing a common language to communicate your plan should be an obsession!last_img read more

Canada finance minister resigns amid friction with Trudeau and charity scandal

first_img“This morning I went to the prime minister and I tendered my resignation,” Morneau told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference on Monday evening.”It’s appropriate that the prime minister find someone with a longer term approach for the role, since I’m not running for office,” he added.Morneau’s Toronto seat, a mix of low-income flats and million dollar homes that the party has held since 1993, is unlikely to be at risk for the Liberals, who have a minority government.One front-runner to replace Morneau is Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, a close Trudeau ally, who has held several high-profile cabinet roles. Canada’s finance minister resigned on Monday amid friction with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over spending policies and after coming under fire for his ties to a charity tapped to run a student grant program.Bill Morneau said he would not run for parliament again and would instead seek to become the next secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).Just last week, Trudeau had expressed confidence in his finance minister as rumors swirled of a rift between the two men. Morneau, 57, has been in the job since Trudeau’s Liberals took power in 2015. Morneau and his team have pushed back against other cabinet ministers about how much pandemic funding was needed, including to what extent the post-lockdown recovery could be helped by investing in environmental projects, sources told Reuters on Sunday.Trudeau, who campaigned on a platform to tackle climate change, believes the 2021 budget should have an ambitious environmental element to start weaning the heavily oil-dependent economy off fossil fuels and he recently hired former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney as an informal adviser, aides say.Canada’s budget deficit is forecast to hit C$343.2 billion ($253.4 billion), the largest shortfall since World War Two, this fiscal year. Total coronavirus support is nearly 14% of gross domestic product.BMO Chief Economist Doug Porter said a policy shift was unlikely under Morneau’s replacement given that “fiscal policy has been already pretty much running at full throttle”.”There has been the widespread perception that, ultimately, the policy thrust was being driven by the PM’s office,” he wrote in a research note.’Consumed by scandal’The Canadian dollar showed little reaction to the news.”We had a little bit of a sell-the-rumor type weakness in the lead up to the resignation,” said Ray Attrill, head of forex strategy at National Australia Bank in Sydney. “There doesn’t seem to be any suggestion at this stage that this any broader implications for the Canadian government.”Other possible replacements for the key post include Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and President of Canada’s Treasury Board Jean-Yves Duclos.In a statement, Trudeau thanked Morneau for his service over the past five years and said he would “vigorously support” Morneau’s bid to head the OECD.OECD nominations are due by October. The United States plans to nominate deputy White House chief of staff Christopher Liddell for the secretary general job, a senior U.S. official said last month.Adding to Morneau’s challenges, several cabinet members were upset when he disclosed he had forgotten to repay travel expenses covered for him by a charity at the heart of an ethics probe. Morneau and Trudeau are both facing ethics inquiries related to the charity.Morneau’s resignation “is further proof of a government in chaos,” Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer said on Twitter, adding the “government is so consumed by scandal that Trudeau has amputated his right hand to try and save himself.”The clash reflected concerns among business leaders that Ottawa had little apparent interest in the economy, sources told Reuters.Business and analysts have also fretted about Ottawa becoming distracted by the discord as it tackles the coronavirus crisis.”I doubt you’ll be seeing other finance ministers around the world step down at this time of elevated economic and fiscal uncertainty,” said David Rosenberg, chief economist at Rosenberg Research & Associates.”It’s like a boxer being forced to take his gloves off in the fifth round.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Senior Check-In Program with County Sheriffs

first_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA. — Governor Tom Wolf announced today the launch of the Sheriff Senior Check-In Service, a three-county pilot reassurance program for older Pennsylvanians being conducted in partnership with the Pennsylvania Sheriffs Association. The program is run in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).“The Sheriffs’ Senior Check-In Service will provide peace of mind for Pennsylvania residents who are over the age of 65 and living independently,” Governor Wolf said. “For those individuals with a limited support system, a simple, regular phone call to check in can make the difference in getting help out to folks when emergency situations occur.”Currently, the Sheriff Offices of Centre, Venango and Warren Counties are participating in the pilot, which is anticipated to run through 2018. Individuals opting to participate in the call-in service must enroll in the program, which features a daily or other regularly scheduled check-in phone call from their county sheriff’s office. If the enrollee is in distress or does not answer the phone after several tries, the sheriff’s office will coordinate the appropriate safety check, including contacting other emergency contacts provided by the enrollee or dispatching a deputy to the address.Sheriffs are partnering with their Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and other local stakeholders for assistance in getting the word out to eligible older Pennsylvanians in the pilot counties.  Sing-up forms are available in County Sheriffs’ Offices.“Our goals are a successful pilot and to offer this program to more counties throughout the year,” Governor Wolf said.“This project embodies what PCCD is known for – collaboration and innovation,” PCCD Chairman Charles Ramsey said. “We are proud to partner with Centre, Venango and Warren Counties on this endeavor, and encourage their residents to sign up for the program.”Participating counties received no more than $15,000 to purchase a telephone reassurance system, and to cover initial staff time and marketing and enrollment costs. PCCD intends to collect outcome data on the pilot to review the effectiveness of the program.For additional information on funding availability and to register for funding notifications, please visit PCCD’s website at SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Senior Check-In Program with County Sheriffscenter_img April 03, 2018last_img read more

Norwegian oil fund return of 15.9% driven by equities, real estate holdings

first_imgThe fund now invests in 82 different countries, an increase of 10 from 2012.At the end of the year, its asset allocation saw shifts compared with 2012, as it increased equity holdings by 0.5 percentage points to 61.7%, while reducing fixed income by 0.8 percentage points to 37.3%.It continued its push to having a 5% real estate allocation at the expense of fixed income, with its allocation hitting 1% from 0.7%.Its equity portfolio saw returns of more than 25%, compared with 18% in 2012.Returns came on the back of strong gains in developed markets, as its European investments returned 29%, Japanese 30% and North America 34%.The fund’s equity allocations to the markets at the end of 2013 were 48%, 7% and 32%, respectively.Despite the fund’s previous stance on shifting allocations away from Europe towards emerging markets, its 9.7% equity allocation only returned 1.1% overall.It added six additional markets to its equity portfolio, with investments in Kuwait, Oman, Tunisia, Vietnam, Slovakia and Pakistan.Within equity performance, the fund saw its best returns come from its telecommunications holdings (38%), and said mining companies were its worst.Its 6.4% equity allocation to basic materials only returned 5.1%.The fund was also slightly let down by its fixed income holdings, which returned 0.1% over the year.It saw negative returns for its sovereign bonds portfolios, led by a -2.1% on its 22% fixed income allocation to US Treasuries.Its private sector investments offset the negative performance, led by its securitised debt allocations, which returned 7.7% and accounted for 10.5% of fixed income allocations.The fund said it was continuing its general, and fixed income, shift to emerging markets, and allocated an additional 2.2 percentage points to the asset class compared with 2012, with the addition of Colombia, The Philippines and Hungary.This came directly from divestment in developed markets, mainly Austria and France. However, fixed income allocations to developed economies was still 78.8%.Within its growing real estate allocations, the fund saw returns hit 11.8%, as it continued its push out of European markets.The fund said it expanded its investment into US real estate, which it started at the beginning of last year.US holdings now account for 18.7% of real estate allocations, all done in 2013.Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive at Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the fund, said real estate investments would grow substantially in coming years.“The year’s results were driven by equity investments, despite various sources of uncertainty in the global economy, stock markets made broad gains in 2013,” he added. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global saw returns of 15.9% in 2013 as equity investments outperformed benchmarks, helping the fund break the NOK5trn (€600bn) mark.In what the fund described as a “good year”, its value rose by NOK1.2trn, up to NOK5trn, 56% of which came from investment returns.The remainder of the fund’s increase came through capital inflows from the government and returns on currency conversion into NOK.It received NOK239bn from the Norwegian government in inflows, investing 8% into emerging markets, 8% into real estate and around 62% into equities.last_img read more