County Receives Record Number Of Absentee Ballot Requests

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has received a record number of applications for absentee ballots.Democratic Election Commissioner Norman Green said nearly 7,000 absentee ballot requests have been received with Election Day still eight weeks from this coming Tuesday.No past presidential cycle has found much more than 4,000 absentee ballot applications for the county, out of its current 77,758 registered active voter total. Commissioners expect that 70 percent of county voters (55,000) will turnout this year.The board, which is one of just five of sixty-two counties statewide that prints its ballots in-house, will be mailing absentee ballots starting Friday Sept. 18t, and every business day thereafter when a timely application is received before Election Day. “It is an extremely complicated process to send out absentee ballots and that is why the board ordered 60,000 printed envelopes, since each ballot needs three envelopes when it goes out: a labeled envelope for the mailing of the ballot, an envelope to return the voted ballot and the actual security envelope holding the ballot,” Green said in a released statement.With the record number of absentee requests already received and the totals expected to increase, Republican Election Commissioner Brian C. Abram are expecting workers will be at the board six days a week processing returned absentee ballots.“We have brought on extra staff and our regular workers are kicking it up a notch to ensure that the absentee ballots get out the door on time,” said Abram.“No voter will be denied the opportunity to vote by mail, as long as they apply now and return their ballots as soon as they are received,” concluded Green.Voters can apply in a one stop on-line request portal that can be located at Also voter can call the elections office at 716-753-4580 daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The elector could also send via mail or fax a hard copy absentee application.This year voters will find a Chautauqua County unique tracking tool that will allow county citizens to determine their personal voting status and track the application, mailing and receipt of their voted absentee ballot.“Chris Burt in our office developed the ballot tracking software,” said Green. “The tracking application was developed by Chris during his workday and at no additional cost to the taxpayers.” 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

Dubai solar bid ties record low at 2.4 cents/kWh

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has announced that Phase IV of its 5 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park, originally planned to deploy 700 MW of CSP capacity, will now also include a PV section of 250 MW.The power utility also said that the PPA it awarded to Saudi energy giant, ACWA Power for the construction of the 950 MW plant has now been amended and that the price for the sale of electricity from the new PV section has been set at $0.024/kWh. This price equals the lowest price ever recorded for a large-scale solar project in the Emirates – $0.0242/kWh – which was offered in March 2017 by the joint venture of Jinko Solar and Marubeni for a 1.17 GW solar project in Abu Dhabi.The previous lowest price in Dubai was that of Phase III of the Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park, which is planned to have a capacity of 800 MW and is currently being developed by a consortium formed by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi-based developer of renewable energy, Spain-based GranSolar and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), which is a unit of the Saudi Arabian firm, Abdul Latif Jameel. In May 2016, the consortium offered a tariff of $0.029/kWh, at the time the world’s lowest solar bid ever recorded.As for the 700 MW CSP section of Phase IV, ACWA and DEWA had agreed a price of $0.073/kWh. It will consist of a 600 MW parabolic basin complex and a 100 MW solar tower. “The project will have the world’s tallest solar tower at 260 metres, and the largest thermal energy storage capacity in the world of 15 hours, which allows for energy generation round the clock,” DEWA stressed in its statement.For the huge solar complex, DEWA has recently announced plans to include a hydrogen plant and a storage facility, while also issuing a tender to seek IPP advisory services for Phase V of the project.More: Dubai: Tariff for large-scale PV hits new low at $0.024/kWh Dubai solar bid ties record low at 2.4 cents/kWhlast_img read more

Looking to supplement your child’s education this crazy school year? Local teacher and mother breaks down resources

first_img(WBNG) — When it comes to the upcoming, unconventional school year, one local teacher has resource suggestions if parents are looking to supplement their child’s education. One tip she says to keep in mind when adding on to your child’s education, make sure whatever you’re adding matches up with what they’re learning in school. It’s a website for children in preschool all the way through grade twelve. It transforms manipulative like graphs and fraction bars to a virtual format for students to use. She also suggests using ‘Quizlet,’ another website she says is great for helping practice vocabulary with flashcards and games. “Whatever our families can do at home to support what our students are doing in school or in school virtually is only a bonus,” explains Hendricks. The first resource she recommends is called ‘The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives.’ Lindsey Hendricks is an elementary school math teacher in Windsor and mother of young twins. Students can try measuring items in their homes and then converting those numbers between inches to feet, for example. “If your child is a visual learner or that hands on learner, it’s going to give them those manipulatives that they would have had in the classroom maybe on that day,” said Hendricks. Not all her resources are online however, some tools she recommends can be found right in your own home like measuring cups or a tape measure. “When anytime that we can take vocabulary and put it into extra practice and make it fun for them too, and they’re still learning, will just make any gaps that they have as students a little bit easier for them.”last_img read more

Ebola outbreak in Sudan contained

first_img See also: Educational efforts are under way in the area of the outbreak, including a workshop for teachers aimed at disseminating messages about Ebola and its prevention, hospital placement of trained staff to provide information and counseling to patients and their families, and development and distribution of posters and leaflets for the public. Jun 11 CIDRAP News story on the outbreak Jun 17 WHO disease outbreak notice Jun 18, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday said that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Yambio, Western Equatoria province, south Sudan, appears to be under control. First reported in May, the outbreak grew to 30 cases, with seven deaths. Laboratory testing is continuing, according to the WHO, and active surveillance by the South Sudan Early Warning and Response Network is ongoing. A story from the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), posted on, says the 23% mortality rate in the current outbreak is one of the lowest ever reported for Ebola infection. Outbreaks in Equatoria in 1976 and 1979 resulted in mortality rates of 53% and 65%, respectively, according to Abdullahi Ahmed, head of the WHO’s southern Sudan office. WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will analyze the current outbreak to determine what may account for its lower mortality rate, says the IRIN story.last_img read more

Dutch pension funds achieve highest returns in world against lowest costs

first_imgDutch pensions funds performed well in 2012 relative to their peers in other countries, generating the highest returns against the lowest costs, according to Canadian benchmarking firm CEM.It said Dutch schemes reported returns of 14.3% on average over the period, while pension funds in Europe and the US returned 12.5% and 11.4%, respectively. The benchmarking firm compared costs at 344 pension funds worldwide, including 60 schemes in the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.The 29 Dutch schemes that took part in the survey represented almost 6m participants and more than €600bn of assets. CEM also looked at 193 pension funds in the US, 82 in Canada and nine in Asia.The company found that the Dutch pension funds spent 0.44% of their assets on asset management on average, including 6.4 basis points on governance.Schemes elsewhere in Europe and the US reported asset management costs of 0.48% and 0.59%, respectively, it said.In contrast, on pensions administration, Dutch schemes incurred costs of €93 per participant, against a worldwide average of €65.CEM Benchmarking attributed the difference chiefly to the smaller scale of the participating Dutch funds, which had 204,000 participants on average against 444,000 for the other pension plans.It said it found that costs per participant decreased by €149 if the number of participants increased tenfold, adding that this appeared to be true in particular for pension funds with fewer than 100,000 participants.According to the benchmarking firm, Dutch company pension funds and industry-wide schemes reported administration costs of €249 and €90 per participant on average.Between 2008 and 2012, administration costs at Dutch pension plans increased by 3.1% a year on average, against an annual increase of 4.2% at schemes elsewhere.CEM said it also saw much variation between costs and added value, but stressed that it had been unable to identify a statistical link between these two variables.CEM’s survey also found that Dutch schemes generally invested less in equity and more in fixed income – in particular in euro-denominated government bonds – than other schemes.Whereas Dutch schemes had the largest allocation to property and commodities, their investments in hedge funds, tactical asset allocation (TAA) and private equity were the lowest.CEM also found that Dutch schemes contracted out more active and passive asset management than schemes elsewhere.last_img read more

APM Terminals Selling Zeebrugge Terminal Share to Cosco

first_imgDutch container terminal operator APM Terminals has reached a deal to sell its 76% share in the APM Terminals Zeebrugge container terminal to COSCO SHIPPING Ports.Under the agreement signed between APM Terminals and the Hong Kong-based subsidiary of China COSCO Shipping Corporation, the stake in the Belgian port facility would be sold for a price of EUR 35 million (USD 42 million).The transaction, which is subject to adjustments and fulfillment of conditions precedent, is expected to close by the end of November 2017.The acquisition will bring COSCO SHIPPING Ports’ shareholding in the 1 million TEU annual capacity terminal in Belgium’s second-busiest container port to 100%.As part of the deal, APM Terminals has proposed to buy back 25% of the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) shares and will then sell them together with APM Terminals’ own 51% stake in Zeebrugge to COSCO SHIPPING Ports.The Dutch operator opened the Zeebrugge terminal in October 2006 and later sold a 24% share to COSCO SHIPPING Ports in 2014.“Our decision to divest Zeebrugge reflects our portfolio strategy to focus on long term core assets. We believe COSCO SHIPPING Ports is the right long-term owner of the Zeebrugge facility and will continue to grow the port for customers, employees and the Zeebrugge stakeholder community,” Wim Lagaay, Head of APM Terminals USA and Europe Portfolio, based in The Hague, Netherlands, said.last_img read more

Wildlife checkpoint scheduled Sunday in Ripley County

first_imgRIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. – Indiana Conservation Officers will conduct a wildlife checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Ripley County on Sunday, November 16.The checkpoint is from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m.It is intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws and to encourage safety and sportsmanship by promoting voluntary compliance with the laws and regulations.Motorists should expect minimal delays and will be asked if they have been hunting or transporting wildlife. An affirmative answer will result in further inspection by Indiana Conservation Officers, which should also result in minimal delay.Conservation Officers remind hunters and anglers to make sure they are familiar with the fish and wildlife laws and regulations before entering the field.Saturday is opening day of firearms deer season.last_img read more

Gerard Nus named Head Coach of Northeast United FC

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Former Ghana National Team Assistant Coach Gerard Nus has been appointed as Head Coach of Northeast United FC for the upcoming Hero ISL season. The 35-year old Spaniard will be the youngest manager in the Club’s history. Reacting on the appointment Nus said, “I am excited to start working at Northeast United FC. This is going to be my 3rd stint in Asia and I have heard a lot of good things about the club, the fans and the league from my former boss Avram Grant. I am looking forward to working with the coaching staff and the players to deliver results which the club aspires to achieve in the coming season.” It may be mentioned here that Grant worked as interim coach for Northeast United FC in 2017-18 season. Nus started his professional career as a coach at Liverpool FC’s academy. Known for his methodical approach, effective man management and grooming young talent, Gerard has worked with academy teams at Brighton and most recently at AFC Eskilstuna. He has also served as Sporting Director for the La Liga sides Elche CF and Rayo Vallecano. On the international stage, he enjoyed a highly successful stint with the Ghana National Team, working as an assistant manager under Avram Grant. Meanwhile NorthEast United’s Executive Director Priya Runchal speaking on the appointment said, “We were really impressed with Gerard’s vision for the team. He is known to develop budding talent whilst playing a brand of attractive attacking football. We are confident that he is the right appointment for the Club.” Due to COVID-19 pandemic ISL would be held this season in single venue and Goa will host the championship. Also Watch: Koch-Rajbongshi groups meet with CM to discuss their Demands.last_img read more

Brathwaite slams century, Barnes hits half-century for Jamaica

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Middle-order batsman Brad Barnes stroked a half-century as leaders Jamaica played it safe against their nearest challengers Guyana, on the opening day of their final round match in the Regional Under-19 Championship here yesterday.The Jamaicans batted all day – and slowly – to end on 183 for nine with Barnes top-scoring with 64, Rajni Roye, 27 and Andre McCarty, 23.Seamer Ronaldo Ali Mohammed was the best bowler with five for 29 while left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd claimed three for 52.Sent in at Conaree, Jamaica lost Darren Small without scoring to the second ball of the day with a single run on the board before McCarty, Barnes and Roye rehabilitated the innings.McCarty put on 36 for the second wicket with Carlos Brown (4) but when both fell in successive overs to leave Jamaica wobbling on 39 for three, Barnes then anchored two partnerships to keep Guyana at bay.First, he put on 37 for the fourth wicket with Raewin Senior (7) before adding a further 44 for the fifth with Stephan Pink who made 14.All told, Barnes struck seven fours off 147 deliveries.Again, both fell in quick succession but Roye led a 35-run seventh-wicket stand with Dominic Samuels (19) as the innings recovered again.However, Ali Mohammed returned to snatch two late wickets as Jamaica lost three quick wickets for just 17 runs.Jamaica entered the game top of the standings on 55.5 points but just 5.5 clear of the chasing Guyana.At St Paul’s, opener Shian Brathwaite struck a swift hundred as Barbados snatched the advantage against Windward Islands.Brathwaite made 101 off 104 balls with 12 fours and three sixes as his third-placed side finished the day on 177 for two in reply to the Windwards’ 121 all out.He put on 146 for the first wicket with Nico Reifer who made 41 before Sealron Williams claimed both wickets to end with two for 46.Earlier, in-form opener Kimani Melius struck 52 but the Windwards’ batting flopped after they were asked to bat first.They were well perched on 100 for three after Melius and Dillon Douglas (15) added 46 for the fourth wicket but lost their last seven wickets for 21 runs.Off-spinner Dante Niles ripped the innings apart with four for 12 while left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce ended with three for 27.At Verchilds, Leeward Islands were solid in racking up 225 after opting to bat first, with Shacoy Floyd stroking an unbeaten 49, Uri Smith gathering 43, Jamie Cornelius 34 and Dimitri Adams 31.They appeared on course for a much larger total when a 73-run, third-wicket partnership between Smith and Adams pushed them up to 133 for two.But they lost four wickets for a single run as off-spinner Avinash Mahabirsingh (5-69) and seamer Shaaron Lewis (2-41) triggered a collapse.In reply, Trinidad and Tobago were 54 for three, 171 runs adrift of first-innings lead.last_img read more

MBB : Boeheim, players remain focused despite NCAA investigation into drug testing policy

first_img Published on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: | @mark_cooperjr NEW YORK — After news that multiple members of past Syracuse teams in the last decade failed drug tests and continued to play, there was little surprise questions would be asked about the most recent scandal.Head coach Jim Boeheim addressed the issue after Thursday’s 58-55 win over Connecticut in the Big East tournament quarterfinals in Madison Square Garden.‘This was reported five years ago, and we’re waiting for them to make — finish the process,’ Boeheim said.The NCAA is investigating and there are no current players involved in the inquiry, according to a statement released Monday by Kevin Quinn, SU senior vice president for public affairs. But it was a topic of discussion after Syracuse’s first game since the Yahoo! Sports story came out. For a team that has already dealt with the child molestation allegations against former associate head coach Bernie Fine and the ineligibility of center Fab Melo for three games, Boeheim and his players were asked if their focus was affected by the most recent news.‘Well, first of all, news doesn’t matter. This is a media — this is your people’s thing,’ Boeheim said. ‘This doesn’t bother our players or our team or me. None of this. This is a media thing, period. If things were bothering us we wouldn’t be 31-1. Nothing bothers us.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEach of Syracuse’s three trips to play in Madison Square Garden this season have come with controversy. Syracuse won the NIT Season Tip-Off in MSG in November and played Virginia Tech six days after the Fine allegations surfaced.When the Orange came to New York City to play St. John’s Feb. 4, it was Melo’s first game back after missing three games due to an undisclosed academic issue.Syracuse was back in the Garden and faced more questions about off-the-court situations. But as Boeheim pointed out, SU is 31-1 for its innate ability to remain focused on the court.‘At the end of the day, all we have to do is go out and play basketball,’ Joseph said. ‘Whatever people say about our team doesn’t really define us. That’s just opinions to us, and we’re ones that go out there and play.’Dion Waiters said Boeheim told them not to worry about anything, to just play. It’s what Syracuse has continued to do all season.Syracuse struggled at times against UConn, but it didn’t appear to be a lack of focus. And the Orange did enough late to pull out the win.‘We come ready to play,’ Boeheim said. ‘That’s what you should do in life. Everybody gets bothered. Everybody has problems. ‘I’m much more concerned about my wife being mad at me than I am anything else, to tell you the truth.’ Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more