Gerry Man Arrested After Allegedly Assaulting Woman Following Party

first_imgWNY News Now Image.GERRY – A Town of Gerry man was arrested this week after allegedly assaulting a woman following a party.New York State Police say troopers received a walk-in complaint of a past-tense domestic incident on Monday.Through investigation it is alleged that while driving home from a party Casey Saeger, 32, moved to the backseat and choked the victim, preventing her from breathing.Saeger then, according to police, returned to the front seat and head-butted the victim in the face, causing injury to her eye. Troopers say Saeger is charged with third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.He was arrested, processed and transported to the Chautauqua County Jail. 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

Girls Star Allison Williams Will Play Peter Pan in NBC Telecast

first_imgShe’s flying! Girls star Allison Williams will play the titular character in the upcoming NBC telecast of Peter Pan Live! on December 4. The classically trained singer will join the previously announced Oscar winner and Tony nominee Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Pan is the Peacock Network’s follow-up to the highly rated Sound of Music Live!, which starred Carrie Underwood along with many Broadway favorites. Further casting will be announced later. A Great White Way family classic, Peter Pan premiered on October 20, 1954 at the Winter Garden Theatre, featuring a book by J.M. Barrie, music by Mark “Moose” Charlap and Jule Style, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins and Mary Martin in the lead role of the boy who won’t grow up. NBC has broadcast the musical live a total of three times previously: in 1955 (when it reached 65 million viewers), 1956 and 1960. The musical has been revived five times on Broadway since. The tuner’s classic songs include “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.” “I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true,” said Williams in a statement. She added: “what could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?” Williams stars as Marnie Michaels in HBO’s Girls and has recorded several songs (as Marnie) for the show’s soundtrack. Other credits include The Mindy Project and The League. View Commentslast_img read more

Plant Pathology Abroad

first_imgWhen he started college, Abraham Fulmer didn’t know he’d study peanuts, work in international development or become fascinated with Haiti.But that’s where life led him.Fulmer, a PhD student in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, works with the Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab project in Haiti, where researchers are working to find the varieties and growing conditions that lead to the best yield and discourage disease in peanuts.“Peanut is a fascinating crop,” Fulmer said. ”There’s a mystique about it being linked to the New World. The first written description of peanut was recorded on the island of Hispaniola by Bartonlomé Las Casas – probably in what is now Haiti – in the 1500s. That link is fascinating to me. Haiti itself is fascinating.”The Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab (PMIL) supports the education of dozens of graduate students like Fulmer at UGA, across the U.S. and in partner countries.At the same time, professors from the U.S. and partner countries mentor the students and advise them on their research.As a PhD student, Fulmer conducts his own research in Haiti and the U.S., but through PMIL, he supervises Haitian students in their work, too.“The most rewarding thing about the work that I’ve been a part of in Haiti is the personal fulfillment of being able to work with students,” he said.Over the past few years, PMIL has partnered with Meds & Food for Kids, an NGO that makes peanut-based food supplements and supports farmers as a way to get locally sourced peanuts. Through an internship program, PMIL and MFK give Haitian agronomy students an opportunity to do practical research in the field. Over the past two years, 16 undergraduates have worked with PMIL and MFK; half of the students are men and half are women.In Haiti, an undergraduate degree in agronomy calls for five years of study and a thesis project, requirements that are similar to a master’s degree in other places.“The students compete to earn a spot in the internship program; it’s a good opportunity for them,” Fulmer said. “Each one designs and implements a trial. We are helping them all along the way, but they are responsible from the planning of the trial to the planting of the seeds to the harvest, from gathering the data, to analyzing that data to presenting the data.”While building students’ skills, the arrangement also provides data to PMIL, which is working to enhance Haiti’s peanut sector by addressing production-related problems and improving conditions along the value chain.Research supported by collaboration includes a peanut-breeding program and research into agronomic practices best suited for growing conditions in Haiti.“We’ve done seed- and row-spacing trials, variety trials and fungicide trials,” Fulmer said. “Ultimately, we are trying to find the best answers to questions that deal with quality and quantity of the crop.“Our research is creating data that just didn’t exist before. Now we have actual evidence to direct decision-making.”Creating a list of best practices for growing a healthy peanut crop would empower the country’s smallholder farmers, who produce about 24,000 metric tons of peanuts a year.“Farmers in Haiti get between 300 and 800 pounds per acre. The average is probably around 500 pounds,” said PMIL Assistant Director James Rhoads, who worked with smallholder peanut farmers in Haiti while working for MFK.“But, now we’re seeing yields in research plots and in scaled seed production in the 2000-pound range and higher. Abraham’s efforts are helping to close that yield gap.”Getting a bigger crop out of the ground means more than just finding the right variety and hoping for rain. Farmers need to know when to invest time and inputs in fighting pests and disease.“A lot of my research here in the U.S. has to do with leaf-spot pathogens,” Fulmer said. “What are the factors that drive when the disease starts and how bad the disease gets? I watch diseases very closely to pinpoint the conditions that have the most impact, so we can understand how to combat them.“I’ve been able to carry that research over to Haiti, and that’s rewarding.”When he started school, Fulmer was more interested in the aesthetic part of agriculture; he thought he might become a landscape architect.But a class with University of Georgia agronomy professor Dewey Lee caught his attention and set him on a career path.“I really became aware in that class of the importance of global agriculture and the challenges that our generation is going to face in terms of how to feed the world,” he said. “That message really grabbed ahold of me and I came to a moral realization that we have a responsibility to better the lives of our fellow men wherever they live.”Still not quite sure what he wanted to do after finishing a bachelor’s degree, Fulmer traveled to Cambodia. In visiting with local farmers, he learned that peanuts are part of the cuisine there and around the world. When he came home, UGA professor Bob Kemerait suggested that Fulmer might work with PMIL.Two years later, Fulmer spends about one-third of the year in Haiti, mentoring and helping Haitian agronomy students with their research trials.The trade-off is that Fulmer is taking an extra year or so to work on his PhD, which he hopes to finish in the next year.He’s not sure where he’ll work after that.“I want to stay involved with international agriculture, Fulmer said. “I would love to have the opportunity to remain involved in Haiti,” he said. “But when I thought I knew exactly where I was going and what I wanted to do, that’s not how it worked out.“It’s going well, so I’ll have to see what comes next.”last_img read more

The Last Brazilian Field Marshal Dies in Brazil at Age 108

first_imgBy Dialogo May 15, 2009 RIO DE JANEIRO, May 14, 2009 (AFP) – Press releases have reported that the last Brazilian Field Marshal died Wednesday at the age of 108 in a hospital in Rio de Janeiro due to health complications. Waldemar Levy Cardoso was the last living marshal – the highest Army rank – in the country after the position was abolished in 1967, only to be assigned to generals in case of war, and will be buried with highest military honors after his wake in Palacio de Caxias in Rio. Cardoso, who was admitted to the Central Hospital of the Army, was appointed to office in 1966 and participated in different Brazilian historical events, including the 1930 revolution that led to the presidency of Getulio Vargas, who served two terms (1930-1945 and 1951-1954). During the last military government (1964-1985), Cardoso was President of the National Oil Council, and during seven months of 1969 led the powerful state oil company known as Petrobras.last_img read more

Is tech training different from other types of training?

first_imgWhen first asked if technology training differs much from the other types of training credit unions tend to do, Dixie Abramian, CME, CSE, responds, “not necessarily. There is always a learning curve when it comes to anything new that is introduced.”That said, there’s little question that taking your employees through something so massive as a core conversion is a more complex affair than most other tech training endeavors. “It can take a while longer to get everybody up to speed on and comfortable with a new system,” says the CUES member, president/CEO of $1.3 billion, 45,000-member Firefighters First Credit Union, Los Angeles. “It can take them longer to get bought-in to it, too.”Shareta Caldwell agrees—and suggests the increased intensity associated with training related to a core conversion shouldn’t be too surprising. “It’s different from any other conversion you do,” says Caldwell, VP/HR for $75 million, 5,600-member VA Desert Pacific Federal Credit Union (, Signal Hill, California. “This is everything. This is how your credit union runs.”With almost any other technology purchase or investment, “you can get away from it easily,” she adds. “The contracts usually are short. And at the end of those contracts, you can walk away without [losing] much money if you’re not happy.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

US Press Freedom Rating Drops 29 Spots since ’10

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Last week was a brutal one for journalism. It began with the six-month suspension of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. That was followed up with a sudden jolt of sorrow, brought on by the deaths of two legendary reporters—Bob Simon of 60 Minutes and revered New York Times media columnist David Carr. Both men died unexpectedly, Simon in a car crash on the West Side Highway and Carr collapsing in the newsroom he adored. The industry’s collective heart was broken. Media outlets published beautiful tributes to the two fallen journalists, and Williams’ self-inflicted wound attracted widespread coverage as his fellow reporters—along with NBC News—began digging into his past remarks. There was more bad news. On Feb. 11, international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders released its annual Press Freedom Index, which revealed the continued degradation of press freedom on all five continents. The United States was no outlier. The country’s press freedom rating dropped three spots from last year to No. 49 out of 180 countries.The US’ subtle fall came to no surprise to anyone following the Obama administration’s so-called war on whistleblowers (his administration has charged more people under the Espionage Act—8—than all others combined) and the court battle pitting Times Pulitzer Prize winning journalist James Risen against the federal government, which had pressured him to reveal his source, to no avail. There was also the arrest of journalists covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., which resembled the arrests of reporters documenting the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations three years ago.Supporters of press freedoms have also not forgotten about the seizure of Associated Press reporters’ phone records and the labeling of Fox News reporter James Rosen a co-conspirator in a case involving a former US State Department advisor. Both cases involved leaks to journalists. Also concerning, has been the prosecution of Texas-based journalist Barrett Brown, who was recently sentenced to 63 months in prison. Delphine Halgand, US Director of Reporters Without Borders, told the Press: “National security protection is threatening freedom of information in the US.” “We have seen the continuation of the war against whistleblowers that the US has launched since President Obama took office in 2009,” she added. It was Risen’s case that received the most attention, including front-page stories in his own newspaper and a segment on 60 Minutes last year, dubbed “War on Leaks.” Despite the lengthy legal battle, which came to an end in January when the DOJ decided against having him testify in a leak case, Risen refused to be silenced, and was outspoken about how far the government was willing to go to have him reveal the name of his source. On more than one occasion, Risen called Obama “the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.” Risen’s critique conflicts with the image the president tried to present when he first stepped into office in 2009. “My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government,” Obama wrote in a memorandum signed Jan. 21, 2009. “We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in government.”While no reporter has been prosecuted for writing stories using classified documents, press freedom advocates say the arrest and aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers chills free speech because government workers who believe misdeeds are being committed may resist the temptation of speaking to journalists out of fear of prosecution. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been a thorn in the government’s side ever since he revealed mass surveillance at home and abroad. But he’s one of the few who got away. Chelsea Manning, who leaked a quarter of a million classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, which included footage of US Apache helicopters killing unarmed civilians and two Reuters journalists, was sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years in prison. Prior to his court martial, Manning spent three years in pre-trial confinement, at times naked. It’s prosecutions like Manning’s that has Halgand worried—and why the United States’ rating has fallen precipitously, from 20 to 49, in just the past five years. Asked if she has any advice for the US government, Halgand said Congress should pass a press shield law that protects them and their sources from prosecution and improve its Freedom of Information laws. If the government can subpoena a high-profile New York Times journalist for simply doing his job, that could only mean that no reporter is off-limits.last_img read more

Owners of leading tour operators from South Korea visited Croatia

first_img“Croatia is an attractive destination on the market of Korea and other Asian countries. Here we see great potential for growth and our goal is for as many Asian guests as possible to experience the beauties of Croatia. At Uniline, we are continuously developing new markets and services, so we recognized the potential and, in addition to an office in South Korea, opened offices in China and Indonesia. I believe that the result of the visit of colleagues from Korea will be even better cooperation between the tourism industries of Croatia and Korea, from which both countries will benefit.” Boris Žgomba, President of the Management Board of Uniline, pointed out that in addition to the main headquarters in Pula, the company has branches in Zagreb and all important tourist cities in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, China, South Korea and Indonesia. the imminent opening of offices in South America and India. Organizers Fam trip were Uniline and Turkish Airlines with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board and local tourist boards. RELATED NEWS: A dozen directors and owners of leading tour operators from South Korea, who also make up the largest share of organized trips to Croatia, stayed in domestic destinations this week.  The Korean market is one of our fastest growing emitting tourism markets, which Uniline was the first to recognize and opened an office in Seoul in 2017 with the aim of better cooperation and complete support for guests from the area.center_img As part of the four-day stay, tourist representatives from Korea visited Zagreb, Opatija, Rovinj Rastoke, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Cavtat and Konavle and explored the natural beauty and rich cultural and gastronomic offer that Croatia is proud of.  On that occasion, representatives of Uniline, the leading destination management company in Croatia and the region, presented business opportunities, Croatia’s diverse offer, and talked about new projects and even better promotion of Croatia in the Korean market. THE MOST POPULAR KOREAN TV SHOW IS BEING RECORDED IN CROATIAlast_img read more

Stefanik’s office was helpful on benefits

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We were having issues with one of us obtaining Part “B” of Medicare. It’s too long of a story to go through all of the details. However after many, and we mean many, months of phone calls and several faxes sent to many locations, we were getting nowhere and over a year had passed. This is when we contacted Rep. Elise Stefanik’s office and asked for help.Her staff was great right from the first phone call. They returned calls and kept us advised all the way back through the process. We don’t know how they did it, but within a short period, we were receiving phone calls from Medicare. And within a very short time, Jan received the benefits that should have been in place over a year past due. We are grateful for Elise and her staff for showing what a true leader can do. Thank you once again, Rep. Elise Stefanik. We couldn’t have done it without you.Jan HarrisFred HarrisBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGuilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation In times when it’s so easy to criticize our elected officials and question what they do, I’m a firm believer to give credit where credit is due. last_img read more

Indiana Parks Alliance backs federal measure to support conservation efforts

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Recognizing the wisdom of using existing funds for the monitoring and conservation of species at risk in Indiana, the Indiana Parks Alliance enthusiastically supports H.R.4647, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. IPA support for the Recovering American’s Wildlife Act reflects its mission of supporting Indiana state parks and nature preserves and the resources they steward.The bill, with the support of more than 100 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, would provide more than $1.3 billion annually in royalties collected from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters. A Senate version would require annual appropriations from Congress. Neither version requires a tax increase.According to Tom Hohman, president of the Indiana Parks Alliance, “This is an opportunity to shore up conservation efforts on behalf of so many Indiana species fighting to survive and thrive. Without increasing taxes, this act would ensure robust funding for Wildlife Action Plans in every state.”IPA joins a wide array of conservation, environmental and other groups in calling for a hearing by the full House Natural Resources Committee and continuing to add co-sponsors in the House and Senate.The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act was spurred by a 2016 report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources, which noted that “These funds would provide states with the resources needed to implement State Wildlife Action Plans which are designed to conserve 12,000 species in greatest conservation need.”Scientists estimate that one third of all U.S. wildlife species are in trouble or vulnerable due to habitat loss, invasive species, and severe weather taking a toll on birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and bees.Indiana impact: $20 million annuallyAccording to the Indiana DNR, among the many species that are endangered or of special concern are the cerulean warbler, trumpeter swan, black bear, lake sturgeon, red salamander and spotted turtle.Indiana’s State Wildlife Action plan is a blueprint for conservation of non-game species by assessing the health of wildlife and habitat and identifying the species of greatest conservation need. Indiana has a proven track record of success for restoring Hoosier species such as the bald eagle, osprey, otters, falcons and others in the non-game categories in addition to white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and numerous fish species for hunting and angling.Indiana would be required to provide a $6 million match to fully access the $20 million estimated as Indiana’s share of the newly dedicated funding source. This support would continue indefinitely as part of the Pitman-Robertson Act that has funded state fish and wildlife programs since 1937. There are currently more than 100 co-sponsors of H.R.4647, including Rep. Andre Carson.Taking actionAdvocates are urged to contact their members of the U.S. House and Senate and urge them to join as co-sponsors for the future of Indiana’s wildlife.last_img read more