Central New York Qualifies For Reopening, WNY Still Falls Short

first_imgImage via New York State Pool Feed.SYRACUSE – Central New York has joined the list of regions that can begin to reopen following an ordered shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking in Syracuse at SUNY Upstate Medical University, touted vigilance once regions begin their reopening.“This virus has been ahead of us every step of the way,” explained Cuomo. “I’ve done my best to give people the information that I know, but I want you to have the same caution flag that I have. Don’t underestimate this virus. Don’t take it lightly.”So far, most of the state has met all criteria for reopening, however according to the regional monitoring dashboard, Western New York still falls short on three of the seven metrics. According to the dashboard, WNY is not meeting the 14-day decline in net hospitalizations, the 14-day decline in hospital deaths or the mandate that new hospitalizations must be under two per 100k residents on a rolling 3-day average.“I would urge local governments to be diligent about local compliance and business compliance and if you see a change in those numbers, react immediately,” furthered Cuomo.New York on PAUSE expires Friday, although the executive powers part of the order was previously extended to June.Central New York joins the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country and Southern Tier with the regions that can now begin the process to reopen. 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

SymQuest opens new network operations center

first_imgSymQuest,Larry Sudbay, President and Chief Executive Officer of SymQuest® Group, the region’s leading provider of network and document technology solutions and services cut the ribbon on their new 2,800 sf Network Operations Center (NOC) today.The NOC is the control center for SymQuest’s 25 top-level engineers who monitor their clients’ networks to manage and remediate both proactive and reactive service requests. Sudbay spoke about the sheer volume of requests that come in to the company on a daily and yearly basis.‘Today we commemorate the unification of our employees in the service fulfillment of technology requests from our new and secure headquarters location at Technology Park, South Burlington, Vermont,’ said Sudbay prior to cutting the ribbon. He then went on to detail the support the company provides to their 2500 clients spanning from the Adirondacks of New York to the Seacoast of Maine.SymQuest is currently interviewing to fill 8 open positions at their South Burlington location and anticipates adding 65 positions across their territory within the next three years. For more information about SymQuest® and The SymQuest Way, please visit www.SymQuest.com(link is external) or call (800) 374-9900.The SymQuest Group, Inc. maximizes the potential of technology in the business place, and offers networking and document management solutions with:â ¢     Computer-network design and installationâ ¢     Network support and performance monitoringâ ¢     Kyocera and Canon copier sales, service and suppliesâ ¢     Kyocera and Hewlett Packard printer sales, service and suppliesâ ¢     Digital document storage and retrievalFor more than a decade, SymQuest Group, Inc., headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont, (with additional offices located in Rutland, Vermont; Keene and West Lebanon, New Hampshire; Plattsburgh, New York; and Portland, Maine) has upheld its reputation as an affordable and accessible network infrastructure and document solutions technology services company; working extensively with small businesses, as well as larger enterprises. SymQuest Group, Inc. focuses on highly-customized and accessible customer service, innovative document solution programs, and the crafting of high-availability infrastructure solutions. United by the pursuit of excellence in information management, service and corporate responsibility, SymQuest’s experienced people, refined processes and best of technology keep its clients out front.SymQuest New Network Operations Center Opens 1-10-12.photo: Matt Gadouaslast_img read more

Biking Boom

first_imgWhen you first start riding, it’s important to understand what you want to get out of biking. “Know who you are,” said cyclist Shequaya Bailey (pictured above). Do you want to ride around your neighborhood alone? Do you prefer cycling with large groups? Do you eventually want to get into the racing scene? These are all things you will come to understand the more you ride and the more you interact with the cycling community. Beginners’ advice: “Don’t get caught up in the brand thing or what’s the latest,” Bailey said of cycling gear. “That stuff doesn’t matter. Just make sure you’re comfortable and happy when you’re riding.” While setting up tubeless tires might take a while to master, it will save you time when you aren’t having to make frequent patch stops on the long remote stretches typical of gravel rides. These lengthy jaunts on steadily bumpy terrain can also take a gradual toll on the body, so Finch says proper nutrition and hydration are key. “Make sure, especially in the Southeast, you carry a ton of water,” she said. “Gravel cycling can be really strenuous, especially if you’re up in the mountains. You’re going up super steep grades. It takes a lot out of you. You have to eat a lot while you’re on the bike. Fine tune how much you need to eat, what foods make you feel good on the bike.” Since spring shutdowns, cycling has become extremely popular. For those finding a new passion for pedaling, we asked seasoned riders of road, trail, and gravel for advice on gear, safety, and destinations.  “For new cyclists, it can be really intimidating and daunting when you start to look into cycling online and everyone has really expensive gear,” she said. “But you don’t need all of that stuff. If you already have some camping gear and you have a way to fix it to your bike, just experiment.” Beginners’ advice: “Be ready to explore and try out all the disciplines,” Hopkins said. “It doesn’t matter which way you fall, all of it is good. Find where you fit in as far as discipline and just run with it.”  Hopkins’ Top Tips Finch’s Top Tips Favorite places to ride: For mountain biking, Stokesville Lodge in Virginia and the Frederick Watershed trails in Maryland. On the gravity/downhill side, Windrock Bike Park in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.  On the competitive side Hopkins enjoys enduro races, which mix elements of cross-country and downhill mountain biking. “For enduros, you need a mix of the technical skills and fitness,” he said. “You’re using completely different fitness, muscles, and skills.”  Sharing the Road  In the pack: “In the Southeast, I’m always going to have a rain jacket on me,” Finch said. “You never know. Especially in the summer, the rain comes out of nowhere.” In the pack: Bailey has a checklist of all the things she needs, including a pump, tubes, multi-tool, tire levers, and patch kit, so she knows she has everything before heading out. For longer rides, she adds pannier bags to the rack on the back of her bike to carry a lock, bungee cords, and more. And she always carries a light for her bike. “This is especially true when you’re commuting or going for a ride after work and you think you’re going to get back in time before it gets dark,” Bailey said. “You just never know if you’re going to be caught out there. It’s always good to have light so that you can be seen.” Hopkins also suggests connecting with local bike clubs, biking advocacy organizations, and Facebook groups. The locals in those groups can help with gear questions and point you towards the best trails in town. “Don’t be afraid to change it up,” Hopkins said. “If you ride the same trails after work, there’s nothing wrong with that. But there’s definitely something to be said about riding new trails to get a fresh perspective.” But overall the mixed discipline stage events are considered approachable for new racers. “You don’t have to have specialty bikes,” Hopkins said. “(It’s) good for somebody looking to get into the sport without having to make a big investment in tires, bikes, and other gear.”  The Rider: Ashley FinchHome Base: GeorgiaRiding Style: Gravel Rider and bike Commuter  When Bailey first started cycling, she connected with the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club. “Major Taylor helped me learn how to be a better cyclist,” she said. “I didn’t know about the whole gear thing, cadence, and all these terms. Why are people clipping in? What are the benefits to that? And then learning about all different types of saddles and why it’s important to find the right one. There’s so many things that I didn’t anticipate.”  In the pack: “For me, it was definitely a learning experience,” Hopkins said. “For shorter rides where I’m close to home and know the trails, I’ll try to just carry a multi-tool and tire changing [kit]. Depending on the time of year, a bottle [of water] works for me. But it’s definitely personal preference.” For longer rides, he adds food and a small CamelBak hydration pack to maintain energy on the trail.  The Rider: Korey HopkinsHome Base: MarylandRiding Style: Mountain bBiking and Enduro Racing  Favorite places to ride: When not biking around the city of Pittsburgh, Bailey likes to get out on longer routes like the Great Allegheny Passage, Montour Trail, and Panhandle Trail in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. “[The] Blue Ridge Parkway is definitely the number one destination ride for any cyclist that has been cycling for a bit,” Bailey said. “Definitely not for the novice. It’s very hilly, but beautiful roads. It’s really long so you could be riding the Blue Ridge forever and never get sick of it.” As you get more comfortable spending longer periods of time in the saddle, consider multi-day bikepacking trips that will allow you to cover more distance. But taking longer trips doesn’t necessarily mean you have to invest in a pricey touring rig with expensive accompanying gear—all becoming more prevalent as gravel riding gains buzz. Finch found cycling groups like WTF Bikexplorers ATL are great about sharing gear with new riders. She also visits secondhand shops and repurposes old equipment. Korey Hopkins hits the trails. Photo by Hopkins For aspiring road cyclists, it’s also important to learn how to ride comfortably alongside cars. Be aware of where cars are on the road, look out for hazards, and read about proper biking etiquette. Bailey also recommends finding parallel routes or multi-use trails that will get you onto safer routes. “Always expect the worst from drivers,” Bailey said. “I know that sounds awful but it’ll save your life.”  Bailey now serves as the president of the club, but when she started, more experienced cyclists were a resource for information on new routes, bike maintenance, and gear tips. When looking to join a cycling group, Bailey recommends trying out several in your area to get a feel for your preferred riding style. “There’s so many and you won’t like every club,” she said. “They have different riding styles, different cultures. Maybe they ride too early or too late. Find something that fits your life.” A club’s ride descriptions will clue you in on what to expect from the group in terms of how fast and far they go. No-drop group rides are a great place to start as they don’t leave anyone behind, no matter your pace.  Rougher than road but less technical than singletrack, gravel riding is becoming increasingly popular in the Blue Ridge and beyond. For those new to gravel, avid rider Ashley Finch says one of the first things to figure out is how tires handle differently than they do on pavement or trail. “I always recommend for people getting into gravel to set their tires up tubeless if they can,” Finch said. “You have sealant that seals all of the holes from all the little nicks that the gravel is going to put in your tires. If they’re constantly popping, you’re not going to get very far.” Korey Hopkins started cycling after college for recreation and exercise, and he quickly gravitated to bikes with fat tires and cushy suspension systems. Now, as an avid mountain biker, he spends most of his time in the saddle on singletrack trails laden with rocks, roots, water crossings, and fallen trees. He says new riders should be patient and take time to learn how to clear obstacles, change gears, and take the corners on the rougher terrain. “Definitely work on the fundamentals,” Hopkins said. “Get an understanding of how your brakes work, how the suspension works under you. On easier trails, start trying to tackle small logs and rocks. Keep in mind that it’s all fun. So never lose track of that.”  Ashley Finch stands with her bike. Photo by Sarah Lashinsky Hitting the Trails  Grinding Gravel  Although the internet has plenty of resources for aspiring mountain bikers, Hopkins recommends connecting with a local bike shop, something he wishes he’d done before he unknowingly picked the wrong size bike. Experienced shop owners can make sure you have the right frame size, saddle height, and handlebar reach to make your ride more comfortable. “Not having anybody to actually help me with what was going on gave me a lot of issues,” he said.  The Rider: Shequaya BaileyHome Base: PennsylvaniaRiding Style: Road Rider and Bike Commuter Across the Blue Ridge region, bike shops are selling out of stock. Kids bikes, leisure bikes, mountain bikes, stationary bikes­—people staying isolated for safety are ready to ride, keeping inventory low, while the wait time for bike repairs can sometimes be weeks as mechanics try to keep up with demand. Bailey’s Top Tips Whether you’re new to biking or rediscovering your love for riding on two wheels, we caught up with cyclists across disciplines and riding styles to get the best advice for beginners looking to take their skills to the next level.  Beginners’ advice: “Understanding your limitations and your bike’s limitations are important,” Finch said. “Make sure your bike is equipped for the terrain that you’re interested in going on.” Finch also uses apps like Ride With GPS and Strava to find new routes that other cyclists recommend.  Once she started riding more consistently, Bailey connected with other cyclists through the Allegheny Cycling Association, which puts on a local race series in Pittsburgh. “I met other racers and got into that culture, learning a whole new type of bike riding,” Bailey said. “Training can be fun but it’s also work. I think having a group of people who see the fun in it but are also going to push themselves is really important.”  Favorite places to ride: The gravel routes at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway in the mountains of North Georgia and Chattahoochee National Forest.last_img read more

‘Road trip’ encourages financial wellness

first_imgAt the halfway point of the “Road to Financial Wellness Road Trip” version 2.0, Jason Vitug found himself in a conference room named after one of the pioneers of the credit union movement, speaking to a room full of people who advocate for credit unions on a daily basis.“I’m a credit union geek, so to be at the world headquarters is a bucket-list item,” Vitug says.Vitug, a former credit union executive turned entrepreneur, and the team from Phroogal were at CUNA’s Madison, Wis., office last week to talk about simple steps people can take to achieve their financial dreams.In October 2013, Vitug created Phroogal, a digital platform that crowd sources and curates financial information to help consumers make better financial decisions. Nearly 600 people worldwide contributed $78,501 via a crowd-funding website to launch the initiative. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Willow Point launches new website, hopes to improve connection with community

first_img “The new website will improve our exposure within the community and is user-friendly and convenient for the residents of Broome County,” he said in a statement sent to 12 News. VESTAL (WBNG) — Willow Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center launched a new website that highlights the services it provides. Broome County Executive Jason Garner was joined by Willow Point Administrator Ryan LaClair to make the announcement Tuesday morning. Administrator Ryan LaClair says the new site will help show how “great” the nursing home is. Jason Garner called the nursing home a “gem” and said the new site will help people discover that. Each service the nursing home provides is listed on its own, dedicated web page. To check out Willow Point’s new website, click here. The site officially launched in December. Broome County Legislator Jason Shaw was also at the announcement.last_img read more

McDonald’s faces bumpy recovery; 2Q sales down 30%

first_imgOf the chain’s 39,000 restaurants worldwide, 96% are now open, compared with 75% at the start of the second quarter. Ccmparable-store sales that were down 39% in April were down only 12% by June. A McDonald’s sign is displayed outside the fast food restaurant in Wheeling, Illinois, United States (US). McDonald’s says it will be requiring customers to wear face coverings when entering its U.S. restaurants as the number of new virus cases continue to surge in many states. The move announced on July 24 will be in effect on Aug. 1. Last week, McDonald’s said it will delay dining room reopenings for at least another month, and will require face masks for anyone entering its restaurants.(AP) BUSINESS did improve for McDonald’s throughout the second quarter as restrictions lifted across the globe, but the fast food giant faces a bumpy recovery. The recovery is uneven, however. In some markets, like Australia and Japan, sales are already running ahead of 2019. In China, sales are down. In the U.S., McDonald’s put on the brakes, pausing the reopening of dining rooms in early July as coronavirus cases spikedlast_img read more

Lady Wildcats Win Against Lady Lions On The Links

first_imgDespite the wet conditions the Lady Wildcat Golf Team was able to post another low round at Brook Hill Golf Club. The team shot a team score of 169 to Rushville’s 226 and was able to get another win. Sophomore, Gracie Graf, posted her low round of the season with a score of 39 and earned medallist honors.The team will be back in action this Saturday when they travel to take part in the Connersville Invite.Varsity: Abby Orschell – 40; Maggie Brack – 47; Gracie Graf – 39; Camryn Brewer – 43; Ashlan Hill – 47.JV: Taylor McCreary – 60; Erin Hesselbrock – 59; Samantha Ebrens – 54; Kelsey Brackney – 65.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.last_img read more

Benitez: No problem with anyone at Blues

first_img Benitez appeared to backtrack from some of his comments made earlier this week in which he criticised the decision to give him the ‘interim’ title and the supporters’ continued barracking of him. Benitez said: “I didn’t have any problem with the board. I didn’t have any problem with Michael Emenalo (the technical director). I didn’t have any problems with Roman Abramovich (the owner). I don’t have a problem with the players.” Rafael Benitez has insisted he has no issue with the Chelsea board, that his job title is not a concern and that his criticisms of fans were designed to encourage a unified backing of his team. He added: “What I want to do is the best for the team, the best for the club. “I have been for 26 years training and coaching and always I have had principles, respect and education. “It’s the way that I have achieved what I’ve achieved. We have 11 games to play. If we stick together, it will be easier and we can get more points. “I would like to see a fantastic atmosphere supporting the team, and I will be really pleased with that.” Following Wednesday’s FA Cup win at Middlesbrough, Benitez said the decision to appoint him as ‘interim manager’ was “a mistake”. “It’s not an issue now,” Benitez said. “I said before… One thing’s a mistake. Another’s an issue. Now it’s not an issue. “In my head, I am the manager. I have to manage the team. The title doesn’t matter. The Champions League is a big title. “I just concentrate on my job. That’s fine, okay.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

AVB: Bale can fulfil potential here

first_imgTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas does not think Gareth Bale needs to go to Real Madrid to fulfil his potential. Press Association The Tottenham manager also warned Real president Fiorentino Perez he would find it extremely hard to deal with his opposite number Daniel Levy. “We don’t want Gareth to go by any circumstances,” he said. “I have told you in the past that our chairman is very, very difficult to deal with. “We will try to hold on to our assets. We believe that we have to hold on to the best players in order to achieve our objectives.” Bale’s form has seen him compared to Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo as well as Ballon d’Or holder Lionel Messi. Some critics – Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand among them – have questioned whether Bale should be mentioned in the same breath as a duo widely regarded as two of the greatest players of all time, but Villas-Boas disagrees. “He is world class and those two players are,” the Portuguese said. “Gareth at the moment is showing that level of form to be at the level of those two players, who have won so much throughout their careers, including European trophies. He still has to achieve that and we hope he can achieve it with us. I think he is very down to earth.” center_img The Wales forward has been linked with Real, and their big rivals Barcelona, after a stunning season that has seen him fire in 23 goals for club and country. Madrid are thought to have made the 23-year-old their number one transfer target, and Bale would no doubt be tempted by a move to the nine-times European champions should they come calling this summer. Villas-Boas remains confident of hanging on to his man however, and said: “I think for a player to develop to his full potential, it can be done perfectly in this league. I think Gareth has that in mind, not only regarding Spurs but regarding this league too. We have the best league in the world in my opinion. The best clubs are continuing to attract the best players over.” last_img read more

Australian Open sets air pollution limit after angering over bushfire smoke

first_imgMELBOURNE: Australian Open organizers on Saturday introduced a scaled air quality rating to determine when play can be suspended following stinging criticism after days of toxic smoke during qualifying.Air quality in Melbourne was among the worst on the planet on Tuesday and only marginally better Wednesday because of smoke from bushfires that have devastated huge swathes of the country.It was recommended that people and their pets stay indoors, but qualifying for the opening Grand Slam of the year went ahead regardless.Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic was forced to retire from her match after a distressing coughing fit, while Britain’s Liam Broady claimed “multiple” players needed asthma medication. Broady also was seething over what he considered a lack of clarity on the decision-making process about when to suspend play.”The more I think about the conditions we played in a few days ago the more it boils my blood,” he said. AgenciesAlso Read: Australian Open top seed Rafa Nadal surprised to still be on top of the gameAlso Watch: Protesters, who walked all the way from Tinsukia-Guwahati to protest against CAA 2019, Detained!last_img read more