Garage, Yard Sales Now Permitted Under Phase Two Reopening

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel says that he recently received clarification from New York State that garage and yard sales are permitted in regions that have entered phase two of reopening.“As residents complete their spring cleaning, I have received numerous inquiries on when yard sales may be permitted again in Chautauqua County,” said Wendel. “I am pleased to report that garage and yard sales are now allowed with certain requirements. Whether holding or going to a yard sale, I encourage residents to please take precautions to protect themselves from the spread of the virus.”He says those holding yard sales must ensure that occupancy of the space used for the sale is limited to the number of people who can be safely and appropriately spaced so that each person is at least six feet away from others and in no case should the space be occupied by more than 10 people at any given time.People in situations where they are likely to come within six feet of another individual must also wear face coverings. In addition, hand sanitizer should be available and regular cleaning and disinfection protocols in place. Sellers can also consult the NY Forward Safety Plan Template available at forward.ny.gov for additional precautions they should consider during their garage and yard sales. 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

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

first_imgRace DetailsWhen: October 5, 2013Where: Lake Buena Vista, Fla.What: 10-milerStart time: 10pmRace size: 10,000Website: http://www.rundisney.com/A thrilling run in the dark of night on a course haunted by Disney Villains!Get set for ten miles of non-stop nighttime chills and thrills on a run that’ll bring you straight to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In the dark of night on a path haunted by Disney Villains you’ll run a course from Disney’s Hollywood Studios traveling to ESPN Wide World of Sports and then back again to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There you’ll run past the spectacular Lights, Motors, Action™ Extreme Stunt Show, along the amazing New York Street on the backlot, past Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat at the top of Hollywood Boulevard, and then on to a finish to remember.Race [email protected]last_img read more

Coronavirus death toll passes 900,000 worldwide

first_imgThe global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has topped 900,000 since the respiratory disease first appeared in China last year, according to an AFP tally.As the fatalities climbed, US President Donald Trump admitted he had tried to minimize the seriousness of the Covid-19 threat at the start of the pandemic, in audio recordings released Wednesday from interviews with veteran journalist Bob Woodward.”I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward on March 19, according to a CNN preview of the book “Rage”, due to be published this month. Russian trials ‘too small’ Russia has already approved a vaccine and on Wednesday began inoculating volunteers in Moscow, the capital’s deputy mayor said.Russia announced last month that its vaccine, named “Sputnik V” — after the Soviet-era satellite that was the first launched into space in 1957 — had received approval.Research published in The Lancet medical journal last week said patients involved in early tests in Russia developed antibodies with “no serious adverse events”, although scientists cautioned the trials were too small.High-profile Russians have already been vaccinated, including President Vladimir Putin’s daughter, Moscow’s mayor, and nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky.Clinical trials of a Chinese-made vaccine in Brazil have shown “extremely positive” results, and a widespread vaccination campaign could begin as early as December, the governor of Sao Paulo state said.AstraZeneca said it had “voluntarily paused vaccination to allow review of safety data”, adding that in large-scale trials, illnesses will sometimes happen by chance, but must be reviewed independently.David Lo, a professor of biomedical sciences at the University of California, Riverside, told AFP the company’s decision is not necessarily a setback.”Probably right now it’s just being cautious — it’s a pause, it’s not the same thing as saying, ‘We can’t move forward’,” said Lo.”In some ways I’m quite relieved, it means they’re really paying attention.”The volunteer may have experienced an adverse reaction already seen in earlier patients such as fever and soreness, but in a more severe form, Lo added. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic,” he said in the recorded conversation with Woodward.There have been more than 27.7 million confirmed virus cases worldwide, according to an AFP count based on official statistics, with the worst-hit region Latin America and the Caribbean, followed by Europe.The country with the most coronavirus deaths is the United States with over 190,000 fatalities, followed by Brazil.With billions of people around the world still suffering from the fallout of the crisis, a worldwide race for a vaccine is underway, with nine companies already in late-stage Phase 3 trials. ‘Standard process’ Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock said it was not the first pause in the trials of the AstraZeneca vaccine.”It’s a standard process in clinical trials. There was a pause earlier in the summer and that was resolved without a problem,” he told Sky News.China, meanwhile, put its homegrown vaccines on display for the first time at a Beijing trade fair this week, and authorities hope one will be approved for use by the end of the year.The economic impact of the virus continues to wreak havoc on economies around the world, with governments desperate to get back to normality.South Africa announced its economy had shrunk by more than half in the second quarter, as the epidemic took its toll on Africa’s most industrialized state.Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed 300,000 virus deaths. Argentina’s caseload surpassed the half-million mark, while in Peru, which has the highest per capita coronavirus death rate in the world, fatalities climbed beyond 30,000.center_img However clinical trials on one of the most advanced experimental Covid-19 vaccines, which is being developed by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and Oxford University, were “paused” this week after a volunteer developed an unexplained illness. Topics :last_img read more

Metal industry scheme slows down expansion of bond portfolio

first_imgPME, the €45bn pension fund for the Netherlands’ metal and electro-technical engineering industry, slowed down extending its investment grade credit holdings because of narrowing spreads.In its annual report for 2016, it said it had planned to increase its tactical allocation to 20%, but at year-end its stake was just over 16%.Its strategy for the asset class – which returned 5.2% and 3.2% for European and US investments, respectively – was designed to be low risk, and favoured companies with a high creditworthiness and liquidity.Outside of the bond allocation, the metal scheme made a new commitment of €700m to residential mortgages, following an initial investment of €1bn. The portfolio, with a strategic allocation of 5% of the total fund, yielded 6.5% last year. PME posted an overall result of 10.3% for 2016, including 1.6 percentage points generated by its 50% hedge of the interest rate risk on its liabilities. It has generated an average return of 6.5% a year over the course of the last 10 years.With returns of 13.1% and 12.7%, infrastructure and alternatives were the best returning asset classes. The pension fund credited low interest rates, “which offered many possibilties for attracting or extending long-term financing”, for the infrastructure result.Alternative investments, including forestry and life settlements, gained 12.7%. However, PME said it had substantially reduced the allocation to less than 1% of its total portfolio, because of its limited scale and complexity.The scheme’s private equity allocation made 11.1%, which PME also put down to the low interest level, “which had made financing and existing investments cheap and had led to higher corporate value”.“Combined with ample available capital, this, for its turn, had led to a competitive transfer market and relatively high prices,” PME added.The scheme’s real estate holdings delivered 8.1%, with Dutch property returning 8.9%, largely due to a booming market for residential rental housing.The metal scheme indicated it would prioritise investments in sustainable development and wanted to bring 10% of its entire portfolio under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within five years.It was also targeting a 25% carbon reduction through engagement with the 10 largest emitters in its investment portfolio.PME said it would also focus on impact investments – including in its own sector – in energy transition, recycling, and affordable housing. So far in 2017, PME has committed €250m to “pure impact” investments.At June-end, the pension fund’s coverage ratio stood at 95.9%. To avoid rights cuts, PME’s funding must have rise to at least 104.3% at the end of 2019.The scheme’s board said it expected that the current contribution of 23.2% – agreed between the employers and workers for a five-year period – won’t be enough to achieve the minimum required funding level.last_img read more