County To Receive $54,000 Federal Grant For Emergency Planning

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County will receive $54,633 in federal grant money to support planning and operational readiness for any type of disaster the county may experience.The grant was announced this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said the money can be used for items ranging from development and implementation of training and exercises to acquiring emergency response resources.“Whether its fighting against an invisible enemy like COVID-19, or helping communities withstand the dangers of extreme weather, local governments play a critical role in emergency management and we need to make every effort to support our local partners and help ensure they have the resources they need to keep New Yorkers safe,” Cuomo said. “With this funding in hand, our local partners will now be better positioned to protect the communities they serve no matter what this new reality throws at us.”In order to access the funding, local awardees must develop projects or initiatives which strengthen their own readiness and response capabilities to address all hazards. Projects should also focus on addressing any efforts identified by FEMA as needing national improvement. This includes logistics and distribution management planning, evacuation planning, disaster financial management, catastrophic disaster housing and resilient communications.Funding can be used to support: Management and Administration activities; Planning; Staffing for Emergency Management Agencies;Equipment; Training and Exercises; Construction and Renovation of Emergency Operations Centers; and Maintenance and Sustainment of GIS and interoperable communications systems.Cattaraugus County has been awarded $34,567. 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

In the Crosshairs: Another Endangered Red Wolf Shot

first_imgAn endangered red wolf was shot and killed just before Christmas in North Carolina’s Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and a coalition of conservation groups are offering a reward of $16,500 for any information leading to arrest.Only 45 red wolves remain in the wild, and they all live in a protected area in eastern North Carolina.“This loss is a huge blow to the species,” says Defender of Wildlife program director Ben Prater. “The poaching of any wild animal is intolerable, but the intentional killing of one of the world’s most endangered species is inexcusable.”Gunshot mortality is the leading cause of death for the endangered red wolf. A small group of landowners in eastern North Carolina has opposed protection for the endangered red wolf.Once a top predator throughout the Southeastern United States, the red wolf almost vanished 50 years ago. After being named an endangered species, a captive breeding program began in 1973. As the captive population grew, scientists considered where the red wolf could be reintroduced.10977060066_2533315a09_o_FIXPhoto by Ryan Nordsven/ USFWSIn 1987, six pairs of wolves were released in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge located within a five-county region—Beaufort, Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde and Washington—of eastern North Carolina. Those 1.7 million refuge acres are now home to the only wild population of red wolves in the world, managed for the last 29 years by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program. Until recently, it has been one of the most successful wildlife recovery programs in the country’s history.But today, both the program and the wild red wolf face possible extinction once more. In the last few years, the wild population has decreased from over 120 wolves to 45— mainly due to shotgun mortality. Red wolves can resemble coyotes—especially at night—and a handful of local landowners have balked at hunting restrictions to protect red wolves. At the request of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and pro-hunting landowners, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has effectively ended the red wolf reintroduction and adaptive management program.Litigation over the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s decision is ongoing. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina issued a preliminary injunction in September 2016 that orders the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop killing red wolves and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill red wolves.One long-term solution, Prater says, lies in monetary incentives for landowners. A similar program was recently launched in Florida to protect the endangered panther and has seen early success. “Some type of incentive or payment plan—where landowners are compensated for every wolf pack they have or every acre of habitat they provide—it can work. It has worked elsewhere. We just need to start these conversations.”Meanwhile, authorities are seeking any information related to the December 21 red wolf shooting. Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Welfare Institute, and the Red Wolf Coalition have partnered to offer a reward of $16,500 for information leading to an arrest. Contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with any leads at 252-473-1131.last_img read more

Making foundational change $1 at a time

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With nearly 2.5 million members in a state with 10.4 million people, State Employees’ Credit Union ($40.1B, Raleigh, NC) has a considerable impact on North Carolinians as a provider of affordable, responsible financial services. But the nation’s second-largest credit union (and largest state charter) adds to that impact via grant funding through its SECU Foundation.The bulk of the funding for the SECU Foundation comes from a monthly $1 donation taken from members’ checking accounts. That donation began as a monthly maintenance fee on all checking accounts, but under then president and CEO Jim Blaine, senior management seized the opportunity to create a foundation in 2004 to address the requests for support and sponsorships that come in across the credit union’s sprawling branch network.Today, members may opt-out of the donation, but the vast majority of SECU’s 1.4 million checking account holders choose to contribute.“We have more than 99% participation,” says Jama Campbell, the former SECU branching executive who became the foundation’s executive director and its first full-time employee four years ago.last_img read more

Top tech for mobile banking? GPS.

first_imgWe’ve all been there – wherever there is. Those times we find ourselves away from home, on a business trip, or vacation, or just lost and too proud to ask for directions. We’re somewhere we’ve never been before, looking for a street name or an address or a recognizable landmark to know where we are. If you’ve ever tried to navigate your way through an unfamiliar place, at some point, you’ve probably relied on a map app on your smartphone – such as Google Maps – to guide you to your destination.Google Maps, like most map apps, uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to identify approximate location and thus help show where you are in the world. It does this by leveraging an ever-expanding network of satellites in space high above us – GPS satellites traveling ~ 9,000 miles per hour (~14.5K kilometers), orbiting ~12,000 miles (~20K kilometers) above wherever you’re standing. Satellites move so fast that their time actually moves slightly faster in space than it does for us on Earth – about 35-40 microseconds per day faster. This time difference aligns with Einstein’s general theory of relativity.Though the time difference is small, it must be accounted for: otherwise the differences between where the satellites think you are, and where you actually are, get out of sync – by as much as 5 to 6 miles in a single day. That difference could accidentally walk you off a long pier into the ocean, over a cliff at the Grand Canyon, or leave you standing in the middle of the Los Angeles freeway … continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Lazio interested in Adnan Zahirović

first_imgAccording to Italian press, Italian football club ‘Lazio’ where BiH player Senad Lulić plays is interested in acquiring yet another BiH player, this time Adnan Zahirović, who plays in Dinamo Minsk.Sports manager of Lazio Igli Tare put Zahirović on the list of possible players that should be acquired.Zahirović was born in Banja Luka in 1990, finished primary school in Travnik, and went to youth school of FC ”Čelik” from Zenica, and had its debut for its first team in 2008. He quickly became the football player in U21 team and he is now indispensable in BiH national football team.In 2011 he started playing for Spartak Nalchik and in 2013 he went to play for Dinamo Minsk.(D.J.)(photo: