Wegmans limiting customers, starting wellness checks

first_imgThese safety measures follow their previous measures Wegmans created such as closing the stores for the evening to do cleaning, having Plexiglass shields installed at their pharmacies and front-end registers, and providing masks for employees. UPDATE: (WBNG) — Wegman’s management tells 12 News it has been monitoring capacity at its store “for weeks.” —– According to the Wegmans website, they said they will be operating their stores at 15 to 20 percent of their maximum occupancy and will be having practices in place to ensure that they are staying within those limits at all of their locations. For more on the coronavirus click here.center_img Management says the store has never reached its maximum occupancy since it began monitoring it. They also mentioned, they will start to require employees to go through a wellness check before the start of every shift when they go into the store. The wellness check will include a few questions asking about their health as well as temperature checks. The store says that if an employee experiences temperatures of 100 degrees or more, they will be asked to go home with pay and to contact their medical provider. If they do not have a doctor, the employee can take advantage of the telemedicine option for the care they need. (WBNG)- Wegmans has announced that they will now be having limitations on how many customers go into their stores during this coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Third Powell century brings Leewards Hurricanes another victory

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Left-hander Kieran Powell stroked his third hundred of the Regional Super50 to surpass 400 runs for the tournament as Leeward Islands Hurricanes returned to their winnings ways with a dominant 105-run victory over Kent Spitfires here Saturday night.After watching their three-game winning streak ended by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force last Thursday, the hosts erased that disappointment by piling up 275 for nine off their 50 overs and then dismissing Kent for 170 off 39.4 overs.Of more significance, however, was Powell’s incredible of form as he carved out a delightful 106 – his fourth score over fifty in as many innings.The 26-year-old, who only returned to cricket in earnest this season after a self-imposed two-year break, now has 429 runs at an average of nearly 86.He also gathered back-to-back hundreds West Indies Under-19s and Windward Islands Volcanoes last week.On Saturday, he was once against shone in an innings that lasted 111 deliveries and included five fours and four sixes.He got support from all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall who smashed 43 from 28 balls with three fours and three sixes and tail-ender Gavin Tonge, whose cameo unbeaten 28 from 15 balls – with two fours and two sixes – gave the innings a late surge.Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner and opener Montcin Hodge both chipped in with 24.Fast bowler Matt Coles was the best bowler with four for 52 while veteran off-spinner James Tredwell (2-45) and seamer Calum Haggett (2-55) weighed in with two wickets apiece.Opting to bat first at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Hurricanes prospered through a 70-run first wicket stand between Powell and Hodge, and a 74-run second wicket partnership between Powell and Bonner.Powell, using his usual free-scoring approach, raised his half-century in the 20th over off 59 balls and then used another 50 balls to reach triple figures, bringing up the landmark in the 36th over.He lost Hodge in the 17th over brilliantly caught by Coles off seamer Darren Stevens and Bonner to Tredwell in the 34th, before he finally perished 19 balls later in the 37th over.Cornwall then combined with Jahmar Hamilton (15) to keep the momentum going.In reply, Kent found themselves undermined by West Indies speedster Alzarri Joseph who claimed three for 62 and the left-arm spin pair of Jason Campbell (2-26) and Akeal Hosein (2-28) who took two wickets apiece.The English county side were slumping at 60 for four in the 15th over until Alex Blake, who top-scored with 44 off 76 balls with five fours and six, put on 41 for the fifth wicket with Will Gidman (20) to prop up the innings.Once the partnership was broken, wickets tumbled and 31-run stands for the seventh wicket between Blake and Calum Haggett (8), and for the ninth wicket between Coles and Tredwell (seven not out), proved in vain.HURRICANESM Hodge c Coles b Stevens 24*K Powell c Blake b Coles 106N Bonner c Qayyum b Tredwell 24C Hughes c and b Coles 9R Cornwall c Blake b Haggett 43+J Hamilton c Bell-Drummond b Tredwell 15O Peters c Dickson b Coles 7A Hosein c and b Coles 2G Tonge not out 28A Joseph c Dickson b Haggett 6J Campbell not out 1Extras (lb5, w5) 10TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 275Fall of wickets: 1-70, 2-144, 3-170, 4-170, 5-221, 6-233, 7-236, 8-261, 10-267.Bowling: Haggett 10-0-55-1 (w1), Coles 10-0-52-4 (w3), Tredwell 6-0-45-2, Gidman 7-0-34-0, Stevens 10-0-36-1 (w1), Qayyum 7-0-48-0.KENTD Bell-Drummond c Hosein b Joseph 14S Dickson lbw b Tonge 5*S Northeast run out 17D Stevens c Cornwall b Hosein 20W Gidman c and b Hosein 20A Blake b Joseph 44+A Rouse c wkp Hamilton b Cornwall 2C Haggett c Cornwall b Campbell 8M Coles c Tonge b Campbell 27J Tredwell not out 7I Qayyum b Joseph 0Extras (lb2, w4) 6TOTAL (all out, 39.3 overs) 170Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-21, 3-57, 4-60, 5-101, 6-104, 7-135, 8-137, 9-168, 10-170.Bowling: Tonge 5-0-26-1, Joseph 9.3-0-62-3 (w2), Hosein 10-1-28-2 (w2), Cornwall 10-0-26-1, Campbell 5-0-26-2.last_img read more

Dicamba Battle Lines Drawn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterARLINGTON, Va. (DTN) — At a state pesticide regulatory meeting this week, some state officials threatened to stop reporting their dicamba damage incidents to the EPA during the 2019 growing season, after their past reporting efforts did not bring about substantial changes to agency’s dicamba registrations.“They felt like they provided a lot of information [in 2018], and it took a lot of their staff time to generate that information, but they don’t feel that was reflected in any of the dicamba label statements, so states are kind of questioning whether that was a good use of their time,” explained Rose Kachadoorian, president of the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO), who led the meeting of the organization’s State FIFRA Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) in Arlington, Virginia, on June 3-4.Last year, state officials participated in weekly phone calls with the EPA and submitted an array of data on dicamba injury reports. This year, EPA is proposing that state regulators continue to collect injury data throughout the growing season and then use it to answer a single, end-of-the-season survey for the federal agency to review.Brian Verhougstraete, a Michigan pesticide regulator, represented the EPA Region 5 states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin at the meeting. He said several of those states may not cooperate with the proposed survey at all, based on their experience of reporting injury data in 2018.“To be quite blunt: What did we get out of it?” he said. “The way most states saw it is we got more…labels with vague and unenforceable terms, and we also now have a bunch of extra work on our certification programs. There will be some serious thoughts by states on whether they will participate — and they may not even have the time, because they’ll be too busy with [dicamba] investigations.”While dropping these communication efforts might save time for states, it will also leave EPA with fewer independent sources of information on off-target dicamba injury. In the past, the agency has relied primarily on Extension scientists, state regulators and dicamba registrants to supply information on injury reports and causes.Several state pesticide regulators also objected to the questions EPA is asking on a draft version of the 2019 end-of-the-season survey on dicamba injury. Many of the proposed questions are aimed at helping EPA write better labels, but none address the extensive time and resources required to address dicamba injury in some states, Kachadoorian told DTN. Nor do any of the questions evaluate the potential human health impacts of state pesticide regulators neglecting their routine inspections to focus solely on a barrage of dicamba complaints, she said.“There is a price tag to this registration, and that price tag is not being borne by the pesticide registrants or the EPA, but by the state’s budgets,” she said. “It is a possibility” that some states will not respond at all to the agency’s survey this year if EPA continues to ignore these issues, she added.“But we hope that if [EPA] adds more questions that will actually benefit states by documenting their efforts and the cost to their state, that they’ll be more apt to do it,” she said.2019 DICAMBA APPLICATIONS LOOM OVER DISTRESSED STATE AGENCIESWith only 39% of soybeans planted in the U.S. as of June 3, dicamba applications have been minimal in most states, but some regulators are already a year or more behind any future injury complaints, noted Tim Creger, a Nebraska pesticide regulator who represented the EPA Region 7 states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska at the meeting.The Missouri Department of Agriculture, which is still processing dicamba injury complaints from 2016, only recently started processing 2017 cases, and has not touched their 2018 workload of 220 complaints yet, Creger noted in his written notes submitted to the meeting. Regulators in Kansas and Iowa are only halfway through processing their 2018 dicamba injury complaints, he added.“One of the primary take-home messages we’ve seen in the last two years on dicamba is it’s become extremely difficult to keep field staff employed when they get burned out on dicamba investigations,” Creger told the meeting participants. “We had one state that lost nine inspectors in the last 18 months because of dicamba, and now they’ve had to almost fully restock their entire field staff,” he said of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.Creger said many of the Region 7 states are using a “triage” mindset when it comes to addressing dicamba injury complaints in 2019. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture will now require photographic evidence of 20% leaf damage or greater after the V4 growth stage before regulators respond to most crop injury reports, he said. Non-crop injury reports will be handled on a case-by-case basis.“You would like to think everyone is treated equally, but resources are limited,” he said. “People don’t get treated equally, and it’s become a very difficult, untenable situation for us.”Verhougstraete also said some Region 5 state officials witnessed companies mismanaging the dicamba training sessions that were required for applicators to use dicamba this year. Some were described as “sales pitches,” or only lasted 30 minutes instead of the advertised two hours, with people openly wandering in and out of the sessions.“Is that not fair when states are being held to a higher standard when it comes to ensuring applicators are getting certification training?” he asked EPA representatives in attendance. “Shouldn’t the registrants be held to the same standard?”See more on the meeting from AAPCO here: https://aapco.org/…Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Looking forward to making a comeback in Indian team by doing well: Harbhajan Singh

first_imgIndian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes he is ready now more than ever to make his way back into the national squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.Harbhajan, however, assured that he is not going to lose sleep even if national selectors, who will meet on May 8 in the New Delhi, don’t pick him.The veteran off-spinner has bagged only eight wickets from nine matches he played so far in the ongoing tenth edition of the Indian Premier League, but his economy rate of 5.82 is the best for any spinner in this year’s IPL.He also displayed impressive performances in the Vijay Hazare domestic 50-overs competition, taking nine wickets from six games at four an over.And the 36-year-old admitted that he still has enough left in the tank to play a pivotal role for his side if he got selected for the 50-over pinnacle event.”I have played and enjoyed those 15-16 years of top-level cricket, playing with the greats. I am enjoying the IPL and I am looking forward to making a comeback by doing well. If I have to look at myself in the mirror, I will say: ‘Look, you have done what you could have done. Is that enough for you to be selected?’ I would say yes because it’s not just about what I am doing here [in recent times]. I am talking about all these years when I played one-dayers,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Harbhajan as saying on the eve of Mumbai Indians’ game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.advertisementHarbhajan made his last ODI appearance for India in October 2015, while his most recent international appearance in any format of the game came more than a year ago against UAE during the 2016 Asia Cup T20.Reflecting on the same, the off-spinner said he doesn’t know the reason behind his omission, despite giving some decent performances in domestic cricket as well as in IPL.”I was called to play against South Africa [in 2015] and I was the [second] highest wicket-taker for India. After that I never played for India in ODIs. I don’t know the reason. In T20s, I have been part of the squad, but never got to play a game. Every year I do well in the IPL and I don’t get into the scheme of things in the last two-three years,” he added.Although Harbhajan said that it wasn’t easy to motivate himself to go through the grind of domestic cricket, he still keeps himself going because he knows it is his only way to make his way back to the international scene.”You feel that domestic cricket will get easier, you will go there and run through sides just because you played at the international level, but it doesn’t happen that way. Even if you are motivated, you still have to push your limits because sometimes these domestic players are better players of spin bowling than what the international players are nowadays,” he added.He further assured the national selectors of his availability in all forms of cricket, adding that he is absolutely ready to perform as well as any other player.”That’s the reason I am playing all the one-dayers, domestic T20s and now the IPL. If the selectors feel I should be part of [the Champions Trophy], I am ready because I am doing as well as anybody. There is no way I should think that I don’t stand a chance,” Harbhajan said.last_img read more

Floridas leading travel agents pleased with visit to Grand Bahama

Floridas leading travel agents pleased with visit to Grand Bahama

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, November 1, 2017 – Plantation, FL – The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) Plantation’s office recently hosted several travel agents from West Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade Counties, to Grand Bahama Island, October 27-28, 2017 via Balearia Caribbean.   The visit, which was part of the MOTA ongoing campaign, “The Bahamas is Open For Business, Come See For Yourself,” gave the agents an opportunity to experience first hand, the island’s major hotels, marinas and tourist attractions.“Feedback from the agents have been very positive and encouraging; the agents left the destination confident, knowledgeable and ready to sell our second city, Grand Bahama Island,” said Donna Mackey, Sr. Sales Manager, MOTA.According to Jennifer Gardiner-Bannister, Area Manager at the MOTA, “we have worked assiduously with our travel agents and tour operators communities over the past few years.    As we continue to strengthen our partnership alliance, we want to also build on our ‘on-line, off-line, on-island’ strategy with them.    This three step strategy, ‘on-line’, which through our website and other social media marketing platforms, provides awareness to these agents of our destination programs, new development, etc.; ‘off-line’ gives us an opportunity to engage and connect with them one-on-one, during sales missions product launches, training seminars and; on-island, where we invite agents to The Bahamas to better understand, promote and personally experience our diverse and unique multiple destination chain.   We want to ensure that we have and are providing them with the resources and all the information necessary, for them to do business with us and their clients to visit our shores, again and again,” she said.“Many persons seem to think that The Bahamas was devastated by the recent hurricanes. While two of our Southern islands, in particular, Ragged Island and Acklins, did sustain some property and infrastructural damages from Hurricane Irma, the rest of The Bahamas did not, including the hotels and marinas in our major islands: Nassau, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, Exuma, Abaco, Bimini, Andros and Eleuthera.   Tourism is our number one industry and the economic engine for the country, so it is imperative that we let the world know, through these agents, that The Bahamas feared well and is “open for business, come see for yourself,” she said.The trip is one of several on-going trips planned for the islands of Grand Bahama, Nassau and Bimini.    In addition to the familiarization trips, the MOTA sales departments have since the summer season, conducted a series of lunch and learn seminars on land and at sea to top producing travel agents in Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.Press Release: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Skateworld Rally in Linda Vista

Skateworld Rally in Linda Vista

first_imgSkateworld Rally in Linda Vista Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- KUSI’s John Soderman was at the Skateworld Rally in Linda Vista, where locals are trying to save the rink before City Council votes tomorrow on the fate of the roller rink April 7, 2019 Updated: 6:25 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 7, 2019last_img read more

Meet the Entrepreneur Whose Startup Raised 24 Million Thanks in Part to

first_img It’s got to feel pretty good when you have a vote of confidence from Mark Zuckerberg.This week, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the fund currently worth $48 billion overseen by the Facebook co-founder and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan, made its first investment, leading a $24 million funding round for Andela, a 2-year-old startup that trains software developers in Nigeria and Kenya and places them with big name tech companies that include Microsoft, Google and yes, Facebook.Jeremy Johnson, the co-founder and CEO of the company, says that the missions of Andela and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are closely aligned. “I was impressed by their dedication to wanting to unlock human potential around the world,” he told Entrepreneur. “We care about the same things.”Related: 5 Steps You Should Take to Prepare for Facebook’s ‘All Video’ Future”We’re operating on a continent with 1.1 billion people, [a population] that’s also the youngest and fastest growing in the world. We have a lot of work to do,” Johnson says. “We’re going to continue expanding the pipeline in our existing countries, which means growth in Nigeria and Kenya.”Johnson says Andela plans to launch in a third country, with an announcement to come sometime this fall.  The 31-year-old founder’s previous company, 2U, an online degree platform that partners with institutions such as Georgetown and University of Southern California, went public in 2014. The idea for Andela first came into view before 2U’s initial public offering when Johnson was invited to Nairobi to give a talk on the state of online education around the world.Related: Facebook Will Start Scanning 10,000 Posts a Second to Make Comments Less TerribleUpon seeing the tech talent there, Johnson was inspired. He says that his initial thought was that he would help fund the company that ultimately became Andela, but not be a part of the company’s day-to-day growth. “After my first trip to Lagos, I spent a day interviewing the finalists for our first pilot class,” he says. “I realized I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I had to do it.”Johnson has high hopes for the company’s future. “Ten years down the road is how we think of it. I think people overestimate what is possible in a year and tragically underestimate what can be done in 10,” he says. “I think we have the ability to literally launch 100,000 amazing developers across the continent. And the process changed the way the tech world thinks about where engineers come from and what they look like.” June 17, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min readlast_img read more