Stateline Speedway Postpones Season Due To Coronavirus Mandates

first_imgImage by Stateline Speedway / Facebook.BUSTI – Stateline Speedway announced Wednesday night they have postponed their 2020 season due to the state’s Coronavirus mandate. “It has been determined that no racing can take place during the month of April,” read a post on Facebook. “The start of the 2020 season at Stateline Speedway will have to wait until a later date.”In addition to postponing races, the track has also postponed April practices until further notice.“As New York continues its battle with the outbreak, we will comply with state mandates and remain closed until it is safe for us to go racing,” the post furthered. “Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for future updates.” 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

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Nutrition Facts Overhaul

first_imgThe changes include making calorie counts and serving sizes more prominent on labels, making serving sizes more realistic, requiring the amount of added sugar, vitamin D and potassium in products and adjusting the recommended daily amounts of fiber, sodium and vitamin D. The FDA’s recommended amounts of fiber and sodium haven’t been changed in more than 40 years. All of the the proposed changes reflect the latest scientific findings, such as the link between diet and chronic diseases like obesity and heart disease, according to the FDA. The nutritional facts label has been required on food packages for 20 years. It hasn’t changed significantly since 2006 when transfat information was included, according to the FDA. “This is a huge positive for consumers,” said Kelly Pritchett, assistant professor for sports nutrition within UGA’s Department of Foods and Nutrition. “These modifications are a direct reflection of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics evidence-based practice recommendations for healthful eating.” The agency is accepting public comment on the proposed changes for 90 days. A full listing of the proposed changes and explanations behind each proposed change are available at www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm387418.htm. “Leaving off calories from fat is probably a good idea,” Crawley said. “It was poorly understood, and now we are more interested in the quality of fat and not so much the quantity of fat.” Americans may soon see more realistic serving sizes and more prominent calorie counts on the labels of their favorite soft drink or cereal box. The Food and Drug Administration proposed several changes to the Nutrition Facts label on Feb. 27. University of Georgia nutrition experts and researchers believe the proposed changes, which have not been finalized, will help Georgians make more informed food choices. While both Crawley and Pritchett stressed the public will benefit from additional education about the information found on food labels, such as the difference between “natural sugars” and “added sugars,” they agreed the proposed changes are a positive step. Another change would remove the “calories from fat” item on current labels. According to the FDA release, research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount. “Overall, I am very pleased with the proposed changes,” said Connie Crawley, a UGA Extension nutrition and health expert. “I basically approve of all of them, especially updating the percent daily values that are based on 1968 recommended dietary allowances and listing added sugars.” last_img read more

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Drop in Solar Stocks ‘More Perception Than True Fundamentals’

first_imgDrop in Solar Stocks ‘More Perception Than True Fundamentals’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Joe Ryan and Brian Eckhouse for Bloomberg News:Despite the ups and downs, the general trend is up. Developers will install 48.4 GW of solar by the end of 2020, more than double the amount in the prior five years, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Problems at a few major companies don’t necessarily carry over to the rest. At least they shouldn’t.“It’s more perception than true fundamentals,” said Angelo Zino, analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence. “The fundamentals continue to improve.’’That means there may be bargains, said Leslie D. Biddle, a partner at Serengeti Asset Management, a $1.5bn New York hedge fund that specializes in distressed debt. “At the moment,’’ Biddle said, “solar equities are a buying opportunity.’’Solar investors remain rattled, with legitimate questions about leverage and financing. The markets are looking for proof that companies can make and install panels profitably.“Investors lost a lot of money on SunEdison – and quickly,” said Carl Weatherley-White, former president of developer Lightbeam Electric Co. “They’re nervous. We’ll need to see a steady quarter or two of success by the public companies.”Against that expectation, the drumbeat of bad news continues. Abengoa SA, a builder of solar-thermal power plants, is seeking investor support for a 9.4 bn-euro ($10.7bn) debt restructuring plan to avoid becoming Spain’s largest corporate failure. And last week, hedge fund manager Jim Chanos said SolarCity, which is down more than 50% this year, will face more “financial trouble” in 2016, in part because the largest U.S. rooftop solar provider loses money on every installation. His view was backed up Monday when SolarCity posted a wider first-quarter loss than analysts were expecting.While there are a variety of reasons Wall Street has soured on solar, the conversation always comes around to SunEdison, the industry’s biggest-ever failure, which cited $16.1bn in liabilities when it sought protection from creditors April 21.The company spent billions on a debt-fueled buying binge, which peaked in July when it announced plans to acquire the rooftop installer Vivint Solar Inc. for $2.2bn. The deal prompted analysts to take a closer look at SunEdison’s finances, revealing an overleveraged, overcomplicated behemoth that’s financially entangled with two publicly traded holding companies.‘’It is impossible for people not to be concerned when the leader nosedives like that,” said Shawn Kravetz, founder of Esplanade Capital LLC, a Boston fund manager with a decade of investing experience in solar.SunEdison’s decline shows another unusual trend. In past boom-bust cycles, the carnage was within specific parts of the solar industry; sometimes manufacturers, other times developers. This time, it’s both.Financial problems are hardly isolated to the marquee names, said John Berger, CEO of the closely held residential solar installer Sunnova Energy Corp. Many solar companies have “growth-at-any-cost’’ business models that are neither profitable nor sustainable. “When you don’t generate the returns for the equity holders that they are expecting, you don’t make money,” Berger said. “There are a lot of management teams in this sector that haven’t figured that out.’’Ethan Zindler, a BNEF analyst, said the economics of solar economics have never been better, given low equipment costs and surging demand. “But that’s not reflected in the share prices.”Riding the ‘Solarcoaster’ as Shares Plunge Even More Than Coallast_img read more

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Fairness & Diversity Committee seeks public comments at Midyear Meeting

first_img Fairness & Diversity Committee seeks public comments at Midyear Meeting The Suprme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity will hold a two-day public meeting at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting to receive testimony and information about perceptions of disparate treatment in Florida courts.The meeting will be at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami January 19-20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Individuals will be allowed 10 minutes to address the committee. Organizations may be allowed additional time upon request. To submit written comments or sign up to speak, contact staff via e-mail at osca@flcourts.org or mail at Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity, c/o Debbie Howells, Office of the State Courts Administrator, 500 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399.The Standing Committee seeks the following areas of inquiry:• Share your perceptions of any inequitable or disparate treatment in Florida’s court system, indicating whether your perceptions are based on your own personal experiences, incidents you have personally witnessed or other factors such as court transcripts or hearing another’s account of an experience of inequitable or disparate treatment.• If you are aware of any systemic or structural aspects of the court system that adversely affect one class or group of persons, please describe your understanding of those factors and how they result in a negative impact or burden on that class of individuals. Such systemic or structural aspects include but are not limited to functional and operational factors; application of the law; the opportunity for and level of legal representation; and architectural, communication, language, economic, technological, or procedural barriers.• What do you believe are the most important topics relating to fairness and diversity within the Florida state courts system that require additional research or study?• What do you believe are the most important things that could be done to eliminate inappropriate bias from the Florida state courts system?More information on the committee is available at www.flcourts.org/gen_public/family/diversity/index.shtml. December 15, 2005 Regular News Fairness & Diversity Committee seeks public comments at Midyear Meetinglast_img read more

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Sandra Cano: Committed to growth

first_imgCU’s staff now reflects the community it serves.When Sandra Cano joined Navigant Credit Union more than three years ago, the community it served, Central Falls, R.I., was in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings and its mayor had been indicted.The $1.5 billion asset credit union hired Cano as assistant vice president of business and community development to engage the city’s disillusioned residents.“This is a 100-year-old credit union with a strong foundation in the community, but newer residents felt disconnected,” she explains. “They didn’t know what a credit union was or what we did. My task was to come up with ways to engage them.”One hurdle Cano faced was that people no longer appreciated Central Falls’ advantages. And, in part due to the city’s financial problems, many residents moved elsewhere.At the same time, underserved and Latino populations were growing. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Islanders Keep Hope Alive for More Playoff Games at Nassau Coliseum

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Joe NuzzoIn what could have been, and still could be, the final game played by the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the team defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Saturday night.The victory forces a game seven Monday night in Washington to determine which team will move on to the Eastern Conference finals. If the Islanders fail to move on to the next round of the playoffs, at least they would have finished up their final home game with a victory before they move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn next season.“Basically, it was the season on the line for us” Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak said. “They came out hard and played well. We need the same Monday night. It’s going to be hard, but we all know why we’re here.”So did the Islander fans in attendance often chanting “Can You Hear Us” at deafening levels. The chant, clearly in response to a comment made to the press by Washington captain Alex Ovechkin, who said last week that fans in the Verizon Center were louder than those at the coliseum.Islanders defenseman Brian Strait commented on the support the Islanders received from their fans at the coliseum this afternoon stating “The fans were rocking the place.”John Tavares opened up the scoring at the 6:57 mark of the first period on a pass by Ryan Strome. Tavares put a wrist shot by Washington goaltender Branden Holtby. Then, Washington’s John Carlson tied the game with just 4.3 seconds left in the first period.It wasn’t until the 10:33 mark of the third that the Islanders took back the lead. Nikolay Kulemin took a feed from Nick Leddy and slipped the puck past Washington’s Braden Holtby.The Islanders secured the victory with an empty net goal by Cal Clutterbuck with 53 seconds left in the third period.Should the Islanders defeat the Capitals Monday night, the coliseum will be open for business a bit longer.The Islanders would then face the Rangers in the conference finals. The first two games would take place at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders would then host games three, four and if needed six, at “The Old Barn.”last_img read more

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Offices: south Manchester

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Biden brands Trump ‘absolute fool’ for mocking mask use

first_imgTrump retweeted a photograph of Biden and an accompanying message that mocked the former vice president for wearing a mask.”He’s a fool, an absolute fool, to talk that way,” Biden said. “Every leading doc in the world is saying you should wear a mask when you’re in a crowd.”Asked whether wearing a mask projected weakness or strength, Biden chose a different description.”It presents and projects as leadership,” Biden said. “Presidents are supposed to lead, not engage in folly and be falsely masculine.” Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump as an “absolute fool” Tuesday for belittling his election rival over recently wearing a mask, an issue that has become a partisan flashpoint during the coronavirus pandemic.The Democratic Party’s presumptive 2020 presidential nominee had a series of choice words for the Republican incumbent, telling CNN in his first in-person interview since March that Trump has become increasingly erratic.The interview, conducted in Biden’s garden and with social distancing measures in place, followed Memorial Day ceremonies Monday in which Biden wore a mask and Trump was bare-faced. Topics :center_img Trump, who is 73, and Biden, 77, are both at high risk from COVID-19 because of their age.Trump has refused to appear in public wearing a mask, and many of the Americans who are bare-faced at demonstrations calling for states to immediately reopen are supporters of the president.”This macho stuff,” Biden added, has “cost people’s lives.”An hour before the interview aired, Trump questioned why Biden would wear a mask outdoors, in “perfect conditions, perfect weather,” while he does not wear a mask in his home with his wife.”So I thought it was very unusual that he had one on,” Trump said at the White House.Trump has repeatedly mocked Biden as too old or gaffe-prone to wrest the White House from him in November’s election. Biden said he did not want to engage in name-calling with a president who is all-too-willing to do so, but he did not hesitate to point out Trump’s apparent anxiety over slippage in the polls.”He seems to get more erratic, the more he feels like he’s behind the curve,” Biden said.On Tuesday Biden changed the profile image on his Twitter feed to a photograph of him wearing a black mask.last_img read more

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PREMIUMDon’t force special autonomy on us, Papuan priests say

first_imgLog in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Facebook Forgot Password ? Linkedin Topics : Papua Otsus-fund special-autonomy #Papua #special-autonomy #Otsus #Otsus-fund A group of 57 Catholic priests from across Papua Island have demanded that the government put a stop to the “forced continuation of special autonomy [Otsus] in Papua”.The spokesperson of the group, John Bunai, a Catholic priest from the Papuan capital Jayapura, urged the government, policymakers and local administrations in a press conference last week to evaluate how the Otsus Law is enforced and to assess whether it has helped improve the lives of Papuans.The law on special autonomy in Papua and West Papua provinces was passed in 2001 during the administration of former president Megawati Soekarnoputri to guarantee Papuans the right to manage their own region politically, economically and culturally. It also stipulates the allocation of special autonomy funds, valid for 20 years.As the funding will stop next year, the House of Representatives has included delibe…last_img read more

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