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BCCO’s Juneteenth Celebration in Odessa grows as anchor in community

first_imgHome Local News BCCO’s Juneteenth Celebration in Odessa grows as anchor in community OC employee of the year always learning Twitter 1 of 2 By admin – June 10, 2018 Grustle’s Codye Hatcher (23) drives towards the basket against Talkin Heads during the annual Juneteenth Basketball Tournament June 16, 2017 at the Odessa College Sports Center. Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Santi Medrano, 10, attempts a dunk on one of the jumpers set up at last year’s Juneteenth celebration at Woodson Park. 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School center_img ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Previous articleCommissioners to appoint new county judgeNext articleFinding work is easy, but not childcare admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Local News BCCO’s Juneteenth Celebration in Odessa grows as anchor in community Codye Hatcher’s three little daughters are getting old enough, now, to where they can go running off in the park on their own on a weekend like this one.They know everybody they see now, Hatcher said, as they bounce around the familiar faces and festivities, and even at six years old and younger, they know what they’re in for even before they get there.“They look forward to it as much as I do myself,” he laughed.The annual Juneteenth Celebration in Odessa has become a family affair for Hatcher and his girls, just as it has for so many members of the West Texas community — and the festivities are set to gear up again this weekend for four days of fun starting Friday. Santi Medrano, 10, attempts a dunk on one of the jumpers set up at last year’s Juneteenth celebration at Woodson Park. Facebook The Black Cultural Council of Odessa is in its 21st year organizing its event that coincides with the annual holiday, which commemorates June 19, 1865, the day the slow-moving news of the Confederacy’s surrender two months earlier finally reached Texas, emancipating slaves in the state.The BCCO’s Juneteenth Celebration is set to feature musical performances, picnics, food vending, a pageant, a parade, its long-running annual basketball tournament, and more, centered in Woodson Park and sprawling out across locations throughout Odessa, June 15-17 and June 19.“It’s special for the community,” Hatcher said, speaking over the phone last week, knowing what it can mean for a young family in West Texas, and looking forward to returning to the court for another year in the tournament and spending more relaxing time out at the park.“It brings everybody back together.”And this year, the BCCO’s event is bigger than ever.Jo Ann Davenport Littleton, BCCO board member, said the event is attracting more vendors this year, and that it has seen an uptick in local businesses sponsoring food and giveaways and the like.Musical acts in the styles of gospel, soul, hip hop and more line the weekend’s schedule for the stage at Woodson Park, where food trucks and vendors from all around will be available, and events like Saturday’s parade on Dixie Boulevard, a comedy act at Blackshear’s auditorium, and the basketball tournament at the Odessa College Sports Center bring the celebration spilling out across Odessa.Admission is free for events throughout the celebration. For a full schedule, visit OdessaBCC.org.“To be a part of the organization, to be a part of the celebration, to see it grow, the way it’s growing, with the participation, with the excitement and people buying in — it’s a great feeling,” Littleton said.“We feel that our city is embracing our Juneteenth celebration and that’s very exciting.”Meanwhile, the celebration is giving right back to the city and the area, attendees like Hatcher can attest.Hatcher first moved to Odessa in 2014, ahead of his junior year of basketball at UTPB. It could’ve been a bit of a culture shock, he agreed, moving from his native Tennessee to Odessa, where black or African American people make up a much smaller portion of the area’s overall population. Odessa’s black population makes up about five percent of the city’s total population, according to Census data.But the Juneteenth Celebration is like a cultural anchor for the black community in West Texas, Hatcher agreed — and now, years after his college basketball career ended, he’s still in the area, raising his young family in Midland.Juneteenth festivities have helped make a home out of West Texas for plenty other members of the black community in the area, too, said Danny Wright, the longtime area Boys and Girls Club coordinator, ECISD educator and former Permian basketball coach.“What it brings is a restoration of history and a celebration of a group of people,” Wright said, amid organizing the 38th annual Danny R. Wright Basketball Tournament as part of the festivities.“If there’s a guy who, let’s say he’s a freshman at UTPB or Odessa College … and he’s been around the city … you very seldom see any African Americans,” he said. “If he messes around and comes to Juneteenth: ‘Wait a minute man, did I go to sleep and wake up in a different city? What is going on here?’” he laughed.“But I think that’s a good thing.”This year’s iteration of the high-level basketball tournament is set to tip off at 6 p.m. Friday and again at 9 a.m. Saturday, with Hatcher and a crew of UTPB alums and contingents looking to win a third straight championship — and fellowship along the way.“It gets them involved in where they’re at,” Hatcher said of other African Americans new to the area like him, perhaps who came to the area for education or for the oil industry. “When you’ve got events like that to come up, and those kind of people who want to figure out what’s going on or know about West Texas, that’s one of the great events to go see.”Ned Simmons said he has seen more of the same in his years in Odessa. He came to the area to play at UTPB in the summer of 2005 and then spent several years working in the school’s athletic department after that.“When you get to go out to a Juneteenth Celebration, being at the park, they get to see, ‘Wow, there is this black population out here. It is something that I can get used to, and be around and be a part of,’” Simmons said.Among so many other things, the event celebrates and carries on a heritage and a culture, Wright agreed, and that’s why it’s important that the event has continued and even grown.“We when we first started to do it, we would have a couple of cars playing music at the park,” Wright said. “And the thing has grown, thanks to Jo Ann Littleton and BCCO,” he said, noting that they’re among others.“It’s an opportunity to come out and it’s a secured environment, a controlled environment, a structured environment. … We don’t do that enough. It’s almost like a family reunion, but all the participants don’t necessarily share the same bloodline.”The BCCO’s weekend event kicks off in earnest Friday, with musical performances starting at 3 p.m. at Woodson Park.“I invite anyone who has never attended one, to please come be a part of our celebration,” Littleton said.“If they come once, they’ll want to come back.” Facebook Creamy Fruit SaladSouthern Style Potato SaladSummer Spaghetti SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Councillor Mick Quinn blasts use of “Habitual Residency” rules.

first_img Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – May 26, 2010 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleFianna Fail Councillor says there will be ‘murder’ if Town Councils are scrappedNext articleRepair works are to begin in the coming weeks on the N56, Glenties News Highland center_img Councillor Mick Quinn blasts use of “Habitual Residency” rules. Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook People locally are being treated unfairly twhen applying for Job seekers allowance, according to local Councillor Mick Quinn.He has attacked the manner in which the rules governing  the use of habitual residency are being used by the Department of Social and Family affairs to determine someones entitlement to sign on.Councillor Quinn, says its especially hard for someone who has left the county for a period and then returned.For eaxmple, someone who was studying in England, finished their course, and now returned home, could find it extremely difficult to sign-on if they cant find employment.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/mick1pm.mp3[/podcast] Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+last_img read more

‘Who Pays Migrants’ Rail Fare?How Many Days Needed To Shift Them?Who Gives Them Food?’, SC Asks Centre

first_imgTop Stories’Who Pays Migrants’ Rail Fare?How Many Days Needed To Shift Them?Who Gives Them Food?’, SC Asks Centre LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK28 May 2020 2:59 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday posed several questions to the Central Government on the issues concerning migrant workers, who have been stranded during the lockdown.A bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah was considering the suo moto case titled “In Re: Problems and Miseries Of Migrant Workers”.At first, the bench sought clarity as to who bears the fare for the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday posed several questions to the Central Government on the issues concerning migrant workers, who have been stranded during the lockdown.A bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah was considering the suo moto case titled “In Re: Problems and Miseries Of Migrant Workers”.At first, the bench sought clarity as to who bears the fare for the train journey of migrants to their native states.The Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, replied “either the receiving state pays to the railways or originating state pays. In some cases, the money is reimbursed by the receiving state”.The SG said that the pricing of the rail fare of migrants cannot be centralized at the central level, and hence the matter was left to the State Governments to sort out.The bench however observed that such an arrangement was “creating a block”, and spoke about the need for a “uniform policy””Migrant won’t know which state has to pay or what transport is even available. There needs to be a uniform policy, else it will create confusion”. When the bench was told that some states, like Bihar, has the policy of reimbursing the rail fare to the workers, the bench observed that even to claim reimbursement, the migrant should have money at the first place.”The person should have money in their pocket in the first place. No migrant should be charged any fare. There has to be some arrangements between states about who bears the cost”, the bench remarked.The bench further asked about the duration required for the transport of migrants, and their waiting period after registration for the journey.”Are these people who are going to be transported, are being asked to shell out any money at any stage? With food surplus available with the FCI, is food being supplied to them while they wait for being transported back?”, the bench asked.”How much time do you need to shift the migrants to where they want to go? What will be monitoring mechanism to ensure that food and basic necessities are taken care of?, the bench continued.The bench added that it was not saying that the Centre was not doing anything, but said that “some further steps need to be taken”. “How many days will be required to transport all the migrants back to their states?”, the bench further asked.The SG replied that approximately 1 crore  migrants have already been shifted. Several workers opted not to shift due to the reopening of activities. States would be in a better position to estimate that, he explained.”What is the estimation of time that is required to shift the migrants? What are the arrangements being made? What is the mechanism in place? Do the people know if they’ll be shifted on 5th day, 7th day or 10th day?”, the bench persisted.”If a migrant is identified(for travel), there must be some certainty that he will be shifted out within 1 week or 10 days at most? What is that time?”, the bench sought to know.The Solicitor General replied that the exact information will be available with the States, and said that the States can file a report regarding the same.”I will gather that information and come back. The mechanism is working at state levels, so will have to get feedback from the states. I am not shifting responsibility. All states are working in tandem”, he said.Earlier, the Solicitor General informed the bench that migrants were being shifted at the rate of 1.85 lakh migrants per day through trains. 50 lakh migrants have been shifted by rail and 47 migrants via road transport, the SG said.The Indian railways have provided 84 lakh meals free of cost, he informed. “Food & drinking water is provided by railways free of cost. The first meal is provided by State Govt. Once the train starts, the food is provided by the rail min. If the journey is short then one meal and if it’s long then 2 meals”, he added.Once the migrants reach their states, they are screened for infections. Many states follow mandatory quarantine protocols with respect to incoming migrants, he added.The SG also said that there were “isolated incidents” of migrants crisis, which were being shown repeatedly in media.”Repeated reporting of isolated incident has a deep impact”, he remarked.He also added that “local instigation” led to the migrants’ walk in many cases.”In many cases there is local level instigation which is encouraging people to start walking. Those who started walking, when the state found them, the bus goes to them immediately and takes them to the nearest railway station”, he said.The SG also undertook to file a report regarding the supply of food grains to migrants who are found on roads, outside shelter homes.After the hearing, the bench passed an interim order, stating :No fare either by train or bus shall be charged for migrant workers. Railway fare to be shared by states.Migrant workers shall be provided food by the concerned state and UT at places- To be publicised & notified for the period they are waiting for their turn to board a train or a bus.During train journey, originating states will provide meal & water. Railways to provide meal and water to migrant workers . Food and water to also be provided in buses. State shall oversee the registration of migrants & states to ensure that after registration, they are made to board transport as early as possible. Those migrant workers found walking on the roads, immediately be taken to shelters & provided food and all facilities.The bench also directed the Centre to place on record information regarding number of migrants awaiting , transportation to native places, plan for transportation and mechanism of registration and other requisite details. “As and when the state governments put in a request for trains, railways has to provide them”, the bench further ordered.The matter will be considered next on June 5.(With inputs from tweets by Sanya Talwar)Next Storylast_img read more

Serious safety concerns over Lower Dromore junction

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Donegal County Council has agreed to look further into safety concerns at a junction on the outskirts of Letterkenny.Residents near the junction at Lower Dromore which leads out onto the dual carriageway are said to be worried over an eight ft drop in the area and the potential consequences if a car went off the road there.The issue was raised at the latest sitting of the Letterkenny MD with the local authority pledging to send a road engineer to the scene to access it further.Cllr Donal Kelly says he’s anxious for something to be done:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/dodfgdfgdfnalkelly.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – March 13, 2020 Previous articleEmergency services attending crash at KillygordonNext articleAll masses cancelled in Diocese of Raphoe News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Serious safety concerns over Lower Dromore junction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterestlast_img read more

Scottish agent register faces its first test as landlords call for letting agency to be banned

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Scottish agent register faces its first test as landlords call for letting agency to be banned previous nextRegulation & LawScottish agent register faces its first test as landlords call for letting agency to be bannedDozens of irate landlords enraged over unpaid rental income and unlodged tenant deposits are calling for Lanarkshire letting agent to be banned in October when register goes live.Nigel Lewis7th August 201801,155 Views Scotland’s rogue letting agent register is to face its first test after dozens of landlords have called for a Lanarkshire letting agency to be banned when the register goes live in October.At least 20 irate landlords from across the UK and beyond have called for action over Lets by Location. It is a two branch agency with offices in Hamilton and Airdrie that has court decrees totalling £20,000 outstanding against it.The calls for action have been growing louder following two recent court actions by landlords, and also on review websites by landlords from as far afield as South Africa and Germany who have chased the agency for unpaid rent income and deposits.The company has a one-star rating on AllAgents and Facebook for its Hamilton branch and all 19 of the reviews reveal frustrated landlords who are owed thousands by Lets by Location.This includes allegations of deposits that have not been lodged with an approved deposit protection service.Complaint upheldThe building crisis over the rogue letting agency’s activities came to a head last week when a First Tier Tribunal hearing in Glasgow upheld a complaint by local landlord George Hanley against the company and ordered it to pay compensation totalling £1,000.Hanley said that the letting agency had failed to pass on rent on numerous occasions from his flat’s tenants and had charged unnecessary and unjustified landlord and tenant fees including a £362 contract termination fee.The judge in the case described the agency’s payments system as ‘at best chaotic’.  The agency did not attend the Tribunal hearing or offer any documentation in its defence.The case follows an earlier Tribunal hearing during which Lindsay Chick and his wife Lesley from Kent claimed in court that Lets by Location had not paid them £7,000 in rent, the Daily Record reports.Hamilton George Hanley Lanarkshire Lets by Location Lindsay Chick AllAgents rogue letting agent August 7, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

News story: Multi-million fund to boost children’s early language skills

first_img We are very pleased that the Government has announced funding for a new LGA peer review programme of sector-led support which will share and promote good practice and knowledge across councils. Councils are absolutely determined to make sure that children get the best start in life. This is why we need to close ‘the word gap’ in the early years, by focussing on key early language and literacy skills, so that all children can begin school ready to thrive. Through the hard work of teachers and the government’s reforms, academic standards are rising with 1.9 million more children in schools rated good or outstanding than in 2010 and the attainment gap is narrowing in both primary and secondary school. English children are also rising up the international literacy league tables from an early age, helping to make Britain a country fit for the future.Despite this progress, too many children arrive at school struggling with language and social skills, putting them at a disadvantage when they begin their formal education and making it harder for them to master the fundamentals of reading that other children take for granted.Over the past 40 years, the amount of time parents spend on development activities, such as playing and reading with their children has risen from 23 minutes per day to 80 minutes, but research shows that three year olds from certain backgrounds are 37 percentage points less likely to be read to every day than their peers.The EEF will trial projects in the north of England, looking at what works best in improving children’s communication skills at home before they begin school, a key part of the government’s ambition to give every child the best start in life.The projects aim to give parents and carers the tools to widen children’s language, vocabulary and social skills in the pre-school years to tackle the ‘word gap’ that exists between disadvantaged children and their better off peers at age five, and there is evidence that shows this has a long term effect on educational outcomes.First announced in the government’s social mobility action plan Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential, published in December, these measures target support in areas that need it the most – ensuring equality of opportunity for children and young people and laying the foundations to give them an excellent education.Sir Kevan Collins, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation, said: In a separate drive to aid social mobility, the government has also committed £8.5million to a new Early Years Social Mobility Peer Review Programme with the Local Government Association, which will see councils working together to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children.Councillor Roy Perry, Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said: New support to help parents improve their children’s early language and literacy skills at home before they start school have been announced today (30 April) by Education Secretary Damian Hinds.Two schemes will build the confidence of parents to support their children in language and reading at an early stage. This has been shown to help close the so-called ‘word gap’ – the gap in communication skills between disadvantaged children and their peers when they start school.A new £5million scheme will be run by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to trial projects to provide practical tools and advice to parents so they can help their children learn new words through simple steps like reading and singing nursery rhymes.Alongside this, an £8.5million programme has opened for local authorities to fund projects to improve early language and literacy development for disadvantaged children.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:center_img This Government wants every child to have the best start in life which means mastering the basics of speaking, reading and writing at an early age. It is important that parents and families can feel confident about supporting their children so they can start school with the appropriate level of language and social skills. This new support will help parents with early language learning at home by giving them practical advice on activities like reading and learning the alphabet which are so important in making sure no child is left behind. Parents care very much about the future of their children, whatever their background or wherever they come from. But it can sometimes be difficult to get them involved in their child’s learning and we know little about how to do this well. By testing different ways of tackling issues like the early years ‘word gap’, this new fund will give us much needed information about how we can give parents the tools they need to give their child the very best start in life.last_img read more

On the Blogs: Houston-Based Kinder Morgan Gets a Canadian Bailout

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sightline Institute:In his continuing bid to earn his country the title of most corrupt petro-state, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau just committed his government—or, rather, all of the country’s citizens—to a Can$4.5 billion bailout for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Trudeau’s government has agreed to buy the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline, along with associated assets, from the current owner, a subsidiary of Houston-based Kinder Morgan, Inc. And despite fierce opposition from the provincial government of British Columbia, First Nations groups, local municipalities, environmental activists, government watchdogs, and any sensible person concerned about the integrity of the Salish Sea, Trudeau plans to move forward with building a second pipeline that would nearly triple flows of heavy tar sands oil to the BC coast.The big winner in all this is Houston’s richest billionaire, Richard Kinder—the executive chairman of Kinder Morgan, a multinational pipeline giant that rose from the ashes of Enron and succeeded in playing the Canadian government like a fiddle throughout the years-long Trans Mountain saga.The losers? Well, just about everyone else, especially the First Nations whose homelands and waters will be threatened by an unwanted pipeline.Financially, the Trans Mountain expansion was always a high-risk endeavor that struggled to attract investors. In the fall of 2016, Kinder Morgan, Inc. signaled that it was looking for joint-venture partners to share costs and risks, and the company continued to look for joint-venture partners through the following spring. Finding no takers, the company announced that it would raise equity through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) by bundling its Canadian assets, along with the Puget Sound Pipeline in Washington, into a shell company.More: Canadian Government Bails Out Houston Billionaire On the Blogs: Houston-Based Kinder Morgan Gets a Canadian Bailoutlast_img read more

Central America Resorts to Isolation Against COVID-19

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo April 13, 2020 With the advance of the coronavirus in the western hemisphere, Central American countries are under states of emergency and curfews. Their armed forces are taking several measures to halt the advance of the global threat in their territories, without neglecting their daily duties to counter crime.El Salvador was the first Latin American country to declare a mandatory national lockdown, on March 12. The Armed Forces and the National Civil Police are keeping their air, land, and maritime spaces closed. Only one person per family can go out about twice a week to get food or medicine, authorities ordered.In addition to strengthening security in quarantine centers, soldiers provide water and meals to patients, sanitize the areas, and organize donations and logistics activities to respond to the emergency. “Two thousand troops are also guarding the 142 blind spots [on the border] that the Naval Force’s Sumpul Command has identified,” said Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele.Members of the Salvadoran Armed Force conduct inspections in compliance with emergency health provisions regarding COVID-19. (Photo: Salvadoran Armed Force)For its part, Honduras has been under curfew since March 16, as ordered by President Juan Orlando Hernández. All borders are closed to the flow of people, and the use of public transport is banned.The Honduran Armed Forces maintain order with checkpoints, patrols, and operations, and prevent people from gathering. They also provide free food to families who have self-isolated in their homes, bring health protection, and transport medical equipment and supplies, says the Honduran Secretariat of National Defense.In Panama, President Laurentino Cortizo announced that “as of March 16, we are restricting the entry of non-nationals and non-residents into the country. Every passenger will be in mandatory preventive isolation at home for 14 days. Food, medicine, and supplies will continue to enter,” he said.On March 25, Cortizo issued a curfew. “I declare a mandatory full quarantine in the national territory for an unspecified period, with a few exceptions,” he said. “The supply chain of food, banking, grocery stores, and health services will be able to move and operate. The population can only go out in the streets for two hours, taking turns to stock up on basic supplies.”In Costa Rica, President Carlos Alvarado has closed the borders. “We are urged to remain at home, not to expose ourselves, not to create unrest, and to follow the recommendations,” Alvarado told the press.The Public Force strengthened surveillance at the borders to stop the virus spread. “In the case of Costa Ricans and resident foreigners, they may return to the country, but they will have to be under quarantine for 14 days,” Alvarado added.In Guatemala, restrictive measures for the population began on March 22. The Army and Police forces patrol the streets, highways, and border crossings; those who fail to comply with the curfew will be arrested and brought to justice, the Mexican newspaper El Universal said. Service members conduct air, maritime, and border riverine surveillance, and also provide security for the Ministry of Health’s personnel, the newspaper added.The Guatemalan Army reported that the Corps of Engineers is building five field hospitals in the country’s west, all equipped with a quarantine area for observation and isolation.Although Nicaragua confirmed that the virus was in the country on March 18, the Daniel Ortega government has not taken any steps or deployed the Armed Forces to combat COVID-19.last_img read more

Air Line Pilots Association changes course and merges into Connexus Credit Union

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michael BartlettThe members of $175 million Air Line Pilots Association FCU, voted to merge into $1 billion Connexus Credit Union, here, the two CUs announced Monday.The merger, which created an institution with more than $1.2 billion in assets and 179,000 members, was effective July 8.Both CUs have national charters, serving all 50 U.S. states. They said the combination was a “strategic merger” that joined two credit unions with “very similar philosophies and values.”“The merged credit union will offer its 179,000-plus members a stronger member experience by bringing together best practices of both credit unions, including optimizing and expanding member convenience through online services, call center, branch and ATM locations, as well as diversification of product and service offerings,” the CUs said in a statement. continue reading »last_img read more

Restaurant owners worry about the fate of buffets

first_imgAs far as the buffet is concerned, “we definitely bought a lot of serving utensils and we are going to be changing those out.” “By reducing our serviceable area, we are able to spread out the customers a little bit more,” said Tung. “Business was pretty good,” said manager Muhammad Sadiq. “It will take some thinking because there are other buffet restaurants in the area that are also closed.” With more space, manager Stanley Tung said they will open at reduced capacity once we enter phase three. Tung said he isn’t worried about people not wanting to go to a buffet. “Once people know that we are clean and keeping the hygiene up, limiting people to the buffet area, I think slowly people will come through.” If you fast forward six months, that becomes a different story, “we just lost customers, so quickly,” he said. Manager Muhammed Sadiq said with COVID-19, he chose to close his restaurant completely. “Since May 1st we’ve been doing some take-out and delivery,” said Buffet Star manager Stanley Tung.center_img “Social distancing is not going to work in a buffet restaurant. We have to see what the new normal is for a buffet restaurant,” said Sadiq. Despite restaurants being a part of phase three, Sadiq said they have no plans to reopen soon because people won’t want to go to a buffet. Buffet Star in Vestal would fall under that category. So, these two restaurants will have to wait and see what people will do to find out the fate of buffets. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Silver Crown Buffet opened its doors in Binghamton in December. “This is a buffet restaurant, so there is more possibility of transmitting the disease,” said Sadiq. Sadiq said they have considered take-out among other options, but for the time being, it is just not worth it.last_img read more