Heritage Ministries Appoints New Chief Financial Officer, Greg Fernandez

first_imgGERRY — Heritage Ministries has named a new chief financial officer from Syracuse, according to Lisa Haglund, president and CEO of Heritage Ministries.Greg Fernandez, CPA, MBA, has been named Chief Financial Officer of the organization. Fernandez comes to Heritage with a background of more than 38 years in financial management, previously serving as a consultant for ProNexus, and CFO of Franciscan Management Services in Syracuse.“We welcome Greg’s expertise as we look forward to the future, knowing that he will work alongside our dedicated teams to support the Heritage mission,” Haglund said. “His experience in not-for-profit financial management will help Heritage to maintain a strong and healthy future as we work each day to promote hope, dignity, and purposeful living to all those entrusted to our care.”Fernandez obtained both his bachelor’s in accounting and his master’s in business administration from LeMoyne College and has been engaged with Heritage as the interim CFO since May 2020. In his role, Fernandez will be responsible for the oversight of all financial operations at Heritage and its affiliates, nationwide. “I am excited to join Heritage Charitable Care Ministries as the permanent Chief Financial Officer. I am looking forward to working alongside all of the wonderful, dedicated employees that contribute to the compassionate mission of Heritage,” Fernandez said.He currently resides in Syracuse with his wife Barbara. They have two sons, Gregory and Michael. Fernandez also serves as a member of the Supervisory Committee for the Empower Federal Credit Union. 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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Watch Darren Criss Sing Full Studio Version of ‘Not Alone’

View Comments Darren Criss Star Files Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Darren Criss has a lovely holiday surprise for his legion of fans! Check out below a fully produced version of his track “Not Alone.” The Hedwig and Glee favorite explained in a Facebook post: “Many of you have been wondering for years where a full-length album is. I can promise that while I’ve been continually working towards putting one out, I have equally been primarily focused on making it a body of work that I’m proud of. I have in fact, written and recorded dozens of songs, but a majority of them haven’t felt quite ready. However, a track that always stood out on its own was a full studio version of ‘Not Alone.'” We can’t wait to hear the whole album when it’s complete! read more

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Storms Buoy Farmers

first_imgShurley calls peanut situation as stable as he’s ever seen it. “Supply and demand are fairlyequal right now,” he said. “That should keep prices for peanut products about the same atthe grocery store.” As the sun peeked through the clouds after late-April storms swept through Georgia,farmers who rely on rainfall to water their crops could see a ray of hope. Hudson tells farmers to check their fields even closer. “Research shows that if a farmerfinds insects in his fields at this time, he could lose significant yield,” he said. The mild winter and dry spring made insects worse in corn this year, and “these rains willmask some of their damage,” said extension entomologist Randy Hudson. Extension economist George Shumaker said for many farmers, soybeans are an attractivecrop. “They can use the same equipment in corn and soybeans,” he said. “And theprofitability potential is good. Georgia farmers don’t raise enough corn or soybeans to significantly affect nationalmarkets, Shumaker said. These two crops are used mainly as livestock feeds. Level cornand soybean prices can help keep meat prices level, too. Planting at the perfect time has another advantage, too. “This latest rainfall during the weekend of April 26-28 is perfect,” he said. “As fields dryout and farmers can plant, it puts them in the field during the optimal planting time tominimize the risk of tomato spotted wilt.” This killer virus can wipe out half a peanut crop. Once the soil has enough moisture to make the seed germinate and break the surface,Beasley said the young plants can grow for several weeks without more rain withoutjeopardizing the final yield. “The corn crop is mostly planted,” he said. “Dry conditions prior to last weekend mayswitch acreage to soybeans or cotton. Now that moisture has returned, better contractsmay attract more peanut acreage as well.” “Contract prices for both quota and additional peanuts have increased in recent weeks,”said Don Shurley, an extension economist. “The best prices I’ve seen so far this year are$650/ton for quota and $350/ton for additionals.” Beasley said most of the peanut belt got up to 4 inches of rain during the last full week ofApril. That was enough to moisten the top two to three inches of soil — near-perfectplanting conditions. For farmers with corn already in the field, the rains could make them miss potentiallyserious insect problems. In all, peanuts, corn, cotton and soybeans directly add $1.36 billion to Georgia’s economy. “But some land could go into cotton, too,” he said. “This latest rain should add someenthusiasm to the markets that most thought had peaked.” Shurley said dry, cooler weather earlier in April may have changed some farmers’ plantingdecisions. What do the late-April rains mean to consumers? If anything, the experts say it will keepprices about the same. “That’s exactly what we needed to get farmers into their fields and planting peanuts,” hesaid. “The rains couldn’t have come at a better time for peanut growers,” said John Beasley, anagronomist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “We almost went fromfamine to feast, though.”last_img read more

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Trail Mix | Tommy Womack

first_imgPlaying with house money.I am sometimes bandy that about when chatting with (or about) people who have had near brushes with death. Folks and friends who, just maybe, missed that trip through the long black veil by sheer luck, happenstance, or divine intervention.We all know someone like that.Tommy Womack sure fits the bill. Having once defied the odds by kicking addiction in 2012, Womack was involved in a horrifying car crash in June of last year when his Nissan Sentra was t-boned by a tractor trailer truck while on tour in Kentucky.By all accounts, Womack shouldn’t be here. But he battled back (again) and – thankfully – the stark and witty songwriting that has won him a loyal and fervent fan base continues on his new record, Namaste.Tommy Womack recently took the time to chat with me about the new record, giving thanks, and good coffee.namasteBRO – Considering the year you have had, the power of your album cover is not lost on me. For what are you giving thanks each day?TW – I’m giving thanks for a lot, but here’s one specific thing. I’ve driven thousands of miles in every state of mind imaginable. Never wrecked. I’ve been sober for four years. So if I had to have a wreck, I’m thankful it happened NOW, when there wasn’t a joint in the ashtray and no half-empty bottle rolling around on the floorboard.BRO – In truth, I had no idea what “namaste” meant when I got your record. I had to look it up. Knowing what it means now, it seems like we could all use an extra dose of that spirit.TW – The whole world needs a dose of that spirit. I’m religious but I’m not religious about it. I do believe in spirit, and I believe in people.BRO – How did songwriting help in your recovery?TW – Well, you know, I don’t know if it did specifically. It’s just something I do now and then and when I’ve done enough, I go into the studio and make a record. I try not to question why I do it anymore, or how. Probably, buying a good new La-Z Boy helped my recovery as much as anything.BRO –  I really enjoy your Monday Morning Cup of Coffee feature, which I follow on Youtube. What makes for your favorite cup of coffee?TW – Coffee’s like the last best drug. I actually go to bed feeling excited about waking up and having that first cup. The brain jump-starts and it’s a new day. Everything is fresh. That’s the best cup.BRO – We are featuring “End Of The Line” on this month’s Trail Mix. If I may speak for fans of yours everywhere, we sure hope Namaste isn’t yours.TW – Thank you. Every record I make, I promise myself it’s the last one. No more of this foolishness. But it never sticks. John Prine says if you think breaking into show business is hard, try breaking out! And, as Billy Joe Shaver says, there’s nobody quit to.Tommy Womack heads back to the stage in early August with shows in Nashville and Chattanooga. For more information on Tommy Womack, the new record, or when he will be coming to a stage near you, check out his website. And, for you fans of coffee and witticism out there, make sure you follow Tommy’s Monday Morning Cup of Coffee.Also, be sure to check out “End Of The Line” on this month’s Trail Mix.Photo by Stacie Huckeba.More from the Trail Mix blog:last_img read more

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YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW: State gets new government transparency leader

first_img“Open and transparent government is a priority of Governor Cuomo and I look forward to working with the Committee to continue to highlight the importance of the Freedom of Information, Open Meetings and Personal Privacy Protection Laws,” Bewlay said in a statement announcing her appointment Monday.Bewlay has a challenging task ahead of her.She’s works in a state with a long history of political corruption and secrecy. The era of electronic communication makes it more challenging to access records and easier for public officials to hide communications and records. The decline of local media and its ability to serve as effectively as government watchdogs as it did in the past has resulted in less direct oversight of government malfeasance when it comes to open government laws. And we’re living in a political atmosphere in which personal privacy is arm-wrestling against public disclosure.She’ll also face the challenge of trying to maintain independence from the executive branch of state government run by a powerful governor. Freeman often clashed with leaders in his own government, yet had managed to maintain a healthy independence under both Republican and Democratic governors over several decades, in large part because of his popularity with the press and public due to his vigorous grassroots-level opposition to government secrecy.As citizens, we must hope that Ms. Bewlay continues the strong tradition of the Committee on Open Government’s independence, advocacy for legislation that supports public disclosure and support for the public’s right to know.Click here to read an article in LoHud for more on Bewlay’s appointment.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.Foss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspections Categories: OpinionNew York residents have a new advocate for open government.Shoshanah Bewlay — a Vassar-educated lawyer, former general counsel for the state’s Office of Information and Technology Services, former agency records access officer, and longtime manager of the state Attorney General’s eDiscovery program — has been appointed as executive director of the state Committee on Open Government.She replaces Robert Freeman, the legendary open government guru who was fired in disgrace in June over allegations of sexually inappropriate conduct.last_img read more

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Practice, opening night rescheduled at Thunderhill Raceway

first_imgBy Edward Anschutz STURGEON BAY, Wis. – With weather conditions being less than favorable, Thunderhill Raceway has been forced reschedule its planned practice session for April 29 while the season opener has been postponed to May 3.“While we want to get the 2014 season rolling, the biggest emphasis will be put on taking care of the drivers and their race cars,“ promoter Woody Wodack said. “We refuse to tear up equipment or the track just to get opening night in the books.” “The goal will to be to give drivers and race fans the best show possible,” he continued. “Mother Nature has played havoc in recent weeks so we are hoping for some sunshine and dry weather.”A second practice is also in the works. Five divisions do battle every Saturday night through the summer. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks and Street Stocks will compete on the 1/3rd mile clay oval.For more information, please visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side. Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. racing starts at 6 p.m. For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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GOtv Boxing Night Mini: Boxers talk tough

first_imgRelatedPosts GOtv Boxing Night Mini holds today Excitement builds as GOtv Boxing Night Mini nears GOtv Boxing Night Mini will help boxers – Coach Mensah Boxers billed to fight at the maiden edition of GOtv Boxing Night Mini have been speaking of their preparations ahead of the event billed to hold on Saturday at the Rowe Park Sports Complex, Yaba, Lagos. Typically, the boxers’ comments have been marked by boasts about their abilities and how such would swing things in their way.Some of the boxers scheduled to be in action are Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, reigning West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion; Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight champion, Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu, Ola Adebakin and Cynthia “Omo Bobby” Ogunsemilore.Oladosu, who is billed to take on  Adebakin in a national lightweight challenge, declared himself ready, willing and able to see off his opponent without fuss.“I am unstoppable. Tell Adebakin that he will see hell. I don’t even need to exert myself. I’m sufficiently prepared and he’d feel the full force of my preparation,” he said.The lesser known Adebakin, however, responded that while he is an underdog, he will show Oladosu that underdogs can bite and dangerously, too. He bragged that he will inflict on the WABU champion his first defeat as a professional.  “Real One might be better known, but that will count for nothing when we step into the ring. He isn’t familiar with me, but did know him well, including his weaknesses. I’m ready to exploit this and put him where he belongs: on the canvas,” he bragged.WABU welterweight champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, is also in war mood, issuing a strong warning to his opponent, Dennis “The Range” Mba.   He said he has seen media reports quoting Mba as threatening him with defeat, something for which he would make him pay. “I’ve seen him boast in media reports, but he’ll be sorry at the end of the fight. He’d be treated like every other opponent who’s been foolish enough to face me,” he raved. Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu and Semiu “Jagaban” Olopade have similarly swapped boasts, with the former vowing to leave his opponent in tears and blood.Also, Ogunsemilore, who is billed to take on take on Omowunmi “Mummy’s Pet” Akinsanya in a national super featherweight challenge, said she expects to win the bout and improve her fight record.“I am well prepared for this fight and I am primed to ensure Akinsanya continues to remain a “Mummy’s Pet” in the ring. I really need the win in order to show that my nascent boxing career is really progressing,” she said.Also on the bout card is a national cruiserweight challenge between Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi and Tunji “Germani” Olajide.Tags: GOtv Boxing Night Minilast_img read more

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Martin Sheriff’s Deputy Injured in Crash While Helping Another Accident Victim

first_imgA Martin County Sheriff’s Deputy has been severely injured, after stopping to help a crash victim while he was off duty, the sheriff’s office says.Deputy Shawn Green, a 20-year veteran of the MCSO, stopped to help the person on Saturday around 1:30 a.m. on State Road 74 west of State Road 69. He called dispatchers to report the crash and started to help the vehicle’s occupant.When an Indiantown MCSO unit arrived, they found the deputy laying in the road with severe injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. A second crash occurred as a result of the first one, and the off-duty deputy was airlifted to Lawnwood Hospital in critical condition.The sheriff’s office says the driver of the vehicle involved in the second crash was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.The Florida Highway Patrol is now investigating the crash.last_img read more

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The Latest: Italian teams favor finishing soccer season

first_imgThe DeVos family announced the donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Through May 20 fans can also see 25% of their online-order price at Orlando-area Papa John’s restaurants donated to the food bank as well.Magic CEO Alex Martins says “this has been a focus for us over the years, and now more than ever this remains a priority. We will continue to work together to make sure we assist those most vulnerable.”The DeVos family previously announced a $2 million compensation fund for Orlando Magic, Amway Center, Lakeland Magic and Orlando Solar Bears hourly workers for games and time missed during the COVID-19 suspension of seasons. Several Magic players and Magic coach Steve Clifford have also championed various charitable causes during the pandemic.___Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has urged his players to accept a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic. The games will be played without fans until the risk of infection from the coronavirus is gone.The league plans to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but has decided scrap its all-star game and shorten the first round of the playoffs from a best-of-five to best-of-three series.The KBO says it could shorten the regular season if infections erupt. The league will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The multi-disciple event between various nations was scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Circuit Paul Ricard near designated host city Marseille. The new dates are Oct. 22-24 next year at the same place.The next games are set to see the introduction of rally and historic motorsport events.Paul Ricard also hosts a Formula One race. It is scheduled for June 28 but widely expected to become the 10th of 22 races this season to be called off amid the virus outbreak.___South Korea’s professional baseball league has decided to begin its season on May 5. Associated Press April 21, 2020 The Latest: Italian teams favor finishing soccer season Al-Khelaifi says in an interview with RMC radio that he is “expecting them to make an effort for the club. They know their responsibilities.”Players on French clubs are all on temporary layoffs. That means a small cut in pay of 16 percent and the state picks up a portion of the rest.Players at clubs in other countries have taken large pay cuts amid the uncertainty.PSG’s squad includes world-class players Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Ángel Di María and Edinson Cavani.Al-Khelaifi says “our wage bill is of substantial volume” and “we risk suffering colossal losses” at the end of the season.center_img ___UEFA vice president Sándor Csányi says playoffs to decide the last four places in the postponed European Championship could be played in October or November.The 16-nation playoffs have twice been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Euro 2020 has been delayed one year.Csányi tells Hungarian media that October and November are options while there is uncertainty about when soccer can resume in Europe. All 55 UEFA member countries are currently scheduled to play Nations League games in October and November.Hungary was drawn to play at Bulgaria in the single knockout Euro 2020 playoffs. The winner will host either Iceland or Romania with a place in the final tournament at stake. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The 20 clubs in Italy’s top soccer division have unanimously voted in favor of finishing the current season. The Lega Serie A held an assembly with the 20 clubs by videoconference. It released a statement saying all clubs voted “to carry on the 2019-2020 season to the end, if the government allows it to happen.”Serie A has been suspended since the government ordered a nationwide lockdown more than a month ago. Twelve rounds remain along with four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22.The lockdown in Italy is scheduled to expire after May 3.___The ownership of the Orlando Magic have announced a $50,000 donation to a Central Florida food bank and have teamed with Papa John’s to offer a way for their fans to support food-insecure families as well. Schaade says he would prefer testing to be focused on people who show symptoms or who are linked to an outbreak of the virus.Clubs are eager to resume the Bundesliga to avoid financial losses. They are negotiating a tricky political landscape and opposition from some fan groups.The governors of German states Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have called for a restart of soccer on May 9 but not all states are on board.___The second edition of FIA’s Motorsport Games has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hungary is one of 12 host nations of Euro 2020.___The deputy head of Germany’s national disease control center has cautioned against coronavirus testing for soccer players in order to restart the league.Regular testing of players and team staff is a key element of a plan to resume German soccer in empty stadiums next month.Robert Koch Institute vice president Lars Schaade says he doesn’t “see why certain sections of the population … should be routinely screened.”last_img read more

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Fiammetta: Seau death brings much-needed debate

first_imgI never knew Junior Seau, nor did I know much about him as a person prior to this week.I was well aware he was an All-Pro linebacker who spent several seasons (13, to be exact) with the San Diego Chargers. There, he forged an identity as a talented, relentless linebacker that persisted throughout the duration of his 20-year career.Seau entered the NFL in 1990, the year of my birth. Consequently, I was much more familiar with the latter half of his career. When Seau, after a three-year stint with the Miami Dolphins, signed with the New England Patriots in 2006, I remember questioning the wisdom of acquiring a then-37-year-old linebacker who seemed to be at the end of his career.Yet Seau proceeded to play the next four seasons with the Patriots, remaining a solid contributor, especially for the first two. His “veteran leadership” was consistently displayed beyond the typical usage employed by sportswriters everywhere, as Seau was one of those players who wore his emotions on his sleeve and didn’t have to tell people how much he loved the game.Wednesday morning, Seau was found shot to death in his home in northern San Diego County. Police said Seau’s girlfriend found him unconscious with a gunshot wound to his chest, with a gun found nearby. No suicide note was found, but by Thursday night the medical examiner’s office had ruled Seau’s death a suicide.A near lock to join the Hall of Fame, remembrance of Seau highlighted his brilliance as a player who was beloved by teammates and coaches – consistently observed over the course of his two decades in the league. As several news reports this week have recalled, Seau’s trademark intensity manifested itself from his first days in the league, as he was ejected for fighting in his first exhibition game as a rookie.Those closest to Seau almost unanimously shared testaments to his ebullience off the football field – a trait that isn’t hard to see in him but one that might’ve been obscured by his identity as a pro football player. Wednesday, USC’s athletic department – Seau’s alma mater – released a poignant tribute video showing highlights of his college career paired with his ukulele rendition of the great Eric Clapton song “Wonderful Tonight.” Fittingly, the footage of Seau’s ukulele performance was shot the day of the Trojans’ spring game less than a month ago.Seau’s unfamiliar off-field persona quickly formed an unfortunate parallel with the unseen dangers of the sport, which have garnered a much wider media presence over the past several years. Seau’s suicide links him with two other former NFL players who have taken their own lives in the past 15 months. Former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling committed suicide in April, while ex-Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest in February 2011.Prior to his death, it was reported Duerson texted family members a request to have his brain tissue examined for the damage found in other retired players. Three months later, Duerson’s brain was found to have the same trauma-induced disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, as more than 20 deceased players.The circumstances of Seau’s death, with a gunshot to the chest, immediately echoed those of Duerson’s. They also pushed the current debate over player safety to an all-time high. Since Commissioner Roger Goodell took over in 2006, a variety of rule changes have been implemented, including tightened regulations on legal tackles and the shortening of kickoffs to make returns safer. Helmets and other player equipment have also undergone rigorous and repeated testing to ensure the highest safety possible in such a violent sport.Nevertheless, more than 1,500 retired players have brought legal action against the NFL, claiming the league hid the dangers of concussions from them. More than 100 ex-players filed a new suit Thursday, including former Atlanta Falcons All-Pro running back Jamal Anderson.All of these circumstances are tragic causes for legitimate and much-needed conversation. Tuesday evening in New York, Slate/Intelligence Squared will hold a debate with the motion “ban college football.” In support will be Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger and The New Yorker’s Malcolm Gladwell. Against the motion will be former NFL defensive end and broadcaster Tim Green and Fox Sports national columnist Jason Whitlock.The debate has been scheduled for some time, making its timing suddenly intriguing given Seau’s death. At the forefront of the debate will be the significant medical issues facing the sport, though other issues such as institutional corruption and whether collegiate athletes should be paid will also come into play.Of course, college football isn’t going anywhere any time soon. In all likelihood, it won’t ever be “banned.” More likely – or at least more feasibly – a serious backlash spurred on by concerns over player safety and compensation will drive corporate sponsors away and ultimately diminish the sport to the level of boxing, horse racing and rugby.At least, that’s how other writers more established and in-the-know than myself have theorized the demise of college football. Back in February, four days after Super Bowl XLVI, Grantland even ran an article by two economists with the headline, “What Would the End of Football Look Like”? The article attempted to explain how such demise might come about through, obviously, an economic perspective. It was, unsurprisingly, met with widespread criticism.Regardless of where the debate – both Slate’s and the overall dialogue on player safety – goes, conversation on the matter is the most pressing need for football. Specific reforms, whether that means the elimination of kickoffs and/or helmets or whatever, won’t come today, tomorrow or next week.As a student journalist who hopes to one day join the real, meaningful discourse on the topic, I’m hopeful such conversation on the safety of football grows both in popularity and intelligence. Twitter arguments or any other simpleminded back-and-forth might generate headlines, but that’ll be it.Though the Slate debate might, to some, seem radical, it’s a tremendous step in the right direction. Let’s hope more come afterward, for the sake of the sport, its players and its fans.Mike is a senior majoring in journalism. Have any thoughts on player safety in football? Feel free to share them with him on Twitter @mikefiammetta.last_img read more

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