Area Schools Feeling COVID-19 Impacts

first_imgShare: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) Cropped eflon / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 JAMESTOWN – Several local schools are feeling impacts of COVID-19 after teachers, staff and students tested positive for the virus this week.Another employee with Jamestown Public Schools tested positive for COVID-19 this Thursday. School officials say the district staff member was last working on Thursday, October 29 and likely did not have contact with co-workers while sick.This is the second employee of the district to test positive this week. Additionally, just this week three students from various school buildings also tested positive for the virus.Other local schools are also working to contain COVID-19 within their districts. Cassadaga Valley Central School closed both their elementary and middle/high school buildings on Friday after a staff member at both locations tested positive for the virus.After cleaning, school officials there expect to reopen the buildings next week.The Panama Central School District is also delaying the return of some of their in-person learning. School leaders report students in 7th, 9th, and 12th grades will return to full-time in-person learning in February.The school is currently following a hybrid schedule with mixed remote and in-person instruction.last_img read more

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Data and analytics: It’s about insights and execution

first_imgCUNA Mutual (Madison, Wisc.) is both affirming continuity in its service to credit unions and executing a kind of departure with its launch of CUNA Mutual AdvantEdge Analytics LLC,  a new data and analytics technology and services business designed to help credit unions deliver a better member experience through actionable insights. CUNA Mutual describes the new entity as the industry’s most integrated end-to-end solution, bringing together data management, reporting and performance management, and advanced analytics.CUNA Mutual AdvantEdge Analytics represents part of a more than $250 million investment in innovation to help the credit union industry. In its statement announcing the new entity, CUNA Mutual says that the AdvantEdge Analytics’ full suite of software tools and intelligence reporting will integrate and significantly expand the scale of data to help credit unions gain stronger member intelligence, accelerate analytics adoption and strengthen their market share. CUNA Mutual Group recently acquired Chicago-based data analytics startup, SavvyIntel, to further build-out the analytical reporting capabilities for the AdvantEdge Analytics product suite. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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What’s going on at Real Madrid? | Football News

first_imgToni Kroos was omitted from the starting line-up against ValenciaImage:Toni Kroos was omitted from the starting line-up against Valencia Madrid’s defence was a shambles against a Valencia team stripped of their key assets as a result of no European football and Covid-19. Head coach Javi Gracia had even threatened to walk after a mass clear-out of his squad to reduce the club’s operating budget by 40 per cent.Ferran Torres, Dani Parejo, Ezequiel Garay, Francis Coquelin, Rodrigo Moreno and Cristiano Piccini all departed but Carlos Soler scored a hat-trick of penalties to turn up the heat on Zidane. Real's Champions League group stage campaign is in the balanceImage:Real’s Champions League group-stage campaign is in the balance Zinedine Zidane looks dejected during Wednesday night's shock defeat Toni Kroos has been vocal in the press this week, telling Spanish outlet Marca: “It’s true we’re missing something.“It’s not a secret. We need to be constant – if you look at our results, you see two good, one bad. We have to do better. We have to improve if we want to win something.”Zidane will be the first to acknowledge that at Real Madrid, where there are not results, there will be discussions. – Advertisement – Thibaut Courtois was left exposed by his Madrid defence against ValenciaImage:Thibaut Courtois was left exposed by his Madrid defence against Valencia It has been a strange start to the Spanish top-flight season. Real currently sit fourth in La Liga after eight games, despite victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp.Zinedine Zidane’s men are four points behind league leaders Real Sociedad and ten clear of bottom-placed Huesca. Complacency has been blamed for two league defeats, to newly-promoted Cadiz and at Valencia, where they were soundly beaten 4-1 in their last outing.- Advertisement – Eden Hazard and Casemiro were both absent at the Mestalla after positive coronavirus tests, but Zidane’s preference to start with Isco ahead of Kroos was still criticised by some sections of the Spanish media as well as supporters. Ferland Mendy was also rested at left-back with Marcelo being given the nod, but those decisions backfired badly.In the 27 league games the experienced Brazilian defender has played since Zidane returned as manager in March 2019, Madrid have lost nine of them compared to no defeats in the 29 fixtures he has been absent. It’s only one of the areas that must be addressed if Real are to get their season fully up and running.It is unlikely Zidane will field the same XI as he did at Valencia again this season, but he will be concerned with the lack of goals in his squad. Karim Benzema has scored five in his last four games, but the 32-year-old will be demanding more from his team-mates to help carry the load.Changes in personnel is understandable given the congested fixtures list and demands of playing every three days, but the buck will ultimately stop with Zidane. He has guided the club to three of their 13 Champions League titles – but failure to progress out of the group stages for the first time in their history would be unthinkable.Real Madrid’s upcoming fixtures Saturday November 21: Villarreal (A) – La LigaWednesday November 25: Inter Milan (A) – Champions LeagueSaturday November 28: Alaves (H) – La LigaTuesday December 1: Shakhtar Donetsk (A) – Champions LeagueSunday December 6: Sevilla (A) – La LigaWednesday December 9: Borussia Monchengladbach (H) – Champions LeagueSunday December 13: Atletico Madrid (H) – La Liga Just over 12 months ago, the Frenchman was under immense pressure when he took his side to face Galatasaray in Istanbul where failure to meet expectations might have ended his second spell as manager. Kroos’ strike was enough to secure a narrow 1-0 win that proved the turning point in Real’s season, and the start of a 21-game unbeaten run.The German midfielder added: “With Zidane, we’ve already lived through times like this and we usually come out of them. In the end, all we can do is improve and try to win games. The coach will find the solution.”Real’s currency has always been trophies, but the context of their recent struggles cannot be removed from the ongoing global pandemic that has placed greater emphasis on a transfer strategy focused on young players with potential as opposed to established names. – Advertisement – Of equal concern to the board will be Real’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages, with the side currently third in Group B at the midway point, ahead of Inter Milan but trailing Borussia Monchengladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk.- Advertisement – La Liga TV presenter Semra Hunter says Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane will have a lot to think about over the international break following their 4-1 defeat at Valencia Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Nou Camp in October Image:Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Nou Camp in October 3:04 Spanish outlet Diario AS reported on Friday that Madrid are tracking Red Bull Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai following his impressive performances in the Austrian Bundesliga. The 20 year-old is expected to cost €25m with Arsenal, RB Leipzig and AC Milan also reportedly interested.Juni Calafat, the club scout behind the signings of Vinicius, Rodrygo and Eder Militao, is said to have been impressed after witnessing him score during his side’s recent 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.Szoboszlai’s dramatic last-minute winner to send Hungary to Euro 2020 with victory over Iceland will only add to his value, but with his current deal at Salzburg running out in 2022, they will most likely look to cash in next summer following the tournament. Toni Kroos told Marca things 'must improve' while AS claim Madrid have targeted Hungarian star Dominik SzoboszlaiImage:Toni Kroos told Marca things ‘must improve’ while AS claim Madrid have targeted Hungarian star Dominik Szoboszlai “To put that defeat into context, this was the first time in Madrid’s 118-year history that they’ve conceded three penalties in the same game. On top of that, in La Liga’s 90-year history as a competition… in 25,521 games, this has only happened three times – in 1958, 1996 and now.“Certainly, Madrid have come under a lot of pressure following that performance against a side that before the game were just one place outside of the relegation zone. Zidane has a lot of soul-searching to do.”Those unforgiving Spanish front pages didn’t hold back, claiming that Madrid are ‘in ruins’ while another referenced there being a ‘crisis in the White House’ but there were mitigating factors in their latest setback. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema has scored five goals in his last four gamesImage:Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has scored five goals in his last four games But if Madrid’s results don’t improve, they may be forced to move during the January transfer window to inject energy into an ageing midfield.La Liga TV presenter Semra Hunter believes Zidane will have a lot to think about over the international break, telling Sky Sports: “The defence has been their Achilles’ heel pretty much all season long. They’ve been very poor at the back. Against Valencia, it was next level bad.“All four of Valencia’s goals were a direct consequence of errors made by each of the four defenders – Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez, who was filling in as a right-back, as well as Marcelo all gave away penalties while Raphael Varane scored an own goal.last_img read more

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Smart home to star at opening

first_imgThe Strahan by Spectrum HomesThe four-bedroom, two-bathroom Strahan 32 is fitted with a 5.4kw solar system and TESLA Powerwall battery, which produces the majority of the home’s energy needs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“Every extra energy star can mean a saving of up to 25 per cent in the power required to heat or cool your home,” Spectrum Homes director Johan Wiggett said.“Each house is individually assessed and it is not always possible to guarantee a particular star rating for a particular home design.”The Strahan design comes in a range of sizes – the largest is the Strahan 32, which is on display with the base 6-star model priced from $251,000.Two deals on offer until March 31 have been designed to lift the energy rating to eight stars – an energy upgrade package, valued at more than $6000, and a 5kW solar system with 18 panels. Both deals are available for $499 each.The house will be unveiled at the new display village launch at Flagstone today.Fifteen of the latest builder designs will be on display at Flagstone, a $6.7 billion development that will provide 12,000 homes and a 126ha CBD with plans for a future hospital, tertiary campus and train station set in 330ha of green space.At the event, developer Peet will host free interior styling workshops and demonstrations of the latest in home energy technology.New lots in the Conquest neighbourhood will also be released, with a “goodie bag” of savings for anyone who buys at the launch.For the kids, there will be music, games, facepainting, outdoor cricket and chef-cooked snags with Broncos prop Sam Thaiday to make a guest appearance from 1pm to 3pm. One of the first 8-star energy rated homes on the project home market, The Strahan by Spectrum Homes, will be a star attraction at the opening on the new display at Flagstone.An 8-star energy rated home will be the star attraction at the opening of the new display village at Flagstone today.Built by Spectrum Homes, The Strahan house design needs half the energy to heat or cool itself compared to a standard 6-star rated house.last_img read more

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