Gov. Cuomo announces Broome County will remain in yellow zone

first_imgGovernor Cuomo said downstate NY is currently doing better than upstate with their coronavirus rates. Cuomo said Broome County’s rolling positivity rate over the past week is 4%. NEW YORK (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced Broome County will remain a yellow zone focus area for at least another week. The testing requirements for schools in the yellow zone will extend for another week as well. County Executive Jason Garnar said both the positivity rate and the number of active positive cases are decreasing in the county. While Garnar says he would rather see no zone at all, he is happy it hasn’t gotten any worse either. Moving into the orange zone would mean high risk businesses like gyms and personal care would be forced to close down. While five areas downstate saw their zone’s decrease in severity, the rest of NY state’s focus zones will remain unchanged. “I think there were maybe a couple of weeks ago when we were at our high point, where we could have been put into orange, and that would have a lot more of our businesses shut down. That would have been very difficult for our economy to take,” Garnar said. The biggest requirement of being in the yellow zone is the mandated 20% testing in schools. Garnar says local schools will be more than capable of fulfilling such requirements. That includes the yellow zones in Broome and Steuben County and the orange zone in Chemung County. “We talk to school districts 3 times a week. We get all the superintendents on a zoom call, and all the school districts that are testing have ample testing supplies to conduct their rapid tests, so all the school districts are good with testing and testing supplies,” Garnar said. last_img read more

Hy-Vee going away from staying open 24 hours

first_imgWEST DES MOINES — Iowans who get a hankering for a midnight snack will soon have to head for a convenience store and not the nearest HyVee.Starting next Monday, the West Des Moines-based grocery chain will stop keeping its stores open around the clock. Hy-Vee spokeswoman Tina Potthoff says few customers do their shopping between midnight and 6 a.m., so all current 24-hour stores will be scaling back their hours.“We’re encouraging customers to check with their local Hy-Vee stores to get the exact times for their specific locations,” Potthoff says. “We have always had stores that were not 24 hours so this is just moving the rest of our stores to that scheduling model.”Some stores will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., for others, it may be midnight to 5 a.m. Despite the downsizing of store hours, Potthoff says there will be no downsizing of staff. “We’ve been receiving some questions about whether or not people will be losing their jobs during this transition,” Potthoff says. “That is not the case. Everyone who works overnight hours, even though we’ll still need staffing overnight, those individuals that would typically be working or serving customers overnight will be moved to a busier shift during the day.”The chain has about 83,000 employees and is Iowa’s largest grocer. Potthoff says plenty of other types of businesses are dumping ’round-the-clock hours. “The trend is — really, we’re seeing many retailers not go 24-7,” Potthoff says. “There are others that are out there that are moving to more of the early morning to midday to nighttime feel for their customers and aren’t necessarily keeping their doors open for all hours of the day.”Hy-Vee has 265 stores. About half of them are in Iowa. The rest are in seven other Midwestern states.last_img read more

Fiorentina commemorate Astori before emotional return to action

first_img0Shares0000Players and supporter pay tribute to late Fiorentina’s captain Davide Astori before Fiorentina host Benevento at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence © AFP / Claudio GiovanniniFLORENCE, Italy, Mar 11 – Fiorentina returned to action on Sunday in a home game on played in a poignant atmosphere, a week after the sudden death of the Serie A side’s captain Davide Astori.Last Sunday’s top-flight fixtures in Italy were postponed after Astori’s body was found in his hotel room ahead of an away game against Udinese. After emotional scenes on Friday night as Roma, one of Astori’s former clubs, beat Torino, and a commemoration on Saturday at the Verona derby, Fiorentina kicked off Sunday’s gamne at their Artemio Franchi stadium against bottom-placed Benevento.For the warm-up, all the Fiorentina players and coach Stefano Pioli wore shirts bearing the number “13” and the name “Astori”.The ground was packed on three sides, only the space reserved for visiting fans was largely empty.One banner in the crowd read “Ciao captain”, another “Our captain forever” and purple smoke from flares to match the colour of Fiorentina’s shirts filled the sky.The screens played a video homage to the club’s late skipper. The flags above the curved stands at either end of the long, narrow stadium flew at half mast.The stadium announcer included “Number 13, forever our captain, Davide Astori” in the line-up.A post-mortem examination found that Astori, who was 31, most likely died from a cardiac arrest linked to the slowing of his heart rate.In a draining week, Fiorentina players and fans as well as stars from other Italian clubs attended Astori’s funeral in Florence on Thursday, including Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and his Juventus teammate Giorgio Chiellini who came to pay their respects to the defender who captained his club and played 14 times for his country.On Sunday, as the Fiorentina and Benevento teams re-emerged for the match, accompanied by mascots in the shirts of Fiorentina or another of Astori’s clubs, Cagliari, all the advertising hoardings round the pitch turned purple and bore only the words “Davide Astori” and the club crest.The pre-match ceremony began with the two sides lining up as Italian star Jovanotti sung his hit “Terra Degli Omini”. Players, from both teams, wept.The Fiorentina players held a long, home-made, banner saying “Ciao Davide”. Both teams had the same phrase sewn on their left shirt shoulders. The words were repeated on many of the banners in the crowd. Others read “Linked forever”, “Florentine forever”, “Ciao Davide” and “True captain, man from another time.”In the top deck of the Curva Fiesole, home of Fiorentina’s Ultras, all the fans held purple, white and red flags spelling “Davide”.Fans remained eerily silent as the teams shook hands, the referee conducted the coin toss and then the players reassembled in the centre circle for a formal silence.As that ended, some in the crowd started a brief “Davide” chant.Before kick off, fans in the main stand released a cloud of purple and white balloons that floated heavenwards.The match finally started six minutes after the scheduled kickoff.The advertising billboards switched to their normal slogans.There remained one more planned commemoration.After 13 minutes, Astori’s shirt number, the action simply stopped, the players and match officials, like the fans, stood and clapped for 60 seconds.The supporters in the Curva Fiesole held up their flags again and, as the clapping ended, they waved them.Eleven minutes later, as the rain began to fall, Fiorentina, who had been applying steady pressure, took the lead.Vitor Hugo, who had stepped into Astori’s place in the centre of defence and wears 31. The reverse of Astori’s number, leapt to meet a high ball and headed it powerfully into the net. Then he grabbed a tee-shirt printed with a picture of Astori and held it up as the crowd applauded.As the rain intensified, the crowd chanted: “un capitano, c’è solo un capitano!” (“One captain, there’s only one captain!”)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more