first_imgThe word “drought” is back on Georgians’ lips. Moist relief this time of year will only come from tropical storms or hurricanes, which bring their own troubles, but Georgians need to be prepared for bad weather year-round.Hurricane season started in June and will run to November. Time’s left for a tropical disturbance to disturb everyday life in Georgia, bringing heavy rain, flooding or damaging winds.But severe weather – like flooding or tornadoes – can hit the state through winter and early spring, too, said David Stooksbury, the state’s climatologist and associate professor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The first thing any family needs, he said, is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, radio. It sounds an alarm and broadcasts up-to-date details about tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods or tropical weather. Make sure it is equipped with Specific Area Message Encoding, or SAME, technology. It can be programmed for particular counties.“Also, prepare an all-hazard kit, which can be used for any natural or manmade disaster, that will allow your family to survive at least three to seven days,” he said.The most important thing in the kit is at least 1 gallon of clean bottled water per person per day. Don’t forget to plan for pets. Details on assembling a kit are at the website www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/prepare/supply_kit.shtml.In the event of any emergency, know what your county emergency plan is and follow it. “If you’re asked to evacuate, it’s important to do so,” he said. “If you’re not asked to evacuate, it’s important to stay where you are, keeping the roads free for those who must get out of harm’s way.”If a storm is headed your way, secure doors and windows with proper wind shutters, he said. Taping windows is a waste of time.The best choice of shutters is either plywood or manufactured shutters. Make sure that plywood shutters are well attached. “Underestimating the power of the wind is common,” he said. “Many people return home to find plywood shutters ripped off the house by the wind.”It’s good to have insurance, too, he said, because even the best precautions can sometimes fail. Particularly, think about flood insurance. Standard homeowner or business insurance doesn’t cover flood damage.The mountains aren’t immune from flooding, he said. With the state’s rapid urbanization, locations that were safe from flooding just a few years ago are now more likely to flood. The entire state is vulnerable to flooding. Learn about the federal flood insurance program from a local insurance agent or at www.floodsmart.gov.last_img read more

first_img“Patients in general prefer overseas health care, citing lackluster domestic medical services related to the treatment of certain diseases.”He went on to say that the development of medical tourism in Indonesia was not only feasible, but also highly lucrative given the steady increase in the number of medical tourists around the globe.Indonesia’s Southeast Asian neighbors, such as Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, have already developed medical tourism in their respective countries.Thailand, for instance, recorded a total of 2.29 million medical tourists and US$6.9 billion in income courtesy of the sector in 2016, Jodi said. Read also: Indonesia’s medical tourism potential may be silver lining of pandemicMedical tourism, he added, could also serve as a catalyst for job creation and a more diversified economy in the country.With such a goal, the government has mulled over a plan to build international hospitals staffed with highly trained health professionals from other countries, in collaboration with related state departments and organizations, such as the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI).“The doctors that will be brought to Indonesia will only be specialists that the country is still lacking. They will work in tandem with local doctors,” Jodi said.”That way, Indonesians will be able to get better medical treatment and more foreign tourists will come to the country for treatment.”The plan to develop medical tourism in the country has been years in the making.In 2017, the Tourism Ministry and the Health Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of medical and health tourism, which was touted as a flagship of special interest tourism.Indonesia has been among the largest contributors to medical tourism in its neighboring countries. According to the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute, Indonesians spent around US$11.5 billion annually on health care abroad, mostly in Malaysia.Topics : The government is mulling over a plan to develop “medical tourism” in the country in a bid to provide high quality health care to the public and create a new source of national income in one swift stroke.Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister spokesman Jodi Mahardi said such a move could potentially bolster the country’s medical independence.“Based on a report by PwC [PricewaterhouseCoopers], 600,000 Indonesians sought medical treatment overseas in 2015 – the most in the world,” Jodi said in a statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgWinter steelhead season has yet to kick into gear on the North Coast, but changes are a brewing. We have a couple decent storm fronts headed our way that will put all of the coastal rivers on the rise. If the rain comes as predicted, the rivers will see their highest flows this winter, except for the Smith.The Eel, South Fork Eel, Van Duzen, and Mad will all get a good flushing, and will likely be muddy next week. Once they recede to fishable levels, we should see the first wave of winter …last_img

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The newly introduced and bipartisan H.R. 5275, Agricultural Certainty for Reporting Emissions (ACRE) Act would avoid unnecessary environmental reporting, which has been opposed by Republican and Democratic administrations alike. Reps. Billy Long (R-Mo.) and Jim Costa (D-Calif.) introduced the bill together with 85 original, bipartisan cosponsors.“This legislation is critical,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation President. “Without it, farmers and ranchers must comply with a law that was never supposed to affect them — the Superfund program (CERCLA). Congress never meant to include agriculture under these reporting obligations, but because of a misguided court ruling, farmers and ranchers are vulnerable. We support swift passage of the ACRE Act and applaud Reps. Long and Costa for their work on this issue.”Under current regulations, approximately 200,000 farms and ranches could be legally obliged to report emissions from animal agricultural operations, even though those rules were written to cover industrial emergencies, rather than routine, low level emissions from farms and ranches.The EPA under both the Bush and Obama administrations supported exempting these agricultural producers, but a federal court found the law did not clearly exclude farms and ranches. The ACRE Act would clarify that such producers are not required to report these emissions.In the Senate, S. 2421, the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act has been introduced by Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). The legislation also has bipartisan support and could be brought up in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee soon.last_img read more

first_imgPoll strategist Prashant Kishor was on Tuesday appointed national vice-president of the JD(U), making him the second most powerful leader in the party. Mr. Kishor had joined the JD(U) on September 16 this year.“…Kishor’s elevation will help the party reach areas where it has not reached before,” said JD(U) national spokesperson K.C. Tyagi. “I am grateful for the responsibility and the honour of leading the party. I am committed to Bihar and Nitishji’s’s idea of social justice with development,” Mr. Kishor tweeted after his appointment. However, Mr. Kishor’s elevation has not gone down well with some party leaders holding key positions. “Only time will tell what difference he makes for the party’s future and its vote bank,” said one of them requesting anonymity.Party sources told The Hindu that Mr. Kishor’s immediate challenge would be the upcoming 2019 general election and the party’s coordination with its alliance partner BJP. Mr. Kishor enjoys a good relationship with the top BJP leadership. “The party chief wants to see how Mr. Kishor delivers in the upcoming general elections,” said a JD(U) leader. A resident of Buxar district in Bihar, Mr. Kishor shot into the limelight when he managed the poll campaign for Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP in 2014. A year later, in 2015, he strategised the win of the Grand Alliance in the assembly election in Bihar, which brought Mr. Kumar to power once again in alliance with the Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress. Mr Kumar, subsequently made a U-turn in July 2017 and joined hands with the BJP again.last_img read more

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Jason Perkins and Oping Sumalinog took charge for Cignal early as they combined for 20 of the team’s 32 first quarter points.“Credit to my starters. They stepped up their defense and that’s why we got to that big lead early,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, whose side got their sixth overall win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPerkins led the charge with 24 points, 12 coming in the killer opening frame, on top of five rebounds, and two blocks, while Sumalinog added eight of his 15 markers in the same quarter, along with five boards, and two rejections.Pamboy Raymundo chipped in 18 points, four assists, two rebounds, and two steals, while Raymar Jose got it done on the defensive end with eight markers, 12 boards, three assists, and three steals as the Hawkeyes improved to a 6-2 card. With two games remaining in Cignal’s schedule, Fernandez said that the most pressing matter for him right now is the team’s consistency.“Even though we’re up and down, I want to see that our system is always there,” he said.John Ambulodto carried Wangs with 19 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks, while Ryan Arambulo got 14 markers and three boards.The Hawkeyes defense held usual suspects Robbie Herndon (seven points), Chris Bitoon (six points), and Michael Juico (two points) to poor scoring outings as the Couriers saw their two-game winning run halted for a 3-3 slate.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Mugabi picks Horn over Pacquiao Jason Perkins. PBA IMAGESCignal HD hardly broke a sweat and decimated Wangs Basketball, 94-69, to claim its fifth straight win in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Coming off a nine-day layoff, the Hawkeyes didn’t look like they missed a beat as they went on a blazing 26-5 opening salvo and were not threatened the rest of the way, extending the lead to as high as 34 numerous times in the payoff period.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CIGNAL HD 94 – Perkins 24, Raymundo 18, Sumalinog 15, Villarias 10, Jose 8, Bringas 6, Arong 4, Belencion 3, Atkins 2, Sara 2, Cahilig 2, Batino 0, Arboleda 0.WANGS BASKETBALL 69 – Ambulodto 19, Arambulo 14, De Chavez 12, Habelito 7, Herndon 7, Bitoon 6, Juico 2, Sorela 2, Montemayor 0, Asuncion 0, King 0, Tayongtong 0, Pontejos 0, Riley 0.Quarters: 32-11, 52-27, 74-42, 94-69.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View commentslast_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Vancouverites asked for it, and they got it.Two months after Seth Rogen offered to do the public voice announcements of SkyTrain, TransLink says the Vancouver-born actor is now confirmed to take on the duty of informing passengers on their transit travels as a guest voice.Here is the full statement by Steve Vanagas, Vice-President of Customer Communications and Public Affairs for TransLink, on Rogen’s involvement: Advertisement “TransLink is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Vancouver-born actor and director Seth Rogen to promote transit ridership and improve the customer experience while using Vancouver’s growing transit system.Mr. Rogen is a public transit supporter who grew up using Vancouver’s transit system and still uses it today.Mr. Rogen offered to work with TransLink free of charge and we accepted his offer in the pursuit of providing a better customer experience and to share pride in the region. Watch for Mr. Rogen as a guest voice on our system in the coming weeks.We are always listening to our customers and that means on social media as well. This idea came from our customers and the local media and we’re happy to have been able to get this done in support of our transit system.”Rogen will record the announcements for his hometown’s public transit system for free, and it is not associated with VISA Canada’s cancelled campaign of SkyTrain and bus announcements by Morgan Freeman, which were abruptly cancelled after the actor was accused of sexual misconduct.At this time, TransLink has not provided an exact timeline for when the announcements will go live on the transit system, but it will happen in the near future.A video released by the public transit authority features Rogen explaining why he is taking on the role of guest voice.“I’m very proud to be from Vancouver. And I grew up taking public transit my whole life and I still use public transit when I’m in the city,” said Rogen.“I do take the Canada Line all the time. I go to the Richmond Night Market a lot and parking there is incredibly difficult. And I live downtown so there’s a lot of stops nearby. When the opportunity came up to be a voice on public transportation, I was thrilled. I am honestly always looking for ways to participate in Canadian culture and to put the spotlight on Canada.”The video includes a sneak peek of some of Rogen’s audio recordings:“Hey Vancouver – It’s Seth. Here’s a trip to make your transit ride even more awesome. I know your bag is probably very nice and you care deeply for it, but that doesn’t mean it needs its own seat.”“Those are very nice sneakers, but kind of a horror show on the sole, so get those feet off the seat. My mom might be sitting there one day. Come on!” Advertisement BY KENNETH CHAN | DAILYHIVE Advertisement Facebook pic.twitter.com/qvmCBwYhkl— TransLink BC (@TransLink) July 26, 2018At this time, TransLink has not provided an exact timeline for when the announcements will go live on the transit system, but it will happen in the near future. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Nov 2014 – World Diabetes Day will be marked on Friday and the local association is calling on us all to join in a candle walk from 6pm from The Sands to the Seven Stars roundabout where a human circle will be formed to commemorate and in memory of those with or lost to diabetes. Blue shirts will also be worn to mark the occasion. Red Mist wins Tag Rugby Tournament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:human candle circle, Seven Stars, the sands, world diabetes day World Diabetes Day tomorrow, fun/run at Sunset Recommended for you TCIAA Staff Support TCI Diabetic Associationlast_img

first_imgThe photo shows fishermen taking preparation to go to the Bay as the ban on catching hilsa fish is about to end. Photo: UNBFishermen in coastal districts are taking preparation to go to the Bay of Bengal to resume catching hilsa as the 22-day ban on fishing the delicious fish comes to an end on Monday.The government imposed the ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transportation of hilsa in the country for 22 days from 7 to 28 October to boost the production through protection of the mother fish during the peak of the breeding season.During a visit to KB Bazar Ghat adjacent to Doratana River on Friday, the UNB correspondent saw the fishermen preparing their trawlers and fishing nets to go to the Bay of Bengal to catch hilsa.Trawlers were being towed to rivers from the dockyard. Fishing nets, fuel and daily essentials were being loaded in the trawlers.Thousands of fishermen are waiting to start their journeys to the sea.Local fishermen alleged that fishermen from India enter Bangladesh water territories illegally to catch hilsa during the ban.They demanded government steps so that the Indian fishermen cannot enter the Bangladesh territory.Idris Sheikh, president of Bagerhat Coastal Fishermen Association, urged the government to take steps so that foreign fishermen could not enter Bangladesh territory to catch fish.Officials at the fisheries department, Bangladesh Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, district and upazila administration, police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducted drives to prevent hilsa fishing during the period of ban.Besides, executive magistrates conducted mobile courts and punished a good number of fishermen who violated the ban.Haque Islam, a fisherman of ‘FB Sabbir’ trawler of Khulna district, said that they returned to the ghat from the Bay on 6 October obeying the government ban. Now, they are taking preparations to go again for catching hilsa. Their trawlers and nets are prepared to resume fishing.Zia Haider Chowdhury, district fisheries officer, said, “Now we’ve to save Hilsa fry (under 10 inches). The authorities will impose a ban on catching Hilsa fry in the coastal areas from 1 November to 30 June next year.”last_img read more