My Preparedness Initiative

first_imgThe national My Preparedness Initiative (My PI) program provides students with extensive training to be better equipped in case of emergencies. In Georgia, the My PI program was funded by 4-H and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).“Training young people with My PI helps an entire community because they go out and work with other families to get them prepared for disaster situations. It’s like a ripple effect,” said Jazmin Thomas, Dougherty County University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent and certified My PI Georgia instructor.Dougherty, Bryan, Gordon, Haralson, Jackson, Morgan, Turner and Wilcox counties offered the program.Georgia is no stranger to national disasters. Hurricane Michael hit the state hard in October 2018, Hurricane Irma struck in 2017, and hurricanes Matthew and Hermine were felt in 2016. A series of tornadoes also damaged south Georgia pecan production in 2017.To graduate from the program, students must complete three steps: (1) complete FEMA-certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training; (2) gain CPR and automatic external defribrillator certification and learn about specialized technology and career tracks; and (3) complete Prep+6, which requires students to work with their families and six other households to compile supply kits and create emergency plans.By participating in the Prep+6 part of the program, students could also serve as a resource for first responders in a time of disaster, according to Thomas.“There may be a situation where there is a power line down and first responders can’t get to a community,” she said. “This would allow kids to help their neighbors until professionals arrive.”Keri Hobbs, UGA Extension and 4-H specialist and My PI Georgia coordinator, says offering this training in different regions throughout Georgia allows students to be resources across the state.“The My PI Georgia instructor teams and youth cohorts are distributed in order to serve as pockets throughout the state to offer a network of support in a time of need,” Hobbs said.This strategy of distribution is also implemented at the national level. Since the states that offer a My PI program are widespread, it allows those resources to be scattered across the country.Georgia’s program is slightly different from other participating states in that community volunteers help county Extension agents lead the trainings. This enables the program to reach more youth with emergency preparedness training and to form stronger community instructor teams, Hobbs said.“We decided to team up our instructors with a volunteer so hopefully that community member could leverage even more people and resources that they have in their network,” she said.My PI Georgia instructor and Gordon County 4-H Agent Allie Griner feels better prepared to be the first county to offer the program because of the program’s community volunteer, fire chief Doug Ralston, who brought access to additional professional expertise, facilities and contacts to the program.“Because we had that partnership with the fire chief, it was easier to get off the ground,” Griner said. “It was exciting to be the first county to pioneer this program in Georgia, especially since emergency preparedness is so important.”Georgia’s My PI program was recognized as the national winner of  the Citizenship for Youth Development award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. Georgia 4-H plans to continue offering the program in the future with a goal of graduating 125 students from the program this year.“I think you will see a lot more from Georgia My PI instructor trainings once we get more funding, and we hope we can offer another one in coming years,” said Hobbs.For more information about the My PI program and to read testimonials from teens who have completed the training, visit Follow them on Facebook at My PI Georgia.last_img read more

Editorial: The Myth of Corporate Resistance to Renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Dallas Morning News:There is a persistent myth that U.S. corporations oppose green initiatives. To the contrary, many are embracing a green future and reduced carbon footprints as profitable strategic investments.According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, a clean-energy think tank, U.S. companies bought nearly three times as much solar and wind power under long-term contracts in 2015 as they did in 2014. How significant is that? Imagine 1.4 million fewer carbon-spewing cars on the road, or taking every home in Arlington off the grid.It doesn’t take a math genius to determine that this is an important dynamic in the push to increase the use of renewable energy. As energy consumers, corporations wield tremendous power to vote with their dollars. As more companies voluntarily reduce reliance on fossil fuels, the economics of affordable renewable energy options are likely to improve for residential consumers, too.That’s why we applaud companies like Toyota, which announced last week that its new corporate headquarters in Plano will include a network of solar arrays designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The solar panels will provide about 25 percent of the power needed to run the headquarters complex — about several hundred homes’ worth of power consumption. And Toyota is not alone in this new business model. Facebook, for example, has cited accessibility to renewable energy as one of the reasons the company picked Fort Worth for a new data center.Without a doubt, natural gas and other fossil fuels will continue to dominate the nation’s energy needs for some time to come. But it’s impressive to see that, even with today’s low oil and natural gas prices, companies are embracing renewable energy alternatives as a long-term competitive advantage. Dozens of major companies — including Wal-Mart, Microsoft, Walt Disney, Wells Fargo, General Electric and at least nine major energy firms — have officially factored the likelihood of a carbon tax into their business plans. And many others are monitoring this issue like hawks.The World Resources Institute, for example, has compiled a Corporate Renewable Energy Strategy Map to show companies where they can buy affordable renewable power at the scale they need from their local utility suppliers. Plus, more than 60 U.S. companies, including Facebook and Microsoft, and several environmental groups recently formed the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance to develop 60 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2025. Their goal is to eliminate hurdles from utilities and regulators that impede corporate efforts to reduce carbon emissions.Full item: Don’t believe the myth that corporations oppose green initiatives Editorial: The Myth of Corporate Resistance to Renewableslast_img read more

Brazilian Navy’s “Apa” Patrol Vessel to Focus on Cooperation with Africa

first_imgBy Dialogo March 27, 2013 The Brazilian Navy’s “Apa” patrol vessel departed on March 11 from Portsmouth Port in the United Kingdom to Brazil, to participate in a joint exercise mission in five African countries. The presence of the vessel in Southern Atlantic waters along the west coast of Africa is part of the Brazilian defense initiatives to increase the cooperation with the nations on that continent. The Apa has already been incorporated into the Brazilian Navy, and will be used mainly to patrol the Blue Amazon or in the oceanic waters near national territory. The Brazilian maritime spaces may reach 1.7 million square feet, an area that corresponds in size to the surface of the Amazon, reason for its name “Blue Amazon”. The Apa is scheduled to arrive in Rio de Janeiro in May, with an initial stop in Mauritania. At the end of last year, the Minister of Defense in Mauritania, Ahmedou Ould Mohamed Radh, visited Brazil to meet with his counterpart, Celso Amorim. At that time, both ministers mentioned the possibility of a joint exercise between the two navies. After Mauritania, the ship will head to Dacar, Senegal; Tema, Gana; Luanda, Angola; and Walvis Bay, Namibia. The visit to the last country was decided in February, when Amorim led an official Brazilian delegation to the country’s capital, Windhoek. At that time, the governments of both countries made a joint statement vowing to strengthen the defense relationships. There will be exercises to demonstrate the anti-piracy and training activities between ships in the five African countries. Part of the Brazilian cooperation in Namibia is through the exercise mission, which includes the participation of approximately 40 military members from the Brazilian Navy based at the Walvis Bay Port, through which the new ship will navigate. Stops in Spain and Portugal are also scheduled. The Apa is the second from a set of three vessels acquired by the Brazilian Navy from the British company BAE Systems. The Navy incorporated the oceanic vessels last year, on November 30, when it received the name “Apa”, a direct reference to a river in Pantanal. The next one, the Araguari, is also scheduled to be incorporated in 2013. The first one to arrive in Brazil was the Amazonas, incorporated by the Navy last year. According to the Brazilian Navy, the main characteristic of the new patrol vessels is their flexibility. They may be used in different tasks, such as naval patrol operations, humanitarian assistances, search and rescue, supervision, crackdown on illegal activities and prevention against water pollution. Apa Specifications Weight: 1,800 tons Total length: 297 feet Maximum transportation: 2,170 tons Maximum speed: 25 knots (equivalent to 28.5 miles/h) Autonomy: 35 days Boarded crew capacity: 51 crew members Cargo transportation capacity: six 15-ton containers Weaponry: one 30mm cannon and two 25mm machine guns Crew: 11 officers, 21 master gunnery sergeants and sergeants, and 48 corporals and seamenlast_img read more

Woman getting married to fairground ride

first_imgThe Telegraph (2010)Amy Wolfe, a US church organist who claims to have objectum sexuality, a condition that makes sufferers attracted to inanimate objects, plans to marry a magic carpet fairground ride.This follows a “courtship” of 3,000 rides over ten years with the 80ft gondola ride called 1001 Nachts.Miss Wolfe, 33, from Pennsylvania, will change her surname to Weber after the manufacturer of the ride she travels 160 miles to visit 10 times per year, according to reports“I love him as much as women love their husbands and know we’ll be together forever,” she said.…Although she faces discrimination from employers, most of her family and friends have been supportive. “I’m not hurting anyone and I can’t help it,” she said. “It’s a part of who I am.” read more

Bill for bomb threat man

first_imgPeter Hinds (MB)THE MAN who telephoned the Queen Elizabeth Hospital last month and threatened that there was a bomb on the premises will have to pay costs to all of the security personnel who responded to the threat on that day as well as to the hospital.Peter Hinds, 54, of Homestead Drive, Frere Pilgrim, Christ Church, on returning to the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday, pleaded guilty to two charges of telephoning the hospital on November 27 and leaving threatening messages stating: “There is a bomb in the hospital and it is set to go off in the hospital and it is set to go off at 12 midday”. Magistrate Graveney Bannister asked the prosecutor to have the costs quantified.He also told the court that he would impose a rehabilitative sentence on Hinds, who was diagnosed by doctors at the Psychiatric Hospital as schizophrenic but not a threat to society.Speaking from the dock, the burly Hinds told the court: “I apologize to all that work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and I pledge not to do it again. That is my word, Your Honour!” (MB)Nation News 11 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional Bill for bomb threat man by: – December 20, 2011 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

NBA warns players over interactions with fans

first_imgFist bumps are in, but high-fives are out – NBA stars have been given a series of recommendations as the league attempts to limit the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the sport. NBA players have been advised against high-fiving fans as the league aims to limit their risk of exposure to the coronavirus ESPN reported on Monday that a memo sent to teams had outlined short-term measures aimed at protecting players from exposure to the virus, which has left six people dead in the United States so far. The NBA memo recommends that players interacting with fans should bump fists rather than high-five. The league also advises players to avoid taking items such as pens, balls and jerseys to autograph. “The health and safety of NBA players, coaches, staff, and fans is paramount,” the NBA and NBA Players Association said in the memo. “We are consulting with infectious disease experts, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and a world-renowned infectious disease researcher at Columbia University. “We are also in regular communication with each other, NBA teams including team physicians and athletic trainers, other professional sports leagues, and of course, many of you.” Some players have already taken steps to limit their exposure to the virus. Loading… Portland Trail Blazers star C.J. McCollum said Saturday he was no longer signing autographs because of the outbreak. “Make sure y’all washing y’all hands with soap for 20 or more seconds & covering ya mouths when you cough,” McCollum wrote on Twitter. “I am officially taking a break from signing autographs until further notice.” Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Largest Cities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Read Also: NBA: Crowder sparks Miami as Giannis, Bucks downed Other players were more circumspect. Boston’s Kemba Walker said he would continue to sign autographs but added: “Maybe I’ll just walk around with my own marker.” ESPN noted that NBA teams were also studying the impact the crisis could have on events such as pre-draft combines, on-site workouts and international scouting events. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

‘Food poisoning’ downs 49 at Christmas party

first_imgBACOLOD City – At least 49 students werehospitalized due to suspected food poisoning in Barangay Ma-ao, Bago City,Negros Occidental. The victims, Grade 1 pupils of Ma-aoElementary School in Bago City, experienced symptoms of suspected foodpoisoning on Thursday due to stomach pains, vomiting and dizziness, aftereating spaghetti during their Christmas party. The victims were initially rushedto the Barangay Ma-ao Clinic, but were later transferred to the BagoCity District Hospital.One of the victims, 57-year-old Tessie Cubos said she ate the spaghetti afterher grandchild refused to eat.Cubos claimed that she only ate three spoonfuls of the food, which shedescribed to taste sour. At first, Cubos disregarded the taste, however, a fewminutes later she started to experience stomach pains and vomiting.The Bago City Health Office is investigating the catering service, which it didnot identify./PNlast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Swimming Sectional Finals Results

first_imgBHS Girls Sectional Results at Columbus North Swim Sectionals.7th place finish at sectionals (14 teams)Overall Record Best season in history of BHS (15-4 EIAC; 24-6 non-conf)200 free relay broke school record in 1:50.14 (Storms, Daulton, Poltrack, Gutzwiller)Old record 1:50.39 (Villani, Daulton, Gutzwiller, Hall) 14-15Team Results.  Bloomington South 499, Bloomington North 360, Columbus North 355, Columbus East 202, East Central 162, Greensburg 155, BHS 121, Milan 97, South Dearborn 86, South Ripley 86, Edgewood 42, Oldenburg Academy 40, Trinity Lutheran 37, Lawrenceburg 18.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach T. J. Greene.last_img read more

Eagles Hoop Camp Now Accepting Registrations

first_img Bio ELLSWORTH — The annual Eagles Hoop Camp is now accepting registrations for three summer basketball sessions at Ellsworth High School.The camp, sponsored by the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA, will include a co-ed session for youngsters in grades K-4 from 3 to 5 p.m. daily July 6-9 with a registration fee of $100 per child.Also scheduled are sessions for boys in grades 5-10 July 6-10 and for girls in grades 5-10 July 13-17 with daily hours from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at $175 per child.The fee will be reduced by $25 per child for registrations postmarked by June 15.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textA camp T-shirt will be provided for each camper.Registration forms are available on line at ellsworthbasketball.comFor more information, contact Corey Bagley at 460-3497. Latest Posts Latest posts by admin (see all) Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015center_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015last_img read more