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17
Jan
2021

Renovation grant

first_imgThe environmental education program was implemented at Rock Eagle in 1979. It was later expanded to include four other 4-H centers across the state. The five centers currently serve more than 40,000 students annually, making it the largest residential program of its kind in the nation. The program has been designated a state and national learning model, drawing students and teachers from more than 500 schools and six southeastern states.Over the past decade, Rock Eagle 4-H Center and the Milledgeville Chapter of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustees have partnered on multiple projects at the Scott Site. These projects include the restoration of a pioneer house and the installation of a well and hand-pump. The most recent collaboration resulted in the construction of a privy and functioning smokehouse, two structures essential to life on the farm during Georgia’s pioneer days. For more information on Georgia 4-H’s Rock Eagle center, visit www.rockeagle4h.org/. Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s environmental education program has received a $7,525 grant from the Milledgeville Chapter of the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Trustees. The grant will be used to fund the renovation of the Elizabeth House at the Scott Site, Rock Eagle’s pioneer home site. The building will be converted from a saddlebag-style home to a general store and living quarters. The new general store will be used as part of Rock Eagle’s living history program.“The goal of the Scott Site is to provide students the chance to explore life at the turn of the century. The general store will give students the opportunity to learn how early settlers traded goods and services,” said Matt Hammons, coordinator of Rock Eagle’s environmental education program. “This expansion will allow us to not only teach about the home site, but the community as well.”last_img read more

20
Dec
2020

Offshore Patrol Vessel “Amazonas” Transfers to Operative Sector of Brazilian Navy

first_img On November 14, at the Southern pier of the Navy Arsenal in Rio de Janeiro, the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) “Amazonas” was transferred from the Material Sector to the Navy Operative Sector, during a ceremony led by the Commander of Naval Operations, Admiral Gilberto Max Roffé Hirschfeld. The OPV “Amazonas” completed its route bound for Brazil on October 5; it arrived in Rio de Janeiro after a two-month journey along the coasts of Europe, Africa, and America, after its incorporation to the Navy on June 29, in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. The ship was built by BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships, and named after the class to which it belongs, the “Amazonas.” This class will be acquiring two more ships by 2013: OPV “Apa” and OPV “Araguari,” both are names of important rivers in Brazil. The OPV “Amazonas” started its construction in February 15, 2008, and the keel laying happened on June 15 of that same year. It sailed on February 10, 2009, and was completed in September 2010. The acquisition of the three Oceanic Patrol Vessels brings important value to the Navy, allowing it to intensify the Naval Patrol and Inspection activities, focus on the waterway traffic security, environmental pollution prevention, and also to increase the Search and Rescue (SAR) capability along the course of an extensive maritime area under the responsibility of Brazil. During the journey to Rio de Janeiro, the ship docked at ports of Lisbon (Portugal), Las Palmas (Spain), Mindelo (Cape Verde), Cotonou (Benim), Lagos (Negeria), Sao Tome (Sao Tome and Principe), Natal (Rio Grande do Norte – Brazil), Salvador (Bahia – Brazil), and Arraial do Cabo (Rio de Janeiro – Brasil). On the African Continent, it performed demonstrations on antipiracy exercises and maintenance trainings between ships with the Cape Verde Coast Guard, the Naval Force in Benin, the Nigerian Navy, and the Coast Guard in Sao Tome and Principe, as well as protocol and public visitations. By Dialogo November 16, 2012last_img read more

18
Dec
2020

St. James Man Ran $17M Ponzi Scheme, Feds Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 62-year-old St. James man has been indicted for allegedly running a $17-million Ponzi scheme that ripped off 74 investors to pay personal expenses over a nearly decade-long span, federal authorities said.James Peister was charged with securities, wire and mail fraud in a five-count indictment that was unsealed Monday at Central Islip federal court, where he is scheduled to be arraigned.Prosecutors said the suspect assured victims that their money would be invested safely in a variety of stocks, but he instead used their money to keep the Ponzi scheme afloat between January 2000 and June 2009.He allegedly covered up the scame by sending victims phony account statements that falsely showed victims that their investments were performing well and sent bogus financial statements to the investment fund’s independent auditor, authorities said.The alleged scheme collapsed in the wake of the financial crisis in 2008, when he could no longer keep up with demands nervous investors for their money back.Investigators seized his Hummer and are moving to forfeit his home, which prosecutors said he bought with the victims’ money.Peister faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the securities fraud, wire fraud and mail fraud counts, if convicted. That’s in addition to $5,000,000 in fines for the securities fraud count and $250,000 for each of the wire and mail fraud counts.last_img read more

18
Dec
2020

It can be lonely at the top of the credit union

first_img“Top dogs seem to have it all—power, status, super-salaries, and teams of people to do their bidding. But despite the trappings of success, being the boss can be an isolating and friendless experience,” according to an article at Management Today.Some of the unique perils found in the corner office include comprises between work and family obligations, public accountability, large responsibilities, and—loneliness.Those at the top are busy. They’re surrounded by teams at the ready and their daily interactions are many. Yet “this can give them a false sense of being connected” because despite the quantity of daily transactions with staffers, there are “few with whom they can really share.”A sense of isolation is the result, and real consequences exist for companies and the people that lead them.Whether you’re a CEO sitting in lonely “silence” or one of the CEO’s colleagues who fails to recognize and appreciate the unique challenges facing those at the helm, research findings this week shine a light on the various issues surrounding and ramifications of loneliness in the C-suite. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

17
Dec
2020

Puerto Rican credit union CEO says ‘pray for us’

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Pray for us.” That was a statement shared with CU Times via email from WOCCU officials who have been in contact with one Puerto Rican credit union CEO.In an email exchange with Victor Miguel Corro, WOCCU’s vice president of member services, he shared a correspondence with Luis Lopez, CEO of Abraham Rosa Cooperativa in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico which is roughly 10 miles west of San Juan.Since Hurricane Maria struck the island a week ago, communication has been extremely difficult since the entire electricity grid and communications infrastructure was destroyed. WOCCU, CUNA, NCUA and other credit union organizations have had very little luck getting in touch with credit union officials on the island. Only until now have we started to learn some of the details of the destruction. continue reading »last_img read more

08
Dec
2020

Candor Girl Scouts giving away more than a thousand books

first_imgFifth grader Maddie Hatch is an avid reader. CANDOR (WBNG) — If you’re looking to kick back with a good book this summer, one local girl scout troop has you covered. The girls decided to collect donated books and give them out to the community, what they didn’t expect is that they’d end up with more than a thousand books. “Sometimes a mystery is good and I like adventure books,” she says “It just takes you to another place.” If you’d like to donate a book or learn more visit Scouting for Books on their Facebook page. Maddie says she hopes she can halp kids like her who are out of school and looking for something to do.             “It’s a way to get out and you can get off screens a lot of people like to facetime and do online learning and it’s just important to take a break,” she says. “I hope they get a fun couple minutes to enjoy themselves and I hope they’ll come back to keep getting more books.” “They can just come and pick out a book we just ask that they maintain social distancing, wear a mask when necessary and use the provided hand sanitizer,” says Alicha Hatch. Called ‘Scouting for Books,’ that book mobile is now home to over a thousand books of all kinds, all free to the public. So Maddie, her mom and fellow troop member Valeria decided to come up with a solution. The book mobile will be located at the Vestal Rail Trail every Tuesday, Draper Park in Owego every other Wednesday and the Candor Gazebo on Thursdays. It is open from 6-7 p.m. “The girls loved to read and they were sad because the Libraries were closed and book stores weren’t open yet, so if they were having trouble finding books other kids must be too,” she says. “We have a book mobile that travels from here in Candor all the way to Owego and Vestal,” Alicha Hatch says. Her mom and troop leader Alicha Hatch says during the pandemic getting her hands on books for her daughter to read has been easier said than done. last_img read more

20
Nov
2020

DeAnna Pappas Spills on ‘Bachelorette’ Visit With Clare Crawley

first_img“The producers had told me beforehand, they were like, ‘Listen, she only one guy, she really feels really attracted to him and she only wants him,’” the Bachelor season 11 alum recalled, noting that Clare said she was really “trying” to give the other men a chance.According to DeAnna, season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay was the only other person “in the know” about the drama surrounding Clare’s season because she was supposed to film with the Sacramento native too. Us confirmed in August that Tayshia Adams took over for Clare because she and Dale, 32, got engaged within the first two weeks of filming.“Pretty much all [the producers] asked me about was Clare and Dale. And they were, like, ‘Wouldn’t that be really great if this was their love story? And it was love at first sight,’” DeAnna recalled. “Then everything starts turning and I’m like, ‘They’re totally setting this up for the Clare and Dale show!’”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – While DeAnna, who has spent time with Clare and Dale in recent weeks, thinks they are the real deal, Bachelorette viewers have been hard on the couple via social media.“Since I was the only one who knew what happened, we would talk quite a bit through the process and I just felt bad,” DeAnna said. “[This should have been] a time in her life that was most joyful and that she was super excited about and she was pretty much like, ‘I’m deleting my Instagram, I can’t watch the show, I can’t handle the things that people are saying about me.’ And that’s wrong. Social media robbed the joy from what this should be for her.”For more from DeAnna — including her reaction to Chrishell Stause almost nabbing her Bachelorette role and thoughts on Tayshia’s first night as the Bachelorette — listen to Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast. According to DeAnna, she and Clare were set to quiz the men on their knowledge of “lady parts,” but the hairstylist canceled the date after backlash from the contestants over the strip dodgeball date.“[Clare] really stood her ground and was like, ‘Listen, I just put these guys through strip dodgeball, I don’t want to put them through something else that is really, really silly,’” DeAnna explained while telling Us about her winter survival must-haves, including Aloisia Beauty for self-care. “We talked for probably two and a half hours and unfortunately, you see two minutes of us just talking about Dale, Dale, Dale. … But really, we talked about everything. We talked about all of the guys.”DeAnna Pappas Spills Secrets From Bachelorette Set Clare CrawleyCourtesy of DeAnna Pappas/InstagramDeAnna added that she went to the set to “encourage” Clare.- Advertisement – Scoop from the source! DeAnna Pappas — one of the only people who knew Clare Crawley was secretly engaged to Dale Moss — joined Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast to reveal what really happened when she visited the OG season 16 Bachelorette at La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs in July.“Don’t get me wrong, we talked about Dale a lot, but I went into the conversation with Clare and there was supposed to be a date that day,” the season 4 Bachelorette, 38, began about her chat with Clare, 39, which aired during the October 27 episode.- Advertisement –last_img read more

18
Nov
2020

Asian nations plan for pandemic flu, another treatment is suggested

first_img Osterholm, director of CIDRAP, publisher of this Web site, continued, “What we need to do right now is focus on what will get us through a pandemic without counting on drugs. We just don’t have a supply chain that can manufacture enough vaccine and antivirals to make a meaningful dent in what we’d need if the pandemic hits in the next 2 or 3 years. We need to think about things like food supplies, healthcare workers and facilities, essential services. We’re wasting time.” The neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) reduce the severity and duration of symptoms of seasonal flu when given prophylactically or within days after disease onset. Studies are showing some effectiveness against the H5N1 avian flu strain circulating in Asia. CIDRAP’s avian flu case count The World Health Organization (WHO) has a enough of the drug to treat 120,000 people and hopes to build this to 1 million doses shortly, said WHO Director General Lee Jong-wook at the conference in Bangkok. Tamiflu maker Hoffman-LaRoche is considering donating “a substantial amount” of the agent to WHO, according to Reuters. Lee and others have expressed concern that wealthy countries are arming themselves and may not share the drug with the countries where the pandemic is most likely to begin. Oseltamivir should not be the only agent in the armory, say Kenneth Tsang, from Hong Kong, and his colleagues from Singapore, Malaysia, and Korea in a new Lancet commentary. They suggest that stockpiles of zanamivir be added as well. The agent, which is given as a nasal inhalant, has not surfaced in planning discussions, perhaps because of concern over administration problems in young children and people with intellectual or coordination impairments, they say. “Although both [drugs] have similar efficacy, zanamivir has fewer adverse reactions, and a favorable resistance profile,” the authors write, and they claim the concerns could be surmounted. A number of countries, including the United States, have thus begun stockpiling oseltamivir as a weapon against pandemic flu, especially given the fact that a well-matched vaccine would be unavailable early on and production capacity is limited. Other developed countries, too, are buying oseltamivir for their populations. See also: H5N1 avian flu has killed massive numbers of birds in at least 12 countries in Asia and has spread to other animals and humans there as well. WHO’s last official count puts the number of human cases at 112, with 57 deaths. Experts predict that this strain will be the cause of the next pandemic when it achieves the ability to pass efficiently from human to human. Aug 13 Lancet article by Tsang et al [Full text—access requires free registration) Aug 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A week-long meeting of Asian nations just finished in Bangkok resulted in consensus that regional stockpiles of antivirals should be amassed for fast use in the influenza pandemic that is widely expected to emerge from the avian flu strain now circulating. The drug discussed there and focused upon in recent studies touting the usefulness of early treatment and prophylaxis may be joined by another agent in the same class if suggestions in an article released yesterday are taken to heart. Serious question remains, however, over whether pharmaceuticals are really a valid option if a pandemic breaks out in the near future. “This is all well and good,” infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, told CIDRAP News, “but people just don’t get it. If we were to begin a Manhattan Project–type response tonight to expand vaccine and drug production, we wouldn’t have a measureable impact on the availability of these critical products to sufficiently address a worldwide pandemic for at least several years.”last_img read more

18
Nov
2020

‘Worried well’ overload gives taste of pandemic scenario

first_imgMay 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – With the global outbreak of novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) entering its fourth week, physicians at emergency rooms, clinics, and hospitals around the United States say they are overwhelmed with “worried well” who have as much as doubled their patient loads.All the clinicians work at medical centers that have planned and practiced for pandemics and disasters. But the crisis has exposed a weak point that their preparation could not influence: a crush of fearful patients seeking reassurance, many of them sent to emergency rooms (ERs) for tests by workplaces, schools, and busy primary care physicians.Those who have been dealing with the onslaught say it should serve as a warning. If this flu strain or another becomes more virulent—causing more serious disease than it now does, and presumably also inspiring more panic—the healthcare system will not be able to handle the demand.”We are going to have to develop screening and triage systems that are not dependent on hospitals and emergency departments, or hospitals and emergency departments are going to be totally overwhelmed,” said Dr. Edward Panacek, a professor of emergency medicine at University of California-Davis Medical Center, where ER volume has been running significantly above normal.For several weeks, Panacek said, he has been seeing people with uncomplicated colds coming into the Davis Health System’s ERs asking for flu tests, including “entire families with minimal to no symptoms,” he said.Panacek spoke just after returning from the annual gathering to administer oral exams for board certification in emergency medicine, a meeting that convenes physician-examiners from around the United States. No one took a scientifically based survey, he said, but almost every physician there reported increased ER traffic, including some late seasonal flu, almost no novel H1N1, and many worried well.The same concerns are echoing through listservs used by pediatric emergency physicians, with many institutions seeing “50% to 75% increases,” said Dr. Stuart Bradin, an assistant professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Health System. At the university’s main site in Ann Arbor, “there are definitely more parents who bring kids in for a cold or a low-grade temperature who might have stayed home or called their own primary care physician but are now coming in to ‘make sure its not swine flu,'” he said by e-mail.The stressed state of hospitals and ERs has been a persistent concern in pandemic planning since avian flu H5N1 began spreading across the planet 6 years ago. In 2006, the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center estimated that, to handle a 1918-style pandemic, the United States would need twice as many non-intensive-care-unit (ICU) beds and ventilators and 4.6 times more ICU beds than it has.Yet hospitals and emergency departments have been shrinking, while their patient populations have been growing. The Institute of Medicine calculated in 2006 that ER visits rose by 26% between 1992 and 2003, from 89.8 million to 114 million in a year, while 425 emergency departments and 703 hospitals closed and the number of hospital beds in use shrank by 198,000.And last month, the American Hospital Association said that bed closures and layoffs were accelerating because of the economic crash. Half of 1,078 hospitals surveyed in March said they were seeing increased numbers of uninsured patients in their ERs, and  approximately 10 hospitals per month were laying off 50 staff or more.”My hospital has almost no surge capacity; it is running full all the time,” Panacek said. “If we had a 10% increase in the need for admissions because of flu, we would have nowhere in the hospital to put those patients. They would back up in the ER, and they would lie on gurneys for days.”Simultaneously, the public health system, which could relieve some pandemic stress by coordinating triage and testing, is experiencing sharp losses of its own. More than 11,000 jobs were eliminated in state and local health departments in 2008 due to budget cuts, according to a letter to Congress written in February by a coalition of public health organizations, and another 10,000 positions are expected to go unfilled this year.”We still have not built a sustainable system that is not jumping from crisis to crisis,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. Though alarm over the anthrax attacks and the spread of avian flu triggered several years of robust funding before the current recession, “the process didn’t deliver sustained funding that was guaranteed for the long haul,” he said.The result has been thinly populated public health departments and overloaded ERs and clinics all experiencing a foretaste of the overload a virulent pandemic could bring.At Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, which has a high-volume emergency room and 43 affiliated clinics, “we had 3 days of record-setting traffic, 2½ times normal,” said Dr. Brian Currie, vice president and medical director for research . The pediatric ER was so overwhelmed that the hospital opened an unused area to create a second waiting room, put up signs explaining the New York City Department of Health guidelines for who should be tested, and sent patient educators into the crowd to talk to parents and urge them to take their children home if they were mildly ill or just concerned, he said.The patient load at the ER of Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, N.J. has doubled in the past 3 weeks, from 50 children per shift to 100, said Dr. Christopher Amato, an attending physician in pediatric emergency medicine there and at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Some have flu, though it appears on tests to be a late bloom of seasonal flu, he said, and some are part of an outbreak of unidentified gastrointestinal illness that has been flourishing locally since November, but others want checks for minor symptoms.They include parents whose children have been sent home from school for 7 days under new guidance published earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who are hoping for a doctor’s note that will allow the children to return, Amato said.”I had a child last night who was completely well, afebrile, vital signs stable, exam completely normal, who had been sent home because the school thought he seemed a little hot,” he said. “I explained to the parent that they have to go by the CDC guidelines. I can’t get between her and the school nurse.”Every hospital reporting an influx of patients with swine flu concerns said that the patients came to the emergency room either because they were sent for a test by school or work, or either did not have a primary care physician or could not get an appointment. Almost none, though, had the severe illnesses that ERs were designed to treat.By joining the ER queue with mild symptoms, they increased the wait for care for every other patient, including ones with true emergencies, the physicians said. And if they had had a virulent flu, their multi-hour stays could have exposed other patients to the organism, including immunocompromised patients on Medicaid or vulnerable elderly from nursing homes.If the novel H1N1 flu abates, for the time being at least, the overload of the past weeks could prove a learning experience. “What is good about the current situation is that this allows us to test our preparations, find out where problems exist, and try to mitigate them before the next crisis occurs,” Bradin said. “I think we are more prepared than in past, but not to the extent where we need to be.”See also:Toner E, Waldhorn R, Maldin B, et al. Hospital preparedness for pandemic influenza. (Meeting Report) Biosecur Bioterror 2006;4(2):1–11 [Full text]Institute of Medicine: “Hospital-Based Emergency Care: at the Breaking Point”American Hospital Association: “The Economic Impact on Hospitals and Their Communities”Public health coalition letter to Congress, Feb 10, 2009last_img read more

18
Nov
2020

Three new promotional videos of the Šibenik-Knin County Tourist Board were presented

first_imgFrom the beginning of the year to the end of July, 538.171 arrivals and 3.297 overnight stays were recorded in Šibenik-Knin County, and the data show an increase of 107 percent in arrivals and 17 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year.Šibenik with 713.102 overnight stays, which is an increase of two percent, is still the most visited destination in this county, followed by Vodice with 712.905 overnight stays and an increase of 21 percent, Rogoznica with 371.683 overnight stays and an increase of 15 percent compared to the same period 2016. Tourist results are also achieved by destinations in the Šibenik hinterland, such as Skradin, with 24.066 overnight stays, which is 56 percent more than in the first seven months of last year.Record JulyIn July alone, 297.343 tourist arrivals and 2.201.016 overnight stays were realized in the Šibenik-Knin County. That’s an increase of 11 percent in arrivals and nine percent in overnight stays over the same month last year. “Germany is our most loyal emitting market, accounting for a relevant 12,8 percent of the total share of overnight stays and 10,6 percent for arrivals. Namely, in the first seven months, German tourists made 57 arrivals and 150 overnight stays. We are also seeing an increase in other traditional markets – six percent from the Czech Republic, 422 percent from the Polish, four percent from Slovenia, eight percent from Slovakia and 624 percent from Austria, and Austria is the country from which most boaters come.”, Concludes Željan Šikić, director of the Tourist Board of Šibenik-Knin County, and continues that there has been an increase in nautical tourism. “In the first seven months, there were 44 nautical guests in our county, and they realized a total of 980 overnight stays. This is an increase of 276 percent in arrivals and the same amount in overnight stays compared to the same period in 471.”, Points out Zeljana Sikic.VIDEO: THE RHYTHM OF MAGICAL DALMATIA Investments in tourism are key to good resultsThe excellent tourist results in Šibenik-Knin County were influenced by the increase in the quality of accommodation capacities and the construction of new tourist facilities. One of the most significant investments is the luxury tourist complex “Olympia sky” in Vodice, in the construction of which 172 million kuna was invested. The second largest investment in the Šibenik-Knin County is the Šibenik Convention Center within the Solaris Beach Resort, in which about HRK 58 million has been invested.One of the best Croatian small and family hotels – Hotel Borovnik in Tisno has also been renovated, and its owner Dane Slamić has invested 26 million kuna in the renovation, of which 55 percent from own funds and 45 percent from cohesion funds. Goran Pauk, Šibenik-Knin County Prefect, is convinced that positive tourist trends will continue, which – apart from new investments, excellent offers, synergies between the public and private sectors, are also influenced by the fact that it is the only county in Croatia with two protected UNESCO monuments. Cathedral of St. This July, the unique Fortress of St. James joined the Church. Nicholas, one of the best preserved fortifications from the 16th century. “Registration of the fortress of St. Nikola in the UNESCO World Heritage List is a great gain for our county because this magnificent fortress has finally become not only a project of local importance, but also of national interest.”, Concluded the prefect.And the strongest assets of this county from now on you can see in three great promotional films of the Tourist Board of Šibenik-Knin County – The rhythm of magical Dalmatia, The magic of endless summer i We are waiting for you.VIDEO: THE MAGIC OF INFINITE SUMMERVIDEO: WE ARE WAITING FOR YOUlast_img read more