Utilities offer safety advice in face of high winds, heavy rains

first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service and Green Mountain Power are advising customers in the southern half of Vermont of the potential for significant wind and heavy rain damage that could cause extensive damage and power outages this evening and into Friday. Customers across the state could see scattered power outages this afternoon and into Friday.Utility forecasts include the threat of high wind gusts of more than 50 mph, combined with several inches of rain, which could cause significant power outages in the southern half of Vermont and eastern slopes of the Green Mountains.Utility crews are on standby and are contacting outside contract crews to ensure a strong response if the wind and rain bring significant problems. Government officials are also coordinating efforts to assure the necessary resources are available.CVPS and GMP urged customers to be sure to have flashlights, batteries, food and water available in case they lose electrical service, and suggested that friends, family and neighbors check on elderly Vermonters who may need help.  Candles are not recommended as light sources during a power outage due to fire risk.The utilities offered the following advice:Before outages occur, be sure you have a phone that is hard-wired and does not rely on electricity.Fill a bathtub with water before you lose service so the water can be used to flush toilets when the power is out. PREVENT UNSUPERVISED BATHROOM ACCESS TO CHILDREN.Treat any downed line as if it is live.  Report the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 50 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator.  Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure.  Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns.  Then, turn equipment back on slowly.Never use grills inside for warmth, as the fumes can be poisonous.  Source: GMP, CVPS. 9.30.2010last_img read more

Obama names FDA chief, creates food safety panel

first_img Obama also announced the creation of a new Food Safety Working Group to advise him on ways to improve food safety laws and to promote cooperation among the multiple government agencies that oversee food safety. The group will be led by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the secretary of the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In his weekly radio address Mar 14, the president said the nation is battling nearly 350 foodborne disease outbreaks a year, compared with 100 a year in the early 1990s. He blamed outdated laws, the diffusion of regulatory responsibilities across many government agencies, and underfunding that leaves the FDA unable to inspect more than 5% of food processing plants and warehouses each year. Weicker said Obama’s choice sends “a strong signal that the public’s health and safety will be the top priorities of the nation’s largest regulatory agency.” He called Hamburg “a proven manager, having turned around an ailing and under-resourced health department in New York City, where she restored both morale among workers and the agency’s credibility among its citizens.” “Her appointment signals a commitment to protecting consumer health, and we are confident that under her leadership there will be a concerted effort to support scientific independence and ensure that politics will not influence agency decisions,” he added. “That is a hazard to public health,” Obama said. “It is unacceptable. And it will change under the leadership of Margaret Hamburg, whom I am appointing today as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.” The president also noted the USDA’s implementation on Mar 14 of a complete ban on the use of disabled cattle for food. The new rule, which closes a loophole that allowed some downer cattle to be slaughtered for food, was proposed last August. In announcing the Food Safety Working Group, Obama gave few details. He said it would “bring together cabinet secretaries and senior officials to advise me on how we can upgrade our food safety laws for the 21st century; foster coordination throughout government; and ensure that we are not just designing laws that will keep the American people safe, but enforcing them. And I expect this group to report back to me as soon as possible.” Confirming reports that leaked out several days ago, Obama on Mar 14 announced the appointment of Hamburg, a biodefense expert and former New York City health commissioner, as FDA commissioner. The announcement has drawn praise from an array of consumer and public health advocacy groups. Mar 14 White House press release and transcript Hamburg’s appointment was also praised by Lowell Weicker Jr., former Connecticut senator and a board member at the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public health advocacy group. Hamburg also has served on the group’s board for the past 5-1/2 years. Mar 14 statement by Weicker of TFAHhttp://healthyamericans.org/newsroom/releases/?releaseid=162 The nutrition watchdog group Center for Science in the Public (CSPI) Interest praised both Hamburg and Sharfstein. “While most past commissioners have focused primarily on the drug side of FDA, Drs. Hamburg and Sharfstein are both well aware the FDA also regulates foods. They will have additional resources and, I hope, new statutory authorities to improve on,” CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson said in a statement. Mar 14 APHA statement “Dr. Hamburg is well-respected, smart, tough and effective and knows the full spectrum of issues related to public health,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association, in a statement.center_img Obama also announced the appointment of Dr. Joshua Sharfstein as principal deputy commissioner at the FDA. “As Baltimore’s health commissioner, Dr. Sharfstein has been recognized as a national leader for his efforts to protect children from unsafe over-the-counter cough and cold medications,” Obama said. “And he’s designed an award-winning program to ensure that Americans with disabilities had access to prescription drugs.” During her service in New York, Hamburg sent health workers to tuberculosis patients’ homes to help manage their drug regimens, which reduced TB rates there by 45% from 1992 to 1997, according to a biography on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Web site. The approach became a model for health departments around the world. “We are also strengthening our food safety system and modernizing our labs with a billion dollar investment, a portion of which will go toward significantly increasing the number of food inspectors, helping ensure that the FDA has the staff and support they need to protect the food we eat,” Obama said. Mar 16, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – President Barack Obama has promised that his new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Margaret Hamburg, and a new cabinet-level panel will revitalize the federal government’s food safety efforts in the wake of a troubling string of foodborne disease outbreaks. See also: Several public health and consumer groups welcomed the choice of Hamburg to lead the FDA, whose reputation has been tarnished by the nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products, among other recent problems. Hamburg and Sharfstein also were hailed by Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, and the Consumer Federation of America, an association of 300 consumer groups. “Their resumes are extremely impressive and both are familiar with the FDA’s failure to protect the public from foodborne illness,” the federation said. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who chairs the FDA Appropriations Subcommittee in the House, called Hamburg “the right choice at this critical time in food safety.” Hamburg also instituted needle-exchange programs to combat HIV infection and set up the nation’s first public-health bioterrorism defense program during her work in New York, according to the NIH. Hamburg comes to the FDA from the Nuclear Threat Initiative, an institute focusing on defenses against nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, where she has been vice president of biological programs since 2001. She previously served as assistant secretary for policy and evaluation in President Bill Clinton’s HHS, which followed her stint as New York City health commissioner from 1991 to 1997. Mar 14 CSPI statementhttp://www.cspinet.org/new/200903141.html Mar 11 Consumer Union statementhttp://www.consumersunion.org/news/obama-picks-hamburg-sharfstein-for-fda/last_img read more

Intervention sought as Carndonagh Court sittings are relocated

first_imgA Donegal county councillor is urging government action to ensure that the court services are retained in Carndonagh.The call comes as the town’s court service is to relocated to Buncrana for an interim period of four months during renovations at the Carndonagh Court House.Cllr Albert Doherty has called on the “confidence and supply partners” in Donegal, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil politicians to intervene on the situation. Sinn Feín Cllr Doherty said: “The decision to adjourn the short term court sittings in Carndonagh and relocate to Buncrana for an interim period of four months is a very disappointing development.“Mr Brendan Mc Donald, Western Regional Manager of the Courts Service has confirmed that he has visited the Colgan Hall and that the Court Service authorities are assessing the suitability and the court service needs at that location, likewise following his visit to the Court House in Carndonagh, he has indicated that in an initial assessment of the building, significant refurbishment works are required”.“It is incumbent on government parties and government supporting parties under the “confidence and supply” arrangements to ensure that the court service is retained in the Carndonagh area, that the court house refurbishment work is delivered and that a stop is put to the reduction of services in rural Inishowen and Ireland.”Cllr Doherty added that he will also seek the support of all solicitors and legal services in the county to lobby public representatives, the courts service and OPW and Justice departments to ensure the retention of court services in Carndonagh. Intervention sought as Carndonagh Court sittings are relocated was last modified: April 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacarndonagh court houseCllr Albert DohertyLegallast_img read more

Groves’ Wembley fight is off because of cut

first_imgGeorge Groves’ proposed defence of his British and Commonwealth titles at Wembley Arena on 14 September is off, it has been confirmed.The bout was pencilled in before the Hammersmith super-middleweight’s bruising encounter with Francisco Sierra in California took place on Saturday.But a nasty cut suffered by Groves on the way to his sixth-round stoppage of the Mexican means he will not be ready to fight again so soon.He was expected to face a rematch with Kenny Anderson, who floored him before Groves fought back to stop the Scot when they met in 2010.The size of the wound close to Groves’ right eye meant it was immediately clear the Wembley date was unlikely to go ahead.Earlier this year the Londoner had to withdraw from a clash with Anderson and a world title challenge against WBO champion Robert Stieglitz because of a back and nose injury respectively.It meant his victory over Sierra was his first outing since a second-round crushing of former British champion Paul Smith in November.The Frank Warren-promoted show will go ahead without Groves but will now take place at York Hall in Bethnal Green.Harrow Weald prospect Mitchell Smith will be appearing on the bill.See also: Groves eyes fight at Stamford BridgeWarren vows to get Groves a world title fightFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Aston Villa v Brentford line-ups: Bees make one change, Villa man ruled out

first_imgBrentford make one change for their visit to Aston Villa, with Andreas Bjelland replacing the injured Callum Elder at left-back.Scott Hogan remains up front following his two goals at Brighton on Saturday, meaning Lasse Vibe – available again after suspension – has to make do with a place on the bench.Yoann Barbet and Alan McCormack also return to the squad, among the substitutes.Aston Villa make two changes, with Mile Jedinak and Rudy Gestede coming in for Gary Gardner and Jack Grealish, who is carrying a knock.Jonathan Kodjia moves out to Grealish’s position wide on the left, allowing Gestede to play up front.Aston Villa: Gollini; De Laet, Elphick, Chester, Cissokho; Ayew, Jedinak, Westwood, Gestede; McCormack, Kodjia. Subs: Bunn, Richards, Baker, Amavi, Gardner, Bacuna, Green.Brentford: Bentley; Colin, Dean, Egan, Bjelland; Yennaris, Woods; Clarke, Sawyers, MacLeod; Hogan. Subs: Bonham, Barbet, McCormack, McEachran, Saunders, Kaikai, Vibe.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why Sharks’ preseason game with Flames could have regular season feel

first_imgSAN JOSE — Defenseman Erik Karlsson’s presence in the lineup Thursday isn’t the only reason why the Sharks’ home game against the Calgary Flames will have more of a regular season-type feel.The Sharks and Flames both plan to dress NHL-caliber lineups for their second preseason meeting in three days, with Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic each making their exhibition game debuts.Karlsson and Vlasic will be paired together Thursday, like they have been for the past week of practice. Brent …last_img read more

16 December: a day to learn from the past

first_imgSouth Africa’s public holiday known as the Day of Reconciliation acknowledges the significance of 16 December to both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions. A day once steeped in blood, the public holiday now marks a time for reflection and recognition of the country’s rich cultural history.To acknowledge the significance of 16 December to both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions, the day was renamed the Day of Reconciliation. (Image: GCIS)Brand South Africa reporterIn South Africa, 16 December is a day of great significance because of two important historical events that took place on that date.In apartheid South Africa, 16 December was known as Day of the Vow. On 16 December 1838, when the Voortrekkers were preparing for their battle against the Zulus – known as the Battle of Blood River – they took a vow before God that they would build a church should they be granted victory. They promised that they, and their descendants, would observe the day as a day of thanksgiving.Then, on 16 December 1961, the African National Congress formed Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC).CommemorationBefore its formation, the ANC had largely approached the fight against apartheid through passive resistance, but after the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960, where peaceful protestors were indiscriminately shot by police, passive resistance was no longer seen as an effective approach in bringing apartheid to an end.MK mostly performed acts of sabotage, but its effectiveness was hampered by organisational problems and the arrest of its leaders in 1963. Despite this, its formation has been commemorated every year since 1961.With the advent of democracy in South Africa, 16 December has retained its status as a public holiday.SignificanceSouth Africa’s first non-racial and democratic government was tasked with promoting reconciliation and national unity.To acknowledge the significance of 16 December to both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions, the day was renamed the Day of Reconciliation.It was celebrated as a public holiday for the time on 16 December 1995.Reviewed June 2017 Source: South African government Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: The Non-Hustler’s Infection

first_imgWhen it comes to hustling, there is nothing more important than your mindset. You can understand this idea intellectually without really knowing what this means. Unfortunately, we have an example. A non-hustler posted a comment on a post on my Facebook page. His comment had nothing to do with what I posted, but here it is in its entirety”“Why don’t y’all take some time off from trying to get ahead and help someone else along? Y’all the ones making money off broke people doing all the work. Don’t get me wrong, I could sell thongs to a nun and then talk her out of them. I just don’t have the conscience to make money marking up somebody else’s work.”Let’s unpack some of this non-hustler’s infections.By trying to get ahead, you aren’t helping other people.The non-hustler believes that people who are striving to get ahead aren’t the kind of people who help other people. This is a classic example of the infection of envy. Hustlers create business, and as they grow, they need to hire people to help them create the value that they create for the people they serve.In one college economics class I took in college, the liberal professor was railing against trickle down economic. A young girl very innocently asked, “If trickle down economics doesn’t work, can you tell me how trickle up economics works?” She meant no harm, and she wasn’t being political.People with the means to help other people often do. Some people with the ability to help people don’t.  But the non-hustler is infected with envy.Capturing value is difficult.The non-hustler doesn’t understand how value creation and value capture works. Each of us is paid exactly what we are worth. We are paid for the value that we create. If you want more money, you create more value. Different outcomes are worth more or less based on how other people value them.Non-hustlers suffer the infection that causes them to misunderstand fairness. You can do what you love, but you can’t make the rest of the world value it.Selling is something you do to someone.I’m hard pressed to find a better version of this belief than what our non-hustler offers us. Nuns don’t buy thongs, and salespeople don’t sell things to people who don’t want or need them. The non-hustler makes a crude remark intended to prove that he is every bit as persuasive as any salesperson.Hustlers know that selling isn’t something you to do somebody. Selling is something you to for and with somebody, and something from which they benefit. The non-hustler is infected with the belief that one who sells is supposed to be taking advantage of someone else.There is inherent honor is being broke.The non-hustler reveals another infection when he says he is uncomfortable making money “marking up somebody else’s work.” The non-hustler has negative beliefs about money and how it is made. Minus a few people in the financial sector, no one creates real wealth stealing from other people.The non-hustler believes there is honor in being broke. This is an infection designed to protect the ego of the one infected. In their minds, it is better to be broke than to engage in the activities that generate money.I was broke until I was 13 years old and started working full time. I promise there was no inherent honor in not having money.If you would be a hustler, then examine your beliefs carefully. Do your infections serve you? Or are are they preventing you from producing the results you are capable of? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Most Famous Bahamas street to become flood free

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 28, 2017 – Nassau – There is a plan for flooding on the country’s most famous street to be no more; #BayStreet on September 12 was drowning and so was easy commuting, business as usual and the beauty of the waterfront strip, which lines the northern coast of Nassau.    During House of Assembly on Monday, Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister announced that there are several initiatives underway to mitigate flooding and they include water jetting the laterals, to clear them from leaves and other debris.There will also be new laterals installed and changes are likely for pipe systems by the various utility companies.    Minister Bannister said there was flooding on West Bay Street near the Pointe development, a continuous problem explained the Minister because of curry being placed over a manhole at the site.Nearly $40,000 has been spent to clear laterals in the area.   Another problem is restriction of the water flow, which leads to a backup in the system in the area of Dowdeswell Street and Victoria Avenue.  Compounding the problem on that day, storm surge and intense, excessive rainfall, reported Minister Bannister on Monday.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#BayStreet, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more