By David E. StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaThe first week in February is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia. The coming months are often the ones with the highest rate of tornadoes in the state.Many tornado deaths happen at night while victims sleep. These deaths show the importance of being warned when asleep.The fastest way to hear about severe weather is with a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, pronounced “Noah”) weather radio. NOAA weather radios sound an alarm when severe weather approaches and broadcast details about it.A NOAA weather radio placed in your bedroom will awaken you if needed.NOAA radios are sold at electronic stores and even some grocery stores. Choose one with “SAME” technology, which allows you to program it to sound the warning only for severe weather in your area.Local radio and TV stations can notify you of severe weather, too. Make sure that you are listening to a local station. A station in a neighboring county may not broadcast warnings for your location.The Weather Channel monitors severe weather, but only if a local cable company provides it. Satellite subscribers don’t get local warnings.The major drawback of relying on local radio, TV or cable is that you must be awake and paying attention. A NOAA radio doesn’t depend on you being awake or even paying attention. When the National Weather Service broadcasts a warning, it will sound the alarm.Don’t depend on outdoor warning sirens, which are intended to warn people working or playing outside.If the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, seek shelter quickly. Go to a shelter in a well-constructed building on the lowest possible floor in an interior room away from windows.The basement is generally the safest place. Stay away from windows and doors and protect yourself from blowing objects.If you don’t have a basement, a small interior room on the first floor is your next choice. An interior bathroom often meets these requirements. The plumbing reinforces the bathroom. Another possibility is an interior closet.In a business, school or church, the same rules apply. Everyone should seek shelter in an interior room away from windows on the lowest level. In many large buildings, interior hallways and restrooms are the best choice.Avoid large rooms such as gyms, auditoriums, libraries, cafeterias or sanctuaries. They generally don’t have the structural support to keep from collapsing in a direct hit.Mobile homes aren’t safe during severe thunderstorms or tornadoes. Even if it’s tied down, it’s not structurally sound enough to withstand severe winds. The general safety rule for mobile homes is to evacuate to a storm shelter or a sturdy building.When working outdoors or in a car, keep up-to-date about changing weather conditions. This means listening to a local radio station or having a portable NOAA weather radio.Don’t get under a highway underpass. The myth that this is a good shelter has grown thanks to a video showing a reporter doing this during a tornado. That reporter was very lucky.If you’re caught outdoors or in a car with a tornado approaching, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If one isn’t available, lie down in a ditch or a low spot where cars or trees won’t be blown on top of you. Don’t stay in your car. A tornado can pick up your car and blow it around like a toy.Remember to protect your body, especially your head and neck, from flying debris. Use pillows, blankets, coats or whatever you can find.Another common tornado myth is to open the windows to equalize the pressure inside and outside the building. Once taught as correct, recent research has shown that it’s the wind not the pressure that destroys buildings. Closed windows help a building withstand wind.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Daily News Egypt:The Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) decided to postpone the signing of contracts with AlNowais Investment Company for the construction of a coal-fired power station in the Oyoun Mousa area.Sources from the ministry of electricity and renewable energy told Daily News Egypt that the surplus electricity production is the main reason for postponing the signing of the contracts. This is especially since reserves have reached 20,000MW per day and will rise to 22,000MW after the addition of energy from the Gulf of Suez wind farm and solar energy projects in Benban.In addition, the sources said it is difficult to build a private coal port for the project at Oyoun Mousa because the water there is very shallow, necessitating the construction of the port at a greater depth within the water. Inevitably, this raises the total cost of the station.Talks with the UAE company, AlNowais, began three years ago. The company officials held more than 50 meetings with officials of the EEHC for electricity to implement a coal-fired power plant at Oyoun Mousa. The sources pointed out that the studies and paperwork of the project were transferred to EEHC for revision and no new decision was taken since then, noting that the project will not be signed off this year.“The agreement on the purchase of energy produced from the project was finalized at 4.01 cents per kW/h leaving only the legal aspects of the contract that will be reviewed, but it may take longer,” the source said.The sources said that the lack of increased demand for energy will push the EEHC to postpone a number of projects that seek implementation in order to avoid the aggravation of financial burdens.More: EEHC delays coal-fired plant due to production surplus Slow demand growth prompts Egypt to delay construction of new coal plant
continue reading » 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are so many choices to make for your money that it’s easy to feel like you’re doing something wrong.Or everything.But chances are, you’re doing something right, too. Maybe the good choices you’re making haven’t led to overnight millions or a cover story on Forbes, but all the same, they’re putting you ahead of pack.Read on for seven signs you’re doing something right with your money.You can pay your bills each month.A 2015 survey from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and personal finance site NerdWallet, conducted by Harris Poll, found that about a quarter of Americans aren’t able to always pay their bills on time.
I was really pleased to read in The Gazette that they are spending thousands of tax dollars to improve the bicycle path in the Rotterdam Junction area.I’m sure many people are going to really enjoy the scenic view of the once-beautiful Erie Canal.The canal was a home to beavers, muskrats, many varieties of fowl, not to mention great fishing. Unfortunately, a junkyard has ruined the entire area. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion There are decaying vehicles, not to mention a trailer park has also moved in. Instead of adding more blacktop to the path, how about cleaning up the environmental nightmare that has existed for many years. I’m sure the many bikers and joggers would love to see pristine clear waters and abundant wild life instead of the eyesore that presents itself.I have complained to the state Department of Environmental Conservation many times over the years, to no avail.The funding wasn’t there. Everyone who cares about their environment, take a walk or ride on the bicycle path the Mabee Lane section and see the mess.We need to put the Erie Canal back to its original beauty.MARTY SHANTYCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
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President Donald Trump on Friday announced a $19 billion financial rescue package to help the agriculture industry weather the staggering economic downturn sparked by measures to defeat the coronavirus.Trump told a press conference the government “will be implementing a $19 billion relief program for our great farmers and ranchers as they cope with the fallout of the global pandemic.”The program will include direct payments to farmers, ranchers and producers who Trump said have experienced “unprecedented losses during this pandemic.” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said US farmers have been hit hard by a sharp shift in demand, as schools and restaurants close and more Americans eat at home.That has disrupted the food supply chain, forcing farmers in many places to destroy dairy output and plow under crops that no longer have buyers.”Having to dump milk and plow under vegetables ready to market is not only financially distressing, but it’s heartbreaking as well to those who produce them,” Perdue said.Perdue said some $3 billion of the money would go to buying produce and milk from such farmers, and redistribute it to community food banks. Millions of Americans have recently turned to food pantries for meals and groceries after losing their jobs.The US farm and food industry has been hit in numerous ways by the coronavirus epidemic. Farmers are having trouble finding seasonal laborers to prepare and harvest crops; some meatpacking plants have been hit hard by COVID-19 outbreaks.But the change in the way consumers eat has had a huge impact.”Shuttered schools, universities, restaurants, bars and cafeterias are no longer buying milk, meat, fruits, vegetables and other food, causing a downward spiral in crop and livestock prices,” the American Farm Bureau said recently.Perdue praised farmers, who have enjoyed billions of dollars in support payments over the past two years due to the impact of Trump’s trade war with China, as “heroic.””Our farmers have been in the fields planting and doing what they do every spring to feed the American people, even with a pandemic, as we speak.”Topics :
Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto also said at the time that the government would employ the online single submission (OSS) system and the Single Map policy as part of its drive to use AI in government-related work.Read also: ‘Faster with AI’: Indonesia to replace ministerial aides with machinesA number of state projects already employ AI technology, including one to anticipate forest fires, while some government agencies are promoting AI development and technology-based solutions at schools and teaching faculties.However, the guidelines note that, while Indonesia’s demographic dividend and its “unique” datasets are among its strengths in developing AI, the country has neither the provisions to regulate nor an official agency to oversee AI development, among other things.The national strategy also sees as hurdles to AI development the dominance of imported technology in the Indonesian market, disruptions to the workforce and data misuse.As a possible solution, the guidebook advises the country to focus on infrastructure and data, research and industrial innovation, ethics and policies, and talent development.It also suggests forming a data ethics board to oversee its development as well as create regulations and setting national standards for AI innovation.AI providers and experts have lauded the move to establish a foundation for AI development. However, they urged the government and other stakeholders to improve on the strategy, anticipate risks and fix current flaws.Read also: AI opportunities: Made in Indonesia by Indonesians for IndonesiansAI and robotics professor Wisnu Jatmiko of the University of Indonesia sees the initiative as a statement of “good faith” but insists that the country needs to fix its internet connection issues, nurture high-quality talent and provide various types of infrastructure to bolster development.He also advised the country to have its own cloud computing system to prevent any leak of confidential information.“AI is an extraordinary challenge. It’s a race; it’s like a [sports] match, if we are not prepared for it, we will only be spectators,” said Wisnu, who is involved with the UI Computer Science Faculty’s AI Center and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).Meanwhile, Big Data and AI Association (ABDI) chairman Rudi Rusdiah said the government should prioritize trade and industrial affairs in AI development to reap the economic benefits, with a 2018 International Data Corporation (IDC) survey noting that Indonesian companies had the highest rates of AI adoption in Southeast Asia.He also called for reforms of higher education based on AI and urged the government to put in place regulations that prevent AI algorithm errors that may harm humankind.“AI has to be controlled, so that it will not replace humans and human work; AI is only meant to augment [human work],” he said.Similarly, Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) researcher Alia Yofira Karunian said the national strategy should be centered around human needs and uphold principles of fairness, accountability and transparency as pillars in AI implementation.Absence of such principles would be detrimental to human rights, she said, citing the example of the Compass project in the United States.Compass was found to have a racial bias in predicting the likelihood of recidivism, ProPublica reported, while the company remains tight-lipped about the details of the algorithm, according to the New York Times.Weighing such risks, the government had to protect personal data, Alia said. It also needed to ensure that people have the right to not be subjected to automated AI decisions and intervene whenever there are biases in AI machine learning.“We are in the beginning phase, so we must learn from the [mistakes] of other countries that have started it,” she said.Topics : The government has introduced a national strategy for developing artificial intelligence, but experts are calling for assurances that progress in this high-tech field is safe and beneficial for all.Jakarta published a blueprint that will guide Indonesia in developing artificial intelligence (AI) between 2020 and 2045, at a time when governments and businesses around the world are increasingly turning to the field for solutions in law enforcement, financing and health care, among others.Research and Technology Minister and National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) head Bambang Brodjonegoro said the country would focus its AI projects on education and research, health services, bureaucratic reform and food security as well as mobility and smart cities. “We are all determined to create an independent, advanced and prosperous Indonesia. Let us successfully reform Indonesia from being a natural resource-based country to an innovation-based country,” Bambang said during the launch earlier this week.The launch of the national guidelines, published as an e-book, marks a step forward in embracing AI technology and follows in the footsteps of many others who have already set up their own AI strategies, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) data.The development of AI is one of five sectors in the ministry’s focus, apart from the development of the internet of things, advanced robotics, augmented reality and 3D printing.In November last year, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government was looking to replace a number of civil service positions with AI to create a leaner bureaucracy.
410 Severin St, Parramatta ParkWALK through the doors of this Parramatta Park house and be taken back to a glorious time when ABBA was “in”, Lillee and Thommo were petrifying Poms and the bright spark who invented Facebook was not yet born.The unique Severin St house has barely changed since the 1970s. “It is just a bit different, you certainly don’t see many homes like this around Cairns anymore,” said Hannah Fuller of Belle Property Cairns.“We have people walk through and say it reminds them of their grandparents’ house.”Set on almost 680sq m – a relatively large block for Parramatta Park – the three-bedroom red brick house has been described as a “renovator’s delight”.A rear patio is ideal for entertaining while the neat backyard has been well-maintained.Ms Fuller said Parramatta Park was becoming an increasingly sought-after suburb because of its proximity to town.“Many clients have bought into the area and are running successful Airbnb operations, it’s just so close to the city,” she said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoDescribed as a “1970s gem”, the property at 410 Severin St is listed for offers in the low to mid $300,000s. The property is listed for offers in the low to mid $300,000s.According to CoreLogic, the average selling price for Parramatta Park houses was $472,500 as of May this year.The Tablelands man co-ordinating the sale, who asked to be known as Joe, said his parents had “absolutely loved” their many years living in the home.“We were actually keen for them to move years ago but they just loved it so much,” he said.“They were always playing billiards and listing to records – they were real party animals.“I remember once, about 25 years ago, a Japanese guy who was living around the corner offered them $450,000 for the place – but Dad said no.“It was when the Japanese were buying a lot in Cairns, and I guess Mum and Dad had no idea the downturn would happen – but they were very happy.”The property is open for inspection today from 10-10.30am
The UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has established a master trust committee to promote and defend the master trust model of pension provision to government and regulators.The announcement of the committee’s creation comes shortly before a pensions bill is expected to be laid before Parliament, with the government having indicated that it will introduce stricter regulation of master trusts, something for which the UK pensions regulator has been arguing. Opening the PLSA’s annual conference in Liverpool today, Lesley Williams, chair of the association, said that, although master trusts have been around for decades, there are “new breeds” taking on millions of new auto-enrolment savers, and that master trusts had become a bigger part of the pension market than many would have imagined.Regulation will have to adapt to cope with the risks and benefits of master trusts, she said, noting that the pension providers would help shape the agenda of the 2017 review of auto-enrolment. Chris Hitchen, chief executive at RPMI Railpen, will chair the Master Trust Committee, while Emma Douglas, head of defined contribution at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), was voted vice-chair by the other members of the new committee.Comprising 13* senior executives in total, the committee will set the PLSA’s strategic direction on master trust policy, promote and support the development of the master trust market, and help savers in master trusts achieve a better income in retirement.Joanne Segars, chief executive of the PLSA, said a “top priority” for the association was to represent the entire workplace pension “community”.“Master trusts are a major force in today’s pensions landscape, counting many millions of the newly enrolled pension savers as their members,” she said.“As they grow in scale and in number, they face a growing number of complex issues – many of them unique to master trusts.“Our new Master Trust Committee will ensure there is a dedicated voice for master trusts to government and regulators.”She said the committee would advocate for master trusts “as a model of strongly governed and value-for-money schemes” and help to develop a strategic and pro-active policy framework. Hitchen said master trusts had played a key role in the success of auto-enrolment, especially among smaller businesses.“With the government’s plan to regulate master trusts within the Pensions Bill, the PLSA’s Master Trust Committee will relay the message that master trusts embrace high standards and wants to ensure the regulation and legislation governing master trusts continues to benefit savers,” he said.The Committee will meet four times a year and may on occasion hold a joint meeting with the PLSA’s defined contribution council and/or defined benefit council. Walk the talkIn other news, the PLSA is to carry out a comprehensive review of the organisation’s governance to ensure it supports the PLSA’s work on behalf of its members and all stakeholders, operates effectively and attracts the right people.Announcing the review at the association’s annual conference in Liverpool today, Williams said: “We have to make sure we walk the talk of 21st-century governance.”Last year, the association announced it was reinventing itself to capture changes in the way people save for retirement.Williams said “great progress” had been made but that “there is more to do”.The review will start immediately and run until October 2017.The board will consult with members on any potential proposals in the New Year. *The other members of the master trust committee are Ken Anderson, head of DC solutions at Xafinity; Helen Dean, chief executive of NEST; Tony Filbin, chair of BlueSky; Jamie Fiveash, chair, PLSA DC MES Forum; Patrick Heath-Lay, CEO of The People’s Pension; Bruce Kirton, CEO of Welplan; Fiona Matthews, CEO of Lifesight; Elspeth McKinnon, CEO, Cheviot Trust; Gary Smith, chair, Atlas; Michael Ramsey, CEO of The Pensions Trust; and Andy Waring, CEO of Ensign.
Leask Marine’s vessel C-Fenna has completed the recovery of ten seabed frames and buoys at Ørsted’s Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands on behalf of Fugro.The vessel completed the deployment of the frames and their surface marker buoys and the collection of three grab samples at ten locations across the project in November last year.Leask Marine also completed the deployment of wavescan buoys for the wind farm on behalf of Multraship Towage & Salvage.Fugro won a joint contract with Boskalis in June 2017 for survey and identification of unexploded ordnance (UXO) at the Borssele Wind Farm Zone, as well as cable routes for the planned grid connection between TenneT’s two offshore platforms and its high-voltage substation onshore.The agreement follows several contracts Fugro undertook at the site since early 2015, where the scope of works included geophysical surveys, geotechnical site investigations, integrated geological modeling and measuring meteorological and oceanographic conditions.The 752MW Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm will comprise 94 8MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines located 22km from the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland.The wind farm is scheduled for commissioning by the end of 2020.