DuPont State Recreational Forest temporarily closed

first_imgAll trails, trailheads and forest facilities are closed until further notice. Parking areas, both designated and roadside, are barricaded in the interest of public safety. “Closing state forests to the public is a decision I do not take lightly, and much consideration has been given to this decision,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. DuPont State Recreational Forest temporarily closed to the public; public access restricted due to COVID-19 safety concerns Forest Service officials have temporarily closed DuPont State Recreational Forest and neighboring Holmes Educational State Forest effective at 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, restricting public access until further notice. NCFS officials note that crowds are gathering in parking areas and trailheads which compromises the degree of social distancing needed to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus. “The bottom line is that these sites are beautiful and treasured places in our state where families and visitors can make positive, lasting memories. These state forests have experienced what many state parks and beaches have, too — unsafe and overcrowded conditions that tax these resources. This temporary closure to the public is necessary, but rest assured, it is temporary.”center_img For updated information about public access to North Carolina State Forests during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit ncforestservice.gov/COVID19.htm and follow us on Facebook. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Forest Service regret that temporary closure of DSRF and HESF is necessary. NCFS officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring both forests are reopened when conditions allow. DuPont Forest Covered Bridge in North Carolina – Getty Imageslast_img read more

Brazilian Navy Conducts PASSEX Exercise and Other Activities with the US Navy

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo December 09, 2020 On November 4, training ship Brasil docked at Mayport Naval Base, in Jacksonville, Florida. After two weeks at sea, sailing from Brazil to the United States, the stop at the American port was the first planned by the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) ship, which is carrying out its 34th Midshipmen Training Trip. There are 400 students of MB’s Naval Academy onboard. This trip represents the cadets’ last training activity before they become MB officers and can serve aboard ships or in other military organizations.The visit at Mayport lasted eight days. On November 6, during an award ceremony, the Tamandaré Medal of Merit was presented to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command commander, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Donald D. Gabrielson.On November 15, a ceremony was held aboard training ship Brasil, while it was bound to the city of Galveston, Texas, to honor the memory of the seamen who died when the R-12 U.S. submarine sank, on June 12, 1943, during World War II. Two MB officers were among the victims. The U.S. Navy ship USS Zephyr and the U.S. Coast Guard ship USCGC Charles Sexton took part in the events.Meeting in the Caribbean A Brazilian midshipman throws flowers in the ocean during a ceremony to honor the memory of the seamen who died in World War II. The U.S. Navy USS Zephyr can be seen in the background. (Photo: Brazilian Navy)Before arriving at Mayport Naval Base, training ship Brasil met with the U.S. Navy vessel USS William P. Lawrence, in Caribbean international waters. They met on October 28, when the crew of both ships completed the PASSEX exercise together. This joint exercise with the U.S. Navy launched the series of activities scheduled for the 34th Midshipmen Training Trip with foreign naval forces.“Exercises such as PASSEX happen when ships of different navies sail in the same region and their navigation routes promote opportunities to conduct joint training exercises,” said MB’s Public Affairs.As part of the training exercises to prepare the teams of both ships for communication, navigation, and joint operation tasks, service members conducted sea maneuvers and air maneuver escort with aircraft on board, practicing war tactics that are part of the doctrine of the Brazilian and U.S. naval forces.The exercise was particularly important to the midshipmen. During PASSEX, students had to calculate tactical maneuvers, to observe the Brazilian ship executing these maneuvers, and to communicate in English with the USS William P. Lawrence.The 34th Midshipmen Training Trip has been ongoing since October 21 and will conclude in February 2021.last_img read more

Existing-home sales at highest level since 2006

first_imgExisting-home sales skyrocketed 24.7 percent in July to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million units, representing an 8.7 percent increase in sales versus a year ago.“Existing home sales are now at their highest level since late 2006,” wrote NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long in a new Macro Data Flash report. “Loosened shutdowns and rock-bottom mortgage rates pushed many buyers into the market across the country with strong gains in all four census regions.”Sales rose in all four regions during the month, most significantly in the Northeast (+30.6 percent), followed by the West (+30.5 percent), the Midwest (+27.5 percent), and the South (+19.4 percent).“Overall sales growth should remain strong for the next several months given the surge in demand, but it will remain uneven as low-income areas are still shouldering most of the economic pains,” Long added. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Snowmobile safety tips after man falls through local frozen pond

first_imgAnd make sure to stick to the buddy system and when it comes to trails, stick to the ones with proper signage, saying, “you never know what’s going to be coming up.” “Be familiar with your area that you’re going to be riding in, have the proper equipment and clothing to stay warm,” said Zevotek. If you find an obstacle on a trail, like a fallen tree, or come across a trail that doesn’t have signage, report it to your local club members. President of the Broome County Sno-riders Dennis J. Zevotek has been riding snowmobiles for decades. He recommends keeping the following tips in mind when hitting the trails. When you do decide to take a spin, Zevotek says, “don’t ride over your head that’s the biggest problem I see these days is people get on it and they want to go as fast as they can, there’s no sense in it, enjoy the scenery and be careful.”center_img Clubs in our area include: AFTON (WBNG) — 12 News is taking a look at snowmobile safety after a man in Walton fell through the ice to his death December 6. If you’re a first time rider, he says before you hit the powder, take a snowmobile safety course. BC Sno-ridersRidge Riders Snowmobile ClubTioga Ridge Runnerslast_img read more

The power of social media: How a Facebook group has become a resource for Broome County

first_img“One thing I do as a hobby, I’m medically disabled so I don’t work, I’ve been running Facebook groups for various things. And it just occurred to me, this would be perfect, I could put together a centralized resource where people could find things,” he said. While the group covers a ton of people, it also covers a ton of topics. “We did not think that it was going to get this big this quick,” said Heather. BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — Once the coronavirus pandemic made its way to the Southern Tier, people were looking for answers. Todd and his wife Heather started the Facebook group, ‘COVID-19 Broome County NY Support.’ From school updates, to donation drop-offs, to creative ways you can get involved in the community. They say they are appreciative of those who have stepped up to become moderators, ensuring the group runs smoothly. “So they have literally an access to all the local information right on their phone,” said Todd. “It brought out a lot of people that want to help in their communities,” said Todd. As of Thursday morning, the group had nearly 9,000 members. According to the most recent census data, that’s just under 5% of Broome County. And the number continues to grow. Todd thought he would be able to help out. The Quigleys started groups for surrounding counties as well, being run by volunteers. “We try to make as many resources as possible for our community because there’s so many needs everywhere and this way people know exactly what is happening right now,” said Heather. “Local friends were having difficulty finding things to buy. People were hoarding, people were running out of toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and I just saw a lot of people asking where they could get things,” said Todd Quigley of Endicott. And not only is it keeping people informed, it’s bringing Broome together when people need each other most. Click here to get to the COVID-19 Broome County NY Support group on Facebook. “We’ve been averaging about a thousand people a day joining,” said Heather. It’s all material available at your fingertips. “I think that’s just really amazing that our group inspired others to start helping out,” said Todd. “Surprisingly enough, we started getting members from all around the world actually. People who live in the area would invite everyone they knew on their friends list, or people who used to live in Binghamton,” said Todd. Reminding people while they’re isolated, it’s important to stay connected, even if it’s through a screen.last_img read more

Uber arrived in Rijeka

first_imgAs of today, Uber is officially coming to Rijeka, and the seventh city in Croatia where uberX, uberSELECT and uberVAN services will be available.People from Rijeka and many tourists who come to this city have shown incredible interest in Uber, and precisely because of this great interest, as well as because of the tourist prosperity of Rijeka, Uber wants to give everyone access to an additional option to move through the city. “The incredible number of 14 openings of Uber’s application was an invitation that we could not refuse and that is why we are glad that we will connect another city in Croatia with our service. With the arrival of Uber in Rijeka, in the coming months, at least 300 new jobs will be created in the companies and trades of the partner – drivers. We are sure that our service will simplify the movement of many Rijeka residents, but also tourists who will spend this summer on the Croatian coast.”Said Davor Tremac, Uber’s CEO for Southeast Europe.The uberX service will be available in Rijeka, while all those who want additional comfort and quality in more spacious vehicles with the best rated drivers can choose uberSELECT. The UberVAN service is intended for larger groups of people up to eight users traveling together. In the city zone, the prices of the uberX service will be 6 kuna to start, 3 kuna per kilometer and 0.4 kuna per minute of driving. The minimum ride price is 10 kuna. In the suburban zone, the price will be 9 kuna start, 5 kuna per kilometer and 0.5 kuna per minute of driving, and the minimum price will be 15 kuna.For UberSELECT and UberVAN the price will be the same in the urban and suburban area. That is, 11 kuna start, 6.5 kuna per kilometer driven and 0.65 kuna per minute of driving with a minimum driving price of 20 kuna. For UberVAN, the starting price will be 13 kuna, 8.5 kuna per kilometer driven and 0.8 kuna per minute of driving. The minimum ride price is 25 kuna. All the above Uber services will be available from Brseč to Selce and on the island of Krk.Rijeka – a great example of the beginning of market liberalizationRijeka has a liberalized market as much as possible within the existing Law, which is an excellent first step in ensuring a better price for moving through the city. However, at the state level, the next step needs to be taken in line with the positive examples of 21st century regulations – and that is full liberalization through the introduction of a new category, pre-negotiated transport.Full liberalization means that dual administration with state-level licenses and city-level permits should be prevented. “Double issuance of licenses and permits is unnecessary because it is a lengthy process, leaves room for local corruption and restricts entrepreneurship. Likewise, for the successful growth of the entire industry, it is necessary to remove outdated rules such as setting a minimum or maximum price – because that ultimately means higher transport prices for citizens. The Rijeka administration is a good example that proves that a liberalized market works well, and the removal of administrative barriers can create even more jobs in the field of passenger car transport.”, Said Davor Tremac, Uber’s CEO for Southeast Europe.Also, the new regulations should allow the choice of the method of calculating the price, either by GPS or by renegotiating the price with the service providers, and not as the only method to leave the taximeter. It is necessary to remove the existing condition of professional qualification through a three-year school – it is enough to have a category B driver’s license and driving experience of at least 3 years. Finally, a regular medical examination and an advanced safe driving course should be added.Full liberalization in line with the European Commission’s recommendations increases choice for the end user and creates at least 15.000 new jobs, reduces waiting times for vehicles and does not restrict freedom of movement.Related news: UBER AS THE AMBASSADOR OF CROATIAN TOURISMlast_img read more

Women seeking help from violence almost doubles in Mexico lockdown

first_imgMexico, which has been gradually easing a nationwide lockdown that began at the end of March, confirmed this week that more than 40,000 people had died of the coronavirus, among the highest death tolls in the world.With families stuck at home under official lockdowns for months to halt the spread of the virus, tensions over household chores coupled with economic fears after nationwide job losses are more likely to escalate into violence.The constant time together makes already-aggressive men more likely to lash out, and the majority of women seeking help had already experienced some form of violence before the pandemic, said Wendy Figueroa, head of the National Network of Shelters.”COVID awoke situations of violence that were camouflaged, hidden,” Figueroa told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “During this lockdown, the violence gets stronger.” Topics : Attacks against women have surged across Latin America during the pandemic.The region is home to 14 of the 25 countries with the world’s highest rates of femicide – when a woman is killed because of her gender, which claims the lives of a dozen women per day in Latin America, according to the United Nations.In Mexico, emergency calls reporting attacks on women in Mexico jumped more than 50% in the first four months of the year compared with the same period last year, government data shows.The National Network of Shelters said overall, including by phone and social media, it had helped more than 20,000 people during the pandemic, an increase of 71% compared to the same period last year.Nearly half the calls and messages received by the group during lockdown had come from Mexico City, which has also been among the hardest hit areas by the pandemic.More than 500 children and adolescents received by the shelter network had been victims of sexual violence, the group said. Four out of 10 women who sought help from the group had experienced physical violence.center_img The number of women and children seeking help at shelters for victims of violence has surged by more than 80% in Mexico under the coronavirus lockdown, according to the country’s largest network of shelters for victims of violence.The National Network of Shelters, which includes about 69 refuges across Mexico, also said the number of calls and texts it had received about family or gender-based violence had risen by 55% between March and June compared to a year ago.”Women in Mexico are facing two pandemics: COVID-19 and family violence,” the group said in a statement.last_img read more

‘The Literary Festival & Book Fair is part of our celebration of Emancipation’ – Dr Severin

first_imgLocalNews ‘The Literary Festival & Book Fair is part of our celebration of Emancipation’ – Dr Severin by: – August 9, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Dr. Francis Severin. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica’s 4th Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair have been portrayed as part of the country’s celebration of Emancipation.Dr Francis O. Severin, the keynote speaker at the launch of the event, has described the theme ‘Hooked on Books’ as ‘succinct yet profound; clichéd yet relevant; and constrained yet liberating’.Dr Severin said that as we participate in the activities, we must preserve within our clear vision the fact that the Literary Festival and Book Fair is part of our celebration of Emancipation and indeed, culminates our national celebration, in this regard.“Emancipation celebration ought to be a period when we specifically reflect upon the dignity of our forefathers who went through the sacrifice and “trouble” of losing their lives so that we might live, NOT as undignified and shameful beings, NOT, in Rex Nettleford’s phrase, as “hopelessly black”, but to emerge as free men and women. I do not at all believe that this freedom was simply intended to be physical; indeed, and more importantly, it was also meant to be psychological and mental. It is only the naïve who perceive differently”.Using a common extract from Bob Marley, “emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds”, Dr Severin believes that our pursuit of knowledge ought to be a shared and communal one that is not separated or defined by class, politics, gender, skin texture, degree of melanin in the skin, hair or eyes, or indeed any other discordant variables.“Absolutely no group must be left behind. Besides, no group must feel intimidated by our collective thirst and hunger for knowledge. Indeed, Bob Marley assures us in ‘Blackman Redemption’ that there is No need, no need to get jumpy, and in another song ‘One Love’, he pleads to humankind, cautioning us as he does so, that “there ain’t no hiding place from the Father of Creation”, he said.He cautioned however, that being hooked on the wrong genre of books can indeed have harmful effects on our minds.“Being hooked on books of the right sort or genre, my dear brothers and sisters, offers us the opportunity not only to inform ourselves, BUT IMPORTANTLY to break the cycle of mis-information.  Being hooked on books also requires us to sharpen our cognitive skills by which we interrogate and deconstruct what we read and hear,” Severin stressed.The 4th Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair, which began on August 5th culminated on August 7th with the distribution of prizes and awards.Activities held during the weekend activities included a series of workshops facilitated by writers, poets and artists.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share 13 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Docs warn of shortage in healthcare frontliners; Hospital devoted to COVID-19 cases pushed

first_img* WVS has the existing functionalfacilities. With the institution under the supervision and control of DOH,putting up additional equipment and manpower is expedited. * Philippine Society ofAnesthesiologists Iloilo Panay Chapter – Dr. Maria Soccoro Felisarta, president * Philippine Pediatric Society WesternVisayas Chapter – Dr. Joselito Caso, president * West Visayas State UniversityMedical Center (WVSUMC) can focus its resources on non -COVID-19 cases andshall absorbed patients from WVMC in case of a surge patients. They expounded their suggestion: * Philippine Society of GeneralSurgeons Panay Chapter – Dr. Carol Joy Quimpo, president “These are desperate times that callfor desperate solutions. We should all be helping each other by making the mostof what we have to mitigate the spread of this disease,” read part of thedoctors’ letter. * The number of healthcare personnelput at risk is kept to a low number, thus ensuring that there shall beavailable manpower from other health facilities, both public and private, toaugment should need arises. WVS is under the supervision of theDepartment of Health (DOH). They have a suggestion: designate ahospital solely dedicated to attending COVID-19 cases. * Philippine College of Surgeons PanayChapter – Dr. Roy Joseph Trinidad, president * WVS is relatively isolated inlocation, but geographically accessible. Defensor welcomed the doctors’suggestion and said he and Iloilo City’s Mayor Jerry Treñas, and  DOH Region 6 already identified WVS as designated hospital for PUIs in case WVMCcould not handle them anymore. ILOILO City – As local governmentunits across Region 6 scramble to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19), various societies of doctors in Western Visayas warned of apossible shortage in healthcare frontliners. * Under the current DOH protocol, mildPUIs (patients under investigation) with stable co-morbidities may be admittedto level 1 hospitals, to which WVS belongs. ‘WECAN SOLVE THIS’ * Moderate to severe PUIs must bereferred to Level 2 and Level 3 hospitals which include WVMC, a tertiary level,400- bed capacity hospital and also under the jurisdiction of DOH. * Private hospitals can also allocatetheir service rooms to non-COVID-19 patients, if needed.center_img * Quarters be provided in the hospitalcompound for physicians who go on duty at the WVS They made several suggestions on howlocal government units should handle COVID-19 cases or suspected cases: In this city and Iloilo province, thedoctors identified the Western Visayas Sanitarium (WVS) in Santa Barbara townas possible COVID-19-dedicated health facility. * Admitting patients to this single,dedicated health facility significantly contributes to the containment ofcases, an imperative move to limit the continued spread. “The province and city of Iloilo, inthe exigency of service, may mobilize doctors to go on duty in the identifiedhospitals, and that private physicians are ready to answer the call for serviceshould the circumstances demand,” the doctors added. The letter was from the Iloilo MedicalSociety led by Dr. Jesus Eugenio Garin de Jesus and the Philippines MedicalAssociation. Having a hospital solely dedicated toCOVID-19 cases will ensure that infections are contained and constraints toresources are minimized, according to the doctors. It was also signed by the following: LOOK: Healthcare professionals ask the public to do their part in fighting the spread of the #coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by staying at home. Photo courtesy of Western Visayas Medical Center “The shortage of frontliners can bereasonably foreseen and a scenario that cannot be avoided, if ever patients arenot confined to specified hospitals,” according to the doctors in a letter toGov. Arthur Defensor Jr. * Philippine College of PhysiciansWestern Visayas Chapter – Dr. Shella Mae Sonza, president * As a DOH-retained hospital, WVS canavail itself of the services of infectious disease specialists from the WesternVisayas Medical Center (WVMC). “We in the medical profession are willing to do our part. Together,as one, we can solve this health emergency and come out stronger,” according tothe doctors. * Philippine Obstetrics andGynecologic Society – Dr. Nora Gepulle, president * Private hospitals, although Level 2and Level 3 hospitals, have very limited rooms that can be allocated to theCOVID-19 patients, and the resources are better reserved for other criticalpatients. The provincial government, he said,has started addressing the needs of WVS to make it more equipped./PNlast_img read more

Reds will learn from title slip-up

first_img Rodgers’ reward for securing a return to the Champions League after a four-year absence will be a new and improved contract. Press Association Sport understands the paperwork has not yet been drawn up for the new deal but it has been in the pipeline for several months and there is a general agreement on both sides that it will happen once the campaign is over. The Reds boss has consistently stated he wanted to concentrate on the final weeks of the season and not contract issues – either his or the players – but owners Fenway Sports Group are more than happy with the progress which has been made. Rodgers paid tribute to FSG for giving him the platform on which to build that success. “I would like to thank the owners and executive team. When I came in here two years ago I came in to continue the great work done by Kenny (Dalglish),” he added. “The owners took a young guy of 39 into one of the biggest clubs in the world and gave me the chance to develop the vision of how I want to work. “If it wasn’t for their support I probably wouldn’t be here because of the pressure of modern football.” He also praised the players for buying into his philosophy and making it work on the field. “I am very fortunate to work with an incredible bunch. Waking up every morning of my life I look forward to working with them,” he said. “I found when I first came in they wanted to learn and wanted to be better. “After six months of last season, from last January (2013), they have been absolutely incredible.” Rodgers has certainly had an impact with a number of the youngsters in his squad and, after hardly featuring for the first half of the season, Raheem Sterling has had an explosive effect on the second half. That has catapulted him into England World Cup contention and on Tuesday night he won Young Player of the Year at the club’s inaugural awards night. “It means a lot to me. I give credit to the other lads, they’ve been great this season as well, but this is a real massive achievement for me,” said the 19-year-old. “This year has been a real learning curve for me; not being in the squad at the start of the season and having to wait for my chance. “I’ve just taken things as they’ve come and I’ve learnt a lot being able to sit back and watch some of our players, how they get into the box and score goals. “There are not too many better players to learn off than Luis (Suarez) and Daniel (Sturridge). “I want to keep progressing and keep learning day in, day out and add more things to my game.” The Reds threw away a 3-0 lead inside the last 11 minutes at Crystal Palace to draw 3-3 on Monday and hand the initiative in the title race to Manchester City. And while there is still a slim chance of Manuel Pellegrini’s side slipping up realistically Liverpool look like having to settle for second. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists the pain of seeing the Premier League title seemingly slip through their grasp should be viewed as a formative experience for the club. Many felt this year was the Merseysiders’ best chance to end the 24-year wait for a championship but Rodgers, who is set to sign a new contract at the end of the season, has always maintained it would be difficult to leap from seventh to first place inside 12 months. However, they have taken several steps forward and secured a return to the Champions League and the Reds boss feels it is all part of the learning curve. “To be successful you have to be able to lose,” said the Northern Irishman. “If you look over the years the great winners have been teams and individuals who have lost and gone on to become champions again. “For us we have made great strides this season and there is still another game to go. “If anyone had told us in August we would be top going into the last week of the season we would’ve taken it. “We’ve qualified for the Champions League but there is an awful lot more we want to achieve.” After a shaky first six months while the players got used to his methods the last year and a half has seen a definite upward trend in performances and results. Press Associationlast_img read more