Remnants of three September hurricanes that ravaged Floridabrought areas in Georgia up to 8 inches of rain and 58mile-per-hour winds, according to data collected by the University ofGeorgia.The UGA Automated Environmental Monitoring Network is a networkof 60 weather stations across the state. The stations monitordaily rainfall and wind speeds and much more.Each station monitors air and soil temperature, relativehumidity, solar radiation, air pressure and wind direction. Theinformation is updated at least hourly and posted to thenetwork’s Web site (www.Georgiaweather.net). Over a half a foot of rainAccording to AEMN data, Frances brought the most rain to southGeorgia towns. The most rain from Frances fell on Tifton, wherethe system recorded 6.8 inches. The storm brought 6.4 inches toMcRae, 6.2 to Nahunta, 5.8 to Vidalia and 5.2 to Camilla andAlbany.The AEMN stations show that Ivan’s greatest rainfallconcentrations fell on central and north Georgia. Ellijay got themost rain (7.8 inches), while Alpharetta had 5.7 inches, Dunwoody5.5 and Georgetown 5.1. Atlanta had 4.1 inches from Ivan, andmetro-area cities like Griffin (4.4) and Duluth (4.3) got a bitmore.Jeanne brought 8.2 inches of rainfall to the south Georgia townof Homerville. Alapaha recorded 6.4 inches, Tifton 6.0 andJeffersonville recorded 5.7 inches. In central Georgia, Eatontonhad 5.6. Atlanta had 4.3.UGA professor Gerrit Hoogenboom said the AEMN weather stationsuse a much more sophisticated collecting system than backyardrain gauges.”Each weather site has a rain collecting cup that collectsone-hundredth of an inch of rain and then tips to empty,”Hoogenboom said. “The computer system records each tip todetermine how much rain fell on a given day at each site.” Winds up to 58 mphThe tropical weather systems Georgians endured also brought highwinds.Frances brought the strongest. AEMN-recorded wind speeds were58.3 mph in Cairo, 54.7 in Attapulgus, 49.3 in Vidalia and 47.5in Dixie, Dublin and Tifton.Ivan’s winds appeared strongest in north Georgia, where thesystem recorded winds at 56.5 mph in Atlanta, 52.9 inGainesville, 49.3 in Blairsville and 47.5 in Williamson.The last September storm, Jeanne, brought winds of 54.7 mph toCamilla, 52.9 to Albany, 49.3 to Alapaha and 47.6 to Atlanta.Attapulgus, Fort Valley and Tifton tied with 45.8 mph winds.Tropical weather systems are defined in part by the wind speedsthey produce, said State Climatologist David Stooksbury.”A tropical storm is one that has maximum sustained surface windspeeds between 39 and 73 mph. And a hurricane’s maximum sustainedwinds are 74 mph or more,” he said. “A tropical depression hasmaximum sustained surface wind speeds of 38 mph or less.” Floods often the resultStooksbury says the damage a storm can cause is more importantthan what it’s technically called.”Alberto, in 1994, wasn’t a hurricane, but it totally flooded theFlint River Basin and caused a tremendous amount of damage,”Stooksbury said. “The take-home message in Georgia is theflooding these storms can cause.”The UGA weather network was developed in 1991. It’s thebrainchild of Hoogenboom, a faculty member with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Hoogenboom’s original goal was to have one station at each ofUGA’s nine agricultural experiment stations. Thirteen years and60 weather stations later, Hoogenboom now hopes to eventuallyhave a station in every county.”The first weather stations were installed for UGA scientists touse for their research,” Hoogenboom said. “Now, every day we’rehearing of new, unique ways people are using the real-timeweather data we collect, from helping predict propane demand tohelping farmers know the right time to apply chemical controls.”
Vermont’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund has been operating in a deficit since January. The federal government is lending the state money – at zero percent – since that time. Estimates are that before the economy recovers and the UI fund begins to recover on its own as fewer and fewer people file unemployment claims, the UI fund deficit could reach $300 million or more. While the federal government ensures that unemployment compensation is paid, there is also no guarantee that the federal government will continue to loan states money interest free.Everyone in Montpelier agrees that the UI Trust Fund is in the red now because it was underfunded for many years when the economy was doing well. Once the recession hit, the fund was quickly drained. But not everyone agrees on how to fix the problem. There is some consensus that employers will have to pitch in more and that beneficiaries will have to receive less. But that notion is not universal. Given the difficult time legislators are having trying to balance the General Fund budget, they have had a difficult time also securing a solution to the UI fund deficit. State Senator Vince Illuzzi, chairman of the Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs Committee, is urging action this legislative session before the situation gets worse.Statement Of Senator Vince IlluzziUnemployment Insurance Trust FundPress ConferenceThursday, April 15, 2010One of the most important issues that must be resolved before the General Assembly adjourns is fixing the bankrupt Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.It’s a priority for the 23,800 employers who support the system. If we fail to act, Vermont employers will face additional and otherwise unnecessary penalty payroll taxes.It’s a priority for all Vermonters who depend on state programs and services. If we as a state are forced by inaction to spend even more money to pay interest on the additional money we must borrow from the federal government, that means we will need to further cut state programs and services or raise taxes. Both options are unacceptable.Every legislator and the Governor need to ensure that this issue is addressed this year in a meaningful and substantive way. We can’t afford to kick the can down the road for a second year in a row.If the General Fund was expected to be in the red to the tune of $284 million, there would be alarm bells going off all over the place. A crisis mentality would set in. The same alarms should be going off with regarding to the UI trust fund.Any time you have any state program expected to run almost $300 million in the red – in this case regarding a state program that is already bankrupt – it’s clear that immediate action is warranted on the part of all the key players. We have a crisis in the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.The businesses that are represented by the organizations whose leaders are with me today are prepared to step up to the plate and do their part to fix the problem. They know that paying more now will avoid paying even more later.My committee has made the first volley on this issue in the form of S. 290, a bill that is tough on everyone. Like any bill that is introduced, it’s a starting point with a few controversial provisions. There’s something in that bill for everyone to hate.Since the time that this press conference was planned earlier this week, I understand a meeting is now scheduled between the Governor, the Speaker and the President Pro Tem. That’s positive news, and I hope the next step in moving this issue forward in a meaningful way toward a substantive resolution in the next few weeks.Thank you.Source: State Senator Illuzzi, R-Essex-Orleans.-30-
By Marian Romero / Diálogo June 09, 2017 Testing, please do not approve. The Armed Forces of Colombia launched in January the National Instant Response System for Stabilization Progress (SIRIE, per its Spanish acronym) as an instability monitoring tool for the country. The system is operating nationwide with the purpose of monitoring, verifying, and analyzing factors of instability in regional security in order to adopt appropriate measures that will help improve the quality of life of the citizens. “SIRIE was planned as a tool for building communication bridges with the civilian population, community leaders, indigenous reservations, and other organizations. They can provide valuable information on alleged factors of instability,” said Major General Juan Pablo Amaya, inspector general of the Armed Forces of Colombia. Colombia is going through a period of significant transformation. The end of the armed conflict and the implementation of the accords established in Havana have created rapid changes that are new for everyone in the country. “The speed of these transformations demands efficient adaptations, from an institutional point of view, in order to face persistent threats and emerging threats, and to ensure that the agreements between the national government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia [FARC, per its Spanish acronym] are fully implemented,” said Maj. Gen. Amaya. “With SIRIE, we are looking to have a more complete overview and to restore trust with the population through efficient solutions.” Command center The system has a national call center that can be used by any citizen to report any irregular event that threatens his or her peace or safety. It relies on 13 verification teams for nationwide coverage. Each problem is handled by the general command, which strategically checks the call. It coordinates inspections of the Army, Navy, Air Force, National Police, and Attorney General’s Office. Additionally, the Strategic Command for Transition is charged with securing the Provisional Demobilization Zones (ZVTN, per its Spanish acronym). All of these government entities have a very valuable pool of information. Each one provides solutions to problems within its specialty. “When a call is received, the information is corroborated with government institutions and citizens who can provide details pertinent to the case. When possible, there is a military deployment to the scene of the crime to confirm the situation and to obtain a complete overview,” Colonel Daniel Ricardo Morales, deputy inspector of the General Command of the 7th Army Division, told Diálogo. “Later, an analysis is done at central command and the most efficient strategy is chosen to resolve the problem. From the time the call is received until a solution is found, there is a maximum period of 24 hours,” he added. The SIRIE information network is quite broad. It receives data from the Organization of American States’ Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia, the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, government institutions, and the community at large. All of these elements make SIRIE invulnerable to possible disinformation. Immediate response in Chocó The Pacific department of Chocó has Panama at its northern border, where the so-called Darién Gap — a jungle area that acts as a natural barrier — is located. On its eastern border is the western Andes mountain range. Throughout its history, these geographical conditions have made Chocó a propitious area for armed organized groups to operate in. In March, there were deployments in the municipality of Alto Baudó, in Chocó, due to fighting between the National Liberation Army (ELN, per its Spanish acronym) and the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. Because of the fighting, 500 people moved to the municipal seat of government. To get a more complete view of the problem, Gen. Amaya visited Chocó with a special team and independently met with military, police, and civil authorities. “From all of these conversations, we obtained a truly comprehensive view of the situation. Thus it was possible to formulate a rapid analysis tailored to the circumstances. Of course, it wasn’t an in-depth investigation but rather rapid responses to a crisis moment,” Gen. Amaya said. “In this case, an order was given to increase the operation, to move the Pacific Naval Force’s river units to the river, to control the drug-trafficking routes through military operations, to secure the population, and to move up by one day our development aid for the population. All of that on the same day,” Col. Morales said. The rapid response of the military forces and the strengthening of the military presence made possible the liberation of eight people kidnapped by ELN, the return of people to their homes, and the re-establishment of security in the area. Gen. Amaya stated that the case of Alto Baudó is emblematic because it is a region where trust in the military has been historically low because of the influence of armed organized groups. “Getting to this region involves a change; it means breaking the old paradigms in a population that is warned against the legitimate forces of the state. But when they see that there are quick solutions, they start to trust in lawful channels again. SIRIE is the beginning of that return of trust,” Gen. Amaya concluded.
May 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Nine people have died in the Republic of Congo from a hemorrhagic disease that authorities are describing as “Ebola-like,” and at least another 52 people who had contact with the victims are being monitored, according to news reports today.The prelude to the cluster of deaths follows a plot that could be lifted from past Ebola outbreaks. A hunting party from Itoumbi and Mbomo districts, several hundred kilometers north of Brazzaville, the capital, encountered a dead monkey and ate it, according to Alphonse Gando, the Congo Republic’s minister of health, as reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on May 12.Ebola is a highly contagious filovirus that can cause a gruesome death following hemorrhaging and is lethal in 50% to 90% of cases. Although there is no treatment and little is understood about its animal reservoir, contact with primates has been known to precipitate human outbreaks. The Congo Republic and neighboring Gabon have had several Ebola outbreaks, which have killed about 360 people since 1994, AFP reported.”We don’t have lab confirmation yet, but it has all the features of an Ebola outbreak,” said Dick Thompson, a World Health Organization spokesman, as quoted in a New York Times story today.Congo Republic health officials have moved quickly since the outbreak began in late April to investigate and stop the spread of the disease, according to the Times. This may indicate the country is learning how to cope with such outbreaks, Thompson told the newspaper.In nearby Angola, authorities are still struggling with the deadliest known outbreak of a similar hemorrhagic disease caused by the Marburg virus. New cases were still being reported, Reuters news service reported today, despite repeated announcements from local authorities that the outbreak was coming under control.”The outbreak is not over,” Aphaluck Bhatiasevi of the WHO told Reuters. The death toll stood at 292, with 336 known cases, Reuters reported. WHO numbers reported May 11 were lower: 316 known cases and 276 deaths.Authorities seemed most concerned about the appearance of apparently unrelated cases. “We’ve seen new cases in new municipalities that don’t have obvious links to earlier cases of Marburg,” Bhatiasevi said. “We are trying to do as much tracing as possible.”Preventing the spread of Marburg as a byproduct of certain traditional practices, particularly cleaning the dead before burial, continues to be a challenge for healthcare workers, Jose Van Dunem, a deputy health minister, told Reuters. Six traditional healers have died, but others are beginning to change their habits, he added.See also:May 13 WHO statement on Congo Republic outbreakhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_13/en/index.htmlMay 11 WHO statement on Marburg outbreak in Angolahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_11/en/index.html
As part of the general assembly of members of the EDEN network, which was held in Brussels, the winners were announced Innovative EDEN awards for 2018.Thus, Sinj won first place in the category “Exceptional offer of cultural tourism“, While Nin won second place in the same category. The awards were presented by Xavier Lechien, President of the EDEN Association, and was received on behalf of Nin by the Director of the Tourist Board of Nin, Marija Dejanovic, while the award was received on behalf of Sinj by Senka Daniel, Head of the Department for Multilateral Cooperation at the Ministry of Tourism.”It is a great honor and pleasure to receive the award from the presidency of the EDEN network, which has recognized the cultural and tourist offer of Nin, and which is so attractive that it attracts visitors and tourists all year round. Nin has already been awarded so far, in 2013, when it received the award for the most innovative use of the EDEN logo, while this year’s award is an additional wind in the back. Membership in the EDEN network is really important for Nin, which develops promotion related to natural heritage and creates new forms of tourism related to ecological and sustainable tourism. We pay great attention to the cultural heritage and its promotion, and the won award is a confirmation of that”, said the director of the Tourist Board Nina Marija Dejanovic.The EDEN Network Association is supported by the European Commission and brings together winners and finalists of European destinations of excellence from all over Europe, and within the network competitions are held continuously among members. The EDEN network was launched in 2007 and today consists of 71 destinations from 23 countries. It is the most active professional network of non-traditional and lesser-known destinations for sustainable tourism in Europe. Members of the EDEN network from Croatia are Bjelovar, Nin, Sinj and the Northern Velebit National ParkRelated news:DESTINATION “VUKOVAR – VUČEDOL – ILOK” DECLARED “EUROPEAN DESTINATION OF EXCELLENCE” (EDEN) NIN AS A LEADER OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPS A NEW TOURIST PRODUCT – BIRDWATCHING TOURISM
The high court also echoed the corruption court’s verdict of not requiring Romy to pay a restitution fee of Rp 46.4 million and not denying him political rights after serving his sentence.Read also: KPK action puts Religious Affairs Ministry back in spotlight for graftThe Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Romy in March 2019 for allegedly accepting Rp 416.4 million in bribes from two Religious Affairs Ministry officials in return for his support for their promotions.The two officials, Haris Hasanuddin and Muafaq Wirahadi, were both found guilty of bribery and sentenced to two years and 1.5 years in prison, respectively. The Jakarta High Court has ruled in favor of an appeal filed by former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy, who was found guilty of accepting bribes, reducing his prison sentence to one year.“[The court] sentences the defendant to one year in prison and a fine of Rp 100 million which, if not paid, will be replaced with three months’ imprisonment,” the appellate court verdict read as quoted by Antara news agency on Friday.The Jakarta Corruption Court initially found Romy guilty on Jan. 20 of receiving a bribe of Rp 346.4 million (US$22,220) from Religious Affairs Ministry officials in exchange for promotions within the ministry. The bench sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rp 100 million – only half of the four years demanded by prosecutors. Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Ali Fikri said the antigraft body’s prosecutors would study the high court judges’ consideration upon the ruling and propose its next move to the commission’s leaders.“It is indeed lighter than the prosecutors’ demands. However, we must respect the judges’ decision,” said Ali.Read also: KPK arrested me due to my popularity on social media: RomahurmuziyIndonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) slammed the Jakarta High Court’s ruling, saying the court should give the former party chairman a heavier sentence.The watchdog compared Romy’s verdict to rulings against other party chairmen convicted for corruption, such as Luthfi Hasan Ishaq of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), who was sentenced to 18 years in prison, Anas Urbaningrum of the Democratic Party (14 years), Romy’s successor Suryadharma Ali (10 years) and Setya Novanto of the Golkar Party (15 years).“Such a light sentence, however, is not a new occurrence as we recorded that the average prison sentence given to graft defendants last year was only two years and seven months. If it continues like this, Indonesia’s ambition to be free from corruption will never be achieved,” Kurnia Ramadhana of ICW said.He urged the KPK to file an appeal petition to the Supreme Court.Topics :
The wraparound veranda at 128 Boswell Tce, Manly.“It’s taken a long time but everything except the kitchen, living, and dining room, and a deck at the back, has been done.“But all the plans for it are ready to go.”The majority of the upstairs area is beautifully presented with fresh white paint and light-filled interiors. The original open-plan kitchen, dining and living area is ready for renovation and there is already a new butler’s pantry opening to the veranda.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The master bedroom at 128 Boswell Tce, Manly.The master bedroom has a walk-in robe, built-in robe and ensuite with shower.The second bedroom has a built-in robe and there is a family bathroom with toilet, basin and separate bath and shower.At the front of the home there is a big, shaded veranda. The home at 128 Boswell Tce, Manly.THIS mostly renovated 1920s Queenslander on a big block is close to the Esplanade. The home at 128 Boswell Tce, known as Myora, has a double-car garage, good sized bedrooms and indoor and outdoor living. Character features include timber floors, VJ walls, high ceilings and a lead light front door.Owners Robyn and Russell Ellem are selling to downsize. “When Russell bought the home in March 2001 it was a traditional Queenslander with closed in verandas,” Mrs Ellem said. The downstairs living area and kitchen at 128 Boswell Tce, Manly.Downstairs, there is a laundry and a big living space, with kitchen and tiled flooring, opening to the wraparound patio. There is a carport with space for four cars, work shed and two rain water tanks.Mrs Ellem said she’d miss the bay breezes. The carport at 128 Boswell Tce, Manly.“We live a lot on the side veranda and downstairs under the veranda — it’s so cool in summer,” she said.“Russell will miss his shed — he’s only just finished it.” Mrs Ellem said the home would make the perfect family home. The property is being marketed by Margaret Vote, of Raine & Horne Wynnum Manly, and will be auctioned on October 28 at 2pm.
The South African soldiers will be in DRC for one more year taking part in the Force Intervention BrigadeThe South African government has extended the mandate of its forces taking part in a UN peace keeping mission in DRC.The mandate of other SA soldiers in peace keeping missions in Sudan’s Darfur region and other Southern African Development Community countries will also be extended.The South African soldiers will be in DRC for one more year taking part in the Force Intervention Brigade, part of the U.N. MONUSCO peacekeeping operation in the Great Lakes country.The deployment of 1,388 troops in the DR Congo and 850 troops in Darfur Sudan has been extended by one year to March 31, 2016, according to a statement by the presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.The intervention brigade has been given a special mandate to take on armed groups who have terrorized and created instability for years in the poor but mineral-rich region.U.N. and Congolese troops launched strikes in January against the remnants of a Burundian rebel group based in the borderlands of Eastern Congo.However, MONUSCO in February paused its support for a campaign against another rebel group – the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda – after Congo named to top posts two generals suspected of human rights violations.The operation is now going ahead without U.N. support.
Cincinnati, Oh. — Harry Laker, 84, of Sunman, has died from injuries suffered in an ATV crash on Friday, May 11.Indiana State Police say Laker was rear ended by a 16-year-old Ripley County youth and was ejected from the ATV. He was transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital where he died Sunday. The teen was not injured.Police do not suspect alcohol or drugs in the incident.
Brookville, In. — Stayin’ Alive & Unites Way of Franklin County are offering a Personal Renewal for Youth Workers Thursday, June 7 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Brookville Methodist Church. For more information please call 765-647-5268.