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Persons Urged to Make Preparation for Hurricane Season

first_img With the June 1 start of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season only days away, Jamaicans are being urged to use the remaining time to check roofs and other installations and effect the necessary repairs. Story Highlights The appeal comes from President of the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association, Humphrey Taylor. Mr. Taylor suggests that action should also be taken to store a minimum amount of non-perishable food; vital documents should be secured in plastic bags; drains and waterways close to the house should be cleared, and trees should be trimmed. With the June 1 start of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season only days away, Jamaicans are being urged to use the remaining time to check roofs and other installations and effect the necessary repairs.The appeal comes from President of the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association, Humphrey Taylor.Mr. Taylor, a civil engineer by profession, tells JIS News that householders should have already made those checks, but it is not too late to do so.He points out that the roof of any dwelling or sheltered area is one of the main areas that are susceptible to high winds, so this should be one of the primary areas where checks should be made to ensure that it is secure.“You should go on the roof and check. Temperature changes can cause the lumber to expand or contract and the zinc nail to be ejected. So, unless you have a roof that uses screws instead of nails, you should go and check. If the nails are backing out you should put in new ones or replace them with screws,” Mr. Taylor recommends.Hurricane straps should have been installed during the construction phase, but if they are not in place, then an effort should be made to install them.He says that preparation should also be made for window coverings, and although this could increase the temperature inside during the passage of a hurricane, this would not last for more than a day.Mr. Taylor suggests that action should also be taken to store a minimum amount of non-perishable food; vital documents should be secured in plastic bags; drains and waterways close to the house should be cleared, and trees should be trimmed.Another area often overlooked or not addressed with the seriousness it deserves is the protection and movement of livestock to higher ground.Livestock Specialist with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Maxine Brown, tells JIS News that adequate preparation should be made to secure your animals prior to the onset of any weather system to reduce impact.Some parishes, she points out, are known to have a higher likelihood of flooding, such as St. Thomas and Portland.Ms. Brown points out that there is a four-part approach that is used by RADA – mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery – “because you don’t want to wait until the hurricane is near before you start making preparations.”She suggests that livestock farmers should collaborate with other farmers in areas not known for flooding, usually in higher elevations.“They could make arrangements to move their animals to that farmer’s property or to a common feeding ground, which is at a higher elevation,” she says.Ms. Brown says animals should not be tied during a hurricane and they must be removed from riverbeds and large bodies of water.She further advised that when animal houses are being built, it is important that checks are made to ensure the area is not flood prone.“Sometimes we say to persons to build trenches around the unit that will lead water away, especially piggery and poultry units. Goat houses should have some elevation. Always tag animals in the event animals get mixed up or are running loose, so they can be identified. Make sure there is clean water and feed for a week,” she advises.Ms. Brown also notes that farmers should ensure there is an animal first-aid kit handy. This should contain screw worm powder, wound powder, dewormers, antibiotics, rope and a record book.“If it is a hurricane situation, secure objects that can become projectiles (old zinc and other things that can fly around and hurt the animals). It can be a little difficult for large broiler farmers. If they get flooded out, there’s very little they can do,” she says.In the meantime, the Ministry of Health is urging persons to ensure there is enough water, food, clothing and emergency supplies to last at least three days in the event of a hurricane.In the event that persons have to evacuate their homes, they should take prescriptions, medications, first-aid items, disaster supplies, including flashlight, batteries, radio, insect repellent and bottled water to the shelters.They should also take clothes, sanitary supplies (diapers, toilet tissue, soap, and feminine hygiene products), toothpaste and toothbrush.last_img read more

Mikmaq looking to stop gas project question consultation

first_imgAPTN National NewsMi’kmaq in Nova Scotia want to stop a natural gas project.A group held a fishing derby on the weekend as a peaceful way to assert Aboriginal title.They’re concerned about the impact industry could have on a major river.But as APTN’s Trina Roache reports many have questions about consultation.last_img

World Bank urges Caribbean to spend better on infrastructure

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, April 12, 2017 – Washington, DC – Spending Better to Achieve More, the World Bank said this region can improve infrastructure by making better assessments and prioritising spending efficiency.  According to the report, in Latin America & the Caribbean an average of three per cent of the GDP is spent on infrastructure while many countries spend more than four per cent. Comparatively, the percentage of GDP spent on infrastructure in the East Asia/Pacific region is 7.7. The causes of inefficient infrastructure investments, as cited in the report, include lack of institutional planning capacity, budgeting and implementation issues, inefficient procurement processes, and regulatory uncertainty. The report also said that adequate pricing for infrastructure services can also help increase efficiency.  The report said that sanitation and transport were two key areas where this region lagged behind other middle-income regions and said there was potential focus areas for infrastructure improvements. Story by: Zahra Gordon#MagneticMediaNews#WorldBankonCaribbeanInfrastructure#betterCaribbeaninfrastructure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#betterCaribbeaninfrastructure, #magneticmedianews, #WorldBankonCaribbeanInfrastructurelast_img read more

NOW HIRING Town Is Hiring Custodian For Middle School

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington is hiring a Custodial Worker. The job listing is below and can be found HERE.Position: Custodial WorkerUnit: AFSCME IReporting To: Superintendent of Public Buildings or designeeWages: $842.55/wkLocation: Middle School. Location subject to change 2:30PM – 10:30PM.Hours: Depending on shift assignment. Shifts are currently 6:00AM – 2:30PM, 9:30AM – 6:00PM, 10:00AM to 6:30PM, 2:30PM to 10:30PM, and 3:00PM to 11:00PM. School Vacation & Summer Schedule is 7:00AM to 3:30PM for all school assignments. Hours are subject to change.Application Deadline: March 29, 2019Definition:A semi-skilled custodial worker that has knowledge of the routine, preventative, and overall care and maintenance of public buildings.Essential FunctionsWorking under the supervision of the Superintendent of Public Buildings or designee:Sweeps floors, dusts, vacuums rugs, washes floors, cleans restrooms, polishes and waxes furniture and floors, empties wastebaskets in offices and common areas.Washes windows, paints various surfaces, changes light bulbs, shovels snow, clears ice covered surfaces, collects and disposes of rubbish.Moves and sets up furniture.Replaces light bulbs, performs minor repairs to furniture, buildings, and equipment, maintains and operates heating and cooling systems in buildings.Accepts and unload deliveries.Performs other similar tasks or related work as assigned.Minimum QualificationsGeneral knowledge of cleaning materials and methods.Ability to perform heavy manual labor.Ability to understand instructions, read labels and gauges, and follow directions and/or instructions.Valid driver’s license.Job EnvironmentWork is performed both inside and outside. May be subjected to loud noise and exposure to extremes of heat and cold temperatures and inclement weather. Required to traverse uneven terrain, may be required to bend or stoop and is subject to one or more hazards such as those associated with working near equipment, mechanical and electrical systems. Work environment will be moderately noisy and at times very loud due to students, visitors and staff traveling through corridors, as well as work areas such as boiler rooms.Physical RequirementsThe work is mutually mental and physical. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear for extended periods. Frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reaches with hands and arms, crawls and climbs. Specific vision abilities required include close and medium distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to read labels, gauges and instructions on cleaning supplies, building and custodial equipment. Must be able to hear normal sounds, distinguish sound as voice and communicate through human speech. Required to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.To Apply:Submit resume, cover letter and completed application to:Town Manager’s OfficeAttn: Assistant Town Manager/Director of Human Resources 121 Glen RoadWilmington, MA 01887or via email at: jobs@wilmingtonma.govIf submitting by email please use “Position: Custodial Worker” in the subject line. Resume and cover letter, or application may be attached to the email.EOELike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Town Of Wilmington Seeks Custodial Worker For Wilmington HighIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Public Buildings Department Seeks Custodial WorkerIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Town Seeking Custodial WorkerIn “Government”last_img read more

RollsRoyce wants to shatter the electric plane speed record

first_img From dusk til Rolls-Royce Dawn 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: Elevating the SUV 39 Photos Share your voice Enlarge ImageRolls-Royce’s ACCEL electric racing plane takes inspiration from both the old and the new. Rolls-Royce/YASA When people think of Rolls-Royce, they very rarely think of it as being a brand on the cutting edge of technology. That’s probably because they’re thinking of that other Rolls-Royce, the one that makes cars. The Rolls-Royce that deals with aircraft is always looking forward and the latest proof of that comes in the form of its electric racing plane.Rolls’ electric racing plane was first announced earlier in 2019, and while on the face of things, its 500 horsepower rating and propeller-style propulsion may seem a bit old-fashioned, ACCEL as it’s known is anything but. In fact, Rolls-Royce plans to use it to set a speed record.45846734524-98fb54d989-kwebEnlarge ImageThe ACCEL from Rolls-Royce and YASA looks an awful lot like a racing plane from the 1930s. Rolls-Royce/YASA ACCEL — which stands for “accelerating electrification of flight” — makes use of several unique design ideas to further its record-breaking agenda. The 750-volt battery pack being used in the racer features 6,000 individual cells that together will offer 200 miles of range. To spin its single low-speed propeller, ACCEL uses three lightweight electric motors, stacked together which deliver a combined 500 hp.The shape of the plane is reminiscent of the racing monoplanes of the 1930s and 40s, as well as the sleek fighters employed by the Allies during World War II. This means that ACCEL features a sleek mono-wing design with a long and narrow fuselage that should allow the modestly-powered aircraft to exceed 300 miles per hour. Rolls-Royce Comments 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan in the wilds of Wyoming 6:32 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan review: The top-shelf SUV Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat Now playing: Watch this: 2 More From Roadshow The current electric plane speed record was set in 2017 by Siemens at 210 mph, but Rolls-Royce hopes not only to smash that record but beat its own 343 mph speed record from the 1930s set by a Supermarine S6.B powered by a special Rolls Royce R racing engine.The record attempt is currently slated to take place sometime in 2020 in the UK. Electric Cars Car Industry Tagslast_img read more

Can India top Vietnam in mobile phone exports to US as China

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Note 10 smartphone. Vietnam has been successful in luring the manufacturers fleeing China fearing more US sanctions over the trade war.TwitterIndia is confident of luring mobile phone makers leaving China for Vietnam fearing the US sanctions as President Donald Trump threatens to escalate a trade war with the Asian giant. A panel led by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is firming up a strategy that could ease the process for the mobile phone manufacturers to set up production centres in India, media reports suggest. The panel’s task is to prepare a blueprint to snatch back the initiative from Vietnam, which surged ahead of India after trailing it for some time.The Kant panel whose recommendations are expected soon boost electronic items’ export in general and mobile phones in particular, a report in the financial Express website said. The government set up the committee in the context of the failure of India’s phased manufacturing programme (PMP) for mobiles under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s the Make in India initiative while production of mobile handsets grew but imports outpaced it.Indian authorities reckon that higher unit production cost is the reason that the manufacturers fleeing China to escape the US trade sanctions are shunning India for Vietnam. The Kant panel will suggest a programme to ensure that the production cost in India remains competitive.India had headstartIndia’s apparent headstart by producing 140 million handsets compared with 38 million in Vietnam, gradually disappeared with smartphone sales rocketing, the report says. While both the countries produced a similar number of phones in 2017, Vietnam went way ahead following the closure of the Nokia factory in Chennai. Indian exports plummeted from the peak $4 billion, the report says. Last year saw a mild recovery to $2.7 billion. Vietnamese exports, however, have surged from $2.3 billion in 2010 to $49 billion in 2018. A Vietnam street. Vietnam is fast catching up with China in electronics exports.HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty ImagesFact is Vietnam is pacing ahead of India on several other electronic products. Trade statistics show that while India’s exports of electronic goods other than mobile phones have been flat around $5 billion since the beginning of the decade, Vietnam’s exports rose about 10 times, from $3.6 billion in 2010 to $34.5 billion last year, reports show.Industry experts say India may have to match Vietnam in providing a better industrial environment to find success in luring some of the manufacturers eyeing Vietnam. The tax breaks that corporate houses enjoy in Vietnam are termed to have a lot of attraction for large manufacturers.New world economic order  Though nowhere near China’s dominance over global exports at 60 per cent, Vietnam is said to be an emerging powerhouse with already 10 per cent of the export market. Big players like Samsung have moved to Vietnam to hedge their investment in case of a long standoff between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.The report quotes Counterpoint research associate director Tarun Pathak as saying, “Vietnam has a competitive edge over China in terms of labour and manufacturing costs, though China still dominates in terms of skill set, infrastructure and overall manufacturing efficiency.” India is not limiting its focus on electronics while anticipating a new world economic order. The Commerce Ministry under Piyush Goyal reckons that India can boost exports of some 350 products such as chemicals and granite to both US and China. A study by the Ministry officials says there are more than 150 products whose exports to China will gain traction because of the trade war. It has also identified that more than 200 Indian goods from rubber to graphite electrodes can substitute Chinese products. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:05Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Trump: China Tariffs Are Not Being Paid For By Our Peoplelast_img read more

Texas To Launch Massive YouthAthlete Concussion Study

first_imgBy Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator via Wikimedia CommonsA diagram of the forces on the brain in concussion.Texas is about to launch what state officials believe is the nation’s largest effort to track brain injuries among middle and high school athletes.The governing body for public high school sports in Texas is partnering with the O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center to track to track the brain injuries.Researchers say they hope to use the data to gauge whether rules or equipment changes are improving player safety, as well as what more can be done to protect athletes.Medical officials also hope that a state as large as Texas, which has more than 800,000 public high school athletes, would be a key step in developing a national database of brain injuries in young athletes.Click here to read more about this story.  Sharelast_img read more

AFRO and Morgan State Celebrate Milestones

first_imgOn Nov. 8 The AfroAmerican Newspaper, in conjunction with Morgan State University, will host a symposium entitled “125 Years of Speaking Truth to Power.” The symposium will highlight the 125 years of the AFRO, with a focus on how the paper has covered presidential administrations, as well as Morgan’s 150th anniversary.Jake Oliver, CEO and publisher of the AFRO said, “I want people to get a sense of the enormous amount of history the AFRO has written about over the past 125 years. While it will be impossible to address all of the major historical events the AFRO has covered within the short time of the symposium, my hope is that those who attend will nevertheless come away with a deep appreciation of why a Black newspaper is critical to the progress of the American Black community.”Dewayne Wickham, dean of Morgan’s School of Global Journalism & Communication, said, “The Afro American Newspaper has had a long and impactful history of speaking truth to power. It has been the voice of Black America and the conscience of White America.”Oliver was interviewed on camera by Morgan representatives ahead of the symposium. Clips of the interview will be played during the symposium and then the panelists will react to Oliver’s comments. The discussion will cover five historical periods and the impact and influence each period had on Black America.The panelists for the symposium are journalist and filmmaker Tony Harris, writer and contributor Lauren Victoria Burke and professor and political analyst Dr. Jason Johnson.On the role of the Black press going forward Oliver said, “The role of the Black Press in the 21st century will continue to be the reporting of the news that involves and impacts the Black community. It will furthermore serve as a forum where Black thought can be aired and debated through editorials, commentaries, blogs, videos etc. It also must continue to promote issues important to the Black community at large, and to defend against the types of threats against our civil rights the coverage during the past 125 years so clearly dramatizes as having been too often threatened in innumerable ways.The symposium is one of many events to mark the celebration of the AFRO’s 125 years. Other events throughout the year include a concert at Morgan State University by Anthony Brown and group therAPy on Nov. 12 (ticketmaster.com), Ms. Santa in Dec., Character Education in Feb. and AFRO Clean/Green Block in 2017. The celebration culminates with the AFRO’s 125 Gala in 2017.last_img read more

EU Approves Revamped Copyright Rules Which Would Force Internet Companies to Proactively

first_imgThe final wording of the EU’s overhauled copyright rules includes the controversial Article 13, which would require internet platforms like YouTube and Facebook to proactively block uploads of copyrighted material. The provision has been supported by European producers and the music industry.Article 13 would require internet services with at least 5 million average monthly users to “demonstrate that they have made best efforts” to prevent the upload of content flagged as copyright-protected by rights holders, per the final text of the rules. When there are no licensing agreements between an internet platform and right holders, the platforms will need to make best efforts to obtain an authorization. The “best efforts” verbiage had been criticized by European film and TV groups as too lax.The intent of Article 13 is to let creators and actors in entertainment space “have more control over the use of their content uploaded by users on these platforms and be remunerated for it,” according to the EU. The proposed rules protect individual users’ fair use of copyrighted material, for example, in memes or parodies; also, students and teachers will be able to use copyrighted materials in online courses.In addition, under Article 11 of the new copyright code, European news outlets will receive a new right to “facilitate the way they negotiate how their content is reused on online platforms.”Google and YouTube have been staunchly opposed to the new EU regs, arguing that they will lead to unintended consequences that stifle expression.In an initial statement, YouTube said: “Copyright reform needs to benefit everyone — including European creators and consumers, small publishers and platforms. We’ll be studying the final text of the EU copyright directive and it will take some time to determine next steps. The details will matter, so we welcome the chance to continue conversations across Europe.” Popular on Variety European Union negotiators agreed Wednesday on codified language in a new set of sweeping copyright-reform rules — including a provision that would mandate YouTube and other internet platforms block copyrighted material when it’s uploaded. YouTube in particular has been particularly vigorous in opposing the proposed changes to the laws.The finalized text of the rules must next be formally confirmed by the European Parliament, which holds elections this May, as well as the Council of the EU. After that, the EU’s member states will have 24 months to adopt the new rules into their national legislation.“To finally have modern copyright rules for the whole of EU is a major achievement that was long overdue,” European Commission VP for the digital single market Andrus Ansip said in a statement released Wednesday. “The negotiations were difficult, but what counts in the end is that we have a fair and balanced result that is fit for a digital Europe: the freedoms and rights enjoyed by internet users today will be enhanced, our creators will be better remunerated for their work, and the internet economy will have clearer rules for operating and thriving.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Article 13 “threatens the livelihoods of so many creators in Europe and around the world,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote in a blog post last week. Presumably, Google and YouTube’s lobbying efforts will now shift to focus on members of the European Parliament to vote down the rules.In September 2016, the European Commission proposed to modernize the two-decades-old EU copyright rules in order “for European culture to flourish and circulate.” In December 2018, EU co-legislators agreed on new rules to make it easier for European broadcasters to make certain programming available on their live TV or catch-up services online.last_img read more