UN braces half a million in Haiti for storm threat

first_img Relief agencies on 2 November stepped up emergency plans to protect up to 500,000 Haitians from a tropical storm forecast to hit the country amid fears that it could also help the cholera epidemic spread. “The UN in Haiti, MINUSTAH (peacekeeping force), are setting up an emergency plan designed to cope with Hurricane Tomas, which is approaching the island and could affect up to half a million people,” said UN spokeswoman Corinne Momal Vanian. Some of the 1.3 million homeless quake victims have been evacuated from flimsy makeshift camps in the Port-au-Prince area, while food supplies for 1.1 million people as well as shelter and medical supplies were pre-positioned. International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman Jean Philippe Chauzy said the storm “could aggravate the cholera epidemic” if it hit the country by helping the waterborne bacterial disease spread into Port-au-Prince. Haiti has already suffered the double blow this year of a devastating earthquake that leveled parts of the capital, killing 250,000 people, in January, as well as an unprecedented cholera epidemic that has infected more than 4,700 people further north and killed 337 since late October. Hurricane Tomas has been downgraded to a tropical storm and was tracking westwards about 250 kilometers south of Port-au-Prince, but local forecasters predicted it would swing northwards and reach Haiti on 5 November, the World Meteorological Organization said. WMO meteorologist Christian Blondin nonetheless added a note of caution about the high margin of error of such hurricane forecasts. Aid agencies still fear the impact of a tropical storm, even if it brushes the island with lashings of rain. The IOM also raised concerns about the vulnerability of open latrines and untreated water supplies in the city’s slums. Southwestern coastal towns of Jacmel and Leogane were the most exposed to the storm, the UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) warned. By Dialogo November 03, 2010last_img read more

S. Huntington Crash Kills 1, Critically Injures Driver

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A two-car crash in South Huntington Friday night killed one man and critically injured another, Suffolk County police said.The deadly crash occurred around 8:20 p.m. when 23-year-old Fermin Estevez, who was driving a 2003 Acura southbound on Pidgeon Hill Road, crossed into the northbound lane and struck a 2013 Toyota minivan with a family of five inside, police said.The victim, 30-year-old Coles Jacquet of Huntington Station, a passenger in the Acura, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, police said.Estevez, a Greenlawn resident, was transported by police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital and is listed in critical condition with head injuries, police said.The driver of the minivan, 34-year-old Anthony Depalo, his wife Sharon, also 34, and their three children, a 5-year-old boy, 3-year-old boy, and 6-month-old girl, were transported to Huntington Hospital after the crash. Depalo and his kids were treated and released, police said. His wife was treated for minor injuries.Police impounded the vehicles for safety checks, police said. The investigation is ongoing.Detectives ask anyone with information about the crash to contact the Second Squad at 631-854-8252 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Credit unions: Your fate hangs on your mobile experience

first_imgMobile now plays a fundamental role in consumers’ lives. eMarketer estimates that customers spend nearly three hours per day on their mobile device — more than on their computers. Meanwhile, 47% of Millennials in an Annalect study noted that someone else’s following, liking, pinning, or tweeting info on social media had helped introduce them to a brand. In April 2015, Google announced that “Google Search will be expanding its use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal.”And yet the banking industry’s mobile capabilities lag far behind consumers’ expectations. Not only do financial institutions need to catch up, they must also worry about being able to deliver what customers will expect three to five years from now.How should banks use mobile to build relationships and increase sales? A report from Celent, commissioned by Facebook, says that banking providers who get it right will engage consumers more deeply, win a disproportionate share of customers, have greater success defending against fintech challengers, achieve better cross-sell rates, and improve customer satisfaction.Needless to say, the stakes are high.The report from Facebook and Celent focuses on how banks and credit unions can leverage mobile specifically as a relationship-building and sales tool. Dan Latimore, SVP of Banking at Celent and author of the report, says that well-designed mobile interactions simplify the user experience and minimize the effort required to enjoy it. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Will the monkey ever get off our back?

first_imgI was perusing the credit union web the other day, and I found an interesting article out on NACUSO.org. It was a summary of a survey done by CU Service Network back in 2016. The survey was given to 60 credit union CEOs whose assets ranged from 30 million to 1.6 billion. These CEOs were asked about their credit unions top issues and burdens. I will give you three guesses on what they said was the top issue…go ahead…If you guessed the weather, you were off by just a bit; it was actually compliance. 93% of the CEOs surveyed said they are concerned about meeting all of their compliance requirements. This is just a shot in the dark, but I am guessing this would be a pretty standard response if you asked any other CEO this same question.Trust me guys and gals, I get it. It is my job to dive in and dissect this stuff every day, and I have to admit that there are days it seems like a never ending jungle of information. Unfortunately for those of you that feel like you are lost in the jungle, it doesn’t look like that rescue helo is coming anytime soon. But just because the rescue squad might not be coming, doesn’t mean we can’t Bear Grylls our way out of this forest. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indonesia’s 2020 census to recruit 390,000 volunteers, keen to follow S. Korea footsteps

first_img“The 2020 census will put BPS’ credibility and name on the line,” Suhariyanto said in a separate press statement on Friday.He said the online census would be available from Feb. 15 to March 31. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and several governors will be among the first to put their data into the system tomorrow, he said.People can register online through BPS’ website, which will require family card and ID card numbers. The questionnaire will have 22 questions that range from the registrant’s name, birth date, place of birth, religion, education level, to occupation. No questions on earnings or related questions will be asked.In July, BPS volunteers accompanied by neighborhood unit (RT) heads will then record those who have yet to register online. Suhariyanto said that it aimed to obtain census results by January next year.He added that the BPS had worked with the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) and Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), among others, to ensure data security during online registration.Topics : Indonesia will hire around 390,000 volunteers starting early April to help the 2020 census fieldwork in July as it aims to replicate South Korea’s census success.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) will combine door-to-door interviews and data gathering from the Home Ministry’s Population and Civil Registration Directorate General for the 2020 census, making it the country’s first time to use such a method.However, BPS head Suhariyanto said on Thursday that the country could continue to improve its administrative system so that the agency would solely rely on the directorate general to obtain data in the future, similar to how South Korea executed its census. “I hope that we will one day reach that point. We need to take examples from those who are progressive because administrative data is really important,” Suhariyanto told reporters in Jakarta.The population census is done every 10 years and aims to update data the country’s demographics, which are crucial to supporting certain policy interventions, Suhariyanto said.The 2015 intercensal survey projected that Indonesia would have a population of around 266.9 million in 2019 and leap to 319 million by 2045.The 2020 census will provide insight on the population, in addition to age and gender composition, among other things. Such information could help Indonesia keep track of its demographic dividend, which the country is expected to benefit from with its huge working-age group – projected to reach 70 percent of the total population by 2030.last_img read more

Trump hair rinsing complaints prompt US to ease shower standards

first_imgThe Energy Department also proposed easier standards on clothes washers. The Trump administration says its regulatory rollbacks save average American households $3,100 a year. But conservationists say easing bathroom fixture standards could boost energy and water costs.It was uncertain whether the plan would be finalized. Trump is campaigning for reelection and trails in opinion polls ahead of the vote Nov. 3. If he wins and the proposal advances it could also face court battles.David Friedman, vice president of advocacy at the organization Consumer Reports and a former Energy Department official, said there was no need to change the rules because tests show today’s shower heads “achieve high levels of customer satisfaction,” while saving money.  The US government proposed rule changes on Wednesday that would allow shower heads to boost water pressure, after President Donald Trump repeatedly complained that bathroom fixtures do not work to his liking.The Department of Energy plan followed comments from Trump last month a White House event on rolling back regulations. He said he believed water does not come out fast enough from fixtures.”So what do you do? You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? Because my hair – I don’t know about you, but it has to be perfect.” Last December, Trump said environmental regulators were looking at sinks, faucets and toilets to revise rules meant to conserve water and fuel that heats it.”People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once,” Trump told a meeting of small business leaders at the White House.Consumer groups decried the plan, saying current rules saved consumers money by conserving water and fuel.The proposal would effectively allow shower fixtures to include multiple shower heads that would get around the 2.5 gallon (9.4 liter) per minute standard Congress set in 1992, when Trump’s fellow Republican George H.W. Bush was president.center_img Topics :last_img read more

50,000 Pennsylvanians Download COVID Alert PA App in first 24 Hours, Governor Urges Everyone to Make Your Phone Part of the Fight

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter 50,000 Pennsylvanians Download COVID Alert PA App in first 24 Hours, Governor Urges Everyone to Make Your Phone Part of the Fight September 23, 2020center_img Innovation,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced the availability of the COVID Alert PA app that can notify users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19 without revealing their identity or location. Since the announcement, 50,000 Pennsylvanians have downloaded the app, and the governor is encouraging more to follow suit.“I encourage all Pennsylvanians to download the app on a personal mobile device to help in the fight against COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be in helping to stop the spread of COVID. Please download it today and make your phone part of the fight.”COVID Alert PA is a free, voluntary mobile app developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in partnership with NearForm, UPenn and MIT Lincoln Laboratory using the Apple and Google Exposure Notification System. The app’s features include an interactive COVID-19 symptom checker, opt-in for alerts for potential exposures to the virus, updates on the latest public health data about COVID-19 in PA and advice for what to do if you have a potential exposure to COVID-19.The app can be found in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store by searching for “covid alert pa.”The app is designed with privacy at the forefront. The app does not use GPS, location services, or any movement or geographical information. It will never collect, transmit or store personal information. In other words, it is completely anonymous.Here’s how COVID Alert PA works:The app uses anonymous Bluetooth low energy proximity technology to know when your phone is within 6 feet of another phone with the app for 15 minutes or more.When an app user confirms a positive COVID-19 test result in the app, it will check to see if it matches any of the anonymous Bluetooth close contact interactions your phone has had over the last 14 days.If there is a match, COVID Alert PA may send an alert after taking into account the date, duration of exposure and the Bluetooth signal strength (which is used to estimate how close your phone was to the phone of the person having a positive test result).“Our success in overcoming the virus depends on all of us and our collective behaviors, including wearing a mask, social distancing, proper hygiene and staying home if you feel sick,” Dr. Levine said. “The COVID Alert PA app is an additional powerful tool that can be used on a voluntary basis to help keep yourself and those you care about safe.”Find more information on the COVID Alert Pennsylvania app here.last_img read more

Tyrone William Tirey

first_imgTyrone William Tirey, 77, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed away September 7, 2017 in Dillsboro, Indiana.He was born January 26, 1940 in Cincinnati, OH, son of the late William and Elva “Mable” TireyHe worked as a Auto worker for General Motors.Surviving are daughter, Tawnya Lynn (Ray) Singler of Taylor Mill, KY; granddaughter, Amanda Singler; two Great-Grandchildren, McKenzi, and Braden.He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rosie and his parents, William and Elva “Mabel” Tirey.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img

Kettler weighs in on new trade deal

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler issued the following statement on the recent trade agreement made between the United States, Mexico and Canada.“The conclusion of these trade negotiations with our partners in Canada and Mexico is a major win for farmers and agribusinesses in the state. It’s a step towards market certainty, which is critical to the farm economy and has the potential to provide a much needed lift to many of our agricultural sectors, especially the dairy industry.“Having just returned from my first trade mission to Canada, I recognize the importance of having free, fair and reciprocal trade. Mexico, Canada and the U.S. are at the epicenter of global exchange, and expanded market access and enhanced cooperation ensures this partnership will only grow stronger.“As we await approval, I look forward to reviewing the details of this agreement in depth and remain optimistic about the opportunities it affords our farmers and agribusinesses in the future.”last_img read more

FIFA tells Iran it is time to allow women into stadiums

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, has told Iran it is time to allow women into football stadiums and that the global soccer body expects “positive developments”, starting with their next home match in October. While foreign women have been allowed limited access to matches, Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when men’s teams have been playing, since just after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Infantino said in a FIFA statement he was hopeful that the Iranian football federation and government authorities had been receptive to “our repeated calls to address this unacceptable situation”. He added: “Our position is clear and firm. Women have to be allowed into football stadiums in Iran. “Now is the moment to change things and FIFA is expecting positive developments starting in the next Iran home match in October.” Iran, who have qualified for five World Cup finals, including each of the last two, host Cambodia on October 10 in their first home game of the 2022 qualifying competition. This month, a female fan died after setting herself on fire to protest against her arrest for attending a match. Sahar Khodayari, dubbed “Blue Girl” for the colours of her favourite team Esteghlal, died in hospital after her self-immolation outside a court where she feared being jailed for six months, having attended the match in disguise as a man.Khodayari’s death has caused widespread outrage in Iran and internationally, prompting calls on social media for Iran’s football federation to be suspended or banned by FIFA. Critics say FIFA’s own statutes hold discrimination on grounds of gender punishable by suspension or expulsion. There were signs the situation regarding female fans in Iran was changing when a group of women was permitted to attend the second leg of the Asian Champions League final in Tehran last November, a match where Infantino was present. Female fans, however, have been denied access to matches since. At Iran’s friendly against Syria in June, women were locked out of the Azadi Stadium and detained by security forces. Infantino said a FIFA delegation was now in Iran. “I am looking forward to hearing good news from them,” he said.Tags: FIFAgianni infantinoIranlast_img read more