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Too much help

first_imgWhen disaster strikes neighbors, as it did to Georgia’s this month in Louisiana and Mississippi, people naturally want to rush to help. That’s not always the best idea, say disaster experts with the University of Georgia.People who head into a disaster uninvited plague official emergency management teams in every disaster, said Don Hamilton, the homeland security coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “People should only respond under the appropriate authorities,” Hamilton said.An official disaster response is designed to be well coordinated and carefully orchestrated. Having unassigned people and unplanned supplies flood into a disaster area can slow the process.“In many cases, the problem is that individuals just show up and start working without being part of the emergency management agency’s coordinated effort,” Hamilton said. “This can result in a reduction in disaster relief, and even legal problems for those with the best of intentions. People love to show up with chainsaws and get to work, but that’s not always the best response.” It’s one thing to go over and help someone you know remove debris from their yard, he said. But a person shouldn’t start randomly clearing trees that might be tangled in downed power lines.Most people mean well, but some don’t. “In the worst cases,” Hamilton said, “we see groups use disaster to further an agenda such as animal rights, or to raise money falsely under the guise of disaster response.” Training is a must, says Bill Thomas, an agriculture emergency specialist. “One of the things that we found during (Hurricane) Katrina was that the volunteers did not come trained and prepared for the conditions that they had to work in. If they did not have their shots, have sleeping bags, tents, food, etc., then the incident management team had to look after those needs as well as the emergency.”Also, people may do great rescue or disaster work near home, but in a different environment, they may not. For example, during Katrina, he said, the high heat and humidity and 15-hour work days took a toll on many.Preplanning is key to successful recovery. Emergency management can’t preplan for unexpected guests. “In a disaster, there may not be any motel rooms or restaurants open, and there may not be water or sanitation available,” Thomas said. “Basically, you only need the volunteers that you can support. There were situations in Katrina where people were trying to cook the meals of the day on a small grill for a large group of people.”A team is typically requested, not individuals. A team can be more easily tracked by emergency managers. “Tracking individuals can be a major distraction,” Thomas said.Training also keeps people focused on the mission. “One of the main goals in animal sheltering is to reunite the animals with their owners,” Thomas said. “Sometimes, people are willing to supply temporary shelters (foster homes) for animals but then they grow attached and didn’t want to give them up. That is another distraction for emergency management to deal with.” People should only volunteer as part of a group recognized and requested by emergency management authorities, Hamilton said. Those who want to give money or supplies should do it through well-known relief agencies like the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army or local churches. By Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgialast_img read more

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Empty Nest Syndrome

first_imgAs any parent will tell you, free time is hard to come by. Occasionally, my wife and I will reminisce about all of the things we did before having twins. Things like Saturday morning yoga class, or aimlessly perusing the aisle of Home Depot, or just sitting down for a damn minute. But this week the stars aligned and both our kids went off for an overnight field trip in the middle of the week. It also happened to be a beautiful 74 degrees and sunny outside, easily the nicest day of the year so far, so naturally, I decided to table any work for the day (I would be too distraught without my kids to focus on writing words anyway) and set out to explore this whole notion of “free time” I’ve heard so much about.At first, I thought about converting the kids’ rooms into something more useful. They’d only be gone for 36 hours, but wouldn’t it be great if my son’s room was a home gym and my daughter’s room was a meditation space/zen garden?Ultimately, I decided that rearranging furniture would be too much like work, so I got on with my day. I rode some laps on the backyard pump track, I played some ping pong in the garage, I threw axes at a target, I wrangled a handful of working dudes to take a long lunch for a road ride, I ate some tacos, then I rode my bike some more…basically, I spent an entire day doing all of the things my 12-year-old self would do if he had the opportunity. The only thing that was missing was chasing crawfish in the creek behind my house and playing ping pong at the Circle K.Because I’m actually a grown ass man, I finished my free day with a few beers at a brewery overlooking the French Broad. But maybe my favorite beverage of the day was this Blueberry Basil Soda from Waynesville Soda Jerks. I found it mid-ride shortly after my taco break and was blown away by how refreshing it was. I’ve more or less abandoned sodas since becoming an adult (all that sugar! All those calories!), but sipping this thing made me think that maybe my 12-year-old self had it right all along. Maybe life is about riding your bike and playing ping pong and draining sodas behind the Circle K. Okay, life can’t be about that all the time, but every once in a while? Like, take a Thursday every two or three months to do the stuff that you used to do when you were in middle school. Maybe pretending to be a kid every once in a while could be part of a healthy adulthood. Balance and all that shit.And besides, this particular soda has blueberries and basil in it, so it’s like I’m getting a serving of vegetables and fruit. One bottle is like going to the doctor.See how responsible I am?last_img read more

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In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, SOUTHCOM Humanitarian Assistance in Uruguay and the Region Shows Friendship and Focuses on Vulnerable Populations

first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in Uruguay/Edited by Diálogo Staff November 03, 2020 The Office of Defense Cooperation of the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay is constantly working on building and strengthening bonds and institutional ties to promote the security, stability, and prosperity of Uruguayan citizens through a wide array of programs, donations, and exchange initiatives. The COVID-19 pandemic was not the exception, since the United States and Uruguay worked from the beginning to enhance response capabilities throughout the country.From the moment the Uruguayan government declared the state of health emergency in March, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), through its Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP), made eight donations of medical equipment to clinics, hospitals, and Uruguay’s National Emergency System (SINAE, in Spanish) to cooperate with the Uruguayan government’s response plan to COVID-19. The donations, which were made in different stages, included blood scanners, vital signs monitors, ICU beds for hospitals, and personal protective equipment for hospitals and clinics. The most recent donation consisted of 88 tablets so children and adolescents from Uruguay’s National Institute for Children and Adolescent Affairs (INAU, in Spanish) can study remotely during the pandemic. U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay Kenneth S. George presented the tablets to the president of INAU, Dr. Pablo Abdala, in August.During the event, which was held at the INAU headquarters, Ambassador George said it is important to help young people reach their academic goals despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. “We are proud to be delivering these 88 tablets today, which will allow children and adolescents who receive care at INAU centers throughout the country to continue with their studies in spite of the pandemic,” Ambassador George said during his remarks. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a particular impact on children and adolescents who do not have parents or other adults taking care of them, or who live in vulnerable situations. This assistance from SOUTHCOM will allow these children to continue participating in the educational process.”U.S. Air Force Colonel Gary Symon, senior defense officer from the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation in Uruguay, expressed his satisfaction with the advances of the many examples of U.S. assistance to Uruguay through SOUTHCOM’s HAP.Col. Symon also pointed out that the joint work done since the pandemic reached Uruguay is just the most recent example of SOUTHCOM’s HAP in the country. During the last 20 years, the Office of Defense Cooperation has managed over $9 million in construction projects in Uruguay, including a medical and dentistry clinic that opened in Santa Catalina (Cerro) in 2007, and renovation work done at the Artigas Youth Center (Salto) to make it accessible. These renovations were presented in April 2010, and they included building an accessible pool, renovating lockers, bathrooms, and running track, and renovating the ring at the Equestrian Center. The work done with the SOUTHCOM funds at this center allowed it to host the first regional paralympic games in October 2010.Other projects highlighted by Col. Symon were the construction of a warehouse for SINAE to use in case of disasters, which opened in 2011, the construction of a medical and dentistry clinic in Chapicuy (Paysandú) for $1.5 million, and the historic donation of $3.2 million to build a kitchen and industrial laundry rooms at the CEREMOS Center (former Etchepare) in San José, which opened in 2018.last_img read more

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Responding to your audience on social media

first_img 52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kara Vincent Kara Vincent is a Finance Officer at Lancaster Red Rose Credit Union. With over 15 years in the financial services industry, Kara provides an integral role in serving the needs … Web: https://www.lrrcu.org Details Social media should be used to your advantage as a customer service tool and a platform where you engage with your audience. Seventy-one percent of consumers who have had a good social media experience with a company are likely to recommend this brand to others. Individuals trust what others have to say. This is a winning tactic to keep loyal customers or score new ones.Creating Your Company’s Voice When responding to posts on social media, your credit union should have a unified voice that is evident from comment to comment. Try creating a template for different types of posts whether it’s a positive comment, question, or negative review. This way, even if multiple employees are responding as the voice of the company, the general tone sounds identical and cohesive.Positive Comments or QuestionsIf an individual took the time out of their day to leave a positive comment on your page or an individual post, thank them! Not only are you engaging with one person, but the entirety of your followers can see your brand’s genuine engagement. Use the customer’s name and make sure your responses are expressive, individualized, and show your brand’s personality. When responding to any question, make sure to respond by fully answering the question, providing links to your website, or easy to follow, step-by-step instructions if necessary.Negative Reviews or ExperiencesWe’ll say it again, on social media everyone can see what was said and how you respond as a company. No matter what, when responding to a negative review, you should always apologize in a respectful manner even if your credit union is not truly at fault. After apologizing, redirect by offering an incentive or viable solution to their issue. This doesn’t have to be done directly on the specific social media platform for everyone to see, especially if you’re offering a coupon or discount. You can apologize in a comment and ask them to direct message or email to continue the resolution of the problem there.How Often? On Twitter specifically, 78% of individuals who complain to a brand expect to have a response within an hour. It’s not a secret that people use social media as an outlet to release their frustrations. Responses to a post should be completed the day that it was posted. Nowadays, people expect things instantly. Make sure you are present and available to fix problems consistently and to the best of your ability. Be sure to check where your credit union has been tagged and mentioned on a daily basis so you can stay timely with responses.Share your favorite social media customer service responses with us below!last_img read more

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Croatia is a hit destination on the Swedish market this year, for better results it is necessary to introduce new airlines

first_imgAccording to numerous media in Sweden, among which one of the most widely read dailies stands out Aftonbladet, Croatia is a hit destination on the Swedish market for 2018.Namely, according to research and current sales, Croatian destinations record a large increase in sales, which suggests that many Swedish tourists, who have so far spent their summers in Spain or Greece, in 2018 will choose Croatia as the destination of their trip. ” This is a continuation of the positive trends recorded during 2017, when 312.000 arrivals and 1,7 million overnight stays were made from the Swedish market, which compared to 2016 represents an increase in arrivals of 16 percent and overnight stays of 13 percent. Namely, the leading Swedish tour operators are currently recording better sales of Croatian destinations than at the same time last year, and the continuation of positive trends is expected at the level of the whole year, especially in the summer part of the season. ” point out from the CNTB and add as in New airlines connecting key Croatian and Swedish destinations will also play a key role in achieving positive results.According to the Ticket Statistics survey, the main destinations are Greece and Spain, followed by Croatia. Split stands out as the best starting point, and still the greatest interest is in the Makarska Riviera and then on Hvar, Vis, Brač and Korčula. As the article points out, Croatia has the advantage of beautiful beaches and cheaper prices, but the biggest advantage of Greece and Spain is a much better connection via air. So we know where the problem is and what the solution is – to increase airlines with Sweden.Source: aftonbladet.seAccording to the profile of the emitting market for the Scandinavian countries, TUI Nordic is introducing charter flights to Dubrovnik this year and will be the only travel organizer on the market that will offer charter flights from Scandinavian cities to three airports in Croatia (Pula, Split and Dubrovnik). Ving is entering this year with additional capacity for Croatia and will introduce new flights to Split from smaller cities in Sweden and Denmark.Apollo is also introducing additional flights to Split from smaller cities in northern Norway, Finland and Sweden. In total, it will offer charter flights to Croatia from 19 airports and will definitely retain the role of the leading travel organizer for Croatia. The Primera travel group will be on offer this seasoncharter flights to Pula and Dubrovnik and continue with a charter from Reykjavik to Trieste where they offer accommodation in Istria, and the news is that they will have several rotations to Split.Aurinkomatkat bases its offer on the lease of seats on regular Finnair lines from Helsinki to Pula, Split and Dubrovnik, and for this year further increases the capacity for Croatian destinations.Ölvemarks / Scandorama, the leading bus company in Sweden, has been gradually reducing its capacity for departures to Croatia that offer only sun and sea for several years, and increasing the number of departures offering cruises and themed trips. Gisle’s racer from Denmark is also recording a decline in interest in departures that offer only sun and sea, while they plan to increase the number of tours in the pre- and post-season next year and will focus more on thematic trips.See the full emission market profile in the attachment: Emitting market profile – Scandinavia 2017last_img read more

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BTN to pay Rp 20.9 billion in dividends despite profit plunge

first_imgTopics : The bank recorded a jump of bad loans in 2019 as its nonperforming loans ratio skyrocketed to 4.78 percent from 2.78 percent in 2018, nearing the 5 percent level considered healthy. Its loan loss provisions jumped 85.4 percent to Rp 6.16 trillion.Meanwhile, BTN’s costs of funds went up to 6.1 percent last year from 5.77 percent in December 2018. Its lending still grew 7.36 percent to Rp 255.82 trillion in 2019, higher than the broader banking industry’s 6.08 percent growth, the lowest since 2009.BTN’s stocks, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange under the code BBTN, closed at Rp 1,335 apiece on Friday, up 2.3 percent from the previous trading day. The stocks have slumped 40.67 percent in the past year, underperforming the broader benchmark Jakarta Composite Index’s 24.51 percent drop.  “Our work foundation in 2020 is to determine the direction of our company’s policy, which is to focus on improving business quality,” he said.This year, the publicly listed bank has aimed for a net profit growth of more than 90 percent year-on-year (yoy) to between Rp 2.5 trillion and Rp 3 trillion. It eyes a 6 to 8 percent growth in assets and an 8 to 10 percent expansion in loan disbursement, which will be bolstered by mortgage loans.Read also: State-owned companies promise higher dividends, stock buyback to help economyLast year, BTN’s profits plummeted by 92.5 percent to around 209.26 billion from Rp 2.8 trillion in 2018 because nonperforming loans and costs of funds rose as weak economic activities took a toll on local banks.center_img State-owned Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) announced on Thursday a plan to distribute Rp 20.9 billion (US$1.43 million) in dividends to its shareholders despite profits plunging last year.The figure is equal to 10 percent of the bank’s profit of around Rp 209 billion in 2019, lower than last year’s dividends payout ratio of 20 percent. The government, which holds the majority stake in BTN, would receive a total of Rp 12.55 billion in dividends.Meanwhile, 90 percent of last year’s profit will be used to strengthen the bank’s capital, BTN president director Pahala Nugraha Mansury said in a press conference on Thursday.last_img read more

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Research Shows Negative Effects of Half-Siblings

first_imgScienceDaily 11 August 2013Adolescents who have half-siblings with a different father are more likely to have used drugs and had sex by age 15 than those who have only full siblings. That’s according to new research from Karen Benjamin Guzzo, an assistant professor of sociology at Bowling Green State University, and Cassandra Dorius, an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University.Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, they examined a phenomenon known as “multi-partnered fertility” or MPF. This happens when parents who are not romantically involved with each other form new relationships and have another child with a new partner.“It’s not new behavior, but it’s happening more often as more people are having children outside of marriage,” said Guzzo.According to Guzzo, this is one of the first studies to examine the effect of parental MPF on children over the long-term, and the only study that takes into account background factors (such as the mother’s level of education and household poverty) and the number of changes in family structure the adolescent experienced.The researchers looked at the connections between this re-partnering and additional childbearing on adolescent drug use and early sex. They focused on mothers and first-born children who lived with their mother most of their lives.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130811005336.htmlast_img read more

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Noah Malone

first_imgNoah Malone is a 15-year old freshman at Hamilton Southeastern High School.  Last week he finished 8th in the state track meet in the 100 meter dash.  This would not make the headlines, but Noah is legally blind.  He lost his sight in Middle School to a genetic disorder.  I happen to know one of the track coaches at Hamilton Southeastern.This reminds me of one of my former track runners in the late 1990’s.  He was John Saner, son of Jim and Maureen Saner.  John was even more unusual because he volunteered to run hurdles.  John was able to do this because he had a tremendous sense of timing.These two stories prove that you don’t need to let a disability hold you back.  Congratulations to Noah on his success this year as a freshman.  We should be hearing from him again in the next few years.last_img read more

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Pospisil enjoys unexpected Off Road Speedway victory

first_imgsports@norfolkdailynews.com Shannon Pospisil picked up his first win in the division, moving up this season after several years in the Mach-1 Sport Compact class.  Winning this early in the season was ahead of schedule but after starting on the outside of the front row, Pospisil was able to remain among the first three cars of the 16-car field until securing and holding onto the lead with seven laps left.  NORFOLK, Neb. (June 1) – An IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock rookie enjoyed an admitted unex­pected victory Saturday night at Off Road Speedway. “It feels great; I wasn’t expecting anything like this until maybe next year,” Pospisil said. “It’s nice to start up front.” By Randy Pospishil Jason Wilkinson won the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.last_img read more

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Baldwinsville girls bowlers get pair of victories

first_imgAfter an 0–2 start, the Baldwinsville girls bowling team had dropped a pair of matches, but got back on track with two more wins right before Christmas.The Bees first ventured to Solvay Recreation Alleys last Friday to take on West Genesee and, led by Amelia Ponto, earned a 3-0 shutout of the Wildcats.Ponto opened with a 210 game, continued with a 172 and finished with a 524 series, tops among individuals. Madison Hass was next, shooting a 474 series and high game of 173. Tags: Baldwinsvillebowling As for the B’ville boys team, it lost, 2-1, to West Genesee, with Dylan Love’s 514 series just ahead of a 490 set from Tanner Rozyczko and a 470 series from Dylan Williams. Bobby Bidwell led the Wildcats with a three-game total of 554.Against ESM, though, things improved plenty, especially with Rozyczko, who helped push B’ville to a 2-1 victory over the SpartansRozyczko’s twin games of 244 followed a 216 opener and left him with a season-best 704 series. Williams also bowled well, his 651 including games of 225, 220 and 206 as Love got a 208, 204 and 226 in his 638 series.All of this was needed, since five ESM bowlers had series of 554 or better, though no one matched the series of Rozyczko, Williams or love as Tyler Talarico led the Spartans with a three-game total of 606.Each of B’ville’s teams will resume on Jan. 7, hosting Cicero-North Syracuse.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Jenna Spiech’s 172 highlighted a 470 series as Julia Spiech got a 423 set and Jenna Heirholzer earned a 401 series. Each of them topped WG’s best individual, Rebecca Wituszynski, who had a 386 series.Then the Bees faced East Syracuse Minoa Monday at B’ville Sports Bowl, and again got a 3-0 shutout over the Spartans, with Ponto again at the forefront, her games of 226, 219 and 202 leading to a 647 series.The Spiech sisters had series of 567 and 564, with Jenna getting a 224 game and Julia a 202 game as Hierholzer earned a 487 series and Hass a 479 set. ESM got a 521 series from America Carhart.last_img read more

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