Residents of the Eastern Caribbean keeping eye on new Tropical Storm Dorian

first_imgBarbados under Tropical Storm WatchThe Government of Barbados on Sunday issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the island, as Tropical Storm Dorian moves towards the Eastern Caribbean.  A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours. Forecasters are predicting that additional watches will be issued later Sunday for parts…August 25, 2019In “Barbados”Barbados under Tropical Storm Warning; Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines under WatchBarbados has had its Tropical Storm Watch upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning, while Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been placed under a Tropical Storm Watch. This, as Tropical Storm Dorian continues to move towards the islands of the Eastern Caribbean. A Tropical Storm Warning means…August 25, 2019In “Barbados”More Eastern Caribbean islands in Tropical Storm Dorian’s pathBarbados, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are now under a Tropical Storm Warning, and Grenada and Martinique under a Tropical Storm Watch as Tropical Storm Dorian churns its way towards the Eastern Caribbean. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area…August 25, 2019In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Hurricane Dorian Strengthens to Cat. 3, The Bahamas PM… The maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts, and further strengthening is forecast. Dorian could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the islands Tuesday. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Aug 31, 2019 You may be interested in… Aug 31, 2019 Aug 29, 2019center_img Aug 30, 2019 Grand Bahama in state of readiness as it braces for… Hurricane Dorian discussed by Bahamas Cabinet and NEMA Tropical storm Dorian formed over the Atlantic Saturday and residents of the Eastern Caribbean have been urged to monitor the storm as it moves towards the island chain. Forecasters say Dorian was located at Latitude 10.7 north, longitude 49.1 West at 5:00 pm (AST) Saturday. Dorian is moving towards the West at 12 mph (19 k/h) and this motion is expected to bring it close to the islands by Tuesday. Hurricane Dorian – The Regional Response Mechanism… last_img read more

Opioid Crisis Cost $8.2 Billion In 2017

first_imgWhile the devastating personal effects of addiction, although immeasurable, have always been clear, a new report concludes the opioid-related health crisis cost a staggering $8.2 billion in economic damage for Long Island in 2017.That total accounted for 4.5 percent of Long Island’s gross domestic product of $182.5 billion that year. In 2017, Long Island’s total private sector healthcare costs associated with opioids amounted to $172 million, with Suffolk County racking up $117 million of that tab and $136 million of a total $200 million in lost productivity.“The opioid epidemic did not just happen overnight. It was the result of a sophisticated effort by a slew of drug manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and individuals to put profit over people,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “And as this report outlines, not only has this crisis affected our community by taking young lives too soon and ripping families apart, but it has significantly impacted our economy. We are committed to end this epidemic once and for all by bringing all stakeholders to the table.”The study, funded by grants from the Long Island Community Foundation and the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, and made public during National Recovery Month, was conducted by the Fiscal Policy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization founded in 1991 with a commitment to improving public policies and private practices to better the economic and social conditions of all New Yorkers. The 41 pages of results were unveiled at the Hauppauge-based recovery center Thrive Long Island September 4, the same day the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to combat the issue.“With this new report, we now better understand the incredible impact of this crisis on Long Island’s economy,” said Senator Anna Kaplan, chair of the state Senate Committee on Commerce, Small Business, and Economic Development. “This data should send a strong message to anyone questioning the need for further investment in treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention efforts, and it’s a reminder for those of us working to address this that it continues to pose an existential threat to Long Island communities.”Death TollNassau and Suffolk counties faced 617 opioid-related deaths in 2017, a third of which were people between the ages 25 and 34, and 76 percent of which were men. White people accounted for 85 percent of opioid-related deaths, the report said, while African Americans were 13 percent of the total. The data revealed the loss of life — nearly 20 percent of the deaths occurring in Suffolk County — accounts for the greatest economic toll, costing $6.9 billion annually. With each person’s death, Long Island loses a lifetime of his or her earnings and spending.“While states constantly look for new ideas to create economic growth, our research shows that one way to stimulate growth would be to focus on the health of the community,” said Jonas Shaende, chief economist for the Fiscal Policy Institute. “Without a healthy workforce, businesses will continue to be hamstrung by productivity losses and other health-related costs. Addiction is not just a physical ailment hurting the lives of our community members, it is a disease that affects every facet of life in a community and blights the future.”Fiscal Policy Institute policy analyst Shamier Settle said rigorous analysis is the first step at beginning to find data-driven solutions to solve this problem for Long Island and New York state. Researchers reviewed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health to come to their conclusions. According to the report, the issue is largely driven by the introduction of inexpensive, yet highly potent, synthetic drugs like fentanyl.“The opioid epidemic has ravaged American communities across our nation, and, unfortunately, Long Island has not been immune,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James, who filed the nation’s most extensive lawsuit against the manufacturers, Sackler Family, and distributors of opioids for their role in this national epidemic. “Almost 4000 Long Islanders have lost their lives to the opioid crisis. Long Island has not only seen this death and destruction firsthand, but this crisis has cost our local communities billions of dollars while massively straining hospital networks and other health care providers. We must work together as a community to put out this national fire, and we must hold the company and family responsible for this epidemic financially accountable.”The report estimates that 45,450 individuals on Long Island are living with opioid addiction. The professions most impacted include health care, education, retail, and professional services. While the total cost is slightly down from the $8.4 billion in 2016, the report essentially concluded the crisis costs Long Islanders $22.4 million a day.Costly Epidemic“This report shows that a healthy economy requires a healthy community, and without a solid foundation, you can’t grow for the future,” said Ron Deutsch, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute. “We cannot continue to view addiction as a personal problem. It is a community problem, and we hope this report spurs us on to work collectively to address this costly epidemic.”The CDC announced more than $900 million in new funding for a three-year cooperative agreement with states, territories, and localities to advance the understanding of the issues and to scale-up prevention and response activities, releasing $301 million the first year. These grants come after the Health Resources and Services Administration, in August, awarded nearly $400 million in grants to community health centers, rural organizations, and academic institutions to help them establish and expand access to substance abuse and mental health services. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded approximately $932 million to all 50 states as part of its State Opioid Response grants. By the end of 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will have awarded more than $9 billion in grants to states and local communities to help increase access to treatment and prevention services since the start of President Donald Trump’s administration.From 2017 to 2018, provisional counts of drug overdose deaths dropped by five percent, and overdose deaths from opioids went down 2.8 percent. The number of individuals reporting pain reliever misuse decreased 11 percent from 2017 to 2018, with fewer than 10 million Americans now reporting misuse. Heroin-related opioid use also decreased significantly among young adults.“Our country is seeing the first drop in overdose deaths in more than two decades. More Americans are getting treatment for addiction, and lives are being saved,” said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Aza. “At the same time, we are still far from declaring victory. We will continue executing on the department’s five-point strategy for combating the opioid crisis, and laying the foundation for a healthcare system where every American can access the mental healthcare they need.” Announced in April of 2017, the five-point strategy to combat the opioids crisis includes better addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services; better data; better pain management; better targeting of overdose reversing drugs; and better Sharelast_img read more

Chile fines Industrial gas companies

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Emerson acquires KNet software

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Seadrill Orders Two Hi-Spec Jack-up Rigs in China

first_imgSeadrill Limited has entered into new contracts for the construction of two high specification jack-up drilling rigs at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co., Ltd. (DSIC Offshore) in China. The newbuild rigs are scheduled for delivery during the fourth quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, and the total project price per rig is approximately US$230 million (including project management, capitalized interest, drilling and handling tools, spares and operation preparations), with tail-heavy payment terms.The two new units will be based on the F&G JU2000E design, with water depth capacity of 400ft and drilling depth of 30,000ft. Seadrill now has in total eight jack-ups under construction at DSIC Offshore of which two are scheduled for delivery in 2013, five in 2015 and one in 2016.Fredrik Halvorsen, Chief Executive Officer of Seadrill Management Ltd, says in a comment, “These two additional orders highlight our commitment to growing our high specification jack-up fleet. The jack-up market has traditionally been a shorter term market; however we expect longer term contracts to be executed going forward. In addition to increased term we expect to see rising dayrates as attrition accelerates amongst an aging global fleet. These two new orders will increase Seadrill’s jack-up fleet to 29 units and strengthen our position as the largest operator of modern high specification drilling units.”[mappress]Press Release, June 20, 2013last_img read more

New Barbados Ambassador to OAS Noel Lynch presents credentials

first_imgNew Permanent Representative of Barbados to the OAS Noel Lynch presents credentials to the Secretary General of the organization Luis Almagro WASHINGTON, CMC – The Organization of American States (OAS) says the new Permanent Representative of Barbados, Noel Lynch, on Wednesday presented his credentials to the secretary general of the organization, Luis Almagro. New Permanent Representative of Barbados to the OAS, Noel Ambassador Lynch said Barbados sees the hemispheric body “as the premier multilateral organization in the Americas working to promote dialogue and to strengthen peace.” The new ambassador also pledged his country´s continuing commitment to support “the programs and activities in the critical areas of democracy, human rights, multidimensional security, and integral development which constitute the four pillars of this organization.”Almagro recalled Barbados was among “the first group of newly independent CARICOM (Caribbean Community) countries to join the organization in 1967.” Since then, he said “its representation has been constant and active in the critical debates at the OAS”.According to the OAS, the first Assistant Secretary General of the OAS from a Caribbean country was the Barbadian Ambassador Valerie McComie.last_img read more

New COVID-19 Testing Site Opens in Sunrise

first_imgOn Tuesday, June 23rd, the Florida Department of Health will open a COVID-19 testing site at the Sunrise Sportsplex (9101 NW 50th Street). The site is expected to remain open through Saturday, July 11th; testing will be available by appointment only, Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Those interested in receiving a free COVID-19 test should call (954) 412-7300 to schedule an appointment. When arriving for a scheduled test, please access the Sunrise Sportsplex from the facility’s east entrance, along North Pine Island Road.last_img read more

#7 West Florida Blows Past Cameron into the Quarterfinals

first_imgNCAA Interactive Bracket Men: STATS: RECAP:, 21 2019ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The No. 7 ranked UWF men’s tennis team dominated Cameron today winning 4-0 to move onto the next round. Cameron finishes their season 22-7 with a national ranking of No. 13 and regionally ranked No. 3. The match was no easy feat with 95 degree weather and clear skies. The heat took a toll on both teams as the match went on for three and a half hours. In doubles, the Argos took care of business at one doubles as No. 25 doubles duo Serdar Bojadjiev and Vitinho Galvao won 7-5 over No. 15 Vinicius Santos and Julen Gutierrez. Two doubles finished next with the same score of 7-5 as partners Pedro Cordeiro and Juan Motta defeated No. 44 Mritunjay Badola and Przemyslaw Zielinski.In singles, the order of finish was one singles, six singles, and two singles. Finishing first was No. 5 Serdar Bojadjiev winning in consecutive sets, 7-6, 6-2 over No. 6 Vinicius Santos. Following him was Vitinho Galvao defeating Pierre Marion in consecutive sets 6-4, 7-5. For the clinching win, the Argos Redshirt-Sophomore Juan Cabrera defeated Mritunjay Badola of CU 7-6, 6-3. The Argos are ranked No. 7 in the latest Oracle/ITA National DII rankings. West Florida is led by Serdar Bojadjiev who is ranked No. 5 in singles, followed by Juan Motta at No. 41 and Juan Cabrera at No. 74. Doubles play for West Florida is also strong with doubles duo Serdar Bojadjiev and Vitinho Galvao ranked No. 25 in the latest rankings after being previously ranked No. 46 the week before. Barry is seeded No. 1 in the tournament with a 23-1 overall record and an undefeated conference record of 8-0. Barry is ranked No. 2 in the Oracle/ITA rankings along with six of their players in singles and two of their doubles teams. Leading the Buccaneers is Junior Pierre Montrieul who is ranked No. 7 and is 9-3 in singles at the one spot this season. Barry also has two who are ranked at No. 28 and 29, Alejandro Ibanez and Carlos Gomez. The other three are 30 and below at No. 33, 46, and 75.In doubles, the Buccaneers have doubles pair Bayldon and Montrieul ranked at No. 7 and Gallego and Palacios ranked No. 40.All four West Florida NCAA Championship titles – 2004, 2005, 2014, and 2017 – came when the championship was played at Sanlando Park. The Argonauts are 19-2 all-time at the facility, which has hosted the event nine times and 9-4 in the finals.UWF’s history with Barry has been in the Argo’s favor for the past several years. In 2018, the Argos lost to Barry 5-0 in Regionals ending their season, but that has been the Argos only loss against Barry in eight years.In 2017, the Argos were in the NCAA DII Championship tournament where they won their fourth National Championship Title with a 5-2 win over Barry and had beat them in regular season play in March 5-4. In 2014, the Argos won against them in regular season on their home turf 6-3. In 2012, the Argos did it again and defeated the Buccaneers on their turf 5-4 during the season. To keep up with the Men’s Tennis team and for more information you can follow the Argos on Instagram @uwfmenstennis and on Twitter @TennisUwf.#GoArgosPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Mulai 1 Juli 2019, Sistem Aplikasi KAI Access Diambil Alih PT KAI

first_img“Sebelumnya sistem aplikasi dipegang oleh pihak ketiga,” ujar Vice President PT KAI Daop VII Madiun Wisnu Pramudyo yang dikutip dari, Kamis (27/6/2019).Bahkan nantinya setelah sistem aplikasi KAI Access diambil alih, PT KAI akan menambah kapasitas server yang ada. Sehingga layanan melalui aplikasi KAI Access kedepannya tidak akan mengalami kendala lagi.Wisnu mengatakan, kendala terjadi ketika waktu-waktu tertentu saat ramai pemesanan tiket kereta api jelang Lebaran atau libur Natal dan Tahun Baru. Meski begitu, pengambil alihan ini juga ada konsekuensinya.Seperti nantinya mulai 1 Juli mendatang pemesanan tiket tak lagi bisa dilayani H-90 tetapi H-30 sebelum keberangkatan. Sehingga bila membeli per 1 Juli hanya bisa untuk per 1 Agustus mendatang.Tak hanya itu, saat ini selama proses ambil alih ada perbaikan dan belum bisa digunakan untuk pemesanan tiket. Info ini juga bisa didapatkan pengguna ketika membuka aplikasi KAI Access melalui ponsel pintar.Atas kendala ini Wisnu memohon maaf kepada para penggunaa jasa kereta api. Namun dia mengatakan peralihan ini memang perlu dilakukan untuk meningkatkan pelayanan kepada masyarakat sehingga kedepan bisa menikmati fasilitas KAI secara maksimal.Baca juga: Punya KAI Access? Ini Cara Mudah Tukar Jadwal Keberangkatan KeretaSetelah dikonfirmasi ke Vice President Public Relation PT KAI Edy Kuswoyo ketika dihubungi terkait masalah ini belum memberi penjelasan secara lebih lanjut.“Ini dapat kabar darimana,” katanya, Jumat (28/6/2019).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedHanya Bisa Pesan Tiket H-30 Sebelum Keberangkatan, PT KAI Sukses Ambil Alih KAI Access?12/07/2019In “Basis Aplikasi”Gunakan Aplikasi KAI Access, Kini Tak Perlu Antre Cetak Boarding Pass di Stasiun10/01/2018In “Basis Aplikasi”Daop 3 Cirebon: Mulai Oktober 2018, Pembatalan Tiket Dapat Dilakukan via Aplikasi KAI Access01/10/2018In “Basis Aplikasi” Siapa yang tak kenal aplikasi KAI Access? Aplikasi milik PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) ini sudah dilengkapi berbagai fitur. Bahkan untuk membatalkan dan mengganti jadwal keberangkatan penumpang yang menggunakan KAI Access tak lagi direpotkan mengantre di Stasiun.Baca juga: Prambanan Ekspres, KRD Pertama yang Gunakan Aplikasi KAI Access untuk Pembelian TiketTernyata aplikasi ini sebelum sistemnya kembali ke KAI pada 1 Juli 2019 mendatang, dipegang oleh pihak ketiga. Pengambil alihan sistem aplikasi oleh KAI diharapkan pelayanan pengguna jasa kereta api akan semakin cepat dan mudah.last_img read more

Medicare Open Enrollment Deadline Approaching

first_imgSnyder: “You may know that you can switch to a different prescription-drug plan during open enrollment. When selecting a plan, you should consider whether a plan covers your prescription needs, works with your pharmacy, and has a pricing structure that’s right for you. Your medication needs can change so this is the time to check and see if your prescription drug plan still works for you.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The December 7th deadline for Alaskans to review and make changes to their Medicare Part D prescription drug plans is quickly approaching. Alaskans enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare have the option to enroll or change plans at any time. Officials have emphasized the importance of reviewing and comparing plans this year because plan premiums along with medication costs are trending upward; some plan premiums that did not have an annual deductible in past years have increased to over $300. For assistance with Medicare enrollment or more information call trained professionals:center_img Kenai Peninsula: 907-262-6333Alaska’s central Medicare Information Office, 1-800-478-6065 Terry Snyder,  AARP Alaska’s State President… Medicare also charges penalties if seniors do not enroll when immediately eligible.last_img read more