Helpful tips for Hurricane cleanup now and in the future

first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! TAGSFEMAHurricane MatthewState Emergency Response Team Previous articleMercury fillings could be hurting youNext articleHow to Save Money on Halloween Decor, Food, and More Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Before returning to your home, make sure you have the following items among your clean-up and salvage supplies: government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, etc.) and proof of address; bottled water and non-perishable foods; first aid kit; cleanser or hand cleaning gel; hygiene products and toilet paper; insect repellent and sunscreen; flashlights and extra batteries; camera or cell phone to document damage; a list of important phone numbers; and plenty of cash (ATMs may not work).It’s also smart to create a back-up communication plan with family and friends in case you’re unable to call from your home or other areas affected by the hurricane.If you haven’t done so already, report your damage from the hurricane to your insurance company and local emergency manager.For more information on Florida’s disaster recovery visit,,, and For imagery, video, graphics and releases, see Tips for Cleaning Your Home after Hurricane Matthew Florida residents returning to or repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew should keep in mind that safety should always be their first consideration when inspecting and cleaning up buildings damaged by flood waters.Below are a few simple guidelines to follow that will make the clean-up and salvage process safer and easier:Always wear protective clothing including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, rubber or plastic gloves and waterproof boots or shoes.Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines and other exterior damage.Take photos of your damage before you begin clean up and save repair receipts.Your home may be contaminated with mold, which raises the health risk for those with asthma, allergies and breathing conditions. Refer to the Center for Disease Control for more info on mold.Open doors and windows so your house can air out before spending any length of time inside.Turn off main electrical power and water systems and don’t use gas appliances until a professional can ensure they are safe.Check all ceilings and floors for signs of sagging or other potentially dangerous structural damage.Throw out all foods, beverages and medicines exposed to flood waters or mud including canned goods and containers with food or liquid.Also, throw out any items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected (mattresses, carpeting, stuffed animals, etc.).Beware of snakes, insects, alligators and other animals that may be on your property or in your home.Remove all drywall and insulation that has been in contact with flood waters.Clean all hard surfaces (flooring, countertops, appliances, sinks, etc.) thoroughly with hot water and soap or detergent.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Rewards wanted for excess hours

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Rewards wanted for excess hoursOn 18 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Despite almost two years of the Working Time directive, many professionals expect their working hours to increase over the next year, according to a survey.A third of professionals in HR, accountancy and law expect the long hours culture to get worse. But if they going to work longer they want better rewards – with a quarter looking for a job with better pay and the figure rising to a third among HR professionals.The legal profession expects to be hit hardest by longer hours with nearly four in 10 saying they are likely to be spending more hours in the office in 12 months’ time.The on-line survey, carried out by business networking group Sift, found a quarter of HR professionals expect their hours to get worse, as do 37 per cent of accountants.“The survey shows that in each sector the accounts, lawyers and HR professionals in our on-line communities regard the Working Time directive as a European ‘side-show’ and are ignoring it,” said Ben Heald, director of virtual communications at Sift Group.“These people are conscious of their heavy workloads – a third of them are looking elsewhere for jobs that will compensate them better for the long hours.”There were 558 respondents to the last_img read more

Tolzien TD tosses torch MSU in Big Ten opener

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)The Badgers have talked about being a different team than last season, and on Saturday the Wisconsin football team proved they were different with a 38-30 victory over Michigan State.Although the final score does not show it, the Badgers dominated a Spartan squad that looked out of sync from the beginning and struggled to score until late in the game, when they were already too far behind.By holding MSU to just 17 points through the first 55 minutes, the UW defense showed just how good it could be Saturday at Camp Randall.“I said all along I like this football team, and I was very adamant about that,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “We are going to have success this year based on the way we work. I thought they showed up today with a great attitude — they showed up and worked.”Perhaps even more impressive than the defensive effort was the Wisconsin offense, which put up 38 points while rushing for nearly 200 yards and passing for more than 240.Sophomore John Clay led the rushing attack, carrying the ball 32 times for 142 yards despite coming off the bench. It was Clay’s first 30-carry game of his career, something that helped the Racine native prove last week’s three-fumble performance was a fluke.“I felt good throughout the game. My team was there to support me when I went down,” Clay said. “In the locker room they told me to keep my head up, that everybody has these days. They encouraged me to come out next and show everybody what I can do.”No other Wisconsin rusher had more than 20 yards on the ground Saturday as Clay carried the bulk of the load.Junior Scott Tolzien had a career day through the air, completing 19 of 31 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns. Three of the scores came on passes of six, 15 and 23 yards to Garrett Graham, the last of which gave UW its largest lead of the game at 38-17.Sophomore Nick Toon also pulled in a 19-yard touchdown pass to open the fourth quarter and give UW a 31-17 lead.Tolzien recorded just the 10th four-touchdown game by a quarterback in school history.The junior also earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors, the Conference announced Sunday night. Tolzien leads the conference in pass efficiency and ranks 13th in the nation.“Graham was the guy who was open today; we have a lot of weapons in the passing game,” Tolzien said. “Each game it might bring out a new guy. … But whatever it takes, whoever is open, that’s who we have to get the ball to.”Graham became the sixth UW receiver to catch three touchdown passes in a game. Coincidentally, the last one to do so, Owen Daniels in 2005, also was a tight end.The two teams started slow offensively, but once the Badgers got on the board first with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter, the offense picked things up in a hurry.Wisconsin scored two touchdowns in the second quarter on a pair of long drives (eight plays for 70 yards and 12 plays for 69 yards) to take a 21-7 lead into the locker room. Michigan State drew within seven points in the third with a field goal and touchdown sandwiched around a UW field goal, but the Badgers answered quickly and put the game away early in the fourth.Unlike the two long drives in the second quarter, Wisconsin used two short possessions that resulted in a pair of Tolzien touchdown passes to extend its lead to 38-17.The second of those touchdowns came as a result of a fumble recovered by J.J. Watt, one of four turnovers on the day for the Spartans. UW capitalized on all but one of those turnovers, putting up 21 points off turnovers to just three for MSU.“It’s huge. Anytime you look at turnover possession, and even more importantly, points off turnovers that our offense can get getting those extra possessions, that is what we want to do,” senior captain Chris Maragos said. “The defense was able to make some plays and put them in the situation to score some points. It was good for us.”Maragos led the way for Wisconsin in terms of takeaways, grabbing a pair of interceptions. The Racine native now has three interceptions in the Badgers’ first four games, giving him the team lead and putting him within one of Iowa’s Tyler Sash for the most in the Big Ten.Although the stats do not show it, especially with a 91-yard touchdown pass added in the final minutes, the UW secondary in particular looked better than in the team’s first three games. They were especially impressive in shutting down MSU wide receiver Blair White, who finished with just one catch for eight yards.“He’s the type of guy that makes their whole show run,” Maragos said. “We wanted to make sure that we took him out of the game and make sure that we were limiting what they do best.”last_img read more

Former Michigan Star Nik Stauskas’ House Got “Popcorned”

first_imgStauskas PopcornStauskas Popcorn Every year, NBA veterans like to haze rookies a bit, and one of the more popular moves is to “popcorn” a player’s car. Dion Waiters, who now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder but was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, received one of the worst in history, if you remember. But this week, former Michigan star Nik Stauskas, who plays for the Sacramento Kings, came home to an even bigger surprise. He doesn’t have a car right now, so instead, his teammates popcorned his house. Stauskas posted a video of the damage. It’s significant.Stauskas averaged 4.2 points per game in 15.2 minutes per contest this year. He’s expected to have a bigger role in 2015-2016.last_img read more

The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Final Four

first_imgBracket of the most annoying people in sports media.…and then there were four. The past few weeks, we’ve given you the people the opportunity to voice your opinion on the most annoying people in sports media. We’re just a few days from learning who’s going to take home the crown. Stephen A. Smith, Jemele Hill, Skip Bayless and Jim Rome are the four left standing heading into the final week. We’re just two results away from an all-First Take final. Woof.What did we learn this past week?Ohio State fans weren’t enough to push Mark May past Stephen A. Smith.Jemele Hill is on – her words – a “George Mason like run” heading into the Final Four.Skip Bayless appears unbeatable.Jim Rome is the most underseeded person in the history of dumb pop culture brackets.Voting is now closed on the Elite Eight. You can view the results from the first round here, the second round here, the Sweet 16 here and the Elite Eight here. Let’s vote on the Final Four.The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Final FourMost Annoying Final FourVote On The Final Four Here1. Stephen A. Smith vs. 11. Jemele HillStephen A. Smith vs. Jemele HillA classic David vs. Goliath battle. Hill’s run has been surprising, but an upset here would be Syracuse-down-15-and-still-beats-Virginia level. Can she pull it off? More Annoying: Stephen A. Smith or Jemele Hill?1. Skip Bayless vs. 16. Jim RomeSkip vsProps to Jim Rome for proving us wrong – he really is still one of the most annoying out there. But we think his run ends here. It has to, right? More Annoying: Skip Bayless or Jim Rome?More: Who Will Be The Next Katherine Webb?last_img read more

Heavy Rainfall warning issued for Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake

first_imgSee the full warning below.Issued at 2018-06-24 17:44 UTC by Environment Canada:Rainfall warning issued for:Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)Current details:Rain, at times heavy, is expected.An approaching low-pressure system will move across the BC interior on Monday and then stall near the BC-Alberta-NWT border. As the low tracks across BC, heavy rain will develop Monday morning over the Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake Park – Stone Mountain Park regions. Rain amounts of 50 to 70 mm are expected by Tuesday morning.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm. More details on the alert are available here.The latest status and details on all alerts, including alerts that are not part of your subscription, can be found here: FORT NELSON, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Fort Nelson and along the Alaska Highway up to Muncho Lake.On top of the Severe Thunderstorm Watch that is also in effect for the same region, Environment Canada now says the region could see 50 to 70 mm of rain by Tuesday morning.An approaching low-pressure system will move across the BC interior on Monday and then stall near the BC-Alberta-NWT border. As the low tracks across BC, heavy rain will develop Monday morning over the Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake Park – Stone Mountain Park regions.last_img read more

Fort St. John RCMP says aggressive panhandler is in custody

first_imgNeal Apsassin is currently in custody as he has been charged with two counts of Mischief of $5000.00 or under. The charges come from incidents on July, 12th, 2019 and the second on August 19th, 2019.Apsassin is due back in court on Thursday, September 12th, 2019, at 9:30 am.We just put the “Neil” info out as several people have commented that they have not seen him out on the streets lately. #YXJ #Safestreets— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) September 10, 2019Apsassin is known on social media due to his approach in panhandling and asking for $10, according to local chat groups, a FB group was made in light of his actions.To view the criminal file; CLICK HERE To view the FB Group; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP tweeted on Tuesday, as a result of numerous complaints regarding an aggressive panhandler named ‘Neal’ is now in custody.The tweets said that an RCMP member put together a comprehensive court package and Neal had remanded into custody.As a result of numerous complaints regarding an aggressive pan handler known as “Neil”, one of our officers put a comprehensive court package together and he has been remanded into custody.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) September 10, 2019last_img read more

RBI may go for 25 bps rate cut to boost economic activities

first_imgNew Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may cut key lending rates by another 25 basis points on Thursday to boost economic activities amid fears of global slowdown impacting domestic growth prospects, experts said. The RBI had reduced the repo rate by 25 basis points in February after a gap of 18 months. A back-to-back cut in interest rate would provide relief to borrowers in the election season. The six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das will meet for three days in Mumbai and announce the decision on interest rate on April 4. It would be the first bi-monthly monetary policy of 2019-20. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalDas has already held meetings with stakeholders including industry bodies, depositors association, MSME representatives and bankers. The industry is pitching for another rate cut as the inflation is well below the RBI’s mandate of 4 per cent and need the for boosting economic growth is pressing. V K Sharma, Head PCG and Capital Markets Strategy at HDFC Securities, said the market has factored in a 25 basis-point cut and a change in stance to accommodative from neutral, adding that the expected increase in liquidity and cut in interest rates auger well for the market. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostPFB Shanti Ekambaram, President (Consumer Banking) at Kotak Mahindra Bank, said global and local factors will guide future policy action. Consumption has slowed down a bit and the investment cycle is still slow. “It is likely that there could be another 25 basis-point rate cut later in the year, but that would be dependent on inflation and growth data. In addition, the central bank will keep an eye on the post-elections budget, monsoons and oil prices,” Ekambaram added. Director General of CII Chandrajit Banerjee said the inflation trajectory has remained benign which further warrants a reduction in interest rate. “In view of the visible signs of a growth slowdown in the second half of 2018-19, it is requested that the RBI should reduce the repo rate by at least 25 basis points in the upcoming policy and maintain a softening trend in monetary policy,” he said. Banerjee was also said in order that the rate cut be effectively transmitted to banks, a reduction in the cash reserve ratio (CRR) is also recommended so that it frees up banks cash for lending purposes. The MPC, which includes two representatives from the central bank and three external members, will take into account the data on retail inflation, industrial production and global economic outlook while arriving at its monetary policy. Subdued performance of manufacturing sector, especially capital and consumer goods, had pulled down the growth in industrial production to 1.7 per cent in January from 7.5 per cent a year ago. The data on Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for February is yet to be released. Retail inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) continues to remain below 4 per cent. It was 2.57 per cent in February year-on-year. China, which is one of the India’s largest trading partner, recently lowered its economic growth target amid slowing global economy and a effects of trade war with the US. As per the US commerce department, the American economy grew 2.2 per cent in fourth quarter of 2018, lower than the 2.6 per cent estimated earlier.last_img read more

Attacks in eastern Libya kill four in under 24 hours

first_imgBENGHAZI – A string of attacks in eastern Libya has killed a public prosecutor and three members of the security forces in less than 24 hours, judicial and medical sources said Saturday.Since the ouster of veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi in October 2011, eastern Libya has been hit by a wave of bombings and shootings, mostly targeting security officials.Prosecutor Mohamed al-Naass was killed in the town of Derna on Saturday when an explosive device attached to his car detonated, a judicial source told AFP. Naass was responsible for the “Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar region, east of Benghazi,” the source said.In Benghazi, Libya’s second city, gunmen driving past an army checkpoint shot dead two special forces soldiers late on Friday, Al-Jala hospital spokeswoman Fadia al-Barghathi told AFP.Barghathi added that the body of a police lieutenant colonel, Sherif al-Ajili, had been brought to the hospital late on Friday, and that he had been “killed by a gunshot wound to the head”.Troops and police have beefed up their presence in Benghazi to try to check the attacks, although so far their presence has done little to stop the violence.Libya’s government has struggled to stamp its authority as militias of ex-rebels have carved their own fiefdoms in a country flooded with weapons looted from Kadhafi’s arsenal.Violence and insecurity have also hit the capital this week.Two people were killed and 29 others wounded in clashes between rival militias in Tripoli on Thursday, the latest incident in a wave of violence that is terrorising residents and underlines the country’s instability.last_img read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 17

Sunday’s matches weren’t supposed to happen. None of the four teams playing was given even a 50 percent chance of reaching the knockout stage by ESPN’s Soccer Power Index-backed model at the start of the tournament. Now two will reach the quarterfinal and one will play a semifinal.Netherlands vs. Mexico: 12 p.m. EDTCosta Rica vs. Greece: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHThe big favorite of the four is the Netherlands, which has a 56 percent chance of reaching the semis by beating Mexico and then the winner of Costa Rica-Greece. (This is the probability of the Netherlands beating both Mexico and the winner of the second match, weighted by the probability of either Costa Rica or Greece teams coming through.) The Dutch looked like just the third-best team in their group at the start of the tournament. Then they shocked defending champion Spain, 5-1, in their opener, and beat another top team, Chile, 2-0. That’s seven goals against two of the best defenses in the tournament. The Netherlands also beat Australia, 3-2, for a clean sweep of Group B.The Dutch have improved from a long shot to one of the favorites. Before the tournament, our model gave them a less than 1 percent chance of winning their country’s first World Cup. Now they have a 10 percent chance. That’s by far the biggest bump any country got from the knockout stage — it’s nearly twice as large as Argentina’s increase. And none of the other three teams playing Sunday has even a 1 percent chance of winning the Cup.The Netherlands has seen its chances rise partly because SPI has been updated to take into account its dominance in the group stage. Before it looked like the 10th-best team in the world; now it looks like the sixth-best. It also benefits from the weakness of the rest of its draw in the knockout stage; the Netherlands has the third-best chance of reaching the semifinals, ahead of three teams that are better. Notably, Colombia ranks third in SPI but before its game Saturday it had less than half the chance of the Dutch to reach the semis.Mexico is no gimme for the Netherlands, though. El Tri showed its mettle in drawing tournament favorite Brazil and has the world’s fourth-best defense — stronger than any the Netherlands has faced. The matchup of Mexico’s defense, led by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, against the formidable Dutch offense of Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben et al. should be Sunday’s most exciting.The late match won’t be the best played in the Round of 16 — featuring two of the four worst teams to make it out of their groups — but it might be the most competitive. Costa Rica has just a 57 percent chance of winning, the lowest for a favorite in the round, and has a statistical edge of just two-tenths of a goal. Because soccer stubbornly refuses to introduce fractional goals, this could be the second match of the tournament to go to added extra time.YESTERDAYBrazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals behind two penalty kick saves from goalkeeper Júlio César. Although Brazil continued its competitive home unbeaten streak to 61 games (including 20-0-7 against Chile), the hosts were forced to play on their heels for long stretches Saturday.Chile finished the match with more touches than Brazil (716-703), the first time Brazil has failed to lead in touches at the end of a World Cup game since the 2010 Round of 16. The opponent? Chile. In 2010, though, Brazil cruised to a 3-0 victory. Chile’s advantage in possession was built away from goal, with nearly 100 more touches in its defending half than Brazil (444-358).  When Chile threatened to get forward, Brazil was quick to commit a foul. The Brazilians committed 28 fouls, the most in this World Cup and the most by Brazil at a World Cup since 1978 against Argentina.Chile, which has been eliminated by Brazil in all four of its World Cup knockout-round appearances, could not convert when it put the ball in the box. The Chileans failed to complete a cross Saturday (0-for-18). Chile’s 18 cross attempts are the most by a team without a completion at this World Cup.Brazil sat back and turned forward quickly when gaining possession. It had more than twice as many touches in the attacking penalty area (31-14), led by Neymar’s eight. Brazil, which has eliminated its opponent in five of its last six competitive matches that have gone to penalty kicks, completed 71 percent of its passes against Chile, its third-lowest mark in at least the last 50 years at the World Cup.Fortunately for Brazil, its defense performed. Brazil held Chile to one completed pass in the attacking penalty area after halftime (none in extra time), compared with three for Brazil.— Zach Rodgers, Statistics Analyst for ESPNOFF THE PITCHWhen you think of Greece, you probably think of beaches, the Parthenon, feta cheese and Kalamata olives. But what office products and circuit breakers? According to 2012 data from the BACI International Trade Database, 41 percent of Greek exports to Costa Rica were “paper office containers,” followed by circuit breakers and panels at 22 percent. Other big exports included cutlery, candles and matches, and of course, vegetables, olive oil and wine. But trade flowing in the opposite direction probably adheres more to expectations. More than 84 percent of Costa Rican exports to Greece were bananas. The next-largest exports were miscellaneous fruit at 9 percent and coffee at 4 percent. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWere the Billions Brazil Spent on World Cup Stadiums Worth It?Extra Time Isn’t a Crapshoot in the Knockout Round, But Penalties AreCORRECTION (9:56 a.m., June 29): This post originally stated that if the Costa Rica match went to extra time it would be the World Cup’s first match to do so. After Brazil’s match yesterday, that is incorrect. It would be the second. read more