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first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has told Republican senators he’s unwilling to settle on too small a coronavirus aid package after meeting for two hours over their slimmed down proposal.,Their $618 billion plan is about a third of what he’s seeking. The Republicans are looking at fewer and smaller benefits, including $1,000 in direct payments to individuals earning up to $40,000 a year, or $80,000 for couples.,Maine Sen. Susan Collins says the meeting at the White House on Monday resulted in no compromise on differences. But she and the other Republicans say there was agreement to keep discussions going.,On Capitol Hill, Democrats pushed ahead to lay the groundwork for passage of their full package without relying on Republican support.last_img read more

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaAs a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension radon educator, Ginger Bennett works year-round to educate Georgians on the dangers of radon exposure. January, though, is National Radon Action Month and a perfect time test your home for radon.An invisible, odorless, radioactive gas, radon occurs naturally in rocks and soils. It enters homes through cracks and other openings in home foundations.”We have a lot of granite in Georgia, and the likelihood of having trace uranium is very high,” Bennett said.Second leading causeRadon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It’s the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers.”The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year,” Bennett said. “About 600 of those are Georgians.”Radon is a result of the natural breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. Uranium takes a long time to decay, and radon gas is one of the last stages.Testing is easy, inexpensiveTesting your home for elevated levels of radon is simple and inexpensive. you can buy test kits at hardware and home improvement stores or directly from radon testing companies for under $25.Through an EPA grant, complimentary radon test kits are available to Georgia homeowners from their local Extension offices. The kit comes with an envelope containing activated charcoal. It should be hung for three days in the lowest occupied level of a home.After the envelope has hung for three full days, mail the test kit immediately to a laboratory, because the radioactive substance in it decays quickly. This will ensure a more accurate result.Within 10 days, the homeowner will get a report via mail or e-mail.If the first test results show a high reading, a second test is recommended to get an average of the two.”We provide a $6.99 coupon for the second test,” Bennett said.Remove with mitigationIf the average results of the two tests are above 4 picocuries per liter, the EPA action level, the homeowner is provided with a booklet that explains how to fix a radon problem and a list of certified Georgia mitigators. Mitigation involves the installing a ventilation system that will reduce the radon concentration in the indoor air, Bennett said.”The system essentially sucks air from beneath the footprint of the home and vents it above the roof line,” she said. The current average cost for fixing a home for radon is around $1,800.”That may sound expensive, but compared to the cost of a human life, it’s not high,” Bennett said. “After all, how do you put a value on a human life? And you have to think about the high cost of medical care for lung cancer.”If you’re building a new home, a passive mitigation system can be installed for $300 to $500.The Georgia Radon Education Program is funded by the EPA in partnership with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Georgia Department of Consumer Affairs and Southface Energy Institute.To learn more about on the radon education program, visit www.gafamilies.com/housing/radon. To order a free radon test kit from your county Extension office, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo November 02, 2017 With a shared border of more than 3,400 kilometers—which extends over four Brazilian states (Acre, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Rondônia)—Brazil and Bolivia took one more step toward regional security cooperation with the creation of a Binational Security Cabinet. The purpose of the cabinet, established August 17th 2017, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, is to combat transnational criminal organizations, drug, arms, and human trafficking, as well as contraband, money laundering, and other crimes. Some operations have already been conducted on the border between Brazil and Bolivia since the binational cabinet’s establishment. For instance, on August 18th, two bridges that connect Brazil and Bolivia—the Friendship Bridge in Brasileia and the Wilson Pinheiro Bridge in Epitaciolândia, in the state of Acre, Brazil—closed down between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. to increase security in the area. With this measure in place, Bolivians and Brazilians cannot cross the bridges by car or motorcycle during off-limits hours. Transit is by foot only and everyone must undergo inspection and show identification documents. To date, the bridges remain closed with no scheduled reopening date. On August 20th, 37 border crossings between the state of Pando, Bolivia, and the state of Acre, Brazil, were partially closed for one month to combat organized crime. According to the news site Capital do Pantanal in the city of Corumbá, Brazil, on September 28th, Brazilian Armed Forces conducted a sweep operation at the border of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul to combat illegal activities—arms, drugs, and ammunition trafficking, and smuggling. According to the news site, the Brazilian military thoroughly searched vehicles arriving from Bolivia and checked documentation. The operation continued the following day. Ongoing partnership Brazilian Army General Augusto Nardi de Souza, chief of Joint Operations for the Joint General Staff of the Brazilian Armed Forces, explained that the cabinet is a bilateral meeting of the ministries of Defense, Justice, and State Security of Brazil and Bolivia. “The partnership between Brazil and Bolivia in the area of security already exists. However, the purpose of this bilateral meeting was to expand our joint agreements and actions to reduce crime in the cross-border area,” Gen. Nardi said. “Cooperative actions between Brazil and Bolivia were proposed, such as fighting criminal organizations, performing joint operations including armed and security forces, police and intelligence forces, and sharing information, among other things,” he added. The communication department of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which contributes to coordination efforts between Brazilian and Bolivian authorities, and facilitates dialogue and cooperation among the agencies involved in fighting transnational crime, spoke with Diálogo about the importance of the Binational Security Cabinet. “Transnational crime represents a challenge faced by all nations in the region, which requires the improvement of international cooperation and coordination among all bodies involved locally in the matter,” explained the communication department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Fighting cross-border crime is a priority for the Brazilian government, which has been promoting initiatives to bolster cooperation in this area.” The meeting that marked the establishment of the cabinet also implemented the Brasília Declaration on border security. Signed on November 16th 2016, between Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, the declaration establishes priority objectives and directives to develop coordinated actions in the region, as well as cooperation in the areas of national defense and policing. “The Brasilia Declaration predates the bilateral meeting between Brazil and Bolivia and focuses on the spirit of the meeting that was held in Santa Cruz de La Sierra [Bolivia],” Gen. Nardi said. “The binational cabinet is aligned with the commitments undertaken in the Brasilia Declaration, as evidenced by the priority to bolster cooperation among agencies involved from both nations in the issues of border security and fighting cross-border crime,” said the communication department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Point by point During the nearly three hour-meeting which marked the establishment of the Brazil-Bolivia Binational Security Cabinet, representatives from the Brazilian and Bolivian delegations addressed ongoing operations and proposals for the collaboration between both countries. After the meeting, Brazilian Minister of Defense Raul Jungmann discussed the development of the joint effort. “We had an intense program of work with leaders and ministers of both countries in the areas of security, intelligence, foreign relations, and defense with the participation of armed and police forces from both sides. We built a point-by-point program to attack gangs, trafficking routes, and financial resources,” Minister Jungmann said. “We are going to set up a think tank to observe and monitor the issue of financial flows. We will share up-to-date information about the borders. We will directly integrate armed forces, security, intelligence, and police forces, and everything else that the people of Brazil and Bolivia need, so that we can fight, smother, and strike organized crime,” Minister Jungmann added. According to the communication department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, certain operations are already underway. Both countries also plan to conduct a study to deepen cooperation to control airspace and curb illegal drug trafficking.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Barack Obama was in Lower Manhattan Thursday to dedicate the Sept. 11 Memorial Museum during a stirring ceremony that included moving tributes to the heroes and victims of the attacks that killed 3,000 people nearly 13 years ago.Standing on a stage inside the cavernous underground museum, Obama told families it was his honor “to join in your memories. To remember and to reflect. But above all, to reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11—love, compassion, sacrifice—and to enshrine it forever in the heart of our nation.”The president and First Lady Michelle Obama earlier in the day joined families of survivors for a tour of the museum and visited some of heart-wrenching exhibits. The museum tells the story of the horrifying attacks and those who perished, as well as the selfless heroes who risked their lives by charging into the burning towers before they collapsed, leaving only a searing pile of rubble. Some never made it out.Obama began by telling the story of one of those heroes, 24-year-old Welles Crowther, who was in the South Tower when a plane struck the building. As the fire spread and heavy smoke began to swallow the room, Crowther, holding a red handkerchief, alerted others to the stairs and managed to safely guide countless people to safety. But he wasn’t done. Crowther went back inside the burning tower to find other survivors. The tower eventually collapsed with him inside.“They didn’t know his name. They didn’t know where he came from. But they knew their lives had been saved by the man in the red bandana,” Obama said.A red bandana is among the collection of artifacts displayed throughout the museum.President Obama dedicates Sept. 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15. (Photo: Screenshot WhiteHouse.Gov/Live)The president was also joined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former New York City Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudolph Giuliani, plus other dignitaries.Obama’s remarks largely focused on honoring the victims. He made one veiled reference to the attackers when he mentioned visiting Ground Zero three years ago this month “after our SEALs made sure that justice was done,” referencing the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, but never mentioning the slain al-Queda leader by name.Speeches from family members and elected officials were interspersed with emotional video tributes to victims. Among those who perished during the attacks were more than 400 Long Islanders.The museum, which opens to the public May 21, was originally scheduled to open 11 years after the attacks but has been mired in controversies, including soaring costs and the decision by the museum’s board to charge visitors a $24 fee. The mandatory charge does not, however, apply to Sept. 11 family members and rescue and recovery workers.But the 3,000 lost souls were front-and-center on Thursday.“Those we lost live on in us,” Obama said, “in the family’s who love them still, in the friends who will remember them always, and in a nation that will honor them now and forever.”last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island kids who share bedrooms with siblings have a reason to look on the bright side: They can now audition for a TV show that will give them their own rooms.A major cable network is holding a casting call for local youngsters between the ages of 7 and 13 that need their own brand-new bedrooms.“Do your kids’ bedrooms need a serious makeover?” the casting call reads. “Could you use some professional design/build services and a healthy dose of ‘TV Magic’ to help make that happen? An awesome new renovation series wants to treat your kids to the room transformation of their dreams!”Parents who own their own homes with potential space to expand are invited to share their kids’ cramped bedroom stories by emailing the casting team at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgWe have millions of stories to tell. Every credit union member – all 115 million in the United States – has a unique perspective on how they benefit from their credit union.  Then there are the 5,500 credit unions themselves that each have different narratives to share. The challenge is how we link our stories together to best illustrate the credit union difference to the stakeholders that impact us the most. At the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), we get to tell the credit union story. We share how our industry is different than other financial services peers. Sharing our difference is the best way for us to reshape regulations, push for legislation and secure big wins for our industry.Everyone in the movement, from CUNA and Leagues to credit unions, volunteers and members can be an advocate. In fact, it’s important that all these voices are heard when we tell our story. That’s what the CUNA/League 360-degree advocacy approach aims to achieve. Our 360-degree advocacy approach is a targeted effort that secured big wins for us last year. We pushed Congress to pass the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S.2155) – a critical piece of bipartisan legislation to our industry. We also succeeded in gaining support for fewer CFPB rulemakings; better transparency and modernizations at NCUA; delayed implementation of the current expected credit losses standard; removing a harmful provision from the National Defense Authorization Act; standing with credit unions facing frivolous lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act; and securing funding for several important community funds.CUNA and Leagues didn’t achieve these wins on our own – we fought along with so many credit union advocates to advance our priorities.  This year, we again have a lot on our advocacy agenda as we anticipate and respond to all the challenges the credit union movement faces. We’ll continue to press the CFPB and others to reduce the regulatory burden on credit unions; defend NCUA’s field-of-membership rules in court; support credit unions facing litigation; urge congress to modernize data breach requirements; and, as always, staunchly defend the credit union tax status.To achieve these goals, we’ll need to activate all our credit union advocates. How do you become an advocate? It’s simple. Bring your voice forward and tell your story. Join CUNA’s Member Activation Program (MAP), where you’ll be a part of ongoing communications and calls to action. This year, MAP is focusing on promoting the credit union difference and a host of other credit union issues. But MAP is not the only way you can become more involved in advocacy. Getting involved is as easy as responding to action alerts on the Grassroots Action Center, participating in CUNA and League advocacy trainings, build relationships with local credit union-friendly political candidates, give to the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) or join the Credit Union Political Action Council (CUPAC). It’s not about doing everything, it’s about finding what issues spark your interest and passion. Your voice is powerful when you bring your experience and enthusiasm together to tell your story. CUNA and Leagues are here to help tell your story. The more people we engage with the better off we’ll all be in the credit union movement.Our cooperative credit union principles mean better rates and more opportunity for financial growth. Our members understand our difference. It’s why we’ve grown in membership to a record-breaking 115 million Americans. We stand for access and equity and fight every day for a better financial future. We need more voices to tell our story – our lawmakers and regulators can dismiss the few, but they can’t ignore the power of our movement. 58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Nussle Jim Nussle was named president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association in September 2014. Nussle, is a former eight-term congressman and director of the White House Office of … Web: www.cuna.org Detailslast_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion All these shootings are by design. Why? New York state has the worst gun control in the world and the strictest laws, but yet shootings continue.The left is trying for a civil war so the government can call martial law and take control of our nation and confiscate our guns.The Democratic left will do anything to accomplish this. They hit big groups to promote fear and keep people apart. But this is what brings people together. And when the people had enough of loved ones getting shot, they’re going to go after Washington because all the gun control in the world won’t stop it. They would rather infringe on our rights than make stiffer laws for these shootings. What does that tell you?New York state already infringed on our rights and violated the Supreme Court decision that we have the right to self protection of life and property. This state broke the commerce law to allow price gouging i.e., A box of .225 rifle bullets was $1.59 for 50 rounds; today it’s $7.50 for the same box.Gov. Cuomo killed target shooting, skeet shooting, trap shooting, hunting and competition shooting. You have to buy ammo for safety. Then you have to have enough ammo for target,-hunting, skeet and trap and competition sports — but can’t afford to buy them.So the dealers raised their prices to compensate for the lost revenue. Make up your mind if you’re going to buy into this corruption or stand your ground for your rights. To support socialism and communism is to be controlled by the government. Capitalism is freedom.Socialist and communist — if you don’t abide by the laws, they kill you, with no protection. Russia, North Korea, Iran and others are proof of their work. Support Trump. Congress doesn’t want to make stiffer laws. Oh, well.Claude Rizzicone Jr.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashlast_img read more

first_imgThe article has been updated by a statement from Petrobras, released a few hours after the initial SBM Offshore announcementPetrobras has signed a letter of intent with SBM Offshore for a 22.5-year lease and operation of the FPSO Mero 2, to be deployed at the Mero field in the Santos Basin offshore Brazil, 180 kilometers offshore Rio de Janeiro.SBM Offshore said on Tuesday it would design and construct the FPSO Mero 2 using its standardized hull Fast4Ward program. SBM has said that two out of three Fast4Ward hulls currently under construction have now formally been allocated to projects. Just last week, a shipyard in China launched SBM’s first Fast4Ward hull, destined for Exxon’s Liza field, offshore Guyana.The Mero 2 FPSO will be designed to produce 180,000 barrels of oil per day. It will have a water injection capacity of 250,000 barrels per day, associated gas treatment capacity of 12 million standard cubic meters per day and a minimum storage capacity of 1.4 million barrels of crude oil.The weight of the FPSO topside modules will be around 33,000 tons. The FPSO will be spread moored in approximately 2,000 meters water depth. Delivery of the FPSO is expected in 2022.Bruno Chabas, CEO of SBM Offshore commented: “The signing of this Letter of Intent demonstrates again that SBM Offshore has started a new era of growth. Not only does this award represent the Company’s re-entry in Brazil, one of the most important markets for the Company with one of our key customers, it also re-confirms the competitiveness of our Fast4WardTM concept while expanding its geographical reach.”The Libra block, where the Mero field is located, is under Production Sharing Agreement to a consortium comprised of Petrobras, as the Operator, with 40 percent, Shell with 20 percent, Total with 20 percent, CNODC with 10 percent and CNOOC Limited with 10 percent interest.The article continues below the image…SBM Offshore’s Fast4Ward hulls / Image by SBM OffshoreUpdate: Tuesday, June 11, 1:30 P.M. CETFollowing SBM Offshore announcement on the Mero 2 LoI on Tuesday morning (CET), Petrobras a few hours later issued a statement according to which a contract had been signed.Offshore Energy Today has reached out to SBM Offshore seeking clarification on whether the agreement signed was a firm contract or a letter of intent as intially reported by SBM Offshore. We will update the article if we receive a response.Meanwhile, Petrobras said the following:” Petrobras, the Libra Consortium operator, signed a contract on Monday (10/6) with the SBM Group to charter and operate the second definitive production system of Mero field, located in the northwestern area of the Libra block.”Petrobras said the FPSO would link up to 16 wells with a capacity to process up to 180,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) and 12 million cubic meters/day of gas. Production is expected to start in 2022. The platform will join the FPSO Pioneiro de Libra, dedicated to early production systems, in operation since November 2017; and the FPSO Guanabara, the first unit planned for the definitive production system of Mero field, with production start-up scheduled for 2021.“With this signature, we completed the contracting of the planned production arrangement for Mero field in the 2019-2023 Business and Management Plan. By the end of the plan period, we will have two definitive production systems under operation, which could add up to 360,000 barrels of oil per day to the production capacity operated by Petrobras. With the information now obtained in ongoing tests, we confirmed the high production potential of Mero field, which has an estimated reserve of 3-4 billion barrels,” said Carlos Alberto Pereira de Oliveira, Petrobras’ Upstream Executive Officer.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

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first_imgMr. Barry Lynn Webster, age 55, of East Enterprise, Indiana, entered this life on March 19, 1961, in Batesville, Indiana, the son of the late, Raymond Lee and Emma Kathleen (Hambrick) Webster. He was raised in Rising Sun, Indiana where he attended the Rising Sun High School. Barry was united in marriage on February 19, 1988, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, to Carolyn Jo Darbro and they shared 28 years of marriage together until his death. He was employed for Sedam Contracting in Madison, Indiana and Holmes Concrete. Barry co-owned and co-operated Webster Concrete in Vevay, Indiana with his brother, Greg from 2001 to 2012. He was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Post #59. Barry resided most of his life in the Switzerland County community. Barry will be remembered for his love of deer hunting, rabbit hunting, fishing, dirt track racing and playing pool. Barry will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. Barry passed away at 10:45 pm, Friday, September 23, 2016, at the Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Indiana.Barry will be dearly missed by his loving wife: Jo (Darbro) Webster of Florence, Indiana; his sons: Barry Lynn Webster II and his wife: Samantha of Shelbyville, IN and Travis Michael Webster and his fiancée: Molly Wright of Rising Sun, IN; his daughter: Michelle Kathleen Carfield and her husband: Jesse of Mason, OH; his step-son: Clint Greene of Vevay, IN; his step-daughter: Stacey Knight of Lawrenceburg, IN; his grandchildren: Jonathan, Micah, Alex, Mikey, Kurtis, Devyn, Damien, Isabella, Jason, Will, Brody, Giuliana, Travis II, Brennan, Krosley and Willow; his special nephew: Michael Upton of Aurora, IN and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: Raymond Lee and Emma Kathleen (Hambrick) Webster; his brothers: Ricky, Gregory Dale, Larry and Raymond Webster and his sisters: Sandra Upton and Patricia Morrison.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Bro. Bimp McAllister, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Concord Cemetery, Patriot, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. Barry Lynn Webster Memorial Fund or Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more