Be prepared for bad weather

first_imgMany Georgians were surprised to start their new year with a major winter storm. But bad weather can strike the state at any time. People need to be prepared, says the state climatologist.Snow, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes threaten Georgians each year. Georgia’s state climatologist David Stooksbury, an engineering professor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said to be prepared, buy a weather radio, ready a survival kit and purchase appropriate insurance. Get a weather radioThe best way to stay informed of threatening weather is to have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, radio. A NOAA weather radio sounds an alarm and broadcasts up-to-date details about impending major weather. Buy one with the Specific Area Message Encoding, or SAME, technology. It can be programmed for particular counties.“You can buy NOAA weather radios at most electronic stores and even some grocery stores,” Stooksbury said.Prepare a survival kitAll Georgians should have an all-hazards kit. It may take days for help to arrive after a natural or man-made disaster, especially if roads are hazardous. And major events, like the winter storm that just swept through the state, can cut electrical power for days. So, prepare a kit with supplies that will allow you and your family to survive for three to seven days without electricity and clean running water. The most critical supply is at least one gallon of drinking water per person per day for at least three days. More water is needed for cooking and hygiene.Besides water, the kit should include nonperishable foods, a hand-cranked can opener, first-aid kit, important papers, battery-powered radio, the NOAA weather radio, flashlight and extra batteries. A detailed list of recommended contents for an all-hazards kit is available at www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html.Purchase insurance “The entire state is vulnerable to impacts from tropical systems,” he said. “While storm surge along the coast and wind damage receive the most attention, inland flooding is a concern statewide, from the coastal plain to the mountains.”Most homeowner insurance policies don’t include flood damage, so it is necessary to purchase an additional policy just to cover these damages. But most policies are fairly inexpensive. Just be sure to purchase a policy at least 30 days before you need it, so it has time to take effect.Don’t forget tornadoes“Tornadoes are always a risk in Georgia,” Stooksbury said. “While they are more common in the spring and fall, they can occur at any time.”In the event of a tornado, seek shelter in a sturdy building. The lowest level away from windows is the safest place, he said. If one isn’t around, lie down in a ditch or low spot where cars or trees won’t blow on top of you. Don’t stay in a car.last_img read more

Young chefs

first_imgTrying to get a picky eater to pick up a new vegetable can be like pulling teeth, but a trip to the grocery store can help children of all ages broaden their culinary horizons and develop better eating habits. By taking kids to the grocery store and encouraging them to help in meal planning, shopping and food preparation, they can learn positive eating habits and become empowered to try new foods and make smarter food choices. “Parents can help by talking about healthy foods at home when they are served at meals and snacks … Then the parent can re-emphasize these messages when the foods are selected at the grocery store,” said Connie Crawley, a Cooperative Extension nutrition and health specialist. Parents can use trips to the grocery store to point out the healthy colors of fruits and vegetables, the bone-strengthening benefits of calcium in dairy foods, the positive effects of protein on muscles and the importance of eating whole grains. Parents should make sure to introduce these concepts in a way that their child can understand, said Diane Bales, a child development specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “With young children especially, you’ve got to keep it really simple … We’ve seen in preschool-age children that when you tell them a food has vitamins, and they expect you to be able to cut them open and see a Flintstones vitamin or something,” Bales said. “Concepts like that, they don’t really understand.” Age will determine the level of involvement a child has in meal planning and grocery shopping too. “Parents can talk to even infants and toddlers about what will be put on the shopping list and why it is good for them,” Crawley said. “More verbal children can help to make the shopping list.” By planning for trips beforehand — scheduling around naptime, making sure kids are well fed and having an organized list — parents can have an easier time at the store and keep children involved. “Some of it’s also about being prepared,” Bales said. “If you throw the kids in the grocery cart and say ‘We gotta go get these groceries,’ and haven’t given any thought to how you’re going to keep them occupied, then that’s going to be a lot harder.” One way to keep young children occupied at the grocery store and make the most of the trip as an educational experience is to encourage them to use their fledgling math and language skills. “If you’re identifying the words on the cereal box or the cracker box, they’re practicing those simple, real-world literacy skills,” Bales said. “If you’re counting the number of apples you’re putting into a bag, you’re practicing math.” As children grow older, their involvement and responsibilities at the store can grow with them. “Parents may be able to allow elementary school-age children to select among several acceptable cereals,” Crawley said. “Pre-teens and teens can plan and prepare one or more meals a week that they select the ingredients for. Older kids can also read nutrition labels to choose the best snacks for the family or to select the best ingredients for a new recipe.”vAllowing children to help with meal planning gives them a sense of responsibility and ownership over their foods, Bales said, and can make picky eaters more likely to try foods. “They’re much more likely to take ownership of it if they’ve helped pick it, even if you say ‘We’re going to have broccoli tonight. Which looks like the best one?’” Bales said. “That doesn’t ensure that they’ll try it, but it may make it more likely.” Cooking with children helps them understand the work that goes into preparing a meal as well as learning about helpful meal planning tools like MyPlate — the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutritional guidelines info graphic. “Children can search on the web or in cookbooks for recipes,” Crawley said. “This can be really fun if the meal has a theme or is celebrating a special event. They can help to make the shopping list based on what is available in the house and what is needed at the store.” After the food is ready, there is still learning to be done. “They need to learn how to set the table properly and clean up after themselves in the kitchen …,” Crawley said. “These are basic skills many kids no longer learn. They can even decorate the table as an arts and crafts project especially if it is a special meal.”last_img read more

Winter Gear Guide 2009: Running

first_imgNorth Face BorealisMade from 100 percent recycled fleece, the Borealis is one of the softest performance jackets on the market, but still manages to wick moisture and keep winter at bay. The thumbholes are a nice touch, and the Borealis is one of the fastest drying garments we tested. $75. thenorthface.com.AZ2X_420_FLI_S09_clip_FIXBrooks HVAC Hat and Vapor Dry GloveBoth the glove and hat wick moisture away from your extremities, but our wear-tester liked the glove’s rubber finger prints, which allow you to scroll through your Ipod without exposing your digits. Hat, $20. Glove, $28. brooksrunning.com.brooksvapordryglove_clip_FIXMerrell Stature STWhat’s the difference between a running shoe and a winter running shoe? Moisture and temperature control. A waterproof vamp and a snazzy gator collar on the Stature ST keep water out of your socks, and the foot bed absorbs heat so your feet don’t sweat. It’s a bit burlier than your standard trail/road hybrid, but during a four-mile run in near-freezing rain, our wear-tester’s toes stayed dry and toasty. $120. merrell.com.Skins SportPeople have been using compression tights to help increase circulation for years, so why not runners? Studies show Skins may help reduce lactic acid buildup, boost muscle oxygenation, and speed recovery. During a series of cold winter runs, our tester noticed the amount of time it took to warm up his legs was reduced significantly when wearing the Skins Sport, enabling him to start each session without the difficult early-run stiffness. $115 leggings, $100 long sleeve top. skins.net.Skinsmaletight_clip_FIXlast_img read more

Pompeo: We’re Going To Do “All That It Takes” So That The People Of Venezuela Get Democracy Back

first_imgBy Voice of America / Edited by Diálogo Staff October 30, 2019 During a meeting with the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., organization President David Rubenstein asked the secretary if the United States is willing to send troops to prevent further violence from occurring.“The president has said pretty clearly:  we’re going to do all that it takes to make sure the Venezuelan people get democracy back,” Pompeo said.The secretary added that “we’re closer today than we were several months ago, but in the end, we’ll do our part and the nations of the region — we’ve built out a great coalition from members of the Organization of American States to what we call the Lima Group to 56 or 58 other countries who are joining us and who understand Maduro is not the duly elected president.”Several U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump, have said on different occasions that “all options are on the table” when it comes to Venezuela, but indicate that they prefer to continue economic and diplomatic pressure for the time being.As part of this diplomatic pressure, the United States imposed sanctions on July 25 against a businessman and Colombian associates, including three of Maduro’s stepsons, accused of leading a global network that used Venezuela’s emergency food program — known as CLAP — and gold profits to launder stolen state assets.On July 28, in statements to VOA, U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, reiterated the U.S. government’s support to Venezuela’s Interim President Juan Guaidó, and said his command is ready to support “anything the legitimate government requests” and that comes from a “political decision” by the U.S. government.However, he said that up to now, the U.S. military focus “has been one of support.”last_img read more

Pride is a powerful concept

first_img 96SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brad J. Krueger Brad J. Krueger is the director of corporate ethics, compliance, and resilience for CUNA Mutual Group, the leading provider of insurance and financial services to credit unions and their members. … Web: https://www.cunamutual.com Details From the time I started my credit union career as a front-line employee, to when I joined CUNA Mutual Group as an intern 20 years ago; serving the greater good has given me a personal sense of pride. And that’s something we talk a lot about in our industry: pride. We’re proud to be different – the financial movement that has always placed people before profit. We’re proud of our legacy – one of social and financial equity. And we’re proud of our founding cooperative principles that enable us to collaborate in ways our competitors cannot fathom.In June, the word ‘pride’ will take on an additional meaning for millions across the world. For countless credit union colleagues and members, friends and family, it will symbolize authenticity, dignity, and the inherent right LGBTQ people have to achieve their life ambitions and pursuit of love and happiness.Pride Month is an opportunity to come together and honor our achievements in equity, rights, and awareness, but also to build momentum for the long journey ahead. We cannot confine accepting our diversity and embrace the strength in our differences to only one summer month each year. To create positive, lasting change, it’s something we must publicly stand for every day.At CUNA Mutual Group we have a strong set of values that shape our decision making, but we recognize that for us to be the best employer for our people and the best partner and provider for those we work with, we must continually seek to improve.An aspect we are actively working on is how we support diversity and inclusion in the workplace. How we empower our people to be who they truly are, not who they think we want them to be. One way we do this is through our Employee Resource Groups (ERG) – teams of colleagues advocating for specific interests, communities or needs. Of course, our ERGs are as diverse as we are covering age, disabilities, gender, professional focus, race and ethnicity, and, of course, sexual orientation and identity.As the chair of Prism – our LGBTQ ERG – I’m personally very proud (there’s that word again) to work for a company that values broad backgrounds and perspectives, and encourages its employees to embrace them.To mark the start of Pride Month, we will raise a rainbow flag on June 1 to publicly demonstrate our support for an inclusive LGBTQ work environment. We will share information with our fellow colleagues throughout June to increase awareness of both LGBT concerns and provide our allies opportunities to visibly show their support for an inclusive work environment. But further still, we will encourage our business leaders to better understand LGBTQ consumers and think of the impact we could have in the community with new products and services for credit unions and their members.What are the challenges our LGBTQ friends and loved ones are experiencing? What are the needs that traditional financial institutions cannot, or unfortunately sometimes will not, provide?I hope that throughout June, credit union colleagues nationwide will ask themselves these same questions, and challenge one another to seek an answer. Our credit union movement’s founders sought to serve those who would not be served elsewhere. Let’s make them proud.last_img read more

Smart homes don’t deserve dumb banking

first_imgThe expansion of open banking and open APIs The opportunities for savvy, tech-forward FIs are exciting. Having AI-driven banking piped into smart homes allows FIs to tap into huge amounts of data that can be enriched to provide granular information on customers that has been inconceivable up to now. The 2018 Digital Banking Report published by The Financial Brand and Jim Marous included this nugget from fintech expert Theodora Lau; “The combination of advanced analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and big data will allow banking to be more seamlessly integrated into our daily routine, transforming voice into the new UI.” The Internet of Things (IoT) and the advent of the smart home will have a profound impact on bank technology and more importantly, how financial institutions (FIs) will deliver services while leveraging data to provide a more holistic approach to household financial management. Today a “smart home” uses technology to provide homeowners (or renters) greater comfort, convenience, and security as well as energy efficiency — even when no one is at home. Smart Homes include any number of “smart” appliances, lighting, HVAC, TVs, computers, entertainment solutions as well as security, and camera systems. In an interview with Jim Marous, he stated, “These trends will only come to fruition when organizations start to move from building great reports, to creating great experiences with data and consumer insights.” Bingo. Improving integrated multichannel delivery She is right on the money; AI, automation and smarter homes, impact daily routines and have the ability to reduce friction, including how consumers engage their financial institution and resolve financial needs. We already know that financial services needs to improve digital experiences, differentiate brands and find ways to de-commoditize our very essence, while staying relevant in an ever changing marketplace.Based on research reported in the Digital Banking Report, the top 5 trends identified by banking executives worldwide at the beginning of 2018 were: The numbers are staggering. The global smart home market is forecast to reach a value of more than $53 billion by 2022. IoT devices in use now outnumber the world’s population. Already, Amazon is investing in homebuilder, Plant PreFab, which follows the Amazon 2018 launch of more than a dozen new smart home devices that will be powered by Alexa. And IoT and smart homes will proliferate, even more so as 5G becomes the new norm.center_img Yet how far have we advanced in 2018? I’d say not far enough. The stats paint the picture that there’s a real value for using connected smart products. And consumers are more than willing to trade privacy for convenience. For example, already, over 60% of Millennials, 50% of Gen Xers and 30% of Baby Boomers have smart home devices with voice control. At the same time, financial institutions and fintech firms have not yet begun to scratch the surface in how they can join a smart home ecosystem. Banking + fintech partnerships Consumers want convenience and the financial institutions that offer the most innovative ways to make life easier and more convenient will be the ones that stand out. Smart homes and “smart banking” go hand-in-hand.“Alexa, give me a list of smart banking providers.” Use of data, AI, and advanced analytics The opportunity is clear. When banking is done at home it can become a more natural extension of everyday life. The fast evolution of digital and mobile consumption and the ever increasing adoption of mobile banking, just goes to show that in the future, consumers may not ever need to leave their homes to “do their banking.” Remove friction from the customer experience 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: https://www.strategycorps.com Detailslast_img read more

Network Diagnostics Part 1: How strong is your company’s cyber security?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Cyber attacks and data breaches have become a recurring trend in today’s society, and the most valuable currency is customer data. In the business world of sensitive customer records and data, virtually all consumer and company data is prized by hackers and worth protecting for your business.As breaches become more common and destructive, organizations are still perplexed about coverage and, ultimately, uncertain about cyber insurance being a necessity. In this era of increasing regulation and public awareness of data security risks, you don’t want to risk critical information falling into the wrong hands. Every business should consider their exposure level in the event that sensitive data is compromised, and cyber security needs to be a top priority.In 2016, a hospital in California was the victim of a ransomware attack. Hackers shut down the internal computer system at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center for over a week, encrypting protected patient files, emails, billing, and other sensitive data.The hackers were demanding $3.7 million in ransom before they would relinquish control of the information obtained from the hospital’s server. Tim Erlin, a spokesperson from the hospital, said that the attack “seriously degraded their ability to deliver care.”last_img read more

Officials fear avian flu may become endemic in Turkey

first_imgJan 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The rapid spread of avian influenza across Turkey in recent days has generated criticism of the country’s response to the disease and concern that the virus may become too well-established to eradicate any time soon.H5N1 avian flu has been found in birds in 11 of Turkeys’ 81 provinces and is suspected in 14 more, Turkish Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker said yesterday. In addition, 18 human cases have been reported, of which four have been recognized so far by the World Health Organization (WHO).The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned yesterday that the disease could become endemic in Turkey and that it poses a serious risk to Turkey’s neighbors.”The virus may be spreading despite the control measures already taken,” Juan Lubroth, senior FAO animal health officer, said in an FAO statement.Turkey’s first poultry outbreak of avian flu was reported near the northwestern town of Balikesir early in October. The disease resurfaced in mid-December at the other end of the country, in Igdir province, near the Armenian border. The outbreak was confirmed as avian flu on Dec 26, according to a Turkish report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The first two human cases were reported on Jan 4.Joseph Domenech, the FAO’s chief of veterinary services, criticized the pace of Turkey’s response. “Their detection was not early enough, so the virus was able to spread for weeks,” he said, as quoted in a Jan 12 New York Times report.The FAO said Turkey’s neighbors should get ready to apply surveillance and control measures and to make sure the public is well informed about the risk.Entrenchment of the virus in Turkey carries high risks because of the country’s location on the doorstep of Europe and on bird migration routes to Africa, Domenech said.Turkish officials have denied they were slow in responding to the outbreaks, according to an Agence France-Press (AFP) report yesterday. Eker said culling of poultry began immediately after infected birds were reported Dec 15.But according to the New York Times story, local residents said authorities “waited for weeks” to investigate the outbreaks that began in mid-December.United Nations officials said yesterday that Turkish authorities were now taking the problem seriously, according to a Jan 12 New York Times report. Dr. Marc Danzon, WHO regional director for Europe, called the government’s current measures “correct and proper.” Speaking at a news conference in Ankara, he said there was no reason to avoid travel to Turkey.Turkey will soon get some financial aid for its avian flu battle, according to reports today. The European Union (EU), worried about the outbreaks in Turkey, pledged 4 million euros (about $4.8 million) to help Turkey fight the virus, AFP reported.The EU also announced today its intention to grant up to 80 million euros (about $100 million) to help developing countries fight avian flu. The pledge is to be formally announced next week at a conference of donor countries in Beijing. The meeting is expected to draw officials from 90 countries and 25 international organizations, according to AFP.Also today, Eker, the Turkish agriculture minister, said his country would receive $35 million under a World Bank Program to improve its “technical capacity” for fighting avian flu, an AFP report said. He said the money includes $15 million in loans and the rest in grants.See also:Jan 11 FAO statementhttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000208/index.htmlEuropean Commission map of avian flu outbreaks and human cases in Turkeyhttp://disasters.jrc.it/AvianFlu/Turkey/last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Feb.22

first_imgBush, not Obama, passed enhanced license lawRegarding Mr. Vincent Belardo’s Feb. 8 letter, the Enhanced License Law was passed by Congress in 2005 under President George W. Bush, not President Barack Obama. Signed, A smart liberal Dem. Diane Sanders HombachSchenectady New York hostile to family valuesWhen introduced to someone new, it doesn’t take long for them to recognize that my accent is not native to Cincinnati. The conversation typically flows along the lines of me stating that I’m originally from New York resulting in genuine bewilderment that I don’t sound like a “New Yuhrker,” followed by me explaining that I’m from “upstate” New York, a difference without distinction in the eyes of most people in “fly over” country. My new acquaintance smiles politely while I deliver my soliloquy about how wonderful upstate New York is, the historical and cultural significance of Saratoga and Albany coupled with four-season beauty. I conclude with the polite reason for residing in Cincinnati: My wife is from Kentucky. Polite, yes. Accurate, no.The inconvenient truth is that if you desire to raise a family consistent with Christian values, there’s no compelling reason to live in New York state. Between the effort to close Catholic schools through the “substantially equivalent” review system and the legalization of infanticide through the Reproductive Health Care Act, the political class is clearly hostile to families of faith. This is in stark contrast to Ohio where we recently elected a governor who’s also about to sign a reproductive health care act: the Heartbeat Bill which will ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected (which can be as soon as six weeks gestation). The New York state that I was raised and still have family is no longer a good place to live. It’s a good place to be from. Chris RichardCincinnati, OhioThe writer is a former Burnt Hills resident. Where will it end? Who’s next to be “aborted” because “women have a right to choose?”Maybe they’ll choose a family without an old grandfather or a niece with cerebral palsy. God help us.I’m thankful for the courage of Laurie Cox, who wrote in her Feb. 9 letter that she had voted for people who support murder. She was deceived by their false “phrases” and now asked how she can live with her vote choice. She’s speaking out. How can they live with their vote?Thank you Jennifer Richard for your Feb. 9 letter about your daughter. Her tears brought me to tears. She asked what everyone should be asking, “What are we going to do? I don’t want that to happen.” Psalm 8:2 “Out of the mouths of babes.” What are we going to do?Susan HoverSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPro-choicers can’t rationalize murderAbortion is murder. For decades, pro-abortionists have hidden their agenda in “phrases” and cloaked it in “It’s about a woman’s right to choose; it’s her body.” Unless a woman’s body has four legs, four arms and two heads, how can you say it’s about a woman’s right over her body?There are two bodies all along, that can’t be disputed in the third trimester.Incrementally pro-abortionists succeeded in chipping away the morality of the issue and making it about “rights.” I heard state Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, say on the Jan. 22 news: “It’s not about abortion, although that’s part of it, it’s not about contraception, but that’s part of it, it’s about allowing women to really be fulfilled, as women and parents, and to choose the kind of family they want.” I encourage all New Yorkers to demand that state comptroller divest from fossil fuels and seek a better rate of return elsewhere.“Activists from 350.0rg, an advocacy group combating climate change, hired an investment firm to calculate how the NYS state pension fund would have fared if it had divested when first requested. The answer was it would be worth a “cool” (pun intended) $5 billion more and will grow in the future.” (https://cityandstateny.com/articles/opinion/opinion/fossil-fuel-divestment-boost-new-york-pension-funds.html).“Exchange Traded Funds performed poorly over the last 7 years but this past year, renewable energy bested fossil fuels. In the last 3 months – a period of sharp market and oil price corrections – renewables trounced both fossil fuels and the S&P 500. Even Exxon Mobil lost over 30 percent of its value in the last 5 years.” (https://seekingalpha.com/article/4231525-renewable-energy-etfs-now-outperforming-will-continue-2019).“Oil and gas companies misled the public and investors about climate change for decades. Even heirs to the original oil fortune of John D. Rockefeller, along with a growing list of philanthropic investors, announced they are divesting”: (https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Cuomo-is-right-on-fossil-fuel-divestment-12470817.php).“NYS is planning to divest almost $400 billion and Governor Cuomo states he is working with the NYS Comptroller to further this effort.” (https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/new-york-takes-leap-renewable-energy-sources.php).Learn how you can to divest from fossil fuels: (https://gofossilfree.org/usa/your-roadmap-to-personal-divestment/).Go to https://gofossilfree.org/ny/divest-ny-sandy5/  by February 27 to tell the New York State Comptroller to divest from fossil fuels. Encourage NY to divest from fossil fuels Big Apple life is not right for upstate Birth rates just one way to save planetAny reduction in birth rates are surely a welcome development. Yet this is hardly a cause for feeling optimistic about the impact of overpopulation on global warming, as Arthur Glaude seemed to imply in his Jan. 18 letter.  Blue sky, sunshine, a pot of coffee (undiluted) and a window rattling YouTube medley of Irish pub music inspired an epiphany of mind-expanding magnitude.The revelation is an analogy of the conflict between Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the English crown. It reminds me of the struggles between upstate New York and the “Big Apple” thugs and their outpost in Saratoga Springs. They have yet to come with their S.A.S. and armored cars to subdue and oppress the savages and heathens of upstate. However their attitudes, words and actions hint that it’s not off the table in the penthouses and mansions downstate.Andrew Cuomo reprises in the role of “Iron Lady” Thatcher and the downstate-dominated state Legislature is his Parliament. They are people who are convinced beyond doubt that the “Big Apple” way of life is the only way, and they will not rest until it’s imposed upon every citizen of New York and the U.S.At the national level, we find Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. What more can I say about “Good Ol’ Chuck” that he’s not more than happy to say about himself? As for “Kiki,” she lays claim to being upstate born and bred, yet her loyalty is wedded to “Big Apple” wealth and power. Oh Hillary!Think about it; “Iron Lady” Cuomo and “Kiki” have presidential aspirations. “Chuckie” is a self-appointed champion of the common man. Sleep well tonight.Mark RahnScotia So, divest/reinvest now and help mitigate climate change. Robert ConnorsCanaan Bush administration came up with enhanced ID lawsIn response to his Feb. 8 letter, Vincent Belardo and titled “Liberal Dems show how dumb they are,” Mr. Belardo stated that “About seven or eight years ago, President Obama passed the enhanced license law. The enhanced law states that if you want to go to Mexico or Canada, you need the enhanced license,” and “I went to motor vehicles to get the real ID license.”After a quick visit to Wikipedia, my understanding of this topic is that the guidelines for both the enhanced license and the real ID license, which Mr. Belardo had attempted to get, were established under the Bush administration in 2005 at the behest of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Real ID Act of 2005 modified U.S. federal law regarding the issuance procedures for state driver’s licenses and identity documents. The law and its requirements were not established under President Obama. The requirements which Mr. Belardo was asked to comply with in order to receive his real ID were established under this law’s more stringent guidelines. I’m not sure why his discharge papers were not accepted but I’m guessing that they did not meet the proof of legal status requirement, something which is stated on a birth certificate. I recently needed to get a new copy of my birth certificate, as my old one was completely faded. It’s a little time consuming but doable. If Mr. Belardo has lost his birth certificate, he can apply for a new one.Mary Ellen RiellSchenectady Predictions of overall increases in population for the Earth are estimated to range from about 9 billion to 11 billion by the end of this century. What impact this increase will have on the sustainability of our planet depends on where this growth will occur.People in less-wealthy urban centers generate much less carbon compared to those in most wealthy countries. The unfortunate trend, in places like China, is for people in urban environments to adopt consumption rates similar to high-income nations, which only exacerbates global warming. Despite some slowing in population growth, it could take centuries for any meaningful reductions to occur. Speeding the rate of decline in birth rates across the globe is part of the solution. Education and the increased status of women in societies have been shown to create a significant reduction in fertility rates.Climate change will remain a major threat to our planet. So please recycle, reduce your consumption levels and embrace a reduced carbon lifestyle.Also, encourage a child-free choice or adopt children as a means of sustaining the viability of our planet. Our very existence, as well as that of other species, will depend on it.Doreen HarrisScotia More from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

TNI’s 75th anniversary: Jokowi calls for military transformation

first_img“Such transformations should be backed by technological advancement as well as transformations of the personnel that control [armament],” he went on to say.Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and a few high-ranking officials attended the ceremony on Monday, which was held with limited attendance and with health protocol enforced due to the pandemic.During the event, the President also had a virtual engagement with military personnel stationed in various locations, including those deployed at the COVID-19 hospital on Galang Island of Riau, those on guard at the outer border of North Natuna waters and those in the peacekeeping forces in the Republic of the Congo in Central Africa.In his speech, Jokowi further asserted that advanced military technology was needed to equip the armed forces with strategies and tactics to anticipate wars that may erupt at any time in the future. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on the Indonesian Military (TNI) to become more modern and professional, urging the armed forces to adapt to new potential threats and technological advances.During a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the TNI on Monday, Jokowi said the military transformation should be directed toward enabling the armed forces to respond to nonconventional and transnational threats, while keeping the pace with state-of-the-art armament. “Following the Reform Era, the TNI has embarked on various organizational transformations to ensure it is able to deliver apt support for the needs of democratic consolidation and to adapt to potential threats during the post-Cold War era,” Jokowi said during a ceremony at the State Palace. Read also: Indonesian Military deployed for coronavirus fight”We have to be ready in anticipating new kinds of war in the future that may bring a higher level of destruction, occur within a shorter period and that may use hybrid warfare with a combination of various tactics,” Jokowi said.”We have to make every effort to change our policy from defense spending to defense investment, which is a long-term policy developed systematically and being implemented in a consistent and sustainable manner,” he added.Jokowi went on to say that technological transformation in armament had to be supported by personnel transformation, adding that TNI personnel had to be able to build synergy with various elements, including with the National Police.The military and the police have long been caught in rivalry manifested through a series of conflicts between the two institutions. One of the latest was an attack on the Ciracas Police station in East Jakarta by TNI personnel in late August.During the event, Jokowi also thanked TNI personnel who joined humanitarian missions, including in handling disasters and forest fires, and those who were involved in supporting the government’s efforts to manage the coronavirus pandemic in the country.In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the government has increased the deployment of police and military personnel to improve public compliance with health protocols through Presidential Instruction No. 6/2020 issued in August.Jokowi also appointed Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa and National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Gatot Eddy Pramono as deputy heads of the COVID-19 handling and national economic recovery committee.Topics :last_img read more