Volunteer rain collectors

first_imgGeorgia weather experts need precise, timely information on the amount of rain and when it falls across the state. With good access to the Web and rain gauges in hand, citizens can help.The non-profit organization Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, known as CoCoRaHS, is looking for volunteers to collect rainfall data in Georgia, said Pam Knox, the state’s assistant state climatologist and researcher with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“This is a great chance for weather enthusiasts and average citizens to be part of a project that collects vital rainfall data,” said Knox. “The data is readily available to the general public and other organizations. It is also critically important to understanding how rainfall varies around the state in times of limited water supply, such as the current drought in Georgia.” So far, 150 Georgians from 58 counties have signed up this spring, she said. But more volunteers are needed, particularly in south Georgia.Volunteers must purchase and use a rain gauge able to measure to the one-hundredth of an inch. A good one costs $22 plus shipping and handling, she said. They will be trained to use an interactive Web site to post data.Information the volunteers collect will be used by climatologists, hydrologists, water resource managers, UGA Cooperative Extension agents and experts with the National Weather Service, she said.“Official measuring stations across the state are sparse, and rainfall can vary quite a bit over short distances,” Knox said. “With trained volunteers, CoCoRaHS helps fill these gaps and supply users with a better picture of rainfall patterns.”An introductory meeting and training session will be held on the UGA campus in Athens on May 22 at 7:30 pm in the Driftmier Engineering Center auditorium on Agriculture Drive. The guest speaker will be Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doesken, the founder of the CoCoRaHS network.The CoCoRaHS program started in Colorado in 1998. The network now includes 31 states and more than 9,000 observers who take daily measurements of rain, hail or snow. It is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation.To volunteer or to learn more, visit the Web site www.cocorahs.org or, send an e-mail to pknox@uga.edu.last_img read more

Back to the . . . status quo?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At the end of the classic film Back to the Future, Doc, Marty, and Jennifer are readying to take a trip to 2015. Concerned that Doc won’t have enough road to get up to 88 miles per hour (the usual speed required for time travel, duh). Doc responds with “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Then the DeLorean flies off, the audience cheers, and they’re off to an unknown future where anything is possible.  It’s awesome.The future of today is going to look exponentially different as a result of the events that have been impacting the globe for the last three months.  In addition, other agents of change such as social, technological, environmental, economic, and political drivers will also influence how we go about our daily lives.  The question in front of many organizations is, what are we willing to do about it?Learning is a continuing activity and from every failure, we should be able to learn something new about the way we operate.  One comment I continue to hear from organizations across many verticals has been, “we need a short-term solution to get us through the next couple months”.Sure, a band-aid will triage the challenges that your organization is currently experiencing.  However, in today’s rapidly evolving landscape, we should be asking ourselves critical questions that will take our organizations from band-aid fixes to long-term transformations. continue reading »last_img read more

Hidden strengths

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Italy records fewest new virus cases since February

first_imgItaly posted a series of encouraging figures in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, including the smallest daily number of new cases since February 26, the Civil Protection Agency said in a statement. The official tally of new cases increased by 178 in 24 hours, bringing the total to 233,197. The daily number of new cases was 516 Friday, 416 Saturday and 355 Sunday.  Topics : The number of deaths in the past 24 hours was also low compared to the recent average with 60 victims recorded throughout Italy for a total of 33,475 deaths, while the number of people in intensive care, 424, continues to fall. Lombardy in the north remains the most affected region, with 16,131 deaths and 89,018 cases, but it recorded only 50 new cases on Monday from a population of around 10 million. Monday’s figures make encouraging reading as they come two days before the planned reopening on Wednesday of internal boundaries as well as borders with European Union countries and the Schengen area. Italy has been easing its lockdown gradually since the beginning of May, eager to get the economy back up off its knees.last_img read more

Manchester United advance transfer talks with Lille over signing of Nicolas Pepe

first_imgArsenal and Liverpool are interested in Pepe (Picture: Getty)United have had a long-standing interest in Pepe and last week stepped up their interest in the Lille star.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to add quality and new characters to his squad, with United also chasing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited are preparing to collect a big transfer fee for Romelu Lukaku, after rejecting a £54m offer from Inter for the striker.The Manchester side want closer to £75m for Lukaku, but will use the funds raised from the sale to go after Pepe.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Manchester United advance transfer talks with Lille over signing of Nicolas Pepe Comment Pepe is expected to leave Lille this summer (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have progressed talks with Lille to sign Nicolas Pepe, according to reports.Arsenal and Liverpool are chasing Pepe and French media claim the Premier League duo have lodged offers for the forward.The 24-year-old is one of the most in-demand attackers this summer following his impressive season for Lille in which he scored 22 goals in Ligue 1.Lille want upwards of £70million for Pepe and The Times claim United have advanced discussions to sign the goalscorer.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementcenter_img United advanced talks with Lille last week (Picture: Getty)While Lille are eager to cash in on Pepe, the player is yet to give an indication on which side he wants to join this summer.Pepe is on holiday after taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations over the summer.Only Kylian Mbappe (33) scored more goals than Pepe in Ligue 1 last season, as the winger caught the eye of several top clubs.La Liga and Serie A sides are interested in Pepe and Paris Saint-Germain have also been tipped to raid their French rivals.MORE: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take on Roy Keane’s advice after private chatMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Coral BarrySunday 21 Jul 2019 11:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

La Oficina de Defensa y Reforma de PA, la Oficina del Fiscal General de PA se unen para presentar la red informada sobre el trauma de PA

first_imgLa Oficina de Defensa y Reforma de PA, la Oficina del Fiscal General de PA se unen para presentar la red informada sobre el trauma de PA SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 03, 2020center_img Español,  Press Release Como complemento del Plan de PA informado sobre el trauma que la Oficina del Gobernador Tom Wolf dio a conocer la semana pasada para guiar a la comunidad y a los proveedores de servicios en todo el estado sobre lo que significa estar informado sobre el trauma y centrarse en la sanación en Pennsylvania, la Oficina de Defensa y Reforma (OAR, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Oficina del Fiscal General de Pennsylvania han trabajado con más de una docena de ACE e iniciativas sobre el trauma basadas en la comunidad para presentar la “Red Informada sobre el Trauma de Pennsylvania” en la Plataforma de Conexión de ACE.“Hubo un claro énfasis en el desarrollo del apoyo a nivel comunitario y del empoderamiento de las personas a nivel local entre los miembros del grupo de expertos de Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma que reflejaban mis experiencias con el exitoso trabajo contra la pobreza a lo largo de los años”, dijo Dan Jurman, Director Ejecutivo de la OAR. “Cuando vimos en qué había estado trabajando la oficina del Procurador General, de más está decir que quisimos apoyar ese gran trabajo”.La Red es una de las recomendaciones en el plan Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma para conectar diversas ACE y coaliciones y movimientos informados sobre el trauma en condados y comunidades en todo Pennsylvania, al igual que organizaciones e individuos interesados en su desarrollo.La Red ayudará a conectar todas las coaliciones existentes y futuras informadas sobre el trauma de Pennsylvania al compartir las mejores prácticas y las lecciones aprendidas, y los recursos para ayudar a las personas a sanar y prevenir el trauma. El trabajo en esta iniciativa comenzó en 2017 con la Oficina del Fiscal General bajo el liderazgo del Fiscal General Josh Shapiro con la asistencia de Robert Reed, Fiscal General Adjunto del Ejecutivo a cargo de Iniciativas Especiales, y fue reforzado por el Grupo de expertos de Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma y la Oficina de Defensa y Reforma (OAR) este verano.“Esta red servirá como una herramienta invaluable para reforzar las actuales coaliciones informadas sobre el trauma y crear otras nuevas con una representación más completa de todas las partes cruciales para lograr el éxito, que incluyen la educación, la salud, los servicios humanos, las fuerzas del orden público y la justicia penal, entre otros”, dijo Reed.Los condados/ las localidades actuales cuyas ACE e iniciativas sobre el trauma se han vinculado a la página de la Red de Pennsylvania informado sobre el trauma incluyen:ChesterDelawareErieCrawfordCumberland, Franklin y Perry (South Central PA)LancasterLehigh, Northampton y Carbon (Lehigh Valley)Condado de Montgomery (Pottstown)PhiladelphiaLas personas u organizaciones interesadas en aprender más o desarrollar su propia iniciativa para conectarse a la red deben ir a https://www.acesconnection.com/g/pennsylvania-trauma-informed-networklast_img read more

UK government backs pension dashboard project

first_imgThe UK government has pledged to take the lead on developing a “pension dashboard” to allow individuals to see all of their savings through one portal.Speaking at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) conference in Manchester yesterday, Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, pledged that the Department for Work and Pensions would take forward work on the project “at pace”.“Be in absolutely no doubt: The dashboard will happen,” Opperman said.The project has been pushed forward by industry bodies so far, with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) leading work on a prototype. The ABI co-ordinated work between pension providers and technology firms to attempt to address data issues and other hurdles to displaying all an individual’s savings and pensions in one place.Huw Evans, director general of the ABI, said a dashboard was “vital to helping workers keep track of their pension savings as they move employment as well as helping them track down lost pension pots likely to be worth billions in total”. Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSA, said: “The minister’s support of the pensions dashboard is great news for savers – who will be placed at the heart of the project. The dashboard could have a revolutionary effect on the way people engage with pensions, but it needs regulation and strong governance underpinning it. This is a job for government and we are pleased DWP has been tasked with leading the project.”center_img Guy Opperman MPThe Pensions Regulator also backed the project. Darren Ryder, director of automatic enrolment, said: “The work to date is also a clear demonstration of what industry can achieve when it works together and showcases the huge benefits the pensions industry could get from the application of such technology.”The People’s Pension, one of the UK’s leading defined contribution providers, has been a vocal supporter of the dashboard concept. Darren Philp, director of policy, described the government’s support as “an important milestone”. “While there are still significant challenges to overcome, this is a substantial step to help bring people closer to their pensions,” he added.last_img read more

Netherlands roundup: BpfBouw appoints fiduciary for property investments

first_imgBpfBouw, the €63bn Dutch pension fund for the building sector, has appointed Russell Investments as fiduciary adviser for its €10.5bn real estate portfolio. Russell will monitor Bouwinvest, the scheme’s wholly owned property investor, and assess its investment proposals. It is the first time BpfBouw has selected an external manager for this task.David van As, BpfBouw’s director, said the appointment followed the scheme’s plans to increase its international property allocation through Bouwinvest.“This means we have to deal with other players and risks than within the Dutch context,” Van As said. “As a pension fund, we are hitting the limits of what we can assess ourselves.” BpfBouw is the fifth largest pension fund in the NetherlandsVan As rejected the suggestion that supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) had played a role in the appointment of a fiduciary manager. Earlier this year, the trade journal Vastgoedmarkt suggested that DNB had been critical of Bouwinvest’s strategy to grow by using other pension funds’ assets.At the time, Dick van Hal, chief executive at Bouwinvest, had described the insinuation as “rubbish”.In the meantime, Bouwinvest has installed a new supervisory board (RvC), after the previous one resigned at the end of last year.PostNL invests €170m in European green bondsThe €8.6bn Dutch company scheme PostNL has invested €170m in green bonds – amounting to approximately 2% of its entire assets – through Dutch asset manager NN Investment Partners (NN IP). The scheme said it had divested from “ordinary” credit to fund the purchases.The investment was initially made in an NN IP fund comprising green bonds and government bonds. However, these assets would be invested in an exclusively green mandate as of 1 January, PostNL said.The scheme said it wanted to solely invest in European green credit as this market was the most advanced.The pension fund also highlighted that, by focusing on European green bonds, it could avoid incurring costs for hedging currency risk. In his opinion, keeping Bouwinvest at some distance from the pension fund also made sense from a professional point of view.last_img read more

China’s Vessel Starts Research Mission in Mariana Trench

first_imgChina’s research vessel KEXUE has started a 20-day long survey over a series of seamounts in the south of the Mariana Trench.According to Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the vessel will explore four seamounts in the area.The vessel’s Discovery remote operated vehicle (ROV) already dived into the sea to collect samples from a seamount in the southwest of the targeted area.The ROV captured two rare deep-water sea slugs during the dive, local media informed.The survey is planned to be completed within 20 days and the vessel is expected to go back to Xiamen of China’s Fujian Province on June 23.last_img read more

A low attack on same-sex therapy

first_imgNew York Post 22 July 2013Oral arguments started Friday in New Jersey Superior Court in Ferguson, et. al. v. JONAH, et. al. — a landmark case in which the Southern Poverty Law Center is trying to shut down JONAH, a Jewish group that helps people with unwanted same-sex attraction live their lives in accord with Torah values.It’s just the opening shot in a massive legal effort to ban help for gay people — a campaign I take personally.I’m one of those people the SPLC is out to harm — by substituting its judgment about what’s good for me for my own.The client’s right to determine the course of his own therapy is a touchstone of modern psychotherapy. So the effort to deny people access to this therapy not only infringes on my right to self-determination, it violates the ethical standards of every major mental-health association.Officially, it’s called Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, or SOCE. Therapists using it were a lifeline to my health and happiness.I first came out to myself about my homosexual feelings at the age of 20, and soon sought out help for dealing with them constructively. I’ve done individual and group therapy, as well as experiential weekends, all aimed at helping me better manage my homosexual attractions within the context of my value system.Jeff Bennion is a co-founder of North Star International, a support community for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who experience same-sex attraction. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/low_attack_on_same_sex_therapy_oivm1PGbeMkoh7KE7hMzPKlast_img read more