All of Georgia VulnerableWhile the destruction from tropical storms along the coast is well-known, all ofGeorgia is vulnerable to the power of these storms. This includes metro Atlanta and themountain counties.Along the coast, the storm surge is the major concern. The shape of the Georgia coastmakes it vulnerable to very high storm surges — much greater than North Carolina wouldhave for the same strength storm.High winds, tornadoes and flooding due to heavy rainfall are other threats to thecoastal region.All Georgians living along the coast should know their county’s emergency plan,including evacuation routes and the locations of approved shelters. Contact your countyemergency management agency now. Don’t wait until a tropical storm threatens.Inland Flooding Big ConcernAway from the coast into the piedmont and mountains, flooding is the major concern.Interior flooding can cause more damage statewide than the damage on the coast. Inlandflooding is the major cause of tropical-weather deaths.Hurricane Camille, in 1969, hit the Mississippi Gulf coast but caused massive propertydamage and many deaths in the mountains of Virginia.Tropical-storm-strength winds can reach hundreds of miles from where the storm makeslandfall. Hurricane Hugo caused extensive wind damage in Charlotte, N.C., and beyond.Since most homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flood damage, it’s important to getsupplemental coverage. You can get flood insurance from the federal government.Get Flood Insurance NowBut don’t wait. It normally takes 30 days for a flood policy to become active. Contactyour insurance agent or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (www.floodalert.fema.gov) site for details.As a tropical storm moves inland, tornadoes are common. They can and do strike before astorm makes landfall. As the storm moves inland, tornadoes can hit anywhere in the state.A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio is a good addition to aweather-preparedness kit.The Georgia Emergency Management Agency has information on preparing for tropical stormseason on the Web (/www2.state.ga.us/GEMA/broadcast).You can get information through your county EMA, too. It’s listed in the phone book.FEMA has many Web pages on weather disaster mitigation and preparedness. You can findvaluable information at the FEMA hurricane Web site (www.fema.gov/mit/hurrmit.htm). Other pages(www.fema.gov) tell how to prepare and mitigate theimpacts of other natural disasters.FEMA has a free publication, “Repairing Your Flooded Home” (FEMA-234), onflood mitigation and repair. Another, “Taking Shelter From the Storm” (FEMA-320)suggests how to reinforce your home for high winds.Get these and other publications at 1-800-480-2520. ATHENS, Ga. — With Georgia in a record-setting drought, it’s ironic that we need to be preparing for floods.It’s hurricane season, and the entire state is vulnerable to flooding from tropical weather systems. From the mountains to the coast, all Georgians need to prepare for hurricane season.This tropical storm season, which began June 1, is expected to be an active one. Noted hurricane forecaster William Gray is predicting 12 named tropical systems.Gray is a professor of atmospheric science at ColoradoState University. He forecaststhat eight storms will become hurricanes and that four will be major, with wind speeds above 111 miles per hour.Tropical weather is no stranger to Georgia. Since 1990, Georgia has had three Presidential disaster declarations as the result of tropical weather. In 1994, Tropical Storm Alberto brought torrential rain, high winds, tornadoes and major flooding to 55 counties, from southwest Georgia to the southern counties of metro Atlanta. In 1998, Tropical Depression No. 10 brought high winds, heavy rain, tornadoes and flooding to 13 coastal and southeast Georgia counties. Hurricane Opal brought high winds, heavy rain and tornadoes to 50 counties, from the west central area to the north Georgia mountains, in 1995.
You may be surprised by the answer. As a marketing professional, I tend to notice advertisements and digital marketing more than the average person. Working for a company focused on expanding credit unions to reach more consumers also has me on the lookout for advertisements around credit union offerings. In this article, Here are a few ways local credit unions have used traditional marketing to their advantage that is just as strategic as placing an ad on the right website.This year’s Washington Auto Show had traditional sponsorships from the likes of State Farm, Spot Hero and the usual sponsors you think of for the automotive industry. The U.S. Senate Federal Credit Union took a strategic approach, knowing that consumers sometimes need car loans when purchasing a new vehicle. What better place to reach new potential members than the auto show? They went one step further with their sponsorship and created advertisements that filled the walkways of the Convention Center Metro stop, DC’s subway. These ads displayed their rates featuring strong call to actions that reached an audience who was going to look at cars and forming their personal car-purchasing decision. This event traditionally attracts more than 400,000 people a day. This strategy is an excellent example of using traditional marketing to expand a credit union’s reach. The Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile RunSince 1996, Credit Union Miracle Day sponsors the Cherry Blossom 10 mile run. The credit union miracle day focuses on demonstrating credit unions’ strong commitment to their communities and underscoring the positive impact that credit unions make to consumers. This event brings in more than 15,000 participants and even more spectators. In DC, the cherry blossom festival is a big deal attracting tourists from around the world. The 10-mile run is at the center of the action. This example drives home the credit union difference, and most of their hype is built around traditional marketing methods like radio ads and print. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Legal & General Investment Management has recently become a member of an investor group that today wrote to 15 of the largest UK-listed companies about paying their staff a fair wage.Other investors backing the letter include BMO Global Asset Management, Candriam Investors Group, NEST, and Strathclyde Pension Fund.The Living Wage Investor Coalition now counts 29 institutional investors with £2.4trn (€2.8trn) in assets under management, according to ShareAction, which coordinates the campaign.The letters were sent to companies with “economically vulnerable staff” such as Just Eat and Royal Mail, and followed the announcement of new rates by the Living Wage Foundation earlier this month. The rates are higher than the National Living Wage of £8.21 per hour, which is the legal minimum for workers aged 25 and over. According to ShareAction, investor understanding and support for the Living Wage is “continually building”.Mara Lilley, campaign manager at ShareAction, said: “We’re pleased that this progressive group of investors is using its influence to ensure workers don’t suffer the indignity of ‘just scraping by’.”Thirty-eight FTSE100 companies are accredited as a Living Wage employer.
Aubrey BruceHey, hey, yeah, what you gonna do? You wanna get down?Tell me, what you gonna do? Do you wanna get down?What you gonna do? You wanna get down? (Get your back up off the wall, dance, come on). Lyrics from the Kool & The Gang smash hit ‘Get Down On It’.A few weeks ago as I made my way to Heinz Field I was taken aback by the change in scenery. On what I have dubbed “scalpers row” years ago, most of you know it as the plot of real estate that sits adjacent to the Heinz Field near the Rivers Casino. Also included as a part of “hustlers row” are the two blocks leading from Heinz Field or as I call it; “the underground railroad.”When arriving there you will run into a plethora of ticket purveyors every ten feet or so. However, on this day the undercover sales economy seemed as if it had dried up almost overnight.One super salesman who I will only describe as “D” or “Big Dog” said to me; “Mr. Bruce would you believe at this point in the season Penn State tickets are more valuable than Steelers tickets and the Lions are on probation and can’t even go to a bowl game, even if they win out.I have sold tickets for this game [Ravens at Steelers] at a 60% loss. I pre-buy the tickets that I sell before the season. It looks like I might be eating bologna and cheese sandwiches, well at least until the baseball season rolls around because the Steelers are not doing my pocket any justice.”Why would a veteran seller of Steelers wares be in the midst of such an economic crisis with no “stimulus” remedy in sight?”
Kootenay Wildcats sniper Daley Oddy of Cranbrook scored twice to lead Team B.C. to a 2-1 win over UBC Women’s Hockey Team 1 during a mini-tournament Sunday at McArthur Arena in Kamloops.The scoring explosion helped Team B.C. finish the tourney with a 2-2 record and confidence heading into the 2011 Women’s National Under-18 Championship November 2-6 in Saguenay, Que.“The bantam boys really set the tone for Team B.C’s weekend by providing an outstanding level of competition wit.h high tempo in the first two games,” Team B.C. head coach Jeff Oldenborger said in a written press release.“Along with the two games against the older more experienced UBC team, the weekend was a success in preparing for the National Championships in November in Saguenay, Quebec.”Oddy is joined by former teammate and defenceman Aimee DiBella of Nelson.Team B.C. opened the four-day camp with a 5-0 win over a Kamloops Bantam squad.Team B.C. then dropped a 2-1 decision to Kamloops and 3-1 setback to UBC Women’s Hockey Team 3 before squaring the weekend record at 2-2 with the late victory.Team B.C. is part of the B.C. Hockey’s Female High Performance Program.The program was established to identify and train athletes and team personnel for possible participation at Provincial, National and International [email protected]
BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Going against the grain of macho Brazilian society, girls play touch rugby on equal terms with boys.And Malengreau pushes them all out of their comfort zone by encouraging use of English phrases during training, like: “Ready, ready up!” before defending a line.At a recent touch rugby tournament, the favela kids descended in two teams to Niteroi’s wealthy beach area to play other schools on the sand.One of Morro do Castro’s teams, resplendent in striped Cambridge University shirts, was crowned champion, prompting whooping and more dabbing.Janaina Trancoso, mother of a girl in the program, said a bigger victory looms for these children who otherwise might never have imagined escaping the favela’s isolation.“I think a door has opened for them,” Trancoso, 40, said.“With time they will manage to see that the world is big and that there are other possibilities.” Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES “It’s Oxford and Cambridge saying ‘the doors are open for you,’” Malengreau said.About 400 children have participated so far and the message is getting through.As a black boy from a favela, Franklin Cruz, a small, nippy 14 year old, has grown used to people expecting him to wind up a drug trafficker or, at best, a low paid construction worker.The rugby adventure, he says, has emboldened him.“Why not become an architect or a doctor or lawyer?” he asks.Beach rugby champsMalengreau says there was a “bit of a shock” when he first showed up in the favela with five enormous Oxford University players and a bag of rugby balls.“I’d never heard of rugby in my life,” Chagas says, remembering how his football-obsessed friends were astonished to be told, “‘No, you’re not meant to kick!’”The learning curve was only starting.Rugby is more of a team sport than football, less prone to relying on individual stars, Malengreau says. There’s also none of football’s culture of yelling back at referees. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Sure, it’s not Twickenham or Eden Park. The pitch in Morro do Castro isn’t even close to the facilities you’d find at schools in Australia, Britain or other traditional rugby playing countries.Players wear a mishmash of shirts, some are barefoot. There are no rugby posts, the grass is patchy and when the ball’s kicked too far, it falls into an open sewer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShould drug traffickers or police start shooting in the favela — a real hazard — kids are trained to take cover under a concrete wall behind the goalposts.But the rugby is serious. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients MOST READ Two dozen young players sprint over the threadbare turf, spinning the ball between hands in swift, well coordinated drills. And when they perform the haka, New Zealand’s famous Maori war dance, their passion is unmistakable, even if there’s a bit of a samba vibe, with plenty of dabbing for good measure.By the end of training, Lucas Aquino Chagas, a dreadlocked 17-year-old who captains one of the touch rugby teams, sports a big smile.Brazil, with a population of 208 million, only has about 16,000 registered rugby players, compared to the millions in football. It’s fair to say that most teenage boys probably dream of pulling on the national team’s yellow shirt or emulating Neymar’s riches.But Chagas’ dream?“To play for the All Blacks,” he says without hesitation.ADVERTISEMENT Brazilian teenagers take a rugby class in a soccer field in the Morro do Castro shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 1, 2017. Brazilian-British Oxford University graduate Robert Malengreau, founder of the NGO UmRio, teaches rugby to young people from the Morro do Castro favela or shantytown in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, supporting young people in communities affected by crime and violence to provide them with an enabling environment where they can access new opportunities. AFPThe boys and girls running on the dusty football pitch in a Rio favela could be kids anywhere in Brazil if not for one detail: the oddly shaped ball they’re chasing.Soccer may be king across the land of Pele, but in Morro do Castro, a favela in the hills above Rio suburb Niteroi, rugby and the oval ball rule.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Black vows to sort out Alapag-Nabong issue Tackling lifeThe man who brought rugby to this poor, sleepy and occasionally perilous tropical corner is Robert Malengreau.Half-British, half-Brazilian, Malengreau, 28, played at high amateur levels in England, and is an Oxford University graduate.He always loved the game, but the tragedy of Brazil’s favelas, which are often under control of drug traffickers and shunned by the rest of society, made him want to try something more ambitious than just coaching.So four years ago he launched an NGO called UmRio, or One Rio, with the idea that introducing something as foreign as rugby might also shake things up beyond the field. Rugby, he says, “is an entry point.”To test his theory, Malengreau partnered with the school in Morro do Castro, a community he describes as “abandoned” by the government, and began teaching sport — and a new way of living.Players from around the world, including from Oxford and Cambridge universities, help with the actual rugby coaching.But just as importantly, local dentists and doctors volunteer for clinics, boosting healthcare in a community of about 6,000 with only one permanent dentist.English language courses and mentoring by Brazilian and foreign teachers mean that students get as much help with schoolwork as on tackling technique.A key symbolic point is backing from Oxford and Cambridge rugby clubs, which have donated their famous dark and light blue shirts, and the less tangible gift of encouraging favela kids to aspire. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Hisar (Haryana): Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday hit out at the Congress over its poll promise of reviewing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) and repealing the sedition law. The Haryana chief minister blamed the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the Kashmir problem. Calling the Congress’ poll manifesto a “Dhakosla patra” (sham manifesto), Khattar, addressing a public meeting at Kaimri in the district, questioned the opposition party’s promise of reviewing AFSPA. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said after the Pulwama terror attack in February, which left 40 CRPF personnel dead, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a free hand to the defence forces to give a befitting reply to the militants. He said, today, anyone who looks at India with an evil eye is made to pay in the same coin. On the other hand, the Congress is promising to review AFSPA and repeal sedition law, he said. “They said they will repeal the sedition law. Those who raise slogans like ‘Bharat tere tukde tukde honge’ (India will disintegrate), will go scot-free. Can we allow this to happen?,” he said, adding many sacrifices have been made to safeguard India and such decisions could undo the armed forces’ good work. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Do you care for the human rights of those who give their lives for this nation or those who talk about its disintegration,” he asked. Blaming Nehru for the Kashmir crisis, Khattar said, “Had Sardar Vallabhai Patel been prime minister after Independence there would have been no place for terrorism in Kashmir. “These mistakes were committed by the Congress, which we have to bear today. Now if son-of-the-soil Narendra Modi has come forward to rectify these mistakes, there is talk of human rights violation. If anyone talks about the country’s division and raises slogans, is this human right? Congress has failed to understand this,” he said. “When Rahul Gandhi was asked on whose suggestion they (his party) had incorporated such things in the manifesto (review of AFSPA and repealing of sedition law), he said it was done on the suggestion of surgical strike hero Lt General D S Hooda (retd), but General Hooda has refused any knowledge on this,” Khattar claimed. The world has recognised India as an emerging superpower, he said. “Had Congress been at the helm, neither the 1998 Pokhran nuclear test would have been conducted nor the anti-satellite missile test.” On the Congress’ proposed minimum income scheme ‘NYAY’, Khattar said, “From pandit Nehru to Indira Gandhi to Rajiv Gandhi, promises to eliminate poverty were made before. Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s ‘NYAY’ is one more lie in the series.” He lauded the Modi government for introducing several schemes for the poor, weaker sections and farmers. Khattar claimed the law and order situation had improved in the state after the BJP government formed the government. The present government has given 60,000 jobs out of the 74,000 advertised earlier, all of which were given in a transparent manner on merit as against favouritism which prevailed earlier, said Khattar. Mocking the Haryana Congress’ ‘parivartan yatra’, Khattar said, “Earlier, several Congress men were fighting for the chief ministerial post. After the week-long ‘parivartan yatra’, the Congress Legislative Party leader (Kiran Choudhary) has staked claim for Leader of Opposition (LoP) post, but their party’s state unit chief is saying he will decide (on the matter). Now, they are fighting for the LoP post,” he said.
New Delhi: In the aftermath of the devastation caused by severe cyclone ‘Fani’, the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy has launched a massive rescue and rehabilitation effort in Odisha. Two Maritime Recce sorties were undertaken by the Dornier aircraft of the Navy revealing widespread destruction localised around the temple town of Puri.The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command personally undertook aerial survey of the cyclone affected area Saturday morning and visited INS Chilka to review the relief efforts, it said. The ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm, which made landfall at Puri on Friday, unleashed copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 200 kmph, blowing away thatched roofs of houses, swamping towns and villages, before weakening and entering West Bengal, officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe Indian Air Force sent three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Bhubaneswar from Hindan Air Base for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, an IAF spokesperson said. The aircraft are carrying approximate 45 tonnes of relief material including medicines for the locations affected by Cyclone Fani. Based on the aerial surveys, the Eastern Naval Command is undertaking a three-pronged rescue and rehabilitation effort centred around Puri and its suburbs.