As students return to Ithaca, fire department urges gorge safety

first_img Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi Unsafe behavior in the gorges, though, puts a strain on the department. Wednesday’s rescue “was actually pretty simple,” said Wheal. The response nonetheless used eight personnel, which Wheal said is about the bare minimum.Rescues in areas that are not accessible by trail require more personnel and expose responders to greater risk.To keep themselves and the area’s emergency responders safe, there are simple safety rules that the IFD says swimmers and hikers should follow:Swim in designated areas. These areas are monitored to minimize hazards and are supervised by lifeguards trained to spot swimmers in distress.Stay on designated trails. Maintained trails are safer for hikers and more accessible to rescuers than unmarked trails. Hikers should also respect trail closure signs.Plan for treacherous conditions. Bring plenty of water, know when the sun will set and wear appropriate footwear. “Flip-flops are not designed for gorge hiking,” said Covert.Prepare for emergencies. Know your location, bring a cell phone and hike with friends. These precautions will make it possible to get help if things go wrong.The IFD knows accidents happen in spite of precautions and urges swimmers and hikers to call 911 as soon as they realize they’re in trouble.“We appreciate it when they stop and call for help instead of trying to get themselves out of it and making it worse,” Covert said.By making the community more aware of hazards, though, the department hopes to prevent problems before they arise. Gorge safety rules, Wheal said, “are not just the warning labels on a weedwhacker. These are things where students have lost their lives and have gotten really injured.”Gorge injuries and fatalities are a perennial problem. Despite the signs of danger this past week, Wheal said “there were a lot of college-age students swimming in the muddy water.”Wednesday’s rescue was the second on Six Mile Creek in six days. On Aug. 9, firefighters rescued a woman who fell from an unmarked trail and sustained serious injuries.The department is hopeful that with awareness, students returning to Ithaca this weekend can enjoy the gorges safely. “There are a lot of safety rules out there,” said Wheal, “but these ones are really important.”“Have fun, but be safe,” said Covert.Images courtesy of the Ithaca Fire Department. center_img ITHACA, N.Y. – Earlier this week, the Ithaca Fire Department rescued a college-age swimmer from Six Mile Creek. The week’s heavy rain had left the creek swollen and full of debris, and the water’s force overtook the swimmer. He was pulled to the creek’s far shore by a friend and brought back across to the trail, without injury, in the Ithaca Fire Department’s inflatable boat.He was lucky, according to Lt. James Wheal, who oversaw the rescue operation.“We can’t give the specific number of loss of life … but we’ve seen a significant number of college-age swimmers lose their lives in gorges. I think that kind of speaks for itself,” Wheal said.The force of the water “can be something even a strong swimmer can’t overcome,” Wheal said. “That’s why you can’t swim in gorges.”Crews bring swimmers to safety at Six Mile Creek Wednesday. (Provided by IFD)The dangers of swimming in the wake of heavy rain are acute. According to Wheal, the water in Six Mile Creek on Wednesday was muddy and turbulent, “where you can’t see what’s underneath and the water’s moving around in circles, flowing back on itself.”In such conditions, currents are strong and debris are fast-moving. “There could be shopping carts and rocks and trees to overcome,” Wheal said.Even when water levels are lower, swimming in undesignated areas can be treacherous.Lt. Thomas Basher said people often see “that the waterfalls have carved out these perfectly circular ponds that look like great swimming holes, but the reality is the circles are more like commas.”Basher said water currents in these pools “can pull swimmers underneath the outcroppings of rocks, and they can get trapped.”Assistant Chief Robert Covert said dangerous situations often unfold quickly and quietly.“Drownings don’t always occur as people visualize them, like on TV or in the movies,” Covert said. “Often it’s very quiet. Someone just disappears without their friends noticing. ‘I turned around and he was gone.’”The IFD wants students, tourists and residents to explore the gorges. “It’s a beautiful area to go hiking,” said Covert.The department trains intensively for gorge rescues and is equipped with boats, ropes and specialized tools to handle them. “It’s why we’re here,” said Covert. Devon Magliozzi Your Public Safety news is made possible with support from: Tagged: Gorge rescue, gorge safety, ithaca fire department last_img read more

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Over two thousand properties without power in Glenties

first_img Over two thousand properties without power in Glenties DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – January 29, 2020 Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Over two thousand homes and businesses are currently without power in the Glenties area. Crews have been tasked to the scene and power had been expected to be restored earlier this morning.Meanwhile over one hundred properties in Carndonagh and Moville are also experiencing power outages with the ESB stating that issues will be resolved there at around 11am this morning.More details as we get them. Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleGovernment heavily criticised over false dawns on Mica RedressNext articleBuncrana housing plan must be reassessed – Crossan News Highland Twitter Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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Donegal Town woman appears in court charged with theft of €760,000

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – May 2, 2018 A Donegal Town woman has appeared in court, charged with the theft of money totaling €760,000 from the County Donegal Education Centre, the district court heard.45-year-old Tara Sweeney, The Glebe Donegal Town, is charged with 45 counts of theft from The County Donegal Education Centre, Floor 2/3, Pier 1, Quay Street, Donegal Town.The alleged thefts happened over a period of six years in a period from June 2009 to June 2015.Garda Ciaran O’Brien gave evidence of the arrest charge and caution of the defendant in Donegal Town this morning.The defendant made no reply when charged.Inspector Denis Joyce said the DPP had consented to a return to trial to the next sitting of the circuit court on every count of theft.The defendant, who lives in Donegal Town, with her son and her mother, was released on bail, on condition that she surrenders her passport.The defendant was also asked to sign on at Donegal Town from 9am to 9pm and was not to interfere with witnesses.The defendant was remanded on bail to June 6 for service of the Book of Evidence. Facebook Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articleGardai seize cocaine and cannabis in LetterkennyNext articleFinal entries for North West 10k News Highland WhatsApp Donegal Town woman appears in court charged with theft of €760,000 Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

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Anglian Railway staff have direct line to director

first_img Previous Article Next Article Anglian Railway staff have direct line to directorOn 3 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Staffat Anglia Railways now have the ear of the firm’s managing director through aninnovative telephone system which enables them to raise concerns, offer ideasor air grievances.Therail operator’s 900 staff have direct access to the company’s MD Tim Clarkethrough the ‘In Touch’ system.Staffcan leave their name and request a personal reply or record a messageanonymously, in which case the MD will release a general company responseacross the network. Thescheme has been running for six months and HR director Steven Taylor claims ithas improved communications, staff morale and the way the firm does business.Hesaid the scheme had also generated a range of business ideas from staff on howcustomer services can be improved.Taylorsaid the system was introduced to improve communication, which was difficultbecause staff were widely dispersed, constantly on the move and working avariety of shifts.last_img read more

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NCAA Track and Field Championships: Day 4

first_img Tags: Andrea Stapleton/BYU Track/Cierra Simmons/Grayson Murphy/USC Women’s Track/Utah State Track/Utah Track Brad James Written by June 9, 2018 /Sports News – Local NCAA Track and Field Championships: Day 4 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEUGENE, Ore.-Saturday, amid a rain-swept track which saw monsoon-like conditions emerge perpetually at Hayward Field, several Utah-based women’s collegiate athletes excelled on the final day of NCAA track and field championship competition.By virtue of a victory in the women’s 4 x 400 relay, the final event on the track, the USC women edged Georgia 53-52 to win their second national title and first since 2001.In the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase, Utah’s Grayson Murphy placed sixth while Cierra Simmons of Utah State finished eighth overall.BYU’s women were represented well on the final day of competition as well as Andrea Stapleton placed eighth overall in the high jump, posting a leap of 5 feet 10 inches.This concludes the Division I track and field season but many of these returning athletes will return to the running circuit in the fall, competing for their respective schools’ cross country squads.last_img read more

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Pence Attorney Argues Public-Records Law Shouldn’t Apply To Emails

first_imgPence Attorney Argues Public-Records Law Shouldn’t Apply To EmailsDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comAn attorney for Gov. Mike Pence argued Monday that Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act should not apply to a governor’s emails, prompting the plaintiff seeking those records to call the position chilling and reminiscent of the administration of President Richard Nixon.“This is about transparency,” attorney William Groth said after the Indiana Court of Appeals heard arguments in a suit he filed after records he sought in an APRA request from Pence’s office were redacted. As a private citizen, Groth sought records of now-Vice President-elect Pence’s emails with Texas officials concerning a Texas lawsuit that Indiana joined opposing President Barack Obama’s immigration actions. The challenge to Obama’s actions ended in a 4-4 deadlock at the U.S. Supreme Court.When the Pence emails were provided, the fees the state paid to Barnes & Thornburg LLP for legal fees in the matter were redacted, as was a white paper on the matter drafted by Texas officials. A Marion Superior Court ruling found Pence had complied with the Access to Public Records Act, as did the Indiana public access counselor.Representing Pence, Barnes & Thornburg partner Joseph Chapelle argued that APRA doesn’t allow inquiry into a governor’s “personal papers.” But in answer to questioning from a panel judge, he said he could identify nothing in APRA that exempts a governor from disclosure of records that the law describes as public.Representing Groth, attorney Gregory Bowes noted that when Pence vetoed a bill that would have exempted private university police from APRA, the governor said, “Hoosiers may be assured that my administration will always be vigilant to preserve government accountability and the public’s right to know.”But Pence also has argued that a Supreme Court case that shielded lawmakers’ emails from public disclosure, Citizens Action Coalition of Ind. v. Koch, 51 N.E.3d 236 (Ind. 2016), should apply to his communications as governor.Chapelle said that even if APRA did apply to Pence, he could claim that the materials were exempt from disclosure due to attorney-client privilege, as work product, or under the deliberative process exemption in the law.Bowes countered that there was no attorney-client relationship between Pence and the Texas officials and that the other exemptions under APRA only exempt records dealing with interaction with other state agencies. He also said the information requested are facts, not legal opinions or strategy.Court of Appeals panelists for the case, William Groth v. Mike Pence, 49A04-1605-PL-1116, are judges John Baker, Edward Najam and Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik.Read more about this case in the Nov. 30 issue of Indiana Lawyer.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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KLEIN, LUCILLE

first_imgFuneral mass took place June 10 at St. John the Baptist Church, Jersey City, for Lucille Klein, 87, of Toms River, formerly of Jersey City. She passed away June 5. Lucille was born and raised in Jersey City, and lived there for the majority of her life before moving to Toms River in 2016. She was a proud employee of the U.S Department of Defense in Newark for 41 years before retiring in 1993. Lucille was very devoted to the Catholic religion, and to her church, St. John the Baptist, where she served as a member of the Parish Council. She will be remembered for always being there to love and support her family in time of need. Lucille was predeceased by her parents, John Sr., and Anna Klein; Her brothers, John Jr., and Charles Klein; and her sisters, Imelda Orzechowski, and Loretta Olson. Surviving is her sister, Mary Flannery, numerous nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews.Services arranged by the Riotto Funeral Home, Jersey City.last_img read more

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Backyard Berries

first_imgIn addition to being the most valuable fruit crop in Georgia, blueberries are one of the most popular fruit plants among backyard gardeners. They are fairly easy to grow, given the right soil conditions, and have very few insect or plant disease problems compared to other fruits. When problems do arise, mineral deficiencies or pH problems are typically the culprits. Blueberries are very well adapted to Georgia because they thrive in acidic soils with a pH between 4.5 and 5.2. To ensure that you have the proper soil pH and low calcium levels in your soil, complete a soil test prior to planting. In some backyard gardens, the soil pH and calcium levels can be very high, making the soil unsuitable for growing blueberries. High soil pH and calcium levels are often caused by excessive organic amendments or limestone (calcium carbonate) applications, which are necessary for growing most vegetables, lawns and landscape shrubs. Blueberries and a few other acid-loving plants are the exception. Limestone should never be applied around acid-loving plants. Acid-loving plants, such as blueberries, azaleas, rhododendrons, gardenias and camellias, should be segregated from other plants in your landscape or garden to avoid soil pH conflicts. When a client calls about yellow leaves on their blueberry plants, it’s almost always related to a nutrient deficiency. More specifically, if both young leaves and mature leaves are uniformly yellow, it’s most often a nitrogen deficiency.An iron deficiency can also cause yellowing of the youngest leaves, or newest growth, on blueberries.The leaf veins will remain a dark green color and will stand out in contrast to the yellow background of iron-deficient leaves. Iron deficiencies often occur when the pH is above 5.3 or when calcium or phosphorus levels are too high in the soil. If soil pH is greater than 5.3, sulfur will be recommended to decrease soil pH. Plants irrigated with water from deep wells in lime rock may exhibit a temporary iron deficiency during dry periods, when they are surviving solely on alkaline water. A magnesium deficiency is occasionally seen in Georgia, and it usually occurs on older leaves. On young rabbiteye blueberry plants, the most common symptom of a magnesium deficiency is mature leaves that are pink on the edges and yellowish between the veins. When magnesium is low, based on a soil test, you can add Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) at the rate of 3 ounces per plant to compensate for the deficiency. If calcium levels of the soil are too high, this will also amplify a magnesium deficiency. One situation we often encounter is blueberries and other acid-loving plants being placed too close to the foundation of a home, sidewalk or driveway. Concrete and other masonry work can leach limestone and calcium into the surrounding soil and raise the soil pH too high for these types of plants. In these situations, the best option is to move blueberries away from the masonry structure. When it comes to selecting blueberry varieties for home gardens, rabbiteye blueberries are the best choice. Rabbiteye blueberries are native to Georgia and grow well in all different parts of the state. It’s important to plant more than one bush, so that cross-pollination can occur. Be sure to select varieties recommended for Georgia when shopping for plants. A list of recommended rabbiteye varieties is given in UGA Extension Circular 946, “Home Garden Blueberries,” which can be found online at extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=C946. Georgia blueberry season is mid-April (south Georgia) through the end of July (north Georgia). Under good management, blueberry bushes will produce some fruit the second or third year after transplanting. By the sixth year, they will yield as much as 2 gallons per plant. The yield will continue to increase for several years as the plants grow larger.last_img read more

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Vermont budget cuts keep revenues ahead of projections

first_imgSecretary of Administration Neale F. Lunderville has released General Fund revenue results for the month of July, the first month of Fiscal Year 2010. General Fund revenues totaled $83.54 million for July 2009, +$0.62 million or +0.75% above the $82.91 million consensus revenue forecast for the month and year-to-date.“While the General Fund finished above target for the first month of the new fiscal year (FY 2010), this was achieved only after the FY 2010 target was reduced on July 16th,” said Secretary Lunderville. “The pattern of quarterly reductions that we saw throughout FY 2009 has continued into the new fiscal year,” said Lunderville.The monthly targets reflect the recently revised Fiscal Year 2010 Consensus Revenue Forecast that was adjusted downward by the Emergency Board on July 16, 2009. The State’s Consensus Revenue Forecast is normally updated two times per year in January and July. However, with the unstable economic situation, the Emergency Board has been scheduling interim revenue reviews. The next consensus forecast is scheduled to be reviewed by the Emergency Board in mid-November, 2009.Personal Income Tax receipts are the largest single state revenue source, and are reported Net-of-Personal Income Tax refunds. Personal Income Tax receipts for July were $45.35 million, +$1.51 million or +3.44% ahead of the monthly target. Sales & Use Tax fell short of target by -$0.06 million (-0.33%) and Rooms & Meals Tax was +$0.40 million (+4.32%) above target for July. Corporate Income Tax receipts of $0.90 million significantly fell below target for the month by -$0.99 million or -52.42%.The remaining tax components include Insurance, Inheritance & Estate Tax, Real Property Transfer Tax, and “Other” (which includes: Bank Franchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax, Beverage tax, Fees, and Other Taxes). Results for July were as follows: Insurance Tax, $0.36 million (-6.44%); Estate Tax, +$0.46 million (+43.74%); Property Transfer Tax, +$0.06 million (+9.26%); and other, -$0.72 million (-10.28%).Transportation FundSecretary Lunderville also reported on the results for the non-dedicated Transportation Fund Revenue, revenue of $15.99 million for the month or -$0.45 million (-2.73%), below the monthly target for July. Revenue from the Gasoline Tax, Diesel Tax and Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax were all below target for the month of July, while Motor Vehicle Fees and Other Fees were both above target. The Transportation Fund revenue results for July were: Gasoline, $5.26 million or -13.68% below target; Diesel Tax, $0.54 million or -13.20% below target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $2.97 million or -0.79% below target; Motor Vehicle Fees, $5.77 million or +5.48% above target; and Other Fees, $1.45 million or +15.23% above the monthly target.Education FundSecretary Lunderville released revenue results for the “the non-Property Tax” Education Fund revenues (which constitute approximately 11% of the total Education Fund receipts). “The Education Fund receipts totaled $11.88 million for the month of July, or -$0.43 million (-0.36%) below the $11.92 million consensus revenue target for the month. The Education Fund revenue results for July were: Sales & Use Tax, $9.39 or -0.33%; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $1.49 million or -0.76%; and Lottery Transfer, $1.0 million – which was exactly on target. There was no Education Fund Interest targeted or recorded for July.ConclusionSecretary Lunderville concluded that “July is normally a relatively low revenue month and is historically a poor predictor of the year to come as a whole. However, it is important to note that the July 2009 revenue receipts for each of the three major funds fell well below the corresponding receipts for July 2008 as follows: General Fund, -13.58%; Transportation Fund, -2.27%; and Education Fund, -9.46%. We cannot be certain when we will reach the bottom of this recession and begin a genuine recovery. We continue to be vigilant for future revenue declines,” said Lunderville. Source: Secretary Lunderville’s office. August 14, 2009.last_img read more

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Lawmakers criticize U.K. Export Finance Agency for funding fossil fuel projects

first_imgLawmakers criticize U.K. Export Finance Agency for funding fossil fuel projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters: Britain must stop financing fossil fuel projects abroad by 2021 as it undermines the nation’s efforts to combat climate change, a report by lawmakers said on Monday.The report, which targets financial support provided by the UK Export Finance (UKEF) agency, was published as Britain debates plans to set tougher climate goals and move toward a net zero emissions target by 2050.“The government claims that the UK is a world leader on tackling climate change,” said Mary Creagh, chair of the Environment Audit Committee, commenting on the report published by the committee. “But behind the scenes the UK’s export finance schemes are handing out billions of pounds of taxpayers money to develop fossil fuel projects in poorer countries,” she said.UKEF, which aims to help British businesses win contracts abroad, allocated 96% of its energy sector support, or 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion), to support fossil fuel projects in five years from April 2013, the report said.The committee said the support was incompatible with Britain’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and also carried risks for taxpayers.More: Britain must end financial help for fossil fuel projects abroad: lawmakerslast_img read more

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