HSNW: First Responders Radiological Preparedness

first_imgFirst responders and emergency managers train on how to plan for the first minutes of a radiological dispersal device detonation response. Courtesy/HSNWHSNW News:A radiological dispersal device (RDD), or “dirty bomb,” detonation in a local jurisdiction will have significant consequences for public safety, responder health and critical infrastructure operations.First responders and emergency managers must quickly assess the hazard, issue protective action recommendations, triage and treat the injured, and secure the scene in support of the individuals, families and businesses in the impacted community.This is why, in 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL), in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) published guidance for first responders and emergency managers on how to plan for the first minutes of an RDD detonation response.S&T says that the Radiological Dispersal Device Response Guidance Planning for the First 100 Minutes is the result of years of scientific research and experimentation conducted by DOE laboratories – Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Sandia National Laboratories – coupled with S&T NUSTL’s direct conversations with first responders about operationalizing and documenting the scientific recommendations. The Guidance includes five missions and ten tactics to address initial response efforts. It is intended to be engaging and easy to use, allowing communities to plug in their specific assets, agencies and response protocols.“The Guidance provides emergency planners and first responders across the nation with a playbook of best practices to start from in planning for a RDD detonation response,” said S&T NUSTL Program Manager Ben Stevenson.Now that the Guidance is published, S&T’s NUSTL is leading efforts to make it accessible to the responder communities who will need to incorporate it into their planning efforts and to state and federal partners that will support the response.Animating the guidanceTo support responder understanding of the missions and tactics described in the RDD Response Guidance, S&T’s NUSTL worked with DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to animate the missions and tactics.Source: Homeland Security News Wirelast_img read more

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Cuts on the agenda of family justice review

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has launched a ‘comprehensive review’ of the family justice system, appointing a panel of experts to hear evidence on how the system can improve. However, the panel chair has admitted a principal catalyst for the review is the government’s desire to make spending cuts. The review will examine both public and private law cases, looking at how the courts, along with other agencies, manage cases involving children and the public care system, and contact and resident disputes. It will consider how to improve use of mediation when couples break up, and how to provide better access rights to non-resident parents and grandparents. The review will also examine the processes involved in granting divorces and awarding ancillary relief, but it will not extend to the law as it relates to the grounds for divorce or the amounts of ancillary relief that should be awarded. The Family Justice Review Panel will be chaired by David Norgrove, who is currently chair of the pensions regulator and the Low Pay Commission. It wishes to hear from children, families, professionals and representative groups involved in the family justice system. It will then publish recommendations. Norgrove said: ‘The family justice system is vitally important, attempting to resolve some of the most difficult issues in our society. My panel colleagues and I are determined to create a better system to serve the needs of those who use it. ‘We are also being challenged to find ways of doing more with less.’ Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly said: ‘It is over 20 years since the introduction of the Children Act 1989, and while areas of child welfare and wellbeing have been the subject of reform, there has been no fundamental review of the family justice system. ‘Now more than ever we need a family justice system that supports people in need as efficiently as possible, and that is what the panel’s work will help us achieve.’last_img read more

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Video: Greg Barker responds on Green Deal

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

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Arabi Enertech takes 13

first_imgThe crane order included three Grove GMK3055 models, four GMK4080-1 models, four GMK5130-2s, one GMK6300L and one RT530E-2 crane.The three-axle GMK3055 has a capacity of 55 tonnes and features a 43 m boom; while the 80-tonne capacity GMK4080-1 has a 51 m boom. The Grove GMK5130-2 crane has a 60 m six section main boom; the 300-tonne capacity GMK6300L offers the longest boom in its class at 80 m; and the RT530E-2 has a capacity of 30 tonnes with a 29 m boom.Khalid Behbehani, chief operating officer at Arabi Enertech, explained that the company selected the cranes to help meet the oil sector’s rising demand for heavy equipment.”As an oil and gas contractor, we require a number of cranes to carry out routine maintenance work on the oil fields and refineries.”www.arabienertech.netwww.manitowoccranes.comlast_img read more

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Xbox Live Games with Gold for April 2020 revealed

first_imgThe Xbox Live Games with Gold for March featured a pretty decent mix of free titles for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. Our pick of the bunch in March was Batman: The Enemy Within.The Xbox Games with Gold for April 2020 have now been announced and as expected they will be available from 1st April. The selection on offer is rather good and includes some great titles. On Xbox One, subscribers can download a copy of Project CARS 2 all month. Then, from 16th April – 15th May the retro-styled, turn-based RPG Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle will also be available.On Xbox 360 (and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility) players can download a copy of the wonderful Fable Anniversary from 1st April until 15th April. This will then be switched to Toybox Turbos for the remainder of the month.Even if you own a physical copy of the games on offer it’s still well worth grabbing the free digital copy. You could then pass your physical copy on to a friend or trade it in as you will no longer need the disc to play.Remember that you can still add all the games to your Xbox Live account even if you don’t own both an Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Also all these games will be playable on Xbox Series X when that launches later this year.EF Games will bring you news of the Games with Gold titles for May 2020 towards the end of April. While you’re waiting for the games for April to arrive don’t forget to download copies of the remaining games for March before they disappear. Let us know what you think of the selection this month via our Twitter and Facebook pages. Remember to give us a Follow or a Like while you’re there!last_img read more

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Private hospitals commit 7% hike in COVID bed capacity

first_imgILOILO City – Private hospitals in Western Visayas committed to allot more beds for cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the Department of Health (DOH). They pledged a seven-percent increase in the next four weeks, said Dr. Jocelyn Te, DOH Region 6 spokesperson. As for the occupancy rate of the region’s Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility/ies (TTMF), as of Aug. 23 there were a total of 3,148 beds, of which 960 were occupied while 2,388 were still available. The DOH-retained hospital, Western Visayas Medical Center, also announced being on full capacity as to its COVID beds. It allotted 10 beds at its COVID ward and 86 beds at its isolation ward. Currently, the region’s total bed allotment for COVID-19 cases is 268. “Nakita man nila ang need,” said Te. Two private hospitals recently announced they would temporarily not accept new cases of COVID-19 for having reached “full capacity” already. They were Iloilo Mission Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo, both in Iloilo City. There are 36 private hospitals in the region. So far, eight have submitted written commitments for the increase. Other hospitals under DOH such as the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, Don Jose Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo and Western Visayas Sanitarium in Santa Barbara are in “critical status” as to their COVID bed capacity./PNlast_img read more

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Ateneo cagers oust FEU to face La Salle in UAAP finals

first_img[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Ateneo cagers oust FEU to face La Salle in UAAP finals ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – George Isaac Go scored the marginal basket in overtime as the Ateneo Blue Eagles entered the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball finals with a 69-68 win over the Far Eastern University Tamaraws on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.Trailing 68-67 following a conversion by Tamaraws’ Ron Dennison, the Blue Eagles surged to a 69-68 lead on a basket from inside by Go. The Tamaraws had a chance to win it but Monbert Arong’s conversion did not count.Go finished with double-double 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Eagles, which will face archrival De La Salle University Green Archers in the best-of-three finals beginning on Saturday.Mike Nieto top-scored with 13 points, while Ilonggo Ferdinand “Thirdy” Ravena III added 11 markers for the Blue Eagles, which suffered a 62-61 loss to the Tamaraws in Game 1 last Saturday.The Blue Eagles opened the match with a 15-9 lead behind Vince Tolentino and Ravena, but the Tamaraws made a counter run courtesy of Arong and Jose for a 20-15 lead.The Blue Eagles made another run to open the second frame and regain the lead at 26-22 on hits by Anton Asistio and Raffy Verano. After several lead changes, the Tamaraws advanced to the halftime with a 41-38 lead on a three-point play by Richard Escoto.With the Tamaraws holding on to a 45-40 edge, the Blue Eagles went on a huge surge behind Ravena, Tolentino and Matt Nieto for a 47-45 lead. Back-to-back hits by Ravena gave the Blue Eagles a 53-49 advantage heading into the final quarter.The Tamaraws responded anew to start the fourth and snatch the lead at 56-55 on a basket by Arong. Both teams then went on a see-saw battle with the Blue Eagles ahead 66-64 on a Ravena twinner. Dennison sent the game to overtime with an inside hit.Both teams exchanged missed shots in the overtime period until the Blue Eagles took a 67-66 lead on a Tolentino free throw. The Tamaraws regained the edge on a conversion by Dennison before Go scored the game-winner for the Blue Eagles at the 1:20 mark.Arong finished with 15 points, while Jose and Escoto chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the dethroned champions Tamaraws, which will lose head coach Nash Racela at the end of the season as he is set to take over the TNT Katropa coaching job in the PBA./PNlast_img read more

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SWEETEST OF SENTIMENTS: Wife’s Valentine’s Day gesture unique

first_imgEnrique Saldaña’s car is shown Thursday after his wife Janett covered the vehicle with balloons and love notes she had written for her husband, a Valentine’s Day gesture that caught the eye of passers-by and motorists. (Staff photo by Craig Alaniz)By CRAIG ALANIZReporter/Photographerpress@portisabelsouthpadre.com Thursday was the annual celebration of love, and this Valentine’s Day was made special for a local business owner.Enrique Saldaña was surprised by his wife Thursday morning when he found his car covered with balloons and love notes written by his wife Janett.Saldaña said his wife had some help from his niece and daughters decorating the car. He said she took the time to write on each of the heart-shaped sticky notes.“She told me I could take off the balloons, but the notes had to be removed by the wind,” Saldaña said.Saldaña’s vehicle was noticed by other cars on the road to work. He said another car sped up to reach him and recorded his car with a mobile device.Saldaña said he and his wife have been married for 17 years and have been together for over 20 years. He said the gesture made him feel very good.“Janett has done something special for the past 17 years and I have a feeling there will be many more,” Saldaña said.Read this story in the Feb. 14 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedIT’S YOUR BUSINESS: SPI Mechanix provides automotive needsBy CRAIG ALANIZ South Padre Parade SPI Mechanix is the one-stop shop for all automotive needs. The shop is capable of both body and engine needs for all types of vehicles. Manager Enrique Saldaña said SPI Mechanix is a comfortable place to have a vehicle worked on with a 50 inch…February 27, 2013In “South Padre Parade”Saldaña brings gymnastics back to Port IsabelBy Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Enrique Saldaña is a month into instructing SPI BJJ & Fitness’ new gymnastics class, after starting on February 1.  Saldaña started gymnastics at eleven-years-old, in Brownsville, under Joe Vela, owner of KMJV Gymnastics in Port Isabel, which has since closed. At 16, Saldaña began instructing at…March 6, 2020In “News”SUICIDE? Marchan was to serve 3-year prison termBy CRAIG ALANIZ Reporter/Photographer press@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Authorities were still searching for the body of Port Isabel-based attorney Ray Roman Marchan as of press time Thursday afternoon. According to reports, Marchan reportedly jumped off the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway early Thursday morning. Cameron County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting…February 28, 2013In “News” Sharelast_img read more

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West Florida drops conference game at home

first_img Townes leads all scorers with 26 points on 12-for-22 shooting (Photo by Bill Stockland) Share West Florida drops conference game at homecenter_img   PENSACOLA, Fla.  – The University of West Florida men’s basketball team fell to Christian Brothers University 79-84 Thursday night in a Gulf South Conference game. The loss makes it three in a row for UWF and drops their record to 3-12 (2-7 GSC).The Argonauts were led by junior Terrence Townes (Danville, Va.) who tied a career high in points after he tallied 26 on the night on 12-for-22 shooting. Townes also grabbed nine rebounds for UWF in 38 minutes of play.It was a slow start for the Argos and had a tough time stopping the high powered offense of the Buccaneers early on. In the first half CBU shot 69% (20-for-29) and outscored UWF 47-33 at halftime. West Florida played with high effort on defense during the second half and held their opponent to just 43% (14-for-32) shooting in the half. However, the 14 point lead at halftime would be too much for UWF and would eventually fall 79-84.West Florida shot 44% (34-for-78) for the game but had no answer for Christian Brothers 55% (34-for-61) shooting from the field. The Argos out rebounded the Bucs 45-28 including 26 offensive rebounds but couldn’t answer CBU’s five shooters in double-digit scoring.Behind Townes’ 26 points, the next leading Argo was senior Nate Johnson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) who scored 16 points and added 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Junior Tyler Funk (Clarence, N.Y.) made good use of his limited minutes and scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting with five rebounds in just 11 minutes of play.West Florida continues conference play over the weekend when the host No. 20 Delta State Saturday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. CT.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Newspaper Box ScoreChristian Brothers vs West Florida01/23/14 7 pm at Pensacola, FL (UWF Field House)At Pensacola, FL (UWF Field House)CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 84, WEST FLORIDA 79CHRISTIAN BROTHERS (9-6 (5-4 GSC))Drew Hildreth 9-14 2-2 20; Trey Casey 9-17 0-0 20; Cory McArthy 6-9 4-5 19;Ryan Fleming 5-7 2-3 12; Harry Green 4-12 1-2 11; Charlie Oswald 1-2 0-0 2.Totals 34-61 9-12 84.WEST FLORIDA (3-12 (2-7 GSC))Terrence Townes 12-22 1-1 26; Nate Johnson 6-20 4-4 16; Mario Stramaglia4-10 0-0 11; Tyler Funk 4-7 0-0 9; Sean Voss 3-7 0-0 6; Jonathon Gac 2-2 0-04; Justin Williams 1-2 0-0 3; Ellis Young 1-4 0-2 2; Deangelo Legrier 1-40-0 2; Savon Bracey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-78 5-7 79.Christian Brothers…………   47   37  –   84West Florida………………   33   46  –   793-point goals–Christian Brothers 7-19 (Cory McArthy 3-6; Harry Green 2-5;Trey Casey 2-7; Drew Hildreth 0-1), West Florida 6-17 (Mario Stramaglia 3-7;Justin Williams 1-2; Tyler Funk 1-2; Terrence Townes 1-4; Sean Voss 0-1;Nate Johnson 0-1). Fouled out–Christian Brothers-None, West Florida-None.Rebounds–Christian Brothers 28 (Drew Hildreth 10), West Florida 45 (NateJohnson 11). Assists–Christian Brothers 20 (Ryan Fleming 10), West Florida15 (Mario Stramaglia 4). Total fouls–Christian Brothers 8, West Florida 15.Technical fouls–Christian Brothers-None, West Florida-None. A-533– www.GoArgos.com — Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Rhiannon Sassman Named First Team NFCA All-American

first_imgSassman was named a second team All-GSC third baseman, a second team D2CCA All-South Region utility player and a first team NFCA All-South Region utility player prior to her honor as an All-American. She joins Styrna as the only NCAA first team All-Americans in program history. Sassman concluded her season with the highest batting average for a freshman in program history (.342) and is the first UWF player with at least 100 total bases since All-Americans Shannon Miles and Amber Ingram did so in 2010. Sassman is the lone freshman to be named a first team All-American this season, and she is one of three players from the Gulf South Conference to be on the first team, joining first baseman Brooklynn Clark from North Alabama and Kaitlyn Bannister, the third baseman from Alabama Huntsville. She was the only player to be named GSC Player of the Week more than once in the 2016 season, doing so on February 16 and April 12. Sassman made history with her awards on February 16, becoming the first player to ever be named the GSC Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week in the same week. Sassman earned a spot on the team as a utility player, having spent 19 games at shortstop, nine behind the plate and 34 at third base. The freshman truly found a home at the hot corner, hitting .356 with four triples, five doubles, 27 RBIs and a .510 slugging percentage when playing the position. She excelled in the final month of the season, batting .361 with a .569 slugging percentage and nine extra-base hits over 22 games. Sassman concluded her first season as one of the best freshmen in the conference, leading UWF in hits (65), doubles (14), triples (6) and total bases (103).center_img #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version The graduate from East River High School in Orlando was a key piece in UWF’s 16-game winning streak during the season, going from March 19 to April 23. Sassman hit .460 and led the team with six doubles, four triples, 22 RBIs and 37 total bases in the streak. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UWF freshman Rhiannon Sassman’s accolades continued to add up on Friday, when the Orlando, Florida, native was named a first team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Sassman is the first All-American from UWF since 2010, the first first-team selection since Krissy Styrna in 2001 and the eighth Argonaut to earn NCAA All-American honors in program history.last_img read more

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