Chris Bertish became the first man to cross the Atlantic Ocean on his own, unassisted and unsupported, on a standup paddleboard.Bertish departed from Agadir, Morocco, on December 6 and traveled 4,500 nautical miles to English Harbor, Antigua where he arrived on March 9. He paddled an equivalent to a marathon a day for a total of 93 days.Bertish used a specially crafted 20ft long, 1,360-pound vessel that has a tiny cabin and is solar powered.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB9Fxj1K5aAWhile completing the world’s first solo trek across the ocean, he also set the world record for furthest distance traveled solo, unsupported, and unassisted in a single day (71.96 miles). The South African water sports pro has been in the spotlight before, surfing some of the biggest waves ever recorded, and he also notched the fastest time to cross the English Channel on a commercial stand-up paddleboard.Bertish is working with charities such as Signature of Hope, Lunchbox Foundation, and Operation Smile. His goal is to build at least five schools in South Africa, to feed and educate thousands of children, and to aid surgeons to perform cleft-lip and palate operations. He has raised $412,000 so far.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA sent a risk alert to credit unions Monday, warning the industry of the rise in business email compromise (BEC) fraud schemes and potential related losses. Regulators are targeting this type of fraud, which recent data from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) revealed that BEC scams led to more than $300 million stolen a month in 2018 – more than three times what was reported in 2016.NAFCU recently shared with FinCEN ways to improve information sharingbetween government agencies, law enforcement and financial institutions to better combat Bank Secrecy Act-related issues. The agency highlighted its efforts to combat BEC scams as it released related data last month.In its alert, the NCUA explained what BEC scams typically look like and encouraged credit unions to report such fraud to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, which created a recovery asset team last year due to the significant increase in complaints and losses.
The final section of the blind Šime Ljubića Street will be used for access of vehicles with a permit to the service area of the Korzo Center, as well as to the area of the City of Rijeka. . Also, the necessary corrections and additions to the existing vertical signalization will be made. Finally, in Dolac Street, along the northern sidewalk, paid parking spaces will be marked. A permanent parking ban has been introduced on the 128th HV Brigade Square, Rijeka Resolution Square and Marin Držić Street. Thus, these squares in Rijeka became a pedestrian zone, as a continuation of the project of expanding public areas in Rijeka. The squares will now be only minimally arranged, in terms of landscaping and horticulture, and work should begin soon. As the Mayor of Rijeka Vojko Obersnel said during the amendment of the Decision on the designation of public parking lots, given that conservation conditions require extensive architectural research, which could not be completed by next year, when Rijeka becomes the European Capital of Culture, significant investment in the arrangement of squares. In order to close the access of vehicles to the squares, at the junction of Dolac Street and Trg 128. brigade HV, two dismantling poles will be temporarily installed, while Rudolfa Strohala Street will be turned into a one-way street in a southerly direction. parking spaces. As part of Phase 1, the following modifications will be made. Also, the ramp arms in Strohalova Street and Dolac Street will be dismantled (for now only raised), with these streets becoming flowing without access restrictions, and the three parking spaces now reserved for ACI in Dolac Street, near the Bonavia Hotel, will be repurposed. in places reserved for supply, and in Strohalova Street, on the eastern traffic lane, three new parking spaces will be marked. Source / photo: City of Rijeka
December 22, 2015 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Prevent snow removal injuries, and if you or your loved ones have chest pain, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of a heart attack while shoveling snow, call 911 immediately.When possible, push snow instead of lifting it. If you must lift, bend your legs and not your back. Also avoid twisting motions that can stress your back. An emergency kit should include items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. However, motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families may have. Consider adding such items as baby supplies, extra medication, pet supplies, or even children’s games.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. Learn more tips from PennDOT on winter operations and safety here.Preparing Your Home for Cold WeatherThe Department of Environmental protection encourages Pennsylvanians to stay safe and warm this winter by properly preparing their homes. Home winterization can help keep your home warmer, while using less energy and costing less money:The most cost-effective way to save energy in the home is to air seal and insulate:Be sure to air seal before insulating as insulation material will not block leaks.Find and seal air leaks with caulk around windows, doors, gaps around chimneys, and recessed lights in insulated ceilings. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Tires should also be checked often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow.If you live in an area prone to heavy snow, drivers may want to consider using dedicated snow tires or carrying a set of tire chains. At a minimum, all-season tires should be rated for use in mud and snow. PSA, The Blog, Weather Safety It’s true that we’ve had an unseasonably warm December, but that doesn’t mean that winter isn’t right around the corner. Today, the first day of winter, is a perfect time to prepare for future winter conditions like snowstorms and severe cold.A number of state government agencies are here to help. Check out the tips below from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Health for tips on how to keep you and your family safe and healthy during the winter months that lie ahead.Preparing Your Family for a Winter EmergencyThe Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) offers many tips for Pennsylvanians on how best to handle a winter storm. Being prepared for a major winter storm can save your family both money and heartache. Here are some tips on how you can prepare:Stock your pantry with enough food and water for you and your family for a minimum of three days.Check and update your family’s emergency supply kit before winter approaches and add the following supplies in preparation for winter weather: Rock salt to melt ice on walkways, sand to improve traction, snow shovels and other snow removal equipment, alternate sources of heat (like firewood) and light (like flashlights and other battery powered lights), and adequate clothing and blankets to keep you and your family warm.Make an emergency plan for you and your family. Consider these tips this winter to keep your home running efficiently:Set back the thermostat when you’re not at home; each degree lowered can save up to 3 percent on heating.Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators regularly and make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.Weather-strip windows and exterior doors where you can feel air leaking.Use the sunlight to heat your home by opening the curtains on south-facing windows during sunny days and close all curtains at night. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary BLOG: Winter is Coming Never use an electric generator, camp stove, or similar device indoors, near windows, or vents since they produce carbon monoxide – an odorless, colorless gas that builds up in closed spaces and is deadly. Preparing Your Car for Adverse Road ConditionsPennDOT reminds motorists to prepare their vehicles for winter weather and to remember to check road conditions:With many motorists traveling Pennsylvania highways this holiday and to prepare for the months ahead, drivers should have their vehicle serviced by a mechanic they trust.A properly trained mechanic can check the cooling system, battery, hoses, drive belts, tires and wiper blades to ensure they are in good condition and functioning properly. Throughout the season, motorists should frequently check all fluid levels, lights and wiper blades. Preparing Your Family to Stay Healthy This WinterThe Department of Health provides resources and information to keep your family healthy during the winter and freezing temperatures:Get a flu shot.Stay as warm as possible as exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outdoors, can cause serious or life-threatening health problems.Infants and older Pennsylvanians are at greater risk of serious cold-related health problems. They should be checked frequently to ensure they are warm enough during cold weather.
March 06, 2020 Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.Cover any coughs or sneezes with their elbow, not their hands.Contain – If someone is sick, they should stay home until they are feeling better.In addition to the emergency disaster declaration to date the Wolf Administration has:Activated of the Department of Health’s Emergency Operations Center to allow for enhanced response coordination;Began testing for COVID-19 at the state laboratory;Maintained communication and outreach with federal, state and local partners;Provided symptom monitoring for residents returning from areas impacted by coronavirus;Provided health care providers, businesses and education providers with information;Reviewed and adapted current pandemic flu plans to prepare for spread of COVID-19;Increased testing capacity to test 20 to 25 individuals daily;Purchased equipment to increase testing capacity to 125 to 150 individuals within a day.Partially activated the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at PEMA. Gov. Wolf Signs COVID-19 Disaster Declaration to Provide Increased Support for State Response SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Read the emergency disaster declaration as a PDF or on Scribd.2020.3.6 COVID19 Digital Pr… by Governor Tom Wolf on ScribdFor more information on coronavirus visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.Text Below:PROCLAMATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCYMarch 6, 2020WHEREAS, a novel coronavirus (now known as “COVID-19”) emerged in Wuhan, China, began infecting humans in December 2019, and has since spread to 89 countries, including the United States; andWHEREAS, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) have declared COVID-19 a “public health emergency of international concern,” and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Secretary has declared that COVID-19 creates a public health emergency; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (“Commonwealth”) has been working in collaboration with the CDC, HHS, and local health agencies since December 2019 to monitor and plan for the containment and subsequent mitigation of COVID-19; andWHEREAS, on February 1, 2020, the Commonwealth’s Department of Health activated its Department Operations Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters to conduct public health and medical coordination for COVID-19 throughout the Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, on March 4, 2020, the Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency ordered the activation of its Commonwealth Response Coordination Center in support of the Department of Health’s Department Operations Center, to maintain situational awareness and coordinate the response to any potential COVID-19 impacts across the Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, as of March 6, 2020, there are 233 confirmed and/or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States, including 2 presumed positive cases in the Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, while it is anticipated that a high percentage of those affected by COVID-19 will experience mild influenza-like symptoms, COVID-19 is a disease capable of causing severe symptoms or loss of life, particularly to older populations and those individuals with pre-existing conditions; andWHEREAS, it is critical to prepare for and respond to suspected or confirmed cases in the Commonwealth and to implement measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; andWHEREAS, with 2 presumed positive cases in the Commonwealth as of March 6, 2020, the possible increased threat from COVID-19 constitutes a threat of imminent disaster to the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, this threat of imminent disaster and emergency has the potential to cause significant adverse impacts upon the population throughout the Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, this threat of imminent disaster and emergency has already caused schools to close, and will likely prompt additional local measures, including affected county and municipal governments to declare local disaster emergencies because of COVID-19; andWHEREAS, this threat of imminent disaster and emergency situation throughout the Commonwealth is of such magnitude and severity as to render essential the Commonwealth’s supplementation of emergency resources and mutual aid to the county and municipal governments of this Commonwealth and to require the activation of all applicable state, county, and municipal emergency response plans.NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the provisions of Subsection 7301(c) of the Emergency Management Services Code, 35 Pa. C.S. § 7101, et seq., I do hereby proclaim the existence of a disaster emergency throughout the Commonwealth.FURTHER, I hereby authorize the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director or his designee, to assume command and control of all statewide emergency operations and authorize and direct that all Commonwealth departments and agencies utilize all available resources and personnel as is deemed necessary to cope with this emergency situation.FURTHER, I hereby transfer up to $5,000,000 in unused appropriated funds to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for Emergency Management Assistance Compact expenses related to this emergency, to be decreased as conditions require, pursuant to the provisions of section 7604(a) of the Emergency Management Services Code, 35 Pa. C.S. § 7604(a). In addition, I hereby transfer up to $20,000,000 in unused appropriated funds, to be decreased as conditions require, to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency pursuant to section 1508 of the Act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No. 176) (the Fiscal Code), 72 P.S. § 1508. The aforementioned funds shall be used for expenses authorized and incurred related to this emergency. These funds shall be credited to a special account established by the Office of the Budget. I hereby direct that any funds transferred herein that remain unused after all costs related to this emergency have been satisfied shall be returned to the General Fund.FURTHER, All Commonwealth agencies purchasing supplies or services in response to this emergency are authorized to utilize emergency procurement procedures set forth in Section 516 of the Commonwealth Procurement Code, 62 Pa. C.S. § 516. This Proclamation shall serve as the written determination of the basis for the emergency under Section 516.FURTHER, I hereby suspend the provisions of any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of Commonwealth business, or the orders, rules or regulations of any Commonwealth agency, if strict compliance with the provisions of any statute, order, rule or regulation would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this emergency. Commonwealth agencies may implement emergency assignments without regard to procedures required by other laws, except mandatory constitutional requirements, pertaining to performance of public work, entering into contracts, incurring of obligations, employment of temporary workers, rental of equipment, purchase of supplies and materials, and expenditures of public funds.FURTHER, pursuant to the powers vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth pursuant to 51 Pa. C.S. § 508, I hereby authorize the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania to place on state active duty for the duration of the emergency disaster proclamation, such individuals and units of the Pennsylvania National Guard, for missions designated by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, as are needed to address the consequences of the aforementioned emergency.FURTHER, I authorize the Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police to use all available resources and personnel in whatever manner he deems necessary during this emergency to assist the actions of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in addressing the consequences of the emergency.FURTHER, I hereby authorize the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in her sole discretion, to suspend or waive any provision of law or regulation which the Pennsylvania Department of Health is authorized by law to administer or enforce, for such length of time as may be necessary to respond to this emergency.FURTHER, I hereby authorize the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in his sole discretion, to suspend or waive any provision of law or regulation which the Pennsylvania Department of Education is authorized by law to administer or enforce, for such length of time as may be necessary to respond to this emergency.FURTHER, if investigations made on my behalf determine that the Commonwealth needs greater flexibility in the application of state and federal motor carrier regulations to accommodate truck drivers involved in emergency activities during this emergency, I hereby direct the Commonwealth Department of Transportation to waive or suspend any laws or federal or state regulations related to the drivers of commercial vehicles.FURTHER, I hereby direct that the applicable emergency response and recovery plans of the Commonwealth, counties, municipalities and other entities be activated as necessary and that actions taken to implement those plans be coordinated through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.STILL FURTHER, I hereby urge the governing bodies and executive officers of all political subdivisions affected by this emergency to act as necessary to meet the current exigencies as legally authorized under this Proclamation, namely, by the employment of temporary workers, by the rental of equipment, and by entering into such contracts and agreements as may be required to meet the emergency, all without regard to those time consuming procedures and formalities normally prescribed by law, mandatory constitutional requirement excepted.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this sixth day of March in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Commonwealth the two hundred and forty fourth.TOM WOLFGovernor Press Release, Public Health Following a press conference announcing the first two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf today signed an emergency disaster declaration to provide increased support to state agencies involved in the response to the virus.“It’s imperative that we continue to respond quickly and accurately to the coronavirus and its introduction into Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “First and foremost, we want all Pennsylvanians to be safe and remain healthy and follow the practical advice of the Department of Health on ways to protect yourself from any virus and that’s by washing hands, covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and staying home if you are sick.“It is critical to prepare for and respond to suspected or confirmed cases in the commonwealth and to implement measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The disaster declaration is an additional way we can be prepared, so I authorized the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director or his designee, to assume command and control of all statewide emergency operations and authorize and direct that all commonwealth departments and agencies use all available resources and personnel as is deemed necessary to cope with this emergency situation.”The disaster declaration follows the Department of Health’s activation of its Department Operations Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters to conduct public health and medical coordination for COVID-19 throughout the commonwealth and the governor’s announcement earlier this morning about two presumptive positive cases in Pennsylvania.The one individual is an adult from Wayne County; the other is an adult from Delaware County.To date, there are nearly 100,000 cases worldwide, including more than 3,300 deaths. There are 233 cases and 12 deaths to date in the United States. The CDC expects cases to continue to be confirmed in the upcoming days and weeks but wants everyone to take action to help prevent the spread of the virus. CDC also said due to the rapidly changing nature of the spread of COVID-19 around the world, it is important for families to be prepared.Individuals who intend on traveling outside of the United States are urged to check the CDC’s and the federal Department of State’s travel guidance. Currently there are outbreaks of COVID-19 occurring within numerous countries across the world. The number of countries seeing new cases has increased significantly over the last week.“As this situation evolves, we will continually update Pennsylvanians through our website, health.pa.gov, our Facebook page and our Twitter account,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It’s important to remember that the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through the Department of Health.”Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Individuals most at risk for severe symptoms include elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.Anyone who does not feel well should: