Planning for emergencies


first_imgPreparing GeorgiaAs officials in Mississippi and Louisiana now know firsthand, anaction plan is needed to make sure food is available during adisaster.”We typically have about a seven-day food supply in our grocerystores,” said Wade Hutcheson, a UGA Extension agent in SpaldingCounty. “That’s not including the items that are supplied dailylike milk and bread. When there’s snow or a hurricane headed ourway, those items just fly off the shelves.”Hutcheson said the main goals of the agrosecurity trainings areto educate responders on possible threats and to encouragecommunities to prepare disaster plans.”Georgia’s farmers and farm workers must be aware of the damageforeign plant diseases and pests can do to their crops,” he said.”A safe, secure and inexpensive food supply is the foundation ofour society. An increased awareness of crop biosecurity couldkeep Georgia’s food secure in the short and long term.” Ag – big contributor to state’s economyIn Georgia alone, two-thirds of the state’s counties reportagriculture as the largest or second largest sector of theeconomy, Lynch said.Threats to food production can come from terrorists, naturaldisasters and accidental and intentional diseases, Lynch saidduring a recent training for 60 emergency workers from fivemiddle Georgia counties.Trainings like this are being taught statewide by experts fromthe Georgia Department of Agriculture and UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. More than 3,000emergency first responders should be trained by the year’s end.”Ag workers and traditional responders need to be ready torapidly and effectively resolve an emergency situation beforecatastrophic consequences occur,” Lynch said.In addition to the loss of crops and herds, an agriculturaldisaster can also affect a producer’s mental state. Emergencypersonnel must also be prepared to deal with these issues aswell, she said. In agricultural emergencies, improper disposal of diseased animalcarcasses can have environmental and economic consequences, Lynchsaid. If a poultry disease strikes in Georgia, the entire nationwould be affected. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaAlong the Gulf Coast, the nation has seen firsthand how a naturaldisaster can quickly destroy food supplies. In Georgia, farm anduniversity experts are teaching emergency workers and people inagriculture how to identify and handle threats to the foodproduction.”Our food supply … needs to be protected,” said Dana Lynch, aUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist.”Our nation is the largest exporter of food products. And about17 percent of all the jobs in the U.S. are linked to the foodindustry.”center_img Plants, animals must be protected”Georgia produces 24.6 million pounds of chicken meat in oneday,” said John Pope, UGA Extension agent for Monroe County. “Ifdiseases like avian influenza and Exotic Newcastle strike thepoultry industry, they would have a serious negative impact.”Plant diseases are a threat, too. UGA plant pathologist MilaPearce says most people don’t realize that ornamental plantdiseases can also affect production.”You may say, ‘Who cares about what’s killing Ms. Johnson’sgeraniums?’ ” Pearce said. “Geraniums and potatoes are from thesame family, and you probably do care about french fries andmashed potatoes.”Pesticide costs and yield losses from plant diseases cost theU.S. $20 billion a year, Pearce said.”We fight a constant battle against diseases every day,” shesaid. “Never mind what some terrorist has up his sleeve.”Pearce does have good news. Intentional introduction of a plantdisease is a “very, very difficult” task.”Introducing a plant disease into our food production would notbe a very good tactic for a terrorist,” she said. “It’s virtuallyimpossible to do. Spreading disease is an abominable task. It’svery hard for even us to do in our research labs.”last_img read more

8 Bacolod UPV students finish quarantine


first_imgThe students, along with a couple who were also quarantined in the same facility, tested negative in the real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. BACOLOD City – Eight Bacolodnon students of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) were sent home after completing their mandatory 14-day quarantine at a school facility in this city. Eight students from the University of the Philippines Visayas and a couple – all residents of Bacolod City – show their certificates of completion after finishing their mandatory 14-day quarantine at a school facility on May 18. They were all transported safely to their respective homes. CINDY TAN-ROJAS The students, stranded at the UPV main campus in Miagao, Iloilo during the enhanced community quarantine, were assisted by the city government in their return here on May 5. “They all completed their 14-day mandatory quarantine (on May 18) with flying colors. All (of them) yielded negative test results for COVID-19,” councilor Cindy Rojas, chair of the action team for non-OFW returning residents, said on her Facebook post. Rojas then gave reminders to the students and the couple during the send-off which was also attended by Dr. Karen Gensoli, barangay health workers and police personnel. The second batch included 15 Bacolodnons who traveled on a special flight of the Philippine Airlines from Manila on May 9. The UPV students were part of the first batch of non-OFW returning residents assisted by the city government. Immediately after their arrival, they were brought to the Mariano G. Medalla Integrated School, which has been set up by the city government as a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient care center for non-overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). On May 13, a total of 53 non-OFW residents of Bacolod stranded in Cebu also came home via Escalante City. Each of them received a copy of their result and a certificate of completion from the City Health Office. “Team Department of Social Services and Development prepared dinner for them, and they were all individually dropped off to their respective homes,” she added. The latest group was picked up by the city government bus and brought to the Education and Training Center School extension campus in Barangay 16 to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine,too.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Eagles lose second QB in two weeks to injury — who is left?


first_imgIf in a pinch, Pederson could put wide receivers Braxton Miller or Greg Ward, both college quarterbacks, under center.Ward starred for Houston from 2013-16 and threw 52 career touchdowns for the Cougars, while Miller was electric in three seasons as the starting quarterback at Ohio State aa he was named Big Ten MVP and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year twice.However, if Pederson had his way, Kessler will clear concussion protocol in the coming days and return Philly’s quarterback situation to some semblance of order. Antonio Brown denies reports claiming he’d retire without old helmet Clayton Thorson places the pass where it needs to be and Greg Ward handles the rest for a 38-yard score. #PHIvsJAX | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/XQfhDgy4xd— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 15, 2019Pederson said after the game the team will evaluate Kessler going forward, but as it stands, he has to be nervous about the quarterback column of his depth chart considering he has just one healthy arm behind Carson Wentz, who has his own unfortunate injury history.It’s unclear if the Eagles will address the dwindling depth at the position or if they’ll let Thorson handle the vast majority of snaps the remainder of the preseason as they preserve Wentz. Odell Beckham Jr. injury update: Browns wideout (hip) say’s he’ll be ready Week 1 Philip Rivers: Tom Brady, other elite QBs can’t be judged solely by Super Bowl wins By the end of the Eagles’ preseason game against the Jaguars on Thursday, it’s safe to say Philadelphia head coach Doug Peterson was looking longingly across the field at Nick Foles standing on the opposite sideline.Philly’s backup quarterback situation is in shambles after Cody Kessler suffered a concussion less than three minutes into Thursday’s contest. Last week, Nate Sudfeld broke his wrist against the Titans. 👀 Here is the nasty hit that knocked Eagles quarterback Cody Kessler out of the game @6abc #CodyKessler #Eagles pic.twitter.com/dB20sEg9Us— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) August 15, 2019Kessler’s misfortune left Clayton Thorson, the 2019 fifth-round pick from Northwestern, to finish the game. He finished a respectable 16-of-26 passing for 175 yards, one touchdown and an interception in a 24-10 win.“It was fun out there. I played a lot and I got into a rhythm and stayed that way,” Thorson said (via the team’s official website). “The receivers did a great job. It just all came together. It was a great experience out there for me.” Related Newslast_img read more

Survey suggests slight rebound in Midwest economic growth


first_imgOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report says an October survey of business supply managers suggests a bump occurred in economic growth for nine Midwest and Plains states.The report issued Friday says the Mid-America Business Conditions index rebounded to 52.6, compared with 49.1 in September. The August figure was 49.3. The index had remained above growth neutral for 32 straight months.Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says trade disagreements and the global economic slowdown have slowed regional growth.The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline.The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.last_img read more