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“This standardization is important so that doctors in remote areas can follow standardized medical procedures and have a reference for [treating] patients with mild, moderate or severe symptoms.”In addition, Erick said, the committee was encouraging domestic pharmaceutical companies to provide medical devices and essential medicines.Two Indonesian pharmaceutical companies, Indofarma and Kimia Farma, were currently working to produce antiviral drugs, which Indonesia had been importing from other countries, he added.The government has been stepping up efforts to secure vaccines through bilateral and multilateral channels. Erick said that, in addition to collaboration with Sinovac and G42, as well as partnerships with Genexine, CanSino and AstraZeneca, the government was talking with Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Novafax.“Coupled with the cooperation with UNICEF within the COVAX facility to guarantee the availability and delivery of vaccines, our efforts to expedite the availability of vaccines are on the right track,” he said.Erick pleaded for collective action by citizens to help prevent further transmission by strictly adhering to health protocol. Topics : He said that, to improve the recovery rate, the government would ensure the availability of isolation facilities for patients with mild symptoms, including the provisional Wisma Atlet hospital in Jakarta and two- and three-star hotels in other regions.“This will ease the burden on hospitals as well as on medical personnel, so that they are not overwhelmed and exhausted. And, what is also important is to limit virus transmission from patients without symptoms,” added Erick.Erick said his committee had been coordinating with state-owned hospitals to encourage standardization of clinical management in treating COVID-19 patients.Read also: Jokowi calls for equal vaccine access in UNGA address The government has made strides in expanding hospital capacity and improving treatment standards for COVID-19 patients, the COVID-19 Response and Economic Recovery Committee said on Thursday.“We have taken various strategic steps to increase the capacity of specimen testing, increase hospital beds and isolation rooms, increase the standardization of case handling and supply of medicines and accelerate the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine,” committee head Erick Thohir, who is also the state-owned enterprises minister, said on Thursday.The efforts had seen positive results, Erick claimed, as the daily examination of specimens had reached 38,181 as of Wednesday, exceeding the World Health Organization (WHO) standards, with the ratio of patients having recovered reaching 73 percent.
Governor Wolf Requests Federal Disaster Aid for Western PA Landslide Damage InfrastructureThe Commonwealth’s infrastructure was also severely impacted by this disaster emergency. Transportation route closures affecting both state and local highways and roads through both urban and rural areas of the Commonwealth additionally taxed emergency management efforts at state and local levels.Pennsylvania counties used crews from local roads and public works departments for traffic management. These crews incurred additional costs and severely depleted local supplies of road closure signs, and other materials.IV. IMPACT ON THE COUNTIESAllegheny County (See Enclosure D for Allegheny County Impact Statement)Overall: The prolonged, heavy rainfall in Allegheny County caused embankment failures, landslides, and flash flooding which severely impacted transportation infrastructure and washed away roadways, berms, and guiderails, making roadways either a single lane or totally impassable. Drainage infrastructure was overwhelmed and compromised; specifically, numerous sanitary sewer lines were damaged or destroyed. Many of the thirty (30) affected local municipalities have a small number of households, but experienced relatively high amounts of dollar damages. Examples include: Pitcarin Borough which has 1,675 households, and experienced over $3.5 million in damages; Reserve Township which has 1,575 households, and experienced over $3.3 million in damages; and Kennedy Township which has 2,917 households, and experienced over $1 million in damages. Allegheny County has a per-capita threshold of $4,501,921, and experienced over four times this amount with $20 million in damages.Road Systems: Forty-three separate roadways were severely damaged or destroyed making travel routes impassable or dangerous.Residential Structures: Over 50 residential structures have been affected by the embankment failures and landslides, with 14 being destroyed.Actions Taken: In Allegheny County, local officials and emergency responders evacuated citizens from at-risk embankment failure and landslide areas, and monitored and compiled preliminary damage estimates. Emergency responders closed impassable roads. A local disaster emergency was declared in Allegheny County on April 17, 2018, due to the prolonged precipitous conditions beginning on February 15, 2018. See Enclosure E.Westmoreland County (See Enclosure F for Westmoreland County Impact Statement)Overall: Prolonged, heavy rainfall caused embankment failures, landslides and flash flooding in Westmoreland County. Flash flooding severely impacted transportation infrastructure; washed away roadways, berms and guiderails; and undermined roads making them either a single lane or totally impassable. Drainage infrastructure was overwhelmed and compromised; specifically, drainage culverts were damaged or destroyed, and drainage pipes were damaged and destroyed. Westmoreland County has a per-capita threshold of $1,343,822, and experienced over $1.4 million in damages, with additional municipalities now reporting un-assessed damages that can contribute to this event.Road Systems: Ten separate roadways were severely damaged or destroyed making travel routes impassable or dangerous.Actions Taken: Westmoreland County officials monitored and compiled preliminary damage estimates. Emergency responders also closed impassable roads. A local disaster emergency was declared in Allegheny County on May 30, 2018, due to the prolonged precipitous conditions beginning on February 15, 2018. See Enclosure G.V. STATE AND LOCAL RESPONSE TO THE DISASTERPEMA coordinated with the National Weather Service, local jurisdictions and state agencies concerning the event forecasts and potential impacts on the escalating embankment failures and landslides associated with anticipated/actual flash flooding. In addition, PEMA’s CRCC did the following: monitored the storm(s) and landslides, interfaced with local governments and state agencies impacted by the event; disseminated the necessary information and guidance to the public; responded to media inquiries; mobilized and pre-staged resources to effectively respond to local and regional requests for assistance; and responded to other requests for assistance, as required.The CRCC logistics section coordinated requests for unmet needs, such as site visits and damage assessments; and supported CRCC operations with information technology services, communications, provisioning of meals, security, and safety.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) conducted operations to evaluate and begin immediate repairs on critical highways and other roadways. District incident command centers were activated, and roads were closed or allowed only limited access. PennDOT monitored road conditions; coordinated the closure of designated roads; activated variable message signs (VMS) with emergency messages; and responded to accidents and emergencies. In addition, PennDOT has requested over $12 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) to assist in the critical repairs of the devastating embankment failure to Federal-aid highway Route 30 in Allegheny County. PennDOT has not been notified if its request for FHA emergency relief funding will be granted. If PennDOT does not receive these requested FHA funds, the Commonwealth will be responsible to fund the repairs. PennDOT is also responsible for over $9 million in damages to other federal highways within Allegheny and Westmoreland counties that are not eligible for any emergency relief funds from the FHA.The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) responded to police incidents, assisted with highway closures, and established detours around closed roads.VI. RECENT DISASTER HISTORYOver the last six months, I issued two proclamations of disaster emergency related to severe weather events. This is the first time that the Commonwealth has requested a major disaster declaration this year. The last major disaster declaration request for the Commonwealth was filed in May of 2017. Since then the Commonwealth has responded to several local flooding, snow, and ice events that did not meet the Commonwealth’s per-capita threshold for supplemental federal assistance. Two of these severe weather events were declared disasters by the Small Business Administration, making loans available to residents and businesses, but no federal supplemental assistance was available to municipalities for the damages these events caused to public infrastructure.VII. CURRENT DAMAGESThe Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments (JPDAs) were conducted with local governments, counties, state agencies and FEMA. These JPDAs provided cost information to PEMA from the local governments, authorities, counties, and state agencies. The information contained in the JPDAs included, but was not limited to, equipment costs, force account labor costs, material costs, and other information that is consistent with FEMA’s Public Assistance Policy.Currently, all damages and costs currently appear to be in all categories of infrastructure costs. The current total amount of damages is approximately $22,347,548. SeeEnclosure B. The Commonwealth’s per capita threshold is $18,545,473. The Commonwealth is unaware of infrastructure costs eligible for insurance coverage or insurance reimbursement.Finally, I have designated Mr. Jeffrey A. Thomas, PEMA’s Executive Deputy Director, as the State Coordinating Officer for this request. Mr. Thomas will work with FEMA to provide further information as needed on my behalf.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernor6.22.2018 – Letter to President Trump Requesting Disaster Aid for Western PA by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd Press Release, Public Health, Public Safety, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today sent a letter to the President requesting federal disaster aid for Allegheny and Westmoreland counties to help offset the financial burden of the result of severe weather that caused multiple landslides and infrastructure damage during February, March and April.“The string of severe storms across much of western Pennsylvania was unprecedented,” Governor Wolf said. “The severity and magnitude of this extended severe weather stretched our commonwealth resources well beyond their limits, which is why supplemental federal assistance is now necessary.”The major disaster declaration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency would provide federal funding to local, county and state governments, as well as certain eligible non-profits in those counties through the Public Assistance program. Applicants can be reimbursed up to 75 percent of the costs incurred on eligible expenses, which can include but are not limited to: payroll, contracts, repairs to damaged or destroyed infrastructure, equipment rentals and materials.The overall total costs associated with this request, as validated by the Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment conducted by PEMA, FEMA, along with county and local officials are $22 million.The governor signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which is a required step in order to request federal aid, for this incident on June 4, 2018.You may read the letter below, view it as a PDF or see it on Scribd.Letter to President Donald J. TrumpJune 22, 2018The Honorable Donald J. TrumpPresident of the United StatesThe White HouseWashington, DC 20001Through: Ms. MaryAnn TierneyAdministratorFEMA Region IIIPhiladelphia, PA 19106Dear Mr. President:Under the provisions of Section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5170 (Stafford Act), and implemented by 44 CFR § 206.36, I request that you declare a major disaster for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (the Commonwealth) as a result of meteorological conditions that established a nearly continuous series of storms with an anomalously high moisture supply during the period of February 15, 2018 through April 24, 2018. The excessive precipitation caused over fifty (50) devastating embankment failures and landslides in the Commonwealth’s Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. The official recording site at the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) tallied 12.55” of liquid precipitation resulting in an oversaturation of soils, which is 187% of average precipitation measurements for the Pittsburgh region during the same period, February 15, 2018 through April 24, 2018.The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) continues to conduct initial damage assessments to gather data. To date, the damage totals for this event have reached $22,347,548. See Enclosure B. I have determined the disaster is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the Commonwealth, and supplementary federal assistance is necessary. I am specifically requesting a major disaster declaration for a “Severe Storm,” “Landslide,” and “Flood,” including all categories of work available under Public Assistance for Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. The requested counties in the Commonwealth have met the per capita threshold for supplementary federal assistance. The Commonwealth reserves the right to add additional counties to this request. Finally, I request that all sixty-seven (67) counties be considered for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.I. STATE OF EMERGENCYOn June 4, 2018, I declared a disaster emergency in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties located in the Commonwealth due to an active weather pattern creating a series of storms that produced snow and rapid, heavy rainfall, over a nearly continuous and pro-longed period of time, resulting in devastating embankment failures and landslides. As part of this emergency declaration, I directed appropriate response action be taken, and the Commonwealth’s Emergency Operations Plan be executed.The active weather pattern, February 15, 2018 through April 24, 2018, resulting in devastating embankment failures and landslides generated significant life-safety issues requiring a variety of critical resource and support needs, such as: rescue and evacuation of stranded residents from their homes to emergency shelters; support of local shelter operations; transportation of emergency workers; and emergency communications.II. HEAVY RAIN, SNOWMELT, SEVERE FLASH FLOODING, AND LANDSLIDESAn active weather pattern established a nearly continuous series of storms with an anomalously high moisture supply during the period of February 15 through April 24, 2018. During this period the official recording site at the PIT tallied 12.55” of rain and melted snow – a staggering 187% of average precipitation measurements for the region during the same period, February through April. This excessive precipitation with limited breaks between storms allowed for oversaturation of soils in the Pittsburgh region – a significant trigger for devastating embankment failures and landslides.The antecedent conditions to the emergency declaration period were rather wet. January 2018 recorded 4.28” of rain and melted snow at PIT, all of which melted and began saturating soils in western Pennsylvania. This rain amount is well above the 2.70” January average and resides in the top 15% of the wettest January in the 147-year record period for PIT. In addition, the first fourteen days of February tacked on 1.84” of rain and snowmelt, with measurable precipitation falling on all but three of these dates, further saturating soils.February is typically the second driest month on average for the Pittsburgh area, so record precipitation is notably unusual. Regardless, February 2018 continued exceptionally wet, ending with a record 7.04” of rain and melted snow – which is 295% of the average for February. The new record exceeds the previous record set in 1887 by over 0.50”. Of the 7.04” of rain, 5.19” fell in the second half of the month with two significant multiple day events of rain and snow:February 14-17: 3.14”February 22-25: 2.04”Dozens of devastating embankment failures and landslides were triggered following each of the multiple-day February precipitation events. Prior to 2018, no three-day or four-day rainfall event exceeded 3.0” during the month of February. Historically, PEMA found these rare heavy rain events spanning at least three consecutive days correlate with similar occurrences, specifically embankment failures and landslides in December 1942, January 2004, and January 2005. The most recent previous occurrence of numerous embankment failures and widespread landslides in February is in 1891, which is Pittsburgh’s third wettest February on record at 6.09”. This illustrates two points:Embankment failures and widespread landslides are rare during the winter months.There is a high correlation between extreme precipitation and devastating embankment failures and widespread landslides in the Pittsburgh region.March featured several freeze and thaw cycles which allowed the surplus moisture to remain in soils. Then, the active weather pattern continued from late March through mid-April, with additional storms maintaining elevated soil moisture values which correlate with additional embankment failures and widespread landslides. During the 29-day period from March 27 through April 24, 2018, only five days had no measurable precipitation.The unusually wet pattern for the Pittsburgh region over the first few months of the year correlates with dozens of embankment failures and widespread landslides that resulted in damages. Although severe storms or tropical systems may cause shallow embankment failures and landslides in a short period, the soil moisture conditions which lead to deep-seated, devastating landslides can require a longer time to form. The record precipitation in the first part of 2018 for the Pittsburgh region shows a slow development due to a relentless weather pattern which had a cumulative impact.III. IMPACT ON THE COMMONWEALTHThe impact on the Commonwealth from this event can be examined from different perspectives, for example, human resources and infrastructure.Human ResourcesThis event required state and local resources, including state and local road crews and equipment, and countless hours of staff time to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of Commonwealth citizens and property. The closure and slowing of transportation routes caused a ripple effect in the lack of access to timely emergency service response and access to other basic facilities.In addition, Voluntary Organizations Active in a Disaster (VOAD) provided resources and conducted activities in response to this event. For example:American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, and local fire departments provided shelter support to over 10 Allegheny county residents displaced by the embankment failures and landslides. To date, four residents still require sheltering assistance.Pennsylvania VOADs provided material and personnel support to Emergency Support Function 6 (Mass Care) and Emergency Support Function 8 (Public Health) with shelter support and clean-up crews for residential properties. Additionally, these volunteers maintained communications and interagency coordination between PEMA’s Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) and member organizations for delivery of emergency assistance. June 22, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The UK’s Pensions Regulator has given the Guinness Peat Group (GPG) an official warning about insufficient resources for the pension plan of its operating business – thread-maker Coats.In a warning notice (WN), the UK watchdog (TPR) said sponsoring employers of the Coats Pension Plan did not have enough resources at the end of December 2012, and that its determinations panel (DP) may issue a financial support direction (FSD) against the company and Coats.An FSD forces an employer to put financial support in place for an underfunded scheme.It is one of the measures the regulator can take when it believes an employer is deliberately attempting to avoid its pension obligations. However, Mike Clasper, chairman at GPG, said: “We do not believe the Coats Plan requires additional support over that which is already being provided by the Coats business, and we do not accept it is reasonable for TPR to issue a WN in relation to the Coats Plan.”He said GPG would be “vigorously defending” its position, taking into account the interests of shareholders, pensioners and the overall Coats business, and that the board had showed TPR that all sponsoring companies for the Coats plan were sufficiently resourced as at the relevant date.“It is therefore extremely disappointing to receive the WN from TPR in relation to a scheme for which a recovery plan was agreed with the trustees in 2013,” Clasper said.GPG, which is listed in London, Australia and New Zealand, has been in the process since 2011 of disposing all its investments, and Coats is now the only company it owns.It plans to change its name to Coats, with the newly re-named company then assuming the stock exchange listing of GPG, but it is putting these plans on hold until the issues with TPR are resolved.GPG is already in dealings with the regulator over the Brunel and Staveley pension schemes it is responsible for – both connected with businesses the group previously owned.The group said it had submitted written representations on the warning notices it received from TPR at the end of September, and that any hearing before the DP about these schemes was unlikely to happen before the end of the first half of 2015.In results for the first half of 2014, GPG repeated that it was ready to put £124m (€158m) aside to support the Brunel Holdings Pension Scheme and the Staveley Industries Retirement Benefits Scheme.At that point, the schemes had IAS19 deficits of £35m, while the Coats plan was £108m in the red.“Once these matters are clarified, the board expects to run an appropriately leveraged balance sheet and pay annual dividends to shareholders from free cash flows generated by the Coats group,” GPG said.GPG said its board was reviewing the warning notice about the Coats plan with its advisers and would have the chance to make written submissions to TPR in response.“It is too early to know if an FSD will be issued or of the amount or form of any support that may be required for the Coats plan,” it said.If negotiations fail, the case will be considered by DP, it said, adding that any such hearing is unlikely to happen before the first half of 2016.If an FSD were to be issued, the matter might then be referred to the regulator’s upper tribunal, which would consider it “fully afresh,” the group said.A spokesman for TPR confirmed only that a warning notice had been issued to GPG but declined to provide further details.
The Dahej terminal (Image courtesy of Petronet LNG)India’s gas utility GAIL has reportedly issued a tender seeking one cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for delivery between January 20 and February 10.The tender closes on January 4 at 1100 Singapore time (0300 GMT) and is valid until 2200 Singapore time on the same day, Reuters reported on Wednesday citing traders.Gail prefers the delivery to be made to the Dabhol or to the Dahej terminal, where it has capacity rights, the report said.
The North Carolina Towns of Pine Knoll Shores, Emerald Isle, and Indian Beach have applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding through the North Carolina Emergency Management Agency (NCEMA) as sub-recipients.“Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations,” said the Town of Emerald Isle in its release.“Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands.”According to the official announcement, these towns are requesting funds to renourish their beaches and conduct plantings of native dune plants with hazard mitigation measures consisting of the addition of 3 rows of sand fencing stretching the length of the beach.Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project.The deadline for submitting the comments is July 4, 2019.
Loading… “We returned from Lafia on Tuesday morning, but have had to change our plans because of the trend of events and the pronouncement by His Excellency Mr. President himself, as well as other directives by the Federal Government. We are forced to suspend our activities,” chairman of the committee, Dr. Peter Singabele said. Singabele added that if the committee had a challenge in its job, it was the risk that members took to interact with people at this trying period in Nigeria. “I won’t say strictly that there were challenges. If there was a challenge it was that we took a big risk moving around at this time. We were bound to hold meetings and meet people and we could not tell who was infected at any time. Read Also:NFF calls for prayers against deaths, kidnappings of players “We just have to observe preventive measures by returning to our homes and continuing to work from there.” The panel also assured members of the football family its findings and recommendations would be submitted as soon as the current health challenge is under control. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Directives of the Federal Government on the raging coronavirus outbreak has altered the work plan of the investigative panel set up by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on the death of Nasarawa United FC player, Chineme Martins. Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up TodayA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do The panel was expected to submit its final report on Thursday, 26th March, 2020 to the Hon. Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in Abuja. However, following the current trend of events arising from the Covid-19 scourge, the panel has temporarily suspended its activities, including submission of its final report. This change in work plan has also been approved by the NFF leadership. “Since the inauguration of this committee in Benin City on Monday, 16th March, members have been at work. We have inspected facilities in Benin City and Lafia, and spoken to personalities who were involved one way or the other in the organization of the match in which the player died. We have been able to extract useful information all round. Our plan was to submit the report to the Hon. Minister on Thursday, 26th March 2020.Advertisement
The bleak figures from Brazil underlined the grim toll the virus is taking in Latin America, the latest epicenter in the pandemic, even as Europe seeks to reemerge from lockdown — including with a massive new 600-billion-euro ($674-billion) economic stimulus measure announced by the European Central Bank. Brazil reported a new 24-hour record death toll, bringing the total number killed to more than 34,000. Corinavirus deaths and infections are surging in Brazil. AFP Brazil’s death toll from the new coronavirus surpassed Italy’s to become the third-highest in the world Thursday, as the UN’s secretary-general called for a “people’s vaccine” to stem the pandemic. That is behind only the United States, with more than 108,000 deaths, and Britain, with nearly 40,000. (AFP)
Memorial contributions can be directed to the Sunman Community Church or the Sunman Life Squad. To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal condolences please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Donnell Steinfort. Donnell M. Steinfort, of Sunman, was born on May 26, 1932 in Adams Township, Ripley County, Indiana, the son of Melvin and Lydia Huneke Steinfort. Donnell served his country from 1953 to 1955 in the U.S. Army infantry in Korea. On September 14, 1957, he and Loretta May Roberts were united in marriage at the Sunman Community Church. After some farming experience, Donnell joined Peoples Bank & Trust Company in Sunman in 1959 and later retired as bank President in 1995 when the bank was sold to First Financial Bank, then headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio. He enjoyed gardening, lawn work, country music concerts, and helping raise their two children, Sheila and Daren. On Thursday, August 17, 2017, Donnell passed away at his home. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Pastor Matt Rondeau of Sunman Community Church will officiate the service beginning at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Sunman with full military rites provided by the Sunman American Legion Kenneth L. Driver Post #337. Those surviving who will cherish Donnell’s memory include his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Loretta Steinfort; daughter, Sheila (Jerry) Dick; son, Daren (Suzanne) Steinfort; a grandson, Dillon Steinfort; one sister, Phyllis Bergman, and brother-in-law, Joe Powell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Powell, and a brother-in-law, Earl Bergman.