Jamestown City Council ‘OKs’ Ambulance Service Agreement With Alstar EMS

first_imgAlstar EMS. WNYNewsNow File Image.JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Council unanimously approved a service agreement between the City and Alstar EMS during a voting session on Monday evening. According to the resolution, the agreement is for four years subject to the approval of Corporation Counsel Elliott Raimondo. The agreement concerns the provision of basic and advanced life support, paramedic assessment and ambulance transportation services, technical billing assistance and training for the members of the Jamestown Fire Department.Alstar, according to the agreement, would maintain two ambulances in Jamestown 24/7, as well as give the Jamestown Fire Department access to their training center, and access to ePCR and/or billing services. This also allows for yearly tabletop exercises between the ambulance service and the City.The agreement states that, in no event shall Alstar provide less than two providers per ambulance, except in cases of emergency. In times of high demand, if Alstar’s dedicated ambulances are unavailable to respond to a call, the City, through the Jamestown Fire Department, would back-up ALSTAR’s dedicated ambulances as needed. Alstar EMS previously ended its mutual response call agreement with the City of Jamestown in January. The Jamestown Fire Department’s only ambulance then became the sole responder in within city limits.Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, in the resolution that he introduced during a Work Session earlier this Monday, said that allowing the fire department to bill should see a significant increase in monies collected.The City will be “soft-billing” i.e. sending out bills to all who have been transported in the City ambulance, but only collecting from insurance, according to the Mayor. Alstar will no longer pay JFD per call, however the revenue from billing should be significantly more than the City has received from Alstar in the past.The Council also unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Sundquist to enter into an agreement with The Jamestown Professional Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 137 allowing for the use of the free IamResponding app to be used as an emergency form of contact subject to the approval from Raimondo.According to the resolution, the app would be an alternative, but optional, form of contact for off-duty firefighters.Jamestown City Council’s next meeting will be a Work Session, which is scheduled for next Monday night. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wildflower Pesticides.

first_imgWildflowers aren’t only beautiful and easy to maintain. Theycould soon be used in your home landscape as natural pesticides.”Insects are naturally attracted to wildflowers, and notall insects are bad,” said Kris Braman, a University of Georgiaentomologist. “With insects, there are the good, the badand the ugly. The key is to know which ones are which.”Attracting ‘Good’ BugsWorking in her lab at the UGA Georgia Experiment Station inGriffin, Braman has seen firsthand how much beneficial insects– those that eat the bugs we view as pests — love wildflowers.”The wildflowers give the beneficials somewhere to live,and this makes them stay where you want them — in your lawn eatingthe bad bugs,” she said.The “good” bugs include lady beetles, parasitic waspsand flies and several spider species. “You want to attractparasites and predators that feed on other pests,” Bramansaid. “So far, we’ve found wildflowers do an excellent jobof attracting beneficial insects.”You Need Lots of FlowersSo which wildflower varieties do beneficial insects like best?And which should you plant?”Wildflowers are usually sold in mixes containing manyflowers that are excellent hosts for beneficials,” Bramansaid. She is still working to identify the best ‘pest-fighting’wildflower varieties.Braman says the key is to select a mix that will produce flowersthroughout the year. “You want to have a series of bloomingplants so there’s something blooming and attractive to beneficialsall the time,” she said.Wildflower mixes can be bought at most home improvement orgarden centers or ordered through seed catalogs.Pick the Best for Your AreaNo matter which wildflower mix you select, make sure it’s theright one for your area. “Pick a mix that’s suitable forthe Southeast or the coast, depending on where you live,”Braman said.And now is the time to plant. “Put them out in the falland get them seeded before Thanksgiving for fall planting,”Braman said. “Late winter is another opportunity for somemixes. Always check your planting directions.”Adding wildflowers to your landscape is just one way to helpreduce the amount of pesticide you apply in your home landscape.Other Alternative Pesticides”You can also spot-spray when you see a pest problem,instead of cover-spraying,” she said. “And horticulturaloils are also excellent for targeting pests.”The next step in Braman’s research project is to compare thecosts of using wildflowers with pesticides to using just pesticides.”Wildflowers aren’t a total solution to pest control,”Braman said. “But we know they can certainly reduce the needfor pesticides. Our focus is to improve the habitat by takingadvantage of beneficial insects when we can.”(Lady beetle image by Scott Bauer, USDA. Photo of Kris Bramanby Sharon Omahen, University of Georgia College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Daily Dirt: A.T. Hiker Falls Off Cliff, PA Hatcher Sued, Bay Striper Rebound

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for October 21, the day the Guggenheim Museum opened in New York City in 1959:A.T. Hiker Falls Off Cliff, in Critical ConditionA Delaware woman remains in critical condition following a fall from the Appalachian Trail in central Pennsylvania over the weekend. Around noon on Saturday, Lara Louise Kadambi, 38, of Wilmington, Delaware, fell about 30 feet down a cliff of the Pinnacle near Albany Township. Officials say Kadambi was with a hiking group when she lost her balance and fell, suffering severe head trauma. The rescue operation required the help of three departments and 25 people due to the nature of the location and terrain surrounding the accident. It took rescue workers 45 minutes to get to the site and another 90 minutes to get Kadambi up the cliff, down the trail and into a helicopter.She was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital where she remains in critical condition.Enviros Suing PA Fish HatcheryIn a weird, ironic twist, a couple of Pennsylvania environmental groups plan to sue a fish hatchery for…polluting? You heard right. PennEnvironment and the Environmental Integrity Project filed a notice of intent to sue the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for ongoing violations at the state fish hatchery in Bellefonte, a town located in the heart of the state along the famous Spring Creek. Attorneys charge that nitrogen and other pollutants discharged from the Bellefonte hatchery are above permit levels, affecting aquatic life. Spring Creek flows into the Susquehanna River, and then into the Chesapeake Bay, so the federal water pollution control act comes into play. A state hatchery’s goal is to promote and help the health of waterways and the fish that live in them, so this comes as a bit of a surprise. Eastern cold water fisheries are in enough trouble without having our own fish hatcheries polluting them.Chesapeake Stripers on the ReboundStriped Bass in the Chesapeake Bay are mounting a comeback. The latest monitoring survey from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science suggests that stripers are rebounding from poor 2012 numbers. The VIMS takes an annual count of stripers in Bay tributaries of the York, Rappahannock, and James rivers to monitor and count juveniles as they swim upstream. Although the 2013 numbers were just average, they topped last year’s by a significant amount, a promising sign that the fishery is healthy. Striped Bass were nearly fished out of the Bay in the early 80s, but strict laws were enacted in VA, MD, and DE to counteract the problem. It worked. The “rockfish” recovered and continues to be one of the most sought after game fish both commercially and recreationally.last_img read more

Belize Benefits from Mérida Initiative

first_img Night vision equipment, bulletproof vests and metal scanners were part of the equipment received by Belize as part of the U.S. government’s Mérida Initiative in January, reported Belizean newspaper The Guardian. The Mérida Initiative is a multiyear regional effort to strengthen the capacities of the governments in Central America, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti to fight organized narcotics trafficking organizations in the region. The equipment also included cameras, binoculars, metal detectors, video projectors, computers, flashlights and Global Positioning System receivers. This equipment will be distributed to more than 20 branches of the Belize Police Department and the Belize Central Prison, the newspaper reported. By Dialogo January 01, 2010last_img read more

Loyalty-building strategies that really work for credit unions

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s the nature of progress: an idea that seemed great when it first arrived on the scene leaves people shaking their heads years later and saying, “We knew nothing about how to do this right.” New, more effective processes naturally replace older, less efficient ones.That evolutionary process is at work in the world of loyalty programs, but too many financial institutions have yet to reach the head-shaking stage. While other industries are embracing consumer-driven changes to how loyalty programs work, too many FIs are still struggling to support legacy programs that are inefficient at best and downright ineffective at worst.What should the new loyalty landscape look like for FIs? A look at Forrester Research’s customer loyalty report for the first quarter sheds some light on what’s working for other industries, and the success of Deluxe Rewards illustrates how those winning tactics can apply to the financial industry. continue reading »last_img read more

Adventure à la carte – a map that reveals the peculiarities of the Biograd Riviera through puzzles

first_imgAt first glance, the à la carte adventure is a typical tourist map, but at second glance it is an imaginative and interactive guide that takes tourists to the five destinations of the Biograd Riviera – Biograd na Moru, Pašman, Tkon, Pakoštane and St. Filip i Jakov.”A memorial plaque to the musician who became an indelible part of the heritage of Dalmatian song with his notes was placed on that square. Enter the nickname by which he was known in the box“. This is one of the 30 tasks designed for content-hungry tourists for which the authors of the map intended a very active role! From exploring the magnificent Mašković Inn in Vrana, the westernmost monument of Turkish secular architecture in Europe, climbing Straža Hill from where a fantastic view of the Kornati archipelago and Vrana Lake and discovering the connection between the Norwegians and Veliki Bokolj, the largest peak of the island of Pašman – Adventure à the map invites tourists to explore, get to know and have fun through simple but effective puzzles. They are designed so that the tourist can fully experience the Biograd Riviera and be rewarded for their efforts with gift souvenirs and various discounts.Adventure à la carte consists of five research and tourism missions. Every destination, and finally the entire Biograd Riviera, is discovered through tasks that can only be solved in the field. Each destination on the map is marked in a separate color, has a map corresponding to the geography with marked locations to be visited, cards with the number, name and description of the location and the task to be solved. There are two types of tasks, one is entering the required term in the box provided for that purpose, and the other are photo corners or places where it is necessary to take a photo as proof of a visit. Locations can be visited in any order. The tasks are simple, but require little effort from reading the inscriptions on church clocks, symbols from the stone walls of the ruined court to finding the best shot to solve the photo elevation.The solutions are entered in the crossword puzzle on the map, and the final solutions of the destination lead to the final solution of the game, which in turn takes tourists to the distant past, but also to the prizes! Depending on the number of solved tasks they enter in the coupon, tourists will be rewarded with appropriate gifts, souvenirs and discounts that, with the presentation of a completed coupon and photos of photos, can be picked up in any tourist board of the Biograd Riviera.The biggest reward is certainly the feeling that through fun and research they have discovered the most beautiful views, the most important sights and, to the eye, often hidden, the peculiarities of the Biograd Riviera, which is their guide-game. Adventure à la carte served as on a platter.Related news:ILIRIJA INVESTS HRK 35 MILLION IN RAISING THE QUALITY OF ITS ACCOMMODATION CAPACITIES AND NEW FACILITIESlast_img read more

Workplace Drug Use Skyrocketing In U.S.

first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ 26 August 2020New U.S. data released today by Quest Diagnostics has found that rates of marijuana positivity in the workforce have sharply risen both over the last year (2018-2019) and since legalisation was implemented. Furthermore, Quest Diagnostics also reported that workforce drug positivity hit a sixteen-year high in 2019.Marijuana is the most commonly detected substance and has the highest drug positivity rate among all other tested substances across the majority of industry sectors in the U.S. Marijuana positivity has increased nearly 29% since 2015, according to Quest Diagnostics. Among the top-ranking industries for the highest rates of positive marijuana testing, transportation and warehousing was number one with 33.3%. Meanwhile the construction industry had an average of 26.7% positive marijuana testing (Quest Diagnostics, 2018).One in four marijuana users who are employed admit to getting high at work within the past year, according to a new survey of cannabis consumers in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, three states where recreational weed is legal. Workforce marijuana-positivity rates in all “legal” states but one (Alaska) are above the national average (Quest Diagnostics, 2019). Most states that have legalised marijuana show an increasing trend in positivity rates.Insurance claims have become a growing concern among companies in US states that have legalised marijuana because if marijuana use is allowed or drug testing ignored, employers are at risk of liability claims when a marijuana-related injury or illness occurs onsite.“New Zealand employers have every reason to be concerned about attempts to legalise the recreational use of cannabis. The likely increase in marijuana use and acceptance as a result of any legalisation of the drug will lead to a more dangerous workplace, especially in safety-sensitive industries,” says spokesperson Aaron Ironside.Top Increases Since Legalisation to 2019: Nevada: 142% increase since 2016 (1.9% vs. 4.6%)Oregon: 136% increase since 2014 (1.9% vs. 4.5%)Massachusetts: 113% since 2016 (2.7% vs. 3.8%)Washington: 86.3% increase since 2014 (2.2% vs. 4.1%)Colorado: 63% increase since 2013 (1.9% vs. 3.1%)California: 45% increase since 2016 (2.2% vs. 3.2%)Michigan: 44% increase since 2017 (2.7% vs. 3.9)Massachusetts: 40% increase since 2016 (2.7% vs. 3.8) Top Increases 2018 – 2019:Washington: 70% increase (2.4% vs. 4.1)California: 33% increase (2.4% vs. 3.2%)Maine: 28% increase (5.0% vs. 6.4%)Michigan: 21.8% increase (3.2% vs. 3.9)Nevada: 17.9% increase (3.9% vs. 4.6%)Massachusetts: 15% increase (3.3% vs. 3.8%)last_img read more

Patrick John and Phillip White awaiting official statement from FIFA

first_img Share Share Tweet 34 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share LocalNews Patrick John and Phillip White awaiting official statement from FIFA by: – October 27, 2011 President of the Domincia Football Association Patrick JohnOne of ten officials charged for corruption by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football) FIFA’s, ethics committee relating to the cash for votes scandal said he has not yet been officially informed about his charges hence he will not acknowledge it.President of the Dominica Football Association Patrick John were among those charged on Wednesday for breaching rules on ethics in the wake of the corruption scandal that saw Mohamed Bin Hammam banned for life.According to a statement issued by FIFA as reported on Wednesday by the BBC “FIFA’s ethics committee has opened proceedings against 10 more Caribbean football officials, relating to the cash-for-votes scandal. The officials will have their cases heard in mid-November, the world football’s governing body said in a statement”.But John however says that he is very concerned about the fact that the media was informed before him.He said it was “strange that the person being charged was not officially informed by FIFA yet the media has the information before me”.John did not deny being charged but he said in the absence of an official written statement, “I don’t know what I am being charged for, if I am charged or why”.In July, the ethics committee ruled that Bin Hammam had made or offered cash gifts of $40,000 to each of the 25 Caribbean Football Union chiefs at a special meeting in Trinidad in which both men attended.In June, Jack Warner quit as FIFA vice-president and head of the CFU after he was charged with bribery. He claimed there was a FIFA conspiracy against Caribbean football.Vice President of the Dominica Football Association Phillip White who was also charged by FIFA, have not received word from them either.“We haven’t received any word from FIFA yet; we saw it on the internet like everybody else. As soon as we receive word from FIFA we will let everyone know,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Jahlil Okafor Opts to Play for Nigeria at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans center, Jahlil Okafor, has committed to representing Nigeria at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Jahlil Okafor  H/T Bleacher Okafor told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears Sunday night that he will play for the Nigerian men’s basketball team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Drafted by the Sixers in 2015 as a first round third pick, the Center is eligible to play for Nigeria through his Grand Father who hails from Enugu. He had previously represented the USA in the age grade, winning gold medals in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships and 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.Advertisement Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?8 Infamous Mistakes That Cost People Billions7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art The 24 year-old adds to the growing number of NBA Stars likely to compete for Nigeria in Tokyo. Minnesota Timberwolves Forward Josh Okogie made his international appearance for Nigeria at the World Cup in China. Nigeria Basketball Federation also announced the move on social media, Monday, welcoming Okafor’s decision. Read Also:Rivers Hoopers begin Basketball Africa League against Ferroviario Earlier this month the NBBF named former Golden State Warriors assistant Coach Mike Brown as Head Coach of D’Tigers for the campaign in Tokyo. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Sandusky man arrested following threats to law enforcement

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Sandusky man after he made threatening statements to police.Sheriff David Durant said, “This is what happens when you make threats to Law Enforcement.  We will respond swiftly to ensure the safety of the citizens of Decatur County. Simply put, this behavior won’t be tolerated. “Wednesday evening deputies, along with police from Rushville served a search warrant at the home of Steven Gabbard. Gabbard was arrested without incident and is awaiting formal charges.last_img read more