Federal workers abroad urged to store food, water

first_imgEditor’s note: Shortly after publication of this story, the US Consulate in Hong Kong first changed and later removed its Web page advising employees to stockpile a 12-week supply of food and water. Nov 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US State Department is advising government employees overseas to stockpile enough food and water to last up to 12 weeks in preparation for the threat of a severe influenza pandemic.A Nov 3 statement posted on the Web site of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau said the State Department recently sent guidance on “shelter-in-place” or “self-quarantine” to all diplomatic and consular posts.The statement said that overseas employees, like their stateside counterparts and private citizens, should maintain supplies of food and water for a possible pandemic. The advisory urges families to store nonperishable foods that don’t require refrigeration, preparation, or cooking. Also, families are advised to store 1 gallon of water per person per day.The Hong Kong consulate also advises US citizens in Hong Kong and other countries to prepare for water supply disruptions if infrastructure breakdowns occur during an influenza pandemic.Suggested water purification techniques include boiling for at least 10 minutes and adding specified amounts of regular Clorox bleach.The recommendation that US citizens overseas stockpile 12 weeks’ worth of food and water differs from the current federal recommendation for general pandemic preparedness. The government, on its pandemic planning Web site, recommends that US residents stockpile 2 weeks’ worth of food and water.See also:PandemicFlu.gov article “A guide for individuals and families”http://www.flu.gov/individualfamily/familyguide.htmllast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Web.com to Expand Operations in Luzerne County, Reshoring Jobs Back to United States

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Web.com to Expand Operations in Luzerne County, Reshoring Jobs Back to United States January 05, 2016 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Web.com (NASDAQ: WEB), a provider of Internet services and online marketing solutions for small businesses, will reshore operations and expand at its existing facility in Drums, Luzerne County, a move that will create 74 new jobs.“Our skilled workforce and job training programs are helping to attract new growth across the state,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration supports creating a pro-business climate that creates jobs and helps to build strong, stable communities.”Web.com will expand its operations by increasing the technology-based customer service center, bringing outsourced jobs back to its existing facility in Drums. The company has committed to creating 74 new, full-time jobs and retaining 268 current positions over the next three years.Web.com received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes $148,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, a $40,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, and $25,650 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with CAN DO, Inc. and the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania.“Web.com is committed to providing the highest level of customer service to our over 3 million customers. Our team in Drums consists of caring experts that are dedicated to quality in every customer interaction. For this reason, when we decided to move our customer service back to the states, Drums was an obvious choice,” said David Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Web.com.Web.com, provides a full range of Internet services to small businesses to help them compete and succeed online. Web.com is the owner of several global domain registrars and further meets the needs of small businesses anywhere along their lifecycle with affordable, subscription-based solutions including website design and management, search engine optimization, online marketing campaigns, local sales leads, social media, mobile products, eCommerce solutions and call center services.For more information on Web.com and the positions available at the site, visit www.web.com/careers or call 844-JOBS-WEB.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team, visit www.newpa.com.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Lady Eagles Set For Semistate Matchup

first_imgThe Lady Eagles will face Vincennes Rivet in the semistate game at Richmond on Saturday.The Lady Eagles will be in action Saturday as they look to soar into the state finals.No. 8 Jac-Cen-Del (19-3) will meet No. 4 Vincennes Rivet (21-4) for the Class A semistate game at Richmond High School at 1 p.m. Saturday.The winner will battle either Oregon-Davis or Lafayette Central Catholic for the state championship at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute on March 8.The path to the semistate started after the Lady Eagles defeated Hauser and South Decatur for a sectional championship. Last weekend, they beat Tindley 74-30 and then a narrow 53-52 victory over White River Valley netted them a regional championshipBefore the Lady Eagles leave for the big game, students and faculty will host at a pep rally at 2:30 p.m. Friday.A fan bus for students and adults will depart from Osgood Saturday morning. If anyone is interested in catching a ride to Richmond, contact Jac-Cen-Del Schools at (812) 689-4643. It is $5 for adults.Good Luck Lady Eagles!last_img read more

Rau leaves UW soccer program after rough spring

first_imgFormer Wisconsin goalie Chase Rau elected to transfer to Western Michigan University following a tumultuous spring where he lost hold of his starting position and reportedly, his place on the team.Multiple reasons converged to put Rau in the position where he chose to leave Wisconsin in April with head coach John Trask signing his release, allowing him to play immediately the following season at the university of his choice.Trask cited a number of reasons for Rau’s departure, including academics and “things that obviously would not be public information.” One main reason seemed to be a disparity with scholarship money.Rau, an out-of-state student-athlete from Sparta, Mich., declined to go into specific detail about his scholarship at Wisconsin but said it covered more than half of his tuition costs (out-of-state tuition at Wisconsin was $26,634 for the 2012-2013 academic year). He also disclosed Trask and Rau “didn’t necessarily agree on [the] scholarship.”“Initially, our agreement was, if I came in, I would be at this much, and if I got the starting position, that money would go up,” Rau said. He took over the starting position in just the fourth game of the season. “I was fortunate enough to get the starting position, and he couldn’t afford to give me that money.“That’s just the way it is, I understand. Essentially, I could have stayed, but at the money they were giving me, I couldn’t afford to go to [Wisconsin] at that price.”Spreading scholarship money across a team of 24 players is one thing, but graduating only two seniors in 2012 and welcoming six incoming freshmen makes it even more difficult. In addition, a majority of the scholarship money is allotted to the Wisconsin’s large senior class, which comprises more than half of the student-athletes on the roster.However, sources have said that Rau’s exit came amidst strange circumstances this spring.Of the aforementioned factors, what Trask said “would not be public information” may have been Rau showing up to a spring practice “very, very, very hungover,” according to a Wisconsin player who spoke on the condition of anonymity.According to the player, Rau was struggling in spring practice and had lost his leg-up in the goalkeeper competition – one that included senior Max Jentsch, who split time with Rau in 2012.To compound the situation, Rau had reportedly approached Trask about his scholarship before refusing Trask’s offer to find a better situation at another university.That’s when, according to the player, Rau showed up to practice extremely hungover.“That’s when coach decided he was going to find him a new place to play,” the player said. “Chase showing up to practice basically drunk was the last straw for coach.”Another UW player, who chose to remain anonymous, was at that practice and detailed what he heard from teammates.“I didn’t really see [much of] Chase at the practice because he was off doing his own goalie stuff, but what people said was basically, he was talking to the coaches and they smelled the booze on his breath, so that tipped them off.“Nothing really happened, no one knew about it, and then [a couple days later] coach called us in before one of our practices and announced that Chase was not going to be returning to the team.”Trask was much more guarded about the incident. When asked to explain if Rau showed up to practice intoxicated, Trask declined to comment. When Rau was asked, he held similar ground.“I don’t know if I should comment on that,” Rau said. “I heard that coach Trask hadn’t commented on that either, because he didn’t want that information to be public.“I don’t know who told you that I was hungover. I definitely was not hungover. I don’t know if I should comment on that,” he continued.Not long after that phone interview with the Herald, Rau followed up with a text: “To comment on what my teammate had said about coming to practice hungover, that situation had nothing to do with my decision to leave Wisconsin.”The Badger Herald first learned of the incident from a source close to the program last spring.Although the UW Athletic Department never formally announced Rau’s departure, Trask told The Badger Herald Wednesday the decision for Rau to part ways with the program was in place for some time and had been made during the winter and spring, collegiate soccer’s offseason.However, Rau remained listed on the Wisconsin roster on uwbadgers.com until being removed from the list early in July.Rau started 15 games during his lone season in Madison, earning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors three times, a tie for most in the conference. He was passed over for Big Ten postseason honors after splitting playing time with Jentsch.Western Michigan head coach Chad Wiseman confirmed Rau’s transfer in an email to The Badger Herald Thursday and said Rau would be able to compete from day one with the program.“He has an entire year of starting Big Ten experience under his belt,” Wiseman wrote. “We think we have one of the best goalkeepers in the [Mid-American Conference] and the Midwest.”However, Wiseman did not answer a question about the aforementioned spring practice.If he wins the job, Rau could be stepping onto the pitch against his former Wisconsin teammates when Western Michigan visits Madison for a non-conference game Sept. 6.Rau remained complimentary of the way Trask and UW handled his exit. He said he holds “no hard feelings” against Trask and the Wisconsin program and is happy at Western Michigan, where he is currently enrolled in summer courses.“Things worked out good for me at Western [Michigan],” Rau said. “I feel like this is where my life should be right now. I’m grateful for the efforts that coach Trask has put in to make my life work out the best for me.”last_img read more