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first_imgSouthern Indiana – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day and is forecasting high ozone levels for today in the following areas:• Southeast Indiana – Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Scott and Washington• Southwest Indiana – Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and WarrickIDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone while remaining safe during the COVID-19 health crisis by making changes to daily habits. You can:• Walk, bike, or work from home when possible• Combine errands into one trip• Avoid refueling your vehicle or using gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 7 p.m.• Turn off your engine when idling for more than 30 seconds (e.g., at a bank or restaurant drive-thru)• Conserve energy by turning off lights or setting the air conditioner to 75 degrees or aboveAir Quality Action Days are in effect from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on the specified date. Anyone sensitive to changes in air quality may be affected when ozone levels are high. Children, the elderly, and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors.IDEM examines weather patterns and current ozone readings to make daily air quality forecasts. To learn more about ozone or sign up for air quality forecasts, visit www.SmogWatch.IN.gov.Ground-level ozone is formed when sunlight and hot weather combine with vehicle exhaust, factory emissions, and gasoline vapors. Ozone in the upper atmosphere blocks ultraviolet radiation, but ozone near the ground is a lung irritant that can cause coughing and breathing difficulties.last_img read more

first_imgPISCATAWAY, N.J. — Long-stick midfielder Jared Fernandez will miss the rest of the 2018 season, Syracuse head coach John Desko confirmed Sunday afternoon following the Orange’s 14-10 loss to Rutgers.The freshman dropped to the ground in the final minute of SU’s (3-3, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) win against Virginia on March 4 and tried dragging himself off the field before being attended to by trainers. Though the injury is unknown, Fernandez was seen grabbing at his knee.Fernandez stepped up into the backup LSM role before his injury, taking over for the then-injured Andrew Helmer. Though expected to be out for a while, Helmer returned to action last week against Johns Hopkins.Both Army’s and Virginia’s head coaches noted Fernandez’s performance after SU had beaten both teams. Fernandez had given the opposing midfielders problems because of his aggressiveness and quickness, Desko said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFernandez has also become a key cog on the faceoff unit as a wing. Before his injury, he was often paired alongside defender Brett Kennedy.“(Fernandez) gave them a lot of energy as the second pole,” Army head coach Joe Alberici said after SU’s triple-overtime win. “… He got into some people’s gloves, made some plays.”Fernandez finished the year with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers in four games. Comments Published on March 18, 2018 at 6:56 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe Chairman of the Governance Commission has reminded the ruling Unity Party government that it no longer has time in its favor as there is left only three more years for the second tenure of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to elapse and there is still a lot to be done.Speaking during a two day cabinet retreat held in Julijuah, Bomi County last week, Dr. Amos Sawyer indicated that if the government is to finish strong, there is an urgent need to prioritize projects that will have a significant impact on the lives of the Liberian peopleDr. Sawyer, discussing within the context of the time constraint faced by the Sirleaf administration, urged Cabinet Ministers to identify priority programs which they will be able to complete and which will have a significant impact on the people as stipulated in the agenda of this administration. “It is important for this country’s sake that this government finishes up strong. It cannot limp to the finish line,” he admonished.This will be the first time since 1944 that one administration with a living President is going to be turning over to another administration with a living President, observed Dr. Sawyer. Considering uncertainties along the way, he indicated that there will be the dynamics of the politics as well as programmatic ideas so it is important that there is clarity of the agenda and strength of the implementation.He predicted that as institutions are in a fragile state, programs must be clear and enforcement strong so that uncertainties and institutional weakness are minimized as a result of fragility. The Governance Commission chairman suggested to President Sirleaf that government officials on her team should now recommit themselves to finishing the final three years or very early see some kind of change. “I think it’s important that everybody on this team recommits themselves,” he noted amidst laughter.President Sirleaf, in her remarks called for efficiency, coordination and a sense of common purpose across government as they embark on the final three-years of this administration.She urged her official family to be “integrated, vigorous, with a common purpose to make the most of the remaining 35 months of this administration.” Assuring the Liberian public that her remaining time in office will not be a lame duck government, as it is expected in many quarters, she declared “We are going to take it to the finish line and then turn it over.”Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, for his part, was more concerned about the decentralization of government. He thanked the President for organizing the retreat and expressed the hope that government follows up on the decentralization process, making sure of the involvement and participation of local officials and citizens in the rural communities in all government initiatives.“I think we should begin to connect those people with the different programs being implemented because at the end of the day government has to account for what was or was not done,” said the Vice President.The Retreat was intended to reunite the official family of the Executive Branch, infuse a commonness of purpose, and recognize the Government’s successes as well as set ambitious but realistic and achievable targets for the next three years. Most of Government’s development activities have been put on hold due to the Ebola virus disease that has plagued the country since March 2014.Though one of the objectives of the retreat was to identify and set realistic and achievable targets, Cabinet Ministers are now expected to present their proposed priority projects to President Sirleaf next Tuesday, January 27.The next Cabinet Meeting takes place on February 18 while the first Cabinet Inter-active Forum is scheduled for March 12.On the first day, nine presentations were made including the Cabinet Programs Update by the Director-General of the Cabinet, Mr. Jordon Sulonteh, who set out a process which Ministries, Agencies and Corporations need to follow to agree on priorities by February 18.The first quarterly review of performance against those priorities is set for April 1.  The nine presentations included: A review of the President’s Top Priorities: Roads, Energy, Ports by the Head of the President’s Program Delivery Unit, Dr. Clarence Moniba; Status Update and Execution Plan for Youth Development by Youth and Sports Minister, Mr. Lenn Eugene Nagbe; Status Update on Roads Infrastructural Development and Post-Ebola Execution by Public Works Minister, Mr. W. Gyude Moore, Sr. and Status Update on Energy Projects and Post-Ebola Execution Plan by Lands, Mines and Energy Minister, Mr. Patrick Sendolo.Others were the Status Update on the new Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Post-Ebola Executive Plan by Gender, Children and  Social Protection Minister, Mrs. Julia Duncan Cassell; Status Update on the current Health Situation and the Execution Plan for a Normal Healthcare System by Health Deputy Ministers, Dr. Bernice Dahn, and Yah Zolia and Assistant Minister Tolbert Nyenswah; Status Update on the Re-opening of Schools and Education Execution Plan for Post-Ebola by Education Deputy Minister, Mr. Anthony Nimely and Status Update on the Agricultural Recovery Program and Post-Ebola Execution by Agriculture Minister,  Dr. Florence Chenoweth.On Day Two, Presentation on the 2014/2015 Budget Execution Report and the Agenda for Transformation and Economic Recovery were made by Finance and Development Planning Minister, Mr. Amara Konneh; Liberia Revenue Authority- Revenue Performance Update and Execution Plan for Revenue Growth by Commissioner-General, Mrs. Elfreda Tamba; Driving Inclusive Private Sector Growth Agenda – Ministry of Commerce and Industry Execution Plan by Commerce and Industry Minister Mr. Axel Addy; The Importance of Audit in Government and Post-Ebola Execution Plan was made by the Auditor-General Mrs. Yusador Gaye; while the final presentation on the Status Update on the Public Sector Reforms and Post-Ebola Execution Plan was made by the Civil Service Agency Director-General , Mr. George K. 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first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says Liverpool should still qualify from their Champions League group despite their disappointing defeat at Basel on Wednesday night.He also assesses the likely contenders for Champions League glory, with Paris Saint-Germain in the frame, and looks ahead to Everton, Tottenham and Celtic’s Europa League ties tonight.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more