Rescue training helps prepare for when the unexpected happens

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is always potential for the unexpected to happen. It is important to be prepared for when it does.That is one reason many of Ohio’s grain operations employees and first responders have participated in Bin Entry Tech Rescue Training, a program held in partnership with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association and the Grain Elevator and Processing Society. The four-day program is designed to provide hands-on training for emergency situations at commercial operations and farms. It is held at the Grain Elevator and Processing Society Grain Safety Training Center at Sidney Sunrise location.The program is conducted by the Safety and Technical Rescue Association (SATRA), and led by professional firefighters. Participants learn about issues surrounding grain bins, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards, air monitoring, and more. They also practice practical skills including rope and harness work and rescue procedures using 130-foot grain bins. Participants work in teams of eight to plan and lead rescues in the bins, with SATRA teachers on-site to monitor and check participants’ work. At the conclusion of the training, participants work through an entire rescue scenario, from the first call through the grain bin rescue.The training takes time and effort on the part of participants and their employers, but it all pays off in an emergency situation, said Ron Digby from Legacy Farmers Cooperative.“In the past we have sponsored many firefighters to come through the training in Sidney and we have seen returns on encouraging attendance. Two years ago one of the local fire departments where we had sponsored firefighters to go through the training had a successful grain bin rescue on a local farm that actually was one of our customers,” Digby said. “The firefighters told us they wouldn’t have been able to successfully complete the rescue if we hadn’t paid for them to go through this training. That alone makes it worth all the dollars we invest. We send a lot of our employees and a lot of firefighters from local fire departments that cover any facilities in our area. We like to sponsor them to go do the training because not only does it help to protect our employees, but it also helps to protect our customers.”In addition to the preparation it offers, the training also sets the stage for the development of a culture of safety preparation, said Jed Bookman, Sunrise Cooperative safety and risk coordinator.“Some of the benefits we’ve seen from sending employees through the four-day class in Sidney is that employees are actually finding creative, easier, and safer ways to address things like repairs at heights, fumigation, working with bins, sealing bins up, and getting safer, easier access to those hard to reach places. Our employees are able to complete tasks easier, cheaper, faster and safer by applying learned skills and knowledge from the class,” Bookman said. “Additionally, we see a shift in the employee’s outlook on how they perceive risk, and how they perceive certain behaviors as risky. Before, they would do a task and say, ‘Well it’s not a big deal I can do it.’ Now, they know that’s dangerous and they also have the skills and the tools to mitigate that danger and complete that job task safely, quickly, and easier.”The training meets requirements set by OSHA.“Every employee that is involved in confined space work needs to be trained and that training is refreshed during certain intervals according to OSHA rules. This training goes well above and beyond the minimum requirements set forth by OSHA,” Bookman said. “If our intent is to satisfy an OSHA rule or requirement that is put upon us, we are wasting our time. This training is going beyond that. We are not only trying to check a box, but we are actually giving that employee those skills and that knowledge do their work safely, but also potentially help a fellow employee, member of the community, or customer in case of an unplanned event.”Bill Harp, with SATRA, helps with the training that takes place at Sidney. He said the training covers the importance of preparing for the unexpected and encourages participants to play a more direct role in safety.“This allows them to have a real-life hands-on experience of what it’s like to do work and or rescue at their grain facilities. They are going to learn key components of rescue from heights, confined space rescues, grain engulfment that can happen in the types of activities that they engage in every day. And then if someone becomes injured or ill, it gives them the skill sets that they need to be successful in helping their co-worker,” Harp said. “We’ve had lots of our students that really never even thought about joining a local fire service, but after taking these rescue classes have gone on to support their community and in fact be a part of the local fire department.”Time management is so important in the early stages of an emergency and the training emphasizes the wise use of the crucial first minutes.“That first four or five minutes of an event is going to let you know what will happen in the next four to five hours,” Harp said.The training also highlights the importance of good working relationships between customers, the company, surrounding companies, and the fire departments when preparing for an emergency related to grain safety.“We want those entities to be happy to see each other. We want it to be like old friends,” Harp said. “The comfort level with the local fireman and the workers that are at that facility, and their ability to interact together, is vital for these successful rescues. They need each other. We are hoping that by bringing all of those outside entities in on the front side, that everyone knows what their capabilities, rules, duties, and responsibilities are going to be during one of these events as they unfold.”Having the proper equipment for handling emergency situations is also important for proper preparation.“We work very closely with the safety directors of many grain companies. And lots of times when they are going to buy one of anything they actually buy three. They buy one for a spare that they can train with, one that they put in their equipment cache for rescues, and they donate one to the local fire department,” Harp said. “And that way everyone is used to that equipment and they’ve all been trained on it together. If the rescue isn’t at that facility but it’s at one of their farmer’s facilities, then as they show up and attempt to render aid they’re able to use all that equipment and be familiar with it.”Training, relationship building and securing the proper equipment before an emergency situation happens are all vital components in preventing tragedies and getting to an outcome everyone can live with.“You know many of these facilities have an incredibly good track record for safety, and they can say we’ve never had a significant event here in 25 years, and we certainly celebrate that,” Harp said. “What all facilities need to remember is the potential is still the same. They need to be able to perform a rescue and also develop the ability to work safer in their duties on an ongoing daily basis. That is really what we are trying to accomplish with this four-day training.”This is the fourth story in a series of safety related articles in cooperation with the Ohio AgriBusiness Association and its members.last_img read more

Research In Motion No More – RIM Becomes BlackBerry

first_imgdan rowinski At the keynote for BlackBerry 10 today in New York City, Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins said that RIM is no more. “From today on, we are BlackBerry everywhere in the world,” Heins said.Heins said that Research In Motion is BlackBerry. All employees are working on BlackBerry and the brand is indentifiable only with BlackBerry. Hence, RIM, a company that has been in existence since the early 1980s, is no more. The company will now trade publicly as BBRY.Stay tuned for more information from the BlackBerry 10 launch event in New York City.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#BlackBerry#Research In Motion What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Ex-Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova dies of throat cancer at 45

first_imgTito Vilanova, the coach who succeeded Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and won the Spanish league title in his only season in charge, died Friday following a long battle with throat cancer. He was 45.Vilanova, who has battled a recurring tumor in a saliva gland, was admitted to a local hospital in Barcelona last week. He reportedly had emergency surgery on Thursday.”It is with sadness that Barcelona must announce that Francesc ‘Tito’ Vilanova has died today at the age of 45,” Barcelona said in a statement on its website. “The death of our former coach occurred this afternoon when he could not overcome this disease which he had battled since 2011.”Several of Barcelona’s players paid their respects to Vilanova and offered their condolences to his family.Lionel Messi posted a photograph of himself with Vilanova on his Facebook page with the message: “We will always remember you. All my sympathy goes to Tito’s family.”Goalkeeper Victor Valdes wrote on Twitter that Vilanova was “one of the best managers I have had in my career. Thanks for all that you have given us.”Vilanova first became ill in November 2011, while still an assistant to Guardiola, and took a leave of absence after undergoing surgery. The soft-spoken Vilanova returned and took over from Guardiola the next season, when he led Barcelona to the Spanish league title with a record-tying 100 points.Vilanova had a second tumor removed in December 2012 and traveled to New York several times during the season to receive further treatment before returning to the sidelines.In April 2013, Vilanova said he felt fine and “had never thought about quitting.” He finished the season before suddenly being forced to resign following a relapse in July.As an assistant, Vilanova helped Guardiola propel Barcelona into its most successful period and transform a team led by Lionel Messi into the world’s best.With a team that also included several of the players that led Spain to the World Cup title in 2010, Barcelona won 14 of a possible 19 major trophies from 2008-12 under Guardiola before adding the league title with Vilanova in 2013.Despite the impressive league display, Vilanova was unable to win another Champions League title last season. Barcelona lost to eventual champion Bayern Munich 7-0 on aggregate in the semifinals, one of its most humbling results of the last decade.As Guardiola’s assistant, Vilanova provided the tactical know-how that helped the coach build one of the best teams in the history of the sport – winning two Champions League titles in its impressive haul.Vilanova will also be remembered for his role in a brawl in the 2010 Spanish Super Cup won by Barcelona, when Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho poked him in the eye.Mourinho, who is now at Chelsea, was among a number of coaches and players around Europe to send his condolences.”Tito Vilanova’s passing is a sad day for football, for Barcelona and most importantly for his family and friends,” Mourinho said.Born in the Catalan village of Bellcaire d’Emporda, Vilanova began his career as a player at Barcelona’s training academy from 1984-89 but never made it to the first team. Instead, he went on to play for clubs such as Celta Vigo and Mallorca before his career was cut short by a serious knee injury.Vilanova then went into coaching and got a job in Barcelona’s youth system, tutoring current players Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Messi. Vilanova left to work as sport director at third-division club Terrassa before returning to Barcelona to take over the club’s “Barca B” feeder team.Vilanova is survived by his wife, Montse Chaure, and two children. His son Adrian is currently in Barcelona’s youth academy.last_img read more

FIFA to Give 2018 World Cup Champion $38M from $400M Fund

first_imgKOLKATA, India (AP) — The 2018 World Cup champion will get $38 million from a prize fund FIFA has increased by 12 percent to $400 million.FIFA says each of the 32 competing national federations will get at least $8 million, the same as in 2014 when the overall prize fund was $358 million.In 2014, World Cup champion Germany received $35 million and runner-up Argentina got $25 million. Next year, the runner-up will also get a $3 million increase to $28 million.FIFA says the third- and fourth-place teams will each get a $2 million increase to $24 million and $22 million, respectively. The quarterfinalists will each get $16 million, also a $2 million increase, and teams eliminated in the last 16 get a $3 million increase to $12 million.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Man shot by robber in University Heights

first_img Posted: January 27, 2018 , January 27, 2018 Man shot by robber in University Heightscenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man was shot after he refused to comply with a robber’s demands in University Heights early Saturday, police said.The victim was sitting in his car at about 2:15 a.m. in the 2000 block of El Cajon Boulevard when a man approached him and attempted to rob him, San Diego Police Sgt. Robert Hawkins said. The victim would not cooperate, and the suspect shot him once in the chest.Hawkins said the victim was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.The suspect fled on foot and remains at large. Police described him as a 24-year-old black man, approximately 5-feet-8 inches to 6-feet tall and about 160 pounds, wearing a black flannel shirt and dark pants. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

What An Awards Program Can Do for Your Brand

first_imgAwards programs have been a go-to brand-building tool for publishers for a long time. But in the consumer quarter, where events and programs of this nature are not quite as prevalent, the benefits may not be immediately clear—ditto for online publishers. But Snooth.com, a community-based site for wine enthusiasts, recently launched a member-driven awards program called The People’s Voice Wine Awards that has resulted in audience and sponsor growth, as well as a first-time Snooth-branded event.  The People’s Voice Wine Awards was launched in June partly as an engagement platform for Snooth.com’s audience, which averages about 900,000 monthly uniques and about one million registered members, and partly as a way to create a more direct connection between that audience and the community of wineries that Snooth relies on for advertising.  The audience gets to vote on their favorite wines, which creates a peer-review alternative to the professional ratings that might be a little esoteric for the casual drinker. And, thanks to a clever Facebook tie-in that automatically attaches a like to every vote cast, wineries achieve a direct-to-consumer connection on the social web. “In the last couple of years, wineries have been trying to go direct to the consumer and one of the ways has been through Facebook likes,” says Snooth Media CEO Rich Tomko. “[The awards] are mutually beneficial for the wineries and Snooth because we want to make ourselves an authority in this space and we want to help the wineries expand their reach.”The program, which concluded mid-November, consists of 80 categories divided by type of wine and price. Each category can be sponsored, which drove incremental revenue, says Tomko, and made the awards cash-flow positive.Online, voters have to be or become a registered member of Snooth.com and were allowed 10 votes per week and could only vote for a wine one time. The list of wines was curated by editors to an initial 1,000 and then members were allowed to add wines, which drove the list up to 1,500. The Snooth team took two weeks to tally the 86,000 votes that came through (the benchmark was 50,000) to determine a list of finalists, which were then presented for a second round of voting. A partnership with Meredith helped in promoting the awards, with Better Homes and Gardens, EatingWell, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Recipe.com and Family Circle all contributing promotional muscle to drive audience numbers. A co-branded awards page was created to look like each brands’ web site (an EatingWell example is pictured at right) and Meredith contributed further digital promotions through e-newsletters and social media. Lastly, the awards are culminating next year in Snooth Media’s first branded event to be held in New York City in March. The company currently produces about 20 custom, sponsored events per year—from 12-person food and wine dinners to 250-person tasting events—but this will be its first dedicated event. Tomko forecasts about 600-1,000 attendees for the 3-day program.last_img read more

Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Red Cross is conducting the following upcoming blood drives in Wilmington:Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 1pm-7pm: Wilmington Masonic (Friendship) Lodge (32 Church Street)Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10am-3pm: Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue)Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome. Donors can also visit http://www.redcross.org to book an appointment.Here are some important facts about blood and the blood donation process, from the Red Cross’s website:Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood.The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.First time donor?  Haven’t given blood in awhile?  Read this checklist so you know what to expect.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

Koenigsegg Jesko is a 1600hp behemoth with a light speed transmission

first_img • Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Share your voice Post a comment 0 Now playing: Watch this: Geneva Motor Show 2019 More From Roadshow Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s 3:31 See All Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Tags Exotic Cars Performance Cars 59 Photos At the heart of the Jesko is a 5.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, revised after its time in the Agera RS. It sports a flat-plane crank, the same type of crankshaft that creates the unique sound profile of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and the Ferrari 488 GTB. Thanks to some new turbochargers and other bits, output is a meaty 1,280 horsepower — on regular gas. Throw some ethanol-heavy E85 into the mix, and that number rises to 1,600 horsepower. Torque is a proper 1,100 pound-feet.Sending all that power to the rear wheels — yes, just the rear wheels — is perhaps the most clever nine-speed transmission on the planet. Koenigsegg’s Light Speed Transmission has nine forward gears and seven clutches, yet the whole package weighs less than your average dual-clutch gearbox at about 198 pounds. All that trickery allows the transmission to jump from one gear to another (for example, from third gear to seventh) without moving through the gears between. Enlarge ImageThat wing is a monster. Koenigsegg Equally wild is the two-stage shifter. A light pull of the paddles or shift lever moves up and down the gears like usual, but if you pull a little harder, it engages what Koenigsegg calls Ultimate Power on Demand. The system will determine the proper gear for maximum acceleration and immediately shift to it.Speaking of speed, the automaker says that simulations have seen the car eclipse the 300-mph mark. Of course, bringing those results to the real world introduce a whole host of complications, from tire compounds to location. Still, this could be the first car to hit that ridiculous speed.All that speed means the car really needs to stick to the ground. Its aerodynamics combine to produce 2,200 pounds of downforce. Its damper system is engineered to prevent the car from being squished into a physics pancake. It also has rear-wheel steering and a set of optional carbon fiber wheels. We haven’t even touched on the creature comforts yet. Despite all that attention being paid to making the car perform well, it’s very well appointed, sporting multiple touchscreens, a gauge cluster display, USB ports and a wireless phone charger. All the doors, hoods and whathaveyou can be opened remotely from the key fob. Ridiculous? Absolutely. Rare? Oh yeah. Only 125 will be built, and each will cost a hair under $3 million. Better start savin’. Koenigsegg is known for building small-volume cars that are, simply put, jaw-dropping displays of engineering prowess. Its latest, the Jesko, is no different.Koenigsegg this week unveiled the Jesko at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Just as founder Christian von Koenigsegg lent his last name to the company, this new car’s badge has a special meaning — it’s the name of Christian’s father. The car replaces the Agera RS as the most bonkers thing the automaker builds, but to be honest, everything this company makes is bonkers. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value reading • Koenigsegg Jesko is a 1,600-hp behemoth with a ‘light speed’ transmission Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Koenigsegg Jesko is a hyper hypercar The Koenigsegg Jesko might hit 300mph 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

Cyber Monday May Have Lost Its Sheen With Pre and Post Black

first_imgBlack Friday and Cyber Monday are probably the two most profitable days for retailers in the entire year. But the dynamics of retail are changing. With several deals being announced before and continuing even after the shopping sale events, the D-days may have lost their sheen.Stocks of most retailers have been up this weekend. That’s no surprise given the Black Friday and pre-Black Friday deals announced this year. With the discounts kicking off even before Americans could finish their turkeys on Thanksgiving, stores saw crowds on Friday but the intensity was a lot lesser this year.The rush and sales weren’t restricted to the brick-and-mortar store. Online shops have also made good money this Black Friday with sales improving 8 percent on a year-over-year basis. About 47 percent of the sales came from mobile devices this year, according to TechCrunch.If people are already lapping up deals online, before and on Black Friday and with some retailers announcing Cyber Monday deals that spill into the next eight days, would Cyber Monday really make a difference when it comes to sales?”Retailers have plenty of Black Friday deals that are available for shopping online, meaning that any new sales specifically designated for Monday blend into the hoards of longer-running sales that began on Black Friday or earlier,” Hilary Milnes writes for BostInno.com.The money factor also weighs in here. Analysts found that the pre-Black Friday discounts were steeper than the original Black Friday deals and the rush on those pre-deals eliminated the demand for “door busting” offers on Black Friday this year.”There’s no question we’re in Black November going forward. You’re watching a new tradition being born right before your eyes – the front-loading of the holiday,” Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at the NPD Group told The Sacramento Bee.It all boils down to competition, experts explain.”It’s fierce out there. You have to compete for traffic and conversion, on pricing and availability. There’s multiple layers of competition. And you’re dealing with one of the most informed consumers that we’ve had in years, if not ever,” Calvin Silva, a senior analyst of NASDAQ told Venture Beat adding that “there’s never going to be just online shopping. The stat that gets thrown around is that roughly two thirds of consumer traffic is still done offline.”last_img read more

Graft trial against Moudud Mosharraf to continue

first_imgMoudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf HossainThe Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petitions of BNP leaders Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain seeking review of its verdict for continuing trial proceedings against them in two graft cases.A three-member Appellate Division bench, headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order.With the apex court order, there is no bar to continue the trial proceedings of the cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission against them, said ACC lawyer M Khurshid Alam Khan.Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali argued for Moudud Ahmed while lawyer Moudud Ahmed led the hearing for Khandaker Mosharraf and Khurshid Alam Khan represented the ACC.On 16 September 2007, the ACC filed a case against Moudud with Gulshan police station on charge of amassing wealth of Tk 9.04 million from beyond known sources.The graft watchdog filed the other case against Mosharraf with Ramna police Station on 10 January 2008 for acquiring illegal wealth of Tk 120 million.Moudud and Mosharraf filed separate petitions to the High Court to repeal the cases after the ACC pressed charges against the two BNP leaders in 2008.In 2012, the High Court turned down their petitions to quash the trial proceedings.On 21 May 2014, the SC turned down the pleas of Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain to quash the trial proceedings against them in two graft cases.Later, the two BNP leaders filed the review petitions.last_img read more