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first_imgPreserving computer data particularly all information pertaining to your customers will ensure that you can stay in operation, even if your premises are destroyed.Businesses have a variety of data backup options available to them, ranging from storing records on CDs or other portable devices to duplicating them on a remote server operated by a company known as a data vault.Your best bet might be backup at a remote site, although it’s likely to be the most expensive. If you choose that route, make sure it’s a site that’s quite remote as Katrina proved, 20 miles away wasn’t far enough.Serio noted, though, that storing on devices like CDs is quite inexpensive and effective, as long as you keep them with you, and not leave them in the office where they could be destroyed or inaccessible.Another important consideration is where you’d operate if your premises were wiped out and how you and your employees might get there.Although hurricane regions get much of the attention this time of year, disaster can strike a business anywhere and it doesn’t have to be a tornado or earthquake.Levees can be breached, rivers can overflow their banks, and man-made disasters like fires can also wipe out a business.But Herb Mitchell, associate administrator of the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance, said that while there is heightened interest in disaster prep in places like the Gulf Coast, “beyond that, there does seem to be a tendency toward business as usual.”Small businesses that need help in putting plans together can get some help on the Internet. The SBA’s Web site has a disaster preparedness section at www.sba.gov/beawareandprepare/business.html. The Institute for Business & Home Safety Web site has a downloadable tool kit called Open for Business that includes considerations you need to make in preparing for a disaster. You can link directly to it at www.ibhs.org/business(underscore)protection.Office Depot also has a downloadable brochure on disaster prep at www.officedepot.com/getprepared.Steve Lewis, editor-in-chief of “Edwards Disaster Recovery Directory,” said disaster preparation can mean getting your company ready for somebody else’s disaster if your key supplier is wiped out, your business could be hurt even if you’re far away from the afflicted area.He recalled that when a massive earthquake hit Kobe, Japan, in 1995, many U.S. businesses were affected. “Their suppliers were located around the area of the earthquake,” he said.So disaster planning means being ready for almost any catastrophe, whether it hits your business alone, your town, or someplace far away.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2First, he said, an owner should educate employees about disaster preparation for their families and homes.“If an employee can survive a disaster at home, that means they’ll be back to business much quicker,” he said.Serio noted that before Hurricane Katrina, a business owner with a disaster plan typically would collect employees’ phone numbers home and cell and expect that they could be reached. But, he said, the massive destruction and dislocation caused by Katrina carried with it a lesson that disaster planning needs to be more comprehensive than anyone previously thought.Office Depot’s plan now calls for employees to supply contact information such as a spouse’s cell phone number, home e-mail addresses (especially since many people can access their e-mail remotely) and phone numbers for friends and family who live out of state.“You can’t have enough contact information for employees,” Serio said. NEW YORK The arrival of hurricane season is a reminder to small business owners that they need to get their companies prepared for all kinds of disasters storms, fires, earthquakes, even vandals. It’s a hard task to do when you’re trying to run a company and bring in new customers, but the potential losses from a disaster make planning crucial.Many business owners are understandably daunted by the idea of putting together a plan. But by setting priorities, and also getting some help in putting a plan together, it can be done, and in a short amount of time.“It doesn’t have to be a million-dollar situation it can be very small, affordable,” said Tom Serio, director of global business continuity management for Office Depot Inc. “Start with the basics and move ahead.”Although Serio’s company is a major retailer with locations across the country, he said businesses of all sizes face some of the same issues in disaster planning. The most important aspects of a plan, he said, should be protecting a company’s employees and its data.last_img read more

first_imgThe Government has decided not to allow hedge-cutting in August saving the lives of thousands of birds. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms Josepha Madigan, TD, announced her decision yesterday.This will mean that there has been no change to the rules governing hedge-cutting meaning it is illegal to cut hedgerows in Donegal between 1st March and 31st August inclusive in order to protect nesting birds. Oonagh Duggan of BirdWatch Ireland said, “Today is a good day for nature in Ireland. We are delighted that Minister Madigan has seen the light when it comes to the Heritage Act and that she has shelved changes to the laws on hedge-cutting”.The spokesperson said hedge-cutting during the nesting period for birds is the number one concern of members of the public who contact BirdWatch Ireland.She added that Birdwatch Ireland’s research showed that there are 24 other species nesting well into August, including Yellowhammers which were recorded as still nesting was 24th September 2018.In announcing her decision today, Minister Madigan highlighted the need to protect and nurture nature and biodiversity, which was underpinned by national and international research showing significant declines in biodiversity. The Minister’s decision means that indiscriminate hedge-cutting for roadside hedgerows will not be tolerated, added Birdwatch IrelandOonagh Duggan also said, “The Minister spoke strongly about the need to nurture nature and biodiversity, which is very welcome. Our hedgerows are unique features of the Irish landscape and symbolise the meeting of our natural and cultural heritage. We call on the Minister to set up a Forum to deliver a National Hedgerow Conservation Strategy to ensure their long-term conservation.”However, Birdwatch Ireland also noted hedgerows have no legal protection in their own right.The group called on Minister Madigan to convene a forum of stakeholders with the goal of developing a National Hedgerow Conservation Strategy.“Hedgerows are unique features of the Irish landscape and are important in their own right, both for a host of birds and other wildlife and as carbon stores. The Minister’s decision today saves hedgerows this August, but a long-term conservation strategy is urgently needed. “This should include a bespoke law protecting hedgerows, as well as guidance on their appropriate management for the benefit of wildlife.“The Minister’s decision comes after the Dáil declared a biodiversity and climate emergency in May and called for the examination of biodiversity loss by the Citizens’ Assembly.“Hedge-cutting during the nesting period for birds is the number one concern of members of the public who contact BirdWatch Ireland.“The public wants to see more nature, not less, as was clearly expressed by voters in the May local and European elections.” Minister bans hedgerow cutting in August to save nesting birds was last modified: July 16th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Augustbancuttingdonegalhedgerowsrulelast_img read more

first_img14 June 2012South Africa’s trade conditions improved in May, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) reported on Wednesday.Its seasonally adjusted Trade Activity Index (TAI) gained five points to measure 56 for the month.“The better conditions are in correspondence with the relatively strong growth in the wholesale and retail trade, hotel and restaurant sector,” Sacci said in a statement.The non-seasonally adjusted TAI stood at 55 last month, compared to 48 in April and 49 in May last year.Sales and new orders recovered strongly to 64 and 58 compared to 50 for both indices in April 2012. A year ago the sales volume index was 56 and the new orders index 46.The inventories index increased moderately to 51 from 47 in April 2012, following strong inventory build-ups in both February and March 2012.Supplier deliveries recovered by six index points.“The fewer trading days in April played a significant role in weaker trade activity in April 2012 compared to May,” said Sacci.Indices for sales and input prices decreased from 63 and 72 in April to 59 and 68 respectively in May. Price pressures moderated despite an average rise in administered prices of 12 percent.“The effect of the weaker rand is yet to trigger higher prices,” the chamber said.Trade expectations remained positive, but tapered down in May.“Expectations are following the same pattern as in 2011, where the initial bullish outlook was moderated during the year,” said Sacci.“Weak economic conditions will continue to weigh on trade conditions in the coming months.”The six-month outlook for key components of trade activity contracted in May. Sales and input price expectations eased to 61 and 68 compared to 68 and 75 respectively in April.Inventories were expected to decline further.Employment conditions in the trade environment worsened during the month as the index moved from 43 to 41 in negative territory. The outlook for the employment index weakened to 49, from 55 in April.Sapalast_img read more

first_img3 June 2014Volkswagen Group South Africa’s (VWSA’s) 500 000th EA111 engine rolled off the production line on Friday, marking the 2-millionth engine produced at the company’s manufacturing plant in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.Production of the EA111 engine, which powers Volkswagen’s Polo and Polo Vivo models locally and equivalent models abroad, began in 2010 with volumes of 89 000 a year.“Since then, there has been a steady growth in production volumes, with this year’s production set to reach the 175 000 mark,” Richard Reid, head of VWSA’s engine plant, said in a statement on Monday.Reid said that, of these 175 000 engines, 77% were targeted for export to international markets, including factories in China, India, Malaysia, Taiwan and Mexico.“Last year in September, we introduced a fourth shift in the engine plant which increased the production capacity from 147 000 to 175 000 engines. The bolstering of production was due to the high demand from the Chinese market,” Reid said.The company said it had introduced new production line technology over the years to handle the increased growth in production. This included a state-of-the-art testing facility which ensures that each engine is 100% proof tested before it leaves the line, as well as hi-tech interactive machinery that assists operators with instructions via a screen connected to the electronic bolting equipment.VWSA managing director David Powels said these improvements had enabled the company to produce an engine every two minutes, while ensuring “that we are continually improving our products for both the local and international markets”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brrrrrr!I consider myself a fairly cold tolerant person. I spend my early winters outside for many hours a day in the Christmas tree fields in all kinds of weather. I grow facial hair. I wear flannel, stocking caps and coveralls. I cut many cords of firewood and I really do truly enjoy winter, snow and cold weather. I handled (and even enjoyed) winter’s worst this season, but these chilly March winds and damp conditions made me yearn for warmer spring days ahead.It seems as March wears on each year, I am ready for spring to arrive just a little sooner. My daughter and I were discussing the continually unpleasant weather in early March. I passed along some sage wisdom from my youth: “They always used to say if March came in like a lion it would go out like a lamb.” But after multiple appearances of the early March lion, my daughter and I are still eagerly waiting on the late March lamb.I know we are not the only ones ready for spring. Enduring a seemingly endless March is longstanding Midwestern tradition. Here are some other March weather insights from year’s gone by from the Farmers’ Almanac to take note of as we head into spring:• A dry March and a wet May? Fill barns and bays with corn and hay.• As it rains in March, so it rains in June.• March winds and April showers? Bring forth May flowers.• So many mists in March you see, so many frosts in May will be.• Is’t on St. Joseph’s day (19th) clear,So follows a fertile year;Is’t on St. Mary’s (25th) bright and clear,Fertile is said to be the year.In a recent podcast, Joel Penhorwood shared the “The 11 seasons of Midwestern states” that he’d found online that may be more accurate for the Ohio weather we have been seeing in recent years. Here are the 11 seasons one can expect in Ohio: Winter, Fool’s Spring, Second Winter, Spring of Deception, Third Winter, Mud Season, Actual Spring, Summer, False Fall, Second Summer (1 week), and Actual Fall.In the estimation of our podcast group consisting of myself, Dale Minyo, Ty Higgins and Joel, we had Fool’s Spring back in February, which was followed by a fairly definitive Second Winter through early March. The wonderful sunshine and temperatures in the 50s for the Spring of Deception took place the last couple days of the Ohio Beef Expo and the day after (and to me this also always seems to coincide with some of the best of March Madness basketball watching). As I write this, temperatures have plummeted back into the 30s and there is a miserable mix of freezing rain and a bone-chilling breeze for a truly awful Third Winter, setting us up for yet another Mud Season.Looking forward, Jim Noel with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service Ohio River Forecast Center is predicting the coming weeks to be influenced by La Niña.“La Niña, cooling of the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean waters, remains in place and is classified as a weak La Niña. This means many other things will ultimately impact our weather and climate since it is weak, but it will contribute to our pattern. Indications are this could linger into spring and possibly summer before ending. Regardless of when it ends, it tends to impact weather patterns in the atmosphere longer, sometimes up to three to six months later. So there will be a contribution to our climate pattern into at least the planting season if not growing season,” Noel said in the OSU Extension CORN Newsletter. “December to February will go down as slightly warmer and wetter than normal. Even though we had really cold periods in there, the very warm second half of February wiped all the winter cold away. Snowfall will go down in many areas as not too far from normal, a bit above or below depending on where you live. The main snow message was the snow kept coming and going away during winter.”The cooler weather of March looks like it will spill over into April.“The outlook for April calls for cooler and wetter than normal conditions with the last freeze normal or slightly later than normal. Expect 4-inch soil temperatures to track normal or slightly behind schedule,” Noel said. “After a slightly cooler and wetter spring (delayed planting?), there is growing risk of a turn to hotter and drier, during the summer growing season. However, within that preferred pattern, there is the risk of complexes of storms to provide intense short-term heavy rainfall and floods within a drier than normal pattern.“What this all means is this year the risk will be elevated for extreme weather and climate shifts which challenge outdoor activities such as gardening and farming.”The strength and duration of the La Niña will also be worth watching as we move through the growing season.“Research NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center has done with Ohio State University and published at the National Weather Association Annual Meeting in 2008 showed La Niña years tend to be some of the most challenging for crops in Ohio,” Noel said. “Often times corn and soybean yields end up being at or below trend line. Corn is impacted more than soybeans.”I only have a few days of firewood left at the house (I do have a couple of truckloads of cut and seasoned wood elsewhere that I was planning on saving for next year). Unless I dip into next year’s supply, it seems that if the cold weather hangs on much longer I’ll have to fire up the propane furnace. I truly love all of Ohio’s 11 seasons — yes, even Mud Season. They each have their own appeal. But, like most of you, I am eagerly awaiting warmer days, planting season and the triumphant arrival of Actual Spring.last_img read more

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Here’s the latest sneak peak Geocaching Challenges video and more information about this exciting evolution in geocaching. Geocaching Challenges are an innovative new way to experience and share location-based adventures around the world. Groundspeak is anticipating releasing Challenges on Geocaching.com later this week.  Geocaching Challenges will also be available the same via free smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms.Groundspeak is beginning by launching two types of Challenges: Action and Photo. The video above describes what an Action Challenge is. Additional types of Challenges are slated to be added in the future.Geocachers will earn smileys for completing a Challenge. The smileys for Challenges will appear  separate from geocaches in user profiles, but will be part of your found/completed count. Geocaching.com Premium Members will be able to create Action and Photo Challenges. SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com “Photo” Challenge – A Sneak PeekAugust 16, 2011In “Community”Geocaching.com Teams Up with Tomb Raider®January 11, 2012In “Community””Geocaching Rhode Island DeLorme Challenge” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoOctober 26, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories”last_img read more

Benitez tips United for top four finish

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez believes Manchester United have what it takes to close the gap and finish in the top four this season.Since the appointment of interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United have been in impressive form, winning three games in a row and scoring 12 goals in the process.Solskjaer will be aiming for his fourth successive win when they travel to Tyneside for Wednesday night’s Premier League fixture.United are currently 6th place in the league table and 8 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, but Benitez expects the Red Devils to close the gap.“It’s a team that has to be easily in the top four, that is very clear,” Benitez told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They can compete against Manchester City, Liverpool, anyone. We are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of everything.“The players they have, they are so good that if you want to win or get points against them you have to perform really well.“When you are a top side like Manchester United, spending millions every year, you have to be in the top four and you have to win the title.“For them, that’s the pressure. Not just now, they had it before, and for sure they will feel the pressure in a few weeks when they will be there fighting with Tottenham, Chelsea, City, Liverpool, and Arsenal.”last_img read more

Whats behind San Diego Countys record breaking rents

first_img Sasha Foo July 10, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There’s a lot of construction activity in downtown San Diego, but who are the people who will be living in the new apartment complexes with their sweeping views of the city?From the East Village to Little Italy, rent levels are soaring, exceeding the amount that many people pay each month for a home mortgage. In Litle Italy, an upscale complex called “Vici” is nearing completion. Studios lease for $2,100 and the rent for a one bedroom unit starts at just over $3,000. It’s not just in the downtown area, where rents are rising.All across San Diego county, the price of rental housing is going up. According to a survey by MarketPointe Realty Advisors, rent over a one year period from March 2017 to March 2018 rose by 20%. Since 2015, MarketPointe said rents in the county soared by a whopping 20%. Real estate analyst Gary London said the average rent on a one bedroom in the county is just under $2,000.A one bedroom in the downtown area is renting on average for $2,300. London said rents will continue to rise because of the short supply of housing. Older apartments may be more affordable for lower and middle income families. Yet, tenants rights organizer Rafael Bautista said landlords at older properties are also hiking rents.At the Village Apartments in Linda Vista, the management had been hiking rent by as much as $200 a year, even though some units had mold, leaks and were in substandard condition. Bautista who helped the tenants protest the conditions and the steep rent increases said the property owner eventually agreed to make repairs and hold off on rent hikes. Bautista said he would like to see rent control, as a means of keeping housing costs more reasonable.This November, California voters will decide if a 1995 state law that restricts rent control should be repealed. San Diego is one of the few big cities in California that doesn’t have rent control. Even if the proposition passes, it would still be up to local lawmakers to pass a rent control ordinance. Opponents of rent control don’t believe new restrictions will ease rental prices, and might even tighten housing supply.At this point in time, London said we are building just a third of what the market needs. One of the most surprising figures; in a county of more than 3 million people, there are only 18 new apartment projects being built this year, which will produce about 5,000 new units. London said we need to set more aggressive housing targets and help developers build projects more quickly by reducing the time and costs of getting permits. What’s behind San Diego County’s record breaking rents? Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwittercenter_img Sasha Foo, Posted: July 10, 2018 Updated: 7:55 PMlast_img read more

Home Start to Hold 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala

first_imgSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Home Start, Inc. will hold its 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa.The even is held each April in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Home Start’s Blue Ribbon Gala raises funds for the organization’s programs that provide critical assistance to children and families throughout San Diego County.The gala’s space theme, “Mission Blue: The Great Beyond,” will feature a three-course meal, silent and live auction, photo booth, and live entertainment.The Full Strength Funk Band scheduled to play Home Start’s 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala.The 11 piece funk band whose playlist spans the decades from the classic funk tunes of the ’70’s to the dance hits of today. Featuring a full horn section, sweet harmonies and Latin percussion. Jonathan Halvorson Jonathan Halvorson, Home Start to Hold 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala Posted: April 1, 2019 April 1, 2019 Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more