Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest JD Equipment continues its community involvement by donating $250 to the City of Hilliard Safety Town Program. Safety Town is a one-week course that focuses on teaching children safe practices both at school and at home. The curriculum includes: bicycle safety, pedestrian safety, school bus safety, fire safety, seat belt safety, 9-1-1 emergency calls, stranger danger and what to do if they find a gun. The children are instructed and practice how to cross the street safely. This program is geared to help children become comfortable around Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters.Safety Town utilizes a realistic, child-sized town designed to provide a complete hands-on safety education for children entering kindergarten in the fall. Working traffic signals, miniature buildings, cross walks, and traffic provided by the children on tricycles help give the children the experience they need before they take their final walk on a real street with real traffic and signals escorted by police officers.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Response to President Trump’s DirectiveThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), acting in response to a directive from President Donald J. Trump, today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands located in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas — the three states most heavily impacted by ongoing wildfires which began on March 6, 2017.“President Trump, the USDA, and Governors Brownback, Fallin, and Abbott deserve a great deal of credit for moving swiftly to open these lands to grazing so that many of the cattle producers who were dramatically impacted by last month’s wildfires can feed their herds,” said Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Those devastating wildfires burned more than 1.5 million acres in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas and killed an estimated 9,000 to 18,000 cattle. Those cattle can’t be replaced, but today’s action will help ranchers salvage what remains of their herds.”USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young issued a memorandum authorizing the emergency grazing of cattle by ranchers, who are facing the ruination of their herds due to lack of sufficient grazing land. The authorization is pursuant to appropriate restrictions and conservation measures, which can be found in the Acting Deputy Secretary’s memorandum.“Ranchers are facing devastating conditions and economic calamity because of these wildfires and they need some relief, or else they face the total loss of their herds in many cases,” Young said. “These measures will allow them to salvage what remains of their cattle and return to the important business of feeding Americans and the rest of the world. I commend and thank President Trump for acting decisively in response to this dire situation.”The USDA action is required to direct the Farm Service Agency to permit the grazing on lands covered by the CRP, which exists to conserve and improve wildlife resources. In this case, the grazing will overlap with the primary nesting season of the lesser prairie chicken. CRP has procedures in place, already developed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to permit emergency grazing on protected lands during nesting season. Lesser prairie chicken nesting season runs in Texas from March 1 to June 1, in Kansas from April 15 to July 15, and in Oklahoma from May 1 to July 1.Ranchers and farmers are only now able to begin to estimate losses, since the fires are still burning in some places and access to the lands to survey the damage has been limited. Damages in the states are expected to grow, but are now estimated as follows:KansasCounties affected include Clark, Comanche, Ellis, Ellsworth, Ford, Hodgeman, Kiowa, Lane, Lincoln, Meade, Ness, Russell, and Seward.An estimated 630,000 acres burned, primarily pasturelands.Estimated livestock loss: between 3,000 and 9,000 head of cattle.Large volumes of hay and feed destroyed.Estimated cost of fencing destroyed exceeds $36 million.OklahomaCounties affected include Beaver, Ellis, Harper, Roger Mills, Woodward, and Woods.An estimated 389,533 acres burned.Estimated livestock loss: 3,000 head of cattle.An estimated cost of structure loss of $2 million.Estimated cost of fencing destroyed exceeds $22 million.TexasCounties affected include Armstrong, Carson, Collingsworth, Donley, Gray, Hansford, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, and Wheeler.An estimated 550,000 acres burned, affecting 346 farms and ranches.Estimated livestock loss: at least 3,000 cattle and 1,900 swine.Thousands of miles of fences expected to be a total loss, but so far unable to be surveyed.The Acting Deputy Secretary’s memorandum can be found on the USDA website (PDF, 387 KB).
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The story remains the same this morning. and therefore our forecast will be pretty short and sweet. Cold and mostly dry weather is expected over the next 10 days. We are even dialing back the few threats that we do see a little bit this morning. Today should feature partly sunny and chilly weather conditions, something that we see in most areas tomorrow as well. The only exception will be in far northern Ohio, where we can’t rule out a few flurries north of US 6. This potential comes out of a disturbance that moves across the Great Lakes at midweek. Really, we still look pretty good in most areas tomorrow, just chilly.Thursday we still have the potential for scattered flurries or a snow shower in the far southern tip of Ohio, but coverage looks significantly lower…only 30 of that area has a good chance. We should be partly to mostly sunny elsewhere.We kick off a mostly dry 5 day stretch on Friday, with no precipitation potential through next Tuesday, except near the Lake. We cant rule out a few flurries Friday overnight and Saturday in far northern Ohio, and lake effect can continue Saturday afternoon and evening in NE Ohio. But…this will be limited to perhaps no more than 10% of the state, with the rest of us fully dry for the 5 day period. However, we pay for it again with cool air, and temps remain mostly 10-15 degrees below normal. The map at right shows temperatures Monday morning as they relate to normal. Next Wednesday we have sun followed by increasing clouds, and that may lead to some flurries for Wednesday afternoon and evening from US 30 northward. Stronger winds develop with that system too. There is no precipitation threat for next Wednesday from US 30 southward. We go back to dry, cold weather for next Thursday through the following Sunday (10th). However, temps do start to moderate that Sunday afternoon.All of a sudden, the weather pattern goes active and very wet again for the last half of the 11-16 day period. Rains come for Monday the 11th and Tuesday the 12th, bringing totals of half to 2” and 100% coverage. That will be followed by another front for the 13th that brings an additional half to 2 inches. So, after nearly 2 weeks of dry weather, we get really wet with 1-4” rain potential combined right ahead of mid-month. Temperatures warm dramatically for those rain events.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Polls#web richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Yesterday we delivered our half-year report for the Web. In that post we summarized some of the highlights of the first half of this year: the launch of the iPad in January, Google Buzz arriving in February, Facebook’s Open Graph platform announcement in April, the release of iPhone 4 in June, Twitter’s World Cup features in June, and more.We’d now like to poll you on which of these – or other – products or platforms has impressed you the most over 2010. You may cast up to 3 votes in the poll below.We’ve selected 10 things that have excited us this year, but if you don’t see one of your favorites in the list then please add it to the comments and we will count that as a vote. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “We have worked long to get the documents, but it would be wrong of me to tell who is the source. We have not paid for the material, which we have gained access to no conditions. It is we who decide what to publish and how we should handle it.”All bets are off, in other words, and control is out of the hands of Wikileaks. Given Wikileaks’ abiding dedication to information control, you have to wonder three things. How many more leaks (of these leaks and others) will happen?How will they effect what Wikileaks does in the future? How will it complicate the relationships, both partnerships and antagonisms, that have flowered around these leaks? How many stories are likely to issue from the leaked leaks is uncertain, as is the timeline for their release. But we anticipate a great interest at news organizations around the world in “that one intern from Tromsø.” Hold on to your hat, Vebjørn!Here is a link to most of the stories they’ve written so far based on the unreleased cables. (Google Translate version in English.)Update: We incorrectly reported that no other publication had the full body of all the leaked cables. According to the Washington Post, however, the day after the first cables were published the Guardian had the full collection and shared it with the New York Times. Dagens it represents the first publication to reportedly acquire the entire collection, other than the New York Times, which did not have an agreement with Wikileaks.Longship photo by William Murphy Tags:#Government#privacy#web Related Posts curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Norway’s largest newspaper, Aftenposten, claims to have access to all 250,000 of Wikileaks’ diplomatic cables. Norwegian business publication Dagens it reported the claim today. Aftenposten editor Ole Erik Almlid refused to explain who had leaked the leaks, but BoingBoing theorizes, “one guess could involve the database being stored on a server within Norway.”Unlike El Pais, The Guardian, Le Monde and Wikileaks’ other media partners in past leaks, Aftenposten has no agreement requiring the organization’s sign-off prior to publishing the leaks, said Almid.
Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Terrorists could easily sabotage large portions of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Security is so weak in many industrial control systems that even an average hacker could shut down water and power plants, damage nuclear facilities and freeze automobile and aircraft assembly lines.The threat is so real that right or wrong, some security experts are publicly disclosing the weakest links to force action.The Security RenegadesLeading the renegades is Dale Peterson, founder of Sunrise, Fla.-based Digital Bond, which specializes in monitor, control and alarm systems for industrial plants. Peterson runs Project Basecamp, in which researchers demonstrate the fragility of critical control systems.Basecamp’s latest target was Germany-based Smart Software Solutions, better known as 3S. Peterson’s commandos found major vulnerabilities in 3S’ CoDeSys, a software tool for programmable logic controllers (PLCs), which are computers that automate industrial tasks, such as operating valves. More than 250 ICS makers use CoDeSys.The vulnerabilities would give access to the PLC upload code without an ID or password. That means a hacker would have full control of a controller. In exposing the weakness, Basecamp researchers also released exploit tools so 3S customers could test the vulnerabilities themselves.Inadequate ResponseThe Department of Homeland Security responded with an alert that recommended manufacturers “take defensive measures to minimize the risk of exploitation of these vulnerabilities.”Tuesday, 3S confirmed the problem, saying, “We take this issue very seriously and are currently working on a solution.”At the same time, the company acknowledged that securing its products against cyber attacks was not its focus. “In general, we do not offer any standard tools in CoDeSys which are to protect the controller from a serious cyber attack.”That attitude is exactly why Peterson launched Basecamp, which he insisted discloses vulnerabilities already known to hackers and the manufacturers. His goal is to get vendors to stop making industrial control products that are “insecure by design” and to fix what is already in use. So far, his strategy hasn’t worked.“They complain and everyone says that it shouldn’t be made public, yet we still don’t see it getting corrected,” Peterson said.Was Stuxnet Not Warning Enough?What can happen when hackers gain access to an industrial control system was demonstrated in Iran in 2010. A virus dubbed Stuxnet was unleashed in an Iranian nuclear facility, damaging centrifuges used to enrich uranium. The New York Times reported that the U.S. and Israeli governments developed the malware together.3S is not the first company targeted by Basecamp. The research group disclosed in January vulnerabilities in widely used PLCs made by General Electric, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Modicon, Koyo Electronics and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.The researchers also have released exploit modules for some of the vulnerabilities in the popular Metasploit tool kit used by security experts and hackers.Homeland Security does not support the work of groups like Basecamp. Marty Edwards, director of the department’s Control Systems Security Program, told Wired the agency “does not encourage the release of sensitive vulnerability information” until a solution is ready for distribution.A ‘Pre-9/11 Moment’Partisan politics has prevented Congress from passing a cybersecurity bill to protect the nation from attacks on critical infrastructure. Lawmakers’ inaction comes as the Obama administration warns that a strike can happen at anytime.In a speech to a group of business leaders in New York this month, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the nation needed to heed the warning signs and bolster its cyber defenses to avoid another tragedy like the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001. According to Panetta, the country is in a “pre-9/11 moment.”How far Congress will go to force manufacturers to secure industrial systems remains to be seen. Replacing or upgrading them would be expensive and companies would lobby hard against laws that would force them to make changes.“We’ve been very disappointed in the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. government,” Peterson said. “They have not said out loud that these devices are vulnerable and need to be replaced.” Peterson said he’ll continue exposing security weaknesses.His efforts are unlikely to produce much more than an occasional headline. Creating national cyber defenses requires forceful government action, private-public interaction and cooperation among companies and industries not seen since World War II. Let’s hope that happens before we’re hit again. Tags:#basecamp#cracking#cybersecurity#hacking#legislation#regulation#security#stuxnet Related Posts antone gonsalves Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…
Krishna Poonia versus Seema Antil is not as hyped as many other rivalries in Indian sport. Yet, as D-day nears for the London Olympics opening ceremony, the tall Seema is looking confident.Almost shying away from the media at a party on Monday night, Seema is playing the quiet game. “Talk to my coach please,” she said when a couple of mediapersons approached her.”Insi miliye, yee mere husband hain,” she said again, trying to deflect the attention. However, after the pleasantries, it was time for Seema to talk.Having spent almost 10 months training in California, Seema says she has got stronger and is ready for the big day. The drug spectre has haunted her for long and now she knows it’s all about competing fair and square in the unpredictable weather of London.The small, light-red tilak on her forehead did suggest she has been praying hard and hopes to do well. But at an event as big as the Olympics, nothing is because of chance.”The time has come and I am ready. Nobody can now offer any excuse,” says Seema, looking quite relaxed.Having been through her share of lows as well, when she first tested positive for drugs, Seema is aware what it will be like in London.Seema looked surprised when she was asked how she was feeling.”I am feeling good sir,” said a shy Seema, almost refusing to move away from her husband who stood at attention. “I am in peak shape and no fitness worries,” she added as she again tried to engage her coach to be involved in the conversation.More questions followed, as she was asked if the focus on Krishna Poonia was upsetting her. “People probably don’t know me well but I’m happy to be away from limelight and recently threw 62.30 metres in a competition in UK,” she said.At the same time, Krishna had thrown just close to 61 metres.Seema’s own expectations are that on current form she is hoping to make the final. At this point, finally, coach Tony Ciarelly stepped in.Looking rugged and ready to talk, Ciarelly spoke of how Seema had worked hard. “Yeah, she has worked with me now for almost a year though it could have been longer,” he said.”In my view, the strongest thing about Seema is she works hard. I have been able to work on her technique and tact and she is able to hurl the discus freely. The weather in London may be unpredictable but if it gets slippery, I am confident Seema will still do well,” said coach Ciarelly.”Her fitness is good and she is fully aware of her body which any athlete should be,” he adds.So what is Seema capable of? “Let’s be honest, I’m looking at the finals. At least 4-5 girls are better than the two Indian girls Seema and Krishna who I saw for the first time last week.”It’s bright and sunny now but if the weather changes, count Seema in. She is capable of 64-65m… so you never know,” he said.Seema won bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. This time, she is aware nothing can be left to chance.advertisement