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first_img“Almost two-thirds of teen fatalities in our state aren’t buckled up,” Jones said. “PRIDE trains instructors how to deliver safe driving tools to their community. PRIDE helps parents make it through the process of their teen getting a license without ‘losing their cool’ and helps teens learn how to avoid crashes.” Law enforcement, emergency medical services, health departments, Cooperative Extension educators and fire departments across the state participate in GTIPI’s training and distribute educational materials. Onsite training is conducted at GTIPI’s facilities in Conyers as well as regional locations across the state. GTIPI’s course, “Georgia Teens Ride with PRIDE” is for parents and their new teen drivers. For more information, see http://www.ridesafegeorgia.org or call GTIPI at (678) 413-4281, or toll free at (800) 342-9819. “Even though child safety seats are used by parents more than 90 percent of the time, four out of five seats are installed incorrectly,” said Frankie Jones, GTIPI’s director. “The CPST certification qualifies volunteers to teach parents how to do it right.” Parents and young children benefit from safety professionals and volunteers who achieve national certification in the 32-hour Child Passenger Safety Technician training. GTIPI has four main training and community education initiatives: Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification, Georgia Teens Ride with PRIDE (Parents Reducing Incidents of Driver Error), CarFit and the Online Safety Store. Each area is designed to reach target age groups or address a critical traffic safety issue.center_img By Andrew TurnageUniversity of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute has been awarded an $836,470 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to continue its education and training programs in the areas of passenger safety education, young and senior driver education and community programming. Designed for mature drivers, CarFit helps seniors stay behind the wheel longer and more safely. “CarFit is a non-threatening way to educate seniors about how to stay safe and comfortable in their car,” Jones said. The Online Safety Store is the primary source statewide for print and electronic traffic safety resources for consumers, educators and professionals. GTIPI manages distribution of materials from the GOHS website, www.georgiahighwaysafety.org. For 24 years, GTIPI has assisted the GOHS in meeting congressional requirements by designing and delivering education that improves safety while traveling in a vehicle. The institute has been a leading resource in traffic safety education in Georgia.last_img read more


first_imgIsrael is heading off shortages of disposable surgical masks during the coronavirus crisis by mass-producing washable versions sized to fit everyone from children to bearded men who shun shaving due to their religion.As part of stepped-up precautions against the virus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Sunday made it compulsory for Israelis to cover their mouths and noses while in public.But the global crunch on medical kit has made single-use masks scarce or overpriced. After sending Mossad spies to hunt for supplies abroad and permitting Israelis to opt for scarfs or other makeshift masks, the government turned to local expertise. The result is a mask made of high-density cotton similar to bed sheet material, which can be disinfected with a 60 degree Celsius laundry cycle and reused, potentially for weeks.Around 10 workshops – including in jails – on around-the-clock shifts have made the first million masks for the emergency services and high-risk groups, said Amit Ben-Kish, a manager of the project sponsored by the health and defense ministries.While the state covered that initial cost, the plan is to produce further masks for sale in shops at around $2 each.”Each mask can be used tens of times. By buying five masks for less than $10, you are set for a few months,” Ben-Kish said at a factory in Kibbutz Tzuba, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Topics :center_img Behind him, a dozen teens on a volunteer year-off between high school and compulsory military service perched behind sewing machines that were set apart in deference to social distancing. They rattled off masks that were then stacked for sterilization and packing with multilingual instruction labels.The masks’ protection is comparable to paper surgical masks: more than improvised cloth, less than N95 filtered respirators.”Another advantage of woven fabric masks is that they can be made in variable sizes. We already made masks for kids, youths and adults. One particular size – extra large – fits people with beards,” Ben-Kish said.Many of Israel’s Jews and Muslims, and some Christian clergymen, wear beards as a mark of faith, and the mask order raised questions as to how facial hair would be accommodated.Except for a blue police design, the masks come in white, said designer Rinat Peleg Hermoni.Some types of pigmentation can present a respiratory risk, she explained: “And besides, white shows dirt clearly. It’s a good reminder of when a wash might be past due.” last_img read more


first_imgS&P said the fall in long-term inflation expectations would help schemes with the falling discount rate.However, should QE fail to generate economic growth, this would then further hamper schemes.“Funding levels for those in deficit could suffer a further 10-15% erosion if QE causes stagflation by failing to kick-start sustainable growth, warranting its continuation, but only causing inflationary expectations to move higher” S&P said.S&P data showed liabilities for the 50 schemes peaked at more than €500bn in 2012, with the current funding ratio at approximately 70%.Over the last year, S&P said the AA long-term corporate bond yields, commonly used in discount rate calculations, have halved to 1.45%.“The proximate causes of these falling bond yields have included a sluggish euro area economy,” it added.“Corporate bonds are not on the ECB’s latest QE asset purchase list, yet they have benefited indirectly from the prospective shortage of high-quality, long-duration assets as the ECB’s target asset pool covers government bonds with 2-30 year maturities.”It said it expected a euro-zone corporate scheme to reduce its DB discount rate by up to 150 basis points – with EDF, the French energy firm, seeing its liabilities increase by €7bn due to its 1.3 percentage point drop in discount rate.Using the calculations of inflation expectations and falls in discount rates, liabilities for corporates could rise by 11-18%.With this, the firm said it expected corporate schemes to manage the situation by continuing a shift to higher-yielding assets, increasing contributions, lowering benefits or reducing risk with insurance products.“In the medium term, the risk remains QE achieves nothing more than promoting stagflation in the euro area,” S&P said.“A combination of weak growth, inducing the ECB to continue with its aggressive monetary policy stance, and rising inflation would be a treacherous combination for DB pension schemes already struggling to contain their plan deficits.”In January, the ECB announced a €1.1trn QE programme to ensure the current deflationary pressure in the currency union ceased and moved back towards 2%.However, investment consultants across the Continent warned of the negative impact on DB pension scheme funding due to the combination of factors.Aon Hewitt global head of asset allocation, Tapan Datta, said the toxic cocktail of the economic situation in Europe could be worsened by QE failure to boost equity markets.Read Martin Steward’s analysis on the ECB move to boost inflation in the euro-zone The impact of euro-zone quantitative easing (QE) on long-term bond yields and defined benefit (DB) schemes could see funding drop by more than 15%, particularly in a stagflationary environment.The analysis of 50 corporate DB schemes in Europe showed the European Central Bank’s (ECB) €60bn a month QE plan could see liabilities increase by as much as 18%.The report, by Standard & Poor’s, suggested Europe’s top 50 companies rated by the firm would suffer discount rate falls due to the inflation-seeking central bank policy.However, even with investment returns of 8-12% achieved due to buoyant markets in 2014, “substantial growth” in deficits would occur due to the cocktail of average 30% underfunding and low returns on equities compared with bonds.last_img read more


first_img Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Ron Hearn of JenningsBet has been crowned the 2017 Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year.The 57-year-old, who has a betting shop career spanning 40 years, the last six of which have been spent with JenningsBet, beat seven other finalists from Ladbrokes, Coral, Megabet, Paddy Power Betfair and William Hill.Hearn, who told the Racing Post: “It is nice for an independent to win it and also for a little bit of recognition. After 40 years, I can now say every day was worth it,” also praised a very competitive field, adding: “The eight finalists here have been exceptional.“We formed a really strong bond at Doncaster in October and when they announced the regional winners on SIS, you just felt sorry for some of the mates you made a week earlier who hadn’t got through with you.”Before stressing the importance of punters, particularly of the younger generation: “In an ideal world, with each customer who comes in the door you have got to make them think they are the person you have opened the door for.“I still think it is a great industry. The thing is you need to encourage a few more youngsters in who are going to see it through.”Greg Knight, JenningsBet Managing Director, praised Hearn’s victory and the firms first in the competitions 30 year history, commenting: “It means an awful lot to the company because we have got a lot of experienced managers of 20, 25, 30 years plus and it is a recognition for them.“I also think it’s a recognition for the independent sector. You’ve heard Ron’s background, steeped in independent bookmakers over the years and it just shows how important it is.“It is about community. Ron’s worked in that shop now for 21 years, he knows everybody locally. He is part of the community and I think that’s extremely important. I am just made up for him personally.”The main prize for the award is a VIP trip to one of Singapore’s major race meeting, in addition to being guests in the SIS Ascot Box next month. Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more