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Dominican Republic Prepares to Effectively Respond to Disasters

first_imgBy Yubelin Mariel/Diálogo September 29, 2016 The Dominican Republic’s National Emergency Commission (CNE, per its Spanish acronym) and the University of Hawaii’s Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) held the “National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment” workshop. The event took place in Santo Domingo on September 14th and was led by Major General Rafael Emilio De Luna Pichirilo, executive director of the Dominican Republic Civil Defense and representatives of the PDC. Among other participants were members of the National Emergency Commission such as the Dominican Red Cross, the Ministry of Public Health, Civil Defense, the National Geological Survey, the National Statistics Office, the Emergency Operations Center and the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic. The preliminary results of the “National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment,” were presented. The study was conducted by the Dominican Republic to identify conditions and capacities to effectively respond to disasters. The Dominican Republic was selected for the project because of its multiple high-risk profiles in terms of disasters like hurricanes, floods, forest fires and landslides. The workshop laid the groundwork for a strategic plan that will increase the country’s capacity to confront and reduce vulnerabilities in order to save lives and reduce losses. National evaluation project The project is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of preparedness capacities during national disasters, and the results will be used to make effective and timely decisions for disaster mitigation and risk management. The main objective of the project is to identify conditions throughout the country which make certain areas either more or less ready or able to respond effectively and recover from natural disasters. Maj. Gen. De Luna Pichirilo welcomed participants and explained the importance of proper analysis to understand disaster risks. “With this data collection we are going to have a restructuring of our plans, fine tuning the actions we need to take through prevention committees, and mitigation and response in the different municipalities and provinces throughout the country. Likewise, the Emergency Operations Center will have an extremely important tool at its disposal to take action on its own in terms of institutional coordination, and we understand that with that we are moving forward in the risk management process,” said Maj. Gen. De Luna. He added the operation’s center will work in close collaboration with disaster management organizations, governmental ministries, non-governmental organizations and various universities. During his presentation, Todd Bosse, a specialist at the PDC’s Disaster Management office, praised the CNE’s active participation in the project. “All the work and the effort put in for the National Emergency Commission’s event today demonstrates a great effort, a great vision for the future and a great willingness to collaborate.” Furthermore, he said that “successful coordination can save thousands of lives, and, in the end, that is the objective we want to reach; that the disaster that could occur affects the least amount of lives and causes the least amount of losses.” The PDC, a research center managed by the University of Hawaii, is dedicated to improving disaster mitigation, preparation, response and recovery through innovative, global, multi-hazard disaster monitoring, early warning and decision support systems, as well as risk and vulnerability assessment. For almost two decades, PDC has delivered comprehensive information, assessments, tools, and services with the goal of reducing disaster risk. “Disaster management requires information, as well as analyzing the best practices and how to combine those practices,” said Bosse in reference the expectations for the Dominican Republic’s disaster response capacity. “We hope this will be a great effort so we can not only mitigate, prevent and resolve a disaster when it occurs, but also save the greatest number of lives before they are impacted negatively.”last_img read more

Batesville MS Golf Invitational Results

first_imgCricket Ridge Golf Course hosted the Second Annual Batesville Middle School Golf Invitational on Saturday, May 16th. Through a light drizzle, the Bulldog Boys’ and Girls’ teams both took second place while the Greensburg teams took both first place slots.Outstanding performances by eighth graders Meredith McCreary and Kelly Gole earned them first and third place in the individual girls division. The Bulldogs finished the season 20 – 6.Boys and Coed Team Results1. Greensburg Junior High Boys = 1832. Batesville Middle School Boys = 2023. Benjamin Rush Middle School = 2094. Franklin County Schools = 2185. St. Louis Catholic School = 222Batesville Individual Boys Results1. Andy Gutzwiller – 482. Zach Stoneburner – 483. Shane Meer – 534. Sam Bowman – 585. Joseph Cerniglia – 53Girls Team Results1. Greensburg Junior High Girls = 2032. Batesville Middle School Girls = 216Batesville Individual Girls Results1. Meredith McCreary = 422. Kelly Gole = 513. Kacy Harsh = 614. Shalee Harrington = 655. Sarah Ronnebaum = 62Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chase Mears.last_img read more

St. Louis School’s 2nd quarter Honor Roll

first_imgGrade 4First Honors:  Ava Becker, Owen Beckner, Elena Beiser, Damien Brelage, Caleb Harmeyer, Jack Laloge, Sophia Leising, Kathryn Mack, Calvin Padgett, Abby Raab, Jersey Trenkamp, Alejandra Schutte, Mary Kara WanstrathSecond Honors:  Madi Dierckman, Mylania Fullenkamp, Jeff Gerstbauer, Wilbur Giesting, Sam Greiwe, Tripp Hertel, Ruby Imel, Andrew King, Zoie Niese, Kenli Rudolf, Lillian Scheibler, Ray Walke, Grant Wanstrath, Hailee Weisenbach, Laney WuestefeldThird Honors:  Aubrey Baker, Sam Dice, Nick Kern, Maggie Tekulve, Anthony Walke Grade 5First Honors:  Avery Austin, Ella King, Olivia Leising, Lucy Meyer, Campbell Miles, Brody Rudolf, Grace Saner, Margaret Smith, Leigh Walmsley, Adam Weber, Isabelle YoungSecond Honors:  Owen Hermesch, Griffin Koester, Ethan Meer, Riley Siegel, Rylan YeagerThird Honors:  Carson Hartwell, Madden Showalter, Ellen Swain Grade 6First Honors: Felicity Brelage, Ben Greiwe, Sophia Hohenstein, Bridget Lohmueller, Olivia Meer, Caleb Mohr, Ethan Rahschulte, Sam RIchardson, Meg Ritter, Karsyn WatsonSecond Honors: Ashley Hunter, Jaiden Kuria, Brycen Miller, Tyler Reder, Cate Reidy, Rachel Suttmann, Paige Watters, Brady WonnellThird Honors:  Isabel Imel, Noah Livers, Vincent Meneses, Katelyn Rahe, Cora Roth Batesville, IN— St. Louis School’s 2nd quarter Honor Rollcenter_img Grade 7First Honors:  Lucy Abplanalp, Sully Hill, Christian Mack, Henry WanstrathSecond Honors:  Max Amberger, Libby Boedicker, Sam Laloge, Adam Meer, Santiago Schutte, Ainsley SipplesThird Honors:  Zavier Tekulve, Jacob Voegele, Maria Voegele Grade 8First Honors:  Megan Batta, Maggie Beiser, Preston Conway, Sady Hirt, Thomas Lohmueller, Paul Meer, Rhea Miller, Hank Ritter, Claire Saner, Lilly Schebler, Catherine Streator, Ingrid Tuveson, Sadie Wachsmann, Madison Wanstrath, Kate Weber, Abigail WuestefeldSecond Honors:  Jayden Boedicker, Lea Cossentino, Calvin Grote, Connor Miles, Ava Owens, Izzi Price, Cole Rudolf, Eli Weiler, Isabelle WonnellThird Honors:  Evan Flaspohler, Brian Harmeyer, Ben Meyer, Ella Moster, Hannah Wellslast_img read more

Dodgers pitcher Brandon Beachy, rushed to the majors, returns to the minors

first_imgWho needs a DH?When Chin-Hui Tsao batted in the fifth inning, it was his first plate appearance at any level in 12 years.Naturally, he hit the first pitch he saw from Braves pitcher Alex Wood to the warning track in right-center field. It bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double.Could Tsao even remember the last time he batted?“It was a long time ago,” he said. “Probably 2003.”Sure enough, Tsao’s last plate appearance was Sept. 21, 2003 for the Colorado Rockies. His last hit was Aug. 23 of that year, a single, and his last double came five days before that.In the meantime, he’s pitched in every minor-league level from Single-A to Triple-A, and spent a year in Taiwan. “They don’t hit,” Tsao said. “They use a designated hitter.”His well-documented comeback after five years away from the game had thus far focused on pitching. He said his only batting practice prior to Tuesday came during spring training this year with the Dodgers.How did he look?“Just so-so,” Tsao said.AlsoCarlos Frias threw a bullpen session Monday and touched 96 mph on the radar gun. “If he’s good, then we’ll be talking about a live BP or getting out to pitch this week,” Mattingly said. Frias is on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff lower back. He is not in the running to pitch for the Dodgers this weekend, Mattingly said. … Center fielder Joc Pederson won the Dodgers’ Heart and Hustle Award, given by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to one player on each team who “demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.” The award is voted on by former players.. … The TBS broadcast of Sunday’s game between the Mets and Dodgers will not be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ATLANTA >> If you’re a struggling pitcher with a minor-league option in your contract, long postgame meetings with the manager rarely bode well. Such was the case for Brandon Beachy, who was ticketed for Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for outfielder Carl Crawford.Crawford was officially activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday. His pinch-running appearance in the Dodgers’ 4-3 loss to the Braves, followed by an inning in left field, was his first major league game action since April. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Crawford will start the series finale in left field and give right fielder Yasiel Puig a day off.For Beachy, the move to Triple-A offers him a chance to reset. He’d given the Dodgers only four innings in each of his two starts since coming off the disabled list, and that wasn’t enough. center_img After Monday’s 7-5 loss, Beachy blamed his own inconsistent execution for allowing four runs in four innings. “There are a lot of hurdles that I think he’s crossed in the last four, five six months with us,” Mattingly said of Beachy. “He just needs more time to compete, to be able to make pitches, get the ball where he wants, execute, be able to sequence, hold runners — do everything you need to do over the course of the game. I think that’s just a matter of time.”Beachy missed the entire 2014 season, and the first three months of 2015, while recovering from his second Tommy John surgery in as many years. He allowed seven runs in eight innings over his two starts, walking six batters (two were intentional) while striking out five.“I don’t think this is really what we wanted to do from the beginning,” Mattingly said of Beachy’s two starts. “We got caught where we needed a starter. At that point, he was the best guy for that. We still felt like he needed a couple more starts before we even started thinking about using him.”In a corresponding 40-man roster move, the Dodgers designated pitcher Preston Guilmet for assignment. Guilmet had made three relief appearances for Oklahoma City since the Dodgers claimed him off waivers from Tampa Bay on July 10.last_img read more

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