Tackling workplace safety amid soaring temperatures in Florida

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Florida is prized for its balmy temperatures, yet working in them can often lead to injury – or worse. This is especially true around Apopka and its large lake, highlighted by Clean Technica as an area in which heat-related workplace injury has increased exponentially over the past decade, especially for farms and farmworkers. As temperatures continue to climb, employers must find ways in which to help their employees enjoy a better and safer working environment. The proliferation of high-temperature work across the state is already having an impact on businesses.The legal edgeFirst and foremost, businesses are liable when their employees suffer heat-related ailments. It is rightly noted by The Chron that states are individually responsible for outdoors heat safety standards and what is considered ‘acceptable’. However, ever since a 2005 case, in which OSHA and personal injury attorneys successfully argued in favor of workers’ rights, identifying who was at fault, the outlook has been improved for people working in the heat. Employers have a legal responsibility to protect you if you are required to work in undesirable conditions, and this includes providing things like water, protection from the sun, and amended work hours to avoid the hottest part of the day.Providing moreDespite the legal protections already in place, soaring temperatures are likely to place more workers at risk. This is the view of Medical News Today, who suggest that up to 2,000 workers every year – many in Florida – could die due to heat-related illness at work. What this indicates is that a huge shift will be required in agricultural and other outdoor-related jobs across the country. Other downsides to rising temperatures, such as floods, property damage, and loss of business, are also major risks for outdoor workers across the state. With the idea of shutting down business simply unrealistic, employers may need to look to move their business toward a new reality where employees are more naturally protected. This is even more important if employers have to send lone workers out to the worksite. Besides combating high temperatures, the risks are heightened as lone workers may not have the equipment on hand to quickly get help in an emergency if stranded on-site.A green businessPresenting that opportunity is green business. There are increasing opportunities for eco-friendly crops across the USA. A few that hold great promise are the prickly pear and hemp, which are being actively licensed across Florida, according to the Miami Herald. Hydroponic crops like these will enable workers to stay out of the heat while still mass-producing valuable crops for a range of applications. Furthermore, less heavy farm machinery, which can be improperly operated when an employee is overworked or experiencing heat stress, need to be deployed in order to produce still very good levels of crops. While this cannot produce huge-scale agricultural work, it can provide work for a section of society that perhaps lacks the protections that big business is forced to comply with, and small or medium-sized firms can overlook. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSBusinessEmployee ProtectionfloridaHeat Related InjuryHigh TemperaturesLake ApopkaWorking Environment Previous articleOn downside of COVID-19 peak, Florida begins planning economic revivalNext articleOrange County unemployment rate increased to 4% in March, but one of lowest in Central Florida Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img With its location on the lake and within driving distance of agricultural lands, Apopka has a connection with outdoors work going back decades. As temperatures have continued to increase across the globe, this relationship has been threatened by the danger of adverse working conditions. For employers to provide, they’ll need to get smart. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Olympics: Phelps grabs glory as Russians seek to restore pride

first_img ‘It’s surreal, crazy’ Britain’s Adam Peaty took more than 1.5sec off the men’s 100m breaststroke world record after Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom also broke the record in the women’s race. “It’s surreal. It was crazy. It’s amazing and I probably won’t be able to sleep tonight,” Peaty said.The spellbinding action in the pool brought the curtain down on an intense day of sport with 14 gold medals shared out.Among the most popular winners was the hard-as-nails judoka Majlinda Kelmendi from Kosovo, taking part in its first Games after only gaining Olympic status in 2014.The 25-year-old sank to her knees in tears after out-grappling Italy’s Odette Giuffrida to win by yuko in the women’s 52kg final.Kosovo is the 100th country to win an Olympic gold medal.“I have always wanted to show the world that Kosovo is not just a country that has gone through war,” Kelmendi beamed.“We have survived a war. There are still kids who don’t know if their parents are alive, don’t have anything to eat or books to go to school. So the fact of becoming Olympic champion is just huge for all of us.” Tennis victims The day began with strong winds wreaking havoc at several Olympic venues.The entire day of rowing was called off and strong winds also delayed the tennis, which saw a slew of upsets when action resumed.The biggest casualty was world number one Novak Djokovic, bounced out 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2) in the opening round of the men’s singles by Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.It was an unexpected win for del Potro, who has struggled with wrist injuries in recent years.“It was an amazing match for me. I didn’t expect to win tonight as I know the situation with my wrist,” he said.In the women’s doubles, Venus and Serena Williams’ long reign as champions came to an end when they lost to Czech duo Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova in the first round.The women’s cycling road race was won by Anna van der Breggen, who overcame the shock of seeing team-mate Annemiek van Vleuten lying stricken on the road after a horrific crash to win gold on Copacabana beach.Van Vleuten was taken to intensive care with cracked vertebrae.There was more disappointment for hosts Brazil in the Olympic football. They were booed off for a second straight game after a 0-0 draw with Iraq. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | US swimming legend Michael Phelps returns Monday to the hunt for more Olympic glory as swimmer Yuliya Efimova opens her campaign to restore Russia’s battered pride.Phelps earned adulation Sunday when he extended his record gold medal tally on a day of Olympic drama that saw world records, a first title for Kosovo and a heart-stopping crash.Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, inspired the United States to victory in the 4x100m freestyle relay before he starts his personal campaign on Monday.For two-time doping offender Efimova, the situation could hardly be more different. She was jeered in the heats and will be going for medal honours Monday in the 100m women’s breaststroke with more verbal abuse likely to accompany her efforts.Tempers frayed at the Rio Olympic swimming competition Sunday as athletes tore into the 24-year-old Efimova after she won her breaststroke semi-final.The Russian, who was cleared to compete in Rio after a convoluted drugs case, triggered a chorus of boos when she was introduced and after the race as rival swimmers made their feelings known in no uncertain terms.But it was a day of unadulterated delight for Phelps, the 31-year-old who has now won 19 gold medals after the relay win ahead of defending champions France in silver, with Australia third.Phelps, who came out of retirement for one last crack at the Olympics, will be in the 200m butterfly heats on Monday having seen the relay display cap a superb night of swimming with three world records broken.Katie Ledecky obliterated her own world best in the 400m freestyle on her way to gold.The 19-year-old touched the wall in 3min 56.46sec, taking nearly two seconds off her previous record.Ledecky is bidding to become the first Olympian since Debbie Meyer in 1968 to win the 200m, 400m and 800m free in the same Games. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Football: Blatter regret at overstaying FIFA tenure

first_imgBut FIFA assured last month “no investigation” had been opened into Infantino after sources said his role in the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections was being looked into.“I don’t know about that, I only know that former FIFA colleagues addressed themselves because of him to the ethics committee and that three or four weeks later, they were thrown out of FIFA,” Blatter said.Ethics chiefs Hans-Joachim Eckert and Cornel Borbely were replaced in May at the annual FIFA Congress, with Borbely calling the decision “a setback in the fight against corruption”.Blatter also spoke out against the introduction of the video assistant review (VAR) system, currently being trialled at the Confederations Cup in Russia.“The game loses attractiveness… You have to leave referees to make mistakes, what FIFA are doing is delicate and dangerous,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Sepp Blatter (pictured) and deputies Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner tried to “enrich themselves” with $80 millionGeneva, Switzerland | AFP | Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, forced out as head of world football’s governing body amid a corruption scandal in 2015, admitted on Sunday he regretted not stepping down earlier.The 81-year-old was banned over ethics breaches, bringing an end to his 17-year reign as FIFA chief, following a suspect two million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euro) payment to ex-UEFA president Michel Platini.“I should have stopped myself earlier,” Blatter said in an interview published by Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick, adding that his ousting as FIFA boss was “a relief”.Blatter, who was re-elected for a fifth term in May 2015 before promptly announcing his plans to resign, recalled the editor-in-chief of a Swiss magazine warning him the role of FIFA president had an expiration date.“‘At your place the date is 2014’, he told me, and I said to him that sometimes it’s written that the product can be consumed beyond this date if it’s stored in a cool place,” Blatter said.Blatter was also asked about a report in German newspaper Der Spiegel that current FIFA chief Gianni Infantino had feared being dismissed as the subject of another ethics committee investigation.Infantino was cleared last year by FIFA of ethics violations after investigating him over his use of private jets, personal expenses, hiring methods and a contract dispute.last_img read more

Midget Leafs fill net en route to Tournament Title

first_imgNelson Maple Leaf Team No 2 out scored the opposition 38-13 en route to capturing the Nelson Midget House Minor Hockey Tournament Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Maple Leaf Team No 2, along with six other teams from the Kootenays, Okanagan and USA, were in the Heritage City to compete in the eight-team event.Midget Leafs defeated Castlegar 5-2, South Okanagan 7-2, Idaho 9-0, before edging Penticton 8-7 overtime in a heart-stopping contest.Midget Leafs then pounded Castlegar 9-2 in the final.Driven by desire, determination and guidance from an attentive coaching staff, the Midget Leafs provided friends and family with an unforgettable weekend. Congratulations Nelson No 2. Pretty?This was a Picasso painting.last_img read more

SA’s national parks draw more visitors

first_img28 January 2014 South Africa’s national parks remain among the country’s most popular family holiday destinations, with visitor numbers up by 2.4% in December compared to the previous year, SA National Parks (SANParks) reported on Monday. A total number of 692 498 guests passed through the gates of the country’s 21 national parks in December, the conservation authority said in a statement. At least 73 910 guests spent one night inside a national park, lifting accommodation unit occupancy by 1.2 percentage points to 77.4% and bed occupancy by 0.8 percentage points to 65.3% for the month. SANParks’ camping facilities also registered growth of 3.2 percentage points to 65.9% site occupancy for December. Hugely popular and home to one of the world’s natural wonders, the Table Mountain National Park was the most visited park, welcoming 333 090 guests during the month. The world-famous Kruger National Park hosted 180 328 guests, achieving occupancy figures of 80.2% for accommodation units and 70.7% for campsites. The Garden Route National Park, which includes popular holiday destinations at Wilderness and Tsitsikamma, hosted 63 414 guests, with accommodation unit occupancy at 86.8% and campsite occupancy of 69.5%. The West Coast, Addo and Karoo National Parks recorded unit occupancies in excess of 90% for the month. Visitor volumes picked up noticeably from 15 December, reaching a peak between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, SANParks said. “Despite the pressures these volumes placed on infrastructure and operational staff, feedback received from guests on their experiences in the various parks has been overwhelmingly positive, proving that the organisation’s 2022 Responsible Tourism Strategy is well on track.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Editing Audio with the Essential Sound Panel in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgThe new Essential Sound panel simplifies the process of editing a soundtrack directly in Adobe Premiere Pro.Cover image via Shutterstock.Adobe’s new Essential Sound Panel is easy to use while also allowing advanced users to manually fine-tune effect settings. Here is an explanation of the panel that demonstrates how it will save editors considerable time getting a good audio mix.Set Your Project to the Audio Workspace and Open the Essential Sound PanelIf you don’t see the workspace options at the top of your screen, you can change your workspace by going to Window/Workspaces/Audio. You should see the Essential Sound panel on the right, but if you don’t, go to the Window menu and select Essential Sound.Organize the Audio in Your Sequence by TrackKeeping your audio organized with track labels is always a good idea, but it’s even more important in the Essential Sound Panel workflow. In this example I have dialogue, sound effects, music, and ambience. Notice that there is sometimes more than one track for each category.Assign Your Dialogue to an Audio TypeLasso all of the clips you would like to include in the Dialogue group. Notice that the Dialogue, Music, SFX, and Ambience buttons in the Essential Sound panel are now active. Click the Dialogue button to open the options for manipulating the dialogue effect controls.Begin Editing the Characteristics of Your ClipsSimilar to the Lumetri Color controls, there are various categories of effect controls that you can expand or collapse. In this instance, I would normalize the volume so I can quickly make all of the dialogue in the sequence conform to a unified standard. Click the Loudness heading to open the controls pertaining to volume. Click Auto-Match for the fastest results by letting Adobe Premiere quickly conform all the selected audio clips to a uniform level.Apply Any Additional EffectsHere, I would like to apply different effects for the two main actors in my scene. Highlight the group of clips you wish to affect, and apply the settings using the slider controls in the Essential Sound Panel. In this case, I will reduce the hum and the rumble in the Repair category by manipulating the sliders. Notice that you can toggle the Repair category on or off to compare the before and after results. After establishing the overall setting for all of your dialogue, click on the clip you wish to fine-tune, and open the Effect Controls window for access to individual controls for effects. Experiment with other options such as Clarity in the Dynamics category to further improve your audio.Auto-Match the Volume of Background AmbienceSelect all of your clips associated with the background ambience in your edit and assign them to the Ambience category by clicking the Ambience button in the Essential Sound panel. Click on the Auto-Match button to normalize the audio to a uniform rate.Improve Your Mix with Creative and Stereo WidthDepending on your clip, change the preset to something that describes the location of your scene. In my case, I will choose Room Ambience, and I will adjust the slider to achieve a more realistic sound for my office ambience clips.  Take it a step further by adding a Stereo Width effect to create the perception of a more dramatic stereo effect.Customize the Volume and Duration of Your TrackBy clicking on your music track and assigning it to the Music category in the Essential Sound panel, you can normalize the volume using the Auto-Match button and the background music preset. Additionally, you can customize the duration of the music track by opening the Duration menu in the Essential Sound panel. Either type in a new duration for your music clip or click and drag to increase or decrease the duration of the selected clip(s). After you hit play, your computer will briefly render the track to play at a new speed to fit the desired duration.Apply Room Sound or Other EffectsYou can assign all of your sound effects to the SFX category in the Essential Sound panel. Here you can change the loudness, add room sound or reverb, and pan the audio left or right.Save Your Settings in Adobe AuditionWith the timeline selected, go to the Edit menu and select Edit in Adobe Audition then select Sequence. The dialogue box defaults to preserving all of your edits, including any keyframes on clips such as volume and panning. Adobe Audition then automatically creates a multi-track session that contains all of the work you completed in Adobe Premiere Pro.Do you have any tips for the Essential Sound Panel? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Afghanistan post highest ever T20 total after Hazratullah Zazai’s 162

first_imgAfghanistan created history against Ireland in their second Twenty20 International at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on Saturday.Afghanistan scored 278 for the loss of three wickets from their allotted 20 overs, to register the highest-ever total in T20s. They toppled Australia’s record score of 263/3 which they achieved back in 2016 against Sri Lanka.Hazratullah Zazai was star with the bat for Afghanistan, as he scored 162 runs from just 62 balls. On his way to the huge score, Zazai hit 11 fours and 16 sixes. Zazai hence scored 140 runs in just boundaries alone.Only West Indian Chris Gayle has managed to score more runs in just boundaries (154) in a T20 innings, which was achieved in the IPL when he blasted an unbeaten 175 for Royal challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India in Bengaluru on April 23, 2013.In fact, Afghanistan’s 278 is the highest ever total in a T20 match, beating RCB’s 263 for 5 against Pune in that same match.Zazai became the first player from Afghanistan to score 150 or more runs, and his 236-run opening stand with Usman Ghani, who made 73 runs from 48 balls – including 7 fours and three sixes, became the highest partnership in T20Is, They beat 223-run stand between Australia’s Aaron Finch and Darcy Short.In response, Ireland ended with 194 for 6 with skipper Paul Stirling (91 off 50) being with the top-scorer. Star spinner Rashid Khan ended with four wickets, conceding 25 runs in four overs.Afghanistan secured the three-match T20I series, havingwon the first game by five wickets. The final game will be played on Sunday. Both teams will also play five ODIs and one Test after the T20 series.advertisementAlso Read | Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando lead Sri Lanka to maiden Test series win in South AfricaAlso Read | Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul in focus as India play Australia in final series before World Cuplast_img read more

13 days agoWest Ham midfielder Rice: Moyes right with past rollicking

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Rice: Moyes right with past rollickingby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice says a past rollicking from former manager David Moyes was deserved.Moyes was questioned for pointing the finger at the rookie after his mistake against Arsenal opened the floodgates to a 4-1 defeat in 2018.”You know what, he was right to hammer me,” said Rice. “I ducked for the ball and it’s gone in the back of the net. It was one of my early league starts [his 10th] and he absolutely grilled me in front of the lads.”I just sat there and took it but looking back on it now I think you need those moments, something to make you realise you have to get better. You can’t be thinking after a few games that you’re in.”You are going to get hit with something, and when I made that mistake against Arsenal it was kind of a reality check.”It was tough when Moyesy was grilling me in the dressing room, it hurt. But it was the right thing to do because I needed to be told.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Second Rotary Mega Lottery Early Bird Draw winner announced

first_imgRicky Kok, of Fort St. John, was the winner for the $5,000 draw.The final draw for the Mega Lottery is on January 12, 2019.For tickets and further information, you can visit https://rotarymegalottery.org/ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Rotary Club has drawn another winner for the Rotary Mega Lottery early bird draw at the Northern Grand Hotel on Thursday.This Early Bird Draw was the second of two draws, with the first one taking place on October 25.Rotary Club members had the honour of drawing the ticket.last_img read more