Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvanians to Take Precautions During Extreme Cold Weather Press Release, Public Safety, Transportation, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and state officials today warned residents to stay safe while outdoors this week as temperatures are forecast to be below zero with wind chills making it feel like it is minus 35 degrees in many locations throughout Pennsylvania beginning overnight tonight through Thursday.“As always, safety for Pennsylvanians and travelers to our state is my priority,” Gov. Wolf said. “And dangerously cold weather means staying inside as much as possible, paying attention to weather forecasts, and checking on friends and neighbors, especially the elderly.”The current forecast predicts the winter storm to spread several inches of snow across the commonwealth starting today and lasting through Tuesday afternoon. After the storm, from Wednesday into Thursday, gusty winds and extremely cold temperatures will make for conditions that can cause hypothermia and frostbite in just a few minutes of being outdoors.Hypothermia and frostbite are two dangerous, potentially fatal, conditions that can occur during extreme cold weather. Signs of hypothermia, an unusual drop in body temperature, include shivering, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color, most often in the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes, and can permanently damage your body or lead to amputation.“It is going to be dangerously cold this week, and you can get frostbite or hypothermia from being outside for just 10 minutes,” Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, said. “Put staying safe and warm at the very top of your to-do list for the next couple of days. If you must be outdoors, know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia, and cover all exposed skin.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says wet clothing can accelerate a hazardous drop in body temperature. To protect against this and the extreme cold, know how to layer clothing properly.The CDC says effective layering involves:Inner Layer: This layer goes against your skin and should hold body heat and not absorb moisture. Choose materials made of wool, silk or polypropylene instead of cotton.Insulation Layer: This layer retains your body heat to keep you warm. Fabrics which work best include natural fibers like wool or goose down. Synthetic fleece can also be effective. This is often known as a “soft shell.”Outer Layer: Think of this as your “hard shell.” It protects you from wind, rain, and snow. It should preferably be water and wind resistant to reduce the loss of body heat.The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is maintaining contact with county emergency management personnel to ensure that they have the resources needed to keep citizens safe. PEMA staff, along with personnel from other state agencies, are ready to provide any necessary state agency assistance when needed.In anticipation of forecasted snow and extreme cold, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issued road restrictions to increase safety, reduce accidents and allow PennDOT crews to maintain roads uninhibited. A map of current road restrictions can be found here.To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked containing items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger, and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication, and pet supplies.Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at PennDOT.gov/safety.To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions follow the conversation by using www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.Residents with low incomes are encouraged to see if they qualify for participation in the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program, overseen by the Department of Human Services, helps some families pay their heating bills. For more information and to apply visit the Department of Human Services at www.dhs.pa.gov.Information about hypothermia and frostbite, as well as additional information on how to stay safe during and after a snowstorm, can be found on the Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. January 29, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLocal police,fire, and military gathered at Meijer on Wednesday evening to help children of the Alpena community shop for Christmas presents.Santa was on hand to help ring in the season with Christmas cheer. Many local businesses donated time, food, and wrapping skills for the youngsters. These children come from less fortunate families and helped find presents for their loved ones with aid of our everyday heroes.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious State Rep. Allor To Hold Final Mobile Office Hours For 2017Next Lincoln Festival of Lights Kicks off Friday Night
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Citation: Data scandal threatens Zuckerberg vision for Facebook (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-scandal-threatens-zuckerberg-vision-facebook.html “If the business model is predicated on selling user data, it can seem as democratic as you want but it’s serving a surveillance function that undermines democratic values,” Young said. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen in 2013 explaining his mission “to make the world more open and connected” Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitious vision for Facebook spawned one of the world’s most powerful companies, but he now faces a moment of reckoning as it becomes clear the social network has been hijacked and manipulated for very different ends.Snowballing revelations on the misuse of the Facebook platform to spread disinformation, and to harvest personal data in ways users had never imagined, risks undermining the very business model underpinning the social media giant.Zuckerberg took an idea hatched in his Harvard dormitory and created a network connecting more than two billion people, crushing competing social networks while imagining new ways to connect friends to each other—and for marketers to reach users.The rise of social media fuelled a wave of optimism about empowering ordinary people, notably following the Arab Spring uprisings starting in 2010.”I had the feeling in 2011 that digital technologies were inherently democratic and would fuel democratic revolutions around the globe,” said Dannagal Young, a University of Delaware professor who studies social media.Young said these networks did indeed help propel the Arab Spring, as well as social movements like Black Lives Matter or #MeToo—but that the public had failed to grasp their darker side.”People use these platforms and do not understand the economic model,” Young said.”They don’t understand what is being commodified, as is everything they do and everything they share.”Eliminating gatekeepersWhile social networks appear to empower individuals by doing away with “gatekeepers”—such as the traditional mass media, or political authorities—the selling of user data can have the opposite effect. First it was “move fast and break things.” Then it was “connecting the world” and “building a global community.” Facebook’s reputation has been tarnished ever since 2016, following disclosures of Russian-led efforts to influence the US election—notably by spreading “fake news” and other forms of disinformation on social media.But things got markedly worse following weekend revelations that data on 50 million users was culled by a British-based political firm working on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, prompting calls for investigations on both sides of the Atlantic.Zuckerberg, who began touring the United States after the presidential election, sparking speculation he might run for top office, last year offered his vision of a “global community” as more people become disillusioned with troubled political institutions.”The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do,” the 33-year-old wrote.But first of all, Zuckerberg will need to focus on the more immediate mission he set himself earlier this year: to “fix” his embattled social network.’Polluted by bad actors’Roger Kay, a technology analyst and consultant for Endpoint Technologies Associates, noted that Facebook is just one of many online firms that make use of detailed digital records on its users’ activities, which can rarely be expunged.”Facebook adds to this, but it’s not the cause of the problem,” Kay said. “The problem is your long-term digital footprint.”Young, of the University of Delaware, voiced optimism that users can regain better control over their Facebook data—as more people learn about online privacy and how to determine what is shared about them.”We as users have a lot more control than we think,” she said. Explore further “If enough users go in and change their settings Facebook will be forced to respond. I do think there is a fix but it requires a whole lot of learning.”Then comes the issue of disinformation—which Facebook has been under mounting pressure to combat.Emily Vraga, a George Mason University professor of communication, said Facebook has taken positive steps in ferreting out false information in recent months.”But I would like to see even more of that,” she said.One way, she said, would be making Facebook’s algorithm available.”I do think the public should be more aware” of how the network operates, she said.For Young, both Facebook and Zuckerberg appear to have assumed that “when you crowdsource things the truth will come out”—a belief that appears naive in light of the “fake news” phenomenon.”It could be that 98 percent of people on Facebook do it in good faith,” she said, but “it doesn’t take a lot to undermine that system.”Kay also voiced doubt over Facebook’s ultimate ability to eliminate all malicious content without examining every item on its platform—an impossible task.”They can’t curate something with two billion users, there aren’t enough editors out there,” he said. “And if they held up the content, the users would go away.”He also notes that Facebook is not the first digital firm to be manipulated in such a way.”Social networks have come and gone,” Kay said. “They are first seen as an amazing way to connect people and then they become polluted by bad actors.” UK lawmaker: Facebook misled Parliament over data leak risk Mark Zuckerberg said this year his mission is to “fix” the problems of the social network © 2018 AFP Facebook “likes” are part of data profiles which can be scraped by marketers and others This document is subject to copyright. 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For apartment building owners, Google Fiber can be a tough sell Explore further Citation: Plymouth startup creates One Spot app to streamline work of property managers (2018, April 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-plymouth-startup-app-property.html Whether it’s the condition of the HVAC system or the locations of the utility meters, his team would jot down details on paper and take photos before the findings were cut and pasted together to form a report, a process that could take several weeks.But with the help of new Twin Cities property management software One Spot, Jackson’s team can complete their assessments in a fraction of the time and save a large chunk of money.”It takes an enormous amount of time to put these together. … Now, we can turn and burn these things,” said Jackson, vice president of Engineering and Property Services at the Twin Cities office of real estate company Colliers International.One Spot had its full commercial launch last month as a tool for property inspectors, tenants and primarily property managers who oversee the day-to-day maintenance of commercial properties like office buildings, industrial warehouses and retail strip malls.The Plymouth startup allows users to report on property repairs and assets in real-time. The mobile app lets property managers and tenants take photos of areas around their property that need repair and upload their geolocation points (the software is integrated with Google Maps). The points can be tagged with different categories and comments before they are e-mailed out for bids for contractors or pushed to internal team members. Tenants can also report issues and can see when a problem is fixed as well.”The commercial property manager, they are operating with things that are 10 years old. … Everything is so disorganized,” said Keith Pelatowski, chief executive of One Spot.Technology is better used in residential management of large apartment complexes than in commercial property management, Pelatowski said.Many times, property managers communicate with tenants and contractors through a mix of Snapchat, text, e-mail, and phone calls. But some communication can often fall through the cracks, Pelatowski said, with managers sometimes not hearing from tenants about issues, work being executed without managers and tenants knowing it was completed, and fees not being collected for work done. Before a client buys a commercial building, Tim Jackson’s team of maintenance technicians has to walk the property to check for any potential issues. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ©2018 Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. One Spot is supposed to help streamline communication and improve the workflow, Pelatowski said.One Spot was the brainchild of Rich Byrne and Steve Bartz, co-owners of Twin City Outdoor Services, or TCOS, a concrete-replacement and snow-management company. Several years ago, TCOS created an internal digital platform to keep track of bid work more efficiently. The clients liked what they saw, which led Bartz and Byrne to invest in a platform that could serve a range of users. After about two years of development, One Spot was piloted last year by 30 property-management companies in the Twin Cities.”What is really exciting is the ‘user-centered design’ approach, which means our customers can directly shape the future of the software based on their input and needs—in order to solve their problems,” Byrne said in a statement.Colliers’ engineering and property services division helped to test the One Spot program and became an official client at the beginning of this year. According to a case study, One Spot on average reduced Colliers’ time spent on a property condition assessment report from 40 hours to six hours and the cost to complete the report from $769 to just $115.Utilizing One Spot has also had a beneficial impact on Colliers later winning more business to continue to provide maintenance for a property, Jackson said. While there are other technology services that Colliers could use, they normally cost more and have longer contracts, Jackson said.”The (One Spot) program and the economics fit well for us,” he said.Colliers’ property management division also piloted the program last year with some of its portfolio. After recently reviewing some of the program’s updates, the department is considering becoming an official client, said Brett Greenfield, portfolio manager at Colliers.”I think that it is a fantastic app and I think that it definitely can improve the lives of our property managers in certain situations,” he said.There are other improvements that the One Spot team is already planning. Future development could include augmented-reality technology and possibly 360 degree views to better service the inside of multilevel buildings and give One Spot “a bit of a competitive advantage,” Pelatowski said. The company plans to also expand its focus to include the property management of residential complexes.