US States – GPAOH http://gpaoh.com/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 16:23:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://gpaoh.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-4-150x150.png US States – GPAOH http://gpaoh.com/ 32 32 Electric vehicles are not a magic bullet for California’s clean energy future – Orange County Register https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/23/electric-vehicles-are-not-a-magic-bullet-for-californias-clean-energy-future-orange-county-register/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 16:00:48 +0000 https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/23/electric-vehicles-are-not-a-magic-bullet-for-californias-clean-energy-future-orange-county-register/ For California to achieve a clean energy future, we must rethink our transportation solutions. Electric vehicles alone are not the solution. On August 25, the Golden State proposed banning the sale of new gas-powered cars and light trucks, to take action by 2035. California’s transportation sector accounts for about half of greenhouse gas emissions state […]]]>

For California to achieve a clean energy future, we must rethink our transportation solutions. Electric vehicles alone are not the solution.

On August 25, the Golden State proposed banning the sale of new gas-powered cars and light trucks, to take action by 2035. California’s transportation sector accounts for about half of greenhouse gas emissions state greenhouse. the policy makes sense. But with few car-free alternatives available, such a ban would pose significant challenges for Californians.

A recent immigrant to Orange County, I spent my first year here without a car. This involved walking or biking through freeway entrances with no traffic lights, waiting 15 minutes for Ubers, and taking an Amtrak to Los Angeles that would sometimes be 20 minutes late without warning. On July 4, a fireworks display caused a forest fire on the tracks, leaving my train stranded for an hour. That’s when I gave in and bought my first car. I couldn’t afford an electric or hybrid vehicle, so I opted for a gasoline-powered Honda CR-V.

I’m a climate advocate who hates driving. If I couldn’t manage California without a car, our clean transportation goals would be in trouble.

Of the five most populous cities in the United States, Los Angeles ranks fourth for walking, biking, and public transportation — that’s not great. While some cities like San Francisco score well in these categories, many score low across the board, leaving driving the only viable option.

It’s worse in the suburbs. In September, Amtrak and MetroLink had to suspend service along part of the Orange County train line for emergency repairs. That was two months ago, and it’s still unclear when the train will reopen. It’s a bad look for a state aiming to lead the country on clean transportation.

But let’s say everyone switches to an EV — our problems don’t go away. In fact, they multiply.

Electric vehicles can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they require cobalt and lithium mining which are closely linked to environmental concerns and human rights. Not to mention they’re expensive and won’t do anything to solve California’s ridiculous traffic. In 2021, INRIX ranked I-5 South as the busiest road in the nation, costing the average driver 89 hours per year. A trip to Los Angeles takes 35 minutes without traffic and nearly two hours during rush hour. Every time I call my family now they ask me “do you drive to LA or from LA?” — knowing that I’m probably bored, stuck in traffic.

The midterm election results suggest California voters aren’t keen on electric vehicles either. 59% of voters canceled Proposition 30, an election measure to tax wealthy Californians to raise money for electric vehicles. The initiative was riddled with problems – even Governor Gavin Newsom opposed it – but nonetheless, this rebuke from Prop. 30 indicates voter reservations about putting all our eggs in the electric vehicle basket.

A shift to electric vehicles would also strain the California grid, which is already facing supply issues. In 2019, California was by far the largest importer of electricity of any US state. Additionally, the state restricted natural gas and phased out coal almost entirely. That’s great news for the climate, but with nearly 30 million vehicles in California right now, the current power grid wouldn’t be able to handle the extra load of everyone going electric.

Heat waves make the problem worse. Days after the ban was announced, the American Southwest was plunged into one of the longest and hottest heat waves on record. Under these extreme conditions, people consumed much more electricity for air conditioning, almost forcing blackouts. That’s with just 563,070 electric vehicles on the road – imagine if every California driver went electric?

Climatologists predict that California will experience more frequent, intense and prolonged heat waves in the coming years. If the power grid cannot keep up with the resulting increases in demand, blackouts will ensue and drivers will be left with dead batteries and no alternative.

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US, Indonesia Host Inaugural Keris Marine Exercise in Lampung https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/21/us-indonesia-host-inaugural-keris-marine-exercise-in-lampung/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:58:11 +0000 https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/21/us-indonesia-host-inaugural-keris-marine-exercise-in-lampung/ Indonesian Marine Corps 1st Lt. Ketut Yoga Kosala, left, a platoon commander with the 7th Infantry Battalion, 4th Marine Brigade, and U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Patrick Nazeck, an engineer from Combat and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer Marine Rotational Force -Southeast Asia, I Marine Expe JAKARTA – U.S. Army and Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) […]]]>

Indonesian Marine Corps 1st Lt. Ketut Yoga Kosala, left, a platoon commander with the 7th Infantry Battalion, 4th Marine Brigade, and U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Patrick Nazeck, an engineer from Combat and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer Marine Rotational Force -Southeast Asia, I Marine Expe

JAKARTA – U.S. Army and Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Marines are conducting Marine Exercise Keris (MAREX) from November 11-25, 2022, at Piabung Training Area, Pesawaran Regency, Lampung, Indonesia .

The inaugural bilateral Keris MAREX exercise, led by the United States Marine Corps and Korps Marinir Republik Indonesia (KORMAR), promotes military interoperability and maritime domain awareness capabilities, strengthens relationships and expands capabilities between participating forces.

Throughout this year’s Keris MAREX, approximately 180 U.S. Marines from Marine Rotational Force-Southeast Asia (MRF-SEA) and 260 KORMAR Marines from 7th Marine Battalion trained closely together. Exercise activities focus on increasing combined coastal defense capabilities, joint fires, rocket artillery, small unmanned aerial systems, and cultural and community engagements.

United States Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jonathan Wagner, the operations officer for Marine Rotational Force-Southeast Asia, I Marine Expeditionary Force, places an armband on Indonesian 1st Lt. Ketut Yoga Kosala, platoon leader of the 7th Infantry Battalion, 4th Marine Brigade, during Marine Exercise Keris (

“Keris MAREX 23 enables MRF-SEA to develop two-way problem-solving techniques and forge bonds of friendship between Americans and Indonesians,” said Capt. Larry Boyd, director of communications strategy and operations for MRF. -SEA. “Most importantly, however, in the current environment, where the world sometimes seems to be dealing with one crisis after another, exercises like Keris MAREX 23 have become increasingly important. This exercise highlights the strength and stability of US-Indonesia relations and promotes a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

The exercise includes a variety of training evolutions such as patrolling, close quarters combat and ambushes, employment of unmanned aircraft systems, sensor to strike, tactical combat casualty care and disposal explosive ammunition. Exchanges from various functional areas include Joint Planning, Expeditionary Forward Base Operations, Joint Planning Operations, and Small Craft Operations. The exercise will culminate in a mission rehearsal to increase interoperability and display emerging maritime domain awareness capabilities.

Indonesian marines with the 7th Infantry Battalion, 4th Marine Brigade and U.S. service members from Marine Rotational Force-Southeast Asia, I Marine Expeditionary Force pose for a group photo after a beach cleanup during exercise sailor Keris (MAREX) 2022, at Mahitam Beach in Bandar Lampung, Lampung,

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Russia welcomes US prisoner swap for arms smuggler Bout https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/18/russia-welcomes-us-prisoner-swap-for-arms-smuggler-bout/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 20:24:00 +0000 https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/18/russia-welcomes-us-prisoner-swap-for-arms-smuggler-bout/ Russia says it is seeking Bout’s return Griner transferred to the Russian region of Mordovia Russia is counting on a “positive” result LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday it hoped to conclude a prisoner swap with the United States to return Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout, known as the “Merchant of Death”, […]]]>
  • Russia says it is seeking Bout’s return
  • Griner transferred to the Russian region of Mordovia
  • Russia is counting on a “positive” result

LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday it hoped to conclude a prisoner swap with the United States to return Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout, known as the “Merchant of Death”, in a trade that would likely include American basketball. star Brittney Griner.

Amid the deadliest war in Europe since World War II, Russia and the United States are exploring a deal that could see imprisoned Americans, including Griner, return to the United States in exchange for Bout.

“I want to hope that not only does the prospect remain but that it grows stronger, and that the time will come when we will reach a concrete agreement,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Interfax.

“Americans show some outward activity, we work professionally through a special channel designed for this purpose,” Ryabkov said. “Viktor Bout is among those being discussed, and we are certainly counting on a positive outcome.”

For the two former Cold War foes, embroiled in the most serious confrontation since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the swap would mark one of the most extraordinary prisoner exchanges in their history.

The distinctly optimistic remarks by Ryabkov, the Foreign Ministry’s confidant for the Americas and arms control, contrast with previous statements from Moscow that have warned Washington against attempting to engage in diplomacy by megaphone regarding the exchange of prisoners.

The possible swap includes Griner, who faces nine years behind bars in Russia after being convicted of drug trafficking, and Paul Whelan, who is serving a 16-year sentence in Russia after being convicted of espionage charges which he denies.

Russia and the United States discussed exchanging Griner and Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, for Bout, but no deal materialized amid heightened tensions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The US State Department said on Friday that Washington had made a substantial offer that Moscow “never managed to negotiate in good faith.”

“The failure of the Russian government to seriously negotiate on these issues in established channels, or any other channel for that matter, flies in the face of its public pronouncements. Ultimately, actions speak louder than words here. words,” State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters. .

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Variously dubbed “the dealer of death” and “the breaker of sanctions” for his ability to circumvent arms embargoes, Bout was one of the most wanted men in the world before his arrest in 2008 on multiple charges related to the arms trafficking.

For nearly two decades, Bout was one of the world’s most notorious arms dealers, selling arms to rogue states, rebel groups and murderous warlords in Africa, Asia and America. from South.

But in 2008, Bout was trapped in an elaborate American sting.

Bout was filmed agreeing to sell undercover US agents posing as representatives of Colombia’s left-wing FARC guerrillas 100 surface-to-air missiles, which they would use to kill US troops. Shortly after, he was arrested by Thai police.

Bout was tried on the FARC-related charges, which he denied, and in 2012 was found guilty and sentenced by a US judge in New York to 25 years in prison, the minimum possible sentence.

Since then, the Russian state has been keen to recover it.

Griner has been transferred to a penal colony in the Mordovia region, southeast of Moscow, her lawyers said on Thursday, confirming information from Reuters.

During her trial, Griner – who played basketball for an off-season Russian team in the United States – said she used cannabis to relieve sports injuries, but did not mean to break the law . She told the court that she made an honest mistake in packing the cartridges in her luggage.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Mark Trevelyan and Grant McCool

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Editorial Summary: Indiana https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/15/editorial-summary-indiana/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 20:48:36 +0000 https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/15/editorial-summary-indiana/ Herald Anderson’s Bulletin. November 11, 2022. Editorial: Decisions on solar farms require listening to the public One of the country’s largest solar farms is being considered in the northwest Indiana. The 13,000-acre Mammoth Solar Project, the size of 9,849 football fields, is expected to generate energy for 275,000 homes annually. Although there are protests against […]]]>

Herald Anderson’s Bulletin. November 11, 2022.

Editorial: Decisions on solar farms require listening to the public

One of the country’s largest solar farms is being considered in the northwest Indiana. The 13,000-acre Mammoth Solar Project, the size of 9,849 football fields, is expected to generate energy for 275,000 homes annually.

Although there are protests against the construction, it is proposed to be built on agricultural land.

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Solar currently accounts for 3% of the country’s electricity supply. However, the Biden administration aims to eliminate or offset emissions by 2050. To do this, land equal to a maximum of 0.5% of the area of ​​the contiguous United States would be needed for growth. solar. It’s about twice the size of Massachusetts.

Farms make up about 4% of all land in the United States.

Is farmland the right resource to give up for energy needs? Transferring agricultural land to solar farms is a complex and political issue – more than a farmer only receiving rental payments from a solar contractor. Assignees may face local zoning ordinances, additional tax liabilities and future environmental uses that may affect soil or wildlife, among other concerns.

In April, the Purdue University extension released an assessment that explored the use of site-appropriate low-growing seed mixes that would be favorable to pollinating insects or even sheep grazing under solar panels at heights adapted. Pollinator-friendly land is becoming increasingly popular; it helps improve soil quality and requires less mowing.

In Indiana, a Solar Land Base Rate Formula, enacted in 2021, must be used to rate land under utility-grade solar power installations. It explains how property owned or used by a public utility should be taxed. Typically, these lands in central Indiana have a median assessment cap of $13,000 per acre.

While the valuation formula benefits utilities, incentives are building up for farmland use as nearly 15 projects are planned for Indiana’s rural sites.

But the biggest obstacle to solar farms is, quite simply, confusion and misinformation.

Researchers from Michigan State University called it the Wind Social Gap Theory, a mix of community attitudes, politics, and investor goals. The arguments for and against solar now have a name.

Regarding the Mammoth Solar project, protesters have formed a group notably known as Pulaski County Against Solar. Opponents recently won their case in the Indiana Court of Appeals, which ruled that the county zoning board’s ‘arbitrary and capricious’ approval of Mammoth Solar’s application was detrimental to resident participation. at public hearings.

Local communities should assess whether solar farms will increase their property tax base and, among other concerns, pay for roads and fire protection services near the site.

Local zoning authorities must have meaningful and transparent engagement between residents, local officials and developers in order to avoid mistrust. This is a guideline that all Hoosier communities should keep in mind.

Indianapolis Business Journal. November 13, 2022.

Editorial: Children from underrepresented communities need visible mentors

If you can see it and believe it, then you can achieve it.

It’s a variation of a quote from Arnold Schwarzenegger in his autobiography, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.” And that’s entirely apt to describe what many people think is needed to increase diversity in highly professional science, technology, engineering, and math careers.

Underrepresented communities need to see people like them in these fields if we as a society are to dramatically increase the number of minority and immigrant children willing to pursue careers that could lead to becoming doctors, scientists, engineers and more.

A Pew Research Center report released earlier this year shows there has been little progress in increasing the share of black graduates from college-level STEM programs over the past decade.

But the center’s poll of black Americans revealed a widely shared view of how to tackle the problem. About 54% of respondents said that more visible examples of high-achieving black people in these fields would make young black people much more likely to pursue a university education in STEM.

In recent years, we have been encouraged to see several Indianapolis-area efforts to increase diversity in the workplace already putting this approach into practice.

In this week’s Focus section, readers will find a story about Republic Airways’ efforts to connect middle school and older students from underrepresented communities with like-minded pilots, mechanics and flight attendants.

Last month, the Aviation Career Summit drew more than 1,100 students from across the state to crawl into cockpits, try virtual reality experiences and chat with black and Latino pilots already on the job.

On Saturday, Community Health Network presents the Black Men in White Coats program at Lawrence North High School to introduce young black people to black medical professionals and inspire them to consider careers in medicine.

As Dr. Anthony Sanders, a black obstetrician-gynecologist with Community Health, told IBJ’s John Russell: “A lot of people in our communities, unfortunately, just haven’t been exposed to the process of knowing where begin.”

Other programs running in recent years have also done a commendable job of exposing young people to potential careers they might never have considered otherwise.

Each year, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana’s JobSpark provides opportunities for local youth to explore many careers and talk to professionals already in the field.

Additionally, Indianapolis-based Vision Three Inc. is launching an $80 million initiative to allow students across the state to use virtual reality labs to imagine what certain careers might look like for them.

We welcome all of these efforts and hope there will be more soon so that we can soon say that minority communities are no longer underrepresented in well-paying STEM careers.

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. November 13, 2022.

Editorial: It might be tempting to spend the state’s record reserves

Indiana ended its fiscal year June 30 with $6.1 billion in reserves. The amount is unprecedented — $1.24 billion more than expected — and helped Gov. Eric Holcomb convince lawmakers to return $200 to each taxpayer during a special legislative session in August.

“I plan to introduce a two-year budget that will provide more support for our public health system, salary increases for state employees, additional funding in K-12 education and another round of funds dedicated to the READI program to help local communities improve their overall quality of life,” Holcomb said of the upcoming legislative session in a July 15 statement.

Even with extraordinary reserves, lawmakers will face a large funding hole when constructing the 2023-24 state budget, says Michael Hicks, Ball State economist and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the State. university. Filling it will be much more difficult than choosing where to spend the state surplus, he said.

“The problem with Indiana’s rainy day fund — the funds, in fact — is that they’re mostly the result of money illusion that accompanies inflation,” Hicks told the Journal Gazette on Wednesday. “The state passed a two-year budget (in 2021) that assumed inflation of 2.1%. In reality, inflation in the biennium will be closer to 15% or more.

“So we go into the January budget session with a big surplus which is a mirage,” he said.

The Indiana General Assembly will not be the only fiscal body with this issue. According to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, US states increased their collective rainy day funds by $37.7 billion in fiscal year 2021 alone, bringing the total held by all states to $114.6 billion. – a record. Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska and New Mexico have more than 100 days of operating expenses in reserve.

Indiana has enough funds to fund state government for 33 days.

The cost of delivering government services — education, public safety and road maintenance — has risen faster than inflation, which was 7.7% nationwide in October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday. . Going forward, Hicks said, utilities will need a huge injection of cash.

“The rapidly spreading ‘teacher shortage’ is an example of the problem,” Hicks said. “There’s almost no job a college graduate can take that pays less than teaching in Indiana. So filling vacancies or keeping existing teachers on staff is already a crisis-level event in many school corporations, and will be a statewide issue by August of next year.

In addition to the Governor’s preference for increased funding for public health and K-12 education, higher salaries for state employees, and additional quality of life funding for Hoosier communities, State legislators have their own spending priorities. House Speaker Todd Huston, R-Fishers, said last month that Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, will draft a bill in the next session to address mental health funding.

A multi-million dollar operating system upgrade from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and steep construction costs for several ongoing capital improvement projects are also on the table, the Indiana Capital Chronicle reported in October. .

Throughout the pandemic, Republicans in the General Assembly have touted reserves to keep state government solvent. And since states can’t run a deficit by printing money, most need a significant rainy day fund — at least 5% of revenue — and more in a state with higher tax revenues. volatile, Hicks said.

The country’s economic future remains uncertain. Inflation is high, federal COVID aid will not be renewed, and 50% of companies expect layoffs in the next six to 12 months, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of 722 U.S. executives in August.

The Statehouse may be tempted to use the surplus generated by inflation for one-time expenditures in the next biennial budget. Legislators and the governor together must prioritize spending needs and share them with taxpayers. The focus should be on Indiana’s future, and at the top of the list should be investing in education.

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Rare November Hurricane Nicole Delivers Florida Coast https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/10/rare-november-hurricane-nicole-delivers-florida-coast/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 07:15:00 +0000 https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/10/rare-november-hurricane-nicole-delivers-florida-coast/ By FREIDA FRISARO and DÁNICA COTO, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) – Hurricane Nicole was expected to make landfall along the east coast of Florida early Thursday as it continued to batter much of the state with high winds, dangerous storm surge and heavy rain, officials said. November’s rare hurricane had already led authorities to close […]]]>

By FREIDA FRISARO and DÁNICA COTO, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) – Hurricane Nicole was expected to make landfall along the east coast of Florida early Thursday as it continued to batter much of the state with high winds, dangerous storm surge and heavy rain, officials said.

November’s rare hurricane had already led authorities to close airports and theme parks and order evacuations, including former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.

Authorities have warned that storm surge from Nicole could further erode many beaches hit by Hurricane Ian in September. The sprawling storm is then expected to head towards Georgia and the Carolinas later Thursday and Friday, dumping heavy rains in the region.

Nicole was a Category 1 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h) early Thursday, the US National Hurricane Center said. It was centered about 30 miles (25 kilometers) east-southeast of Fort Pierce and was moving west-northwest at nearly 14 mph (22 km/h).

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Tropical storm-force winds extended up to 485 miles (780 kilometers) from the center in some directions. Nicole’s center is expected to move through central and northern Florida to southern Georgia on Thursday and into the evening, and into the Carolinas on Friday.

A few tornadoes will be possible through Thursday morning in east central northeast Florida, the weather service said. Flash and urban flooding will be possible, along with further flooding of the St. Johns River across the Florida peninsula on Thursday. Heavy rains from this system will spread northward into parts of the southeast, east Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic and New England through Saturday.

Large swells generated by Nicole will affect the northwest Bahamas, the east coast of Florida and much of the southeast coast of the United States over the next few days.

Nicole is expected to weaken as it moves through Florida and the southeastern United States through Friday, and is likely to become a post-tropical cyclone by Friday afternoon.

Nicole became a hurricane on Wednesday evening when it slammed into Grand Bahama Island, having made landfall hours earlier on Great Abaco Island as a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph . It is the first storm to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm that devastated the archipelago in 2019.

For storm-weary Floridians, this is only the third November hurricane to hit their shores since record-keeping began in 1853. The previous ones were Hurricane Yankee in 1935 and Hurricane Kate in 1985.

Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s club and home, was in one such evacuation zone, built about a quarter-mile inland from the ocean. The main buildings sit on a small rise of about 15 feet (4.6 meters) above sea level and the property has survived many stronger hurricanes since it was built nearly a century ago. . The station’s security office hung up on Wednesday when an Associated Press reporter asked if the club was being evacuated and there was no sign of an evacuation Wednesday afternoon.

There is no penalty for ignoring an evacuation order, but rescue teams will not respond if doing so puts their members at risk.

Daytona Beach Shores officials have deemed at least half a dozen multi-story coastal residential buildings already damaged by Hurricane Ian and now threatened by Nicole unsafe. In some places, authorities went door to door telling people to seize their belongings and leave.

Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort said they likely won’t open as planned on Thursday.

Palm Beach International Airport closed Wednesday morning and Daytona Beach International Airport announced it would suspend operations. Orlando International Airport, the seventh busiest in the United States, also closed. Further south, officials said Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport had experienced flight delays and cancellations, but both planned to remain open.

At a press conference in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis said winds were the biggest concern and major power outages could occur, but 16,000 linemen were on standby to restore power as well as 600 guards and seven search and rescue teams.

“It will affect huge parts of the state of Florida all day,” DeSantis said of the storm’s expected landfall.

Nearly two dozen school districts were closing schools for the storm and 15 shelters had opened along Florida’s east coast, the governor said.

Forty-five of Florida’s 67 counties were under a state of emergency declaration.

Warnings and watches have been issued for many parts of Florida, including the southwest Gulf Coast which was devastated by Hurricane Ian, which hit as a Category 4 storm on September 28. The storm destroyed homes and damaged crops, including orange groves, across the state. — damage that many still face.

Daniel Brown, senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said the storm will affect much of the state.

“Because the system is so large, almost the entire east coast of Florida, with the exception of the far southeast and the Keys, is going to receive tropical storm-force winds,” he said.

Early Wednesday, President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Florida and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts as the storm approached. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is still responding to those in need following Hurricane Ian.

Hurricane Ian brought a storm surge of up to 13 feet in late September, causing widespread destruction.

Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Associated Press writers Zeke Miller in Washington and Terry Spencer in Palm Beach, Florida contributed to this report.

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The Real Story Behind America’s First Federal Monuments https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/06/the-real-story-behind-americas-first-federal-monuments/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 23:09:18 +0000 https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/06/the-real-story-behind-americas-first-federal-monuments/ “He writes to Jefferson saying that he freely and clearly acknowledges that he is of African race,” said Audrey Davis, director of the Alexandria Black History Museum. “He was proud of his race and color. He was a math whiz, a watchmaker and he was into riddles.” He has also published six farmers’ almanacs, using […]]]>

“He writes to Jefferson saying that he freely and clearly acknowledges that he is of African race,” said Audrey Davis, director of the Alexandria Black History Museum. “He was proud of his race and color. He was a math whiz, a watchmaker and he was into riddles.” He has also published six farmers’ almanacs, using scientific methods. “He was a Renaissance man.”

Jefferson replied: “No one wishes more than I to see proofs such as those which you present, that nature has given to our black brothers, talents equal to those of the other colors of men, and that the appearance of a lack of between them is due simply to the degraded conditions of their existence both in Africa and in America.”

If the exchange changed Jefferson’s position on his view of African Americans and slavery, Banneker was the only one black man to challenge the suspicions of inequality of the future president during his lifetime.

Banneker died soon after, aged 74 in 1806. He never married and had no children. Although personal ties were lost until the recent shock to the descendants of the Banneker family by DNA testing, his scientific contributions to the United States are remarkable and unwavering.

But it’s the crumbling bollards that still adorn the capital that serve as a daily reminder of Banneker’s contributions to all who pay attention.

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Legal Amanita Muscaria Mushroom Products Ship to 37 US States – Psyched Wellness (OTC: PSYCF) https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/03/legal-amanita-muscaria-mushroom-products-ship-to-37-us-states-psyched-wellness-otc-psycf/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 23:37:25 +0000 https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/03/legal-amanita-muscaria-mushroom-products-ship-to-37-us-states-psyched-wellness-otc-psycf/ Canadian producer of health supplements derived from mushrooms Psyched Wellness Ltd. PSYCF successfully completed the production and delivery of customer pre-orders of its Amanita muscaria extract product, Calm, now ships across the United States to no less than 37 states. Psyched aims to create premium mushroom-derived products to potentially lead The new functional food category […]]]>

Canadian producer of health supplements derived from mushrooms Psyched Wellness Ltd. PSYCF successfully completed the production and delivery of customer pre-orders of its Amanita muscaria extract product, Calm, now ships across the United States to no less than 37 states.

Psyched aims to create premium mushroom-derived products to potentially lead The new functional food category in North America. Thus, the company is currently developing a line derived from Amanita muscaria water-based extracts, teas and capsules to promote stress relief and relaxation and aid in restful sleep.

Psychedelic CCO Matthew Singh sees Calm’s availability and shipping in the US market as “a huge step forward”, as many Americans are struggling with good sleep, stress and anxiety.

“We are excited for everyone to try Calm and experience the the incredible benefits of a wild product, backed by science and manufactured in GMP facilities. There is always pressure to rush a product to market; but this scenario required proper development, calibration and scale before moving on to mass distribution,” Singh said.

The company had targeted October as the delivery month for Calm to allow enough time to integrate feedback and product developments since its first pilot test. And it came.

In addition to reaching this planned milestone and reopening of its online store with a new look, Psyched has defined its next production target at end of November delivery window and aims to further increase its production rate, product quantities and provide immediate turnaround times in the near future.

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Sharplink Gaming Launches 15 US State-Specific Affiliate Marketing Sites to Deliver Players Directly to Sportsbook and Casino Partners https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/01/sharplink-gaming-launches-15-us-state-specific-affiliate-marketing-sites-to-deliver-players-directly-to-sportsbook-and-casino-partners/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 12:30:00 +0000 https://gpaoh.com/2022/11/01/sharplink-gaming-launches-15-us-state-specific-affiliate-marketing-sites-to-deliver-players-directly-to-sportsbook-and-casino-partners/ MINNEAPOLIS, MN/ACCESSWIRE/November 1, 2022/ SharpLink Gaming Ltd. (NASDAQ: SBET) (“SharpLink” or the “Company”), a pioneer of data-driven, targeted user engagement and conversion solutions for the U.S. sports betting and iGaming industries, announced today launching 15 state-specific affiliate marketing websites today. These state-specific domains are designed to attract, acquire and direct local sports betting and casino […]]]>

MINNEAPOLIS, MN/ACCESSWIRE/November 1, 2022/ SharpLink Gaming Ltd. (NASDAQ: SBET) (“SharpLink” or the “Company”), a pioneer of data-driven, targeted user engagement and conversion solutions for the U.S. sports betting and iGaming industries, announced today launching 15 state-specific affiliate marketing websites today. These state-specific domains are designed to attract, acquire and direct local sports betting and casino traffic directly to the Company’s sports betting and casino partners who are licensed to operate in each respective state.

Specifically, the following exclusive affiliate marketing web properties are now live:

All 15 websites feature highlights, sports betting offers, and special promo codes for sports betting partners operating in each state. Additionally, four of the 15 state sites – Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia where iGaming has been legalized – feature similar content directly related to SharpLink’s online casino partners. SharpLink has plans in place for all other upcoming U.S. states, including Maryland, which is due to legalize sports betting in November 2022, and Massachusetts and Ohio, which are set to open their sports betting markets in January 2023.

Rob Phythian, CEO of SharpLink, said, “We pursued and completed the acquisition of FourCubed in late 2021 with the ultimate goal of replicating and scaling its proven playbook to affiliate marketing success for European poker market FourCubed’s Tori Roberts – now SharpLink’s Vice President of Affiliate Marketing – leads SharpLink’s Direct-to-Player (“D2P”) strategy, carefully designed to drive meaningful engagement from sports bettors and iGaming and to drive new user traffic and acquisitions for our valued partners.The launch of our new D2P web properties represents the first phase of our US audience aggregation plan by SharpLink. In the future, we expect building our ultimate D2P platform to serve as a foundational revenue channel presenting exponential growth opportunities for our company in the future.”

About SharpLink Gaming Ltd.

Founded in 2019 and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, SharpLink is a leading online technology company that connects sports fans, leagues and sports websites to relevant and timely sports betting and iGaming content. SharpLink uses smart, proprietary online conversion technology to convert sports fans into sports bettors for licensed online sports betting operators. SharpLink’s intelligent C4 Sports Betting Conversion technology provides and determines the best sports betting offers and experiences for each identified user. Using sophisticated behavioral modeling and tracking technologies, and analyzing past and present user behavior, we provide sports fans with personalized betting offers specifically related to each fan’s favorite sports, teams and players. Additionally, SharpLink specializes in helping sports media companies develop innovative strategies, products and solutions to drive customer engagement with highly interactive sports games and mobile apps. SharpLink is led by industry veterans with several successful releases in the sports gaming and iGaming industries. For more information, please visit the SharpLink website at www.sharplink.com.

Forward-looking statements

This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These statements include statements regarding the expected growth of the online betting and online gaming industries, the Company’s ability to grow its business, the potential benefits of the Company’s products, services and technologies, and other statements that do not are not historical facts, including statements which may be accompanied by the words “intends”, “may”, “will”, “plans”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “projects “, “predicts”, “estimates”, “aims”, “believes”, “hopes”, “potential” or similar words. Actual results could differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements due to certain factors, including, without limitation, the Company’s ability to conduct profitable operations, government regulation of online betting, customer acceptance of new products and services, the effects of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID- 19) and future measures pri by the authorities of the countries in which we operate on our operations, the demand for our products and the economic situation of our customers, the impact of competitive products and prices, the long sales cycle, the rights of the Company and its competitors, general economic conditions and other risk factors detailed in the Company’s annual report and other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no responsibility for updating the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

SHARPLINK INVESTOR RELATIONS:

SHARPLINK MEDIA RELATIONS:

SharpLink Gaming Ltd.

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Dodi Handy, Communications Director

Michael Adorno, Vice President, Communications

Phone: 407-960-4636

Phone: 212-931-6143

Email: ir@sharplink.com

Email: madorno@hotpaperlantern.com

THE SOURCE: SharpLink Gaming Ltd.

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Sharplink Gaming is now licensed to provide sports betting conversion and marketing services to industry operators in 21 US states and Ontario, Canada https://gpaoh.com/2022/10/26/sharplink-gaming-is-now-licensed-to-provide-sports-betting-conversion-and-marketing-services-to-industry-operators-in-21-us-states-and-ontario-canada/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 12:40:03 +0000 https://gpaoh.com/2022/10/26/sharplink-gaming-is-now-licensed-to-provide-sports-betting-conversion-and-marketing-services-to-industry-operators-in-21-us-states-and-ontario-canada/ Audience reaches 98% of total legal online sports betting markets MINNEAPOLIS, MN/ACCESSWIRE/October 26, 2022/ SharpLink Gaming Ltd. (NASDAQ: SBET) (“SharpLink” or the “Company”), a pioneer of data-driven, targeted engagement and conversion solutions for the U.S. sports betting and iGaming industries, announced today Today, the Company’s regulatory initiatives have allowed SharpLink to be licensed and/or authorized […]]]>

Audience reaches 98% of total legal online sports betting markets

MINNEAPOLIS, MN/ACCESSWIRE/October 26, 2022/ SharpLink Gaming Ltd. (NASDAQ: SBET) (“SharpLink” or the “Company”), a pioneer of data-driven, targeted engagement and conversion solutions for the U.S. sports betting and iGaming industries, announced today Today, the Company’s regulatory initiatives have allowed SharpLink to be licensed and/or authorized to operate in 21 US states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada. In association with its regulatory compliance efforts, the company has also formed direct affiliate marketing partnerships with virtually every major sportsbook operating legally in the United States, including BetMGM, DraftKings, Caesars, Fan Duel, Bet365, Tipico, Unibet and WynnBet, among others.

Rob Phythian, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SharpLink, said, “Getting permission to operate legally in states that have approved online sports betting has been paramount to our company achieving its ultimate goal of becoming the preferred partner for gamification, conversion technology and online marketing. to sports media operators, teams, leagues and sportsbooks in the United States and Canada. We believe that achieving this major milestone earlier than originally planned has the potential to accelerate our long-term growth strategy.

Based on the results published by Legal sports report for the month of August 2022 – the latest month providing a nearly complete account of the handfuls reported by states that have legalized online sports betting, SharpLink is now cleared to reach approximately 98% of the total legal sports betting market in America du Nord through its sports betting conversion technologies and affiliate marketing relationships. The game today, which also tracks monthly sports betting revenue in the United States, reported that for the month of August 2022, in all states offering mobile sports betting, mobile betting was the preferred choice over its physical counterpart. In most markets, more than 70% of sports betting was done online; and for markets where mobile is heavily favored, such as New York and New Jersey, more than 90% of bets were made online.

Phythian added, “Our previously announced acquisition of SportsHub, which is subject to our shareholders’ approval, will give SharpLink access to a large and loyal base of fantasy sports fans and a thriving ecosystem of cash gamers. Based on studies that confirm fantasy sports. fans who reside in legal states are also becoming enthusiastic online sports bettors, we believe there is an opportunity for SharpLink to seamlessly integrate engaging sports betting offerings into all aspects of the user experience, driving thus potentially greater growth for our company in the future. »

About SharpLink Gaming Ltd.

Founded in 2019 and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, SharpLink is a leading online technology company that connects sports fans, leagues and sports websites to relevant and timely sports betting and iGaming content. SharpLink uses smart, proprietary online conversion technology to convert sports fans into sports bettors for licensed online sports betting operators. SharpLink’s intelligent C4 Sports Betting Conversion technology provides and determines the best sports betting offers and experiences for each identified user. Using sophisticated behavioral modeling and tracking technologies, and analyzing past and present user behavior, we provide sports fans with personalized betting offers specifically related to each fan’s favorite sports, teams and players. Additionally, SharpLink specializes in helping sports media companies develop innovative strategies, products and solutions to drive customer engagement with highly interactive sports games and mobile apps. SharpLink is led by industry veterans with several successful releases in the sports gaming and iGaming industries. For more information, please visit the SharpLink website at www.sharplink.com.

Forward-looking statements

This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These statements include statements regarding the company’s intention to acquire SportsHub Games Network subject to shareholder approval, anticipated growth in the online betting industry, the company’s ability to grow its business, potential benefits of the Company’s products, services and technologies and other statements that are not historical facts, including statements that may be accompanied by the words “intends”, “may”, “will”, ” plans’, ‘expects’, ‘anticipates’, ‘projects’, ‘predicts’, ‘estimates’, ‘goals’, ‘believes’, ‘hopes’, ‘potential’ or similar words. Actual results could differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements due to certain factors, including, without limitation, the Company’s shareholder vote not to approve the acquisition of SportsHub Games Network, the ability to the Company to achieve profitable operations, government regulation of online betting, customer acceptance of new products and services, the effects of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and future measures taken by the authorities of the countries in which we operate our operations, demand for our products and the economic condition of our customers, the impact of competitive products and prices, the long sales cycle, the proprietary rights of the Company and its competitors, the general economic conditions and other risk factors detailed in the Company’s annual report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Co mission of the United States. The Company assumes no responsibility for updating the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

SHARPLINK INVESTOR RELATIONS: SHARPLINK MEDIA RELATIONS:

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Dodi Handy, Director of Communications Michael Adorno, Vice President, Communications
Phone: 407-960-4636 Phone: 212-931-6143
E-mail: [email protected] E-mail: [email protected]

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Story Found Under Ground at Columbia State Park https://gpaoh.com/2022/10/23/story-found-under-ground-at-columbia-state-park/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 05:48:04 +0000 https://gpaoh.com/2022/10/23/story-found-under-ground-at-columbia-state-park/ By ALEXA JURADO, The State COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — Colombia’s Sesquicentennial State Park receives about 800,000 visitors each year, but park archaeologist Stacey Young said only a few are aware of the history beneath their feet. Sesqui, as many visitors call it, was established as a “whites-only” park by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the […]]]>

By ALEXA JURADO, The State

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — Colombia’s Sesquicentennial State Park receives about 800,000 visitors each year, but park archaeologist Stacey Young said only a few are aware of the history beneath their feet.

Sesqui, as many visitors call it, was established as a “whites-only” park by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation.

But it wasn’t always a park. Sesqui has a rich history of being home to different peoples dating back centuries.

“A lot of that history is erased,” Young said.

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The University of Caroline from the southThe Anthropology Department of helps uncover this hidden history.

The 1,400 acres of towering pines and winding trails of South Carolina’s Sandhills region were first home to native tribes such as the Congaree, Wateree, Catawba, and Cherokee, who are often associated with Richland County.

During the pre-war period, the park was the plantation of James Douglass. This altered the natural landscape of the area and the lasting impacts are still visible today. The current lake originated from Jackson Creek, which Douglass dammed to create a pond.

The land was also used for logging and turpentine extraction, which eventually led to deforestation.

Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century after the Civil War, Sesqui was cultivated by African American farmers. Soon there was a growing African American community. Parts of the park were once the sites of churches and schools serving this community.

But those communities were essentially pushed off the land once the area was chosen to become a state park, said Kelly Goldberg, a clinical assistant professor of anthropology.

“We thought it would be a great opportunity to teach students about the importance of this story, while also teaching them the archaeological tools to uncover it,” Goldberg said.

Over the summer, Young, along with a team of USC students and faculty, coordinated a dig at Sesqui. Goldberg said they started with more than 100 search tests. The team dug three to four pits a day, 50 to 100 centimeters deep, depending on the soil.

Soon they found physical evidence of the park’s history. They discovered old house sites, garbage pits and an old fence. Remnants of bricks, nails, glass and ceramics evoked old farmhouses. They also found doll parts, belt buckles and buttons, as well as horseshoes and plow parts and machine parts.

They also found confirmation that the site was once occupied by indigenous peoples.

“It reiterates that this land has been used by different groups of people over time,” Goldberg said.

Lauralee Martin, a student on the team, is earning her graduate certificate in Archeology and Cultural Resource Management.

She said many of her anthropology classes focused on theory and law. This experience gave him a more practical look at fieldwork and how it works. The discoveries they made made it even more rewarding, she says.

“It opened my eyes to learn that something that I had been through all my life was actually very convoluted historically,” Martin said. “It was a new layer of knowledge that made me appreciate the park a little more.”

Young said the archeology at Sesqui is a “work in progress.” There is potential for larger excavations in the future, she said.

“Documenting history is important because it gives us a better understanding of where we are today,” Young said.

The department is still working on processing artifact data. Weekly Archaeological Evenings, usually Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the Hamilton College building, are open to the public, where people can interact with the department’s finds.

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