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By The Librarian
Smoke inside the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses church at 1304 Empire Street in Cortez caused an evacuation Sunday morning.
There were no injuries and the building did not catch fire. Services were canceled.
The cause was determined to be a faulty motor in a heating system, according to Cortez Fire Department officials. The electricity was shut off and faulty part was contained.
About 75 people were evacuated at about 10 a.m. said church elder Phil Conner.
“The evacuation was very orderly, and the response from the fire department, ambulance and police was very quick, helpful and professional,” he said.
The heater unit is being repaired.
That’s a 40 percent increase since last year
Citi Bike crushed its own records for the third consecutive year, with 2016 being the program’s most successful year yet. Over the course of 2016, riders took nearly 14 million trips—four million more than in 2015, or a 40 percent increase.
According to a release from the mayor’s office, the largest bike-share program in North America now regularly serves more than 60,000 trips per day, putting it on par with Boro Taxis and the Staten Island Ferry.
“In 2016, we fulfilled our pledge to grow Citi Bike, a sustainable transit option, to a range of more diverse Manhattan and Brooklyn communities,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement. This year, the program added 139 new stations and 2,000 bikes to the fleet.
And there’s more to come. Assuming all goes according to plan, Citi Bike should hit Astoria, Crown Heights, and Prospect Heights in 2017. (The future looks somewhat bleaker in Staten Island and the Bronx.)
Also in 2017: Motivate, the private company that operates the program, the DOT, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene plan to launch more community partnerships designed to “increase and diversify participation in bike share.” Such a program already exists in Bed-Stuy—and membership is up in the neighborhood by more than 50 percent.
The Obama administration is giving consumers a few extra days to sign up on HealthCare.gov in time for health insurance coverage to take effect Jan. 1.
The new deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, Dec. 19, says Kevin Counihan, CEO of the federal health insurance markets.
The unexpected extension was announced after close of business Thursday. Counihan said it's due to strong interest.
The old deadline was Thursday.
The Obama administration has set a goal of signing up 13.8 million people for 2017, a modest increase. So far enrollment is running about on par with last year, but the share of new customers is down.
Open enrollment ends Jan. 31.
President-elect Donald Trump and the GOP Congress have vowed to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.
RANGER, TEXAS — THE LEADERS OF THIS FORMER OIL BOOMTOWN NEVER GAVE 2-YEAR-OLD ADAM WALTON A CHANCE TO AVOID THE POISON.
By Laura Ungar and Mark Nichols, A USA TODAY NETWORK INVESTIGATION
RANGER, Texas — The leaders of this former oil boomtown never gave 2-year-old Adam Walton a chance to avoid the poison.
It came in city water, delivered to his family’s tap through pipes nearly a century old. For almost a year, the little boy bathed in lead-tainted water and ate food cooked in it. As he grew into a toddler — when he should have been learning to talk — he drank tap water containing a toxin known to ravage a child’s developing brain.
Adam's parents didn't know about the danger until this fall.
Officials at City Hall knew long before then, according to local and state records. So did state and federal government regulators who are paid to make sure drinking water in Texas and across the nation is clean. Ranger and Texas officials were aware of a citywide lead problem for two years -- one the city still hasn't fixed and one the Waltons first learned about in a September letter to residents. The city and state even knew, from recent tests, that water in the Walton family’s cramped, one-bedroom rental house near the railroad tracks was carrying sky-high levels of lead.
Destiny and John Walton got their first inkling of a problem when blood tests in June detected high levels of lead in their son’s growing body. They first learned that their tap water contained lead — about 28 times the federal limit — when a USA TODAY Network reporter told them in early November.
Millions of Americans face similar risks because the nation’s drinking-water enforcement system doesn’t make small utilities play by the same safety rules as everyone else, a USA TODAY Network investigation has found.
Tiny utilities - those serving only a few thousand people or less - don’t have to treat water to prevent lead contamination until after lead is found. Even when they skip safety tests or fail to treat water after they find lead, federal and state regulators often do not force them to comply with the law.
USA TODAY Network journalists spent 2016 reviewing millions of records from the Environmental Protection Agency and all 50 states, visiting small communities across the country and interviewing more than 120 people stuck using untested or lead-tainted tap water.
The investigation found:
About 100,000 people get their drinking water from utilities that discovered high lead but failed to treat the water to remove it. Dozens of utilities took more than a year to formulate a treatment plan and even longer to begin treatment.
Some 4 million Americans get water from small operators who skipped required tests or did not conduct the tests properly, violating a cornerstone of federal safe drinking water laws. The testing is required because, without it, utilities, regulators and people drinking the water can't know if it's safe. In more than 2,000 communities, lead tests were skipped more than once. Hundreds repeatedly failed to properly test for five or more years.
About 850 small water utilities with a documented history of lead contamination — places where state and federal regulators are supposed to pay extra attention — have failed to properly test for lead at least once since 2010.
This two-tiered system exists in both law and practice. State and federal water-safety officials told USA TODAY Network reporters that regulators are more lenient with small water systems because they lack resources, deeming some lost causes when they don’t have the money, expertise or motivation to fix problems. The nation’s Safe Drinking Water Act allows less-trained, often amateur, people to operate tiny water systems even though the risks for people drinking the water are the same.
Officials in West Virginia, for example, labeled more than a dozen systems “orphans” because they didn’t have owners or operators. Enforcement efforts for those utilities amounted to little more than a continuous stream of warning letters as utilities failed to test year after year. All the while, residents continued drinking untested — and potentially contaminated — water.
“At the end of the day, it creates two universes of people,” said water expert Yanna Lambrinidou, an affiliate faculty member at Virginia Tech. “One is the universe of people who are somewhat protected from lead. ... Then we have those people served by small water systems, who are treated by the regulations as second-class citizens.”
All of this endangers millions of people across the country, mostly in remote and rural communities. Utilities like East Mooringsport Water, serving part of a bayou town of about 800 people, where drinking water went untested for more than five years. Or Coal Mountain, W.Va., a remote 118-person outpost where a retired coal miner pours bleach into untested water at the system's wellhead in hope of keeping it clean. Or Orange Center School outside Fresno, Calif., where for more than a decade regulators let about 320 grade-school kids drink water that had tested high for lead.
Individually, the communities served by small utilities seem tiny. But together, the number of people getting lead-contaminated drinking water, or water not properly tested for lead, since 2010 is about 5 million.
Virginia Tech’s Marc Edwards, one of the nation’s top experts on lead in drinking water who helped identify the crisis in Flint, Mich., laments that people in America’s forgotten places — rural outposts, post-industrial communities and poor towns — are most at risk from the dangers of lead exposure, such as irreversible brain damage, lowered IQ, behavioral problems and language delays.
Edwards said the effects of lead poisoning could make it even more difficult for families in these communities to climb out of poverty. “I’m worried about their kids,” he said. “The risk of permanent harm here is horrifying. These are America’s children.”
The Waltons fear lead has already harmed their son. At an age when other kids use dozens of words, Adam says just three: “mama,” “dada” and “no.” Destiny and John wish they would have known about the lead earlier so they could have protected him.
“What’s going to happen if my son’s lead levels keep rising? What if the kid next door gets way sicker than my son? What’s Ranger going to do then?” Destiny asked. “They’ve known about it for years now. … Are they going to fix it?”
Adam Walton, 2, in the striped shirt, has high levels of lead in his blood. He lives with his mom, Destiny; dad, John; and brother, Andrew, 1, in Ranger, Texas. The water supplying their house tested high for lead.
(Photo: Laura Ungar, USA TODAY)
Queen Esther, I thought of another scripture that goes well with the one in Psalms, that was: (Proverbs 4:7) Wisdom is the most important thing, so acquire wisdom, And with all you acquire, acquire understanding. That was the theme scripture that was used when the "Aid to Bible Understanding" was released.........oh dear! That WAS a long time ago..........its almost as if it was yesterday!
"...........at times, some of these finds do clearly back up Bible accounts." Further on that point it is of interest what the publication, "The Bible - God's Word or Mans" had to say on archaeology:........ "The New Encyclopædia Britannica answers: “Archaeological criticism has tended to substantiate the reliability of the typical historical details of even the oldest periods [of Bible history] and to discount the theory that the Pentateuchal accounts [the historical records in the earliest books of the Bible] are merely the reflection of a much later period.”........ A couple of paragraphs later, the following appears:........... "Archaeology is a much more solidly based field of study than higher criticism. Archaeologists, by digging among the remains of past civilizations, have in many ways increased our understanding of the way things were in ancient times. Hence, it is not surprising that the archaeological record repeatedly harmonizes with what we read in the Bible. Sometimes, archaeology has even vindicated the Bible against its critics.".......... The same publication, later had this to say:......... "This illustrates the fact that archaeologists often differ among themselves. It is not, then, surprising that some disagree with the Bible while others agree with it. Nevertheless, some scholars are coming to respect the historicity of the Bible in general, if not in every detail."........... ...........of course that is why we must rely on God's Word for our faith and hope for the future.
Μεταξύ πιστών της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας και Μαρτύρων του Ιεχωβά Παρόντες και οι ιερείς μας π. Ιωάννης και π. Δημήτριος Αμπελάς Όπως μας ενημέρωσε ο πρόεδρος της Κοινότητας Ερμιόνης Χρήστος Δαγκλής που ήταν εκεί, από την περασμένη Πέμπτη είχε ειδοποιήσει τους Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά (χρόνια τώρα βρίσκονται στο χώρο της Λαϊκής αγοράς κάθε Πέμπτη και μοιράζουν τα φυλλάδια τους σε όσους συμπολίτες μας το ζητήσουν) να μην έρθουν πάλι στο χώρο, διότι δέχεται πολλά παράπονα από συμπολίτες μας, για το λόγο ότι θίγεται η Ορθόδοξη Χριστιανική τους πίστη. Παρά ταύτα, οι εν λόγω συμπολίτες μας δεν συμμορφώθηκαν με τις συστάσεις του προέδρου και σήμερα ήταν εδώ. Ως συνέπεια αυτής της άρνησης, συγκεντρώθηκαν εδώ, κάποιοι συμπολίτες μας που θιγόταν το χριστιανικό τους αίσθημα, με άσχημες διαθέσεις όπως έδειχναν, να τους εκτοπίσουν βίαια. Ακούστηκαν φράσεις που δεν συνάδουν με πολιτισμένους ανθρώπους πόσο μάλλον καλούς χριστιανούς, όπως «φευγάτε γιατί θα σας πετάξουμε στη θάλασσα» - «έχετε βγάλει άδεια που στεκόσαστε εδώ στο χώρο της Λαϊκής αγοράς» και άλλα πολλά ανήκουστα…
Όμως, αυτό που εξαγρίωσε πολύ τον γηραιό Μάρτυρα του Ιεχωβά ήταν, όταν τους αποκάλεσαν "Αμερικάνους"... Και πολύ θυμωμένος τους απαντά: "Εμένα αποκαλείτε - Αμερικάνο - που έχω πολεμήσει στον Γράμμο και στο Βίτσι" ...
Οι Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά προκειμένου να αποφευχθούν τα χειρότερα αποχώρισαν, ωστόσο o ΠαπαΓιάννης Αμπελάς που σήμερα είχε έρθει πιο οργανωμένος με ειδικό stand παρέμεινε στο χώρο, να μοιράζει τα φυλλάδια της δικής μας Εκκλησίας, όπως κάνει πολύ καιρό τώρα, κάθε Πέμπτη. Ένας εκ των Μαρτύρων (νέος καλοντυμένος και ευπαρουσίαστος) θα μας πει φεύγοντας με νόημα: «γελάει καλύτερα, όποιος γελάει τελευταίος»…. Εμείς για όλα αυτά έχουμε να παραθέσουμε τη ρήση του Αρχαίου Έλληνα φιλοσόφου Σωκράτη που είναι η εξής: «Δεν μπορούμε να είμαστε βέβαιοι για τη δική μας αλήθεια, πριν τη φέρουμε αντιμέτωπη με την αλήθεια των άλλων»… Αυτή η ρήση θεωρούμε, πως ισχύει και για τις δύο πλευρές… Φωτο – ρεπορτάζ ΣΤΑΜ. ΔΑΜ. Θλιβερό επεισόδιο στην Λαϊκή αγορά Ερμιόνης…
http://stamdamd.blogspot.gr/2016/10/blog-post_38.html ========================================================= Διαβάστε ακόμα: Κλικ εδώ >>> Κάθε Πέμπτη στη Λαϊκή αγορά Ερμιόνης συνεπείς στο ίδιο πόστο, για τον ίδιο σκοπό... αλλά, με διαφορετικές αφετηρίες και προορισμούς...
Κάθε Πέμπτη στη Λαϊκή αγορά Ερμιόνης συνεπείς στο ίδιο πόστο, για τον ίδιο σκοπό... αλλά, με διαφορετικές αφετηρίες και προορισμούς... Κλικ και εδώ >>>ΑΠΙΣΤΕΥΤΟ: Οι μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά στήνουν… “πάγκο» στη λαϊκή ... prevezaposto.gr/archives/14625
Yet those trusting in Jehovah receive power to go on, as if mounting up with the seemingly tireless wing of the soaring eagle.—Isa. 40:31. http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1200001235#h=11:404-11:541