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Emergency preparation on a budget

first_img 539SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ed SanFilippo Edward J. SanFilippo is a freelance writer, editor, and researcher with expertise across a broad range of topics. He has nearly 20 years of experience writing for public agencies, private … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details According to the CDC, nearly half of all adults in the United States do not have resources or plans in place for an emergency situation. For some folks, this can be attributed to an attitude of “it won’t or can’t happen here.” For others, however, cost and uncertainty are factors in their lack of preparation. Purchasing an emergency kit is one way to begin preparing, and these can be found in many grocery and sporting goods stores. If the cost of these prepackaged versions is a concern, assembling your own emergency kit can be a great way to save money and learn more about emergency preparedness. Planning now can also help you avoid financial challenges in the future. But where to start?Talk to your family.Having a plan can be as important as assembling a kit. Where will you meet if there is an emergency, and where will you go? What kinds of items will be included in your family’s kit and where will it be stored? Having a plan not only helps you prepare logistically, it can help ease your family’s anxiety in an emergency situation by providing a structured response.Assemble the kit. A 72-hour emergency kit is the most optimal choice, but if cost is a concern, starting with a 24-hour kit is not a bad option. You can assemble a reasonably effective one-day kit for around $50. Depending on your personal needs, geography, and probable disasters, you should consider the following items to start your kit:Reusable shopping bag (can be used to hold/store the kit)At least a gallon of water (per person)Non-perishable, easily-prepared, calorie-dense human foodFood for your petFlashlight with batteries (plus extra batteries for anything in your kit that needs them)First aid kit (most grocery stores sell these inexpensively)Shower curtain (a more durable alternative to a combined poncho and rain barrier)Cell phone charger (if possible, both a wall and car charger)Newspaper (can provide warmth, kindling, and entertainment)Toilet paper (for its traditional uses)Duct tape (a tool of many unexpected uses)Local road map (especially important if digital maps are limited or unavailable)Copies of your important documentsA pocket knife or multi-toolA short-term supply of your prescription medicationsPut aside a little cash.In some emergency situations, funds at your financial institution may not be available. Adding only $5 in cash to your emergency kit each week can provide you with more than $200 after just one year, which could make a huge difference.It is not likely that you can prepare fully for every potential emergency or disaster, but finding affordable ways to start the process can help you be ready when something does happen.last_img read more

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Cigarettes are healthy! And if you believe that, you’ll fall for Big Dope’s marijuana propaganda, too

first_imgDaily Mail 17 February 2019Family First Comment: “Today’s Big Dope lobby wants to silence warnings about the dangers of marijuana until they have it legalised, and we can’t go back. They are like the Big Tobacco of the 1950s, a cynical greed campaign prepared to cause misery to others in the pursuit of riches.”#SayNopeToDopeRead more from our Briefing Booklet – http://saynopetodope.org.nz/big-tobacco-2/It is not all that long since people seriously tried to pretend that cigarettes were safe. Most of them were motivated by greed, and by fear that the truth would destroy their profits.Everyone now agrees that cigarettes cause lung cancer and many other diseases. But we forget the struggle that doctors and scientists had to fight, against Big Tobacco, to get this accepted.Sir Richard Doll and Sir Austin Bradford-Hill established in 1950 that there was a clear link between smoking and cancer. A wider study in 1954 absolutely confirmed this.Yet such was the power and wealth of the tobacco giants that it was decades before anything serious was done to discourage smoking. It was not until 1971 that the first feeble warning was placed on cigarette packets in this country.As late as 1962, the cigarette-makers were still pretending there hadn’t been enough research, and even that tobacco was good for you, claiming ‘smoking has pharmacological and psychological effects that are of real value to smokers’.A Tory MP, Ted Leather, denounced the doctors’ warnings as ‘unscientific tosh’ and ‘hysterical nonsense’. Lung cancer was blamed on air pollution. The prominent journalist Chapman Pincher proclaimed ‘cigarette risks are being exaggerated’. It was seriously argued that restrictions on smoking were an attack on liberty.I’d guess that many who made such claims lived to regret, bitterly and with some embarrassment, their part in covering up a terrible danger. Those who listened to them died, early and often horribly. They are still dying now, in cancer wards up and down the country.Earlier, firmer action would have saved them and their families from much grief. Those tobacco apologists all have their parallels now.I know, but will not name here, drug lobbyists, a Tory MP and several prominent journalists, who make the same excuses for marijuana, just as the evidence of its grave dangers piles up. They claim the evidence against it is exaggerated. They claim it has medical benefits. They claim its effects are caused by something else. May God forgive them. I cannot.Our society, learning nothing from the tobacco disaster, has for years been appallingly complacent about this terribly dangerous drug, whose effect on the brains and minds of its users can be utterly devastating. Knowledge of its dangers does not show up in statistics which pay little attention to the sort of damage it does.The victims of marijuana seldom die (though they increasingly frequently kill others, in mad car crashes and violent crime).School failure, delinquency, delusional behaviour, persecution mania, young lives wholly blighted and continued only thanks to a devastating cocktails of antipsychotic drugs, do not register much in NHS figures. Nor do the special miseries of the families of these people, compelled to care, for life, for a husk of the person they once knew and had hopes for, and still love. Such families keep their grief to themselves. But there are many of them.Look, I am right about this. But it is no good being right if you are not believed. I and my allies are roughly where the doctors who warned against lung cancer were in the mid-1950s. The evidence keeps on coming. Last week’s report linking marijuana use to depression and suicidal feelings among the young is just the latest in a great mountain of such studies. But the popular culture continues to act as if there’s nothing to worry about.It is now seven years since I published a book which pointed out the truth – that the police and courts have given up prosecuting the major crime of marijuana possession. Back in 2012 I was denounced, snubbed, sneered at and told by distinguished academics that I was wrong and that there was a stern regime of cruel prohibition.Now everybody recognises that what I said seven years ago is absolutely true. It is hard not to do so when so much of our country openly stinks of marijuana. Even if the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, cannot smell it, the rest of us can.Sooner than seven years from now, I suspect that the connection between marijuana and severe mental illness will also be widely understood and accepted. But will it be too late?Today’s Big Dope lobby wants to silence warnings about the dangers of marijuana until they have it legalised, and we can’t go back. They are like the Big Tobacco of the 1950s, a cynical greed campaign prepared to cause misery to others in the pursuit of riches.READ MORE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-6713189/PETER-HITCHENS-Cigarettes-healthy-believe-youll-fall-Big-Dopes-propaganda.html?fbclid=IwAR2dbGKYCn6TAtZgoE0eQeTl5NzbIUgdpl_OsBX_eDhdjzk-TZ6in9wDuD8last_img read more

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Linden Zone kicks off tonight

first_imgAMID much anticipation and expectation, the 2020 season of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship will commence this evening with Linden Zone at the Silver City tarmac.Eight elimination matches will be staged, with the opening match pitting Retrieve Unknown against Quiet Storm from 19:00hrs.This will be followed by former champion Dave & Celina’s All-Stars battling Amazings from 19:30hrs, while Wisroc will oppose Presidential from 20:00hrs, and Assassa Ballers will engage defending champions High Rollers from 20:30hrs.In the fifth clash, Coomacka lock horns with NK Ballers from 21:00hrs while former winner Amelia’s Ward Russians take aim at Capital Storm from 21:30hrs. In the final two matches, Swag Entertainment battle Barsenal from 22:00hrs and Silver Bullets match skills with Haynes Hitters from 22:30hrs.  According to a release from the tournament coordinators, the zone will last for the duration of four nights and will be played using a knockout format, adding that “all 16 teams will play on the first night”.The winning eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals which will be held the following night. The losing eight teams will enter the Plate Exhibition Round on the quarterfinal night. The winning teams from the quarterfinals will then advance to the semi-finals, while the four losing quarterfinalists will also enter the Plate round.”“The winning teams from the semi-final round will progress to the championship round, with the losers facing off in the Playoff round. The final of the Plate Round will also occur on that evening,” the release stated.The other playing nights for the tournament are January 26 (quarterfinal round, February 7 (semi-final round) and February 8 (final). The Berbice Zonal tournament is scheduled to commence after the conclusion of the Linden tournament.last_img read more

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Marcial eyes Olympic gold before going pro

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments “I’m really happy that I got awarded again, this is just a little one but I’m hoping I can get the big one,” said Marcial. “I won’t stop until I get that Athlete of the Year award.”Marcial added he’s preparing for the 2018 Asian Games that will be held in Jakarta, and part of his preparation is competing in the World Series of Boxing where he’s part of the British Lionhearts team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano John Marvin and Felix Marcial. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEumir Marcial is undoubtedly one of the most illustrious amateur Filipino boxers of his generation, winning two gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games and one in the International Boxing Association Youth World Boxing Championships.Despite his daunting resume in the amateurs, the 22-year-old middleweight doesn’t see himself fighting in the professional ranks in the near future.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “As of now, I don’t see myself going pro, because my goal really is the Olympics and I’m really dreaming of getting the gold,” said Marcial in Filipino during the PSA Awards Tuesday at Manila Hotel.“First I must win the Olympics, then I’ll go pro.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMarcial and SEA Games teammate John Nobel Tupas Marvin were given special awards for their gold medals in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.The award Marcial received on Wednesday was his fourth overall from the PSA, and he plans to add the biggest trophy the Philippines’ sports writers give out yearly—the Athlete of the Year. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Westbrook hits 30 in OT clincher as Thunder top Mavs LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: STEPHEN MCBREARTY IN FINE FORM AS KILCAR EARN POINT AGAINST ST MICHAEL’S

first_imgKilcar GAA News:Our seniors drew 0-14 to 1-11 in their top of the table clash with St Michaels on Sunday both teams were without their county players and along with injury’s we were short 9 first team players but overall a draw was a fair result in a very entertaining match with some great scores from both teams, our scorers were Stephen McBrearty 0-05, Conor Doherty 0-03, Mark Sweeney 0-02, Andrew McClean 0-02, Michael Hegarty 0-01, Declan Gallagher 0-01 while an understrength reserves side were defeated 2-13 to 0-08 next league match is away to St Michaels on Sunday week. Underage Our Under 14s are home to Naomh Brid tonight, Monday at 6:30pm and they are away to Naomh Ultan next Monday (to be confirmed), our under 12s host Na Rossa on Wednesday evening at 6:30 in Towney, our Under 8s took part in a blitz in Fintra last Saturday and enjoyable day was had by all.Armagh v DonegalTickets for the Ulster Championship match away to Armagh will be given out in Towney from 7-8 on Thursday, best of luck to the Donegal team and the players from the club in this match. Club AppWe have 178 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €3,300 this week’s numbers were: 15, 20, 21 and 28 winners were: €50 Evelyn and Marie Boyle (Ballard, Glencolmcille) €30 Brid McDevitt (Drimnafinnagle) and €20 Margaret Cunningham (Kille).  Lotto Plus numbers 1, 8, 16 and 17 there was no winner.Bingo Club Bingo winners were €105 Sadie McShane, €80 Mairead Galalgher (Killybegs), €75 Maria Boyle, €70 Máire McShane, Brendan O’Keeney, Teresa Gallagher, Sally Morrow, Bernie O’Gara, Kate Hargan and Evelyn Boyle. The Jackpot on Sunday is €4,700 on 45 numbers.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: STEPHEN MCBREARTY IN FINE FORM AS KILCAR EARN POINT AGAINST ST MICHAEL’S was last modified: June 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more

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