“This tells us that the average person is willing to see their water bill go up almost 50percent to pay for the Safe Drinking Water Act,” said Jordan. “This figure is muchhigher than the estimated cost of the provisions of the act.” The Safe Drinking Water Act governs how water utilities process and distribute water.It sets standards as to the percentage of contaminants allowed in U.S. drinking water.President Bill Clinton signed the act last fall. Georgians are willing to pay monthly water bills $10 higher if the result is saferdrinking water. That’s one of the findings of a survey by University of Georgiaagricultural economist Jeff Jordan. “What prompted me to conduct the survey was last year’s debate in Congress over thereauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act,” Jordan said. “The water industry isconcerned that the Safe Drinking Water Act will raise water costs higher than peoplewould be willing to pay. It occurred to me that I didn’t know that to be true.” The survey was conducted through the UGA Survey Research Center on the Athens,Ga., campus. The UGA random telephone survey included 400 residents across the state. They firstlistened to a statement on the potential effects of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Thenthey were asked if they would vote in favor of the act, even if it meant higher waterbills. Nearly two out of three — 64 percent — said they would. Of the people surveyed, 81 percent were either very concerned or somewhat concernedover water contamination in Georgia. On the other hand, 70 percent feel their water issafe or very safe. Only 4 percent believe it is very unsafe. Still, concerns over water quality led 13 percent to use water filtering systems. About 9percent boil their drinking water, and 40 percent use bottled water. “Local water utilities can now begin to inform and educate their customers on the SafeDrinking Water Act and prepare them for higher costs,” said Jordan. How much more would they be willing to pay per month? The average response was$10.34. That’s a 44 percent increase over the average Georgia water bill. When asked if they would prefer increased programs for safer food or safer water,most favored safer water programs. “You can control how you cook your food and what you eat, but you can’t control yourwater,” Jordan said of the responses. “The water coming out of the tap is what you get.You have no choice, other than using bottled water.” Jordan, a researcher with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences inGriffin, Ga., has conducted many surveys on water and the costs of providing it. Hedesigned the most recent study to find out how much Georgians would be willing topay for safer drinking water. What do people like most about their water? Of the people surveyed, 82 percent werehappy with their water’s appearance. The figures dropped to 77 percent for its odor and70 percent for its taste. Overall, the survey showed that while Georgians don’t want to pay higher water bills,they will if the cost results in improved water quality.
By Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo June 22, 2017 A course on VIP Close Protection was held at the Uruguayan School for Peacekeeping Operations (ENOPU, per its Spanish acronym), in May. ENOPU instructors and personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo coordinated and executed the event with the purpose of providing personnel with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully protect VIPs on the ground in peacekeeping missions and in high-risk areas, when the duties to be carried out in a peacekeeping operation demand it. A total of 47 students participated in the course: 32 from the Uruguayan Army, 14 civil servants from the president’s security detail and the Ministry of Interior, and one participant from Mexico. Each course at ENOPU has up to six slots reserved for foreign students. The class content was divided into theory and practice and focused on the deactivation of improvised explosive devices and car bombs, and on putting protective measures into practice for vehicles and buildings in high-risk areas. Uruguayan Army Lieutenant Colonel Alejandro Martínez, the assistant director of ENOPU, explained that the topics developed in this course are geared toward training teams to protect VIPs, and on unit organization, the roles of each staff member tasked with protection duties, and their responsibilities and equipment. “Topics related to assessing the terrain, protecting people and residences, tactical communications, protective equipment, field medicine, and evasive driving were also developed,” Lt. Col. Martínez explained. Among the activities, two hands-on exercises were performed under the supervision of instructors from the 14th Parachute Infantry Battalion of the Uruguayan Army, staff from the U.S. Embassy, and ENOPU instructors. The exercises consisted of performing operational procedures for protecting VIPs in high-risk areas. “This was the most important part for the students, as they were able to partially apply the skills they had learned throughout the course, such as some of the resources of field medicine,” Lt. Col. Martínez emphasized. Uruguayan Army Colonel Niver Pereira, the director of ENOPU, explained to Diálogo that they have been promoting the VIP Protection course since 2013, which is not taught in consecutive years. “For example, in the 2018 academic offering, it’s not planned to be held. It’s just as important to underscore that over the years, we have accumulated knowledge and experience to be able to continue improving and modernizing these practice exercises according to new trends,” he explained. ENOPU ENOPU’s chief predecessor, founded in 2008, is the National Peacekeeping Operations School of the Uruguayan Army, in existence since 1998. Following the creation of ENOPU, personnel from the three branches of the Uruguayan Armed Forces were brought in, thereby making the school a dependency of the Ministry of Defense. ENOPU has 288 instructors charged with organizing all of the activities. ENOPU has a fixed series of courses taught year after year. “Their duration varies from one to four weeks. They are short courses focused on the needs that the armed forces, and other state and non-state actors have when they find themselves operating in a peacekeeping mission,” Col. Pereira added. According to Col. Pereira, the most sought-after courses for the Uruguayan Armed Forces and those from abroad, are Protection of Civilians, Contingents in Peacekeeping Operations, Press Correspondent, and Close Protection. “In the coming years, we hope to expand the number of training courses, and it is with that objective in mind that we are working jointly with various international organizations, such as the United Nations and other state agencies, such as the ministries of Interior, of Foreign Affairs, and of Defense,” Col. Pereira added. In addition to the courses, ENOPU offers a series of conferences and lectures. “This year, more than 10 lectures are planned on issues such as gender, threat identification, logistics, intelligence, and protecting socially vulnerable populations, among others,” Col. Pereira concluded.
The university is limiting student athletes’s guests to three visitors at venues. This limitation is in effect for Cornell’s University’s athletes and athletes from visiting universities. In addition to this, the school will also be limiting attendance to 100 unless the number of athletes participating in the event exceed that number. No other spectators will be permitted into the venue. Media and game-day personnel are unaffected by the ban. (WBNG) — Cornell University is taking extra precautions at its sporting events in wake of the coronavirus. Cornell University says the situation is subject to change based on “ongoing reviewing” of the coronavirus. For more on the coronavirus, click here. These rules will affect the weekend’s NCAA women’s hockey tournament game, men’s hockey game, ECAC Hockey playoff series, polo team’s Northeast Region tournament and the men’s and women’s lacrosse contest.