The Area Agency on Aging will host a presentation covering Medicare, Social Security, and the open enrollment process at 10 am Thursday at the Heart of Texas Governing Council, 1514 S. New Road.
Plan to wear a face mask, and social distancing guidelines will be respected.
For more information, contact Jan Enders at 749-1061.
Thursday food distribution
The Central Texas Food Bank will distribute free meals from 10 a.m. to Thursday noon at ISD’s Waco Stadium, 1401 S. New Road, to help people facing increased food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The food bank needs volunteers to help with distribution. Anyone interested in volunteering should visit centraltexasfoodbank.org and click “volunteer” to register.
This distribution is primarily designed as a drive-thru event. Prior to driving, recipients must provide suitable space in their trunk or hold.
Free COVID-19 testing to resume Monday
Free COVID-19 testing will resume Monday in McLennan County. All tests are done based on a cheek swab or saliva, so participants should not eat, drink or brush their teeth for at least 30 minutes before the test.
Recycling scheme in New Zealand Copying gifts familiar to kindergarten children has seen tons of extra recycling go to the sorter each week, instead of the landfill.
Following the coronavirus lockdowns in March and April, the city council of Christchurch saw recycling rates plummet, with materials from only 48% of recycled trucks being processed in June due to frequent contamination issues, a result of poor sorting by residents.
Ross Trotter, manager of the resource and recovery board, said his team decided to introduce a reward system and public shaming to motivate people to recycle more carefully.
New Zealanders have a low recycling rate compared to other countries and the amount of waste sent to landfills is expected to double in the next 10 years in Auckland alone, according to Recycle New Zealand.
The Christchurch scheme involves placing huge gold stars in the curbside carts of successful recyclers, and dumping bins of those who repeatedly fail to recycle properly. The percentage of recycled trucks that make their way to sorters is now close to 80%.
“We think it’s important that instead of always being negative and telling them what they can’t do, let’s give them positive reinforcement, and reward them with gold stickers – something other residents can see ‘hey they’re great recyclers,” said Trotter.
“And it’s an incredible number of people who come to us and say ‘how do you get one of those stickers?'”
For residents who fail to properly sort the contents of their trash three times, a warning will be given in the form of a note left in the trash. If the problem is still not resolved, the council will confiscate the trash can.
This year nearly 1,500 warning letters have been sent, and Trotter says threats of public embarrassment are usually enough for citizens to address the problem. “Contaminated recycle bin contents have to be dumped in the landfill and can infect the entire recycle truck load, so it’s a very frustrating problem.
“But the majority of people try to do the right thing.”
Since the start of the year, more than 155,000 bins have been inspected by compliance staff and 26% of them have received a gold star “for excellent recycling”, while 61% have been given an educational notification.
Common problems include not opening the lids of milk and other bottles, and including soft plastics such as cheese wrapping.
Two hundred and forty-six trash bins have been removed since the beginning of the year. If people want their bins back, they will have to visit the board and sign an agreement to properly sort their recycling in the future.
“We actually ended up giving gold stars to the 56 residents who were at the last warning because they had stopped putting trash in the trash and are now using it properly,” Trotter said. “That’s probably the best result we could hope for.”
In 2019, 99% of trucks could be processed, so Trotter said the council wanted to get residents back to that figure.
The decline in recycling efforts is largely due to Covid, Trotter said, with more people working at home, more pressure on waste collection services, and people cleaning and managing their homes and garages.
Trotter said he hasn’t received a gold star, but only because the obedience officer hasn’t visited the suburbs. He kept hoping: “I really wanted to think I’d get it, it would be fun actually”.
Nearly two billion plastic containers are thrown away by New Zealanders every year and 40% of household waste that can be recycled is dumped in the trash.
According to the latest reports by the New Zealand Institute of Waste Management, a variety of different recycling systems across the country and confusing guidelines contribute to low rates of recycling.
Japan and the United Kingdom signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) on 23 October, which “opens clear pathways” for UK membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), “said UK International Trade Minister Liz Truss.
The agreement, which was signed in Tokyo, will take effect in January 2021. It is the basis for encouraging free trade between the two countries.
Japan also intends to cooperate with the UK’s goal of joining the TPP.
If the UK is added to the TPP from Europe, the TPP will develop into a large free trade bloc that is not confined to the Pacific Rim. This will be a significant development, especially in the current era of escalating protectionism stemming from COVID-19 and United States-China tensions.
We would like to see the Japanese government proactively supporting Britain’s inclusion in the TPP.
Importantly, the EPA will make relations between Japan and Britain stronger than ever – not only economically, but in areas such as diplomacy and security.
Both countries have the same values, such as freedom and democracy. It is desirable for Japan and Britain to strengthen their solidarity in response to China, which is cracking down on human rights in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, and competing for supremacy in the South China Sea and East China Sea.
Britain views Japan as its most important partner in Asia. For example, the UK’s 2015 national security strategy described Britain’s relationship with Japan as an “alliance”.
The UK aims to work with Japan in areas such as peacekeeping operations and humanitarian support, counterterrorism, cybersecurity and intelligence.
At the same time, the EPA signed with the UK essentially follows the one previously signed with the European Union. The Japan-UK EPA is designed to cushion the blow from the negative aspects of Brexit, such as the loss of preferential treatment related to trade tariffs.
Therefore, we hope that the Japanese Diet and the British Parliament agree to the agreement as soon as possible.
The slow progress of negotiations between the UK and the EU remains a concern. If trade tariffs are carried out between the UK and the EU, Japanese companies in the UK and other European countries will be affected.
The Japanese government must also work to push for a compromise that brings Britain and the EU closer.
The Sindh Waste Management Council has introduced an online monitoring system to record trash removed from landfill sites in Karachi.
Jam Chakro and Gondpas are two designated landfill sites where Karachi waste is dumped.
SSWMB spokesman Almas Saleem said garbage disposal would be monitored throughout the day from cameras.
An online monitoring system has been established to record when waste transport vehicles enter and leave the landfill.
Six cameras have been installed at Jam Chakro and five at Gondpas. They recorded the garbage collection.
The SSWMB spokesperson said that the initiative aims to improve the garbage collection situation in the city.
The newly appointed SSWMB Managing Director Zubair Ahmed Channa has ordered the elimination of encroachment around the Garbage Transfer Station and safeguard it properly by building a boundary wall around it so that rubbish cannot spread in nearby roads and spaces.
Channa, who is also project director of the Waste Efficiency and Emergency project, took over as managing director of SSWMB last month. Previously, Kashif Gulzar Shaikh, a class 20 officer from the Secretariat Group, was appointed as managing director of SSWMB in May while he was on ex-Pakistan leave. He served in the post for four months.
In July 2016, while waiting for his return flight at LAX airport, Chris Gooch began designing Delforge – a part colony of exile, part of an underground landfill, in Melbourne’s coming.
It is a place where shoplifters and murderers travel deep beneath the surface of the earth to toil in caves that emit toxic trash can juice, scavenging waste for money; street vendors hawking vintage iPods and cheap Nintendo 64 game consoles.
This fictional dystopia is at the heart of Gooch’s second graphic novel, Under-Earth: a three-part prison robbery thriller, which he describes as “two stories about people who struggle only to do the best they can and have the lives and friendships they have. could be in a state where every decision they make – good and bad – is morally compromised “.
There are deadly and skilled thieves, Ele and Zoe, who do dangerous jobs for the criminal lords of The Map King – including infiltrating The Spire, a brutal monolith, to extract the warden’s precious Titan Arum factory. And then there’s Malcolm, a big, stoic loner who carries the fresh-faced prisoner Reece under his wing.
Gooch said the oppressive post-capitalist world of science fiction Under-Earth was “a loose metaphor for the way we live our lives.”
Under Earth is the second of three Australian graphic novels to be released this year by Top Shelf, along with Pat Grant’s work climate crisis epic The Grot (out this month) and Campbell Whyte’s follow-up to Eisner’s nominated future fantasy Home Time (coming out in October).
Perth-born illustrator and comic maker Whyte says that through a fantastic world of fiction, he and his Australian colleagues are describing “what we see as urgent and vital and important” as part of “the reality of our lives”.
An existential abyss
Like the Under-Earth character, Gooch feels he is on “the brink of an existential abyss where everything is torn and damaged permanently because the way we live and the systems that control us are set up to operate.”
It is very difficult, Gooch said, to walk around and not be surrounded by objects that will end up in a landfill. He cites the trash compactor scene in Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV) as Under-Earth’s main inspiration.
The Under-Earth characters’ actions, dialogue, and lack of dialogue represent aspects of Gooch and his closest and dearest. He said the fictional prisoner talked about “what we want from each other and how we don’t often communicate properly”.
Gooch likens the inner world of the stubborn Chinese-Australian villain Malcolm to the Marvel superhero The Hulk, and describes him as “sad, lonely, and deliberately isolating yourself – especially in a way that allows you to free yourself from the responsibilities you have to face and help people. the people around you. “
In the end, Malcolm is betrayed by Reece and sold to criminal kingpin Delforge, and forced to fight his fellow inmates to death as part of an illegal gladiator style battle ring.
Gooch said, “If I am any character, I am Ele”, which he describes as “lost and fixated on the past”.
The Malaysian-Australian character holds onto his hopes of escaping Delforge by listening to music – a relic of the outside world – and gazing at the only star in the darkness of the cave above Delforge (rumored to be a distant gap in the sun’s rays from the free world above the ground).
Gooch said that Ele’s storyline is “about making peace with the limitations of the world and giving in to the false utopia she tries to return to the outside world, and trying to make a living and be happy in the life she has.”
Shame Australian people
Under-Earth begins with a scene showing how Delforge’s new inmate is inducted into a perforated landfill. After their hiatus, they are violently thrown out of an aerial helicopter by guards wielding assault rifles wearing World War I gas masks. Below, a pile of mountainous trash is all that broke their fall.
Gooch said that while he could not do “justice for the suffering people suffer” offshore detentionDelforge guards, violence and faceless faces refer to “how badly our country treats those detained concentration camp“.
Sci-fi and fantastic fiction “hint at a deeper truth about the human condition and experience,” Whyte said.
Under-Earth will be published by Penguin Random House on October 20.