Report: Nature among best defenses from natural disasters

first_img TAGSNatural DisastersNatureProtectionPublic News Service Previous articleCommon sense ain’t all that common, is it?Next articleWhy a small town in Washington is printing its own currency during the pandemic Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Living shorelines refer to a broad range of shoreline stabilization techniques that use vegetation, shellfish or other natural resources to stabilize estuarine coasts, bays and tributaries. (Jennifer McPeak/National Wildlife Federation) Please enter your name herecenter_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From the Public News Service – FloridaA new report shows the best protections from natural disasters could come from nature itself.“The Protective Value of Nature” report from The National Wildlife Federation and Allied World insurance, evaluates natural systems such as wetlands and forests, and their ability to reduce damage from disasters such as hurricanes, floods and wildfires..“Natural infrastructure can actually provide significant protection to communities from natural hazards and it’s often just as — if not more — effective than traditional structural infrastructure in reducing risk,” says Jessie Ritter, director of water resources and coastal policy for The National Wildlife FederationRitter says natural infrastructure is more cost effective than built infrastructure, which often requires ongoing maintenance. She also notes that nature systems can improve water quality and fish and wildlife habitats.When it comes to the threat of hurricanes in Florida, Ritter points to native mangroves that continuously protect the state’s coastlines.“Research found that intact mangroves and river mangrove habitats reduced peak storm surge height by as much as three inches per half mile during hurricanes Charlie and Wilma, and that may not sound like a lot but over space and distance it actually really adds up,” she points out.The report also details the growing interest in natural infrastructure such as pervious surfaces in urban areas, coastal and forested wetlands as well as sand dunes and living shorelines.Ritter says more needs to be done to protect natural defenses. She also hopes this approach is mainstreamed and believes more projects on the ground will bolster the case for them.“The more data we can generate and collect, the better we’re going to become at strategically designing these projects to maximize both the risk reduction benefits and all of the other benefits they can provide to communities,” she states. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Bruce and Poyet go head to head

first_img Nikica Jelavic blazed the first decent opportunity wide after some sleepy defending and man-of-the-match Andy Robertson was quickly finding his stride on the left. Wes Brown, reprieved on appeal from his weekend red card, was correctly identified for a 12th-minute foul on Ahmed Elmohamady and Hull scored from the resulting free-kick. Tom Huddlestone’s delivery was low, hard and begging to be finished. Alex Bruce would surely have obliged but N’Doye beat him to it, dragging the ball off his instep with his back to goal and flicking it deftly into the bottom corner. It was a memorable moment from the striker, who is fast becoming one the bargains of the January window with three goals in as many starts. But the real talking point was still to come. Rodwell was racing towards goal in a rare Sunderland attack when Alex Bruce raised a foot at the bouncing ball. There may have been contact but it was not enough to concern Rodwell until he reached the edge of the box and promptly collapsed. Mike Dean immediately booked the midfielder for diving, driving Poyet to distraction. Having argued too long he was sent to the stands only to stride off in search of the Hull boss. A handshake was offered and declined, words exchanged and a sarcastic round of applause given by the Uruguayan. Something sent Bruce into a rage and he attempted to charge at Poyet before being restrained by Burt. It was a regrettable episode and one that is likely to warrant further attention. Liam Bridcutt ensured hostilities continued in the second period, waiting just seconds before a nasty tackle on Jelavic. He was only cautioned, perhaps leniently, as Paul McShane had been for a bad challenge on Jermain Defoe. There were even moments of genuine football, with John O’Shea involved at both ends. First he cleared away from an open goal after N’Doye’s clever touch took out Costel Pantilimon, then he saw a headed effort sneak just wide. But Lee Cattermole was on hand to drag the game back into the gutter with a petulant clip of David Meyler’s heels. Within moments he was substituted. Hull, who had won their last four games against Sunderland, should have finished things from a lightning counter-attack but Jake Livermore shot straight at Pantilimon after a lung-busting sprint. Sunderland levelled with 13 minutes to play, substitute Patrick van Aanholt’s cross swirling over Allan McGregor and towards the top corner when Rodwell made sure from a less than a yard. Hull might have taken all three points but N’Doye’s close-range header was brilliantly kept out by Pantilimon. The incident was the biggest flashpoint on an ugly night at the KC Stadium, which also took in chants in support of suspended Sunderland winger Adam Johnson and a litany of nasty challenges. Only rarely did a game of football threaten to break out amidst the ill-feeling, with Dame N’Doye producing a rare moment of class with a wonderful improvised opener and Rodwell equalising with a point-blank header in the 77th minute. In a pre-match interview, Poyet had told broadcasters: “always something happens against Hull, so I am looking forward to a normal game”. Witnesses could use many words to describe proceedings here, but ‘normal’ would not be one of them. Almost as soon as the game began a vocal section of the Sunderland contingent struck up a chorus of “there’s only one Adam Johnson”. The England international has been released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16, and has been suspended by the Black Cats pending the outcome of a police investigation. The Hull support responded with their own take on events, but neither group came off well from the ill-advised exchange of songs. When all eyes belatedly returned to the field, Hull were comfortably on top. Black Cats boss Poyet was sent to the stands in the first half after protesting a decision to book Jack Rodwell for diving but took a 10-yard detour to confront his opposite number. The pair exchanged angry words and sarcastic gestures, leaving Bruce apoplectic and physically restrained by assistant referee Stuart Burt as he lunged toward the Uruguayan. Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet were involved in a furious touchline exchange as relegation rivals Hull and Sunderland drew a bitter encounter 1-1. Press Associationlast_img read more

Yang makes stops in north-central Iowa

first_imgMASON CITY Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says he’s enormously proud of his wife for publicly revealing in a CNN interview that she was sexually assaulted by her doctor. Her gynecologist pleaded guilty to two charges after Yang and 17 other women filed complaints.Andrew Yang says institutions must do more to prevent violence, but there must be a cultural change, too.“First, we have to listen to and respond and protect women,” Yang says. “We also need to work on helping our boys become strong, healthy men because strong, healthy men do not abuse and assault women.”Yang plans to campaign continuously in Iowa until Caucus Night. Yang’s bus tour is in contrast to the three U.S. senators running for president who must be in D.C. for the impeachment trial.“I wish that the senators didn’t have to head to D.C. for this trial and that they could be here campaigning, too,” Yang says, “but our plan was always to be here and really eager to get our message out to Iowans over the next two weeks.”Yang on Tuesday made stops in Forest City, Northwood and Mason Citylast_img read more

Allidi & Calcutt sparkle at the Bay

first_imgPSC Golf from The Growling SwanMonday, August 5, Mountain Shadow – StablefordAfter a late withdrawal due to sickness we ended up with a small field of thirteen golfers ready to tackle one of our favourites, Mountain Shadow.  We assembled at the Growling Swan and handed out a very hearty welcome back to Eric “Judge” Black from Geelong in Victoria and newcomer Tioziano Dal Pastro (what a great name) from Italy.  After the usual 45 minute drive we arrived at the course where there was some activity but not too much.  Upon arriving at the first tee we found four Thai golfers chatting away merrily but after a subtle “prompt” from yours truly they finally teed off, from the black tees mind you!  After observing their drives it was apparent that these guys could play, in fact the starter mentioned to me that one of them was actually a professional golfer so we were fairly sure there would be no hold ups for us and that was indeed the case.Mike Allidi, Vince Romero & Russell Calcutt. We managed to get our first three-ball out 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.45 am and proceeded in perfect weather conditions with a slight cooling breeze.  We played off the blue tees for a change as there were no “Growling Swan Delinquents” with us on the day and as expected this did keep the scores a bit lower on the day.The golf course was in super “nick” with the lush fairways and firm & true greens although someone did remark that some of the pin positions could have been the result of the head greenkeeper having an argument with his “missus” early that morning, the result being many three-putts (at least four from me).It was a quick and enjoyable round of golf with the company also being great and we completed the round in three hours & forty seven minutes.  With the smaller field we had just the one grade with four places and also rewards for nearest the pin on the four par threes.Sal Brizzi & Tioziano Dal Pastro.Sal Brizzi was the winner on the day with a steady 36 points, just 1 point ahead of second place-getter Mike Allidi.  In third place came your writer, Peter “Blacky” Blackburn with 33 points and Takeshi Hakozaki was fourth on 31 points.1st Sal Brizzi (7) 36pts2nd Mike Allidi (2) 35pts3rd Peter Blackburn (11) 33pts4th Takeshi Hakozaki (11) 31ptsNear Pins:  5th – Peter Blackburn, 8th – Kevin Waycott, 15th – Mike Allidi, 17th – Sal BrizziThe Growling Swan NAGA Award, (awarded to the golfer who has the worst score on the day and discreetly their score is not made public) was well won by newcomer Tioziano Dal Pastro who immediately donned the cap and wore it with pride for a short while.Thursday, August 8, Crystal Bay A & B  – StablefordThey came out of the woodwork for this one as after a late withdrawal we had a great low season number of 33 golfers ready to take the journey to the ever popular Crystal Bay Golf Course.The weather was great as we assembled at The Growling Swan and we were happy to hand out welcomes to Bill Hewitt and his lady Samorn Tanamsri, Gerd Riedler, Peter Rooke & Alex Field – all from Pattaya.  It was also good to have with us once more Paul Sharples from Oman.Departing the GS a couple of minutes earlier than our scheduled 8.30 departing time we headed north up Sukhumvit and after a good run arrived at Crystal Bay 44 minutes later to find the golf course practically deserted.  Naturally we were invited to tee off as soon as we were ready and after a brief preparation our first four-ball set off on A1 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.50 am.As mentioned earlier the weather was excellent and there was a fairly stiff breeze to cool things down a touch but also make the golf a bit tricky at times.  The golf course was in excellent condition with well maintained fairways and greens, which at times were quite quick and posed a few problems for some but all in all the course was presented beautifully.With no-one ahead of us we maintained a steady pace and managed to complete our full round in four hours & fifteen minutes after enjoying the quality company and the very good golf course.We had 2 Grades – A Grade for handicaps 0 to 22 and B Grade for handicaps 23 & over with 6 places in each grade.  There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.With a gross score of 69, which equated to 41 stableford points, it was once again Mike Allidi who showed his class and won the A Grade section.  Two golfers were tied on 39 points so a count back was necessary for second & third places and it was Gerd Riedler (22 point back nine) who just pipped Stu “Heineken” Rifkin (21 point back nine.  In fourth place came Paul Sharples with 36 points and another count back was required to determine fifth & sixth places with Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (17 point back nine, 11 points on the last 6 holes and 6 points on the last 3 holes) prevailing ahead of Peter “Blacky” Blackburn (17 point back nine, 11 points on the last 6 holes and 4 points on the last 3 holes) with both having 35 points.Russell Calcutt was victorious in the B Grade with 40 points and last start NAGA winner Tiziano Dal Pastro finished in second place with 38 points and Shane “Jockey” Young was third with 37 points.  In fourth place on a count back with 35 points was Alex Field (18 point back nine, 12 points on the last 6 holes and 6 points on the last 3 holes) with regular NAGA winner Nolan Wise (18 point back nine, 12 points on the last 6 holes and 4 points on the last 3 holes) finishing fifth.  Yet another count back was needed to decide sixth place with 2 on 34 points and it was Fred Dinely (15 point back nine) who shaded Mark Stapleton (13 point back nine).A Flight (0-22)1st Mike Allidi (2) 41pts2nd Gerd Riedler (6) 39pts3rd Stu Rifkin (15) 39pts4th Paul Sharples (10) 36pts5th Alain Taddei (17) 35pts6th Peter Blackburn (11) 35ptsB Flight (23+)1st Russell Calcutt (36) 40pts2nd Tiziano Dal Pastro (25) 38pts3rd Shane Young (30) 37pts4th Alex Field (27) 35pts5th Nolan Wise (36) 35pts6th Fred Dineley (26) 34ptsNear Pins: A5 – Ken Hole, A8 – Peter Rooke, B4 – Paul Moloney, B6 – Mike AllidiLong Putts: A9 – Andrew Allen, B9 – Alain TaddeiThe Growling Swan NAGA Award was won by good sport Vince Romero and he accepted and wore the award with pride for a long time back at the bar.  Toddy then read out the fines, of which there were many and then Max was kind enough to parade Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers.Note:  Growling Swan Golf welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners.  We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan (formerly The Bunker Bar) in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am.  For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to  petermalcolmblackburn @gmail.com.We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday.  Sunday is Lawn Bowls and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls.  All are welcome and for anyone that is interested the transport leaves The Growling Swan at 10.00am on each of those mornings.  For more information please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454 005.last_img read more