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The Long-Term Impact of Hazard Mitigation

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first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, Loss Mitigation, News Previous: JPMorgan Raising Wages After Passage of Tax Reform Next: Home Prices to Continue Climbing Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Long-Term Impact of Hazard Mitigation Benjamin Franklin once said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” As regions such as Texas, Florida, California, and Puerto Rico struggle to recover from damaging natural disasters, the implications of those words for the mortgage, housing, and servicing industries are becoming very clear. Now a new report has thrown a spotlight on just how much that ounce of prevention can be worth in real-world terms.The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) has issued a report entitled “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report,” following up on a similar report originally published more than a decade earlier. With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) having singled out 2017 as the costliest year on record when it came to weather- and climate-related disasters, NIBS’ report takes a look at various hazard mitigation strategies that can be implemented to help cushion the impacts of such natural disasters.According to the report, federal mitigation funding through grant programs “can save the nation $6 in future disaster costs, for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation.” That’s quite a return on investment, and something worth considering as NOAA reports there were 16 weather- and climate-related U.S. disasters that each exceeded $1 billion in damages in 2017. The total cost of these disasters was $306.2 billion, according to NOAA, which easily surpassed the previous annual record of $214.8 billion set in 2005.The NIBS study drew its conclusions based on 23 years’ worth of federally funded mitigation grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It also found that designing buildings to exceed the International Code Council’s (ICC) model building codes could save the U.S. $4 for every $1 spent.The report concludes that that level of federal investment and building design upgrades could collectively “prevent 600 deaths, 1 million nonfatal injuries and 4,000 cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the long term.” Moreover, upgrading building standards would also generate more jobs—87,000 new long-term jobs, according to the NIBS report.The report recommends various different long-term mitigation strategies, including demolishing flood-prone buildings, adding hurricane or tornado shelters in affected areas, and replacing roofs and managing surrounding vegetation in order to minimize fire dangers.You can read the full report by the National Institute of Building Sciences by clicking here. About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: federal grants fires hazard mitigation hurricanes Loss Mitigation National Institute of Building Sciences Natural Disasters Related Articles The Long-Term Impact of Hazard Mitigation Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago federal grants fires hazard mitigation hurricanes Loss Mitigation National Institute of Building Sciences Natural Disasters 2018-01-23 David Wharton The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago January 23, 2018 2,030 Views  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Cape Verde captain Nando warns Ghana to expect shock in AFCON clash

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first_imgCape Verde captain Fernando Neves “Nando” has warned Ghana to expect a surprise when they clash in the quarter-final stage of the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.A semi-final place awaits Cape Verde in their maiden appearance if they win the match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.The Blue Sharks stunned pundits by reaching the last eight of the competition in South Africa after emerging from a group comprising the hosts, Morocco and Angola.The 34-year old France-based defender has warned the four-time champions that they should expect a surprise similar to their qualification to the last eight.“We are here to carry on. We came here to win and will try to do that on Saturday. We have already eliminated teams considered better than us to reach this far,” Nando warned the Black Stars.“For those who think we are not up to the task, expect more surprises,” the veteran defender said insisting unity in the team’s camp is helping them to progress. “The atmosphere in our camp is friendly. We are united, strong and focused for the match.”“We are happy with the support we have received from the Portuguese community. We are counting on the support from the over 600,000 Cape Verdeans to win this crucial match.”Nando has featured in all three previous games of Cape Verde at the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations so far.last_img read more

Floating Cinema featuring social distancing boats coming to Miami

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first_imgWe are living in times where social distancing is crucial.Now, a floating cinema is coming to South Florida.Beyond Cinema, an Australian entertainment and event company announced that their Floating Cinema will be coming to Miami this fall.According to the event page, screenings will happen from Sept. 9 to Sept. 13. “Tickets will require you to purchase the whole boat to ensure that groups will be seated with friends and family only, and to allow for social distancing on and between boats,” the event page reads.The movies to be aired will be a mix of “golden oldies” and new releases and will be announced when tickets go on sale.Free popcorn will be provided for all attendees, and other snacks will be available for purchase.For more information, click here. Organizers said the cinema will be made up of 12 to 24 mini boats, holding up to eight people per boat.last_img read more

Celebrating Middletown’s Women and Police

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first_imgMayor Tony Perry, back row, left, and other Monmouth County leaders, honored young Middletown students who are making a difference in their communities.  Photo courtesy Middletown Township On Feb. 9, 1920, New Jersey officially ratified the 19th Amendment, confirming women’s right to vote. Aug. 26, 1920, marked the date women across the nation were able to vote. Now, 100 years later, there are over 200,000 women voters registered in Monmouth County, said Rosemarie D. Peters, the Monmouth County Surrogate and a former mayor of Middletown. She was the second woman mayor in the town’s history. “There’s a reason that Middletown is consistently rated one of the safest towns, not just here in New Jersey but in America,” said Perry. “And that’s because of the efforts of our Chief Craig Weber and all of the people that you see here in this room.” The committee also honored women and young girls who impact the community today and gave promotions to seven women and men of the Middletown Police Department, including Kimberly Best, who became the first female in the department’s history to reach the rank of lieutenant. Younger female leaders were honored that night as well, including six Middletown elementary school students, for their efforts to aid their communities. Finley Elias, a Lincroft fourth-grader, was recognized for raising $17,000 for Australian animal rescue efforts following a terrible wildfire season. Mia Collins, Emma Merces, Lilah Nicosia and Marlowe Schoor, fifth-graders at Nut Swamp Elementary School, were recognized for raising $3,400 for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and a cancer research organization. Lastly, the township recognized eighth-grader Brenna McCormick. Though she was unable to attend the meeting, she was recognized for being on the box of the Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout cookies. MIDDLETOWN – It was a special night for Middletown Feb. 18 as the township committee celebrated the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.  From left: Deputy Chief Robert Stefanski, Lt. Kimberly Best, Lt. Anthony Ciccone, Deputy Chief John Kaiser, Deputy Chief Paul Bailey, Sgt. David Ringkamp, Sgt. Christopher Dee, Sgt. Stephanie Burke and Police Chief Craig Weber. Photo courtesy Middletown Township Over the past week, Middletown’s Town Hall has been lit up in purple to signify the centennial celebration. Several other towns in the Two River area have celebrated the 100-year milestone in some way.center_img Mayor Tony Perry said he and his fellow committee members were honored to be celebrating “one of America’s greatest moments” on the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. “This is a tremendous day, not only for our town but for our police department,” he added. Committeewoman Patricia Snell said she and the rest of the Middletown Township Committee are very proud of what the girls have accomplished and that it’s important to promote a sense of selflessness in children. “It’s just super important to think more of other people sometimes than ourselves,” she said. At the meeting, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon read the amendment aloud for a crowd of at least 150 attendees, including Freeholders Lillian Burry and Sue Kiley and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso. By Allison Perrine | [email protected] The article originally appeared in the February 27- March 4, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. The night then transitioned to a series of police personnel promotions, including new deputy chiefs of police, John Kaiser and Paul Bailey; new lieutenants, Kimberly Best and Antonio Ciccone; and new sergeants, Stephanie Burke, Christopher Dee and David Ringkamp. Police Chief Craig Weber said each of the newly promoted members has done an outstanding job at the department.last_img read more

KERRYKEEL VINTAGE SHOW BRINGS OUT ALL THE CHARACTERS – PIC SPECIAL

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first_imgKeeping the old traditions alive at the Kerry Vintage Show. All pics by kind permission of Mary Whoriskey.  Some happy faces down Kerrykeel way. KERRYKEEL VINTAGE SHOW BRINGS OUT ALL THE CHARACTERS – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: June 15th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalKerrykeel Vintage Showlast_img

Arcata JV tops Mack

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first_imgDylan Kile dropped 17 points, Aidan Atkins-Salazar added 15 more and the Arcata High junior varsity boys basketball team knocked off its fiercest rival, McKinleyville, 54-42 Tuesday night at McKinleyville High.Tuesday’s game was the first meeting of the year between the two teams and McKinleyville head coach Mark Sundberg said at this point in the season, it’s all about finding out what he has.“At this time every year, we’re looking to see what we have as a team,” Sundberg said. ” It’s about …last_img

Guide to the history and importance of Robben Island

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first_imgAs a symbol of the brutality of South Africa’s apartheid past and of the immense courage of those who fought for the country’s freedom, Robben Island, about 12km offshore from Cape Town, is a pivotal beacon in the history of South Africa.(Image: The Robben Island Museum)Brand South Africa reporterThe island was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 1999.In its description of the site, Unesco writes: “The buildings of Robben Island bear eloquent testimony to its sombre history, and at the same time symbolise the triumph of the human spirit, of freedom, and of democracy over oppression.”‘Unwanted’ peopleAlthough people lived on Robben Island thousands of years before the sea separated it from the Cape mainland, it was used as a place to house “unwanted” people – mostly prisoners – from the mid-1600s, when the Dutch colonised the Cape, to the late 20th century. It was also used as a military base during the Second World War.Those who fought against Dutch colonisation in southern and eastern Africa, religious Muslim leaders, opponents of British empire building in Africa, prisoners of war, criminals, leprosy sufferers, mentally ill patients, and more recently opponents of the apartheid government, were all packed off to Robben Island.As author Lawrence Green wrote: Robben Island was “an island of exiles”.The windswept island, with its astounding legacy of confinement and brutality for those exiled there – and its paradoxical existence as a sanctuary for bird and animal life – is a place of mystery and amazement to the many who visit it.Memories of brutalityFor the many freedom fighters imprisoned there, including Nelson Mandela, who was incarcerated for 27 years, and Pan Africanist Congress leader Robert Sobukwe, who was housed there in solitary confinement, Robben Island holds less mystery and more torrid memories of brutality, isolation and victimisation.But the island is remembered just as much as the site where anti-apartheid activists honed their principles of non-racialism and human rights, where they educated themselves – and their prison warders – and strengthened their resolve to attain freedom.As African National Congress (ANC) stalwart and former Robben Island prisoner Ahmed Kathrada remarked around the time of Mandela’s release from prison: “While we will not forget the brutality of apartheid, we will not want Robben Island to be a monument to our hardship and suffering. We would want Robben Island to be a monument . reflecting the triumph of the human spirit against the forces of evil. A triumph of non-racialism over bigotry and intolerance. A triumph of a new South Africa over the old.”Kathrada’s wish has been realised. On 1 January 1997, Robben Island became the home to the Robben Island Museum, a national museum and monument that displays its astounding history to the many tourists who flock there in search of more information and understanding about South Africa’s past.Website: www.robben-island.org.zaA place to learn about SA’s democracyThe museum is also a place of learning, with workshops, tours and camps for children and adults keen to learn about both historical and modern-day South Africa and its embracing of a culture of human rights and respect for ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.Daily tours are offered, weather permitting, leaving from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. The tour is three-and-a-half hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides. It is a good idea to pre-book your ticket through the website.Visitors can expect an enriching experience. There’s plenty to see on the island: from the maximum security prison that held political prisoners, to the memorabilia of prisoners incarcerated there, to the quarry mines where prisoners were forced to dig, to the church, to the many buildings dating back to the Second World War. There’s a small village where the island’s main centre is located.Bird sanctuaryRobben Island generates its own electricity and is involved in a research initiative to draw electricity from the strong waves that pound its shores. It also gets its water from nine boreholes.The island is a natural sanctuary for bird life – the northern part is a bird sanctuary – and has about 132 bird species, some of which are endangered.Many birds use the island for breeding purposes, including the Crowned Cormorant and Black-crowned Night Herons that flock to the island in numbers. The African Penguin, once close to extinction, also breeds prolifically on the island.Plant life also thrives on Robben Island, but farming and the introduction of exotic species have upset the natural fauna to some extent. The spectacular veld flowers typical of the West Coast also occur on the Island during spring.There are 23 species of mammals, including small herds of bontebok, springbok, steenbok, fallow deer and eland. Ostrich, lizards, geckos, snakes and tortoises also call the island home.Marine life around Robben Island is also rich, and the ferry trip offers tourists a chance to spot Cape fur seals, southern right whales and dusky and heavyside dolphins.Source: South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio soil amendment and foliar application trials summary

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In 2016, the Soil Fertility Lab at Ohio State offered a third party evaluation of proprietary soil amendments and foliar applications aimed at improving the mineral nutrition and productivity of crops. This service intends to provide timely and unbiased information on these products for farmers. In 2015, we tested submitted products from the following companies:AgZyme® by Ag ConceptsBAM-FX by Zero Gravity SolutionsMethods: Corn and soybean trials were planted at three sites on Ohio State University Research Farms: 1) Clark County at the Western Agricultural Research Station in S. Charleston, 2) Wayne County at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, 3) Wood County at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station in Custar.Data collected include: 1) Complete soil sample analysis prior to planting, 2) Emergence counts at V5 for corn and soybean, 3) Whole plant sampling at V5 for total biomass and complete nutrient analysis, 4) Leaf sampling at R1 for corn and soybean for complete nutrient analysis, 5) Final stand counts at maturity for corn, and 6) Harvest grain yield with complete grain nutrient analysis.Results: Across all three sites, no consistent trends were found with any of the tested products. No products significantly affected a measured property at more than 1 site. For both corn and soybean, no product treatment yielded significantly greater grain than the control. This was only one year of field data, so interpretations should be made with caution, especially considering the dry weather encountered in the 2016 field season.The summary report can be found here: go.osu.edu/SAFAFor 2017, we have adjusted our pricing for this service, collecting less data but hopefully making the service more affordable to vendors and retailers. If you are interested in enrolling your product, contact Steve Culman at [email protected], or visit go.osu.edu/SAFA.last_img read more

Money pours in but doctors botch up volleyball player Arunima Sinha’s treatment

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first_imgArunima SinhaAmid the outpouring of sympathy and financial aid for injured national volleyball and football player Arunima Sinha, generous amounts of which were doled out to score political brownie points, a crucial aspect was bypassed – the quality of medical attention being delivered to her.The 23-year-old athlete, who lost her left leg after being pushed off a moving train by goons, underwent a second surgery at Lucknow’s Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU) on Sunday owing to an infection in the amputated limb. She was shifted from Bareilly District Hospital on Saturday noon after developing multiple complications.Apart from the swelling and infection, Arunima’s haemoglobin level had plummeted because of excessive bleeding.This necessitated an emergency blood transfusion on Saturday night. She has been given two bottles of blood since she was admitted to the Lucknow hospital.Officially, her condition continued to be serious but stable. Earlier, however, CSMMU chief medical superintendent Prof SN Shankhwar said a team of doctors decided to re-perate the athlete’s left leg to save her life.The doctors revealed that she had undergone debridement under general anesthesia. Debridement surgery is done to help wounds heal quickly. She was also found to have suffered multiple fractures on her right leg.Shankhwar said she had been admitted under Prof Vineet Sharma and Dr Santosh Kumar of the department of orthopaedic surgery. Her case was that of traumatic below- knee amputation on the left leg with compound fracture on the right leg.No wonder Arunima’s mother Gyanbala had a sinking feeling when she saw her at CSMMU. “I was horrified by what I saw when the doctors were cleaning the wounds on her amputated left leg. It was rotten up to her knee. There was moist dead tissue around the area. That portion of her limb has become numb. I am a health supervisor in Ambedkar Nagar and realised that the situation is serious,” Gyanbala said, recounting her brief meeting with her daughter who was in agony.advertisementThe medical teams treating Arunima inexplicably kept her family members in the dark. “I fail to understand why the doctors are not telling me the actual condition of my daughter. Late on Friday night, all of a sudden I was told by the Bareilly doctors that she would have to be shifted to CSMMU’s Trauma Centre at Lucknow. Although they were very supportive, they didn’t tell me what the problem was. I also overheard some doctors saying that she should be shifted to a Delhi hospital,” a worried Gyanbala said.”The authorities took five days to shift her from Bareilly to Lucknow. It is only five days after the incident that we have come to know that she has fractured her right leg as well,” she added.”While we are receiving help from all quarters, I’m just hoping that my daughter survives this ordeal. I want people to pray for her recovery. The Railways and CISF have agreed to give her a job. The Union sports ministry, UP government, Samajwadi Party, two cricket players and many individuals have extended their support to us,” she said.Arunima’s elder sister Lakshmi Sinha said: “The attention of the entire nation is fixed on her. We believe the doctors would have saved her leg if she was directly brought to Lucknow. But this is not the time for levelling allegations.”Divulging details of the treatment, Shankhwar said: “The left leg stump wound was full of slough and necrotic tissue. All superficial debris was removed. The patient was then planned for debridement under general anesthesia after her haemoglobin built up. She is currently admitted in the high dependency ward of the Trauma Centre.”For his part, Bareilly District Hospital medical superintendent Dr Vijay Yadav said: “We did our best and recommended that she be shifted to Lucknow as soon as we saw some improvement in her health. A doctor and a pharmacist here even donated blood for Arunima.”At Lucknow, Prof. Abbas Ali Mehdi, who is in charge of the Trauma Centre, said: “The hospital authorities have decided to treat her free of cost. We are giving her the best possible medical care.” The doctors also said that two CISF jawans, Ram Pal and Thakur Das, had given their blood for Arunima on Saturday.The victim and her family have indeed been flooded with offers of help. In the latest such case, the IIIT, Allahabad, announced that it would give her a highly advanced artificial limb free of cost. IIIT director M. D. Tiwari said: “We have developed an artificial leg which would even enable her to run as fast as she used to. We want her to resume playing.”advertisementEarlier, cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh offered her Rs 1 lakh each in aid. Union sports minister Ajay Maken also announced a medical compensation of Rs 2 lakh and an immediate ex gratia of Rs 25,000 for her.Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati said Arunima would be given financial assistance to the tune of Rs 1 lakh by her government.Apart from this, Arunima has been offered jobs by the Railways and CRPF. The internationally acclaimed artificial limbs provider, Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, also volunteered to equip her with the Jaipur Foot free of cost.Meanwhile, even after a lapse of five days, the GRP has failed to identify the miscreants who had thrown Arunima out of the train.Additional director general of Railways AK Jain had said the culprits would be nabbed with the help of sketches and announced a reward of Rs 15,000 to those who would help in catching them.last_img read more