Dominica hosting CariCOF for the first time

first_img Share Tweet Share 185 Views   no discussions The annual Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) is being held in Dominica for the first time since its inception.A Climate Outlook Forum (COF) is a regional meeting in which climate scientists present a forecast to decision makers in climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, disaster planning and health.The two-day forum, which commenced on Monday 31 May 2016 at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, includes Caribbean meteorologists and international climate researchers. The Forum was first held in 1988 but was reinstated in 2010 and has been held annually since. As per Adrian Trotman, Agrometeorologist at the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), every CariCOF has its uniqueness; this year’s distinguishing feature is the focus which will be placed on Climate Health, in addition to emphasis on Disaster Risk Reduction.“The hurricane season, as you may well be aware and I’m sure it will live in the memories of Dominicans, tropical storms and hurricanes are major concerns. We expect no less of a concern, whether or not we are impacted by one or more, and we certainly hope not.” David Farrell, Principal of the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology said in 2013, Dominica volunteered to be an exemplar in looking at climate services to the health sector, and this project has “matured to some degree”. “I think that coming out of this exemplar, other islands in the region will also receive some benefits from the experience of Dominica in terms of how to look at integrating climate information into the health sector and this is critical.”The Assessment of Climate Change and Health Vulnerability and Adaptation in Dominica will be presented during the forum by Sylvester St. Ville of the Ministry of Health and the Environment. Mr. Farrell said air quality is listed as one of the leading causes of premature death worldwide, therefore the climate and health discussion is as important as the integration of climate into the health sector decision making. Moreover, Miriam Blanchard Minister for Public Works and Ports, whose ministry the Dominica Meteorological Service falls under, described the forum as relevant for Dominica. “Dominica has a history of being adversely affected by these storms; intensified by climate change and climate variability”.The minister highlighted weather systems which have affected the island which were Hurricanes David of 1979, Allen of 1980 and Lenny and Dean in the 2000s; and tropical storms Ophelia and Erika; and the trough systems of April and December 2013 which were outside of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. “These challenges bring about a certain level of hardship to our people and countries as invariably it seems that every other year, we are required to divert funding allocated for development projects to prepare for or respond to these weather events,” Senator Blanchard said.The Dominica government, she said is “extremely concerned” about the possibility of another weather system making landfall here as the 2016 Hurricane Season approaches.“We are cognizant of the vulnerability of Dominica to such events and we are pressing ahead using all available resources to mitigate the likely effects of the increased risks to some of our communities and infrastructure left behind by Tropical Storm Erika,” she stated.– / 4center_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNewsRegional Dominica hosting CariCOF for the first time by: Dominica Vibes News – May 30, 2016last_img read more

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Dairy loses bid for manure insurance coverage

first_imgA group of insurance companies don’t have to cover a dairy operation’s costs to defend or settle a lawsuit alleging groundwater contamination by the inadequate handling of manure. U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, ruled such coverage is barred under a pollution exclusion in the insurers’ policies, according to Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, assistant professor and extension specialist in agricultural law with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.advertisementadvertisementIn 2013, several nonprofit groups filed a lawsuit against Cow Palace, located in the lower Yakima Valley, contending manure was improperly stored and managed, and therefore a pollutant under the federal Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA). When the lawsuit was filed, the dairies’ insurance carriers denied a duty to defend or indemnify, claiming that a pollution exclusion clause in the insurance policy excluded this claim.During the course of litigation, the trial court sided with the plaintiffs, finding that manure met the definition of solid waste. In a May 2015 settlement, Cow Palace agreed to take a number of manure management steps.After the settlement was reached with the environmental groups, the dairies filed their own suit in 2016, seeking a declaratory judgment by a court that the insurance companies were required to defend and indemnify the dairies pursuant to the policy. Specifically, the dairies argued that the pollution exclusion did not apply to manure and, even if it did, there was an efficient proximate cause that would require coverage by the insurers (Dolsen Cos. et al. v. QBE Insurance Co. et al., case number 1:16-cv-03141).On Sept. 11, Judge Rice ruled an insurance policy “absolute pollution exclusion” meant the insurers had no duty to defend or indemnify Cow Palace. The reason for this, the judge held, was that in the circumstances surrounding the intitial lawsuit against the dairies, the manure, which allegedly contaminated groundwater did constitute a pollutant, was expressly excluded from the insurance policy’s coverage. Further, the court rejected the dairies’ attempt to argue that the actual cause of the damage was a covered event, rather than a pollutant.This case is now the second time in the last couple of years that a court has held manure contamination of groundwater to be excluded from coverage based upon a pollutant exclusion clause in an insurance policy. A similar result was reached by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2014 (Wilson Mutual Insurance Co. v. Falk).advertisementFor more on environmental insurance policies, read: Insurance shortcomings may leave you exposed to costly environmental liability.   Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

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Thompson’s Walk off Homer Gives Argos Win Over No. 18 UAH

first_img Share Thompson’s walk off homerun gave the Argos a win over the Chargers (Photo by Bill Stockland).   PENSACOLA, Fla. – With one swing of the bat University of West Florida first baseman Chrystal Thompson gave the Argonauts a 5-4 win over No. 18 Alabama-Huntsville with a two run walk off homer to left field.The Argos, now 23-15 overall and 7-5 in the Gulf South Conference, then dropped the second game to the Chargers, 25-10 overall and 7-5 in the GSC, 11-1 in just six innings.GAME ONE: West Florida 5, Alabama-Huntsville 4In one of the most exciting games for the Argos to date, Thompson (Bonifay, Fla./Gulf Coast CC) gave the Argos the 5-4 win with her walk off two run blast over the left field fence.The Chargers came out on top in the second inning, scoring four runs on four hits including a pair of RBI doubles. The Argos responded by putting up three runs, picking up on a two RBI single to right center field by Danielle Kildow (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Stetson Univ.) to make it 4-3 UAH.Both teams then went scoreless into the bottom of the seventh after the Argos held the Chargers hitless in their half of the inning. With two, outs Kasie Buckley (Little Rock, Miss./East Central CC) singled to center field, bringing up Thompson who blasted a pitch over the left field fence to end the game.Thompson finished up the game going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored, the only Argo with multiple hits on the game.Jordan Ratliff (Petersburg, Mich./Owens CC) picked up the win in the circle after going all seven innings allowing six hits and striking out five.GAME TWO: West Florida 1, Alabama-Huntsville 11 (6 inn.)The Argos failed to find the offense they had in game one as they were run-ruled in game number two, 11-1, in six innings.Charger Abby MacKay was a perfect 3-for-3 in the game with three homeruns and seven RBIs as UAH shut down West Florida.The lone run of the game for the Argos came in the bottom of the first when Sarah Scott (Tallahassee, Fla./Tallahassee CC) drove home Kildow on an RBI double.Scott was the only Argo with hits in the game as she went 3-for-3. She also took the loss pitching after lasting just 2.1 innings giving up six runs on seven hits.The Argos will be back at it tomorrow as they host North Alabama at the UWF Softball Complex at 1 p.m. For the latest on West Florida softball and information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Thompson’s Walk off Homer Gives Argos Win Over No. 18 UAHlast_img read more

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Twitter React Following the Browns Latest Loss, 33-17 to the Texans

first_imgIndefensible for the #Browns to have passed on the QB’s they have passed on.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) October 15, 2017 @Browns How are the Unpatriotic Thugs working out for you…..Losers— Paint King (@Paintking) October 15, 2017 From top to bottom, #Browns at (0-6, 1-21) are not only the worst team in the NFL, they are the worst organization in all of pro sports! pic.twitter.com/PcCc8pg0AG— Kenny Roda (@TheKennyRoda) October 15, 2017 See if you’ve heard this before – the Browns offense did little, the defense was not good, and there was the usual amount of humor like a safety and two penalties on the same play.Here’s what Twitter had to say about this latest blowout in Houston: Matt Loede What it feels like being a #Browns fan pic.twitter.com/P8GP2GexDX— Flew (@Flewdog) October 15, 2017center_img I’m not even mad, this team keeps going backwards every week. #Disgusted #Ashamed #Embarrassed #WTH ?? pic.twitter.com/6LLscPewrb— Pumpkinhead ? (@PumpkinNation) October 15, 2017 The browns have been the most consistent team in the NFL for 2 decades. And that’s a problem. Please sell Jimmy! Please.— Jay Crawford (@JaycrawfordCLE) October 15, 2017 Related TopicsBrownsNFLTexans Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

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Fatality Accident Closed Spur Highway Monday

first_imgLt. Langham: “A 2008 GMC Sierra pickup was traveling westbound on the Spur Highway and crossed the centerline near the intersection with Beaver Loop, striking an eastbound blue 1992 Ford Ranger pickup on the driver’s side. The GMC Sierra was driven by Brian Kollm, age 22 of Soldotna. The driver of the Ford Ranger, 50-year-old Michael Grisham was transported to Central Peninsula Hospital by Kenai Fire Department for life-threatening injuries. Grisham was pronounced dead upon arrival. The passenger in Grisham’s vehicle was transported to CPH by Central Emergency Services for precautionary measures. The passenger was discharged shortly after arrival.” Kenai Police Lt. Ben Langham says the accident occurred at 5:56pm… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A 50-year-old man was pronounced deceased Monday evening after being involved in a head-on collision on the Kenai Spur Highway at Beaver Loop Road.center_img Langham says Kollm and his passenger were medically cleared at the scene by KFD personnel and released shortly afterwards. The accident appears to have been caused in part by icy roads. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor.last_img read more

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Walker-Brown to challenge for St Catherine FA presidency

first_imgChairman of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Women’s Football Committee, Elaine Walker-Brown, announced recently that she will be challenging long-serving president of the St Catherine Football Association (SCFA), Peter Reid, for the position at the association’s next annual general meeting.Walker-Brown said she has received countless calls from clubs and affiliates in the parish, encouraging her to contest the presidency, and after a period of contemplation, she concluded that she has the necessary skills to take the association forward.“It’s about two years now I was approached by some clubs from the parish. The clubs like what I have done through the Institute of Sports and they admire my administrative skills. “I have worked with women’s football over the years and they believe that football in the parish is dying, and seeing that I live in the parish, I need to come and help. I was contemplating it. I asked them to give me time, I have talked to persons, consulted with others and the interest has grown, and I have thought about it and have now decided to take on the challenge to help bring the parish back together,” she told The Gleaner.Although she has never worked with the SCFA, Walker-Brown said she has watched the decline of the sport in the parish, and with the opportunities available, she believes it’s time to rejuvenate the association and provide options for the youngsters playing the game.“What’s happening to the youths in our parish, when you look at the opportunity for youths, they can achieve. So we need to take it serious. I think I have the know-how and I can get support. So I decided to go public. I am going to challenge for the position,” she declared.She revealed that the incumbent, Reid, is well aware of her challenge and that there is no bad blood between them over the post. Reid’s aware “A lot of persons see me and say Mr Reid told them I am going to challenge him, so he’s aware. But one of the things I was hoping was that the St Catherine FA would lift themselves and do some work so that I wouldn’t have to come in, maybe to assist them, but not to take the helm.“This is not about power, it’s about the sport and youth development. If they (SCFA) get up and get things together, there would be no need to run. But they are lagging behind and there is no progress, and football has reached a high level, and we need to get something done and give the youths an opportunity from this parish,” she said.last_img read more

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Coronavirus vaccine could be ready in a month – Trump

first_imgUS President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a coronavirus vaccine may be available within a month — an acceleration of even his own optimistic predictions — but added that the pandemic could go away by itself.“We’re very close to having a vaccine,” he told a town hall question-and-answer session with voters in Pennsylvania aired on ABC News.“We’re within weeks of getting it you know — could be three weeks, four weeks,” he said.Only hours earlier, speaking to Fox News, Trump had said a vaccine could come in “four weeks, it could be eight weeks.”Democrats have expressed concern that Trump is putting political pressure on government health regulators and scientists to approve a rushed vaccine in time to help turn around his uphill bid for reelection against challenger Joe Biden on November 3.Experts including top US government infectious diseases doctor Anthony Fauci say vaccine approval is more likely toward the end of the year.At the ABC town hall Trump was asked why he’d downplayed the gravity of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has now killed close to 200,000 people in the US.Trump replied by saying: “I didn’t downplay it. I actually, in many ways, I up-played it in terms of action.”But Trump himself told journalist Bob Woodward during taped interviews for the new book “Rage” — published Tuesday — that he had deliberately decided to “play it down” to avoid alarming Americans.‘Herd mentality’ Returning to one of his most controversial views on the virus, that has ravaged the economy and which government scientists say will remain a danger for some time, Trump insisted “it is going to disappear.”“It would go away without the vaccine but it’s going to go away a lot faster with it,” he said.Challenged about how the virus would go away by itself, he said “you’ll develop like a herd mentality,” apparently meaning the concept of herd immunity, when enough people have developed resistance to the disease to effectively stop transmission.“It’s going to be herd developed and that’s going to happen. That will all happen but with a vaccine, I think it will go away very quickly. But I really believe we’re rounding the corner,” he said.The president, who is rarely seen wearing a mask in public and long refused to push Americans to adopt the habit, said “a lot of people don’t want to wear masks and people don’t think masks are good.”Asked what people he meant, Trump answered: “Waiters.”“They come over and they serve you and they have a mask,” he said. “I saw it the other day when they were serving me and they’re playing with the mask. I’m not blaming them. I’m just saying what happens: They’re playing with the mask. So the mask is over, and they’re touching it, and then they’re touching the plate, and that can’t be good.”Polls show that a majority of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the health crisis.The latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Tracking poll Tuesday found that 52 percent of adults do not trust Trump’s statements about an upcoming coronavirus vaccine, compared to 26 percent who do. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UPlast_img read more

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Best of the SEC: Auburn shines in Week 10

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The sign is up. The celebration is January 21.

first_imgThe FAA Identifier of JAU for the Campbell County Airport at Jacksboro will officially have an accompanying name and great story to go with the name come Monday, January 21, at 2 pm.  The new sign was erected on Tuesday with the new name of Colonel Tommy C. Stiner Airfield.CLICK HERE to learn just why La Follette’s Tommy C. Stiner is truly a great American hero.   (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/10/2019-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img

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