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Same-Sex Oklahoma to Play Oregon Shakespeare Festival

first_imgBill Rauch(Photo: Oregon Shakespeare Festival) Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma will be presented with a new perspective by Broadway veteran director Bill Rauch. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in Ashland, Oregon, will celebrate the musical’s 75th anniversary by offering a unique interpretation featuring same-sex couples in the paired leads.”Oklahoma revolutionized the American theater in 1943 and I couldn’t be more proud to offer our own revolutionary spin on this beloved classic during its 75th anniversary,” Rauch exclusively told “Gender identity and sexual orientation are such important grounds for advancing civil rights today, and I am excited to have OSF’s production shed new light on both Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic work and on where we stand as a society in this important moment.”Rauch didn’t elaborate on which couples would featured as same-sex (or on casting), but the production, set to run April through October 2018 at OSF’s Angus Bowmer Theatre, with exact dates to be announced, should certainly be one of a kind.Oklahoma was the first musical written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Set outside the town of Claremore, Oklahoma, in 1906, it focuses on the cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with a farm girl named Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie.Building on the groundbreaking nature of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II ‘s musical Show Boat, Oklahoma! epitomized the development of the book musical, with songs and dances fully integrated into a story with dramatic goals. View Commentslast_img read more

Sanders amendments to strengthen Opioid Crisis Response bill fall short

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced two amendments to the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 under consideration Tuesday in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Sanders’ first amendment failed 8-15, and his second amendment failed 11-12.The first amendment(link is external) put forward by Sanders would impose retroactive civil fines on companies and executives that illegally marketed and/or distributed an opioid product and would punish future illegal activity with jail time for executives. The amendment is similar to legislation(link is external) Sanders recently introduced to hold opioid makers accountable for their role in the epidemic. “We have no yet held accountable the drug manufacturers for the product that they have created and sold, when it is quite likely they knew that the product they were selling was in fact addictive,” Sanders said. “It seems to me that what we have got to do is not only put federal money into fighting the opioid crisis, we have got to demand that those companies that manufactured the product and, in all likelihood, understood that product was addictive, understood that product was killing people, was wrecking human lives – they have got to be held accountable.”Sanders also renewed his call(link is external) for the Senate to hold hearings with the executives of companies that manufacture opioids. “The time is long overdue that we do here in this committee what was done in 1994 in the House and that is bring the manufacturers of these opioids right here and under oath ask them what they knew and when they knew it in terms of the addictive powers of the products that they were selling,” Sanders said. Sanders’ second amendment(link is external) would double funding over five years for the National Health Service Corps. The National Health Service Corps plays a vital role in strengthening the nation’s primary care workforce. Currently, there are grave shortages in primary care across the country, and the National Health Service Corps has 10 times as many applicants as they have scholarship funding to accommodate. These shortages are worst in many of the same areas that are hardest hit by the opioid crisis.This amendment, Sanders said, “is absolutely essential if we’re going to have the on-the-ground personnel that we need to address the crisis.”Source: WASHINGTON, April 24 – Senator Bernie Sanderslast_img read more

October 1, 2011 News and Notes

first_imgOctober 1, 2011 News and Notes October 1, 2011 News & Notes News and Notes Peter F. Valori of Damian & Valori in Miami has become vice chair of the Dade County Bar Association’s Federal Courts Committee. David Sacks and Louis Archambault of Pathman Lewis in Miami spoke on the increasing interest in older properties for new uses and the legal issues that often arise with these properties at a Miami Association of Realtors event. J. Jeffrey Rice of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in Ft. Myers presented “Misunderstood Issues in the Construction Lien Law and Contracts” to the local chapter of the National Association of Credit Management. Gregory C. Yadley of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been elected chair of the Middle Market and Small Business Committee of the ABA Business Law Section. Howard S. Krooks of Elder Law Associates in Boca Raton presented “Counting Time and Fees: Guardian and Attorney Fees, the Mystery Unraveled — Reasonable/Unreasonable? Remedies for Objections” at the Florida State Guardianship Association’s 24th Annual Conference “Solving the Mysteries of Guardianship,” in Lake Buena Vista. Earnest DeLoach, Jr., of Young DeLoach in Orlando was appointed to the Orange County Charter Review Commission, the Orange County School Board Reapportionment Advisory Committee, and the City of Orlando Nominating Board Robert D. Peltz of Leesfield & Partners in Miami discussed “Special Considerations in Handling Resort Cases” at the American Association of Justice Convention in New York. Clark A.D. Wilson of Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva in Atlanta was selected to become a member of the Atlanta IP Inn of Court. John Elliott Leighton of Leighton Law spoke on “Terrorism and Civil Actions” at the National Crime Victim Bar Association’s National Conference in Washington, D.C. He also spoke on “The Trial of an ATM Shooting Case” at the Belli Society Seminar in New York and on “Evaluating, Assessing, and Litigating Premises Security Cases” for the American Association for Justice in New York. Jourdan Haynes of Fowler White Boggs in Tampa has been selected to participate in the Tampa Connection Class. Ross R. Hartog of Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty & Hartog in Miami has been appointed to the panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the Southern District of Florida. Cyrus K. Toufanian of The Law Office of Cyrus K. Toufanian in West Palm Beach has been elected secretary for the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. William J. Bosch of Conner Bosch Law in Palm Coast has been re-elected to serve a second term as president of the Flagler County Bar Association. David Gersten of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami hosted a webinar presentation in conjunction with a course taught at The National Judicial College in Reno, NV. Gersten discussed the standards of review employed by appellate courts and why appellate courts overturn decisions. Frank P. Terzo of GrayRobinson in Miami was inducted into the LL.M. Advisory Board of St. John’s Law School in New York. H. Scott Fingerhut, of H. Scott Fingerhut, P.A. and Florida International University College of Law in Miami, has been appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to the Florida Innocence Commission. Starlett M. Miller of McCumber, Daniels, Buntz, Hartig & Puig in Tampa presented “Legal Update: Arbitration Agreements and Legislative Changes” at the Florida Assisted Living Association Annual Conference. Traci McKee of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers won the Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s James A. Dixon Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Timothy M. Cerio of GrayRobinson in Tallahassee was selected as a member of Leadership Florida Class XXX. J. Jerome Miller, of counsel to Pleat & Perry in Destin, has been named general counsel to the Walton County Code Enforcement Board. Brett Schneider of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske spoke on “Conducting Workplace Investigations” at the Florida Public Personnel Association annual conference in Ft. Lauderdale. He also provided a presentation on “How to Effectively Redesign Employee Benefit Plans” at the Florida Government Finance Officers Association Annual Conference in Boca Raton. Gregory A. Haile of Berger Singerman in Ft. Lauderdale has been reelected chair of 2-1-1 Broward. Hunter Chamberlin of Chamberlin, Butler & Crowe has become an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College and will teach Advanced Legal Research in the Paralegal Studies Department. Robert A. Schatzman of GrayRobinson in Miami was admitted to the mediation panel of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. David Avellar Neblett of Perry & Neblett in Miami has joined the board of directors of Wounded Nature – Working Veterans, a nonprofit that will have five Victory Vessels moving up and down the East Coast in 2012 cleaning beaches, visiting military bases, and attending port festivals. Kristy M. Johnson of Carlton Fields in Miami spoke on “Licensure & the Impaired Professional: Effective Practice and Intervention Strategies for Attorneys and Healthcare Practitioners” at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in Toronto. Andrew J. Markus of Carlton Fields in Miami was elected to the ABA House of Delegates as a delegate-at-large. Rhonda Hollander of Rhonda Hollander in Dania Beach presented “How to Avoid an Impasse at Mediation” with Samuel A. Coffey of Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Coffey at the Annual Dispute Resolution Conference. Amy A. Perry of Pleat & Perry in Destin was selected into the 1st Special Operations Wing Honorary Commanders Program at Hurlburt Air Force Base. Jeffrey C. Lynne of Weiner & Lynne in Delray Beach has become general counsel for Creative City Collaborative, a nonprofit created to build the cultural infrastructure that celebrates Delray Beach as a creative, authentic, and intimate city. David B. Pleat of Pleat & Perry in Destin has been named to the First Circuit Bench/Bar Professionalism Committee. Jeff Garvin of Jeff R. Gavin, P.A. in Ft. Myers; Tom Gamba of Gamba & Lombana in Coral Gables; Howard Hunter of Hill; Ward and Henderson in Tampa; Howard Coker of Coker, Schickel, Sorenson & Posgay in Jacksonville; Bob Cole of Boyd & Jenerette in Jacksonville; and Jeff Kottkamp of Messer, Caparello & Self in Tallahassee received “Advocate Awards” from the Florida Board of Trial Advocates Legislative and Education Fund for their efforts to protect the independence of the judiciary during the 2011 Legislative Session. Trenton H. Cotney of Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker in Tampa is now a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator. Amy Turner of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been appointed to the Lee County Community Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. Thomas A. Sadaka of NeJame Law in Orlando spoke at the National Judicial College’s Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony Course. Jeffrey L. Cohen of Florida Healthcare Law Firm in Delray Beach was a featured panelist at the American College of Emergency Physicians Symposium by the Sea in Naples. Gregory A. Hearing of Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing in Tampa has become a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Cathleen O’Dowd of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa has been re-elected treasurer of the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. MaryEllen P. Osterndorf of Osterndorf & Associates in Daytona Beach was selected to be a member of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ 2011 Leaders in the Law. Albert R. Meyer of the Florida Healthcare Law Firm in Delray Beach attended the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s June 23rd event as a featured panelist speaking on healthcare reform. Tony J. Abate of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota; Brian R. Lambert of the Tampa office; and Christopher Z. Staine of the Sarasota office presented “ABC’s of Florida Construction Lien Law: What You Need to Know to Make the Lien Law Work for You” at the Gulf Coast Builders XChange” at the State College of Florida/Lakewood Ranch. Maria Chang Mayer of Carlton Fields has been named to the board of governors of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Merrick L. “Rick” Gross of Carlton Fields in Miami has been appointed the ABA Business Law Section’s liaison to the ABA’s Section of Litigation. Grey Squires-Binford of Killgore, Pearlman, Stamp, Ornstein & Squires in Orlando has been named chair of the Enzian Advisory Council, a nonprofit which exists to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through film. Elizabeth Pryor Johnson of Fowler White Burnett in Miami was elected chair of the board of trustees of St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School in Coral Gables. Robin Bresky of the The Law Offices of Robin Bresky in Boca Raton presented “Mediation at its Best! Settling Your Cases Within Ethical Boundaries” at an ARC Mediation CME Seminar. Seth Benton Claytor of Boswell and Dunlap in Bartow was appointed assistant city attorney for the City of Lake Alfred. Robyn L. Vines of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale has been reappointed to the Florida Supreme Court Family Law Forms Workshop. Anthony T. Martino of Clark & Martino in Tampa has been elected chair of the Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. Alexander L. Palenzuela-Mauri of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske has been named to the Board of Miami Council for International Visitors. Paul Levine of Los Angeles is the author of Lassiter, the latest in his series of legal thrillers involving the NFL linebacker turned Miami lawyer Jake Lassiter. Published by Random House, Lassiter involves a missing woman, a shady state attorney, and a raucous murder trial.last_img read more

Irgens Expands Property Management Portfolio

first_imgIrgens Partners, LLC recently announced its investment into Robert F. Knight & Associates, LLC, (K&A). In the new partnership, Irgens and K&A will each hold a membership interest in the company, which will continue to operate as Robert F. Knight & Associates, LLC. The company’s management portfolio will total more than 3 MSF of commercial office space in the Valley, making it one of the largest in the market.“Our investment and partnership in a property and facility management firm with a reputation as both reliable and high-performing strengthens Irgens’ commitment to the Phoenix market,” said Mark F. Irgens, CEO/President & Manager of Irgens. “With our growing development and ownership portfolio, including Ascend at Chandler Airport Center in Chandler and the 979 Playa del Norte office project in Tempe, our partnership with K&A will allow us to focus on bringing our key development projects out of the ground in 2014.”“There will be no changes in the leadership, operations, and management of K&A. Our investment in the partnership brings resources and a new platform for growth, continuity, and success,” Irgens added.“Through investments in client-focused initiatives including technology-based efficiency enhancements, environmental sustainability, and the expansion to our expert staff of management professionals, and by aligning K&A with a firm of Irgens’ resources, we are focused on enhancing our services for our clients for years to come,” said Robert F. Knight, CPM, President and Founder of K&A. “By building upon our mutual expertise, we will elevate the level of property management for Phoenix area real estate investors and for commercial property owners who outsource their management services.”last_img read more

Gardiner Haskins’ Soapbox warehouse in Bristol comes to market

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Toyota forms new in-house company

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Air Products supports Thai cave rescue mission

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Blood on the tracks

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

Two Americans fined for breaking Canada’s quarantine rules

first_img Recommended SWFL businesses eager to fully reopen as Gov. DeSantis paves the way for Phase 3 Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Author: Amanda Jackson/ CNN ONTARIO (CNN) Two Americans fined for breaking Canada’s quarantine rules To limit the spread of the coronavirus in Canada, anyone entering the country must quarantine for 14 days regardless of whether they have symptoms.Saturday, police announced they fined two Americans for breaking the quarantine rules after being spotted multiple times in an Ontario town, according to a news release obtained by CNN news partner CTV.Ontario Provincial Police said the 66-year-old man and 65-year-old woman entered Canada on June 24, both from Minnesota. They were directed to go their Canadian destination and stay there for 14 days, according to CTV.“Both individuals failed to comply with the … Quarantine Act and were observed making stops in the Town of Fort Frances,” reads the release.On June 30, the Canadian government extended its emergency order requiring anyone who enters the country — whether by air, land or sea — to quarantine for 14 days. This is in place until at least August 31.“There have been 105,317 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,674 deaths,” Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said in a statement on Sunday. “66% of people have now recovered.”To curb the spread of coronavirus, nonessential travel into Canada has been restricted since March and that includes travel across the US-Canada border. Last month, Canada announced it would relax some border restrictions for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, including some who have been trying to enter from the United States.“If you don’t follow these rules, you could face serious penalties,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference in Ottawa in June.The two Americans were fined CA$1,000 ($736) each, according to CTV.Individuals could face a fine of up to $750,000 and a sentencing of up to six months in jail for failure to comply with Canada’s Quarantine Act, according to a government news release in March. Will COVID-19 kill the holiday shopping season? Published: July 5, 2020 3:41 PM EDT Updated: July 6, 2020 7:59 PM EDT SHARElast_img read more

Not green enough yet

first_imgRAIL’S assumed environmental advantage (RG 12.04 p811) took a few more knocks on November 19 at a high-level conference on railways and the environment in Berlin attended by around 200 representatives from business and politics.The 22 senior railway managers from 17 European countries who were present, along with rail executives from Asia and Africa, heard that huge strides had been in made in the design of modern lorries in terms of reducing noise and exhaust emissions. Not only that, but the latest Airbus A321 aircraft consumed less energy per seat over a given distance than a Eurostar trainset.There was a consistent view that most countries would continue to invest more in their road networks than in rail, prompting Vice-President of the European Parliament Miroslav Ouzky to assert that ’investment in railways will determine their future’. Indeed it will, and we repeat our assertion elsewhere in this edition that rail must still justify its existence against its competitors.This view was echoed by Director of the European Investment Bank Thomas Barrett, who said ’both society and the EU and national institutions will increasingly acknowledge the advantages rail has to offer when railways demonstrate that they are making a real difference to improvements in public transport and freight.’Margareta Wolf, Germany’s Parliamentary State Secretary for the Environment, felt that it was time for the ’polluter pays’ principle to be invoked in calculating the environmental costs of transport, and she saw ’encouraging signals’ from the European Commission that has just taken office. nlast_img read more

JR Central names Chairman

first_imgJR Central has announced that its current President Yoshiomi Yamada (left) is to become Chairman of the company with effect from April 1. He will succeed Yoshiyuki Kasai (centre), who becomes Chairman Emeritus, and will in turn be replaced as President by the railway’s current Executive Vice-President Koei Tsuge (right). In his new role Kasai will remain on the JR Central board while promoting Shinkansen and maglev technologies internationally. Yamada will continue to supervise the project to build a superconducting maglev route between Tokyo and Osaka. All three executives bring decades of experience to their roles, having joined Japanese National Railways prior to its privatisation in 1987.last_img read more

Dyan Crowther

first_imgGovia has appointed Dyan Crowther as Chief Operating Officer of the UK’s Thameslink, Southern & Great Northern passenger franchise, which starts in September.last_img

Exco Levi cops fifth JUNO award

first_imgExco Levi poses with the Juno after winning for Reggae Recording of the Year during the 2013 Juno Gala, Dinner and Awards in Regina on Saturday, April 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards Penthouse recording artiste, Exco Levi, won his JUNO Award for Best Reggae Recording of The Year at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Saturday.The witty lyricist won for the song Siren, released last June by Oneness Records.The other nominees were Roll Dem by Dubmatix featuring Gappy Ranks, Sorry by Ammoye, Cry Every Day by Blessed, and Jay Kartier’s Who Feels it Knows.“First, I wanna say thanks to the Almighty for life. It’s an honour to be a part of a country and an industry that supports its art form. Big up Jones and Jones Production, Reggaeville, Silly Walks, Penthouse Records, and all my fellow nominees,” Exco Levi said in his acceptance speech.Exco Levi was born in the parish of Clarendon in Jamaica and migrated to Canada a decade ago. The artiste is currently working on a new album which is scheduled to be released in September..His first album, Words of The Wise, was released in 2014 by VP Records. His previous Juno wins came in 2012 for Bleaching Shop, in 2013 for Storms of Life, 2014 for Strive, and 2015 for Welcome The King.The Junos are Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards.last_img read more

1000 Days of A76 Traffic Lights Too Much Says Oliver Mundell

first_imgCommenting Oliver Mundell MSP said: “I find it absolutely disgraceful that traffic lights have now blighted this vital trunk route for 1,000 days and this situation is completely unacceptable. “I challenged the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf on this issue back in March when I revealed that traffic lights had been used over 700 times in recent years, but it seems that they are still completely dithering over tackling the problems on the A76. “I will be continuing to ask questions of the Scottish Government about how they plan to get this route up and running again at full capacity once and for all.” Back in March, Mr Mundell revealed that traffic lights had been used an astonishing 723 times in the last three years leading him to hit out once again at the lack of action from the Scottish Government regarding the situation. “This route is absolutely vital for the Nithsdale economy and every day these lights continue to be on this route, the more harm is being done to the local economy and visitors are being put off coming to this part of my constituency. Mr Mundell has continually pressed the Scottish Government over the issue in the last year have been regularly contacted by frustrated constituents who rely on the vital trunk road. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell says it’s a disgrace that traffic lights which have been described as ‘temporary’ have now blighted the A76 for 1,000 days.last_img read more

Drought alleviation predicted for 2016 Wet/Hurricane Season

first_img Share LocalNews Drought alleviation predicted for 2016 Wet/Hurricane Season by: – May 31, 2016 169 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Annie Carrette-Joseph of the Dominica Meteorological ServiceDrought conditions across the region will be gradually alleviated according to the official forecast of the 2016 Caribbean wet/ hurricane season.The forecast was presented by Annie Carrette-Joseph of the Dominica Meteorological Service (DMS) during the Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) of the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) on Monday May 30, 2016 the Fort Young Hotel in Dominica. The forecast for June, July, August indicates that there will be a 52% chance that El Niña conditions will evolve by August and remain through 2016. El Niño and El Niña, a periodic cooling or warming of the equatorial pacific waters causes atmospheric conditions that are favourable for cyclones, play an important role weather conditions across the region she said. The short term to medium drought forecast for the region up to August 2016 indicates no drought concerns for most of the region, while droughts are still possible across the Lesser Antilles under the long term drought alert for the period December 2015 to November 2016. “Please continue to update yourself and monitor conditions for the upcoming months,” Mrs. Joseph said. Rainfall probabilistic forecast for the Wet Season up to November 2016A wet day according to Mrs. Joseph is “classified as any day with rainfall totaling to 1.0 millimeters or more”.From June to November, rainfall is forecasted to be above normal to normal in much of the region. She said, there is roughly 80% confidence that the second half of the wet season will be wetter or usual in the ABC Islands, Belize, Greater Antilles and the Leeward Islands. During that period, fewer wet days than usual are forecasted for the region. Some of the implications of this she said would be increasing surface wetness and increasing disruptions of outdoor activities. Fewer than normal wet spells, three to six, are forecasted to occur from June to August of which one to three are very wet. This is except for the Guianas where more wet spells are forecasted. This will lead to the recharging of large water reservoirs after a prolonged drought, Mrs. Joseph said.Also, one extreme wet spell will occur during the upcoming three months. “There is an increased chance of extreme wet spells in the Lesser Antilles and that’s at a medium to high confidence whereas no frequency shifts are forecasted elsewhere. An implication to that would be flashflood potential developing.”2016 Hurricane Forecast The 2016 hurricane season is forecasted to be an active one, Mrs. Joseph said. “Climatologically from 1950 to 2000, there are usually ten (10) named storms, 5.9 hurricanes, 2.3 intense hurricanes and the accumulated cyclone energy the median is 100.”The Colorado State University in April forecasted twelve (12) named storms, five (5) hurricanes, two (2) intense hurricanes with accumulated cyclone energy of 90. In May, Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) Agency forecasted seventeen (17) named storms, nine (9) hurricanes and four (4) intense hurricanes with accumulated cyclone energy of 130. The Weather Channel predicted fourteen (14) named storms, eight (8) hurricanes and three (3) intense hurricanesMeanwhile National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gave a seventy percent probability that there will be ten (10) to sixteen (16) named storms, a twenty-five percent chance of named storms being below normal, forty-five percent chance of them being normal and a thirty percent chance of them being above normal. Of those four (4) to eight (8) are expected to be hurricanes, one (1) to four (4) intense hurricanes and there’s a sixty-five percent to one hundred and forty percent chance of accumulated cyclonic energy for the year 2016. Of these predicted storms a few are predicted to make landfall. According to the forecast from Klotzbach and Gray, at least one major category three or five hurricane is expected to make landfall at 10 to 20 degrees latitude and 60 to 80 degrees west longitude. The TSR forecasted that possibly two named storms and one hurricane is expected to make landfall in the Lesser Antilles while twelve (12) named storms and seven (7) hurricanes of which four are intense are expected to make landfall in the Tropical North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Mexico including Belize. Temperature Forecast for upcoming seasonNights and days across the region will be warm during the next three months, lasting until September in the northern Caribbean and October in the southern Caribbean, the report indicated. There will also be enhanced health risk from heat exposure and higher than usual energy cost for cooling.David Farrell, Principal of the CIMH said the delivery of climate services to the region through COF and other mechanisms is helping to save livelihoods and property by risk informing planning. “For those of you who have lived through the last twelve months in the Caribbean, and had the pleasure of experiencing the drought with also comparing the experience of the 2009/2010 experience of drought in the region with realizing the value of the climate service this time around and helping plan and mitigate the impacts of drought.”The drought he said could not have been stopped but mitigation to its impacts in the region was done.This was in efforts to “save livelihoods [and] help governments to really tailor their decision making processes to mitigate drought” he said. Looking forward to the next year he said the goal is to look at risk informing the sectors in terms of dealing with La Niña. “I hope coming out of this, this is one of the things that we are going to be talking about.” – / 7last_img read more

PROPEL beneficiaries showcase produce for Canadian sponsors

first_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews PROPEL beneficiaries showcase produce for Canadian sponsors by: Dominica Vibes News – September 7, 2018 Share Tweetcenter_img 305 Views   no discussions Share Beneficiaries of Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) showcased their products at an exhibition yesterday, at the DEXIA Packing House in Goodwill on Thursday 6 September, 2018. OECS/Barbados Coordinator and Agribusiness & Marketing Consultant Dr. Nadia Pacquette – Anselm told Vibes News that a number of persons have benefited from the PROPPEL Project.“Various partners benefited from the PROPEL Project such as Ministry of Agriculture, Dexia, Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT), North East Womens Group and a number of other entrepreneurs on the island,” Mrs. Anselm said.She added that during the course of the past few days the island was “graced with the Canadian delegation and we thought it would be a good idea to have an exhibition for beneficiaries of the PROPEL Project to have a level of interaction”.The PROPEL Project is funded by the government of Canada and implemented by a Canadian based NGO World University Service of Canada (WUSC).– / 15last_img read more