(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Sizing up the NFL as Week 6 begins (Hint if you’re a fan of Bay Area teams, you’ll have to look at this upside down):1. Kansas City (5-0)Can we just fast forward to Nov. 19 when the Chiefs face the Rams in Mexico City? In the meantime, can Pat Mahomes win on Tom Brady’s turf? Last week: 1 Next: at New England2. L.A. Rams (5-0)Rams …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest April will end warmer and wetter than normal. A series of storms will impact Ohio and surrounding areas later this week into next week. This will mean wetter than normal conditions into the first week of May. Temperatures will remain above normal as well. The heaviest will fall in central sections of the corn and soybean belt. Rainfall in Ohio will range from 2-4 inches for the next 2 weeks with heaviest totals in western areas of Ohio. Normal is about 2 inches.The first week of May will be mild with wetter than normal weather. The middle of May will dry out and cool down before a warm finish to the month.The outlook for summer still looks warmer than normal with rainfall highly variable with a tendency toward drier.
Billions of dollars in much-needed federal funding are finally being made available to nine states and five local communities. These dollars are to be used for activities and projects that reduce vulnerability to future disasters, including consideration of how such disasters could become more dangerous due to climate change. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the agency overseeing these grants, is making it clear that these dollars are not the typical federal disaster aid, which tends to put everything back in the same vulnerable locations and replicate vulnerabilities that were just made evident in a disaster. These dollars will require grantees to design projects with an additional margin of safety for flooding, to factor in projected future sea level rise, and to invest much more heavily in forward thinking measure that reduce the risk of future damages in the face of climate change. The $6.875 billion now being made available by HUD will be going to nine states and five local jurisdictions that previously received congressionally approved Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds between 2015 and 2017. An additional $9.059 billion for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be made available separately.RELATED ARTICLESResilient CommunitiesResilience is the New GreenResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsIs It Time to Move Our Cities?How Texas Is Building Back Better From Hurricane Harvey Wait a minute, HUD is a federal agency. The Trump administration is funding work to address the impacts of climate change? Essentially, yes, whether the president knows it or not. While the words “climate change” never actually appear in HUD’s description of the grant program, there are multiple references in the document to changing future conditions, which can only occur as a result of climate change. Examples of such language include: “…the action plan must include a risk-based Mitigation Needs Assessment that identifies and analyzes all significant current and future disaster risks and provides a substantive basis for the activities proposed.” (p.11) “For flood mitigation efforts: grantees must consider high wind and continued sea level rise…” (p.35) Grantees must explain how projects, “will reflect changing environmental conditions (such as sea level rise or development patterns).” (p.49 and p.71) “A Mitigation Needs Assessment. Each grantee must assess the characteristics and impacts of current and future hazards identified through its recovery from the qualified disaster and any other Presidentially-declared disaster.” (p.32) “Mitigation solutions designed to be resilient only for threats and hazards related to a prior disaster can leave a community vulnerable to negative effects from future extreme events related to other threats or hazards.” (p.32) How are these funds different than past federal disaster aid? HUD’s intention is for communities to use these funds to “increase resilience to disasters and reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property, and suffering and hardship, by lessening the impact of future disasters.” In other words, this funding isn’t for simply rebuilding what was previously damaged. These dollars are intended to enable communities to make infrastructure less likely to fail in a disaster, to make housing safer, and to pursue projects that can reduce the risk of future damage. It’s also got several provisions that require grantees to build with a greater awareness of how disasters could be worse in the future. How does $6.875 billion compare to past levels of funding for climate resilience and disaster mitigation? This is by far the largest single appropriation the federal government has ever made for climate resilience and disaster mitigation. Also, this funding is part of a larger $16 billion package, with $9.059 billion still to be made available to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. What kinds of things can grantees do with these funds? A whole range of forward-thinking projects can be done with these funds, including buyouts of flood-prone homes and buildings. For buyouts done with these funds, the structure will be demolished and the land must be maintained as open space in perpetuity. Grantees are also encouraged to pursue nature-based solutions, like living shorelines and green infrastructure projects, wherever practicable. These funds can also be used to support a host of longer-term actions that can make communities safer and better prepared for the impacts of climate change. Developing long-term plans for reducing the risk of disasters, updating building codes, or establishing revolving loan funds to create a long term mechanism for funding future disaster mitigation projects are all eligible activities that communities tend to under-invest in. All grantees are also required to develop a Mitigation Needs Assessment as part of their application for funding, identifying current and future risks, building on plans that states and territories are already required to develop for FEMA. Are grantees required to consider future risks or climate impacts? Yes. In addition to the sections I referenced above, there are other provisions. Future sea level rise must be considered for flood mitigation projects. And projects must be designed with an additional margin of safety for future flooding: Two feet above the elevation of a 100-year flood, as indicated on current FEMA flood maps, for all non-critical projects. For critical infrastructure, projects must be either three feet higher than the 100-year flood or built to the elevation of the 500-year flood, whichever is most protective. These requirements generally mirror a flood protection standard that President Trump rescinded days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Despite President Trump’s earlier decision to throw-out the federal flood protection standard, HUD is including very similar provisions anyway. How long do states and communities have to apply and how much can they receive? States and local government grantees have several months to submit their applications for funding. Below are application deadlines and the amounts states have been allocated by HUD. Application Deadline, February 3, 2020 Florida $633,485,000 Louisiana $1,213,917,000 North Carolina $168,067,000 South Carolina $157,590,000 Texas $4,297,189,000 West Virginia $106,494,000 Application Deadline, March 2, 2020 Columbia, SC $18,585,000 Lexington County, SC $15,185,000 Richland County, SC $21,864,000 Houston, TX $61,884,000 San Marcos, TX $24,012,000 Application Deadline, April 6, 2020 California $88,219,000 Georgia $26,961,000 Missouri $41,592,000 -This post originally appeared at the Natural Resources Defense Council Expert Blog. Rob Moore is senior policy analyst in the NRDC’s Healthy People & Thriving Communities program.
Related Posts adam popescu Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting If you could say anything to your boss without fear of reprisal, would you? More to the point, should you? Would it make the world a better place? The founder of an anonymous-email service designed to help employees express themselves to their employers believes the answer is yes.The site is called Tell Your Boss Anything, and it lets you send anonymous messages to your boss. Sounds like a joke, right? Or maybe just a bad idea? Well, Tom Williams, the Canadian founder of the site, is serious. The service is real. And it helps underlings and overlords communicate by removing their identities from the equation, he says. Here’s how it works: The service is free to use for employees. But managers must pay $20 a month to have unlimited communication with their team (the first message is free to reply to). The site filters for vulgarity and other offensive comments. (Less than 20 percent of sent messages have been rejected, he says, an outcome that can get the sender booted.) Your superior can see the message, but not your identity. That way, you can give honest feedback, and the people upstairs can’t punish you for being honest. The service encourages them to respond and (hopefully) address the problem. The site has been live for a month, and while Williams won’t divulge numbers, he says the site is doing exactly what he envisioned. “Given the high number of responses and the number of issues marked ‘resolved’ or ‘improved’ by employees, it appears as though the service has been used primarily as intended,” Williams said. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#startups#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
The video of a man being attacked by a wild boar, but people around him doing little to save him has gone viral on social media.The incident reportedly took place at Nakul Sukdi village in Tumsar taluka of Bhandara district in Maharashtra. The video shows a man fallen to the ground with a cycle and being repeatedly hit by the wild boar. It shows the man helplessly beating the boar with a stick, even as the animal continues to batter and maul him. The video, apparently shot from a truck parked closeby, shows some men standing on that vehicle shouting but doing little to help the man. After a few minutes, the man manages to save himself from the clutches of the wild boar, which then disappears into the nearby forest area.
Six stories in the news for Wednesday, April 11———MILITARY SHAVES RESTRICTIONS ON PONYTAILSThe Canadian military isn’t letting its hair down just yet, but for the first time, women in uniform will be allowed to wear ponytails. The move, which also makes nylon stockings optional when in a skirt and permits flat shoes instead of pumps or oxfords, is the latest effort to modernize the Canadian Armed Forces after the recent easing of restrictions on beards, boots and off-duty marijuana use. It also comes amid a concerted effort by senior commanders to increase the number of women in the military, which has so far moved slower than some had hoped. Chief Warrant Officer Alain Guimond, the military’s top non-commissioned officer, says the military is trying to better reflect the Canadians they serve while welcoming new members into the ranks.———TRUDEAU DEFENDS CHANGES TO ASYLUM LAWSConservative Leader Andrew Scheer sidestepped questions about the changes to refugee eligibility proposed by the Liberals, focusing instead on his own party’s belief in an immigration system that is “fair, orderly and compassionate.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending controversial changes to asylum laws included in an omnibus budget bill tabled this week. He says his government wants to ensure Canada’s refugee system is fair for everyone. Scheer blames Canada’s border woes on Trudeau, based on a tweet he issued in 2017 in which he welcomed refugees to Canada.———SCHOOL SHOOTER TO APPEAL FOR YOUTH SENTENCEA lawyer for a young man who shot and killed four people and injured seven others in northern Saskatchewan is to argue in court today that the offender should serve his sentence as a youth. The shooter was weeks shy of turning 18 when he killed two brothers at their home and then a teacher and a teacher’s aide at the La Loche high school in 2016. He was sentenced as an adult last year to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted murder. Defence lawyer Aaron Fox plans to ask the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to sentence the shooter as a youth or order a new hearing.———FIRST MODIFIED SALMON TO HIT CANADIAN STORESGenetically modified salmon raised in Prince Edward Island are poised for the leap to grocery shelves. This is a Canadian first but has left traditional producers concerned about setting their farmed fish apart. Environment Canada recently gave notice it has approved U.S.-based AquaBounty to grow the salmon at its site about 74 kilometres east of Charlottetown. AquaBounty says it would begin stocking its Rollo Bay facility “as soon as possible,” with the first harvest of AquAdvantage salmon estimated late next year. Sylvain Charlebois, director of the agrifood analytics unit at Dalhousie University, says it’s likely AquaBounty “production will be ramped up in Canada.”———DEADLY RABBIT DISEASE RETURNS TO VANCOUVER ISLANDBritish Columbia’s chief veterinary officer is urging anyone who sees a dead rabbit or notices rabbit colony populations declining to report them to conservation officers so officials can monitor the potential spread of a deadly virus. Jane Pritchard says four rabbits in the Parksville area tested positive for calicivirus, which is highly contagious and causes rabbit hemorrhagic disease. The virus can kill rabbits in 36 hours but does not affect any other animals or humans. It was first identified in the province last year and killed hundreds of rabbits across much of Vancouver Island and in Delta near Vancouver.———RETIRING CALECHE HORSES TO BE FOUND NEW HOMESThe City of Montreal is planning to save the famed carriage horses from the glue factory. The city announced yesterday it will offer to buy the animals for one thousand dollars each and give them to the SPCA, which will work with a refuge to find them new homes. The carriages, called caleches, will be taken off the roads by the end of the year. A council member noted a lot of the owners started to talk about how they would send their animals to a slaughterhouse and different things.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Taiya Alice Hudy to appear in court charged with second-degree murder in the disappearance of Colin Robert Focht. The 25-year-old man was last seen Aug. 21, 2018, and human remains thought to be his were found outside Yorkton, Sask., April 4.— The Commons defence committee hears from Lt. Gen. Paul Wynnyk, vice-chief of the defence staff, appears alongside two senior military officials for a study on diversity within the Canadian Armed Forces.— The House of Commons justice committee meets to discuss a request to study breaches of confidentiality in respect of the Supreme Court appointment process.The Canadian Press