Climate Change Affects Our Community’s Health

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health & Social ServicesWe know that health is affected by a variety of community conditions, including environmental factors such as air and water quality. Climate – the long-term patterns of conditions such as precipitation and temperature – also affects us. Climate, by influencing how we live and what we’re exposed to, plays a role in our community’s health.As our understanding of climate change grows, we learn more about potential health effects on communities. Among the changes predicted for Western Washington are:Drier, hotter summers with increased risk of heat waves and wildfires; this alsoDrier, hotter summers are perfect for recreation and getting outdoors, but have bigger implications for our environment. Photo credit: Diane Waiste.worsens air quality (more particulate matter from fires, ground level ozone and pollen).Altered precipitation patterns, such as warmer (think rain rather than snow) and wetter winter months, with more frequent intense storms and resulting flood events.1Expanded territory for disease-carrying or disease-causing organisms such as mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus, Hantavirus (carried by rodents) and Vibrio bacteria in shellfish.2What can we do about this? Climate change from human activity is the result of many activities (agriculture, energy production and use, transportation, etc.) from all over world emitting gases that trap more heat in the lower atmosphere. While the ways we, the roughly quarter million Thurston County residents, live may be a small contribution overall, we do have an impact. The actions we take locally can reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and result in health-related benefits to our community. Some of these actions include:Reducing local air pollution through energy conservation and switching to renewable fuels.Using active or mass transportation such as walking, bicycling and taking the bus.Taking mass transit is a great option to help mitigate your impact on climate change.Walking and bicycling can be called healthy transportation because they also increase physical activity.When we build our communities to encourage active transportation, we are promoting healthy behaviors, while reducing the use of fossil fuels and associated air pollution.Reducing food waste saves resources used to grow, process and transport food. This has the potential to lower food costs, making healthy food more accessible to everyone.Several Thurston Thrives strategies (Community Design and Food in particular) call for these kinds of actions, and contribute to the air quality/climate goal of the Environment strategy to “Keep our air clean and our climate stable.” A new Climate & Clean Energy work group has formed as of the end of 2015 to create a strategy, and take action, toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Key strategies are homes made more energy efficient, increased clean energy production and use (for example, solar), reduced motor vehicle travel (by shifting to other forms of travel) and increased proportion of cleaner vehicles (electric and highly fuel-efficient) for those vehicles that people use locally. Taking action as a community will help us toward a target of 80% reduction from 1990 levels in these emissions by the year 2050.3Staying prepared with emergency supplies at home is a smart way to be ready for severe storms, power outages or flooding.As a community we also need to prepare for climate change–evidence of sea-level rise, streamflow timing, precipitation and temperature data indicate that it is already happening. To adapt to and plan for climate change, our community has to “Be prepared for and recover effectively from emergencies” (Thurston Thrives’ Environment, Clinical/Emergency Care and Community Resilience strategies). We can start by having an emergency response plan in place for ourselves and our families, and keeping a supply of food, water and necessary medications at home and the workplace to help us through events like severe storms or flooding. But, we must also be willing to help those people most vulnerable (typically the isolated, the elderly and families with young children) in times of emergencies. If we focus on helping people get better connected and involved, whether through volunteering or improved access to community programs and services, we help our community be prepared for emergencies of all kinds, including those brought on by climate change. At the community level, Thurston Regional Planning Council is bringing groups together to develop a climate adaptation plan for Thurston County.With better knowledge of climate change’s health impacts locally, and a clearer picture of the multiple benefits of local action, we can build the partnerships necessary to do our part in solving this challenge.1  Mote, P., A. K. Snover, S. Capalbo, S. D. Eigenbrode, P. Glick, J. Littell, R. Raymondi, and S. Reeder, 2014: Ch. 21: North­west. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, J. M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Rich­mond, and G. W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program, 487-513. doi:10.7930/J04Q7RWX.2 Dalton, M., P.W. Mote, and A.K. Snover. 2013. Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.3 Thurston Regional Planning Council, 2013. Creating Places, Preserving Spaces, A Sustainable Development Plan for the Thurston Region (Sustainable Thurston), Environment Chapter, 205-206, 211-212. Accessed at: (1 September 2016).last_img read more

FIFA gives each country the right to open the transfer deadline

first_imgInstructions to follow on the termination of contracts are also included in the document, where it is said verbatim that:* If a contract expires on the original end date of the season, the expiration must continue until the new end date of the season.* If a contract starts on the original start date of the next season, that start should be postponed until the new start date of the next season.* In the event of overlapping seasons or enrollment periods, and unless all parties agree otherwise, priority will be given to the previous club to complete the season with its original team, in order to safeguard the integrity of the national leagues , FM competitions and continental competitions.* Without prejudice to the recommended amendments to the contract dates, all remuneration payable by contract before the start date of a contract shall be deferred until the new start date of the next season or the first enrollment period. The guiding principles to follow regarding the termination of contracts will be the following:* All requests to extend the end date of the current season will be approved; All requests for extensions or amendments to enrollment periods that have already started will be approved, provided that their duration does not exceed the maximum limit (that is, 16 weeks).* The federations will be allowed to modify the season dates and / or the registration periods, both through TMS and by notifying FIFA outside this system.* As an exception to art. 6, sec. 1 of the RETJ, a professional whose contract has expired or has been terminated as a result of COVID-19 will be entitled to be registered by a federation outside the registration period, regardless of the expiration or termination date. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), and each of the other 210 national FIFA federations, They will have the power to set their own transfer window, adapting it at the end of their respective championships., according to the order that the organization has transmitted. This assumes that the next hiring period will not necessarily start on July 1, as was the norm, but will do so when stipulated by the RFEF, endorsed by FIFA. This was confirmed to this newspaper by Emilio García-Silvero, the Galician who is at the head of the legal department of the International Federation, who has also been the promoter of the protocol to be followed in all the clubs and leagues in the world after the impact of COVID-19.This newspaper has had access to the document led by García-Silvero and prepared by the Working Group formed by FIFA, its six confederations, the 211 national federations, the Association of European Clubs (ECA), FIFPRO and the World Leagues Forum. The guide establishes a series of guidelines to follow. Regarding the transfer windows, the autonomy of each country is established to set its own according to the completion of its respective championships: “The first registration period will begin after the end of the season and will end, as a general rule, before start of the new season. This period should not last more than twelve weeks. The second registration period will start mid-season and should not last more than four weeks. The two seasonal enrollment periods must be entered into the TMS at least 12 months in advance before they take effect. FIFA will fix the dates of the periods of any federation that does not communicate them. “last_img read more

The Bernabéu continues to advance

first_imgFurther, the safety girder at the south end has been completed, while for the one at the north end, something will still have to be expected: it will end in the next few days. It has also been considerably advanced in the removal of the covers of both bottoms, North and south. Real Madrid is back to work with the new Santiago Bernabéu. Work stopped for the coronavirus for two weeks and resumed last Monday. The portal New Bernabéu Stadium gives more details about it. Explain, for example, that the towers on the east side are almost completely disassembled. From Santiago Bernabéu to Alfredo Di StéfanoOn the other hand, the old Corner of the Bernabéu (the premises closed in March 2019) is about to be ‘sentenced’ to begin the next phase of the works. Also, the new towers begin to rise, which will lead to Paseo de la Castellana. And the esplanade area is already evolving It also overlooks the Paseo de la Castellana.As this newspaper has been recounting, Madrid hopes to find in the pandemic an ‘ally’ for its works. Not being able to play with the public, at least, until 2021, the club’s idea is to take their matches to Alfredo Di Stéfano. This will require an adaptation of the Valdebebas facilities. If carried out, this would speed up the renovation without being a handicap for subscribers, as it had happened on time this season and is expected to happen next.last_img read more

I don’t know if we’re good enough – LVG on Man United’s Champions League hopes

first_img1 Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal admits he is still to be convinced about whether Manchester United can challenge Europe’s elite.Van Gaal has spent more than £250m in his 14 months at Old Trafford in a bid to restore United’s fortunes after they missed out on Champions League football under David Moyes.But, ahead of their return to the competition on Tuesday night, the Dutchman admits he does not knew whether his expensively-assembled squad has what it takes to be crowned champions of Europe.“We have to show on the pitch if we are able to win matches on the highest level,” Van Gaal, whose side face PSV in Holland, said.“That’s also a challenge for us now. Last year we were fourth in the Premier League.“We qualified ourselves this year and that was our aim so now we have to show if we are able to play at that level and that I don’t know, neither. I have to wait and see.“I think the Champions League is a higher podium than the Premier League but maybe it’s not like that.”With Wayne Rooney still out because of a hamstring injury, Van Gaal could hand Anthony Martial his first start three days after he scored on his debut against Liverpool.But given the fact that Van Gaal was trying to do everything he could to temper expectations on the 19-year-old forward, it seems more likely he will start on the bench.“His impression is good,” Van Gaal said of the teenager, who could end up costing United £58million.“But you have to give him time and that is what the fans need to do because he cannot change the market price.”last_img read more

Poll: Who would you rather have in charge at your club – John Carver, Alan Shearer or Steve McClaren?

first_img Poll: Who would you rather have in charge at your club – John Carver, Alan Shearer or Steve McClaren? 1 Steve McClaren is coming under increasing pressure at Newcastle following yet another defeat on the weekend.The Magpies are among the favourites for the drop this season, something that last happened when Alan Shearer was manager.So the Drivetime team want to know who you would rather have in charge of your club – John Carver, Alan Shearer or Steve McClaren? Vote below!last_img

Stats of PL matchday 23: Chelsea’s form, Flamini’s failure and Man United misery

first_img 4. Liverpool have scored 27 goals in their last seven Premier League games v Norwich, an average of 3.86 goals per game. 10 10 10 9. Chelsea are currently on a longer unbeaten streak than any other side in the Premier League side. They haven’t tasted defeat in seven games. 3. No Premier League or Football League clubs have had fewer shots on target at home than Man Utd (35) in the league this season. 10 10 7. Andre Ayew has now scored or assisted nine of the 22 Premier League goals scored by Swansea this season; that’s 41%! 10 10. Christian Eriksen created the most chances this weekend. He crafted nine opportunities for his team-mates to score. 10 10 5. Toby Alderweireld has now committed just eight fouls in 23 Premier League games this season – one foul every 259 minutes. 2. Nacer Chadli’s goal against Crystal Palace was the 600th scored in the Premier League in 2015/16. 10 10 1. Simon Mignolet has only made two saves in his last three Premier League games. 8. The defeat to Chelsea was the first time Mathieu Flamini has ever lost a Premier League game at the Emirates. His record is now 54 games, 37 wins, 16 draws and one defeat. 6. Everton have now kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League games at Goodison Park. The Premier League was at it’s thrilling best again last weekend – unless you’re a Manchester United fan, of course.The English top-flight also threw up some more fascinating facts and figures as this topsy-turvy campaign continues.But what were the leading lines to come out of the last set of fixtures? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to find out the best stats from the Premier League last weekend…last_img read more

Ansari X Prize creator promotes rocket racing league

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsDiamandis’ St. Louis-based foundation in 2004 awarded a $10 million prize to Mojave aerospace designer Burt Rutan and his financial backer, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, for creating the first privately financed, privately built spacecraft. In the racing league, Diamandis and Whitelaw hope to have at least 10 teams competing in a series of races in 2007 and 2008, with semifinals at the Reno Air Races in Nevada followed by the finals at the annual X Prize Cup festival in New Mexico. The league is soliciting proposals for race venues, Diamandis said. “As to where we are, we are making extraordinary progress,” Diamandis said. The first racers are being produced by a Florida company, Velocity,which is providing the airframes, and Mojave rocket manufacturer XCOR. The design is based on XCOR’s EZ-Rocket plane, a highly modified version of the Long-EZ kit plane designed by Burt Rutan in the 1970s. In Mojave, the first racing plane’s airframe was recently delivered to XCOR for the installation of its liquid oxygen and kerosene-fueled engine. Citing as one of its major achievements, the rocket league announced a marketing agreement with the William Morris Agency, a major talent agency whose clients also include the National Football League and the National Hockey League. The agency will handle TV, video-on-demand, Internet, video game, merchandising and event sponsorship deals. The signing is the first time the agency has agreed to work with an aerospace company, said Whitelaw. Whitelaw and Diamandis anticipate the league aiding the the development of private space travel with innovations in propulsion systems, fuels and fuel-blends, electronic equipment and other components. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – Rocket-powered airplanes could start racing next year in a NASCAR of the skies promoted by the man who created the Ansari X Prize for encouraging private spacecraft. X Prize Foundation Chairman Peter Diamandis and partner Granger Whitelaw’s Rocket Racing League races would run at 200 to 250 mph on aerial courses two miles long and a mile wide at 5,000 feet altitude, the planes visible to spectators on the ground from their flaming 20-foot-long exhaust plumes, on giant television screens and maybe even on handheld devices with live video streams from cockpit cameras. “You see the plane the entire time when it’s in the air,” said Whitelaw, the rocket league’s president and chief executive officer. “You never lose sight of your favorite racer or favorite team.” Now being completed in Mojave, the first rocket racer is expected to be ready in time for exhibition flights at the space-travel festival called the X Prize Cup Oct. 19-22 in New Mexico, said Diamandis. last_img read more

Eddie Jones’ man management skills are like Antonio Conte’s, says Danny Cipriani

first_imgEddie Jones’ man management style is as important as Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s, according to Wasps and England man Danny Cipriani.After replacing Stuart Lancaster as England rugby’s head coach, Jones has enjoyed huge success at the helm and led the national team to 18 consecutive wins before defeat to Ireland in the final game of the 2017 Six Nations.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Cipriani highlighted the Australian’s man management skills as a vital component to his success and compared it to Blues boss Conte as Chelsea look set to seal the Premier League title.“Obviously Eddie Jones has come in – he’s gone to Bayern Munich, he’s gone to all those football clubs – and he’s seen what that’s like,” said the 29-year-old, who has made 14 appearances for England.“I am not sure what it was like in previous regimes but it might have had an influence.“You can just see what it’s like with Antonio Conte, where he’s come in, and you can clearly see his man management is exceptional because the players play for him.“It is the same group of players that Mourinho had but it’s a completely different set up. It’s what it looks like.“That man management side of things just goes a long way to keeping the squad in a happy place.”Cipriani also gave his thoughts on the upcoming European Champions Cup final taking place on Saturday between Saracens and Clermont.“It’s going to be an outstanding game,” he explained.“I can’t look too far past Saracens because of their coaching set up and their playing squad.“But Clermont is the one side that is going to push them as close as they can go.“Clermont have every individual, they have the whole package. They are a great team and when they are playing at home their French support is like nothing else.“I just think that Saracens squad is so well drilled. Two players were rested last week and they are going to come out all guns blazing to get that win.”last_img read more


first_imgA well-known Donegal environmentalist has pleaded with people not to cut holly bushes from the wild.Brendan McLaughlin of the Buncrana Environmental Group says he is not playing Scrooge but people are cutting off the food supply for many birds.Mr McLaughlin said people are simply pulling away a lot of holly bushes and not cutting them correctly. “People are just pulling away and tearing at the holly and it will not grow again if that is done.“It’s a vital source of food for the birds in the bad weather and we are certainly not over that yet.“People are not cutting it away properly and if they do not do that then the plant will wither and die away.“I have seen it all along the River Crana and many other places. I would appeal to people just to think about what they are doing,” he said.  GOOD GOLLY – DON’T TOUCH THE DONEGAL HOLLY! was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 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:Brendan McLaughlinbuncranahollylast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the government has once again failed to reel in top bankers.Pearse DohertyDeputy Doherty made this comment after CEOs from Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland, AIB and PTSB confirmed to him that not a single banker earning over €100,000 in any state-owned bank has taken a pay-cut in the last year.Deputy Doherty saiD “Minister Noonan spent €120,000 of taxpayer’s money on the Mercer Report. He then committed to cut banks’ payrolls by 6-10%. “In April this year under pressure from Sinn Féin An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that he expected this to ‘include a substantial contribution from the bank leadership on pay and pensions’. None of the state-owner banks’ proposals includes any cuts to the basic salary to the top earners.“This year the Finance Committee heard that the three state-owned banks have sent out over 10,000 letters threatening repossession. Earlier this year Minister Noonan refused to use his shares to block the €843,000 remuneration package of Bank of Ireland CEO Richie Boucher. Those two facts show how this government’s banking strategy is a failure.”He added the government has failed abysmally to stand up to the banks and their “arrogant leadership.”“There are 2,716 employees at these banks who earn packages over €100,000, over 100 of whom earn more than €300,000. Yet not one of these employees has taken a cut to their basic salary. “This stands in stark contrast to the austerity this government inflicts to people the length and breadth of the state. Minister Noonan needs to be reminded that the people own PTSB and AIB and a 15% share in Bank of Ireland. He needs to let these banks know that a payroll cut that doesn’t hit the highest earners is unacceptable.” NOT A SINGLE PROPOSED PAY-CUT FOR TOP BANKERS – DOHERTY was last modified: September 5th, 2013 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:bankersPearse Dohertylast_img read more