Typhoons – Gosic http://gosic.org/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:31:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://gosic.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Typhoons – Gosic http://gosic.org/ 32 32 Miracles in the air! In a landmark move, the US plans to wirelessly refuel its next-generation UAVs with laser beams https://gosic.org/miracles-in-the-air-in-a-landmark-move-the-us-plans-to-wirelessly-refuel-its-next-generation-uavs-with-laser-beams/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 04:07:55 +0000 https://gosic.org/miracles-in-the-air-in-a-landmark-move-the-us-plans-to-wirelessly-refuel-its-next-generation-uavs-with-laser-beams/

In recent years, the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on battlefields has increased significantly. First, the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan and then the war between Russia and Ukraine showed that drones will dominate future conflicts.

Air operations have traditionally relied on powerful manned combat aircraft to perform critical combat and non-combat roles in militaries that depend on air forces like the United States.

However, as adversaries develop capabilities to detect and attack these aircraft from a greater distance, advanced UAVs that are unmanned and less expensive than fighter jets come into play.

As drones are expected to play a significant role in the military, there is a need for greater range and better efficiency. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants US Air Force air tankers to take refueling to the next level by using laser beams to increase the range of unmanned aircraft systems.

DARPA has issued a call for information from industry stakeholders on the feasibility of using modified manned tankers to wirelessly power unmanned aerial vehicles through laser beams, which could be a potential game changer for the US military.

Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker – Wikipedia

The Airborne Energy Well concept was first proposed by DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office in a information request (RFI), which earlier this week wanted to investigate wireless power transmission for drones. The agency is looking for solutions that can be installed on existing refueling aircraft such as the KC-46 Pegasus and the KC-135 Stratotanker.

“Responses to this RFI will be used to inform and study future programs that improve aircraft’s ability to dynamically move energy across a network of aircraft equipped with energy beam and receiving technologies,” according to DARPA.

The wireless movement of energy (heat or electricity) from one place to another using laser light is called laser beams. It can be aimed at any area and provides power 24 hours a day. Energy can be transmitted through fiber optics, air, or space.

“While wireless power transmission technology has begun to be adopted in small-scale commercial applications, its capability within the broad spectrum of military applications has been marginally explored,” DARPA said. “By using power beaming, the same tanker could also wirelessly charge a network of UAS,” he added.

Laser energy to refuel the UAS

A laser is a beam of concentrated electromagnetic energy that can be used to refuel an unmanned aerial system, increasing its range and the time it can remain airborne. DARPA stated that it intends to build on existing research and development on wireless power transmission for unmanned aircraft systems.

“These UAS could be engineered to receive directed energy to reduce the weight of their organic energy storage,” DARPA said. “This energy transfer capability can extend range and operations, with effects similar to air-to-air refueling on DOD operations.”

The agency aims to study tactical mobile power generation and distribution for future UAS fleets, similar to typical air-to-air refueling operations that will improve the range and endurance of tactical aircraft, but without the need for physical connections.

According to the agency, a viable technique would be an underwing power-beaming pod capable of producing about 100 kW of virtually continuous laser power. As the Air Force attempts to airlift other parts of remotely piloted air combat vehicles, the ability to increase the range of UAS through directed energy has emerged as a significant concept.

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Air refueling between F-2 and KC-30A (via Twitter)

However, this would require a thermal control device that integrates the laser into the tank truck. The technology is also said to enable beam shaping and steering of laser energy “covering a nearly hemispherical field of view” to ensure the energy gets where it’s needed.

There is also a need to learn more about onboard power generation and the use of existing or new equipment. The drones’ organic energy stores would be reduced, allowing them to carry more weapons or sensors, for example, or benefit from increased stamina without having to land.

DARPA is about acquiring this cutting technology, which has many risks. So DARPA is doing what it’s mandated to do. They start with drones because they would be the lightest and most economical. So you start with the drones and eventually you can do it with bigger planes and fighter planes. America has the economic and scientific power to do this, and once they can demonstrate it, they can bring the price down to acceptable levels. They did that with gallium arsenide and gallium nitride. We have no idea of ​​the gestation period. Still, it’s good that they push boundaries.”said Abhijit Iyer Mitra, a military expert and senior fellow at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies in New Delhi.

Earlier in 2019, a company called PowerLight showed that its power beaming system could transmit 400 watts Electricity to run various lights, laptops and a coffee maker. This was followed later in 2020 by a demonstration of a drone-friendly lightweight energy receiver that Geek Wire had written down.

In October 2021 Ericsson and PowerLight Technologies shown optical beaming, a technology to transmit electricity to a 5G portable base station using the laser. The demonstration used a transmitter and a receiver that may even be hundreds or thousands of meters apart.

However, DARPA strives to go beyond the current commercial realm to ensure laser beams are suitable for military use.

Future Drone Warfare

Unlike fighter jets, which require frequent refueling and cause crew fatigue, drones can remain airborne for up to 24 hours while conducting surveillance, testing air defenses, or waiting for a target.

According to Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, the Air Force fully embraces the concept of unmanned air combat systems partnering with manned aircraft, such as the sixth-generation fighter and the B-21 Raider bomber cost efficient Approach to increase fleet size.

General Kenneth Wilsbach, commander of the Pacific Air Forces, argues that using “destructible” UAVs against China would be far more appropriate than high-end stealth fighter jets like the F-35 or F-22.

The best option for the US Air Force in the event of a conflict with China, according to the top military official, would be to stockpile destructible systems – like decoys or inhabited UAVs – to exhaust Chinese defenses because they had more targets to fight against and no idea what that’s in the air. China has a very sophisticated anti-access/area denial system.

Armed forces want advanced autonomous aircraft that can be deployed repeatedly and, ideally, never be shot down. To For European security and defense, increasing the number of combat aircraft in the fleet makes it easier to accept casualties while maintaining combat effectiveness.

The US is also significantly improving swarm drone technology to meet future challenges. A system for refueling these drones without allowing them to land would bolster US Air Force capabilities, particularly in a conflict in China that would require the US military to get close to enemy lines.

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Dengue cases piling up in Super Typhoon Odette-hit areas alarm civil society groups – Philippines https://gosic.org/dengue-cases-piling-up-in-super-typhoon-odette-hit-areas-alarm-civil-society-groups-philippines/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 22:12:56 +0000 https://gosic.org/dengue-cases-piling-up-in-super-typhoon-odette-hit-areas-alarm-civil-society-groups-philippines/

Humanitarian organizations Monday asked for more help for survivors of Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) amid a surge in dengue infections in typhoon-hit areas.

“We hope that the newly elected Chief Executives can continue their efforts to help homes and communities impacted by Super Typhoon Odette as there is still so much work to be done nearly 6 months since the typhoon devastated the Philippines. Reports showed an increasing number of dengue cases in typhoon-hit areas in Visayas and Mindanao, while there are also insufficient health workers to attend to the COVID-19 response and other essential health services,” said Lot Felizco, country director of Oxfam Pilipinas.

Dengue cases increased in Southern Leyte and Caraga, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) May 26 report. News reports also mentioned an increase in dengue cases in Central Visayas, with the Cebu City Health Department quoted as saying it may be due to widespread flooding caused by Super Typhoon Odette and Tropical Storm Agaton.

A dengue surveillance report from the Center for Health Development – ​​CARAGA, shared with Oxfam Pilipinas, showed that from January 1 to May 14, 2022, 867 cases of dengue were reported. This is 287.1% more than in the same period last year.

“Local health officials warned earlier this year that Super Typhoon Odette could trigger a spike in dengue infections as flooded areas become mosquito breeding grounds. And we see that now. In Caraga, we are seeing a steep increase in dengue cases on Surigao and Dinagat islands, which are also among the hardest hit by Super Typhoon Odette,” Felizco said.

Celso Dulce, CARE’s director of integrated risk management, said this is why civil society and the government should continue to support typhoon survivors.

CONTINUED SHIFT

“As a Category 5 tropical cyclone, the destruction of Super Typhoon Odette really affected a large population – 12 million people in 10 regions of the country. Although the death toll is fortunately not as high as that of Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, it has severely impacted the livelihoods and living conditions of survivors,” Dulce said.

Oxfam Pilipinas and CARE Philippines are among groups that have received an additional €10 million in funding from the European Union Humanitarian Aid (EU Aid) to facilitate life-saving relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by Super Typhoon Odette.

A portion of the funding (€5.8 million or P326 million) will be used to provide food security and livelihoods, water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, health, emergency education, protective assistance and other services to more than 300,000 people in Bohol. Cebu, Dinagat Islands, Southern Leyte, Negros Occidental and Palawan through a project implemented by CARE, ACCORD Inc., National Rural Women’s Coalition, Plan International and Action Against Hunger.

Another EU AID funded project (worth 3.8 million euros or P214 million) led by Oxfam Pilipinas and implemented jointly by Save the Children and Humanity & Inclusion (HI) together with local partners SIKAT and IDEALS aims to provide housing and educational support. Conservation activities and other benefits in kind for more than 115,000 survivors of Typhoon Odette in Bohol, Southern Leyte and Surigao del Norte.

Despite these efforts, CARE Philippines said more aid is needed in remote areas as survivors have received little or no assistance due to geographic and humanitarian barriers. This makes it even more difficult to recover from the multiple effects of the super typhoon.

Six months since the typhoon devastated parts of the Philippines, nearly 7,000 people are still at large in Regions VI, VII, VIII, MIMAROPA and Caraga, according to UN OCHA. The majority of them are in evacuation centers and around 650 are staying with relatives or friends in nearby villages. The report also found that food and nutritional support for displaced families has declined as relief efforts are now halted.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY AFTER 6 MONTHS

The non-governmental organizations are also concerned about restoring the livelihoods of the affected population.

“There is still debris on farmland from fallen coconut trees that have not been cleared and are already rotting 6 months after the typhoon. Land remains unusable, making it difficult for families dependent on agriculture,” said Suresh Murugesu, country director of Action Against Hunger Philippines. He added, “In other areas where we work, many fishermen whose boats were damaged by the typhoon are still unable to return to fishing as their main source of income.”

Some areas, such as Siargao Island, are already betting on the revival of local tourism. “We applaud such efforts and hope this will spur much-needed local economic growth as many people have lost their livelihoods to Typhoon Odette. In addition to the farmers who lost their crops and crops, many tourism workers were also suddenly unemployed,” said Chito Dugan, Executive Director of Sentro para sa Ikauunlad ng Katutubong Agham at Teknolohiya Inc. (SIKAT Inc.).

Meanwhile, in Southern Leyte, Plan International Philippines has come across some families who have decided to invest their aid funds to get the local economy back on track. Since the financial assistance they received from the government was not enough to cover the cost of repairing their homes, some families in the area have decided to use these funds to restart their small businesses that were devastated by the typhoon bring.

MENTAL HEALTH TOLL

There are also other forms of support that are needed such as mental health and mental health services. According to UN OCHA, many adolescents and young people are “in great distress” after experiencing Super Typhoon Odette and Tropical Storm Agaton, which caused landslides last April.

The Oxfam Pilipinas, Save the Children and Humanity & Inclusion project, supported by EU AID, provides community-level mental health training and psychosocial support with HI as technical lead. Some of the psychosocial sessions aim to help teachers who are still recovering from the effects of the typhoon.

Felizco said it’s also important to note that the Philippines must brace for stronger typhoons. “On the occasion of World Environment Day this past June 5, we hope that the government will accelerate the transition to renewable energy. Continued carbon emissions will only exacerbate the effects of climate change and lead to more catastrophic typhoons,” said Felizco, who explained that warmer sea temperatures have led to more intense typhoons.

EU-AID funding enabled the organizations to provide cash assistance, shelter repair materials, training and educational support to affected communities. The project, led by Oxfam Pilipinas, includes providing teaching materials and multi-purpose classrooms in schools, among other forms of support. However, much remains to be done to help those displaced and others who are still suffering the physical, economic, emotional and psychological damage wrought by the disaster, the groups said.

Anisa Husain
CARE spokesperson
Anisa.Husain@care.org

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MUST be responsible for pioneering research into forecasting storms and floods https://gosic.org/must-be-responsible-for-pioneering-research-into-forecasting-storms-and-floods/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 04:23:59 +0000 https://gosic.org/must-be-responsible-for-pioneering-research-into-forecasting-storms-and-floods/

The President of Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) received MOP 1.14 million (US$140,994) in funding to lead a groundbreaking investigation into severe weather in the SAR.

“It is important because of the impact of climate change on extreme weather conditions and flooding in Macau,” Joseph Lee Hun-wei, president of MUST, Lusa said in an interview.

The support provided by the Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) and the Guangdong Provincial Science and Technology Ministry will support “basic research on forecasting storms and floods” in the region, officials said. Chinese administrative region.

“This ability to predict the weather in Macau should be improved,” says the specialist in water and environmental technology.

The three-year project focuses on Hac Sa Bay in Coloane, an area “that has not yet been well studied” and that puts MUST at the forefront of local climate research: It will make “the first field measurements of waves and ocean currents in Macau.” with instruments and sensors to be deposited on site.

It is also the first “deep cooperation” with a “major hydraulic research center in Guangdong Province” — the Pearl River Water Resources Scientific Study Institute.

Macau is hit annually by typhoons of different categories, with the period between July and September being the most critical.

Between five and eight tropical cyclones are expected in the region this year, according to the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) forecast in March, which emphasized that “climate extremes continue to occur and tropical cyclones continue to increase” in the area.

Since 2017, two typhoons have forced the authorities to issue the highest alert level (Signal 10).

The passage of the Mangkhut in 2018 left MOP 1.74 billion in economic damage and caused 40 casualties and severe flooding. A year earlier, Hato caused 10 deaths, 240 injuries, and damage estimated at MOP 12.55 billion.

The passage of typhoons through the territory is usually accompanied by severe flooding, particularly in the lower reaches of the peninsula, where traders and local residents are usually affected.

Joseph Lee has spent the last few years researching engineering solutions to mitigate the impact of climate change on heritage and cities. He has been involved in projects in the Mong Kok and Happy Valley areas of Hong Kong, where solutions such as draining rainwater through underground tunnels that transport the water to the sea have been chosen to reduce the impact of flooding.

To deal with severe weather events in Macau, such as storms, the engineer defended a “combination of nature-based solutions” during a “webinar” organized by the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in late April. , such as the development of mangroves, which can help reduce the impact of waves during typhoons, and “structural solutions”.

“Here underground and drainage networks can be very relevant, because, as I understand it, when the typhoon arrives, seawater can return through the network and flood the city, ie [floods] are not only caused by the rain,” he said.

“Nature-based solutions are important, but they need a scientific basis. The question is whether the government could support this very important type of investigation,” he added.

Referring to Lusa, the President of MUST also said that compared to other cities in the Greater Bay Area, Macau is “just beginning” in environmental and hydraulic engineering research.

“We don’t have enough people or researchers,” the expert admitted, emphasizing that it would be important to work with other cities in the region.

“But to work effectively with other partners, you have to already have some depth,” Lee noted, noting that the small region hasn’t reached that level yet.

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USAFE integrates with Arctic fighters during exercise Baltic Operations > Air Force > Article Display https://gosic.org/usafe-integrates-with-arctic-fighters-during-exercise-baltic-operations-air-force-article-display/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 12:05:19 +0000 https://gosic.org/usafe-integrates-with-arctic-fighters-during-exercise-baltic-operations-air-force-article-display/


Exercise Baltic Operations 2022, referred to as BALTOPS, is US-European Commandfrom 5th to 17th June 2018 the most important annual exercise with a maritime focus in the Baltic Sea region. The exercise provides a unique training opportunity to strengthen combined responsiveness, which is critical to maintaining freedom of navigation and security in the Baltic Sea. This is the 51st iteration of the exercise series that began in 1972.


US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa provides close air support in various capacities throughout the exercise, including air refueling capabilities during Thursday’s mission.

US Air Force KC-135 aerial refueling platforms RAF Mildenhall‘s 100th Air Refueling Wing provided tanker support to the Finnish F-18 Hornets and the Swedish JAS-39 Gripens, German Eurofighter Typhoon and US Navy F/A-18 Hornets.


The KC-135’s unique ability to refuel both probe and drogue aircraft allows the US to integrate into a variety of coalitions Partner. The air refueling capability extends aircraft range and range, giving them the ability to fly longer, faster, and further to meet mission and training objectives.


USAFE-AFAFRICA aircraft routinely operate in the Baltic region to reassure NATO allies and partners of our shared commitment to peace and security in the region.



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Exposure to natural disasters adds up over time to the mental health burden https://gosic.org/exposure-to-natural-disasters-adds-up-over-time-to-the-mental-health-burden/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 19:49:58 +0000 https://gosic.org/exposure-to-natural-disasters-adds-up-over-time-to-the-mental-health-burden/

Natural disasters accumulate post-traumatic stress (PTSS) symptoms and functional impairment in individuals, whether they are directly affected, indirectly through concern for friends or family, or even through media coverage, a survey-based analysis of two hurricanes found.

The strongest association with PTSS after Hurricane Irma in 2017 was from direct loss or injury (unstandardized b-coefficient 0.35, P<0.001), Dana Rose Garfin, PhD, of the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at the University of California Irvine, and her co-authors reported in JAMA network open.

But prior hurricane-related casualties or injuries, prior mental illness, failure to evacuate from an evacuation zone, and even hurricane-related media exposure were also all associated with a linear increase in PTSS after Hurricane Irma (b 0.03-0.18).

“It might seem small, but that’s the average of over 1,600 people,” Garfin noted, allowing some individuals to have a larger impact.

Hurricane Irma-related PTSS was positively associated with post-Hurricane PTSS and functional impairment 1 year later, independent of demographic, socioeconomic, life events, physical losses due to hurricanes, and pre-hurricane mental health.

In short, people who were repeatedly directly or indirectly exposed to hurricanes had increased mental health symptoms, suggesting that they were more vulnerable to mental symptoms with each disaster, the group concluded.

“As we face escalating weather-related disasters – many of which will become more severe and frequent due to climate change – we can expect a mental health crisis, as our study shows that over time, people don’t take it.” get used to the effects of these disasters. They have additional implications,” Garfin said MedPage today. “The more people who have experienced these events, the worse their mental health is.”

Participants in the study experienced global distress (a combination of depression, anxiety, and somatization) as well as persistent anxiety and worry. Garfin found that these symptoms increased over time and correlated with functional impairments, suggesting that these experiences affected their daily social life.

in one comment Accompanying the paper, Masaki Nakabayashi, PhD, suggested that these findings could be applied to many other types of disasters, such as Southeast Asia hurricanes and East Asia typhoons, as well as global health pandemics like COVID-19. He indicated that these findings could provide the basis for a more comprehensive analysis of the impact of these disasters on populations, which in turn could lead to “more practical policy implications for harm reduction”.

Nakabayashi also added that the research could inform studies on whether “the recurrent waves of COVID-19 and the increase in the number of infections may be similarly associated with adverse mental health outcomes.”

Garfin’s group surveyed 2,873 Florida residents before Hurricane Irma made landfall in South Florida between September 8 and 11, 2017. They received 1,637 responses (57.0%) from this first wave of surveys. A month later, they sent follow-up surveys to these respondents and had 90% retention from wave 1. Another follow-up survey was sent between October 22nd and November 11th. August 2018, after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle. They received 1,113 responses to this survey (75.3% retention from wave 2; 66.7% retention from wave 1).

The surveys lasted 15 to 20 minutes with responses on a 5 point scale depending on the information targeted.

Among the first 1,637 respondents in Wave 1, the median age was 51 and 55% were women. Overall, 83.6% of participants reported no prior diagnosis of mental illness, 11.4% reported having depression or anxiety, and 5% reported both diagnoses.

Respondents reported that they were exposed to media related to Hurricane Irma for an average of 7.9 hours, including 3.8 hours of television, radio and print news; 2.2 hours of online news; and 1.9 hours of social media.

The survey was a slog and a colleague had been waiting a long time for an opportunity to administer it. As Hurricane Irma prepared to make landfall in South Florida, they quickly secured grant funding and ethical approval to conduct the first wave of the survey in just days.

Given the fast turnaround time, the team was surprised by the response rate from study participants, Garfin said. She noted that given the circumstances for the participants, a much lower response rate might have been expected.

“I think it actually speaks to the fact that people are interested in taking surveys and responding to things that are important to them,” Garfin said. “I think that’s why we’ve also been able to maintain strong follow-up, because this is something that people care about. They wanted to share their experiences with us.”

  • Michael DePeau-Wilson is a reporter on MedPage Today’s corporate and investigative teams. He reports on Psychiatry, Long Covid and Infectious Diseases, among other relevant clinical news from the US. consequences

disclosure

The study was funded in part by grants from the National Science Foundation.

Garfin reported receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Co-authors reported on grants from the National Science Foundation.

Nakabayashi did not report any disclosures.

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Sonoma County Legal Counsel Receives a Position on the Global Disaster Board https://gosic.org/sonoma-county-legal-counsel-receives-a-position-on-the-global-disaster-board/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 17:04:14 +0000 https://gosic.org/sonoma-county-legal-counsel-receives-a-position-on-the-global-disaster-board/

The catastrophe hits Holly Rickett near her home – professionally and personally.

Rickett, an emergency response legal expert in the Sonoma County Counsel’s office, has lived and worked helping wildfire victims.

In 2017, it housed 15 evacuees from the devastating October wildfires that killed 24 people, destroyed more than 110,000 acres and destroyed nearly 7,000 buildings. Firefighters kept a line about a mile from their home during the largest inferno — the Tubbs Fire, which alone caused $1.3 billion in damage.

“I knocked on my door,” she said, recalling the nightly frightened friends who showed up at her home. “I understand the need – emotionally and physically – to have protection. It means so much more than a tent over your head. So much more. I (once) came to this from an intellectual level, but now I understand it from an emotional level.

She experienced a similar scenario in her living room during the 2020 glass fire while taking in eight evacuees.

That’s why Rickett, 57, said she was honored to join the 14-member board of ShelterBox, an international organization known as the first line of defense when it comes to providing shelter and other relief supplies like solar lanterns and blankets for victims of a variety of disasters ranging from floods and fires to typhoons and earthquakes.

ShelterBox was founded in 2000 and is based in England. ShelterBox has helped more than 2 million people affected by 300 disasters in nearly 100 countries, the organization reported. It includes war-torn Syria, Yemen and Ethiopia, and the Philippines after Typhoon Rai devastated the country last December. More recently, it has dispatched crews and supplies to Ukraine to help with the refugee crisis.

Rickett, who also teaches law at Empire College, said the region has endured a lot with its role in the county where she has lived for over three decades, yet it has come a long way.

“Sonoma County’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery has truly transformed — by 100%. We’re better prepared and prepared,” she told Business Journal. “Every disaster is different. Every community is different.”

Rickett, who has worked for the county for over a decade, was “drawn” to ShelterBox because of his frontline work.

“I like their mission. I like that the organization is doing one thing and they are doing it well,” she said. “It’s a ‘first-in’ organization. They go in and are literally there to provide protection.”

“We are very happy for them. Holly has been instrumental in the last five disasters[in Sonoma County],” said Debbie Latham, who also works with Rickett as an assistant in the Sonoma County Counsel’s office. “She fits perfectly into the ShelterBox Board of Directors.”

US officials from ShelterBox agreed.

“Holly brings invaluable real-world experience to exactly what ShelterBox does: provide emergency relief to thousands of people displaced from their homes by natural disasters,” said Kerri Murray, president of ShelterBox USA, in a statement on the appointment of the assistant district attorney 2th of June. “We know Holly will play an important role as ShelterBox continues to grow and provide more lifesaving assistance around the world.”

Even when Rickett doesn’t serve or sit on a board of directors, she’s active — on a paddle board or at a poker table.

The mother of two grown children plays competitive poker and hopes to help organize an online poker tournament to benefit ShelterBox USA.

Susan Wood covers law, cannabis, manufacturing, technology, energy, transportation, agriculture, and banking and finance. For 27 years, Susan has worked for various publications including the North County Times, the Tahoe Daily Tribune and the Lake Tahoe News. Reach her at 530-545-8662 or susan.wood@busjrnl.com

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Tai O Heritage Hotel celebrates its rich history and culture https://gosic.org/tai-o-heritage-hotel-celebrates-its-rich-history-and-culture/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/tai-o-heritage-hotel-celebrates-its-rich-history-and-culture/

In a renewal of the old Tai Po Police Station, built 120 years ago to fight pirates, the Tai O Heritage Hotel celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and looks back on the close relationship it has forged with the local community .

The Old Tai O Police Station was converted by the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation (HCF) into the Tai O Heritage Hotel, which opened in March 2012 and is run as a non-profit social enterprise. Known for its mixed colonial and Chinese architecture, the classically elegant hotel is home to nine colonial-style rooms, a heritage interpretation center, and a glass-roofed restaurant with uninterrupted views called Tai O Lookout.

Since opening in 2012, the hotel has welcomed over 1.7 million domestic and international visitors. As well as providing a comfortable and sophisticated lodging experience for guests, it offers free daily tours to the general public and charities, and organizes a range of community activities including eco-tours.

While the Old Tai O Police Station was built in the early 20th century to protect Tai O Village from pirates then prevalent in the neighboring waters, today the revitalized hotel plays an equally important role in supporting the well-being and development of the local community a bridge connecting it to the rest of Hong Kong.

“We, the Tai O Heritage Hotel, have been an integral part of the Tai O Village through thick and thin,” notes Melanie Kwok, Assistant General Manager (Sustainability) of HCF. “We are connected like one big family.”

The Tai O Heritage Hotel has worked hand in hand with the local community for many years to preserve its unique heritage by chronicling its history, tradition, customs and the many remarkable stories that make up the collective memory of the Tai O community. “We’re not just about preserving historic buildings, but more importantly, we’re making every effort to preserve cultural heritage,” says Kwok. “We want to encourage more people to learn more about Tai O and share in the allure of its rich history.”

As part of a concerted effort to pass this legacy on to the next generation, the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation has launched a Hospitality Young Leaders Programme, which provides a platform for up-and-coming local graduates to acquire practical and professional skills in hospitality and… learning ecology. tourism, and gain valuable insight into heritage preservation.

Joyce, who majored in psychology and urban governance at university, joined the program after graduation. “Shortly after joining the program, I was seamlessly immersed in village life,” she recalls. “I would describe my relationship with the Tai O villagers as more than just friends. They welcomed me with open arms and often invited me to their homes for dinner; We also celebrated various festivals together and enjoyed each other’s company. That is a true blessing!”

Karl Law, Manager of Tai O Heritage Hotel, describes the hotel as a place full of human warmth. “Whenever we are threatened by typhoons, our staff have teamed up to distribute emergency kits to elderly villagers living in stilt houses. They know they can always count on our helping hand.”

Oanh, housekeeper of Tai O Heritage Hotel, shares the heartwarming experiences of guests returning to the hotel with homemade cakes and desserts for them. “I’m really thankful that Tai O villagers are proud of our hotel,” she adds. “The elderly villagers would even recommend their grandchildren returning from overseas to stay at our hotel. The hotel is truly an icon of Tai O.”

2022 is a particularly meaningful year for Tai O Heritage Hotel as it celebrates its 10th anniversary and the 120th anniversary of the Old Tai O Police Station Building, as well as the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong SAR. A special ceremony was held on June 11 to mark this milestone.

Looking to the future, Tai O Heritage Hotel reaffirms its commitment to supporting the local community, promoting sustainable development and preserving its heritage, adds Melanie.

]]> Red Arrows and Typhoon confirmed for both days of 2022 Rhyl Air Show https://gosic.org/red-arrows-and-typhoon-confirmed-for-both-days-of-2022-rhyl-air-show/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 09:12:59 +0000 https://gosic.org/red-arrows-and-typhoon-confirmed-for-both-days-of-2022-rhyl-air-show/

Red Arrows and Typhoon confirmed for both days of 2022 Rhyl Air Show

The Rhyl Air Show returns this summer with a spectacular lineup including world-class acts on both days of the August bank holiday.

For the first time in Rhyl Air Show history, The Red Arrows and The Typhoon have confirmed in-flight displays for August 27th and 28th.

The award-winning air show is fast becoming North Wales’ largest FREE seaside event and the 2022 show will feature spectacular aerial displays as well as land-based attractions and entertainment.

Jamie Groves, Managing Director of Denbighshire Leisure Ltd said:

“Denbighshire Leisure Ltd, in partnership with Denbighshire County Council, are delighted to bring back the now ‘Britain renowned’ Rhyl Air Show. The Rhyl Air Show is considered one of the most spectacular events on the North Wales coast. The Rhyl Town Center and Event Arena are always buzzing with excitement and to have both the Red Arrows and Typhoon on both days is just amazing! We can’t wait to welcome visitors and locals to Rhyl and the Denbighshire coast to enjoy this award winning show.”

The Air Show will take place over the bank holiday, August 28th and 29th, further details of the event will follow in due course. For more information visit the official website denbighshireleisure.co.uk/RhylAirShow and Denbighshire Leisure Ltd Facebook page.

Denbighshire Chief Executive Graham Boase said:

“This major event gives a significant boost to the economy of Rhyl and the wider community every time it takes place and the lineup for this year is truly amazing. Denbighshire Leisure Ltd have a strong track record of hosting such prestigious events and we are delighted to work with them to deliver a major crowd puller on the events calendar. Its popularity has grown over the years and the Air Show is rightly known across the UK as one of the premier events of its kind. Air Show attendees will not be disappointed.”

The Lancaster, Grob Tutor Display Team and two Spitfires have also been confirmed for both days, ensuring double the excitement throughout the weekend.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows is one of the world’s leading aerobatic teams. Representing the speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force, the team is the public face of the service. Flying distinctive Hawk fast jets, the team consists of pilots, engineers and key support staff with front-line operational experience. Since 1965, the Red Arrows have often sported their signature Diamond Nine shape and a combination of tight formations and precise flying.

A Typhoon exhibit is the culmination of months of hard work, detailed preparation and concerted effort by the team behind the display. Although it is the pilot who demonstrates the aircraft, he cannot even begin his role without the unwavering commitment and support of the dedicated group of professionals who make up the Typhoon Display Team. This year’s team at 29 Squadron is made up of specialists from every aircraft industry working alongside support and management teams to bring you the dazzling spectacle of the Typhoon display. The team looks forward to the unique challenges of a show season and the opportunity to showcase the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon aircraft to the public.

The RAF BBMF’s mission is to preserve the priceless artifacts of our national heritage in airworthy condition to commemorate those who fell in the service of this country. The RAF BBMF also serves to advance the modern Air Force and inspire future generations. The flight operates six Spitfires, two Hurricanes, one Lancaster and the aircraft are flown by regular RAF flight crew.

The Grob 115E, known in RAF service as the Tutor T Mark 1, was built and outfitted between 1999 and 2002 specifically for the RAF in Mattsies, Germany. Originally fitted as No 1 Basic Flight School equipment, it replaced the Bulldog T1 in service with the RAF University Air Squadrons and Air Experience Flight

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NASA is launching a comprehensive study of unexplained phenomena in the sky https://gosic.org/nasa-is-launching-a-comprehensive-study-of-unexplained-phenomena-in-the-sky/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 22:07:16 +0000 https://gosic.org/nasa-is-launching-a-comprehensive-study-of-unexplained-phenomena-in-the-sky/

NASA is set to begin a major study of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) and says research is an important part of his work to ensure spacecraft safety Independently reports. The study, expected to take nine months to complete, will examine existing data and determine the best ways to collect data to improve understanding of unidentified flying objects.

Nasa said the research would be shared publicly upon completion – but stressed that there is “no evidence UAPs are extraterrestrial in origin”. It comes after years of speculation about bodies in the sky that cannot be identified as planes or natural phenomena.

Thomas Zurbuchen, deputy administrator for science at NASA, said: “Nasa believes that the tools of scientific discovery are powerful and apply here as well.

“We have access to a wide range of observations of the Earth from space – and that is the lifeblood of scientific inquiry. We have the tools and team that can help us improve our understanding of the unknown. That is the very definition of what science is. That’s what we do.”

US interest in UAPs has increased significantly recently – although the first congressional hearing on UFOs in decades, held last month, offered little new information about the origins of mysterious lights in the sky.

US Undersecretary for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie, who oversees a new Pentagon program investigating UFOs, said: “We want to know what’s out there, just like you want to know what’s out there.”

“We don’t just get the questions from you; We get them from family members and we get them day and night, not just at committee hearings. So it’s important to find out what’s out there.”

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]]> Camryn Bynum is helping organize typhoon relief for the Philippines https://gosic.org/camryn-bynum-is-helping-organize-typhoon-relief-for-the-philippines/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 04:11:45 +0000 https://gosic.org/camryn-bynum-is-helping-organize-typhoon-relief-for-the-philippines/

When the Minnesota Vikings complete their mandatory mini-camp on Wednesday, the players will have a chance to relax and prepare for training camp to begin in late July.

Or, in the case of Camryn Bynum, who is a sophomore in security, he will travel overseas to fulfill a larger calling.

Bynum has GoFundMe launched to organize aid to the Philippines after Hurricane Megi which damaged the islands last April.

Last April, a deadly tropical cyclone, Typhoon Megi, struck the Philippines. Heavy rains and large landslides have covered villages in Leyte with mud, burying more than 210 homes. As of April 29, the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has reported 214 fatalities, 132 missing and 8 injured.

The devastation in the Philippines has struck me, and I have decided to announce that I will be working with the New Life Community Care Foundation to raise money to distribute relief packages, restore and rebuild homes, and provide mental health support to those too perform who were traumatized by this catastrophe. US donations are channeled through Keys to Freedom Ministries, New Life’s sister foundation.

Bynum says he will personally travel to the islands on June 17 to help distribute relief supplies.

I was completely unaware of what Typhoon Megi had done to the Philippines before seeing this on social media, but kudos to Bynum for his efforts in helping organize this relief effort. As of this writing, the fundraiser has only been running for about ten hours, but still has plenty of time to reach its stated goal of $35,000.

If you have anything left, please do so to help a member of our favorite team help some people who need it badly.

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