One Hundred and Fifty Nine Million for Disaster Risk Reduction Project

first_imgOne Hundred and Fifty Nine Million for Disaster Risk Reduction Project EnvironmentApril 7, 2013 RelatedOne Hundred and Fifty Nine Million for Disaster Risk Reduction Project RelatedOne Hundred and Fifty Nine Million for Disaster Risk Reduction Project RelatedOne Hundred and Fifty Nine Million for Disaster Risk Reduction Projectcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A total of $159 million has been allocated to the Community Based Landslide Risk Management Project in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.             The project seeks to reduce the risk of natural disasters in vulnerable communities in Jamaica and provide an evidence based toolkit for vulnerability reduction throughout the Caribbean.             This will be done through the: identification and implementation of community based landslide risk reduction measures for four communities; development of a toolkit and short television programme on Mosaic methodology and its application; enhanced community capacity in disaster preparedness and mitigation; and conducting disaster risk management, hazard mapping and vulnerability assessments.              Anticipated targets for 2013/2014 include: finalising the toolkit adaptable to Jamaica; engage ‘Design and Supervision Engineers’ for the construction of drainage structures in the four communities; and to conduct workshops.               Physical achievements up to March 2013 include: the first draft of the regional toolkit was revised; the Jamaican toolkit was revised to include community selection, engagement, mapping and training; and four communities have been selected and the schematic drainage plan/micro mitigation has been drafted.             The project is being funded by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Government of Jamaica. It is being implemented by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and is expected to be completed by April 2014. Advertisementslast_img read more


Phish ‘Dinner And A Movie’ Stream Companion: Hampton Coliseum 10/20/13 [Video]

first_imgTonight (Tuesday, July 21st), Phish will air their memorable performance at the iconic Hampton Coliseum on October 20th, 2013 as the seventeenth episode of their ongoing archival webcast/cooking series, Dinner and a Movie. Tune in below at 8:30 p.m. ET and scroll down to follow along with our 10/20/13 Stream Companion.Phish Dinner and a Movie Episode 17: 10/20/13, Hampton Coliseum [Full Show]The seventeenth episode of Dinner and a Movie follows the 8/31/12 “F— Your Face” show, the 7/27/14 Merriweather “Tweezerfest”, the 7/25/17’s Baker’s Dozen “Jam-Filled” night, Magnaball night two (8/22/15), last year’s first night at Mohegan Sun (7/9/19), the first night of the band’s 2016 Halloween run in Las Vegas (10/28/16), the final night of 2017’s Mexican destination event (1/15/17), the band’s first of three nights in Alpharetta, GA in 2018 (8/3/18), the out-there 1997 U.S. tour opener featuring a guest appearance by LeRoi Moore of Dave Matthews Band (7/21/97), the improv-heavy second night of their 2018 Madison Square Garden New Year’s run (12/29/18), 2013’s Friday night at The Gorge (7/26/13), the band’s 1995 debut at Deer Creek Music Center (6/19/95), the fiery Wednesday night at The Mann in 2015 (8/12/15), an evening at the iconic Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA from 2010 (8/7/10), and an “avant-garde” set two video from Northampton, MA back in 1989 (5/1/89), and 2019’s wild Alpine Valley finale (7/14/19). You can often gauge the energy in the room at a Phish show by how long the band sits back and basks in that mid-song respite. The 2.5-minute runtime of this interlude reflected the electricity of that moment of connectedness between the four men onstage and the thousands in the audience, still just as glad to see Phish back at Hampton four years later. After finishing the song and taking a moment to deliberate, the band opted for a set-closing cover of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Bold As Love”, sung with gusto by the Chairman of the Boards.While this first set is nothing to thumb your nose at, the second set on 10/20/13 was what put this performance in the conversation for “Show of the Year.” When the band stepped back onstage for set two, Trey stepped to the mic to address a group of fans in the crowd. “Are you guys, like, in jail stripes,” he asked, “Or are you Waldo?” When the crowd roared back, “Waldo!” Trey let out a sigh. “Ah, we thought you were in jail stripes, so we were gonna play a song for you.” Then, pointing to the back of the arena, where a “Paul and Silas” sign had been hanging over the balcony all weekend, he added, “We’ll play it anyway, we’ll play it for those guys.” With that, the band opened set two with “Paul and Silas”, the traditional gospel tune about the two biblical prisoners saved by their faith. As always, the rule rang true: The best way to get your request played is to request songs the band wants to play.The brief moment of crowd banter ahead of “Paul and Silas” proved to be the only pause for the rest of the set, as Phish got down to business with a pair of fantastic, stylistically wide-ranging jams on “Tweezer” and “Golden Age”, together clocking in at more than 41 minutes of thrilling improvisation.With the band feeling loose, cohesive, and creative, the “Piper” that followed seemed destined to follow in the path of the two Type II behemoths that preceded it. Instead, at the 7-minute mark, that creativity took the band in a different, seemingly unexpected direction. After locking into boogieing rock groove, the band rode that thought seamlessly into a cover of Bachman-Turner Overdrive‘s 1973 smash, “Takin’ Care Of Business”.Despite how well the two seemed to fit together here, “Piper” > “Takin’ Care Of Business” isn’t a common Phish pairing. Before this moment, “Takin’ Care Of Business” wasn’t even part of the band’s repertoire. Was it rough? Sure, but it was hot. At the time, some fans wondered if the new cover may be a clue about the surprise “Costume Set” on Halloween night in Atlantic City [Spoiler Alert: They were wrong… Wingsuit’d].Whether they planned the pairing before they stepped onstage or simply found themselves in that progression and collectively decided to run with it, this organic debut is the sort of thing that keeps fans coming back again and again, year after year.As “TCoB” wound down, a funky “2001” rose from the vapors to keep Hampton dancing, and the funk continued full-force from there into and ominous “Sand”. Finally, with time for one more, the band shifted from demonic to angelic for a stellar, set-closing “Slave To The Traffic Light”.Much like the first set ended, the encore began with a fan-favorite classic rock cover as sung by Page McConnell—this time, The Beatles‘ “A Day In The Life”—before closing out the show and the weekend with the emphatic punctuation known as “Tweezer Reprise”.Grab a ticket off the tree and tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET to relive 10/20/13 at The Mothership.Setlist: Phish | Hampton Coliseum | Hampton, VA | 10/20/13SET 1: Julius, Funky Bitch, Back on the Train, Roses Are Free > Sample in a Jar, Ginseng Sullivan, 46 Days, Divided Sky, Bold As LoveSET 2: Paul and Silas > Tweezer > Golden Age[1] > Piper -> Takin’ Care of Business[2] > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sand > Slave to the Traffic LightENCORE: A Day in the Life > Tweezer Reprise[1] Fish on Marimba Lumina.[2] Phish debut.Back on the Train contained a Jean Pierre tease from Trey. Golden Age featured Fish on Marimba Lumina. This show featured the Phish debut of Takin’ Care of Business. This week’s Dinner and a Movie takes us back to the opening run of the band’s 2013 Fall Tour. Of course, the narrative among fans leading into this three-night run was less about the start of the tour and more about a triumphant return: These three shows marked Phish’s first return to Hampton Coliseum—”The Mothership”—since the return. While it would be tough to top the emotion of the band’s 2009 reunion shows at the Virginia arena after a 5-year “breakup,” the fact that Phish was back at Hampton for three nights was enough to push fan excitement for this run to a boiling point.The difference between the ’09 reunion run at Hampton and the ’13 reprisal was apparent as soon as you hit the lot. While the ’09 Hampton lot was flooded with ticketless hopefuls waving fistfuls of cash and a finger in the air, the Hampton 2013 scene was awash with extras. Literal “ticket trees” dotted the lots, with extras tickets tucked under pieces of bark, ripe for the picking.While the demand for Hampton tickets may have flipped from ’09 to ’13, the band’s track record for delivering memorable performances at The Mothership held as true as ever. The first two nights of the run were solid, but the third night, Sunday, October 20th—the show we’ll revisit this evening—blew them both away and set a high bar for the remainder of the year.The band hit the stage with pep in their steps to kick off the show, nailing a string of upbeat selections including “Julius”, “Funky Bitch” (Son Seals), and “Back On The Train”. A hint of exploratory jamming on the always-welcome cover of Ween‘s “Roses Are Free” kept the GA crowd on its toes before the sing-along train kept chugging with “Sample In A Jar”, “Ginseng Sullivan”, and a brief but hearty “46 Days”.The undeniable highlight of set one followed, as the band delivered a sublime rendition of “Divided Sky”. Though played to virtual perfection, the takeaway from this version of the classic Phish composition would be the “pause,” as the entire arena raised their lighters amidst a delirious chorus of cheers. Following a somewhat-unsuccessful fan campaign on various Internet forums to get fans to raise their lighters during setbreak the previous night, the stars finally aligned during this “Divided Sky”. With the idea already planted in fans’ heads, many were quick to meet the composed break in the music with a flame held skyward. Those who hadn’t heard quickly followed suit, leading to a powerful scene to behold. Get a taste below:Phish – “Divided Sky” Pause Lighters at Hampton 2013last_img read more


New psychology research shows how your mindset can alter the way you perceive prospective romantic partners

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Twitter Pinterest Email To test the effects of a sexy mindset, we conducted three studies in which we first exposed participants either to sexual (but not pornographic) stimuli or to neutral stimuli. Next, the participants encountered a potential partner and rated this partner’s attractiveness and romantic interest in them. Participants’ interest in the partner was self-reported or evaluated by raters.In the first study, participants were randomly paired with an unacquainted participant of the other sex. Then, participants introduced themselves to each other by talking about their hobbies, positive traits, and future career plans while being videotaped. The videotaped introductions were coded for non-verbal expressions of immediacy behavior that convey interest in initiating romantic relationships (e.g., close physical proximity, frequent eye contact, flashing smiles). We found that exposure to a sexual stimulus (versus a neutral stimulus) led participants to exhibit more immediacy behavior toward a potential partner and to perceive this partner as more attractive and interested in them.In our second study, we wished to control for the potential partner’s attractiveness and reactions. Accordingly, all participants watched the same prerecorded video introduction of a potential partner of the other sex and introduced themselves to this partner while being videotaped. These videotapes were coded for expressions of attempts to induce a favorable impression (e.g., flashing smiles and presenting oneself as a valued partner), which are typically exhibited in a dating context and are aimed at attracting desired partners. As in Study 1, we found that activation of the sexual system led participants to perceive potential partners as more attractive as well as more interested in a romantic relationship.In the third study, we investigated whether participants’ romantic interest in the other participant might explain why sexual activation affects perceptions of others’ romantic interest in oneself. To do so, participants interacted online with another participant, who in reality was an attractive opposite-sex member of the research team, in a “get to know each other” conversation. Then, participants rated their romantic interest in the other participant as well as the other participant’s attractiveness and interest in them.We revealed that sexual activation increased participants’ romantic interest in the other participant, which, in turn, predicted perceiving the other participant as more interested in oneself. Having active sexual thoughts apparently arouses romantic interest in a prospective partner and thereby encourages the adoption of an optimistic outlook on one’s courting prospects with this partner.Overall, our research demonstrates that people are more likely to desire potential partners and to project their desires onto them when sexually aroused, such that a sexually tinged mindset renders these partners appealing and seemingly romantically interested in them.These findings suggest that the sexual system prepares the ground for relationship formation by biasing interpersonal perceptions in a way that motivates human beings to connect; it does so by inspiring interest in potential partners, which, in turn, biases the perceptions of partners’ interest in oneself. This cascade of reactions may help allay rejection fears and thereby reduce the costly likelihood of missing desirable mating opportunities.The study, “Seeing what you want to see: Sexual activation makes potential partners seem more appealing and romantically interested“, was authored by Gurit E. Birnbaum, Mor Iluz, Einat Plotkin, Lihi Tibi, Ronit Hematian, Moran Mizrahi, and Harry T. Reis.(Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay)center_img LinkedIn A successful pursuit of mating partners depends on targeting potential partners who are not only perceived as desirable, but also as partners who will reciprocate one’s advances. To be sure, people often refrain from courting desired prospective partners because of the fear of being rejected by them. An optimistic outlook on one’s courting prospects may therefore play a key role in the decision to approach a potential partner. Such optimism often reflects the perceptions that a partner is more interested in oneself than is actually the case. This biased perception may instill the confidence people need to set aside rejection worries and to pursue the desired partner.In our recent research, we proposed that activating the sexual system by exposing people to sexual cues that create a sexy mindset might motivate them to take a leap of faith needed to pursue a romantic relationship. The motivation to have sex may apparently produce a type of tunnel vision that produces a sense of urgency for relationship/sexual initiation while marginalizing other concerns, such as protecting oneself from being hurt.Past research has indeed demonstrated that following activating the sexual system, people tend to behave in ways that help them become close to a stranger, such as disclosing personal information or being responsive to this stranger’s needs. In the present research, we extended these findings by focusing on the step that precedes relationship initiation, investigating the hypothesis that sexual activation would increase one’s interest in a potential partner and the perceptions of this partner’s attractiveness and interest in oneself. Sharelast_img read more


Georgia Tech to face Pitt without Zach Laskey

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has a big role to fill this week with bruising runner Zach Laskey sidelined by a shoulder injury.Former quarterback Synjyn Days, a senior who switched positions before the start of summer camp, is likely to start in Laskey’s spot, but he faces a tough task.The Yellow Jackets (5-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) take a two-game losing streak to Pittsburgh on Saturday and need to get a big push inside the Panthers’ four-man front.Pitt (4-3, 2-1 ACC) ranks fourth nationally in total defense, 18th against the run. Georgia Tech has the nation’s No. 4 rushing attack, and Laskey, a senior averaging five yards a carry in 120 attempts, is a big part of equation.Coach Paul Johnson said on Tuesday that team doctors don’t know how long Laskey will be out.Days is competing in practice this week against C.J. Leggett, a freshman whom the Jackets had likely planned to red-shirt.“Truthfully, Synjyn is probably a more physical runner than Zach,” Johnson said. “Zach’s got more experience and is a little more shifty, I would think.”Former walk-on Matt Connors is another possibility, but Johnson and his staff are giving Leggett, a former standout at nearby North Gwinnett High School, plenty of chances in practice this week.Johnson describes Leggett, who hasn’t played this year, as the most explosive runner among the potential replacements.“He may be the guy who can get a crease and go the distance,” Johnson said. “He’s got great quickness and speed.”Days moved from quarterback to running back when it became apparent after spring practice that Justin Thomas would be the starter and Tim Byerly the primary backup.Days spent 2011 as the No. 2 QB behind Tevin Washington, but after Vad Lee took the job in 2012, Days’ chances were few.In 16 carries this year, Days has averaged 5.6 yards. He scored a touchdown in the season-opening win over Wofford.Laskey, the ACC’s fifth-leading rusher, was injured in last week’s 48-43 loss at North Carolina. He left the game briefly but returned for the final offensive possession.In a 28-17 home win over Miami earlier this month, Laskey was at his best, lumbering through the line of scrimmage all night to tie a career-high with 133 yards on a career-high 29 carries.Johnson insists that he feels comfortable with Days, Leggett or Connors filling in for Laskey at B-back in the Jackets’ spread option formations.Even without Laskey, the Jackets still have the ACC’s fourth-leading rusher in Thomas, who’s become adept at running the triple-option and attacking both the inside of a defense and its perimeter.“I think we will be fine at that position,” Johnson said. “I’m not too concerned about it really. Zach’s been a good player for us, but I think we’ve got guys who can play there.”In snapping a three-game losing streak last week with a home win over Virginia Tech, Pitt held the Hokies to 26 yards rushing on 22 attempts.The Panthers have an active secondary. Cornerback Reggie Mitchell had 10 tackles and two forced fumbles against Virginia Tech. Safeties Ray Vinopal and Terrish Webb each had two of Pitt’s eight interceptions and are two of the team’s top four tacklers.Notes: In announcing Notre Dame’s rotating schedule in the ACC over the next 10 years, the league has scheduled Georgia Tech to visit the Fighting Irish next Sept. 19 and host Notre Dame on Oct. 19, 2019. The Jackets and Irish will play again in 2021 at South Bend, Indiana, and in 2024 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.<!–iframe–>last_img read more


After the turn, Serena defeated Stephens, in the round of 16…

first_imgSerena Williams After returning from her mother’s break (March 2018), she has already played the grand slam finals four times, in the last two years at the US Open, but she is still waiting for Margaret Court’s 24th grand slam title and record-breaking. After all, she broke the final curse in part when she took control of a smaller company in Auckland, New Zealand, at the beginning of the year.The 38-year-old American started in Lexington and in the preparatory tournament at the US Open venue after the restart of the season, but she did not succeed. He looks in a slightly better form at the home grand slam. She went through the first two rounds without losing the set and in today’s duel of champions after the turn she lost 2-6 6-2 6-2 Sloane Stephensovou. With the winner of 2017, who managed to win two matches in a row at the US Open for the first time this season, she adjusted her balance to 6-1.Williams was very upset from 2-6 3-2. The Stephens, who played great, could never pick up the serve, read her game poorly and couldn’t cope with the unpleasant lifted blows of her opponent. The introductory break aroused the better game favored by the Americans, Stephens lost her self-confidence after him and started to spoil a little more. In the rest of the match, Williams was absolutely sovereign in serving and allowed her compatriots only two more games.Williams is celebrating her 20th anniversary at the US Open. It had its worst result at its premiere in 1998, when it ended in the third round. In the round of 16, she will retaliate against Maria Sakkari, with which she did not finish the eighth finals of the Western & Southern Open general just in Flushing Meadows a week ago.In just 55 minutes, Sakkari swept 6-3 6-1 home Amanda Anisimova in the duel, winning for the first time at this year’s US Open without losing a set, after a sovereign victory she advanced to her first New York eighth final and will attack the premier quarter-finals in grand slams.Sofia Keninová is slowly moving into the form, thanks to which it sensationally dominated the January Australian Open. Although the second seed lost service for the first time in the tournament today, as Ons Džabúrová even lost 2-4 0-40, but still managed to beat the Tunisian without losing the set 7-6 (4) 6-3, to win the fourth duel in a row with her and on the fourth attempt to cross the third round of the home grand slam. In the first New York round, he will compete against Elise Mertensovou. The Belgian also advanced to the round of 16 without losing the set. Last year’s quarterfinalist defeated the home team Cata McNally 7-5 6-1 today after two averted sets.Madison Keysová she masterfully went through the first two rounds, but did not add another win. The deployed seven today didn’t just fight with Alizé Cornet, but also with injury and in the state of 6-7 (4) 2-3 had to give up. Thirty-year-old Cornet will play in the eighth finals for the first time during her 14th overall participation in Flushing Meadows and will attack the first grand slam quarterfinals. He will fight for it with Cvetanou Pironkovovou.Pironkova continues to surprise at this year’s US Open, where she plays her first tournament after more than a three-year maternity break. The thirty-two-year-old Bulgarian, after Ljudmila Samsonová and Garbiña Muguruza, eliminated last year’s quarterfinalist Donna Vekičová without losing the set, overtook the Croatian 6-4 6-1. In the round of 16, which is her New York high, she will challenge Madison Keys or Alizé Cornet.• US OPEN •New York, USA, tv. surface, $ 53,402,000Saturday results (September 5, 2020)• Women’s Singles – Round 3 •S. Williams (3-USA) – Stephens (26-USA) 2-6 6-2 6-2Kenin (2-USA) – Jabur (27-TUN) 7-6 (4) 6-3Cornet (FR) – Keys (7-USA) 7-6 (4) 3-2 / retiredSakkar (15-Greek) – Anisimova (22-USA) 6-3 6-1Mertens (16-Belg.) – McNally (USA) 7-5 6-1Pironkovová (BGR) – Vekičová (18-Croatia) 6-4 6-1Muchova (20-CZ) – Cirsteaová (Rum.) 6-3 2-6 7-6(7)Azarenková (BEL) – Šwiateková (POL) 6-4 6-2last_img read more


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