Western Pacific – IFAWPCA http://ifawpca.org/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 11:59:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://ifawpca.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Western Pacific – IFAWPCA http://ifawpca.org/ 32 32 Global solutions are needed for pandemics, so that all can live with dignity https://ifawpca.org/global-solutions-are-needed-for-pandemics-so-that-all-can-live-with-dignity/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 10:37:12 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/global-solutions-are-needed-for-pandemics-so-that-all-can-live-with-dignity/ Asia Pacific, Development & Aid, Featured, Featured, Health, Population, TerraViva United Nations Population Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, it was necessary to find comprehensive solutions to achieve sustainable development. Credit: APDA Johannesburg, South Africa, December 1, 2021 (IPS) – COVID-19 has highlighted significant gaps in the world’s ability to cope with pandemics, and closing them […]]]>
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Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, it was necessary to find comprehensive solutions to achieve sustainable development. Credit: APDA

Johannesburg, South Africa, December 1, 2021 (IPS) – COVID-19 has highlighted significant gaps in the world’s ability to cope with pandemics, and closing them is crucial to mitigate the impacts of future global health challenges, said Masato Kanda, Japanese vice minister of Finance for International Affairs, at a recent online meeting of parliamentarians.

The meeting on “Follow-up to Nairobi commitments in the context of COVID-19” learned that the gaps were serious and significantly affected and that they would impact the world’s ability to respond to pandemics in the future.

“These gaps include insufficient coordination, information sharing between multilateral and bilateral agencies, limited collaboration between financial and health decision makers, inadequate funding both to prevent or effectively prepare for future pandemics,” said Kanda. He clarified that the governance, financing of the current global health system, including the development, manufacture, purchase and delivery of vaccines and medical equipment needed urgent attention.

Japan had actively participated in recent discussions at the G20 meeting in Italy. Kanda noted that without proper and integrated governance reform, the world “would once again be left with fragmented, inappropriate and uncoordinated responses.”

Professor Keizo Takemi, Member of Parliament and President of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), opened the session by recalling that discussions within the forum and beyond should focus on the impact of the pandemic of COVID-19, which has caused “prolonged and devastating changes in our daily lives”.

He said a face-to-face meeting in Tokyo was scheduled for February 2022 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of AFPPD and APDA.

Including the cost of the pandemic, he noted that it was having an “unprecedented impact on many areas, such as education, the global workforce, food systems, public health and advocacy. individual decision on procreation “.

In terms of health, this had an impact on the provision of sexual and reproductive health services, and these were to be on the agenda for future discussions.

Yoko Kamikawa, MP and former justice minister, chair of the Japanese Parliamentarians’ Population Forum (JPFP), said at the 40th anniversary next year that she hoped parliamentarians could review “measures taken by Asian parliamentarians in the past and discuss how to build a society where everyone can live their lives with dignity.

Parliamentarians play a crucial role in achieving the SDGs, she said.

“To achieve sustainable development, we must go beyond the nation-state and establish a new set of norms and rules that will allow us to live humanely on this planet and that will benefit human society as a whole. And that is precisely why it is extremely important for parliamentarians who legislate on behalf of their citizens to continue their cooperative efforts, ”Kamikawa said.

As AFPPD and APDA prepare for their 40th anniversary, parliamentarians heard about the challenges the world faces in meeting CIPD25 commitments. Credit: APDA

Björn Andersson, Regional Director of UNFPA APRO said the ICPD25 summit in Nairobi brought together 8,000 delegates from 170 countries and territories. He stressed the importance of universal access to health care. No one at the Nairobi summit could have predicted the impact of COVID-19.

“Over the past 18 months, healthcare systems have been strained. And we have noted a decrease in investment in routine health services in favor of the purchase and delivery of COVID-19 supplies, ”he said.

It had a big impact on the communities. For example, over the past 18 months, there have been changes in the care-seeking behaviors of many people, including pregnant women, who were concerned about leaving their homes and coming into contact with COVID-19 in health facilities.

“It had a negative impact on maternal mortality. It is clear that increased public funding for health is needed, alongside innovative strategies that harness resources to work more efficiently without further increasing personal spending for individuals and households, ”said Andersson.

Parliamentarians have played a critical role in achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health rights within the framework of universal health coverage (UHC).

“In light of the COVID 19 pandemic and its impacts. It is more important than ever to increase public financing for health in the form of strategic and targeted investments to achieve and maintain the health-related sustainable development goals. The smooth functioning of the delivery of quality health care and essential services cannot be compromised, even in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic. “

Dr Takeshi Kasaï, WHO The Regional Director for the Western Pacific agreed that a global solution was essential to address public health emergencies.

“COVID-19 has made it clear that health, the economy, and broader social well-being are inextricably linked,” he said. “The second lesson was that global health (the problems) needed a global solution, and for that, effective multilateral mechanisms and institutions are needed.”

While no one expected effective vaccines to be developed as quickly as they were, the challenges with COVAX in fulfilling its mandate of ensuring equitable access to vaccines were of concern.

“Unless every country is protected, no country is safe,” he said.

Preparing as it headed for a fourth wave of the pandemic was of crucial importance for the world, and the key to that was effective multilateral mechanisms.

  • The online meeting was hosted by: Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD); Federation of Japanese Parliamentarians for Population (JPFP) and Asian Association for Population and Development (APDA). The event was supported by the Japan Trust Fund (JTF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).


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Ghaziabad: Travelers from high-risk countries will be in home quarantine for a week https://ifawpca.org/ghaziabad-travelers-from-high-risk-countries-will-be-in-home-quarantine-for-a-week/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 19:15:30 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/ghaziabad-travelers-from-high-risk-countries-will-be-in-home-quarantine-for-a-week/ Following the World Health Organization (WHO) request for countries to extensively test the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus, saying its divergent design could fuel future outbreaks of the disease with serious consequences, the Ghaziabad’s health department has directed all foreigners reaching the district from 15 “high-risk countries” will be quarantined at home for a […]]]>

Following the World Health Organization (WHO) request for countries to extensively test the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus, saying its divergent design could fuel future outbreaks of the disease with serious consequences, the Ghaziabad’s health department has directed all foreigners reaching the district from 15 “high-risk countries” will be quarantined at home for a week, officials said on Monday.

Officials say the decision was taken as a precaution against any possible spread of the new variant. Teams from the health service and the district’s Integrated Covid Command and Control Center (ICCCC) will monitor these travelers during their home quarantine, they added.

“The list mainly includes South African nations among the 15 high-risk countries. When returning to or arriving in India, a traveler should have the RT-PCR report with them, and thereafter, the person should remain in home quarantine for a week. During this period, our teams will perform tests on the person and their family members. The traveler will be tested for Covid-19 again after a week, and further action will be taken accordingly. In case the person is positive for Covid-19, we will proceed with genome sequencing of the samples, ”said Dr Bhavtosh Shankhdhar, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Ghaziabad.

He also said the Department of Health has called on several Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) to take proactive steps to check for a possible spread of the new variant of Covid-19. “RWAs are requested to inform the health service if residents or people arrive in housing complexes from states with a high workload, and necessarily of the arrival of travelers from abroad. . In the meantime, we have also asked our teams to intensify the regular vaccination against Covid-19, and we will need another fifteen days to reach the target assigned to us for the first dose of vaccination, ”added Shankhdhar.

According to official records, 1,770 foreign travelers entered the district between November 1 and November 29 (Monday), and 979 of them tested negative for Covid-19 and test reports of the remaining people are expected .

“The addresses given did not match in 329 cases, and 128 of those tested were from other cities or districts. A total of 334 test reports are in progress. So far, none of the foreign travelers have tested positive for the virus. If they do, we will do the genome sequencing, ”said Dr Rakesh Gupta, Ghaziabad district surveillance manager.

The WHO warned Monday that the divergent design of the Omicron variant could fuel flare-ups with “serious consequences” in the future. In a technical briefing paper for its member states, the United Nations (UN) health agency said the likelihood of a potential spread of Omicron globally is high and the overall risk from the disease. new variant of concern was rated as “very high”.

To date, local transmission of Omicron has been reported in South Africa and it has now been detected in four WHO regions – Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and Western Pacific.

District may miss first dose by vax deadline

As part of the target date of November 30 (Tuesday) set by the government of Uttar Pradesh for vaccination, Ghaziabad is at high risk of missing the vaccination target of the first dose of 2,702,167. According to official data , the district administered the first dose of vaccine to only 2,405,663 beneficiaries until 4:30 p.m. Monday. Thus, the district is failing to administer 296,504 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to beneficiaries, officials said.

“We will try to achieve the goal in a fortnight. We have already taken all necessary measures, including door-to-door surveys and holding vaccination camps in the evening. But there is a general tendency among beneficiaries not to show up because Covid-19 cases are almost negligible in the district, ”CMO Shankhdhar added.

Dr GP Mathuria, Nodal COVID-19 Vaccination Officer in the District, said: “Most of the beneficiaries who did not show up for the vaccine are elderly or over 18 years of age. We urge them to take the jab to protect themselves and others from Covid-19. “

Despite all efforts to meet the vax deadline, the Ghaziabad health service administered 130,706 doses of vaccine between November 22 and November 28 (Monday), at a daily average of 18,672 doses. During the previous week, the department administered 111,580 doses of vaccine, with a daily average of 15,940 doses per day.


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Japan to rush military spending to bolster air and sea defenses https://ifawpca.org/japan-to-rush-military-spending-to-bolster-air-and-sea-defenses/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 08:08:00 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/japan-to-rush-military-spending-to-bolster-air-and-sea-defenses/ Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at his press conference after parliament re-elected him prime minister following an election victory last month for his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Kantei, Japan , November 10, 2021. Stanislav Kogiku / Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE and unlimited access to reuters.com Register now TOKYO, Nov.26 (Reuters) […]]]>

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TOKYO, Nov.26 (Reuters) – Japan plans to add $ 6.75 billion to its already record annual military spending to bolster its air and sea defenses as it grows concerned about threats posed by China and North Korea.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government approved the expenditure on Friday as part of a supplementary budget. While such additions to defense spending are common, the 774 billion yen that lawmakers will be asked to approve is the highest amount on record, according to Japan’s Defense Ministry.

“As the security environment around Japan worsens at an unprecedented rate, our urgent task is to speed up the implementation of various projects,” the defense ministry said in its spending proposal.

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The cash injection will allow Japan, three months ahead of schedule, to modernize its surface-to-air missile launchers on islands along the East China Sea and Patriot PAC-3 missile batteries elsewhere, which constitute the last line of defense against any incoming North Korean warhead. .

China’s growing pressure on Taiwan is causing nervousness in Japan, as Beijing’s control over the island would bring Chinese forces around 100 kilometers (62 miles) from its territory and threaten major maritime trade routes that supply Japan with supplies. oil and other goods. It would also provide China with a basis for unhindered access to the Western Pacific.

The additional spending will also allow Japan to acquire anti-submarine missiles, maritime patrol planes and military cargo planes more quickly, the Defense Ministry said.

The additional military spending comes after Kishida’s ruling party in October included a target to nearly double defense spending to 2% of gross domestic product (GDP) in election pledges.

For decades, the pacifist nation stuck to a policy of keeping defense spending below 1% of GDP, easing concerns both at home and abroad about any revival of militarism that has led Japan to World War II.

The additional spending plan approved by Kishida’s government on Friday also includes prepayments to defense contractors for the purchase of equipment to help them cope with disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic that have hurt their finances.

The proposed additional spending combined with the approved defense spending for the year through March 31 is about 1.3% of Japan’s GDP.

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USDA Invests $ 86 Million to Improve Equitable Access to Jobs, Business Opportunities, Education, Health Care and Housing for Rural People https://ifawpca.org/usda-invests-86-million-to-improve-equitable-access-to-jobs-business-opportunities-education-health-care-and-housing-for-rural-people/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 19:27:55 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/usda-invests-86-million-to-improve-equitable-access-to-jobs-business-opportunities-education-health-care-and-housing-for-rural-people/ United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the Department invest $ 86 million to improve equitable access (PDF, 238 KB) to jobs, business opportunities, education, housing and healthcare for people who live and work in rural areas. The investments are part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to ensure that people […]]]>

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the Department invest $ 86 million to improve equitable access (PDF, 238 KB) to jobs, business opportunities, education, housing and healthcare for people who live and work in rural areas. The investments are part of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to ensure that people living in rural communities have equitable access to infrastructure and opportunities often taken for granted by people living in urban and suburban areas.

“No matter where they live, their race, ethnicity or gender, or the size of the city in which they live, all people should have access to decent housing, clean water and good opportunities. employment, ”said Vilsack. “It’s fundamental for a healthy society and stable communities. Today’s announcements build on historic investments made possible by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act to ensure fairness at a time when people living in underserved places suffer the most. These investments will go a long way in helping America “build back better” towards a just and more equitable society. “

Background:

Vilsack highlighted 218 investments the USDA is making in six programs specifically designed to help people and businesses in rural areas. These programs include Tribal College Initiative Grants, Rural Community Development Initiative Grants, Subsidies for housing preservation, Delta Grants for Healthcare, Subsidies to socially disadvantaged groups and Subsidies for water and waste disposal.

The funding will help more than 425,000 people in 46 states, Puerto Rico and the Western Pacific. It reflects the many ways USDA Rural Development helps rural residents, businesses, and communities meet economic development, infrastructure, and social service needs. It will help low-income people with health and safety repairs to their homes. It will help build and improve water supply and wastewater treatment infrastructure for people living in American communities along the Mexican border. It will help rural business owners in the Mississippi Delta access capital and business development assistance. It will also help colleges that serve tribal people modernize campus buildings and services.

For example:

  • Keystone Development Corp. in Lancaster, Pa., receives a grant of $ 173,288 for socially disadvantaged groups to provide technical assistance in business development. It will support women owners of agricultural cooperatives that grow flowers and various types of fibers. The project is expected to help 25 women farmers in three counties in Pennsylvania and five counties in New Jersey.
  • Habitat for Humanity / Lake-Sumter in Central Florida is receiving a housing preservation grant of $ 351,135 to help 42 low- and very low-income people with health and safety repairs to their homes. These investments will promote healthier and happier lives for the 42 owners.
  • The Skagway Development Corp. in Alaska receives a grant of $ 121,825 from the Rural Community Development Initiative to help small businesses develop five-year growth and operating plans. It will provide services to businesses with 50 or fewer employees and less than $ 1 million in gross revenues. This investment will help new entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed and create jobs in their communities.
  • Red Lake Nation College in Minnesota is receiving a grant of $ 175,448 for the Tribal College initiative to purchase computers, a 15-passenger van and lawn care equipment. The college will replace the 30 computers in the learning center and computer lab, and the 32 computers assigned to faculty and staff.

The timing of the award at Red Lake Nation College coincides with Native American Heritage Month, which is celebrated each November to showcase the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, contributions and histories of Indigenous peoples. It helps raise awareness of the unique challenges indigenous peoples face and the ways tribal citizens have worked to overcome these challenges.

The 218 awards announced today by Secretary Vilsack are presented in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Dakota South, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the Western Pacific.

Under the Biden-Harris administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas. For more information visit www.rd.usda.gov. USDA Rural Development prioritizes projects that will support key priorities of the Biden-Harris administration to help rural America build back better and stronger. Top priorities include tackling the COVID-19 pandemic; fight against the impacts of climate change; and advancing equity in rural America. For more information visit www.rd.usda.gov/priority-points. If you would like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

The USDA touches the lives of all Americans every day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris administration, USDA is transforming the U.S. food system with a greater emphasis on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe food, healthy and nutritious in all communities, creating new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capacity in communities. rural America, and a commitment to equity throughout the department by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce that is more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.


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BoM to declare La Niña the first tropical cyclone of the summer | Australia weather https://ifawpca.org/bom-to-declare-la-nina-the-first-tropical-cyclone-of-the-summer-australia-weather/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 02:19:00 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/bom-to-declare-la-nina-the-first-tropical-cyclone-of-the-summer-australia-weather/ The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is expected to declare on Tuesday that a La Niña event is underway in the Pacific, underlining the prospect of a relatively cool, humid and stormy summer for much of the north and east. The statement will come a day after the office confirmed that the first tropical cyclone of […]]]>

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is expected to declare on Tuesday that a La Niña event is underway in the Pacific, underlining the prospect of a relatively cool, humid and stormy summer for much of the north and east.

The statement will come a day after the office confirmed that the first tropical cyclone of the season had formed in the Australian region. Cyclonic rice developed near Christmas Island and reached the grade stretch on a Monday, but will weaken within days without making landfall.

A La Niña declaration is widely awaited by the office of its bimonthly update of the main climatic drivers for Australian weather Tuesday afternoon. There has been a La Niña alert in place for weeks, and most models desktop users have indicated that such an event will last until at least January 2022.

“You can see the model is already La Niña and you can see the impacts,” said Agus Santoso, senior research associate at UNSW’s Climate Change Research Center. “It’s not strong but it’s not that weak either.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has been approached for comment.

People living in eastern Australia, in particular, hardly need further confirmation that conditions have recently turned wet and cool. While the above-average precipitation experienced by many regions during winter and spring was more related to Indian Ocean conditions, the Pacific tends to have more influence in summer.

During the La Niña years, the trade winds from east to west blowing over the equatorial Pacific become stronger. These effectively push rain systems westward and increase the risk of flooding, and also raise the relative sea level in the western Pacific.

These years also tend to have more cyclones than usual. Last month, the office estimated that there were two out of three chances The Australian region is reportedly more than the seasonal average of 11.

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Last year also included a La Niña and experts say there is about a 40% chance of having back-to-back events. The last double fight spanned 2010-11 and 2011-12.

“I suspect it will be neutral next year,” Santoso said, adding “that it is not impossible to have three years in a row” as the period 1998-2000 shows.

Ben Domensino, senior forecaster at Weatherzone, noted that the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) said a double La Niña dip last month. It uses a lower threshold to rate such an event, or its opposite, an El Niño.

“Although this has not been technically stated [in Australia], we’ve been in a very La Niña-like state for a few weeks now, ”Domenino said.

The recent widespread and heavy falls have resulted in minor to moderate flooding in many inland rivers, especially in New South Wales. The Lachlan River, which last week threatened the town of Forbes in west-central New South Wales, remains at major flood levels.

Another belt of precipitation – fed in part by moisture from Cyclone Paddy – is heading east. This is expected to bring 40 to 60mm of rain over a large area from Queensland to Victoria, with isolated falls of 100mm. Since the watersheds are already saturated, more flood watches will be issued, Domensino said.

Farmers struggling to get crops before the fields are saturated are among those looking to the sky for relief from the rain. Insurers will also be watching closely, as damage from floods typically exceeds that from droughts and even bushfires.

During the last La Niña and its aftermath from December 2020 to April 2021, the Insurance Council of Australia declared three disasters. These triggered around 65,000 insurance claims for damages totaling just over $ 1 billion, the CIA said.


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Will it snow this week – Latest forecast and likelihood of snow as temperatures drop | Weather | New https://ifawpca.org/will-it-snow-this-week-latest-forecast-and-likelihood-of-snow-as-temperatures-drop-weather-new/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 12:51:02 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/will-it-snow-this-week-latest-forecast-and-likelihood-of-snow-as-temperatures-drop-weather-new/ Winter is well and truly on the way, with an area of ​​low pressure predicted to bring freezing northerly winds to the UK, which will see temperatures drop significantly. While the weekend has been sunny and mild, conditions will change over the coming week depending on the latest weather charts and forecasters. Monday will be […]]]>

Winter is well and truly on the way, with an area of ​​low pressure predicted to bring freezing northerly winds to the UK, which will see temperatures drop significantly. While the weekend has been sunny and mild, conditions will change over the coming week depending on the latest weather charts and forecasters.

Monday will be another sunny but cool day that Netweather forecasters owe to an area of ​​high pressure bringing the weather forecast for the first part of the week.

However, by mid-week conditions will change and you may notice a noticeably cold feeling in the air.

The high pressure area will head west, which forecasters say will allow an area of ​​low pressure to reach the North Sea, moving southeast from Iceland.

The low will bring cold northerly winds across the UK from Thursday – triggering downpours that could potentially turn winter.

Read more: BBC Weather: Britons warn temperatures will drop below zero

“It could force the jet stream further south, bringing cold air south and a relatively warm system across the western Pacific.”

If you live on higher ground you might see snow this week, Netweather forecasters adding that the west of Scotland might see snow at lower levels.

Looking at Netweather’s snow risk maps for Thursday, much of Scotland potentially appears to be seeing snow showers.

A map, dated Thursday, November 25 at 9 a.m., shows snow in northern Scotland, extending into the center of the country.

By Friday, there will be another downpour, this time stronger, with another chance that it will be winter.

For the northern highlands, there is a chance that “a lot of snow” will fall.

Snow risk maps for Friday again show snow showers over Scotland, some also over northern England and Wales.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, snow is likely to fall in Scotland, north-west England and much of Wales.

As next weekend approaches, cold northerly winds will continue to bring more downpours to the coasts and potentially to the interior.

The north will again see snow on higher ground, with potential for falls.

What do the other snow maps show?

WXCharts charts give a high probability of snowfall Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

The graphs show that snowfall is likely on Saturdays and Sundays as well.

On Wednesday, the probability of snowfall in Scotland stands at 85%, with that figure falling to 20% for the north of England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

That risk increases on Thursday, with a 90 percent chance of snow in northern Scotland, up to 50 percent as far as Newcastle and 15 percent widely elsewhere in the UK.


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Vikings Raid Offensive Glass – Azusa Pacific University Athletics https://ifawpca.org/vikings-raid-offensive-glass-azusa-pacific-university-athletics/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 23:19:35 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/vikings-raid-offensive-glass-azusa-pacific-university-athletics/ Next game: vs. Seattle Pacific 11/20/2021 | 1:00 p.m. SAN MARCOS, Calif .– No.5 Azusa Pacific suffered his first loss of the season on Friday afternoon, losing 73-57 in the final to Western Washington. The Cougars are 3-1 to open the season. Paige uyehara was Azusa Pacific’s top scorer, finishing with 13 points. Kayla shaw […]]]>

SAN MARCOS, Calif .– No.5 Azusa Pacific suffered his first loss of the season on Friday afternoon, losing 73-57 in the final to Western Washington. The Cougars are 3-1 to open the season.

Paige uyehara was Azusa Pacific’s top scorer, finishing with 13 points. Kayla shaw also hit double the numbers, scoring 10 points. Kelly heimburger and TyLee Manual shared seven rebounds, a team high, and Heimburger also scored four blocks. Uyehara and Alex Lowden each has collected three flights.

How did it happen: In the first quarter of play, the two teams clashed point for point to enter the second tied at 14-14. In the first 10 minutes of action the Cougars were able to find plenty of deep opportunities, however, they only went 1 to 9 to open. Of their six goals scored in the first quarter, five were scored inside the paint. Defensively, Azusa Pacific limited the Vikings to 5 shots against 15, forced five turnovers and blocked three shots.

In the first seven minutes of play of the second quarter, there were four lead changes and two draws, with neither team taking a lead greater than one possession. The Vikings would start to gain momentum with just over three minutes to half time, as Western Washington closed the half on an 8-2 streak to take a 30-24 advantage before the break. Overall, the Vikings led the Cougars by a 16-10 margin in the second period.

Turning point: The momentum remained with the Vikings in the third quarter, as their lead would not diminish to less than seven. With 7:26 to go in the third, a basket from Viking made it 35-26. would set off a 17-4 streak over the next four minutes, which would give West Washington a 52-30 score. The four-minute streak put the game out of the Cougars’ reach as the margin remained in double digits for the remainder of the game. Azusa Pacific managed to cut the deficit to 11 at 58-47 with 5:12 to go, but the Vikings would hold back any hopes of the Cougars’ return by pushing back the lead to 19 points (67-48) over the next three minutes. .

In numbers : Azusa Pacific ended up on the wrong side of two important stats, as the Cougars struggled beyond the arc and couldn’t keep the Vikings clear of the offensive glass. Azusa Pacific finished 3 for 19 (16%) in depth, while Western Washington finished 7 for 16 (44%). The Vikings tallied 19 offensive rebounds, scoring 14 second chance points.

Following: The Cougars will be back in action tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon when they meet Seattle Pacific in their second and final game at the Cougar Hoops Classic in Cal State San Marcos. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m., and the game can be seen here.


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Taiwan deploys advanced F-16V fighter jets amid Chinese threat :: WRAL.com https://ifawpca.org/taiwan-deploys-advanced-f-16v-fighter-jets-amid-chinese-threat-wral-com/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 05:13:06 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/taiwan-deploys-advanced-f-16v-fighter-jets-amid-chinese-threat-wral-com/ By HUIZHONG WU and JOHNSON LAI, Associated Press CHIAYI from Taiwan – Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its air force, as the autonomous island ramps up its defense capabilities in the face of persistent threats from China, which claims it to be doing so. part of its […]]]>

– Taiwan has deployed the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter jet in its air force, as the autonomous island ramps up its defense capabilities in the face of persistent threats from China, which claims it to be doing so. part of its territory.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen commissioned 64 improved F-16V fighter jets at a Chiayi air base on Thursday. The aircraft is part of Taiwan’s 141 F-16 A / B jets, an older model from the 1990s that will be completely modernized by the end of 2023.

Tsai said the upgrade project shows the strength of Taiwan’s cooperation with the US defense industry. It comes at a time when the island’s status has become a major point of tension in US-China relations.

Beijing has stepped up its threat by regularly sending fighter jets in combat formations to the Taiwan buffer zone in the southwest of the island, as well as longer-term missions in the western Pacific.

China has also stepped up its rhetoric, with President Xi Jinping telling President Joe Biden at a virtual summit this week that challenging China’s claim to the island is playing with fire.

China and Taiwan separated in a civil war in 1949, and Beijing has not ruled out force to reunite with the island.

The United States’ “One China” policy recognizes Beijing as the government of China but allows informal relations and defense ties with Taipei.

“This represents the unwavering promise of the Taiwanese-US partnership,” Tsai said. “I am convinced that by holding firmly to democratic values, there will certainly be more countries with similar values ​​who will stand with us on this front.”

The F-16V is the most technologically advanced version of the multirole fighter aircraft, equipped with high performance radar, allowing it to track more than 20 targets at a time. It also includes advanced electronic warfare systems, advanced weapons, precision GPS navigation, and a system to automatically avoid collisions with the ground.

The planes represent the most advanced fighter jets of the fourth generation, but still fall short of the latest fifth generation, such as the American F-22 and F-35, and the Russian Su-57 and Chinese J-20. Taiwan has raised the idea of ​​buying fifth-generation aircraft from the United States, but the F-16 upgrade was decided as the most effective measure under the current circumstances.

The Taiwan Air Force also operates French Dassault Mirage 2000 and AIDC F-CK Chingkuo fighters designed and manufactured in the country for a total fleet of around 400.

China, on the other hand, operates around 1,600 fighters, about half of which are based in theaters of operations to the east and south contiguous to Taiwan, as well as around 450 bombers. China’s superiority in the quality and quantity of fighter jets is seen to tip the military balance in the Taiwan Strait to its advantage, regardless of the involvement of US forces.

With upgrades and the planned delivery of 66 new F-16Vs in 2023, Taiwan will be the largest F-16 operator in Asia, said Kitsch Liao, military and cyber affairs consultant for DoubleThink Lab, an organization targeting the disinformation. This means the island should invest in repair centers for the jets to improve readiness, Liao said. Previously, Taiwan had to send the jets to other countries for repair.

In Chiayi, F-16 pilots demonstrated complex maneuvers on Thursday, flying low in the sky.

Sandra Oudkirk, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan, was also present.

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Wu reported from Taipei, Taiwan.


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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton: UOG students study features of karst hydrogeology with DoD environmental specialists https://ifawpca.org/marine-corps-base-camp-pendleton-uog-students-study-features-of-karst-hydrogeology-with-dod-environmental-specialists/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 14:01:09 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/marine-corps-base-camp-pendleton-uog-students-study-features-of-karst-hydrogeology-with-dod-environmental-specialists/ ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, GUAM – Students and professors from the University of Guam and the Western Pacific Water and Environmental Research Institute studied the characteristics of the karst terrain at Andersen Air Force Base on October 8. Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas environmental specialists assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz escorted and […]]]>

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Students and professors from the University of Guam and the Western Pacific Water and Environmental Research Institute studied the characteristics of the karst terrain at Andersen Air Force Base on October 8. Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Marianas environmental specialists assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz escorted and introduced the group to the two major categories of naturally formed closed depressions of karst terrain during the tour, solution sinkholes and cenotes, which are both sinkholes.

Karst refers to the study of underground channels formed by the dissolution of rock. Karst hydrogeology broadens the field of study to include groundwater that flows into karst systems.

Jenson described the experience as “a world-class example of best practice collaboration in the realization and use of applied science to solve local practical problems. Integrating our collaboration into our higher education program is an extremely valuable investment in our local professional workforce. ”

“This trip demonstrated the exceptional working relationship we have between WERI / UOG and our Department of Defense Environmental Department,” said Brian Antolin, NAVFAC Marianas Environmental Compliance Officer, MCB Camp Blaz. “Camp Blaz Environmental is grateful for the generosity of Dr. Jensen for the time he has devoted to sharing his extensive knowledge of hydrogeology, applicable to our ongoing military construction. “


This press release was produced by Pendleton Marine Corps Base Camp. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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Rare November blizzard, atmospheric river bringing heavy snowfall and rain to the northern United States https://ifawpca.org/rare-november-blizzard-atmospheric-river-bringing-heavy-snowfall-and-rain-to-the-northern-united-states/ https://ifawpca.org/rare-november-blizzard-atmospheric-river-bringing-heavy-snowfall-and-rain-to-the-northern-united-states/#respond Fri, 12 Nov 2021 00:09:06 +0000 https://ifawpca.org/rare-november-blizzard-atmospheric-river-bringing-heavy-snowfall-and-rain-to-the-northern-united-states/ Powerful storm systems are expected to bring heavy rain and snow to the Pacific Northwest and parts of northeastern South Dakota and western Minnesota from Thursday evening. Photo courtesy of NOAA November 11 (UPI) – A pair of powerful storm systems, including a rare November blizzard, are expected to hit the northern United States from […]]]>

Powerful storm systems are expected to bring heavy rain and snow to the Pacific Northwest and parts of northeastern South Dakota and western Minnesota from Thursday evening. Photo courtesy of NOAA

November 11 (UPI) – A pair of powerful storm systems, including a rare November blizzard, are expected to hit the northern United States from Thursday evening.

Snow storm warnings were in place for parts of northeastern South Dakota and western Minnesota through Friday evening.

Several inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 55 mph could create whiteout conditions and difficult travel in the area, as an intensifying windstorm, sometimes known as the “Witch’s Witch”. November “hits the region.

The warning marks the first time since 2015 South Dakota was placed under blizzard warning in November.

Snow and wind conditions are expected to extend over much of Minnesota, eastern Dakotas and northern Iowa on Thursday, with the most severe conditions extending through Friday morning.

Gusts of up to 70 mph are possible in parts of western South Dakota, although snowfall is not expected.

Snowfall of 2 inches to 4 inches and wind gusts of 40 mph are likely for much of the area, while northern Minnesota could see up to 8 inches of snow.

In the Pacific Northwest, a system known as the Atmospheric River, which draws tropical moisture from the Pacific from as far away as Hawaii, has led to flood watches for western Washington and the Northwestern Oregon as well as Seattle and Portland through Friday.

Seattle could see 1 to 2 inches of rain through Saturday night, while the Olympics and the Stunts are expected to reach 4 to 8 inches at their peak.

The region already experienced 2-4 inch rainfall earlier this week, with several rivers in Washington expected to go from major to moderate flooding levels through Friday.


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