GREENSBORO, North Carolina (theACC.com) – Pitt’s outside hitter Kayla Lund and Syracuse center blocker Marina Markova were selected as Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Co-Players of the Week, while Georgia Tech’s Bianca Bertolino was named Freshman of the Week .
Lund, Sports Imports / AVCA Player of the Week, led No.7 Pitt to wins over Baylor (3-2) and Tennessee (3-2) this weekend. The Pasadena, Calif., Graduate student recorded a season-record 21 kills including the match winner in a five-set victory over the ninth-seeded Bears and hit a record-breaking ninth-ranked Bears. the season of 0.432. Lund recorded his third double-double in five games played with 19 kills and 11 road digs in Tennessee. She recorded 4.00 kills per set, hit 0.337 for the weekend and totaled 4.10 points per set, the team’s best.
Yale Invitational MVP Markova recorded 48 kills, 21 digs, six blocks and four serving aces in Syracuse’s three shutout wins this weekend. Against Yale, the junior from St. Petersburg, Russia, recorded a career-high 21 kills. She achieved a double-double in the victory over Hartford with a 14-kill, 10-dig effort. Markova led the Orange in kills in two of the three games, averaging 6.28 points and 5.33 kills per set.
An outside hitter from San Guillermo-Santa Fe, Argentina, Bertolino put on a great weekend at the Long Beach State Tournament. The rookie had the team’s second-most wins with 30, adding 19 digs, an ace and a block. Bertolino was instrumental in the Yellow Jackets’ 3-1 road win over Long Beach State as she led the team with a career-high 21 kills while reaching 0.541 with a single error. She also threw defensively with 12 digs and a block against the host team. Over the weekend, Bertolino averaged 4.00 points, 3.75 kills and 2.38 digs per set.
2021 CCA Volleyball Player of the Week
August 31 – Julia Bergmann, Jr., OH, Georgia Tech
September 7 – Kayla Lund, Gr., OH, Pitt | Marina Markova, Jr., MB, Syracuse
2021 ACC Volleyball Freshmen of the Week August 31 – Bianca Bertolino, OH, Georgia Tech September 7 – Bianca Bertolino, OH, Georgia Tech
Major Hurricane Larry remains a Category 3 hurricane, approximately 1,000 miles southeast of Bermuda. Swell and return currents are still on track to reach Florida’s Atlantic coast on Tuesday and Wednesday. The storm itself is expected to stay well east of the US coast and also pass east of Bermuda on Thursday.
Showers and thunderstorms over the southern Gulf of Mexico could still develop on Tuesday or Wednesday over the central or northern Gulf. The path of the disturbance is directed more towards the Florida Panhandle. Humidity is expected to rise ahead of and directly associated with the disturbances across much of the state on Wednesday and Thursday. The end result will be an increase beyond normal thunderstorm activity along the Gulf Coast in the morning, with heavy rains from storms moving inland and reaching the Atlantic coast of the state in the morning. mid-day and afternoon courses. Patchy areas of flash floods are possible, particularly on the Panhandle, Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Coastal residents will not face the direct effects of the powerful Hurricane Larry in the Atlantic, but the return currents and swells will make conditions unsafe for swimmers. Meanwhile, another disturbance moving through the gulf has a chance to develop by the middle of the week.
Major Hurricane Larry was over 1,200 miles southeast of Bermuda at noon on Sunday. It will most likely pass east of the island on Thursday. Larry is far from the American coast, but his large size will generate swells that will spread towards the coast from Tuesday. Waves that travel great distances carry tremendous energy which contributes to long-lasting swells and return currents. These return currents are possible on most Atlantic beaches and swimmers are advised to pay close attention to beach flags and swim near lifeguards if they enter the ocean. Swells and return currents can last until the end of the week.
Showers and storms near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula are expected to move into the central Gulf of Mexico early this week. It is possible for the system producing unstable weather to develop on Tuesday or Wednesday. Strong upper winds associated with a trough in the atmosphere over the Gulf of Mexico are expected to create a moderate to high windshear environment. The expected wind shear should prevent the system from getting too strong over the Gulf, if it does develop. Whether it becomes a depression or a named storm, the disturbance is poised to bring higher humidity north from Louisiana to Florida on Wednesday and Thursday. In addition to this, a cold front descending southward into South Carolina and Georgia will also increase the chance of downpours. Increased rains and localized flooding is currently the most likely scenario for this disturbance and front later this week.
Another touch of drier air could reach the panhandle of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina on Friday after the disturbance moved east into Atlantic waters.
When the tide is unusually high in Charleston, South Carolina, the coastal streets begin to fill with seawater. Some backyards become ponds and residents don rain boots.
The city also receives a lot of rain. After homes in a low-lying neighborhood were flooded three times in four years, the city offered to buy 32 flood-prone townhouses and turn the land into open space that can be used to manage future ones. flood waters. It’s a strategy coastal cities from Virginia to California are considering more often as tidal flooding increases with rising sea levels.
Cities along the US coast have seen an increase in the number of flood days at high tide. In 2021, U.S. coasts are expected to experience an average of three to seven days of flooding at high tide, increasing to 25-75 days by mid-century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns in its annual flood outlook at high tide, published July 14. , 2021.
Charleston’s low elevation saw a record 14 days of high tide flooding in 2020, and parts of the city have even more flood days. The city is considering new dikes to protect itself from hurricanes and other measures to try to keep tides and storms from entering threatened neighborhoods. But he has also started helping residents move away from high-risk areas. This is a strategy known as managed retirement – the deliberate movement of people, buildings and other infrastructure away from very dangerous places.
Controlled withdrawal is controversial, particularly in the United States. But it’s not just about moving – it’s about adapting to change and building safer communities, meeting long-neglected needs, and incorporating new technologies and thoughtful design for living and work in today’s world.
We discuss in a special issue of the journal Science this managed retreat is an opportunity to preserve the essentials while rethinking high-risk areas in a way that is better for everyone.
What a managed retirement can look like
General Oliver P. Smith of the United States Marine Corps said of a retreat he led during the Korean War: “Retreat! Hell! We’re just moving in a different direction. Much like General Smith’s maneuver, retreating from the dangers of climate change is all about choosing a new direction.
Controlled withdrawal could involve turning streets into canals in coastal towns. This could mean buying and demolishing flood-prone properties to create open spaces for stormwater parks that absorb heavy rains or retention ponds and pumping stations.
Managed retirement is part of a coping toolkit. Elena Hartley
In some cases, managed retirement may involve building denser, more affordable housing designed to stay cool, while leaving open spaces for recreation or agriculture that can also reduce heat and soak up stormwater in the event. of need.
Managing retirement well is a challenge. It affects many people – residents who move, their neighbors who stay and the communities they move to – and each can be affected differently. Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, moved its flood-prone business district in the late 1970s and used the opportunity to heat new buildings with solar energy, earning it the nickname ” Solar village ”. The move has revitalized the local economy; yet while the project is hailed as a success, some residents still miss the old town. For managed retirement to be a viable strategy, relocation plans must not only help people move to safer ground, but also meet their needs. It can involve a wide range of social issues, including cultural practices, affordable housing, building codes, land use, jobs, transportation, and public services.
Since high-risk areas are often home to low-income communities and black, indigenous and other communities of color, addressing climate risk in these areas may also require addressing a national legacy of racism, of segregation and disinvestment that has put these communities at risk and left many little options for dealing with floods, fires and other dangers.
In its simplest form, a managed retirement can be a lifeline for families who are tired of the emotional and financial stress of rebuilding after floods or fires, but cannot afford to sell their home at a loss or don’t want to sell and put another family at risk.
Talking about managed retirement
Even if an individual or community decides not to opt out, thinking critically and talking openly about a managed retreat can help people understand why it is important to stay in place and what risks they are prepared to face. to stay.
Losses from moving can be obvious, including the cost, but there are also losses in staying put: physical risk of future dangers, increased emotional and financial stress, potential loss of community if some residents or businesses leave to find safer ground, the pain of seeing the environment change and the lost opportunities to improve.
If people can explain why it’s important to stay still, they can make better plans.
Maybe it’s important to stay because a building is historic and people want to protect that history. It opens up creative conversations about how people have preserved historic buildings and sites at risk. And he invites others to help document this heritage and educate the community, perhaps through oral histories, video recordings, or 3D models.
Perhaps it is important that the owners stay because the land has been in the family for generations. This could start conversations with the next generation about their goals for the land, which may include preservation but may also include changes.
Perhaps a deep emotional attachment to a community or home could make a person want to stay. Conversations could be about moving nearby – to a new, safer home but still part of the community – or about physically moving the house to a safer location. It could also mean finding strategies, like life estates, that allow people to stay in their homes as long as they want, but prevent a new family from moving in and putting their children at risk.
If staying seems important because the local economy depends on the beach, it could start a conversation about why stepping back from the beach may be the best way to save the beach and its ecosystem, preventing the walls from being washed away. narrow and maintain public access without stilt houses hovering above the tide.
Thinking carefully about which parts of our lives and communities should stay the same opens up space to think creatively about which parts should or could change.
AR Siders is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Disaster Research at the University of Delaware.
Katharine Mach is Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Miami.
This article is courtesy of The Conversation and can be found in its original form here.
The opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Maritime Executive.
GALVESTON, téx. – People are hungry to see their cities come to life with summer travelers, and now that cruises start sailing again over the holiday weekend, it looks like travel is back.
If you visit Galveston, Texas, it’s easy to see: Summer vacation is in full swing, even before the cruises take off.
“Right now it’s just packed. They are wall-to-wall people, ”said Rodger Rees, CEO of the Port of Galveston.
Travelers enjoy it, and family businesses thrive.
“I don’t even know how this place can get busier, but I think it’s going to be great,” said Gracie Bassett, who runs Gracie’s gift shop with her family.
“My parents have had Gracie’s for 24 years and they’ve been in the retail business for 29 years,” Bassett said. “I just grew up in the store.”
They feared COVID-19 could cut this family legacy short, but this stop for trinkets and treasures never stopped.
“Because Galveston is so close to Houston, it is one of the fourth largest cities in the country. People could drive, and they just wanted to get away from the COVID madness, so they were coming to the beach, ”Bassett said.
Her family has been so busy that they were able to expand and open a second store just down the street. But, the success here contrasts sharply with the void a few blocks away.
“From a cruise perspective, we’ve been really hurt,” Rees said. “We’ve, we’ve lost about $ 44 million in revenue in the last 16 months.”
Galveston’s biggest attraction has been docked for over a year. The companies supporting the cruise industry have also nearly sunk.
“We were still inactive and it was very hard on us,” said Jason Hayes, owner of several cruise parking lots in Galveston.
The business he built with his mother since 2003 has barely survived. He said he always saved money for rainy days and was grateful that he was able to build on that over the past year.
“We haven’t shut down our Comcast. We didn’t stop our insurance on our buses, ”said Hayes. “We continued to pay our bills. If we had known we were going to be shutting down for 16 months, you know, I probably would have sold my buses.
But this man, just like this city, lives and breathes cruising. He even got married on a boat.
“It’s what we do. It’s who we are. We’re a cruise ship parking family,” Hayes said.
This love kept her hope alive that the ships would return.
“You can feel it. It’s in the air. People are getting ready. People are calling. People are excited, ”said Hayes.
Cruises are expected to take off throughout July, with more ships docked in Galveston in the coming months.
But, this time off the cruise, travelers across the country have shown: there’s more here than just a port.
“What proves it is when you go out and see the cars and you see Oklahoma, you see Michigan, you see Kansas, you see Iowa,” Rees said of the tourists here. from different states coming just to enjoy the beach.
“Galveston is so rich in history and it’s kind of like, you know, little New Orleans, it’s got a lot of character. So, you know, there’s a lot of upside potential here, ”Rees said.
Because even when the cruises return, these families still want travelers to come and stay where they call home.
Dozens of additional cases of the worrying Indian variant were found in two coastal areas of Wales over the bank holiday weekend.
Public Health Wales has confirmed that 35 confirmed or suspected cases of the variant of concern first identified in India (VOC-21APR-02) are present in the areas of Llandudno Junction, Llandudno and Penrhyn Bay in North Wales.
It follows the discovery of 18 cases in this region on Friday, May 28, which means the total number now stands at 53. Conwy County now has the second highest Covid infection rate in the country of Wales.
Public Health Wales, Conwy County Borough Council and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are urging people living in these areas to be vigilant for symptoms of the coronavirus and to get tested as soon as possible even if they have no symptoms.
Richard Firth, health protection consultant for Public Health Wales and chair of the multi-agency incident management team, said: “This is a rapidly changing situation. Please be alert for the symptoms of the coronavirus and get tested now.
“The emergence of so many new cases of this new transmissible variant of the coronavirus in the areas of Llandudno Junction, Llandudno and Penrhyn Bay is a reminder that we must not become complacent, even though virus rates across Wales remain low .
“Speed is key. The sooner we act, the better, so please show up for tests as soon as you can. The more people with symptoms that show up, the more we will find. More people can then be referred to the Test, Trace, Protect program, allowing contact tracers to intervene to stop the spread of this variant in the area.
“If you are contacted by contact tracers, please help protect your community by being honest with them about your travels and following their instructions.
“I also urge anyone aged 39 and under to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The Besti Cadwaladr University Health Council is holding vaccination sessions for people aged 39 and under today (Wednesday) and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mass Vaccination Center in Venue Cymru, Llandudno.
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In addition to the three most common symptoms of coronavirus – a fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss / change in taste and smell – people can now be tested if they have a new list of other symptoms as well.
These are: flu-like symptoms, which are not caused by a condition known as hay fever, including some or all of: myalgia (muscle pain); excessive fatigue; persistent headaches; runny or stuffy nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and / or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing; any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test.
Current evidence is that the VOC-21APR-02 variant is at least as easy to catch as the dominant Kent variant, but it may be slightly more heritable. Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are effective against variants first identified in India after two doses.
In Wales, the number of cases of the worrying Indian variant currently stands at 58, but the number is expected to increase. The number of variant cases in Wales is reported on the Public Health Wales surveillance dashboard at 12 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
For residents without symptoms, Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests are available for collection from the mobile test unit at Ysgol Awel y Mynydd Sarn Mynach, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, LL31 9RZ. This is a walk-in center, open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.).
Anyone with symptoms should come to Conwy Business Center, Junction Way, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9XX for a PCR test. It is a walk-in center, open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.).
Norwegian Bliss is preparing to depart Juneau on June 5, 2018 (Photo by Adelyn Baxter / KTOO)
In a step towards a limited cruise season at the end of the summer, Norwegian Cruise Line has signed an agreement with the State of Alaska and several of Alaska’s port operators.
Governor Mike Dunleavy’s office on Thursday announced the agreement, which sets out a set of protocols that will guide the resumption of Norwegian cruises to Alaska. All cruise lines that wish to operate in the United States this year must enter into such agreements with American ports in order to navigate with the blessing of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Honestly, I was skeptical that this would happen, but I’m just excited that it actually happens, and we’re going to have cruise ships returning to Alaska this summer,” said John Binkley, president of Ward. . Cove Dock Group, which has a new private cruise ship dock just north of Ketchikan.
The first Norwegian ship would set sail for Alaska in early August. Week-long trips would run through the end of October and visit Ketchikan, Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park and Hoonah’s Icy Strait Point. Trips through the end of August would also include stops in Skagway.
The agreement stipulates that a Norwegian ship would pass through Southeast Alaska once a week. On Monday, the company said the 4,000-passenger Bliss would be on the route, but is listing four potential ships for its routes in Alaska, giving it some flexibility.
“We thank the State of Alaska for facilitating the development of this agreement, the first agreement to be submitted to the CDC for approval for Alaska,” said the president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Frank Del Rio, in a statement provided by the governor’s office. .
The multiport agreement aims to meet a requirement of the CDC. It lays out safety procedures to prevent COVID-19 from getting on board and outlines the Norwegian’s plan to respond to cases while traveling.
Notably, the company said it plans to sail only with fully vaccinated guests and crew and allow cruise tourists to explore port cities independently in accordance with updated CDC rules. If cases of COVID-19 occur on board, those infected and exposed will be quarantined in specially designated cabins. The agreement says they will rely on the medical facilities on board the ship to treat cases and “remove affected people from the area in accordance with applicable transport, medical care and accommodation requirements.”
The agreement also outlines procedures for port operators, including the requirement that 95% of port staff be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The CDC must approve the plan before the ships can set sail.
“Norwegian will submit the deal to the CDC this week, and the CDC has committed to a five-day deadline,” governor’s office spokeswoman Lauren Giliam said Thursday. Norwegian did not respond to requests for clarification of the deal.
On Thursday, the private dock owners of Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Hoonah signed on, as did the Alaska State Department of Health and the Hoonah City Government.
The president and CEO of Huna Totem Corporation, owner of the Icy Strait Point cruise port in Hoonah, said the deal is a model for other ports in the Southeast.
“Together with the Governor’s team, the City of Hoonah, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and the other ports, we have created a model to follow for safe operations, allowing Alaska to resume operations,” said Russell. Dick from Huna Totem in the governor’s office press release.
Local officials in other ports in the southeast say there are still details to be worked out. Ketchikan Port Manager Mark Hilson said city officials have yet to sign the deal.
“For every port community that has not signed on, there is probably some adaptation to be done and work to be done to bring it to a point where municipal entities are comfortable adopting it,” said Hilson. “But it’s progress, and it’s greatly appreciated.
The final deal will need to be approved by Ketchikan City Council. Hilson says it’s not clear whether Norwegian plans to visit the city-owned port of Ketchikan – the cruise line has a preferential mooring arrangement with the Ward Cove wharf north of the city limits – but he says the deal serves as a model for other Alaska cruise lines.
Juneau city manager Rorie Watt says he’s waiting for an updated cruise ship schedule from Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska – the company that schedules cruise ship stopovers – before signing up.
Skagway Mayor Andrew Cremata said his local assembly has yet to give the green light to the deal; he says his community was just added to the document on Wednesday. He said Skagway had “a few issues that we want to resolve”, but he didn’t think they would be a problem “once the adjustments are made”.
Cremata said earlier this year that he was concerned Skagway might not be able to meet a CDC requirement for onshore hospital space for COVID-19 patients. The cruise line executive avoids this problem – if a passenger needs to be disembarked for COVID-19 treatment, they will be sent to a Seattle hospital. But Norwegian also says its vaccination requirements make outbreaks unlikely.
The deal does not specify whether Norwegian would bypass or restrict visitors to port communities with a major COVID-19 outbreak. This has been a concern in Ketchikan, which has seen a record spread of the disease in recent weeks. Ketchikan has already missed two small cruise ship calls due to the outbreak.
Ketchikan Port Manager Hilson said he expects other lines that visit Alaska – like Princess, Holland America and Royal Caribbean – to submit their own proposals for security protocols soon.
“We expect to hear from them shortly,” he said.
Holland America and Princess have announced their intention to restart Alaska cruises at the end of July.
This story was produced as part of a collaboration between KRBD and Alaska Energy Desk.
Consumer magazine Which one? placed five of Wales’ seaside resorts in the UK’s top 20.
Each resort has been rated for quality of the beach, local attractions, scenery, peace and quiet, and value for money and the survey has been compiled with contributions from over 4,000 visitors over the past year. year.
Topping the rankings was Bamburgh in Northumberland, which was praised for its “epic” scenery with Bamburgh Castle towering above the golden sands. But the first Welsh destination, ranked fourth, was Aberaeron who scored 82% looking at the scenery and the peace and quiet on offer.
Just down the list at number 8 is St Davids, which has performed well in terms of attractions, value for money and scenery as well. Last week it was voted as one of the top tourist spots that tourists want to visit.
Surprisingly, the two best beach towns, according to Which? do not have their own beaches although there are many nearby on the north Pembrokeshire coast.
At number nine there are three Welsh seaside towns; Conwy, Criccieth and Tenby. All three got five out of five full marks for landscapes and Tenby also got full marks for his beaches.
Rory Boland, editor-in-chief of Which? Travel, said: “Our survey results show that the bigger the better, with smaller, less crowded resorts taking the top spots compared to more well-known destinations.”
Below are the top 20 cities in the UK and the worst. There is only one Welsh country on the lowest score list and that is Colwyn Bay.
It’s no surprise that the Welsh coast has some of the best places to stay and, if you’ve vacationed here, you’ll recognize some of them.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on Tuesday announced a donation of $ 10 million to six Alaska port cities: Ketchikan, Juneau, Hoonah, Sitka, Skagway and Seward.
In a written announcement, the company said it was making the donation offers directly to each port community to provide humanitarian aid following the suspension of ongoing cruises.
“My heart breaks for Alaska and its wonderful people as we face a potential second year without any cruise operations during the all-important summer tourist season, dealing another blow to Alaska’s tourism economy. “CEO Frank Del Rio said in the statement. “Alaska is one of our customers’ most popular cruise destinations and we are doing everything in our power to safely resume our operations in the United States, which will provide much needed relief for families,” communities and small businesses that depend on cruise tourism for their livelihood. “
The announcement did not include specific dollar figures for each community, and a representative for the company could not be immediately reached for comment.
But the Sitka Assembly took action last week to accept a $ 1 million offer. And Juneau city manager Rorie Watt said the capital will be offered $ 2 million.
“I take it just as a sincere, good faith effort to try to be of service,” Watt said. “You know, I think that has very good symbolic value for them as well.”
Watt said NCL officials began discussing donations with him in the fall, long before news broke that some residents were trying to limit cruise ship traffic to Juneau through voting initiatives.
Watt said there were no conditions, but the Juneau Assembly will have the final say on whether the money is accepted.
The cruise industry as a whole has been for the most part unable to navigate during the pandemic. But outside of the pandemic, NCL has made significant infrastructure investments in Southeast Alaska, including in Hoonah, Ketchikan and Juneau.
“You know, they definitely have a long-term view. They are trying to develop a system, ”Watt said.
The holding company operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
The company said it was working as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s process to resume cruises by July 4. She said mandatory vaccinations of all guests and crew are a cornerstone of her plan.