North Carolina’s tourism industry generated $20 billion last year alone, and a new report predicts natural disasters, largely brought on by extreme weather, would threaten that revenue.The report, States at Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card, gives the state a grade of “B+” when it comes to climate threats.While the state performs better than most neighboring states, Dr. Gregory Characklis, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, says it’s important to stay ahead of the threats, which include the problem of drought.“We have an opportunity now to try and put in place policies that are going to allow us to manage the next drought well because if we’re making decisions in the heat of the moment while we’re in crisis, odds are we might not make the best decisions,” he says.North Carolina also gets low marks for preparedness against coastal flooding. The analysis estimates 120,000 people live in at-risk areas. That number is expected to increase by more than 30 percent by 2050. In addition, the number of heat wave days are expected to quadruple by 2050.The state did receive recognition for conducting an assessment of sea level rise vulnerability and having a plan to address climate change, although the report notes there is little evidence the plan has been implemented.Characklis says the state has started to develop models of who is using water and where, because while the southeast has historically had ample water supply, it’s not something that should be taken for granted in the coming years.“We’ve got a growing population in this state, a growing economy. So, demand is rising, while our supply is relatively fixed,” explains Characklis. “So, periods of water scarcity, where there is not enough supply to meet demand, are going to come regardless of climate change. But climate change could certainly make things much worse.”Nationwide, extreme weather events are taking their toll. Since the 1980s, the annual number of disasters with damages exceeding $1 billion has nearly tripled.
Share This!Brand new for this year’s holiday season at the Downtown Disney District in the Disneyland Resort is a new eclectic light display! This new display is called “Let It Glow” and will feature bright, bold, colorful trees that will debut on November 22.This vibrant showcase features 200 UV glow trees and a distinctive new seasonal look for both day and night. The solid-colored trees will feature fluorescent shades of blue, green, yellow, orange and pink and will vary in size, with the tallest measuring approximately 15 feet, and the smallest at four feet.Unlike traditional Christmas trees, there won’t be ornaments adorning these trees. There will be more than 70 glow rings that adorn the ficus trees throughout Downtown Disney District however, adding to the neon elements at night.More than 10,000 individual plants and 30 topiaries will live around the trees to further enhance the planters, complemented by 24 hanging baskets filled with poinsettias, cyclamen and dusty miller.The “Let it Glow” display will be available through January 5, 2020.
20 August 2007While the Springboks will be representing South Africa at the Rugby World Cup there will be many other players with South African connections, turning out for other countries, in France in September.Not surprisingly, minnows Namibia, SA’s neighbour, is most heavily influenced by South Africa, but even some of the powerhouses of world rugby contain some SA influence.EnglandCape Town-born Stuart Abbott, who enjoyed World Cup success with defending champions England in 2003, is one of three centres in the 30-man squad. He qualified to play for his adopted country because his mother is English.A product of Diocesan College, widely known as Bishops, he studied economics at Stellenbosch University. Later, he played rugby for Northern Free State, Western Province, the Stormers, and SA under-23.Alongside Abbott, veteran Mike Catt, with 71 caps to his name, has been chosen as one of three flyhalves. Like Abbott, Catt was part of England’s World Cup winning squad, and qualified to play for the team because he has an English mother.Catt was born in Port Elizabeth and attended Grey High School, which is recognised as being amongst the finest schools’ sporting nurseries in South Africa. He earned provincial under-21 honours for Eastern Province, but was struggling to crack the senior provincial side when he went on holiday to England.While there, he took part in some training sessions with Bath and suddenly he had a new home, turning out for the English club. It wasn’t long before he progressed from club rugby to international rugby.In the pack, former Kearsney College schoolboy Matt Stevens, who respresented South Africa at junior level, will serve as cover at both loosehead and tighthead prop.AustraliaLike Stuart Abbott, Wallabies’ lock Daniel Vickerman attended school at Bishops in Cape Town.He represented South Africa at the Sanzar/UAR under-21 Championships in Argentina in 1999, playing in a team captained by SA’s World Cup captain John Smit.South Africa won the tournament, which also included New Zealand, Ireland, Argentina, England, Australia, and Wales.The New Zealand team they beat in the final included, among others, Doug Howlett, Aaron Mauger, Nathan Mauger, Rico Gear, Chris Jack, Andrew Hore, and Carl Hayman. Some of the South Africans included Jaco van der Westhuysen, Lawrence Sephaka, Gerrie Britz, Wylie Human, Wayne Julies, Frikkie Welsh, and Johan Roets.Eric Sauls coached the South African side while the assistant coach was Jake White, the current Springbok coach.Vickerman qualified to play for the Wallabies by serving a qualification period after moving Down Under. He played for Australia under-21 and Australia A before making his debut for the Wallabies against France in 2002. He has since gone on to play nearly 50 tests for his adopted country.New ZealandAlthough New Zealand’s All Blacks do not have a South African-born player in their World Cup squad, there is a South African connection. Greg Somerville attended Dale College in King Williams Town as an exchange student in 1995.A key member of the Crusaders and the All Blacks, he has represented New Zealand in 55 tests.FranceThe World Cup hosts, France, have included Pieter de Villiers in their line-up. A 63-test veteran, he attended Stellenbosch University for whom he turned out at tighthead prop.Although he is a French international, De Villiers carries both French and South African passports.ItalyDurban-born Roland de Marigny will turn out for Italy at the World Cup. A product of Westville Boys High, he played Super 12 rugby for the Sharks and the Bulls.In 2000/01 he moved to Italy to play for Overmach Parma. After spending more than five years playing in the Italian league he qualified to play for Italy and made his debut in the 2004 Six Nations Championship against England.He currently plays his club rugby for Cammi Calvisano.Ulster lock Carlo Del Fava was also selected for Italy, but injured a knee in training camp, which has forced him out of the World Cup.He was born in Umtata, but his family moved to Durban while he was young. He attended Queens College and played rugby for the Natal Sharks.Del Fava qualified to play for Italy because of his Italian father and made his debut in the 2004 Six Nations Championship against Wales in Cardiff.USAThe USA, who will face the Springboks in the World Cup on 30 September in Montpellier, has four players with South African connections.Centre Phillip Eloff was born in Thabazimbi and is nicknamed “Thabu” by his teammates. His childhood rugby hero was the legendary Springbok centre Danie Gerber.He’ll be playing in his second World Cup, having turned out for the Eagles four years ago in Australia. Eloff was a try scorer in the USA’s 39-26 win over Japan, which saw the Americans snap a string of 10 losses in succession at the World Cup.Chad Erskine was born in Pietermaritzburg and matriculated from Maritzburg College in 1998. A scrumhalf, he represented South Africa at under-21 level and played polo for SA at schoolboy level.Erskine made his US Eagles debut in August 2006 against Canada.Like Erskine, Owen Lentz, who was born in King Williams Town, also played for South Africa at under-21 level. Although he is a hooker, Eagles’ coach Peter Thorburn likes Lentz’s versatility so much that he has said he may use the player at flank too.Lentz played Currie Cup rugby for Border and Eastern Province from 1999 to 2001 and for SA under-21 in 2001.And just to show that front rowers are not all macho men with rough edges, Lentz is an art teacher.Although Francois Viljoen was born in Oakland, California, he grew up in South Africa. He played under-13 rugby for Natal and for the Blue Bulls under-21 team.Viljoen attended Pretoria University, a rugby powerhouse, and, like Phillip Eloff, says Danie Gerber was his childhood rugby hero. The player he respected the most was Andre Joubert, the Springbok World Cup winning fullback, who played in the 1995 final with a broken hand.Viljoen is a Bulls’ Super 14 supporter, so this season’s competition must have brought him a lot of pleasure as the Bulls became the first South African winners of the southern hemisphere showpiece. Not surprisingly, he lists Loftus Versfeld as his favourite ground.CanadaJust north of the USA, Canada has named two players with South African connections in its World Cup squad. Nick Trenkel was born in Randburg, but moved north as a youngster.A centre, he played for British Columbia at under-16, under-17, and under-18 levels, captaining the under-18 team to the national title in 2004.In 2006, he returned to South Africa to attend the Rugby Performance Academy in Cape Town.DTH van der Merwe, a versatile backline player, who covers a number of positions, is also South African-born.He played for Boland at under-16 level before his family emigrated in 2003, moving to Regina. He then turned out for Saskatchewan at under-18 and under-21 levels. Later, in 2005, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia.NamibiaThat leaves Namibia’s team, which was recently humbled 105-13 by the Springboks. There are plenty of Welwitschias’ players who have spent most of their rugby-playing lives in South Africa.Namibian captain Kees Lensing played for his country in the 2003 World Cup. He has played Super 14 rugby for the Bulls and the Sharks, and also had a stint with Leeds in the UK.Although he has played little for the Sharks this year, the chances are that he would have played for the Springboks in years gone by had he not turned out for Namibia.Loose forward Jacques Burger, a product of Windhoek High School, plays for Griquas. He has represented his country at Craven Week and under-19 level, as well as playing for Free State under-19.Centre Piet van Zyl and prop Jane du Toit are with the Boland Cavaliers, eighthman Jacques Niewenhuis is with the Falcons, while Marius Visser and Hugo Horn play for the Border Bulldogs.Sharks’ hooker Skipper Badenhorst was also chosen for the World Cup, but he chose to retire from the international game, citing family commitments.Tinus du Plessis and Nico Esterhuyse play club rugby for Stellenbosch University, Johannes Redelinghuys is with Kimberley Tech, the same club Jacques Burger belongs to, and Lu-Wayne Botes plays for Johannesburg University.So, there are 27 players, apart from the Springboks, with South African connections who will be in action at the World Cup.Some are distant connections, such as Greg Somerville and Nick Trenkel, while others, like many of the Namibians, play their rugby in South Africa.Two of the 27, Carlo Del Fava and Skipper Badenhorst, were selected to play in the World Cup but won’t be traveling to France due to injury and retirement respectively. 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It’s been a little over 12 years since I last put on the uniform of a U.S. Navy Sailor and stepped off a military installation for the last time, but still remember vividly the immediate weeks after my separation. Over the course of several articles I’ll be talking more specifics about tips and tricks I’ve learned over the 12 years to share my knowledge and experience in hoping this helps other veterans transition into the workforce, but I want to start off with a list of the top 10 things that hit me in those weeks. For some background, I enlisted as an Electronics Technician and served a little over four years in that capacity repairing electronic communication equipment. I thought I would always be a techie, and serve a long and full military career retiring after 20 years. Life flipped upside down and after having a back injury and I could no longer serve, so I got out unexpectedly a little after 4 years of service. I learned about the human resources profession towards the end of my career, so I wanted to focus on an HR career once I got out. In addition to learning that swearing like a Sailor in the civilian sector is frowned upon (especially being in HR!), here are the top 10 things that struck me:1. Finding a job post military is hard. Resume building, cover letters, online applications, job profiles, social media, networking, interviewing, skills assessments; all very time consuming and confusing to anyone not use to it.2. Military trade skills don’t always translate to the civilian sector. Military soft skills – leadership, grit, determination, perseverance, and honor do — regardless of job.3. Bills can be expensive and add up. Uncle Sam paid for three square meals a day and a roof over my head along with an annual allowance for uniforms. It’s a shocker once you get out, unemployed and have bills to pay. Financial management and education is key – go out and learn everything you can about money management.4. Health insurance isn’t free. Again, I use to go anytime and anywhere I wanted. Not the case as a civilian. What’s a deductible and dental insurance has maximum annual limits?!5. No one is responsible for your career, your financial future, or your success but you.6. Exploratory interviews are useful. Back to point #2; a lot of skills don’t transfer. Seek careers that interest you, and talk to people who are in them to learn more.7. Networking is vital. It can be virtual (think phone calls, skype and social media) or in person. The best $3 investment you can make is treating someone to coffee to learn about them & their job.8. Careers aren’t laid out. In the military you know you go from enlisted ranks E1 thru E9, or officers O1 thru O10. Other than some government employees (on the GS scales for example), careers aren’t laid out as cleanly in most organizations. The bad news is there’s no clear path for you. The good news is you can create your own.9. Workplace mentality goes from collaborative, comradery and mission-based with a higher purpose (service and protection of Country) in the military, towards individualistic and competitive in the private sector. Not that people aren’t collaborative in the civilian sector, but it’s a different mindset. SHRM’s Director of Social Engagement and veteran Andrew Morton write’s a good piece here on SHRM about going from “We Will to At-Will employment”.10. There’s no structure. I wore a uniform and shiny black boots every day for over 1,500 days, knew what time my meals were and what I needed to do every hour of the day. When you get out; you have plenty of choices, have to dress yourself (preferably with a different shirt every day!) and figure out how to structure your day. Again, Andrew wrote an excellent piece with one of my favorite video clips about lessons learned from the cereal aisle. I can only imagine how career veterans feel.11. Bonus one! Leverage and take advantage of your experience with relocation. If you aren’t tied to a location once you get out, continue to move. It’s hard for many to even move 20 miles for a new job. Your experience and familiarity with relocation will many more doors for you. So there you have it. Some big eye openers once I got out of the military and some things to look out for if you are a transitioning veteran. If you are a hiring manager or HR specialist looking to hire a veteran, keep these things in mind as you can help ease this transition.
New Delhi, Sep 18 (PTI) Zee Entertainment Enterprise (ZEEL) today said it has completed two-step sale of its sport business, TEN Sports Network, to Sony Pictures and received USD 36.32 million (about Rs 232 crore) in the second phase.In August last year, ZEEL had announced it would sell its sports channel Ten Sports to Sony Pictures Networks for USD 385 million in an all cash deal.The company and Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI) has “mutually concluded closure of transaction upon receipt of remittance of consideration of USD 36.32 million from SPNI”, the company said in a BSE filing.ZEEL had in February completed the first phase of the sale for USD 330 million.”The adjustment of the consideration amount interalia is mainly consequent to retention of a lease hold immovable property at Dubai by Taj Tv Ltd, Mauritius and certain working capital adjustments of the sports business as per the agreement,” ZEEL said.ZEEL had bought Ten Sports from Dubai-based Abdul Rahman Bukhatirs Taj Group in 2006.The stock was trading 2.15 up at Rs 544.80 on BSE. PTI PRJ MR