Shows how countries and international agencies can better prepare for natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, floods, and drought.
Author: Daniel J. Clarke
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In recent years, typhoons have struck the Philippines and Vanuatu; earthquakes have rocked Haiti, Pakistan, and Nepal; floods have swept through Pakistan and Mozambique; droughts have hit Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia; and more. All led to loss of life and loss of livelihoods, and recovery will take years. One of the likely effects of climate change is to increase the likelihood of the type of extreme weather events that seems to cause these disasters. But do extreme events have to turn into disasters with huge loss of life and suffering? Dull Disasters? harnesses lessons from finance, political science, economics, psychology, and the natural sciences to show how countries and their partners can be far better prepared to deal with disasters. The insights can lead to practical ways in which governments, civil society, private firms, and international organizations can work together to reduce the risks to people and economies when a disaster looms. Responses to disasters then become less emotional, less political, less headline-grabbing, and more business as usual and effective. The book takes the reader through a range of solutions that have been implemented around the world to respond to disasters. It gives an overview of the evidence on what works and what doesn't and it examines the crucial issue of disaster risk financing. Building on the latest evidence, it presents a set of lessons and principles to guide future thinking, research, and practice in this area.
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Author: Stefan Dercon
Economic losses from disasters are now reaching an average of US$250-$300 billion a year. In the last 20 years, more than 530,000 people died as a direct result of extreme weather events; millions more were seriously injured. Most of the deaths and serious injuries were in developing countries. Meanwhile, highly infectious diseases will continue to emerge or re-emerge, and natural hazards will not disappear. But these extreme events do not need to turn into large-scale disasters. Better and faster responses are possible. The authors contend that even though there is much generosity in the world to support the responses to and recovery from natural disasters, the current funding model, based on mobilizing financial resources after disasters take place, is flawed and makes responses late, fragmented, unreliable, and poorly targeted, while providing poor incentives for preparedness or risk reduction. The way forward centres around reforming the funding model for disasters, moving towards plans with simple rules for early action and that are locked in before disasters through credible funding strategies-all while resisting the allure of post-disaster discretionary funding and the threat it poses for those seeking to ensure that disasters have a less severe impact. This work was published by Saint Philip Street Press pursuant to a Creative Commons license permitting commercial use. All rights not granted by the work's license are retained by the author or authors.
“Social Protection and Disaster Risk Management in the Philippines: The Case of
Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). ... Washington, DC: World Bank. Dercon, S., and D.
Clarke. 2016. Dull Disasters? How Planning Ahead Will Make a Difference.
Author: The World Bank
Publisher: World Bank Publications
Category: Social Science
The State of Social Safety Nets 2018 Report examines global trends in the social safety net/social assistance coverage, spending, and program performance based on the World Bank Atlas of Social Protection Indicators of Resilience and Equity (ASPIRE) updated database. The report documents the main social safety net programs that exist globally and their use to alleviate poverty and to build shared prosperity. The 2018 report expands on the 2015 edition, both in administrative and household survey data coverage. A distinct mark of this report is that, for the first time, it tells the story of what happens with SSN/SA programs spending and coverage over time, when the data allow us to do so. This 2018 edition also features two special themes †“ Social Assistance and Ageing, focusing on the role of old-age social pensions, and Adaptive Social Protection, focusing on what makes SSN systems/programs adaptive to various shocks.
Researchers have found symptoms in those who watch news reports or videos
about terrorism , war , and natural disasters . So if you were glued to your
television set watching the footage of the events of September 11 or some other disaster ...
Author: Doreen Virtue
Publisher: Hay House Incorporated
Category: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
Difficult relationships and challenging situations all come down to one thing: drama. In this groundbreaking book,Doreen Virtue guides you through the process of determining what your Drama Quotient is. You will learn how much you are unnecessarily tolerating and absorbing from other people and situations. Doreen highlights the difference between detaching from drama and being compassionate and helpful, and she shows you how to: Deal with relatives, friends, and co-workers who are addicted to drama Assess your own level of drama addiction Stop attracting and creating negativity in your life Go on an overall Drama Detox to clear away negativity, and let your light shine through!
In spite of Percy's assurance otherwise, the days are a succession of dull disasters. I have lived most of my life as a devotee of the philosophy that a man
should not see two sevens in one day, but most mornings Lockwood sends
Sinclair in to ...
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Category: Young Adult Fiction
A Kirkus Prize nominee and Stonewall Honor winner with 5 starred reviews! A New York Times bestseller! Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR and the New York Public Library! "The queer teen historical you didn’t know was missing from your life.”—Teen Vogue "A stunning powerhouse of a story."—School Library Journal "A gleeful romp through history."—ALA Booklist A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee—Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s. Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores. Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love. Don't miss Felicity's adventures in The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, the highly anticipated sequel!
There are few library employees who have time to devote to disaster planning.
Moreover, many employees admit that they find planning and any training
associated with it to be onerous and dull. Thus it is no surprise that so many
libraries lack ...
Author: Guy Robertson
Category: Business & Economics
Libraries are constantly at risk. Every day, many libraries and their collections are damaged by fire, flooding, high winds, power outages, and criminal behaviour. Every library needs a plan to protect its staff, sites and collections, including yours. Disaster Planning for Libraries provides a practical guide to developing a comprehensive plan for any library. Twelve chapters cover essential areas of plan development; these include an overview of the risks faced by libraries, disaster preparedness and responding to disasters, resuming operations after a disaster and assessing damage, declaring disaster and managing a crisis, cleaning up and management after a disaster and normalizing relations, staff training, testing disaster plans, and the in-house planning champion. Provides a practical approach to developing a comprehensive plan for any library, big or small Supplements technical information with interviews and case studies Includes appendices covering pandemic management, moisture control, and library security
... Haviland china plates, stray sterling silver forks and spoons in a sweetheart
pattern, veiled velvet hats, pearl-handled opera glasses, a garnet good-luck ring,
a high school graduation watch rendered delicately in gold gone dull with age.
Author: Nancy Spiller
In print, FW, the unnamed freelance Food Writer of Nancy Spillers sardonic debut novel, Entertaining Disasters, lives high on the food chain in the heady realm of L.A.s culinary journalism scene. She waxes poetic about her hip home gatherings, thinly veiling the identities of her Hollywood guest list. But in reality, FWs been inventing the dinner parties she writes about because social paralysis sets in at the very thought of a real guest in her fabulous—or is it shabby?—hillside home. Enter the glossy food magazine editor, new in town, who wants an invitation to one of her bashes, and the panic-stricken journey from fantasy hostess to reality bites is on. Entertaining Disasters—at turns whimsical and deeply affecting—chronicles the struggle FW faces in the week before she hosts her first real dinner party in ages. At the same time, her estranged sister threatens to drop by, her husband takes off, and her house implodes. In the way of Nora Ephrons Heartburn, Spillers book is filled with the fabulous culinary lore and delicious-sounding recipes that have made FWs writing such popular foodie mania. Now all she has to do is somehow bring this fantasy world into workaday reality.
... rare occasions when we were turning the incredibly significant into the
interesting—we cover many stories that are incredibly significant but they are dull
—this was realising something was incredibly significant and making it
interesting at the ...
Author: Suzanne Franks
Category: Social Science
The media reporting of the Ethiopian Famine in 1984-5 was an iconic news event. It is widely believed to have had an unprecedented impact, challenging perceptions of Africa and mobilising public opinion and philanthropic action in a dramatic new way. The contemporary international configuration of aid, media pressure, and official policy is still directly affected and sometimes distorted by what was--as this narrative shows--also an inaccurate and misleading story. In popular memory, the reporting of Ethiopia and the resulting humanitarian intervention were a great success. Yet alternative interpretations give a radically different picture of misleading journalism and an aid effort which did more harm than good. Using privileged access to BBC and Government archives, Reporting Disasters examines and reveals the internal factors which drove BBC news and offers a rare case study of how the media can affect public opinion and policymaking. It constructs the process that accounts for the immensity of the news event, following the response at the heart of government to the pressure of public opinion. And it shows that while the reporting and the altruistic festival that it produced triggered remarkable and identifiable changes, the on-going impact was not what the conventional account claims it to have been.
In it she caricatures both Gloria Swanson andNorma Desmond, adding theonly
charm to this dull disaster. (Swanson to a fellow passenger on the illfated 747: “
Young man, you thinkthisthing won't fly? In1917 I was flyingin somethingwilder ...
Author: Sam Staggs
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Performing Arts
Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, a classic film noir and also a damning dissection of the Hollywood dream factory, evokes the glamour and ruin of the stars who subsist on that dream. It's also one long in-joke about the movie industry and those who made it great-and who were, in turn, destroyed by it. One of the most critically admired films of the twentieth century, Sunset Boulevard is also famous as silent star Gloria Swanson's comeback picture. Sam Staggs's Close-Up On Sunset Boulevard tells the story of this extravagant work, from the writing, casting and filming to the disastrous previews that made Paramount consider shelving it. It's about the writing team of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett-sardonically called "the happiest couple in Hollywood"-and their raucous professional relationship. It's about the art direction and the sets, the costumes, the props, the lights and the cameras, and the personalities who used those tools to create a cinematic work of art. Staggs goes behind the scenes to reveal: William Holden, endlessly attacked by his bitter wife and already drinking too much; Nancy Olson, the cheerful ingenue who had never heard of the great Gloria Swanson; the dark genius Erich von Stroheim; the once famous but long-forgotten "Waxworks"; and of course Swanson herself, who-just like Norma Desmond-had once been "the greatest star of them all." But the story of Sunset Boulevard doesn't end with the movie's success and acclaim at its release in 1950. There's much more, and Staggs layers this stylish book with fascinating detail, following the actors and Wilder into their post-Sunset careers and revealing Gloria Swanson's never-ending struggle to free herself from the clutches of Norma Desmond. Close-Up On Sunset Boulevard also chronicles the making of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical production of Sunset Boulevard and the explosive diva controversies that dogged it. The book ends with a shocking example of Hollywood life imitating Hollywood art. By the last page of this rich narrative, readers will conclude: We are those "wonderful people out there in the dark."
THE MORNING AFTER THE DISASTER - WORK OF THE STORM ON THE “
PLAINS ” - INCIDENTS — WHAT THEY THOUGHT . CATURDAY does not dawn
with the accustomed brightD ness of these beautiful summer days ; a dull mist ...
Disaster! In those days, it was believed that the major cause of a miscarriage was
either witchcraft or discontent among the ubiquitous ancestral spirits. Therefore,
after the series of miscarriages, Nasedde had summoned Mugabi and ordered ...
Author: Katherine Namuddu
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Today one hears harrowing stories in Uganda about how hard it has become for rural families to get their children and especially daughters, through the primary school years successfully. It would appear that there are enormous difficulties in getting children to master the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, let alone to learn and apply the basics of personal hygiene, an acceptable work ethic and respect for individuals and institutions. In a spirit of wishing to demonstrate how some rural parents used to pursue and accomplish successfully an education for their children, this book tells the story of how Ntaanya negotiated her 12-year passage through various home and modern schools in a rural village in 1950s. All the stories in this short book are based on actual events spanning a twelve year period generally corresponding to the period when I was growing up in a rural village. The book attempts to show that perhaps the modern school is paying far too much attention to the mechanics of school learning and in the processes it is eroding the complementary work of a variety of traditional learning agencies that in the past, not only provided a child with their first mental and practical curriculum but also greatly supported and consolidated the skills taught in the modern school. While the book does not deal directly with the curriculum of the modern school, it pays a great deal of attention to describing what a young girl learned from the cultural and home environment right from very early childhood. Starting with the processes of naming a girl child, the foundational lessons for a childs identity were laid. Sometimes the lessons were accidental as when Muzeeyi and Mugabis baby daughter ends up receiving a name Ntaanya meaning trouble - when the woman from whom she must inherit the name is already in trouble and has been ostracized by her family, and therefore can never be a positive role model for Ntaanya. Muzeeyi is made aware of this when she introduces Ntaanya to Nasedde, Muzeeyis father-in-law. At other times the lessons are subtle and not actually meant for the child. For example, weaning a toddler would seem like a simple and straightforward matter but it is not so for Muzeeyi who had previously suffered nine miscarriages before Ntaanya came along. The village matriarch and respected traditional birth attendant Zakuzza sees clearly a future problem a child that gets spoilt by an over protective mother and her foster children that are eager to please. Zakuzza speaks her mind and Muzeeyi and Mugabi must obey a village elder. They take action immediately by removing Ntaanya from their home to her maternal grandmothers residence located some fifteen miles away, where a well functioning weaning school has been operating for many years. The wisdom and psychology of weaning away from home is amply demonstrated by Digondas handling of Ntaanya. Digonda knows that the first step of removing the breast as the focal locus of getting a child spoilt has been achieved by distance. Therefore, Digonda continues to provide Ntaanya with all the other elements of any childs expectations as the center of attention. Yet during this period, Digonda ensures that Ntaanya starts on her learning to shape her character, to consolidate her identity and to learn to participate in all the chores and activities that support a thriving household and its industry, including learning to fetch water and preparing herbal medicines, which is Digondas specialization. Importantly Ntaanyas need to play is neither ignored nor taken for granted. As a matter of fact it is emphasized but in a very practical way where Ntaanya learns how to make her own dolls and play cows with the assistance of Digonda and older children in the household. In addition, Ntaanya goes out exploring with the other older children including participating in the harvesting ter
It being night, few saw the storm clouds approaching, but there were witnesses
who saw a pearshaped cloud of a dull red. The characteristic sounds of a tornado
accompanied the winds. Roofs were carried away for 500 feet. A cluster of old ...
Author: Betty Ann Smiddy
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Cincinnati's Great Disasters explores catastrophes from 1905 to 1937, featuring floods, tornadoes, fires, explosions, winter storms, and crashes. Although tragic, disasters became popular postcard subjects in the early 1900s, with many of these photograph postcards being taken by professional photographers. The postcards documenting the 1907 and 1913 floods make up the bulk of this book, as these disasters dramatically affected Cincinnatians' lives and led to innovative flood prevention planning and health initiatives. Flooding ultimately determined where businesses and residences were located in the city and was a driving force behind urban renewal of the riverfront.
The pain becomes a dull ache that leaves within a few days or weeks. We don't
generally keep contact with the family, and the loss is not our own. The loss is not
our own. Then why did I feel such grief? This pain was searing and knifelike, the
Author: Jan Blackburn
Publisher: Inspiring Voices
Jan Blackburn grew up watching Harriet Nelson, June Cleaver, and Marion Cunningham. These women, who joyfully cleaned their houses in pantyhose and heels, embodied the characteristics of the wife and mother Jan believed she would become one day. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, Jan thinks she may have been misinformed. Unlike her television heroines of the fifties, she is perpetually late, constantly dieting, and always busy; she cannot remember the last time she enjoyed a bubble bath. Luckily, she is not alone. Apparently millions of parents never received a complimentary instruction manual with their little bundles of joy either. Covering a span of more than twenty years, Jan offers a humorous and sometimes poignant look at the joys and sorrows of parenting while comparing a simpler time with the realities of todays world. As she reveals her secret battles with culinary mishaps, dieting, and parenting her children through changing times, Jan helps women realize that we are all in this together, even as Mom-isms, school fundraisers, and guts that leave an eighteen-hour girdle quaking in its Spandex begin to take over our lives. Motherhood and Other Natural Disasters shares one womans journey through the mythical, magical mystery of motherhood, proving that none of us are alone as we navigate through the roller coaster ride called parenting.
Things were never dull on the United DC-8 program, and as I look back, I wonder
how I survived such a mess. On another flight check that I observed, the pilot
crossed the approach end of the runway at a dangerously high speed; forty knots
Author: Rodney Stich
Publisher: Silverpeak Enterprises
History of forewarned and preventable aviation disasters that were caused or allowed to occur by politics, incompetence, and hard corruption. Authored by former federal airline safety inspector-investigator, airline captain, and Navy patrol plane commander. Further information at www.defraudingamerica.com.
Oh ! don ' t look so wretched ! you know people always go through all kinds of disaster before they marry , and live very happy to the end of their lives . Oh ,
Conny , do not cry ; it ' s only some mistake ! ” But Constance was crying
The songs themselves would be arranged either by academic genres ( Child
ballads , British broadsides , American and Canadian ballads , local songs ) or by
theme ( love , murder , war , disaster , humour , etc. ) , and there would be
Author: Edward D. Ives
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Leading folklorist Edward "Sandy" Ives illuminates the process of gathering songs, learning about their singers, and discovering their histories in this candid and revealing account. The folksongs in this collection are embedded in the cultural history of Prince Edward Island and in the rich, Celtic-influenced, local songmaking tradition.
... had more disasters of late , dreary dull disasters , that have brought her to the
point of making up her mind — always her chief difficulty , I judge . She had
decided to write to Channon when she saw me ; and she's one who likes talking
And now she's getting old, though she isn't in years any older than Channon, I
suppose; and she has had more disasters of late, dreary dull disasters, that have
brought her to the point of making up her mind – always her chief difficulty, I
... poet wrote something else . I feel that in the final count the poet can't also be ,
for example , the novelist . He runs too much risk of missing the single target , let
alone two . For me , Hardy's novels are the dull disasters of perhaps the greatest
In such circumstances no wonder the failures outnumber the successes - that for
every such masterpiece as Lord Houghton ' s Life of Keats or Gilchrist ' s Life of
Blake one has a dozen dull disasters by some John Forster or other . All this ...