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Drought Continues.

first_imgThe temperature outlook for January through March 2000 is for an increased probability of above normal temperatures statewide. North of a Blakely to Sylvania line the outlook is for a 58 percent probability of above normal, a 33 percent probability of normal, and a 9 percent probability of below normal temperatures. South of this line, the outlook is for a 48 percent probability of above normal, a 33 percent probability of normal, and a 19 percent probability of below normal temperatures.Take Precautions The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that La Nina gained in strength during November and shows no signs of weakening. National Center for Environmental Prediction’s computer models are indicating that the current La Nina event could continue through the middle of the year 2000. Thus the drought is expected to continue.Outlook Dry The climate outlooks are based on averages and are not day-to-day weather forecasts. While the winter may have above normal average temperatures, Georgia will still experience cold weather. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Normal wintertime precautions for cold should still be performed. Plants and animals that are subject to cold should still be given the proper protection. Without a normal late fall hardening period, some plants will be more prone to cold damage. This is especially true of plants that have not gone fully dormant for the winter. The January through March 2000 climate outlook from CPC is for a northwest to southeast increased probability of below normal precipitation across Georgia. Specifically, the outlook is for a 48 percent chance of below normal, a 33 percent chance of normal, and only a 19 percent chance of above normal precipitation south of an Augusta to Thomasville line. Northwest of a Clayton to La Grange line, probabilities are for equal chances of below normal, normal or above normal precipitation.center_img The drought that has gripped Georgia since late spring 1998 will continue well into 2000. Majorconcerns during early 2000 will be an increased risk of wildfires and the lack of moisture torecharge groundwater, farm ponds and reservoirs. The lack of rain is adding to concerns aboutspring and summer soil moisture supplies. Without adequate recharge during the winter and earlyspring, soil moisture will be in short supply during the 2000 growing season. Currently, the greatest concern is in south and central Georgia. However, north Georgia is alsodry. Conditions need to be closely monitored.La Nina PatternThe continuation of the drought is related to La Nina. La Nina is an abnormal cooling of the surface water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The world’s oceans and the atmosphere interact. The abnormally cool equatorial Pacific waters influence the position of upper air wind patterns (jet streams). The upper air wind patterns are the driving currents for weather during a La Nina winter. The La Nina pattern usually brings less storminess and less precipitation across most of the southeastern United States. The wintertime precipitation outlooks are also based on averages and are not day-to-dayforecasts. Even while the drought continues, Georgia will continue to have rainfall. Areas that areprone to flood are still at risk, even during a drought. Proper precautions, including floodinsurance, need to continue.last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Lost Hiker Found on Foothills Trail

first_img“Bears are NOT Billboards!” HAB said in a Facebook post. “HAB is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the person(s) responsible for putting this political sticker on this beautiful bear who has already been trapped, tranquilized, and collared unnecessarily.” Courthouse Creek Road on North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest is temporarily closed to motorized use until December 31, 2020. Non-motorized use is allowed. The road is closed due to active timber operations involving the use of heavy equipment and large trucks in the area. The closure helps to ensure the safety of forest visitors. Hikers and bikers are asked to be aware of increased truck traffic.  Building rock cairns or flipping over stones in creeks to search for salamanders may seem like a fun way to spend the day, but naturalists want to remind the public that rock cairns aren’t art and flipping or moving rocks in waterways disturbs the habitat of aquatic creatures. “The avoided deaths are valued at more than $37 trillion. The avoided health care spending due to reduced hospitalizations and emergency room visits exceeds $37 billion, and the increased labor productivity is valued at more than $75 billion,” Drew Shindell, a professor at Duke, told lawmakers.  Virginia teens embark on 21-mile hike to raise money for childhood cancer research Rock stacking is of particular concern to the Hellbender salamander, which lives in silt-free mountain streams. These threatened salamanders are the largest in the United States and are nocturnal, spending most of their day hiding beneath rocks. To learn more about the Hellbender and the negative effects of rock stacking, check out this 10 minute documentary.  Two North Carolina catfish state records broken in July Photo: Headwaters of the Chattooga River in the dense forests of the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina courtesy of Getty Images by mtilghma Catfish anglers in the Tarheel state had an impressive month after two of them caught record catfish, breaking state records. On July 5, Joey Baird of Lawrenceville, VA caught a 121-pound, 9-ounce blue catfish from Six Pound Creek at Lake Gaston. Just 15 days later, Tyler Barnes of Pikeville, NC broke the 15-year-old freshwater fish state record for a flathead catfish, reeling in a 78-pound, 14-ounce fish from the Neuse River.  Reward offered for information on who put ‘Trump 2020’ on Asheville bear Clean water activist and adventurer, Katie Spotz, will run through the entire state of Maine to raise funds for non-profit Lifewater International in their global mission to ensure every child has safe water. On September 5, Spotz will begin her run at the Canadian border, running south until she reaches Belfast, Maine—an anticipated 30-36 hours of non-stop running. She will be the first person ever to complete the 130-mile journey. The distance represents 10% of the total distance someone in a village without water travels annually to access a water source that is often not clean or sanitary. “Partners like Katie make this life-changing work possible,” said Gary Weyel, Lifewater Director of Communications. “Because of her efforts, vulnerable families in very remote regions of Tanzania will have clean water, improved health, and hope for the future.”  Three 14-year-old teenagers from Virginia are hitting the trail for a good cause. Lifelong friends Joseph Campione, Erik Gunderson and Lauren Allen will soon hike 21-miles through West Virginia to raise money for childhood cancer research. Campione, who has made the hike alone the past two years, is a survivor of a rare childhood cancer that still impacts him today. “During cancer, radiation stray beams hit my hip and ultimately destroyed part of it,” he told WJLA. Runner plans nonstop endurance feat across Maine to raise money for clean water New study warns eating protein at night can raise blood sugar the next morning Earlier today we reported that authorities in Oconee County were searching for a 27-year-old man from Texas who became separated from his friends while hiking the Foothills Trail near the Chattooga River. Richard Gonzalez lost his friends on the trail between Nicholson Ford and Burrells Ford, Oconee County Emergency Services said on their Facebook page.  Researchers found that healthy young men and women who consumed protein in the middle of the night had significantly higher blood sugar levels after eating breakfast a few hours later than when they only had water overnight, Runner’s World reports. Though the reason for this is unclear, one theory is that the body doesn’t need or expect much food at night, so instead of using protein the way it would during the day, the body turns the protein into sugar instead.  Courthouse Creek Road on Pisgah National Forest closes temporarily To qualify for a N.C. Freshwater Fish State Record, anglers must have caught the fish by rod and reel or cane pole; have the fish weighed on a scale certified by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, witnessed by one observer; have the fish identified by a fisheries biologist from the Commission; and submit an application with a full, side-view photo of the fish.  Wednesday, August 5 Athletes may be tempted to eat a protein-heavy dinner after an evening workout and then consume protein again after a morning workout, but research presented at The Physiological Society’s virtual conference warns that consuming protein later in the evening and then again when you wake up in the morning can result in higher blood sugar levels in the morning. Bear activists in Asheville, NC are furious after someone put a ‘Trump 2020’ sticker on a bear’s tracker collar. The group, “Help Asheville Bears” (HAB), is offering a $5,000 reward for information on who is responsible for putting the sticker on the bear.  Naturalists remind the public not to move rocks in waterways Study shows fighting climate change could help US avoid 4.5M early deaths A study out of Duke University concludes that the U.S. could avoid 4.5 million premature deaths if it works to keep global temperatures from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius, in alignment with the Paris Climate Accord, The Hill reports. The study also found that reducing climate change could prevent about 3.5 million hospitalizations and emergency room visits and 300 million lost workdays in the country. A lost hiker was found on the Foothills Trail in South Carolina’s Jocassee Gorges area. The friends embark on their hike August 15 and have raised $12,000 so far for Curesearch, a National Childhood Cancer Foundation. To support the teens in their fundraising effort, click here.  UPDATED AUG 6, 2020 – 5:00PM: Lost Hiker Found on Foothills Trail  An inexperienced hiker visiting the area from Texas, Gonzalez disappeared on Monday while hiking the 77-mile trail, and this morning a group of family and friends came together to look for him. According to Fox Carolina, emergency officials confirmed his safe recovery just before noon (hyperlink: https://www.foxcarolina.com/news/officials-search-for-missing-hiker-in-oconee-county/article_c7f76c1c-d730-11ea-89ec-57da1b0201f3.html).last_img read more

RDC patent infringement letters

first_imgIn recent weeks, NAFCU has heard from multiple credit unions who have received letters from a firm alleging that the credit union’s remote deposit capture function infringes on USAA’s patents in this area. As widely reported in many news outlets, USAA started developing RDC technology in 2005 and now holds about 50 RDC-related patents. In 2012, USAA was involved in a dispute with another RDC provider, where the parties claimed each side infringed on the other’s patents. The case ultimately ended in a settlement in 2014. Then, in 2017, noting that USAA wanted to “work toward recovering the investment” the institution made in RDC technology, USAA began sending letters to financial institutions via a law firm called Epicenter Law. In more recent months, credit unions have also started to receive similar correspondence.Specifically, the letters “invite” the credit union to pay a licensing fee (unspecified in amount) to patent USAA’s rights that are allegedly infringed by the credit union’s RDC program. While the letters stress that the attorneys “are not litigation counsel” but rather focus on negotiating “patent licensing deals,” the issue is still raising questions from credit unions. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Talk of the towns

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Government expects House to vote on omnibus bill next month: Luhut

first_imgThe government is hoping to attract more investment, especially from overseas, by improving the country’s regulatory scheme through the sweeping omnibus bill. However, the bill has drawn criticism from labor unions and environmental advocacy groups, among other parties, as they believe it jeopardizes labor rights and puts environment protection at risk. Many have also objected to the secretive drafting process of the bill.Jokowi initially expected deliberations to be completed within 100 days of the bill’s submission in February to the House, where 75 percent of lawmakers are members of the government coalition. However, several experts, critics and politicians said the government and the House’s decision to continue deliberations on the controversial bill during the COVID-19 outbreak was insensitive and that postponement would have been better.The government has agreed to delay deliberations on labor-related provisions following strong objections from members of the public, especially workers’ organizations.During a semi-virtual hearing between the House Legislation Body (Baleg) and the government in late May, political factions at the House of Representatives were divided over the title of the bill, with four parties in Jokowi’s ruling coalition demanding a change. Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Tuesday that the government was expecting the House of Representatives to conclude deliberation on the omnibus bill on job creation next month and that the government expected the bill, if passed, to speed up Indonesia’s investment recovery.“We will complete the bill by early next month,” said Luhut, a close aide to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, in an online talk on Tuesday.“If it passes into law, we may be one of the easiest countries for investment, but of course [the investment] must comply with the appropriate regulations.” Parties in the ruling coalition have expressed differences over the bill several times. The Golkar Party, whose chairman is Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, is considered the main supporter of the bill, while the National Awakening Party (PKB), the political party to which Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah belongs, often disagrees with the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).The PDI-P, whose constituents are generally working class, has been reluctant to pursue the bill from the outset. It was the only party to urge lawmakers not to rush into deliberation, citing public objections to the bill.Luhut, a retired military general, said he remained positive that Indonesia was an attractive country for investment because of its rich natural resources.At the same time, he added, the government was taking steps to develop downstream industries in the extractive sectors to generate as much value as possible from those resources, such as nickel ore.Indonesia recorded Rp 98 trillion (US$6.8 billion) in foreign direct investment realization during the first quarter, down 9.2 percent year-on-year (yoy) as the COVID-19 pandemic put the global economy on hold. Domestic investment grew by nearly 30 percent from the same period last year.Topics :last_img read more

Take a sneak peek at the Gold Coast’s top 5 most stylish freestanding baths

first_img Luxury Gold Coast apartment stands out from the crowd 3/2 Twenty Third Ave, Palm Beach The Fienza Traditional Clawfoot adds character. Picture: FienzaWhile classic shapes and claw foot baths are popular, Mrs Dickinson said there’s a growing trend towards freestanding baths that butt up against the wall or into a corner.“The beauty of this style is that you’ve a ledge for items like your shampoo and you don’t have to clean behind them, which can be a big issue for freestanding baths.” The Pietra Bianca Onda freestanding bath retails for $4900. Picture: Pietra BiancaKollosche agent Michael Cooper said freestanding bathtubs add a stylish aesthetic to modern luxury properties.“A beautiful freestanding bath that has lots of space around it and, ideally, a view adds some real wow factor as a stand-alone feature,” he said.Freestanding baths range in price from $1300 through to $5000 for top-of-the-range stone baths that not only look and feel amazing but also keep the water warmer for longer.Take a sneak peek inside these luxury Gold Coast properties on the market featuring freestanding bathtubs. The freestanding bathtub and outdoor shower at 734 Pacific Pde, Currumbin. Glorious vistas over Elephant Rock and Currumbin Beach aren’t the only thing to trigger an eyegasm in this inspiring Currumbin beach house.The grand master bedroom has its own ensuite where the spacious, open design puts the focus firmly on the elegant freestanding bath.When you’re not soaking off sand in the tub, you can step into the outdoor shower where you’ll literally be seeing stars. “Walking into this bathroom gets a ‘wow’ moment when people see the freestanding bath and then they notice the outdoor shower,” agent Michael Cooper said.“You’ve got full starlight in this beautiful setting which is completely private so that you can see out but no one can see in.” Soaking in the bath after a big day at the beach shouldn’t be a problem in this spacious modern apartment.The beach-facing master suite boasts a contemporary ensuite featuring this generous freestanding bath and Pacific Ocean views to Snapper Rocks. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAustralian homes fit for a celebrity01:01BATHING may be a daily necessity, but that doesn’t mean it should feel boring.The humble bathroom has undergone a major makeover in recent years with freestanding bathtubs now a must-have feature in any new build or renovation.Jan Dickinson, who owns Bathroom & Kitchen Centre Gold Coast, said the trend towards freestanding baths had shown no sign of slowing down.“People like the look of freestanding baths, but they’re also less costly to install than a built-in bath,” she said. 734 Pacific Pde, Currumbin Relax amidst neutral tones at 601/1 Coyne St, Coolangatta. 601/1 Coyne St, Coolangatta The beautiful freestanding bathtub is a bonus in this prime beachfront penthouse on Hedges Ave.Accessed from the master bedroom, the ensuite’s open design and simple styling allow the freestanding bath to shine.center_img Classic freestanding styles are timeless. Picture: Supplied Land values up on the Gold Coast The plan for 3/2 Twenty Third Ave, Palm Beach. MORE NEWS: Gold Coast’s best Hampton’s style houses on the market The freestanding bath in this boutique beachfront apartment affords uninterrupted views of the Gold Coast skyline. White tones and sleek stone finishes create an air of elegance in this deluxe ensuite off the master bedroom. Walls of glass allow natural sunlight and uninhibited views of the ocean, river and Hinterland.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Light bright and airy, this Hamptons-style house is very easy on the eye. Attention to detail will have Hampton’s lovers swooning over the wainscoting wall panelling, arch windows, exposed rafters, travertine, marble and timber flooring.On the upper level, the king-sized main suite has its own luxurious ensuite featuring this oh-so-fab freestanding bath. 116 Edinburgh Rd, Benowa Waters Bath in luxury at 4101/272 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach. 4101/272 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach Classic Hamptons at 116 Edinburgh Rd, Benowa Waters.last_img read more

Gent striker urged to wait for Man Utd

first_img Loading… Former Belgium international Marc Degryse has told Gent striker Jonathan David he’s capable of playing for Manchester United. The 20-year-old Canadian forward has shone in the Belgian First Division this season netting 12 goals and notching 8 assists in just 22 appearances. “Do not go from Gent to a small club,” Degryse told David in an interview with Het Laatste Nieuw.Advertisement “Rather wait. Something big will come. And that top club will come. Read Also:Man Utd made cash offer for Fenerbahce striker “I think Manchester United is something for you – I’m sure you will be there in about a year and a half. Believe me.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Best Geek Movies Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role Models9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?last_img read more

31st Softball State Tournament Pairings Announced

first_imgThree hundred seventy‐three (373) teams were drawn and placed into brackets this morning for the start of the 31st Annual IHSAASoftball State Tournament Series which begins in 11 days.WRBI Area Sectional Draws.Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Rising Sun.G1: Jac‐Cen‐Del vs. South Decatur.G2: Oldenburg Academy vs. Rising Sun.G3: Shawe Memorial vs. Winner of G1.Championship: Winner of G2 vs. Winner of G3.Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switzerland County.G1: Milan vs. North Decatur.G2: Austin vs. Switzerland County.G3: Winner of G1 vs. Winner of G2.G4: Southwestern (Hanover) vs. South Ripley.Championship: Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4.Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Lawrenceburg.G1: Lawrenceburg vs. Greensburg.G2: South Dearborn vs. Batesville.G3: Winner of G1 vs. Winner of G2.G4: Rushville vs. Franklin County.Championship: Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4.Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Bloomington South.G1: Bloomington South vs. East Central.G2: Bloomington North vs. Columbus East.G3: Winner of G1 vs. Winner of G2.G4: Shelbyville vs. Columbus North.Championship: Winner of G3 vs. Winner of G4.Sectional action runs May 25‐30 with the 64 survivors moving into a one‐game regional round on Tuesday, June 2. From there, 32teams will square off in four‐team semi‐states on Saturday, June 6, with the four state championship games scheduled for Saturday,June 13 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.Courtesy of the IHSAA.last_img read more

Vernon “Vern” L. Elder

first_imgThe Dillsboro Community is mourning the loss of Vernon L. Elder, 84, of Dillsboro who passed away early Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at his home with family by his side.  Vern was born Thursday, April 25, 1935 in Bear Branch, Indiana, the son of the late William and Maud (Holbert) Elder.  He married Marceline Marie Kruse on November 11, 1961 and they were married 55 years when she preceded him in death June 5, 2017.  Vern graduated from Rising Sun High School.  He attended Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship and was a construction electrician for Local #369 out of Kentucky.  He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a member of multiple organizations in Dillsboro including Hopewell Masonic Lodge F & AM # 80 for 50 years, Southeastern Indiana Shriners, retired member of Dillsboro Fire Department of 50 years, Dillsboro Civic Club, Dillsboro EMS and a Kentucky Colonel.  He worked for DeVries Funeral Home and currently for Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home.  Vern had many hobbies which included: golfing, watching sports, playing baseball and softball in his early years, watching his grandchildren play sports, and enjoyed hunting trips.  He loved volunteering for the town of Dillsboro in any way he could. He was the biscuit fryer for the Southeastern Shriners steak dinners.Vern is survived by sons: Ryan (Daniley) Elder of Dillsboro and Vern (Shelly) Elder Jr. of Versailles; daughter Teresa (Steve) Barger of Dillsboro; brother William (Vivian) Elder Jr. of Rising Sun; sister-in-law Vivian Elder of Dillsboro; six grandchildren: Curtis (Maria) Lewis of Shelbyville, Clay Lewis of Dillsboro, Ryley Elder and Delaney Elder both of Dillsboro, Meryssa Gray of Sarasota, Florida and Kelsey Gray of Madison; three great grandchildren: Audrian Lewis of Shelbyville, Marty Scales and Emmalyn Scales both of Madison; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, five sisters and five brothers.A service celebrating his life will be held 11 AM Saturday, December 28 at Bear Creek Baptist Church, 5970 E State Road 62, Versailles, Indiana 47042 with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 4-8 PM Friday, December 27 with Masonic services at 8 PM at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home in Dillsboro.  Memorials may be given in honor of Vern to Bear Creek Baptist Church and Southeastern Shrine Club.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 12887 Lenover Street, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018 (812)432-5480.  You may go to www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Cricket News Dale Steyn joins Euro Slam T20 league as marquee player

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Injury-prone South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is set to play in the Euro T20 Slam league as he has been signed up as one of the marquee players for the first edition of the tournament beginning August 30. The 36-year-old Steyn, who was initially in South Africa’s World Cup squad but was later forced to pull out due to fitness issues, has joined a growing list of current and former international players for the T20 tournament.”The line-up of Icon & Marquee Players is shaping up: @DaleSteyn62 is joining Imran Tahir, JP Duminy, Chris Lynn, Babar Azam and Luke Ronchi as Marquee player. England skipper Eoin Morgan, Shahid Afridi, Brendon McCullum, Shane Watson and Rashid Khan have been named as Icon players,” Cricket Netherlands said in a Twitter post.”I am very excited about the Euro T20 Slam and being a marquee player… hope to get things going there. I am looking forward to it,” Steyn said in a video message posted by the league organisers.The three-week Euro T20 Slam will have six franchises, two each based in Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland, and the three countries will be jointly hosting the tournament. Shortly after the competition was announced, six cricketers were designated as icon/marquee players by the league — Shahid Afridi, Chris Lynn, Shane Watson, Babar Azam, Brendon McCullum and Luke Ronchi.Several big names have signed up since then, including Eoin Morgan, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir and Rashid Khan. While some of these cricketers are active, Duminy and Tahir have announced that the 2019 World Cup will mark the end of their ODI careers.Steyn, South Africa’s highest Test wicket-taker with 439 scalps from 93 matches, made an international comeback last season after a sustained injury-enforced absence from the game, but had to deal with a fresh injury when he was forced to pull out of the ongoing World Cup without playing a game.Earlier this year, Steyn was picked as a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile at Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 2019, but had to withdraw after two matches with his shoulder injury flaring up. last_img read more