first_imgThe word “drought” is back on Georgians’ lips. Moist relief this time of year will only come from tropical storms or hurricanes, which bring their own troubles, but Georgians need to be prepared for bad weather year-round.Hurricane season started in June and will run to November. Time’s left for a tropical disturbance to disturb everyday life in Georgia, bringing heavy rain, flooding or damaging winds.But severe weather – like flooding or tornadoes – can hit the state through winter and early spring, too, said David Stooksbury, the state’s climatologist and associate professor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The first thing any family needs, he said, is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, radio. It sounds an alarm and broadcasts up-to-date details about tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods or tropical weather. Make sure it is equipped with Specific Area Message Encoding, or SAME, technology. It can be programmed for particular counties.“Also, prepare an all-hazard kit, which can be used for any natural or manmade disaster, that will allow your family to survive at least three to seven days,” he said.The most important thing in the kit is at least 1 gallon of clean bottled water per person per day. Don’t forget to plan for pets. Details on assembling a kit are at the website www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/prepare/supply_kit.shtml.In the event of any emergency, know what your county emergency plan is and follow it. “If you’re asked to evacuate, it’s important to do so,” he said. “If you’re not asked to evacuate, it’s important to stay where you are, keeping the roads free for those who must get out of harm’s way.”If a storm is headed your way, secure doors and windows with proper wind shutters, he said. Taping windows is a waste of time.The best choice of shutters is either plywood or manufactured shutters. Make sure that plywood shutters are well attached. “Underestimating the power of the wind is common,” he said. “Many people return home to find plywood shutters ripped off the house by the wind.”It’s good to have insurance, too, he said, because even the best precautions can sometimes fail. Particularly, think about flood insurance. Standard homeowner or business insurance doesn’t cover flood damage.The mountains aren’t immune from flooding, he said. With the state’s rapid urbanization, locations that were safe from flooding just a few years ago are now more likely to flood. The entire state is vulnerable to flooding. Learn about the federal flood insurance program from a local insurance agent or at www.floodsmart.gov.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Richmond Times-Dispatch:Dominion Energy on Thursday announced plans to build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm off the coast of Virginia — a 220-turbine installation that would power 650,000 homes at peak wind. If it gains state and federal approvals, the $7.8 billion project would deliver 880 megawatts of energy by 2024 and a total of 2,600 megawatts by 2026. The turbines would be anchored on 112,800 acres Dominion is leasing from the federal government 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.Dominion’s announcement comes two days after Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order calling for a plan to make Virginia’s electric grid solely dependent on carbon-free energy sources by 2050. That plan called for 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind by 2026.As pitched, Dominion’s would be the largest offshore wind farm in the country. The nation’s first commercial offshore wind farm began operation off the coast of Rhode Island in 2016. Others are in development.“If approved and generating power as projected in 2026, Dominion’s 2,500 megawatts project will be the single largest project in U.S. waters,” said Laura Morton, a policy analyst with the American Wind Energy Association, an industry group. The next largest project, Ocean Wind, would generate 1,100 megawatts off the New Jersey coast.New Jersey has a procurement goal of 3,500 megawatts by 2030. New York recently announced a 9,000 megawatt goal by 2030.Making Virginia a leader in offshore wind has become a goal for Northam, who vowed policy support for the industry during a speech in Norfolk on Thursday. Northam is calling for construction permits related to Dominion’s project to be filed by 2021 — the last full year of his administration.More: Dominion plans to build nation’s largest offshore wind farm off coast of Virginia Dominion plans 2,600MW offshore wind project, largest in U.S.last_img read more

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo November 24, 2020 In less than a week, the Brazilian Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) seized close to 2,300 kilograms of cocaine bound for Europe. The shipments were found in three of the country’s main ports.On October 5, police officers seized 472 kg of cocaine at the Port of Salvador, in Bahia. “The drug was hidden in a cargo of iron ore bound for Europe, with the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, as its final destination,” the PF said in a statement.On October 3, the Federal Police seized 238.9 kg of cocaine at the Port of Natal that were to be placed in a container bound for Europe. (Photo: Brazilian Federal Police)On October 3, officers arrested four Brazilian nationals with 238.9 kg of cocaine at the Port of Natal. “The drug was going to be inserted in a container and sent to Europe,” said the PF.The operation was carried out together with agents of the Brazilian Federal Revenue Service who intercepted a suspicious truck at the port’s entrance. “Following a thorough search, several cocaine tablets were found in the vehicle’s structure, hidden in a modified compartment in the trailer,” the PF said.In addition to the driver, three men were arrested for providing cover near the port’s main gate and waiting for the goods to clear.So far, in 2020, agents have seized 5.5 tons of cocaine at the Port of Natal.On October 2, in another joint operation, the PF and the Federal Revenue Service seized 1,520 kg of cocaine at the Port of São Sebastião, in São Paulo.“The narcotics were concealed on a ship among a load of corn. It was bound for the port city of Cádiz, in southwestern Spain,” the Federal Revenue indicated in a statement.The ship, which sails under an Antigua and Barbuda flag with a Russian crew, was docked in São Sebastião, awaiting authorization to depart to Cádiz, reported the Spanish news agency EFE. The PF initiated an investigation to find the perpetrators of the international drug trafficking scheme.Although Colombia and Peru are the largest cocaine producers, drug traffickers prefer to export the drug from Brazilian ports, due to the greater commercial exchanges between Brazil and Europe.Brazil’s export products are more diversified, which helps to conceal the cocaine in cargo containers, according to EFE.last_img read more

first_imgApparently, this change has been in the works (or thoughts) for about a decade — and now it’s come to fruition. Earlier this week you may have heard that NAFCU changed its bylaws to open its membership to just about every credit union in the country: federally insured and state chartered. That’s big news for this organization and we spoke to NAFCU’s President/CEO Dan Berger about this breaking news, while he was wrapping up the final days at the NAFCU Annual Conference in Montreal, which has been loaded with big announcements all week. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

first_imgAre Apple Watch SE, iPad 8th Gen the Perfect ‘Affordable’ Products for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. German site Macerkopf reported that multiple users were seeing the feature show up on their Apple Watch. An image shared by the publication shows the following message on the Apple Watch: Would you like to stream Spotify on your Apple Watch? Choose it here.Spotify’s streaming option for Apple Watch rolled out to a larger group of people over the weekend, as per the report. Users can access their music library via Wi-Fi or cellular network with the Spotify app on Apple Watch and listen via Bluetooth headphones or speakers. iPhones will not be required to be connected anymore while listening to Spotify on the Apple Watch. So, users won’t have to carry the phone along for runs or walks, and can simply rely on the Apple Watch.The report notes that there is no search function in the Spotify app on the Apple Watch. Users have to depend on Siri for this function to work.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Spotify can now be streamed directly on Apple Watch, the company has confirmed in a statement. Users will be able to stream music or podcasts on Apple Watch without having to connect to an iPhone. Spotify had started testing this feature to a limited group in September and is now expanding the direct streaming option to all users. The feature is reportedly available as a server-side update. It still appears to be a broad beta rollout, hence it may not be available for all Apple Watch users yet.The music streaming service confirmed to Engadget that it had begun rolling out streaming capabilities for Spotify on the Apple Watch. Users can stream music and podcasts on Spotify without using their iPhones, thanks to the new feature. However, offline listening still doesn’t seem to be an option on Apple Watch yet.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img“His family told us he had heart disease,” Kahar said.Neither the Gowa administration nor the Gowa Police were immediately available for comment.Meanwhile, Bontoromannu district head Muhammad Sabir said the administration was still looking for further information regarding the death.“We have sent a team to confirm the news.” Topics : A man who had traveled to Pakkato village, Gowa regency, South Sulawesi, to participate in a suspended international Islamic mass gathering reportedly died on Friday afternoon.The gathering committee chairman Kahar Munir confirmed the news, saying the man came from Manokwari, West Papua.The cause of death is yet unknown.center_img The gathering, initially scheduled to be held from Thursday to Sunday, was canceled by the South Sulawesi provincial administration over heightened concerns about COVID-19. It was suspended after more than 8,000 participants had already arrived at the site, 474 of whom were foreign nationals.Congregation members from the province were immediately sent to their respective homes. Meanwhile, people from outside South Sulawesi and foreigners attending the gathering were allowed to stay in Makassar and leave the province according to their trip schedules.They are to depart from Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport and the Soekarno-Hatta seaport in Makassar. (aly)last_img read more

first_imgTopics : The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 238 new cases as of midnight Sunday, mostly from Seoul and surrounding regions, the 18th consecutive day of triple-digit rises in daily infections.Less cars and people were on the streets of Seoul during the morning rush hours as more companies encouraged employees to work from home.”I began working from home today as the company allowed it for the first time because the number of cases continued to surge,” said Oh Yun-mi, 36, who works at a manufacturing company.A 40-year-old office worker who only gave his surname Cho said his usual commuting time was cut by about a third. Private after-school tuition academies, which operated as usual in March during South Korea’s first wave of coronavirus infections, were shuttered. There are 25,000 cram schools in Seoul and nationally three out of four children – from grade 1 to grade 12 – attended such classes.The government has cut staffing at public offices, while many corporations, including tech giants Samsung Electronics , LG and SK Hynix, have expanded or reinstated work-from-home policies.Onsite dining at restaurants, pubs and bakeries in the Seoul area are banned after 9 p.m. until Sunday, while coffeehouse chains are restricted to takeout and delivery.South Korea has reported total infections of 19,947 and 324 deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.center_img Private tuition centers shut for the first time and traffic was lighter in South Korea’s capital on Monday, the first working day of tighter social-distancing rules designed to halt a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks.South Korea took the unprecedented step on Friday to restrict the operation of restaurants, coffee shops and so-called cram schools in the Seoul metropolitan area, with churches, nightclubs and most public schools having already been closed. The decision came after earlier restrictions on movement failed to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections from erupting at churches, offices, nursing homes and medical facilities.last_img read more

first_imgIn the statement, GAM chairman Hugh Scott-Barrett backed Friedman’s handling of the suspension of Tim Haywood, head of the absolute return bond team, on 31 July. Alexander Friedman, group chief executive officer of Swiss asset manager GAM, has stepped down from his role effective today, according to a statement from the company.David Jacob, a member of GAM Holding’s board of directors, has been appointed interim group CEO until a permanent replacement is chosen.Friedman’s departure follows a difficult period for the group, which recorded a net outflow of CHF17.7bn (€15.5bn) in the third quarter of this year in the wake of the suspension of a senior fund manager.GAM’s share price has fallen by more than 60% since the start of this year, from CHF16 to CHF6 at the close of trading yesterday. Source: GAMAlexander Friedman“Alex has ably led the business during a time of unprecedented challenges for the active asset management and hedge funds industry,” Scott-Barrett said. “Alex had the full support of the board in the decision to suspend a portfolio manager in July.“During his tenure as CEO he has driven a significant programme of change that has made us a more modern, diversified and cost-effective business. We would like to thank Alex for his significant efforts over the last four years and wish him well for the future.”The chairman said Friedman’s departure was a joint decision that would “better enable us to take the action necessary to support profitability and drive forward the group’s strategy”. He added that the leadership team still had “some important decisions” to make regarding the future of the company.Jacob joined GAM’s board in 2017, and was previously CEO at Rogge Global Partners from 2014 to 2016. He worked at Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson Investors) for nine years until 2013 in a variety of senior roles including chief investment officer. He has also worked at UBS Global Asset Management, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and JPMorgan Asset Management.GAM said his “immediate priority” would be ensuring that “the steps necessary to drive forward GAM’s strategy and to support profitability are actioned as soon as possible”. GAM was forced to halt dealing on its absolute return bond fund range at the beginning of August after investors began to redeem their money in the wake of Haywood’s suspension. The company subsequently decided to liquidate the funds and return cash to investors, although new vehicles are planned for those investors wishing to remain in the strategy.last_img read more

first_imgImage source: USACEThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, said in their latest announcement that the works continue on the Beaver Island Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project (HREP) near Clinton, Iowa. This project includes erosion control, enclosure structures and backwater excavation to restore and protect off-channel aquatic, wetland and floodplain forest habitats.The work area is comprised of 1,678 acres of interconnected backwaters, secondary channels, wetlands, and floodplain habitat.The scheme involves 1,678 acres within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and are federally-owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.The $10 million habitat restoration project is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Upper Mississippi River Restoration program.This program addresses ecological needs on the Upper Mississippi River System to improve its environmental health. The program began in 1986 and has funded 56 habitat restoration projects benefiting approximately 106,000 acres.last_img read more

first_img Aneke told Nettavisen: “We are nearing an agreement with Manchester United on an extended loan. “The agreement will mean that Ighalo will remain with them until January 2021.” Ighalo swapped the Chinese Super League for the Premier League in a shock deadline day loan deal back in January. And it is understood Ighalo took a 40 percent pay-cut on his £300,000-a-week wages in China to make his dream switch happen. read also:Man Utd yet to agree on new Ighalo deal He scored four goals in eight games before the season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic – leaving his loan contract to run out. The Nigerian made a personal plea to Shanghai Shenhua to let him finish the season at Old Trafford, before returning to China, and it appears his wishes have been met. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Odion Ighalo has “agreed” a loan extension with Manchester United until the end of January. Odion Ighalo is edging ever closer to agreeing an extension to his time at Manchester United The agreement with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua officially expired on Sunday night, and it appeared as though United had failed in a bid to keep the striker at the club. But according to The Telegraph, both sides have now come to an agreement for the 30-year-old to stay in Manchester until the new year. The deal is said to be awaiting confirmation by the FA before it is registered. It is claimed Ighalo will then discuss a new contract with Shanghai Shenhua once he returns in 2021. The news comes after his agent Atta Aneke confirmed talks were in place for the ex-Watford man to remain at Old Trafford.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentAll Who Were Alive In The 1980’s Will Get Shivers When See ThisWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?last_img read more