Georgia drought speads

first_imgMild to moderate drought conditions have expanded over the past month to include much of west and south Georgia. With temperatures remaining above normal and rainfall below normal, soils continue to dry across the entire state.Daytime high temperatures through the middle of September have generally been in the 90s across the piedmont and coastal plain. Rainfall for the past month has been between 50 percent and 70 percent of normal for most of the state. The exceptions are northeast Georgia and the lower Savannah River valley, where rainfall has been slightly above normal. Over the past two weeks, rainfall has been less than half of normal across the entire state.Mild to moderate drought conditions exist in counties south and west of Haralson, Paulding, Douglas, Carroll, Harris, Troup, Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Marion, Schley, Sumter, Crisp, Wilcox, Telfair, Jeff Davis, Appling, Wayne and McIntosh counties, inclusive.Mild drought conditions also exist in Lincoln, Wilkes and Elbert counties. The remainder of the state is classified as abnormally dry.Currently, lack of soil moisture is the major drought impact. Across the southern half of the coastal plain, soil moisture is running at the fifth percentile. That means that 95 out of 100 years we would expect the soils to be wetter than they currently are in this region. Dry soil, mixed blessingThe soil dryness has been a mixed blessing for farmers. For crops that are mature, this has made harvesting easier. The exception is peanuts. Producers are irrigating fields so that peanuts can be dug, or harvested from the ground. Many crops have not reached maturity and still need some moisture.Streams are dropping across the state. In southwest Georgia, stream flows are near the 10th percentile. At that percentile we expect more water in the streams 90 out of 100 years. In south-central Georgia, the Little River near Adel and the Withlacoochee River near Quitman are at record low flows for the middle of September.Across northwest Georgia, stream flows are also near the 10th percentile. Conditions across northeast Georgia are marginally better with stream flows generally around the 20th percentile, which means the streams would have more water flow 80 out of 100 years. Wildfire riskAs the dryness worsens over the next few weeks, wildfire danger will increase. Currently, wildfire danger across the state is rated from high to extreme. Anyone involved in outside activities needs to be very cautious. Because of the dryness, any fire, regardless of how small, can quickly get out of control. Contact the Georgia Forestry Commission for specific details concerning wildfire risk and outdoor burn permits and requirements.Dryness across the state is expected to increase over the next several weeks unless Georgia receives beneficial rains from one or more tropical disturbances, such as a tropical storm or hurricane. Through the winter, the dryness may increase. The ocean-atmosphere system has switched to a La Niña pattern. The La Niña pattern is associated with dry, warm winters across much of the Southeast. This means that we may have minimal recharge of the hydrologic system this winter. This increases the probability of widespread and significant drought for next year. It is too early to tell exactly how the La Niña pattern will impact Georgia, but we need to be aware of the possible short-term tropical impacts and the long-term drought impacts.Up-to-date information on dry conditions across Georgia can be found at www.georgiadrought.org. Updated weather conditions can be found at www.georgiaweather.net.last_img read more

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is Offering Free Vaccine DVD’s

first_imgBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is Offering Free Vaccine DVD’sBerlin, VT Are you concerned about the safety of vaccines?Have you decided not to get your child a particular vaccine because you worry about the safety of immunizations? Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) would like to send you a free DVD about vaccines. The DVD contains two videos produced by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:”Vaccines and Your Baby answers questions like, What are vaccines?, How do vaccines work?, What are the chances that my child will get one of the diseases that vaccines prevent?, and Are vaccines safe for my baby?”Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear reinforces the safety of vaccines and discusses why they have been so instrumental in saving the lives of millions of children.To order a free copy, visit the BCBSVT website at www.bcbsvt.com/freevideo(link is external) or call 802.371.3468.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.last_img read more

Forest Fire near Appalachian Trail Extinguished by Wednesday

first_imgA forest fire burning in popular New Jersey hiking area that contains a portion of the Appalachian Trail was nearly contained by Tuesday morning, officials said. The fire began off the red dot trail on Mount Tammany in Worthington State Forest and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the New Jersey- Pennsylvania line. Incident Commander Eric Weber described the terrain where the fire is burning as “probably the steepest terrain in the entire state of New Jersey,” which slowed efforts to extinguish the fire somewhat.  About 50 firefighters from the forest fire service and the National Park Service responded, creating containment lines to keep the fire in check. Fire officials estimate that about 80 acres of forest burned, and no people or homes were impacted. Seventy-eight of the 80 burned acres were in the national recreation area, and most of the trees that burned were already dying due to gypsy moth infestation, a Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson said. Healthy trees were not impacted. Photo provided by Adam Polinger shows a wildfire Feb. 23, 2020, near the New Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area near Hardwick Township. The cause of the fire is not yet known, and it is not expected to be fully extinguished until Wednesday when rain is forecasted to roll through the area. Wildfires in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are not common during this time of year because there’s usually snow cover, but this fire broke out on a day with above-average temperatures.  While two popular hiking trails were closed by the fire and remain so, the Appalachian Trail is open.last_img read more

Hundreds of Nassau Workers Take Early Retirement

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than 200 Nassau County workers took early retirement incentives aimed at cutting payroll expenses Friday, but a fiscal control board is skeptical of plans to borrow millions to fund the package.County Executive Ed Mangano proposed the separation agreements as a way to close a $77 million projected deficit stemming from slumping sales tax revenue and the county legislature approved $5 million in bonding to fund the plan last month. But, since more workers signed on than were expected, the county plans to request an additional $3.5 million, bringing the total planned borrowing to $8.5 million, Newsday reported. This week, the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) reminded the administration that the board previously passed a resolution requiring the county to propose a balanced budget for the following year before asking NIFA to approve more bonding.“You’d like the board to consider either ignoring or retracting its decision,” Chris Wright, the most outspoken NIFA board member, told Rob Walker, the chief deputy county executive, at the panel’s Sept. 10 meeting. Walker replied: “I’ll ask you to make your decision for yourselves.”NIFA approved the separation plan, but the proposed bonding is not expected to be formally presented to NIFA until later. The county expects to pay for the first 75 separations out of operating expenses. The workers are to get $1,000 for each year of service.A spokeswoman for Mangano said some workers already left and 150 are slated to leave Friday. A spokesman for the Civil Service Employees Association Local 830, the largest of the five unions representing county workers, said additional employees are expected to submit to the plan by the end of the day.The incentive is the latest in a string of several such packages offered to Nassau workers over the years as the county sought to reel in expenses after it nearly went bankrupt at the turn of the millennium under the Republican administration of Tom Gulotta, whose mismanagement prompted NIFA’s creation. Mangano also laid off hundreds of county workers when NIFA stepped up its monitoring role to a full control board in 2011 shortly after Mangano, a Republican, unseated his Democratic predecessor, Tom Suozzi.The departing workers this time come from a variety of departments, including social services, public works and crossing guards. Some of the vacated positions will be filled by other workers, such as sewer workers slated to be reassigned after the county sewage system is turned over to a private company. It’s unclear how much the plan will save.“Actual savings will depend upon the number of vacant positions that are backfilled,” said Evan Cohen, NIFA executive director. Walker, Mangano’s chief deputy, estimated that even if 70 percent of the vacated positions are filled, the county will save $5.2 million, but they don’t expect that many workers to be replaced.NIFA Chairman Jon Kaiman expressed concern about the uncertainty regarding the number of replacements and echoed Wright’s concerns about the Mangano administration, indicating that it may request borrowing without first having a proposed budget.“We would like to understand that there is a plan that…will be monitored and followed and it’s not simply a matter of getting some folks off the payrolls to be replaced by others at the same salary a few months later,” Kaiman said. He later added: “I think the board would have a better comfort level with it if the savings that have been articulated…are part of a plan that’s presented to us with an overall budget plan.”In order to fill this year’s budget gap without breaking Mangano’s campaign promise not to raise property taxes, the county has also raised fees at parks and on permit applications as well as installed speed cameras in school zones—tickets from which were dismissed under a botched roll out this summer.In other business this week, NIFA approved several county contracts, including one in which United Water will take over operation of the county sewer system. The panel also approved lifting the wage freeze for the county Corrections Officers Benevolent Association, the last county worker union to receive raises.last_img read more

Valley Stream Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 20-year-old Valley Stream woman was killed when she crashed her vehicle on the Meadowbrook State Parkway in Uniondale early Tuesday morning.New York State police said Evelissa Ducatel was driving her Nissan southbound at a high rate of speed, when she lost control of the vehicle and drove onto the right shoulder striking a tree just north of the Southern State Parkway at 1:30 a.m.The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 20-year-old passenger, also of Valley Stream, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.Troopers are continuing the investigation.last_img

Coronavirus strikes out Rumble Ponies Opening Day

first_img“Fortunately enough I have keys to a cage at a local baseball field, My dad and I just head up there and get my work in, my swings in, some defensive stuff, and we play catch together,” said Bohanek. Ponies utility man Cody Bohanek has also had to get creative. Bohanek finished last season in Double-A with the Rumble Ponies and was more than likely to crack this year’s Opening Day roster. As for the 2020 Eastern League All-Star game that was set to place here in July, Hughes told us MLB and MiLB will make a decision in conjunction with each other. but the Rumble Ponies are preparing for it as if it will happen. “You know I’ve purposely not closed my eyes on that. I mean I can’t see life without baseball, I can’t see America without baseball. So of course one of our major things to do is get baseball up and running I think that’s been said by a lot of people. For sure we’re not going to give up on that dream just yet, and we’re nowhere close to it,” said Hughes. Team owner John Hughes tells me for now, the organization is running scenario based options, including how to fit everything in, what a schedule will look like, and how they will take care of players in fans – if the season resumes. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. There were no fans coming through the gates at NYSEG Stadium, excited for the promise of a new season. There was no smell of ballpark food on the grill or the sight of the green outfield grass. Fans are left with nothing but hope that at some point this summer, America’s favorite pastime can resume and we can have that much anticipated Opening Day. “Something we’re going to have to weather and see how that goes. I think the first priority for everybody is let’s get up and running and then let’s have good frank discussion about the way forward. Our only focus is let’s get everybody up and running and get people outside, and to the ballpark,” said Hughes. In the meantime, players and coaches have to stay ready for the season to begin. Minor league players have had to get creative, as most do not have the resources to train how they typically do. “I just try to get in home workouts in, I have a couple dumbbells I have a little bench press thing that I try and keep up with, other than that, that’s really it, just throw and workout,” said Tony Dibrell. center_img “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. “Things aren’t the way we would all want them to be in the sports world and in the world in general but we’ve been trying to make the most of it and look at the bright side and see the light at the end of the tunnel in all of this,” said Bohanek. These players will be ready for the start of the season. The Mets have done a good job of keeping their minor league players in the loop but for the time being, they are staying optimistic with so many unknowns looming. Ponies pitcher Tony Dibrell, went to Staples and bought a carpet to put on his back deck. Dibrell gets his work in by throwing pitches at that carpet. “They told us they don’t really know so there is nothing for certain right now, they just want us to stay in shape because just in case they say we’re playing next month. They want us to be ready,” said Dibrell. The biggest question surrounds negotiations between MLB and MiLB regarding the minor league teams at risk of being eliminated. If the 2020 baseball season is cancelled, we may have seen the last of Mets affiliated baseball in Binghamton. When asked if he anticipates this season being cancelled, Hughes said it’s a thought that has crossed his mind. Negotiations between the leagues are currently on pause, as the new priority is getting baseball up and running in 2020. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Today was supposed to be the start of the 2020 Rumble Ponies season, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the season is on pause with no start date in sight. last_img read more

Gareth Southgate explains Aaron Wan-Bissaka and James Ward-Prowse England snubs

first_imgAdvertisement Gareth Southgate explains Aaron Wan-Bissaka and James Ward-Prowse England snubs Alexander-Arnold, Walker and Trippier make the squad but Wan-Bissaka doesn’t (Getty)‘I’m not prepared to pick players just to stop the possibility of other countries picking them,’ Southgate explained at his press conference on Wednesday afternoon.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Aaron Wan-Bissaka is playing very well, and he’s really pushing to be in our squad – there’s no question. I could pick players, give them a cap, and stop them playing somewhere else but I don’t think that’s right.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnother player with a great shout to make the squad was Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse, who has performed brilliantly since Ralph Hasenhuttl’s arrival netting in six of his last nine Premier League games.‘We love Prowsey – I’ve been accused of being father of Prowsey over the years!’ joked Southgate, who made the midfielder his captain when in charge of the Under-21s.‘This most recent spell is his best spell since we capped him before and he is, I would say, a world-class deliverer of set plays. But he’s only recently got back into the team at Southampton. The Three Lions boss hasn’t tinkered too much with his latest squad (Picture: PA)Gareth Southgate has defended his decision to leave Aaron Wan-Bissaka and James Ward-Prowse out of his England squad for upcoming internationals against Czech Republic and Montenegro.Crystal Palace right-back Wan-Bissaka – who actually played for DR Congo Under-20s – has enjoyed a superb campaign and has already been linked with a summer move to the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal.With Kieran Trippier struggling for form for Tottenham, the Palace youngster had been expected to push for a place in the squad but Southgate has kept faith in last summer’s stars. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Mar 2019 3:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link42Sharescenter_img Comment Ward-Prowse has more free-kick goals than any other Premier League player this season (Getty)‘It’s not a straight forward selection this one. We’re four months from our last game, and you could look at Fabian Delph and say he’s not been playing for Manchester City, but he was our best player against Croatia.‘So trying to balance all that has been difficult this time, there’s no question, but we have qualified for a semi-final in the summer. It would be strange to make huge changes to that squad.‘But we’ve added another young player in Declan [Rice] and we know that there are some players just on the fringes that we would never hesitate to call in, both in terms of their ability but also in the case of James Ward-Prowse, his character as well. He is absolutely the sort of character you want around the squad.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Spain and Morocco arrest 14 Suspected ISIS recruiters

first_imgISISSpain and Morocco have arrested 14 people  suspected of recruiting fighters to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Spain’s Interior Ministry said.The Suspects were detained in the outskirts of Madrid and in other cities and towns in Morocco, it added.The arrests were linked to “a network … capturing and sending foreign fighters to join the ranks of the terrorist organization Daesh (ISIS) in the Syrian-Iraq region that it controls,” the ministry statement said.The operation comes days after a 26-year-old Moroccan man was accused of attacking passengers on a train in France, armed with a Kalashnikov, an assault rifle and a box cutter knife.Spain and other countries in Europe and North Africa have said they are alarmed about the risk of locals joining militants abroad and returning to launch attacks at home.last_img read more

Sir Roland Saunders Wanted by Antigua Police

first_img 204 Views   one comment Share NewsRegional Sir Roland Saunders Wanted by Antigua Police by: – January 3, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sir. Ronald Saunders. Photo credit: antiguachronicle.netSir Ronald Saunders is wanted by Antigua Police for questioning as criminal investigations into the multi-million dollar (IHI) fraud case progressing at what lawmen say is a steady pace. Notwithstanding the recent break in and theft of sensitive documents, at the office that housed the detectives who are working on the said case, police say they are ready to proceed.According to information coming from the Office of Strategic Communication (STRATCOM), based on the contents of a report that was done by financial forensic investigator Mr. Robert Lindquist, which was corroborated by preliminary police enquiries, the “persons of interest” in the case have been narrowed down to former Prime Minister, now Leader of the Opposition and Member of Parliament, Hon. Lester Bird, Member of Parliament, Hon. Asot Michael, Patrick. A. Michael & Co. Ltd., Mrs. Gesel Michael, Sir. Ronald Saunders (a former Antigua and Barbuda government ambassador to the united kingdom) and others.Police say that so far most of the “significant persons” or “individuals of interest,” have already assisted the investigations and presented themselves to the police to be interviewed. “Against such backdrop and in the Police’s quest to advance this gigantic multi-million dollar criminal conspiracy, the police are making a specific public appeal to Sir Ronald Saunders and requests that he presents himself to the (IHI) detectives to be interviewed. Hence, his full co-operation for the duration of this criminal enquiry will be appreciated,” STRATCOM said.The department added that all efforts to privately contact Sir Ronald Saunders have proven futile.“Therefore, Sir Ronald Saunders is being asked to urgently get in touch with Commissioner of Police Mr. Vere Browne, at 1(268) 764-6323 or by email, ( [email protected] ),” STRATCOM said.Additionally, the department said he can contact detective Superintendent Mr. Nurfield Burnette, at 1(268) 764-2285 as soon as possible.Lawmen further asks that any member of the public who may know how the police can contact Sir Ronald Sanders, to get in touch with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), at 4623913 or 4623914.Antiguachronicle.net Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Eunice Miller

first_imgDue to the COVID restrictions at the time of Eunice’s death, the Governor’s mandate limited her services to immediate family. Now that larger social gatherings are allowed, the family would like to invite you to join them 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20th, for a memorial mass at St. Louis Church. Following the service, a Celebration of Life will be held St. Peter’s Parish Hall in St. Peter’s.last_img