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January 17, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNorth of a line from Columbia County to Hall County to Fannin County, levels are at or below the 5th percentile. At the 5th percentile, we would expect more moisture in the soils 95 out of 100 years in late June.Farm ponds, especially ones not fed by springs, are showing the lack of rain. Many ponds didn’t receive adequate recharge during the winter and entered the summer already low. Through October, Georgia’s best chance for widespread drought relief will be tropical disturbances. The tropics usually don’t become active until late summer. More drought information can be found at Automated weather data across Georgia is at Daily rainfall from CoCoRaHS is available at USGS data is at Water conservation information is available at With June temperatures routinely hitting the 90s and little rain so far this summer, drought conditions have worsened across Georgia.Conditions in the western half of south and middle Georgia have deteriorated the most. A few weeks ago, these regions were classified as abnormally dry. They are now in severe drought.Severe drought now exists west and north of a line crossing Lowndes, Cook, Tift, Turner, Crisp, Dooly, Houston, Bibb, Jones, Baldwin, Hancock, Glascock, Warren, McDuffie and Richmond counties. It includes Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Rome. Severe drought conditions occur about once in 20 years.Much of north Georgia is in extreme drought. This includes an area north and east of a line crossing Lincoln, Wilkes, Taliaferro, Greene, Morgan, Walton, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Dawson, Gilmer and Fannin counties. The cities are Athens, Blairsville, Clayton, Cumming, Gainesville and Madison. Extreme drought conditions occur about once in 50 years.Moderate drought conditions exists in Echols, Lanier, Berrien, Irwin, Ben Hill, Wilcox, Pulaski, Dodge, Bleckley, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Laurens, Washington, Johnson, Jefferson, Burke, Jenkins, Screven and Effingham counties. Moderate drought conditions occur about once in 10 years.Clinch, Atkinson, Coffee, Telfair, Wheeler, Treutlen, Emanuel, Candler, Bullock, Evans, Liberty, Bryan and Chatham counties are in mild drought, which occurs about once in seven years.Abnormally dry counties are Camden, Charlton, Ware, Bacon, Jeff Davis, Montgomery, Toombs, Tattnall, Long and McIntosh.Currently, the only counties not in drought are Glynn, Brantley, Pierce, Appling and Wayne. However, a hot, dry July could cause drought to develop rapidly.The biggest concern over the next several weeks will be stream flows and soil moisture. Almost half of the U.S. Geological Survey stream gauges across Georgia are at record low flows as of June 25. This analysis includes only gauges with a minimum of 30 years of records. It doesn’t include gauges on the Chattahoochee River below the Buford Dam or gauges on the Savannah River.Streams at daily record low flows include the Chattahoochee River near Cornelia, the Etowah River at Canton, the Notteley River near Blairsville, the Chattoga River near Clayton, the Broad River near Bell, the Flint River near Carsonville, Oakfield, Albany and Newton, the Oconee River at Athens, Milledgeville and Dublin, the Ocmulgee River near Jackson and Lumber City, the Ohoopee River near Reidsville, the Withlacoochee River near Quitman and Ichawaynochaway Creek near Milford.Several streams are at or below their 7Q10 flow value, which is the 7-day flow that has only a 10 percent chance of occurring in any given year. When it does happen, it typically occurs in September or October, when stream flows are normally at their lowest for the year. Seeing streams at or below the 7Q10 in late June indicates the severity of the current conditions. Streams currently below their 7Q10 are the Broad River near Bell, the Little River near Washington, the Ocmulgee River near Jackson, the Oconee River at Dublin, the Flint River at Carsonville and Ichawaynochaway Creek at Milford. Streams slightly above their 7Q10 are the Middle Oconee at Athens and the Chattooga River near Clayton.Soil moisture levels are extremely low north of a line from Seminole County to Screven County. North of a line from Chattahoochee County to Richmond County the levels are at or below the 10th percentile. At this percentile, we would expect more moisture in the soils 90 out of 100 years in late June.last_img read more

December 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:North Dakota oil drillers are falling far short of the state’s goals to limit the burning of excess natural gas at well heads, five years after the state adopted the rules to reduce the wasteful and environmentally harmful practice.The industry has spent billions of dollars on infrastructure but is at least two years from catching up, and regulators are projecting that the state’s increasing gas production will still outstrip that new capacity.Environmentalists and even a key Republican say the problem will persist as long as the state doesn’t take a tougher approach with the industry, which has largely avoided financial penalties.Flaring is the practice of burning off natural gas that is produced as a byproduct of oil drilling. It’s a picturesque feature of the oil patch, especially at night, but it means wasted money and unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions that worsen global warming.In 2014, when more than one-third of that gas was being burned off, North Dakota began requiring oil companies to limit flaring to no more than 15 percent by 2016, and to 10 percent by 2020. The national average for flaring is less than 1 percent.In March, drillers produced a record 2.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, but about 20 percent of it went up in flames. That was well above the current limit of 12 percent — and was enough to heat all North Dakota homes for a month 10 times over, according to an analysis by the Legislature’s research agency. March also was the 13th month in a row that drillers missed the target.More: As North Dakota oil soars, so does waste of natural gas North Dakota drillers flaring up to 20% of monthly natural gas productionlast_img read more

December 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img 60SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details The true meaning of the Christmas season often gets lost in the chaos of holiday preparations. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’ve got Christmas shopping, meal planning, and family get-togethers on your mind, all while working your full-time job. Before you get too stressed and cause yourself to miss out on the fun of the season, consider these tips for having a hassle-free holiday.Start nowOne of the worst things you can do when it comes to holiday planning is procrastinate. With Christmas less than two weeks away, don’t wait any longer to tackle the tasks on your plate. Figure out how much shopping you have left to do and get it done. Also, don’t wait until Christmas Eve to wrap those gifts. If you need assistance, ask others in your family for help; older children often find enjoyment in wrapping Christmas presents. Additionally, if you are hosting family, begin planning now for any meals you will need to prepare. You don’t have to hit the grocery store immediately, but having a clear idea of the items you’ll need to buy will help you to not forget anything when it’s time to start cooking.Keep it simpleJust because your next-door neighbor decorates like Clark W. Griswold doesn’t mean you have to hang up a thousand Christmas lights. Remember it’s not a competition and it’s important you do only as much as you can. If you are not enjoying decorating your house or trimming the tree, chances are you’ve taken on too much. So, scale it back and allow yourself to put your feet up and enjoy hot cocoa by the fire with your family.Ask for helpSure, everyone has a lot going on during this time of year, but never forget the importance on leaning on one another if things get to be too much. The reality is that in most cases others in your life won’t mind how much you cook or decorate; we usually put that pressure on ourselves unnecessarily. So, if there are things still left to do and you feel stressed, reach out to your loved ones for support and assistance. Cherish this time together as a chance to make new family traditions.last_img read more

December 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: Details Credit union leaders know the importance of providing their members a quality digital experience, especially as mobile and online banking transactions are growing, while visits to brick and mortar locations are decreasing. For the vast majority (88%), this digital transformation is “extremely or quite important”, as CO-OP Financial Services (CFS) found in its recent survey of 221 credit union leaders. Yet, nearly half of the respondents felt their credit union provided an “inferior or far inferior” digital experience when compared to the digital leaders like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple. Only 10% felt that their credit union was “meeting the high standard these companies set.” Whether it’s apps, websites, artificial intelligence or blockchain technology, the modern digital age is causing credit union leaders to take a hard look into what their members’ digital experience means for business.The digital transformation, which might have started as an effort to reduce operating costs, is rapidly becoming a necessity for serving members, and even for a credit union’s survival. People expect more, and are prepared to leave behind those not measuring up. They want an easy, streamlined interface with technology. They can be finicky about adopting digital approaches and inter-generational differences can be challenging. Most credit union leaders are responding to this challenge. According to CFS, 73% say they are planning to increase budgets for digital initiatives in the next year to address this need.Your employees are on the front lines in transforming the member experience, and employee satisfaction drives member satisfaction. This is just as true in our current digital world as it has been in the past.  IBM published a recent study that noted that for companies pursuing digital strategies, those that beat their peers in revenues and profits, found their employees’ positive experience was directly related to customer satisfaction. Happy employees make happy members. These outperforming companies comprehend that reinventing the member digital experience must also be positive for employees. In fact these companies find that when their customers are not satisfied, their employee morale suffers.  Their employees are invested in making sure customers are happy. Competition for talent is often the limiting factor for digital transformation.  Indeed 39% of credit union leaders told CFS that lack of technology capabilities among staff and outside partners is inhibiting their digital transformation. A healthy culture with first-rate employee communication will serve you in recruiting and retaining the talent needed to tackle this digital world. So, with this digital need in mind, companies are re-examining their talent recruitment and retention strategies, rethinking employee performance metrics and incentives, and reconsidering employee promotion and succession plans.Reaching outside of the credit union staff for expertise seems particularly important to help with the heavy lifting of digital strategy development and implementation. Experts help to get it right, by bringing a broad perspective and deep level of experience. Technical specialists can inform IT, and change management specialists can interface with leadership to make sure strategy implementation supports a healthy organizational culture. This eco-system of internal and external support can serve to establish a digital brand that reflects the strong set of core values and mission upon which the credit union industry was founded. last_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Belgian midfielder looks set to leave Monaco before the window closes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are ready to rival Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans, who has been made available by the French side.Unai Emery is in the market for reinforcements and wants both a winger and central midfielder, with Denis Suarez – who is on the verge of joining on loan – expected to tick the first box.Leicester are believed to be locked in talks over a potential swap deal involving Tielemans and Adrien Silva, though Sky Sports say Arsenal have made a late move of their own. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Jan 2019 9:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link897Shares Tielemans, Suarez, Ivan Perisic and Christopher Nkunku are all on Emery’s radar (Getty)The Gunners are limited to only making loan signings this month and have asked about bringing Tielemans in until the end of the season, with no obligation to buy at the end of the loan.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe 21-year-old was pulled from Monaco’s squad to face Guingamp on Tuesday evening and is expected to travel to England to complete a move to the Premier League.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 CityTottenham, like Arsenal, are interested in bringing in Tielemans on an initial loan, while Newcastle and West Ham have also sounded out Monaco about the youngster’s availability.At the moment, though, Leicester are in the driving seat and Tielemans is desperate to leave Monaco and test himself in the Premier League. Comment Tielemans was left out of Monaco’s latest squad as his future is resolved (Picture: Getty)Tielemans has made 20 Ligue 1 appearances for Monaco during a difficult campaign, with the side stuck in a relegation dog fight.He was rated as one of the most promising young midfielders in Europe during his time at Anderlecht and, despite his tender years, already has a wealth of experience, playing in the Champions League and helping Belgium to their third-place finish at the World Cup.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 Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Arsenal make contact with Monaco over last-minute loan deal for Youri Tielemans Advertisementlast_img read more

September 29, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFurther readingHow We Run Our Money: HSBC UK Pension Scheme Mark Thompson spoke to IPE in 2017 about his creative DB de-risking strategy and the search for innovation in DC Mark Thompson, CIO of HSBC’s UK pension scheme, is to leave his role to become permanent chief investment officer for the London CIV in September.Thompson will take over from Mike Pratten, who joined the £36bn (€40.4bn) local authority pension asset pool at the start of May on an interim basis from insurance company Canopius.In more than eight years at HSBC, Thompson has overseen the defined benefit section’s growth from €15.9bn when he joined in 2011 to €30.3bn according to the bank’s latest annual report.In addition, he has developed the bank’s innovative approach to defined contribution (DC), introducing a ‘three-headed’ investment strategy to give members the option of an annuity, cash lump sum or drawdown at retirement. He also worked with Legal & General Investment Management in 2016 to develop a DC default investment fund with a climate change ‘tilt’ and a positive environmental, social and governance policy. The DC section has assets totalling £4bn, according to a statement from the London CIV.In a statement, the London CIV said Thompson would join on 2 September, with Pratten continuing as temporary head of the investment team until then.Thompson said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at London CIV. ‎I look forward to contributing to the further development of LCIV, and to helping the organisation meet the expectations and requirements of its shareholders.” Lord Bob Kerslake, chair of the London CIV, added: “Mark comes with enormous experience and a strong track record of achievements. This will be of enormous benefit to the London CIV as we move forward.” Pratten was London CIV’s first investment chief since Julian Pendock left the company in January 2018. In February this year the CIV appointed Mike O’Donnell as its permanent CEO, succeeding Mark Hyde-Harrison. Hyde-Harrison held the role on an interim basis and oversaw major changes to the CIV’s governance structure.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe pool and outdoor entertainment area are among the home’s standout features. The couple loved the neighbourhood and its proximity to the beach as well as cafes and restaurants but were moving onto another project.“We will return to the Isle of Capri though, we love this street so much,” Mr Peresa said.Belle Mason Realty agent Nick Jamieson is marketing the property with a $2.495 million price tag. It has a fresh palette with high ceilings and lots of natural light.The Peresas, who have listed the Naples Ave property on the market, bought it in 2016 with the intention of knocking down the existing house and building another.They used light colours and lots of natural materials, including stone, wood and glass, to create the two-storey house that stands today.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoSoaring ceilings and wide windows let plenty of light in while a fireplace in the living area gives it a homely vibe. MORE NEWS: Landscape architects show flair The owners used lots of natural materials in its design, including stone, glass and wood. The property at 22 Naples Ave, Isle Of Capri, is not your typical luxury home.THE Glitter Strip’s flashy mega-mansions inspired the design of Daniela and Roberto Peresa’s Isle of Capri house – but not in the way you’d think.They served as an example of what not to do for the couple, who wanted a home that had a much cosier vibe.“The Gold Coast is very contemporary at the moment and it can be a little bit cold,” Mr Peresa said.“We have a business and a pretty busy lifestyle so we wanted a home that when we walked in was light and relaxing.” The owners wanted a place they could come home and relax in.The pool and outdoor entertainment area, theatre room and a feature wine display are among its standout features.“It really epitomises the Isle of Capri,” Mr Peresa said.Mrs Peresa said she had many favourite features of the house, with certain aspects highlighted at different times of the day.“During the day, it’s probably sitting in the lounge room and sitting outside,” she said.“At night time, just before we go to bed we sit on the balcony and have a drink – the skyline is amazing.” It is listed on the market for more than $2 million. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 MORE NEWS: Buyer wastes no time snapping up luxury homelast_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCanadian ferry operator BC Ferries informed that Salish Eagle, the second of the company’s three new vessels, will officially commence service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route on June 21.Salish Eagle is the second of three new Salish Class vessels that are dual-fuel and capable of operating on either natural gas or ultra-low sulfur marine diesel.The ferry arrived in British Columbia in March this year, after traveling 10,440 nautical miles from Gdansk-based Remontowa Shipbuilding.According to BC Ferries, its use of natural gas for these vessels will result in the reduction of an estimated 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, the same as taking approximately 1,900 passenger vehicles off the road annually.“After the successful introduction of Salish Orca in mid-May, we are very excited to introduce our second new ship, Salish Eagle, into service,” Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President and CEO, commented.The vessel, which can accommodate some 145 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew, is equipped with two marine evacuation systems with life rafts, smoke and natural gas detection alarms, and fire suppression systems.Salish Eagle measures 107 meters in length overall and has a service speed of 15.5 knots.Last month, BC Ferries welcomed Salish Orca, the first of three vessels, into service.In early June, Salish Raven, the third ferry, arrived in British Columbia. The ship proceeded to BC Ferries’ refit facility in Richmond to prepare for operational service in the Southern Gulf Islands in the fall.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgEni CEO Claudio Descalzi; Source: Eni/Flickr – under the CC BY-NC 2.0 licenseJapan’s MODEC has received a Letter of Intent (LOI) for supply, charter, and operations of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel from Eni in Mexico.The LOI was received on October 3, 2018. The firm time charter period is 15 years with five one-year extension options. A purchase option is included.MODEC said on Thursday that the FPSO will be deployed in the Offshore Area 1, about ten kilometers off the coast of Mexico at a water depth approximately 32 meters. The field operatorship is 100% owned by Eni Mexico. The Area 1 project is currently in the pre-development phase.Namely, Eni’s development plan for the discoveries of Amoca, Miztón and Tecoalli within the Offshore Area 1 located in the shallow waters of the Campeche Bay was approved by Mexico’s National Hydrocarbon Commission at the beginning of August. This was achieved only 32 months after the company signed the Area 1 Production Sharing Contract (PSC), won in an international bid round, and 17 months after the drilling of the first well.Offshore Area 1; Source: EniMODEC is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilization, installation and operation of the FPSO, including topsides processing equipment as well as hull and marine systems. SOFEC, a MODEC group company, will design and supply the disconnectable tower yoke mooring system of the FPSO.The FPSO will be capable of processing 90,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 75 million cubic feet of gas per day, 120,000 barrels of water injection per day and have a storage capacity of 900,000 barrels of crude oil. MODEC said that the first oil production by the FPSO is planned for 2021.“We are extremely honored and proud to have been selected to provide and operate the FPSO for Eni Mexico,” commented Toshiro Miyazaki, President and CEO of MODEC.Phased developmentAccording to Eni, Area 1 is estimated to hold 2.1 billion of oil equivalent in place (90% oil) in world-class reservoirs. The development will be phased, initially with an early production phase with startup planned in 1H 2019, through a well head platform located on the Miztón field. Production will be sent onshore through a 10” multiphase line and then treated at an existing Pemex facility. Early production plateau will be 8,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd).Full field production will start in late 2020 using the FPSO MODEC will supply and two additional platforms, which will be installed on the Amoca field and on the Tecoalli field.Area 1 production plateau will be 90,000 bopd from 2021. Total development capex are estimated at 1.9 billion dollars. Eni expects to take the Final Investment Decision (FID) in 4Q 2018.last_img read more

September 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Share Share Share Sarah Lynn Augustine In an exclusive interview with Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Claude Weekes Dominica Vibes News learnt that the Preliminary Inquiry into the death of five year old Rachel Vigilante and two month old Sophie Vigilante is progressing smoothly.On 16th September, 2010 the Police arrested and charged Sarah Lynn Augustine for allegedly stabbing her daughters to death.Ms. Augustine was granted bail last year December in the sum of $300, 000.00 with two sureties in the same amount with several strict conditions. She is to report to the Police Headquarters three times a week between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm, not interfere with Prosecution witnesses, she must not post, publish or blog on Facebook, Youtube, the internet and worldwide web anything related to the trial and she is to remain home except in instances of emergency or to report to the Police Headquarters.Inspectors Weekes cautioned sureties to be careful when doing so because theyare responsible for ensuring that the person attends court and reports to the Police Headquarters as stipulated.Click here for audio: Sureties play an essential role and should keep themselves abreast with the accused/defendant so that they can always account for them.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Sarah Lynn Augustine’s case progressing smoothly. by: – May 3, 2011center_img Tweet 18 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more