17 Jan

Drier Still.

first_img   < 10th Percentile Explanation   25th - 74th Percentile   10th - 24th Percentile Updated drought information can be found at www.georgiadrought.org and wwww.georgiaweather.net.   Not Recorded   Record Low for Day Streams LowStream flows are at or near record daily low flows statewide except the northwest corner, where flows are still very low. South of an Atlanta-to-Athens line, more than 80 percent of the minimally managed streams (those without large reservoirs) are setting daily low flow records.In the mountains, the Chattahoochee River near Cornelia is at a daily record low. Low flows are reported on the Chattoga and Tallulah Rivers near Clayton, the Chestatee River near Dahlonega, the Etowah River near Canton, the Coosawattee River near Ellijay, the Oostanaula River near Resaca and Rome and the Coosa River near Rome.In the piedmont, record daily records are being set on Peachtree Creek at Atlanta, Flint River near Griffin and Culloden, Upatoi Creek near Columbus, Ocmulgee River near Macon, Oconee River near Athens, Broad River near Bell and Little River near Washington.In the coastal plain, record daily low stream flows are on the Flint River at Montezuma, Albany and Newton, Ichawaynochaway Creek at Milford, Spring Creek at Iron City, Ochlockonee River near Thomasville, Satilla River near Waycross, Oconee River near Dublin, Ocumulgee River at Lumber City, Ohoopee River near Reidsville, Altamaha River near Baxley and at Doctortown and the Ogeechee River near Eden.Wildfire Risk HighMajor reservoirs across north and central Georgia remain well below late-February normal pool. Reservoirs at least 5 feet below normal pool include Hartwell at 9 feet low, Clarks Hill at 8 and Lanier at 6.Recent dry weather, low humidity and winds have heightened wildfire concerns. Most wildfires are caused by careless burning of debris such as leaves and household garbage.Georgia has about six weeks left to recharge topsoil moisture. March is historically Georgia's wettest month. It will have to be very wet to recharge the topsoil moisture.Hopes DimEven if a soggy March recharges the topsoil moisture, there will no reserve to carry plants through any extended hot, dry weather. It's doubtful that groundwater, streams and reservoirs can be recharged before the high water-use months.There's little hope that Georgia will be able to pull out of this drought before fall. With an El Niño event developing in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, there's some hope of long-term recovery during the winter of 2002-2003. The drought that started in May 1998 has worsened during the normal winter recharge period. Georgia depends on winter rains to replenish soil moisture, groundwater, rivers, streams and reservoirs. There is little hope for recovery until winter 2002-2003.At the end of climatological winter, December through February, Georgia hasn't had the needed rain to recharge these systems. The drought has added to wildfire concerns as the state's peak wildfire period begins.Soils DryWinter rainfall statewide has been very low. Only the northwest Georgia corner is near normal. Three-month rainfall in north Georgia include Athens at 62 percent of normal and Atlanta at 72 percent.In middle Georgia, Augusta is at 50 percent of normal, Columbus 57 percent and Macon 55. South Georgia had Savannah at 47 percent and Tifton at 46.Daily soil moisture levels are critically low across most of the state. Dry soils across the piedmont are at a level expected only once in 20 years for this time of year, according to the federal Climate Prediction Center.Soils across the northern coastal plain are at once-in-10-year levels. And southern coastal plain soils are at once-in-five-year levels.In the mountain counties, soil levels range from once in 20 years in Rabun County to once in four years in Dade. As with rainfall, the soils in Georgia's northwest corner are in better shape than in other areas.last_img read more

31 Dec

BP Unit Links Solar and Storage in Western U.S. Projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The BP-backed solar developer Lightsource sees a very compelling case for deploying energy storage in the Western U.S.All major utility-scale solar developers have added storage development talent, and some have begun regularly bidding on combined projects. But few have actually won bids for, much less constructed, hybrid plants. That makes it hard to determine just how central that kind of project is to their business models. Not so with Lightsource, the largest European solar developer, which launched its U.S. branch last year and soon after it received $200 million from oil and gas giant BP in exchange for a 43 percent ownership stake.North America Chief Commercial Officer Katherine Ryzhaya affirmed the company’s view on storage in a keynote interview at GTM’s Solar Summit in San Diego last week. “For a utility-scale solar developer, we’re not putting forward any proposals without storage, currently, to anybody west of the Colorado,” she said. “Every utility process, every bilateral at this point, at least on the West Coast, is looking at solar-storage hybrids.”The aggressive use of energy storage follows from Lightsource’s strategy of customer-driven project development. Traditionally, solar developers would start by nabbing a site and securing interconnection, then look around for an offtaker, Ryzhaya said. “I don’t think that’s the world we’re dealing in today. Today, it’s entirely flipped: It’s a customer-led business.”The old way prioritized least-cost development; under the customer-driven mentality, Lightsource crafts projects tailored to specific customer needs. Such a perspective is more amenable to the higher cost inclusion of storage, provided that it solves a problem that standalone solar can’t.Lightsource tracks the retirement of conventional power plants, Ryzhaya said, and seeks opportunities to backfill that gap with solar and storage. This combination is particularly attractive when plants retire in dense urban load pockets, where permitting a new gas plant would be exceptionally difficult.More: Lightsource: No More Solar Bids Without Energy Storage West Of The Colorado BP Unit Links Solar and Storage in Western U.S. Projectslast_img read more

20 Dec

Brazilian Armed Forces Respond to Mining Disaster

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo March 26, 2019 The Brazilian Armed Forces deployed about 190 service members to search-and-rescue missions for one of the greatest disasters in the country. A surge of toxic mud buried everything in its wake as a result of a collapsed dam at an iron ore mining complex, on January 25, 2019. The dam was part of the Córrego do Feijão Mine, in the city of Brumadinho, Minas Gerais. Employees of the mining company were the first victims. They were working in the mine’s administrative buildings when the dam broke. An estimated 12 million cubic meters of mud spread over 46 kilometers, destroying nearly everything in its path. The avalanche of mud also reached the Paraopeba River, which is part of the São Francisco River bay that runs across 48 Brazilian cities. “There’s no doubt that what happened in Brumadinho is the greatest tragedy I ever experienced in my military career,” said Brazilian Military Fire Brigade Lieutenant Raimundo Carlos Dias de Matos, who has 22 years of experience. He was one of 400 members of various Brazilian fire brigades working on the major operation. By February 25, a month into search-and-rescue missions, authorities found 192 persons alive and 176 dead. About 130 people are still missing. The incident also destroyed the local flora and fauna. The Animal Brigade—a team consisting of veterinarians, zoo technicians, volunteers, and local students—rescued more than 350 animals, including dogs, cats, cattle, birds, and reptiles. Team work In addition to service members from the Army, Navy, and Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), the operations in the Brumadinho area mobilized service members from the National Guard—a body of the Department of Justice and Public Safety—firefighters, Civil Defense teams, and volunteers. The Eastern Military Command coordinated service members’ work in support of Civil Defense and fire brigade teams. Aerial operations were critical, as the mud still hadn’t hardened 15 days after the disaster, challenging rescuers’ efforts. “During the first 30 days of operation, we had a daily average of 299 landings and takeoffs. It was the largest air traffic ever recorded in Minas Gerais,” said Lieutenant Pedro Aihara, spokesperson for the Military Fire Brigade of Minas Gerais. Authorities used a total of 31 aircraft, three from the Armed Forces, in addition to those from fire brigades of different states, Military, Civil and Federal Police, and the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Resources. “This really shows the size of the operation: more than 1,400 aerial missions and the amount of personnel assigned to it,” Lt. Aihara said. Air traffic management in the region fell under the First Central Communications and Control Group, a unit of FAB’s Airspace Control Department. The group ensured that the various aircraft used in the operation operated in an orderly manner and avoided accidents. Authorities installed a radio station near the collapsed dam area to allow for airspace control. The need for aerial missions narrowed as the mud solidified. From then on, teams on land vehicles and excavators took over search-and-rescue efforts. In addition to contributing with air transportation, service members secured the area for forensic medical examiners and engineering inspections of facilities with possible explosive materials. Ongoing operation Search operations continue without end in sight. “The fire brigades only have two options. One: We locate all missing people. And the other is a total lack of realistic and biological conditions to recover those bodies,” said Lt. Aihara.last_img read more

18 Dec

The virtuous cycle: Supporting small businesses & building local communities

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Buzz Points is the only program of its kind to support the “bank local, buy local” movement. In conjunction with National Small Business Week, we’re proud to celebrate our partnerships with small businesses and local merchants around the country. We’ve placed a premium on helping our local business partners succeed and holding ourselves accountable toward that goal.By any measure, we generated new opportunity and increased customer loyalty for small businesses nationwide. In just the last year, we categorized 20,000 more merchants as locally-owned businesses, vastly expanding the number of locations where Buzz Points users can earn additional rewards for supporting local organizations. Throughout 2015, Buzz Points Preferred Local Business partners averaged three reward redemptions from users per month, increasing customer loyalty to the tune of 200% from 2014. And on the whole, cardholder reward redemptions at Preferred Local Businesses spiked 143% over 2014 levels.Beyond revenue and customer loyalty growth, our team and platform have provided local businesses with specific marketing insights to help them better serve their local communities. Since partnering with the Buzz Points program through Fort Community Credit Union, the owners of Wisconsin’s The Sweet Spot café and bakeshop have enjoyed increased visibility into their customers’ buying habits. “Buzz Points gives us the financial and marketing benefits for doing what we were already doing,” they explained.The owner of Wisconsin’s Crimson Salon and Spa has stated that Buzz Points “is the most successful marketing system for our business to date!” What The Fork, a food truck based in Scranton, PA, has even studied Buzz Points customer purchase behavior and regularly adjusts incentives and rewards, gamifying the loyalty experience for its customers.We appreciate the trust and partnership of our small business affiliates, spread across 17 states around the country. We salute your commitment to your communities, and we look forward to growing with you!To learn how the Buzz Points solution can create new opportunities for your small business, contact us! continue reading »last_img read more

17 Dec

How to make extra cash with Google AdSense

first_imgSo, you have a website that has decent traffic and you want a little extra money. This is where Google AdSense comes in. Google AdSense is an ad network that is available for free fromGoogle. You’ve probably come across it and didn’t know it. Let’s say you go onto your favorite blogger’s website and see ads pop up in the header or footer or in the body of the article you’re reading. Chances are that’s Google AdSense, if not another ad network.So, how does it work?Excellent question! In the simplest way, AdSense posts ads on your website, and based on how much traffic your website gets, this generates what’s called impressions. The more impressions, the more money. SO, if you have a website that seems to be very popular, taking a look at Google AdSense might be a good idea.How do I start using AdSense?Well, for a more comprehensive look at what to do you can go here. But, here’s a short explanation. Once you’ve created an AdSense account, which isn’t difficult, you need to copy and paste the AdSense code into the code for your website. WordPress makes this super simple. Once you’ve done that, ads begin to appear. Now, before you get paid, there is a threshold you need to reach before you get your cash.You need to generate at least $100 dollars through traffic on your website. AdSense has all of the tracking available for your viewing pleasure. You pass that threshold and you’re gold. Anything under that, you won’t see a penny. Traffic to your site is EVERYTHING. Without it, you don’t get any money. Drive traffic to your site so AdSense can do its job.Is there a catch?None! As stated before, Google AdSense is completely free. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that you meet their criteria for being accepted to use AdSense. Yes, there are requirements for you in order to use their code. The link above will guide you through that much more deeply than what will be done here.Now, go make money! 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derek San Filippo Derek is a freelance writer who spends his off time either working with his rescue animals or writing children’s books. He lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more

17 Oct

BLOG: Thank You for Supporting Federal LGBT Non-discrimination

first_imgBLOG: Thank You for Supporting Federal LGBT Non-discrimination May 20, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolfcenter_img Equality,  National Issues,  Non-discrimination,  The Blog We want to extend our thanks to the U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania who stood with U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) in support of federal LGBT non-discrimination.Though the U.S. House of Representatives this week ultimately voted down a measure sponsored by Rep. Maloney that would have amended a military construction and veterans affairs spending bill to uphold the Obama Administration’s executive order banning discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors, the following U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania supported Rep. Maloney’s measure:Rep. Brendan BoyleRep. Bob BradyRep. Matt CartwrightRep. Ryan CostelloRep. Charlie DentRep. Michael F. DoyleRep. Chaka FattahRep. Mike FitzpatrickRep. Pat MeehanGovernor Tom Wolf is fighting for non-discrimination legislation in Pennsylvania that ensures people throughout the commonwealth – regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression or identity – are treated equally under Pennsylvania law.In April, Governor Wolf signed two executive orders that expand protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression or identity for state employees and, for the first time, employees of contractors doing business with the commonwealth.Governor Wolf’s non-discrimination executive orders are an effort to explicitly and decisively end discrimination based on sexual orientation in the executive branch of our state government. But while these executive orders apply to commonwealth employees and employees of contractors doing business with the commonwealth, we need the legislature to pass a statewide non-discrimination bill that protects all Pennsylvanians and makes it clear to the world that Pennsylvania is a welcoming place for everyone.We need to ensure that Pennsylvania is a welcoming place regardless of the color of your skin, your gender, the religion you profess, or the person you love. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

26 Sep

Somali pirates ‘seize Danish children’ in Indian Ocean

first_img Share Tweet News Somali pirates ‘seize Danish children’ in Indian Ocean by: – February 28, 2011 BBC NewsSomali pirates usually target cargo vessels for the ransoms often paid out by shipping firmsThree Danish children and their parents have been snatched by pirates who hijacked their sailing boat in the Indian Ocean, Danish officials say.Denmark’s foreign ministry said the children were aged between 12 and 16, and that two Danish crew members were also captured during the attack.Pirates seized the boat on 24 February and were said to be heading to Somalia.Piracy is a highly lucrative trade in Somalia, where gangs can often demand millions of dollars in ransoms.As of last week, the EU’s anti-piracy naval force said pirates were holding a total of 31 vessels, and 688 hostages.Many of the vessels they target are cargo ships sailing near the Gulf of Aden – one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.Increasing violenceThe foreign ministry told the AP news agency that the ship sent a distress signal on Thursday: “It has now been confirmed that the sailboat was hijacked by pirates.”The Danes are be the second group of non-commercial sailors seized by pirates in recent weeks.A group of Americans was seized earlier in February, and four of them were killed as the US Navy tried to rescue them.US forces say the pirates shot them.Analysts say the piracy industry is becoming increasingly lucrative – Somali gangs recently hijacked a tanker with $200m (£136m) worth of crude oil on board.International naval forces patrolling the area are becoming more willing to send in commando teams to free hostages.But the pirates also appear to be responding with increasing violence – two Philippine sailors were murdered last month by pirates angered at an attempted rescue. Sharing is caring!center_img 116 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

26 Sep

Football League chief calls for ‘cool heads’ over virus chaos

first_imgEnglish Football League (EFL) chairman Rick Parry has called for “cool heads” as he wrestles with the dilemma of how to finish the season with the coronavirus wreaking havoc. Aston Villa won the EFL’s Championship last season and were promoted to the Premier League The second-tier Championship, League One and League Two last week suspended play until April 3 at the earliest in response to the pandemic. Clubs are awaiting guidance on how to proceed, with concerns spiralling over the potential financial damage to smaller teams if the season is not able to finish. There is also the issue of promotion and relegation to resolve if games cannot be completed. A potential cancellation of Euro 2020 would open a window in the summer to wrap up the domestic season.Advertisement If that is not possible, there have been reports the current top two in the Championship – Leeds and West Bromwich Albion – would be promoted to the Premier League. That could trigger bitter legal action if clubs are unhappy they did not get the chance to complete potential promotion-winning campaigns themselves. Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge All the speculation has led to an alarmist atmosphere around the English game but, with the EFL board set to meet for a further update on Wednesday, former Liverpool chief executive Parry urged teams to stay calm. “These are indeed challenging times for the league, its clubs and the game as a whole,” Parry said. “However, now is the time for cool heads and calm reflection rather than speculation as we look to steer our competitions and clubs through this period of uncertainty.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Great Wall Of China: The Hidden StoryWorld’s Most Delicious Foods10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live InTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithlast_img read more

24 Sep

ORVC Weekly Reports

first_imgThe ORVC Weekly Report for August 26-31.Players/Performers of the Week.Volleyball:  Shelbie Huffmeyer-Jac-Cen-Del.Girls Cross Country:  Bella Gramaglia-South Ripley.Boys Cross Country:  Austin Allen-South Ripley.Soccer:  Coleman Jackson-Southwestern.ORVC Report (August 26-August 31)The ORVC Weekly Report for September 2-7.Players/Performers of the Week.Volleyball:  Kelsi Konkle-Switzerland County.Girls Cross Country:  Kayla Bowling-Jac-Cen-Del.Boys Cross Country:  Austin Allen-South Ripley.Soccer:  Coleman Jackson-Southwestern.ORVC Report (September 2-7)Submitted by Travis Calvert-ORVC Sports.last_img read more

24 Sep

Scorecard: Much Improvement Needed in Caring for Aging Hoosiers

first_imgA new scorecard from AARP ranks Indiana 47th among states for services and supports to help meet the long-term care needs of older residents. (Photo credit: JC Munt)Indiana has seen efforts in recent years to improve the long-term care needs of older Hoosiers, but the findings of a new analysis suggest a lot more could be done. AARP released a national scorecard by state on long-term services available for seniors and their families, and state legislative director Ambre Marr said Indiana ranks 47th overall.“This scorecard gives us a snapshot of how well Indiana serves our older residents, those with disabilities and family caregivers,” she said. “It shows us that we must sharpen our focus to better assist hard-working Hoosiers.”Kristin LaEace, chief executive of the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging, said one positive development not included in the report is the state’s new pilot of the Community Living Program, which uses preventive measures to help keep older residents in their homes as long as possible.“Because the data is a little older, that’s not necessarily reflective of the current situation in Indiana,” she said. “So, we are very proud of our state for the efforts it’s taken for making the commitment that people are going to have the choice to have home and community-based services rather than either do without or have to go to a nursing home.”The scorecard ranked Indiana fifth for its resource centers that connect older adults and people with disabilities with needed supports, she said.Marr said it’s critical to address long-term care now, because in 12 years the leading edge of the “baby boom” generation will enter its 80s, placing new demands on a still-imperfect system.“So further, this generation will have far fewer potential family caregivers to provide unpaid help,” she said, “which makes it important for us that this topic continues to be discussed as we move forward, to see what else Indiana can do.”In particular, Marr said, the state needs to examine ways to improve support for family caregivers. This year, AARP supported House Bill 1230, legislation which would have credited a tax credit for family caregivers, but it didn’t receive a hearing. Marr said she is hopeful it will be revisited in the future, adding that family caregivers often struggle financially as they help their loved ones live independently at home.View the Indiana scorecard here >>Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more