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Freeze risk

first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity ofGeorgiaAthens, Ga. — Compared to recentwinters, the probability of a damaging freeze is higher in early2004 across most of Georgia. This higher freeze risk is becauseof current and expected atmospheric-oceanic patterns.Atmospheric-oceanic patterns have a major influence on the typeof winter we have in the Southeast. The best known large-scaleatmospheric-oceanic pattern is El Nino. Under the El Ninopattern, much of Georgia has a wetter-than-normal winter.The opposite pattern is called La Nina. During a La Nina winter,much of the Southeast is drier than normal.Both El Nino and La Nina patterns tend to keep extremely cold airfrom making it from Canada into the deep South. Thus, damagingfreezes are less likely during El Nino and La Nina winters.No protectionThis winter, though, the atmospheric-oceanic system is in theneutral pattern. It’s neither El Nino nor La Nina. During winterswith the neutral pattern, extremely cold air from Canada isusually able to invade the Southeast.This extremely cold air can cause significant freeze-relateddamage. Between periods of very cold air, the Southeast shouldhave periods of relatively warm air.Across extremely south and coastal Georgia, the likelihood oftemperatures below 20 degrees this winter is at least one andhalf times greater than we would expect during an El Nino or LaNina winter.Across much of Georgia, the probability of temperatures below 14degrees is at least one and half times greater than we wouldexpect during an El Nino on La Nina winter. Temperatures around14 and below can cause extreme damage to Georgia winter crops,especially onions.Maps and detailed expectations concerning the extreme freezeprobabilities may be found on the Web at www.coaps.fsu.edu/climate_center/frz04.html.The extreme freeze probability analysis and maps were produced bythe Southeast Climate Consortium. The consortium is an outreachand research cooperative between the University of Georgia,Florida State University, University of Florida, University ofMiami and the University of Alabama at Huntsville.(David Emory Stooksbury is the State Climatologist of Georgia anda professor of engineering and atmospheric sciences in theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

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Alliance CEO Craft sees need for consolidation in U.S. coal industry

first_imgAlliance CEO Craft sees need for consolidation in U.S. coal industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The U.S. coal industry “needs” to consolidate in the face of difficult market conditions and sinking coal demand because of the coronavirus pandemic, Alliance Resource Partners LP CEO Joe Craft said on a May 8 earnings call.“Consolidation is needed in the coal space, and we’re a consolidator,” Craft said, commenting on options available to the Oklahoma-based coal producer to survive the uncertainty in the U.S. economy and among fossil fuel industries in particular. “Nothing [is] currently being done but it needs to happen,” he said. “Whether it does or not, I can’t predict. But that needs to happen. And we are a willing participant in that.”Craft did not specify transactions that could occur in the future. In prepared remarks at the beginning of the call, he said the company believes 2020 “will provide a new foundation for future growth of our partnership” and that “we are committed to continuing this strategy.”The drop in electricity demand created by stay-at-home orders and other social distancing efforts in the U.S. appears set to accelerate the decline of the coal industry as energy markets fundamentally transform in the wake of the crisis. Though the pandemic has yet to push U.S.-based coal-fired power plants toward earlier retirements, a Trump administration official recently told virtual attendees of a fuel buyers conference the industry may perform worse than the U.S. government’s already-grim predictions and that coal plants may retire early.Sustainability-focused think tank Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis concluded in a March report the U.S. coal sector would face pressure to consolidate, with the pandemic expected to exacerbate negative market conditions. Current coal production capacity in the U.S. is “unsustainable,” the think tank stated, and 2020 “will very likely see the beginning of a long-overdue rethinking of production capacity in the U.S.”For Alliance, the pandemic has meant withdrawing its full-year 2020 production guidance in late March and temporarily idling its coal mines in the Illinois Basin while reducing production at other mines. The company is now targeting coal sales and production for 2020 of approximately 28 million tonnes and 27 million tonnes, respectively, or 25%-30% lower than originally guided, with plans to draw down inventories in the second quarter and produce in the back half of the year to meet existing contractual obligations, Craft said. In line with losses expected for major coal producers, Alliance recorded a first-quarter attributable net loss of $144.8 million, falling year over year from a net income of $276.4 million.[Jacob Holzman]More: U.S. coal industry needs to consolidate in light of pandemic, Alliance CEO sayslast_img read more

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How to be frugal with holiday spending

first_imgYour Guide to Frugal CheerFinding it hard to feel festive when all you can think about is that fat credit card bill or those student loans you’re (still) paying off? Unfortunately, you’re not alone: three in four American households are currently saddled with some kind of debt.So, as we enter a new holiday season — with shoppers planning to spend even more than last year — here’s how to affordably take part in the giving season and keep a lid on debt.Plan Around Your Real BudgetAiming to cap your holiday spend at $500? Map out your spending according to that exact figure, not on money you “think” is going to come rolling in. Avoid temptation by sticking to cash and prioritizing your budget.First, set aside money for folks who deserve nice tips — the babysitter, dog walker, house cleaner, etc. — and buying a few gifts for the kids. Based on what’s left, it may be that your child’s teachers and Great Uncle George will have to receive homemade cookies instead of iTunes gift cards. (And enjoy them more! Maybe!)If your manager does pull through with a substantial bonus, consider it an extra payment toward an existing card balance. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Rugby Championship: South Africa committed to competition for next decade | Rugby Union News

first_img– Advertisement – Reigning world champions South Africa intend to remain a part of the Rugby Championship – Advertisement – “The southern hemisphere rugby powers have recognised the need for change in these difficult times and have committed to an international rugby future through to 2030,” SANZAAR said in a statement.SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos added: “The re-commitment by the four unions to the long-term future of the international game is an important start as we embark in a new direction. South Africa withdrew from this year’s Rugby Championship over player welfare concerns; the country’s Super Rugby franchises could joined an expanded PRO16 Last Updated: 04/11/20 7:44am Rumours South Africa could join the Six Nations have been put to one side Rumours South Africa could join the Six Nations have been put to one side

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Supermarket Christmas ranges 2019

first_imgEach year, we give you a preview of the new Christmas ranges before they land on supermarket shelves. Use the dropdown menu to see each supermarket’s festive food and drink ranges for this year.last_img

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Enable Midstream to build new LNG feeder pipeline

first_imgImage courtesy of Enable MidstreamEnable Midstream Partners said its unit, Enable Gulf Run Transmission, will develop the Gulf Run Pipeline, an interstate natural gas transportation project connecting U.S. natural gas supplies to LNG export markets on the Gulf Coast.The project is backed by a precedent agreement with a cornerstone shipper for a 20-year, 1.1 billion cubic feet per day of capacity firm transportation service.Subject to a final investment decision by the cornerstone shipper for the LNG export facility to be served by this project and approval of the project by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, up to an estimated 165 miles of large-diameter pipeline will be constructed from northern Louisiana to Gulf Coast markets.In addition, the Gulf Run Pipeline project will utilize existing Enable Gas Transmission transportation infrastructure to provide access to natural gas producing regions in the U.S., including the Haynesville, Marcellus, Utica and Barnett shales as well as the Mid-Continent region.The project is expected to be placed into service in 2022.Enable Midstream Partners noted a non-binding open season for the Gulf Run Pipeline project started and will continue through October 26, 2018, to gather additional interest for firm transportation capacity.last_img read more

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Too fat to fly? Stranded Frenchman’s long ordeal

first_img 29 Views   no discussions Share Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Too fat to fly? Stranded Frenchman’s long ordeal by: – November 21, 2013 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Kenneth ChenaisLONDON (AP) — He’s been turned down by planes, trains and even a cruise ship in his quest to return home — and his family says it’s because he has been deemed too fat to travel.Now Frenchman Kevin Chenais’ long and fitful journey is coming to an end.Chenais, who weighs 500 pounds (230 kilogrammes), says he has been repeatedly refused transport over the past two weeks as he sought to get home to France from the United States. P&O Ferries finally offered to take him in an ambulance across the English Channel on Wednesday, the final hurdle keeping him from his home near the Swiss border.“It’s terrible. It’s discrimination. It was very hard, tiring and a big waste of money for my parents,” the 22-year-old told RTL radio on Wednesday.Slumped over in his mobility scooter, he said he was exhausted just before being loaded into the ambulance.Chenais’ mother was outraged by the treatment her son allegedly received, saying he was discriminated against because of his weight.“It’s not the fault of my son to be big. He has a genetic illness,” Christina Chenais said. “We are very happy to go home after this long, distressing and traumatic situation.”The odyssey began when British Airways refused to honour his return ticket from the United States, where he spent months receiving medical care for a hormone imbalance.“When we talked about this problem with British Airways that Kevin was too fat … (they said) abandon any intention of coming back to France,” Kevin’s father, Rene, told RTL Radio. “From the fact of his incapacity, his obesity, he was not considered to be a normal being, but more like a problem.”BA acknowledges that it refused to let Chenais board the plane, but said confidentiality rules prevent it from saying why. BA insisted that it does not discriminate against customers for any reason and that the airline provides the option of an extra seat to people who contact them with concerns about seat width.“We respect the privacy of the customer so cannot comment on any changes in circumstance between arrival and departure dates,” the company said in a statement. British Airways declined to say what the changes in circumstance had been.Chenais said Carnival Cruises also rejected his request for a cabin on a trans-Atlantic voyage. The company declined to comment.Virgin Atlantic airlines stepped in to fly him to London, he said. The company refused to comment on the topic to The Associated Press.From London, Chenais had planned to take the Eurostar train home. But Eurostar refused to allow him on board because of safety rules governing travel through the Channel Tunnel: The high-speed train that connects England to France and Belgium requires all passengers to have the ability to be safely evacuated — and Chenais’ obesity-caused lack of mobility made that impossible.“This is a terrible situation,” Eurostar said in a statement. “Our heart goes out to Mr Chenais and his family who are understandably desperate to return home after being stranded in America.”Eurostar paid for the family’s hotel room and worked with P&O to find a solution.“It’s difficult to imagine the frustration that this gentleman has gone through,” P&O spokesman Chris Laming said in a statement. “But for us, it’s very straightforward, as we are set up to carry people who have medical needs.”The ferry company took Chenais and his family across the English Channel late Wednesday to Calais. From there, the family was driving to the French town of Ferney-Voltaire, 740 kilometres (460 miles) to the southeast.“I am waiting to see my sisters and the other people in my family,” Chenais told RTL radio. “I couldn’t have imagined this for us.”Associated Presslast_img read more

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EPL: Aguero fires Man City to win as Southampton climb log

first_imgPep Guardiola’s team, with defender Aymeric Laporte back in the side, looked as though they might rue Gabriel Jesus’s squandered first-half penalty but their Argentine hitman came to the rescue.Despite the win, City remain 13 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool, having played two games more and their bid to defend their title appears hopeless. Loading… Sergio Aguero fired Manchester City to a 1-0 victory against Sheffield United on Tuesday as Southampton climbed into the top half of the Premier League table with a win at Crystal Palace.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should SeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Aymeric Laporte was back in Manchester City’s team against Sheffield United after a long injuryAnother victory for Southampton lifted Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side to ninth in the table while Nigel Pearson saw his in-form Watford fall to a late Aston Villa goal in a 2-1 defeat.Elsewhere, Moise Kean scored his first goal for Everton in their 2-2 draw against Newcastle while Bournemouth beat Brighton to give themselves fresh hope of survival.Manchester City’s French central defender Laporte has been out of action since suffering a knee injury at the end of August and he was a surprise inclusion at Bramall Lane.– Jesus penalty woe –Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson denied Jesus from the penalty spot about 10 minutes from half-time after John Egan brought down Riyad Mahrez.The Brazilian has now failed to score three of his five Premier League penalties.But City made amends when substitute Sergio Aguero, just on for Jesus, tapped in from Kevin De Bruyne’s cross in the 73rd minute.Southampton’s 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace continued a remarkable turnaround for the club, who hit rock bottom earlier this season in a 9-0 defeat by Leicester.Nathan Redmond controlled Jack Stephens’ ball forward, turned away from Martin Kelly and rifled into the top corner from 20 yards midway through the first half.Southampton went 2-0 up three minutes into the second half thanks to a fine Stuart Armstrong goal from distance.Watford took the lead against Villa when Troy Deeney headed in Gerard Deulofeu’s cross seven minutes before the break but the home side hit back in the second half through Douglas Luiz.Tyrone Mings scored a dramatic late winner for Villa deep into stoppage time.Kean scored his first goal for Everton since his arrival from Juventus in the 30th minute of their match against Newcastle.Dominic Calvert-Lewin doubled the lead in the second half but Newcastle staged a remarkable comeback, with Florian Lejeune grabbing two stoppage-time goals.Aguero fires Man City to win as Southampton climb table https://t.co/OSYApzeYeA pic.twitter.com/wXnh7CHqEV— CLEANSHEET (@Cleansheet) January 21, 2020Read Also: PSG ‘ready to make Pep Guardiola massive offer to leave Man City’Bournemouth, who had lost their past four matches, all against relegation rivals, beat Brighton 3-1 thanks to goals from Harry Wilson, an own goal from Pascal Gross and a second-half Callum Wilson effort.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are in action on Wednesday at Wolves while Manchester United take on Burnley without Marcus Rashford, who could be out for three months with a back injury.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Lady Wildcats Get Road Win Over Lady Red Devils

first_imgThe Wildcats were able to overcome a difficult day offensively and were able to push across some runs late to defeat Richmond on the road by a final score of 6-4. Franklin County hit the ball more consistently in this game than the previous game against Centerville, but the softballs could just not find the holes in the defense to give the Wildcats a lot of base runners. Franklin County got good pitching from their starter, Camryn Brewer, and was able to manufacture runs to defeat the Red Devils.In the first inning Richmond was able to score three runs as the Wildcats looked a little groggy getting off of the bus. Two walks, compounded with an error on a double play ball allowed the Red Devils to load the bases with no outs. Then singles later on in the inning by Laughlin-Foster and Bowery allowed the Red Devils to take an early 3-0 lead.From that point forward, Camryn Brewer would dominate in the circle for the Wildcats. She would pitch and complete game keeping the Richmond hitters off-balance with a steady array of off-speed pitches and fast balls. The only other run Brewer would give up would be later on in the seventh inning.In the top of the third inning, the Wildcats were able to manufacture some runs with no hits in the inning. Sarah Bare led off the inning for the Wildcats with a four-pitch walk. Then after Morgan Bare fell behind in the count 2-0, she was hit by a pitch to give the Wildcats runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs. Then back-to-back grounders to second base by Abby Orschell and Makaylee Woods would score both runners and bring the Wildcats within one run of the Red Devils.The Wildcats would take the lead in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Morgan Bare would again fall behind in the count and with a 1-2 count she would be hit by another pitch. Abby Orschell then a hard grounder to second which was misplayed and allowed her to reach first, then continue to second on a bad throw and allow Bare to advance to third. Makaylee Woods would then bunt into a fielder’s choice where the Red Devils made a bad throw to first allowing Woods to reach first and Bare to score on the play. Orschell would advance to third. Orschell would then score on a ground ball to third base off of the bat of Camryn Brewer with a nice slide into the plate to give the Wildcats a 4-3 lead.Franklin County would add more insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings which would prove to be crucial later on. The Wildcats would add their run in the sixth, scored by Karlie Hahn when she scored on a bad throw back to the pitcher after reaching base via a walk.In the top of the seventh, the Wildcats would add their final run. Camryn Brewer would double down the left field line with one out to give Franklin County a runner in scoring position. The next play, she would advance to third on a ground out to short, but when the throw came across the diamond to try and get Brewer out, it would ricochet off her leg on the slide and go into left field, allowing her to score to Wildcats final run of the game.Richmond would make things interesting in the seventh. A lead off single by A. Brewer looked like it would be for nothing as Camryn Brewer retired the next two hitters to take Richmond down to their final out. But then the Wildcats made back to back errors which allowed the Red Devils to score another run and bring the winning run to the plate. Camryn Brewer would then induce a pop fly to Makaylee Woods to end the game.Camryn Brewer got the win for the Wildcats in the circle. She went all seven innings, giving up five hits, four runs (one earned), walked four and struck out one. Laurelai DePew took the loss for the Red Devils.Wildcats offense was led by Camryn Brewer who had a double and an RBI for the Wildcats. Michaela Ferman and Sarah Bare each drew two walks, and Morgan Bare was hit by a pitch twice and scored two runs.Franklin County (2-1) will be back in action Friday evening at home when the Knights from Northeastern High School visit Brookville. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30pm.last_img read more

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Interactive survey uses multimedia experience

first_imgThe intersection of technology and everyday life was pushed in a new direction Tuesday in McCarthy Quad, as more than 50 students and alumni traversed hula-hoops, iPhones in hand and tough questions around every turn.Survey says · Mariana Aguilar explains how her “Immersive Life Size Survey” works to Chris Clapis, a sophomore majoring in computer science. – Mindy Curtis | Daily TrojanAs part of her thesis project, Mariana Aguilar, a senior majoring in social sciences with an emphasis in psychology, set up the “Immersive Life Size Survey” on campus to test the impact meshing technology, multimedia literacy and everyday life with surveying real-time experiences.“People are more comfortable and more interested when technology is involved,” Aguilar said. “Being in a life-size space [with technology] where, depending on how you answered a question, you would move through space differently, you weigh the questions more heavily.”Aguilar’s project represents recognition of the growing importance real-time multimedia experiences will play in the coming years, according to Holly Willis, a research assistant professor and director of academic programs for the Institute for Multimedia Literacy.“Technology is increasingly becoming interwoven into everyday life,” Willis said. “People crave being out in the world and connecting with people.”The project, supported through IML and the School of Cinematic Arts, aims to investigate the differences between survey responses in a physical setting with a multimedia aspect against responses to more traditional computer surveys.Participants in Tuesday’s survey were presented with three preliminary identification questions and five survey questions. They began the survey at the center hula-hoop and moved outward to the next hoop, depending on each answer.“I wanted to look at how people make different decisions in different media,” Aguilar said.Survey participant David Saller, a USC graduate with a bachelor’s degree in history, said he felt the survey was unique in the way it challenged him to weigh his options in a more physical space.“[The survey] allows you to understand that your response is going to dictate something,” Saller said. “You know that obliquely when you’re taking a survey but after the first question [in a physical setting] you realize whatever you answer is going to effect where you move. It challenges you to be more honest.”Responses to the five questions, which ranged from simple informational questions to ethical and moral dilemmas, were recorded with the smartphone app “Scan” with Quick Response codes attached to large pegs near each hoop. After completing the survey, the five hoops each participant visited were mapped visually along the route the participant took.Aguilar said she hopes to determine the effect of combining real-life experiences with multimedia by comparing the maps of the participants in the “life-size” setting against those from survey-takers who answered the same questions at a computer.According to Aaron Harris, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, the experience was far different than simply sitting behind a computer to take a survey.“It was an interesting way to use new forms of media to tie into old [methods] of gathering data,” Harris said.Technology and new media crossing into daily life is something Saller expects will define the way people interact with each other in the coming years.“Interactivity is the way of the future,” Saller said.This intersection of real-life experiences and multimedia aspects gave Aguilar the chance to attract students to her project, all while exploring the way technology changes students’ everyday lives.“Technology is, after all, the way to get the attention of our generation,” Aguilar said.last_img read more