By David Emory StooksburyUniversity ofGeorgiaThe very wet summer of 2005 has caused the risk of flooding to beusually high across Georgia.Soil moisture and stream flows are already very high for themiddle of August. Most reservoirs and ponds are at or near thesummer full pool.Heavy rainfall can lead to rapid flooding, as there is minimalstorage capacity left in the soils, rivers and reservoirs.A special concern is the potential impact of a widespread rainevent associated with tropical weather. Localized floodingassociated with individual thunderstorm complexes is also morelikely this summer.The elevated flood risk is expected to remain for the foreseeablefuture.InsuranceMost insurance policies for homes and businesses don’t coverlosses caused by flooding. An additional policy is required.Information about the federal National Flood Insurance Programmay be found at www.fema.gov/fima/nfip.shtm.It takes 30 days fora new policy to start, so it’s important to start the programbefore flooding is forecast.Another problem associated with wet soils is falling trees. Treeswith poor roots due to disease, damage or poor growth are morelikely to fall over. Trees will rotten trunks and limbs are alsomore like to cause damage.Since it’s very hard to determine the health of a tree’s roots,trunk and branches by simple inspection, it’s best to have acertified arborist inspect trees.Soaked soilsSoil moisture is extremely high for August. It’s at the 99thpercentile north and west of a Valdosta-to-Macon-to-Lincolntonline and south and east of a Columbus-to-Carrolton-to-Blairsvilleline. This means that in 99 of 100 years, we would expect soilsto be drier than they are now.For the remainder of the state, soil moisture is generallygreater than the 90th percentile, except in the extreme northwestcorner. At the 90th percentile, we would expect the soils to bedrier in 90 of 100 years than they are now.Streams and rivers across Georgia are extremely high for August.On Aug. 10, daily record flows were recorded on the Oconee Rivernear Athens, Apalachee River near Bostwick, Broad River nearBell, Little River near Washington, Alcovy River near Covington,Ocmulgee River from Jackson to Macon and Spring Creek near IronCity.Most of the other major rivers in the state are at or above the90th percentile in flow for the middle of August.Tropical threatsBecause of the increased threat of flooding, Georgians need tomonitor the development of tropical systems over the next severalmonths.The best way to keep updated about weather conditions and weatherwarnings is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationweather radio. NOAA weather radios are available at most storesthat sell electronics.Recent rainfall information is available from the GeorgiaAutomated Environmental Monitoring Network (www.georgiaweather.net)of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.More information on preparing for a flood and recovery can befound at http://interests.caes.uga.edu/disaster/preparation/articles.htmand http://interests.caes.uga.edu/disaster/recovery/articles.htm.(David Emory Stooksbury is the state climatologist and aprofessor of engineering and atmospheric sciences in theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Kyle Feldscher for the Washington Examiner:Sen. Chuck Grassley wants more funding for wind energy research put into next year’s energy and water spending bill.The Iowa Republican took to the Senate floor Monday afternoon to push an amendment that would fund wind energy research at the same level in fiscal 2017 as it is for the current fiscal year, $95.4 million. The current bill on the Senate floor contains $80 million for wind energy research funding.Grassley said increasing wind energy research funding would require no new funding and instead would shift $15.4 million from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to wind energy research.“It does not raise overall spending levels,” he said. “It simply redirects $15.4 million from other renewable energy and efficiency programs to wind energy research.”Wind energy is important in Iowa. Grassley noted that 30 percent of the state’s electricity comes from wind energy and the industry supported 88,000 jobs there in 2015.Grassley said he believes funding for wind energy needs to stay level, if not increased, given the amount of tax breaks given to other energy sectors. He pointed to fossil fuels and nuclear energy in particular.“They argue that we shouldn’t pick winners or that wind is a mature industry,” Grassley said. “Don’t kid yourself. Wind, while nearly mature, is just an infant compared to the federal dollars and incentives provided to fossil and nuclear energy.”Full article: Grassley pushes for more money for wind energy research Iowa Senator Pushes for More Federal Dollars for Wind Energy
The Four Pass Loop in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area just outside of Aspen, Colorado, is one of those backpacking trips that you consistently find on online lists that read “Five Backpacking Trips You Must Do Before You Die“. Chances are, you’ve even seen a photo of the Maroon Bells. With their beautiful red rock towering over Maroon Lake, this location has to be one of the most circulated photos from Colorado on the internet. In fact, it’s been unofficially deemed the most photographed spot in Colorado. The truth of the matter is – this is all for good reason. This area of Colorado is absolutely stunning. We have visited and backpacked this area several times. We recently even took Roxy’s two-year-old niece on her very first backpacking trip here. With relatively easy access, this area sees a lot of traffic. But with proper planning and some good beta, you can dodge the crowds, find epic camping spots, and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer. We wanted to detail what we think is a great way to tackle the Four Pass Loop in a four day and three-night adventure. With this trail, it’s a good idea to acclimate yourself. You will often see this trail listed as intermediate. This might be true for a seasoned backpacker, but if you spend your time at sea level, this trip can easily become a nightmare. We’ve seen many people turn back due to being either unprepared or unfit. The Four Pass Loop will take you on a 27-mile loop with roughly 8,000 feet in elevation gain.Due to the popularity of the area, drive-in access to Maroon Lake (where your journey starts) is limited to buses that run to and from Aspen Highlands Ski Area. The ticket is $8 per adult and you will enjoy a short and informative bus ride to the trailhead. If you get there early or late enough, you may drive your car to the overnight lot at the trailhead. The catch is that this lot is often full and you run the risk of having to drive back out and wait for a bus anyway. However, starting early will guarantee you good camping and that you’ll be up and over any of the four passes over 12,000 feet and down to safety before the afternoon thunderstorms.Day 1:Maroon Lake is where most of the crowds hang out. The view is incredible though and it’s easy to see why people flock there for a photo opportunity. As you follow the trail around Maroon Lake the trail ascends roughly up 1.5 miles up to Crater Lake. Here you’ll find 11 first-come-first-serve campsites that make a great base camp for those looking to tackle North Maroon Peak. For this trip, you’ll keep hiking past these campsites, up towards West Maroon Pass. We recommend doing this hike clockwise. Doing this hike counter clockwise is arguably more scenic, but hiking up and over Buckskin Pass with a full pack will be a tough task. We recommend going left at the fork in the trail (before reaching Crater Lake) and head up towards West Maroon Pass. Once you ascend into the trees past the lake, there is a variety of good camping ranging from shaded spots near the water or open-air spots right at the tree line. We opted to go further on the first day and camp near the treeline. Day 2:This is where you really start to feel like you are in the backcountry. On day 2 you will conquer two of the famous four passes. West Maroon Pass (12,480 ft) and Fridged Air Pass (12,415) are your objectives. Between these two passes, you never drop below treeline and camping can be a bit tricky. There are magnificent campsites in the trees below treeline in the valley behind Fridged Air Pass. We recommend hiking all the way to into Fravert Basin and camping by the water. Most hikers stop for the day before they make the descent and we found what was our favorite spot of the trip. It was here that we surprised a moose and caused it to mock-charge us. Always be aware of wildlife while on this trail. Moose and bear activity is high in this area. Day 3:On the third day, you’ll be conquering Trail Rider Pass. This one is a challenging climb, with a view that makes all the climbing worth it. Once on top of the pass, you can see the beautiful Snowmass Lake and the basin you will be hiking into laid out in front of you. Descend to the other side with a smile. When we did this hike we had a soggy day with lots of rain, but the views held and we were happy campers. Once again you have the opportunity to camp in some nice tree covered camping on the other side of the pass. We found what seemed like a perfect spot, but after having some lunch we realized we were actually surrounded by lots of fresh moose poop. The last thing we wanted was to wake up to a bunch of moose walking through camp in the morning on their way to get a drink. We moved further down the trail and found a delightful spot on the edge of the water once again. Some choose to camp AT Snowmass lake but we chose to keep going in order to keep the hike out the next day relaxed.Day 4: On your final day you have the least amount of elevation to gain. The hike up the back of Buckskin Pass is a welcome change of pace. Your legs will be happy when you reach the final pass of your trek. The truth is, however, that this final descent back to Crater Lake and ultimately back the Trailhead is a bit brutal. On your way back to the car you can think back to the individual uniqueness of each pass that you have covered. The entire hike takes place in the same mountain range but the landscape over each pass is distinct.Worth Noting:1. This area has high bear activity and the use of Bear Canisters are required.2. Please properly bury your poop and pack out your toilet paper. This area is heavily used and we saw way too much toilet paper just off the trail.3. Carry a map. While this loop is fairly straightforward, we encountered many lost hikers in our time on the loop. National Geographic makes a map called “Colorado Backpacking Loops South” that this loop is included in — super helpful!4. Self-registered permits are required in Marron Bells Snowmass Wilderness. You can get the permit in the box on your way to Crater Lake.5. Hike in July. The wildflowers are out in full force and we’ve never seen anything like it.Send any questions our way! We love this hike and encourage everyone to experience its beauty. There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors that make this happen: Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to win
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » I’m a past chapter president for a well-known international women’s organization, The Links, Incorporated. Before I took office, I had a vision to ensure that we were a diverse group of women comprised of a vast range of talents, exposures and life experiences who were prepared to serve youth, the arts and good causes.Thinking of this mathematically, you could say that as a result of diversifying the “numerators,” representing different talents, backgrounds, gender and races on the team, we were able to synergize our talents to work toward the same common denominator—the organization’s mission.When I think about diversity, I think about how important it is to first know what diversity really means. Diversity is everything that makes us who we are as individuals. According to the National Credit Union Administration, diversity includes racial background, skin color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, religion, language, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, family structure, geographic differences, diversity of thought and life experiences.Here are four ways to promote diversity in your numerator, so your team can more effectively work toward your credit union’s common denominator:
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father holding up talks over new Arsenal contract Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jun 2020 3:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Arteta has struck up an excellent relationship with skipper Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)According to The Athletic, Aubameyang’s father, Pierre-Francois, looks after the forward’s interests and always prefers to meet in person rather than remotely.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDuring the coronavirus crisis that has been impossible, with Pierre-Francois’ insistence on doing business face-to-face meaning Arsenal have had to wait until lockdown restrictions have been loosened to make real progress on a deal.Nevertheless, the club and player have been in talks for some time and Arteta is confident that his relationship with Aubameyang – and plans for the future – can entice him into committing his future to the club.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 ArsenalSpeaking about Aubameyang ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City on Wednesday evening, Arteta said: ‘It is our responsibly to make him feel that this is the next step in his career.‘In order to do that he needs to feel valued and feel [that he] belongs and feel that we want him. The 30-year-old has 17 Premier League goals this season (Picture: Getty)‘He really needs to believe we can take this club forward and that he’s going to be a key player in that.‘At the moment I am extremely happy with how he has been performing and behaving. We have a really good relationship, we can discuss face-to-face a lot of things.‘I think he’s very happy at the club. We have many discussions with Pierre, his family and agent. I am pretty positive that we can find the right agreement for all parties.’MORE: Arsenal can’t afford to lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Ian WrightMORE: Tim Sherwood tips Gabriel Martinelli to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. The Gunners’ top scorer is out of contract next summer (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father’s preference to meet with Arsenal bosses in person to discuss fresh terms is holding up the club’s attempts to extend his current deal, according to reports.The Gabon striker is out of contract next summer, when he will be free to leave the Emirates for nothing, and recently admitted that his current situation marks ‘the most important decision of his career’.Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep the club’s top scorer in north London, personally intervening to persuade him to stay, though talks are proving tricky.
Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf September 09, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf The Blog, Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania received $3.7 million in federal grants to battle the opioid abuse crisis. Fighting the current opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania is a top priority for Governor Wolf and the grants will be used to improve initiatives created to help those suffering with substance use disorder.The governor also announced that a grant of $3.5 million will go towards the revitalization of Midtown Harrisburg. The revitalization project includes the renovation of four vacant and blighted buildings, which will be renovated to contain a mix of commercial and residential space.On Saturday, the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University football teams will play each other, reviving a storied inter-state rivalry. Before the game, Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Penn State President Eric Barron will join Governor Wolf to promote It’s On Us PA. It’s On Us is a campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending campus sexual assault.Governor Wolf’s Week, September 4 – September 10, 2016Wednesday, September 7, 2016Statement on Governor Christie Ending Reciprocity AgreementPennsylvania Receives $3.7 Million in Federal Grants to Battle Opioid CrisisGovernor Wolf Announces $3.5 Million Grant for Third Street Revitalization Project in Midtown HarrisburgGO-TIME: Labor & Industry Space Optimization Project Saving $250,000 AnnuallyThursday, September 8, 2016Governor Wolf Lauds Revenue’s Online Innovation for Businesses and Tax ProfessionalsGovernor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Welcome Visitors to the Governor’s Residence this Sunday during Gallery WalkFriday, September 9, 2016Ahead of Pitt-Penn State Game, University Leaders Join Governor Wolf Against Campus Sexual AssaultGovernor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Receives Nearly $7 Million in Grant Funding for TransitGovernor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Patriot DayHighlights from The BlogLet Your Voice Be Heard – Register to Vote by October 11 (VIDEO)It’s On Us: Everyone Can Play a Part in Eliminating Sexual Assault on Campuses. Here’s How.Putting Coal Miners Back to Work and Improving CommunitiesRecovering from Devastating Flooding in Connellsville, PA (VIDEO) Governor Wolf’s Week, September 4 – September 10, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
(Author Unknown)Rugby is a game played by most boys in New Zealand in their childhood, though some don’t want to play it at all. A significant section of the community have always preferred to play a different sport, like soccer.But Rugby gets all the status in New Zealand, commanding all the respect. So much so that those who play soccer are often made to feel like second-class citizens. They lack the mana of those who play the nation’s revered game.To end this discrimination we have decided to redefine Rugby to include any sport involving two teams with a ball. As long as you love your team-ball sport you are a rugby player and should be recognised as such in law. Some of our opponents try scare mongering by saying: “well then hockey will end up being called rugby” – but that is not what we are saying at all. This bill is only about soccer players having the right to be considered rugby players like all other rugby players. Hockey uses a stick and no one is saying that should be called rugby.This isn’t about whether you prefer soccer or rugby. It is a fundamental matter of justice and equality. Why should those soccer players who play every week with a ball against another team not have the equal opportunity and right to be recognised in the street as rugby players? Why are they denied the title and privileges on the grounds that they play differently? Shouldn’t all boys in New Zealand have the same rights regardless of their sporting preference? Why discriminate against boys for the way they choose to play their ball-sport? Aren’t we a country that prizes freedom of choice? In New Zealand you can be a rugby player if you are a boy or a girl, an Asian, Indian, Maori or European…. but apparently not if you are a soccer player.We should remember that rugby itself has historically undergone many changes. Once upon a time, there were only four points for a try and now there are five. There are eight in the scrum today instead of six in earlier times. Before you had to jump by yourself in the lineout and now you can be lifted. So the Rugby Union is happy to adjust and refine the definition of rugby throughout the ages– but for some reason they stop at soccer. That old boys’ club want to control the definition themselves because underneath, they really regard soccer players as wusses. But look at how they handled their own finances in Otago. And let’s never forget that once upon a time there were white Rugby Union teams in South Africa who refused to let black people be rugby players alongside them. Do we want to perpetuate the same kind of discrimination by denying that soccer is an equally legitimate form of rugby?New Zealand has always prided itself on a clear separation between sport and politics, and in the 21st century our political system needs to be free from all forms of discrimination. We led the world in giving women the vote. Yet there are still those who are happy to bar the door to those who play sport differently. There is no point in having a referendum on the issue because of course most rugby-playing New Zealanders will want to defend their privileges and guard the status quo.Some say that we have already achieved equality, when the national soccer team finally got called the “All Whites”. That was a step in the right direction, but it didn’t go far enough. Soccer players need the same access to the “All Black” name and jersey. It’s not good enough to call them “All Whites” when overseas everyone’s heard of the All Blacks. No one talks about the All Whites. It is time to embrace the right of all ball-playing New Zealanders to be regarded as rugby players, regardless of the shape of the ball they use and how they choose to handle it.UPDATE: Please note that we have removed the reference to suicide in this satirical piece. In light of horrendous stats on suicide just released, it was an inappropriate reference. The piece was sent to us – we didn’t write it – but we should have vetted it better. We apologise for any offense the reference may have caused. It was certainly not our intention.
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Weesam Express operator Frank Carbon disclosed yesterday they are still waiting for a “special permit” from the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina). BACOLOD City – Despite the easing of sea travel, Iloilo-bound fast craft of Weesam Express coming from this city and vice versa cannot resume operation yet. FLICKR He said there will be no more requirements necessary when boarding the vessel once the trip will resume only that persons at the age below 21 and above 60 are not encouraged to travel based on Mayor Evelio Leonardia’s Executive Order No. 43, extending the modified general community quarantine in this city until June 30./PN Carbon revealed that if Marina would only allow them to have 60 passengers (about 20 percent of the vessel’s total passenger capacity), they will have no choice but to hike fare. “Without the special permit, the operation of the shipping lines would be illegal,” Carbon reiterated. He advised travelers to wait for further announcement of trip schedules to avoid being stranded at the seaport terminal. He added: “If Marina will not reconsider our request we will have to increase the fare for about P50 to P70 in order to cover up the number of passengers which was being reduced.” “That is why we asked the Marina to reconsider their decision by allowing us to have the 50 percent of the total capacity of passengers in every trips, which is about 150 passengers, but they reduce it to 60 persons only due to the strict implementation of one meter distancing,” Carbon said.