Hurricane season arrives

first_imgBy David E. StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaThe wet summer that Georgia has experienced is increasing the risk of flooding across the state. As the state enters the middle of summer, soil moisture and stream flows are well above normal for this time of the year.Ponds and reservoir levels are at full summer pool or above. Stay backBecause of the high soil moisture conditions and stream flows across the state, there is little, to no, storage for excessive rain. If the state has another widespread heavy rain event in the next week, the flooding potential will be well above normal. Because of the increased threat of flooding over the next week, Georgians need to monitor the development of hurricane Dennis as he moves into the Gulf of Mexico. As of Thursday, July 7, it’s too early to know what, if any, impact Dennis will have on the state.Be safeMost deaths associated with tropical storms and hurricanes occur well inland away from the coast. Most deaths are preventable. Deaths from tropical storms and hurricanes are caused primarily by drowning. In most instances, the drowning happened when a driver tried to drive through a flooded roadway. Water depth on a flooded road is difficult to gage. Because the water is muddy, washed out roads and bridges can be hidden. The choice, if you cannot see the roadway, is TADD — turn around, don’t drown.Another major cause of drowning deaths in floods occurs when individuals get too close to the moving water. When the ground is wet it’s easy to slip and fall into a swollen stream. Also, the banks are often weakened by the excessive water and can’t support extra weight near the bank.Listen upThe best way to keep updated about weather conditions and weather warnings is a NOAA weather radio. NOAA weather radios are available at most stores that sell electronics. Additional information on preparing for a flood and recovery can be found at http://interests.caes.uga.edu/disaster/preparation/articles.htm and < ahref="http://interests.caes.uga.edu/disaster/recovery/articles.htm">http://interests.caes.uga.edu/disaster/recovery/articles.htmRecent rainfall information is available from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network www.georgiaweather.net.last_img read more

Italy’s Enel says renewables powering growth in its 2018 profits

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Monthly:Renewable energy was the main driver behind Enel’s growth in operating profit, the power firm stated, and was its largest recipient of investment in the first nine months of the year.The Italian company’s reported earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) rose 6% year-on-year to €12.1 billion between 1 January and 30 September. It stated that this increase was “mainly driven by renewables”, and that – along with networks – clean energy sources contributed €670 million of earnings in this period.Enel increased its capital expenditure on renewables by 32% year-on-year, and with an investment of €2.65 billion, clean energy received more than any other business line as it did in 2017.The power company installed 3.3GW of new renewable energy capacity in the last 12 months, it stated. This total includes 613MW of new wind power capacity commissioned by its subsidiary Enel Green Power in the first nine months of 2018, including a 132MW project in Peru – the country’s largest wind farm.It also added hydro (62MW) geothermal (1MW) and ‘solar and others’ (1,112MW), but no new nuclear, coal, combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT), or oil and gas during this period.Enel’s wind fleet reached 7,438MW at the end of the third quarter: 8.75% of its 84,932MW total capacity. Hydro, coal, CCGT and oil and gas all had larger shares of this total. The Italian power company had 3,279MW of wind projects under construction (1,773MW) or ready to build (1,506MW) at end of Q3, more than any other power source.More: Clean energy ‘main driver’ of Enel’s earnings Italy’s Enel says renewables powering growth in its 2018 profitslast_img read more

Lindenhurst Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 85-year-old woman died after the car she was a passenger in was involved in a crash in her hometown of Lindenhurst over the weekend.Suffolk County police said that Marie Novak was riding with Mary Mazur, 86, who was driving a Hyundai Elantra that was heading westbound on 47th Street when the car collided with a northbound Pontiac Firebird at the corner of Straight Path at 1 p.m. Saturday.Novak was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where she was pronounced dead. Mazur and the other driver were treated for minor, non-life-threatening injuries at the same hospital.First Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and are continuing the investigation but neither driver was charged.last_img read more

HHS orders drugs to treat 14 million in flu pandemic

first_img Avian flu has broken out again in commercial poultry in Russia this week. More than 100,000 chickens on a farm in the southern region of Krasnodar, on the northeastern side of the Black Sea, have been killed to contain the outbreak, according to the AP. See also: The World Health Organization (WHO) said today its collaborating laboratory in Britain has confirmed the second fatal human H5N1 case in Iraq. The case, in a 39-year-old man, was announced previously by Iraq’s health ministry and the WHO. An official at Sulianti Saroso Hospital said the two patients were transferred there early today, according to the story. He said seven other patients at the hospital were being treated for suspected avian flu as well. Mar 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US health officials announced today they have ordered more than 14 million treatment courses of two antiviral drugs to add to the 5.5 million courses already bought in preparation for a possible influenza pandemic. Mar 1 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_01a/en/index.html The HHS announcement came as concern about the spread of H5N1 avian influenza continued to increase in Europe and elsewhere. The British lab is also testing samples from some suspected human cases from the northern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniyah and the southern provinces of Basra and Missan, the WHO said. In Germany, disease-control officials said the cat recently found infected with avian flu almost certainly had the deadly strain of H5N1, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. If so, the cat will be the first known instance of a mammal infected with the virus in Europe. Captive tigers and leopards and a few domestic cats were infected in Asia in 2004. The HHS pandemic plan calls for buying enough doses of antivirals to treat 25% of the US population, according to the release. The department didn’t say how soon it expects to receive the doses just ordered. In Indonesia, two more people, a 20-year-old and a 12-month-old, were hospitalized in Jakarta with suspected cases of avian flu, according to another AFP report today. Thomas Mettenleiter, head of Germany’s Friedrich Loeffler Institute, said the cat is believed to have eaten an infected bird, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published last night. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ordered 12.4 million courses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) from Roche and 1.75 million courses of zanamivir (Relenza) from GlaxoSmithKline, according to an HHS news release.last_img read more

MEPC set for £300m shake-up

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North Sumatra’s Dairi Police grant 75-year-old alleged rapist bail over health concerns

first_imgDairi Police spokesperson First Insp. Donni Saleh stated that MM was granted the temporary release following a request from his family. According to Donni, the family’s reasoning for the bail request was because of his deteriorating health and effort to make peace with the victim and her family.“We had to grant their request because the suspect will be a burden to the investigators considering his decreasing health condition,” Donni said, adding that police investigators initially attempted admitting him to a hospital and a detention center in Dairi regency.Read also: North Sumatra prepares 1,000 isolation rooms to handle COVID-19 patientsHowever, the detention center did not accept the man for indefinite detention due to COVID-19 concerns, while the hospital rejected him due to overcrowded conditions.  Donni gave assurances that the police would proceed with his case despite the release.“We will send the suspect’s file to the prosecutors soon,” Donni said. The chairman of Indonesian Women Care in Dairi, Delphi Masdiana, deplored the police’s decision to grant MM bail since his case was categorized as an extraordinary crime. “We have objections with this decision since it’s an extraordinary crime. The police granted the suspension request too easily,” Delphi said. (dpk)Topics : The Dairi Police in North Sumatra have granted a 75-year-old man who allegedly raped and impregnated a junior high school student bail.The alleged rapist, identified only as MM, was removed from his detention cell at the Dairi Police headquarters and picked up by his family on Monday.last_img read more

Seven-year impossible project a ‘gift from heaven’

first_imgThe view of the estate from the Knightsbridge Parade East.IT’S been seven years since Riccardo Rizzi placed the winning $5.3 million bid on a partly constructed Sovereign Islands estate.Original owners Scott Tyne and Clare Marks had reportedly already outlaid $21.44 million on the initial construction and four blocks of land on Knightsbridge Parade East, part of an exclusive gated community on the northern Gold Coast.Their dream was to build a modern day 100-year-old chateau, designed by the renowned Brunei Royal Family architect Bayden Goddard.Exterior photos of the unfinished residence in 2013. Picture: Williams JeradThe sprawling Mediterranean masterpiece was taking shape on the best parcel of land facing due north down the Broadwater before the banks moved in.Photos taken prior to the mortgagee auction in 2013 show weeds had started to take over the concrete structure which was still a long way off resembling a home.It’s a daunting project for anyone to take over and one which Mr Rizzi has embraced without regret.“Very few times in life you’re given a gift from heaven to do something and this project was mine,” he said.“It was probably one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done in my life.“It was a combination of so many different skills that needed to be put together to do it.”Riccardo Rizzi placed the winning bid at auction in 2013.A civil engineer with a background in project management, Mr Rizzi took a methodical approach to organising the paperwork into folders and boxes – enough to fill an entire room – to get his head around the monstrous task ahead.His first act was to pay the tradespeople and consultants what they were owed and rehire as many as possible.“Virtually everyone was put on an hourly rate,” Mr Rizzi said.“Come Friday I would do a bank run and everyone would get paid.“People who didn’t meet the standard, didn’t make it to the following week so we did have a reasonable turn over.”Some of those original tradesmen – including a carpenter and a tiler – have worked on the house since building began in 2008.Detailed finishes inside the residence were completed by hand.At the height of construction, there were 20 or more workers on site, with detailed finishes including herringbone timber flooring and marble stonework completed carefully by hand.“I met a lot of good people, some fantastic tradesmen who were a privilege to work with,” said Mr Rizzi, who counts ‘after work beers’ among his fondest memories.“Not many people are in a position to give up seven years of their life to complete a project. I got so much enjoyment from doing it.”Hours of research were devoted to selecting the finishes and fixtures, including an original 4m high, 1.5 tonne bronze statue of Neptune, imported from Florence at an estimated cost of $400,000.Mr Rizzi prefers to confine his use of the house to the kitchen.That statue graces the entry foyer where a spectacular domelike cupola, thought to be the only one of its kind in an Australian residence, rises 14.5m over head.Living in such a grand estate has been an experience in itself for the bachelor who occupies only a small area.“When I say I live in the house, I live in the kitchen,” Mr Rizzi said.“The kitchen is more than 100 sqm which is in fact the size of a three-bedroom apartment, so I’m more than comfortable.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa6 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“To go from the kitchen to the master bedroom suite, I think even Usain Bolt would take more than 10 seconds to run it.”Mr Riccardo Rizzi outside the residence in 2015. Picture Mike BatterhamProfit was never the main driver for Mr Rizzi who hasn’t put a value on the cost of completing the estate, which has previously been listed for $45 million.Amir Prestige has set an auction for October 17 as Mr Rizzi makes plans to move closer to his adult children in Perth.The completed residence is a sight to behold.But rather than revel in the success of seeing the project through, he’s quick to pass credit to those who laid the foundations.“Scott Tyne had an inspiring vision to set this whole project up and no one can take that from him,” Mr Rizzi said.“He should be a very proud man, alongside his wife, as they are talented and gifted people.“I wish them well and am extremely grateful that this opportunity came about.”Plans are already in the pipeline for another major project in Perth for Mr Rizzi, buoyed by the confidence of conquering an inconquerable dream.“What I found when I did the house is that I’ve elevated myself to a level that when I see a challenge, irrespective of how complex it appears, it is in fact an accumulation of individual singular simple problems,” he said.“Now I find that I can actually deal with things that might otherwise seem impossible.”The completed residence at 26-34 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands.last_img read more

Algoma Buys Product Tanker for Domestic Fleet

first_imgCanadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation has purchased a 2008-built product tanker which will become the seventh vessel within the Algoma Tankers Limited fleet.As informed, the ship is scheduled to depart Gothenburg today and head for Canada, at which time the vessel is expected to begin operations within the company’s product tanker fleet.We would like to announce the purchase of a product tanker for our domestic fleet! See the details here: https://t.co/oyGGdKH7Fc #shipping #tanker #excitingtimesatalgoma pic.twitter.com/1CABfvEUnf— Algoma Central (@AlgomaCentral) November 9, 2018“We are extremely pleased to add a vessel to our Algoma Tankers Limited fleet as customer demand continues to strengthen in this segment,” Ken Soerensen, President and CEO of Algoma, said.The 16,958 dwt vessel will be re-named the Algonorth after the company held a Name the Tanker Contest in which all employees took part.Algoma Tankers’ fleet ships petroleum products on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway and East Coast.Algoma Central Corporation operates a fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers, including self-unloading dry-bulk carriers, gearless dry-bulk carriers and product tankers. The company also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets and a 50% interest in NovaAlgoma, which includes a diversified portfolio of dry-bulk fleets operating internationally.last_img read more

Cardiff complete Moore deal

first_img City manager Malky Mackay had previously confirmed a deal had been agreed with the Bees, with the 23-year-old becoming a Bluebird on Monday after the necessary paperwork was completed. Moore told Cardiff City Player: “I’m delighted to be at Cardiff City – to play in the Premier League has always been my goal. “It’s exciting to think that I’ll be working with quality goalkeepers like David Marshall and Joe Lewis on a daily basis and I know that I can develop and learn from them.” Moore is set to be quickly reunited with his former team-mates as Cardiff travel to face Brentford in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday night. Moore started his career in the Southampton academy and had a spell with Farnborough Town before joining Brentford in 2009. He kept 13 clean sheets in 52 appearances last term. Mackay said: “We have been watching Simon for a year or so – he is a real up-and-coming goalkeeper. My thanks go to Brentford for the way they went about their business and we are delighted to get Simon in for the start of our season. “He is one for the future and we have three quality senior goalkeepers in our squad.” Moore becomes Cardiff’s third summer acquisition as the club prepare for their maiden Premier League season, with striker Andreas Cornelius and defender John Brayford having already arrived at Cardiff City Stadium. The Welsh club have also had an offer of around £9.5million accepted for Toulouse’s French international midfielder Etienne Capoue, and are hoping to convince the 25-year-old his future lies in south Wales, despite reports he is keen on a move to Spain. Cardiff have completed the signing of goalkeeper Simon Moore from Brentford on a four-year deal.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Bolasie earns Pardew’s praise

first_img The Palace boss brought to an end an often-turbulent five-year spell at St James’ Park to take over in south London at the turn of the year and their first meeting since then ended in stalemate. Papiss Cisse opened the scoring for the visitors, whose fans berated Pardew on only a handful of occasions throughout the night, but that was to be Newcastle’s only shot on target as the Eagles turned up the heat. He is a talented footballer and I worked with him ever single day at Plymouth and I know he has a bright future ahead of him and he is a talent. “You saw from his first touch, he shifts the ball quickly and puts a quality ball in the box and they score from it. “I was concerned that he would do that again and we would lose the game so I had to do something about it – sometimes you have to take off your flair players to get something out of the game.” Both managers, close friends away from the pitch, pointed out their only focus on the night was getting the best result for their respective teams. “I just came here and tried to get three points,” said Pardew. “Knowing that Newcastle had some very good players. That was my only focus. It was nice to see both sets of players apply themselves in a good manner and the points were fair. Carver added: “I would have take a point form the situation, there has been a lot of hype about Alan and myself – we are good friends and that is where it ended tonight. “I was in charge of Newcastle and that is all I’m focused about, I don’t even know he is in the dugout next to me because I’m focused on the pitch thinking how we can win the game. “I have had three games since I got the head-coach role and I’m sitting here unbeaten, we could have nine points but we have five and I would take that.” On an evening where tempers could have boiled over, the game itself was played in a good spirit and was only marred when Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was hit with an object thrown from the Holmesdale Road stand as the visitors celebrated Cisse’s opener. Again, both managers were united in condemning the act – with Carver suggesting his skipper was lucky to not be seriously wounded by what appeared to be a coin. “It just can’t happen can it?” questioned Carver. “It has got to be taken out of the game. What is disappointing from their point of view is that they have an unbelievable crowd here, an unbelievable atmosphere – it is a fanatical group of supporters in that corner. “It takes one idiot to throw an coin, I have seen it and it misses Colo’s eye by an inch – another inch and it could blind him.” Pardew said it would be an isolated incident but hopes the club put in the necessary steps to indentify the culprit. “I saw the referee come over to the linesman and hand him something,” he said. “It would be a shame if that was an incident- a random fan acting poorly if that is the case and that is unusual for this club if that is the case because we have a great record of behaviour so I am sure we will look into it.” Press Association It was his substitutes that Pardew had to thank for preventing just a second defeat since his arrival at Selhurst Park as Bolasie, back from African Nations Cup duty, whipped in a superb cross which was converted by top scorer Fraizer Campbell with a little under 20 minutes remaining. “I thought we really took the game to Newcastle,” Pardew said. “But really it was the bench that salvaged the game for us. Yannick’s cross was of the highest order and he had no right to put in a ball of that quality from the room he had. “It was a great goal for us and gave us time to get a winner – and I thought there would only be one winner at that point but we could not quite get a second goal. “He is an exciting player – I have been an opposing manager to him – with great power and technique and it gives you an unpredictability in your team which I quite like.” Newcastle boss John Carver, who had worked as Pardew’s assistant, echoed his former number one’s sentiments about Bolasie’s ability as his side remain with just a solitary win since Pardew’s defection. The travelling fans appeared unhappy at the decision to replace attack-minded Remy Cabella with defender Paul Dummett with the game level at 1-1, but Carver was quick to explain his reasoning. “Let me tell you something about the substitutions. I brought Dummett on because I know all about Yannick Bolasie,” he said. Alan Pardew was left praising the impact of Yannick Bolasie after the returning winger created Crystal Palace’s equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Newcastle.last_img read more