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Severe drought

first_imgBy David StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens, Ga. — Severe drought conditions have developed across northwest and southeast Georgia. The remainder of the state is still in moderate to mild drought, except the lower Flint River Valley, which is abnormally dry for the middle of April.In northwest Georgia, Polk, Floyd, Chattooga, Walker, Dade and Catoosa counties are in severe drought.In southeast Georgia, severe drought conditions are east and south of a line through Thomas, Brooks, Cook, Berrien, Coffee, Jeff Davis, Toombs, Tattnall, Evans, Bryan and Chatham counties.Moderate drought conditions are found north and west of a line through Haralson, Paulding, Bartow, Gordon, Pickens, Gilmer, Union and Towns counties.Grady, Colquitt, Tift, Irwin, Ben Hill, Telfair, Wheeler, Montgomery, Treutlen, Emanuel, Candler, Bulloch and Effingham counties are also in a moderate drought. The rest of the state is in mild drought, except the lower Flint River Valley, which is abnormally dry.In the regions with severe drought, the soil moisture and stream flow levels are at or below the 5th percentile. That means that soil moisture and stream flow levels are greater than the current values in 95 out of 100 years.In the regions with moderate drought, soil moisture and stream flow levels are between the 5th and 10th percentiles, so these levels are greater than the current values in 90 of 100 years.Deep deficitsRainfall deficits for Jan. 1 through April 16 include Athens at 4.02 inches, Augusta 4.27, Columbus 5.04, Savannah 5.67, Macon 6.03, Plains 6.44, Brunswick 6.87, Tiger 7.54, Atlanta 7.98, Alma 8.42, Tifton 9.02, Blairsville 9.64 and LaFayette 11.27.During the past week, portions of Georgia received beneficial rain. Among the places getting more than 1 inch of rain over the past seven days are Pine Mountain at 1.02 inches, Alpharetta 1.10, Atlanta 1.14, Arlington 1.21, Athens 1.37, LaFayette 1.47, Macon 1.67, Newton 1.84, Albany 2.03, Jeffersonville 2.33, Augusta 2.44, Columbus 2.58, Elberton 2.80, Dublin 3.04 and Cordele 3.37.The U.S. Geological Survey reports daily record-low flows for April 16 in northwest Georgia on the Coosawattee River near Pine Chapel at Carters and near Ellijay and on Cedar Creek near Cedartown.In southeast and south-central Georgia, daily record-low flows were reported on the Ocmulgee River at Lumber City, the Altamaha at Doctortown and near Baxley, the Ogeechee near Eden, the Ochlockonee near Thomasville, the Alapaha near Alapaha and at Statenville, the Suwannee at Fargo, the Little Satilla near Offerman and the Satilla near Waycross and at Atkinson.Over the past two weeks, Lake Lanier’s water level has remained nearly constant and is 2.5 feet below full summer pool. Hartwell and Clarks Hill are 1.8 and 1.1 feet below full summer pool, respectively.Levels are near the desired level for middle April at Allatoona and Carters. West Point and Walter F. George have levels above the guidance for middle April.Groundwater levels have shown some improvement with recent rains across southwest Georgia. Levels across south-central and southeast Georgia continue to drop.Little reliefLittle if any relief from the drought is anticipated in the foreseeable future.The entire state remains under the level-1 outdoor water-use schedule. Outdoor watering is allowed only from midnight to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to midnight on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at odd-number street addresses and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at even-number addresses. It’s banned all day on Fridays.Local water authorities may further restrict outdoor watering.The state drought response committee will assess the dry weather and discuss outdoor water use schedules April 18 at 1 p.m. The group will meet in Suite 1252 East Tower in the Floyd State Office Towers at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Atlanta.The committee includes representatives of several state agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geologic Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a regional development center, the agricultural industry and the business community.Updated weather information is at www.georgiaweather.net. This University of Georgia network has 71 automated weather stations statewide.Updated drought information is at www.georgiadrought.org. The site includes updated climatic conditions and information on how to deal with the drought.(David Stooksbury is the state climatologist and a professor engineering and atmospheric sciences in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Step IT Up

first_imgCyberSkills/Vermont and Northern New England Tradeswomen are running their third class of Step IT Up, a joint venture to give women the skills for a career in Information Technology.The first two classes were held at Dale Correctional facility and prepared women for careers in Web Site development. The current class prepares the ten participants for jobs in the growing desktop publishing arena.Step IT Up consists of two main components: computer instruction, from basic MS Office to Quark Express delivered by CyberSkills/Vermont in partnership with KnowledgeWave; and Women’s Resources, the job-readiness element crucial to the success of the program, provided by NNETW. The women will receive coaching on resume writing, interviewing, customer support, and conflict resolution. Both CyberSkills/Vermont and Northern New England Tradeswomen will be working with employers to find internships and jobs for the graduates of this program.For more information contact CyberSkills/Vermont at 860-4057, ext. 27, or check out both the CyberSkills/Vermont (www.cyberskillsvt.org(link is external)) and NNETW (www.nnetw.org(link is external)) web sites. Step IT Up is partially funded by a Department of Labor earmark grant.last_img read more

Board takes up Art. V rewrite bill

first_imgBoard takes up Art. V rewrite bill September 15, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board takes up Art. V rewrite bill Senior EditorA pending legislative bill that would reduce the jurisdiction of Florida’s courts may be taken seriously by lawmakers, according to the chair of the Bar’s Legislation Committee. However, Hank Coxe reported to the Board of Governors last month that HJR 1, filed by Rep. Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers, is not as drastic as a similar proposal from the last legislative session that would have given the legislature at least some oversight of the legal profession. (See story in the August 15 Bar News. ) The board also sided with the ABA in voting to oppose a Federal Trade Commission interpretation of a federal privacy bill affecting lawyers who do financial work, and heard a report on Bar-supported legislation to get state funding for legal aid agencies. Coxe said the Legislation Committee reviewed Kyle’s proposed constitutional amendment. “The bill is not a fluke,” Coxe said. “It was filed by design, it was well thought out. Rep. Kyle is well considered in the legislature, and this was done with the approval of the speaker.” Coxe noted that Kyle was not willing to include many radical proposals from last year’s bill and concentrated on items that limit jurisdiction of the courts and also increase legislative control of the court system. “I think the idea is to narrow as much as possible the courts’ jurisdiction,” he said. “In the Legislation Committee, we discussed at length the best way the Bar should approach this bill,” Coxe said. “It is not a draw-the-line-in-the-sand situation. There are a lot of opportunities to discuss the matter intellectually.” He said the Legislation Committee and advisors favored further careful study of the measure. He said the Bar should look at bringing in experts on court jurisdiction to more fully consider the implications of such legislation, prior to taking any position on the bill. In response to a question, Coxe said he interpreted a provision of the bill saying courts could decide only actual cases in controversy as eliminating declaratory judgments. Board member Louis Kwall noted that could inhibit insurance companies in many of their routine legal actions. The bill would also allow the legislature to give one of the state’s five district courts of appeal statewide and final jurisdiction on any issue, such as hearing death penalty cases, Coxe said. Another section would limit quo warranto writs to reviewing the right of a public official to hold an office, and not actions by that official. Other writs would also be restricted and the legislature could establish a two-year or longer statute of limitation on habeas corpus writs. The measure also gives the legislature more control over court procedural rules, including allowing amendments by a majority vote of the legislature instead of the two-thirds margin now required. If passed by the legislature, the amendment ——–— which has already drawn critical print media editorial comment — still would have to be approved by voters. The board unanimously endorsed the Legislation Committee’s recommendation that the Bar oppose the FTC interpretation of the federal Gramm- Leach-Bliley Act, also known as the Financial Industries Modernization Act of 1999. (See story in the July 15 Bar News. ) The law requires financial institutions engaged in significant financial activities with customers to disclose their privacy policies on sharing or safeguarding information. The FTC has interpreted the law as applying to law firms and individual attorneys, notably those involved in real estate transactions, title insurance work, debt collection, tax planning and management consulting and counseling activities. The ABA is already on record as opposing the FTC’s interpretation, noting that lawyers already have stricter codes and confidentiality obligations. Coxe said the Bar’s position is identical to the ABA’s. During his report, Bar President Terry Russell said the Bar is moving ahead with the proposed Civil Legal Access Initiative. He said Rep. J. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, and Sen. Burt Saunders, R-Naples, are cosponsoring the bill, which seeks $10 million in state funds for legal aid agencies. As drafted, the bill stipulates the money be used in cases to help children, domestic violence victims, and the elderly who are abused. Russell noted the whole issue of access for the poor and middle class was the subject of the board’s annual retreat, which followed the August business meeting. (See stories elsewhere in this News. )last_img read more

Disability Mentoring Day scheduled for October 19

first_img Disability Mentoring Day scheduled for October 19 Florida lawyers are urged to participate Florida Disability Mentoring Day — part of a national, broad-based effort to promote career development for students and job seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration, job shadowing, internships, or employment opportunities — is set for October 19, in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month.“Disability Mentoring Day enables mentors to spend time with students and job-seekers who have an interest in pursuing future careers,” said Danielle Strickman, coordinator of the Disability-Diversity Initiative, a project of the Coral Gables-based Disability Independence Group — through a grant from The Florida Bar Foundation. “Florida will be the first state to have a number of mentors from one professional group — attorneys.”The Disability Independence Group, which is currently working with lawyers who have disabilities throughout the state, urges lawyers to get involved with Disability Mentoring Day.“Striving to increase the number of persons with disabilities in employment throughout the legal system, including positions as paralegals, legal secretaries, court staff, and court reporters, DIG believes that Disability Mentoring Day is an excellent opportunity to introduce persons with disabilities to careers within the legal system,” Strickman said.Students and jobseekers are matched with employers for an on-site job shadowing experience. The lead Florida agency is The Able Trust, also known as the Florida Governor’s Alliance for the Employment of Citizens with Disabilities. Other major sponsors include Vocational Rehabilitation Services (Florida Department of Education), The American Association of Persons With Disabilities (AAPD), Clear Channel Radio, Volunteer Florida, and the Florida Mentoring Partnership.Strickman said although mentors do not have to have a disability, attorneys and other professionals working with DIG on its initiative with legal professionals will provide a unique pool of mentors for Disability Mentoring Day.“Florida might even be the first state to have a significant number of professionals who have disabilities participating as mentors,” she said.DMD community liaisons and local coordinating committees facilitate matching experiences between mentees with disabilities and mentors. These could include job shadowing, which individually pairs a mentee with a workplace mentor to learn more about a typical day on the job and how to prepare for that particular career, or group visits to worksites, in which mentees tour a workplace or meet with various employees on the job and learn firsthand about different types of jobs and related opportunities within that career field. For more information about Disability Mentoring Day, visit the DMD Web site http://www.floridadmd.org/ or call the Disability Independence Group through Strickman at (305) 267-3488, e-mail dstrickm@earthlink.net or Shanti Aaron, (786) 564-5266, shantiaaron@bellsouth.net. Disability Mentoring Day scheduled for October 19 September 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Long Island Blizzard Warning Issued, Heavy Snow & Flooding Possible

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island has been placed under a blizzard warning as a powerful mid-Atlantic Nor’easter churns toward the region this weekend.The blizzard warning will go into effect early Saturday morning and last until noon Sunday, according to the National Weather Service’s Upton office. Blowing snow could start after 3 p.m. Saturday and continue through the evening.It’s not only periods of heavy snowfall that Long Islanders will have to contend with. Sustained winds of 35 mph combined with gusts of 55 mph could spawn whiteout conditions that will make traveling extremely dangerous. As a result of drifting snow, forecasters said, visibility may be reduced to ¼ of a mile—or, in some cases, “near zero” visibility.Snow accumulation predictions currently range from 7 to 12 inches, forecasters said.Parts of the Island will also be under a coastal flood warning. A combination of powerful wind gusts and a full moon could mean tides 3 to 4 feet above normal, forecasters said.The South Shore could see the most flooding, the weather service said.“Elevated water levels and large breaking waves on the shore of Long Island may result in erosion of dunes,” the weather service said on its website.The massive storm could impact as many as 15 states. Washington D.C. is preparing for more than two feet of snow, prompting officials there to shut down its entire mass transit system.Foreboding weather predictions appeared to have some local residents preparing for the worst, with residents filling up gas cans to fuel generators in the event of power outages.The biggest threat to power lines is icing brought on by the blistering cold and heavy snow expected to blanket the region, PSEG Long Island said.During the week, the utility has conducted logistics and system checks ahead of the storm.Local officials urged residents to use caution over the weekend. They implored people to stay off the roads and only get behind the wheel if travel is absolutely necessary.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said there’s more than 100 pieces of snow-fighting equipment and 28,000 tons of salt available to treat roads.“Nassau County is monitoring the storm track and prepared to begin bringing main county roadways, bridges and overpasses to prevent black ice from forming,” Mangano said.Suffolk County Deputy Commissioner Tim Sini said the department has equipment and people in place throughout the county to ensure road safety.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is prepared to assist local municipalities impacted by the storm.The Island is also in store for frigid temperatures near freezing this weekend.last_img read more

AP Pension invests DKK500m in green energy fund

first_imgDenmark’s AP Pension is investing DKK500m (€67.2m) in a new infrastructure fund focusing on European and US renewable energy assets, alongside other big Nordic and UK investors.Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) announced last week that its new fund – CI III – had gained a further DKK5.2bn in investment commitments since March from institutional investors in the Nordic countries and the UK by its third close.A spokesman for commercial mutual pension provider AP Pension, which has total assets of DKK106bn, confirmed it was planning to invest DKK500m to the new fund, but was unable to give further details.AP Pension already has investments in renewable energy via the funds Green Power Partners I and II, as well as through CIP’s previous energy infrastructure fund CI II. Danish labour-market fund PensionDanmark, Norway’s KLP, and the Danish doctors’ pension fund Lægernes Pension were among the anchor investors in the fund, contributing to CI III’s initial DKK8.8bn of fundraising. This was made public in March.The fund is to invest primarily in large-scale offshore and onshore wind energy, solar PV energy, and biomass/waste-to-energy projects, as well as transmission and distribution assets primarily in north-western Europe and North America, CIP said.It said the fund had a strong pipeline of investment opportunities as well as ownership or exclusivity rights to nine energy infrastructure projects, comprising about €1.5bn of potential investments.The asset management firm said it expected subscriptions to the new fund to come from a broader international group of large investors in the next closings.Having received total commitments so far of DKK14bn, CIP said the fund’s target for subscriptions was still €3bn, with the fund remaining open until December.last_img read more

Taiwan Sets Out New Offshore Wind Feed-in-Tariffs

first_imgTaiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs has set out the new feed-in-tariff (FiT) at TWD 5.5160/kWh (EUR 0.156731/kWh) for the 20-year offshore wind Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) signed in 2019.The wind projects that sign their PPAs in 2019 will receive TWD 6.2795/kWh during the first ten years of operation, and TWD 4.1422 for the remaining ten years.The Ministry initially proposed a FiT of TWD 5.106/kWh for 2019 PPAs, a 12.7% decrease compared to the 2018 rate of TWD 5.8498/kWh. This proposal was met with backlash from the developers and the industry associations.Taiwan awarded a total of 5.5GW of offshore wind capacity in two separate tendering rounds in April and June 2018.Offshore wind developers that secured the rights to build wind farms are obligated to sign PPAs for the projects with the state-owned Taiwan Power Corp (Taipower) by the end of 2019.last_img read more

Janet Hewitt

first_imgJanet A. Hewitt, 59, of Versailles passed away at 12:20am, Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville. She was born at Margaret Mary on May 29, 1959 the daughter of Robert and Partha Lou Benham Bradford. She was married to Dennis Hewitt on March 4, 1989 and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter Amber (Chad) Asche of Osgood; one son Jared (Erica) Hewitt of Versailles; two sisters, Barbara (Eddie) Smith of Cross Plains, and Diane (Mark) Jeffries of Olean; one brother David (Lynette) Swingle of Versailles; also her mother-in-law Mabel Hewitt of Frankfort. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Hewitt was a 1977 graduate of South Ripley High School and was also a graduate of Ivy Tech. She was employed with Kelly’s in Versailles where she enjoyed meeting the public as a cashier. She was also a former employee of Ripley Publishing in Versailles. Janet was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. A celebration of Janet’s life will be held on Monday, June 18th from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Ireland to face South Africa and Australia in ODIs

first_img Will Porterfield’s side will face the Proteas at Sahara Park in Benoni, South Africa on September 25 before going up against the touring Australians at the same venue two days later. It is a welcome boost for the associate nation, who will also play two 50-over matches against both Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Ireland in 2016, as they look to further prove themselves on the world stage. Press Association Ireland will take on South Africa and Australia in one-off one-day internationals in September next year.center_img Ireland were defeated by world champions Australia in a closer-than-anticipated encounter in Belfast earlier this year. Head coach John Bracewell said: “It’s fantastic news for Irish cricket. These are exactly the type of fixtures Irish cricket needs to take the game to the next level. There are fewer tougher challenges than playing South Africa in their home conditions plus the number one ranked side in Australia. “The players will all relish the challenge and allied with the home fixtures already confirmed against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, we are seeing a much needed increase in the volume of top class cricket that we need.” last_img read more

FAU Donors Barry and Carole Kaye Pass Away from COVID-19

first_imgCarole and Barry were noted philanthropists who donated millions of dollars to various causes in the community, including City of Hope, the Whitney Museum, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Ben-Gurion University and Florida Atlantic University.At FAU, the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, the Carole and Barry Kaye Great Hall in FAU’s alumni center and the Barry Kaye Hall in the College of Business are named in their honor. Barry Kaye was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from FAU in 2005.Because of the coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service for the Kayes was held Tuesday via Zoom. “We appreciate the generosity of Carole and Barry Kaye and their family to the College of Business,” said Daniel Gropper, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Business. “Prior Business Dean Dennis Coates and Barry Kaye were good friends, and I have enjoyed getting to know Howard Kaye and his family. Their support means a great deal. Many of our business faculty have their offices in Barry Kaye Hall, and our students take classes there as well. It is sad that the COVID-19 virus has taken Carole and Barry Kaye and so many others. But as I listened to the memorial ceremony, I could not help but admire their love for each other over a 58-year marriage, as well as their devotion to family and friends. They have left a great family legacy, and they certainly lived a full, adventurous and remarkable life together.”The couple is survived by their children, Howard and his wife, Andrea; Alan and his wife, Michelle; and Fern Tessler and her husband, Lenard; Barry’s son, Rory; 15 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. The Kayes were predeceased by Barry’s son, Ronald. The coronavirus has claimed the lives of a beloved Boca Raton couple known for their philanthropy. Barry Kaye, a longtime Boca Raton resident died April 21 from complications due to COVID-19. He was 91. Carole Kaye, his wife of 58 years, also succumbed to the disease and passed away five days later. She was 87.Barry and Carole Kaye, prominent Boca Raton philanthropists and benefactors, passed away from COVID-19. https://t.co/JMjAXngGH3— Boca Raton Magazine (@bocamag) May 1, 2020last_img read more