While the beginning of December has felt more like spring, Georgia experienced colder and much drier than normal conditions during November. Average temperatures ranged from 1 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit below normal, while rainfall was uniformly more than 1.8 inches below normal. Most of the state received less than 50 percent of the usual November precipitation, particularly the counties along the Florida border and southern coast. In Atlanta the monthly average temperature was 52.8 degrees (1.2 degrees below normal); in Athens the average was 51.4 degrees (2.4 below normal); in Columbus the average was 55.7 degrees (1.6 below normal); in Macon the average was 52.4 degrees (3.5 below normal); in Savannah the average was 55 degrees (4.3 below normal); in Brunswick the average was 58.7 degrees (3.1 below normal); in Alma the average was 56 degrees (3.9 below normal); and in Augusta the average was 50.9 degrees (4.3 below normal). It was the 10th coldest November in both Savannah and Augusta in the 142 years those cities have been keeping records. While Columbus tied a daily record high of 86 degrees on November 3, Augusta broke a record for the lowest, high temperature on November 7 with observation of 49 degrees as the high. The previous record was set in 1959 with a high temperature of 51 degrees. The highest monthly total precipitation reported by a National Weather Service station was 1.67 inches in Atlanta (2.43 inches below normal) and the lowest was in Brunswick at 0.23 inches (1.80 below normal). Macon received 1.38 inches (1.94 inches below normal), Athens received 0.96 inches (2.86 below normal), Savannah received 0.48 inches (1.89 below normal), Columbus received 1.13 inches (2.97 below normal), Alma received 0.67 inches (1.81 below normal) and Augusta received 1.10 inches (1.72 below normal). It was the 10th driest November for Athens in 156 years of record and the eighth driest for Columbus in 65 years of record. One daily precipitation record was set in November in Atlanta, where the airport received 1.25 inches on November 6. The previous record, set in 1995, was for 1.1 inches of rain. The highest, single-day rainfall reported by a Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow network station was 2.97 inches near Martinez in Columbia County on November 15. Another observer near Evans in Columbia County received 2.76 inches on the same day. An observer in Douglasville in Douglas County received 2.35 inches on November 7. The same three observers also reported the highest monthly totals, with the Martinez observer collecting 3.24 inches, the Douglasville observer collecting 3.19 inches and the Evans observer collecting 3.10 inches for the month. There was no severe weather reported in November in Georgia. A CoCoRaHS reporter in Cobb County observed pea-sized hail on the morning of November 7, but no damage was observed.Due to the lack of rainfall, drought expanded across the entire state in November. By the end of the month, 96 percent of the state was abnormally dry or in drought. The area in drought expanded from 53 to 87 percent of the state. The worst-hit areas were in central Georgia, where farm ponds dried up and large swings in daily temperatures have been observed due to the very dry conditions. Due to the lack of rainfall, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers altered their reservoir releases in accordance with their drought plans. At the beginning of November, the Savannah River basin entered Drought Stage 3, which reduced releases to 3,100 cubic feet per second after 10 days. Lake Hartwell reached a low of 646 feet above sea level in late November, the lowest it has been since Feb. 28, 2009, at the tail end of the last drought. The COE reservoir managers also reduced flows from Lake Lanier in response to dropping lake levels there. Lake Lanier dropped almost 4.5 feet in November, the largest one-month decline in more than five years. The last time it was this low was March 2009. Marina owners reported that they are losing slots due to the low water and are having to relocate patrons’ boats. The effects of the dry conditions on Georgia’s agriculture were mixed. The lack of rain allowed the harvest of cotton and peanuts to proceed at a good pace, and farmers reported excellent yields. However, the dry soil inhibited the germination of wheat and small grain seeds and also stressed pastures. Many farmers reported feeding more hay than usual due to the poor winter grazing conditions.
IBEW will host an open house style event on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 6-8 pm. It is open to all electrical contractors and vendors who want to learn about the union;s new solar photovoltaic energy systems training, the only year-round course of its kind in the state.IBEW Local 300 staffers Jean Watkins and Matt Lash will present about the solar training and the union as a whole. Renewable Energy Vermont Executive Director Andrew Perchlik is also scheduled to speak about the green economy and the importance of the IBEW Local 300 solar initiative. Contractors and electricians that already completed the program will be there as well.The program recently began solar training as an enhancement to its existing five-year electrical regimen. Utilizing framework developed by the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, trainees learn about the fundamentals, design and installation of solar photovoltaic technology through both classroom and hands-on components.Initially, at least four eight-person classes will be held per calendar year, with each lasting about 40 hours over 10 weeks at the union’s state-of-the-art South Burlington facility. The program was jumpstarted by a $65,263 Vermont Department of Labor Workforce Education and Training (WETF) grant and a $35,000 donation from Entergy Nuclear-Vermont Yankee, an IBEW employer that produces one-third of the state’s electricity.Contractors interested in attending Solar Industry Night should contact Lash at (802) 864-5864, ext. 15, or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). read more
South Korea to build record-setting 2.1GW floating solar project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) announced in a press release that a 2.1 GW floating solar power plant will be built on a water surface close to the Saemangeum, an estuarine tidal flat on the coast of the Yellow Sea. The ministry said construction on the project will start in the second half of next year, after all relevant licenses and permits, including environmental impact assessment, will be secured.The Korean government stressed the project will be 14 times larger than the world’s largest floating project, which is a 150 MW plant under construction located in Huainan City, in China’s Panji District. “It will also be 1.6 times more than the combined capacity of the global floating solar facilities for all of last year,” the ministry also stated.The government estimates that approximately 4.6 trillion won ($3.9 billion) of private funds will be invested in the project. It added that around 5 million PV modules will be needed for the plant construction, without providing more technical or financial information.The Saemangeum was dammed by South Korean government in 2010 and it is the world’s longest man-made dyke.The huge floating project is part of the renewed efforts of the South Korean government to increase the share of renewable in the country’s energy mix. The MOTIE is currently working on an Energy Basic Plan, which is targeting to raise this share to up to 35% by 2040. Between 155 GW and 235 GW of solar and wind could be deployed on rooftops, as well as unused or low-quality agricultural land, the MOTIE said in April. Earlier in March, it announced three different programs to prioritize high-efficiency renewables projects that use equipment with a low carbon footprint and adhere to stricter Korean industry standards.Under its current energy strategy, South Korean aims at generating 20% of its power from renewables by 2030. The country is working on installing 30.8 GW of solar PV by that date, with 9% of that capacity to be developed in Saemangeum. It had reached an installed PV capacity of 7.86 GW at the end of 2018, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Last year, a bit more than 2 GW of solar power was deployed in the country.More: South Korean government announces 2.1 GW floating PV project read more
By Dialogo September 14, 2010 Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on September 11 he would double the military’s offensive against leftist guerillas after an attack killed 40 police and military officers. Colombia’s rebel groups have launched a string of deadly attacks in recent weeks following the inauguration of Santos, a former defense minister who has promised to keep pressure on the insurgents. “We have decided to intensify the offensive… so that these criminals do not have time to plan their operations,” Santos said in Monteria, in Cordoba department. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) — Latin America’s oldest and most powerful insurgency — and the National Liberation Army (ELN) traditionally carry out more violent attacks during government transitions. Santos took power on August 7. Eight police officers were killed in clashes with leftist rebels on September 10 in southwestern Colombia near the border with Ecuador in a shootout with members of the Marxist FARC who tried to take over San Miguel town in Putumayo province. Santos has rejected a rebel offer of peace talks, calling for them to first free hostages and stop recruiting minors. read more
Oct 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A recent and extensive review of research on H5N1 avian influenza in humans shows the illness differs from ordinary flu in several ways, besides the most obvious fact that it is far more deadly.The report by a World Health Organization (WHO) committee says avian flu may have a longer incubation period and is more likely to cause diarrhea than typical flu viruses are, among other differences.Published in the Sep 29 New England Journal of Medicine, the review was written by experts from several countries, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Myanmar. They reviewed 71 published studies and reports, including details on 41 confirmed human cases from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Hong Kong.The H5N1 virus first jumped from birds to humans in Hong Kong in 1997, infecting 18 people and causing 6 deaths. In late 2003 the virus began sweeping through poultry flocks in East Asia, and since then it has struck at least 116 people and killed at least 60, by the WHO’s official count.The new report says the virus may incubate longer than other human flu viruses before causing symptoms. Incubation periods in ordinary flu range from 1 to 4 days, with an average of 2 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In H5N1 cases, the incubation time has mostly been from 2 to 4 days but has stretched to 8 days, the WHO report says. In household clusters of cases, the time between cases has generally ranged from 2 to 5 days but sometimes has been as long as 17 days.Initial symptoms are more likely to include diarrhea in avian flu than in ordinary flu, the report says. The problem can appear up to a week before any respiratory symptoms. That feature, combined with the detection of viral RNA in stool samples, suggests that the virus grows in the gastrointestinal tract.Lower respiratory tract symptoms such as shortness of breath appear early in the course of the illness, whereas upper respiratory symptoms such as runny nose are less common, the article says. Also, unlike in ordinary flu cases, the virus may be found in larger amounts in the throat than in the nose.Most cases so far have been linked with exposure to poultry. Specific activities that have been implicated include plucking and preparation of diseased birds; handling fighting cocks; playing with poultry, especially asymptomatic infected ducks; and consumption of duck’s blood or possibly undercooked poultry, the report says.Blood tests of people in contact with H5N1 patients in Vietnam and Thailand have shown no evidence of asymptomatic infections. However, surveillance involving polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests has revealed mild cases, more infections in older adults, and an increase in family clusters of cases in northern Vietnam—”findings suggesting that the local virus strains may be adapting to humans,” the article says. (The WHO first reported these findings in May; see link to more information below.)But it adds that more work is needed to confirm these findings, and so far the disease has rarely spread to healthcare workers, even when appropriate isolation measures were not used.The article says the relatively low number of human cases amid widespread infection in birds suggests that the species barrier to human cases of H5N1 is “substantial.” The authors add that family clusters of cases may be caused by common exposures rather than by person-to-person transmission.The report also discusses the “severe” lung injury found in autopsies of H5N1 victims, whose lungs become choked with debris resulting from the body’s intense response to the infection. The authors say the body’s innate immune response to the virus, involving heavy release of proteins that trigger inflammation, may contribute to the severity of the disease.Most patients hospitalized for H5N1 infection have received antiviral drugs, usually oseltamivir, the report says. This treatment appears to be helpful only when started early in the illness.Recent experiments on mice suggest that the virus has become less susceptible to oseltamivir since 1997, the article notes. To reap a similar benefit, mice infected with a 2004 strain of the virus needed a higher dosage and longer course of oseltamivir than mice infected with a 1997 strain did. Hence, the report suggests that physicians treating severe infections should consider doubling the approved dose.Oseltamivir is one of the two neuraminidase inhibitors used for flu. The other one, zanamivir, has not been studied in H5N1 cases, the report says. The two older antivirals used for flu, amantadine and rimantadine, no longer work against H5N1.Writing committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) Consultation on Human Influenza A/H5. Avian influenza A (H%N1) infection in humans. N Engl J Med 2005 Sep 29;353(13):1374-85 [Full text]See also:May 18, 2005, CIDRAP News story “WHO: Pandemic threat may be growing” read more
These are by far the most popular choice, accounting for just over half of assets and membership.In contrast, the return of four low-risk funds (25-35% equity) fell from 3.08% to 2.48%, and that of the six conservative bond funds from 1.24% to 0.79%, reflecting the low interest rates.Membership grew over the year by 3.4% to 1.25m, and assets by 17.4% to €2.5bn.Investment activities accounted for €79m of the increase in assets, and the base contribution, levied at 2%, a further €153m, the latter boosted by last year’s strong wage growth.In 2016, both the additional employee and state budget contribution rates doubled to 2%, raising accumulated assets by €67m and €70m, respectively.In the smaller third pillar, all the funds likewise produced positive results, while the average return increased from 3.62% to 4.9%.The returns of the five high-equity funds rose from 4.85% to 7.72%, those of the four medium-risk plans from 3.33% to 3.55%, and those of the conservative funds from 1.66% to 2.48%.Membership rose by 9% to 51,600, and assets by 29.4% to €79.5m.This year, the pension system is to be reformed as part of the agenda of the Lithuanian Peasants and Greens Union, the centre-left party that now leads the coalition government following last year’s general election.One issue under discussion is that those workers whose second-pillar pension funds would be insufficient to purchase an annuity on retirement are moved back fully into the first pillar. Lithuania’s voluntary second-pillar funds returned a nominal average of 4.37% in 2016 compared with 3.61% a year earlier, according to pensions regulator Bank of Lithuania.Although all 21 plans generated positive results, these ranged from 11.25% to 0.39% depending on the equity and bond allocations, while inflation that year averaged 0.9%.The four highest-risk funds, which can invest up to 100% in equities, delivered by far the best return and best year-on-year improvement, of 9.2%, compared with 6.64% in 2015.In the case of the seven medium-risk funds, with an equity allocation of 50-70%, the return increased from 3.63% to 4.66%. read more
Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45She is known as The Negotiator, and real estate sales expert Julia Ewert knows a thing or two about how to outwit, outplay and outlast the competition at an auction. Here she shares her top tips for reading the competition at an auction using visual and verbal clues. Julia Ewert 1. Your actions enhance competition Watch out for anyone making a last-minute phone call during the bidding process. This is usually a call of desperation asking permission to proceed over an already agreed amount.Either way, these bidders busy on their phones are on the edge of opting out, so that’s your chance to opt-in! Enthusiasm is contagious by nature but is a killer in negotiations. By appearing too enthusiastic throughout the auction, you’ll increase the enthusiasm of those around you, which will drive the price higher. Play it cool and be composed to outlast the competition. 2. Never bid first People shuffling, sweating or fidgeting with their paddles or registration cards are likely all signs of nerves, which means they are emotionally invested. Also watch out for silence. If the auctioneer directly asks someone for a bid, look for any hesitation, break in eye-contact or uncomfortable shifting. This is a sure sign they still have funds to play with, so they are still your competition. Otherwise, they would respond quickly and reject any suggestion of advancement. 4. Clues in couples Couples are a gold mine of information at an auction, where one is likely be the bidder and the other will be side-line advising, or the token nervous wreck. As bids increase, watch how they communicate. If they are already over their limit, they are likely to shift to become observers rather than participants, meaning they will disengage and relax their shoulders. They will also likely break eye contact with the auctioneer.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoIf they are still in the game and nearing their upper limit, they will begin whispering about whether they should increase or not. Also watch for eye contact here. If there is a time a couple are saying nothing, but just looking into each others’ eyes, they are likely to be telepathically asking “what do you think?’’ This means they are stretching their upper limit or about to opt-out.They could imminently walk away, which results in reduced competition, which is your advantage in outlasting. Ray White New Farm auctioneer Haesley Cush in action (AAP image, John Gass) 5. Smart phones are not so smart What’s the rush? Bidding first gives away your ace card, which is: “I want this property.’’ The more active a participant you are in the auction process, the more you’ll end up paying for the property as your behaviour is actually increasing competition.If you can help yourself, bid last if you make it that far. In a picture-perfect auction situation, you’ll only bid once. You’ll come out of the shadows and land your sledgehammer of an offer at the eleventh hour when most of the competition have self-eliminated or are nearing their maximum. Your ability to come in then with your confident bid sends a signal of “I haven’t even got started yet.’’ Keeping your bids to a minimum is black-belt strategy to outwit your competition. Source: Thinkstock 3. Read the non-verbals read more
Marine geophysical player Polarcus nearly halved its net loss during the third quarter of the year despite lower revenues. Namely, Polarcus reduced its net loss during the third quarter 2017 to $9.1 million compared to $17.4 million loss in 3Q 2016, the company reported on Friday.The company recorded revenues of $58.5 million in the third quarter 2017, up 62% from $36.1 million in 2Q 2017, and down from $64.6 million in 3Q 2016. The sequential increase in revenues was mainly driven by increased utilization and achieved dayrates. Vessel utilization increased to 92%, up from 75% in 2Q 2017.Bareboat charter revenue was $6.8 million, up 8% from the previous quarter due to an increase in the number of days spent on bareboat charter following the start of Polarcus Amani (renamed Ivan Gubkin) on a 5½ year bareboat contract with Sovcomflot during April 2017.Polarcus recorded multi-client revenue of $4.8 million, an increase of 146% from $2 million in 2Q 2017, mainly driven by an increase in late sales. There was no vessel allocation to multi-client in the quarter.The company continued to record lower operating costs in the quarter, achieving a 3% reduction in gross cost of sales to $40.3 million, this in combination with an increase of 36% in the number of days the vessels were operating on contracts compared to 2Q 2017. Polarcus said on Friday that the marine seismic market continues to be challenging and uncertain in the short term. With continued limited exploration spending by oil companies, the lower demand combined with excess vessel capacity in the market drives high competition for seismic contracts.Polarcus expects the current challenging market conditions to continue into 2018 and has, after the quarter-end, undertaken to further streamline and re-shape the organization to deliver improved flexibility and optimized productivity. This strategic re-shape of the organization enables Polarcus to more effectively reduce costs when global fleet activity is decreased.The immediate effects include an estimated $8 million annual cost savings, and the ability to take advantage of mid-year seismic exploration cycles when global demand is typically higher. The one-off extra costs associated with the streamlining are expected to be $2 million and will impact the company’s 4Q 2017 financial results.The company expects its total capex investments for the full year 2017 to be $8 million, down from $10 million. Expected multi-client investments remain unchanged at $20 million for the full year 2017. The multi-client pre-funding level target also remains unchanged at above 110%.The company’s backlog as at September 30, 2017, including the two bareboat charters, is estimated to be $125 million.Offshore Energy Today Staff ‘Uncertain market’ read more
“We must #FreeLeilaNow,” he added. Sen. Leila de Lima has been detained since Feb. 2017 at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame over the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison during her term as Justice secretary. GMA NETWORK Others who petitioned with Durbin wereSenators Marco Rubio, Ed Markey, Marsha Blackburn, and Chris Coons. Durbin, in a resolution filed with four otherUS senators before, called on the Philippine government to release de Lima, whowas detained for he alleged involvement in illegal drug trade. US Senator Richard Durbin welcomed on Fridaythe Senate appropriations committee’s approval of the amendment he proposedwith Sen. Patrick Leahy in the Fiscal Year 2020 State and Foreign OperationsAppropriations Bill. “Good to see the Senate Appropriations Committeepass my amendment with @SenatorLeahy (US Senator Patrick Leahy) today toprohibit entry to any Philippine Government Officials involved in thepolitically motivated imprisonment of Filipina Senator Leila de Lima in 2017,”Durbin in a tweet said. MANILA – Philippine government officials whowere involved in the “politically-motivated” detention of Sen. Leila de Limawill be prohibited from entering the United States (US), according to aproposed US Senate bill. De Lima has been detained since Feb. 2017 atthe Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame over the allegedproliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison during her term asDepartment of Justice secretary. The opposition senator denied involvement inthe illegal drug trade, saying the charges against her were part of politicalpersecution by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration./PN read more
BATESVILLE, Ind. — 2 people were injured in a 3 car accident Wednesday morning in Batesville.Around 6:20 AM Batesville police responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding a multi vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of State Road 46 and Merkel Road.Police say Ronald Lawrence, 43, of Greensburg was westbound on State Road 46 and crossed the center line hitting an eastbound vehicle driven by Julanna Young, 68, of Hope.Young’s vehicle spun into the path of another westbound vehicle driven by Kathy Luke, 57, of Batesville.Paramedics transported Young and her passenger to Margaret Mary Health where they were treated and released.