Georgia Drought

first_imgWelcome rains during December 2016 and the first week of 2017 are providing hope for Georgia farmers looking for relief from a statewide severe drought, according to Pam Knox, University of Georgia agricultural climatologist and UGA Cooperative Extension specialist.“It always takes time for the drought to come in, and it always takes time for the drought to go out. Every week, even if we get some rain, there’s no guarantee we’re not going to go right back into a drought situation,” Knox said. “What we have received recently, though, has been great. It’s been exactly what we needed.” Georgia producers were discouraged by the lack of rainfall for most of summer and nearly all of fall 2016. According to UGA’s Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, only 1.61 inches of rainfall were recorded in Tifton, Georgia, during the three-month span from Sept. 3 through Dec. 3, 2016. In northwest Georgia, where Knox said the drought is currently the worst, Rome received 2.8 inches of rainfall during the same time, far below the 18.8 inches it received   between Sept. 3 and Dec. 3, 2015.Georgia farmers should be encouraged by the wet, wintry conditions of the past couple of weeks, according to Knox.“Drought does typically tend to decrease over the winter for a couple of reasons. We do tend to get more rain, and temperatures are cold, so we don’t get a lot of evaporation. The plants also aren’t growing, so they aren’t using much moisture either. Whatever we do get is going back into the soil,” Knox said. “That’s just what we need.”From Dec. 1, 2016, through Jan. 3, 2017, rainfall accumulation in Tifton measured 11.54 inches, almost twice as much as the 6.67 inches recorded from Dec. 1, 2015, through Jan. 3, 2016, in the same location. In Moultrie, Georgia, rainfall measured 10.29 inches, much higher than the 5.56 inches and 7.06 inches recorded there for the two previous years.“Almost always when we have had a bad drought, things improve over the winter. For example, in 2007 the drought was so bad in the fall, but by Dec. 1, we started to get more frequent rain and things started to improve,” Knox said.While the amount of rain has been great for Georgians, the frequency with which the state has received it is even better.“One of the nice things about the past couple of weeks is that a lot of the rain has come relatively slow, which has allowed more of it to get into the ground,” Knox said. “If we get really heavy thunderstorms, more of it runs off. Up here in Athens, (Georgia), we’ve had rain over several days, which has been really good. That kind of rain allows it to get deeper into the soil profile.”Still, Knox insists that Georgia isn’t out of the woods. The state’s soil hasn’t been totally replenished with moisture. She believes that will happen by April 1, 2017.“By that point, the plants are growing again and the temperatures are warm enough that if we don’t have good soil moisture by then, I think we’ve got a potential problem for the next growing season,” Knox said.According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the worst drought conditions are located in the northern part of the state, just above northwest Atlanta and just below southeast Atlanta. The state’s Atlantic coastline is clear of dry conditions, as is a small part of southwest Georgia.Receive updates from Knox by following her blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/.For up-to-date information on the drought in Georgia, go to droughtmonitor.unl.edu.last_img read more

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49ers rob Cowboys practice squad for new safety

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers raided the Dallas Cowboys practice squad for free safety Tyree Robinson on Tuesday.Robinson signed a two-year deal and took the roster spot of wide receiver Pierre Garçon, who went on injured reserve because of a lingering knee issue.The 49ers (3-10) have started eight different combinations of safeties, mostly because of injuries to Adrian Colbert, Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt, the latter of whom has dealt with shoulder stingers all year. Antone Exum started at free …last_img read more

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Swiss firm to build solar plants in SA

first_img20 September 2011Swiss power and automation technology group ABB is to build two solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants for South African state electricity company Eskom – the first of their kind to be built in the country – to be complete in time for the forthcoming UN climate summit in Durban.Announcing the fast-track projects on Monday, ABB said the pilot plants, each of one hectare, would be located on greenfield sites adjacent to Eskom’s coal-fired power stations at Lethabo in the Free State province and Kendal in Mpumalanga province.The plants, which will produce power for use by Eskom’s existing stations, will support the push for increased renewable sources in the country’s energy mix.South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan for 2010 to 2030 envisages renewables contributing 42%, or 17 800 MW, of the country’s new generation capacity by 2030.The Department of Energy has put out a tender for the procurement of the first 3 725 MW of renewables capacity by 2016, which is likely to attract local and international investment of between US$10-billion and $12-billion.“ABB technologies are playing a key role in facilitating the generation and grid integration of renewable energies,” ABB’s Franz Mengede said in a statement on Monday. “Solar power has an important role to play in our future energy mix and we are pleased to support Eskom in this pioneering effort.”At the Kendal power station, ABB will provide a fixed tilt solar PV power plant with a station capacity of 620 kilowatts (kW) and production potential of 11 445 398 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year.At the Lethabo site, the installation will comprise a single-axis tracking solar PV power plant with a peaking capacity of 575 kW and a production potential of 12 491 479 kWh per year.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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U.P. ATS arrests Maoist in Bareilly

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad on Wednesday arrested a suspected Maoist who carried a reward of ₹50,000 on his head from outside the Bareilly railway station, a senior police officer said.‘Inputs from activist’The ATS claimed that the suspect, Kheem Singh Bora, was nabbed on the inputs of Manish Srivastava, an activist and professional translator, who, along with his wife Anita Srivastava, was recently arrested from Bhopal for alleged Maoist links.Bora was arrested while travelling to Dhanbad to meet his associates, said Additional Director General, ATS, Aseem Arun.A .315-bore countrymade pistol with five live cartridges, literature (yet to be legally examined), a pen drive and a jungle survival kit, including a folding knife, wire cutter, mosquito repellent cream, lighter, umbrella and a hand fan, were recovered from him, said the police.Bora is allegedly known by several other aliases — Krishna, Prakash, Rajan, Prabhakar and Vijayprahrum.A resident of Almora district of Uttarakhand, Bora was an active member of the banned Maoist Communist Centre of India since 2003 and even participated in a weapons training camp in the forests of Nainital in 2004, the police said.Charges under UAPABora faces four FIRs in Uttarakhand, including sedition, criminal conspiracy and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. From 1983 to 2003, he was active in various farmers’ and students’ movements before becoming the secretary of the zonal committee of the 3 USAC (Uttar Bihar-Uttar Pradesh-Uttarakhand Special Area Committee) of CPI (Maoist) in 2006.Mr. Arun said Bora’s task was to propagate the Maoist ideology and recruit members from among farmers, youths, students and labourers.Other charges against him include defacing walls in Uttarakhand with writings and posters on prohibition, jobs and migration, as well as his call for boycott of the State Assembly elections in 2012 and Lok Sabha election in 2014.Bhopal arrests The Srivastavas were arrested from their residence in Shahpur area of Bhopal earlier this month. They were accused of living in the city “using false identities and documents”. The police are examining the literature and other materials recovered from them.last_img read more

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Tahir included in SA World Cup probables

first_imgAfter being selected in South Africa’s provisional World Cup squad on Monday, Pakistan- born leg- spinner Imran Tahir said if he finds a place in the final 15- member team he will give his 100 per cent for his adopted country in the megaevent starting next month.Imran Tahir. APTahir, who recently qualified to play for South Africa, has replaced batsman Jonathan Vandiar in the 30- man preliminary World Cup squad, which will be jointly co- hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19 to April 2.”It’s a very big honour for me. It’s the only dream I’ve had. It’s every cricketers dream to play in the World Cup. I am very pleased to be in the top 30 players list.Hopefully, I get picked ( in the final squad) and I will give my 100 per cent for South Africa,” said the 31-year-old leg-spinner, who earlier represented Pakistan A. Tahir became eligible to play for South Africa last month when he was granted citizenship of the African country and was soon picked up for the ODI series against India starting Wednesday.”It’s always tough for a spinner to bowl against India but I’ve got nothing to lose.I’ve been bowling well, the whole season.I’ve bowled well in county cricket and I am confident of doing well if given a chance,” he said.After marrying a South African, Tahir is settled in Durban, where he plays for the city- based Dolphins. He also emerged as the highest wicket- taker in the four- day SuperSport Series, taking a whopping 42 wickets in just five matches.advertisement”I have always been an attacking bowler. I might go for runs but I will get wickets and I think that’s my role. But whatever suits the team, I will bowl accordingly. But I am more than happy to go for a few runs and get a few wickets.Bowling leg-spin is difficult and maybe that’s why a lot of young people don’t do it,” Tahir said.Tahir is expected to make his debut against India in the first ODI in Durban on Wednesday and the leg- spinner said the Kingsmead track will suit his style of bowling.”Durban is my home ground and there has been a bit of both bounce and turn here. The groundsmen have been preparing some nice wickets and I’ve been bowling really well here. I have confident to of doing well here if I get an opportunity,” he said.With PTI inputs Squad – Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Alviro Peterson, Loots Bosman, Jacques Rudolph, Morne van Wyk, JP Duminy, David Miller, Colin Ingram, Albie Morkel, Robin Peterson, Mark Boucher, Thami Tsolekile, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Johan Botha, Ryan McLaren, Charl Langeveldt, Rusty Theron, Ethy Mbhalati, Roelef van der Merwe, Johan van der Wath, Imran Tahirlast_img read more

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Rankin Inlet garbage man says food at dump still good

first_imgAPTN National NewsRankin Inlet continues to be the centre of debate over hunger in the Arctic.It all began when APTN Investigates revealed people in the community are scrounging the town landfill looking for nutritious food.Part of the problem is the high cost of food and a program supposed to help called Nutrition North.APTN’s Kent Driscoll is in Rankin Inlet to learn more about the on-going scandal.last_img

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Some MLB Teams Will Rise Some Will Fall But You Shouldnt Predict

After we broke down the voting data on ESPN’s MLB Forecast results last week, an alert FiveThirtyEight reader, Andrew Jondahl, pointed out something weird in the panel’s predictions. Andrew noticed that — from last season to this one — no team was projected to move more than one spot in its division.Such little movement would be highly unusual in the real world. Since 1998, when baseball moved to its current divisional format, nearly 30 percent of teams moved up or down by two or more spots from one season to the next. So why does the 2014 ESPN MLB Forecast panel call for so little movement? Is this a bug or a feature?If we assume the panelists are trying to maximize predictive accuracy, then it’s a feature. This is true for the same reason it’s better to predict no more than, say, 35 home runs for any player in a given season, even though we know the majors’ leader typically hits at least 45 homers (if not 50 or more).Why? We have no way of knowing which player will stray into the HR stratosphere, so it’s best to make regressive predictions for each of the dozen or so guys who could make a credible case for being the outlier; roughly half of the group will exceed their forecast, and half will fall short.The same goes for division forecasts. From 1999 to 2012, an average of 11 MLB teams per season moved zero spots within their division, 10 moved a single spot, six moved two spots, two moved three spots and one moved four spots. But if we tried to parcel out specific teams into each category, the odds are we’d be less accurate than if we just predicted no movement for any team.A great illustration of this principle comes every year around this time. In the NCAA basketball tournament, certain first-round upset combinations (like a No. 12 seed beating a No. 5 seed) are very likely each year. However, there’s a big difference between knowing that fact and being able to capitalize on it by identifying the matchup in which an upset will occur. It’s just as easy to wreck a bracket by chasing false positives — upset picks that don’t happen — as it is to pick a favorite who loses.A No. 12 seed has won roughly 1.5 times in the round of 64 in each tournament since the NCAA field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. But if we took the most likely No. 12 vs. No. 5 upset in the field (according to the teams’ pre-tournament Simple Ratings) and flipped a coin over whether to pick the second-most likely upset, we’d pick winners at a rate 9 percent lower than if we just picked the No. 5 seed to win no matter what.Now, maybe your NCAA tournament pool sweetens the deal by rewarding upsets enough to make chasing those No. 12 seeds a viable strategy, but the overall point stands. Just because we know the overall frequency of an event happening, it doesn’t mean we know whether it will happen in any specific case. The best we can do is be regressive in our forecasts, accepting that some will be wrong, but that the overall prediction will be more accurate in the long run for it. read more

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Ohio State issues statement regarding alleged rape in Steubenville

Ohio State released a statement Friday regarding an alleged rape that occurred in Steubenville, Ohio, a town of about 18,000.Steubenville, which is located just less than 200 miles from Columbus, finds itself in the national spotlight after two 16-year-old Steubenville High School football players, Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays, were charged with raping a 16-year-old girl at a string of parties in August.“Sexual assault is a terrible act of aggression and violence, and our hearts go out to all victims,” the statement reads. “The situation in Steubenville is particularly disturbing, and our thoughts are with those affected.”In particular, OSU’s release comes after a video taken on the night of those parties started to make its way around the Internet Wednesday.The video, which can be found under different names on YouTube, features Michael Nodianos, a Steubenville High School graduate and former OSU student, talking and laughing about the alleged rape for more than 12 minutes amid a group huddled in what appears to be a living room.Nodianos, who has not been accused or charged of any crimes, could not be found on “Find People,” OSU’s staff, faculty and student directory, Friday, though such information (his name, university email address and major) was accessible Thursday.Nodianos did not respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment.While the university cites that it is “not at liberty to comment” because of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations, the school confirmed through its statement that “the student in question” was in attendance at the university “only through Dec. 12.”According to “Find People,” Nodianos was an electrical and computer engineering major.Nodianos, a former Big Red baseball player, according to a nearly 6,000-word story in the New York Times, opens the video by making “she’s deader than” analogies regarding the alleged victim, who did not die, but was reportedly unconscious during the alleged rapes.According to the Times, Richmond and Mays are under house arrest and awaiting a trial that has been set for Feb. 13. read more

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Football Ohio State announces start times for five games in 2018 season

The Ohio State football team takes the field for the 2018 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium between Team Scarlet and Team Gray. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State announced start times for five of its upcoming games for the upcoming 2018 season on Thursday. Along with the previously announced primetime matchup with TCU on Sept. 15, the Buckeyes will take on Oregon State in the season opener at noon. which will be televised on ABC. The Buckeyes will also take on Rutgers in the Big Ten opener at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 and will be televised on BTN. On Oct. 6, Ohio State will take on Indiana in its homecoming game at 3:30 or 4 p.m. with TV not yet announced. To end the season, the Buckeyes will take on Michigan at noon on Nov. 24 and will be televised on FOX. read more

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