Extreme Drought.

first_img Very Short 37 28 18 Short 41 30 34 — Percentages — Source: Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service Adequate 21 39 42 ÿ June 4, 1999 June 5, 1998 5 Year Avg. Surplus 1 3 6 Soil Moisture for Week Ending June 5, 1999 ATHENS, Ga. — Central Georgia is now in extreme drought conditions,according to the PalmerDrought Severity Index. The rest of the state remains in severe drought except thewest central region, which is in moderate drought, and the northwest corner, which is inmild drought.For the PDSI, the Central Georgia Region includes Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Butts,Crawford, Dodge, Greene, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Laurens, Monroe,Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Rockdale, Taliaferro, Twiggs,Treutlen, Washington, Wheeler and Wilkinson counties.Soil moisture continued to get drier last week. The Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service reportedsoil moisture as short to very short in 78 percent of the state. Only 21 percent of thesoils had enough moisture. Crop and pasture conditions continued to decline.The CropMoisture Index also shows drying topsoil across most of the state. Central, southwestand south central Georgia are excessively dry, reducing prospective yields.The east central and southeast regions of the state are abnormally dry, and yieldprospects are deteriorating. North central and northeast Georgia report short topsoilmoisture.Northwest and west central Georgia have adequate topsoil moisture now. However, dryareas remain in these regions. The PDSI and the CMI are calculated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center.Little relief is in store for Georgia this week. Most of the state needs 9 to 12 inchesof rain to end the drought. Northwest Georgia needs about 4 inches.Georgia is now in the typical summertime weather pattern. The state depends onscattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms for most of its rain. It is rare that adrought will be broken by scattered thunderstorms. It may take a tropical storm to breakthe current drought.Current weather information on 38 Georgia locations is at the University of Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring NetworkWeb site. Find current drought information at the UGA Drought ’99 Web site. Or talk toyour county Extension Service agent about the drought’s effects on crops, landscaping,gardens or livestock.last_img read more

James Metzger: Winning In Sports and Business

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As chairman and CEO of Garden City-based Whitmore Group, James C. Metzger has guided the privately held company that he started in 1989 into becoming one of the most successful independent insurance brokerage and financial services firms in the region. We recently caught up with him to get his take on technology and other trends impacting the insurance market, what sets the Whitmore Group apart from its rivals, and how sports have played a key role in his youth and career. Here are excerpts from our conversation:Long Island Press: What would you say sets the Whitmore Group apart from other insurance companies?James C. Metzger: By virtue of building the company over 30 years, the premium volume that we have with our carriers – both in terms of the number of carriers we represent and the premium volume that we have developed with those carriers – gives us underwriting advantages and underwriting leverage with those markets.LIP: What is your vision for the company amid the challenges faced by your industry?JM: I feel like we’ve kind of figured out over 30 years how to be really good at what we do, and to achieve critical mass with the insurance companies and to develop a lot of trust and confidence with our carriers. And what has helped us achieve that is making strategic acquisitions, over the last 10 years in particular, of smaller agencies. We’re still a privately held firm and one of the relatively few left of our size that have maintained our independence.LIP: Can you specify how technology may be a disruptor?JM: I have strongly considered how self-driving cars will impact the automobile side of our business. That’s a real concern. Algorithms and robotical [technology also]. Let’s face it. We saw what happened to travel agencies a long time ago. The role of the advisor and the role of the consultant, I think, will always be important in the insurance industry.LIP: When you say some are buying insurance directly from rivals, would I be correct to guess some of that is being done online?JM: Sure. I think life insurance is probably bought online more frequently and in a bigger way than property and casualty. Life insurance and automobile insurance, I think, we’ve certainly seen competition that way. Those verticals within the insurance industry have taken a pretty big bite out of the apple.LIP: You were a lacrosse All-American at Hofstra University and played lacrosse and football at Half Hollow Hills High School. How do you incorporate those interests into your career?JM: I think a win is a win – whether you’re vying for an account and you win the account or you win a lacrosse game or a football game. And you don’t always win. There’s always a guy bigger, faster or stronger, and you learn how to compete. And I think you can learn a lot from losing as well, not just winning. Sometimes you can learn more from losing than winning because you have to address possibly weaknesses or areas that require improvement.LIP: Philanthropy in general is very important for you. Can you explain why and how you select which organizations to support?JM: Many of our clients will approach us with their philanthropy or the causes in which they’re involved, or the charities and foundations that they support. I believe in supporting academia on Long Island. I have become involved with the Arthritis Foundation, the American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, to name a few. It is a win-win-win situation. We’re able to support the community and enhance and bolster our brand in the community as well, and sometimes support our client.LIP: How much of an impact did growing up on Long Island have on your worldview and success?JM: I think I had a lot of advantages. I was extremely fortunate that I grew up where I did. I think it had a great impact on my business career too because our school district was terrific from an academic standpoint and  my experiences as a student athlete.LIP: What would readers be surprised to learn about you?JM: People will laugh if you write this and they read it, but I’m really a humble person. I’m around a lot of people often, but I really relish time that I can spend alone, reading and being reflective, and I have a lot of interests away from the business.last_img read more

Prepaid gains momentum among unbanked

first_imgPrepaid cards adoption continues to escalate among American consumers. In fact, a new Pew Charitable Trusts study found more than 20 million U.S. consumers use prepaid cards regularly. The report, “Banking on Prepaid,” examined 587 consumers’ knowledge, attitudes and perception of prepaid cards.The findings reflect a 50-percent increase in prepaid card usage between 2012 and 2014. While adoption of the products by those with traditional bank accounts has increased, consumers who fall into the unbanked category are driving the industry. Consumers in this increasingly coveted segment often use prepaid cards much as they would a traditional checking account: checking their balances more regularly, reloading more frequently and registering their cards more often than banked prepaid cardholders.Among the unbanked population, prepaid cards also offer a budgeting tool. Because most have annual household incomes below $50,000 (and one-third below $15,000), they tend to use the cards as a way to help control spending, stay out of debt and avoid overdraft fees. continue reading » 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Portsmouth man bailed $9000.00 for beating police officer

first_img Share Share LocalNews Portsmouth man bailed $9000.00 for beating police officer by: – October 28, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img 33 Views   no discussions Share Court gavel. Image via:lazytechguys.comBertist Jeffers of Glanvillia, Portsmouth was this morning bailed $9000.00 on four charges including beating a police officer at the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau.Jeffers was charged for beating a police officer, resisting arrest, malicious damage to a camouflage cap belonging to the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force which costs $53.00 and malicious damage to a Ray Ban sunglasses which costs $212.00 on the 27th day of October, 2011 at Roseau during the LIME’s Creole in the Park event.The defendant having pleaded not guilty to all four charges; was told by Magistrate Ossie Lewis that he is charging him a “meager $9000.00” for these offences.Bertist Jeffers was bailed by his father Berti Jeffers of Portsmouth who told the Court that he is a truck driver. The trial is scheduled to commence on the 7th of February, 2012 and disclosure of evidence and witness statements to be made on or before the 15th of December, 2011.The accused was represented by Attorney Gina Dyer-Monroe.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Mourinho chasing Leicester flop in surprise January transfer move

first_img Loading… Read Also:Mourinho aiming for £2m Spurs Champions League bonusHe joined the Prem side for a then club-record £29million back in 2016, and scored only 13 goals in 46 games.But the Algerian has managed to pick up some form in Ligue 1 and has scored seven goals in 11 games.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 And according to The Telegraph, he has turned his attention to Slimani, on loan from the Foxes at Monaco.Spurs are working through possible targets, and the 31-year-old’s name has cropped up as the French market is scoured.Slimani is on a season-long loan at Monaco after struggling throughout his time with Leicester. Jose Mourinho is desperate to recruit a striker this month with star man Harry Kane ruled out until April with a hamstring injury.center_img Tottenham are reportedly set to make a shock move for Leicester flop Islam Slimani.Advertisement Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemGreatest Movies In History Since 1982Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Most Influential Countries In The History Of The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

KC2026 World Cup Bid Committee Conducts Presentation with FIFA, U.S. Soccer

first_imgRepresentatives from the Kansas City 2026 World Cup Bid Committee completed a one-on-one presentation to members of FIFA and U.S. Soccer as part of the next phase of the event’s venue selection process. Kansas City is one of 17 candidate host cities in the United States in consideration to host matches for the FIFA World Cup 2026™. Today’s virtual meeting was a critical step in the on-going process with final site selections expected to be announced in 2021. “We presented a strong, cohesive vision that demonstrates Kansas City’s experience hosting major sporting events as well as our ability to unite an entire region around those events,” says Kathy Nelson, President & CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission. “Kansas City has demonstrated a commitment to growing the game of soccer and hosting World Cup matches in 2026 would allow us to cement our legacy as the Soccer Capital of America.” “The 2026 FIFA World Cup will unite three countries as the United States, Mexico and Canada host our sport’s premier event. Kansas City is perfectly positioned in the heart of North America to welcome the world and our bid’s vision is to unite our region around this momentous occasion,” said Sporting Kansas City President and CEO Jake Reid. “Today was another important opportunity to showcase our region as a thriving destination with incredible support for soccer as we take the next step in bringing the World Cup to the Midwest.” The KC2026 Bid Committee is comprised of representatives from the state and local levels in both Kansas and Missouri, as well as The Kansas City Sports Commission, Sporting KC, the Kansas City Chiefs, VisitKC, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, United Soccer Coaches and Heartland Soccer Association. On Tuesday, FIFA and U.S. Soccer conducted an interactive online Candidate Host City Workshop. FIFA provided an overview of the venue selection process while outlining the focus areas for the assessment of candidate host cities and addressing the rules and procedures relating to the venue selection process. Following today’s presentation, FIFA will schedule venue visits for each of the proposed host cities and stadiums. In line with FIFA’s policy to follow the recommendations of the health authorities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, visits to all cities will take place whenever it is safe to do so. The FIFA administration will then submit a proposal to the FIFA Council, which is set to appoint the FIFA World Cup 2026™ host cities in 2021. read also:Arsenal handed FIFA fine over secret sell-on clauses for player transfers Visit KC2026.com for updates throughout the bid process and to support the Kansas City 2026 World Cup Bid efforts. FIFA has also launched a dedicated section of FIFA.com for the FIFA World Cup 2026™ featuring profiles of the three host countries and the respective candidate host cities, as well as information about the tournament in four languages. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?last_img read more

Messi tells Guardiola: I need to join Man City

first_imgWantaway Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, has outlined his Manchester City ambitions to manager Pep Guardiola. That’s according to Cristobal Sorja, speaking on TV programme ‘El Chiringuito de Jugones’. It is claimed Messi told Guardiola: “I want to win the next two Ballon d’Or awards, and I can only do that with you”. Sorja twice repeated the phrase, adding: “This is the killer phrase that Messi used”.Advertisement read also:Messi remains silent after Barca president’s offer to resign Messi’s father is alleged to have told PSG that his son wants a move to Manchester City to reunite with Guardiola. According to The Times, Man City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano is currently in Catalonia to discuss a move. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

The Latest: Pioneer League drops fall football amid virus

first_img___What did cricket fans do when there was no live games to watch during lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic?Watched replays. Lots of replays.The International Cricket Council released figures Friday showing it had 1.65 billion video views on its Facebook channel in the first half of 2020, saying it “topped the rankings in terms of video consumption among leading sports bodies” on the social media platform.Cricket was shuttered globally from late March until last month, when host England beat West Indies 2-1 in a three-test series that was played inside bio-secure venues in Southampton and Manchester. ___The Detroit Lions are preparing to host fans at all eight regular-season home games, although it’s uncertain how many will be allowed to attend.The NFL club said Friday season-ticket holders can opt out of purchasing tickets for the 2020 season if they want. The team also is offering various incentives for fans who defer payments to the 2021 season instead of asking for refunds.Fans and employees at Ford Field would be required to wear face coverings. Designated gates and entry times would be assigned to fans.The team says the ability to host fans at a reduced capacity depends on local and state approval. August 7, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Pioneer League will not play a fall football schedule, a decision that likely means there will be no FCS playoffs this season. The Latest: Pioneer League drops fall football amid virus The 11-team Pioneer League spans from the Midwest to the West Coast. The conference said in a statement the challenges related to team travel, meeting state, local and institutional health requirements and COVID-19 mitigation strategies led to the decision. The Pioneer League said it would consider playing a football season at another point in the school year if feasible.The NCAA this week announced it would not conduct championship events in sports where at least 50% percent of the participating schools do not play a fall regular season. Unless Pioneer League schools pursue a football season as independents, the number of FCS schools that have canceled fall football is 68 out of 127.The Big Sky was also expected to announce soon whether it will play in the fall.___The Southeastern Conference will require football players and others in direct contact with the program to be tested at least twice weekly during the season.center_img More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The ICC, citing statistics from the CrowdTangle analytics tool, said daily video consumption on its Facebook page increased from 3 million minutes viewed to 15 million minutes per day during the lockdown.“At a time when COVID-19 has severely impacted live sports, the ICC’s channels have gone from strength to strength,” the ICC said in a statement.Cricket hit some highs in terms of viewership over the 12 months to June, including the 1.1 billion views for the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.Online traffic from India helped. The final between Australia and India, which attracted a crowd of more than 86,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, set a single-day record for women’s tournament with 64.9 million views on the ICC Facebook page.___ Associated Press The league on Friday released its initial COVID-19 requirements for fall sports, including football. In football, the testing will typically come six days and three days before competition.Coaches, staff and other personnel will be required to wear face coverings on the sidelines at sporting events this fall.The initial guidelines include testing requirements, procedures for infections and contact tracing and protocols for quarantine and isolation. The rules, which also apply to volleyball and soccer, were recommended by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force.The league expects the task force to release another report by Aug. 31.last_img read more

John Raymon stretches during drills and other day 3 notes

first_imgThe offensive line was working on several different snap counts with offensive line coach Joe Adam. Both Colin Byrne and Cody Conway jumped early, with Adam making sure to let them know. Multiple snap counts is significant, considering the fact that Tim Lester told Syracuse.com last month that the team only used one cadence during the 2014 season.Web editor Jesse Dougherty, jcdoug01@syr.edu, contributed reporting to this articleAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments John Raymon was one of the last players to arrive on the practice field on Tuesday. Though fully dressed, the senior defensive tackle was walking with what looked like a slight limp. He stretched during drills, but when they went to do push-ups he just slumped to the ground and stayed up on his knees with his butt in the air, then slowly got back up.Both defensive line coach Tim Daoust and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough referred comment to head coach Scott Shafer, who won’t address the media until after Wednesday’s practice.Other notes and observations from day three of training campThe first 20 minutes of Tuesday’s practice were open to the media, and the team did positional drills and stretched during that time. Here is a bulleted breakdown of the day in Syracuse football.Defensive back Antwan Cordy didn’t take punts after he did on Monday, and Brisly Estime, Rodney Williams, Jordan Fredericks, Ervin Philips and Dontae Strickland did. Daoust praised the noticeable improvement from Estime in returning punts in the early part of training camp. Published on August 11, 2015 at 8:29 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Kicker Cole Murphy, punter Riley Dixon and freshman long snapper Matt Keller were the first-team field goal unit on Tuesday. Murphy made all three of his field goals. Ryan Norton, Zack Mahoney and Keith Mitsuuchi made up the second team with Norton going 2-for-3. Sterling Hofrichter, Eric Dungey and Nathan Hines made up the third team with Hofrichter making both of his chip shot attempts. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more