Through at least the middle of August, most of Georgia will likely be warmer and drier than normal. The weather outlook for the mountain counties is less certain. Summer is the most difficult season to forecast for the Southeast. The El Niño – Southern Oscillation ocean-atmosphere pattern, or ENSO, gives atmospheric scientists good guidance on what weather to expect during winter and early spring. But during the summer, ENSO has little impact on temperatures and rainfall in the Southeast. Because of this, atmospheric scientists must use other information for forecasts. One of the best indicators of climate over a period of several weeks is persistence. Persistence means that the current climate pattern will continue for a period of time. Since Georgia has been warmer and drier than normal since March, the persistence outlook is for Georgia to remain warmer and drier than normal for the next several weeks. An additional indicator is the current drought. Even with normal temperatures and rain during the summer, Georgia soils continue to dry, and stream flows drop. Even if Georgia receives normal rain this summer, the drought is expected to continue.Drought and warmer-than-normal temperatures go together and typically reinforce each other. Dry soils mean that more energy from the sun heats the soil and the air above it. Warmer temperatures mean that the soils lose more water to evaporation and plant water use. With drought conditions leading to higher temperatures, the current drought indicates an outlook of warmer-than-normal temperatures. During the summer, much of the rain that Georgia receives is from scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms. With local soil moisture low, there is less moisture available locally for the development of these afternoon or evening storms. The lack of moisture locally argues for a drier-than-normal summer.During droughts, it is common for a region to experience “sinking air” from higher up in the atmosphere. This makes it difficult for scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms to develop. Sinking air also compresses and warms. This is another example of how temperature and drought reinforce each other. The summer outlook for the mountain counties is more uncertain. The mountains have received more rain than southern Georgia. The mountain counties are on a dividing line between a region to the south expecting a warmer and drier summer and a region to the north expecting a cooler and wetter-than-normal summer. The mountain counties will probably experience a warmer and drier-than-normal summer, but the confidence of this outlook is low. By the middle of August, the tropics are usually becoming very active. Much of Georgia’s late summer and fall rains come from tropical weather systems such as tropical storms or hurricanes. This hurricane season is expected to be more active than normal. Unfortunately, atmospheric scientists do not have the ability to forecast how many of the storms will make landfall. An active hurricane season gives us no guidance on the chances of Georgia experiencing tropical weather. If Georgia receives tropical weather, widespread temporary drought relief can occur. If the tropical activity occurs earlier than typical, then warmer and drier-than-normal weather could end earlier than expected this summer. If Georgia doesn’t receive tropical weather this summer, then the current drought will persist into fall. Up-to-date information on dry conditions across Georgia can be found at www.georgiadrought.org. Updated weather conditions can be found at www.georgiaweather.net.
Vermont’s $182.9 Million Judgment on Behalf of Claimants and Creditors of Ambassador Insurance Co. Upheld on AppealMontpelier, Vermont –(September 10, 2008) The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion yesterday upholding a judgment of $182.9 million against PriceWaterhouseCoopers in favor of the courtappointed Receiver for Ambassador Insurance Co., Paulette J. Thabault, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA). Ambassador Insurance Co. (a Vermont domiciled surplus lines insurance company with headquarters in New Jersey) was seized in 1983 and placed into court-supervised rehabilitation and subsequent liquidation as a result of its insolvency. Since that time, the principal obligation of the Commissioner as Receiver has been to collect and distribute assets under court supervision in order to pay the rightful claims of persons insured and owed money by Ambassador.In the accounting malpractice lawsuit filed in 1985 against PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ambassador’s outside accountants were charged with negligence in connection with audits of Ambassador’s financial statements that served to conceal from regulators the insurance company’s financial weakness and near insolvency. A nine week trial in federal court in Newark, NJ, resulted in a jury verdict against Defendants PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the estate of Arnold Chait, Ambassador’s former President.Yesterday’s opinion upholds the 2005 verdict and PriceWaterhouseCooper’s obligation to pay all of the resultant damages, and confirms judgment for the full $182.9 million. Commissioner Thabault is pleased with the result and considers the outcome to be another success for state-based regulation of insurance companies, noting that Ambassador policyholders and claimants will finally have the opportunity to receive the insurance proceeds they were due under Ambassador insurance policies as a result of these proceedings. “It’s been a lengthy process, to say the least, and I am gratified that the Court upheld the jury verdict and the District Court judgment,” Thabault said. “As a Department, we’re committed to protecting the interests of policyholders, and pleased that the years of work in connection with these receivership proceedings should allow us to make full payment to all policyholders,” Thabault said.
CGG and TGS will conduct the Greater Castberg TopSeis survey in the Barents Sea during Q2 2019. The survey is 5,000 sq km, and will be acquired and processed with the latest developments of CGG’s TopSeis acquisition and imaging technology.The survey will include the highly prospective Castberg area, and cover existing and newly awarded licenses in addition to open acreage with several play models in multiple geological layers. The acquisition is expected to start late Q2 2019 with final delivery to clients in Q4 2020.Kristian Johansen, CEO, TGS, said: “Greater Castberg will expand the great TGS data coverage in the Barents Sea. The survey sits in the right place of the Barents Sea, and production licenses will start producing from this area in 2022. The area calls for high-technology solutions, and a tailor-made solution for this area is created in close collaboration with the clients and within the JV.”Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO, CGG, said: “Our unique TopSeis solution combines an innovative source-over-spread acquisition geometry with CGG’s advanced imaging technology. This unique solution enables our clients to delineate shallow-to-intermediate depth targets in the Barents Sea, which are not resolved by conventional methods. The new survey will add to CGG’s library of modern broadband multi-client data in the Barents Sea, an excellent resource for optimizing the discovery and development of hydrocarbons.”The project is supported by industry funding.
FlexFueler001; Image courtesy of Titan LNGTitan LNG’s bunkering pontoon FlexFueler001 has performed the first bunkering operation on June 14, 2019.Titan LNG said on Monday that the LNG was supplied to the company’s long-term customer Norlines in the Port of Rotterdam.This makes Titan LNG the first accredited LNG bunker supplier able to deliver by inland water barge.The FlexFueler001 is part of a series of vessels. Titan LNG will deploy the FlexFueler002, currently under construction and scheduled to be ready by mid-2020, in the Port of Antwerp. The third barge will be announced in the coming months.Samskip, operator of the LNG-powered Norlines vessels Kvitnos and Kvitbjørn, has a weekly service into Rotterdam and requires reliable LNG supply.Ronald van Selm, COO of Titan LNG, said: “We are proud the FlexFueler001 is up and running after she successfully completed her trials.”Earlier this month, Titan LNG received class approval from Bureau Veritas for the FlexFueler001.FlexFueler001 is designed to have a fixed location to supply inland waterway vessels, but can also be navigated to larger sea-going vessels and safely supply LNG while they load or unload their cargo.A long-term contract for the home location of the FlexFueler001 was signed between Port of Amsterdam and Titan LNG in January 2018.
BATESVILLE, Ind. — Phase I of renovations at The Sherman (formerly the Sherman House Restaurant and Inn) are now complete.The Circa 1852 Restaurant and Black Forest Bar are now open and taking reservations.Hotel rooms are still being renovated, but officials say they are hoping to open the hotel portion soon.“After almost a year of hard work, months of renovation, weeks of unexpected occurrences, hiring, training and practicing and days of cleaning, polishing and organizing, we are pleased to announce that The Sherman is opening its doors again for another century of delicious cuisine and outstanding service,” announced Georg Heringer of HPH Hospitality. “Furthermore, we are pleased to introduce Peter VanWagner as the Executive Chef of The Sherman,” Heringer added.“We are particularly excited about the opening of the new Black Forest Bar,” added Pratt. “The decoration and atmosphere focus on the real and mysterious Black Forest region of Germany. Guests are invited to enjoy a cocktail or two in the bar featuring a nineteenth century reconditioned bar, ancient woodwork, comfortable chairs and inspiring artwork.”Reservations can be made at the website, www.The-Sherman.com or call 1-812-934-1000.
Jason Wolla put on a show by winning the first-night IMCA Modified feature, and $1,000, at Canyon Speedway Park’s Winter Challenge. (Photo by Taylor Brook Photography)By Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (Jan 28) – Round One of the 2017 edition of the Winter Challenge at Canyon Speedway Park is now in the books. North Dakota’s Jason Wolla put in a dominating effort as he took home the checkered flag in the IMCA Modified portion of the event.“The Big Show” Wolla was quick to take the lead from his sixth starting position, but staying there proved to be no easy task. Constant challenges from John Parmeley made Wolla earn every penny of his $1,000 payday, including a crossover move to re-take the lead after Parmeley briefly got by him.Already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate, Wolla bested the 35 IMCA Modifieds checked in for the 25-lap afternoon show while Cody Laney brought his car home in second. Tim Ward, Parmeley and Brian Schultz rounded out the top five. Schultz had the most impressive run of the evening as he started 23rd in the field.Jason George held off numerous challengers to keep his Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winning ways going while Aaron Spangler re-visited Canyon’s victory lane in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Steve Soboski rolled to the lead early and never looked back in IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock competition.In all, 88 cars saw action Saturday at Peoria.Spangler found himself back in victory lane, just months after the Colorado driver took home the biggest stock car race in the state of Arizona at the Stock Car Shootout back in September. Jason Jensen from Wisconsin led most of the early portions of the race until Spangler took advantage of a slip-up by Jensen. Once Spangler had the lead he held off hard-charging Cody Center and Bo Partain to remain up front to take home his $500 check.The Northern SportMods put on a display of hard racing as the leaders found themselves side-by-side throughout a majority of the race. Austin Kiefer tried working the inside on George for the majority of the race. The show was an exciting preview of what is to come in the 2017 season as SportMods have been added to the schedule for 10 points races this season.Soboski cruised to victory in the Hobby Stock division. Challengers were hard to find for Soboski until near the end of the race as he bested a hard charging Joe Vlasity who started dead last after a disqualification in his heat race for failing to report to the tech area. Vlasity picked his way through the pack but could not make the outside groove work enough to get around Soboski.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jason Wolla; 2. Cody Laney; 3. Tim Ward; 4. John Parmeley; 5. Brian Schultz; 6. Spencer Wilson; 7. Mike Strobl; 8. Scott Sluka; 9. Jason Noll; 10. Guy Norton; 11. Garrett Funk; 12. Kenny Gill; 13. Bubba Stafford; 14. Cole Peterson; 15. Austin Blume; 16. Nate Warren; 17. Bryson Curry; 18. Lance Mari; 19. Ronnie Wallace; 20. Grey Ferrando; 21. Collin Winebarger; 22. Trevor Miller; 23. Mark Stewart; 24. Ethan Dotson; 25. Troy Gemmill.Heat winners were Wilson, Laney, Ferrando, Parmeley and Gemmill. “B” feature winners were Miller and Sluka.Stock Cars – 1. Aaron Spangler, 2. Jason Jensen; 3. Cody Center; 4. Bo Partain; 5. Lonnie Foss; 6. Race Fisher; 7. Brian Hatlestad; 8. Justin Thornton; 9. Joey McCullough; 10. Nate Warren; 11. Larry Brigner; 12. Tony Hill; 13. Troy Jerovetz; 14. George Fronsman; 15. Glen Hatlestad; 16. Matt Short; 17. Vance Honea.Heat winners were Spangler, Fronsman and Jerovetz.Hobby Stocks – 1. Steve Soboski; 2. Joe Vlasity; 3. Merle Zachrison; 4. Steve Bitting; 5. Dean Zachrison; 6. Kurt Kesselring; 7. Paul O’Connor; 8. Mark Kilian; 9. Susie Mikkelson; 10. Aaron Collier; 11. Brad Larned; 12. Shea Kendig; 13. Jason Crowe; 14. Bradley Stafford; 15. Shane Raines.Heat winners were Soboski and Bitting.Northern SportMods – 1. Jason George; 2. Austin Kiefer; 3. J.C. Parmeley, 4. Chris Toth; 5. Chris Caldwell; 6. Lupe Gomez; 7. Kenny Wyman; 8. David Jones; 9. Bill Miller; 10. Dylan Ickes; 11. Bill Ferguson; 12. Chuck Black; 13. David Ruth; 14. Dale Irby; 15. Nick Langer; 16. Steven Duffy; 17. Dale Kunz; 18. Dennis Gates; 19. Jim Macneil; 20. Jimmy Terstrip.Heat winners were Gomez, Toth and Kiefer.
Liverpool Football Club of England’s fans in Ebonyi State are anticipating increased fan base following the club’s clinching of the English Premier League on Thursday night.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Merseyside based club thus ended a 30-year jinx with 86 points with seven games to spare after Chelsea FC beat their (Liverpool) closest rival Manchester City 2-1. The club, which last won the title in the 1989/1990 season and are the European Champions League defending champions, nearly lost the title following calls for the EPL cancellation as was applied in other leagues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.A cross section of Liverpool fans interviewed by a NAN correspondent in Abakaliki on Friday congratulated the team for the victory notwithstanding fans being forced to celebrate it at home and on the social media.Amos Ogbuehi, a businessman, said more soccer followers were expected to join the club’s fan base in Ebonyi State due to the EPL triumph and the awesome soccer artistry displayed by the team this season.Ogbuehi said: “We are ‘small in number’ when compared to fans of other established clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.“This triumph will enhance Liverpool’s popularity in the state and across the globe after the club recorded ‘near-misses’ in preceding seasons in the quest to break the 30 years jinx.” Chukwuma Ogwa, a civil servant, said he had yet to recover from the ‘hangover’ of celebrations from the triumph, which had ended years of painful wait by the club’s supporters.Ogwa said: “I give much of the credit to German Coach Jurgen Klopp who arrived Liverpool in October 2015 with a record of two German league (Bundesliga) titles with Borussia Dortmund and champions league silver medal with the same club.“He introduced the fast-paced, high-pressing, attacking football pattern, which he describes as heavy metal football, and this has already gotten the Champions League title for us.”Adamma Obah, a youth activist, hailed the impact of two African superstars in the triumph, Mohammed Salah of Egypt and Sadio Mane of Senegal.Obah said: “These players have been outstanding in Liverpool and their contributions are made more ‘soothing’ with the current ‘Black lives matter’ syndrome across the world. “Both players are currently Africa’s topmost performers and this shows that the continent is capable of producing ‘world-beaters’ in sports and other spheres of human endeavour.”Emmanuel Uzor, a Chelsea FC fan and aide to Governor David Umahi, urged Liverpool fans to specially thank Chelsea for easing the path of victory for them by beating mighty Manchester City.Uzor said: “Chelsea are known to assist clubs on the verge of clinching the title to clinch it as we helped Leicester City FC to win the 2015/2016 EPL title with some games to spare by drawing 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur.“I pray that another team will reciprocate Chelsea’s gesture next season as we are poised to dethrone Liverpool as league champions.”RelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Umahi congratulates Obaseki, expresses hope in democracy, electoral process Ebonyi accident: Police Officer among dead, three more bodies retrieved from river NAN.Tags: Ebonyi StateJurgen Kloppliverpool fcNigeriaPremier League
By Ian RansomMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – England’s hopes of clawing their way back into an Ashes series fast slipping from their grip will be put to the ultimate test at the WACA where the tourists have won only once in nearly 50 years.The WACA bore witness to the meek surrender of the 2013/14 series by Alastair Cook’s England, and at 2-0 down after Brisbane and Adelaide, Joe Root’s men face a similar predicament when the third Test starts tomorrow.With its traditionally quick and bouncy wicket playing to the strengths of home pacemen, the WACA has been a house of pain for English cricket and Australians will be hoping for more of the same when the ground hosts its final Test.One has to delve deep in the records to even find the last time England drew a match.That was in 1986, when Mike Gatting’s unlikely band of hard-partying tourists put on 592 in the first innings to frustrate Allan Border’s team.The maiden win was in 1978 when Mike Brearley’s side thrashed Graham Yallop-captained Australia by 166 runs, a victory that might otherwise have been remembered as a triumph of English cricket, but for the fact that the hosts had been gutted by the World Series Cricket rebellion.Australia have beaten England in their last seven matches at the WACA and with the hosts’ pacemen licking their lips, it may take something truly special from Joe Root’s men just to keep the series alive to the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.Managing that would be a victory of sorts, given England need only to square the five-Test series at 2-2 to keep the coveted urn.Having fought hard but ultimately crumbled at both the Gabba and the Adelaide Oval, England’s chances of rallying at the WACA have been given short shrift by bookmakers.Their week has also included further off-field problems with coach Trevor Bayliss left fuming after English Lions batsman Ben Duckett poured a drink over the head of James Anderson in a Perth bar.And yet, a small increase in application by the tourists could ensure a contest at the WACA.England have paid dearly for a few dreadful sessions and the scoreline has, to an extent, flattered Steve Smith’s Australia.The vulnerability of the home side’s batting was on full display in the second innings at Adelaide Oval as they crashed out for 133 to raise England’s hopes of an unlikely victory.Several of Australia’s batsmen are under pressure, most notably number five Peter Handscomb, whose place could be taken by Mitchell Marsh, an all-rounder with a poor batting record at Test level.Anderson and the England seamers, meanwhile, will have enjoyed a boost of confidence from Adelaide, where Craig Overton provided much better support than Jake Ball at the Gabba.More will be needed from the English batsmen, though, given none has managed a century this series.Root and his most senior batsman Alastair Cook have been particularly culpable for failing to set the benchmark by converting promising starts into big scores.Both were present for England’s last capitulation at the WACA and will be desperate to make a contribution to avoiding another.
Published on February 22, 2020 at 8:25 pm Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text When Syracuse erased an 11-point halftime deficit against Georgia Tech, it ended a three-game losing streak with a 79-72 win. The Orange were led by Elijah Hughes and Marek Dolezaj (20 points apiece), and multiple jump shots from Buddy Boeheim kickstarted the second-half run.Early first-half foul trouble to Dolezaj and Quincy Guerrier threatened to limit the Orange’s (15-12, 8-8 Atlantic Coast) depth in the frontcourt, but neither ended up fouling out to limit the Yellow Jackets’ (13-14, 7-9) advantage.Here’s what our beat writers had to say after the Syracuse win. Facebook Twitter Google+
The Ghana Football Association has disclosed that it is firming up necessary documents as it ramps up its bid to secure a slice of government’s Covid – 19 stimulus fund.The Ghana Premier League was suspended on the 15th March based on instructions by the President prohibiting public gatherings.Banning football however,has had a major impact on the leagues cash flow and as a result the FA has joined other industries and franchises seeking financial aid to keep things afloat.“There will be continuous dialogue then we will be making special proposals.“This entails putting figures on paper and those are the figures that will be considered.“At the right time these figures will be made available,” GFA Communications director Henry Asante Twum told Citi Sports in an interview.As thing stand,certain clubs have discussed the possibility of slashing player wages to help teams cope with the downturn in finances.