* Freeze Advisory *

first_imgUnseasonable cold weather has returned to Georgia. Temperatures across most of the state will be near or below freezing Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Peaches and other blooming crops are of particular concern.Wednesday morning is expected to be the coldest, withtemperatures in the 20s across most of the state. The big forecast problem is how long the wind will last Tuesday night. If the wind continues through Wednesday morning, then significant damage may be averted. If the wind dies Tuesdaynight, temperatures could fall well into the 20s and there couldbe significant damage to Georgia’s peach crop.Forecasters will have a better idea of what to expect Wednesday morning by late Tuesday. Check your National Weather Service forecast for local conditions and advisories.Unseasonable warm weather has encouraged many plants to bloomseven to 14 days early. Early development has put these plants at risk of freeze damage. Producers and home gardeners may need to take precautions to protect plants Tuesday and especially Wednesday mornings.last_img read more

Chad looking to build 200MW solar project near capital of N’djamena

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Representatives of Argentina-based Alcaal Group visited Chad at the beginning of August to discuss the prospects for investing in the country’s agribusiness and renewable energies, Idriss Déby, the Central African country’s president, announced on social media networks.Two days later, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the minister of finance and budget, the minister of energy and the company. The agreement concerns feasibility studies for the construction, operation and maintenance of a photovoltaic power plant with a capacity of up to 200 MW with storage on the outskirts of N’djamena, the capital of Chad.In early July, the United Nations Development Program launched the “Sun Health” project in the country, which suffers from a lack of a reliable source of energy – only 6.4% of the Chadian population has access to reliable electricity. Funded to the tune of more than $3 million, the initiative aims to install solar panels in 150 health centers in the country.Chad had an installed solar capacity of 1 MW at the end of 2019, according to figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The US Agency for International Development estimates the landlocked country has only 125 MW of total power generation capacity, the bulk of which is diesel and heavy fuel oil which mainly serves N’Djamena.[Catherine Rollet]More: Chad considers construction of 200 MW solar-plus-storage plant Chad looking to build 200MW solar project near capital of N’djamenalast_img read more

Ski and Snowboard Gear Trends 2009, Part I

first_img Women’s Burton Sapphire Boot Women’s Burton Sapphire Boot Women’s Burton Sapphire Bootcenter_img Winter is upon us, and with it ski areas across the country are cranking on the lifts. Here are four trends and a handful of corresponding new products — from high-tech skis to a snowboarding boot with a built-in heater — that you’ll see on the slopes this season. Cold No LongerBattery-powered heat radiating from embedded conductors is a theme this year from boot, jacket and glove manufacturers. The women’s Burton Sapphire snowboarding boot ($219.95, www.burton.com) has a liner laced with heating elements powered by a clip-on power pack. Rossignol’s Hit Jacket, also for women, goes for a hefty $700 but comes with four warming panels stitched into its lining and a rechargeable battery pack that seats in a pocket. Outdoor Research’s PrimoVolta Gloves ($259, www.outdoorresearch.com) have an on/off switch to initiate warmth that spreads from the back of the hand to fingertips.The Do-All SkiSerious skiers of yore often kept a quiver of different skis ready to use as per the conditions of the day. But companies like Salomon now offer planks that tout complete versatility in any type of snow, including the Lord ($850, www.salomonsports.com), an all-mountain ski with an hourglass shape and a reverse camber in the forebody to accommodate powder, crud or groomed trail. Volkl ups the ante with its do-all Tigershark 12 ft Power Switch, a $1,525 pair that employs embedded carbon-fiber rods running the length of the ski. An on/off switch compresses or decompresses the rods with springs, changing the skis’ grip and power on snow.Fashion ForwardSurfing, skateboarding and lifestyle footwear and clothing brands including Roxy, DC Shoes and Quicksilver are making inroads to the ski and snowboarding scenes. The men’s Quicksilver Last Mission Jacket ($200, www.quiksilver.com), one example, is a fashion-forward waterproof and breathable shell with touches like a multi-media controller and an inside pocket with a headphone port.Freestyle ResurgenceFile this under “irony”: Some teenagers now rebel against their snowboarding parents by becoming skiers. Freestyle skiers, that is. Indeed, the rail-sliding, halfpipe-riding discipline of freestyle skiing has taken off like no other trend in the sport. Skis like the Volkl Wall ($650, www.volklusa.com) — a twin-tip model with a symmetrical sidecut for switch (backwards) riding — are representative of the planks now employed by the baggy-pants-wearing set.(Stephen Regenold writes a daily blog on outdoors gear at www.gearjunkie.com.)Women's Burton Sapphire BootWomen Women’s Burton Sapphire Bootlast_img read more

Navy Federal paves the payments way with Apple Pay launch, Navy Federal’s Meghan Gound explains

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When a new piece of financial services technology launches, credit unions are notorious for waiting a bit until it’s proven — and then they’re usually all in to adopt. Well, a new piece of payments technology was recently announced by a little company called Apple. Ok, I’m being slightly dry here. We all know Apple released Apple Pay and it’s made headlines ever since. So where do credit unions fit in?Well, quite prominently if you’ve read all the industry publications. In fact one credit union, Navy Federal Credit Union, recently launched the payments system a few weeks ago — and many more are on the launch pad. continue reading »last_img

5 credit union bills ignored by the Senate

first_imgby: Nicholas BallasyThe House of Representatives passed five key pieces of legislation supported by credit union trade groups in 2014, but they did not make it out of the Senate before the end of session. Find out which bills credit unions will continue to advocate for during visits with elected officials in 2015.1. Reg D Study ActThe Republican-controlled House approved the Regulation D Study Act unanimously by a 422 to 0 vote on Dec. 2. The bill would require the Government Accountability Office to make recommendations to Congress on how to update the law, which limits the number of monthly electronic withdrawals from a savings account to six, to better reflect modern technology and account usage. However, the Democratic-led Senate did not bring the bill to a vote before Senators left Washington for the year. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Key insights from the Fed payments report: Part I

first_imgIt’s been a busy stretch for the payments professionals at the Federal Reserve. In mid-July, the Fed’s 321-member Faster Payments Task Force wrapped up two years of work with its final report, offering a market-driven roadmap to system modernization.And at the end of June, the Fed’s Retail Payments Office released a treasure trove of data from its 2016 Payments Study, highlighting some fascinating trends in consumer and business payment choices.A summary-level batch of results from the Fed’s study was released at the end of 2016. This new deep-dive takes a closer look at payment instrument us on a per-household and per-business level.Check use, for instance, continues to decline—to no one’s surprise. On a per-household basis, however, consumers continue to write 7.1 checks per month—the same number as ACH transfers. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

WTA, ATP tennis cancel all tournaments in China over coronavirus

first_imgStruggling to restartThe tennis season has been at a standstill since mid-March due to the virus outbreak worldwide and is struggling to restart.The ATP said earlier this week that a tournament in Washington DC that marked the start of the men’s tennis season next month has been cancelled.US Open organizers insisted that would “in no way impact” the behind-closed-doors Grand Slam scheduled for the end of August.The Cincinnati Open and US Open are still scheduled to take place back-to-back in New York from August 20, despite several leading figures in men’s tennis casting doubts over the hardcourt Grand Slam.World number one Novak Djokovic earlier this month said he was undecided over whether to travel to compete in the US Open.The women’s WTA tour is scheduled to restart on August 3 in Palermo, Italy, making it the first event on the recently announced new calendar. The China cancellations — which are a setback to tennis’s hopes of building its popularity in the world’s most populous nation — come as domestic sport is slowly returning to the country.”We share in the disappointment of many around the world who were looking forward to this [China] swing and appreciate all of the continued support from our fans, partners and the entire region, as we continue to navigate the remainder of the 2020 season,” WTA chief Simon said.On Thursday the Chinese Basketball Association league said it would allow spectators to watch matches from Sunday and on Saturday Chinese Super League football starts behind closed doors.However, after China’s announcement all major international sports events are in major doubt, with the postponed Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai also now appearing doomed.Topics : All international tennis tournaments in China this year, including the Shanghai Masters and WTA Finals, were cancelled on Friday because of the coronavirus, the ATP and WTA said.The major blow to attempts to restart tennis comes after China said it would not stage most international sports events for the rest of 2020 to keep the pandemic in check.”We are extremely disappointed that our world-class events in China will not take place this year,” Steve Simon, head of the Women’s Tennis Association, said in a statement. “It’s with a heavy heart that we announce ATP tournaments will not be played in China this year.”center_img “We do however respect the decision that has been made [by Chinese authorities] and are eager to return to China as soon as possible next season.”Among the seven WTA events cancelled is the Wuhan Open in October, which promised to be hugely symbolic as the city was at the center of the coronavirus outbreak when it emerged late last year.The ATP said it too was cancelling its tournaments in China for the rest of the year, including the prestigious Shanghai Masters and China Open — a men’s and women’s event — in Beijing.”Our approach throughout this pandemic has been to always follow local guidance when staging events. We respect the Chinese government’s decision to do what’s best for the country in response to the unprecedented global situation,” said Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP chairman.last_img read more

These middle ring units come in cheaper than blocks of land

first_img5/8 Harry Street, Zillmere Qld 4034: Offers over $249,000. Picture: Realestate.com.au“Rental expectation around $280/wk is expected. This is way cheaper than the price of a block of land, and offers the new owner a rental income to cover the utility bills.”Among improvements made by the current owner were fresh carpets and a new kitchen.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoAnother two bed unit in Zillmere at 3/14 Halcomb Street was priced at $259,900. Agent Matt Phillips of Image Property Aspley did not expect it to remain on market for too long at that price.He was marketing it as having a large balcony as well as extra storage space and a large lock up garage – “a must see”. 4/474 Hamilton Road, Chermside Qld 4032: Offers over $280,000. Picture: Realestate.com.au This Halcomb Street unit was expected to see strong interest. Picture: Realestate.com.auTwo other middle ring two-bed units on the market in the late 200s were 4/474 Hamilton Road in highly popular Chermside (offers over $280,000) and 83/280 Grand Avenue Forest Lake which was at least $5,000 less at $275,000.The Chermside unit is on the top floor of a six-unit block, with new carpet, paint, curtains and fixtures, a large balcony, lock up garage and secure intercom access.Agents Ryan Hoelzl and Luke Burton of Burton & Ryan Property were marketing it as being “only 13kms from the CBD” and close to Westfield Chermside, Prince Charles Hospital, transport, parks and schools. https://www.realestate.com.au/property-unit-qld-chermside-126092806 U 3/14 Halcomb Street, Zillmere Qld 4034: Priced at $259,900. Picture: Realestate.com.aucenter_img 5/8 Harry Street, Zillmere Qld 4034: Offers over $249,000. Picture: Realestate.com.auTWO bed unit prices in middle ring suburbs have emerged as some of the cheapest on the market, with some costing less than a block of land.The lowest two bed unit on the market in Greater Brisbane right now is 5/8 Harry Street in Zillmere priced at offers over $249,000. Agents Colin and Jenny Street of @Realty were marketing the solid brick property as one that would “stand the test of time”. 83/280 Grand Avenue, Forest Lake Qld 4078: Price $275,000. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe Forest Lake unit was the only one of the four to have two bathrooms, and has long term tenants in place until March 2018.It is currently rented at $340/week, a rental yield of around 7 per cent. The complex has an inground pool and was security gated with basement parking and storage, with body corporate fees of about $51 a week.last_img read more

Salmon au Poivre.

first_img Share Salmon au PoivreA dream dinner, ready in 25 minutes, is accomplished by simply cooking salmon, then serving it on a bed of greens with strawberries. Experiment with other fish or even grilled chicken in this entree to build a repertoire of super-fast, super-nutritious meals.Ingredients:4 6-oz. salmon fillets, skin removed1/4 tsp. salt2 to 3 tsp. cracked black pepper2 Tbsp. olive oil1/2 cup chicken broth1 5- or 6-oz. pkg. torn mixed salad greens1 cup halved fresh strawberries1/4 cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing2 Tbsp. honeyDirections:Sprinkle salmon fillets with salt. Lightly coat each side of salmon with cracked black pepper. In a large skillet cook salmon for 1 minute in hot oil. Turn salmon over; carefully add chicken broth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.Meanwhile, divide salad greens and strawberries among 4 plates. Drizzle greens with vinaigrette salad dressing. Remove salmon from cooking liquid and place on greens; drizzle salmon with honey. Recipe source: BHG.com Food & DiningLifestyle Salmon au Poivre. by: – June 3, 2011 25 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

DNR collects national award for floodplain project

first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The DNR Division of Water’s use of technology to communicate flood risks to Hoosiers has been recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Cooperating Technical Partners program (CTP).The Division of Water received honorable mention “for outstanding achievement in developing CTP Communications and Outreach and Program Management activities.”According to the CTP Newsletter, “Indiana DNR used funding and partnerships to merge the National Flood Hazard Layer to create the Indiana Best Available Floodplain Layer (BAFL).” The BAFL includes more than 18,000 stream miles of updated floodplain information that is useful for planning and a better understanding of potential flood risk.In 2016, the CTP launched the CTP Recognition Program to recognize top-performing Cooperating Technical Partners that clearly demonstrate best practices, and who help communities get involved in mitigation action.“These are CTPs that are exceptional in the areas of project management and/or communications best practices or innovative tools and resources,” according to the CTP Newsletter. “The organizations who are nominated for this award are submitted by the CTP community and voted on by their peers for the final selection of the First place and Honorable mention.”Approximately 100 CTP stakeholders from across the country participated in a live vote in April to determine the top honorees.last_img read more