2014 Climate

first_imgWild variation in rainfall made 2014 a rough year for Georgia farmers, especially those in the southwestern corner of the state. Abnormally heavy rainfall in April delayed necessary fieldwork and planting. Atypical dry conditions during the growing season stopped the germination of some seeds and put stress on many crops, leading to an increase in irrigation in some areas. When it was time to harvest, abnormally plentiful fall rain kept farmers out of their fields and reduced the yield and quality of some crops. Precipitation While April, September, November and December saw above-average rainfall across the state, the rest of 2014 left the state with just average or less-than-average precipitation levels. Conditions were the driest in June, July and August, attributable, at least in part, to the lack of tropical storms moving through the state this year. The tropical season was fairly quiet across the Atlantic Ocean basin, although it was very wet in the eastern Pacific Ocean, which is consistent with near-El Niño conditions that lingered through the summer and fall months. By the end of August, about 25 percent of Georgia counties in the southwestern corner of the state were experiencing some level of drought, and about 20 counties were experiencing severe drought. Heavy rains across the state, starting in September, helped to eliminate these drought and abnormally dry conditions and to recharge the state’s soil moisture for this growing season. TemperatureThe temperature departures for each month ranged from 6 degrees below normal in January to more than 4 degrees above normal in December, but, as a whole, 2014 will go down in the record books as one of the colder years in recent decades. With the exception of two unusually cool periods in mid- and late-July, which made it feel more like October, farmers had a fairly normal growing season in the spring and summer. The first quarter of 2014 was colder than average and the last quarter was highly variable, with November being much colder and December being much warmer than average. The large swings in winter and fall temperatures are related to the high-amplitude weather pattern that dominated the U.S. and the world for much of 2014. In this pattern, a ridge of high pressure developed in the western U.S., and a corresponding trough of low pressure dug into the eastern U.S. This pattern contributed to the continuation of drought in California and significantly above-normal temperatures in the west and Alaska. The same system helped keep the eastern U.S. relatively cool by comparison. The eastern U.S., including Georgia, was one of the few areas on the globe with relatively cool temperatures this year. These cooler temperatures were one of the factors that prevented the dry conditions from turning into a crisis-level drought for the state. The only extended time period in Georgia’s history with no significant droughts was the period from about 1958 to 1980, when cool temperatures and some wet years resulted in a “benign period” during which there were no significant dry spells in the Southeast. What to Expect in 2015While climatologists were predicting an El Niño weather pattern in 2014, it never officially materialized. Many signs pointed to its presence, including the slow Atlantic hurricane season and very active eastern Pacific season. At the end of 2014, warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean were not quite high enough to officially declare an El Niño. El Niño conditions are expected to be less of a concern going into 2015. Early predictions for next year indicate that the opposite pattern, La Niña, might develop by late in the year. Statistically, La Niña years generally have active tropical seasons and dry, warm winters. This could lead to a wetter-than-expected late summer and fall if the tropics bring storms across Georgia, and less winter recharge of soil moistures going into 2016.last_img read more

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Green Mountain Coffee Reveals New Packaging for Its 10- & 12-Ounce Coffees

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Reveals New Packaging for Its 10- & 12-Ounce Coffees WATERBURY, Vt. (August 28, 2008) (BUSINESS WIRE) — Green Mountain Coffee, the coffee division of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), today unveiled new, unique packaging for its 10-ounce and 12-ounce coffee lines including Signature, Fair Trade Organic, Flavored and Seasonal coffees. This completes the packaging makeover that began with roll-outs of the Newman’s Own(r) Organics and Single Origin lines of coffee. The redesigned packaging will start to appear on store shelves in late August.The redesign includes a vibrant palette of line-specific colors and illustrations that clearly differentiate one line of coffee from the other. The crisp, contemporary look also features improved communication that identifies the roast level, grind type, Fair Trade and organic certifications, and decaf options. Along with an updated logo, these features help consumers easily find their favorite Green Mountain coffee.As with Green Mountain Coffee’s other recent packaging modifications, these bags also offer an environmental benefit. The film contains 19.4% PLA (polylactic acid), a polymer made from plant-based renewable resources. The use of PLA helps reduce the environmental impact of the packaging.Susan Cote, Director of Brand Marketing at Green Mountain Coffee, said, “We used a collaborative approach to design the new packaging lines, listening to the needs of our consumers, our wholesale customers, our sales team and our manufacturing group. Consumers will be really pleased with the strong visual shelf presence and clear product identification the new packaging provides.”About Green Mountain Coffee RoastersGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee segment sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations (www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) single-cup brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cups(r) through office distributors, retail and direct channels (www.Keurig.com(link is external)). K-Cups are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.last_img read more

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Wyoming board votes to tighten self-bonding reclamation rules for coal companies

first_imgWyoming board votes to tighten self-bonding reclamation rules for coal companies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wyoming Public Media:Wyoming’s Environmental Quality Council, an independent board within the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), has approved updates to how companies guarantee reclamation costs. If signed by the Governor, the decision would limit mining companies’ access to self-bonding— essentially an IOU to pay reclamation costs, rather than a financial guarantee.Bob LeResche, vice chair of the Powder River Basin Resource Council, said it’s a risky method. Its weaknesses were amplified when three major coal companies went bankrupt several years ago, with reclamation payments at risk. LeResche said the modernized rules, if passed, will help ensure land from coal mines actually gets returned to their original state.“I think it certainly protects the taxpayers against the increasing potential that reclamation might not be funded sometime in the future,” LeResche said, adding Wyoming now has the strongest self-bonding rules in the country.DEQ’s Keith Guille said proposed regulations use a new method to determine financial health so a struggling company doesn’t end up too self-bonded. “Now, what we went to is to credit ratings, and so credit ratings will now give us an idea of where they stand in their financials to be able to do that test and whether or not they can qualify for a self-bond,” Guille said.DEQ’s Land Quality Division has been in the process of updating the regulations since 2015. Its administrator, Kyle Wendtland, said in a statement the changes would ultimately reduce reclamation liability risk. It could take up to two and a half months for the Governor to consider the updates.More: EQC approves revised self-bonding rules to reduce risklast_img read more

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Ricky Martin Visits Port-au-Prince Neighborhoods Affected By The Earthquake

first_imgBy Dialogo January 20, 2010 Port-au-Prince, 19 January (EFE).- Singer Ricky Martin traveled to Port-au-Prince today to visit the areas affected by last Tuesday’s earthquake, a catastrophe that he characterized as a “living nightmare,” the organization Habitat for Humanity International announced in a press release.” The images that are now in my head will be impossible to erase. Children and families impacted by this disaster will need long-term help restoring their lives, in every sense of the word,” Martin said. Martin called on society to think about the future of the affected children, who, once they have received appropriate care, will need “a safe and decent home.” The organization will provide those affected by the earthquake with kits and tools to repair damaged residences. “We want to provide the widest range of resources available to get families back into their homes,” said Habitat for Humanity’s chief executive officer, Jonathan Reckford, who accompanied the artist. “I think the last thing any of us wants is for a child to be without a home. Together, we need to protect the children and families displaced by the earthquake in Haiti,” said Martin, who asked for donations to the RMF/HFH Fund, created jointly by Habitat for Humanity and the Ricky Martin Foundation.last_img read more

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South American Police Forces Coordinate Search For Small Plane Missing In Peru

first_imgBy Dialogo June 16, 2010 The police forces of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru and Interpol are investigating the location of a small plane that disappeared last week with nine people on board while flying over the Nasca lines, in southeastern Peru, the local police announced Monday. “We are pursuing several theories. The investigation is at an advanced stage, and we are in contact with elements of the police forces in other countries, along with Interpol,” the director-general of the Peruvian National Police, Miguel Hidalgo, told the press. “In the next few days an official finding will be made about the disappearance of the plane,” he added. The Peruvian authorities and the company that owns the Cessna plane have ruled out the possibility of an accident. “The radars detected it away from its planned route,” Peruvian defense minister Rafael Rey said Saturday in reference to press reports that have located the plane near the border with Bolivia and Brazil hours after it went missing. The initial supposition was that the plane had suffered an accident, but as the hours passed and after a fruitless aerial search, a possible act of piracy began to be suspected. The suspected kidnappers rented the plane using false identities and documents Thursday, for a tourist flight over the enigmatic pre-Inca Nasca lines, four hundred kilometers south of Lima.last_img read more

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Chile Will Build First Research and Rescue Submarine

first_img It can be equipped with high-resolution sonars, echo sounders, and a hyperbaric chamber that can enable specialized divers to work at great depth for periods of up to three hours, among other equipment. The construction of the prototype is expected to take between 12 and 18 months. In reference to the project, Allamand said, “In the event of accidents that other submarines might have, or in the event of emergency situations that might be related, for example, to an environmental disaster, there are no submarines in this part of the world that have the high level of rescue capabilities that this project has (…) This is a submarine that could render enormous service to the country in all areas related to scientific research, the study of tides, bathymetry studies; we’re therefore looking at a project that points toward the concrete possibility of being able to move forward on building a rescue submarine that could, if it is so decided, carry out some tasks in the defense area.” With 250 tons of displacement, 33 meters in length, a hull diameter of 3.5 meters, a crew of 14 but the ability to operate with only four crew members, the ability to descend to a depth of up to 300 meters, and low operating costs, it has an approximate construction cost of over US$10 million, but varies according to the level of equipment. center_img By Dialogo April 24, 2012 Very interesting. They should think of a submarine like this for Brazil. Eight years of research have enabled Grupo Vapor Industria to start the construction phase of what will be the first research and rescue submarine in Chile and South America. Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allamand recently attended a presentation on the characteristics of the Crocodile Class 250 Submarine project, in Santiago. last_img read more

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US economy collapsed in Q2 amid pandemic, jobless claims rise

first_imgThe latest Labor Department data showed a second straight weekly increase in initial claims for jobless benefits following several weeks of declines, prompting renewed calls for Congress to quickly approve a new round of emergency spending to support the economy.The separate growth figures from the Commerce Department are given at an annual rate – a measure of the full-year result if the damage was translated over 12 months. Compared to the same quarter of 2019, economic activity fell 9.5 percent, still the worst figure since 1948.”The staggering news of the historic decline of the gross domestic product in the second quarter should shock us all,” US Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Neil Bradley said in a statement.The data “should compel Congress to move swiftly” to provide assistance to unemployed workers and businesses. Help for workersCongress is currently locked in debate over the size and composition of the next spending bill, with Democrats fighting to retain the US$600 additional weekly payment made to unemployed workers set to expire Friday. Republicans want to cut that money and offer businesses that reopen protection if some employees become infected.”COVID is the iceberg. If we don’t want to be the Titanic, we need more lifeboats to traverse COVID-tainted waters,” Grant Thornton chief economist Diane Swonk said on Twitter.US media reported the White House is pushing for a stop-gap measure that would extend the extra unemployment payments by one week as well as the moratorium on evictions for renters while negotiations continue.Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi has opposed the plan, and she and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer are due to meet with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin again late Thursday to try to bridge the differences.Shortly after the data were released, Trump took to Twitter to rail against potential voter fraud and suggest postponing the November 3 election.”Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” Trump tweeted, prompting many to say he was trying to distract attention from the awful numbers.His opponent, former vice president Joe Biden, laid the blame squarely at Trump’s feet, pointing to the death toll from the virus in the United States which on Wednesday exceeded 150,000.”The depth of economic devastation our nation is experiencing is not an act of God, it’s a failure of presidential leadership,” Biden said in a statement. “Had President Trump taken immediate and decisive action, tens of thousands of lives and millions of jobs would never have been lost.”Employment setback, stalled growthAfter surging in March amid the massive job losses at the start of the pandemic, first time claims for jobless benefits have been falling for weeks, but they rose again to 1.43 million in the week ended July 25, the Labor Department said on Thursday.That figure does not include the 829,697 new claims by people who filed under a special program for those who would not normally be eligible for aid.The data show “the resurgence in COVID-19 cases is taking a toll on the recovery in the labor market,” Oxford Economics lead US economist Nancy Vanden Houten said in an analysis.Continuing claims, which is the number of people receiving benefits for more than a week, jumped to over 17 million while the insured unemployment rate rose to 11.6 percent in the week ended July 18.Following a reduction of 5.0 percent in the first three months of the year, the GDP plunge was driven largely by the drop in its largest component, consumer spending, which fell 34.6 percent annualized, according to the report, which was the first estimate for the second quarter.Trade also took a huge hit in the latest quarter, with exports falling just over 64 percent, and imports down 53.4 percent.But personal income got a boost of $1.4 trillion from the government emergency spending measures that provided payroll funds for businesses and direct unemployment payments to workers.Topics : The United States economy collapsed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, suffering its largest decline on record while hopes for a recovery took another hit as job losses increased, according to government data released Thursday.The 32.9 percent GDP contraction, though slightly better than expected, was the worst experienced by the world’s largest economy since at least 1947 and underscored the severity of the rapidly unfolding crisis, which has already destroyed tens of millions of jobs. While President Donald Trump continues to promise a dramatic recovery, COVID-19 cases have resurged in recent weeks, eroding early progress towards a rebound and forcing authorities in several states to reimpose restrictions that sent workers back home.last_img read more

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Unai Emery prepared to be ‘patient’ as Arsenal close in on William Saliba transfer deal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Jul 2019 8:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Arsenal are set to sign Saint Etienne centre-back William Saliba (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists he’s willing to be ‘patient’ to sign players of William Saliba’s quality as he’s not prepared to settle for second choice targets.Saliba had an outstanding breakthrough season for Saint-Etienne last term, making 16 appearances in Ligue 1, and the 18-year-old central defender is reportedly on the verge of agreeing a deal with Arsenal.Tottenham were close to landing Saliba earlier this summer, but Saint-Etienne president Bernard Caiazzo has confirmed that the youngster is set to sign for Arsenal before being loaned back to them for the 2019/20 season.Reports in France claim that Arsenal have agreed to pay £28million for Saliba’s signature and the France Under-20 international will undergo a medical with the Gunners on Tuesday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked whether he’s happy to wait a whole year for Saliba, Emery replied: ‘Really I am with patience because we want to choose the best solution.‘Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility. We don’t want now to go to the second line of players,’ he said.‘We are waiting. We have very good players. We have very good young players. Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal beat Fiorentina (Picture: Getty)Emery stressed that he’s fully focused on preparations for the new season following Arsenal’s comfortable 3-0 victory over Fiorentina, their third win from three games.Asked whether he’s satisfied with Arsenal’s progress in the transfer window, he replied: ‘Yes but now we’re in the pre-season. It really doesn’t disturb our preparation. The result isn’t important.‘Today we won 3-0 but they created chances to score. I am happy with the match. The first half we didn’t control the game like we wanted with the possession and build-up. We created chances but we conceded a lot also.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The second half maybe we found better with this structure, 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, to better control the match. This is the way, progress and work to achieve the best solution tactically.‘We need to work harder than last year to achieve our target.’MORE: Why Dani Ceballos is the Spanish playmaker who can succeed where Denis Suarez failed at Arsenal Unai Emery prepared to be ‘patient’ as Arsenal close in on William Saliba transfer deal Saliba will join Arsenal before being loaned back to Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)‘We are aware also that we need to improve some players in this squad but only, only I want to sign one, two, three or four players only if we can be sure they are coming to improve our team.‘There are a lot of names. The club is working, Edu is very close to me and Raul [Sanllehi]. We speak every day. Here we spoke with the Kroenke family.‘I want to send a message to all our supporters – we’re very happy to be here with a lot of Arsenal supporters and are very impressed – we are working and preparing and we want to make the best squad possible.‘Our ambition and motivation is with all the supporters.’center_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mikel Arteta plays down suggestions Arsenal players will want to relegate Watford as ‘revenge’ on Troy Deeney

first_imgAdvertisement The Watford skipper has been openly critical of Arsenal’s players in the past (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has played down suggestions that Arsenal’s players will be extra motivated against Watford due to comments Troy Deeney has made about them in the past.The Gunners have nothing to play for going into the final Premier League match of the season – with European qualification now hinging on winning the FA Cup final – while Watford need to better Aston Villa’s result to stay up.But plenty of Arsenal fans are hoping they can have the last laugh over Deeney and Watford and still remember his infamous barb in 2017 when he claimed the side lacked ‘cojones’. Mikel Arteta plays down suggestions Arsenal players will want to relegate Watford as ‘revenge’ on Troy Deeney Deeney has suggested that Arsenal do not like physical battles against him (Picture: Getty)Arteta was not at the club three years ago, but a number of players in the squad were, though Arteta does not believe they will have revenge on the agenda and were not truly affected by the remarks.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked if Arsenal’s players will want to send Watford down after Deeney’s comments, Arteta replied: ‘No, I think revenge, or when you are annoyed and when you want to put things right, it’s probably because you feel that what is being said is right.‘If you don’t feel it is right, then it doesn’t justify the way you approach the game or the way you fight, it doesn’t have to affect you.‘So I think that is a very personal thing.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalProbed on whether Deeney was wrong to say what he did, Arteta continued: ‘I don’t know. Every player is free to say whatever they want, so I cannot comment on every opinion.’On whether his side will be 100% focused on the game despite having nothing to play for, Arteta said: ‘That’s the way we will prepare the game, that’s for sure. We need to know the responsibility we have towards the other clubs as well and the responsibility we have just wearing that shirt in any game. It has to be to win the football game and prepare. Advertisementcenter_img Arteta was speaking at Thursday’s pre-match press conference via Zoom (Picture: YouTube)‘Mentally if you are not ready or your level of implication is not 100% then you have a problem.’Arteta also insists he will name a strong line-up for the match, despite Arsenal’s priority being the FA Cup final now, and feels the club owe it to the other teams in the relegation battle to give their all.He added: ‘I think that is our responsibility. A strong side doesn’t mean that players who have played less participate, for me it’s more about how we approach the game and how you get into that game to win the game. There is no 50:50s, no lack of intensity or anything like that. We can’t do that.’MORE: Future captain? William Saliba given legendary Arsenal shirt numberMORE: Mikel Arteta sends class message to Unai Emery after former Arsenal boss is appointed new Villarreal managerFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 23 Jul 2020 3:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kShares Commentlast_img read more

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New apartment at Burleigh Heads is brewing up a storm

first_imgSandbar Burleigh, Burleigh Heads.NEW Burleigh Heads luxury tower Sandbar is set to create a buzz in the market when it launches in coming weeks.Spanning 26 floors and offering 163 luxury apartments, the development is Morris Property Group’s latest venture in the suburb. Sandbar Burleigh, Burleigh Heads.It follows Morris Property Group; s last development in the suburb, the 20-storey Boardwalk Burleigh which launched in late 2015 and sold quickly. Now well under construction, it is expected to be topped out by Christmas.Morris Property Group principal Barry Morris said Sandbar, located on the corner of Sixth Ave and Gold Coast Highway, would offer buyers the opportunity to live by the beach in elegance and comfort. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago“The unique Burleigh lifestyle is fused with quality modern design,” he said.“Our focus on creating functional and liveable apartments to enhance lifestyle was undeniably a driving ethos in this development, as it is with all our projects.” Sandbar Burleigh, Burleigh Heads.He said Burleigh Heads received strong inquiry from local and interstate buyers.“Due to the under supply of new housing in the southern-beaches market − particularly the Burleigh catchment area − and an increased demand for iconic coastal properties, we expect strong interest in our new project, Sandbar Burleigh,” he said.Two-bedroom apartments are priced from $510,000 while three-bedroom apartments are on the market from $1.59 million.There will be three colour schemes available to buyers and apartments will feature stunning ocean, city and Hinterland views.CBRE Residential Gold Coast director Nicholas Clydsdale said there would be something for everyone at Sandbar.“The project ticks so many boxes: location, amenity, lifestyle, design and finishes,” he said. “The cherry on top is the planned Stage 3 of the G Link, which will connect Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads.“When CBRE sold Boardwalk Burleigh, the large, latent demand from owner occupiers who already owned in the area was revealed. Many who missed out there have already registered with an expression of interest deposit, to ensure they do not miss out again.”last_img read more

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