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August Weather

first_imgHeavy rainfall across the western half of Georgia helped to keep daytime temperatures low, while nighttime temperatures were a little above normal throughout August. Wet conditions early in the month caused problems for farmers trying to do field work, but the precipitation was generally good for most crops. Some hay production was limited until the end of the month when a dry spell allowed many forage producers to make their last hay cutting of the year. Despite the high humidity and rainfall, disease pressure has been low, but it increased by the end of August. Some irrigation was needed for crops in the eastern half of the state where drier conditions prevailed, but most crops were in good condition at the close of the growing season.Given the low daytime temperatures and relatively high nighttime temperatures, average temperatures were near normal throughout the month. No temperature records were broken in August but Brunswick, Georgia, tied their daily high temperature of 97 degrees Fahrenheit on Aug. 9. This was last observed in 2011.Albany, Georgia, had a monthly average of 82.2 F, 0.2 of a degree above normal.Alma, Georgia, had a monthly average of 82.8 F, 1.5 degrees above normal.Athens, Georgia, had a monthly average of 78.9 F, 0.7 of a degree below normal.Atlanta had a monthly average of 79.7 F, 0.3 of a degree above normal.Augusta, Georgia, had a monthly average of 81.4 F, 0.9 of a degree above normal.Brunswick had a monthly average of 83.2 F, 1.4 degrees above normal.Columbus, Georgia, had a monthly average of 81.2, 0.7 of a degree below normal.Macon, Georgia, had a monthly average of 81.1 F, 0.2 of a degree above normal.Rome, Georgia, had a monthly average of 79.4 F, 0.7 of a degree above normal.Savannah, Georgia, had a monthly average of 82.2 F, 0.7 of a degree above normal.Valdosta, Georgia, had a monthly average of 81 F, 0.2 of a degree below normal.Two daily rainfall records were set in August 2018. On August 2, Atlanta received 2.26 inches of rain, surpassing the old record of 1.8 inches set in 1909. On August 29, Columbus received 2.41 inches, breaking the old record of 1.5 inches set in 1923.The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by the National Weather Service was 9.28 inches in Albany, 4.44 inches above normal. The lowest was in Macon with 1.63 inches, 2.47 inches below normal.Alma received 2.55 inches, 2.86 inches below normal.Atlanta received 7.59 inches, 3.69 inches above normal. Athens received 4.36 inches, 0.83 of an inch above normal.Augusta received 4.28 inches, 0.04 of an inch below normal.Brunswick received 2.03 inches, 4.24 inches below normal.Columbus, Georgia received 7.69 inches, 3.92 inches above normal. Rome, Georgia received 7.66 inches, 3.53 inches above normal.Savannah, Georgia received 3.14 inches, 3.42 inches below normal. Valdosta, Georgia received 7.12 inches, 1.78 inches above normal. The highest daily rainfall total from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network observers was 4.92 inches in Lincoln County on Aug. 1. This was followed by 4.16 inches measured near Sugar Valley, Georgia, in Gordon County on Aug. 2 and 4.13 inches recorded in Fort Valley, Georgia, in Peach County on Aug. 10. For the month, an observer east of Helen, Georgia, in Habersham County reported 11.28 inches, followed by 10.84 inches recorded east of Newnan, Georgia, in Coweta County and 10.65 inches received near Lake Park, Georgia, in Lowndes County.Two tornadoes were reported in August 2018 in Georgia. One was a brief EF1 tornado which caused damage near Social Circle, Georgia, in Walton County on Aug. 1; the other was an EF0 tornado in Jones County on Aug. 2, which caused damage in the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge. There were 16 days in which at least one report of high winds or hail was recorded. Damage from lightning was reported on four days and flash floods or heavy rain were reported on nine days. In spite of the significant lack of precipitation in eastern parts of the state, no drought or abnormally dry conditions were reported in Georgia in August 2018. The outlook for September shows that warmer and wetter conditions have a slightly increased chance of occurring. For the September through November period, climate predictions continue to lean toward near-normal temperatures based on a combination of the long-term rising temperature trend offset by cooling from the expected El Nino clouds and rain. Precipitation forecasts show an increased chance of above-normal rainfall this fall.For more information see site.extension.uga.edu/climate/. Follow us at twitter.com/SE_AgClimate and facebook.com/SEAgClimate. Email [email protected] to share your weather and climate impacts on agriculture.last_img read more

Sumitomo Heavy Industries wins AIP for medium-size LNG dual-fueled tanker

first_imgSumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries, was granted an Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register for a medium-size tanker equipped with a high-pressure LNG dual-fuel system. “And we will remain focused on supplying our customers with environment-friendly ships with a greatly reduced environmental footprint in all areas, including greenhouse gases.” High-pressure LNG that has been pressurized to approximately 300 bar will be supplied to this main engine through an LNG pump and vaporizer. Image courtesy: Sumitomo Heavy Industries Furthermore, the engine has the capacity to substantially reduce the methane slip, which tends to be emitted into the atmosphere from dual-fuel engines.center_img The tanker will far exceed the level of Phase 3 of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), which will be mandatory to ships deployed in the international trade.“We are committed to doing our part in realizing a sustainable shipping industry. Accordingly, we will continue meeting social demands by fully utilizing our technical and developmental capabilities,” Sumitomo said. As such, Sumitomo said that the vessel can substantially reduce the amount of sulfur oxide (SOx), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) contained in the engine exhaust gas by using LNG as primary fuel. The shipbuilder said that a ME-GI type main engine designed by MAN Energy & Solutions will be installed on the vessel, enabling the vessel to save fuel. last_img read more

Kyle Farmer’s pinch-hit, two-out double drives in the winning run for Dodgers in 10th inning

first_img“We’re grinding out there,” said Matt Kemp whose fourth-inning RBI single gave Kershaw his only run support in eight innings. “We’ve stayed in games. We’ve just got to find ways to win them.”Kyle Farmer was the way Sunday – even if Jansen couldn’t recall his name during a postgame interview, crediting “Whatshisname” with the winning hit.The Dodgers have scored a total of three runs in Kershaw’s first three starts this season – only two when he was in the game and only one as he rolled through the Giants’ lineup Sunday. So the Giants only needed to match that run to tie it in the eighth and send it into extra innings.Cody Bellinger was on the bench for most of the game, a victim of the bad sushi that left Alex Wood back at the team hotel Saturday. He entered as part of a double switch in the eighth inning and came up for the first time to lead off the 10th inning.Down in the count 1-and-2, Bellinger artfully slapped a ground ball through the left side of the infield against a modest Giants shift. Bellinger raced to second for a double. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Just in protect mode,” Bellinger said of the swing. “It’s a beautiful thing when you don’t hit it at them.”After Taylor lined out, Corey Seager was intentionally walked and Yasiel Puig flied out. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts turned to Farmer, his last position player available, to pinch hit.“I was the last guy on the bench. I don’t think they had any choice,” Farmer said. “I don’t think they wanted to put Ryu back in there to hit.”Farmer went to the same restaurant as Wood and Bellinger Friday night but emerged unscathed, he said, by being more selective about which sushi he ate. He was selective against Giants reliever Pierce Johnson, too, working the count in his favor.“I knew he had a cutter, curveball and a four-seam fastball,” Farmer said. “I saw what they were doing to me the last few games, throwing me in. So they kept pounding me inside. Two-and-0, he threw me a cutter so 3-and-1 I was thinking cutter as well.”Farmer’s first big-league hit was a walkoff double against the Giants last July. He lined this one into the right-field corner to drive in Bellinger with the go-ahead run.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp swings for an RBI-single off San Francisco Giants’ Ty Blach in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 5Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO – Clayton Kershaw took a shutout into the eighth inning. Kenley Jansen struck out the side for a save.Been there, done that – right?Not this year they hadn’t. Nothing has been routine for the Dodgers this season and Sunday afternoon they needed a two-out, pinch-hit RBI double from … Whatshisname to end a four-game losing streak, avoid a winless trip and hand the San Francisco Giants a 2-1 loss in 10 innings.The win came in the third (and, mercifully, shortest) extra-inning game in five games on this trip. They also played 15 innings in Arizona on Monday and 14 innings in San Francisco a night earlier. They had a lead in extra innings each time but lost the first two games nonetheless. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Roberts handed the one-run lead to Jansen. That Jansen couldn’t produce Farmer’s name later was not surprising – Jansen has been consumed by his own issues during a poor start to the season. Before Sunday’s game, he had Dodgers president of operations Andrew Friedman looking over his shoulder as he watched video in the clubhouse and then worked through his mechanics on the bullpen mound with a stretching band held by one of the Dodgers’ trainers forcing him to use his legs.It must have worked. Hunter Pence bounced a seeing-eye single through the left side of the infield in the bottom of the 10th but Jansen struck out Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt to strand him at second.“Finally I can sleep tonight, to be honest and true with you,” Jansen said of getting his (and the Dodgers’) first save of the season.After struggling to hit 90 mph in his first outing against the Giants, Jansen hit 92 mph consistently Sunday, reaching a more normal (for him) 93-94 mph at times.“That was Kenley right there,” Kershaw said. “I was watching on the TV in here (the Dodgers’ locker room). The ball had life. The two-seamer was disgusting to Crawford to strike him out. That was the Kenley we expect. That was big for us.”Winning the ninth game of the season was big for the Dodgers, too – an admission of just how much this 3-6 start has bothered them even as they justifiably pointed to the calendar to minimize it.“It wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it,” Kershaw said. “We needed this win and it’s good we got it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

‘Media freedom is your freedom’

first_img4 May 2006The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) marked World Press Freedom Day, 3 May, by launching a “media freedom is your freedom” campaign geared to highlight the value of a free media in the young South African democracy.“Ours is an often-raucous democracy where a thousand opinions contend,” Sanef said in a statement on Wednesday. “A key reason for this is that our media have been unshackled from its draconian past.”The multimedia campaign – with an advertising drive sub-titled “What you can’t see, can hurt you” – invites the public to take part in debates on radio, television, online and in print media, and to visit the Sanef website to find out more.Sanef paid tribute to the 500 journalists and publishers around the world who were killed or arrested in 2005 for doing their jobs, and deplored the “continued arrests and detention of many of our colleagues across the continent”, saying Africa would not achieve its emancipation if journalists were not free.In South Africa, Sanef said it would “continue to press for the amendment of laws which continue to impact on the free flow of information.”At the same time, the body welcomed President Thabo Mbeki’s decision to return the Icasa (Independendent Communications Authority of SA) Amendment Bill to Parliament because he was concerned that it could be unconstitutional.Critics of the Bill, including Sanef, argue that it would strip the country’s communications regulator of its independence by taking the power of selecting Icasa councillors out of the hands of Parliament and placing it in the hands of the minister of communications.“The media are your eyes and ears on the world,” Sanef says in its campaign. “Media freedom guarantees your right to know what’s going on in your country, and participate fully in the decisions affecting you.“Media freedom is your freedom. Insist on it.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association offers unique opportunities for breeders and youth

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Best of the Buckeye Program, hosted by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair, is gearing up for its fifth season.The program provides Ohio seedstock breeders an additional marketing opportunity, creates a source for moderately priced show steers and heifers by providing a program with awards and prestige, and attracts new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair. Breeders are encouraged to request a Best of the Buckeye logo for use in printed and digital promotion of Best of the Buckeye eligible cattle. Email [email protected] to request the logo.The Best of the Buckeye program will offer scholarship opportunities for Best of the Buckeye participants to offset the cost of purchasing, raising and exhibiting a Best of the Buckeye nominated calf. Scholarships will be awarded to less-experienced participants, ages 8 to 21, with consideration given to the applicant’s financial need. Scholarship applications can be found at www.ohiocattle.org/Youth/best-of-the-buckeye  and will be due on January 15, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be notified in February 2017.Academic scholarships will be offered to youth pursuing a post-high school degree. Scholarships will be based on academics and extracurricular activities. Eligible Best of the Buckeye participants are high school juniors through 21 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2017. Academic scholarships will be awarded to participants pursuing an Ag related degree and may be awarded to applicants who are entering a non-Ag related field of study (based on the number of applications). All scholarship applicants will also be required to submit an essay along with their scholarship application. The scholarship essay topic will be predetermined and posted on the OCA website. The scholarship deadline will be June 15, 2017 and scholarships will be presented at the Ohio State Fair.The Best of the Buckeye program will recognize top-placing Ohio bred, born and registered calves, along with the breeder and exhibitor, in each breed division at the two shows. Thanks to generous sponsors, $30,000 will be given through premiums at each show, scholarships and awards. This year’s sponsors are Garwood Cattle Company, LLC., heifer division; Jones Show Cattle and R.D. Jones Excavating, steer division; and Ohio Ag Equipment and Ohio CAT, scholarship division.For cattle to be eligible for the Best of the Buckeye program, they must be registered and bred by an Ohio cattleman and born in state. ET Calves and calves out of purchased bred cows are eligible if they were born in Ohio and list an Ohio cattleman as the breeder. Breeders and exhibitors must be OCA members and in good standing with OCA to be eligible. Exhibitors must be Ohio residents and meet the age requirements for the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair junior shows.To participate in Best of the Buckeye, breeders must complete a nomination form (each form can be used to nominate up to five animals from the same breeder) and sign an affidavit verifying Best of the Buckeye eligibility. New in 2017, all nominating Best of the Buckeye breeders will be placed into a drawing for a new generator. The drawing will take place at the 2017 Ohio State Fair. Breeders will earn one ticket into the drawing for each nomination into the program. The breeder or exhibitor may submit the nomination forms and fee for the Best of the Buckeye nominations. Cattle that are nominated prior to the Ohio Beef Expo by March 1, 2017 and prior to the Ohio State Fair by June 20, 2017 will incur a $25 per head nomination fee per show. Cattle may be nominated for both shows by March 1, 2017 for a rate of $40. Breeders will have the opportunity to nominate cattle through check-in at the Ohio Beef Expo and at the Ohio State Fair at an increased late nomination fee of $75 per head.Best of the Buckeye exhibitor rules, last year’s show results and additional nomination details are available at www.ohiocattle.org/Youth/best-of-the-buckeye or by contacting the OCA office. For more information, contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736, email [email protected]last_img read more

You Are The Conductor, Not First Chair

first_imgAs a salesperson, you own the outcomes you sell. You are accountable for the results that you promise. But being accountable for the outcomes doesn’t make you accountable for the transactions that make up those outcomes. It makes you accountable for orchestrating the team that produces those results.Let’s imagine an orchestra conductor. She stands in front of the orchestra bringing in the right instrument or instruments at just the right time. She keeps everyone on the same page, producing something together that couldn’t be produced alone. Even though our conductor is responsible for the resulting music, she doesn’t play any of the instruments.Our conductor isn’t first chair violin or first chair cello. She doesn’t leave her podium to fill in for a missing percussionist. She likely isn’t a percussionist at all. Without her, there wouldn’t be a symphony. There wouldn’t be anyone leading and directing the effort of the team.Owning the outcomes you sell your clients means that you orchestrate the efforts of your team in producing results.If an order comes to you, you bring in the person responsible for that order. It’s not your order to manage. If a support call comes in, you should surely listen to your client, ensuring they know how much you care and that you are in fact going to be responsible for helping them get the outcome they need. But that doesn’t mean you are going to manage the support incident yourself.You can’t be the conductor and all of the first chairs, too. If you aren’t selling, then no one is selling. If you aren’t managing the outcomes instead of the transactions, you aren’t doing the part of the job for which you are responsible. You are the conductor.QuestionsWhat causes you to feel that you have to play first chair?How do you find yourself dragged into transactions instead of outcomes?What is the healthiest role to play on your team?How do you balance helping without actually switching roles?Can you work in operations and still sell effectively? Would you produce better results if you sold and were only responsible for outcomes, not transactions? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Serena: ‘I am not a cheat’, accuses tennis of ‘sexism’

first_imgNew York, Sept 9 (AFP) Serena Williams insisted she was not cheating in the US Open final on Saturday before accusing the sport which has made her a global icon and multi-millionaire of sexism. Naomi Osaka won the final 6-2, 6-4 to become Japan’s first ever Grand Slam singles champion and delay Williams’s bid for a record-equalling 24th major title. However, the final was overshadowed by the American’s angry and tear-filled tirade in the second set. It has already been dubbed ‘The Mother of all Meltdowns’ by the New York Daily Post. The 36-year-old was handed a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a “liar and a thief” and insisting “you owe me an apology”. “He alleged that I was cheating, and I wasn’t cheating,” Williams told reporters later. “I don’t use on-court coaching (where it’s allowed at WTA tour events). “One thing I love about tennis is being out there. It’s the one time I don’t want to hear anyone tell me anything. You have to figure out. You have to problem-solve.” Williams said that her coach Patrick Mouratoglou had not been coaching her even though the Frenchman told ESPN that he had and that all coaches do it. “I just texted Patrick, like, What is he talking about? Because we don’t have signals. We have never discussed signals,” said Williams. Williams said the incident strengthened her belief that women players are treated differently to their male counterparts in the sport.advertisement “I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things. I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality,” she claimed. “For me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. “He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief’. For me it blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women.” Williams made reference to the incident last week when French player Alize Cornet was warned for removing her shirt on court during a heatwave.Cornet was accused of “unsportsmanlike behaviour” before tournament chiefs apologised, admitting the umpire made the wrong decision.- A strong woman -================== “Cornet should be able to take off her shirt without getting a fine. This is outrageous,” said Williams warming to her theme. “I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that want to express themselves, and want to be a strong woman. “They’re going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn’t work out for me, but it’s going to work out for the next person.” Williams left the media interview room to applause. Meanwhile, Mouratoglou took to Twitter to also take aim at Ramos. “The star of the show has been once again the chair umpire,” he wrote. “Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match? When do we decide that this should never happen again?” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Whitehorse mans organs donated after fatal fall on stairs

first_imgShirley Mclean APTN National NewsA sudden death for any family is painful.Having to make the decision to donate their organs can be a trying experience.But the gift of life can be the solace needed in their time of mourning.That’s the case involving a Whitehorse man who died after falling down stairs on New Year’s Day.last_img