FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-In a few weeks, Dixie State’s athletic department officially leaves the Pac-West Conference to join the football program in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.With that said, three Trailblazers athletes have left the Pac-West on the right note, as the conference’s best scholar athlete in their respective sports.These stars include sophomore men’s golfer Jayce Frampton, senior women’s soccer player Darian Murdock and men’s basketball player Brandon Simister as confirmed by the Pac-West Tuesday.Frampton, a native of Centerville, Utah and a product of Viewmont High School of Bountiful, earned 2017-18 second-team all-Pac West honors after earning two individual event victories in Hawaii during the fall season. He is the owner of a 3.74 GPA while majoring in finance at Dixie State University.Murdock has graduated with a 3.98 GPA in nursing and is a native of Herriman, Utah and graduate of Herriman High School. Her stellar senior season was capped off with a second-straight CoSIDA Academic All-America second team selection.In 2017, she repeated as the Pac-West’s women’s soccer player of the year, earning D2CCA West region player of the year and D2CCA second-team All-American honors.Murdock ends her four year career with the Trailblazers as the program’s leader in game-winning goals (16) and finished third all-time in goals (42) career points (94), career shots (204) and career shots on goal (104).Simister, a native of St. George and a graduate of Desert Hills High School, earned CoSIDA second-team academic All-American honors last March and became a three-time CoSIDA academic all-district 8 selection with a 3.91 GPA in biology. He was a first-team all-Pac West and second-team D2CCA all-West region selection this past season after finishing as Dixie State’s leading scorer at 15.1 points per game. June 19, 2018 /Sports News – Local Three Dixie State Stars Are Named As Pac-West Scholar Athletes of the Year Tags: Brandon Simister/Darian Murdock/Dixie State/Jayce Frampton/Pac-West/Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Written by Brad James
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail MAY 15TH, 2018 TOWNSEND OUTLAW EVANSVILLE, INDIANAThe YMCA began prepping the site of the new Y today. The demolition of the Evansville House Authority building kicked off those preparations this afternoon.The Y purchased the vacant building in November 2017. It plans to build the new Downtown YMCA across Court Street from the current location. They plan to combine the EMA lot with the current YMCA employee parking lot to make room for the new two-story facility.Chief Executive Officer, Derrick Stewart says, “New construction was an important decision that enables us to continue serving our current members and community while also providing an opportunity to grow and serve the changing needs of the Downtown community with enhanced accessibility and quality programming.”The new construction will allow the YMCA to operate as usual until the new building is finished. An official groundbreaking is expected in mid-June. The Y also plans to complete construction in August 2019.
Even if Justice Brent Dickson wasn’t required to give up his seat on the Indiana Supreme Court when he turns 75 in July, he said Monday his decision to retire would be the same.“I realized I was ready and the time was right,” Dickson said in an interview shortly after his retirement was announced.Dickson, who will mark 30 years on the court in January, presided over one of the most significant transitions in the court’s history as three justices were appointed to the high court in a little more than two years. He served as chief justice from from May 15, 2012, to Aug. 18, 2014, when he was succeeded by Loretta Rush.“I hate to say I’m not needed anymore, but I’m not needed anymore,” Dickson quipped.After he retires, Dickson will serve as a senior judge, but he won’t be hearing cases. He’ll assist with court administration, working a day or two a week. “My court colleagues urged I help out,” he said. He also plans to work in mediation/arbitration and do some writing.But he’s also looking forward to life without the demands of deciding cases.“I hope to wind down, spend a little time enjoying life’s pleasures with (wife) Jan, playing piano and enjoying grandpa time,” he said.Dickson recalled that about 30 years ago, he had been running a law firm in Lafayette for about 17 years and enjoyed the work immensely. He was at a conference when some colleagues approached him about considered applying for a Supreme Court vacancy. He hadn’t, but he said the urging of his peers prompted him to step forward.“I hope we get a lot of applicants,” he said, encouraging lawyers and judges to think about putting their hats in the ring, or to encourage others they believe would serve the court well. “Frankly, that’s the reason I made the announcement now rather than waiting until four months before my (mandatory retirement) departure.”The judicial selection process will begin Thursday, when applications will be made available on the Supreme Court website. The Judicial Nominating Commission is expected to interview applicants seeking Dickson’s position sometime in January.As a justice, Dickson has authored 884 civil and criminal opinions and several law review articles. He chaired the Supreme Court’s Records Management Committee, Judicial Data Processing Committee, the Task Force for Public Access to Court Records and several other committees. He is also known for his efforts to enhance attorney civility, increase lawyer pro bono legal services, encourage mediation and support the jury trial system.“Throughout Justice Brent Dickson’s historic tenure on the Indiana Supreme Court, his intellect and opinions have shaped Indiana law and judicial practice for the benefit of all Hoosiers. His tenure, including as Chief Justice of Indiana, has been characterized by integrity and a deep devotion to the judiciary in this state and he will be missed,” Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement.Former Indiana Justice Frank Sullivan Jr., who served on the court with Dickson from 1993 to 2012, noted Dickson’s long tenure on the bench. Only Justice Isaac Blackford (1817-1853) served longer on the court than Dickson.“But more than his longevity, Justice Dickson will be remembered for his many precedent-setting opinions for the Court, especially in the area of Indiana constitutional law, and for his unflagging commitment to promoting civility in the Indiana legal community. Nor should this opportunity pass without saluting Justice Dickson’s wife, Jan Aikman Dickson, for her years of noteworthy service addressing the special challenges of judicial family life,” Sullivan, now an Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor, said in a statement.Aikman Dickson is the founder of the national Judicial Family Institute, and she and Dickson have three adult sons and nine grandchildren. Dickson is a Gary native who graduated from Purdue University in 1964 and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1968.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Oliver Adams, the Northamptonshire bakery chain which recently closed 11 sites, has entered into a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) – in a bid to save the company.The bakery firm, established in 1969, had been forced to restructure in recent weeks after facing trading difficulties, leading to the store closures resulting in at least 59 redundancies.The insolvency practitioner, BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency, has been drafted in to help the bakery pay a list of 164 outstanding creditors.A crunch meeting was held with those creditors this week – of which 99% agreed to a CVA, meaning Oliver Adams will avoid going into administration or liquidation.This also means that as well as being able to continue trading; around 200 staff at the company will keep their jobs.Peter Windatt, joint supervisor at BRI, told British Baker: “What was key to this successful first step on the road to recovery is that the directors sought our professional advice early, which has helped to achieve this result. I’m confident the company will continue to thrive for many more years to come.”Oliver Adams was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press. But previously, Mark Jarvis, Oliver Adams’ managing director said some shops had been “losing money hand over fist”.
Last Wednesday, Twiddle made their way up North to the State Theatre in Portland, ME. With Thanksgiving on everyone’s mind, the band debuted a sentimental new song called “Moments,” written by Mihali Savoulidis. Fortunately, taperchris was on hand to capture the full audio from this exciting performance. Listen below for the new song and more from this great night of music!
MEXICO CITY — Mexico reported a near-record 1,707 confirmed coronavirus deaths Wednesday, as the country runs out of vaccines.,The Health Department reported Mexico’s COVID-19 deaths now total 161,240, and confirmed infections rose by 12,153 to nearly 1.89 million. Estimates based on excess-death statistics suggest the real death toll is over 195,000.,Mexico approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine Tuesday, but has not yet signed a purchase contract and does not have a firm date for its first delivery. The government had hoped to get 400,000 doses by the end of February.,Mexico has received about 766,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and has administered about 686,000 shots, with much of the remainder set aside for second doses. The next Pfizer shipment is not expected until mid-February.,Meanwhile, the government website set up to register people for vaccines when they do arrive was overwhelmed and inoperable for a second straight day.,___,THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:,Spain surpasses 60,000 confirmed virus deaths. CDC: Schools can safely reopen without teacher shots; data indicates social distancing and wearing masks help prevent virus spread. Dr. Fauci suggests watching Super Bowl at home with household to avoid spreading coronavirus. Japan to enforce mandatory coronavirus orders with fines. British officials say Oxford study backs up their decision to delay second vaccine shot for up to 12 weeks. World Health Organization investigators visit Chinese virus lab that’s subject of speculation about coronavirus origins.,Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak,___,HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:,TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas health department says a more contagious variant of the coronavirus first identified in Great Britain has arrived in the state.,The health department reported Wednesday evening that a case of the variant had been identified in Ellis County in northwestern Kansas. The department said officials are conducting an investigation to determine how the patient contracted the virus and whether other people were exposed. It did not release details about the patient.,Health department head and Dr. Lee Norman said the public health advice about avoiding large gatherings, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing has not changed.,The arrival of the variant comes with Kansas seeing an improvement in its COVID-19 case numbers. According to state health department data, Kansas averaged 914 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases a day for the seven days ending Wednesday, the first time the rolling seven-day average was below 1,000 since Oct. 28.,___,OKLAHOMA CITY — About 11,500 doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be shipped to pharmacies across Oklahoma next week, state health officials said.,Deputy state health commissioner Keith Reed said the shipment is part of a plan by President Joe Biden’s administration to distribute 1 million doses to some 6,500 pharmacies nationwide. The pharmacies signed on to the federal distribution program and the state is not involved in allocation.,“We anticipate there’s probably going to be around 75 total pharmacies that will receive some level of vaccine inventory,” Reed said. “They’re going to have limited vaccine … maybe 100 doses or 200 doses,” for the week.,The health department reported an additional 52 Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, and 2,119 coronavirus cases for 3,654 deaths and 394,283 cases since the pandemic began.,Interim Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye said virus testing at Oklahoma State University may have also found the first case of a variant of the virus, but that the testing was not performed under standard research protocols.,“Yes, it has been identified, but they are doing further studies now to see … the extent and if it’s really there,” Frye said. He did not say which variant.,___,TORONTO — Canada’s most populous province of Ontario will reopen all schools for in class learning this month despite the presence of new coronavirus variants and a high number of infections in Toronto and its suburbs.,The majority of schools will reopen Monday while those in Toronto and its suburbs will resume in-person learning on Feb 16. There are no plans to vaccinate teachers.,Education Minister Stephen Lecce says returning kids to school safely is crucial for their development and mental health. All students in Ontario began in January with online learning as part of a provincial lockdown. The Ontario government previously said that all students currently learning online would be able to return to classrooms by Feb. 10.,___,SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco has taken a dramatic step in its effort to get kids back in public schools, suing its own school district to try to force classrooms to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.,The lawsuit is the first of its kind in California and possibly the country, as school systems come under increasing pressure from parents and politicians to end online learning. With support from Mayor London Breed, City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Wednesday sued the San Francisco Board of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District.,Teachers unions in many large school districts, including San Francisco, say they won’t go back to classrooms until they are vaccinated.,“Not a single San Francisco public school student has set foot in their classroom in 347 days,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera said at a news conference, calling it shameful and also unlawful. “More than 54,000 San Francisco schoolchildren are suffering. They are being turned into Zoom-bies by online school. Enough is enough.”,___,PORTLAND, Ore. — A judge has ordered all inmates in the Oregon prison system to be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccinations — a move that should make prisoners immediately eligible for inoculation.,The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the preliminary injunction issued Tuesday orders all Oregon Department of Corrections inmates be offered a vaccine as part of phase 1A, group 2, of Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccination plan — putting prison inmates in the same category as people living in nursing homes and other congregate care settings.,The order should make prisoners eligible for vaccines now, but it’s not clear if they’ll move ahead of teachers or the elderly. But given that the Oregon Health Authority dictates where vaccines are shipped, the state has the ability to redirect doses for prisons. The order will allow adults in custody to “stand in the same line” as others in congregate living facilities with a high risk of COVID-19 infection, Chavez said.,___,LONDON — People up and down the U.K. took to their doorstep to honor Captain Tom Moore with a national clap, a day after the 100-year-old died after testing positive for COVID-19.,The British World War II veteran walked into the hearts of the nation during the first coronavirus lockdown last April when he shuffled up and down his garden to raise an astonishing 33 million pounds ($40 million) for health care workers.,Prime Minister Boris Johnson had earlier urged the public to join in the clap “to show our appreciation for him and all that he stood for and believed in.”,Captain Tom’s family said they were “incredibly touched” by the gesture and took part outside their home in the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire.,___,ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey says it has detected two cases of the COVID-19 variant that was first found in South Africa and one case of the Brazilian variant.,Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Wednesday that all three patients with the South Africa and Brazil variants are being kept in isolation in hospitals, along with people they had been in contact with. He did not provide further information on the patients.,Koca also raised to 196 the number of people who have been infected with the variant which was first detected in southeast England.,Turkey had temporarily suspended flights from Britain, Denmark, South Africa and Brazil in a bid to prevent the spread of the variants, which researchers believe to be more infections.,___,LONDON — Researchers from Oxford University say AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine does more than protect people from falling seriously ill, it also appears to reduce transmission of the virus.,The study released on Wednesday suggested a single dose of the AstraZeneca formula provides a high level of protection for 12 weeks.,The preliminary findings from Oxford University, a co-developer of the vaccine, could vindicate the British government’s controversial strategy of delaying the second shot so that more people can get a first dose. Up to now, the recommended time between the first and second dose has been four weeks.,Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert, dismissed deliberately delaying second shots. He says the U.S. will “go by the science” and data from the clinical trials. The doses of the Pifzer and Moderna vaccines used in the U.S. are to be given three and four weeks apart.,Britain is using vaccines by AstraZeneca and Pfizer. AstraZeneca has also been authorized by the 27-nation European Union.,Pfizer has not endorsed the British government’s decision to lengthen the time between doses.,___,SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is joining with the federal government to open two new vaccination centers as test areas for President Joseph Biden’s effort to create 100 mass vaccination sites nationwide in 100 days.,Gov. Gavin Newsom says the sites at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and California State University, Los Angeles, will be jointly run with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.,The move comes as California’s most deadly pandemic surge eases but as the state struggles with vaccine shortages in a race to vaccinate the most vulnerable. Newsom pitched the new sites as part of the larger effort to target communities that might otherwise be left behind.,California reported 13,134 confirmed cases on Tuesday. The state has registered nearly 42,000 total deaths, second behind New York with 44,000 confirmed deaths.,___,MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua’s government says it has approved Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for emergency use.,The government outlet El 19 Digital says, “Nicaragua is advancing in its negotiations with Russia to supply” the vaccine. It was the first vaccine approved in Nicaragua, which still awaits its first doses.,The government had said in January it had initiated efforts to acquire vaccines from various laboratories around the world and hoped to vaccinate 3.7 million people in an initial stage.,The government of President Daniel Ortega has been criticized for not implementing stricter health measures to slow the spread of the virus. Nicaragua has 170 confirmed deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.,___,MADRID — The coronavirus pandemic has crushed Spain’s key tourism industry, with visitors dropping from 84 million to 19 million last year.,The decrease snapped a seven-year trend of annual records. The National Statistics Institute says income from tourism plunged to just 20 billion euros ($24 billion) in 2020, a 79% decrease.,It was estimated that tourism represented some 11% of Spain’s 1.1 trillion-euro GDP before the pandemic. It has long ranked among the top three tourism destinations, along with France and the United States.,Authorities hope Spain’s vaccination program will boost confidence among travelers.,Spain aims for 30% to 40% of its population vaccinated in the second quarter and 70% during the summer.,___,WASHINGTON — The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says schools can safely reopen even if teachers are not vaccinated for the coronavirus.,As some teachers’ unions balk at resuming in-person instruction before teachers are inoculated, Dr. Rochelle Walensky says, “Vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for safe reopening of schools.” Walensky cited CDC data showing that social distancing and wearing a mask significantly reduce the spread of the virus in school settings.,White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients called on Congress to pass additional funding to ensure schools have the resources necessary to support reopening.,President Joe Biden has pledged to ensure nearly all K-8 schools will reopen for in-person instruction in the first 100 days of his administration.,Teachers are prioritized as “essential workers” under the CDC’s vaccination plans, though many have yet to receive doses as the nation continues to face a supply shortage of the vaccine.,___,MELBOURNE — All competition at six Australian Open tuneup events scheduled for Thursday was called off after a worker at one of the tournaments’ Melbourne quarantine hotels tested positive for COVID-19. Players preparing for the year’s first Grand Slam tournament must isolate at their hotels until they test negative for the illness caused by the coronavirus. The Australian Open is scheduled to begin Monday.,Any players, coaches or officials who quarantined at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Melbourne were deemed to be casual contacts of the 26-year-old infected man and required to remain in their hotels until they test negative.,The political leader of Victoria state called a late-night news conference to announce the case and urge anyone with symptoms in Melbourne to get tested. Daniel Andrews says he doesn’t expect any disruptions to the Australian Open.,___,TOKYO — Japan enacted legislation allowing officials to enforce coronavirus measures by punishing violators of mandatory orders with fines.,This comes as the country struggles to slow the latest wave of infections amid growing uncertainty about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine considered key to holding the Olympics this summer.,The legislation was passed by the parliament and enacted into law the day after Prime Minister Yoshihide extended an ongoing non-binding state of emergency in Tokyo and nine other urban areas by one month until March 7.,Under the revised laws that take effect next week, restaurants, bars and other business owners that defy mandatory orders for shorter service hours or closures can be fined up to 300,000 yen ($2,860). Fines of up to 500,000 yen ($4,760) can be imposed on patients who refuse to be hospitalized, and up to 300,000 ($2,860) to those who refuse to cooperate with health authorities in contact tracing and other surveys.,Daily new cases have declined since January, but serious cases are still putting pressure on hospitals, experts say. The health ministry reports Japan had 393,836 confirmed cases and 5,912 confirmed deaths on Tuesday.,___,WASHINGTON — When it comes to Super Bowl parties during this pandemic year, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s says to “just lay low and cool it.”,President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser says during TV interviews Wednesday that now isn’t the time to invite people over for watch parties because of the possibility that they’re infected with the coronavirus and could sicken others.,He says big events like Sunday’s game in Tampa, Florida, between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are always a cause for concern. Fauci says the best thing people can do is watch the game on TV at home with the people in your household.,The NFL has capped the game attendance at 22,000 because of the pandemic and citywide coronavirus mandates.
Some Georgia cattlemen face a critical shortage this winter. Scarce hay supplies causeproblems now and far into the future.”There is definitely a hay shortage in Georgia this winter,” said RobertStewart, an animal scientist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “Andother problems associated with the extreme cold weather have made the situation even worsefor many cattle producers.”Stewart said 1995 produced normal hay yields in Georgia, which should have been enoughto carry the state’s beef cattle through a normal winter.”But the weather this winter has been far from average,” he said.In cold weather, cattle rely on feed to keep them warm. Digestion produces much of thebody heat that keeps them warm.Like humans, cattle like to feel full, especially when it’s cold. Stewart said a cowneeds about 25 pounds of dry feed every day to maintain her weight.Hay is the main feed for Georgia cattle. It makes up 70 percent to 100 percent of acow’s diet.Other feed sources include cotton seed, peanut hulls, commercial feed, broilerlitter, corn, oats and grazing. These are added to hay and provide fiber, protein, energyand micronutrients.If cattle farmers run out of hay, they must look to other sources to balance their feedplan.Quality Georgia hay will sell for about $40 per ton at harvest. With short supplies,though, it’s bringing $60 to $90 per ton now. So many farmers have turned to their wintergrazing to keep their cows fed and happy.But a frigid December slowed the growth of winter grazing crops like oats and rye.”That forced many cattlemen to start feeding hay until the weather warmed upenough for winter grazing crops to grow,” Stewart said.Continued cold has kept winter grazing crops from growing as they should. And farmerswho started feeding hay early have had to keep feeding hay.Until the weather warms to 45 degrees at night, winter grazing can’t grow. Most grazingcrops won’t come out of dormancy for another 30 to 45 days in north Georgia and 60 to 90days in south Georgia.”That’s a long time to keep feeding hay,” Stewart said.He tells farmers to apply nitrogen to encourage their winter grazing crops to grow.Those who haven’t applied nitrogen in the past 60 days should consider topdressing onepound of nitrogen for each remaining expected grazing day per acre.When the crop grows to eight inches tall, Stewart said, farmers can safely startlimited grazing. But he warns them against overgrazing.”That could significantly increase regrowth time and put farmers back into thesame situation,” he said.When farmers face feed shortages, their normal reaction is to sell some of theircattle. That may be a good final option, Stewart said. But farmers should look for otherfeed strategies first.Cattle prices are low now. If farmers sell their cows they could drive prices evenlower. “That just makes it harder for producers to financially justify high feedcosts,” he said.Pregnant or lactating cows need more feed to maintain their body weight and fill theircalves’ nutritional needs. Poor nutrition now can mean low weaning weights for calves thisfall.It can mean low conception rates this season for cows and heifers, too. And that canresult in fewer calves born in 1997.Cattle famers shouldn’t panic. But knowing how feed problems now can affect cattleproduction over the next two years is important.”The most urgent requirement for cattle farmers is to fill up those cows,” hesaid. “Even at inflated prices, good-quality hay is still the most economical feedsource for cattle.”Georgia farmers in the pinch,” he said, “will just need to ration itcarefully with other feed sources to make it last.”
In May 2016, most of Georgia suffered from a lack of rainfall, while record-setting rain fell in Savannah, Georgia. Drought conditions expanded statewide, and severe drought returned to the northwest corner of Georgia by the end of last month.In the dry areas of the state, pastures, livestock and summer row crops suffered due to this lack of rainfall. Some farmers were waiting for rain to finish planting their dryland crops, and many corn farmers relied on irrigation to keep their crops healthy during the month.In central Georgia and the coast, where wet conditions occurred, some fungal diseases were observed.According to National Weather Service stations, the highest monthly total rainfall was 8.99 inches in Savannah, 6.01 inches above normal. The lowest monthly total rainfall was 0.78 inches in Albany, Georgia, 1.91 inches below normal.Atlanta received 1.25 inches of rainfall, 2.42 inches below normal. Athens, Georgia, received 2.49 inches, 0.51 inches below normal.Columbus, Georgia, received 2.51 inches, 0.68 inches below normal.Macon, Georgia, received 1.96 inches, 0.76 inches below normal. Augusta, Georgia, received 5.71 inches, 3.06 inches above normal.Alma, Georgia, received 3.34 inches, 0.87 inches above normal. Brunswick, Georgia, received 1.68 inches, 0.18 inches below normal.Valdosta, Georgia, received 3.45 inches, 0.92 inches above normal.Savannah received most of its monthly rainfall in the middle of the month. The Savannah weather service station set a new daily record on May 17, recording 2.29 inches of rain, breaking the old record of 1.62 inches set in 1980. Augusta broke a daily record on May 29, receiving 2.28 inches, breaking the old record of 2.08 inches set in 2001.The highest single-day rainfall recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers was a total of 8.65 inches, recorded south of Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia, on the morning of May 18. This total was followed by 7.59 inches, which was recorded on Skidaway Island, also in Chatham County.Many other stations in that area received more than 5 inches of rain on May 18. The highest monthly rainfall totals were 14.34 inches, recorded in Newington, Georgia, in Screven County; 12.7 inches recorded near Marlow, Georgia, in Effingham County; and 10.15 inches recorded by a Savannah observer with the highest daily amount.On the other end of the spectrum, one network volunteer in southwest Georgia’s Grady County reported that he had received only 0.73 inches for the whole month.Temperatures at most locations were near normal in May. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 71.1 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.0 degrees above normal.Athens: 70.3 degrees F, 0.3 degrees above normal.Columbus: 72.5 degrees F, 0.5 degrees below normal.Macon: 71.8 degrees F, 0.1 degrees below normal.Savannah: 74.0 degrees F, 0.7 degrees above normal.Brunswick: 74.9 degrees F, 0.4 degrees above normal.Alma: 73.0 degrees F, 0.7 degrees below normal.Augusta: 70.7 degrees F, 0.4 degrees below normal.Albany: 74.5 degrees F, 0 degrees above normal.Valdosta: 73.9 degrees F, 0.1 degrees above normal.Rome, Georgia: 69.0 degrees F, 0.8 degrees above normal. Brunswick tied a 1973 record low temperature of 50 degrees F on May 6, and tied a 2012 record for high nighttime low temperature with 73 degrees F on May 2.Climatologists are predicting that the summer will bring warmer-than-normal conditions. Dry conditions or drought may continue in northwest Georgia in June, although there are no trends determined for the summer period overall.Cooler-than-normal water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean means that El Nino is almost gone and neutral conditions should be declared before a likely swing to La Nina later in summer. The Atlantic tropical season began with the development of Tropical Storm Bonnie in late May, and activity is expected to be normal to above-average this year due to La Nina conditions.For more information, visit the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate, or visit our new website at gaclimate.org. Please feel free to email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture, to be shared on the blog, to [email protected]
The Vermont Public Service Board has approved spending on a series of renewable energy projects and studies proposed by Central Vermont Public Service. The CVPS proposals, filed with the PSB in July, include seven renewable projects and studies at a total cost of about $350,000. The board approved them in a decision received late Friday. The three studies are intended to help CVPS expand its popular Cow Power program, learn about the potential for algae as an energy source, and possibly expand production at an existing Rutland County hydroelectric facility.Studies focus on manure, algae and waterA $10,000 Essex Partnership study will evaluate a new Cow Power model of collecting methane gas from a group of smaller farms and using it to generate electricity at a central facility.A second study is under way by Algepower Inc., which has developed Algeponics™, a patented photobioreactor, an enclosed farm system for growing algae, which could be used as a fuel or food source. The first prototype has been linked to a CVPS Cow Power™ digester on the Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport. CVPS’s $50,000 grant to Algepower, now approved by the PSB, will help fund development and operation of the pilot prototype.The third study, at a cost of $25,000, will examine the potential to increase generation at CVPS’s Carver Falls hydroelectric station in Poultney. The plant has peak generation of 1.9 megawatts, and has produced an average of 7,340,000 kilowatt-hours of energy annually over the past decade.“CVPS was the first utility in the world to put wind-generated power on the grid and the first to develop a customer-driven, manure-based energy product,” said CVPS spokesman Steve Costello. “These studies will help us remain on the cutting edge of new generation potential, and support ideas with tremendous potential to benefit Vermont.”Funding approved for four projectsIn addition to the three grants, the PSB approved CVPS requests to allocate funds to several existing renewable projects. They include:Arnold Falls Hydroelectric Facility Crest Control Installation in St. Johnsbury ($140,000)Southern Loop Combined Heat and Power Development Fund contribution ($50,000)Solar plug-in hybrid vehicle charging station in Rutland Town ($40,000)Wind metering tower for renewable education site in Rutland Town ($16,000).“We have among the cleanest energy supplies in the nation,” Costello said. “These projects and grants will help us maintain that clean portfolio in the years ahead.”
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Invisible payments, new competitors, and a shifting consumer mindset are threatening payments revenue, which is made up of interchange, interest income, overdraft and other fees.Because of this, preserving—and even growing—payments-related revenue is a top priority for high-performing financial institutions.While payments revenue may not be as high among credit unions as the nation’s major banks, one fact is certain: credit card programs are typically the dominant revenue engine inside a cooperative’s payments programs. At close to 2.5%, they generate the highest return on assets across U.S. retail financial products.Lost income is not the sole worry for credit union leaders strategizing for the future of payments. Just as important is lost data. continue reading »