While the southern half of the state received much needed rain in September from tropical storms Hermine and Julia, farmers in the northern part of the state dealt with what some called “the worst conditions in 60 years.” Four months of higher than normal temperatures and abnormally low rainfall left cattle and corn farmers in the northern half of the state with little to feed their herds, and many have sold off cattle. The dry, hot conditions combined with a widespread infestation of armyworms led to the loss of 80 percent of hay crops and 60 percent of soybean crops on some farms. Despite possible rainfall generated by Hurricane Matthew in early October, drier and warmer than normal conditions are likely to continue through the rest of the year. It was the warmest September on record for a number of stations in northern Georgia according to the Perspectives tool from the Southeast Regional Climate Center. In spite of that, only three record daily high temperatures were tied this month. Atlanta’s monthly average temperature was 78.8 F, 5.2 degrees above normal.Athens’ monthly average temperature was 77.7 F, 4.4 degrees above normal.Columbus’ monthly average temperature was 80.3 F, 3.7 degrees above normal.Macon’s monthly average temperature was 78.6 F, 3.6 degrees above normal.Savannah’s monthly average temperature was 79.6 F, 2.7 degrees above normal.Brunswick’s monthly average temperature was 79.4 F, 1.3 degrees above normal.Alma’s monthly average temperature was 78.5 F, 1.4 degrees above normal. Augusta’s monthly average temperature was 77.4 F, 2.8 degrees above normal.Albany’s monthly average temperature was 80.6 F, 2.9 degrees above normal.Rome’s monthly average temperature was 77.6 F, 5.6 degrees above normal.Valdosta’s monthly average temperature was 79.6 F, 2.2 degrees above normal.Several daily rainfall records were set during the month in association with Hermine and Julia. August had a record of 4.20 inches on September 2, passing the old record of 1.12 from 2014. Alma had 3.26 inches on the same date, breaking the old record of 3.19 set in 1957. Brunswick had 4.43 inches on September 13, breaking the old record of 2.03 set in 2002. It was the second driest September in Rome in 124 years of record, following zero inches in 1897. The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 8.21 inches in Brunswick, Georgia — 2.45inches above normal — and the lowest was in Rome, Georgia, at .24 inches — 3.17 inches below normal.Atlanta received 3.43 inches of rain, 0.84 inches below normal.Columbus, Georgia, received .75 inches of rain, 1.41inches above normal.Macon, Georgia, received 2.18 inches of rain, 2.07 inches below normal.Savannah, Georgia, received 4.99 inches of rain, .41 inches above normal.Alma, Georgia, received 4.26 inches of rain, 0.62 inches above normal.Augusta, Georgia, received 4.58 inches of rain, 1.36 inches below normal. Albany, Georgia, received 3.29 inches of rain, 0.15 inches below normal.Rome, Georgia, received 6.42 inches of rain, 2.29 inches above normal.Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers in Valdosta reported daily rainfall amounts of 6.08 to 6.01 inches on September 2 during Hermine’s passage. A St. Simons Island volunteer reported 6.03 inches on September 14 during Julia’s movement through the area. The highest monthly rainfall of 12.80 inches was measured near Darien in McIntosh County, followed by 10.07 inches recorded on St. Simons Island in Glynn County and at Newington in Screven County. Severe weather was observed on four days during September. Two small tornadoes were observed near Riceboro in Liberty County and near Skidaway Island in Chatham County on September 1 in spiral bands ahead of Hermine. For more information please see the “Climate and Agriculture” blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate or visit our web page at www.gaclimate.org. To share your weather and climate impacts on agriculture, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Yolima Dussán/Diálogo August 17, 2020 The destruction of tropical rainforests in Venezuela continues due to illegal mining. Venezuelan criminal groups, paramilitary groups, and Colombian guerrillas, have destroyed close to 2,821 square kilometers of forests under the protection of the Nicolás Maduro regime, according to the report Illegal Mining in Venezuela: Death and Devastation in the Amazonas and Orinoco Regions, published by the nongovernmental organization (NGO) Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and presented in a virtual forum on June 26.The report records the damages to the environment, human rights, health, public order, and stability in the region. Venezuelan criminal organizations compete for control of the mining area with Colombian guerrillas, such as the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) and dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-D, in Spanish), both protected by the Maduro regime, the document says.In the report presented on June 26, researchers explained the impact of dredgers as shown in the image, in tributaries of the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers, both in Venezuela and Colombia. (Photo: Colombian Ministry of Defense)“Many of Colombia’s illegal structures have found a safe haven in Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship to strengthen their criminal businesses, which seriously affects us,” Colombian Minister of Defense Carlos Holmes Trujillo said during the virtual forum. “Amid this economic crisis, and especially due to the loss of oil revenue, the Maduro [regime] has had to resort to gold to finance international operations.”This was confirmed on June 24 in the U.S. Department of State’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2019: Venezuela, which disclosed: “Financial ties with FARC-D, ELN, and Venezuelan paramilitary groups facilitate the public corruption and graft schemes of the regime to include members of the armed forces.”The U.S. Department of State notes the presence of the ELN in 12 of Venezuela’s 24 states, and warns about the “sporadic cooperation between FARC-D and ELN in the areas of road/border checkpoints, subsidized food distribution, recruitment and forced displacement of vulnerable indigenous communities, and trafficking of illegal narcotics and gold.”The CSIS report confirms that the ELN has expanded its control in the Mining Arc (a mining area in southern Venezuela) since 2019, where it controls several important transport corridors and manages equipment supply chains in the region.In addition to deforestation caused by illegal mining, “the indiscriminate use of substances such as cyanide or mercury causes lethal pollution in our farmers’ water sources,” Holmes added.CSIS has found high levels of mercury in freshwater fish from the region, which are exported for consumption to Brazil, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago. The NGO also found that about 500,000 workers are involved in illegal mining operations, many of them from indigenous communities who are forced to work. “These miners mostly are impoverished Venezuelans, and an estimated 45 percent are underage,” the report says.
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The CU Times is reporting this morning that the number of ADA website compliance lawsuits filed against credit unions has more than doubled in the last month to at least 23 and is likely to grow even more in the coming weeks. It’s good that credit unions are paying attention to these lawsuits but I’m afraid that the industry is in danger of shifting from neglectful indifference to an unproductive frenzy when it comes to reacting to this litigation.In contrast, today is the final day to submit initial comments in support of CUNA’s petition to the Federal Communications Commission, requesting that credit unions be given greater flexibility to contact their members on their cell phones without fear of violating the increasingly confusing requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).The ADA has gotten the lion’s share of attention in this battle of the acronyms. This makes sense in the short-term since, unlike the TCPA, every credit union with a website could potentially be sued. But in the medium to long-term it’s actually the TCPA proposal from which credit unions have the most at stake. Here’s why: continue reading »
This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » You have a blind spot. Sounds simple, but oh how hard it is for us to recognize our own blind spots.Imagine this:You’re soaring 3,200 feet above your city, flying your small airplane on a beautiful day.Suddenly, a tiny speck appears through your windshield and, like the North Star, it doesn’t move. It escapes your notice.However, had that speck begun moving across your windshield, you would have recognized it as another airplane. The fact that it doesn’t move means that you and that speck will soon intersect unless one of you changes direction quickly. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Joseph Mariathasan weighs the pros and cons of local-currency emerging market debtArgentina just undertook its first international bond issue since its 2002 default, raising $16.5bn (€14.7bn) in an auction four times oversubscribed. As there is clearly demand for all types of emerging market debt (EMD), perhaps the time has come to revisit local-currency EMD.Emerging market local-currency debt is a large and rapidly growing asset class. It is very liquid and available to any investor, so it cannot be ignored. But it has not been giving decent returns since the 2013 ‘taper tantrum’. Not surprisingly then, investors are reluctant to consider it seriously.But with the asset class, it is important to separate out the structural long-term opportunities from the shorter-term cyclical headwinds we have been experiencing. The longer-term opportunities are tremendous, with local-currency debt now a $6trn market, accounting for 20% of the global bond markets, while emerging markets account for 40% of global growth. Hard-currency EMD, by contrast, is a declining asset class primarily because emerging countries have developed the institutional infrastructure to be able to issue in local currency across the maturity spectrum. That structural change makes emerging markets very different in character today from what they were a decade or two ago.The reason EMD has not been more prominent is the political risk associated with emerging markets. The volatility of the institutional framework of emerging markets compared with those of the developed world and the propensity for the frameworks of those institutions to change gives rise to the risk a country sets on a cycle that can lead to questions over its debt sustainability. Pension funds may also face reputational risk if they invest in a country that then hits the news as a result of political instability – Russia is a case in point.But some of this may be misconceived. The economist Jerome Booth believes the market pricing of sovereign risk can be thought of as having three component layers. The first is quantitative based on macroeconomic ratios such as debt/GDP, fiscal deficits, etc. This garnered much attention during the euro-zone crisis with the work of economists Reinhart and Rogoff (2009) on sustainable levels of debt/GDP.Second, Booth sees a policy layer, reflecting the ability of policymakers to implement sound economic policy, engender the spread of a market economy and for policy to react in an intelligent and timely manner to events. This depends on the development of a robust institutional framework incorporating independent central banks, savings intermediaries such as pension funds and insurance companies, and a regulatory framework that seeks to enforce a level playing field through the rule of law.The third layer consists of just perceptions of risk, which Booth describes as the “prejudice layer”. The most significant development across emerging markets as a whole and in Asia in particular has been the phenomenal institutionalisation of their economies dramatically improving the ability of policymakers to implement policies. “In the 1997 Asian crisis, it was locals who fled the markets first, selling local assets and the currency to shift to safer havens,” he writes. “There is central bank independence now, a growth of domestic pension funds and institutional investors mandated to invest in domestic assets.”But political risk also creates opportunities for active bond managers. The standard JP Morgan benchmark index suffers from the requirement to include only countries that have easily accessible bond markets. That means the index is essentially weighted towards 12 countries and lacks exposure to major Asian issuers such as Korea and India. But active managers are able to provide the full armoury of derivatives to generate proxy exposures to the bond markets. What that means is that investors should not regard benchmark indices as the minimum risk position for local currency EMD.Perhaps the key issue for potential local currency EMD investors is not whether they should be investing but when. The danger for many investors is that of trying to time entry to hit the very bottom and, as a result, enter the market once it has bounced back some way. But that is human nature.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE
Australia’s Woodside has agreed to acquire from Shell a stake in an offshore block in Bulgaria.Woodside said on Wednesday that it had entered the farm-in agreement with Shell to buy a 30% non-operated participating interest in Block 1-14 Khan KubratThe block is located within the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Black Sea.“This opportunity targets an emerging oil and gas province close to existing infrastructure and markets,” Woodside said.Planning is in progress to drill an exploration well in Q2 2019.Woodside on July 24, incorporated Woodside Energy (Bulgaria) Limited – a wholly owned subsidiary incorporated in England and Wales.The Shell transaction is subject to satisfaction of conditions precedent.
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Watford tempts Troost-Ekong with five-year deal Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool’s regulars will return to the starting line-up for Tuesday’s FA Cup clash at Chelsea, manager Juergen Klopp said on Monday. The Anfield club had fielded their under-23 players in the previous round. Liverpool’s under-23 side, led by their former coach Neil Critchley, beat third-tier side Shrewsbury Town in a fourth round replay. This was after Klopp refused to field senior players since the match was played during the winter break of the English Premier League. Liverpool also fielded a young side in the League Cup against Aston Villa, a game they lost 0-5. This was due to a fixture crunch while the senior side were playing in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, which they won. Klopp has now said he would take no chances as they looked to progress. He said: “It’s a different situation to the last round. “The team that played at Shrewsbury was a team that made sense for us at that moment. “We didn’t get the result we wanted, so we had to play a different team in the replay.” “It won’t be the team that played Aston Villa and Shrewsbury, for sure. “There will be boys in the squad, but if they start we will see. “The team that played at Shrewsbury was an FA Cup team at that moment. “If Chelsea make changes, I don’t know if they will, it will still be a very experienced team… “It’s the last 16 of the FA Cup and we want to go through.” A 0-3 loss at Watford over the weekend ended Liverpool’s unbeaten EPL run and many criticised centre-back Dejan Lovren for giving their strikers opportunities to score. But Klopp was quick to jump to the centre-back’s defence. “If anyone blames Dejan Lovren for our defeat, I can’t help these people,” Klopp said. “It was a massive challenge for Dejan to play against Troy Deeney. “Joe Gomez has had similar problems. “Both Dejan and Joe have played sensational games for us in this position. “Fitness and rhythm is the most difficult to get in professional football. “Dejan is an outstanding centre-half. “If you can tell me one player from Saturday that played at his normal level, I would be surprised.” However, Klopp said the performance at Vicarage Road would have no bearing on team selection for the trip to Stamford Bridge. “The defeat has nothing to do with line-up tomorrow (Tuesday) night,” he added. “We always play with a team which gives us the best chance to reach the next round.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: FIFA Club World CupFrank LampardInjury crisisJurgen KloppLeague CupLiverpool
Asuncion: Players will be barred from spitting and must undergo temperature checks before each match under new sanitary guidelines outlined by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). The measures, which also include a ban on kissing the ball and recommendations for clubs to reduce the risk of injury to players after three months of inactivity, was sent to CONMEBOL’s 10 member federations on Thursday. CONMEBOL did not set a date for a return to the Copa Libertadores – South America’s equivalent of the UEFA Champions League – or the second-tier Copa Sudamericana, however, it said football was “closer”. IANS Also watch: #NewsMakers: RK Somorjit Singh, Manipur BJP Spokesperson in an exclusive chat with Oineetom Ojah
Cricket News Karachi Ends 10-Year Wait For International Cricket, But Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Game Rained Off
New Delhi: Pakistan had to wait for close to a decade for international cricket to return. In 2015, Zimbabwe played three games in Lahore while the matches involving the ICC World XI, West Indies and Sri Lanka were all played at Lahore. However, for Karachi, they have had to wait for 10 solid years to get some international cricket going. The Pakistan vs Sri Lanka game was the first game at the National Stadium since 2009 when incidentally, Pakistan and Sri Lanka squared off with the Sri Lankans winning by 129 runs. However, the fans, who have been waiting for so long for a game, were left bitterly disappointed.Karachi’s first international game after 10 years was abandoned as heavy rain the previous night and an incessant drizzle left the outfield in a bad state at the National Stadium. The groundstaff were trying their best to get the outfield in good shape. However, there were big puddles near the boundary areas and with the drainage system getting clogged, the chances of play resuming looked bleaked. The cut-off time for a Twenty20 game was 8:00 PM local time but the decision to abandon the match took place at 4:30 PM local as the groundstaff tried in vain to clear the excess water. However, the weather for the second game at the same venue is more promising and chances of the match getting truncated are close to nil. Also Read | Pakistan Playing Matches In UAE Not An Option Anymore: Cricket Board CEOSri Lanka’s tour to Pakistan was under a cloud after reports emerged that the team could be targeted in a terrorist attack. The withdrawal of 10 top players also did not help. There were allegations from Pakistan’s Science and Tenchology Minister that India was coercing the Sri Lanka players to not tour Pakistan. However, the Defence Ministry of Sri Lanka gave the go-ahead and the team arrived in the country under massive security. Also Read | World Needs To Help Pakistan To Revive Cricket After Decade Of Terrorism: Misbah-ul-HaqThe series is the first for Pakistan under Misbah-ul-Haq, the new head coach and chief selector. Misbah captained Pakistan for close to six years and in 56 Tests but he never managed to do that at home in Pakistan. Misbah played just five Tests in Pakistan and ahead of the first match, he has urged the world to help Pakistan revive their international cricket.”Cricket world need to do more, not only for Pakistan but for any country where it is hit. Pakistan is a cricket-loving country and it would be injustice to deprive them of international cricket, so I hope that the world will support us more and more. Otherwise the survival of cricket will be difficult,” Misbah said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
By Steve TongueLONDON (Reuters) – London clubs’ erratic start to the Premier League season improved with victories for Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal on Saturday but Manchester sides continued to make the running, with United and City leading the way on 10 points each.United surrendered their 100 per cent record in a lively 2-2 draw at Stoke City after Pep Guardiola’s City had trounced 10-man Liverpool 5-0 to replace their neighbours at the top for a few hours.Stoke took the lead just before halftime through Cameroon international Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, then conceded an equaliser less than three minutes later, as Nemanja Matic flicked on a corner and Paul Pogba’s header hit Marcus Rashford and went in.Romelu Lukaku put them ahead in the 58th minute, only for Choupo-Moting to equalise.City benefited from the dismissal of Sadio Mane before halftime as they inflicted Liverpool’s heaviest defeat since Juergen Klopp took over almost two years ago.The Senegalese forward was adjudged guilty of endangering an opponent by catching Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson in the face with a high foot.Already trailing to a Sergio Aguero goal, Liverpool conceded two more to Gabriel Jesus on either side of halftime and fell to a rare five-goal defeat when Leroy Sane also scored twice in the final quarter of an hour.Ederson was taken off on a stretcher but suffered no break and tweeted later that he was fine.KANTE ROCKS FORMER CLUBChelsea had a 2-1 win away to Leicester in the meeting of the previous two seasons’ champions.N‘Golo Kante scored against his former club soon after halftime to extend Chelsea’s lead after Alvaro Morata claimed his third goal in four league games since moving from Real Madrid.Leicester, having made two changes at the interval, halved the deficit with a Jamie Vardy penalty but the champions held on to move into third place.Tottenham’s Harry Kane reached 100 goals for the club with a freak opening effort in the comfortable 3-0 win at Everton, adding a second later.After the home side started brightly, the England striker deceived goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from way out on the right wing just before the half-hour.“I got a lucky one but sometimes you need that,” he said.Christian Eriksen scored the second after Pickford made a good save from Ben Davies and Kane knocked in Davies’ pass a minute after the interval.provided a boost ahead of their opening Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley, where they are playing home league games this season but have yet to win one.Their north London rivals Arsenal, heavily criticised after defeats by Stoke City and Liverpool, were easy winners at home to struggling Bournemouth, prevailing 3-0.Danny Welbeck gave them the lead and close-season signing Alexandre Lacazette doubled it before halftime. After Jermain Defoe headed against a post Arsenal broke out for Welbeck to claim his second.Bournemouth were pushed into the bottom two on goal difference by their fourth successive defeat.Promoted Brighton, back in the top tier for the first time since 1983, achieved their first win, by 3-1, at home to West Bromwich Albion.New signing Pascal Gross scored twice and Tomer Hemed added the third before a consolation by James Morrison, giving West Brom a first defeat.In the day’s other game unbeaten Watford moved above Southampton and into the top four by beating them 2-0 with goals by Abdoulaye Doucoure and substitute Daryl Janmaat.Bottom club Crystal Palace play at Burnley and Swansea City host Newcastle United on Sunday, while West Ham United who, like Palace, have lost their first three games, face Huddersfield Town on Monday.