iStock/Thinkstock(NEW BERN, N.C.) –Florence weakened to a tropical depression Sunday, but that is cold comfort to residents in North Carolina who have seen over 2 feet of rain and are now battling major-river flooding and possible tornadoes.“Flood waters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a midday news conference.He added that “this storm has never been more dangerous than it is right now” in certain areas of the state.Some parts of the state were getting 2 to 3 inches an hour, Cooper said.“That’s enough to cause flooding in areas that have never flooded before until now,” Cooper said.Since the storm made landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina on Friday morning, it has been blamed for 16 deaths.Officials said at least 17 people have died in both states. The death toll included a person killed Sunday in a pickup truck crash near Gilbert, South Carolina, that occurred when the motorist drove through standing water on a roadway, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.Hundreds of people have been rescued by local authorities, Cajun Navy volunteers and the U.S. Coast Guard since Friday morning.New evacuation orders were issued Sunday for a mile-long area along the Cape Fear and Little rivers in North Carolina. More than 700,000 households and businesses in the state were still without power as of Sunday afternoon, an estimated 15,000 people were in shelters, and 171 primary roads were closed including parts of two interstates, authorities said.The state Highway Patrol advised people to stay off the roads, saying troopers responded to 48 collisions from Saturday night and into Sunday morning.Adding to the threat of further flooding, a tornado watch was in effect for most of Sunday for the areas of Wilmington, Fayetteville, Myrtle Beach, Jacksonville, Oak Island, and Florence.“It’s bad right now, and we do expect it to get worse over the coming days,” Michael Sprayberry, director of North Carolina Emergency Management, said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. “We know that’s going to be a major mission going forward because this is historic and unprecedented flooding.”Major-river flooding a threatCatastrophic flooding unfolded Sunday morning in parts of North Carolina, exceeding flooding 19 years ago in Hurricane Floyd, the National Weather Service said.One waterway — the Cape Fear River — rose 15 feet in just 24 hours from early Saturday to early Sunday. It reached flood stage in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where mandatory evacuation orders were issued Saturday.“This will be very dangerous flooding over the next few days,” the National Weather Service said in a tweet Sunday morning.The Coast Guard head echoed this view.“My biggest concern is the rising water,” Schultz said on This Week, noting that Wilmington, North Carolina, got 24 inches of rain and could potentially get 15 inches more.“We’re looking at a high-water situation,” he said. “The rivers could potentially crest here into the early part of this week. So we have not seen the worst of the flooding.”Schultz was among the emergency officials who briefed President Trump on the storm on Saturday.“We talked about the massive risk the storm poses — catastrophic flooding, prolonged flooding,” he said of the briefing. “We gave him an update on response capabilities in the theater, and the president is completely leaning in — anything the feds need to do to support the local, the state partners here in South Carolina and North Carolina. We feel fully supported.”The Lumber River, near Lumberton, North Carolina, will rise into major flood stage Sunday morning. It is expected to reach a level very near the record Hurricane Matthew set in 2016. Mandatory evacuations were issued for South Lumberton on Saturday.Major-river flooding is also expected on some rivers from southern Virginia to northern South Carolina.The Northeast Cape Fear River, near Chinquapin, North Carolina, will rise above record flood levels set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. This will cause devastating flooding across much of Onslow County with travel made impossible and many homes completely flooded.The Neuse River — both near Goldsboro and Kinston, North Carolina — will reach major flood stage late Sunday and into Monday. The Waccamaw River, near Conway, South Carolina, will rise near record levels by the end of the week.Florence has dropped a tremendous amount of rain in eastern North Carolina, with a widespread 20 to 30 inches already reported. Radar is estimating that some areas between Wilmington and New Bern, North Carolina, have received over 30 inches of rain.These are some of the latest rainfall totals as of 11 p.m. Saturday:— Swansboro, N.C. — 30.59 inches— Newport/Morehead City, N.C. — 25.20 inches— Elizabethtown, N.C. — 20.17 inches— Jacksonville, N.C. — 16.13 inches— Conway, S.C. — 9.90 inches— Myrtle Beach Airport, S.C. — 6.74 inchesFlorence is now the third storm to set a tropical cyclone state rainfall record in just the last 12 months. Harvey dropped 60.58 inches of rain last year in Texas, setting the state’s new record. Just last month, Lane dropped a maximum of 52.02 inches of rain in Hawaii, breaking the state record. The 30.59 inches that have fallen in Swansboro sets a new record for North Carolina.Florence also currently stands as the sixth-highest tropical cyclone rainfall total across the U.S. for records dating back to 1950.Heavy rain spreads inlandHeavy rains bands are still coming onshore in eastern South Carolina and North Carolina on Sunday morning. Some of the heavier bands have shifted toward Fayetteville, Charlotte and Raleigh.Torrential rain is causing inland flooding with major roadways closed, including large portions of I-95.An additional 6 to 10 inches of rain is still possible along the southeast border of North Carolina and South Carolina.Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding is likely over the southern to central Appalachians from western North Carolina into western Virginia and eastern West Virginia. Torrential rain will cause flash flooding and increase the risk for landslides in the higher terrains.Florence is still moving very slowly inland. The track shows Florence moving west through Sunday, and then gradually turning north by Monday. Florence will likely become a remnant low within 36 hours.Even though Florence is weakening, it will still bring significant rainfall inland to the Appalachians before moving toward the Northeast on Tuesday. Totals could exceed 4 inches locally for inland New York and Massachusetts.“People need to heed the warnings from their local emergency management experts and stay in safe ground,” the Coast Guard’s Adm. Schultz said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
A previous study of 76 plant species on Spitsbergen in the High Arctic concluded that structures resembling arbuscular mycorrhizas were absent from roots. Here, we report a survey examining the roots of 13 grass and forb species collected from 12 sites on the island for arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) colonisation. Of the 102 individuals collected, we recorded AM endophytes in the roots of 41 plants of 11 species (Alopecurus ovatus, Deschampsia alpina, Festuca rubra ssp. richardsonii, putative viviparous hybrids of Poa arctica and Poa pratensis, Poa arctica ssp. arctica, Trisetum spicatum, Coptidium spitsbergense, Ranunculus nivalis, Ranunculuspygmaeus, Ranunculus sulphureus and Taraxacum arcticum) sampled from 10 sites. Both coarse AM endophyte, with hyphae of 5–10 μm width, vesicles and occasional arbuscules, and fine endophyte, consisting of hyphae of 1–3 μm width and sparse arbuscules, were recorded in roots. Coarse AM hyphae, vesicles, arbuscules and fine endophyte hyphae occupied 1.0–30.7, 0.8–18.3, 0.7–11.9 and 0.7–12.8% of the root lengths of colonised plants, respectively. Principal component analysis indicated no associations between the abundances of AM structures in roots and edaphic factors. We conclude that the AM symbiosis is present in grass and forb roots on Spitsbergen.
Written by Tags: Big Sky/Jerrick Harding/Weber State Wildcats Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJerrick Harding scored nine of his 32 points in overtime and Weber State rallied late to beat Big Sky Conference-leader Montana 87-85.Harding scored the Wildcats’ first seven points of OT and added a pair of free throws to seal it. Weber State used an 8-1 spurt to tie the game at 72-72 and force overtime. Harding also collected his 2,000th career point. Michal Kozak added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.Sayeed Pridgett scored a career-high 33 points for Montana, which led for all but two minutes of regulation and had its four-game win streak snapped. January 25, 2020 /Sports News – Local Weber State beats Big Sky-leader Montana 87-85 in OT Associated Press
Kristjan Byfield is a busy man, despite the Christmas slowdown. As well as running his London estate agency base property, he’s also in the process of launching his self-funded deposits processing platform and has just joined the board of industry body the UK Proptech Association. Nigel Lewis caught up with him.Has The Depositary launched yet?“We made difficult decision in July to undertake a massive overhaul of what we had built after a year of Beta testing with 70 tenancies including the mobile interface and major functionalities, which didn’t work well enough.“There’s no point releasing a product you’re not happy with and although we were originally hoping to launch at the EA Masters, I expect the official launch to happen in late January.Why have you joined the UK Proptech Association board?“I’ve been a member and supporter since it began three years ago, and I’ve seen how hard it is to persuade companies to put their money where their mouth is and pay to join, but there’s been a lot of change since Sammy Pahal came on board 18 months ago as its MD.“It’s also been too commercial property orientated; the boards needs more residential proptech people.“Along with the US we are seen as the top proptech innovators in the world and we need to shout louder about our successes including companies like Fixflo.“I think proptech firms need to talk less about their huge funding deals and enormous valuations, and more about how they are listening to agents and building the tech around their needs.“Proptech companies need agents on board before they launch and during the R&D stages; there’s no point telling agents that they need to totally transform how they run their business.”Are agents being overwhelmed by too much tech?“Integration is the challenge for proptech and REAPIT’s open API Foundation platform will be a huge game changer in the industry.“I think there will a largely open CRM marketplace across the industry by the end of next year and agents who use most of the CRM systems will be able to plug in any service or product they want.“I’ve been banging on my chest about open CRM systems for several years now.” December 18, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 18th December 2019 at 6:35 pmKristjan is a bright man, and he makes some really good points, proptech and property (the industry) is, as James Dearsley sees it – a marriage, and we just need to get on with it. This means, co-operation, communication, forums, events, conferences, where the audience is a 50/50 split from the two camps.As Kristjan says, its great to have funding, but without walking in the shoes of property professionals, tech will not give the right answers. Similarly, if property professionals do not engage, the marriage is going to be a rocky one.Gary Barker has certainly seized the initiative through Reapit, and its dominance across the UK property sector, with an open marketplace for tech. So, that is a good omen.The UK and specifically London is at the very centre of the tech revolution in property, so embrace it, because it is not going to replace humans, it is going to open the way to do business in a quicker and more efficient way.In a few years there will be no property industry/proptech divide, it will just be the property industry founded on digital transformation.Much like the earlier fintech revolution, where we don’t talk about banking online, or going physically into a branch, its just banking, which most now do from their mobile app.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Proptech chat: Kristjan Byfield previous nextProptechProptech chat: Kristjan ByfieldThe leading industry figure reveals why his The Depositary platform has been delayed, and what needs fixing in proptech.Nigel Lewis18th December 20191 Comment505 Views
Ruth Rosenthal Dear Editor:Hoboken Residents Should Advocate for National Climate Change Policy The Associated Press recently reported that 327 Superfund sites nationwide are in danger of flooding due to sea-level rise caused by climate change. New Jersey is tied with California as the state with the most toxic sites in flood-prone areas. Flooding of these EPA Superfund sites would lead to the spread of toxic contamination to nearby residential communities. The AP’s reporting states that “in Hoboken…the site of a former manufacturing plant for mercury vapor lamps sits within a mile of almost 100,000 residents, including 7,000 children under 5.” The danger of Superfund site flooding highlights one of the many ways in which Hoboken, as a low-lying coastal community, is uniquely susceptible to the effects of sea-level rise caused by climate change. While I applaud local efforts to address the effects of climate change on Hoboken, we need to focus on addressing the causes of climate change as well if we want to stop the effects of climate change on our community from becoming increasingly catastrophic. To truly address the causes of climate change and reduce carbon emissions dramatically, a national policy is necessary. Folks who are interested in getting more involved with national action to fight climate change should consider joining the new Hoboken Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to creating the political will to pass national climate change legislation. Interested people can e-mail [email protected] for more information on how to get involved.
Ocean City’s VFW has secured a truly world class performer for their annual fundraiser this Saturday night, July 1 at 7:00PM. Tickets are still available at the Music Pier box office.Music Pier Seating Chart ONLINE BOX OFFICE Directions to the Music PierWhy do many say that Rocky LaPorte is the “The Best Comedian in the World”? To know that answer, all you have to do is look at his resume:Rocky LaPorte’s ResumeTelevisionLast Comic Standing | NBCThe Tonight Show | NBCThe Rocky LaPorte Show | CBS/PilotHis Own Half Hour Special | Comedy CentralComedians Unleashed | Animal PlanetFunny Money | Game Show NetworkLate Friday | NBCThe Magic Hour | FOXThe New Make Me Laugh Show | Comedy CentralCheers | NBCComic Strip Live | FOXCaroline’s Comedy Hour | A&E NetworkStand Up Spotlight | VH-1The Last Laugh | BSB/LondonThe Pat Sajak Show | CBSEvening At The Improv | A&E NetworkFilmThe Shaggy Dog | DisneyPatriot Act | ShowtimeThe Godfathers of Comedy | ShowtimeTrainingCarey Eidel Acting, Los AngelesVincent Chase Acting, Los AngelesCandy Herman Acting, Los AngelesSpecial SkillsBoxer, Many Sports (baseball, football, etc.)WritingVoice-overSingingRadioFive O-Clock Funnies | KLOS-FM Los AngelesThe BOB and TOM Show | Nationally SyndicatedComedy Line | Nationally SyndicatedDanny Bonaduce & Kevin Matthews | WLUP-FM ChicagoTim Smith Programme | BBC LondonSteve Cochran | WGN ChicagoIn Addition: All major stations in most cities including, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Detroit, Orlando, Honolulu, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and New York to name a few also a United Airlines Regional Spot in New York.Comedy Clubs*Complete List Available Upon RequestThe ImprovisationComedy & Magic ClubThe Ice HouseThe Laugh FactoryCatch a Rising StarCaroline’sComedy CompetitionsTop 5: Last Comic Standing 2014 – NBCWinner: Stand Up of the Year Award – Las Vegas Comedy FestivalWinner: Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search, HollywoodRegional Finals: Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search, Detroit Download (PDF, 154KB)*Rocky’s resume and video clip were borrowed from his website: http://rockylaporte.com
A MANAGERESS defrauded £14,000 from a Scottish bakery over a two-month period, a court heard.Margaret Anderson, 44, of Yoker, Glasgow, admitted embezzling from Bradford Bakers of Giffnock when she appeared before Paisley Sheriff’s Court.The court heard how Ms Anderson had initally impressed management and was promoted from shop assistant to manageress of a branch.However, when an investigation was launched after losses were noted, it was revealed that she had been keeping takings rather than depositing them in the bank. Ms Anderson will be sentenced in mid-February.
For more information on Jaw Gems’ upcoming projects and tour dates, head to the band’s website. Check out the band’s 2017 tour preview video below:Jaw Gems HEATWEAVER TOUR 2017 Upcoming Dates:Oct. 12 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar TheatreOct. 14 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop *Oct. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy PhillyOct. 21 – New York, NY -Mercury LoungeOct. 25 – Rochester, NY – Funk N WafflesOct. 26 – Boston, MA- Thunder RoadOct. 27 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium*** w/ Prob Cause** w/ The DiscoBiscuits[Cover photo – Nikki Taylor] Portland, Maine-bred electronic outfit Jaw Gems has been steadily converting new fans entrancing experimental breakbeat grooves since their conception in 2009. With an ever-expanding and evolving sound, the group has been lauded by fellow Portland-er Lyle Divinsky of The Motet as “one of the upcoming un-fuck-withables.” Their second studio album, HEATWEAVER, was released to critical acclaim late last year, and the ensuing tour dates and national exposure have since netted them a brand new deal with top beat-music tastemakers Alpha Pup Records in Los Angeles.Over the years, Jaw Gems has slowly adopted an intricate arsenal of instruments, including drums, bass, and dueling vintage synthesizers, a Roland sp404 and a Juno 106 analog synth, as well as more modern beat-repeating and sample-warping technologies. The versatility of the band’s tools, as well as the varying approaches of their members leads to a highly complex electro-hip-hop flavor on HEATWEAVER.Jaw Gems Offer Smoking Beats On New Album, “HEATWEAVER” [Review]Now, along with their new record deal, Jaw Gems is primed to release HEATWEAVER Remixes, a reimagined take on the group’s 2016 album, via Alpha Pup on Friday, October 13th. The original HEATWEAVER‘s warped sonics grooves have a distinctly modern feel, layered with color and soul. HEATWEAVER Remixes will bring Jaw Gems fans both new and old a fresh crop of music, reimagining each of the album’s songs launching an expansive new era for the group. Each of the songs was remixed by a notable collaborator, from Break Science to The Russ Liquid Test to Milo to Brady Watt to T3, one of the founding members of pioneering hip-hop crew Slum Village.Old friends, new friends, friends from the road – HEATWEAVER Remixes is packed with Jaw Gems’ favorite beatmakers. As drummer DJ Moore explains, “Some of the tracks were remixed by people we’ve known since we were kids and other tracks were done by people we’ve connected with over the past couple years of touring.”Ahead of HEATWEAVER Remixes‘ official release this Friday, Jaw Gems and Live For Live Music are excited to premiere an exclusive early stream of the new album. You can give it a listen below via the band’s Bandcamp page:<a href=”http://jawgems.bandcamp.com/album/heatweaver-remixes”>Heatweaver Remixes by JAW GEMS</a>
For safely landing US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River and saving the lives of his passengers, the Harvard Foundation will present the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award to skillful pilot and airline safety expert Chesley Sullenberger on Nov. 11 at the Memorial Church at 6 p.m.“The students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation are honored to present the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award to Chesley Sullenberger,” said S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation. “His heroic and humanitarian efforts were exemplary and appreciated by a grateful nation.”The Harvard Foundation honors distinguished guests from throughout the world each year, ranging from heads of state to outstanding international leaders, scholars, athletes, religious leaders, artists, and others whose works and deeds have touched individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, races, and religions. Other past Harvard Foundation Humanitarian Award recipients include United Nations Secretary-Generals Kofi Annan, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and Javier Pérez de Cuéllar; President Mary Robinson of Ireland; Nobel laureates Bishop Desmond Tutu, John Hume, and Elie Wiesel; actor and director Denzel Washington; artist R.C. Gorman; actress and AIDS activist Sharon Stone; and the surviving Navajo Code Talkers. The Harvard Foundation Humanitarian Award is named for the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, who along with former Harvard President Derek C. Bok, established the Harvard Foundation.A U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Sullenberger served as an instructor and Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) safety chairman, accident investigator, and national technical committee member. Recently receiving the Medal of Valor Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, Calif., Sullenberger has a decade-long history of technical and academic contributions to the field of aviation safety.
Saint Mary’s hosted its 10th annual China Night on Saturday, which featured crafts, games and 14 performances spotlighting Chinese dance, songs, instruments and poetry. The event also showcased a 10-year reflection and a historical Chinese fashion show. Every year, China Night celebrates Chinese New Year. This year is the Year of the Dog, an animal that symbolizes loyalty, honesty and working hard in Chinese culture. Yidi Wu, Chinese Culture Club’s co-advisor and a first-year professor at Saint Mary’s, teaches Chinese as well as East Asian and world history. She said China Night entertains as well as educates. “It’s great that they’ve been doing it for the past 10 years because the Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday every year in China,” she said. “Chinese students are the biggest number of international students on campus, so we feel like we should celebrate it and, at the same time, introduce Chinese culture to other people on campus. It’s a good learning opportunity as well as a celebration.”Chinese Culture Club president and director of China Night Yijie Ren said Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China and sharing it with the community is imperative in order to encourage diversity within the community. “The Chinese New Year is the most important event. It’s like our Christmas,” she said. “We want to share it with the whole community and for people to see different cultures and diversity. Chinese students are the largest group of international students at Saint Mary’s College, so I think it is very important to show others the diversity at Saint Mary’s, too.”China Night began when, by chance, associate director of International Education Alice Yang met an American man named Jeff who spoke Mandarin Chinese and had visited China so often he had friends there. “Later that year, Jeff introduced me to Dr. Susan Kiang, a Chinese-American artist, who has lived in town for more than 60 years,” Yang said. “It is amazing that she also worked at Saint Mary’s but in the 1960s. She told me that she taught educational psychology at Saint Mary’s for a few years and that her original Chinese name was Hongnong Yang. The first art exhibition at Saint Mary’s Moreau Art Gallery was her Chinese paintings.” Yang said this meeting inspired her and many others to organize the first China Night event in 2008. “The event was organized by the then-called SMC/ND Chinese Students’ Association,” she said. “Our conversation crossed over 50 years of history and produced China Night at Saint Mary’s today. I was thrilled that we could continue the international education history on campus via the event.”The international students at Saint Mary’s take China Night very seriously and try to engage everyone, Wu said.“They try to make it very formal by inviting President Cervelli to be there, as well as our provost and deans,” she said. “The fun thing is, we try to involve as many community members as possible, especially children, because at China Night, we give red pocket money.”Red pocket money, or red envelopes, are given out at Chinese New Year in order to further good luck and ward off evil. Wu said red pocket money was given to each child or student who attended China Night.“We give out the red pocket money to both children and students, because that’s a ritual in China,” she said. “Usually, it’s the parents or grandparents that give it to their children.”Ren said many children attend China Night to learn about their own culture, as well as the culture of others. Some of the children in attendance performed on stage as part of the East Meets West Dance Company in South Bend. “Majority of the kids in attendance are first generation or born in America, so their parents are immigrants from China, Taiwan or Hong Kong,” she said. “For them, you can see they are learning their about own culture.”Ren said she encourages parents to bring their children to culturally enlightening events so that they can participate in cultural diffusion. “The administration, staff and faculty bring their children to China Night because they want their children to see a diverse cultural perspective and because this may be something they’ve never seen before,” she said. “I believe China Night is a good opportunity for children to learn and gain new perspectives about the other half of the world.” Ren said events like China Night are significant because they are opportunities to teach Americans about a big part of our world.“Chinese immigrants, or Chinese international students, are very largely spread out in the United States and also, in China, we have 5,000 years of history,” she said, “It’s pretty important for a Western country to learn from very different Asian backgrounds.”Wu said China is becoming more prevalent in the media every day, so it is important for Americans to be aware of its culture and languages.Yang said events like China Night allow students to prepare to become global citizens.“We live in a global society with interrelated economies and it’s important to learn about and appreciate each other’s culture,” she said. “Now more than 350,000 Chinese international students are studying in the United States. China Night is a great opportunity for our students to learn Chinese culture, language and history. It is one of our events and efforts for campus internationalization and for preparing our students to be global citizens. Cultural understanding will definitely contribute to world peace.”China Night is presented in English in order to accommodate a vast number of members from the South Bend community, Wu said. “China Night involves people both on campus and off campus, so it’s a good connecting event that involves a lot of people from a lot of different places,” she said. “We want to introduce Chinese culture to other people, that’s why we want China Night to be in both Chinese and English.”Ren said by hosting China Night each year, Saint Mary’s is encouraging inclusion and diversity. “We want to bring others into our culture and promote diversity here, so China Night gives the local people and our students a different cultural perspective and allows them to think about how international students impact the school,” Ren said. Tags: China, China Night, culture, International students