Biggest snowstorm in years hitting I-95 corridor as millions could see over a foot of snow

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A major nor’easter is strengthening in the Northeast after dumping the most snow in two days in Chicago in six years with 10 inches one day and 13 inches the next.On Monday, 19 states from Georgia to Maine are on alert as this newly formed nor’easter is moving up the East Coast.Already 2.6 inches of snow has fallen in Washington, D.C. which is the biggest snow storm in the region in two years.Philadelphia already saw 3.4 inches of snow Sunday which broke a daily record while New York City has received 4 to 5 inches of snow.There is no snow yet in Boston but Washington, D.C. is pretty much done with major snow accumulation and are now expecting a wintry mix with rain and sleet the rest of the day.Meanwhile, Philadelphia has freezing rain already falling which will continue through the day with some snow mixing in and a few more inches expected.In New York City, the heaviest snow is expected around noon and into the early afternoon when snowfall rates could reach 2 to 3 inches per hour.In Boston, the snow is expected to start later Monday morning but rain will mix at the coast so not much accumulation is expected.Very gusty winds are expected to develop along the coast as this nor’easter strengthens off the East Coast and winds could gust near 60 mph in Massachusetts, 45 mph around New York City and near 50 mph on Long Island and the Jersey Shore.Gusty winds will reach Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. with gusts there near 35 mph and these winds could down trees and power lines due to the weight of ice and snow on them.Storm surge at the coast could also be an issue as coastal flooding is expected with these strong onshore winds.By Tuesday, precipitation should lighten up for most areas but a wrap around with additional snow possible for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and into New England with an icy mix and rain will continue from Long Island to coastal New England.The snowfall totals expected when all is said and done by Tuesday night include Washington, D.C. with 2 to 3 inches, Philadelphia with 6 to 8 inches, New York City with 10 to 15 inches in Manhattan but up to 24 inches northwest of the city and Boston with 8 to 10 inches.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Spear, shield-inspired crown awaits Miss Ati-Atihan 2020

first_imgAt least 16 young women from various barangays in this town are vying for the crown.  They are Princess Ann Cipriano, Ninna Dominique Diangson, Lorenz Kline Ilicito, Ma. Valyn Cortez, Harlyn Mae Iguin, Danica Sagon, Lyheda Aguirre, Avery Marianne Sucgang, Carloa Dimo, Jamaima Vidal, Phoeby Gay Billareal, Olive Lorraine Erenea, Nele Niccole Legazpi, Alma Molo, Ezel Maureen Balayo, and Ynjeale May Navarra./PN According to Briones, the manufactureralso produces crowns for the Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Supranationalpageants, among others. “The spear and shield crown has been asymbol of the Ati community for their bravery. We deemed it proper to use it asa rightful symbolism of the crown to represent the pageant,” he said. KALIBO, Aklan – A spear andshield-inspired crown awaits the next grand winner of Miss Ati-Atihan festivalnext month, said Brian Briones, member of the pageant committee of the KaliboSr. Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Management Council, Inc.    center_img Briones added this will be the firstin recent history that a symbolism crown will be given to the local Ati-Atihanqueen. The crown is made of crystal and is being manufactured in China.     A spear and shield-inspired crown awaits the next grand winner of Miss Ati-Atihan festival next month, according to Brian Briones, member of the pageant committee of the Kalibo Sr. Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Management Council, Inc. PETER RIAN CASIDSIDlast_img read more

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James Bond is proudly South African

first_imgWhat 007 has done for Aston Martin, he could subtly be doing for brand South Africa. The paparrazzi have snapped Daniel Craig [broken arm and all] walking around with a rather familiar flag attached to his DB9 ignition key. Once again, the team tasked to promote brand South Africa have pulled a massive rabbit outta the hat with this one [look carefully at the key ring he’s holding in this pic] Now you’ve got the entire tabloid reading United States population wondering and speculating if the key ring is a symbol of his sexual orientation or the logo of the new hybrid he’s driving. Courtesy of the Marketing Bloglast_img

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AgroExpo 2016: Where Agriculture Meets Innovation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AgroExpo, hosted by AgroLiquid, will connect farmers, commodity groups, grower-led associations, and news makers in the agriculture industry. By highlighting vendors in various sectors of agriculture, with similar groups being assembled together, attendees will have the flexibility to visit areas of interest.The focus will be on innovative, professional farmers, who are seeking the latest advances in agriculture. From research and development of seed, crop protection and nutrient management, to the latest equipment and management technology, AgroExpo is sure to leave you motivated and full of ideas about the future of your farming operation. This is an opportunity for growth and expansion – both for agribusiness and for growers.The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with AgroLiquid’s Ashley Davis about what to expect at the event, August 16th-18th, in St. Johns, Michigan.AgroLiquid Ashley Davis AgroExpolast_img read more

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Kub’s Den

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Elaine KubDTN Contributing Analyst“There are only 8 cents of carry out to the May futures contract; how am I supposed to go to my banker and justify putting up new grain bins just to get another 8 cents per bushel? That math doesn’t work out!”This question came up at a recent market outlook meeting, and the economic instincts behind the questioner’s details were spot on. He was considering funding a project with borrowed money based on the returns offered to him in the current market environment. He was looking at the actual carry in the futures spreads, which can be locked in as real income, instead of looking at some unreliable expectation that grain prices “might” tend to be higher in the spring than they were at harvest when the grain went in a bin.However, I would encourage anyone considering the construction of new grain storage facilities in 2019 (and I imagine there are many such people, after the scramble to store both corn and soybeans in late 2018) to base their decisions on longer-term expectations. The 8 cents of carry currently offered between the March and May 2019 corn futures contracts (which is still a relatively generous 65% of the full cost of commercial carry) doesn’t mean much. Few market participants come into possession of some corn in March that they only intend to store for a couple of months. More typically, someone comes into possession of some corn at harvest time. As an example, this marketing year on Nov. 1 there was 20-plus cents of carry between the December and May futures contracts that could have been used to justify an investment in grain storage. There was 30-plus cents of carry available from the December 2018 to September 2019 contracts for those who were willing to commit to storing the grain for so long.An expectation of being able to lock in an extra 20 or 30 cents per bushel for one’s grain … now, that’s something a person could take to a banker and make a grain storage facility sound like a good investment. But how confident should that expectation be, year after year after year?Let’s look at recent history. There were those wild years — 2011, 2012 and 2013 — when corn supplies were extremely tight and nearby futures spreads actually inverted during the spring and summer months (near-dated corn futures were priced higher than far-dated corn futures). That experience jolted many corn producers’ internal calibrations about how corn prices are expected to behave seasonally. But, since that time, nearby corn futures have inverted only rarely, briefly and mildly — in mid-2014 and mid-2016. Mostly, we’ve been living back in the “normal” world where there is plenty of grain to go around, and the futures markets are structured so that future prices pay more for far-dated grain and reimbursing owners for the costs of keeping the grain in storage and off the physical market.Since the 2013 corn harvest, if we took a market snapshot on Nov. 1 of any subsequent year to illustrate the harvest-time storage decisions of a farmer with newly harvested grain, we would see that the December-to-May futures spread has offered fairly generous “carry” spreads in each of these past six years: 18 1/2 cents for the 2013 corn crop, 21 1/4 cents for 2014, 14 1/2 cents for 2015, 16 cents for 2016, 22 1/4 cents for 2017 and 20 cents most recently on Nov. 1, 2018.This is cash money that the futures market offers to owners of grain. If, for instance, a farmer owns some harvested bushels already hedged with a short December corn futures position (perhaps hedged months earlier at a very favorable price), the farmer can choose to “roll” that futures position forward. That is to say: buy back December futures and simultaneously sell May futures. Then the farmer will pocket the futures spread (let’s assume 20 cents or so) as cash in a futures brokerage account. Alternatively, a farmer can roll a hedge-to-arrive contract forward within the same marketing year and receive the 20-cent advantage. Alternatively, if the grain hasn’t been hedged or sold yet, the farmer can simply choose to sell the grain, at harvest, for a timeframe six months in the future and receive a subsequently higher price in return for agreeing to store the grain until spring delivery.Note that this opportunity is different from the opportunity to store unpriced, unsold, unhedged grain in the blind hope that prices may be higher in a few months’ time. Lots of people do this; lots of people justify their investments in grain storage facilities based on that seasonal expectation for better flat prices in the spring or summer, and lots of people generally succeed most years with this strategy. Over the past six years, the flat price improvement of the National Corn Index from Nov. 1 (harvest time) to the following May 1 (six months later) has been 66 cents in 2013 from $4.03 to $4.73, 10 cents in 2014 from $3.33 to $3.43, 6 cents in 2015 from $3.50 to $3.56, 31 cents in 2016 from $3.06 to $3.37, 61 cents in 2017 from $3.07 to $3.68 and 16 cents, so far, from $3.28 on Nov. 1, 2018, to $3.44 on Feb. 12, 2019.So, you see, sometimes it works really well. But it’s never guaranteed cash-in-hand paid for carrying the grain. Instead, it’s a speculative gamble based on pretty sound seasonal market expectations.There are less reliable opportunities in soybean futures spreads, and of course even less reliable opportunities in storing unhedged soybeans for months past harvest. But if we continue to experience years of overabundant soybean inventories, that math may also change. In any case, a look at the history shows us that — in a world that expects continued years of abundant grain supply and normal “carry” futures spreads — yes, it is possible to look at grain storage investments and opportunities with some confidence.Elaine Kub is the author of “Mastering the Grain Markets: How Profits Are Really Made” and can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @elainekub.(BE/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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How to earn almost 5,000 Favorite points: Interview with cache owner goblindust

first_imgGeocaching HQ: What’s your background outside of geocaching?Goblindust: Oh, I was born in the wild and lived among coyotes. No! (laughs) As far as my background goes I’m no engineer. A little bit of experience in electronics, but mostly I enjoy tearing things apart and sticking them back together…Appliances, cooking equipment, etc.Geocaching HQ: How and when did you hear about geocaching?Goblindust: 2003! I think I went to a park in Portland, Oregon for a concert and I found a little tube, it looked like a bug catching tube or something. It had a sticker on it that said, ‘don’t take it’ because it had to do with geocaching. I went home and looked it up, signed up, then went to REI to buy a GPS. The first cache I did was in Colorado. Geocaching HQ: Was the first cache you found the one that got you hooked?Goblindust: Yes, it was pretty fun and exciting. The cache was a Multi that was pretty difficult. Dummy me, first one should have been an easy one. Still was pretty cool to do and I enjoyed it.Geocaching HQ: Where did the name “goblindust” come from?Goblindust: Someone who didn’t like me said I was like a goblin. I had to come up with a name on the spot, and I went with that thinking I would change it, but here we are.Geocaching HQ: What cache have you found that made an impression on you?Goblindust: The Raven’s Labyrinth down in Arizona. You’ll find a few keys in a tree, then it says to go back to the map box. You’ll use the keys to open the box with hydraulics. You’ll play around with the movements of the the box and electronically a steel ball drops down through a labyrinth, and you’ll balance it and guide it to a hole. The side will open up and you’ll sign the logbook. Though if you make it to the final hole, you get your name on a brass plaque.A geocacher attempting The Raven’s LabyrinthGeocaching HQ: For you what makes a quality cache?Goblindust: I would say different, is the biggest thing. We’ve all done lamp skirts, but you could design a lamp skirt that is different. Think about what else it could do. Geocaching HQ: What’s the best approach to a creative geocache?Goblindust: How do you tell people to be creative? First you need to think, “What do I want to do?” and it needs to be different than what someone else has done. Think of something new. I’ll go into Goodwill and generate ideas then think of what can I do with that. For example birdhouses are easy to do because there are so many ways to open them. You can use magnets, hooks, latches.Geocaching HQ: You say you go to discount/thrift stores for inspiration. Do you have other means of finding inspiration?Goblindust: Discount stores are great because I don’t want to spend a lot of money and people like to throw out wonderful stuff. You know, they removed the fire hydrant in front of my house and I asked the fire department if they would give me the old one. They wouldn’t give it to me. But you got to look around and ask, what could I do with this? Any kind of hardware store is great or marine stores for waterproof stuff.Goblindust helped create a geocache featured on Geocaching HQ’s GeoTour: GC32A0HGeocaching HQ: You have a number of complicated and intricate caches. Do you find it difficult to provide maintenance on them?Goblindust: Not difficult but they do require batteries sometimes. I often find that when building them I need to make them geocacher proof so they don’t break it. How do I make a (geocache) so it cannot be forced open or destroyed by geocachers? One of the things I learned was to not use standard screws. I don’t worry about muggles. None of my stuff is Premium only and I try not to have too many because it could turn into too much time and batteries. I try to make them as maintenance free as possible.Geocaching HQ: Do you have a favorite hide of your own?Goblindust: I would think Dr. Who is probably the favorite, because there was nothing like it at the time. It was fun to put together. It was a big challenge to me because when it was done it was still hard to find. It took a lot of effort to make it work and build.Geocaching HQ: Have you ever had an idea that you thought was impossible?Goblindust: No. I don’t think anything is impossible. It’s always doable but how much does it cost? How long will it last? The biggest thing is always where to put it. You’ll need to pick somewhere safe so people cannot trash it out. Nothing is impossible, it’s just time and effort. Pretty much anything I’ve built I’ve doubled the work with what didn’t work, got stolen, or easily broken.Goblindust having fun at one of his pirate ship events hosted in Washington stateGeocaching HQ: What keeps you playing the game?Goblindust: The social aspect of it, mostly building the caches, but also the places it takes you to. It’s good motivation to get you outside and to another country because of an event or special cache in the area.How can you add more creativity to your hides? If you challenge yourself to think outside the ammo can, keep an open mind, and always look for inspiration you’ll be one step closer to a creative cache. Look around at other caches, or as goblindust does, visit second-hand stores and ask yourself what you want to do–and also if it needs batteries. Share with your Friends:More Creative caches are memorable. You hear about them from your friends, at events, or from our blog/social media. But what goes into them? Who is behind them? In Washington state, a name you hear often synonymous with innovative geocaches is “goblindust.” He has an array of caches unique from each other.  Goblindust, also known as Scott Meyers, has been a member of geocaching for 15 years and hid his first cache on December 20, 2003. Since then his active caches have accumulated over 4,700 Favorite points. With that statistic in mind, it sounded like he might know a thing or two about cache hiding, so I sat down with goblindust to discuss who he is, where he finds his inspiration, and what tips he has for the rest of us. SharePrint RelatedGeocachers Help Grant a Make-A-Wish® for a Geocaching TeenJune 25, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Geocacher of the Month Nominees for July 2013 – Add Your CommentsAugust 2, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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Whoops! Students “Going Google” Get to Read Each Other’s Emails

first_imgsarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A recent bug in Google Apps allowed students at several colleges to read each other’s email messages and some were even able to see another student’s entire inbox. The issue occurred at a small handful of colleges, admitted Rajen Sheth, senior product manager for Google Apps, but he declined to say how many other institutions were affected. However, according to Donald Tom, director of IT for support services at Brown University, one of the institutions undergoing the transition, he got the impression that a total of 10 schools faced the problem. While the glitch itself was minor and was fixed in a few days, the real concern – at least at Brown – was with how Google handled the situation. Without communicating to the internal IT department, Google shut down the affected accounts, a decision which led to a heated conversation between school officials and the Google account representative. Details of the GlitchIn the case of the Google Apps glitch, which began on Friday, September 11th, a couple of students notified Brown’s Computing and Information Services department (CIS) that they were able to read emails belonging to other students. The CIS department contacted Google on the following day and sent out an email to the 200 students whose mailboxes were in transition, asking them whether or not they were experiencing the same problem. Some were. The affected students could either see entire inboxes belonging to another classmate or, in other cases, saw less than 100 messages that did not belong to them.In the end, only 22 out of the 200 students were affected, but the fix was not put into place until Tuesday. That means that the students had access to each other’s email accounts for three solid days (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) as well as parts of Friday and Tuesday before the accounts were suspended by Google.Oddly enough, this situation seems to be acceptable, according to Tom, who, reports Brown’s daily newspaper, “praised Google for its prompt response.” (We don’t know about you, but if someone else could read our email for three days, we wouldn’t exactly call that “prompt.”)Massive data migrations are no small feat and Google’s slip-up in this case is certainly not the first nor the last time that something has gone wrong. Still, Google is notably concerned when problems like this happen. “It was a small hiccup along the way and it’s an issue we’ve taken extremely seriously,” said Google’s Rajan Sheth.The Real Problem Wasn’t Email, it was Lack of CommunicationHowever, the real issue that concerned the university was the matter of communication between Google and the CIS department. Before fixing the issue on Tuesday, Google suspended the affected accounts, a necessary step that was taken so no more data was improperly shared. What angered the IT director, though, was that the accounts were suspended without first notifying CIS. “I’ve spoken very forcefully with the account (executive), my boss, senior administrators at Brown — including the president. (Google needs) to find a better way to communicate with us,” said Tom.When considering a move to a cloud service, most companies and institutions focus on how the change will affect budgets and the bottom line. They also think about data conversion issues and possible needs for re-training in some cases. However, one of the things that doesn’t come up as often is exactly how communication will take place between the business and the company involved. Sure, companies may discuss the procedures (use this form, this phone number) and uptime guarantees, but they can’t possibly imagine every scenario and spell out how they want the cloud provider to perform. No longer can company execs just stroll into the I.T. guy (or gal’s) office and cry out “my email is messed up!” Now there are a few more hoops to jump through. And whether it’s Google or someone else, the interactions that take place and the way the issues are addressed will be a learning experience on both ends. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#cloud computing#Google#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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How to: Add Keyboard Navigation to Facebook

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Once you’ve done that, try the Facebook Fixer script. These are all remarkably easy to use and they make life so much better! Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#How To#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Firefox users can now add and customize keyboard navigation to Facebook with just a few clicks using a new plug-in added to Userscripts.org this afternoon. Want the ability to jump to your friends’ photos, your groups, or any other page on Facebook with a single keystroke? This simple script is really handy and is already helping me access parts of Facebook that have always been a few too many mouse-clicks away for them to show up regularly in my visits to the site.Called simply Facebook Keyboard Navigation, the tool requires the Firefox plug-in Greasemonkey – a powerful browser customization tool you can learn to make even more advanced use of in 5 minutes.After you install Greasemonkey, installing Keyboard Navigation takes two mouse clicks. Now you can jump around Facebook in Firefox by simply pressing some keys, like:B – Go to list of birthdaysC – Go to photosD – Find friendsE – Go to your list of events There are 15 keystroke shortcuts out of the box, but by going through your Firefox menus Toolkits, Greasemonkey, manage scripts then select that script and hit edit – then you can make some additional customization. It’s a remarkably simple script, just look at the format in the file and either change or add to it in the same way. I assigned the letter “R” to jump to my Facebook list of “real friends” by grabbing the part of that list’s URL that follows facebook.com, pasting it into the edited script and saving. I then had to reload Facebook but sure enough, it works great.last_img read more

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SCOTS Corporate Touch Day

first_imgThe SCOTS PGC College inaugural Corporate Touch Day was held at Kearney Springs Sporting Complex in Toowoomba last Sunday. The carnival was a fundraising event for the College’s Touch Football tour to New Zealand in September and the support from McInnes Wilson Lawyers, Elders Real Estate Emerald, Blades, Australian Fresh Salads, Fuji Xerox Business Centre Toowoomba and Proterra Group was greatly appreciated.Director of Activities, Mr Andy McGregor Lowndes said, despite the cold weather the day was successful and everyone enjoyed themselves.  “16 teams competed on the day and all games were played in great spirit. The $5000 prize money attracted some very strong teams with six current Australian players who recently defeated New Zealand in the Trans Tasman Series playing on the day,” he said.  Teams travelled from Brisbane, Beenleigh and the Gold Coast. The $5000 Cup Final was won by the Tigers, defeating 2Fresh in the final 7-3.Kertisha Thompson (Watch the Feet) won the $1000 ladies ‘Dash for Cash’ and Sam Brisby (Tigers) won the $1000 men’s ‘Dash for Cash’.  Sam was one of four current Australian Men’s players participating at the carnival and was awarded ‘Player of the Cup Final’.Other results included the Plate final won by Back to Basics against Honey Badgers 4-3, the Bowl final with Recognition Plus defeating Federal Hotel 10-2 and the Shield Final Mad C’s beat McCormack’s Mean Machine 4-1.Acting Principal of The SCOTS PGC College, Mr Ben Manifold thanked the Toowoomba Touch Association and the referees, some of whom travelled from Brisbane, for their support to ensure the highest level of organisation and officiating possible. The SCOTS PGCC College will host its annual Secondary Schools Invitational Touch Carnival on July 27 which is expected to again attract over 50 teams.Related LinksScots Corporate Daylast_img read more

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