August weather

first_imgFor Atlanta, this was the third-warmest August and the second-warmest six-month period since records began in 1878. All National Weather Service stations in Georgia were in the top 5 warmest Augusts and top 2 warmest six-month periods. This summer was one of Georgia’s top 5 warmest on record.Many record-high temperatures were broken or tied at all major city airports except Atlanta this month.Rainfall in August was less than normal with the exception of a few widely scattered areas. It was particularly dry near the coast, where departures from normal of up to four inches were seen.The highest monthly total precipitation from NWS reporting stations was 5.05 inches in Columbus (1.28 inches above normal). The lowest was in Augusta at 1.19 inches (3.13 inches below normal). Valdosta received 2.31 inches (3.19 inches below normal), Macon 1.41 inches (2.69 inches below normal), Savannah 2.68 inches (3.88 inches below normal), Alma 2.34 inches (3.07 inches below normal), Athens 2.44 inches (1.09 inches below normal), Brunswick 4.20 inches (2.07 inches below normal) and Atlanta 1.51 inches (2.39 inches below normal). A one daily rainfall record was set at Columbus Aug. 8, where 3.28 inches was reported at the airport. This broke the old record of 0.99 inch set for the date in 1981.The highest single-day rainfall from a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network station was 4.12 inches near Fayetteville in Fayette County Aug. 7. An observer near Comer in Madison County reported 3.03 inches Aug. 6. Another observer in Richmond Hill in Bryan County reported 3 inches Aug. 9. The Richmond Hill observer had the highest monthly total of 8.81 inches, followed by an observer on Tybee Island with 7.07 inches.There were no tornadoes reported in August, but severe weather, mostly as high winds, caused scattered damage somewhere in Georgia on 14 days during the month. And the vicious cycle continued in August, which brought sparse rainfall and hot temperatures to Georgia for the seventh straight month, increasing drought across the state.In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 83 degrees F (3.6 degrees above normal), in Athens 82.7 degrees (3.1 degrees above normal), Columbus 85.5 degrees (3.6 degrees above normal), Macon 84 degrees (3.1 degrees above normal), Savannah 84.8 degrees (3.3 degrees above normal), Brunswick 85.3 degrees (3.5 degrees above normal), Alma 84.7 degrees (3.4 degrees above normal), Valdosta 84.5 degrees (3.3 degrees above normal) and Augusta 84.4 degrees (3.9 degrees above normal).last_img read more

Latin American police must be proactive: Gen. Oscar Naranjo

first_img Security officials should evaluate approaches which work and those which do not when developing strategies to fight crime, said Raul Benitez Manaut, a security analyst at the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE). “ We must consider successes and failures in implementing policies of public safety,” Benitez Manaut said. Security officials must be willing to adapt to changing circumstances, Naranjo said. For example, in the 1990s, some Central American countries were initially unprepared for an increase in violent gang activity, he said. Many of these gangs collaborated on drug smuggling enterprises with transnational criminal organizations, such as Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. During the last 10 years or so, several countries, such as Honduras, began using its military to perform domestic law enforcement work, fighting gangs and drug cartels, Naranjo pointed out. Accountability Multiple law enforcement responsibilities Focusing large amounts of time and energy on fighting drug trafficking affects the ability of police agents to focus on other threats, said another seminar panelist, Monica Serrano, an organized crime analyst at Colmex. “It seems that the impact drug trafficking has had on the security policies in the region is closing a window of opportunity to deal with other no less important threats,” Serrano said. Many organized crime groups engage in multiple illegal enterprises apart from drug smuggling, such as human trafficking, kidnapping for ransom, extortion, and large-scale oil theft. Latin American national police must take a proactive approach to preventing crime, rather than reacting to it, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, the former director of Colombia’s National Police, said during a recent safety seminar. Naranjo, who is currently a security adviser to the Mexican government, spoke about the need for proactive law enforcement during a seminar at the College of Mexico (Colmex) on Sept. 11, 2013. He spoke during the “Seminar on Violence in Mexico.” Safety is a “democratic value” which should be treated as a “right and a responsibility,” Naranjo said during his talk. Criminology should take precedence over other social sciences when it comes to understanding the root causes of crime, he said. center_img By Dialogo September 27, 2013 Analysis is crucial In addition to training capable and honest security agents, governments should also evaluate the effectiveness and integrity of their judicial systems, Naranjo said. Those who break the law must know that the criminal justice system will hold them accountable. “Until citizens see that there is there is a price to pay when committing crimes and that this price will go through the justice system, the rates of violence will not diminish significantly,” Naranjo said. Security forces must maintain the highest levels of professionalism, Naranjo said. “Whatever police model a Latin American country adopts, four police stigmas need to be combated: the arbitrary use of force, inefficiency, corruption, and the lack of solidarity. “Police that do not resolve citizens’ problems and engage in any of these four failures end up being despised,” he said. I think that in Mexico we need a especial soldiers, other systems and less corruption as Naranjo said, but What happen with the people who live in the combat area?The people of some states are getting accustomed to have soldiers in their streets, parks, public squares etc. I think that one factor that the goverment has lost is the time . The people has lost the distance between soldiers who go to the war in other countries as heroes ,and the soldiers who sleep in their auditoriums, schools, because this is the reality. I want to know more about how the training academy for prepared officers works.last_img read more

Center Lane Stationery in Levittown Closing Despite Cash Mob

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Avi Ghandi, a gregarious Indian immigrant and owner of Center Lane Stationery in Levittown, still laughs with his customers despite holding a going-out-of-business sale before his decade-old shop closes down on Christmas Eve.When his patrons first heard that he had thoughts of shuttering his windows for good, they organized in June a cash mob, which is like a flash mob, but instead of dancing, participants surprise struggling businesses with a rush of much-needed customers.The grassroots economic stimulus turned into a short documentary, Cash Mob for Avi, which was screened at the Big Apple Film Festival last month and made headlines worldwide. Supporters even donated about $20,000 via fundly, a fundraising website—but it still wasn’t enough to save the shop stocked with balloons, greeting cards and gifts.“The economy is hurting really bad,” said Ghandi, who has worked seven days weekly running the shop for the past 10 years.“I have to pull the curtain,” he told the Press between customers. “I have no choice.”Like many small business owners, he partly blames big box stores such as Walmart for siphoning off customers. Privately held office-supply, stationery and gift retailers nationwide have seen profits swing from positive to negative in recent years, according to a Forbes magazine analysis. The industry has also suffered from customers shopping online as well as their replacing traditional greeting cards with digital alternatives such as web-based e-cards, according to Ghandi and the report.Despite the downturn, Ghandi remains upbeat, thanks in part to the love his community has shown over the past six months. The movie may not have won awards when it was screened at Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan on Nov. 6, but it won viewers’ hearts.“There was a real buzz of emotion in the room during the film,” video producer Liz Morris said afterward. “There is clearly something about Avi and the story of Levittown love that people connect with. Everyone can think of an Avi in their life.”The documentary follows a day in the life of the 63-year-old shopkeeper and his wife, Bharati, who recently underwent cancer treatments. On film, both are overcome with emotion amid the flood of customers. His friends and regulars, Craig and Celeste Hamilton Dennis, organized the cash mob—and filmed the outpouring of support.The video now has more than a half a million views on YouTube. Half of the $20,000 the mob raised was collected in a single day, according to the organizers. They will still donate the $20,000 to Avi Ghandi, who has yet to find a buyer for the business he bought for $200,000. Instead of helping him stay in business, they hope the donation will smooth his transition to another job—he recently applied to be a school translator.“I wish this story had a Hollywood ending,” Celeste said. “I wish I could say that the cash mob saved his store and swayed his landlord to lower the rent. But the reality is that him staying there isn’t sustainable.“There’s going to be yet another orange ‘For Rent’ sign on Center Lane Village Green,” she continued. “It’s heartbreaking, and a huge loss to the community. The way he cares about his customers, listens to them and makes them feel like they matter is really something special to witness. They’ve been crying left and right upon hearing the news.”last_img read more

How President-Elect Biden Has Managed Trump’s Refusal to Concede

first_imgStill, she acknowledged: “I know he wants to get started on the transition. He would like some support from the administration to do that. But he’s going forward based on his own resources.”- Advertisement – “Biden’s path to victory in his administration is going to be by putting forward bold plans to address Covid, the economy, climate change and racial injustice,” said Garrett Blad, a spokesman for the Sunrise Movement, a youth-driven progressive organization that is focused on climate and has sought to shape Mr. Biden’s appointments. “Working with the G.O.P. elite who right now are trying to undermine our democracy we do not believe is a strong way forward.”Mr. Biden’s advisers and allies have also acknowledged that they are in fact troubled by the possible ramifications from the Trump administration’s refusal to give Mr. Biden and his transition team access to federal agencies as well as intelligence briefings.The head of the General Services Administration has not formally recognized Mr. Biden as the winner of the election, a step that allows the transfer of power between administrations to proceed.As more time passes, that refusal becomes more problematic, Biden aides say. But even so, they are showing little eagerness to raise the temperature or to wage a legal battle.“We’re not interested in having a food fight with the G.S.A. administrator or anyone, really,” Jen Psaki, a Biden transition adviser, said on Friday. “We just want to get access to intelligence information, to threat assessments, to the ongoing work on Covid, so that we can prepare to govern.”In the meantime, Mr. Biden was taking a break — or something resembling a break. He traveled on Thursday to his vacation house in Rehoboth Beach, Del. “He’s earned, certainly, a couple days off,” Ms. Psaki said.Thomas Kaplan reported from Washington, and Katie Glueck from New York. Those steps, to prepare to govern and to combat the pandemic that has upended American society, followed convention and unfolded without drama. Mr. Biden has decades of experience in Washington to draw on, and his initial moves after winning the presidency demonstrated a familiarity with how one administration typically passes the torch to the next. “It’s a reflection of the president-elect’s desire to project stability at a time of great instability,” said former Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa, an early Biden supporter.What was not typical — far from it — was the reaction of Mr. Trump, who continued to refuse to concede, and to make false claims about election fraud. But Mr. Biden pressed on and passed up the chance for aggressive confrontation, treating the president of the United States as if he were a heckler shouting from the bleachers who would eventually tire and go home.This week, Bob Bauer, a Biden campaign adviser and former White House counsel, described Mr. Trump’s election-related legal challenges as “noise,” while Mr. Biden’s sister and close political adviser, Valerie Biden Owens, downplayed the significance of any postelection commentary offered by the president.“It doesn’t matter what Donald Trump says,” she said on “Axios on HBO.” “It doesn’t matter. Joe is president-elect. He will be sworn in on Jan. 20.” Mr. Biden himself suggested Mr. Trump’s refusal to concede was more of a stain on the president’s name for the history books than an imminent obstacle for the Biden transition, telling reporters on Tuesday: “How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”Asked how he expected to work with Republicans if they would not even acknowledge him as president-elect, Mr. Biden responded with a smile: “They will. They will.”Not everyone is so confident that Republicans will engage — or that Mr. Biden should even prioritize trying to work with them. The Presidential TransitionUpdated Nov. 13, 2020, 4:04 p.m. ETcenter_img WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. ran for president insisting that President Trump was an “aberration” who did not reflect the character or views of the American people.And in his first week as president-elect, Mr. Biden’s remarks and activities suggest an effort to dismiss Mr. Trump further: this time, as a nuisance.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden, who spent much of the week working from the Wilmington, Del., area, held calls with Pope Francis and the leaders of many of the nation’s closest allies, taking initial steps toward his goal of repairing the country’s standing on the world stage following a campaign in which he emphasized his relationships with world leaders.After spending months stressing the need to follow science, he named a group of experts to advise him on the coronavirus pandemic, and on Friday he issued a statement calling for “urgent action” as virus cases continue to surge.And he named Ron Klain, a veteran Washington figure who served as the Ebola czar in the Obama White House, as his chief of staff, a pick that was well received across the ideological spectrum within the Democratic Party.- Advertisement – As he refuses to concede, Mr. Trump has stoked fear and anxiety among many Americans, and he has plainly slowed critical transition processes, to the concern of the Biden team. Yet publicly, Mr. Biden and his aides are seeking to project steadiness. They have ignored Mr. Trump’s tweets, they are building out a White House staff and they are working to model how a shift away from four years of presidential tumult can be done — and how Mr. Biden is likely to behave once he is in the White House.“He is not going to get his knickers in a twist around Donald Trump’s bad manners,” said former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Democrat of Illinois, who served in the Senate with Mr. Biden. “He knows that he’s going to be president on the 20th of January.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

American wanted by FBI entered Indonesia before Interpol’s red notice: Minister

first_img“There was no red notice when he arrived here. Our system didn’t detect it at the time,” Yasonna said on Monday. “After we received it, the immigration office and the National Police conducted a joint operation to arrest him. He could not have entered had we received the notification [sooner].”According to the ministry, Medlin arrived in the Southeast Asian country using a tourist visa on Nov. 5, 2019, three weeks before Interpol issued its red notice on Dec. 9, 2019.Read also: American fugitive arrested in Jakarta a known pedophile: Jakarta PoliceHe was nabbed in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, last week — seven months since his arrival — after three teenage girls alleged he paid to have sex with them. The police also confiscated more than US$20,000 in cash from the suspect.If convicted under the 2014 law on child protection, he could face up to 15 years in prison. Police are now exploring the possibility that this case has a wider connection to child prostitution rings.Medlin is wanted by the FBI for his alleged role in defrauding cryptocurrency investors out of US$722 million using a “high-tech Ponzi scheme”.He had been convicted twice in 2006 and 2008 for crimes relating to child molestation and flagged by Interpol as a child molester, the latter of which saw him serve two years in prison for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl and possession of child pornography.Topics : The Indonesian government said Monday that Russ Albert Medlin, an American fugitive recently arrested in Jakarta, had entered the archipelago before Interpol issued a red notice for the bitcoin scammer and convicted pedophile.Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said in a hearing with House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs that the government received the notification three weeks after the man wanted by the FBI entered Indonesia.last_img read more

Pennsylvania National Guard Members Eligible for New PA GI Bill Can Now Apply

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 25, 2019 Press Release,  Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) members eligible for the new PA GI Bill, or Military Family Education Program, can now apply for the program and family members can use the benefit during the 2020-21 academic semesters. Governor Tom Wolf signed the bill, the first of its kind in the nation, into law on July 1, 2019.“Pennsylvania National Guard members historically serve without hesitation when called upon to protect our freedom, and so do their families,” Gov. Wolf said. “Incredible sacrifices are made abroad and at home when a member of the PNG is deployed. This educational benefit is a way to show families that their support and sacrifices are noticed and appreciated, and they can now pursue higher education without the burden of debt.”“The Pennsylvania National Guard is comprised of highly trained soldiers and airmen who are experts in their specialty areas and are frequently called for federal or state duty. It’s critical to Pennsylvania and the nation that we retain these talented men and women,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “This is a great re-enlistment incentive for these service members who are not only protecting commonwealth and country, but also want to secure a bright future for their family.”Under the PA GI Bill, eligible PNG members can receive five years of higher education benefits for their spouses and children at a PA State System of Higher Education institution. The program provides for 10 semesters of tuition-free education for family member(s).To be eligible, a PNG member must have completed their initial service obligation in the PA Guard and has extended/reenlisted for an additional six-year service obligation to the PA Guard on or after July 1, 2019. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, go to Military Family Education Program.center_img Pennsylvania National Guard Members Eligible for New PA GI Bill Can Now Applylast_img read more

Aspley homes are being snapped up by interstate investors

first_imgThis home at 44 Pie St, Aspley, sold for $638,000.Interstate investors are buying up in Aspley as they see decent rental returns.This home at 44 Pie St sold to interstate investors for $638,000, and LJ Hooker Stafford principal Richard Mirosch said they had 26 groups view the property over two weekends, with four written offers received.“The four written offers consisted of three investors and one owner-occupier,” Mr Mirosch said.“Usually it’s the other way around.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Investors are seeing great rental return in Aspley.Mr Mirosch believes investors are drawn to homes like 44 Pie St, because they can be rented out without much work having to be done.“The house was immaculate and they could rent it straight away,” he said.“It’s location to the shops was also a big drawcard, with Chermside within a couple of kilometres.” Homes that are tidy are more quick to sell.He said the sale was in line with the local market due to the condition of the home.“If something is in good condition with great street appeal, there will be a lot of demand.“You don’t get the same demand for places that need to be painted and have shabby carpet.”last_img read more

X2000 to China

first_imgA SEVEN-car X2000 tilting trainset was dispatched from the Adtranz works in Västerås on January 14 for a two-year demonstration programme in China. Due to arrive next month, the train is being sent under an agreement between Adtranz and the semi-autonomous Guangshen Railway Corp. After commissioning, the X2000 is due to run at 200 km/h between Guangzhou and Kowloon.Through running cannot start until the completion of 25 kV 50Hz electrification between Guangzhou and the Hong Kong SAR border at Lo Wu, which is running behind schedule. The same day Kowloon – Canton Railway announced that its KTT double-deck trainset would enter service at the end of January on a temporary express shuttle between Kowloon and Lo Wu, as it cannot run through to Guangzhou before the end of the year. olast_img read more

Match Point: Springboks at the Rugby World Cup

first_imgOn this edition of Match Point with Mahia Mutua:The last time South Africa was tipped to win its Rugby World Cup tie against Japan, the final score turned out to be remarkably different. We have reactions, after the Springboks’ second match against SamoaMain continental football tournaments enter the semi finals stage, we examine the status of club football in AfricaWhy there is a push to make Frisbee an institutional sport in Ugandalast_img

Poyet flattered by Chelsea link

first_img “I want to go to the highest level and if it’s the Premiership and it’s Chelsea, fantastic. “I like the speculation because it means we are doing something right. But it doesn’t change my life at the moment.” Press Association The Uruguayan, who made more than 100 appearances in four years at Stamford Bridge, could succeed Rafael Benitez when the interim boss departs at the end of the season. Poyet, who has helped Albion to a promotion challenge in the npower Championship this term, told a press conference: “That’s my aim. Everybody knows. I don’t hide it. center_img Brighton manager Gus Poyet has welcomed his link to the job of Chelsea manager.last_img read more