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All Quiet as 2014 Hurricane Season Nears the End

first_imgThe tracks of 2014’s eight named tropical storms and hurricanes traveled largely over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean. The closest path was that of Hurricane Arthur, which passed Ocean City on July 4.The Atlantic Ocean remained free of any named tropical storm on Thursday, and with air and ocean temperatures beginning to fall, it appears the 2014 hurricane season will end uneventfully for Ocean City.The official hurricane season ends on Nov. 30, and Ocean City has seen neither rain, nor wind from any tropical storm this season.While the number of named tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes in 2014 is only slightly below average, the season seemed especially quiet because most of the storms traveled over the open water of the Atlantic.Six of this year’s eight named storms became hurricanes. Edouard was the first major hurricane (sustained winds of 111 mph) since Sandy in 2012, and Gonzalo was the first Category 4 (sustained winds of 130 mph) since Ophelia in 2011.The storm that passed closest to Ocean City was the first. Arthur tracked several hundred miles off the coast of New Jersey on July 4 as a Category 2 storm.While none of the storms came particularly close, most generated solid long-period surf for Ocean City. Surfers enjoyed swell from Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Edouard and Gonzalo.The 2014 season follows another quiet year in 2013 — after a late-season storm in 2012, Sandy, caused record flooding and reminded everybody of the power and potential danger of hurricane season.The record year for hurricane activity remains 2005. The following is a chart of hurricane season activity from the National Hurricane Center (with averages from the period of 1966 to 2009).[table]Storms,Avg. Year,2014,2013,2005Named Storms (39 mph winds),11.3,8,13,28Hurricanes (74 mph winds),6.2,6,2,15Major Hurricanes (111 mph),2.3,2,0,7[/table]The National Hurricane Center reports that a low-pressure system near the Dominican Republic potentially could become a tropical storm in the next 48 hours. But current models suggest it would not affect any significant landmasses.See more on 2014 storms from the National Hurricane Center.last_img read more

Sean Penn & Anthony Hopkins Created Tom Petty’s Newest Music Video [Watch]

first_imgWhen you’re Tom Petty, you can pretty much recruit whoever you want to help make your music videos. In this case, Petty got two of Hollywood’s biggest and most respected stars, Sean Penn and Anthony Hopkins, involved on the project.Penn, alongside Samuel Bayer, directed the short video. It stars Hopkins as the protagonist, returning to his hometown and confronting his past. The black and white style, along with the music of “I Forgive It All” on Petty’s newest album, come together perfectly in what is best described as a short film.Watch the video for Mudcrutch song “I Forgive It All,” streaming below.last_img read more

Solskjaer hands Ighalo hope of sealing permanent Man United switch

first_img Loading… Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United may decide to sign Odion Ighalo on a permanent transfer this summer.Advertisement Ighalo, who joined the Red Devils in January on a loan deal until the end of the season, scored his first Manchester United goal in the 5-0 Europa League win over Club Bruges. The Nigerian striker was brought in primarily as cover for the injured Marcus Rashford but Solskjaer says Ighalo could earn himself a permanent contract if he performs for the club he supported as a child.‘It doesn’t hurt [living the dream] but he’s here on merit, he’s here because he is a goalscorer and a different type of striker for us,’ Solskjaer told Sky Sports.‘We might get to the summer and think we want to extend this, who know?‘He’s come in as a breath of fresh air as well. He had chances in his five minutes against Chelsea, he scored against Bruges, he had chances against Watford, he had a very good save [from a shot] against Everton – there have been good saves, he doesn’t miss the target very often. Read Also: Iheanacho reacts after Leicester City progress into FA Cup quarter-final‘Even for Anthony (Martial), Mason (Greenwood) and Marcus (Rashford) to learn that it is where the sharks are swimming. It’s comfortable outside the box and you can have a few shots.‘It’s in there where it might be a bit tougher and you might get hurt – that’s where you get goals.’Manchester United face Championship club Derby County in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Thursday night. If the Red Devils beat Wayne Rooney’s Derby they will face Premier League relegation-battlers Norwich City in the quarter-finals.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Certerach set for return

first_imgMichael Halford is delighted to have Certerach back in action after a nine-month lay-off in the Challenge Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday. Press Association “He was training lovely in preparation for Dubai and he got lame at Christmas time. We didn’t get to run him or get him to Dubai. “We had to give him a break but we have him back now and he’s in good order.” Halford also saddles Drifting Mist, who will retire to the paddocks after this race as she is in foal. The five-year-old mare has run consistently in all her three starts this season, her latest effort coming in the Listed Lenebane Stakes at Roscommon earlier this month when she was fourth to Panama Hat. “It will be her last run before she retires as she is in foal,” he said. “She’s been running very well. It’s her last run. She’s in foal and she will be retired after Thursday’s run. “We’re delighted with her and she’ll like the small field, so we are hoping for the best.” Aidan O’Brien is responsible for Fields Of Athenry, the only three-year-old in the six-strong line-up, while Dermot Weld runs Silwana, winner of a two-mile Curragh handicap last month. Newmarket trainer Ed Dunlop sends Manndawi back over the Irish Sea after the five-year-old took third place behind Weld’s Postulation in the Listed Silver Stakes over a mile and a quarter at the Curragh in his first run since September 2013. Cullentry Royal, trained by Johnny Levins, completes the sextet. center_img The County Kildare trainer reports the 2014 Dubai Gold Cup winner to be ready to return to the fray having being sidelined since last October, although he does expect his seven-year-old stayer to need the outing. “He’s in great form, he’s been training well, but he’ll improve for the run. We delighted to see him back,” said Halford. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal boxer Jason Quigley’s rapid rise up the boxing ranks continued tonight when he reached the final of the IABA Elite Championships.The Finn Valley boxer had beaten London 2012 Olympian Darren O’Neill in the quarter-final last week.And he went one step further at the National Stadium in Dublin by beating the highly-fancied Conrad Cummins from the Holy Trinity club in Belfast in his semi-final. Quigley did it the hard way by coming from behind going into the last round to win 17-14 after both boxers had received public warnings.But there was a huge cheer for the young Donegal boxer when he was given the decision.Quigley, who boxed in the 75 kg category, will face the biggest fight of his career to date next weekend when he boxes in the final of the championships.   DONEGAL BOXER QUIGLEY REALISES DREAM AS HE REACHES IABA ELITE FINALS was last modified: February 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Valley ABCIABA Elite ChampionshipsJason Quigleylast_img read more

Forest were ‘naive’ – Freedman

first_imgNottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman called his side “naive” after they lost 2-1 at 10-man Brentford.Having squandered a host of first-half chances, Forest fell behind on the hour mark but equalised shortly after Bees defender Harlee Dean had been sent off.However, they failed to make the most of their man advantage and substitute Philipp Hofmann grabbed the winner deep into injury time.Freedman said: “I thought for 60 minutes we were in full control of the game.“I couldn’t believe why we were not winning the game at half-time.“I thought we played with a naivety and we created less in the 20 minutes they were down to 10 men then we did in the rest of the match.“Brentford dug in, stayed in the game and had a good 10-minute spell and took advantage of it.”See also:Brentford stun Forest after Dean dismissalFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mars Dry Areas More Extensive than Thought

first_imgIf Mars had oceans or lakes, it wasn’t for long, at least in the Syrtis Major region.  Results of observations of the thermal emission imaging system (THEMIS) aboard the 2001 Mars Odyssey reveal about four times as much olivine as previously recognized in the Nili Fossae adjacent to the Syrtis volcanic shield.  Olivine quickly degrades in the presence of water.  Philip R. Christensen, principal investigator, who published the results in the June issue of Geology,1 believes eruptive volcanoes were the primary source of the olivine-rich basalts, not intrusive processes like dikes or sills.    The report on Mars Daily says the area studied is 11 times larger than the big island of Hawaii.  Co-author Victoria Hamilton said that finding this much olivine in a “very old region of Mars” was intriguing, and suggests that this area of Mars, at least, “has not seen much water.”    Nevertheless, other areas look like something flowed.  Mars Express released an image of Ares Valles (near where the Mars Pathfinder rover landed) that looks like an extensive flood plain.  Perhaps volcanic heat melted frozen groundwater for a brief flooding episode some time long ago.Update 06/06/2005: [email protected] reported that this could explain the methane.  Rather than coming from living organisms, the methane could emerge from the olivine in a process called serpentinization.  Chris Oze (Dartmouth) said, “I’d love to see bugs, but you can’t just go on hope.  You have to consider the geological options.”  Apparently, it would not require that much olivine to do the job, and now there’s probably more around than first expected.1Hamilton and Christensen, “Evidence for extensive, olivine-rich bedrock on Mars,” Geology, Vol. 33, No. 6, pp. 433�436, doi: 10.1130/G21258.1.Even if Mars had lots of water, and even if its atmosphere was able to shield out the harmful radiation reaching the surface, it would not necessarily have had life.  This just erodes the hopes of astrobiologists even further.  About the only lively thing going on is the occasional dust devil passing by (see movie taken by Spirit).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 106 | Cab Cams, Soggy Weather, and Dorky Car Rides

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 106th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, with hosts Matt Reese, Joel Penhorwood, Kolt Buchenroth, and Zach Parrott. Todays podcast starts off with Joel’s Cab Cam interviews with Andy Detwiler and Greg McGlinch. Cab Cams this week are sponsored by Homan Inc.Intern Zach Parrott, goes on his first farm visits with Matt Reese and Kolt Buchenroth, where they meet up with Jess and Adam Campbell and Between the Rows farmer, Nathan Brown. Matt Reese also talked with dairy farmer Devin Cain and his backpack program to help feed hungry kids.last_img read more

Connecting better

first_imgIn keeping with India’s Neighbourhood First policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi just concluded his second state visit to India’s protectorate and the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. In a pre-departure statement, the Prime Minister said that “India-Bhutan partnership today is of a special character and substance and forms an important pillar of Government of India’s Neighbourhood First policy”. This visit was made with the purpose to promote valued friendship with the Himalayan state. A time-tested friend, not only is it important to refresh ties with the protectorate state, but it is also necessary to keep Bhutan close and in confidence given the spreading influence of China in the region. Prime Minister Modi reiterated that his visit to Bhutan at the beginning of his renewed term of government reflects the extent of importance the Indian government attaches to its relations with Bhutan. The Prime Minster expressly stated that “India and Bhutan enjoy excellent bilateral ties exemplified by our extensive development partnership, mutually beneficial hydro-power co-operation, and strong trade and economic linkages. These are, reinforced by a shared spiritual heritage and robust people-to-people ties.” The year 2018 marked the golden jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two neighbours. With 50 years of positive ties behind, the Indian Prime Minister marked his visit to Thimphu also as a gesture to step up their relations. Bhutan is a small country that is exemplarily maturing into a democratic state. Today, Bhutan is the perfect example of a country developing in balance with environmental sensitivities and general well-being of its common people. Its success may be credited to the former King of the state and also to its people, but India too has a significant role to play in bringing Bhutan to where it stands now. Bhutan receives India’s support on several fronts such as development, education, foreign policy, security, etc. Although it has been five decades since the formal laying down of diplomatic ties between the two countries, it is since the time of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru that the two nations have shared strong ties. Also Read – A compounding difficultyA common perspective of the premiers of both nations is that besides government-to-government engagement, the focus must be on people-to-people interaction and development as well. And the beginning of this has to be with regional diplomacy; Ladakh, for instance, is a strategic region which has been sharing cultural and religious values with Bhutan for centuries. With this example of Ladakh and its newly acquired status of Union Territory, it must be emphasised that there needs to in place be a coherent policy dedicated to trans-Himalayan region with respect to development and cooperation. Diplomatic finesse must be the hallmark of reaching out to Himalayan countries in the awareness that non-territorial proximity with China is easier to come by for these regions. A reactionary policy is bound to be counter-productive, as in the example of cancellation of gas subsidy as a punishment for Bhutan’s first Prime Minister Jigme Y. Thinley for meeting informally with the then Chinese premier in 2013. China’s far-sightedness in reaching out to Himalayan regions by means of policies is only too well established globally. The developments in Tibet region, in particular, stand testimony to this. China’s three-pronged strategy comprising local, regional, and government-to-government is deployed vigorously to propagate the mythological conception of Zhangzhung in the western Tibet Autonomous Region as a historical fact. Also Read – An askew democracyPrime Minister Modi’s second visit to Bhutan was a positive event where he was received very warmly by his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering at Paro airport. A wide range of talks was held between the two state leaders which focussed on steps to expand further their bilateral partnership across various sectors. Ten Memoranda of Understandings were also signed between them to reinvigorate the ties. With the inauguration of the Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant by Modi, the occasion was also marked by the launch of stamps to commemorate five decades of India-Bhutan Hydropower cooperation. The other areas that the MoUs cover include those of space research, aviation, IT, power, and education. In an economic venture, Modi launched the RuPay Card in Bhutan and symbolically made a purchase at the 1629-built Simtokha Dzong and also planted a sapling there. This place now functions as a monastic and administrative centre and is one of the oldest dzongs (meaning fortress) in Bhutan. India also facilitated a positive approach by increasing the currency swap limit for Bhutan under the SAARC currency swap framework. An additional $100 million will be made available to Bhutan under a standby swap arrangement to meet the foreign exchange requirement. The two state leaders jointly inaugurated the Ground Earth Station and SATCOM network which is developed with assistance from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for utilisation of South Asia Satellite in Bhutan. India also intends to enhance communication, public broadcasting, and disaster management coverage in Bhutan with its space development initiatives. Enabling better people-to-people approach, collaboration between Royal Bhutan University and IITs of India and some other top educational institutions are in the pipeline in order to come together to meet mutual requirements for education and technology in both countries. It is necessary and of great value to consolidate India-Bhutan ties further for the prosperous future and mutual progress of the people in both countries.last_img read more

Very curious slightly confused rapper Classified tests limits of cannabis support

first_imgClassified is shown in an undated, handout photo. (ho/THE CANADIAN PRESS) Nova Scotia rapper Classified has vouched for smoking marijuana for years, but he says Canada’s new legalization laws have left him confused over the ways he’s allowed to promote the cannabis lifestyle.He knows it’s within his rights to express his love for weed. And he’s allowed to talk publicly about buying shares of OrganiGram, an East Coast cannabis company he struck a loose business relationship with earlier this year.After that it gets a bit hazy, since most celebrity endorsements of a brand are prohibited under the Cannabis Act. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook “I was emailing OrganiGram going, ‘You guys know I’m actually an investor so we can probably get away with advertising more.’ I’m kind of curious to see what they’re going to come back and say,” he says, sporting a baseball cap emblazoned with a logo for the company’s first recreational weed brand.“They’re so careful not to cross that line. Almost to the point where I’m barely doing anything. I’ll bring them ideas and they’re like, ‘No, we can’t do that.”‘“I don’t even know what they’re paying me for. Like I’m wearing a hat, I’m trying,” he adds.Classified, whose real name is Luke Boyd, has been at the forefront of Canadian hip hop for over a decade, making him a valuable asset for young cannabis companies looking for prominent pot smokers. He’s worked with Buck 65, produced singer Ria Mae and swapped rhymes on a track with weed aficionado Snoop Dogg.The rapper also seems eager to test the boundaries of the new federal laws. His latest music video might even do that once Health Canada catches a whiff of it.Legal Marijuana, released Wednesday to coincide with legalization, features Classified standing with dozens of people in a public park as they rap along with his verses and every so often toke up and exhale a puff of smoke.That part of the video should be fine under the law.What might raise legal questions is a line he speaks that could be deemed an endorsement of a cannabis brand. The moment happens late in the video after Boyd adjusts his baseball cap and draws attention to the logo for Edison Cannabis Company, which is part of OrganiGram’s recreational pot portfolio.“Feelin’ just right, rollin’ up some of that Edison Reserve. Oh Canada, things have changed,” he says.The line doesn’t appear in the version of the song featured on his album “Tomorrow Could Be the Day Things Change.”OrganiGram did not immediately return a request for comment.If Health Canada views the rapper saying a specific cannabis brand has him “feelin’ just right,” it’s possible the regulator might see it as crossing the line as an endorsement, suggests Denes Rothschild, a lawyer and purveyor of the cannabis industry.“If he has some sort of business arrangement with them and they’re paying him as an endorser … I think it raises a question,” says Rothschild, a partner at the Borden Ladner Gervais law firm in Toronto.“(The laws) are being interpreted and a lot of it is going to come down to where the government chooses to draw the line.”Representatives for Heath Canada didn’t immediately respond to questions about how music videos will be considered under the new laws.In the meantime, Boyd is willing to open the floodgates to potential business opportunities. After investing roughly $20,000 into shares of cannabis companies, he says he’s pleased with the upward trend in their market value.“I’m not a big stock guy at all, I don’t take chances with my money,” he says.“But I’m making more on stock than I am on touring, probably.”Boyd’s perspective on legalization is tempered by a sense of caution over widespread acceptance. He worries about the “negative” side of weed, especially with parents who smoke inside the house while their children are present.“Hopefully people will be smart and realize it’s not good to just sit here and blow smoke in kids’ lungs and let them grow up with this type of lifestyle every day,” he says.At his family home in Enfield, N.S., just outside Halifax, he says it’s a rule that nobody smokes around his three pre-teen daughters. He typically lights up inside his recording studio.“I put in a different ventilation system so I can smoke, so it’s not going through my house every day,” he says.“But at the same time my oldest knows I use it sometimes and it’s no different to her than like, ‘Oh mommy’s having a glass a wine.’ OK, well daddy’s out there doing his thing.”In many ways, the rapper says legalization doesn’t make hardly any difference for him or his friends.“They smoke it like it’s been legal for years,” he says. “I think most people have.”By David Friend | The Canadian Press Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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