Sandy, With a Chance of Snow

first_imgSkiers in the South could soon be busting air on the slopes.Well, its official. Hurricane Sandy is here and rocking the East Coast. What seemed to be unprecedented media coverage has apparently come to fruition. Perhaps the hype is real after all. Our thoughts are with those in the path of the storm. Stay safe out there.Sandy may be battering the Atlantic seaboard with wind, rain, and storm surge, but travel a little further inland and this storm has a silver lining for those in the Blue Ridge: early season snow. While most of New England and the upper Mid-Atlantic is expecting high winds and masses of precipitation, the temperatures will most likely stay in the upper 30s and mid 40s, making snow unlikely. Counter intuitively, move a little further south and you could be looking at record amounts of snow in the Appalachians. As the counter clockwise swirl of Sandy pushes moisture south west toward West Virginia and western North Carolina, the cold temperatures will turn all that precipitation into buckets of snow.At Snowshoe Mountain and Canaan Valley, weather forecasters are predicting snowfall in the 8-12 inch range, and could be as high as 2-3 feet over Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before all is said and done. In North Carolina, the Banner Elk area is reported to be in line for up to 12 inches over the next couple of days. Two ski resorts in the area, Sugar Mountain and Cataloochee Ski Area, have both announced they are going to try and run the lifts on Wednesday. This would be an extraordinarily early opening for both resorts – Sugar’s previous earliest opening was November 5th. While opening on Halloween is still somewhat in doubt – both opening announcements came with a “weather permitting” caveat – just the thought of it is reason enough to get excited.The real issue, as always, is if this snow will have any chance of sticking around for the season. Following Sandy’s eventual burn out, temperatures are due to rise back to their usual levels. There is a good possibility this snow will melt off before there is a chance to take advantage of it. If it remains cold at high elevations, and this early season snowfall turns into a reliable base, we could be looking at a long season with reliable coverage, something that was sorely missing from last winter’s ski season.We’ll be keeping an eye on the sky and the snowfall as it piles up at local resorts. Here is a link to some area webcams to keep up with the accumulation.Let us know what the weather is doing where you are in the comments below.last_img read more

The tourism ministry plans to introduce three-day vignettes for nautical tourism

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism significantly raised the sojourn tax for boaters in August last year. The mentioned decision to raise prices, without any added service or value, proved to be negative and we can hear from the marinas that guests are complaining and announcing their departure from Croatian safe ports.Namely, the drastic increase in the sojourn tax for owners or users of vessels has brought five to six times higher prices of taxes compared to the previous ones, depending on the category of the vessel and the time period for which the tax is paid. For example, the owner of a yacht 9 to 12 meters long has so far had to pay an annual fee of about 150 euros, and according to the new Decree on determining the amount of sojourn tax for 2018, the price will be about 775 euros, and for yachts 12 to 15 meters annual the fee jumped from 176 euros to 1.024 euros. Also, the Office abolished the payment of an annual lump sum for the use of marinas, which has been the normal practice so far.However, after protests from the profession, boaters and negative reactions from the moment, the Ministry of Tourism, as I unofficially find out, is considering reducing sojourn taxes next year, while this year a decision would be made to introduce a three-day vignette, targeting sailors sailing over the weekend fire-fighting measure to mitigate the effects of price increases.What is certainly positive is that the Ministry of Tourism and professional associations finally sat at the same table and talked openly, which should be a normal, logical and natural practice, and not to pass laws without consulting the profession. After all, the Ministry of Tourism is not an end in itself, but quite the opposite. This is not a political issue, but exclusively a market one, and the biggest problem is that the profession is not heard or consulted. This is another proof that politics must not make decisions without consulting the profession, but quite the opposite, first the profession and then politics.Also, unofficially, the amendment to the Ordinance on the method of paying the lump sum of the sojourn tax for boaters for next year is being considered, since no changes can be made this year, where the prices of sojourn taxes would be reduced. Although negative criticisms of boaters are coming from the field, the first five months of this year saw a 25% increase in the number of arrivals and a 29% increase in overnight stays compared to last year’s record year. However, many sailors find out the unpleasant news when they arrive at the destination or have not been able to react for this year, as one of the directors of the marina on the Adriatic points out.What is certain is that vessels are movable property, and if sailors are dissatisfied, they can easily move the vessel to another country. The negative consequences are already being felt in all marinas, and will only be felt next year. At the end of the season, the line will be drawn, and I wonder if anyone will respond if there is a rapid decline?In any case, if we are going to reduce the sojourn tax next year, it would be wise to make a decision now, at least the announcement of the decision, while boaters are here, with us, so that they can communicate it better and reduce possible negative consequences.Related news: BROCHURE FOR BOATERS RELATED TO THE PAYMENT OF THE RESIDENCE TAX IN 2018 PUBLISHEDlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve 14 Airports

first_imgWolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve 14 Airports Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Fourteen airports will make safety upgrades or expand operation opportunities with the assistance of $15 million in state investments, Governor Wolf announced today.“Aviation serves as a catalyst for our economy across Pennsylvania and features more than 400 airports serving a variety of customers,” Governor Wolf said. “Hundreds of thousands of jobs are at stake, and these investments help airports bolster commerce and attract more customers.”Seventeen projects will be supported by $9.8 million through the state’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, and $5.2 million through the aviation portion of the Multimodal Fund created by Act 89.Following is a county-by-county list of approved Aviation Development Program projects under the programs:Transportation Assistance Program projects:Allegheny CountyAllegheny County Airport — $888,000 of state funds for a total project cost of $1.2 million for restoration and improvements to the terminal building.Blair CountyAltoona-Blair County Airport — $1.1 million of state funds for a total project of $2.2 million to demolish and construct a new county building at the airport and $1.5 million of state funds for a total project cost of $3 million for a new corporate hangar.Bucks CountyQuakertown Airport — $270,000 of state funds for a total project of $540,000 to acquire land to clear approaches to Runway 29.Chester CountyChester County/G.O. Carlson Airport — $337,000 of state funds for a total project of $674,000 for a new hangar apron and $513,000 of state funds for a total project of $1 million for new hangar facilities.Erie CountyErie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field — $1.7 million of state funds for a total project of $2.3 million for rehabilitation of the terminal building.Lackawanna and Luzerne countiesWilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport — $147,500 of state funds for a total project of $295,000 for relocating a TSA checkpoint to reduce queues.Lawrence CountyNew Castle Municipal Airport — $375,000 of state funds for a total project of $500,000 for land acquisition to control development around the airport.Lycoming CountyWilliamsport Regional Airport — $150,000 of state funds for a total project cost of $300,000 to replace hangar doors.Monroe CountyPocono Mountains Municipal Airport– $800,000 of state funds for a total project of $1.6 million to construct T-hangars.Washington CountyWashington County Airport — $1.3 million of state funds for a total project of $1.7 million for a new taxiway and $700,000 of state funds for a total project of $933,000 for a second section of taxiway.Multimodal Fund projects:Allegheny CountyPittsburgh International Airport — $1.6 million of state funds for a total project of $2.2 million for airfield pavement joint crack rehabilitation.Centre CountyUniversity Park Airport — $2.2 million of state funds for a total project of $5.4 million for an access road to the airport.Lancaster CountyLancaster Airport — $691,150 of state funds for a total project of $921,534 for a new aircraft maintenance hangar and office.Lehigh CountyLehigh Valley International Airport — $700,000 of state funds for a total project cost of $1.4 million to rehabilitate a parking lot.For more information on aviation in Pennsylvania visit SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img May 25, 2018last_img read more

Davis, Egbert, Williams clinch Red River Tour crowns

first_imgCory Davis reigned as IMCA Modified champion in the second annual Red River Tour. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) Williams’ father Gary only needed to start the feature to collect enough points to win the champion­ship. Gary ended up spinning out during the feature, but the race stayed green. He limped a broken machine across the finish line to clinch the championship by five points over Ab­bey. The Stock Car feature came down to a photo finish after it looked like Abbey had checked out on the field. In almost every single corner, O’Neil would double up with Johnson, but couldn’t find the momen­tum to do so until a few laps later. A caution flag reset the field before Jeff Taylor took his ma­chine to second.  Feature Results  Egbert and Shane Hartline avoided getting caught up in any SportMod entanglements. Hartline threw the kitchen sink at the leader but Egbert held on, grabbing his second win of the week along with the tour championship.  By Jackson Braun Throughout the Modified pack, three- and four-wide racing was common as the racers fought for position. Up front, Travis Johnson and O’Neil raced around the high side of the speedway and O’Neil attempted to find a way around Johnson. Nobody was able to touch O’Neil, however, as the decision to Ardmore paid off for the Arizona native, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, with a $1,500 payday.center_img Champions were Cory Davis in the Modifieds, Egbert and Gary Williams, Stock Cars. ARDMORE, Okla. (May 31) – The finale to the second edition of the Lone Star Super Gas IMCA Red River Modified Tour presented by Smiley’s Racing Products provided a lot of action as the racing events unfolded on the Southern Oklahoma Speedway. Stock Cars – 1. Jeffrey Abbey; 2. Shelby Williams; 3. Brandon Hood; 4. Westin Abbey; 5. Bryan Schutt; 6. Brent Cargal; 7. George Egbert; 8. Dennis Bissonnette; 9. Aaron Benedict; 10. Justin Graves; 11. Charlie Brown; 12. Lee Cranford; 13. Lee Riley; 14. Gary Williams; 15. Drew Garcia; 16. Vernon Owens. Seemingly out of nowhere, 11th starting Shelby Williams cruised on the low side of the speedway. He dipped his nose underneath Abbey and they raced side-by-side for the last few laps. At the line, Abbey was able to hold on and go back-to-back in the IMCA Stock Cars on the tour.  IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jake O’Neil; 2. Jeff Taylor; 3. Brint Hartwick; 4. Matt Guillaume; 5. Travis Johnson; 6. Cory Davis; 7. Jeffrey Abbey; 8. Riley Simmons; 9. David Goode Jr.; 10. Josh McGaha; 11. William Gould; 12. Tyler Stevens; 13. Eric Tomlinson; 14. Fred Wojtek; 15. Chris Morris; 16. Chris Bragg; 17. Beau Begnaud; 18. Kevin Green; 19. Jason Hunter; 20. Mark Carrell; 21. Jeramie Cox; 22. Travis Bragg, Duncan; 23. Larry Adams; 24. Jeff Hoegh; 25. Brandon Hood; 26. Chad Melton; 27. Jerad Herring; 28. Chris Elliott; 29. John Gober; 30. Michael Ables; 31. P.J. Egbert. Feature winners on the fifth and final night of the tour were Jake O’Neil, IMCA Modifieds; Trevor Egbert, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods; and Jeffrey Abbey, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.  Southern SportMods – 1. Trevor Egbert; 2. Shane Hartline; 3. Don Reid; 4. Kevin Rowland; 5. Casey Brunson; 6. Cullen Hill; 7. Brandon Watson; 8. Kasey Kuykendall; 9. Chad Reid; 10. Don­nie Hix; 11. Kaden Honeycutt; 12. Trevor Raney; 13. David Bolf; 14. Taylor Florio; 15. Josh Cournoyer; 16. Tate Butler; 17. Devin Chambers; 18. Kamera McDonald; 19. Chris Florio; 20. Jimmie Wright; 21. Bobby Davis II; 22. Tyler Bragg; 23. Kyle Wilkins; 24. Brayden Wyatt; 25. Blaine Shives; 26. Chase Vineyard; 27. Case Penrod; 28. Jay Wells.last_img read more

Hard to foresee crowds of fans returning ‘any time soon’: FA chief Greg Clarke

first_imgLONDON: Football Association (FA) chief Greg Clarke feels fans won’t be filling up stadiums any time soon and they should brace themselves for big financial losses as a result. More than 3.5 million people have been infected by coronavirus so far while in excess of 245,000 people have lost their lives worldwide.Football has been suspended for the time being and authorities are even considering hosting matches behind closed doors. Clarke believes fans won’t be turning up in stadiums as social distancing remains the only weapon in people’s fight against coronavirus. “The reality is that we just don’t know how things are going to pan out,” Clarke said in letter to FA council as per Sky “But with social distancing in place for some time to come we do face substantial changes to the whole football ecosystem. “For example it’s hard to foresee crowds of fans — who are the lifeblood of the game — returning to matches any time soon,” he added. European football associations are trying their best to complete the season, which has been suspended since March as a precautionary measure to contain the outbreak of the virus. Countries like France, Netherlands and Belgium have already called off their respective seasons but England, Spain, Germany and Italy are still trying to find a way to complete the remaining matches. IANS Also Read: Time has come for me to help grow other leaders, says Faf du Plessis Also Watch: Gaurav Gogoi In an exclusive chat with Oineetom Ojah only on Sentinel Assamlast_img read more

Hughes maturing as season progresses

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS ?It?s starting to happen.Slowly and steadily ? literally and figuratively ? Trevon Hughes is maturing as the point guard and floor general of the Wisconsin basketball team.By harnessing his natural quickness and playing with more control, Hughes is evolving as a player.The returns, at least Sunday against the pressure defense of Minnesota, were impressive.Hughes led all players in scoring with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting, pulled down three rebounds and nabbed a career-high six steals.His play Sunday built on another solid game the last time out when he matched Indiana?s celebrated freshman Eric Gordon in points, assists and steals.That Hughes struggled at times earlier this season was not of much concern to Ryan and the coaching staff. Taking his lumps early would yield dividends later in the year, they argued.?He?s much better now than he was at the early in the year, but that?s what we figured,? UW head coach Bo Ryan said. ?We figured early in the year that he was going to be tested in some areas by some teams and then tested in the conference.?Trevon?s improved.?That improvement was evident on both ends of the court. Whether it was by using his quickness to slice through the Gophers? defense to get to the hoop or penetrate and find an open shooter on the perimeter, Hughes was the catalyst for UW offensively.Defensively, the sophomore made things difficult for Minnesota, disrupting passing lanes with quick hands.?(With) his steals he?s been in a little better position. ? He?s not taking himself out of position as much, not reaching as much, so he?s not sitting on the bench for as many minutes,? Ryan said. ?Offensively, better decisions, better control. Still, there?s some turnovers there that we need to discuss on the path to getting better.?As much as his play may be improving, Hughes says he hasn?t been doing much differently.?I always play the same way,? Hughes said. ?I wouldn?t say it?s more confident, I?d just say I?m relying on my team more.?When Hughes is making smart decisions and running the offense like he was for the most part Sunday, the Wisconsin offense is able to operate efficiently. In the first half against Minnesota, Wisconsin?s offensive efficiency was just below 1.40 points per possession. For the game, UW was above its target mark of 1.0.?It helps everything,? forward Brian Butch said. ?This offense is a point-guard offense. You can see the success point guards have had in this offense. At this level, that?s what it is. If you have a good point guard, you?re going to be a good team.?While the flashy plays ? the behind-the-back pass to a cutting Michael Flowers against Indiana, as an example ? may land him on the highlight shows, Hughes? teammates know the less noticed aspects of his play are just as important as any others.?We need him to do all those little things that he does for us, not just scoring but? getting the steals, creating for other people,? forward Jon Leuer said. ?He?s just really turning into a great point guard.?Faces in the crowdWisconsin signees and Minnesota natives Jared Berggren and Jordan Taylor were in attendance for Sunday?s game. The two are half of Ryan?s ?08 recruiting class that will enter school next year.Carl Landry, brother of UW?s Marcus Landry and former Purdue forward, was at the game as well. Landry, a member of the NBA?s Houston Rockets, was in Minneapolis for the Rockets? game Monday against the Timberwolves.last_img read more

Jamaica opposition calls for end to fuel tax

first_imgThe opposition People’s National Party (PNP) in Jamaica, on Friday called on the government to immediately scrap the existing tax on fuel that was intended to fund an oil price hedge insurance.PNP spokesman on Mining and Energy, Phillip Paulwell, said the continuing increase in world oil prices, supports his call for the  government to immediately scrap the existing tax.“Despite the Jamaican people paying to the government approximately J$6.4 billion a year in a special tax on fuel designed to pay for a hedge insurance against oil price increases, the government is collecting the tax revenue, has ended the oil hedge and has left the consumers at the mercy of the worsening oil market as the price of oil products such as petrol continues to rise at the gas stations locally,” Paulwell said in a statement.Oil prices have surpassed US$80 a barrel for the first time in four years.Paulwell said that the oil hedge bought by the previous government was meant to be an insurance policy against world oil price increases which were expected to reach over US$70 a barrel in the 2015-2016 period.The hedge would have ensured that despite the rising prices Jamaica on the global market would continue to buy oil at the agreed hedge prices averaging around US$66.74 a barrel.“With no hedge in place and the current government showing no interest in renewing the arrangement, Jamaica must buy oil at the increasingly high world prices which are immediately passed on to consumers in high prices of petrol, cooking gas  and other oil products,” Paulwell said.He said that the tax serves as an additional cost burden to consumers on top of the rising oil price and is encouraging Jamaicans to demand that the government to put an immediate end to the special tax on oil designed to pay for an oil hedge that no longer exists.last_img read more

Bolivian student wins International Reggae Poster Competition

first_imgA Bolivian student has won the sixth annual International Reggae Poster competition, beating out a pool of 1,060 entrants from 68 countries, including Jamaica.Vinicio Sejas from Bolivia was named the grand winner. “I am very grateful. To be selected the grand winner among so many beautiful posters is like being blessed,” he told the Gleaner recently. “When I received the mail, I could not believe what I was reading, so I checked the social networks and the website, and shouted, ‘My poster, it’s there, on the cover! It’s true!’ I felt very happy, so much so that I asked my sister to pinch me to know that I’m not dreaming!” Included in Sejas’ winnings is a trip to Jamaica sponsored by The Montego Bay Jamaica airport and The Spanish Court Hotel, a collection of fonts by Parachute Font Industry worth €500 (J$74,000), and gifts from VP Records.last_img read more

CAL bank Beach soccer league: Week 14 Wrap

first_imgJoint leaders Keta Sunset Sports and Havedzi mighty Warriors further stated their intentions of claiming the gong for the third season of the CAL Bank Beach Soccer league with impressive victories in match-day 14. The Champions had to rally from a goal down to beat fifth place, Wuo Gbee by three goals to one. Sunset’s striker and the league’s leading goal scorer Sema Michael bagged a brace while Akabu Benjamin put  the cherry on the cake after Shadrack Adams had initially given the Wuo Gbee the lead. With three points safely secured in the bag for the leaders Sunset Sports, their nemesis Havedzi Mighty Warriors ensured they kept touching distance with them at the top, also coming from a goal down to beat La Yoca, 5-3. Abdallah Michael stirred up a few nerves amongst the Volta faithful, registering the game’s first goal for La Yoca but a goal apiece from Albert Ashinyo and Kudadah Sampson placed the Warriors firmly in control just before the break.  The second and third session tailed along the same line with Eugene Dekpey and Tagbor Charles adding their names on the score sheet and Kudadah Sampson also grabbing his second of the game. For the Osu based club the defeat extends their run of successive defeats to four in four games. Debutants Gulf Powers blew a 5-2 lead to draw five all with fourth place East Legon Sharks. The two teams by far the surprise package of the campaign, leveled on points at third and fourth place respectively thrilled fans to a ten goal thriller. The sharks for the second time in three weeks staged an amazing comeback having trailed by two goals in the third session of the game.  Captain Frederick Kwevi four goals together with Francis Botchwey goal had to put Powers in a commanding lead before Alex Adjei and Alfred Nyarko rallied the Sharks back into the game with Raymond Tetteh sealing the comeback with seconds to go. With the result throwing the race a place in the top four wide opened with 4 games to go.last_img read more

A 3.9 earthquake was reported in Sumner County this morning

first_imgSumner Newscow report – A 3.9 earthquake was reported in Sumner County Monday morning according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The seismological agency’s website reports the earthquake’s epicenter was located about 8 miles south, southeast of Conway Springs. It struck around 8 a.m.The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office said it had received a couple of calls about the quake.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -1 Vote up Vote down South Haven Hick · 309 weeks ago I knew something had happened this morning because my computer monitor rocked violently rising and falling 3 inches on each end. I have had two other incidents this has happened in the past 7 days. I also visually and by touch observed pre-shocks prior to the big one three years ago four different times in three days. Report Reply 1 reply · active 309 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 309 weeks ago You must either have a really bad foundation, or you have no idea what 3″ is. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down South Sider · 309 weeks ago followed up about an hr ago with a 3.1 4 miles west of the first one. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down South Sider · 309 weeks ago Here is a site you can check for instant up dates of any earthquake as they happen. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down guest · 309 weeks ago It was around 8 am, then another one at 10:23 am Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 309 weeks ago Mother Frackers Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down fact checker · 309 weeks ago It was around 8 am, then another one at 10:23 am Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more