La Nina is a result of cooler than normal temperatures along the Pacific equator which can affect the weather on a Global scale. So you might ask, how will this affect Ocean City during this year’s Hurricane season?During last year’s hurricane season, El Nino pretty much stifled every storm that tried to form in the Atlantic Ocean while the Pacific Ocean had an intense season with a record number of hurricanes that reached major hurricane status. A couple storms were able to overcome the wind shear, most notably Joaquin (in early October 2015) which caused extensive damage in the Bahamas and indirectly caused record flooding in South Carolina.So far this season, we’ve reached 4 named storms. This is faster than any other hurricane season on record, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the rest of the season will be active. With the exception of Hurricane Alex which formed in January in the far Eastern Atlantic Ocean, the other three named storms this year have been insignificant in regards to strength and longevity. Hurricane season during La Nina years tends to be more active due to less wind shear in the tropics. While less wind shear will help aide in development of more tropical named storms, other factors like the strength of the Atlantic High Pressure and sea surface temperatures are critical in tropical development. Currently, parts of the North and Far Eastern Atlantic Ocean are still rather cold which could prevent development over those areas at least through the summer. Of course, that could change during the peak of the Hurricane Season which runs late August through September.Graph shows the total amount of named storms over the last 100 years with the highest amount peaking during the 2nd week of September. NOAA This record breaking 2015-16 El Nino season was bitter sweet for Ocean City. It gave us a mild winter but hit us hard with strong coastal storms. Now that El Nino is a thing of the past, it’s time to look ahead to what’s next.2015-16 El Nino season was one of the strongest on record and resulted in extreme conditions for Ocean City. A rather mild winter with temperatures reaching the 60s and even 70s each month followed by brief bouts of cold air. Along with an active Jetstream and warmer than normal ocean temperatures, it also resulted in a couple strong Nor’easters.Since then, the rapid decline of El Nino over the last several months has been impressive. The warmer waters in the equatorial Pacific that coincide with El Nino cooled rapidly and now is on pace to reach La Nina status by Autumn. The Climate Prediction Center currently gives a greater than 70% chance of La Nina developing by fall.Forecast graph shows the rapid decline of El Nino and emergence La Nina developing by late summer or fall. Unless the rest of the Atlantic warms up, the majority of tropical development could occur in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Southeastern U.S. coast which both could have an impact on our area. The U.S. coastline has not been hit with a Major Hurricane in over 10 years (Hurricane Wilma-2005). This does not mean there was a lack of major hurricanes in the Atlantic. Steering currents in the upper atmosphere guided these storms stay away from the U.S. When a trough sets up over the Eastern U.S. approaching hurricanes are picked up and pushed out to sea. However, there are times when a blocking pattern sets up and can capture a storm and pull it towards the coast, like Superstorm Sandy. Overall, the chances of a major hurricane can increase during La Nina years. Ocean temperatures and our geographical location make it difficult for major hurricanes to affect Ocean City. Hurricanes need to 80+ degree water to maintain its strength. Also, wind shear is much stronger at our latitude which weakens hurricanes. But it is important to know, the strength of a hurricane which is determined by its maximum wind speed isn’t as important as its impacts. Storm surge and tidal flooding has been the major impacts of any hurricane or coastal storm that has affected Ocean City.In conclusion, we can expect at least an average season to potential above average hurricane season. The average would be 12 named storms (39-73mph), 6 hurricanes (74mph+) and 3 major hurricanes (111mph+). Remember, whether it’s an active or inactive season, it only takes one storm. So be prepared!
By Donald WittkowskiBoth the USO and Big Band music helped keep the country dancing and swinging during the 1940s, even while it was in the grips of World War II.A concert Sunday night will revive the powerful sound of the Big Band era by combining performers from the USO Show Troupe with the Ocean City Pops in what is billed as a “sentimental trip down memory lane.”The two-hour show, starting at 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, will feature classic songs from the 1940s and ’50s made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Rosemary Clooney, Gene Kelly and other big-name performers associated with the World War II generation.Michael Hoagland, director of entertainment for the USO of Metropolitan New York, said the concert will not only appeal to senior citizens, but will also introduce younger audiences to the music that was popular with their grandparents and great-grandparents.“It’s a really, really classic Big Bands show. Think Frank Sinatra, the Andrews Sisters and Benny Goodman,” Hoagland said.Hoagland credited younger singers such as Michael Buble and Lady Gaga for helping to popularize Big Band, Swing and jazz music again, the latter through her collaborative 2014 “Cheek to Cheek” album with crooner Tony Bennett.According to Hoagland, Sunday’s concert will feature the high energy of the Big Band era during what essentially will be a “big dance show.”“I’m hoping to have a broad cross-section of music, a little bit of everything for everybody,” he said.Five performers from the USO Show Troupe will be accompanied by the Ocean City Pops, the homegrown orchestra now in the midst of its summer concert series at the Music Pier on the Boardwalk.The concert with the Ocean City Pops will be the USO’s first full-fledged collaboration with an orchestra in about 40 years.(Courtesy Ocean City Pops)Typically, the USO performs to recorded music. Hoagland noted that the Ocean City Pops show will be the first full-fledged collaboration of live music between the USO and an orchestra in perhaps 40 years. The USO has performed with the Pops orchestras in Cincinnati, Boston and Philadelphia in the past, but not during an entire concert, he said.“We’re sort of in unchartered territory. Something like this hasn’t been done at the USO in 40 years,” Hoagland said.The USO, which stands for United Service Organizations, is a nonprofit organization best known for its performances over the past 76 years that have entertained countless U.S. military members and their families.During World War II, the USO became a “home away from home” for American soldiers stationed overseas. It was during World War II that the USO began its tradition of entertaining the troops that continues today.Tickets for Sunday’s USO Show Troupe concert with the Ocean City Pops at the Music Pier can be purchased online at www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling (609) 399-6111. The USO, known for entertaining members of the U.S. military since 1941, will perform standards from the Big Band era at the Music Pier.
Families want to know what they are eating when on the go, but in many cafés, restaurants and takeaways this information is not available. This is not about forcing anyone to eat certain things, or companies to behave in a certain way, but I firmly believe we have a right to know the nutritional content of the food we give to our children. Type 2 diabetes is on the rise, and is often both preventable and reversible. That’s why we are taking action through this consultation, and I would ask everyone to respond with their ideas on how we can make this work. Calorie labels are already widely displayed on packaged foods in supermarkets and in some big chains including Wetherspoons and Subway. The new plans are intended to make sure that labelling is applied consistently so that families know how much they and their children are eating when out.The plans form part of the government’s wider strategy to halve childhood obesity by 2030.Evidence shows that overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults, who have a high risk of developing health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, strokes and heart disease.The proposals have been welcomed by diabetes experts, who said that three-quarters of the British public have told them that they want more information about what’s in the food and drink they buy.Public Health Minister Steve Brine said: The government has opened a public consultation on how to introduce calorie labelling for food and drink consumed outside of the home.The consultation will also seek views on how this could apply to: small businesses street vendors restaurants with fast-changing menus online takeaway businesses Helen Dickens, Assistant Director of Campaigns and Mobilisation at Diabetes UK, said: People living with diabetes and more than three-quarters of the British public have told us that they want more information about what’s in the food and drink they buy, to help make healthier choices – especially when they’re out and about. These bold, ambitious proposals from government are – if put into legislation – essential to making the healthy choice the easy choice for British consumers. The UK is facing a type 2 diabetes crisis. With around two-thirds of adults in the UK classed as overweight or obese, and therefore at increased risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic health conditions, it’s really important that we have measures in place that make it easier for all of us to lead healthier lives. These measures are the next vital step in making this a reality and – potentially – beginning to stem the tide of type 2 diabetes. We look forward to the conclusions of this important consultation, and to seeing how these measures can practically be implemented in the future.
Three alleged guerrilla members of the clandestine Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) were detained by counterterrorism authorities in two house raids in the district of Concepción, where weapons were also seized on January 29, according to a Police statement. The operation was led by the anti-kidnapping prosecutor Federico Delfino and the Paraguayan Police commander, Commissioner Aldo Pastore, said the report. The captured individuals were two 23-year-olds that belonged to the insurgency’s operational wing – EPP’s “soldiers” – in addition to one other member of the logistics wing, aged 48. They are presumed to have participated in the recent attacks registered in a cattle raising area in Concepción, according to the reports. “Weapons, uniforms, ammunition and cell phones were found during the searches,” prosecutor Delfino told the press. The public official also revealed that a seized assault rifle appeared to belong to the Paraguayan Army. The EPP is a guerrilla organization based in Concepción, which has claimed responsibility for several kidnappings and murders in Paraguay. By Dialogo January 31, 2013
By Yolima Dussán/Diálogo July 14, 2020 The Colombian Navy’s Pacific Naval Force reported the destruction of three cocaine hydrochloride labs, each capable of producing 2 metric tons per month, in an offensive against the narco-guerrilla group National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish). The operations took place in Chocó department, May 11-22.“Delegations of this war front, narcotraffickers, and terrorists operate in this area to ensure that the narcotrafficking logistics chain is fulfilled,” Colonel Wisner Paz Palomeque, commander of the 2nd Colombian Marine Corps Brigade, told Diálogo. “They are the ones who charge for the [retail] weight and are already among cocaine hydrochloride exporters.”During the operations in Chocó, authorities seized liquid and solid supplies, in addition to weapons, communications equipment, and an outboard motor boat. (Photo: Colombian Navy’s Pacific Naval Force)Authorities found two of the labs in Bajo Baudó, Chocó department. The third lab was located in Litoral del San Juan, in the far south of the same department, the Navy reported. Authorities also seized liquid and solid supplies, in addition to weapons, communication equipment, and an outboard motor boat.Colombian Navy Rear Admiral John Fabio Giraldo Gallo, commander of the Pacific Naval Force, told Diálogo that ELN cells move around constantly, because riverine troops and units destroy their infrastructure, especially along the San Juan River and its tributaries.“The controls that the units carry out on the waterways have reduced the entry of supplies for drug production, affecting the financial link in the narcotrafficking logistics chain,” Rear Adm. Giraldo said.From January to May 2020, the Pacific Naval Force destroyed 18 labs operated by the ELN in the area of the Baudó and San Juan rivers. The destruction of these structures halted the annual production of 180 metric tons of coca base paste, the Navy said.“Chocó was a department with sugar cane and rice cultivation,” Col. Paz said. But “when the FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia], the ELN, Clan del Golfo, and the Pacific Structure arrived, they convinced the population to change their crops for coca paste and earn a lot of money, which is later taken by their criminal cells through extortion,” he concluded.
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alison Barksdale Alison Barksdale is the Assistant Vice-President of Marketing for CU Members Mortgage and has worked in the field of marketing since 2000. Her various positions within the field of marketing … Web: www.cumembers.com Details How does your mortgage production look? You forgot about how competitive the purchase market is didn’t you? It’s time to get out of the rut you’re in and start fresh. Review these seven “sinful mistakes” that credit unions are still making and refresh your marketing plan. Mortgage products are not on the first page of your website. The more clicks it takes to get to the mortgage application, the less likely the member will apply. If its front and center and the member gets to the tools, information, calculators and the application they will actually submit some form of application. Even if it’s not complete, it’s at least a solid lead to call on.You assume your members know you offer home loans. Yep, that’s right. Your credit union in fact, has members that don’t have a clue you offer home loans. It’s just another product on the long list of items and it gets pushed around and less focused on. Really though, it should be a primary focus. It’s income potential for your credit union. It offers enhanced loyalty and longevity for your member relationship – if you have their mortgage most likely you have their other products. Most important though, it prevents the big banks from soliciting them for other financial products. Enough said, if they don’t know you offer them because you haven’t focused on it, then you are losing members to the lender that gets their mortgage.You don’t tell them you offer retained servicing. This retained servicing thing is a big deal. Members may not understand the technical name for it, but they will understand that they won’t have their loan servicing sold again and again, that they will know who to call and where to send payments, and they most certainly will understand that keeping their loan in one place means less confusion. Your advertising should explain this great feature of mortgage lending and that your credit union offers something special.You don’t prospect your current member list. Now we have to be careful here. You can’t just slice and dice your member list and solicit whoever you want. Remember, we’ve got a little thing called equal housing we have to consider. However, not soliciting your current member list would be a loss for sure. They are going to marry and divorce, have children and retire, and they are going to need another mortgage at some point in their life. Don’t forget that your member list is a wealth of prospecting to be had. Use it and use it well.You don’t use home loans as a way to bring in new members. Mortgages are one of those golden products – the more special and unique the offer, the more the general public want it. Mortgages are not all black and white. There are various products to offer, special programs with incentives, and don’t forget the genuine member service you offer. If you’ve got the golden ticket, let it shine to everyone in your charter and watch your membership grow.You haven’t educated your staff. No one knows your members better than your front-line staff. They see and talk to various members regularly. They know about their daughter’s divorce. They know about the member’s neighbor who is retiring and looking for a smaller place. And, they know who is going to be putting their house up for sale. So, don’t forget to train your staff to “sell” the product too. A simple mention to a member can bring in your next lead.You limit your marketing schedule or worse yet, you don’t have a schedule. It is important to cover all the products you have to offer and it is essential to your team that you support all faucets. However, marketing your product once every 12 months on a rotation isn’t going to cut it. Each member needs to know the moment they think of buying or refinancing a home – Credit Union. How do you do that? You make sure they hear, read, or see it again and again. Consistent messages to all of your audience mediums will remind them you’ve got it all. Set your goal, prepare, implement, and watch the growth. In a purchase money market, nothing is more important than marketing and marketing well. Get the message out and be one of the few lenders your members can count on.
While they still affirm the safety of DEET, officials acknowledged that some people just don’t like the product. Alternatives have existedpicaridin was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for US use years ago, a CDC official saidbut there was little commercial interest. With the advent of WNV, mosquito repellents are getting more attention. In two recent studies, oil of lemon eucalyptus provided about the same protection as low concentrations of DEET against mosquitoes found in the United States, according to the CDC. The substance, also known as PMD, is available in several products in the United States. The product has not been tested against mosquitoes that spread malaria and some other diseases that occur internationally, the agency says. CDC WNV pageshttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm “These additional repellents will help prepare people to prevent mosquito bites this summer,” Petersen said. Apr 28 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r050428.htm CDC’s “Updated information regarding insect repellents”http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/RepellentUpdates.htm Most people who contract WNV experience no symptoms, but about 20 percent can have symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting. About 1 in 150 people can suffer a severe illness, which may involve high fever, stupor, coma, tremors, convulsions, vision loss, and paralysis, the CDC said. In 2004, 2,470 Americans fell ill with WNV and 88 of them died. However, milder cases are believed to be underreported, Petersen said. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials held a teleconference to announce they have endorsed the repellents picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus as effective tools for fending off mosquitoes that can carry WNV and other pathogens. “There are a great many people who are unprotected against mosquito bites,” she said. “West Nile Virus can be a terrible disease. It’s worthwhile to take those few seconds to reduce your risk of becoming infected.” Dec 29, 2004, CIDRAP News report on WNV activity in 2004http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/other/wnv/news/dec2904wnv.html Zielinski-Gutierrez said only about 40% of people reported using mosquito repellent when surveyed late last year. Use in the Pacific Northwest and among Latinos is particularly low, she added. Both picaridin and the plant-based oil of lemon eucalyptus are EPA-approved for use as directed, said Dr. Emily Zielinski-Gutierrez, a behavioral scientist with the CDC’s VID division. Picaridin, also known as KBR 3023, will be sold as “Cutter Advanced.” The substance provides protection that is “often comparable with DEET products of similar concentration,” a CDC news release says. See also: Both chemicals have been used successfully in other countries, said Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of CDC’s division of Vectorborne Infectious Diseases (VID). They are comparable to varying levels of DEET, the chief repellent that has been used in the United States. And both have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. A CDC fact sheet on insect repellents says DEET and picaridin have shown a higher level of efficacy in peer-reviewed studies than other repellents the EPA has approved for safety and efficacy. CDC’s new advice reflects a concern that more people need to take precautions against WNV, a mosquito-borne disease that has spread to 47 of the 48 contiguous states since first appearing on US soil in New York City in 1999. Washington state is the holdout, but Petersen said he wouldn’t be surprised to see WNV appear there this year. April 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Just in time for mosquito season, federal health officials today heralded the addition of new defensive weapons against West Nile Virus (WNV): two non-DEET mosquito repellents. Today’s recommendation marks a policy shift for CDC, which has long recommended DEET-containing products to repel mosquitoes. In fact, the CDC’s WNV page still contained a graphic of DEET this afternoon with the words, “Remember to use repellent with DEET when spending time outdoors.” Petersen said localized outbreaks of WNV are hard to predict and may depend on weather and other factors. That’s one reason personal vigilance is the key to good protection. The CDC recommends that people use insect repellent anytime they go outside during mosquito season, especially at night, when mosquitoes are most active.
The progressive American 4-y-o filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN made it two wins from as many starts this season, slamming her five opponents in the annual renewal of the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy grade one feature over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Installed a short priced favourite at 2-5 with former champion Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN chased and disposed of long-time leader RAGING PROSPECT (31-1) leaving the half mile and moving away to win by seven lengths from SOUTHERN CRUISE (5-1). Following a stewards’ inquiry, BRAWN (3-1), who passed the post third with Aaron Chatrie aboard, was disqualified and placed fourth for causing interference to topweight HOVER CRAFT (4-1), who was promoted to third. Last season’s Most Improved Trainer, Harry Parsard, said that LONG RUNNING TRAIN is turning out to be a top-class filly and racing fans are yet to see the best of her. “She won with the minimum of fuss today and although effective over middle distances, she has progressed to a point where it’s going to be difficult for any horse to beat her going two turns,” argued Parsard, who also owns the bay filly by Flower Alley – Cuz You Never Know. “This was her first win in grade one company and I suspect it will be the first of many,” he added. Henry, on the other hand, described LONG RUNNING TRAIN as an ‘exceptional filly’ who is ready to go places. “I am happy that my recent shoulder injury, which kept me out of the saddle for almost a month, has healed in time to secure the ride and provide me with yet another win aboard her,” said Henry, who rode two winners on the card, including the 52-1 outsider PAPER N LACE for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in the second race over a mile. Meanwhile, on a day of upsets, LAZZA (4-1), the first of two winners for apprentice Hakeem Pottinger, won the Jockeys’ Guild of Jamaica Trophy race in post-to-post fashion, while CHEXIMAKIT, with Harleston Lewis up, scored a 15-1 upset in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup for maidens over the straight. Disqualified
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LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Melbourne United center Majok Majok (22), left, and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, reach for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Oklahoma City. APOKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder needed a big defensive stand to hold off Melbourne United.Josh Huestis had two massive blocked shots in the final seconds to help the star-studded Thunder escape with an 86-85 exhibition victory Sunday (Monday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT “To have the opportunity to play one of the best teams in the world and to know that our league can challenge those best teams in the world — it does a lot for our reputation in the league and it does a lot for our club’s reputation,” Vickerman said. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City After winless season, McIlroy plots return to top of golf NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Melbourne, an Australian team, also was up against a time adjustment.“I know most of the guys couldn’t really get a good sleeping pattern, including myself,” Prather said. “My legs are a bit fatigued, but once you come to a game like this, you know all the adrenaline going and the energy to get going, so you know, we really don’t feel it too much.”Oklahoma City’s stars shot poorly. George had 22 points on 5-for-17 shooting, Anthony scored 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Westbrook was limited to nine points, going 3 for 10.“I was pretty impressed by the statistics that we held some people to,” Vickerman said. “For us, because we’re a little bit smaller, we try to fight through everything, and I guess that maintained some pressure on them rather than when you switch, there’s a little more separation.”Ware made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 80 but the Thunder responded with a 6-0 run that gave them the cushion to hold on.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Huestis blocked Josh Boone’s shot out of bounds, then blocked Casey Prather’s shot to clinch the win.Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman said he was proud of the way his team played against the All-Star trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Melbourne withstood a run by the Thunder with their stars in the game in the third quarter and made it competitive down the stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I felt coming into the half that they were really going to try to make a run with their best group,” Vickerman said. “We weathered that storm, and they had to keep some of those best players coming back to win the game.”Casper Ware Jr. scored 20 points, Boone added 15 and Prather had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Melbourne, a member of the Australia and New Zealand-based National Basketball League.