SpaceX launch forecast includes possible showers and thunderstorms, unfavorable conditions

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — There was record rainfall in Miami Tuesday where half a foot of rain fell in in just 90 minutes and numerous streets and roads were flooded. For the month of May, Miami had 18.88 inches of rain, which is 14.8 inches above normal. The recent bout of rain was due to a tropical system moving through the area over the last few days. This storm system is now moving away from Florida and closer to the Carolinas where a Flash Flood Watch has been issued. The heaviest rain in the Eastern U.S. will be with this tropical system and it could bring up to 4 inches of rain in the Carolinas with some possible flash flooding.As for the SpaceX Launch Wednesday afternoon, it looks like there will be showers and thunderstorms in the area. These storms could bring gusty winds, heavy rain and lightning which would not be favorable conditions for the launch.A separate storm system is now moving though Texas Wednesday and it will bring severe weather to the area with damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes. Meanwhile, there was record heat Tuesday in the Eastern Great Lakes, Northeast and the Southwest. Some record highs include: Buffalo, New York at 93 degrees, Syracuse also hit 93, Burlington, Vermont, tied their record high at 92, and even Traverse City, Michigan hit a new high with 91 degree heat. In the West, record highs were broken in Sacramento with a record of 104 degrees, Reno at 92, and Napa in California at 99 degrees. The record heat is now over in the Northeast and Eastern Lakes but the heat continues in the West. On Wednesday morning, numerous Heat Warnings and Advisories have been issued from northern California to Nevada and into large parts of Arizona, with more record highs possible Wednesday in the West. There will be more heat over the next three days, especially as it moves into the Southwest deserts where some areas could approach 120 degrees.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

“Code Blue” in Effect in Cold Weather

first_imgA Code Blue advisory is issued when frigid weather poses a danger to the homeless population. The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management advises that all municipalities in Cape May County will be under a “Code Blue” severe weather advisory from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.Code Blue conditions are in effect when the temperature reaches 25 degrees with clear skies or 32 degrees with precipitation.A Code Blue emergency is intended to protect homeless people living outside, on the streets, in parks or poorly insulated settings and who are at risk for cold-related exposure and possible death.People seeking shelter in a warming center should contact their local municipality. Additional resources are available by calling the county homeless hotline at 609-886-1325 or after hours at 1-877-886-1325.Additional information regarding Code Blue conditions can be found on the Cape May County Social Services website at read more

German Parliament Supports ITT Environmental Initiative of Ecuador

first_imgBy Dialogo June 19, 2009 A vision becomes reality. Ecuador annonced a plan, the German parliament reacted and supported the idea. Now we need money to finance the rescue. Germany will be the first to give money – ITT needs more countries to spent money for the rescue of this world treasure. Berlin, June 18 (EFE).- Today the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Equador, Fander Falconí, received the support from members of committees on Foreign Affairs, Environment and Cooperation, and Development of the German Parliament, to whom he presented the ITT environmental initiative of his government. The project Ishpingo-Tambaococha-Tiputini (ITT) seeks not to develop a large oilfield in the Amazon in exchange for financial compensation from the international community aimed at environmental preservation and social development of Ecuador. The German social democratic MEP Sascha Raabe emphasised the “absolute commitment” of all the political forces of the German Parliament and the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Ecuadorian proposal, and expressed his desire for this project “to be a success.” The ITT initiative intends to preserve about 900 millions barrels of crude oil in the Amazon areas of Ishpingo, Tambococha and Tiputuni, where the Yasuní National Park, one of the main biodiversity places in the word, is located. The project seeks to avoid the production of 407 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), by not developing the oil field. Falconí qualified the proposal as “promising and pioneering,” and he added that it “marks a different rhythm” in the management of international relations and in the fight against global warming. According to his explanations, the initiative recognizes for the first time “the right of nature to be respected. We appeal to the world to be aware of the planet’s destruction.” In order to promote this awareness and protection of the Amazon, Ecuador will organize on September 29 a concert in Madrid, that is expected to attract 300,000 people, and which will be broadcast live on big screens in New York, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, London, Sydney and Tokyo. Among the artists, music bands Radiohead and Green Day are confirmed to participate. The chairman of the board of the ITT initiative, Roque Sevilla, explained that Ecuador will issue “Yasuní Guarantee Certificates (CGY),” the guarantee of oil to remain under the soil” and these certificates will be available to governments, international institutions, companies, foundations and private entrepreneurs. Taking the system of “carbon credit” from the Kyoto Protocol as an example, Sevilla remarked that the cost of stopping 407 million tons of CO2 emissions is worth 7,000 million dollars. Quito proposes the funds be to obtained to be deposited in a mutual fund administrated by an international organization such as the United Nations, the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) or the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Said funds will be used to protect and preserve 40 national parks and native reserves in the country, which cover 38 percent of the territory. Besides, it is expected to be used to reforest a million hectares, changing the energy matrix of the country, and financing the fight against poverty in the places where the project will take place. During his visit to Berlin, Falconí signed the Constitutive Agreement of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). This organization will encourage the use of renewable energy through the assessment of energy policies, the search for funding, the improvement of regulations and promotion of development and transfer of new technologies.last_img read more

Martina Berto targets $39m in annual sales despite slumping cosmetics demand

first_imgThe company, part of cosmetics giant Martha Tilaar Group, has shifted its business focus to healthcare goods since the height of the pandemic by producing in-demand products such as hand sanitizers, hand gel, disinfectant and bottled herbal drinks.The company’s sales fell 38.2 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 87.06 billion in the first quarter of this year because of a pandemic-induced decline in consumption. Cosmetics sales, which previously made up more than 82 percent of Martina Berto’s total sales, fell by almost 35 percent yoy during the period.“We hope the easing PSBB [large-scale social restrictions] policy will boost people’s consumption by December,” Bryan said.To achieve its sales target, the company plans to launch a new herbal product, among others, in the second half of this year. However, Bryan declined to go into detail as the products were still under development. Martina Berto vice chairwoman Wulan Tilaar said on June 4 that the company had seen a 50 percent increase in revenue from its red ginger product, an ingredient commonly found in jamu (traditional herbal medicine), during the pandemic.Bryan thought the company’s shift to health care and hygiene would help it overcome its losses from earlier this year.The company, which sells the Sari Ayu and PAC cosmetics brands, recorded a loss of Rp 24.24 billion in the first three months of this year.The production shift is part of Martina Berto’s so-called “survival program”, as the company has been forced to temporarily close its outlets and spas because of social distancing measures.As part of the program, Bryan said, the company would conserve its cash by increasing efficiency.“We’ve conducted the efforts by adjusting raw material purchases for production and laying off contract workers so we can conserve cash during this time,” he said.The company has restructured its loans and delayed interest and debt payments to suppliers. It has also adjusted this year’s capital expenditure (capex) for the current situation, he said, without going into detail about the figure.Martina Berto’s shares, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the stock symbol MBTO, closed at Rp 68 per share on Tuesday, unchanged from its previous close, as the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) declined by 0.04 percent.Martina Berto stock has lost 27.66 percent of its value since the beginning of the year.Topics : Publicly listed cosmetics firm PT Martina Berto is targeting Rp 564 billion (US$39.09 million) in sales this year, 4.92 percent higher than last year’s figure, despite slumping demand for cosmetics.President director Bryan David Emil said on Monday that the company was optimistic it would achieve the target as it would focus on producing skin care, personal care, herbal and hygiene-related products this year to offset the low demand for makeup.“We won’t be focusing on makeup products because people’s faces will be covered by masks,” he said during a virtual public showcase. “That’s why we’ll focus on producing hygiene products, soaps, shampoos and hand sanitizers instead this year.”last_img read more

Anthony Rendon free agency rumors: Angels agree to huge deal with third baseman

first_imgWINTER MEETINGS TRACKER: Signings, trades and rumorsRendon, 29, is set to come to the Angels after playing an integral role in the Nationals’ World Series championship run. Washington principal owner Mark Lerner indicated before the Winter Meetings that it was unlikely the club could re-sign him and Series MVP Stephen Strasburg. The Nats later agreed to a record pact with Strasburg, also for seven years and $245 million. Cole’s reported nine-year, $324 million contract with the Yankees shattered that mark.While Strasburg agreed to defer millions of his contract, Rendon will have none of his Angels deal deferred, reports Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post. Rendon does not have an opt-out clause in his contract, either, reports Mark Feinsand of Cole was the Yankees’ only option With Rendon off the board, more third-base dominoes will begin to fall. Free agent Josh Donaldson becomes the hottest commodity, and he is flush with suitors. The Rangers, Nationals and Braves reportedly lead the group. The Rangers offered Rendon six years and just under $200 million, according to Evan P. Grant of the Dallas Morning News.Teams that lose out on Donaldson might then look to trade for a high-end third baseman, with the Cubs’ Kris Bryant the most likely target. There were reports Wednesday that the Rockies might be willing to listen to offers for Nolan Arenado.This developing story will be updated. The Angels are about to secure the top position player in the 2019-20 MLB free-agent market after agreeing Wednesday to a reported seven-year, $245 million contract with third baseman Anthony Rendon.MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the contract terms. Los Angeles closed in on the agreement one day after being outbid for the top pitcher on the market, Gerrit Cole.last_img read more

50-cap England man pleased Austin putting himself in window

first_img1 Charlie Austin scores for QPR against Man City’s Joe Hart Joe Hart says Charlie Austin’s England call-up is fully deserved following the striker’s goal-laden debut season in the Premier League.The QPR man has scored 17 times – including one against Man City ace Hart – in a campaign where Rangers were also relegated.And Austin’s performances have led to a first England call up, with manager Roy Hodgson naming him in the senior squad for the games against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.“Yeah, he’s done really well this season,” Hart, the England no.1 told talkSPORT.“He’s come back from a few injuries and in his first year in the Premier League has put himself in a good light. He’s scored plenty of goals in a difficult season for QPR.”With 20-goal man Harry Kane in the England U21 squad, Austin is the top scoring English striker by some way among Hodgson’s other picks.Wayne Rooney has scored 12 goals, with Danny Welbeck and Jamie Vardy both on four for the Premier League season.“[Roy Hodgson] has got some really good, interesting decisions to make, but they’re the kind that you look forward to making because so many people are putting themselves in the window to be in the England squad,” Hart added.Joe Hart relies on the UK’s no.1 shampoo Head & Shoulders to feel prepared and confident for the game ahead. Visit read more

Raiders mailbag: On the futures of Derek Carr, Tom Cable and more

first_imgWelcome to the Week 13 mailbag. God bless those of you who are still reading these with your team at 2-9.Several of you asked if/when Jon Gruden will fire offensive line coach Tom Cable and if quarterback Derek Carr will be back next season. I condensed those answers to one question, so apologies to those who asked about Cable and/or Carr who don’t see their names.Without further ado, let’s get rolling. @jsmk20raiders: Should the Raiders ask Carr to take a pay cut? He currently …last_img read more

Scoring goals for Africa

first_imgThe breathtaking Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich football club, is the venuefor the launch of the Goal4Africa initiative. (Image: Allianz Arena) Goal4Africa aims to raise $90-million for sports education and developmentin Africa. (Image: Goal4Africa)Janine ErasmusTwo teams, comprising the world’s best soccer players, will square up against each other for charity on 12 July 2008 at the Allianz Arena in Munich. This game, the first of a number of such events planned around the world, will see the Goal4Africa programme kick off in style, and at the same time will pay tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela, who turns 90 in July.Established in 2008, Goal4Africa is a charity whose vision is to use the “beautiful game” (a phrase first attributed to Brazilian soccer star Didi) to raise funds for sports development and education in Africa in the run-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The organisation’s long-term goal is to make sustainable contributions to peace- and nation-building, social and economic development, and poverty alleviation across the continent.Mandela himself has stated that his dream is to provide better schooling for African children, as education is the most powerful tool for changing the world and fighting poverty. Now, Goal4Africa brings together education and football, with the aim of building on Mandela’s vision.The organisation, which hopes to raise $90-million, is driven by a group of experienced sports and marketing professionals. Goal4Africa creator Chris Vermeeren, a former professional tennis player from the Netherlands, is backed by more than 15 years of international sports marketing experience. His colleague, South African event management specialist Nico du Plessis, can boast of working on events such as the Rugby World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The other two partners in the initiative, American Ken Simmonds and Dutchman Ivo Roefs, are experts in project conceptualisation and management, and brand building respectively.Football fans are in for an impressive match with the likes of Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, Ronaldo and Kaká of AC Milan, Samuel Eto’o of Barcelona, Ruud van Nistelrooy of Real Madrid, Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack of Chelsea, as well as South Africa’s Benni McCarthy of Blackburn, and Sean Bartlett and Kaizer Motaung Jr of Kaizer Chiefs all on the field at the same time.Football star Clarence Seedorf of AC Milan, who will also participate, is Goal4Africa’s first and global ambassador.In addition to the game, fans can look forward to a live entertainment event during which Goal4Africa’s mission will be officially announced, Nelson Mandela’s life story will be retold, and the special Goal4Africa anthem will make its debut. The song features the vocals of British singer Ali Campbell of UB40 and South Africa’s Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo.“It’s an honour for me to sing with Ladysmith Black Mambazo,” said Campbell. “To do so at an event that celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday makes this even more special.”The event is scheduled for broadcasting to 41 countries around the world.Scoring for charityFunds will be raised from each goal scored. Sponsors – whether companies, organisations, groups of friends, or individuals – can set a number of conditions for their donations. Examples are a goal scored by their favourite team or player, or any goal scored at amateur level, or a certain amount to match a certain number of goals scored in a season.Fans from all over the world can also participate over the internet through an interactive goal kicking game, and a smaller version is also planned for mobile phones. As with the live version, supporters will make a donation for every goal scored in the digital games. All that is required is to register on raised will be managed and disbursed by a steering committee working with the United Nations. The steering committee comprises the Nelson Mandela Foundation; the Peace and Sport organisation under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Edu Jansing, CEO of the Netherlands-based More than Football Foundation; and Champions for Children, an organisation dedicated to improving early childhood education.Goal4Africa is partnered by organisations such as the Nelson Mandela Foundation; the United Nations; Peace and Sport; and German football club Bayern Munich, which is donating the use of its home stadium, the Allianz Arena, for the high-profile event.“The football match of the Goal4Africa world team will be an unforgettable and unique celebration for Mr Mandela’s 90th birthday,” said Mandela Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor. “We are very committed to Goal4Africa as it builds further on Nelson Mandela’s vision: create better education for the children to build a lasting legacy for the future of Africa.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksGoal4AfricaThe Nelson Mandela FoundationPeace and SportAllianz ArenaSouth African Football Associationlast_img read more