Too early for Christmas? Family told to remove decorations until closer to holiday

first_imgABC News(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — A Texas family isn’t budging after they were ordered to remove their Christmas decorations.This year, Claudia and Nick Simonis of San Antonio displayed their holiday cheer one day after Halloween. Shortly after, they said, an inspector visited their home bah humbugging to take the festive decorations down.The couple told “Good Morning America” they received a letter that read, “please remove the snowman until closer to the holiday season.”“It doesn’t state any dates at all on when to put the decorations [back] up,” Nick Simonis told “GMA.” “It only stated that we must take down the decorations ten days after the holidays.”Diamond Association Management & Consulting, the Simonis Homeowner Association, has not yet responded to ABC News’ request for comment.One of the Simonis’ reasons for their early decking of the halls is because Claudia is 8-months pregnant.“I just wanted to be prepared,” she told “GMA.”One of the Simonis’ neighbors told “GMA” she was “furious” when she heard about the issue. “It’s not bothering anyone, it’s gorgeous,” the neighbor said.Despite the notice, the Simonis said they’re not removing their Christmas decor.“We’re definitely keeping them up,” Nick Simonis said. “We’re not taking them down at all.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Closing station would be detrimental

first_imgFarmers rely on the most up-to-date local weather information to make the best decisions on when to plant or make other decisions for their crops. Without that knowledge, they can lose money, says a University of Georgia economist.There are 79 Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network weather stations located across the state, from Dalton to Valdosta and Augusta to LaGrange. What if just one were closed?Two and a half years ago, economists with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental set out to find how closing just one of these stations would affect the state’s farmers. For the study, the researchers used the weather station located on the Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla in southwest Georgia, the state’s row-crop farming belt.“We needed to use a station in an area where agriculture relies on irrigation and one that’s been online for several years so we could look back at historical data,” said CAES economist Jeff Mullen, who led the project. “Camilla was perfect because there are several neighboring weather stations that are relied on heavily by farmers.”Farmers’ profits loweredAccording to the study, closing the Camilla station could result in a loss of $290,000 to the cotton farmers in the area who rely on the station’s data for making planting and input decisions, such as when to fertilize or make pesticide or herbicide applications. The study focused only on planting dates and irrigation applications.Peanut farmers who rely on the station could lose $276,000, corn farmers could lose $215,000 and soybean farmers could lose $64,000. These figures are collective loses over the entire growing season.Weather data from your neighborhood“When it rains, you might get a television report that it rained in Tifton. But that doesn’t mean it rained in Americus, and the quantities of rain will be different,” he said. “The weather stations provide those more-refined details that farmers rely on.”To get the dollar values, the researchers first modeled how farmers use the information from the Camilla station. “Basically, we modeled what farmers would do with the best information available from Camilla,” Mullen said. “Then we modeled what farmers would do if the Camilla station wasn’t there and they had to rely on the next best alternative, one of several neighboring stations like the one in Arlington or in Tifton.”Second best is just thatThe UGA scientists were then able to uncover how using the “second best information” would affect the farmers’ profits, he said.“Individual weather stations generate information that coalesces into a network of information,” Mullen said. “In this way, they are able to provide more accurate information on a finer scale. This study shows how letting just one station go dark could affect farmers in that area.”Mullen is now studying how closing stations will affect fruit growers, like blueberry or peach farmers, who rely on frost forecasts generated by data from the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network. To view data from the network, visit the Web site read more

Justice Kennedy slated to address General Assembly

first_img January 15, 2005 Regular News Justice Kennedy slated to address General Assembly Justice Kennedy slated to address General Assemblycenter_img U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the keynote speaker at the General Assembly during The Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting in June.An enthusiastic Bar President-elect Alan Bookman announced Kennedy’s appearance during last month’s Board of Governors’ meeting.He called Kennedy an outstanding speaker who typically orates without notes and without hesitation, even on lengthy and complex addresses.“This is a first for The Florida Bar,” he said. “We’re very excited about that.”Kennedy’s appearance was arranged by 11th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Gerald Tjoflat. Part of Kennedy’s duties include overseeing the courts in the 11th Circuit.A 17-year veteran of the court, Kennedy was appointed by President Reagan. Prior to that appointment, he had served on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 1975, and before that he practiced law, lobbied, and taught in California.Justice Kennedy is known for his fair-minded and pragmatic approach to cases, and is seen as a bridge-builder on the court and a member of its centrist bloc.last_img read more

McGregor beats Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246

first_img “We’ve never seen that before. Not like that,” UFC commentator Joe Rogan said afterwards about the shoulder strikes. “The performance tonight was just stunning.” Conor McGregor is back. The UFC’s biggest star easily defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in just 40 seconds to win his comeback fight in the welterweight main event of UFC 246 on Saturday night. Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More “I’ve still got work to do to get back where I was,” McGregor (22-4) told Rogan after his arm was raised. Then added of potential challengers: “Any one of these little mouthy fools, can get it,” as camera showed “BMF” belt holder Jorge Masvidal in the crowd, who has been mentioned as a possible future opponent. Read Also: Anthony Joshua presents heavyweight title belts to PMB in London McGregor’s UFC 246 victory was his first fight in the Octagon since the Irish superstar lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018. “He got me with his elbows right away, then head kicked me,” said Cerrone (36-14-1), the all-time leader in UFC wins. “I got my ass whipped early. I love this sport. I’m gonna keep fighting.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… McGregor bloodied Cerrone’s nose with multiple shoulder strikes during a clinch in the first few seconds of the fight, then kicked Cerrone in the jaw and beat him down to the ground, raining punches until the referee gave McGregor the TKO victory at 40 seconds into the first round. It was the second-fastest win of McGregor’s career and his first victory since 2016.last_img read more

Curious to know what its like to be in the line of

Citation: Curious to know what it’s like to be in the line of fire? (2018, April 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from University of South Australia researchers and the SA Country Fire Service (CFS) have joined forces to give residents a searing experience of a bushfire – all from the safety of a virtual reality headset. Provided by University of South Australia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Credit: University of South Australia  The new technology allows people to ‘live through’ a computer-generated scenario of a major bushfire in the Adelaide Hills, replicating fire conditions and strong, changeable winds fanning the flames, putting users under pressure to put their bushfire emergency plans into action. The virtual reality headset, developed by UniSA PhD student Safa Molan in conjunction with CFS officials, simulates typical conditions in a bushfire, where residents must decide whether to leave their homes early or stay and defend. Safa’s supervisor, Associate Professor Delene Weber, says the virtual reality experience allows people to experience some of the emotional pressures of a fire, and the reality that conditions can change quickly. “The scenario is realistic but safe and underlines the importance of being prepared in the event of a major fire,” she says. The technology is timely, given the findings of a recent study which showed that SA residents living in fire prone areas need to shift their focus from a survival plan to creating and managing a ‘fire-smart’ landscape, as urban growth in Adelaide’s fringes continues unchecked. The joint UniSA and University of Adelaide-led study explored the community’s perceptions of vegetation management in peri-urban areas. The study exposed the conflicts between fire control measures and biodiversity, revealing that modern planning processes have failed to address the complexity of environmental factors on the peri-urban fringe. Assoc Prof Weber, from UniSA’s Natural and Built Environments Research Centre, says almost 1000 people living in fire prone areas were surveyed and hundreds more interviewed in focus groups. “Some key themes emerged,” she says, “including the reality that it is becoming increasingly difficult to insulate people and assets from bushfire risk in South Australia. “A balanced approach to risk mitigation and biodiversity protection is possible but there are clear differences between men and women in their ecological values, fire-risk assessment, preparation and response.” Current bushfire planning needs to acknowledge not only physical preparedness but also emotional preparation, Assoc Prof Weber says. A report of the three-year study, which was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), includes the following findings and recommendations:63 per cent of respondents believe that climate change and bushfire risk are linked, yet value biodiversity over burn offs and large vegetation clearance;More focus needs to be put on fire-smart communities who manage their landscapes rather than just putting a survival plan into action;Despite advances in individual landholder preparedness for bushfires, overall the community in peri-urban areas is unprepared;Fire management agencies need to have a strong voice in the early stages of new developments. Two-pronged approach prepares for bushfire threat read more