“We’re doing our best to just make sure that we get every vote counted,” she said. “Whatever it takes to get that done, we’re going to do it.”- Advertisement – In the early hours of Friday, the nation’s attention turned to Clayton County, Georgia, where the latest batch of ballots narrowed President Trump’s lead in the state to fewer than 500 votes.By 4 a.m., 98 percent of the state’s precincts had reported their totals, with roughly 2,500 ballots left to count in Clayton. – Advertisement – Election workers in face masks and plastic visors counted absentee ballots — many of them from U.S. service people — through the night. “We are going to stay here until every single absentee ballot is counted,” Shauna Dozier, the director of Clayton County’s board of elections, said in a televised interview with CNN shortly after 2 a.m, adding that she expected to finish counting later in the morning. “We’re doing our best to just make sure that we get every vote counted. Whatever it takes to get that done, we’re going to do it.” Election workers in gloves, face masks and plastic visors counted absentee ballots — many of them from U.S. service people — through the night.” We are going to stay here until every single absentee ballot is counted,” Shauna Dozier, the director of Clayton County’s board of elections, said in a televised interview with CNN shortly after 2 a.m, adding that she expected to finish counting later in the morning. Local journalists and election observers anxiously watched the count through a window from an adjoining room, trying to interpret the poll workers’ movements for signs of how many votes remained.Clayton County, a heavily Democratic area south of Atlanta, received roughly 30,000 absentee ballots this year, compared to only 3,170 in 2016, Ms. Dozier said. The margin in Georgia remains so narrow that election analysts said it would be difficult to call the race early Friday, even if Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. pulls ahead. But a victory for Mr. Biden would significantly narrow Mr. Trump’s path to holding onto the presidency.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
A teenager died in a fatal stabbing after a reported street fight in south London.Francois Kablan, 19, was found with fatal stab wounds in Southwark at 5.30 pm on Wednesday and pronounced dead at the scene.He was found on Great Dover Street after reports of several men fighting nearby.The Harlow reserves football manager, Adam Connolly, said: “Francois was a wonderful person and player. A lot of our players went to the same college as Francois, so it’s been hard on everyone within the squad to hear of this tragic news.“On his last game for Harlow, he scored a superb hat-trick to win us the game and walk away with the match ball. He was certainly a talented footballer and one who could have gone on to feature for the first team.“On behalf of all of the squad, and everyone at the club, our thoughts are with his family and friends.”The Metropolitan police said three males aged between 15 and 20 and an 18-year-old woman were arrested near the scene on suspicion of murder. Two of the males, aged 15 and 17, remain in police custody and the two other people arrested have been released on bail.DCI Kate Kieran said: “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Francois. This is a tragic loss of life of a young man and we will continue to investigate to ensure justice.”A fundraiser has been set up for Kablan and so far reached £2,700, against its £1,000 target. The money donated will go towards helping the 19-year-old’s family.Other clubs across Essex, including Witham Town, Epping Town, Bowers and Pitsea and Essex Alliance Football League, have shared messages of support on social media. Source: The Guardian
Facebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryTimberland Regional Library staff select the best of the best at annual gatheringLast Thursday Timberland Regional Library (TRL) staff gathered, as they do each December, to peruse many of the year’s best picture books for children. From them, they named TRL’s choice of illustrator of the most distinguished picture book published this year in the United States.Twenty-four participants examined 70 books that were either nominated by staff throughout the library system, or received starred reviews, or both. Then five groups selected three finalists each. “Energy was high and defense of each of the 15 finalists was tough,” said Ellen Duffy, TRL Youth Services Coordinator.In the end, Aaron Becker’s “Journey” was voted the winner. The book follows a lonely girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination and unexpected friendship. Here is the full list of winners and finalists:Winner:JOURNEY, Aaron Becker, author & illustrator, (Candlewick Press)Honor Books:MR. TIGER GOES WILD, Peter Brown, author & illustrator (Little, Brown)THE STORY OF FISH & SNAIL, Deborah Freedman, author & illustrator (Viking)THE DARK, Lemony Snicket, author; Jon Klassen, illustrator (Little, Brown)The other finalists:ODD DUCK, Cecil Castellucci & Sara Varon, co-illustrators & authors (First Second)HANK FINDS AN EGG, Rebecca Dudley, illustrator & author (Peter Pauper)PAPA’S MECHANICAL FISH, Candace Fleming, author; Boris Kulikov, illustrator (Farrar, Straus Giroux)CHU’S DAY, Neil Gaiman, author; Adam Rex, illustrator (Harper)FROG SONG, Brenda Guiberson, author; Gennady Spirin, illustrator (Henry Holt)HOW TO BE A CAT, Nikki McClure, author & illustrator (Abrams Appleseed)THE TORTOISE & THE HARE, Jerry Pinkney, author & illustrator (Little, Brown)THE WATERMELON SEED, Greg Pizzoli, author & illustrator (Hyperion)BUGS IN MY HAIR! David Shannon, author & illustrator (Blue Sky Press)WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING, Eileen Spinelli, author; David A. Johnson, illustrator (Eerdmans)BLUEBIRD, Bob Staake, author & illustrator (Schwartz & Wade)TRL staff try to predict the winners and honor books for the Randolph Caldecott Medal awards that are announced each January at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference. The medal goes to the artist of the most distinguished picture book for children published in the United States during the preceding year.Library staff used the same criteria as the judges for the Caldecott Medal:Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed;Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept;Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept;Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures;Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.“Now we’ll wait with bated breath until the actual Caldecott winner and honor books are announced,” said Duffy, “Will one of our titles be included?”Numerous other booklists compiled by TRL staff for all ages are to be found at www.TRL.org.
14 March 2012 South Africa is seeking international funding for its multi-billion rand water infrastructure building plans, Deputy Water Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said at the World Water Forum (WWF) in Marseille, France on Tuesday.“We’ve got countries coming forward and offering us technology. They’re saying they’d like to partner with us,” Mabudafhasi said after opening a joint South Africa-Lesotho display at the WWF.Asked if South Africa was hoping to attract foreign capital for its plan to spend more than R60-billion on water infrastructure over the next three years, she said: “Yes, that is why we have this stand. We need funding for infrastructure.”Mabudafhasi declined to reveal any details, or to say whether a big deal was imminent. “We are still talking,” she told Sapa.The display-stand at the WWF includes a backdrop photograph of the giant Khatse Dam in Lesotho, the main reservoir for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).One of the biggest projects in the worldThe project, one of the biggest of its kind in the world, supplies water from Lesotho to South Africa’s industrial heartland, Gauteng.Phase two of the project, which includes the building of a second big dam in Lesotho, as well as the boring of a 38km-long tunnel, is set to start supplying water in July 2020. It will cost an estimated R15.4-billion.Cutting a ribbon to officially open the display, Mabudafhasi described the LHWP as a “classic example” of how to manage water across a border.“Both countries benefit from the water that flows from the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. It’s a classical example of [trans-border] water management.”Lesotho benefited from the revenue it received, and from the jobs the project had created in that country; South Africa benefited from an assured supply of water for Gauteng.Posing for photographs with officials from the Lesotho Highlands Water Commission, the deputy minister assured them: “We won’t waste a drop.”Growing demand for waterShe also noted that urban migration and ageing infrastructure had put a strain on the delivery of water and the provision of sanitation in South Africa.Supplying rural areas and meeting the demands of the country’s growing economy were also contributing factors.Asked to comment on forecasts of a water crunch in South Africa about a decade from now, she said: “We’re very confident our water won’t get finished.”The exhibition hall where she was speaking had a water problem of its own around midday on Tuesday.While several of the country stands inside the hall displayed dozens of ingenious water and sanitation devices, a queue was forming outside the door of the venue’s single, three-toilet restroom.Sapa
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Due to heavy rainfall and saturated soils during the 2017 growing season, it is not surprising to see some signs of nitrogen deficiency showing up in corn fields across Seed Consultants’ sales footprint. Whether applied preplant or sidedressed, patterns of heavy rainfall and wet soils increase the likelihood of nitrogen being lost. Because nitrogen is an essential nutrient for corn plant development and ultimately yield, losses will impact final yields this fall.When saturated conditions persist, nitrogen can be lost though leaching or denitrification. Leaching (more likely to occur in course-textured soils) is the process where nitrogen is moved down through the soil profile and out of the root zone where it is not available to plants. The severity of nitrogen loss due to leaching is impacted the intensity and duration of rainfall. Denitrification is the process where soil nitrogen is biologically converted to gaseous nitrogen and lost to the atmosphere. During denitrification, microorganisms break down soil nitrogen and convert it to nitrogen gas when soil is saturated and oxygen is limited.Nitrogen deficiency symptoms initially appear as a “V” shaped yellowing on lower leaves that begins at the tip and progresses toward the stalk. Nitrogen deficiency can also cause ears with tip-back, poor kernel set, and shallow kernel development. Fields that have experience excessive rainfall, ponding, and saturated soils could be exhibiting the symptoms discussed above.While nitrogen deficiency can impact grain yield, another concern for eastern Corn Belt farmers this fall is stalk integrity. When nitrogen deficiencies exist, the corn plant will “cannibalize” its own stalk to produce an ear. As a result, stalks will be weakened and will be prone to lodging this fall. Fields where nitrogen deficiency has been observed should be harvested in a timely manner this fall to avoid harvest losses due to lodged corn plants. For more pictures and information on corn nitrogen application and deficiency symptoms, click here.
A group of builders in the Pacific Northwest specializing in sustainable building practices is hoping to enlarge its Code Innovations Database with an online Crowdrise campaign to raise $40,000 by January 7.The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, based in Seattle, said that the database already is filled with information about innovative designs, technology, and materials, but the Guild would like to add hundreds more case studies and profiles on green building codes and make it useful to more builders.Despite 20 years of ground-breaking efforts to advance sustainable building, innovative builders “still face an uphill climb and regulatory hurdles that can slow or even stop their best ideas from being adopted more broadly,” a statement posted at the website says.The money will be used to publish additional case studies on successful projects, add profiles on innovative green building codes, and advocate for policy innovation.“EcoBuilders,” as the site calls them, are advocating designs that go beyond LEED certification to meet the requirements of more rigorous programs such as the Living Building Challenge or Passivhaus. According to the Guild, these builders often discover that the process is “fraught with regulatory disconnects from building codes and policies that haven’t caught up with the pace of innovation.“We can’t let the slow moving, bureaucratic process stall or even stop proven technology from being adopted more broadly,” the group said. “We have to make it easier to build green.”If information is shared freely between builders, code enforcement officials, and developers, then green building practices can be advanced more rapidly, the group said.
Phelps overjoyed to announce new baby John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “It feels good, because last year was really tough for us and only winning one game it was hard so getting our second win, we’ve already our record and it feels good,” said Padda. “It shows that there’s been growth in the program and our team is not a pushover from last year.”Although the Lady Maroons managed to go hit-for-hit with the Lady Falcons in the second and third sets, the same can’t be said for the opening set when Adamson looked flawless.Adamson tallied eight service aces in the first set alone, and that mark was two more than UP scored in spikes.“That first set really hurt UP and our passing was really good,” said Padda as her team finished with 17 aces. “I’m surprised we got 17 aces, our team’s growing. And if we had to define us, I won’t define us as a strong serving team, we’re a strong defensive team.”Adamson outgunned UP, 40-26, in terms of spikes and was ahead 53-39 in excellent digs.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Mylene Paat led Adamson with 15 points, eight coming off aces, while Galanza added 14.Mary Joy Dacoron and Chiara Permentilla also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.Carlos led UP with 12 points while Isa Molde added seven. Adamson wasted no time and handed University of the Philippines its second straight loss, 25-9, 27-25, 25-20, victory in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Lady Falcons soared to their second straight win for a 2-1 card, already eclipsing their one-win total from Season 79, while the Lady Maroons slipped to their second straight loss and a 1-2 record.With the Lady Falcons leading two sets to none and 23-18 in the third, Diana Carlos managed to score two straight points to cut the margin to three, 23-20, and give UP a semblance of fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCarlos’ back-to-back hits prompted Adamson head coach Air Padda to call time, and Jema Galanza calmed her mentor down with a pinpoint kill that went through UP’s defense and put the Lady Falcons at the 24-20 match point.UP’s Marian Buitre then gave Adamson the win when she failed to get the ball over from her side of the floor. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments