Rain brings drought relief, yet rainfall deficit persists

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleThe Orange County Clerk of Courts may have money for youNext article5 Things to Know About the Total Solar Eclipse Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictRecent wet weather has brought an end to drought conditions, as well as indications of rebounding aquifer levels, within the St. Johns River Water Management District. A report outlining hydrological conditions was presented at the district’s July Governing Board meeting.“Summer has arrived, bringing with it the storms that provide much-needed relief from months of dry weather. Despite this recent rainfall, we need to stay committed to our water conservation efforts,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Our team continues to closely monitor hydrologic data within the district as we work to ensure sufficient water for people and the environment.”The county with the highest rainfall total for June was Putnam, with more than 16 inches of rain, followed by Alachua, with 14.5 inches. Both counties received more than double the average rainfall for June. Orange County received 11.58 inches of rain, about 4 inches above average for the month of June. Brevard County received 8.69 inches of rain, nearly 2 inches above average for June.While June rainfall was above average throughout the district, due to prolonged rainfall deficits in the preceding months much of the district is still well below average for the past 12 months. As a result of the deficit, the district’s Water Shortage Warning Order remains in place.The order was issued in March 2017 due to below-average rainfall and encourages all water users to reduce their water use and voluntarily conserve water to the maximum extent possible, as well as adhere to year-round watering restrictions.More information about the district’s water shortage warning can be found online at www.sjrwmd.com/facts.About the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictSt. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville, and Palm Bay. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

St. Patrick’s Day Every Day in Floral Park

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Shane Moynagh sits at a pew inside his Floral Park restaurant Swing the Teapot and stabs his fork into a lightly browned grilled potato, one of several smothered beneath a hefty pile of fried eggs, juicy sausage and thick, savory bacon, known on the menu as the “Irish Breakfast.”His blue eyes drift away from the platter as customers saunter in, the cozy eatery offering a much-needed escape from the whipping winds hustling through the quaint village that boasts the largest Irish population on Long Island.Moynagh postpones his feast to greet the new guests—responding to an immediate inquiry from an elderly man that “No,” he is not, in fact, related to another Moynagh the visitor happens to know. The man then joins his group at an adjacent table, intent on ordering the same dish Moynagh resumes devouring with the help of some warm Irish tea.“That’s a man’s breakfast!” says Moynagh, a resilient and energetic 54-year-old who talks with his hands and punctuates many of his sentences with an infectious laugh.Floral Park’s Tulip Avenue has blossomed into a literal Little Ireland. A half-dozen pubs and restaurants line the quiet street, which crosses the Long Island Rail Road and spills into Jericho Turnpike, the railroad a key mode of transportation for revelers descending on the village from Belmont Park and neighboring communities.March is Irish-American Heritage Month, and Floral Park’s Emerald Aisle of pubs and eateries—from McCarthy’s and Jamesons to Jack Duggans and J Fallon’s Tap Room—are about to get a whole lot greener. Every day is St. Patrick’s Day here—even the local Key Food has an Irish section. Its manager is also of Irish descent, says Moynagh.“I think they’re very important,” Floral Park Chamber of Commerce President Theresa Whalen says of the village’s row of Irish pubs and restaurants. “I think it keeps Tulip Avenue vibrant and alive and it also attracts a lot of the Irish people in the community.”Originally from Ballyjamesduff County Cavan, a small Irish village with a population of slightly more than 2,200 people, Moynagh has been behind the counter since he was just 4 years old, working in his mother’s bakery in Ireland and then pouring drinks as a bartender for 15 years after moving to Sunnyside, Queens, in 1979.Swing the Teapot, which Moynagh has owned for about five years, is comfortable and quirky, with a hodgepodge of antique furniture strewn throughout. The eatery features 19th Century dining tables from Italy, chairs from local antique stores and the streets of Floral Park, three popular sewing machine tables and two 18-foot-long pews that he purchased from a local church.Dozens of teapots—many hand-me-downs donated by friends and customers—reside within a mammoth cupboard from Houston, Texas that encompasses an entire wall. Others festoon with paintings by his mother and brother. His favorite piece depicts a cracking fireplace, with the words, “This painting is for Shane,” inscribed on its back.“Nothing matches,” Moynagh admits.Top to bottom: Irish Soda Bread and Irish Breakfast from Swing theTeapot, Fish and Chips and Shepherd’s Pie from Jack Duggans, Pot Roast and Chicken Pot Pie from Jamesons Bar & Grill.As inviting as the atmosphere is, the locals come here primarily for the food. More specifically, traditional Irish meals such as Chicken Pot Pie, Shepherd’s Pie, Fish & Chips, Irish Brown Bread, Irish Soda Bread and of course, the Irish Breakfast.“It’s very much Irish,” Moynagh says. “Did I intend to go that way? No, but I’ve fallen into that category.”Moynagh also owns Tulip Bakery in Floral Park, a staple in the village for more than 90 years that has changed hands five times. He considers himself “Tulip the Fifth,” he says, with a laugh.Kathleen Duggan, who co-owns Jack Duggans just around the corner from Swing the Teapot with her brother, grew up in Galway, Ireland and has been “in the bar business for as long as I can remember,” she says one quiet morning in the village.“It’s extremely vibrant,” she says of Galway. “It’s young and happening.”The same can be said for Floral Park in the evening, when an older crowd gives way to a cluster of 20- and 30-somethings putting back Guinness, Magners Irish Cider and Jameson.“Look, it’s empty,” Duggan, 43, says with a laugh, lifting the bottle of Jameson while offering the correct Irish pronunciation of her customers’ preferred whiskey.Duggan made the permanent move to the United States in 1996 and planted her roots in Westchester. She spends long hours in Floral Park but splits the days with her brother, who typically takes the night shift.“We were never looking for a business in Floral Park,” Duggan says. “It just happened this way.”Jack Duggans offers a different experience than Moynagh’s Swing the Teapot. Seventeen high-definition TV sets attract dedicated sports fans and the layout is more conducive to popular sporting events. Yet Duggan, too, embraces her Irish culture and is driven by an unrelenting work ethic instilled by her father.She keeps a black-and-white photo of her great-great grandfather, the place’s namesake, on a shelf above the bar alongside a picture of her 72-year-old father beside a racehorse he once owned. Two miniature traffic lights from the motherland flank the bar, splashing the message “Bar is Open” through a green light. Near the exit is a square sign that professes a traditional Gaelic message: “May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.”Jack Duggans also offers traditional Irish grub—chicken pot pie, shepherds pie, fish and chips—but there’s also other favorites, such as bangers and mash—made with traditional Irish sausage—mashed potatoes, gravy and sautéed onions.Duggan, her blonde hair flowing over a purple top and black sweater, believes her family’s Irish heritage has transcended to her business.“It’s a friendly place,” she says, “[customers] sometimes think we’re just a bar, which it’s really not that, there’s much more to it than a bar. People feel at home here.”Jamesons Bar & Grill, a short crawl from Jack Duggans, has also made a name for itself over its 15 years in business, serving up Irish-American dishes and playing host to many Irish-themed events.Jamesons’ Super Bowl is St. Patrick’s Day. The bar will roll out Irish Step Dancers, the drinks will flow and the kitchen will be preparing a grand traditional feast.The restaurant’s owner, 53-year-old Robert Sullivan, is appreciative of the support he’s received from the community throughout the years.“It’s the type of community…that when [people] grow up and get married they actually move back,” says Sullivan. “And that says something about Floral Park.”Many of the local restaurant owners, including Duggan and Moynagh, share similar stories. They were born in Ireland, spent their childhood working in the family bakery or pub, and have had success in Floral Park.“I love Floral Park,” says Moynagh. “As an immigrant I’ve been accepted very well, I’ve been supported very well by the whole community of Floral Park. I never felt like I [wasn’t] wanted here.”last_img read more

NYSEG: Over 5,000 customers without power Monday

first_img—– 3:33 P.M. UPDATE: The map can be viewed by clicking here. As of 3:33 p.m., the number of power outages in the area was under 100. For the most up-to-date information, go to the NYSEG Power Outage Map. (WBNG) — A media personnel for NYSEG says the cause of Monday afternoon’s power outage was a broken insulator on Smith Hill Road in the town of Chenango. (WBNG) — NYSEG is reporting more than 5,000 customers are without power Monday afternoon. According to the company’s power outage map, the towns of Barker, Binghamton, Chenango, Dickinson, Fenton and Maine are affected. The company says repairs are expected by 4:45 p.m. Monday.last_img

VBMS, NKT In Charge of Borssele Beta Export Cables

first_imgTenneT has awarded the consortium between VBMS and NKT Cables with a contract for the installation of two 67km export cables that will connect the Borssele Beta substation, i.e. the Borssele 3 & 4 offshore wind farms, to the Dutch onshore grid.In November 2016, VBMS and NKT Cables won a contract to supply and install two Borssele Alpha export cables with an option for Borssele Beta, which has been awarded now.Under the latest contract, VBMS will also install a 7km interconnector cable between the Borssele Alpha and Beta offshore substations.The contract for Boskalis’ subsidiary VBMS has been valued at approximately EUR 70 million.The four cables will be routed via the Western Scheldt estuary and will come ashore near the existing high-voltage substation at Borssele, the Netherlands.As part of the works, Boskalis will pre-sweep and dredge the shallow parts of the route to enable VBMS to simultaneously lay and bury the export cables at the required depth.The grid connection of the Borssele offshore wind area consists of two 700MW connections: Alpha and Beta. Borssele Alpha, which will connect Borssele 1 & 2 to the grid, will go into service in 2019 and Borssele Beta will be operational in 2020.last_img read more

Bournemouth return to form with easy win over Norwich

first_img Dan Gosling opened the scoring for the home side with 10 minutes gone before Charlie Daniels converted from the spot shortly after half-time. Benik Afobe, Bournemouth’s record signing, then opened his account for the club following a cool finish with 15 minutes remaining. Daniels, a constant threat down Bournemouth’s left flank, was allowed to drift into the Norwich penalty area and appeared to be grappled to the floor by Russell Martin. The Canaries defender protested his innocence and referee Robert Madley waved away the home side’s appeals. Madley was back in the spotlight moments before the interval when Rudd scythed down Afobe on the edge of his own box. Harry Arter played Afobe through, and in attempting to clear the ball, Rudd took a wild swing with his right foot, before missing the ball and taking the former Wolves and Arsenal striker down with him. The home crowd chanted for a red card, but Rudd, with Sebastien Bassong and Ryan Bennett in close proximity, was shown only a yellow. Moments after the re-start and it was Madley who was once more the focus of the home support after Arter fell in the Norwich penalty area. Madley turned down his appeals and the Cherries midfielder was booked for his protests. Bournemouth, however, remained in the ascendancy and after Pugh’s header was cleared off the line by Martin, Bournemouth were finally awarded a spot-kick. Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe pulled back Pugh, and Madley had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Daniels stepped up to double Bournemouth’s advantage and it was no less than Howe’s side deserved. Afobe, in only his second appearance for Bournemouth, then completed the victory when he tapped home a fine cross from Daniels. The result takes Howe’s men above Norwich into 15th in the table with the Canaries now one point and one place below them. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Great win, fully deserved. Congrats bro on your first of many @Afobe_” – injured Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings RATINGS BOURNEMOUTH Artur Boruc 7 Simon Francis 7 Steve Cook 7 Charlie Daniels 9 Dan Gosling 8 Andrew Surman 7 Marc Pugh 7 Harry Arter 8 Adam Smith 7 Junior Stanislas 7 Benik Afobe 8 Subs: Eunan O’Kane 5 Glenn Murray 5 Yann Kermorgant 5 NORWICH Declan Rudd 5 Ryan Bennett 5 Russell Martin 5 Sebastien Bassong 4 Jonny Howson 5 Alex Tettey 5 Wes Hoolahan 5 Matt Jarvis 5 Robbie Brady 5 Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe 4 Dieumerci Mbokani 5 Subs: Cameron Jerome 5 Nathan Redmond 5 Graham Dorrans 5 STAR PLAYER Charlie Daniels – Turned in an impressive display for Bournemouth as he bombed up and down the left flank. He scored from the penalty spot and then assisted Benik Afobe for his first goal for the club with a fine cross. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Norwich manager Alex Neil turning the air blue with an array of expletives after Sebastien Bassong asked for someone to fetch his gloves moments after the kick-off. Neil did not look impressed with Bassong’s request, but the Cameroon defender got his wish. VIEW FROM THE BENCH That was Norwich’s third defeat in as many games and Neil cut a frustrated figure in the away dugout. In contrast, Eddie Howe will be delighted with his side’s response from their second-half horror show against West Ham only five days ago. MOAN OF THE MATCH How was Declan Rudd not sent off for his foul on Afobe? The Norwich goalkeeper scythed down Bournemouth’s new signing with a horror challenge, but was only booked. Not referee Robert Madley’s finest afternoon. NEXT UP Sunderland v Bournemouth (Barclays Premier League, January 23) Norwich v Liverpool (Barclays Premier League, January 23) Both sides made one change from their midweek defeats. Bournemouth midfielder Marc Pugh came in for the injured Matt Ritchie while Gary O’Neill, sent off against Stoke, was replaced by Matt Jarvis. Lewis Grabban had been expected to feature against his former club but the forward, who re-signed for the Cherries in a £7million deal earlier this month, was said to be suffering from an illness. Bournemouth may have suffered a 3-1 home defeat against West Ham on Tuesday night, but there was no sign of any hangover for Howe’s side. Indeed it was the south coast club – on a winless run of four matches heading into Saturday’s fixture – who came flying out of the blocks. Afobe fizzed a 20-yard effort over Declan Rudd’s bar with only two minutes gone, before Junior Stanislas’ deflected shot then fell into the hands of the grateful Norwich goalkeeper. Bournemouth have gained a reputation as fast-starters – having scored six goals inside the opening 15 minutes which is more than any other Premier League club – and with 10 minutes on the clock they increased that tally to seven. Gosling ghosted unmarked into the Norwich area before Marc Pugh’s pinpoint cross was headed home by the former Everton midfielder. It was Gosling’s third league goal of the campaign and no less than the home side deserved for their early endeavour. Gosling’s curling left-footed effort then went narrowly wide of Rudd’s right post before Bournemouth probably should have been given the chance to extend their lead from 12 yards. Bournemouth recorded the biggest win of their short Barclays Premier League tenure after cruising to a 3-0 victory against Norwich. Press Associationlast_img read more

Conte sticks to League Cup youth policy

first_imgChelsea’s Boss Antonio ConteLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says he will give his young players another chance to shine in Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final at home to Bournemouth.Conte fielded weakened teams in the earlier rounds against Nottingham Forest and Everton and although the semi-finals are now in sight, he is not planning to change his approach.“Every competition is serious. I think our task is to try to win the game, to try to reach the semi-final,” Conte told Tuesday’s pre-match press conference.“At the same time it’s right in this competition to give the opportunity to the players not playing regularly.“For the players that are struggling to find the best form after injuries; (Danny) Drinkwater, for example.“I have to trust my players. Not only with words, but with facts, to show I trust my players and I want to give them a big opportunity in a big game to show me they deserve to play.”With wing-back Marcos Alonso suspended after accumulating five yellow cards, Brazilian Kenedy is set to get a rare first-team start on the left flank.Back-up striker Michy Batshuayi and midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has recovered from illness, could both be named in the starting XI.Wales international Ethan Ampadu, 17, could start and fellow teenagers Callum Hudson-Odoi and Dujon Sterling are also in contention. David Luiz remains sidelined with a knee injury, but the form of Andreas Christensen means the Brazil centre-back has not been missed.Christensen, 21, has usurped Luiz as Conte’s preferred pick in the centre of his three-man defence and the Italian says the Denmark international is an example to Chelsea’s fringe players.“I hope to have this type of problem,” Conte told journalists at Chelsea’s Cobham training base southwest of London.“Before taking a decision for the starting XI, if a player plays or not, the last part of the body that I look (at) is the head.“You ask me: ‘Why don’t Chelsea play young players?’ I put a young player (in) now. If you deserve to play, you play.“Don’t forget Christensen is playing, only 21 years old. He’s showing he deserves to play. I think this guy has fantastic prospects for the present, for the future.”Conte would not be drawn on newspaper reports linking Luiz with a move away from Stamford Bridge.“I don’t read,” said the Chelsea manager. “I solve the problem.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Lake Lois Habitat Reserve Restoration Volunteer Opportunity

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0LAKE LOIS HABITAT RESERVE RESTORATION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITYLACEY, WA, April 4, 2013:Lacey-area residents are invited to join volunteers and staff from the City of Lacey Parks and Recreation Department at the Lake Lois Habitat Reserve to plant native shrubs and remove invasive plants on Saturday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Lake Lois Habitat Reserve is located north of Pacific Avenue SE, and west of Lake Lois Road SE.Parking is available at Woodland Creek Community Park, 6729 Pacific Avenue SE. Use the crosswalk to walk across Pacific Avenue SE at the Lake Lois Road SE intersection.Individuals, families, and groups are welcome to join. Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups are encouraged to pre-register to be sure there are tools for everyone.All volunteers should bring a water bottle and wear weather-appropriate outdoor clothing, work gloves, sturdy shoes or boots, and rain gear, if necessary. It is also encouraged that volunteers bring a shovel, if owned.Please visit the City of Lacey website, www.ci.lacey.wa.us/parks-volunteer to access the Registration/Waiver Form for groups and individuals. For additional information, please call the Lacey Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 491-0857.last_img read more

It has been a pleasure working with you my friend: Shane Warne after Kuldeep 5-wicket haul

first_imgBrief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*), trail by 316 following on.Kuldeep Yadav on Sunday became the sixth Indian bowler to pick five wickets in Australia, with the 24-year-old taking five wickets for 99 runs, as India bowled out Australia for 300 and enforced the follow-on with a 322-run first innings lead.Kuldeep, playing his first match in the series, picked up his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket, with his first coming against the West Indies at Rajkot in October of last year.Kuldeep’s 5-wicket hail also brought an end to a 64-year wait as he became the second left-arm wrist spinner to bag a five-wicket haul in Australia after England’s Johnny Wardle, who took 5 for 79 against the hosts at the SCG in 1955.Kuldeep after leading Team India off the field, he said that it was special for him to pick the five wickets in front of his ‘idol’ Shane Warne, who is on commentary duty.Shane Warne too was all praise for his young pupil, saying that it was special for him too being his mentor.”Well bowled and congrats on your 5 wicket haul Kuldeep. Also thank you for your very kind words – it’s been a pleasure to work with you & watch you bowl my friend!,” Warne tweeted.Well bowled & congrats on your 5 wicket haul @imkuldeep18 also, thankyou for your very kind words – it’s been a pleasure to work with you & watch you bowl my friend ! pic.twitter.com/35vNtL8qp5advertisementShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) January 6, 2019Shane Warne has on many occasions been seen working with Kuldeep Yadav, giving the young spinner a few tips here and there. Most recently, Warne had spent some time with Kuldeep in Adelaide.Also Read | Spotted: Shane Warne advises Kuldeep Yadav Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav 1st Chinaman bowler to bag 5-wicket haul in Tests in Australia in 64 yearsAlso Read | Virat Kohli wasn’t even born when India last enforced follow-on in Australia 33 years agolast_img read more