Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Break out those hats, gloves, and ice scrapers, Long Island, because Old Man Winter is not through with us just yet. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, as well as a winter storm watch, for parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties on Sunday, the first day of spring, predicting—you guessed it—snow. You can thank Winter Storm Regis, which has been dumping snow across the Midwest on its trek east, morphing into a good, old-fashioned weekend nor’easter—just in time for the Monday morning commute.The winter storm watch—in effect from Sunday afternoon, March 20, through Sunday night—warns of possible snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches with wind gusts of up to 25 mph in eastern Suffolk County, and “hazardous travel due to reduced visibilities and significant snow accumulations.”In effect from 6 p.m. Sunday till 10 a.m. Monday, March 21, the advisory forecasts accumulations of the good white stuff from 2 to 6 inches throughout Nassau and western Suffolk County. A mix of snow and light rain will develop early Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service states, with the snow continuing through Sunday night and tapering off by Monday morning.“Visibilities will be reduced in spots due to blowing snow,” it warns. “Travel will remain difficult due to accumulating snow.”The snow will be accompanied by wind gusts up to 20 mph, continues the advisory, with temperatures in the lower 30s. “Periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties,” it adds. “Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.”
Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel (2) and Brian Hoyer watch teammates at the NFL football team’s training camp in Berea, Ohio, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Johnny Manziel says he’s competing with more than Brian Hoyer in the competition to be Cleveland’s starting quarterback.Manziel said “it’s really me versus the playbook right now.” Following Thursday’s practice, the rookie QB acknowledged he’s had some ups and downs in his first week in training camp as he learns Cleveland’s offense. Manziel, though, believes he’s making some progress.Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said there is no clear leader between Hoyer and Manziel. Shanahan is hoping one of the QBs takes off and makes the decision easier for Cleveland’s coaching staff.Hoyer said he’s not worrying about his battle with Manziel as much as trying to make the Browns better.Manziel has yet to work with Cleveland’s first-string offense, but coach Mike Pettine said that will change soon.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
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By The Nelson Daily SportsThe Diamonds proved to be too strong for the rest of the field at the Soccer Quest Christmas Co-Ed Indoor Tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Cedar Street Facility.The Diamonds defeated The Midget Pinkies 5-2 to claim the top prize at the eight-team holiday indoor tournament.The Diamonds, consisting mostly of players home from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island for the Christmas holiday, plowed through the round robin draw going undefeated.So the Diamonds were the favourites to continue the trend in the final against The Midget Pinkies in the finale.However, The Midget Pinkies, paced by the Stewart Family Members and Reed Bambrick kept the score close and had numerous scoring chances.But The Midget Pinkies were denied around the net, as most teams were during the two-day event, by goalkeeper Jan Williams in the Diamonds net.In the consolation final KRS Red edged Byron’s Army 10-8.The Soccer Quest Christmas Co-Ed Indoor Tournament increased to eight teams this year and consisted of players between the ages of 14 and 44 years as well as members of the Kootenay Regional Soccer program.The next Soccer Quest adult tournament will take place on March 26/27 and it will be a Masters 30 plus ladies and 35 plus men’s events. Teams from Kamloops and Penticton are already registered.Soccer Quest youth winter programs start Monday with registration now ongoing.By The Nelson Daily [email protected]
High Court Judge James Bovell-Drakes on Thursday sentenced 40-year-old Melroy Simpson to 15 years’ imprisonment for the unlawful killing of his reputed wife, Carmelita Jones, who he turned into a human torch on September 26, 2012 at B Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown.He was originally indicted with murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser count ofDeceased: Carmelita Jonesmanslaughter.Sentencing had been deferred owing to his lawyer requesting a probation report. According to the facts of the case, the offender set the 25-year-old woman on fire after an argument erupted over a pack of milk he assumed she obtained from another male.Simpson then threw a flammable substance on his reputed wife and set her alight. She sustained burns about the body, including her right foot, back, neck and abdomen. She later succumbed to her injuries while receiving medical attention. She was the mother of four children.
By Ryan [email protected] @sparksonsports on TwitterGames this early in the season rarely mean this much.The 51st annual Milk Can Game between the Fortuna Huskies and Ferndale Wildcats at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Ferndale High School is more likely to resemble a late-season playoff game than a contest in the third week of the season. But that’s how much weight this game holds in the Eel River Valley, and you better bet the coaches and players know it. “We can go 1-9 …
Redding >> The Red Bluff Lady Spartans volleyball team took a 5-set win on the road over the Enterprise Hornets Thursday evening, 3-2.It was a back and forth night for the Spartans, who jumped out early 25-19 in the first set before dropping the second and third by the same score, 22-25. Something clicked in the fourth set and the Spartans dominated 25-14 before taking the tie-breaking fifth set 17-15 for the win.As of 5 p.m. Friday no individual stats had been posted. The Spartans (13-5 …
Poverty levels dropped in South Africa between 2006 and 2011, reaching a low of 20.2% for extreme poverty and of 45.5% for moderate poverty, according to the Poverty Trends in South Africa report released by Statistics SA on Thursday.(Image: Statistics South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe report applies three measures of poverty, with extreme poverty defined in terms of a “food poverty line” below which people are unable to purchase enough food for an adequate diet.Less extreme poverty is defined in terms of a “lower-bound poverty line”, below which people can afford an adequate diet but would have to sacrifice food to purchase non-food items; and an “upper-bound poverty line” marking the level at which people can purchase both adequate food and non-food items.The drop in poverty in the country, according to the report, translates to roughly 10.2-million South Africans living in extreme poverty (below the food line) in 2011, compared to 12.6-million in 2006; and 23-million living in moderate poverty (below the upper line), compared to 27.1-million in 2006.In terms of the lower poverty line – higher than the food line but lower than the upper line – 32.3% of the population, or roughly 16.3-million people, were living in poverty in 2011, down from 42.2% or 20-million people in 2006. It is this line that the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) uses in setting its ambitious target of eliminating poverty by 2030.The report notes the dramatic impact the global financial crisis of 2008/09 had on the livelihoods of South Africa’s poorest, with the number of people living below the food line jumping to 15.8-million in 2009 before dropping below 2006 levels again by 2011.Impact of social wage ‘critical’The overall decrease in poverty is attributed to the combination of a growing social safety net, income growth, above-inflation wage increases, decelerating inflationary pressure, and an expansion of credit.“[I]t is critical to note the positive impact the provision of a ‘social wage’ package has been in helping reduce poverty in the country,” the report states.The South African government provides a “social wage” in various ways, including free primary health care, no-fee paying schools, social grants (most notably old-age pensions and child support grants), state-subsidised housing, and the provision of basic services (water, electricity and sanitation) to households.According to the UN Development Programme’s 2013 Millennium Development Goals country report for South Africa, close to 60% of government spending is allocated to the social wage, and expenditure on these services has more than doubled in real terms over the past decade.“There has been a doubling in per capita health spending over this period, 1.5-million free homes were constructed, and free basic education was provided to the poorest 60% of learners,” Statistics SA says in its report.“Although initially seen as a short-term measure to address poverty, social grants have increasingly become a source of livelihood in South Africa and have played an instrumental role in reducing poverty levels.”The decline in the number of people living below the food poverty line is corroborated by Stats SA’s latest General Household Survey, which shows that self-reported hunger in South Africa dropped from roughly 30% in 2002 to just 13% in 2011.Inequality still among world’s highestHowever, while the poverty situation is improving, inequality in the country remains a serious problem, according to the Poverty Trends report, which measures inequality in terms of the Gini coefficient – a number between 0 and 1, where 0 indicates total equality and 1 indicates total inequality.South Africa’s Gini figure was approximately 0.65 based on expenditure data (per capita excluding taxes) and 0.69 based on income data (per capita including salaries, wages and social grants) in 2011.“These high levels of inequality, amongst the highest in the world, are only slightly smaller than the Ginis recorded in 2006 [0.67 and 0.72 respectively]”, the report states.“The share of national consumption between the richest and poorest remains stubbornly stagnant. The richest 20% of the population account for over 61% of consumption in 2011 (down from a high of 64% in 2006). Meanwhile, the bottom 20% see their share remaining fairly constant at below 4.5%.”Source: Statistics South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Air leaks in houses are a big problem. Leaks make homes uncomfortable and expensive to heat and cool. They create condensing cold spots that attract mold and rot. They lead to frozen pipes and make homes less resilient during prolonged power outages.Dealing with air leaks starts with locating them. There are many ways to find air leaks; the easiest and most common is to use a blower door. Blower-door tests used to be the exclusive domain of weatherization workers and building-science geeks, but that’s not the case anymore. Everyone involved in residential building needs to become more familiar with blower-door testing because universal testing for all new homes is coming.Section N1102.4.1 of the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) includes a requirement for blower-door testing with airtightness standards spelled out for the country’s various climate zones. New houses will need to meet or exceed these airtightness numbers to meet the current building code (see climate-zone map, below). It’s not clear who will do the testing, however. Some code-enforcement offices let contractors do their own blower-door tests. Others require third-party testing. It seems likely that some will have their inspectors do the testing. How does a blower door work? A blower door has a powerful variable-speed fan and a two-channel digital manometer, or air-pressure gauge. After being temporarily installed in an exterior door opening and turned on, it draws air from the house and blows it outside. The manometer measures both inside and outside air pressure.For most of the tests, the idea is to register a 50-pascal (Pa) difference between the inside and outside air pressure using the blower door’s 3â„4-hp fan. The amount of air and fan power that it takes to register the 50-Pa difference corresponds to how tight or how leaky… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.