(Undated) — The Sahara dust plume is making its way across the Atlantic ocean to the U.S. The dust plume from the Sahara desert will arrive in the Southeastern parts of the country mid-week. Experts say dust plumes aren’t uncommon, but most of the time they dissipate over the Atlantic and don’t make their way to the states.Fortunately the dusk cloud prevents the formation of hurricanes. In a tweet, the National Weather Service (NWS) Houston/Galveston TX said dusty weather could be possible as a result of the cloud, which would be moving into the state’s southeast on Tuesday. “If this dust reaches the area we should expect some red skies at sunrise and sunset for a few days and probably drier weather as well,” it said.A large plume of dust has moved off the west coast of Africa during the last few days. As this dry and dusty Saharan air layer moves across the tropical Atlantic toward the Caribbean it will help suppress the development of tropical systems. pic.twitter.com/fCoTw2xvl0— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) June 18, 2020 People may notice a difference in the appearance of the sky, more intense allergies, and less hurricane watch areas along the coast. The cloud of dust is the result of atmospheric conditions in the Sahara at this time of year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Saharan Air Layer is a mass of extremely dry dusty air that forms over the desert between late spring and early fall. It normally forms a layer in the atmosphere that is around two miles thick and sits around one mile above the surface. It can cover an area about the size of the lower 48 states and at peak periods, the layer can reach as far as the U.S. southeast coast.
Submitted by Springer Plumbing A split like this can result from a frozen pipe during cold weather.As you prepare your wardrobe, car and home for the colder months ahead, don’t forget about your water system. When water freezes, it expands. If your pipes reach icy temperatures and the water in them freezes it can rupture the pipe, much like a can of soda left in the freezer for too long. The expense and inconvenience of frozen and damaged pipes is one we hope to help you avoid. Take the following precautions and your plumbing system should work well this winter.Before the cold hits:Make sure your entire household knows where the main waterline shut-off valve is to the home. In the unfortunate event that you do have a burst pipe, the damage can be kept to a minimum by turning off the water supply to the home quickly.Insulate plumbing in unheated areas such as crawl spaces, garages, well houses and outdoors.Disconnect garden hoses before freezing temperatures arrive. We also recommend placing insulated faucet covers on your hose bibs. If you have dedicated shut-off valves for your outdoor faucets turn them off and drain the remaining water out of the line.Turn off and drain sprinkler systems.If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the thermostat set no lower than 55 degrees F.During freezing weather:Make sure all rooms with plumbing fixtures, especially those with plumbing on outside walls, are heated.Be especially cautious with exterior faucets and pipes on exterior walls during cold spells.A bathroom or laundry room located next to a garage can be particularly susceptible to freezing, so keep the garage door closed to hold in heat.If your bathroom or kitchen pipes run along an exterior wall, keep the cabinet doors open to raise the temperature around your pipes as much as possible. Consider using a fan to help circulate the air near your pipes or turn on a small space heater.During extremely cold stints, keep a small trickle of water running at faucets. This eliminates pressure that can build between the faucet and any ice blockage as well as decrease the chance of water freezing in the first place.Do not try to thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame; as this will damage the pipe and could start a fire. You may be able to thaw a pipe with a hair dryer, start slowly at the faucet end of the pipe with the faucet open.Have a warm winter and remember we are only a phone call or e-mail away if you need help with anything! Facebook17Tweet0Pin0
By John BurtonArea towns hit by Super Storm Sandy and still working to return to normal are going to get a little extra federal help.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) this week announced it is increasing the amount it will approve for reimbursement to communities for what they have spent on recovery costs from the October storm from 75 percent to 90 percent.The mayors of towns that will be getting the funds are appreciative of the extra help.“We’re very pleased,’ said Susan Howard, mayor of Monmouth Beach, one of the shore communities still working to rebuild. “It’s going to make it easier to proceed with the recovery now that our contribution will be 10 percent.”At the request of Gov. Chris Christie, President Barack Obama this week authorized the increase in the federal cost sharing, according to Maria Pardon, a FEMA spokesperson.Under federal disaster aid guidelines, when needs meet or exceed a set amount per resident – currently set at $133 per person – the president has the authority to increase the reimbursement to the 90 percent threshold, Pardon said.The money, earmarked for state and local government and some private not-for-profits, is to offset the cost of emergency expenses, debris removal and infrastructure repairs. The remaining 10 percent will become the responsibility of the state, county and local or private entities, according to FEMA.“It’ll be happily received by all the towns, especially Highlands,” said Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan, as his town along the Bayshore was one of those significantly damaged by the storm.Recovery work has been done on a “pay as you go” plan, with local governments then submitting the bills to the federal government, Nolan saidHighlands Borough Council initially bonded $2.5 million for immediate cleanup.“We’ve only done our most urgent items” so far in Monmouth Beach, as the town evaluates the costs and ways to pay for it, Howard said.With the additional reimbursement, “it’s going to allow us to go forward with our recovery plans with confidence of what the fiscal impact is,” Howard said.“We’ve been hoping all along that this event would go to a 90/10 reimbursement,” Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said. Because its ratable base had been so dramatically impacted by storm damage, Sea Bright has been prioritizing its rebuilding project, “and in some cases pushing them off altogether,” as the town has tried to watch its pennies, Long said. “We’ve been looking at doing things year-by-year, instead of trying to get it all fixed at once.”With the extra reimbursement funds, a town working on a $1 million project will pay a $100,000 share of costs instead of $250,000. “That’s huge,” Long said, for a town where a penny on the tax rate equates to $44,700. The additional money could be applied to another necessary project.“It’s an issue of keeping property taxes under control,” Howard said.Highlands is looking at $10 million to $15 million worth of infrastructure repairs, with a tax base that has decreased by approximately 20 percent from storm damage.Nolan said his financial people have said the town is looking at taking about 10 years to fully recover.Sea Bright so far has identified about $10 million in infrastructure repair projects. “We’re still tabulating,” and the price tag is likely to go up, as officials look at its sewer system and seawall repairs and other projects being evaluated, Long said.So far FEMA has approved more than $556 million in Public Assistance grants for rebuilding communities, according to FEMA-provided information.
Kicking off the season is host Dam City Rollers meeetinga yet-unseen Valley Brutality at 5 p.m.Staff at Mallards want to salute the Killjoys with Team of the Week honours. Members of the Killjoys roster for Saturday’s opening tilt include (in no specific order) Lil’Miss Hell N Back 80, Jezebrawler 79, Skid Licious 121, Buttermilk 82, Meg A Blast 209, Kerowhack 225, McWrath 360, Concrete Cindy 4, Shove 40, Li’l Squirt 942, D.O. Ava 123, Slay Guevara 1976 and Oso Agro 006. Killjoy coaches are K Boss and Sly. The defending Golden Boot champion, Nelson Killjoys begin quest for back-to-back titles Saturday as the 2014 West Kootenay Roller Derby season commences with doubleheader action at the at Selkirk College gymnasium in Castlegar.The Nelson Killjoys are out to prove last season’s title was no fluke as the Heritage City squad takes on rival Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG) at 7 p.m. in the feature match.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Market Commentary for 11/24/15The market has been incredibly boring. There are no bullish stories to report, which is frustrating to unpriced farmers. The only bright spot to low prices has been an uptick in export market potential. This could help demand build slowly.Lack of farmer selling is strengthening the basis market and causing spreads between futures months to narrow. The combination between the two may lead to a price rebound eventually.Market ActionsOptionsThe following are several options I placed in the last year:On 11/25/14, I bought 3 – $3.80 Dec puts (right to sell) for 20 cents each. They expired last Friday.On 11/25/14 I sold a $4.70 call (right to buy) for 19 cents.On 1/7/15 I sold another 4.50 call (right to buy) for nearly 30 centsOn 7/7/15 I sold another 4.50 call (right to buy) for 19 cents.On 7/30/15 fearing a rally in futures I bought all of the calls back for around 4-6 cents.My final cost to own all the puts was 5 cents. Meaning my $3.80 puts are really now $3.75 Dec futures sales. These sales were intended for the 2016 crop, but with increased production this year, I’ll be using these sales for the surplus 2015 grain we harvested.I could have just collected the premium on the puts, and not converted the puts to sales. However, then I miss out on the opportunity to collect the 18 cents carry on these sales (described below). So a $3.75 sale and an 18 cent carry = $3.93 futures level. While I certainly hope to make sales above that value for 2016 I’m not positive I will get that chance until maybe summer, so I thought it more prudent to take the guaranteed price now as opposed to waiting and hoping.Collecting the CarryFor years I have been telling farmers to work the carry and basis to get bigger premiums and profits in their grain marketing strategy. Many farmers don’t understand how to “collect the carry”.This past week I collected the carry on my 2015 corn crop. What does this mean?In general, the market needs someone to hold the grain until its needed later in the year. This “premium” is market carry, where the deferred months are trading at values higher than the nearby contracts. In other words those who store grain get paid for it. This is how your local grain elevator or ethanol plant makes some of their money.As I have shared, I’m 100% priced on the CBOT for my 2015 corn crop. All of my sales were in the Dec futures. To collect market carry, I had to BUY my Dec futures back, and then SELL deferred contracts at the same time. I chose the July 2016 futures, which was a $.185 premium to the Dec. Note, this doesn’t change the price I originally sold the contracts at. It merely adds carry profits to my grain I have stored.Why did I choose the July futures?– I wanted to get the most money I could as I intend to have my grain basis set, moved and marketed before July 1st of 2016.– Each time I have to “roll” my futures from one contract to another it costs me $.01/bu commission. So by rolling to July instead of March or May, my commissions will be the lowest possible.When does this trade have to happen?I could have captured the carry anytime throughout the year, until Nov 30th. The spread is actually traded on the CBOT. Usually the widest point for the spread is during or at the end of harvest. This year as seen in the graph below the spread was at its widest during planting season (black line). This was likely a result of reduced yield in the eastern corn belt and a general lack of farmer selling at harvest.The carry premium I received for 2015, while lower than the last two years, is still above the cost of my operating note and thus a fair return (2% above cost) on my investment. Farmers who aren’t borrowing money can view this as a guaranteed income stream of nearly 7% APR for 8 months of storage.2016 Corn CropI had about 22% of my 2016’s anticipated production priced against Dec 2015 futures with an average price of $4.40 futures. I need to move these contracts forward.I could move them to Dec 2016 futures, but the spread between the July ’16 and Dec ’16 corn boards doesn’t seem wide enough, given the anticipated carryout next summer. I have decided to instead leave opportunity (and some risk) open in the July ‘16/Dec ‘16 corn spread. My upside potential is limited to about 10 cents, and my downside risk (while technically unlimited), is not likely greater than 10 cents with the information I have at this time. This trade is not for everyone, but I understand my risks going into it.Summary I analyze trades every day that squeeze every penny out of the market, so this all comes easily to me. But, while this type of trading may seem complicated initially, it essentially lowers farmers’ risk while still allowing upside potential in spite of market fluctuations. Many farmers wait for prices to rally and then rush out to sell when they think prices have hit the high point. Unfortunately, these farmers don’t realize how much more risk this way of selling grain is, versus a constant upside selling strategy combined with market carry. The market doesn’t always behave like people think it will, so I am always looking for ways to reduce and control my risk.Understanding how the carry in the corn market works can provide upside potential with limited risk. When combined with options and futures to place protections and basis appreciation opportunities a farmer’s marketing plan can provide profitable situations in otherwise unprofitable years.POSITION – CORN20152016Corn Sold100%22%CBOT Price$4.58$4.50 estMarket Carry$0.18$.30 estBasis on Farm($.20) est($.20) estOptions & spread profits––Cash Price$4.56$4.60 est Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. 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Man Utd join Spurs interest for Bournemouth striker Josh Kingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth striker Josh King is a target for Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Sun says he is a massive fan of fellow Norwegian King, 26, who he worked with as a youngster at Old Trafford.Solskjaer was coaching the United reserves when the striker was coming up through the ranks, before establishing himself as a top Premier League player on the South Coast.King is rated at £25million, but Cherries boss Eddie Howe will be desperate to keep hold of him.Spurs are also keen on a player who netted 16 times in his first Premier League campaign with the Cherries, then struck nine times last term and five so far this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Crystal Palace new suitor for Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have emerged as a destination for Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian attacker is leaving Valencia, with his loan cut short due to poor performances.He is wanted by both Palace and Everton in the Premier League, per the Evening Standard.Chelsea are likely to be happy with a loan, as they do want to try and bring up the player’s value ahead of the summer.Reports suggest Everton would offer £14 million for a permanent transfer, but that amount is considered too low for Chelsea to accept. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Washington: Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray moved closer to a singles return six months after right hip surgery while Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas rolled into the world’s top five Friday at the ATP Washington Open. Britain’s Murray and his brother Jamie, in their first doubles event since the 2016 Rio Olympics, lost to New Zealand’s Michael Venus and South African Raven Klaasen 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (8/6), 10-7 in a quarter-final at the US Open tuneup event. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMurray has practiced singles this week to improve his conditioning after the long layoff. “I feel fine,” Murray said. “Practice has been fine. No issues physically. So progressing well. Just keep practicing the next 10 days or so and see what happens.” Top seed Tsitsipas beat French 10th seed Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-0 to reach the semi-finals and ensure he will overtake Germany’s Alexander Zverev to crack the world rankings top five on Monday. “Once you’re in a certain position for a long time, you really crave for more,” Tsitsipas said. “This one position difference might not feel a lot for some people but for me it really means a lot because there has been a lot of hard work behind it, just a lot of suffering in general. “I feel I deserve this position. It means a lot for sure.” The 20-year-old Australian Open semi-finalist, who lost to Zverev in last year’s Washington semis, booked a semi-final against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who ousted Slovakian lucky loser Norbert Gombos 6-3, 6-3. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”I’m excited to play him,” Kyrgios said of Tsitsipas. “He’s one of the best players in the world right now.” Murray, who feared his career might be over after the January operation, hasn’t played singles since the Australian Open but says he might return at the ATP Cincinnati Masters starting August 12. “If I feel like I’m ready, I’ll give it a go. If not, I’ll wait probably until after New York. But so far it has been fine.” Murray, set to play doubles next week at Montreal alongside Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, doesn’t want his first singles matches back to be the best-of-five-set variety offered in Grand Slams.