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first_imgU.S. Drought Monitor Most of Georgia has had a dry late summer. Hydrologic conditions across the state have not improved. Across much of the northern two-thirds of Georgia, agricultural drought has returned.Late summer’s dryness prevented recharge of the hydrologic systems across the state. Groundwater levels are near last year’s lows, with some places near record low levels. This is especially important in south and coastal Georgia, where groundwater is the major source of fresh water.Stream flows in the mountains, the piedmont, the northern coastal plain, and the southwest corner of the state are extremely low.Georgia rivers with very low levels include the Little River near Washington at 6 percent of normal flow, the Flint near Griffin at 16 percent, the Ohoopee near Reidsville at 18 percent, the Broad near Bell at 25 percent and the Oconee near Athens at 38 percent.Only southeast and south central Georgia have above normal stream flows. Above-normal flows are reported in the St. Marys-Satilla and the Suwanee-Ochlockonee River Basins. These basins had generous tropically induced rainfall during the past few weeks.Major reservoirs across north and central Georgia remain well below summer full pool. Reservoirs at least 5 feet low include Allatoona at 5 feet, Clarks Hill and Hartwell 7 feet and Lanier 10 feet.Agricultural Drought BackBecause of the dry conditions since Aug. 1, the northeastern coastal plain and the central and eastern piedmont have returned to agricultural drought conditions.Crops, pastures, lawns and landscapes are showing drought stress. Cities in the region include Athens, with 21 percent of normal rainfall, Atlanta (31 percent), Augusta (64 percent), Dublin (50 percent), Statesboro (25 percent) and Vidalia (50 percent).Most of north Georgia had below-normal rainfall during the past seven weeks. From Aug. 1 through Sept. 18, the percentage of normal rainfall received included 47 percent at Watkinsville, 59 percent at Rome, 61 percent at Calhoun, 62 percent at Dunwoody and 66 percent at Gainesville.Across middle Georgia, the percentage of normal rainfall over the past seven weeks include Griffin at 41 percent, Dearing at 44 percent and Eatonton at 55 percent.Soil Moisture LowMore important than the rainfall deficits is the actual loss of moisture from the soils. Soils lose moisture through evaporation and transpiration (plant water use).Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 18, soil-moisture losses in north Georgia include Watkinsville at 5.85 inches, Calhoun 4.13, Dunwoody 3.62, Duluth 3.52, Gainesville 3.40, Rome 3.31 and Dallas 2.60.In middle Georgia, soil-moisture losses include Midville at 6.61 inches, Griffin 5.85, Eatonton 4.73, Dearing 4.43 and Cordele 4.11.And in south Georgia soil-moisture losses include Statesboro at 6.39 inches, Tifton 4.72, and Vidalia 4.71, Savannah 2.68 and Plains 2.16.Peanut Farmers Need It DryWhile many Georgians would like some rain, many peanut farmers would prefer a few more weeks of dry weather. The peanut harvest is in high gear and will benefit from a dry period. The state’s wineries, too, will benefit from a dry August and September.There is little hope for long-term relief during the next three months. September through November is historically Georgia’s driest period.Without rainfall from tropical weather, there is little chance that the state will receive enough widespread beneficial rain to end both the hydrological drought and the agricultural drought.A wetter-than-normal winter is the best hope for Georgia to emerge from the long-term drought.last_img read more

Italy registers highest number of coronavirus cases since May

first_img“I don’t want to look like the one blaming young people, there are certain episodes that have struck me,” like nine young people who tested positive after returning from Croatia.”Every day we receive reports of this type,” Galli said.The highest number of cases were reported in the northern Veneto and Lombardy regions, with 159 and 154 and in Rome’s Lazio region with 115. “We are not in as bad a position as France and Spain, but the current situation is not satisfactory,” said Professor Massimo Galli, who heads the infectious diseases department at Milan’s prestigious Sacco hospital.”The end of confinement has resulted in an excessive feeling of false security,” he told the La Repubblica newspaper.Italy in May emerged from a severe lockdown after becoming one the first European countries to report cases of COVID-19.We have to be careful, otherwise we will find ourselves facing an extremely difficult situation,” Galli warned, pointing particularly to returning travellers over the summer vacation. Topics :center_img Italy has recorded its highest number of coronavirus infections since May 23, with 845 new cases reported over the last day, health ministry officials said Thursday.The new high comes after the health ministry on Wednesday counted 642 new cases, confirming an upward curve.Six people also died over the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 35,418 in a total of 256,118 cases, health officials added.last_img read more

Liberians Urged to Use Business for Sustainability

first_imgThe proprietor of Uncle J Foreign Reclining Spot in Kakata City, Margibi County, Jacob Q. Ketteh, has urged Liberians to venture into the business sector for sustainability.In an interview with the Daily Observer recently in Kakata City, Ketteh said Liberia is endowed with numerous resources, among which are agriculture and the business sector that must be tapped by Liberians.Ketteh pointed out that though the business sector is an important and powerful economic force in post conflict Liberia, it continues to face challenges.He outlined several issues, among which include inadequate payment of taxes, corruption and the lack of business skills, among major hurdles that affect Liberian businesses in the country.“As a result, a business can keep a very slow pace of growth because of such limitations, which also include lack of vision and ineffective management,” Ketteh said.He added that the fact that Liberia has made significant strides in building an environment suitable for the business sector to thrive is an indication that with determination a business can grow.He said despite the decline in the prices of iron ore and rubber on the world market, he is presently cultivating rubber on one hundred acres of land in Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thessaloniki NGOs ask for help to deal with influx of Syrian refugees

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two non-government organisations appealed to the public this week to donate clothing and food to help dozens of refugees from war-torn Syria who have flooded into Thessaloniki over the past few weeks.The Association for the Social Support of Youth (ARSIS) has taken in some 70 refugees, mostly single males, in September alone, the Athens-Macedonia News Agency (AMNA) quoted the organisation as saying. Eight of them are minors and have been given accommodation at a municipal shelter, but around 60 of them are sleeping rough on the streets of the northern port city, Arsis said.“They all have letters from the police saying that they were released from custody after being brought to the islands by people-smugglers,” Arsis spokeswoman Sofia Kralidou told AMNA. “Some of them want to apply for asylum after the expiry of the six-month period during which they are allowed to remain in the country, while others want to continue their journey to Germany or Austria.”According to the report, the majority of the 60-odd Syrians sleeping rough are aged between 20 and 30 years old, and are well educated. They have been receiving food from the Praksis soup kitchen, which also provides bathroom and showering facilities.“This large arrival was quite sudden and we are trying to find solutions in order to house and feed them,” said Kralidou, stressing that the coming of winter is making the task especially pressing.Kralidou appealed to the public for blankets, sleeping bags, gloves, scarves, tinned milk and canned goods, as well as clothes and especially shoes for men.“Many of them are going around in sandals,” she said.The NGOs have also appealed to restaurants around central Aristotelous Square, where most of the Syrians bed down for the night, to organize free meals.Source: Ekathimerini.last_img read more