4 homeless after 2nd Enterprise fire

first_imgA family of four is now homeless after a mysterious fire destroyed their home at Church Street, Enterprise, East Coast Demerara early Friday night. Those homeless have been identified only as “Kadda” and his niece “Priya”, along with her two young children.According to information reaching this newspaper, the fire started in the upper flat of the two-storey wooden building at approximately 18:00h, and within minutes the entire building was destroyed, leaving just rubble.Relatives told Guyana Times that when the fire started they were experiencing a power outage, and no one was at the house. They also reported that, since the fire, none of the residents have been home, leaving them baffled.“Around 6:00-6:15 (pm) time, me deh in the verandah and me see like if somebody got one phone and flash the light in, but it nah look like phone and it look like the fire start catching up. Me see the flame just above the window and me had me car inside here and me done know is fire, and me bring it outside here,” a neighbour who spoke on condition of anonymity said.“Then me start panic and me nah know if to call anybody or anything; and by that time people start seeing (and) them start saying, ‘Fire!’ and then them run come here.“That house engulf so fast them couldn’t start do anything, a bucket brigade or anything; and them boy start focusing over here, because the fire done start, and them start soaking the wall,” the neighbour added.Another told this publication that three men were in the area enquiring about a taxi driver called “Pumpkin”. The resident added that there seems to be something mysterious about the incident, since the same three men were in the area earlier Friday enquiring about the same person.On Friday, at about 12:30hrs, the three men torched another home in the village as they were looking for “Pumpkin.”It is believed that “Pumpkin” is connected to the recent deadly pirate attack on Surinamese waters, and the fire was a way of getting back at him.When asked, a neighbour related that a taxi driver by the name of “Pumpkin” would frequent the house, but this neighbour could not say whether anyone was in the yard when the fire started.The owner of the first house torched, 30-year-old Vickram Sookraj, recently returned from sea. His sister, Rajputtie Sookraj, who was at home at the time the house was set alight, said two men had exited a silver coloured car, entered the yard, and asked the whereabouts of one “Pumpkin”.Rajputtie Sookraj told  Guyana Times  she was at home with a minor child when the men approached her and asked for the individual for whom they were looking. She responded by telling the men that no one by that name lives at that house.She said the two men ascended the stairs leading to the upper flat of the house and one of them entered. Shortly after, they exited the premises, telling her, “I did just want to make certain that he wasn’t here.” They both re-entered the vehicle and drove away from the scene.She noted that she had then seen smoke emanating from the building, and she quickly exited the house with the child, and the Fire Service was summoned.The Fire Service valiantly battled the blaze, but by the time the fire was contained, the house was already destroyed.“The thing happened so fast. I wouldn’t be able to point them out, but I know that I never saw them before,” the angry woman related.The seaman estimates his losses to be in the millions. He notes that both he and his sister had a lot of furniture in the house. Sookraj is calling on the authorities to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice, as he and his family are now left homeless.The Police and Fire Service are still conducting investigations.last_img read more

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Trojan course
first_imgSitting at a table in the dining room at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, next to a window that looked out over the majestic first tee, Tom Kelly could have told stories all day. On Wednesday, he almost did. About meeting at least a half dozen presidents, going back to Harry Truman. Behind-the-scenes stuff about when he would sub for Monty Hall on the old game show, “Let’s Make A Deal.” How he got duped in an extravagant golf bet by former USC football coach John McKay and his sons. But when asked how he responds to fans who come up to him nowadays and ask why he hasn’t done any more telecasts of USC – the school that coaxed him from the Midwest in 1961 to be Chick Hearn’s colorman on football games and gave him the platform to be one of the most recognizable voices in L.A. sports history for more than five decades – the 79-year-old Kelly took a piece of toast that he’d been using to help finish off a mushroom omelet and started to tap it against his plate. The facts at this point tend to get slightly murky when trying to decipher how Kelly and USC ended up on different paths after he did his final Trojan broadcast of a basketball game in 2002. Back when FSN West was known simply as Prime Ticket, Kelly, who has never had an agent, did make a decision to take a more lucrative position at the cable channel to be its signature voice, which precluded him from focusing solely on USC events. By the time that contract ran its course, USC already had gone in a new direction with its TV and radio broadcasting teams. There is another, more recent version a rift could have occurred when athletic director Mike Garrett gave Kelly the idea he might bring him back as the football radio voice several years ago when the team changed flagship stations, but that somehow didn’t happen. Kelly was integral in helping create Garrett as an eventual Heisman Trophy-winning running back in 1964. Garrett also was Kelly’s partner on Prime Ticket USCtelecasts for several seasons. Regardless of how things might have been miscommunicated between the parties, USC continues to hold Kelly in the highest regard. “Tom Kelly is a beloved figure in USC history and always will be,” said Tim Tessalone, USC’s director of sports information. “His voice is so identified with USC athletics, he’ll always be remembered for that. The fact that he’s a member of the USC Hall of Fame, and the entire athletic department and Trojan family was excited when the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association inducted him into their Hall as well. He comes around to our events and is always embraced by everyone.” Embraced is what Kelly said he has done with his latest career path: Calling high school football and basketball games. Jeff Proctor, the president and co-founder of ProAngle media, made the inspired choice last fall to bring Kelly in for the launch of his company’s prep sports coverage on the Internet through their Web site Vootage.com. The games they produced have also been airing on KDOC-Channel 56, including tonight’s Long Beach Jordan-Artesia boys basketball playoff contest (which will be on delay Sunday). “I didn’t think I would, but I really love doing these games,” said Kelly, identified in Illinois for doing the state championship high school basketball tournament for a quarter century before even coming to L.A. “I know in a few years I’ll be able to say, `I called Jimmy Clausen’s games when he was back at Oaks Christian.”‘ Recalling how he did a Crespi-Notre Dame football game last season from the platform of a raised fork-lift, it sparked a story about when he called a prep game in the town of Hurley, Wis., while sitting on top of a bakery truck, when a November gust of wind whipped through and blew all his notes into a nearby cornfield. “My career really has come full circle,” said Kelly, who continues to do his own stat sheets during a broadcast. “The best parts are when some of the older folks with canes come up to me during these games and tell me how much they used to hear me do USC games. That makes me feel great deep down inside. I’ve had nothing but marvelous times with the fans.” Proctor says that aside from giving his high-school broadcasts instant credibility, Kelly also really seems to connect with a new generation of sports fans. “That’s been the cool part for me, watching him interact with players and families and fans,” said Proctor, who in 1991 tried his hand at on-air broadcasting when he was Kelly’s colorman for a season of Pac-10 baseball games for Prime Ticket. Kelly’s larger-than-live existence continues with his wife Danuska in the same Encino Hills home he bought in 1964. That’s also the year he became a member at Riviera, where he plays many of his four-rounds-a-week of golf with his movie-star buddies. Kelly, who is the only one to record a hole-in-one on all four of Riviera’s par-3 holes, also used to have a locker right next to O.J. Simpson’s. But that’s a story for another day. thomas.hoffarth@dailynews.com (818) 713-3661 THE TOP 10 1a. Vin Scully, Dodgers TV (FSN, Channel 9) and radio (980-AM) Maybe the greatest compliment to the Hall of Famer starting his 58th season with the team is his voice is impersonated by Harry Shearer when he does the Springfield Isotopes’ play-by-play on “The Simpsons.” In the last episode of the 2006 season, Shearer worked in the Scully-esque phrase: “That’s E-3 if you’re keeping score at home. And if you are, your loneliness saddens me.” Last year: 1 1b. Bob Miller, Kings TV (FSN) The success of his recent autobiography is no surprise. Last year: 2 3. Spero Dedes, Lakers radio (570-AM) We’re not even taking account for the fact he also did Chivas USA and Galaxy soccer last summer. Last year: 3 4. Rory Markas, Angels radio (710-AM) and USC basketball radio (710-AM) With his genuine enthusiasm and good nature, comparisons at this point in his career to Dick Enberg aren’t much of a stretch. Last year: 7 5. Nick Nickson, Kings radio (1150-AM) They’ve named the Staples Center press box after Bob Miller, but he and Jim Fox actually call the Kings games on TV a section below in the Nick Nickson Broadcaster Center. Last year: 5 6. Bill Macdonald, college basketball and football TV (FSN) He can make any analyst on any sport fit in seamlessly. Last year: 6. 7. Jim Watson, college basketball TV (FSN) Known better as a reporter, he has got this gig nailed down as well. Last year: 5. 8. Matt Pinto, Clippers radio (710-AM) Unlike the team, he’s actually moving up in the standings. Last year: 10. 9. Charley Steiner, Dodgers TV (FSN, Channel 9) and radio (980-AM) Was it weird for you, too, when he shaved the beard and went to the contact lenses, like something from the witness protection program? Last year: 9. 10. Tom Kelly, high school football and basketball (KDOC-TV and Vootage.com) John Hefner, Kelly’s game producer these days who worked with him in the past at Fox Sports Net, says the voice “instantly clicks, and it’s as great as ever. He makes anything a big-time event. The school athletic directors treat him like a movie star.” Last year: Not ranked. Honorable mention: Paul Sunderland, college basketball TV (FSN); Isaac Lowenkron, Avengers radio; Chris McGee, high school football TV (FSN); Chris Roberts, UCLA football and basketball radio (570-AM); John Ahlers, Ducks TV (FSN); Randy Rosenbloom, high school football TV; Dave Caldwell, high school sports radio; Christian Miles, Chivas USA TV; Max Bretos, Galaxy TV. THE BOTTOM 5 1. Joel Meyers, Lakers TV (FSN, Channel 9) Nothing sounds better than a Lakers’ losing streak captioned by the disappointment, crankiness toward refs and other pomposities of the computer-generated voice straight from Disgustedville. Last year: 1, bottom 5 2. Terry Smith, Angels radio (710-AM) Sam, Sam the Nissan Man might have a better rapport with halos listeners than the man who should be providing the voice for Smithers on “The Simpsons.” Last year: 2, bottom 5 3. Ralph Lawler, Clippers TV (FSN, Ch. 5) and radio (710-AM) Lawler’s Law doesn’t cover any lawsuits caused by those who go into spastic convoltions upon hearing him scream “BINGO!” Last year: 3, bottom 5 4. Rick Monday, Dodgers TV (Channel 9) and radio (980-AM) He actually said this last season watching Kenny Lofton chase down a fly ball in a game at Coors Field: “He had to run a country mile, and he had a country mile to work within that framework.” Pure poetry. If you’re on Vicodin. Last year: Not ranked 5. Steve Physioc, Angels TV (FSN, Ch. 13) Jose Mota’s promotion to do 50 games a year on play-by-play really might signal a fizzing out of Phys. Last year: 4, bottom 5160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “My answer is, I have no idea,” he said, his booming voice coming down an octave or two. “Why lie about it? I don’t know. To this day, neither Fox nor the university has ever said, `Thanks, but we want to make a change.’ No one has told me. “I’ll never get past that. I spent my entire adult life doing USC sports. People still think of me in that regard. “Understand me, I’m grateful for having spent my time there watching Heisman Trophy winners, John McKay, John Robinson … I was privileged to do 40 years in that regard. I couldn’t have asked for a better job considering all the people I met and games I saw and plays I called. “I have no regrets. It’s just how things turned out.” last_img
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The end of the Messi-Ronaldo era? Football rings the changes in 2018

first_imgStill just 19 at the time, Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe also became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele as France won the trophy for the second time by beating Luka Modric’s Croatia 4-2 in the final on a dark and damp Sunday in Moscow.The World Cup itself was a joy to watch, a richly entertaining tournament full of memorable games and concluding with the highest-scoring final since 1966.From Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal in the group stage, featuring a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, to Belgium’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Brazil and Croatia’s epic semi-final defeat of England in extra time, it was studded with memorable matches.But it was much more than that. “Maybe this is one of the weirdest World Cups,” said Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic.His team’s remarkable run to the final and the premature exits of Germany, Spain and Argentina showed that international football can still be unpredictable.Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or after driving Croatia to the World Cup final and winning another Champions League with Real Madrid © AFP/File / Johannes EISELEIt will also probably be remembered as the tournament that marked the end of Messi and Ronaldo’s dreams of lifting the World Cup.They were eliminated on the same day in the last 16, and 2018 could be remembered as the year when the Messi-Ronaldo era ended.Both enjoyed prolific years, with the Argentine driving Barcelona to a Spanish league and cup double and Ronaldo winning another Champions League with Real Madrid before moving to Juventus in the transfer of the year.– Modric takes Ballon d’Or –However, their numbers are down on the phenomenal figures of past years, and instead it was the impish playmaker Modric who won the Ballon d’Or, and FIFA’s best player award, on the strength of his role in Madrid’s Champions League triumph and Croatia’s World Cup run. He was also the best player in Russia.Ronaldo and Messi had shared the Ballon d’Or between them for the last decade, winning five each. Ronaldo was second this time, while Messi was fifth, behind Antoine Griezmann and Mbappe.“Nobody has the right to compare themselves to them. They are among the best in the history of the sport,” Modric told France Football. “To follow on from them is incredible, and I am proud of it.”Crowned the best young player, Mbappe will hope the future belongs to him.Gareth Bale came off the bench to score twice as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League final in Kiev © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEAt club level, his PSG side are among the teams desperate to end Real’s run of three straight Champions League titles.The Spaniards beat Liverpool in this year’s final in Kiev with Gareth Bale scoring twice, and will hope to retain the trophy next year with the final in Madrid.Meanwhile, there is lots to look forward to at international level in 2019.– Nations League finals –The new UEFA Nations League has been an instant hit. It will conclude with the four-team finals in Portugal in June, with the hosts facing Switzerland and England playing the Netherlands in the last four.Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd of the United States — they will be defending the World Cup in France in 2019 © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / RONALD MARTINEZ“We want to go beyond where we went last summer, and we’re in the mix for what is a really important staging post in our development,” said England manager Gareth Southgate of that competition.However, the main international events in 2019 are elsewhere.The first 24-team Asian Cup takes place in the UAE in January and February, before Brazil hosts the Copa America and the United States defend the CONCACAF Gold Cup.France are hoping to win another World Cup, as they host the 24-team women’s tournament in June and July, with the USA the defending champions.And a decision is expected soon on whether Egypt or South Africa host the 24-nation Africa Cup of Nations in June and July after the Confederation of African Football stripped Cameroon of the tournament due to delays in their preparations.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe consoles Lionel Messi after France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup © AFP/File / Luis AcostaPARIS, France, Dec 24 – One of the enduring images from 2018 will remain Kylian Mbappe consoling Lionel Messi in the Russian city of Kazan, just after the final whistle in France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup.This was to a large extent Mbappe’s year, as the teenage superstar exploded on the world stage by scoring twice in that game, the first World Cup brace by a teenager since Pele in 1958.last_img read more

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Van Gaal: Attack on Man United team bus had ‘influence’ on defeat to West Ham

first_imgLouis van Gaal claimed the attack on Manchester United’s team bus before their game with West Ham on Tuesday night may have influenced their performance.There were shameful scenes ahead of the Hammers’ Upton Park farewell as a number of supporters threw missiles at the United coach, causing significant damage and delaying kick-off by 45 minutes.United went on to lose a thrilling encounter 3-2 to leave their top four hopes hanging by a thread and, while Van Gaal was keen not to make excuses, he insisted events ahead of the match had undoutedbly distracted his players.“We cannot cope with the circumstance before the match, that’s unusual. I’ve had that experience, but my players have not so it has an influence,” he said.“I have a long experience in football, but there are players who don’t have that experience. It can have an influence, but we cannot look for excuses.“You can make your own opinion. The images will tell everything. We live in this world. We know it can happen. It’s not the first time it’s happened.“The emotion worked for West Ham. I said it beforehand and you have seen it. The fans were supporting from the first minute, which was a big influence. But as Manchester United you have to cope with that.”The defeat means United’s bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League is out of their hands.They must beat Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Sunday and hope Manchester City slip up at Swansea to finish fourth.But Van Gaal is refusing to be downbeat about their chances.“In the last match of the season we can still pass over Manchester City,” said the Dutchman. “They can lose and we can win. You can count I think. In this league it happens a lot. Swansea are on a good run.“We have fought the whole season for qualification for the Champions League. Still we are fighting till the end. On the last day we can finish fourth, but now we depend on Man City. Before it was in our own hands so that’s a big difference.“It’s a mental blow for the players, but against Bournemouth we have to give everything. We cannot give Man City a free trip to the Champions League.”West Ham promise life bans for those involved in disgraceful attack on Manchester United team coach – READ MORE HERE 1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal last_img read more

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Man City, Chelsea and Man United in transfer battle for Serie A defender

first_img Kostas Manolas vies with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo Kostas Manolas is a summer target for Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, according to his agent.The Greek defender, who has also been linked with Arsenal, has rejected an extension on his current Roma contract which expires in 2019.That decision plunged his future into doubt and now his agent Ioannis Evangelopoulos has revealed that his client could be on his way to England.When asked whether Manolas would be staying at Roma, Evangelopoulos told Il Tempo: “No comment.“I want the best clubs in Europe, there is not only Manchester City, but United and Chelsea too.“Roma do not speak for a while.” 1last_img read more

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MEP SHOCKED AND ANGRY AS IRELAND FINED €2M OVER WASTE WATER BREACHES

first_imgIndependent MEP Marian Harkin today described herself as “shocked and appalled” by the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to impose heavy fines onIrelandfor breaching EU legislation on wastewater systems. Speaking from Brussels, Harkin said the judgement was “shocking from two different perspectives: firstly, it is 19 years since we should have implemented the 1975 Waste Directive and despite repeated warnings and previous Court Cases, we have not taken the necessary steps to comply.“Secondly I also consider that a €2 million lump sum fine plus daily fines of €12,000 is extortionate on a Member State that is on its knees financially.” She accused governments of failing to address the issue for a generation“We should never have left ourselves open to this in the first place. Successive Governments have ignored the issue,” she said.“I am on the record over many years both in Dáil Eireann and the European Parliament as calling on the Irish Government to put in place a programme using European funding to upgrade rural waste water systems or septic tanks. We completely ignored the issue and concentrated solely on urban systems.“These decisions are now coming back to haunt us. There is no excuse for not putting in place the inspection regime required and for not finalising the measures necessary to ensure compliance with the previous ECJ Judgement. We knew well in advance the date of this judgement, we knew what we had to do and yet we have failed to deliver – there really is no excuse for it. “However, in regard to the amount of the penalty, it is unreasonable to ask a State to pay €12,000 per day as well as a €2 million lump sum plus all costs when that Member State is so heavily indebted. The fines are not proportionate and in no way reflect our ability to pay.“I am now calling on the government to bring forward immediate emergency proposals to finalise the measures needed to ensure compliance. Every single day we waste is throwing good money after bad,” the Ireland North & West MEP concluded. MEP SHOCKED AND ANGRY AS IRELAND FINED €2M OVER WASTE WATER BREACHES was last modified: December 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MEP SHOCKED AND ANGRY AS IRELAND FINED €2M OVER WASTE WATER BREACHESlast_img read more

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BANK BOOK WITH €900 IN SAVINGS FOUND DUMPED AT ILLEGAL RUBBISH SITE

first_imgThe bank book containing €900 which was found dumped at Bonagee yesterday.A local election candidate found more than he ‘banked on’ when he was informed about an illegal dumpsite on the outskirts of Letterkenny yesterday.John Watson was shocked when he discovered old furniture, sofas and even toilets at the site at Bonagee.But even more concerning to the Fianna Fail candidate was the discovery of personal banking documents belonging to a Co Wicklow bank account. The account, which was only used last week, had more than €900 in its account.The well-known businessman told Donegal Daily “Local man John Wilkie asked me to take a look at the dumping site as he was shocked and annoyed by it.“I agreed and took a look and was disgusted by what I saw. But I was even more shocked when I saw the bank book which is based in a Co Wicklow branch.The dump site at Bonagee outside Letterkenny.“I’m not sure how it got there but I think a lot of questions have to be asked as to how it got amongst all this rubbish in the first place,” he said. Mr Watson handed the banking documents over to the Environment Officer of Donegal County Council who is to investigate the illegal dumpsite.Meanwhile Mr Watson is called on Donegal County Council to crack down hard on illegal dumping.“This problem is becoming more and more prevalent in recent times, with many of our beauty spots blighted with rubbish,” he said.He acknowledging that things are tight for many people at the moment but said dumping rubbish around our county is not the solution.“Letterkenny Tidy Towns committee is doing amazing work and I feel the overall award is within their grasp. We all must do our bit, we must help stamp out this filthy practice,” he said. He also expressed grave concern regarding the future relationship between Donegal County Council and Letterkenny Tidy Towns.“The Town Council had an excellent relationship with the local Committee but now with the abolishing of the Town Council there will be a deficit in funding and supports available to all community groups and organisations,” he added.BANK BOOK WITH €900 IN SAVINGS FOUND DUMPED AT ILLEGAL RUBBISH SITE was last modified: April 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bank bookBOngeedonegalJOhn Watsonletterkennylast_img read more

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6 big Warriors watch parties around the SF Bay Area

first_imgOK, Wednesday night’s Dubs game was a debacle, but there’s always hope. Here’s where to watch the next game at sports bars around the Bay Area.Warriors vs. Raptors Game 5 @ Mad Oak: 4-10 pm. June 7 and 10, 135 12th St., Oakland. $20 entry includes two drink tickets. http://bit.ly/2WoSHIdNBA Finals Watch Party: Warriors vs Raptors: 6-9 p.m. June 7 and 10, 13 and 16 (if necessary) , SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., San Francisco. Join the largest outdoor viewing party with a DJ, huge TVs, …last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, August 23, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today looks similar to yesterday in nearly every way, shape and form. High pressure drifts central to southeast Indiana today, working into SW OH late this afternoon. This will keep temps pleasantly cool (for late august) as north and northwest breezes will be seen over most of Ohio along with dominant sunshine. As we transition onto the backside of the high tonight, south winds pick up, and funnel warmer, more humid air back into the region. This will set the stage for our next round of precipitation.We see clouds increase tomorrow, and we are now confident that we will see rain in here faster on Friday. In fact, we likely see rains moving into NW Ohio and perhaps west central Ohio before sunset, and then the action continues off an on through Saturday and Sunday. The bigger frequency and coverage of rain out of those two days comes Saturday. We also are not ruling out thunderstorms yet, especially Saturday, but they still seem to be widely scattered. We will put combined rain totals for the 2 and half day period (Friday afternoon through Sunday) at a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch on the low end, and .75” on the top end. If thunderstorms do develop, 1”+ rains would be possible in highly isolated areas. These thunderstorms will not be a feature that a lot of people get…the atmosphere looks much, much more stable before this boundary moves in, and will not be a good catalyst to convective action. The map at right is an estimate of combined rain fall from late Friday through the weekend.So, with the precipitation moving in sooner, we are in fact going to move it out faster. We are going dry in our forecast now for next Monday and will continue to project the dry pattern through the rest of the week. We are looking for our next minor system to arrive late next Friday, the 31st, but it also looks to affect only far northern and perhaps even only NW OH areas. We will keep an eye on scattered showers for next Friday from US 24 northwest-ward, but the southern drive of this system seems to be waning, and that could lead to the dry weather holding all day Friday over the rest of Ohio. In those northwestern areas, there could be up to half an inch of scattered showers, with coverage at 50% of the area from US 24 northward, and the best action, at least the way it looks this morning, will be closer to the MI line.The extended period we are less keen on precipitation around the Labor Day weekend. There likely still is a boundary there, but if we end up going drier for most of next week, we think it will be more difficult to source moisture in the atmosphere for any kind of mediocre front, which the Labor Day system seems to be trending toward. Before taking action completely out, we will just pull amounts back, as the front is still nearby, and also pull coverage back to nearly 40%. Rain totals will be no more than a few hundredths to half an inch as it stands right now. With no changes in the dynamics of this system, look for that to dwindle in future forecasts. The rest of the 11-16 day window should be precipitation free.Pleasant temps in the short term, and we climb to near normal levels for the weekend and early next week. Later in the week if south winds roll back in, a move to slightly above normal levels is expected, but no excessive heat is likely.last_img read more

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3 Tech Solutions That Will Help You Survive Baby Boomer Brain Drain

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Tags:#brain drain#hiring#knowledge gap#new hire#retirement#staffing challenges#tech#training Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. About 4 million Baby Boomers leave the workforce each year. This is a major concern for business leaders, considering Boomers make up a quarter of the country’s workforce and many hold leadership positions. As some of their most valuable team members transition into retirement, employers are beginning to feel the strain and need to develop a contingency plan.Not that this comes as a surprise — demographers have long predicted that our current decade would see the number of work-bound Baby Boomers begin to rapidly decline. What business leaders might not have counted on, though, is finding a shortage of new professionals in their industry’s talent pool.In particular, industries that have seen a rise and fall of success over the past few decades are losing out on a new generation of applicants, thanks to their unfortunate reputation for unsteady employment. This is especially true for large gas and oil companies, which have experienced long periods of feast or famine since the 1940s.Luckily, there are tools and techniques that can mitigate the loss of retiring workers. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and tailor-made tech solutions can help provide long-term solutions to Baby Boomer brain drain. By applying a liberal dose of technology to your business, you can ease the difficulties caused by this employee exodus.Use Tech to Do More With Fewer PeopleIt’s not enough to simply replace Baby Boomers with an equal number of brand-new employees. After all, a lot of employee experience, education, and well-honed workflows walk out the door with them. Yet every crisis contains both danger and opportunity. The Baby Boomer outflux offers the chance to use technology to reduce your reliance on human workers by streamlining processes and helping you continuously improve the form and function of your business.In the utilities industry, for instance, the retiring workforce represents a major problem — and a prime opportunity for improvement. “The shortage of qualified field technicians is causing a major backlog of work that needs to be accomplished,” notes EnSight+ CEO Lee Schwartz. “To counter the lack of human capital, companies can deploy software that will enable them to do more with less.” Schwartz describes how techs who could handle five jobs in a day were, after the implementation of a software solution, able to tackle up to eight in the same amount of time. Using tech to improve your remaining team members’ efficiency will aid in your efforts to combat the productivity loss caused by retiring Boomers.Use Tech to Store Baby Boomer KnowledgeTech-enhanced processes are a help, but they can only go so far. Without a sufficient brain dump, you may find yourself chasing information that’s long since walked out the door. And much of this knowledge isn’t missed until it’s gone for good. If you’ve been diligent, you may have your employees’ job duties recorded in comprehensive and well-documented operating procedures. But let’s be realistic: Most modern knowledge transfers amount to a few sparsely recorded steps and some stale email threads. Fortunately, there’s more to social networking in the workplace than workers wasting time on Facebook. Collaborative tools such as Bloomfire, Zendesk, and Confluence help employees share knowledge with each other (and the company) on platforms that store this knowledge for later use. For instance, Asian Paints, a leading paint company in India, had its sales staff use the company’s internal social network to share best practices and techniques. When a veteran salesperson leaves, his or her knowledge is stored in the platform so the team can retain that historical knowledge, applying past beneficial practices to today’s challenges. When choosing a knowledge management platform for your business, be sure to read the fine print and select a tool that will safely store your digital knowledge and files.Use Tech to Improve Training for New EmployeesOf course, you can’t solve your entire brain drain problem with tech efficiencies and stored knowledge. You’re going to need new employees, and you’ll have to get them up to speed quickly. Good thing, then, that virtual reality can give new hires a leg up. VR helps reduce the high costs of live training and results in a much higher retention rate than traditional training mediums. Walmart, for example, uses Strivr’s VR tools to train employees on everything from dealing with a Black Friday rush to using unfamiliar technologies, and it has seen climbing retention rates and test scores as a result.In Arizona, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department uses a multiple interaction learning option when training new deputies. Large flat-screen panels are placed around the trainees so they have a 300-degree view of each simulated scene. After the simulation, deputies and their supervisors talk through the exercise. This mimics the continued learning that happens on the job as newer deputies work with more seasoned officers day in and day out. By handling a variety of experiences through simulations, the new deputies don’t have to wait for specific situations to naturally arise on the job to learn from experienced staff. While your new hires are unlikely to face such life-and-death situations, you, too, can use VR training to speed up the transfer of knowledge between your veterans and newbies.As Baby Boomers exit the workforce, the gap in experience between exiting and entering employees can put companies at risk, and often, the knowledge loss isn’t apparent until it’s too late. But tech solutions can lay the groundwork for better data management, faster training, and more skilled employees — all of which can help you bridge the gap between Baby Boomers and entry-level employees. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts last_img read more

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