Wind affects sailboats, hill parking

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By City News Service Wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour raked Southern California on Sunday as the first Santa Anas of the fall spread one small fire near San Fernando, and prompted parking restrictions in the Hollywood Hills. A wind gauge at Laguna Peak near Point Mugu clocked a 65-mph gust, and a gauge in the hills above Malibu clocked a top speed of 57 mph early Sunday morning. But by midafternoon, winds had diminished somewhat. The National Weather Service extended its Red Flag warning until 11 p.m. Sunday, and warned that lingering very low humidities may extend the red alert into today, even after the winds die down. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe city of Los Angeles warned Hollywood Hills residents that it could enforce its new Red Flag Tow-Away zone rules if Red Flag conditions persist. Certain narrow and steep roadways there are posted as tow-away zones during Red Flag situations, and the designation went into effect Sunday morning but was lifted by 9 p.m. Hundreds of sailboats at Catalina Island’s Two Harbors Resort were able to sail home Sunday afternoon after 35-mph gusts in the Catalina Channel subsided and a small-craft warning expired. Waves described as “snotty” by one mariner had spoiled the sail over for the island’s popular “Buccanneer Days” party. “You had to be a real pirate to get here Friday, that ocean was terrible,” said Two Harbors employee Mary Brye.last_img read more

Patience for planting 🔊

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodThe 2019 planting season continues to be an aggravating one for Ohio growers, though there’s still plenty of time for a good crop ahead, says DEKALB Asgrow Technical Agronomist Roy Ulrich.Ulrich spoke Thursday to a group of Union County farmers, hosted by Yoder Ag Services, answering questions and highlighting timely agronomic issues.“No really big reasons to change anything as far as products or practices until after we get out past Memorial Day. Once we get toward the end of the month, then we can make some changes, but right now just stay the course. Whatever plan you had is still the best plan to put in place,” said Ulrich.He pointed out how growing degree day requirements for corn actually go down as the planting season rolls along due to corn’s unique adaptation abilities. Soybeans though do require a different tailoring as the planting date gets later, the reason he recommends upping populations by 10,000 per acre for each week after Memorial Day.Overall, he said don’t be too eager to get out there as a lot of damage can be done in soggy soils.“If you get out there too early and stuff’s too wet, you can get some really bad sidewall or tillage compaction. There’s no way too really alleviate that after we’ve already done the trip. You need to be patient. Make sure field conditions are fit, because the worst thing you can do is get out there too early and then you’re praying for it to be a wet season and to stay wet,” he said. “Patience is hard this time of year, but patience is what we all need to have.”Ulrich also detailed concerns about higher populations of Black Cutworm and Armyworm. More in the audio below. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Union County Farmer Fred Yoder was part of the discussion, relating this year to that of 2011.“Well 2011, that was the year that many people didn’t do a thing until the first week of June and in fact I had said before that that I would never plant in corn again in June because anytime I did with replant situations, it never did pan out. That year I planted all my corn and beans in about the first 10 days of June and by golly we had a lot of sunshine and warm weather in the growing season and we had delayed frost in the fall. It was actually a tremendous year – one of my better years of farming in my 40-some years of farming, so you really can’t discount the fact that things can be made up in time with the right growing degree days and things like that. Again, patience. Let’s not mud it in and wish we had done something different before.”More from Fred Yoder in the audio below. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

US Department of Defense Embraces Open Source

first_imgAt the US Department of Defense, open source and proprietary software are now on equal footing. According to Defense Department guidance issued yesterday (PDF), open-source software (OSS) should be treated just like any other software product. The document also specifies some of the advantages of OSS for the Department of Defense (DoD). These include the ability to quickly alter the code as situations and missions change, the stability of the software because of the broad peer-review, as well as the absence of per-seat licensing costs.The document also stresses that OSS is “particularly suitable for rapid prototyping and experimentation, where the ability to ‘test drive’ the software with minimal costs and administrative delays can be important.”Clarifying OSS MisconceptionsThe DoD already uses some open-source products. This new memorandum is meant to provide guidance on the use of OSS and to clarify some misconceptions. According to the DoD, these misconceptions have hampered “effective DoD use and development of OSS.”One of these misconceptions is that the DoD would have to distribute any changes made to the OSS code. In reality, most open-source licenses permit users to modify code for internal use and these organizations only have to make the changes public if they distribute the code outside of their organizations. It’s good to see the government embrace open-source software – though some members of the open-source movement will feel a bit queasy about the DoD using their software. Just last week, the White House website became a Drupal site and hopefully other branches of government will follow the DoD’s lead and embrace open source as a valid means of acquiring and developing software.DOD Open Source Rules 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web frederic lardinoislast_img read more

Odisha fishermen in a fix

first_imgThe traditional fishermen of Odisha are in a fix as they have lost their boats and nets in cyclone Fani and face the diminished scope of professional employment in other coastal States during the summer months. According to Prasanna Behera, president of the Odisha Traditional Fish Workers’ Union (OTFWU), a large number of the cyclone-devastated fishermen may be forced to become menial migrant labourers during the next two months. The Phailin cyclone of 2013 that had its landfall near Gopalpur in Ganjam district had led to large scale migration of fishermen looking for work outside the State. But Phailin occurred in October, when the scope of employment in the marine fishery sector was high in other coastal States.Migration for jobsDuring the summer months fishing activity is low in States of the eastern coast, which will reduce the employment scope for Odisha fishermen, said Mr. Behera. It is expected that some of them may migrate to the western coast looking for fishing sector jobs in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa. Others may be compelled to earn a living as menial workers in other sectors.According to initial government assessment, 6,389 traditional marine fishing boats, 7,240 nets, 2,524 fish ponds of area 587 hectare, three fishing harbours, six fish landing centres, and five fish farms have been damaged by Fani in Odisha. According to OTFWU, the number of damaged boats and nets will be higher as information is yet to reach it from several areas. Fani has affected the traditional fishermen of Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara districts and those living on the banks of Chilika lake in Khurda, Ganjam and Puri districts. The demand for marine fish, prawn and crab has again started to rise in the Odisha markets. But the fishermen of Ganjam, who were least affected by Fani are not able to gain from it.According to N.Taleya, a fisherman community leader of Nulia Nuagaon in Ganjam district, the ban on mechanised fishing from April 15 to May 31 for the breeding season still continues in Ganjam coast. Due to this they are only able to fish with their traditional catamarans. The catch is not sufficient to get good income, although demand is high as fishing is almost nil in the Fani-devastated coastal districts.With fall in fish catch, women of the marine fisherman community have also lost their livelihood. They are no more able to process and trade marine products. Samudram, a federation of Women Self Help Groups, is doubtful about producing 500 kg of processed marine products per month in the coming days. There was a time when it was producing 3,000kg of produce every month. As cashew jungles have been destroyed, these fisherwomen have also lost the income they were getting from cashew plucking.Only community-based measures through organisations such as Samudram and WSHGs can provide some respite to the devastated traditional fishermen of Odisha coast, said W. Babaji, a marine fisherman community leader.last_img read more

Ford adds 1M vehicles to Takata recall EcoSport SUV recalled separately

first_imgBelieve it or not, automakers are still adding vehicles to the massive Takata airbag inflator recall. That’s one of the two new recalls Ford just announced, with the second affecting its new subcompact SUV.Recall the first: Adding to the Takata frayFord announced Friday that it is expanding its list of vehicles recalled for Takata airbag inflators for the fourth time. This planned expansion covers an additional 953,000 vehicles, approximately 780,000 of which are located in the US. The following vehicles comprise this latest expansion, which covers the passenger side front inflator:2010 Ford Edge2010 Lincoln MKX2010-2011 Ford Ranger2010-2012 Ford Fusion2010-2012 Lincoln MXZ2010-2011 Mercury Milan2010-2014 Ford MustangThe Takata recall kicked off when it was determined that hundreds of millions of its airbag inflator components lacked a moisture-absorbing desiccant. When exposed to humidity and high temperatures, the airbag inflators might fail, spraying the cabin with shrapnel instead of inflating the airbag as required. Both fatalities and injuries have been linked to Takata’s faulty parts, but Ford says no injuries are linked to the vehicles mentioned above.Upon receiving the recalled vehicles, Ford’s service technicians will replace the faulty component with one that will work as expected. Car Industry SUVs Sedans Share your voice Recall the second: EcoSport weld issuesFord also issued a recall for just 87 examples of the 2019 Ford EcoSport subcompact SUV. 63 of these vehicles are in the United States. A wonky weld is to blame for this recall. Apparently, an insufficient weld on the back of the front seat might reduce the structure’s overall strength, which could lead to an increased risk of injury in a crash. Thankfully Ford says it has no knowledge of injuries or accidents related to this recall.A simple part swap is all it takes to remedy this issue. Ford’s technicians will simply replace the front seats with new ones that have sufficient welds.  More about 2018 Ford EcoSport 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Preview • 2018 Ford EcoSport: Small dog with a big bark 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Recalls Lincoln Ford Tagscenter_img 60 Photos Comment 2019 Ford Edge ST: A practical performer More From Roadshow Review • 2018 Ford EcoSport: Better late than never Ford Is the 2018 Ford EcoSport too little, too late? 24 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more