Hurricane season

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaThe probability of Georgia being directly hit by a hurricane in any given year is low. Regardless, Georgians should prepare just in case. Because when one does hit, it will be devastating, says the state’s climatologist. The Atlantic hurricane season starts June1 and runs to November 30. But tropical systems and the bad weather that comes with them can hit outside of the official season, said David Stooksbury, climatologist and associate professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Get a weather radioThe No. 1 way to stay informed of threatening weather is to have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radio. A NOAA weather radio sounds an alarm and broadcasts up-to-date details about tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods or tropical weather. Make sure you buy one with the Specific Area Message Encoding, or SAME, technology. It can be programmed for particular counties. “You can buy NOAA weather radios at most electronic stores and even some grocery stores,” Stooksbury said. Prepare a survival kitAll Georgians should prepare for stormy weather by assembling an all-hazards kit. As seen with hurricane Katrina, it may take days for help to arrive after a natural or man-made disaster. So, prepare a kit with supplies that will allow you and your family to survive for three to seven days without electricity and clean running water. The most critical supply is at least one gallon of drinking water per person per day for at least three days. More water is needed for cooking and hygiene.Besides water, an all-hazards kit should include nonperishable foods, a hand can opener, first-aid kit, important papers, battery-powered radio, NOAA weather radio, flashlight and extra batteries. A detailed list of recommended contents for an all-hazards kit is available at http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html. Purchase flood insuranceIt is not only important to have an all-hazards kit, many Georgian’s should look into buying flood insurance, too. “The entire state is vulnerable to impacts from tropical systems,” he said. “While storm surge along the coast and wind damage receive the most attention, inland flooding is a concern statewide, from the coastal plain to the mountains.” Most homeowner insurance policies don’t include flood damage, so it is necessary to purchase an additional policy just to cover these damages. But most policies are fairly inexpensive. Just be sure to purchase a policy at least 30 days before you need it, so it has time to take effect. “Almost any place in south Georgia has a possibility of flooding,” he said. “As we’ve seen this year, heavy rains can flood the lowland piedmont region and cause significant damage.” Don’t forget tornadoesWhile hurricane season is starting, tornado season hasn’t really ended. “Tornadoes are always a risk in Georgia,” Stooksbury said. “While they are more common in the spring and fall, they can occur at any time.” In the event of a tornado, seek shelter in a sturdy building. The lowest level away from windows is the safest place, he said. If one isn’t around, lie down in a ditch or low spot where cars or trees won’t blow on top of you. Don’t stay in a car. “Regardless of where you seek shelter, protect your body, especially your head and neck, from flying debris,” he said. “Use pillows, blankets, coats or whatever you can find to protect yourself.”last_img read more

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SBC Bookies’ Corner – Snap Judgment – UK 2017 Election Aftermath…

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Another year… Another shock political outcome as PM Theresa May failed to secure her parliamentary majority following the shock results of the 2017 UK Snap Election (8 June). SBC’s Bookies’ Corner’gauges the impact of the Snap Election results on the UK political landscape, as Theresa May handles a fragile government ahead of entering Brexit negotiations, while opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn appears to have ‘come back from the dead’… ____________________________Mat Shaddick – LadbrokesSBC: Has Jeremy Corbyn’s election performance been overstated? The Labour party still lost and only slightly outperformed Gordon Brown’s 2010 loss in terms of seats gained?  Matthew Shaddick (Ladbrokes Head of Politics): Compared to pre-match expectations, no. Remember that at the start of the campaign, 150 seats was the sort of line that the betting markets were setting, so to get over 100 more than that is a huge achievement.Maybe a different sort of Labour leader might have done even better – they would probably have been in a more promising starting position. You could have got 50/1 about Labour achieving over 40% of the GB vote when the election was called, so it’s hard to understate just how well Corbyn did; they are now in a far stronger position to win any future election.Joe Lee – Paddy PowerSBC: In a multi-party electorate system such as the UK, is the new political reality that it will be harder for any party to gain a majority government?Joe Lee (Senior Trader Paddy Power): Despite what many are calling a disastrous election for May and the Conservatives, they did, in fact, increase their share of the overall vote to 42% (up five points on 2015). That would have led to a commanding majority in elections past.The Labour vote also increased, resulting in a 10 point gain in their share of the vote.It was the youth who dictated the pace, with that demographic motivated enough by the Labour social media angle. Not too dissimilar from the first Obama campaign in the US, UK Election exit polls suggest ‘Under 35 Turnout’ rose by 12 points when compared with 2015.The above would suggest that the future ebb and flow of elections will be movement between Tory and Labour rather than a splintering to smaller parties. While Lib Dems made gains, the likes of SNP and UKIP took heavy hits.These smaller parties can potentially be kingmakers in the medium term, but that usually doesn’t end well for the smaller partners in government.”Benjamin Cronin – PinnacleSBC: Can the Conservative Government really afford to replace Theresa May, short of starting Brexit negotiations with the European Union? Furthermore, would any new leader need to call a further General Election re-run?  Benjamin Cronin (Content Editor Pinnacle): Regardless of your political disposition, both Theresa May and the Conservative party she leads (if in name only) are in a difficult position ahead of the impending Brexit negotiations with the European Union.The Prime Minister promised “strong and stable” leadership and although she may claim to have the strength to carry on, it is the stability that will most likely be tested during those crucial EU negotiations and by the growing demands for a softer stance on Brexit from within the Tory ranks.If May were to be replaced by a new Conservative leader, whoever fills her kitten shoes would need their own mandate from the British people in order to hold a strong hand in the Brexit negotiations. That, however, would risk the ire of Brenda from Bristol as another General Election – which would be the third in two years – would be needed.Given the surprise results from June 8th, and the Conservative chaos that has followed, this scenario seems extremely unlikely. In short, the Conservatives are between a rock and a hard Brexit, but reeling from such a catastrophic fall from grace in the Election they are likely to hunker down and ride things out…. At least for now. Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Fading Clippers can’t slow Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins in loss to Timberwolves

first_img Danilo Gallinari says he hopes to return to Clippers’ lineup by month’s end Neither team led by more than six points until the Wolves awoke early in the third quarter and used a 13-0 run to build a 72-59 advantage.Just as they did on Sunday night to make a non-competitive matchup with Houston close in the waning minutes after the Rockets agitated them with some rough stuff, the Wolves snapped back when the Clippers engaged them in some extra-physical play. Towns took his share of hard contact underneath from the much burlier Jordan and Montrezl Harrell. Gibson and Teague each had blood drawn by inadvertent elbows or forearms to the face.“They noticed that it was a physical game, and they went out and got more physical,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We went the other way.”WINNING WITH WIGGINSThe Wolves are 5-5 without Butler, who’s out following knee surgery. Wiggins made all three of his 3-point attempts in the third, and he matched his career high with three blocked shots while displaying energy and hustle on both ends of the floor. At one point in that quarter, he harassed Austin Rivers from end to end and nearly stole the ball from the coach’s son, an effort that brought the crowd and the team to life.Related Articles PreviousTimberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns celebrates against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) is fouled by Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives on Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Timberwolves Derrick Rose (25) is called for a charge on Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns dunks in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns dunks in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) drives against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague (0) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) loses the ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Sean Kilpatrick (2) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots under pressure from Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks against against Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns drives on Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the second quarter of Tuesday’s game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns celebrates against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) is fouled by Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)NextShow Caption1 of 14Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) is fouled by Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 123-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — The Clippers’ push for a playoff berth is running into trouble, and if they’re now having trouble mustering the intensity to match an equally desperate opponent, they have bigger issues.The intensity for Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves that has been inconsistently present with All-Star Jimmy Butler out was on full display, and a critical matchup with the Clippers brought out their best.Karl-Anthony Towns racked up 30 points and 10 rebounds for his NBA-best 60th double-double and Wiggins scored 27 points in an all-around performance, leading the Timberwolves to a 123-109 victory on Tuesday night that stretched their lead over the Clippers to three games.“It’s just desperation,” Wiggins said. “We know that we needed this game. They’re right behind us.” Jeff Teague pitched in 20 points and 12 assists for the Timberwolves, who swept the four-game season series and sent the weary Clippers to their fourth consecutive loss on the commencement of a four-game, six-night trip.“Everybody had to be in. You can’t have half the group playing with urgency, half the group not playing with it,” said Clippers sixth man Lou Williams, who had 15 points.Former Clipper Jamal Crawford scored 20 points on his 38th birthday and Taj Gibson had 15 points as the Timberwolves (41-31) crept into seventh place in the Western Conference, one-half game behind New Orleans and San Antonio and one-half game ahead of Utah. Denver (38-33) is ninth. The Clippers (37-33) dropped to 10th place.DeAndre Jordan led the way for the Clippers with 18 points and 12 rebounds, but Tobias Harris played with flu-like symptoms and finished with only 10 points on 5-for-16 shooting, missing all five of his 3-point tries.“I just felt like I’ve got to be there for my teammates, and whatever I could bring, just bring it,” Harris said. “That’s it. It was a rough night.”center_img “He’s one of those guys who doesn’t show a lot of emotion, but when you see him make a play like that, you get excited,” Teague said.Wiggins has scored 20 or more points in nine of his last 11 games, going 21 for 45 from 3-point range in that span.“I believe in him. I think our whole team believes he can knock down (3-pointers),” Teague said.Said Gibson: “If you want to go to the playoffs, you’ve got to grow up. Plain and simple. He’s been doing a good job.”CLIPPED OFFThe Clippers have recovered deftly from their 8-15 start, their record after a 113-107 loss at home to the Timberwolves on Dec. 6, and withstood the departure via trade of former franchise cornerstone Blake Griffin, but they’ve left themselves with no room in this postseason race for even a mini-slump.After praising his team’s competitiveness amid the slew of injuries before the game, Rivers called this defeat the most disappointing of the season. He removed his starters with 7:24 remaining.“There was going to be no magic wand. I figured, take them out,” he said.POSTSEASON POSITIONINGThe Timberwolves have the schedule in their favor in their quest to make the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, with eight of their final 10 games against teams below the cut for the postseason. They play Denver, one of their closest competitors, twice. But there are six other matchups against opponents whose next drama will be the draft lottery.The Clippers have 12 games left, with nine against teams on a postseason track plus one against the Nuggets. This matchup in Minnesota began a stretch of six out of seven games on the road.Denver also has a difficult 11-game slate remaining, with only two matchups, Wednesday at Chicago and April 7 at the Clippers, coming against opponents currently outside the top eight in either conference. The Nuggets, too, have five stops left on a seven-game trip to finish the month.TIP-INSClippers: Jordan’s streak of 15 or more rebounds ended at 10 straight games, which matched the longest run of his career and the most by any active NBA player. … Harrell, who had 24 points against Portland on Sunday and was in double digits in 24 of his last 30 games, had nine points on 3-for-9 shooting.Timberwolves: Derrick Rose, who had nine points in six minutes, sprained his right ankle in the second quarter and didn’t return. Rose, who joined the team less than two weeks ago, had 14 points in 19 minutes against the Rockets. … The Wolves are 9-3 when Teague has 20 or more points. … The Wolves improved to 30-15 against the Western Conference this season. They’ve swept the Clippers two other times in franchise history, in 1997-98 and 2003-04.UP NEXTClippers: At Milwaukee on Wednesday night.Timberwolves: At New York on Friday night. 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Seahawks vs. 49ers odds, prediction, betting trends for ‘Monday Night Football’

first_imgHere’s everything to know about betting on Seahawks vs. 49ers in Week 10, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for “Monday Night Football.”MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewSeahawks vs. 49ers odds for ‘Monday Night Football’Spread: 49ers by 6Point total: 48Odds: Seahawks -105, 49ers -105The 49ers are well rested from playing Thursday night in Week 9 against the Cardinals. The Seahawks had to go overtime to defeat the Buccaneers at home last Sunday. The 49ers are getting a field goal over the typical home-field advantage line.Seahawks vs. 49ers all-time seriesThe Seahawks lead the series 25-16. Before the 49ers won in San Francisco last December, Seattle had won 10 straight and 12 out of the previous 13 meetings. The last time the 49ers swept the Seahawks was 2011, a season in which they advanced to the Super Bowl.Three trends to know— 69 percent of moneyline bettors like the Seahawks to upset the 49ers on the road. 52 percent of spread bettors also like the Seahawks.— 69 percent of bettors like the game to go over the point total, tied to potent offenses led by quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Jimmy Garoppolo.— The 49ers have failed to cover in only three of their eight wins, but two of those games have come in the past three weeks against the Cardinals and Redskins. Both of those games, however, were on the road.Three things to watchNo George KittleThe 49ers’ elite tight end, arguably the best in the game, will not suit up with his ankle and knee injuries. The Seahawks can be exploited well in the middle of the field by tight ends, so don’t expect the 49ers to go away from that game plan, especially with the confidence they have in backup Ross Dwelley. The primary coverage concern for Seattle now becomes wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, trying to stay hot in his third game for San Francisco.Yes Josh Gordon?The Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers from the Patriots before Week 9, and he’s trending to play in Week 10 after practicing in full in Friday with his ankle injury and carrying no designation into the game. Coach Pete Carroll, however, calls the wide receiver a game-time decision to be active, tied to the comfort level he has in the new offense and with Wilson. Seattle needs Gordon in this tough matchup and he can be a difference-maker right away.Not as good as GouldThe 49ers also will be without kicker Robbie Gould, with Chase McLaughlin, who filled in well for the Chargers when Michael Badgley was out, taking over the field-goal duties. On the other side, the Seahawks saw Jason Myers struggle last week. If this comes down to three points making the difference, this situation is something that can affect the outcome of the game. Stat that mattersWilson is 11-3 in his career against the 49ers. He has a 99.2 passer rating against them at nearly 8 yards per passing attempt. He also has 281 yards rushing against them and 24 combined touchdowns. He should play well despite San Francisco’s strong defensive resume.Seahawks vs. 49ers predictionThe Seahawks can bring more firepower than the Cardinals with Wilson, with Gordon being gravy over wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. The 49ers are sizzling throwing the ball with Garoppolo, too, and their matchup is exceptional. Jimmy G leads the Niners late to be a little more dangerous than Danger Russ.49ers 31, Seahawks 27 The 49ers (8-0) go into their “Monday Night Football” matchup (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) against the Seahawks (7-2) as the only undefeated left in the NFC and entire NFL. But they need to keep winning to feel great about their chances to win the NFC West.San Francisco will either see its first-place cushion over Seattle go up to 2.5 games with a head-to-head tiebreaker or see it shrink down to a half-game. The 49ers have won every game with an average margin of victory close to 17 points. The Seahawks have needed all of their average scoring of 27.6 points per game because they are giving up 25.6 points per game.last_img read more

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