Special Weather Statement: Flood Watch

first_img(Image courtesy National Weather Service) The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Watch in effect for Ocean City from 8 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 17) through 5 p.m. Monday (Nov. 18).Strong northeast winds gusting to 45 mph are predicted for the weekend and into Monday, and the NWS warns of coastal flooding through at least three high tides. Rain is also in the forecast and could make conditions worse. An NWS “Watch” indicates that conditions for significant flooding are expected to develop.The watch forecasts water levels to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at 11:09 a.m. Sunday. Forecasters project a tide of 6.7 feet on the mean low water scale (MLW). This projection falls in the middle of the “moderate” tidal flooding range. By comparison, flooding on Oct. 11, 2019) reached 6.64 feet MLW. Visit www.ocnj.us/octides to compare these predictions to other recent and historic tide levels.Subsequent high tides include:11:55 p.m. Sunday (prediction is 5.7 feet)12:07 p.m. Monday (prediction is 6.5 feet)Residents should monitor conditions and be prepared to move vehicles from areas that typically experience flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are at higher elevation. Parking will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora (please read letter from Trinity if you take advantage of this service).For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades.We will continue to provide updates and information as the forecast develops. For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.last_img read more

A critical new data tracking need

first_img continue reading » Now that the recession is 100% certain, we know the traditional performance dashboard will light up with all the downward trends. These include rising delinquencies and net charge offs, falling or negative ROAs and capital levels.Most credit unions expect these trends. They are using their capital to show that the credit union is there for members even in the most pressing of economic circumstances.The Analytics of Recovery TrackingData analytics routinely captures on an ongoing basis hundreds of facts about members’ activity, product/service utilization, credit/debit transactions, and in some cases next most likely financial need. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Forever on course for Epsom

first_img Having won the Fillies’ Mile on her final appearance last season, the three-year old put in an encouraging performance when giving weight away to all of her rivals to finish a close-up second over her first try at a mile and a quarter in the Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday. O’Brien said: She ran well and we’re happy with her. “It was a nice start and it looks like she will get further, she was coming home well. “Hopefully if everything goes well I’d imagine she’ll go to Epsom.” While a trip back across the Irish Sea is on the cards for Together Forever, O’Brien has stressed Found will look to get her career back on track in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the end of the month. Found could be one of several entries in the mile event for the Ballydoyle master. O’Brien said: “We’re looking at the Irish Guineas for Found and, so far, everything seems perfect. “It looks like Kissed By Angels and Qualify could go there. “Fluff had a slight setback and will probably not be back until the autumn. “Words won’t make it (to the Curragh) and might make Ascot.” Aidan O’Brien says Together Forever is more than likely to take her chance in the Investec Oaks at Epsom next month.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lukaku: Man Utd Move from Everton a ‘Perfect Opportunity’

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has revealed that he did not have to “think twice” about moving to Manchester United from Everton as it represents “the perfect opportunity”.The 24-year-old striker is set to sign for United for an initial £75m, despite former club Chelsea matching the bid.“It’s a club that is hungry to win the league again, to be dominant in the world again,” Lukaku told ESPN, who say they spoke to him after his medical.“It’s the sort of opportunity I’ve always wanted since a child.”Lukaku is in the United States and was arrested in Los Angeles last week following a noise complaint. He is due to appear in court on October 2. The transfer for him, initially reported by BBC Sport on Thursday, is believed to include £15m in add-ons.Chelsea tried to re-sign the Belgium international but were not willing to match the fees Lukaku’s agent, Mino Raiola, would earn if the forward moved to Old Trafford.United said on Saturday they were “delighted” to agree a deal.“When they came calling I didn’t have to think twice, so I’m really delighted to be part of history,” said Lukaku.“Who would say no to the biggest club in the world? The best stadium in England, the best fans. I mean, it’s the perfect opportunity.“I always said I wanted to play for a team that’s challenging for every trophy that there is there. I think Manchester United at the minute wants to be the dominant team, the dominant force.“Now it’s time to work hard, work harder than I ever did before and I’m willing to do it.”United manager Jose Mourinho was manager of Chelsea when they sold Lukaku to Everton for £28m in July 2014.The Belgian scored 25 Premier League goals last season, and United have been chasing him for most of the summer.A deal was concluded yesterday before United depart for a pre-season tour to the United States on Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

A’s reunite with left-hander on minor league deal

first_imgRyan Buchter is the … Signing a left-handed reliever wasn’t as high up on the A’s list of priorities as starting pitching or catcher, but they may have just filled that need before the other two.A familiar face is back with the organization as the club signed Jerry Blevins to a minor league deal Monday. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Blevins would earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the big league club, and he should have a good shot given the current state of the bullpen.last_img read more

Women cavers on underground fossil hunt

first_imgThe six scientist-cavers who will go deep underground the Cradle of Humankind to recover the human fossil remains from Rising Star Cave. From left, Hannah Morris, Marina Elliott, Becca Peixotto, Elen Feuerriegel, Alia Gurtov and Lindsay Eaves.Lee Berger, the leader of the expedition, introduces the international team to the media on 6 November 2013.(Images: University of the Witwatersrand)MEDIA CONTACTS• Professor Lee Berger Research professorEvolutionary Studies InstituteUniversity of the Witwatersrand+27 11 717 6604RELATED ARTICLES• Cosmic proof of comet strike on Earth• Cradle of Humankind is our human heritage • Phillip Tobias dies• South Africa unearths new human ancestor• World heritage in South AfricaMary AlexanderAn international team of six scientists – all women, and all recruited on social media – are set to explore a recently discovered cave deep under South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind, some 40 kilometres north of Johannesburg, to recover the fossil remains of an ancient human species that may shed new light on our origins.Named the Rising Star Cave, the chamber was discovered by exploration team leader Pedro Boshoff and his two assistants, Steve Tucker and Rick Hunter, of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Venturing 30 vertical metres under the surface of the Cradle, they were able to look into an almost inaccessible opening, where, scattered on the cave floor, they found a cache of significant hominin fossils.The expedition to the cave will be directed by paleoscientist Lee Berger, a research professor in human evolution at the Evolutionary Studies Institute. Berger is best known for the 2010 discovery, also in the Cradle, of a previously unknown 1.9-million-year old ancient hominin named Australopithecus sediba. Earlier this year he was named National Geographic explorer-in-residence.Announcing the Rising Star expedition on 6 November, Berger said the fossils in the chamber were found as recently as September 2013, in the deepest recesses of the network of limestone caves under the Cradle. The Cradle of Humankind, a Unesco World Heritage site, has yielded 40% of all the world’s known ancient human fossils.‘Extraordinary, exciting’“It’s fair to say no discovery has ever been make like this in Southern Africa, in this kind of context,” he said. “And, perhaps on the continent of Africa – and almost anywhere in the world – in this kind of context. It is an underground discovery, something like 30 metres below the surface, in an extraordinary situation. That is part of the excitement we’re dealing with.”The first step in the Rising Star project is to get the fossils out of the cave and into the laboratory for thorough study, before any pronouncement can be made.“We do not know as yet what species of hominin we have found, and we will not speculate,” Berger said. “Our aim is to get the fossils out carefully, study them, compare them to other fossil material from around the world and then proceed to analyse and describe them. This is part of the scientific process and we are hoping to publish our findings – if all goes well – late in 2014.”Getting the specimens out of the ground is the problem. The chamber is not only deep underground, but it can only be accessed through a small opening – any explorer trying to get through it would have to be tiny, with a chest size of 18 centimetres or less.Small, specialised spelunkersSo Berger called on his social network on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to help him find “small, specialised cavers and spelunkers with excellent archaeological, paleontological and excavation skills”.Within days he had a list of 57 qualified candidates, from which six scientists were chosen for the underground expedition, all of them women.“These are highly trained scientists with caving experience from the US, Canada and Australia who are currently in South Africa preparing for the excavation,” Berger said.All of the scientists are Masters graduates, and four of them PhD candidates. Two have worked in South Africa before.Alia Noelle Gurtov is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, US. She has field experience from Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania as well as with Professor Francis Thackeray from the Wits Evolutionary Studies Institute at the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, South Africa.Katherine Lindsay Eaves is a PhD candidate in biological anthropology at the University of Iowa in the US. She has worked on important bone collections such as the Raymond Dart Collection at Wits University and the Australopithecus africanus fossils at the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria, South Africa.Marina Elliott is a PhD candidate in biological anthropology and osteology at the Simon Fraser University in Burnaby in British Columbia, Canada. Becca Peixotto is an archaeologist from Silver Springs in Montgomery County, Maryland, US, who holds a Masters degree in public anthropology from the American University in Washington, DC.Elen Maree Feuerriegel is a PhD candidate in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Hannah Morris holds a Masters degree in Anthropology from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, US.“Only a limited number of people will be allowed to the access-restricted site, as one of my key priorities is the safety of our scientists and researchers,” Berger said. “We also have to do the best that we can under the circumstances to get these fossils out of the cave, through a complex recovery process.”Members of the Speleological Exploration Club of South Africa will support the expedition.Wits University and the CradleThe Cradle of Humankind is made up of the fossil hominid sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and surrounding areas. It was inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1999.Wits University has a long association with the Cradle, through scientific discoveries and research. The university owns and manages important fossil sites there, and Wits scientists’ contributions to some of its most extraordinary fossil finds have made South Africa a world leader in paleosciences research.“The University is home to the richest collections of hominid fossils in the world, and discoveries made by Wits scientists in the Cradle of Humankind are some of the most significant in the paleosciences record,” said Adam Habib, vice-chancellor and principal of Wits.“Professor Berger and his team have already added to this valuable collection with the discovery of Australopithecus sediba, and the latest find to be excavated by the Rising Star Expedition will once again demonstrate the tremendous promise of the paleosciences on the continent.”The expedition will be supported by the National Geographic Society, and is Berger’s first project as the society’s explorer-in-residence.“This project is the essence of exploration, and we are thrilled to support Lee Berger and his team,” said Terry Garcia, executive vice president for missions at National Geographic. “We look forward to sharing the project results across the globe.”The excavation and subsequent scientific analysis will be the feature of a National Geographic television special. Updates will be posted on a special National Geographic blog.last_img read more

How Logistics Leaders Can Use AI Right Now

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#AI#artificial intellgence#business operations#logistics#operations 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. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture We may not have robots like C-3PO from “Star Wars” or Rosie from “The Jetsons,” but there’s no denying that the machines we do have are getting smarter. But are business leaders taking advantage of their capabilities? It’s easy to imagine adopting AI in some indefinite future, but the technology already has the capacity to improve your ROI — provided you actually implement it.While AI is making waves across industries, the logistics space stands to benefit more than most. According to a report from DHL and IBM, “the network-based nature of [logistics] provides a natural framework for implementing and scaling AI.” It’s no surprise, then, that companies are already experimenting with AI implementation, achieving small wins that help set the stage for much bigger ones.Small wins are key because they help test theories, establish best practices, and achieve buy-in from key stakeholders. You don’t need to aim for complete disruption on the first try. But if you put off AI solutions until a later date, you’ll risk falling behind your forward-thinking competitors.Historically, innovation is adopted in the consumer sector before trickling into commercial enterprises. AI has reached this tipping point, and the next few years will reveal its true value. Incorporating it into your own logistics might not happen overnight, but the timely implementation of AI will allow you to reap benefits such as improved efficiency and cost savings. Curious how you can use AI today to improve your logistics? Look first to the following areas:1. Improving demand forecastingWhile we’re not quite at a place where a walking and talking robot can scan your warehouse and tell you what inventory is running low, machine learning already has effective demand-forecasting capabilities.In fact, Ali Raza, founder and CEO of ThroughPut Inc., says companies are currently using this technology to great effect: “Some of the largest brands in the world, like Amazon, have acquired robotics firms like Kiva Systems and automated a great deal of their warehouse management, while growing jobs, increasing efficiency and faster delivery times with fewer shipping errors.” Alibaba even built a state-of-the-art warehouse that uses robots to transport items, making the facility China’s “largest automated warehouse,” according to CNBC.Better demand forecasting is obviously good for business: It optimizes production schedules, reduces the amount of capital tied up in inventory, and ensures that you can deliver what customers want when they want it. To reap these benefits, use AI to automate demand forecasting in your warehouses.2. Assisting with administrative dutiesWhile you may not have a robotic accountant yet, you can have a powerful system for the detection of financial anomalies. Using machine learning, Ernst & Young is able to detect fraud with an astounding 97 percent accuracy, according to the joint DHL-IBM report. To do this, EY has machine learning classify invoices from international parties then pinpoint red flags for a human expert to review. This logic and use of machine learning can be applied to myriad business processes.Up to this point, business software has been focused on digitizing organizations and doing away with paper forms. As AI is able to automate many of these tasks entirely, it will also be able to help us get better at the jobs humans perform that can’t be automated.Gordon Ritter, a founder of Emergence Capital Partners, envisions technology helping humans improve their workflows in real time with what he dubs “the coaching cloud.” With AI, that doesn’t have to mean a single approach. Instead, algorithms can analyze the strengths and weaknesses of individual workers and offer tailored advice.3. Meeting physical demandsWhile robots might someday be driving your delivery vehicles or stocking your shelves, that technology isn’t widespread just yet. However, AI can already meet other vital physical needs. Intelligent robotic sorting, for example, is a process by which letters and packages are scanned and sorted through a system of conveyors, ensuring that the right shipments are automatically sent to the right places.Other applications abound. ZenRobotics, for instance, uses an advanced AI-powered algorithm to scan conveyor belts of mixed recyclable items. By analyzing labels as well as materials, the tool can pick out similar items and sort them at a rate of 4,000 per hour.With the right application, AI can perform similar logistical tasks for your organization, whether it involves sorting items or packing shipments. Don’t discount the physical tasks AI can help perform to boost your warehouse efficiency.When discussing AI, it’s hard not to look to the future. There is vast untapped potential, and the technology will undoubtedly transform how companies do business in ways that are as yet impossible to predict. But there’s much that AI can do for businesses right now. Smart leaders will recognize the capabilities AI already brings to the table and decide how best to capitalize on them in their own organizations. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more

Traits of a Good Film Crew

first_imgPicking the right film crew isn’t hard if you know what to look for. In this post, we share a few tips to aid in the success of your film project.Sometimes the most difficult part of making a film is finding the right people to make it with you. There is a reason why professional filmmakers get paid so much money to do their job, they are worth it. However, even if your budget is nonexistent there are a few qualities to look for in a crew member that will help you sort out the good apples from the bad.A good crew member…Helps solve problems on set.Improves morale on set by complementing instead of complaining.Is concerned with making the film as great as possible even if it means shooting late.Is more concerned with making a film than getting lunch, eating snacks, taking breaks.Is able to admit when he/she has made a mistake.Will offer help to other crew members once their work is complete.Is concerned with the success of the entire team rather than getting praise for themselves.A bad crew member…Complains outwardly about long working days and early mornings.Shows up late to call times and blames it on traffic and phone alarms.Criticizes the decisions made by the director or producer in front of other crew members.Brings down the moral on the entire set.Only does things when he/she is told to do them.Misses pre-production meetings.Wants to receive praise for everything they do.Based on that criteria do you think you are a good crew member or a bad crew member? Are you a good crew leader?How to Assemble an Awesome CrewNow you may be asking, “Where do I find these good crew members?” Well, the answer to that question is not as simple as going to FindaFreeCrew.com and selecting people…you’re going to have to put in some leg-work.Finding a good crew always begins with good networking. As any good filmmaker will tell you, one of the most powerful tools you can have is networking skills. This means as a filmmaker you should be spending time with other filmmakers. Once you have a network asking for help isn’t as difficult.Build ExcitementIt is very important to hire people who are excited about your project. A crew that isn’t excited about a project will be very difficult to motivate and subsequently will not create a good finished product.You can build excitement through interacting and tagging crew members on social media, inviting crew members to brainstorming sessions and highlighting crew members on the film’s website. On the same note, crew members who are eager to gain work experience will probably be more reliable than those who are simply trying to make money.If your budget is low it might also be helpful to ask crew members with access to good equipment to be a part of your shoot. This might save you precious money that would have been spent somewhere else. This is definitely where your developed relationship will have to come into play. There’s nothing worse than having an audio person volunteer to help bring equipment then not show up. Not only would you be out a crew member you would also not be able to shoot your film.Set ExpectationsThe line between a good crew member and a bad crew member can sometimes be blurred under poor leadership. It is your duty as a director/producer to communicate exactly what you expect from your crew every step of the way.Expect good work but be patient with crew members if they don’t have a lot of experience. Never boss people around especially when they are helping you for free. Nothing screams amateur than a director who is impatient and rude to his crew.Give a schedule to everyone on set so they will know what to expect. In my own experience I’ve found that a checklist with each step of the production process increases the morale and buy-in of every crew member.Be sure to maintain relationships with your crew after a project has been shot and make everyone feel involved during every phase of production. This will give your crew a greater sense of ownership and will keep them motivated to help you on future projects.If your interested in developing your leadership skills here are some resources about being a better crew manager:Who’s in Charge Here from Videomaker5 Elements to Being a Good Production Manager on an Independent Film from Yahoolast_img read more

More S. Korean skaters come forward with sexual abuse allegations

first_imgThe Young Skaters Association leader Yeo Jun-hyeong speaks at a press conference on Thursday. Yonhap via The Korea HeraldSEOUL — Additional allegations of sexual abuse in Korea’s skating community were revealed as two more skaters came forward following Olympic short track gold medalist Shim Suk-hee’s claim against her former coach on Tuesday.The Young Skaters Association released a statement Wednesday claiming that there were more sexual abuse cases in Korea’s skating community yet to be disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img LATEST STORIES But two of the three victims backed out of their agreements with Cho on Wednesday. The two changed their minds after hearing about Shim’s case and urged the court to impose stronger punishment against Cho.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The association has investigated the wrongdoings committed by influential people in the community, and we found that six more female skaters have suffered sexual abuse by their coaches besides Shim,” Yeo Jun-hyeong, the leader of the association, told The Korea Herald in a phone interview.According to Yeo, the victims could not come forward sooner as they worried the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee’s leading members would overlook the cases and cause additional harm to the victims.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsShim’s recent revelation, however, led two of the victims to disclose their experiences of abuse. The Olympic medalist and 1,000-meter world champion filed a complaint against her former coach Cho Jae-beom, accusing him of repeated sexual assault from 2014 until just weeks before the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.“The silence of the victims might be the result that the leading members want,” the association’s statement read. Vince Carter watches the good times, but is he near goodbye? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “During the time that the victims were worried about revenge or additional harm from the committee, some other skaters might suffer from similar painful cases.”The two victims plan to hold a press conference next week and take legal action against the perpetrators. The association has been talking with the other four victims, but they are reportedly still reluctant to come forward out of fears of retaliation.The association said it would reveal more cases if the government protects the victims and takes actions to root out the wrongdoings of influential people in skating’s communities. Also, the association called on politicians who have been protecting and supporting the wrongdoers to come out into the open.Cho has been serving a 10-month jail term for the assault of four skaters that dates to 2011. One skater asked for the punishment to be mitigated after coming to an agreement with Cho.Two more of the skaters agreed to mitigated sentencing in an appeal trial that is still ongoing, as Cho’s acquaintances reportedly called and visited the families of the victims repeatedly.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

National Youth Squad camp a success

first_imgAustralia’s best young talent united in Sydney over the weekend to train together for the first time as the Australian National Youth Squads. Australia’s 18’s and 20’s Boys and Girls squads trained tirelessly over the weekend, impressing in their first foray as National Youth Squad members for the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign, which will be held in January next year. It wasn’t all smooth sailing – Friday’s Sydney Airport Terminal Two closure threw a spanner in the works, with some player’s flights pushed back until late Friday night and early Saturday morning, before Saturday afternoon’s wild weather changed plans for teams – but the teams were still incredibly eager to make the most of their time together. Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, said the weekend was a big success and looks forward to the rest of the Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign. “It was a great camp held in some trying conditions but the way the players and coaches approached the weekend has me delighted the Youth Trans Tasman preparation has started off on the right track,” Grant said. “We have some tremendously talented youth in our game with some amazing skill levels that continue to improve year after year.”To view photos from the weekend, be sure to visit the TFA social media pages:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksAussie camp a successlast_img read more