Flooding, Bicycle Safety Discussed During Fourth Ward Meeting

first_imgOcean City’s flood mitigation plan to lessen problems when storm waters rise was discussed at a Fourth Ward meeting. By MADDY VITALEFlood mitigation projects and bicycle safety were the main topics of discussion for city officials and Fourth Ward residents during a meeting at the Ocean City Free Public Library on Saturday.The meeting was a workshop for residents to ask questions and raise concerns they might have.Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr conducted the meeting. At-Large Councilman Keith Hartzell and city official Vince Beckier were on hand to also address people’s concerns and answer questions.The meeting was held just two days after City Council authorized a contract on Thursday for ACT Engineers, based in Robbinsville, N.J., to develop a Flood Mitigation and Drainage Master Plan. During Saturday’s ward meeting, a handful of people in the audience brought up specific areas of town that had continual flooding problems in the 20s, 40s and 50s streets.Barr told the audience that a town hall meeting will be held in the next couple of weeks with representatives of ACT Engineers, Mayor Jay Gillian and other city officials to discuss the flood-mitigation plans.Beckier explained that areas around Merion Park, west from 42rd Street to 45th Street, will be looked at again and improved as needed as will other portions of the island where flooding is an issue.“We are aware of most of the problem areas and we are trying to address them. It won’t be done overnight. But the town hall meeting will be in a couple of weeks,” Barr pointed out. “Most of the problems will be fixed or addressed.”In his weekly mayor’s message posted on the city website Friday, Gillian explained some of the plans for the island.He said in his message that the city has completed major drainage projects in three of the island’s most flood-prone neighborhoods and invested more than $20 million to improve storm drainage, pumping stations and elevating roads.Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr speaks with resident Jackie Wolchko about plans to lessen flooding problems on her street.Jackie Wolchko, who lives on 50th Street and Haven Avenue, said her home is elevated, but she has endured flooding in her area for years.“It seems to me a lot of work is going on around 50th Street and on the south and north end, but I don’t see anything happening in my area. They did say they would get to it,” she said.Barr said there have been things done in Wolchko’s area to lessen the flooding problems. “Hopefully ACT will make things better there,” he said.Hartzell told Wolchko to attend the town hall meeting to see what the engineers have to say.Beckier explained that it can be difficult to stop flooding altogether in low-lying areas. “That’s why we elevate the streets,” he said.“The marshlands are reclaiming the street,” Wolchko noted.Officials said ACT is aware of the problem in her neighborhood.Bicyclists cross Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue on Saturday afternoon.Bicycle safety was also a main issue of concern for residents at the ward meeting. They said there are more bicyclists in town than ever before, and some don’t obey the traffic laws.Police Lt. Brian Hopely, who is in charge of the Traffic Safety Unit, is a good person to start with if residents have concerns about bicyclists, officials said.“Clearly, more work needs to be done. We need to educate people about bicycle safety,” Barr said.He added that real estate packets given to summer renters with safety messages are not the most efficient way of getting the message across. Simply put, he said, vacationers are excited to get on the road and they aren’t always interested in reading material about safety.“People are excited. They aren’t going to take the time to look through the rental packets,” Barr said.Hartzell pointed to the city’s bicycle advocacy group, Bike OCNJ, which has safety information on its website at www.bikeocnj.org.“We are advocating for bikes. If we had everyone on bikes, we’d be happy,” Hartzell noted.However, he said, people must follow the traffic laws.Mary Faust, who has lived in Ocean City since 2014 on 24th Street and Simpson Avenue, asked if possibly speed bumps could be installed to slow motorists and bicyclists down along Haven Avenue rather than keeping the stop signs along the popular stretch for cyclists.“As a bicyclist, and an elderly person, I can’t start and stop at the stop signs. It just doesn’t work,” Faust said.Officials said they would look into speed bumps but noted that Ocean City does not utilize them.The audience listens to At-Large Councilman Keith Hartzell and Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr talk about the issues.last_img read more

July climate summary

first_imgDrought conditions in most parts of the state stabilized in July, although there was an increase in exceptional drought in west central Georgia due to the heat and lack of rainfall.While the southern half of the state dried out after a wet June, northern Georgia was generally wetter than normal because of a series of thunderstorms that developed and dumped rain over the northern third of the state. In general the northern third of the state received above normal rainfall, and the rest of the state received less rainfall than normal, with the driest parts in far southeastern Georgia.The highest monthly total precipitation from a National Weather Service station was 5.96 inches in Savannah, 0.36 inches above normal, and the lowest was in Brunswick at 1.21 inches, or 2.87 inches below normal. Augusta received 1.54 inches (2.79 inches below normal), Atlanta received 3.53 inches (1.74 below normal), Alma received 3.92 inches (1.41 below normal), Athens received 5.53 inches (1.06 above normal) and Columbus received 2.92 inches (1.84 below normal). Macon received 5.68 inches, which was .73 above normal. The highest single-day rainfall reported by Community Collaborative Rain, Snow and Hail Network stations was 4.60 inches in northeast Georgia, north of Lexington in Oglethorpe County on July 12. The second highest daily total was 4.26 inches reported near Rabun Gap in Rabun County on July 14, with another Rabun Gap community network reporter observing 4.17 inches on the same day. The highest monthly total was 11.25 inches in Cedartown in Polk County. The second highest monthly total was 10.48 inches near Lilburn in Gwinnett County, followed closely by a 10.44 inch total in Dillard in Rabun County. Some residents northwest of Atlanta reported over 6 inches July 11-12, according to Nick Walker of the Weather Channel./p>Severe weather was reported on 21 days in July. Thunderstorms caused mostly wind damage, although hail was reported in a few locations. Lightning from these thunderstorms caused some house fires, and the thunderstorm related winds knocked down trees and caused scattered power outages. Despite the cooling rains in some part of the state, July saw several Georgia cities set new record high temperatures. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 83.4 degrees Fahrenheit (3.6 degrees above normal). The average temperature in July for Athens was 82.5 degrees (1.9 above normal), Columbus was 84.2 degrees(1.7 above normal), Macon was 83.4 degrees (1.6 above normal), Savannah was 83.9 degrees (1.3 above normal), Brunswick was 84.1 degrees (1.3 above normal), Alma was 82.2 degrees (0.2 above normal) and Augusta was 83.7 degrees (2.1 above normal).It was the fifth warmest July on record for Atlanta, which has records going back for 134 years. Columbus experienced its eighth warmest July in 65 years of record, and Macon saw its tenth warmest July in 120 years of record. July 1 was the hottest day of the month at many locations, setting records at several weather stations. Atlanta reported 105 degrees, breaking the 1954 record of 99; Athens reported 108 degrees, breaking the 1954 record of 103; and Macon recorded 108 degrees, breaking its 1954 record of 103. Augusta also broke its 1990 record of 102 degrees on July 1, recording a temperature of 104. Atlanta and Augusta also broke record highs on July 5, with temperatures of 100 and 102 degrees respectively. On July 26 Augusta once again broke its previous daily temperature record with a high of 103, and temperatures in Alma also broke the daily record at 101 degrees. The peach season ended in mid-July, almost three weeks early. This is the earliest it has ended in any grower’s memories, according to The Packer newspaper. Most other crops continued to be ahead of the 5-year average due to the continuation of warm conditions.last_img read more

Iraq has confirmed thousands more COVID-19 cases than reported, medics say

first_imgThe new coronavirus has hit Iraq’s neighbor Iran worse than any country in the region. Iraq has close trade and religious ties with Iran and a large border, which Iraq shut in February over fears of the spread of the infection.Iraq’s healthcare system, among other infrastructure, has been stretched by decades of sanctions, war and neglect, one among several problems that spurred mass anti-government protests in recent months.Pilgrims Governments across the world have struggled to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States, Italy and Spain are the countries worst hit by the disease, which has infected nearly a million people worldwide and killed nearly 47,000.The three Iraqi doctors and the political official said national security officials have attended health ministry meetings and urged authorities not to reveal the high figures because it could create public disorder with a rush on medical supplies, and make it harder to control the disease’s spread.The health ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment on any such discussions.One of the doctors said the death toll was also likely higher than the official toll, but not by much. “On Saturday last week alone, about 50 people were buried who died from the disease,” he said. At that time the official death toll was 42.Testing facilities are limited and Iraq has publicly acknowledged that the actual number of cases must be higher than the number of confirmed cases.Many doctors blame the accelerating spread of the disease on people refusing to be tested or isolated and on the flouting of a nationwide curfew, including by thousands of pilgrims who flocked to a Shi’ite Muslim shrine in Baghdad last month.The three doctors and the health official said many new cases were from eastern Baghdad where those pilgrims live.Separately, some Shi’ite pilgrims returning to Iraq from Syria have tested positive for coronavirus, a senior Iraqi official and health officials said on Sunday. The ministry said in its latest daily statement on Thursday that the total recorded confirmed cases for Iraq were 772, with 54 deaths.But the three doctors, who work in pharmaceutical teams helping test suspected COVID-19 cases in Baghdad, each said that confirmed cases of the disease, based on discussions among fellow medics who see daily results, were between about 3,000 and 9,000 although they each gave different estimates.The health ministry official, who also works in testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, said that there were more than 2,000 confirmed cases from eastern Baghdad alone, not counting the number in other areas or provinces.The political official, who has attended meetings with the health ministry, also said thousands of cases were confirmed. Iraq has thousands of confirmed COVID-19 cases, many times more than the 772 it is has publicly reported, according to three doctors closely involved in the testing process, a health ministry official and a senior political official.The sources all spoke on condition of anonymity. Iraqi authorities have instructed medical staff not to speak to media.Iraq’s health ministry, the only official outlet for information on the COVID-19 disease, could not immediately be reached for comment. Reuters sent voice and written messages asking its spokesman if the actual number of confirmed cases was higher than the ministry had reported and if so why.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Yggdrasil player hits €3.3 million jackpot on Joker Millions

first_imgShare Related Articles Yggdrasil Gaming selects SBC Summit to showcase latest innovations February 17, 2020 Fredrik Elmqvist, YggdrasilChristmas came early for a player on Yggdrasil Gaming’s Joker Millions progressive jackpot slot, who won almost €3.3 million on Thursday 23rd December.The lucky player was spinning the reels on sunnyplayer.com, a brand of Cherry iGaming, when he hit the jackpot of €3,291,513 from a bet of just €2.50.The win was the largest to date on Joker Millions, beating previous big wins of €2.9 million, €720,000 and €460,000, all of which have been collected since March 2015.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, said: “We were thrilled to see a player win such a life changing sum of money, especially so close to Christmas and while playing one of our slots games.“Joker Millions is our first progressive slot and it is loved by both operators and players. With more operators continuing to join the Yggdrasil network, the jackpot will be building up again quickly.”The CMO of sunnyplayer commented: “We love it when one of our players wins big, and this is among the largest we have ever see on our site. It goes to show big wins can happen, but you have to be spinning the reels to be in with the chance of scooping the prize!” SkillOnNet powers Royalbet’s Europe launch December 17, 2019 Submit SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more