Hurricane Delta makes landfall in Louisiana as Category 2 storm: Updates

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, EMILY SHAPIRO, MELISSA GRIFFIN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Quick-moving Hurricane Delta has made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane.The storm made landfall around 6 p.m. local time near Creole, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. It is expected to quickly weaken as it moves inland.Lake Arthur, Louisiana, reported a top wind gust of 96 mph, while just south of Cameron, Louisiana, reported an 89 mph gust.Before landfall, Lake Charles, Louisiana, had already seen 7.5 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 75 mph. A flash flooding warning is in effect there.Flooding had also begun as tides quickly rose along the Louisiana coast.Delta is the fourth named storm to make landfall in Louisiana this year. The region was hit hard by Hurricane Laura in August. Louisiana has attributed 30 deaths to Laura, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday.Storm surge — which is especially dangerous — is forecast to be near 11 feet in parts of Louisiana.The hurricane-force wind gusts are expected to begin this afternoon and last through the evening for parts of southwestern Louisiana, especially from Cameron to Lake Charles. Winds gusts could reach 100 mph in Lake Charles and southern Louisiana.Louisiana could also see tornadoes throughout the day.Rainfall totals could reach 6 to 12 inches Friday, with local areas getting up to 15 inches in southern Louisiana. Flash flooding is expected.The heavy rain will move inland after landfall, spreading through Louisiana and into parts of Arkansas and Mississippi overnight.By Saturday morning, Delta will have weakened to a tropical storm, but gusty winds and heavy rain will continue north across the Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys through Saturday.In the continental U.S., Delta is the first Greek alphabet hurricane on record to make landfall and the 10th named storm this season to make landfall, which is another record.The other nine named storms that made landfall this season were: Tropical Storm Bertha (South Carolina); Tropical Storm Cristobal (Louisiana); Tropical Storm Fay (New Jersey); Hurricane Hanna (Texas); Hurricane Isaias (North Carolina); Hurricane Laura (Louisiana); Tropical Storm Marco (Louisiana), Hurricane Sally (Alabama); and Tropical Storm Beta (Texas).Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

HVAC Mechanic

first_img* How did you learn of this opportunity with UNC Wilmington(2021)?UNCW WebsiteUNCW Facebook PageUNCW Linkedin PageUNCW Twitter AccountUNCW Employee ReferralChronicle of Higher EducationCraigslistDiverse Issues in Higher EducationGlassdoorHigher Ed JobsHispanic OutlookIndeedInside Higher EdNorth Carolina Job NetworkWomen In Higher EducationOther Posting DetailsVacancy NumberS01355Position TitleFacility Maint Tech-Mech TradeWorking TitleHVAC MechanicCompetency LevelJourneyDept/SchoolMaintenance – 35213Primary Purpose of Organizational UnitHVAC Department handles corrective and preventive maintenance ofall climatic and environmental, HVAC, and control systems oncampus.CollegeFacilities – 35200 CollegeCollege/School InformationUniversity InformationThe University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastaluniversity, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring,research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-classfaculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national levelfor scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerfulacademic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and criticalthinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and globalperspectives.A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers afull range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as wellas doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology,nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learningoptions, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSNprogram, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for workingprofessionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree programfocused on coastal engineering.The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarlyactivities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “DoctoralUniversities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University)by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of HigherEducation.UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since1969.Location of WorkplaceMain UNCW CampusBrief Summary of Work for this PositionThe HVAC Mechanic is responsible for maintenance, troubleshooting,installation, and repair of all phases of HVAC ; refrigeration;condenser, chill water, and hot water piping, pumps, and associatedcontrols. This position will be required to use electronic devicessuch as computers, tablets, and smart phones. This position mayassist with snow, ice and/or debris removal under the direction ofa supervisor. This position has been designated as mandatorypersonnel for the university and may be required to report to workduring adverse weather conditions even though the university may beoperating on an alternate schedule.Minimum Education and Experience RequirementsHigh school diploma or equivalency; or demonstrated possession ofthe competencies necessary to perform the work. Some positions mayrequire special licenses or certification.Optional Guidelines: Experience in the trade(s) areas related tothe area of assignment may be substituted on a year-for-yearbasis.Preferred education, professional skills andexperienceHigher education and/or experience in facilities maintenance orgraduation from HVAC /Refrigeration trade school.Graduated from a Certified HVAC ProgramStrongly desire working knowledge of electrical, refrigeration,heating, air conditioning ventilation, pneumatic and electriccontrols; familiarity with Building Management Systems ( BMS ),particularly in Direct Digital Control ( DDC ); and ability tooperate personal computer based software to check building andequipment functions, identify trends, and generate user programs toaccomplish specific requirements.Required Certifications or licensureNC Driver’s LicenseCFC Certificate, and Type I or higherRecruitment Range$31,200 – $40,650FTE1.0 (40 hours per week)Months Per Year12 MonthsWork DaysMonday – FridayWork Hours7:00AM- 4:00PM – on call 24 hours per day, 1 week at a time on arotating schedule and subject to overtimeType of PositionPermanentAnticipated Ending Date if Time-LimitedPosition Number7042Job Posting Date04/21/2021Posting Close Date05/05/2021Special Notes to ApplicantsPLEASE NOTE : This posting will close at 11:59PM on the postedclosing date. To receive full consideration, please be sure youhave fully completed the entire application before you apply forthis position. Failure to answer all required questions will causethe system to disqualify your application.For more info/to apply visit Applicationsmust be submitted through the online application system to beconsidered.You will be required to attach a cover letter and resume tosuccessfully apply for this position. To receive fullconsideration, please be sure you have completed the ‘Work History’section of the application before you apply for thisposition.This position is being recruited at the Journey level. If noapplicants apply who meet the required competency and training& experience requirements, then management may consider otherapplicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies,equity, budget, and market considerations.EEO StatementAt the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), ourculture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization,ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed toproviding equality of educational and employment opportunity forall persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, genderidentity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color,national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexualorientation, political affiliation, veteran status, militaryservice member status, genetic information, or relationship toother university constituents – except where sex, age, or abilityrepresent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications orwhere marital status is a statutorily established eligibilitycriterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believesthat embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff andstudents is critical to our success and paramount in beingrecognized for our global mindset.Eligibility for EmploymentFinal candidates are subject to criminal & sex offenderbackground checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motorvehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federallaw requires all employers to verify the identity and employmenteligibility of all persons hired to work in the UnitedStates.External Link to Posting DocumentsRequired DocumentsList of 3 Professional ReferencesOptional DocumentsResumeCover LetterPosting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).last_img read more

ECHR not binding over legal costs appeal, rules judge

first_imgA costs judge has rejected an attempt by a newspaper group to avoid legal costs because an order infringed its right to freedom of expression.In BNM v Mirror Group Newspapers Limited, the defendant contended that a costs order in favour of the claimant should not include either success fees or after-the-event insurance.MGN said if the court were to make any such order, it would be acting incompatibly with the group’s right to freedom of expression as a publisher under article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.The newspaper group had agreed to pay £20,000 damages and costs after the claimant obtained an injunction preventing publication of details of her relationship with a Premier League footballer.The claimant instructed London firm Atkins Thomson in March 2013 and entered a conditional fee agreement in April 2013 which provided for a 100% success fee but a discounted success fee if the claim concluded before trial.A similar agreement was entered into with counsel.The costs claimed were for almost £242,000, which included a 60% solicitor’s success fee, 75% counsel fee and after-the-event insurance premium of £58,000.Subject to the article 10 appeal, the court allowed the success fees of the solicitors and both counsel at 33% and the ATE insurance premium in the sum claimed.MGN sought to argue that recovery of additional liabilities was unlawful and would place the UK in breach of its obligations under the ECHR.But Master Gordon-Saker, sitting in the High Court (Senior Costs Court Office), said decisions of the ECHR are not binding on domestic courts, and that the Human Rights Act merely provides that domestic courts take them into account.He ruled that given the precedent of Campbell v MGN Limited (No 2), in which the House of Lords ruled the success fee should not be disallowed, was binding.‘I have to conclude that an order permitting the claimant to recover from MGN a reasonable success fee would not be a violation of MGN’s right to freedom of expression as a publisher,’ said Gordon-Saker.As a postscript, the judge said the Civil Justice Council had suggested a scheme in April 2013 to replace the regime of recoverable additional liabilities in publication and privacy proceedings, but the government had not acted on this recommendation.last_img read more

Montserrat launches construction of multi-million dollar new port

first_imgBRADES, Montserrat – Montserrat has launched the Little Bay Port Development project, considered to be one of the largest projects in recent times on the British Overseas Territory.The project was launched Friday in collaboration with the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF). Transformation dream Premier Donald Romeo said that the launch marks one of the first steps towards the fulfilment of the long hoped for transformation dream.“We have had to change our path several times, tacking against the wind as we press on inch by inch towards our destiny. That is how, today, we are now witnessing the reality of one of Montserrat’s giant steps; a huge step for access, for trade and for tourism,” said Romeo.The EC$76.5 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) port will be able to accommodate larger cruise ships than those currently accommodated and it is expected that the number of cruise passengers will increase. The project has been made possible through grant funding of £14.4 million (One British pound =US$1.27 cents) from DFID under the UKCIF, which is administered by CDB. Montserrat is providing seven million pounds in counterpart resources with financial support from the European Union.“Over the long term, the provision of reliable access and connectivity to the island for the movement of people, goods and services increases the trading potential with an ultimately positive impact on growth,” said Andrew Dupigny, Head, Infrastructure Partnerships, CDB.New cargo handling equipmentThe project will deliver a set of new cargo handling equipment for the Montserrat Port Authority. In addition, the project will build capacity within the Montserrat Port Authority by providing a number of training opportunities as part of the institutional strengthening component of the project.During the construction phase that ends in 2022, it is estimated that the project will create employment and generate business in other sectors of the economy than construction, including companies operating retail businesses primarily in the areas of housing, accommodation, rentals, taxi operation, vehicle rentals and businesses providing food and beverage services.last_img read more

Senate leaders aghast at TF recommendation on Duque regarding PhilHealth corruption claims

first_imgSenate leaders were disappointed that the task force investigating the corruption claims in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) went easy on Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he was “dumbfounded” that Duque was spared from any liabilities over the alleged irregularities in the state health insurer as recommended by the Department of Justice-led Task Force PhilHealth.“No Duque? No Del Rosario? I’m dumbfounded! Article 217 of the RPC [Revised Penal Code] is very clear,” Sotto said in a message to reporters Tuesday when asked for comment.The Senate chief, who led the chamber’s investigation on the controversies in the PhilHealth last month, has maintained that Duque, as the ex-officio chairman of the corporation’s Board of Directors, should be held accountable for the questionable releases of the agency to some health care facilities under the Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM).The Board governs policies and programs of the PhilHealth. For this reason, the Senate recommended the filing of malversation and graft charges against Duque. Senators also called for charges against PhilHealth senior vice president for Legal Sector Atty. Rodolfo Del Rosario for neglect of duty for failing to act on the cases filed before the state insurer.The Task Force, on the other hand, reportedly recommended that Duque and members of the board only be “strongly admonish[ed] and remind[ed] of the grave consequences of their action and inaction” over the PhilHealth’s funds and to the government and the people. Del Rosario was also spared in the task force’s report.“Perhaps the Ombudsman would have a better perspective of the anomalies,” Sotto said.“Mabuti na lang, the Ombudsman does not rely its investigations on task forces. They have motu propio powers,” he added.Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said he welcomes the recommendation of the high-level task force to file criminal and administrative charges against PhilHealth officials, including ex-president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales, but said the DOJ report should also have included Duque.While saying he has yet to fully read the task force’s recommendation, Recto opined that the DOJ report, like the Senate, failed to establish the accountability of the members of the PhilHealth board over the mess.“To me, what is lacking in both Senate and in the DOJ report…is the accountablity of the members of the board itself. Remember it is the board ang nagbabantay dapat ng management ng PhilHealth (who should be guarding the PhilHealth). If the board did its job then there should be no problem,” REcto said in an interview with CNN Philippines.“Bakit pinabayaan ng board ang PhilHealth (Why did the Board abandon PhilHealth)? Considering that PhilHealth is one of the most important GFI (government financial institution) and GOCC (government owned and controlled corporation) that we have,” he added, pointing out that Cabinet secretaries and experts in finance, health, social services were designated by law to ensure the that the national health insurance funds are properly spent.Recto agreed with Sotto that Duque could be held liable under criminal laws for admitting that he had no idea that there were irregularities in the PhilHealth.“That is correct, at the very least that should have been included in the DOJ report,” he said.Still, he said DOJ remains a “recommendatory body” and the Ombudsman will have the final say on the charges to be filed against responsible officials.“More investigation should be done by appropriate govt agencies, in this case, it should be the Ombudsman…It is the Ombudsman who will be in the final investigation, and I trust the Ombudsman will do its job properly,” he added. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UPlast_img read more

Deco returning home to Brazil with Fluminense

first_imgVeteran Portugal international Deco is poised to end his career in the country of his birth after agreeing to join Fluminense, the Brazilian club announced on Saturday.The 32-year-old midfielder will leave English champions Chelsea and sign a two-year contract on Monday, Fluminense revealed on the club’s website.“The vice president of Fluminense, Alcides Antunes, has officially signed Deco from Chelsea,” a statement said.“After intense negotiations, the player, who participated in two World Cups for the Portugal national team, got his release from the English club and will sign a two-year contract with the Tricolor. Deco will be officially presented to the press at 12:30 (local time) on Monday.”Deco, who played just once as Portugal reached the second round in South Africa, made only 14 starts for Chelsea in the Premier League last season.He struggled to make an impact in England, having been signed by former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2008. Deco, who was born in Sao Bernardo do Campo in Sao Paulo state, was previously a big hit at Spanish club Barcelona, where he won the Champions League for the second time in 2006 following his triumph with Porto two years previously.He started his career in Brazil, playing for Corinthians before Benfica took him to Portugal in 1997, and he subsequently played more than 70 times for his adopted nation.Deco will join former Barcelona teammate Juliano Belletti at Fluminense, who signed the Brazil international defender last month following his release by Chelsea.Meanwhile, Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta has signed a new five-year contract with English Premier League club Everton, ending speculation that the 28-year-old would be leaving.Source: CNNlast_img read more

Manchester United 3-0 West Ham

first_imgWayne Rooney scored his first goal since March as Manchester United cruised to victory to remain two points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.Rooney converted a 33rd-minute penalty to end a 13-game drought after Jonathan Spector fouled Ryan Giggs.Nani’s cool finish from Rooney’s neat pass made it 2-0 while Kieron Dyer hit the post for winless West Ham.Dimitar Berbatov capped a fine performance by volleying past Robert Green from Nani’s chipped cross.West Ham’s defeat left them rooted to the foot of the table and without a point while Manchester United remain third, level with Arsenal.The Hammers’ task was always going to be difficult, with Avram Grant’s side without an away win in the league since the first game of last season. But Manchester United, who had won 11 of their previous 12 league games at Old Trafford, started sluggishly with Rooney in particular struggling for form.However, as the half wore on, United’s veteran midfield duo of Paul Scholes and Giggs started to impose themselves on the game with Nani – who replaced Antonio Valencia in the starting line-up – also finding space on the right.The Portuguese winger came closest to breaking the deadlock early on when his fierce 25-yard shot was palmed onto the crossbar by Green.At the other end Dyer proved a useful outlet for the Hammers, while striker Carlton Cole was only denied a shot on goal by a last-ditch tackle from the superb Nemanja Vidic.Dyer found the side-netting for the Hammers but Manchester United continued to press for an opening goal and just after the half-hour it came – albeit from the penalty spot.Scholes found Giggs on the left with trademark vision, and after turning Spector inside out, the Welshman was eventually brought down by the Hammers defender. It gave Rooney an opportunity to score for the first time since 30 March and the England striker made no mistake, finding the bottom of the net with a low penalty that sent Green the wrong way and brought to an end the longest barren spell of his career.Soon after, Darren Fletcher saw his curling 25-yard drive superbly tipped round the post by Green as the Red Devils continued to press.The hosts should have gone into the break 2-0 up but Nani wasted a glorious opportunity on the stroke of half-time, lifting the ball over Green but also over the bar from close range after a stunning clipped pass from Giggs.However, Nani made amends for his miss just after the break, lashing the ball home left-footed from the edge of the area after cutting inside his marker following Rooney’s weighted pass.Rooney himself was denied by a last-ditch Danny Gabbidon tackle before a fine passing move from West Ham saw Dyer crash a fierce shot against the outside of the post. Scholes then tested Green from the edge of the area after good link-up play from Berbatov as the game started to turn into a procession for the hosts.United soon increased their lead and having turned provider for Scholes, it was Berbatov’s turn to be on the receiving end with Nani’s clipped pass to the back post acrobatically volleyed home by the Bulgarian.Cole and Vidic continued their personal duel with the Serbian defender again coming out on top as another last-ditch tackle denied the England striker a clear sight on goal.Hammers striker Fredric Piquionne tested keeper Edwin van der Sar late on but the Dutchman was equal to the effort as Manchester United held on to keep their second clean sheet of the season.Credit: BBClast_img read more

Mike Sorensen: It’s an amazing time of year for sports

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] You usually don’t think about the second week in April being the ultimate sports week of the year, but it’s amazing to think of all the different sports that are being packed in this time of year.Let’s see, we had baseball, college football, indoor football, college basketball, pro basketball, pro hockey, college hockey, soccer, gymnastics, golf, tennis, car racing, volleyball and track and field all contested over the weekend.No wonder we had a 20-page sports section yesterday.On a local basis alone, just about everything you can think of was played over the weekend.• The Salt Lake Bees had their home opener Friday night, drawing their second-largest opening-day crowd ever, and games Saturday and Sunday.• Real Salt Lake soccer team had a real good result for a change as RSL crushed D.C. United by a score of 4-0 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.• The University of Utah women’s gymnastics team qualified for nationals for the 33rd straight year by finishing first in Saturday night’s regional in Minneapolis. Next up are the nationals next week in Georgia.• The two-time defending MWC champion BYU football team concluded its spring drills with a scrimmage among its second and third-teamers, which attracted an impressive crowd of more than 16,000.• The Utah Grizzlies hockey team opened the playoffs last night in Fresno and will continue tonight with the first home playoff game on Wednesday night.• The Utah Jazz blew out Denver Saturday night to keep their slim Western Conference title hopes alive.• In the bad news category, the Utah Blaze indoor football team scored a bunch of points again — 62 — but still lost by 17 points to the Los Angeles Avengers Saturday night to fall to 0-7.• We also had the Utah High School Track Coaches Invitational and a BYU men’s volleyball title-clinching victory over USC on Saturday.If there wasn’t enough going on locally the last few days, check out the national scene.• At the top of the list is the Masters, arguably the most interesting golf tournament of the year and the one most casual fans pay the most attention to. Although it got a bit shaky toward the end, that was quite a performance by winner Trevor Immelman (try saying Trevor Immelman five times quickly).• We had our first Red Sox-Yankees series of the year over the weekend with another coming up this week.• Lorena Ochoa, perhaps the best athlete you’ve never heard of, won the LPGA event in Mexico by 11 shots to qualify for the Hall of Fame at the tender age of 26 (in women’s golf you get in the Hall of Fame by your accomplishments).• The United States advanced to the semifinals of the Davis Cup with a win over France Sunday a day after they failed to clinch a day earlier when the usually unbeatable Bryan brothers lost.• Also last week, we had the NCAA men’s and women’s final basketball games, more exciting NBA playoff-implicating games, early round games in the NHL hockey playoffs and the “Frozen Four” in Denver, eventually won by Boston College along with a NASCAR race won by Jimmie Johnson.So what does all this mean? Not much, except when you’re feeling bored a couple of months from now during the dog days of summer, just remember how great you had it back in the sports-filled days of mid-April. last_img read more