Nearly 8,000+ I&M customers still without power after severe weather

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter (Photo supplied/Indiana Michigan Power) Nearly 17,000 Indiana Michigan Power customers lost electricity due, in part, to wind gusts that topped 70 miles per hour in spots. By 11 p.m., Saturday, the number of outages was reduced to more than 3,000.Track Indiana Michigan Power outages hereStrong thunderstorms with significant lightning and high winds swept through southwest Michigan and northern Indiana Friday night and early Saturday, disrupting service to nearly 20,000 customers in both Michiana and the Fort Wayne area.By 8:30 a.m. Saturday, I&M had restored nearly 30% of those customers. Crews are in the field to restore outages in southwest Michigan, northeast Indiana and in the South Bend/Elkhart area and will continue working until all customers are restored.Southwest Michigan was the hardest-hit area, with heavy tree damage reported and recorded wind gusts of 68 mph in Buchanan and 64 mph in Benton Harbor.ESTIMATED RESTORATION TIMESEstimated Times of Restoration have been established for customers impacted by the storms. Many customers will be restored before the listed times, as crews move from outage to outage to return power to all customers. ETRs for the affected areas are:MichiganBenton Harbor area: 75% of customers by 11 p.m. tonight and 100% by 11 p.m. SundayThree Rivers area: 85% of customers by 11 p.m. tonight and 100% by 3 p.m. SundayBuchanan area: RestoredIndianaSouth Bend/Elkhart area: 11 p.m. tonightFort Wayne area: 95% are restored; 100% by noon SundaySAFETY INFOPlease pay attention to several safety precautions:Downed power lines. Stay away from any downed wires and report them to I&M.  You can call us at 800-311-4634, report on our app or website, or call 911.Trees could fall or drop limbs at any moment, please look up.Standing water could hide debris or even downed wires.Roads will likely be wet, slick and covered with debris.Traffic lights may not be functioning. Please use caution and be mindful of first responders and utility workers on the roadways.Crews will be following all CDC guidelines on physical distancing and we urge the general public not to approach our crews.Temperatures and humidity levels remain high for this time of the year. We urge anyone working outside to look for signs of heat stress and take appropriate precautions at the first sign of heat-related fatigue.OUTAGE NUMBERS:.As of 8:30 a.m., approximate outage numbers were:Michigan Total Customer Outages: 11,500Benton Harbor area:  6,700Buchanan area:  500Three Rivers area:  4,250Indiana Total Customer Outages: 2,440Fort Wayne area:  1,670South Bend/Elkhart area:  770ESTIMATED RESTORATION TIMES (ETRs)Estimated Times of Restoration will be determined and announced after all of the widespread damage is assessed.STAY INFORMEDI&M encourages customers to use the Indiana Michigan Power app to monitor the status of any outage affecting your home or business. IndianaMichiganPower.com/AppYou can sign up for text and email alerts on the app or at IndianaMichiganPower.com/AlertsSee the location and status of outages using our outage map at IndianaMichiganPower.com/OutageMapFor the latest updates please follow Indiana Michigan Power on Facebook and find us on Twitter @IN_MI_PowerA few more scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible on Saturday, but no widespread severe weather is expected. Highs will finish in the lower 80s. We should be mostly dry on Sunday with temperatures closer to 90 degrees.A stray storm is possible on Sunday as well. Better storm chances arrive by Monday afternoon with very warm temperatures sticking around. We’ll end the month of June and begin the month of July on a hot, humid and dry note.Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:Saturday: Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. High 83.Sunday: Partly cloudy with a stray storm possible. High 87.Monday: Isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon. High 88. Twitter Google+ Nearly 8,000+ I&M customers still without power after severe weather Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Facebook By Jon Zimney – June 27, 2020 0 1066 Google+ Previous articleAttendance limited to 50 percent for Indianapolis 500Next articleNew dates chosen for Elkhart Grand Prix Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

News story: Jeremy Wright and Margot James to meet with US tech giants to discuss a safer internet

first_imgSecretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright, and Digital Minister Margot James are visiting the US this week to discuss how leading tech companies need to take more responsibility in tackling online harms to make the internet safer.During the visit they will be talking to some of the world’s biggest technology firms, including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple.Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: The meeting comes ahead of the Government’s upcoming Internet Safety White Paper, which will set out how a range of online harms will be tackled, while respecting freedom of expression and promoting innovation.The visit to the US also follows on from the recently published Cairncross report on the future of journalism, which recommends placing a ‘news quality obligation’ on large online platforms to improve people’s understanding of the source and trustworthiness of news articles. Tackling disinformation will be part of discussions in the US this week. I remain a firm believer that technology has the power to do good and positively impact our society. But it is clear that things need to change. With power comes responsibility and the time has come for the tech companies to be properly accountable.last_img read more

Insights on where we learn

first_imgWhere we learn influences how we learn. Faculty, students, and administrators have long recognized how negative factors — bad lighting or acoustics, a space too large or too small — can detract from the best-laid lesson plans, while user-friendly, innovative spaces foster creative interaction.This week, the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching and its Teaching and Learning Consortium are holding a four-day conference to discuss learning spaces. In a variety of sessions held across the Cambridge, Allston, and medical area campuses, representatives from a range of disciplines are discussing how the University can revise, rebuild, and grow.With an open house at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, tours of the libraries and the Lamont B-30 Collaborative Learning Space, and a showcase at the technology-enhanced spaces of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, space planners are exploring the ways learning areas can foster research, pedagogy, and positive community interaction. As Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, noted in the kickoff event Monday, “Space alone will not change how learning happens — but it can help set a different tone or approach.”“Plan Smarter, Not Harder” was the topic at the Learning Spaces Week luncheon at the Kennedy School on Tuesday. The panel discussion, facilitated by Kristin Lofblad Sullivan, program director of teaching and learning technologies, Harvard University Information Technology, began by focusing on Harvard’s ongoing projects in Allston.Pamela Choi Redfern, executive director for space planning and design at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), addressed the need for the Allston expansion, noting how SEAS has grown from 291 students in the 2007-08 academic year to 832 in 2014-15, with course enrollment blooming from 2,445 to 6,083 in the same time. “We were under huge stress to address teaching, research, and office space,” she said.Participants in the “Plan Smarter, Not Harder” panel included Stephen Baker (from left), Jason Carlson, Pamela Choi Redfern, Elizabeth Sisam, and Kristin Lofblad Sullivan. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerKey to the ongoing project, she explained, has been ongoing dialogue with the eventual users of the new space. “We see our roles as really supporting the faculty,” she said. “We carefully consider how to engage the faculty, the students, and the broader community.”The talk then turned to the nuts and bolts of how this interaction works. Jason Carlson, chief of operations at the Graduate School of Education, talked about how, in an existing facility, the first step is to look critically at what is there. We need to ask, he said, “how to make existing space as efficient and effective as possible,” adding that “space has to do multiple things. Our conference center needs to be a classroom, a conference area, [and] a place where people can have lunch.” To do this, and to answer burgeoning needs for technology, he works closely with other departments.In new construction, explained the only non-Harvard member of the panel, Stephen Baker, president of Baker Design Group Inc., “infrastructure is key.” For a more connected world, he explained, a classroom may need to be designed with better lighting and soundproofing. Citing “background noise and acoustics,” he noted, “if you can get them just right you don’t need microphones. You can have conversations.”Planners need to look beyond the actual classroom as well, stressed Elizabeth Sisam, associate vice president for planning in the Harvard Office of Planning and Project Management. Travel issues — especially as the University sets up spaces in Allston — and accessibility need to be considered. These may differ in reality from what’s on paper, she noted, especially in older rooms. “An inventory may say you have 98 seats, but you look at the enrollment, and you see only 60 students. You go look at the room, and there are columns. The room has been renovated or retrofitted, and not every seat can see the teacher.”As spaces are renovated or built new, uniformity of services — from lighting to audio — must be considered. Functions should not require what Baker called “the secret AV handshake” to use. “Anyone needs to walk in from anywhere and know where [a function] is.”As Sullivan summed up, “It’s so easy to say, ‘I don’t like that room. Nobody uses that room.’ We’re here to peel the onion and ask why.”last_img read more

El Niño’s back

first_imgLess hurricanes”El Niño normally reaches peak intensity and coveragein thewinter,” Paz said. “The first impact felt in the SoutheasternU.S. has been the relatively inactive hurricane season. In spiteof predictions to the contrary, 2006 has been a quiet tropicalseason so far, and many are blaming the developing ElNiño.”El Niño is known to create an environment of high shear(windschanging with height) over hurricane formation regions in theAtlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, Paz said. This hindershurricane development.”With El Niño continuing to grow and the hurricaneseason morethan half over,” he said, “we expect below-average activity theremainder of the hurricane season.”The decrease in tropical activity combined with the ElNiño willactually bring drier-than-normal weather to Florida, southernAlabama and southern Georgia in September and October, Paz said.The El Niño is not expected to influence the temperaturesduringthese months.The climate in the Southeast would be fairly dry in the fallwithout the impact of a tropical system. More rain, colder tempsBut from November to March, SECC experts say the ElNiño maybring more frequent storms, excessive rainfall and coolertemperatures to Florida and coastal Alabama and Georgia.The increased rainfall and cloudiness associated with El Niñowill cause average temperatures to be cooler than normal duringthe winter, Paz said. However, the El Niño should actually reducethe risk of severe cold outbreaks in the Southeast.”The cooler temperatures should result in greater chillaccumulations over the course of the season,” he said. “But thestrong subtropical jet stream that is typical of El Niñoblocksthe intrusions of cold Arctic air masses.”To view detailed SECC climate forecasts, see the consortium’s Website at www.agclimate.org. Started in July, will last through winterThe condition began in July, when unusually warm sea surfacetemperatures appeared along the equator around the InternationalDate Line, Paz said. It has since spread all the way to the coastof South America.Over the past two weeks, Paz said, the spread of unusually warmwater has taken on the traditional El Niño pattern.”It’s very likely that the current El Niño willintensify furtherand last through the winter of 2007,” he said.So how will this El Niño affect the Southeasternclimate?center_img By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaThe return of an El Niño climate pattern in the PacificOceanwill make the Georgia, Florida and Alabama weather colder andwetter this fall and winter, says University of Georgiaagrometeorologist Joel Paz. But residents of these states willfight fewer hurricanes.Paz tracks climate patterns as a member of the Southeast ClimateConsortium, offering advice on neutral, El Niño and LaNiñaclimate phases. The SECC also includes UGA state climatologistDavid Stooksbury and his Florida State counterpart David Zierden.The SECC’s fall climate outlook for Georgia, Florida and Alabamais based on an El Niño that has returned for the firsttime since2003, said Paz, a UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences faculty member.last_img read more

Cannon was drawn to politics early in life

first_img July 1, 2006 Regular News Cannon was drawn to politics early in life Cannon was drawn to politics early in life Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When Dean Cannon was just a kid growing up in Lakeland, the YMCA’s youth legislator program gave him his first taste of politics. Who knew then that when he grew up he’d be invited to the full banquet of power and influence, in line to serve as Florida’s speaker of the House in 2010?It’s as though he’s been preparing for that honor since he was a teenager.Once in college at the University of Florida, Cannon was a student lobbyist, making his opinions known on higher education issues like tuition rates. Next, he became a student senator. While in law school, he became the UF student government president.“It was exciting to begin to appreciate how government affects our daily lives,” Cannon said. “At the same time I was getting my legal training, I was beginning to understand the different roles of the three branches of government. I studied Florida constitutional law and learned more about the structure of government, and it continued to fuel my interest in government.”Now, he’s a 37-year-old lawyer-legislator from Winter Park, looking forward to becoming speaker of the House in four years — if the GOP maintains its majority — after Rep. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, serves 2006-07, and Rep. Ray Sansom, R-Fort Walton Beach, takes the helm of the House in 2008-09.This trio of up-and-coming Republican leaders is engaging in what they call “bold public policy” of listening to innovative ideas from the people of Florida and holding government accountable for results.The night before he talked to the News, Cannon was in Ocala at an “idea raiser,” where he listened to people’s ideas for a better Florida.“It’s exhilarating as a constitutional law student,” Cannon said. “It’s a dynamic and vigorous exercise in democracy.”He invites lawyers to go to the Web site — www.100ideas.org — and share innovative ideas for Florida’s future.“My colleagues in the Bar, if you have ideas and innovative thoughts to improve the criminal justice system or adoptions or family law or civil litigation, we want to hear from you,” Cannon said. “You can post your own idea on the Web and receive reviews and comments. It stimulates a town hall meeting in an electronic discourse.”So far, they have received more than 700 ideas, “ranging from the profound to the somewhat odd: everything from ways to increase local controls of public education dollars to ways to deliver primary health care at the local level. There are wild ideas out there, too. People who want to increase nude beaches.“Part of the goal of the movement,” Cannon said, “is to get people to offer input in areas they have special expertise.”He’s glad he built his legal expertise before becoming a legislator. Since 1995, he’s been a lawyer at GrayRobinson in Orlando, where he practices land use, property rights, and local government law, and he is a member of the Bar’s Environmental and Law Use Law Section. He has lectured on such topics as resolving land use disputes, environmental permitting, and the “environmental and socio-political aspects of landfill siting and regulation.”Practicing as a lawyer for 11 years before he became an elected official in 2004, Cannon said, helped him appreciate the same things his constituents are concerned about: the cost of health insurance, earning a living, and supporting a family.Being a lawyer helps him in his job at the legislature, where he serves on the Civil Justice Committee, Health Care Appropriations Committee, Insurance Committee, Select Committee to Protect Private Property Rights, Transportation Committee, and the Water & Natural Resources Committee.“It’s extra invigorating when you realize the interplay between the statutes enacted by the legislature that are interpreted by the judiciary, and then carried out by the executive branch. It makes you appreciate the finer points. It’s like flying an airplane instead of just reading a book about how a plane works,” said Cannon, who, by the way, is a licensed private pilot.“I believe it makes me more thoughtful, because I have done everything from land use cases, to appearing in court, to adoption cases. I see the relationship between statutory law enacted by representatives and then how it works on the ground in the real lives of Floridians.”Another benefit of his training as a lawyer, Cannon said, is he has learned “how to disagree respectfully, treating people with dignity and respect, even as adversaries.”That attribute came in handy during the debate on HB 145, as co-sponsor of the controversial bill that deleted exceptions to a requirement for liability percentage of fault instead of joint and several liability in damages in civil actions.“I believe that the most fair and equitable way for us to allocate fault as apportioned by the finder of facts. That allocation by juries of people’s peers ought to stand. If someone is 2 percent negligent, they ought to be responsible for 2 percent,” Cannon said. “People had strong feelings on both sides, and that is part of a healthy democracy.. . . I certainly respect people who disagreed with that decision.. . . I have been proud of those in The Florida Bar who lobby different perspectives, to advise and advocate. As long as the advocacy is done in an admirable and zealous fashion, I respect that, regardless of the position.”Cannon, a Baptist, sponsored legislation creating the Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council within the Executive Office of the Governor (HB 599). His training in constitutional law, he said, made sure to protect the separation of church and state in drafting the legislation.“Essentially, it is to function as a source of information protected by the First Amendment,” Cannon said. “But it is prohibited from establishing religion. No one could identify anything that violated the anti-establishment clause of the state and federal constitutions.”As he looks to critical issues of the future, Cannon lists the “economic impact of the class size amendment, continuing increases in the costs of Medicaid, and the state’s infrastructure of roads, airports, and seaports.”He is married to Ellen Friedley, and they have two children, Dean III and Katherine.“The law is a profession that can do so much good, professionally and privately,” Cannon said. “Whether volunteering time through the Guardian ad Litem Program or running for political office, we can have a great and positive impact on the state. I encourage lawyers to do that.”last_img read more

Belfast retail – International interest

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Dominica launches National Youth Role Model Development Program

first_img Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Dominica launches National Youth Role Model Development Program by: – February 29, 2012 Share A National Youth Role Model Development Program has been launched in Dominica.Photo credit: doc.dmThe initiative of the Dominica Olympic Committee in collaboration with the National Youth Council is aimed at finding role models in twelve districts to impact the lives of young people in the country.President of the Dominica Olympic Committee John Charles told the official launching of the program at the Arawak House of Culture on Sunday night that this initiative is in keeping with the development of the youth. “We are proud to announce this launch. This is supported by funding from the National Olympic Committee. The establishment of this very critical initiative to develop our youth is propagated under the doctrine of introducing the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect,” he added.He said the Dominica Olympic Committee is very concerned about the development of youths and athletes on the island.“In particular we are positive about this program and more so our international funding partners who are very excited about the innovative aspect and success of the initial program,” he said.Meantime President of the National Youth Council Fernella Wenham says the program will ensure that Dominica’s youth are well rounded.“As we are aware, our children and youth need guidance and role model mentorship that will allow for the development of the younger person, thus creating better adults and senior citizens,” she added.Several young persons in and around the country attended the official launching.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Corcoran: Wisconsin could party like it’s 2006

first_imgNoah Willman / The Badger HeraldOnly six days short of seven years ago, the memory is still as vivid in my mind as when it happened. The date was March 26, 2006. After a typical Wisconsin winter, it was finally springtime and, at about 50 degrees in the late afternoon, it was warm enough outside to wear shorts.As my whole life was consumed with sports, naturally I was outside in the driveway with my brothers playing basketball while the radio broadcast the women’s hockey national championship in the background as the Badgers took home their first crown.March Madness also happened to be in full swing and along with the unmistakable scent of spring (mud and grass) hovering in the air was the slight notion, an inkling, of magic.Up next on the radio was the NCAA Regional Final men’s hockey game between Wisconsin and Cornell, with a trip to the Frozen Four on the line. Although I didn’t know it then, the magic in the air was about to transform itself into magic on the ice, it would just take awhile.The game began at four in the afternoon, and as the sun slowly set that evening, the teams were still playing. Finally, at 8:40 p.m., after more than two-and-a-half overtimes and not a single goal, Badgers’ play-by-play man Brian Posick’s voice erupted. Jack Skille had found the back of the net for Wisconsin, ending one of the longest games in postseason history and sending the Badgers to the Frozen Four for the first time in 16 years.A little more than a week later while I was in northern Wisconsin, my uncle managed to drive us to the perfect spot just in time to pick up enough of a radio signal to hear Posick’s call of the final seconds of Wisconsin’s championship game victory. Once again it was the first time in 16 years, this time being the first national championship in 16 years for the school with the fourth-most championships in the history of college hockey.Yes, Wisconsin was pretty darn good that year – it was one of the No. 1 seeds of that NCAA tournament and finished with a 31-10-3 record – but perhaps a bit of magic and luck played their way into the Badgers’ final destiny. Brian Elliot was superb in goal during the playoffs but one bad bounce against Cornell or a few inches in the final seconds of the championship game against Boston College could have separated the Badgers from their sixth national championship.This year’s Wisconsin squad (19-12-7) isn’t at the same level of that 2006 championship team, but this is the first time the Badgers have moved on past the first round of the WCHA playoffs since they finished NCAA runner-up in 2010. And the one striking similarity, although perhaps coincidental, is that Wisconsin played, and won, an outdoor hockey game when it went to the national championship in 2006 and 2010. This year, Wisconsin faced and beat Minnesota 3-2 at the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field.So is there magic in the air again this postseason for Wisconsin? Well, players and fans alike certainly hope so. Heading into this weekend’s WCHA Final Five, Wisconsin is in a five-way tie for No. 16 in the PairWise rankings, which is among one of the best gauges of a team’s postseason chances.In college hockey only 16 teams that make the field for the NCAA tournament, so Wisconsin is in a must-win situation Thursday night against Minnesota State, and most likely has to win two to stand a reasonable chance at getting an NCAA bid. If the Badgers beat the Mavericks they will face off against No. 1-seeded St. Cloud State, a tall but certainly doable task. A win against the Huskies would earn the Badgers the right to play in the championship game for the Broadmoor Trophy.One thing Wisconsin will need for any amount of success is a hot goaltender, and a promising sign is the Badgers have that right now in Joel Rumpel. Currently, Rumpel is third in the league with 1.87 goals against average, and, like Elliot demonstrated in 2006, a hot player between the pipes can carry a team almost single-handedly through the postseason.Whether a genie appears and grants Wisconsin three wins, or everything happens to come together this weekend in St. Paul, Minn., something is going to have to happen if the Badgers hope to continue their playoff run into the NCAA tournament.I feel there is something special about this team, just like the 2006 national champions, and I don’t foresee the Badgers’ season ending this weekend. Only time will tell how long Wisconsin’s playoff road will stretch, but with spring on the way, hopefully some magic is as well.Dan is a freshman intending to major in something, he just doesn’t know yet. Agree with him that the Badgers have a shot at making a deep run into March? Think Rumpel will crumple between the posts? Let him know by emailing him at [email protected]last_img read more

IRFU announces bid for women’s World Cup

first_imgThe stadia include University College Dublin before moving to Belfast for semi-finals and finals at Queens University Sport and the newly developed Kingspan Stadium.Last year the women’s team reached the semi finals in France before they were beaten by England, however they earned  a measure of revenge for that loss last Friday beating England in the Six Nations. In other news the Irish men’s team have moved back up to third in the World rankings following yesterday’s 19 points to 9 Six Nations win against England at the Aviva.last_img

Rugby World Cup

first_imgThere’s the opportunity for players from three of the home nations to impressahead of the World Cup later.England play France at Twickenham this evening in their first warm-up matchbefore the tournament, which starts next month. Ireland will hope to keep up there good form after last week’s win over Wales as they take on Scotland in Dublin at 5pm..last_img