Tropical Storm Nestor forms in Gulf of Mexico, takes aim at Florida: ‘Residents should prepare now’

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico strengthened to Tropical Storm Nestor Friday afternoon as it takes aim at the Florida Panhandle.Nestor will continue to strengthen and then make landfall along the Florida Panhandle near Panama City sometime Saturday morning.The biggest threat with this storm will be storm surge, as ocean water could rise up to 5 feet from Apalachicola to Cedar Key, Fla. Water could rise up to 4 feet as far south as Clearwater.Storm surge warnings have been issued from Apalachicola to Clearwater.“Residents should prepare now for the chance of flooding & power disruption,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted Thursday.Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards added, “Until we know the exact track of the storm & the potential impact areas, it is important for everyone to stay informed & prepare now. Hopefully, most of the severe weather will remain south of Louisiana, but we must stand ready in case the conditions change.”Up to 6 inches of rain is possible in the Florida Panhandle.Winds aren’t forecast to be too strong, with gusts near 50 mph possible.The storm is forecast to weaken after landfall as it crosses through Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.About 2 to 4 inches of rain could fall in the Carolinas.By Sunday night, after the storm crosses the Carolinas, it could spread some rain and gusty winds into the Mid-Atlantic and even into the coastal areas of the Northeast, from New Jersey to New York City and into southern New England.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Student survey slams Oxford nightlife

first_imgStudents have slammed Oxford’s poor nightlife, scoring the town an average of just 5/10 for “going out” as part of a survey of university cities.Oxford came below Warwick and Manchester as a place to live, in the survey of over 40,000 British students – and below Leamington Spa and Aberystwyth as a place to go out, despite achieving an overall score of 60%.Many students felt the low score in the “going out” category was justified. One implied Oxford’s nightlife left a lot to be desired, saying “it’s the same clubs, and they get boring.”Another agreed, but said she felt people should put up with the city’s shortcomings. “It’s true, Oxford is a bit rubbish for going out, unless you’re thinking more of restaurants and so on, in which case it’s not so bad. But you expect that when you apply to a small town. If going out is what matters to you, then yeah, don’t come here.”Both Pulse and RockEntz, Oxford’s main student-run entertainment companies, declined to comment on the survey’s findings.The survey, carried out by the website accommodationforstudents.com, showed that Oxford kept up with many traditional Northern student hotspots, including Leeds and Liverpool, which were also rated as 60% and beat traditional rivals Cambridge, who scored just 56%.A St Anne’s undergraduate said he felt Oxford’s overall place relative to other towns was fair. “It’s not as fun here as somewhere like Manchester, but at the same time, I mean, it could be worse. It’s not un-livable-in or anything.”He added that a friend in Cambridge had found the city “boring and cramped”.The survey gave Oxford a 7/10 rating for transport, the highest the city earned in any category. Some students, however, felt this was unjustified.“Sometimes when I’m cycling I can’t breathe because the bus fumes are so heavy,” said one Hertford second-year. “No-one tries to co-operate with other people.”He said he himself never used buses, as they were too expensive and he didn’t need to go far from the city centre. However, he praised transport to and from the city, saying “the Oxford Tube is amazing.”Over 470 Oxford students responded to the survey, which the company conducts every few years. Oxford’s performance was an improvement on previous showings. In 2004 the city fell comfortably in the bottom half of the table, several places below Cambridge.Perhaps surprisingly, respondents to the survey also rated London as a 5/10 for “going out.” Overall, the nation’s capital scored a mere 56% – on a par with Cambridge. The poor showing was due to poor marks in the “community” and “facilities” categories. The genteel Buckinghamshire town of High Wycombe received an abysmal 38%, achieving just 3/10 for “going out.”The survey also covered students living abroad, who rated Munich as the best city overall, with 72% on average. Some apparently misunderstood the nature of the questionnaire, with “Spain” receiving an excellent score of 74% and the UK as a whole receiving an embarrassing 38%.last_img read more

Beautiful clouds ahead of storms Wednesday

first_imgJohnson City (WBNG) — Heavy downpours and thunderstorms moved through the area Wednesday afternoon and evening and provided some great photo opportunities for some WBNG social media fans.These clouds are called shelf clouds. They form when rain-cooled air inside a storm sinks down to the ground and spreads out ahead of it. The usually warm and humid air ahead of the approaching storm is lifted upward by this cooler air and as it rises, it cools and eventually a cloud forms. Shelf clouds are not dangerous and they do not always indicate severe weather is on the way.Heavy rain, an increase in wind speeds and an abrupt wind direction change are usually associated with these clouds.last_img read more

One dead, another injured in shooting near Churchill’s pub

first_imgPolice in Miami are currently investigating a shooting that left one person dead and another person injured just outside of a bar in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.The incident occurred around 9:00 pm Sunday near Churchill’s Pub on Northeast Second Avenue and Northeast 55th Street.Authorities say a man who had been shot walked into the pub seeking help. Patrons at the bar then contacted the police and the man was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital. As police began their investigation into the shooting, they then noticed another victim who had been shot dead inside of a crashed vehicle not too far from the crime scene.Investigators say a single bullet hole could be seen on the passenger side of the white Lexus that had crashed into the side of a building near Northeast Second Avenue and Northeast 52nd Street.The victim was found dead next to the driver side door.Authorities are now searching for witnesses or possible surveillance footage from the scene.If you have any information about this incident you are asked to contact Crimestoppers at (305) 471- TIPS.last_img read more

Shaq Helps Stranded Motorist in Gainesville

first_imgThe Diesel stopped to help a motorist who broke down along I-75 in Gainesville.The NBA legend, Shaquille O’Neal, reportedly has a house in north Florida.Shaq, who is a towering 7 feet tall, was spotted comforting the motorists while and waited for police to arrive.Shaq is also a police officer. He’s previously served as a reserve officer in Miami Beach and Golden Beach in Florida as well as in LA and Arizona.In 2018 in Los Angeles, Shaq pulled over to assist a man who had just been in a car wreck.last_img read more

Southridge shoots down Bombers in opening round of B.C. High School AA Rugby Championships

first_imgIt’s obvious that a rusty, healthy team has a better chance of winning than a battle tested, injured squad.Which is just what happened during round one of the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships.Southridge of Surrey scored early and often en route to a 28-7 victory over Kootenay Rep, L.V. Rogers Rugby Bombers Saturday at City Field in Kelowna.Southridge now advances to the second round of the 16-team tournament to face two-ranked Brentwood College of Mill Bay.The injury-riddled Bombers face 15-ranked Esquimalt. The Island school was rocked 81-0 by Brentwood. LVR entered the tournament without a handful of starters, all suffering injuries down the stretch of the season.Bomber head coach Michael Joyce had hoped the Surrey private school squad may be a little rusty heading into the first round of the provincial tournament.However, that wish was quickly shattered as Southridge beat up and already battered Bomber squad.The Bombers returned home after the game in Kelowna.The team travels to Abbotsford for round two of the tourney Wednesday.Round three goes Thursday before the final placings are set in place Saturday.The Bombers, ranked seventh — the highest in school history — finished 13th spot in 2011.last_img read more

LVR grad Sean Denison experiences career year playing pro hoops in Romania

first_img“That last loss was tough because I felt like we were the better team when we were playing our game and our style,” explained Denison, part of two BC Basketball Championships during his time at Trafalgar Junior and L.V. Rogers High Schools.“But they played very good in the last game and we fought hard so none of us on the team have any regrets.”Denison was a star during his high school days, leading the Bombers to a fourth-place finish at the BC High School AAA Basketball Championships during his senior season after titles in Grade 9 at Trafalgar and Grade 10 Junior crown at LVR.The local hoop star went on to play four seasons at Santa Clara in NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball. He played also for Canada internationally program for some years — the Canadian Senior National Team in 2007, the U21 National Team in 2004 and at the Pan-American Games trials.Denison, who came to Romania following stops in Turkey, Germany and Russia, played 37 Liga Nationala games for CSM Oradea recording 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.2bpg  — the latter was fifth best in the league.In six games in EuroChallenge Denison averaged impressive 15.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg and 1.7 bpg and was also voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention Team.“I played very well in EuroChallenge but had a hard time adjusting my game for the referees in the Romanian league,” he admitted.“Almost every away game I would have two fouls in five minutes and have to sit until the third quarter. They just call the game different and there is no governing body to regulate or review their calls. So instead of a block or a steal I would get a foul. “These things add up and as a result I couldn’t play as aggressively as I wanted in the normal league.”Denison, on a one-year contract in Romania, is considering his options for next season. He’s returned to Canada to spend his offseason with his wife, Tricia, and two children in the North Okanagan near Salmon Arm.“Not sure where I will play next year, still looking at the possibilities but I feel great,” he said. “I feel better every year and will continue to work on my game and staying healthy.”No doubt after the 2013-14 campaign, a few teams most likely will be calling for his services. When Sean Denison hopped a flight last summer for Romania, he hoped the move to the European Basketball team would be a good one.Well the move proved to be good for CSM Oradea, Denison’s new club, and amazing for the former L.V. Rogers hoop star.Not only did CSM Oradea make history but also Denison realized a happiness about playing the sport again that had been missing for a few years.”It was a successful year for me personally . . . and it was felt really good to play in a competitive league again,” the 28-year-old power forward said after completing the successful campaign in Romania.“We made history all year,” the 6’11” 245-pound Denison added.“First we got a nod from the EuroChallenge league saying we were the best new entry (first year team) in EuroChallenge this season.“For the first time the club made the Romanian Cup final and then for the first time in club history we made the finals in the playoffs.”Unfortunately, CSM Oradea came up short in both finals — losing in the Romanian Cup and League Final — the latter, a six-point setback in the final of the best-of-five series.last_img read more

Pressure rests on Padres

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Dave Roberts knew desperation last October in Boston. Here he is again, facing the possible end to his postseason. “Something needs to spark us, and I think that we’ll do something tomorrow night,’ Roberts said. “Whether it be a great play or a big hit, a two-out hit, something like that. We haven’t had any of the above. We need to get something like that to kind of get the momentum.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “You come in here and everyone’s expecting us to lose three straight,’ Roberts said Friday. “If we can win one game and maybe kind of put the pressure on them a little bit and win another game, then things can change. “But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we need to win one game.’ The most notable thing the Padres have done in this series, besides losing ace Jake Peavy to a broken rib, is hit into seven double plays in the first two games in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 8-5 on Tuesday and 6-2 on Thursday. “We haven’t had a lead in two games,’ said Roberts, the center fielder and leadoff batter who will be back in the lineup Saturday night against right-hander Matt Morris. The Padres will counter with right-hander Woody Williams, who made four postseason starts for the Cardinals last year, including Game 1 of the World Series against Boston. center_img Roberts and his San Diego Padres will disappear without a trace from the playoffs unless they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of their division series tonight at Petco Park. The Padres won the weak NL West with only 82 victories, and not many people gave them a chance against the Cardinals, who at 100-62 had baseball’s best record, and lead this series, 2-0. last_img read more

Brands turn to online video marketing

first_img23 June 2008Major brands such as FHM, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Die Burger and Kick Off are moving into the online video scene, with each having their own dedicated brand channel on MyVideo.co.za, which bills itself as South Africa’s first online video platform.MyVideo.co.za said in a statement this week that online video consumption has internationally proven to be a hugely successful way to spread brand messages, and that international brands have leveraged significant gains in brand awareness through the integrated use of online videos in their marketing strategies.“MyVideo’s South African focus allows local brands for the first time to do the same amongst South African consumers,” MyVideo.co.za said.Brand channels can also be extended onto a brand’s current website, with Kick Off Magazine being one of the many brands that use the MyVideo Channel offering on their website.“Not only has our website broadened to include videos we have posted online through MyVideo, but we now have another avenue to touch our readers through a different media form,” says MyVideo online business manager Nick Said.MyVideo, launched in January 2007, set out to improve the internet video-sharing model by creating a site specifically targeted at South African internet users.“Where videos posted on YouTube are likely to get lost in a sea of clutter, MyVideo ensures that South African content is aired as the sole focus, ensuring that companies who use it are connecting with targeted internet traffic,” says MyVideo marketing officer Tristan Owen.South African brands have traditionally used television commercials as their only form of consumer-focused video content, MyVideo says, adding however, that the rise of online on-demand video has created a need for video content that both entertains and communicates a subtle brand.“By developing content that is both relevant to your brand as well as topical to users, you are creating an empire of possibilities,” says Owen.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more