ABC News(NEW YORK) — A major winter storm is barreling through the Northeast Tuesday, bringing dangerous snow, ice and rain during the morning and evening commutes. Over 1,500 Tuesday flights had been canceled as of the morning. The hardest hit airport was LaGuardia in New York City with over 400 flights canceled. The Tuesday morning commute “will be nasty in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Monday. The forecast calls for “two to four inches potentially of snow right during the rush hour and we’re very, very concerned,” the mayor said. “That’s a really bad time of day for that all to be hitting.” He urged residents to avoid driving Tuesday if possible. But classes are in session in New York City public schools. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency. The snow falling in New York City Tuesday morning is forecast to continue through the early afternoon before changing to sleet and rain. In Boston, the snow begins in the afternoon and will be heavy at times — the worst timing for the evening commute. Public schools in Worcester, Massachusetts, are among those closed. The snow will eventually change to rain for all the Northeast coastal cities, but inland, it’s a different story. In Pennsylvania, New York state and New England, some areas may see up to 1 foot of snow. Washington, D.C., should see rain exclusively from the big storm. Philadelphia is forecast to get 1 to 2 inches of snow and sleet New York City is expected to get 2 to 3 inches of snow before getting sleet and freezing rain Boston is forecast for 4 to 5 inches of snow as well as sleet and freezing rain. The storm moves out on Wednesday. Meanwhile, in the Midwest, a major ice storm struck overnight in Chicago, coating power lines and the city’s airports. Wisconsin and Michigan may be in for 1 foot of snow with ice expected from Chicago to Detroit. And on the West Coast, Seattle is buried under record-breaking snow. Seattle was hit on Monday with its fourth snowstorm in one week. With more than 20 inches from the storms, the city is experiencing its snowiest February on record and snowiest overall month in 50 years. That storm is now headed for California, which should see significant rainfall in San Francisco and then Los Angeles. The heaviest rainfall will be in Northern California, where residents could see more than 4 inches of rain.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA flexible solar cell that could provide cheap energy for everyone has been awarded a prize worth nearly a million dollars. The Millennium Technology Prize, which recognises “technological innovation that is significantly improving the quality of human life”, was awarded to inventor Michael Grätzel in Switzerland last week. Grätzel said his solar cells have many benefits and could, for example, soon be helping people in developing countries to connect to the Internet. “I was in Tanzania last year and everyone has a mobile phone; but there’s no grid to charge them,” he said. (READ more at SciDev.net)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
HITS Triathlon Series, operated by HITS Endurance, has announced its newest partnership with sports apparel business Safetti USA. As part of this new partnership, Safetti USA becomes the Official Performance Wear Sponsor of the HITS Triathlon Series.Safetti USA prides itself on producing ‘the most innovative, high quality, fit, form and functional items available to endurance athletes.’ Safetti notes that its state-of-the-art products include a wide range of clothing and apparel created by athletes for athletes who enjoy an active lifestyle.“Our new partnership with the HITS Triathlon series is an exciting opportunity to offer quality, performance enhancing triathlon gear,” said Lina Sierra, for Safetti USA. She added, “Our performance gear is tested in the real world by real athletes for HITS participants of any age to enjoy.”As a result of the partnership, custom HITS Triathlon Series gear can be purchased by athletes including race tops, shorts and skinsuits. Athletes can use the code HITS10 to receive a 10% discount. The complete HITS Triathlon Series collection by Safetti USA is available online at HitsTriatlonSeries.com; orders can be shipped or made available for pick up at any HITS event across the US. Select items will also be available for purchase at HITS events in the official merchandise kiosk.“Safetti USA is an iconic endurance brand and we’re proud to partner with them to offer branded HITS gear to athletes, spectators and staff,” said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri. “As HITS Triathlon Series continues to grow, this partnership is another way to bring the ‘distance for everyone!’ concept to the masses.”The fourth year of HITS Triathlon Series national race calendar is well underway with two quickly approaching East Coast races: the first in Hague (Lake George), New York, on 27-28 June, is followed by Kingston, New York, on 11 July.The 2015 season continues on 15-16 August in Waconia, Minnesota, then on 7-8 November in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and will wrap up in Palm Springs, California, at the annual HITS Championship on 5-6 December.In 2013, HITS unveiled its umbrella company, HITS Endurance, which organizes all HITS Triathlon Series, as well as HITS Running Festivals. HITS Inc is a special events management company primarily focused on producing endurance sports events and hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS is dedicated to creating ‘high-quality events in desirable destinations with unmatched, professional operations.’www.safetti.uswww.HitsTriatlonSeries.comwww.HITSEndurance.com Related
UNITED CHURCH News:The annual Mexico Mission Fundraiser is 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.Register to attend a FREE Donor’s Dinner by contacting the Church Office at 505.662.2971. Reservations must be made by Feb. 28 to reserve a seat.Homes will be built in Mexico during spring break. Donations are always welcome, even if unable to attend.
Bardonaro (pictured below) will assume full commercial responsibility for the company’s complete range of mobile cranes, working in partnership with local distributors and Terex sales organisations worldwide. He will be relocating to Europe in the near future where the position will be based.Dan Slater, who has served as a general manager of Terex Cranes North America operations, will assume the new role of general manager of Terex Mobile Cranes North America.Since joining the company in 2010, Bardonaro has significantly contributed to a very positive growth story for Terex Cranes in the North American market, notes the company. He is currently on the board of directors of SC&RA (Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association), an international trade association of more than 1,300 members from 43 nations.
The Ravens are over .500 at their bye week for the first time since 2014, creating plenty of optimism for the rest of the 2019 season and beyond.Below are some answers to questions posed to Baltimore coaches this week and some thoughts on what they had to say:What about the current state of the pass rush?Defensive line coach Joe Cullen: “Hits aren’t good enough. We want to get [quarterbacks] down. Obviously, you want to affect the quarterback. The other day we had one sack, but I thought we affected that quarterback similar to the [Patrick] Mahomes game a year ago when we had a lot of hits, hurries, and it flustered him a little bit. Now, obviously, we’d like to get him down, and we will. We’ll keep working on that, but we just have to keep working together. Sometimes it’s the rush not getting there, and we have great coverage. Sometimes the rush is really good, maybe the coverage [isn’t], but when we hone in on our rush and our coverage is working like it did the other day, the sacks will come. It’s like a hitter. He hits a line drive off the wall, and he’s not going back to the dugout all upset. The home runs will come, just like the sacks will come. As long as you keep doing the little things – getting off the ball, making your moves, powering if you’re a power rusher and then making sure the rush lanes are all involved, and when you blitz, blitz; things of that nature – they’ll come.”My take: The Ravens are tied for fourth in the NFL with 45 quarterback hits and have five fewer sacks than any other team with at least 40 quarterback hits this season, lending credence to Cullen’s general point about some regression to the mean being inevitable. However, Baltimore entered Week 7 with the highest blitz rate in the NFL while ranking only 23rd in pressure rate, according to Pro Football Focus. Hitting the quarterback after the ball is out doesn’t mean the play was disrupted, a reality that becomes more costly when relying on blitzes that will compromise coverage in the back end of the defense if they don’t get home. The quality of the pass rush is probably better than its No. 25 ranking in sacks (12) would indicate, but the number of hits is likely buoyed with more rushers being sent on average. The Ravens can expect tighter coverage on the back end with the addition of Marcus Peters and the return of Jimmy Smith, but the loss of Pernell McPhee puts even more pressure on Eric DeCosta to try to find some pass-rushing help by Tuesday’s trade deadline.How impressive is Lamar Jackson’s ability to avoid hard contact when he takes off?Quarterbacks coach James Urban: “I’m pleased that he’s been able to avoid the big hits, of course. Listen, he has a unique ability. Within that, we talk about getting all you can get, and then get down or get out [of bounds]. And you see him routinely trying to get outside, and we’re trying to do those sorts of things to avoid some of those hits. But for the most part, I would say that it’s him sticking to our game plan and how we talk about things.”My take: You might be able to count on one hand the number of times Jackson has taken a hard hit as a runner that made you hold your breath this year as he’s been coached to avoid cutting back toward the middle and offensive coordinator Greg Roman rarely calls designed Jackson runs between the tackles. However, Jackson ranks 21st overall in rushing attempts, 17th in pass attempts, and ninth in most sacks taken this season, a high volume of plays in which the ball is in his hands for an extended period of time. It’s worth noting Kyler Murray, Andy Dalton, and Matt Ryan have totaled more plays in which they’ve attempted a pass, taken a sack, or run the ball, which would support Jackson’s workload — while unique — hardly being out of control. Quarterbacks are susceptible to injuries in the pocket or as a runner, but the Ravens have seemingly done a good job trying to minimize risk while understanding anyone can be injured on any given play and not trying to eliminate what makes Jackson so special. Why is Patrick Onwuasor better at the weak-side inside linebacker spot than at the “Mike” position? Linebackers coach Mike Macdonald: “I think he’s just more natural at the dime spot … or “Will” — whatever you want to call it. What happens is when you’re over there, you’re a little bit more on the edge of the defense. There’s a little bit more blitzing to be involved in. He’s a great blitzer, so you’re really asking him to do the things that he’s naturally really gifted at doing, using his length, that sort of thing. Yes, I’d say dime is more of his natural spot, and you can see it in his production.”My take: The Ravens severely miscalculated what they had at inside linebacker this offseason following the free-agent departure of C.J. Mosley, but the veteran signings of Josh Bynes and L.J. Fort have stabilized the position in a matter of weeks. Macdonald revealed Onwuasor played roughly half of the Pittsburgh game with a high ankle sprain, but the fourth-year linebacker should be back for the New England game. A three-man rotation should keep each player fresh and allow defensive coordinator Wink Martindale to play to each individual’s strengths while continuing to use sub packages with one or even no linebackers on the field. Onwuasor had 5 1/2 sacks last season, so the move back to his original position could be a meaningful boost to the pass rush. How do you explain Miles Boykin’s slow start after such a strong summer from the third-round rookie wide receiver?Wide receivers coach David Culley: “During training camp and during the preseason, we didn’t really show a whole lot on offense. As the volume started coming in this offense — and I’ve always felt this way — as a wide receiver, it’s probably the toughest position because of the run game and the pass game when it comes to learning everything that you need to know. I think the volume got him a little bit, which affected him thinking about things instead of just reacting. I think it was more so of him just not being as comfortable as he was early when he was just playing and reacting and not thinking about things. But as the offense got more and more [complex], he started thinking about things, and I think that had a lot to do with that. But I think right now at this point, I think he’s in a good place with that.”My take: What we’ve seen with Boykin is admittedly what I expected from fellow rookie Marquise Brown after the first-round pick missed the entire spring and a large chunk of the summer recovering from January foot surgery. Wide receivers making the jump from college to the pros is a difficult adjustment, but the good news is Boykin has reeled in his two longest receptions of the season over the last two games. Jackson could really use a steadier No. 3 option behind tight end Mark Andrews and Brown in the passing game, and Boykin is a logical candidate with his combination of size and speed. How is Bradley Bozeman holding up as the starting left guard?Offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris: “Bradley has done a heck of a job, one heck of a job. I mean, you look at the people he’s had to block, from Week 1 to last weekend. He had to go against Chris Jones. He had to go against [Cameron] Heyward. He’s had to go against the young man that they activated last week from Alabama (Jarran Reed), his old teammate. He’s had the top inside people and has done one heck of a job. I’ve seen nothing but good growth. He’s improved as a puller. He’s improved as a good pass protector. We all make mistakes — coaches, players. We all have a little flaw here or there. The object is to correct it, and he’s correctable and works hard at it.”My take: Considering how much concern the coaching staff had after giving lengthy looks to ex-Raven Jermaine Eluemunor and rookie fourth-round pick Ben Powers at left guard over the summer, the Ravens seem satisfied with Bozeman, who’s graded as the NFL’s 45th-best guard by PFF entering Week 8. His four-penalty showing against Cincinnati was ugly, but I don’t sense the same level of disenchantment from the coaching staff that I see from some fans on a weekly basis. The 2018 sixth-round pick from Alabama is far from a Pro Bowl lineman, but the reality around the league is that virtually every team has at least one spot bordering on problematic — or worse — in any given week. How critical has Earl Thomas’ increasing comfort level been to the recent defensive improvement?Defensive backs coach Chris Hewitt: “There was a lot of talk out there like he’s been making mistakes or whatever. But the first seven games now, seven games into it, he hasn’t busted any coverages. When he talks about his comfort level, it’s just about him being able to go out there and play free. But he hasn’t busted any coverages. He’s playing good football.”My take: Any suggestion that Thomas hasn’t played well in his first year with the Ravens would be way off-base, but he’s recorded only one pass breakup since intercepting Ryan Fitzpatrick on the first defensive series of the season. Much of the criticism directed at Eric Weddle last season centered around him needing to make more plays on the ball, but we haven’t seen many splash plays from Thomas, even if chances have been rare. The six-time Pro Bowl safety recently commented that Martindale has given him the “green light” on defense, which you hope will lead to more game-changing plays. Thomas has graded as PFF’s 14th-best safety through Week 7, but his confidence in a more complex defensive system than what he was used to in Seattle appears to be growing, which should pay off in the second half of the season.Is this the offensive revolution you envisioned prior to the season?Head coach John Harbaugh: “As a great person once said, ‘Let he who has eyes, he who has ears…’ For those who are paying attention, there’s something pretty cool going on, and it’s right here in Baltimore. So, call it whatever you want. It’s pretty neat.”My take: Taking nothing away from a coaching staff that wisely built an offensive system that caters to its quarterback’s strengths, Jackson himself is the “revolution” as he leads the NFL in yards per carry at 6.9. If you eliminate the 10 quarterback kneels he’s taken, Jackson is gaining 8.03 yards per rushing attempt. His passing has come back down to earth over the last few weeks, but this is still a 22-year-old quarterback who has already made substantial improvement as a passer and shows impressive intangibles in less than a full season of starts. I can’t wait to watch him for the rest of 2019 and beyond.
COMMENT SHARE Kieron Pollard plays a shot against Kings XI Punjab at Wankhede stadium on Wednesday. – THE HINDU × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Kings XI Punjab had their plans in place but nothing could have worked in the face of an “unstoppable” force called Kieron Pollard, the team’s coach Sridharan Sriram conceded reflecting on the three-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians in the IPL.MI’s stand-in skipper Pollard, who promoted himself in the batting order, struck 10 monstrous sixes and three fours in his 31-ball whirlwind 83 that helped the home team chase down the stiff KXIP target of 198 at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.“We have seen Andre Russell (of Kolkata Knight Riders) doing it a few times. (But) this was extraordinary. To do 13 an over for like 13 overs — took some doing and only someone like Pollard could do that,” said Sriram after his side lost on the last ball.Sriram defended his bowling unit that, barring Mohammed Shami (3 for 21), was carted all over the park by Pollard. “At that point of time you have to be positive and hopefully he mis-hits one. I think our plans were good but just that today he was unstoppable,” he added.Well poised to winHis team missed crossing the 200-run mark after being well-poised when openers Chris Gayle (63 in 36 balls) and K L Rahul (100 not out in 64 balls) put on 116 in 77 balls, but Sriram felt that the final Punjab score of 197 for four was better than par for the course.“We didn’t have any target. I thought 185-190 was par for this wicket we were happy what we got,” said Sriram, who has also been a bowling coach for the Australian team in the past.Gayle left in the 13th over and the scoring rate dropped before Rahul smacked a few sixes off Hardik Pandya’s penultimate over to up it. Sriram defended his batsmen. “These things (slowing down) just tend to happen. Someone can’t keep hitting for all the 20 overs. It’s hard to get going like that,” the former India left arm spinner said. He also defended the Punjab’s tactics of going into an IPL game with only five bowlers. “That’s how our combination works right now. We have had success as a bowling unit doing this. You got to take such a day like this one; can’t do much,” he said. Published on April 11, 2019 COMMENTS Kieron Pollard plays a shot against Kings XI Punjab at Wankhede stadium on Wednesday. – THE HINDU