first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We continue to look for and hope for a drier pattern to emerge. However, mother nature continues to give head fakes and have trouble making up her mind. We have a few tweaks to the forecast this morning. There is not a lot of additional moisture in total, but there are chances over more days, and that may end up impacting the temps, more than anything. Today we turn out dry with sunshine for most of the day, but clouds will be on the increase this afternoon. We can’t rule out late afternoon or evening showers near the I-70 corridor, but we only expect a few hundredth to a tenth or so, and coverage all the way down at 30%.  Tomorrow turns out partly so mostly sunny over most of the state, except for NW Ohio, where we will have to deal with scattered showers. Those showers are not that impressive, but could bring up to .25″. Friday, Saturday and Sunday we see rain chances in the forecast every day.  Friday a few hundredths to .3” with 70% coverage, Saturday showers can produce .25″-.6″ over 80% of Ohio, and then on Sunday, we can pick up anywhere from a few hundredths to .3″ on 60% coverage.  So, overall, we are not talking about huge moisture. But, to get rain, you have to have clouds, and if we have clouds, we don’t have sun, which limits the warming we can see each of the next few days over the northern half of the state. So, in a scenario where we need GDDs…we are making it more difficult by keeping even minor rains around.  Next week starts dry with Mostly sunny skies Monday and Tuesday to kick off July. Temps will be near normal or even a couple degrees above normal. However, excessive heat is not expected. On Wednesday sun will be followed by increasing clouds, and we expect showers and thunderstorms to develop late afternoon and evening. Rain totals there can be from .1″-.75″ over 75% of Ohio. Independence Day on Thursday remains damp this morning, with cloudy to partly sunny skies, and the chance of showers, bringing a few hundredths to .15″ over about 60% of the state. Everything is done by evening, though, and we still think that most fireworks festivities will be able to proceed. We finish the 10 day window with a sunny, dry day next Friday, the 5th. The map below shows rain totals through the end of the 10 day period.  The extended 11-16 day forecast starts off with a few scattered showers for Saturday the 6th, mostly in the south, where we can see up to .25” and 50% coverage. There should not be anything more than a mix of clouds and sun up north. Sunday the 7th will be sunny, and then a few scattered showers return for Monday the 8th. They bring only a few hundredths to a tenth or two, but coverage will be 70% of the state. Back to dry weather for Tuesday through Thursday to finish the extended period.  So, to reiterate our thoughts inferred above. At this point, we don’t think the forecast is about moisture at all. IF we get more rain…so what. We are just going to fill low areas that are already drowned out anyway. The moisture coming is not all that impressive, and we think that heavy rain will be limited to thunderstorms. Notice, there are not a lot of thunderstorms in our forecast at this time. The problem with the moisture in the forecast is that it comes with clouds, and clouds dim the sun, which keeps the warming we need bay. The crop needs heat units, and with even small chances and amounts of moisture in the forecast, we can pretty much guarantee that we will be disappointed with our accumulation of heat units. We are going to be focusing our thought more on temps going forward. Right now, all can really see in the next 10 days to 2 weeks are temps near normal. Long term warmth is just not there yet.last_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#biz#Software Guides Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts john paul titlowcenter_img When it comes to launching blogs and Websites, small businesses often go with WordPress, and for great reasons: it’s customizable, widely-used and – best of all – free. In addition to the core product, there are tons of free plugins and themes available that make building out the ultimate site a cinch. Sure, we all love free stuff. But just because there are hundreds of free options within reach doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be willing to spend a few dollars. Enhanced SecurityAs we wrote a few weeks ago, free WordPress themes can come with security exploits. An analysis done by Siobhan Ambrose on the blog showed that most Google results for the query “free WordPress themes” led to themes containing security exploits that enabled the inclusion of malicious code hidden in one or more of the themes PHP files. In other cases, themes can come with SEO spam baked right in, which can in turn hurt your own site’s search rankings. To be fair, most free WordPress themes do not contain vulnerabilities of this sort. As Ambrose recommends, you can safely download legitimate, free themes from, Smashing Magazine and Woo Themes, among others. But in general, premium themes are probably less likely to come with security issues than free ones. If problems do arise, many premium themes come with technical support to help troubleshoot them.Better DesignLet’s face it: In many cases, when a site is sporting a free WordPress theme, you can tell. A surprising number of business sites even go with the default theme or another very popular option. For personal blogs, this can be forgiven. For businesses, it can look unprofessional. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Even though there are quite a few free themes that look premium, on the whole, the ones that cost a few bucks are more professionally-designed. It’s worth investing a little bit to help your site stand out in the cookie-cutter crowd.We rounded up six especially attractive WordPress themes for small businesses, but that’s only a small sampling of what’s available. We can’t overstate the importance of design when it comes to business sites, especially if your site is used to sell products or capture leads. When a crummy-looking site or bad user experience can mean the difference between a completed transaction and a disgruntled would-be customer, investing in a good design is worth it. While It’s Not Free, It’s Also Not ExpensiveSmall businesses are justifiably a budget-concious lot. That’s what makes open source products like WordPress so appealing. Yet while premium WordPress themes are not free, they’re still pretty cheap. Consider it could cost thousands of dollars to get a professional design firm to give your site a facelift, paying $20 or $50 is a drop in the bucket. A membership to the high-quality theme directory Elegant Themes only costs $39 per year. A subscription gives you access to over fifty premium themes, with new ones being released all the time. Other examples include WooThemes, Premium WordPress and Theme Forest. Customization and DocumentationAnyone who knows their way around HTML, CSS and basic PHP can customize pretty much any WordPress theme, but many premium theme developers make it easier by providing detailed documentation and, in many cases, the original Photoshop PSD files for easy graphics manipulation. Another perk of premium themes is that many of them offer more options for customizing your site’s appearance from the WordPress admin. For example, Elegant Themes come with their own settings area called ePanels, from which you can control graphics, color schemes, SEO settings, advertisting, the site’s navigation and some aspects of its layout. Many of these things are typically only editable at the theme level, which obviously requires some coding ability. last_img read more

first_imgChief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that the Congress would score a hat-trick in Assam.Click here to EnlargeThe battle of the states is split wide open now with Assam going to the polls on Monday, the first state among four others going to the hustings this summer.In the first phase of the assembly elections in the North-Eastern state, the voters will exercise their franchise in 62 constituencies out of a total 126.”Preparation for the first phase of voting has been completed, and we are hoping for free and peaceful elections,” H. Narzary, Assam’s chief electoral officer, said.Prominent candidates in the fray in the first phase include chief minister Tarun Gogoi from Titabar in Jorhat district, state BJP president Ranjit Dutta from Bihali in Sonitpur district and former AGP president Brindaban Goswami from Tezpur.Click here to EnlargeThe fate of several state ministers would also be sealed on Monday. They include assembly Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai from Barchalla, deputy Speaker Pranati Phukan from Naharkatiya, power minister Pradyut Bordoloi from Margherita, PWD minister Ajanta Neog from Golaghat, culture and sports minister Bharat Narah from Dhakuakhana and law minister Pranab Gogoi from Sibsagar.Both the Congress and the BJP are contesting all the 62 seats up for grabs in the first phase, while the AGP is contesting in 51 constituencies. There are 157 independent candidates in the fray.The electorate will exercise their franchise at 11,264 polling stations. A total of 2,033 booths have been identified as hyper sensitive, 2,985 sensitive and 817 as vulnerable. Polling will be held amid tight security against the backdrop of the threat issued by the Paresh Barua faction of the banned Ulfa. Altogether, 346 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed, who would man about 75 per cent of the polling stations, including most of the critical ones, and the rest by the police, micro-observers and video cameras.advertisementThree CRPF jawans were killed on Saturday and four others were injured in an ambush in Karbi Anglong district. The incident occurred when heavily armed militants of the Karbi People Liberation Tiger (KPLT) attacked a CRPF convoy returning to its base camp at Deithar, around 230 km southeast of Guwahati.”We are hopeful of a peaceful election and all measures have been taken to thwart any militant attack,” Shankar Baruah, Assam’s DGP, said. The antitalk faction of Ulfa has asked people to root out the Congress.However, it did not call for a boycott of the elections.The campaign for the first phase started on a slow note but it picked up pace subsequently with the who’s who of the national and state politics attending public meetings.While Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were the star campaigners for the Congress, the BJP responded with party veteran L.K. Advani, leaders of the Opposition in both Houses of Parliament Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and party president Nitin Gadkari.State parties like the AGP and AUDF relied on their leaders like former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Brindaban Goswami and Badruddin Ajmal.The Congress is set to emerge the single largest party in the state, according to opinion polls. However, very few said that it would be able to return to a third consecutive term in power in the state with a clear majority.As per the Mail Today-India Today-Headlines Today-Aaj Tak-ORG poll, the Congress was set to get 46 seats followed by AGP with 38 and the BJP and AUDF 15 each.”I am more than 100 per cent confident that the Congress would score a hat-trick. We are forming the next government in Assam,” chief minister Gogoi said.The Opposition AGP and the BJP have raised the issue of corruption and lack of development in the state, while the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress claimed credit for initiating peace talks with Ulfa and the overall development of the state.”People of Assam want a change to end Congress’s misrule and corruption. We the AGP are the only party that caters to the regional aspirations,” Chandra Mohan Patowary, AGP president, said.Unlike other poll-bound states – West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union territory of Puducherry – there are no pre-poll alliances in Assam.”Our party is sincere to meet the aspirations of the common people.We are confident that the people of Assam would give us a chance,” Pradyut Bora, BJP general secretary, said.The Left Parties, with CPI and CPI-M contesting 17 seats each in the polls, had senior Politburo members Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat campaigning for the candidates.The Election Commission on Saturday slapped a censure notice on health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for violating the model code of conduct while filing his nomination on March 25 in Guwahati.advertisementThe EC on March 26 had served a notice to Sarma for violating the code by providing Tshirts printed with the Congress logo, using a huge number of vehicles and creating traffic chaos while going to file his nomination.last_img read more

first_imgBOSTON, MA — The MBTA and its operating partner for Commuter Rail, Keolis Commuter Services, announced the special $10 Commuter Rail weekend fare pilot will resume on Saturday, January 5. This special weekend fare is available from the first train on Saturday to the last train on Sunday and may be used across all zones and all lines.“Resuming this pilot allows our customers to continue taking advantage of Commuter Rail as a travel option on weekends, while we study the potential for making this program permanent,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “I want to thank our partners at the FTA for working with us to resume this pilot and also acknowledge the enthusiastic response we received from our customers to this initiative.”The special $10 all-weekend fare will be available on the mTicket app, onboard trains (cash or credit card from conductors), and at ticket windows at North, South, and Back Bay stations. The special fare applies to customers age 12 and above; the weekend fare allows adults to travel with 2 children under 12 at no additional cost.“The MBTA’s reduced weekend fare initiative gives passengers a convenient and affordable option to visit a number of great destinations across the greater Boston area,” said Keolis General Manager and CEO David Scorey. “We’re pleased to partner with the MBTA to continue this initiative that encourages new passengers to try Commuter Rail, helps to grow ridership, and promotes an environmentally friendly transit option.”Customers can visit to explore destinations around the greater Boston area accessible by Commuter Rail and for listings of fun weekend excursions.First piloted during the summer of 2018, the promotional fares were launched with the goal of increasing Commuter Rail ridership and revenue on the weekends when trains have additional capacity. During the 6-month period these fares were available, 180,000 tickets were sold. This represents 23% of weekend sales and a 4.6% increase in weekend revenues compared to the same time period in 2017. While weekend construction impacted direct year-over-year analysis, passenger feedback throughout the summer pilot was very positive.During their first 6 months being offered to passengers, the special fares were marketed digitally, on radio, and in direct mailers to new homeowners as part of a broad, comprehensive marketing program. This marketing program is the result of a ridership and revenue growth partnership between the MBTA and Keolis, a first-of-its-kind contract in the United States, and marketing $10 fares will continue.With the exception of the CapeFlyer, operated through a partnership with the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, and special event trains for destinations such as Gillette Stadium, this pilot applies to all MBTA Commuter Rail services on Saturdays and Sundays.(NOTE: The above press release is from the MBTA.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMBTA Adds Extra Late-Night Commuter Rail Trains For This Weekend’s Lowell Folk FestivalIn “Government”Wilmington Commuter Rail Riders To See 50 Cent Increase In Fares Beginning July 1In “Government”Lowell Line Weekend Commuter Rail Service To Be Replaced By Bus Shuttle For 3 Weekends Beginning May 12In “Government”last_img read more

first_imgMaruti Suzuki, India’s largest car maker appears to be preparing for an aggressive launch in the domestic market in the near future. The company, which recently took the wraps off its much anticipated Celerio in India, has now showcased a few interesting customised vehicles at the ongoing 12th edition of Delhi Auto Expo.Maruti’s Swift is undoubtedly one of the best offerings from the company for the Indian auto enthusiasts. The car has earned many accolades sine its foray into the auto market. Now the brand is trying its luck in the hot hatch segment with the sportier version of Swift – Swift Sport.Donned in yellow paint, the new Swift Sports flaunts a sporty and aggressive look. The car accommodates safety features like ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ESP, dual front, electronically adjustable side-view mirrors, dual airbags in the front, curtain airbags and a knee airbag for the driver. Other features of the car include HID projector headlights, automatic headlights, power folding wing mirrors, keyless entry and Bluetooth compatible music system.Under the hood, Swift Sports packs 1.6-litre 4-cylinder motor, which can churn out a power of 100PS at 6900RPM and a peak torque of 160Nm at 4,400RPM. The vehicle can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 8.7 seconds and can attain a top speed of 193kmph.The company also unveiled a new avatar of its Swift Dzire called Swift Dzire Opula. The car houses a slew of features like dual tone seats, dual tone dashboard and a console fitted with display.last_img read more

first_imgJPMorgan Chase & Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, said it will repurchase up to $1.88 billion in common shares through the end of the second quarter.The repurchase under the bank’s 2015 capital plan is in addition to the $6.4 billion of shares authorized for repurchase by the board last year.The bank has got a non-objection from the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System to increase the amount for the share repurchase.last_img

first_imgUnlike similar initiatives in other states, this rule was crafted quietly within the Texas Workforce Commission, not by elected officials. The Texas rule was drafted using language lifted directly from proposals lobbyists sent to commission officials months before. That’s according to internal emails obtained by the advocacy group Workers Defense Project. The group’s executive director Jose Garza demanded the rule be revoked outside an agency building in Austin.“The proposed rule as we sit here today sits under a heavy cloud of corruption and suspicion and the TWC [Texas Workforce Commission] has a lot of explaining to do,” said Garza. 00:00 /00:59 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaLobbyists working for the digital app Handy corresponded with the Texas Workforce Commission months before the new gig-economy rule was proposed.Workers who offer home repair, food delivery and other services through digital apps could lose certain protections under a rule proposed by the Texas Workforce Commission.Advocates are calling on the state agency to withdraw the rule, which would classify workers as contractors, not employees, when dispatched by a digital platform.By classifying their workers as contractors, gig-economy employers (like Uber, Lyft or Handy) wouldn’t have to pay out unemployment insurance. State Representative Ramón Romero (D) is from Fort Worth and said these rules should have been debated by elected officials as in all other states.“Changes such as these, that are for the gig-economy companies’ wide discretion in categorizing their employees as contractors rather than employees, should be deliberated by the legislature with public input rather than decided on by appointed commissioners,” Romero said. A spokesperson for the Texas Workforce Commission told News 88.7 they stand by their rule making process.“When drafting rules, TWC program staff may rely on their expertise, their own professional research, or review of legislation in other states. This was the case in the drafting of TWC proposed rules on digital marketplace platforms,” the commission’s spokesperson said in a written statement. Across the country, lobbyists from digital employment platforms, like Handy, are pushing legislation to classify workers as contractors. In all other cases so far, lobbyists have passed initiatives legislatively. Similar laws to the Texas rule failed to pass or were withdrawn in states like Colorado and Georgia. The Texas Workforce Commission proposed this rule in late December 2018 and is not yet in effect.  Sharelast_img read more