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Why has the weather changed?Recent conditions in North America – with cold Arctic air sinking far southwards – has brought unusually cold weather to parts of North America. This cold air encounters relatively warm air in the western Atlantic. This creates a strong temperature gradient along the boundary between the two air masses which will strengthen the jet stream – a high-altitude fast-flowing wind which often brings low-pressure systems and storms to our shores. As the jet stream then comes east across the Atlantic, it drives areas of low pressure towards the UK, with associated spells of strong winds and rain.Keep Up to date with local weather news at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk A Yellow wind warning has been issued for Wednesday (21 December) covering north and northwest Scotland. Here frequent blustery showers will occur, often accompanied by thunder and lightning and these showers will turn increasingly wintry even to low levels. Meanwhile a front will bring rain to parts of the south of England.The unsettled weather will continue through Thursday with another low pressure system bringing some stormy weather for Friday. Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Martin Young said: “The exact track and impact of this system is still uncertain but very strong winds and some heavy rain are expected. At the moment it looks like northern and western areas will be worst affected. However this situation could change”.“The disturbed conditions look like continuing through Christmas weekend with the chance another vigorous low pressure system may head our way. Therefore it is worth staying up to date with the latest forecasts”.Keep up to date with the weather using our forecast pages and by following us on Twitter and Facebook, as well as using our new mobile app which is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from the Google Play store.You can now keep track of the weather across a number of locations using our App. You can use the ‘day’ view during the countdown to Christmas or the ‘hourly’ view, to help you plan out your day. We also have a Christmas app campaign to help with Christmas planning.You can find the Met Office app by searching ‘Met Office’ in app stores.For more information on preparing for winter, please check the Met Office Get Ready for Winter pages. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAfter the relatively quiet and dry conditions many of us have had for much of December there are now signs that much more unsettled weather is heading our way in the lead-up to Christmas.As many plan festive visits to friends and family the weather is getting more disturbed.The windiest and wettest weather is likely to be in the north and west of the UK, particularly Northern Ireland and the north and west of Scotland. Other parts of the UK are also expected to see increasingly windy weather.The wet and windy weather, which is as a result of a succession of deep Atlantic low pressure systems, gets underway tomorrow (20 December) with the northwest expecting a band of rain, heavy at times. There will also be strengthening winds which could reach severe gale force in the extreme northwest of Scotland.[vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/aa6j2FZo3Q0″]
Photo © Eurosport Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett is counting the cost of yesterday’s stage of Paris-Nice in more ways than one.The Deceuninck Quickstep rider suffered a horrific crash in the closing metres of the 212 kilometre stage.He needed four stitches to close a wound on a finger but thankfully didn’t suffer any fractures after being forced into the barriers. The current Irish national champion was later fined 800 Swiss francs and docked 40 UCI points after he appeared to shoulder two riders in the usual jostling for sprint position in the closing stages.Today the riders face a flat but twisting 15 kilometre individual time trial.Bennett is due off the start-ramp at 1.54pm today.
Harry Kane scored the first Premier League goal of 2017 1 Tottenham moved into the Premier League top four with a resounding 4-1 victory over a lacklustre Watford side at Vicarage Road.The Hornets, hampered by an extensive injury list in the run-up to the game, were dealt another blow in the warm-up when Juan Camilo Zuniga was ruled out of the match with a knock.Walter Mazzarri’s men never seemed to recover from that blow, and there could be no complaining when a double from Harry Kane and Dele Alli’s solo strike handed Spurs a 3-0 lead at half-time.Alli added his second 58 seconds after the break, but despite a consistent run of mistakes from the Watford defence, the Lilywhites failed to add to their tally before the final whistle – Younes Kaboul netting a consolation for the hosts in injury time.Spurs dominated the opening stages, Rose constantly probing the left flank, putting makeshift wing-back Amrabat under pressure.And this pressure led to the visitors being denied a clear goalscoring opportunity, the referee failing to see Capoue blatantly blocking Eriksen’s powerful shot with his arm.Kane sent a long-range effort wide of the post, and Rose blasted over from inside the area, as neither keeper was forced into a serious save by the 25 minute mark.And although the next action did not lead to a save, Alli was only denied a wonderful goal when his 30-yard strike crashed against the angle connecting post and bar.But just seconds later Tottenham had taken a well-deserved lead, Kane running onto Trippier’s excellent ball into the area to prod the ball past Gomes.It was the pairing of Kane and Trippier who combined again to double the score just six minutes later, the latter curling a perfect ball into the area for the England forward to crash home from close range.With five minutes left of the opening period Alli added Tottenham’s third, capitalising on shocking work from Kaboul to work his way into the area and slide the ball under Gomes.Any hope Watford may somewhat recover in the second half was thrown out the window 58 seconds after the restart, Alli getting on the end of Kane’s cross to make it 4-0 to the visitors.Son should have made it five just after the 50 minute mark, but wildly sent a close range shot wide, before Watford managed a rare attempt – Ighalo firing over the bar after running onto Deeney’s flicked header.Alli was taken off on the 60-minute mark, presumably in preparation for Wednesday’s clash against Chelsea, as the visitors took their feet off the gas.But still Watford were afforded no opportunities, and Mazzarri had to watch on as another of his players limped off with injury – the ever impressive Amrabat.Son missed a series of chances to cap a good performance with a goal, with Eriksen also failing to add to his account before Kaboul netted a consolation in the dying seconds to spell the end of a torrid afternoon for the Hornets.
Chatham-Kent police are investigating a fatal collision that claimed the life of a 38-year-old cyclist just before midnight Sunday.Police said the Chatham man was believed to be travelling west on Grand Avenue East when he was struck by a transport truck going in the same direction.The man was pronounced deceased at the scene, police said.The identity of the man is not being released at this time until next of kin are notified, police said.The traffic unit has taken over the investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Const. Randy Whittaker at [email protected] or 519-355-1092.Drug charges laidTwo people are facing drug-related charges after Chatham-Kent police responded to a disturbance in a parking lot on Lacroix Street in Chatham just after 9 p.m. Sunday.Police said a crowd of people was seen around a vehicle, which immediately tried to flee when police arrived.An officer stopped the vehicle and, through investigation, learned the driver, a 30-year-old woman of no fixed address, was under a licence suspension.The accused was arrested and police reportedly found cocaine in the vehicle and crystal methamphetamine, along with baggies and a digital scale in a backpack.She was charged with driving while under suspension, drug possession and possession for the purposes of trafficking.A 28-year-old Blenheim man, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested and charged with drug possession and possession for the purposes of trafficking.Both were taken into custody pending a bail hearing.Windsor man arrestedA 19-year-old Windsor man is facing charges of assault and mischief in connection to an incident in Chatham on Sunday night.Chatham-Kent police alleged the accused assaulted his girlfriend while in her vehicle when she stopped at a local convenience store.The man also caused about $200 damage to her windshield, police alleged.He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.Dispute in DresdenA 58-year-old man was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats after Chatham-Kent police were called to a dispute on North Street in Dresden around 11 a.m. Saturday.Police alleged the accused went to the victim’s a residence and drove his vehicle into the victim’s parked vehicle. The accused also reportedly chased the victim with a metal pipe, threatening the man.Police said there were no injuries and the accused was released with a court date.Vehicles stolenChatham-Kent police are investigating four separate vehicle thefts that occurred over the weekend.A red 2010 GMC Sierra pickup truck was stolen from Wren Line in Wallaceburg some time late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, police said.The vehicle was last seen with Ontario licence plates AE88 624 and had “Anderson Web and Mechanical Contractors” written on it.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Dan Carroll at [email protected] or 519-355-1092.A red 2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck was stolen from Old Street Line in Blenheim some time late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.The truck was last seen with Ontario licence plates 125 2FV and had a silver toolbox in the back.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Joel Rehill at [email protected] or 519-436-6600 ext. 84994.A beige 2002 GMC pickup truck with an extended cab was stolen from Charing Cross Road some time between 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.The truck was last seen with Ontario licence plate FV7 247.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Jayme O’Reilly at [email protected] or 519-436-6600 ext. 87006.A red 2004 Honda ATV was stolen from a barn on Blind Fourth Line some time overnight Saturday.Anyone information is asked to contact Const. Mark Smith at [email protected] calls can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market An open source identity platform called the Higgins Project launched the 1.0 version of their service this week and it’s a nice look into what could be the future of user-centric identity online. Higgins offers a variety of features and services, but the basic premise is that it serves as a portable container you can use to carry multiple identities with you around the web. Why would users want that? Because you don’t want to sign in to a social network with the same identity card you use to sign in to financial websites. Higgins aims to replace the assorted user names and passwords we all use today with a set of simple, standards-based identifiers that you can take from site to site.Think of it like a wallet with different credit cards and forms of ID inside. Unfortunately, that’s only a metaphor and there’s nothing about Higgins that’s so easy to do today. Additionally, without a meaningful selection of sites that support the various protocols Higgins lets users leverage – then it’s pretty much a nonstarter. Let’s assume though that identity landscape is going to open up and that OpenID isn’t the only way it will do so. In that case, Higgins is a great idea and interested developers will likely find the project worth a look.In addition to a browser plug-in for users, there’s libraries that site developers can make use of and an API that will let developers make use of the Higgins Global Graph (HGG) and a quite a few other things with even less hospitable acronyms. OpenID is at least intelligible and end users will not run away when they hear it said out loud.RSS has changed the world because it is simple. OPML is fun to take to parties because anyone can learn the rules in minutes. I understand that security is by necessity more complex, but any party where as many acronyms show up as is the case with Identity (see below, for example) is not a party I look forward to attending.The Real Value of Identity DiversificationThat said, there is some comprehensible stuff here that’s clearly worth checking out. You may have stopped by someplace like SpreadOpenID.org and noticed that many OpenID vendors let users expose any of multiple “personas” when logging into a new site. Is that sufficient for security, though? Now that I see the Higgins vision explained, I do think that using one service for everything and trusting that single service to keep personas separated from each other is more trust than I care to put in anyone. To some degree, Higgins is asking you to put your trust in them instead, but the assertion is that you the user are in the driver’s seat.I’m cheering for a clear, simple interface. Hopefully it will arrive sooner than it took the OpenID community to start to move in that direction. That said, I think there’s a lot of potential here in addition to the straightforward and compelling value proposition.Below: The Higgins Interoperability Framework – don’t be scared, it’s ok. Tags:#Identity#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Got Your 6 has announced five new 6 Certified projects in recognition of film, television, theatrical, and digital content that normalizes depictions of veterans as leaders and community assets.HISTORY’s new military combat drama series SIXThe projects range from the re-creation of WWII soldier musicals in “Blueprint Specials” and SEAL Team Six-inspired scripted drama series “SIX,” to the portrayal of a veteran and single mother in “One Day at a Time” and a U.S. Army veteran-turned-police officer in “Patriots Day.”For the first time, Got Your 6 certified a piece of digital content, a nine-minute film produced by The War Horse News and featured in the online version of an article in Vanity Fair. The film follows the medical recovery of Medal of Honor recipient and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kyle Carpenter.“Due to our smaller all volunteer force, fewer people today know a veteran than ever before in our nation’s history and are therefore more susceptible to the false narrative that veterans are broken heroes,” said Bill Rausch, an Iraq War veteran and executive director of Got Your 6. “By working with the entertainment industry, we have an opportunity to change commonly held misperceptions about our veterans by recognizing projects that go the extra mile to portray those who served in an accurate light.”Got Your 6 announced the following projects were awarded with 6 Certified status:“Blueprint Specials”The second theatrical production to be 6 Certified, the “Blueprint Specials” play scripts were recently rediscovered after going missing for half a century. The Special Services Division of the War Department originally produced this series of plays in 1944 and 1945 with the intention of engaging active duty service members in “GI shows for GI audiences.” Written by Army veteran and Pulitzer Prize winner Frank Loesser (“Guys & Dolls,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), these “Blueprint Specials” served to boost morale and bring the arts to troops fighting overseas. Debuting January 6, these historical pieces will be brought back to life in performances by both veterans and Broadway stars aboard the USS Intrepid in New York. Waterwell“One Day at a Time”Launching January 6, this Netflix reboot of the 1975 original by WWII veteran Norman Lear centers on a present-day Cuban-American family. It stars Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez, an Army veteran-turned-nurse and a single mom who excels at raising her teenaged son and daughter with the help of her traditionalist mother, played by EGOT Rita Moreno. The veteran community is also presented throughout the series by way of Penelope’s ex-husband and friends. Netflix“Patriots Day”“Patriots Day” focuses on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and follows the police officers, first responders, investigators, and survivors who sought justice in the aftermath. Like their previous collaborations “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon,” Peter Berg and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg consulted with, hired, and cast veterans. In addition to these cast and crew, many law enforcement characters in the film were played by actual officers, many of whom are also real life veterans. Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons also plays Army veteran and Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, who is quoted as saying, “I don’t consider myself a hero—we’re just a group of ordinary guys who were put in an extraordinary situation, and we just performed extraordinarily.” “Patriots Day” is currently playing in limited release and opens in theaters nationwide on January 13. CBS Films and Lionsgate“SIX”HISTORY’s new military combat drama series “SIX,” follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists. Inspired by real missions, the series authentically captures the inside world of America’s elite Special Operations unit – what these SEALs do, their personal lives, combat and the life-and-death decisions they make to protect and serve their country. Created and produced by veterans, the show also employed a retired Navy SEAL as the series’ technical advisor and associate producer. “SIX” premieres January 18. A+E Studios in association with Weinstein Television“The War Horse News” via Vanity FairAppearing as a video feature of November 2016’s Vanity Fair article “Inside the Painstaking Recovery Process of a Medal of Honor Marine,” medically retired Marine author and journalist Thomas J. Brennan worked with filmmaker George Steptoe to create a nine-minute digital short that follows the long medical recovery of then-Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter. An incredible amount of research was conducted over the course of the year to create this nine-minute multimedia project, which was further verified by Vanity Fair’s fact checking team. The War Horse News, a “nonprofit news outlet and community dedicated to investigating the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs,” is committed to the accurate and fair portrayal of veterans in media. Vanity Fair“The entertainment industry has the unique ability to reach into living rooms across America and help change the perceptions many of us have about our veterans,” said Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” “By developing scripts and characters founded on accurate depictions of veterans, content creators can help eliminate stereotypes and bridge the gap between civilians and those who served.”“The 6 Certified program has developed into a dynamic movement in Hollywood showcasing real impact with dozens of projects across all aspects of the entertainment industry joining the cause,” said Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company. “It’s an honor to be a part of the effort to shift public perception of today’s veterans on a national scale by recognizing the work of content creators committed to getting it right.”“We are so honored to receive this distinction. There are so many veterans in America, each with a different and nuanced story apart from the stereotypes we sometimes see portrayed in the media. As writers, actors, and producers we have an obligation to take every opportunity to present accurate portrayals of veterans, which we hope we have begun to do on ‘One Day at a Time.’ Being recognized by Got Your 6 is truly rewarding,” said executive producers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce.Got Your 6 launched the 6 Certified initiative in early 2015 as a way to challenge industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families. Since the launch, 41 projects have been certified, including Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sully,” Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” and Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” as well as episodes and seasons of Netflix’s “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” FX’s “Justified,” Fox’s “Gotham,” FX’s “Fargo,” and ABC’s “Modern Family.”To become 6 Certified, a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:DO YOUR HOMEWORKResearch or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERANHire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITEREmploy a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTERDevelop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORYDevelop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMSHave veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processAfter the project has met the requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company once the project enters post-production. After the submission is complete, the project is evaluated by the 6 Certified Review Committee, an independent group of subject matter experts who review all submissions and grant 6 Certified status.The current members of the 6 Certified Review Committee include: Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures; Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company; Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Tim Norman, director of human resources, DreamWorks Animation; Seth Smith, director of campaigns and programming for Participant Media; Marjorie Williams, vice president, business and legal affairs, Endemol Shine North America; and Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6Additional information on certification is available at gotyour6.org/6-certified.The 6 Certified program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran campaign that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The campaign believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”