ABC News(NEW YORK) — As flooding and gusty winds slam the Southeast, Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport temporarily closed Monday morning because of severe weather. The airport closed shortly before 4 a.m. due to severe rain and flooding, stopping travelers in their tracks as they rushed to reach their holiday destinations. Sections of the airport were not accessible and flights weren’t operational, airport officials said. Parts of the Fort Lauderdale area have been soaked with more than 1 foot of rain since Sunday.Flights were resuming by 6:30 am, though six flights were canceled and over 100 were delayed, according to the airport.That storm will slowly move through the Carolinas by Monday evening with drier conditions expected for Florida. Up to 5 inches of rain is possible in South Carolina through the next 24 hours.A rainy Christmas for CaliforniaA western storm is bringing very heavy rain to Southern California on Monday morning, including Los Angeles and San Diego, with some flooding possible.A flood advisory was issued overnight for the region.In the mountains of Southern California, some areas could see up to a foot of snow. In the Los Angeles area and San Diego, as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible. Heavy rain will also spread into Arizona later on Monday and into the nighttime hours, with some areas seeing up to 1 inch of rainfall. Snow will spread into the southern Rockies from Utah to Colorado, where locally some areas could see more than a foot in the next 36 hours.Christmas thawOutside of the two travel trouble spots in the Southwest and Southeast, it will be a very mild, spring-like Christmas for most of the eastern U.S. Temperatures will reach the 50s close to Chicago and the 40s into the Great Lakes and the Northeast.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Chicano Batman have shared a new music video for “Blank Slate”. The track comes from the Latin-infused alternative group’s new album, Invisible People.The visual accompaniment joins fellow videos for “Color My Life” and “Pink Elephant“. The album, which dropped on May 1st, marks the fourth studio output for the band in 10 years.Related: Chicano Batman, Caloncho Team Up For New Singles, Share Colorful Video For “Háblame” [Watch]The video opens on a close up of singer Bardo Martinez, sporting a colorful Dennis Rodman-style haircut, superimposed with footage of a night drive through the city. The band’s in-studio performance, mixed with the nightlife footage and the catchy disco beat gives the song a chic layer of glam pop. Chicano Batman’s progression as artists has come with an evolution of an already complex sound. With a mix of Latin, psychedelic, funk, R&B, and everything in between, the band continues to defy broad classifications of its discography as a whole. On “Blank Slate”, however, the group is clearly going for a more traditional, mainstream sound with the refrain of “I just want to love you/I need you to love me/I just want to love you/We can fall in love now.” This is a song that could very well be playing on the radio of the car being driven around in the music video.Watch the new music video for “Blank Slate” by Chicano Batman.Chicano Batman — “Blank Slate” (Official Video)[Video: Chicano Batman]Chicano Batman were one of many artists set to perform at this year’s Coachella festival in Indio, CA. That event, set for the second and third weekends of April, was one of the first festivals to announce postponement due to COVID-19. The megafestival is now scheduled to take place during the first and second weekends of October 2020. Given the gradual progression of the virus and the way many Americans are dragging their feet in properly addressing it, the festival’s October dates could still be subject to change. Visit Chicano Batman’s website for any announcements, and stay up to date on the state of live music with the Live For Live Music concert cancellation tracker.
Vermont Business Magazine Parker Riehle, the president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association, known as Ski Vermont, will not be leaving the organization after all. On August 29 he was named the new president and CEO of the Colorado-based National Ski Areas Association. Riehle was to take over the position on January 1, 2018, replacing Michael Berry, who is retiring after 25 years. The NSAA made no mention of the change in plans other than to announce that the search for a new president had resumed. The news was first reported by Ski Area Management Magazine September 12. Berry will remain in charge until a new president takes over.(link is external)“After a great deal of deliberation with my wife and family,” Riehle said in a statement, “I had to unfortunately decline the appointment to be the President & CEO of NSAA due to personal reasons that preclude our ability to leave Vermont and the New England area. A very difficult decision indeed, but family has to come first and I am very grateful for NSAA’s gracious understanding and support in this regard.”Among other requirements for the top job at NSAA is residence in the Denver, Colorado, area and “the ability to travel frequently and extensively is essential.”The Vermont ski industry is coming off a tumultuous four-year stretch in which the World Cup returned to Vermont for the first time since 1978 with colossal success and a Mikaela Shiffrin win at Killington last Thanksgiving; the EB-5 developments at Jay Peak and Burke Mountain led to both scandal and success; two of the best ski seasons in Vermont’s history and also one of the worst; the commingling of ski passes with the large resorts out West; the buying of Stowe Mountain Resort’s ski operation by Vail; and the acquisition of Stratton by Aspen.The ski industry generates over $1.6 billion in direct and indirect spending in Vermont and drives the state’s $2.6 billion tourism industry.Ski Vermont (Vermont Ski Areas Association/VSAA) is a private not-for-profit trade association founded in 1969 to help create a legislative, economic and social environment in which the state’s ski industry can grow and prosper, addressing issues including environmental integrity, economic and social contributions to the state’s welfare, and competitive positioning of the state as a destination for winter tourism. Ski Vermont serves its 20 Alpine and 30 Nordic member resorts in three major areas: Governmental Affairs, Marketing and Public Affairs.NSAA was initially formed in June of 1962. Member resorts now account for over 90% of the 57 million annual skier/snowboarder visits and generate annual revenues of approximately $7.2 billion. The NSAA has an annual budget of $4.2 million.The National Ski Areas Association represents 303 alpine resorts that account for more than 90 percent of the skier/snowboarder visits nationwide. Additionally, it has 370 supplier members who provide equipment, goods, and services to the mountain resort industry. NSAA analyzes and distributes ski industry statistics; produces annual conferences and tradeshows; produces a bimonthly industry publication; and is active in state and federal government affairs. The association also provides educational programs and employee training materials on industry issues including OSHA, ADA and NEPA regulations and compliance; environmental laws and regulations; state regulatory requirements; aerial tramway safety; and resort operations and guest service. The association’s primary objective is to meet the needs of ski area owners and operators nationwide and to foster, stimulate and promote growth in the industry.VBM vermontbiz.com
Harris’ departure marks the second time in a month that the Gophers have lost a player. The team announced forward Davonte Fitzgerald made the decision to transfer on March 26. There are now three scholarship spots open for next year.The Gophers have recruited a guard, Gabe Kalscheur, for the team’s roster next season. Minnesota also adds Jarvis Thomas Omersa and Daniel Oturu, two players who were forwards in their high school careers.Minnesota went 15-17 last year, missing both the NIT and the NCAA Tournament. The Gophers’ season ended when they lost 65-54 to Rutgers in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Jamir Harris to transfer from GophersHarris averaged 14.1 minutes per game for the Gophers in his first year with the program.Courtney DeutzFreshman Jamir Harris keeps the ball away from Concordia on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at Williams Arena. Jack WarrickApril 6, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFreshman guard Jamir Harris will leave the Gophers after one year with Minnesota, the team announced in a press release Friday.Harris, who came to Minnesota from North Brunswick, New Jersey, averaged 3.9 points and .9 rebounds per game as a guard. He played in 28 out of 32 games last season, starting in two. His career-high came in the overtime victory against Penn State on Jan. 15 when he tallied 16 points, 10 of which came in overtime.
MOROCCO – MARCH 5: Cannabis plantation near Ketama, Rif mountains, Morocco. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) Cannabis plantation near Ketama, Rif mountains, Morocco. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)Moroccan security services have seized a total of 179,657 kg of cannabis in 2019, the Moroccan police revealed in its annual report.The Moroccan police also seized 542 kg of cocaine and over 1.4 million hallucinogenic tablets, including 974,983 ecstasy tablets imported from Europe, according to the police statistics published on Wednesday by local media.The number of individuals arrested in drug-related cases, reached 127,049, an increase of 38 percent year-on-year.Despite efforts to crack down on cannabis cultivation during the past decade, Morocco remains one of the world’s largest producers of the narcotic plant, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.Related Morocco seizes 650 kg of cannabis Morocco arrests Indian national for cannabis smuggling Morocco seizes 1.63 tons of cannabis
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