My Favorite Weather Station: New Blogs

My Favorite on-line weather station is “WunderGround” (Weather Underground). This setting is for Nice, France; but I can save other stations. I like to visit North Creek, New York and Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

I wanted to find out about the big snow in Buffalo to I took a look at their blogs and find one all about:

Buffalo, New York Area, Great Lakes, Lake-Effect Snow Impacts: At Least 5 Dead, State of Emergency Declared

Snow was still falling on the Buffalo, New York, area Wednesday morning, a day after a major lake-effect snow event dumped up to 60 inches of snow on areas south of Buffalo, killing at least five people and stranding vehicles for hours on roads throughout the area. In response, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the western New York counties most impacted by the snow.

Snow also fell in other Great Lake states, including northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where up to two feet of snow blew ashore. Those areas will get a bit of a reprieve today before the lake-effect event ramps-up again in the evening hours Wednesday into the morning Thursday. For specific forecast details click on the link below.

(MORE: Lake-Effect Snow Forecast)

WeatherBuffloPlowThey have forecasts and videos: WeatherBuffaloVideo

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Lost perspective

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

In hundred thousand beautiful faces
In million fake smiles
Missing one glimmer of hope
My redemption rope
The one who would elope
Just for my few lies
To the end of the earth she flies
Even God she defies
and foolish me, ignoring all
Here alone, in a free fall,
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Scrappy Little Underdog UBER Is Getting Fat And Ugly

We have watched this once tiny puppy grow.

It was three little years ago when a scrappy San Francisco ride-hailing startup had just truncated its name from UberCab, earned its first truly significant venture-capital investment, and decided to expand operations from San Francisco to a few new cities, including Boston and Seattle. The tech-industry darling of a startup, Uber, was just starting to get complaints from regulators–and such opposition appeared to have the potential to seriously cripple growth. Remember little Uber, the underdog?

They grow up so fast.

 

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Uber today has been–rightly–declared both a juggernaut and a behemoth. It operates in 50 countries and approximately 250 cities. It has more than 1,800 employees globally. It’s valued at $18.2 billion. That’s probably not a completely outlandish number.

The alpha ride-sharing startup has become so massive so fast that few hyperboles seem truly out of place in service of its description. Uber already is known as the biggest startup in the Bay Area (it has outgrown eight offices in San Francisco so far, and is planning for a new, nearly half-million-square-foot HQ). Recently, investor and serial entrepreneur Naval Ravikant said he believes Uber could easily be Google-size. It’s a claim not far fetched when one considers just how quickly the company has grown from an embattled San Francisco taxicab competitor to a network of automobile drivers and passengers connected through savvy technology that, according to the company, covers 55 percent of the U.S. population.

Signs point to Uber’s gearing up to go public. It’s allegedly raising another round of funding. Yes, that is in addition to its last $1.2 billion fourth round of major venture-capital funding known as a Series D, which meant the company had raised a total of roughly $1.5 billion, leading to its whopping valuation. Proponents may note that the company could hit $10 billion in gross revenue next year–meaning $2 billion in net revenue. Another funding round at an even sunnier valuation could mean Uber’s IPO would ring in at $50 to $100 billion.

Read the rest of this story by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin 

Regulators hate them but people keep buying crap.

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What Is A Chicago Bypass?

Over many years We have written numerous articles about railroad history, as well as current trends in railroads. These are of interest to the railroad manager, railfans, advocates of super railroads, railroad historians. “Chicago Bypass” is different. It adds in the dimensions of ECOLOGY and SOCIAL CULTURE.

Now Finally A REAL One is on the way. $6 Billion Railroad Bypass Project Proposed

 A group of businessmen are looking to construct the largest new set of railroad track in more than 100 years and the historic project could be coming through the Stateline.

Great Lakes Basin headed by Frank Patton wants to build a railroad bypass to get cargo around Chicago’s congestion. The new set of tracks would begin in Northwest Indiana, extending through Illinois and up through Winnebago County, ending in Orfordville, Wisconsin. The five track wide project would free space in the nation’s rail hub and have a big impact on the Stateline.

“Yeah, there’s some kind of bypass that would expedite that and that could be anywhere from the Madison-Janesville area down to here and onto Chicago, even into Milwaukee, so the Chicago-Rockford-Madison-Milwaukee markets so that’s appealing,” said Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen.

Great Lakes Basin will take the next 3-6 months to gather information before presenting the plans to the National Surface Transportation Board. Patton says if the board gives the okay, he hopes the finish the project in 2018.

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Does Tiger Woods’ Latest Disgrace Mark a New Low for the Golf Business?

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Just this week we ran a story about

Tiger Woods Blasts Satirical Golf Digest Article By Dan Jenkins

on the surface, it had nothing to do with golf — or even an authentic story, for that matter.

It was pretty nasty.

Why is this relevant to the investor? Well, this may mark the bottom for the golf business. Or it may show just how bad things are in the golf business, and how far they have to go to recover.

Tiger Woods is, basically, this generation’s only household golf name — sorry, Phil Mickelson. And he has slipped so far down the respect continuum that he is getting ridiculed in national publications by reputable writers.

And unfortunately, it’s not a bottom.

It’s only fitting that next week is the fifth anniversary of the night Tiger was chased out of his home as his seemingly ideal life crumbled…

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Survey Reveals Paper Invoicing Overwhelming Company Billing Departments

According to a survey recently released by Canon Business Process Services, a majority of account payable (AP) departments are overwhelmed by the volume of paper and investment of time necessitated by conventional billing practices. The survey also revealed that both elements decrease efficiency while increasing the likelihood for errors and late payments.

The overall goal of Canon’s 2014 Accounts Payable Optimization Study was to investigate the steps AP departments are taking to eliminate the inefficiency of paper invoices while determining the biggest obstacles to converting to an electronic invoicing system. A key finding of the survey is that despite the growth of e-invoicing and document imaging, nearly two-third of respondents indicated they continue to manually handle the vast majority of invoices that arrive by mail, fax or as email attachments.

Moreover, a majority of survey respondents also revealed that less than ten percent of their suppliers submitted their invoices electronically.  Because the vast majority of both AP departments and suppliers remain loyal to the creation and submission of paper versus electronic invoices, the survey begged the question: how can AP departments transform themselves into more efficient, paperless entities?

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Utica Comets Announces Roster Changes

Utica Comets Director of Hockey Operations Pat Conacher announced today that the Comets have signed forwards Carter Bancks and Wacey Hamilton, and defenseman Travis Ehrhardt to standard player contracts (SPC). All three had been with the Comets since training camp on professional tryout contracts (PTO).

In addition, the Comets have announced that forward Curtis Valk has been returned on loan to the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings.

Bancks, 25, has appeared in 14 games with Utica and has accounted for four points (three goals, one assist) and a plus-3 rating. The Marysville, BC native had spent his entire AHL career with the Abbotsford Heat prior to this year. Over his five professional seasons, he has posted 56 points (18 goals, 38 assists) in 238 games between Abbotsford and Utica. Undrafted, Bancks played two games with the NHL’s Calgary Flames during the 2012-13 season.

Hamilton, 24, is tied for third on the team with five assists to go along with a goal and 21 penalty minutes. In 188 career AHL games, between Utica and Binghamton, the Cochrane, Alberta native has 45 points (14 goals, 31 assists) and 157 penalty minutes.

Ehrhardt, 25, joined the Comets this season after an injury shortened season split between the St. John’s IceCaps and the Stavanger Oilers (Norway). In 9 games with Utica, Ehrhardt has registered a goal and two assists. The sixth-year pro previously played with the Manitoba Moose and Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL and has totaled 155 career games.

Valk, 21, made his AHL debut with the Comets on Nov. 12 against Chicago and recorded no points. With Kalamazoo, Valk scored four goals and assisted on six others in the first six games of the season and was named the ECHL Player of the Month for October. He currently has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in nine games which ranks second among all rookies.

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