“Kind of had a mindset of trying to take advantage of a good break, I guess,” he said.Watney holed a bunker shot on the par-4 16th, made the turn and had an eagle on the first hole.“Maybe I need to steal a few shots here and there and get some good things going,” said Watney, winless since August 2012.Walker (69) and past Innisbrook champion Luke Donald (70) managed to go bogey-free, a rarity on a day like this. Also at 70 were Justin Rose, Masters champion Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Steve Stricker, who won last week on the PGA Tour Champions.Woods is playing his fourth PGA Tour event since returning from fusion surgery on his lower back, his fourth surgery since the spring of 2014. He has shown steady progress, and this might have been his most steady performance, even with four bogeys. Those were inevitable.One of the came at the par-3 fourth, when he was fooled by the wind and sent his tee shot sailing. It was next to a tree that Woods had to straddle just to advance toward the green. He also came up well short on the 12th into a strong wind.“Into the wind, it felt like you just hit walls,” he said.Woods got within two shots of the lead by ripping a long iron from the top collar of a bunker on the par-5 11th and using the slope to chip close for a tap-in birdie. He dropped shots on the next two holes, going short into the wind on No. 12 and over the green with the wind at his back on No. 13.The only unnerving moment came at the 16th, when he tugged his iron off the tee into the trees. Woods realized he would hit the tree on his follow through, asking the gallery — thousands of them — to be careful in case the club snapped. He had to take it toward the lake on the right and bend it back to the left, and it came off perfectly.But it looked painful.Because he had to generate so much club speed, his left forearm and hands struck the oak and Woods dropped the club and winced on impact.“It didn’t feel very good,” he said.Woods followed with a 5-iron that rolled just right of the cup for a tap-in birdie and finished with a long two-putt par after getting fooled again by the shifting wind.“This is a tough golf course. Not too often in Florida do you find elevation. Great driving golf course,” Woods said. “I asked Henrik, ‘What do you around this golf course when there’s no wind here?’ He said it’s still a hell of a test. We can all see that.” Tiger Woods hits from behind a tree on the fourth hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Palm Harbor, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) —Tiger Woods discovered how tough Innisbrook can be in a swirling wind, and he was up to the task. Woods smacked his hands into an oak as he let loose of the club during a bold escape from the trees, came within inches of an ace on the next hole, and most importantly was among 27 players — just under 20 percent of the field — to break par Thursday in the Valspar Championship.Canadian rookie Corey Conners, who got into the field as an alternate not long after he failed to get through Monday qualifying, didn’t make a bogey until his final hole at No. 9 and shot a 4-under 67.That gave him a one-shot lead over Nick Watney, Whee Kim and Kelly Kraft. Only three other players, including former PGA champion Jimmy Walker broke 70.Woods made five birdies to counter his mistakes in his round of 70, the first time he broke par in the opening round of a PGA Tour event since his 64 in the Wyndham Championship in August 2015 — just six tour events ago because of back surgeries.This was his first time playing the Valspar Championship, and it got his attention.“I enjoy when par is a good score. It’s a reward,” Woods said. “There are some tournaments when about four holes you don’t make a birdie, you feel like you’re behind. Today, made a couple of birdies, all of a sudden puts me fourth, fifth, right away. That’s how hard it is.”It was like for everybody, especially Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.Spieth, who won at Innisbrook in a playoff in 2015, didn’t make a birdie after the par-5 opening hole and shot a 76. Only six other players had a higher score. Rory McIlroy, who like Woods was making his debut in this event, played in the morning and shot 74.Henrik Stenson, who played with Spieth and Woods, also shot 74.Morning or afternoon, it didn’t matter. There was a chill in the Florida air, and the wind made it feel colder. Ultimately, the wind swirling through the tree-lined fairways made it tough to get the ball close.Innisbrook produced the highest average score for the opening round — 72.86 — of the 23 courses used this season.Conners managed just fine, taking advantage of a tournament he wasn’t sure he would be playing. He went through Monday qualifying and shot 71, but moments after walking off the course, he was told he got in as an alternate.
The launching was done today with presentation of uniforms from the Minister of Arts, Culture and Tourism and Member for Kundiawa Gembogl, Tobias Kulang.It was a milestone sporting event in the calendar of Chimbu Province with enthusiastic participants in all age groups ready to vie for the trophies and the cash prize money.The race will be in categories including equal participation of students.Minister Kulang, while presenting the uniforms to the runners, outlined the importance of the race and the contribution it brings, not only into the sport of marathon.He said the event also encourages wide participation from all other provinces as well as international runners and fitting to generate revenues in the tourism sector of the province.Kulang said, “The race will create spin of benefits for the province and add on to Mt William tourism attraction.”So far many corporate houses have come forward, adding 60 percent of the four hundred thousand kina allocated to stage the race.Chairman of Mt Wilhelm Race, Paul Komba said Chimbu Province is a leader of marathon running in the country with significant contribution of gold medals in the 2015 Pacific Games.There will be six runners in a team stationed at six locations and each runner will run a distance of 7km before finishing at the foot of infamous Mt Wilhelm.
Former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins believes the signing of Radamel Falcao may cause problems at the Red Devils.The Colombian striker moved to Old Trafford from Monaco on a season-long loan deal, late on transfer deadline day.But, with Louis van Gaal now boasting a host of attacking faces, Wilkins claims some stars may be unhappy spending time on the sidelines.“Sometimes you can have too many players,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “The signing of Falcao may cause a few problems for Van Gaal.“Everyone wants to play and, if they’re not in the side, then it could be a little bit disruptive.“It’s going to be very difficult to give everyone game time, especially now they’re out of Capital One Cup.”
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes claimed referee Kevin Friend was not brave enough by failing to dismiss Jack Colback in the Potters’ 1-1 draw against Newcastle on Sunday.The 25-year-old produced a reckless tackle on Victor Moses with the score locked at 0-0, before the former Sunderland man put the Magpies in front with a sliced effort from the edge of the area.And Hughes said Friend should have been “stronger” by handing the midfielder a second yellow card, adding his team showed great character to stun the Toon with a late equaliser.“The disappointment from our point of view is that the referee hasn’t been brave enough to make the key decision of the game,” said Hughes.“You don’t advocate sending players off, but he needs to be stronger in that circumstance with Colback on a yellow card and makes a challenge that is clearly a second yellow card and would have been sent off as a consequence.“The referee hasn’t made the decision. He knows deep down that he should have done and as a consequence the lad picks himself up, still involved in the game, and then he scores Newcastle’s goal when he shouldn’t have been on the pitch.“Given those circumstances a lesser team than ourselves with lesser character would have been disappointed with it and let the game go away from them.“We weren’t prepared to do that. We showed great character, great determination to get something out of the game that we deserved to get.”
SANTA CLARITA — Embers from a wind-driven blaze that destroyed two homes in Agua Dulce have ignited a wildfire in Canyon Country, where 3,800 homes are threatened, officials said tonight. Flames have blackened at last 10,000 acres in Canyon Country, an unincorporated community northwest of Santa Clarita. Crews headed to that wildfire even as firefighters remained on the scene of the blaze in Agua Dulce, where at least two homes and two outbuildings were engulfed in flames and two people were hurt. Nearly 3,800 homes were threatened in Canyon Country as flames gobbled up dry brush along a ridgeline from the Agua Dulce fire, sending clouds of thick smoke billowing into the sky. About 800 evacuations had been ordered late Sunday, according to county fire officials, who said at least two structures had been lost. Evacuation centers were set up at Quartz Hill and Saugus High schools. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. And in neighboring Ventura County, one home was damaged and 200 others were threatened in the Santa Rosa Valley. Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Randy Alva said 500 firefighters were on the scene at Agua Dulce and about 400 residents had been evacuated. Residents north of Vasquez Rocks and Bouquet Canyon were among those affected as sustained winds of 30 mph, with gusts of 60 mph, whipped flames across tinder-dry scrub. Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Randy Alva said more resources — including strike teams from the U.S. Forest Service — were being called in. “We are bumping up manpower and equipment to Santa Clarita,” Alva said. “The guys are doing everything they can to stop this fire.” Footage aired by one news helicopter showed a dozen horses fleeing the flames after being freed from an arena by their owner. Deputies were going door-to-door in Agua Dulce, warning residents to get out in advance of the encroaching flames. Julio and Pamela Salazar were evacuated from their Agua Dulce home shortly after returning from Los Angeles International Airport, where Pamela had arrived after a trip to Peru. “I haven’t slept,” Pamela said, “and now the fire.” Water-dropping Super Scoopers were diverted from Malibu to northern Los Angeles California but sustained winds of 40-50 mph forced the California Forestry Department to ground the fixed-wing aircraft. That left just two heli-tankers to drop water over the heavily forested land. “In the path of the fire are a couple of hundred homes scattered on private land north of Piru,” said National Forest Service spokeswoman Kathy Peterson. “They are private residences, ranch homes and that kind of thing,” she said. Geoff Giammarco, who rents a home in Sierra Bonita Ranch, said he was eating lunch at Maria Bonita’s Mexican restaurant when he heard about the fire and immediately drove home. “The fire department was already there,” he said. “They turned me around.” He said neighbors had an evacuation plan in place and had already rescued his dog, Darla, a pug-dachsund mix. “I have no idea if my house is there or not,” he said. “The only thing I really wanted were photos — the things you can’t replace.” Fire officials were urging residents to get ready to evacuate and load valuables in their cars, trailer their horses, and get family members prepared. The cause of the fire was still under investigation. Meanwhile, in forest land on the edge of Castaic, flames were churning through heavy, dry brush, toward the small hamlet of Townsend Peak where some 200 homes stand in the path of a fire moving to the west. Flames broke out at 9:42 p.m. Saturday just west of Interstate 5 near Templin Highway and at mid-day took off in 45 to 50 mph winds, said George Geer, spokesman for the Angeles National Forest. “That brush in that area hasn’t burned for more than 40 years,” Geer said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
JOB VACANCY: One of Donegal’s most popular Sandwich bars is seeking to recruit a full-time manager to become part of their dynamic and innovative workforce. The Sandwich Company is one of the most established and highly-reputable eateries in Donegal – and has chain of successful outlets. Management are looking for a full-time manager to begin work in the Sandwich Company shop on Letterkenny Main Street.JOB REQUIREMENTS: Previous management experience in this sector essential.Successful candidate needs to be reliable, hardworking and flexible.Good communication skills and personable demeanour necessary.Attractive remuneration package depending on previous experience.If you’re interested in this exciting opportunity then send your CV now to email@example.comJOB VACANCY: MANAGER WANTED FOR POPULAR DONEGAL SANDWICH BAR was last modified: November 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobsletterkennynewsSANDWICH COMPANYVacancy
TARZANA – Igor Pasternak calls himself a crazy man. The government disagrees. Pasternak is a blimp-maker. He’s spent more than 40 years chasing a dream that’s literally in the clouds, one that’s taken him from the Soviet Union to a nondescript office and warehouse off Oxnard Street. His creations serve as floating billboards and drug interceptors, and he dreams of revolutionizing the world with a heavier-than-air, helium-filled craft nearly three football fields long. As the boy genius of blimps growing up in Ukraine, he dreamed of building crafts that would cruise lightly through the air. His friends and family were not so sure. “They thought that I was crazy – they still do,” said Pasternak, now 42, chief executive officer and owner of Worldwide Aeros Corp. “And maybe I am. This is not a usual business.” But it’s a good one, enough to win him the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Los Angeles district small-business person of the year title. After relocating from Russia in the 1990s, Pasternak has built the company into a 50-employee outfit that records between $10 million and $12 million in revenue each year, which will earn him the award in a ceremony next month. “Mr. Pasternak’s spirit and entrepreneurial drive is just tremendous,” said Alberto G. Alvarado, the SBA’s district director. “He’s a very sophisticated individual with a tremendous academic background. In many ways, he epitomizes the small-business community in this country.” Pasternak started early, dreaming as a kid about the strange, elegant objects he’d read about in books but had never seen. At the age of 11, he built his first working prototype out of shipping film, only to watch it float away, never to return. Not long after, he was attending aerospace conferences and mingling with Soviet scientists, conjuring up ways to create massive, heavy-lift airships to ship goods out of Siberia. He finished his civil engineering training around the time Soviet society began permitting private enterprise, which launched him into the business world. When conditions deteriorated, he took off for the States, eventually ending up near relatives in the San Fernando Valley 10 years ago. In subsequent years, the company produced 30 blimps, which take nearly a year to build and cost several million dollars apiece. From tethered ships to manned craft with sophisticated camera equipment, its products do everything from advertise the German equivalent of the Academy Awards to keep an eye out for Caribbean drug smugglers. While that’s been a nice steady business, Pasternak now has his eyes on something much, much bigger – the Aeroscraft. Nearly 900 feet long, capable of hefting 500 tons of personnel and equipment, with a cruising range of 12,000 nautical miles, the vehicle would be the literal representation of a notion he cooked up back in the ’70s. With its hard, composite skin, nine engines and helium tanks, it would be an entirely unique craft, not plane, nor blimp. If it became reality, Worldwide Aeros says the craft could transport an entire military unit from base to a war zone, pick up goods from a factory in China and plunk them down directly in a retailer’s parking lot, or take well-heeled passengers in slow, cushy style across the Atlantic. As crazy, to borrow Pasternak’s word, as this all sounds, the Department of Defense likes the sound of it. In January, it awarded Worldwide Aeros a multi-million dollar contract to develop a prototype. The company hopes to have the scaled down version, a 213-foot version assembled in its Palmdale facility, within three years. If the company wins the final contract it could lead to billions in revenue and a completely different new way of doing business. It could also make explaining what the company does to make money a little less difficult. “When I meet people and they say what do you do, I say, I sell blimps,” said Edward Pevzner, the company’s business development manager and Pasternak’s first cousin. “They say, yeah, but how do make a living off something like that?” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3738 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Cole was part of England’s so-called ‘Golden Generation’ and was an ever-present in the World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2010 as well as the European Championships in 2004 and 2012.England’s failure to win a tournament with an enviable amount of talent was widely lamented and Cole was unable to put his finger on why they flattered to deceive on the grandest stages. 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ashley Cole has opened up on his acrimonious transfer to Chelsea which led to the left-back becoming a target of abuse by Arsenal supporters.Cole, 38, was an integral part of two Premier League title wins with his boyhood club, but left to join the Gunners’ London rivals in 2006 after a protracted saga. MONEY “Of course it hurt me because I knew it wasn’t just my fault. I didn’t leave for no reason. I didn’t go to Arsene Wenger and say ‘I want to leave’. There was more to it.“It happens in football now, I’ve seen it happen to a lot of other players. It’s life, I moved on, they moved on.“I do feel sometimes a little bit sad because it was my club, I played there since I was nine. To have that ill-feeling from the fans, still, is hard sometimes.” BEST OF no dice RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REPLY 3 3 Jose Mourinho brought Cole to Stamford Bridge – and he turned out to be a fantastic signing Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Arsenal supporters taunted ‘Cashley’ Cole after he left the north London club Cole was the only member of the ‘Golden Generation’ who consistently performed at an elite level Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining REVEALED Cole was dubbed ‘Cashley’ by embittered Arsenal fans, although he enjoyed a silverware-laden spell at Stamford Bridge, winning eight trophies – including the Champions League.During his time with Chelsea Cole also established himself as one of the best defenders of his generation, and he left after eight years for Roma, and then LA Galaxy in MLS.Cole is now back in England with Championship side Derby – managed by former Chelsea and England team-mate Frank Lampard – and, speaking as a guest on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, he reflected on his Arsenal departure.He said: “I was a little bit hot-headed and didn’t realise what I was doing at the time as well but I don’t regret it. When I look back now, it was something maybe that was meant to happen. huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card He added: “I think we were always confident going into tournaments. We had strong players in every position but it just didn’t happen for us. It’s too hard to put a stamp on a reason why we didn’t.“It’s something I’ll definitely look back on and wonder why we didn’t but I think a lot of ex-players and players that were in and around the squad, we couldn’t put our finger on it. Maybe other teams were better than us.”
On this notebook, there was a motto that I hope Disney uses throughout the year in 2017: “See what a little magic can do!”If people in Disney merchandise are listening, I hope to see more of that motto–and even more Sorcerer Mickey merchandise–in the new year!Do you have a favorite of the merchandise shown here? What other items do you think Disney should sell for the new year? Let us know in the comments. Share This!If you’re a fan of Sorcerer Mickey, Disney has you covered for merchandise in the new year. Here’s just a sample of the first merchandise hitting shops (and the Shop DisneyParks app) for 2017.Clothing and BagsMost of the clothing for sale is of the t-shirt variety, but that means you can get your money’s worth wearing it all year. Whether iconically Disney, bold and colorful, or subtle in design, Sorcerer Mickey is everywhere for 2017. Selections for kids, like long-sleeve or sweatshirt designs, are fairly limited, but there still are a few designs to choose from. If you prefer to carry your love for Disney with you instead of wearing it on your with sleeves, there are some backpacks and bags, again capturing that Disney magic theme. Cups and MugsDepending on who you ask, it is impossible to have too many souvenir cups. If that’s your mindset, you can find a small assortment of 2017 coffee mugs, travel mugs, and “toothpick holders”. For the Young (at Heart)Whether you are young or young at heart, there are items for you. Of course there’s a special Duffy for the occasion along with Sorcerer Mickey. There’s also a rather unusual Mickey figure. (My first thought about the green shorts is that the colorblind members of my family wouldn’t notice a difference from “normal” Mickey.) You can also find Minnie ears with a sorcerer-type bow, and even a toy bus. SouvenirsWhen you get down to it, sometimes you just want a “normal” souvenir item to remember your trip. From snowglobes to key chains and magnets to picture frames, here’s some of the items you can bring home to commemorate that 2017 trip.
Shoplifting suspect accused of running over deputy’s foot; hitting carsWhat was first a shoplifting run for Indiana authorities, landed a Henderson woman in trouble for a lot more, including woman including battery on law enforcement. Evansville police responded to a 9-1-1 call at Eastland Mall reporting Marilyn Crosby was shoplifting. A sheriff’s deputy was on the clock nearby. He says he found Cosby’s car driving away from the mall, and pulled her over into a parkling lot. During that interaction, the deputy leaned into her window to take her keys out of the ignition. That’s when the deputy says Cosby put her car into reverse, dragged the deputy several feet, and ran over his foot. Investigators say Cosby also hit two cars, including the deputy’s cruiser. [Source: 14 News]Grocery store employee facing felony theft charges for eating $9,200 of deli hamAn Ohio grocery store employee is facing the possibility of felony theft charges for her daily snacking habit. The unnamed employee worked in Bolivar at the grocery chain Giant Eagle for eight years – during that time authorities say she helped herself to three to five slices of ham every day, totaling $9,200 in lost revenue. Authorities say she would also sometimes eat salami.The Associated Press reports that the store’s loss prevention manager received a tip that the employee had been eating the meat slices for years. The woman is facing potential felony theft charges, however, Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Facebook that “felony charges are unlikely.” “While our office did take a report of the issue as requested by the store, no determination of charges has been made.- Sponsor – The procedure is to send the report to the Prosecutor’s Office and they are the ones to decide. “While my office does not have the authority to make the final decision in this case, I do feel confident that once all of the facts are relayed to the Prosecutor, Felony charges are unlikely,” the statement read before adding that no arrests and “no formal filing of charges” had happened. [Source: Fox News]Bon-Ton plots comeback after tech company buys IPA technology and brand holding company has plans to reboot Bon-Ton following the discount department store chain’s liquidation in bankruptcy this year. A subsidiary of CSC Generation, which owns the online home goods seller DirectBuy and apparel e-tailer Killion, was the winning bidder in a July 31 auction for Bon-Ton’s intellectual property assets, according to court documents. The sale currently awaits court approval. Bon-Ton’s website currently carries banner messages telling visitors, “Bon-Ton is coming back!” Some of the retailer’s subsidiary brands, including Younkers, have similar messages.USA Today reported Thursday that CSC Generation plans to emphasize online shopping experience and that it is in “advanced discussions” with landlords around reopening stores in Colorado, Indiana, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. In stores, the retailer plans to add styling services and extended hours, according to USA Today. Jordan Voloshin, co-president of CSC Generation, told the newspaper, “The new Bon-Ton is a department store tailored to the expectations of the modern customer.” CSC Generation did not immediately respond to Retail Dive’s request for comment. [Source: RetailDIVE][text_ad use_post=’128086′]Robbery suspect in custody after allegedly threatening employee with axeA robbery suspect in Alaska allegedly swung a hatchet at employees Wednesday afternoon as he attempted to exit a store in the Nugget Mall. According to a Juneau Police Department release, a Sportsman’s Warehouse employee approached Pavel Bogatko, 28, outside the store as he attempted to leave the area with a basket of merchandise without paying. When they asked him to return the items, Bogatko allegedly took a hatchet out of the basket and swung it at an employee. No one was hurt, but police say Bogatko then dropped the basket and took off on foot, still carrying the hatchet.Employees called police who responded and pursued the suspect to Ka-See-Ann Drive where a witness said they saw a man jump a fence. Police say Bogatko did not have the hatchet when they found him. Officers later found it in the woods nearby. Sportsman’s Warehouse employees and surveillance footage later confirmed Bogatko’s identity as the suspect, according to JPD. The stolen items totaling $930 were recovered and police placed Bogatko under arrested and charged him with robbery and theft. Online arrest records list him as currently in custody. [Source: KTOO Public Media]Dad admits opening credit cards in daughter’s name, stealing thousands from herA Montana man admitted defrauding friends and family out of tens of thousands of dollars in Yellowstone County District Court on Thursday. Separate charges accusing him of stealing from Stillwater County are still pending. Robert Charles Love, 53, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and five felonies: theft, two counts of deceptive practices and two counts of identity theft. Love used credit cards belonging to his daughter and opened two additional credit cards in her name, charging roughly $13,000 to the new cards, according to prosecutors.Love spent the money on a cruise to Mexico for himself and his girlfriend, tanning bed sessions and court costs related to Love’s DUI case among other purchases, charges state. Love’s daughter learned of the fraud while applying for a college loan. She told police she was denied based on a low credit score but had previously had a high credit score. Love also took $8,810 from the bank account of an acquaintance during the man’s three-month hospital stay and paid it to one of the fraudulent credit cards, according to court filings. Love later used that card to make payments to the same man for a truck Love was buying from him, according to charges. Under a plea deal, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a six-year deferred sentence, restitution and an apology letter to the victims. Sentencing is set for Oct. 18. [Source: Billings Gazette]Hurricane Florence path toward the East Coast triggers states’ price-gouging lawsHurricane Florence is gaining speed in the Atlantic Ocean and expected to become a major hurricane soon. As Hurricane Florence was gaining speed to become a category 4 storm, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday, he also called anti-price-gouging laws into effect. In South Carolina, selling or renting goods or lodging “at an unconscionable price” is subject to civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation (or up to $15,000 per violation if an injunction has been issued) and may be charged as a misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $1,000 and/or 30 days in jail.“With the possibility that Florence could make landfall in South Carolina, our people have already started making preparations,” Attorney General Alan Wilson said. “We can expect normal price increases, but we may see businesses and individuals looking to unfairly take advantage of the situation through price gouging of food, gasoline, lodging, and other commodities as defined by the statute. By our law, that’s a criminal violation and an unfair trade practice.”Virginia and North Carolina have also declared states of emergency, which allows them to call in the National Guard. Virginia’s price gouging law allows for a civil penalty of up to $2,500 per violation (or up to $5,000 if in violation of an injunction), and North Carolina allows for a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per violation. Price gouging amid natural disasters and other emergencies should be reported to state attorneys general. A total of 34 states and the District of Columbia have anti-price-gouging laws on the books. The northern coast of South Carolina and the Outer Banks of North Carolina are likely to be the areas most impacted by the storm, which could cause $15.3 billion in damage, said Chuck Watson, a disaster researcher at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia. [Source: Fortune] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now