Smoky weekend in store as forest fires burn

first_imgThe winds are coming in behind a weak cold front of cooler air from the Northwest Territories the Yukon, Pearce said. That will also mean cool temperatures and highs around 22 C, with a peak of 25 C expected on Sunday.So far, no air quality alert has been issued.Calls to the Ministry of Environment were not immediately returned.Provincial wildfire officials are grappling with more than 40 fires in the region, including two new half-hectare fires that sprung up Thursday near Goodlow and Halfway River.Advertisement Of course, the biggest fire of concern is the Petitot River fire, currently burning at around 3,700 hectares northeast of Fort Nelson. Another fire about a hectare is size is currently active near Pink Mountain.There have been nearly 240 forest fires in the Prince George Fire Centre region this year, burning up some 70,800 hectares of land. Strong north winds will keep much of Fort St. John and the surrounding areas under a shroud of smoke this weekend, forecasters say.There are about 40 wildfires currently burning in the Fort Nelson region, and strong and gusting north winds that began overnight have made for smoky skies in town this morning.“That brought a lot of the smoke down from the north,” said Environment Canada forecaster technologist Greg Pearce.- Advertisement -“You’re going to see this smokey pattern continue for some time.”The weather forecast today calls for strong winds gusting up to 50 kilometres an hour from the north and west .Visibility is currently limited to about five miles due to the smoke, said Pearce.Pearce says we may see some reprieve as winds are expected to die down later this afternoon and tonight, however, winds will whip back up again Saturday morning.Advertisementlast_img read more

Evolutionary Biogeography Requires Imagination

first_imgBiogeography – the study of the distribution of species – has been an important part of evolutionary theory, and has often been used as evidence for evolution.  Some recent findings about plants and animals should give scientists caution about trying to divine too much evolutionary history from locations of present-day organisms and fossils.    PhysOrg reported on a study of New Zealand plants that yielded surprises.  The article shares the details, but ends, “this research demonstrates that the presence of ancient fossils from a plant family may not provide evidence regarding the history of modern members of the family, providing a cautionary note to other researchers trying to reconstruct the history of a group of plants.”  A researcher said, “Delving into the details of plant fossils can give you surprises.  The fossil record of pollen could be read to say that this group of plants is a relic from the breakup of Gondwana—but by combining the leaf fossils and evidence from molecular biology, it looks like exactly the opposite is true.”    Animals, also, may not be land-locked.  National Geographic reported that mammals, including lemurs, could have rafted across the Indian Ocean from Africa to Madagascar where they are found today.  The BBC News also reported this shift in thinking away from the land-bridge hypothesis to the rafting hypothesis.  The opposite hypothesis might hold for iguanas on the other side of the world.  Science Daily reported on new ideas that iguanas simply “walked” across land bridges to South Pacific islands where they are found today.Animals and plants evolved where they lived – except when they didn’t.  The use of these auxiliary hypotheses, like rafting and land bridges, indicates that evolutionary biogeography is so flexible it could explain anything.  Therefore it explains nothing, and should not be taken as evidence for Darwin’s theory.  Iguanas walking long distances on bridges?  Lemurs floating on logs out to sea?  One can see the cartoons coming.  One must never think they floated on an ark or something.    A related essay that exposes the fudging evolutionists employ to keep their theory intact was shown by Paul Nelson on Evolution News and Views regarding so-called “ghost lineages” in phylogeny, or, “how evolutionists ensure they will never find a Cambrian rabbit.”  Dr. Nelson (philosopher of biology) will publish a Part II to this instructive essay soon.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tourism Month launched with Stakeholders in Turks and Caicos

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:amy avenant, kenrick neely, KPMG, Portia smith, stakeholders, tourism month Residents can still do more to prevent mosquito breeding Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Nov 2015 – Over half a dozen stakeholders turned out for the launch of National Tourism Environmental Month which this month celebrates the country’s #1 industry; Tourism. For the Ministry of Tourism and its partners, the thrust this year will be on escalating national pride and encouraging domestic tourism. “On this day we officially launch the start of Tourism Month, with the theme, Tourism is Key: it starts with me.”Minister Porsha Smith officially opened the month which will be peppered with activities including a district challenge for best kept settlements; a new hospitality initiative centered on enhancing and highlighting good service led by the Hotel and Tourism Association, “and this year we are launching for the first time a program called ‘Hello Tourist’ that caters to the young children in the school communities where they will have the opportunity to experience or have a day in the life in the average tourist here in Turks and Caicos.”The National Tourism Symposium where the KPMG’s Tourism strategy will be rolled out to the public. Minister Smith: “Because we know in order for our product to stay, number #1 island, number #1 destination we have to make sure that everyone is involved.”Environmental officials were also on hand, Kenrick Neely of the Environmental Health Department underscored the theme for this year, Tourism is Key and it begins with me. “Just remember that it starts with you, not with TCIG, not with the Government but with us, each and every one of us.”While Amy Avenant of the Department of Environment & Maritime Affairs or DEMA said for the TCI tourism and all habitats are inextricably linked. “It is a very encouraging initiative that DEMA endorses and likes to promote. We’ll certainly be actively involved both during the Tourism Symposium and conducting a number of school visits.” TCI: Savory favors investor residency status, heralds KPMG economic report, says Caicos link is economic lifeline Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Suspect hits El Cajon police officer with hammer during pursuit

first_img Posted: August 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Suspect hits El Cajon police officer with hammer during pursuit Updated: 5:03 PMcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter EL CAJON (KUSI) — An El Cajon police officer suffered apparently minor injuries Wednesday when a robbery suspect hit him with a hammer while trying to evade arrest, authorities reported.The assault on the lawman occurred about 11:30 a.m., following an ineffective attempt to subdue the fleeing suspect with an electric stun gun in the area of Van Houten and West Douglas avenues, according to police.The alleged assailant, who allegedly tried to rob an armored car and smashed windows at a fast-food restaurant in the area a short time earlier, was eventually taken into custody with help from a bystander. The arrestee’s name was not immediately available.The officer injured during the fracas was treated for head trauma at a hospital and then released, according to police. August 8, 2018last_img read more

Latest on convention center expansion after initiative rejected by city council

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego City Council Thursday rejected an initiative for the November ballot that would have raised the hotel tax to fund convention center expansion, homelessness services and street repairs.A nearly identical citizens’ initiative appeared headed to voters until Wednesday, when the city clerk’s office reported that a random sampling of the campaign’s more than 114,000 signatures fell short of the required threshold to place the issue on the ballot. A signature-by-signature count will begin but likely won’t finish nearly in time for the Friday ballot deadline.Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who had supported the Yes! for a Better San Diego citizens’ proposal, pivoted Wednesday upon hearing of the failed signature-gathering effort and asked the council to consider approving for the ballot his own similar initiative during its Thursday meeting.Laura Fink, of the Yes! for a Better San Diego campaign, released a statement Thursday afternoon.“Our citizens’ coalition is disappointed that our initiative was not able to qualify for the November 2018 ballot,” Fink said. “We remain optimistic that our measure will qualify for a future ballot, and the will of the 114,000 San Diegans who signed our petition will be heard.“We are proud of the work of our bi-partisan coalition of business and labor, homeless advocates and community leaders to alleviate homelessness, create jobs and repair our neighborhood streets,” Fink said. “We remain committed to these issues that are so critical to San Diego’s future.”The council didn’t actually vote on the initiative Thursday. Before that would have happened, they voted 4-4 on waiving the policy by which the council approves measures for the ballot, which was required to move the proposal forward on such short notice.Councilmembers Barbara Bry, David Alvarez, Georgette Gomez and Myrtle Cole voted against waiving the policy while councilmembers Mark Kersey, Lorie Zapf, Chris Cate and Scott Sherman voted in favor. Councilman Chris Ward wasn’t present for the vote.Cole, the council president, said she voted no “given there has not been time for public review and input.”Approving the initiative likely would have raised its required success threshold from a simple majority to two-thirds voter approval.The proposed initiative would have raised the city’s 12.5 percent hotel tax to 13.75 to 15.75 percent depending on the location of each hotel.The 42-year tax increase was expected to generate $5.9 billion. Latest on convention center expansion after initiative rejected by city council Updated: 10:58 PM Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom, center_img August 10, 2018 Posted: August 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kevin Faulconer, San Diego Convention Center FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Fireballs dazzle two continents in a single night

first_imgA fireball lighting up the east coast of the US. AMS; video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET Late Tuesday into early Wednesday was a big night for combustible cosmic collisions, as multiple meteors flamed out over some of the biggest cities in the United States and Europe.  We might have the Lyrid meteor shower to thank for this show. The northern hemisphere’s annual spring shooting star bonanza officially became active Tuesday night and is known for producing fireballs.  One fireball was spotted in skies from Berlin to Amsterdam to Copenhagen just before midnight local time. Later, as midnight approached on the east coast of the US, another meteor was seen burning up as it crashed into our atmosphere. That fireball was spotted at 10:57 p.m. EDT and could be viewed all the way from New England to the Carolinas. The American Meteor Society received dozens of reports of the European fireball, which is estimated to have flamed out high over Germany, and hundreds of reports of the eastern US meteor that was over Delaware at its brightest moment of disintegration. Fireballs are actually a very common occurrence that might happen thousands of times every day, but the vast majority aren’t very bright, or they’re masked by daylight or happen over the ocean and other unpopulated areas and go unseen by human eyes. For two exceptionally bright fireballs to burn up over major population centers in the same night is more rare. Most fireballs are actually much higher in the sky than they might appear, generally well above 30 miles, which is why the same fireball was seen from a dozen different US states Tuesday evening.  There could be more to come this week. The Lyrid meteor shower is currently building toward its peak, Sunday night, when 10 to 20 shooting stars per hour may be visible, though some may be washed out by a nearly full moon.  Sometimes there can be an outburst of hyperactive meteor activity producing hundreds of visible trails per hour during a shower like the Lyrids. Though no outburst is predicted for this year, there’s always a chance, and this early fireball activity is reason to be optimistic.  Post a comment Sci-Tech Tags 14 Photoscenter_img 2018 Perseid meteor shower sizzles across the sky 0 Space Share your voicelast_img read more

Akala Theresa May and the Conservative Party patronise people

first_img The UK conscious rapper on why his songs never get played on daytime radio, the 2017 general election, and whether he would ever go into politics. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:51Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Akala: Theresa May and the Conservative Party patronise peoplelast_img read more

2 UPDF members detained in Khagrachhari

first_imgThe army detained two suspected members of hill tracts-based political party United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) with firearm – a M4A1 carbine – and bullets from Guimara Upazila in Khagrachhari on Tuesday, reports UNB.The army raided Rainnamachhara area after being tipped-off about plans to create unrest in the hills after the national election.”A Lakshmichhari zone army patrol detained Sumanta Chakma, 20, and Dipankar Chakma, 22,” local police station’s in-charge Abdul Jabbar said.They were handed over to Lakshmichhari police.A foreign-made firearm, a magazine, 53 rounds of bullets, a machete and several mobile phones were recovered from them.”Sumanta and Dipankar are active members of UPDF,” the police officer said. “They were involved with terrorist activities.”The UPDF has rejected claims that the arrestees were its activists.last_img

Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of air strikes

first_imgAn Afghan child receives treatment at a hospital after Monday`s airstrike in Kunduz province, Afghanistan 3 April, 2018. Photo: ReutersAfghanistan on Thursday accused Pakistan of air strikes causing “huge financial damages” in its province of Kunar bordering Pakistan, highlighting long-standing mistrust between the neighbours, even as both seek ways to improve security.The incident came ahead of a visit to Kabul on Friday by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on cooperation to halt militant attacks.Pakistani jets dropped four bombs on Wednesday evening in Kunar’s Dangam district, Afghanistan’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement, without elaborating on the damage or making any mention of casualties.”Afghanistan warns that continuing violations of international norms … will have further consequences on the relations between the two countries,” the ministry added.Pakistan rejected as “baseless” the allegation that it violated Afghan airspace, however.In a statement, its foreign affairs ministry said Pakistan’s security forces were countering militant groups based in Afghanistan that launch attacks across the border.Military officials of the two countries met on Thursday in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, where Pakistan shared details of the operations with Afghanistan, it added. The operations took place on the Pakistani side of the border, Pakistan said.Afghanistan should focus on plugging gaps on its side of the border and refrain from the “blame game”, the ministry said.Afghanistan’s Western-backed government has long accused Pakistan of harbouring Afghan Taliban insurgents, a charge that Islamabad denies.Islamabad, in turn, accuses Afghanistan of not doing enough to eradicate Pakistani Taliban militants, many of whom are based in Afghanistan and mostly carry out attacks inside Pakistan.last_img

Ktaka circular asks women employees not to loiter around

first_imgThe Secretariat of Karnataka Legislature has issued a circular directing women employees not to “unnecessarily” loiter around.The circular has also asked officers and employees to practice discipline at work and warned them of action against gathering in groups, talking loudly on mobile phone and unnecessarily walking in the corridors during office hours in the Assembly.It says “some officials and employees of this Secretariat are still found gathering in groups, talking loudly on mobile phone, and women employees unnecessarily walk in the corridors during office hours. This type of behaviour will not only disturb official functioning but also reflects indiscipline.” Referring to an earlier circular issued in 2011 that warns of action against such activities considering it as “disturbance to official functioning and indiscipline”, the Secretariat on May 21 has issued the fresh circular in this regard. It has also called on the officials and employees to cooperate in official activities by following “self- discipline”.last_img read more