Williams Lake and surrounding area under evacuation order due to wildfires

first_imgWILLIAMS LAKE (NEWS 1130) – Officials are preparing for more evacuation alerts and orders as wildfires in British Columbia risk worsening this weekend.Lightning and strong winds are in the forecast and could fuel the dozens of fires burning across the province, three of which surround Williams Lake.An evacuation order has been issued for Williams Lake and surrounding areas in the Cariboo Regional District.People are being advised to leave their homes immediately due to nearby activity.Highway 97 is being recommended as an evacuation route.The BC Wildfire Service says it’s taken steps to help ground crews fight some of the fires, by burning a safe perimeter around a 2,600-hectare blaze near 150 Mile House.Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says winds could reach 70 kilometres an hour in parts of the southern Interior.“That level of wind certainly has the prospect to really whip up fire behaviour, so of course that is cause for concern given the amount of fire we have through the southern part of the province right now.”Unfavourable conditions mean extra precautions need to be taken to avoid further fires from being sparked, so he’s also urging people to stay out of the back country where possible.More than 16,000 people have had to evacuate their homes because of fires. It’s still too soon to tell when they might be able to return home, but with fires still threatening entire communities, the number of evacuees is expected to rise.Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb says crews are ensuring routes are clear and buses are ready if the city’s 11,000 residents are suddenly forced to leave.“We’re ready for it, we’re expecting that if the wind comes up like indicated, it’s a possibility that we will have to go to the next step but right now we’re just on alert and we’re hoping for the best,” he says.Major wind event expected to cause substantial increase in #BCwildfire activity throughout the Interior. More info: https://t.co/qcUuyMpZKg— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 15, 2017Dave Dixon, who’s managing emergency social services in the Williams Lake region, says more than 200 people have registered in case new evacuation orders force people living there to leave.“We have had some people just checking out things, seeing how things are going. We have some people coming in inquiring, and something sort of unique that we see is when they do come in, they say ‘hey, can we volunteer?’ So that’s really a positive.Officials are also asking the public to stay off four lakes in the Cariboo region, specifically Williams Lake, Watson Lake, Lac La Hache and Horse Lake, so that firefighting aircraft have room to pick up water.On Friday evening, Emergency Info BC issued its first evacuation order since Wednesday.People in the Loon Lake area of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District were ordered to evacuate the area, and an evacuation alert was issued for the Village of Clinton.Village officials warned that residents should prepare for an evacuation order, noting that the fire was headed their way and “poses an imminent threat to people and property.”This morning, an evacuation order was issued for the remote Clisbako area in the Cariboo. Officials have not said how many people are affected.last_img read more

Greyhound bus route on BCs Highway of Tears one of five that

VANCOUVER — Greyhound Canada has applied to regulators in British Columbia to drop five routes, four of them in northern B.C., as the company deals with plunging ridership.Greyhound calls the decision “regrettably unavoidable” but said there has been a 51 per cent drop in riders since 2010, along with higher costs and increased competition from publicly subsidized services.Routes that would be eliminated include a 718-kilometre run along Highway 16, the so-called Highway of Tears, between Prince George and Prince Rupert.After dozens of murders and disappearances of women along that highway, the province, local governments and BC Transit launched a subsidized route in June connecting Burns Lake, Prince George and Smithers, mirroring portions of the Greyhound route.The company has also applied to drop its routes from Prince George to Valemount, Prince George to Dawson Creek, Dawson Creek to Whitehorse and Victoria to Nanaimo.Stuart Kendrick, senior vice-president at Greyhound, said the application was filed with the Passenger Transportation Board earlier this month and the process normally takes about 90 days but could be longer because of the proposal to cut five routes.“We can’t continue to operate these routes at a loss,” he said, adding Greyhound can’t compete with subsidized BC Transit.“We’ve communicated to the provincial government for several years that this is eroding our business. It does create an unfair playing field and when you have subsidized transit they’re able to offer fares that are much lower than ours,” Kendrick said.“Connectivity from northern B.C. into the main corridors is really what the customer needs and right now it’s not a viable option for a private carrier.”Greyhound is continuing its discussions with provincial and federal officials regarding viable options for transportation in rural areas, Kendrick said.Terry Teegee, tribal chief of the Prince George-based Carrier Sekani First Nation, said other private companies also would be unlikely make a profit for the same reasons but rural residents need reliable transportation between communities that are geographically spread out.He said existing subsidized services would have to be expanded or new ones would be needed to take over so people in northern B.C. have options that are readily available elsewhere in the province.“Why aren’t we a priority?” he asked. “There’s no reason why there couldn’t be a transit system up here as well that could (provide) service like in Vancouver, or any other place.”First Nations leaders, mayors and advocates pushed the province for a decade to fund transportation along Highway 16.The B.C. government finally came up with a transportation plan last year, but only after a 2012 report from a missing women inquiry that had commissioner Wally Oppal recommending bus service along the corridor where people often hitchhike to get around.Service is being rolled out separately in various communities and started in January with a 30-minute, six-days-a-week shuttle along a small section of the highway, from Moricetown and Smithers.The Passenger Transportation Board could call public consultations as part of its decision process on Greyhound’s application. read more

Ohio State mens basketball blows out Minnesota 7145

After a closely fought, and tightly officiated, first half, the Ohio State men’s basketball team cruised to a 71-45 victory against Minnesota Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas’ 19-point performance. After dropping three of their last four games, the Buckeyes were able to get back on track against the Gophers. “When you get knocked down, it’s always good to pick yourself back up and regroup, and that’s what we did tonight,” Thomas said. The Gophers stubbornly hung around, though, trailing by only six points with 13:30 left to play in the contest, before OSU surged ahead thanks to a 16-0 run over the next six minutes. Well before that span, though, the game started off with nine fouls in the first 2:29 of the game. But Thomas said the team responded well to the avalanche of early calls. “We didn’t let them get in our head,” he said. “We stayed together and kept our composure as a team and still were aggressive.” All the early calls did provide an opportunity for several players to come off the bench early, including sophomore guard Shannon Scott and freshman guard Amedeo Della Valle. Scott, who ended the game with 11 points, came in after junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. picked up his second foul 2:31 into the game. Despite the early foul trouble, OSU’s defense appeared to have woken up from the sleep they were in at Wisconsin Sunday, when the team gave up 71 points and lost by 22. In addition to limiting the Gophers to just 45 points, OSU held Minnesota to 29 percent shooting from the floor. Minnesota coach Tubby Smith gave a lot of credit to the Buckeyes. “Ohio State really turned up the heat defensively,” he said. The Buckeyes held the Gophers to just 25 percent shooting in the second half. OSU coach Thad Matta, though, deflected some of Smith’s praise. “They went cold,” he said. “They had some good looks at the basket that didn’t go down and we’ve seen that a time or two.” Adding to the Buckeyes’ defensive effort were junior guard Aaron Craft’s three steals in the game. OSU’s offense still seemed to sputter throughout the first half, scoring just 29 points on 38 percent shooting. With two minutes to go in the first half, no OSU player had more than one field goal. That would change. The Buckeyes finished out the first half on an 8-2 run in the final minutes, including a 3-pointer by Craft at the buzzer to take a six point lead into the game’s intermission. That sort of offensive performance carried over into the second half as OSU shot nearly 42 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc. Smith said the Gophers’ struggles from the field and 21 turnovers played a big role in the game’s outcome. “The combination of shooting poorly and turning the ball over, that’s a perfect storm for getting beat,” he said. OSU is set to next play Michigan State Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

What to Watch For in the NBA Finals

For all the talk this season about conference imbalance in the NBA and the inequity of its playoff structure, things seemed to have worked out just fine. Measured by point differential, we’ve ended up with the best teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences in the finals, and fans everywhere get the chance to watch a rarity in pro basketball: an NBA Finals rematch.Who’s going to win? The old adage is that defense wins championships, but this matchup is all about the offenses.The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat have had the two best offenses in these playoffs and, surprisingly, both have been more efficient than they were in the regular season. Their offensive systems are different, but they have the same basic goal: Create good shots. With that in mind, here are some things to watch for:Spurs movementIn April, a study by two members of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective found that, after controlling for time of possession, the Spurs’ offense had more movement and more passing than any other offense in the league, and by a wide margin. Indeed, according to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Statistics, the Spurs’ offense has featured more movement during the playoffs than the other three conference finalists.Movement Per Minute of PossessionPassing and ball movement are not perfect proxies for offensive effectiveness, but in the Spurs’ case, they are symptomatic of an offense that is working well. San Antonio doesn’t have any player as individually brilliant as Miami’s LeBron James to consistently pull good shots out of thin air, so the Spurs rely on their collaborative system. The distance traveled is of particular importance. On average, the five players on the floor for the Spurs cumulatively travel nearly 500 feet farther per minute of possession than the players for the Heat. That’s 500 extra feet of screening, rolling and cutting, searching for seams in the defense and open space on the perimeter.The Heat’s defense plays at a frenetic pace, aggressively trapping pick-and-roll ball-handlers and flying around the perimeter in a series of rotations to cover shooters. It can be devastating when done well, but the Spurs are uniquely suited to turn this aggression against the Heat.Shot selectionWhile a key indicator of the Spurs’ offensive health is the movement and passing they use to create shots, the key for the Heat is simply the location of their shots.The Heat spent most of the past two weeks burying the Pacers with 3-pointers. These outside shots buoy Miami’s offensive efficiency, but the Heat’s 3-point shooting is also a reflection of how easily James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat’s other ball-handlers get into the lane and collapse the opponent’s defense.In his NBA Finals’ preview at Grantland, Zach Lowe pointed out some of the methods the Spurs used to defend the Heat in last year’s playoffs, and how they resulted in a slew of mid-range jump shots. If we look at the breakdown of the Heat’s true shot attempts (which includes field goal attempts and trips to the free-throw line) we can see just how far last year’s pattern was from what the Heat have just done.Miami Heat Shot SelectionFor the Heat, 3-point attempts are tied to their ability to get inside the defense. James, Wade, Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers were able to get into the lane with ease against the Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals, and the result was that nearly 30 percent of Miami’s true shot attempts in that series were 3-pointers (which they made at an obscene 40.8 percent clip).In last year’s finals, however, by walling off the paint and offering up mid-range jump shots to the Heat, the Spurs were able to keep them away from the rim, off the free-throw line and inside the 3-point line. The Heat will surely have some adjustments ready this year, and we should be able to tell a lot about how they are working just by looking at the locations of their shots.LineupsThe offensive systems each team employs to create good shots revolve around lineups. The Heat would prefer to play small, arraying three and sometimes four shooters around James. The Pacers were loathe to change gears and try to match up with them, but the Spurs may be more willing. They have more depth than any of the teams the Heat have played in these playoffs, and San Antonio is much more comfortable using that depth in a variety of arrangements.A big issue in last season’s finals’ matchup was the way the Heat’s small lineups forced the Spurs to separate Tiago Splitter and Tim Duncan. The Spurs used that pairing for about 20 percent of their regular-season minutes, then just over 11 percent in the finals. But Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich has been more aggressive this season about experimenting with different lineups.It is tricky to parse statistics for the Spurs between big and small lineups because of the big and small skill set of Boris Diaw. When he’s playing power forward for the Spurs, the “big” or “small” nature of the lineup depends on the matchups and what he’s being asked to do. But having him on the floor allows the Spurs to have their cake and eat it, too.Back to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Statistics: Diaw was third on the team in touches per game, at 49.2, during the regular season. While Diaw is capable of scoring in a variety of ways, he averaged just 9.1 points per game because his role in the Spurs’ offense often called for him to be a facilitator. He averaged 38.9 passes per game; about 79 percent of his touches involved moving the ball to another player. This usually worked out well for the Spurs, as Diaw is among the best big man passers in the game. His assists created an additional 6.7 points per game for the Spurs during the regular season.In the Spurs’ Game 6 victory to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder, Diaw saw a lot of extra touches by virtue of playing some extra minutes, but it was what he did with those touches that made the difference.The Boris Diaw StoryIn Game 6, Diaw’s touches accumulated nearly 50 percent more points for the Spurs than they did during the regular season or in the series to this point. This increased output from Diaw was needed, with the Spurs struggling to hit 3-pointers and Tony Parker sitting out the second half with an ankle injury.Diaw’s ability to shift between big and small defensive assignments, and scoring and facilitating roles on offense, may allow the Spurs to sidestep a lot of the matchup land mines the Heat have waiting for them.MarginsThese teams are incredibly talented, well-coached and, ultimately, evenly matched. Each has a series of counters available for every obvious advantage the other will try to exploit. That’s why this series will be won at the margins and in the minutiae. Little things — the Spurs forcing the Heat to make one extra defensive rotation, the Heat getting the ball to a 3-point shooter instead of settling for a seemingly open jump shot around the free-throw line, and the tiny in-game matchups that shift the rotations — will be the deciding battles. read more

Four new teams in the ICCs ODI rankings

(ESPNCricinfo) The four latest teams to gain ODI status have been integrated into the ICC team rankings for ODIs, effective June 1, 2018. Scotland and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have slotted into 13th and 14th places respectively, while Netherlands and Nepal will be added after they’ve played four more ODIs (teams need to play a minimum number of ODIs to get a ranking). The addition of these teams did not affect the standings of the 12 Test-playing nations above them on the table.Netherlands secured ODI status by winning the World Cricket League Championship last year, while Scotland, Nepal and UAE earned ODI status by finishing as the leading Associates (along with Netherlands) at the World Cup Qualifier 2018.The introduction of these four teams means that any matches they play against each other or the 12 other ODI teams now count for rating points, which will influence their ranking. The initial rankings for the four new teams are based on games played – under various criteria – since May 2015. For all teams on the rankings, matches played between 1 May, 2015, and 30 April, 2017, will be weighted at 50%, while matches played after 1 May, 2017, will be weighted at 100%.The ICC ODI rankings1 England (125 points)2 India (122)3 South Africa (113)4 New Zealand (112)5 Australia (104)6 Pakistan (102)7 Bangladesh (93)8 Sri Lanka (77)9 West Indies (69)10 Afghanistan (63)11 Zimbabwe (55)12 Ireland (38)13 Scotland (28)14 UAE (18) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNetherlands a step away from redeeming ODI statusOctober 27, 2017In “latest news”ODI status denied to some World Cup Qualifier gamesJanuary 15, 2018In “latest news”Afghanistan earn direct qualification in 2020 T20 World CupJanuary 2, 2019In “latest news” read more

Beware of Yelp 20 of reviews are fake

first_imgIf you never know where to eat or shop, you likely have a Yelp account, or at least the app on your phone. The service is extremely useful, not only providing directions and hours of operations, but prices, and user ratings and reviews. Type “ramen” into the search field, and you instantly know where all the best ramen places are in your area — except it turns out about 20% of those ratings and reviews are totally fake, severely damaging the credibility of the service.Back in 2006, the number of fake reviews spread across the service only made up about 5% of the total user reviews. Now, just seven years later, that number has shot up to 20%. One out of every five Yelp reviews are fake. The report comes out of Harvard Business School, and suggests that if you heavily rely on Yelp’s user reviews to determine the quality of an establishment, you should scale back that reliance.Though you could’ve figured out on your own that online user reviews are sometimes fake, there’s a seedy underbelly of companies that write fake user reviews for pay, which is known as astroturfing. A study published back in 2011 claims that upping a Yelp review by just one star can boost profits around 9%, so artificially padding that average is certainly desirable.We all know that other people’s reviews aren’t the most precise way to figure out if you’ll like something, since a stranger’s taste isn’t necessarily the same as your own. If you really do need to rely on user reviews, though, the best way would be to look out for a few telltale signs. First, glance at a reviewer account’s networking numbers — how many friends it has and how many reviews it has written; the more friends and reviews, the more likely it wasn’t just created to talk up a specific establishment. Second — much like the realty market — if a review is too good to be true, it probably is, so watch out for extremely positive language. Other than that, the rest is up to your intuition. Godspeed on your next life-or-death ramen decision.last_img read more

Bournemouths Mings gets extraordinary 5match ban for stamp on Ibrahimovic

first_img Image: Richard Sellers Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 4:45 PM By Paul Fennessy All you know about the Ireland goalkeeper selected in Man United’s Europa League squad>‘He did really well’ – Andy Boyle hailed after Preston debut> https://the42.ie/3277391 Follow us: the42.ie Short URL Updated at 16.50BOURNEMOUTH DEFENDER TYRONE Mings has been handed a five-match ban for his stamp on Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a Premier League clash last Saturday, with the Cherries subsequently calling the punishment “extraordinary”.Mings claimed the stamp was accidental in a post-match interview, but it hasn’t stopped the FA from increasing the usual three-match ban handed out for violent conduct.Swedish striker, Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, received a three-match ban for elbowing Mings in a separate incident.Reacting to the news, Bournemouth expressed disappointment with the verdict and hinted that they would be challenging the ruling.A statement from the club read: “AFC Bournemouth are extremely disappointed with the FA Regulatory Commission’s decision to find Tyrone Mings guilty of the charges against him and impose a five-game suspension, following Saturday’s incident at Old Trafford involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic.“We will study the detailed reasons of the commission once they become available but find it extraordinary that the charges can be described as ‘proven’ when there is absolutely no evidence to prove the incident was intentional.It is our strongly held belief — backed up by our relationship with the player, and knowledge of his background and character — that it was an accidental collision.“Tyrone twice apologised to Ibrahimovic during the match for the accidental collision and also reiterated that there was no intent straight after the final whistle in a series of television interviews.We fully support our player. Tyrone has an excellent disciplinary record and has not been sent off in 75 matches as a professional. During that time he has only received 13 yellow cards — the last of which came in April 2015. 54 Comments Share7 Tweet Email Ibrahimovic and Mings clashed during Saturday’s match at Old Trafford. “The club will be making no further comment.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Mar 8th 2017, 4:45 PM Bournemouth’s Mings gets ‘extraordinary’ 5-match ban for stamp on Ibrahimovic Ibrahimovic received a three-match ban for elbowing Tyrone Mings in a separate incident. Ibrahimovic and Mings clashed during Saturday’s match at Old Trafford. Image: Richard Sellers 20,402 Views last_img read more

Catalonia is set to vote on independence from Spain

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3435121 20,492 Views Short URL Share588 Tweet Email Friday 9 Jun 2017, 12:08 PM THE LEADER OF Spain’s Catalonia region, where a separatist movement is in full swing, has announced an independence referendum for 1 October in defiance of the Spanish capital Madrid which is firmly against such a vote.Speaking in Barcelona, Carles Puigdemont said the question would be: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?”Catalonia, a wealthy, 7.5-million population region with its own language and customs, has long demanded greater autonomy.Separatist politicians in the northeastern region have tried for years to win approval from Spain’s central government for a vote like Scotland’s 2014 referendum on independence from Britain, which resulted in a “no” vote.And while Catalans are divided on the issue, with 48.5% against independence and 44.3% in favour according to the latest poll by the regional government, close to three-quarters support holding a referendum.But Catalan authorities have repeatedly been thwarted in their attempts to hold such a vote, arguing it goes against the constitution and would threaten the unity of Spain.In 2014, Catalonia held a non-binding vote under then president Artur Mas, in which more than 80% of those who cast a ballot chose independence, although just 2.3 million out of 6.3 million eligible voters took part.But in holding the symbolic referendum, Mas went against Spain’s Constitutional Court, which had outlawed the vote – even if it was non-binding.He was later put on trial and banned from holding office for two years.Puigdemont, though, still wants to go ahead, and he wants his referendum to be binding this time – even though Madrid has pledged to be just as tough this time round.© – AFP, 2017Read: Bomb disposal unit attends scene as police arrest hostage taker in NewcastleRead: Ukip leader Paul Nuttall resigns Jun 9th 2017, 12:08 PM Catalonia is set to vote on independence from Spain A referendum is set to be held on 1 October. 30 Comments By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Inde quand le tigre du Bengale préserve la forêt du déboisement

first_imgInde : quand le tigre du Bengale préserve la forêt du déboisementEn Inde, le tigre du Bengale tente de survivre entre deux mondes. Entre l’un sauvage et l’autre urbanisé et cultivé par l’homme, ce félin contribue par sa simple présence à la préservation de la forêt et de sa biodiversité.Le tigre du Bengale vit de nos jours en Asie, au Népal, au Bangladesh, au Myanmar, au Bhoutan, dans le sud de la Chine et en Inde. Mais sur 40.000 tigres du Bengale recensés en Inde, ils n’en restent aujourd’hui qu’environ 1.500. Le tigre blanc, qui appartient à la même sous-espèce, aurait disparu à l’état sauvage tandis que le tigre de Java avait déjà disparu dans les années 1980. Cause de cette disparition : la chasse. À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airEn effet, la fourrure des tigres est très prisée pour sa valeur marchande en Asie et certains de leurs organes sont réputés pour leurs vertus curatives, comme les os, les dents, le sang et les yeux. Mais l’agriculture et le déboisement massif qui en découle sont également à l’origine de cette disparition progressive. Leurs proies disparaissant, les animaux ne peuvent plus se nourrir à leur faim et leur habitat est de plus en plus grignoté par l’homme et ses activités. Le delta du Gange représente une gigantesque zone humide en Inde et abrite le sanctuaire de Sundarbans, la plus grande mangrove au monde, constituée de petites îles et de marécages. A cet endroit, les tigres sont encore maîtres de leur territoire grâce aux initiatives de l’Etat pour bien séparer et préserver le monde sauvage du monde indien urbain. C’est le seul lieu connu aujourd’hui où le tigre s’attaque encore à l’homme de façon instinctive. Un animal poursuivi par sa légende de tueur Les pêcheurs et paysans en ont donc peur. Ils en viennent même à tuer des centaines de tigres par précaution ou vengeance d’un homme tué, alors que la légende a toujours positionné ce félin comme un mangeur d’homme. “Le tyran brutal ne poursuit qu’un seul but : dépeupler l’univers, pour régner seul au milieu des victimes qu’il égorge”, décrivait au XVIIIe siècle, le naturaliste Georges de Buffon. Une image de tueur reprise notamment avec Shere Khan, le tigre du Bengale du Livre de la Jungle.Pourtant, dans d’autres régions d’Inde, le tigre arrive à cohabiter avec l’homme, allant même jusqu’à rendre visite aux habitants dans leurs maisons et sans attaquer personne. Une habitude qui fait mentir la légende. Selon les spécialistes, le comportement agressif du tigre est une conséquence directe de la chasse au gros dont il a été victime pendant des années. Aujourd’hui, ces redoutables prédateurs et bons chasseurs se montrent donc légitimement méfiants vis-à-vis de l’homme sur leur territoire de Sundarbans. Un comportement qui, finalement lui permet de jouer les gardiens de la mangrove et de sa biodiversité en préservant la région de la déforestation.Le 14 janvier 2012 à 14:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This August is extremely abnormal and fire likes it

first_imgConsider the duff. That’s the layer with moss, fallen spruce needles and decomposing leaves. “August is barely more than half over. It’s already a top-10 wettest month” for Fairbanks, Brettschneider said. “Any month, in any year.” It’s all due to something called a heat dome. A high-pressure mass has been sitting over Southcentral nearly all summer. Storms can’t get in, and Fairbanks is outside the dome. “So (there’s) a lot of discussion in the climate community about tipping points and is this the new normal, and how much of this is a trend … and what it all means,” Brettschneider said. You can also blame Sunday’s fierce wind on the dome, because low pressure areas are diverting around it. Meanwhile, the dome shifted. It had been centered on Anchorage, but Brettschneider said a few days ago it began scooting west, leaving Anchorage closer to the edge. Dry, northerly winds snuck in and whipped the city, shattering another record. Southcentral has had the warmest summer on record “by very wide margins,” Brettschneider said. Anchorage air quality reached unhealthy levels Monday and the city issued a health advisory. “Death Valley, California has had .2 inches of rain this August,” Brettschneider said. “So they’re out-raining us in Death Valley so far this month.” “Every red flag condition you can think of — dry, windy, sunny, low relative humidity, long-term drought. It all added up,” said University of Alaska Fairbanks climate scientist Brian Brettschneider. “It all came together on Sunday.” While warm dry air has added to the fire danger south of the Brooks Range, it’s soggy in the Interior. The high temperatures for Anchorage are predicted to be in the 60s all week, and there’s still no rain in sight. “The wind gusts that we had at Anchorage International Airport on Sunday were the strongest winds ever measured at the airport in any summer month,” Brettschneider said. He has seen a lot of records broken this summer. After so many extremes, a climatologist has to range far afield to illustrate how weird the weather has been. Like the fact that Anchorage has had no measurable rain since July. The McKinley fire as seen from the air Sunday. (Photo by Clay Dillard, via KTNA) Robert Ziel is a fire analyst who works for the Alaska Fire Science Consortium. He said duff in the vicinity of all three fires is registering at the “extreme” end of something called the Duff Moisture Code. “Yesterday’s Duff Moisture Code, instead of being 25 to 30, was 75 to 80, so almost triple,” Ziel said. In other words, very dry. But far more obvious signs also point to an abnormal August. Usually by August, peak fire season has passed. But fire and climate experts say conditions in Southcentral Alaska were nearly perfect for fire this weekend, from the sky to the dry forest floor. Climatologists around the country look to the Arctic as the region on the forefront of climate change, he said, and Alaska’s weird summer has them concerned. “As of today, we just passed over 200 hours in Anchorage of smoky conditions that reduce visibility at the airport, and that far exceeds any other year on record,” he said. Under the dome, Brettschneider said smoke from wildfires has no place to go.last_img read more

China destroys problematic maps showing Arunachal Pradesh as part of India

first_img Dalai Lama visits monastery in disputed Arunachal Pradesh region Wikimedia CommonsChinese customs authorities reportedly destroyed almost 30,000 maps which showed Arunachal Pradesh as a part of India. The maps also showed Taiwan as a separate country.This was done in order to protect China’s “territorial integrity”. Customs authorities in the Qingdao city in Shandong province acted on a tip-off and raided an office where 28,908 maps were kept in 800 boxes. The maps were written in English, made by a company based in Anhui province.China considers Arunachal Pradesh as part of the south Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and claims Taiwan as a self-governing province of China. All official maps in China depict Arunachal Pradesh and Taiwan as part of the country.”A total of 803 boxes of the 28,908 wrong maps were seized and destroyed, the largest amount to be disposed of in recent years,” Chinese news website Dazhongwang Qingdao quoted the Natural Resources Ministry as saying.Global Times, a news agency and the Chinese government’s mouthpiece, said in a report that the maps were going to be exported. The name of the country was not revealed.The report also said, “the problematic maps failed to show the correct territory of China and omitted south Tibet and the island of Taiwan, the Qingdao government found after an examination of the maps.””What China did in the map market was absolutely legitimate and necessary, because sovereignty and territorial integrity are the most important things to a country. Both Taiwan and South Tibet are parts of China’s territory which is sacred and inviolable based on the international law,” Liu Wenzong of the International Law Department of China Foreign Affairs University was quoted as saying by Global Times.He added, “If the wrong maps were circulated inside the country and abroad, it would have caused great harm to China’s territorial integrity in the long run.”After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh in February 2018, China’s Foreign Ministry had said that their position on the boundary is consistent and clear-cut. “The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the East Section of the China-India boundary,” the ministry had said.Many international companies have begun recognising Taiwan as part of China. Air India had started listing Taiwan as Chinese Taipei, while GAP, a clothing company, had to issue an apology to China after they sold t-shirts showing a Chinese map but without Taiwan.In addition to this, the Marriott hotel’s website was blocked after it listed the Tibetan autonomous region, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau as separate countries. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:30Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:25?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 …last_img read more

State Highway 288 Toll Project Gets Closer To Construction

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:59 The State Highway 288 toll lanes will run about ten miles. There will be two tolled lanes in each direction that will take drivers from U.S. 59 to Brazoria County. The project also includes a direct connector to the Med Center. TxDOT’s Varuna Singh says construction should ramp up over the next six months. “We’re utilizing the existing median, very wide, so we don’t expect much impact to the free lanes that are operating today and will continue to operate,” explains Singh. Singh adds one of the first spots they’ll tackle is 288 at the 610 South Loop.  “Construction will begin there and construction will end there, because there’s so much work going on,” says Singh. “Essentially the eight direct connectors we have out there today will be completely replaced.”The project will cost $850 million, and TxDOT says most of that will be paid by Blueridge Transportation Group. That’s the private company that will build the lanes and collect the tolls. Construction should be finished by the middle of 2019. Listen Sharelast_img read more

Opera teases upcoming R2 announcement

first_imgOpera teases upcoming R2 announcement by Martin Brinkmann on April 13, 2018 in Opera – Last Update: April 14, 2018 – 20 commentsOpera Software revealed yesterday that it will make an announcement soon about something the company just calls R2 at the moment.The announcement on the Opera blog reveals little about what R2 could actually be, and the official R2 page on the Opera website does not reveal anything of substance either.Interested users can sign up on the R2 page to be among the first to be invited to the R2 online event.The entire message on the Opera blog reads:Hello,Some of you may have spotted our new web page where you can sign up to be notified about something new coming soon from Opera.Today, we have decided to unveil a tiny bit of the mystery, but just enough to keep you interested. If you sign up here, you will be among the first people to be invited to the R2 online event.We are very excited to share further details with you soon, and we hope you are eager to see what’s coming. We also plan to reveal more about the upcoming event in our social media channels, so make sure to follow us there.Your Opera TeamWhile I’m not a fan of announcements of upcoming announcements, something that I see far to often nowadays, I would like to share two theories about Opera R2.The first, and most likely explanation, is that Opera R2 refers to a second phase of Opera Reborn. Opera revealed Reborn back in February of 2017 when it revealed a new design for the Opera web browser.Opera Reborn was no complete overhaul of the browser but a gradual change to a modern design that did not turn the browser’s interface upside down.Another possible explanation for R2, albeit one that think is not very likely, is that Opera is about to release the successor of the mail client M2. I don’t think it is likely because Opera would have given the project a different codename, probably.Closing WordsWe will soon know what R2 is. My bet is on the second stage of Opera Reborn which would mean that Opera Software will launch a new version of Opera with a modified design soon.Now You: What is your guess?SummaryArticle NameOpera teases upcoming R2 announcementDescriptionOpera Software revealed yesterday that it will make an announcement soon about something the company just calls R2 at the moment.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

How can Artificial Intelligence support your Big Data architecture

first_imgGetting a big data project in place is a tough challenge. But making it deliver results is even harder. That’s where artificial intelligence comes in. By integrating artificial intelligence into your big data architecture, you’ll be able to better manage, and analyze data in a way that provide a substantial impact on your organization. With big data getting even bigger over the next couple of years, AI won’t simply be an optional extra, it will be essential. According to IDC, the accumulated volume of big data will increase from 4.4 zettabytes to roughly 44 zettabytes or 44 trillion GB, by 2020. Only by using Artificial Intelligence will you really be able to properly leverage such huge quantities of data. The International Data Corporation (IDC) also predicted a need for 181,000 people with deep analytical skills, data management, and interpretation skills, this year. AI comes to rescue again. AI can ultimately compensate for the lack of analytical resources today with the power of machine learning that enables automation.  Now that we know why Big data needs AI, let’s have a look at how AI helps big data. But, for that, you first need to understand the big data architecture. While it’s clear that artificial intelligence is an important development in the context of big data, what are the specific ways it can support and augment your big data architecture? It can, in fact, help you across every component in the architecture. That’s good news for anyone working with big data, and good for organizations that depend on it for growth as well. Artificial Intelligence in Big data Architecture In a big data architecture, data is collected from different data sources and then moves forward to other layers. Artificial Intelligence in data sources Using machine learning, this process of structuring data becomes easier, thereby, making it easier for the organizations to store and analyze their data. Now, keep in mind that large amounts of data from various sources can sometimes make data analysis even harder. This is because we now have access to heterogeneous sources of data that add different dimensions and attributes to the data. This further slows down the entire process of collecting data. To make things much quicker and more accurate, it’s important to consider only the most important dimensions. This process is what’s called data dimensionality reduction (DDR). With DDR, it is important to keep note of the fact that the model should always convey the same information without any loss of insight or intelligence. Principal Component Analysis or PCA is another useful machine learning method that’s used for dimensionality reduction. PCA performs feature extraction, meaning it combines all the input variables from the data, then drops the “least important” variables while making sure to retain the most valuable parts of all of the variables. Also, each of the “new” variables after PCA are independent of each other. Artificial Intelligence in data storage Once data is collected from the data source, it then needs to be stored. AI can allow you to automate storage with machine learning. This also makes structuring the data easier. Machine learning models automatically learn to recognize patterns, regularities, and interdependencies from unstructured data and then adapt, dynamically and independently, to new situations. K-means clustering is one of the most popular unsupervised algorithms for data clustering, which is used when there’s large-scale data without any defined categories or groups. The K-means Clustering algorithm performs pre-clustering or classification of data into larger categories. Unstructured data gets stored as binary objects, annotations are stored in NoSQL databases, and raw data is ingested into data lakes. All this data act as input to machine learning models. This approach is great as it automates refining of the large-scale data. So, as the data keeps coming, the machine learning model will keep storing it depending on what category it fits. Artificial Intelligence in data analysis After the data storage layer comes the data analysis part. There are numerous machine learning algorithms that help with effective and quick data analysis in big data architecture. One such algorithm that can really step up the game when it comes to data analysis is Bayes Theorem. Bayes theorem uses stored data to ‘predict’ the future. This makes it a wonderful fit for big data. The more data you feed to a Bayes algorithm, the more accurate its predictive results become. Bayes Theorem determines the probability of an event based on prior knowledge of conditions that might be related to the event. Another machine learning algorithm that great for performing data analysis are decision trees. Decision trees help you reach a particular decision by presenting all possible options and their probability of occurrence. They’re extremely easy to understand and interpret. LASSO (least absolute shrinkage and selection operator) is another algorithm that will help with data analysis. LASSO is a regression analysis method. It is capable of performing both variable selection and regularization which enhances the prediction accuracy and interpretability of the outcome model. The lasso regression analysis can be used to determine which of your predictors are most important. Once the analysis is done, the results are presented to other users or stakeholders. This is where data utilization part comes into play. Data helps to inform decision making at various levels and in different departments within an organization. Artificial intelligence takes big data to the next level Heaps of data gets generated every day by organizations all across the globe. Given such huge amount of data, it can sometimes go beyond the reach of current technologies to get right insights and results out of this data. Artificial intelligence takes the big data process to another level, making it easier to manage and analyze a complex array of data sources. This doesn’t mean that humans will instantly lose their jobs – it simply means we can put machines to work to do things that even the smartest and most hardworking humans would be incapable of. There’s a saying that goes “big data is for machines; small data is for people”, and it couldn’t be any truer. 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Great day on the links for YellowBird with money raised for Turks

first_img Posted by Share Monday, May 27, 2019 TORONTO — The travel industry came out in full force to support The YellowBird Foundation on Friday at the annual YellowBird Charity Golf Classic held at Glen Abbey in Oakville, sponsored by WestJet and WestJet Vacations.The event was to raise funds for a school in the Turks and Caicos, the Ianthe Pratt Primary School, which was one of many schools severely damaged during the 2017 hurricane season. Two years later they are still struggling to rebuild and The YellowBird Foundation and Sandals Foundation are raising money to help rebuild 5 different sections of the school, benefitting 560 children ages 5 – 11.“The weather cooperated and it has been another successful day raising money for a very worthy cause,” says Devin Kinasz, Publisher, Travelweek. “We all love travelling around the world, but very few of the destinations enjoy the standards of living we do in Canada, so it is important to give back and help when we can.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe WestJet and WestJet Vacations team was on hand to lend support including Jane Clementino, Director of Agency Sales, and Tim Croyle, Vice President and General Manager of WestJet Vacations. WestJet’s newly appointed Vice President of Sales, Chuck Crowder, encouraged the golfers to “remember why we are here and that’s to support children and education in the Caribbean.”The golf tournament on Friday was a fun day on the links, followed by a lunch with a silent and live auction.Since its inception in 2005, The YellowBird Foundation has donated nearly $500,000 to educational initiatives in the Caribbean and Latin America, largely from money raised at this annual golf tournament.“It is a fun day, but more importantly we raise money for a great cause and help children get the education they deserve,” says Kinasz. “I hope the projects we support will give children the opportunity to grow and understand there are people in the world who want to see them succeed.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”The YellowBird Foundation and WestJet thank all the participants and look forward to welcoming everyone again next year. Travelweek Group center_img Great day on the links for YellowBird with money raised for Turks & Caicos school Tags: Charity, Glen Abbey, Golf, Travelweek, Turks and Caicos, WestJet, WestJet Vacations, Yellowbird Foundation << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Emirates add second daily direct to Dublin

first_imgEmirates will operate a second daily non-stop service between Dubai and Dublin from September, facilitating more effective onward connections to Australia and New Zealand. “There is a clear traffic flow taking place from Dublin to a number of destinations in our network, therefore boosting connections makes business sense” said Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline. Tourism Ireland has estimated that average passenger traffic growth rates from Asia and the Middle East to Ireland will rise more than 6 percent by 2020, given the additional capacity and connections. The Boeing 777-300ER that will operate the Dubai-Dublin route will add 5,000 seats per week in both directions, complementing the existing Boeing 777 service that commenced in January 2012. The additional services’ flight times have been scheduled to enhance the airline’s forwarding network; enabling shorter journey times into Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane. The new flight also introduces new connections to the Far East, India, East and Southern Africa. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Michael Floyd drops a 4th-down conversion in the Arizona Cardinals’ loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. (Associated Press) Following a timeout, quarterback Carson Palmer hit Michael Floyd in the chest after the receiver ran a quick out, but with Falcons defensive back Jalen Collins perhaps distracting him and in his face, Floyd dropped the catch.After the game, Arians said the Cardinals had to wonder if they were putting players in position beyond their capabilities.“I don’t think catching the ball is one of them,” he added. “Defensively, the same way.”Calais Campbell’s false startArizona thought it had a stop on its own 43-yard line with two minutes gone in the fourth.Trailing 24-13 with the Falcons punting, defensive end Calais Campbell jumped the snap-count and earned an offside penalty on 4th-and-5. It represented yet another defensive breakdown in a key situation.“They definitely have a good scheme, a lot of good guys outside of Julio. Matt Ryan’s playing at an elite level,” former Falcons defensive lineman Corey Peters told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Paul Calvisi. “That’s no excuse. We got to find a way to play better.”And that play set up …Gabriel’s second touchdownTaylor Gabriel on the short stuff today has been killing Arizona’s defense pic.twitter.com/6IULyM45eo— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) November 27, 2016 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 24 What if one drop hadn’t cost the Cardinals this game or the other? What would’ve happened if a missed field goal, a botched snap or a blown coverage hadn’t happened?The answers seem irrelevant when games are continuously comprised of several such errors. In Week 12, Arizona fell to 4-6-1 with another collection of confounding miscues. Here are four that led to the loss in Atlanta.D.J. Swearinger’s dropped pickSafety D.J. Swearinger, who already had a first-half interception that gave Arizona a late field goal before halftime, nearly had his second pick of the game. With 5:31 left in the third quarter and Atlanta leading 17-13, Arizona’s safety converged on Matt Ryan’s second-down pass over the middle.He couldn’t bring it in.“D.J. read the route perfect,” Arians said. “We dropped a big interception right in the second drive (of the second half). D.J. catches that ball 100 times and he drops it (that time).”Two plays later, Ryan scrambled for 11 yards and a first down at Arizona’s 16-yard line, and the Falcons would punch in a touchdown.Speaking of drops …Michael Floyd’s fourth-down dropThe Cardinals trailed 24-13 heading to the fourth quarter and found themselves in no man’s land — too deep for a field goal but in too desperate a spot to punt. At 4th-and-7 at the Falcons’ 40-yard line, Arizona kept the offense on the field.center_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Falcons’ Twitter account trolled the Cleveland Browns when reserve receiver Taylor Gabriel scored his second touchdown of the game off a similar screen pass play to his first.Following Floyd’s drop, the touchdown helped Atlanta seal the game to go ahead 31-13.“They made two good blocks on the perimeter,” Arians said of the play. “We did not get either two back inside like we wanted.” Self-inflicted wounds have haunted the Arizona Cardinals and their Super Bowl hopes all season long.The mistakes that turned close games into big losses will only be considered signs of a below-average team, as long as that trend continues. It was the same theme Sunday in Arizona’s 38-19 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.For as many flubs as there have been this season, it’s already gone beyond playing the what-if game as the playoff hopes slip away from Bruce Arians’ team. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Popular beach held hostage to developer

first_imgA stand-off between Peyia municipality and Leptos developers has left visitors to the popular blue-flagged Coral Bay beach without access to kiosks and forced to use stinking toilets.The two kiosks selling food and drinks on the beach remain closed even though the tourist season has started, and the stench from the toilets, which are open but unable to pump away waste due to a lack of electricity, is overpowering.Lifeguards on duty told the Sunday Mail that they had already received numerous negative comments from tourists on holiday, disappointed and angered that there are no facilities.“The holidaymakers complain that nothing is open. It smells because the toilets don’t work properly. They come to the beach and pay for their beds and umbrellas for the day, but then there are no facilities, nothing at all. This is very bad for tourism, we feel ashamed,” one said.Visitors to the beach are of all nationalities, although most are British. Thousands of tourists visit the 500m long beach every year, as it is regarded as one of the island’s best. It is also an important source of income for the municipality.British tourist Joyce Newcombe, who has holidayed in Protaras before, said that her first visit to Paphos with husband John, has been a huge letdown. She said that international advertising regarding Coral Bay had been misleading. The smell from the toilets was disgusting and there were no facilities open to buy food or drink at all.“We can’t even buy as much as a bottle of water. It’s a huge let down for us and we wouldn’t come here again, it’s nothing like the brochures. We will stick with Protaras next time,” she saidThe lack of facilities is an unfortunate offshoot of a long-standing dispute between Leptos developers and Peyia municipality. Access to Coral Bay beach is currently across a piece of land owned by Leptos which plans to build a number of private villas and other structures on the plot.Leptos also wants to operate both of the kiosk facilities for a five-year term, renewable for a further five years.Peyia councillor Linda Leblanc said that the developer is ‘holding Peyia hostage’ to get something that they want.“We can’t go to tender as we have to provide certain things with that, such as public access and electricity which we can’t. So another way is that the municipality handles it,” said Peyia councillor Linda Leblanc.This is what happened last year. Kiosks were operated by the municipality but on a scaled-back basis, so as not to ‘rock the boat’ with the developer, she said.In addition, the developer is not permitting electricity to run across its land. Power has instead been supplied using electricity generators.However this year, no electricity has been supplied so far as ‘negotiations’ between the two parties are ongoing.Leptos has said publicly that they plan to build a number of private villas and other structures on the plot.But Leblanc said that checks made by the mayor of Peyia Marinos Lambrou confirmed that no official planning application has yet been made to develop the plot.“Nothing has been filed as yet,” she said.Last year Leptos confirmed that the developers are permitted by law to create tourist villas and apartments on the piece of land and that infrastructure would complement the area. The developers said that they want to create tidy, modern and contemporary facilities for beachgoers.Leblanc said that Peyia council was willing to compromise with the developer on the issue of the operation of the kiosks if they could get public access to the beach cleared.Last year the local authority even met with the auditor-general, Odysseas Michaelides, in Nicosia and discussed ways to try and accommodate the developer and the public without violating the law, as Leptos had wanted certain terms which were not possible.Marathon talks between the mayor and the developer were ongoing this week, with the aim of finally resolving the issues, which include the supply of electricity. All previous attempts have broken down.“This is all tied up with access to the beach and the long-standing issue of title deeds for hundreds of properties in the area, which are owned by Harbour Shore estates, a company acquired by Leptos almost twenty years ago,” she said.“Here we are again at the end of April with no kiosks open and toilets not working properly, it’s ridiculous and locals and holidaymakers deserve far better treatment.”A last ditch attempt by the mayor to resolve the issue will see him again meet with Leptos again on Sunday afternoon after Friday’s meeting proved fruitless.George Leptos was unavailable for comment.You May LikeJolly Ray12 Weird and Unusual Ways to Use WD-40Jolly RayUndoSmarter FinancesCalifornia: Big Change For Low Mileage DriversSmarter FinancesUndoTop Womens MagGOT Stars Not On Set But Still Looking AmazingTop Womens MagUndo Films and food at RialtoUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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