Fort St. John a lightning hot spot in BC, meteorologist says

first_imgThis week is Lightning Safety Week in Canada, and as we prepare to head into another summer outdoor recreation season, Environment Canada warns lightning awareness becomes very important, and that’s particularly true in this area.“Summer is really the peak of lightning activity in canada… and Fort St. John is actually a lightning hotspot in BC second only to Cranbrook,” said meteorologist Matt McDonald.“Fort St. John gets about 800 lightning strikes a year.”- Advertisement -Last year there was more than a dozen strike victims across the country. McDonald says there’s a common misconception that most injuries and fatalities are caused by direct strike.“If a nearby tree or nearby building might get struck by lightning and the electricity travels through the ground and people end up getting struck by ground current or what we call a side flash,” McDonald said.“So the lightning will strike some random object… and the lightning will actually jump from that object to a person nearby.”Advertisement And then there are the questions of protection and injury prevention and/or response.“We recommend that people stay in shelter for a good 20-30 minutes after last lightning strike,” McDonald said.“Indoors is really the safest place you can be. If you can’t get inside, then we recommend assuming the lightning safety position, which is crouching up in a little ball and keeping your two feet together because that will reduce the charge potential through your body.”If you see someone be struck by lightning, McDonald says to call 911 right away. If you are trained in CPR, you want to administer that right away, he says.Advertisement “There’s incredible amounts of electricity of energy in a bolt of lightning and its something not to take lightly,” said McDonald.“If you could capture the amount of energy in a lightning strike you could power a house for an entire month.”last_img read more

Real Madrid ‘obliged’ to keep title race alive in El Clasico

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale (C) has suffered a series of injury problems but returned to play his part in the Club World Cup success with the semi-final winner over Al Jazira © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMadrid, Spain, Dec 23 – Real Madrid are “obliged” to beat Barcelona on Saturday (1200GMT) to maintain any hope of retaining La Liga in an El Clasico clash handed extra intrigue by the political cloud overshadowing “the biggest game in world football”.Barca could face an even more hostile atmosphere than normal in the capital in the wake of regional elections in Catalonia. Three parties favouring independence for the prosperous region from Spain retained an absolute majority in the Catalan parliament on Thursday.On the field, Madrid are the more needy side with the European champions trailing the league leaders by a mammoth 11 points at the top of La Liga albeit with a game in hand.“It will be a massive game,” said Real captain Ramos. “It is the biggest game in the world.“We are obliged to win more than ever for the situation we are in to try to keep ourselves in the fight for La Liga.”For the first time an El Clasico will kick-off at lunchtime as La Liga seeks more attention from Asian viewers with a potential audience of 650 million around the world tuning in to see Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi go head-to-head once more.Barcelona have become ever more reliant on the brilliance of Lionel Messi and the Argentine has responded with 18 goals already this season © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOAnd Ronaldo could be paired with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale for the first time this season.Real’s ‘BBC’ front three haven’t played a single minute of action together, largely due to a series of injury problems for Bale.However, the Welshman returned to play his part in the Club World Cup success with the semi-final winner over Al Jazira.Ronaldo is also “100 percent” fit to play according to coach Zinedine Zidane despite the Portuguese returning to training with the rest of his teammates for the first time this week on Friday.“He is 100 percent, he trained today and that is all that interests me,” said Zidane, who unlike Ramos has tried to play down suggestions Madrid must win to remain in the title race.– ‘Significant advantage’ –Barca boss Ernesto Valverde believes the spectacle on the field will not be affected by the reception the Catalan giants receive.Valverde’s men also visited Madrid in October to face Atletico Madrid without problems amid heightened political tension following violent clashes in a banned independence referendum called by separatists.Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (C) is “100 percent” fit to play in the El Clasico according to coach Zinedine Zidane despite only returning to training with the team for the first time this week © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU“The atmosphere tomorrow will be good, I have no doubt about that,” said Valverde.“We went to play at Atletico Madrid close to October 1 when there was a lot of talk about the reception we would get and I think as a football man it is one of the best atmospheres I have seen. There was a good feeling between the teams, the fans and I expect tomorrow will be the same.”Madrid were the last side to beat Barca and in some style with a 5-1 aggregate thrashing in the Spanish Super Cup back in August.But, since then, the Catalans have bounced back under Valverde’s guidance to go 24 games unbeaten in all competitions.To recover from Neymar’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee, Barca have become ever more reliant on the brilliance of Messi and the Argentine has responded with 18 goals already this season.“It will be important for us to win this game for what it means,” said Messi as he picked up his award for being the top scorer in La Liga last season this week.“A game against Madrid is special, it is at their place and we would take a significant advantage over them if we win.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DONEGAL STUDENT ‘SEES THE LIGHT’ BY SCOOPING INTERNATIONAL AWARD

first_imgJohn Andy Bonner (Head of Development at LYIT,) Deirdre Logue, Charlie Cannon (Principal), Danny McFadden, Niall Foody, John Muldowney(NFTE), Mary Stewart, Paul Hannigan ( President of LYIT)Niall Foody, from Letterkenny will be waving the flag for his county and country in New York City in April.A talented 16 yr old Transition Year student from Errigal College, Niall has created a novel product “Key You In”.The product is a safety illuminator for around door locks which glows in the dark to enable homeowners to locate the keyhole. This is the only available product like this on the market. Niall’s product is a simple idea. Everyone knows what it’s like to get home at night. It’s raining and dark… and you’re carrying shopping bags. You want to get into your house a.s.a.p.!!!Problem… it’s dark and you have real problems finding the keyhole. We all have this annoying experience regularly. This happened Niall so he decided to solve this problem.If he could clearly see the keyhole then he could put the key in the door easily and go into his house. Niall’s idea is to ‘light up’ the keyhole with a luminous sticker. Problem solved.Niall explained his idea to Mr McFadden’s business enterprise class in Errigal College and they helped him to develop and turn it into a business plan. Errigal College’s business department has become extremely successful in the last few years in developing their student’s business ideas and gaining recognition. This kind of guidance is proving hugely beneficial to the business students of Errigal College Niall presented his business plan, ‘Key You In’ to NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) Ireland at Dublin City University on Thursday, 31 January 2013.NFTE was first established in the US by businessman Steve Mariotti who demonstrated that showing young people how to make money through setting up and running their own business could enable them to make a better future for themselves.NFTE is an international non-profit organization and with twenty years experience teaching entrepreneurial skills to you people across the globe.In conjunction with Foroige and NFTE, Niall entered his product “Key You In” into the national competition. As a result, Niall was placed first in the competition and will be representing his school at a gala ball in New York City this spring.Four judges were tasked with the job of selecting the overall Youth Entrepreneur winner from ten regional finalists. Judges on the day included the Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland, a leading auditor with Grant Thornton and other entrepreneurs form successful business organisations. The judges were blown away by Niall’s idea and product and unanimously agreed that Niall Foody was the overall youth entrepreneur winner for 2013.Niall is now preparing to go to New York City to attend an event which will be filled with successful businessmen from Wall Street and many other financial districts around the world. Last year’s event catered for over 1,000 people in the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel overlooking Central Park in Manhattan with Samuel L. Jackson as guest speaker.As well as going to New York, Niall is also travelling to China this summer with Transition Year students and teachers from Errigal College.Mr. McFadden, the business teacher, had introduced Chinese into the Transition Year programme in order to keep the students in touch with the current worldwide economic trends. This trip is organised along with UCD and LYIT. The students of Errigal College will be introduced to the Chinese Culture and the business opportunities that are all originating in China. Niall’s product also scooped the runner up prize in the Junior Dragon’s Den competition. Errigal College has been at the national finals of the AIB Build a Bank competition for the last six year and have come second place out of all the teams in Ireland. Errigal College’s mini-companies have won the ‘Get Up and Go’ mini-company competition.Errigal College’s Acting Principal, Mr Charlie Cannon told us “We are very proud of Niall’s wonderful achievement.” Business teacher Mr Danny McFadden is extremely proud of Niall’s success: “Niall is the latest and most successful entrepreneur to be graduating from our business department.”DONEGAL STUDENT ‘SEES THE LIGHT’ BY SCOOPING INTERNATIONAL AWARD was last modified: February 1st, 2013 by StephenShare 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:errigal collegeletterkennyNIall Foodylast_img read more