Ontario fire crews arrive in FSJ to battle Liard/Smith fire

first_imgPhoto: Firefighters from Ontario arrived at the Fort St. John airport around noon on Friday – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThe province has called in fire crews from Ontario and Alberta, to assist in containing the Liard River Fire.- Advertisement -Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced on Friday that the province is taking advantage of the resource-sharing agreement it has with other provinces, and asking for additional crews.The Liard/Smith fire is estimated at around 200 square kilometers in size. Ontario crews arrived in Fort St. John on Friday, and are expected to help battle to blaze for 14 days.Among the staff are 60 firefighters, two fire behaviour specialists, one fire behaviour specialist apprentice, and one agency representative.These personnel will be deployed to the Smith River fire. Meanwhile, Alberta crews arrived yesterday at the Kamloops Fire Centre and are expected to stay for 14 days.Advertisement The staff includes a seven-person incident management team.last_img read more


first_imgEclipse are taking a tip down nostalgia lane this Christmas by screening one of the most popular festive films ever made It’s A Wonderful Life.The award winning classic is regularly screened during the Christmas period on TV.However, Eclipse Cinemas are giving fans of the film the chance to re-live the cinematic experience by screening it next Monday. The management at Eclipse are always thinking of quirky ideas to draw punters to the cinema and this is anther example of that.So why don’t you get into the Christmas spirit next Monday and enjoy seeing a classic film like It’s A Wonderful Life on the big screen once again.    IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS LIFFORD AND STRABANE was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 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:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

South Africa marks World Malaria Day

first_img26 April 2016Under the global theme “End Malaria for Good”, South Africa joined the world yesterday in commemorating World Malaria Day.The Department of Health noted achievements had been made in reducing malaria incidents in the country and it had successfully realised its malaria targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“South Africa has reversed malaria incidents by 82% of the levels in the year 2000,” the department said.“In this regard, South Africa was presented with the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (Alma) award for achieving the malaria goal of the MDGs at the Alma meeting for heads of state and government of the African Union in January 2016.”Global statsAccording to the World Malaria Report 2015 compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been a major decline in global malaria cases and deaths since 2000; mortality has decreased by 60% with 62 million lives saved.See more positive global stats from WHO:“Between 2000 and 2015, malaria incidence rates (new malaria cases) fell by 37% globally, and by 42% in Africa,” said WHO. “During this same period, malaria mortality rates fell by 60% globally and by 66% in the African region.”It’s #WorldMalariaDay. Despite progress, much more needs to done for the African Region to #EndMalariaForGood pic.twitter.com/bqPXduWaVo— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 25, 2016See the message from the WHO Africa regional director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti:WHO identified South Africa has one of the 21 countries able to eliminate local transmission of the disease by 2020.WHO estimates that 21 countries are in a position to eliminate local transmission of #malaria by 2020 pic.twitter.com/GRUQrIhMTl— WHO (@WHO) April 25, 2016Treatment and progressIn total, 57 countries reduced malaria cases by at least 75% between 2000 and 2015, the report stated. Progress was made possible through the massive expansion of effective tools to prevent and treat malaria, such as indoor residual spraying, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, diagnostic testing and anti-malarial medicines.According to the organisation, two forms of control have proven to be effective: insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS).It said there had been an increase in use of these methods in Africa to increase malaria prevention.Over the last 15 years, there has been a major increase in coverage of ITNs in sub-Saharan Africa. By 2014, more than half (56%) of the population had access to an ITN, compared to less than 2% in 2000.In 2014, 116 million people globally were protected by IRS, including 50 million people in Africa. About 6% of the population at risk of malaria in Africa live in households that are protected by IRS.A #malaria-free Africa is possible. We must accelerate & sustain efforts to #EndMalariaForGood pic.twitter.com/ulgXv2JUB0— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 25, 2016But challenges still remain.13 of the 15 countries accounting for 80% of global #malaria cases in 2015 are in Africa https://t.co/5lg7lFnQkK pic.twitter.com/XVU3YgvN66— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) April 25, 2016WHO’s Global Malaria Programme calls on endemic countries, donors, organisations and communities to work together to eliminate and eradicate malaria, a disease that is preventable, treatable and curable.“With commitment, dedication and support of all governments and partners, the vision for malaria elimination and eradication is possible,” said WHO.In endemic areas, everyone is at risk of contracting malaria, but there are some higher risk groups, including children under five years of age, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, travellers from non-endemic areas and immigrant workers.Signs of malariaSymptoms of the disease can be similar to those of flu, such as severe headaches, fever, joint pains, shivering episodes, nausea and vomiting. More serious symptoms include severe breathing difficulties, low blood sugar, severe anaemia, weakness of the body, convulsions, respiratory distress, jaundice, renal failure, repeated vomiting, shock, hypoglycaemia, black urine, abnormal bleeding and even coma.Malaria in South Africa is seasonal, between September and May, and occurs in certain geographical areas of Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.Together we can #EndMalaria by 2018 #WMD2016 ^eN7 pic.twitter.com/fc3AwTmUoi— Department of Health (@HealthZA) April 25, 2016Source: South African Government News Agency and World Health Organizationlast_img read more

Replant, patience and seed availability

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This spring has been nothing short of frustrating for farmers who planted a large number of acres before heavy rains that caused ponding, drown-outs and crusting on those newly sewn fields. The season has been equally as taxing on seed companies working with their customers to navigate the difficult scenarios of 2017. Daniel Call, General Manager with Seed Consultants, tells Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins that he hasn’t seen a spring like this in some time.Listen to their conversation below.Seed Consultants Daniel Calllast_img read more

Magic Beans Grow Portable Social Networks

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… dana oshiro Tags:#NYT#social networks#Social Web#web#Web Development Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Much like the original premise of Ning, Social Beans simplifies the creation of community websites.  However, since it is a portable format, a Social Beans site is not locked in to a single provider. In addition to the Grou.ps platform, the 0.1 version works with MediaWiki and WordPress. A Drupal plugin is also expected for October 2009. At this point, Social Beans is extremely experimental and while it’s an interesting concept, the group’s fate lies in 2 simple questions: Is it an easy enough template for non-technical users to adopt it? And perhaps more importantly, will developers build engines to run it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos You’ve seen the calls for open identity standards and data portability. Well, Social Beans aims to create standardized “skeleton portability” across social media publishing platforms. What is “skeleton portability”? According to co-founder Emre Sokullu, “Comments, forums, wikis, blogs, rating systems, tagging, sharing and bookmarking are all common social features of today’s networking sites”. Despite the fact that these are all common denominators of the web, developers continue to hack together their own proprietary implementations. Says Sokullu, “Social Beans aims to standardize a syntax around common social features including users, profiles, avatars, roles and news feeds.” For developers, it’s a pact for “development portability” or the agreement to follow the same rules for compilers. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Sun River’s Take on Small and Green

first_imgThe season for industry-sponsored home tours is hardly over, but a lot of tours aimed at fair-weather homebuyers have already concluded.One such tour targeted home shoppers in central North Carolina’s Piedmont region with a lineup of homes touted for their energy efficiency and sustainable construction. The Green Homes Tour, an annual marketing event presented by the Green Home Builders of the Triangle, included 36 entries in six counties that were open to the public April 25 and 26 and May 2 and 3. At least one entry, however, stayed open to visitors through June 14 – the Go Green Cottage, billed as a 1,206-sq.-ft. two-bedroom, one-bath cozy with a tight building envelope.Plenty of foot trafficBecause the stick-built cottage can be constructed and deconstructed relatively quickly – build time is a week, according to general contractor Sun River Builders, which prices the house at $89,900 and up, plus land costs – Sun River was able to install a display version of the home at the Streets at SouthPoint shopping area in Durham and, through a lease extension, leave it in place for 50 days.The display home included upgrades that would bring the price to $100,000, plus land costs; Sun River also offers a larger version of the home, the 1668 GoGreenCottage, for $125,000.Built to Energy Star standards, the Go Green Cottage features 2×6 Tyvek-wrapped exterior walls insulated to R-19 and 2×12 rafters insulated to R-30. It also includes a high-efficiency Energy Star electric heat pump, sealed ductwork, low-VOC paint, and a sealed crawlspace. Options include a tankless hot water heater, spray foam insulation, solar thermal hot water, and a PV system.Overall, the home is designed to be 15% more energy efficient than a comparably sized house built to standard code. The Energy Star rating also qualifies Go Green Cottage owners to a 5% reduction in their Duke Energy or CP&L Retail Energy utility bills.According to one industry-based blog following the Triangle area, the display attracted lots of visitors, and, for the time being, demand for the cottages has compelled Sun River to limit Go Green builds to North Carolina.Anecdotal information does indeed suggest green and small (and inexpensive) are, as presented by some builders and by not-so-big-house advocates such as Sarah Susanka, catching on.Challenges to thinking smallNot that it’s always easy to scale down new construction and extensions. For those who have lived in relatively large homes – properties with, say, 3,000 sq. ft. or more of conditioned space – reckoning with 1,500 to 2,200 sq. ft. can sometimes lead to unexpected exertions when planning their project. In a March 20 post, for example, GBA advisor Carl Seville ruminated on the homes he has built for himself – one bigger than the next – and how his experiences living in big houses informed his approach to the home he is building and expects to live in for a long time.Carl initially considered building a 1 1/2-story house in the 1,600 sq. ft. range. But in an early June post, he was contemplating plans for a two-story home with 2,000 to 2,200 sq. ft. of conditioned space.“Damn, I am behaving just like my old clients right about the time I tell them to just make a decision and go with it,” Carl writes. “Well, I’m not ready to make all those decisions yet, and, lucky for me, I have plenty of things to do before I have to. A friend of mine, sick of listening to me whine about the project, volunteered to be my client for my own house to help me make up my mind. I might have to take him up on that.”last_img read more