Wildfire Update

first_imgWith a severe thunderstorm watch issued for the North Peace, the Prince George Fire Centre is warning back country visitors, to take extra care with campfires this weekend.Crews have responded to five fires since Monday, including the 20 hectare blaze, in the Tommy Lakes area.However, the centre is obviously hoping to keep human started fires to a minimum, fearing the worst from storm related lightning strikes.- Advertisement -The current fire danger rating is high to extreme, throughout the fire centre but, nowhere is it any worse than in the drought stricken Peace.Since the unofficial start of the fire season on April first, crews have responded to 216 fires in the centre and, more than half of them have been human-caused.last_img

Warm January temperatures far from coldest on record

first_imgAs for the warmest January on record, that occurred in 2001, when -2.6 was the mean temperature.Still the airport station posted nine days in January this year with a high temperature above zero, including six in a row during the past week, right in line with the weather bureau’s El Nino winter prediction, which meteorologist Matt MacDonald says is still very much in play. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Today is the 69th anniversary of the fourth day of a five-day cold spell which produced the coldest ever temperature on record at the local airport weather station.In 1947, the low temperature in Fort St. John was posted on Jan. 30 as -47.2 degrees, and beginning the previous day that year, the airport station recorded five consecutive lows of -40 or colder.However, to illustrate just how dramatically the weather can vary in this area: 46 years later in 1993, high temperatures, that were more than 50 degrees warmer than the lows recorded during aforementioned 1947 period, were posted on exactly the same five days.- Advertisement -In addition, ironically, the warmest of those five days in 1993 — with a high of 11.6 degrees — was the coldest one in 1947. Thus, the 46 year Jan. 30 low/high temperature differential, was 58.8 degrees.This year, as we pass through an El Nino-driven anniversary of that period, we’ve finished January far closer to where we were in 1993, than in 1947.Minus the Sunday post, Environment Canada had the mean temperature last month in Fort St. John at -10.5, about two degrees warmer than the local area norm, but about one and half degrees colder than in January last year.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgVodafone customers in The Rosses have branded the company ‘completely useless’ as the on-going issues regarding mobile coverage in the area continues to worsen.Angry customers have said they’re now absolutely fed up with the coverage issues and said they’re tired of receiving the same old rhetoric from customer service staff.The issues for the majority of customers experiencing problems began around December. However, since the turn of the year the situation has increasingly deteriorated so much so that some customers have gone days without having any mobile coverage at all.The broadband and landline connection is described as being very good in the area, but those using Vodafone as their mobile network say the situation isn’t tolerable anymore.We received several e-mails over the last number of days from Donegal Daily readers in the area who have contacted the company via their landline to lodge complaints.They’ve told us that the Vodafone customer service staff tell them the issue will be resolved soon and the engineers are working hard to resolve the problem. One customer was told to put on 2G and that will sort the problem for them and their service will return to normal.“We’re fed up getting the same rhetoric from the customer service team giving us a whole host of excuses as to what the problem is.“It’s pretty clear they haven’t a clue what’s the problem and this has been going on now for four months, they’re completely useless.“We’re getting fed the same lines over and over again, the engineers are working very hard to fix the coverage issues and make improvements to it in the area, but it’s all just waffle.“I was told to turn on my 2G and that would alleviate the problems I’ve encountered, well it didn’t. “Maybe by making the issue public they may be prompted into doing something about it for a change and sort it out once and for all.It’s believed customers from Burtonport, Dungloe, Gweedore, Kincasslagh and Maghery have been affected by the issue.COMPLETELY USELESS – ROSSES VERDICT ON VODAFONE MOBILE COVERAGE was last modified: April 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesMobile CoveragenewsVodafonelast_img read more


first_imgBY MARIE DUFFY: This year marks the 11th edition of the popular Creeslough View magazine.Over the last decade the yearly book has found its way into all corners of the world through its popular mix of nostalgia and more recent news and events from the area and its diaspora from all over the world.The book, which is compiled on a voluntary basis, is jam-packed with news, stories, and photographs, showing how life was in the locality in years gone by. This year’s highlights include stories on American Civil War Medal of Honor winner Private Michael Dougherty who was born in nearby Falcarragh. Aswell as a range of features on local characters including James Pat McFadden from Carnamaddy and Paddy McBride from Feymore who recounts his world travel.The book is in all local shops now.If you would like to find out more about the magazine you can email creesloughview@gmail.comENDS CREESLOUGH ANNUAL VIEW IS A REAL WINNER was last modified: November 29th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:CREESLOUGH VIEWlast_img read more

Datebook 10/17

first_imgTODAY: USC California Policy Institute briefing on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reform initiatives on the Nov. 8 special-election ballot. From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., USC Davidson Conference Center, 3415 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Information, (213) 252-4550. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gillespie Loses At Oracle ITA Masters

first_img Oracle ITA Masters Draw Gillespie fell to St. John’s Robert Livi 6-2, 6-1. MALIBU, Calif. – Drake men’s tennis Vinny Gillespie dropped his semifinal consolation draw match at the Oracle ITA Masters on Saturday. Gillespie and the rest of the Bulldogs return to action on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the ITA Central Regional Championships in Stillwater, Okla. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img

Councillors support Green Ribbon Campaign

first_imgThe elected members of Donegal County Council were keen to highlight their support for the annual green ribbon campaign which takes place every May and is about getting people to talk openly about common mental health problems.The members of the Council wore their green ribbons during Monday’s Council meeting.The Green Ribbon campaign promotes open conversation about mental health and it challenges the associated stigma that sometimes comes with it. Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle is delighted to be supporting this campaign and thanked his colleagues on the Council including Letterkenny MD Mayor Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh for joining him in supporting this campaign.“If this simple act of wearing a green ribbon helps encourage others to speak out, feel less alone and seek support then it is certainly worth it.“Donegal County Council has for many years supported the promotion of positive mental health and of tackling the stigma associated with mental illness and it is great to see the strong support from everyone on the Council to this very important issue” says Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle.Councillors support Green Ribbon Campaign was last modified: May 28th, 2018 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)last_img read more

A Classic 1970s Home Goes from Solar-Heated to Net Zero Energy

first_imgHolladay may be right overall, but Levine’s home is a great example of a solar home that has performed well. It didn’t overheat because he stored heat in the rock beds below and could vent excess heat out the top when necessary. His main problem was humidity that went a bit too high in summer because passive cooling doesn’t deal with the water vapor in the air.Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the cool features, including what he eventually did about the summer humidity:Solar collector for space heating. What you see in the photo above is not all windows dumping massive quantities of sunlight into the living space. Some of them are windows, and some are a special type of solar collector that he designed and patented. Each column of collector glazing has corrugated aluminum behind it, and as the air heats up, it rises naturally. The solar gain on those columns of air can provide up to a 100 degree Fahrenheit rise in temperature.But he’s doing more than just using the stack effect. He designed a system that uses a fan to move the hot air from the top of each column down to rock beds in the basement, where the heat gets stored. When it’s cloudy, he can draw heat out of the rock beds for two weeks. It’s a pretty sophisticated system, and he’s avoided turning the rock beds into a mold factory. One of the photos below shows the original controller for it, which is no longer in use.Composting toilet. The house has had a Clivus Multrum composting toilet since the beginning. Having built and lived in a house with a composting toilet myself, I get it. Many people don’t, however, especially if it means sitting over a big open hole straight to the tank in the basement. But think of all the water he’s saved by never having to flush a toilet in his home for four decades! In the second photo below, you can see the tank in the basement and the access door through which you remove the composted material.Net zero energy. A few years ago, Levine installed photovoltaic modules on the studio adjacent to the house. Because of the cold winter this year, he hasn’t been net zero in his energy balance between consumption and production over the past year, but he was for the two years before that.Other updates. Levine recently installed a heat-pump water heater and a decade or so ago had a ground-source heat pump put in. The latter was mainly to get cooling with dehumidification. He had relied on natural cooling for a long time but finally decided that the humidity issue warranted a mechanical air conditioning system.I didn’t get to spend a lot of time there, but it’s exciting to see that a classic solar-heated house from the 1970s — and one of the earliest ones, at that — has not only survived, but has served its purpose well and evolved gracefully over time.Levine is a new board member for the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS), as am I, so I look forward to working with him. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and ideas, which will help immensely as we take this movement further down the road to more sustainable buildings. The Raven Run Solar HouseThe creek that runs in the ravine near the house is called Raven Run, so the house is called the Raven Run Solar House. Levine designed and built it in 1974-75, one of the earlier solar houses built as a result of the energy crises of the ’70s. Martin Holladay has done a great job covering the history of solar-heated and superinsulated houses in North America. (See Solar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old Debate and The History of Superinsulated Houses in North America.) He contends that superinsulation won because most solar houses overheated on sunny days and froze people out on cold nights. RELATED ARTICLES Fine Homebuilding: A Slice Off the CubeSolar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old DebateThe History of Superinsulated Houses in North AmericaCost-Effective Passive Solar DesignA Pioneer of Low-Energy Homes Since 1973A Passive Solar Home from the 1980sAll About Thermal MassResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatA Contrarian View of Passive Solar Design Part 3 Last week I was in Lexington, Kentucky speaking at the Midwest Residential Energy Conference. It was a great regional conference, and the folks there are making things happen. (I even played nice. With all those Kentucky Wildcat fans there, I held back and didn’t mention in any of my talks that I’m a Florida Gator.) One of the many highlights for me was getting to visit Richard Levine’s 1970s active solar house. It stands out like no other house I’ve seen, and I’ve seen other solar houses.Your first question upon seeing the photo here might be, “Is that really a house?” Yup. He chose the shape to maximize solar gain while minimizing the area of the building enclosure. It’s a cube sliced on the diagonal, which you can see in Part 1 of the video series below. (That part starts at about the 3:30 mark.)center_img Part 2 Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Other resourcesCSC Design Studio page on the Raven Run Residence. CSC Design Studio is Levine’s architecture firm in Kentucky.Richard Levine’s page on WikipediaFour-part video series on Levine and his work by kyGREEN.tv:Part 1 Part 4last_img read more

Laptops, liquor bottles among lost articles most passengers left behind at IGI airport

first_imgLeaving cellphones, sunglasses, keys or power banks behind in a rush to catch a flight is not uncommon at airports but the articles forgotten also include expensive laptop and even liquor bottles. The IGI airport here reported almost 10,000 lost articles last year, and statistics show that electronic items and liquor comprised a major chunk of these items. Luckily, 85% of the items were claimed by their owners. Earlier this year, Brisbane airport in Australia even reported a prosthetic limb among the forgotten items in intriguing discoveries. Dubai airport, among the top three busiest in the world, reported more than 1 lakh lost items in 2017, ranging from mobile phones to luxury watches to large amounts of cash. So how does the IGI airport, the seventh busiest in Asia today and among the top 20 in the world, handle the lost articles. According to Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), the airport operator, a new software has been put in place to make the handover process scientific and user friendly, thus doing away with the age old manual procedure. The software has been developed and designed by DIAL with minimum human intervention and ensures there is no room for paperwork.“Every item gets a unique bar code, which is read by the bar code scanner. This enables accuracy in handling lost property and eases the process. All details of the claimant such as their picture and required documents are captured by the software,” said a DIAL spokesperson.“During last year, almost 10,000 items were reported lost in Delhi airport and 85% of the items were claimed back by the passengers from the lost property section,” the spokesperson informed. Delhi airport remains the busiest in the country today and according to Airports Council International in its latest statement, IGI airport grew by 14.1 per cent year-over-year at 63.45 million, pushing it up from 22nd to the 16th busiest airport in the world. At the newly-refurbished T2 terminal, DIAL has opened a new lost property room where the items are stacked under CCTV surveillance. In March, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), guarding 59 airports in the country, had announced the launch of a ‘lost and found’ app, stating that it had restored items worth Rs.50.05 crore to passenger last year.last_img read more