VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia, with support from the Federal Government, will be taking steps to ensure that people who live and work in Northern B.C. continue to have access to inter-city bus services.As directed by the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, B.C. Transit is conducting a competitive process to extend northern inter-city bus services through to March 31, 2021.According to the Government, the request for proposal aims to select one or more qualified transportation providers to operate on the four routes currently serviced by B.C. Bus North. The Province says the RFP will remain open on BCBid until August 22, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time.Respondents are asked to state conditions that would lead to the inter-city transportation service to operate without government subsidies.All inquiries from interested parties are to be directed to B.C. Transit as outlined in the RFP.For more information, you can visit the BCBid website.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – NEAT has recently announced the newest addition to their Wildling family of programming called ‘Let’s Go Outside’.Let’s Go Outside is geared towards children 6 years of age and younger and their families and/or caregivers.NEAT shares, Let’s Go Outside is a hands-on exploration of nature, which is led by Wildling Leaders, and will lead parent/caregiver and child(ren) into the heart of the forest to go on scavenger hunts, play games, create nature-themed art and crafts, sing songs and let your imagination soar. Upcoming events are being held on;Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amFriday, July 31st, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amWednesday, July 31st, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amWith more dates throughout AugustParent & Child Wednesdays ($5/Adult) and Childcare Provider Fridays ($10/Childcare Group)At the end of each session, parents, guardians and childcare providers will leave with a pamphlet of activities, crafts, songs and book lists to add to your “toolbox” of ideas that will keep you and your little one(s) busy for days!In order to participate, you must pre-register.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERE
Groups demand renewable energy targets from NDP (Stock photo: Pixabay.com) by audreywhelan Posted Oct 24, 2016 7:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A group of renewable energy companies, industry associations and think-tanks are putting the pressure on the province to take action on its commitment to have renewables supply at least 30 per cent of the province’s electricity by 2030.The groups have signed a letter to Premier Rachel Notley and other members of her cabinet urging the government to make the plan law.It’s their belief that a legislated target will result in more long-term jobs, lower costs for power, and a more stable electricity system with increased competition.The president and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association says de-carbonising and diversifying Alberta’s electricity supply is the right thing to do, especially since renewable energy has never been cheaper.
The Buckeyes celebrate as redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley (8) intercepts the ball during the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast year, Ohio State was tasked with replacing 12 players – including five first-rounders – who were selected in the 2016 NFL draft. Though the Buckeyes won’t have to deal with the large quantity of losses this year, they will once again be forced to identify new starters at seven different positions. Here is how Ohio State will replace its seven 2017 NFL draft picks.Players Lost to NFL: Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (New Orleans Saints, first round) and Gareon Conley (Oakland Raiders, first round)Candidate(s) to replace: Denzel Ward, Damon Arnette, Kendall Sheffield, Shaun Wade and Jeffrey OkudahSituation: Ohio State’s recent track record of sending defensive backs to the NFL is unparalleled. Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, who each had four interceptions in 2016, joined Eli Apple, Vonn Bell, Doran Grant and Bradley Roby, whom were all drafted in the last four years. The loss of Lattimore and Conley will hurt, but Ohio State has been in this position before. Last spring, Lattimore had to fight to win his job, and a season later he developed into a first-round draft pick.Junior Denzel Ward will step into a starting role. Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs, who believes Ward is due for a breakout season, repeatedly said in the spring the Macedonia, Ohio, native played as much as Lattimore and Ward last season. Ward had 23 tackles and nine pass breakups in 2016.An extremely skilled group of cornerbacks will battle to start opposite Ward. Redshirt junior Damon Arnette experienced some struggles last year, but he earned praise for his improvement in the spring. Junior-college transfer and former five-star prospect Kendall Sheffield’s elite physical tools make him a strong candidate to start. Freshmen five-star prospects Shaun Wade and Jeffrey Okudah will be in the mix as they were the No. 1 (Okudah) and No. 2 (Wade) cornerback prospects in the 2017 recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) returns an interception during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5, 2016. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorPlayer Lost to NFL: Safety Malik Hooker (Indianapolis Colts, first round)Candidate(s) to replace: Erick Smith and Jordan FullerSituation: Entering the 2016 season, no one expected former three-star recruit Malik Hooker to become a first-team All-American and first-round NFL draft pick in less than a year. But that’s exactly what the ball-hawking safety did. Hooker snagged seven interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, including one during the Buckeyes’ 30-27 double-overtime win against Michigan.In Hooker’s place, either a veteran (senior Erick Smith) or a young up-and-comer (sophomore Jordan Fuller) with likely start next to senior safety Damon Webb, the only returning starting defensive back.Fuller seems to have the edge on Smith as he played with the first-team defense during the spring game. Last season, the Old Tappan, New Jersey, product played 71 defensive snaps and finished with 11 tackles. Smith, who suffered a torn ACL in November 2015, has played in 33 career games while at Ohio State. Last season, the backup played in all 13 games and picked up 16 tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass break-up. Player Lost to NFL: H-back Curtis Samuel (second round, Carolina Panthers)Candidate(s) to replace: Parris Campbell, Demario McCall and K.J. HillSituation: The loss of the best and, at times last year, only playmaker on the Buckeyes in Curtis Samuel leaves a massive void that must be filled by relatively inexperienced players. In 2016, Samuel led Ohio State with 74 catches for 865 yards and seven touchdowns. On the ground, he gained 771 yards on 97 rushing attempts, an average of 7.9 yards per carry.In 2017, Ohio State is relying on redshirt junior Parris Campbell, sophomore Demario McCall or redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill to shoulder the loss of Samuel and his production. The problem for the Buckeyes is that none of the three have been particularly impactful with the ball in their hands since arriving on campus.Campbell was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list in July since he’s expected to get the first shot as starting H-back. But last year, the speedy Akron St. Vincent St. Mary product reeled in just 13 passes for 121 yards and rushed the ball four times. McCall offers the best running ability of the trio as he took 49 carries for 273 yards as a freshman. Hill caught 18 passes following 262 yards, but he might be needed as an outside receiver.OSU then-redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) quiets opposing fans after an interception in the first half during the Buckeyes game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15, 2016 The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorPlayer Lost to NFL: Middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan (second round, Miami Dolphins)Candidate(s) to replace: Chris WorleySituation: A stalwart in the middle of Ohio State’s defense for the past two seasons, Raekwon McMillan’s loss as a leader and a defensive stopper will be felt. He led the Buckeyes in tackles last season, with 102, and he added seven tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles. McMillan was twice named to the All-Big Ten first team.In his place, redshirt senior Chris Worley will move from strongside outside linebacker to middle linebacker. In 2016, Worley finished with 70 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and four pass break-ups. The vocal linebacker must transition smoothly to quarterbacking the defense as McMillan set a high bar.On the outside, redshirt junior Dante Booker will start at Worley’s former strongside linebacker position. Booker began the 2016 season as the starting weakside linebacker, but injured his knee and sat out the season, using a redshirt. Worley and Booker will be joined on the second level of the defense by junior Jerome Baker, who finished second on the team in tackles (83) and tackles for loss (9.5).Player Lost to NFL: Center Pat Elflein (third round, Minnesota Vikings)Candidate(s) to replace: Billy PriceSituation: Prior to the 2016 season, the Buckeyes decided to move Pat Elflein, who was playing right guard, to center. There, he won the Rimington Trophy – given to the best interior lineman in the nation – and was a first-team All-American. Redshirt senior Billy Price will follow in Elflein’s footsteps by sliding from right guard to center for his final season in scarlet and gray. Price,who was also named a first-team All-American in 2016, is a leading candidate to win the 2017 Rimington Trophy.In his place at right guard, redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon, redshirt junior Demetrius Knox and redshirt sophomore Matthew Burrell will compete during fall camp to start next to Price and junior right tackle Isaiah Prince. Burrell exited the spring seemingly holding a slight lead in the position battle as he started the spring game with the first-team offense.However, the competition is far from over. Pridgeon, who missed last season after a knee injury forced him to redshirt, and Knox, a former top recruit from Texas, will have an opportunity to win the job during fall camp. A fourth option to start at right guard, incoming freshman and five-star recruit Wyatt Davis, seems like an unlikely option, but the top guard in the 2017 recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, shouldn’t be counted out.OSU then-redshirt freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) avoids a tackle during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5, 2016. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorPlayer Lost to NFL: Wide receiver Noah Brown (seventh round, Dallas Cowboys)Candidate(s) to replace: K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor, Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin, Austin Mack, Trevon Grimes and Jaylen HarrisSituation: Though Noah Brown was not the consistent threat as an outside receiver that he was expected to be, he played a key role in a certain game for the Buckeyes’ offense. Notably, Brown gathered four touchdown receptions in Ohio State’s 45-24 win over Oklahoma. He finished the season second on the team with 32 catches for 402 yards and tied with Samuel for team lead with seven touchdowns.A large group of receivers, led by Hill, sophomore Binjimen Victor, redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon and redshirt junior Terry McLaurin, battled in the spring for starting reps.Hill finished with the most receptions (18) of any starting receiver candidate. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Victor is the most physically gifted receiver on Ohio State’s roster, but his route-running is raw and he wasn’t able to break through in a relatively weak receiver group last year. Dixon exploded in the spring game, catching six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns, but he as dealt with numerous knee and leg injuries since arriving in Columbus. McLaurin caught 11 passes for 114 yards last season. Sophomore Austin Mack and freshmen Trevon Grimes and Jaylen Harris could earn some playing time, but their youth hurts their potential to be relied upon in 2017.
The patient had believed she needed to drink a pint of water per hour.Flushing the body with lots of water can take levels of crucial sodium below a safe level.Dr Nohnha said clinicians should phrase their advice more carefully to avoid patients getting the wrong message.“We say quite flippantly that we should drink lots of water, but we don’t qualify that or quantify it,” she said.“We mean don’t get dehydrated. Sometimes people take that to the extreme.”Professor Tom Sanders, of King’s College London, said: “It would be quite wrong to interpret this report as suggesting that doctor’s advice to drink plenty of water when you are ill is wrong.“Patients should be provided with an adequate supply of water by their beds which they should be encouraged to drink or helped to drink.” Telling people to drink lots of water when they are poorly is nothing more than an old wives’ tale, according to a case report in the British Medical Journal.While patients should take care not to become dehydrated, there is “a paucity of evidence” to support drinking more than a normal amount, and over hydrating may even be dangerous.Dr Maryann Nohnha, a specialist in emergency medicine at the Royal London Hospital, described how she treated a woman who developed life-threatening hyponatraemia after falling ill with cystitis. Dr Marynn Nohnha, Royal London Hospital Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A heroic police officer praised for holding on to a van hanging precariously over a motorway bridge says he was “just doing his job”.PC Martin Willis faced a nerve-wracking, 15-minute wait for emergency services to arrive and rescue the trapped motorist on the A1(M) in West Yorkshire early on Friday morning.The traffic officer was first at the scene and grabbed the vehicle to “stop it swaying in the wind” after it skidded off the road in icy conditions.PC Willis tweeted he couldn’t “begin to describe my relief” when West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services (WYFRS) arrived to free the driver.“It was scary as I was worried another collision could occur and hit us on the hard shoulder as traffic was speeding past. I’m only just doing my job though,” he wrote. “It was balancing so I just had to hold it still. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews used ropes to drag the van to safetyCredit:WYFRS / SWNS WYFRS, who used ropes to drag the van to safety, said emergency services “worked incredibly hard together” to rescue the driver, who is recovering in hospital, from the “terrifying ordeal”.PC Willis urged motorists to moderate their speed in snow and icy conditions to avoid such collisions. The driver was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious but not life-threatening injuriesCredit:WYFRS / SWNS Another wrote: “Can’t even begin to think about the devastation had the vehicle gone over. Well done again.”The driver was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious but not life-threatening injuries. His ‘heroic’ actions were praised on social media, with one commenting: “You deserve a medal for that.” PC Willis, known as Motorway Martin, managed to hold on long enough for emergency services to arrive Credit:WYFRS / SWNS “[I] kept thinking what if the van had fallen and landed on traffic travelling underneath … the motorway can be quite an eventful place!”He said the driver was “calm” throughout the ordeal, but said the motorist probably didn’t realise how precarious the situation was due to his obstructed view.“I don’t think he realised his vehicle was hanging over such a high drop. He kept very still and was incredibly brave!” he added.
A council has seized more than 1,300 bins from residents as punishment for falling foul of recycling rules after employing specialist “snoopers” to inspect people’s rubbish.Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire last month hired 12 full-time “advisers” to sift through recycling bins before council collections to ensure waste is segregated correctly. Anyone found contaminating recyclable items with rubbish such as food leftovers, nappies and garden waste has their bin tagged with a yellow warning sticker. Repeat offenders caught breaking the rules again have their green-coloured recycling bins confiscated under a “two strikes and you are out” policy.The council confirmed 1,341 bins belonging to residents in Huddersfield have been seized since the policy was introduced on April 1 and are now impounded in a council-run depot.Residents face a six-month wait before they can have their bins returned. It is not clear if people face a charge for having the bins impounded.Council chiefs said the clampdown was launched to prevent recyclable waste from being destroyed after it became “contaminated” with non-renewable waste. Anyone found contaminating recyclable items with rubbish has their bin tagged with a yellow warning stickerCredit:BBC News Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “We always want to see a substantial programme of awareness-raising and resident engagement before resorting to the withdrawal of services from householders, which guarantees that recyclable waste is going to end up in landfill or incinerated.”Louise Edge, from Greenpeace, added: “If we really want to solve the problem, then we need to make it easier for people to recycle while also abandoning the single-use mentality that’s filling up our bins.” Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy warned confiscating bins should be a last resort, but added it supported action to reduce contamination rates.Tony Swaffen, 32, said he returned home from taking his son to school to find his bin had been removed.He said: “It’s so annoying. They have snooped through the bags in my bin. Someone has come up the driveway and just taken my green bin from the house.”For the next six months I’m going to have to put my green waste in my black bin. How are they winning by doing that? It’s ridiculous.”The council said its scheme had led to a marked improvement in the amount of recycled waste that is rejected. Before the policy, 33 per cent of recyclable rubbish was turned away, which has now dropped to six per cent. A spokesperson said: “It’s important to point out that this is after those residents were educated on recycling and warned a number of times.”Up to a third of those who have lost their bins were not making any attempt to recycle at all and were effectively using their green bin as an additional general waste bin.”Other councils told the Telegraph schemes were in place to warn residents against contaminating recyclable waste, but none said they involved confiscating bins. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. However, residents have argued the scheme is counter-productive as it leaves them without their bins for up to half the year, while others suggested they were powerless to stop passers-by from contaminating their waste. An ‘adviser’ sifting through recycling bins Credit:BBC News
Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 2:43 PM 59 Comments Ireland’s growth would be less in any Brexit scenario Source: Department of Business, Enterprise and InnovationTHE IRISH ECONOMY will grow by 7% less than it would have without Brexit in the worst-case scenario and by 2.8% less in the best-case scenario, according to a new report published by the government.The independent study by Copenhagen Economics examined the impact to Ireland from Brexit under a number of potential outcomes.Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphries said that the study “underlines the importance of a satisfactory transition period and exit deal”.She did, however, stress that this report was based on the government not making a number of policy decisions to try to mitigate the effects.ImpactThe report looked at the impact of Brexit from four different scenarios.The first was an EEA scenario, where a deal is struck between the EU and the UK like the deals between the EU and Norway, and Iceland. This scenario would see largely duty-free trade between Ireland and the EU.Under this scenario, Ireland’s economy will grow by 2.8% less by 2030 than it would have if the UK remained in the EU.In the Customs Union scenario, duty-free trade exists on a number of fronts, but there is a higher risk of regulatory divergence for goods and services. In this scenario, GDP growth is 4.3% less than it would have been without Brexit.In a free trade agreement scenario, the impact is the same as customs posts and border inspections will hit growth.The worst case is a WTO scenario, where it is assumed that trade will be governed by World Trade Organisation rules.The report says: “In this case, the UK and the EU will impose MFN tariffs on each other’s goods where these are not bound by existing plurilateral agreements or arrangements… As in the previous scenarios, the introduction of border inspections add customs costs.”Under this arrangement, the growth of the Irish economy would be 7% less than it would have been without Brexit.This compares to the economic crash of 2008/9 where the Irish economy took a hit of over 8% to its GDP.Taking a hitThe report says that Brexit will “also impact Irish wages negatively for all skill groups”.“In the WTO scenario, our results show that real wages will be 8.7% below the 2030 non-Brexit baseline level for low skilled workers, while the equivalent negative effect for high skilled workers will be 6.5%,” it says.Certain sectors will bear the brunt of the negative effect, with agri-food, pharma-chemicals, electrical machinery, wholesale and retail, and air transport set to account for 90% of the impact of Brexit.The report adds that some domestic policies could be pursued as an opportunity from Brexit, “notwithstanding the fact that the overall impact of Brexit will be negative for Ireland”.Humphreys said: “We are acutely aware that certain sectors are particularly exposed to Brexit. That is why, among other supports, we will be rolling out a new €300m Brexit Loan Scheme in late March, which will be open to all sectors, with at least 40% of low-interest loans being made available to the agri-food sector.”She said a number of government initiatives would attempt to mitigate the effects of Brexit on the Irish economy, as per the recommendations in the report.You can read the report in full here. Read: Theresa May says there is ‘basis for agreement’ to get Stormont ‘up and running very soon’Read: Explainer: Why the “cast iron” guarantee for no hard Brexit border may now be in doubt As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 19,727 Views Share24 Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3849849 Even in the best-case Brexit scenario, the Irish economy will still take a hit – government report The Irish economy could take a hit of up to 7% in its GDP By Sean Murray Feb 13th 2018, 2:43 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend More on Geek.com:‘Pancake Batter’ Sea Creatures Are Thriving Near the Maine CoastOcean Rover Uncovers Rare Shark Nursery Off Irish Coast‘Headless Chicken Monster’ Spotted in Southern Ocean Rocky, who was previously swimming with one front flipper, will need some time to adjust to the new prosthetic flipper and build up tougher skin, while Lola, who’s worn a prosthetic flipper for two years, had an easier time adjusting to her new apparatus and hit the water like lightning. After loosing her front flipper to ocean garbage at a young age, Lola couldn’t swim well until she received prosthetic help.On Facebook, Key West Aquarium said they would provide more updates on Lola and Rocky soon. Until then, you can watch the adorable footage of Lola and Rocky taking a dip with their new prosthetic flippers. Two sea turtles are making headlines after they swam with new prosthetic flippers for the first time.After experiencing body injuries, Rocky (60-years-old) and Lola (17-years-old), were recently fitted with new prosthetic flippers at Key West Aquarium in Florida, according to Key West Aquarium’s Facebook page.The prosthetic flippers were created by Dr. Kevin Carroll, a veteran prosthetist at Hanger Clinic in Orlando, Florida. Both sea turtles are working with the new prosthetic flippers, which will help them swim and slide better in their natural habitat.
SEATTLE — Workers have stopped digging the pit to rescue the stalled boring machine for a tunnel under downtown Seattle.The state Transportation Department says worked stopped Thursday so that archaeologists can check out “shell material” of possible cultural value.A spokeswoman, KaDeena Yerkan, said Friday they don’t know how long the investigation will take. Digging started in the past week on the 80-foot wide pit that will be 120-feet deep. It will allow workers to lift out and repair the cutting head of the boring machine called Bertha.Bertha overheated and came to halt last December about 1,000 feet, or 10 percent of the way, into the planned Highway 99 tunnel.
Smith was hit four times, one of which struck a major vein in his neck.At one point, the officer radios to dispatch, saying, “Please tell my family I love them.”Smith remained conscious as bystanders tried to keep him calm.The man who shot the officer was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being found guilty of attempted murder and possession of a weapon while committing a violent crime.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Injured, the officer scrambles back to his cruiser to call for help. ESTILL, S.C. (WSVN) — A violent attack on a South Carolina police officer last year was caught on a small camera attached to the officer’s glasses, and that footage helped put away a suspect in an attempted murder case.In a video released Thursday, officer Quincy Smith can be seen responding to a 9-1-1 call for an armed robbery at a grocery store. Smith located the suspect shortly after arriving on the scene and confronted the man.The officer gave the man several commands, which went ignored, at which point the officer told the man to take his hands out of his pocket.“Take your hands out of your pocket!” Smith can be heard saying in the footage. “If you don’t stop, I’m gonna tase you. I’m not playing with you. Take your hands out of your pocket.”Then, the man quickly pulls a gun and starts firing at the officer.Warning: the video below may be disturbing for some viewers
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force will need to spend up to $500 million at Eielson Air Force Base over the next five years to prepare the installation to host two squadrons of F-35A Lightning IIs.Eielson will need new hangars, munitions igloos and recreational facilities, along with an upgraded south entrance, following the Air Force’s decision earlier this week to base its first operational overseas F-35As at the installation located 26 miles south of Fairbanks.Officials are planning 46 construction, remodeling and demolition projects between this fall and the scheduled arrival of the first jets in 2020, reported the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.About $37 million in construction is planned for this year, followed by $296 million in projects in 2017, said 354th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Mike Winkler. The next year also figures to be busy, with an estimated $200 million in planned construction, Winkler said.Adding two squadrons of the Air Force’s most advanced fifth-generation fighter aircraft would boost Eielson’s population to 7,751, a gain of 1,563 military and civilian personnel. To accommodate the extra airmen and their families, other installation services may need to be expanded as well.A larger base exchange, for example, may be necessary, Winkler said. He also broached the possibility of opening a craft brewery on the installation.“Regardless of whether it ends up being a brewery or something else, with the additional population here, we’re going to be looking to bring other quality-of-life initiatives down here,” he said.Construction on the first project, a six-bay flight simulator building, is expected to begin in September, according to the story.
Warm weather and early snow melt, are conducive to a mellow break up. That was the message of forecasters during a teleconference Tuesday morning. Alaska River Forecast Center Senior hydrologist Crane Johnson anticipates more of a mush out.Download AudioWhere the Charley River meets the Yukon. (Photo by USGS)“Generally, we’re turning towards a thermal breakup on the Yukon, Kuskokwim and other major interior rivers,” Johnson said. “We can expect that breakup will will earlier than an average at most locations and possibly the earliest on record at some locations.”Warm spring weather allows ice to gradually rot, minimizing the chance of ice jam flooding, a scenario National Weather Service Climate Science and Service manager Rick Thoman says the records back up.”Years where we had significant, moderate or major flooding on the Yukon River definitely has a cool tilt to the April and May temperatures,”said Thoman.Thoman adds that current modeling indicates no sign of Alaska’s warmer than normal trend changing over the next month.”The North American multi-model ensemble has been consistent for months, for the spring in Alaska showing this continuation of the very mild weather we’ve had since Christmas,” Thoman said.Thoman and Johnson both emphasize that lack of snow cover over much of the state has exposed river ice to sun. The only Alaska River given a moderate to high chance of break up flooding is the Sag on the North Slope, where there’s heavy ice buildup, similar to last year, when flooding damaged the Dalton Highway near Deadhorse.
Today, Bungie revealed what’s next for the Guardians that still roam their universe: a return to the Prison of Elders, the three-player endgame activity that was first introduced with the House of Wolves DLC. The prison will be revamped to a more player-friendly style, the Light level cap will be increased, and of course, new gear will rain down from Destiny’s lord and savior, a hopefully more benevolent RNGesus.Since introducing the Eververse Trading Company and shifting the bulk of development to focus on Destiny’s full sequel coming sometime in 2017, Bungie has been keeping players busy — if you could call it that — with smaller live events and the promise of two DLC-sized updates sometime this year. This return to the Prison of Elders will be the first of those two large updates, with a much bigger one (of which Bungie has divulged zero details) promised for later this year.With this reveal, Bungie focused on the PvE events, and how Prison will change for the better. The player Light level will be increased from 320 to 335, as has the difficulty level of and rewards from Court of Oryx, Heroic strikes, the Nightfall strike, the King’s Fall raid, and of course, the Prison of Elders. Prison seems to be the only activity that’s mechanically changing; though Oryx is long dead, the Prison will be updated with disorganized and imprisoned Taken, and will also feature a new level 41 challenge mode that, like the challenge modes from King’s Fall, will reward gear at the 335 Light level cap. Thankfully, this new mode will dispense with the original Prison’s tedious waves trash enemies to instead bounce you from boss to boss. You’ll grab an Elders’ Sigil each week from your favorite Fallen, Variks, and it’ll act like a scorecard for the new Prison. You’ll accrue points and get rewards accordingly when you complete your weekly card.To keep things a bit fresh, Bungie is also giving us a new strike, the Blighted Chalice, which will have you tracking down a Taken prince that escaped the Dreadnaught before you killed its king. A fan-favorite strike from Year One, Winter’s Run, will also see you put a stop to a Taken invasion — it’ll be updated with Taken like the Mars strikes were when the Taken first invaded the galaxy.The new update will release for everyone, for free, on April 12, and Bungie will be holding weekly streams revealing what else the update will contain — from PvP fixes to new gear nodes and stats — until then. For now, this should offer relief to those aching for something new to do in Destiny, and will hopefully tide us all over until news of the even larger update coming later this year starts trickling out.
Even considering my overall high levels of Nintendo fandom, I’m a huge Donkey Kong fan. A gorilla wearing a tie is far and away the most hilarious Nintendo character ever created. And games like Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat are legit masterpieces of platforming inventiveness. I’m very much into that ape.But what I’m not so into is DK’s ostensible nemesis King K. Rool, leader of the crocodile-esque Kremlin Krew. He’s just kind of uninspired. I didn’t mind that the post-Rare DK games haven’t really bothered with him. So while I should’ve been stoked to see K. Rool revealed as the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character (and to be fair his snazzy theme song remix and aggressive four-legged running have made him way cooler than ever before) instead I was just once again confused about his inexplicable fanbase.AdChoices广告Still, more people talking about King K. Rool means more people talking about Donkey Kong in general. And that’s something I can get very excited about. But for me the most incredible piece of DK lore isn’t the Kremlins or Cranky Kong’s status as the original arcade Donkey Kong. It’s the fact that this horrifying Donkey Kong cartoon was ever even allowed to exist.I think it’s easy to forget this now that DK has become a bit of a B-tier Nintendo mascot at best, but the original Donkey Kong Country games from 1994-1996 were a very big deal. They gave the Super Nintendo a second life against the technically superior PlayStation 1. They innovated with advanced computer generated graphics. And they sold a lot of copies! It was peak-Donkey Kong season there for a while.So with that in mind it makes total sense to cash with some of kind of hastily slapped together Donkey Kong cartoon. And that’s exactly what we got with Donkey Kong Country the animated series in 1997. The first thing you’ll notice of course is the CGI visuals so eye-blisteringly bad they almost cross over into a kind of abstract art. It’s really impressive that anyone thought the limited CGI animation technology of the late 90s along with the shoestring budget of a licensed kids cartoon could produce something that anyone could stand to look it. This was only a few years after Toy Story. It’s even more ironic considering how cutting edge graphically the DKC games were with similar tech. By the way, although Nintendo and Rare surely(?) had some kind of input on this, the show was produced by Nelvana and that whole familiar contingent of French-Canadian animation houses that brought you similarly jank-looking (if better written) computer cartoons like Beast Wars and ReBoot.Get over the horrifying visuals though and this show… probably fine? I honestly don’t know because I can’t get past the horrifying visuals. The characters like DK, Diddy, and Dixie all basically look like their nude selves with the biggest exception maybe being Candy Kong’s extremely 90s redesign. I wish K. Rool’s eye was more bloodshot but whatever. And a bunch of gorilla fighting a bunch of crocodiles on a tropical island is a serviceable enough cartoon premise.There’s even this fun conceit where every episode has at least one song. These were the DK raps before the DK Rap. This is really where the show tips over into being ironically mesmerizing. Our social media manager Pete Haas said that “Funky’s movements look like death.”If you saw the Donkey Kong Country cartoon as a kid it’s probably pretty easy to assume it was just some banana-fueled fever dream. Like, I’m pretty sure I have a VHS copy of the “Legend of the Crystal Coconut” movie in my parents house but I always assumed it would crumble to dust if I tried to watch it now. But it’s actually disturbingly easy to watch any of the 40 episodes across two seasons not just on the weirdest corners of the internet but on just, like, basic-ass Amazon video streaming.The story goes that Nintendo had such a bad experience with the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie that it turned them off giving their properties to Hollywood (until the Minions folks came knocking). But I find it more baffling that they don’t seem to see the Donkey Kong Country cartoon as a similar embarrassment, as we continued to get Nintendo cartoons based on Kirby and F-Zero. Miraculously, Tropical Freeze even has a tiny reference to the show’s “Banana Slamma” catchphrase so maybe this was all canon the whole time. But my conspiracy theory is that this is just more proof that Miyamoto never really cared for Donkey Kong or his Country. “The dumb big ape and his fancy tie can rot in hell.”For more on weird forgotten Nintendo stuff check out our favorite Miitomo creations, our taste test with the Mario amiibo cereal, and our tribute to Miiverse. The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Diddy KongThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: King K. Rool Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Darjeeling: Bangladesh would soon be opening a Visa office in Siliguri that will be extending consular activities. After establishing air links with Guwahati, scheduled for mid 2019, Bangladesh has plans to connect Bagdogra by air link as well. These steps will boost people-to-people contact, thereby benefitting both the countries.The Integrated Checkpost at Banglabandha border is a few kilometers away from Siliguri. Addressing media persons in Darjeeling on Tuesday, Syed Muazzem Ali, High Commissioner, Bangladesh High Commission, Delhi, stated that relations between both the countries has reached a new high with efforts from both the countries and the Visa office in Siliguri would boost exchange between the two countries. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”This is the golden era of India-Bangla relations. After 68 years, the enclave issue has been resolved. There are no border disputes between the two countries, whether on land or water. There have been no security problems in the past 9 years” stated the High Commissioner. Stress is being given to improve communication. Before 1965 there were 8 railway links with India. After 1965, services had come to a grinding halt. “Already, 6 of these links have been revived. The remaining two will be revived soon,” stated the High Commissioner. Soon, a railway link will be established between Akhaura in Tripura and Chittagong port in Bangladesh.
Artistic miniatures, also known as “painting in little,” have captivated art admirers and connoisseurs for centuries. The minimal dimensions of each of these artworks are definitely not an obstacle to appreciate the carefully constructed assemblages which often remind viewers of their long-gone childhood days when playing dollhouses could last for hours.These nostalgic reminiscences contribute immensely to the appreciation of miniatures and their continuous creating.Fridas Entry Into Iguala. Photo Courtesy Talwst.Truth be told, who could possibly resist the allure of cute, mini-representations of daily life? Not collectors for sure, since they’ve been prizing these artworks for over a thousand years while museums in different parts of the world have also been gathering and displaying miniature art through drawings, prints, sculptures, etc.Deluge. Photo Courtesy Talwst.Among the numerous artists who create these tiny beauties, is the Canadian-Trinidadian artist Curtis Santiago, also known as Talwst.Started From the Bottom Now We Here pt1. Photo Courtesy TalwstAccording to The Guardian, in 2008 Talwst attracted the curious eye of the press with his unique creations. He used vintage ring boxes and turned them into scenes from popular world history events. Reportedly, this idea hit Talwst when a Parisian street vendor challenged him with an antique ring box.Photo Courtesy Talwst.The vendor asked the artist if he could make something out of it, and Talwst immediately answered. He took a miniature figure and placed it inside the box which was covered with a seascape visual, so it appeared as if the figure was coming out of the sea.Photo Courtesy Talwst.The vendor’s amazement confirmed the successful result of the challenge and, since then, Talwst has been creating dioramas of a multitude of scenes that represented notable pop-culture references as well as an ordinary life event and Talwst’s personal memories. In fact, his first ever diorama (the one with the seascape) was inspired by his own life occurrence.Frolic. Photo Courtesy TalwstIts name is “Wet Dream” and as Talwst explains, it is a “Venus-type scene” of his girlfriend emerging from the water.When asked by The Guardian about his main motive and inspiration to dedicate his artistic strive on miniatures in ring boxes, Talwst explained: “I like to capture memories and fleeting moments. They feel all the more moving because of their fugitive nature. I want the viewer to open the box and feel they have been transported to another world.”After Tom After Kim After Acid. Photo Courtesy Talwst.As reported by My Modern Met, though the scenes inside the jewelry boxes are often inspired by modern-day events, the setting and the diorama as an art form itself gives the miniatures a strong dash of antiquity.Some scenes even merge two separate chronologies, combining, for example, a mini figure of Kim Kardashian taking a selfie, standing inside a Botticelli-like shell associated with his famous The Birth of Venus.Nubian Origin Story According to Artist, 2014. Photo Courtesy Talwst.The artist usually obtains the boxes at flea markets or purchases them online but, occasionally, he receives a few sent by his fans.Talwst’s dazzling creations can be seen on his official website or Instagram account.Photo Courtesy Talwst.Of course, the creation of this type of real-life representation requires the utmost attention to detail and immense quantities of patience. Therefore, many may wonder what is Talwst’s secret to success?Read another story from us: 91-yr-old Street Artist Grandma Has Turned Her Village into a Stunning Art GalleryHere is his answer: “The work’s small-scale allows me the opportunity for a very particular kind of meditation. The overarching theme is related to time and space; to my sense of the vastness and the fragility of the world which I inhabit; and my fleeting memories of this world.”
To hear Facebook tell it, no one at the company is secretly using your phone’s microphone to listen in on your conversations for the purpose of ad targeting. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t open to the possibility. A patent application filed by the Menlo Park-based company details a convoluted process to trigger users’ devices to record the ambient audio surrounding them — be that your conversation or the sounds in your bedroom — and then send some form of data based on that recording back to the company. And yeah, it’s creepy as hell. The application, first reported by Metro, was published on June 14 and lays out how Facebook might remotely turn on your phone’s mic to start recording. Essentially, Facebook would embed high-pitched audio signals in “broadcast content” (think TV ads) that would be inaudible to humans. But whereas our ears wouldn’t be able to discern it, “a client device” such as your phone would be able to hear it.That signal would instruct your phone to record the “ambient audio” surrounding it, and then send an “ambient audio fingerprint” back to Facebook for analysis. “The online system, based on the ambient audio data, identifies the corresponding individual and content item and logs an impression for the content item upon determination that there was an impression of the identified content item by the identified individual,” explains the application abstract.Look at the happy users.Image: united states patent applicationFacebook, when reached for comment, claimed it has no intention of ever actually implementing the technology described in the application. Which, of course, makes one wonder why it bothered to apply for a patent on it in the first place.Thankfully, Facebook VP and Deputy General Counsel Allen Lo is here to clear that up. “It is common practice to file patents to prevent aggression from other companies,” Lo said in a statement to Mashable. “Because of this, patents tend to focus on future-looking technology that is often speculative in nature and could be commercialized by other companies.”Phew! Facebook is just doing this to protect us from other companies that may eventually want to record us through our phones’ microphones. That sounds … believable. But just in case you have any doubts about Facebook’s true motives, Lo is here to insist that the company would totally never use this tech that it’s trying to patent. Never. “The technology in this patent has not been included in any of our products,” he explained, “and never will be.”There, don’t you feel better already? I mean, we can trust Lo — it’s not like Facebook has a history of misleading its users or anything. Basking in that sweet, sweet data.Image: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/gettyBy Jack Morse2018-06-28 02:04:20 UTC