Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest Cancel Fire Restrictions

first_imgSubmitted by The Olympic National Park Due to notable widespread rain with resulting decrease in fire danger, Olympic National Park and Forest have lifted all fire restrictions as of September 09, 2015.  The restrictions included a ban on campfires outside of developed areas as well as some campgrounds.  Fire restrictions are typically lifted when a significant amount of precipitation is recorded in local weather stations and the fire danger has decreased dramatically.   Rainfall amounts on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula have reached 11 to 12 inches since the end of August, with amounts up to one to two inches on the northeast side.Fire restrictions were implemented on June 25.  This was unusual for the Olympic Peninsula, but was necessary due to a dry winter and impacts of long-term drought across the Park and Forest.  Additional fire restrictions and area closures were implemented by other land management agencies throughout the Olympic Peninsula.  National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service firefighters responded to over 20 fires within the park and forest this summer, ranging from burns of less than ten acres to the 2,800 acre Paradise Fire.Olympic National Park information: www.nps.gov/olym/Olympic National Forest information:www.fs.usda.gov/detail/olympic/alerts-notices/ State and county area burn bans: www.waburnbans.netAbout the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.  For general information on the Olympic National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/ Facebook57Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Questions Raised About Permanency of ‘Temporary Lights’ on Branch Avenue

first_imgBy John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – A Monmouth County plan to replace one of the bridges on Seven Bridges Road calls for the temporary installation of traffic lights at two Branch Avenue intersections. And that’s a problem for many who live in the immediate area.Monmouth County Engin­eer Joseph Ettore appeared at the Borough Council meeting Monday, May 7, to explain the $2.7 million project, expected to begin in July, and the need for the traffic lights during its six-month duration.While none of the residents disputed the need for the work on Seven Bridges Road, what worries them, many said, was what the new signals would mean for traffic in their neighborhood. They also questioned whether the signals would become permanent.One light will be located at Branch Avenue and White Road and the now blinking light at Branch Avenue and Rumson Road will be operated as a standard traffic signal.Molly Gearty said she and her family purchased their Branch Avenue home in 2008, “because we saw Little Silver as a good place to raise our family.“Now I’m going to be stuck with idling traffic,” Gearty said, noting that auto exhaust has been shown to be a contributor to such maladies as asthma and other conditions.“People move here for their children,” she said, “and I’m not happy with what’s going to happen to mine.”William Heine, Monmouth County public information officer, said last week, that County Bridge S-27 on Seven Bridges Road is an aging timber structure spanning Little Silver Creek, in the vicinity of Little Silver Point Road.Plans call for the old timber structure to be dismantled and a new concrete span to be erected there.The aging, existing bridge is “structurally deficient,” Heine said.“That doesn’t mean it’s going to fall,” he said. “It means it doesn’t meet current design standards.”The new bridge will be wider with 12-foot lanes, 3-foot shoulders and a 6-foot pedestrian walkway on the bridge’s westerly side.A pedestrian span will be available during construction, Heine said.County officials have awarded the $2.7 million project to Lucas Brothers, Inc. Marlboro, which has begun pre-construction work, includ­ing relocating utility poles and equipment.During construction some temporary lane closures are expected for the project, slated to begin following the July 4 holiday.Both signals will initially be blinking lights to allow drivers to become accustomed to them and then they will be switched to the standard red-yellow-green combination.The new lights, Ettore said during the council session, are intended for public safety and better traffic flow on busy Branch Avenue during the construction.The state Department of Transportation Trust Fund will be funding the project, according to Heine and Ettore.“I can live with a temporary light,” said Branch Avenue resident Jon Sisco, who then asked Ettore, “Where do we stand with its permanency?”Tod Sizer, who also lives on Branch, said, “There are two dozen families here today,” who share his concern. “The concern I have is the plans that you have been trying to ram down our throat for 25 years,” that of a multi-lane, lighted intersection.“This is a signal detour route,” Ettore responded, adding that there are no plans at this time to keep the lights past the project completion.The governing body would have a say as to whether the lights should remain when the construction ends. After that, the decision would be with the county Board of Freeholders, as Seven Bridges Road comes under county jurisdiction, Ettore said.Mayor Robert Neff Jr. told the audience the council has not had any discussion about keeping the signals. “We’re not going to try to slip anything passed anybody here. That I can assure you.”“My professional opinion,” Ettore said, is “a traffic signal is needed at Branch and Rumson. That has been my opinion for 20 years,” he said.Police Captain Gary LaBruno said the neighborhood is a high-traffic area and a problematic one for safety concerns. Branch Avenue serves as an alternative to state Highway 35, which runs parallel.“Those two lights were needed 10 years ago,” LaBruno said. “Those two intersections are not safe.”As many as 40,000 vehicles travel Branch Avenue during a given week, he said.LaBruno and Chief Daniel Shaffery stressed the department has not made a determination about whether the lights need to be kept. “We’re data driven,” Shaffery said, “and the data’s not in. No decision has been made.”The project first came up about six years ago with Ettore and other county and local officials conducting public input sessions, according to the engineer. The project was delayed because of state Department of Environ­men­tal Protection considerations that stalled approvals, LaBruno said.“This one seems like it’s been percolating for a while and snuck up on us,” with the recent announcement of a go-ahead, Councilman Daniel J. O’Hern Jr. said.“We understand this is an issue that’s not going to disappear,” Neff said. “And we’ll be looking at it over the next six months.”last_img read more

Erickson scores pair sparking Nelson U14 Selects to bronze medal

first_imgAfter opening the tournament with a 2-1 loss to eventual gold medal winner Wesburn Galaxy, the Selects went to work.Erickson, scoring the lone goal in the loss to Wesburn, and Kieran Dehnel powered Nelson to a 2-1 victory Campbell River Strikers before the Selects clinched a berth in the bronze medal contest with a convincing 5-0 decision over host Vernon United.Edan Soliid, Dylan Gyr, Dehnel with a pair and Erickson scored for the Selects in the dominating performance.Keeper Mason Scott, who was solid between the pipes throughout the four-day tournament, registered the shutout for the Selects.The team is coached by Kurt Dehnel and Eric Soliid and managed by Trevor Rimmer.The team includes, Andreas Rentke, Dylan Gyr, Matteo Mushumanski, Saxon Bowick, Matti Erickson, Kieran Dehnal, Tiger Good, Mark Rimmer, Kyran Kennedym Edan Sollid, Seth Edney, Felix Barron, goalkeeper Mason Scott, Tom Bryson, Pikoi Krempl Tinglin, Adam Kuch and Callum Cutler. Matti Erickson netted a pair of goals to spark the Nelson Selects to a 3-1 victory over South Burnaby United in the bronze medal match at the Les Sinnott Memorial Provincial B Cup Soccer Tournament Sunday in Vernon.The medal was the third of the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup season for the Heritage City association.The Nelson Selects captured the bronze medal in the U16 Boy’s Division, also in Vernon, while the U18 Girls took home its third silver medal in three years Sunday in Surrey.last_img read more

Raiders’ great Charles Woodson is in the house, and he’s got opinions

first_imgNAPA — Charles Woodson, in town for an event at his winery in the area, took in the Raiders joint practice session with the Los Angeles Rams Thursday.The former Raiders and Green Bay Packers great has got some time on his hands this football season.“I wasn’t brought back to ESPN,” Woodson said. “I’m a free agent.”Woodson talked with servicemen who were invited guests to practice, mixed with players afterward and had a conversation with quarterback Derek Carr before stopping to talk with …last_img

Are Humans Still Evolving?

first_imgScience Now asks the question, “are humans still evolving?”  Comparisons of genes and chromosomes between different people groups from Asia, Europe and Africa are challenging the view that there is one human genome.  Some long stretches of DNA are inverted in some groups, and women so affected seem to have more children on average, even though the section isn’t related to fertility.  Oxford statistician Peter Donnelly says of these surprising findings, “This could be the tip of several icebergs.”So “The Human Genome” may be a myth.  Perhaps DNA storage is more dynamic than we expected.  The story does not establish any connection to evolution by natural selection except by assuming evolution and its commonly-accepted time scale.  Notice this non-sequitur: at the end, Donnelly says, “If such inversions are common, then there isn’t just one version of the human genome… this shows natural selection is still acting on us.”  Come again?  We’re here, we have differences, therefore we evolved?  Get a grip, Pete.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Toyota South Africa project to create 800 jobs

first_imgRay Maota CEO of Toyota South Africa, Johan van Zyl,says a development of such magnitudeshows Toyota’s ongoing commitmentto South Africa. The Hilux was South Africa’s best sellingcommercial vehicle in 2010.(Images: Toyota South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Toyota South Africa Head Office+27 11 809 9111RELATED ARTICLES• Toyota SA exports to rocket • World’s first hybrid sports car in SA • South Africa’s first hydrogen bike rolled out • Mercedes-Benz SA tops for qualityToyota South Africa’s multi-million rand investment in a parts distribution warehouse in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, will create about 800 jobs.The R363-million (US$51-million) project, announced on 17 January 2011, is Toyota’s largest investment in Gauteng province to date and follows a five-year R8-billion ($1.1-billion) investment programme in manufacturing facilities in Prospecton, Durban.The news comes a month after Mercedes-Benz South Africa made a R2-billion ($281-million) investment in its East London plant ahead of its manufacture of the next generation C-Class, which will hit global markets in 2014.The Toyota warehouse will be located near the OR Tambo International Airport and span an area of 80 000 square meters. It will be built in two phases, with the first section scheduled to open in 2012 and the second in 2015.The warehouse will house about 110 000 different parts and components to serve Toyota’s local and overseas market.Of the 800 new jobs to be created, 650 will be involved in the management, selection and distribution of parts. About 440 people will be hired to help construct the facility.CEO of Toyota South Africa, Johan van Zyl, said: “The development of a distribution warehouse of this size and scale is one of the clearest signs that we are committed to South Africa and intent on remaining South Africa’s most popular vehicle manufacturer.“In making this a reality, we believe that the government, through the actions of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Automotive Production and Development Programme, has created a stable and predictable environment in which we as manufacturers can make investments such as the one that we are announcing,” added Van Zyl.The project is a partnership between Toyota and Investec Property Limited, the property arm of Investec, a specialist bank and asset manager.David Rosmarin of Investec Property said: “Site selection was critical due to location, size and accessibility. It has been a lengthy process and we believe that the right site has been selected to accommodate Toyota’s current and future warehousing requirements.”South African market leader for 30 years Toyota South Africa was established in 1961. It will celebrate its 50th year as a key player in the local motoring industry in 2011 and its 31st year as the market leader.For the past 30 years Toyota has sold more vehicles than any other car manufacturer in South Africa and currently holds a market share of about 23%. It has sold more than 3-million vehicles since its formation and has an annual production capacity of more than 200 000 vehicles.With sales exceeding expectations last year, Van Zyl said: “We are heartened by the strong performance in 2010, especially during the second half of the year. Although the market widely expected an increase in vehicle sales prior to the 2010 World Cup, we did not expect the market to continue at the same pace after July and in some instances even increase the rate of growth.”According to Van Zyl, Toyota had hoped to grow its sales by 20% from 2009, but it exceeded that and reached 24.7%.Although Toyota had to recall some of its stock due to faulty accelerator cables in 2010, the effects of the recall were not felt.Living up to its slogan, “Lead the way”, Toyota has been able to achieve remarkable results over the last three decades.Specialised bankingInvestec was founded by Larry Nestadt, Errol Grolman and Ian Kanto in 1974 in Johannesburg.Today the financing and asset management company operates from three principal markets, South Africa, the UK and Australia, and employs about 6 000 people.Since acquiring its banking licence in 1980, it has bought up many other small companies, including the London-based Allied Trust Bank Limited in 1992 and Reichmans Limited, a finance trade company, in 1990.The company is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges and sponsors rugby, football, horse racing and tennis in all the countries from which it operates.last_img read more

Rumor: Canon to Announce the Cinema EOS C200 and 6D Mark II

first_imgNow, keep in mind, until we get any actual announcements, these are still just rumors. That said, speculation is always fun. Sound off in the comments with your thoughts on these new rumors. Canon may have a new cinema camera and new DSLR on the horizon.Update: Canon has officially announced the Canon C200. Read about it here.Some exciting updates to our original Camera Rumors of 2017 post. It doesn’t look like we will see the Canon Cinema EOS C100 Mark III this year after all, but rather the all new C200.According to Canon Rumors, a “pretty loaded” C200 that can shoot 4K footage will be announced in the coming months. Based on the upcoming event schedule, we can expect to hear the announcement at Cinegear on or around the first of June.We’re told from one of our retail sources that the next camera body from Canon is going to be the Cinema EOS C200. — Canon RumorsIt’s not yet known if the C200 will replace the C100 Mark II or if it will be an addition to the Cinema EOS line. Knowing how Canon has marketed their past few cameras, I’ll be shocked if the C200 comes out at a reasonable market price. I’m expecting the camera to come in around the $7,000-$9,000 range, even though it should really be around $5,000-$6,000.Our original predictions and rumors suggested the following specs for what we originally assumed would be the C100 Mark III.4K video recording up to 60fps1080p up to 120fpsSuper 35mm CMOS SensorPL + EF MountISO 100-102,400CFast + SD Card SlotsXF-AVC/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264/ProResRAW capture with external recorderNew anamorphic lens announced alongside its release Image via Canon Rumors.In other camera news, we also expect Canon to announce the Canon 6D Mark II around the same June-July timeline with a shipping date somewhere in August of 2017. Based on the recent addition of C-log to the 5D Mark IV, we assume that the 6D Mark II will also be able to shoot in C-log. The 5D Mark IV requires a $99 upgrade fee for C-log, so it’s unknown if that capability will be available for the 6D Mark II at launch.Original Rumored 6D Mark II Specs:4K up to 30fps1080p up to 60fps25 MP sensorDual SD card slotsArticulating screenNew super-telephoto lensTo be announced spring-summer 2017last_img read more

Yeddyurappa to induct six ministers, drops three

first_imgSetting the stage for Wednesday’s expansion and reshuffle of his ministry, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa sacked three ministers on Tuesday, ignoring suicide threat by one of them.In the much-awaited reshuffle, Yeddyurappa would induct six ministers, going ahead with his resolve to restructure the 28-month old BJP Ministry, the first ever in the south.Ministers Goolihatti Shekar (Sports), who has threatened to commit suicide if removed, Shivanagouda Naik (Adult Education) and Aravind Limbavali (Higher Education) were shown the door by Yeddyurappa, who also faced threat of resignations by ministerial aspirants to quit their assembly membership if not accommodated in the cabinet.A day after consulting the party central leadership on the exercise, Yeddyurappa recommended the sacking of the three ministers to Governor H R Bhardwaj, who promptly accepted it.An appeal by Tourism Minister and mining magnate G Janardhana Reddy, who was the rallying point for dissidents last year, not to drop Shekar, Limbavali and Naik met with an outright rejection.Shobha Karandlaje, who fell victim to dissident activity launched by Reddy last year and a close confidant of Yeddyurappa, is all set to return to the ministry tomorrow.Others who will be sworn in on Wednesday are V Somanna, C H Vijayashanakr, A Ramdas, A Narayanaswamy and C C Patil.Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. Photo: PTIYeddyurappa was reportedly furious with Shekar, an independent who supported the BJP at the time of formation of the government in 2008, for issuing the suicide threat.Similar was the fate of Naik, who had threatened to quit his assembly membership if he was dropped.advertisementLimbavali, who initially ignored the directive to resign seeking Reddy’s support for continuance, however, ultimately yielded and sent in his resignation letter, but it was too late as Yeddyurapa had already recommended his sacking.C T Ravi, a strong aspirant for ministerial berth, submitted his resignation to his assembly membership to the Speaker’s office, after his claim was ignored, but it was yet to be accepted. Speaker K G Bopaiah is abroad now.Suspected supporters of Ravi, pelted stones at three buses on the outskirts of Chikmagalur today to vent their anger over denial of ministerial post to their leader.In another development police foiled an attempt by a supporter of Shekar to consume poison in front the residence of Health Minister B Sreeramulu.last_img read more

From the Editor-in-Chief

first_imgTo understand India Today’s Newsmaker of the Year 2017, one has to go back to 2006, when he was 18. Representing Delhi, Virat Kohli played for his team against Karnataka the day after his father’s death and went on to score 90, going directly to the funeral after he was dismissed. Many, including his mother, believe that was a turning point in his life, the day when his father’s dream became his own. Looking at him now, dressed in designer clothes with one of India’s topmost actors by his side as his wife, being feted by the high and mighty of the land, it is hard to imagine his origins, in one of Delhi’s undistinguished middle class neighbourhoods, driven to practice every day by his criminal lawyer father. What transformed him into becoming the only player in the world with an incredible above-50 average in all three formats of the game; captain of India with his nominees installed as coach and support staff; the most powerful cricketer in the world’s richest cricketing nation and the man most likely to overtake Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records?And that’s just in cricket. His influence extends far beyond. His fitness regimen has revolutionised the team’s physical strength and prompted Virat to make it a national mission. His carefully chosen endorsements have ensured that he is one of India’s most saleable celebrities with a brand value of $144 million (Rs 936 crore). And his confidence on the field has given encouragement to many who still regard cricket as a white man’s game. His 2,818 international runs in 2017 are the third highest ever in history; he has nine back-to-back series wins as captain; and six 200-plus scores in the past 17 months, special by even his own super-achiever standards.But that is not the only reason india today picked him as newsmaker in a year crowded with potential candidates. The year 2017 is when India grappled with the aftermath of demonetisation, the incomprehensible Goods and Services Tax, and interminable state elections. With his winning streak, Virat lifted the mood of the nation in a difficult year. Above all, he epitomises the wishful meritocracy of a New India, where everyone who works hard can flourish regardless of their history, geography and sociology; where the country can take on the most powerful in the world with equal aggression; and where young people have the freedom to love whomsoever, wherever and however they wish. India Today TV Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar who has tracked Virat’s career closely says he looks fully immersed in the moment, at peace with himself, in his gym, at training, in marriage and between those 22 yards. In his assessment of Virat, he writes: “Virat is fashioning a young Indian side in the same mould of utter self-belief, and it’s seems to be paying off. So far.”Choosing Virat wasn’t easy. As you’ll see from the list of runners-up, there was tough competition. The Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo that won critical state elections in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, capping the year with the principal opposition party, Congress, in power in a mere five states. Rahul Gandhi, who finally became Congress president, after 13 years in politics, and many false starts. S.S. Rajamouli, who directed the blockbuster Baahubali 2, very much a made-in-India epic. And the badminton stars whose inordinate success has seen Indians in the top five of the men’s and women’s championships for the first time.Virat’s rise is also a tribute to the emergence of a serious sporting culture in the country. He is a supremely talented cricketer, but he is also invested in sports ranging from football to tennis. He’s involved in a chain of gyms as well as a children’s fitness venture. As one half of the most famous couple in the country at present, he has also shown us the power of social media. Breaking the Internet with photographs and videos from the no-media wedding in Tuscany, Italy, and instructing us on how a celebrity can take control of his own narrative. India is, after all, the land of storytellers, and Virat’s tale is perhaps one of the most compelling in recent times. We all live vicariously through the lives of famous people and few things brought us as much cheer as the smiling faces of Virat and his wife Anushka Sharma. My best wishes to them. On that happy note, I wish all our readers a happy and healthy new year.last_img read more