Winter won’t go away in the Peace Region

first_imgAlmost 6cm of snow fell in Fort St. John on Sunday. 5.7 cm of snow fell, beating the record set in 1970 of 5.3 cm.  We also set a new low record temperature Sunday, at -3.3 degrees celsius.  The old record from 1989 was -1.2 degrees celsius. On Monday there is still a chance of more flurries, but Environment Canada isn’t calling for any large accumulation.  – Advertisement -Although other parts of the Peace are not as lucky, as there are a number of winter storm watches in effect for other regions of the Peace. In Dawson Creek and Chetwynd, Environment Canada says those regions could see up to 10 cm of snow tonight through Tuesday.  In the Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge areas they could see upwards of 20 cm of snow by Tuesday. There are no current warnings or watches in effect for the Fort St. John or North Peace regions. Advertisement For current BC Road Conditions Click Here.  For current Alberta Road Conditions Click Here.last_img read more

Which Sharks forward will score next? Team depth makes it a guessing game

first_imgDENVER — If the right one doesn’t get you, the left one will.For the Sharks, it means if one line is not scoring goals, one or two others can make up the difference.At least that’s been the case through the first three games of their series against the Colorado Avalanche, as the Sharks’ top three lines have taken turns leading the offense and exposing the depth disparity between the two teams. The Sharks take a 2-1 series lead into Thursday’s Game 4.In Game 1, Joe Thornton and wingers Marcus …last_img read more

National Geographic Rates Noah’s Flood

first_imgPictures of the record floods in the eastern United States this year have been shocking and alarming (examples on Fox News).  They raise questions about the potential for flooding on this planet: how big can they get?  National Geographic News decided to look at some of the biggest floods in history and included the granddaddy of them all, Noah’s Flood–but only to cast doubt on it. NG used the public worry about floods to recall a study in 2004 by James O’Connor [USGS] of the largest freshwater floods in history.  The biggest in the list was the ice-age flood that carved the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington (see June 21, 2010). Others in Russia, Alaska and on the Amazon River were notable.  But Noah’s flood rated “Not Listed” for several reasons: one, that it was not a freshwater flood, according to O’Connor.  Ker Than’s report briefly entertained the Black Sea Flood hypothesis, but recalled that later revisions drastically reduced its height. Second, the article tried to make the Flood sound fictional.  “Even though a real flood may have inspired the story, O’Connor thinks there’s a simple reason it couldn’t have been a days-long meteorological event like the one suggested by the Bible,” the article ended, quoting O’Connor: “There’s just not that much water in the atmosphere.” If Than and O’Connor would just read their Bibles instead of speaking off the cuff, they would realize that the major source of the water was not the atmosphere, but the “fountains of the great deep” described in Genesis 7:11-12.  If they would further read any creationist studies of the Flood (e.g., CreationScience.com or ChristianAnswers.net) they would have known that creation scientists agree the major source of the water was subterranean. To avoid embarrassment in debate, it is essential to understand your opponent’s position.  Creation scientists do a much better job of this than uniformitarian geologists and evolutionists.  If it weren’t for the fact that the secularists have the media and textbook writers in their lap, they would be too red-faced to make such blunders.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau celebrates a century of service to agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese and Dale MinyoOhio Farm Bureau is celebrating its 100th annual meeting this week with the theme “Celebrating our Past, Creating our Future.”The event includes a historical museum highlighting a century of Farm Bureau accomplishments in legislation, business development, cultural and social change, economic and environmental sustainability and celebrating Farm Bureau’s successes through grassroots action. For example, the organization played a role in the electrification of rural Ohio, the creation of Nationwide Insurance and the preservation of Ohio’s rural landscape.OFBF President Frank Burkett III was honored to be a part of the centennial event.“I’m excited about the 100th annual meeting. For 100 years farmers have been coming together to create solutions for the agricultural community in three levels of our organization  — their county Farm Bureau, the Ohio Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau. What an accomplishment — less than 1% of U.S. companies make it to their centennial,” he said. “I can’t be more proud of the Ohio Farm Bureau.”The Farm Bureau has been important for Ohio’s past, but also Ohio’s present, Burkett said.“CAUV recently had some adjustments and that was run right through our county Farm Bureau organizations up through our state organization and that is providing tax relief for Ohio’s farmers,” he said. “Our members are also committed to water quality in the state of Ohio. We are going to have a lot of discussion surrounding nutrient management. At the same time we are going to have a lot of fun celebrating where we have been, where we are today and where we are going the next 100 years.”Burkett also pointed out the tremendous success of Ohio’s county Farm Bureau organizations. Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus won eight of the 24 County Activities of Excellence awards presented by the American Farm Bureau.“Our counties are doing some of the best programming across the nation. Eight of our counties are being recognized at American Farm Bureau and there are only 24 recognized nationally,” he said. “That is one third of the national recognition coming back to Ohio counties — that is cutting edge programming that is delivering results and bringing farmers together across Ohio.”Nearly 3,000 Farm Bureau members are expected to attend the meeting and a special centennial celebration event and 356 voting delegates will establish the organization’s policies for the coming year.“I am so proud of the fact that it is a true grassroots process. We have a presence in every one of our 88 counties,” said Yvonne Lesicko, vice president of public policy for Ohio Farm Bureau. “They sit down and talk and have these collective meetings to share their thoughts and say, ‘What is happening here at the local level? What are we concerned about? What is happening at the state level?’ They know their position and what they want to do about it. They vote on it at their county meeting and that sends it up the line to the state policy development committee. That committee weeds through everything to see if we are getting the same concerns from the rest of the state. Then they bring a set of recommendations from that here to the delegate floor. Then our delegates vote on what they want to see as statewide policy.”Topics expected to be addressed include the roles of farmers and government in the protection of water quality, protecting the rights of landowners engaged in various energy projects, and farm economic issues including the farm bill, trade and transportation infrastructure.“A lot of people think that we are just about production agriculture, but our members are also thinking in a much broader spectrum in terms of making better communities,” Lesicko said.In addition, elections will be held for board trustees, and the organization’s president, vice president and treasurer will be chosen. Also at the event, individuals are honored for their lifelong contributions to Ohio agriculture and Farm Bureau. Young Agricultural Professional leaders and award winners are acknowledged, and finalists in the Discussion Meet contest will be selected. A fundraising event for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will be held as well. Delegates work on state policy. OFBF President Frank Burkett III The family of the late Al DiVencenzo accepted the 2018 OFBF Agricultural Educator Award. Charles Lausin was presented with the 2018 OFBF Distinguished Service Award. Annie Specht was recognized as the 2018 Discussion Meet winner. Nick and Brandi Anderson, Champaign County, are the 2018 Outstanding Young Farmers OFBF Executive VP Adam Sharp and OFBF President Frank Burkett III Dennis Heyob was presented with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. Brandi and Wes Montgomery, State YAP Committee Chaircouple Adam and Jess Campbell from Warren County were recognized as the Excellence in Ag winners.last_img read more

Mobile TV Coming to 20 U.S. Markets by 2011

first_imgTags:#mobile#news#NYT#Video Services#web sarah perez The Mobile Content Venture (MCV), a joint effort by U.S. broadcasters, recently announced its roadmap for its mobile TV network. The roll-out plans to have 20 U.S. markets covered by the end of 2011. And we should see mobile TV-compatible devices by the second half of 2011.Could it be true? A real, broadcaster-led, freemium mobile TV service is launching next year?The consortium includes 12 broadcasters:  Fox, NBC, Belo, Cox Media, E.W. Scripps, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television, ION Television, Media General, Meredith, Post-Newsweek Stations and Raycom Media.The markets MCV has announced are New York,  Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Tampa, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Orlando, Portland, Cincinnati, Greenville, West Palm Beach, Birmingham and Knoxville.About MCVYou may remember hearing something about a new mobile TV initiative earlier this year from a group calling itself Pearl (Pearl Mobile DTV Company, LLC). That’s actually the same group of broadcasters, it has just changed its name.In April, MCV, then called Pearl, announced its plans to re-use broadcast spectrum for mobile digital TV services to provide live and on-demand video, sports and entertainment programming and local and national news. The broadcast partners are providing the spectrum, marketing resources and capital to the venture.As technology blog GigaOm described it at the time, the decision to re-use spectrum was due to a “use it or lose it” push from the FCC, which was attempting to reclaim 120 MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband services. The broadcasters decided instead to keep the spectrum and launch the mobile TV venture, saying that it would lead to additional revenue streams and would help alleviate the strain on carriers’ mobile networks, already clogged by delivering mobile video. The Burden of Mobile VideoMobile video usage has grown substantially over recent months, contributing heavily to the mobile data traffic surge. In February of this year, for example, Cisco pegged mobile data traffic at 40 exabytes for 2010 (one exabyte = 1 billion gigabytes), much of it due to mobile video. In fact, Cisco said that by 2014, 66% of all mobile data traffic would be video.This morning, new data from video site MeFeedia again confirmed this trend, showing an increase in video traffic in 2010 – up 60% this year, it’s saying. iPhone, Android and iPad devices have contributed to this growth, with traffic up 22% since April on iPhone, up 200% on Android and up 325% on iPad.Is MCV Really Happening?Consumers may wonder whether or not this announcement means a whole lot at this point. Burned by previous attempts at mobile TV efforts (see, for example, Qualcomm’s now closing FLO TV service), there’s a bit of “I’ll believe it when I see it” sentiment out there these days regarding mobile TV ventures.For what it’s worth, the analysts at iSuppli are somewhat bullish on the possibilities for MCV, citing three main aspects to the service that provide it with a better chance than prior efforts. First, the technology it uses (ATSC M/H) is cheaper than others (DVB-H or MediaFLO, the latter which was used by Qualcomm) because it leverages existing infrastructure. Second, the venture is broadcaster-led, meaning it will have a good content portfolio and will be better designed to match up with consumers’ viewing habits and exceptions. And third, the technology (ASTC M/H) is backed by handset makers LG and Samsung, which will help bring devices to market.iSuppli also notes that MCV is likely to go for a business model involving both free and paid-for content to help push consumer adoption.That being said, there are also several challenges MCV must overcome. It needs to get operator commitment to integrate with cellular networks, and it needs to be able to offer handset subsidies, mobile billing and produce nationwide marketing campaigns. In fact, mobile operator support for MCV is key, without it, the initiative will probably not survive. So for now, cautious excitement only – but when you hear MCV announcing operator partners, you then have our permission to shout “hooray for mobile TV!” Image credits: DVICE, HotHardware Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

6 Things You May Have Missed in the News

first_imgNew cameras, lenses, software, and record breaking box office numbers. Here are the latest and greatest articles from the past few weeks.We’ve seen plenty of headlines since our last news roundup. Check out this list of industry news you may have missed.1. Rokinon Announces XEEN, a New Line of Cinema Prime LensesImage via nofilmschool.comSamyang/Rokinon have announced XEEN cinema prime lenses. It’s rumored that they will offer Canon EF mount, Nikon F, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, and PL mounts. Check out more details about these new lenses over at No Film School. You can also try to decipher the new homepage for the lenses at xeenglobal.com.2. Panasonic GX8Panasonic’s latest mirrorless camera is the new GX8. The camera shoots 4K and apparently offers some revolutionary stabilization. The classic style body boasts a 20.3 megapixel sensor, making it the first micro four thirds camera to surpass 16 megapixels. The camera will set you back $1200. See more over at Gizmodo. 5. Universal Pictures Already Has the Highest Grossing Year Ever for a StudioUniversal Pictures has already grossed $5.53 Billion in 2015, and it’s only August. That breaks 20th Century Fox’s $5.52 Billion record for the entire 2014 year. Jurassic World had the biggest global opening of all time, following the studios box office domination for Furious 7. Minions had the second biggest opening weekend for a animated film, while 50 Shades of Grey and Pitch Perfect 2 rounded out the highest-grossing films. All this and the studio is about to release the anticipated N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Check out more at Entertainment Weekly.6. DJI Releases the Phantom 3 StandardAfter the release of the Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced, DJI released a new camera for this beginner edition of their famous entry-level quadcopter. The Phantom 3 Standard comes with a camera that shoots 2.7K video at 30fps and 12 megapixels photos in RAW or JPG.The camera settings and controls will and run through the updated DJI Go app. A single charged battery averages 25 minutes of flight time. The Phantom 3 Standard starts at $799. This version is $200 cheaper than the Phantom 3 Advanced, and honestly feels like an unnecessary addition to the Phantom series. 4. DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta Release & TutorialWe previously mentioned the release of the DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta. As users begin checking out the changes, we are starting to get a taste of the improvements in this color grading software.Casey Faris, from Ground Control Color, sent us this awesome in-depth tutorial. Not only does it show off some of the new features, but it’s also a great intro to DaVinci Resolve for newcomers. 3. Canon C300 Mark IIWhen Canon first announced the ME20F-SH, we questioned the need for a 4 million+ ISO camera. Now they’ve finally released some updated info on the highly anticipated C300 Mark II. Canon’s Jon Sagud met up with Zacuto for a great look at the new features. When released, the body alone will cost you $15,999. That price point may be enough to make people jump from Canon to another brand. Discover any new gear you need to buy? Was this news roundup helpful? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan revels in massive Indian turnout at SCG: Guess they love me a lot

first_imgThe Sydney Cricket Ground stands were filled with thousands of blue shirts, which outnumbered the yellow on Sunday. With a Wankhede-like atmosphere, it was seemingly a home away from home for the Men in Blue, who were fighting to save the three-match T20I series against hosts Australia.Virat Kohli’s men put smiles on the faces of their fans by romping to a six-wicket win and thereby leveling the tightly-fought series.Not many had left the stands as most blue shirts from the strong crowd stayed back for the presentation ceremony and cheered on for their superstar cricketers.Things become pretty easy when Rohit, Dhawan do the job for us: Virat KohliAs pointed out by the presenter, opener Shikhar Dhawan received one of the loudest cheers as made his way to collect the Man of the Series Award. The Delhi batsman, as usual, played to the gallery as he brought out his trademark “thigh-slap” celebration and made sure the decibel levels hit the roof.Acknowledging the support he was receiving, Dhawan said: “I guess, they love me a lot. Now I will make them cheer more [thigh slaps].”India extend unbeaten streak in T20 Internationals to 10 series after SCG win”I enjoy entertaining people and I enjoy playing entertaining cricket. People enjoyed watching good cricket out there,” he added.”Yeah, absolutely [feels like being in India]. It’s tremendous to see this kind of support. It’s good that stadium was full. It’s lovely. I am sure that all the Indian supporters out there are going to support us during the Test series. We’re going to do well there as well.”advertisementIndia vs Australia, 3rd T20I: Report | Highlights | As it happenedShikhar Dhawan lit up the early stages of the run chase with some awesome strokeplay!#AUSvIND @toyota_aus pic.twitter.com/COK9uOLP33cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 25, 2018Dhawan’s love for Australia was visible with the way he went about his business in the two innings he played during the three-match series.The left-handed opener hit a 42-ball 76, which included 10 boundaries and two sixes, in the rain-marred first T20I, which went in Australia’s favour.Also read – Aaron Finch says Australia are feeling good for Tests after drawn T20I seriesHe helped India get off to a flyer on Sunday in Sydney with a 22-ball 41 that had six fours and two huge ones.Dhawan is not going to be part of the Test squad that will face Australia in the upcoming four-match series, starting December 6 in Adelaide.READ – Krunal Pandya records best T20I bowling figures by a spinner in AustraliaMeanwhile, captain Kohli pointed out that the crowd support in Sydney gave the team the extra motivation during the tricky chase of 165.Kohli led from the front once again as the right-hander slammed an unbeaten 61 and stiched a crucial 60-run stand with Dinesh Karthik as India gunned down the total of 165 with two balls to spare.”It’s always been like this. I mean, MCG and SCG are two stadiums where our fans come out in huge numbers. They’re really loud and they motivated the guys to get this victory for us,” Kohli said.last_img read more

Seanergy Secures Time Charter for Its Capesize Bulker

first_imgzoom Athens-based dry bulk shipping specialist Seanergy Maritime Holdings has entered into a time charter contract for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels with an undisclosed European charterer.The company’s 180,000 dwt Capesize vessel M/V Lordship was hired for a period of eighteen to twenty-two months.Seanergy said that the ship is expected to commence its deployment under the charter deal in June 2017, upon expiration of its current time charter with the same company.“Our high quality of service has made us a preferred business partner to first-class charterers and we expect this to continue being a central pillar of our commercial strategy,” Stamatis Tsantanis, the company’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, said.“Indicatively, based on the prevailing spot rate for Capesize vessels, this time charter contract could contribute more than USD 10 million of net revenues to the company, assuming the full 22-month employment,” Tsantanis added.The net daily charter hire is index-linked rate based on the 5 T/C route rate of Baltic Capesize Index. In addition, the charter contract provides the option to Seanergy to convert at any time and for a period of three to twelve months the index-linked rate into a fixed rate corresponding to the prevailing value of the respective Capesize FFA.Seanergy said that, as the freight market strengthens, the company expects to secure additional long term employment agreements for its fleet.Built in 2010 by South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries, M/V Lordship is one of the two bulkers purchased by Seanergy in September 2016.Both ships, which were bought for a price of USD 20.75 million each, joined the company’s fleet in late 2016.last_img read more