A photo timeline of the Fort Hotel Fire

first_imgThe following is a series of photos from the Fort Hotel Fire on May 2nd 2009 in Fort St. John, BC. Do you have a photo or video of the fire you’d like to share? E-mail [email protected]Photo: This photo was taken at around 5:30pm as the fire began at the Fort Hotel- Advertisement –Photo: At around 5:45pm the fire looked as though it was getting worsePhoto: 7:30pm the fire made it to the front of the hotel and fire crews decide to bring in an excavator to knock down the buildingPhoto: Another shot of the fire at around 7:30pmPhoto: This photo was taken just as the excavator started to knock down the outer walls of the building at approximately 9:30pm.Advertisement Photo: The aftermath….as of Sunday morning this is all the remains of the Fort Hotel. Photo: At 10:30pm Fort St. John Fire Crews continued to battle the blaze.Photo: With the help of the fire, crews were able to knock down the entire buildingPhoto: The east end of the building was still standing at 10:30pm when this photo was taken.Photo: All that stands at 11:30pm as the fire had destroyed almost the entire building.Advertisementlast_img read more

Preparing your irrigation system for the growing season: Part I

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A good time to think about your irrigation system is before the spring growing season when heavy water demands arise. An irrigation system working at peak efficiency should deliver the right amount of water, at the right time, and with the lowest possible inputs of labor and energy. Unfortunately, peak efficiency is not always the case. Irrigation equipment such as pumps, pipes, valves, and nozzles are subject to ageing and degradation. Slow degradation such as a worn nozzle, clogged filter, or mineral deposits in pipes is not easy to detect. Degraded water delivery equipment can cause insufficient watering that result in non-uniform plant growth, increased pest pressure, waste of water, and pumping energy. Prior to the spring season, it is a good idea to inspect the irrigation system’s components. Make sure the system is clean of debris, mineral buildup and biological contaminants. Also take time to research and consider technology improvements to further conserve resources such as labor, energy, water and fertilizer chemicals. Delivering water quantityPipes and other physical components of the irrigation system are responsible for transporting water from the source to the plants. Distribution and delivery components should be checked for obvious visual damage such as leaks and tested for proper functionality. Quick patch jobs made during the previous season should be fixed in a more permanent manner. Other equipment that should be tested for functionality may include valves, filters, controllers, and moisture sensors.Pressure gauges and flow meters provide invaluable information about water use and condition of the irrigation system. Make sure these devices are functioning and calibrated. Line pressure influences the flow rate and distribution pattern from nozzles and emitters. Backflow preventers require a pressure drop for functionality. Excessive pressure drop across a filter indicates a clog. Pumps operate at specific pressures to meet the needs of nozzles or emitters. High pressure at the pump may indicate a restriction in flow. Low pressure from the pump can be an early warning sign of line leakage, or/and pump failure. Pumps operating outside of their designed pressure range are less efficient and costly.Expansion in a growing operation may require expanding the capacity of the irrigation system. Addition of crop zones that need more water than established zones can exceed a pump’s ability to simultaneously provide adequate flow and maintain adequate pressure at nozzles/emitters. This is because increased flow rate in pipes, and longer irrigation line increase the pressure loss in those pipes, thus less water can be delivered. Prior to expanding, determine if the pump is capable of delivering the needed flow rate at a pressure required by the nozzles/emitters. Remember to factor in pressure loss in water lines at the required flow rate. It is also possible to add irrigation zones so that multiple crop zones can be watered at different times. This will be discussed at a later article. Nozzle/emitter checkNozzles and emitters wear out over time or can be clogged by debris, mineral deposits, and biofilm. Debris flowing through nozzles slowly erodes and enlarges the orifice. A worn nozzle orifice will allow greater flow and the pump may not be able to maintain the required pressure as a result. This affects the flow at other nozzles and the overall distribution uniformity. Micro irrigation emitters tend to clog from debris or biofilm. Pressure compensating emitters will wear out over time as the diaphragm inside the emitter changes in elasticity. As both nozzles and emitters fail, some plants may become over-watered or under-watered, consuming extra water and energy or drought stressing the plants.Nozzle ware can be checked by comparing a used nozzle to a new one of the same make and model. Insert the shank of an appropriately sized drill bit into the orifice. The bit should fit the same in the new and used nozzle. The distribution pattern can be visualized by placing small containers under sprinklers nozzles in a grid-like fashion. Run the sprinklers for a given amount of time and compare the volume in the catch containers. Similar to sprinkler nozzles, micro irrigation emitters can be checked by placing a catch container at each emitter. Measuring flow volume over a given time will indicate clogged or partially clogged emitters. There should not be more than a 10% variation in flow from nozzles or emitters along the same lateral. Clean contaminants for line healthCleaning the irrigation system is important for plant health and proper functioning of components. Biological contaminants can spread disease. Debris such as sand erodes nozzles and damages valves. Water with a high level of dissolved salts can precipitate solids inside pipes and emitters. These dissolved minerals come from either the water’s source or from nutrient injection. For example, source water over pH 7.5 and over 100 parts per million bicarbonate can precipitate minerals. Three major causes of water line clogging are 1) iron bacteria (generally reddish), 2) manganese bacteria (generally more black), and 3) iron and manganese sulfide.The first two problems can be addressed chemically by periodic acid/chlorine treatment of water. It is also effective by pumping the water into a reservoir and aerate (i.e. oxidize) followed by precipitate removal with a filter. The iron and manganese sulfide problem can be mediated by aeration, acidification, and chlorination then precipitate out any remaining sulfide. Keep in mind that source water composition can change over time so testing the water at regular intervals is a good idea. Maintain system cleanliness by flushing and disinfecting when needed and cleaning filters throughout the system on a regular basis.Non-uniform water distribution can result in non-uniform plant growth. The plants on the top-right corner received more water than those at the left bottom corner. Location, orientation, and integrity of irrigation emitters/nozzles should be checked for uniform water distribution.This article has focused on delivering the right amount of water for effective and efficient irrigation. A part II on the same theme will provide a few pointers to assure efficient nutrient uptake, and quality of recycled water, and a few new technologies to making improvements and upgrades to your irrigation system. Upgrades can conserve water, save energy, reduce chemical use, and reduce runoff. Dr. Peter Ling is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the area of controlled environment plant production. He can be reached at 330-263-3857 or [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Luke Power is a Research Associate with Dr. Ling.last_img read more

Cattlemen urge action to reduce trade barriers in Japan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Kevin Kester urged the Trump Administration to move quickly to tear down trade barriers for U.S. beef in Japan. Speaking at a public hearing on the potential economic impact of a U.S.-Japan bilateral trade agreement, Kester noted that reducing tariff and non-tariff trade barriers would benefit Japanese consumers and U.S. cattle producers. Japan is the top export market for U.S. beef, accounting for nearly $2 billion in sales in 2017. However, U.S. beef exports face tariffs as high as 50% under some circumstances.“NCBA strongly supports prioritizing and expediting negotiations for a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement,” Kester said in his comments. “The U.S. beef industry is at risk of losing significant market share in Japan unless immediate action is taken to level the playing field.”A number of key U.S. competitors have negotiated agreements that provide their producers with preferential access to the Japanese market. For example, under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Australian beef exporters will enjoy a tariff reduction of 27.5% in the first year of the agreement for fresh and frozen products. In most cases, the countries who are part of CPTPP will see their tariff rates for beef exports decline to 9% over the next 15 years. In addition to CPTPP, Japan is moving ahead with a trade agreement that will give European Union beef producers similar terms to those negotiated in CPTPP.“NCBA supported the negotiated compromise under Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because it reduced the massive tariff applied to U.S. beef, diminished the likelihood of triggering snap back tariffs, and established strong, objective, and predictable sanitary and phytosanitary standards and other rules-based trade standards,” Kester said. “We expect nothing less under a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement.”last_img read more

Law student can stay in Delhi, says Supreme Court

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday agreed to the wishes of a woman law student, who had disappeared after levelling charges of sexual harassment against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Swami Chinmayanand only to be traced in Rajasthan, to stay back in Delhi.Closed-door sessionAfter a closed-door session with the woman, Justices R. Banumathi and A.S. Bopanna also directed Delhi police to safely bring her parents also to Delhi from their native Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh.The court asked the Registrar to keep the woman and her parents incommunicado till the court takes up the matter again on Monday.The court had suo motu taken up a letter from a group of women Supreme Court lawyers anxious about the safety of the woman. They had sought her production before the apex court.On Monday, the Uttar Pradesh government counsel informed the Bench that the woman had been found in Rajasthan and was being taken to Shahjahanpur. The lawyer said the police convoy bringing the woman had already reached Fatehpur Sikri.But the Bench insisted that the woman be produced before the Supreme Court during the course of the day.The government counsel, after consulting with the State Police officials, returned to the Bench, saying the woman could be brought here in under three hours.Justice Banumathi said the Bench would wait up for woman to reach the court in order to interact with her in-camera. The interaction happened late in the evening.The Shahjahanpur Police had on Tuesday lodged an FIR against Chinmayanand after the student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that he had been harassing her. The woman also spoke about threats to her and her family’s life in the video clip.Her father had filed a complaint with the police, accusing Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by the BJP leader’s lawyer, who claimed it was a “conspiracy” to blackmail him.The woman’s father had alleged that she went missing at the behest of the 72-year-old BJP leader, who heads Mumukshu ashram. She is a post-graduate student in one of the colleges run by the ashram.U.P. Director General of Police O. P Singh on Friday said necessary legal action was being taken. Police teams had searched places in Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi and U.P. as she and her friend had been changing locations. Her location was constantly tracked and several teams of police were monitoring their call details. Chinmayanand, who served as Minister of State for Home Affairs under the Vajpayee government, was on Tuesday charged with kidnapping (in order to murder) the student in Shahjahanpur district. The woman, on August 24, posted a video clip claiming she and her family were under threat from a “big leader of the sant samaj”, and requested CM Yogi Adityanath and PM Narendra Modi to intervene.(With inputs from Omar Rashid)last_img read more

Shiv Sena’s ₹10 meal promise is a copy of Tai’s kitchen, says NCP

first_imgA day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray promised a full meal at ₹10 on being voted to power in the forthcoming Assembly polls, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) taunted him and thanked him for “stealing” their idea.“Uddhav Thackeray promised something which we have been implementing for last one year. We congratulate him for the inspiration he found in our initiative. We started this initiative on the birthday of Ajit Pawar despite being not in power. One does not need power to start such services,” said Captain Ashish Damle, NCP’s Badlapur city president.Mr. Damle had in 2018 started the initiative called Tai’s kitchen which serves a full meal for only ₹10. “We started this kitchen understanding the need of the people of Badlapur, especially the workers and daily wage labourers. We give three chapatis, subji and rice for ₹10. Hundreds of people come and eat healthy food. This social service does not need government power, only will power and good intention to serve the people,” he said.Mr. Thackeray in his Vijayadashmi address at Shivaji Park on Tuesday promised that the new Sena government would provide full meals at ₹10. The announcement is seen as a continuation of the zunka-bhakar kendras which were established during the previous Sena-BJP government in 1995. These centres used to provide zunka and bhakri at ₹ 1. The concept of Tai’s kitchen, started by the NCP, is also inspired from the Amma canteen launched by the Tamil Nadu government under the then chief minister J. Jayalalitha and Indira canteens launched by the previous Congress government in Karnataka.last_img read more

Roger Federer eases into 12th French Open quarterfinal

first_imgSwitzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after winning against Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer during their men’s singles fourth round match on day eight of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 2, 2019. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)Roger Federer reached the French Open quarterfinals for the 12th time on Sunday, becoming the oldest man in 28 years to make the last-eight of a Slam.The 37-year-old eased past Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 and will face either close friend and Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka or Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas for a semi-final spot.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Federer didn’t face a break point in the fourth round match against the outclassed world number 68 played in a sweltering 32 degrees on Court Philippe Chatrier.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Federer will be playing in his 54th quarter-final at a Slam, cementing his place on top of the all-time men’s list.Despite leading Wawrinka 23-3 in career head-to-head meetings, Federer said he still remembers his quarter-final loss to his friend in Paris four years ago.“I have a bad memory of it. Stan beat me in three sets with his terrible shorts!“But he played really great that year and won the title.”Federer, the 2009 champion in Paris, is the oldest man to make the quarter-finals of a Slam since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue TNT blasts Phoenix in heated game featuring 6 ejections “It’s fabulous that I can spend this time in Paris,” said Federer who last played the tournament in 2015 when he made the quarter-finals — where he lost to Wawrinka.The Greek star, meanwhile, defeated Federer in the last 16 of the Australian Open in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was prepared for the worst scenario, losing in the first round in three sets. But I am super happy with my performance.“I will need to play like this again against either Stan or Tsitsipas.” MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more