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Firefighters Burn Prairie Sites in the Heat of the Summer

first_imgSubmitted by the Center for Natural Lands Management – South Sound Prairies ProgramIt is the end of the summer and our Western Washington prairies show all the signs of a landscape that has received little rainfall. The native bunch grasses are dried and crispy and the small shrubs are brown and desiccated. The ground is dry and thirsty yet a team of qualified firefighters is turning up the heat even further: they are burning the landscape.A team of firefighters from the South Sound Burn Program reviewing the Burn Plan for Glacial Heritage Preserve at a previous burn. Photo courtesy: South Puget Sound PrairiesThe firefighters belong to the South Sound Burn Program, a joint effort between the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)to use fire as a restoration tool to control invasive weeds, clear the way for the planting of native species and reduce the risk of wildfire. The program allows CNLM and JBLM to pool resources, enabling them to increase their capacity to restore and protect the landscape, while keeping their individual operational costs low.Fire is not new to the prairies. “The native prairies essentially evolved with fire,” said Mason McKinley, the Center for Natural Lands Management’s Fire Program Manager. For thousands of years Native Americans conducted ecological burns on these prairies. The grasslands were burned in the summer and fall to encourage the growth of camas, spring gold, and other prairie-dependent flowers with bulbs or roots, which native people harvested as a major food source. The burning also improved the habitat for overwintering elk and deer, allowing Native Americans to hunt closer to home.Spring at Thurston’s County’s Glacial Heritage Preserve. Photo credit: Adam MartinWhile there is a statewide burn ban put in place by Washington’s Department of Natural Resources to reduce the risk of wildfires, the South Sound Burn Program was granted an exception this past Saturday thanks to their impressive track record of safely conducting more than 50 prescribed fires each year throughout the last 10 years. The program includes a crew of more than 30 trained firefighters plus a fleet of fire engines and ATV vehicles.The program plans to conduct prescribed burns this week at Thurston County’s Glacial Heritage Preserve, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Scatter Creek Wildlife Area, and Rocky Prairie Natural Area Preserve. Facebook51Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cash Spiel a success say organizers

first_imgNichol took home $1,400 for finishing second, the same as Nelson’s Rick Cutler, winner of the B Event.Cutler, who defeated Justin Umpherville of Fruitvale, knocked off the Peet rink of Creston, to capture the B Event.The Pellerin rink of Cranbrook outlasted Nando Salviulo Nelson in the C Event.Jill Winters of Nelson won the C Event Consolation crown, and $350, by defeating Tom Hall of Rossland.Bill van Yzerloo of Castlegar won the B Event Consolation title.The Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cash Spiel is a test run as the Nelson Curling Club prepares to host the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship and a berth in the Tim Horton’s Brier February 10-14.Tickets for the event go on sale in early January 2016.Many of the top curlers in the province will be on the draw, including 2015 champion Jim Cotter of Vernon.The Nelson Cash Spiel was renamed in honour of Doug Bothamley, who spent countless hours in the rinks around the Kootenays promoting the sport, coaching competitive, junior and women’s teams, as well as competing himself. Bob Ursel of Kelowna gutted out a 6-2 win over Castlegar’s Myron Nichol in the A-Final of the Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cash Spiel Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.However, while Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead, Fred Thomson of Nelson, may have won $2,100, tournament organizer Nando Salviulo said everyone was a winner.”Almost every rink went home with money,” Salviulo said Sunday.The Ursel rink, put together this season to compete on the Senior’s circuit, qualifed in the A event with Tom Buchy of Kimberley, Nichol and Chris Ducharme of Creston.Ursel dumped Ducharme while Nichol surprised Buchy to reach the A Final.last_img read more

Seven Ohioans named to Young Ag Professionals state committee

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has named the newest members of its Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee: Luke and Cassandra Dull of Englewood, Nick and Jessica Dailey of Sardinia, Emily Krikke of Greenwich and Bennett and Liza Musselman of Orient.The seven new committee members will serve two-year terms and help develop and conduct activities that provide opportunities for young professionals to become involved in Ohio Farm Bureau programs.The Dulls are the fifth generation on the family’s Montgomery County farm where they raise hogs, cattle and grow seed corn and row crops. Both are Montgomery County Farm Bureau members. Luke is manager of Harvest Land Co-op in Verona. He has been involved in several local and state Farm Bureau activities and has participated in Land O’Lakes’ leadership and advocacy training sessions. Cassandra works at Christian Life Center where she is event/marketing, hospitality, curriculum and nursery coordinator. Previously she was a fourth grade teacher in West Carrollton.The Daileys received Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2015 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. The Brown County Farm Bureau members farm 3,400 acres of grain crops in Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland counties. They also own a small trucking company. Both are Sunday School teachers at Hillsboro Bible Baptist Church. Nick is a member of the Ohio Corn Growers Association and serves as a Franklin Township Trustee. The couple has three children.Krikke is a Huron County Farm Bureau member and farms with her parents, raising corn, soybeans and hogs. Their farm was honored in 2012 with the Ohio Livestock Coalition Environmental Stewardship Award and the Pork Checkoff’s national Environmental Stewardship Award in 2013. She is a volunteer for the local Farm Bureau, Young Agricultural Professionals, Ohio Pork Council and Akron Children’s Hospital and is a 2010 recipient of the American FFA degree. She is a pediatric registered nurse at Akron Children’s Hospital.The Musselmans are members of Pickaway County Farm Bureau. Bennett is the county president, a graduate of AgriPOWER Class VIII, chairs the Muhlenberg Township Board of Zoning Appeals, is on the ag committee of the Pickaway Competitiveness Network and is a Pickaway County Farmers club member. He is assistant vice president, agribusiness banker at Heartland Bank in Grove City. Liza is accounting manager at WillowWood and owns a photography business. She is active in Ohio Agri-Women and is a school volunteer. They farm with Bennett’s father and grandfather, raising corn and soybeans. They have two sons.Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is open to individuals and couples between the ages of 18-35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.Contact Melinda Witten at [email protected] to learn more.last_img read more

India to get no new B.Ed colleges this year, says Prakash Javadekar

first_imgAfter observing the degrading quality of BEd institutes, the Centre has decided that this year no new teacher training institutions will be allowed in the country. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar noticed that BEd colleges were opening like “fly by night operators” until now. “You pay today and get the degree tomorrow,” he said.Existing colleges to undergo quality audit”With the enhanced focus on the teacher training, all this need to be stopped. So it was decided no new BEd colleges will open in the country,” he told reporters here. He said as far as opening of new colleges is concerned it will be a ‘zero-year’ and also existing colleges will have to undergo a quality audit.Practical component in BEd, DEd courses to increase”We have asked for quality affidavits and so far, only 7,000 of them have submitted. We have also issued show-cause notices to nearly 4,000 BEd colleges,” he added. The government has also decided to increase the practical component in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Diploma in Education (DEd) courses.”The practical component will be increased in the teacher training modules and practical sessions will be conducted in government schools which will be under observation of the teachers there and student feedback will also be given importance,” Javadekar said.The minister also said that the government is thinking of expansion of Kendriya Vidyalaya in country in coming years.With inputs from PTI  Read: BA, BCom results delayed, Mumbai University to use only online paper correction techniques advertisementRead: DU Admissions 2017: Sports quota weightage increased to 60 per cent For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Ipswich sign Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quaner

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Ipswich sign Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quanerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIpswich Town have signed Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quaner on loan until the end of the campaign.The 27-year-old German has only featured twice for the Terriers this season, making two appearances from the bench last month.The former Ingolstadt and Union Berlin player moved to the John Smith’s Stadium in January 2017.He becomes Ipswich’s third signing of the January transfer window. last_img read more

Video: Syracuse Players Go Crazy When Team Finds Out It Made The NCAA Tournament

first_imgIt looked extremely unlikely that the Syracuse Orange would make this year’s NCAA Tournament after losing five of their last six games, including a one-and-done showing in the ACC Tournament. As it turns out, SU made the tournament as a 10-seed, avoiding the play-in games. Because of the bracket leak, some of the Syracuse players may have known their tournament fate ahead of time, but when the team was officially announced as ‘in,’ the team still had a pretty fantastic reaction.The MVP here has to be walk-on Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye, who broke out a few dances after the news came in. Congratulations to the Orange on the tournament berth.last_img read more

Beth MacPherson named honourary fire chief for the day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department named Beth MacPherson as Honourary Fire Chief for the Day on Thursday.MacPherson, a grade three student at Alwin Holland Elementary, had the honour of being paraded around the city in the comfort of a fire truck.The day included an interactive tour of the fire hall, a special lunch, and a meeting with community officials. Fire Inspector, Alyn Stobbe, says the selection of Honourary Fire Chief of the Day is part of the Fire Prevention Week program.“Every year we go through the schools for Fire Prevention Week, and so through that process, we get to educate the grade threes, well the entire elementary school, but the grade threes, in particular, they’re kind of our target group. So as part of that target group, for the grade threes, there is draws for Fire Chief for the Day. We collect ballots from the grade threes, and we randomly select one and this year we have Beth MacPherson as our Honourary Fire Chief for the Day”.A presentation of a certificate was made by Mayor Lori Ackerman and Fire Chief Fred Burrows in honour of MacPherson’s appointment as Fire Chief for the Day.last_img read more

TransCanada name change de emphasizes Canada for leery investors analyst

first_img“To suggest one of the biggest corporations in Canada is changing its name to distance itself from Canadian policies? I don’t know that I agree with that when a good chunk of their customers are still Canadian and who they interact with are still Canadian,” he said.There’s good reason for the company to be proud of its Canadian roots, he added, given its place on stock market indexes of Canadian firms and Canada’s reputation versus the United States in Mexico.TransCanada says it has about 7,000 employees in North America, with 3,500 in Canada, 3,200 in the U.S. and 300 in Mexico.It said its new name reflects its diverse business interests in pipelines, power generation and energy storage operations in the three countries. TransCanada vowed to keep headquarters in Calgary and said it plans to continue trading under the symbol TRP on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges if shareholders approve the name change at its next annual meeting.On its website, TransCanada says it was founded in 1951 to develop the TransCanada Pipeline to bring natural gas from Western Canada to eastern customers. The pipeline is now called the Canadian Mainline. “Whether they know us as TC Energy in English, TC Energie in French, or TC Energia in Spanish, the communities where we operate can continue to count on us to follow through on our commitments and live up to our values of safety, integrity, responsibility and collaboration in everything we do.”The name change was announced a day after rallies were staged in cities across Canada in support of northern B.C. Indigenous people who are trying to stop a TransCanada subsidiary from building the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline project through disputed territory.“Some investors have grown leery of investing in Canada. I think this is a way to de-emphasize Canada, quite frankly,” said Jennifer Rowland, a St. Louis-based analyst for Edward Jones, noting delays in building new oil pipelines led to Alberta imposing crude production constraints on its producers.“Removing Canada from its name is a way to remind investors it’s not just a Canadian company, with some of the challenges we’re seeing in Canada.”She said the name change recalls the move by Calgary-based EnCana to rebrand itself with a lower-case “C” in 2010, thus de-emphasizing its Canadian roots.But Calgary-based analyst Matthew Taylor of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co., said he accepts the company’s explanation, adding the move has been talked about for some time.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – A planned move by TransCanada Corp. to change its name to TC Energy will help it attract investors who are “leery” of putting money in anything Canadian given the country’s recent difficulty in building energy projects, a U.S.-based financial analyst said Wednesday.But the company and a Canadian financial analyst disagreed, saying the name change recognizes that TransCanada has grown outside the country, with moves including its recent US$13-billion purchase of U.S. natural gas transporter Columbia Pipeline Group and a growing list of projects in Mexico.“While our strategy and priorities remain the same, we believe the new name will help to further unite our employees and will enable us to better connect with our diverse stakeholders,” said chief executive Russ Girling in a news release on Wednesday.last_img read more

ONGC wins back Chinnewala Tibba gas field in Rajasthan

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Thursday signed a contract for the prolific Chinnewala Tibba gas field in Rajasthan, which it had discovered around 15 years ago but was taken away and auctioned by the government.ONGC won back five out of the 23 discovered oil and gas fields that the government took away from the state-owned firm and Oil India Ltd (OIL) for auctioning in the second round of discovered small field (DSF). Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe 72-square kilometer field near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan has 1,900 million standard cubic metres of reserves, an official of the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons said at the contract-signing ceremony with the winners of the 23 fields auctioned in DSF-II. The 23 fields, made up of some 57 discoveries by ONGC and OIL, hold 190 million tonnes of oil and oil-equivalent gas resources, the official said. Speaking on the occasion, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said DSF bid rounds are aimed at raising domestic production to cut dependence on imported oil. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIndia is 83 per cent dependent on imports to meet its oil needs. “Maximising production is the most important priority now,” he said. While ONGC and OIL could not monetise the discoveries auctioned in the DSF round mainly due to they being financially unviable on prevalent fiscal terms, DSF round winners will get complete pricing and marketing freedom that will make the finds economically viable. Pradhan said ONGC was asked to largely stay away from DSF-I round last year but was given freedom to bid in DSF-II and he was happy that the company walked away with the most number of fields. Chinnewala Tibba was the most-contested field in DSF-II with as many as 17 bids being put in. ONGC won the field as also four others after bid evaluation and award was completed last week. Contracts for the same were signed Thursday. OIL and Vedanta Ltd signed contracts for two fields each they had won while lesser known Ganges Geo-Resources Pvt Ltd signed for five fields. State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and its partner Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Ltd (HOEC) signed for one field they won in the auction. Arch Softwares Pvt Ltd, a firm backed by former Cairn India executive Suniti Bhat, won two offshore fields. The remaining fields went to little-known firms such as Shanti GD Ispat Power, Arsh Corporate Services, Invenire Energy, Keerthi Industries, and Gem Petro E&P. On the contract signing, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said: “The Government of India has taken concrete steps to encourage and thus enhance domestic crude oil production, in line with Minister Pradhan’s vision of energy self-sufficiency. The discovered small fields Round-II auction is another significant step in this direction. We remain committed to optimising exploration and production from the fields awarded to us. These reformative steps and our demonstrated success will pave the way for attracting future foreign investments as well.” Sudhir Mathur, chief executive officer of oil and gas business of Vedanta Ltd, said the company is known for its engineering strength and innovation, especially in the tight oil and tight gas domain. “We are excited to bring these strengths to bear in the two new DSF fields awarded to us. We congratulate the government on all of these progressive initiatives that will lead to growth in the sector, job creation, and prosperity for our country.” As many as 39 firms, including six foreign players, had put in 145 bids for 24 out of the 25 oil and gas fields on offer in DSF-II at the close of bidding on January 30. Mining giant Vedanta put in the highest number of bids for 21 fields. A DGH statement said one bid for a field has been kept in abeyance as the matter is sub-judice. ONGC and OIL had put in bids for 10 fields each while Indian Oil Corp (IOC) bid for 3. British company Soco International made its foray into India, bidding for one field but it failed to make a dent. Arch Softwares had put in bids for 15 fields.last_img read more