Firefighters Respond to Wildfire in Western North Carolina

first_imgAccording to a press release issued this morning by the United States Forest Service, firefighters in McDowell County, North Carolina are currently working to contain a 30-acre wildfire.The fire, which is burning in the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest, was reported at 4:40 p.m. on December 18. Much of the wildfire is burning on Forest Service land, but a portion has extended into the Turkey Cove Community off 226A north of Marion, NC.“Crews are working to establish fire lines around the fire. Once containment lines are established, firefighters plan to conduct burnout operations to remove fuels between the active fire and the fire lines,” the Forest Service wrote in a Tuesday morning press release. “Burnout operations are used to slow fire spread and increase containment. The public can expect to see increased smoke in the area from these operations. Smoke may settle in valleys and low-lying areas overnight, especially along US-226A and US-221.”Motorist in the area should be aware that US-226A will remain open but will be used for firefighter traffic. Use caution and drive slowly if you must use the highway.The Forest Service says that the cause of this fire is still under investigations. Anyone with information about suspicious activity in the area is urged to contact the  the McDowell County Sherriff’s Office detective line at 828-652-2237.last_img read more

CAF awards: Eagles stars missing from Africa’s best XI

first_img Loading… No Super Eagles star made FIFProAfrica Best XI squad during Tuesday’s during Tuesday’s CAF awards in Cario, Egypt. Read Also: CAF Awards 2019: Oshoala picks Nigeria’s only prize 8 Hakim Ziyech 9 Mohamed Salah 10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 11 Sadio Mane FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 A breakdown of the squad members revealed that all the players, who made the cut, plies their trade across Europe’s top five leagues. Below is the full list of Africa’s best XI: 1 Andrey  Onana 2 Serge Aurier 3 Joel Matip 4 Kalidou Koulibaly 5 Achraf Hakimicenter_img 6 Gana Gueye 7 Riyad Mahrez Promoted Content7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Daylast_img read more

Clippers’ Avery Bradley hopes his big moment in Friday’s win will help him adjust

first_imgSigns of progress were evident Friday, when Bradley finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, in addition to three assists, two rebounds, a block and that grand theft with 5.3 seconds left.That heads-up strip of Garrett Temple served to make up for Bradley’s missed free throw moments before – and to set up another trip to the line for Bradley, who made both of those tries.“I hope it’s a game that can get me going, give me some confidence,” Bradley said. “Doc’s not on the court to comfort me, I just have to try to learn how to play off those guys. I have to find how to be efficient in other ways. That’s team basketball and I’m just trying to learn every single game.”TEODOSIC’S FUTUREBefore the game, Rivers addressed reports in Serbian media that Clippers guard Milos Teodosic said he expected to return to play in Europe, possibly this season.In his second season with the Clippers, Teodosic, a superb passer, has appeared in eight games. He has 18 assists, 14 fouls and is averaging 2.9 points. He didn’t play Friday.“I doubt that happens, but we want Milos to be happy too; he’s a great guy and he’s great for this organization,” Rivers said “He’s been a great pro here. Obviously, he hasn’t played the minutes or the way he wants to, but we love him around here, so we’ll figure that all out.”Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 But Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ confidence in Bradley never seemed to waver. Despite his struggles to score, he’s been in the starting lineup each game since returning from the sprained ankle.“He’s a gamer, Avery Bradley is,” said Rivers, who also coached Bradley when he was a member of the Boston Celtics. “He missed all of last year. He missed some of this year. But what doesn’t go away is he’s been in a lot of big games in his life. He’s a defensive star, he really is, he’s one of the best in the league. And you just know eventually his offense is going to come.“But it’s just going to take time and I’m patient with that.”Bradley recognizes that he’s undergoing an adjustment with the Clippers, but that hasn’t made it easy.“The most important thing for me is learning how to play off of (Danilo Gallinari) and Tobias,” Bradley said. “It’s a new role for me. Playing on this team, not being one of the main offensive guys, I’m just trying to learn how to pick my spots and learn how I can help our team.” LOS ANGELES — Avery Bradley had a huge steal to seal the Clippers’ overtime victory Friday – and, boy, did he need it.This season has not gotten off to a rip-roaring start for the 27-year-old shooting guard, a pro’s pro by all accounts.After a groin injury cost him all but six games last season with the Clippers, who acquired him (and Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic) when they traded Blake Griffin to Detroit in January, Bradley was dealt an ankle injury this season that sidelined him for six games.When he’s been in the lineup, the respected on-ball defender has struggled to find his footing offensively. A career 12-point-per-game scorer, he entered Friday’s 112-107 overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies averaging 6.6 points and shooting 35.6 percent from the field. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

€61m of interest to paid out to AIB customers following loan mistakes

first_img€61m of interest to customers who topped up personal and small business loans between 1999 and 2019 is to be paid out by AIB. The bank said customers affected were not overcharged, but that the bank’s paperwork should have been clearer in setting out interest terms.According to the Irish Independent, the bank has begun contacting customers. All personal loan customers are expected to be written to in July and small businesses will be contacted in September.AIB chief executive Colin Hunt said the issue had been “self identified” by the bank and customers were not overcharged.“The money was owed to us on the facilities,” he said.However, because the standard of documentation was not at the level it should have been the bank had decided to return the money involved to customers. The Central Bank had been informed, he said.€61m of interest to paid out to AIB customers following loan mistakes was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dynamic Solar System Illuminated in Stunning New Images

first_imgImages both striking and beautiful continue to arrive on Earth from remote corners of the solar system.  Arriving as streams of binary digits with energies mere quadrillionths of a watt, received by giant radio dishes then amplified and processed, the results are nothing short of amazing.  Here’s a glimpse of what turned up this week:Volcanic fury:  Imagine a volcano going off in Texas and covering the entire state with ash.  That’s what happens often on a moon of Jupiter, Io, not much bigger than our moon.  The New Horizons spacecraft is approaching Jupiter on its express ticket to Pluto.  Seven years ago, the Galileo spacecraft snapped amazing pictures of one of Io’s active volcanoes, Tvashtar Catena (see Planetary Photojournal), with fire fountains, lava lakes up to 2400 °F, and plumes a mile high.  Not much has changed.  New Horizons snapped these images (see BBC News) of the plume still spouting 150 miles above the surface.  The caption states, “The volcano … is surrounded by a dark patch the size of Texas consisting of the fallout from the eruption.”Glory rings:  The Cassini spacecraft assembled its data bits into some of the most stunning images of Saturn’s rings yet seen since its arrival in 2004.  Now riding high over Saturn during its “180 Transfer” maneuver, it looked up at the dark side of the rings, capturing the entire ring system in a mosaic of 36 images.  The primary mosaic exposed for the dark rings makes the planet blindingly bright, so image processors digitally removed Saturn for this ring composite of 27 images, taken from a million miles above Saturn at 60° inclination.  Browsing the image at high resolution reveals the clumpy F ring beyond the bright main rings.  Studies have shown the “shepherd moons” Pandora and Prometheus stealing material from the rings as they move nearer then farther from the band of orbiting ice.  Saturn’s rings are turning out to be much more dynamic and complex than previously realized.  A movie of Cassini’s ring plane crossing was posted to add a bit of a thrill ride to visitors.  It really gives a sense of how thin the rings are compared to their breadth.Titan dune buggy:  The latest radar images from Titan (T25, Feb 22) clarified some previously-known wonders.  Image no. PIA09181 shows some of the icy sand dunes in stark relief.  A newly released slide presentation by Ralph Lorenz (Johns Hopkins U) explains current thinking about these dunes, what they are made of, and how they form and move.  About 20% of Titan’s surface is covered in these dunes.  They exist primarily at equatorial latitudes and rise up to 100 meters high.  The presentation shows analogies with Earth sand dunes and says Titan’s dunes can form in about 1,000 years.  Material from methane rain runoff or from particles drifting down from the atmosphere are most likely candidates for the “sand” grains.  The estimated energy of Titan’s winds sets constraints on the size and mass of the particles.  One scientist counted 10,000 individual dunes on Titan—don’t ask her how or why.  You might ask her, though, “watch a dune?”Titan great lakes:  Investors might want to snatch up the prime lakefront property in Titan’s northern latitudes, as seen in this stunning radar image from the T25 flyby on Feb. 22.  The island shown (see this zoom image) is estimated to be the size of the big island of Hawaii.  If the dark area is indeed liquid methane or ethane, it appears to be deepest in the upper part and shallower near the island.  Finding possible lakes on Titan was exciting, but the amount falls far short of pre-Cassini predictions.Saturn gallery:  For more ooh-ahh pictures of Saturn taken recently by Cassini’s cameras, visit the Imaging Science album.Ol’ Sol has soul:  A new twin mission called STEREO is taking awe-inspiring new images of the sun (see National Geographic News).  The top image needs no drum roll.  Images like this can help scientists predict solar radiation risks for future astronauts on missions to the moon and Mars (see ICR article on space hazards).In other space news, Rosetta just passed Mars (see Astronomy Picture of the Day) on its way to a comet 7 more years from now.  The European Space Agency’s Mars Express and Venus Express are still in operation, and the USA’s Messenger is on the way to Mercury (ESA just approved a Mercury mission, also).  JPL’s Mars program is still in high gear with two rovers and two orbiters hard at work.  And Cassini has over a year of its prime mission left with a probable two- or three-year extended mission – maybe even longer, if all continues to function.  In short, lots of great space science still ahead.Aren’t these great days to be alive?  Each data bit coming into the giant dishes of the Deep Space Network is a treasure that scientists in earlier times would have died for.  Let’s gather it safely and not let our gold get molded into graven images for idols.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

James has triple-double in Cavs win over Grizzlies

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Tyreke Evans and JaMychal Green each had 15 points for Memphis, with Evans also dishing out 10 assists and Green grabbing 10 rebounds. Marc Gasol had 14 points and nine rebounds.Cleveland trailed by double digits early, but outscored Memphis 58-40 in the second half, sending the Grizzlies to their eighth straight loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames was already under triple-double watch at halftime with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Hill had 13 points as the Cavaliers erased a 13-point lead in the first half to carry a 54-49 lead into the break.James reached his triple-double with about 4 minutes left in the third, leading to a 3-pointer by Cedi Osman. That was part of Cleveland outscoring Memphis 31-22 in a foul-filled third quarter, building the lead to double digits and holding an 85-71 advantage into the fourth. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:41Philippines’ Gilas wins men’s basketball opener vs Kazakhstan01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City MOST READ Former NFL player detained by police after Instagram post Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentscenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — LeBron James had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in his 11th triple-double of the season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away after a slow start to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-89 on Friday night.George Hill also scored 18 points, while Larry Nance Jr. finished with 15 and Jordan Clarkson had 14 as the newcomers had good nights in the Cavaliers’ fifth win in the last six games.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Memphis never threatened the rest of the way.TIP-INSCavaliers: Clarkson was cut under his right eye in the second quarter, but returned in the fourth. . James has played in all 58 Cleveland games this season … Played their only road game out of the first seven following the All-Star break. . Cavs are 4-1 since reshaping their roster at the trade deadline, adding Hill, Rodney Hood, Clarkson and Nance. . James, who played 36 minutes in Thursday’s loss to Washington, played just under 37 minutes Friday night.Grizzlies: Evans left the game near the midway point of the fourth with a right rib injury and did not return. . Memphis is winless in February. Its last victory was Jan. 29 over Phoenix. . Evans was 3 for 7 from outside the arc, marking his 28th straight game with at least one 3-pointer, breaking the franchise record of 27 previously held by Mike Miller.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgPTI Sports Highlights at 5:30 PMNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) The following are PTIs top/expected sports stories at 5:30 pm:STORIES IN THE PIPELINEINDORE – Report of 2nd T20 International between India and Sri LankaCHENNAI – Report of ISL match between Chennaiyin FC vs Kerala BlastersCOIMBATORE – Report of I-League match Chennai City vs East BengalTHIRUVANANTHPURAM – National shooting Championship for rifle and pistol.STORIES ON THE WIRE:SPO-YEAR-BOXA year of revival, Indian boxing finds its bearings againBy Poonam MehraNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) Medals galore at most tournaments they gloved up for and an administrative recovery that held out promise of a better future — there were loads to celebrate in Indian boxing this year, during which quite a few punched above their weight.SPO-BCCI-FIASCOMumbai T20 Intl: BCCI top brass embroiled in pass fiascoBy Kushan SarkarNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) The friction between the BCCI top brass and the Committee of Administrators (COA) again came to the forefront when the distribution of complimentary passes for the third India-Sri Lanka T20 International led to a tussle between the two sides.SPO-DRAVID-FOOTFantastic to see youngsters play pro football: DravidBengaluru, Dec 22 (PTI) Cricket legend Rahul Dravid today said he is delighted to see young players getting a chance to play professional football alongside former international stars in the Indian Super League (ISL).SPO-WOM-AUS-TOURAustralia women team to tour India for ODIs, T20 tri- seriesNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) The Australian womens team will tour India in March 2018 to play three ODIs against the hosts as part of the ICC Womens Championship (2071-2020), the BCCI said today while announcing a T20 tri-series also involving England.advertisementSPO-SHOOT-ULKHANKARGun for Glory shooter Ulhankar clinches gold and bronzeThiruvananthapuram, Dec 22 (PTI) As Gun for Glorys shooters work hard each day to get better, Maharashtra?s Swaroop Mahavir Ulhankar, who is part of Project Leap is already bearing results at the National Shooting Competitions for para-athletes.SPO-LEAGUE-KERELAGokulam Kerala FC post 2-0 win over Indian Arrows in I- LeagueNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) Gokulam Kerala FC posted their first win of the 11th Hero I-League, getting the better of Indian Arrows 2-0 at the Ambedkar Stadium here today. PTI APA APAlast_img read more


first_img Recommended for you School fire reveals serious cracks in emergency response in Grand Turk Government not endorsing private fundraisers for HJ Robinson High Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, donte francis, HJ robinson high school, Kirschan Cox, Marjorie Basden High School, Natalia Williams, youth ambassador Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Oct 2014 – Press Release, Department of Youth AffairsAs TCI National Youth Ambassador, I would like to congratulate Mr. Kirschan Cox of the Marjorie Basden High School and Ms. Natalia Williams the HJ Robinson High School for their hard work and dedication which resulted in them both being named to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Merit List. Mr. Cox for Building Technology: (Woods) and Ms. Williams for Food and Nutrition. Achieving these results is something to be proud, as one has to finish in the top ten of a subject area while competing with over 12,000 regional students. Therefore we must applaud them for their excellence. They both have done tremendously well on their achievements.It is evident that our country is full of academic potential. The country has registered at least one student on the merit list since the year 2010 meaning that for four (4) consecutive years we have demonstrated tremendous excellence. We Turks and Caicos Islanders should be proud that we possess these abilities. We must never be scared or hindered to compete with the rest of the Caribbean because we have our very own unique ways of contributing to our society’s intellectual capacity. I see a country of success, and these students are evident to that.As Turks and Caicos Islanders we must continue to encourage our students in their achievements. It is us who has the ability to succeed and it is us who achieve these results. Remember that God has us Turks and Caicos – never forget that. Once again I would like to congratulate Kirschan and Natalia and I hope that many more from the TCI will be added to the Merit List in the years to come.Donte Francis National Youth AmbassadorDEPARTMENT OF YOUTH AFFAIRSMinistry of Education, Youth Sports & Library ServicesTurks & Caicos Islands, British West IndiesEmail: [email protected]: +1.649.245.5226 Officials complete tour of damage at HJ Robinson; school resumes Monday Feb 8last_img read more

Walter Gardiner new CEO of NIB

first_img Bahamas NIB Manager remanded, charged with extortion Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ceo, colin heartwell, NIB, Walter Gardiner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Sept 2015 – Walter Gardiner has officially been appointed as the CEO of the National Insurance Board in TCI; taking on the post after Colin Heartwell resigned this past April.In a recent Cabinet meeting, Gardiner was approved as CEO of the National Insurance Board.Gardiner formerly held the post of Deputy Directory of Operations, where he worked on the PR front. The new CEO says he believes that “the National Insurance Scheme legislation today is undoubtedly the best piece of social protection legislation ever implemented in the TCI.”According to Gardiner, over 1,400 people are a part of the long-term payouts, in the pensioner’s category – they get around $9 million of the monies distributed per year. Overall NIB is reported to pay out $12 million annually, with some $200 million in reserves and collections from the workers in the country announced at $25 million dollars per annum. Bahamas Police denies suspect hide out in TCI Recommended for you CEO goes on Maternity Leave; now Shorrell Dames is reportinglast_img read more