Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hantavirus causes death of Saskatchewan resident - CBC News

Hantavirus can be transmitted to humans through infected deer mice droppings.
CBC News:
A Saskatchewan resident has died after contracting hantavirus, the health ministry says.
Officials said it's the province's first fatal case of hantavirus in 2014.
The death occurred in an adult from the southern part of the province, the ministry said. No other details about the victim were immediately available.
The virus is transmitted by breathing in contaminated airborne particles from the droppings, urine and saliva of infected deer mice.
There have been 27 reported cases of Saskatchewan people getting sick from hantavirus since 1994. In nine cases, death resulted.
The average number of cases per year ranges from zero to four.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Amazing Night Sky Photos for May 2014 (Stargazing Gallery)

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Fish-eating spiders discovered worldwide: Study

by editor:
WASHINGTON, June 19: Researchers say spiders from at least eight different families can prey on small fish and “fishing spiders” are probably geographically widespread, occurring on all continents except Antarctica.
Spiders are traditionally viewed as predators of insects but in recent years, researchers have become increasingly aware that spiders are not exclusively insectivorous and certain larger-sized species might supplement their insect diet by occasionally catching small vertebrate prey.
Xinhua news agency reports in the new study, Martin Nyffeler of University of Basel, Switzerland and Bradley Pusey of University of Western Australia gathered and documented numerous incidents of spiders predating fish from all around the world.
According to their systematic review, spiders from as many as five families have been observed predating on small fish in the wild and three more families contain species that catch fish under laboratory conditions.
These so called semi-aquatic spiders typically dwell at the fringes of shallow freshwater streams, ponds or swamps, the researchers said...Continue reading...

Monday, June 23, 2014

Marc Emery’s not done yet 'Prince of Pot' eager to take up legalization fight after release from U.S. prison

By Ishmael N. Daro, Marc Emery’s not done yet

Marc Emery smoking a joint among marijuana plants. The self-styled "Prince of Pot" is returning to Canada this summer following a five-year prison sentence in the U.S. for selling seeds.

Photograph by: supplied ,

   Marc Emery wakes up having only gotten a few good hours of sleep.
   He used to sleep in until much later, but here in the the medium-security prison, they expect your bed made “military style” by 8 a.m. He shares the seven-by-12-foot cell with another inmate, and he considers himself lucky for that. Half the inmates are crammed into three-person cells. He’s already missed breakfast, usually nothing more than oatmeal and an apple or banana. They used to serve grapefruit and oranges with breakfast but too many inmates were making their own illicit alcohol, so now there’s no more citrus fruits.
   The rest of his day is predictable. Work for several hours, reading, maybe some TV and lockup by 9:40.  The lights go off at 10 p.m., after which he continues reading with a nightlight for a while before falling into an uneasy sleep.
   This has been Emery’s routine for much of the last five years, a boring existence for a brash pot activist who was never far from the spotlight or from controversy while still a free man. A man who built a small media empire to promote his cause, relished smoking enormous joints in public and fiercely denounced those who crossed him, once even calling a Liberal justice minister “a Nazi Jew.” (He later apologized.)...Continue reading...

A Nervous Mother Watches As 'Clark County Fire District 3' Rescue Her Trapped Baby!

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"On the Morning of May 18th 2011 my wife noticed a deer in our yard that appeared to be franticly looking for something in the rocks that form a wall on property line in Brush Prairie WA. When we first went out with our neighbors, we didn't see anything but the deer wouldn't leave our yard. We went back to our house and watched after a few minutes the deer came back.

We went out to the area the deer was concentrating on and could hear a baby fawn crying in the rocks. We moved some of the rocks and smaller boulders and saw baby fawn's face in the rocks. He had apparently fallen in our crawled in through one of the gaps and was now trapped. The larger boulders were too heavy to move and we didn't want to have the rocks cave in on the baby deer.
We finally called our Clark County Fire District 3. The B Shift team came out and they were able to move the larger rocks out of the way with the Jaws of Life enough to be able to reach in a pull the baby fawn out and reunited it with its momma. The fawn was probably stuck in their most of the night quickly went on to nurse off its momma. One of our neighbors took some video clips of the fire department's rescue. I edited the clips into this short clip. After sharing it with some friend they thought that it was just too cute not to share with more people so my neighbor agreed to let me upload the final clip."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Thousands of ducks block traffic as they cross busy road in Thailand[image]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BY
A feisty flock of 100,000 ducks caused chaos as it blocked up a busy road in Thailand.
The noisy birds stopped traffic as they descended en masse down the road in Nakhon Pathom on Saturday.
Jack Saranthat caught the astonishing scenes on camera.
His incredible footage shows wave after wave of the quacking birds swarming the entire carriageway.
"I'm not sure why these ducks are in revolt. You can see the great mass of ducks swarming on the road. They have now occupied the area entirely," the Bangkok Post translates him as saying...Read more:

Cat Goes Postal on Mailman

Viral Video of Week: Another Nike World Cup Hit

Nike’s got another World Cup themed viral hit  – the athletic gear maker’s latest video in its “Risk Everything” campaign has garnered more than 51.6 million views in just one week, according to Visible Measures.
The five-and-a-half minute long animated commercial, entitled “The Last Game,” pits cloned soccer players against the human team of soccer superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Neymar. In the end, the spot reminds viewers that risk taking is essential to winning the big game...

Israel Will Go to War as Islamic Fascism Spreads

Scenes like this ISIS execution remind Israelis of the Nazi genocide By Alan Caruba:
The Israelis are ready to go to war even if the United States is not.

The news out of the Middle East reflects how President Obama’s policies have led to an Islamic terrorist takeover of huge swaths of Syria and Iraq. No nation watches these events more closely than Israel. On June 6 the chief of the Israeli Defense Forces, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz cryptically remarked that the IDF is gearing up to address the growing numbers of terrorist forces on its border with Syria. He noted Iraq as well for good measure.

When Israel is in the news, it is usually because it is under attack or responding to one. The only other times have been news of “peace talks” between it and the Palestinian Authority (PA), but none of those talks over decades has ever achieved peace because, as the diplomatic community knows, the Palestinians do not want it.

Most recently, the PA announced “unity” with Hamas, a Palestinian organization that all nations identify as terrorist. As Efraim Inbar, the director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and a fellow of the Middle East Forum, recently noted, “As long as the military branch of Hamas remains independent, there is no Palestinian unity.”

Why the PA would engage in this charade is known only to them. There are no advantages in it because they do not gain any presence in the Gaza Strip, the home to Hamas. As far as the U.S. and Europe are concerned, says Inbar, “the establishment of a real, stable Palestinian state (is) more unlikely than ever.” Hamas has already asserted itself by kidnapping three teenagers, one of whom is an American...Continue reading... Related: Israel has 80 of the world's nuclear warheads

Bear alert for Trans-Canada Highway

By: Cathy Ellis: 
This black bear spent the night up a tree along the Trans-Canada Highway near Banff.A scared black bear has been up a tree in the middle of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Banff for well over 24 hours, prompting wildlife experts to warn motorists to drive carefully and obey all signs and speed limits.
A cinnamon-coloured black bear made its way onto the highway around 8 a.m. on Monday (June 16) near Carrot Creek, and when wildlife crews opened a gate to try to get it to safety, another black bear got onto the highway.
Parks Canada and RCMP temporarily shut down the highway to keep both bears safe. They managed to haze one of the bruins back to the other side of the wildlife fence, while the other scampered up a tree in the median between the east and westbound lanes.
Parks officials say the animal is stressed and there are no plans to tranquilize or handle the animal...Continue reading...

Family wants birth certificate changed. Alberta decision gives mom hope.

By Charles Hamilton, The Starphoenix, With Canadian Press Files: Family wants birth certificate changed

Renn Forsberg's mother Fran wants her transgender daughter's birth certificate to reflect the fact she identifies as female despite being born male.

Photograph by: Liam Richards, The Canadian Press , The Starphoenix, With Canadian Press Files

Fran Forsberg wants the Saskatchewan government to take a cue from Alberta and allow her transgender daughter to alter the sex designation on her birth certificate.
"I've been told so many times, 'It takes time.' But in the meantime we have children that are taking their own lives. The humiliation, the bullying," Forsberg said in an interview.
Forsberg says her daughter Renn was born male, but began to express herself as a girl around the age of three. These days, Renn, 6, wears girl's clothes and prefers the female pronoun.
Without sex-reassignment surgery, she is unable to get the gender on her Saskatchewan birth certificate changed.
"Renn has said right from the time she could verbalize that she is a girl. Who am I to say that she is not? You have to listen to our children," Forsberg said.
Her renewed complaint comes on the heels of an Alberta decision earlier this week to grant a 12-year-old transgender boy a new birth certificate that recognizes him as male.
Wren Kauffman had filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission over the inability to change the sex on his birth certificate.
Kauffman was presented with the new document on Sunday in Edmonton during
a Pride festival brunch hosted by the city's mayor. An Alberta judge had ruled that the Alberta law dealing with birth certificates violates the rights of transgender people.
Forsberg has also filed a human rights complaint over Saskatchewan's requirement for sex to be listed on birth certificates. Since then, she has heard nothing from provincial officials, she said.
In a written statement, Saskatchewan Justice Minister Gordon Wyant said he is still waiting on the human rights commission ruling and he does not know when that ruling will be made.
Forsberg wants the province to act now and not wait for the human rights commission to issue a ruling. Unlike the Alberta case, she wants gender removed entirely from birth certificates.
While she has "taken heat" for her decision to speak publicly about Renn's case, she believes it's for the best, she said.
"We have nothing to be ashamed of. If you are going to keep something hidden, nothing is going to change. This is not just about my daughter."
In the 1970s, most provinces changed their laws so people could change their birth certificates after sex reassignment surgery. The revision left out transgender children, because people must be at least 18 for the surgery.
Ontario revised its law following a human rights tribunal ruling in 2012 that declared it discriminatory to require an actual sex change operation for a transgender woman to switch to female from male on her birth certificate.
That province now allows a change with a note from a doctor or psychologist testifying to a person's "gender identity," but the province set a minimum age of 18 and said it needed more time to consider the issue.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Spirit Bear, 'A Last Good Bye' - Laura Sample in Canadian Wildlife Photography

After 2 days and over 5 ½ hours of observing the beautiful Spirit Bear, we are both leaving the area. He paused, turned for a final look as I took the last photo. We both went our own way.
  • Camera: NIKON D7100
  • Focal: 150 mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/400 sec

  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • ISO: 3200

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Doris Day, "When You're Smiling"

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'It looked like a shark': Teen catches massive sturgeon in B.C. Staff:
A U.S. teen who was fishing near a southern British Columbia community this week will likely be bragging about his recent catch for years to come, after he successfully reeled in a 3.5-metre long, 399-kilogram white sturgeon.
Paul Jarvis, 19, who was fishing in Fraser River, near Hope, B.C., with his father and a sport-fishing guide on Thursday, said he was shocked when he saw the monster-sized sturgeon emerge from the water.
"The second we set the hook, it jumped out of the water towards us, so it looked like a shark jumping out to something," Jarvis told CTV Vancouver on Saturday...Continue reading...

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Israel: Abbas responsible for teens' safety

The three missing Israeli teens.
AFP: Jerusalem - Three Israeli teenagers went missing in the West Bank, the army said on Friday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying he held the Palestinian leadership responsible for their safety.

"The IDF (Israeli military) confirms three teenagers are currently missing," an army statement said.

"The individuals were last seen late last night in the area of Gush Etzion," it said, referring to the main settlement bloc in the southern West Bank.

The army gave no further details and refused to say whether the three had been kidnapped.

"We do not give details that could hamper the investigation," a spokesperson said, adding only that a "large scale" search was under way.

Israeli media speculated the three may have been kidnapped by Palestinians. One has US citizenship, and the American embassy has been informed, public radio said.

Furious response

Netanyahu's office said it held the Palestinian leadership responsible for their disappearance.

"Israel holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for the wellbeing of the three missing Israeli teens," representative Ofir Gendelman wrote on Twitter.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed branch of the Islamist Hamas movement which until 2 June governed the Gaza Strip, issued a statement warning that "the occupier will never have security" but did not refer specifically to the missing teens.

Netanyahu's bureau said he had spoken by telephone to US Secretary of State John Kerry, telling him he held Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas responsible for the fate of the three.

Last week, a new Palestinian unity government of independents backed by Hamas was sworn in, prompting a furious response from Netanyahu's government. Hamas's charter calls for the destruction of Israel...Continue reading....                           

"Moonlight Mile" - The Rolling Stones - "Nervous Breakdown'

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Scientists fight bugs with poo

A toilet is seen in New York April 29, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A toilet is seen in New York April 29, 2008.
Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent: (Reuters) - Once a year, every year, Professor Thomas Borody receives a single-stem rose from one of his most grateful patients. She is, he says, thanking him for restoring her bowel flora.
It's a distasteful cure for a problem that's increasingly widespread: the Clostridium difficile bug, typically caught by patients in hospitals and nursing homes, can be hard to treat with antibiotics. But Borody is one of a group of scientists who believe the answer is a faecal transplant.
     Some jokily call it a "transpoosion." Others have more sciencey names like "bacteriotherapy" or "stool infusion therapy." But the process involves, frankly, replacing a person's poo with someone else's, and in the process, giving them back the "good" bugs they desperately need.
     Borody's grateful patient, Coralie Muddell, suffered months of chronic diarrhoea so bad she would often embarrass herself in public, and had even stopped eating to try to halt the flow.
     The technique that cured her has had a success rate of around 90 percent in the experimental cases where it has been used so far. Now scientists are taking it to the next level, with randomized controlled trials to establish if it can really be a viable option when antibiotics have failed...Read article here...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Big koi fish found in fishponds showing up at southern Saskatchewan waterway

Koi caught at Boundary Dam reservoir
CBC News: Boundary Dam is stocked with large-mouthed bass and other fish, but not koi like this brute. Officials think pet owners are slipping them in when they get too big for the backyard pond. (Courtesy Landon Polk)
Some mighty big fish are being landed at the Boundary Dam Reservoir near Estevan, Sask. — and people are expressing surprise.
They're koi fish, a species that is neither native to Saskatchewan, nor among the species that the reservoir is stocked with.
Recently, Landon Polk caught himself a 30-pound (13.6-kilogram) koi and then, a little later, one that weighed 20 pounds.
"I thought it was pretty weird," said Polk, who had been looking for a large-mouthed bass before shooting the koi with a bow and arrow. "People's goldfish swimming around here?"
Conservation officers told him they suspect the fish had been a pet that got too big for a backyard pond before being placed into the reservoir.
. Jennifer Merkowsky, a fisheries biologist with the Environment Ministry, said there's a warm-water outflow from the dam that's likely kept the big fish alive over the winter.
Koi are bottom-feeders and can stir up sediment, something that's not good for other fish in the reservoir, she said.
The government is telling people not to put invasive species like koi into provincial waterways, she said.

The rat hunt begins - Fawlty Towers - BBC

NYC Fines for Rat-Hunting Cats

U of S researcher finds first antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food

U of S researcher finds first antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food

University of Saskatchewan veterinary medicine researcher Joe Rubin examines a test for antibiotic resistance in his lab Thursday, June 12, 2014. Rubin discovered antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a squid brought to Saskatoon.

Photograph by: Greg Pender , The StarPhoenix

By Jeremy Warren, The StarPhoenix:
The spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria could be wider than previously thought, say University of Saskatchewan researchers who discovered the organism in a frozen squid purchased in Saskatoon.
It’s the first instance of finding antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food, says Western College of Veterinary Medicine assistant professor Joe Rubin, who co-authored a study published in the Centre for Disease Control journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
“While this certainly is a troubling finding, we don’t know how widespread these organisms are in these niche market food products or how they got there, so expanding our surveillance programs is our best next step to address these questions,” Rubin said...Continue reading...

Why Does Friday the 13th Scare Us So Much?

Photo of a black cat named Mamba.
Although superstitions can be arbitrary—a fear of black cats, for example—"once they are in the culture, we tend to honor them."
Photograph by Joana Costa Nogueira, National Geographic Your Shot
byBrian Handwerk
This year's only Friday the 13th is upon us, and it's paired with a full moon to boot. The occasional calendar quirk has revived old fears of bad luck and calamities ranging from auto accidents to stock market crashes.
Experts say such fears are long ingrained in Western culture, and they've been amply reinforced by the slasher-flick franchise featuring everyone's favorite hockey-masked murderer Jason Voorhees. (Get more Friday the 13th facts.)
But take heart. Some research suggests you may actually be a bit safer on this ill-omened day. And superstitions, when not taken to extremes, can even give some believers a psychological boost...Continue reading...

Sad Cat Diary

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bumblebee appears to rescue another bee from a spider's web

A Bumblebee
A bumblebee, no longer so humble. Photograph: simon de glanville / Alamy/Alamy
Newsflare : A bizarre video has emerged of a bumblebee appearing to rescue another bumblebee caught in a spider’s web.

Keith Adams, who provides a running commentary throughout the video, caught the action on the windowsill of his flat in east London on Sunday.

Keith describes how he saw a bee caught up in a spider’s web and wanted to film the scene as a lesson for his young son.

However, things took an unexpected turn when a second bumblebee showed up and appeared to sting the spider to deter it from its meal. Day

40 Mind-Blowing Quotes From Barack Hussein Obama On Islam And Christianity

When someone shows you who they are, believe them
Since 2009, NOW THE END BEGINS has brought you story after story in detailed accounts of exactly how Obama feels about Islam, and how he views Christianity and the Bible. So today, in light of recent events in Washington, we feel it important that you know exactly where your president stands in regards to his faith and his god. Below are 20 quotes he has made about Islam, and 20 quotes he has made about Christianity. Nothing edited or mashed up, just exactly in the context he originally spoke them in with fully-sourced links so you can see where they come from.
If after reading this, you still think he is not a Muslim, then there is something organically wrong with your ability to reason and understand simple words written on the level of 6th grade English. You may remain ignorant, but it will be willingly so.
40 Quotes By Barack Obama About Islam and Christianity

Living And Dying Under Radical Islam

Living And Dying Under Radical Islam
We are no longer taking the fight to the radical Islam. They are taking it to us and kicking our butt. Worst of all, they are doing it right in our living rooms in front of our children and grandchildren. But peace-loving and turn-the-other-cheek liberals are providing aid and comfort to the enemy. And if what I have to say offends you, too damn bad. I am living in a city that puts on display some Muslim radicals; and if you don’t believe me, you have not been to my neck of the woods.
The balcony from where I write to you each week faces downtown Calgary, Canada, home to one of the largest Islamic populations in North America. It is also home to a growing breed of militant terrorists who day upon day are being radicalized within a city that used to be known as “Cowtown” because of Western pioneer values. Yet in the heart of cattle country, the Eastern influence has surged over the past decade. It is impossible to leave one’s door and not pass Muslims. Their ranks are growing annually, and their radical membership can only be estimated...
...Winston Churchill used to call his depressive moods his “black dog.” He saw another dog in the word as well, and it was Islam. Great Britain used to be the vanguard protecting Western ideals and liberal democratic ideals. That empire, unlike America under Obama, had no illusions as to Islam’s global goals. Churchill said:
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live."...Read here...

Up to date info on burning wildfires in USA

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"The Gael", The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Police dog Danny says goodbye to fallen partner at RCMP regimental funeral Staff: Danny at RCMP funeral procession
The canine partner of one of the RCMP officers slain in Moncton, N.B., was among the thousands who paid tribute at a regimental funeral Tuesday.
Danny, the K-9 Unit companion of dog handler Const. David Ross, figured prominently in Tuesday’s proceedings, paying poignant tribute to his fallen master.
During a police procession prior to the funeral, Danny walked behind his master’s hearse. At one point, Danny stood on his hind legs in an effort to sniff Ross’s Stetson hat, which was being carried by an RCMP officer...Continue reading, photos...

Two Heroes Are United Forever Thanks To One Amazing Dog.

Capt. Jake Murphy
Capt. Jake Murphy{photo]
Many people question the necessity of service pets, but when it comes to soldiers… there is no question! This is the remarkable story of two war heroes who fought together overseas. US Army soldiers Derek and Jake were both terribly injured while saving lives in Afghanistan. Derek saved Jake’s life in the terrible incident which left them both disabled.
When Derek returned home, he signed up to get a special friend… service dog Gabriel. Sadly, Derek never lived to meet his angel Gabriel. What happened next was amazing. Jake got a phone call that Derek wanted Gabriel to help serve him and for Jake, Gabriel turned out to be a lifesaver. Even after his death, Derek was able to save Jake one last time.

Laurent Baheux: wildlife photography at its best

Laurent Baheux - Exodus of elephants, Kenya, 2013 - 72 dpi-2
When it comes to wildlife photography, a few photographers stand out of the box. Yes, many are talented enough to take amazing shots, but what makes a great photographer is the ability to capture moments.
Laurent Baheux is one of them. While his name might not ring the bell, his work has been used worldwide for many years. But how did he become this famous photographer? Curious to know the story about the man behind the lens, MadlyJuicy contacted the French photographer from the city of Poitiers (400 km south from Paris), to know a little bit more about him...Continue reading, photos...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Funeral for Moncton Mounties killed in the line of duty sees thousands of officers march in procession

THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Marc Grandmaison. RCMP officers march in the funeral procession on their way to the regimental funeral for three slain RCMP officers in Moncton, N.B., Tuesday, June 10, 2014. RCMP officers march in the funeral procession on their way to the regimental funeral for three slain RCMP officers in Moncton, N.B., Tuesday, June 10, 2014. :
MONCTON, N.B. — A funeral procession for the three Mounties killed in the line of duty wound its way through Moncton on Tuesday with pipers and drummers leading the mourners including police officers from across Canada and the United States.
Four RCMP officers on horseback followed the procession, leading three hearses carrying the bodies of constables Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Douglas James Larche and Dave Joseph Ross.
Members of the RCMP and municipal police forces, as well as correctional officers and U.S. border patrol officers were among those who marched in unison on their way to the Moncton Coliseum to the funeral service. An estimated 2,700 officers took part in the procession...Continue reading...

Eva Cassidy, "Fields of Gold ' for the album EVA BY HEART - Used by permission - Poster designed for Liaison Records by Eileen White - Photograph by Matthew Dols - Please do not copy this image

Alaska: Wildfire near Delta Junction grows to 22.5 square miles; staffing up to 279 and growing

100 Mile Creek Fire[photo]
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Wildfire officials planned to ramp up the response to a fire that's burning in a military training area near Delta Junction.
The 100 Mile Creek Fire in the Donnelly Training Area has been burning for about a month. The fire over the weekend grew from 14.7 square miles to 22.5 square miles, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( reported.
Warmer temperatures and a change in wind were behind the expanded burning acreage, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. Winds from the south pushed the fire northwest into a dry channel of a creek.
Mel Slater, spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Alaska Fire Service, said lower relative humidity over the weekend combined with the new wind patterns helped spread flames.
"The answer probably won't ever be totally clear," Slater said. "A few days ago, it was wetter out there. But the temperatures rose, so that means the fuels probably dried out a lot quicker."
By Monday, lighter winds and higher humidity let crews build more direct lines and moderated fire activity, according to the coordination center
The fire started May 13. A spot fire from the 88.5-square-mile Oklahoma Range prescribed-burn area crossed a boundary and ignited forest.
As of Monday morning, 290 people were working on the fire and staffing was expected to increase.
Two fire crews joined the containment effort Saturday. Ground crews were assisted by four retardant tankers, two CL-215 water scooper aircraft and four helicopters.
Five more fire crews were expected Monday.

Tiananmen Square events during a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on June 4, 2014. 2014 - 'panoramas on 360Cities'

Tens Of Thousands Of HK People To Commemorate June 4(18萬港人悼六四25周年3) in Hong Kong.,-52.82,72.4

Haydon Bridge wildlife snapper launches nature website

Will Nicholls Red squirrel drinking
Red squirrel drinkingBy :
Award-winning wildlife photographer Will Nicholls has had a field day in his gap year before starting university in September.
Will, 19, from Haydon Bridge in Northumberland, produced a book of his images titled On the Trail of Red Squirrels and also spent three months on a solo filming mission in Cambodia.
Now he has launched a website to help aspiring wildlife photographers follow in his footsteps.
Will, who will go to Exeter University to study zoology, said: “I wanted to make my gap year worthwhile.”...Continue reading...

Monday, June 9, 2014

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Gantz: IDF gets set to target 50,000 Al Qaeda fighters piling up around Israel in Syria and Iraq

Israel Air Force's Heron UAV
Israel Air Force's Heron UAV
DEBKAfile Special Report:IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz’s cryptic remark Monday, June 6, that “The Israeli Air Force will next month dramatically change its mode of operation,” meant that a decision has been taken to start directing the IAF’s fire power against military and terrorist targets in the Syrian and Iraqi arenas – in particular the al Qaeda forces foregathering ever closer to Israel’s borders with Syria, Iraq and Jordan. By aerial fire power, the general meant not just warplanes but also Israel’s long-range unmanned aerial vehicles and helicopters.
He was lecturing to the Herzliya meeting of the Interdisciplinary Center’s policy and strategy institute.
On May 28, foreign sources were quoted as reporting that the Israeli Air force had shut down its last AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters squadron, which had served manly for strikes against armored and ground targets. Instead, lighter and cheaper drones have been commissioned for use against those targets.
Asked what he meant by “a dramatic change in the IAF’s mode of operations,” Gen. Gantz replied: A different kind of enemy is at our door. It is “more mobile, better at concealment and comes from farther away.”
If we count the jihadists present in the northern part of the map (.i.e., north of Israel) and add them to those scattered in the south and east (Iraq, Jordan and the Sinai Peninsula), we come to a total of 50,000 armed Islamist fighters, he said...Continue reading... Related:  IDF Official: 170,000 Missiles Aimed at Israel.
By Moshe Cohen:
Illustration: Gaza terrorists manufacturing rockets
Illustration: Gaza terrorists manufacturing rockets
Flash 90
Terror groups have managed to replenish their supply of missiles, a year and a half after Israel delivered a crushing blow to Hamas in Operation Pillar of Defense, said Itai Brun, director of research in the IDF Intelligence branch. Speaking at the annual Herzliya Conference, Brun said said that there were hundreds of long-range missiles in Gaza – and that between Hezbollah, Hamas, and the other Gaza terror groups, there were now 170,000 missiles aimed at Israel...Continue reading...

3 men escape from Canadian jail using helicopter

[image]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By Faith Karimi and Suzanne Presto, CNN:
(CNN) -- In a daring operation worthy of a movie, three men escaped from a Canadian jail by helicopter, prompting a massive manhunt, authorities said.
The men escaped from a detention center Saturday night in Quebec City.
"A helicopter touched down briefly in the courtyard before taking off with the three prisoners," Ann Mathieu, a spokeswoman for Quebec Provincial Police, told CNN.
"We are talking closely with the detention center to figure out exactly how the escape transpired," Mathieu told CNN partner CBC. "The priority ... is to find the helicopter."...

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Friday, June 6, 2014

The Tillers perform "The Road Neverending"

Dog driving car Tillers; Pictures and Music Videos

D-Day Vet Repeats His Parachute Jump Into Normandy At Age 93

D-Day Vet Repeats His Parachute Jump Into Normandy At Age 93by Paul Thompson Seventy years ago this week, Jim "Pee Wee" Martin was among the thousands of brave young men who parachuted down over Utah Beach into Normandy, France with the 101st Airborne Division — beginning the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany. On Thursday, at 93 years old, Pee Wee jumped once again...Continue reading... Related:

Islamic prayers to be held at the Vatican

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) welcomes Pope Francis upon Francis' arrival to the West Bank town of Bethlehem, May 25, 2014. (Reuters)
For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.
Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders, a statement released by Peres’s spokesperson said, according to the Times of Israel.
Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be a “pause in politics” and had no political aim other than to rekindle the desire for Israeli-Palestinian peace at the political and popular level, according to the Associated Press.

Low expectations

The Vatican will broadcast a live feed of the event to viewers across the world.
However, expectations for the event should be kept low, according to Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the custodian of Catholic Church property in the Holy Land.
[No-one should think] “peace will suddenly break out on Monday, or that peace is any closer,” AP reported him as saying.
On Friday, the Pope met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and discussed ways of promoting peace and stability in Asia the Vatican said in a statement.
Last Update: Friday, 6 June 2014 KSA 18:18 - GMT 15:18

Native American roots provide strength for local Miss USA hopeful

By: Tricia Sloma
Over four and a half million viewers are expected to tune into the Miss USA pageant on NBC this Sunday night at 8:00.
A lot of local fans will be watching for Mekayla Diehl from Bristol.
This former Elkhart County Fair queen has made it all the way to the big stage, and her chances are really good.
If she wins, she'll be the first Miss USA from Indiana, and the first Native American too!
As we found out during a recent visit, our Miss Indiana has a special place in Michigan, and Canada too...Continue reading...

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Time lapse thunderstorm video from Stephen Locke on Vimeo.

The Climax, Kansas Supercells by Stephen Locke from Stephen Locke on Vimeo.
Time lapse cinematography of the structured supercell outbreak near Climax, Kansas on May 10, 2014.
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