“Diwali- A festival full of sweet memories, sky full of fireworks, mouth full of sweets, house full of diyas and heart full of enjoyment.”Divali has always been one of my favourite festivals. And I guess what has always been its most attractive feature has been the air of tranquillity that lingers in my memories as I remember my mom and I spending most of the day, puttering about the kitchen cooking up a multitude of dishes – both “sweet and salt”. My personal favourites were the samosas and “aloo balls”.But before the actual day of Diwali, the house would have been given a thorough cleaning- both inside and out. I haven’t been able to be home for Divali during these last two years – but to be honest I didn’t miss the cleaning part! Most Hindus – and this includes my Mom – literally don’t even leave a stone unturned when cleaning up for Diwali because we are symbolically welcoming God into our house and who would want to welcome God into a house that’s less than spic-and-span?By six o’clock, we would be in our pooja rooms, offering prayers to the deities, Mother Lakshmi in particular. Mother Lakshmi is the Goddess of Light so we pray to her on Diwali, which is the darkest night of the year (Amaawas night). Families praying together and singing bhajans to Mother Lakshmi is one of the many wonderful ways that Diwali strengthens the family bond.We would then carefully place a Diya in every room of the house – especially the ledges of the verandas – and then proceed outside where the passageways, fences and bridges would be outlined with Diyas. Because we live so close to the Ocean, the wind is invariably very strong and it’s always a challenge to keep the Diya’s going. You evolve strategies like placing them where two wicks touch and keep each other lit!Divali is a harvest festival and the underlying message – like with most Hindu festivals – is the triumph of light over darkness (good over evil). Poverty is seen as one of the greatest obstacles to living a virtuous life, so from this perspective, banishing it through a bountiful harvest is a powerful message.The lighting of the millions of Diyas every Diwali is significant- it means we are battling the odds and lighting up the world on the darkest night of the year. Though the moon isn’t out, we’re making our own light. We’re forging our own paths in this life. And that’s important- you can only build up good Karma if YOU take action, not if someone else does it for you. And Karma is an integral part of Hinduism – we believe that we can only achieve moksha (liberation) based on our actions in life.Sure, lighting up fireworks and cooking are really, really fun but the whole essence of Diwali is that every Diya that you light, you are making a conscious decision to end the darkness. The darkness doesn’t just mean external ‘demons’ like drugs, bad friends, poverty, sickness, etc, it also means tackling your own internal conflicts, like trying to fix that bad aspect of your personality or cultivating better discipline.On Diwali, family members across the globe reconnect- whether they just call or even visit for the holiday is up to them, but the important thing is that the bond is being maintained. This Divali, I will be shuttling between north and south Trinidad, but I still hope, as I did last year, I will be in the Pooja room with my family, singing our favourite Divali Bhajans – via the magic of Skype!!So go out there this Diwali, light a Diya, keep on burning bright, and keep on shining.
RYAN BRADLEY AND HIS WEE BROTHER BENBEHIND every great player is a great family.There’s the football families of course in the parishes and clubs of County Donegal.And then there are the real families; the mums and dads – the brothers and sister – the children who help to make victory taste all the more sweeter. Ryan Bradley posted this picture above with “my wee brother Ben” during the celebrations in Donegal Town.Then there’s the back room team – the men and women who make the management tick.Like Donal Reid physical therapist – pictured below with Donna and Roisin.DONAL REID WITH DONNA AND ROISINThen there’s the proud mum – Anne McGee. She is pictured below with her sons – proud as any mother could be.Then there’s the fan family.The players and management were a credit to themselves and the county in Donegal Town on Sunday night.They patiently posed for pictures with fans.And they must have signed a thousand jerseys through it all. We don’t think Jim McGuinness stopped smiling!Makes you proud.THE 3 MCGEES AND MUMPADDY MCBREARTY WITH FANS FIONA MCGINLEY AND LYNDA CURRANDONEGAL HEROES SHOW WINNING ULSTER IS A REAL FAMILY AFFAIR was last modified: July 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)
Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, today published a blog post about what he terms the Graph, which is similar (if not identical) to his Semantic Web vision. Referencing both Brad Fitzpatrick’s influential post earlier this year on Social Graph, and our own Alex Iskold’s analysis of Social Graph concepts, Berners-Lee went on to position the Graph as the third main “level” of computer networks. First there was the Internet, then the Web, and now the Graph – which Sir Tim labeled (somewhat tongue in cheek) the Giant Global Graph! Note that Berners-Lee wasn’t specifically talking about the Social Graph, which is the term Facebook has been heavily promoting, but something more general. In a nutshell, this is how Berners-Lee envisions the 3 levels (a.k.a. layers of abstraction):1. The Internet: links computers2. Web: links documents3. Graph: links relationships between people and/or documents — “the things documents are about” as Berners-Lee put it.The Graph is all about connections and re-use of data. Berners-Lee wrote that Semantic Web technologies will enable this:“So, if only we could express these relationships, such as my social graph, in a way that is above the level of documents, then we would get re-use. That’s just what the graph does for us. We have the technology — it is Semantic Web technology, starting with RDF OWL and SPARQL. Not magic bullets, but the tools which allow us to break free of the document layer.”Sir Tim also notes that as we go up each level, we lose more control but gain more benefits: “…at each layer — Net, Web, or Graph — we have ceded some control for greater benefits.” The benefits are what happens when documents and data are connected – for example being able to re-use our personal and friends data across multiple social networks, which is what Google’s OpenSocial aims to achieve.What’s more, says Berners-Lee, the Graph has major implications for the Mobile Web. He said that longer term “thinking in terms of the graph rather than the web is critical to us making best use of the mobile web, the zoo of wildy differing devices which will give us access to the system.” The following scenario sums it up very nicely:“Then, when I book a flight it is the flight that interests me. Not the flight page on the travel site, or the flight page on the airline site, but the URI (issued by the airlines) of the flight itself. That’s what I will bookmark. And whichever device I use to look up the bookmark, phone or office wall, it will access a situation-appropriate view of an integration of everything I know about that flight from different sources. The task of booking and taking the flight will involve many interactions. And all throughout them, that task and the flight will be primary things in my awareness, the websites involved will be secondary things, and the network and the devices tertiary.”ConclusionI’m very pleased Tim Berners-Lee has appropriated the concept of the Social Graph and married it to his own vision of the Semantic Web. What Berners-Lee wrote today goes way beyond Facebook, OpenSocial, or social networking in general. It is about how we interact with data on the Web (whether it be mobile or PC or a device like the Amazon Kindle) and the connections that we can take advantage of using the network. This is also why Semantic Apps are so interesting right now, as they take data connection to the next level on the Web.Overall, unlike Nick Carr, I’m not concerned whether mainstream people accept the term ‘Graph’ or ‘Social Graph’. It really doesn’t matter, so long as the web apps that people use enable them to participate in this ‘next level’ of the Web. That’s what Google, Facebook, and a lot of other companies are trying to achieve.Incidentally, it’s great to see Tim Berners-Lee ‘re-using’ concepts like the Social Graph, or simply taking inspiration from them. He never really took to the Web 2.0 concept, perhaps because it became too hyped and commercialized, but the fact is that the Consumer Web has given us many innovations over the past few years. Everything from Google to YouTube to MySpace to Facebook. So even though Sir Tim has always been about graphs (as he noted in his post, the Graph is essentially the same as the Semantic Web), it’s fantastic he is reaching out to the ‘web 2.0’ community and citing people like Brad Fitzpatrick and Alex Iskold.Related: check out Alex Iskold’s Social Graph: Concepts and Issues for an overview of the theory behind Social Graph. This is the post Tim Berners-Lee referenced. Also check out Alex’s latest post today: R/WW Thanksgiving: Thank You Google for Open Social (Or, Why Open Social Really Matters). A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#Semantic Web#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Related Posts dan rowinski Tags:#Amazon#Analysis#Apple#Browsers#Google#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Android made a jump today that signals the future of the platform. Anybody familiar with Android will take a look at its new Ice Cream Sandwich platform and know that Google has truly morphed its tablet version of the platform, Honeycomb, and the previous smartphone versions into an entirely new user interface. Whether or not users will respond favorably to it remains to be seen, but Android 4.0 is a dynamic update to the leading smartphone operating system.What is new with Ice Cream Sandwich? Well, Google is playing to Android’s strengths with ICS by creating new multi-tasking capabilities, resizable widgets, improved voice controls and quicker communication controls. Android has also tied its browser to the cloud, which will drastically improve how it renders and saves pages. Check out what is new with Android 4.0 below and how Android now stacks up against its competition.For all you users who prefer the quick-hit version, take a look at the video that Google and Samsung released with the new Nexus Prime device and how it integrates Ice Cream Sandwich:Multi-Tasking & New User Interface The Android developer team recognized early that it could differentiate itself from Apple’s iOS with multi-tasking. Apple has since caught up with multi-tasking in iOS, but Android still does it better and Ice Cream Sandwich gives multi-tasking a better user interface than previous Android versions. The big jump for Ice Cream Sandwich multi-tasking is the “Recent Apps” function that will bring up users’ most-used apps from the system bar icon either at the top or the bottom of the device. The system bar icon is a feature from Honeycomb, as are a lot of the new user interface changes in Android 4.0. Android has a new home screen folder for users to group their apps, get app info or uninstall it. There is even the promise of being able to disable a pre-installed app, which a lot of people will be happy about if it allows them to get rid of the bloatware that the carriers and original equipment manufacturers put on their devices. We will see how well it works in practice. Resizable widgets are also an improvement from Gingerbread that takes a hint from Honeycomb. This is a product of the developer environment that Android created with Ice Cream Sandwich as developers now have the ability to set device specifications with backwards functionality. That will allow developers to create different options for the size of widgets and applications with a few additional lines of code in the Android developer ecosystem. Resizable widgets will help users with different screen sizes take advantage of the landscape of Android devices, from large tablets on down.Data, Voice Input & Photo EditingAndroid had the early lead in voice input, another area where the platforms’ developers could take a step ahead of iOS. Apple has caught up, in a big way, with iOS 5 and Siri.From a marketing and user interface standpoint, Siri is a brilliant creation from Apple. Android 4.0 voice controls may work as well or better than Siri, but it cannot match the fact that Siri is a likable character that lives inside your iPhone and says some weird stuff sometimes. The voice input engine in Ice Cream Sandwich allows users to dictate text to the phone for as long as they want in any language. Forget the comparisons with Siri, that is a pretty neat innovation in its own right. Last week, Opera Mobile released a browser tied to the cloud that can allow users to moderate data usage. The third-party Bolt browser that was announced at CTIA in San Diego does the same thing. In a way, Bolt and Opera were lucky that Google and Samsung pulled out of CTIA and made the Ice Cream Sandwich announcement in Hong Kong this morning, because the Android browser now has the same exact functionality and may do it better.Ice Cream Sandwich also brings native photo editing to the Android camera interface. This is another space where Android is stealing some of the thunder from the application ecosystem that had previously filled the holes that the platform did not provide. There is an array of photo editing features for both pictures and video. The biggest change here – and one that brings it much closer to iOS – is the ability to easily take screenshots. Apple has had this functionality for a long time and it was more difficult to perform in Android.Android’s Native Browser Makes A Leap Why are there so many third-party Android browsers? A couple of reasons. Unlike iOS, Android as an open application ecosystem is much friendlier to mobile browser developers. The second is that developers saw an opportunity with browsers because the native Android browser offered a subpar experience. That is about to change.Mobile browsers are taking to the cloud. It is not actually a difficult implementation. Offloading page rendering to the cloud speeds up the browser. Google claims that the new browser in ICS shows a 220% improvement over the Gingerbread browser. It can switch between desktop and mobile versions of a site, allow for tab preferences and Instapaper/Read It Later functionality with offline reading. The new Android browser is actually very similar to what Amazon did with Silk and improvements that Mozilla has made with its Fennec mobile browser. The cloud functionality will help with mobile developers creating HTML5 applications and make for a better user experience on the mobile Web.The cloud also helps with text input and email. Android 4.0 has an improved auto-completion feature. There is also an integrated menu in the new email application that will help organize IMAP, EAS v14 and Exchange email, which will be a boon to enterprise users that have had a frustrating experience with the Android email client so far. Android Beam & Connectivity Innovations Near-field communications is often tied to mobile payments. Google Wallet is Android’s big push in that direction. Yet, as is often pointed out in the comments section of ReadWriteWeb, NFC can be used for much more than just payments. Android Beam is like the next evolution of Bump that lets users share content and contacts between two NFC-enabled devices. Users can share apps, contacts, photos, documents. Ice Cream Sandwich also allows users to do this through Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth. Big Picture: How Does Ice Cream Sandwich Stand Up?Google just put the smartphone and tablet world on notice. There is a lot to like in Ice Cream Sandwich. Some of it is new (like the Face Unlock feature for security), a lot of it involves improvements to existing systems (multi-tasking, voice input, camera and calendar upgrades) and some of it is riding new trends that Android is trying to do better (NFC, cloud browsing). There is a reason that it took Google and the Android ecosystem a long time to release Ice Cream Sandwich. Morphing the smartphone versions with Honeycomb took a lot of work but following what the competition was doing and then improving upon it is a daunting undertaking. If there is a unique feature in any mobile platform, Google just integrated it. Ice Cream Sandwich shows us why a lot of tech pundits found the iPhone 4S so disappointing. Apple could have done almost all of these things (and probably will very soon) but the iPhone refresh was not a jump like Android 4.0. It is a game of leapfrog. Google jumped iOS with Ice Cream Sandwich and Apple may come back and jump Android with the eventual release of the iPhone 5. Everybody else, from Windows Phone, BlackBerry and even smaller platforms like Tizen, are going to be playing catch-up to Google and Apple in the near future. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …
At Intel, we’re always looking for feedback on the way IT should be. Therefore, at the recent MMS 2008 Conference, we had Intel customers, partners, and technical experts from Microsoft and Intel tell us their meaning of IT Utopia.
MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans (12) attempts a three point shot against Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) in the second half of an NBA basketball game. APMEMPHIS, Tennessee — The Memphis Grizzlies haven’t won many games lately, and those few victories have featured drama in the closing seconds.Tyreke Evans had 30 points and 11 assists, Marc Gasol had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and Memphis snapped a three-game losing streak with a 115-112 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Clippers had the ball with a chance to tie in the closing 21 seconds, but a tough Memphis defense forced a bad pass from Lou Williams, and Evans ran the ball down in the backcourt as the horn sounded. The victory was only the third for Memphis in the last 22 games. In each, the opponents failed to convert shots for a tie or victory on the final possession.“You take the win any way that you can,” Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “We’ve got to be better in those moments, though.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAustin Rivers had 38 points, his second straight game setting a career high, while Williams finished with 36. But no other Clippers player reached double figures. DeAndre Jordan, the league’s leading rebounder, had 18 boards.“It was a great comeback at the end when you’re down that many,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. View comments Memphis had its largest lead of the game with 5 minutes left, 109-93, before Austin Rivers and Williams began chipping into the advantage. Eventually, the guards helped craft a 19-6 run, pulling the Clippers within 115-112 with 1:00 left after a 3-pointer from Williams. After a couple missed attempts by Memphis, Doc Rivers called timeout with 21 seconds left. But Los Angeles never got off a shot in the ensuing possession.“I didn’t like the last play at all,” the Clippers coach said. “I thought we were looking for the 3, which we wanted, but we also could have gotten a quick 2. But we basically just dribbled the clock out.”Memphis has struggled in at least one quarter in games throughout the losing skid. This time, Memphis used a strong third quarter to stretch its 63-59 halftime lead to as many as 12. The 16-point advantage in the closing 5 minutes was enough of a cushion for Memphis.For the Clippers, playing the second night of a back-to-back after a win in Houston on Friday, there wasn’t quite enough energy to overcome the deficit.“Emotionally, on defense, we weren’t communicating,” Austin Rivers said. “We weren’t into it. They got too many buckets, and it cost us down the stretch.”ADVERTISEMENT Pelicans pull away after halftime, top Heat LATEST STORIES The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutout
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the production of sorghum in Jamaica augurs well for the future of the agriculture industry. He said that large scale cultivation of the crop will boost the livestock industry and also assist in reducing the sector’s almost $2 billion per year import bill. “We want to see how much of a dent we can make into the importation of animal feeds and other inputs into the agricultural sector; anything that we can do to save foreign exchange is something that is good for the country,” he stated. Minister Clarke was speaking to JIS News following a tour of the Caribbean Broilers Group sorghum facilities on Thursday, February 7, in Hill Run, St. Catherine. Sorghum is a genus of numerous grass species, some of which are raised for grain and many of which are used as fodder plants. The plants take three to four months to reach maturity and are cultivated in warm climates around the world.Caribbean Broilers is growing the crop to be used for feedstock as a replacement for imported corn. The Minister lauded the initiative, stating that he is impressed by the results so far. “As we speak, they have just put in 20 acres on an experimental basis. They have bought machines and they intend to do thousands of acres…they have brought in expertise from the United States and based on the results so far, it is very encouraging,” Minister Clarke told JIS News.He said the Ministry has been having discussions with Caribbean Broilers regarding the production of local animal feeds and is willing to partners to other private sector entities in the effort.“I have committed to working with them to see wherever Government lands are available and we would work with them to see how we can get them to expand production,” the Minister told JIS News.“Anything that can assist with import substitution, I am all for it. If you can save us one tonne of importation, I am with you,” he added.Visiting Consultant and Agriculturist, Johnny Hare, said that sorghum, which is similar to corn, can be grown successfully in Jamaica to replace imported corn being used in animal feed rations. “There has not been a lot of sorghum grown in Jamaica for grain… at the end of this first stage of this project, we need to identify what we are going to do for weed control, insect control, fungus control, and the way forward,” he said.He informed that planting of the next crop is expected to commence on March 1.“There’s so much land in Jamaica that is not in production and if we can bring the technology and the knowledge that makes America the bread basket of the world, to Jamaica, and we can put that land to work. I believe it will be good for all of Jamaica,” he said.In his remarks, Manager, Corporate Affairs, Caribbean Broilers, Dr. Keith Amiel said, “the sorghum here is exciting in that it’s specially bred to produce very large heads so that the yield will be substantial.”He said the cultivation of sorghum forms part of the company’s food security initiative and is expected to create jobs while reducing the island’s import bill.
Shares of Hydropothecary Corp. rose more than 18 per cent after the licensed medical cannabis producer announced ambitious plans that will see it further grow its operations in Quebec at a rapid pace.The company (TSXV:THCX) said Tuesday it has acquired property adjacent to its existing facility in Gatineau, Que., to construct a new 93,000-square-metre greenhouse that would increase its production capacity to 108,000 kilograms of dried cannabis per year.The expansion will bring the company’s total production capacity to about 121,000 sq. m of cultivation and manufacturing labs, with the expansion expected to be completed in one year.“Hydropothecary is boldly stepping forward to take the lead in the Canadian cannabis industry… Once legalization and the adult-use recreational market become a reality, Hydropothecary will be ready,” said Sebastien St. Louis, CEO and co-founder, in a statement.Vahan Ajamian, a research analyst with Beacon Securities Ltd., said the expansion would put Hydropothecary among the top three producers in Canada.By comparison, Ontario-headquartered Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) announced in October that it will develop up to about 280,000 sq. metres of greenhouse growing capacity in British Columbia, more than doubling the production footprint of Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer.Hydropothecary currently has a production capacity of about 4,600 sq. m and produces about 3,600 kg of dried cannabis per year. An expansion announced in October will see the company increase its production capacity by about 23,000 sq. m by next July, after which it said it’s expected to produce about 26,000 kg annually.St. Louis said costs for the newest expansion to be completed next December, which are expected to be $80 million, will be funded through the company’s current financial resources.The addition is expected to create up to 100 jobs during construction, with another 100 positions forecast for the operation of the new facility.This is on top of 100 jobs which will be created when the company’s 23,000 sq. m greenhouse expansion, which is expected to cost $25 million, becomes operational in July.Shares of Hydropothecary closed at $4.11, up 63 cents or 18.10 per cent, on the TSX Venture Exchange.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Alberta’s Opposition Leader Jason Kenney said the federal judges who overturned approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are out of touch with the real world.He said Notley has not helped matters by prematurely celebrating the construction of the pipeline while imposing a carbon tax in the mistaken belief it would provide so-called “social licence” that would persuade environmental opponents to stand down.The Trans Mountain line has dominated Alberta politics in the last year and it, along with everything it represents, including Alberta’s carbon tax, is expected to overshadow all other issues in a spring election.Notley has said Alberta’s commitment to environmental stewardship, expressed through its carbon tax and commitment to phase out coal-fired electricity along with other green initiatives, allowed Trudeau’s government to follow through on its commitment to get the pipeline built. “This ruling is bad for working families and it is bad for the security of our country, the economic security of our country,” Notley told a news conference Thursday.“It is a crisis.”Notley called on the federal government to immediately appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada. She said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must also call an emergency session of Parliament to fix the process so that the pipeline can be built.Until that happens, Notley said the province will remain outside the federal climate plan.“Let’s be clear, without Alberta, that plan isn’t worth the paper it’s written on,” she said.The federal government has said it is reviewing the court decision and plans on pushing forward with the project. To that end, the federal government bought the project for $4.5 billion when owner Kinder Morgan Canada wavered this spring.The pipeline is also a financial lifeline for Notley’s government, which has been running multibillion-dollar deficits while avoiding introducing a sales tax or making significant cuts to the budget.The province has budgeted for increased pipeline access to drive non-renewable resource revenue to more than double to $10.4 billion by 2024 to balance the budget.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s pulling the province out of the federal climate change plan.The move comes after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would have doubled the line from Edmonton to the B.C. coast and tripled the amount of oil shipped to fetch a better price on overseas markets.The panel of three judges cited a lack of consultation with Indigenous groups and a failure to address the impact of increased tanker traffic on the endangered southern resident killer whale population off the coast of B.C.
The following properties have been put under an evacuation order: 9911 265 Road, 7711 Old Fort Road, 7587 Old Fort Road, 7583 Old Fort Road, 6975 Old Fort Road, 9820 River Road and 9813 River Road.An Evacuation Order is put in place when there is an immediate danger to life safety.Activated tonight by PRRD and RCMP to assist with delivering a few more evacuation orders to Old Fort residents.https://t.co/jVOfzK21rf— North Peace SAR (@NorthPeaceSAR) October 7, 2018When an Evacuation Order is issued, people must leave the area immediately, follow the directions of local emergency officials and evacuate using the route(s) they’ve identified. Do not return home until you’ve been advised that the Evacuation Order has been rescinded or canceled.This map shows all the properties that have been evacuated after the landslide.Community meetings held SaturdaySaturday afternoon Peace River Regional District Board Chair, Peace River North MLA Dan Davies and Prince George, Peace River Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer hosted two meetings for residents of the Old Fort. UPDATE as of 9 p.m. – The PRRD has expanded the evacuation order to one more property. The home at 6786 265 Road is also now under an evacuation order.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Eight more properties have been placed under an evacuation order due to the Old Fort Landslide.The slide continues to grow with the latest assessment showing cracks have been discovered all the way down to the Peace River. At the meeting in Fort St. John residents expressed their frustrations with the lack of communication since the slide happened one week ago. While many residents are still living in the Old Fort, others have left and are staying with family and friends in Fort St. John.Brad Sperling is the Chair of the Peace River Regional District, and the District is in charge of dealing with this emergency. Chair Sperling expressed his frustration that even though the Regional District is in charge, they need to ask for permission from the Province before implementing anything. “There’s a time-lapse because (Emergency Management B.C.) is not in the PRRD office with our people. If our people ask for or have to decide something they have to pick up the phone and wait for the response from Emergency Management B.C.”Chair Sperling says the process has to change. “The process has to change. If the Regional District issues a state of emergency, then Emergency Management B.C. should have personnel on site the next day.” Peace River North MLA Dan Davies says he met with Mike Farnworth the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General on Thursday and shared gave the minister an update on the situation and invited the Minister to visit the community. MLA Davies says communication is still an issue. “We have a lot of questions, and the residents have a lot of questions. There seems to be a communication breakdown, and we have to start improving that.”Water situationThe Peace River Regional District is working to provide potable water to residents of the Old Fort. The company has started to deploy a water hose down the hill and will be setting up temporary barricades at the bottom and midpoint of the hill.The PRRD is asking that residents not to travel up and down the hill on quads or side by sides while the hose is deployed due to the safety risk to area residents and water company personnel. For liability reasons and safety reasons, the water company has to stop work anytime someone heads up the hill, and it delays the work by at least 30 minutes.The hope is to have potable water available to the residents of the Old Fort by Sunday.During the meeting on Saturday in Fort St. John Chair Sperling said the PRRD would pay for the water needed by Old Fort residents after Emergency Management B.C. said it would be up to residents of the Old Fort to pay for the water.Alternate Road AccessThe Ministry of Transportation continues to look at alternate access to the Old Fort. One option is no longer available due to the increased area covered under an evacuation order. The second to build temporary bridges to a nearby island and then over to Site C is currently being investigated. There is no timeline on when an alternative route to the community will be created.MLA Dan Davies also mentioned he has asked for permission to use the boat launch at Site C to help decrease the travel time to Fort St. John. The MLA said he hopes to receive approval and have that in use this week.Gravel PitThe BC Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources has authorized the removal of material from the gravel pit located above the original slide to relieve the weight on top of the slide. This activity is under the direction of a professional geotechnical engineer who is monitoring it for any further movement.The PRRD Emergency Operations Centre has provided the site operator with an entry permit to conduct this work within the evacuation order area based on the conditions set by the Ministry and their geotechnical engineer.Community MeetingThere will be a community meeting on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Stonebridge Hotel. MLA Davies says there will be an official from Emergency Management B.C. at the meeting. That person should have more information about the size of the slide and what will happen next.Residents of the Old Fort are welcome to attend the meeting in Fort St. John. The meeting will also be streamed live on the Peace River Regional District’s website at www.prrd.bc.ca, and it will also be streamed live on the Energeticcity.ca Facebook page.