Manitoba volunteers go to war against Red River flooding

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Manitoba volunteers go to war against Red River flooding
March 21st, 2019 by 6FjUhLbu

Monday, April 6, 2009

Over 1,600 volunteers registered to help build approximately 65,000 of the 500,000 sandbags to create dikes 20.5 feet (6.2 meters) high to protect the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba in the war against the Red River of the North flood.

700 volunteers answered at the rural municipality of St. Andrews alone. Once sandbags are filled for West St. Paul, St. Andrews, and Selkirk, then frozen culverts must be cleared.

The height of the river is expected to be Thursday, and predictions are that it will be less than Flood of the Century of 1997. There is no precipitation in the forecast, and snow in the province should be melted by the end of the week.

“The fear right now is we have to get that ice out of the river. The Amphibex [Excavators] are still working and breaking the ice apart, and everyday we buy with the warm weather and the current, it is thinning the ice down a bit, so when it does start to move, the better chance it’ll move right out into the lake,” said Paul Guyder, the emergency coordinator for the RMs of St. Andrews and St. Clements.

“I feel that we’ve done everything humanly possible to get ready,” said Gary Doer, Premier of Manitoba, “But … there are fallibilities with human behaviour. We can take every preventative measure as human beings possible and we can still get Mother Nature proving again she is superior.”

Communities with ring diking will partially or fully close their dikes at the beginning of the week. Provincial officials are considering opening the Red River Floodway gates around mid-week before ice is fully melted.

Ice jams could cause flooding within the city, however opening the gates could spare neighbourhood flooding when the river rises to the estimated 6.3 meters (20.7 feet) height. The province does have back up plans for dealing with ice jams within the city if they do occur. The unpredictability of ice jams and the ensuing water level rise may cause neighbourhood flooding. The city is raising dikes where the river has jammed with ice in the past such as on tight curves and past bridges. Likewise there are excavators and backhoes positioned at these points.

Vulnerable neighbourhoods on the river banks have been reinforced with sandbag dikes at vulnerable areas from the massive volunteer effort over the weekend. Guyader feels no more extra volunteers are needed, however volunteers are still being asked to leave their names and number in case of unpredicted need. Existing personnel will assess roads, and help with clean up.

Approximately 400 of the 800 people who evacuated the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation have returned to their homes.

Former Premier, Dufferin Roblin, brought forward the floodway as a protection for Winnipeg residents and economy following the 1950 Red River Flood. The Red River floodway, “Duff’s Ditch” was finally finished in 1968, and its floodway gates have been opened 20 times saving Winnipeg from an estimated CA$10 billion in damages. The floodway expansion began in 2005 at a price of $665 million.

Polish and Chinese experts have come to survey the Red River Floodway, and Dennis Walaker, mayor of Fargo, North Dakota recognises the need for Red River flood defences down river. “Every town that you drive by from the Canadian line up to Winnipeg is either elevated or ring-diked,” said Walaker.

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Olympic highlights: August 21, 2008

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Olympic highlights: August 21, 2008
March 19th, 2019 by 6FjUhLbu

Thursday, August 21, 2008

August 21, 2008 is the 12th major day of the 2008 Olympic games. The below article lists some of the highlights.

Contents

  • 1 Events
    • 1.1 Women’s 20km walk
    • 1.2 Star class sailing
    • 1.3 Tornado class sailing
    • 1.4 Men’s marathon 10 km swimming
    • 1.5 Women’s beach volleyball
    • 1.6 Men’s 400 meters sprint
    • 1.7 Women’s 200m sprint
    • 1.8 Men’s Triple Jump
  • 2 Medal Table
  • 3 Sources

Olga Kaniskina, who represents Russia, has set a new Olympic record in the women’s 20km walk with her time of 1 hour and 36 minutes. After the race Kaniskina said that the weather did not affect the record.

“I think my regular training is the most important factor contributing to my victory,” she said, explaining the factors that she believes led her to victory.

Britons Iain Percy and Andy Simptson won the gold medal in the star class sailing event after a successful performance in the final round, which took place today. The pair started today in silver medal position, and gained one place in the final round to win the gold medal.

Spanish Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz won an Olympic gold medal in Sailing’s fast Tornado catamaran class. Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby from Australia finished in second place and the Argentinean pair of Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinola won the bronze medal.

Maarten van der Weijden, a long distance swimmer from the Netherlands, beat the favorites in the men’s marathon 10 km swimming event to secure the gold medal with a time of 1:51:51.6. David Davies, who was one of the favourites to win the gold medal, was overtaken by Weijden in the final 500 metres of the race.

Davies finished 1.5 seconds behind Weijden.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won the Olympic gold medal for the United States in the women’s beach volleyball competition by winning every set in the final against the Chinese Tian Jia and Wang Jie.

Both sets were won 21-18.

American LaShawn Merritt won the final of the Men’s 400 meters in an event which saw all three of the medals going to the American team.

Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown won the gold medal in the final of the women’s 200m sprint with a time of 21.74 seconds.

Allyson Felix, the defending Olympic champion, who was representing United States, won the silver medal, with her time being approximately 0.2 seconds behind the time of the winner.

Nelson Evora won the men’s triple jump at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Evora won the gold medal with a jump of 17.67 meters beating silver medalist Phillips Idowu of Great Britain by 5 centimeters (17.62 meters). Leevan Sanders of the Bahamas won the bronze medal with a triple jump of 17.59 meters. link Nelson Evora of Portugal Wins Men’s Triple Jump Gold Medal


Medal Count update

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Expert Metal Roofing Services Include Repairs And Replacements For Your Home Or Office

March 18th, 2019 by 6FjUhLbu

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When you need a new roof, it is good to know you have a lot of choices available when it comes to the type of roof you want and the companies that could help you get it. Roofs can be made of asphalt, tile, slate, and even metal, and although they each have certain advantages, the right roofing company can help you decide on the best one for your home. Metal roofing is very popular because of its strength and durability, and whether you need repairs or a brand-new roof altogether, the companies that offer roofing services can accommodate you every single time.

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Offering Many Advantages

The advantages that metal roofs provide are numerous, and they include the following:

  • Energy-efficient
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Available in numerous colors
  • Affordable
  • Available in both aluminum and steel

In fact, metal roofing provides a beautiful, practical alternative to other types of roofs, and since they are appropriate for both homes and businesses, they are becoming more popular every day. Companies such as RL Roofing Service can help you find the metal roof that is right for you regardless of what you’re looking for, making the entire process easy and convenient.

Metal Roofs Are Well Worth Their Cost

Metal roofs are expensive, but worth every penny you pay for them. They are not only great for homes and businesses, but also for garages, barns, and many other facilities. If you are curious about metal roofing or want a free quote for your own home, all you have to do is contact the roofing companies that make them and they are happy to oblige. Although repairs are rarely needed with metal roofs, when you do need repairs, a good roofing company will make sure the job is done right the first time. They make sure your roof is always in excellent condition so that it will last a very long time, meaning you can contact them anytime you need their assistance. You can pay a visit to Facebook page for more information.

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‘Mobile phone dermatitis’ linked to nickel deposits

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‘Mobile phone dermatitis’ linked to nickel deposits
March 18th, 2019 by 6FjUhLbu

Friday, October 17, 2008

The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) has released a report saying that an illness they named ‘mobile phone dermatitis’, in which individuals owning a cell phone have developed a rash on the side of their face, is likely linked to nickel deposits in the metal of some cellular phones. Nickel has been known to cause rashes on those who have a sensitivity to, or are allergic to the metal. Nickel is also mixed with other metals to make jewelry.

The Association says that the condition is likely to affect people who spend too much time talking on the phone. They found that those who spend too much time text messaging or talking for long periods on the phone, were most likely to develop a rash, sometimes severe, on their face and ears, or the tips of their fingers.

Tests in January, performed on 22 cellular phones by scientists at Brown University in Rhode Island located in the United States, had found that just under half, a total of 10, contained nickel while the rest had rubber buttons and a plastic case. Initially the rashes were unexplained, and researchers could not find a reason why so many individuals began to experience the symptoms. In most cases the rashes were untreatable.

“Cell phones intended for rugged use … often have rubber coating and no surface nickel. Those with more fashionable designs often have metallic accents and are more likely to contain free nickel in their casings,” said Lionel Bercovitch MD., one of the researchers, in a report in the journal for the Canadian Medical Association on January 1, 2008.

Researchers also state that although some people may not be allergic to nickel, “prolonged” and continuous exposure to it can cause severe reactions.

“Prolonged or repetitive contact with a nickel-containing phone is more likely to cause a skin reaction in those who are allergic,” said BAD dermatologist Dr. Graham Lowe in a press release. In the United Kingdom alone, BAD says nearly 30% of the population suffers from rashes brought on by prolonged exposure to the metal.

The researchers also recommend individuals to buy swab test kits to test for traces of nickel.

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US FEMA aid site only supports Windows with Internet Explorer

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US FEMA aid site only supports Windows with Internet Explorer
March 17th, 2019 by 6FjUhLbu

Thursday, September 8, 2005

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website (for requesting disaster aid) is only functional for applicants using the latest version of the Internet Explorer web browser on the Microsoft Windows operating system. Users with other web browsers, such as Netscape, Opera, Safari, Firefox, or operating systems other than Windows, are effectively screened out of the site, which gives them a message that they need to download Internet Explorer version 6 or call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 to register.

Relief workers are setting up many computer kiosks for evacuees to use. These kiosks are built from donated computers, many of which are unable to run Windows and/or Internet Explorer. Most of these kiosks use LiveCD versions of Linux, leaving evacuees unable to fill out aid forms.

A spokesperson for FEMA told MSNBC they were aware of the problem, and were trying to resolve the issue. They were, however, unable to provide an estimate of when the problem would be solved. Mike Quealy, a FEMA spokesperson, said the issue occurred because this tool was originally designed for in-house use by people working at the call center.

Telling the Opera web browser to spoof its user agent, by identifying itself as Internet Explorer, appears to trick the FEMA website into allowing the user to fill out the form. Firefox users can install the Prefbar extension (http://prefbar.mozdev.org/), and use the “User Agent Spoof” dropdown to achieve the same effect. Safari users can use the Debug drop-down menu (http://developer.apple.com/internet/safari/faq.html#anchor14), and use the “User Agent” option to achieve the same effect. Other options are to run Windows and Internet Explorer in an emulator such as VirtualPC on the Mac or VMware on Linux. This option is slow and requires the user to already own or purchase a license for Windows and the emulator software. Purchasing the software can cost several hundred dollars. Implementing a software compatibility layer, like the GPL wine project, allows the user to run certain Windows software on Linux, but still requires valid licenses for Windows.

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Car Locksmith In Chicago Offers Tips To Avoid A Lockout

March 17th, 2019 by 6FjUhLbu

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When a person gets locked out of their car, this can be a huge inconvenience. It never happens at a good time, and people often do not have the resources available to get the vehicle unlocked right away. They may have to rely on using a friend or neighbor to get a locksmith out to get the car unlocked. A car locksmith in Chicago offer a few tips below to avoid being locked out of the car.

Hide a Spare Key

Most vehicles are sold with 2 sets of keys. The spare key is often given to a family member or friend. It is a good idea to get an additional spare key made to hide int eh case of an emergency. This can be kept in a drawer in the kitchen or on another key ring hidden somewhere out of site. This should not be a key used for anything other than emergencies and, it should always be kept in the same place, so it is easy to find when it is needed.

Create Familiar Habits

A familiar habit when getting out of the car can save a person from locking the keys in the car. When exiting the vehicle, the keys should be kept in the hands of the driver. This will eliminate them being placed in the cup holder, in the seat, or elsewhere that may cause them to get locked in the car.

Save the Number of a Locksmith

Having a locksmith in the area that is trusted is important. Research in advance and save a locksmiths phone number in your cell phone in the case of an emergency. This allows a person not to get ripped off by fraudulent companies preying on people in need.

Keep Batteries Updated in Key Fobs

Some of the newer vehicles have push button start engines. With this feature, they years or so. It is good to have them checked by the dealership and replaced as often as needed to avoid getting locked out.

Being able to do the things listed above will help a person in a crunch. While it is not always convenient, it can save a person the hassle of being locked out. For more information on a car locksmith in Chicago, contact Amazing Lock Service Chicago.

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Over 100 dead and hundreds missing in Indonesia after tsunami destroys island villages

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Over 100 dead and hundreds missing in Indonesia after tsunami destroys island villages
March 14th, 2019 by 6FjUhLbu

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

At least 113 people are now dead and hundreds more are missing after a 10 foot (3 m) tsunami destroyed several villages in a series of remote islands in western Indonesia. The tsunami was caused by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake which struck on Monday at 9:42 p.m. local time (14:42 UTC). The epicenter of the earthquake was 78 kilometers (48 mi) west of South Pagai, one of the Mentawai Islands off the west coast of Sumatra.

“We are predicting that people will need food supplies and shelter. The rain is coming down very hard, the wind is very strong,” a local police officer said, addind that emergency posts had been set up and patrols were being made to try and locate the missing. An official said that they had purchased 200 body bags “just in case.”

We have people reporting to the security post here that they could not hold on to their children, that they were swept away. A lot of people are crying.

A local official said that most of the buildings in the coastal village of Betu Monga had been destroyed when the tsunami struck. “Of the 200 people living in that village, only 40 have been found. 160 are still missing, mostly women and children,” he said. “We have people reporting to the security post here that they could not hold on to their children, that they were swept away. A lot of people are crying.” Food supplies, he added, were running low.

Wisnu Wijaya, the preparedness director with the National Disaster Management Agency, said that the government is getting aid to the islands. “We already sent a rapid response team to this area, coordinated by the provincial government. We have local disaster management at Padang, because right now the condition of the wave is quite high,” he said. Wijaya added that high waves and stormy weather have made it difficult to reach the affected areas, and communication was a problem. Emergency shelters have been set up and the first team from Sumatra was arriving Tuesday evening to begin a rapid assessment of the aid that was needed. “Up to now, I think we still can manage this problem. Maybe also we’ll send staff to go there and make a better coordination. If they need national resources to deploy there, we’ll be ready to support local government,” Wijaya said.

We threw whatever we could that floated—surfboards, fenders—then we jumped into the water.

The head of the regional government in the affected area told local television that some of the people recorded as missing may have moved to higher ground to take refuge from the waves. Rick Hallet, who was aboard his boat when the earthquake struck, told Australian television: “We threw whatever we could that floated—surfboards, fenders—then we jumped into the water. Fortunately, most of us had something to hold on to … and we just washed in the wetlands, and scrambled up the highest trees that we could possibly find and sat up there for an hour and a half.” The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a statement saying that radio contact had been lost with a tourist boat in the area which could have been nine Australians and a Japanese national. A humanitarian organisation said that there were “genuine fears” for those aboard.

A spokesperson for a surfing resort on the coast of North Pagai said that they had “experienced a level of devastation that has rendered the resort inoperable”. Witnesses suggested that villas at the resort had been “wiped out” by the tsunami. One report suggested that a 10 feet (3 m) wave had hit the resort, causing boats to burst into flames. “There was a lot of debris floating in the water, including bar stools and other pieces of furniture from Macaronis Resort,” a member of staff said. Reports suggested that water had reached rooftops in North Pagai.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area prone to seismic shifts that spark earthquakes and volcanic activity. A massive earthquake in 2004 caused a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people across the Indian Ocean. After that disaster Indonesia worked to establish early warning systems and disaster management programs to help deal with future quakes.

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News briefs:June 12, 2006

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News briefs:June 12, 2006
March 14th, 2019 by 6FjUhLbu

The time is 18:00 (UTC) on June 12th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.

Contents

  • 1 Headlines
    • 1.1 10 killed in shootout in Kashmir
    • 1.2 35 injured in train crash in Israel
    • 1.3 Blair asked to intervene as British artist faces jail in Turkey for collage
    • 1.4 Large Meteorite strikes in Norway
    • 1.5 Snow hits New Zealand
    • 1.6 Tamil Nadu cuts diesel prices by 0.45 rupees
    • 1.7 German tax authority migrating 12,000 desktops to SuSE Linux and KDE
    • 1.8 Australian healthcare workers don’t wash hands often enough
    • 1.9 Singer Kevin Aviance attacked outside Manhattan, N.Y. gay bar
    • 1.10 10-year-old child takes grandmother’s car for 85 Km drive
    • 1.11 Australian late scores down Japan 3-1 in Group F
    • 1.12 Argentina defeat Wales 27 to 25 in rugby
    • 1.13 Oklahoma baseball team defeats Rice, evens series in NCAA Super Regional
  • 2 Closing statements

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Wikinews Shorts: January 20, 2012

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Wikinews Shorts: January 20, 2012
March 13th, 2019 by 6FjUhLbu

A compilation of brief news reports for Friday, January 20, 2012.

Contents

  • 1 Dissident Republicans bomb Londonderry
  • 2 Kodak files for bancruptcy
  • 3 Republican contender Newt Gingrich refutes open marriage accusations
  • 4 Dolce & Gabbana make apology over Hong Kong photography ban
  • 5 Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes New Zealand, no damage reported

If you believe any of these stories deserves more in-depth coverage, feel free to write a full article on the issues raised.

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Wikinews interviews Steve Burke, U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate

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Wikinews interviews Steve Burke, U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate
March 12th, 2019 by 6FjUhLbu

Sunday, December 13, 2015

This article is a featured article. It is considered one of the best works of the Wikinews community. See Wikinews:Featured articles for more information.

Macomb, New York Councilman Steve Burke took some time to speak with Wikinews about his campaign for the U.S. Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

Burke, an insurance adjuster and farmer, was elected councilman in Brookhaven, New York in 1979. He left the town after being accused and found not guilty of bribery in the 1980s. Since 1987 he has served as Macomb councilman off-and-on and currently holds the post. From 1993 to 1996 and 1999 to 2002 he worked as chairman of the Democratic Party of St. Lawrence County, New York. Among his many political campaigns, Burke unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1992 and recently attempted to run for U.S. Congress in 2014 but too many of his ballot petition signatures were found invalid. Burke filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for president in the 2016 election on September 18, 2015 and has qualified for the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary.

With Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn?, Burke discusses his political background, his 2016 presidential campaign, and his policy proposals.

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