More storms ahead for Sumner County during mid-week…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following storm will be approaching for this week according to the National Weather Service through the Sumner County Emergency Management Service.“Stormy week ahead for Kansas with severe weather and wintry precipitation expected by this week-end…Thunderstorms are expected to develop across southeast Kansas this afternoon and last into the overnight hours.The best chance for severe storms is across southeast Kansas…where up to half-dollar sized hail is possible with the strongest storms during the evening hours.The threat for severe thunderstorms will spread west and north Tuesday evening as an advancing warm front moves into the area. The main threat with these storms is large hail up to golf ball size across much of south central and southeast Kansas.Severe thunderstorms will again threaten the area Wednesday evening…as a strong storm system will bring the possibility of large hail and damaging winds. These storms should be located mainly along and east of the Kansas Turnpike.In addition to the severe weather threat…another strong surge of cold air is expected across the entire forecast area starting Wednesday. Some wintry precipitation is possible Wednesday night and early Thursday morning…mainly over central Kansas.Sub-freezing temperatures are possible Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights with the coldest night being Thursday night. Persons and businesses with agricultural interests across the region should keep an eye on later forecasts during this time frame. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 382 weeks ago Mother nature really needs to get her s-bomb together. Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Billy · 382 weeks ago “stay tuned and give my site more hits as routine spring storms continue” Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Billy · 382 weeks ago Thank you so much for the weather updates. I never know what the weather will do and I love that I simply have to go to newscow and find out about spring storms. I immediately texted my friends in SE KS and warned them of half-dollar sized hail before it hit last night. They were grateful. I told them about your site so they can use it for their weather updates as well. Also, thanks for the forum where folks can freely say what’s on their minds. Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Billy · 382 weeks ago Man, you’re about 0-for-your last 4 on severe weather. Report Reply 0 replies · active 382 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Harold William Anderson, Wellington: Oct. 13, 1937 – Oct. 10, 2013

first_imgHarold AndersonHarold William Anderson was born in rural Covington, OK on October  13th, 1937 to Clarence & Thelma Anderson.  Harold was the third oldest of nine children.  Harold married Karen Struble on June 4th, 1961 at the Wellington Nazarene Church.  They raised four children in their home in Wellington most of those years spent at 818 N. Washington.  He spent 3 years in the Army National Guard becoming a heavy infantry weapons specialist.Harold retired from Welco after 42 years of being a machinist.  He loved his family and loved his Lord and loved serving in the church and very much loved helping others.  Harold loved fishing and loved teaching his kids, grandkids & great grandkids how to fish. By fishing with others, that also made him a fisher of men. Harold was also the eternal Mr. Fix-it for family and friends. Harold passed away at Via Christi – St. Francis in Wichita, KS on October 10th, 2013 three days short of his 76th birthday. Harold is survived by his wife Karen of over 52 years, Son Steve Anderson & wife Cindy of Wellington, their children Jessica Viramontes and her daughters Taryn & Mikayla of Wellington, Melissa Anderson & Mitchell Anderson both of Derby;  Son Mike Anderson and wife Jessica and their children Macy Anderson & fiancé Nick Norris,  Levi Anderson of Wellington and Great Grandson Camden;  Daughter Tina Anderson and her sons Jared & Justin Haggard of Wichita; and daughter Anna Middleton and husband Keel of Wellington, Their son Thane Middleton & his wife Heather of De Soto, KS, son Todd Middleton & his wife Cara of Merriam, KS.  Harold is also survived by his brother Dale Anderson of Argonia, KS, Sister Laura Longbine/Ray of Harper, KS and Sister Norma Pearson and husband Richard of Wichita.  Harold is also survived by brother-in-law Clint Struble & his wife Sharon of Wellington, Brother-in-law Randy Struble and wife Cindy of Derby, Sister-in-law Louise Widick and husband Bob of Woodward, OK and sister-in-law Gloria Daniels and husband Larry of Grove, OK.  Harold had many nieces and nephews and with many of them also having childrenMemorial services for Harold will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2013 in the First Free Will Baptist Church, Wellington, Kansas. A private burial will be held at a later time.In lieu of flowers , donations can be made to the First Free Will Baptist Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.last_img read more

Donegal chosen for launch of Referendum Commission’s campaign

first_imgThe Chair of the Referendum Commission will address students at Letterkenny Institute of Technology on Tuesday, April 9th at 12 30 pm.The Chair of the Commission, Judge Tara Burns, will attend the launch for the register-to-vote campaign.The launch marks the start of the Commission’s information campaign encouraging people to ensure they are on the electoral register. A referendum on the regulation of divorce will take place on May 24th, the same day as the local government and European Parliament elections.Those not registered to vote have until May 7th to get on the electoral register in time.County Donegal had one of the lowest voter turnouts in the last referendum, and the Chair will talk about the importance of voting and will answer students’ questions.Donegal chosen for launch of Referendum Commission’s campaign was last modified: April 5th, 2019 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Judge Tara BurnsLYITReferendum Commissionlast_img read more

Life Helps Protect the Planet

first_imgWhen humans make a mess of things, our fellow organisms try to help. That’s no excuse for our failures to be good stewards.Oil CleanupThe Deepwater Horizon oil spill in July 2010 was, without controversy, a terrible disaster brought on by human incompetence. Many species of marine organisms died, beaches were fouled, and teams had to go to extreme lengths to try to clean up the mess. But did all that oil just stay in the water? Remarkably, a new paper in PNAS shows, bacteria quickly ate up much of it. Some microbes are known to degrade oil, but the extent of bacterial assistance in the recovery has not been appreciated till now. Science Daily asks, “What happened to the Deepwater Horizon oil plume?” and answers, “Researchers simulate spill, discover new bacterium, map microbe activity.”Some bacteria were known to feed on hydrocarbon seeps in the Gulf of Mexico, but the oil spill gave them—and other previously unknown species—an opportunity to bring good out of human error. Microbial biologist Gary Anderson from Berkeley describes what happened:“Naturally occurring microbes at this depth are highly specialized in growing by using specific components of the oil for their food source. So the oil droplets provided a large surface area for the microbes to chew up the oil.”Working with Berkeley Lab scientist Jill Banfield, a study co-author and also a professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, the team used newly developed DNA-based methods to identify all of the genomes of the microbes that used the introduced oil for growth along with their specific genes that were responsible for oil degradation. Many of the bacteria that were identified were similar to oil-degrading bacteria found on the ocean surface but had considerably streamlined sets of genes for oil degradation.Plastic, Too?Many are rightly concerned about the accumulation of plastic in the oceans. There’s no excuse for it, and we humans must work together to stop it. But in another surprising discovery, there’s far less of it out there in the North Atlantic Gyre than expected. What’s happening? Michael LePage at New Scientist says,In fact, there’s only a tenth to a hundredth as much plastic as expected – and the amount of floating plastic does not appear to be increasing. “The trend should be there,” Sole says.This lack of trend cannot be explained by physical processes, according to his team’s mathematical models. Instead, they propose that there has been a population boom in microbes that have evolved the ability to biodegrade plastic.But have they really “evolved” this ability? It would be a remarkably fast case of evolution if they did, since humans have only been manufacturing plastic for about a century. Another possibility is that they already possessed genes to break it down, much like the highly-touted case of bacteria that supposedly evolved the ability to digest nylon (see Evolution News for refutation). LePage goes on to say that nobody really knows what microbes are capable of.In theory it is possible that some microbes have evolved the ability to break down plastics. Studies by Linda Amaral-Zettler of the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research show that the microbes colonising floating plastic are quite distinct from those in the surrounding water, and suggest some are feeding on pollutants.In effect, the plastic is creating a whole new ecosystem that Amaral-Zettler and colleagues call “the plastisphere”.But when ter Halle looked at the DNA of the organisms on floating plastic in the North Atlantic, she didn’t find any microbes known to be capable of breaking down plastic. That could be because they have not yet been discovered of course – there could be millions of unknown microbes still.It’s too early to say that microbes are helping clean up the human-caused pollution. They could, in fact, just be reducing the pollutants to millimeter-sized pieces we can’t detect. If so, the plastic could still infect the food chain. Sea turtles and whales are among the large animals that suffer and die from ingesting large pieces of plastic, parts of fishing nets and mylar balloons. The pollution must be curtailed, no matter what is going on. It’s just interesting to find another case of microbes that might be helping clean up after humans.Anti-Erosion TreesLarger organisms can also affect the planet. A new study posted by says that coastal mangrove forests are 800% more effective at protecting Florida beaches from erosion than salt marshes or artificial protections. Mangroves work well because their “dense tangles of prop roots … serve as highly effective shields for coastlines by reducing the force of breaking waves, decreasing erosion and increasing sediment deposition.” Conservationists would do well to increase their spread. “In all, mangrove habitats could provide $4.9 million worth of coastal protection more than manmade barriers,” scientists estimate.Atmospheric CleansingEven without microbes, the atmosphere has a trick to help clean up pollution. Nature discusses the “self-cleansing ability of prehistoric air,” showing that even without human error, the Earth sweeps the atmosphere clean regularly. Hydroxyl radicals (OH–), produced by UV light, the breakdown of ozone and water vapor, last only for a few seconds but attach to pollutants and neutralize them. There are many unknowns in this process, the articles point out. But then, these uncertainties also call into question the confidence of the consensus about climate change. A new study had some surprising results about the function of hydroxyl radicals to temperature:The new results highlight once again how little we understand about the complexity of chemistry–climate feedbacks and, more generally, of how strongly Earth-system processes are interconnected. Tropospheric composition is driven in different ways by the ocean, cryosphere (the part of the Earth system that is frozen water), lithosphere (Earth’s rocky, outermost shell) and the land and marine biospheres, but also by the stratosphere. It will be crucial to develop a better understanding of the feedback mechanisms involved to more accurately predict how anthropogenic emissions might affect climate and air quality in the future. In particular, a deeper understanding of how atmospheric composition — especially the lifetime of greenhouse gases — is affected by climate change will be important when using results from climate models to inform policy decisions about how global warming can be kept below certain temperature targets.Writer Michaela I. Hegglin ends by encouraging atmospheric scientists to tie their models to actual observations. “Simulations should not simply be ‘tuned’ to provide the best reproduction of the present climate, but should be built on an understanding of the processes involved, to allow the credible simulation of both past and present climates.” Why? Because climate feedbacks remain “relatively unexplored” at this point, despite the political trust put on climate models.Natural cleansing systems are no excuse for humans to pollute the planet. The extent to which our actions could overwhelm these automatic rescue processes is unknown. Still, it is quite remarkable that they work so well. 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South African company in Chilean rescue

first_imgThe Strata 950 raise drill that was usedto sink a shaft down to the trapped men. A diagram showing how the pilot shaftwas drilled and then reamed to its finaldiameter. View a bigger version.(Images: Murray & Roberts)It took nearly 23 hours to bring all 33miners to the surface.(Image: momento24)MEDIA CONTACTS • Eduard Jardim, Murray & Robertsgroup communication executive+27 11 456 6200RELATED ARTICLES• SA junior mining sector vibrant• Mining history for new solutions• Mines, headgear and the mind• Mine houses bullish about AfricaApril McAlisterThe world has been captivated by the rescue of 33 miners trapped 688 metres underground in the San Jose mine near Copiapo in northern Chile.The entrance to the main tunnel collapsed on 5 August 2010, trapping the miners – 32 Chileans and one Bolivian – deep underground for over two months.A breakthrough in October saw a rescue shaft finally reaching the miners, enabling workers to start bringing them to the surface one by one. The rescue capsule, named Phoenix, was fitted with an oxygen supply and communications facilities, and took about an hour to make a round trip. It brought the last miner up in the early hours of 14 October.This rescue was made possible by the efforts of South African construction and engineering company Murray & Roberts through its Cementation division, Cementation’s Chilean partner Terraservice, and others.Cementation is the engineering giant’s global mining contracting division, and is collaborating with Terraservice in a joint venture called Terracem. Murray & Roberts have been involved in many major construction projects around the world, including the Burj al Arab in Dubai, the Cape Town stadium, and the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.It was a Terraservice drill that reached the miners’ underground chamber on 22 August 2010, allowing them to attach a written message to the drill pipe confirming they were alive and well. Food, water and medication were sent down to the men through this shaft.Murray & Roberts were the first to get a drill to the site in response to the Chilean government’s call for help. Terracem dispatched one of their raise drilling machines, the Strata 950, to San Jose to begin drilling a pilot hole to reach the miners.This machine, which is owned by Cementation Canada and operated in Chile by Terracem, had just sunk a shaft for the nearby Andina mine and could begin drilling immediately, even though the rock was hard, which necessitated frequent interchanging of drill heads.Murray & Roberts co-developed the rotary vertical drilling system used by the Strata 950. The pilot shaft was just 370mm wide, but was later reamed to its final diameter of 750mm, allowing for the reinforcement and stabilisation of the top section with steel casing.Three drilling operations, running concurrently, raced to be the first to reach the trapped men. The Strata 950 was plan A, and plans B and C involved a Schramm T-130 drill and a Rig 421 oil well drill respectively.It was the plan B hole that was finally used to extract the miners, who have become national heroes and were lauded by the world for their determination to survive.Wonderful achievementMurray & Roberts group communications head Ed Jardim said in a statement: “This is a wonderful achievement for South Africa and Murray & Roberts. We are very privileged to have been a part of this process and it is a feather in our cap as South Africans – as leaders in underground mining.”The first miner, Florencio Avalos, reached the surface just after 05h00 South African time on 13 October, and the last to be lifted to safety was Luiz Urzua, who was shift chief when the incident happened. The rescue took 22 hours and 37 minutes.Jardim added: “The Chilean government has managed the rescue and drilling process exceptionally well and we have been proud to have assisted them through this process.Florencio Avaloslast_img read more

USGBC’s Wood-Certification Kerfuffle

first_imgFor many environmental groups, the only wood to use in construction is that certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a nonprofit whose accreditation system is intended to assure builders that the wood comes from well managed forests and is harvested in ecologically sound ways.Although its name was coined in 1990, the FSC was officially established 1992 with the formation of an interim board of directors, whose members had consulted with business, environmental, and social organizations about accreditation and certification strategies.FSC-certified products are currently the only ones that qualify for credit under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. USGBC is, however, proposing a change to the Materials & Resources (M&L) section of LEED that would allow credit for projects built with wood from a broader array of sources.Potentially weakened M&R standards?Environmental groups are unhappy with updated language in the LEED Materials & Resources section that focuses on “new credit for responsible sourcing of raw materials.”“This credit,” USGBC explains, “expands on existing credits that deal with material origins (rapidly renewable, certified wood, materials reuse) and significantly increases the scope around which credit for responsible sourcing activities will be rewarded.” In a full-page advertisement that ran on October 6 in the Toronto Star – just as the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo got under full sail in Toronto last week – ForestEthics, the Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace, and the National Wildlife Federation complained that “proposed changes to LEED 2012 would reward builders who use wood from some of North America’s worst clearcuts or from rainforest destruction around the world. The proposed changes mean that for LEED, all wood is good unless its illegally logged.” RELATED ARTICLES LEED Challenged in North CarolinaFlorida Bill a ‘Backlash’ Against LEED RulesSustainable Forestry Initiative Accused of GreenwashingFSC-Certified Wood Framing Lumber Are FSC and LEED Killing American Jobs? “This gives big logging companies what they want and ignores the severe negative impacts of industrial scale logging,” continued the ad, which is headlined “The Proposed Changes To LEED Aren’t Just In The Fine Print.” “In addition to bringing greenwash into LEED, the proposed changes would also weaken demand worldwide for sustainable forest products.”A disagreement with deep rootsIn fact, USGBC has long been lobbied to allow LEED credits for wood certified by entities other than FSC. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative – a nonprofit launched in 1994 by a wood-products industry group, the American Forest and Paper Association, and declared independent in 2007 – has been particularly persistent in urging USGBC to “to end a forest certification policy that discriminates against North American forests and against most of the independent forest certification standards used in the United States and Canada,” as the group put it in a February 2010 press release.One of SFI’s primary adversaries is environmental group ForestEthics, which complains that SFI’s primary source of funding is, still, the timber industry, and that its standards allow certification of wood that has been cut legally but nonetheless harvested via clearcuts close to salmon habitats and on steep slopes prone to mudslides. SFI also certifies tree-farming practices that include excessive use of fungicides and pesticides, ForestEthics says.It’s obviously not yet clear where USGBC policy will ultimately settle on this M&R issue, but it is clear that disagreements between environmental and industry groups will remain at the heart of many of these battles.last_img read more

Congress Wants To Take A Tax Bite Out Of Apple

first_imgTim Cook is going to have an interesting day today. The CEO of Apple will be testifying before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which would love to know how Apple has managed to avoid paying billions of taxes. Given the loopholes in U.S. corporate tax laws, Cook might save himself a lot of stress and just hold up a mirror in response to the senators’ questions. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#Congress#now readwritecenter_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img

Standhardinger on his one-handed freethrows: ‘I’m not very conventional’

first_imgHere’s something you don’t see everyday. @CStandhardinger shooting one-handed free throws.— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017 ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:07No. 1 pick Standhardinger’s monster game further fuels SMB debut hype00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games READ: Standhardinger ‘very excited’ to play with Fajardo at SMBIn Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club’s 98-85 tuneup victory against NLEX on Thursday, the Fil-German forward unveiled a new weapon in his arsenal – a one-handed free throw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017It may look unconventional, but that’s exactly what 28-year-old bruiser is going for.“If you watch me play, I’m not very conventional you know. I’m just efficient. That’s the same thing with the free throw. It has not been working for me so good in the last two years, so I’m figuring out something unconventional,” he said.“I hope that it works better for me and I have a good feeling with it.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I’m working on some stuff, trying to figure some stuff out, but I’m pretty confident that I’m going in the right direction,” he said in a short chat after the game at FCL Center Gym.Standhardinger, who is set to play in the ASEAN Basketball League this month before suiting up for San Miguel in the PBA, said that he’s sticking with his unique free throw shooting style because it works for him.“It feels good and I like it,” he said. “I’m sure that I’m gonna be ready with it. Worst case scenario, I’ll be ready with it when the PBA starts, but I think I will be ready with the free throws when the ABL starts.”Here’s some proof that @CStandhardinger can make those one-handed FTs! Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Court acquits Taulava of P9.5-M tax evasion charges Christian Stanhardinger during the tune up game between Hong Kong Lions and NLEX Road Warriors. Photo by Randolph LeongsonChristian Standhardinger has been playing basketball for quite sometime, but he’s not afraid to try something new.Six months away from his PBA debut, the no. 1 overall pick is working to develop his game into something unconventional.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIESlast_img read more