Competitors took to the stage competing in a variety of events, such as bodybuilding, fitness, figure and bikini.It was a special evening for a group of local competitors, who emerged victorious to earn berths at the upcoming provincial championshipsOne of the local victors was 30 year old and first time competitor Ryan Modde, who took first place in the middleweight bodybuilder category, beating out six other competitors from across the province.- Advertisement -Other local competitors that finished in the top three of their division booking their ticket to the provincial championships included Duska Korda in the Women’s Physique category, Anglea Flower who won both the Fitness Short and Fitness Overall categories and Beck Grimsrud who qualified competing in the Women’s Middleweight category.The provincial championships will be taking place Saturday, June 30 and will be held in New Westminster, B.C. Womens bodybuilding overall – Karen MaharBest Poser Award Winner – Karen MaharWomens Physique1st- Duska Korda (FSJ)Short Fitness Class 1st- Angela Fowler (FSJ) 2nd- Keishia HackettAdvertisement Tall Fitness Class 1st- Corrinne Hemeryck 2nd- Sue Parker (Dawson Creek)Fitness Overall Angela FowlerBikini Masters Class 1st- Karen ColeBikini Short Class 1st- Carly Widdicombe 2nd-Nicole Scott 3rd-Tammy Ulmer 4th-Marissa Leriger (FSJ) 5th-Cordelaine TedescoBikini Med Class 1st-Chelsea Tapainer 2nd- Rina Mattson 3rd-Jennifer Weintz 4th-Amanda Gardner 5th- Katie SperandeoBikini Tall Class 1st- Kascha Collins 2nd- Toni Chittim 3rd- Jenessa Roberts 4th Jerri Kurtz (Dawson Creek) 5th- Riley VocatBikini Overall Chelsea TapanainenShort Figure Class 1st-Marlene Harnett 2nd-Deidre Bailey 3rd-Ambre Sakundiak 4th- Michelle McBethFigure Med Class 1st- Carole Smith 2nd-Jody Clark 3rd- Cara Roberts 4th- Joanne Sibley (FSJ) 5th- Megan OrcuttFigure Tall Class 1st- Jessica Novak 2nd- Jennifer Ziemer 3rd- Tamara Totovic 4th Emilija Martic 5th- Melissa EhmiaFigure Overall Carole Smith f (1 point victory) Master Figure Sheila WongstedtFor a look at some more pictures from Saturday’s competition, visit the official website of Muscle-Insider. Mens Masters 1st- Bryce ScottMens Grand Masters 1st- Craig AndersonMens Lightweight 1st -Graham ChanMens Middle weight 1st-Ryan Modde (FSJ) 2nd-Codi Heinrichs 3rd- Mike Mothersill 4th-Daryle Ranson 5th-Mahmood ObedatiAdvertisement Below are the B.C. Northern Classic contest results (top five winners):Advertisement Mens Light heavy weight 1st- Charles Witwicki 2nd- Ben Janner 3rd- Bryce Scott 4th- Daniel Kix 5th- Mark BeckerMens Heavy weight 1st- Tim Estergaard 2nd- Steve Alexander 3rd- Zak Kinder 4th- Mohamme Shubear (best poser award) 5th- Alex WelshMens bodybuilding overall- Tim EstergaardWomens Middle weight 1st- Becky Grimsrud (FSJ)Womens Heavy weight Karen MaharAdvertisement
This week’s top 12 films grossed 29 percent less than the top 12 in the same weekend last year. Ticket sales were also off 3 percent from last week. Attendance has been down eight of the past nine weekends according to Media By Numbers. But studio officials said Sunday they expected a slate of family films to gain steam during the extended Thanksgiving holiday and into December. The animated family film “Bee Movie,” written by Jerry Seinfeld, had the second-highest gross of the weekend with $14.3 million in ticket sales, bringing its total after three weeks to $98.8 million. The release by DreamWorks Animation has been hovering in the top two spots at the box office since it opened. The fantasy tale “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” from 20th Century Fox, opened in fifth place with $10 million. The movie stars Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman in a story of an eccentric who owns a toy store with a life of its own. The other film opening over the weekend, “Love in the Time of Cholera,” from New Line, debuted in 10th place with $1.9 million. TOP MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Beowulf,” $28.1 million. 2. “Bee Movie,” $14.3 million. 3. “American Gangster,” $13.2 million. 4. “Fred Claus,” $12 million. 5. “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” $10 million. 6. “Dan in Real Life,” $4.5 million. 7. “No Country for Old Men,” $3 million. 8. “Lions for Lambs,” $3 million. 9. “Saw IV,” $2.3 million. 10. “Love in the Time of Cholera,” $1.9 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The film also sold $3.6 million worth of tickets on 84 Imax screens showing the film using their own 3-D technology. “Twenty percent of the screens produced 40 percent of the gross,” Paramount general sales manager Don Harris said Sunday. The film, from director Robert Zemeckis, used performance-capture technology to render lifelike images of its stars Ray Winstone and Angelina Jolie. “If this isn’t a mandate on the popularity and viability of 3-D, I don’t know what is,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. Studios are planning even more animated and live actions films in 3-D as they try to lure audiences back into multiplexes. The animated telling of “Beowulf,” who rids a Danish kingdom of the feared beast Grendel, slew the box office over the weekend, giving a huge boost to 3-D films in the process. The Paramount Pictures release earned $28.1 million in its opening weekend – 40 percent of which came from special 3-D showings in regular theaters and on Imax screens. The film did $8 million in ticket sales on 638 screens equipped with technology from RealD, which uses a special reflective screen and polarized lens glasses that moviegoers can take as a souvenir. Theater owners were able to charge about $2 extra for the 3-D showing.
Both our Senior and Reserve teams were in action against Killybegs at Pairc Naomh Brid on Sunday afternoon. In the reserve match a first half Pauric Gormley goal meant the lads were only trailing by 2 at the break against a stiff breeze. Killybegs defence held firm for large parts of the second halfand they managed to tag on a few scores.Naomh Brid however managed to get the scores they required and with a minute remaining Kevin Timoney kicked the equalising score to leave the game all square at the final whistle. In the senior match Naomh Brid with the aid of the breeze held a 2 point advantage at the break. In the second half the defence worked tirelessly to thwart any Killybegs threat. Killybegs managed to pull 3 ahead with around 10 minutes remaining but the lads showed great determination to bring the game level at 9 points each entering the closing stages. Killybegs found the next score and the lads worked hard to equalise but Killybegs managed to go up the other end and tag on another score to record a 0-11 to 0-9 victory. It was great to see such a great crowd for the matches on Sunday and we hope this continues throughout the season. There are no games this weekend for either team.The organizing committee of the Laghey Blast have asked the club to take part in the opening parade of the festival. They need 12 players togged in the club shorts and jerseys to meet at the school at 12.40pm on Saturday the 5th of May. We will have jerseys and shorts at the school to change in to. Due to County Board meeting Next Tuesday, there will be an Executive Meeting on Friday Night at 8.30pm.The U14’s play Bundoran this Wednesday night at Pairc Naomh Brid at 7pm. All support is welcome.Hard luck to our U16’s who were defeated against Glen on Monday night in the Divisional League final. The boys trailed 2-9 to 1-3 at the break but a great second half performance left them in with a chance near the end but unfortunately Glen held on for a 3 point victory on a scoreline of 2-14 to 4-5. There were some good performances from Eoin McGarrigle, Gerard Martin and Patrick Moss with Killian Burns also excellent in goals before getting injured. The lads will now contest the county league semi-final against the winners of the Northern section.There was no winner of this weeks lotto. The winning numbers were; 7,8,10,21 and 24. Winners of €25 were Carmel Langan, Ryan McNeilis, Ivan Scott and Codie Adams. GAA NOTES: NAOMH BRID was last modified: May 1st, 2012 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:NAOMH BRID GAA NOTES
Western Region Drugs Task Force NotificationRecent reports concerning Ecstasy type substances.Points of Information : 26th May 2014 In recent weeks press reports have appeared concerning a range of ‘Ecstasy type’ substances. There has been a number of hospitalisations and fatalities linked to their use. These substances may be sold as Ecstasy (MDMA) itself or as an alternative drug having similar effects.Further points of information:• Ecstasy (MDMA) may potentially be of greater strength (increased purity) than has been common over the past few years.• Ecstasy tablets now come in an even wider variety of shapes, colours and sizes than previously seen. Examples include: Green apples, Green Rolexes, Ninjas, Superman crests, Blue stars, Dominos, Crosses, Hearts and Ghosts.• Substances sold as Ecstasy may have other potentially dangerous substances added, such as PMA or PMMA.• The European early warning system (EMCDDA) has highlighted other new substances such as MDPV or 5-IT (often marketed as ‘Benzo fury’). These may also be sold as Ecstasy. They have been connected to over 100 fatalities across the European Union.• The warning system has also highlighted concerns about LSD-type substances called 25I-NBOMe (slang terms include : N-bombs); a Ketamine-type substance called Methoxetamine (Slang terms include : Mexxy, M-cat) and a synthetic opioid called AH-7921• Anecdotal reports have also been received concerning new combinations of drugs with street names such as ‘Scuzz’. This may refer to a ‘cocktail’ that has been produced with the different combined or the sale of the different elements together in one package.If someone continues to use drugs they should be offered harm reduction advice:• Only use a small amount in order to gauge the effects over several hours.• Drink water regularly and avoid mixing any drug with alcohol.• Using a combination of drugs can be unpredictable.• Make sure that a non-drug taking friend knows what you are using.• Injecting any drug increases the risks involved.• Sharing equipment increases the risks involved, especially the transmission of infection such as HIV and Hepatitis(adapted from Legal or Illegal Highs. HSE. June 2012)Advice and support is always available from :HSE Drugs service (Tel : 1800 459 459) or www.drugs.ie
ENTERTAINMENT: A warm welcome awaits you in Donegal Town on the Wild Atlantic Way. Everyone is invited to attend the biggest Gastronomic Food Extravaganza Party of the North West equally rivaling the major Food Events on the Island of Ireland. From humble beginnings we now attract Food Lovers from all over the world to our beautiful tented village on the Pier in Donegal Town with the backdrop of the Blue Stack Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.The success of this three day celebration of great food and drink is due to the vibrant personalities of the celebrity and local chefs who will be cooking up a storm over the weekend.Foodies will particularly enjoy 100 plus food and drink exhibitors, top hotels and restaurants who will showcase and sell artisan produce, wine and craft beers from all over Ireland and the UK.With tastings from an unbelievable variety of food ranging from, confectionary, specialist foods, meat, fish, and dairy products as well as high profile cookery demonstrations with World Class talented and stylish celebrity chefs. Catherine Fulvio TV Presenter, Food Writer, Award Winning Proprietor of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School, Neven Maguire, Mc Nean House the Nations Favourite.TV3’S The Restaurant Duo Louise Lennox and Donegal‘s Food Ambassador Gary O’ Hanlon.Supervalu Ambassador and more recently winner of “ The best Culinary Show in the world at the New York Festival 2015 Kevin Dundon, Brian Mc Dermott “ The No Salt Chef” Shane Smith Head Pastry Chef, Fallon and Byrne Dublin and In-House Chef for Coole Swan Irish Liquor.Maire Dufficey from Bord Bia will also be on hand to share her expertise from the Irish food business. We will also have our Local Celebrity Chefs Anthony Armstrong, Martin Anderson, Zack Gallagher and Remy Dupuy.Exhibitors and Chefs: www.atasteofdonegal.comThe event will also include master classes by leading experts Rob Mc Hardy, Ciaran Kennedy, Yvonne Hollidge, Rosario Piseri and Sian Breslin. who will showcase their specialist skills in bringing the art of cheese and tofu making to ordinary people as well as keen and experienced cooks. Healthy meal planning without spending a fortune, cocktail making using fresh fruits, proper ice, decent spirits and balanced measures, “Hunny Pots” tray bakes made from 100% pure and natural local Wexford honey.Vegetarian and vegan cooking with all kinds of seaweed recipes using dulse to carrageen from Italian Entrepreneur Rosario Piseri of Algaran.A seaweed Italian Frittata has to be sampled!Experts: www.atasteofdonegal.com The 2015 A Passion To Inspire Chefs Competition will take place under the watchful eye of Anthony Armtrong a judge from the World Association of Chefs Society, Peter Griffths M.B.E., President British Culinary Federation, Gerard M. Molloy American Culinary Federation and Mr Bob Mc Donald judge from the Master Chefs of Great Britain.Entrants will be required to cook and present two different dishes, a starter and a main course, each for two covers, showcasing the best of Irish produce.Competitions: www.ataasteofdonegal.comHead lining this year’s entertainment will be Champions of Vocal Harmony 4 in A Bar Ireland’s leading male-voice harmony group, singing traditional, classical, pop and barbershop music.Their mischief and close harmony singing will bring a tear and a smile to the 2015 Festival audience.Listen to wonderful live Swing and Jazz music from Adrian Cullen the “Dean Martin Tribute Show” and classical operatic from Eugene Ginty “The Singing Chef” There will be lots of crowd interaction amongst the young and old when larger than life vintage stilt walker Lady Longbottom arrives straight out of the early 1900′s with her old world charm, vintage parasol and exquisite costume.Expect honking horns, juggling tricks and most of all expect the unexpected from a unique roving clown on a mini penny farthing bicycle accompanied by two of Disney’s much loved characters Micky & Minnie. Visitors watch your back! No one is safe!Entertainment: www.atasteofdonegal.comThis year’s Festival opens on Friday 28th August at 4pm. The Official Opening will take place at 7 pm and our MC for the evening will be TV3’s Star and General Manager of Harvey’s Point Country Hotel Mr. Noel Cunningham.Dr Joe Mulholland Director of the MacGill Summer School will perform the opening; music will be by 4 in A Bar Barbershop Quartet.This will be followed immediately by our Hoteliers Cook off hosted by Celebrity Chef Joe Shannon and will be very entertaining.As promised Mixologist Rob Mc Hardy and friends will thrill us with a cocktail class with tastings.The opening evening will conclude with Pains Fireworks staging a professional ceremonial display of cracking colour over Donegal Bay.A Taste of Donegal is truly a food lovers dream and will showcase Donegal Town and the surrounding area as a region of high quality restaurants and hotels, with a vibrant and growing Artisan Food Production Family.With the extensive variety of products available throughout the marquee your palette will explode from the diverse tastes which will leave you coming back again and again.To quote Chairperson Ernan Mc Gettigan, “Come along and experience the wonderful food and drink variety available, we promise to tantalise your taste buds and as our caption says, Discover, Dine, and Delight in Donegal Town over this festival weekend and indeed every time you visit this region”Admission is €5.00 per adult, €2.00 per child, €12.00 for a weekend pass.For the full programme of events and regular updates, please follow us on www.atasteofdonegal.comand find A Taste of Donegal on Facebook.To look back at A Taste of Donegal 2014 Irish TV FeatureIrish TV FeatureIrish TV. http://www.irishtv.ie/category/ireland/ulster/donegal/Contact details:Donegal Town Community Chamber Exhibitors – Businesses – VisitorsTel. +353 (0) 74 97 23760Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgA TASTE OF DONEGAL 2015 PROMISES TO BE THE TASTIEST TO DATE was last modified: July 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsTaste of Donegal
The College of the Redwoods softball team dropped both games of its doubleheader against visiting Golden Valley Conference rival Butte Friday afternoon. Redwoods kept the first game close, staying scoreless with Butte for half the game before getting edged out in the final innings 6-3. In game two, Redwoods was unable to slow down arguably the best hitting team in the conference, and ultimately lost 15-2 after five innings.“They beat us,” head coach Maggie White said. “They hit better than us …
South Africans of all colours marched to Orlando Stadium in Soweto, joining the call of the South African Council of Churches for us to all work towards making the country the best it can be.Hundreds marched from Madibane High School to Orlando Stadium in Soweto to mark 40 years since the Soweto Uprising.This year marks the 40th anniversary of the uprising, when, on 16 June 1976, thousands of school children protested the introduction of Afrikaans as the language of teaching.This year’s march, organised by the South African Council of Churches (SACC), was held on 11 June. It brought together church representatives from Palestine, Colombia, Burundi, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The SACC called on South Africans to “pray and work for a South Africa of promise – a reconciled, equitable and sustainable society, free of racial, gender, tribal and xenophobic prejudices”.They said we must work to free South Africa from corruption, socioeconomic discrimination and violence. They called for “each child born to grow to its God-given potential”.World Council of Churches general secretary, Reverend Olav Fykse Tveit, said the ideal South Africa is still to come. “We are with you today acknowledging that the walk towards the South Africa you hoped for and still pray for is not finished.“Together we also see a new sign of hope. We see today that there are new ways forward toward what you all can share as a land of freedom, trust, justice and peace. The process of reconciliation has to continue – and we see that it can continue and include many more.”Tveit said ordinary citizens could use their hope to change South Africa into the country they would like to live in. “We have the right to hope that something new is possible. Not only in 1976 or in 1994 [did] you have this right to hope. You have this right today.“Our life is a pilgrimage of justice and peace with one another and God in our common home, in this world. We search for transformation of ourselves and of the world in which we live.”The SACC published a press statement to mark Youth Day, saying future generations would use history to their benefit.“History can prescribe the fate or path of future generations, but equally, later generations can redefine history. Either way, later generations always need history to speak for itself in order for it to either constrain the present or for it to serve as a springboard from which the present can unlock the limitless prospects of the future.”
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a self-styled ‘Brigadier’ from Nagaland for his alleged involvement in supplying government arms and ammunition to NSCN-U and NSCN-K cadres. NSCN-K was banned by the Centre in 2015. Aheto Chopey, a resident of Dimapur’s Unity village, was arrested in a joint operation by the NIA with Assam Rifles, the agency said in a statement. Non-bailable warrant He was intercepted near Zubza area in Kohima. A non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against him by an NIA court in Nagaland’s Dimapur.The officials recovered one AK-56 rifle, two 9mm pistols along with magazines, assorted ammunition and ₹1,32,000 in cash from his possession, it said. He was produced before an NIA Court in Dimapur on Thursday from where he was sent to judicial custody, since the NIA had already submitted a chargesheet against him in April last year, the statement said.The case, registered in 2013, relates to the supply of government arms and ammunition to Naga underground factions the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Unification (NSCN- U) and National Socialist Council of Nagaland Khaplang (NSCN-K), the statement added.
LONGYEARBYEN, NORWAY—Thick sheets of ice coating roads, homes, and pastures. Dead reindeer, no radio transmissions, and flights canceled for days. When ice came to this Arctic mining outpost on the Svalbard archipelago two winters ago, it crippled the community for weeks and devastated wildlife for months. Now, scientists are saying such weather extremes in the Arctic—known as rain-on-snow events—may become more frequent in the future.“It’s hard to study extreme weather events, which by definition are rare,” says ecologist Brage Hansen of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. “So we took the opportunity in 2012.”Brage and his co-authors focused on the rainy warm spell that brought record-high temperatures and prolonged rain to Svalbard over 2 weeks in January and February 2012. Temperatures during that period were routinely 20°C higher than normal, and on one day, the study notes, a Svalbard weather station recorded a daily average temperature of 4°C, which was “higher than at any weather station in mainland Norway on that day.” Another Svalbard station recorded 272 mm of rain during the 2 weeks; that station’s average for the whole year is 385 mm.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The water created thick pools of slush and melted snow, kept cold by the frozen ground, known as permafrost. Then temperatures dropped and everything froze, leaving Svalbard’s fjords and towns coated in thick ice, terrorizing its roughly 2000 inhabitants and decimating the most abundant animals on the archipelago—wild reindeer. Scientists measured ground ice between 10 and 20 cm thick in 200 test sites, and more than half of the ground area they monitored was still covered in the ice 5 months later.The ice forced road closures in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s largest settlement, and caused a so-called slush avalanche—consisting of snow, ice, and slush—that destroyed a pedestrian bridge. The town’s central antenna was disabled, halting radio transmissions, and an icy runway meant that flights to and from the archipelago were canceled for days. “Furthermore, snow-mobile driving, dog-sledding and hiking were nearly impossible during the weather event” and for months after, notes the paper, published today in Environmental Research Letters.The impact on Svalbard’s reindeer was severe, as ice prevented the animals from digging through the snow to eat plants. In the summer of 2012, scientists found high numbers of carcasses in all seven of Svalbard’s monitored populations, and a record number in one of them.This is “a huge difference from the historical norm,” Hansen says. “It’s important because this is the type of event we can assume will be more frequent in the future.” That’s a big problem, because the indigenous people of the Arctic depend on snowy tundra ecosystems and their wildlife. Plus, ice storms could wreak havoc on shipping, mining, and fossil fuel industries as they develop in the high latitudes.A series of climate models the scientists used to predict local warming in the high Arctic estimated that warming temperatures will continue for years. Hansen says if those predictions bear out, some winters by 2050 could have periods with a mean temperature above freezing. More ice would then follow, which could mean “a completely different” climate on Svalbard, Hansen says, with the 2012 event an icy preview.Geologist Jaakko Putkonen of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks applauds the paper’s analysis of the 2012 Svalbard incident, “the best documented” of known rain-on-snow events. Reindeer and their cousins, muskoxen, “are facing an unsolvable dilemma,” he says. “As the environment in their current ranges is becoming less suitable for them … they have no land area to retreat to farther north. They will be pushed into the Arctic Ocean, metaphorically speaking.”But winter rain in the Arctic may alter marine ecosystems as well as terrestrial ones, says Cecilia Bitz, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington, Seattle. The sea ice is where ringed seals live. Rain on snow “can collapse their snow caves where they raise their young,” she says. Along with the declining amount of floating ice, she adds, rain on snow is a reason the animals have been listed as threatened.One question the study leaves unanswered is how icy spells may affect local vegetation in the tundra. So on a windy, sunny day in July, Hansen and an assistant visited experimental plots they had established in a high Arctic valley on the Advent fjord outside Longyearbyen. During the dead-of-winter months before, the scientists poured gallons of water onto the snow on several half-meter-wide squares denoted by green markers. Now, to measure how the ice might have an impact, they’re comparing plant growth in the plots with growth in other plots that remained snowy, not icy. “There might be a delayed effect on growth, or an effect on flowering—we don’t know,” Hansen said, examining one of the plants. The scientists are now analyzing their samples from this experiment, and Longyearbyen is girding for what it hopes will be a snowy, not icy, future.
NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Reyes sent Standhardinger to the locker room and froze Cruz on the bench after both threw cheap shots in retaliation to the physical plays of the Iraqis.It was a pity for Cruz, who was playing the best game of his Gilas career only to ride the bench when the others were busy with the mop-up job of an 84-75 win.The two players eventually apologized for their actions.This time, in Lebanon, Standhardinger joined hands with the amazing Terrence Romeo in helping Gilas Pilipinas peel away from a tight first half and set the stage for a potential sweep of their group.Cruz, on the other hand, was a steady presence off the bench, knocking down all of his three attempts from three-point territory and finishing with 11 points for Gilas Pilipinas.It was the best way for the duo to get back at all the cheap shots they and the rest of the team took in that game, and the good thing about it is that they won’t have to apologize for it anymore.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Reyes doesn’t want the Filipinos easing up the pressure on the gas pedal.“We have to keep the low-key attitude and have the hunger in us,” Reyes told Fiba.com.Locking up the top spot means Gilas Pilipinas can steer clear of the favorites in the quarterfinals.Tempestuous showdownStandhardinger and Cruz were both banished from the game—in the 6-foot-7 Filipino-German’s case, the court—for losing their heads in a tempestuous showdown with the Iraqis.ADVERTISEMENT And the Philippines, which started out underdogs in the Fiba Asia tournament, can now gun for a sweep of the preliminary round.Standhardinger and Cruz came up with superb performances in an 84-68 dismantling of Iraq Friday night (Manila time), just three weeks after locking horns with the rugged Iraqis just three weeks before in the Jones Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat win put the Philippines up in Group B with a 2-0 slate after Gilas Pilipinas opened the tournament with a rousing victory over defending champion China.The Philippines takes on Qatar Sunday eveing at 9 p.m. (Manila time) at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon, with practically nothing at stake. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 Christian Standhardinger and Carl Cruz, Gilas Pilipinas rookies both, can now bury ugly memories of the first time they got to play Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT BaliPure stuns Pocari Sweat in Game 1 MOST READ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games