DES MOINES — A massive thunderstorm in Africa’s Sahara Desert created an enormous dust cloud thousands of feet high and the plume that’s made a six-thousand mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean may impact Iowa this weekend.State climatologist Justin Glisan says it’s an exceptionally rare event.“They’re calling it the Godzilla plume because we haven’t seen a dust plume from West Africa stay together in the spatial scale that it is in over 50-to-60 years,” Glisan says. “It’s a unique phenomena that we’re seeing.”People who have compromised immune systems, especially those who may have COVID-19, are warned to stay indoors as much as possible for the next several days.“We should see some affect of the plume in basically air quality, more particulate in the air,” Glisan says. “People with breathing problems will see increased aerosols near the surface and that will produce breathing problems.”Depending on how the jet stream moves the dust across the country and into the Midwest, photographers in Iowa may have a golden opportunity to shoot some gorgeous pictures thanks to the plume, especially at dawn and dusk.“Because you have that particulate in the air, it acts to scatter sunlight towards the prettier colors of the spectrum, red, pink, purple,” he says, “so we should see very lovely sunrises and sunsets.”Car washes in Iowa could be busier next week, as Glisan says we may see a thicker coating of dust on our vehicles than usual, especially if they’re not in a garage.Outdoor plants, too, will get dusty, although farmers likely won’t need to be worried about their crops. “We won’t see major affects on agriculture, but, if you think about how you have dust in the atmosphere, that limits the amount of sunlight that gets to the surface and to the leaf area of corn and soybeans,” Glisan says. “It might limit photosynthesis but being a short-lived event, I don’t think it will have a major impact on things.”The skies may not appear as blue for the next several days either, he says, as the dust makes the air far above us whiter, much like when there’s a big forest fire in Canada and the smoke is carried here on the wind.
Dear Editor,Under Lowenfield’s watch, the voters’ list is apparently in a bigger mess than we thought. They said 6500 names on the new House-to-House list cannot be found. If the cross-matching by Gemalto was flawed, did they get paid?Notwithstanding all this mess, Chair Singh thinks Lowenfield needs a renewal of contract. Singh has not reported on the fraud investigations at GECOM with those overpriced cutting pliers and nonfunctioning radios. No heads have been rolled for false information put in the Official Gazette. And Singh continues to be largely silent.GECOM has spent billions that could have gone for better pay for sugar workers or for building roads, and we are nowhere near to getting a clean, proper list. Granger’s claim about 200,000 improper names on the list to justify the delaying tactic of a new House-to-House Registration turned out to be a big lie.Now, Lowenfield has lots of explaining to do. How is it that a current list can have empty house lots where the new registrants should have been living? Which enumerators registered those names at those empty lots? Lowenfield should be able to trace who turned in those forms and fraud charges should be brought. How can so many people on the expensive House-to-House Registration list (without PPP scrutineers) vanish so quickly? Were they valid names to start with or did Congress Place make a list? It explains why Alexander supported verification of only a sample, not the whole list.The nation is weary of all these shenanigans facilitated by GECOM and yet the incompetent get new contracts. GECOM’s tricks and general incompetence have led to the PNC staying a year beyond their time and giving us an illegal caretaker Government pretending as if the Government had not fallen as a result of the No-Confidence Motion.The new PPP Government must disband the GECOM as is, fire the incompetents, and create new structures for elections. GECOM has tried the patience of the nation. And Chair Singh has been a big disappointment to put it mildly. When will all this nonsense end?Sincerely,Jerry Singh
…due to retire in AprilPolice Commissioner Seelall Persaud has resumed duty on Monday, after being on six months’ administrative leave.Upon resumption of duty, the top cop was reportedly briefed on several matters of national importance. Guyana Times was told that Persaud would have also had a closed-door meeting with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.A source further told Guyana Times that Persaud would in April attain the age of 55 years old, but it is not certain if the top cop would go into retirement before his birthday.Police Commissioner Seelall PersaudAttempts to contact the police commissioner for a comment on his resumption of duty proved futile.With Persaud slated to retire in April, the Government is swiftly looking to have the Police Service Commission operational, in order to facilitate senior promotions within the Guyana Police Force.Persaud’s replacement has not yet been identified, but based on recent developments, the Guyana Times understands that Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine, Deputy Police Commissioner Maxine Graham and current Crime Chief Paul Williams have all been tipped as ideal candidates for the post.Ramnarine has been acting in the capacity of police commissioner while Persaud was away on leave, but Paul Williams only recently acted in that capacity while Ramnarine was on an overseas trip, representing the Guyana Government.Persaud was, in November 2017, due to return to the helm of the Guyana Police Force after utilising his four-month annual leave, but was asked to proceed on administrative leave until further notice. This was to facilitate continuation of the Christmas Security Programme that was rolled out by Crime Chief Paul Williams and Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine.This development had engendered lots of speculation among the top bracket of the Force, the business community, and political activists, taking into consideration the recommendations that were presented from the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into the alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger.The plot came to light after East Bank businessman Andriff Gillard claimed that a businessman had offered him $7 million to assassinate the President. This had led to establishment of the CoI, as requested by the President.That Commission of Inquiry was headed by retired Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe, who recommended that disciplinary actions be taken against Police Commissioner Persaud, and that he be made to resign and be investigated for perjury.Nevertheless, Minister Ramjattan had stated that he was not in agreement with all of the recommendations of the report, and had noted that before they were acted upon, they would have to be deliberated at Cabinet.
The Fort St. John Huskies are looking ahead to the coming season.- Advertisement -After a disappointing turnout on Monday, the Huskies have rescheduled their annual general meeting for Tuesday, June 15, at the Northern Lights College.The Huskies are hoping to inject some new blood into their executive team, particularly after long-time members Ross Porter and Karen Sparling both announced plans to leave Fort St. John.Past-president Carolyn Krauss says the pair were key members of the executive team that will need to be replaced.She’s also hoping volunteers will step up to manage areas including the booster booth, officials, security, publicity, website management, food for road-trips, gaming funding, and the 50/50.Advertisement By Jon Zacks “I suppose you could always get to the point where you could hire people to do these jobs” Krauss says, “but you don’t pay people for passion.” Krauss says she’s hoping to attract volunteers who care about Jr. ‘B’ hockey in Fort St. John. She points out, those who step up don’t have to have an in-depth knowledge of hockey, as there are plenty of organizational roles to be filled.Tuesday’s AGM (at 7 p.m.) is open to the public and Krauss encourages as many people as possible to attend.
Deputies said they believe the intended target was another man who began running as soon as the shooting began. Investigators have received conflicting descriptions of the shooter, who was last seen running north from the area on Rosemead Boulevard, Reed said. “We’ll do everything we can to bring the shooter to justice,” Reed said. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 2105 PICO RIVERA – A 13-year-old girl was wounded in a shooting Wednesday as she walked home from a park with a friend. The shooting occurred about 4:10 p.m. in front of an apartment building in the 5400 block of Rosemead Boulevard in Pico Rivera, said Pico Rivera sheriff’s Lt. Christopher Reed. The girl, who is listed in stable condition at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to her leg, was believed to have been struck by a bullet intended for someone else, Reed said. The teens were walking home from Smith Park, 6016 Rosemead Blvd., when a man, who was also on foot, fired multiple shots from a handgun, Reed said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Alexis Sanchez’s early strike for Chile was cancelled out by Lars Stindl when the teams met in Kazan ten days ago.Chile are looking for their third international trophy in three years after winning both the 2015 and 2016 Copa America titles — beating Argentina in the final on penalties on both occasions.Having knocked Euro 2016 winners Portugal out of the Confed Cup in Wednesday’s semi-final, Vidal says beating Germany’s young guns will prove Chile are the best.“We have proven our value, we have beaten Argentina and Portugal, the European champions,” said Vidal.“If we win tomorrow, we will prove we are the best team in the world.“We have reached this final with our spirit and attitude — this is a waiting room for the World Cup — and if we win tomorrow, that will show where we are.“We still have to qualify for the World Cup, but we have a lot of energy and want to prove ourselves.”Chile showed their penalty shoot-out pedigree again in the Kazan semi, as goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved all three Portugal spot-kicks after it finished goalless after extra-time.Despite Bravo’s heroics, Germany head coach Joachim Loew says he has no fear of a shoot-out — understandable given Germany’s record of having not lost on spot-kicks at a major tournament since 1976.While Chile played 120 minutes in their semi-final, Germany will be slightly fresher having beaten Mexico 4-1 in normal time on Thursday.Sanchez scored after just six minutes in the group-stage clash and Germany captain Julian Draxler says his team need to be more focused.“We need to be 100 percent for the full 90 minutes,” said Draxler.“We have grown over the tournament and need to really go into the one-on-ones, one of Chile’s strengths, but getting the trophy would be the best reward.”Germany were 2-0 up after just eight minutes of their semi-final against Mexico and Loew wants another bright start.“It will be very important to control the match early on,” said Loew.“Chile will try to build up as much pressure as possible, as they have done so far, so we need to see that we are able to liberate ourselves and create space.“They are very good at moving the ball fast, so I hope we have the agility and speed we showed against Mexico.”A German is set to finish as the tournament’s top scorer with Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner both on three goals, while Stindl has netted twice.Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi says Loew’s side – the youngest Confed Cup squad with an average age of just over 24 – have proven youth is no obstacle to success.“They have a set of players with a lot of experience, despite being very young,” said Pizzi, using Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich, 22, and 25-year-old Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi as examples.“(Joshua) Kimmich is a central pillar at one of the best teams in the world.“Mustafi was part of the 2014 World Cup winning team and plays in the Premier League, it makes them a formidable opponent.“We are ready to face them on that level and will try to make sure our work-rate is higher than theirs.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chile’s Arturo Vidal delivers a press conference at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, on July 1, 2017 © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – Midfielder Arturo Vidal says Chile can prove they are the world’s best team, and throw down a marker for next year’s World Cup, by beating Germany in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final.Copa America champions Chile take on World Cup holders Germany in St Petersburg with the teams having already drawn 1-1 in the group stages.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A message left Tuesday for an A. Rosenthal in Manhattan was not immediately returned. Someone answering the phone at Panzirer’s home in Westchester said he was not home. The dog is currently living at the Helmsley’s Connecticut estate, being cared for by staffers at the 28-room mansion. It was also Helmsley’s wish that Trouble someday be interred with her at the Helmsley mausoleum at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. It seems trouble is following Trouble, Leona Helmsley’s beloved pooch. The late hotelier left the 8-year-old Maltese $12 million and asked her brother to see to it that her pampered canine live out her life in the lap of luxury. But apparently that brother, Alvin Rosenthal, to whom Helmsley left $15 million and a percentage of her charitable trust, is not interested. The New York Post, citing an unidentified source, reported Tuesday that Rosenthal, 80, expressed no interest in caring for Trouble. Whether her grandson David Panzirer, Helmsley’s second choice, would step in was not known.
THERE WERE MAJOR traffic tailbacks in many towns this evening as some semblance of Christmas finally arrived in shops and businesses across the county.Last weekend was a whitewash with many shops, hotels and restaurants reporting a 50% downturn in business compared to this time last year.But shoppers were out in force today with Letterkenny, Buncrana, Donegal Town, Dungloe,Ballyshannon and Ardara all reporting a steady flow of of business. This evening the retail park and main street in Letterkenny was packed with shoppers – though no-one was complaining about the traffic, many people are just glad to be out.The army was deployed to a number of towns including Ballyshannon, Letterkenny and Buncrana and have been clearing footpaths along with business owners.Toni Forrestor of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce said there are signs that people are beginning to brave the elements.“In fairness I think a lot of traders, not just in Letterkenny but in towns across Donegal, have taken matters into their own hands. “The footpaths are clear in most towns now and the council is gradually getting a handle on the roads.“We still have a long wayt o go but we’re hoping for a solid few days right up until Christmas Eve,” she said.EndsFROM CABIN FEVER TO SHOPPING FEVER – PEOPLE BRAVE ELEMENTS TO BAG A BARGAIN was last modified: December 21st, 2010 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)
NORTH WEST – GOLFING ALLIANCEThe North West Golfing Alliance makes a welcome return this Saturday, 7th February, and tees off it’s 2015 season at Portsalon Golf Club, recently elevated to 23rd in the Golf Digest list of best Irish golf courses. Congratulations to Portsalon!In the Golfer of the Year Gross section, Letterkenny’s Finnian O’ Doherty leads the way from Noel Callan, Faughan Valley, (2nd) Seamus McMonagle,Dunfanaghy and John G Mc Bride, Portsalon (joint 3rd). A warning to the field is that Finnian has cut short his practice sojourn in USA and has unexpectedly flown back in order to maintain that top position. In the Nett Section, brothers Odran & Maurice Mc Gettigan from Strabane G.C. are out in front closely followed by N.West G.Club’s Brian Mc Carroll, making a welcome return to a “society” that he graced for many a year.>GOLF NEWS: NORTH WEST GOLFING ALLIANCE RETURNS FOR 2015 SEASON THIS WEEKEND AT PORTSALON was last modified: February 5th, 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:golfNort West Golfing AllianceNoticesSport
Sinn Fein in Co Donegal have met with Garda Chief Superintendent Jim Sheridan in relation to a number of issues of concern to people of the county.And the deputation which included Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Letterkenny Mayor, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and Cllr Jack Murray say they are pleased with the assurances they received.Among the issues raised include: · Status of Inishowen’s Drugs Task Force· Violent Crime· Burglaries· Cross-border crime · Garda morale· Station Closures· Recruitment embargo· Speed camera locations· Community co-operation with Gardaí Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said they had a duty to ensure that the concerns of our communities are addressed and to facilitate maximum co-operation between An Garda Síochana and the people of Donegal.“Our meeting with Chief Superintendent Jim Sheridan was very constructive and I welcome the assurances we received on a number of the issues raised.”Cllr Murray agreed saying “I raised concerns within the Inishowen community relating to the status of the Drugs Task Force in the peninsula. Given the recent actions of self appointed vigilante groups in Inishowen it is vital that this section is not diluted in anyway.“Thankfully the Chief Superintendent assured me that the unit would not be reduced in any way and that the Gardaí will lead the way in tackling drugs in Inishowen and across Donegal. “I also raised concerns regarding the locations of speed vans in the peninsula. While I welcome the huge reduction in road fatalities in recent times, there are concerns that some speed vans are becoming a revenue raising mechanism. Many are situated at locations where there has never been an accident.“Again, I welcome assurances that this matter will be looked into and addressed.”And Mayor Gerry McMonagle welcomed assurances he received in relation to crime in Letterkenny.“I highlighted a number of concerns in relation to crime by a small element in Letterkenny, the apprehension it brings to our communities and the effect it can have on tourism. I also pressed for known criminals to be taken off our streets without delay.“I welcome that these concerns have been taken on board and that all measures will be taken to ensure the safety of the community in Letterkenny.“Sinn Féin will continue to regularly engage with An Garda Síochana to ensure that all these concerns are followed up on.”SINN FEIN HAPPY AFTER MEETING WITH GARDA TOP BRASS OVER DRUGS AND CRIME was last modified: May 5th, 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)