DNRC, Forest Service Respond to Flathead Lightning Fires

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and U.S. Forest Service crews were fighting a handful of small, lightning-caused fires in Northwest Montana on Tuesday afternoon, according to Christine Lawrence, Public Information Officer for the DNRC in Kalispell. “Fire season is here,” Lawrence said. “We went from quiet activity to 10 fires in 48 hours.” According to Lawrence, fires were sparked at Haywire Gulch, Browns Meadow, Granger Flats and Wild Bill Saddle. All of the fires were less than 1 acre in size and Lawrence said they did not pose a threat to public safety. As of noon Tuesday, five of the fires had been contained. Lawrence said crews were aggressively attacking the other fires and she was confident that they would be contained in a matter of hours. Lawrence warned of drying ground fuels, which would only aid lightning-sparked fires. Bryan Henry, a meteorologist with the Northern Rockies Coordination Center in Missoula, said that because of a long winter and wet spring, vegetation was taking longer to dry. “Our fuels out there are dry, but not critically dry,” Henry said. “With the ridiculous snowpack and wet spring, the ground soil is still wet.” Wet ground could prevent fires from rapidly spreading, Henry said, an important deterrent considering the number of lightning strikes that have occurred this summer. Henry said that in the month of July there were almost 1 million lightning strikes in the Northern Rockies. “That’s a lot of lightning no matter how you slice it,” he said. Henry said that current weather patterns for the next week are likely to bring more lightning. That could lead to an active month for fire starts, although how much those fires will burn is unknown. “I think we’ll see an active August, but growth will be limited,” he said. Henry said if fires were to start in areas affected by beetle kill, like along the Continental Divide, it may be a different story. “If the fire gets into to beetle kill it can really take off,” he said. “It’ll be difficult to stop.” Lightning also caused a 40-acre fire in the Helena National Forest, east of Helena. As of Tuesday morning, 50 firefighters from the Forest Service were on site fighting the fire, which was likely to be contained with the help of cooler temperatures and rain. Emaillast_img read more

Lifford jobs at risk from robots!

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Two out of every five Irish workers are at risk of being replaced by robots. A new UCC report has looked at which towns are the most likely to be taken over by automation.Edgeworthstown in Longford, Tullow in Carlow and Lifford in Donegal are among the top ten most at risk.Report Author Dr. Frank Crowley outlines the types of jobs that could be impacted.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/crowkjhkhkhjley9am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Lifford jobs at risk from robots! WhatsApp Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleFianna Fail & SDLP issue joint statement on Brexit pleasNext articleCork to Letterkenny in electric car with one charge now possible News Highland Facebook By News Highland – February 22, 2019 AudioHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Super Mario Odyssey hits 1 million physical sales in Japan

first_imgSuper Mario Odyssey hits 1 million physical sales in JapanThe latest Famitsu data shows Switch nearing 3 million units soldMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 20th December 2017Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareSuper Mario Odyssey has eclipsed 1 million physical sales in Japan since it launched on October 27, while Nintendo Switch is on the verge of reaching 3 million units.According to data from Famitsu – translated by Gematsu – Super Mario Odyssey game has now sold 1,055,806 units in Japan. The total would be higher when combined with digital, of course, though the Switch audience has displayed a preference for physical products in the UK.Super Mario Odyssey sold two million units within three days of its launch, becoming the fastest selling Mario game ever in both the US and Europe. At around the same time, the game had sold 500,000 units in Japan.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Famitsu’s data puts Switch sales at 2,988,399 million units in Japan, with 230,000 units sold last week alone. Based on that trajectory, the console is likely to have passed 3 million sales at the time of writing. Worldwide, Switch reached 10 million sales earlier this month, making Japan one of its most lucrative markets. Nintendo plans to ship 50 million Switch console by April 2019.Nintendo was one of our choices for People of the Year 2017, but we also highlighted the level of success Switch needs to achieve in the absence of a clear successor for the 3DS.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 5 hours agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 8 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Paychex has 1,000 clients for its PEP, company says

first_img 5 Newsletters Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix 2020 brought human capital management practices into focus InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers 4 The businesses are among the roughly 700,000 existing clients that use Paychex’s other services, such as payroll and human capital management, according to the firm. Most of the new pooled employer plan, or PEPs, clients have not previously offered a retirement plan to their employees, often because of the administrative burden of setting up a 401(k), said Michael Majors, senior director of national retirement sales at Paychex.“In [the PEP’s] first few months, we wanted to focus primarily on new clients. Nearly all of our sales so far are to businesses that don’t currently have a 401(k) plan,” Majors said. “It is really often complexity that has kept these businesses on the sidelines … Small-business owners have a lot on their plate just to grow and manage their businesses.”The company is now in talks with other clients that already have traditional retirement plans about switching to the PEP structure, he said.Early entrants in the PEPs market have pointed to demand not only from small businesses without plans but also from those with 401(k)s that want to have less of a fiduciary role. Fidelity Investments, for example, is working to sign on new “micro-market”-size clients for its PEP, which is expected to go live in March. In that service, both the plan administration and investments are provided by Fidelity.The fiduciary overseeing investment selection for Paychex is Mesirow Financial, said Craig Silverstein, a product strategy manager at Paychex. The PEP includes a range of mutual funds from a variety of third-party providers, Silverstein said. Fees for the PEP vary by employer size and whether the clients use other Paychex services. For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here,MOST READ 1 2 Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team. House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 3 The clients signing up for the PEP range from those with only a few employees to businesses with more than 100 workers, Majors said. “It’s kind of all over the map, which we’re excited about.”The first PEPs on the market went live as early as Jan. 1, though most providers are in the early stages of bringing on clients. As of Tuesday, nearly 50 different entities had filed initial registrations with the Department of Labor to be pooled plan providers. Human resources outsourcing firm Paychex has signed up at least 1,000 businesses for its pooled employer plan, the company said Tuesday.last_img read more

Global power monitoring market to grow by 8%

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA The global power monitoring and control software market is expected to post a CAGR of over 8% during the period 2019-2023, according to the latest market research report by Technavio.A key factor driving the growth of the market is the increasing need for efficient power monitoring and control.A power monitoring and control software is an integral part of a power monitoring system that can help an organisation to capture and analyse power metrics.A few advantages associated with power monitoring systems are that they can provide indicators regarding the health of key electrical equipment such as motors, pumps, and transformers in an industrial or commercial space.They can help in reducing nuisance tripping, which occurs when safety devices such as circuit breakers trip unexpectedly.Power monitoring of tariffsFurthermore, in facilities where power tariff is variable and based on factors such as power generation sources or on-peak and off-peak time-of-use, the cost allocation calculations are complex.A power monitoring software in a power monitoring system can simplify these calculations, providing clear and accurate cost structures. Therefore, the use of a power monitoring system offers significant benefits to end-users by monitoring key power assets.It can help optimise power usage to keep costs low and help increase the operating life of equipment.This market research report also provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook during the forecast period.Technavio classifies an emerging trend as a major factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.Increasing focus on energy efficiencyThe report also highlights the increasing focus on energy efficiency as one of the key emerging trends in the global power monitoring and control software market.The rising cost of energy, the environmental effects of high energy consumption, and rising carbon emission from thermal power generation sources (fossil fuel), have increased the focus on energy efficiency.Both industrial and commercial end-users are actively working on improving energy efficiency in their concerned facilities.Industries, in particular, are one of the major consumers of electricity as equipment such as pumps, blowers, and motors consume a significant amount of energy.New regulatory norms are focused on curbing energy costs and carbon emission by mandating the use of energy-efficient methods in industries.For example, the EU introduced Directive 2009/125/EC regulations to reduce energy consumption of industrial motors. As per the directive, motors should adhere to Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards designed with different energy efficiency classes.Moreover, with the cost of energy on the rise and the presence of stringent regulations on energy efficiency for industries, these industries are deploying power monitoring and control software to keep a tab on energy consumption and reduce energy wastage. Therefore, with such regulations and initiatives, the market is expected to register a positive outlook during the forecast period.“Along with increasing focus on energy efficiency, the rise in the use of solar and wind generated power is another factor that is driving the global market,” said a senior analyst at Technavio for research on enterprise application.“The power industry is experiencing a major overhaul with major changes in power generation, distribution, and consumption patterns. There is a growing demand for solar and wind power, which is expected to boost the growth of the global power monitoring and control software market during the forecast period.”Read more: Digital technologies’ impact on business earnings Finance and Policy TAGScontrol softwaremotorspower monitoringpumpsTechnavioTransformers Previous articleAfDB joins forces with Masen to roll out Desert to Power initiativeNext articleSubstation feeding OR Tambo Airport, upgraded Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Four dead, two missing, 10 hospitalized after midair collision over Alaska

first_imgRetired_Tim/iStock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — At least four people were killed and 10 others hospitalized after two aircraft collided in midair over Alaska on Monday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.“There are two people that we’re still searching for at this time,” Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios told ABC News in an interview airing Tuesday on Good Morning America.“Our crews are out there searching diligently alongside our partner agencies and some good Samaritans,” he added. “They’ve been searching throughout the day, by both air and by sea.”The deadly collision took place Monday afternoon in Coon Cove, Alaska, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver with five people on board and a de-Havilland Otter DHC-3 carrying 11 people clashed in midair “under unknown circumstances,” the FAA said in a statement.Ten people with injuries from the incident were taken to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, according to hospital spokeswoman Mischa Chernick. Three of the patients are listed in serious condition, while seven are in fair condition, Chernick told ABC News.Both planes were on sightseeing tours, carrying guests from the Royal Princess cruise ship, which was on a seven-day voyage that departed Vancouver on May 11 and was scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday, according to Princess Cruise Lines.“We are incredibly distressed by the situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those on board the planes and their families,” the cruise line said in a statement. “Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved.”One of the planes was operated by Taquan Air, which said it has suspended all scheduled flights and is cooperating fully with investigators.“We are devastated by this news and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families,” the airline said in a statement.The Coast Guard, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are all investigating the incident.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Eta makes landfall as tropical storm in Florida

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO and WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Eta made landfall early Thursday morning as a tropical storm near Cedar Key, Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.The storm hit with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. It is producing heavy rains and gusty winds for portions of the Florida Gulf Coast and northern Florida peninsula. Eta is moving toward the northeast near 13 mph.As of 4 a.m., the tropical storm warning south of Longboat Key and the tropical storm watch has been discontinued. However, a storm surge warning is in effect for the Middle of Longboat Key to the Suwannee River, including Tampa Bay.Tampa Bay saw 3.87 feet of storm surge Thursday, which is the highest storm surge in the area since 1991.The highest wind gust from Eta Thursday was 69 mph in Port Charlotte, Florida, which is located between Fort Myers and Sarasota.A tropical storm warning, according to the NHC, is in effect for the middle of Longboat Key to the Suwannee River and from the Flagler/Volusia County Florida line north to St. Andrews Sound in Georgia.Flood watches continue Thursday morning, from Florida all the way up the coast to Maryland.Eta is expected to emerge into the western Atlantic Thursday afternoon. The storm is forecast to accelerate over the western Atlantic and move parallel to, but offshore, of the Carolinas before heading well east into the Atlantic Friday, the NHC said.Eta will produce an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain across parts of Florida Thursday, with isolated maximum storm total accumulations of 20 to 25 inches in south Florida.Some of the highest rainfall totals overnight are up to a half a foot of rain from Florida to North Carolina.The heaviest Thursday will be in the Carolinas and parts of the southern Mid-Atlantic, where half a foot is possible in areas, which could cause flash flooding.After Eta, the tropical systems are still not done. There is a new tropical wave moving through the Caribbean, and could become the next Greek-named storm, Iota. It could bring flooding rain this weekend into next week for hard-hit Central America.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rockefeller nabs $450 million Merrill Lynch team

first_imgThe addition will give Rockefeller, which manages about $19 billion, a presence in the state for the first time.[More: Merrill team managing $550 million moves to Rockefeller Capital] Richeda started his career in 1994 at A.G. Edwards and joined Merrill in 1996, according to his BrokerCheck record. Farr had worked at Merrill since 2011.The team also includes two staff members, Christopher Nazzaro and Anna Miller.[More: Top 10 firms for adviser moves in 2020] Matthew Richeda and Christopher Farr, who managed $450 million in assets along with two associates at Merrill Lynch, have joined Rockefeller Capital Management in Denver, Colorado.last_img read more

Transport Spokesperson Pat Glass’ shocking performance

first_imgLast week was the first Transport Oral Questions in the House of Commons of 2017. And, it was one of the dullest I’ve ever watched.Inevitably, rail dominated the session – as it always tends to – and the coach and bus industry didn’t even get a mention, I’m sorry to report.Despite our industry responding magnificently to a call to arms from the Department for Transport to help poor beleaguered Southern rail commuters to work on strike days, not a single word of gratitude from our ministerial team. Zilch. A ‘thank you’ might have been nice, even polite!North West Durham MP Pat Glass was an embarrassment at the dispatch box. She memorably hit the headlines last May during the EU Referendum campaign when she told the BBC: “The very first person I come to is a horrible racist. I’m never coming back to wherever this is.” She later apologisedThe performance of Pat Glass at the despatch box, one of Labour’s shadow transport spokespeople, was abysmal, bordering on the embarrassing.Fortunately for our industry she has responsibility for rail, so at least she can’t cause us any grief. Based on this performance I suspect any meeting with her would be unremittingly dire. One does have to wonder how individuals like this get put into frontbench positions?You would like to think that Labour frontbench spokespeople use their slot at Transport Questions to ask seriously probing questions of ministers: To put them on the spot.So when one of the other Labour spokesmen, Daniel Zeichner, asked a question about preparedness in London for the 2mm of snow that was forecast to fall on the capital that night, you really do have to wonder what the point of it all really is. Was that the best, most probing question he could come up with?After Transport Orals we had the usual weekly Business Statement setting out the business of the Commons for the following two weeks. I was half hoping, even expecting, to hear that we might finally get a date allocated for Commons Second Reading on the Buses Bill. But no, nothing.No sign of Second Reading up to and including 26 January, so the earliest it can be is 30 January. Hardly the sign of a government in a rush to get this Bill on the statute book.No rush to Second Reading, no mention of coaches or buses at Transport Orals, and now I’ve just found out that no minister will be attending the Confederation of Passenger Transport’s Annual Dinner.It doesn’t send a very powerful signal about the level of ministerial interest in the coach and bus sectors, does it? But then, as I’ve said more than once before, ministerial interest can be a double-edged sword as it normally leads to ministerial interference, something that I would normally seek to avoid like the plague.Still, some kind of ministerial ‘thank you’ for the coach and bus industry’s willingness to help out with the Southern rail dispute would be nice, even polite. Manners maketh the man, Messrs Grayling and Jones.last_img read more

Van Halen Announces Live Album, Major North American Tour

first_imgThe American tour will kick off with a performance in Seattle, working their way East before they go back West. You can see the full schedule below, which includes stops at the PNC Bank Arts Center and Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. For more information on everything, head to the band’s official website.Van Halen North American Tour Dates:July 5 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre July 7 – Portland, OR @ Amphitheater Northwest July 9 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion July 11 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater July 14 – Irvine, CA Verizon @ Wireless Amphitheatre July 16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre July 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre July 20 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre July 22 – Kansas City, MO @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater July 24 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre July 26 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre July 28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion July 30 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion     August 1 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center August 3 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center August 5 – London, ON @ Western Fair District August 7 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre August 9 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center August 11 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Center August 13 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater August 23 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park August 25 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center August 27 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center August 29 – Washington, D.C. @ Jiffy Lube Live August 31 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center September 2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center September 4 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre September 6 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts September 9 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater September 11 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion September 13 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre September 15 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre September 17 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre September 21 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater September 23 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion September 25 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion September 30 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre October 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl Hard rock titans Van Halen are plotting some major moves for the year ahead, including a live album, some televised performances (their first since 2006), and a major North American tour that will run from July 5th to October 2nd.The live album, called Tokyo Dome: Live In Concert will be released on March 31st. Taken from a 2013 concert in Japan, the album will feature the entirety of the band’s 23-song performance. To get in the mood for the release, the band will perform on Kimmel on March 30th and March 31st, as well as an appearance on Ellen on April 2nd. They’ve also released two singles from the live album: “Runnin With The Devil” and “Panama.”last_img read more