Wildfires in South force evacuations in Tennessee

first_img PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) – Wildfires fueled by high winds roared through parts of the Great Smoky Mountains, burning the doorstep of the Dollywood theme park, destroying a resort and chasing thousands of people from their homes.National Guard troops arrived Tuesday to help overwhelmed firefighters, and Mother Nature provided a little relief as the winds calmed and rain fell in some areas. Forecasters said it would not be enough to end the relentless drought that has spread across the South and set the stage over the past few weeks for wildfires in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina.The latest wildfires grew Monday night when wind high winds blew trees onto power lines, sparking new fires and spreading embers over long distances, officials said.“There were times last night that we had wind gusts in excess of 87 miles an hour. That is hurricane force. That is nowhere to be when trying to fight a fire,” Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller said at a news conference Tuesday.Hundreds of homes and other buildings, including a 16-story hotel, were damaged or destroyed by flames.Emergency officials ordered evacuations in downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and in other areas of Sevier County near the Great Smoky Mountains. About 14,000 residents and visitors were evacuated from Gatlinburg alone.About 1,200 people took shelter at the Gatlinburg Community Center and the Rocky Top Sports Park and several other shelters opened. TV broadcasts showed residents streaming out of town just as rain started to wet roads.At least a dozen people were taken to hospitals, including some with burns. No deaths were reported and officials said they had not received any reports of missing people.In downtown Gatlinburg, workers at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies had to flee because of the wildfires and left behind more than 10,000 fish and other animals. So far, the building appeared OK.“The aquarium, as far as we looked at this morning, was intact,” said Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters. “I understand that they had a generator so they were able to do what they needed to do to protect the animals.”Based on preliminary surveys, the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa in Gatlinburg “is likely entirely gone,” the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said in a news release. The agency had previously said it had reports that the Ober Gatlinburg amusement park and ski area had been destroyed as well, but later said resort officials had checked in and said the property was fine.Officials with Dollywood, the amusement park named after country music icon Dolly Parton, said the theme park wasn’t damaged, but more than a dozen cabins operated by the park had been.Dollywood suspended park operations at least through Wednesday. Its DreamMore resort will be open on a limited basis as a shelter and for registered guests.Just hours before the fires spread, the singer appeared in a video to urge people to prevent forest fires.Parton appears with Smokey the Bear in the 30-second video released Sunday by Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She tells people to avoid burning leaves and parking vehicles on dry grass, and warns that even a campfire can spark a wildfire.Parton is a native of Sevier County, which includes both Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge.In the mid-1980s, Parton partnered with the Herschend family who ran the park, then known as Silver Dollar City. It opened under the new name of Dollywood in 1986.Rain showers ended in the Gatlinburg area about 8 a.m. Tuesday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Sam Roberts. No more meaningful rainfall was expected until about midnight Tuesday, and would last through Wednesday.After weeks of punishing drought, any rain should be soaked up quickly, forecasters said. Rainfall amounts have been 10 to 15 inches below normal during the past three months in many parts of the South.“I think we racked up deficits that are going to be too much to overcome with just one storm system,” said Mark Svoboda, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.In Mississippi, trees were reported downed Monday in nearly 20 counties across the state. Sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph – with gusts of more than 50 mph – were reported and more than 2 inches of rain fell in some areas.Power outages peaked at more than 23,000 in Mississippi. Powerlines downed by winds sparked grass fires in four counties, said Greg Flynn, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Published: November 29, 2016 8:46 AM EST Updated: November 29, 2016 5:24 PM EST Author: AP Wildfires in South force evacuations in Tennessee center_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

Over 3,000 Congolese refugees arrive in Uganda in three days

first_imgAnurith, a 29-year-old asylum-seeker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sits with her children after undergoing a health screening near the border crossing in Zombo, Uganda. © UNHCR/Rocco Nuri Anurith, a 29-year-old asylum-seeker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sits with her children after undergoing a health screening near the border crossing in Zombo, Uganda. © UNHCR/Rocco NuriMore than 3,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) arrived in Uganda between Wednesday and Friday last week during a temporary opening of two border crossing points at Golajo and Mount Zeu, northwestern Uganda.According to local authorities, the refugees were previously a part of a larger group of approximately 45,000 people who had attempted to flee towards the Ugandan border with DRC shortly after deadly clashes erupted between armed militia groups in Ituri province on 17 and 18 May.Some have been able to return to their areas of origin while others remained close to the border, unable to cross for more than a month due to closure of borders on the Uganda side to contain the spread of COVID-19.The group included 33 pregnant women while 65 percent of the new arrivals are children.They have been taken to the Zeu Farm Institute, an old training center for farmers which now serves as a quarantine facility.UNHCR has installed 328 family tents as well as nine tanks, health screening areas, toilets and hand-washing facilities. In addition the agency and partners are providing food, water, medical checks and temporary shelter, health teams and an ambulance for those that require hospitalization.The Ugandan Health Ministry has been conducting sample COVID-19 testing, with the first 570 samples returning negative. Refugees have received doses of Vitamin A and vaccinations against cholera, measles, rubella and polio.Following the mandatory quarantine period of 14 days, in line with national guidelines and protocols, they will be transported to existing refugee settlements, according to UNHCR spokesperson Charlie YaxleyUNHCR welcomes the decision by the Government of Uganda to allow the group of refugees to enter the country and receive life-saving aid and protection. This effort demonstrates how, through quarantines, health screenings and other measures, States can uphold their obligations under international law during the pandemic while at the same time limiting potential transmission of the virus, Yaxley stated.“With over 1,000 COVID-19 cases in Uganda, UNHCR continues to support the Government with its COVID-19 response, by constructing and strengthening quarantine and isolation facilities and increasing handwashing supplies and availability of masks.”“Many of our transit and reception facilities across the country have been converted into quarantine centers, where we are supporting hundreds of Ugandans and refugees on a daily basis,” Yaxley said.However, the refugee response in Uganda continues to face multiple challenges due to underfunding, including severe food ration cuts.UNHCR has received just 18 per cent of the US$357 million required for its operation in Uganda in 2020. In the immediate term, US$28 million is urgently needed to continue the current level of assistance to refugees in Uganda, including basic health services.UNHCR appeals for international solidarity to help Uganda uphold its commitments towards the Global Compact on Refugees and maintain its progressive refugee policy during these difficult times. Repatriation Congolese Refugees Cholera outbreak kills 40 Congolese refugees in Uganda Thousands of Congolese refugees flee to Uganda Relatedlast_img read more

CEO of CREAD listed key things needed to be a resilient country

first_img Tweet 333 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) hosted its signature “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” where there were discussions on the topic, “CREAD and its vision of a resilient Dominica” on the 23rd of January 2019 at the Prevost Cinemall Ballroom.CEO of CREAD Miss Pepukaye Bardouille the keynote speaker at the event discussed CREADS’ work plan and its perspective on the importance of roles for the private sector in support of the overall resilience agenda for Dominica.Miss Pepukaye Bardouille mentioned some key things needed to be a resilient state.“We recognize that to have a resilient country we have to build strong communities, adaptive infrastructure and a sustainable economy.” Miss Bardouille said.Miss Bardouille added that to attain all of the aforementioned there would have to be provisions made to  construct strong shelters and homes, access food in communities in the event of a disaster and to access good quality health care etc.She also said that the infrastructure in the country needs to be as resilient as possible but it doesn’t mean that the strong infrastructure will survive every category 5 storm. LocalNews CEO of CREAD listed key things needed to be a resilient country by: – January 25, 2019 Please refer to the story below for a better understanding of what CREAD is:CREAD will be key to combat the negative effects of climate change, says Foreign Minister Sharelast_img read more

Fuji picks Suzuka’s F1 pocket

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 The Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, home of the Japanese Grand Prix since 1987, will see the expiration of its contract to stage Formula One events after this year’s race scheduled for Oct. 8. center_img PARIS – Fuji Speedway will host the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix of the Formula One championship series for the first time in 30 years at the expense of the Suzuka Circuit, which has been dropped from the calendar after a 20-year history.Formula One’s governing body officially put the Oct. 7 race in Shizuoka Prefecture on the 2007 schedule released Tuesday featuring 17 events, one fewer than in this year’s series.last_img

Florida Gators Basketball Championship Rings

first_img 0 0 1,816 Share this post 135 SportsLogos.Net Sign in to follow this   Why wouldn’t they do this on the home opener of the BASKETBALL season? 0 Sign in to follow this   Share this post Why wouldn’t they do this on the home opener of the BASKETBALL season?Because… 135 JohnnyFriedRice It looks like a subpar design. U of Florida ’03 (Telecomm) – FAU ’08/’14 (MBA/MHA) 1 1 sacker12 rmackman Posted September 9, 2006 0 0 2 Share on other sites JohnnyFriedRice Share this post Share on other sites 0 Posted September 9, 2006 Cyclopsis Joe Members 4,184 posts Florida Gators Basketball Championship Rings 0 Posted September 11, 2006 0 By rmackman, September 9, 2006 in Sports Logo News 1,816 Posted September 9, 2006 Recommended Posts Share on other sites Share this post Members This topic is now closed to further replies. 1 Share this post rmackman Location:SUNY Cortland Sports Logos Let’s Go Buff-a-lo! HurricaneDavid 2 Sports Logo News Survival79 Members Link to post Location:Bloody Eighth. Posted September 9, 2006 CCSLC Resident Atheist Followers 0 1 Location:Virginia tohasbo 0 0 Share this post Link to post 783 posts 629 Forums Home 1 1 0 Members Uninspiring to say the least. The ball and hoop look like some cheesy clip art design.On another note, are those all DIAMONDS??? How much does it cost to make one of those????? Wouldn’t that ring be a benefit and against NCAA rules unless the player has to pay for it. 5,241 posts 4,202 posts Posted September 9, 2006 4,646 posts Survival79 Share on other sites 0 Share on other sites KevinMcD HurricaneDavid 2,922 posts Share on other sites Forums Home Members Jostens makes crap, period. I wouldn’t even buy my class ring from those clowns. 135 Go To Topic Listing Posted September 9, 2006 Link to post 0 Posted September 9, 2006 Link to post Location:Born in Palo Alto, CA – left immediately for Milwaukee, WI – then Ft. Lauderdale, FL – then Atlanta, GA – back to FL again – then Chicago, IL, now West Palm Beach, FL….it’s a long story…. Sports Logos 0 0 Share this post Don’t take any wooden nickels. Uninspiring to say the least. The ball and hoop look like some cheesy clip art design.On another note, are those all DIAMONDS??? How much does it cost to make one of those????? 466 posts Posted September 9, 2006 Favourite Logos:I like a lot of the logos from the early 90s. My signature is proof of that (and a representation of my favorite teams). KevinMcD Tacky. Link to post Link to post Link to post Link to post 0 tohasbo Members Banned 0 1,816 2 0 629 Share on other sites The University of Florida men’s basketball team will be presented its national championship rings on Saturday evening prior to kickoff of the Florida-UCF football game. The presentation will begin at 5:55 p.m. and the University of Florida is encouraging all fans to enter the stadium early to help honor and celebrate the first men’s basketball national title in Gator history. Fans should allow themselves 30 minutes prior to the ceremony to enter the stadium and avoid congestion at the gates.The University of Florida went 33-6 during the 2005-06 season and won its final 11 games, capped by a 73-57 victory over UCLA in the national title game. Championship rings, designed by Jostens, will be presented to the 10 returnees for 2006-07 and the Gator coaching staff. Florida Gators Basketball Championship Rings Members sacker12 Share this post 5,531 posts Share this post Location:SUNY Cortland Members All Activity Uninspiring to say the least.  The ball and hoop look like some cheesy clip art design.On another note, are those all DIAMONDS???  How much does it cost to make one of those????? Wouldn’t that ring be a benefit and against NCAA rules unless the player has to pay for it. No, because in NCAA championship rings, they use gold or silver-toned metal and zirconias for the rings. If the rings were made out of real gold and diamonds, then the NCAA would have something to say about it. KevinMcD Florida Gators Basketball Championship Rings Link to post Share on other sites KevinMcD Share on other sites Sports Logo News 629 All Activity SportsLogos.Net Followers 0 Cyclopsis Joe Let’s Go Buff-a-lo! 4,646 postslast_img read more

Mississippi State remains at No. 4 in polls

first_imgMississippi State remained at No. 4 in both polls after its 51-0 win against Vanderbilt on Saturday.The Bulldogs received 1,323 votes this week in the coaches poll. They totaled 1,296 last week. Mississippi State increased its point total in the AP Poll by 12.Florida State remained at No. 1 in the AP Poll. Alabama was No. 2 and Oregon No. 3. MSU’s opponent this week, Ole Miss, dropped to No. 18.In the Coaches Poll, Alabama replaced Florida State as the new No. 1 team in the country. The Seminoles have won 27 games in a row. They received more first-place votes than any team, yet fell one to No. 2.Oregon was No. 3.Mississippi State’s final opponent of the regular season, Ole Miss, dropped to No. 19.The only poll that matters, the College Football Playoff, is released Tuesday. Mississippi State ranked fourth in it last week.Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver Joe Morrow (16) points to the student section after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Davis Wade Stadium.Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver Joe Morrow (16) points to the student section after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Davis Wade Stadium.last_img read more