ABC News(NEW YORK) — Two to three inches of rainfall is flooding roads from San Diego County to Arizona, even stranding some people in Southern California overnight due to flash flooding. Nine states from California to North Dakota are under flood, snow and wind alerts as this storm slowly moves east. Heavy rain is falling in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona Wednesday morning and flash flooding warnings continue on Interstate 10 east of Palm Springs.In the higher elevations, snow is falling Wednesday morning from the Sierra Nevada mountains in California to Montana. By Wednesday night into Thursday morning, the storm will reach the Great Lakes and northern Plains, bringing heavy rain from Minneapolis to Chicago. The southern Plains, from Oklahoma to Arkansas and into Tennessee, may also get hit by heavy rain as the storm moves east Thursday. Some areas could see up to four inches. Meanwhile, the north will see snow from the Dakotas to northern Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A winter storm warning was issued for northern Minnesota where nine inches of snow could fall. No major accumulation is expected for the Twin Cities. The heaviest snow will be in the Rockies with 2 feet possible in Colorado. Snow is also possible in the mountains outside of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and Northern Nevada, where some areas could also see two feet.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
WASHINGTON – Junior Mia Counts got a new ID card this semester – not from Card Services on campus, but for the Pentagon Building in Washington D.C. Courts is one of 10 Notre Dame students participating in the Washington Program, a semester-long experience working, studying and living in Washington D.C. The alternative study abroad program is designed for student with specific interest in politics or journalism, and it plunges them into the heart of current affairs in the capital. “[The Washington Program] definitely thrusts you right into the middle of everything,” Counts said. “We’re not in the ‘Notre Dame bubble,’ and you can really tell because everything is in the city. It’s a good experience.” Each student in the program splits his or her time between an internship and coursework. Counts works more than 25 hours each week in the Pentagon with the AFPAK Hands program, a counter insurgency initiative run by the Joint Chiefs of Staff that works to build diplomatic relationships in the Middle East. “I’m definitely getting a different perspective on what the media tells you on what is going on over there,” she said. On Sunday night, Counts sat in one of the apartments that house Notre Dame students near Woodley Park with some of the other students in the program. They cooked dinner, watched football and talked about the presidential inauguration to happen the next day outside the U.S. Capitol Building just a few Metro stops from their home. “[The inauguration] is something that only happens every four years. … I just think it’s an incredible opportunity when you’re studying this. It’s history in the making,” Counts said. Sophomore Matt Mleczko will be among the crowd on the National Mall today. “It’ll be really neat because I remember where I was four years ago, the last inauguration,” he said. “The 2008 campaign was when I started getting into politics and to think how far I’ve come in four years – I was in algebra II class the last inauguration, and now I’m here.” Mleczko said he hopes to see President Barack Obama deliver an inaugural address that acknowledges the need to overcome bipartisanship. “Political speeches like this [are] breeding grounds for overly idealistic language, and we all celebrate speeches like that, and the next day we go back to bashing each other in Congress … I hope we can go forward after this and start seeing some action and start seeing some change after this,” he said. Despite the political divide that characterizes Washington D.C., Mleczko said Inauguration Day is a chance to set those differences aside. “People are really frustrated and are tired of what’s going on in politics, but it’s neat that people can kind of come together and be excited for this event,” he said. “My friend I’m going with is probably the most opposite political ideology you can have from me, but we’re still going together.” Junior Brian Vogt received a ticket to the inauguration through his internship in the office of Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. The experience of living and working in the capital, Vogt said, is an eye-opening look at how politics works. “You can learn a lot about how the government works from a textbook, but until you actually see what happens, there’s a big different between those two things,” Vogt said. As a new Congress begins its work after an election, Vogt said he found the influence of voters’ opinions and fundraising to be striking on the Hill. “I think everyone for the most part on Capitol Hill has good intentions and wants to do good things,” he said. “But the issue is they have to get reelected every six years, every four years, and when you have that pressure … getting reelected, keeping that job, that really influences their everyday life to an unbelievable extent.” The Washington Program attracted Vogt, a finance major, despite his lack of interest in a political career. “I really thought [the Washington Program] would be a good opportunity to see what you’re going to be up against if you run your own company or if you’re in the business world,” Vogt said. Mleczko, however, said his semester in the district is “a test run” for the kind of career he might pursue in advocacy or policy work. He is currently interning with a small advocacy group that deals with low-income programs, and his internship work will closely monitor the debates on budget and spending cuts. “Speaking from someone that’s really interested and passionate about politics, you’re right in the middle of everything going on,” Mleczko said. “What you’re reading in the papers is happening just blocks away from you, and that’s something really cool.” The day before the presidential inauguration, junior Wendy Hatch was indeed standing just blocks away from the site of today’s events. She sat at a table in front near the National Mall, passing out buttons and flyers for C-SPAN to promote the network’s Inauguration Day election coverage. As an intern in the international division of C-SPAN, Hatch said she is hoping to build experience for a future career in global politics and government work. “It’s a great way to learn a different side of politics,” she said. “You learn things [at C-SPAN] … that you wouldn’t necessarily learn in the classroom or interning on the Hill.” On her way to work, Hatch walks past the Capitol. Today, she and her friends in the Washington Program will stand in front of that same building to see Obama publicly swear his oath of office. “It’s cool to live through it and not have to watch it on the news,” Counts said, “To actually be right in the middle of it.” read more
The region’s best young figure skaters will take to the ice this weekend at the NDCC Arena for the West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Compeition.Hosted by the Nelson Figure Skating Club (NFSC), the three-day event showcases skaters from across a range of categories from Elements to Pairs to the crowd-pleasing Interpretive programs. The weekend begins Friday from 3-9 p.m. with Interpretive and Free Skate Events.Saturday, competition runs all day with the finale of Dance Solo Events set for Sunday from 8-11:35 a.m.
TIME CHANGE: The U16 County Ladies Trials are going ahead this Saturday and Sunday at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar but at a different time that was previously stated.Coach Terry McCole will split the trials over two days and the trials will last from 12-2pm on both Saturday and Sunday.Registration is at 11.30am sharp on both days. Coaches of the clubs are asked to contact their players to inform them of the time change.The details are below:The players selected from the following northern area clubs please attend the first county trial in the Finn Valley centre Saturday the 17th of January at 12- 2pm registration is at 11.30am sharp:Malin CarndonaghMilfordMcCumhaillsSt Eunan’sBuncrana MovilleTermonRobert Emmett’sDownings GlenswillyUrrisRed HughsConvoyFanad GaelsThe players from the following clubs please attend their first trial in the Finn Valley centre on Sunday the 18th of January from 12-2pm with registration taking place at 11.30 am sharp. DungloeGlentiesFour MastersGweedoreNaomh MhuireNaomh ColumbaSt Naul’sArdaraCloughneelyGlenfinSt Micheal’s*IMPORTANT NOTICE* TIME CHANGE FOR U16 COUNTY LADIES TRIALS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: January 16th, 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:county trialsdonegalGAALadiesnewsSportU16’s read more
Shamin Chibba Prof. Chrissie Boughey, head of Strengthening Doctoral Supervision, said higher PhD output can lead to economic prosperity in South Africa.(Image: Rhodes University) Dr Harry Wels of VU University Amsterdam is co-project manager of the Strengthening Doctoral Supervision course.(Image: Harry Wels) Rhodes University in Grahamstown is one of three universities piloting the course.(Image: Rhodes University)MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof. Chrissie BougheyDean: Teaching and Learning at Rhodes University+27 82 802 8085• Dr Harry WelsAssociate professor: VU University Amsterdam+31 346 2503 64Three South African universities are on a drive to improve PhD supervision, which could boost the country’s knowledge economy. Rhodes University, the University of Fort Hare and Durban University of Technology are piloting a seven-week course called Strengthening Doctoral Supervision, which aims to produce doctoral supervisors who will assist PhDs students in the future.Launched at a National Research Foundation meeting last November, the course forms part of South Africa’s efforts to produce more than 5 000 PhD graduates by 2030. “The perception is that there will be economic prosperity if you have a high PhD output,” said Professor Chrissie Boughey, the course’s project director. “As a result, research output goes up. In South Africa we have never had that.”Boughey, who is the dean of The Centre for Higher Education, Research, Teaching and Learning at Rhodes, said the lack of efficient PhD supervisors had led to the development of the course. “The Academy of Sciences for South Africa’s study on PhDs identified the need for doctoral supervision.”She was referring to The PhD Study, a consensus report published in September 2010 by the Academy of Sciences for South Africa (ASSAf). One of its major findings was that South Africa produced 1 274 doctoral graduates in 2007, or 26 doctorates per million of the country’s total population, which was too low. Professor Robin Crewe, the president of ASSAf, said in the foreword: “The report should be used as a guideline for policy makers to do something concrete to improve the quantity and quality of PhD students in the country.”With a US$1.3-million (R11.9-million) contribution from The Netherlands Organisation for International Co-operation in Higher Education (Nuffic) the pilot course was offered to students for free.Diversity kept in mindIn September 2011, Nuffic invited four South African universities to be part of a consortium, namely Rhodes, Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Fort Hare. It then looked for a Dutch institute to be involved. VU University Amsterdam, The African Studies Centre at Leiden University, and the International Institute for Social Studies in The Hague, submitted a joint tender and won.Academics from all seven universities – some of whom would later became course facilitators – gathered for a week last May to draw up a curriculum for the pilot project. During the development stage, facilitators knew they had to take South Africa’s diverse academic landscape into consideration if they were to succeed. “You have got all different kinds of universities,” said Boughey. “There are those with good research outputs and good support everywhere you go. And then there are others that have little or no research output; you are a lone ranger there.”According to Boughey’s co-project director, Dr Harry Wels of VU University Amsterdam, the course is flexible and can be adapted to suit any university. He said facilitators could use or omit material according to a university’s practices.Wels added that the course also looked into how supervising was conducted within each participating university. “It is important to realise you teach the course at a particular institute with its own practices, history, policies and protocols,” he said.Wels, who is also the director of VU University’s South African Institute, stressed that the material was developed under creative commons and as such it did not belong to any individual or institution. “We do not have the rights to the material. After the pilot project, anyone can take it and do what they want with it. There is no commercial interest whatsoever. It is for the benefit of the country.”Those accepted as students must either have a PhD or be nearing the end of their doctoral studies. They may also come from any academic field. However, Boughey said selection depended on what each university was looking to achieve. “The university chooses the students based on their needs. Most are selecting for the health sector.”Content of the courseThe course underlines four themes, namely power relations in supervision, the importance of scholarship, supervisor practices and supervisor processes.It is divided into three phases, the first being a four-day face-to-face session between students and course facilitators from South Africa and the Netherlands. The second phase, which lasts six weeks, is covered online. Students are required to complete a number of tasks that are later collected in a portfolio and assessed.Boughey said it had a website through which students may communicate with facilitators and submit tasks. The course concludes with a three-day third phase, during which students engage with their South African facilitators.Wels said the first phase had recently been covered and it was met with enthusiasm from both students and the universities involved. “It presented us with one of the few occasions to discuss challenges with people from other institutions. It is amazing to see we share the same bureaucratic frustrations.”His contribution and those of his Dutch colleagues are limited. “The project was designed by a team of South African and Dutch colleagues. But the Dutch colleagues are only involved in the four-day face-to-face phase, which is the first phase.”Course a “national priority”Wels said the course was a national priority as it would raise South Africa’s PhD output. “In order to participate in the knowledge economy you need a certain number of PhDs.” Universities from both countries had a long-standing relationship and the consortium was part of an existing academic network, he added.The Dutch government had recently looked at how it could relate to what it called transitional countries, such as South Africa. “The government thought higher education could play that role. It gives us a good opportunity to work together.”Boughey attributes the partnership to the Dutch’s historical ties to South Africa. “The Dutch have always been generous. Nuffic has something like eight projects in South Africa with lots of money in it.”After the first phase, participating universities are already seeing the value in the course. Boughey said one university had already asked to run it again and another institution wanted to implement it for the next three semesters. Three more universities will be joining the course in the second semester this year. Wels said the University of Johannesburg and Vaal University of Technology were among them. read more
The Kapil Sharma Show is back on track. The Total Dhamaal team visited The Kapil Sharma Show on Saturday. Kapil Sharma welcomed Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Riteish Deshmukh, and Total Dhamaal director, Indra Kumar.Ajay Devgn was the first star to arrive on the sets. Kapil welcomed him and talked about his upcoming movie Total Dhamaal. Kapil said that he earns more when Ajay is on his episode and asked if he wants 10 per cent but Ajay said he would like to have 50 per cent, which left him tongue-tied. A lot of animals were seen in Total Dhamaal trailer but Kapil was interested in knowing about the monkey that rested on Ajay’s shoulder.Kapil Sharma asked Ajay why they chose a monkey from Hollywood to which he replied that Anil Kapoor was missing Hollywood so they got a monkey from there. The monkey that has appeared in Total Dhamaal was also seen in Hollywood movie Hangover. Ajay Devgn didn’t just pull Anil Kapoor’s leg but was in no mood to spare even Kapil. Kapil showed the picture of the monkey and said that even the monkeys in Hollywood are well dressed unlike the ones in India. Ajay quickly came near him and said, “But you are well-dressed.” Audience was left in splits after Ajay’s comment.Kapil Sharma took it quite sportingly and said, “Main Hollywood waale bandaron ko follow kar raha hoon.” (I am following Hollywood monkeys.)Kapil asked Ajay to give an example when in real life he feels like saying, ‘Aata majhi satakli.’ Ajay said that he no more faces such situations but last time he lost it when Kapil shut down his show. He also revealed that he had told him that he has so much talent and not to let it go to waste. The Singham star expressed his happiness that Kapil is back on track and his show is doing great. On this note Ajay Devgn and Kapil Sharma shared a warm hug.advertisementView this post on InstagramHone waali hai iss manch par aisi Dhamaal, ki ho jaaoge aap hassi se behaal! Dekhiye #TheKapilSharmaShow, iss weekend raat 9:30 PM. @ajaydevgn @riteishd @indrakumarofficial @madhuridixitnene @anilskapoor @kapilsharma @kikusharda @chandanprabhakar @krushna30 @bharti.laughterqueen @sumonachakravarti @rochellerao @edwardsonnenblick @banijayasiaA post shared by Sony Entertainment Television (@sonytvofficial) on Feb 13, 2019 at 11:00pm PSTView this post on InstagramWhat do you get when Bachcha Yadav, Sapna and Rajesh Arora come together? Guaranteed entertainment! Watch their fun banter, tonight at 9:30 PM only on #TheKapilSharmaShow. @madhuridixitnene @anilskapoor @ajaydevgn @riteishd @indrakumarofficial @kapilsharma @kikusharda @chandanprabhakar @krushna30 @bharti.laughterqueen @sumonachakravarti @rochellerao @edwardsonnenblick @banijayasiaA post shared by Sony Entertainment Television (@sonytvofficial) on Feb 16, 2019 at 1:12am PSTView this post on InstagramDon’t you just love his humour? Here’s Bachcha Yadav with his jokes that had even this gang tearing up with laughter! Catch #TheKapilSharmaShow, tonight at 9:30 PM. @madhuridixitnene @anilskapoor @ajaydevgn @riteishd @indrakumarofficial @kapilsharma @kikusharda @chandanprabhakar @krushna30 @bharti.laughterqueen @sumonachakravarti @rochellerao @edwardsonnenblick @banijayasiaA post shared by Sony Entertainment Television (@sonytvofficial) on Feb 16, 2019 at 12:28am PSTAlso read | Navjot Singh Sidhu thrown out of The Kapil Sharma Show over comment on Pulwama attackAlso read | Boycott The Kapil Sharma Show trends after Navjot Singh Sidhu’s comment on Pulwama attack read more
Grealish: Smith and I big Aston Villa fansby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa captain Jack Grealish enjoys playing for manager Dean Smith.The manager and captain are both lifelong fans.Grealish told The Sun: “It’s massive. The manager sees what it means because he is a Villa fan.“Everything I have done in my life, coming up, watching every game, going as a kid — he’s done all that as well.“With Dean, all you have to do is watch after the game and see how much family he has there.“He has about 40 of them at every single game!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Canada is experiencing one of its largest ever labour shortages and more than 30,000 of those unfilled positions in Q3 this year were in Alberta.That carries over to the much maligned oil and gas sector but not necessarily because there is huge growth, the new realities of the sector may be having an impact.Jason Edwards, VP of the David Aplin Group Calgary, told CityNews some former employees are still a little nervous about heading back.“Some of the workers that were in the field in oil and gas, they’re used to making higher levels of compensation than are available now and some of them are actually, quite frankly, a little jilted from the downturn as well so they’re not necessarily in the same kind of rush to get back to that kind of work as they were previously,” he said.There are a couple other factors as well.Roles are either very technical, so employers are having trouble finding qualified employees while some companies are running into the opposite problem; They’re offering entry level jobs that don’t pay as well as potential applicants expect. read more
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District won’t be issuing temporary entry permits for residents of the Old Fort for Friday and Saturday.The District says this change will allow the Ministry of Transportation to focus efforts on building the semi-permanent road into the community. Construction on the road started back on October 19, and the original timeline for when the road would be complete was three weeks. If they are still on schedule, that would mean the road could be completed by the end of next week.Westrek Geotechnical had said last week things are looking favourable to possibly allow some residents to return home when road standards are met. The Regional District also says they received the geotechnical report from Westrek on October 29. The report has now been sent for a peer and legal review.The Regional District has not yet released a timeline for when the report will be released to the public. read more
TAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council Meeting on Monday, Council was looking at ways of targeting speeding at the Peace Island Park Campground following a letter of concern from a user.The user, unnamed in the letter, claims that drivers using the road, which runs through the park to the boat launch, had no regard for the posted speed limit of 10 km/h.The user says they were distraught that drivers had no concern for children playing in the area, and feared that their own, or someone else’s kid, could be run-over. When speaking with the Park Manager, the user claims the Manager said that “there’s nothing we can do.”The District says they side with the Manager to the fact that there’s nothing they can do, as the road is not District owned but instead is a Provincial road.In years past, makeshift speed bumps have been placed on the road but were removed because they were not approved by the Ministry of Transportation.For now, Council says they will continue to speak with the Province to see what can be done and will continue to enforce public education about safe usage of the road. read more