Ascension Parish officials are urging all west bank residents Friday to protect their pipes and not run their faucets beyond a slow drip during expected subfreezing temperatures this weekend. Parish officials said the National Weather Service has forecast temperatures in the mid-20s on Friday and Saturday night. Parish government runs the water system for the city of Donaldsonville and surrounding rural areas, and a sharp freeze in early 2018 led parish officials to cut water service to city customers only for up to seven hours. The outage affected more than 3,200 customers, including a hospital, nursing home and dialysis clinic. Boil-water orders remained in place afterward because of the loss of pressure. At the time, officials under the administration of then-President Kenny Matassa said residents running faucets and a series of line breaks had drained the system's storage tanks. But they also acknowledged that they had no protocols in place to build up water storage in … [Read more...] about Mindful of old water outage, Ascension officials urge residents to check pipes, run water at drip
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Published 1 hour ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A study that found a bridge or tunnel between Northern Ireland and Scotland would be too expensive to build cost taxpayers nearly £900,000. The report, commissioned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ruled out the plan due to a forecast £335bn price tag for a bridge, and £209bn for a tunnel. It found such a project would be "impossible to justify". The Department for Transport (DfT) said the research into the feasibility of a fixed link cost £896,681 . Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy led the investigation . Northern Ireland to Scotland bridge plans scrapped His report found the benefits of such a link "could not possibly outweigh the costs". He flagged technical challenges, which included millions of tonnes of unexploded munitions dumped in an underwater trench after World War One, along … [Read more...] about Northern Ireland to Scotland bridge feasibility study cost £900K
With the debate over reopening schools already raging on the Tory backbenches ahead of the March 8 deadline, the three Rs are never far from Boris Johnson's mind. "Redeem, remake and reopen" has become the Prime Minister's new slogan as he attempts to steer his administration out of choppy coronavirus waters into calmer post-vaccine seas. Yet like any captain facing a possible mutiny among his crew, he has never been more in need of a reliable first mate. Dominic Cummings used to enjoy making MPs walk the plank, but Dan Rosenfield, Mr Johnson's new chief of staff , is steadying the ship by pacifying those Conservatives thrown overboard by the former Vote Leave boss. So "masterful" was the 42-year-old former investment banker's performance on a recent Zoom call with parliamentarians that a full-scale rebellion over the lifting of lockdown is already looking like more of a threat than a reality. According to one of around 150 Tories on last month's virtual meet-and-greet, … [Read more...] about How Boris Johnson’s new chief of staff is helping chart a course out of choppy Covid waters
By Philip Sim Published 13 September 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing An MSP has questioned whether Skye is a "real island" on account of the bridge linking it to the mainland. But what is a "real" island? To put it another way, when is an island not an island? John Mason provoked an audible intake of breath from the rural economy committee when he suggested that Skye "doesn't have the problems of ferries and transport which real islands do" on account of its bridge. The committee's convener Edward Mountain - not a real mountain - was quick to underline that "I'm sure we can all agree that Skye is an island", and Skye MSP Kate Forbes noted that "we'd have to rewrite the Skye Boat Song" if Mr Mason was right. But this is not the first row over what is or is not an island in Scotland. In 2011, Argyll and Bute Council saw its budget shrink due to Seil being declared no … [Read more...] about When is an island not an island?
Published 13 September 2017 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing SNP MSP John Mason has questioned whether Skye is a "real island" because it has a bridge to the mainland. The Glasgow Shettleston representative made the claim while Holyrood's rural economy committee was examining the Islands Bill. He questioned why Skye should be included as it does not have transport issues which "real islands" do. Government officials confirmed that Skye was "definitely" included in the bill as an inhabited island. MSPs are scrutinising legislation which aims to offer greater powers to island local authorities and ultimately create a sustainable future for Scotland's islands. When is an island not an island? During a meeting with officials from the bill team, Mr Mason asked: "Was it unanimous that something like Skye should be included? It … [Read more...] about SNP MSP John Mason claims Skye is not a ‘real island’
A blend of moist air and frigid temperatures coated surfaces around Baton Rouge with a sheen of frost early Friday, but roads that had closed overnight to protect drivers from Winter Storm Jasper reopened by morning thanks to lower-than-forecast precipitation. Still, with risk of freezing rain and sleet all but gone, officials urged people to prepare for bitterly cold weather entering the weekend. Temperatures from the River Parishes all the way north to the Louisiana-Mississippi line could dip well below freezing overnight Friday through Saturday, officials said. “For those who need to take care of their outdoor spigots or whatever it may be, now’s the time,” said Benjamin Schott, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Slidell office. The NWS hard-freeze warning means areas north of I-10 and I-12 could see temperatures into the low-20s between Friday and Saturday mornings. Baton Rouge emerges from overnight freeze with slick roads, icy glaze … [Read more...] about Sub-30 temps expected to hit Baton Rouge area this weekend. Here’s how you can prepare.
Every year, millions of visitors flock to Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada mountains to admire its outstanding natural beauty. But one of the park's most fascinating sights occurs for only a couple of weeks every year—and viewing season is now underway. In mid-to-late February, given the right conditions, Horsetail Fall—located on the eastern face of the dramatic El Capitan rock formation—is illuminated by light as the sun sets in such a way that it glows a striking reddish-orange color, giving the impression of falling lava or fire. The phenomenon, often referred to as a "firefall," is temperamental however, and will only occur when several factors perfectly align. Firstly, water must be flowing through the 1,570-foot fall. This will only happen if there is enough snowmelt, according to James Kaiser , author of Yosemite: The Complete Guide . Secondly, the angle that sunlight hits the fall is key to the illusion: these conditions are only right in October … [Read more...] about The spectacular “firefall” viewing season in Yosemite National Park has begun
THE best washing machines are way more than just an everyday appliance; they're the life-saving gadget that will rescue your favourite top or pair of jeans and the clever machine that can breathe new life into old fabrics. These days washing machines are more high-tech than ever, with a whole array of different wash programmes, energy-saving functions, quiet modes and some models that can be turned on using a smartphone from the comfort of your sofa. The best washing machines are reliable, efficient, able to clean clothes really well, and boast a wealth of different functions to save energy and money. Over 100 years on from when it was first invented (can you even imagine washing all your clothes by hand now?), the electric washing machine has come a long way. And each new year brings with it a revamped set of models that push the market further with more technical abilities and functions. Here's our round-up of some of the best washing machines to buy right now... How do I … [Read more...] about 13 best washing machines you can buy in 2022
GB News: France's 'deeply offensive' Brexit threat slammed Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Previously considered non-negotiable in Brussels, Westminster now says that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) may play a role in legal disputes over the Northern Ireland Protocol according to Der Standard's London correspondent, Sebastian Borger. This comes as the Prime Minister has been under fire over renovations of his apartment in Downing Street, alleged illegal Christmas parties as well as rebellion and discontent in his party over contentious Covid restrictions. These have all potentially contributed to the UK Government backing down on the Brexit dispute. … [Read more...] about Boris scandal blamed for ‘change’ in UK stance over hated EU deal
Ideas to keep cats away from your veg garden This article was updated in July 2021, and was first published in 2016. It's disappointing when your crops are taste-tested by insects before you get a look-in or plants start to blacken before your eyes. To keep your garden healthy, prevention is far better than cure. Well-fed and watered plants growing in the conditions that suit them best will be more resistant to disease. Keeping a watchful eye out for the first signs of disease or insect activity allows you to take remedial action before the problem gets too bad. Keep the soil healthy by adding compost to ensure a healthy environment for soil micro-organisms that control certain pests. Water wisely so that plants are never under stress from too little or too much. READ MORE: 9 ways to keep your garden free from rats Pest-eating silvereyes will keep your garden spray-free Bird-friendly ways to beat snails and slugs Garden … [Read more...] about Beating pests & diseases in your vegetable garden