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More Rain in the Forecast

May 14th, 2011 at 4:22 pm by under Weather

The atmosphere remains unsettled, which means rain will be possible for Sunday into the first part of the week, at least.

ERF Wireless subsidiary to build terrestrial wireless network to cover Eagle Ford Shale region. go to site eagle ford shale

Telecomworldwire January 12, 2011 ERF Wireless (OTC.BB:ERFW), a provider of enterprise-class wireless broadband products and services, announced on Tuesday that Energy Broadband Inc, its wholly owned private subsidiary, recently initiated broadband wireless services to the Eagle Ford Shale drilling operations of a new major worldwide independent oil and gas company.

ERF Wireless also announced that because of this and other new relationships in the Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas, it has initiated a new network construction project in the region.

This project, when fully completed by mid-year 2011, will blanket the majority of the Eagle Ford Shale region with high-speed terrestrial wireless broadband.

The company said that this new wireless network coverage will add to the existing wireless broadband coverage that ERF Wireless already has in certain parts of the Eagle Ford Shale region through existing service arrangements with other wireless carriers.

The Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas is several hundred miles in length, extending from Victoria to the Rio Grande at the Mexican border. Over the past year, this area has become one of the most active new exploration and drilling regions in North America. Energy Broadband now has multiple customers for its wireless broadband services in this region. web site eagle ford shale

Currently, ERF Wireless has a significant amount of network coverage in the eastern and central portion of the Eagle Ford Shale, but almost no coverage in the western portion. The aim of the company is to serve its new oil and gas customers in this region.

ERF Wireless has already initiated the design and construction of the new wireless broadband network for the area, which will cover approximately 25,000 square miles of territory with high capacity wireless coverage.

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Prepare for Rain

May 13th, 2011 at 10:34 am by under Weather

This afternoon will find an increase in the chance for rain.  The temperature will remain warm.  From Sunday through Tuesday, there will be a chance for rain and cooler.

Feeling Bugged?

May 12th, 2011 at 4:28 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Weather

This is the time of year when we really start to notice those bothersome bugs, mosquitoes, gnats, flies, ants and all sorts of other bugs that fly or crawl around and disturb us.  This year, we’re being warned to expect a higher than average number of ‘stink bugs’.  Bugs tend to come out in the evening and darkness hours.  Most of them don’t like bright light.  To combat these pests, you may want to use bug spray, make sure any standing water on your property is removed (if possible), dump out trash can lids and old tires.  These are places where bugs like to hang out until they launch their attacks on humankind.  So do what you can on your own property to help keep the bug population down.  Otherwise, you’ll be in for a very buggy summer. (more…)

More Rain Monday

May 8th, 2011 at 4:32 pm by under Weather

Our rainy pattern continues with an increasing chance for rain by Monday afternoon into Monday night.


US Fed News Service, Including US State News January 5, 2012 MOREHEAD CITY, Nc., Jan. 5 — Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control issued the following news release:

On Dec. 29, after three weeks at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, seven green sea turtle hatchlings from Delaware were released into the warm Gulf Stream waters off Cape Hatteras. Unfavorable winter weather conditions had delayed the continuation of their journey, which began back in August when a Delaware State Parks ranger spotted a green sea turtle laying her eggs late in the season on the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. site green sea turtle

With the seas finally calm enough for the three-hour trip to their release site aboard a U.

S. Coast Guard vessel, National Parks biologists slipped the tiny turtles into the Gulf Stream’s nearly 75-degree currents. Though the exact details of their journey in the open sea and where they go are not known, biologists believe green sea turtle hatchlings ride the Gulf Stream across the Atlantic to their developmental grounds, according to Dr. Matthew Godfrey, coordinator of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Sea Turtle Project, who has worked closely with DNREC and the U.

S. Fish and Wildlife Service since the eggs were found. The green sea turtle is protected as an endangered species in Delaware and as a threatened species federally.

“These remarkable turtles were threatened by high tides, predators, hurricanes, tropical storms, and unfavorable temperatures. They survived, with the support of a human team that included our Fish and Wildlife biologists, MERR Institute volunteers, the University of Delaware and our federal and North Carolina state partners,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “To hear that they have been returned to the sea to continue their inspiring journey makes all this effort worthwhile, and I commend our staff and all who helped them along their way.” The clutch of eggs endured multiple moves, including the Oct. 5 move to the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment in Lewes, where they were incubated, and the 370-mile, eight-hour trip on Dec. 7 to the North Carolina State University Center for Marine Science and Technology in Morehead City.

“It’s a testament to how hardy these sea turtles are that they survived so much. It was quite a journey,” said DNREC Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Biologist Edna Stetzar, who was part of the Delaware team that moved the eggs and cared for the hatchlings. “We learned a lot, so we’ll be better prepared the next time that we need to help nature along,” she added.

Eight hatchlings that had emerged from their shells in Delaware made the trip south, and four more hatched in the incubation chambers at North Carolina State University’s marine lab, said Stetzar. Four of the total of 12 hatchlings did not survive; the remaining eggs were determined to be unviable and did not hatch. One hatchling remains at the Pine Knolls aquarium in hopes that it will grow strong enough for later release. At the aquarium, which has a special area devoted to the care and rehabilitation of sea turtles, hatchlings are kept in a special divided tank with netting at different levels to help them develop their swimming skills without drowning.

During their long wait for release, the hatchlings dined on a local specialty at the aquarium. “The aquarium makes special ‘turtle gel,’ which is a prepared gel of bits of fish and/or shellfish, vitamins/minerals and agar gel. The gel form makes it much easier to deliver the proper daily amount per turtle,” said Dr. Godfrey, noting that older sea turtles need some training to learn to catch live prey before they can be released. “The hatchlings pretty much eat anything that is presented to them, so they don’t need training,” he added. web site green sea turtle

Back in October, a team of DNREC biologists and MERR Institute volunteers moved nearly 190 eggs to the University of Delaware facility from their nest on the beach – believed to be the first confirmed green sea turtle nest in Delaware since the 1970s, since sea turtles usually lay their eggs in warmer climates, with most green sea turtles nesting on Florida beaches. For nearly two months, MERR volunteers monitored the eggs around the clock before the first silver-dollar-sized hatchling arrived on Dec. 4, and continued monitoring until the hatchlings and remaining eggs made the journey south.

“We are delighted to learn that the teamwork between DNREC, MERR stranding team, the University of Delaware, North Carolina, the U.

S. Coast Guard and the U.

S. Fish and Wildlife Service has paid off by helping these turtles to have a chance at life and survival in the ocean, where they belong,” said MERR Executive Director Suzanne Thurman. “Since they were too small to tag, we may never know what becomes of these hatchlings – but we hope they will grow up and help restore the numbers of their species.” For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at Joanna Wilson, 302/739-9902; Rob Rector, 302/930-5925.

Nice Mother's Day

May 7th, 2011 at 3:55 pm by under Weather

Mother’s Day is shaping up very nicely.  We’ll look for sunshine and a high of 74 degrees.  Mom deserves that, doesn’t she?

Limping Patrick Ewing comes back to convincingly beat Denver Nuggets

New York Amsterdam News March 18, 1995 | Jaime C. Harris Jaime C. Harris New York Amsterdam News 03-18-1995 Limping Patrick Ewing comes back to convincingly beat Denver Nuggets.

The New York Knicks convincingly defeated the Denver Nuggets 94-74 Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Charles Oakley played as if his toe is no longer a source of pain. He clearly enjoyed his best performance since returning from his injury. Oak scored 14 points and pulled down 17 rebounds and was extremely active on both ends of the floor. go to website denver nuggets schedule

Patrick Ewing appeared to have recovered from an ankle injury sustained against the Seatlle Supersonics on Saturday night. His status was questionable right up until game time, but Ewing stepped onto the Garden floor and was his usual dominant self. He easily outplayed his good friend Dikembe Mutombo, scoring 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

The Knicks (40-21) also picked up a game in the standings when the Utah Jazz handed the Orlando Magic only their second loss at home all season, defeating Shaq and company, 107-95. The Knicks will occupy the second-best record in the East and are attempting to hold off the Charlotte Hornets (39-24).

So why is everyone so unhappy around Knicksville? All anyone wanted to talk about after Tuesday’s victory was Pat Riley’s clash with Anthony Mason on the Knicks’ bench during a time-out early in the third quarter. Speculation is that the disagreement began in the locker room at halftime and reached its head when words were exchanged in full view of all those present to witness this tired act.

All Pat Riley would say after the game is that the attitude of the team needs a major adjustment. In his customary vague vernacular, Riley, who is engaged in contract negotiations to extend his five-year deal with the ball club (he is in his fourth year of a five-year contract) was not specific in identifying what he believes the underlying problems are. Nor did he elaborate on which particular players he feels are in need of such an adjustment.

It is no secret that the Knicks have had their share of internal strife. And Riley is not exempt from the divisiveness that is lingering over the heads of Knicks. Riley’s face-to-face with Mason should not be news. They have had their fair share of disputes in the past and don’t see eye to eye. Do they like each other? That is a tough call. Tougher than it would appear on the surface. But Mason is not the problem. He comes to play every single night and has proven his strong thirst for winning an NBA title.

The problem is bigger than Mason. Attitude aside, the Knicks are under more pressure than they are willing to admit. This is it. Their window of opportunity is now just a crack. They know if they don’t win a title this year, then in all likelihood it will never happen. As Pat Riley stated, they have been together for over three years. And Camp Riley is not easy. As Derek Harper said earlier in the year, “I don’t think about time running out on our chances to win a title, but I’m sure it is in the back of everyone’s mind.” go to site denver nuggets schedule

Riley is thinking about it more than anyone. He was hired by the Knicks to win a championship. Not to be respectable in the standings; not to be competitive or entertaining. His only mission is to win the NBA as coach of the New York Knicks. Will he be back next year? Only he and Dave Checketts, the newly appointed president of Madison Square Garden, can answer that question. Many speculate that he won’t return.

What we do know is that the Knicks have 21 regular season games remaining before the start of their real season: the playoffs. And they cannot continue to have the distractions that have seemingly intensified over the last month. They must put their contract disputes and so-called attitude problems behind them for the sake of winning. The Knicks have not proven they are good enough to combat these complications and the Orlando Magic as well. And as the pressure becomes more intense, the Knicks are still struggling, albeit with a winning record, to find the cohesiveness that will be crucial to their success.

Ethnic NewsWatch SoftLine Information, Inc., Stamford, CT Jaime C. Harris

Six in a Row

May 5th, 2011 at 11:23 am by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, WTHI Blog

If you get up before dawn, you’re in for a real treat.  Just look to the east any morning and look at the breathtaking view of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, plus Uranus and Neptune if you have a small telescope.  Planetary alignments have sometimes been though to bring on good luck or bad luck, depending on your point of view.  Personally, I just enjoy the rare view.  So, if you’re up before dawn, gaze east and look for six planets of our solar system.  It’s a great view and also a good opportunity for amateur photographers.  Enjoy!  Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope.

The Levee Debate

May 4th, 2011 at 3:20 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, WTHI Blog

With news of levee failures near Lawrenceville and Prairieton, as well as in Daivess County, there is renewed debate on the role levees play in flood control.  Just recently, the Army Corps of Engineers blew a levee along the Mississippi to save the little town of Cairo from disastrous flooding.

The purpose of a levee is to artificially control flooding rivers and big streams.  Some are agricultural levees, built mainly of earth.  These levees typically protect farmland from flooding.  Urban levees are constructed to protect towns and other financial interests such as malls and housing developments.  These levees can be earthen, concrete or steel.

The debate stems from the question of whether levees serve a useful purpose or whether the rivers should be allowed to flood naturally.  It is, by the way, this natural flooding that helped create the rich farmland we find along the rivers.  While levees do help control flooding, a levee failure can lead to even more catastrophic damage.  Perhaps this is because, people with interests along the levees feel a sense of security, which can be false.

I’ll leave it up to you as to whether you think levees are a good idea or not.  Perhaps the words of Mark Twain can be of help.               (The Mississippi) “cannot be tamed, curbed or confined…you cannot bars its path with an obstruction which it will not tear down, dance over and laugh at.  The Mississippi River will always have its own way, no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise.”

May Begins with Rain

May 1st, 2011 at 4:35 pm by under Weather

It appears May is picking up where April left off.  Rain!  The threat for rain isn’t as great as is was last week, but any rain at this point is certainly unwelcome.  Perhaps the latter part od May will bring us sunshine and drying conditions!

More Rain Possible

April 30th, 2011 at 4:34 pm by under Weather

Another front is moving toward us, and that will bring us the possibility of rain and gusty wind.  Scattered thunderstorms are possible.  Between midnight Saturday and Monday midnight, we could get another inch of rain or so.


States News Service November 20, 2009 WASHINGTON — The following information was released by the office of Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam:

Statement from Congressman Peter Roskam on the disclosure this morning from Democrat Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias that he received a National Security Council (NSC) briefing on possibly moving Guantanamo to Illinois:

“Given Mr. Giannoulias’ disclosure that he received a NSC briefing on possibly moving Guantanamo to Illinois, I urge the Obama Administration to eschew the increasingly political nature of this situation. Moving terrorists to Illinois will have tremendous security and economic implications, and now this situation has been tainted by the appearance of political favoritism given that a Democrat U.S. Senate candidate received a NSC briefing while elected Members of Congress have not. The people of Illinois will be best served by a process that forgoes the behind-closed-doors political approach and instead provides foropen and transparent consideration.” Background:

” Most importantly I had a chance to talk to the National Security Council folks.”- Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias (WLS 890 AM’s “Don Wade and RomaShow”, 11/20/2009) The full audio of the interview is here.

(6:30mark) Roma: “Have you been briefed on this by the White House or since you are a state constitutional officer has Governor Quinn briefed you? go to site national security council

Giannoulias: “We’ve spokento their offices, I’ve gotten some packets of paper, and I’ve read them. Mostimportantly I had a chance to talk to the National Security Council folks.” (3:50 mark) Giannoulias: “I’ve had achance to talk to some folks on the National Security Council and they’ve told me that today, in this country federal prisons securely house approximately 350 inmates already including 35 already in Illinois and the U.S. military hasdemonstrated the ability to house those inmates, so I’ve heard some facts from them.” ###

A Brief Dry Spell

April 28th, 2011 at 10:33 am by under Weather

After days and days of rain, we can look forward to Friday and Saturday as being rain-free.  There will be another chance for rain on Saturday night, so be prepared for that.  Local flooding will continue due to the continued threat for rain this weekend.