Overhauleld USS Pasadena Drops Anchor in Her New Homeport

first_imgLos Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752) arrived to her new homeport at Naval Base Point Loma, Nov. 8.Pasadena, with a crew of 150 Sailors, departed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, Sept. 9, to her new homeport after completing an extended overhaul.Pasadena travelled more than 7,000 miles from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to begin an extended maintenance overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Sept. 2, 2011. During her overhaul, Pasadena received extensive modernization, including the installation of the latest fire control system, sonar and navigation equipment. “The crew of USS Pasadena and their families are happy to be in San Diego, our new homeport,” said Cmdr. Mark Cooper, Pasadena’s commanding officer, a native of Butner, N.C.Pasadena is the U.S. Navy’s second “improved” 688-class nuclear-powered submarine. Two years after it was commissioned in July 1991, Pasadena became the first 688I to deploy.Pasadena is now assigned to Submarine Squadron Eleven, which consist of six Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarines, an undersea rescue command, a torpedo weapons retriever, and a floating dry-dock.[mappress]Press Release, November 11, 2013; Image: US Navy Overhauleld USS Pasadena Drops Anchor in Her New Homeport Back to overview,Home naval-today Overhauleld USS Pasadena Drops Anchor in Her New Homeport November 11, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more

COMMENTARY: Democracy Dies In Derangement Too

first_imgOctober 31, 2019 The Times soon joined every other media organization in the race to discredit Donald Trump’s election, implying it was the product of Russian interference, and paint him as an illegitimate intruder in the White House. Although they were right to investigate Russian interference, they were wrong to pump up a thinly based conspiracy story that served their political aims.Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation showed the Russians did interfere, primarily to create chaos and assist Trump. The special prosecutor documented multiple Russian contacts with the Trump campaign, a troubling revelation for any fair-minded American. But the report did not show any impact on the election outcome or charge any Americans with aiding the Russians. Asked point-blank if the president had not been charged because he was in office, Mueller mumbled a befuddled answer (like much of his testimony) and eventually said “no.”Mueller’s report left gaping holes. It made no effort to find out why the CIA and FBI began investigating Trump and his campaign in the first place, whether that was warranted, why a counterintelligence investigation became a criminal one, or why candidate Trump was never warned about Russia’s malicious efforts. The report never addressed whether James Comey’s FBI was secretly targeting Trump for partisan or illicit purposes or how it justified this unprecedented action. Ultimately, Mueller’s report was a dud, and his testimony a disappointment for those alleging a vast, treasonous conspiracy.Did the proprietors of the Fourth Estate learn their lesson? No, siree. Like all true believers who have been thwarted, they have redoubled their efforts, reinforcing the impeachment drive by House Democrats. Even as Trump wrongly smears all news as “fake,” damaging our country (as well as his targets), those newspapers, online outlets, and cable channels are doing their best to prove him right. They have embraced their new role as active partisans, while still denying it. Who trusts their denials?This media sinkhole was exposed once again after U.S. forces launched a daring raid that killed ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Washington Post beclowned itself with a headline, since changed, that depicted the murderous terrorist and serial rapist as “an austere religious scholar.” The Twitter universe responded with parodies. Bonnie and Clyde were called “wealth re-distributors in the banking sector,” John Wilkes Booth “a noted thespian and member of a prominent theatrical family.” My favorite is Osama bin Laden, who was “killed in a home invasion.” Note that all of them are true, just as the Washington Post’s headline was. They are funny because, like the Post headline, they miss the point so egregiously.How did CNN do? Not well, but thanks for asking. At 3 p.m. Eastern time, when I tuned in, the news channel’s editors had decided that al-Baghdadi’s death was not the top story. The day after the raid. Really? They led with two minor pieces, neither of them urgent, and then took a commercial break. Afterward, CNN turned to the al-Baghdadi story, but its main point was that it was far less important than killing Osama bin Laden. I agree, but what was troubling was how CNN essentially stage-whispered to its viewers, “Trust us, this story is not that important and certainly cannot compare with President Obama’s achievement.”Burying important stories is as significant as misreporting them. Over the next few weeks, we will learn about a huge one the mainstream media has buried in a shallow grave for nearly three years. It deals with surveillance on members of the Trump campaign, based on warrants the FBI and Department of Justice gained from a secret court charged with counterintelligence investigations. DoJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz will report on his extensive probe of those FISA warrants and whether top FBI and DoJ officials committed fraud on the courts in obtaining them. We may learn who leaked classified materials, a crime we know happened repeatedly in 2016 and early 2017. We may learn about massive, illegal access to intelligence databases by outside contractors, who were spying on Americans without court permission. Expect criminal referrals. Expect indictments on related matters being investigated by U.S. Attorney John Durham, a highly respected, non-partisan professional. Did the CIA, which cannot spy on Americans, simply outsource the task to foreign counterparts? This is likely to be big and ugly.Our country’s leading news organizations have done almost nothing to investigate these issues and far too little to report on them. When they do report, they editorialize to downplay them. If the worst allegations turn out to be true — and we simply don’t know yet — they will have missed the biggest story since Watergate. Worst of all, they will have missed it deliberately because they feared any investigation might aid a president they hated. That position should be reserved for the editorial pages. In the news sections, such distortion and willful blindness are an abdication of journalists’ responsibilities. Democracy dies in that kind of derangement.FOOTNOTE: Charles Lipson is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he founded the Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security. He can be reached at [email protected] Because our country is so deeply split and so distrustful of its basic institutions, it needs solid, dispassionate reporting now more than ever. We are not getting it.Americans know this, and we’re angry about it. Polls show we don’t trust the media any more than we trust Congress, the president, universities, or big business. And we don’t trust them at all. That’s deeply troubling since those institutions should be the secure foundations of our public life. Only one is still trusted by more than half the population — the military. Our men and women in uniform certainly deserve our trust and respect, but it’s grim news for a democracy when only the armed forces merit it. This article was sent to us by former CCO Editor Joe Wallace.  We post this article without bias, opinion or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img Democracy Dies in Derangement TooBy Charles Lipson – RCP Contributor The media has added to this sulfurous climate of distrust and division. Take the country’s most important newspaper, the New York Times. After badly misjudging voter sentiment during the 2016 election, the Times publicly promised to reevaluate its biases, take occasional trips across the Hudson, and try harder. That lasted about a week. Related Topics: Washington Post, Abu Bakr Al-baghdadi, Robert Mueller, James Comey, Russian Election Interference, New York Timeslast_img read more

Dawn Foods names third student ambassador

first_imgSource: Dawn FoodsDawn Foods has appointed a third student ambassador for 2021 as part of its ongoing partnership with University College Birmingham (UCB).Ross Yates, a final year undergraduate studying Bakery & Patisserie Technology will work the bakery ingredients supplier on projects and campaigns including recipe development, insight blogs, and social media activity.Yates said he looked up to chefs including Nigella Lawson and bakery YouTuber Cupcake Jemma, and enjoyed shows including Great British Bake Off.“These inspirational bakers led me to learning how to bake in the kitchen at home and get my family involved too. I am autistic so having everyone baking at home really encouraged my passion,” he added.Yates, who completed Level 2 and Level 3 Professional Bakery Diplomas as alternatives to A Levels before starting his degree, is particularly interested in food manufacturing, and keen to find out more about how bakery products are brought to market.He will join fellow students Jonah Street and Krystal Jenkins as ambassador.“The Dawn Student Ambassador programme with UCB goes from strength to strength and we’re delighted to be working with Ross as well,” Jacqui Passmore, marketing manager UK and Ireland at Dawn Foods.“The last 12 months have been particularly difficult for students on bakery degrees as they just have not been able to have the essential practical experience due to campuses being closed. We are looking forward to soon being able to welcome our new student ambassadors to the Dawn site for hands on recipe creation sessions with our development chefs.”To find out more about how bakery students have been coping throughout the pandemic, read our Q&A with Vaishnavi Vora.last_img read more

Keller Williams Brings KWahtro Quartet To Lake Tahoe For A Night Of Fun

first_imgLaugh. Dance. Breathe. Vape. These are all names of albums released by performer Keller Williams over the last twenty years of his bountiful career. They also act a great guideline for enjoying one of his shows if done on repeat for two hours. The man makes music a blast with his doobie-in-his-pocket demeanor, eclectic musical journeys that circumvent genre boundaries and his inspired rumblings down the neck of a six-string. He brought his newly minted project KWahtro and Portland, OR’s The Shook Twins to the Crystal Bay Casino in Crystal Bay, NV, and the place was bursting at the seams with infectious joy. A band that has been tagged “indie-folk” wouldn’t immediately strike you as a good fit to open for Keller Williams but The Shook Twins proved to be a solid choice with an impressive set to start the night. Having just played WinterWonderGrass three weeks earlier in Squaw Valley (watch highlights here), just a couple miles east along Lake Tahoe from Crystal Bay, the band was back to water the sonic seedlings they had recently planted in the region. Katelyn (Vocals, Guitar, Ukelele) and Laurie (Vocals, Guitar, Banjo) Shook sang like beautiful meadowlarks with their full and clear harmonies and were bolstered by the stylish play of Niko Daoussis (Guitar, Bass, Mandolin) and Josh Simon (Bass, Guitar). Their vibrant sound was a splendid blending of blues, folk, rock, and soul that the band served to the crowd like warm nectar, especially on a rich number like “Time To Swim.” Like Williams, the band plays loose with genre definitions and likes to texture its songs with loops, beat-boxing and smatterings of musical color from various percussion elements. Williams joined the members for an exploratory “Friend of The Devil” finale and led everyone in and out of jams with aplomb, even encouraging an impromptu xylophone solo from Katelyn before sharing his own. The band has got some cool juju, and it’s easy to fall under their spell after seeing them live. If you go to Williams’ website, you can find at least ten different projects of which he is an active member; he has always been one to play well with others. His exuberance for sharing the stage with talented players has always led to interesting combinations and his latest band KWahtro keeps that streak going. Gibb Droll (Guitar), Rodney Holmes (Drums) and Danton Boller (Bass) were a crack outfit that gave Williams’ acoustic dance riffs some real weight. The guitarist has the musical energy of one of those inflatable balloon guys that whip around in front of car dealerships, and it was a treat to watch the band match his unique moves. The crowd was keen to dance and KWahtro kept them happy all night long. By himself, it takes Williams some time to build up the force of his songs as he layers the different parts together with a looping machine. But he was able to burst right out of the gates onto the dance floor with KWahtro, a nice added shot of adrenaline compared to his solo shows. The band’s flexibility allowed it to shape jams to follow whatever groove tangent Williams went off on. Song after song, Droll, Holmes and Boller showcased how their talents blended smoothly with Williams’ style. Droll electrified his acoustic guitar and was the perfect Goose to Williams’ Maverick as they dipped and dove along to the night’s nimble melodies. Droll especially added spitfire picking to a soaring “I Feel High.” Boller was a shape-shifting bassist whose slippery bass line on Phish’s “Birds of A Feather” really funkifized the original and gave Williams some worbly undertones to vibe with. Holmes’ startling precision and intricate cymbal and hi-hat rhythms crushed a dub-inspired “Making It Rain” and his rock-steady presence provided a real launch pad for a number of heady expeditions. There were not too many breaks between songs and the music washed over the audience like swells along the beach, the band surfing over the rolling rhythms and melodies. A set closing run of “Off Time Chorus Line,” “Breathe,” “The Drop” and back into “Breathe” was the night’s greatest masterpiece. Williams was able to create a liquified groove that ran through all the songs and tied them together nicely as the band explored reggae, trance and soul tones. The band left the stage to frenzied applause and the audience smiled one collective smile. The best way to describe the night is to simplify to one word: Fun.last_img read more

Dawes Release New Music Video, Announce New Album And Fall Tour Dates

first_imgLos Angeles Americana outfit Dawes has announced their new album. We’re All Gonna Die will come out on the band’s HUB Records on September 16th. The album features a ton of special guests, including Brittany Howard from the Alabama Shakes, Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Lucicus singer Holly Laessig, and an out-of-left-field appearance by Mandy Moore, who happens to be dating Dawes front man Taylor Goldsmith. Moore also appears in the music video for the album’s lead single, “When the Tequila Runs Out”. In a press release, Goldsmith had this to say about the new album: “These songs were all written in a very short period of time, very close together. In that sense, I feel like there was a consistency in mood and outlook our other records don’t have. Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it’s not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all gonna die.”Watch the music video for “When the Tequila Runs Out” below:Dawes have announced a full slew of fall tour dates to support the new album, and you can find those tour dates belowDawes 2016 Tour Dates:08/17 – New York, NY @ PBS Front and Center Taping08/20 – Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre At The Egg08/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Main Street Music08/23 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sound Garden08/25 – Nashville, TN @ Live On The Green Music Festival08/26 – Florence, AL @ Billy Reid Shindig08/28 – Tacoma, WA @ Cheneyville Music Festival08/29 – Seattle, WA @ Easy Street08/30 – Portland, OR @ Music Millennium08/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Amoeba Berkeley09/15 – Long Beach, CA @ Fingerprints 09/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery09/19 – New York, NY @ The McKittrick Hotel09/23 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight09/24 – Chicago, IL @ 312 Urban Block Party[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Carbon counter

first_imgAtmospheric scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Nanjing University have produced the first “bottom-up” estimates of China’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, for 2005 to 2009, and the first statistically rigorous estimates of the uncertainties surrounding China’s CO2 emissions.The independent estimates, rooted in part in measurements of pollutants both at the sources and in the air, may be the most accurate totals to date. The resulting figures offer an unbiased basis on which China might measure its progress toward its well-publicized CO2 control goals.The findings were published July 4 in the journal Atmospheric Environment.“China’s emissions of CO2 are of central concern in efforts to combat global climate change,” says lead author Yu Zhao, a former postdoctoral researcher at SEAS who is now a professor at the Nanjing University School of the Environment in China. “But despite all of the attention to China’s CO2 emissions, they’re less well-quantified than most people realize.”Existing estimates for these emissions are calculated “top-down,” based on annual energy statistics that are released by the Chinese government. The nation has only once officially estimated its CO2 emissions, based on national energy statistics from 1994, although it is now constructing a data system to produce periodic national greenhouse gas inventories. Non-Chinese organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Energy and the Netherlands Environment Agency, produce widely cited CO2 estimates for China (among other countries), but these are also based on the national energy data.A study published last month by a China–U.K.–U.S. team in Nature Climate Change spotlighted a large disparity in estimates of Chinese CO2 emissions when the numbers were based on national energy statistics versus summed provincial data. To illustrate the contrast, those researchers had applied a standardized U.N. protocol for estimating the emissions of any developing country by sector.The new Harvard–Nanjing study goes deeper, however, constructing a “bottom-up” emission inventory that is specific to China’s energy and technology mix. It combines the results of Chinese field studies of CO2 emissions from diverse combustion processes with a plant-by-plant data set for power generation, independent research on transportation and rural biomass use, and provincial-level energy statistics for the remaining sectors.The Harvard-Nanjing team believes provincial energy data to be more accurate than national statistics because the provincial data have been empirically tested in peer-reviewed atmospheric studies that compare the expected emissions of conventional air pollutants to actual instrumental observations by satellites and ground stations. Provincial statistics also take into account the large quantities of coal produced by small, illegal mines.“There are several different ways to estimate emissions of greenhouse gases or air pollutants, from those designed to support policy processes to those made by scientists researching atmospheric transport and chemistry,” explains co-author Chris Nielsen, executive director of the Harvard China Project, which is based at SEAS.The former methods suit the needs of policy, attributing emissions to identifiable sources for actionable controls, but the latter are often more environmentally accurate, according to Nielsen.“The methods used by atmospheric scientists can be more complete, incorporating new research on dispersed sources that are poorly represented in official statistics or weakly targeted by policy — such as the burning of crop wastes in fields or biofuels in poor, rural homes,” Nielsen explains. “The data are also more detailed in spatial terms. This allows a comparison of emission estimates to the pollution levels measured at the surface, or from space, testing the underlying energy data in the process.”The new study capitalizes on prior tests and a bottom-up data framework that has been demonstrated for conventional air pollutants to produce a more thorough estimate of China’s CO2 emissions.The new study also quantifies the uncertainty of the emission totals, applying formal statistical methods. For instance, the team found that the 95 percent confidence interval for the 2005 CO2 estimate lies between −9 percent and +11 percent of the central value. This relatively wide range means that measuring China’s achievement of its national CO2 control targets may be more difficult — and potentially more contentious—than generally recognized by Chinese and international policy actors.“The levels of uncertainty indicate that Chinese domestic frameworks to set control targets for CO2 emissions at scales larger than individual factories, such as provinces or sectors, may reflect unwarranted confidence in the measurability and verifiability of the impacts of policy interventions,” says senior author Michael B. McElroy, Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies at SEAS.“Such levels of uncertainty aren’t unique to China among developing and emerging economies,” Zhao cautions. “All have less-developed data systems than those that have been built up over decades to serve energy markets and environmental regulation in the United States and other industrialized countries. It’s critical that international agreements to limit CO2 emissions recognize these differences in national data conditions.”Beyond the policy implications, the availability of accurate estimates of China’s CO2 emissions (and the related uncertainties in the data) can improve scientists’ understanding of the global carbon cycle and the physical processes driving global climate change.The work was funded by the National Science Foundation.last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! The Music Man, Newsies and More

first_img Laura Osnes View Comments Star Filescenter_img It’s clear now: August kind of stinks. The weather is brutal, everyone’s on vacation but you, and school looms. But cheer up! There’s tons of fun to be had all over the city, including the Newsies at 54 Below, a gripping new work at the Signature Theater by A.R. Gurney, and a Music Man concert featuring two Cinderella faves. It’s all part of this week’s events!Hop on the Wells Fargo WagonAugust 11 at the Pershing Square Signature CenterWe’ve got trouble right here in New York City! Wait, don’t leave—the good kind of trouble. This concert presentation features a collection of Broadway’s best and brightest–folks like Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Besty Wolfe, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger—singing the evergreen classics. But unlike the local production in your hometown, vocal all-stars, not Dingleberry High’s sophomore president, will tackle “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Shipoopi,” and “Ya Got Trouble.” That’s a big difference, folks. Click for tickets!Check in to The Wayside Motor InnStarts August 12 at the Pershing Square Signature CenterVeteran playwright A.R. Gurney begins his residency at the Signature Theater with his 1978 play The Wayside Motor Inn, an ensemble character study about 10 people—some of whom know each other—staying at the titular lodging. With themes ranging from loneliness to the American dream, this should qualify as the most memorable time involving a motel since that sinful, decadent night…you had the indoor pool all to yourself. Click for tickets!See the New Sailors in Bryant ParkAugust 14 at Bryant ParkYou think Central Park is the only grassy expanse in New York that hosts free theater? Child, please! Broadway in Bryant Park wraps up another season of musical lunch breaks with offerings from the casts of Matilda, Mamma Mia!, Motown the Musical and a sneak peek of the forthcoming revival of On the Town. That’s way better than lunch with Lyle from HR.Get Some Good NewsiesAugust 14 at 54 BelowWe don’t know about you, but we’re just not ready to say goodbye to those lovable newsboys. Before they pirouette off into the sunset August 24, cast members of past and present—including Corey Cott and Liana Hunt—appear in Stop the Presses: Newsboys of New York Rally at 54 Below. We can expect “songs, stories, dances, comedy gold and possibly even some audience participation.” Audience participation? Let’s hope it doesn’t involve fighting Joseph Pulitzer’s goons or delivering the Sunday paper. That sucker’s heavy. Click for tickets!Help Stars Help the HomelessAugust 17 at Covenant HouseOn Broadway, charity is as prominent as good pitch and nimble feet. In the second annual Sleep Out: Broadway Edition, various members of theater community—including Stephanie J. Block, Denis O’Hare and Keala Settle—will spend one night on the street to benefit Covenant House, which helps homeless kids in 21 cities nationwide. Participation is limited to those who have worked on or off-Broadway in any capacity, but you can still donate, and of course, cheer the stars on as they try to get some shut-eye.last_img read more

Chilean Army Factory and Armory opens New Industrial Maintenance Center

first_imgSupport for the CMIF began after FAMAE reported $2.6 million in profits during fiscal year 2014, recording sales of $56.1 million that year — an increase of 7.38 percent compared to 2013. Its supply division, which acquires replacement parts, raw materials and direct purchases, contributed 50 percent of FAMAE’s total revenue; its services section, which maintains armored vehicles, contributed 33 percent of its revenue. Product portfolio Sincerely,Tony Lyons.Eng. Mgr.Cell: 713 349 3773www.robcoamerica.com FAMAE’s also planning to manufacture ammunition under international standards, such as those of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Currently, it maintains commercial relations with the United States, Canada, Israel, Spain, Germany, Uruguay and Ecuador. The facility was built to improve maintenance for the entire ground fleet of the 3rd Armored Brigade “La Concepción” in the north while providing services to other countries; the project is part of FAMAE’s strategic plan, which also includes other investments intended to strengthen support for the Army and other branches of the country’s Armed Forces. It’s also working to open its “business portfolio, with both products and services, to other potential international markets at a competitive cost,” said FAMAE Director and Brigadier General Mauricio Heine. Building on positive results The Colombian service members were accompanied on a tour of the light armament and ammunition plants, and the industrial maintenance center, where they learned the company’s capabilities and its maintenance services and solutions. The service members also participated in shooting practice on the firing range. Brigadier General Heine attributed the company’s success to its employees’ focus on research and innovation. “We have been able to come up with solutions to problems of obsolete technology with recycling materials and more efficient designs of products and services,” he added. We would like to offer our services for your future sealing requirements. The Chilean Army Factory and Armory (FAMAE) opened its new Industrial Maintenance Center (CMIF), a 1,335 square-meter complex in the northern city of Antofagasta, on July 16. Among the designs FAMAE is developing for the international market is a new version of the SG 542-1 (5.56mm) rifle, which includes ergonomic and interface elements that allow the user to incorporate accessories and enable the soldier to use the weapon better. By Dialogo July 27, 2015 My name is Tony Lyons with Robco of America here in Houston, Texas.We are a Mechanical Seal manufacturing & repair service company.We offer fast turnarounds & competitive costs. “[Since this involves a domestically-manufactured product], we will be able to provide support during its entire life cycle,” Brigadier General Heine said. “We will be able to incorporate technological innovation processes, expanding our capabilities and applications according to market demand. Therefore, we will be able to keep the portfolio using a product family concept.” During its 204-year history, FAMAE – the oldest Military government-owned company in Latin America – has a record of developing technological innovations to meet market demands. Armed Forces officials from countries throughout the region often visit FAMAE facilities. “They come to learn about the business model being used by FAMAE for the Army and other defense institutions,” Brigadier General Heine said. “[The Colombian military delegation’s visit] gave us a positive impression because we are considered to be a reference point for the Latin American defense industry,” Brigadier General Heine said. In its sights In mid-May, delegates from the Colombian National Army toured FAMAE’s facilities, a visit that was permitted because it was within the framework of the 1st Bilateral Meeting of Army Chiefs of Staff for Colombia and Chile, which was held in the Chilean capital of Santiago. last_img read more

Rent warning prompts Great Portland share slump

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Govt to create artificial rain in Riau to prevent wildfires

first_imgTopics : Dry peat is more susceptible to wildfires compared to the wetter ones; therefore, its water level needs to be continuously monitored as it can become susceptible to fires.“Our TMC operation will also focus on rewetting fire-prone peatland. If we can maintain their water level, we can reduce wildfires in the area,” he said.The artificial rain could also help fill reservoirs designated as water sources to extinguish forest and land fires, Tri went on to say.Another TMC agency official, Budi Haryono, said his office had developed an online monitoring system to detect peatland water levels, known as SMOKIES. The platform was created as an early warning system for forest fires.Read also: Indonesia faces gigantic task of restoring peatland destroyed by fireSMOKIES gathers data from automatic weather station (AWS) and ultrasonic sensors across the province to measure the water level on peatland. “The two instruments can be used to analyze water levels in peatland up to 1.5 meters deep. The data will be transmitted in real time to BPPT servers every hour,” Budi said.”We need to increase the number of SMOKIES instruments in forest fire-prone provinces so we can collect sufficient data.”Forest and land fires have been raging in several areas in Riau. The fires have caused thin smog covering Dumai, lowering visibility in the city to 2 kilometers. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), however, claimed it was unable to trace the source of the smog.Haze also covered Bengkalis island in Bengkalis regency, with an intensity increase on Tuesday night but having gradually decreased the next day. Authorities have spotted several hot spots in Bengkalis over the last several days. (nal) The government has launched a weather modification technology (TMC) program to create artificial rain in Riau in an attempt to prevent forest fires with the region entering dry season.The program will be administered by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology Agency (BPPT), which has designated Resmin Nurjadin Air Force base in Pekanbaru as the WMT program command center in the area.BPPT’s TMC agency head, Tri Handoko Seto, said he had deployed teams to Riau after the governor declared the emergency alert status for land and forest fires in the province.center_img “Our goal is to turn potentials of clouds into rain,” Tri said during the operation opening ceremony in Pekanbaru on Wednesday.“The operation is carried out to prevent forest fires in Riau. According to our data, the number of hot spots usually increases in march and will reach its peak in between August and September.”Read also: Police chief in Riau fired for lackluster performance in handling forest firesHe further explained that the artificial rain could also be used to wet peatland across the province. Research by various institutions found that most areas burned by wildfires were, among others, peatland.last_img read more