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Wakanda Forever New Fish Named After Black Panther Home

first_img Wakanda doesn’t only exist in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ universe — it now exists underwater. Scientists have named a newly discovered species of vibrant purple fish after the mythical nation.Deep-diving researchers from the California Academy of Sciences’ Hope for Reefs initiative and the University of Sydney spotted the previously unknown marine fish  in the dimly lit mesophotic coral reefs — also known as “Twilight Zone” reefs — of eastern Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania.The findings are detailed in a study published Thursday in the journal ZooKeys.The fairy wrasses — previously unknown to science — were discovered in the mesophotic coral reefs off the coast of Tanzania. (Photo Credit: Luiz Rocha / California Academy of Sciences)The species went unknown for so long because their home is below recreational diving limits, said the researchers. Hope for Reefs divers are trained to research in the “Twilight Zone” reefs, which can be 200 to 500 feet beneath the surface.The fish were named Cirrhilabrus wakanda (common name “Vibranium Fairy Wrasse”) in honor of the mythical nation of Wakanda from the Marvel Entertainment comics and movie Black Panther.The multicolored wrasses sport vibrant purple scales with a chain-link pattern, which are so pigmented, they even retain their color (which is typically lost) when preserved for research. The scales reminded the scientists of Black Panther‘s super-strong suit and the fabric motifs worn by Wakandans in the hit film.The new species’ common name is also inspired by the fictional metal vibranium, a rare, and, according to co-leader of the Hope for Reefs initiative Dr. Luiz Rocha, “totally awesome” substance found in Wakanda.The newly discovered Vibranium Fairy Wrasse’s chain-link scale pattern reminded the scientists of Black Panther’s super-strong suit and the fabric motifs worn by Wakandans in the hit film. (Photo Credit: Disney/Marvel Studios)“When we thought about the secretive and isolated nature of these unexplored African reefs, we knew we had to name this new species after Wakanda,” said Yi-Kai Tea, lead author and ichthyology Ph.D. student from the University of Sydney. “We’ve known about other related fairy wrasses from the Indian Ocean, but always thought there was a missing species along the continent’s eastern edge. When I saw this amazing purple fish, I knew instantly we were dealing with the missing piece of the puzzle.”Using a microscope, the team examined the specimens’ scales, fin rays, and body structures. DNA and morphological analyses revealed the new fairy wrasse to be different from the other seven species in the western Indian Ocean as well as other relatives in the Pacific.Scientists say Cirrhilabrus wakanda’s remote home in mesophotic coral reefs — below recreational diving limits —probably contributed to their long-hidden status in the shadows of the Indian Ocean. (Photo Credit: Luiz Rocha / California Academy of Sciences)But accessing the reefs where the fairy wrasses live was a challenge for the deep-diving researchers — it required technical equipment and physically intense training well beyond that of shallow-water diving.The team’s special diving gear (known as closed-circuit rebreathers) includes multiple tanks with custom gas blends and electronic monitoring equipment that allow the divers to explore deep reefs for mere minutes before a lengthy, hours-long ascent to the surface.“Preparation for these deep dives is very intense and our dive gear often weighs more than us,” said Rocha. “When we reach these reefs and find unknown species as spectacular as this fairy wrasse, it feels like our hard work is paying off.”The Hope for Reefs team aim to continue to visit and study “Twilight Zone” sites around the world to shed light on often-overlooked ecosystems.More on Geek.com:New Species of Worm Discovered in Scotland Has Eyes On Its ButtThis New Species of Snake Can Stab Sideways With Its Mouth ClosedSix New Species of ‘Superhero’ Catfish Discovered in the Amazon New Species of Leech Found Near Washington, DCNew Dinosaur Discovered After Laying ‘Misidentified’ in Vault for 30 Years Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Snow pounds parts of East Coast spares several big cities

first_imgDURHAM, N.C. — Snow and sleet pounded a large swath of the U.S. East Coast on Saturday, coating roads with ice and causing hundreds of crashes. Thousands of people lost power and forecasters warned of blizzard-like conditions from Virginia to parts of the Northeast. Police investigated several fatal crashes as potentially storm-related, but some of the South’s biggest cities — Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh — appeared to avoid the worst of the storm. Authorities praised residents for learning the lessons of past storms that resulted in icy gridlock, where thousands of people were stranded along the interstates. But officials warned that bitter cold would keep roads treacherous well after the snow and sleet stopped.“If I tell you anything it would be stay home,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Do not go out and drive on the roads unless you absolutely have to.” A National Weather Service map showed the snowfall seemed to follow the Interstate 85 corridor through the state, with locations along and north of the highway receiving snow, and areas to the south getting rain and sleet.Burlington and Roxboro in central North Carolina received 8 inches or more of snow. Preliminary figures from the National Weather Service in Greer, South Carolina, showed snowfall totals reached up to 10 inches in at least seven locations, including Greensboro and High Point, Lewisville in Forsyth County, and Lenoir and Rhodhiss in Caldwell County.last_img read more

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Vancouver Lake open house set for April

first_imgCommunity members interested in learning more about Vancouver Lake’s ecology and ways to volunteer and recreate at the lake can find out more at an upcoming open house.The free event will be 5 to 7 p.m. April 13 at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver.During the open house, people can sign up for stewardship events, learn about Buckmire Slough and other habitat improvement projects. There also will be information about rowing and other recreation activities.last_img

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Enhanced DUI patrols make 3 arrests Friday

first_imgPolice officers arrested three people for driving while impaired during a special DUI emphasis patrol Friday.Aided by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, additional officers with the Vancouver and Battle Ground police departments were on the roads Friday to look for impaired drivers.According to the Vancouver Police Department, officers made 75 contacts and issued 13 citations and seven warnings.The department said it plans another special patrol May 5 that will focus on people driving under the influence.last_img

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Danny Murphy backs England squad ahead of semi final

first_imgFormer England and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has praised England for getting this far and for the different mood Southgate has created in the camp.Murphy, a pundit for the BBC in Russia, touched on several key factors during England’s fine run in the tournament, as part of an article for the Evening Standard. A full day of training ahead for the #ThreeLions, as we prepare to travel to Moscow tomorrow.Our #WorldCup semi-final moves closer… pic.twitter.com/Bq09EClI7G— England (@England) July 9, 2018“There is a real humility about the players that seems to make an impression on people. That is something that really stands out for me, which Gareth and his team deserve credit for,” said the ex Liverpool man.”“There is a desire for this team to do well because there does not seem to be any superstars or egos in the team. Harry Kane, the top scorer and someone who has been a superstar for his club for the last couple of years, epitomises that attitude.”England defeated Sweden 2-0 on Saturday in the Quarter Finals to book their first appearance in a World Cup semi-final for 28 years. They will now face a tough test against a Croatia side that has got there the hard way, having won two consecutive penalty shoutouts.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Murphy, however, insists Southgate’s men should feel confident and focus on making the most of this fantastic opportunity.He finished by saying: “I predicted we would get to the semi-finals but not many people did, and because of that lack of expectation we can play with freedom.”“These players are two games away from greatness but they can play with complete freedom. That is a great position and there is nothing to fear from Croatia.last_img read more

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Iago Falque ready for Torino contract

first_imgIago Falque is quite about to go on another contract with Torino. He has before now been in contact with Sevilla concerning a possible transfer to the Spanish side, Football Espana reports.Iago, 28 years old, has been successful at the Serie A during the previous season. He has been on the starting eleven for 34 matches last season, and this season he has made 3 appearances in all the games his team has played so far in the Italian league.My players gave their soul: Torino Manuel R. Medina – September 2, 2019 Torino defeated Atalanta 3-2 in yesterday’s Italian Lega Serie A fixture, and for coach Walter Mazzarri this was a great showcase by his footballers.Falque football career has started with the Spanish club Barcelona, that was before he has contributed to other Spanish sides like Villarreal, Almeria and Rayo Vallecano. In the Serie A, before his current contract at Torino, he has featured for other Italian clubs like Roma and Genoa.If the Spanish international will eventually agree to a renewal of his deal at Torino, he will be expected to stay with the club until 2022. The new deal will also take his earning up to a €1.7m pay for every season with the club.last_img read more

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Hoffenheim ban Dortmund fans for insulting owner

first_imgAt least 33 Borussia Dortmund fans will be unable to attend the club’s upcoming Bundesliga fixture away to Hoffenheim after insulting their opponent’s owner last seasonDuring the final game of the 2017/18 league campaign, both Dietmar Hopp and his mother were insulted at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena by the Dortmund supporters as Hoffenheim obtained a 3-1 win.Hopp has since banned the Black-Yellow fans from this Saturday’s encounter between the two clubs and is understood to have begun criminal proceedings.In a statement shared with ESPN, Hoffenheim said: “On the occasion of the meeting of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund on May 12, 2018, criminal proceedings because of insult have been initiated against you.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“For that reason, under the householder’s rights, we impose on you a restraining order for the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena meeting of TSG Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund on Sept. 22, 2018 from midnight to midnight.“Should on Sept. 22 you be caught on the stadium premises despite the restraining order, we will press charges for trespassing.”Hoffenheim are currently 11th in the Bundesliga with just one win in their first three games of the new season.last_img read more

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Toure explains how he suffered racism… by his own clubs fans

first_imgYaya Toure played for Metalurh Donetsk in Ukraine, and he was constantly abused for the colour of his skin.Ivory Coast international midfielder Yaya Toure played in Ukranian club Metalurh Donetsk from 2003 to 2005.There he was a regular in the team’s squad, as he played in the Vyshcha Liha and the UEFA Europa League.But he was also constantly on the receiving end of racist abuse.“First I felt humiliated and then very angry,” Toure told The Mirror.“The monkey chants were worse than anything.”“I had to get used to it. I’d try to play football and the fans would sing: ‘Black s***!, Black ****!, Go back home!’,” he explained.“It was hard. Very difficult. And I had to keep going back to it. Every game. Sometimes it was the fans of my own team doing it.”serbiaReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group B George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group B sees Portugal and Serbia play catch up with Ukraine.While Cristiano Ronaldo broke records and his Portugal side ran out…“I remember calling my father. I told him: ‘They have been doing the monkey chants in front of me. Papa, I feel very bad!’,” he commented.“He told me to go and play. To be strong. He didn’t want it to affect me but he didn’t realize how badly I was already affected.”“Then, one day he came to watch me. He went to sit down. All the white people moved away from him. They went to sit somewhere else,” the midfielder added.“He asked me: ‘What happened? Do I smell bad?’”“I told him: ‘Papa, do you remember when I called you and I told you about the people singing the monkey chants and you told that I had to accept it? To suffer?’,” he said.“He said to me: ‘Yes son, it’s very bad.’ He was so angry.”“Even if you prepare yourself for it, when you get it you are still shocked. That’s why I was surprised that Raheem Sterling stayed so calm. He is like my little brother. When you have seen what he has done he is surely the Footballer of the Year,” Toure concluded.last_img read more

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Infantino wishes new Brazil FA president a lot of success

first_imgRogerio Caboclo has taken office today as the new Brazil Football Association (CBF) president in front of the most important people in football.FIFA president Gianni Infantino traveled to Brazil to congratulate Rogerio Caboclo personally, as he was appointed the new Football Association (CBF) president.Caboclo was surrounded in the organization’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro by some of the biggest names in Brazilian football, and he also presented the country’s new uniform for the 2019 Copa America.“Brazil, as we all know, is the country of football par excellence. Football in Brazil is passion, emotion, life, is everything,” said Infantino according to the CBF’s official website.“It is very important for world football that the CBF is a strong, powerful and professional association in South America and around the world.”“I am very happy to be here today with my friend Rogério for your inauguration ceremony,” he added.“It’s a special day for him, for the CBF. A proud day! Like Conmebol, FIFA will be not only on the side of the CBF but also working alongside the CBF.”Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“World football needs a world-class CBF,” Infantino concluded.The first big event Brazil is set to play at is the 2019 Copa America at home. The tournament will be played in six stadiums in five different cities from June 14 to July 7.The 10 football associations from CONMEBOL are set to participate, with Qatar and Japan as guests.Nos transformamos hoje para melhor transformar. Mudamos. Porque bola perdida é só aquela que ninguém disputou. Vamos juntos? Essa é a nova marca da #CBF. #JogaBola pic.twitter.com/j3O180lMK7— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) April 9, 2019last_img read more

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Tailored Vector Control program ends day two of workshop

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Mar 2015 – It is being described as a refresher and an enlightener by the thirty public and private sector participants in an ongoing Vector Control Workshop which is being staged at Blue Have Resort and hosted by the Environmental Health Department.My name is Lorene Robinson, the Truly Nolen Manager: it’s very informative for one.”Alfred Robinson, Supervisor for Vector Control, Middle and North Caicos: It’s a very good thing, we need more training like this…”Deon Wilson, Vector Control Supervisor, Providenciales: “At this time in the country we’ve been having different diseases popping up, this is very timely.”Bradley Walkin, General Manager for Orkin Turks and Caicos; what’s most interesting to me is how other countries deal with the problem of vector control especially with mosquitoes and everything, as you know, they are a leading factor in disease control and disease carrying..”Dr. Christian Frederickson is the main presenter and is Medical Entomologist from CARPHA; his presentations have been getting stellar reviews.Environmental Health Director, Kenrick Neely explained the program is tailored to the Turks and Caicos. “For the last year and a half the Ministry of Health and Environmental Health have spoken about a training session in country and the reason for this workshop is for mosquito identification to see what we have in country and any resistance to our chemicals. So the workshop is all focused and Turks and Caicos based.” Busy holiday weekend Recommended for you Financial Services Certification available after TCI training Caribbean Food and Wine Festival goes to Gourmet Safari Related Items:Blue Haven Resort, lorene robinson, truly nolen, vector control Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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New DEMA regulations institutes Stone Crab season for June 1

first_img Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:dema, Fisheries Protection Ordinance Regulations, stone crabs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 May 2015 – Just over two weeks left to go before the stoned crab season is closed; the Department of Maritime Affairs announcing this week that there are some changes to the Fisheries Protection Ordinance Regulations which will take effect on June 1, 2015. DEMA warns that any person found to be in contravention of these amendments will be committing an offence that is punishable by a fine, imprisonment or both. One may not fish nor be in possession of stone crabs. DEMA not only issues a warning to the plant owners, residents and restaurants but asks members of the public who know of anyone in breach of the law to call them to file a report. Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Recommended for you Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016last_img read more

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Bahamas Govt issues statement on Cash Grant Program Scam

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 18, 2017 – Nassau – The Cabinet Office is aware of information circulating, purported to come from the Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis concerning a “Cash Grant Program”, established to: “improve the standard of living for those persons paying bills, buying a home, starting their own business, going to school, even helping to raise children.”The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public that the Prime Minister is not aware of any such program nor has he recommended any person or group to receive benefits from such a program.   This information is without foundation and patently false.The public should exercise extreme caution when sending personal information, and should not respond to such requests, which are unverified and bogus.This matter has been referred to law enforcement authorities.#PressRelease Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#CashGrantProgram, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Pochettino is a fantastic coach to be sought after by many

first_imgGary Neville believes Spurs should be worried about losing Pochettino to Real as he has demonstrated himself to be a fantastic coach who would be sought after by many.Speaking to Sky Sport, Neville said:“I think there is no doubt Mauricio Pochettino will be sought after by many clubs because he is just a fantastic coach.”“The way the game is going now, the ability to get the best out of players, he has a great coaching programme that he is able to deliver to players.”“He wins them over, has a great work ethic and there is absolutely no doubt the next step for him is to go on to the giants of European football. Tottenham are a huge club, but when you talk about Real Madrid and clubs like that you are talking about another level.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“There will always be that risk for Tottenham, Daniel Levy will be hanging on to him for dear life I’m sure, to be the key in ensuring Tottenham stay consistent.”“Particularly they’ll need it at this time, with the financial pressure they’ll be coming under because of the overspend on the new stadium.”“At this moment in time, they can least afford to lose their manager because he’s brought so much consistency and performance, with that means revenue, high finishes in the league, prize money, Champions League football.”last_img read more

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Puskas Award runnerup to play in Florentia

first_imgFor Stephanie Roche, the opportunity to play for the Italian Lega Serie A is a very good one and she hopes she can impress thereIrish footballer Stephanie Roche has been playing professionally since 2002.And know she’s leaving the Sunderland Ladies to play for Italian Lega Serie A club, Florentia.“It’s been a long time coming but I’m really looking forward to it,” the former FIFA Puskas Award runner-up was quoted by RTÉ Sport.“It was a bit of a whirlwind experience with the club but it has worked out very well.”Steph Houghton, Manchester City, Manchester UnitedHoughton looks to create more history with the City Women Manuel R. Medina – September 4, 2019 Manchester City and Manchester United are set to play in the Women’s Super League this Saturday, and for skipper Steph Houghton this is a great opportunity to create history.“Florentia have been very patient with me as I get back to full fitness, so I am happy to sign here and looking forward to getting going again,” he added.“It came about by chance through a guy I met in England. I had spoken to a couple of clubs in England and Spain. Then I came over here in September and I was just back from injury, doing contact training.”“Luckily enough, Peamount United had let me train with them for two weeks before I came over,” she commented.“I had a trial and it went really well. But I was quite unfit so they gave me the opportunity to go home and get my rehab and fitness in place.”last_img read more

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Steve Cook praises Bournemouth attitude

first_imgBournemouth defender Steve Cook has praised the team’s ‘never-say-die’ attitude during their 3-3 draw with Watford.The Cherries came from two goals down early in the first half to level the scores at 3-all by half-time at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night.Watford captain scored two quick goals, before goals from Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson leveled the scores at 2-2.Ken Sema put the Hornets up 3-2 but a Ryan Fraser strike ensured both sides went into the break with the scores level at 3-3.“The never-say-die attitude is something we have spoken about a lot recently and it really shone through,” said Cook, according to Bournemouth Echo.“On the face of it, it’s a really good point because we came back after being 2-0 down to a really good team.”What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“We went behind again but to respond again shows we do have the capability to do it.”“But when you score three goals at home, you should be winning.”Discussing further the team’s refusal to give up, Cook said: “That’s been instilled in us for a long time but we haven’t shown that recently.”“The manager has been on at us in the past few days about it. And you need that if you are going to do well.”“You are always going to have setbacks in this league – it’s natural. Everyone must have been panicking on the outside but we always believe we can come back and nick something.”last_img read more

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Steven Gerrard confesses how Rangers job consumes him

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed how the job has taken a toll on him so much so that he is now trying to get back to normal life following the Scottish League winter break.Gerrard is now so immersed with the job that he says his mind is always on the next opponent or the formation to be played even while on a day off.Gerrard who joined the Ibrox team last summer says it is expedient that the players have some time to rest while he uses the opportunity to catch up with family.He told Daily Record:“The important thing is to switch off mentally. It has been full-on for us, with games smacking you in the face every three or four days.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“The fitness coach told me the other day that 80 percent of our games have had less than a three-day lead-in. That’s tough for the players.“Do I need to switch off as well? I’ll try.“But the thing that’s surprised me most about management at this level is how difficult it is to switch off. Even when you’re at home or on a day off, I’ve found it really hard.“As a player it was easy to switch off. I could do stuff with my friends, play golf or watch telly. It was like a switch.”last_img read more

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Port and South Bay officials announce lawsuit over violation of Clean Water

first_img Updated: 4:19 PM Ed Lenderman, Port and South Bay officials announce lawsuit over violation of Clean Water Act IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – A coalition of port and South Bay officials plans to announce today the next step in its legal strategy to force federal action to stop the “almost continuous” flow of sewage from the Tijuana River into the U.S. KUSI’s Ed Lenderman spoke with Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina about the ongoing problem on Good Morning San Diego.The first step came in the fall when Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and the Port of San Diego were among the entities that filed an intent to sue the agency in charge of U.S.-Mexico water treaties over what they say is federal inaction regarding the tens of millions of gallons of sewage that has fouled South Bay communities.The announcement is expected to be an update regarding the legal action against the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission.“There is nothing more important to me and my colleagues on the City Council that we can continue to surf, swim and play on our gorgeous beach that belongs to everyone in the state of California,” Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina said after the initial legal filing.Authorities on the U.S. side of the border are frequently forced to close beaches as far north as the Hotel del Coronado following storms, when sewage is driven out of Baja and into American waters. The Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park are currently closed for swimming following rain this week. County environmental health officials say that the access road to Friendship Park may even be contaminated with Mexican sewage.A particularly extreme example of the problem came last March after a wastewater collector in Tijuana collapsed and sewage was diverted into the Tijuana and Alamar rivers during repair work. The breakdown resulted in the flow of at least 28 million gallons of raw sewage from Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, causing a widespread stench and elevated levels of E. coli bacteria in the Tijuana River Valley. March 2, 2018center_img Posted: March 2, 2018 Ed Lenderman Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Serge Dedina FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Apartment fire displaces families a day before Thanksgiving

first_img Jonathan Halvorson November 21, 2018 Updated: 7:03 AM Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: November 21, 2018 Apartment fire displaces families a day before Thanksgiving IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – At least 40 people are displaced Wednesday morning after a fire at an apartment complex in Imperial Beach.Emergency crews arrived around 4 a.m. on Iris Avenue near Imperial Avenue.Fire crews say a deputy was slightly burned on his left arm while he was trying to evacuate residents from the fire.No one else was reported injured.Fire officials are investigating what started the blaze. last_img

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