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Thousands flock to see lost whales in Sacramento port

first_imgWEST SACRAMENTO – Thousands of spectators took advantage of the first weekend since two whales took a wrong turn and swam 90 miles inland to California’s capital to catch a glimpse of the deep-sea creatures. The wayward pair – dubbed Delta and Dawn by the state’s lieutenant governor – did not disappoint. Crowds shrieked every time the mother and calf surfaced for air. “I see it, I see it, I see it,” screamed 4-year-old Eliyas Charles, wide-eyed and pointing at the water from atop his grandfather’s shoulders. “That black spot was the whale. I can see it.” The dusty riverbank along the Port of Sacramento took on the air of a carnival Saturday as cops directed traffic into makeshift parking lots, vendors sold ice cream and lines formed outside Port-A-Potties. The whales seemed content to command the crowd’s attention. For the fifth day since they were first spotted in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the two mostly swam looping half-mile laps around the port, where the sprawling inland waterway essentially comes to an end. Scientists have been hoping the whales – which both appear to have been wounded by a ship’s propeller – would begin swimming westward toward the Pacific Ocean on their own. But Carrie Wilson, a biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game, said experts are content with the animals remaining in the isolated port area for the weekend since heavy recreational boat traffic in the delta could complicate rescue efforts. The whales swam in peace with the help of a Coast Guard escort on Saturday. The Coast Guard enforced a 500-yard safety zone around the whales and authorities closed the north port channel and a nearby public boat ramp for the weekend. A marine mammal rescue crew plans to resume efforts Monday to lure the pair by playing recorded sounds of other humpbacks feeding. A similar strategy worked in 1985 with a humpback nicknamed Humphrey, which swam in the delta for nearly a month before returning to sea. If scientists have not made progress by Tuesday, they plan to begin herding the animals down river with a gauntlet of 50 boats that would provide a less-pleasing underwater soundtrack of banging on pipes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rotating Teacher Strikes to continue next week in Fort St. John

first_imgAnother 15 districts will be hit on Tuesday including Fort Nelson, North and West Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby and the Sunshine Coast.There are no rotating strikes planned for Wednesday.On Thursday, 15 school districts will be behind picket lines including School District 60, which includes Fort St. John.- Advertisement -And next Friday will see Vancouver, New Westminster, Mission, and 13 other districts shut down.2014-05-28 Notice of BCTF’s Strike Action Schedule (1) by akkalfalast_img

REVIEW ORDERED INTO CASE OF DONEGAL SOLDIER KILLED IN LEBANON

first_imgA former High Court judge is to review an investigation into the death and disappearance of two Irish soldiers in Lebanon in 1981.Defence Minister Simon Coveney has appointed Roderick Murphy to conduct the independent review into the death of Private Hugh Doherty, from Co Donegal and the disappearance of Private Kevin Joyce.The two men went missing on April 27th 1981 while serving as members of the Irish battalion with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). They were out on security duty on their own when they were shot and killed.Private Doherty’s body was discovered at the scene, but Private Joyce’s body was never found.Over the years, extensive diplomatic and military efforts to locate Private Joyce have found nothing.Seven months after the attack, in November 1981, the United Nations completed a board of inquiry into the incident. The Irish military authorities considered the UN report inadequate in certain respects.This review by Mr Murphy will include all relevant documents and interviews with people considered appropriate by him.He will then report back to Mr Coveney with his findings before the end of April next year. REVIEW ORDERED INTO CASE OF DONEGAL SOLDIER KILLED IN LEBANON was last modified: December 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more