Forest firefighting costs down this year for BC

first_imgDespite a dry summer for many areas of the province, forest firefighting costs are actually down this year from annual averages. This year the province’s forest firefighting bill came in at about 76 million dollars, while the average cost is in the 108 million dollar range. Forest fires this year burned about 130 square kilometres of the province, down from the annual average of 790 square kilometres.The figures come after a forest fire this past weekend in the Cecil Lake area claimed about 18 hectares of land. That fire was reported the evening of October 2nd, but a crew of 5 BC Forest Service crew members had that blaze out by Sunday. – Advertisement –last_img

USDA food guide in Spanish, too

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – Alarmed by the high rate of obesity among Hispanics, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday released its first Spanish translation of the food pyramid, the government’s handy guide to good nutrition. “MiPiramide: Pasos Hacia Una Mejor Salud” is the counterpart to the USDA’s “MyPyramid: Steps to a Healthier You.” Among other things, “grains” have become “granos,” and “meat and beans” are “carnes y frijoles” on the diagram of the major food groups. The nation’s Latino population is booming, and almost three out of every four adult Hispanics in the U.S. are overweight, according to a 2002 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the U.S. population as a whole, two out of three U.S. adults are overweight. “Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, especially in children and adolescents. Those statistics are even more alarming among Latin populations,” Roberto Salazar, administrator for the USDA’s food and nutrition service, said in Spanish at a news conference. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The government unveiled “MyPyramid” in April, overhauling the food pyramid first introduced in 1992. The 1992 pyramid had food groups arranged in horizontal layers, with the foods that should be eaten more frequently along the bottom. The newer pyramid has categories of foods represented vertically in a rainbow of colors, and a running figure is scaling the pyramid to represent the importance of exercise. Now, all the new graphics and the USDA’s site – – are available in Spanish, and handouts and other materials have also been translated. In September, officials launched a version of the pyramid targeted at children, and the materials have also been translated into Braille. The government has no plans to translate the information into any other languages, Salazar said. The announcement was made in Miami because Florida is one of seven states with 1 million or more Hispanic residents, according to the 2000 Census. California and Texas top the list, followed by New York, Florida, Illinois, Arizona and New Jersey. last_img read more