Friday, December 31, 2021

Good news from South Africa

Average number of new infections reported each day in South Africa falls by more than 4,700 over the last 3 weeks, 20% of its previous peak

COVID-19 infections are decreasing in South Africa, with 10,336 new infections reported on average each day. That’s 44% of the peak — the highest daily average reported on December 16.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Message from Harry Covid

"Hi, My name is Harry and you are my host. I feel the same way you do: Live a long life and reproduce to the best of my ability. Let's get along and treat each other with respect.

I don't want to kill you and my offspring inside your dying body, so I have decided to stay away from your lungs and hang out in your airways instead. That way I can quickly jump from one of you to the next one without putting you into isolation in a hospital, because you can still breathe without much difficulty.

I'm OK, you're OK. We get along."

Reply: " That works for me too Harry; gives me time to figure out how to get along with you so that you can fit in with all the gazillion other critters that live inside me. Welcome to the family"

You wish : ) Hazing project aims to frighten Edmonton's urban coyotes from the streets

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

More indications of pandemic petering out

Deadly floods left this German town in tatters. Now, it's trying to climate-proof itself

Caroline Neighbourhood Place has served the community for 21 years.

Report by Helge Nome 

Back in the 1990ies there was a call for government services to be decentralized and more control to be given to local people. In 1998-99 representatives from the Diamond Willow Child and Family Services Authority, which served Central Alberta in those days, approached people in the Caroline area with the idea of setting up an independent local organization to serve people looking for support from government and private programs in the human services field.

The offer was accepted, a board was formed under the umbrella of the Village of Caroline Council, and a coordinator, Dallas Logan was hired. Her base was the Village office in Caroline and the greeting to prospective walk-ins was: "You are in the right place, how may I help you?" The idea was for people to be able to walk in off the street and inquire about programs and services available, rather than being bounced around between agencies, trying to find a way to deal with a concern.

The official opening of Caroline Neighbourhood Place, based on a funding commitment from the Alberta Government, happened on October 27, 2000 on the front steps of the Village office.

Since then, Caroline Neighbourhood Place, under the direction of a volunteer board, has operated out of several local venues providing a range of services to the community:

Persons have access to support through walk-ins, phone, email and receive assistance with resources and materials for whatever their situation may be. Hosting of various community workshops and presentations, including the annual Volunteer Appreciation event. Publishing the "Around Caroline" monthly newsletter and lately, Covid 19 resources and financial support for the Caroline Meals on Wheels program. The "Santas Anonymous" and "Adopt a Family/Senior" programs are also run by Caroline Neighbourhood Place.

Not long after its establishment, Caroline Neighbourhood Place became a not-for-profit society operating under an independent board and established cooperative relationships with many local groups and individuals including the Village of Caroline (its mother duck), Caroline School, Asoekwin Friendship Centre, Clearwater Family and Community Support Services, Rocky Community Learning Council, Shepherd's Food Bank in Caroline and others.

Since 2013, Sara Turchet has ably managed the affairs of the society and is currently based in an office in the mini mall next to ATB Financial in Caroline. This office space is also available to other community groups to serve the local community on an as-needed basis.

Pre-pandemic Caroline Neighbourhood Place team. Front: Sara Turchet, coordinator. Back, board members: Carrie Bergevin, Mary Bugbee, Charles Pearn, Leslie Detta, Helge Nome.

Monday, December 27, 2021

First market ever on Main Street in Rocky Mountain House on July 21, 2012.


Canada Day in Spruce View

Happy day

14 year old's solo glider flight

A rare video opportunity

My quarter section in the Peace Country

The good oil

Sandhill Cranes

Glider flying and skydiving at the Innisfail Airport

Weather and climate are not the same thing. Here's why that is important

It's time we recognize the full value of volunteering. A simple change to the tax code could help

Here are some of the ways rural Alberta is tackling rural homelessness

Sunday, December 26, 2021

A look at regrowth following wildfire in West Central Alberta

A look at glacial stone and gravel deposits in West Central Alberta

Meeting of local residents concerned about the possible closing of the bridge due to lack of funding for maintenance.

Aerobatic Practice at the Rocky Mountain House Airport

Clips of 2013 Rocky Mountain House Air Show including search and rescue, fire suppression, aerobatics and other aircraft operational demonstrations. Also included is a spectacular skydiving demo.

The parade on July 17, 2013 celebrated the 100th anniversary of the City of Red Deer. It is an annual event associated with Westerner Days at Westerner Park in Red Deer

Landslide captured live on video

Canada secretly tracked 33 million phones during COVID-19 lockdown: report

Spain declares volcano eruption on La Palma island over after 3 destructive months

Kayakers deliver supplies to farm cut off by floods in Chilliwack, B.C.

An Indigenous people in the Philippines have the most Denisovan DNA

A newfound quasicrystal formed in the first atomic bomb test. ‘Trinitite’ contains a material that is ordered but doesn’t repeat itself

Space station detectors found the source of weird ‘blue jet’ lightning

Friday, December 24, 2021

COVID - Where to next?

Op Ed by Helge Nome 

Right now, at Christmas 2021, the COVID Omicron variant is having a field day in the Earth's human population with health authorities across the world pushing the panic button.

I think this might be the beginning of the end of the pandemic with so many being infected that the bug will run out of fuel within a fairly short time frame.

Not unlike what happened during the 1918-20 flu pandemic. The pattern of the 2019 - 21? pandemic is very similar, giving me a sense of optimism for life to return to normal next year.

History has a tendency to repeat itself and Omicron might be a blessing in disguise.

Russia urges West to move quickly to guarantee Ukraine won't join NATO

Tough choices ahead for Canada as Ukraine and Russia teeter on brink of war

Aerial view of the Genesee open cut coalmine showing birds on contaminated water ponds, Nov. 2019

Aerial view of the Starland County Campground on the Red Deer River near the Highway 27 bridge west of Morrin, Alberta

Using walking sticks like canes, March 2015

Truck catches fire after having crossed bridge across the Red Deer River, July 2019

"The Cannoneers" in Sundre on Canada Day, 2019

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Bone grinding, part III

Bone grinding, part II

Bone grinding

Shingle making, part II

Old time shingle making

Darkness caused by dino-killing asteroid snuffed out life on Earth in 9 months

Do we live in a bubble?


Op Ed by Helge Nome

Is our universe just a temporary bubble within a comic 'liquid' ? Along with many other such bubbles? As can be observed in a container of boiling water?

How can the ongoing measurable expansion of our universe be explained? This is a question that has preoccupied many minds for a long time without an answer being forthcoming.

I like the idea of the bubble. If you look at photos of star clusters, gases and other cosmic images derived from our instruments, you are struck with the similarities between these and cloud formations in our atmosphere and sediment swirls observed in water bodies.

It is also intriguing to think that there are likely countless other 'universe bubbles' beside the one we live in located in the primordial fluid.

The possibilities are endless.

Pandemic masking video created by local professionals

Fast and furious

Talkative bird

Family Yoga fun

Action kids

Senior's Yoga, entry level

Senior's Yoga, intermediate level

Senior's Yoga Level 3

CaroYOGA3 from Helge Nome on Vimeo.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Big job ahead: Minister of Environment and Climate Change Mandate Letter

Kurt the Clown

Electronic corral

Op Ed by Helge Nome    December 20, 2021

In the past, as today, the majority of humanity tends to end up corralled into functional units like nation-states and all manner of organizations within nation-states.

Power structures form within which individuals take their places and seek to enhance their power to control and influence other people.

The outcome of this process invariably give a very small number of people a high degree of control over the vast majority to their ultimate detriment.

Historically, "The Company" exercised a sense of ownership of its employees and treated them accordingly, not unlike slave owners did in their day. 

Today, employees have more flexibility than in the past, but alas, there is a new shepherd on the block, looking to assemble his own flock: Megacorp. 

This dude wants to create the "Metaverse" where he can control the behaviour of those that immerse themselves in his creation while under the illusion of creating their own world.

Like sheep, folks will live within the fences provided around the electronic paddocks and pass through the gates as they open and close.

Countries with national mask mandates had lower COVID-19 death rates, global study finds

Moose uses deep water advantage against wolf attack

Ducks unlimited

For evacuees forced out of their homes in B.C., Christmas will look very different this year

Simon's cat

Foxy breakfast

Military member waits almost a decade for defence department to process grievance

Forget 9 to 5. These experts say the time has come for the results-only work environment

Federal government deposited nearly $26 million in the wrong bank accounts last year

Where provinces and territories stand on travel restrictions as Omicron concerns rise

Sunday, December 19, 2021

CarolineSummerEvening2009.mp4 from Helge Nome on Vimeo.

Thousands without power, several highway closures in B.C. amid stormy conditions

Tracking Coronavirus in the United Kingdom: Latest Map and Case Count

Typhoon Rai death toll in Philippines tops 100

Democracy, Chinese communist style: Hong Kong votes for legislature with only China loyalists approved

How 2 Santas became friends — even though they're polar opposites in many ways

Quebec vaccine clinic uses virtual reality to distract kids from fear of COVID-19 shots

After a tumultuous 2020, did the House of Commons achieve a new normal this year?

Shadows of a difficult 2021 loom over Royal Family ahead of next year's Platinum Jubilee

Dreading holiday COVID-19 conversations? Help is out there

The business of religion: Former, current ministers won't say who dropped residential school case against Catholic Church

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Omicron coronavirus cases surge in UK, scientists see bigger wave

‘No evidence’ Omicron milder than Delta, British researchers say

Russia demands NATO deny membership to Ukraine, other ex-Soviet nations Social Sharing

Nunavut's former deputy chief public health officer spills details on Iqaluit's water crisis

Hong Kongers vote in 1st election since security-law crackdown, but opposition has little chance to make gains

Indigenous women make up almost half the female prison population, ombudsman says

Quebec's emissions are climbing, putting its climate goals in doubt

Yes, pandemic fatigue is an issue, experts say. Will Omicron make it worse?

Friday, December 17, 2021

Interesting. Are we there now in the COVID pandemic?

"Over time, those who contracted the virus developed an immunity to the novel strand of influenza, and life returned to normal by the early 1920s, according to historians and medical experts. Reports at the time suggest the virus became less lethal as the pandemic carried on in waves.

But the strand of the flu didn’t just disappear. The influenza virus continuously mutated, passing through humans, pigs and other mammals. The pandemic-level virus morphed into just another seasonal flu. Descendants of the 1918 H1N1 virus make up the influenza viruses we’re fighting today."

South Africa sees fewer hospitalisations as Omicron cases surge

Omicron Could Shatter Records By Next Week In King County

Despite rampant Omicron, this COVID expert believes South Africa is "in a good space"

93,000 new COVID cases. Latest UK report

NASA Mars helicopter flights update

For the 1st time, a spacecraft has 'touched' the sun, NASA confirms

'Get rid of this silly BS,' P.E.I. premier urges Ottawa as potato export ban drags

Changing the military's culture to end sexual misconduct could take 5 years, senior officer says

10 weather stories that made 2021 a year like no other

U.S. SEC seeks $68M from B.C. 'mastermind' of huge alleged stock fraud

24 dead in suspected building arson in Japan

Judge's decision expected today in challenge of Manitoba PC leadership vote

Politician photo op? Ottawa reveals its latest plan to plant 2 billion trees by 2030

Afghan girl, 10, was preparing for a new life in Canada before she was killed by the Taliban

Canada's vaccine reserve exceeds 4 million doses, prompting calls for better tracking of donations

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Quebec Premier lays it on the line. In contrast to Alberta Premier Kenney who has set Albertans up for another COVID fiasco

Britain's daily Covid cases soar to ANOTHER record high: Huge Omicron-drive spike sees 88,376 daily infections in 74% weekly jump as Chris Whitty tells MPs peak could cause more NHS admissions than ever before

Ottawa, N.W.T. announce $10-a-day child-care deal

B.C. couple gifts property with pristine grizzly habitat to conservation group

Missed diagnoses, PPE failures: How the Misericordia COVID-19 outbreak unfolded

5 children die in Australia as wind lifts bouncy castle into air at school

Small northwestern Ontario town considers if it's willing to house nuclear waste from across Canada

Average Canadian house price hit all-time high of $720,850 in November

Strong winds tear through U.S. Midwest, leaving 1 dead, toppling semi-trailers

Canadian zoo accreditation body bans elephant rides. Advocate says change is overdue

Trade threats from Canada? U.S. Democrats are busy fighting their own internal battles

Private ski club runs big surplus, buys new snow-making gear, largely thanks to federal COVID relief

Lies, forgery and one Nova Scotia contractor's incredible web of deception

How does Omicron spread so fast? Virus may now be multiplying 70 times quicker in airways

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Survivors of deadly tornadoes may go weeks without heat, water, electricity, Kentucky officials say

Ontario just days from COVID-19 case surge similar to Kingston, expert says

Mere steps from the EU, hundreds of migrants remain stranded in Belarusian warehouse

Former space agency engineer charged by Mounties claimed to have overseen major Canadian projects

Economic showdown this week will set the tone for 2022

Quebec entrepreneur, 93, donates cherished island after protecting it from city sprawl

Why an Operation Warp Speed-like effort may be needed for a universal 'holy grail' vaccine

Monday, December 13, 2021

Alberta relaxed far more environmental rules than any other government in Canada during pandemic, study finds

Inflation, cost of living top of mind for opposition parties ahead of fiscal update

Neighbour's humour shines through with clever Warman, Sask., Christmas light display

Red Deer hospital diverts surgeries to 'reduce patient wait time': AHS

He sang to millions on YouTube. He died on the streets of Edmonton

Before things turn deadly: What can be done to prevent domestic homicide

Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans 'never lost confidence' as team battled for Grey Cup victory Social Sharing

A First Nations man died day after leaving Ontario hospital with headache pills. Now his family wants answers

Some Ontario builders are giving pre-construction homebuyers 2 choices — pay more or forget it

Anand, Eyre to deliver official apology to victims of military sexual misconduct today

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Virus tidal wave building

Dozens killed after tornadoes hit several U.S. states

Artificial intelligence sheds light on how the brain processes language

How smaller long-term care homes can help address big elder-care issues

Why smashing the taboo around menopause makes good economic sense

Almost 2 years later, Anthony Fauci didn't think COVID-19 pandemic would have lasted this long

It's short and it got a late start — but this Parliament is getting things done

Saturday, December 11, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: 'If it's so scary for you, f*** off home!': Maskless man berates 'coward' Tube passengers for wearing masks saying 'you are leading us into slavery'

How a budding entertainment producer became homeless in Ontario in a system he calls 'inhumane'

Mega plasma ball erupted from a sun-like star. It was 10 times larger than any ever seen.

China is building a 12,000mph hypersonic plane that can transport 10 passengers to anywhere in the world within an hour

Government scientists warn Omicron could lead to MORE hospitalisations than last winter and kill up to 75,000 people over the next five months unless tougher restrictions are brought in such as banning pubs from serving inside

Canada threatens U.S. with tariffs, partial suspension of USMCA over electric vehicle tax credit

COVID-19 infections are on the rise and omicron could quadruple daily case counts, federal modelling says

Ahead of championship game, CFL's Grey Cup week at a glance

Don't Look Up is a disaster movie for the climate change times

As overdose deaths hit a grim new record, officials push Ottawa to stop treating addiction as a crime

Countries at the global democracy summit take the first step — admit there's a problem

Why civilization is in decline — and what can turn it around

Why getting a booster shot is growing more crucial as omicron spreads

Friday, December 10, 2021

Meat-eating dinosaurs were terrifyingly fast, footprints reveal

Fully-vaccinated Rep. Brett Guthrie tests positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms after spending time on the House floor

Ex-Empire actor Jussie Smollett found guilty of staging racist, homophobic attack on himself

In scathing report, auditor general says feds failed to protect foreign farm workers from the pandemic

B.C. floods caused at least $450M in damage, insurance bureau says

The Ticat Tamer: Meet the Hamilton stylist doing the hair of Grey Cup-bound players this week

Quebec teacher removed from classroom for wearing hijab under law banning religious symbols

West Side Story aims to improve on original's Latino representation

Canada's central bank appears more concerned with job creation than about inflation

Britain faces an Omicron 'tsunami': Nicola Sturgeon launches new Covid crackdown by forcing everyone who lives with infected to isolate even if they test NEGATIVE - as No10 draws up 'PLAN C' to fight super-mutant variant that could limit care home visits

Travellers from South Africa report prolonged stays in quarantine hotels — at taxpayers' expense

Thursday, December 9, 2021

POSING AS CANADIAN How Big Foreign Oil captures Canadian energy and climate policy

Going to war against Alberta's teachers. More stupidity from the Kenney government:

Pfizer's boss says FOURTH Covid jab will be needed next winter but warns Omicron's spread could see top-up vaccine required SOONER than 12 months after third dose

Calgary police officer's widow speaks of 'stolen' joy as one of her partner's accused killers pleads guilty

New Zealand plans to make it illegal for kids to buy cigarettes — for life

Loss of secret data puts navy's handling of storage devices under investigation — again

Doctors, advocates call for changes to breast cancer screening guidelines

Military chaplain retires after report reveals abuse of students at his former school

We'll all be paying a lot more for food next year, says Canada's Food Price Guide

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Swarm of more than 40 earthquakes in 24 hours on the Blanco Fracture Zone off the Pacific Northwest coast raises fears of a significant quake that could cause a tsunami

US, Europe risk falling behind as China nuclear industry expands

Boris pushes button on Plan B: PM orders return to WFH, more masks and Covid passports with fears Omicron could soon spark 1,000 hospital admissions a DAY - but he gets brutal grilling over No10's 'illegal' Christmas party

Canada cuts more cheques for UN peacekeeping, says nothing about troop commitment

Military's former head of HR charged with sexual assault, indecent acts

Canada's effort to bring in Afghan refugees expected to take up to two years

What I learned about community from my Korean parents who lived in rural Canada

How to catch your once-in-a-lifetime look at Comet Leonard

Can the U.S., a beleaguered superpower, still play leader of the free world?

Tracking omicron: Canadian scientists race to understand new variant

23 women have died after intimate-partner violence since the 1970s in this rural Ontario community

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Russian roulette: Ukraine warns of a 'bloody massacre' and five million refugees fleeing into Europe if Russia invades, as Kremlin says escalating tensions are 'off the scale'

UK’s Covid cases spike again amid growing Omicron wave: Daily infections jump 15% in a week to 45,691 as Boris warns super-mutant variant IS ‘more transmissible’ with numbers doubling every two days

Khashoggi murder suspect is arrested in France: Former member of Saudi Royal Guard is held while waiting to board a flight to Riyadh

'Weather bomb' EXPLODES over Britain: 35ft waves spark flood chaos as 1,000-mile wide Storm Barra pummels UK with 80mph gales, rain and up to EIGHT INCHES on snow... after knocking out power to 60,000 homes in Ireland

Canada's first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine shows high efficacy

Deportation decision delayed for trucker who caused Humboldt Broncos bus crash

Coastal GasLink failed to fix nearly 2 dozen environmental violations along pipeline route, B.C. officials say

Vaccine inequity only partially to blame for Africa's low vaccination rates, experts say

Ongoing immigration-processing delays leave many in limbo in Canada and overseas

Spy agency warned Trudeau China's tactics becoming more 'sophisticated ... insidious'