ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — In the west, very dry and blustery conditions continue to spread the Bighorn Fire near Tucson, Arizona, where evacuations have been issued.The Bighorn Fire is only 10% contained and is more than 6,000 acres.A brush fire also broke out just east of San Diego, where evacuation orders were in effect.Red flag warnings have now been issued for California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah on Friday. A fire weather watch has been issued for Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma as well.The gusty winds and dry conditions are expected to last through the weekend for the region.Moving east, almost a half a foot of rain fell in North Carolina Thursday, just west of the Raleigh-Durham metro area. In just one hour, 4.6 inches of rain fell in Durham.A flash flood watch has been issued for South Carolina and parts of Georgia Friday morning, including Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, where some areas could see more than 5 inches of rain.This frontal system will not move much this weekend, but could slide slightly farther south to northern Florida, Georgia and coastal Carolinas. These areas could all see flash flooding this weekend.Over the next several days, some areas could see close to a half a foot of rain from Florida to the Carolinas.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Royal Navy’s Type 23 Frigate HMS St Albans left her homeport in Portsmouth for a nine-month deployment in the Middle East, yesterday, December 1.St Albans will continue the work that her sister ship, HMS Richmond, carried out earlier this year as part of the Royal Navy’s long-term presence East of Suez.Her task is to police the seas and promote UK interests in the region by acting as a deterrent to illegal activity, safeguarding allied and merchant shipping and help ensure that global trade can proceed without a hitch.In preparation for deployment the crew have undertaken two fast-paced training periods with Flag Officer Sea Training, the Royal Navy training organisation.The ship, nicknamed the Saint, is the first to deploy with the combined aviation technology of a Merlin Mk2 helicopter and ScanEagle unmanned aircraft.The ship has been through extensive maintenance and upgrades including the installation of ScanEagle, a pilotless aircraft, which provides the Type 23 with extra “eyes in the sky” sending back live imagery to the operations room. Launched by a catapult on a 14ft ramp, ScanEagle can remain airborne for 12 hours operating at ranges of up to 40 miles from the mother ship.Final preparations took place last week when the ship’s Merlin Mk2 helicopter joined the ship for a series of sorties designed to refresh and sharpen the ship’s aviation skills prior to deployment.[mappress mapid=”17482″]Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Royal Navy Authorities Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS St Albans Heads for Middle East View post tag: HMS St Albans December 2, 2015 HMS St Albans Heads for Middle East View post tag: middle east
By Dialogo December 27, 2012 The peace negotiations carried out by the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas in Cuba for a month, were making slow progress, said president Juan Manuel Santos in an interview with the daily El Tiempo, on December 23. “They are moving forward slowly, but they are still moving forward,” Santos said, even though he was optimistic that the Colombian 2013 Christmas will be celebrated in peace. “If there is good will (on FARC’s side), next Christmas will be celebrated in peace, with this conflict already settled,” Santos said. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and Santos government agreed a negotiating agenda comprising of five points, and since the talks started on November 19, they are still dealing with the first topic: the agrarian one. Santos has set November 2013 as the deadline for a final agreement to end the violent armed conflict that has affected the nation for almost 50 years with the FARC, the oldest Latin American insurgency. In his declarations, the president said that if negotiations fail, “the alternative is to continue under fire for several years, as we have been for the last 50 years.” On December 21, both parties concluded the second round of talks in Havana, which will resume on January 14.