Water Supply Outlook: On average, close to two-thirds of the winter’s snowpack was already accumulated by Feb. 1. However, Environment Minister Barry Penner notes that with two more winter months to go, snow conditions could stillchange before the spring melt.Advertisement The intense, variable weather patterns across the province over the past three months have affected snow conditions in all locations. While early winter storms brought heavy snow to the north, the southern parts of the province remained generally dry until mid-December, when further storms resulted in substantial snowaccumulations in the Interior valleys and at sea level on Vancouver Island and in the South Coast. These variable weather patterns have resulted in equally variable snow conditions across B.C.: The mountain snowpack stores precipitation in winter, acting as our natural reservoir. Come spring and summer, these accumulations will melt and be released into rivers, lakes and groundwater. – Advertisement -* Vancouver Island, the South Coast, the Lower Fraser, southern portions of the mid-Fraser and the South Interior (Okanagan, Similkameen, Kettle, Nicola and Kootenay basins) have below-normal snowpacks, ranging between 60-75 per cent of normal range.* In the Central Interior, including the Upper Fraser, Nechako, North Thompson, and northern portions of the mid-Fraser, snowpacks are normal, falling within 90-110 per cent of normal range.* In the north (Peace, Skeena, Liard, Stikine), snowpacks are well above normal, generally in the 110-140 per cent of normal range. The above-normal snowpacks in some portions of northern B.C., such as the Skeena, Nass, Stikine and Liard basins, may result in higher than normal streamflows during the May-June freshet. For additional information, including a summary of snow pillow data and conditions, and graphs of snow-water equivalents, log on to www.env.gov.bc.ca/rfc/river_forecast/bulletin.htm.
Samsung has launched rugged versions of their flagships in the past in the form of the Galaxy S6 Active and the Galaxy S7 Active. And true to form the company is planning an Active variant of their newest flagship smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy S8.The Active moniker denotes a device that is more rugged and durable than its standard counterpart and has the ability to withstand shocks, drops and exposure to dust courtesy of a more rugged and bulky outer shell. The Active devices are aimed towards rough outdoor use, for people whose lifestyle is more ‘active’.The smartphone was spotted on Geekbench with the model number SM-G892A with the Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM – the same specifications as that of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The phone achieved a score of 1842 in the single-core test and 6394 in the multi-core test, which is fairly close to the score achieved by the standard model.Where the S8 Active will differ from the original is in terms of design and battery size. As mentioned above, the Active will have a tougher outer casing and might not look as attractive as the original. Additionally, the smartphone will come with a bigger battery than the standard S8 – the S7 Active featured a 4,000mAh battery while the original S7 housed a 3,000mAh unit.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 rumour roundup: Dual camera, curved 4K display and no physical home buttonLast year’s S7 Active suffered from water resistance issues. Consumer reports had claimed that it did not meet the waterproof standards promised by the company. We hope the S8 Active does not suffer the same fate.advertisementTo recap, the Samsung Galaxy S8 sports a sleek bezel-less design with an edge-to-edge 5.8′ Quad HD display, 64GB of internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card, an iris scanner and a fingerprint scanner.The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 8895 processor paired with 4GB of RAM, the Adreno 540 GPU and a 3,000mAh battery. On the imaging front, the Galaxy S8 comes with a 12MP rear camera with an aperture of f/1.7 alongside an 8MP front shooter for selfies.The US launch date of the S8 Active is not known as of yet and an Indian launch seems unlikely as the previous two generations of the Active line-up did not reach Indian shores. However, there is always the hope that Samsung springs a surprise.Also Read: Nokia 6 vs Moto G5 Plus: Stock Android face-off
You decide what you watch. That is the funda behind Humour Me’s Improv Nights. Here audience is the king as artistes will improvise on the spot in order to entertain you. Their one-hour performance on Sunday saw an entertaining stand-up performance where they improvised on the spot, spontaneously without any pre-written script. The audience drove the theme of each segment of the show. Humour Me is a group of four performers and one host. The artistes performing at Improv Nights are Dhruv Sachdeva, Clifford Alfonso, Andrew Hoffland, Pranay Manchanda and Shantanu Anam. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dhruv Sachdeva takes up the role of the host and is also the founder of Humour Me and has been in the entertainment world for the past 10 years. He started his acting career with the role of Scar in the musical Circle of Life which is an adaptation of the Broadway musical The Lion King’ Last year, Dhruv produced and acted in the production The Character of a Happy Life. And most recently, wrote, directed and acted in an original musical theatre production Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDinner for Pricks, under the Humour Me banner.So the audience gives them a situation or a scene to enact, and they perform it on the spot — with sound effects and even mimicry et al in place.‘We basically perform as per the demand of the audience which includes different dance forms like rap, conventional etc and various music genres too,’ said Dhruv.Clifford started years back with the musical production Noah’s Ark. Andrew Hoffland, oldest of all the performers, works as a teacher and has been singing and acting in various theatrical and musical productions. Pranay Manchanda has been an actor for over 15 years, and has worked in theatre.Shantanu Anam has worked as is an actor from the age of 16, and has acted and directed several theatre productions. ‘We are here to deliver happiness, not shoes. If we don’t stick in your mind, we consider we have have failed,’ said Dhruv. Fair enough!DETAILAt: Lure Switch, Lado Sarai when: 23 December