Saturday December 15, 2018

Powerful Storm destroys Ancient Sequoia “Tunnel Tree” in California

The tree, called Pioneer Cabin, was located in the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, and was estimated to be over 1,000 years old

0
//
The iconic giant sequoia called the Pioneer Cabin was toppled by a strong storm. (Handout / California Department of Parks and Recreation) VOA
Republish
Reprint

California, Jan 10, 2017: A powerful storm has destroyed a California icon, felling a giant sequoia which contained a carved tunnel big enough for vehicles to drive through.

The tree, called Pioneer Cabin, was located in the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, and was estimated to be over 1,000 years old.

The tunnel was carved through the trunk 137 years ago, and allowed cars to pass through. Recently, the tunnel was only open to hikers.

NewsGram brings to you current foreign news from all over the world.

“We lost an old friend today,” wrote local Jim Allday, who posted photos of the tree on his Facebook account.

“This iconic and still living tree – the tunnel tree – enchanted many visitors. The storm was just too much for it,” the Calaveras Big Trees Association wrote on its Facebook page.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is located west of San Francisco near Yosemite National Park. (VOA)

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2017 NewsGram

Next Story

USA: Everything you want to know about Security Clearance; Find out here!

A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas.

0
Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA
Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. We take a look at what that means.

What is a security clearance?

A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas after completion of a background check. The clearance by itself does not guarantee unlimited access. The agency seeking the clearance must determine what specific area of information the person needs to access.

What are the different levels of security clearance?

There are three levels: Confidential, secret and top secret. Security clearances don’t expire. But, top secret clearances are reinvestigated every five years, secret clearances every 10 years and confidential clearances every 15 years.

All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance. VOA
All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance. VOA

Who has security clearances?

According to a Government Accountability Office report released last year, about 4.2 million people had a security clearance as of 2015, they included military personnel, civil servants, and government contractors.

Why does one need a security clearance in retirement?

Retired senior intelligence officials and military officers need their security clearances in case they are called to consult on sensitive issues.

Also Read: Governments Across The World Request Apple for 30,000 Device Information

Can the president revoke a security clearance?

Apparently. But there is no precedent for a president revoking someone’s security clearance. A security clearance is usually revoked by the agency that sought it for an employee or contractor. All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance, which can include criminal acts, lack of allegiance to the United States, behavior or situation that could compromise an individual and security violations. (VOA)