Prince George Fire Centre battles wild fire near Tumbler Ridge

first_imgThe Prince George Fire Centre was kept busy on Sunday as they were dealing with a wild fire near Tumbler Ridge. The fire was 45 kilometres east of Tumbler Ridge and has since been contained after being dealt with by an air tanker.The fire was at one point 15 hectares but was reduced to three hectares before being fully contained.Prince George Fire Centre spokesperson Jill Kelsh said the cause is under investigation.- Advertisement –last_img

Star-struck: FIFA forced to redo Russia World Cup ad

first_imgThe plot revolves around a football that flies over the 11 host cities while historic World Cup moments play out on a peculiarly spinning pyramid.The ball soon reaches the Kremlin — and that is where the problems start.Russia’s history has seen its spired towers undergo many incarnations.None of them included the Christian crosses that FIFA stuck on top.“The stars vanished from the Kremlin towers in FIFA’s ad,” Russia’s state television news site complained.FIFA conceded on Monday that the Kremlin really did have a shiny red star on its famous Spasskaya Tower facing Lenin’s Mausoleum.“FIFA is extremely happy with the feedback received so far on the 2018 FIFA World Cup TV opening, especially from Russian fans,” a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.“With their help, we were able to identify that indeed the element you mention was not accurate. We are now working on an updated version that will be released soon.”Some in Russia were taking the mistake far more seriously than others.A tiny pro-government news site called Krasnoyarsk Vesna (Red Spring) published an analytical column picking apart what it perceived as FIFA’s historic slight of the hosts.It compared the ad to efforts by nations in eastern Europe to scrub their cities clean of all remnants of the Soviet Union after its collapse in 1991.War-scarred Ukraine has done the same since ousting its Russian-backed leadership in 2014.“We will remind you that de-Sovietisation introduced the cruelest possible schisms in society,” the website wrote.“Thus, the ad presented by FIFA joins the ranks of events such as the removal of monuments and memorials dedicated to the Soviet people’s victory in World War II.”President Vladimir Putin has been accusing unfriendly countries of trying to diminish the Soviet role in defeating Nazi Germany for much of his 18-year rule.Spasskaya Tower was topped by the two-headed eagle — now part of Russia’s coat of arms — until Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin replaced it with the star in the 1930s.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Kremlin’s Spasskaya Tower facing Lenin’s Mausoleum had its star removed on the original FIFA promotional clip © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 4 – World football’s governing body FIFA admitted on Monday it will have to redo a fancy TV spot for the finals Russia will be hosting for the first time from June 14.The 45-second ad features artsy graphics and suitably momentous music to get fans in the mood. Billions of people will see it before every game.last_img read more

Gor Mahia look to extend KPL lead

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia players join Francis Kahata in celebrating his sumptuous goal against Thika United in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Machakos Stadium on April 22, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25- Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia will stretch their lead at the top of the log to five points if they pick a win against Chemelil Sugar on Wednesday afternoon at the Kericho Green Stadium.The record 16-time champions look on course for a 17th title having started the season on a blistering note and with three matches at hand enjoy a two-point gap at the top. “It hasn’t been an easy start to the season but I am hopeful we can maintain it. We were fantastic against Thika on Sunday and I want to see that same hunger when we play Chemelil,” Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr noted.The odds are hugely stacked in K’Ogalo’s favor as they prepare to face the sugar millers. Of the last 18 meetings between the two sides, Gor has lost only twice, the last of which came in 2010. Gor have won 14 of those ties, including the last three where they have conceded only once.Chemelil, who are eighth on the log have won only once in their last five games with three of those winless games coming off draws.The sugar millers were dealt a blow a fortnight ago when their head coach Patrick Odhiambo decamped to Sony and are yet to land a replacement.But they have had a fairly good start to the season and have amassed 17 points off 11 matches, sitting eight points off the leaders.-AFC face Sharks-AFC Leopards forward Ezekiel Odera celebrates his goal, mourning his Mother. Photo/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, arch rivals AFC Leopards will be at the Thika Sub-County Stadium seeking to extinguish a poor run of four winless matches, two of which have been losses.Interim coach Dennis Kitambi will still be in charge of the team despite the arrival of new boss Radolfo Zapata who is expected to start work officially on Tuesday next week.Kitambi began his interim tenure on a bursting note winning four straight matches, but he has failed to replicate the same form in the consecutive games.“The opponents have also been watching us and come to counter our mistakes. We have been doing very silly small small mistakes especially in defense and giving away cheap goals. We have tried to work on that and hopefully we mark some improvement and get back to winning,” the tactician said.Four points separate the team in the standings with Ingwe pegged at sixth while Sharks who have had a shaky start to the season are five places below at 11th.“Sharks is a very good team regardless of their current form and it will not be an easy game. We should ensure we fully put our concentration down and not allow them possession of the ball,” Kitambi further noted.Kariobangi Sharks tactician William Muluya passes instruction to midfielder Michael Bodo during a Kenyan Premier League match against Kakamega Homeboyz at the Camp Toyoyo on April 21, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWilliam Muluya’s charges have also had struggles of their own this season especially after losing key players in Massoud Juma, Elly Asieche, Mathew Odongo and Ibrahim Kitawi.They have had a similar patch of form with AFC, losing two and drawing two of their last four matches.“Our problem is that the confidence has been fading because when you don’t win, mentally you become weak. That is what we will work on most of all because once we solve that, we will get everything back on track,” Muluya said of his side’s form.Last season’s meetings between the two sides were even. Sharks won 2-0 in the first leg, then held on for a point in the second leg. However, Ingwe went on to win 2-0 in the FKF Cup (formerly GOtv Shield) final in the last meeting between the two sides.-Matano looks for a positive start-Robert Matano being unveiled as Tusker FC head coach on April 24, 2018 at Ruaraka.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAt the Camp Toyoyo turf in Nairobi’s Jericho estate, Robert Matano starts his second coming at Tusker FC when he leads the bartered brewers against a resurgent Wazito FC, seeking more or less redemption for a grey patch.Tusker have had only two victories in 11 KPL outings and are under huge pressure to bounce back to winning ways.“We talked on Monday and Tuesday and I am happy with the response of the players. They have their confidence back and the most important thing is to start this new tenure with a win. I am hopeful we will be able to get things right,” Matano said.Wazito are enjoying a resurgence of sorts and their three wins in the last five games have sent them up the standings to 14th with 14 points and they can squeeze into the top 10 with maximum points against Tusker.“They are a very tough team with experienced players and that is another tricky match for us. But we should be able to deal with that well because at least now we have gathered enough experience and the confidence is back,” Wazito head coach Frank Ouna said.His charges come into the tie beaming with confidence after last weekend’s 1-0 win over Mathare United in one of their best performances yet this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘If Allardyce comes back to Sunderland I will buy him a pint of wine a day!’

first_img Sam Allardyce has reportedly left Crystal Palace Sam Allardyce has reportedly decided to step down as Crystal Palace manager following the end of the Premier League season.The 62-year-old took charge of the Eagles in December 2016 and guided the south London club to top flight survival.But, after talks with the club’s hierarchy, it appears he is not ready to stay in charge for the 2017/18 campaign.Reports claim he has stepped down as manager immediately, with the belief being that he wants to end his career on a high.However, rumours have circulated that Allardyce could be in line for another job – with his former club Sunderland needing a manager.Following the news breaking, football fans took to social media to react to Allardyce’s departure – you can see the best comments below 1last_img read more

Yaroslavsky is set to narrate Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – As a public official since 1975 – first on the Los Angeles City Council, then as a Los Angeles County supervisor – Zev Yaroslavsky has long found inspiration in the words of President Abraham Lincoln. That’s why he was thrilled to be asked to narrate a performance of “Lincoln Portrait” by renowned American composer Aaron Copland. The work will be performed Friday by the 46-member wind ensemble at California State University, Northridge. “I can’t even imagine the kinds of burdens Abraham Lincoln bore,” Yaroslavsky said during a break from a recent rehearsal. “I think he was the greatest president in our nation’s history.” “Lincoln Portrait” is a 13-minute concert piece of music interspersed with excerpts from Lincoln’s speeches, including the famed Gettysburg Address, and details from the life of the 16th president. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The work was commissioned in 1942 by conductor Andre Kostelanetz at a time when many conductors wanted works that could reassure the country as it entered World War II, said Lawrence Stoffel, conductor and CSUN director of bands. “This is a work that many people say represents Aaron Copland’s ‘Americana’ period at his best,” Stoffel said. The composition reflects “the ideals of democracy and freedom in the purest sense,” he said. “He used Abraham Lincoln’s speeches. It’s not a chest-thumping patriotism, but a genuine sense of freedom.” Lines like “we cannot escape history” speak to Yaroslavsky, reminding him that actions – and inaction – have consequences, he said. “These words were not just powerful 150 years ago; they speak to us today,” he said. “It’s really a call to face up to your responsibilities.” To prepare, Yaroslavsky has been listening to several recordings of the work – performances by Adlai Stevenson and Henry Fonda are his favorites – and rehearsing with the wind ensemble. He said he’s trying to tone down his booming baritone – which works well for political speeches – to let Lincoln’s words speak for themselves. Because he played piano and oboe as a boy – “neither one very well” – Yaroslavsky can read music well enough to keep up with the ensemble, but he noted that the biggest challenge for him is “paying close attention” to the conductor. “Last week, I skipped one of the narrations, and this poor clarinetist was holding onto a note for five minutes,” Yaroslavsky said. “I thought she was going to bust a gut!” During one recent rehearsal, Stoffel took the time to remind the ensemble of the horrors of slavery that Lincoln sought to end: families torn apart, and slave owners who could legally beat, rape and mutilate other human beings because they “owned” them. “This man spoke against that,” said Stoffel, turning to percussionist Steve Hernandez, 20, of San Fernando, “and all of that must come out in your tympany roll.” “Don’t feel any pressure,” Yaroslavsky quipped dryly. “Lincoln Portrait” will be part of a program titled “Everybody’s All-American,” which also will feature Richard Rodgers’ “Carousel Waltz” from the musical “Carousel”; Vincent Persichetti’s Symphony for Band, Opus 69; William Schuman’s “George Washington Bridge”; and William Grant Still’s “Folk Suite.” Several of the CSUN musicians stopped by to shake the supervisor’s hand after rehearsals and said they hoped having him perform with them would draw more people to the concert. “I think it lends a certain integrity and dramatic value to the performance,” said trumpet player Richard Hofmann, 43, of Granada Hills. “We have a prominent local politician reading the words of a prominent national president.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 IF YOU GO: Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the Cal State Northridge Wind Ensemble will perform Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” at 8 p.m. Friday at the campus’ Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 seniors and $5 students, and are available at the door. On-campus parking is $4. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Warning issued as temperatures to dip to -8

first_imgMet Éireann has issued a Low-Temperature Warning, saying that temperatures could dip to a bitter minus eight tonight. These extremely low temperatures will bring severe frost, ice, and lying snow.“Slippery paths and treacherous roads [expected] also due to snow accumulation and ice,” Met Éireann says. The warning is valid between 8pm tonight and 10am tomorrow morning.The regional forecast indicates that the frost and ice will persist in sheltered areas tomorrow, with dry and sunny weather expected. There will be some scattered hail showers, with maximum temperatures between 2 and 5 degrees. Northerly winds will add a nip to the air.“There is a real mixture of weather across the country this morning from icy conditions and sunny weather soon in Ulster,” said Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack on RTE’s Morning Ireland.“Over many other areas there has been some very heavy rain during the night up to 30mm since midnight. That rain has converted to snow over many midland and western areas. We’ve heavy snow occurring at the moment with temperatures at zero degrees. “Frost will be widespread by this evening. It will be bitterly cold as temperatures drop sharply everywhere this evening and tonight ranging from -2C to -8C. There will be widespread severe frost and ice with dangerous conditions on untreated surfaces tonight and throughout rush-hour tomorrow,” she adds.The Status Orange Snow warning for Donegal was lifted yesterday afternoon, with a band of snow sweeping over the lower half of the country.The Snow warning currently only applies to Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Galway, Roscommon and Tipperary. In these counties, Met Éireann predicts that they will be struck by snow showers until 9pm tonight.Further falls of snow, rain & sleet over the southern half of the country, moving slowing southwards this afternoon & eve. Clearer weather with frost following from the north. Temps of just 1 to 3°C. This evening temps will quickly drop to zero or below with frost & ice forming.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 10, 2017Warning issued as temperatures to dip to -8 was last modified: December 10th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coldicelow temperatureMet Eireannlast_img read more

Postmistress Tillie closes the door one last time – Picture Special!

first_img Postmistress Tillie closes the door one last time – Picture Special! was last modified: August 13th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Church Hilldonegalpostmistress Neighbours and friends of the Wilkin family turned out in force last Friday to say a final farewell as the community of Church Hill closed the doors on its post office.It was a touching occasion for postmistress Tillie Wilkin who has looked after the premises for the past 23 years.Joe Boland of Northwest Newspix was on hand to capture the occasion – and the odd tear. last_img read more

Latest: Man Utd 4 QPR 0

first_imgQPR are being demolished at Old Trafford, where goals from Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata have put Manchester United in total control.Rangers threw in the towel after Di Maria’s 24th-minute free-kick – his first goal for United.Following a needless foul by Clint Hill, the Argentine whipped a great delivery in from the right flank that flashed past everyone, including Rob Green, and into the far corner of the net.Di Maria was also involved in United’s second, carrying the ball 50 yards before finding Rooney.The England captain’s shot was blocked but Herrera pounced on the loose ball and belted home from near the edge of the penalty area.Rooney fired past Green at his near post a minute before the break, taking full advantage after Steven Caulker was far too slow to challenge him.And more diabolical defending led to Mata making it four on 58 minutes, the former Chelsea man finishing easily after being left totally unmarked to collect Di Maria’s scuffed shot.QPR, thrashed 4-0 at Tottenham in their last away league match, had got men behind the ball and managed to keep United at bay in the opening 20 minutes.Rio Ferdinand, playing against the club he spent 12 years with, was given a rousing reception by the home fans and was presented with a special trinket by United legend Sir Bobby Charlton just before kick-off.But Ferdinand and the rest of the visiting defence were soon under pressure as United, full of optimism after a number of eye-catching signings, made a predictably high-tempo start to the game.Rangers, without injured midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch, and with Sandro making his debut, have barely threatened.However, after going behind they were gifted a chance to equalise out of nothing.David de Gea’s misjudgement left the United keeper in no man’s land, but Matt Phillips’ tame effort was easily cleared by Jonny Evans.Armand Traore, on as a half-time substitute, burst forward from left-back early in the second half and set up Niko Kranjcar.The Croatian, making his first appearance since returning to Rangers on loan, saw his effort saved by the legs of De Gea – a rare opening for Harry Redknapp’s side before United scored again. QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Hill (Traore 45); Sandro, Kranjcar, Fer; Phillips, Hoilett; Austin (Vargas 59).Subs: McCarthy, Zamora, Onuoha, Taarabt, Henry.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Gasoline prices should stay low for summer despite supply disruptions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Current supplies of gasoline and expected production this year should keep prices at the fuel pump 40 to 60 cents per gallon lower than last summer despite supply disruptions that have pushed prices higher in recent months, especially in the Midwest, Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner said.“We enter the summer season with gasoline and crude oil markets a bit out of kilter,” he said.Tyner said U.S. crude oil and gasoline supplies are above normal, which would suggest that prices should fall. But he noted that several disruptions in supplies globally have moved prices higher. Crude oil prices have increased about 80% since January, from $26 per barrel then to $47 on May 16.“Yet all the forecasts call for global production to exceed consumption through the end of 2016,” he said. “So what, we might ask, is going on?”Here’s the situation, as Tyner explains it:• There have been long-term supply issues in Nigeria and Venezuela. Production in Nigeria is at a 22-year low because, in part, of civil war, and political instability in Venezuela “continues to put a drag on production,” he said.• A labor strike in Kuwait halted production there for several days. That strike has now ended.• The biggest disruption affecting the Midwest involves the Canadian oil sands, where a widespread fire in Alberta province shut down Canadian oil sand production. Although the fire was not in the oil sands area, it destroyed the living paces of most of the workers, so production was halted. That resulted in a loss of 1 million barrels per day for U.S. imports.Because the largest refinery in the Midwest gets a large share of its crude from the Canadian oil sands, particularly affected are consumers in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio, Tyner said.“So the bad news is that until Canadian oil sand production gets back up to normal, we are likely to see higher prices than in previous weeks,” he said.Despite that, Tyner said the standard production and consumption trends suggest prices at the pump staying fairly steady over the summer. Consumers are expected to drive more this summer, but production should keep prices 40 to 60 cents per gallon lower than the summer 2015 range of $2.60 to $2.80.“Of course, just like the Canadian wildfire, unforeseen supply disruptions can always send prices up temporarily,” Tyner said. “But with global production forecast to exceed consumption through 2016 and inventories already high, we should be able to weather any temporary disruptions.”last_img read more

Abatayo adds to PH’s haul in lawn bowls with bronze

first_imgElmer Abatayo continued the Philippines’ haul in the lawn bowls competition in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, bagging the bronze medal in men’s singles Sunday at the National Lawn Balls Centre in Kuala Lumpur.Abatayo outlasted Brunei’s Abd Rahman Omar, 21-20, in the battle for third place as the country gained its sixth medal in lawn balls.ADVERTISEMENT That hiked the Philippines’ lawn bowls collection to one gold, three silvers, and two bronze medals.Muhammad Soufi Rusli of host Malaysia won the gold medal in men’s singles, while Singapore’s Lee Yuan Min settled for silver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Read Next PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses 50-0: Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th round View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more