Forest fire rating increases with hot weather

first_imgFire wardens continue to discover abandoned campfires and encounter other burning violations. So far this season, 55 campfires have escaped and caused wildfires. Many regions of B.C., particularly the south, are experiencing well-above normal temperatures, which means the risk for wildfire starts is increasing. With hot and dry conditions expected through the weekend, it is critical that the public remains vigilant. – Advertisement -The fire danger rating for the province is currently moderate to high.  In Northeast B.C., the danger rating ranges from moderate to extreme.last_img

Mane eager to show up Manchester United

first_imgMane admits United are one of the top teams in the world, but believes Liverpool are on the same level and have the quality to beat anyone.“It will not be easy but I’ve always said we can beat any team in the world,” said Mane, according to Sky Sports. “Honestly they (Manchester United) are one of the best teams in England, of course in the world also, but we are as well.“It’s the dream for every single player to play this kind of game so everyone is looking forward to it.”Liverpool are on a seven-game unbeaten run across all competitions and come into the United clash on the back of a goalless draw with FC Porto in the Champions League – having won the first leg 5-0.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mane admits United are one of the top teams in the world, but believes Liverpool are on the same level and have the quality to beat anyone.LONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 7 – Liverpool winger Sadio Mane is confident that the Merseyside outfit can beat Premier League rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.Manager Jurgen Klopp’s side occupy third position in the league standings but only trail United by two points, which means a victory for the Reds would see them leapfrog their hosts.last_img read more

How the favourites are shaping up a month from the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen could hold Germany’s World Cup hopes in his hands © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEPARIS, France, May 13 – With the 2018 World Cup in Russia starting in a month, AFP Sport takes a look at how the biggest names — who between them have won 13 of the last 20 tournaments — are shaping up:– Germany – Germany’s build-up has been marred by uncertainty as to the fitness of first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The 32-year-old Bayern Munich man has been on the sidelines since suffering a fractured foot in September.“I do not think it’s imaginable that I go into such a tournament without match practice,” Neuer admitted last week. His natural replacement is the excellent Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona.Low has a core of the team that won the 2014 title, and can also call on the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner. Marco Reus will hope to be fit this time too.After winning all their qualifiers, Germany have failed to win recent friendlies against England, France, Spain and Brazil. Nevertheless, they are the world’s top-ranked side and almost always deliver at the World Cup.– Brazil –In 2014, Brazil’s hopes rested on the shoulders of Neymar, and the back injury he suffered in the quarter-final win over Colombia sparked the meltdown which led to the 7-1 humiliation against Germany in the semis.Fast forward four years and the nation is again sweating on his fitness. The world’s most expensive player is recovering from a foot injury suffered playing for Paris Saint-Germain in February.The absence of his PSG colleague Dani Alves with a knee injury is a huge blow too, but Brazil still look far better now under Tite than they did in 2014.They comfortably topped South American qualifying and there is greater strength in depth. Add to that a kind-looking draw, and Brazil have a genuine chance of a sixth title.– Spain –After poor showings in their last two major tournaments under Vicente del Bosque, Spain are on the up again under his successor Julen Lopetegui.The former goalkeeper has yet to lose a game in charge, with Spain dropping just two points in qualifying and recently destroying Argentina 6-1 in a friendly.With Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique still there in front of David de Gea, they have one of the best defences in the business. Further forward, it will be difficult to stop the likes of David Silva and Isco in full flow, and then there is Andres Iniesta.“We are delighted that he keeps playing this well and are excited about him keeping it up at the World Cup,” Lopetegui recently told FIFA.com.– France –France fell short on home soil at Euro 2016, losing in extra time to Portugal in the final. That increases the pressure on coach Didier Deschamps to deliver this time with a gifted squad.Deschamps’ team won their qualifying group despite some unconvincing performances, including a goalless home draw with Luxembourg, and the coach has his critics.To silence them he needs to find the right system to bring the best out of his squad, especially in attack, where Antoine Griezmann is the main man but teen sensation Kylian Mbappe will be one to watch too. This is also surely the stage for Paul Pogba to really step up.– Argentina –Lionel Messi’s Argentina coach has suggested the star ‘can carry the team on his shoulders’ at the World Cup © AFP/File / Juan MabromataAfter their defeat in the 2014 final, this is Lionel Messi’s big chance to finally get his hands on the trophy.However, Messi only rescued a shambolic qualifying campaign by scoring a vital hat-trick in Ecuador in the last game to take the team to Russia. There are huge doubts about the rest of Jorge Sampaoli’s squad, and the coach recently said Messi “can carry the team on his shoulders.”But Sampaoli must also get the best out of the many undoubted talents at his disposal, including Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala, to help his side’s chances of reaching the latter stages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SWEENEY’S EURONICS ARE GREAT GAS – AND THAT’S OFFICIAL!

first_img> pictured from left to right> Jonathan Tinney, Alan Simms, Calor National Cylinder sales Manager, Raymond Sweeney,Ben Sweeney Euronics, Area Sales Representative, Maura O’Donoghue and Gerald Coyle.Sweeney’s Euronics are great gas – and that’s official.The outlet has claimed the Calor Retailer of the year Award for 2015-2016 for highest number of LPG gas cookers sales in Ireland.This is the second year in a row the company has won the award. Ben Sweeney would like to thank all their customers, staff & Calor gas for all their support over the past year and into the future. SWEENEY’S EURONICS ARE GREAT GAS – AND THAT’S OFFICIAL! was last modified: April 23rd, 2016 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:CalordonegalSweeney’s Euronicslast_img read more

WHO’S THE DADDY? TD PEARSE CELEBRATES CHILD NUMBER 4!

first_imgSINN FEIN Donegal TD Pearse Doherty had to abandon his televised speech at his party’s Ard Fheis on Saturday – after his wife went into labour.The Gaoth Dobhair man had to drive from Killarney all the way home.And he made it in time to watch his wife Roisin give birth to their fourth child. Baby Micheal Eoghan Doherty was born on Saturday night. WHO’S THE DADDY? TD PEARSE CELEBRATES CHILD NUMBER 4! was last modified: May 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:WHO’S THE DADDY? TD PEARSE CELEBRATES CHILD NUMBER 4!last_img read more

Tenet will rebuild Southeast system

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Jennings said the prospects of reopening 347-bed Memorial “don’t look good” because flooding in the lower two floors caused extensive damage. He said 188-bed Lindy Boggs suffered less structural damage and reopening it could depend on insurance settlements. The company also plans to link its three suburban hospitals with the New Orleans hospitals to create a health network known as NOLA Regional Health Network. The announcement sent Tenet stock falling. The shares dropped 59 cents or 6.5 percent, to close at $8.53 on the New York Stock Exchange Monday. Tenet shares have shed more than 30 percent since Katrina. The New Orleans and coastal Mississippi region hit by Hurricane Katrina accounted for $600 million, or 6 percent, of Tenet’s 2004 revenue. The company hasn’t disclosed damage estimates for the hospitals. It has $1.6 billion in cash and $1 billion in property insurance, although coverage of flood damage is limited to $250 million. Jennings said insurance would cover most costs of rebuilding, minus a deductible that he said “we can handle.” DALLAS – Tenet Healthcare Corp., whose two major hospitals in New Orleans have been closed since Hurricane Katrina and which is under investigation into patient deaths at one of them, says it will spend “hundreds of millions of dollars” to build a new health care system in the region. “We were a major health care provider here before the hurricane. We still are after the hurricane,” Reynold J. Jennings, the company’s chief operating officer, said from New Orleans. Tenet had been the largest private hospital company in the region. But its Memorial Medical Center and Lindy Boggs Medical Center remain closed indefinitely, while three suburban New Orleans hospitals – NorthShore Regional Medical Center in Slidell, Kenner Regional Medical Center and Meadowcrest Hospital in Gretna – are gradually returning to service. Tenet plans to reopen four medical offices at Memorial and two at Lindy Boggs in three to four months, which will let doctors resume their practices, and to reopen a cardiac surgery institute at Memorial within six months. Memorial Hospital, which opened in 1926, was nearing replacement age, and Tenet could use this chance to build a smaller, more modern health care system in New Orleans, said Joseph Chiarelli, an analyst for Oppenheimer & Co. “Hospitals don’t need to be as large as they used to be,” Chiarelli said. “Stays are shorter, and a lot more can be done on an outpatient basis.” Company officials said their plans to rebuild in New Orleans won’t be affected by the outcome of a Louisiana investigation into the discovery of more than 40 bodies at Memorial when Katrina’s flood waters receded. The state attorney general is investigating reports of euthanasia and is awaiting autopsy results, a spokeswoman said Monday. Tenet officials say some of the patients died before the storm and were placed in the hospital morgue, and that more than half of the rest were patients in an acute-care facility run by another company not affiliated with Tenet. Results of the autopsies could determine whether Tenet faces criminal or civil charges. Plaintiff attorneys say Tenet was unprepared and reacted too slowly to the rising water until Memorial became an island, with no power and no immediate way out. “They had days of warnings to evacuate. If they had moved those patients in the first place, we wouldn’t be having this argument,” said Jeff Rasansky, a personal-injury lawyer in Dallas. When Hurricane Rita threatened Houston three weeks after Katrina, Tenet dropped satellite phones at its local hospitals, hired armed security guards and reserved two helicopters if it needed to evacuate patients by air – steps it didn’t take in New Orleans. Tenet argues that it was a victim in New Orleans of inadequate levees and a slow government response to the disaster. It says doctors and nurses at Memorial performed heroically to treat patients as backup generators were swamped and conditions became hellishly hot. Even before Katrina, Tenet was a troubled company. It hasn’t earned a profit since 2002, about the time news surfaced that a Tenet hospital in California performed unnecessary heart-bypass surgeries, which led to a $395 million payment to settle victims’ claims. Tenet is on trial in San Diego on charges of bribing doctors to use one of its hospitals. The case is expected to go to the jury this week. Federal prosecutors around the country are investigating similar allegations at other Tenet hospitals. Last week, the company’s chief financial officer decided to leave. The drumbeat of legal problems has taken its toll on Tenet’s relations with doctors, which hospitals need for their patient referrals. Tenet is losing ground to rivals in hospital admissions. The ghastly scene at Memorial, which contrasted with a much smaller number of deaths at a nearby HCA Inc. hospital, could make doctors even more reluctant to use Tenet, said Sheryl Skolnick, an analyst for Fulcrum Global Partners. “Seventy-five percent of their doctors have already left,” Skolnick said. “If I’m a doctor in the Southeast, am I going to send my patients to Tenet, knowing that they were clearly scrambling more than HCA?” 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

Martin Mooney sets new personal best during Letterkenny Parkrun

first_imgAt yesterday morning’s Letterkenny Parkrun Martin Mooney of Inishowen AC was the first home with a time of 18 minutes and 48 seconds, a new personal best. Peter McClean completed his 50th parkrun yesterday morning too.Letterkenny Parkrun hits another milestone next week as they are to celebrate their 75th event. Tea and coffee will be served in The Vestry afterwards to mark the occasion.Every Saturday morning at 9:30am, walkers, joggers, fun runners, and elite runners alike come together to take part in this free 5k.The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying yourself – why not join in next week to celebrate the 75th event?Martin Mooney sets new personal best during Letterkenny Parkrun was last modified: July 1st, 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:letterkenny parkrunlast_img read more

New innovative MyDonegalPlace app introduced to help public have a say

first_imgDonegal County Council has introduced a new and innovative way to allow the public to have their say through the new MyDonegalPlace crowdsourcing app.It comes as the public consultation process begins for the new Plan for Letterkenny gets underway this week.MyDonegalPlace is a map-based application and has been developed by Donegal County Council as part of the NPA funded IMPROVE project which is all about exploring how best to facilitate and encourage user participation in the development of public services. Senior Planner with Donegal County Council, Eunan Quinn explains they are always looking to improve the planning service in a way that engages the public and public opinion.“This is another avenue to reach out and to crowdsource information in an innovative way and this information can be vital to the continual enhanced development of the county”.“Users can simply put a point on the map and they can share local knowledge. For example if you know of a local field name, this information can be placed on the map and uploaded along with an image, or if you know of a local place with historic or cultural importance, this too can be captured on the map”.“You can also explore the information gathered on the site and comment on it or vote for it. It’s a very interactive process for the social gathering of information and for social commentary”. Brian Boyle, Head of information Systems believes that innovative spatial solutions allow us to explore ways of increasing participation in local democracy and decisions saying “developing and exploring avenues of engaging with the public through enhanced e-services increases efficiencies and presents effective services. With the increased availability of High Speed Broadband and mobile 4G coverage, our range of e-services, need to be compatible and available 24/7 for both desktop and mobile users.”Consultations started this week on informing the preparation of a Plan for Letterkenny and the ambition is that the town will grow its population to +35,000 people and will offer all the ingredients of a future city including employment, housing choice, high quality of life, a vibrant town centre, community and social amenities and positive public and civic space.While the plan is for Letterkenny it will have a county wide and regional impact particularly as Letterkenny has been identified as a regional centre in the Government’s National Planning Framework and as a strategic part of the North West City Region.The Plan will contain a suite of policies and objectives supported by land use zoning that will guide the development of Letterkenny and will identify and prioritise the essential infrastructure and investment needed to support the planned growth.The MyDonegalPlace app provides the public with an additional platform to engage with the Council and to help inform future plans and policies. The app is available at http://bit.ly/MyDonegalPlace.New innovative MyDonegalPlace app introduced to help public have a say was last modified: May 24th, 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:Appcounty council. mobileMyDonegalPlaceplanlast_img read more

Logan Webb forces issue for Giants, Jaylin Davis might be doing the same

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. PHOENIX — Not all Northern California baseball players grow up with dreams of playing for the San Francisco Giants.Logan Webb, a Rocklin native who made his MLB debut for the Giants on Saturday, spent his youth cheering on the Oakland A’s.His first career start was successful enough that his second will likely come at the Coliseum next weekend against the green and gold. Webb became the first Giants …last_img

SA urged to protect environment

first_img7 September 2012 As the country marks Arbor Week, the government has called on South Africans to help conserve their environment by planting more trees. Speaking at the People and Parks Conference in the Free State on Thursday, Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudfhasi said efforts to improve natural resource management in the country’s protected areas should also contribute to sustainable growth and poverty reduction. “We need to enhance the capacity of the poor to manage their own and shared resources by strengthening local management arrangements and by supporting women’s key roles in managing natural resources,” Mabudafhasi said. Civil society, in particular poor and marginalized groups, needed to be empowered to influence environmental management policy and planning processes at all levels, by expanding public access to information, decision making and justice. Partnerships with the private sector and cross-sectoral cooperation should also be encouraged to conserve the environment, said Mabudafhasi. “I believe we need to fully take advantage of the progressive policies and laws that we have … We need to also build formal and smart partnerships between public services, donors, private sector, business, civil society and local communities.” She said these partnerships should be based on measurable results of fighting environmental degradation and poverty. There was a need for communities to build their own capacities to partner with the private sector through local-based enterprise development based on the sustainable use of biodiversity, such as community-based eco-tourism or sustainable harvesting of natural products. More than R497 000 has been made available by the government for to implement the People and Parks projects in seven provinces, an initiative that had created over 4 800 employment opportunities Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more