BC Minister asks residents to conserve water

first_imgDrought conditions across British Columbia are impacting stream levels and fish stocks.Environment Minister Barry Penner is asking residents to conserve water.According to a report released from the province, the recorded rainfall in July across the province was between one and two thirds of the norm.- Advertisement -The Peace River region, along with the Liard and Skeena regions, is classified as having level 3 drought conditions.The classification indicates concerns for both water and fish supplies since many of the streams in the area are either experiencing record or near record low levels.The Peace River region is the driest area in the province, says Bill Kuhnke, manager of forecasting and information with the Ministry of the Environment.Advertisement He says along with the lack of precipitation, the area had less snowfall in the winter and a somewhat earlier snowmelt than usual, which has caused some of the streams to be at their lowest recorded levels.The Ministry has between 40 and 50 years of stream level records and says some of the rivers that are at their lowest levels are the Moberly, the Pine, the Kiskatinaw, the Halfway, and the Beatton.The region is also expected to reach a Drought Level 4 classification within a couple of weeks if it does not get a significant amount of rain.Furthermore, fish stocks could be impacted as fish have problems travelling to spawning grounds when streams are low.Advertisementlast_img read more

Moroccans bitter over World Cup 2026 flop

first_img0Shares0000The president of the Moroccan Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa, presented the unsuccessful bid to host the 2026 World Cup in Moscow © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVRABAT, Morocco, Jun 13 – The award of the 2026 World Cup to North America on Wednesday was met with bitter disappointment in Morocco, after its fifth failed bid to host the tournament.The joint ticket of the United States, Canada and Mexico won 134 votes, compared to 65 for Morocco, at a FIFA Congress in Moscow where this year’s World Cup kicks off on Thursday. In a tweet, Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani saluted the “seriousness and professionalism” of Morocco’s bid committee, which itself warmly congratulated the winners.On the streets of Rabat, nearly deserted during the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, 49-year-old Abdelmula was less diplomatic.“It was Africa’s turn, but (the vote) was biased because Morocco is part of the Third World and the powerful may have conspired against it,” he told AFP.Said, 62, blamed the African kingdom’s loss on US pressure.“Unfortunately, we can’t help it. Things turned political when President (Donald) Trump threatened those who were going to vote for us,” he said.– Trump ‘threats’ –During the bidding process, Trump had threatened that nations that did not support the North American bid should not expect US support on other issues.If FIFA, world football’s governing body, had been “impartial, it would have disqualified the North American bid after the threats from Donald Trump”, said Driss Abis, a sports commentator and former coach.While some on social media were outraged by Morocco’s loss, others questioned its capacity to host the tournament.“We must be realistic, we do not have the infrastructure it takes, our stadiums exist only on paper,” said 28-year-old Sufyan.Moroccans had held out hope until the last minute, with Wednesday morning newspaper headlines reading “Morocco believes it” and “Decisive day for the dream”.Even after the results were announced, the local press congratulated Morocco on its bid but said the outcome had come as a “cold shower”.“I was sad when the winner was announced,” said former Moroccan footballer Abdelkrim El Hadrioui.“At the same time, I wasn’t surprised because Morocco went up against the American giant, which mobilised in recent weeks to influence voters,” Hadrioui said.Morocco’s bid was its fifth failure, after setbacks in 2010, 2006, 1998 and 1994.– ‘Knives in the back’ –Saudi Arabia, Morocco’s long-time ally, “led an all-out campaign” in favour of the North American trio’s World Cup bid, according to local press.And while the Arab League in April announced its support for Morocco’s bid, seven Arab countries voted for the “United 2026” candidacy.“God protect me from my friends, my enemies I can deal with,” Moncef Belkhayat, an ex-sports minister and a member of the kingdom’s bid committee, quipped before the vote.Samira Sitail, head of public broadcaster M2, tweeted: “The United States has a new state. It is Arab and Muslim, easily exploitable, and it loves to put knives in friends’ backs.”Morocco had hoped the location and geography of the kingdom, at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, would make it a strong candidate, as well as its passion for football.But a FIFA task force deployed to rank potential venues had given Morocco an average mark of 2.7 out of 5, just above the required minimum of 2 for candidates.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

RV-ers find free lodging at Wal-Mart

first_imgFor Hutch and other drivers, it becomes a temporary campsite, free of charge. On some nights, RVs and cars fill the entire back end. “It’s a lifesaver man,” Hutchinson, 56, said. “\ parks cost as much as a motel. I can’t afford $80 a night.” Hutch said he hits Wal-Mart lots throughout Southern California. He said each lot offers a different crowd of campers. Some nights they gather for a barbecue. Some nights it’s music. Other times campers are looking for an open ear and a conversation. “We have a good time, except on Wednesday,” Hutch said. “That’s when `Lost’ is on.” GLENDORA – With a graying mustache and blue hat smashing down his greasy hair, Jim Hutchinson climbs the ladder on the rear of his recreational vehicle and checks the rooftop vent. Nestled in the back of the Glendora Wal-Mart parking lot on a Friday morning, he readies his 1990 Pace Arrow for its next trip. “Hutch,” as they call him – just no “Starsky” jokes, he warns – lives out of his RV. The superstore’s parking lot served as his refuge for the night. The Glendora Wal-Mart, along with other Wal-Marts across the country, allows drivers to legally park overnight in its lot. Store officials say their overnight parking invitation is just like any other product on the shelves. “It really is an extension of service for our customers,” said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Sharon Weber. The Wal-Mart in Glendora is open 24 hours a day, placing campers a short walk from any item in the store at any time, she said. Because most Wal-Marts are near busy highways, she said their lots are easily accessible for drivers looking to get some shut-eye. But overnight parkers won’t be found at all locations. “In some places, it’s just logistically not possible,” Weber said. “We like to do it where we can.” She said at the Glendora lot, the one-night-stay policy is enforced. ben.kelly@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

This Brazil fan doesn’t hold back in his rant against Neymar

first_imgBrazil are out of the World Cup, which means Neymar is going home, which means an end to those hilarious dive memes and GIFS.The skipper has attracted criticism from a number of people watching the Paris Saint-Germain superstar, who went to ground a little too easily for their liking.But what about his own supporters? What do they think of him as their talisman?Following the quarter-final defeat to Belgium, talkSPORT asked one, which you can watch below and he doesn’t hold back. NO JOY Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings LU BEAUTY Shy guy SUPERSTITION Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song The fan ended his rant with: “Neymar is not a player, he is false. He is a model, not a player. Players are Romario, Pele, Garrincha.“Neymar is not a player. Neymar is false.”In the end, Belgium had the last laugh, and they will play France on 10 July, live on talkSPORT at 19:00. Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup You’re the one Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup “Neymar is NOT Brazil” 😡Angry Brazil fan attacks Neymar after their World Cup exit!#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/NyuzGHCvST— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 6, 2018“I don’t like Neymar,” he said. “Neymar is very, very bad and is not Brazil.”He then listed players who were ‘Brazil’ in his opinion, including Romario and Ronaldo. 1center_img Ronaldo scored 62 goals in 98 games and won the World Cup in 2002 A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Fallon d’Floor LATEST WORLD CUP NEWS Pure class misery Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter diamond geezer Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Good times ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? last_img read more

Fabregas begs Hazard to stay at Chelsea as Real Madrid interest continues

first_imgCESC FABREGAS has took it upon himself to convince Eden Hazard to stay at Chelsea.The midfielder believes that Chelsea cannot afford to lose their “best player” as Real Madrid close in on the Belgian. latest Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes During the pre-season tour of Australia, Fabregas revealed that he regularly talks to Hazard about his future at Stamford Bridge.He said: “I won’t lie, I speak to him often.“He is the best player in the club and we need Chelsea to keep the best players.“He knows the fans love him and he’s a player we love to play with. For sure, we want him to stay.” BEST OF Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware Most Read in Football Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 impact Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 predicted 3 revealed The 27-year-old, who scored 17 goals and made 12 assists in all competitions last season, has been valued at £200m by Chelsea.The Standard claims that Real Madrid are ready to make an opening offer of £112m.Barcelona are looking to sign the forward this summer in a player plus cash deal. NEW ERA Cesc Fabregas wants Eden Hazard to stay with him at Stamford Bridge What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Hazard is taking a well-deserved break after he steered Belgium to a third-place finish at the World Cup.Following his heroics in Russia, he said: “I will go on holiday and ask myself the right questions.“After six wonderful years with Chelsea, it might be time to discover something different. You know my preferred destination.”He joined the Premier League side in 2012 in £32m switch from French club Lille. Eden Hazard has refused to commit his future to the Premier League side How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 3 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings gameday cracker Cesc Fabregas is in Australia for Chelsea’s pre-season tour ALTERED last_img read more


first_imgGarth Brooks fan Edel is devastated.A Garth Brooks fanatic who received eight concert tickets from the singing sensation is hoping he can answer her prayers for a second time.Letterkenny woman Edel Kirwan-Roulston queued for two days but missed out on getting tickets for the first three shows.When the millionaire singer heard of her plight while appearing on Highland Radio, he promised her eight tickets between herself and her sister. True to his word, Garth arranged for his American office to send the tickets to the Letterkenny woman.But now Brooks fanatic Edel has been left devastated again after Garth said it was five concerts or no concerts at all.However, Edel says she fully backs her idol’s stance on the cancelled shows but hopes he can answer her prayers for a second time.“I am gutted because of all we went through to get tickets and then Garth himself came to our rescue. “But I have to say I back him 100% on all concerts or no concerts. It’s just not fair on those who booked for Monday and Tuesday.“They are every bit as entitled to see Garth as those who booked for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows. So for me it’s all five concerts or no concert at all.“Garth has answered my prayers once and I just hope he can answer them again,” said Edel.Edel said she has literally cried her eyes out since hearing the news that Garth may not be coming to Ireland at all.“I do hope things are sorted and I know they are trying to come to some sort of arrangement. “But this should never have happened and both the promoter and the GAA should have ensured that this kind of thing could never have happened.“I haven’t slept since this news broke and I won’t until I hear that Garth is coming and playing all five concerts,” she said.EDEL IS HOPING GARTH CAN ANSWER HER PRAYERS FOR A SECOND TIME was last modified: July 5th, 2014 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:cancelled concertsCroke ParkdonegalEdel KirwanGarth Brookslast_img read more

Claim: “Somebody else is discharging sewage into Dungloe bay”

first_imgIt has been alleged that the slick on Dungloe bay is caused by a third party directly polluting the water.Fianna Fail Cllr Enda Bonner, Sinn Féin Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher, and Independent Cllr Michael Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig yesterday attended a meeting with five Irish Water representatives in the County Council offices.The meeting was called by Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig following the effluent seepage in Dungloe two weeks ago. One of the key points discussed was the unsightly slick on Dungloe bay.Cllr Enda Bonner told Donegal Daily that Irish Water say that the treatment facility is in full working order and that the slick on Dungloe bay is not their fault; nor their responsibility.He says that it is Irish Water’s belief that the slick has nothing to do with the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Meenmore.Cllr Bonner shares Irish Water’s belief that a third-party has been directly polluting the bay. “It appears there is nothing wrong with the treatment plant and that somebody else is discharging sewage into the bay,” Cllr Bonner said.“In my opinion there is stuff being dumped on the left hand side of the bay.”Cllr Bonner explained that the recent slick is unusual, as the sludge used to be discharged on the right hand side of the bay near the pier, but the slick is concentrated on the left hand side; something that has never been seen before.“It is a serious problem, after the establishment of the wastewater treatment plant the bay should be clearing up.“We need the County Council to investigate the matter to see where it came from and what the cause is.” Irish Water told Cllr Bonner that the only issue they have had with the Dungloe facility is the effluent seepage two weeks ago which saw effluent overflowing from the treatment plant.Irish Water and Cllr Bonner believe that the effluent seepage is not connected with the slick on Dungloe bay.Irish Water explained to Donegal Daily that this was caused by a faulty automated inlet valve which did not fully close, and that the pollution was confined to the site.“Irish Water can confirm that the pollution was contained within the confines of the waste water treatment plant site. There was no impact to the surrounding environment as a result of this incident which happened following a period of heavy rainfall which led to more diluted than normal incoming wastewater. The receiving area surrounding the wastewater treatment plant is bog and marsh with no immediate drain or river flowing in to a water source.” Irish Water is to issue a report on the effluent leakage in the coming weeks.Claim: “Somebody else is discharging sewage into Dungloe bay” was last modified: August 4th, 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:dungloe bayIrish Waterslicklast_img read more

Brand South Africa views Statistics SA’s GDP results as a wake-up call

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 05 June 2019 –  Brand South Africa notes with concern the results released by Stats SA which indicate that South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019, the largest quarterly drop in GDP in a decade.According to the report, the main contributors to the decline are manufacturing (-8.8%), mining (-10.8%) and agriculture (-13.2%). “The decline is the biggest quarterly fall in economic activity since the first quarter of 2009, when the economy – under strain from the global financial crisis – tumbled by 6.1%,” said Stats SA in a statement.Economist have attributed it to load shedding, perceived weak economic policy and instability at state-owned enterprises.“Important for South Africa is the fact that increased trade tensions between major economies stand to have a negative impact on commodity exporters due to potential price volatility. While the South African GDP outlook has seen a downward revision, this happens in a global context, where the World Bank indicated earlier in the year that international trade and investment are moderating – and as such this is a challenge for many emerging markets, and South Africa is no exception. Additionally, the global economy and trading system is being challenged by trade tensions that remain elevated,” said Brand South Africa, General Manager for Research, Dr Petrus de Kock.“We are confident that under the 6th administration that we will expand the economy, in order to address our many societal problems which, find their roots in the scourge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. These results are a call to action for all stakeholders across all sectors to collaborate in finding sustainable solutions to grow our economy,” concluded Dr de Kock. Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to promote pride and patriotism among South Africans, to contribute to nation building and social cohesion.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is beneficial for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all. Join the conversation at: Join the conversation BrandSouthAfrica @Brand_SA For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Joe Hart keen to banish demons of the past at Euro 2016

first_imgGoalkeeper Joe Hart is keen to forget England’s failures at previous major tournaments and put his trust in the new young squad at the European Championship in France this month.A fine qualifying campaign and warm-up victories over Turkey, Australia and Portugal have raised hopes that Roy Hodgson’s charges might win a first major trophy since England’s World Cup triumph 50 years ago. (England must ignore Euro expectations: Adam Lallana)Hart has played in three big tournaments for England so far but has never progressed beyond the quarter-finals.”I’ve gone into every tournament confident and felt like we’ve been ready. So for me to say it’s different this time would be wrong,” Hart told reporters on Thursday.”But they’ve gone, they are the past, this is a new one, a new set of players — the majority — and we’re fresh and ready and we’re going to give it all we’ve got.” (Marcus Rashford says England call still doesn’t seem real)RESOURCEFUL ENGLANDHart said England had no excuse if they failed to live up to expectations at Euro 2016 as they have been given all the necessary resources to excel in France.”We’ve certainly got all the backing we need. Everything that needs to be put in place has been put in place. It’s now down to us to perform on the pitch,” the 29-year-old said.”It’s exciting, fresh, there are a lot of youngsters so they are going to be more comfortable than maybe other teams. There’s a good bond right the way through.”advertisementEngland kick off their campaign in Group B against Russia on Saturday before facing Wales and Slovakia.last_img read more