Whitecaps sign Venezuelan league top scorer

first_imgMLS Vancouver Whitecaps sign Venezuelan league top scorer Blondell Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 02:08 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carl Robinson Vancouver Whitecaps Denny Medley MLS Vancouver Whitecaps The MLS side has used targeted allocation money to sign the 23-year-old Venezuela international through 2020 The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Venezuelan Primera Division top scorer Anthony Blondell from Monagas, the MLS side announced Thursday.Vancouver used targeted allocation money to acquire Blondell, who has agreed to a contract through 2020 with a club option for 2021. The Whitecaps sent $50,000 in general allocation money to FC Dallas for the right of first refusal for the 23-year-old striker.Blondell, who made his international debut for Venezuela in a friendly against Iran earlier this month, led the Primera Division with 23 goals in 2017 as Monagas won the Torneo Apertura title and advanced to the Torneo Clausura semifinal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Anthony is a highly sought-after player with huge potential,” Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson said in a news release. “He’s an exciting young player with the key attributes you want in any forward player. He’s strong, quick, and powerful.”It will be important that we don’t expect too much of him too soon, as he will be one of a number of additions we are looking at bringing in for next season, and will complement our existing group of attacking players.”Blondell seems poised to fill the void left by Fredy Montero, who led the Whitecaps with 13 goals this past season but is now under contract at Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda after the expiration of his one-year loan.A closer 👀 at #VWFC’s newest.// @ABlondell17 pic.twitter.com/bqngXoMeuz— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) November 30, 2017A 6-foot-1 forward, Blondell has scored 33 goals in 115 appearances over six seasons in the Venezuelan top flight. He debuted for Yaracuyanos in 2013 at age 18, then played for Zamora from 2014 to 2016 before signing with Monagas last year.Blondell joins Erik Hurtado as the only natural strikers on Vancouver’s roster, with Bernie Ibini and Brek Shea also capable of playing up top for Robinson’s side.”I am honored to join Whitecaps FC and make Vancouver my new home,” Blondell said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time playing in my homeland and now is the right time for a new challenge and to make the next step in my career. I look forward to scoring goals and helping Vancouver win trophies.”last_img read more

How a crash helped pro cyclist Taylor Phinney get to the Olympics

first_img There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races As for his personal style:Jeans: Skinny Black Saint Laurent, preferably worn over the years (and never washed)Shirts: Denim or Hawaiian/Tiki OR if I must, white T—a nice white T, like lululemon’s 5 Year Basic TeePants: OptionalSuits: Alexander McQueenRelated: This man ran away from Wall Street to build bikesShoes: Black Converse High Tops with white sole or black Saint Laurent Chelsea bootsAccessories: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, steelOuterwear: Raf Simons, Rick Owens for leatherFavorite Cologne: Tom Ford Black OrchidYour favorite App: Google MapsFavorite piece of technology: Paint. Yes, PAINT. Titanium white paint was invented less than 100 years ago…Next tech purchase: Whatever Apple wants me to buy next…center_img Olympic cyclist and lululemon Elite Ambassador Taylor Phinney was born in Boulder, CO on June 27, 1990 to former pro cyclists and Olympic medalists Davis Phinney and Connie Carpentre-Phinny. He began racing bikes at 15, racking up 20 victories in his first season and finishing 7th in the individual pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the age of 18. He went on to claim the 2009 and 2010 World Champion titles in the individual pursuit, and narrowly missed out on medaling at the London Olympics with 4th place finish in both the road race and time trial events.In February 2014, Taylor crashed on a descent in the US National road race, fracturing his lower leg. After undergoing surgery, Taylor was given a long rehabilitation period- a time he took to investigate interests that had long been sidelined in his cycling career – flying lessons, reading and painting. When he returned to racing in August 2015, he brought with him a renewed love for the sport combined with a unique perspective and earned him a podium finish in the first stage of the Tour of Utah. He went on to play a key role in cinching BMC’s World Championship team time trial victory and helped the USA earn a TT spot for Rio.   Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Violence to be Condemned

first_img “While we don’t know the specifics surrounding the death of Raymond Taavel, it has raised discussion about violence and human rights. Violence inflicted against any person in contravention of their human rights is intolerable,” said David Shannon, director and CEO of the Human Rights Commission. Mr. Taavel was killed Tuesday, April 17 in Halifax. “Raymond Taavel’s death is tragic and underscores the need for all Nova Scotians to respect each other. Equality, understanding and dignity are hallmarks of human rights and it is the duty of each and every one of us to model these standards not just in our thoughts but also in our actions.” “The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission encourages all people to continue to reflect and appreciate that our differences are our strength when striving for tolerance and compassion.” ————————————————————— The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is speaking out against violence of any kind when it is focused against human rights. HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION–Violence to be Condemnedlast_img read more

Akita Drilling buying USfocused Xtreme Drilling in 209million deal

first_imgCALGARY – Akita Drilling Ltd. is buying U.S.-focused rival Xtreme Drilling Corp. in a $209-million cash-and-shares deal designed to gain greater access to the more active U.S. oil and gas exploration market.The Calgary-based companies say the resulting medium-sized drilling firm will have a total of 44 rigs in major resource basins in Canada and the United States.Akita, which has been focused on drilling in Western and Northern Canada, announced in January it would make its initial entry into the U.S. market by moving a rig from Canada to Texas to take advantage of greater demand from oil and gas producers there.It now has two of its 28 rigs in the U.S. All 16 of Xtreme’s rigs are working south of the border.Xtreme shareholders are to receive 0.29 of an Akita non-voting share and 59 cents in cash for each share tendered, representing what Akita says is a 32 per cent premium over the 20-day volume weighted average price. Akita has agreed to assume $10 million of Xtreme’s debt.Akita says the deal will provide greater financial capacity to build new drilling rigs. It says it expects to find $8 million per year in cost savings through synergies from the merger.“The transaction is a continuation of Akita’s strategy of capitalizing on the improving fundamentals in the U.S. land drilling market,” Akita CEO Karl Ruud said.The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2018 and will require approval by a two-thirds majority vote by Xtreme’s shareholders.Companies in this article: (TSX:AKT.A, TSX:AKT.B, TSX:XDC)last_img read more

NEB approves application for two new pipelines in Northeast BC

first_imgThe two projects would increase transportation capacity by up to 402 million cubic feet per day.If the project is approved by the company, the two new pipelines could be in service by 2020.For more information about the projects, click here. CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board has approved the application to expand the existing Spectra Energy Transmission project.The application consists of three projects, the Aitken Creek Looping project, the Spruce Ridge Expansion project and upgrades to existing compressor stations.The Aitken Creek Looping project consists of 13 kilometres of 24-inch pipe. The Spruce Ridge Expansion near Chetwynd would see 25 kilometres of 36-inch pipe as well as a new compressor unit at two existing compressor stations.last_img

Food price fluctuation driven by financial speculation – UN report

19 March 2009Both the surging food prices from 2007 to 2008 and their subsequent drop in some areas are a result of large-scale speculation by financial investors, according to a new report by the United Nations trade body, which called for greater regulation to protect millions of poor people worldwide. Increased transparency is needed in futures markets for vital commodities such as food, said the report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which also stressed the importance of regulators having greater power to step in when speculation in futures drives up the price of food.There have been speculative bubbles for certain commodities on some occasions, the publication, entitled “The Global Economic Crisis: Systemic Failures and Multilateral Remedies,” found.It also said that speculation in housing, currencies and commodities led to a disconnect from the ‘real’ economy because appropriate prices could not be determined.By the time these bubbles had burst, the current global economic crisis was inevitable, UNCTAD said.The “herd” behaviour behind this kind of speculation went unregulated, the report stated, appealing for reforms of the international financial and monetary systems to allow for government intervention and international oversight.It pegged greed as the reason for the severity of the current crisis, and said there should have been regulations and practical policies in place to anticipate short-sightedness.Also to blame for the financial turmoil is the de-regulation, both within and between countries, the new publication said.The “markets know best” approach failed to consider the possibility that markets can, in fact, fail, according to the report, which pointed out that existing economic risk indicators show low risk at the peak of the credit cycle, when risk levels are high. read more

Relief efforts after natural disasters show value of UN system Spain says

The massive relief efforts undertaken in the wake of the Haitian earthquake in January and the Pakistani floods last month demonstrates the value of the United Nations and its ability to deliver in such crises, Spain’s Foreign Minister said today.Miguel Ángel Moratinos told the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment that the UN deserved praise for its “work and success” following the two major disasters.“This capacity to act and effectively give expression to the effort of all countries through a multilateral approach is the way for the international system to meet the challenges we presently face,” Mr. Moratinos said.He underscored that “an effective multilateralism” must be based on mutual respect and a recognition among UN Member States of the need to establish new alliances and build common strategies and policies.The Foreign Minister added that both the UN and the so-called Bretton Woods institutions – the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – must continue to reform to meet with changing times and the latest problems and challenges. 25 September 2010The massive relief efforts undertaken in the wake of the Haitian earthquake in January and the Pakistani floods last month demonstrates the value of the United Nations and its ability to deliver in such crises, Spain’s Foreign Minister said today. read more

Government committed to achieve lasting peace reconciliation

He further noted that the Government under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, is committed to achieve lasting peace, national reconciliation, sustainable development and eradication of poverty, which have been identified as key priorities by the Government. Ambassador Aryasinha noted the unique position and responsibility of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva in advancing and contributing to these efforts of the Government through engagement with a large number of international organizations headquartered in Geneva. Illustrating the tangible results achieved by the Mission in working with these organizations over the past year in the areas of human rights, trade, migration, disarmament, sustainable development, intellectual property, scientific cooperation, environment and humanitarian work, he expressed appreciation to the Sri Lankans in these respective organizations for their expertise and contribution, as well as for their engagement with the Mission.Describing the overseas Sri Lankans as “Goodwill Ambassadors of Sri Lanka”, Ambassador Aryasinha said they have an important role to play in the advancement of reconciliation and economic development of their country of birth. He urged the community to continue to contribute in the process of building a peaceful and prosperous country for all Sri Lankans. (Colombo Gazette) The Government under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, is committed to achieve lasting peace, national reconciliation, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha said.Ambassador Aryasinha highlighted the importance of appreciating the diversity that Sri Lankans share as individuals and as groups belonging to different ethnicities, religions and ways of life, to the fabric of Sri Lanka, and to look to the future as one nation. read more

Over 1000 worth of product stolen from Love Shop duo charged

Hamilton police have arrested a man and woman after over $1000 worth of product was stolen from an adult-themed store. Police say the theft happened at the Love Shop on Centennial Parkway in Hamilton around 8 p.m. Thursday. A 34-year-old woman and 40-year-old man were arrested and charged a few hours later after an action officer on bicycle saw a vehicle and two suspects matching the description of the pair who robbed the store. They were both released from custody on a promise to appear. Police say the merchandise was returned to the store.

Federal transit agency approves Honolulu rapid rail plan

HONOLULU — A federal agency has approved a rail recovery plan submitted by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says the Federal Transit Administration approved the proposal submitted earlier this year.The recovery plan was submitted by the city transportation authority to demonstrate Honolulu has a workable proposal for completing the 20-mile (32-kilometre) rail line.The line was originally estimated to cost $5.2 billion and be completed next year, but the transit administration now projects completion in 2026 at a cost of $9.2 billion.Schatz says the approval recognizes efforts to improve accountability and control costs.Rapid transportation authority Executive Director Andrew Robbins says the approval clears the way for the release of $744 million in grant funding.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Press read more

Lebanon request to broaden Hariri murder probe will go to Security Council

Secretary-General Kofi Annan told journalists in New York today that he has discussed with Lebanon’s leaders the possibility of expanding the United Nations independent investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to include other murders, and that the Security Council would have to take a decision on the matter.“That it is an issue that the Council should take up,” he told journalists in response to questions.Mr. Annan confirmed that on Monday he had discussed with Lebanon’s current Prime Minister the possibility of expanding the mandate of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC). “It is an issue that we should allow the Council to deliberate, to discuss carefully, and to decide what decision to take, whether it wants it to take on the six previous assassinations, including the one of yesterday, in addition to Hariri’s or draw the line somewhere,” he said, referring to Monday’s fatal attack against politician and journalist Gibran Tueni. “I would urge the Lebanese to go ahead with the management of their affairs, to take charge of their own state and sovereignty, and to remain united as they work for the future of Lebanon,” he added.UNIIIC head Detlev Mehlis has recommended a six-month extension of the Commission’s mandate while indicating that he would not be available to lead it. The Secretary-General today said he was working as quickly as possible to find a replacement.“I hope, if all goes well, that I should be able to name someone in the next week or two,” he said. “In the meantime, I’ve taken measures to ensure that we don’t have a break and there’s continuity in the work of the Commission until a successor assumes his or her responsibilities.” read more

German police clash with protesters before G20 summit

by David Rising, The Associated Press Posted Jul 6, 2017 1:11 am MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email German police clash with protesters before G-20 summit German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, poses for a photograph with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull prior to a bilateral meeting on the eve of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Thursday, July 6, 2017. The leaders of the group of 20 meet July 7 and 8. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, pool) HAMBURG – German police clashed with violent protesters Thursday in Hamburg a day ahead of the Group of 20 summit, using water cannons, pepper spray and batons to disperse marchers after some attacked them with bottles and other objects.The skirmishes came hours before the two-day gathering of the world’s top economic powers gets under way Friday morning in Germany’s second-biggest city.Its host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said she hoped the leaders would be able to find “compromises and answers” on a wide range of issues — although the prospects of finding common ground on climate change and trade were uncertain.Thursday evening’s protest as the G-20 leaders arrived in Hamburg was titled “G-20: Welcome to Hell,” and a standoff between hardcore anti-capitalist protesters and police developed before the march itself really got going.Police said they repeatedly asked some demonstrators to remove their masks, to no avail. They then decided to separate the group from the rest of the march, which they estimated at 12,000 people in total.Black-hooded protesters attacked a police vehicle with bottles and bricks, breaking its window.Organizers quickly called an end to the march after the violence broke out, police said. Skirmishes continued, with police advancing down the street with two water cannons while being pelted with bottles by a group of black-clad people.A nearby building was plastered with the slogan “Borderless solidarity instead of nationalism: attack the G-20.” A small group on the roof set off fireworks. Police said windows at a furniture store and a bank were damaged. There was no immediate word on a number of arrests or injuries.Many other groups are calling for peaceful protests and are pushing the G-20 leaders for action to fight climate change and address economic disparities in the world. Some are even calling for the dissolution of the G-20 itself so the United Nations becomes the platform for such discussions.In all, more than 100,000 protesters are expected in Hamburg for the summit, with some 8,000 considered part of Europe’s violent left-wing scene, according to police.The northern port city has boosted its police with reinforcements from around the country and has 20,000 officers on hand to patrol Hamburg’s streets, skies and waterways.Merkel is also hoping to keep things under control inside the city congress centre where the summit is being held. With guests including U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the search for compromises is expected to be challenging.Merkel said leaders would address regulating financial markets, fighting terrorism and pandemics and combatting climate change, among other issues. She said “free, rule-based and fair trade” will be an important issue.“You can imagine that there will be discussions that will not be easy,” she said. “Globalization can be a win-win situation. It must not always be that there are winners and losers.”In the wake of Trump’s recent decision to pull out of the Paris deal fighting climate change, the battle against global warming promises to feature prominently in discussions at the summit.Merkel has rejected calls from some to push for a strong “G-19” statement — without the U.S. — on climate change. That is something that Zhu Guangyao, a Chinese deputy finance minister, told reporters Thursday that Beijing also did not support.“The policies produced by the G-20 should be by the consensus of all member states,” he said. “No one should be excluded.”Still, he added, “China will firmly promote its policies taking more measures against climate change.”_____Geir Moulson contributed to this report. read more

Football Gene Smith says no to playoff expansion discusses other College Football

Senior Vice President and Athletics Director Gene Smith sits down with The Lantern on Jan. 24. Screenshot by Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorOhio State Senior Vice President and Athletics Director Gene Smith has served in numerous roles on NCAA committees throughout his 12-year tenure in Columbus. Some of those roles include five years on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament selection committee — he was the head of the committee in 2011— three years on the NCAA Division I Administration Cabinet and is currently serving his third of four years on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee.On Jan. 17, Smith added another title to his list of committees. He was named to the College Football Playoff Committee. Smith replaces Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez.Like all members of the committee, Smith will be a part of the decision on selecting the final fours teams to play in the national semifinals for the next three years, when his contract ends in 2020. Smith will be required to be out of the room when the committee discusses OSU, like he did when acting on the basketball selection committee.He told The Lantern that he will take his experiences from the NCAA tournament selection committee and apply those to his new role with the playoff committee. Smith admitted he understands the guidelines and the processes the committee goes through, but will rely on those with CFP committee experience, including Alvarez. When the NCAA first instituted the College Football Playoff, Smith said he originally wasn’t in favor of the playoff committee because of guidelines and structuring concerns — he liked the Bowl Championship Subdivision system in place at the time — nor was he interested in being on the committee.“I admire what the first (committee) did, and how they set it up and the way it ran. Obviously, I have been the beneficiary two out of the three years, so I’ve got a little biased view,” he said. “But you know I really did like how they set things up. So now I’m much more comfortable. I had a little apprehension at the beginning.”Smith was the head of the NCAA tournament selection committee when the field expanded from 64 teams to 68, which only added two more games. Smith said he was criticized heavily for his selection of the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams as one of the final four at-large teams, but he was confident in his decision having seen VCU play numerous times.In 2011, VCU became the first No. 11 seed to make the Final Four.As a member of the CFP committee, he won’t be asked to vote on expansion given the television deal in play through 2025, but Smith said he would not be in favor of expanding the playoff to more than four teams.“I’d vote against it,” he said.Following OSU’s 2015 CFP championship run, Smith said that he was worried after the semifinal game against Alabama that the players wouldn’t be physically capable of playing a 15th game. Now throwing in a possible 16th game, when factoring in a conference championship game as well, Smith said that wear-and-tear on the bodies of the players is too much when playing against the best of the best.He also cited exam schedules and the rest of the bowl season. Smith said that by pushing the playoff further into January, the college season would run into the NFL playoffs and the NCAA would not do that. Therefore, the playoffs would start earlier in December which, in turn, could eliminate a few bowl games — something Smith doesn’t want to see, although speculated expansion would happen at some point.“Somebody’s going to lose,” he said. “Something is going away.”Committee clarityFrom serving on numerous committees, Smith knows what works. All committee meetings are closed-door sessions and he understands why.Through the CFP committee’s first three seasons, the group of athletic directors, former coaches and others familiar with the bureaucratic process of intercollegiate athletics has been lambasted with the lack of transparency presented when it releases the weekly rankings starting in early November leading all the way up to the announcement of the semifinalists in mid-December. As a member of the basketball committee, Smith valued the eye test the most. He said in his new role, he’ll probably watch three times the amount of football he watched this season. Smith added that the eye test might not be as important to him because he’ll be watching elements of the game that he never has before.“I would never talk about my preferences. You guys can ask me, “What’s your criteria? What are you going to use in the room?” Smith said. “I’ll never talk about that because one it’s my criteria integrated with the criteria of my colleagues.”Smith said all committee members not revealing their individual preferences regarding the weight of conference championships, nonconference scheduling and overall strength of schedule is vital to having constructive discussions in the decision-making process.“I think once you pull the curtains back on that, then it gets back to that ability to be open and free,” he said. “And I think that that is so important. We need to come out collectively on our decision and all stand behind one another. When you take the veil off, I think it makes it very difficult to do.”Smith discussed the importance of eliminating the history of a program. Teams like Duke, North Carolina and Michigan State in basketball, and Alabama, OSU and Michigan in football have such a large enterprise attached to their names with NFL talent and Hall-of-Fame coaches that it’s challenging to ignore the brand and focus on the team.In 2016, OSU became the first non-conference champion to play in the CFP. Moving forward, Smith’s comfortable with setting precedents in the committee’s selection, much like he did with VCU in 2011, saying “that’s the way you got to do it.”“You look at the teams this year, 2017 … to me, it has nothing to do with the last three championships. Those things are over,” Smith said. “I don’t look at it as we have to do the same thing. That has nothing to do with the team in front of me.”After his three year term is finished with the CFP committee, he said that his committee work is likely over. As for a timeline for his time left at OSU, Smith doesn’t have any plans for retirement saying “until they fire me.”“I know that if I can’t come to work positive and energized like I am, then no one will have to tell me. I’ll know it’s my time,” he said. “I have some things I want to do for our student-athletes and I want to get them done. Ohio State should be the preeminent intercollegiate athletic program in the country that everyone aspires to be like, and we’re close.” read more

Motorola KORE outed as iPod Nanolike wearable fitness device

first_imgEarlier this week, the Android tablet rumor mill was abuzz with talk that some Motorola domain name registrations had revealed the name of its successor to the Xoom. Centered around the name Motorola KORE, those acquisitions have now been shown to apply to an entirely different kind of gadget.Thanks to some information spotted in a trademark filing, the Motorola KORE instead looks to be the name of a small, wearable fitness device that was first seen floating around the web at the end of July. Following in the footsteps of souped-up watches like the Nike+ SportWatch and Garmin Forerunner, the KORE will pack a variety of fitness functions and media playback kung-fu into a sexy little package about the same size as an iPod Nano.The name MotoActive also surfaced, though it’s possible that could be applied to a wider range of devices — and that the KORE is the company’s first offering in the MotoActive line-up.While no specs have been revealed yet, it’s all but certain that the KORE will at the very least pack a touchscreen and GPS radio for tracking your runs, walks, and bike rides. As many third-party accessory makers have done for the iPod Nano, there will also be a wristband attachment, and it would make sense for there to be a miniUSB port to allow charging and data transfer to and from the KORE. Bluetooth would also be welcome, particularly if there’s a MotoActive app in the works that lets us analyze our activities on a slightly larger screen.More at Fusiblelast_img read more

Successes snags in VFDs race against clock

first_imgclick to enlarge An annual report on response times from the Vancouver Fire Department found that the agency struggled to hit its targets in 2018, despite major investments in two new stations.However, the data show that last year’s relocation of Fire Station 1 to the Uptown neighborhood on Main Street and Fire Station 2 to Norris Road did slightly speed up responses compared with the year prior.In a report to the Vancouver City Council, Fire Chief Joe Molina said the slow response times came down to travel — as the city’s population continues to boom, its arterial roads become increasingly clogged with traffic, making it difficult to reach a scene within eight minutes.“It’s nothing to panic about, but we are experiencing a new normal in terms of our response times,” Molina said. “Our turnout time — time from alarm to when we’re en route — is very stable.”The fire department measures success by being able to make it to at least 90 percent of emergency calls in less than eight minutes. The clock starts when the call reaches the station, and it ends when the last responding fire truck pulls up to the scene.last_img read more

Puel wants to fight for the higher spots

first_imgLeicester City are six points behind seventh-placed Burnley and Claude Puel knows that by beating them, they can rescue their chances of fighting for the Europa league spots this season and have something to play for.The Frenchman is certain that this match is going to be the one that will determine whether the end of the season is going to be an interesting one for his team in terms of what they can possibly achieve.The former Southampton coach spoke about his side’s upcoming game as he said, according to lcfc.com:“The next two games against Burnley and Southampton are crucial games for me to decide if we can believe something or not for the end of the season.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It will be a good challenge, we have to start well against Burnley of course because now they have a six-point advantage and we want to make a fantastic game against this team.”“We cannot say something about [UEFA Europa League] qualification, because we need to make a fantastic result away against Burnley and we will see this game.”“Just to have the possibility to play this game at this moment in the season is amazing and encouraging for this team. We will see the result at the end.”“I think we have at this moment, to manage the next game and to keep our ambition, but without forgetting all the good work we can do together.”last_img read more

High Tide Warnings Mean No Beach Camping For Dipnetters

first_imgAccording to an advisory post on the City of Kenai Dipnet App, there will be no parking, camping, or access to either beach due to high tide warnings. The city advises all campers to be off the beach prior to the tide on Thursday morning at 3:54 a.m., the tide is forecasted at 23 feet. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on July 31st, 2018 at 02:16 pmThe City of Kenai will be closing access to the Kenai River South and North Beaches this evening, and is advising dipnetters to not camp there. For continued updates download the ‘Dipnet Kenai’ app available for download in the Apple app store and Google Play This is a developing story- updates will be posted as they are made available. last_img

Committee Postpones Debate over BRAC

first_imgOne of the most prominent supporters of the Pentagon’s request to conduct a new round of base closures withdrew an amendment Wednesday during deliberations over the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill that would have authorized a BRAC round in 2017, as  the Obama administration has requested.Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, intends to bring up the amendment on the floor when the House debates the authorization bill. The legislation marked up Wednesday explicitly bars DOD from carrying out a new BRAC round.Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the committee’s Readiness Subcommittee, and full Committee Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) oppose the administration’s request for additional base closures, citing the overwhelming challenge of reopening a base once it is shuttered.The annual defense policy bill does call for the department to prepare a 20-year force structure plan for each service and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine the level of excess capacity. The language, however, does not directly link the analysis to a justification for a new BRAC round.“Before we go down the BRAC road, I’d like to have a better understanding of where we are with our infrastructure,” Thornberry said during the markup, reported CQ Roll Call.Separately, the committee rebuffed an attempt, 36-26, by Democrats to strip out language blocking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from placing the greater sage grouse on the endangered species list.The provision in the chairman’s mark of the authorization bill comes as the Air Force and Army have said that increasing federal protection for the grassland bird would restrict military access to training grounds and firing ranges, reduce the number of exercises and limit the number of overflights and ground movements.Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) noted that the Army is spending about $1.5 million to manage roughly 250 birds at the 327,000-acre Yakima Training Center in Washington. He also said the primary threat to the five-pound bird is fires on federally owned lands, reported the Hill.The committee’s markup was expected to last into the early morning, with debates over hundreds of amendments. To read each section of the bill, visit the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

EC has little to do without pollstime govt BNP

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir briefs newsmen after BNP’s scheduled dialogue with the election commission at the commission secretariat in Agargaon on Sunday. Photo: Prothom Alo Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday expressed optimism about resolution to the countrys prolonged political impasse through talks.After joining a scheduled dialogue with the election commission, the BNP, which boycotted controversial ballot in 2014, observed that the commission has little to do in ensuring free and fair polls.Read more: EC’s dialogue with BNP beginsIn the current political order, the EC does not have much to do. Still, weve been optimistic a bit after talks, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told newsmen at Nirbachan Bhaban (Election Building).He claimed that the commission, too, admitted its limitations with regard to the BNPs emphasis on political dialogue and election-time government.Read more: ‘Fair polls possible only if govt in place wants’ They will try their best to do something within their limitations, Fakhrul said of the ECs position on ensuring credible general elections.The BNP secretary general led a party delegation at the dialogue and presented a 20-point demand at the dialogue. Chief election commission KM Nurul Huda chaired the meeting.last_img read more

Behind Closed Doors Abbott Talks Gun Violence And School Safety After Santa

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott (top center, in front of U.S. flag) held the first of three roundtable discussions on school safety in the aftermath of the Santa Fe high School shooting, in Austin on May 22, 2018.In a closed door meeting, Gov. Greg Abbott sat down with fellow lawmakers and other experts Tuesday afternoon for the first day of scheduled roundtable discussions on school safety and gun violence following a massacre at Santa Fe High School last week.Abbott, a Republican, said the discussions are designed to develop strategies that will prevent further shootings.“We have one single goal over the next few hours that we will be here, and that is to gain as much information as possible out of each person in this room,” he said surrounded by Texas officials in his public reception room at the Capitol. Attendees of Tuesday’s discussion, which began around 1:30 p.m., included leaders from the Texas House and Senate and the heads of the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Department of Public Safety. There were also local law enforcement and school officials, including the district attorney who will lead the prosecution against 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the accused shooter in Friday’s killings.At Santa Fe High School on Friday, Abbott mentioned a handful of relatively uncontroversial measures related to guns, including speeding up background checks, enacting policies to keep guns away from those who “pose an immediate danger” and providing more resources for school safety personnel. He said he’d like to expand a Lubbock program aimed at preventing at-risk students from committing violent acts that began in response to mass shootings in Aurora, Colo. and Newtown, Conn.Wednesday’s discussion will focus on gun regulations, mental health solutions and underlying causes of gun violence, Abbott said just before the meeting. It will include advocates both for and against further gun restrictions, mental health experts and even social media experts, he said.Thursday will be a day for the victims of mass shootings in Texas, including the school shooting in Santa Fe that killed 10, and one at a church in Sutherland Springs last fall that killed 26. The exact list of attendees for those days have not yet been released.Democrats have largely welcomed a discussion on gun violence, but criticized the effectiveness of any changes currently proposed by Republican leadership. State Rep. Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Friday that the state should also pass universal background checks and require the reporting of stolen guns.And in a news release Tuesday morning, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, said excluding several groups who want stricter gun regulation, including Moms Demand Action and March for Our Lives, will limit the potential for meaningful action. Texas Gun Sense, which advocates for further gun restrictions, is expected to attend Abbott’s discussion Wednesday.last_img read more