2017 Mini Games in Vanuatu on track following govt assurances

first_imgTwo weeks ago, VASANOC said it would ask the Council to withdraw the 2017 Games from Vanuatu if urgent action by the Government was not taken to release promised funding.The President of the Pacific Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan, said all parties are now on the same page.”We’ve got a new government – a new Prime Minister has been in office for maybe two months – so I’ve had two meetings with him and he now fully understands what the commitments are (and) what a host contract is all about. He opened the General Assembly (of the Pacific Games Council in Port Vila) for us and made the commitment of his government to support the 2017 Games so it’s full steam (ahead for preparations).”The Mini Games will be held in December 2017 after the start date was pushed back by three months earlier this year.last_img read more

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Siphon Creek Fire Now Eighty Percent Contained

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Despite summer-like temperatures and gusty winds in the past week, crews battling wildfires in the BC Peace Region have made incredible progress in containing several notable wildfires.The massive Siphon Creek Wildfire, which covers an estimated 85,300 hectares approximately 45 kilometres north east of Fort St. John, is now 80% contained by crews. Crews from Ontario, who are battling the fire in Alberta, continue to collaborate with their colleagues in BC who have 64 firefighters, 5 helicopters, and 5 pieces of heavy equipment deployed to the fire’s perimeter.Crews continue to patrol the fire and mop-up and hotspots found from scans. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding area for the next few days as crews conduct burn-off operations to remove pockets of unburned fuel around the perimeter of the fire.- Advertisement -Both the Beatton Airport Road and Halfway River Fires are currently at 90% containment. The fire camp in Hudson’s Hope has been demobilised due to less activity from the Halfway River fire. 24 firefighters and 3 helicopters are working that fire, with an additional 73 firefighters and 2 pieces of heavy equipment working the Beatton Airport Road Fire.last_img read more

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