Evan Fournier’s buzzer beater lifts Magic past Pistons

first_imgLATEST STORIES Two days later, he downplayed the impact of the 20-minute team meeting he had with players after the game.“Nothing came out of the meeting that hasn’t been said before,” Casey said before Sunday’s game. “When you walk across the black lines, if you have your hard hat on and your boots tied, that is what this game is about. We haven’t exemplified that enough consistently and until we do, we’re going to be on a roller coaster.”UP NEXTPistons: Continue a four-game road trip Tuesday night at Milwaukee.Magic: Start a six-game road trip in Charlotte on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Evan wants the ball at the end, he has courage,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “That was not an easy shot, but if he can get a shot like that, you’re comfortable he’s going to make it.”D.J. Augustin had 26 points and eight assists, and Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon each scored 22 points to help the Magic win their second straight. Fournier finished with 13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWith the clock winding down, Fournier was the easy call for the potential winning shot attempt. He had a 3-pointer to beat Cleveland at the buzzer earlier this season.“I really embrace those moments,” Fournier said. “It’s everyone’s dream to have one buzzer beater in the NBA so having two is even better.” After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments From left to right, Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, Wes Iwundu, Jonathan Isaac and Isaiah Briscoe celebrate after Foruneir made the winning basket at the buzzer to defeat the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida — Even when he’s not having a big game, Evan Fournier is still the Orlando Magic’s best option at the end of games.Fournier took an inbounds pass outside the 3-point arc, dribbled to the free throw line and shot a floating jumper that dropped through the nets as the buzzer sounded on Orlando’s 109-107 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Return to sender: Roger Federer looking forward to Serena Williams’ servecenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Neither team led by more than six points in the second half until Augustin sparked an 8-0 run with back-to-back 3-pointers and fed Jonathan Isaac for a fastbreak layup that gave Orlando a 95-87 lead with 7:07 left in the game.Later in the quarter, Augustin stole a rebound from Drummond, drove the lane and whipped a wraparound pass to Vucevic for an uncontested layup that made it 104-95 with 3 1/2 minutes to go.Detroit rallied quickly. A layup by Reggie Jackson cut the deficit to 105-104 with 8.9 seconds remaining.Orlando’s Terrence Ross got loose for a breakaway dunk with 5.4 seconds to go but Bullock’s free throws tied it.Fournier took the inbounds pass and immediately drove into the lane, lofting his shot just before the buzzer sound to give Orlando the win.TIP-INSPistons: Detroit came into the game off a season-worst 37-point loss to Indiana. … Detroit is No. 1 in offensive rebounding advantage over opponents with a plus-110 margin coming in. The Pistons added to that, grabbing 17 rebounds to 10 for the Magic. … Griffin took a nasty fall when he slipped on a wet floor while trying to inbound the ball after a turnover. Griffin lay on the floor for 15 seconds before getting up and continuing play.Magic: PG D.J. Augustin badly sprained his ankle after stepping on Griffin’s foot with 1:44 left in the game, but stayed in the game. … Orlando came in off as season-best 29-point win over Toronto. … F Jonathon Simmons left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. … The Magic outscored the Pistons 22-8 in points in the paint in the first quarter.MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING?Casey was upset enough with Detroit’s performance in a 125-88 loss at Indiana on Friday to apologize to fans for “one of the worst exhibitions we’ve put on the floor.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Fournier’s winning basket ended a wild finish in which Detroit wiped out an eight-point deficit in the final three minutes only to lose for the 11th time in their last 14 games.Luke Kennard scored 16 points to lead the Pistons. Reggie Bullock and Blake Griffin had 15 apiece and Andre Drummond had 14 points and 15 rebounds.Detroit thought it had pushed the game into overtime when Bullock was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 2.5 seconds to go and made all three free throws to tie the score at 107.However, the Pistons couldn’t come up with a stop when they needed one.“Games don’t come down to just one play,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. “There were way too many possessions before that when we did things that get you beat. We just have to learn to do the simple things.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Liberia’s Maternal Mortality Rate Grim

first_imgOne of the major health indicators to show that a country’s health sector is doing well is the maternal mortality ratio (MMR).Until the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in March 2014 in Liberia, the country had scored some success reportage on MMR.Stakeholders in the health sector were reporting that the 994 figure per 100,000 live births, which had been around for more than five years, had dropped to a little over 700 per 100,000.This means that out of every 100,000 women who went to deliver their babies in Liberia, sadly, 994 died in childbirth.The Liberian government, through the Ministry of Health, scored a big success in reducing the 994 mortality ratio to a little over 700, and was even poised to further reduce the figure.However, the Ministry of Health’s 2014 Report, following the Ebola crisis, disclosed a grim picture of the nation’s MMR. It stated: “Liberia is among countries with dire maternal mortality rates at 1,072 deaths per 100,000 live births. To ensure that this undesired rate tumbles, the health sector has elaborated a maternal and newborn mortality reduction roadmap with cost effective interventions.”The Ministry went on to list factors that have contributed to the high MMR, including limited access to basic emergency obstetric services, low utilization of family planning services, low coverage of antenatal and postnatal services, insufficient number of skilled birth attendants, delays in referrals, and weak referral systems.It went further to state that despite the under-reporting of maternal deaths by health facilities for fear of been investigated, criticized and punished, and the lack of verbal autopsies, maternal deaths remain very high. According to the Health Ministry, maternal deaths recorded for 2014 indicated that for every 1,000 live births there were two maternal deaths; and counties that reported high maternal deaths were Gbarpolu (12 deaths per 1,000 live births) and Maryland (5 deaths per 1,000 live births). It also said that a majority of maternal deaths in Liberia is due to postpartum hemorrhage, obstructed or prolonged labor, complications resulting from unsafe abortions, eclampsia, malaria and anemia. The Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Liberia killed 184 health workers, leading to a spike in maternal mortality rates in a country which already had one of the world’s highest rates. The government and health partners are piloting a new training approach to try to boost maternal health capacity. According to a recently-published World Bank report, the loss of health care workers to Ebola led to a spike in maternal mortality rates, with the government recording an increase of 111 percent in May 2015, when compared to the same period in 2013. Liberia’s maternal mortality rate was already extremely high in 2013, with 1,072 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to the 2013 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS), conducted by the Liberia Institute of Statistics & Geo-Information Services (LISGIS). In other words, Liberian women have a one in ten chance of dying in childbirth, compared to one in 8,000 on average, in developed nations.LISGIS is an agency of the Liberian government which conducts surveys and censuses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Public Awaits the Outcome of Judge Sando’s Judicial Inquest

first_imgChief Justice Korkpor must be having nightmares as he tries to grapple with a virtual onslaught of negative public opinion on the integrity of the Supreme Court Bench, given what is unfolding in the Ja’neh impeachment proceedings. As the final arbiters of disputes, the Supreme Court’s authority to handle matters involving the legislative branch of government has been challenged and put to critical test.The Daily Observer notes that a recurring theme in all this is the rule of law or the lack of it. In the J’aneh case, experts including former Associate Justice Philip Banks, opine that the Senate erred by devising its own rules of impeachment whereas the Constitution provides that rules of Impeachment be agreed upon by both Houses rather than the other way around. The impeachment trial continues, howbeit on a rather sour note and in manner and form distasteful to the rule of law.As it appears, the rule of law in Liberia is indeed imperiled. One finds legislators on the one hand desperately seeking to oust a Justice of the Supreme Court Bench on impeachment charges which are, in a way, non-impeachable offenses since the reasons advanced by the House of Representatives border on matters which have already been judiciously handled and laid to rest, never mind contentions by members of the House of Representatives that Justice J’aneh then a non-government official intimidated the Court into arriving at decisions in his favor.On the other hand one finds a Judiciary wherein Judges routinely fail to maintain the sacred nature of the Courts as holy altars of justice presided over by the blindfolded goddess of Justice. Judges routinely order the pre-detention of accused individuals for prolonged periods. In other instances, they routinely take bribes or conduct themselves in ways that flagrantly defy or undermine the rule of law. Some Judges have for instance been suspended from duty for acts of corruption but strangely they find themselves reappointed to serve in the very same positions of trust.In response to remarks by the Chief Justice during the opening of court recently, Liberia National Bar President Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe implored the Supreme Court Bench to curtail what he called the “frequent threats of detention of lawyers by some judges of the lower courts, most often, in the performance of their duties as lawyers”. Gongloe, furthering that such threats and intimidation tend to cast aspersion on the entire judiciary reminded the Chief Justice that under Article 21(i) of the constitution, “… no lawyer shall be prevented from or punished for providing legal services, regardless of the charges against or the guilt of his client.”Gongloe could not be further from the truth for hardly had his words faded when reports surfaced of Circuit Judge William B. Sando, in Bomi County, ordering the flogging and detention of a trial lawyer simply because the Judge had some disagreement with the lawyer.  In his letter of complaint to Chief Justice Korkpor about his experience Cllr. Juma P. Karnley said, “during my ordeal instituted by Judge Sando, my phone was taken away from me, and my coat suit and gown that I wore was torn; they inflicted wounds above my left eye and various parts of my body.”In response to such flagrant violation of the law by a sitting judge, State Lawyers under the banner of the National Association of Prosecutors of Liberia (NAPL) on Monday, March 25, 2019, threatened to boycott all courtroom activities throughout the country if Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor refuses to reprimand Cllr. William B. Sando, resident judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.The Daily Observer has however observed that the Judicial Inquiry Commission has since become seized of the matter and Judge Sando is expected to appear as would be expected. The 2017 US State Department Human Rights report noted that although the Constitution provides for an independent judiciary, judges and magistrates were subject to influence and engaged in corruption.Further, according to the report, “corruption persisted in the legal system. Some judges accepted bribes to award damages in civil cases. Judges sometimes solicited bribes to try cases, grant bail to detainees, or acquit defendants in criminal cases. Defense attorneys and prosecutors sometimes suggested defendants pay bribes to secure favorable decisions from judges, prosecutors, and jurors, or to have court staff place cases on the docket for trial.”More importantly, the report noted that “mechanisms for the public to bring complaints of corruption and malpractice include the Judicial Inquiry Commission, which deals with complaints on judges’ conduct, and the Grievance and Ethics Committee, which deals with lawyers. Both lacked appropriate guidelines to deliver their mandates effectively”.Fast forward to 2019, it remains unclear whether the Judicial Inquiry Commission which deals complaints on judges has by now developed the requisite and appropriate guidelines within which framework, Judge Sando’s probe is expected to be conducted. This newspaper however observes that Judge Sando’s conduct is but a reflection of the immeasurable harm done to this country and its system of laws by the culture of impunity.In the mind of this newspaper, Judge Sando most probably felt he could get away with his actions hence, he dared transgress the very law which he has sworn to respect and uphold.  Article 21 (h) of the Constitution states in part the following: “There shall be absolute immunity from any government sanctions or interference in the performance of legal services as a counselor or advocate; lawyers’ offices and homes shall not be searched or papers examined or taken save pursuant to a search warrant and court order; and no lawyer shall be prevented from or punished for providing legal services, regardless of the charges against or the guilt of his client. No lawyer shall be barred from practice for political reasons.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Govt financing 45 per cent of GWI operational costs

first_img…as company admits it can clear costs without rates’ hikeThe Guyana Water Incorporated has sought permission to hike its fees, citing operational costs, but the entity’s own finance director has admitted that if the GWI can make all customers pay their fair share, a fee increase would be unnecessary.The Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly was treated to thisGWI’s Finance Director, Jaigopaul Ramsurprising admission on Monday. Under questioning from PAC Chairman Irfaan Ali, GWI Finance Director Jaigopaul Ram admitted that 45 per cent of GWI’s operations are financed by Government, with the 2016 subvention for electricity amounting to $1.8 billion.A breakdown of GWI’s expenses was then provided. It was established that another 45 per cent of expenses being borne by the entity included salaries, maintenance and supplies, and 10 per cent related to miscellaneous expenses. Ram admitted that if the entity could collect all its payments at the existing rate, an increase would not be necessary.“If you were to collect all the rates from all your revenue at the existing rate,” Ali posited, “this means that there is no need for tariff increase. So your first objective would be that all your customers in the database are paying?”The finance director concurred. He further revealed to the PAC that the utility company’s 2016 audited financial statements are completed. This comes after consumer representatives had demanded GWI make its statements available before seeking hikes in fees.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communities, Emil McGarrell, explained that subsidising GWI’s operational costs has been the case for years. This was done so that the rates to consumers could be maintained.“Mr Chairman, for several years, the Ministry of Finance, out of a sum at the end of the year, would make payment to (Guyana) Power and Light on behalf of GWI, to cover its energy costs. That has been going back for as long as I can remember,” he disclosed.“That was done as part of the Government’s continued assistance to (the) company, because it was obviously not charging economic rate for the supply of water. So one area was covered, and that was energy charges,” McGarrell explained.RatesFor unmetered, residential properties, a monthly fixed charge of $500 along with $1,500 per month is on the table. Their metered counterparts face charges of $500 per month and $112 per cubic metre. For unmetered pensioners, a water usage charge of $740 per month is proposed, while the fixed charge will be waived.Metered non-residential customers face a monthly charge of $500 and a monthly consumption charge of $150 per cubic metre.Unmetered non-residential customers are charged based on the category of their operations… small, medium and large.For all these categories a fixed monthly charge of $500 is proposed. In the case of small operations, it is proposed that $3,750 per month be charged, while medium operations are facing a $12,000 charge. Large scale consumers can end up paying $24,000.For the sewerage tariff, GWI is proposing $417 per month for residential customers and pensioners; while a monthly charge of $2,860 is being proposed for non-residential metered and unmetered small scale consumers. Medium scale consumers are facing a monthly charge of $4,350 and large scale consumers $6,375 per month.These charges exclude ancillary charges, which will encompass fees that include reconnection charges.GWI was forced to defend its proposed increases to consumers at a public hearing at Cara Lodge on February 12. At the Public Utilities Commission-facilitated hearing, however, Political Commentator Ramon Gaskin confronted GWI head on about the status of its audited financial statements, and when those would be available for public perusal.In response, GWI CEO Dr Richard Van West-Charles had said that the entity was still in the process of finalising 2016 statements. Another public hearing on the GWI increases is scheduled for today.last_img read more

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Sacked GuySuCo workers among new recruits for oil and gas sector

first_imgNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman along with Marissa Foster from the Energy Department and officials from TOTALTEC with the new recruitsAfter losing their jobs when Government closed several sugar estates over the past years, some former Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) workers are now turning towards the budding oil and gas industry.There are at least 11 former GuySuCo workers who have been recruited by TOTALTEC Oilfield Services, which has partnered with Guyana Shore Base Inc (GYSBI) to recruit and train over 120 Guyanese in basic safety and oilfield operations to enable them to successfully join and participate in the emergent oil and gas sector.With offshore operations moving apace, these 120 recruits are expected to fill safety and operational positions on the shore base located in Houston, Greater Georgetown. These recruits are expected to undergo a four-month training exercise conducted at the TOTALTEC International Petroleum and Maritime Academy (IPMA, known as The Academy) using their existing programmes.At the launch of the training on Wednesday, TOTALTEC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lars Mangal noted that it was a major undertaking to recruit and train 120 new young men and women for the industry.“This journey has been one very, very challenging journey to catalyse and create capacity-building efforts that’s foundational to the Guyana oil and gas industry, and that starts with getting people into the industry – Guyanese, especially young people into the industry – in a foundational way so they can then start to build meaningful careers for themselves, their families in the industry, in a safe and professional way,” Mangal stated.Over the past year, TOTALTEC has recruited, trained and found gainful employment for over 150 Guyanese. The Academy usually recruits and trains persons who are then employed by oil companies.Petroleum Geologist at the Department of Energy, Marissa Foster, encouraged Guyanese to take advantage of the opportunities being offered by TOTALTEC.“Through joint ventures like these, it is our vision that the Guyanese people will not only be trained to push buttons and turn knobs, but they will also have an understanding of the procedures behind the work they do … It is only through this that our people can gain experience in the sector and really contribute to the overall national development,” Foster asserted.Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who has been a patron of the recruiting agency, lauded the company for its effort in allowing Guyanese to benefit from the oil and gas sector, especially the former sugar workers.“Even as the industry is about to appear before us, it will still take years to get us fully in place. So hearing that we’re training 120 persons in four months is really what got me here today… And it goes to show that in the midst of a crisis, there’s always an opportunity. So as the Wales Estate closed, we’re able to transfer not all but some persons here to receive training and I know that not only were they able to get work, but some were even taken abroad to New Orleans (in the United States) for further training,” the Minister noted.<<>> caught up with two of the former GuySuCo workers in the first batch of 120 recruits.Twenty-five-year-old Desmond Anderson, a former electrical and instrument repair mechanic from the now closed Rose Hall Estate, and Santkumar Singh, also 25, a former field workshop mechanic from the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Estate, both related that after losing their jobs following the closures, they were forced to take up employment in other fields.Now with this opportunity that has come up, though in a completely new sector for them, they are both ready for the challenge.“This is all new to me, but I’m all eager about the training. I don’t know what it might entail, but I’m willing and all determined to learn something new,” Anderson posited.Meanwhile, Singh added: “The oil and gas field is different compared to GuySuCo, so yes it is going to be a challenge yes, but it’s something that we’re willing to take on.”Among this first batch of recruits also are two female candidates, one of whom was an aspiring aeronautical engineer who was now eager to take a dip in this new budding industry.“I was not able to continue (at the Aeronautical Engineering School) because of finances… and as soon as I saw this opportunity, I grabbed it. I feel very grateful to be one of the women chosen and I do advise that other women come on board, because we can do the same thing men can do,” Nyima Jemott contended.Successful recruits will attend IPMA to undergo an intensive, six-week hands-on safety and operational training programme and will then joining GYSBI, which currently employs over 200 Guyanese in its shore base operations in a wide range of activities.Interested candidates are asked to visit https://www.totaltec-os.com/careers for instructions on how to apply for recruitment.last_img read more

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President insists WPA was consulted

first_img… before reassigning Dr RoopnaraineThe much anticipated meeting at State House between President David Granger and the Executive of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) concluded with the President standing his ground that consultations were carried out with the junior coalition partner.The meeting came mere days after the reassignment of former Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine to the Public Service Division, which falls under the Ministry of the Presidency. The WPA had been critical of the lack of consultation that preceded the move.When contacted about Roopnaraine’s transfer, WPA Executive member, Dr David Hinds had said that the party was not initially consulted. He indicated however that the President had requested a meeting with the WPA the day before the announcement.The meeting with the President and Executive members of the WPA on Saturday at State House“We sent our Chairperson, Desmond Trotman, to meet with the President. The President, at that meeting, announced the decision,” Hinds had said. “So yes, the WPA officially has some concerns about the way the matter was handled. We were informed about the decision after it was made. And we do have concerns about that.”Consultations?But according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who spoke with reporters following the meeting, President Granger had maintained his position during the meeting that there had indeed been consultation with the party before the reassignment of the party’s parliamentary representative, Dr Roopnaraine.“The President explained that he did, in fact, consult but they felt that the consultation should be wider and deeper,” Harmon said.  “The meeting this morning (Saturday) was about dealing with how we will consult and the way forward.”“The President did, in fact, explain that the way the Coalition Government is structured is that there are representatives of the parties in the Cabinet and in the National Assembly and it is really a responsibility of the representatives of that party in the Cabinet (and Parliament) to ensure that they keep the (party members and) the Executives briefed on what is taking place in the Government,” Harmon said.Describing the meeting as cordial, the Minister also said that the WPA Executives expressed that they understood that it is within the jurisdiction and authority of the President to assign or reassign Ministers as needed.“His Excellency was very clear on the rearrangement, which needs to stay in place so that our coalition Government remains very strong and that is to say that all the parties within the coalition Government; the six parties, that we hold all of them as integral to the formation of our Government and we will continue to communicate with those parties,” Harmon said.Meanwhile, when contacted on Saturday following the meeting, Hinds said that the meeting was a cordial and fraternal one; with the party representatives addressing the President in as frank a way as possible in raising their concerns. Declining to go into details, the party announced that it would be holding a press conference, scheduled for June 19. In a statement to the media on Saturday afternoon, the WPA said President Granger responded to their concerns and introduced some of his own.“We are satisfied that there is a commitment on both sides to mutually address areas of concerns and contention and to work to strengthen relations within both the APNU and the wider coalition,” the statement added.Attending the meeting for the WPA were Dr Clive Thomas, Dr David Hinds, Dr Wazir Mohammed, Dr Rishi Thakur, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley, Desmond Trotman, Tacuma Ogunseye, Jinnah Rahaman and Mazarool Ekbaal Ali Majeed.  Accompanying the President, along with Minister Harmon, were Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams and Social Protection Minister, Amna Ally.last_img read more

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Winter storm warning issued for the Peace Region

first_imgBelow is the full warning from Environment Canada.Issued at 2015-02-04 06:55 UTC by Environment Canada:Winter storm watch issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:On Thursday Arctic air in the Central Interior will mix with incoming moist Pacific air, producing snow, gusty northerly winds and local blowing snow in Prince George, Mackenzie and the entire Peace River forecast region. On Friday, the Arctic front edges north. Wintery conditions will prevail north of the front. An above freezing layer may develop aloft creating potential for freezing rain. Precipitation and winds will ease Saturday morning. Total snowfalls of 15 to 25 centimetres are likely. Warnings are likely also.- Advertisement -Winter Storm Watches are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together. Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet with the hashtag #BCStorm.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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Matasi the hero as Kenya reclaims CECAFA title

first_imgKenya scored their penalties through Jockins Atudo, Wesley Onguso and Samuel Onyango while Duncan Otieno missed.The game was forced into penalties after a 2-2 draw in 120 minutes. In the regular 90, Zanzibar equalized in the 88th minute to end the tie at 1-1.Twice, Kenya dropped the pt at the doorstep. They had the advantage but a lapse in concentration cost them the prize.After a period of sustained pressure from Zanzibar, Kenya’s backline which had held its own was breached for the first time in the tournament two minutes from time when Khamis Makame tapped unmarked from a Hajji Mwinyi cross in the 88th minute.In the first period of added time, Massoud Juma gave Kenya what looked like a win in the 98th minute, but Makame struck his brace two minutes later to restore parity and hope for Zanzibar.The win which comes after a four year wait sees Belgian tactician Paul Put start off his tenure on a positive note, winning the tournament in his first attempt, setting himself up nicely for the rest of his two years in the country.With the win, Harambee Stars players are now assured of at least Sh180,000 as part of the winner’s bonus announced on Saturday by Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa.Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed receives the winner’s cheque from the CECAFA president as Deputy President of Kenya William Ryto looks on. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThey were also handed an instant cash reward from deputy president William Ruto who also promised them Sh5mn more on Monday.Put made two changes in his squad, Kepha Aswani starting up as the lone striker ahead of the injured Vincent Oburu while in midfield, Duncan Otieno who played at centre back in the semi-final against Burundi slotted back into midfield ahead of Ernest Wendo.Kenya had the best of starts in the match and just nine minutes in, they had taken the lead.Ovelah stepped up from the freekick after Whyvonne Isuza’s forward run had been stopped by an infringement from Abdul Aziz Makame and he curled the ball over the wall past a dazed Zanzibar keeper.Harambee Stars players celebrate Ovella Ochieng’s first half goal. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluZanzibar’s day was to turn from bad to worse when Makame, arguably their best player in the tournament was stretchered out injured after 24 minutes following in earlier clash of knees with Aswani inside the box.In his place, head coach Suleiman Hemed brought in Feisal Salum Abdallah who had started on the bench despite having been a regular starter for the islanders throughout the tournament.As the game progressed, Zanzibar started knocking their way into the game, keeping possession as has been their tradition and spraying the ball across the pitch. However, they could not get that killer pass to open up a chance at goal as Kenya’s defense remained astute.Zanzibar’s keeper Mohammed Abdulrahman almost gifted Ovellah his second goal of the afternoon when he spilled a cross from the winger as he picked it up at his near post.Zanzibar’s first chance at goal came five minutes from halftime when leftback Hajji Mwinyi curled a freekick from the edge of the box a few yards over from a good scoring position.Zanzibar left back Hajji Mwinyi vies for the ball with Harambee Stars right back Dennis Sikhayi during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaTwo minutes from later Seif Abdallah wasted a glorious opportunity when Suleiman Khamis’s cross from the left found him unmarked at the backpost but his header went straight to keeper Patrick Matasi.Stars had shouts for a penalty drowned at the stroke of halftime when Wesley Onguso’s corner from the right was handled inside the box.In the second half, Zanzibar came back a stronger outfit and they pushed the hosts into defending deep in their own half. In the 51st minute, Mudathir Yahya had an attempt from a freekick 25 yards out but his effort was awry, flying way over.Zanzibar made their second change, Seif Abdallah coming in for Adeyum Ahmed, an attacking change by Hemed seeking to add some more punch and pace into the forward line.Kenya then made their first with Aswani who had all game been kept at bay by Zanzibar centre back Abdallah Salum Kheri, the Nakumatt FC forward being rested for Massoud Juma who was making a return to the team after injury.Zanzibar kept on pushing but Stars repulsed.However, they would let loose just two minutes to the final whistle when they opened up on the left, Mwinyi winning possession then slapping low with Hamissi Musa tapping unmarked.The game was forced into extra time and with Kenya having played in a similar tie just two days ago, the toll on the players was always waiting.Zanzibar Salum Feisal Abdallah goes down under a challenge from Kenya’s Patillah Omotto as Whyvonne Isuza watches on during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHowever, Put’s men came back with more energy, pushing from the first whistle as they seemed determined to ensure the trophy remained home. Eight minutes after the restart, they went ahead, much thanks to a gift from the Zanzibar keeper.An attempt at a goalkick was short with Massoud intercepting after Mudathir Yahya had attempted to salvage the situation. Seemingly struggling to run from his injured ankle, the Kariobangi Sharks forward powered into the box before slamming home.But the joy was short-lived. An error at the back from skipper Musa Mohammed whose attempt at clearing Suleiman Kassim’s cross from the right went awry saw Makame pick the ball and slam it past Matasi.Zanzibar, knowing they were better off heading to penalties than attempting an all out attack stuck to defensive duties and successfully safeguarded the 2-2 score-line.However, things didn’t go their way on penalties.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate after winning the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Dec 17- Goalkeeper Patrick Matasi was the hero saving three spot-kicks as Kenya beat Zanzibar 3-2 on post match penalties to reclaim teh CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup title in a tense final at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday afternoon.Matasi saved from Mohammed Issa Juma, Adeyum Seif and Khamis Makame as Kenya reclaimed the title, winning it for the seventh time.last_img read more

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