Sunshine and baseball were the name of the game this past weekend

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Softball teams from Fort St. John and the surrounding area made the trip to Taylor this past weekend for the second annual Travis Waite Memorial Slo-pitch tournament.Nine teams participated in the tournament this year with the Fireballs defeating the Waite family team, the Travengers, in the final game.In total, $5,500 was raised this year for the Travis Waite Memorial Foundation, roughly $1,700 more than at last year’s inaugural tournament. The Foundation gives local lower income children the opportunity to participate in organized sports.- Advertisement -Waite’s cousin Tara Waite-Myers said that in addition to planning next year’s tournament, the Foundation is thinking about also adding a golf tournament in the future.last_img read more

Valley water plants at risk

first_imgAlso in the Los Angeles area is the MWD’s F.E. Weymouth Water Treatment Plant in La Verne. The study was produced by the Center for American Progress, based in Washington, D.C., and headed by John Podesta, 1998-2001 chief of staff for then-President Clinton. Orum is an independent consultant who specializes in safety issues involving toxins. Chlorine gas is used for water purification but can be deadly when inhaled. Orum said a rupture, either by accident or attack, could endanger people within 14 miles in urban areas or 25 miles in suburban and rural areas, depending on wind conditions. The report says 2 million people live within range of the two plants in the Valley, while about 305,000 people live near the La Verne facility. Kim Thompson, chairwoman of the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, said she and other residents have long worried about the chlorine-filled rail cars stored at the plants. She said Jensen plant officials have refused requests to install alarms to alert residents if there is a gas leak. “I’m personally scared,” Thompson said. “I know it’s dangerous. Common sense and a high school chemistry class will tell you storing that much chlorine (is risky).” MWD officials said residents would be alerted to a leak by local agencies, such as the Los Angeles Fire Department. Safer methods The study noted alternatives for purifying water, including liquid chlorine bleach, which does not disperse into the air if spilled, and ultraviolet light. Converting to safer methods costs the equivalent of $1.50 per customer per year, the authors said. They noted that in the Los Angeles area, the county’s Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson was converted to liquid bleach in 2004. But some utility officials said the two alternatives are not as effective as chlorine gas, particularly for facilities as large as the DWP and MWD plants. David Nahai, president of the city’s Department of Water and Power board, said liquid chlorine requires 20 times the volume in transportation as chlorine gas, meaning there would be 20 times as many rail tankers or trucks carrying the material. “That’s an additional public health risk, and you’d need additional security,” Nahai said. “I don’t think you eliminate the problem. You might actually make it 20 times larger by switching.” Ultraviolet light alone, he added, has not proved to be effective in purifying water, especially for larger facilities. Nahai said L.A. utility officials want to reduce use of chlorine gas. One way, he said, would be to stop using open-air reservoirs, which require a higher level of purification. The DWP also has increased security at all of its facilities since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he said. Eddie Rigdon, manager of water-system operations for the MWD of Southern California, said the agency is building a $100 million chlorine-containment facility at Jensen to house tanker cars and shield the community from any possible leaks. He said agency officials have considered ultraviolet light and other methods, but believe chlorine gas is the most effective. “Over the years, we have done substantial studies on different disinfection treatments,” Rigdon said. “One of the challenges we have is the sheer quantity and volumes of water we deal with. Chlorine (gas), along with ozone, is really the most effective.” Water for 18 million The MWD treats and distributes up to 1.8 billion gallons of water every day, serving 18 million Southern Californians. This year, terrorists have repeatedly used chlorine-based truck bombs in attacks in Iraq. In the United States, there have been more than 30 deaths caused by accidental spills in the past three decades, but no known incidents of terrorism. Last year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, that requires railroad operators and state officials to study security vulnerabilities in the rail system and plan ways to address them. The first report is due July 1. “Whenever you have toxic substances or other hazardous cargo being transported across long distances and through populated areas, there is a reason for concern,” said Chris Bertelli of the California Office of Homeland Security. Currently, he said, there are no known specific threats to rail systems in California. Chlorine has been identified in the past as a potential threat, and some major chemical manufacturers last year launched an effort to replace their entire U.S. and Canadian rail-car fleets with safer models by 2017. The companies, including Dow Chemical and Occidental Chemical, created the Chlorine Rail Tank Car Development Coordination Panel last year to work on safer designs and enhanced security in human factors, routing and track conditions. (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Two water-treatment plants in the San Fernando Valley are among dozens nationwide that are susceptible to terrorist attack because they use deadly chlorine gas and transport it by unprotected rail cars, according to a new report. The study by a progressive think tank identified 37 plants that transport chlorine gas by rail, leaving them vulnerable to attack and jeopardizing millions of residents nearby. The report noted that at least 25 plants nationwide have converted to safer purification methods in the past six years. “It’s an entirely preventable hazard,” study author Paul Orum said Monday. “Safer and more secure alternatives are available and more affordable.” Among the sites that still use chlorine gas are the Department of Water and Power’s Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant in Sylmar and the Metropolitan Water District’s Joseph Jensen Filtration Plant in Granada Hills. last_img read more


first_imgSliabh LiagA 60 year old woman is being treated in hospital after falling and breaking her leg at Slieve League last night (Tues).The woman was airlifted to hospital by the rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo.Killybegs Coastguard took the woman off the cliffs and took her to a waiting ambulance before being taken to the waiting helicopter.She was taken to Sligo General Hospital where her condition is described as stable.WOMAN FLOWN FROM SLIEVE LEAGUE CLIFFS AFTER FALL was last modified: May 27th, 2015 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)last_img read more

What we learned Thursday at 49ers HQ

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Sitting inside Kwon Alexander’s locker is a football with the Cincinnati Bengals logo on it. It came Sunday via his first interception as the 49ers’ new play-making linebacker, and that ball has barely left his grasp since then.“I’ve got to have a ball in my hand every second of the day,” Alexander said Thursday.SANTA CLARA, CA – JUNE 11: San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander participates in a practice on June 11, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News …last_img read more

Policies are anti-farming, says Hardik

first_imgFarmers in the entire country are in distress because of the anti-farming policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at Centre, and in all States where it is in power, said Hardik Patel, Gujarat’s Patidar quota agitation leader, who was recently prevented by the Madhya Pradesh police from visiting Mandsaur, where farmers’ agitation turned violent.“I just wanted to meet the families of those killed because four of the five persons killed were from the Patidar community,” he said, adding, “This is the most anti-farmers government at Centre in the country.”According to him, farmers remain the most negligent segment in any BJP ruled state because the party leadership is in the hands of a few businessmen and industrial groups, whose empires flourish at the cost of farmers landless people.“In Gujarat, we are organising farmers and poor people at village level, creating awareness about how the government is neglecting their demands and issues,” he said.Asked about whether debt of farmers should be waived off, Mr Patel, who spearheads a state wide mass agitation to seek quota for Patidars in Gujarat, said there was nothing wrong in waiving off loans of farmers.“If the government can waive off huge loans taken by industrialists and businessmen, then why it cannot do the same for farmers? What is wrong in it,” Mr Patel asked, adding “the loans taken by farmers from nationalised banks and also from cooperative credit societies should be waived off.”“The real tragedy is that the farmers are neglected by the governments and exploited by the traders, who lower the procurement prices the moment farmers harvest their crops,” he said, slamming the extant system of procurement prices of agriculture commodities.last_img read more

BJP wont be able to repeat Arunachal-type situation in

first_imgMeghalaya: JoshiShillong, July 5 (PTI) AICC General Secretary C P Joshi today expressed confidence that BJP will not be able to effect a repeat of Arunachal Pradesh-type situation in Meghalaya while alleging that the saffron party is trying to “destabilise” the government in the state.”They (BJP) cannot repeat Arunachal Pradesh like situation in Meghalaya,” Joshi told reporters here while alleging there is a move by BJP to destabilise the government in the state.The AICC leader arrived in the city on his maiden visit to the state to address party leaders and functionaries.Asked whether the Congress had any intention to go for pre-poll alliance, the AICC leader said that the party will be able to give reply to this only in 2018 when Assembly elections are held in the state.Earlier while addressing party functionaries in a meeting here, the Congress veteran appealed to the state party leadership to be cautious and vigilant since the NE region will be playing a major role in the next 2-3 years.Alleging the BJP-led central government was not interested in empowering people from different faiths, Joshi said, “The NDA government has reduced the funds for development of panchayati raj to only Rs 94 crore from Rs 7,000 crore, which had been allotted by then Congress led UPA government.” PTI JOP SUS SMNlast_img read more

Lightning Light Up Rangers, 6-2

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Rangers gave up an unusual short-handed goal as a two-man advantage was expiring early in the first period.It was all downhill the rest of the way, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Rangers 6-2 on May 18 to even the Eastern Conference finals at one game.Tyler Johnson, who had three goals to pace the Lightning, got that goal to get Tampa Bay rolling and set the tempo in a sloppy Rangers effort.“That’s something you don’t see very often, and it’s a play that simply can’t happen,” Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh said.The Rangers were late into a 1:07 two-man advantage when Martin St. Louis fell trying to take a shot straight on, and it sent Johnson on a breakaway with St. Louis in pursuit.“It’s embarrassing,” McDonagh said. “There a lot of things you want to say right now, but talking doesn’t do much.”The Rangers penalty killers didn’t accomplish much either, allowing the Lightning three goals on six man advantages.“We’re in the Eastern Conference finals,” Derek Stepan said. “We’re not playing a team with a poor power play. The have a really good hockey team. You see how detailed you have to be in the playoffs. You make some mistakes and they wind up in the back of your net.”Johnson, the 24-year-old who is becoming one of the front-runners to be the postseason MVP, had three of them.Johnson scored short-handed, even strength and on the power play in tallying the first hat trick in Lightning playoff history and Tampa Bay got its high-scoring offense in gear.Alex Killorn added two goals and Steven Stamkos had one and the Lightning bounced back from a crushing late loss on May 16 and made the Presidents’ Trophy winners pay for every slip, penalty and mistake.The Lightning stepped up their game, and the Rangers could not keep pace.“We were pretty upset with our effort, Killorn said of the Game 1 loss. “We talked about how bad we played and we were still in that game. Tonight we played to win. I think the last game we were kind of ‘OK, it’s Game 1. We’re going to play hard.’ Today we played to win.”Chris Kreider and Stepan scored for the Rangers in the wide-open, penalty-filled matchup that ended New York’s run of playing in 15 straight playoffs games decided by one goal.Henrik Lundqvist, who gave up at least five goals in two of three regular-season games against Tampa Bay this season, gave up six on just 26 shots.The series shifts to Florida for games on May 20 and May 22.icThe Rangers pushed back later in the second period and closed the gap to 3-2 when Stepan grabbed his own rebound and banked the puck off defenseman Braydon Coburn into the net with Bishop out of position.New York had a couple of chances to tie the game later in the period, but Bishop stopped point shots by Dan Boyle and McDonagh.The Lightning ended the Rangers’ run of one-goal playoff games in the third period on Killorn’s two goals and Stamkos’ one. Defenseman Victor Hedman set up Killorn’s first shortly after a penalty ended. Stamkos scored on a deflection on a power play and Killorn got his second on a power play.The game had an ugly moment in the second period when linesman Brad Kovachik had to leave the ice after injuring a leg. He was standing against the side boards near the Lightning blue line when Stamkos checked Kevin Klein of the Rangers into him.Kovachik had to be helped off the ice. Standby linesman Greg Devorski finished the game.(MIKE FARRELL)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Valley’s first brush with I-League: we want more, say fans

first_imgSrinagar, Nov 6 (PTI) Football lovers in Kashmir had lots to cheer about on Tuesday when the valley hosted its first ever I-League game and hundreds of fans, including former chief minister Omar Abdullah, turned up to root for the local team — Real Kashmir FC. As clouds made way for the sun after four days of overcast weather, the fans descended on the valley’s lone football stadium the Astroturf TRC ground here in the summer capital of the state. Overlooked by snow-capped mountains and fiery Chinar trees, the TRC ground came to life as the match between Real Kashmir FC and Churchill Brothers SC which ended in a 0-0 draw. The opportunity to watch top-level football players along with the enthusiasm to support the home team drew people from the city and other districts of the valley to witness the game. Slowly, every seat in the stadium was filled and many fans were not able to find a spot for themselves. While the crowd welcomed both the teams with a loud applause, the stadium reverberated with slogans favouring the home team. Young and old alike cheered for them and enjoyed every bit of the game. The boisterous home crowd was behind its team on its every move but felt disappointed when the team could not convert the chances into goals. “This match is very exciting for several reasons. First, it is the first time that a match of such a prestigious league is being played here. Second, it is our own team which is playing,” Shabir Ahmad, a football enthusiast, said.advertisement “Then, we are getting a chance to see quality football with players from across the country and even abroad,” he added. Ahmad, however, said he felt disappointed that the team could not score. “They had good chances but could not convert them into goals. We felt a bit disappointed, but overall, they played really well and we had a good game to watch,” he said. Another spectator, Mansoor Bhat, a resident of downtown here, said such matches would build interest in football and would go a long way in popularising the game. “The youth in Kashmir is generally fond of football, but games like this will attract more of them to the sport and I am sure many of them will now think about it seriously,” Bhat said. Real Kashmir FC Striker Danish Farooq also expressed hope that many youth would choose football as their future. “More youth will associate themselves with the game now. I think and I am hopeful that they will now see that there is future in football,” he said at the post-match press conference. Farooq said it was a proud moment for the team to play at home. “We were very excited, but kept our focus though we did not put up a good result, we did well. It was a proud moment for all of us and we will not disappoint our fans the next time,” he said after being declared man of the match. PTI SSB MIJ PM PMlast_img read more

Oklahoma State Fan Survey

first_img Photo Attribution: KT KingGood and faithful reader Dave from OKC has generously put together a pretty in-depth survey on how OSU fans feel about the 2011 season. You can take the survey here and I will be posting the results at the beginning of next week. Here’s a link to the results of last year’s survey which was taken by 675 people. It’s pretty interesting too, especially the part where fans tabbed Weeden and Blackmon as their players to watch for 2010. If I was voted one of the top two guys this year I might start working on my positional award speech a little early.So make sure you guys go and take the survey. It’s really fun, it’s fairly short, and I’m excited about seeing where we’re all at with our confidence heading into the season. Oh, and don’t forget to thank Dave on Twitter for putting all of this together.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more