Extraordinary fire situation with over 170 new fires started in BC official

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – Fire crews worked to save buildings and protect transportation routes Saturday after thousands of people were chased from their homes by wildfires that raged out of control across British Columbia’s central Interior.More than 180 fires were burning, many considered out of control, as the B.C. government declared a provincewide state of emergency to co-ordinate the crisis response. Officials said buildings have been destroyed, but they did not release numbers.The BC Wildfire Service says over 173 fires were reported on Friday alone as lightning storms rolled over several parts of B.C.Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer for the service, said it was “an extraordinary day in terms of fire activity across the province.”“We’re focusing now on public safety, keeping these fires away from communities, protecting transportation routes, things like that,” he said in an interview on Saturday.John Rustad, minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations, said the province has been in contact with the federal government “in case there’s a situation where we believe we need to bring in additional resources, whether that’s through the military or other purposes.”He said Ottawa is ready to provide whatever help is needed.All of the province’s resources have been applied to the fires and they are making every effort to save lives, homes and infrastructure, Rustad said.On Saturday, 1,000 firefighters were battling the wildfires with an additional 600 people backing them up. Another 200 contractors were helping.“But that number is about to grow, likely dramatically in the next few days,” said Rustad. “We’ve deployed all of the staff that we have available.”He said 260 more firefighters were coming from other parts of Canada.The largest fires forced thousands from their homes in the communities of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, 100 Mile House, 105 Mile House, 108 Mile House and 150 Mile House. Three major fires near 100 Mile House, Cache Creek and the Williams Lake airport ranged in size from 14 to 20 square kilometres.Eight of the fires were threatening homes or other structures, said RustadJohn Ranta, mayor of Cache Creek and head of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, said Friday that a fire burning between Ashcroft and Cache Creek destroyed dozens of buildings, including at least five houses, 30 trailer park homes and two hangars at a regional airport.On Saturday, Ranta said no further structures were lost overnight.“Things are looking at lot better here now,” he said.In Kamloops, a smoky haze covered the city, making it difficult to see the hills on either side of the Thompson River Valley. The area smelled of burning wood.Gordon Davis, manager of the emergency centre at McArthur Sports Centre in Kamloops, said more than 500 people had registered as of Friday.“A lot of them watched their homes burn down,” he said.“A lot of them don’t know if their homes are still there. That not knowing is stressful.”Some people who weren’t ordered to leave their homes were ready just in case.Gwen Dachsel waited in her home in Williams Lake on Saturday morning with the doors and windows shut, her car loaded with two bags of personal belongings.Dachsel, 72, said the roads leading out of her community have been closed in almost every direction and the fear of not knowing what to do is almost as frightening as the fires.“If we had to really leave town, I don’t know which way we would go,” she said in a phone interview. “If I saw a flame, then I would (feel trapped). Then, I would panic.”Dachsel, who has asthma, said her eyes stung and her breathing was heavy from smoke outside while she tried to water her plants. Her family photographs have been stored away in a fireproof safe, which Dachsel hopes will protect them if the house she has lived in for more than four decades goes up in flames.“It would be quite a traumatic experience, and for my daughters too,” Dachsel said. “It’s life that matters, so hopefully they can control these fires and things will be OK.”Mike Flannigan, the Director of Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science, said the thunderstorms sweeping through the area brought little rain and set off fires with lightning strikes.The thunderstorms also create a lot of wind, which fans the flames, he said.“So this creates strong, shifting winds, which can be very dangerous for people and firefighters,” he said.“You really have to be on guard if there’s thunderstorms around, if you’re trying to do fire management.”Several highways have been closed because of fires, including in several spots along Highway 1 between Ashcroft and Cache Creek, south of Quesnel and through Savona.Theo Faber, a 39-year-old truck driver from Abbotsford was on his way to get some lumber north of Cache Creek on Friday when he found himself stuck in heavy smoke and fire.“My safest option was to keep going slowly,” he said. “Fortunately, everyone was moving through. The smoke was very thick. I could barely see through it. There was fire in the ditches on both sides of my vehicle.”Faber said he would have “perished” if he had reached the highway 15 minutes later than he did.“It was very scary,” he said.Premier-designate John Horgan described the situation in Interior communities like Cache Creek, Ashcroft and Williams Lake as “grave.”“The people already evacuated or facing evacuation, as well as our frontline firefighters and first responders, need to know everyone in the province is behind them,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

Alberta boosts funding to Calgary veterinarian program cuts ties with WCVM

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta government is bumping up funding for more spaces at the University of Calgary’s veterinary medicine program.Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt says the province will reallocate $4.7 million per year to the Calgary program beginning in 2020.However, the move is accompanied by a decision to withdraw more than $8 million in annual funding to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.The dean of WCVM, Douglas Freeman, says he is “deeply disappointed” with the move, saying it severs a 54-year-old partnership that began in 1963 when the Saskatoon institution was jointly established by the four western provinces.Freeman says losing that large chunk of funding beginning in 2020 will “certainly have an impact” on the WCVM’s programs and services.Alberta hopes to add 80 additional positions to the Calgary program by 2023, bringing its capacity to more than 200 veterinary students.“The University of Calgary’s veterinary program has grown into a world-renowned institution, and with this new funding we will now have the capacity to train all of our students right here in Alberta,” Schmidt said in a news release.“The partnership with the other provinces worked for many years, but by focusing our support on one Alberta-based program, we will achieve provincial cost savings and increase access. This will make life better for students, families, and communities.”Dru Marshall, academic vice-president at the University of Calgary, said the government investment cements the province’s support for the Alberta livestock industry.Freeman, meanwhile, said the WCVM will soldier on without Alberta’s participation.“One province’s decision doesn’t erase all that we have built and accomplished together in the past five decades,” he said. “The WCVM will continue to be Western Canada’s veterinary college, providing quality veterinary education, research and clinical expertise to the region. We will not let the loss of support from one partner jeopardize our college’s value to all western Canadians.”last_img read more

Ethiopia faces deteriorating food security UN warns

17 October 2008Drought-hit Ethiopians are facing a worsening food situation as the cost of maize soars nearly three-fold in some areas of the Horn of Africa country compared to last year, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) cautioned today. Migration by people from rural to urban areas in search of food is increasing, it noted, and aid agencies have identified critical malnutrition. A rapid assessment team said it found grave water and pasture shortages in some areas.Due to reduced rations resulting from breaks in the pipeline have led to reduced rations, whose distribution began in July and will continue until December, OCHA said that it anticipates increased malnutrition and a rise in child labour and begging.The Office also warned that without adequate October-December rains, food insecurity will continue will into next year.Earlier this week, OCHA appealed for more than $265 million to fund relief operations in Ethiopia for the next three months to meet the widening scale of the crisis, with some 6.4 million people now estimated to need urgent assistance.It reported that a recent joint assessment by Ethiopian authorities and the international humanitarian community found that an extra 1.8 million people have been hit hard by the crisis since the last assessment in June.The biggest increase has been in the country’s south-east, known as the Somali region, where the number of people requiring emergency food aid has almost doubled to 1.9 million since June. read more

Hamilton boy dies after being struck by steel

A nine-year-old boy is dead after an incident in an east-end industrial facility.Paramedics rushed to a building at 65 Imperial St. at around 1:30 this afternoon. They found the boy with severe head injuries and a broken leg.He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Senior UN relief official describes bleak situation in South Sudan after a

Ms Kang, who is also UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs said fighting displaced some 1.9 million within the country, with many thousands seeking refuge in UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) bases as they fled attacks in fear for their lives. Many more had fled into the bush and were too fearful to return to their homes.“Countless people have been killed, some very brutally,” she said, pointing out that many more had suffered appalling crimes, with many villages torched and lives ruined. Children, like a 13 year-old she recalled meeting in Lankien in Jonglei Province, had lost access to education and she had assessed the work of humanitarians in response to dire needs.Political in-fighting between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country. Ms. Kansa said today that even before the outbreak of hostilities, aid delivery in South Sudan posed major difficulties but the conflict intensified a “bleak” situation. Humanitarians faced active hostility, threats to their lives and significant logistical pressures. A total of 13 humanitarian workers had died since November 2013, but their efforts meant that assistance reached 3.5 million people, that a famine was averted, and that a cholera outbreak had been suppressed.Despite such efforts, however, 2.5 million people would face food insecurity next year and aid organizations needed $600m to kick-start their 2015 operations. Pre-positioning of assets and preparations ahead of the rainy season in April would be necessary, as up to 60 per cent of the country’s roads would become impassable.In addition, previous dry seasons had seen escalations of violence, and she said she expected the same to happen now. An uptick in violence had already been seen in some provinces.During her visit to Ethiopia, Ms. Kang travelled to the town of Gambella, on the border with South Sudan, where many South Sudanese refugees had fled. Up to 40 per cent of the 472,000 refugees fleeing South Sudan arrived in Ethiopia, she noted, adding that Kenya and Uganda were also major stopping points.She was impressed by the Ethiopian Government’s efforts to help refugees and she pointed out that resources required to support the refugee population were increasingly stretched as the needs and scale of requirements grew to “tremendous” levels.While in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, she had briefed the African Union Peace and Security Council, noting that her message, first and foremost, was that “the conflict must stop.” She called on those with influence on the South Sudanese parties to redouble their efforts to find a political solution and on both parties to the conflict to respect ceasefire commitments and international legal obligations. read more

Ban appoints senior UN officials as Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Chef

Mr. Mulet will succeed the outgoing Chef de Cabinet, Susana Malcorra, to whom Mr. Ban reiterated his deepest gratitude for her tireless support, outstanding leadership and admirable dedication and her commitment, integrity and diligence inspired and shaped the UN, leading by example while setting standards at the highest level. Mr. Mulet has been Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations since 2007, with a term from 2010 to 2011 as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).Previously, he served as Special Representative and Head of MINUSTAH, from 2006 to 2007, prior to which, he was a diplomat, having been posted as Ambassador to the European Union and the United States. Mr. Mulet was also a member of Guatemala’s National Congress for some 12 years, including one term as its President. In addition to his public service, he worked for many years as a journalist and as a legal counsellor in public institutions and the private sector.Mr. Carey is presently Director of Office in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, a function he has exercised since 2012, and previously he held a series of progressively responsible positions, including as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), Deputy Director of Mission Support in the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and Executive Officer for the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support.He also served in other peacekeeping missions, and before joining the UN Mr. Carey served 14 years as an Officer in the Irish Defence Forces, including two tours of duty with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). read more

Irish man Tom McGinty key to Scotland Yards oldest missing person case

first_imgMARY FLANAGAN WAS described as a “bright and friendly girl from an Irish Catholic family” when she disappeared from her home in east London on New Year’s Eve 1959.At 16 years of age, she had planned to attend a party. She never made it home and the mystery surrounding her disappearance remains Scotland Yard’s oldest missing person case.Mary would be 70 this month and to mark that occasion, London police have issued a fresh appeal for information, placing her Irish boyfriend as a central clue in the case.“”We know Mary may have had a boyfriend called Tom McGinty at the time of her disappearance – I think it is key that we trace this man as he may be able to shed light on the events around New Year in 1960,” said Detective Chief Inspector Dave Rock at Newham Police.“It is now over 50 years since Mary disappeared and her family have never given up hope of finding her,” he added, mentioning her young siblings Brenda, Eileen and Kevin. They are desperate to find out what happened to their sister.Mary worked part-time at the Tate & Lyle sugar factory and also at Haymes Optical Frame shop in Stratford. She attended Holbrook Road Secondary School and volunteered with the Blind Association.It is believed that her boyfriend Tom McGinty may have been in the Merchant Navy.“If Tom McGinty is still alive, I would appeal directly to him to make contact with me with any information he may have about Mary. I would also ask anyone who knew of Tom McGinty, or knows of his whereabouts now, to call our appeal number,” continued DCI Rock.The Met said that “despite extensive investigative work over the years, the story of what happened to Mary has never been discovered”. It remains the oldest missing persons case on its books.Mary is 5ft 2 inches tall and of medium build with hazel eyes. When she was last seen, she had dark, wavy hair and a tanned complexion. If anyone has any information about Mary or her whereabouts, please call the Newham Police Missing Persons Unit on 0208 217 5728. Alternatively you can call the charity Missing People on 116 000.Gardaí appeal for information on Nigerian woman missing since 2010‘Fighting fit and fit to fight’: Defence Forces train in 1940s IrelandCrystal meth: The side effects of Breaking Bad in Irelandlast_img read more

BingeWatching FemaleLed Political Dramas Can Spark Civic Interest

first_img Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000’Metal Wolf Chaos XD’ Is the Hell That Is America A new study suggests binge-watching political dramas could get you hooked on politics—assuming the show features a female lead character.Quality television like The Good Wife, Scandal, and Madam Secretary have led to increased civic participation, according to Purdue University.“A lot of times, people think of entertainment television as being just that: purely entertainment,” Jennifer Hoewe, assistant professor in Purdue’s Brian Lamb School of Communication, said in a statement.“But there’s research, including this study, to show it can be more than that,” she continued. “We can get more out of entertainment media than just something fun and relaxing.”Hoewe and University of Alabama doctoral candidate Lindsey Sherrill surveyed 218 fans—70 percent of whom were women—recruited from Reddit, Twitter, and other online Scandal, The Good Wife, and Madam Secretary forums.Respondents were asked to rate how the shows affect them emotionally and how much they relate to the characters, among other criteria.Those who skewed higher on the one-to-seven scale also reported paying more attention to the government and being more involved in political activities—be it attending a public meeting, rally, or speech; circulating a petition for a candidate or issue; or contacting a public official or political party.“The more you watched, the more you felt engaged with the narrative, then the more you felt like those characters were relatable to you,” Hoewe said. “Once those pieces were in place, that led to political interest, efficacy, and downstream political participation, but only with the transportation and parasocial components in there.”While there is no shortage of bingeable political thrillers and comedies, study authors chose Madam Secretary, Scandal, and The Good Wife specifically for their accurate depictions of women in political leadership—an oft overlooked trait in primetime TV.“Media depictions of political leadership can illustrate to people generally, not just women, that there is opportunity for people of all genders and colors to participate in politics,” Hoewe said.“This study is showing that when we have lead female characters, we can feel like we’re part of the show, we enjoy the characters, and that can actually lead to positive political outcomes,” she added.The findings were published online in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.More on Geek.com:iPhone Owners Can Share Netflix Binges to Instagram StoriesWomen, People of Color Crushed It at 2018 Box OfficeNetflix Reveals 2018’s Most-Binged Movies and TV Shows Stay on targetlast_img read more

WSUV spring enrollment rises to high of 3271

first_imgSpring enrollment at Washington State University Vancouver hit another high, with 3,271 students on the Salmon Creek campus this semester.That is a 3.2 percent increase over the 2016 spring numbers.Spring classes started on Jan. 9, but official enrollment numbers were announced this week. The system — which includes five campuses and an online university — registered 28,240 students statewide, up 2 percent from the spring semester of 2016.The spring totals do not represent all-time enrollment highs. WSU Vancouver’s enrollment peaks each year in the fall and then declines. WSU Vancouver’s all-time high came at the start of the 2016-2017 academic year, when 3,426 students were enrolled.“That’s normal. We have a large class in the fall,” said Laurel Rea, WSU Vancouver’s director of enrollment.“Our retention rate from fall to spring looks good,” she said. The campus retained 90.9 percent of its new freshmen from fall 2016 and 91.5 percent of its new fall transfers.That’s comparable to the retention rates at the WSU system’s flagship campus in Pullman, about 92 percent.In a news release, WSU President Kirk Schulz said: “These numbers tell us we are not simply enrolling record numbers of new students. They tell us the vast majority of those students are succeeding and continuing their studies.”That student success actually was a factor in more than 200 students leaving WSU Vancouver in mid-year.“Two-hundred-and-five students graduated in December,” Rea said.last_img read more

Fasttracked school safety bill contains guncontrol provisions

first_imgOLYMPIA — Filled to the brim with a hodgepodge of provisions and regulations, the Legislature’s fast-tracked school safety bill will affect everything from the availability of school resource officers to the ability of anyone under 21 years old to buy a semi-automatic rifle.Responding both to national uproar in the wake of the recent Florida high school shooting that killed 17, as well as the death last year of one student after a peer opened fire in Washington’s Freeman High School, the school safety bill is aimed at stopping school shootings in the state.One provision in the bill would direct the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to create an emergency response and notification system that would expedite the arrival of law enforcement when there is an emergency at a school and would send notifications to other schools in an area if there is any danger.Another provision, called Students Protecting Students, takes its lead from a bill of the same name sponsored by Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, that would work to create a mobile app middle and high school students could use to report concerning behavior or incidents. Manweller, who has for several years sponsored similar legislation only to have it falter in a Democrat-controlled House, was not unequivocally pleased to see it revived in this fashion.“I’m disappointed that my bipartisan school safety bill was attached to a gun control bill,” Manweller said in an email. “One of the more appealing facets of my bill is that it improved school safety without limiting 2nd Amendment rights. I would like to see my Students Protecting (sic) bill run as a stand-alone bill.”last_img read more

Hazard is not keen on Madrid move Thorgan

first_imgEden Hazard is not considering a move away from Chelsea despite a number of media links speculating a move to Real Madrid, according to his brother Thorgan.The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder explained how the European champions were in ‘transition’ and his brother would only leave Stamford Bridge ‘in the correct way’.“I know him and he’s not thinking about a move right now,” Thorgan told reporters, as cited by Football Espana.“In any case Real Madrid are in transition – he will wait and give his best, then see what happens at the end of the season.WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.“He doesn’t want to clash with Chelsea. If he does go one day he’ll do it in the correct way, without problems for the club.”The Belgian skipper couldn’t help his side break down the Toffees defence in a game that ended in a barren draw.The brothers are together with Belgium ahead of the UEFA Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Switzerland.last_img read more

Special coverage South Americans are not afraid of Europeans Valdano says

first_imgThe former Real Madrid coach believes South American football is closing the gap between them and the sport in EuropeFormer Real Madrid manager Jorge Valdano knows how difficult is for a South American to shine in European football.He started his career in his native Argentina with Newell’s Old Boys as a footballer.But ended up playing for three different teams in the Spanish first division up to 1987.Then he managed Tenerife, Valencia and Real Madrid until he decided to stop coaching altogether in 1997.And for him, South American footballers are closing the quality gap between the continent and Europe.“A long time ago, many countries had their market closed like England, and those who let foreign players in only welcomed two players by team,” he told a Ronaldo.com reporter during his visit at the Mexican Hall of Fame in Pachuca.“Now there are hundreds of South Americans in Europe.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Europeans are more afraid of the South Americans than vice-versa.”“Also, now teams have more information about other clubs.”“When you know your enemy, you are less likely to be afraid of them,” he concluded.This is what Jorge Valdano, former @realmadriden coach said about the relationship between South Americans and European football.Do you agree? pic.twitter.com/xwBLYTkAGZ— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) November 15, 2018last_img read more

TGI Fridays waiters to be balloted for strike action in a dispute

first_imgWaiters at American restaurant chain TGI Friday’s who are members of the trade union Unite, are to be balloted for strike action in a dispute over the organisation’s tip policy and minimum wage non-compliance.Waiters who work at TGI Friday’s Covent Garden and Milton Keynes branches will be balloted between Wednesday 18 April 2018 and Tuesday 1 May 2018. Unite plans to ballot employees in two restaurants a week from Friday 13 April 2018.According to Unite, the dispute regards TGI Friday’s taking 40% of waiters’ tips from card payments and redistributing them to kitchen staff in lieu of providing a pay rise, the use of unpaid trial shifts and minimum wage non-compliance.TGI Friday’s ranked third on the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) March 2018 minimum wage non-compliance list for failing to pay 2,302 employees a total of £59,347.64.To mark the start of member balloting, a protest is to be held tomorrow (Friday 13 April 2018) at TGI Friday’s’ Covent Garden restaurant from 6.30pm.TGI Friday’s has 83 restaurants across the UK.Dave Turnbull, regional officer at Unite, said: “Our members are bravely fighting back against a system that forces [employees] to live on low pay and without income security. They have decided to ballot for strike action in a wave of rolling strike ballots over the coming months because their employer has refused to address their concerns on tips and other issues. Unite is proud to support them.“The ballot of TGI Friday’s [employees] comes just days after [employees] at fast food giant McDonald’s decided to ballot for further industrial action at six stores, building on their historic strike last September.“Standing up for your rights and challenging bad practice is hard when the threat of having your shifts cut or losing your job looms over you. It takes courage to fight back, which is why these TGI Friday’s [employees] and the McStrikers deserve our respect.”TGI Friday’s is unavailable for comment at time of publication.last_img read more

Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Items Reported Stolen From Homer Business

first_imgAt this time the investigation is ongoing. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to the business of McNeil Canyon Meats in Homer, for a reported Burglary, on April 25. McNeil Canyon Meats Manager Thomas Blaine: “I came out to the office yesterday around 10-11 in the morning, and I was out here for a little bit. Before I left I went into our office, which is the second story, and there are two windows and one had been busted out.”  Blaine: “We do have surveillance, and on there two guys walked over. We are thinking they knew what they were doing. They came up with a ladder through the second story window.” According to the Blaine, surveillance footage showed two men entered the business, on April 25, and stole items totaling several thousand dollars.last_img read more

Paul Oakenfold On Playing Stonehenge I Think There Are No Boundaries With

first_img Paul Oakenfold On Playing Stonehenge: “I Think There Are No Boundaries With Music” Twitter Email Facebook Last year he did a set on Mt. Everest, now the GRAMMY-nominated DJ will be the first-ever to play at Stonehenge. Oakenfold tells the Recording Academy why it’s important for him to bring his music to such iconic, unexpected placesAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 10, 2018 – 1:10 pm The GRAMMY-nominated producer/DJ Paul Oakenfold has been in the game for several decades now and has brought his sound to crowds of dancing fans at massive festivals and legendary clubs around the world. Yet, what is “expected” for a headlining DJ is clearly not enough to satisfy Oakenfold, as he has DJed at Mt. Everest Base Camp, the Great Wall of China, an ancient rainforest in Argentina, and now, later this week, Stonehenge. In an exclusive interview, he tells the Recording Academy why it is important for him to step outside of the box and bring his music to unexpected cultural sites.”I think there are no boundaries with music and shedding light on these great sites around the world can only help/support local culture,” he said.”Through electronic music, I’ve always been about trying to push the boundaries. We can take the music out of the traditional set up, it doesn’t just have to live in nightclubs,” Oakenfold explains in the trailer for Soundtrek: Everest, the documentary shot during his set on Everest in April 2017, “The Highest Party on Earth.” Yet, it is more than just a party in a super unique place. He also used the event to raise money for those in need, in this case for survivors of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. It is important to him to give back through his music, and to bring that music to new and unexpected places, exposing people to important cultural sites around the world.Oakenfold worked with the English Heritage charity to make his dream of bringing his music to Stonehenge and being the first DJ to play there a reality. The collaboration is a perfect matchup, as the organization works to preserve historic sites across the U.K. – all the proceeds from the event will go back to them. He told the Recording Academy that they will indeed be working together to bring more events in unexpected spots, set to Oakenfold’s transcendental tunes. Read on to learn more about why he chose sunset at Stonehenge for his next legendary set, including why “It’s much more than just electronic music.”You’ve played The Great Wall, Mt. Everest, and so many other amazing places – why Stonehenge?  I’ve been very fortunate to play some very unique shows. We have partnered up with the English Heritage to do shows at some of the most iconic landmarks in Britain over the next few years to bring attention to the next generation and highlight why these venues are so important.When is the first time you ever saw or went to Stonehenge? I’ve been to Stonehenge many times in my life. It’s a unique and wonderful place. It’s over 4,000 years old!How long did it take to put this show together? It took over two years to put this show together working alongside Alon Shulman and the great team at the English Heritage.Do you think your sets song selection will be influenced by the vibe of the site? In terms of the set, it will really represent a cross section of all kinds of music. I think it’s really important because it will be a live DJ set to the sunset. It’s much more than just electronic music.What are some other World Wonder sites you would love to play? Machu Picchu in Peru, The Great Pyramid of Gizain Egypt, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Others? I’ve been fortunate enough to play some amazing shows. I did a “Party At the End of the World,” which was in a 1,000 year old rainforest in a town called Ushuaia. It’s the nearest point to Antarctica. Of course many years ago, I also played on The Great Wall of China. I think there are no boundaries with music and shedding light on these great sites around the world can only help/support local culture.While this special event is limited to a very lucky group of 50 people, Oakenfold will be releasing a special Live At Stonehenge album to share the tracks with the rest of the world, just as he did after his Everest adventure.What So Not’s Round-The-World Journey To His Debut AlbumRead more News Exclusive: Paul Oakenfold On Playing Stonehenge paul-oakenfold-playing-stonehenge-i-think-there-are-no-boundaries-musiclast_img read more

Lotus would like to wish us all a merry driftmas

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Lotus returns with restyled, more powerful 2017 Evora 400 More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Car Culture Sports Cars 54 Photos Lotus is an easy company to make fun of because it’s seemingly perpetually on the brink of financial ruin and its cars have a terrible reputation for reliability, but it’s an even easier company to love because they care about making cars fun and also because it does stuff like make this video which it released on Wednesday.Watching all the lame attempts by #brands to engage with enthusiasts around the holiday, it’s easy to get jaded but seeing this yellow Lotus skid around the Hethel factory estate with a Christmas tree whacked onto the engine cover is almost weird enough to qualify as magical realism. If Gabriel Garcia Marquez were a gearhead, we think he’d approve.Just as a refresher, the Evora Sport 410 featured in this video is a ludicrous fiberglass and carbon-fiber bodied sports car with a supercharged Toyota Avalon engine that makes 410 horsepower shoehorned into the back. It’s built around an aluminum monocoque chassis and weighs just 2,921 pounds. It’s a very silly car.Anyway, make sure your boss isn’t around, plug in your headphones and crank the volume up for this one. You weren’t doing any real work anyway, were you? Share your voicecenter_img Post a comment Lotus 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 0 Tags Lotus Toyotalast_img read more

US town elects goat as mayor

first_imgThis handout photograph, obtained on 8 March shows Lincoln, a Nubian goat, who was elected `Pet Mayor` for the town of Fair Haven, Vermont. Photo: AFPIn a divided America where politics seems increasingly to get people’s goat, a small town in Vermont has taken the concept to heart — this week electing one as mayor.He may be a political novice but the goat’s name, Lincoln, brings with it a storied pedigree.And the leading human official in Fair Haven — population about 2,500 — hopes the long-eared, three-year-old animal’s election can serve as a bit of a lesson in democracy.In Tuesday’s poll, Lincoln was victorious over 15 other candidates including Crystal the gerbil and many dogs and cats.Fair Haven has no official mayor but the town manager, Joseph Gunter, holds similar functions.When Gunter read in a newspaper that the village of Omena, Michigan, had made Sweet Tart the cat its “top” official, he got the idea to organize a similar election to raise funds for building a playground.Lincoln’s 13 votes were enough for him to squeak past Sammie the dog.The goat, which belongs to a school math teacher, will get an education in the town’s major festivals which it will represent during its one-year mandate: “Memorial Day parade, the Apple Fest and the events we organize every Friday in the summer,” Gunter says.Although the playground fundraising effort only generated about $100, at five dollars per candidate, Gunter isn’t bleating because he says the animal election was also “a good way to get the kids involved in local government.”With 53 votes cast the turnout was low, Gunter admits, “but it was the first time, we expect it to be better next year.”That happens to be the year that US voters will also elect a human president, in a contest expected to shake out like a barnyard brawl.last_img

José Altuve Leads AllStar Voting

first_img Share Astros second baseman José Altuve is the leading vote-getter for the July 17 All-Star game and will head an American League squad that has dominated the game over the last 25 years.Altuve claimed 4.8 million votes, one season after being named the AL MVP.Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will start for the National League in his home ballpark.The MVP. The leading vote-getter. Congratulations, @JoseAltuve27!Elected ✔️ pic.twitter.com/Q1U4Zkc2Nb— Houston Astros (@astros) July 8, 2018last_img

Quincy Jones Invests in Music Startup Jammcard

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Legendary music producer Quincy Jones has joined in a million-dollar seed funding round for music tech startup Jammcard. Dubbed the “LinkedIn for musicians,” Jammcard is an invite-only social network for music professionals. It provides “vetted pros” for those in need of musicianship, and exclusive, members-only events. Among the app’s successful musical matches has been assembling live bands for the likes of Gwen Stefani, Zedd, Maren Morris, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jason Derulo and Grace VanderWaal, among others.Said Elmo Lovano, founder of Jammcard: “I’m honored to have Quincy on the Jammcard team. I love that he’s continued to push jazz and real talent forward, and I can’t wait to see where our working relationship leads. Quincy’s endorsement excites me on another level, and I will use that fire to continue to work as hard as I can to grow true value for the professional music community.” Jammcard also curates a monthly live event, the JammJam, which has included a takeovers of Capitol Records where Ty Dolla $ign performed. This summer, JammJam expanded to Atlanta and Nashville, the latter of which was held at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum and featured Jack White’s drummer Daru Jones with Andy Wood and the band members of Rascal Flatts, along with other Nashville session players.The company also boasts partnerships for original content with the Grammys and YouTube.A documentary about Jones’ life, called “Quincy,” recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film details the punishing work ethic that allowed Jones to stay on top for so long and acquire the status of a living legend. Read Variety‘s review here.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Meeting ends on positive note at Bhangar final minutes likely on Aug

first_imgKolkata: With the meeting over the Bhangar power grid sub-station issue being concluded on a positive note on Tuesday, the work for completion of the project would resume soon after the signing of ‘final minutes’ which is expected to take place on August 11.The meeting between the district administration and the Jomi, Jibika, Poribesh OBastutantra Rakshya Committee continued for around five and a half hours till 6 pm on Tuesday.There were around 50 representatives of the committee, who had a discussion over the issue with the District Magistrate of South 24-Parganas Y Ratnakara Rao. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTop brass of the state police in the district, along with other administrative officials and concerned officers of the state Power department were present in the meeting.Stating that the meeting ended on a positive note with a high expectation of signing the ‘final minutes’, a senior official said they have discussed the issues that came to them when they had spoken to villagers, making them understand about the benefits of setting up the power grid sub-station. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere was also a preliminary discussion on certain compensation packagesand the final decision in this regard will come after the meeting on August 11, when the ‘final minutes’ is highly expected to get signed. The administration hasinitiated work to finalise the same.Sources said that they had certain misconceptions about the power grid sub-station. The administration has made them understand the real facts.As a result, the representatives of the committee have assured “total cooperation” for completing the remaining work of the power grid sub-station.It has been learnt that the representatives of the committee on Tuesday placed a demand for a Local Development Plan for Khamarait. Sources said that the district administration has agreed to go for a special plan, which would be taken up for further development of the area.There was also discussion about the scope of further development in thearea, mainly by creating different infrastructure for better irrigation facilities and roadways. It may be mentioned that the state government has already sanctioned a project to construct a road from Polerhaat to Swarupnagar. The project will cost Rs 21 crore and the work for construction of the same has also started.A senior officer said that the continuous development work carried out by the state government has made it possible to get support of the people to complete the project. The work of the power grid sub-station will commence soon after the signing of the ‘final minutes’.last_img read more