Ambrose Efe: Mission to Derby County

first_imgEarlier in the month, Derby County manager, Frank Lampard was said to have been impressed by Efe in training, with the Nigerian possibly coming in on a free transfer as the former Chelsea midfielder had been keen to bring in defensive cover with only two senior centre-backs available for selection.Lampard has delved into the free agent market and former Celtic and Hibernian defender caught his eyes and the Nigerian has been training with the Rams since then.“I have found him very nice, very good, very friendly, so as a character I think he would be great for us anyway,” Lampard had said.He went on to outline some of the defender’s strengths with a move seemingly moving closer.“I watched a lot of him, I know his strengths. He is a tall defender, very committed, wants to play on the ball, and quick. It is just about making sure about his level of fitness and that both sides are happy it is going to work.”“Efe hasn’t played a competitive match since the end of December. It was good for us to have a look at him in this way. If a deal is done, we will let everybody know. We know we needed a centre-back,” Lampard had added. “I felt we would get someone but that didn’t happen. Efe is here outside of the window and if he can come in then great.”The 30-year-old defender left Hibernian in January on a mutual agreement to put an end to his two-year stay with the Hibs, having made 59 league appearances with the Easter Road outfit before his departure winning the 2017 Scottish Championship trophy.“I had other offers from abroad so when my agent called me and said Derby were interested and they had put an offer to us with Lampard, I said there is no second choice. That should be the first choice because for me, I’ve known Lampard since he was at Chelsea as a player and he has been my hero and someone I’ve always enjoyed watching play football. He is a legend so when he told me about Derby and Lampard, I’ve always watched the Championship and known about the passion,” Ambrose toldRamsTV.“Every player wants to make a mark and I want to do the best I can do to give back to the club. All I can do to make sure we are in the top six, the play-offs, or the coaches have said, automatic promotion, which is the best to put into the spirit of the players.“We are aiming for the top two places to get the automatic ticket so once you put that in your head then it’s a challenge and it’s not impossible. In the Championship, everyone is equal to everyone. Anyone can beat anyone when you are at your best so for me, I need to work hard, train hard and adapt quickly to help the team.“I know it’s a busy time playing every weekend and that’s the challenge I like. It’s competitive football that I like so I don’t have a problem with that. I want to prove myself and make sure to repay his trust in me and that is why I’m here.”Lampard had previously said that strengthening the defence was crucial if they are to maintain their Championship promotion challenge. “If not then we have two regular centre-halves that have been playing fantastically well all season.”“He brings competition at the centre-back area because we only had tworecognised centre-backs with the injuries that we’ve had this season. And he brings the experience of playing at Celtic many games, Hibernian, games internationally. So that may be a huge deciding factor in our season depending on how we go because we know we have a tough run of games and a busy fixture list,” Lampard said.“Sometimes you never know where football will take you but for me, it’s a dream to play down in England so getting the opportunity to play here is amazing,” Ambrose said.Ambrose is perhaps best known for his five-year stint at Celtic, where he replaced the former Owls captain Glenn Loovens and was a teammate of Gary Hooper but the Nigerian spent the best part of two years at Hibernian before engineering his own release earlier this month.After a good performance at the junior ranks, former national team coach, Stephen Keshi invited Ambrose Efe to the Super Eagles ahead of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the defender did repose the trust ‘Big Boss’ had on him as he stood like a Rock in the defence en route Nigeria’s third AFCON success. Dip in form; not having enough playing time however robbed Efe of his ambition of having a part at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.After failing to pin down a regular playing time under Coach BredanRogers at Celtic and as a way of playing himself back to reckoning into the national team after being ignored in two successive 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Zambia and Algeria respectively, Ambrose Efe seek a loan deal to English second-tier side, Blackburn Rovers, but the non-issuance of work permit made him return to Celtic.The 30-year-old had stated that he is ready to continue “working hard and training hard. It’s difficult as a player you want to play, but as you know football has its ups and downs you have good days and bad days. For me, I keep working hard and training hard, I enjoy every moment I spend on the training field.“The manager has told me, he has seen me he knows my quality and the kind of player I am, but the most important thing for me is to start playing so when I start playing he can see me in a different way,” Ambrose was quoted by The Scotting Sun.Ambrose started his professional career at Kaduna United in 2006 and two years later, he was loaned to Bayelsa United for the 2008–09 season but remained with Kaduna United after helping them win promotion.He joined Israeli Premier League club FC Ashdod in June 2010 and left in 2012 to join Scottish Premier League club Celtic on a three-year contract.Ambrose was a member of the Nigerian national under-20 football team at 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. He later represented Nigeria U-23 and played two games at the 2008 Summer Olympics.He was called up to Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations playing five out of six games was named in the 2013 African Cup of Nations team of the tournament. He said winning the AFCON was his biggest achievement and one of the greatest moments of his life.He was selected for Nigeria’s squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After a successful two-year stint at Hibernian in which  he made 59 league  appearances, winning  the Scottish  Championship, Ambrose Efe is hoping to consolidate his football career with Championship side, Derby County after the 30-year-old defender left Hibs in January on a mutual agreementRumour was rife early in January that Sheffield Wednesday are hoping that Ambrose Efe would engineer his own release from Hibernian and move to Hillsborough and therefore land the 30-year-old ahead of rival suitors such as Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.And with Sheffield Wednesday currently in possession of the Championship’s second-leakiest defence, a new centre-half is thought to be among Steve Bruce’s main priorities after being appointed a manager at Hillsborough, but it was not to be as the Nigerian international over the weekend sealed a short-term deal with Derby County after successful trials. 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Spend Mother’s Day Weekend At Quinault Beach Resort And Casino

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Some Moms want breakfast in bed followed by an awesome round of slots.  Other moms want a quiet, relaxing day at the spa.  Still other moms prefer a date night with hubby with great food, lively music, and big payouts in the casino.Whatever your Mom has at the top of her list, Quinault Beach Resort and Casino is ready to provide it during Mother’s Day weekend.Take Mom to play her favorite table game.  On Friday and Sunday, play the promotions for a chance to win up to $10,000.  Just last month, Quinault Beach Resort and Casino awarded a lucky player $80,000.  Wouldn’t that rock Mom’s special day?For the spa-loving Moms, luxuriate in a gorgeous hotel room.  Then spend time at the nurturing day spa.  Professional massage therapists provide relaxing treatments.  Treat Mom to a marine hydration spa special for two hours of bliss.Enjoy a delightful meal in the casino’s award winning restaurants.  After a tasty meal, play in the casino.  According to Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, their slots pay out higher than any other area casino.On Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, the fun-loving Mom will enjoy the Silver Sizzles Revue.  A cast all over the age of 50 is sure to entertain and delight the crowds in a Vegas-style revue.  Think glamour, glitz and feathers.  The performers costumes, exciting dance productions, great songs and hilarious comedy will get the entire audience involved.Kim Archer is performing on Friday and Saturday night during Mother’s Day weekend.  The band describes its music as “old school soul, funk and classic rock with sultry blue and original ballads.”  Enjoy live music by Kim Archer in the Ocean Lounge.Whatever way you choose to treat Mom, Quinault Beach Resort & Casino is the place to be.  It’s still fine to gather photos from the customer/organization – this is just another option if you wanted to snap your own shots.Quinault Beach Resort & Casino78 State Route 115Ocean Shores, WA 98569888.461.2214last_img read more

A Vigil Against Hate

first_imgRED BANK — It was planned in a rush last Saturday evening as events were continuing in real time, with the vigil for peace becoming a near-spontaneous outpouring of passion, voicing opposition and anecdotes to the day’s violence.The hastily convened vigil conducted on Aug. 12 at Riverside Gardens Park, West Front Street, attracted between 100 to 150 people. The crowd included Borough Council members Edward Zipprich and Kathy Horgan, candidates for various races, clergy members, and many from the surrounding communities who were motivated to express their concern over the events earlier in the day in Charlottesville, Virginia.There, members of various white supremacist and anti-government groups marched and clashed with counter-protesters over the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a confederate Civil War general. The demonstration, labeled the “Unite the Right” rally, conducted by what is often described as “alt-right” groups, including members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, anti-government groups and others expressing support for what they deem “white culture,” offered blatant racist and hate rhetoric.The violence there led to the death of one woman who was struck by a car driven into a crowd earlier on Saturday; two Virginia State Police troopers also died when the helicopter they were flying in to monitor the crowds crashed. Dozens of others were injured in the melee, various media outlets reported.“So much hate has been unleashed,” said the Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst, minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, in Lincroft.But this gathering was for a different reason, she announced. “We are here to say ‘no’ to hate,” Jarocha-Ernst said. “We are here to say ‘no’ to racism.”“May we find a way to end this,” was Jarocha-Ernst’s wish.Red Bank resident Kate Triggiano, who is the co-chair of the Monmouth County Young Progressives Committee and has been active on a number of progressive and liberal political fronts, said she was watching in dismay as the day’s events unfolded on cable TV news. She said she had started to receive calls from friends asking about getting something together in response. “We knew we had to do something, we wanted to do something,” Triggiano said. She explained she began spreading the word through social media, with others on Facebook continuing the thread, with the crowd convening about 8 p.m.The group on hand sang hymns and offered their observations concerning the day’s events.Despite what motivated it, “This is magnificent,” said the Rev. Gilbert Caldwell, looking at the peaceful crowd. Caldwell, a self-described civil rights advocate, said he had participated in the Freedom Summer, when he and others traveled to the South in 1964 to help register African-Americans to vote – facing violence and intimidation by groups like the KKK. “So, I’ve been around a whole lot,” and have seen violence of this type before, he said. “It seems to me in the U.S.A. there are some people who have a problem with people of color,” he added.“It’s time to be angry,” said Rabbi Marc Kline of the Monmouth Reform Temple, Tinton Falls. “It’s time to be angry enough to do something” about the “ignorance that reigns and reigns supreme,” he continued.“Today it is time to stand together,” and to let voices be heard, Kline said. “We have to take this moment to start making phone calls, writing letters,” he advised.“We are on the side of America. We are on the side of freedom. We are on the side of justice,” said Sue Fulton, who was last year’s Democratic candidate for Monmouth County freeholder. “I say we have to remember what side we are on.”Fulton and others criticized President Donald Trump, seeing his comments in response to the day’s events inadequate and tepid. “He didn’t condemn anything,” Fulton said.Trump on Monday offered a more direct condemnation of the various groups after being disparaged from many corners, including from fellow Republicans. In his comments, he called the groups “repugnant.”On Tuesday, however, Trump seemed to reverse himself, telling reporters “both sides” were to blame for the weekend’s violence, unleashing another round of criticism for the president’s views.This article was first published in the Aug. 17-24, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Giants’ magic continues with another thrilling comeback, Panik stuns the Cubs

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — It’s been nearly three years since the Giants’ bullpen melted down in the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.Rosters turn over, players move on, and fans turn their attention toward brighter days ahead, but the memories remain fresh for all who took part.Second baseman Joe Panik is one of a handful of Giants players who can still recall what October baseball in San Francisco …last_img read more

Junior Boks jet off to world championships

first_img27 May 2015A motivated Junior Springbok squad flew out of Cape Town to Italy yesterday where they will compete in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship.The South Africans are among the firm favourites in the tournament after coming so close to beating England in a pulsating final last June in Auckland, New Zealand.The set off for this year’s instalment of the tough under-20 championship buoyed by a good 2-0 away series victory over Argentina.A fit and well-conditioned squad of 28 players, they will attempt to become only the second South African team to lift the U20 championship crown, and follow in the footsteps of the triumphant side of 2012.On Tuesday, the team completed their home preparations for the three-week long competition with a strenuous workout in Stellenbosch, before attending the traditional capping ceremony later in the evening.Apart from the trials, the squad’s training camp of six weeks included two training matches against the Western Province Rugby Institute, a thrilling successful clash against a star-studded Varsity Cup Dream Team plus an away series against the formidable Los Pumitas.Coach Dawie Theron said the squad were excited and looking forward to getting to Italy after the long and intensive training camp.“The boys are rearing to go and we have a great team spirit,” said Theron. “They are in a very good conditioning shape and I am pleased with the amount of work we have done at our training base in Stellenbosch.”The added it was important to approach the tournament in a good, positive mind- set. According to him, the tour to Argentina played a huge part in their mental preparation for the annual showpiece.“We simulated our training and travelling activities according to our Italy tournament programme, so that we can ensure all of them have a proper understanding of the rigorous time that await them in Italy.“This is a well-balanced squad, with powerful forwards and really quick backs, so the coaching staff are really looking forward to seeing them play against quality opposition. We go there with high expectations but fully aware that we will have to work extremely hard during a very competitive tournament,” said Theron.The South Africans open their fixture list on Tuesday, 2 June when they will be in action against hosts Italy in the Stadio San Michele in Calvisano. Next up is Samoa on Saturday, 6 June in Parma before they return to Calvisano for their last Pool B match against Australia. The playoffs are scheduled for 15 and 20 June.The Junior Bok forwards for the championship are:Hyron Andrews (Sharks)Rikus Bothma (Western Province)Dan du Preez (Sharks)Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks)Thomas du Toit (Sharks)Joseph Dweba (Free State Cheetahs)Njabulo Gumede (Blue Bulls)Jason Jenkins (Blue Bulls)Hanro Liebenberg (Blue Bulls – captain)Mzamo Majola (Sharks)Ox Nche (Free State Cheetahs)Abongile Nonkontwana (Blue Bulls)RG Snyman (Blue Bulls)Jan van der Merwe (Blue Bulls)Frans van Wyk (Western Province)Jacques Vermeulen (Western Province)The Junior Bok backs for the championship are:Tinus de Beer (Blue Bulls)Daniel du Plessis (Western Province)Warrick Gelant (Blue Bulls)Grant Hermanus (Western Province)JT Jackson (Blue Bulls)Malcolm Jaer (EP Kings)Marco Jansen van Vuren (Golden Lions)Khanyo Ngcukana (Western Province)Brandon Thomson (Western Province)Ivan van Zyl (Blue Bulls)EW Viljoen (Western Province)Leolin Zas (Western Province)Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Six Steps to Success With Heat-Recovery Ventilation

first_imgThis post originally was published at the Zero Energy Project and is used here with permission. Ventilation is essential in all modern homes. When homes are built with energy efficiency in mind, they are more tightly air sealed than the average building and therefore need fresh air distributed through the entire home. A central ventilation system exhausts stale indoor air from high-moisture areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens, while simultaneously supplying fresh air to living areas and bedrooms. Central ventilation also offers the option of filtering the outside air to remove particulates, allergens, and chemical pollutants. The result is well-distributed fresh clean air.All homes pay an energy penalty for ventilation, because air that sneaks in through cracks and openings must be heated or cooled. Very airtight construction combined with central ventilation systems offer the opportunity to preheat incoming air in winter by transferring warmth from the stream of outgoing air. A heat exchanger can capture between 70% and 95% of that heat to reduce the energy needed to heat incoming air – something that is especially valuable in colder climates. 1. Calculate required air flowThe amount of fresh air flow for any type of ventilation system is calculated according to a national standard known as ASHRAE 62.2 – 2010, which takes into account both the number of occupants and the conditioned floor area of the home. The simple equation goes like this:(Occupants x 7.5) + (square feet of conditioned floor area x 0.1) = ventilation rate in cfmSo, four people living in a 2,000-square-foot home would need a continuous air flow of:(4 x 7.5) + (2000 x 0.01) = 50 cfmThis formula will get you close enough, but if you want to be even more precise, there is a sophisticated online calculator that allows detailed inputs for more exact results. HRV or ERV?Are HRVs Cost-Effective?Does a Home with an HRV Also Need Bath Fans? Designing a Good Ventilation System Green Basics: Ventilation Choices: Three Ways to Keep Indoor Air Fresh While most HRV equipment is well-designed and durable, the technology has been plagued by poor installation practices that reduce their value. “In all my many years in the HVAC industry,” says Bruce Manclark of CLEAResult, “I have never seen anything screwed up as much as HRVs.” Here are the six steps to success for selecting and installing HRVs. 2. Select efficient equipmentHRVs have internal fans that run many hours a day and sometimes continuously. You should choose a model that provides the necessary air flow while sipping as little energy as possible. HRVs should be tested and certified by the Heating and Ventilating Institute. Most manufacturers show these testing results in their product literature. A great way to compare products is the online version of HVI’s Certified Products Directory.To choose an efficient model, first find the sensible recovery efficiency (SRE) column in the HVI directory. This shows how efficiently the unit transfers heat between air streams. Look for an SRE of at least 80%. This value is clearly shown in the database. Next, you’ll need to calculate how efficiently the unit moves air. This is called efficacy and is expressed as cfm per watt. While this number does not appear in the database, you can easily calculate it by dividing Net Airflow (cfm) by the Power Consumed (watts). You want the efficacy to be at least 1.25 cfm per watt. 6. Decide on an HRV or ERVThe information above applies to both HRVs and ERVs, which may perform equally well in most climate zones. But what is the difference between a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) and and energy recovery ventilator (ERV)? The main difference is that an HRV transfers only the temperature of air between the outgoing and incoming air streams. Engineers call this sensible heat. It’s the heat you feel directly as a change in air temperature.But air always contains some water vapor and that vapor also holds energy. ERVs transfer sensible heat plus a substantial amount of water vapor between the incoming and outgoing air streams along with the energy in that vapor, a property called enthalpy. Because ERVs capture this additional form of energy, their efficiency ratings are generally higher than HRVs.But wait! Isn’t the purpose of ventilation to remove humidity from a home? Why have a device that returns some of the water vapor? Some climates are very dry and will benefit from this feature of an ERV. This can be useful in many inland areas of the American West. In the American Southeast, the situation is reversed, but an ERV is still appropriate. Here, the indoor air has been dehumidified, so ventilation would introduce outside air with a much higher relative humidity. In this case, the ERV expels the humidity back to the outside and helps maintain a lower indoor humidity.These two examples may seem contradictory. In one case, humidity is maintained inside the home and, in the other case, humidity is expelled. However, in both cases, the water vapor jumps across the core, from the more humid air stream to the less humid air stream and returns to where it came from originally. Consistent with basic physics, the water vapor moves from a higher concentration to a lower concentration.If you follow these six steps to selecting the right equipment, you’ll be on the right track to achieving better indoor air quality and greater energy efficiency. For more details see the HRV System Best Practices Poster at BetterBuiltNW.com.center_img 4. Locate fresh air supply pointsIn order to mix fresh air throughout the house, supply points should be positioned a considerable distance from the exhaust points. Bedrooms and living rooms are good choices. Even though incoming fresh air has been tempered by the heat exchanger, during the winter the fresh air is usually slightly below room temperature, so take care not to make occupants uncomfortable by blowing that air directly onto them. Place the incoming vents high on a wall, so it will mix with warm air and not be noticed. In a bedroom, introducing fresh air into a closet allows gentle mixing with room air. Plus, it has the added benefit of helping keep the clothes smelling fresh and clean! RELATED ARTICLES 5. Create a dedicated duct systemMost experts agree that it’s best for an HRV to have its own dedicated duct system. If the home has hydronic heat or ductless heat pumps, that’s the only choice. In this case, the HRV mixes the air throughout the house. However, homes with forced air heating and cooling systems can share the ducts used for heating and cooling. This saves money on material and labor and offers great distribution of fresh air. Integrating HRVs with forced air systems requires careful planning, proper controls, and sound installation practices. Manclark covers these issues in detail below. Heat-recovery ventilators (HRVs) and energy-recovery ventilators (ERVs) remove stale air from the home and replace it (in winter) with preheated fresh air from outside. The result is better indoor air quality and lower energy use than in standard homes. The HRV itself is fairly simple: an airtight box with a heat exchange core that transfers heat from the indoor air to outside air (or vice-versa) as the air passes through the box. The box also contains two small fans to move the air. All the points below apply equally to HRVs and their close cousins, energy-recovery ventilators (ERVs). This article is based on training developed by Bruce Manclark and Dan Wildenhaus of CLEAResult. This is the first of two parts. Part 2 will cover integrating HRVs with forced air heating and cooling systems. 3. Locate exhaust pointsSince the idea is to remove humid, odiferous air from the house, locate the stale air exhaust points in each bathroom, kitchen, utility room, and other high moisture areas. This allows heat recovery from areas of the home where humidity and odors are most abundant. The HRV can replace spot ventilation (exhaust) fans in these rooms to save money and provide a more pleasant environment. If homeowners are fond of a steamy shower, but averse to a foggy mirror, a standard bath fan can be installed to supplement the HRV.An exhaust point located near the kitchen area should be at least six feet from the cooking surface. This exhaust point is intended to remove general moisture and cooking odors. While HRVs are not intended to entirely replace the range hood, in some applications, with an HRV in the kitchen, it may be possible to eliminate the external venting on a range hood and operate it in recirculation mode only. As with bathroom spot ventilation, occupant habits may dictate a standard range hood in the kitchen to expel moisture and odors.last_img read more

Team doctor Winston Dawes declares Usain Bolt fit and ready for London Olympics

first_imgTeam doctor of Jamaica’s track and field outfit Winston Dawes says Usain Bolt is fit and ready for the Olympics despite lingering public concerns over his fitness. Doctor Dawes has shrugged off suggestions that Bolt will miss the Games with injury despite reports that the Olympic champion is suffering with niggling leg and back problems, CMC reports.Bolt withdrew from last Friday’s Monaco Diamond League meeting, where he had been due to run the 200m, with what his coach Glen Mills called a “slight” problem.”We saw him yesterday…he is fine…there is nobody who is doing this time in training that could be injured,” Dawes told reporters.”I just think that people panic a little and I think that he can be reassured that he is fully back and that he will be there at his very best.”The triple Olympic gold medallist has also been forced to ponder a possible threat to his track dominance from compatriot Yohan Blake who defeated him twice during the Jamaica trials last month.Recently, he travelled to Germany to see renowned sports doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt but Dawes has insisted that the 25-year-old would be ready to run.”He has been tired mentally and physically and he has been really training very, very hard over the last three weeks since our championships,” said Dawes.”He is fine. He is fine. He has done some fantastic times in training. So there should be no problems about that.”Meanwhile, at a news conference in London on Thursday, Bolt admitted that he had recently been nursing an injury, a back problem that led to hamstring tightness.advertisementBut he said the issue has been corrected and he has been able to put together several weeks of intense training.”It’s all about the championship,” he told reporters. “I’m ready to go.”Bolt holds the 100-metre world record of 9.58 seconds and the 200-metre record of 19.19 seconds.The Olympics opening ceremony will take place on Friday, while the 100-metre preliminaries commence on August 4.last_img read more

10 months agoLille inform Chelsea, PSG they’re ready to sell Thiago Mendes

first_imgLille inform Chelsea, PSG they’re ready to sell Thiago Mendesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille have informed Chelsea they’re prepared to sell Thiago Mendes next month.Last summer, Chelsea asked Lille to keep them informed of the Brazilian’s situation with the view to bringing him to England.RMC says Lille have told suitors they’re prepared to sell Thiago Mendes in January.Chelsea are in contact, along with Wolfsburg and Schalke 04.PSG are also interested in the midfielder, who they see as a replacement for contract rebel Adrien Rabiot. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Manitoba Hydro boss announces retirement says the time is right to leave

first_imgWINNIPEG – The president and CEO of Manitoba Hydro has announced he is retiring less than three years after joining the Crown corporation.Kelvin Shepherd, who joined the utility in December 2015 after a five-year stint at MTS Inc., says in a release that he will be stepping down Nov. 16.Manitoba Hydro’s board of directors, citing an inability to work with the provincial government, resigned en masse in March.Premier Brian Pallister said the dispute stemmed from a multimillion-dollar deal, which was quashed by the government, between the utility and the Manitoba Metis Federation.The deal was designed to forestall opposition to future power-related projects and the agreement’s demise prompted the federation to pursue court action.Weeks later, the province’s Public Utilities Board rejected Manitoba Hydro’s request to raise electricity rates by almost eight per cent at a time the Crown is building northern power stations and a transmission line to bring electricity south.During his tenure, Shepherd oversaw the elimination of hundreds of positions through voluntary departures that were expected to save the company more than $90 million a year in operating costs.Shepherd said in a release that it’s been a privilege to lead the hard-working people at Manitoba Hydro and that it was a difficult personal decision for him to leave.“Like any job, the position of CEO comes with both good and bad that one must accept and manage,” he said. “I have done my best to lead our company through both the challenges and opportunities we have faced, but I know in my heart that now is the right time to move on to a new stage in my life.”Marina James, the recently appointed chair of the Manitoba Hydro board, said Shepherd is leaving the corporation with a stronger senior leadership team.“Kelvin has been an invaluable asset and he has played an exemplary role as the CEO of this company,” she said.A search for a new president and CEO is already underway.last_img read more

Tommy Lakes fire grows to over 19500 hectares forces evacuation of 78

first_imgA map of the Tommy Lakes Fire perimeter. Photo by BC Wildfire ServiceMacAuley explained crews did notice some increased fire activity yesterday that was caused by the high winds meaning that the fire is likely larger than currently reported, though officials won’t have an updated number until after surveys are conducted later today. She said that air tankers were able to complete part of their mission in limiting the fire’s growth along the southeast flank, but had to be grounded as a precautionary measure after just a few hours because of heavy smoke. A Conair Aerial Firefighting Avro RJ85 air tanker at the North Peace Airport. Photo by Chris NewtonAn area restriction remains in effect for the area surrounding the fire. The area restriction has been put in place to address public-safety concerns arising from the wildfire’s rate of spread and to avoid interference with fire control. The restriction will remain in place until noon on July 31st, or until the order is rescinded.Under this order and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the Tommy Lakes wildfire restricted area without prior written authorization of an official, designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area under the following circumstances only: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says that the Tommy Lakes Fire continues to burn north of Fort St. John and has now grown to over 19,000 hectares, forcing 78 area residents from their homes.Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after conducting an aerial survey yesterday, the Wildfire Service now estimates the size of the conflagration at 19,540 hectares, and the fire is zero percent contained. She said that the personnel battling the blaze had their ranks bolstered since Monday, bringing the total of firefighters at the scene to 133, with two additional helicopters and pieces of heavy equipment. The total of both helicopters and heavy machinery pieces is now nine each.“On the east side of the Beatton Road, crews are working to build and reinforce guard along the fire perimeter to prevent the fire from crossing the Beatton road,” said an update on the Wildfire Service website. “Crews are also working on a fireline south on the Tommy Lakes Road. Additional crews are continuing with blackline and mop-up operations along the South Nig connector. Sprinklers are installed on the bridge at the 56km mark on the Tommy Lakes Road.” travelling to or from his or her principal residence that is not under an evacuation order;using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;travelling to or from an industrial activity or business location;travelling through or entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity; orthrough or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities. A map of the evacuation order near the Tommy Lakes Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. A map of the evacuation order near the Tommy Lakes Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. An evacuation order has also been issued by the Peace River Regional District due to the immediate danger posed by the fire. The PRRD’s Deputy CAO Shawn Dahlen said that in total, 78 evacuees have registered at the Emergency Evacuation Centre at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more