Huskies to take on Navigators tonight and tomorrow afternoon

first_imgThe Navigators come in to Fort St. John as hot as can be. The team has compiled a record of 20-3 so far this season, and has also won their last eight games in a row. Fort St. John enters the weekend third in the league standings with a record of 16-6-0-2. The Huskies are tied with the Fairview Flyers for third place, and six points back from the Navigators. A successful weekend at home would put the Huskies back in contention for first place.Tonight’s game gets underway at 8 p.m., while Sunday afternoon’s face-off is slated for 1:30 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img

Antelope Valley cutting back on water

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.To avoid a water shortage, county water officials are urging people to conserve water repairing broken sprinkler heads, fixing leaks and refraining from watering lawns and washing their cars. About 70 percent of water is used outdoors, so not watering lawns should help significantly in ensuring an adequate water supply, Barrett said. “If they would turn off sprinklers, for most people, that would be an automatic reduction of 70 percent,” Barrett said. The county already has received three reports of water-wasting, including someone washing a car and a condominium complex where the sprinklers were running. The number to call to report over-watering is 800-675-HELP. Recorded information on the shutdown is available at 800-218-0018. LANCASTER – Residents are responding to pleas to conserve water in the face of a treatment-plant shutdown but more needs to be done. On Sunday, the first day of a six-day closure of the Quartz Hill Water Treatment Plant, affected residents cut back water use by more than 25 percent, from 50 million gallons to 37 million gallons. “Fifty percent every day would be ideal for the whole week. Thirty percent everyday would get us through the period without running out of water,” Melinda Barrett, county water conservation program manager, said Monday. “If it gets warmer, or for any reason well production goes down, we need a cushion.” The shutdown of the water treatment plant through Friday will extremely limit water supplies for customers of Waterworks District No. 40, which relies on the plant to supply 60 percent of its water. The closure affects some 45,000 households in west Lancaster and west Palmdale. In the city of Palmdale, among District 40’s customers, officials say they were cutting irrigation. “The city has been doing our part to conserve water without losing significant amounts of turf,” public works director Leon Swain said. “We are shutting it down as much as we can.” To increase water supply, District 40 is getting an additional 3 million gallons a day during the six-day period from two other water agencies.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Women bring cheer to troubled youths

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“They’re here because they know we can’t be home with our own families.” Jason, with a shadow of a mustache, wore a striped collared shirt and tie to the party, a young man with a newfound sense of what’s right. First up when he gets out of Rancho is to get out of his gang, too. Then will come high school and college, dreams propelled by his budding desire to be a lawyer. The ladies cooked a pasta meal for the 15 or so young men and their social workers and other Rancho staffers. And they brought gifts – games to share, plus sweat shirts, jackets, socks, candy and toothbrushes – the things luckier moms lovingly wrap and place under the Christmas tree. “A lot of kids don’t get to see unconditional love – these complete strangers doing something for them,” said Andy Shlapak, a lead group worker. Some come from traditional families, but many are from shattered homes, have a parent in prison or they’ve been knocked about the foster system, social worker Melissa Miller said. CHATSWORTH – It’s a curious mix: these smiling church ladies glowing in festive Christmas sweaters and these kids – some of them simple troublemakers, some of them adolescent felons. But somehow it’s quite natural, other kids’ moms and grandmas sitting down to chat with these pint-size criminals – sharing, laughing, confiding and simply celebrating the season of good will. Wednesday night was the annual Christmas party at Rancho San Antonio where guild members from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in nearby Northridge threw a feast for these boys who are serving time away from home for infractions that range from truancy to weapons charges. “These are nice people, they’re doing this for us and we don’t actually deserve it,” said 15-year-old Jason, arrested a year ago for carrying a gun. “I think they’re great. “A lot are products of their environment,” Miller said. “They come here and they grow and flourish, but they have to decide how things will turn out for them.” Fifteen-year-old Jack’s mother has been in and out of his life. At 6, he went to foster care. He lived for a time with his mother in Louisiana, but after Hurricane Katrina demolished his adopted hometown, he headed back to L.A. At 14, he robbed a guy of his cell phone and cash so he could buy drugs. He said he was touched by the support coming from people who genuinely care that his Christmas is happy. “It means a lot to me. I never had that before,” he said.” A brick of a kid with determination in his eyes, Jack said his focus now is to do what it takes to play football for the University of Southern California. “If people like this, who don’t know you, will support you, it helps you realize you can turn around,” he said. “You can do whatever you decide you want to do.” Before sitting down to eat, the group held hands in an enormous circle, these baby-faced boys on the verge of second – or third – chances, intermingling with a crew of church ladies and a sprinkling of social workers. They prayed together, more in gratitude for what they have rather than despair for the cruel curves life can throw at a young boy. Virginia Houghton, dressed in red, sat at the end of one of three banquet tables and chatted with a couple of boys. She looked them in the eye, and they returned the respect. “It means so much to them, but it means so much to us, too,” she said. “Everyone has troubles. We’re old – that’s what they think – but they know we really care. They’re at such a vulnerable age.” “How’s the food here?” Houghton asked 13-year-old Matthew, who got caught selling marijuana at school at age 11. He shrugged. “Sometimes it’s OK.” “My daughter is in boarding school,” she told him. “She complains about the food. All she’ll eat is cheese, cheese, cheese. She’s going to come home for Christmas.” “She’s lucky,” said Jason. How old is she, another Jason asks. The daughter turned 18 in October, the same month as Jason II’s birthday. The night proved a dual celebration for 13-year-old Jose, haloed by a mass of black curls atop his head. Jose’s grown some 4 inches since he arrived at Rancho a month after he turned 12, a kid who had one problem after another in school and faced several suspensions before a judge finally stepped in. This week he heads home to East Los Angeles, to his mom and four brothers and a new sense of determination. “I’m going to show my family I can do good,” said Jose, who aspires now to be a social worker – like a lot of kids here who dream for themselves what they see in the role models who are helping them turn around. These Rancho kids share regret, hope and drive. All say they’re learning responsibility and many say it’s special attention like Wednesday night’s party that shows them a lot of people – people they don’t even know – are rooting for their success. At 14, Damontre has the body of a football player. He would have been on the field this past year at high school, but instead plays at Rancho after his arrest for gun possession. “I think it’s pretty nice that they care, that they come out and do this because they don’t have to. I just want to say thank you,” Damontre said. “I just want to say thank you because they don’t even know me.” 661-257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea v Southampton: Mata in and Torres returns

first_imgJuan Mata is recalled to the Chelsea starting line-up for the game against Southampton at Stamford Bridge.Frank Lampard is on the bench, with Michael Essien coming in for his first Premier League start of the season. The fit-again Fernando Torres starts up front and Eden Hazard is also in the team.England striker Rickie Lambert is dropped to the Saints bench, while ex-Chelsea man Jack Cork is also among the visiting substitutes.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Essien, Ramires; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Willian, Ba.Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Rodriguez, Osvaldo.Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Lambert, S Davis, Cork, Chambers, Hooiveld.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

‘Hard Knocks’ teaser: ‘We don’t play with Roethlisberger no more’

first_imgHBO and NFL Films just keep dropping little bread crumbs — hoping they lead us to the premiere of “Hard Knocks:” Training Camp With the Oakland Raiders” tonight.Are you in?A few days ago, there was that clever remake of the iconic poem, “The Autumn Wind Is a Raider.” And now comes a short sneak peek that features a sequence with three of wide receiver Antonio Brown’s adorable children.The kids, of course, want to know why Daddy is not out running on the practice field (Brown has been …last_img

Taking the Nelson Mandela Route

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela Route starts in the Eastern Cape, in King William’s Town, which began as a London-based Missionary Station in 1826 and provides a backdrop to early European influences in a struggle region of British, Boer and Xhosa conflicts.The town’s Amathole Museum has a Xhosa Gallery, Missionary Museum and German Settlers display. The grave of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko is also in the town.The Mandela Route moves through Bhisho, home of the provincial government, and takes a scenic drive on the N2 to Mthatha, which hosts the Nelson Mandela Museum.The museum is a collection of heritage sectors spread across three locations: Qunu, Mveso and Mthatha. A display reflecting the life and times of Mandela can be found at the Bhunga Building section of the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha.Mandela has received thousands of gifts from presidents, groups and ordinary people. Accepted on behalf of the people of South Africa, they are in safe-keeping at the museum for the benefit and appreciation of the nation. Artefacts ranging from children’s letters to bejeweled camel covers say more about the donors than their famous recipient.Scenes from Mandela’s childhoodThe second sector of the museum is the Community Museum and Youth & Heritage Centre in the village of Qunu, where Mandela spent his childhood.Here, tourists can view the remains of young Nelson’s primary school, the rock he used to slide down with friends, and the graveyard where his son, daughter and parents are buried – all set in the rolling hills of Pondoland, where Mandela grazed his family’s cattle.Alongside the N2 is Mandela’s current home, where he entertains a steady stream of people from the neighbouring village and holds an annual party for children on his birthday. A tunnel running under the N2 allows visitors to “cross” the road in safety.A thatched open-air museum at Mveso – the third sector of the Nelson Mandela Museum – shelters a photographic exhibition depicting significant moments in Mandela’s life. Nearby are the remains of the homestead where Mandela was born and raised.Free guided tours of all three sectors of the Nelson Mandela Museum can be arranged via the museum in Mthatha.The Mandela Route then moves back to East London, which has a museum housing a superb collection of southern Nguni beadwork.Staying on the trail of the man himself, one has to leave the Eastern Cape, as he did.Mandela in JohannesburgThe Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg is a state-of-the-art tribute to the rise and fall of apartheid. Twenty-two exhibition areas take the visitor on an emotional journey through a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination.It was put together on a seven-hectare site by a team of curators, film-makers, historians, designers and architects. Film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts depict the epic saga of apartheid.Mandela’s humble house in Orlando West, Soweto has been turned into the Mandela Family Museum. It houses an assortment of memorabilia, paintings, photographs and collection of honorary doctorates bestowed on Mandela from universities around the world.This matchbox home at 8115 Ngakane Street was the abode that Mandela shared with his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase. She moved out after their divorce in 1957, and when Winnie Madikizela married Mandela in 1958, she then moved into this Soweto home.Mandela seldom stayed here as he was living life on the run as the “black pimpernel”. Nearby is the Hector Pieterson Memorial to the schoolboy shot during the June 16 riots of 1976, as well as the home of Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu.Mandela’s larger-than-life character and famous “Madiba jive” are also captured in an outsize 6 metre statue at the upmarket shopping destination Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) – a prime photo opportunity for tourists.This famous builder of bridges between people has also had the largest cable-stayed bridge in southern Africa named after him. It links the Johannesburg central business district of Newtown and the northern parts of the city.Robben IslandFinally – or firstly? – to Robben Island, off the coastline of Cape Town.The famous prison has incarcerated indigenous African leaders, Muslim leaders from the East Indies, Dutch and British settler soldiers and civilians, women and anti-apartheid activists, including South Africa’s first democratic President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.Today it is a museum which acts as a focal point for South African heritage. Ex-political prisoners act as tour guides in a place of exile and imprisonment which epitomises the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.last_img read more

Water level falls in Meghalaya mine

first_imgThe operation to rescue 15 miners trapped in an illegal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district since December 13 saw some progress on Friday.District officials said the Odisha Fire Service personnel drained out enough water from an old shaft for the other agencies to lower high-power pumps in the main pit where 15 coal miners are trapped.The old and freshly-dug mines are interconnected, and the miners are believed to have either hit an aquifer or a water-filled abandoned mine.“The water in the old shaft receded by 3.5 ft after the Odisha Fire Service personnel used two pumps to drain out 9,00,000 litres,” a spokesperson said. While people from Coal India Limited inserted its pump in the old shaft, those from Kirloskar lowered two pumps in the main shaft,” a spokesperson said.Pumping of water from the main shaft is expected by Saturday, the seventh day of the renewed operation. The water level in the 350 ft deep main shaft needs to go down to a certain level before the Navy divers can go in, officials said.The water level of another interconnected old shaft nearby went down by 13 inches since Thursday. But the level rose again after water seeped in throughout the night.last_img read more

Vinod Kambli hale and hearty after heart surgery

first_imgMercurial Vinod Kambli, the hard-hitting batsman who once matched Don Bradman and Wally Hammond by hammering successive double Test centuries, has undergone successful angioplasty and hopes to be back on television soon. Kambli, 40, underwent angioplasty on two of his blocked arteries at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai last month, but the surgery was kept well under wraps.We didnt tell anyone about it, except my close friends. You are the first one from the media I’m speaking to, though the news channel for which I work knew my condition and allowed to undergo surgery. Overall, I am feeling much better now, Kambli told Mail Today from Mumbai.Its disappointing that Im not able to cover the first Test between India and New Zealand for my channel. But I am recovering well and will speak to doctors to see if I can get back to work for the second Test starting on August 29 in Bangalore. Hopefully, Ill be back soon, he said, optimistically.Kambli complained of pain and was taken to the hospital again on Thursday and was discharged on Friday. Due to this he couldnt watch comeback kid Cheteshwar Pujaras maiden Test century in Hyderabad.Lauds Pujara TonLeft-handed Kambli, who also batted at the crucial No. 3 like Pujara and scored all his four centuries at that position, rued missing the Saurashtra batsmans knock.I was in hospital, so I couldnt watch the telecast. But I am told he batted well, he said.However, Kambli requested those who have started comparing Pujara with his predecessor at No. 3, the redoubtable Rahul Dravid, to refrain from doing so.Its good to know that Pujara scored a century. The more he scores the better for him. But people have started comparing him with Dravid. I ask them to let him play and score more runs, he said.I also batted at No. 3 and scored successive double hundreds, something that only Bradman and Hammond had done earlier [ and Graeme Smith later]. But that didnt mean that I was as good as those greats or should have been compared with them.So, people should not compare Pujara with Dravid. Kambli hammered a superb 224, against England in Mumbai, in only his fourth Test innings and followed it up with a strokeful 227 in the next match in Delhi in 1993.In the next two Tests in which he batted, he slammed successive centuries in Sri Lanka that helped him become the fastest Indian to reach 1,000 runs in least number of innings, 14. All this added spice to comparisons between him and Sachin Tendulkar, his contemporary and friend.After his fourth ton, scored in Colombo, Kambli played 10 more Tests but never managed a century; only two half-centuries, before fizzling out. He unsuccessfully tried to stage a comeback for several years, which included a stint in South African domestic cricket. He eventually finished with 1,084 runs in 17 Tests at a fabulous average of 54.20.Kambli dabbled in politics, too, in 2009. He fought, and lost, from the Vikhroli (Mumbai) seat of the Maharashtra Assembly in 2009 and also took part in Big Boss. In November last year, he was in news again when he sensationally said during a reality TV show in November that he was stunned when the then captain Mohammed Azharuddin chose to field on winning the toss in the 1996 World Cup semi-finals against Sri Lanka.The Mumbaikar now says he is now contented with the media work hes involved in. I only have this contract with a news channel and I am very happy with the work Im doing, he stressed. I only have this contract with a news channel and I am very happy with the work Im doing. Kamblis wife Andrea Hewitt said that before he was admitted to Lilavati Hospital her star cricketer husband was feeling some pain. He had been complaining of chest pain very often. So we took him to hospital and the surgery was done, the fashion model told Mail Today. Kambli informed that two of his arteries were causing the pain.I was feeling uncomfortable.The tests revealed that one was 90 per cent blocked and the other 50 per cent, he said.We are sportspersons, we dont know how these things happen. I had a successful surgery and did complete rest. I felt pain again two days ago, and was admitted for one-and-a-half days before being discharged on Friday. The pain is now gone.advertisementlast_img read more

Schumacher family asks for privacy before his 50th birthday

first_imgIn this Nov. 23, 2012 file photo, Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher, of Germany, sits in his car during a free practice at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil. APGLAND, Switzerland — Michael Schumacher’s family has asked for understanding as it continues to keep details of his health private ahead of the seven-time Formula One champion’s 50th birthday.In a statement published on Facebook on Wednesday, one day before his birthday, the family says: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him. Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA dreams big Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño No details on Schumacher’s current health were given. The former F1 champion suffered serious head injuries in an accident while he was skiing with his teenage son Mick in the French Alps at Meribel on Dec 29, 2013.Schumacher hit the right side of his head on a rock, splitting open the helmet. Doctors worked to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded. Schumacher’s condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionUpdates on his health have been scarce since he left hospital in September 2014 to be cared for privately at his Swiss home on the shores of Lake Geneva.“Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we!” the family said in the statement Wednesday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ “That’s why we remember his successes with the Michael Schumacher Private Collection exhibition in Cologne, by publishing memories in social media and by continuing his charitable work through the Keep Fighting Foundation. We want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

ZTE launches Nubia N1 with 5000mAh battery, Helio P10 processor

first_imgZTE has launched Nubia N1 in China today. This becomes the second smartphone ZTE has launched in one week. Earlier it had launched Nubia Z11 with Snapdragon 820 processor and 6GB of RAM. The Nubia N1 has been priced at CNY 1699, which is approximately Rs 17,000. ZTE latest Nubia phone comes with the 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor and packs in 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The Nubia N1 sports a 5.5-inch FullHD display with 1080p resolution.The selling point of Nubia N1 is its 5000mAh battery, which the company claims can run the phone for up to 3 days on moderate usage. The Nubia N1 also has a fingerprint scanner under the display. ZTE claims the scanner can unlock the phone in 0.2 seconds. The phone also has a 5-megapixel front camera and on the back it carries 13-megapixel camera with PDAF. The phone has a full-metal unibody design that is made of aircraft-grade aluminium. The Nubia N1 will be available in silver and gold colour variants. The phone runs on Android 6.1 Marshmallow.The ZTE Nubia N1 supports dual-SIMs and 4G LTE bands with Voice over LTE calls. The company hasn’t announced any dates for the phone’s global launch.ZTE has launched only one Nubia phone in India so far. Last year it had launched Nubia Z9 mini in India at Rs 16,999. However, the phone is now available for a higher price of Rs 19,999 on Amazon and on Flipkart it is priced at Rs 11, 670.The Nubia Z9 Mini has a 5-inch full HD display. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor paired with 2GB RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD expansion slot supporting up to 128 GB of storage.  advertisementlast_img read more