The BC Forest Service is rushing fire crews to the scene of a rapidly growing wildfire burning east of Cranbrook, in the southeast corner of the province. At last word it was still not threatening any homes but it has forced the closure of Highways 93 and 95.The blaze now covers more than 3 square kms just north of Fort Steele and two helicopters and three airtankers are part of the response team.In the meantime, a campfire ban takes effect at noon today in the Squamish Forest District, north of Vancouver. It is being imposed as the fire danger peaks in southern B.C., where ratings are now High to Extreme.- Advertisement -Here in the Prince George Fire Centre there are no open fire or campfire bans but the fire danger ratings are running all the way from Low to High.Among the areas with a high rating is the drought-stricken Peace Region, which has received less than 30% of normal precipitation in the past two months.
That’s the area where Larry Bigbie presently finds himself. Eight years after being drafted in the first round (21st overall) by Baltimore and at a point when he has spent parts of six seasons in the majors, Bigbie finds himself, by his own admission, starting over. VERO BEACH, Fla. – In the caste system that is the Dodgers’ spring-training clubhouse, one end of the room is occupied by the establishment, those well-compensated veterans who have nothing to worry about over the next five weeks except getting themselves ready for Opening Day. The other end, appropriately the one closest to the exit door, is populated by guys who cross their fingers and hold their breath every time cuts are announced. As it is, he isn’t entirely sure he is ready for spring training. Bigbie’s minor-league contract with the Dodgers has an escape clause, which he won’t exercise unless he receives a major-league offer from another club. But Bigbie says he’ll have to play a few Grapefruit League games before knowing if he has fully recovered. If he hasn’t, he has no problem completing his comeback at Triple-A LasVegas. “I just want to get back to doing things the way I used to do them,” Bigbie said. “That starts with staying healthy.” Penned in: Dodgers manager Grady Little was asked why veteran Elmer Dessens, who has 135 career starts, isn’t part of the long list of candidates for the vacant fifth spot in the rotation. Little gave a political answer, saying he simply had forgotten to mention Dessens when naming the candidates earlier this spring. But that was a dubious explanation at best. The fact is, Dessens’ only shot at the job is for all of the other seven candidates to fail miserably. Barring that, the right-hander will return to the unglamorous middle relief role he had all last season, when he made a combined 62 appearances and posted a 4.56 ERA for the Dodgers and Kansas City. “They have a lot of pitchers here,” a resigned Dessens said. “I will do whatever they want me to do. Of course I want to start. That’s why I went to winter ball (Hermosillo of the Mexican League), to build up my innings. They haven’t told me what my (relief) role will be, so I’ll just wait until the (Grapefruit League) games start and see what happens.” Dessens, 36, is entering the final season of a two-year, $3.4 million contract. Logic would suggest the Dodgers will lose him to free agency if they don’t have a rotation spot for him, but he also could be used as trade bait later in camp. Field day: Former Dodgers third baseman Bill Mueller, forced into retirement last season by a knee injury and now serving as a special assistant to general manager Ned Colletti, will don a uniform today and begin a five-day stint as a special spring-training instructor. Among other things, he is expected to work closely with third-base prospect Andy La Roche. “If they think I can help some of the guys by giving my input, I’m willing,” Mueller said. He also is expected to address the team at today’s morning meeting. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For that, he can thank the hernia that ended his 2006 season four months early, forcing him to watch his St. Louis Cardinals teammates win the World Series without him. “It’s just unfortunate,” Bigbie said. “After 2004, I felt like my career was in a pretty good position. Now, I’m pretty much back to square one, where I have to re-establish myself.” It was two springs ago, during his routine physical with the Orioles, that a doctor told Bigbie he had the beginnings of a hernia that needed to be monitored even though he was cleared to play. But Bigbie never really thought about it again, at least not until he returned last May from a broken foot and found that his energy level had plummeted. The hernia was surgically repaired, after which Bigbie was given a recovery time of eight-to-12 weeks. But when he suddenly felt much better after six weeks, he grabbed a bat and went to the cage. That fateful decision would lead to an abdominal strain, a lost season and a winter of uncertainty before Bigbie finally hooked on with the Dodgers on Jan. 30. “It set me back a little bit,” he said. “If I had waited another month, I could have been ready for the playoffs.”
3. Danny Rose (left-back) 11 11 After wins against Sunderland, Qarabag and Crystal Palace, Tottenham are in a buoyant mood ahead of their League Cup clash with rivals Arsenal.Usually, top sides involved in European competition try to blood youngsters in the competition but, with this tie being a north London derby, fans will want a full strength side out against the Gunners.In truth, the team which takes to the field under the floodlights at White Hart Lane tonight will be somewhere in between.Christian Eriksen is likely to start his first match since Spurs played Stoke in August, while Andros Townsend, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose and Kevin Wimmer could all come in.Injuries to Ryan Mason, Mousa Dembele and Nabil Bentaleb mean Eric Dier and Dele Alli could continue as central midfield partners, while Clinton N’Jie could make his first start.Do you agree with this predicted line-up? Let us know your thoughts below… 10. Harry Kane (striker) 11 17. Andros Townsend (right winger) 11 11 11 11 11 15. Eric Dier (central midfield) 14. Clinton N’Jie (left winger) 16. Kieran Trippier (right-back) 20. Dele Alli (central midfield) 23. Christian Eriksen (attacking midfield) 11 11 11 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted Tottenham team by leaving a comment below… 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre-back) 27. Kevin Wimmer (centre-back)
The VEC’s golf society held its annual Captain’s day in stormy conditions at Letterkenny Golf Club on Saturday last.This years captain, Cllr Dessie Larkin, decided to use his big day as a vehicle to raise some much needed funds for Letterkenny General Hospital’s Breast Cancer unit.Winner on the day was popular society member Paul Mc Ginley with a quite remarkable score, given the conditions, of 37pts. The win was further enhanced by the fact that Paul travelled up from Kilkenny so as not to miss the society’s big day. Runner up on the day was Moville’s Johnny Sweeney on 34pts with Carrick’s Gareth Doherty third on 30pts b.o.t. Also joining the prize-winners were the captain himself, Dessie with 30pts b.o.t. closely followed by PJ Mc Gowan also on 30pts b.o.t.The captain had the privilage of inviting a few guests to take part in the competition on the day. This proved to be a very competitive section with Diarmaid Doherty coming out on top with another 37pts of the highest order.The Past captain’s prize was won by Declan Collum, closest to the pin by Martin Gallen and longest drive by Johnny Sweeney.After surviving the round and being battered by the elements, the society sat down to an excellent meal in the golf club after which Cllr Larkin presented the generous prizes, thanked all who helped and informed the gathering that over €600 had been raised for the charity. The society’s next outing is the annual Sean O Longain Inter-schools team competition in Portsalon G.C. on October 15th.This will be the third staging of this keenly contested event with the spoils going to teams representing Finn Valley College, Stranorlar for the past two years.VEC’S GOLF SOCIETY RAISES €600 FOR BREAST CANCER UNIT was last modified: September 20th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny VEC
Pearse Doherty TDSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the IMF report on Greece’s debt shows clearly that politics rather than economics was the driving factor in the EU’s bullying of Greece.Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Michael Noonan now have questions to answer as to how much they knew about the IMF’s figures and why they did not raise the debt issue, he says.Deputy Doherty said: “The IMF’s leaked debt sustainability report shows that the Irish Government’s position of no debt relief and crippling austerity for Greece is impossible to justify on economic grounds. It has been exposed as a cynical, political position aimed at covering for their own failures on debt. That position has now been exposed by the IMF. “The IMF in a confidential report has said that “the dramatic deterioration in debt sustainability points to the need for debt relief on a scale that would need to go well beyond what has been under consideration to date”. Effectively the document amounts to a warning that the IMF will not take part in any EMU-led rescue package for Greece unless Germany and the EMU creditor powers finally agree to sweeping debt relief.“According to the report, Greek public debt will spiral to 200% of GDP over the next two years, with the risk that the actual outcome could be even worse. Nobel economist Paul Krugman said the austerity cuts proposed by creditors are macro-economic “madness” in these circumstances.“Yet the Irish government’s position of ignoring the debt issue for their own narrow political selfish interest has been maintained in the face of the overwhelming economic consensus“The IMF’s conclusions validate what Greece’s Syriza government has been saying all along – the debt cannot be repaid. Failing to recognise this merely stores up an even bigger crisis down the road. “This report follows a recent statement by Kenneth Rogoff, Former IMF Chief Economist, who said that Ireland should be among a number of countries “that should receive a significant debt write-down”. If Michael Noonan and Enda Kenny’s interests stretch beyond their own electoral fortunes they must now support the IMF call for a significant debt relief for Greece and for Ireland.” EU BULLIED GREECE INTO AUSTERITY, SAYS DOHERTY was last modified: July 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:austerityGreecePearse Doherty