Pineapple Express brings considerable avalanche danger

first_imgAvalanche risk is considerable at the alpine and tree-line level in the West Kootenay backcountry, according to the Canadian Avalanche Centre. Heavy snow falling is expected to overload buried weak interfaces in the snow pack in the backcountry, even in sheltered locations, according to James Floyer of the CAC. Up to 40 centimetres of new snow has fallen in the last 24 hours, but a freezing rain crust was laid down late in the storm as the snow turned to rain and lies on or near the surface. “Approximately 50-60 cm. of storm snow now sits on a buried surface hoar layer that I suspect exists in the alpine in shaded areas, at tree line and below tree line,” he wrote in his report. On southern aspects, this snow lies on an unsupportive sun crust, he said. Around 140 cm. of snow exists at tree line elevations. There are some reports of facets on the rain crust near the ground. Special message The region is still under the influence of a classic “Pineapple Express.” Very dangerous avalanche conditions will develop and persist throughout this storm Weather forecast Wednesday: A weak ridge of high pressure builds bringing dry conditions and cooler temperatures. Thursday: Expect light precipitation and light southwesterly winds. Avalanche activity Recent reports include naturally occurring wind slab avalanches large enough to bury a person and up to 40 cm. deep in open tree line and low alpine terrain. Wind slabs and storm snow weaknesses are susceptible to human triggers with reports of small slope-cuts, “whumpfing,” and shooting cracks. Areas to avoid Slide paths with alpine or treeline start zones during heavy or prolonged periods of snowfall and large wind loaded north aspect slopes. Areas of concern Wind-loaded slopes in alpine and open tree line areas and slopes exposed to terrain traps. Techniques to manage risk Watch for obvious signs of instability such as recent avalanches, whumpfs, shooting cracks or hollow sounding patches of wind slab. Back off onto simple terrain if you observe any of these. Stay well back from large avalanche paths. Regroup only in safe areas well away from avalanche runout zones such as in stands of dense mature forest. Enter your line low or avoid the steepest top part of the slope using ridges and ribs to get below the pillows at the top.last_img read more

It’s Bigbrowngreyhope

first_imgAmerican-bred BIGBROWNGREYHOPE should give players of the Sunrise-6 a lot to cheer about after tomorrow’s 11:30 a.m. opening race on Guineas Day 2017 at Caymanas Park. The seven-old son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown has been under a cloud for the past nine months after winning his fifth race on June 29 last year, but now appears ready to give those chasing the whopping $1.6 million carryover a perfect start. His last win came over tomorrow’s distance, 1300 metres, clocking a very good 1:20.3. That victory came in the rating group above and nothing in this line up can match that sort of time. The gelding’s fitness is now not in doubt as he has been exercising regularly for well over a month. In his last run over 1600 metres in the $450,000 claiming, he was prominent for a long time before weakening late and placing fourth by seven lengths behind Unbreakable. With the reliable Robert Halledeen on board, he should make no mistake over his favourite distance. DISAPPOINTED The second is a knotty 1200 metres for maidens. LAWS OF THE CODE disappointed over the distance as the even-money favourite last time after putting in two impressive efforts in February and March. He cannot be trusted, and a better bet is UNCLE FREDDIE, who has finished behind three Classic contenders (Don Chassis, Loose Cannon, Balazo) in his three starts, and with this field more manageable, could go all the way. LUCKY STROKE should provide all the answers for Race 3, division two of the second race. He ended head-on with 2000 Guineas contender Market Force at exercise on Wednesday (1:32.3 over 1400m), and that is good enough to beat this field. Race 4 is an early Easter gift for REIGN OVER ALL and former champion jockey Dane Nelson. He was beaten a short head by Supreme Magic on March 4, and the latter went up in class to destroy a $250,000 field by four lengths on March 29. LEEKOUT has been knocking at the door for some time and it should fly wide open in Race 5. His 1:15.1 for 1200 metres (March 25) makes him almost a second better than anything else in this field. He should not be a maiden after tomorrow, if he gets a clear passage. SUNDANCE is obviously below his best but cannot help defeating his weak rivals in the sixth race. He clocked 1:01.3 over 1000 metres round last time and in this milder pace in the lowest claiming group ($180,000), it should be a post-to-post win for the Gary Griffiths-trained four-year-old gelding. SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONS 1. BIGBROWNGREYHOPE 2. UNCLE FREDDIE 3. LUCKY STROKE 4. REIGN OVER ALL 5. LEEKOUT 6. SUNDANCElast_img read more

Babos-Mladenovic combine to win Australian women’s doubles

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And they quickly fell behind in the second set when Mladenovic was broken in the opening game.But the reignited doubles combination recovered the early deficit in the second set and break Makarova’s serve in the eighth game to set up the victory.The Australian Open remains the missing link for the Russian pair — they won the 2013 French Open, 2014 U.S. .Open and 2017 Wimbledon and were striving to become only the sixth women’s team to complete all four doubles majors in the Open era.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Westbrook has season-best 46 to lead Thunder past Wizards It’s the first Grand Slam title for Babos, who was a runner-up to Serena and Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2016.Mladenovic won the 2016 French Open doubles with compatriot Caroline Garcia and the pair were finalists at the US Open later that year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 24-year-old players were reunited at Melbourne Park in their first tournament together since the 2015 end-of-season WTA Finals where they fell in the round-robin stage.Babos and Mladenovic rallied from a 2-4 deficit in the opening set after Babos dropped serve in the fifth game. France’s Kristina Mladenovic, right, celebrates with partner Hungary’s Timea Babos after winning a point against Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina during the women’s doubles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia— Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France became the first players from their respective countries to lift the Australian Open women’s doubles crown.Babos and Mladenovic embraced midcourt after beating Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-3 in Friday’s final at Rod Laver Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View commentslast_img read more


first_imgMoville Community College U16 boys B Final win. Pic Liam SkellyMOVILLE Community College have been crowned county U16B champions.The Inishowen lads overcame Coláiste Ailigh in the showpiece final played in Carndonagh today.Moville got the better start and raced into a a 2-06 to 0-02 half-time lead. The Letterkenny lads improved in the second half and netted themselves but Moville pulled away again to win on a scoreline of 4-14 to 1-06.MOVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAND COUNTY U16 TITLE was last modified: January 21st, 2016 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:Colaiste Ailighfootball finalMoville Community CollegeU16Blast_img read more

The Manchester City transfer targets to watch out for at the 2018 World Cup

first_imgWhat a season 2017/18 was for Manchester City.They won two trophies in the Carabao Cup before winning the Premier League at a canter – producing incredible standards of football in the process. Thiago Alcantara – Spain Although Fabian Delph did well covering at left-back for the injured Benjamin Mendy, Pep Guardiola will be keen to get a more natural replacement.Mojica is also on Real Madrid’s radar after a good season on loan at Girona from Rayo Vallecano. But that season has gone now and they will need to be ready to do it all again in a couple of months.Manchester City’s 2018/19 Premier League fixturesPep Guardiola will be keen to strengthen his squad and many of them will be playing at the World Cup this summer.Below you can see the players linked with a move to the English champions who will represent their country in Russia. 5 Johan Mojica – Colombia Guardiola is reportedly very keen to link up with Alcantara who worked under Guardiola at Bayern.The City boss claimed David Silva may not play every game next season and the former Barcelona prodigy would be an ideal replacement for him. 5 Manchester City won their third Premier League title last term center_img 5 5 Douglas Costa – Brazil Costa is another player Guardiola is looking to reunite with and bolster City’s options on the wing.The £88million-rated player is also reportedly wanted by United, Juventus and PSG. City could face competition from Manchester United and Tottenham for the Croat but you would back City to be the most tempting option for him.Kovacic will see the World Cup as a prime opportunity for one of the elite clubs to try and snap him up. 5 Mateo Kovacic – Croatia last_img read more


first_imgIRISH soccer legend Shay Given went on the Late Late Show in Dublin last night and told the nation what most of them don’t know – the love of Glasgow Celtic in Co Donegal!The 36-year-old was speaking to RTE’s Ryan Tubridy as the build-up to Euro 2012 continues.He spoke of his support for cancer charities in the UK and Ireland because his mum died from cancer when he was just five. His wife has helped to raise €1.2 milion, he said.But asked about his early career, the Lifford man – “I have fond memories of growing up in Donegal” – talked about the options facing him as a 16-year-old.And in front of him was Manchester United (who are they?) and Celtic.“My love for Celtic swayed the decision,” he told Tubridy. No surprise there for Hoops fans in the county fed up with the national broadcaster failing to realise the incredible cultural connection with Celtic and Ireland.Shay last week didn’t rule out a return to Celtic, who he left to join Blackburn because he was kept out of the Hoops first team by one Packie Bonner.On TV in Dublin tonight Shay was a credit (as he always is) to his family and friends – and to Donegal.He spoke about Thierry Henry again – and being robbed by the French.But Shay also said he might stay on in football for the next World Cup in Brazil – using Mrs Doyle from Father Ted…in a “go on, you will, you will, you will” bit o’craic. SHAY GIVEN: ‘I CHOSE CELTIC OVER MAN UTD, BECAUSE CELTIC MEANS MORE TO ME’ was last modified: May 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BECAUSE CELTIC MEANS MORE TO ME’SHAY GIVEN: ‘I CHOSE CELTIC OVER MAN UTDlast_img read more

Warriors face Celtics this week in potential NBA Finals preview

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)The Golden State Warriors are coming home this week after splitting their four-game trip on the East Coast. After a last second loss at the hands of Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat and a loss in Orlando versus the Magic the Warriors were able to bounce back with a 120-117 win versus …last_img

Gender council to engage communities

first_img23 May 2013The National Council Against Gender-Based Violence has completed its annual action plan and will soon be engaging with communities across the country, says Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana.Delivering her department’s budget vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Xingwana said the council would be conducting roadshows, consultation summits and educational campaigns in all nine provinces.The council, launched on 10 December under the chairmanship of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, will support victims and survivors of gender-based violence and address all forms of violence against women and children in South Africa.Xingwana said that, working together with the ministers of police, justice and correctional services, her department would continue to support, promote, coordinate and monitor access to justice for women.“This includes effective and efficient services to all victims, such as the Sexual Offences Courts; the Family Violence and Sexual Offences Units in the South African Police Service; the training of police and forensic social workers; restorative justice as well as effective rehabilitation of offenders.”UN praises South Africa’s stanceXingwana noted that South Africa had registered its commitment to the United Nations campaign to Commit to End Violence against Women and Girls at a signing ceremony in New York in March.Xingwana said that during the ceremony, Michelle Bachelet, the under secretary-general of UN Women, had commended South Africa for its solo stance in Africa on the issue of sexual orientation and gender identities as well as on the matter of sexual and reproductive rights for women and girls.“We were also congratulated for developing a multi-sectoral approach towards fighting gender-based violence by launching the National Council against Gender-Based Violence … as well as launching the Orange Day campaign as part of our 365 Days National Action Plan,” Xingwana said.Source: read more

Presidential Indaba puts spotlight on youth employment

first_img28 February 2014 Young people from all around the country will get exposure to various career opportunities when the Presidential Youth Indaba kicks in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg on Friday. The four-day indaba will provide a platform for young South Africans to empower themselves. It will also have an expo component to help connect youngsters to job opportunities, career information, scholarships, bursary programmes and enterprise development support. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is expected to address 500 youngsters from the country’s nine provinces on Friday afternoon. In April 2013, government, labour, business and civil society signed a Youth Employment Accord, committing themselves to improving the education and training of young people and helping them to find jobs and start businesses. The government committed to increase the number of young people employed in the public sector, while certain industries committed to setting youth development targets. The indaba is a platform to give effect to the Youth Employment Accord as the country grapples with finding solutions to the high unemployment rate, especially among young people. The Economic Development Department will host the indaba at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, with Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel leading the indaba, supported by Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane. The indaba is expected to produce a declaration with resolutions on how, together with young people, all stakeholders can address the issue of youth unemployment. The indaba will form a Presidential Youth Working Group to meet with the President from time to time to appraise him on the progress of the implementation of the indaba declarations and youth development post the indaba. The young people attending the indaba will be expected to work together with various stakeholders to come up with solutions to the socio-economic challenges facing young people in the country, particularly as they relate to jobs and skills. The indaba will also promote social dialogue between the youth, government, business, labour and youth development agencies. Source: read more

Delay in govts plans to set up commercial divisions in HCs

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 10 (PTI) Fresh delays have marred governments plans to set up commercial divisions in high courts to settle high value business disputes as part of its ease of doing business initiative as a parliamentary panel examining the proposed law has been granted another extension. The department related standing committee on Law and Personnel was to table its report in Parliament on The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill, 2015 by end of July. But it was granted a months extension till August 30. Yet again the panel sought a fresh extension till November 30, which has been granted, a Rajya Sabha bulletin said. The committee has toured various states to get a feedback from people and legal experts on the various provisions of the bill. Any progress on the bill — pending in the Rajya Sabha — is now possible only in the Winter session which usually starts in the third week of November and continues till the third week of December. The Commercial Division of High Courts Bill has been pending for a long time. After being referred to a Rajya Sabha Select Committee in UPAs tenure, it was sent to the Law Commission. Based on the law panels recommendations, the present government re-drafted the bill as part of its ease of doing business in India policy. It was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in April. The introduction of the Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts and Commercial Courts Bill was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the budget speech. PTI NAB ZMNadvertisementlast_img read more