SCOTTISH FIRE CHIEF ACKNOWLEDGES DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY RESPONSE TO STORM FRANK

first_imgScottish Fire and Rescue Service Chief Officer Alasdair Hay praised his staff, partner agencies, volunteers and communities for the way they have responded to devastation caused by Storm Frank the other day but forgot to mention Dumfries and Galloway, but he  has know acknowledged all the hard work carried out by our local Rescue service workers and volunteers.Many communities across Scotland have been hit by devastating floods which have forced people out of their homes during the festive season, with some areas still affected at the present time.Crews have been working flat out for over a week to ensure people’s continued safety and that fire and rescue cover is maintained during extraordinary and extremely challenging circumstances.The national service has provided enhanced resilience during the winter storm period, with resources from across Scotland available to support one another. One such example saw crews from Dundee support their colleagues in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, which was amongst one of the worst hit areas in terms of flooding.Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Chief Officer, Alasdair Hay, said: “Storm Frank has brought misery to many of our communities over the past few days.“It is impossible to find any words to describe how those affected must be feeling. They have seen their homes and businesses destroyed by flooding but are showing incredible resilience in the face of adversity.“Alongside our communities many agencies and volunteers have worked tirelessly to help and support those affected. I want to pay tribute to all those who have worked so hard to support their communities.“However, I want to pay particular tribute to all our SFRS staff right across the country as their efforts have, and continue to be extraordinary.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn One of the most badly affected areas in the West was Dumfries and Galloway with crews called out to 18 different incidents from December 30 to New Year’s Day.Flooding affected almost the entire region and every appliance within the Dumfries and Galloway area was utilised to assist. Support was also provided from other areas in the West including a water rescue team from Ayr.The Carsephairn area was badly affected by flooding with around 30 properties affected by flood water. Several appliances were mobilised to the village as well as a specialist water rescue team. Crews worked closely with their multi-agency partners and carried out checks at properties, rescued two people from flood water and pumped out flooded areas.Newton Stewart was one of the most badly affected areas with the entire high street (Victoria Street) badly affected by flooding. The fire station and police station were both flooded. Five crews and specialist water rescue team were involved in the Newton Stewart response operation and they received support from the SPCA’s flood rescue team. Crews carried out checks at properties to ensure people were safe within their homes and rescued a significant number of people from flood water from the River Cree. A large number of businesses and commercial properties were damaged by flood water.Local authority rest centres were set up in Carsephairn and Newton Stewart to accommodate for displaced members of the public. White Sands in Dumfries was also badly affected by flooding after the River Nith burst its banks. Several people had to be rescued and a number of commercial properties were affected.On Hogmanay crews were called to deal with flooding at the Carlingwark Loch in Castle Douglas and firefighters were involved in support work there for most of the day. There were other localised incidents which were dealt with by crews including a number of rescues from flood water and vehicles within flood water.Station Manager Joe Shepherd said: “I remember the first calls coming in at 6.30am and they just didn’t stop coming in. It was so busy, with incidents being reported all the time.“All the crews across the region showed a fantastic amount of commitment and professionalism over an energy-sapping two to three day period.“We were delighted with the level of support we received from our partner agencies and from the public, who showed incredible resilience and spirit.“There was an incident where we assisted a bakery which had suffered flooding the owner provided the crews with pies and pastries. That’s just one example of the tremendous support we received. It was so heart- warming to receive such support during a time we were so stretched.”last_img read more

Get creative in the kitchen with potatoes

first_imgPotatoes are the vegetable that take breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to the next level of yum. They are quick to disappear but also quick and easy to buy, prepare and serve. Not only are potatoes uber satisfying, but research published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition also shows that when prepared healthfully, they can be a part of a weight loss program—just call them the 9th Wonder of the World. If you’re looking for flavorful and nutritious dishes that can be part of your weight management plan this new year, then look no further.Here’s a little inspiration for potato dishes sure to become favorites in 2016:DIY potato chips: This is a super easy and delicious recipe. Boil a russet potato and a few purple potatoes for 5 minutes, drain, dry and cut into thin slices. Toss the freshly cut slices in one beaten egg white. Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray and evenly space the chips throughout the pan. Bake slices at 400 degrees F for 35 minutes, turning halfway through. Top chips with sea salt or a sprinkle of bleu cheese.Season with new flavor favorites:  Spice up your baked or roasted potatoes with healthy toppings that really raise the bar on nutrition and flavor. Start with a plain, thick and creamy yogurt and a good source of protein. If you’re serious about spice, try adding a tablespoon of Sriracha and orange juice to a half-cup of your yogurt, mix, and add a dollop to your potatoes. Love a Mediterranean flair? Top your taters with Greek yogurt mixed with lemon, garlic, roasted red peppers and oregano.Wholesome mashed potatoes: Mash your potatoes with a low-fat spread, Greek yogurt or skim milk for that creamy, delicious texture you love, without all the extra calories.Slim-belly baked potato bar: Families will love a baked potato bar. Top a baked potato with ground turkey, salsa and light sour cream for taco night, or top your potatoes with tomato sauce, turkey pepperoni, Italian blend shredded cheese and other veggies for a pizza-style delight.Grilled potatoes: Potatoes are the perfect addition to your backyard barbecue menu. Grilling potatoes adds a unique flavor you can’t get from the stove or oven. Create your own spud rub with onion powder, lemon pepper, paprika, sea salt and ground cumin and coat potatoes with a little extra virgin olive oil. Place the potatoes on a grill rack or basket, and within 15 minutes, you’ll have yourself the most spectacular side dish.Customize a nutritious breakfast hash:  Drizzle a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet and add diced potatoes (fresh, frozen or refrigerated) with bell pepper and onion, cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. To serve with soft-cooked eggs, use a spoon and make 4 shallow depressions in the hash and carefully crack an egg into each hollowed-out spot. Cover the pan and cook eggs for 5 minutes, or until the whites are set and yolks are still runny, then serve immediately. Alternatively, scramble four eggs and top your hash. For a final touch, top with hot sauce or a sprinkle of tarragon, salsa or chimichurri sauce.One medium-sized skin-on potato has just 110 calories and contains 45 percent of your daily value of vitamin C. On its own, a potato contains no fat, no sodium, no cholesterol and has more potassium than a banana. Healthy eating is so much better with foods you love and new ways to enjoy them. For more potato recipes, visit PotatoGoodness.com.last_img read more

Bay defeats Fairview 66-46 to advance to District Finals

first_img Related TopicsBayFairview NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OHIO– The Bay Rockets defeated the Fairview Warriors, 66-46, to advance to the district title game.It was a slow start as neither team scored for the first 2:15 of the game. In that span, Fairview’s Luke Howes drove in twice and got swatted by RJ Sunahara both times. Sunahara finished with six blocks. Bay went up 5-0 early but Fairview hit back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 6-5 lead midway through the first quarter. The Rockets led 13-10 at the end of the quarter.“That’s a little disheartening,” said Bay coach Jared Shetzer referencing RJ Sunahara’s blocks. “You go in there and you’re probably used to all year getting those layups. He did a great job of being a great help side and altering shots even if he didn’t block it. I thought our guys did a great job of coming and cleaning it up.”Bay went on a 7-0 run to start the second quarter and took a 20-10 lead. Fairview pulled to within seven points with less one minute left in the half but Bay scored five points in that minute to take a 31-19 lead into halftime.Bay came out firing to start the second half. The Rockets attempted an alley-oop to Sunahara but he just missed. Sunahara finished with 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting. The Rockets started the quarter on a 9-0 run giving them a commanding 40-20 lead. It seemed like Fairview was gaining momentum as they cut the lead to 44-29. A 3-pointer from Erik Painter sucked the life out of the Fairview student section. The Rockets took a 50-34 lead into the fourth quarter and looked to be in full control. Bay extended their lead and won 66-46.“I thought that’s one of the best defensive performances we’ve had all year,” said Shetzer. “That’s a team that has a lot of guards, a lot of guys who can drive and shoot. That’s a 20 win basketball team, that’s a good squad no matter who they played or what conference they’re in it doesn’t matter.“I feel like our guys really got after it defensively and I think that was the difference tonight.”Bay will take on Holy Name on Saturday at 4 p.m. at North Ridgeville for the district championship. These two teams are very familiar as they have already played twice this season. Holy Name won the first matchup 89-79 while Bay took the second matchup 104-95. It should be a great game at a neutral site. Patrick Kennedylast_img read more

Date-Krumm hoping to make comeback from knee operation

first_img“Everything has gone well up to this point and it has not put limitations on my daily life.”However, Date-Krumm has dropped muscle in the knee and is still not able to put together a running program.“As an athlete you have to condition muscle and I want the injury to properly heal,” she said.Date-Krumm had arthroscopic surgery in February but the meniscus was found to be badly worn out. She went under the knife again on April 21 after she was told she needed another operation to get back to the court.Date-Krumm, who initially retired in 1996 but made a comeback in 2008 at age 37, had a cartilage transplant, microfracture surgery and her meniscus sewed up at Kobe University Hospital. Japan’s former world No. 4 Kimiko Date-Krumm, who is rehabilitating after undergoing a second surgical procedure on her left knee in April, said Thursday she is targeting a return to action next year.Speaking during an event at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Date, who turns 46 next week, said, “I have been told it will take a year (to fully recover from the op) and it’s just a case of how much more or less time it will be than that. Kimiko Date-Krumm KEYWORDScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

KPEDD 3rd Quarter Report Shows A Decline In KPB Employment Rates

first_imgThe fastest growing sector in the region is expected to be Health Care and Social Assistance with a 1.7% increase rate of growth. For the full story: To view the quarterly report: https://kpedd.org/kpedd-2017-3rd-quarter-report/ Dillon: “We’ve been able to show that we’ve got a growing population, very good schools, and less expensive housing than other parts of South Central. Over the next ten years, they’re also projecting that the  Kenai Peninsula Borough will expand by 1,500 jobs.”  FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In previous years, Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District (KPEDD) has spent significant time forecasting the future, with oil and mining executives laying out their plans for development; this quarterly report took a more measured tone, focusing on recent employment trends. Despite the decline in recent employment trends KPEDD is forecasting significant growth in the region.center_img As of 2017 quarter 1, total employment for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, was 22,148. Over the year ending quarter 1, employment declined 3.2% in the region. Tim Dillon, Executive Director with KPEDD: “Employment declined 3.2 percent in our region, but also the unemployment rate has dropped down to 8.4. A lot of that is because there are folks out there now, and I’ve actually met with some of them, that aren’t even looking anymore.”  The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Kenai Peninsula was 8.4% as of June 2017. The regional rate was higher than the national rate of 4.3%. One year earlier, in June 2016, the unemployment rate in the Kenai Peninsula was 9.0%. Dillon presented the 3rd quarter report to the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and spoke briefly on the trend he is seeing in Kenai Peninsula residents not seeking employment: “They’ve decided that close to retirement, I’ve got enough money in the bank I’m not going to go ahead looking for a job.”last_img read more

Major fundraiser fetches K110,000 for Rotary club

first_imgGolf The Port Moresby Rotary Club had a major fundraiser enabling them to raise more than K110,000 at the Royal Port Moresby Golf course last Friday. This year was made more special as Airways came on board as a major sponsor and kicked things off with K10,000 and also had 120 bibs made up for every caddy on the course. The outgoing POMRC president Adam Hughes said: “We had 25 teams on the day and Team ANZ came out the overall winners. “We also held an auction that saw someone bidding K10,000 for a PNG themed Monopoly Game! “All funds raised will be put towards projects for this year. “Our new president-elect Cheryl Parker will take over from me on July 3. “We have no administration costs and 100 per cent of funds raised are put back into projects which will be determined by Cheryl for her term in office. “Some of our ongoing projects include Donations In Kind (DIK) where we receive tables, chairs, education kits that our donated to schools within Port Moresby and surrounding villages. “The DIK program can also see us receiving hospital beds, crutches, wheel chairs and anything medical that are donated to hospitals Another area of focus for us is “Say no to Family Violence”. “This campaign is complimented by a container we purchased and then had fitted out as an office that is at Port Moresby Police Station. “The office is occupied by Police from the Family and Sexual Violence Unit,” Hughes said. The day was a huge success and POMRC is very grateful to the major sponsor, Airways and all local business that supported with donations of awards and auction items.last_img read more

Speculation over Austin price as clubs continue to be linked with QPR striker

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR and Brentford…Speculation continues over the future of Charlie Austin, with Everton the latest club to be linked with the QPR striker.Rangers want £15m for Austin, who has also been linked with the likes of Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham. So far only Leicester have made an approach.AdChoices广告The Sunday People claim QPR are now prepared to lower their asking price to £13m following an approach from Newcastle, who apparently still see that as too much, potentially leaving the door open for Tottenham to sign him.Newcastle are still yet to make an approach for Austin, 26, while Spurs have shown no interest.Austin featured in QPR’s opening-day defeat at CharltonThere is again speculation that clubs are cautious about Austin because of his previous injuries, this time by the Daily Star Sunday, who believe QPR may need to accept £10m.Related West London Sport story: The Austin situation as it stands Meanwhile, French media reports say Brentford want to sign striker Sébastien Haller but have been unable to agree a fee.The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Dutch club FC Utrecht from Auxerre. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Everything planned happened, the most important match is…

first_imgThe coach of Tsarsko Selo Lyuboslav Penev was pleased with his players, despite the loss to Dunav with 0: 1. He is of the opinion that the most important match for his team is coming up on Saturday – namely the barrage against the second division September, which will determine which of the two teams will participate in the elite efbet League next season.“The defeat is not fatal. We both knew we were qualifying for the barrages and for us the more important match is the one on Saturday. The children made a good match, they dealt with the tension. Some had not played, they trained with us. This is the next one. generation and we must give them a way when possible “, began Lubo Penev.“It’s important that the main players are resting. We had punished, two with cards and had to be prevented. We go out in a great mood and look forward to this important match on Saturday. Everything that was planned happened. September has changes – they have new players, others have left the team. In no case should there be underestimation. If someone underestimates the opponent, it will play a bad joke on him “, the coach of Tsarsko Selo was categorical.“I am optimistic. The boys are in a good mood, in good shape and I expect a good result,” Penev concluded.last_img read more

49ers sign Benjamin, Compton to one-year free agent deals

first_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Wide receiver Travis Benjamin and offensive lineman Tom Compton have signed one-year deals with the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.Benjamin is a ninth-year pro who has caught 19 touchdown passes and returned four punts for scores in his eight NFL seasons in Cleveland (2012-15) and with the Chargers (2016-19). His 2019 season was cut short by a thigh injury.Also a ninth-year pro, Compton is joining his sixth team in the last six seasons. After playing for Washington from 2012-15, Compton played in Atlanta (2016), Chicago (2017), Minnesota (2018) and for the Jets last year.Compton has played in 101 career games, including 14 for the Jets, five of them starts. First Published: 4th April, 2020 12:06 IST Written By Last Updated: 4th April, 2020 12:06 IST 49ers Sign Benjamin, Compton To One-year Free Agent Deals Wide receiver Travis Benjamin and offensive lineman Tom Compton have signed one-year deals with the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.center_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Dosu Urges Nigerians to Stand with Super Eagles Goalkeepers

first_img“Goalkeepers make mistakes that doesn’t mean they are bad. Mistake is part of life. Let us keep believing in them whenever they are in goal,” he remarked.Dosu appealed to the coaching crew of the team to give them time to be rated among the best in Africa.“Enyeama ruled Africa for more than ten years. So, let’s do the same thing with these young ones, let’s give them chances to grow,” he concluded.Meanwhile, after spending close to seven months taking treatment for his injuries, Super Eagles first choice keeper to the last World Cup in Russia, Francis Uzoho, has finally resumed training.Uzoho had sustained a ligament injury in November last year in an international friendly match involving Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Brazil in Singapore which ended 1-1.Apart from not been able to represent Nigeria, he was also missing in action for Cyprus club Omonia Nicosia where he was on a loan spell.The Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper resumed training on Wednesday with his personal trainer ahead of the new season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram  Uzoho returns to training after recovering from injuryWith no permanent shirt holder to stand between the sticks for Nigeria since the exit of Vincent Enyeama and Carl Ikeme, former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Dosu Joseph, has urged football fans in the country to believe in the present goalkeepers in the national team.The Atlanta ‘96 gold winning goalkeeper with Nigeria, in an interview with www.bsnsports.comadvised that mistake is part of life and goalkeepers should not be discarded but encouraged when they make mistake even in crucial matches.The former Julius Berger FC safest hand said, “after Carl Ikeme left due to illness, we will keep producing good goalkeepers in this country. We have (Daniel) Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Francis Uzoho and the new chap from Germany Maduka Okoye too. All we need to do is to have confidence in them and allow them to do their jobs. Dosu Josephlast_img read more