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Oxford University Music Faculty responds to media coverage

first_imgThe Music Faculty offered an explanation to students about curriculum reforms on 6 April 2021, following media coverage in The Telegraph and Daily Mail. They believe communications between Faculty Board members have been “represented in misleading fashion” by the Daily Mail. The Telegraph published an article on 27 March which details efforts to “’decolonise’ the curriculum”. It discloses the wishes of staff “to address this ‘white hegemony’, including rethinking the study of musical notation because it is a ‘colonialist representational system’”. The Daily Mail also covered, and have now altered, the story. The initial article detailed Faculty proposals for “scrapping” sheet music, which has now been removed. This article has been condemned by the Oxford University Music Faculty for representing the curriculum changes “in [a] misleading fashion”. The Faculty holds that the coverage follows “a Freedom of Information request to the Music Faculty in mid-January” by The Telegraph. In a statement released on 31 March 2021, the Faculty explained that they “are also enhancing our students’ opportunities to study a range of non-western and popular music from across the world” whilst “retaining — and in no way diminishing — the Faculty’s traditional excellence in the critical analysis, history, and performance of a broad range of western art music.” An open letter has been written by students to the faculty about the media coverage and statement. The letter seeks greater communication to students following the media coverage of course changes. It states that “the Faculty’s job is to its members, not the press or the public”. The letter also argues the statement put out by the faculty shows “no intention of changing the very cultures that have continued their exclusionary practices for so long.”The Faculty has said that “the changes to [their] curriculum contribute to that process; undoubtedly, there will be more work to do, and we will look forward to continuing to engage with students in that ongoing process.” The Faculty has proposed changes to the undergraduate curriculum which follows consultations about the course since the Black Lives Matter movement in June 2020. The faculty have communicated that “over the past few years [it] has sought to diversify its curriculum”.  Ella Marshall-Shepherd, a postgraduate music student at Oxford University, told Cherwell: “The need to decolonise Oxford’s music curriculum is long overdue. Many students (as well as several staff members) are consequently baffled at the culture of wilful ignorance and indignant resistance to suggestions of change.” The Music Faculty have taken action by seeking to “appoint an associate professor in popular music” as well as making curriculum changes, yet to receive approval from the University. The Faculty’s proposed “structural changes” to the curriculum includes making the Keyboard Skills an “opt-out” module for Prelims students. It also would make Foundations in the Study of Music compulsory in “a significant contribution to the decolonising and the rebalancing of the curriculum.”The Daily Mail have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Too many Chiefs not enough Indians

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE There are ugly wins and hideous losses. The Pittsburgh Steelers were ambushed by the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday in K.C. This defeat was sort of “Freddy Kruggerish.” Now let’s get right to the ugly. Special teams, special ed teams or irregular teams, whatever words you wish to describe this area, were again the Achilles heel that did the Black and Gold in. Another kickoff was returned for a TD and an ill-advised throw from Big Ben with at least four red jerseys hanging out in the end zone also played a significant part in the unraveling of the defending world champions. Linebacker Andy Studebaker made his debut as a starter for the Chiefs. He was not under the baptism of fire that everyone expected but instead was the arsonist with the torch who almost singlehandedly burned the post-season chances of the Steelers to cinders. With Pittsburgh driving for a score in the third quarter, Big Ben tossed a pick right into the wheel house of Studebaker who was two yards deep in the Black and Gold end zone and he almost took it to the house before running out of gas and being run down from behind by Rashard Mendenhall at the Steelers eight yard line. That play cost the boys from “Steeltown” a minimum of three points. Talk to me people, what is going on with the defense of Pittsburgh? Snarls mean nothing in the NFL. The Big Nasty D had better quit snarling and get back to brawlin’ because in the National Football League everyone puts on their pants and pads the same way. Playoffs, what playoffs? No one had better even be whispering about the playoffs, wild cards or any other cards because the Steelers are now performing like “mild cards.”A few weeks ago I talked about making my hotel reservations for Super Bowl XLIV. H’mm, that was probably a bit premature on my part because it now appears as if maybe the win by Pittsburgh at Invesco field against the Denver Broncos sucked a significant amount of the wind out of the Steelers sails.The Oakland Raiders helped to deflate the cushion of the Cincy Bengals’ AFC North lead by defeating the Bengals 20-17 later last Sunday afternoon. But the playoff aspirations of the Steelers are still just a little shy of being on life support.Pittsburgh was not totally focused for 60 minutes because how can you allow a team (Kansas City) that had only amassed 47 total yards of offense at the end of the first half come back and beat you. It shows that the Chiefs made adjustments in the locker room and Pittsburgh did not. Don’t forget the turnovers, no, not the apple turnovers just the turnovers.Even though the company line is always; “one game at a time,” I have a sneaking suspicion that a few of the Black and Gold were already imagining that they were listening to the pre-game introductions at M&T Bank Stadium in B-More last Sunday waiting to bust pads with “Big Play” Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and the rest of the Baltimore Ravens. Hey fellas, the Ravens game is this Sunday.Oops, a hidden pothole was in the road— the Chiefs. Kansas City represented more than a speed bump on Pittsburgh’s road to Super Bowl XLIV because when it is all said and done the boys from K.C. may have been the sinkhole that swallowed up Pittsburgh’s playoff chances this year. Notice that I said, “may have” because you can never really count the Steelers out until all of the votes have been tallied. But even if you look through the best pair of rose colored glasses that you can find, it appears bleak for the chances of the defending Super Bowl champions to hoist another Lombardi Trophy over their heads to end the 2009 season.The Black and Gold seem to be really missing the services of Troy Polamalu. What about the Steeler concept of “plugging others in when starters go down? Kansas City had their own personnel and problems playing without suspended starting wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Bowe is serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s banned substance policy but veteran wide receiver Chris Chambers stepped up and torched the Steelers secondary catching four balls for 119 yards. Dwayne who?Before OT the Steelers had the ball for almost 19 minutes longer than the Chiefs and out muscled them in yardage gained stats 463-206.As far as kickoff and punt coverage are concerned, the Steelers had better put their best athletes on special teams if they do not want to continue getting burned. This would be a great time to have the Cedric Wilsons of the world.By the way, not that it matters much, the Chiefs won by the final score of 27-24 in overtime.last_img read more

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IOC brings Olympic sized opportunities to Rossland

first_imgIn one fell swoop, Olympic-sized opportunities were cracked open for Rossland last week (and indeed for young skiers and snowboarders the world over) as the International Olympic Committee announced the inclusion of three new ski and snowboard disciplines beginning in Sochi, Russia for 2014. With the addition of slopestyle skiing and boarding as well as parallel alpine snowboarding, Red Mountain, the Red Mountain Academy and RSS received an opportunity to take a big switch D-spin forward.Slopestyle, long an X-Games staple, is a series of judged runs through hits, lips, wedges, rails, boxes and typical features found in ski area’s terrain parks built to a high level with multiple routes and options. Skiers and boarders are traditionally judged on speed, style, difficulty and amplitude.The fact that the IOC is now bringing the sport into the games for 2014 is as much a recognition in the changes ski and snowboarding’s culture has gone through over the last decade and a half since Mike Douglas and Shane Szocs first brought twin tip skis into the mainstream in the late 1990s. It’s also part of a continuing effort to keep the Games relevant.What that will mean for Rossland’s Red Mountain Academy is a potential boost in their stature, particularly to their freeriding program.Launched five years ago and focused on the direction more and more young skiers were drawn too (away from skin-tight suits and bashing gates to beat the clock) and into the beefier terrain, backcountry and terrain parks, the program has been a hit. Filled to the brim last year with 11 athletes, the freeriding program is once again full for the 2011/12 season even as the program continues to accept applications.Since its inception a half decade back, freeriding has quickly become the most popular of the academy’s three programs (the other two are Snowboarding and Ski Racing). With 11 of the academy’s 22 students last year enrolled in freeskiing there’s no doubt that that’s where the growth in the sport is happening.The primary focus of the freeriding program, up to an including this coming season, has been on training kids for big mountain skiing competitions, off-piste and mountain safety.“The slopestyle aspect is just something that we in the past have done on the side,” explained Mark Impey of the Red Mountain Academy. “It’s been something the kids have been naturally attracted to. It’s something we’ve done but it has never been the main focus of the program.” With the announcement of slopestyle’s addition to the Olympics, which came as a surprise to Impey and indeed many in the industry, that may well soon be changing. With the program set for the upcoming season the academy will spend this coming season re-working it to bring in a strong focus specifically on training for slopestyle. With the big show of the Olympics providing an even bigger world stage for athletes to strive towards, the expectation is that there will be an increased interest among families and kids to gear towards that discipline.“Olympic sports and academies really go hand in hand,” added Impey. “That’s something that will really help the academy now that it is an Olympic sport that kids can train for. It has that kind of potential for the kids. I think we will see a change in our programming, and hopefully for the 2012 season we’ll attract kids to the area just to train slopestyle specifically.”For kids already in the program, Impey sees a solid talent base that isn’t far off from competing with the best in the world. As the program starts shifting focus onto slopestyle there is an anxiousness to see how the current crop of talent will fare with increased exposure to high end competition.“We have some really great talent in the program,” noted Impey. “This year we had a guest coach, Anna Segal who is the current slopestyle world champion. She skied with the kids and it was really interesting to see where our boys stood against the top woman in the world. It was a real eye opener to see just how good our kids really are. So that was great. The competitions we go to are all fairly local within BC, so the athletes haven’t really had a chance to test themselves against the best in Canada or the best in the States yet. It’ll be really interesting to see how they do when we start getting them into some bigger competitions. This decision will really ramp up the drive to advance that.” Along with some local skiers, the academy has been successful in attracting kids from around the globe to train and get their schooling through the unique partnership between RSS and the academy. With the reputation of the program growing, the ultimate goal is to within a few years get to the point of having the Red Mountain Academy be recognized as “The” place to train for skiing and snowboarding.“And it’s happening,” added Impey. “When you go out into the ski world people have heard about us and it’s happening organically. We’re trying to develop it up to that stage to be a known training base as the best spot to train for skiing and snowboarding in the country and the world.”Realistically, the shorter term goal for the program is to expand from its current 22 athletes up to the 40 to 50 athlete mark, attracting even more International students to the program as well as developing local talent and using that synergy to raise the talent bar in general.Of course not just the academy and Red Resort win in that scenario but also the City of Rossland.Along with the other innovative academy programs run out of RSS, attracting new students through the academy program boosts the school and district’s coffers through the existing funding formula based on full time equivalent enrollment. To further both the school’s goals of long term sustainability along with the academy’s, the working partnership between the two has been a tight and close knit symbiotic one.The academy’s long term dream is the establishment of a full-on training facility, ideally located up at Red Mountain. That would take things to the next level and firmly establish the academy as a world class training destination for young skiers and boarders.“That’s in our vision long term and we’re going to continue working towards that over the next few years,” added Impey. “I’m confident we can get there, and it’ll be a great thing for Rossland and Red Mountain when we do.”last_img read more

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JOE BAY & SOLID WAGER GIVE MILLER DEAD HEAT WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 MIDNIGHT LUTE STAKES; RIDDEN BY DESORMEAUX & ESPINOZA, THEY PROVIDE TRAINER WITH FOURTH STAKES WIN IN TWO DAYS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2016)–St. Joe Bay, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, put away longshot Tough Sunday inside the sixteenth pole and managed a dead heat with his fast finishing stablemate, Solid Wager, who was handled by Victor Espinoza, to provide trainer Peter Miller with two official wins in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes at Santa Anita. With the main track listed as sloppy, the pair got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.03.Head and head with eventual fourth place finisher Jimmy Bouncer around the far turn, St. Joe Bay repelled a stubborn challenge to his inside from Tough Sunday, but had no time for a breather, as his stablemate came at him with a furious late charge which resulted in the dead heat.“This is unbelievable,” said Miller, who won Santa Anita’s Kalookan Queen and Eddie Logan Stakes on Friday. “Both horses ran super. Both riders rode super. I couldn’t call it and obviously, the stewards couldn’t either, so I’m just elated for everyone involved. Watching it live, I thought the two (Solid Wager) won, then when I watched the replay, I thought the three (St. Joe’s Bay) won, and when they put up the ‘DH,’ I didn’t know what to do!”The even money favorite in a field of five 3-year-olds and up, St. Joe Bay, who is owned by Altamira Racing Stable and David Bernsen, paid $2.40, $3.00 and $2.10. A 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Saint Anddan, he notched his second win in a row in what was his first stakes victory. He now has four wins from 20 overall starts and with the winner’s share of $40,000, he increased his earnings to $257,175.“There were no losers, we had two horses on the team in that race and we tied,” said Desormeaux. ”Solid Wager, who lagged far behind the compact field headed into the turn, swung four-wide turning for home and just missed in a thrilling finish. Off at 5-1, he paid $4.60, $4.60 and $2.60.Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Stanford Stable, Solid Wager, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Birdonthewire, followed up on a half-length win versus state-breds in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes Nov. 20 at Del Mar with his first graded stakes tally.“The way the track is and the weather…I thought ‘Okay, I’ll get dirty and it could be an experience,’ but it’s my last race of the year so I’ll just go for it,” said Espinoza. “…It was awesome. When I crossed the wire I couldn’t tell but I was in front of him just a jump after. Kent thought he won right away, but I said ‘Hey, don’t be so sure.’ It’s not often this happens and to do it in a graded stakes for the same trainer?!”Ridden by Tyler Baze, Tough Sunday finished 1 ¼ lengths behind the top pair and 6 ¼ lengths clear of fourth place finisher Jimmy Bouncer. The longest shot at 8-1, Tough Sunday paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.47, 43.57 and 1:08.48.last_img read more

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Montego Bay Marlin tourney ends today

first_imgWestern Bureau: Anglers will this evening hang up their fishing rods after three days at sea as the curtain will come down on the 54th staging of the Montego Bay International Marlin Tournament on at the Montego Bay Yacht Club. The popular tournament, which is being contested by a record 41 vessels, started on Wednesday and from all indications, events should reach fever pitch today as the  anglers compete for the top places. When The Gleaner visited the docks yesterday, the tournament was in full swing and according to tournament director, Robert ‘Bobby’ Stewart, while the second day was a “tad dawdling” when compared to the opening day, he is confident that today will chock-full of excitement. “Today (Thursday) is a bit slower yes, but tomorrow (Friday) I believe we will step up again like on the first day with higher catch rates,” said Stewart. Today will also feature the awards and prize giving ceremony, which will be addressed  by Montego Bay Mayor, councillor Glendon Harris. A fireworks display will follow. On Wednesday’s opening day, the tournament yielded a record catch of 17 Blue Marlins, which had  Stewart quite elated. “Not only was it a record turnout of boats but 17 Marlins on the first day is a record for us,” said Stewart. “Once caught, they were released under the competition’s current rules enacted two years ago.” “There was lots of excitement on the water and on the docks afterwards, everybody celebrated,” said Stewart.  Last year, a record breaking 27 boats competed, where on average 10 Blue Marlins were caught per day. This exceeded the catch rate of other notable tournaments in the region.last_img read more

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We Need Green People to Make Green Buildings Work

first_imgA recent New York Times article about the US Department of Energy (DOE) underscores a major problem we have in reducing energy usage. An audit of DOE buildings determined that the agency could save over $11.5 million annually by properly using setback controls on evenings and weekends. Out of 55 buildings surveyed, 35 either did not have or did not properly use setback thermostats.Based on my personal observation, wasted energy is common in commercial buildings, most often when air conditioning is set at frigid levels, requiring workers to wear jackets and even use electric heaters to stay comfortable. It seems to me that a modest amount of thoughtful building management could save enormous amounts of energy, if we only had the will to do it.Homes are a problem, tooResidentially, we see much of the same wasteful behavior. Many homeowners do not know how to or simply don’t bother to program setback thermostats. On top of this, they leave lights and computers on when not in use, and, my personal favorite, ceiling fans activated when no one is in the room to be cooled by them. Most people don’t realize that ceiling fans provide convective cooling–they make you feel cooler when air blows directly on the skin. If you aren’t sitting underneath it, it serves no purpose. Fan motors also generate heat, warming the room slightly when they’re running. It makes me crazy to see fans running on front porches all day long with no one anywhere near them.We have become a lazy and wasteful society. We get our power from wall outlets, and regardless of what we pay for it, the supply is endless, so we neither worry about it nor make conserve it. I know people who keep their heat and air conditioning on with their windows and doors open!What will it take to make us change?I have written before about energy monitoring devices, both simple and complex, cheap and expensive, that provide usage feedback, and the fact that they can help change behavior. While useful, such products just scratch the surface of behavior modification. Not only do we need to teach people how to properly manage and maintain their homes for maximum performance, we need to change their behavior enough so that they actually do the things they need to do to conserve more. Simple things, like opening and closing windows and doors to keep heat in or out, or even opening and closing blinds to control the sun’s heat, seem to be beyond the will of most homeowners. Most of us turn on heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer without giving any thought to the cost and environmental impact of our actions.I would really like to know what keeps us from taking simple actions that can have a big impact. Is it laziness, ignorance, or a combination? As industry professionals, we must take the time to educate our clients about how to manage their homes. But what will motivate people to change their behavior enough to make a real difference? I wish I knew.last_img read more

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The Uniform Mechanical Code Looks to Limit Flex Duct

first_imgThat’s a pretty strong limitation. If passed, adopted, and enforced, I believe it would have a positive effect on air distribution for HVAC systems. And although that proposal is labeled “Length Limitation,” it actually goes further than that by saying you have to use rigid elbows and fittings, too.At one point, there was an exception for residential buildings to the proposal above. In one of the UMC meetings, however, that exception was struck from the proposal.A few reasons to limit flex, including firefighter safetySince I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve had a lot of bad things to say about how flex duct often gets installed. I haven’t been one of the voices calling for it to be banned, though. I think it’s useful product and can work just fine when it’s installed properly. But the truth is that building officials probably will never do enough enforcement to make it right.In the typical flex duct install, you might find these problems:Duct liners not pulled tight. Even if it looks nice and straight on the outside, the inner liner, which carries the air, may not be tight. Even a little bit of longitudinal compression hurts air flow. See my article about the research on sagging flex ducts from Texas A&M.Sharp turns that kill air flow. They’re everywhere. They may not all be as bad as the one shown below (see Image #2), but they all hurt air flow.Squeezing flex duct through tight spaces.Flex duct intentionally left too long. Some installers do this to reduce noise from the air handler.The two ways that air flow gets reduced in duct systems is through friction and turbulence. Flex ducts do worse at both of those than hard pipe. Because of the helical wire running the length of the duct, there’s more resistance to air flow. And although it’s possible to turn air with flex duct if you have enough space, it’s always better to use rigid fittings for that job.Speaking of that helical wire in flex duct, it can become an entrapment hazard for firefighters. When a building burns and the rest of the flex duct material gets destroyed, the helical wire forms a big tangle that can drop through ceilings. (Search for “flexible ductwork” in this article to see what I’m talking about.) When firefighters enter an area with that wire in the space, it can trap them. Firefighters have been trapped in duct and other wires and have died as a result.Does anyone use the Uniform Mechanical Code?Yes, the I-codes get most of the attention, but the UMC is certainly used. The biggest geographical area where this is true is probably the state of California, which has adopted the UMC as the base of their state mechanical code. Other code jurisdictions at various levels have adopted the UMC as well. It’s hard to know exactly who and how many. The IAPMO website doesn’t seem to give that information anywhere, nor does any other source that I could find online.But the UMC is certainly in use, so this flex duct proposal, if adopted, could have a real impact.Got an opinion?This proposal is out for public comment now. If you want to make your voice heard, go to IAPMO’s website and leave a comment. You have until 5 p.m. PST on January 3, 2017 to do so. You can read the documents available for the 2018 UMC to find out more about it. Just be sure to select 2018 in the little drop-down menu for “Edition to display” near the top of the page.I’ll be submitting my comment this week. Some people love flex duct. Some people hate it. Some of us are OK with it if it’s done right.As I’ve documented here numerous times, many flex duct installations leave a lot to be desired. They sag. They’re kinked. They’re twisted around pipes.If there’s something bad that can be done with flex duct, someone has done it. And the result of all those mangled flex duct installs is poor air flow, which creates comfort problems, uses more energy, and is one reason systems get oversized.A proposal to limit flex ductNow, some professionals in the industry are pushing for limits on the use of flex duct. The I-codes from the International Code Council seem to get most of the attention, but there’s another set of model codes developed by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). The Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) is their code for heating, cooling, ventilating, and refrigeration systems. As with the I-codes, it gets updated every three years.Among the changes recommended for the 2018 UMC is this:603.4.1 Length Limitation. Factory-made flexible air ducts and connectors shall be not more than 5 feet (1524 mm) in length and shall not be used in lieu of rigid elbows or fittings. RELATED ARTICLESHow to Install Flex Duct ProperlyShould Flex Duct Be Banned?The Science of Air Flow in Flex DuctThe Two Main Reasons Your Ducts Don’t Move Enough AirHow to Move Air Quietly Through a Duct Systemcenter_img Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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India look towards shooters, lifters for more medals

first_imgIndia, who broke open the gold medal chest with a haul of five yellow metals on Tuesday, once again would look up to their star-packed shooting squad and lifters to boost their medals tally in the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.The Games hosts looked well on way to achieve their target in the multi-sport spectacle as the second-best country on day two, Tuesday, when shooters and grapplers combined to give them five gold medals as well as two silver medals for a two-day tally of 5 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze.Australia, as projected before the Games, are leading the bunch with a 8-9-4 medal haul going into the third day’s competitions. They ended the day with 9-9-5.After grabbing the pairs gold, top marksmen Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang would compete against each other for the individual title in the 10m air rifle.Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang will compete against each other for individual title in 10m air rifle event. Photo: PTISimilar would be the predicament faced by women pistol shooters Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayyed who nailed the gold in the 25m pairs event as they will line up as opponents at the Dr Karni Singh range.Deepak Sharma and Omkar Singh would also be fighting against one another for the individual medals in the 50m pistol after clinching the silver in the pairs event yesterday.Top-notch trap shooter Ronjan Sondhi is to combine forces with Asher Noria in the men’s double trap pairs contest.In weightlifting, Renu Bala Chanu (women’s 58 kg) and Ravi Kumar Kutulu (men’s 69 kg) would be in the thick of action.advertisementThe opening day of athletics action at the showpiece Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has a few Indian athletes ready for action, including women quarter milers Mandeep and Manjit Kaur, shot putters Om Prakash Singh and Sourabh Vij and long distance runners Sandip Kumar and Sunil Kumar (men’s 5000m).Indians’ campaign would continue in team events of badminton, table tennis and archery as well as in tennis (singles and doubles) and boxing (Jai Bhagwan – 60kg, Dilbag Singh – 69kg preliminary rounds).In women’s hockey India would be up against formidable Australia in their second Group A match.–with PTI inputslast_img read more

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Tassie Twins Enjoying Tournament

first_imgThe 17-year-olds, from Launceston in Tasmania, are one of several sets of twins competing at the event in 2011, and they say that being a twin on the field does have its benefits, even if they aren’t identical. “Kit normally does the freakish stuff and I’m normally on the receiving end of that, sometimes roles are reversed so there is a bit of a twin thing coming out there sometimes, nothing too telepathic. It certainly shows at some stages how well we know each other,” Dana said. “We can get into each other a bit but we’ve played every single sport in our whole lives together, so when we both fire up we can get pretty in to each other but we’ve been good so far so hopefully we can continue that.”“We are generally pretty good mates outside of it, so we are not too fussed about it,” Kit said. “We are generally pretty competitive people though, we don’t act like it most of the time but when we do something we do it the best that we can,” Dana said. The twins only started playing division one in Launceston last year, with Kit then competing in the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. What once was a sport they just played in the Aussie Rules off-season has now become a sport that the Young’s have become passionate about and hope to progress in. “It’s always been a pre-season thing, but now it’s become something a bit more, it’s a game that we actually look forward to playing over summer and this event reinforces that it would be good to play in later years as well. It’s something we’ll definitely look at playing further,” Dana said. Playing at a National Youth Championships level for the first time, Dana is enjoying the challenge of competing against teams from across the country, and is learning plenty along the way. “Even after one game you pick up a fair bit straight up,” he said. “We are just hoping to upset a few teams and learn a fair bit, we’re looking to be competitive as always, we want to give Tassie the best name we can.”last_img read more

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Tommy Lakes Forest Fire grows to over 20000 hectares

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Tommy Lakes fire that caused residents north of Prespatou to be evacuated Saturday night, is now over 20,000 hectares in size.According to an update posted Sunday morning by the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is now 20,000 hectares and approximately 29 km northeast of Mile 109 of the Alaska Highway.  Officials are still saying the size of the fire is only an estimate and that they will do further tracking on Sunday to determine the full size and of the fire.  On May 26, the fire did move to the Northeast.The evacuation order is in effect for the following area: Tommy Lakes Wildfire courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service from earlier in the 2018 wildfire season. 1 of 6 Interface: Interface Interface FireEvacuation Order is in effect.On May 26, 2018 at 1700 hours the Peace River Regional District issued an evacuation order for Electoral Area B due to the Tommy Lakes wildfire. The evacuation order is in effect for:Starting at the junction of Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beatton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continues stopping near Two Creeks Road near the Beatton River. Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.More informationIt is expected that an area restriction will be in place to restrict public access to the active wildfire area and access roads within the Tommy Lakes wildfire boundary. This is to ensure the safety of the public and crews.Cause: Lightning Lightning CausedResources• 77 firefighters• 7 helicopters• 7 heavy equipmentThe primary objectives are to establish machine guard and if conditions permit conduct controlled burning operations, in order to protect oil and gas infrastructure and other values in the vicinity of G80340. Two unit crews are working on the east side of the South Nig Road connector continuing west of the Nig connector to Tommy Lakes junction. Additional crews are working along with heavy equipment to build guard to establish access to Beatton River off the Tommys Lake Road. They will also be preparing for controlled burning (burn off) operations if weather permits.The Tommy Lakes (G80340) is the result of the amalgamation of the former Beatton Lake (G80340) and the Tommy Lakes Road (G80341). This amalgamation occurred on May 25, 2018.Please refer to attached perimeter map for location of the Tommy Lakes wildfire.Smoke may be visible to the public from this wildfire. Photo taken by Ina Dick Discovered: Tuesday, May 22, 2018Size: 20,000.0 hectares (estimated)Status: Active• 0% containedThe fire is approximately 20,000* hectares, 0% contained*This area is an estimate only. The wildfire is expected to be tracked today to determine a more accurate area including the May 26th excursion to the northeast. Starting at the junction of Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beatton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continues stopping near Two Creeks Road near the Beatton River. Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.Forest Fire PhotosHere are some photos of the fire submitted to Energeticcity.ca by Ina Dick and the B.C. Wildfire Service: Below is the latest update from the B.C. Wildfire Service:Tommy Lakes (G80340)Last updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 9:47 AMLocation: Approximately 29km northeast of mile 109 Hwy 97 (Alaska Highway)• See approximate location of this wildfire by clicking here Photo was taken by Ina Dick. Tommy Lakes Wildfire courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service Photo taken by Ina Dicklast_img read more

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