Suspicious fire in parked Van

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department tended to a van that was on fire on the night of Tuesday, June 4th at approximately midnight.Fire crews arrived on scene to 101 Avenue to a van that had an interior fire. Once the crew knocked the fire down the scene was handed to the RCMP, according to Deputy Fire Chief Dan Golob.No one was reported as injured.- Advertisement -The event is currently under investigation.last_img

Newcastle boss Pardew unfazed by ‘sack threat’ from owner Ashley

first_imgNewcastle boss Alan Pardew has shrugged off comments from owner Mike Ashley suggesting he will be sacked if his team loses to Stoke on Monday evening.The Mapgies are without a win in the Premier League this season and Ashley is reported to have told a journalist at a pub in London on Thursday night that Pardew would be ‘finished’ if they are beaten at the Britannia Stadium.The club immediately dismissed the sportswear magnate’s remarks as a joke, a message which was reiterated as the manager carried out his pre-match press conference on Saturday morning.Pardew said: “I’ve not seen him. [Ashley]. I’ve spoken to him this week – he’s obviously very keen for us to get victories, that’s what he’s about. That’s what we’re about, winning.“I’ve been made aware of his comments in the paper, I’ve been under pressure at this club for a number of weeks now. All I can focus on now is the team and that’s what I’ll do.”Asked if his future was more than a joke, Pardew replied: “Yeah, but sometimes things are taken out of context. If it was a sit-down interview done in a serious manner, I’d be a lot more concerned than I am today, that’s for sure.”Ashley indicated earlier this month that Pardew’s position was not in jeopardy despite a difficult start to the season, and the club’s situation has improved somewhat since then.Last weekend, striker Papiss Cisse came off the bench to score a late double to secure a 2-2 league draw with Hull, and a much-changed side booked a place in the Capital One Cup fourth round with a 3-2 extra time victory at Crystal Palace.Pardew still has to win over the critics among his own club’s fans – a militant section of them is unlikely to be placated – and Newcastle remain at the foot of the table, but he has enjoyed a much more positive week.He said: “For anything in your life, you have to be focused on what is the goal. There’s a simple goal for us on Monday night: we want to get a win.“We showed our spirit on the pitch on Wednesday when we were down to 10 men in extra time to get a winner. That shows we’re fighting.“We’ve had two morale-boosting displays, the comeback draw against Hull and the win at Palace, and that gives us something to lean on.”Pardew will hope to be able to call upon Cisse, whose appearance from the substitutes’ bench against Hull was his first since he fractured a kneecap in April, after he, keeper Tim Krul and midfielder Yoan Gouffran missed the midweek game through illness. 1 Alan Pardew last_img read more

Cellino ready to step down as Leeds owner

first_img1 Leeds president Massimo Cellino has confirmed he will comply with the Football League’s ruling to disqualify him as owner of the club.Cellino is to appeal against the League’s decision to ban him after it ruled he had failed its ‘owners’ and directors’ test’.The Championship side swiftly responded to the news, stating the decision “cannot be in the best interests of any party” involved, but the 58-year-old has told his fellow directors he will stand down from the board to safeguard the club against possible further sanctions.“I’m prepared to resign if it’s what I have to do,” Cellino told the Yorkshire Evening Post.“I said to the other directors that I don’t want to bring any problems on the club so if I have to resign in 28 days and then wait to finish my appeal, I will.“I’m fighting this and we think we will win so after the appeal I will be back.“But I don’t want to give the League a reason to punish the club. So if I have to go then I’ll go.”The League ruled Cellino must sever all ties with the club by December 29 and has until December 15 to lodge an appeal.The former Cagliari owner was convicted in Italy of failing to pay import duty on his yacht in March and successfully appealed against the League’s decision to block his takeover of the club in April.The League has since received further evidence from the court in Sardinia, which confirmed Cellino had acted dishonestly, and subsequently deemed the Italian to be unfit to remain as owner.Cellino will be able to resume as club owner on March 18 next year when his conviction is spent under UK law.Under League rules a range of sanctions could have been imposed on the club had Cellino refused to abide by its decision, with the ultimate penalty being the withdrawal of the club’s Football League membership.The League has confirmed Cellino’s appeal will be heard before the December 29 deadline.It remains unclear who will oversee the day-to-day running of the club in Cellino’s absence. Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino last_img read more

Porn industry frets over security breach

first_imgWASHINGTON – A New Jersey company that helps run thousands of pornography Web sites acknowledged a major security breach Wednesday, sparking widespread concern in the adult-entertainment industry that consumers’ personal data could be endangered. According to industry chat boards that have been buzzing about the problem, the violation so far appears to be limited to e-mail addresses, with an avalanche of spam e-mail hitting Web site customers’ inboxes – including unique addresses created for joining specific porn sites. John Albright, owner of the Too Much Media Corp., said in a statement Wednesday that no credit-card information was affected by the October incident. Officials with both Visa and MasterCard said they were unaware Wednesday of any problems in connection with the company. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“An investigation is under way as to the cause and level of the security breach,” Albright said in the statement. “TMM intends to prosecute to the fullest extent possible anyone responsible for any breach of its servers and programs.” But many in the adult industry – based heavily in the San Fernando Valley – said the breach could unravel hard-fought attempts to change the longtime perception that the industry is shady. “The adult industry has worked for a long time to become an industry that can be trusted with personal information,” said Kathee Brewer, former editor of AVN Online, the trade journal of the digital adult-entertainment industry. When customer information is leaked – even if it is only e-mail addresses – Brewer said, “consumers begin to back away because they don’t trust the industry anymore. All it takes is one issue like this.” Phone calls and e-mails to Albright to discuss details of the breach were not returned this week. It remains unclear how much information may have been accessed and how the incident began. But industry insiders and companies that use Too Much Media Corp. software said they have been aware since October that some customer lists belonging to porn-site networks had been stolen. They estimated that the number of victims could be in the hundreds of thousands. “You can imagine the backlash,” said Ilan Michan, owner of Woodland Hills-based OC-3 Networks, a Web-hosting company that Michan said handles about 40percent of all adult-entertainment Web sites and first discovered the problem in October. Michan said employees during a monthly security check noticed that the same IP address was repeatedly trying to access his software. Michan said the company determined that someone had accessed the user name and password assigned to the Too Much Media software. That program – known as NATS for Next-Generation Administration and Tracking Software – is primarily used by Internet porn-site networks to track activity on the hundreds of thousands of advertisers that send traffic to their Web pages. Advertisers, known as affiliates, also use the software to check their own sales and traffic. About 500 affiliate networks – approximately one-third of the industry – use the software. In his statement Wednesday, Albright did not address what steps the company took to inform people of the breach and possible loss of personal information, as it is required to do under New Jersey law. “It’s a big deal for them. A lot of people went with this software because it’s supposed to be safe and secure. It makes the industry look bad,” said Christian Amico, director of operations with Atlas Multimedia Inc., a San Fernando Valley firm that builds adult-entertainment Web sites. While there have been no reports of identity theft, many said the fact that names, e-mail addresses and the types of fetishes people enjoy might be floating around the Internet is worrisome. “Consumer confidence is shot because of this,” said Jason Tucker, president of San Fernando Valley-based Falcon Foto, which he described as the “world’s largest erotic library.” “The industry has worked so hard in the last five years alone to make people understand that this is a real business and we operate like a real business,” Tucker said. “When something like this happens, consumer confidence in the adult business drops and we’re all going to suffer because of it.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com 202-662-8731160Want 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

PICTURE SPECIAL: CYCLE AGAINST SUICIDE IN DONEGAL

first_imgWHAT an incredible bunch of people they are – the CycleAgainstSuicide participants who brought joy and hope to Donegal over the past couple of days.The amazing initiative was founded by Irish entrepreneur Jim Breen, and it continues to go from strength-to-strength.Philip Mulligan was at Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town for Donegal Daily. Here is his picture special:  PICTURE SPECIAL: CYCLE AGAINST SUICIDE IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 29th, 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:abbey vocational school donegal townCycle Against SuicideDonegal Townlast_img read more

A year of grief, scandal

first_imgThe story of 2005 was told in the faces of human suffering – people touched by tragedy at the hands of nature’s vicious winds and waters, or by the design of terrorists who set their sights on soldiers, hotels and simple morning commutes. You can mark the days and months of the year by tracing the grief and loss and horror that reached across the world, from far-off Pakistan to Sudan, in the capitals of Amman and London, in remote tornado-ravaged towns in Indiana. And New Orleans. Indelibly, the suffering that 2005 brought to so many places was captured by the American catastrophe that devastated Louisiana and Mississippi over one wrenching late-summer week, and for years to come. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Beneath it all was the steady drip, drip, drip of U.S. military deaths in Iraq, leaving behind grieving families and a nation increasingly souring on the war. The conflict marked its 1,000th day this year, and its 2,000th fallen soldier. There were moments when the suffering was reverent: In April, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz wept as he placed a white silk veil over the face of Pope John Paul II just before his coffin was closed, the world mourning with him as it bid farewell to a man known as the first rock-star pontiff. And there were moments when it was highly disputed: We watched grainy video showing the face of a brain-damaged Florida woman named Terri Schiavo, her eyes perhaps following a balloon, or gazing back at her mother. Deprived of a feeding tube, was she dying as her husband insists she asked? Or should she have been kept alive, as her parents demanded? Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was slain in Iraq, staged an epic summer protest at President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch, galvanizing the nation’s antiwar movement. Was she an anguished mother demanding answers? Or a publicity hound and lackey of the left exploiting her own child? At times the suffering seemed inescapable, even like some cruel joke of fate. On July 6, cheers broke out on the London Underground subway as news spread that London had been awarded the 2012 Olympic Games. “Many people do reckon that London is the greatest city in the whole world at the moment,” said Prime Minister Tony Blair. Not 24 hours later, those same subway cars were filled with smoke and blood and panic. During the morning rush hour, terrorists killed 52 commuters and injured more than 700 in the worst attack on London since World War II. One particularly jarring picture taken that day showed a man embracing a dazed subway passenger and leading her away from the Edgware Road station. Her face was wrapped entirely in white gauze, her hands pressed to her cheeks, a ghostly image of shock. “This has been a most terrible and tragic atrocity that has cost many innocent lives,” the prime minister said. “This is a very sad day for the British people, but we will hold true to the British way of life.” Nothing captured the nation’s attention, and evoked national horror and disbelief, like Hurricane Katrina. The monster barreled toward New Orleans over a late August weekend, seemingly the storm the bowl-shaped, depressed Big Easy had always feared. Then it jogged to the east, devastating the Mississippi coast. New Orleans, it was said, had dodged a bullet. Then the levees broke, and the water rose, and the country watched for a week as a great American city descended into a ruinous scene of looting, shooting, fires and bloated corpses floating in the reeking, toxic muck left behind by the storm. New Orleanians who had opted to ride out the storm desperately sought deliverance from the infamous convention center, or the teeming Superdome. Or their own rooftops. “I don’t treat my dog like that,” 47-year-old Daniel Edwards said as he pointed at an elderly woman who lay dead in a wheelchair at the convention center three days after Katrina. “I buried my dog.” Bush – dogged by his remark to Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown that “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job” – made trip after trip to the Gulf Coast, and pledged in the French Quarter: “There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again.” At year’s end, the victims of Katrina remained scattered in cities across the nation, unsure when they could return to their homes. The death toll stood at more than 1,300. And the hurricanes kept coming. Rita followed four weeks later and tore through east Texas and west Louisiana. Then Wilma slashed through Florida, leaving 6 million people without electricity. And then they ran out of names. Five new late-season storms were assigned Greek letters, all the way up to Epsilon, which formed in early December, mocking the official end of hurricane season Nov. 30. The war in Iraq raged for a third year, and the war against terrorism entered its fifth, and the nation pondered the meaning of torture and when, if ever, it was appropriate. American deaths in Iraq topped 2,100. One of them was Pvt. Christopher Alcozer of Villa Park, Ill., who was 21 and had proposed to his girlfriend just weeks before he was killed Nov. 19 by insurgents brandishing small arms and hand grenades. His mother, Kathleen Alcozer, said she opposed to the war. “But I was always ready to support my child. And now I have to bury my child,” she said. “There’s just no words.” It seems ages ago, but a year so defined by tragedy actually began with a bold challenge to end suffering and oppression: President Bush was inaugurated for a second term Jan. 20, and from the Capitol he issued a call for freedom in every nation with the ultimate goal of “ending tyranny in our world.” Then he watched as his administration suffered an interstate pileup of setbacks: The war. The response to Katrina. Soaring gas prices, past $3 per gallon in some places. A stalled effort to revamp Social Security. The Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination. In October, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, was indicted on charges of lying to a grand jury investigating the outing of a CIA officer. The year ended with the investigation still open, and clouds of uncertainty still surrounding Karl Rove, the president’s top adviser. By November, Bush’s approval rating had fallen to 37 percent in an Associated Press-Ipsos poll, the lowest of his presidency. “The war is an overriding issue. Look at the body count on a daily basis,” said Tom Rector, a Democrat from Spokane, Wash. The nation was one year removed from the bruising 2004 campaign, but cultural land mines remained. Advocates of “intelligent design,” a notion dismissed by many scientists but embraced by some cultural conservatives, fought for a place in the nation’s classrooms, where the theory of evolution has long been taught unchallenged. And the battle over the future of the Supreme Court finally arrived. John Roberts won relatively easy confirmation as chief justice, replacing the late William H. Rehnquist, but the year ended with wrangling over Samuel Alito, Bush’s pick to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and rumblings that his confirmation hearings would reignite the unending national debate on abortion. There were trials: Michael Jackson walked out of a California courtroom one June afternoon and returned to his Neverland ranch after being found not guilty on child-molestation charges. His lawyer proclaimed “Justice is done.” Saddam Hussein went on trial in Iraq for mass murder and torture, lashing out in theatrical rants about “American rules” and shouting for the five judges to “Go to hell!” In New York courtrooms, formerly high-flying executives like Bernard Ebbers of WorldCom and Dennis Kozlowski of Tyco were sentenced to up to 25 years in prison apiece for leading the huge frauds at their companies. These stories sometimes seemed no more than sideshows, distractions from the march of catastrophes that plagued the world this year. At times they seemed so frequent and massive that we were almost numb to their numbers. Millions went without food in Niger, and epic violence raged in Sudan. An earthquake in Pakistan killed a staggering 87,000. The somber count of victims of the late 2004 tsunami continued all year, the death toll eventually climbing to an incomprehensible 176,000. And so to truly understand 2005, you have to look at the individual faces. At the tearful eyes of Tasleem Liaqat, 25, who was trapped under earthquake debris in the Pakistani village of Kialla. She was pulled out by neighbors and two hours later delivered a baby girl, one month early. Waiting for help, she pulled a plastic sheet over herself and the newborn when it started to rain. Pulled in a cart by her husband and three neighbors, she reached a hospital eight days after the quake. It was an extreme, gut-churning example of the suffering felt all over the world this tumultuous year. In the hospital, with her right leg in a metal brace, and holding the baby in her arms, the young mother observed: “I don’t remember anything but the pain. So much pain.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL: HAVE YOU JUST WON FREE VIP ENTRY FOR FOUR?

first_imgWhat another brilliant weekend club revellers had at Donegal’s No.1 nightspot Voodoo Venue.Huge crowds descended on the venue on both Friday and Saturday night.The innovative management at Voodoo are always seeking to ensure every weekend in the club is a memorable one for its loyal customers.Their desire to always meet and exceed customer expectations ensure it remains the No.1 clubbing venue in the North-West.Every week in conjunction with Donegal Daily, Voodoo Venue run a picture special competition on the site.If your face is circled in the picture special above, then you’ve just won FREE Champagne and FREE VIP entry for four.Contact Voodoo via Facebook and claim your prize now. Make sure and check out their Facebook page below for details of their brilliant student night HIJACKED TUESDAYS.https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkennyVOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL: HAVE YOU JUST WON FREE VIP ENTRY FOR FOUR? was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsVoodoo VenueWeekend picture speciallast_img read more

Chelsea v West Brom: Matic back

first_imgNemanja Matic returns to the Chelsea starting line-up for the game at Stamford Bridge.The Serbian midfielder comes in for Cesc Fabregas, who replaced him when Matic was ruled out of last weekend’s win at Man City with an injury.Fabregas drops to the substitutes’ bench. The Blues are without Oscar, who is ill, while John Terry remains sidelined.West Brom, meanwhile, can name an unchanged line-up for the fifth consecutive game as James Morrison and Gareth McAuley came through fitness tests. Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Aina, Ivanovic, Chalobah, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi. West Brom: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom; Yacob, Fletcher; Brunt, Morrison, Phillips; Rondon. Subs: Olsson, Robson-Kanu, Gardner, McClean, Galloway, Chadli.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Brand South Africa and Wits Business School to host an interactive seminar on investor perceptions study on South Africa

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 1 April 2014 – Brand South Africa and Wits Business School invite media to cover the International Investor Perceptions of South Africa in a Competitive Emerging Market Environment on Wednesday, 2 April at the Bert Wessels Lecture Theatre, Wits School, Parktown.Brand South Africa conducts an international investor perceptions study of South Africa on an annual basis. This interactive seminar, presented by Dr Petrus de Kock, will share key findings from the 2013/14 research with participants.Media are invited as follows: Date:            Wednesday, 2 April 2014Time:           8:30am for 9:00 am to 11:00amVenue:          Bert Wessels Lecture Theatre – Wits Business School, 2 St. David’s Place, St  Andrews Road ParktownInternational Investor Perceptions of South Africa in a Competitive Emerging Market Environment Wednesday 2 April, 20148:30 – 9:00Arrival and registration9:00 – 9:10Welcome remarksPurpose of eventProfessor Steve Bluen, Director & Head of School: Wits Business SchoolMr Miller Matola, Brand SA CEO9:10 – 10:00International investor perceptions in a complex emerging market environment & outcomes of the SA Competitiveness ForumDr Petrus de KockResearch Manager, Brand SA10:00 – 10:30Responses and open discussionMr Siphiwe Ngwenya, Group CEO, Gauteng Growth and Development AgencyMr Ravi Naidoo, Executive Director, Department of Economic Development, City of Johannesburg10:30 – 11:00Open Q&A discussion with audienceLessons drawn from presentations/discussionsAllProfessor Steve Bluen, Director & Head of School: Wits Business School11:00Vote of ThanksMr Miller Matola, Brand SA CEONote to Editors About Wits Business School http://www.wbs.ac.za/ About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, and young to not so young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities.The campaign is driven by the Brand South Africa. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.last_img read more