Fire crews called to small fire

first_imgPhoto:  Fire crews quickly dealt with two small fires Wednesday night – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThe Fort St. John Fire Department was called to a small debris fire Wednesday night.- Advertisement -Two piles of debris caught fire in a field near 102nd avenue and 108th street.  Both fires were quickly extinguished.At this time, the cause of the fires is unknown.last_img

Yanks Must Wait ‘Til Next Year

first_imgNEW YORK — The quartet leaned against the dugout railing with uniformly glum expressions during the ninth inning, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances crossing their arms, Brett Gardner dangling his over a railing and Chris Young resting his chin on a hand.The New York Yankees expected better this year than elimination in the AL wild-card game. Many others anticipated worse.“When the season started, no one thought we would be here,” Manager Joe Girardi said after Houston eliminated New York 3-0 on Oct. 6.In the first year after Derek Jeter’s retirement, the Yankees ended their two-year absence from the postseason but did not reach the Division Series. They had a seven-game AL East lead in late July but played .500 ball after and finished six games behind Toronto.Adding closer Andrew Miller, shortstop Didi Gregorius, pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and reliever Justin Wilson helped, but not enough. In the end, the Yankees could not overcome titanic late-season slumps by Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann.“The way this team played here down the stretch isn’t reflective of what this team looked like for most of the season. That’s the frustrating part,” General Manager Brian Cashman said.New York scored 764 runs, second in the major leagues behind Toronto, and the Yankees’ 212 homers were up from 147 last year. But they lacked timely hitting for stretches and a slump-busting ace.David Price, Zack Greinke, Jordan Zimmermann and Johnny Cueto will be available on the free-agent market, but do the Yankees want a long-term contract with another high-priced pitcher who will be in his mid-to-late 30s in the deal’s latter years?They also could use a right-handed bat with power, preferably at second base. The Yankees were especially vulnerable to left-handers when the switch-hitting Mark Teixeira broke a shin in mid-August and Rodriguez slumped.At 30 years, 31 days, the Yankees began the season with the fifth-oldest roster, according to STATS. Rodriguez returned from a season-long drug suspension to hit 33 homers and Teixeira, 35 years old, rebounded from wrist surgery to hit 31 homers and drive in 79 runs before his injury.“Our stated goal is to definitely try to get younger,” Cashman said.With age comes injuries. Will Rodriguez, who turns 41 next summer, stay healthy for a second straight season?“Depth is very important, no doubt. Guys are going to get banged up,” Teixeira said. “Rest helps. Rest is a part of recovery. It’s a part of performance.”All of the Yankees’ primary starting pitchers were hurt at some point: Tanaka (wrist, forearm), CC Sabathia (knee), Michael Pineda (forearm), Ivan Nova (recovery from Tommy John surgery) and Nathan Eovaldi (wrist). Sabathia, 35 and three years removed from his last top season, left the team to check into an alcohol rehabilitation center on Monday.As starters got hurt, the bullpen got taxed. And New York’s offense pretty much collapsed late in the season. From Sept. 1 on, Rodriguez hit .224. Ellsbury .207, Gardner .198 and McCann .174. The club batting average dropped from .274 in June and July to .236 for the remainder of the season, according to STATS.Changes likely will come from free agents and trades. While Luis Severino (21), first baseman Greg Bird (22) and second baseman Rob Refsnyder (24) showed promise during the second half, Cashman cautioned on expecting additional top pitching help from the minors.“I don’t have anybody coming that is of Severino caliber,” he said.Additional stars could be used, too. Average attendance in the post-Jeter era slid from 42,520 last year to 39,922, and the average viewership on the YES Network fell from 288,000 to 259,000.With major changes, the Yankees’ next game that counts may resemble their last. Their opener is April 4 at home — against the Astros.Players left the clubhouse with a modicum of optimism. “I like what we’re going to have next year,” Teixeira said.(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

House Approves Resolution Calling for Lifting of US Sanctions Against Cuba

first_imgStory Highlights The House of Representatives has approved a resolution calling for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the Republic of Cuba by the United States (US).Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, who moved the resolution during Tuesday’s (October 30) sitting of the House, said the ban, which has been in place for almost six decades, “is the most unfair, severe, and extended system of unilateral sanctions ever applied against any country”.“The Government of the United States must totally eliminate the blockade on Cuba unilaterally and unconditionally,” she asserted.Mrs. Malahoo Forte contended that the US embargo is the main obstacle to Cuba’s economic and social development, noting that the resulting accumulated fallout is estimated at over US$934 billion.She said the Cuban Government believes the embargo constitutes “a massive, blatant and systematic violation of the human rights of all the Cuban people”.“They strongly believe that the blockade violates the United Nations Charter, violates international law and constitutes an obstacle for international cooperation,” she said.The House, Mrs. Malahoo Forte said, is calling on the United States to comply with the 26 resolutions adopted by the international community within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly, and put an unconditional end to its policy of blockade against Cuba.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, concurred that the embargo should be lifted.“The blockade is an expression of a deepening threat to global international relations and to the stability of the Caribbean region,” he argued.Dr. Phillips suggested that Jamaica, which chairs CARICOM, should take the lead by, not just passing the resolution in the House “but to raise our voices more directly and emphatically in the international system, beginning in CARICOM, to speak out against this blockade”.The US embargo was first imposed against Cuba in 1962. While there has been a relaxation of some stipulations regarding telecommunications, trade, remittances, travel, and the reopening of embassies, coupled with the visit of former US President, Barack Obama to Cuba, there has been a tightening of sanctions since current President, Donald Trump, took office in 2016. Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, who moved the resolution during Tuesday’s (October 30) sitting of the House, said the ban, which has been in place for almost six decades, “is the most unfair, severe, and extended system of unilateral sanctions ever applied against any country”. center_img The House of Representatives has approved a resolution calling for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the Republic of Cuba by the United States (US).last_img read more