WYOMING, U.S.A – Streeper Kennels’ musher Lina Streeper took first place at the International Pedigree Stage Stop dog sled race in Wyoming at the beginning of February.The 330-mile race was run over seven legs across the State. Streeper and her team of sixteen dogs, four to six of which can be used as substitutes on a day to day basis, finished the race with a time 21 hours and 32 minutes.“The race runs in a new town every day,” said Streeper. “Once we are done our run we have to load up, feed the dogs [Racing Alaskan Huskies] and drive sometimes a couple of hours or sometimes longer than that to the next city.”- Advertisement -Her fellow musher from Streeper Kennels finished in second place for the seventh time overall and for the second consecutive year as the pair took home a total of $35,000 in reward money.“I grew up in Sweden and I’ve been mushing dogs in Sweden since I was a teenager,” added Streeper. “I came over to learn from my husband and father in law and decide to stay. Now I only go back to Sweden to visit.”With the winter season nearing its end, the Fort Nelson resident has races in Manitoba and two in Alaska to conclude the dog sledding season.Advertisement
One of Buncrana’s most popular figures was celebrated last weekend as Mrs Maureen Farren marked her 100th Birthday. Maureen is a long-standing resident of Grianan Park and a mother of four to Charlie, Bethan, Anne and Bridgeen.Friends and family turned out to celebrate the special day with a birthday tea at the Lake of Shadows Hotel in the Inishowen town. The Buncrana parish also marked Mrs Farren birthday with a papal blessing and a Benemerenti medal at the 9am mass on Sunday last.Buncrana woman celebrates 100th birthday – Picture Special was last modified: September 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tim Hicks of Lexington has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) business development field director.In this new position, Hicks will develop and implement programs, business development projects and activities designed to retain and increase Farm Bureau membership and member utilization of Nationwide financial and risk management products. Nationwide got its start as an insurance company for Ohio Farm Bureau members and continues to be a strong advocate of agriculture.Previously, Hicks was Ohio Farm Bureau’s organization director for Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Richland and Wyandot counties. Before coming to OFBF, Hicks was employed by the Schuyler County (New York) Watershed Protection Agency, the Soil and Water Conservation District and as an erosion control manager. He served as a village trustee and was active in various community organizations including the regional planning board. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in environmental science. He and his wife, Jenna, have two children.In addition, Haley Davis of Bucyrus has been promoted to Ohio Farm Bureau Federation organization director for Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Richland and Wyandot counties. Davis will act as liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and Ohio Farm Bureau. She will assist the county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.Davis previously joined Ohio Farm Bureau in March, training in field staff work in anticipation of future needs. She is a 2013 graduate of West Virginia University where she majored in animal and nutritional sciences and was vice president of the Collegiate FFA. She also worked at Hord Livestock Co. in Bucyrus as a farrowing technician/manager and at Southern States Morgantown Ag as a sales associate.Davis grew up in West Chester and was involved with 4-H for 10 years, serving as a junior fair board member and on the horse judging team. She is a Crawford County Farm Bureau member and Young Agricultural Professionals member.
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Vermont regulators who are rewriting the state’s building energy codes have adopted a revolutionary and progressive approach, providing new evidence that Vermonters are at the cutting edge of building code development and climate change action. This news is evidence that sometimes, small states can lead the way.A group of employees of the Vermont Department of Public Service, aided by consultants and volunteers, are completing work on a new version of the Residential Building Energy Standards (RBES), Vermont’s energy code for single-family homes and duplexes. Like most energy codes in the U.S., this Vermont code is based on the International Energy Conservation Code. That said, the proposed changes will make the Vermont version so different from the IECC that it’s almost a new code.At the Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, on February 7, 2019, two energy code specialists (Richard Faesy and David Keefe) gave a presentation on the code revision process. “Vermont has a comprehensive energy plan requiring designing for net zero by 2030,” Faesy told the audience. “That’s one of the goalposts we are striving for, so we’re asking, ‘What will we have to do each step of the way to get there?’”Vermont is a rural state without any effective code enforcement mechanisms. The vast majority of Vermont towns have no building inspectors, and the vast majority of new homes are completed without being inspected.For the last decade or so, Vermont has had a voluntary system of code compliance that goes like this: builders who complete a new home are supposed to sign a declaration that the house meets code requirements, and are expected to file that declaration with the local town clerk. Some builders complete these declarations, but many don’t.“You are supposed to build it in compliance…
Over 120 delegates from 16 countries converged in Srinagar on Saturday to have a first-hand experience of exquisite products handmade by Valley artisans, providing a ray of hope to the otherwise-declining handicraft industry in the wake of growing instability in Jammu and Kashmir.“We are showcasing world-famous carpets, shawls, chain-stitch work, rugs, copper wares and paper mache to our visitors. We are hopeful it will go a long way to boost the handicraft sector here,” Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Javed Ahmad Tenga told The Hindu.Prospective buyers have come all the way from countries including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Australia, Mexico and Lebanon. The biggest group has come from Turkey.“My sister is launching a new line of products in Egypt. Pashmina is what has attracted us to Kashmir as brides would prefer it there. The material is light, fine and warm. Designs are equally exquisite,” Abdelrahman M. Abdou, an Egyptian carpet seller, said. “The weather is also an attraction to come to Kashmir.”The government failed to hold the seventh international buyer-seller meet in Srinagar for the past two years due to the ongoing instability and violence. The government sees the event as a good omen for the tourism industry too. “The presence of foreign buyers conveys a message to the outside world. Kashmir is a victim of deliberate vilification campaign in the country. This should dispel the myth globally that Kashmir is not just about conflict,” said J&K Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar.‘Open J&K to Silk Route’Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti used the occasion to pitch for the opening up of Kashmir to the outside world. “I hope J&K opens up to the world as an international trading destination through land routes, realising its geopolitical situation, as part of a peaceful region,” said Ms. Mufti.She said Kashmir’s reintroduction to the influences of the Silk Route, as in the past for seven centuries, “would help in making the state a hub of economic activity in the region.”“I hope you will go back as our ambassadors in the international trading community and the masterpieces you carry from here will act as souvenirs of peace and goodwill,” the chief minister told the buyers.
View comments The loss ended a 14-game unbeaten streak for Dorados, who faced a hostile crowd of nearly 25,000 that booed Maradona relentlessly.Maradona, 58, took the coaching job at the Sinaloa-based club in September — amusing skeptics who questioned why the 1986 World Cup champion, who has publicly battled various addictions, would move to a place better known for drug cartels than football.But he has answered his critics by coaching the struggling Dorados to back-to-back finals, both against San Luis.San Luis defeated Dorados 4-3 on aggregate in the fall season finals in December.Having now won the spring finals, too, the club — an affiliate of Atletico Madrid — gain automatic promotion to the first division. Had they lost, they would have faced a playoff against Dorados to decide which won promotion.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Maradona can legitimately boast to having turned Dorados around: they were in 13th place in their 15-team division when he arrived.But the dream of winning a title as coach still eludes him, after stints managing the Argentine national team and various clubs in Argentina, the Middle East and now Mexico.In April, he said he planned to leave Dorados at the end of the season, alleging the league’s referees were biased against him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Mexican second division football team Dorados head coach Diego Armando Maradona gestures during their second leg match of the Mexican second-division finals, at the Alfonso Lastras Ramirez stadium in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on May 5, 2019. (Photo by Ulises Ruiz / AFP)Diego Maradona’s hopes of winning his first coaching title were dashed Sunday as his Dorados team lost the Mexican second-division finals, along with their shot at promotion.Rivals Atletico San Luis scored the lone goal of the second leg in extra time to clinch the title and a spot in the first division — the second time they have left Maradona empty-handed in two consecutive finals.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I nearly died… But it’s fine. I’m sad for my boys, though,” Maradona said after the match.The Argentine great and his team faced a tough task heading into the second-leg match, having been held 1-1 in the first leg at home in Culiacan, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThey managed to hold Atletico to 90 goalless minutes playing away in the central city of San Luis Potosi.But Spanish defender Unai Bilbao slotted in the winning goal for the home team in the 103rd minute, after Dorados ‘keeper Gaspar Servio failed to clear a free kick. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ousmane Dembele injures leg, will miss Barca game at Liverpool Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s so energetic,” Raptors fan Katie Thiessen said of the atmosphere at Jurassic Park as she and friends visiting from Australia and New Zealand prepared to enjoy the festivities during the Eastern Conference finals. “Everybody is just so great. You have so many people, you make so many friends. The energy is just amazing, the atmosphere. It feels great to come together instead of watching at home.”And it’s free.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWith every playoff game, home or away, thousands gather to watch on the big screen fixed to the arena’s west wall. Officially, it’s called ‘Raptors Tailgate in Maple Leaf Square,’ but it’s better known as Jurassic Park. On Thursday, when the Raptors host Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the mighty Golden State Warriors, the party will get cranked up to a whole new level.It’s Toronto’s first trip to the finals since entering the league in 1995 and for those fans who can’t get their hands on tickets, or can’t afford them, Jurassic Park is a popular alternative. The fans who gather there are mostly young, in their late teens or 20’s, and represent a cross-section of Toronto’s broad ethnic diversity. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Rapper Drake, who sits courtside at Toronto games and holds a role as the team’s “global ambassador,” said the Raptors and their fans are reminiscent of a college team.Toronto guard Fred VanVleet, who went to the Final Four with Wichita State, agrees with the four-time Grammy winner.“I think there are some similarities there,” VanVleet said. “Somebody was saying it’s more soccer, like how those fan bases are so passionate. I just think we’ve got a really good fan base. I don’t know what to compare it to. It’s definitely unique in the NBA.”It’s almost like Krzyzewskiville — Duke students camping out for basketball games — meets the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” — the tailgating for the annual Florida-Georgia football game.It’s been so successful, Toronto suburbs Mississauga and Brampton are opening their very own versions of Jurassic Park for the NBA Finals. Outdoor viewing parties for Raptors playoff games first became a thing in 2014, when Toronto finished as surprise Atlantic Division winners and returned to the postseason following a five-year absence.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Whether intentionally or inadvertently, then-general manager and current team president Masai Ujiri helped establish a fiery tone for the nascent event when he went outside to address fans before Game 1 of the Raptors’ series against the Brooklyn Nets. By the time the Nets earned a narrow Game 7 win over Toronto, the crowd outside was estimated at 10,000, about half as many again as the number seated inside.Fast forward five years, and Jurassic Park has become one of the hottest spots in Toronto on game nights.For safety reasons, and to keep traffic moving, fans are now split into five distinct viewing areas. The one right outside the arena boasts multiple food and beverage concessions, even a team store outlet. The event has an official corporate sponsor, a bank, and there’s plenty more advertising plastered around.While admission is free, fans come early; the official capacity is about 5,000 and crowds start gathering more than five hours before tipoff, waiting for the gates to open.Even as severe thunderstorms drenched Toronto before Game 6 of the East finals, fans formed a line that encircled the arena and nearby Union Station, the city’s main transit hub, stretching more than three quarters of a mile. With thousands still trying to get a glimpse of the action after the viewing areas had filled up, police closed part of the road one block west to allow more people to watch safely. The same could happen again in the finals, with even bigger crowds expected to attend.One of the things that make loud and boisterous Jurassic Park such a popular destination is that people tend to play nice.Jubilant fans spread out across downtown for an impromptu celebration after Toronto beat the Bucks on Saturday to move on to the finals. More than a dozen people climbed atop a city bus but no arrests were made, a fact Toronto Police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante called “impressive.”VanVleet said he’s touched by the support he and his teammates receive from Toronto’s rabid fans, both inside and outside the arena.“It’s something that you really take to heart and you can’t take it for granted as a player,” he said. “Obviously there’s a really good connection between us as players and our fans.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kevin Durant travels with the Warriors to Toronto ahead of finals Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war FILE – In this Sunday, May 12, 2019, file photo, Owen Smith, center, dresses up to show his support at the Jungle Park tailgate party at Maple Leaf Square in Toronto, as the Toronto Raptors prepare to play the Philadelphia 76ers during Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. For Raptors games, Maple Leaf Square, aka Jurassic Park, boasts a college vibe of rowdy fans crammed into an area that covers two city blocks. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press via AP, File)TORONTO — There’s nothing quite like Jurassic Park anywhere else in the NBA.The college vibe of the writhing, rowdy mass of bodies crammed into an area that covers about two city blocks to cheer for their beloved Raptors outside their downtown Toronto arena makes for one of basketball’s best parties.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Culture Video Games The spectacular gunplay of the movies matches some of the later, more action-packed games, but overall the tone is very different from the survival horror spirit of the games. “We’re not trying to look like a video game, which is a mistake some video game movies make,” says Anderson, who wrote all the films and directed four of them. A lot of filmmakers try and appeal to both markets and fail to get either, added film journalist Luke Owen, author of a book about video game movies, Lights, Camera, Game Over! He points to a first-person sequence in the movie version of Doom that mirrors the original gameplay.”It sounded great on paper — a literal adaptation of the game’s format — but in reality you’re not in control, so it’s not as satisfying,” he says.The Resident Evil films began with the 1996 hit game Resident Evil, known in Japan as Biohazard, which invented the survival horror genre and spawned a best-selling series of its own. “I love the game,” Anderson says. “Milla used to play it with her brother. Michelle Rodriguez was a big fan. When we come together to make one of these movies it’s always with a massive amount of passion from the people in front of the camera and behind the camera.” According to Box Office Mojo, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is the top-grossing video game movie, raking in $166 million in theaters — but even that only just covered the film’s $115 million budget. Warcraft was infamously rescued from a dire US opening by success in China. Other big-budget adaptations like 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Assassin’s Creed couldn’t recoup even half their production costs during their theatrical runs, despite big names like Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender on the marquee.Let’s face it, most video game movies tank because they’re just not very good. At the time The Final Chapter was released, Prince of Persia was the highest-rated video game adaptation on review aggregator Metacritic, but even that has a decidedly average Metascore of 50 — which beats the stale 2018 Tomb Raider reboot’s score of 48.Enlarge Image2002’s “Resident Evil” set the template: Milla Jovovich, a big gun, beer and pizza. Screen Gems Could it be that the Resident Evil films are successful because they’re actually… good? They’re certainly a hell of a lot more fun than the trudgingly average likes of Max Payne or Need for Speed. Apart from a woeful nosedive in the incoherent fourth film (Resident Evil: Afterlife), the series genuinely gets bigger and better with every film, and the increasingly epic fifth and sixth films actually build the series to an unhinged crescendo.Jovovich describes Resident Evil as “perfect beer and pizza movies,” and she’s not wrong.Despite the financial risk of video game adaptations, Hollywood has plenty more in the pipeline. Detective Pikachu, based on the Pokemon spin-off and featuring the vocal talents of Ryan Reynolds, will engage in some on-screen sleuthing this summer. We’ve also heard that a Resident Evil movie reboot will use the seventh game as “a touchstone.”Paul WS Anderson himself is developing a movie based on another Capcom game, Monster Hunter. Tom Hardy was set to star in a Splinter Cell flick. Movies are planned for Call of Duty, Mass Effect, Minecraft — even Tetris, for crying out loud.They can learn a lot from Resident Evil: Keep the budget under control. Welcome non-players. Remember the human element at the heart of the story.And get the beers and pizza in.This article was first published Feb. 1 2017, and updated Jan. 25, 2019 to reflect the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake and further video game adaptations.Batteries Not Included: The CNET team shares experiences that remind us why tech stuff is cool. CNET Magazine: Check out a sampling of the stories you’ll find in CNET’s newsstand edition. 77 Photos Believe it or not, the first Resident Evil movie was something of a trendsetter. Today, hordes of zombies claw at the windows of the mainstream from The Walking Dead to World War Z, but back when the first Resident Evil flick hit, zombies had been shuffling around the straight-to-video bin for 20-odd years. That was 2002, the same year 28 Days Later came out. When Shaun of the Dead and a remake of Dawn of the Dead followed, the zombie genre was well and truly reanimated.Resident Evil movies distinguish themselves from the zombie horde with their technological themes. The all-encompassing Umbrella corporation that’s responsible for the zombie outbreak was a fictional precursor to Facebook, Google and other tech monoliths that have infiltrated our lives. Technological surveillance, one of the defining issues of our age, pervades the movies from the first film’s all-seeing video cameras to the later movies’ omniscient satellites.And with the characters Alice, Jill Valentine, Claire Redfield, Rain Ocampo and Ada Wong, the films (and games) are refreshingly full of capable women. “Nobody in Hollywood was putting money behind female-driven action movies,” remembers Jovovich, who had created a new kind of action hero in The Fifth Element and paved the way for female-fronted action flicks from the Underworld series to the rebooted Ghostbusters.Enlarge ImageAli Larter, Milla Jovovich and Ruby Rose in the sixth movie, “The Final Chapter.” Ilze Kitshoff For gaming fans, familiar characters like Chris and Claire, Ada and Albert Wesker show up in later movies.”Over time the filmmakers realized they needed familiar faces to get the die-hard fans on board,” says Tamoor Hussain, news editor at CNET’s sister site GameSpot. Hussain points out that players will have spent hours, days or years immersed in locations like the Spencer Mansion, Raccoon City or Resident Evil 7’s Baker Estate, giving gamers a strong emotional connection to the source material.Enlarge ImageThe Nemesis monster, which had a very different story in the movies than in the games. Screen Gems Hussain cites the unlikely redemption of the hulking Nemesis monster in the second film as a moment that could turn off gamers. The monster had a very different story in the movies than in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, where he hunted protagonist Jill Valentine.”That damn monster terrorized me for upwards of 20 hours in the games,” he says. “I just refused to buy what the movie was selling me. He’s choked me to death too many times.”That reaction doesn’t surprise Owen.”I think it’s fair to say that most fans of the games aren’t overly fond of the films,” he says. “It’s rare to find any fans of video games who like the movie counterparts.”If you can’t rely on fans of the source material, it’s important for a film series to establish its own audience.”Creating an ongoing story that made audiences want to come back for more was a smart play,” Owen says. “The increasing box office revenue (give or take) between films shows they have created a fan base that want to see the next chapter of Alice’s adventure.”There are enough fans of the saga to ensure each of the sequels opened at No. 1 at the American box office. The series had rung up a running total of $1 billion and counting by the time The Final Chapter wrapped things up in 2017. That’s a long way off the kind of megabucks made by franchises with a similar number of sequels like the Pirates of the Caribbean or Fast and the Furious movies, but it tops lesser franchises such as Saw, Paranormal Activity and American Pie. Heck, the Resident Evil series took more money than the six Jack Ryan movies up to that point, and some of them had Harrison Ford. 17 Photos The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 10 Filmmakers Enlarge ImageResident Evil: The Final Chapter ended the record-breaking series. Screen Gems Despite video games being a multi-billion dollar industry, they face a steep path to the big screen. Transferring them from console to theater is a huge financial gamble, and many video game movies tank at the box office.Unless they’re Resident Evil movies. Having cracked a record-breaking billion dollars at the box office, the six-film franchise is easily the longest-running, highest-grossing film series ever based on a video game. As reports say Netflix is developing a new TV show based on the games, and the remade Resident Evil 2 game wins rave reviews and inspires nostalgic thinkpieces, we ask what’s behind the blazing success of the zombie-blasting, monster-mashing series. Considering the video game industry raked in $3 billion in the US alone in 2017, you’d think video game movies would be a sure thing. But bona fide hits that the Resident Evil movies are, it’s their relatively frugal budgets that guarantee a healthy profit.”We don’t have Harry Potter money,” laughs Milla Jovovich, who played the heavily armed lead character Alice in all six movies up to 2017’s The Final Chapter.In the first movie, Alice wakes up with no memory, letting the audience discover the world of the films through her eyes — almost like the character you play in a game. But writer, director and series mastermind Paul WS Anderson (who also happens to be married to Jovovich) deliberately avoided re-creating the game’s format or storyline on screen.”Imagine going in to see the first Alien — one of my favorite, favorite movies — and I tell you the order in which [the characters] die,” he says. We’re not trying to look like a video game. Paul WS Anderson, writer and director 2019 movies to geek out over Tags Crave Comments Share your voice