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200 homes or structures damaged, more in danger from devastating Halifax wildfire - globalnews.ca - Canada - county Centre - municipality Regional, county Halifax - county Halifax
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200 homes or structures damaged, more in danger from devastating Halifax wildfire
devastating wildfire burning near Halifax, which crews are continuing to work on Tuesday.In a statement Monday night, the municipality said a full assessment of the damage cannot yet be confirmed, and the estimated numbers are based on initial visual inspectors by first responders.The municipality said it is currently developing a plan to support affected residents “once detailed mapping is completed.”“It is anticipated that this process will take several days, or maybe longer, as the fires remain active,” it said, adding that representatives from the Insurance Bureau of Canada will be available to speak with affected residents at the evacuation centre at the Canada Games Centre.The blaze broke out Sunday afternoon in the Tantallon area, about a 30-minute drive from downtown Halifax, and has since grown to about 788 hectares. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place in a number of neighbourhoods, impacting more than 16,400 residents.In an update Tuesday morning, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Deputy Chief Dave Meldrum said most of the 200 damaged structures were single-family homes, but they also included detached buildings like garages and sheds.“Our thoughts are with the residents affected by this terrible fire,” he said.Meldrum said the fire behaviour Monday night was “stable” due to favourable weather conditions and firefighters were able to make some progress.HRFE has 60 firefighters, six engines, 10 tankers and a number of other ancillary units at the scene, he said.
Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Saks OFF 5TH closing downtown San Francisco shops - fox29.com - state California - San Francisco - city San Francisco, state California - county Centre
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Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Saks OFF 5TH closing downtown San Francisco shops
SAN FRANCISCO - Several national retailers are closing their stores in downtown San Francisco.Nordstrom announced Tuesday morning they are closing two of their downtown San Francisco stores after 35 years.Anthropologie's Market Street location will close on May 13 and Saks OFF 5TH will shutter no later than this fall.Nordstrom said they will not be renewing leases at the Westfield Centre flagship store and the Market Street Rack, and both will shut for good this summer."Decisions like this are never easy, and this one has been especially difficult," said Chief Stores Officer Jamie Nordstrom.Nordstrom added that the dynamics of downtown have changed dramatically over the past several years, and impacted customer foot traffic.ALSO: Whole Foods to shut flagship store in San Francisco due to employee safety concerns"I want to be really clear that this decision had nothing to do with our teams’ hard work," said Nordstrom. "They should be proud of everything they’ve achieved together and the way they’ve shown up and served the community."Nordstrom said they are working with each employee to support them through the transition and will find roles for them within other stores wherever possible.SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 22: The spiraling escalators at the Nordstrom's store in the Westfield Shopping Center is viewed from below on December 22, 2012, in San Francisco, California.
Priyantha Perera - Navy turtle project releases over 100 hatchlings - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka - county Centre - Panama
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Navy turtle project releases over 100 hatchlings
The Sri Lanka Navy released 146 sea turtle hatchlings at Panama beach on 21st March 2023, in a bid to save these endangered marine animal.The Commander Southeastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Kanchana Banagoda was also in attendance on this occasion where the hatchlings were released. As part of the Turtle Conservation Project of the Sri Lanka Navy, the eggs of these hatchlings were conserved at the Turtle Conservation Unit in SLNS Mahanaga.Following the directives of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera the Navy conducts a Turtle Conservation Project in a bid to save these endangered marine species. The project ensures the conservation of sea turtle eggs and the safe release of hatchlings into the ocean. Apart from the navy-managed Turtle Conservation Centre in Panama area similar initiatives are being conducted in Mirissa, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Balapitiya, Bentota, Moragolla, Panadura, Mount Lavinia, Dehiwala, Wellawatta, Nilaveli, and Pasikuda by the Sri Lanka Coast Guard.The eggs of released sea turtle hatchlings were conserved by the Turtle Conservation Unit at SLNS Mahanaga in the Southeastern Naval Command. Further, the unit has thus far released 14,027 sea turtle hatchlings into the ocean, since its establishment.Moreover, the Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard conserved eggs and released 10755 hatchlings into the ocean in 2022.Meanwhile, thus far in 2023 it has sent 5886 hatchlings into their natural habitat.
Ranil Wickremesinghe - 75th Independence Day at minimal cost – President - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka - county Centre
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75th Independence Day at minimal cost – President
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has given out instruction to celebrate the 75th Independence Day with pride, at minimal cost.A pre-discussion was held on Thursday (26) at the President's Office chaired by President Ranil Wickremesinghe regarding the Independence Day celebration being held in a grand and proud manner, but maintaining minimum cost.Accordingly, in conjunction with the 75th Independence Day celebration, many special programs are scheduled to be implemented from February 2nd to the 19th. According to the President's Media Division the following events have been planned:Special Dalada Pooja and Pirith chanting Religious ceremonies of all faiths Cultural show held at Independence Square Traditional Independence Day celebration main event held at Galle Face Green National parks and Zoo's will be open to the public free of charge Opening of the Jaffna Cultural Centre Kandy republic parade Cycle race from Dondra Head to Point PedroThe President advised the officials that it is their responsibility as well as that of the political authority, to pay attention to the current financial situation of the country while estimating the expenses required for these activities.The President had advised that spending must be practical, and minimal.While pointing out that there is huge opposition among the people regarding the allocation of funds for the 75th Independence Day celebration, the President emphasized that efforts should be made to minimize the related expenses.Expressing his views further, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said, “We must celebrate the 75th Independence Anniversary, otherwise, the world will say that we are not capable of celebrating even our independence.
Ringo Starr - Ringo Starr: Beatles legend, 82, forced to cancel US tour with band after catching Covid - express.co.uk - Usa - county Lake - Canada - state Minnesota - county Buffalo - county Centre - state Michigan
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Ringo Starr: Beatles legend, 82, forced to cancel US tour with band after catching Covid
Ringo Starr has been forced to cancel his US tour dates after catching Covid.The former Beatles musician, 82, was set to play a string of dates in America with his band All-Starr before he fell ill.The drummer is said to be "recuperating at home" after it was confirmed the star had caught Covid.Two shows had preivously been cancelled at the last minute after the musician fell ill at the weekend.The musician's spokeperson confirmed: "Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band were forced to cancel their recent shows at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo Michigan and at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN due to illness."It has been confirmed today that Ringo has Covid and the tour will be on hold while Ringo recuperates."As of today the following shows have been canceled: October 2 Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino, October 4 Winnipeg, Manitoba - Canada Life Centre, October 5 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Sasktel Centre, October 6 Lethbridge, Alberta - Enmax Centre, October 8 Abbotsford, BC - Abbotsford Centre, October 9 Penticton, BC - South Okanagon Events Centre.They went on: "Ringo hopes to resume as soon as possible and is recovering at home."As always, he and the All Starrs send peace and love to their fans and hope to see them back out on the road soon," his representatives added to The Mirror.
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