One militant killed in Army firing at Kupwara

first_imgOne militant has been killed and two soldiers injured as the Army spotted a group of militants in a pre-dawn searches near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara on Monday.Initial reports suggest a joint party of the 10 JAKLI, Army’s 57 Rashriya Rifles (RR) and 41 RR observed the movement of a group of infiltrators and were challenged at Safawali Gali adjacent to Batpora forests in Kupwara.“One militant is killed so far. The body has been spotted and an AK-47 rifle recovered,” said a police official.The operation is on in the area as the militants and the security personnel continue to exchange fire. Two soldiers were also injured, said the police.last_img read more

White to be captain of Australian T20 squad

first_imgCameron White was named the new captain of Australia’s Twenty20 side following the resignation of Michael Clarke.Clarke quit the international Twenty20 format, saying after Australia’s 3-1 Ashes series loss to England that he wanted to focus on Test and 50-overs cricket.Victoria state skipper White was appointed captain of Australia for two Twenty20 games against England next week, with Tasmania wicketkeeper Tim Paine his deputy.Injury-prone pacemen Brett Lee and Shaun Tait were named in Australia’s T20 squad, which also included international newcomers Aaron Finch and James Pattinson.The 12-man squad features just three test players: Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson and Steve Smith.Australia squad: Cameron White (captain), Tim Paine (vice captain), Aaron Finch, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Stephen O’Keefe, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, David Warner, Shane Watson.last_img read more

These OnePlus 3 camera samples shared by OnePlus CEO look fantastic

first_imgOnePlus CEO Pete Lau has taken to social media to show off the first OnePlus 3 camera samples with the world. Although it’s not clear whether these have been taken with an actual retail unit, their level of detail certainly ups the excitement around the soon-to-be-launched smartphone.Taken by Pete Lau himself, the camera samples reaffirm the fact that the OnePlus 3 will indeed have a 16-megapixel camera on the rear. Reports suggest that it will sport an 8-megapixel camera on the front.OnePlus has made three phones till now and a fourth one is coming come June 14. Normally one would be curious to ask what lies ahead. A smartwatch perhaps? Well, OnePlus thought so as well, only it scrapped the plan at the very last moment. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal , Pete Lau has confirmed that a OnePlus smartwatch was indeed in the making. It could have been launched alongside the OnePlus 3, but the company eventually realised that launching a smartwatch — at this point of time — wasn’t a very good idea.According to Pete Lau, in an overcrowded Chinese market, staying hyperfocused was the key to surviving. OnePlus would rather compete in a segment where it already enjoys a firm hand, rather than push for something that is yet to mature and lose focus.”We had completed the design (for the smartwatch) but we still decided to scrap it. We have to be focused,” Pete Lau was quoted as saying.Adding one more smartwatch in an overcrowded market would in turn weaken the company’s otherwise strong lineup.advertisement”There is no bottom line at all. To use a Chinese saying, it’s like Chinese smartphone makers are competing to see who can take their pants off first,” Lau was further quoted as saying.Also Read: OnePlus 3 with Snapdragon 820, 4GB/6GB RAM listed online ahead of launchlast_img read more

Ronald Koeman confirms Ross Barkley has no future at Everton

first_imgMidfielder Ross Barkley has no future at Everton after rejecting the Premier League club’s contract offer, manager Ronald Koeman said on Wednesday.Barkley, 23, scored five goals and provided eight assists in the league last season as Everton finished seventh, but has refused to extend his stay at the club after entering the final year of his contract.Koeman told Barkley in May that he would be sold if he did not accept the contract on offer. He said on Wednesday that Everton had not received any bids for the player, who is currently recovering after groin surgery.”His situation is not too difficult, we made a good offer of a contract, he declined and told me that he is looking for a new challenge,” Koeman told reporters before Everton’s Europa League qualifier first leg against Slovakia’s Ruzomberok on Thursday.”It is really clear. I am looking to other players – that is my priority and not Ross, with all respect, because it is his decision. Everybody knows what the situation is. He told me at the end of last season,” he said.”He has one more year on his contract and we work with respectful people. And after his surgery, if he is back for training, he will be part of the first team sessions. There have been no changes – he has been the same.”Everton have signed eight players ahead of the new season, but Koeman wants three more as he aims to replace long-term absentee Ramirez Funes Mori (knee) and striker Romelu Lukaku, who has joined Manchester United.advertisement”We lost Funes Mori to injury, we are looking to replace him,” he added. “We lost Lukaku, so we try to get another in and maybe one more.”The manager also confirmed the Everton’s pursuit of Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, but said he did not know if the club would table another bid.”Of course we have interest in the player,” Koeman added.British media reported that Everton have had bids of 40 million pounds ($52.2 million) and 45 million pounds for the Iceland international rejected by Swansea.last_img read more

Kuroda, Yanks KO Rays, 4-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Hiroki Kuroda got a couple extra days between starts and it looked as if it paid off.Kuroda pitched neatly into the seventh inning, Brett Gardner drove in two runs and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Aug. 17.Kuroda (8-8) retired 17 straight batters after allowing consecutive one-out singles to Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce in the first.“I was able to physically get refreshed as well as mentally,” Kuroda said through a translator.Kuroda gave up two runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. After Shawn Kelley and Dellin Betances combined for 1 1-3 scoreless innings, David Robertson closed for his 33rd save.“He had everything in his arsenal today,” New York Manager Joe Girardi said of Kuroda, who lasted just 4 2-3 innings in his previous start.New York has won two in a row after losing five straight. “We won our last two, and hopefully go home and win five or six and keep on going,” Gardner said.Jeremy Hellickson (1-2) didn’t allow a hit until there were two outs in the fifth.After a walk to Stephen Drew, Martin Prado doubled and Gardner followed with a two-run single. Jacoby Ellsbury, hitless in his previous 17 at-bats during a five-game road trip, made it 3-1 with an RBI single on New York’s fourth straight hit.“The walk to Drew really set the game the other way,” Rays Manager Joe Maddon said.Hellickson made his sixth start after right elbow surgery in January. He left after the fifth.Mark Teixeira reached 20 homers for the 11th time in his career with a solo shot in the Yankees eighth. The slugger tied Joe DiMaggio for 80th place on the all-time list with 361.Evan Longoria had two RBIs for the Rays. He hit a run-scoring grounder in the first and drove in Joyce with a seventh-inning single that pulled Tampa Bay within 3-2.Prado also made several strong defensive plays at second base during Kuroda’s long run of consecutive outs.Tampa Bay had its club record of holding opponents to three runs or less end at 12 consecutive games. The Rays were just 7-5 over the stretch.“That’s like mid-’60s baseball,” Maddon said. “We’d like to take a little more advantage than 7-5.”last_img read more

VIDEO: Amazing World Football Cup win

first_imgConIFA World Football Cup VIDEO: Abkhazia’s amazing World Football Cup win Goal 22:16 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy ConIFA World Football Cup Videos It was standing room only in Sukhumi as the hosts hit a dramatic late equaliser before an incredible penalty shootout victory Two years ago, Abkhazia were celebrating something very special after a remarkable come from behind victory over Panjab saw them secure the 2016 CONIFA World Football Cup.The hosts twice looked out of the game – firstly when they were trailing 1-0 in the 86th minute, and again when they were two penalties down in the shoot-out.But a stranger-than-fiction turn of events saw Abkhazia equalise to send the game to spot-kicks, and then complete a penalty great escape to triumph in Sukhum. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Relive the drama by watching the video above.last_img read more

‘Beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed’ – Kompany hails City

first_imgManchester City’s performance against Liverpool on Thursday was beyond anything Vincent Komapny has ever witnessed, the defender has revealed.City claimed a 2-1 victory over the league-leaders thanks to a first-half strike from Sergio Aguero and a Leroy Sane effort after the break after Liverpool had equalised through Roberto Firmino.The win took them to within four points of the Reds on a crucial evening in the Premier League title race. Had Pep Guardiola’s side lost they would have fallen 10 points behind Liverpool, but Kompany was able to skipper the Citizens to victory and end a run of four games without a win against the Anfield club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Speaking to Sky Sports after the game at the Etihad Stadium, Kompany said: “We went toe-to-toe with a very aggressive, very physical team and I think we matched them for everything if not more.”The result is the result – it’s still in their hands. But the performance was beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed today.”Liverpool had the better of the opening encounters and nearly took the lead after John Stones’ clearance deflected off of Ederson and came 11 millimetres from crossing the line, but the defender was able to scramble the ball clear.City rallied though and ended the game with nine shots to Liverpool’s seven, enjoying slightly more possession in the second half too.When asked where the performance came from, Kompany replied: “It came from the guts, that’s it.”We’ve said before we know the 12th man is more than just the fans. It’s something from within, it’s desire, it’s something you can’t describe and today it was there and it made us a better team. We’re a better team when we play with emotion.”The Belgium international unnerved some supporters with a strong tackle on Mohamed Salah during the game. He saw yellow for the challenge but said he felt it was a good tackle. “On the pitch I felt I got the ball, maybe a bit of the man but it wasn’t naughty or I didn’t try to injure him that’s for sure,” the centre-back continued. “But it was that or let him go through on goal and the decision was made very quickly in my head.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

BW Offshore Extends Contract for FPSO Polvo

first_imgzoom BW Offshore has secured a one-year extension for the lease and operation of the Polvo floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.Under the terms of the agreement signed with Petrorio, the firm period has been extended from Q3 2018 to Q3 2019, with options until Q3 2022.FPSO Polvo is a 299,930 cbm FPSO tanker built in Japan in 1981.Separately, BW Offshore said that the BW Catcher FPSO received the first oil certificate on January 6, 2018. This follows the completion of the 72-hour interim performance test subsequent to the introduction of hydrocarbons on December 23, 2017.As informed, the certificate confirms the commencement of a seven-year fixed term contract, with extension options of up to 18 years.Currently, BW Offshore has a fleet of 15 owned FPSOs and one floating storage and offloading (FSO) unit.last_img read more

Saskatchewans main First Nation organization backs Conservative bill to make band politician

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis week the federal government tabled the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.It would require all First Nations to make public the salaries of their chief and council.It would also make financial statements of their operations accessible to the public.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indians says it welcomes the transparency and accountability it will bring.They hope how, the government will spend their time and energy on addressing important issues like housing, education and safe drinking water.In the past, the FSIN has repeatedly called for a First Nations auditor general’s office.last_img read more

TREB warns realtors on false sales data after 31M listing shows 1

first_imgRealtors must report accurate sales prices for properties they’ve listed now that the public can access that data, the Toronto Real Estate Board is warning its members.“We have received reports that some members have been reporting inaccurate figures in the sold prices of their listings due to privacy concerns raised by their customers,” TREB wrote in a letter sent to its members.The Canadian Press obtained a $3.1-million dollar listing in Scarborough that appeared to be reported as selling for $1.The listing now has an updated sold price tag of $2.98 million, according to Mongohouse, a website that includes sold prices.Publishing false prices is contrary to TREB’s rules and policies, and could lead to disciplinary proceedings, the board said in the letter, as well as possible membership suspension or termination.TREB chief executive John DiMichele said in a statement that the board regularly updates and advises its members on rules and best practices, and reiterated that inaccurate reporting runs counter to those rules.The real estate board has been embroiled in a seven-year legal battle to prevent the release of home sales data online, citing privacy and copyright concerns.It lost that fight when the Competition Bureau ruled the board must permit its members to publish such data on password-protected websites, and after the Supreme Court of Canada recently refused to hear the case.However, the board has since said it is studying ways to ensure that GTA home sales data is protected.It has also disputed when the 60-day window to prepare to release the data comes into effect. TREB says the window started in late August with the Supreme Court’s decision, but the Competition Bureau said the window closed a long time ago.Still, the board has threatened real estate companies that it believes have released home sales data too soon. It recently sent cease-and-desist letters to such companies, threatening to take away their data access and TREB memberships.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

China to give 989 million to build new highway in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — China has agreed to provide a loan of $989 million to Sri Lanka to build an expressway that will connect the island nation’s tea-growing central region to a China-run seaport on the southern coast.A finance ministry statement said Friday that the Export-Import Bank of China has agreed to provide a concessional loan covering 85 per cent of the contract prices for the expressway, whose total estimated cost is $1.16 billion.The loan comes as Sri Lanka struggles to repay $5.9 billion in foreign loans this year, of which 40 per cent must be serviced by the end of this month.Much of Sri Lanka’s foreign debt is from China.Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

Canadas labour market blows forecasts out of the water with 77000 new

OTTAWA — The labour market rode a surprisingly strong wave of new jobs last month as the country churned out 77,000 full-time positions, Statistics Canada said Friday.Overall, 54,400 jobs were added in May after accounting for declines in other categories including part-time work, the latest labour force survey says.The agency found that the national unemployment rate edged up to 6.6 per cent, a rise of 0.1 of a percentage point, as more people entered the job market in search of work.Top takeaways from what Canada’s blockbuster job numbers tell usTop takeaways from what the Bank of Canada said about risks to our financial securityThe fresh numbers added to several positive labour-market gains since the middle of 2016 and the report says the latest monthly number means overall employment was 1.8 per cent higher compared to a year earlier.By province, the agency says Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec saw the biggest job gains last month.Quebec’s unemployment rate dropped 0.6 percentage points to six per cent — its lowest level since Statistics Canada started collecting the data in 1976.A consensus of economists had expected job gains of 11,000 last month and for the unemployment rate to move up to 6.6 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Youth employment gave the overall number a boost as 38,200 more young people found full-time work last month. The unemployment rate for youth slipped 0.3 percentage points to 12 per cent last month as more young people participated in the job market.By industry, the services sectors gained 31,300 jobs last month while factories added 23,300 positions, including 25,300 more in manufacturing. In services, there was a gain of 25,900 jobs in the professional, scientific and technical services category.A closer look at the data also shows healthy gains in some of the survey’s more-desirable categories — with 59,400 new jobs created in the private sector and 68,500 new paid employee positions.The agency said hourly wages for all employees grew 1.3 per cent year-over-year last month, an increase over the April’s all-time low of 0.7 per cent. The number of hours worked rose 0.7 per cent, the report said. read more

Calgarybased Gibsons Energy says it rejected foreign takeover offer

Calgary-based Gibsons Energy says it rejected foreign takeover offer by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 11:49 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 12:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Gibsons Energy says it has rejected a takeover offer from a foreign entity it declined to identify.The Calgary-based oil and gas company said in a news release Thursday that it received a non-binding, conditional proposal for discussion from an unidentifiable foreign entity that insisted on anonymity.Gibsons (TSX:GEI) said it seriously considered the proposal but its board unanimously voted against it, concluding it did not represent adequate value to shareholders and was not in the company’s best interest.The Financial Post reported Wednesday that Gibsons had received a $2.8-billion offer from a Singapore-based private equity firm.Gibsons said it continues to look to sell the industrial propane segment of its business, but it otherwise is not seeking out expressions of interest for its operations. read more

No 6 Tennessee trounces Texas AMCorpus Christi 7951

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Admiral Schofield scored 16 points, Kyle Alexander had 12 points and 10 rebounds and No. 6 Tennessee breezed to a 79-51 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday.Grant Williams finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for Tennessee (6-1) in its last tuneup before a Dec. 9 showdown with No. 1 Gonzaga in the Jerry Colangelo Classic at Phoenix. Jordan Bowden also scored 14 points.Myles Smith scored 16 points for Texas A&M-CC (4-4), which shot just 32.2 per cent from the floor.Tennessee played without guard Lamonte’ Turner, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury. The same issue caused him to miss the Vols’ first three games of the season.Texas A&M-CC (4-4) led 15-8 before Tennessee pulled ahead for good by going on a 14-0 run that lasted just over six minutes.Jordan Bone made a tying 3-pointer and then assisted on a Schofield 3-pointer 30 seconds later that gave Tennessee its first lead with 9:41 left in the first half.Bone shot just 1 of 6 but collected seven points and a career-high 10 assists without committing any turnovers.Tennessee outscored Texas A&M-CC 26-4 over the last 12 minutes of the first half to grab a 34-19 lead at the break. Texas A&M-CC made a brief comeback attempt in the second half, thanks mainly to Smith.Smith scored the Islanders’ first 12 points of the second half. He sank a trio of 3-pointers in the first 4 1/2 minutes to reduce Tennessee’s lead to 41-30 with 15:35 remaining.That’s as close as the Islanders would get.Tennessee put the game out of reach with a 7-0 spurt that included back-to-back dunks by Bowden and Schofield. Both dunks followed Tennessee steals.BIG PICTURETexas A&M-CC: Smith simply didn’t get enough help, with none of his teammates scoring more than seven points. Tony Lewis entered the day averaging 10.3 points, but he missed all six of his shots to go scoreless Sunday.Tennessee: Yves Pons replaced Bowden in Tennessee’s starting lineup Wednesday and provided 10 points and an energy boost in a 95-67 blowout of Eastern Kentucky. Pons was back in the lineup with Bowden coming off the bench Sunday, but Bowden had the better performance of the two. Bowden had a season-high 14 points in 24 minutes. Pons had two points and five turnovers in 16 minutes.UP NEXTTexas A&M-CC hosts Texas State on Wednesday.Tennessee faces No. 1 Gonzaga next Sunday in the Jerry Colangeo Classic at Phoenix.___More AP college basketball: and Steve Megargee at Megargee, The Associated Press read more

Magnetguided nanorobots could change eye surgery forever

first_imgWhen I think of the word “nanobot” the image that immediately springs to mind are the little spidery things of Star Trek fame: complete, miniscule robots with legs and roughly recognizable features. At such a tiny scale, though, there are few reasons to keep emulating the design of the robots at our scale, even if manufacturing allows it. As such, a “nanobot” designed for minor eye surgery might not look much like a robot as we know it, but it has the potential to change the way we perform non-invasive surgeries — and make eye surgery safer at the same time.The robot, in this case, is cylindrical and has just one trick: it can move a needle forward or back. Just over a quarter-millimeter in diameter, or about 4 human hairs, the microbot surpasses even the thinnest of scalpel blades. The needle, which is ground to a point almost atomically sharp, also matches well against surgical industry standards for blade sharpness.The robot contains no power source, nor means of locomotion; it’s simply a metal rod with a retractable needle. The team has worked on other means of nanobot locomotion, including a system of artificial flagellar movement inspired by the locomotion of bacteria, but this little robot moves solely with the help of magnets.Watch the robot move through a sample eye in the video below (safe for the squeamish):The OctoMag setup is essentially a network of strong, focused electromagnets placed all around the sample  (ie: your head) and work together the move the needle-bot with extreme precision. When scaling the robot down, however, the magnetic force exerted on it scales down as a cubic function, making it extremely difficult to continue precise control past a certain level of miniaturization. The MiniMag setup helps get around this problem by focusing the power of the magnet array on a very small area, allowing more of the power to be used usefully.Prior experiments with magnetically-controlled eye surgery have used dead pig-eyes, but advances in the practical physical design of the OctoMag hardware have allowed studies to begin in live rabbits. The scale is still too small to accommodate an animal much larger than that, and certainly too small for a human head, but the potential is there.The robot can migrate freely through the superficial layers of the rabbit eye, allowing retinal surgery for very basic medial applications. By injecting a robot with such a tiny footprint, this could make previously invasive procedures relatively non-invasive. Several key advances are still necessary, though; as the researchers themselves say, the confluence of medical, physical, chemical, and computer science that is necessary for truly useful nanorobotics make it one of the most interdisciplinary quests in modern research.last_img read more

Cosmonaut Says ISS Hole Was Drilled From the Inside

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Investigators have shared another update on the latest International Space Station hole dilemma.On Monday, a Russian cosmonaut who observed a random hole in a spacecraft docked at the ISS said that the opening was drilled from inside the capsule, the Associated Press reported. Russian law enforcement agencies are looking into the cause of the mysterious hole and why it would spontaneously appear on the Soyuz rocket.During a Dec. 12 spacewalk, Sergei Prokopyev and crewmate Oleg Kononenko collected samples from the hole in the Russian Soyuz rocket, which Prokopyev brought back to Earth when he returned from his 197-day space station mission on Dec. 20. Russian investigators are now studying these samples, and hope to get to the root of the hole dilemma soon.On Aug. 30, the ISS crew found the hole in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the station. The ISS crew discovered the leak, which caused a slight loss of pressure, and plugged the hole with gauze to prevent further damage.Fortunately, the hole didn’t cause issues for Prokopyev and his crewmates, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, when they returned, because the area where the hole appeared was dropped from the aircraft before they re-entered into Earth’s atmosphere.In September, Dmitry Rogozin, a Roscosmos chief,  told the TASS news agency that the hole could have been drilled into the spacecraft when it was made or in orbit. Rogozin wasn’t directly blaming crew members, however, his comment might have stirred up some tension between NASA and Roscosmos.Since then, Rogozin has backed off his statement and both NASA and Roscosmos said they weren’t going into detail on preliminary conclusions until the investigation is completed.More on 8-Hour Forensic Spacewalk Solve Galactic Whodunit? Soyuz Crew Returns to Earth After 197-Day Mission in SpaceFirst Crewed Soyuz Rocket Goes to Space After Aborted Missionlast_img read more

Wilmington To Host Lobstah Roll International Roller Derby Tournament On March 910

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Boston Roller Derby has announced its first ever international tournament, the 2019 Lobstah Roll.Sanctioned by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the tournament will take place on March 9-10 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.The 2019 Lobstah Roll will feature two full days of competition from across the U.S. and Ireland. BRD’s all-star team, the Boston Massacre, will be making their 2019 season debut after winning gold in the WFTDA Continental Cup East last summer. The team currently ranks as No. 34 in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association out of over 400 internationally affiliated teams.The final two March 9 bouts will be open to the public, with doors opening at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., the Naptown Tornado Sirens of Indianapolis will take on the Capital Maulstars of Sacramento, California. At 7 p.m., the Boston Massacre will face off against the “A”- team from Dublin, Ireland. All fans will be invited to join skaters for an after-party at 9 p.m. in the Shriners Fez Room, located inside the auditorium.Tickets for Saturday, March 9 can be purchased HERE. For more information on the 2019 Lobstah Roll, visit The above press release is from the Boston Roller Derby, first published in the Wilmington Advocate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington This Weekend (March 8-10)In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, March 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, March 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Funny River Fire Brings Community Together

first_imgHooligan’s  Lodging became one of Soldotna’s main hubs during the evacuation. Though most evacuees have returned home, the hotel is ready in case the fire moves toward the community again.The lobby of Hooligan’s Lodging and Saloon looks more like a garage sale than a hotel:“We have like toothpaste and toothbrushes and shampoo and conditioner and lotion and soap.”The hotel’s owner, Molly Poland, walks through the piles of things donated by community members. They’re for the people who were evacuated because of the Funny River Fire.“So we have cat litter because there were lots of cats and they didn’t remember the cat litter, so I was like, “let’s get that handled.”130 people and 30 animals stayed at the long wooden hotel over the weekend for free. Poland says she turned away paying customers because she just wanted to help.“I didn’t expect for people to be so grateful… but one lady looked at me yesterday and said, ‘you’re going straight to heaven,’ and that made me tear up. And this morning when I went to my car and it was raining I started crying, and I was like, ‘why am I crying over rain?’ But I was just so happy because I know all these people are displaced and they want their homes.”Other businesses and community members chipped in as well. People opened up their homes, offered free childcare, boarded dogs in kennels for free, gave away pet food—the list goes on.Odie’s Deli was one of the restaurants that offered discounted and free food to evacuees and fire fighters. Owner Melody Symington says she just wanted to give back:“I’m truly amazed by the outpouring of this community it’s just amazing how they’ve all pulled together and people just giving their own money and their own resources.”Back at Hooligan’s, the evacuees have gone home but the work continues. April Fulk is scrubbing the floors of one of the hotel rooms to rid the place of dog smells.“My mom always had me on the floor cleaning with my hands, so that’s what I’ve done.”She says she’s volunteering to clean because Soldotna is her home. She says the fire has brought people together in a way she’s never seen.“Wow. An amazing amount of support, encouragement, wisdom was shared. Everybody just came together. It was just amazing actually.”Fulk says the community is trying to share another message as well.“Thanks to all the fire fighters, the crew in the air. Just, thank you. It seems like that’s not enough to say, but I guess as long as we keep pulling together we can show them our gratitude.”Hooligan’s owner Poland says she knows they aren’t out of danger yet. She says they’re holding on to the items people have donated until the fire is far away from the community. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more