Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Wozniacki wins 2nd China Open title, Del Potro stumbles Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Japan’s Ken Shiro (C) celebrates his win over Philippines’ Milan Melindo after their WBC world light flyweight title match in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture on October 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUTFilipino Milan Melindo failed to regain world champion status after losing to undefeated Japanese champion Ken Shiro Sunday night at Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan.Shiro retained his WBC light flyweight title after the fight was stopped in the seventh round due to a nasty cut above the left eye of Melindo.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 26-year-old Shiro (14-0, 8 KOs), scored his third straight stoppage and defended his belt for the fourth consecutive time.Melindo has now dropped back-to-back fights after losing his IBF crown to another Japanese foe in Ryoichi Taguchi in December of last year also in Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 30-year-old Cagayan De Oro native, who has 37 wins, took his fourth defeat.
As public debt continues to climb– external public debt stands at US$1.265B The Government has signed two new loans with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), totalling US$31 million; monies that Government says will go towards areas of trade and energy.This was revealed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, during a recent press conference. Harmon revealed that Finance Minister Winston Jordan signed the agreements on February 11.Part of the monies includes financing for a single window trade system which is meant to simplify transactions. Monies will also go towards improving service from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and other energy-related expenses.“The loans, which were signed on the sidelines of the recently concluded Eight Annual Caribbean Governors’ Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank, will finance the establishment of an electronic single window for trade, as well as the energy matrix diversification.”“It is expected that the electronics single window will reduce transaction costs, data requirements, simplify trade processes through enhanced inter-agency cooperation and align Guyana with international best practices.”According to Harmon, this will result in improved service from the various Ministries to agencies and businesses involved in the import and export of goods. When it comes to funding for energy, the Minister noted that the Department of Energy would be coordinating this.“The energy matrix diversification and strengthening of the department of energy project to be executed by the Guyana Energy Agency and the Guyana Power and Light will realise investments in newer and more sustainable energy solutions for hinterland communities.”According to Harmon, the funding will also “improve the reliability and stability of the Demerara Berbice interconnected system and help the department of energy to develop a regulatory framework, improve its capacity and governance of the oil and gas sector”.The IDB is one of several external creditors to Guyana. As of 2017, Guyana had a total public debt of $344.9 billion. According to the 2017 edition of the Public Debt Annual Report, this was an increase of 4.4 per cent in one year.Even though Guyana’s indebtedness to external creditors has increased, so has debt servicing (repayments). According to the Bank of Guyana Quarterly Report and Statistical Bulletin released last year, repayment of external debt grew by some US$24.3 million to US$85.3 million.This is a rate of 59.1 per cent when compared to the corresponding period of 2017. This was not the case for domestic debt.“Domestic debt service payments fell by 14.6 per cent to $726 million resulting mainly from a 23.2 per cent reduction in interest payments for treasury bills. Interest payments for the 182- and 364-day bills fell by 38.7 per cent and 17.6 per cent to G$36 million and G$358 million respectively.”“This position resulted mainly from competitive bidding primarily amongst the commercial banks compounded with lower interest yields during the review period,” the report outlines, a telling indicator.The report had pegged the total hike in public debt at US$19 million. It divided this debt into external and domestic. External debt increased by a 1.5 per cent hike from a December position of US$1.241 billion. The report, therefore, pegged external debt at US$1.265 billion for the quarter.When it comes to financing GPL, Government had signed a US$20 million loan last year with the Islamic Development Bank. This money was to be used to rehabilitate 153 kilometres of the power company’s medium and low voltage networks.Previously, there was the Power Utility Upgrade Programme (PUUP) that was initiated in 2014, costing US$64 million and intended to rehabilitate GPL systems, as power outages continued to occur.In 2014, the IDB had approved loans totalling US$37.6 million along with non-reimbursable investment financing from the European Union to help boost the efficiency and reliability of Guyana’s power system.The IDB had said the project would be done through electricity loss reduction measures, improvements in the operational capabilities, and strengthening the management and corporate performance of GPL.
DD HEALTH WATCH: On any given day in Ireland more than 13,000 people are suffering from migraine – the majority forming part of the workforce.Despite the fact that migraine is the most common neurological condition in the developed world, more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined, the cause is still not known.Hollywood stars Hugh Jackman, Ben Affleck and Friends’ Lisa Kudrow are among those who suffer from migraine as well as tennis champion Serena Williams. Migraine is the 6th ranking cause of all disease associated disability worldwide, costing the Irish economy a staggering €252 million a year due to a combination of workdays lost and a reduction in productivity – totalling almost four days annually.This shows that it’s so much more than a simple headache.What is known, however, is that most sufferers are genetically predisposed to the condition, and it’s more common in women, with 18% of them suffering with migraines, compared to 8% of men.As one of the symptoms is a throbbing pain in the head, migraine is often dismissed as a headache. The most common symptoms of a migraine attack include a throbbing headache, sensitivity to light and noise, nausea, vomiting.In some people, changes in the cortex area of the brain cause sight abnormalities, such as dark or coloured spots, sparkles or stars, and zigzag lines.Numbness or tingling, weakness, and dizziness or vertigo can also occur.Speech and hearing may be disturbed, and sufferers have reported memory changes, feelings of fear and confusion, and more rarely, partial paralysis or fainting.Such neurological symptoms are called the ‘aura’ of migraine. In adults, they usually happen before the headache itself, but in children, they may occur at the same time.According to the Migraine Association of Ireland there are 500,000 sufferers in Ireland.Migraine With Aura symptoms – Neurological disturbances that occur before the headache begins, usually lasting about 20-60 minutes:Blind spotsFlashing lightsZig-zag patternsPins and needles on one side usually starting in the fingers/ arm, sometimes spreading up into the faceSlurring of speechMuscular weaknessLoss of co-ordinationConfusion The other symptoms of migraine will usually follow the migraine aura. These are:Intense throbbing headache, usually on one side of the head, worsened by movement and lasting from 4-72 hoursNausea, sometimes vomitingSensitivity to lightSensitivity to noiseSensitivity to smellsStiffness of the neck and shouldersBlurred visionMigraine Without AuraThe majority of migraine sufferers have Migraine without Aura. The most common symptoms of Migraine without Aura are:Intense throbbing headache, usually on one side of the head, worsened by movement and lasting from 4-72 hours.Nausea, sometimes vomitingSensitivity to lightSensitivity to noiseSensitivity to smellsStiffness of the neck and shoulders.Blurred visionTreatmentPreventative medication that may be prescribed by a doctor includes anticonvulsants, antidepressants, antihistamines, beta-blockers, and anti-inflammatory drugs, which have all been shown to help prevent migraine attacks.People with severe migraines may be treated with migraine-specific drugs called triptans.Strong painkillers, anti-nausea drugs and even sedatives may also be prescribed, but the medication needed very much depends on a patient’s specific symptoms.In addition, Botox injections, which can help relax muscles, may be used to help relieve chronic migraine.Over the last ten to fifteen years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people using complementary techniques to treat migraine as the concept of integrated medicine has become more acceptable.Many Irish migraine sufferers have gained at least some relief through therapies such as acupuncture, biofeedback, reflexology, meditation, mindfulness, CBT, yoga and a plethora of others.The conventional medical profession has viewed this growth with some scepticism.However, Migraine Association of Ireland believes that if the individual can get some benefits from using complementary practices, then their use is to be supported for that individual.KNOW YOUR TRIGGERSThey can be lifestyle-related, environmental, hormonal or dietary for example.For many women, menstruation can bring on a migraine attack.Around 50% to 60% of women who experience migraine will report a worsening of migraine attacks around the hormonal cycle.Environmental factors can also have an effect. Bright lights, harsh sunlight, stuffy or smoky atmospheres and even very humid days can trigger an attack. Fluorescent lighting or artificial lighting, for example the kind used in shopping centres, can also be a trigger.Loud noise such as loud music, the noise of heavy construction work or simply unpleasant sounds can also cause problems.Weekend migraine: a long, busy week followed by some weekend relaxation can bring about a migraine attack.Diet: common food triggers include food containing monosodium glutamate, (MSG), which can be found in processed foods such as pizzas or curries. Alcohol, particularly red wine, is a common trigger.EDUCATE YOURSELFUnderstanding migraine and learning how to manage the condition is crucial because there is no cure for it.Keep a headache diaryThis is a crucial part of managing migraine. It helps track your triggers and recognise the frequency and severity of attacks, record the treatments you use and how effective they are.ExerciseExercise helps you relax and has a therapeutic value through the release of endorphins which can act as a defence against migraine and help reduce the number of migraine attacks. Just don’t over do it as excess exercise can also be a trigger for some people.For more information go to the website of the Migraine Association of Ireland.www.migraine.ieDD HEALTH WATCH: NOT JUST A HEADACHE – THE MISERY OF MIGRAINE was last modified: April 22nd, 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:Donegal Daily Health WatchMigrainemigraine explainedwhat is a migraine?
DONEGAL’S most talented classical musicians will be getting their moment in the spotlight when they play the National Concert Hall in Dublin in a fortnight’s time.The Donegal Youth Orchestra is one of just eight orchestras selected to perform at the 19th Festival of Youth Orchestras.The show takes place at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on Saturday, 8th February. Invited to perform this year, the 60 piece County Donegal Youth Orchestra is the largest of Donegal Music Education Partnership’s performing groups and prides itself on musical diversity and community involvement. Drawing its musicians from the vast geographical spread of the county, the orchestra was initially led and inspired by Jim Rafferty and is conducted in more recent years by Vincent Kennedy.Every year it performs a wide variety of music ranging from classical to folk, pop and film inspired favourites to hundreds of people all over Donegal.It is particularly happy to have commissioned new works from such composers as Vincent Kennedy and Neil Martin as well as special collaborations ranging from the art-science collaborators Softday to traditional music luminaries, Altan.The orchestra has grown and developed over the years, reflected in its IAYO’s ‘Achievement Award’ at the 2013 Festival of Youth Orchestras for its performances of The Happy Prince, a musical adaptation of the Oscar Wilde story with words by Little John Nee and music by Vincent Kennedy. The Festival of Youth Orchestras will see more than 400 young people perform original works and arrangements from the classical repertoire, shows, films and pop music, including pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Bizet, Bartok, Scott Joplin’s ‘The Entertainer’, Corelli’s ‘Christmas Concerto’ and arrangements of Elbow, Cole Porter and more.The afternoon performance features: Ceol na Mara Chamber Orchestra; St Agnes/Scoil Colm & St Ultan’s Primary School Orchestras; Music Matters Orchestra and County Wexford Youth Orchestra. The evening performance also features the East Meets West Orchestra; Tipperary Millennium Orchestra and Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra.The IAYO was founded in the mid 1990s to foster and encourage the development of Youth Orchestras and now represents more than 8,000 young players, playing in 108 orchestras, countrywide. Visit www.iayo.ie for more information.Tickets – which are going fast – for the Festival on Saturday, February 8th, are on sale from the National Concert Hall Box Office – 01 417 0000 www.nch.ie, Prices: €15 (Concessions: €10); Children under 14: €7.50; Family Ticket (Family of 4 max. 2 adults): €40. 40% discount for groups of 10 or more also from the NCH Box Office.The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras is grant-aided by The Arts Council and supported by Cork City Council and presents the Festival of Youth Orchestras in association with RTÉ lyric fm. NATIONAL CONCERT HALL DATE FOR DONEGAL’S TALENTED YOUNG MUSICIANS was last modified: January 25th, 2014 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:donegal youth orchestradublinNational Concert Hall
14 August 2007South Africa magazine, the first magazine to bring SA to the international market, was launched in the UK in July, targeting property owners, tourists, potential investors, as well as “anyone who enjoys the vibrant culture of this unique destination.“South Africa is more than a destination, it’s a life-changing experience,” London-based ZA Publishing said in a statement. “South Africa magazine captures the vibrancy of the South African culture, its people and its breathtaking beauty, while offering its readers advice on property, investment, business, immigration and holidays.”The glossy A4 quarterly publication is available at UK retail outlets such as Borders and WH Smiths, or by subscription at www.southafricamag.com.Interested viewers can also register to read the digital edition of the magazine, or sign up to get a free copy.“As publishers of specialist SA publications we have watched the international interest in SA grow over the past decade,” ZA Publishing MD Johan Govea told Bizcommunity.com last month. “With the 2010 Fifa World Cup approaching, the spotlight is now firmly fixed on this exciting emerging democracy, which also serves as a gateway into the rest of Africa.”Highlights of the first edition included a journey through SA’s World Heritage Sites with nature photographer Tim Hauf, an in-depth look at the stadiums being built and renovated for the 2010 World Cup, a sneak look inside “the ultimate Cape Town beach house”, and a review of SA’s property market.South African flavoured recipes also featured, along with SA’s top 10 restaurants, a visit to Wellington on the wine route, a look at the new Sauvignon Blancs coming out of the Cape, a column by actor and satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys, and an interview with Jamie Oliver’s right-hand man at Fifteen restaurant, Tony Elvin.South Africa magazine editor Elizma Nolte told Bizcommunity that the publishers had tried to capture the diversity of the country. “We are showing the world that SA is about more than just wildlife safaris and Table Mountain,” Nolte said. “It is a fascinating world-class destination and deserves to be promoted more widely.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Jonathan Uyloan, right, in a game with the Meralco Bolts. INQUIRER.NET / TRISTAN TAMAYOWith eyes geared towards the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup postseason, teams have already made moves to bolster their roster in preparation for the playoffs.Cignal HD signed up Jonathan Uyloan to add more depth to its depleted backcourt, replacing Simon Atkins.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “He should have been here in our last game, but paper work had to be fixed first,” shared coach Boyet Fernandez.Uyloan, who was placed on the reserve list by Meralco, will make his debut for the Hawkeyes in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlso, Batangas fortified its squad with the acquisition of ex-pro Robby Celiz.The veteran swingman averaged 19.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in the 10 games he played for the cellar-dwelling Zark’s Burgers. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Under Armour sends two UC players to Stephen Curry Asia Tour Celiz’ entry is a welcome boost for the Batangueños, which are still looking to find a replacement following the departure of Joseph Sedurifa for Meralco.“We needed a scorer and I hope he can help us,” said coach Eric Gonzales.Celiz will play his first game with Batangas on Tuesday against league leader Flying V.Those moves are seen as just the first wave of transactions as playoff-bound teams look to strengthen their camps before the deadline for roster changes on Wednesday noon. CBBADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Joe Root can count on the experience of several of his team mates as he embarks on his journey as England’s test captain, keeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has said ahead of the home series against South Africa.Root, who replaced Alastair Cook as skipper in February, will take charge in the four-test series starting at Lord’s on July 6.”It will be a very proud day for Joe, and he has a lot of good and very experienced people around him to bounce ideas off,” Bairstow told reporters.”We have players with more than 100 test caps in the team,” he said, referring to the likes of Cook and paceman Stuart Broad who is racing against time to recover from a heel injury to play the Lord’s test.”Joe himself has got fifty or so and I’m one of the guys with 30-odd tests now.””It’s exciting, and I am sure Joe will be putting his own stamp on the job and his own authority on it, while we as a side will be looking forward to playing under him.”Bairstow also pressed the case of Gary Ballance’s return to the test side after the Yorkshire skipper scored 815 County Championship runs at an average of 101.87 this season.”Gaz’s (Ballance) form is second to none,” Bairstow said.”He’s scored a serious amount of runs this season for Yorkshire, just as he’s scored a serious amount of runs over a long period of time.”We don’t know what the (England) selection is going to be, but Gaz is a serious player and a class act.”advertisement
Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan fan clubs are brimming with new pictures of the actors from Himachal Pradesh. Kartik and Sara, who have been roped in together for the first time in Imtiaz Ali’s next, are in haseen vaadiyan for the next schedule of their upcoming film. And with each passing day, new photos and videos of Sara and Kartik from Himachal Pradesh are making it to social media.After a video of Kartik and Sara taking a stroll at Shimla’s Mall Road went viral, pictures of the on-screen couple in Kinnaur set the internet on fire recently.And now another photo of Sara and Kartik from their Himachal diaries has made it to social media.In the picture, Sara can be seen wearing a printed salwar kameez as she poses with Kartik.The Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor, on the other hand, is seen sporting a black t-shirt with blue trackpants and white jacket.Only a few days ago, a video of Sara and Kartik in the same attire with their faces partially covered surfaced on the internet.After wrapping up Delhi and Mumbai schedules, the actors are now in Himachal Pradesh for Imtiaz Ali’s film. It was in March this year that Sara Ali Khan shared the first look of her upcoming film, which is said to be a sequel to 2009 hit Love Aaj Kal.The film, which also stars Randeep Hooda, is set to hit the screens on Valentines Day 2020.ALSO READ | Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan take a stroll in Shimla with their faces covered. Watch videoALSO READ | Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan shoot for Love Aaj Kal 2 in Kinnaur. Honeymoon couple, say fansALSO WATCH | Sara Ali Khan’s first look from Kedarnath out
They are, however, a chance for both parties to get to know each other and Bayliss confirmed these are coaches who are possibly interested in the position. There are sensitivities around current employers to consider and a significant lifestyle change involved, too.The current advertisement estimates the position will involve up to 36 weeks a year away from home, which is one of the main hurdles in sourcing the best talent in an era of short-term and well-paid roles in the various domestic Twenty20 leagues around the world.Even county roles can be more appealing in this regard, with the Surrey head coach, Michael di Venuto, outlining the demands upon his appointment last year when stating that his current position, which sees him away from his family in Australia for half the year, is still less than when he was batting coach of their national team.Jason Gillespie was previously linked with the bowling coach role but he has turned down the equivalent with Australia before and is currently happy in his position as head coach of Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League while picking up other freelance coaching roles.Whether the Ashes specialist is Australian remains to be seen – a former international with a strong record in the country will also be considered – and a number of possibles, such as Geoff Lawson and Andy Bichel, are tied down with state teams or part of Cricket Australia’s set-up. Read more Victorious Joe Root backs England to do ‘something special’ in Ashes Trevor Bayliss, the England head coach, has previously used the former Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene as a batting mentor in Asian conditions and stated after the Test series win against West Indies that something similar is being considered for the bowlers in Australia. Shane Bond, the former New Zealand quick, is one name known to be of interest.England have not hired an English bowling coach for the senior side since Kevin Shine’s brief tenure back in 2006. But while Bayliss is leaning towards an international (and likely overseas name) for the Ashes role, an open mind is being kept for the longer-term spot. Meanwhile it is Shine, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s lead fast bowling coach at Loughborough, who will act as cover in the limited-overs series with West Indies that takes this elongated summer up to 29 September and begins with a one-off Twenty20 at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.But during this time a number of county coaches will be present at training days also, with Nottinghamshire’s Andy Pick, Chris Silverwood of Essex and Jon Lewis of Sussex among them. Glen Chapple, in his first year as head coach of Lancashire, is hoping to be involved on the match day of England’s first one-dayer at Old Trafford on 19 September but is unavailable for pre‑match practice.Such guest sessions are not out of the ordinary in the current England regime – Bayliss believes his philosophy is best shared with the counties at the coal face, rather than through PowerPoint presentations in meeting rooms – and in this instance are not seen as trial runs or job interviews for the bowling coach vacancy per se. Cricket Share on Twitter Read more Share via Email England will look to hire a short-term fast bowling consultant with specialist knowledge of Australian pitches for this winter’s defence of the Ashes.Ottis Gibson’s departure to become head coach of South Africa has left a vacancy in the set-up seven weeks out from the team’s departure and, with the deadline for applications not until 30 September, a temporary appointment avoids a rush decision on the full-time position. news Topics England cricket team ECB Stuart Broad’s drops underscore need for England to improve in the field Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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The Office of the Fire Marshal and the Emergency Management Office are recommending to everyone who uses oil, natural gas or propane gas to clear snow and ice away from the supply lines, vents and air intakes. Government has been made aware of several incidents where snow loads have blocked outside vents or where snow has moved and ice has shifted, breaking fuel lines to heating and other appliances. “We know that there have been several incidents in which snow loads have caused fuel supply lines to break away from their anchors, and in some cases the fuel supply line has broken,” said Harold Pothier, provincial fire marshal. “If there is any concern the fuel supply line is not intact, or is damaged, safety officials advise contacting a professional immediately.” Blocked vents and air intakes, and broken fuel lines can result in increased levels of carbon monoxide. This safety notice is not related to the incident that occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Waterville involving a furnace that exploded and destroyed a home. For more information, go to http://novascotia.ca/dma/emo/.