Evacuation numbers remain at nearly 1000 as BC wildfires rage on

first_imgSUMMERLAND, B.C. – Officials in British Columbia’s Okanagan region were hopeful that fire crews could aggressively tackle the flames on Saturday, as the weather forecast called for more cloud cover and less wind than in recent days.Spokeswoman Noelle Kekula with the region’s complex incident team said that while some wildfires in the Okanagan stayed the same size overnight, others grew slightly.“Over the last day we have seen that the (fires) have stayed within our containment lines,” Kekula said. “So they’re just growing a bit, but staying within our containment lines.”The number of properties under evacuation order or alert remains at nearly 1,000 as the fires continue to burn in the popular tourist area of the province’s southern Interior.Kekula said that about 200 firefighters and 18 helicopters were working to increase the containment of the fires and get water on the perimeter.“In the Okanagan complex, our priorities are life, property and infrastructure, and with any of those three, that’s where we’re focusing our attention on,” she said.Earlier this week a lightning storm hit the region, which spans from Salmon Arm in the north to Osoyoos in the south.Cameron Baughen, spokesman for the emergency operation centre in the southern part of the Okanagan region, said on Saturday evening that there were 30 properties under evacuation order.He also said about 200 properties were under an evacuation alert, which means that residents can go back to their homes, but they must leave immediately if told that the fire has gotten worse.In the central part of the region, 766 properties were on alert, but none were on evacuation order.Okanagan is the province’s main wine-making region and is a popular tourist area for travellers from B.C., Alberta and the U.S.Kekula said one fire that is taking up significant amount of resources to contain is called the Mount Eneas fire, which spans about 13.7 square kilometres.— By Alanna Rizza in Torontolast_img read more

Emma Stone Halle Berry And Christina Applegate Join Revlon RunWalk For Women

first_imgRevlon, The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and Lilly Tartikoff are proud to announce the 21st annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women.Revlon Brand Ambassador Emma Stone will host the 2014 event in New York on Saturday, May 3rd and Revlon Brand Ambassador Halle Berry, along with Christina Applegate will host in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 10th.Stone will be returning for her third year to host the New York Run/Walk, while Berry is celebrating her eighth year participating in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk, and hosting the Los Angeles event with Christina Applegate. The Run/Walk was launched in Los Angeles in 1994 through the combined efforts of Lilly Tartikoff, Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman of Revlon, Inc., and EIF with a second event in New York City added shortly after. To date, nearly one million people have participated in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women and the Run/Walks have distributed more than $70 million to support women’s cancer research, counseling and outreach programs.“There is nothing more thrilling than to walk alongside the amazing women, men and children who come together on one day to support the fight against cancer,” said Stone. “The EIF Revlon Run Walk is an important tool to continue to build awareness and raise funds to find a cure for this disease. I look forward to seeing everyone on what is always a beautiful and inspiring morning in New York City!”“I am honored to once again host this year’s EIF Revlon Run Walk. It’s hard to find the words to describe exactly what it feels like to be part of such a powerful grassroots event that brings together tens of thousands of cancer survivors, patients, loved ones and supporters. The event is a true testament to the impact we can make if we band together against a common cause.” said Berry.Like her co-host, Christina Applegate has participated in the Run/Walk several times. As a breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about inspiring other women to take control of their health and providing critical resources to women contending with or at risk of breast cancer.“I am thrilled for my charitable organization, Right Action for Women, to be a beneficiary of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk. The support Right Action for Women will receive from the Run/Walk will help provide necessary screenings for women at increased risk for breast cancer. Having participated in the past with my mom and many family members and friends, this event is important to me and I know that the funding RAW will receive from the EIF Revlon Run Walk will help save lives,” said Applegate.The New York race will start in Times Square and finish in Central Park, where there will be a health expo as well as a survivor ceremony. The Los Angeles race will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at Exposition Park. Early registration is encouraged and can be done by clicking here or by calling the event hotline at 855.434.3779. Registration is also available on site the day of both events.Participants are encouraged to fundraise individually or create teams. Those who are not able to attend the New York or Los Angeles events can register for the EIF Revlon Run/Walk in Your Dreams. Run/Walk In Your Dreams gives participants the opportunity to fundraise for the event from afar with the same tools and awards as participants in New York and Los Angeles enjoy.“Revlon has been involved with the EIF Revlon Run/Walk since its inception and every year, we are reminded of how important it is to keep up the fight against women’s cancers until we find a cure,” says Ronald Perelman, co-founder of the Run/Walk and co-founder of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. “I would like to thank all of the volunteers and city officials who help make our event possible each year.”“It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 21 years!” says Lilly Tartikoff, co-founder of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women and co-founder of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. “We have met so many amazing women along this journey. Their spirit and passion has made it possible to raise the much-needed funds that have helped to deliver the innovative, non-toxic treatment for breast cancer called Herceptin. Even more exciting, there is another hopeful non-toxic treatment on the way. We are so thankful for everyone’s support in making this possible.”New York beneficiaries include: Actors Fund of America, Albert Einstein Cancer Center, CancerCare, Inc., Gilda’s Club NYC, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, William F. Ryan Community Health Center, and National Women’s Cancer Research Alliance (NWCRA).Los Angeles beneficiaries include: Cancer Support Community- Benjamin Center, Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Health & Services Foundation, Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program, Right Action for Women (RAW),USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Women of Color Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Project.National Sponsors for the 2014 EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women include: title sponsor Revlon, double platinum sponsors Toyota and Marika, along with platinum sponsor Rite Aid. Award sponsors include exhale barre yoga spa, and NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. New York sponsors include gold sponsors Bloomberg, Dunkin’ Donuts and Lucille Roberts Gym; and media sponsors, Fresh 102.7, NBC 4 NY and Telemundo NY. Los Angeles sponsors include double platinum sponsor Macy’s; platinum sponsors ABC7 Los Angeles and Aquafina Water; gold sponsors Cancer Treatment Centers of America and The Walking Company; silver sponsor Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Zenith Insurance.last_img read more