Spooky Stories by Candlelight

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The way Christine Morris looks at it, you can think about history in a couple different ways: as the irretrievable past, or as a living story emblazoned on a special place. As the executive director at the Conrad Mansion Museum, Morris’ perspective on this issue matters, especially this time of year, because the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and imaginations are starting to probe dark corners and spooky scenarios.In short, it’s the perfect time for the mansion’s ever-popular Ghost Tours, which will take place Oct. 20 and 21. Though she’s only been onboard with the mansion since August and thus hasn’t had the time to really have a ghostly encounter of her own, Morris said she understands the mansion’s magnetic appeal this time of year. “It doesn’t surprise me that walking through this gem of a mansion that people would have experiences,” Morris said. “The house holds a story, and that story is just strongly preserved.”The Conrad Mansion was completed in 1895, and the 13,000-square-foot home has held court on Kalispell’s Woodland Avenue ever since. Charles E. Conrad — considered one of Kalispell’s founding fathers — and his family were known for their epic holiday parties, especially during Halloween. One party was apparently divided into three sections of the house: the upper floor was Heaven, the ground floor was Earth, and the basement was Hell, all complete with elaborate decorations. The home’s spooky reputation followed it into the 1970s, when the mansion fell into disrepair, with boarded-up windows and overgrown vegetation. Such dilapidation gave the massive house a sense of mystery for many of the valley’s younger residents, Morris said. “It was, I think, the most popular place for the teenagers to play and look for an adventure,” Morris said, laughing. Many of those teenagers are adults who still live in the valley and could appreciate the Ghost Tours, she said. Led by a guide and lit by only a candle, the tours wander from room to room, reliving paranormal occurrences that the guides and other mansion visitors and staff have experienced. Those willing to suspend disbelief will find themselves enraptured in tales of visions of past inhabitants wearing clothes or using items that still exist in the mansion today. About 90 percent of the furnishings are original, and Morris believes there’s a certain energy to the house because of these items.“Every human story makes an imprint and every place has a story,” she said. “When you walk through this house, it’s easy to feel something beyond the present moment.”Morris believes history can come alive in this way, that people living in present times can get a sense of the past by seriously considering the items other people left behind. What was important, what was a treat, what was the norm — all of those items, handled by the family for years, are distinctly Conrad. Of all the tales of visions or sounds or ghosts at the mansion, none have been reported as malicious or scary outside of the person experiencing it being surprised. The mansion was a place of fun, family and community for the Conrads, and museum staff believe that if anyone is coming back to pay a visit, it’s because they like the place so much. The tours are extremely popular and tickets sell out every year. Tours last an hour and leave every 15 minutes between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. Tickets are $17, or $15 for museum members, and are available ahead of time at the museum or by calling (406) 755-2166. After two days of spooky tales and goosebumps, the mansion will begin its transition into the holiday season, with Christmas decorations expected to go up the second week of November and Christmas at the Mansion holiday tours starting Nov. 24.But that’s in the winter; the autumn belongs to history and things that might just go bump in the night. “This is a fun Halloween way of making history more alive,” Morris said. “I’d love to see something (ghostly). I’m waiting for my turn.”For more information, visit www.conradmansion.com. Emaillast_img read more

Eswatini names preferred bidder for its Solar PV Projects tender

first_imgJonathan Hoffman, Globeleq’s chief development officer, commented: “As the first utility scale renewable IPPs in Eswatini, these projects will help stabilise the cost of electricity supply and increase the country’s energy resilience, acting as a strong driver for growth and playing a part in the economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.” Generation ESERA officially released the intention to award notice on 14 April 2021 after evaluation of the bids submitted in November 2020. The tender was originally launched in March 2020.  Image: [Diyana Dimitrova] © 123RF.com Connection works will be undertaken by the Globeleq-Sturdee consortium and once commissioned, the new transmission lines and associated substation equipment will be transferred to the EEC, which will be responsible for their operation and maintenance. TAGSEswatini Electricity CompanyGlobeleqsolar powerSwaziland Previous articleESG investing in sub-Saharan Africa linked to sustainable developmentNext articleNigeria Federal Government calls for more private sector partnerships Nomvuyo Tena RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BRICS Finance and Policy Have you read?Op-Ed: Progress at last for Kingdom of Eswatini’s energy mix dream Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA The Eswatini Energy Regulatory Authority (ESERA) officially announced the Globeleq and Sturdee Energy Consortium as the preferred bidder for its solar PV projects. Have you read?Globeleq increases shareholding in renewable projects AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The 15MWac Balekane and 15MWac Ngwenya projects will be located on separate parcels of private land in North Western Eswatini, in the Hhohho region, and connected to the existing Eswatini Electricity Company (EEC) transmission system. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Globeleq and its consortium partner, Sturdee Energy Southern Africa, have been awarded preferred bidder status for two 15MWac projects in the first tranche of the Kingdom of Eswatini’s procurement programme for new renewable generation capacity.  UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Portia stepping down as leader of Jamaica’s People National Party

first_imgPortia stepping down as leader of Jamaica’s People National PartyJamaica’s first female prime minister; current Leader of the Opposition and leader of the People’s National Party Portia Simpson Miller has announced she will be stepping down as the party’s president. She made the announcement that she will not be seeking re-election as party president next September to members of the PNP’s National Executive Council meeting on Sunday. She told the members “I will leave you as party leader but I will always be with you.”Announcement of Simpson’s Miller has received favorable response from several supporters of the PNP, one of Jamaica’s oldest political parties formed by Jamaican National Hero Norman Washington Manley in 1938. Over the past 10 months, the PNP has lost a General Election, on February 25, and a Local Government Election, on November 28, under Simpson Miller’s leadership.Calls for her resignation have been circling since the general election but Simpson Miller was reelected as party leader at the party’s annual conference after those elections. The calls, including from the party’s youth arm, the Peoples National Party Youth Organization (PNPYO), grew louder after the PNP’s defeat in the Local Government elections.The Party will now focus on identifying a suitable successor to Simpson Miller, one who can galvanize maximum support from party members nationwide, make the party a formidable opposition party, and prepare it to retake the reign of government when the next general elections are called, which is constitutionally due in February 2020. However, several analysts believe with the ruling Jamaica Labor Party having a majority of only one seat in the Jamaican parliament, the leader of the JLP and Prime Minister Andrew Holness could call elections earlier to try and secure a larger majority.Meanwhile, the PNP also has a new general secretary. On Sunday, the party’s deputy secretary Julian Robinson, MP for the St. Andrew South East Constituency took over the position of general secretary from Paul Burke who had like his party president, fallen out of favor with a large group of PNP supporters.Robinson is one of the party members whose name has been touted as a possible successor to Simpson Miller as Party leader. Other names being suggested are former finance minister Dr. Peter Phillips, former national security minister Peter Bunting, former mining and energy minister Phillip Paulwell and former sports and culture minister Lisa Hanna.Addressing members of the PNP’s National Executive Council on Sunday, Robinson told them “Challenges clearly exist……But as we restore our noble institution to strength and power, we must do so conscious of our movement’s roots, our established principles and the strong foundation upon which we must continue to build.”Robinson also said that as a party, comrades must “situate our ideology within the context of our current realities, without compromising our core values.” He cautioned the members that “there is much, much work to be done” to return the party to retake the government of Jamaica.last_img read more

Highlights: Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Bristol City

first_imgWatch the highlights as City overcame Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship to secure their eighth straight win in all competitions and extend their unbeaten run to 14 matches.last_img

PNG cricket honour late Tuku ‘Thunder’ Raka

first_imgCRICKET Papua New Guinea’s past and present legends of cricket yesterday honoured the late Tuku ‘Thunder’ Raka at the home of cricket, Amini Grounds – a historical tribute by Cricket PNG. In salute to his contribution to the code in the country, ‘Thunder’ received a grand gesture in celebration of his career. As the casket arrived, it was received and shouldered by the current Barramundis, paraded through a bat salute by the legends both of the past and present Barramundis, and rested out on the Amini cricket grounds for poignant accolades and testimonials of thanks and honour, to one worthy and deserving due his service to the code in PNG. Tuku ‘Thunder’ Raka’s honorary salute saw the likes of Charles Amini, Babani Harry, Navu Maha, Lakani Oala and Api Leka, among others. Cricket legends of PNG who have passionately and proudly worn the red, black and gold colours out in the international arena, rendered their respects to their team-mate, friend and brother. Some of the tours that the late Tuku was part of include; n1986 – Birmingham, England, n1990 – Holland, Netherlands, n1994 – Nairobi, Kenya, n1997 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and; his last international match in 2001 – Toronto-Canada. These were all ICC events. Tuku was commended for giving so much to his country, his province through his passion and commitment to cricket in the country. The late Tuku was given one last honorary lap around the Amini cricket grounds before the casket was driven out of the home of cricket to be laid to rest in Keapara, his home in the Rigo district of Central province. The grand gesture was brief, yet magnificent as Cricket PNG strictly upholds and adheres to the standing orders as set out in the state-of-emergency orders dated March 30 issued by the SoE controller.last_img read more

Ireland’s Show Jumping Manager escapes unhurt after Dublin hotel explosion

first_img Ireland’s Show Jumping Manager escapes unhurt after Dublin hotel explosion Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Ireland’s Show Jumping Manager escapes unhurt after Dublin hotel explosion 7 August 2013, 12:00 THE manager of Ireland’s Aga Khan show jumping team, Robert Splaine, escaped unhurt in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday) when a component of a fridge exploded in the room where he and his son were staying in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin.Splaine said this morning that he had been staying in the Burlington with his son David, when they were awoken in their room at 5am by the sound of a loud explosion.“It was a bit of a shock to hear such a loud sound so close but when we switched on the light we could see no signs of what might have caused the explosion. The room, however, was soon filled by a very pungent odour and at that point the staff of the hotel came to the door and told us the hotel was being evacuated.“Fire brigades and ambulances had arrived by this stage and all the hotel guests were assembled outside. The emergency services were very good, I have to say, and looked after the situation marvellously.“We were then allowed to return to the hotel and given another room, of course. I was told later that the cause of the explosion was a gas canister, that was one of the components at the back of the empty fridge in our room. No-one was hurt and by the time it was all over it was time to get up anyway, so we didn’t get any more sleep. It’s lucky that both my son and I are early risers.”Ireland’s Aga Khan team will bid to repeat their 2012 victory when they compete on Friday (August 9) under Splaine at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at Ballsbridge Tags:last_img read more

This week in esports: Dignitas, Microsoft, Riot Games, Ferrari

first_imgAcquisitions, major brands entering the industry, and key hires – this week in esports has it all! Each and every week, Esports Insider compiles a list of the biggest and best stories from the past week so you can stay in the loop.From this week onwards, you’ll also have the option to watch a short and sweet video if that’s how you prefer to take everything in! You can find it below, on YouTube, and across our social channels.We also have a twice-weekly newsletter that informs you of every significant happening in the business and industry side of esports, feel free to subscribe here.HBSE officially acquires Clutch GamingPhoto credit: Riot GamesHarris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), the parent company of Dignitas, has officially acquired League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) franchise Clutch Gaming.Clutch Gaming will be operated by Dignitas for the 2019 Summer Split before rebranding to the organisation’s identity for 2020 onwards. The holding entity that contains both Dignitas and Clutch Gaming is reportedly valued at $47.5 million (£36.3 million).Read the full article here.Cloud9 and Microsoft enter technology and analytics partnershipImage credit: Cloud9North American organisation Cloud9 announced Microsoft as its official technology and performance analytics partner.As part of the multi-year deal, Microsoft will develop new tools and technologies to uncover insights across a number of titles in collaboration with the organisation.Read the full article here.Riot Games names John Needham as Global Head of LoL EsportsPhoto credit: Riot GamesRiot Games appointment John Needham as the new Global Head for League of Legends esports, promoting him from his previous role of Managing Director of Europe and North America.Jarred Kennedy and Whalen Rozelle, the previous co-Heads of Esports at Riot Games, have moved to new positions within the games development company.Read the full article here.Ferrari joins Formula 1 New Balance Esports SeriesPhoto via: Formula 1Ferrari has finally joined the Formula 1 New Balance Esports Series, marking the first time that all 10 F1 teams have competed in the esports competition at once.Each of the teams are set to compete in the third season of the F1 Esports Series, kicking off with a Pro Draft in July that’ll see them select drivers to represent them going forward.Read the full article here.ESI London 2019 – Find out morelast_img read more

Hurricane Irma ‘could be worse’ than Andrew, Florida governor warns

first_imgABC News(MIAMI) — As Hurricane Irma moves over the Caribbean and takes aim at Florida, Gov. Rick Scott warned that the “massive storm” could be more treacherous than Hurricane Andrew, which devastated the Sunshine State 25 years ago.“I want everybody to understand the importance of this. This is bigger than Andrew,” Scott said Wednesday in an interview from Tallahassee with ABC News’ Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts. “This could be worse.”Scott, who declared a statewide emergency earlier this week, urged Floridians to be “aggressive” in preparing for the storm because it’s still unclear where Irma, currently a Category 5 storm, will impact. Possible targets are Ft. Meyers, Naples and Miami, the governor said.“We don’t know exactly where this is going to hit,” he said. “It sure looks like it’s going to bear down right in the middle of Florida.”On Wednesday night, Scott announced the activation of 1,000 members of the Florida Air and Army National Guard to support with planning, logistics and operations in preparation for potential impacts from Hurricane Irma. All remaining 6,000 National Guard members will be reporting for duty no later than Friday morning. Additional guard members will continue to be activated as needed.The Florida National Guard has 1,000 high-water vehicles, 13 helicopters, 17 boats and more than 700 generators on standby, Scott’s office said. The Florida National Guard is also coordinating with the National Guard Bureau to identify approximately 30,000 troops, 4,000 trucks, 100 helicopters and air evacuation crews that are standing by for Hurricane Irma support if needed.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has more than 200 officers standing by for the first wave of response based on potential storm impacts, Scott’s office said Wednesday night. Thirty teams with supporting resources such as trucks, coastal and river patrol boats, an ATV and two shallow draft boats are preparing for evacuation support, search-and-rescue missions or any additional needs.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has established 18 emergency response teams for deployment to impacted areas and seven logistics and planning teams. FDLE has also secured additional fuel for law enforcement.Irma currently has sustained winds of 185 mph, with gusts topping 200 mph. The storm is forecast to move north of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday afternoon, bringing strong winds and heavy rain but not directly hitting the islands. The storm will be approaching mainland Florida and the Keys by Sunday morning.Florida officials are working to ensure retailers around the state are stocked up on food, water and gas as the storm approaches.“We don’t see any widespread shortages, and we don’t believe that we’re going to have them right now,” Scott said on Good Morning America Thursday morning. “I’m asking everybody as you get prepared — three days of water per person, three days of food. Take enough, but take only what you need. Don’t take more.”As the hurricane inches closer to Florida, Scott said there will be more mandatory evacuation orders issued around the state. The governor urged Floridians to heed these warnings.“We can rebuild your home. We can’t rebuild your life,” he said. “Prepare and take care of your family.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more