Fort St. John film to show at YVR

first_imgA short film showcasing Fort St. John will be one of 15 to show on screens at Vancouver’s airport, before and during the 2010 Olympics.Fort St. John is one of 15 communities, all with direct flights to Vancouver, which will be provided with $10,000 to film and edit a three-minute promotional video.The Vancouver Airport Authority says individual filmmakers will be selected “with the help of local Spirit of BC Community Committees.”- Advertisement -The Vancouver Airport expects to handle more than 17 million passengers in 2009, and as many as 80,000 per day, during the games.The 15 communites selected include:• Campbell RiverAdvertisement • Kelowna• Nanaimo• Penticton• Port Hardy• Prince GeorgeAdvertisement • Castlegar• Cranbrook• Fort St. John• KamloopsAdvertisementcenter_img • Prince Rupert• Terrace• Tofino• Victoria• Williams LakeAdvertisementlast_img read more

Environmental Assessment Office extends deadline for public input of MDI

first_imgThe original deadline for the public review period was slated for today, November 3, but after some technical difficulties, that date was pushed forward.“They did extend it to November the 6th because there was a weekend during the review period where there were issues with their own website, so people couldn’t put in comments,” Environmental Manager of LP Peace Valley OSB, Lindsay Sahaydak said.An integrated part of the OSB process is the inclusion of formaldehyde, which acts as an adhesive, helping to blend the wood and compact it into an industrial standard plank.- Advertisement -Sahaydak had previously stated the company wants to replace formaldehyde with MDI, commonly known as polyurethane; an element she says will have an overall lower impact on both the manufacturing process and particulate matter.Sahaydak says 90 per cent of the OSB industry currently uses MDI either partially or entirely.Follow this link to submit your input to B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office.Advertisementlast_img read more

NPSS Senior Alternate Program students spread the warmth this holiday season

first_img– Advertisement -So far, they have held a bake sale, chilli and bannock sale, and a bottle drive. According to Senior Alternate Program student, Brenna Halbert, each year the Senior Alt students of North Peace Secondary School brainstorm and pitch humanitarian projects to each other. Halbert says they decided to fundraise for a number of local organizations, such as the Women’s Resource Society and the Firefighters Charitable Society. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students of the Senior Alternate Program at North Peace Secondary School are busy with fundraising efforts this holiday season. They are currently collecting cash, food, warm clothing and toys for their Christmas Drive and will be taking orders for homemade Christmas gifts until Friday, December 13.   Advertisement They will also be hosting a lunchtime coffee shop on Wednesday, December 11. So far, the program has raised over $2,000 which will go towards monetary donations and completing community efforts.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Steve Bruce to quit Hull and the Premier League for Fulham?

first_imgJohn Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager reveals there’s been a flurry of bets on Steve Bruce to quit Premier League club Hull City for Championship side Fulham.Hill also claims Aston Villa are very much in a relegation fight after their defeat to QPR, and looks ahead to tonight’s League Cup clashes between Liverpool and Swansea and Shrewsbury and Chelsea.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Huge boost! Wayne Rooney set for Man United first team return against West Ham

first_imgWayne Rooney made his first appearance in a Manchester United shirt in two months on Monday night.The United skipper, who has been sidelined with a groin injury since February 13, played just over an hour of the Under-21s’ clash with Middlesbrough at Old Trafford.Rooney emerged unscathed from the outing and could now make his first-team return in Wednesday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay at West Ham.His comeback for the season’s run-in will provide a huge boost to Louis van Gaal, whose side have scored just five times in their past eight fixtures.Van Gaal has a shortage of options in attack and has been forced to rely on rookie striker Marcus Rashford in recent weeks.He also selected Ashley Young to play as a striker in the second half of the 3-0 defeat at Tottenham on Sunday.Rooney will be desperate to make his mark for United as he looks to ensure he is on England boss Roy Hodgson’s team-sheet come the European Championship in France this summer, having seen Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy continue to star for both club and country while he has been out. 1 Wayne Rooney last_img read more


first_imgLOTTO RESULTSThe Lotto numbers for Monday 20th May were 1,3, 6, 7 There was no jackpot winner this week and the runner-up prize of €50 went to Peter Faulkner, Mullingar. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,700. Thank you for your continued support. UPCOMING GAMESTuesday 28th U16 Girls ‘A’ County final vs Fanad (7pm) CONVOY Tuesday 28th U12 GoGames vs Urris AWAYSaturday 1st U8 Blitz (bus leaves at 10am) MALINSaturday 1st Senior Men Reserves vs Robert Emmets AWAYSaturday 1st Senior Men vs Robert Emmets AWAYUnder 14 boys will have a game later in the week, venue and date to be confirmed, details will be on Facebook.SENIOR MEN AND RESERVESTraining on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm sharp.U16 GIRLS COUNTY SEMI FINAL VS TERMON Moville u-16 girls cruised into the county final with an emphatic win over Naomh Muire in Milford this evening. From the throw in, it was evident that the girls were keen to continue their winning streak having convincingly won all previous 6 group games.Paul Mc Dermott’s hard work on the training pitch was very evident as the girls played a brand of fluid passing football with someone always there to support or coming off the shoulder. Unlike a lot of teams at this age group there was no “catch and kick”, more a case of patience in there build up. They picked off point after point before a clear chance presented itself for a goal which Sarah Jane Mc Donald dispatched to the corner of the net.The game was pretty much over as a contest at half time but as is the sign of a good team Moville continued with their game-plan and even the introductions of the substitutes was seem-less allowing Moville to run out very comfortable winners .This was truly an all round team performance with the Moville keeper, Amy Canning rarely troubled. Emma Doherty was in fine form at full back, dominating the square and allowing nothing past. Sarah Jane Mc Donald and Nicole Mc Dermott pulled all the strings at midfield and the Mc Guinness sisters and cousins were a handful for the Naomh Mhuire back-line. Every player contributed to what was an outstanding performance. (thanks to William McElhinney for report) INTERVIEW WITH PAUL MCDERMOTT (U16 girls coach)Having reached the county final Paul had nothing but praise for the group of players involved within the squad. ‘From the very beginning all the girls were turning up in numbers for training and they were training very hard; they were more than happy to give it their all on the training field. This dedication from the squad meant that they made it through the Inishowen group of the competition with ease. In the next stage of the competition they faced St.Eunans and were successful yet again, only conceding 5 points in this game. They were drawn to face Termon in the next roud, traditionally Movillle’s toughest rivals, but managed to defeat them in a game packed with goals, setting up a county semi final against Naomh Mhuire in Milford.’ (You can read about this game elsewhere in the notes) When asked about the upcoming County final against Fanad on Tuesday night, Paul replied: ‘The girls have worked very hard on their preparation for the final, they have been working on a running game throughout the year and their support play is excellent. Every member of the squad from number one up to 23 or 24 has been excellent throughout the campaign. Other coaches have commented on how strong our substitutes have been, a player being replaced with an equally strong player. We are travelling to Convoy in the hope of victory, but we cannot be complacent as Fanad are not simply coming to make up the numbers. The girls have put in a great effort and it would be great to see them travel back to Moville on the bus as county champions. It has been three years I think since we won this competition and all the girls would love to see as many people as possible come to support them on Tuesday’YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOUThe club are seeking members to volunteer their time on a Monday night at Bingo to help out with the club Lotto. All help is greatly appreciated and the club would ideally like a panel of people who could help out by giving an hour of their time on a rotational basis. Also, anyone who could help out at home games by acting as umpire please contact any club member or just turn up on the night and volunteer.CONGRATULATIONSCongratulations to Moville Girls Niamh McLaughlin & Ciara Hegarty on winning the Ladies Inter Provincials with Ulster today in Mullingar.CUL CAMPSMoville GAA’s Cul Camp dates are the 1st to the 5th of July. Kellogs this year are offering a promotion, when you register online with their unique code you get €5 off per child. The cost is €55 for the first child, €for the second, €40 for the third and any subsequent children. If you register online you must inform Margaret Mulhall of this. Last year’s Cul Camp was very successful and we expect this year’s to be even bigger and better.COACHING OPPORTUNITYIn 2013, the GAA in association with the GPA will hold camps in several counties for boys aged 13 -15. It is intended to hold the FOOTBALL camps from June 24th. – June 28th. and the HURLING camps from July 1st. – July 5th. Camps are from 10.00am – 2.00pm.There is the opportunity for Higher Education Students to work as coaches on these camps. Please see the club website for details on how to applyUNDERAGE GAAUnder-age training has now resumed and will be running every Saturday. It is now compulsory by the GAA that all players under the age of 18 must wear a mouth-guard to training and matches. U8 Blitz away to Muff this Thursday. Bus will leave clubhouse at 5.15. Remember to bring boots gum shield & €2 for bus. Also U8 away to Malin on Saturday. Bus will leave clubhouse at 10am. U6 player of week was Luke Mc Aleer. U8 player of week was Josh Mc Dermott and u10 was Chloe Mc Dermott. Well done to all the children who wore their mouth guards, these are guards available in the club at a cost of 3euro.GAGA FOR GAAThis GAA themed group will continue on Saturdays from 10-11am. It has been extremely successful to date and the club will keep everyone informed as to future dates and times through the website, Facebook page and in the club notes. Big thanks to all who attended.MISCELLANEOUS NOTESMary Mc Dermott, now keeping a record of pitch usage for games and training, please note that matches will take precedence over training. We would request that all managers please advice or book through Mary to ensure no doubling up. If anyone has any information or photographs that they would like included in the notes, the club website ( or the club facebook page feel free to e-mail it to Ryan Monagle at the following e-mail address: pro.moville.donegal@gaa.ieGAA: MOVILLE GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: MOVILLE GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

CalPERS audit requested

first_img In a letter to CalPERS Chief Executive Officer Fred Buenrostro, Richman wrote that the agency has a responsibility to show that it is a responsible guardian of the $200 billion in funds it manages. He asked for the agency’s help in drafting a request for a state audit next year and for legislation requiring audits of CalPERS every three years. Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, applauded the request. “Clearly, we think CalPERS needs more oversight and I think his request for an external audit is not only warranted, but long overdue,” Coupal said. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake CalPERS spokeswoman Patricia Macht said allegations that their actuarial office deviated from industry standards are false, noting that two independent audits are performed on CalPERS annually. “Our system financial audit for last fiscal year was delivered to the state controller and will be included in the state’s financial statements,” Macht said. The request for the audit comes amid growing concern about how cities and counties are going to pay for public-employee pensions and benefits. The Daily News recently reported that government agencies are expected to have to set aside at least $110 billion and perhaps as much as $185 billion to pay for these benefits. In October, Marcia Fritz, a former CalPERS consultant who has worked on pension-reform proposals with Richman, said state pension officials gave misleading information to local governments statewide that led to huge increases in pension benefits for public employees. She alleged that changes in Governmental Accounting Standards Board guidelines a decade ago set the stage for California’s ballooning unfunded pension liabilities by allowing officials to obscure the long-term costs. Assemblyman Keith Richman on Monday called for an audit of CalPERS – the nation’s largest public pension fund – citing reports of conflict of interest that may have cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Richman, R-Granada Hills, wants auditors to find out whether California Public Employees Retirement System actuaries – responsible for assessing the soundness and return of investments – were subjected to undue political influence by CalPERS board members. Richman also wants to know whether the projections CalPERS actuaries gave to cities and counties on how much it would cost to sweeten pension benefits were developed objectively and independently. “At the beginning of this decade, agencies were literally told that enhanced pension benefits were not going to cost them anything,” Richman said. “And now we’re faced with a situation where cumulatively we have tens of billions, if not hundreds of billions of dollars, in unfunded liabilities.” last_img read more


first_imgWant to know more about the world’s only flying mammal?A Bat Night is taking place at Glenveagh National Park on Tuesday May 19th.There will be a short talk “The World of Bats”, refreshments and then a walk using bat detectors to hear and see the bats in these majestic surroundings. The evening is also open to teachers in partnership with Donegal Education Centre.Venue: Bridge House Education Centre in Glenveagh from 9pm – 11pmFree of charge and also open to the public. Book at Donegal Education Centre on Tel: 07497 23487  BAT WALK AND TALK AT GLENVEAGH was last modified: May 17th, 2015 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:bat walkbatsGlenveaghlast_img read more

Your South Africa image search is over!

first_imgWith over 2 000 professional, high-resolution, freely available photos of contemporary South Africa, the image library is a stunning resource for publishers, media practitioners – and anyone else with an interest in the country.Published by the International Marketing Council of South Africa, offers free content on the country, including high-quality feature articles and a comprehensive library of up-to-date images produced by professional photographers.Quick, non-intrusive registration on the website gives the user immediate access to a wealth of visual “takes” on contemporary South Africa.Available either as quick copies for webmasters or as print-quality, high-res downloads, the photos are sorted into 12 categories.These include some of the travel-type categories one might expect – people, cities, nature, arts and culture, tourism and leisure – but the photos are more realistic than brochure-style, in line with the site’s aim of providing content that journalists can take seriously.And, taken together with other categories such as infrastructure, development, business and industry, buildings and structures, and South Africa at work, the photos combine to give a true sense of a growing young democracy and a dynamic African emerging market economy.Shaping perceptionsWith over 4 500 registered users from around the world (as of December 2009), complements the World Cup-dedicated media services offered by the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee, South African Tourism and the Government Communication and Information System.The initiative took its inspiration from Germany’s Land of Ideas campaign, which established a similar media service for the 2006 Fifa World Cup.According to the International Marketing Council, the custodian of Brand South Africa, aims to provide “relevant, mind-opening, up-to-date and verifiable information in the build-up to 2010 and beyond.”While not explicitly tied to the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, the service takes advantage of the unprecedented international media interest in the country that the event is generating.First launched in May 2008, the site recognises the importance of the media – local, African and throughout the world – “in shaping perceptions of South Africa and our continent.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The big business of sport

first_imgThe CEOs of the rugby, cricket and football associations (right to second left) sit together to discuss the sporting situation. Former Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan, now the chairman of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust, said he would do it all again.(Images: Janine Erasmus) For national teams to succeed, the development of sport should start as early as possible.(Image: Cricket South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Adam FraserCommunications head, Sport Industry Group+44 207 240 7700 or +44 7967 568 572RELATED ARTICLES• Newlands, world’s no 2 cricket venue• Football tournament lures future stars• Boost for SA football coaching• Rugby World Cup – back the Boks• Willemse named IRB U21 ambassador Janine ErasmusThe inaugural Sport Industry Summit kicked off in Johannesburg on a high note, with the challenges ahead laid out, as well as some of the plans and possible solutions.An initiative of Sport Industry Group South Africa, the summit was supported by big names, including Deloitte, Gallo Images, Tsogo Sun, Virgin Atlantic and Sports Illustrated, among others. The aim of the gathering was to address some of the challenges that lie ahead for all sports in South Africa, as well as for the companies who pour millions into sport as sponsors, to ensure that development continues, and to share best practice ideas through networking.The one-day event, held on 25 October, was attended by a plethora of local sporting big-wigs, including John-Laffnie de Jager, captain of South Africa’s Davis Cup team; mountaineer Deshun Deysel; Graham Hill, national head coach of Swimming South Africa; Olympic gold medal swimmer Cameron van der Burgh; and 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust chairman Danny Jordaan.International experts were also present, including Deanna Ford Castellini whose family owns the major league baseball team Cincinnati Reds, Mark Pannes, CEO of Italian football club AS Roma, and Philip Beard, the CEO of English professional football club Queens Park Rangers.All agree that South Africa is currently one of the most exciting places in the world for sport, especially major events, and that the time is right to capitalise on the country’s accomplishments.“South Africa is a leading sports market,” said Nick Keller, founder and CEO of the UK-based Sport Industry Group and Beyond Sport, an organisation that promotes sport development around the world. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is its patron.“Few countries have delivered top-class sports events so consistently as South Africa, going as far back as 1995,” he said, referring to the Rugby World Cup of that year, which was staged a mere year after South Africa’s transition to a democracy, and which was won by the home team, the Springboks.“South Africa has become almost the go-to destination for sports around the world, and there is big money involved. In 1993 the total sponsorship market in South Africa was worth around R500-million (US$57-million) – by 2011 it has risen to just under R7-billion ($800-million).”Keller said there was no doubt that the business side of sport was on the rise around the world.“The challenges we see, such as politics in sports and corporate sponsors being asked to account for their money spending, are not exclusive to South Africa.”Distinguished track recordMark Holme of Deloitte said that the multinational got involved in the summit because of the enduring impact of sport.“The first person in the new South Africa to realise the unifying potential of sport was former president Nelson Mandela. He supported the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which was then viewed as a symbol of what the Rainbow Nation could become.”Since then the country has successfully hosted cricket and football world cups, as well as numerous other international and homegrown events. These have seen some of the biggest names in the business coming to our shores – and millions of tourists.They include the 2009 and 2012 International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy and the 2007 World Twenty20 Championships; the 2010 BMX World Championships; the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup; Red Bull Big Wave Africa from 1999 to 2008; the 1996 World Cup of Golf, and the biggest of them all, the 2010 Fifa World Cup – among many others.Local events such as the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge; the Two Oceans Marathon; Cape Argus Pick n Pay cycle tour; the world-famous Comrades Marathon and the Unlimited Dusi Canoe Marathon have attracted sportsmen, their support staff and their fans from all over.In 2013 South Africa will host the first of ten Tournaments of Hope, the second richest tournament in golf boasting a total purse of R74-million ($8.5 million).“That’s why corporate South Africa has bought into sport,” said Holme, “because it unites people, and shows the world, and ourselves, just what we’re capable of.”If we can deliver a world cup, he said, surely we can deliver textbooks too. If we can build world-class stadiums, we can build schools.Looking to the futureThe CEOs of South Africa’s three top sporting associations – cricket, rugby and football – came together to report on their respective sporting disciplines, and give a glimpse of their plans for the future.Jacques Faul, acting CEO of Cricket South Africa (CSA), South African Rugby Union (Saru) CEO Jurie Roux, and Robin Petersen, the CEO of the South African Football Association (Safa) are rarely seen together in their professional capacities, but have come on board as founding supporters of the inaugural Sport Industry Summit.Talking about the legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and whether it could be sustained, Petersen said that there was no easy answer.“We’ve made enormous gains on many fronts – a decade ago there was a serious lack of decent sports stadiums. Today we have our magnificent world cup stadiums as well as many upgraded training venues.”But those football stadiums are not used as often as they should be, and many suggest that other sports be allowed to use the facilities. For instance, there is ongoing talk of the Western Province and Stormers provincial rugby teams and Ajax Cape Town football club, all based at Newlands in the southern suburbs, moving to the Cape Town Stadium, which was built at a cost of around R5-billion ($600-million).“A partnership with rugby is the way to go for these stadiums,” said Petersen.Roux added that such negotiations would not be the responsibility of the national governing bodies, but would take place at provincial level.World Cup ambitionsAccording to Petersen, Safa is looking at new ways to fund development, so that the 330 local football associations, the 20 000 clubs and the three-million players in South Africa, as well as schools, will become a breeding ground for new talent.A better management structure is also on the cards, including registration for every one of the three-million players, a record of all events at school, club and league levels and upwards, promotion and relegation rules, and a toolkit to help manage players, finances and administration.“This will lead to a much better national team within 10 years – our vision is to be consistently amongst the top three in Africa and the top 20 in the world,” Petersen said, much like the cricket and rugby teams have managed to achieve, although he did concede that they have far fewer rivals for these positions.Safa wants to get to where rugby is now, said Petersen, because success on that scale will do wonders for the nation that has made the sport the most popular in the country – but first it must invest in the base of the football pyramid.Qualifying for the upcoming 2014 Fifa World Cup in Rio, said Petersen, will show that South Africa can do more than just host events.“It’s going to be a tough road, but our new coach [Gordon Igesund] believes that we can win the event. If your coach believes, and gets the players to believe, then it’s possible.“Our next challenge is the African Cup of Nations, Afcon – we’re hoping that it will ignite the passion that we saw in 2010. It also helps that Afcon is taking place in summer, as the cold 2010 winter did dampen some of the party atmosphere,” Petersen said.At the top of their gameCSA, too, has the cricket world cup as top priority. “If you teach us how to win a world cup,” said Faul jokingly to Roux, “this summit will have been worth my while.”Faul was referring to the fact that, while the Proteas national cricket team are unquestionably one of the best in the world and are the only team to simultaneously hold the number one spot in all three forms of the game, they have yet to win a major championship, including the world cup. The Springboks, on the other hand, are two-time world champions.But international cricket has been very good for the organisation, and the country, said Faul. South Africans are not just dominating on the field and playing host to cricket fans around the world, but have secured top positions in the global cricket governing body. Former South African wicketkeeper Dave Richardson is the current ICC CEO – he succeeded another South African, Haroon Lorgat.The success of local cricket has been marred by the recent scandals around misuse of funds in CSA administration, but Faul has promised that there will be changes to the management structure and that lessons learned from past mistakes will be well used.South African rugby has also been the subject of much talk lately, notably on the Super Rugby front. The decision to remove the Lions from the three-nation tournament and give their place to the Southern Kings has sparked debate and outrage, but Roux is philosophical.“It’s unfortunate that this decision favoured a franchise at the expense of another, but we look at it in a positive light – that we delivered on a proposal that we made.”Roux conceded that this decision may prompt a change to the country’s international rugby outlook.“We need to look further afield and explore the northern hemisphere as a potential partner in South African rugby,” he said, “but here the challenge is the calendar. As rugby is traditionally a winter game and cricket a summer game, our rugby season doesn’t coincide with the north.”Another challenge, he said, was getting people to come to the games, because with so much sport to choose from on television, the stadiums are not as full as they once were.last_img read more