Flyers to play in two exhibition games this weekend

first_imgThis weekend will provide hockey fans with their first glimpse this year of the Fort St. John Senior Flyers. The Flyers will be welcoming the Fort Nelson Yeti to the North Peace Arena with exhibition games to be played Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.The teams will be on the ice at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.After this weekend the Flyers will open the regular season on home ice October 24 against Manning at 8:30 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img

Cuts loom for local upgrades

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Cities throughout Los Angeles County are reeling from proposed cuts of up to 20 percent to a popular federal program that brought sidewalks and sewers to working-class neighborhoods and jobs to lower-income communities. President George W. Bush’s 2007 budget proposes cutting Community Development Block Grants by $736 million, or 20 percent, though by including funds earmarked for specific projects and related programs, the cut is closer to 25 percent, or some $1.1 billion. Though the grant is restricted mostly for infrastructure and affordable housing for low- and moderate-income areas, the Department of Housing and Urban Development program allows enough flexibility for cities and counties to tailor for local needs, including social services. “CDBG is a very unique resource,” said Erin Moore-Lay, administrative analyst for the city of Santa Clarita. “It was designed specifically with funds for cities to do things that are unique to their cities. It’s restricted for capital (projects), but if your city needed a child-care center, you could do that. If your city need drainage, it could do that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventBush’s 2007 budget proposal would slash the overall CDBG fund from $4.18 billion to $3.03 billion. If enacted, it could mean an estimated 42 percent cut in the program in three years. The White House has touted the series of cuts as an austerity measure and a way to streamline spending against a swelling federal deficit. The city of Lancaster is expecting $1.4 million from the grant in the 2006-07 fiscal year, down from $1.55 million for the current year, said Cheryl Rose, the city’s CDBG administrator. “We don’t need cuts,” she said. “We still have lots of things to pay for.” The grants have been funneled to nonprofit service groups including the Children’s Center, the Mental Health Association. Each has received some $1.5 million from CDBG over the past decade, Rose said. The city also has leveraged the grants into loans for larger infrastructure projects, including road widening along the Fox Field Industrial Corridor. Rose said companies such as Rite Aid and Michael’s, which have distribution centers there, have created some 1,100 jobs. The city of Santa Clarita has received about $1.3 million from the grant for the current 2005-06 fiscal year, and is expecting $1.1 million in the upcoming year under the 10 percent decrease instituted in the 2006 federal budget. With a new round of proposed cuts, the funds will drop to roughly $800,000. Over the past decade, that has translated into $7 million in sidewalks and gutter improvements in East Newhall, a primarily working class Latino neighborhood and in parts of Canyon Country, Moore-Lay said. About $250,000 went to the Santa Clarita Child and Family Center, and $1.2 million into the building the city’s new $7 million community center. Since the facility opened in January, sign-ups for programs – from after-school classes to English and citizenship classes – have totaled 1,500, compared with 1,000 that could fit into the old center – a converted warehouse on San Fernando Road, supervisor Hope Horner said. “It’s meant a lot for the community,” she said. “It’s a dream come true.” Los Angeles County, which administers the program for unincorporated areas and 49 cities with less than 500,000 residents, expects about $30.8 million from the grant in the 2006-07 fiscal year. It’s a cut of more than 10 percent from the $34.6 million collected in the current year. For 2007-08, a 25 percent cut could slash the grant to just $23.1 million, said Tricia Tasto, the county’s intergovernmental relations manager. The money has paid for housing rehabilitation for the low-income, graffiti removal and senior meal programs. To preserve the program, county officials last week lobbied lawmakers in Washington, meeting with the local congressional delegation. “The Board of Supervisors are going back to D.C. at the end of this month, and CDBG is one of their top priorities,” Tasto said. Santa Clarita also has stepped up federal lobbying. “We’re really dedicated to mitigating (the cuts) as much as we possibly can,” Moore-Lay said. “Do I believe we’ll not get any cuts? Probably not, but we’re going to try to get smaller cuts if possible.” Besides lobbying, the county has attempted to minimize the cuts by paying for programs such as graffiti removal out of pocket, said Linda Jenkins, CDBG manager for the county Community Development Commission. “It’s looking to have alternative funding sources for code enforcement and graffiti,” Jenkins said. “The 5th (supervisorial) District’s kind of taken the lead on that, saying these are quality of life issues and should be funded out of county funds.” But even creative financing can’t fully cover reductions of this magnitude amid ongoing moves by the Bush administration to starve the program. “It’s really tough for the federal government right now, and domestically, many programs are being eliminated or cut back,” Jenkins said. “Every little cut with these nonprofits over the years – before you know it, they’re down to being funded for $10,000 a year, and that doesn’t go very far.” (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Preds spoils Sharks clinching party at the Tank

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — The party will need to wait for at least two more days.The Nashville Predators spoiled the Sharks opportunity to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 14th time in 15 years on Saturday, earning a 4-2 win at SAP Center. In doing so, the Predators handed the Sharks their first back-to-back regulation losses at home this season.The loss also cost the Sharks an opportunity to regain first place in …last_img read more

Team Returns Pseudogene to Junkpile to Counter ID Claim

first_imgAn earlier claim that a pseudogene has a function (see 05/01/2003 story) has been debunked by a team of scientists reporting in PNAS.1  Their reanalysis of the claim made in 2003 “invalidates the data upon which the pseudogene trans-regulation model is based and therefore strongly supports the view that mammalian pseudogenes are evolutionary relics.”  The end of their paper triumphantly announces that “our work reestablishes the evolutionary paradigm supported by overwhelming evidence that mammalian pseudogenes are indeed inactive gene relics.”    A press release by some of the researchers from Children’s Hospital at Pittsburgh took glee at this apparent slap in the face to intelligent design. This finding, discovered in a mouse model, was hailed by proponents of “Intelligent Design” (ID).  According to the Intelligent Design Network, the premise of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection.  ID is thus a disagreement with the core scientific basis of evolutionary theory.    However, researchers at Children’s and the Wadsworth Center in New York, including first author Todd A. Gray, PhD, have found scientific evidence that contradicts this finding.  The pseudogene in question … is an inactive copy of a gene, an evolutionary relic as previously believed.Some leaders in the ID movement found this press release ironic.  Evolutionists have claimed that ID is not scientific because it is not testable or falsifiable.  Why, then, are evolutionists claiming that this study refutes intelligent design?1Todd A. Gray et al., “The putatively functional Mkrn1-p1 pseudogene is neither expressed nor imprinted, nor does it regulate its source gene in trans,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0602216103, published online before print August 1, 2006.Finding one flaw in one claim (which did not originate with ID anyway) does not falsify ID, and there are many other cases where researchers have found treasure in the junk.  Use the search box above with keywords “junk DNA” to find many more examples, such as 05/04/2006 (bullet six), 03/24/2006 and 04/13/2004.  Finding something broken does not mean it never had a function, and finding something thought to be useless that really does have a function means we have much to learn.  Darwinists should not bring science to a halt by assuming, “evolution did it.”(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

World Cup guide to transport

first_imgFans attending World Cup matches needto make their transport plans well ahead.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Logan MaistrySpokesperson, Department of Transport+27 083 644 4050RELATED ARTICLES• Transport on track for World Cup• Travelling by minibus taxi in SA• No stopping SA’s Rea Vaya• Gautrain rolling along smoothly• All aboard the Tshwane expressFans attending World Cup matches need to have a clear idea of how they are going to get to the stadium, and back. Find out all you need to know here.It’s important to note that no private cars will be allowed into the stadium precincts, and only people with valid 2010 World Cup tickets for that match day will be admitted into the immediate surrounding areas of the stadiums. The following modes of transport will aid 2010 World Cup ticket holders in getting to the World Cup stadiums:Train – including extended rail services over the World CupBus – focusing on serving the stadium and city stadiumAirport transfer – providing a link to city centres, with onward travel by public transportGautrain (Johannesburg only) – airport to Sandton link will be operational from 8 JunePark and walk – select parking zones will be available for fans to park and walk to the stadiumPark and ride – to the stadium, enabling fans to park and catch a special bus or train to the World Cup stadiumBRT (Johannesburg) – the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit will be operating special World Cup stadium routes for the gamesMeter taxi and vehicle rentals – fans have the option of chartering their own modes of transport to get to the World Cup gamesApproaching the stadium by public transport shuttles and by pedestrian access will be actively promoted, whilst heavy restrictions will be placed on arriving in private vehicles. Each stadium has a vehicle-free, pedestrian-only zone with the closest private vehicle parking areas normally located at least 2-3km from the stadium.During the 2010 Fifa World Cup you can only access the stadium by private vehicle through the Park and Ride facility, or the designated Park and Walk sites, or if you have a parking pass issued with your hospitality match ticket. Unless you are planning to go to the stadium with a ticket for the match, try to avoid the stadium roads.Each World Cup host city is responsible for the transport plans and communications around these plans for fans wanting to get to the city stadium.Detailed 2010 World Cup transport plans for each host city can be found via the links below:Johannesburg – Soccer City and Ellis Park stadiumCape Town – Cape Town StadiumDurban – Moses Mabhida StadiumMangaung / Bloemfontein – Free State StadiumPort Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumNelspruit – Mbombela StadiumPolokwane – Peter Mokaba StadiumRustenburg – Royal Bofakeng StadiumTshwane / Pretoria – Loftus VersfeldSource: Shine2010last_img read more

Go-ahead for BRICS development bank

first_img27 March 2013 The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have agreed to establish a BRICS development bank to help finance infrastructure programmes and sustainable development in the BRICS and other developing countries, South Africa President Jacob Zuma said at the conclusion of the 5th BRICS summit in Durban on Wednesday. “We have agreed to establish the new development bank. The initial capital contribution to the bank should be substantial and sufficient for the bank to be effective in financing infrastructure,” Zuma said.Issues still to be ironed out While certain issues still needed to be ironed out, such as the bank’s location, initial start-up funds and voting rights, Zuma said that following the report from their finance ministers, the bloc was satisfied that the establishment of the bank – the grouping’s first formal institution – was feasible and viable. South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was optimistic on Tuesday night when he told the media that the talks for the bank were on track, while urging reporters to wait for the leaders’ formal announcement. Ahead of the summit, officials had said the BRICS countries were considering injecting an initial US$50-billion into the bank, with each nation contributing $10-billion. The idea of a BRICS Development Bank was first proposed at the 4th BRICS summit in New Delhi, India last year. While Russia was cautiously optimistic about the idea this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signalled his country’s support for the institution. Putin further proposed the establishment of a permanent secretariat to lead the group’s day-to-day operations.BRICS contingency reserve The BRICS leaders have also endorsed the idea of creating a financial safety net in the form of a contingent reserve arrangement (CRA) among BRICS countries. Zuma, who has assumed the BRICS chairmanship for the next year, told reporters that the bloc’s leaders had concluded that the establishment of a self-managed contingent reserve arrangement would have a positive precautionary effect. It would help BRICS countries forestall short-term liquidity pressures, provide mutual support and further strengthen financial stability. “It would also contribute to strengthening the global financial safety net and complement existing international arrangements as an additional line of defence. “We are of the view that the establishment of the CRA, with an initial size of US$100-billion is feasible and desirable, subject to internal legal frameworks and appropriate safeguards,” Zuma said. “We direct our finance ministers and central bank governors to continue working towards its establishment.” The summit commended the launch of the BRICS Think Tanks Council to assist member countries with innovation, as well as the hosting of the 5th BRICS Academic Forum.Tackling skills shortages, unemployment In a speech delivered earlier to the summit plenary, Zuma emphasised the importance of promoting a knowledge economy among BRICS members. “In South Africa, we need to upgrade the skills of at least 3.2-million youths who are neither in employment, education nor training, so as to ensure that they are employable and can be absorbed into productive labour market economy.” He said South Africa was working on overhauling its post-school education and training system, as well as its skills development environment, in order to address this challenge. “Our government has classified education as an apex priority and thus, naturally has a bigger share of our national budget. We are keen to learn from the experiences of other BRICS countries on how they are dealing with similar challenges.” Source: read more

Embrace opportunity, Nzimande tells Class of 2014

first_img13 January 2015There are nearly half-a-million opportunities available to the matric class of 2014, Blade Nzimande, the minister of higher education and training said at a media briefing in Cape Town on Monday.Outlining his department’s plans for the year ahead, Nzimande said post-school study spaces available at South Africa’s universities and other training institutions had increased by 28 646 from 2014’s 396 449 spots.“Many of those who have met the entrance requirements for university study will be pursuing degrees, diplomas and higher certificates at one of 26 public universities,” Nzimande said.This included Sol Plaatje University and University of Mpumalanga, both of which are new universities, and the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU), which was promulgated as a juristic person in May 2014 and would be opening its doors to its first student cohort in January 2015.Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the 2014 matric results last week. South Africa’s overall pass rate dropped to 75.8%, down 2.4% from 2013’s figure of 78.2%.University study was not the only option open to prospective students, Nzimande said: Students could also access opportunities in 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).Nzimande said available opportunities included:Some 204 522 new entrant opportunities at universities;44 000 Engineering and Business Studies opportunities at TVET colleges;37 000 National Certificate Vocational programme opportunities at TVET colleges;About 85 900 occupationally directed (apprenticeship or learnership) opportunities in collaboration with TVET colleges, SETAs and employers;Artisan opportunities totalling to 16 250; andAn additional 37 423 learning programme opportunities in the form of 3 380 apprenticeships, 4 513 bursaries and 29 530 learnerships will be further provided by SETAs.Nzimande said there were 150 752 opportunities for learners qualifying for admission to bachelor studies at higher education institutions and 166 689 opportunities for learners qualifying for admission to diploma studies at higher education institutions.There are further 86 022 opportunities for learners qualifying for admission to higher certificate studies.“The national average annual increase in first-time entering students at higher education institutions from 2011 to 2015 is 4.5%, with first-time entering students making up approximately 25% of the total university student population.“In 2015, our public universities will provide access to approximately 204 522 new entrants wishing to pursue their studies across all general, technical and professional fields including business and management; science, engineering, agriculture and technology; humanities, social sciences, the arts and education,” he said.Qualified artisansThe minister said matriculants who had obtained a minimum of a higher certificate achievement could consider studying further at a TVET college for a national diploma, with 44 000 study opportunities available for both business and engineering studies.The National Development Plan, South Africa’s blueprint for economic growth, relies on South Africa producing 30 000 qualified artisans per year.“Thirty-seven thousand study opportunities are also available for individuals wishing to pursue a vocational programme, which leads to a National Certificate Vocational qualification.“In South Africa there is a growing trend of matriculants utilising learnership or apprenticeship opportunities to become artisans in the civil, mechanical, electrical, manufacturing or support services career fields,” he said.Nzimande also said that the post-school education and training sector had, through the SETAs and the National Skills Fund, committed more than R1.7-billion in the 2015/16 financial year to opportunities in these artisan fields that would result in grants for more than 16 250 artisan learners.SAinfo reporter and SANews.govlast_img read more

Anti-dam monk opts out of poll contest for ‘greater green cause’

first_imgLama Lobsang Gyatso, a Buddhist monk and a crusader against mega dams, has opted out of the Assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh for a “greater green cause”.The Janata Dal (Secular) had given the 39-year-old monk a ticket after he had decided to challenge Chief Minister Pema Khandu in Mukto, one of the three Assembly constituencies in Tawang district.Mr. Khandu is the BJP candidate from Mukto. His brothers — Jambey Tashi and Tsering Tashi — also are party candidates for the other two seats in the district.“Saving the fragile Eastern Himalayan ecology matters more than contesting. I do not want the votes of people against big hydropower projects to be split since an environment protection forum is backing the Congress candidate,” Mr. Gyatso said.The ‘Save Mon Region Federation’, of which Mr. Gyatso was a leader, has declared support to Mukto Congress candidate Thupten Khunpen.The monk, who was an administrator at the landmark Tawang Monastery, felt that it would be better not to affect the chances of Mr. Khunpen, a former abbot of a minor monastery in the district, in the bid to defeat Mr. Khandu, an advocate of hydroelectric projects.Mr. Gyatso left the monastery after falling out with a former abbot who allegedly gave sanction to a number of mega hydroelectric projects. During opposition to two proposed mega dams in Tawang district, Mr. Gyatso was arrested on April 28, 2016. On May 2 that year, the police fired at protesters who were demanding his release, killing two monks.One of Mr. Khandu’s pursuits is harnessing the “huge hydroelectric potential” of Arunachal Pradesh. “Getting clearance for the projects is a major hindrance. The issue must be discussed,” he had told industry captains last year.His father and former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had scripted the State’s hydropower policy in 2007, which entailed charging upfront money from dam developers per megawatt of installed capacity. Between 2007 and 2015, the State government signed agreements with public sector and private players for 142 hydropower projects ranging in capacity from 4.5 MW to 4,000 MW.This policy was in line with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s plan to add 50,000 MW of hydropower in India by 2017. Arunachal Pradesh accounted for most of the projects envisaged.last_img read more

David Beckham buys Salford City stake and makes Class of 92 majority owners

first_imgDavid Beckham has become a shareholder in Salford City, taking a 10% stake and so joining Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes as Class of 92 owners.Beckham’s acquisition of his stake from Peter Lim makes the Class of 92 majority shareholders, the Singapore businessman retaining 40%. Don’t blame Salford City for spending. Blame the archaic promotion system Beckham said: “It’s a proud moment for me to join Peter Lim and the Class of 92 lads as an owner of Salford City. My early years in Manchester were spent in Salford – I grew up there in many ways – so to be able to finally join the lads today is a great feeling. Salford City has achieved so much success in a short space of time, the fans are incredible and I’m really excited to be spending more time in Salford again.”The Class of 92 said: “From the very beginning we wanted David to be involved and be with us on this incredible journey; however circumstances and commitments didn’t allow that. Now the time is right and its another exciting chapter in Salford City’s history. It is important to emphasise that nothing will change in the day-to-day operations but to have us all together was always the vision.”The Class of 92 bought the club in 2014 with Salford in the Northern Premier League Division One North. The club became full-time in 2017 and play in the National League following three promotions. They are one point off top spot, with the division’s winners earning automatic promotion to League Two. David Beckham Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Topics Salford City Share via Emailcenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

21 hours agoREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teen

first_imgREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teenby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBernardo Silva was rejected by Manchester City as a teenager.Super agent Jorge Mendes touted the Portuguese star when he was an emerging force at Benfica but City opted not to make a move. In an extract from the book ‘Pep’s City: The making of a Superteam’ published by Goal, it was revealed that Mendes had said: “You need to realise that Bernardo’s going to become the best in the world.”He eventually joined the club for £43m. Silva, 25, has emerged as one of City’s most important players and was nominated on the long list for this year’s Ballon d’Or. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more