Northern communities receive funding for a greener BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Government is providing over $130,000 in grants to Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge to help grow a greener BC.The goal is to have more healthy and sustainable communities says MLA Mike Bernier.·         Chetwynd   will receive                        $31,775- Advertisement -·         Dawson Creek   will receive                $81,420·         Tumbler Ridge       will receive            $21,156Bernier also says he believes combined efforts can grow a greener BC.Advertisement “I think the combined efforts of our communities results in a more energy efficient way to deliver services. Local governments influence 40 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia and our northern communities are making a difference from both an environmental standpoint and value to local rate payers.”This funding is given out to communities that have signed the climate action charter. The government supports their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.last_img read more

Defining year ahead for Jose Mourinho as Manchester City overshadow Manchester United

first_imgJose Mourinho is one of the best coaches in the world and has honours across Europe that very few people can boast of but this season, he finds himself in a place that very few had predicted.After winning three trophies last season including the Europa League, Manchester United are currently enjoying their best season so far in the last four years. They are second in the league and have comfortably qualified for the round-of-16 of the Champions League. But they have been knocked out of the League Cup by Bristol City and are 15 points behind runaway league leaders Manchester City.Much of the heat on the Portuguese comes as a blowback from the other side of Manchester where City have blazed such a scorching Premier League trail that has overshadowed what could be considered United’s best start for quite a while now.WATCH NOWUnited are favourites to see off Championship side Derby County in the FA Cup third round on Friday. But being cast as Manchester’s support act clearly grates with Mourinho, particularly when combined with suggestions that he is tactically inferior to his rival, Pep Guardiola.Mourinho’s recent defense mechanism forces one to think that he is a bit messed up in his mind. His remarks on Paul Scholes, constant moaning about not having much of a spending power gives one a clear idea that he is currently fighting a battle in his mind against the [email protected] believes there are many positives to take from #MUFC’s win over Everton…advertisement�?�️ https://t.co/JzjKyRa3cb pic.twitter.com/hc7Ny0cOeI- Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 3, 2018Although the pair’s relationship appears healthier than when they were last pitted against each other as managers of Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga, Mourinho is clearly struggling with being seen as second best.To be honest, people are extra critical about him most of the times. He is right when he says that the squad he inherited was was inferior to the one Guardiola took over at City, which had the likes of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne in their ranks.While the media has acclaimed the Spaniard’s impact on such players as Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph at City, the re-emergence of United’s Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial under Mourinho has not received equal billing.Lingard, in particular, has been a revelation since Mourinho switched him to a more central role, scoring six Premier League goals since the start of December. Only Tottenham’s Harry Kane has a better record.”This role, further inside, allows me to be closer to the striker, to get in the box, create more things and obviously have more shots at goal,” he recently told MUTV.Opinion: Why @JesseLingard has become the perfect no.10 for #MUFC: https://t.co/LLTVuQr4WG pic.twitter.com/bFhpoaH2Gw- Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 3, 2018ATTACKING ALTERNATIVESThe next month could prove crucial on many fronts for both club and manager. With Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both injured, Mourinho has the opportunity to continue with the 4-3-3 formation that worked so well in Monday’s 2-0 Premier League win at Everton.The absence of a recognised frontman provided freedom to others, with Martial, who scored an excellent goal at Goodison Park, and a more advanced Paul Pogba the obvious beneficiaries.If that formation represents the future then it is also a throwback to the one Mourinho first employed when he arrived at Chelsea in 2004, although to persist now without a Didier Drogba or Lukaku-type focus would be a departure.Jumping into 2018 like… �??� pic.twitter.com/dM1TOjPLvE- Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 1, 2018One of the criticisms levelled against Mourinho this season is that he is too rigid in his thinking. It is pointed out that while Guardiola happily works with different backroom staff, soaking up new ideas at each club, Mourinho relies on the same, tight support team.Having tasted success all over Europe in his 15 years of management, to put himself on a par with Alex Ferguson in terms of continual silverware at United, particularly in the shadow of Guardiola, represents the final challenge of Mourinho’s career.Yet even winning the Champions League this season may still see Mourinho’s methods criticised because so much emphasis is now placed on the way teams play. Even though United are just nine league goals short of the 54 they managed last term, they have been cast as dour and unwilling to go toe-to-toe with City and Liverpool.Mourinho won’t worry too much about that, but clearly feels the need to reinforce some parts of the team and is expected to bring in an extra midfielder and a full back this transfer window. The club will provide the resources to support his vision, which could yet yield the Champions League and FA Cup plus a second-placed league finish this season.advertisementPerhaps only Guardiola would bet against him; for Mourinho, there remains everything to play for.(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

TOUCH IN SINGAPORE

first_imgOnce again it’s time to take a step back from what’s happening in Australian Touch and have a look at the International scene. In recent months we’ve learnt a little about Touch in Afghanistan, Spain, South Africa and Germany and now I’m back with a story on Touch in Singapore. Singapore is a city, an island and a country all in one, with an area of 647.5 square kilometres and with a population of over 4 million people. Just over 76% of it’s people are Chinese and they speak English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. Touch has been played in the Singapore `expat’ community for over 25 years now, with Bryan O’Connor, Touch Singapore Director, confident it was the ANZAC influence in getting people togther for the regular Sunday morning social run that was the main attraction. In 2000, Federation of International Touch (FIT) President Cary Thompson, visited Singapore to instigate coaching and referee development, which lead to the formation of Touch Singapore. They then became affiliated with FIT in the same year. The popularity of Touch is growing and Touch Singapore are well aware that their potential lies in the children and youth. Touch is played regularly on weekends by a group of around 400 adults, in various social divisions, tournaments and competition. However, it is the children that hold the key to the future success of Touch Singapore…Touch is played by thousands of local Singaporean children and youth, it is very popular in the international schools at all levels and O’Connor highlights this as the target market for Touch Singapore. “Touch is still seen as a `girls’ game, as it has been positioned as a support activity for rugby; full contact for boys and Touch for girls. However, more and more male youth are recognizing the growing number of attractive girls playing Touch , so the social aspect is a key, though being beaten by girls has been tough to swallow and the boys are now realising the high skill aspects as well,” he said. “The sooner Touch is recognised as a unique sport, awareness will grow and Touch will be a popular dual sex sport.” Touch Singapore coordinates regular events including: * Modified Touch tournaments and leagues for children and youth aged 8-18, * Intervarsity leagues for university and college teams * 1 Day tournaments that range from club events to social days with the `Country of Origin’ Touch Tournament an annual favourite, being Singapore’s international version of the `State of Origin’ & Trans-Tasman series. * The annual Summer Touch League (STL) & National Touch League (NTL) develops our locals for the Asian Club Touch Championships (now an annual event next being held in July 2006) They are also fast growing a solid reputation on the international stage after sending three sides to compete in the FIT 2003 World Cup in Japan including an Open Womens side, Open Mixed and Masters 40’s, with the World Cup being the first real international competition that many of their players had experienced. The event was an amazing learning experience for the players and sides, with the teams returning from the event keen to keep developing their skills and knowledge, as well as experience. At the 2003 World Cup the Mixed team performed well and the Mens 40’s defeated Japan for the bronze medal, highlighting the potential Touch Singapore has and setting them up for the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. Club teams often travel and compete in `regional’ events in Thailand, Malaysia and Shanghai and they are currently developing their representative teams to compete at the All Nations in New Zealand later this year. “Recently Singapore played India in the first ever International Touch Series staged in Asia and although Touch Singapore teams won the Womens, Mens and Mixed games, both India and our local players benefited from the series and this will build to bigger things in Asia,” said O’Connor. “Touch Thailand has also just returned to Bangkok after a weekend of friendly matches and our sides are looking forward to reciprocating and travelling there, so as to offer some additional development for the tour to New Zealand in October.” The Singapore Women’s team is recognised as the team to beat in Asia and with the Asian Master’s tournament being staged June 11-12 the Singapore club sides will take on teams from Shanghai, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and beyond. Like every nation, there are hindrances to the sport’s development with players in Singapore facing problems such as lack of funding, lack of recognition for Touch Football as a unique and independent sport to `rugby’, a lack of playing fields and facilities and a lack of government recognition. “All participants fund their own local participation and travel to all tournaments and events. Touch is not supported by the Singapore Sports Council and so must operate as a service / sports provider, whereas other sports are supported as National Sports Associations (NSA) and gain significant funding for player, coaching and technical development and elite athlete activities,” said O’Connor. Singaporeans would not normally pay to compete in sports activities, with National Sports Associations having access to government fields and significant funding so that the individual can participate for free. However, Bryan O’Connor is confident that Touch is slowly gaining recognition and more participants are now realising that if they want to join in, they must pay a minimal amount so as to allow the organizers of the various events to rent fields, pay referees and operate. Touch Singapore are no doubt hopeful that recognition of the sport by the Singapore Sports Council will be not to far down the track. Touch Singapore promotes the Asian Club Touch Championships as an annual event and will launch the World Universities Touch Championships in association with the Asian Clubs. They are now also promoting the inaugural Asian All Schools Touch Championships in December 2005, with the junior event being a tournament for the regional youth enthusiasts to target on an annual basis. O’Connor and Touch Singapore are hoping and believing that this will raise the profile and player numbers in the region. Along with a growing profile comes a growing need for people to run and work the sport and it’s management. Touch Singapore already has two full time employees for the sport, a Development Manager and a Development Officer. In addition, they have a number of part time Program Leaders that assist with junior development. Many of these people are keen to not just play but to also guide younger players and referee so they become fully involved in Touch as a sport for life. While Touch Singapore may not have qualified coaches or referees yet, they are certainly not sitting back and just wishing it would happen. “We are working on developing our technical expertise via the support from Touch NZ, the ATA and state administrations like Touch West and NSW Touch, as all have been very helpful and are eager to assist further,” said O’Connor. “It is through this assistance and support that Touch Singapore has been able to maintain growth in participation, awareness and technical development.” For further information on Touch Singapore please contact: Bryan O’Connor Director Touch Singapore E-Mail: [email protected] URL: www.touchsingapore.orglast_img

25 days agoEx-Newcastle midfielder Vurnon Anita training with Ajax

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Newcastle midfielder Vurnon Anita training with Ajaxby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Newcastle United midfielder Vurnon Anita is training with Ajax.The Holland international is a free agent after having his contract with Leeds United terminated by mutual consent this month.Anita has now popped up at Ajax, where he is training with Jong Ajax.He has been linked with Maccabi Haifa, though is keeping his options open.Anita spent last season in Holland on-loan with Willem II. last_img read more

CSSB Commended for Involvement in Communities

first_img Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., is commending the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB) for its commitment to community development. Story Highlights He also expressed delight at the active role that the St. Mary CSSB is playing, and that “we must understand the value of police and citizen relationship in building our nation and keeping Jamaica safer for all of us”, “Having residents actively involved in community crime-prevention efforts will create a force multiplier for local law enforcement, giving them more eyes on the street,” he said. Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., is commending the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB) for its commitment to community development.The Minister, who spoke at the closing of the St. Mary CSSB annual domino competition in Port Maria recently, encouraged community members to assist is the prevention of crimes in their area by participating in activities, such as the domino tournament, to promote togetherness and good values.“Having residents actively involved in community crime-prevention efforts will create a force multiplier for local law enforcement, giving them more eyes on the street,” he said.The State Minister noted that the CSSB has been working hard in building relationships with communities to fight crime.“I must commend the St. Mary Community Safety and Security Branch for hosting this competition that evidently shows the cooperation, dedication and competition among the participants of this Business House Domino Competition,” Senator Charles said.He also expressed delight at the active role that the St. Mary CSSB is playing, and that “we must understand the value of police and citizen relationship in building our nation and keeping Jamaica safer for all of us”,Sergeant Rochelle McGibbon Scott, one of the key leaders of the competition, said she was satisfied with the overall performance.“I am pleased with the reach of this competition. We are in our third year with 10 teams and as the teams increase each year, so does our impact on the different communities,” she noted.Sergeant McGibbon Scott said the camaraderie among the teams and officers is excellent. “I understand the passion for the game. The persons look forward to every Sunday when they come to play,” she added.For his part, initiator of the competition, Corporal Kevron Miller, is pleased with the progress the CSSB and the community have made.“The main objective was to get stakeholders, police and citizens working together to bridge that gap in their relationship. We have achieved that, based on my observations today,” Corporal Miller said.He noted that persons from different communities across the parish are now “extending a hand of friendship” to each other.The finals of the competition saw first-time entrant, Baileys Vale United, copping first place, with Bullet Strikers placing second and Islington Strikers taking third place.last_img read more

Ohio State field hockey falls in overtime in Big Ten opener rebounds

Members of the OSU field hockey team celebrate at a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime. Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerMorgan Kile’s first career goal sparked the Ohio State field hockey team Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field as the Buckeyes handled the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 9-1, to salvage a split of the weekend’s matchups.It took OSU (3-4, 0-1) all of 47 seconds to get on the board Sunday when the freshman midfielder Kile crossed in front of the net from five yards out and converted off a pass from junior forward Peanut Johnson.“It felt great to come out with positive energy working together,” Kile said. “And when you come out as a team with an attitude like that, it’s just so easy to start a game that way.”Freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey picked up a hat trick against the Mountaineers.The Buckeyes fell just one goal short of the school record against Appalachian State (2-6, 0-1), failing to match the 10 they scored against Missouri State in 2012 and against Louisville in 1994.OSU’s demolition of the Mountaineers came just two days after the team lost a tight battle against Michigan State.The Buckeyes lost a thriller in overtime Friday afternoon, 4-3, to the No. 16 Spartans to open Big Ten play. Columbus native Abby Barker, a senior forward, scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season 2:50 into the extra session to give the Spartans (5-2, 1-0) the victory.“She’s a great kid. She can finish,” Wilkinson said about Barker. “She showed that last year in the Big Ten Tournament and she showed that again today.”Despite being outshot, 20-17, Michigan State got a quick flurry of four shots on goal in the opening minutes of overtime. OSU freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro made three saves away from the net in the period, but couldn’t deny Barker as she maneuvered in front of the net for the game-winner. OSU got out to a promising start early against the Spartans, scoring twice within 20 minutes in the first half. Humphrey connected off a penalty corner eight minutes into the game and senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner followed it up with a tip-in goal with 18:01 left in the half.Michigan State didn’t panic and instead responded with poise before the half ended.Senior midfielder Becky Stiles connected from five yards out with less than seven minutes to play in the opening stanza to cut the Buckeye lead in half, 2-1. It appeared OSU would be able to keep its lead at halftime until Michigan State was awarded a final penalty corner attempt with no time remaining. Allie Ahern, a senior forward, scored on the play off a well-placed pass from Barker to tie the game, 2-2, at halftime. “I don’t know if we got comfortable or if Michigan State just stepped it up,” Wilkinson said. “Obviously when you’re down two goals like Michigan State was, you have nothing to lose. And when a team can get into a rhythm playing like that, that usually fares well for them.”Ahern connected again for her second goal, this time off a turnover, to start the second half, and the Spartans led for the first time, 3-2.The Buckeyes didn’t get a shot on goal in the second half until more than halfway through the period, but they made a strong surge late.With 11:53 to play, Royce took a thunderous shot off a penalty corner and fired just wide, but Humphrey snuck into the picture and tipped the ball into the net to tie the game at three. OSU had four opportunities to win the game on penalty corners with no time remaining, but it couldn’t find the back of the net.“We had endless opportunities on goal,” Royce said after the game. “We had multiple (penalty) corners. Under pressure everything changes, so we’ll learn to step up.”Royce said she was pleased with her teammates’ performance against the up-tempo Spartans, but they have to learn to play at their pace.“The Big Ten style has a very unique style of (field) hockey,” she said. “So our hardest challenge will be playing our game despite the way they play.”OSU is set to face Louisville on the road Tuesday at 4 p.m. before Big Ten play continues Sunday against Penn State in Columbus. read more

Football Ohio State finds depth at safety with White and Wade

Ohio State freshman cornerback Shaun Wade (24) runs downfield towards Indiana senior wide receiver J-Shun Harris II during the first quarter of the game on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State safeties coach Alex Grinch did not know what would happen with Jordan Fuller on Saturday. But he did have a backup plan. With lack of depth coming into the Nebraska game at the safety position, and sophomore Isaiah Pryor out with a shoulder impingement, Grinch said he knew Thursday that sophomore Brendon White would be the next guy in. That he had earned the right to be the next player up if the secondary needed it. And the Ohio State secondary did need it: Fuller was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. White entered without much in-game defensive experience. But, like many other members of the secondary before him, he earned his spot with playing time on punt and kickoff returns. This was how White earned the trust of his position coach, enough trust to be placed in the spot he was in against the Cornhuskers. That being said, Grinch said many safeties have had similar opportunities this season, especially with no real secure hold on the other safety position. “It’s one thing to get the opportunity. It’s a whole other thing to take advantage of the opportunity,” Grinch said. “That has been a little of the frustration is several guys have had some opportunities and maybe haven’t risen to the occasion as much as we’d have liked them to.” White rose to the occasion, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss in Saturday’s 36-31 win over Nebraska on Saturday.  Now, with the majority of the secondary healthy, White has still vaulted himself into the conversation as the starting safety next to Fuller against Michigan State. But not with Pryor, with redshirt freshman Shaun Wade. This has been a transition season for Wade, moving from corner to nickel to a hybrid position in which he played a lot of safety. Grinch said it’s been a process trying to find the best fit for the redshirt freshman at this point in his career, and said, for now, it’s in the safety room. In Ohio State’s five-point win over the Cornhuskers, Wade recorded four tackles. For the safeties coach, it’s not deciding whether White or Wade will start and the other will never see the field. “We are certainly not opposed to playing more than just one or the other,” Grinch said. “That’s the message to them, keep competing and the more guys that play, the better.” Even with the pressure of a starting job resting on his performance in practice heading into the game against the Spartans, White said he’s not really looking to change much. “I’m going to keep doing what I have been doing, and that’s going hard every day, having that eager to want to be great and wanting my teammates great,” White said. In Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference, head coach Urban Meyer said Pryor will be fighting for playing time as well, saying that he is healthy to play. Instead of talking about the safety position opposite Fuller like it is a weak spot in the secondary, the place for opposing offenses to attack, players and coaches alike are praising its depth. Despite no starter at the position at this point, the players know the team has the talent to find production no matter if its Wade or White. “When you got a lot of guys that can play, I know it’s hard for the coaches just deciding who is going to play, but like they said, they are just going to be battling it out,” redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette said. “We all know both of those guys are ballers and whatever decision they decide to make, it’s going to help us regardless.”  That’s the mindset White has moving forward. He’s going to continue to do what he always does: fight for the team’s success as a whole. “At the end of the day, whoever gets the starting job, the coaches made the right decision and I’m going to be there for it if it’s me or if it’s not me,” White said. “At the end of the day, I want the team to win. read more

Rep Cole Liable commercial carriers not taxpayers should pay for bridge repairs

first_img Committee unanimously approves measure to help repair infrastructureThe House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to allow the state to recover up to $5 million if a commercial carrier strikes and damages a road or bridge.Under current law the state can only recover up to $1 million in property liability insurance if a commercial carrier damages a bridge or road.“There have been a number of crashes with significant damages to bridges in Michigan and taxpayers should not be the ones to cover the costs,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “This plan allows the state to recover up to $5 million in damages.”The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires commercial freight carriers to maintain $750,000 to $5 million in property liability insurance.House Bill 6484 now moves to the full House for consideration.#### Categories: Cole News,News 27Nov Rep. Cole: Liable commercial carriers, not taxpayers, should pay for bridge repairslast_img read more