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Trackers playing at noon next Friday in conjunction with food drive

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers will be playing in front of a large crowd from the North Peace Secondary School for the first time ever in just over a week.The Trackers were scheduled to play a home game in Dawson Creek next Friday evening against one of the Edmonton South Side Athletic Club’s two Midget teams. The Trackers previously faced the Athletic Club’s other team in Edmonton on November 13th, and won the game 4-2.Team manager Sheldon Steele spoke with both teams and arranged to have the game played at the North Peace Arena in Fort St. John, and with a noon start time. Steele says that the idea to change the game time came about after learning that the team had yet to play in front of a home crowd with their fellow students. The NPSS school band will be there to play the national anthem and other songs during the match. Along with students from both NPSS and the Energetic Learning Campus, there will be an additional 600 students from other area schools in the district attending the event.- Advertisement -In addition to students from across School District 60, Steele says that the game will be open to the public, with the admission price set at a non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank. Each person that brings a food item will receive a ticket for a chance to win a prize. The draw for the Trackers’ $5000 Gift Card Christmas raffle will take place during the game.Due to the North Peace Arena being able to only accommodate 2,000 spectators, Steele says that the stands will fill up quickly, and that anyone wanting to attend will need to arrive early.last_img read more

Liza Destiny arrives in Guyana

first_img…another significant milestone on road to first oil – ExxonMobilThe Liza Destiny, Guyana’s first oil production vessel, has finally arrived in the country after travelling nearly 11,000 nautical miles for 42 days from the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.This Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel is a significant component of the Liza Phase 1 development, which involves four undersea drill centres with 17 production wells.The vessel has a production capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day and an overall storage volume of 1.6 million barrels. During normal operations, there will be at least 80 persons living and working on-board the vessel.Commenting on the arrival of this first FPSO, Country Manager Rod Henson said “It’s exciting to have another significant milestone completed as we continue on the road to first oil”.“While we still have a great deal of work ahead of us, I’m extremely proud of our entire team, both onshore and offshore, and their focus on working safely and being protective of the environment in all that we do”.ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod HensonAfter clearing customs, the vessel will be connected to the spread mooring before hook-up and installation begins in preparation for production, storage and offloading of Guyana’s oil.Before its departure from the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore, the Liza Destiny was commissioned by First Lady Sandra Granger, who was accompanied by Dr Bynoe.The Liza Destiny FPSO was converted from oil tanker, “Tina”, a 1999 Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC). The conversion included upgrading of the hull and integration of 14 topside processing modules, totalling 16 thousand metric tonnes.ExxonMobil Guyana remains on target for first oil by early 2020.Pride and expectationEnergy Department Director Dr Mark Bynoe said the arrival of the Liza Destiny should stimulate a new spirit of nationalism, pride and expectation.“The FPSO’s arrival means that we are no more just talking about first oil. First oil is on the horizon,” Dr Bynoe is quoted as saying in a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency.Energy Department Director, Dr Mark Bynoe“As Guyanese, we should begin to recognise that it is a vessel that will be paid for by Guyanese, pumping Guyanese fuel which will be bringing in revenue for Guyanese to help our country to ultimately be transformed positively from an economic development perspective,” Dr Bynoe expressed.He further noted that it is “imperative that as Guyanese, we begin to appreciate that the direct and the indirect benefits that emanate from this sector goes far beyond anything that we have seen thus far”.Liza Phase 1 remains on track to achieve first oil by the first quarter of 2020. It will produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day at peak rates utilising the Liza Destiny FPSO.With 13 lucrative discoveries offshore Guyana, ExxonMobil anticipates a potential for at least five FPSO vessels producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025.Future plansPhase 2 of the Liza development is expected to start up in mid-2022 and will develop approximately 600 million barrels of oil through the “Liza Unity”, the second FPSO in the series.ExxonMobil had stated that a total of six drill centres are planned as well as approximately 30 wells, including 15 productions, nine water injection and six gas injection wells.Liza Phase 2 is expected to cost $6 billion, including a lease capitalisation cost of approximately $1.6 billion, for the Liza Unity FPSO.The company is evaluating additional development potential in other areas of the Stabroek Block, including at the Turbot area and Hammerhead.By the end of 2019, ExxonMobil will have four drillships operating offshore Guyana. Following well completion activities at the recently announced Yellowtail discovery, the Noble Tom Madden will move to the Hammerhead-2 well. The Stena Carron is completing a well test at the Longtail-1 discovery, and will then move to the Hammerhead-3 well.Later in 2019, the Stena Carron will drill a second well at the Ranger discovery. The Noble Bob Douglas drillship is completing development drilling operations for Liza Phase 1. ExxonMobil will add another exploration drillship, the Noble Don Taylor, in the fourth quarter of 2019.ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holds 25 per cent interest.last_img read more

Families learn skills for living Palmdale program works with struggling parents

first_imgThey include classes that help parents deal with strong-willed teens and children from broken marriages. Another class encourages teens to make positive life choices. Two parenting classes are given in Spanish. Classes vary in length from five to 10 weeks. The program is funded by Los Angeles County and the state. Participants also pay a nominal fee. About 400 local residents participate in the program, which Palmdale has run since 1990. Kochanski was among several participants introduced to the media in a briefing last week at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center. PALMDALE – Ken Kochanski hit rock bottom at the most inopportune time. Problems in his personal and professional life triggered what he thinks was a nervous breakdown. He was having trouble relating to his teenage son, Kyle, whom he raised alone after a contentious divorce. It was during treatment for depression that he was directed to Families in Action, a city-run program he credits with helping him get through what he said was an exceedingly difficult period. The program offers year-round classes taught by trained professionals, program coordinator Kari Robertson said. Kochanski, 55, has taken the strong-willed child skills class twice. He said it hasn’t resolved all his family’s problems, but he cited an improved relationship with his son as a major benefit, noting that it taught him how to discipline his son without being overbearing. “For me, it’s been a lifesaver,” Ken Kochanski said. “Being a single parent, I really needed the reinforcement and the knowledge that these classes have given me. You learn so many techniques of how to deal with things. “It’s not like flipping a light switch.” Kyle Kochanski, now a 14-year-old student at Desert Willow Middle School who’s also enrolled in the program, said he’s learned to think through the consequences of his actions and control his temper. “We’re both a lot more talkative now,” Kyle Kochanski said. “We still have our arguments, but not as not as much as we used to.” Jim Robertson, 40, credits the Love and Logic class designed for parents of children younger than12 with helping him be a better parent to his 4-year-old son, Jacob. When his son becomes unruly, Robertson said he sings him a lullaby and takes him to his room, avoiding protracted arguments. “All these classes are geared toward keeping the family close,” he said. “It’s helped me learn how to stay calm.” Kari Robertson said a key factor in the program’s success is the relationships established between instructors and parents, and among participants. “We provide support to the parents years after the class,” she said. Kari Robertson said the program provides a curriculum that is secular but heavily emphasizes “treating others the way you’d want to be treated.” “The foundation of our curriculum is always love,” she said. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Construction mishap caused Fort St. John power outage

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A construction accident has been deemed to have caused most of downtown Fort St. John to lose power on Thursday afternoon.The outage occurred at 1:02 PM on June 30th, and affected over 2000 customers. The outage extended between the Alaska Highway and 103rd Avenue, and stretched from 104th Street to 86th Street.BC Hydro spokesperson Dave Mosure says that the cause of the outage was a conctruction mishap involving a dump truck inside the construction zone on 93rd Avenue near the Pomeroy Sports Centre. Mosure says that the dump truck caught a Telus phone line, which resulted in the failure of two power poles on either side of 93rd Ave. A similar situation involving another dump truck driver brought down power lines in Chetwynd in November of 2014, causing most of that town to lose power.- Advertisement – A dump truck that caused a power outage in Chetwynd in November 2014. Photo by Chris Newton. A dump truck that caused a power outage in Chetwynd in November 2014. Photo by Chris Newton. The damage done to power lines caused by a dump truck in Chetwynd in November 2014. Photo by Chris Newton. The damage done to power lines caused by a dump truck in Chetwynd in November 2014. Photo by Chris Newton.last_img read more

Three things we learned at the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Kane took control of the race for the Golden Boot as a ruthless England thrashed Panama © AFP / Dimitar DILKOFFSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as England thrashed Panama to seal qualification to the World Cup knock-out stage on Sunday.While Gareth Southgate’s side will join Belgium in the last 16, Group H is still up for grabs after Colombia eased past Poland and Japan drew with Senegal. Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the World Cup today.Who wants to finish first in Group G?England’s thumping 6-1 win over Panama leaves them equal with Belgium on points, goal difference and goals scored ahead of the teams’ decisive meeting on Thursday.A draw in Kaliningrad would mean the group’s top two spots will be decided on disciplinary points, with England currently ahead on two yellow cards to Belgium’s three.The question is which spot is more advantageous? First place could meet in-form Colombia and then Germany in the quarter-finals while the runners-up may face Japan or Senegal, before potentially Mexico in the last eight.For now, it is all guesswork, of course, but whoever loses out between Belgium and England may not be overly worried.Panama offer a glimpse of super-sized World CupIn their debut tournament, Panama scored their first World Cup goal, no matter that it came when England were already six up. Panama’s fans celebrated it like a match-winner and who could begrudge them that after announcing themselves on the highest stage?For many, however, their drubbing was a glimpse of the future, in 2026, when the World Cup will expand from 32 to 48 teams, allowing more sides like Panama in.In fact, Panama’s ‘Concacaf’ zone, comprising of North and Central America and the Caribbean, will be one of the biggest winners, bumping their entrance up from three and a half teams to six.The colour and character of the competition will swell but, certainly in the early rounds, the cost is likely to be competitiveness.Lewandowski and Poland flop againOne of the more notable aspects of this World Cup so far has been the form of the forwards, with most of the Golden Boot favourites already off the mark.Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Diego Costa, Romelu Lukaku, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Neymar are all up and running but Robert Lewandowski looks set for more disappointment.Poland’s limp 3-0 loss to Colombia, coming after Japan had drawn 2-2 with Senegal, means they cannot progress. And while it is true Lewandowski does not enjoy the same service as his rivals, his status as one of the game’s deadliest predators has not been in evidence in Russia.His blunt display against a ruthless Colombia team was at least in keeping with the entire Polish performance.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

READY FOR CARTER

first_imgGatlin said that the Chamber of Commerce, the police department, the three neighborhood councils, local restaurants and unions have all been helping out, volunteering to clean up the area and help build the homes. In addition, City Councilwoman Janice Hahn has been working closely with Habitat for Humanity to make sure everything runs smoothly and has been in contact with Carter since before he chose to build in San Pedro. “\ told him how honored I would be to have him in San Pedro for this year’s build,” said Hahn, whose father, former county Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, was a close friend of Carter. “He could have chosen any city in the world, so having him in San Pedro means a great deal to me.” The councilwoman hopes that the project draws attention to the need for affordable housing in Los Angeles and the benefits of home ownership. “We know that when families own homes, kids do better in school, families thrive and neighborhoods thrive,” she said. Gatlin sees the week as an opportunity to raise San Pedro’s visibility. “We’re one of the best-kept secrets in the world,” he said. “So many volunteers are coming in to help, plus the world media will be here for a week. We have the opportunity to show off who we are and what we offer.” In addition, he is confident that working on new homes will bring the already close-knit community closer together. “The whole community is rallying around for good things,” he said. There are a few opportunities for the public to get involved in the Jimmy Carter Work Project celebration. Sunday’s Habitat Festival will kick off the week of work with a multicultural faith service, followed by food, live music and games. The official opening ceremonies are at 6 p.m. The Central neighborhood council has organized Jimmy Jam, a tribute to President Carter that will follow the Habitat for Humanity closing ceremonies on Thursday night. Gatlin applauded Central council member Dan Pasley for the idea for the free event, which will feature speakers and entertainment. In addition, there are still limited volunteer opportunities available. More information can be found at www.habitatla.org or www.jcwpla.org rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER A spotlight will shine on San Pedro over the next week as former President Jimmy Carter, his wife, celebrities and local officials descend on the town for the Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy Carter Work Project. Residents have been coming together to help build a new low-income housing subdivision and have been working for months to prepare the town for guests. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The JCWP is helping to build or rehabilitate 100 homes around Los Angeles, including some in San Pedro. A new 16-home development, Harborside Terrace, is being built at 308 N. Palos Verdes St. on what used to be a vacant lot. Of the two-story duplexes, 10 will be three-bedroom homes and six will be four-bedroom homes. Work on the development began in February and is scheduled to be completed next week, with a dedication by Carter on Friday. The new owners of the homes were selected earlier in the year, based on socioeconomic status. According to its Web site, Habitat for Humanity sells its homes to low-income families “at no profit and financed with affordable loans” and requires families to work on their own home and other projects. Carter will be in the area from Sunday to Friday, bringing with him a slew of volunteers and media. “We’re doing what we can to spit-shine the community,” said Joe Gatlin, president of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, which covers the area where the subdivision is being built. “It feels like we won the lottery with this.” last_img read more

LAUSD admissions practice is upheld

first_imgPaul Beard, an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation, which represents the ACRF, was disappointed with the ruling. “The reality is that most of our successes occur on appeal,” Beard said. “I thought we had a pretty good shot in the trial court, but we will take it up on appeal and hopefully get a favorable decision.” Peter W. James, an attorney for the LAUSD, said the judge did the right thing. “I thought the court got it right, and his reasoning follows what we believe we are required to do under the (desegregation) case order,” James said. LAUSD officials have maintained that magnet schools and its busing program both fall within an exemption of Proposition 209. That provision exempts court- ordered desegregation programs in effect when the initiative became law in 1996. 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champGutman agreed. “It appears quite clearly and beyond dispute that LAUSD was ordered to employ race and ethnicity to ensure that the magnet schools would in fact be desegregated,” Gutman found. No date was ever set by the 1981 order for desegregation goals to be achieved, Gutman wrote. “It thereby becomes beyond rational argument that the order approving implementation of the desegregation plan still exists and has never been affected by any subsequent ruling,” the ruling says. Gutman had the case under submission since late September. Los Angeles Unified School District administrators do not violate state law by considering the ethnic backgrounds of students when selecting them for admission to magnet schools, according to a ruling this week. The American Civil Rights Foundation sued the district in October 2005, alleging the district policy is unconstitutional and violates Proposition 209, which forbids racial preferences in government hiring and public school admissions. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul Gutman issued a 17-page ruling Monday, upholding the district’s practices. He said it was in line with a 26-year-old court order to desegregate the school district. As part of that order, handed down by another Los Angeles Superior Court judge in 1981, the district is required to operate its magnet school and busing programs with race in mind, according to the district’s court papers. last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA SENIOR LADIES FACE TERMON IN JUNIOR GAELTACHT SEMI-FINAL

first_imgGaeil Fhánada GAA News:Lotto ResultsNo jackpot winner. Nos drawn were: 01, 07. 09, 13, 19. B 11. €100 Mark Sweeney, The Ross. €50 Michael Shiels, Ballylar. Next week’s Jackpot €4,500. (Máire and Danny on duty). Gaeil Fhánada Membership 2015Adults – €40, Student (Over 18) – €25, Juvenile (Under 18) – €15.Membership should be paid by March 1st. All players in training should get their membership paid immediately. Membership forms can be got from Registrar Margaretta. She will email forms to anyone if preferable and bank details are available for EFT transfer if preferred. Margaretta will call at Senior and Ladies training next Saturday 07th February for collection if suitable. Please contact 0868744405 or email m_mcconigley@yahoo.com.Gaeil Fhánada Bord na nÓg & Peil na mBán A.G.M. Bord na nÓgChairperson Mairtín Mac A’tSaoirRúnaí Bríd Ní Dhochartaigh.Peil na mBánChairperson Martina Carr Vice Chairperson and Registrar Karen SweeneySecretary Marian HoweAss Sec Shauna HoweTreasurers Catherine Heraghty Ass Treasurer Áine Coll.Senior ladies play Termon in the Junior Gaeltacht Semi-Final over the May bank holiday weekend.SCÓRAs there are only entries from a total of 14 clubs, a decision has been taken to go with a straight County Final on the 6th February in Ramelton Town Hall at 7.00pm. The amount of entries will result in a programme that should be run off in less than 4 hours.Ádh mór Gaeil Fhánada!Gaeil Fhánada Presentation Dinner/ Supper NightFebruary 21st is provisionally set for our Senior Presentation Night. Hopefully this date will be clarified on Thursday night!Support Your ClubCheck out www.opelkitforclubs.com to earn points for Club gear. If you purchase a car from them you earn 200 points for your Club, if you get a service done to your car or even just have a test drive, you earn 10 points. Come on support your Club.Wishing a very speedy recovery to all our members / supporters / friends of our wee Club who are suffering at this time, all our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA SENIOR LADIES FACE TERMON IN JUNIOR GAELTACHT SEMI-FINAL was last modified: January 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:fanad gaelsGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Fulham eye Arsenal defender along with West Ham and Stoke – report

first_imgFulham are interested in Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed Stoke have made a move to sign the England international on loan and that Fulham, West Ham and Wigan have also made enquiries.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is said to be reluctant to let Jenkinson go as he believes the player could be needed at the Emirates Stadium.Fulham are eyeing South Korea left-back Yun Suk-Young, the Daily Mail say.The 22-year-old is due to join QPR pending a work permit, but it is claimed the Whites have made a late enquiry about him.The Mail also report that Kieron Dyer could join Middlesbrough following his recent departure from Loftus Road.The Sun have an interview with QPR’s recent signing Loic Remy, who says he would like to emulate fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry.“He’s played more than 50 matches flat out every season for 15 years, scored 51 goals for France, has an incredible record of trophies,” Remy said.“For the time being I’m very far away. But you can always dream of being a big name in French football.”This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Check tires to make spring field work efficient

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While farmers may be eager to get into the field this spring, a few simple maintenance checks will ensure their tires are ready too.It is costly to have tire problems in the field. Farmers are often working against the weather, and Mother Nature only gives them a small window of opportunity to get their fields planted on time. In fact, delayed planting can cost as much as $570 per hour.“As a farmer myself, I know all too well that itch to get into the fields as soon as the weather starts to change,” said Brad Harris, manager, Global Agriculture Field Engineering, Firestone Ag. “It is important to examine tires when you prep equipment for planting season. Our 7-step tire check list helps find problems and repair tire issues before they result in costly downtime.”Checking the tire pressure is a good place to start.“We need to figure out what our axle weights are and then use that almighty inflation pressure gauge to make sure that we are setting it correctly,” Harris said. “This is one of the things we should be doing daily to make sure we are not over inflated and lose traction in the field and not underinflated and damaging that tire.”The tire’s sidewall will require some attention as well.“If you see any cuts, snags or exposed cords then we need to replace those tires,” Harris said. “If the damage is just cosmetic we can continue to run on them.”Harris also emphasized checking the tread. If there is less than 20% left on the tire, consider new tires. Then, check the tread area for stubble damages and exposed cords. If any damage is detected, it is time to replace the tires. The contact area is another point of inspection. There, make sure the tire contact area has no space between the lugs and the ground.Most of these checks are done easily with a once over, but the valve stems need a closer look.“Many times when we have a tire that is leaking it’s because something around that valve stem, either the nut that is holding it in there or even the valve core itself, is loose,” Harris said. “Take some soapy water and spray it on there. If you see the bubbling simply tighten it up and then put that ever-important valve cut on before heading to the field.”The last step in a tire inspection is making sure every nut and bolt is properly tightened.“I also encourage farmers to check the wheel weights too because we’ve got up to 2,000 pound wheel weights on the rear of these machines and we don’t want to be trying to light those up in the field by hand putting them back on the tractor,” Harris said. “These steps on each tractor maybe take 15 to 30 minutes to complete and as we sit in the shop getting ready for spring this practice will make good use of our downtime.”Visit www.firestoneag.com for additional information.last_img read more