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Kjos wins long-go at Ponoka

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first_imgFort St. John’s Delano Kjos has won the long-go event at the Ponoka stampede. 85 of the top Bronc Riders in the world competed in this event, with a $40,000 prize pool up for grabs. Kjos earned the win with a first-place ride last Friday (June 26) on “Shady Cat”, and then an 82 point ride on Wednesday (July 1st) on “Lexicon Rocket”.- Advertisement –last_img

Denny Morrison 2nd in 1k

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first_imgDenny Morrison has earned his second consecutive second-place finish at the Canadian Single-Distance Speed-skating championships. Morrison finished Tuesday’s 1,000 metres in a time of 1:07.94, to finish 37 100ths of a second behind Jeremy Wotherspoon.  Morrison had already prequalified for the Olympics in the event, while Wotherspoon is trying to get back into Olympic contention, after missing most of the 2008/09 season with a broken arm. Kyle Parrott finished third in the 1,000, while Fort St. John’s Jay Morrison also raced, finishing in 28th. – Advertisement -On the women’s side, Kristina Groves won Tuesday’s 1,000 metres, with Shannon Rempel in second, and Brittany Schussler in third.  Cindy Klassen finished in fourth, with Fort St. John’s Elyce Henry in 18th.last_img read more

Nonstarving artists region’s bread-and-butter

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first_imgHe forecast job growth of 1.1 percent this year and 1.5 percent in 2008 across the five-county Southern California region. The Otis report is the first to focus so comprehensively on the creative industry, Kyser said. Over six months, he compiled state employment records and data from the U.S. Labor Bureau and Census Bureau, and he conducted informal research. He also found that the L.A. area leads New York as a creative economic center, with 47 percent more jobs. The creative industry includes jobs as diverse as apparel manufacturer, jewelry designer and violinist. Otis commissioned the $40,000 study to “confirm the impact of the creative economy,” said Samuel Hoi, the school’s president. The findings will also help convince students and parents just how viable an arts education can be, Hoi said. “There is that general myth in society of the starving artist, and at Otis we have never subscribed to that idea,” Hoi said. “The new MBA is the MFA.” To further fuel the creative industry, Kyser recommended stronger arts education in kindergarten through 12th grade and more classes in the industrial arts, like woodworking. “There is a huge irony here because, at the college and university level, the creative-education assets of the Los Angeles area are unparalleled,” Kyser wrote in the report. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Creative-industry jobs in the Los Angeles area are a top driver in the local economy, surpassing tourism and international trade, according to a report released today by the Otis College of Art and Design. In 2005, the creative economy – in fields ranging from architecture to fashion to entertainment – generated $140.5 billion in sales receipts and $3.4 billion in state tax revenue, and it directly or indirectly accounted for 894,000 jobs, the report says. “This is an industry, or an activity, where we have almost an overwhelming advantage,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “But we’ve never used it. We can create jobs. We can create tax revenue.” In the long term, the creative economy has potential, but it may be in for some bumps this year. In a separate report that Kyser released last week, he gave the Southern California economy a “B” grade because of factors including the risk of strikes in the entertainment industry. last_img read more

PSAC predicts another down year for drilling in 2016

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first_imgWhile its forecast New Year drilling activity numbers are down again, the President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada says there could be some improved oil and gas industry economic news near the end of next year.PSAC forecasts the number of wells drilled next year in the four western provinces to be slightly less than this year, and down more than 50% over the previous five-year average of 11,670.We spoke with Mark Salkeld following the PSAC Annual General Meeting this week, in Calgary.- Advertisement -It should be noted that CAPP is the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, but  Mr. Salkeld also talked to us about the results of last month’s federal election, noting the new Liberal government is likely to take a couple of years to get up to speed and make any major decisions, which would impact the industry.When commenting specifically on the 23rd Prime Minister, he referenced Justin Trudeau’s election campaign commitments.The most unpopular issue in Western Canada caused by his father’s government was the National Energy Program created in 1980.Advertisement It was widely viewed in this part of the country — especially Alberta — as among the most unfair federal policies ever implemented.In the early 1980’s, the global economy deepened into the worse economic downtown since the dirty thirties, and the country experienced higher jobless, inflation, and interest rates, with the Bank of Canada rate hitting a whopping 21% in August of 1981.The much-maligned NEP has been calculated to have cost Alberta between $50 – 100 billion. Nationwide, in 1982, there were over 30,000 consumer bankruptcies, a year-over-year increase of 33%.For many who experienced the mess, avoiding a repeat is an economic must, and here in BC, most view LNG industry development as the best defence against it.Advertisement Of particular concern is a forecast drop of 28% of the number of wells drilled in BC, and Salkeld says, that’s all about the delay in getting a final investment decision, on the Pacific Northwest LNG project.With the price of crude oil still well below $50-a-barrel, the speculation continues about the major oil and gas companies moving more vigorously into the development of clean energy.Now speaking of best returns, it should be noted the major oil and gas companies are a long way from dire straits, and last year six of them — half of them state-owned — occupied the top seven spots behind Walmart, on the list of the world’s largest public, state-owned and private businesses by consolidated revenue — and those revenues ranged, from 461 to 359 billion US dollars.last_img read more

Morata return boosts spluttering Chelsea

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first_imgThat led to Conte being forced to defend his decision not to replace the Spaniard with a conventional target man.Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was among those who appeared to question Conte’s approach after a result that, combined with Manchester City’s defeat of Bournemouth, left them 16 points behind the leaders at the halfway stage of the season.“I think we could have had more shots on target but we didn’t have a big guy up front despite lots of crosses into the box,” said Courtois, after a game in which Chelsea failed to turn their territorial dominance into goals.The onus will again be on third placed Chelsea to take the initiative against a Brighton side who ended a run of seven games without a win with a timely victory over Watford.Morata’s return will undoubtedly help, but Conte’s decision to overlook Michy Batshuayi until late in the game at Everton will be taken as another indicator of the coach’s lack of trust in the Belgium international.Forward reinforcements will clearly be at the top of Conte’s wish-list for the January transfer window, with Chelsea still involved in three over competitions, even if their Premier League challenge has been reduced to ensuring a top four finish.– Testing campaign –Conte had predicted this would be a testing campaign even before the start of the season because of the club’s return to European football.And the evidence of the opening half of the campaign has justified Conte’s standpoint, even if his side have shown flashes of the outstanding form that took them to the title last year.Brighton will travel to London with renewed belief after moving towards mid-table following the win against Watford.Pascal Gross’s second half goal – Brighton’s first from open play in over 10 and a half hours – secured the points at a time when it looked as though the newly promoted side were set for another afternoon of frustration.Seagulls manager Chris Hughton admitted the result was exactly what his side needed before facing the champions.“It’s one that we needed,” he said. “We’ve got Chelsea on Boxing Day and there won’t be too many that fancy us or expect us to get anything there.“With that being the case in particular, it was important that we picked up something and that allows us to go into that Chelsea game with a little bit more confidence.“We need to make sure that in the games where we know we have a better chance of getting something, that we put in performances like we did today.“It was a good all-round performance and we certainly need to take that on.”Shane Duffy sat out the Watford game while serving a one-match suspension but is expected to return to the starting line-up in place of Connor Goldson.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata was forced to sit out the visit to Everton on December 23, 2014 while he served a one-match suspension © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – Alvaro Morata’s return will be welcomed by Antonio Conte but the Chelsea manager knows his side face Brighton at Stamford Bridge with their Premier League title defence all but over.Morata was forced to sit out the visit to Everton on Saturday while he served a one-match suspension and in his absence, the Blues lacked the firepower to break down Sam Allardyce’s side in a goalless draw.last_img read more

Seniors passing state exam

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – All but roughly 10 percent of California high school seniors who are required to take the state’s graduation exam have passed it, but failure rates are higher among African Americans, Latinos, the poor and those who are learning English, state officials said Tuesday. About 89 percent of the 430,894 members of the class of 2006 that must pass the exam to receive a diploma had done so as of November, said Jack O’Connell, the state’s superintendent of public instruction. That left nearly 48,000 seniors who hadn’t passed both sections of the test, which measures students’ skills in math and English. Those figures don’t take into consideration seniors who might have passed the test in February or March or the 22,327 special education students who don’t have to pass the test to graduate this year, O’Connell said. Results from the February and March exams will be available in six or seven weeks, officials said. The test also will be given in May, but those results won’t be known in time for students to receive a diploma in June. This year’s seniors are the first who must pass the test to graduate. Ninety-six percent of white students and 94 percent of Asians had passed the test after the November results were calculated. The figure was 82 percent for Latinos and students classified as “economically disadvantaged,” O’Connell said. The pass rate was lowest for African-American students – 80 percent – and those learning English – 69 percent. O’Connell, a former state senator who is the author of the bill that set up the test, said the pass rate was steadily improving and that the exam was ensuring high school graduates have a minimum level of proficiency. “The skills measured by the exam are the least we must expect by our students if we expect them to survive in the competitive world beyond high school,” he said. But Arturo Gonzalez, a San Francisco attorney representing students who are challenging the test in court, said the latest exam results were “not anything to celebrate.” “This simply confirms that if we don’t get relief through the courts, tens of thousands of kids are going to be deprived of a diploma,” he said.last_img read more

DUNGLOE MAN WINS VAN CRASH CASE AGAINST ESB

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first_imgA High Court judge has ruled a Donegal farmer has established negligence against the Electricity Supply Board over serious leg and other injuries suffered after his van was hit by an ESB pick-up truck. Damages will be decided later.Mr Justice John Quirke accepted the account of Patrick Campbell (64), with an address near Dungloe of how the accident occurred in June 2005, including his claim the ESB truck was driven at an excessive speed.Mr Campbell was a careful and conscientious witness and much, although not all, of his evidence was corroborated by circumstantial and other evidence, the judge said. Mr Campbell had proven, on the evidence and balance of probabilities, the collision and his injuries were caused by the ESB’s negligence, he found. The ESB had denied Mr Campbell’s claims the pick-up truck was being driven in a negligent manner by an ESB employee when it collided with Mr Campbell’s white transit van at Croaghnashallog, Dungloe on the afternoon of June 30th 2005. The ESB alleged the accident was caused or contributed to by Mr Campbell’s alleged negligent driving.Mr Campbell had claimed he was approaching a turn known as Sweeney’s Corner near his home when he saw a yellow ESB truck approaching him in the opposite direction at speed.He said he pulled into the grass verge on his left-hand side and stopped his van but the ESB truck came onto its incorrect side of the road and appeared to “sway”.A protrusion at the rear of the truck struck his windscreen, caught him on the shoulder and caused his van to be pulled around while the ESB truck flipped over, he claimed.The driver of the ESB truck denied that account and claimed he was approaching Sweeney’s Corner when he saw Mr Campbell’s van travelling towards him. He claimed the van seemed to lose control, travelled onto the wrong side of the road and the driver “jammed on the brakes”, struck his truck and propelled it to its left.Having analysed the evidence, Mr Justice Quirke noted both sides accepted Mr Campbell was not driving at a speed of more than 25mph when the accident occurred.Tyre marks photographed immediately after the accident were consistent with the presence of Mr Campbell’s van at the location where he said he had stopped while debris from his van was also clearly visible at that location, he said. He also accepted Mr Campbell’s evidence the ESB truck was being driven at excessive speed.These matters were not conclusive but he believed Mr Campbell’s account was probably correct, the judge ruled.DUNGLOE MAN WINS VAN CRASH CASE AGAINST ESB was last modified: July 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Liverpool’s Marco Asensio pursuit receives major boost

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first_img Asensio came off the bench against Liverpool in their 3-1 defeat to Madrid in last season’s Champions League final 2 Neymar scored his 56th international goal as Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the World Cup last Friday And Liverpool, who have reportedly already had a £130m bid turned down for Asensio, could be first in line to benefit, according to Spanish outlet Sport.The Spanish wonderkid’s release clause is an eye-watering £617m (€700m), but Madrid would likely sell for around £150m to raise the money for a Neymar bid.Neymar, 26, could be on his way out of Paris Saint-Germain after just 12 months with the French champions, having joined in a world record £198m deal from Real’s fierce rivals Barcelona last summer.The Brazil captain scored 28 times in 30 games for the Parisians in 2017/18 but after yet another failure for the club in the Champions League, Real could now pounce. 2 Real Madrid’s move for Brazil star Neymar could be very good news for Liverpool in their pursuit of Marco Asensio.The Champions League winners may need to stump up £300million for the former Barcelona man, which will force them to find funds from their current squad. Neymar won the Champions League with Barca in 2015, but has not come close to repeating the trick in the three following seasons, with each year ending in a Real triumph.The forward admitted ahead of this summer’s World Cup that he is ‘not proud’ of being the world’s most expensive player, but could be set to smash the record yet again.Liverpool meanwhile will be keen to wrap up a deal for Asensio as soon as possible, with the 22-year-old likely to be courted by every top European club this summer if Real are willing to sell.Asensio has made 91 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring 21 times, and made his World Cup debut for Spain as a substitute against Iran in the group stage.last_img read more

ULSTER X-COUNTRY PICTURE SPECIAL: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY ATHLETICS REPORT

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first_imgKilbroney Park, Rostrevor: A picturesque setting for the Ulster even age Championships and -while it was short of being one of Finn Valleys better days-  5 teams qualify for nationals.  The winning under 10 age group team don’t progress, so the one really positive exciting team performance on the day was a win against a strong Cranford squad scoring 32 -46, led by Jack Gillespie who has made remarkable progress in 12 months.Also on board: Shane Mc Monagle, John Reid and Adam Mc Crudden, with a healthy support grouping of Alex Mc Gehin and Adrian Mc Laughlin.  A few of these lads under 11 so another challenge awaits  take a bow coach Dermot Mc Granaghan.  The corresponding girls team 2nd, led by a gutsy Aoife Mc Grath. The 14 boys didnt ignite as a group and went down to Burren scoring 47 -62.It will be interesting to note how they respond both at individual and team level . There is only one correct answer in this case head down and go for it in every respect national medals can be garnered . The distance of the various races is now a key element and preparation accordingly so the 14 girls despite a solid return from Aoibhinn Mc Hugh werent competitive despite a valiant positive effort . The 16  boys qualified and good to see Oisin Gallen 3rd as he is a focused attentive young man who will continue to impress. The 16 boys arent a million miles away from being competitive at a higher level indeed they are all under 17 so bring on Killybegs Sunday week.  The sixteen girls again not able to cope with the distance but gave it their all and medalled a special word for Aine Mc Grath who produced a never say die attitude.  This squad can improve.  Scoring: Lagan Valley 68, Omagh 86 , Finn Valley 99.Finally Paddy Penrose is on the Ulster 18 team a reward for consistent training . And thats it, a beautiful day enjoyed by athletes, parents, coachs alike to whom we are once again most grateful . The 10 girls team are Ulster champions and are a talented enthusiastic group led by Andrea Browne and newcomer Chloe Coyle.  There are many other talented girls on board Amy Mc Menamin,Cara Mc Connell, Brenda Carr and Cara WilkinsonWell done Mark Bonner now employed at Mc Elhinneys stores winner of the Finn Harps 5k and remember Sunday evening 7pm the annual presentation get together parents and athletes with the reminder that young and old should now have attended to their annual membership .The Donegal senior cross country champs returns to a Letterkenny venue after many years on Sunday with Letterkenny and Finn Valley defending their respective titles.                  ULSTER X-COUNTRY PICTURE SPECIAL: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY ATHLETICS REPORT was last modified: November 3rd, 2012 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:ULSTER X-COUNTRY PICTURE SPECIAL: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY ATHLETICS REPORTlast_img read more

CONCERN OVER FUTURE OF LEADER JOBS IN DONEGAL

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first_imgWith less than three months remaining until the EU rural development projects are taken over by County Councils, serious concerns have arisen that employees currently working for the Leader companies will lose their jobs at the end of June.Councillor Ian McGarveyThe Tirconail Tribune report that staff at the Donegal Leader Companies including DLDC in Letterkenny have been left in the dark about their future employment under the new regime from July 1st.It appears that around eight posts in Letterkenny have remained unfilled since it was announced that the current administration model was being changed. And according to sources, the five full time employees in Letterkenny have been left in the dark with no communication as to their future status.The former number of 1,500 employees of Leader companies across Ireland has been halved and most of those left have no idea if they will have a job in July.Cllr. Ian McGarvey said he is aware of the issues involved and he does not agree with the new mechanism because it is a further attempt to take funds away from rural Ireland.He is raising the issue with Council officials this week. Since the Donegal Local Development Company was founded the company has been one of Donegal’s major success stories with a track record that no other government agency can match. The company has been instrumental in overseeing the delivery of €55 million in that period with direct funding of €23 million in grant assistance to hundred of projects.With Donegal going to get €12.9 million in rural development funding between now and 2020 the cut from the previous allocation of €25 million is more serious because for the first time the urban area of Letterkenny is now included. We are being told that Leader must now embrace a wide range of community projects for the Letterkenny area on a seriously reduced budget. And as a consequence many rural based initiatives may have to be scrapped entirely.This means that the overall cut to the Donegal allocation may be in the order of 55% said one political source this week.Already the new funding mechanism is causing political ructions. Eamon O’Cuiv of FF has accused the Environment Minister, Alan Kelly of effectively taking away €250 million of rural development funding from ‘truly rural areas’ and redirecting it to more urban locations. He is to raise his concerns with the EU Commission.For the past 22 years, Leader funding has allowed investment to thousands of projects in rural Ireland and in terms of the number of jobs it supports it has been a big success.. Part of that success story has been the way it has been administered and managed locally. Launched in 1991 by the then Commissioner for Agriculture, Ray MacSharry, funding under Leader was administered by not for profit local development companies who distributed grants and other supports to projects within their areas.The approach and success of the programme in Ireland was regarded internationally as a model of best practice and the Irish LDCs are at the forefront of an EU-wide Leader movement constituting more than 2,000 groups in 28 member states. That is all about to change.Environment Minister Phil Hogan decided to ‘align’ the LDCs with local authorities under ‘socio-economic committees’ (SECs). The fear is that these largely voluntary bodies will be eventually subsumed within county councils, with all the bureaucracy and politicisation that this method entails.Opposition to the Government’s plan is being spearheaded by the Irish Local Development Network, which in the past year supported almost 2,000 enterprises and administered €200m in funding. It contends that the change would cost the Government more than €20m, would put 2,000 jobs at risk and could even jeopardise further EU funding. Independent MEP Marian Harkin has pointed out that the success of the community groups in terms of job creation was at least on a par with the achievements of the IDA and Enterprise Ireland. Claiming that the move will “eliminate genuine community voluntary participation and replace it with jobs for the boys”, she said that one of the abiding strengths of the local community structure was that it did not have friends in high places.In those circumstances many political and community leaders will find it very difficult see any good reason for dismantling a system that has provided jobs in areas that foreign investment rarely touches. It is not as if the local authorities have been clamouring for such a role. They do not want the job, presumably because they recognise that they have neither the experience nor the expertise to match the achievements to date.The representative body of Leader companies in Ireland, the Irish Local Development Network has said that reduced investment in rural Ireland under the Rural Development Programme will have far reaching consequences for those most marginalised in rural Ireland.John Walsh, ILDN Chairman said: “The current Leader programme implemented by their Local Development Companies has been a huge success for rural Ireland. Since 2009, 8,698 rural enterprises were funded through Leader which supported the creation of 4,084 rural jobs. This during one of the worst economic times Ireland has faced in recent decades. Leader also improved the quality of life for rural communities with significant investments in community infrastructure across the country.”He adds: “At a time when rural communities are hit daily with reductions in public services, Post Offices closures and the scaling back of rural transport services, this additional cut will be seen by many as another slash and burn announcement for rural Ireland.”Meanwhile those currently employed by the Leader Companies can only wait and hope they will still have a job on July 1st.CONCERN OVER FUTURE OF LEADER JOBS IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 9th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Cllr Ian McGarveydonegaljobsLEADERlast_img read more