Young people in Fort St. John will get a chance to personalize the new wooden fence being built around the old Fort Hotel property.The cities Celebrate! Fort St. John Committee (formerly known as the Communities in Bloom Committee) is spearheading a Community Art Mural Project. It’s being put forward as a graffiti counter measure, and involves recruiting artists between 16 and 20, to design and paint murals on the fence.- Advertisement -Earlier this year, Council decided to tear down the old fence surrounding the property, and dished out $30,000 for a new and better constructed one. Now, it has decided to spend another $3,000 for marketing and supplies for the mural project, with the funds to be taken from the 2010 Communities in Bloom budget.
Lee Clark has told talkSPORT he would relish the opportunity to take charge of Fulham.The former Craven Cottage star is itching to return to management after ending a tumultuous six-month spell at Blackpool in May.He has now thrown his hat into the ring for the vacancy at Fulham, although he accepts he is an outsider for the role given some of the experienced names being bandied about.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the 43-year-old said: “Would I be interested in being manager of Fulham? Of course I would. I would be absolutely delighted it that were to be the case.“It is a special club to play for, there are terrific people behind the scenes, and it was a brilliant place for me to live with the family.“Of course I would throw my hat into the ring for that but there is a lot of people with more experience than me who have been linked with that one.”Clark won just three of his 33 games as Blackpool boss but his time at Bloomfield Road was blighted by off-field struggles.He admits he should never have taken on the job and hopes Football League chairmen look at his previous work with Birmingham and Huddersfield when considering whether to hand him another opportunity.“The next one has got to be right,” he said. “I made a mistake with my last choice, everyone could see that.“Hopefully, people will see past that and see the work I did in the previous two under different circumstances at Huddersfield and Birmingham and give me an opportunity.”
Europa League: Augsburg 0-0 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp fails to win on return to Germany 1 Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Ausgburg in the last 32 of the Europa League, on Jurgen Klopp’s first return to Germany as manager.That result means the Reds will take a positive scoreline back to Anfield for next Thursday’s second leg – which takes place three days before the League Cup final against Manchester City.With his background Klopp knew all he needed to about Augsburg but even he could not have accounted for Daniel Sturridge fluffing their best chance from six yards out early in the second half.He named the same side which put six past Villa on Sunday, the first time he had done so in the 30 matches he has had in charge so far.But that side boasted just four career European goals for the Reds between them – going into the game Augsburg’s top scorer Raul Bobadilla had scored six in the competition this season, but the big striker lasted only 23 minutes before being forced off through injury.It contributed to a scrappy first half in which the visitors gained a foothold by the mid-point but could easily have been behind by the interval had Alexander Esswein not been denied by Simon Mignolet. That came after Augsburg had countered from a Liverpool attack which broke down on the edge of home team’s penalty area on the stroke of half-time.Liverpool never really threatened at the other end with Roberto Firmino, Sturridge and Jordan Henderson’s weak efforts all failing to test goalkeeper Marwin Hitz.Sturridge – incredibly making only his third European appearance in just over three years at the club – looked tentative at times, lacked vision at others, but to see him starting consecutive games for the first time since March last year was another positive in his post-injury recovery.But no matter how long he has spent on the sidelines since April a striker of his quality should have dispatched with ease a cross from James Milner, who had played a clever one-two with Firmino, but the England international barely connected.Augsburg are just one point above the Bundesliga’s relegation zone and their limitations – and intent – were quite apparent but Liverpool struggled to break them down.Philippe Coutinho flicked an effort wide and Paul Verhaegh almost put through his own net from a Liverpool free-kick and had to be rescued by Hitz right on the goalline before, with 67 minutes gone, Divock Origi replaced Sturridge.Alberto Moreno and Henderson both tried to break the deadlock from distance before Liverpool had a lucky escape when Caiuby failed to get a proper touch in the six-yard area with only Mignolet to beat.Home substitute Ji Dong-won struck the post five minutes from time to give Liverpool another scare and a warning the home leg will be anything other than straightforward.
GAA commentator Marty Morrissey is switching codes, but it’s only for one day, as he has agreed to take part in a North West Celebrity Charity Football match which aims to raise funds for the Bumbleance Ambulance service.Next Saturday the 13th of September, the stars will line up in Finn Park for what promises to be a great occasion.FAI chief executive John Delaney will join Morrissey in Finn Park, along with a host of other celebrities both local and national, including RTE’s Tony O’Donoghue, Mrs. Browns Boys’ Danny O’Carroll, former boxing star Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey and many more will line up in aid of the Bumbleance Ambulance service, with the fun kicking-off at 7pm. Tickets are available from Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure in Letterkenny or you can phone the ticket hotline on 086 274 0777Prices are €10 for adults and €5 for kids and €20 for the whole family.Check out our Facebook page Northwest Celebrity Football Match for further details and announcements.https://www.facebook.com/events/438520042954496/ GAA PUNDIT MARTY MORRISSEY SET TO STAR AT FINN PARK IN NORTH WEST CELEBRITY CHARITY MATCH was last modified: September 5th, 2014 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:FeaturesnewsNorth West Celebrity Football MatchSport
A BBC documentary on clerical sex abuse in Co Donegal tomorrow night will see victims of Father Eugene Greene tell their story to a global audience.Greene abused dozens of boys in several Raphoe parishes in the 1970s, 80s and 90s despite the father of two victims making a complaint to a parish priest.The BBC1 programme will be shown in the North tomorrow night at 10.30pm – and then across the UK on Wednesday on BBC2 at 9pm. It will also be shown on the BBC World channel which is seen in more than 100 countries. Called ‘One World: The Shame of the Catholic Church’ the documentary will feature victims of Greene.The TV investigation is fronted by reporter Darragh McIntyre who used to live in Gortahork.Many of Greene’s victims are from the same parish.It’s understood the programme will focus on how a complaint in the mid-70s was dealt with and how Greene went on to abuse more victims despite that complaint. Last November the Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Philip Boyce described as “extraordinary” the fact that no evidence was found of complaints against notorious paedophile priest Greene who was jailed for 12 years.He said a father of one victim claimed he had written to former Bishop of Raphoe Dr Seamus Hegarty but no trace of the letter could be found.“We couldn’t find any trace of letter. I expressed my sincere apology to these people and something should have been done but there was no trace of the letter until it came out in the court case. There was no copy of the letter.“That is extraordinary. It may reflect on the culture at the time. To my knowledge nothing was destroyed since I came into the Diocese,” he said.He added that Bishop Hearty was quite meticulous and he did not believe he destroyed any letters. “The letter wasn’t there and it’s a great disappointment that it wasn’t. I am truly sorry for what happened and nothing was done at the time. “It was the 1970s and we weren’t aware of the damage that child abuse could do. It makes me all the more determined to make our parishes a safe place for our children,” he said.Bishop Boyce added a press conference following the publication of an audit of the Diocese that there has not been any letters of complaint from survivors of child sex abuse.“”It is quite incredible but that is the truth,” he said at the time.BBC PROGRAMME WILL MAKE DONEGAL ABUSE STORY GLOBAL was last modified: May 1st, 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:BBC PROGRAMME WILL MAKE DONEGAL ABUSE STORY GLOBAL
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals According to his calculations, world oil production reached its peak on Thanksgiving Day 2005, and now starts on a steady decline until it reaches zero near the end of the century. Deffeyes, a geologist, bases his conclusions on a production chart developed by M. King Hubbert, a Shell Oil Co. geophysicist who, in the 1950s, accurately predicted the rise and fall of U.S. oil production. Despite the assuredness with which Deffeyes delivered the news, he is not without his critics. The U.S. Geological Survey, for one, says Deffeyes has underestimated the world oil supply by roughly 1 trillion barrels – near equal to the supply of oil that has been pumped so far. Even among the scientists who accept the Hubbert system, there is disagreement about exactly when the production peak will hit. And there are others who dismiss the entire method as unscientific, unreliable hogwash. “When you assume changes are due simply to geology, you’re going to get it wrong,” said University of Texas politics professor Michael Lynch at a conference last year. One man who attended the lecture Thursday panned Deffeyes’ use of a linear graph to chart the production peaks, saying a logarithmic scale is much more accurate. “Your charts are factually misleading,” the man charged. But Deffeyes remained steadfast. He went so far as to attack news articles for including critical voices, saying attempts at being fair have obscured the truth. “Editors are one of the great enemies of the people right now,” he said. David Goodstein, Caltech provost and professor of physics, defended the Hubbert method, calling it scientific and devastating in its implications. “The halfway point is going to be very soon,” Goodstein said. “So very soon we are going to start running out of oil.” Goodstein is the author of “Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil,” a book that challenges the notion that markets will drive the transition to alternative fuels. He has proposed a new Manhattan Project to find a suitable substitute for fossil fuels. Deffeyes agrees that the world must prepare for the changeover to avoid mass shortages and possible armed conflict. He said the world cannot rely on so-called “blue sky” technologies, such as hydrogen-powered cars, biodiesel or a Manhattan Project. “How about some old technology?” he asked. To the dismay of some alternative-energy acolytes, Deffeyes endorsed nuclear power, coal gasification and high-efficiency diesel as intermediate options to wean the world off oil dependance. “We are going to have to reconfigure things and reprioritize things,” Deffeyes said, although he noted he has personally invested in PetroChina Company in case some new oil deposits are found in the South China Sea. “That is the last major place on Earth that has not been explored,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – There it was, laid out in a simple linear graph for everyone to see: the end of an age of oil. For anyone who fears oil companies run the White House, fumes at the thought of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or deems global-warming doubters deranged, there had to be something perversely gratifying about the picture of doom on display Thursday at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. “The peak of world oil production is happening right now,” Ken Deffeyes, professor emeritus at Princeton University, confidently declared. “Here is the most important story since the Industrial Revolution.” And when Deffeyes said “right now,” he meant it.
The largest union representing actors has promised a new, tougher stance in contract talks with powerful media conglomerates. But the Screen Actors Guild may self-destruct before it ever gets the chance. The labor union’s long-running infighting has escalated into what could become a mutiny after the election in September of SAG President Alan Rosenberg. Rosenberg and his allies gained a majority on the national board by pledging to squeeze more money from the studios from the sale of DVDs and new technologies, including downloading of films and TV shows. He also pledged to unite SAG’s feuding factions. Membership in the union is all but required to work in films, television and commercials. Many SAG members also belong to the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which has jurisdiction over the prime-time schedule of major networks, among other areas. Rosenberg’s agenda mirrors that of the newly elected president of the Writers Guild of America West. Patric Verrone also ran on a promise to get tougher with studios and also fired his executive director soon after taking office. Both men justified the firings by saying they needed staff who would push their agendas of increasing membership, fighting the rise of reality TV shows and gaining more economic concessions from studios. Rosenberg’s action deepened the geographic rift that already existed in the union. Actors outside Hollywood are not as reliant on residuals from DVDs and other technology and are less inclined to endure a lengthy, costly strike over the issue. Those actors also fear Los Angeles-based members, who control the guild because of their numbers, will abuse their power and push through an agenda that ignores the needs of actors in other regions. Rosenberg acknowledges that bridging these differences is his most pressing challenge. “You have people living in all different areas of the country who feel like they’re muzzled and don’t have a voice or are afraid they’re going to be muzzled,” he said. He has visited the New York and Miami branches in recent weeks and plans on visiting other locals in the hope of creating a more unified front for upcoming contract talks. Uniting the union will be critical for Rosenberg, who faces his first big test next year when SAG’s contract with advertising agencies expires. The guild’s pact with studios expires two years later. “If we don’t strengthen the core of our union, we’re going to be fighting a losing battle,” said Kathy Christopherson, a Los Angeles actress, writer and producer. In the latest sign of dissension, three SAG members last week asked the U.S. Department of Labor to void Rosenberg’s election, alleging illegal campaign tactics by Rosenberg’s Membership First party. Based on new, tough talk from SAG and the Writers Guild of America, media companies have developed contingency plans that would include stockpiling scripts and productions in anticipation of a strike. That move could lead to a “de facto” strike, similar to the one that led to an industry slowdown in 2001 that put thousands of entertainment industry employees out of work. Rosenberg’s election underscored dissatisfaction with last year’s contract talks, which won higher wages but failed to budge the studios on paying a bigger share of the lucrative DVD market. “I think we just walked away too soon and too easily without fighting,” Rosenberg said. “We sent a message of weakness.” Now, studios are also experimenting with new sources of revenue, offering TV shows on demand over the Web, without explaining how they intend to pay actors and writers. Rosenberg’s views, especially on the challenges of new technology, aren’t that different from those of Christie or others in the union. But guild members differ over whether they should strike to win concessions. “It’s not going to be the toughest guy at the table, it’s going to be the smartest guy at the table,” Christie said. Fighting over DVD revenue may be a waste of time, Christie said, as the industry looks at new ways to distribute content, including sending movies and TV shows to cell phones, iPods and other devices. “We’re having a fist fight over something that’s going to be a memory in a very short period of time,” he said. “What are the next three of four things beyond DVD? That’s what I want to deal with.” 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Instead, Rosenberg, 55, divided the union even more by almost immediately firing popular SAG national executive director Greg Hessinger. He had been hired by the previous leadership, which Rosenberg accused of surrendering too easily on key economic issues in contract talks last year. Many union members see the firing as an arrogant display of power by Rosenberg that could finally split the union into two groups – one that represents film and TV actors, primarily based in Hollywood, and another mostly comprised of members in New York, Chicago and elsewhere who do commercials and voice-overs. Paul Christie, president of SAG’s New York branch, said talk of a split has heated up since the election of Rosenberg, who was a regular on the TV series “LA Law” and “The Guardian,” and is married to “CSI” star Marg Helgenberger. “I think he’s capable of better things,” Christie said. With 120,000 members, SAG has always been a fragmented labor union, representing both multimillionaire superstars and rank-and-file membership with an unemployment rate of more than 80 percent.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Drake University men’s golf team heads to the Golden State to play in the Sacramento State Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. The 54-hole event hosted by Sacramento State at the Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove, Calif. will tee off at 7:30 PST each day with 36 holes scheduled to be played on Monday. The 11-team field includes; British Colombia, Campbell, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Fullerton, CSU Northridge, Drake, Grand Canyon, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, Sacramento State and Weber State. The Bulldogs just wrapped up their first event of the spring on Tuesday, March 2 at the Loyola Intercollegiate in Goodyear, Ariz., where Drake finished in 16th-place. Sophomore Drew Ison led the Bulldogs with a score of 217 (70-73-74), good for tied for 33rd-place. Following the Sacramento State Invite, the Bulldogs travel to Williamsburg, Va. for the Kingsmill Intercollegiate on March 20 through March 22, hosted by William & Mary.Print Friendly Version
The New York Times published a brief article on brain facts that is astonishing, when you think about all that goes on in thinking. Nicholas Wade reported on a new inventory of the proteins involved in the synapses, the key junctions between neurons. The research team, led by Seth Grant of the Sanger Institute near Cambridge, England, compiled the first exact inventory of all the protein components of the synaptic information-processing machinery. No fewer than 1,461 proteins are involved in this biological machinery, they report in the current issue of Nature Neuroscience…. Each neuron in the human brain makes an average 1,000 or so connections with other neurons. There are 100 billion neurons, so the brain probably contains 100 trillion synapses, its most critical working part. At the side of a synapse that belongs to the transmitting neuron, an electrical signal arrives and releases packets of chemicals. The chemicals diffuse quickly across the minute gap between the neurons and dock with receptors on the surface of the receiving neuron. These receptors feed the signals they receive to a delicate complex of protein-based machines that process and store the information. The 1,461 genes that specify these synaptic proteins constitute more than 7 percent of the human genome’s 20,000 protein-coding genes, an indication of the synapse’s complexity and importance. Dr. Grant believes that the proteins are probably linked together to form several biological machines that process the information and change the physical properties of the neuron as a way of laying down a memory.Lest one think there is a lot of leeway in the system for evolution, the article went on to describe what mutations do. Single mutations in 169 genes, the Sanger team found, cause 269 different human diseases. “The tolerances of these machines seem to be very fine because almost any mutation in the underlying genes leads to a misshapen protein and, consequently, to disease,” the article said. Science Daily reported that a single gene deletion leads to the most common form of adult brain cancer. See also the 11/19/2010 entry on brain-boggling facts.Are you thinking that Darwin doesn’t have a prayer explaining this? Look: machines made of other machines, information processing, fantastic complexity, very fine tolerance. If you are thinking rightly, you will be thanking the Maker of your designed brain. This is the 700th “Amazing Facts” entry in Creation-Evolution Headlines brought to you in over 10 years of reporting. Putting all of them together would make a sizeable book. If you appreciate this amazing information made available here for free, consider supporting our site with a year-end donation. Click the Donate button on the right-hand column.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Brand South Africa chief executive, Miller Matola, said that health and education needs to be improved if the country is to be globally competitive.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Executive chairman of J&J Group, Jayendra Naidoo, said South Africa’s competitiveness will improve if local businesspeople stopped pondering too much and made decisions quicker.(Image: Lucille Davie)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES• African integration on Brics agenda• Obama African trip: a trade boost• Gordhan: we can do better• Country brings in offshoring businessLucille Davie and Shamin ChibbaNineteen South African delegates who attended the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 7th Annual New Champions Meeting returned with optimism for the country’s economic future as the event yielded a number of positive outcomes.Held between 11-13 September in Dalian, China, the event provided delegates the opportunity to network with government leaders, business representatives, and civil society, and to position South Africa as a competitive, developed economy that offers investors good returns on investment.The meeting, otherwise known as the Summer Davos, is the most important global business gathering in Asia. It brings together leaders from top multinational companies as well as key decision-makers from government, media, academia and civil society.More than 1 500 participants from 90 countries shared strategies and solutions, and discussed global issues ranging from climate change to labour policy. The New Champion communities – including Global Growth Companies, Young Global Leaders, Young Scientists, Technology Pioneers, Social Entrepreneurs and the World Economic Forum’s youngest community, the Global Shapers – engaged with the WEF members and partners.Jayendra Naidoo, executive chairman of J&J Group, an investment holding and management company, attended the meeting. He said: “It is a stimulating environment, with lots of cutting edge thinking. It is a blend of subject matter experts, talented leaders from all over the world, and excellent business leaders. It makes you feel optimistic about the world, recession or not – there are so many people doing lots of interesting things.”This meeting follows the WEF’s release of the Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014, which assesses the competitiveness of 148 economies, giving insight into their productivity and prosperity. China opening its economyAccording to Brand South Africa chief executive, Miller Matola, who was one of the delegates, the most positive outcome was China’s announcement of their plan to open up their economy to the world, improve the environment of doing business and introduce some regulatory reforms, which would bode well for South Africa. “We would have to look at the specifics of those reforms to see what opportunities there are for us.”Naidoo was hopeful that foreign investment in South Africa will improve in coming years. He added that the country has become more of an “investment launch pad” in the last five years, especially when it comes to trade with China. “Chinese companies seem to have identified South Africa as a good place to do business, and are setting up offices here.”Naidoo’s claims are not unfounded. According to a Mail & Guardian report in June this year, South Africa is China’s biggest African trade partner. It also stated that China is the primary destination for South African exports with total foreign trade reaching $45-billion (about R443-billion). The report added that China imports approximately 12.7% of South Africa’s total exported goods and services, while Chinese goods and services make up 14.3% of South Africa’s total imports.Earlier in September, South Africa’s top 10 value-added products and services for export to China, as well as the country’s top 10 investment areas that includes agro-processing, chemicals, and automotive steel and aluminium, were showcased at the Beijing Exhibition Centre. The event was the last of three South African expositions, the first of which was held in Xiamen, followed by one in Shanghai. According to deputy trade and industry minister, Elizabeth Thabethe, the expos were South Africa’s attempt to foster a more balanced and sustainable trade relationship with China.SA’s competitiveness can be improvedAccording to the WEF’s 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report, South Africa dropped by just one position on the Global Competitiveness Index, coming out 53rd out of 148 countries. However, the index showed it has improved in four of the 12 pillars – institutions (41), goods and market efficiency (28), business sophistication (35) and innovation (39). It is the leader in five criteria including strength of auditing and reporting standards, efficacy of corporate boards, protection of minority shareholders’ interests, regulation of securities exchanges, and the legal rights index.South Africa also made progress on the innovation pillar, improving by three positions to 39 this year. It is hoped this will be harnessed to drive the National Development Plan as the country’s blueprint for economic and social development by 2030.But despite these positive statistics, Naidoo said the country is not always as competitive as it should be, mainly because it is not as fast at taking up opportunities. Instead South Africans ponder things too much and take too long to make decisions, he added. “The Chinese have a saying: ‘First do, then do better’. We do it right before we do.” Health and education Matola said that to be more competitive, South Africa would need to focus on further improving innovation and entrepreneurship. “In the panel they agreed that skills and education need to be sorted out and we need to get innovation and productivity up. We also thought that we need to focus on entrepreneurship at a very early age.”He also noted that to attract investors to the country, the health sector needs mending as businesspeople look for a healthy workforce. Matola referred to the United Nations Human Development Index for positive signs of a health sector on the mend. He said the country improved upon its infant mortality rate and had significantly reduced the number of mother to child transmission of HIV/Aids.Matola also touched on education’s role in South Africa’s competitiveness, saying that vocational education programmes, particularly further education and training (FET) colleges, are critical for the economy to move forward. He said government had spent R20-billion for further education and training colleges last year. “There is a very serious move from the [higher education and training] minister Blade Nzimande to make vocational training attractive for students.”He said plans are in place to develop more FET colleges that can enrol as many as 250 000 students. “Inequality will be reduced through improving our education.”AfricaWhile Naidoo believed South Africa needs to improve its global competitiveness, he admitted that within Africa, the country has a competitive advantage. Naidoo said South Africa has made huge investments across the continent in the last two years. “South African companies are starting to get much better in Africa. This is our strong competitive advantage. We are a formidable player in Africa.”Matola agreed, saying that South African companies had realised the continent’s value years before the rest of the world did and are therefore leading the way when it comes to investment in Africa.Innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities in Africa formed a large part of the discussions at the meeting, which Matola said was an indication of the continent’s importance in the global economy. “There is a huge focus on the continent. There is a strong realisation that Africa is the growth fountain.”