Peace River politicians react to Hill announcement

first_imgHill has been involved in politics for several decades, first running as a candidate for the Reform party in 1988. He has served the riding in the House of Commons since 1993 and was appointed as Leader of the Government in the House by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.The seat in the House will now be up for the taking and the question remains of who will be running in Hill’s place. The Member of Parliament for the Prince George – Peace River riding has announced he is not seeking re-election. Many public figures in the region discussed their feelings about Hill’s announcement.The MLA for Peace River South, Blair Lekstrom, says he thinks Hill has done a great job for the people in the Peace Region and wishes him well in his future. He added that whoever replaces Hill will have to work hard to accomplish as much as Hill has for the riding.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=3031|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=97c01098f7013646b8559d71d5b63631-Lekstrom – Reaction_1_Pub.mp3] The Mayor of Fort St. John, Bruce Lantz, says Hill has been a good friend of his for many years and that although he understands his decision, he will be sorry to see him end his career as a member of the federal government.[asset|aid=3032|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=97c01098f7013646b8559d71d5b63631-Lantz – Reaction_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Lantz added that he hopes he can have the same respectful relationship with the next MP as he has had with Hill.Karen Goodings is the chair of the Peace River Regional District and says she feels Hill has worked very hard for the region but respects the fact that he is going to pursue other interests.She says it will be difficult to find someone who can represent the geographically large area that Hill has strongly represented over the years.[asset|aid=3033|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=97c01098f7013646b8559d71d5b63631-Goodings – Reaction_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

Kidd trade wasn’t close

first_imgAsked how close the Lakers came to a deal, Kupchak said, “Not very close, which is what we expected going into the last day.” The Lakers will have every opportunity to end the losing streak tonight at Staples Center against the Boston Celtics, who have lost 27 of their last 30 games and own the NBA’s worst record at 13-40. EL SEGUNDO – As the clock struck noon Thursday and the NBA trade deadline came and went without a move, the Lakers were sequestered in the film room at their practice facility, starting the search for answers from within. Only a day after becoming the first Phil Jackson-coached team to lose six consecutive games, the Lakers learned that they will move forward this season with a roster that general manager Mitch Kupchak said “in all likelihood” will stay intact. “We’ve just got to battle back out of it and become a better team,” Kobe Bryant said. “I don’t think anybody’s wavered from the fact that we can make some serious noise in the playoffs with the roster that we have.” The Lakers resolved to be a better defensive team than they were in giving up 112 points on nearly 60 percent shooting to Portland, which was the NBA’s third-lowest scoring team going into the game. In spite of all the rumors of a potential deal for All-Star guard Jason Kidd, the Lakers stood pat at the trade deadline for the eighth consecutive season. The two sides never were close to a deal and there was little movement in the final days. The Lakers refused to include 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum in a trade and offered a package built around Kwame Brown, expiring contracts and draft picks. center_img (818) 713-3607 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

Mukumu rule Western Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom

first_img0Shares0000Mukumu Boys celebrating after beating Lugari Blue Saints 2-0 to be crowned the Western Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champions. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONBUNGOMA, Kenya, Feb 4 – Alvin Mang’eni produced a Man of the match performance to inspire Mukumu Boys beat Lugari Blue Saints 2-0 to be crowned the Boys Western region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champions in an entertaining match hosted at the Kanduyi Stadium on Sunday.After a dull first half that saw both sides create limited chances, heading to the break sharing spoils, Mukumu scored both goals in the second half with Mang’eni producing an assist and scoring one. Mang’eni took the mantle by scoring the second in the 77th minute, 10 minutes after their goal was ruled off side. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONMukumu from Kakamega County broke the deadlock in the 69th minute thanks to a clinical finish from Peterlis Odero who received a pass from Mang Mang’eni.Mang’eni took the mantle by scoring the second in the 77th minute, 10 minutes after their goal was ruled off side.Mang’eni was named the Most Valuable Player and took home Sh30, 000 prize money and trophy, Mukumu’s goal keeper, Maxwel Mulili took the Golden Glove while the Golden Boot saw Brian Chala from Mukumu and Noel Kipleting share the gong after each scoring two goals.After a dull first half that saw both sides create limited chances, heading to the break sharing spoils, Mukumu scored both goals in the second half with Mang’eni producing an assist and scoring one. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONMukumu now joins Kapenguria Heroes from Rift Valley, Mwingi Boys from Eastern, Ombek Red Devils from Nyanza and Shimba Hills from Coast Region.The tournament heads to Central before concluding with Nairobi Region ahead of the National Finals set for March at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County.The overall winner will receive Sh1mn and earn a fully paid trip to visit and train with Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom ambassador, Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Victor Wanyama at the White Hart Lane in London.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Man United will scrape in to the top four’ Neville tells talkSPORT

first_imgDo you fancy becoming a football pundit? Take a listen to the clip above and give it your best shot heretalkSPORT Drivetime’s special co-host Gary Neville has predicted Manchester United will regain a place in the Champions League… but only just.“I think they’ll scrape in [the top four],” Neville said during his guest slot alongside regular presenter Adrian Durham.“At the start of the season I thought [United would finish] third,” he revealed.“There’s a period in March when, in five out of six games, they’ve got Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and City.“That will be a big period, but actually Louis van Gaal and United started the season really poorly, then all these big games came along and… I like to think that those games will inspire some of the bigger players at United.”What are your thoughts on Gary Neville’s view? Do you think you could cut it as a pundit?This is your chance to prove how good a football pundit you could be! talkSPORT has teamed up with The Carlsberg Fan Squad on a mission to find Probably The Best Pundit in the World… with probably the best prize too!The winner will become part of the on air talkSPORT team, live from a Premier League ground on the final day of the season!Get recording your entries now and also keep an eye out for the People’s Pundit van, which is now on tour to catch all of your punditry skills outside UK football grounds!It’s a fantastic opportunity! So head to to find out more now.last_img read more

Valley may lose rush-hour relief

first_img “The whole program is designed to be strategic,” said Jimmy L. Price, chief of the city’s Parking Enforcement and Traffic Control Services. The city’s has asked the mayor to consider eliminating the two Valley intersections and adding three new ones on the Westside – though city officials insist the Valley officers won’t be transferred over the hill. “If they remove someone from an intersection in the Valley, they’ll go to another intersection in the Valley,” said Capt. Andrea Fernandez. “We’re trying to dedicate more resources to the program.” Price also announced Friday he was launching an audit to make sure officers are staffing the intersections as ordered, 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. weekdays. Leonard Shaffer, president of the Tarzana Neighborhood Council, welcomed the officers along Ventura Boulevard, but questioned why they are stationed at intersections like Reseda and Clark Avenue, where they seem to have little impact. But at bigger intersections like Ventura and Sepulveda boulevards or Ventura and Beverly Glen boulevards, he says they’re a “welcome addition, because you always have the cowboys who tried to make the signal.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 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 “We need traffic relief in the San Fernando Valley.” Villaraigosa expanded a pilot program launched by former Mayor James Hahn to deploy traffic control officers to manage rush-hour congestion at problem intersections. Fifty additional officers were hired to staff more than three dozen intersections, including 14 in the Valley, paid partly through grants. Residents say the officers have helped move traffic through tough intersections and improve the commute. Plus the officers write parking tickets during off hours, bringing a slight increase in citations that add to the general fund revenues. But the city says it has to focus resources on the worst intersections – measured by those that have cars blocking lanes about one-fourth of the time – and the two Valley intersections no longer qualify. City plans to eliminate white-gloved traffic officers from a Northridge intersection during the morning rush hour drew protests Friday from neighborhood commuters who say the officers have helped improve traffic flow. The city has proposed cutting back the officers at two San Fernando Valley intersections – Reseda and Roscoe boulevards in Northridge and Hubbard Avenue and Foothill Boulevard in Sylmar – as it fine-tunes the program launched by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa two months ago. But Northridge residents hope the officers at Reseda and Roscoe can remain. “Obviously they don’t drive down that street in the morning,” said Jim Alger, president of the Northridge West Neighborhood Council. “It’s working. Why stop? last_img read more

Those bigger Splash Bros waves? Call it a Durant-less desperation

first_imgOAKLAND — It hasn’t been a matter of strategy but desperation that prompted the Splash Brothers to make more waves the past two games.Since Kevin Durant suffered a calf strain late in the third quarter of Game 5 vs. Houston, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have amped up their production by increasing their aggressiveness.FOLLOW THE GAME 2 ACTION IN REAL-TIMECurry averaged 34.5 points in the Game 6 series-clincher vs. the Rockets and Game 1 of the Western Conference finals vs. the Portland …last_img read more

What Do Geologists Know About the Early Earth?

first_imgThere’s not much data, and there’s a lot of doubt and debate.  That’s what a geologist admits about theories of early earth history.In The Conversation, Craig O’Neill says “Keep a lid on it.”  On what?  “The controversy over Earth’s oldest rocks.”  It’s not that O’Neill, a lecturer in geodynamics at Macquarie University disbelieves in the standard picture of a slowly evolving earth billions of years ago.  It’s just that he’s painfully aware of the difficulty of teasing out a picture from the meager and often contradictory evidence from which they draw their conclusions.The “lid” is a reference to one controversy – whether the early earth had a stable crust instead of plate tectonics from the beginning.  That particular debate masks a more general issue: how do geologists know what they claim to know?  Consider O’Neill’s admissions:No consensus.  He thinks data has increased dramatically, but “a consensus on the geological processes operating at that time remains elusive.”No known origins.  Of the two major kinds of rocks, “The origin of both suites of rocks is contested.“No uniformity.  “The contrasting view is that these rocks are the result of a fundamentally different regime unlike anything observed today.”Sparse evidence.  “Part of the problem is the frustratingly small portion of the Earth’s crust preserved from this period of time – only one small outcrop exists in Canada for the first half a billion years of Earth’s history.”Unexpected Genesis-like evidence.  “The story that the zircon’s oxygen told was completely unexpected. Despite the giant impacts and widespread volcanism prevalent at this time, there was liquid water on the surface of the early Earth.”Unwarranted extrapolation.  “This extrapolation sat tenuously, particularly with the ‘stagnant-lid’ camp. And a careful re-examination of the zircon record, by Wilde and his colleagues, painted a different picture.”Other worldliness.  “The best-preserved zircons, which were least affected by later geological events, suggest a very different planet.“Impossibilities.  “Earth’s crust should be barren of platinum, yet it is there and we mine it.”Ad hoc scenarios.  “This might be because of a late addition of platinum and palladium to Earth by meteorites….”Contradictions.  “This is hard to reconcile with early plate tectonics….”Ignorance.  “The debate is far from over, and ambiguities of Earth’s earliest record [are] far from resolved.“There wasn’t much else in O’Neill’s article that provided confidence secular geologists know anything about the early earth.This shows that ignorance is rife not only in the Darwin camp.  The whole secular origin industry thrives on ignorance.  It may be sophisticated ignorance, but it’s still ignorance.  From the origin of the universe, to the origin of matter, to the origin of stars and galaxies, to the origin of planets, to the origin of earth’s crust and atmosphere, the entire prelude to life is a sorry tale of all the things they don’t know but love to speculate about.  And that’s just the beginning of their woes.  The origin of life is so profoundly rooted in ignorance and impossibilities, it is a show-stopper to top all show stoppers (how many show stoppers does it take to stop a show?).  Everything beyond the origin of life – the origin of the genetic code, the origin of multicellularity, sex, body plans, sensation, every function from swimming to flight, the origin of sentience, behavior, the origin of humans, of consciousness, of the brain, of altruism, of music, of morality – there is not one of these areas where evolutionists know more than the geology described above.  Secular evolution is an exercise in willful ignorance.  It could be quickly cured by recognition of the necessity of intelligent design to even get to square one. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African invention helps North Darfur women

first_imgA woman in El Fasher, North Darfur, usesa Hippo water roller, a device for easilyand efficiently carrying water. The Hippo,with its large drum capacity, frees womenand children from having to spend a largeportion of every day dedicated tocollecting water for their households.(Image: Albert Gonzalez, Irin Photo)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ben ParkerDirector, Irin News+254 733 860082RELATED ARTICLES• Sudan vote boosts airline industry• Tapping into ingenuity• Zuma supports referendum results• Pure water in a jiffy• Unesco lauds SA literacy projectSource: Irin NewsA water project supported by the UN-African Union peacekeeping force (Unamid) in eight villages of North Darfur will not only facilitate residents’ access to water, but will also help to reduce sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the region, local residents and Unamid officials said.“For years we have been afraid of being attacked while fetching water and collecting firewood; it is not always possible to move in groups and we are often escorted by men or Unamid peacekeepers,” a resident of Kuma Garadayat village, who declined to be named, told Irin News.Kuma Garadayat, 60km from El Fasher in North Darfur, is one of the villages where the water project was launched on 26 April. The eight villages host at least 3 000 returnees.About 30 000 rolling water containers, with a capacity of 75 litres each, the equivalent of four jerry cans, were distributed to women in the villages, all with poor access to water and severely affected by drought during the dry season.“I hope through the water carriers, things will become easier for us; we’ll be less exposed,” the anonymous villager added.According to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), most SGBV cases in Darfur still occur during water and firewood collection.Because of generally poor access to justice, a sense of impunity, and the social stigmas attached to SBGV, the international community in Darfur has launched several prevention, protection and response activities, including firewood patrols.Hippo helping communitiesThe water project is one of a number of broader Unamid-backed recovery projects, which include training midwives and helping to improve health and education in villages.Several thousand water hippos will be dispatched over the next two weeks, mainly to women heads of households, the vulnerable and people living far from water points, says Unamid.The Hippo water roller, a South African invention, is a durable barrel-shaped polyethylene container that holds water and is rolled along the ground instead of being carried. A steel roller attached to the drum allows it to be pushed or pulled even over bumpy ground.The Hippo roller was developed in 1992 by South African engineers Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker. According to manufacturer Imvubu Projects, because the weight of the water is carried on the ground, even children and the elderly can manage a full roller, allowing for collection of five times more water with less effort.Former president Nelson Mandela has personally endorsed the product.“One of the major sources of conflict in Darfur is access to water,” said Unamid head Ibrahim Gambari in a statement.“This project will make life easier and safer for women, and will also serve to underscore the fact that water hasn’t only been a source of conflict, it is also the solution,” he said.“It is our hope that their [the barrels’] use will not only support former displaced persons but also help protect civilians as they return to resume their lives.”last_img read more

Dan Uetrecht, Oct. 29

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We started planting wheat Oct. 1 and 2 and got 140 acres planted and we planted another 15 acres on Oct. 8. The first wheat got all of that heat and I think it was up in 4 days. The wheat planted later hit that cold spell but it is up and looking good. It is off to a good start.We finished the corn and first-crop soybeans last Thursday the 25th. That was a great feeling. There is no bigger satisfaction you have than getting the crop in the bin. We still have about 120 acres of double-crops to do and I have some to do for a neighbor.This will be the best corn crop I’ve ever raised. Corn quality was great. The beans were a little disappointing and it’s my fault. The first 100 acres we planted looked phenomenal. They had frogeye but they looked good and they were far enough along that I chose not to spray. I harvested that 100 acres and they went 50 bushels and had some quality issues. We moved down to another field with the same variety planted a day later and they went 77 bushels with a fungicide sprayed on them. Thankfully we sprayed 75% of our beans. If there is frogeye pressure in the future, I am spraying. It cost me in yield and in grain quality. I have never seen anything like that. There were still some quality issues even where I sprayed.With corn, yields were up in the 240 or 250 range. For the soybeans, I had that field go 77, and I had some in the 60s on down to the low 50s.We got .6-inch of rain this weekend and I think guys will be in the field today or tomorrow because we are supposed to get heavy rains later in the week. I am hoping we can run at my neighbor’s while we wait for the double-crops to get ready.I am so thankful we have storage. In a year like this, storage is going to be critical. We tend to be price takers and this year if you are going to be able to take advantage of basis and do some marketing things you have to be able to store it.last_img read more