Kidsport receives $26,500 donation from DGS Colas Cup

first_imgHowever, another winner emerged from the Colas Cup, the Fort St. John chapter of Kidsport.Last night, DGS made a donation of $26,500, which will go towards helping underprivileged children get involved in organized sports.Tim Rankin, tournament coordinator, says it was a successful tournament considering it was the first time Fort St. John hosted the Colas Cup, and that the amount raised exceeded all expectations.- Advertisement -“Talking to the foundation they were very shocked with the amount raised, and so was I,” he says. “For the employees to raise and donate $13,000 and then some of their own money to a charity, that’s amazing. This is more than we raised in our golf tournament and that’s raised through our suppliers and sponsors. The guys said they had a great time, everything was good, other than it being minus 50 degrees… only the guys from Alaska were okay with that.”He adds that because minor hockey donated the ice time to the tournament, a donation of $1,000 has also been made on behalf of the tournament to Fort St John Minor Hockey.Following Wednesday evening’s dinner, Jim Hughson, a play-by-play hockey broadcaster for CBC, entertained the crowd with well presented speech lasting over 45 minutes.Advertisement The NHL broadcaster spoke about growing up in Fort St. John, watching the Senior Flyers and how Peace Region hockey inspired him into career in broadcasting.Hughson also took the opportunity to jokingly poke fun at various players playing in the Colas Cup, along with the calibre of hockey he was “privileged” to watch at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.Hughson said that when he was asked to be the special guest speaker for the tournament, the answer was a no-brainer.”The Colas Cup people invited me some time ago to come up here and speak at their banquet tonight, and it’s hockey and that’s what I do, so because it was here in particular, I accepted the invitation right away because it’s been a lot of years since I’ve been up here,” he says. “Not only did I want to see the place, but I get a chance to see some old friends, meet some new people and have a few remember whens, and hang around a bunch of guys who like hockey, so it’s a good couple days.”Advertisement He added he’s been away longer than he lived here, and couldn’t believe the development the city has gone through. He also marvelled at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, which he was seeing in person for the first time.”This is a fantastic facility… For a town like this to have a recreation facility like this, I think it’s spectacular. To have the two ice surfaces, the multi-purpose facility, it’s really well thought out in my opinion. To have all of your recreation facilities down in this area now, it’s perfect. It’s little wonder there are so many, and have been over the years, so many good competitors in so many winter sports coming out of Fort St. John because we always had facilities, always had places to train and this will only make it better.”Next year’s Colas Cup will hit the ice in Banff, Alberta.last_img read more

Finance Minister downplays importance of local content legislation

first_imgOil and gas sectorFinance Minister Winston JordanAt a time when local stakeholders are actively pushing for a local content policy to be in place ahead of next year’s scheduled first oil, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said such legislation is not important.Speaking at a weekly press conference held on Friday by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) – the largest party in the APNU faction of the coalition Government – Jordan pointed out that activities in the oil and gas sector are moving full steam ahead without that critical piece of legislation.“While legislation is important, we should not make it the be-all and end-all. Many companies that are coming here aren’t waiting for local content and other legislation – they are moving ahead. And if various pieces of legislation represented the level of development, Guyana would be a very developed country because [we have] got legislation virtually for everything,” he posited.Nevertheless, the Finance Minister explained that Director of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe has indicated that the local content legislation is all about finished and will be available for public consumption fairly shortly.But Jordan went on to insist that, “The proof of the pudding is always in the eating and how we implement the legislation. Do we have the bodies to implement the legislation, the systems, and so forth, in place? So yes, local content [is] absolutely important, absolutely vital that we get it but don’t wait for local content legislation. Use existing legislation to ensure that we get parts of the pie while we putting in the local content legislation so that we could get a fair, level playing field about how we operate with nationals and foreigners as they come into our country”.In recent years, however, pressure has been mounting from stakeholders, including the diplomatic community here, for the coalition Government to have a local content policy in place so that Guyanese can benefit from the budding oil and gas industry.Local Private Sector bodies and other stakeholder agencies had expressed dissatisfaction with the slothfulness in which the local content laws are being developed. Calls are constantly being made for the policy to be finalised before first oil in the first quarter of 2020, when United States oil giant, ExxonMobil is slated to commence production in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana.Back in May, however, Dr Bynoe had told reporters at a press conference that the local content policy would be ready long before production commences.The local content policy would guide the State in guarding against local companies being bypassed for contracts and services while foreign companies and workers are favoured.But specialists in this field have opined that Guyana needs to place emphasis on having active and direct participation of local companies in the budding industry.This is the belief of Executive Director of the Ghana Oil and Gas Services Association, Nuertey Adzeman, who told reporters here earlier this month that the best approach to achieve this is to make it mandatory for foreign companies to enter into a joint venture with a local company in order to operate in the country.“In our part of the world, local participation requires that every foreign contractor coming to do business in the oil and gas field should have an indigenous partner, who should have a minimum of 10 per cent stake of equity in the business and have his role cut out well and, therefore, a JV [joint venture] needs come out of that…and the contract will be awarded to the JV company, and not the individual companies. That is the best way to go because the country spend would be maintained and you will see your numbers go up and that is where you need to put your priority at,” the oil consultant stated.Moreover, Adzeman pointed out that Guyana should also focus on building capacity at the middle level of the oil value chain where technical and vocational skills are needed so that the country can have its own pool of petroleum technicians and experts.This, according to his colleague, Business Development Manager Loveland White, will allow Guyana to eventually take over and have locals run the oil and gas industry down the line.“Local content regulation goes beyond employing a number of Guyanese to work with the operators. They need to build capacity and they need to have knowledge transfer. There should be a succession plan… You should be able to transfer knowledge to Guyanese to take over. So you give yourself a number of years to hand over full operations to Guyanese to take over and they’ll manage their own resources,” White contended.Against this backdrop, however, Adzeman posited that another area is that Guyana should consider supporting indigenous companies to get into oil production themselves instead of having to rely solely on the expertise and resources of foreign companies all the time to develop the oil and gas industry.“You need to start thinking about that… putting indigenous Guyanese, as we have done. Identify a few Guyanese and give them block and when we find something, everything remains in house,” he noted.Building on this, however, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Nicholas Boyer said he can foresee local companies taking advantage of the opportunities available in on-shore and near-shore explorations where the complexities and risks behind the engineering are low.last_img read more

Seven-up Dortmund keep heat on Bayern Munich

first_img0Shares0000Easy does it: Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi and his teammates celebrateBERLIN, Germany, Sep 26 – Teenager Achraf Hakimi scored on debut as Borussia Dortmund waltzed to a 7-0 win over Nuremberg on Wednesday to keep the heat on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.Real Madrid loanee Hakimi, 19, scored Dortmund’s third goal as Lucien Favre’s side obliterated Nuremberg to move to within two points of Bayern in second place. Jacob Bruun Larsen’s stylish finish gave Dortmund the lead early on, the Danish striker latching onto Christian Pulisic’s through ball and lofting the ball over Fabian Bredlow in the Nuremberg goal.With Dortmund in complete control, Marco Reus doubled the lead on 32 minutes, as his long range effort was deflected past a helpless Bredlow.Hakimi’s moment came just after half-time, as he rounded off a Dortmund counter attack by blasting the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.Reus added another a few minutes later, and Manuel Akanji picked up his first ever Bundesliga goal before substitutes Jadon Sancho and Julian Weigl completed the rout.Borussia Moenchengladbach, meanwhile, are among those chasing Dortmund after they battled to a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt to go fourth.Gladbach forced several saves from Kevin Trapp in the first half before Alassane Plea finally broke through in the 56th minute, the Frenchman rifling the ball in from a tight angle to grab his sixth goal in all competitions.-HazardThorgan Hazard doubled the lead with a sweetly struck finish ten minutes later, and though Ante Rebic’s goal gave Frankfurt a flicker of hope, it was extinguished by Nico Elvedi’s 85th minute header.Elsewhere, RB Leipzig battled to a 2-0 win over Stuttgart, while Wolfsburg were held to a goalless draw in Mainz.Captain Willi Orban put Leipzig in front on the stroke of half-time, tapping in the rebound after Kevin Kampl had forced a save from Ron-Robert Zieler.Timo Werner had a goal ruled out by VAR in the second half before Jean Kevin Augustin whipped in Leipzig’s second to seal the win.Wolfsburg failed to take advantage of a comedy of defensive errors from Mainz.-GiftTwice gifted possession in the first half, Josip Brekalo first struck the post on 23 minutes, and then fired the ball straight at Mainz goalkeeper Florian Mueller.Earlier, two goals from Kevin Volland saw Bayer Leverkusen continue their recovery with a 2-1 win at Fortuna Duesseldorf.After a breaking the deadlock with a tap-in after half-time, Volland nodded in Kai Havertz’s elegant cross to double the lead, and Rouwen Hennings late penalty was not enough to prevent a second win in a row for Leverkusen.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ex Gor, Stars coach Williamson battling cancer

first_img0Shares0000Former Harambee Stars head coach, Bobby Williamson, during the team’s barren draw against Mauritius on Sunday, October 11, 2015. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 21- Former Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson has revealed that he is battling cancer in an interview with the Scottish Sun.Williamson who managed the Uganda Cranes before moving to Kenya was diagnosed with cancerous cells in his nasal cavity in the summer, but is keen on returning to coaching after he completes his treatment in India. He has spent the last two months undergoing a gruelling programme of intensive treatment in India, but is optimistic he will make a full recovery. Williamson revealed he’s lost almost 12.7kg in weight since his chemotherapy and radiotherapy started last month.He’s also been badly affected by chronic mouth ulcers, a side effect of his treatment.Williamson, 56, said: “In the summer I’d been bothered by what felt like a blockage at the back of my throat.“I’d just been signed up for a medical insurance policy with my partner Michelle and in the course of the medical I had they discovered something.“It was causing me problems breathing, so I was keen to get it out. But the tests they did showed it was cancerous.“There was a bit of a delay between the tests being done and the results coming back, which made me think I might be better getting treatment elsewhere.“Michelle told me that in Kenya people who need lengthy hospital treatment go to India, so we made some enquiries and I came over to Delhi.“They’ve told me the tumour has been removed, but I had to have chemotherapy once a week and 20 sessions of radiotherapy, which was pretty tough.Harambee Stars head coach, Bobby Williason (left) greets captain Victor Wanyama. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It’s going to be a few months before they know for sure it hasn’t spread.“Michelle has been absolutely fabulous supporting me. She’s taken unpaid leave off her work to be here with me.”Williamson, who was axed as manager of Kenya in February 2016, admits the warning signs were there during everyday life in Nairobi.He added: “I’d first gone to hospital at the start of last year because I’d had nosebleeds a couple of days in succession.“At that time my nose always felt blocked, so they did a lot of tests. I had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy, but my liver, pancreas and kidneys were all OK.“But by August it was getting unbearable. I felt as if I was totally blocked up all the time and I was having trouble breathing.“They did a biopsy and the results initially came back inconclusive. But I was pushing for it to be removed because I knew there was something bothering me.”As if the cancer diagnosis wasn’t serious enough, medics also told Williamson he was suffering from diabetes.He said: “As well as the radiotherapy and chemotherapy, I was given medication for the diabetes. I was taking 20 tablets a day.“One of the side effects of the meds I was on was enormous mouth ulcers.“At various stages there were more ulcers visible on my tongue and gums than there was normal skin. They tried everything to help with that, from mouthwashes to gels, but nothing did much good.“One night I was up six times between 1am and 4am to put the gel on. At 4am I gave up and got up and read my book.Harambee Stars head coach, Bobby Williamson, applauds during their 2-1 loss to Zambia. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“Even this week I had a bowl of soup that I couldn’t force down because eating it hurt so much. The same thing happened with a glass of water which I couldn’t get over my throat. I haven’t had a single bit of bread since I’ve been in India.“When I arrived in India I was 86kg and now I’m 75kg. That’s almost two stones of a difference. I’m lighter now than I was when I played football!“I had a mask made because the radiation treatment was directed on to my face and they had to make a second one because the first one didn’t fit after I lost so much weight.“I wasn’t eating and I had to be put on a drip in hospital because I wasn’t taking in any nutrition.“I went Christmas shopping one day last week and I felt dizzy and had blurred vision while I was out.“There was talk of me going back into hospital this week to get fed through a tube directly into my stomach.“But I forced a milkshake down the other day and felt a bit better after that.”Williamson admits his long spell in hospital has given him time to reconsider his stance over his ongoing legal dispute with the Kenyan FA.He resisted the chance to take jobs while he was embroiled in a dispute over unpaid wages after he was axed as national boss nearly two years ago.He said: “I’m hoping to get the all-clear to leave India on Christmas Eve.“My plan then is to have a break in Dubai, which is on the journey from India to Kenya, to recuperate next week, then get back to Kenya.Former Harambee Stars head coach, Bobby Williamson (foreground) consults with his assistant, Musa Otieno during a past match. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“I haven’t worked in football since leaving the national team job.“The Kenyan FA broke the contract, so there’s a dispute which is being handled by lawyers. I like living in Kenya, so it’s not a road I want to go down. But they broke it, not me.“While that was going on I didn’t want to work because I was focused on the dispute, but now I want to get back to coaching.“While I’ve been in India I’ve got a bit of appetite for the game back.“I would get back to the apartment I’ve rented and from 11pm to midnight there’s football on the TV every night.“I’ve probably watched more football in the last six months than I ever have.“I’ve seen a lot of Indian football, which is obviously on the rise. There are a few well-known managers working there, like Steve Coppell, John Gregory and Teddy Sheringham. So is the former Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen.“There are ten teams in the I-League and the coaches are all either English, Spanish or Portuguese.-Courtesy Scottish Sun–0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FINN VALLEY AC ATHLETE LEADS AMERICAN UNIVERSITY TO FOURTH-PLACED FINISH

first_imgATHLETICS: Finn Valley AC athlete Sarah Collins performed superbly at the NCAA Cross-Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.Collins, a student at Providence College, Rhode Island led her team at the prestigious American championships. Collins led the front group at 2k, eventually hanging on for a place of 20th out of 282 starters.This was a high-class field of athletes with some of the very best from numerous regional qualifiers throughout the USA participating at the championships.Collin’s team finished fourth overall, which was a hugely satisfactory return based on their pre-race ranking as New Mexico dominated.Collins has gained All-American status, which is an honour bestowed on the top FORTY athletes in US College/University system  – which a hugely coveted award. Her former Finn Valley AC coach Patsy McGonagle told Donegal Daily. “If Sarah can remain injury free now, and continue her progress, then there will be exciting times ahead as she approaches 2016.FINN VALLEY AC ATHLETE LEADS AMERICAN UNIVERSITY TO FOURTH-PLACED FINISH was last modified: November 22nd, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

GAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS AND FIXTURES

first_imgNaomh Mhure Ladies CLG U-16s who defeated Glenswilly this eveningNOTE to all clubs. As part of increasing the profile of the Ladies GAA, clubs are encouraged to send results and match reports to Donegal Daily on info@donegaldaily.comA busy weekend coming up on the Ladies GAA Calender.First the County Minor ladies play Cavan in the championship on Saturday. The girls hope to continue on from their fine performance when they were victorious against Tyrone. This game takes place in Breffni Park with throw in at Midday. This weekend also sees all three divisions continue.The fixtures are as follows:Division 1.St. Eunans vs Termon. Glenfin vs Moville.Division 2.Dungloe vs Aodh RuadhGlenties vs KilcarCloughaneely vs Convoy Four Masters vs Milford.Division 3.St. Nauls vs UrrisConvoy vs Termon Carndonagh vs KillybegsGaoth Dobhair vs LetterKenny GaelsBuncrana vs Red Hughes.GAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS AND FIXTURES was last modified: April 16th, 2013 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:GAA: DONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS AND FIXTURESlast_img read more

Experts forecast growth crisis for Valley

first_imgCOVINA — Like any region in Southern California, the San Gabriel Valley will see a surge of growth, economic development and transportation. But what makes the Valley unique is the fact that it will also be directly affected by the increase of goods being shipped from Asia to the United States, according to a panel of transportation and Valley experts who spoke at a San Gabriel Valley Public Affairs Network luncheon Thursday at the Embassy Suites. Experts predict that in 15 years at least 25 billion tons of goods will be shipped into the United States via trucks and trains. About one-third of that traffic will come through the Valley, experts say. “The San Gabriel Valley’s geography is its destiny,” said Bill Carney, president of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. “Through this Valley passes the most major goods movement … between Asia and parts of the United States. While that’s a blessing, it’s also a curse.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While the movement can feed economic development, the sheer volume can crowd the freeways and streets, Carney said. And, according to Fran Inman, senior vice president of corporate development at Majestic Realty Co., we are not prepared to handle it. “It’s a raging crisis where we really need to come together,” Inman told the 50 people at the luncheon. “We’re light-years behind where we should be.” Growth is the key word in the Valley’s future. In 20 years, about 600,000 more residents are expected to move to the 31 cities and county areas that make up the Valley, said Nicholas Conway, executive director of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. About 51 percent of the Valley’s space is open, which residents don’t like to see built upon, Conway said. And about 71 percent of the housing here is single-family, non-dense housing. “Where are these 600,000 people going to live?” Conway said. “Cities are fiercely protective of (their) residential character.” To accommodate the expected growth, the Valley will need to sprout 175,000 new households and at least 200,000 new jobs, Conway said. The panel agreed the next 15 years will be a struggle to accommodate growth while focusing on efforts to keep the region’s quality of life. One way, they said, is to foster private-public partnerships to improve roadways, build housing and create more jobs. “Government needs to do a better job in communicating and investing in infrastructure,” Conway said. Inman said public awareness is key to making the growing pains a little less painful. “Become educated and look to solutions,” she said. “Putting our heads in the sand is not going to help.” — Christina L. Esparza can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472, or by e-mail at christina.esparza@sgvn.com.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

Volleyball Wraps Up Non-Conference Season In North Carolina

first_img Live Stats Story Links Print Friendly Version Live Video – vs UNCW The Drake University volleyball team concludes its non-conference schedule this weekend with three matches in Wilmington, N.C., as part of the Hampton Inns Seahawk Classic.The Bulldogs’ first-ever visit to North Carolina begins Friday with an 11 a.m. match against Western Carolina, followed by a 6 p.m. contest against the host, UNCW.The competition resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. against North Carolina A&T.Drake makes the trek to the Eastern seaboard with a 5-5 record after an 0-3 weekend at the Bluejay with losses to a pair of top-20 opponents. Following this weekend’s tournament, the team returns to the Knapp Center to begin Missouri Valley Conference action against Indiana State, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m.last_img read more

HIGHLAND RADIO THREATEN TO SUE RIVAL IN BATTLE FOR AIRWAVES

first_imgHighland Radio is threatening to sue its rival radio applicant fronted by its former station boss Charlie Collins.Highland Radio managing director Shaun Doherty.Both Highland and proposed station DLFM are competing for the license which is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.Both recently submitted lengthy applications to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland which published the submissions this afternoon. However within hours of the submissions appearing on the BAI’s website, Highland owner Gerry Rabbitt was threatening legal action against DLFM.The threat is the latest claim as both sides battle it out to broadcast across North Donegal’s airwaves from 2014.Mr Rabbitt claims there are inaccuracies on the DLFM application which are “very serious.”He said “It has come to our attention that very serious inaccuracies of a defamatory nature may be contained in the submission application of DL Commercial Radio. “Highland Radio are currently seeking legal advice on this matter and therefore would strenuously advise that any inaccurate details contained in this application should not be republished.”It is unclear as to what these alleged claims by DLFM are.When contacted by Donegal Daily, a spokesman for DLFM refused to comment on the matter.  HIGHLAND RADIO THREATEN TO SUE RIVAL IN BATTLE FOR AIRWAVES was last modified: October 31st, 2013 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:BAICharlie CollinsDLFMGerry RabbittHighland RadioShaun Dohertysuelast_img read more

THE HIGH KINGS ANNOUNCE CHRISTMAS GIG AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgThe High Kings are on their way to Donegal.Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey & Darren Holden – renowned vocalists and musicians – have come together to create the most exciting Irish ballad group to emerge since The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem electrified the worldwide folk revival of the 1960s.The band will play at the Mount Errigal Hotel on Saturday, December 28 – the perfect lift after the turkey! Carrying on the tradition of great Irish music, creating exciting modern songs in the folk idiom and incorporating some of the classic ballad repertoire from the past.The highly acclaimed musical Director David Downes, (musical director of Celtic Woman) brings intricate harmonies and driving rhythms to The High Kings songbook, giving them freshness and sparkle that is modern and exciting, without ever sacrificing the traditional melodies and lyrics, which made them so attractive in the first instance.The songs themselves reflect a wide range of moods, the rousing “Rocky Road To Dublin,” the haunting strains of “The Parting Glass,” the irresistible “The Wild Rover” and the stunning “Fields of Glory”. The four part harmonies will be backed by a band on the Irish tour.Tickets are available from the Mount Errigal Hotel.  THE HIGH KINGS ANNOUNCE CHRISTMAS GIG AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: December 4th, 2013 by John2Share 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:letterkennyMount Errigal HotelThe High Kingslast_img read more