UPDATE #2 – Saturday morning power outage in Charlie Lake

first_imgUPDATE #2 – As of 1:30 pm power has been restored to all customers in the area.  There is another power outage in the Charlie Lake area.The outage started just before 9 a.m. Saturday and should be restored by 12 p.m. About 300 customers are currently without power and the cause of the outages is still under investigation. – Advertisement -UPDATE – As of 11:00 am, Hydro now says the power won’t be restored in this area until at least 2:30pm.  Hydro also says the outage was caused by a fire.  We don’t know what kind of fire at the moment, but we hope to learn more later today.last_img read more

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Golden Jags Head Coach positive about team’s future

first_img– as the ‘Train and Play’ camp concludes“It’s been an excellent two weeks. We’ve had fun, we’ve had laughter, moments of pain, moments of frustration; but all in all, it’s been an absolutely wonderful camp.”Those were the sentiments of Golden Jaguars Head Coach Michael Johnson at the conclusion of the Guyana Football Federation’s inaugural ‘Train and Play’ camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The Golden Jaguars team and the Guyana Football Federation’s technical staff in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilThe training camp, which mostly catered to Under 23 players, offered the athletes an opportunity to display their talents in hopes of being scouted by the GFF”s technical staff ahead of Guyana’s participation in the CONCACAF Nations League, which will kick off at the Leonora Track and Field Facility on September 6 with Guyana taking on Barbados.The Brazil “Train and Play” Camp also afforded the new staff — the largest that has ever been pulled together by the GFF — the chance to bond ahead of what will be an exciting period of history, according to Johnson, with commencement of Project 100 which is cracking the under-100 FIFA Ranking.The former Jamaican player underscored the fact that a stronger relationship has been established among both team and staff, with a thorough appreciation of how they are going to work.“Where we go from here is to keep the connections open and keep moving things forward. We’re going to be in Guyana in a matter of five days, so it’s a great opportunity again to get to connect with the staff, connect with the players, and continue the process.“Our job’s not just about the first men’s senior starting team, it’s also about the development of the younger players and the coaches,” he offered.Given the fact that no Guyanese team has ever qualified for a major tournament, the head coach is of the opinion that the upcoming competition needs a positive approach.“Very positive. I know that we’ve never qualified for a major tournament, but I really have a strong belief in the team, the staff, and everybody connected; that we’re in for some exciting times. Having worked with the 23s and seen some of the players that can breach that group, as well as having seen some of the names on that first squad that we’re picking, it’s really exciting, and I can’t wait to get to work.“What we are promising is a team that would be representative of Guyana; a team that’s going to play with vibrancy, fluidity, and most importantly give 100% towards the country,” Johnson said.Once again, Johnson has taken the opportunity to appeal to stakeholders for their support, “The businesses, the Government, the fans: we can’t do this on our own; we need businesses to reach out and sponsor areas of the GFF’s programme, which would really help drive things forward.”Johnson went on to note that the team’s efforts will be great repayment for those who take the time to invest. He said. “I think with that there will be opportunities when we grow, the businesses (who partner with the team) will grow with us as well. What we really would like is (for) people to be on the journey with us from now. Who really and truly believes in what we are trying to do? If you do believe, then come on board,” he appealed.last_img read more

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Local schools receive grants

first_imgWHITTIER – Three Whittier-area schools are getting sizable state grants that will pay between $500 and $1,000 per student to help increase student achievement through class-size reduction and more training for teachers and principals. Evergreen Elementary in the East Whittier City School District, Aeolian Elementary in the Los Nietos School District, and La Merced Intermediate in the Montebello Unified School District are among 488 low-performing public schools statewide that will get grants from the Quality Education Investment Act. This legislation provides nearly $3 billion to help schools that ranked in the bottom 20 percent of the 2005 Academic Performance Index (API), the state’s annual measuring stick for school performance. It also settles a lawsuit the California Teachers Association brought against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to get him to repay the $2 billion borrowed from education funds two years ago. “We are going to be spending quite a bit of time in the planning phase because we want to be able to use our money wisely” at Aeolian Elementary, said Lillian French, superintendent of the Los Nietos School District. The QEIA grant requires recipients to reduce class size to 25 students in the fourth and fifth grades, and teachers must participate in staff development. “We will probably be able to implement class-size reduction requirement immediately,” French said. “So it means there will be approximately one additional teacher per grade level.” At the Montebello Unified School District, La Merced Intermediate was the only school in Montebello to receive the funding. Four other MUSD schools – Winter Gardens Elementary in Los Angeles, and Bell Gardens Intermediate, Bell Gardens High and Suva Intermediate, all in Bell Gardens – will also receive QEIA grants. “We are fortunate to have even one of our schools selected,” said MUSD Superintendent Edward Velasquez. “So receiving funds for five schools definitely gives our district the advantage in impacting instruction and student performance.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re thrilled and excited about what this means for our teachers and kids,” said Evergreen Principal Gabriela Tavitian. “It means we’ll have more support and more time for teachers to spend with students, especially those who are struggling.” Supporters said the idea behind QEIA was to give more financial support to teachers and schools serving low-income and minority students and English learners in order to help them close the achievement gap. The QEIA grants, for which about 1,400 schools were eligible, pays $500 per pupil in grades K-3, $900 per pupil in grades 4-8 and $1,000 per pupil in grades 9-12. In the 2007-08 school year, the selected schools will get partial funding for a planning year. Full funding will kick in at the start of the 2008-09 school year. last_img read more

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Distracted Driving seminars coming to Fort St. John next week

first_imgThe BC Forest Safety Council, working with Canfor, Drop It And Drive and Northern Health, has announced it will present distracted driving prevention education seminars and supervisor workshops in Terrace and Fort St. John.BCFSC said in a press release that “these free sessions will make you think about distracted driving in a different way and better prepare drivers to make it home safely,” using “stories and science over statistics.”The seminar in Fort St. John is on next Friday, November 6th at the Northern Grand Hotel. The seminar is from 8:30 until 11:45 AM, and the workshop is later that same day from 1:00 until 4:30 PM.- Advertisement -While this seminar is open to all drivers and people who have an interest in distracted driving prevention, the BCFSC says those who attend from the forest industry will be given priority.The interactive workshop following is designed to help safety professionals reinforce seminar messages throughout the year with customize-able and easy-to-create 10-20 minute road and workplace safety presentations.Those attending the workshop must have attended the seminar.Advertisement Registration is recommended, but drop-in is welcome for the seminar. To register, call 1-877-741-1060 or email transport@bcforestsafe.org.last_img read more

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FIFA bribery trial kicks off in New York

first_img0Shares0000Three fabulously wealthy and once-powerful South American soccer officials on trial in New York (L to R): Jose Maria Marin, Juan Angel Naput and Manuel Burga © AFP/File / Kena BETANCUR, NORBERTO DUARTE, Luka GonzalezNEW YORK, United States, Nov 13 – Three South American former soccer officials were blinded by greed and accepted millions of dollars in bribes, US prosecutors told the FIFA corruption trial Monday as defense lawyers insisted their wealthy clients were innocent.Forty-two officials and marketing executives, and three companies were indicted in an exhaustive 236-page complaint detailing 92 separate crimes and 15 corruption schemes to the tune of $200 million. It was the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer, first unveiled by US government prosecutors in May 2015 and lifting the lid on a quarter of a century of endemic corruption in the heart of FIFA, soccer’s governing body.Yet only three of them are going on trial — a trio of once-powerful soccer officials from South America, charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.Their fate will be decided by an anonymous jury, chosen after documented attempts at intimidation. The 12-member panel with six alternates was selected after four days of screening last week.“Lurking underneath the surface are lies, greed and corruption,” US assistant attorney Keith Edelman told jurors in opening remarks Monday, recounting a meeting of soccer officials from all over the world at a Miami hotel in May 2014.“Some of these officials had other reasons to celebrate, they had agreed to receive millions of dollars in bribes regarding the (Copa America) tournament,” he told the federal court in Brooklyn, New York.The most high-profile defendant is Jose Maria Marin, 85, former president of Brazil’s Football Confederation — the sport’s organizing body in one of the premier soccer-playing nations in the world.Since extradition after his 2015 arrest by Swiss police in a five-star hotel, he has been out on bail, living in luxury at Trump Tower, the Fifth Avenue skyscraper best known for housing the penthouse and company headquarters of the US president.Also in the dock is former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout, 59, and Manuel Burga, who led soccer in Peru until 2014 and once served as a FIFA development committee member.All three have pleaded not guilty.– ‘Cheated the sport’ –“They all cheated the sport,” said Edelman of the three defendants, “in order to line their own pockets with money that should have been spent to benefit the sport.”“The evidence will show that for over 20 years, the defendants co-conspired and abused the system,” he said.“They agreed to receive secret bribes, taking away money that could have been spent to promote the sport.”In their own opening statements, lawyers for the three defendants admitted there was widespread corruption at FIFA but argued that their clients were not involved.The trial is due to last five to six weeks, and prosecutors are expected to present 350,000 pages of evidence and dozens of witnesses.If convicted, they will be sentenced by Judge Pamela Chen. The most serious counts each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years.Tens of millions of dollars were hidden in offshore accounts in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland, US officials said.Around two dozen defendants have already pleaded guilty, and two of them were last month sentenced to jail — Guatemalan ex-soccer official Hector Trujillo to eight months and British-Greek accountant Costas Takkas to 15 months.The others who await sentencing include Jeffrey Webb, of the Cayman Islands, who admitted to receiving more than $6 million in bribes and whose millionaire lifestyle while under house arrest — quaffing champagne, gambling and partying — has infuriated FIFA’s lawyers.While the US investigation did not indict ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter, he was thrown out of the sport in 2015 after FIFA’s ethics committee found him guilty of making an improper two million Swiss franc ($2.1 million) payment to then-UEFA chief Michel Platini.Blatter was banned from soccer for six years, and Platini, his former heir apparent, for four years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Chelsea and Liverpool scouting £26m Serie A starlet

first_imgChelsea and Liverpool are scouting Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, according to reports in Spain.Icardi has been one of the shining lights in a struggling Inter Milan side this season, who have fallen to ninth in the Serie A table.The 21-year-old has hit 10 goals in 28 league appearances and his performances have caught the eye of several clubs.And, according to fichajes.net, Chelsea and Liverpool are keeping tabs on Icardi as they weigh up a bid for his services.Both clubs have reportedly scouted the Argentine and are considering a move, but they have been put off by Inter’s initial valuation of £26million.Inter are also set to open talks over a new contract with Icardi, in attempt to ward off interest from any potential suitors. Inter Milan starlet Mauro Icardi 1last_img read more

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Everton defender follows team-mate in joining Sunderland on season-long loan

first_imgSunderland have announced the signing of Everton defender Tyias Browning on a season-long loan.The 23-year-old will link back up with Simon Grayson at the Stadium of Light, having spent the second half of last season under the new Black Cats manager while on loan at Preston.Browning, who has made nine appearances for Everton since his debut against Liverpool in September 2014, is the second player to join Sunderland on loan from the Toffees this week, with fellow defender Brendan Galloway having also moved to the north-east.They join other ex-Everton players Bryan Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Jack Rodwell on the books of the Championship club.Former England Under-21 international Browning signed a new contract with Everton in January, tying him to the club until the summer of 2019. 1 Tyias Browning: The defender follows team-mate Brendan Galloway to Sunderland last_img read more

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GAA: ST MARY’S CONVOY GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgLotto results – DN, MH, RN and LD. Two winners Marian Prunty and Caroline Wood. The development results will be in next weeks paper. The minors drew with Naomh Padraig from Lifford, 0-10 to 0-7. The reserves were beaten away to Na Rossa 2-10 to 1-9.Senior Men played out a 0-12 to 1-9 draw with Na Rossa in a very entertaining game with the result in doubt till the final whistle. The senior Ladies had their first game away to Milford. They were beaten by a strong side in the end 2-5 to 4-5.GAA: ST MARY’S CONVOY GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 12th, 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:GAA: ST MARY’S CONVOY GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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ANGER AS VANDALS TARGET SOCCER CLUB AHEAD OF BIG GAME

first_imgTHERE is outrage today in Inishowen after vandals targeted one of the peninsula’s leading soccer clubs overnight ahead of a big match today.Carndonagh Football Club have a glamour game against Ballymun United in the quarter-final of the FAI Junior Cup.And the club had erected a marquee at their St Patrick’s Park grounds in the town to lay on tea and sandwiches for supporters and give a proper Donegal welcome to the Dubliners and their fans too. But thugs wrecked the marquee overnight.“Unfortunately not everything goes to plan,” said a disheartened club spokesman today.“The marquee that was erected yesterday at St Patrick’s Park for the ladies to make tea and sandwiches for supporters today was vandalised overnight.”He branded the vandals “idiots” and appealed for information. “If anyone has any knowledge of the idiots who caused the mess please inform the club,” he said.Gardai in the town are investigating the incident which comes ahead of today’s big game.After fantastic victories on the road in Dingle and Tramore in The Junior Cup, the club entertain Ballymun United at home in the 1/4 final. ANGER AS VANDALS TARGET SOCCER CLUB AHEAD OF BIG GAME was last modified: March 4th, 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:carndonagh fcmarquee vandalisedlast_img read more

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Will flood district be OK’d?

first_imgPALMDALE – Ten years after Antelope Valley voters overwhelming rejected creating a flood control district, the issue is coming up for another vote – this time in a pair of advisory ballot measures. On the Nov. 8 ballot will be two advisory vote measures to gauge citizens’ interest in either creating a new flood control district or in joining the Antelope Valley to the existing Los Angeles County district. The vote is not binding, but rather is intended to measure the level of public support for what could be a long process. “After every 50- or 100-year storm, like the one we just had, people want something done,” Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts said. “The real question is whether they think it’ll be worth the money mentioned on the ballot.” Measure J asks voters if they support creating an Antelope Valley flood control district. The district, expected to take three to four years to create, would be financed with annual property assessment estimated to be about $150 to $200 per lot. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Measure K asks if voters prefer to be annexed into the existing county district, which now ends at Avenue S. Annexation would take two to three years. Annual lot assessments are estimated to be in the range of $125 to $175. If there is interest, a committee would be formed to look at what type of flood control facilities should be put into place. More detailed engineering work, projected to cost in the range of $3 million to $4 million, would have to be conducted before a formal vote, with firm assessment costs, could be put before property owners. “There needs to be enough interest by the people for the county to put forth the resources to look at this,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “If this vote fails, you won’t see much change for quite a while.” Both proposals are aimed solely at the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley. Roberts, Ledford, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who pushed for the measures to be placed on the ballot, co-authored the arguments in favor of both measures that will appear in voter information booklets. “Our valley has long endured regional drainage inadequacies and localized flood damages because we lack a coordinated regional flood control agency,” they wrote. “A coordinated planning and engineering effort now will lay the foundation for the future and provide a cost-effective means of preventing the flooding problems we have experienced.” No arguments in opposition were filed. In 1995, voters by a 4-to-1 margin struck down a proposed flood control district that would have covered all of the Antelope Valley. Opponents had argued such a district would create an unneeded bureaucracy and that a joint powers agreement between the cities and Los Angeles County would be more practical. Efforts to fashion such an agreement, however, have failed. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.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

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