Energetic City set to Bloom

first_imgCherry, blueberry, cranberry and Saskatoon berry shrubs will be available, first come, first served. The event will also include the annual North Peace Horticultural Society Plant sale, and will feature information on how to grow your own food safely and composting workshops. NEAT’s composting workshops will take place at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Residents will also have the opportunity to sign up for a plot in the community garden. The event, hosted by Northern Health along with the North Peace Horticultural Society and Healthy Eating and Active Living, will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12, 2012 at the North Peace Cultural Centre.- Advertisement –last_img

Brandy may be charged in crash

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Barnes also has said Brandy wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in county jail and a $1,000 fine, Velasquez said. Prosecutors couldn’t say when they would make a decision about whether to bring a case. If charged, Brandy wouldn’t necessarily have to appear in court and could have her lawyer enter a plea, Velasquez said. Brandy, 27, was driving a Land Rover on Interstate 405 on Dec. 30 when traffic slowed and her vehicle struck the back of a Honda driven by Awatef Aboudihaj, 38, according to a CHP report. Aboudihaj’s car hit another vehicle, slid sideways into the center divider and was then hit by another car, the report said. Aboudihaj, a Los Angeles waitress, died at a hospital from blunt-force injuries, according to the Coroner’s Office. The California Highway Patrol recommended Monday that actress-singer Brandy be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in a freeway crash that killed a woman motorist last month, a Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office spokesman told The Associated Press. The CHP referred the matter to the City Attorney’s Office for review, said spokesman Nick Velasquez. “The office is currently reviewing the case and determining whether the evidence warrants the filing of a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter,” Velasquez said. A message seeking comment from Brandy’s publicist, Courtney Barnes, was not immediately returned. Earlier this month, Barnes issued a statement saying Brandy “wishes to publicly express her condolences to the family of the deceased.” last_img read more

Exclusive – England coach Neville claims winter World Cup in 2022 is ‘right decision’

first_imgEngland coach Gary Neville believes provisions must be made for the 2022 World Cup – and claims a move to November and December is the right decision.A FIFA task force has recommended that the Qatar-based tournament is shortened and moved to winter.And Neville, who is currently working under Three Lions chief Roy Hodgson, insists the Premier League will have to make way for the spectacle.“If you think there should be a World Cup in the Middle East and you don’t believe that the players should be playing in 40-45 degree heat, then [it’s inevitable it will be played in winter],” he told Drivetime.“It’s only every 24 years though. The Middle East should have a World Cup and there should be provisions for that. The Middle East deserves a World Cup.“The fact it’s only just been decided after it’s been awarded is wrong. It was the wrong way to go about it but it’s the right decision in the end.”last_img read more

Man City blow! Reported target pens Athletic Bilbao contract extension

first_img Frenchman Aymeric Laporte was ruled out of Euro 2016 after fracturing his ankle 1 Athletic Bilbao have announced defender Aymeric Laporte has extended his contract with the club through to the summer of 2020.The 22-year-old Frenchman had been strongly linked with Manchester City during the summer but a statement from Athletic on Monday evening said Laporte had committed his future to the Primera Division club for the next four years.It added the release clause would be 65 million euros (about £52million) for 2016-17 and 2017-18, with that then growing to 70 million euros (about £56million) for the two seasons after.Laporte made his senior Athletic debut in 2012 and has played 109 times in the Primera Division.He missed the end of last season after suffering a fractured ankle in March while on international duty with France Under-21s.last_img read more


first_imgA research report commissioned by Donegal County Childcare will be the key focus of two important debates in the Dáil in the coming weeks.Avril McMonagleIt follows the innovative research work into childcare supports for working families and the implications for employment.The research entitled ‘Supporting Working Families – Releasing a brake on economic growth’ was carried out by Indecon International Economic Consultants for Donegal County Childcare and was launched by Minister Frances Fitzgerald in Dublin in December. Avril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager, who initiated the research project early in 2013, has been invited to provide a presentation on the findings of the report to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children on Thursday 20th February.Minister Fitzgerald has already expressed her intention to be present for the presentation.Ms. McMonagle said she is delighted the report has generated a huge amount of interest from various Government Departments.“We already know that the findings and recommendations will be used to inform a review of childcare funding schemes during 2014. We are grateful to Sinn Fein Spokesperson for Children Caoimhghíin ó Caoláin and local TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn for nominating us to present to the Joint Committee’. The Donegal Report will also provide the background information for the first Private Members Business debate in the term of the current Government specifically on childcare this week.This is being brought forward by Robert Troy, TD Fianna Fail Spokesperson for Children and local TD Charlie McConalogue.In order to address this issue, the Fianna Fáíl led debate will provide a platform for a range of childcare related issues including increased investment and will call for the implementation of many of the proposals put forward in the Indecon Report regarding the cost of childcare.The cost of childcare as a barrier to employment is an issue that has been debated for years without any tangible solutions being brought forward.The report shows that thousands of working parents, particularly mothers, face a stark choice of quitting work because of the high cost of childcare, or continuing their careers while losing money. The report puts forward key policy initiatives which could be undertaken to reduce barriers to employment which would have positive benefits for working parents in Donegal who are earning just above the threshold for family income supports.Avril said the DCCC is particularly delighted that a Donegal based organisation has been successful in taking this crucial national issue to central government.“For this reason we knew for the onset that not only did our report need to be evidence based and solutions focussed – most importantly it needed to be properly costed to ensure that it would be taken seriously. We are delighted that we have succeeded in doing this and that our report is now central to all future policy discussions in this area’.DONEGAL GROUP TO BRING COST OF CHILDCARE TO THE CORRIDORS OF POWER was last modified: February 9th, 2014 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:Avril McMonagledailDonegal Childcare Committeelast_img read more

Getting to seat of the problem at Whittier High’s auditorium

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The plan is to do 200 at a time over the next two years, Lopez said. The cost of redoing all the seats has been estimated at about $250,000, a savings of about $400,000 if the district had paid a professional company to do the work, she said. Instead, Whittier High School students have removed the seats and then taken them apart. Alumni Association members have taken the seats to vendors for reupholstering as well as painting and sandblasting of the metal parts. “It’s been this labor of love,” Lopez said. Don Jenkins and John Peel, two alumni association members, are cleaning up the arms of the chairs. WHITTIER – The 66-year-old Vic Lopez Auditorium at Whittier High School is getting a face-lift – or maybe it should be called a seat-lift. Plans are under way to refurbish all 2,418 seats over the next two years, with the Whittier High School Alumni Association providing some of the money and some of the work. “We saw the terrible need,” said Jan Lopez, widow of the late Vic Lopez and association president. “The seats never have been totally redone before and some of them are full of duct tape with stuffing coming out.” The first 200 seats have been removed for refurbishing and are expected to be back in place by Wednesday morning when the Whittier Union High School District will use the auditorium for a meeting. The two, who enjoy a love of wood working, are removing graffiti from the arms by taking off 1/64th of an inch of wood and then putting a coating on the arms. “I bleed Cardinal red,” said Peel on why he decided to get involved in the project. “It’s one of those things I believe in.” Peel said he and his wife, Laurie, as well as many other members of their families graduated from Whittier High. Their daughter, Sarah, graduated there in June. Laurie’s grandmother, Esther Anna Crawford Welch, also graduated from Whittier High – in 1908. This process is expected to take place another 11 times during the next two years, said auditorium technician . Each time it’s expected to take about two weeks, Morgan added. The association also is raising part of the money for the work. Donors, who give $250 to $1,000 will get a name plate on a seat. While the goal is to raise $100,000 for the seat project, Lopez said she wants to raise another $150,000. That money would pay for new sound and lighting systems. “This is such a jewel for the community,” she said. “It’s full Broadway-size stage. We’d like to make it a real attraction for some professional people to come in and use.” Aaron Morgan mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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

Liverpool legends confirmed as Ultimate Team Icons

first_img Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Liverpool legends Ian Rush and John Barnes have been confirmed as FIFA 20 Ultimate Team Icons. Both former football stars will be included in the latest FIFA instalment, which is set to be released on September 27. EA SPORTS deals OFF LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January New job Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update stalemate latest FAREWELL Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 🙌 @Ian_Rush9 and @officialbarnesy are joining #FIFA20 as @EASPORTSFIFA Ultimate Team ICONS!Rating prediction? 🤔👇 #FIFA20 pic.twitter.com/hXkGBIqpqz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 14, 2019Rush and Barnes have joined the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Ian Wright, Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba, Ronald Koeman, and Carlos Alberto as new Icons for FIFA 20 Ultimate Team.Liverpool’s official Twitter account said: “@Ian_Rush9 and @officialbarnesy are joining #FIFA20 as @EASPORTSFIFA Ultimate Team ICONS!Rating prediction? #FIFA20.”Rush won two European Cups and scored 351 goals in his three stints at Liverpool. Meanwhile, Barnes won two top-flight trophies and netted 108 goals from midfield in a 10-year spell at Anfield. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman center_img LATEST 1 Who else will be added as an Ultimate Team Icon? You can then use that money to buy players or packs to improve your squad.The addition of Ultimate Team Icons in previous FIFA games has only added more excitement for players. Having Rush and Barnes in a FIFA Ultimate Team would make any side a force to be reckoned with. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested on target rookie error Both players’ Ultimate Team Icon ratings are yet to be revealed, but are expected to be in the high 80s or early 90s given their success in football. Ultimate Team was first introduced in FIFA 09 and has become one of the game’s most popular features. The gameplay allows you to buy players with money earned from playing matches against opponents online or offline. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas last_img read more

Numerous Arrested After Standoff in Madison

first_imgOlivia D. Gayle (19), Madison, INAssisting a CriminalResisting Law EnforcementPossession of Paraphernalia At approximately 6:00 pm, officers approached four people of interest outside the residence.  One of the males, identified as Joshua M. Moreno, age 39, Madison, Indiana fled from officers and entered an apartment at that address. The Indiana State Police soon learned that at least four people were being held in the apartment against their will by Moreno.  Troopers also learned that numerous other individuals were in the apartment.The Indiana State Police SWAT Team and hostage negotiators responded to the scene.  A search warrant was obtained for the apartment. At approximately 10:00 pm, four individuals were released from the apartment.  At approximately 12:00 am, all of the remaining individuals exited the apartment and surrendered to law enforcement at the scene.Eight individuals were arrested on various charges.  They were all transported to the Jefferson County Jail where they will be held pending their initial appearances in court.ARRESTED:Joshua M. Moreno (39), Madison, INKidnapping (4 Counts)Criminal Confinement (4 Counts)BurglaryResisting Law Enforcement Devan L. Hall (33), Madison, INReceiving Stolen Property Jeremy Mikesell (31), Madison, INParole Violation WarrantPossession of ParaphernaliaReceiving Stolen Propertycenter_img Yesterday, February 8, 2019, the Indiana State Police went to an address in Madison, Indiana to conduct a theft investigation. While at the residence, a Madison, Indiana man fled into an apartment and remained in a standoff with police for nearly six hours.  Numerous individuals who were in the apartment ultimately surrendered peacefully to troopers and were arrested on various charges.The investigation by Trooper Andrew Garrett began when he took a report of a theft from Deputy, Indiana on February 7, 2019.  The theft investigation led him and other officers to 130 Taft Drive in Madison, Indiana yesterday.  Dahlila A. Jester (20), Rylee P. Mahoney (22), Robert E. McGaughey (31), Ezra M. Engle (18) All of Madison, INAssisting a Criminal  Resisting Law EnforcementThe Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Madison Police Department, Indiana Conservation Officers, Indiana State Parole Officers, and King’s Daughter’s EMS.last_img read more

#AskIt Results: Why Go To Disney Springs?

first_imgShare This!While it’s reasonable to say Walt Disney World hasn’t moved as quickly as some fans would like with new attractions, one area has been evolving at pretty brisk pace – Disney Springs. Last week we asked, “What’s your number one reason to visit Disney Springs?”Results:Dining – 945✅Shopping – 524Drinking – 113Entertainment – 82Four great reasons to go to Disney Springs.Clockwise from top left:The BOATHOUSE, D-Luxe, Amorette’s, Homecomin’Dining reigns supreme at Disney Springs and it’s no wonder why. There is a higher concentration of restaurants here than anywhere else on property. Not only does Disney Springs compete well in quantity, it’s up there in quality. The BOATHOUSE and Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ get a 90% and 92% thumbs up rate from our users. In just the last few months The Edison, Maria and Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and Wine Bar George have opened. And Jaleo and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill are coming soon.If a full sit-down meal isn’t what you’re looking for, D-Luxe Burger and The Daily Poutine are a step above your usual counter service meal.And you can’t forget dessert – Amorette’s has pastries that taste as good as they look.You can definitely get your shopping on at Disney Springs. For a one-stop visit, go to World of Disney. Or look for dedicated Star Wars and Marvel storefronts on the West Side. In addition to Disney-owned stores, there are plenty of third-party retailers at Disney Springs. And some, like Uniqlo and Kate Spade, have their own Disney lines available for sale. We had some readers not so happy that Disney Springs is “just a shopping mall,” but as a traveler who’s had to pick up everything from new earbuds to just the right shade of MAC lipstick while on vacation, I’m grateful not to have to leave Disney property to find what I’m looking for.At the bottom of the list were drinking and entertainment. That may explain the death of Pleasure Island. But if you’re dining at one of the great Disney Springs restaurants and looking for something to take the edge off, you’re in the right place. The third-party restaurants aren’t hamstrung by the notorious Disney Standard Bar menu (would you like a light-up cube with your overly sweet drink?) and as such serve some really nice cocktails. As for entertainment, we all know Cirque du Soleil and DisneyQuest are no more (Cirque will return in the future with a new show). The NBA Experience will open sometime in 2019. But if you’re me that’s right up there with “The Root Canal Experience” as far as entertainment value. What is really fun is the Star Wars Secrets of the Empire at The Void. Do yourself a favor and book it next time you plan a trip to Disney Springs.Falling completely off the list were those of you who replied there’s “no reason” to go to Disney Springs. I wish someone would tell that to everyone else there when I’m trying to find a spot in the Lime Garage next time.Thanks for voting and don’t forget to check out this week’s poll.last_img read more

Crowdsourcing National Challenges With the New Challenge.gov

first_imgTags:#Government#web alexander howard Next month, the federal government will launch a new .gov website with a big idea behind it and high hopes that there will be big ideas generated within it. Challenge.gov is the latest effort in the evolution of collaborative innovation in open government. Should the approach succeed, challenges and contests have the potential to leverage the collective expertise of citizens, just as apps contests have been used to drive innovation in D.C. and beyond.In August, senior government officials and private sector enjoyed a preview of Challenge.gov at the Newseum at the second annual Fedscoop forum on reducing the cost of government. Challenge.gov is already live to federal employees for exploration and contribution. The next step for the site, where the Americans are invited to share, vote and contribute ideas, is likely to happen this September, potentially as soon as next week at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, when federal CIO Vivek Kundra and U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra speak about closing the innovation gap.In the interview below, Bev Godwin and Brandon Kessler explain what Challenge.gov is and what it might do. Godwin is director of new media and citizen engagement at U.S. General Services Administration. Kessler is the founder of ChallengePost, the platform that Challenge.gov is built upon.ChallengePost is also the foundation for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Apps For Healthy Kids contest site. As Kessler points out, that contest now has over 40,000 supporters and around 100 apps that Kessler estimated are worth over $5 million dollars, in exchange for $60k in prizes. Aggregating challenges at Challenge.gov could generate online activity, like eBay did for auctions or YouTube for video, said Kessler.Does building Challenge.gov make sense? “It goes to the question of how visible [networks like these] are,” said Dr. Jeffrey Davis, director of space life sciences at NASA. “The more networked they are, the more visibility there is. It’s important to have platforms interconnected.”Another issue is whether people are aware of challenges or contest, or can find them through search. “Finding challenges is very difficult, said Dean Halstead, collaborative visualization architect for government at Microsoft Federal. If you search for ‘health challenge,’ you don’t find much on Twitter or Google. Regardless of how much you centralize, the word won’t get out. You need multiple mechanisms. Challenge.gov is just the first of many steps.”What are Challenges Useful For?Crowdsourcing has been receiving high-level attention in D.C. in recent years as case studies in the private sector accumulate. A recent Senate hearing featured testimony on the potential of crowdsourcing and other technical innovation, like transparency and data mining to reduce fraud.“The power of crowdsourcing a solution should never be underestimated,” said Michael Donovan, chief technologist for strategic capabilities at HP Enterprise Services. “If people can start to see solutions, then a community can help and be part of the solution. It’s not government or companies doing something to you – you’re part of the solution that contributed to that end result. At the end of the day, you feel ownership.” There are some challenges with challenges, however, in how they are architected, implemented and managed. “How do you put a value on something that’s being invented?” asked Godwin, pointing to the “L Prize” competition to invent a better lightbulb sponsored by the Department of Energy.As she observed, to date only DARPA, NASA and the Department of Energy have been cleared to run challenges, although other agencies will follow. That ability was made substantially easier thanks to a memo issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy earlier this year that provided “Guidance on the Use of Challenges and Prizes to Promote Open Government.” [PDF]To make a challenge work, “You need to go back to portfolio mapping,” said Davis. “You need to fit the challenge to a category.” Davis suggested analyzing whether a challenge was something that fit internal expertise. If not, then expose that to the public, and build consortia. “If you do that process first, you can analyze problems first,” he said.Whether contests can improve government performance (or not) has come under criticism from members of Congress and a public concerned about the use of taxpayer funds.When asked about results by Godwin, Davis noted that even if government agencies leverage internal resources, there will always be gaps in the portfolio. “The speed and relative costs of the challenges are effective,” he said. “TopCoder was open for 10 days. Most are open for 60 days. Those are fast results, certainly more so that standard procurement for a given problem.”After portfolio mapping, said Davis, the “hardest part is getting acceptance of the tool. We did pilot projects and now have results that are the best source of internal education we might have.”The kind of output a given challenge requires also matters. When it comes to data analysis – using, for instance, Data.gov or data catalogs – apps are more common, said Kessler. For experiences and ideas, video are more common, like the Social Security open government contest. “Challenges could be used to replace certain kinds of procurement,” said Kessler, pointing to logo or website design, naming an initiative or even a certain space station module.Being specific about what the crowdsourcer is asking is also important, as NYU professor Clay Shirky’s talk on redefining politics at PDF 2010 highlighted. His analysis of how Change.gov could have used crowdsourcing more effectively by categorizing submissions is of particular relevance.Can Contests and Crowds Lead to Better Policy?After some of these contests close the next questions will often not be driven by legal or technological challenges. Instead, the results will have to be used to drive acquisition, civic empowerment or even more data-driven policy.“How can we challenge the public not just to drive awareness but drive action?” asked Halstead, pointing to the Apps For Climate Change a Canadian government contest. “Inside Microsoft, we have ‘Think Week,’ where we propose and think about different problems, solutions and how to solve them, which we submit to the community at large,” said Halstead.Halstead also noted that Microsoft has been working with Republicans in the House on AmericaSpeakingOut.com, which was built on the TownHall platform. To date, said Halstead, over 500,000 people have given feedback on how they think the country could be improved. In other words, trying to crowdsource feedback for contests, challenges and policy is an experiment that’s being carried out on both sides of the aisle.The framers of the United States constitution built republican ideals of representative government into the nation’s laws – its operating system, as Carl Malamud has put it – for good reason. What even Jefferson and Hamilton never anticipated was the possibility of real-time online platforms that allow engaged citizens to submit and vote upon ideas. Whether such systems bring better government in the 21st Century may be the greatest challenge that the launch of Challenge.gov will answer.Guest author Alexander B. Howard (@digiphile) will be reporting live from the upcoming Gov2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., on September 7-8. 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