Dawson Creek hosts visitors studying local industry

first_imgThe mayor said through the months of July and August, the city will have hosted several delegations of elected officials – some from as far away as Europe and South Korea, and some from our own federal government – who are on fact-finding tours in the region. He said he is proud to say many of the delegates he has already met with have commented on how interesting it is that Dawson Creek continues to win awards for being a “green,” sustainable community in the midst of the boom and hustle of oil and gas activity.Bernier said all of the groups were interested in the new technologies used in the local industry, as well as how the industry interacts with residents here. He said while he highlighted the positives for the community due to the growth of the industry, he also brought up the issues it faces because of that growth as well.He said, for example, he was invited to give his perspective on how the development has affected the city and how the community is adjusting to that change to a visiting group of federal ministers and MPs. He said some of the issues he brought up were the need for funding for additional policing and for infrastructure, and the concerns about industry’s use of water and the difficulties with water shortages last year.- Advertisement -“We don’t want to be a boom-and-bust, transient town, so we talked about how we deal with some of the planning issues, and some of that means financial help from the provincial and federal governments,” said Bernier. “It was a very broad discussion – nothing intense – but it was just to give them an underlying theme that, yes, things are going well for a lot of people, but there are still some issues we need to address as well.”He said the elected officials from overseas were interested in the positive and negatives of the petroleum industry as well, and how they might apply those lessons in their respective countries.”A lot of their questions were political – how do we partner with industry, how does the community benefit from having industry here, and how do we as elected officials communicate with these oil and gas companies to ensure they understand their social licence for the area.”Advertisement The mayor said any opportunity to promote the city is undoubtedly a positive.”The important is the fact were still being recognized as a focal point for development and investment. My job as the mayor is to basically be a salesperson for the community, so I take every opportunity to meet with these people and brag about how great we are.”last_img read more

Nice fire player for stealing teammate’s watch

first_img0Shares0000Lamine Diaby-Fadiga has played for France at Under-18 levelPARIS, France, Oct 2 – French Ligue 1 club Nice have sacked Lamine Diaby-Fadiga after he admitted stealing a watch worth a reported Sh7.9 million (£62,000) from team-mate Kasper Dolberg.Denmark forward Dolberg, 21, had his watch stolen from the dressing room on 16 September and reported the theft to police. Striker Diaby-Fadiga, 18, has represented France at Under-18 level.“Nice and Lamine Diaby-Fadiga parted ways on Tuesday,” said a club statement.“Following the theft of Kasper Dolberg’s watch from the changing room, and the subsequent admission of the player, the club decided to cancel its contract with the forward with immediate effect.“Above and beyond all sporting and financial consideration, Nice cannot and will not accept such behaviour that betrays the confidence that unites all the club’s employees and all the members of the Rouge et Noir [Red and Black] family.”Dolberg moved to Nice from Ajax in the summer, while Diaby-Fadiga had been with the club for three years.Nice, sixth in Ligue 1, play away at third-placed Nantes on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Bulgarian footballers fighting over PUDDLE on the pitch

first_imgBad tackles, verbal abuse and poor sportsmanship – football can easily get out of hand, but puddles on the pitch? This is a new one. Check out this clip from a Bulgarian football fixture.As one team is awarded a set piece in a boggy part of the field, the free-kick taker attempts to shift the water. As he sweeps it away with his hand, members of the opposing team attempt to kick the water back and an argument soon ensues. See the video of this petty push and shove, above!Tuesday’s other Drivetime video: NO SMOKING! Stadium smoker hit in the face by ball at Danish Superliga gamelast_img

Second Quarter Run Helps Drake Women’s Basketball Win At Loyola, 81-65

first_imgBox Score CHICAGO – A 15-2 scoring run to end the second quarter helped the Drake University women’s basketball team claim an 81-65 win over the Loyola Ramblers Sunday afternoon at Gentile Arena. Drake (14-6, 7-2 MVC), who trailed by 11 points before the scoring run, was able to take a 29-27 halftime lead over Loyola (10-10, 6-3 MVC) with the impressive closing run. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored eight points during the span, including the final two points on a layup right before the buzzer, as she finished with a game-high 25 points. Wendell posted an outstanding stat line adding six assists with just one turnover, four rebounds, one block and one steal in 32 minutes. “We overcame our first quarter which I think was the biggest thing for us,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “I thought we had some really good looks in the quarter that just didn’t fall in the hoop especially from three. But I love that we kept taking it and going inside-outside and started to really find our identity and shared the basketball (Drake recorded 21 assists on 28 makes).” Taylor Manuel led the Ramblers with 21 points while Nieka Wheeler added 14 and Dakota Vann 11 points, respectively. “I’m really proud of the overall team effort today,” Baranczyk said. “This is a tough place to play and a tough team to play, they have some great players who know how to play and present matchup problems for us and the rest of the conference.” Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) had 13 points, seven rebounds and matched a career-high with seven assists. Senior Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) playing her final regular season game in her hometown scored nine points, grabbed five boards, nabbed a career-high four steals and had three blocks. “It was great to be able to play in Chicago,” said Donahue. “It was so much fun for me to be able to show my teammates where I’m from and to have them over to my house yesterday.” In the second period, Wendell nailed a three to pull Drake even at 27-27, as the three gave her ten at that point in the game and 1,606 in her career, good for sole possession of 11th all-time in school history. Her 25 points on Sunday puts her at 1,621 for her career as she trails former standout and the 2012 MVC Jackie Stiles Player of the Year, Rachael Hackbarth (2008-12), who scored 1,661 points for the tenth best career total in program history. Loyola led 21-8 after the first quarter as Drake battled turnover issues with five and cold shooting going just 3-of-12 from the floor. The Bulldogs rebounded from the opening first stanza to finish at 49.1 percent shooting and had just 11 more turnovers in the game to end with 16. Drake returns to Des Moines, Iowa to welcome the Wichita State Shockers to the Knapp Center on Friday, Feb. 5. Tipoff with the Shockers is set for 7 p.m. and will broadcast online on The Valley On ESPN3. National performing act, Simon Seyz, will perform at halftime on Friday night while the second annual Baby Bowl will take place on Sunday, Feb. 7 at halftime of the contest with Missouri State. Spots still remain for the Baby Bowl, where the winners can take home great prizes. Contact Tom Florian at 515-271-4949 or Thomas.florian@drake.edu to reserve your spot.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

EMERGENCY SERVICES CLOSE ROAD AFTER SERIOUS ACCIDENT

first_imgTHE EMERGENCY Services from Donegal and Derry have attended the scene of a serious accident at a notorious junction on the main Letterkenny to Derry road.A number of vehicles were involved in the crash opposite Burt chapel.Fire crews from Derry assisted Donegal crews at the scene. A number of ambulances were also in attendance as several people were hurt.The accident happened at a junction where there have been several fatalities in the past.An eye-witness said: “The fire and ambulance crews were at the scene for almost two hours. It looked really bad.“I hope everyone recovers; it is such a bad junction.” Gardai remain at the scene of the incident which happened at the junction of the Slab Road and the main Letterkenny/Derry road. EMERGENCY SERVICES CLOSE ROAD AFTER SERIOUS ACCIDENT was last modified: February 21st, 2015 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:BURTcrashlast_img read more

Groves weighs in ahead of title showdown

first_imgGeorge Groves weighed in a shade under the 12-stone super-middleweight limit ahead of his British and Commonwealth title defence against Paul Smith at Wembley Arena.Smith, 29, was a fraction lighter at 11st 13lb 3oz when the pair met for the final time before they will face each other in the ring.Groves is unbeaten in 13 pro fightsThe fight will be Groves’ first since his points victory over bitter rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale in May.He was given a great reception at the O2 Arena that night and the Hammersmith fighter is sure to receive similar support from the near sell-out crowd on Saturday.Liverpudlian Smith, who was British champion before being outclassed by DeGale in December last year, knows that beating Groves would propel him back into the frame for a world title shot.But Groves, 23, is confident he will keep his titles and his unbeaten record despite many believing that Smith’s aggressive style could pose a threat.Groves said: “I see Paul has got himself into great shape and I’m looking forward to a good test, but I will keep hold of my belts.”last_img read more

Editorial: Felony charge against Coliseum CEO should send warning

first_imgA felony conflict-of-interest charge filed against the former CEO of the Oakland Coliseum should serve as a warning to public officials: Using your government post for personal gain cannot be tolerated.That also goes for Contra Costa County’s elections chief, Joe Canciamilla, who abruptly resigned Oct. 31 after state investigators found he illegally spent $130,529 of campaign funds on a vacation in Asia, remodeling his Hawaii home and other personal expenses.And for that county’s former …last_img

Mandela bikers take on gender issues

first_img12 July 2013 Bikers for Mandela Day, together with a number of key sponsors and contributors, will be supporting various initiatives this Mandela Month to drive awareness of gender-based violence issues as part of the broader movement to inspire change for Mandela Day. The Bikers for Mandela Day initiative sees groups of volunteer bikers and celebrities traversing parts of southern Africa each July, stopping along the way to engage in community awareness and upliftment activities aimed at spreading the Mandela day message. “The aim is to embrace Mr Mandela’s legacy of doing good and in so doing to inspire change in other’s lives, with the emphasis on educating and engaging communities to positively affect change,” Zelda la Grange, a convenor of Bikers for Mandela Day, said in a statement on Thursday. This year, after a number of other incidents put the spotlight on gender-based violence in South Africa, the bikers, with the backing of First for Women Insurance Trust, will be championing initiatives to change people’s mindsets around gender while supporting the victims of violence. “Levels of gender-based violence are still unacceptably high in South Africa,” said La Grange, who is also a patron of First for Women Insurance Trust. “The statistics speak for themselve,s and what is needed is a programme of prevention that drives awareness and education, together with the mobilisation and participation of civil society to address this challenge and change behaviour.” The bikers’ 2013 tour begins on Saturday, 13 July in Mafikeng in North-West province, one of the three cities in South Africa with the highest incidence of rape. The bikers will create a vegetable garden and children’s jungle gym for the Mafikeng Lifeline Crisis Centre, which provides a safe house for victims of abuse as well as counsellors for the Stop Gender Violence Helpline (0800 150 150). All bikers in the Mafikeng area are invited to take part, the entrance fee being a hard-cover story book that can be read by victims while they are sheltered at the centre (contact 018 381 0976). On Sunday, across the border, Bikers for Mandela will be joining the Botswana Biker Society in visiting Ramotswa, close to Gaborone, to offer support for a victim and survivor of physical abuse who has been ostracised by her community (contact Peter Moalafi +267 727 32099). On Monday, 15 July, the bikers will be painting the Makeba Centre for Girls in Midrand, Johannesburg, which provides a sanctuary for destitute and/or abused girls that have been removed from their circumstances through a court process. Bikers wishing to join in should bring any toiletries for girls (such deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body lotions, etc) as a “participation fee” (contact 011 805 1150). On Mandela Day, 18 July, Bikers for Mandela day in Bloemfontein will assist with a community street clean-up in Mangaung, Heidedal and Brandhof (bikers contact Stefan Boshoff 082 337 2876), after which they will participate in an initiaitive by the No Student Hungry campaign of the University of the Free State. The No Student Hungry Programme aims to raise funds to provide modest food bursaries for needy students, and give them daily access to a balanced meal at the university, under the leadership of Professor Jonathan Jansen and his wife, Grace Jansen. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Africa, mining industry ‘must grow together’

first_img3 February 2014A major shift in how mining companies operate in Africa is required for the industry to contribute effectively to the continent’s growth, South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday.“This should entail a shift from the exporting of largely raw material to ensuring that minerals serve as a catalyst for accelerated industrialisation through mineral value-addition,” Shabangu said in her opening address to the 2nd annual Mining Indaba Ministerial Symposium.“This will also require development corridors that are a subject of multi-purpose infrastructure development.”Shabangu pointed out that mineral resources generally occured in remote areas that were often characterised by high levels of poverty, the marginalisation of host indigenous communities, and a lack of of both physical and social infrastructure.She said that the financing of multi-purpose infrastructure development should not be the burden of one stakeholder at the expense of another, as had been the case in the past.“It requires clear goals and objectives to be outlined, infrastructure requirements delineated and costed, and partners in development to agree on a creative win-win formula for financing of such infrastructure that will deliver ‘Africa’s Promise’ and enable the emergence of a resilient African continent.”She further stressed the importance for African mining development to be integrated and interlinked with infrastructure development initiatives such as the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa that had been adopted by the African Union (AU).The programme, which is led by the AU and chaired by South African President Jacob Zuma, seeks to integrate regional and continental infrastructure networks and services in order to improve intra-African trade and promote socio-economic development on the continent.Shabangu also highlighted the need to establish enduring partnerships between Africa and mining development partners, based on their respective strengths, in order to achieve mutual development priorities.However, she said it was important that Africa’s “mining vision” be driven and led by Africans, who had to ensure that Africa’s mineral resources were exploited in an equitable and optimal manner that underpinned sustainable, inclusive growth and socio-economic development.At the same time, the exploitation of these resources “should be undertaken in a manner that addresses environmental concerns, especially on water and biodiversity and other related mining pollution”.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Schaefer represents Ohio as 2016 Star Farmer Finalist

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the more prestigious awards in the National FFA Organization is being named Star Farmer. It remains an honor in itself to be named a Star Farmer Finalist across the nation. Evan Schaefer of the Miami Trace FFA did just that at the National FFA Convention and he spoke with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood about his farm and his experience.last_img