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City opts for flexible 15 per cent reserve allocation for 2016 Capital & Operations budget

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Out of four scenarios for the Capital/Operations budget presented in yesterday’s Committee of the Whole, a 15 per cent scenario that would allow room for a maximum of 20 per cent and a minimum of 10 per cent was chosen by Council.This scenario sees 15 per cent reserve allocation, and all the projects listed in Scenario 1, with more room for Office Equipment and replacements in the budget.Credit: City of Fort St. JohnCredit: City of Fort St. John- Advertisement –Credit: City of Fort St. JohnCredit: City of Fort St. JohnWith the implementation of this flexible model would come the implementation of a policy to properly handle the budget and projects; City Manager Dianne Hunter says a higher percentage means more commitment to putting money away, and a lower percentage means addressing the needs of the city immediately.“There’s no right or wrong in the numbers — there’s no magic in the numbers, but they do speak to two different philosophical approaches to your financial sustainability,” she said.Advertisement The model sees no reserve allocation in Transportation — the section which receives the most funding from the Peace River Agreement — and slightly less in equipment reserve allocation than the 20 per cent scenario.last_img read more

Douglas fans 10 to lead Del Norte to Lakin tourney victory over Hoopa Valley

first_imgCrescent City >> Allison Douglas struck out 10 and allowed three hits as the Del Norte Warriors defeated Hoopa Valley 6-1 Wednesday evening in the first round of the Charlie Lakin Championship Tournament at Del Norte High School. Del Norte looked poised to make it a quick evening. After Douglas struck out the side in order in the top half of the first, Del Norte’s Payten Healy and Brook Nolan stroked consecutive singles off Hoopa pitcher Hallee Colegrove. Douglas then reached on an error, …last_img read more

Raiders secure No. 4 pick in 2019 draft after blowout loss to Chiefs

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.KANSAS CITY — The Oakland Raiders will pick fourth in the 2019 NFL Draft.After their 35-3 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, the Raiders finished the season 4-12, along with the 49ers and Jets. Because the Raiders have the highest strength of schedule among the three 4-12 teams, they receive the latest pick.The 49ers will select second and the Jets third, with the Cardinals (3-12) owning the No. 1 overall pick. The Buccaneers …last_img read more

Celebrate The 4th Of July The Old-Fashioned Way—With An Anti-Spying Rally

first_imgBoth organizations are less than three weeks old, having sprouted up immediately after the Guardian and the Washington Post reported details of the PRISM spying program based on documents provided by former government contractor Edward Snowden, purporting to show extensive access to user data from big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple.Exercising The Right To Petition The GovernmentStopWatching.Us is primarily a petition site that has garnered more than 500,000 signatures from individuals. Businesses and organizations ranging from Reddit to the ACLU have also lent their support. The organization has also sent an open letter to Congress, with support from Mozilla, maker of the Firefox Web browser, demanding that lawmakers review the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and disclose the extent of NSA spying. (Currently, details of the program are classified.)Restore the Fourth is a nonpartisan group whose aim is to strengthen the protections of the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits “unreasonable searches and seizures,” as it pertains to digital surveillance. Restore The Fourth is the actual organizer of the Fourth of July protests, with StopWatching.Us joined to further the cause and push Congress to action. As for the specifics of what these groups are hoping to achieve, it’s not simply to spread broad claims asking for ambiguous change. Through StopWatching.Us’s letter to Congress, both organizations have outlined a clear and distinct three-step plan they intend to pursue: 1) Enact reform … to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;2) Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance;3) Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Section 215 of the Patriot Act is what allows the NSA to secretly compel businesses like Google and Facebook to hand over their data, and FISA (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) is the 1978 piece of legislation, amended in 2008, that established the court system such requests move through. So if fireworks and barbecue just don’t seem patriotic enough this year, check here to find a protest near you. Photo by gemstone American citizens fuming over revelations of digitally-enabled domestic spying by government agencies can take to the streets this 4th of July.Two organizations, StopWatching.Us and Restore The Fourth, have organized rallies in more than 90 U.S. cities this Thursday to peacefully protest surveillance operations undertaken by the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They hope to push lawmakers to review acts that have made the blanket spying activities legal.  Related Posts Tags:#nsa#Prism center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting nick statt Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

NBA says no rules broken in Ben Simmons-Magic Johnson meeting request

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Without Kyrie Irving, Celtics beat 76ers again Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – At left, in a Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons is shown in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, in Phoenix. At right, in a March 8, 2018, file photo, Magic Johnson attends an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 men’s tournament, in Las Vegas. The NBA is going to investigate whether league rules were broken when Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons inquired about meeting with Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson for playing tips. League spokesman Mike Bass said Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, that the NBA will look at the matter. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK — The NBA says Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson did not break any league tampering rules when he spoke about Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons earlier this week.The NBA’s relatively quick-moving investigation was initiated after it was revealed that Simmons wanted to meet with Johnson to talk about the art of being an elite point guard. Johnson complimented Simmons publicly on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES “I love his game. I love his vision,” Johnson said.But since that was in response to a media inquiry, the NBA says Johnson was permitted to make such comments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We have concluded that Magic Johnson’s statements regarding Ben Simmons do not constitute a tampering violation,” the league said. “The Philadelphia 76ers initiated the contact with the Los Angeles Lakers by requesting a meeting between Johnson and Simmons. Both organizations ultimately concluded that such a meeting did not make sense at this time but in that context, Johnson’s response to a media inquiry regarding Simmons does not run afoul of league rules.”The Lakers have been fined for tampering violations twice since 2017, with those violations costing the team a combined $550,000. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Before a game Tuesday night in Atlanta, Lakers coach Luke Walton shrugged off a question about the NBA’s ruling.“We’re worried about trying to play ball here,” he said. “That’s it.”Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said it’s impossible to prevent players from speaking to members of other organizations. He noted that Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, a television analyst for the Hawks, is often sought out by opposing players.“A lot of that stuff happens naturally,” Pierce said. “Any team that comes in to play the Hawks, I always see players speaking to Dominique. It’s all welcomed and encouraged. You just have to do it the right way.”ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Syndergaard, Mets Beat Brewers, 5-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Even before Noah Syndergaard could talk about stamping his place in the majors, the prized Mets pitching prospect wanted to start with a statement: “I hope Gomez is OK.”Syndergaard earned his first big league win, the success tempered when he beaned Milwaukee star Carlos Gomez with a 96 mph fastball, and New York beat the Brewers 5-1 on May 17.As Syndergaard spoke postgame, the report from the Brewers’ clubhouse was encouraging. Struck in the earflap of his helmet, Gomez had already passed the concussion protocol and hoped to play May 18 in Detroit.“Lucky, man,” said Gomez, a big, C-shaped red welt wrapping around his left cheek.Syndergaard (1-1) shut down the Brewers for the first five innings in his Citi Field debut, giving up just one single. In the sixth, he gave everyone a scare.After a leadoff single, Syndergaard squarely hit Gomez. The two-time All-Star outfielder went face down in the dirt for a few seconds, and Syndergaard clapped into his glove when Gomez was helped into a sitting position by two Milwaukee trainers.“It’s never really happened,” Syndergaard said. “It kind of rattled me a little bit.”Gomez walked off the field with the trainers at his side and was replaced by a pinch runner. While Gomez got assistance, Mets Manager Terry Collins went to the mound to speak with the 22-year-old rookie.“You could tell he was shook up,” Collins said.Ryan Braun had an RBI single later in the inning. Syndergaard left after the sixth in his second game for the NL East leaders, having allowed three hits, striking out five and walking one.Collins was impressed with how Syndergaard settled down after the accident, and with his preparation for this outing.“He doesn’t just go out there and say, ‘Hey, I’ve got great stuff, I’m just going to pitch,’” Collins said.Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff home run, Lucas Duda doubled twice and Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs to help the Mets win their second straight after a five-game skid.Wily Peralta (1-5) had won all three of his previous three starts against the Mets. He quickly fell behind when Granderson connected on the second pitch for his 30th career lead-off homer.A night earlier, Granderson singled during a 10-run burst in the fourth inning, and later homered to close out a 14-1 romp. Last-place Milwaukee has lost four of five.Syndergaard actually pitched once before on the Citi Field mound, starting the 2013 All-Star Futures Game. Beaten by the Cubs at Wrigley Field five days earlier, he showed the home fans why the Mets are so high on him.The 6-foot-6 Syndergaard came out zinging fastballs that topped out at 98 mph, and the pops from catcher Johnny Monell’s mitt echoed all around the ballpark.At times, he brought back memories of another rookie righty from Texas who also wore No. 34 when he debuted for the Mets a long time ago — Nolan Ryan.Syndergaard is currently taking the fifth spot in the rotation earlier held by Dillon Gee, who’s on the disabled list. Collins has said the Mets will see how things shake out when Gee is ready to return.“I know those decisions are coming down the line,” Collins said.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Gareth Southgate embraces pressure as England seek revenge against Croatia

first_imgThe Observer Gareth Southgate Share on Twitter Share on Facebook England players need club games to keep places, says Gareth Southgate Share on LinkedIn Topics “There is no smooth path to the top and Raheem has had to overcome a few setbacks, but life in sport is about developing resilience.“Defenders are frightened by speed, and that’s where Raheem, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford give us another dimension.“I particularly like the fact that Raheem works incredibly hard without the ball,” he added. “The days have gone when forwards would only turn it on with the ball at their feet, you have to work harder than that now.“That’s what Borussia Dortmund demand, and so do Manchester City and Liverpool.” England Read more news “Having had experience at the highest level now I am even more convinced that these are the games that really matter, the ones where you grow. Croatia deserved to go through to the final in summer, we have to take our medicine on that, but I have had a couple of conversations with their coach since and we both agree that the more big games you play, the more you learn to handle the pressure so that eventually you will be able to get over the line.“We are in a good position now, we don’t have to rip everything up and start again, we have made progress and we want to keep that progress going.”Croatia crop up again on Friday as England’s next opponents in the Uefa Nations League, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and all. Southgate would have liked a full stadium in Zagreb as the World Cup runners-up took the opportunity to remind England what happened in summer; instead, the game will be played behind closed doors in Rijeka as part of a clampdown on terrace racism in the past.“It’s not ideal but the lads will still know they are playing for England,” Southgate said. “I would have preferred a bouncing stadium so that I could tell the players to go out and deal with it, but though we have a different sort of experience instead, the quality of the opponent is still really high so we will have enough of a challenge.”Faced with a few midfield regulars out with injury for the games in Croatia and then, a week on Monday, in Spain, Southgate took the opportunity to bring in some new young faces, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho the most intriguing selection. Formerly on Manchester City’s books the 18‑year‑old, who was part of England’s Under-17 World Cup success last year, has prospered after moving to the Bundesliga to find playing time.Sancho is already highly rated in Germany and probably ripe for a full England debut rather than merely an opportunity to gain experience with the seniors, though ahead of him is a young winger still at Manchester City. All Raheem Sterling has to do, according to Southgate, is to add goals to his game. “Raheem’s level of performance has been good, all that is missing is the finishing,” the manager said. “If he had scored a couple in the summer everyone would be viewing his tournament in a much more positive way. He has started the season well with City and should feel good about what he is doing. Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Read more Announcing Gareth Southgate’s contract extension this week, the FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, acknowledged the England manager had come in rather quietly. “In the past we have always been looking for a messiah,” he said. “We turned to Gareth for different reasons but he has been the one to take us forward.”This might position Southgate quite neatly as the anti-messiah, yet it still leads to a certain amount of expectation. Glenn kept emphasising the need for consistency, mentioning that England ought to be reaching semi-finals more regularly if not winning tournaments in the near future, and it is a pressure the manager readily accepts.“We’ve got an exciting group of players coming through, in some cases players who have actually won World Cups at youth level,” Southgate said. “One thing we always said to our junior teams is that we should strive to be in the later stages of tournaments, the finals if possible, because those are the games where you learn the most. Gareth Southgate takes leap of faith with England boys’ brigade Share on Pinterest Croatia Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

a month agoNapoli coach Ancelotti: Liverpool have grown since winning Champions League

first_imgNapoli coach Ancelotti: Liverpool have grown since winning Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Champions League opponents Liverpool are stronger than last season.The Azzurri host the European champions this week.“Liverpool have grown because last season gave them so much awareness,” Ancelotti said at a Press conference.“On the other hand, we’ve also grown because we’ve added more quality to their squad.“It’ll be a hard-fought match as we’ll be facing the best team in Europe. We hope to get the same result as last season.“As for formation, we mustn’t distort our identity and idea. We must take inspiration from the good things we’ve done and the problems we’ve been faced with.“We defended very well against them last season, and the defensive aspect is very important in games like these.“I expect a team capable of defending when necessary, attacking when the opportunity arises and keeping the ball when needed. We’ll need the perfect game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Nebraska Star RB Lawrence Phillips Describes Prison To HS Coach, “It Is Completely Nuts In Here”

first_imgNebraska football players run onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 11.29.03 AM@KETVFormer Nebraska star running back Lawrence Phillips is currently in prison, serving a 31-year sentence following a 2009 assault conviction. How has his time in prison been? Unsurprisingly, not great. Thanks to USA Today Sports, we’ve gotten an inside look at what Phillips’ life at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, Calif., is like. The media group obtained letters that Phillips wrote to some of his high school coaches. Here are some excerpts from his letters: We have been in lock down about 80% of the time. You would be surprised at what these altercations are about! Nonsense! But when your world is this small all one has to care about is nonsense. That is why I do not want any of these idiots in the cell with me.All they they want to do is the drugs, make knives and make alcohol. Then they say when they get out they will not come back. I tell them of course you will. You are doing the same thing that got you locked up. Of course they do not want to hear that. It is like speaking to a brick wall.—-I do not have a cell mate. All of these dudes want to use drugs and (illegible) weapons in the cell. I’m in the process of applying for single-cell status. I will let you know how that goes.—–Well, there is nothing new happening here. We are still locked down. One of the guards was assaulted so it may be awhile. Coach D, this place is a jungle. Trouble everywhere. One must swallow his pride constantly or one will always be in the hole. But we must deal with the situation we put ourselves in.Terrifying. You can read all of the letters obtained by USA Today Sports here.last_img read more

The Playoff Foursome That Would Be The Best For College Football

first_imgCollege Football playoff bracket.college football playoff field CFB PlayoffTwitter/PlayoffWe’re just four days away from the College Football Playoff field being announced, but per usual, nothing is even close to set in stone. The current field – Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa – is bound to change, given the list of conference championship games to be played this Saturday.Obviously, the television networks have their favorites – they’d love to see Alabama stay in the field and have Ohio State sneak in. The bigger the fan bases, the more money they’ll make. Plus, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are the best two coaches in the game.But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be good for the sport, long-term. We’ve gone through and picked out the playoff foursome (one that is possible this year) that we believe would be the best for college football, long-term. You’ll be surprised to see which teams are included.Get Started: No. 4 – Iowa >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img read more