12 Jan
2020

Proposed Community League Building gets City’s support

first_imgCity Council also agreed it will enter into negotiations for a long-term lease on the requested property. The Sports Council has requested a long-term lease valued at $1 per year. Photo: Fort St. John City Councilors deliberate recommendations put forth by City Staff. Acting Mayor Don Irwin (seen on the projector screen) filled in for Mayor Bruce Lantz on Monday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caLocal sports groups are one step closer to having an extra storage space for their equipment.Two weeks ago, Gail Weber and Connie Richter, of the Fort St. John Sports Council, presented their plan before City Council.- Advertisement -The council formed a plan, to set up six storage buildings, on a chunk of city-owned land at the corner of 112 Street and Tahltan Road.  Each building can be separated into two storage areas, allowing for up to 12 separate sports group to utilize the Community League Building.Sports groups that are registered with the organization would then rent out the space for a nominal charge.On Monday October 26th, City Council decided it will loan the sports council $35,000.  The money will allow the group to apply for a Direct Access Grant, which may pay half of the estimated $70,000 start-up costs.The Sports Council will pay the City back in full by December 31st, 2016.  In the event that the project doesn’t qualify for a grant, the funds will be returned to the city with interest.Advertisementlast_img read more

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11 Jan
2020

Peace River Regional District issues evacuation order and new alert

first_imgKitt Road, Evergreen Road, and Letkiman Avenue — North Peace SAR (@NorthPeaceSAR) May 16, 2016There are 136 civic addresses under the evacuation order.  Here is the map of the area.Evacuation Order May 15Evacuation Order May 15Here is the area now under an evacuation alert.Advertisement NPSAR has been tasked by the RCMP tonight to deliver evacuation orders to residents around the Beatton fire area. https://t.co/MdSMJhvWL3Advertisement East from the junction of the Prespatou Road and Buick Creek Road to the Beatton River, south along the Beatton River to just south of the 264 Road, west along the 264 to just east of the Prespatou Road and then north to the junction of the Prespatou Road and Buick Creek Road.Includes all properties on the following roads:264 Road east of the Prespatou Road269 Road, 267 Road, 263 Road and 259 Road off of the 264 Road266 Road, 268 Road, 270 Road off of the Rose Prairie Road267 Road, 269 Road and Bergen Road off of the Rose Prairie RoadBerrensheim Road off of Bergen RoadThere are 95 civic addresses under the evacuation alert.  Here is a map of the evacuation alert area.Evacuation Alert May 15, 2016Evacuation Alert May 15, 2016Here is a map as of 9:30 p.m. Sunday May 15 that shows the location of the two fires and the evacuation order and the evacuation alerts that are now in place.The PRRD has released this map that shows the location of both fires and the areas under an evacuation order and an evacuation alert. This map is current as of 9:30 p.m.The PRRD has released this map that shows the location of both fires and the areas under an evacuation order and an evacuation alert. This map is current as of 9:30 p.m.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –   The Peace River Regional District has issued a new evacuation order and changed the existing evacuation order for the Beatton Airport Road Fire.All residents that have been evacuated are asked to check in at the North Peace Arena.  Or you can call 250-794-3310.Firefighters experienced increased fire activity on Sunday after a cold front moved into the area causing winds to increase.  We are waiting for more information on the fire, that should come after 9 p.m. Sunday.- Advertisement -Here is the area under an evacuation order:From approximately Mile 77 on the Alaska Highway where it meets Kitt Road, northwest approximately 9 km and then northeast to junction of the Beatton Airport Road and Aitken Creek Road, east along the Buick Creek Road to the Prespatou Road, south along the Prespatou Road to just south of the 264 Road and generally west to the Alaska HighwayIncluding all properties along the following roads:Prespatou Road from just south of the junction with the 264 Road to just north of the Buick CreekRoadBuick Creek Road from Prespatou Road to Beatton Airport RoadFrom approximately 8km on the Beatton Airport Road to the junction with Aitken Creek RoadMuseum Road, Museum Way, Rodeo Road, Wurzburger Avenue, Otto Avenue and Elevator RoadBlueberry Res Road and Carter Road off of the Buick Creek Road272 Road off of the Prespatou Road277 Road off of the 272 Road277 Road and 281 Road off of the 264 Road264 Road off of the 279 Roadlast_img read more

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21 Dec
2019

Fortuna blasts Arcata 43-7 on Senior Night

first_imgFORTUNA >> If one thing is certain after the Fortuna football team’s massive victory over Arcata Friday night, it is they are determined to make it back to the playoffs.On their senior night — with ten on the roster — and their final home game of the season, the Huskies used a huge first-half effort to beat the Tigers 43-7 at Husky Field in Fortuna High School.Now, with one more game left to play this season, Fortuna head coach Mike Benbow said full attention is now turned toward Del Norte as …last_img

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17 Dec
2019

Slightly different schedule in the swine barn at the 2016 Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Exhibitors need to be aware of a slight, but important, change in the Ohio State Fair Junior Barrow Show schedule this year.“The crossbred barrows will show on Friday, Aug. 5 and the purebred barrows will show on Saturday, Aug. 6,” said Angie Barney, co-director of the Ohio State Fair Swine Barn. “In addition, for those youth that participate in the breeding gilt shows, they will be able to participate in the Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor program which is very similar to the Outstanding Market Exhibitor program.  If they choose to participate, they will need to participate in the Swine Skillathon program on Thursday, Aug. 4.”Exhibitors are encouraged to closely monitor the show schedule and keep these dates in mind as the event approaches to keep the shows running smoothly.“We are looking forward to a great year in the swine barn,” Barney said.last_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – January 19th, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest West-southwest winds will help temps climb today, and that moderating push holds through the weekend. . We see the entire state above freezing today and tomorrow and most of the state should be well above normal all weekend. Tomorrow, temps should do a little better than today, but still we fall short of last week’s thaw levels. We still look for a lot of snow melt in the coming daysClouds build for Sunday, but precipitation should be somewhat limited. Scattered light moisture should slowly overspread the state, particularly Sunday afternoon and evening. Spits, sprinkles and drizzle may amount to a few hundredths to .1” over 50% of the state, and the best chances will be over the northern half to third of Ohio. This will be enough to make for a bit of a damp feel, and to keep us from feeling warmer than Saturday. Our cold front finally arrives midday Monday and brings rain through midday Tuesday. We like rain totals of .25”-.75” with 90% coverage. These rains have been well advertised, and we are not moving away from our prior forecast here. Keep the umbrella handy. The map above shows potential rain totals through Tuesday evening.As cold air pushes into the state behind the frontal boundary, we think there will be a good deal of lake effect cloudiness possible for the balance of Tuesday and Tuesday night. The best chances for light snow will be seen over the eastern third of the state, and of course, most likely in far NE Ohio. Eastern locations can see a coating to an inch overnight Tuesday night, and northeast areas can see several more inches in the right conditions. Western areas likely see only a few flurries in the current set up. Cold air is in for the balance of Tuesday night right on through Thursday morning. However, southwest winds come back as we progress through next Thursday. From here forward, we are making a few subtle changes to our forecast this morning.The next front we are watching shows up overnight Thursday night into Friday with rains from .25”-.5” over about 80% of the state. Temps will be warm enough to produce all liquid precipitation in the heaviest high areas, but we have to watch for some rain-snow mix in the east during the overnight part of the storm evolution. , This is just the first wave of several to come. Very early Saturday morning we see a second wave bringing half to 1” rains to all of the state through the balance of Saturday. . This moisture comes in with mild temps still in place. Then, we have a third wave, complete with another low pressure center moving over the region for thelast_img read more

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12 Dec
2019

Action Hits Toolkit: 70+ Free Action Compositing Elements

first_imgDownload the Action Hits Toolkit: 70+ Action Compositing ElementsClick the button below to download the Action Hits Toolkit. In the download, you’ll find everything you need to get started. These elements are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets.(This is a relatively large download, so settle in.)DOWNLOAD ACTION HITS TOOLKIT: 70+ ACTION COMPOSITING ELEMENTSHow to Use The Action Hits Toolkit of 70+ Action Compositing ElementsWe created this pack of 70+ action compositing elements with experimentation in mind. There are many different ways you can use these elements, from compositing your action scenes to adding some really nice texture and excitement to motion graphics.Almost all of these elements will find their best use in Adobe After Effects; however, they will work in any major nonlinear editing software.We shot these elements against a black background; this way all you need is the appropriate blending mode to include them in your own project. The best blending modes to use will be “Add,” “Linear Dodge” (add), or “Screen.” However, you may be able to get interesting results using other blend modes. Again, experiment!My personal favorite part of this pack is the “Magic Sci/Fi toolkit.” This aspect of the Action Hits Toolkit is purely for experimentation and creating cool effects and looks that you might have never thought of before.With some spark circles inspired by Doctor Strange, interesting orbs created with a lens ball, and some colorful magical spark/spell hits, you can mix these elements to create fantasy effects, sci-fi effects, or anything in between.100% Practical EffectsWe shot these elements and effects practically in 4K in our studio using quite a few different techniques and methods.Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes content about how we created these elements.BONUS: More FREE Action ElementsNeed more free elements?Our friends at RocketStock released a pack of 25 completely free action compositing elements with Action Pack Lite. This includes full-blown explosions, fire, smoke, dust, and more. Between these two packs, you can have a completely free action elements library with anything you could want.Enjoy!Still not enough freebies? Check these out.SPACE KIT: Download 40+ Free Space Textures and Elements21 Free Motion Graphics Templates for Adobe Premiere Pro17 Free Anamorphic Lens Flares for Your Videos and Motion Graphics With over 70 action compositing elements for your videos and motion graphics, the Action Hits Toolkit has everything you need for your next action sequence.With the Action Hits Toolkit — a pack of more than 70 dirt hits, spark hits, muzzle flashes, fantasy hits, and much more — you can finally craft that elaborate action scene you’ve been dreaming about. Perfect for VFX compositing and for adding excitement to your motion graphic design, this pack has a little bit of everything to help you bring some explosive power to your work.The Action Hits Toolkit Includes the following:13 dirt/dust hits.17 spark hits and falling spark elements.2 smoke hits.5 fantasy/sci-fi hits.3 muzzle flashes.31 miscellaneous elements for creating your own effects (magic hits, orbs, spark circles, energy fields, etc.).last_img read more

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7 Nov
2019

Inaugural Beach Touch Event A Success

first_img32 teams took part in the event, which saw 16 Mixed teams and eight Men’s and eight Women’s teams battle it out to be the first Beach Touch champions. Despite overcast weather and occasional rain throughout the day, there was plenty of fun to be had on Maroubra Beach. Beach Touch Football Australia was created by 2011 World Cup Australian Men’s 30’s representative, Chris Jonson, and 2011 World Cup Australian Senior Mixed coach, Justin Creighton, who were thrilled to see the first event take place yesterday and have some big plans for the future. “Beach Touch is alive, the inaugural event, and obviously it’s a learning experience for us, we’ve got a product now and obviously we want to make it better,” Jonson told the crowd at the presentation function. “Our main goal with these four events (in the coming months) is to have a product, fine tune it, so that in October we plan on rolling out the national pro tour,” he said. In the Women’s division, Pink Bits were too good for Not Sure in the final, Manly beat Bankstown in the Men’s final and MBK Soldiers defeated The Guns in the final of the Mixed division. The next Beach Touch event will be the Corporate Championships, which will be held on Saturday, 25 February at Maroubra Beach. For more details please visit www.beachtouch.com.au. Some photos from the event can be found on the Touch Football Australia Facebook page, which can be viewed by clicking on this link:http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150620064278385.444787.384949403384&type=1#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 Highlights of the day and of the finals have been uploaded to the TFA YouTube channel, and can be found by clicking on this link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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17 Oct
2019

School boards quickly hiring staff for Nova Scotia preprimary program

first_imgHALIFAX – As the new school year begins, it appears most Nova Scotia school boards will have hired enough staff for the Liberal government’s promised expansion of pre-primary classes for four-year-olds.With a little over three weeks to go until an end-of-September deadline, only one board — Yarmouth’s Tri-County board — has hired all of its needed staff of one supervisor and 10 early childhood educators.The Halifax Regional School Board reports it has filled 21 of 22 positions, but will also need to fill an additional two positions after the Education Department approved a second class at Joseph Howe Elementary in the Halifax’s north end.Two other boards — Annapolis Valley Regional and South Shore Regional — say they have only one position unfilled, while other boards still have multiple unfilled jobs.“We have a lot of work to do, but at this point the indicators are positive,” said Education Minister Zach Churchill.“We are going to keep working with our partners to achieve what our goal is — to have a full staffing complement to ensure that all kids in these catchment areas have access to this program.”The latest figures come after private and non-profit providers raised questions about whether there were enough early childhood educators to go around in a sector which has historically struggled to find qualified staff.Lisa Davies, chair of the Non Profit Directors Association of Nova Scotia, said it’s unclear at this point whether a significant number of the new hires for the public system are coming from the private sector, potentially creating fresh shortages.“We are hearing a little bit of word about interviews and a couple here and there that have put in their notice,” Davies said. “In the non-profit sector we are starting to hear a little bit around the Halifax Regional Municipality.”Pamela Streeter, who runs several early education programs including pre-primary at Creative Kids Education Centre in Hammonds Plains, is among those who have voiced skepticism about the province’s ability to find enough qualified staff.Streeter said she too has heard some anecdotal evidence the private sector is starting to lose staff. She added she isn’t surprised the Halifax board in particular has been able to hire to the extent that it has.“(Halifax) has found their staff because this is where the majority of them live anyway,” Streeter said. “It will be interesting to see how the rural areas do.”Churchill said he doesn’t have a sense yet of any problems for the private sector, but promised the government would take steps to help.“We encourage them to reach out to our department if they do believe that they are going to encounter a staffing issue as a result of this. We will do our best to help them hire and to find bodies.”Churchill said the department has hired a consultant who will set up a consultation process that will include private providers this fall. An exact date for the beginning of the consultations hasn’t been set.In Cape Breton, the Strait Regional School Board said it has hired a manager and six lead educators, and is in the process of hiring two more lead positions as well as six to eight more support positions.“At this time, we anticipate interviews for the remaining currently unfilled … positions will be completed by the end of the day, Monday,” a board spokeswoman said in an email.There were no firm numbers provided by the remaining school boards, although two — Chignecto-Central and Cape Breton Victoria — say they have completed their interview process, with the Cape Breton board saying it anticipates filling all its positions.“Recruitment will continue until all positions are filled,” the Education Department said in a statement. “The department will continue to work with its partners to open all classrooms by the end of September.”In an interview earlier this week, Tri-County board superintendent Paul Ash said their new hires mean each of the six sites in the school district will have full staffing. The Education Department said Thursday that classes there are set to open the week of Sept. 25 and parents would be contacted with details this week.First announced in April, pre-primary became a major Liberal promise during the spring election campaign. The program is to be introduced across the province over the next four years at a cost of $49.9 million a year.The government announced in mid-July that it wanted to add 30 new classes to 20 existing classes at 43 locations across the province this fall, with availability contingent on the number of available early childhood educators.As of Thursday, the department said the French-language Conseil scolaire acadien provincial has already converted its existing early years program to a pre-primary program.last_img read more

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17 Oct
2019

Breath of fresh air East Coast looks to international students to revive

first_imgGunny Brar has watched Sydney, Nova Scotia, transform since he first arrived at Cape Breton University in 2015.The school’s small student body of around 4,000 students is now made up of about half international students. Roughly one-quarter, like Brar, are from India.In his new role as president of the university’s student union, Brar has witnessed firsthand how the slow diversification of the small East Coast city has been accelerated by the flock of young scholars.The annual campus-led Diwali festival of lights has grown from fewer than 200 attendees to November’s showing of about 2,500.These touches of home are important for students studying far from their families, Brar said, but other community members seem excited about the breath of fresh air these newcomers bring.One landlord called Brar in September to ask what food he should prepare for his new tenants from India. He later followed up to say how happy he was to have the young people renting the apartment.“I get calls pretty much every day from people around here telling (me) how lucky they feel being a part of this growth,” Brar said.“It’s almost like bringing the world to them, right?”Cape Breton University is one of several post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada actively recruiting international students, at least in part to attract young, educated professionals to the rapidly aging region.The University of Prince Edward Island’s student population is now about 25 per cent international.Memorial University of Newfoundland’s student body is still about half domestic students, but this year the number of international students was slightly higher than those hailing from the rest of Canada.The burst of growth is a breath of fresh for a region aiming to boost struggling economies and dwindling populations.“Most universities in Canada have not traditionally thought of themselves as being part of the population growth machine, they thought of themselves as being educational institutions,” said Western University sociology professor Michael Haan, who has studied the mobility patterns of international students in Atlantic Canada.“There’s a demographic deficit across Canada but it’s particularly striking in Atlantic Canada, so these international students are a potential part of a solution.”Two joint federal/provincial initiatives — the Atlantic Growth Strategy and Atlantic Immigration Pilot — include specific focuses on increasing international student recruitment and retention.International students pay higher tuition fees than their domestic peers, but the going rate at many Atlantic schools is more manageable than universities in other parts of Canada.One year of a bachelor’s degree at the St. John’s campus of Memorial University costs about $11,460 for an international student, compared to a student at the University of British Columbia paying anywhere from $35,000 to $48,000 per year.Students are also drawn by the appeal of smaller campuses in friendly communities.Mengyu Zang, a third-year computer science student at the University of Prince Edward Island, transferred to the school after a year of studies in China.Zang partly came for the seafood and laid-back Island lifestyle, but she’s been happy with the close attention from teachers who know her by name.“The people here are very nice,” said Zang. “The professors, they know your name. When I was in China the university was bigger but I didn’t get a lot of attention from the professors.”Universities are making efforts to help the transition to permanent residency a little bit easier for students like Zang.At Memorial’s St. John’s campus, students can book appointments with advisers from the provincial immigration office to discuss and plan their futures in Canada.Lynn Walsh of the school’s Internationalization Office said the sessions have been well-attended by students who are tackling the daunting task of navigating the immigration system.Research shows that foreign students have an enormous effect on provincial economies.A February report from the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training found that international students contribute $795 million per year to the East Coast economy.The report found about two-thirds of students said they planned to stay in their province of study after graduating.But according to a 2017 report Haan co-authored for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, in practice roughly two-thirds of international students on the East Coast left Canada after their study permit expired. About 11 per cent of the international students stayed in the region the year they became permanent residents.By assessing student visas, landing records and tax records up to 2013, the report found that over half of students who declared intentions to stay in P.E.I. after graduating still ended up leaving.The data does not include the years after the introduction of the Atlantic Growth Strategy and immigration pilot, but the findings suggest the students are possibly driven west for the same reasons as their Canadian peers.For students like Brar, leaving might be necessary for graduate programs.Now studying nursing, Brar hopes to eventually attend medical school, but there isn’t a program on Cape Breton Island, even though he’s come to love the community.Others are unsure about where they might find work, like many Atlantic Canadian students.Haan thinks this is an area where schools could do better.“Universities do professional preparation stuff. I don’t know if they’ve gotten their heads around (the) kind of things international students need to do to survive in the local labour market.”In many cases, the students are finding ways to break into the labour market, sometimes as entrepreneurs themselves.This summer, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced two new entrepreneurial immigration streams geared towards international graduates or other newcomers looking to start or manage a business.The announcement was made from the St. John’s headquarters of HeyOrca, a successful software startup founded by international Memorial graduates Joe Teo and Sahand Seifi.“I have met countless international graduates who had to temporarily give up their entrepreneurship ventures because there was no program that will allow them to stay. For the first time, these entrepreneurs have a clear path towards residency,” Teo said in a statement.The University of Prince Edward Island this spring ran its first “Job Ready Bootcamp” sessions, designed to help students improve their “labour market literacy” and practise things like communication skills and interviewing.Zang participated in the session and landed a summer job at the school’s IT department.“I (would) like to work in P.E.I. after my graduation, but to be honest, I wasn’t very sure about if I should leave or stay when I first came here,” Zang said.“Now after having those study sessions, after having those working experiences, I’m pretty confident.”Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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28 Sep
2019

Commentary Cincinnati Bengals must look to younger players after loss to Dolphins

Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton for a game-winning safety in overtime at Sun Life Stadium Oct. 31. The Dolphins won, 22-20. Credit: Courtesy of MCTAfter four straight wins the Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) fell to the Miami Dolphins (4-4)  in overtime, 22-20, which also ended Miami’s four-game losing streak.Quarterback Andy Dalton was hot coming into the game, having thrown 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions in his previous three games. But against Miami, he turned the ball over four times, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble.The Dolphins raced to an early 17-3 lead behind a strong ground game, gaining 142 rushing yards in the first half. To make matters worse, in the second quarter, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins went down with an injury to his right ACL. This came less than two weeks after Cincinnati lost its top cornerback, Leon Hall, to an Achilles tear.Cincinnati rookie running back Giovani Bernard (nine carries, 79 yards) stepped up and scored twice for the Bengals on the ground. The second one was an electrifying 35-yard run early in the fourth quarter in which he was nearly tackled for a significant loss before shedding tacklers, turning outside to the left and then finally cutting back to the right to tie the game. But soon after, Bernard would also leave the game with a rib injury.Cincinnati and Miami exchanged field goals in the last two minutes, sending the game to overtime. After the Dolphins failed to score, the Bengals moved the ball to Miami’s 39-yard line. But instead of attempting a 56-yard field goal, Cincinnati opted to punt.It was a questionable move as kicker Mike Nugent had already nailed a 54-yard field goal with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter. Also, two games earlier, he hit a game winning 54-yard against the Detroit Lions as time expired.After the Dolphins failed to score again, the Bengals received the ball again at their own eight-yard line. On third and 10, Dalton went back to pass but was quickly sacked for the fifth time in the game, this one in the end zone to end the game on a safety. Wake (three sacks) shot up the middle almost untouched for the game winner.With Dalton and the offense once again struggling and the defense limping, Cincinnati can only hope young players like Bernard step up to change the dynamic of the team. read more

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