2018 Fort St. John Annual Municipal Report being presented

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A public meeting is being held to present the 2018 Annual Municipal Report on Monday, June 24th, 2019.The presentation starts at 6 pm at City Hall in the Council chambers and is being presented by David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services.The presentation will go over the details of the report including the 2019 goals and objectives, updates to the 2018 goals and objectives, the 2018 audited financial statements and report on permissive property tax exemptions.- Advertisement -Copies of this report are available on the city’s website; CLICK HERE or in person from City Hall at 10631-100th StreetAny inquiries regarding this public meeting can be directed to David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services at djoy@fortstjohn.ca or call (250) 794-3300last_img read more

Functional Barca to play Chelsea at their own game

first_img0Shares0000Antonio Conte’s Chelsea could come up against a less expansive Barcelona than they might expect in Wednesday’s Champions League showdown © AFP / Pau BarrenaBARCELONA, Spain, Mar 14 – Antonio Conte’s Chelsea will aim to frustrate Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday but they may find an opponent less expansive than they expect.Barca have set the standard in recent years for the most glittering style of football but Ernesto Valverde has instilled a new style this season, built on resilience, organisation and hard graft. With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez left to their own devices up front, Barcelona’s midfield has become more conscientious and its back-line harder to breach.Atletico Madrid, as much renowned in defence as Barca have been in attack, have conceded only one goal fewer than the Catalans in La Liga all season.Chelsea, however, enjoyed success at Stamford Bridge with a dogmatic approach, when only Messi’s equaliser spoilt what was otherwise a controlled Blues performance. Willian’s opener means Conte’s side take a 1-1 draw to the Camp Nou.“We come to do exactly the same job as we did at Stamford Bridge,” Willian said on Tuesday.“Without the ball we have to stay compact like we did at Stamford Bridge, we have to do the same job. We know here the pitch is big and we have to stay together and to not concede goals and go for the counter attack as well.”But it remains to be seen how bold Barca will be. They beat Atletico 1-0 at home earlier this month to move eight points clear at the top of the table but it was not an eye-catching display.With Philippe Coutinho ineligible, Paulinho is likely to start against Chelsea, and the midfielder will bring athleticism and energy in place of Coutinho’s creative spark.Barcelona may be happy to play Chelsea at their own game, sustained by their crucial away goal and confident that, given the chance, Messi and Suarez can land the knock-out blow.– Iniesta key, Messi well rested –Andres Iniesta trained on Tuesday and is likely to be key for Barcelona against Chelsea © AFP / LLUIS GENECaptain Andres Iniesta will be key and the Spaniard appears to have won his battle to be fit after recovering from a hamstring strain. He was included in Valverde’s squad on Tuesday.“We know what Andres brings to the team, not only on the pitch but as a captain,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said.“You give him the ball and he always knows what he has to do to create chances.”Conte conceded Chelsea would have to play the “perfect game” to reach the quarter-finals and they will need Eden Hazard to deliver too.Hazard has grown frustrated in recent weeks with his lone role up front but when asked to compare the 27-year-old Belgian with Iniesta — who will soon be 34 — Conte seemed to lay down a challenge.“We’re talking about two different players with different careers,” Conte said. “Iniesta won a lot in his career, Hazard has to start winning important trophies.”On the impact of Iniesta’s possible return, Conte added: “I like to compare him with Andrea Pirlo. We are talking about a genius of the football.”Barca are still unbeaten in La Liga and Messi will be well-rested, having sat out Saturday’s win over Malaga to attend the birth of his third child.The Argentine arrives with five goals in his last four games.“He will be fine,” Busquets said. “In fact he will be more motivated than what we are used to and physically he is going to be great, after having an extra game’s rest. I hope that this is perfect.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

MCCONALOGUE SLAMS MINISTER FOR CHILDREN FOR ‘INADEQUATE RESPONSE’ TO RAPHOE REPORT

first_imgCharlie McConalogue has criticised the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald for her “vague and inadequate” response to the six reports published yesterday by the National Board for Safeguarding Children.Deputy McConalogue has called on Minister Fitzgerald to make a statement on the progress of the HSE’s national child protection review, which is yet to produce any reports since it was established six years ago.Deputy McConalogue, Fianna Fail Spokesman on Children said, “I am shocked by Minister Fitzgerald’s low-key and indecisive reaction to the reports published yesterday. “These reviews, carried out by the Church’s own child protection watchdog, yet again shone a spotlight on the historic failures by Church authorities to appropriately deal with allegations of child abuse in so many cases.  And yet, the Minister’s response is to sit on the fence, and wait for more reports from the HSE before considering a full independent inquiry.“We have been waiting for six years for the results of a HSE national child protection audit.  There is still no sign of it. In December 2010, the HSE stated the audit would be completed by spring of this year.“In July 2011, Minister Fitzgerald said she hoped to publish the audit in September.   Yet today she has said it will not be ready until next year. I am calling on Minister Fitzgerald to come before the Dáil with a progress report from the HSE and a timeframe on when the findings will be published.”He asked what more evidence does the Minister need before this issue becomes worthy of a statutory inquiry? He added that internal HSE and Church audits are important, but they are not good enough in isolation.“The survivors of abuse must be given the opportunity to have their voices heard and the roles of Church and State authorities should be examined by truly independent investigators.”“We must be absolutely clear about the need for any inquiry to be fully independent. Speaking on RTÉ this morning, the Minister made a worrying suggestion that she may consider assigning responsibility for any inquiry to the National Board for Safeguarding Children. This is the Catholic Church’s own body, and while their work is welcome, they are not the appropriate body for such a task.“People need to see some sense of urgency from Minister Fitzgerald about this matter. Many of the victims in the reports published yesterday have been waiting 35 years to have their voices heard. They cannot be expected to wait endlessly for another report before a comprehensive response is even considered.”MCCONALOGUE SLAMS MINISTER FOR CHILDREN FOR ‘INADEQUATE RESPONSE’ TO RAPHOE REPORT was last modified: December 1st, 2011 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:Charlie McConalogueraphoe reportlast_img read more

ON WESTERN SHORES – BALLYBOFEY WOMAN CAPTURES MOOD OF DONEGAL WITH BOOK OF SONGS

first_imgPhilippa Collings and her partner Billy PattonHer unique insight of life and experiences of living in the north-west has inspired a Ballybofey-based woman to publish a book of her songs which she hopes will capture her love of the area and the influences it has had on her.Its author, Philippa Collings, describes ‘On Western Shores’ as a celebration of this part of the world, its people, wildlife, landscape and various goings on.The cover of On Western ShoresPhilippa and her partner Billy Patton came to the Twin Towns over 20 years ago and set up the Red Rose Café in Stranorlar. They soon settled and became a popular couple through their social and business contacts. Billy is a seasoned musician and author of several publications which Philippa assisted with, then a trip last year to her home in Nottingham, England inspired her when she visited some friends who were writing songs. She decided she’d give it a go.Inspiration soon flowed from everything she encountered, from outings around the North West, people she knew and respected, and from stories about events, past and present.“One of these is a story Billy is researching about a boat called The Rob Roy which sank in a big storm on Lough Swilly in 1894 with three members of family on board. I wrote a song for him based on what he found out.”This new publication is unique in many ways. It tells stories and it provides you with the sheet music, the lyrics and a CD. “I’d describe the songs as contemporary folk but apparently you can also detect the traditional Irish musical influences – one tune, for example, is a classic hornpipe for fiddle.”She doesn’t enjoy performing herself, but hopes others would enjoy the material and have a go at putting their own individual stamp on it. To this end she has placed a Creative Commons License on the work.This is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. A Creative Commons license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created but protects against using it for commercial or derivative purposes.“I’m not a performer but I will enjoy hearing anyone else performing the songs. The CD is only an extra that Billy and I recorded to go with the book. I never thought I’d write a book of songs. I played clarinet, bassoon and saxophone in my youth and Mum, Pat played fiddle and Granny Joy the piano but I never thought I’d take my own music any further.”Philippa is also a great admirer of the oral singing and musical tradition here in Donegal. “I come from a tradition of reading music so I have the greatest admiration for people who can learn music by ear in the traditional way.”Perhaps to best understand the types of thing that have influenced her songwriting, one has to look at the title track ‘On Western Shores’. It was inspired following a spur of the moment decision to head to the coast on a dull January afternoon.“It ended up as a stunningly beautiful sunset stroll along Murvagh beach. With no cameras to capture the moment, writing a song was the ideal solution,” says Philippa.‘On Western Shores’ is a freestanding A5 spiral bound book where you can flip the pages over and it acts as its own music stand. The cover has been designed by Billy’s niece Nuala Patton and the book itself will be launched this Saturday July 4th at The Book Centre, Main Street, Ballybofey at 4pm. This will be followed by music and refreshments at the Rosses Bar in Stranorlar from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.Philippa is also in the process of setting up a website www.thesongstershouse.ie where you can find out more.ON WESTERN SHORES – BALLYBOFEY WOMAN CAPTURES MOOD OF DONEGAL WITH BOOK OF SONGS was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 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:BallybofeydonegalON WESTERN SHORESPHILLIPPA COLLINGSSONGSlast_img read more

Gardaí on the lookout for suspicious vehicles in Rathmullan

first_imgGardaí are requesting information for two vehicles acting “suspiciously” in the Rathmullan area.A community text alert was issued this afternoon appealing for information.They are asking for residents to keep an eye out for a red Toyota Avensis and a blue Volkswagen Polo with Northern Irish registrations. If you have any information you can get in touch with Milford Gardaí on 074 91 53060.Gardaí on the lookout for suspicious vehicles in Rathmullan was last modified: September 24th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:GardaiRathmullanlast_img read more

‘Little baseball rats’ claim Area One title with shutout win over Chico Blues

first_imgArcata >> The “Gatorade bath” at the end of it all felt oh so good.On Sunday, the Northern Humboldt Giants completed a task they had set out to do at the beginning of the summer — win a section title.Less than 24 hours after an exhilarating walk-off victory over Davis in extra innings, the Giants wasted little time in distancing themselves from the Chico Blues. NoHum scored in each inning sans the first and benefitted from another dominant pitching performance — this time from starter Merek …last_img read more

The End of SETI

first_imgHere’s what a strong belief in materialistic SETI leads to: complete intellectual implosion.Former SETI Institute head Seth Shostak thinks that the aliens we meet will likely be machines. Here’s what Fox News says about the views of this “veteran alien hunter” who has nothing yet to show for decades of searching.Humans’ machine selves will get smarter and more capable incredibly quickly, he added. Humanity’s present intelligence is the result of 4 billion years of Darwinian evolution, which uses random variation as its raw material and is not directed toward any particular goal. But the evolution of machine intelligence will be engineered and efficient, Shostak said.“Once you invent a thinking machine, you say, ‘Invent something better than you are,’ and you build that. ‘Design something better than you are,’ and you build that, and so forth,” he said.Apparently he has not thought this through, so let’s help him out. According to his worldview, everything is an accident. He would probably entertain seriously, for instance, the suggestion of fellow evolutionist Mike Wall on Space.com, “Did Asteroid Strikes Help Spur Life on Earth?” The asteroid did not arrive with the intention of spurring life on Earth. It just happened, according to the Stuff Happens Law (SHL). But the SHL is really the ground of all subsequent evolution, too. It’s the only cause behind random mutation and natural selection – the “not directed” cause Shostak spoke about.Consequently, Seth Shostak’s own intelligence is the result of “stuff happens.” Many philosophers have pointed out the flaws of evolutionary epistemology, the notion that “what we know and how we know it” is the result of evolution—a blind, unguided process that did not have intelligence in mind. David Wood has a YouTube video explaining the self-refuting nature of the view. In a second video, he shows how Descartes, David Hume and Darwin all recognized the problem, or at least contributed to it. Nancy Pearcey has also written about this at Evolution News & Views.So already, Shostak’s own intelligence has imploded. But we can see the implosion from another angle. According to evolutionary theory, human beings are machines programmed by material causes. In the famous analogy by Richard Dawkins, we are puppets of our selfish genes. They use us for their own ends to propagate themselves.This means that Shostak himself is a machine. He is not thinking independently. His statements about invention, design and building are meaningless vocalizations – different in complexity, to be sure, but not in kind, from the barks of a dog. His selfish genes programmed him (a machine) to say that aliens are machines. He doesn’t really believe it; his body parts are generating pressure waves in the atmosphere.From his own assumptions, therefore, we can dismiss everything he says in the article as nonsense. To convince us that his ideas have intellectual merit, he would have to become a supernaturalist. He would have to admit that argument, logic and design are immaterial concepts. He would have to say that he really possess a soulish intellect that can go beyond the SHL and organize concepts into coherent thoughts worth believing.Once you learn to recognize the self-refuting fallacy, you find it often in evolutionary literature. Remember that anything that refutes itself doesn’t need your help to refute it. You just need to point it out.Of course, people argue foolishly because they really are created in the image of God, but fallen. They need to be regenerated to begin to be able to think coherently within the universe as it is. (Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

RailsBridge: Encouraging Women to Program with Free Ruby on Rails Workshops

first_imgTags:#hack#Services Why You Love Online Quizzes The RailsBridge Open Workshop project, which teaches web app development to programmers and non-programmers, has announced its 2011 schedule that’ll include eight more of its popular free workshops for women.RailsBridge’s workshops take place on a Friday evening and full-day Saturday, during which time participants learn how to develop a web app using the Ruby on Rails framework. Over the past year-and-a-half, the project has trained almost 600 people, nearly 500 of them women. RailsBridge hopes to expand further this year, with workshops in San Francisco, Seattle, and Chicago.These workshops aren’t women-only. Nonetheless, the outreach has been aimed at women, in order to help foster more gender diversity in the Rails community. Those efforts have been pretty successful, “moving the needle” as project co-founder Sarah Mei puts it, from 2% of the San Francisco Ruby on Rails community in January of 2009 to 18% in January 2010.Mei says that she was initially concerned it might be difficult to convince women to participate in the workshops. “However, we soon learned that demand is not a problem.” The first workshop the project offered filled up with a waiting list in less than 24 hours. And the first event this year, February 4 and 5 at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, is full too. (There are still 7 workshops open for registration, but sign up or volunteer soon!)“The workshop project is a key part of the ecosystem that we are working to develop in open source, making it truly open to programmers and non-programmers of any background,” says RailsBridge’s president Sarah Allen. The mission of RailsBridge, says Allen, is to bridge the gap from aspiring developer to contributing open source community member through mentoring, teaching and writing.Moving the Needle: How SF Ruby Got to 18% How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img audrey watters Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

NFC Business Models, Challenges and Adoption Examined

first_imgTags:#mobile#Trends Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … NFC, or near field communication, is an emerging technology that enables the exchange of data between devices in close proximity to each other, typically mobile phones. Much of the interest in the technology at present is in its potential to serve as the basis for a mobile payments system, such as the one Google is currently building or Isis, the U.S. operator-led mobile payments initiative.However, mobile payment systems are just one of the many markets where NFC can succeed. According to a new research report by SJB Research analyst Sarah Clark, NFC’s true potential lies with its ability to bridge the gap between the real world and the online world.NFC: Linking Real and Online Worlds“Most NFC projects to date have been based around the use of a mobile phone or other device equipped with NFC technology to replace an existing service,” says Clark. But NFC-enabled devices can do far more, she explains. They can operate in three different modes: as card emulators, where they act as replacements for information stored on a plastic card; in peer-to-peer mode, where they exchange data with other devices; and in card/tag reading and writing mode, where they read or change information stored in an RFID tag or contactless card.When combined with a communications network, NFC devices can link actions in the real world to consumer-facing or back office systems. And they can be used to provide instant feedback to users based on the actions a user makes.NFC Business ModelsIn the new, detailed report, Clark examines developing a business model for NFC infrastructure, secure element issuers, the use of NFC in payments, how to gain buy-in from consumers and service providers and launch strategies for NFC services.Clark says that the first and most important task in creating a business model for the provision of NFC services is to define the kind of infrastructure that will be used, as its design and competitive stance will have a fundamental impact on how willing service providers will be to adopt NFC. The more open the infrastructure, the more willing businesses will be to adopt the technology.It’s also not required that providers own the secure element used to store consumers’ NFC applications and sensitive data. Solutions from mobile operators, handset manufacturers and others exist now that would enable B2B NFC services, she says.NFC in Mobile Payments As for mobile payments specifically, Clark identifies some challenges in this area. A solution that allows multiple card issuers and payments processors the ability to share space on an NFC handset has yet to be found, which is one of the major reasons why commercial NFC has taken so long to arrive.In addition, consumers will expect to make payments using their existing full range of cards, including debit and credit cards, using NFC. This is why participation of banks is key to NFC’s success.Meanwhile, card issuers are not threatened by NFC technology, but payment processors are, as it calls for a radical redesign on their part. However, this also creates an opportunity for smaller and more innovative banks without a payments processing arm to jump into this space and be among the first to offer on-handset NFC payments to consumers, says Clark.Merchants, too, will need to get on board with NFC so they can process transactions at point-of-sale and persuading them to do so has not been easy.Finally, getting consumers to begin adopting NFC can be a challenge as well. In urban areas, this can be accomplished by partnering with a single local transit merchant – that has the same impact on adoption as bringing hundreds of merchants on board, Clark says.Other Applications May Arrive Before PaymentsOutside of mobile payments, there is the potential for non-payments applications to arrive first, something which can be aided by providers targeting specific geographic areas and offering compelling services that require the use of NFC on a regular basis – ideally, daily. Targeting a particular type of customer or a given demographic group can help, too. Business travelers and household budget holders are especially attractive demographics.There is much more detail in the full 170-page report available here, including detailed analysis NFC-related business models, NFC as used in mobile payments systems, challenges in both merchant and consumer adoption, launch strategies and more. Sarah Clark is also the editor of a well-known website NFC World, which tracks developments in this technology niche. Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Khadse claims ‘clean chit’ in land grab case

first_imgThe State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has submitted its report to a Pune court in an alleged land grab case involving former State Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse of a prime plot belonging to the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in Bhosari.Sources said the agency, which submitted the report on Friday, had allegedly failed to find “definite proof” that Mr. Khadse had misused his office as Revenue Minister to seize a three-acre plot in the possession of the MIDC for his private use.Mr. Khadse, reacting to the development in Mumbai, said the agency had given him a clean chit. Speaking in Mumbai, he remarked that his two years in political wilderness were his “trial by fire.” “The accusations against me had no substance. But during my ‘trial’, I have come to know my friends from my enemies. I do not want to speak now of those who turned against me, despite my contribution towards building my party in Maharashtra,” said the BJP leader. He said he had voluntarily resigned from his post, and not due to pressure from any party. ‘Premature to comment’However, whistleblower Hemant Gawande, who first filed a complaint against Mr. Khadse in May 2016 in the case, said nothing definite can be said till the ACB reveals what the report says. “The ACB is the investigative agency directed by the High Court to investigate this case. It is not the final authority. It is too premature to comment on anything as I have not received any official notification about the report being submitted,” he told The Hindu. In May 2016, Mr. Gawande’s complaint, among other factors, had eventually contributed to Mr. Khadse’s resignation from the State Cabinet. In April last year, the ACB had lodged an FIR against Mr. Khadse in compliance with the Bombay High Court’s directive.The ACB had lodged an FIR under Sections 13 (1) d, 13 (2) and 15 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and Section 109 of the Indian Penal Code against the former minister, his wife, Mandakini, son-in-law Girish Chaudhari, and Abbas Rasool Ukani, the original owner of the plot.last_img read more