Athletic Commission gets go-ahead from Council

first_imgCity staff will now draft a bylaw for the creation of the Commission, which will outline what powers it will have. Although council approved moving forward, there was some question of whether it was sufficiently shown that there is support in the community. The city has been canvassing the community since March, asking for feedback on Facebook, community websites, magazines and newspapers as well as direct letters to relevant parties. It received responses from 11 residents, with 10 in favour of the commission and one against, as well as 52 responses to a Facebook poll, with 52 for and 17 against. Those 63 people represent less than 0.2 per cent of Fort St. John’s population, something that at least one councillor has a problem with. Lori Ackerman argued that, “we’re deeming that there’s sufficient community support, and when I look at the report, I don’t deem that at all.”- Advertisement – Dawson Creek has a similar athletic commission, that makes the rules and maitains control over the appointments and permits. Council would decide what control its commission would have through its bylaw. The next step is to confirm who will be on the commission and to prepare a draft bylaw to be reviewed by council.Advertisementlast_img read more

Neymar could still face Real, no operation planned: Emery

first_img0Shares0000Neymar still has a small chance of playing against Real, his PSG coach Unai Emery says © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Feb 27 – Neymar still has a “small chance” of playing against Real Madrid in the Champions League and there are no plans for an operation on his cracked bone, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said on Tuesday.“For Neymar there has been no decision to have an operation,” said Emery, denying an earlier report in the Brazilian press that the world’s most expensive player would go under the knife to fix the cracked bone in his foot. “Neymar is the first to want to play every match, he’s very focussed on Real. I think there’s a small chance that he’ll be ready for the match,” added Emery.PSG trail 3-1 from the last 16 first leg in Madrid two weeks ago and the loss of Neymar would be a huge blow to their chances of overturning that deficit at the Parc des Princes on March 6 and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.Neymar suffered a cracked metatarsal in his foot and a twisted ankle in an innocuous looking incident against Marseille on Sunday night.And while Spaniard Emery said there is a possibility he’ll recover by next week, he was more pessimistic than he had been on Sunday night.“Today, after analysing Neymar, it looks less likely than it did on Sunday that he’ll be ready for this match,” said Emery.However, he was clear in his dismissal of a report published by Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte on Tuesday morning that claimed a decision had already been reached for Neymar to undergo an operation, and that he would be out until May.– ‘Tranquility and patience’ –“Last night (Monday) the club issued an official statement: it said how the player was medically,” said Emery.“Things (like operations) aren’t decided like that,” he added, clicking his fingers.“You need discussions with the doctor, the player, his entourage.“To make such an important decision you need tranquility and a bit of patience.“Right now, I don’t think you need anything else. There’s a lot of information from outside, but the truth is what I told you, which is what the doctor told me.”Neymar was visibly in pain before he was stretchered from the pitch © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTWhile PSG’s primary concern is having the world’s most expensive player available for their Champions League match next week, in Brazil it is Neymar’s participation at the World Cup that is most pressing.The 26-year-old captained Brazil to their first ever Olympic gold medal 18 months ago on home soil and is seen as crucial to their hopes in Russia in June and July.Were he to undergo an operation now and return to fitness in May, that would suit Brazil, who could then rely on a fully fit and fresh Neymar for the World Cup. Four years ago, Neymar missed the semifinal against Germany with injury and Brazil were thrashed 7-1.Globo had said Neymar would have a “pin” attached to his metatarsal bone and would be fit to return in May.Recovery from metatarsal injuries usually take weeks, if not months.Just last year, Neymar’s international team-mate Gabriel Jesus was out of action for two months after breaking a metatarsal playing for Manchester City.Former England stars David Beckham and Wayne Rooney spent six weeks on the sidelines with metatarsal injuries in the past.Earlier on Tuesday, AFP spoke to a number of medical experts who all set a downbeat tone.“It would be very risky as it’s a fragile bone in the foot which is difficult to protect,” said Jean-Marcel Ferrat, a former doctor with the France national football team.“(Playing against Real) could compromise the rest of his season.”Parisian osteopath Alain Gosp Server said such injuries normally take “three weeks to heal”.“It will all depend on his treatment but what’s sure is that he wouldn’t be at 100 percent (in eight days),” added Gosp Server.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Letterkenny Busking Festival hits all the right notes – Picture Special

first_imgLetterkenny town was bustling at the weekend as large crowds of visitors and shoppers gathered together on the Main Street to witness the fifth annual Letterkenny Busking Festival.On Saturday August 24th, over thirty buskers and performance groups lined the Main street, entertaining the crowds and competing to win top cash prizes. The buskers travelled to Letterkenny from all parts of the county and country and provided great entertainment to our town’s visitors.This year’s festival hosted a variety of performers, such as street entertainers, magicians and even a live painter! Music acts consisted of trad bands, solo performers, violinists, acoustic guitarists and more. Polxroid made up of Catherine Gallagher and Ciaran Coleman, Ballybofey and Castlefinn with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.Carragh Lynch, Muff with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.Overall competition winners Rag A Ra pictured alongside Letterkenny Chamber President Leonard Watson and John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District.The buskers performed from 11am to 2pm and were visited by this year’s judges, singer/songwriter Tanya McCole, Highland Radio presenter Paul McDevitt and well-known local performer Martin Orr. The judges were amazed at the variety of acts taking part and had the tough task of choosing the final winners.The competition winners were announced at the prize giving party in McGinley’s Bar beer garden. The buskers and their families enjoyed some light refreshments and music from singer and guitarist Mark McClean, before the prizes were presented by Letterkenny Chamber president, Leonard Watson.In first place were trad group Rag A Ra, in second place were family trad group COSA and in third place was magician Jessica Harkin. Highly commended prizes were also awarded to singer and guitarist, John Gregg, violinist and concertina duo Aine and Sophie Ferry, singer and guitarist Aidan Laird and singer and guitarist Clara Sharvin.Letterkenny Busking Festival favourite Jessica Harkin, who placed third in our annual competition.Caela Carr, Letterkenny with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.Prize winners Aine and Sophie Ferry entertaining the crowds at the 2019 Letterkenny Busking Festival.Leonard Watson of Letterkenny Chamber had this to say about the event, “This year’s busking festival has been our biggest yet! We were delighted with the large number of buskers that took part in this year’s festival and are already in the process of planning next years festival which we hope will be even bigger! One of the best things about events like these is that they bring locals and visitors together and help to showcase all the great businesses that we have on Letterkenny Main Street! We are really looking forward to our 2020 festival!” Letterkenny Chamber President, Leonard Watson and John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District alongside Clara Sharvin, who won a prize in the competition.Competition participant George McCready (Mr Majestic), enjoying the festival with alongside Letterkenny Chamber President Leonard Watson and John O’Donnell, Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District.Fire spinner Dani Burns, Letterkenny with Cllr. John O’Donnell, Chairman of the Letterkenny-Milford Area, Leonard Watson, President of the Letterkenny Chamber during the Letterkenny Busking Festival on Saturday.All at Letterkenny Chamber and ShopLK wish to thank all our buskers, judges and everyone who came along to support the festival. We hope to make the 2020 festival even bigger so keep an eye out on our Letterkenny Busking Festival Facebook page for more information on next year’s event.ShopLK is funded by Donegal County CouncilLetterkenny Busking Festival hits all the right notes – Picture Special was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:letterkenny buskingLetterkenny Main StreetMUSICShop LKlast_img read more

Corning High boys basketball rolls Central Valley 57-38; Durham, Yreka advance

first_imgCorning >> Riding a six-game win streak, all by double digits, the Corning High boys basketball team continued right along to begin the new calendar year, routing Central Valley 57-38 to open up the 17th annual Corning Shootout on Thursday night. The Cardinals (11-2) advance to face Yreka in Friday’s second semifinal scheduled for 7:30 p.m. As it has done the past three weeks, Corning never faced much adversity against smaller Central Valley (4-9).It started with Corey Busta’s strong inside …last_img

New vaccines to curb child mortality

first_imgThe Rotavirus vaccine, Pentavalent vaccine and Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine will be introduced this month as part of the government’s expanded immunisation programme, which aims to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015. All children should be vaccinated with Pentavelent at 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks and at 18 months. Fighting pneumonia These diseases can lead to major complications such as deafness and brain damage, and can even be fatal. The Pneumococcal vaccine should be administered to children at 6 weeks, 14 weeks and 9 months. According to the department, the Rotavirus is a major problem in developing countries, as it is not always possible for infected children to reach a hospital in time, and thus they are likely to succumb to the disease. Developing countries Professor Shabir Madhi from the University of Witwatersrand encouraged the use of the Pneumococcal vaccine, saying it protects against severe life-threatening diseases caused by the bacterium streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. South Africa is to make three new vaccines freely available at public healthcare facilities across the country as part of efforts to combat child mortality. The Pentavelent vaccine is a combination vaccine with five components. It protects against five conditions, namely diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, haemophilus influenza and polio. “We want to vaccinate more and more children with this new vaccine,” Dr Ntombenhle Nqcobo, a specialist involved with the immunisation programme, said in Pretoria last week. “Every child has a right to vaccination.” Worldwide, it is estimated that 10-million children die each year from preventable and treatable causes.center_img According to the Department of Health, immunisation prevents more than three million deaths a year. The Rotavirus vaccine will help provide protection against the Rotavirus which causes diarrhoea, leading to dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and death. The vaccine can be used in the fight against pneumonia, which affects the chest and the ability to give oxygen to the body, meningitis, which affects the brain and spinal cord, and septicaemia, a condition where bacteria multiply in the bloodstream. The new vaccine replaces an older combination of four antigens, which is called Combact-Hib. The advantage of this vaccine lies in it being more advanced and causing fewer side-effects. HIV/Aids contributing The mortality rate in South Africa for children under five is high considering the level of economic development reached, and the largest contributing factor in these cases is HIV/Aids. 3 August 2009 Combination vaccine Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South African Tourism partners with Visa

first_img15 November 2012South African Tourism (SA Tourism) and global payments technology company Visa have signed an agreement that will see the two organisations working closely together to promote the country’s tourist attractions to an international audience.The “South Africa and Visa Welcomes You” campaign will seek to amplify SA Tourism’s existing efforts to promote South Africa as a travel destination for tourists and promote the use of Visa cards by visitors.The agreement was a natural progression in the company’s existing role in the global tourism industry, Visa South Africa’s country manager, Mandy Lamb, said in a statement on Wednesday.“South Africa remains a firm favourite among tourists from various parts of the world because of the country’s diverse tourist attractions.‘Tourism key to unlocking growth’“As a major contributor to South Africa’s gross domestic product, the tourism sector is key to unlocking economic growth and our aim is to put efforts behind articulating South Africa’s advanced electronic payment network, which supports payments by Visa cards,” Lamb said.Visa’s latest Tourism Outlook on South Africa report – released in September – showed that tourist arrivals to South Africa rose 3% in 2011, despite tough global economic conditions.The country also recorded an increase of 10.5% in the number of arrivals during the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period last year.There has been a notable increase in the number of tourist inflows from neighbouring African countries such Angola, Mozambique and one of Africa’s economic powerhouses, Nigeria.The alliance would see the two organisations combining their strengths to promote South Africa as the destination of choice and provide useful tips to tourists on how to manage their travel expenses safely and conveniently, said SA Tourism’s regional director for Africa, Phumi Dhlomo.“Our relationship with Visa is of a symbiotic nature and we see it as a long-term venture that will benefit the South African economy and position the country as Africa’s prime tourist destination,” he said.Over the coming months, Visa and SA Tourism will embark on a variety of activities geared towards promoting tourism and showing the convenience of card usage while in South Africa.The two entities plan to support the retailers’ end-of-year sales in January 2013 with point-of-sales visibility and card activation campaigns to drive visitors’ in-store. This will be used as a platform to promote the South African retail sector during the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).The Visa and SA Tourism alliance will also look at further strengthening inflows from emerging markets such as China and India and traditional markets like the United Kingdom, United States and Germany.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Student scientists invited to apply for scholarship to National Biodiesel Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Biodiesel Board is offering scholarships for students interested in attending the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 22 to 25 in Fort Worth, Texas. The application process for no cost registration, travel scholarships, biodiesel poster presentations and even a shot at the podium is open for members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel.The program is intended to foster professional relationships between budding and established scientists, share accurate information and increase collaboration with academia and the biodiesel industry.Student opportunities include a poster session on biodiesel-related research or activities, a student-led breakout session to present their research, a preconference biodiesel educational overview and a mentoring session with prominent biodiesel scientists.Last year, about 30 students attended the event from schools including Missouri University of Science and Technology, Clemson University, University of Iowa, and New Castle University in the United Kingdom.Many of the students, who came from a wide range of disciplines, noted the impact the event made on them.“Having individual scientists take time to talk to me about my research was so rewarding,” said Christopher Carrie, a student at Rowan University in New York who attended in 2017. “It was a humbling experience to listen to the impact each scientist had on the biodiesel industry and to hear their closing words of wisdom. My passion for renewable energy has started; it is time to get to work.”The National Biodiesel Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture Biodiesel Education Program, United Soybean Board and the National Biodiesel Foundation sponsor the scholarships, which amount to a $1,200 conference registration and a $600 travel reimbursement. Apply by Nov. 19 at biodiesel.org/ngsb/.last_img read more