Fort St. John North Peace Museum to hold a grand reopening after renovations

first_imgShe also says those who participate in the grand opening guided tours can expect to see a number of exhibit changes, including a new one. “for example Finch’s store is much larger and you will be able to walk into it now.  The one (exhibit) we have added, is we have a doctors office between our dentist office and our outpost hospital now, both of which have been relocated.  So they look quite different.Sjoblom goes onto say they have rearranged a number of the exhibits. “We have rearranged the order of our exhibits in the museum.  You start with the Dinosaurs, then you to the Charlie Lake Caves, through the fur trade and then you go into homesteading with the and wagon people traveling up here to then Finch’s store.”- Advertisement -Sjoblom says they will be adding another exhibit, with a somewhat bizarre history, that’s expected to be added shortly, thanks to the Fort St. John Country Quilters Guild.  It’s a quilt commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Highway that was stolen when on display at the North Peace Cultural Centre.  The quilt was found at a thrift store in southern B.C. and returned to the Fort St. John Country Quilters Guild.  That organization will now be donating the quilt to the North Peace Museum.The Grand Opening on May 29th is free, open to the public and scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.last_img read more

’61 caps too late!’ – Fans react to James Milner’s international retirement

first_imgJames Milner officially announced his retirement from international duty on Friday afternoon, after seven years of service and 61 caps won.The Liverpool man decided to hang up his boots following talks with new England boss Sam Allardyce, with confirmation that he was not going to be a guaranteed starter in the new regime.The versatile midfielder’s entire career has been characterised by his ‘Jack of all trades’ usage by managers, starting only 36 of his 61 appearances.The 31-year-old has also only ever netted one goal for the Three Lions, and despite playing at two World Cups and two European Championships, his most famous act in an England shirt is horribly misplacing a long-range pass at Wembley in a 2014 friendly against Norway.Milner has both his fans and detractors, leading to both positive and negative reactions to his retirement, and talkSPORT have collected some of the best comments below… James Milner made his England debut in 2009 1last_img read more

Crime alert: Warning issued about three suspicious vehicles

first_imgA general alert message has been issued for the whereabouts of three vehicles offering tarmacking for driveways.The three vehicles at the centre of the alert are a white Transit van, a silver Vauxhall car and another Ford Transit with a partial registration of N11.These descriptions have been issued through the text alert scheme and all three are believed to be operating together. Anybody with any information on their possible whereabouts or sighing of them should contact Letterkenny Gardai.Crime alert: Warning issued about three suspicious vehicles was last modified: October 12th, 2016 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)last_img read more

SA site helps 2010 visitors go green

first_imgTravellers will find a wealth of tips for sustainable tourism in their Green Passport. (Image: UNEP) MEDIA CONTACTS • Helena ReyUN Environment Programme+33 14 437 1450RELATED ARTICLES • Saving the land with ecotourism • Ecotourism reaps rich rewards • Holidays that save the world • Cape Town’s responsible tourismJanine ErasmusThe South African Green Passport site has gone live, just in time for the surge of tourists expected to pour into the country to watch the last stages of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The site is a joint project of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), and the Global Environment Facility, a far-reaching funding initiative involving 182 governments as well as NGOs, institutions and privately held corporations.The Green Passport programme has been implemented in three other countries internationally, and each time adapted accordingly. The project was piloted in Brazil and has since rolled out in Ecuador and Costa Rica as well. South Africa is the first African country to adopt the scheme.The Green Passport is aimed at helping visitors in South Africa reduce their carbon footprint by providing simple but useful tips on recycling, green living and responsible tourism.By making smart choices, tourists can not only make the most of their stay in the country, but minimise their impact on its environment and cultures. Supporting sustainable initiativesThey will also have the chance to support five remarkable greening projects approved by the DEA, doing their bit towards bringing increased economic benefits and better living conditions to local communities.The first project is the Sunfire Solutions’ solar cookers, which helps to reduce air pollution and deforestation by using only sunlight for cooking, and also eliminates the dangers associated with using open fires in homes.The second, Soil & More Reliance, focuses on soil composting, creates jobs and rids the environment of green waste and alien plants by turning them into compost.Lemnis Lighting Africa’s project replaces traditional lighting with energy-efficient LED lights in hotels, offices, homes, and more; while the Mainstream wind farm in the Eastern Cape focuses on renewable energy as a source of power.The Nova Institute’s Basa njengo Magogo (“light up like a grandmother”, a reference to the elderly citizen who pioneered the technique) domestic fire-lighting project teaches families how to burn coal in a cleaner and more cost-effective way by starting the fire with wood and paper on top, instead of underneath the coals.Offsetting carbon emissions The South African Green Passport site provides detailed information on each World Cup host city, in categories such as where to stay and eat, how to get to the fan parks and stadiums, how to recycle waste and make efficient use of resources, and where the sights can be seen.For instance, people are encouraged not to keep buying bottled water, but rather to refill their existing bottles with South Africa’s tap water, which is rated as the third best in the world in terms of quality. To ensure that their choice of seafood at a restaurant is not on the endangered list, patrons can send the fish’s name in a text message to +27 (0)79 499 8795 and receive an answer within seconds.Locals will also find that the site’s information can be easily adapted to their own situations.Green-minded tourists can use the website’s carbon calculator to establish their greenhouse gas emissions, and then offset those emissions by supporting one of the five selected projects. The calculator will suggest a sum based on the user’s established carbon emission. The sum may be paid in full, or in part – all donations are welcomed – by credit card, in support of the project of their choice.The Green Passport, which is packed with eco-friendly hints and tips, may be downloaded as a PDF (2.85MB) or collected in print form from visitor centres in all nine World Cup host cities, as well as from Fifa environmental volunteers in stadiums. Besides the useful information, there is space at the end of the document for visitors to make their own notes and collect signatures.A mobile site has also been launched, with all information available at the push of a button on a hand-held phone.As an added bonus, all travellers who register their green passport numbers at the site will stand a chance to win a two-night stay at the Thornybush Nature Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga.The campaign runs until the end of December 2010. More tips for responsible tourism can be found on the UNEP’s Green Passport site.last_img read more

Adjusting for late planted soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warmer temperatures and drying fields mean more farmers are taking advantage of the mild weather to catch up on planting after delays earlier in the season kept many out of their fields.But those growers who still aren’t able to get their soybean crops in before June may need to make slight adjustments to their management plans, says a field crops expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.After weather fluctuations during the growing season this year that have included freezing temperatures and snow flurries to sunny, 80-degree days to excess rain and cooler conditions that have left fields too wet to plant, many farmers need to catch up to get their crops in the ground, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension.Across Ohio, as of the week ended May 22, only 22% of soybeans were planted, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. That compares to 64% that had been planted by the same time last year and 46% that had been planted on average during the same time period over the past five years, the agency said.“While some growers in the northern part of the state were able to begin planting due to warmer weather, most growers throughout the rest of the state continued to delay planting as their fields were too wet for planting activities,” Cheryl Turner, Ohio State statistician with the agency, said in a written statement.In general, Ohio soybeans planted from May 1 through mid-May resulted in better yields, according to a study by researchers from OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.But, Lindsey said, it’s not uncommon for some soybean planting to continue into June.“Planting conditions were much worse than usual with the rains experienced last week, while things this week seem to be drying out,” she said. “Thanks to the warmer weather, planting doesn’t look as bleak as it did before.”Lindsey said management recommendations don’t really change for growers who get their plants in before June. But those planting into June should increase their seeding rates or even adjust their relative maturity, she said.“For soybeans planted during the first half of June, a seeding rate of 200,000 to 225,000 seeds per acre is recommended,” she said. “When looking at relative maturity, a four-day delay in planting delays physiological maturity about one day, during the first half of June.“As planting is delayed, yield potential goes down, and there is concern about whether late-maturing varieties will mature before the first killing frost. So when planting late, growers should plant the latest-maturing variety that will reach physiological maturity before the first killing frost.”Row spacing is also a consideration, Lindsey said. While growers should plant soybeans in narrow rows, between 7.5 to 15 inches, it’s even more important to adhere to narrow rows when planting in June, she said.“This is so the crops can have adequate canopy closure, which increases light interception, improves weed control by shading out weeds, and helps retain soil moisture,” Lindsey said.While it’s optimal to get soybeans planted in early to mid-May as soil temperature and moisture allows, the planting date is only one part of what determines soybean yields, she said.“Planting is just half the battle — yield really depends on what happens with the weather during the rest of the season,” Lindsey said. “One of the really critical times in terms of yields is during seed fill, which happens in August.“For example, while many soybean plants were stunted during the height of the 2012 drought, the plants were able to partially recover thanks to rainfall in August and September that worked to promote seed fill.”last_img read more

TV Today News Director QW Naqvi on CWG

first_imgConnect with the Editor Now the Games are over but the Game has started! Yes. Another Game which people have already started playing. Everyone is jostling to take credit for the success. Everyone is trying to pull at the legs of rivals. A politics of shame is already in the air. Someone roaring with the success has come out with the idea that we can organise an Olympics too. Obviously we can, exactly the way we did CWG. The bigger the event, the bigger would be the booty to share!No doubt the Games are a great success and the credit goes to our athletes and players who won 101 medals on their own. We all know how our various sports associations work and how much they contribute to the enlistment of sports in the country. Our unsung and little known heroes have made the Games a real great success. The Games have brought a new found confidence in small towns and kasbas across the country and young boys and girls in these little places have started to believe that they also can dream big! That is the real success of the Games and the credit goes to our little known athletes who never occupied a respectable space in our cricket-crowded media. Shaabash, our unsung heroes! We are really proud of you.Now the big question is if anything will change after this? Can our athletes and players hope for a better environment for them to succeed and to reach the level of real world class sportspersons? Will this become a national agenda?And what about all the stories of corruption and criminal negligence which came out in the last few months and went under wraps? Will they be investigated and the guilty booked? Or would everything be forgotten with the happy ending? If that happens that would be the most tragic outcome of the Games!last_img read more

College Football’s 10 Winningest Teams Of The Last 50 Years

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonWe’re officially two months away from the start of the 2016 college football season. The first Saturday of the ’16 campaign is set for Sept. 3. It’ll be a great one, too, with games like: Alabama-USC, Auburn-Clemson, LSU-Wisconsin, Georgia-North Carolina. In anticipation of the upcoming season, let’s take a look back at what college football has been like over the last 50 years. Which program has won the most games over the past half-century?A program you probably wouldn’t guess. Nebraska has won more games than anyone else over the last 50 years, totaling 476 wins. The Huskers are followed by Oklahoma and Ohio State. Here’s the full top 10:1. Nebraska – 476 2. Oklahoma – 4553. Ohio State – 4504. Penn State – 4395. Michigan, Alabama – 4347. Florida State – 4258. Georgia – 4209. Texas – 41910. USC – 415Most wins, last 50 years (P5): 476- Nebraska 455- OU 450- Ohio St 439- Penn St 434- Michigan, Alabama 425- FSU 420- UGA 419- Texas 415- USC— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) June 27, 2016Who’s going to win the most games over the next 50 years?last_img read more

Can Roger Federer Finally Win A Davis Cup

The average team wins at home 63 percent of the time and on the road just 37 percent of the time. But the differential is much smaller for France and even smaller for Switzerland. In fact, France lost the past two finals it hosted, in 1999 and 2002.Andrew Flowers contributed to the analysis of data supplied by the International Tennis Federation. This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s Nov. 24 The State of Football Issue. The farther Cup teams have to travel, the worse they perform (though traveling between 501 and 1,000 miles seems particularly tough). Luckily for Roger & Co.: Lille is just 325 miles from the Swiss capital of Bern, minimizing the French advantage. Roger Federer holds a record 17 Grand Slam titles, but there’s one trophy he’s still itching to lift: the Davis Cup. Starting Friday, he gets his best chance yet. In his first Davis Cup final, the 33-year-old ace and his Swiss teammates will battle the French in Lille, France.Yes, playing away from home significantly diminishes the win probability for the Swiss. And because Davis Cup rules dictate that the host country gets to choose the playing surface, Federer will be forced to compete on clay, his least favorite type of court — without much practice, after a back problem kept him sidelined until a short session Wednesday.But the good news for Federer is that Lille is a
 lot closer to home than Melbourne, where he lost to the Australians in 2003, the only other time he made a Cup semifinal. Plus, Switzerland is one of a handful of major teams to maintain a winning Cup road record since the modern era began in 1972.Of course, the second-ranked Federer is simply better most days than any of his Lille opponents. (France is led by No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.) And he’s so popular globally that he takes home-court advantage with him when he travels. Consider Roland Garros. “When he plays a French player,” says France’s Gilles Simon, “[the crowd] is 50-50, and I’m like, ‘Guys, what’s going on?’ ”The Swiss aren’t likely to feel that much love in Lille. But they still have plenty on their side to get the job done. Here’s a closer look at the factors in their favor. Federer’s 37–7 Davis Cup singles record is even more impressive when you consider that he’s been even better on the road than at home—especially in Europe, where he’s won his past 15 matches. read more

With raised sprits Ohio State mens basketball focuses on Penn State

Junior center Amir Williams dunks the ball during a game against Iowa Jan. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 84-74.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe night is darkest before the dawn, and for the No. 24-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team (16-4, 3-4), that dawn might have arrived.After struggling through a four-game losing streak — the program’s longest since February 2008 — the Buckeyes got back on track with a 62-55 victory against Illinois last Thursday.Freshman forward Marc Loving said just getting a win helped raise spirits in the locker room.“Our moods are definitely a lot lighter than what they were during the four-game losing streak,” Loving said Tuesday. “I would say there’s been a lighter load going into the next game. I feel like a weight’s been lifted off of us, get a little monkey off our back. Going into this next game, we definitely have a mindset that we’ve got to execute and get stops defensively because that’s what we key on.”It’s been more than two weeks since OSU headed into a game off a win, and some players are hoping their problems have been fixed.Junior center Amir Williams, who saw his minutes decline during the losing streak, said a lot of time in practice has been dedicated to two things: defense and shooting.“We spent a lot of time these past few days working on our defense and a lot with our shooting,” Williams said Tuesday. “That’s mainly been a problem that we’ve had in the past, guys were just driving by us and not playing our principles on defense so we just got back to the basics and broke down what we had to do defensively to keep teams from scoring against us and just get up a lot of shots offensively. We’ve been putting a lot of time into shooting the ball.”Williams added that another four-game losing streak has to be prevented at all costs for a team with as high of goals like OSU’s.“We can’t take any team for granted,” Williams said. “This is a tough conference to play in night in and night out so we’re going to continue to build … That four-game losing streak is something that can’t happen to us again. We’re going to have losses and we’re going to win some games but we can’t just not show up to play like we did those last four games.”Next up, the Buckeyes are set to take on Penn State (10-10, 1-6) and will be hoping to contain their leading scorers, redshirt-junior guard D.J. Newbill (17.2 points per game) and graduate-senior guard Tim Frazier (16.5 points per game).OSU coach Thad Matta said despite the Nittany Lions’ record, they will not be overlooked by the Buckeyes.“You look at Penn State, they’ve been in every single game they’ve played this season and had some of the craziest losses I’ve seen in terms of the ball didn’t bounce their way,” Matta said Tuesday. “Obviously Frazier and Newbill have shown, not only this year but throughout their career, that they can go into an arena and get 30 on you … but you get a pretty good feel of who they’re trying to get shots for and we’ve got to do a pretty good job of locking those guys down the best we can.”The last time OSU lost to Penn State was Jan. 10, 2004. Tipoff is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more