Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse Wraps Up Regular Season

first_imgThe teams will be taking a break this coming weekend, before playoffs take place over the final weekend in June. MACKENZIE, B.C. – Four teams from Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse were in Mackenzie this past weekend to play their final games of the regular season.Things sadly didn’t go phenomenally well for the teams, although most of the games were incredibly close contests.The FSJ Novice team played a pair of games against the combined Vanderhoof/Mackenzie team, losing the first game 13-9, and the second game by 10-8.- Advertisement -The Peewee team went one-and-one this past weekend, winning their first game against the combined Van/Mac Peewees 11-5, before dropping 10-7 in the second game of the weekend.The combined FSJ/Mackenzie Bantam squad played against an incredibly tough Vanderhoof team, going 0-for-2 this weekend.The Midgets fared a bit better against Vanderhoof, winning their first tilt 10-7, and losing game 2 of the weekend 6-1.Advertisementlast_img

GLENTIES WIND FARM GROUP WELCOMES ORAL HEARING EXTENSION

first_imgThe Glenties Wind Farm Information Group has welcomed confirmation that an oral hearing into the application for a 25 turbine wind farm at Straboy in Glenties will be extended.An Bord Pleanala indicated an extended time period is necessary to ensure that all interested parties are afforded a reasonable time frame to address their concerns at the hearing.It is believed that this is the first full oral hearing on a wind farm development in the country by An Bord Pleanala. There was considerable anxiety last week over with issues arising in the notification of the proceedings and afterwards correspondence from An Bord Pleanála which appeared to confirm that the hearing would only last for three days.It was indicated by An Bord Pleanala that normal practice was to hear the applicant first and then the local authority that made the contested decision.Afterwards the inspector and Bord officials would then do their best to facilitate others, meaning the affected community, of which there were 15 appellants and 64 observers.GWiG said they were incensed that a situation could arise where the appellants and local observers may have had less than one day to articulate their concerns. The decision of the Bord to facilitate a full hearing of all concerned has been welcomed by the group.However they still take issue with the failure of An Bord Pleanala to provide for a prior day of registration which would have given all parties a clear indication of the length of time others would take at the hearing and would provide a time frame for the schedule of appearance of witnesses.This is regarded as normal practice and a very important requirement where the group can plan for the appearances of local witnesses who must arrange time off work and also, very importantly, they can arrange to have their outside experts travel to Glenties on the day and at the time that they were due to appear.The group says it will continue to pursue this issue with the Bord.“Opposition to this development is based primarily on the impact of such a massive industrial development so close to the town of Glenties in a valued landscape. “The concern of the community is that this will have a detrimental impact on the local environment and detract from the areas intrinsic value as a place rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage.“The area depends for its future prospects on the preservation of its natural assets as an attractive destination for tourism.“We also value what the area has to offer in terms of wildlife and its attraction for recreational tourism.“The group continues to seek support to protect this area from being lost for future generations. Oral hearings are costly but this rural community has no choice but to make a stand and bring to the attention of the planning board the real impacts that are associated with a development of this scale and nature in this sensitive area,” said a spokesman. For further information visit www.gwig.net, follow us on Twitter at @Glenties_Wig, email: glenties.wig@hotmail.comGLENTIES WIND FARM GROUP WELCOMES ORAL HEARING EXTENSION was last modified: October 3rd, 2012 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:GLENTIES WIND FARM INFORMATION GROUPlast_img read more

Twelve Bulldogs Named to 2018 MVC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete Team

first_imgBelow are the Bulldogs who earned Scholar-Athlete Team honors. Four of them, Aaron Chier, Bailee Cofer and Victoria Coombe earned the honor for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. A total of 12 members of the Drake University track & field teams have been named to the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Track & Field Scholar-Athlete Team, the conference announced Monday, May 21. Kyle Brandt, So., Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology;Aaron Chier, Jr., Graphic Design;Bailee Cofer, Sr., Public Relations/English;Victoria Coombe, Jr., Neuroscience;Max Harlan, So., Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology;Xavier Lechleitner, So., Entrepreneurship;Christina LeMunyon, Jr., Kinesiology;Malik Metivier, So., Media Production;Forest Moses, Jr., Computer Science;Taryn Rolle, Sr., Marketing/Public RelationsJake Taylor, Gr., MBA;Joshua Yeager, Jr., Rhetoric, Media and Social Print Friendly Versioncenter_img To earn a spot on the MVC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete Team, student-athletes must have a 3.2 or better grade point average, at least a sophomore academically and athletically and have placed in the top eight of an individual event or the top three of a relay at an MVC Championship.last_img read more

SA golf courses in world top 100

first_img24 May 2005Golf Digest USA recently ranked the top 100 golf courses outside the United States. South Africa achieved five listings, with Leopard Creek Golf Estate and Country Club coming in at number 25.The survey, published in the magazine’s May edition, covered 1 005 courses around the planet, and was overseen by a panel of over 800 course rating specialists, 22 editors of Golf Digest and its affiliates, and an undisclosed number of other expert panelists.The magazine ranked the Old Course at St Andrews first among courses outside the US, followed by Australia’s Royal Melbourne Golf Club and Ireland’s Royal Portrush.Five South African courses, all regular stops on the Sunshine Tour annual calendar, ranked in Golf Digest’s top 100.Leopard Creek, venue for The Tour Championship from 2001 to 2004 and new home of the Dunhill Championship in 2005, ranked 25th, followed by the Gary Player Country Club, home to the multimillion-dollar Nedbank Golf Challenge and the Dimension Data Pro-Am, at 29th.The Links at Fancourt, venue of the 2003 Presidents Cup and home to the Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour Championship, joined the list at number 59, followed at number 62 by the Durban Country Club, host of 16 South African Open Championships, including the recent 2005 SAA Open.Arabella Estate and Country Club, which plays host to the annual Nelson Mandela Invitational, completed the list at number 100.Leopard Creek was the brainchild of international business entrepreneur and Southern Africa PGA Tour chairman Johann Rupert.Set on the borders of the Kruger National Park near Malelane in Mpumalanga, the course was designed to blend in with the surroundings while providing a golfing challenge of championship standard.In conjunction with the Kruger National Park and local nature conservation authorities, Rupert and nine-time major winner Gary Player got together to create a course that provides sophisticated leisure in an undisturbed natural environment.Leopard Creek’s par-72 layout snakes through unspoilt bushveld, home to an abundance of wildlife, including the “big five” – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – which can be viewed from open Land Rovers or on guided walking trails.It’s also a bird-watcher’s paradise, with over 200 bird species making their home in the shade of the indigenous trees, some of which are hundreds of years old.Using innovative architectural and landscaping techniques, the course and surrounding living areas are naturally protected from animals, while the lakes and small streams have been diverted through the development to create scenic vistas and interesting golf strategies.In an unusual move, the golfing hazards have been designed to include much of the water that is home to families of hippos and the magnificent creatures for which the river, on which much of the course borders, is named – crocodiles.The 18-hole championship course provides a gruelling challenge for professionals and amateurs alike.Past champions at the course include Darren Fichardt, Hennie Otto, Andrew McLardy and Charl Schwartzel, all of whom have gone on to make their mark in the international arena.Source: Southern Africa PGA Tour Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa updates yellow fever requirements

first_img4 February 2015Travellers from countries that have recently been declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “low-risk yellow fever countries” will no longer have to produce proof of the vaccination when they arrive in South Africa, the Department of Health said on Tuesday.The African countries on WHO’s low-risk yellow fever list include Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe.Based on recommendations taken at WHO’s recent executive board meeting, all travellers to South Africa from these countries will not be required to produce proof of vaccination against yellow fever. “This provision is with immediate effect,” the department said.Yellow fever is a tropical virus disease that can affect the liver and kidneys, causing fever and jaundice and is often fatal. It is transmitted by mosquitoes.In accordance with International Health Regulations, South Africa requires all citizens and non-citizens over one year of age travelling from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate.“As a result, South Africa implements measures for all travellers from yellow fever risk countries who are unable to produce a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate at the point of entry,” the department said.Travellers who fail to produce valid yellow fever vaccination certificates can be denied entry into South Africa; or they can be placed under quarantine surveillance until either their certificates becomes valid, or for up to six days if they do not have vaccination certificates and are from high-risk yellow fever countries.“Travellers who are in possession of an exemption certificate due to medical reasons will be will be allowed entry, required to report any fever or other symptoms to the health authorities, and be placed under quarantine surveillance,” the department said.A valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate requires a vaccine approved by the WHO and administered at least 10 days before departure to South Africa at a yellow fever- approved vaccination centre. The vaccine offers protection 10 days after administration.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

What is the value of precision ag?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the last few years we bought a lot of trinkets. Some paid for themselves and some did not. I had a recent question from a group of farmers about the value of precision ag and I didn’t have a ready answer. Since then I did some checking on what was of value from the precision ag offerings.First, here a results from Nebraska in a 2015 survey with 125 respondents on: what are they willing to pay for?GIS based soil sampling.Yield monitor and yield mapping.Guidance based steering, mostly autosteer.Next was from a grower survey by USDA/ERS in 2010 and 2012.Who uses precision ag? Corn and soybean growers, mostly.For what purpose? Yield mapping and guidance systems.Next I found a survey of farmers in the EU in 2014. They asked some interesting questions and from my experience farmers think alike, so I’ll include it.Why use? Guidance to reduce overlaps, yield mapping to reduce stress.What costs most? Data handling, software and hardware updates, learning costs.What are the benefits? Crop yield increase, optimization of inputs, better land management.Limitations? Lack of standards, lack of data exchange between systems, lack of consultation services, lack of advice on environmental benefits and lack of a basic understanding of determinates of yield.And the last survey I found was a dealer survey of the U.S. Corn Belt from Purdue University in 2015. This one looked at what the dealership found useful or profitable — basically what the farmer was willing to pay for.Highest use? Soil sampling by GPS, grid sampling — mostly by 2.5 acres.What did they use it for? Autosteer, sprayer control, field mapping.And what was not profitable? UAVs (drones), was the highest ranked (meaning least likely to make a profit). With data analysis, yield monitor support and then satellite imagery closest to making a profit but still not.last_img read more

Ohio Beef Council to take students on virtual field trips this fall

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At a time when transportation, logistics, safety and security concerns make it difficult for old-fashioned field trips to the farm, the Ohio Beef Council is making it easy for teachers to bring their students as close as they can by piloting a series of virtual field trips to Ohio beef farms this fall.With just an internet-connected computer, webcam and microphone, Ohio middle school and high school students throughout the state will be virtually transported to Ohio beef farms and connected with real beef farmers for an experience that can’t be found in the classroom or in a book.“Virtual field trips give students who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity, to see first-hand how farmers care for their cattle and how food is produced in Ohio,” said Cambell Parrish, director of public relations and consumer marketing for the Ohio Beef Council. “These students are doing more than just learning; they are experiencing what it’s like to be on a beef farm.”Using live videoconferencing technology, the handful of Ohio cattle farmers participating in the pilot program are virtually opening the barn doors and creating memorable, engaging and positive experiences for students, from the inner city to the most rural areas. The virtual field trips allow them to reach significantly higher number of students and in a more efficient manner than standard field trips.With consumers becoming increasingly concerned with how their food is going from pasture to plate, these virtual field trips give students the inside scoop. Likewise, farmers can help students and teachers better understand the industry through live questions and conversations during the virtual field trips.“Down the road, these students will all be consumers, and some may be the next generation caring for Ohio cattle,” said Parrish. “The best way to ensure they’re prepared for either role is to be transparent and offer opportunities to show them exactly how it’s done. These virtual field trips give everyone the chance to understand and learn more about beef farming.”For more information, or to register for an Ohio Beef Council virtual field trip, visit ohiobeef.org, or contact Cambell Parrish at 614-873-6736 or cparrish@ohiobeef.org.last_img read more

Jharkhand government partners with Oracle to boost IT infrastructure

first_imgIn a bid to ramp up its IT infrastructure, the Jharkhand government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with US-based technology major Oracle to enhance delivery of services to citizens as well as make the State more attractive for startups.“We are ramping up IT infrastructure in the State and have initiated programs in this direction. We are undertaking continued efforts to bridge the gap between the government and the citizens through use of IT,” Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand, said at an event in New Delhi.He added that the government of Jharkhand and Oracle will jointly explore and identify areas in which Oracle’s cloud-based technologies can be used to support entrepreneurship.The CM also asked Oracle to explore the option of opening a state-of-the-art software development centre in the State.“We will collaborate to create proof of concepts and help new startups using Oracle cloud-based platforms to operationalize citizen services and startup centres that would further the vision of the CM to increase employment and alleviate poverty,” Oracle CEO Safra Catz said.Stating that India is one of the “greatest possible opportunity”, Ms Catz said that cloud is triggering broad innovation within the technology industry and will drive change and increase efficiency within emerging economies like India.Oracle’s cloud services will be used to support the State by providing transparent governance, the Jharkhand government said, adding that the tech giant’s expertise in areas of ICT infrastructure, real estate, health, education, housing for Ranchi smart city project will also be utilised.last_img read more

CWG dues: Maken assures fair assessment

first_imgSoon after Australian firms threatened to launch a multi-million dollar lawsuit to recover dues from the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC), Minister of State for Sports Ajay Maken on Thursday ordered for a legitimate assessment of the demands made by them.Minister of State for Sports Ajay Maken.”I have ordered for legitimate assessment,” he told Headlines Today. “I have asked the secretary, sports, to thoroughly verify in 10 days all legitimate payments details of CWG Organising Committee,” he added.Maken replaced M.S. Gill as sports minister during the cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday.last_img