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Decision for aquatic centre expansion needs to include impact on taxpayers and businesses

first_imgThe public will decide on the expansion of the aquatic centre fitness facilities that will cost $1.5 million at referendum this year, but local business owners want the community to have more information about the true impact of this cost before the vote.  The vision to expand the fitness centre that operates under the Grand Forks Recreation Commission has been in the works for 11 years. The first proposal went before council in 2000 with a price tag of only $240,000 but was rejected.  In 2010 the commission put it back on the table with new drawings and cost estimates. In April they recommended to the board of the Regional District of the Kootenay Boundary that the project proceed to referendum.  Brian Johnson, owner of Flexus Body Systems, questioned the decision to proceed with the expansion at the aquatic centre. Johnson noted that financial reports on the aquatic centre show losses every year. The aquatic centre announced in March that it will be closed for six weeks this fall in order to manage their budgets.  “Usually if one wants to expand a business it’s because they’re busting at the seams,” said Johnson. “Is it really worth the cost of going to referendum for this decision? If the centre is already running at a deficit, to expand into another 3000 square foot facility, it’s going to be an ongoing cost. You take a losing situation – it might not be the best investment for the future.”  Johnson said there needs to be more information provided to the public about the actual costs of the facility and the construction and consideration given to how $1.5 million could be better used in other recreation options around the community.  “With a non-profit organization like the aquatic centre, conflict (can happen) with businesses in Grand Forks who form the tax base. We were never approached to see if we had concerns. We’ve been in competition before,” Johnson added noting the lack of community input on the project.  The existing facility is 600 square feet full of equipment, accessible only by crossing the pool deck which limits access to staff availability.  “We have a maximum capacity of maybe eight to 10 people on a good day,” explained Mackey. “We’ve been running classes of close to 20 – 25 people in that space for a number of years. A lot of the initiative for this project has come from our user groups who have expressed concern.”  Mackey said that people have had to be turned away from classes because of the restrictions on the space. The new design can hold up to 50 people in the fitness centre and another 50 in the studio a total of just under 3000 square feet. Mackey said cost estimates as of November 2010 totalled upwards of $1.5 million.  The new facility would see 32 additional hours a week of operation for the fitness facility using 46 staff hours per week. One of the spin offs would be freeing over 2000 sq ft of activity rooms in the arena that potentially could be used as a youth centre for the community, explained Mackey.  The building will include environmentally friendly designs using no fossil fuels and will see a net zero increase to carbon footprint of facility.  “There’s always the question about how it’s going to impact the private sector. The private sector is demand driven, whereas the public sector is need driven. GF Rec does not compete with Flexus, Curves or Jazzercise. We offer services to all socio-economic and demographic sectors. We do not duplicate services with them,” Mackey commented.  Grand Forks council accepted the presentation made by Mackey at their Jun. 27 meeting, and made a motion at their Jul. 18 meeting to support the referendum on the expansion question at the upcoming elections in November.last_img read more

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IOC moving in the right direction: President Bach

first_imgSpeaking at the opening of the 128th Session of the IOC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, President Bach said approval of the Olympic Agenda 2020 last December are already revealing positive signs fo the Olympic Movement.“Olympic Agenda 2020 gives us a clear vision of where we are headed, how we can protect the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and strengthen Olympic values in society. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, my dear colleagues and friends, IOC Members, but also Presidents of International Federations and National Olympic Committees for your support and enthusiasm with which you have embraced the Olympic Agenda 2020 over the last seven months.” President Bach said IOC should focus on the road ahead with the same energy and passion as when they approved the Olympic Agenda 2020.“We all can do so with great confidence, because we see already today how positively these reforms are shaping the present and the future of the entire Olympic Movement. “Tomorrow (today) you will elect the Host City for the Olympic Winter Games 2022. This will be the last vote on a candidature procedure which started before the approval of Olympic Agenda 2020. Even more I would like to applaud both Candidate Cities, Almaty and Beijing, for having taken major recommendations into account already.”The Candidate Cities had made presentations at the IOC Headquarters in  Lausanne a fortnight ago prior to coming to Malaysia.Bach says the bids are already reflecting positive aspects of the Olympic Agenda 2020.“Even if the 2022 candidatures are the last pre-Olympic Agenda 2020 ones, they have already succeeded in reducing the infrastructure budgets to 1.5 and 1.85 billion US dollars respectively. But it is not only about reducing budgets. They did so by choosing more sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions. Therefore from these investments generations to come will benefit.”He said the Evaluation Commission under the Chairmanship of Alexander Zhukov has analysed both bids through this lens of Olympic Agenda 2020, clearly highlighting both opportunities and risks for all assessment criteria. The agenda according to President Bach addresses sustainability in a holistic way. “We have offered all our future host cities to benefit from these reforms already now. The Organising Committee of Tokyo 2020 has embraced this opportunity in a remarkable way. “Together with our Coordination Commission chaired by Vice-President John Coates, the Games project was reviewed in cooperation with the representatives of the International Federations who play an always more important role in the delivery of Olympic Games. With this joint effort we have achieved within seven months savings of 1.7 billion US dollars and some hundreds of millions more in the pipeline without jeopardising the atmosphere of the Olympic Games. “This is what Olympic Agenda 2020 means for all of us. “The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year will give another great example of the legacy of the Olympic Games. As the Organising Committee and the Mayor have recently stated: seven billion euros is being invested into sustainable long-term infrastructure projects, like 150 kilometres of new express bus lanes, a new metro line and the transformation of the old port area to name but a few. From this investment generations of Brazilians will benefit. “Our Brazilian friends know that they cannot slow down their great efforts, that there is no time to lose. But knowing about the challenges is an important step to overcoming them. “Therefore we all together can look forward with great anticipation to the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016. Our Brazilian hosts will deliver excellent Games with the Brazilian combination of passion, a joy of living and efficiency at the same time.” The IOC President is adamant the Olympic Movement has a right future. “Our recent success in marketing and TV-rights negotiations with many long-term contracts demonstrate that also our partners have such great confidence in the IOC and the direction we are taking.” He said another proof is the bidding procedure for the Olympic Games 2024. These candidates will be the first ones to fully benefit from the philosophy change in the bidding process – turning it from an application for a franchise to an invitation to present to IOC and the world their view on the sustainable organisation of Olympic Games. After having benefited from the consultation with the IOC in this newly created invitation phase five NOCs have already committed themselves to a candidature: France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, USA. All of them have made it very clear that the wide-ranging reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 played a decisive role in their decision about presenting a candidature. “We welcome them all here among us. We invite you to continue this close cooperation with us in order to have creative, diverse, authentic and sustainable candidatures. “This is what Olympic Agenda 2020 means for all of us.”last_img read more

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Valencia-Atalanta and Getafe-Inter, behind closed doors

first_imgThe Minister of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, Salvador Illaannounced this afternoon that All sports competitions involving massive influx of people from risk areas will be played behind closed doors: Northern Italy, South Korea, Japan, China, Iran or Singapore.The Government has recommended (what will be followed by the autonomous communities and organizing bodies) that Valencia-Atalanta are held without a public (March 10), of Champions; the Getafe-Inter Milan (March 19), Europa League, and basketball games Valencia Basket-Armani Milan (March 5) of Euroleague and Girona-Venezia (March 19), from Eurocup female. The Barcelona-Naples In the Champions League in principle it will not be affected since the starting team is from southern Italy.The president of the CSD, Irene Lozano, had already struck the opinion of the clubs during the day. Talked with Anil Murthy, president of Valencia, and he had indicated that they preferred not to attend Italian fans. In the first leg, there were several infections.“It makes no sense that large groups of people come from places where these same sports competitions are restricted,” said Illa in his appearance.In the morning, the director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simon, already admitted that control measures could be established in massive sporting events to avoid the coronavirus expansion, of which 150 cases are already counted in Spain. The Higher Sports Council maintains a “close contact” with Health, and a representative attends the coordination meetings in the ministry. First, he developed a list of events that could be affected, to prepare an appropriate response. Yesterday, meetings were called urgently to the main sports agents, which have taken place throughout the day.During the morning, they passed the CSD LaLiga (which has already developed a plan to celebrate if necessary closed games), the Spanish Football Federation represented by Luis Rubiales, the ACB, the Basketball Federation, ADESP (Spanish Sports Association) and the Paralympic Committee. In the afternoon, all federations were summoned to a conclave in which health representatives were also present. Federations heard that, for other events, they will act “surgically” and “case by case.” For example, this weekend the Duathlon European will be held without restrictions in Punta Umbría (Huelva) and Italian athletes will attend. “These cases can be held without having to be behind closed doors because you can identify and follow up all those who come, “said the Illa. But others like the Barcelona Marathon (March 15) are at serious risk.According to meeting attendees, federative managers received “reassuring” information. The CSD has enabled two people (one of them Jennifer Pareja, advisor to President Irene Lozano) as direct contact and a mailbox to answer specific questions about the coronavirus and the organization of championships.last_img read more

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Opposition blames Govt for prison unrest

first_imgBlame was laid solely at the feet of the David Granger-led Government for the events that led to the unrest at the Camp Street Prison on Sunday, which resulted in the death of one prison officer, injuries to several others and inmates, and the escape of five prisoners.In a strongly worded statement on Monday, the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, said “unbelievable incompetence” and “lack of accountability” were displayed on Sunday by those with political responsibility for security at the city penitentiary and law and order in the country.It was also highlighted that this was the second such incident that occurred at the Camp Street Prison in just over one year, which according to the Opposition, pointed to a lack of planning and eventuality that prevailed under the Granger Government’s watch.The Opposition also accused the Government of keeping secret the final report and recommendations of the presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that was commissioned after the first event.“The nation is yet to learn what recommendation was accepted and implemented. Conducting public policy in secrecy, in spite of public criticism, has now become a defining characteristic feature of this Government,” the statement added.In recounting the events of July 9, the Opposition used the opportunity to reiterate that the State bore full responsibility for the safety and well-being of all inmates.The Office of the Leader of the Opposition also called for full disclosure of all aspects of the tragedy at Camp Street Prison and repeated its call for the same full disclosure of all aspects of the identical tragedy, loss of lives and destruction of property that occurred there in March 2016.Condolences were expressed to the family of the deceased prison officer, Odinga Wickham, who died tragically after the horrific developments of the prison riot.“The Office of the Leader of the Opposition also extends its best wishes for the full recovery of those officers who were injured during the same incident and are currently hospitalised. Their services at that time again attest to their commitment to law and order under dire situations,” the statement said.The Opposition is also urging all Guyanese to extend their full support to the security services as they restore law and order, and reiterated that all of those who are responsible for these tragic events, particularly the politicians, must be held accountable.last_img read more

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Flyers score seven in game one win

first_imgHowever, Coyle made an immediate impact for his club, dancing around a handful of Fort St. John defenders and showing some great patience to out wait Troy Hunt, scoring for the Regals to cut the score to 7-2.Despite Powell River scoring a power-play marker while on a five-on-three, Fort St. John was too much for the Regals to handle Thursday evening, as the Senior Flyers emerged victorious 7-3.The victory was something the Flyers were unable to achieve the entire 2012 Savage Cup, as Fort St. John was swept by the Regals last year in Powell River.Following the game, Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy talked about the line of Middleton, Shipton and Fast, who combined for six points during game one.Advertisement “Middleton’s line with Fast and Shipton were our best line of the night, especially offensively. We tried to reward them with a little more ice time, and it will be hard to break them up. We had plans for a different line tomorrow, but I don’t know.”Credit must also be given to Senior Flyers goaltender Troy Hunt, who made countless key saves in the game, while remaining calm and composed throughout his 35 save win.Coach Leahy also talked about the physicality of game one, something he was pleased to see, but says there’s always room for more.“We wanted to go to the body and wear them down, and we did for the most part. I thought we let off at times, but I’d have like to seen us pound them all night long.”The 100th Savage Cup resumes tomorrow for game two between the Regals and Flyers, with the puck scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. as the Flyers look to double their best-of-five series lead to two games, while the Regals look to even the series.Advertisement Even before the opening puck drop, the Senior Flyers had the advantage, as a full Flyers roster was staring down a very limited Regals bench, which proved costly, as Fort St. John came flying out of the gate.Following a number of hard hits and tenacious forechecks, Fort St. John struck first as assistant captain Todd Alexander scored high-blocker side on goaltender David Brumbey just 6:16 into the game, with captain Dave Alexander and affiliate player Rod Stevens registering the opening assists.Stevens helped doubled that lead roughly four minutes later, jumping all over a rebound off a long slap shot from Arlo Hadland, providing a 2-0 lead to conclude the first period.- Advertisement -In the second, the offense was plentiful for Fort St. John, as Ryan Carter and Jeff Fast each scored once, while Jeff Shipton scored twice, compared to the lone goal scored by the Regals’ Jason Deleurme, to conclude the middle frame with the Senior Flyers in control, 6-1.The final frame began with a few new faces on the ice, as David Brumbey was replaced in net with Justin Mulholland, while a new forward for the Regals, John Coyle, took to the ice for the first time in the game.New faces didn’t stop the Flyers from extending their lead, as Ryan Carter scored the Flyers seventh goal just 1:38 into the third, providing the home team a 7-1 lead.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Remembrance Day Activities at the Fort St. John Legion

first_imgThe map below shows the route of the Remembrance Day Parade in Fort St. John View Fort St. John Remembrance Day Parade in a larger map – Advertisement -As in past years, Moose-FM Radio will present a two hour special Remembrance Day program beginning at 9am and, followed by the traditional two minutes silence at 11. Other Northeast BC Remembrance Day ServicesTaylorAdvertisement A Church Service is scheduled for 10am, which will be followed by a traditional service at 11am.  There will also be a reception at the Community Hall after 11amDawson CreekA service will take place at Unchaga Hall starting at 10:30am.  The service will include a minute of silence at 11am, the Kiwanis Band, the Legion Colour Guard and the RCMP;Hudson’s HopeAdvertisement Tomorrow Canadians will pause again to commemorate the war time sacrifices, past and present, of members of the armed forces and civilians.Local Remembrance Day Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 10:00am, with the annual parade which will head down 100th street to 103rd avenue and then over to 102nd street and back to the Legion. Any organization is welcome to participate in the parade and is asked to be in front of the legion by 9:50am.The Parade will be followed by the traditional ceremonies at the cenotaph in the Legion parking lot and, then the annual service at the Legion hall. The remainder of the day will be full of socializing in the Legion lounge, including games, a supper and dance. Of course the entire day is open to the public and are encouraged to attend this important day of Remembrance. The community will gather starting at 10:45am at the Hudson’s Hope Cenotaph.  Following the service, refreshments will be available at the Community Hall.  There will also be a dinner at 6pm that evening.Tumbler RidgeStarting at 10am, a march will take place from the Legion to the High School.  A service will follow at 10:40amPouce CoupeThe service is planned for 10:45am at the Pouce Coupe Legion at 10:45am with an event to follow later in the day from 6pm to 8pmAdvertisementlast_img read more

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WATCH: Paul Pogba pushes reporter into pool following chat with Romelu Lukaku

first_imgRomelu Lukaku is set to join Manchester United in the coming days, and he has been spending part of his summer with future teammate Paul Pogba.The Belgium forward joined France midfielder Pogba in the United States, where the Red Devils are heading for their pre-season tour.And following United’s announcement that they have reached an agreement with Everton over the transfer of Lukaku to Old Trafford, the pair were interviewed by ESPN.After the interview, the reporter played a game of rock-paper-scissors with the duo, which ended in hilarious consequences for her.You can watch the video above…last_img read more

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€1M FUNDING BOOST FOR FALCARRAGH FIRM KELSIUS

first_imgA Falcarragh-based technology firm has secured €1m funding for a new food safety product.Kelsius, which also has offices in Belfast, says it secured funding with the Quinn (formerly Superquinn) Family investing alongside existing investors Enterprise Equity Northern Ireland and the Western Development Commission.The investment round will enable the Company to build on the significant market traction generated by its evolutionary new Food Safety solution, FoodCheck™. Kelsius has completed a new VC-led investment round injecting €1 million of capital into the Company. Eamonn Quinn (former Deputy Chairman Superquinn) has joined the board as non-executive chairman. Existing shareholders, Enterprise Equity Northern Ireland, the Western Development Commission and angel investor Art McGann also participated in the funding round.Kelsius supplies technology based automation systems for food and drug safety and regulatory compliance to the food services industry and the healthcare [hospital] sector. The tech company raised this latest round in order to fund its go-to-market plan for its revolutionary new product, FoodCheck™.FoodCheck combines wireless sensor technology for food temperature monitoring and recording with an intuitive tablet PC-based application which also facilitates the management and recording of hygiene related tasks.FoodCheck is undergoing trials with a number of major UK and Irish food services and retail companies at present. Commenting on the investment, Eamonn Quinn said: “Management of food safety is a constant task, no matter what other priorities are facing the business – we all know the consequences when things go wrong.“The Kelsius FoodCheck system applies modern technology for the first time to the task of food safety management. I believe FoodCheck will make retailers’ lives easier while improving standards in a transparent and cost effective way.”Kelsius CEO Ultan O’Raghallaigh said today: “Getting the endorsement of the Quinn family, with their track record over many years in the food industry, is probably as important for Kelsius as the financial investment.“FoodCheck has gained significant traction in the market since its launch in April of this year and is being evaluated and trialled by a number of international food services organisations.”Kelsius supplies products to the pharmaceutical, food services and the healthcare sectors. FoodCheck combines wireless sensor technology for food temperature monitoring and recording with a tablet PC-based application which can also manage and record hygiene related tasks.€1M FUNDING BOOST FOR FALCARRAGH FIRM KELSIUS was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:€1M FUNDING BOOST FOR FALCARRAGH FIRM KELSIUSlast_img read more

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Preventing Bird Divorce: Mates Take Different Flights, Arrive Together

first_imgA shorebird named the black-tailed godwit presents a puzzle to biologists: “arrival synchrony” (leave it to scientists to give big names to simple concepts).  The males and females of this bird mate for life, but like some humans, live apart for months at a time.  This presents two puzzles: how do they stay apart without getting divorced, and how do they arrive together for the summer fling when they take different routes to the destination?  Some birds migrate together; others stagger their take-off and landing.  But the faithful black-tailed godwits winter in different areas averaging 955 km apart, yet somehow find a way synchronize their migrations to arrive within 3 days of one another.  This remarkable synchronization shows that “The mechanisms required to achieve this synchrony and prevent ‘divorce’ illustrate the complexity of migratory systems,” write four UK biologists publishing in Nature:1Long-lived migratory birds generally show high degrees of mate fidelity, and divorce is often followed by a decrease in reproductive success.  Synchrony in timing of arrival on the breeding grounds is thought to be crucial for retaining a mate from the previous year and avoiding a costly divorce….How is this degree of synchrony maintained between pairs when they winter so far apart and the environmental conditions for migration are likely to differ locally?  It is possible that pairs of birds may winter in areas of similar quality (despite their geographic separation) and so be in a similar condition to arrive at specific times in spring; or they may share some genetic or physiological determinant of timing of migration; or they may independently synchronize their arrival to the optimal time for each specific breeding location (for example, to exploit peaks in resource abundance).  As individuals often use a series of passage sites during spring migration, they may refine these timings as they approach their breeding grounds.  Identifying which of these mechanisms is operating is likely to be key to understanding how synchrony is achieved and divorce avoided in migratory species.Thus they leave it an unsolved puzzle, and offer no explanation for how the chicks learn this by their first anniversary, or what form the “genetic or physiological determinant” might take that could explain another wonder of nature.1Gunnarsson et al., “Pair bonds: Arrival synchrony in migratory birds,” Brief communications, Nature 431, 646 (07 October 2004); doi:10.1038/431646a.Humans can learn some things from birds.  Does absence make the heart grow fonder, or does absence make the heart go wander?  Somehow these godwits are able to maintain remote relationships and stay faithful (although “faithful” has no moral meaning to a bird).  (Notice that divorce is costly to birds, too, even without lawyers.)  More amazing is how they can synchronize their arrivals without a long-distance phone call and Priceline.com.  Do they plan ahead and communicate their schedules with loving chirps?  How can they even find one another after landing, among all the other couples, when they all look alike?  There are still lots of puzzles out there for naturalists.  Just don’t bore us with another evolutionary just-so story.  This bird apparently was given some kind of God wit.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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